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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (March 15, 1888)
He saw fun ahead.
this. The intention of many of them was to come as near
overturning as possible, without actually doing so.
In my early boyhood days, before moving to the west, I
had been an excellent coaster, but over ten years had elapsed
since I had coasted down such a hill as that in . Tt was
no trick at all for me to ride a western broncho, and to
mount an innocent looking sled seemed no greater task. I
was certain my former skill would come back to me at the
first trial. Of course natural courtesy prompted me to ask a
young lady to coast with me. She accepted. She did not
know whatc fate awaited her; but ignorance was bliss. I had
gone to the hill that evening with no intention of coasting,
but the blue hood and sparkling eyes of this young lady had
touched a tender spot in my heart, and I allowed the impulse
of the moment to get the better of my customary prudence.
Several of my friends urged me to coast, and one of them
was only too willing to loan me his sled.
I thought I saw fun also.
The sled was backed up and we got
seated herself so that her feet rested on a
that joined the runners of the sled. I grasped the sled with
both hands, gave it a start and seated myself quickly upon
the back part, leaving the right foot hanging free in order
to steer the sled.
The sled was going rapidly. 1 looked over the right
shoulder of my companion ind saw no trouble. I glanced
back and no danger seemed imminent. T began to feel
happy. The sled went faster and faster. The wind
whistled in our cars and bit our cheeks, but that was
A vicious little urchin, coming up the
of a dead tree in the way of the sled.
kick to send the sled on one side of it.
the wrong direction. I felt a grating
runners. The snow flew up like spray.
halfway down the hill when it struck the obstacle and was
going at a terrific speed. Tt gave a turn sideways and tried
to back down the hill. It failed in this and so attempted t0
turn around and make a new start.
As a result the sled, the young lady and myself parted
company and began an independent race for the bottom of
I saw a vision of a blue hood and ribbons in the air, I saw
the sled turn two somersaults and finish the race on its back,
and as for myself, I thought was in close proximity to some
of the heavenly bodies. But no time was allowed for reflec
tion. The race was ended when the bottom of the hill was
reached. When I reached it, the sled was there. The blue
hood and its owner were farther up the hill. I hastened to
the young lady and offered condolence, such as it was, though
I was in no mood to speak gently. She accepted it after
giving me a scolding that made my ears tingle. The urchin,
the cause of our mishap, had fled. Revenge at that moment
was impossible. The sled had won the race in spite us.
After we had ascertained that no serious injuries had re
sulted from the accident we began to ascend the hill. The
sled followed meekly behind. Our friends met us half way
and took particular pains to comment on bruised noses and
swelled heads. The young lady, however, loyally took my
part. We rcpairied damages as well as we could by the
fire light and then went home.
I had ascertained that a sled became as unmanageable as a
broncho, at times, and needed a skilled hand, or foot rather,
to control it. But I intend sometime in the future to try
another coast with the same young lady. In the meantime I
shall practice sliding upon the cellar door until I can control
a sled under any circumstances,
The new court house to be erected here the coming season
promises to eclipse any building of the kind in the west.
The whole structure will be composed of the best material
attainable, and will be nicely finished on the outside-as well
as within. Probably no place in the whole country has
needed a court house worse than Lincoln. The building
has been postponed so long it is but fitting that we should
have a fine building now. The city authorities have been
very patient and waited long before they undertook building
till a structure could be erected that would be an ornament
to the city. The bar arc united in admitting that it will be
superior to any building of the kind in the west for the solid
excellence of its structure and for convenience. We congratu
late the citizens of Lincoln in securing such a prize.
hill, threw a branch
I gave a vigorous
I had guided it in
sound beneath the
The sled was over
The first act in the republican campaign drama has just
been opened in this city by Ben Harrison of Indiana. He
had begun the work of this campaign, he said, by a resolu
tion not to rake over the old coals as heretofore, but to for
get the past and bring his paity to victory upon new issues.
Such an assertion as this would be impossible for the aver
age politician to successfully carry out, we have always ad
vocated, and we arc not disappointed. Before he had fairly
started he had forgotten his premise and launched out into the
field of defamation tind abuse which characterized his speech
to the end. Such a speech as this is just what we expected
from him, ?nd just what we can expect from any professional
politician of any party. It seems to be impossible for poli
ticians to adapt their views and shape their speeches to the
present, bui they have to point back to victories their party
achieved sometime in the vague past. When party leaders
can confine themselves to issues that directly affect the people
and not rehash dead issues, then nnd not till then can we
hope for a reformation in our political system.
The Emmet anniversary celebration called out a large
number of our citizens, and among them many students who
sympathize with Ireland in her noble efforts for freedom.
Mr. Gannon's speech was a master piece of oratory and
showed clearly that he understood the situation, and he urged
that the time for action had now arrived. After seven
hundred years of oppression and iron rule by England it is
time that something should be done. The situation of Ire
land to day is not much better than it was centuries ago, yet
the leaders of the home rule party have never advocated any
thing but a peaceful revolution, hoping by such means to
bring about a change without bloodshed. This plan under
the leadership of Gladstone and Parnell made rapid progress
for awhile, but at present it seems to be at a standstill. The
people have waited patiently for better times, and now as
their goal seems about as far off as ever, who can blame
them for urging that more forcible means be taken to secure
her ends. We, as Americans, have the profoundest sympa
thy for the cause of Ireland. The time was, when our
country was under the grip of the British lion, but by the
uutiring efforts of Samuel Adams and other patriots the
people were aroused from their lethargy and fired with a
spirit of resistance. They found out that bloodshed was ab
solutely necessary to secure freedom, that nothing could . be
accomplished by patience and suffering, and accordingly took
sterner measures. The peope of Ireland today are danger
ously near the point where revolution begins. They have
waited for a peaceful settlement long enough and are now
demanding more radjea. Hjeasujes, JreaBd r9 y t
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