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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (May 16, 1896)
Ml DEAR S 1 can scarcely
write my fingers are so
stiff. Samrua, the girl and I have clean
ed the whole house with a little help
from a man with the carpets and the
paint. I exult as I walk about the
streets and see other people just be
ginning to clean house. Mamma said
for a girl who is up every evening in the
week I am pretty good help. She does
not understand though that I worked
so hard in order to get through and to
get to work on my spring clothes. How
lovely the cry-goods windows look
now. Don't you think the linens and
dimities are" lovely? I am so glad tichus
are stylish the long diagonal lines
from shoulder to waist are so becoming,
and the open neck is as comfortable as
it is beautiful. In a sprigged muslin,
sounds like the beginning of your
grandmother's romance, does it not?Ye
will all begin and end that way this
The university and the capitol yards
are lively spots. It is not the birds
that think so either.
If you could have seen Anne Barr
lead her classes at the gymnasium last
Saturday you would nave admired
her more than ever. She directed the
exercises with spirit, accuracy and
ease. You know how slender and deli
cate she ws when she began the
gymnasium work? Well, she Is Just
as slender now, but she Is straight,
lithe and the continued exercise seems
not to tire her. The girls looked very
pretty and except for a few faults,
which discipline has no effect upon,
they did as well as the boys. A girl
cannot, for th sake of uniformity, re
strain her Individual desire to look
fascinating. Where one-half or a third
of a company is fixing bangs or ar
ranging ties while the rest are going
through concerted and supposed-to-be
simultaneous movements the effect Is
marred. But Instinct Is stronger than
reason even In the advanced class at
the university. The majority kept
their minds quite seriously upon the
leader and the result was frequently
one of surprising dexterity. I was
especially Interested In the marching.
The difficulty and Intricacy made the
girls forget their hair in their anxiety
to do It right and not to deserve the
ridicule of the Pershing Rfles or of any
of Captain Guilfoyle's men who were
scattered thickly about. That they did
not deserve It the frequent and heavy
applause showed. The girls went up
ropes and smooth poles like cats and
came down again with a cat's immun
ity. The constant subject of remark
was: "How light they are on their
feet; how easy it is for them." And It
was so, whether they jumped the pet
of the gymnasium the horse or
leaped a bar six feet high or climbed
to the roof on a ladder. It was with
out effort. IIIss Barr must teach the
"Italian method" that the singing
teachers talk about. It Is so easy and
effortless and does not leave the per
former breathless and exhausted. The
spectators were delighted and with
the exeception of one young man, a
recent graduate of the university, ap
preciated the situation. As the class
of girls ran and leaped the aforesaid
young man encouraged them by loud
shouts, not hesitating to address those
who are unfortunate enough to be ac
quaintances of his, by their first name.
The young ladles' dignity and serious
ness might have affected a more sensi
tive man, but in this case It was of no
avail. A popularity, which is more
noisy than heartfelt, causes the fellow
to commit many a faux pas which a
little thoughtfulness would save him
Miss Grace Oakley and her friend.
Miss Harrison, went to Omaha last
Saturday. They saw Miss May Mount
who is expected in Lincoln next week.
Mattson Baldwin's Meadow-brook
party was kept at home by the rain.
The party was arranged for Miss Har
rison who has been visiting Grace
Oakley. The former left for her home
in Beatrice on Tuesday. She was here
only a few days, but long enough to
make a number of friends. Instead of
going to a party. Mattson had to climb
upon the top of one of the houses in
the Baldwin terrace and shovel off
bricks that the wind had blown down.
One of the girls remarked to me in
reference to Mattson's labor in the
rain: "It shows what a person can do
If he has to."
'Helen Nance had a small party
John Parwell and his sister, Flor
ence, will give a party Friday evening
at Lansing hall. I hear the programs
are very pretty and that the hall will
be made cozy with settees and pillows.
Mr. Duff of Nebraska City. Bert
Wheeler and Harry Frank of Omaha
are expected to be there.
The Beta Theta PI party at Ernest
Ames house, postponed last week on
account of sickness, was given last
Saturday evening George Bartlett
will entertain the Sigma Alpha Epsl
lon and their friends at his house.
Thursday afternoon Mrs. George
"Woods, entertained the Cheese and
Cracker club. Mrs. Marshall and one
or two others were absent on account
of the ladles' whist club which. met the
same afternoon. The . Cheese and
Cracker club began its existence, like
so many others, Joyously and enthusi
astically. It is likely to die now from
Inanition. The members have married
and their rivalry now concerns carpets,
furniture and draperies. In the time
lately past it was beaux. Now every
thing Is settled and though the ro
mance may continue in the life of each
It is no longer in the club. If the girls
want the crackers and cheese not to
turn stale they must ask some of the
younger girls to Join their organization.
To be sure, it will not be long before
they will be married, but they can do
the same thing, invite the girls who
are In the grammar school now and
they In turn can turn It over to Doro
thy Raymond, Silence Stewart, Dor
rance Harwood, Helen MoFarland,
Marian Ogden and the other infants
who will set the pace then.
Tuesday when the gale was blow
ing the strongest, I looked out the
window and saw two young ladles
very pretty girls of the younger set
driving by. They had evidently been
making calls. They had on new
spring hats, light gloves and chic cos
tumes. They looked like buds waving
wildly on their stems in the rain. The
rain was not hurting them, but it was
ruining their clothes which to their
'mind was of much more consequence.
The wind nearly blew the carriage
over. It was swaying this way and
that way, when the young lady with
the reins had an Inspiration and
drove into the open door of a barn. I
learned this afterwards, for when they
disappeared from my sight they were
conquered by the storm. In about an
hour I heard bursts of laughter and I
looked out at two Indians going by.
Indians never laugh like that though.
You know what I mean; a gurgling,
rippling, liquid laugh. It was the two
girls once beleagured In the phaeton.
They had driven Into the barn and
waited an hour. It still rained. They
were cold and their teeth chattered,
but they would not spoil their clothes.
Finally they took off their wet dresses
and their hats and hung them up in
the barn," wrapped the lap robes about
them and shuffled home in the stable
man's immense rubbers. He had left
two pair there. When ne got back he
found that some one with unusual
ideas of barter had been there. In
place of an Imposing pair of rubber
boots and two or three yards of over
shoe he found a horse and phaeton,
two dresses and two blossoms, which
he afterwards concluded were hats.
Well, when these girls passed my win
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robe and one In a gray fur robe. They
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