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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1890)
THE HESTER I AN.
from Cotncr did not appear at Vine street on time vc favored
the inhabitants with several selections from our repertoire ol
college and class yells, and started on to meet the cars. Ow
ing to the time lost in pushing the cars up heavy grades, we
did not arrive at Bethany Heights until about 8:30. The
time spent in traveling was by no means wasted however, as
we had time to learn and rehearse the Cotncr University yell
and work off a little surplus vocal energy. The announcement
of our arrival that we gave was a hearty rendition of the Cot
ncr yell immediately followed by our own University yell
given in a manner that it re-echoed from the dormitory the
college building, and we believe we even heard an echo fiom
the clouds, no there were no clouds, there was too much beau
tiful moonlight for that. Our reception was as warm as
could be desired. The program, which was certainly a credit
to the societies, was followed by an invitation to an oyster
supper at the dormitory. Many of the students took advant
age ol the opportunity to examine the building while the
old folks" were eating their oysters.
The two societies have very pleasant rooms set apart for
their halls and expect to furnish them immediately. It
seemed like reading one of '.he first chapters in the history of
of our own societies to see the unfurnished 1 ooms and hear ex
pressions of enthusiastic hope from bo many of the students.
The Cotncr University building is a very neat one indeed
and as wc gazed upon the nicely finished inside work, wc al
most wished that our own University was not limited so much
by rapid growth that it is necccssary to spend all to facilitate
work and none for decorating. After supper which was of
course aiminor item with us, we spent the time very pleasantly
in forming acquaintances with the students of Cotncr r.nd a
few from Weslcyan who had not yet departed for home.
Coming home wc had just as much fun as going out, even
though we were deprived of the pleasure of pushing the car
up steep grades. All the songs known to the students were
sung, yes, with pangs of remorse wc admit it, even "Annie
At present wc are looking out for another special program
at Cotncr. To Cotncr Come and see us: We'll give you a
sample copy of TllK Hksi'KKIAN and let you play with our
new gymnasium To get even with you we'll come out
some time and run races on your great big campus.
THE CANE RUSH.
On the morning ofOetobir 18 this eulcitaiumcnl opened
with the rendition by "Old Sol" of one of his exquisite
"Dago" sunrises; next came the coeds, closel) followed (wher
ever they went) by the Seniois, Juniors and Preps. Soon
after that charming little ditty entitled "l'ie Canis Pie" was
rendered by the botanical seminar; this patriotic aggregation
of p. gs. entertained the rapidly gathering multitude by open
ing up the "tossing" period, characteristic of all field gather
ings of the students. Then the fun began.
A determined effotl was made to toss Professor Hunt, but
the professor fell over against Pound, '88, and the only result
of this attempt was a pressed specimen of the botanical semi
nar. J. G. Smith, '88, was the next victim of the tosseis and
soon after they paid their compliments to the Bee reporter.
Policeman Itclaud, Chief ol Police Mclick and Police Judge
Houston were among the number who laughed with the boys
after they had reached terra Jirma, also N. Z. Snell '82, and
Drs. Gciger and Green, the latter having been chased to
his sanctum in the boiler-house before he would submit. Mr.
Ellis, of Cotncr Univeis'uy, was sent skywaid as a testimonial
of the good feeling existing between the students of the two
Universities. At about this juncture the thirty visitors from
Cotncr favored us with the following choice selection:
"Cotncr! Cotncr! Cotncr! the! ,,
Cotncr Uni-vcr-sj ti!
Don't you see?"
For some inexplicable reason there was a noticable absence
N. , N. W., N. V. U.
The botanical seminar informed us that notwithstanding
the fact that a while cork hat with long red streamers gave
to T. A. Williams, '89, the appearance of a book-agent picture
of Henry M, Stanley, yet "Nan cum dipteris dorsalibus af
At this critical juncture all of the side-shows wee removed
from the aiea and the judges, Professor T M. Hodgman of
the University and J. D. Ilruuncr of the Lincoln Business Col
lege, accompanied by Dr. A. G. Warner of the University,
referee, took their places on the field. '94 appeared under
the guidiucc of an escort of p. g's. and announced their arrival
with "Whats the matter with '94." No one seemed to know.
They weie soon followed by '93 escorted by n detachment
I10111 the baud, and entering the field singing that classic
song of which the fust lines arc "I feel like, I feel like, I feci.1'
The opposing classes, thirty-two Freshmen and twenty-five
Sophomores took their stations opposite each other at a distance
of about fifty feet from thc.cauc, a heavy fork handle held by
four brawny Freshmen ably assisted by four by no means infer
ior Sophomores. To relieve ourselves of the task of describing
the costumes after the rush we will describe them as they ap
peared one minute before the first signal, by stating that they
were extiemcly pictuiesque and apparently, durable.
At 10:28 a. in. Dr, Warner favored the multitude with a
few taps lipophilic the big drum, and the nine minute struggle
commenced. A description ol the following few minutes
would be impossible, the contestants in parties of two and
upward .vcre soon scattered around the centre of the scene,
where thirty determined, muscular classmen were straining
every nerve to gel or keep a hand on the cane, for the honor
of their respective classes. Varied were the attempts to gel
the cane, men ran from a distance and thiew themselves
upon the struggling group, others climbed to the top of the
pile and sought to force their way downward to the cane by
sheer weight. Clothes were torn and feet and fingers were
trampled upon but no one complained. At the end of nine
minutes a few vigorous strokes upon the drum brought every
one about the cane to a fixed position, every muscle was
strained but ihe struggle was ended. The work of sorting
out lianiU and tracing than back to the class to which they be
longed was begun, and in a few minutes theieferce announced
the result," '93, thiitcen hands no fouls, '94, twelve handi
The Seniors joined the Sophomores in the class yell of
"Ash-ta-dacha cliu li!
the Feshmeii withdrew and '93 led by W. F. Wolfe bearing
the cane, the prfzc of victory, marched away singing the sig
nificant strains, "I feel like, T feci like, I feci." Th'csinging
was tamer lltan bcfoic the tush, there was more kiss, one
could sec that the feeling, physically, was different, and the
the tones of the singers were found to be about two oc
taves lower. We would give a lew words to the description
of the costumes, .but they 'were principally borrowed- from
the bystanders and some of. the tits weto. unique. '
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