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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 1, 1888)
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plainly did the rock-strewn cone loom up in front of us, yet
for two whole hours we trudged on till wc reached our first
success. Standing on the snowdrifts overhanging the crater,
we looked upon a scene second oniy to that to be seen from
the top. This, at 4:00 a. in., July 21. Right above, and
only a few hundred yards away stood the last of the
seemingly never ending hills, yet it took us half an hour to
At 4:32 a. m., we stood upon the summit, all more or les
worn out, and all glad that this hill was the last of our climb.
And we were just in time, for even as we reached the top
the sun rose. But there was twenty minutes to wait before
the real glory of the sunrise awakening on the plains would
be apparent; and wc passed the time shivering on the rocks,
for though the calendar said that it was July 21, yet our
fingers and toes told us that it wac November 21, and the ice
on the little pools of water standing in the rocks proved it.
Trying to kindle a fire with half a Journal and a few sticks,
my eye fell upon the following "Mere Mention" item: "The
thermometer on Harley's corner marked ioo in the shade
yesterday." That Journal 'had been carried 500 miles hori
zontally and 12,500 feet perpindicularly to tell us on a freez
ing cold morning that Lincoln was sweltering, and to mock
at our cold discomfort.
The sun rose high enough to enable us to see the snow
capped peaks of the "Sangre de Christo" range, seventy-hve
miles south-west, but as yet the plains were in the shadow.
But in ten minutes, what a change! How shall I describe
what is indescribable, or define what is indefinable, in the
scene spread out before us?. To the west for 200 miles runs
the snowy range; 115 miles to the south tower the famous
Spanish Peaks; to the north, 100 miles, stands Long's Peak,
while scattered between are many less celebrated mountains,
though scarcely inferior in point of altitude. To the west,
and almost at our feet, lies the South Park, with its lovely
valleys and sparkling streams. But grander than all, vaster
than all, more beautiful than all, are the great plains lying
toward the rising sun, sweeping eastward far as eye can sec,
stretching southward immeasurably, rolling northward like a
sea till the sight grows dim with straining for the line of the
horizon; the great plains, lonely in their varied lights and
shades, awful in their lonely immensity.
We succeeded after a time in arousing the inmates of the
house on the summit, and never were half-frozen mortals
better treated than we were. A hot fire and a cup of coffee
set us completely to rights, and we were soon laughing as if
our night's walk had been but an evening stroll. We stayed
nearly three hours on the top, had a photograph taken, and
at 7:15 started on the return trip. And down we went, down
for three miles until we struck the first level. We found our
friends had gone, leaving a pile of rubber coats which they
evidently expected us to carry. We stopped long enough to
take a photograph of the place, which we will call "Tuckered
Out Gap," and then resumed our downward road. About
halfway down the second terrace we met the daily train of
burros and horses, each bearing a "peakcr."
At exactly 1:25 p. m wc reached Manitou, after stopping
two hours at our camp of the night before, where we joined
the rest of the party, having been just twenty hours on the
trip, including seven hours of stops. This made the actual
walking time thirteen hours. So ended a very agreeable
trip. I have made the ascent four times, but the one I have
told you of was the most enjoyable of my tramps to Pike's
P'a E. P. Brown.
Mauley keeps a full line of confectionery goods, give him
Harris has returned to school.
As Professor Hodgman says: 'I deny it."
Now let everybody jump up and smash things.
There is nothing small about John Green's dog.
Say, Fletcher, do you think any Good'll come of it?
They say that Walter uses his chevrons for bed quilts.
The acting chancellor honored us with n call the other
The old wind mill, like the star ol empire, westward takes
We understand that some co eds are harping on dress
Campcn(that is Brachy)has fallen a victim to the note forg
The plastering in the Union hall is down again. Cause,
The wind nowadays manfully shrieks through Fogarty's
Males has at last come to the rescue and mended the
Miss Alma Benedidt has returned to town to visit the
The inspection of the battalion resembled a North Pole
We hear Duncanson intends to attend a kissing school In
Miss Kirkpatrick, a student of three years agohas returned
to the University.
Mr. Will Brown had to return home because of the sick
ness of his family.
Mr. Dan Wheeler, an alumnus, now living in Omaha vis
ited his alma mater last week.
Still another lot of lichens and books has been procured
by the department of botany.
When Professor Sherman mentioned the word, C. W.
Bigelow felt like mentioning the day.
Wc understand Webber is on the dance committee of the
reception. How are (he mighty fallen.
There are yet three students who persist in calling The
Hesperian, the Student. Lynch them.
A new step or rather a platform has been put down before
the Memoiial hall. Great is the power of the press.
Dr. C. E. Bessey has returned from Europe, and is now
the acting chancellor of Nebraska University. Speculum.
The howel of the Scientific is heard in the land, while
the Literary "guzzleth" more than his share of the library.
Edward P. Brown has been elected ex. man on The Hes
perian vice Robertson resigned on account of quiting school.
Church "Please excuse me a few minutes, Miss W ."
Miss W "Certainly, bvt O, Mr. Church, don't be goue
Dr. Billings has been on an extended eastern trip. He
intends to carve the Thanksgiving turkey in the east some
where. Lieutenant Dudley, in the days of old, made a mistake
when he told the girls to stand 60 that their chins would
strike the ground at a distance of fifteen, pace. He should
have said their tongues.
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