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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Oct. 29, 1896)
T H K II E S P E R I A X
tho organization of the society will doubt
the truth and applicability of the first
part; but whether the last part has found
its fulfillment in the somewhat slangy
but very significant saying that the so
ciety has ''gone up," history saith not.
Early Literary Contests of the Pal
The early literary contests of the Pal
ladians were generally held with the
Union Society. The contestants from
the Palladians were usually chosen by
ballot by the society, after nominations
from the floor, though sometimes there
was n committee on nominations. But
after one or two of these nominating
committees had managed to present all
the names of their own members, this
custom fell into innocuous desuetude.
Places upon these contests wen eagerly
sought for, -and regarded as tin reward
of faithful, earnest work in the society.
The first of these contests occurred
less than three months after the founding
of the Union Society, and was held in
the chapel in the winter term of 1877.
It, resulted in a tie, to the great disgust
of the more active partisans on both
sides. Some of the friends of the con
testants did not hesitate to say thai the
judges were afraid!
. A second contest in March, 1S7, re
sulted in a similar decision. This second
contest was enlivened by a mock program
gotten np and distributed gratis through
the audience bT admiring friends of the
"performers", as those were called who
took pail in society exibitions. The pro
gram and the "take-off" were about as
Solo "Tender mikI True"
"Him Hikmh scd lnliiuni"
' ' J. O. Stiirdevant, Palladian
"Beneath the Surface, O E. Stratum, Union
Duel 'Moonlight on the Rhine"
Misses Roger and Hansom
"Problems' Miss Emma Parks, Union
"One Bit, Twice Shy"
Miss May B. Fairfield, Palladian
Question: "Should the State support higher educa
tion?" Affirmative, C K Magoon, Palladia!)
Negative, A C. Piatt, Union
Quartette: "Come where my love lies dreaming"
Misses Kansom and Hall
Messrs. Harrington and Rhodc
Orations "Questions of the. Day" H. H. Wilson, Union
"Individuality" E. P. Holmes. Palladian
Sermon 1st, .Joshua Old Style. Wahoo. Text "It
seems to me the beginning's on the wrong end "
Sermon 2nd, Ce Em Stratum. Text, Down in a
Coal Mine; let there be Light"
Lullaby. He's soft on me."
Problem "Shall we buy eight dollar uniform--No!
Unee bit, w.-'re Twice shy."
They all duet 11 m Rogerson. "Moonshine, on :i
Eillibiisttii iug: "Is there a Hell! The bulldozing
Coutaminator swears there i-. but Alfred, at i.i
suggestion of hi- girl, says no".
A Quart yet:
"I've found my darling girl at last.
She's in her little trundle bed.
And fleas are falling thick and fast
And gently hov' ring round her head."
"Unsolved Problem-, or Bi quadratics under the
Radical (tritei." by the two dollar man
"Go it alone Eddy," by the beardless youth from
There will be weeping, and wailing and gnashing
of teeth, when the judges Dublin Jack, Bobby
Mitchell and Logician McAllister dish up their
Pugilists enter the ring at 7:U0 Whct'lb.irroiV
ordored at 10.
P S. Should the judges disagree. Profs Baily and
Woodbany will bowl it off it he tiejiu a ten pin allej
N. B. Ladius need not foar U bring their infant,
as the University String Baud lias been let out l
In these earlv contents there wis n
system of marking such as now prevail,
and the judges simply had to give th
contest entirely, or such divisions n
they might designate, as oration or (
say or debate, to one society or the other
with no such alleviating salve to wounded
pride as is now furnished by the though!
that the other side oiilv tiroii bv five or
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