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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 29, 1901)
MOTES AND COMMENTS.
He was standing on tho walk be
tween Memorial Hall and tho Old
Building. Tho biting wind camo rush
ing 'round the corner and waved the
ends of his red and green worsted
muffler and flapped the long tails of
his coaL There was a dazed expres
sion on his large open faced counte
nance, as though he had been hit on
the back of the head with a sand-bag
and was just coming to. Ho seemed
With that kindly interest In tho af
fairs of others which is so characteris
tic of this department wo approached
the Winter Term Agriculturist for
such he was ana inquired in an even
ly modulated and musical tone of voice
whether he nad lost anything and
whether we could be of any assistance
Ho leaned over and looked down at
us. A large tear stood in each of his
eyes ana there were tears in his voice
also, when ho spoke.
"I d'ono' what to make of it, no
how. I thought this here school was
cb-cdge-in-al and that girls was given
a equal show with the boys, let alone
having advantages over them."
We told him that we bad also been
lead to believe that way.
"We're way off though. Wait till 1
tell you what I just been through. I
como in from the farm for my 10:20
class, a while back. I got hero goou
and early and wa3 mighty tired from
the walk. So when I heard a girl tell
another one that she was going to the
rest room, I followed her up and went
in at that door there."
He jerked his thumb nervously in
the direction of University Soldiers
""Sbo went in at a little door just
past the steps what lead up to the
church. I waited in the hall a little
so's it wouldn't look like we had come
together and then I went in too.
"I could hear some girls talking, I
guessed they was In another room,
'ihere wasn't no one In sight so I sat
down on a long sofa they was there,
without any back to it, up against the
wall with a lot of square pillows with
colored pillow-cases on, on it. You
ever been in there?"
We entered a general denial and
asked what sort of a place it was.
"It was a good sized room without
any carpet on the floor, but a lot of
little pieces layed around crooked. I
lifted up a corner of one, but there
wasn't anything the matter with the
floor as far as I could so. There waj
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of tnc room and somo moro of them
sofas around tho wails. Acrost one
corner there was some o theshere
squaro clothes-horses with cloth
th rowed over them."
Wc suggested that this articlo of
furnature is commonly called a screeu.
"I hadn't no more than got sat down
when a girl como in and she wa3 a
dandy! I said 'Good morning,' but she
looked at me sort of scared and walked
over to them selves pretty fast. She
said something 1 couldn't understand
and the talking stopped right off.
After a little they begun whimpering
sjh pretty soon three givls camo out
from behind and went out of tho door,
lhey looked at mo like they never
seen a college boy before, and laughed
when they got outside. But I heard
"I know I a'n't dressed like some of
vheso other feflows and don't wear
such tall collars my folks can't get
enough starch into them to make 'um
stand up what kind of starch do your
"Don't know. You were telling how
the girls laughed," we suggested.
"Yes, gol darn it, and some moro of
them that was brck in that corner
peeked out at me and laughed like a
lot of loonies. Some was mighty fine
looking but foot! I don't have no use
for a girl that can't tell J.ho difference
between a dude tnat plasttrs his hair
down flat and has got a watch and
chain, and a fellow that amounts to
something and wears paper collars and
don't get his pants pressed every day.
I bet I can shuck more corn in twenty
minutes than them society fellers can
in a month!"
"So the sweet things made fun of
you, did they?"
"Your darned whistle! They kept
coughing and laughing and looking at
mo like I was some speciment. It got
so hot in that place that I sweat worse
than I ever done snocking oat3. it
made me so blamed mad I go. up and
left. As I went out one of 'um said
Homethingabont 'Ask him to call again .' "
The gongs sounded and we hurried
away and left him. .The samo fart
away look was in his eyes, the tears
had formed an icicle on the tip of his
nose and it glistened iu the cold Janu
ary sunlight. There he stood like a
scare crow in a potato patch.
The biting wind came rushing
round the corner and waved the ends
of his red and green worsted muffler
and flapped the long tails of his coat.
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