The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, November 02, 1895, Image 4

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one of Mio smartest and gayest parties
that Lincoln society lias knovn for a
lotip time. The decorations were ar
ranged. I believe, by Mr. Johnson and
Mr. Baldwin, und tiie work wan excel,
lently done. The hotel never looked
more attractive, and (hero wore many
beauti'ul gowns on beautiful women,
The next Pleasant Hour party
will be held lute in November. At
the meeting held the other day, John
Dixon Hnd Bert Wheeler wero voted
into the club. The Patriarchs by their
very name imply dignity and distinc
tion, and this organization, now next to
the oldest duncing club in the city, is
this year remaining true to its tradi
tions. It is not affected in the slightest
degree by what the other clubs may do.
It's the Patriarchs, and a law unto
itself. So when the other clubs felt the
necessity of going in for elaboration, the
Patriarchs adhered closely to the ideas
upon which the club was founded. The
Patriarchs have no desire to give large
dances or make any display. They take
in new members cautiously and proceed
quietly. This season they have, per
haps, more members than usual, but
there has been no departure in any re
spect from Patriarchs principles. With
possibly ono or two exceptions, the
dances will bo given, as was the one
Friday night of last week, in the Lan
sing hall, and they will be among the
notable entertainments of the winter.
It is the intention to hold the dances
every three weeks. One cotillon maybe
given. The Patriarchs hare a largo
waiting list.
Whatever may bo its weaknesses so
ciety in this city is not dull. Neither is
it Hat. Age cannot wither nor custom
stale its infinite variety. It is as many
hued as a kaleidoscope, as fresh as the
breezes thut blow over the Nebraska
plains, as interesting as the pictures in
the Standard. There is a certain
piquant flavor in Lincoln society that
is not to bo met with in every place
where men and women gather together
and wear evening dress and diamonds
and boutonierres. It is original, out
spoken, aggressive, independent. It is
complete in itself, oes what it has a
mind to do. and snaps its fingers at the
world. Sometimes its enthusiasm leads
it into new paths; sometimes it is as
frisky and kittenish as a young girl just
out of a convent. But in it all and
through it all, in season and out of seas
on, it is interesting. It allows no in
ocuous desuetude to threaten its vital
ity. It is made up of nervous activities
and it is constantly vibrating. Society
ib kind to its devotees. It not only pro
vides entertainment, meat and drink,
but goes a 6tep a step further in hos
pitable intent and supplies some
thing to talk about. Seldom, it ever,
can the man or woman in Lincon so
ciety complain of ennui or cry out that
there is nothing to talk about. There
always is something to talk about, and
usually the thme is very much alive,
susceptible of various kinds of treat
ment, capable of affording opportunities
for argument, sarcasm, ridicule, aye a
little spleen. What may be called the
society circle is- comparatively small,
und ttTe people know each other and
their little idiosyscracies so well that
there is a strong personal flavor iu its
gossip. It is not the less interesting on
that account. Three or four weeks ago
society was stirred to the foundations
by a well, it may be called a sensation
It was exciting while it lasted, but it
was quickly superceeded. Within the
last ten days or two weeks there has
been something else to talk about .some
thing that has eclipsed all other topics,
something that is not only talked about
in the sacred precincts of the charmed
circle, but down town, in the hotels and
shops, by men about town, and the
little bojs on the street; something that
has been given a place in the daily
newspapers of Lincoln and telegraphed
broadcast over the country; something
that bus advertised Lincoln and people
are always wishing for something to ad
vertise Lincoln and furnished a fruit
ful topic of conversation for the officers
of Uncle Sam's standing army wherever
they may be. Aye, it has gone forth
into all places, and assumed many dif
frrent forms. It bus given an oppor
tunity for the zealous to become cham
pions of this or that side, for the scrap
pers to scrap, for the talkers to talk. It
has been a sweet morsel and it bns been
turned over and over again, twisted
about, and bitten into. Shall it be
longer discussed? Cut bono? Surely
all that tho subject possibly contains
has been extracted. There is nothing
moro to be said. It is time now to take
up something else. Lincoln society is
not so lacking in resources that it must
keep to one theme for moro than two
weeks. To keep on talking on this one
topic would argue a dearth of proper
material. And tho chamclon has many
spots and colors! I would paraphrase
the motto of the Glover club and say:
"Here's to what's nlremly cone.
Hurrah for what's next to como."
The Lincoln bicycle clubs have been
improving the opportunities offered by
this glorious weather and have kept the
roads around Lincoln hot.
Mr. O. F. O'Realward is wearing a
now century pin that makes his first
thousand miles on his wheel. He is one
of the most enduring riders in tho state
and can make a hundred and fifty miles
a day on his wheel with all ease.
University theatricals have begun
again. The members o" the literary so
cieties ' opened tho season" with John
Kendrick Bang's "A Proposal Under
Difficulties" in the chapel last Saturday
evening. From all reports the enter
tainment was successful, and I know
that one of the young men in the cast,
Mr. Keene Abbot, is a very clever ama
teur, who, if he caied to take to histri
onics seriously, might do really good
things in that line. I do not remember
having seen a more promising amateur.
He has a peculiarly fortunate name for
the stage, too.
I undei stand that the members of the
university literary societies are con
templating building a society hall on the
grounds and will ask tho aid of tho re
gents at their next Bitting. 1 am glad to
hear of this. I don't know whether
new halls are needed, I don't even
know whether the societies are needed
but this I know, that lots of ambitious
and energetic young bipeds must have
diversion of some tort and that they
should have room and facilities for it.
At any rate literary societies are ono de
gree better than cane rushes, and they
am not so trying on a man's wardrobe.
The Sunday afternoon "music service"
at the Universalist church was much as
usual. The music varied from the grand
serenity of Beethoven to little Italian
allegros that ended with a giggle. Mr.
Smith's singing had Are. It lacked ease
and finish. Like many, he overdoes the
tremolo, which deprives his work of
sustained force. The flute solo was
sweet, though, like some "real" maple
syrup, its sweetness had rather too
much tang of wood. The audience was
as sympathetic as any audience well
can be under the restrictions of a music
service. One cannot well let one's en
thusiasm take one too far. If one did,
one might applaud, and that would be
awful to think of, as bad as applauding
a prayer. It Is whispered, however,
that some might show more substantial
appreciation when the "plate" passes.
TheJCourier's Nebraska City corres
pondent sends the following.
Mrs. Robert Payne left last Saturday
for Kearney. Mr. and Mrs. Payne will
make that place their home for this
Two of Nebreska City's most honored
men have been laid to rest in the last
few days, Gen. C. H. Van Wyck, who
died in Washington, and Mr. Frederick
Great Bargains in Dress Goods
Dress Goods
40 in. Camel's Hair Serge, worth COc at 39c
41 in. Colored Novelty Mohair, worth 65c at 49c
GO in. Waterproof, Black and Colors, worth 81.50 at 81.10
Black Dress Goods
.'I pieces all wool French Serge, worth 35c at 25c
5 pieces all wool Novelties, worth C5c at 39c
4G in. French Serge, worth G9c at 42c
50 in. Clay Serge, worth 75c at 52c
52 in. all wool Diagonal, worth 75c at 55c
4G in. silk finish Henrietta, worth 75c at 57c
12 pieces all wool Novelty Brocades, worth 65c at 52c
12 pieces all wool Novelty Goods, worth 85c at G7c
12 pieces all wool Novelty Goods, worth 81.00 at 78c
4G in. extra heavy Fancy Pure Mohair, worth 8150 at 81.10
Cloak Department
30 in. Coney Capes, worth 88.00 now 84.95
Ladies Cloth capea in Beaver and Boucles, worth 87.50, 88.00,
810.00 and 812.50, now 85 85
Children's Cloaks from I to 5 years, worth 86.00 now 83.50
We have just received an elegant line
of Ladies and Misses Jackets, Also a
new line of Children's Cloaks from 8 to
14 years.
114 no 14 St
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oring the very latest
thing in goods and style
at reasonable prices
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people who have
them such as
Iine Frenoh Calf Polish.
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