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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 3, 1896)
MISS GOLTHKE WATOH.
I Was "born in "Waterbury, Connecticut, in
'the yciir 1$80. My father 'was a watch
maker of moderate moans. Owing fto the
'largo dumber in the family, mother cOula"
'not "watch all of us, and 1 assure yon "wo "had
a good time.
I was very fond of athletics and, althougli
'a 'girl, spirit "moat of vriy time in running.
1 went into society while very yocng, and
loft soon after.
I well remember wlien I first appeared
in public. My dress waB of canton "batton.
Since it was rather expensive, 1 appeared in
'full dress. This stylo was quite advan
tageous, however, as it showed off my jewels
I overheard some of the remarks of my
'numerous admirers. Ono said, "Isn't she a
beauty? "Look at those hands, aren't they
db'lieate? "She lias three of them; isn't that
a cute little second hand?" (For some
reason everyone insists on calling my third
'haad my second hand.) 1 heard another
gay: "I tell yOu, you wonld have a time if
you had her out."
Actually, these remarks made me Olush
'bo 'that I put my hands over my face, trying
rto 'cover it up, but it 'was of 'no use, T
'couldn't keep them together nor hold cthem
'still. I was very glad "when the people
ceased to come and the light was put out, so
it did tiot shine in my face.
-The next day, I started for -Lincoln, Ne
braska, to make an extended visit with some
o'f 'my cousins. Soon after arriving, I went
"with a young man to a Literary Society sit
'tlie State "University. He sat down hy
another young man and commenced talking
toliim, but an oration was soon announced,
'and 'then lthey kept very quiet.
After the oration there was a piano !solo.
5 'concluded that for nomo ronson, fhe ,girl
"who rplayod it was not very well liked. -Dust
as soon as she oommenoed to play, fhey
foegan to whisper and laugh. IdidnVtbink
ty "was very nice of them, but looked around
and saw rtha't everybody 'else was doing the
same. 1 was "no't nccus'tO'med fto "sLeing
people act that way wliere 1 'came 'from, tout
I guess it must be "the style here. 1 saw
they all did that way very time there was
XVoll, this young man took me with him
quite frequently and seemed to think a great
deal of me. Every little while ho would
take me in his hands and squeeze me, and
then loolr admiringly into my face. iHe
would then squeeze me again and press 'me
very near Iris heart and leave me there.
But alas! there came a ohango. He dis
covered that my supposed jewels were Only
imitation. I knew this, bnt hoped he would
take me inr all time before he found it Oct.
He concluded that I was "not the golden
treasure he thought me to be. He did no't
take me out as often as 'formerly and Onb
day I heard Vim say that I was too "brasgyv'
to suit 'him.
Hatters ran along in this way 'for several
weeks and lie finally "dropped" me. Ilfad
been fearing this for some time. 1 'guess ll
was not swift enough for him.
This completely "jarred my frame' 'It
really made me sick. I lingered in 'this
condition for several days and then con
sulted a watch-doctor. He said that 1 had
a poor case, that 1 was run down and 'needed
a thorough purging out. A cure would
probably cOBt a dollar and a half. As I was
hard up I askod for time, but he said 'liis
motto vas: "Cash in Advance," and 'that
lie never sold anything on tick.
I was a little suspicious of this doctor any
way, bo tried another. Ho said something
about my wheels being out of repair, Wbere
upon 1 informed him that I never rode 'a
wheel, but always ran. Ho replied in n
sneering manner that he referred to other
This so thoroughly disgusted mo, that 1
left in a 'rage, "with a determination to 'give
up doctoring. 1 tried to run several "timbs
afterwards, but liave now :given it 'up
entirely, a lie on my back in wy dross df
cotton most of the time with my liana's
serenely foltlecl, waiting tf or 'bettor timeB.
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