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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 15, 1894)
painted and was surmounted by a blue pulpit-like
desk. The floor was level and was
equipped with a system of pews, instead of
seats. ThoBe pews not only had straight
backs, but also a moulding on the in
side just at the top, which coming just below
our shoulder blades, made chapel services
prevailingly of a sad and painful character.
There was a loft just above the space occu
pied by the present platform. It was polite
ly called a gallery, but no human being was
ever known to have sat in it a single moment.
The whole was heated by two huge sheet
iron stoves. These John Green would warm
up, during the winter, a minute or so before
the services, and exercises were generally
opened by a rush for the seats nearest the
stoves and by the departure of the faculty
from the arctic regions of the platform.
There was an old organ which somebody
played and there was a choir. This choir,
consisting of four members, stood up in a
row and sang. I do not wish to say who
these four wore, as I am informed they de
sire to return to the arms of society and to
forget their past. The only relic we still
possess of those days is the chandelier which
looks just as it did, the same yesterday, today
and forever also one member on that choir.
It was in this chapel that an entertainment
was hold for the benefit of The Hesperian.
The preparations were elaborate, and much
advertising was done. Prices were fixed at
fifteen cents and two for twenty-five cents,
.and the following program was printed and
distributed. I give it that it may be seen in
all its ingenuousness:
SECOND UNCORKING OF TIIE IIESPERIAN BOTTLE
1. A miniature concert by vay of Overture,
2. Roundelay, "Many Are the Friends Who
Are Waiting Tonight, " by a brand now
3. "Uncle Tom's Log Domicile." All the
essential features in one Act and one Seen.
4. A Foreign Phantasmagoria.
SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF TIIE IIESPERIAN
Wends, Board of Editors.
Chorus and Dupes, "Ladies and Gentle
men of the Company. ' '
His Satanic Majesty, Grover Cleveland.
Phonograph Expositor, Paid Fennimore
Omaha Glee Club, Four Mashed Villains.
Scene I. Interior of office. "Matter
deep and dangerous." The pledge.
Scene II. Story of a spree. Ropes,
Rascals, and Roca.
Scene III. Base Desertion. Consterna
tion. Tableau. Green Lights and Sulphur
A magnificent audience of Lincoln people
and students assembled. Prof. C. G. Mc
Millan, of the University of Minnesota, sold
the tickets. Prof. A. G. Warner, of Leland
Stanford, Jr. University, distributed little
cards entitling the holder to a chance in the
grand prize drawing at the close. Mr. W.
O. Jones, of the State Journal, passed mys
teriously back and forth between the doors
and the curtained stage. A young Beatrice
lawyer, Mr. S. D. Killon, added to the effect
by a general buzzing about.
The band opened the program by execut
ing number one. It proved acceptable and
an encore was demanded. Soon they execut
ed a third piece of music which was an extra
to relievo the restlessness of the audience.
Then Prof. Warner appeared and requested
them to play until they should hear a boll
ring. Soon "part first" began to stretch out
to unendurable lengths, and mutterings be
gan to be heard. "Why don't they start?"
"Say, this is wearisome!" "Oh, give them
time." "Blanket!" But the audience was
good-natured, and found pleasure in antici
pation and the band, Yet all things must
have an end, and this was ended by the cas
ual suggestion that "Somebody- go and stir
'em up." Mr. Phonograph Expositor, P.
F. Clark, complied, drawing the curtain
aside first gently, then more boldly, and fin-
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