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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (April 1, 1893)
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Lincoln has seen a great many imitations
and a great many more burlesques of Lottie
Collins and her famous song, and conse
quently did not grow so wild over the orig
inal as did the elite of London.
Ta ra ra Boom de aye is not a song accord
ing to Lottie Collins' interpretation, but a
vulgar contortion. Sometimes Miss Collins
imagines herself a professional sprinter and
again a base ball pitcher. The words of the
song therefore suffered somewhat from these
The tune of Ta ra ra Boom de aye is really
very catchy, but it has now gone the way
of Comrades, Annie Rooney and Sweet Vio
lets. A sure sign of its waning popularity is
that one rarely hears it whistled on the street.
The common herd gave it up long ago and
only now and then a newsboy has the nerve
to pucker his lips over this soul inspirer.
What a fleeting popularity a song has,
anyway. A song that is hummed and
whistled today is a chestnut tomorrow, and
forgotten the day after. We Americans have
but very few national hymns and fewer
songs that are always acceptable. One rea
son is because we kill a song by using it so
often. We hear a song at the latest opera, it
strikes our fancy, we learn to whistle it, our
best girls sing it, the college glee clubs learn
it, the newsboys pick it up and finally it is
introduced into the hand-organs. By this
time we have heard it sung and whistled, in
tune and out of tune, so often that the name
of the song almost disgusts and it is there
fore dropped and forgotten.
Modjeska, in a recent interview, expressed
herself in a decided manner in regard to the
future of the American stage. It has cer
tainly come to a pretty state of affairs that
all anyone needs to do to become a star is to
win a prize fight or to have a scandal con
nected with a divorce suit. The sooner
the American people discountenance
the "J. L. Sullivans" and the "Mrs,
Leslie Carters" the better. By the way.
another of "J. L.'s" laurels have been taken
from him. Big John was once the best prize
fighter and the poorest actor in America.
Both have been wrested from him by Jim
Laboratory work with milk began March
20 for students in the course of Agriculture.
The Department of Civil Engineering has
secured blue prints of the Sheep Canon
Trestle on the B. & M. R. R.Chi South
The Battalion takes up target practice
soon. Each company is given two days on
the range besides the necessary preliminary
The Young Men's Classes have decided
by vote that till entries to contests in the
coming exhibition shall be confined to mem
bers of classes only.
After the regular parades begin it is
expected that on some Friday, instead of the
usual Dress Parade, that the ceremony of
Presentation of Colors will be given.
The regular April convocation of the Sem.
Bot. will be held on the 15th at 2 p. m., in
the Botanical lecture room. The annual
fungus foray will occur on Arbor Day.
Prof. Nicholson has received notice of his
appointment as a member of the Advisory
Council on Chemistry of the World's Con
gress Auxiliary at the Columbian Exposition.
The American Jersey Cattle Club of New
York is making a series of official tests of
butters and have asked the Department of
Chemistry to assist in making the chemical
Harvard and Yale delegates met at
Springfield, March 17th, and arranged the
details for the annual athletic meet to be
held on May 13. The Yale delegates en
deavored to postpone the date, claiming that
their running track was in poor condition,
but they were unsuccessful.
Miss Kate Scothorn, formerly '92, and
Mr. Howard Ricketts, '94, gave a very pleas
ant "Library Party" in honor of Kappa
Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Theta on the
evening of March 18. The young ladies
assumed characters in fiction or history and
costumed themselves accordings ; then the
gentlemen guessed the characters from the
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