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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (July 10, 1897)
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THE CJ?ETE CHAUJAUQUTl
While nil Nobraska is scorching, there
in ono place whoro ample shailo and cool
river breezes abound and bring rest and
comfort. It is tho beautiful spot near
Crate, half encircled by the Blue, on
which the Chautauqua grounds are sit
uated. And it is more beautiful and
more delightful than ever this 3 ear.
Greater care has been taken with tho
grounds than in time past. The lawn is
in better shape, the trees trimmed, the
lower park cleaned aud freshly BoddoJ.
Indeed this last spot which here-to-fore
has been rather neglected on account of
its lowncss this year is the most de
sirable ground of the entire plao?. Here
tho Hall in the Grove, as it is called, has
bean repaired; now benches havo been
put in, and places cleaned for tents.
Other improvements have been made
on the Auditorium, the Dining Hall,
the walks, the pontoon bridge and in
many places. Tho whole ground givos
tbe camper a sense of rest and coolness
Mies Marian Treat has made herself u
favorite ut Crete as sho does wherever
sho pines. Sho is rather reserved at
first acquaintance, but u bright conver
sttionnlist. Her singing in Lineoln at
commencement time of tho State Uni
versity struck many a? being rather
cold, but tho6o who have heard her ut
tho Chautauqua the past week havo re
versed the decision. She fully demon
strated that she hns a voico which with
greater maturity will place her among
tho leading singers of tho west. Her
voice is flexible and powerful; sho is a
beautiful woman and her stage presence
is very impressive and winning.
received last joir that they feel perfect
ly at homo this season and show moro
of their sunny southern nature than
would otherwise bo possible. Mr. Moo:o
sscnnd has?, ia loadr of tho group, and
ho has so long and serious a face that
you think tho responsibilities must be
heavy. When he announces tho selec
tions he pulls his chin down ami his eye
brows up until ho looks likeaChiuitman
Hut lie seems to take great delight in
announcing his wife, the leading soprano,
whose stige nnmo is Miss I'almer a de
lightful little lady as bright and charm
ing socially as can be, with tho compuls
ion of u mulatto, dark sparkling eyes,
and not tho least noticeable trace of llu
negro twang in her voice. The leading
alto is as dark as Miss Palmer is light,
and has a deep rich vobe. Mr. Wash
ington, leading bujso, is as black as coal
and several inches over six feet. Ho is
utterly unconfcious of tho audience.
Bonding his voico rolling up and down
tho platform and see-sawing through ull
tho movements of a camp meeting enthusiast.
Maro. the Wizard, who gave three en
tertainments of mngic tho first of tho
week is an interesting character. Ho is
a very young man whom you would
ncver'take for a magician. Most people's
conception of such artists is based on
the pictures of Herman the Great,
whose face resembled that of bis satanic
majesty about as much as was possible.
But Maro is a surprise to one with Buch
an idea. Ho has a round face with light
curlv hair and looks more like a colleeo
student than an adept in mag c.
A group of six boys about a tent noisi
Iy eating dinner recalls tho expenenco
of a certain minister from ono of tho
smaller towns of the state, who several
years ago brought about twenty boys
clown to the assembly. Tho man was
tired and overworked and needed rest
badly, but ho was so generous hearted
that when somebody suggested his tak
ing tbe "Boys' club" of his church to
tlin f!hniitiKiii!i hn tnnk nri with thf
110 idea and carried it through but to his
aud perfect content the moment bocro3- probably studies and works harder than infinite sorrow, as you shall see,
sea the bridge and enters the gate. tho average student, Tor tie stiuts iiira- It took him two weeks to make pre,
self up and practices the art for Lours, parations the tents, the gasoline stove
. . lie says it iaes iuteen years 10 punci
ThU we3kattheChatauquahas been 60mo tricks and that ho ip but begin-
a week of "days" the Fourth, editor's ning. Some tricks ho hns worked on
day, Odd Fellow's day and Chautauqua for years and never attempted before
. . , , ,:...- - , tho nubhe. Maro is assisted by a man
Uay. rjAKU U.13 Uu UUIIIJ, ojicia. r-i..- , - ,,
cises and has proved a great success.
The largjst crowd of this year, of
course, camo on Monday. It was a
crowd that came for enjoyment, a good
rest, and an 03cap3 for a few hours from
the ci'y. Many came down from Lin
coln Saturday and apent three dayB on
the grounds, while otheis came do.vn
but for the day to row, visit friends, or
attend the lectures and entertainments.
No special attractions were offered on
the.Eourth but simply an opportunity
for quiet recreation.
The Sunday service was one of the
most enjoyable and impressive of the
session. The dny was cool aud pleasant
and nearly all tho church-gcers from
Creta came over for the day. The time
waB years ago when the grounds wero
closed on Sunday as tight as a barred
Whistler" and is really remarkable in
imitating calls and cries of birds and
fowls, Both Maro and his friend have
made many friendp, especially among
tho host cf children on the ground.
Perhaps the people by whom tho
Chautauqua is most thoroughly en
joyed aro the .tired ministers of tho
state whose only let-up from tbe year's
work consists of the ten days spent on
the grounds. It is their only chance
for recreation and rest and up-lifting
and broadening of the mind. And
these ministers always come to Crete,
'or here they find a clean, honest pro
gram, such as they want andneed.no
sensational attractions nor noted speak
ers that fail to show up, but lectures and
class work on subjects in which they are
vitally interested. They bri'g their
families and spend the ton days and go
back rofreehed ia body and mind.
a cook, rood and canned goods- and
then several day starting. Ho worked
like a Turk getting away and in getting
situated at tin grounds. Then his
troubles multiplied a hundred fold. The
boys were constantly gotting into mis
chief or running risks of drowning in
the river. They fought like little ter
riers at their meals, seemed never to go
to sleep till midnight and towako up
with the sun. One of them made away
with the assembly bell, another got into
the food box, ate all the canne t green
gage?, and had to be worked over all
that night by the minister and bia wife
to keep him from dying. There were
constant jomplaintp, and all the neigh
boring campers pulled out and left that
part of the ground. Ihen tho boys"
folks got to coming in and spending
from three to four days with the part,.
Tha provisions ran out and the minister
was stuck for several dollars extra on
food. The tovs wouldn't wort and he
himself had to carry the water, build
tho tires and do all tho little chore work.
so that his rest, bis class work, acd his
attendance at the lectures was cut short.
Finally, after ther had been there a
week, the party had their picture taken
Many campers cook at their tents, but by a strolling photographer at fifty cent
none wero admitted oral- a great number tike their meals at the a picture. It took two Lours of worry
hall, and there is mucn com- and iretting to get th group together
over the place. It was leased to tho minister in the center with tho Iwys
hotel man in Crete who charges a gathered lovicL'lv about him. pnd tbe
paper or a bit of mail came into the gCOti round price and furnisljes as scant ccok in a whit9 apron on the ltft. Every
pla-e. But of late years with wiser and a table as poesib'e. Ho has tho people boy said ho would take one picture and
" " Vu,oi m,,mnt ttm m-mindi there and thev havo to submit to the the photogiapher struck off two dozen,
more liberal management the grounds enortion gomQ feff lnk a hrcakfast but when he came around the mini.ter
have been open on Sunday as well as ot coffea and toast at their tents a found that the lads had spent all their
other days, and tho method has proved lunch at noon of pie and lailk at a groc- pocket money, and that he had to stind
lowed to go out from midnight Satur- dining
day to Monday morning, when not a J ate)
b2nefieial and successful.
Last Sunday a praise servico was held
at 8 111 the morning and Sunday school
atDtfO. Then at 11 tho annual sermon
was preached by Rev. Willard Scott.
Thissermon is ono of the most enjoyable
parts of the wholo assembly program.
In the afternojn, the Slaytons gavo a
sa:red concert o! melodies that helped
the slaves of war times to hold up under
their burdens, and at 5 a vespsr service
was held at which Mis3 Marian Treat
sang frcm the leading oratorios and
English and Scotch ballads. Tbe evening
service wai a familiar talk by Dr. Mac
kensio on Ian MacLeran and the scenes
of "Beside tho Bonnio Briar Bush" il
lustrated by stereopticaa views.
ery store on the grounds, and go over to
a rival hotel in the city lor a good round
dinner in the evening.
Dr. Mackensie, by tho way, is a typi
cal Scotchman, a native of Edinburgh
and a graduate of Edinburgh Univer
sity. He is now professor of theology at
the Chicago Theological seminary, and
his course of lectures on tho subject is
one of the best features of this year.
Dr. Mackensie has tbe brogue of his
Up tho hill to tho west of tho assem
bly grounds is a cemetery known as
Riverside, and this is probably tho most
beautiful spct about Creta. At the
h'ghett point one commands a view of
the Blue and and its val ey for many
miles, s' retching away b.Hween banks of
leavy trees andtie'd f waving prin.
Tho city nestles in a big bend of tho
river, hidden by foliage with hero and
there a steeple ehawine, and up the op
jiosito hills, the buildings cf Doane
college. At one's feet tho river bends
sharply formic g a bluff fifty ftet in
height. Below aro the two iron bridgep,
one a road bridge and the oth?r that of
tho Burlington road. To the left lies
tho Cbautiuqua grounds, a camp of
cottages and white tents and trees and
shade. The whole is a scene that one
nover tires &f, and it is always visited by
camper and people attending the Chautauqua.
Speaking of this cemetery of "River
side," there is one tombstone there that
old campers generally point out to their
friends. It is a small marble slab with
the inscription, "Gone before," and be-
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,c?rir " ,r,JD";,;h k nintoros of low the inscription a hand pointing
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Prof. Henry Drummonu aim nas me
same sunny disposition. Dr. Mackensie
is a hard student, even here at tho
grounds arising at five o'clock to pre
pare for the day's lecture.
good for the two dozen at six dollars a
That picturo broke up the party.
When they were disclosed it was scon
thst tho cook had sat too far to the left
and only her apron appeared in the pic
turo. That made her angry. She took
it inti her head that they Lad done this
on purpose, and picked up her thing
and went homo. The minister and liis
wife did the cooking their selve. for a
d4V and a half longer, but tho wiftook
pick. and that brought things ton crisis.
They packed up that night and left, the
boys cross, sun burned and dirty, the
minister and his wife worn out, sick at
heart, and at an expense of many dollars
more than they bad counted on. And
it is firmly believed by many that the
cause of that minister's resignation a
few months later and acceptance or an
Iowa call, was duo to t at experience
with those boys at Crete.
Wabliinston filadden lias been unite a prom
inent figure on tho grounds this week and hit
lectures an social reform have been laixoly at
tended. Tbey litre covered a wide cungo of
subjects the corporation, tho city, tho rail
way, the newspaper and the church. Washing
ton Gladden is a trua reformer, and it sticks
out all over him. Ho hat a clear, fearless eye
and an open conatenanco and speaks with con
viction on his subjects
The Slaytons, by tho way, areas ttrik
ing a group ot colored people as you
could tind anywhere. They were so well
T.vo women at the Chautanqas this year have
exercised powerful intluenco on the mothers
and children in attendance. Mrs. Mary Foster
Bryner. of Chicago, i- a charming woman, who
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