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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 14, 1895)
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DRAMATIC CLUB AT ASHLAND. AT THE TOUCH OF A SONG.
Last Friday tho University Dramatic Club accom
punicd by Miss Manning and some mombers of tho
Tri Delta fraternity went to Ashlatul to givo its in
itial performance. There has been an immense amount
of interest attending this performance and tho many
friends of the club will be glad to hear of its groat
Tho club arrived at Ashland at three o'clock aud
were immediately taken to tho beautiful homo of Miss
Nellie Dean where thoy were tendered a reception by
the Tri Deltas.
In tho evening tho Opera House was filled with a
jolly, appreciative crowd of Ashland people, aud scarlet
and cream ribbons shone from every corner of the
"The Open Gate," the one act drama which opened
the performance went with a smoothness which rarely
attends an amateur performance. Tho many dramatic
little scones were breathlessly followed by tho audi
ence nnd tho players wore greeted by a perfect storm
of applause at the fall of tho curtain.
This was followed by "Chums," tho ludicrous col
lege play. Tho five boys in this play kept tho audi
ence in convulsions of laughter from one end of the
piny to tho other. The female costutnos worn by Ab
bott, Tucker and Shears took the house, nnd Fnrnier
Breed's cowhide boots and bnttornut jeans wero a
comedy in themselves. One funny scene followed an
other until the house was in a perfect uproar nnd the
players had in several instances to suspend tho dia
logue until the house got quiet enough for them to bo
heard. "When the curtain went down the ouly criti
cism seemed to be that the performance was not longer.
After receiving the congratulations of a largo number
of Ashland people tho troupe took the night train for
Lincoln. The two plays will bo produced at tho Funke
shortly where the club will bo certain of a packed
house after their success at Ashtnud. The company is
greatly indebted to the Tri Dellns and Superintendent
Crabtroo for tho pleasant time its mombers enjoyed.
THE BANJO CLUB.
Tho "University Boys' Mandolin Club" has been
organized this year with a view of producing some
thing first-class in the way of concerts nnd musical
entertainments. F. M. Planquo, of tho University
Conservatory, is director, and under his leadership all
tho talent among its members will bo brought out B.
Thorp, jr., is manager, who expects to secure some
dates for concerts in the smaller cities of tho state.
If all is harmony tho Banjo clnb will accompany tho
Glee clnb in its tour this spring.
The members of tho Banjo club are: F. 3L Planquo,
banjonrine; A- B. Chapman, banjeurine; B. Thorpe,
jr., Bobert Manly, first banjos; B. Franklin, jr., pic
colo banjo; J. A. Bailey, jr.. Win. Clark, L. It. Pack
ard, secoud banjos; Foster J. Beach, Allert Pickctts,
In tho groat Fust church tho chandelier throw a
broad cone oE rays around tho middle of the auditor
ium, tho light blazed down upon tho organ whore tho
organist played and tho four singers fanned thoiusolvesi
lazily; it lit up tho plucid, shiny face of tlio nun bier;,
as he sat with his fat foro liugor botweon the leaves of
his hymn book, waiting till tho voluulnry ceased; it
searched out every nook nnd crauny in the faded sum
mer hats directly bolow it, and caressed eagerly the
round, brown cheek of a girl that sat to one side; but:
it touched not so tenderly the fnco of tho young mom
who sat with her. Perhaps tho chnndolier half enviedt
him that ho could look unabashed into tho clear oyos:
turned now and then to his face.
Further back there sounded faintly a painful little?
cough, and tho light peered curiously in under tho
gallery. But it could not reach the face that it sought
a man's face that looked pale and drawn in tho dim,
ilickoring rays of the gas jot behind him. It was he
who had coughed, and he coughed again still more
painfully. His oyos were shut now, but they had
been open nnd had seen what they had long expected
to see, tho little round-checked girl come in smiling
nnd happy with somebody that he did not know, but
pluiuly tho little girl's lover. When thoy had come in
the little man under the gnllory had trembled and
grown even paler than ho usually was. In the nest,
moment it seemed his eyes, that were shut, saw the
girl as she had looked days ago when ho had asked',
her if he might love her.
And she had answered him, laughing ns if it were
all a joke, that he might if he wouldn't bother hen
with his love. Ho hadn't bothered her, though it had
been a year ago; ho hadn't even spoken to her except
nt church or when they happened to meet on the street
He had known there was somebody else then, though
she hadn't told him so, and ever since ho had looked
forward hopelessly to tho day when ho should see her
with him. The time had come, but the little man was
not ready for it He had thought that maybe ho would
not care. But ha did care; he loved her yet.
He opened his eyes in utter discouragement and al
most against his will sought her out where she sat.
As othors rose to sing, he rose too, not to siug, but be
cause he could not see her if he remained sitting.
Even standing ho was not tall enough, but by a twist
of his head ho could catch sight of her chin aud her
hand aud the hand of the man beside her, as they held
the hymn book together. While ho looked the chin
turned nway from him up to tho other, then the wind
fluttered the leaves of the book, and to put them back
the girl's hand touched for a moment the larger hand
beyond. Her fingers trembled and tho eager watching
eyes back in tho darkness of the gallery flashed sud
denly with tears. She had never touched his hand
like that; sho hod never cared for him, never.
His head dropped forward. Ho dimly felt that tho
minister was praying, praying for tho welfare 'of the
nation and tho rulers of the earth ; for tho friends of
the church and for its enemies. But tho man under
tho gallery prayed for himself, all for himself. His
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