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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 9, 1894)
Among the modern American
writers who are worthy of being
classed as humorists of a high
order belongs Thomas Bailey
Aldrich. We say humorist ad
visedly, and referring rather to
the tendency ot his prose writ
ings than to his poems. Indeed
nothing can be more sombre
than many of the latter. At
times for melancholy and wicrd
ness they would go justice to
Poe, and we may even detect a
trace of cynicism. Some one
has said of Jerome K. Jerome
that no one thing more con
clusively proves him a humorist
than his penchant for the morbid.
Just why a vivid sencj of humor
should be allied with a liking for
the morbid is rather hard to see,
but we suppose it is one of na
ture's wise provisions for making
things balance. There is noth
ing of this sort in AldrichV
stories unless it be in the "Queen
of Shebcv" where the heroine is
introduced while in a condition
of mental aberration, from which
she afterwards recovers. But
even here the tendency is coun
teracted by the otherwise cheor
ful setting of the story. The
first part is decidedly unique,
the latter part rather conven
tional, but with a good climax.
"The Story of a Bad Boy,"
who was not so very bad alter
all, is ssid to cover a period in
the author's own youthful Hie.
Aldrich writes like a man of the
world, polished, elegant, refined.
He knows books, and knows
other countries beside his own.
In everything he writes he shows
his true literary instinct and
training. His taste in selection
of subjects and materials is ex
cellent, and no less excellent his
manner of presenting them. His
style is wonderfully smooth, and
is in the highest degree elegant,
without ever being stilted. Every
thing he writes is gene over
with the most painstaking care
before being submitted to the
public, and in this he shows that
conscientious spirit so necessary
in the cultivation of art for its
own sake. In prose he excels
in short stories, and most of his
poems are sonnets, lyrics and
quatrains. It would be impossi
ble to close without mentioning
"Marjorie Daw," probably the
most famous thing Aldrich ever
wrote. We sometimes hear of
literary gems. "Marjorie Daw"
is a representative gem. It is
hard to see how it could be im
proved. If you want to keep posted
on the the news of the Uni read
Miss Grey, Miss Ames, Miss
Decker and Miss Gregory will
assist Mrs. Lloyd at the Chemi
cal Laboratory on Charter Day.
There will be receptions to
the students and their friends at
the society halls on Friday even
ing. Surely with all the oppor
tunities offered it will be his own
fault if every student doesn' cel
ebrate. At a meeting of the Delta
Gamma traternity Saturday,
February 3, MissGeorgie Camp
and Miss Sadie Burnham were
introduced to the fraternity goat.
The usual spread took place at
Miss Mable Ricketts after the
1 he writer has had the priv
ilege of listening somewhat on
the sly to both the Mandolin
club and the Glee club and feels
proud of them. They have cer
tainly done excellent work in
preparing for their numbers on
the Charter Day program.
The following can be con
strued to apply to first preps only :
"My boy, you look weary and wan;
You are working too hard with your
To try, from constructions otweuro,
Some plausible meaning to seek."
"No, no," he wearily said,
"The meaning I plainly can see.
But I'm worn out trying to make
The text and the pony agree."
The University Review pro
tests against the persistent use
The Freshmen of the Delian
society have arranged an especi
ally line program which will be
rendered in chapel on Friday
Skinner, in a course of experi
ments, is making a thorough test
of the efficiency of the Wood
dynamo, now used in lighting
Regular work in elocution has
begun under Mrs. Manning.
Classes are limited to twenty,
and meet on Tuesday and Thurs
Mr. Adam McMullen was
called home on Teusday
by a telegram announcing
the death of his brother. It is
not yet known when he will re
turn. The Delta Gamma fraternity
will be at home to the students
and friends of the University at
Miss Joy Webster's home, 1345
N street, on Thursday evening,
February 15, from 8 to 11:30
o'clock. No formal invitations
will be issued, but all friends of
Delta Gamma will be welcome.
Prof. L. Gronlund, a socialist
of international reputation, and
author of "Ca Ira," "Co-operative
Commonwealth," etc., ad-
aresseciineroiuicaiocienceciuD. exchange editors, of worn
inthecnapei weanesaay evening 1 t jtfcms
on the economic aspects of so-1
cialism. It is expected also
that he will deliver the second in
his series of lectures on Satur
day evening in chapel.
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Do you buy ready
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Union hall has just been new
ly decorated in tasty and elabor
ate designs by Stuve & Oltnat,
the celebrated German fresco
painters. On last Friday even
ing the Unions held their 'open
ing musicale,1 being the first
meeting in the hall since Jan. 5.
The musical program rendered
was one of exceptional merit.
The audience was large and ap-i
preciative, and many were I
obliged to leave because even '
standing room was not available.
At the meeting of the Camera
club last Tuesday evening in
teresting talks were given by
Prof. Nicholson, Mr. Senter and
Mr. Cornell. Quite a large
class is taking up photography
this semester. It is hoped that
this will lessen the amount of
undignified behavior on the
campus somewhat. The class
gives fair warning that it is no
respector of persons, no one will
be safe, from the Chancellor
down to the preps. We may
say especially the preps.
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