Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, February 01, 1882, Image 1
irglg ----'- - V J Jf.., -. ?'-.,. .WMiiiitMt' "in i1r" In ,1 jjji-u-1 , - II fcl I llll Ill - " HESPERIAN STUDENT. UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA. Vol.X. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, FEBRUARV 1, 1882. No. IX. egfliscclkwit. THE JUNIOR. Once upon an evening dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, Over many u smnll but awful volume or tha Uer muu lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there camo a tapping, At of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. "Tls some second Prep," I muttered, " come to read his Latin o'er, Only this aud nothing more." Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December, Aud In the German class each member n length ened vieHge wore. Terribly I feared the morrow, vainly I had Bought to borrow From my pony ease from Borrow, sorrow lor my Kinking score, For that low and beastly marking, which an angul'd call a boit, Nameless here forevcrmore. Aud the oil-cloth, blackly shining from my dic tionary's binding, Thrilled me, tilled mo with a dread of German I had never felt before; So that now to stop the throbbing of the genuers wildly bobblug Through a cranium full of endings cranium level full aud more, "'Tisbomo second Prep," I muttered, "tupping at iu) chamber door; That it is, and nothing more." Presently the blows grew, stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Prep," said I, "or Freshman, truly, your forgive- iit-ts I implore; But the fact is, I was cramming, and so wildly you camo jamming, And o fiercely you camo slamming up against my chamber door, That I scarce waH sure I wlsh'd jou enter now ami shut tho door.1' Silence there and nothing more. Fiercely of my German thinking, long I sat there, winking, blinking At my dictionary's binding which tho lamplight gloated o'er; Rut the silence was unbroken, aud tho stillness gave no token. And the only words there spoketi were tho whis pered words u a bore! " Thcje whispered, and an e:ho murmured back the words, "a bore!" Merely this and nothing more. Uick unto my Gorman turning, with my foot tho coal-hod spurning; Soon again I heard tho pounding, muchly louder than before. "Surely," said I, "Surely that'a a bona fid8 caller, Let mo see who dorl he ram Is, and throw open now my door, . Let my German rost a minute, and this mystery oxploio; Tis some Prop, If nothing more Opon hero I Hung tho portal, when iu stepped a grinning mortal Iu thero strode a lordly Junior who had been thera oft beforo. Not tho least obcisauce made he, not n moment stopped or stayed he, But suns meiu of lord or lady, perched boforo my chamber door, Perched upon a rounded chair back Just beforo my chamber door Perched and sat and grinned galore. Tho n this lengthy chap beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the wide and awful chasm in tho countenance ho wore, "Though thy grin be grown and growing, thou," said I, "art mighty knowing; Spito of nil thy gas nnd blowing 'bout this awfu1 German bore, Tel) me what my future futo Is, shall I pass in Dutch some more?" Quoth thu Junior, "Nevermore." Much I trembled this facetious youth to hear dlecourso so plainly, Though.hls answer weighed but little little rel evancy boro; For wo cannot help agreeing that no living hu man being, Ever yet was blessed with seeing Juniors 'foro his chamber door, Junior on a rounded chulr-back, Just beforo his chamber door, With such u grin as this one wore. Dutthe Junior Fitting lonely on that chair-back answered only That ono word, as If in that one word a Joke ho did out-pour. Nothing further then he i.ttorcd, to the floor my scratch book fluttered, And I something more fian muttered, "Those Prof, hates ho's bounced before! On tho morrow ho will puss me; other fools lmvo passed beforo!" Grinned tho Junior, "Nevermore." Then mothought thu air grow denser, tilled us from an unseen censer, Scattering round exceptions to the rules I'd learned beforo. "Wretch," I cried, "the Prof, hath lent thee, by tho great John Smith, he's sent thee, From tho 'torturo room' he's sent thee, Just to make ua study more; Stop, oh, stop this ghastly Joking and forget this Gorman borel " Quoth tho Junior, "Nevermore !" "Man," cried I, "foretelling evil, grlnulng still like any devil I Whether mallco prompts or only a desire to bore, Hopeless now, yet all undaunted, toll this brain by Germau haunted, Dy each twisted phrase epchantcd toll mo truly, I implore, me, I implore I" Grinned thu Junior, "Novermorol " "Man," cried I, ''foretelling evil! grinning still like any dovlll- ' By tho fate that's hanging o'er us, by that grado we both implore, Sooth tliis brain with German laden, say that by some hook in tradlu' Latin, learned a wholu decado in, I may dodge this German boro; Dodge this great and dire nflllctlun, dodge this fearful German boro? " Grinned tho Junior, "Nevermore I " "Be that word," I shrieked upstarting, "bo that word our sign of partiug; Got the hence, nnd gut thco hencor, through this town's madonlan gore, Leave no hoof-track as n token of tho lie thy lips have spoken! Leave my cramming spell unbroken! quit that chair before my door; Take thy hoofs from out that chair-seat, nnd'thy ears through yonder door! " Grinned ho muchly, "Novermorol " And the Junior still mo twitting, still Is sitting. Htlll Is sitting, On that rounded, sharpened chair-back, just be foro my chamber door; And his eyes have all thu seeming of i teacher who is scheming (While tho Devil's on him beaming), where ho daro cut down our score; And my "curd" to what I want It, and my grade tho fifties o'er Shall bo marked Nevermore ! I'ulladlan Absentee. A 11EMIXISCENCE. How dear to my heart Is ihe school I attended! And how I remember so dlstuntand dim, The red-headed Bill and the ptu that I bonded And carefully put on tho bunch under him! Aud now I recall tho surpriso of tho master When Bill gavo a yell and sprang up from tho pin bo high that his bullet-head busted the plaster Above, und the scholars all sot up a grin. That ectlvo boy Billy! that high leaping Billy! That loud-shouting Billy that sat on a pin! The Oiuulm Herald has the following summitry of tho U. S. cotisus "Tabic of Illiteracy:" Of those over ton yuars of age who cannot reuil, Nebraska has tho smallest percentage, 1.78 ; New Mexico the highest. 44.31, while the average is 11.82, which Virginia approaches nearest with a percentage of 8.41. Tho percentage of tho population over ten years of age who cannot -write is lowest in Nebraska, being 2.55; while Nev Mexico has 47.80 and "West Virgtnia again strikes nearest the average vlth a percentage of 13.80, the Is there, ll there hope of passlngS-tell me-tell I average being 12,14.