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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (July 31, 1897)
'at it, sigh softly to themselves, and after
daik pass down another street. But to
the traveller looking from tbo car win
dow, tho pcorolil. dilapidated structure
rngcttR nothirg hut tho incongruity of
tho s'gnboaid. 'CJarke's Palace Hotel,"
which still Langs by its rusty and creak
ing hook r.nd Bways rest lei 8'y in tbo
winds tlint blow from tho prairie un-erasing.
He is the live-year-old eon of n South
Seventeenth refident a bright faced,
curly-headed little youngtter who has a
mind ot his own and a way cf his own
in expressing bis jnind. One diy this
week his father took him doxn li Rec
tor's for Eoda watr.
'Well, what'll you have, Fred. ice
cream soda or phospba'o?"
The name rathfr bowildeied the boy
for he looked perplexed a moment acd
then with serious face 6aid to the attend
ant: 'Just givo me tho k:nd with suds on."
On the way home in the street car, the
boy had to Bit where the rays of the sun
fell annoyingly across his face and into
bis eyes. Opposite him in the shade sat
a tall, lean man, with watery eyes and
a sandy, busby beard, and a heavy brass
watch chain across his breast.
"Better sit over here on my lap,
sonoy," said the man, "and be in the
"No, thank you," replied the boy, and
then, (for none can read a man's face
quicker than children) "I think I j re
fer the sur."
The tenor tall, dark, with curly
hair and deep, black, passu nate eyes
stood forth and sang of faith and trust
and hope. And his voice filled the
churrh and then Bank away like the
wind of spring, leaving the heat vibrat
ing and melting into tears. Then Ihe
song ceased altogether and silence fell
upon the audience that silent moment
when the heart Btined to its very
depth, is not its own.
But back by the door a woman broke
that deathlike stillness a woman
clutching a worn aud faded shawl
tight about her hollow shoulders and
leading a little boy. Her face was ashy
pale and her mouth 6et as in death and
her eyep, unlike tho others, were haid
and glittering and dry, dry as parched
earth cf summer.
And takit.g the boy by the hand the
boy, who, Iika the singer, had curly hair
and deep, black, passionate cjes she
gathered her Ebawl feverishly about her
and went out.
Charon I want double pay for my
Charon Becauso I have to do double
work. The chaps who rock the boats aic
keeping mo busy.
May I believe she has on a last
Clara Worse! She still has her last
Bluejowls Yes; I am very fond of the
variety etac, and think I'll (tick to it.
Footlights Yet jou ore hardly a
variety actor. The sketch you rut on
is quite "lrgit."
Bluejowls Quito to, but I get my
salary regulaily, and that's where tho
vaiiely come3 in.
First Critic Why do you always sit
teir the drums at comic operas?
S'cond Critic So as to miss rnrst of
tho slab jokes.
Cbo'ly Lord do Lirerus said an aw
fully clever thing last night.
Chappie Ya-as. What?
Cholly Ilesnid that if the Americans
got into a war with Japan it would be a
war between the Japs and Yaps, and bo
didn't care which won.
Officers of the State Federation of Woman's Clubs.
Pnsident, Mrs. B. M. Stoutcnborough, Plattsmouth.
Vice-president, Mrs. J. K. Ktysor, 2721 Caldwell Btreet, Omaha.
Secrotary, Miss Vesta Cray, Fremont.
Treasurer, Mrs. M. F. Nichols, Beatrice.
Auditor, Mr6. D. C. McKillip, Seward.
Librarian, Mrs. G. M. Lambertson, Lincoln.
WAMK OF CLUIt. l'KESIIIKNT. SSCUKTARV
A thenea M rs. Will Green , Mrs. Belle Hamilton
Book Rex iew Mrs. I. N. Baker. Mrs. Kelley
Century Mrs. M. 11. Garten Mrs. IJ. T. Van Brunt
Faculty Club .'. Mrs. Gen. K. MncLcan Mrs. P. B. Burnett
FortnigLtly Mrs.C. H. ImhofT Mrs. C.II: Gere
Hall in Grovo Mrs. H. M. Bnshnell Mrs. WallerDavis
Lotos Mrs. J. L. McConnell Mrs. Lucv A. Bo try
Matinee MuBicale Mrs. D. A. Campbell Mrp.tKW. Winder
Soroeis Mrs. A. J. Sawyer. Mrs. J. E. Miller
Sorosis, Jr Mrs. Wm.T. Stevens Mr. Fred Shonhard
Wednesday Afternoon The hostess acts as president.. Mrs. Robert Wilson
Woman's Club Mrs. A. A.Scott .' Mrs. Kel.'y
Y.W.C. A. Magazine Club... .Miss Wild
OFFICERS OF THE CITY FEDERATION.
President, Mrs. Geo. L. Meiesner, 1512
First vice president, Mrs. Ida Kelley,
839 North Twenty-third street.
Second vice-president, Mrs. II. II.
Wheeler. 1517 II street.
Women are natural born reformers.
They must havo something to work for,
must bo either 'rjing to lift up the fal
Ien, sendirg petticoats to the Hotten
tots cr cleaning the streets of their home
city. Men will havo organizations for
no other purpose than for amusement
and recreation, but cot so wi'h women.
Their clubp, Ih ii societies and organiz
ations, must have soni9 object in view if
nothing e's3 Ih'n the aiding of workirg
girls to good re ding matter, the pro
mulgation of gcod cooking receipts, or
the ironing of shirt waists. At first it
was thought that the club idea was some
sort of a fad that would soon die out; as
it had no great object in view. It was
thought that with no greater incent:ve
than that of storing the mind with his
tory and art and the like, that the clul s
would soon die a natural death. But lo,
and behold, new life was infused into
the clubs before they had begun to lan
guish, and now the club has an objtct
Bucb as suits the mind of wonea bent
on reform and house cleaning.
Some bright woman, tired of seeing
weedy streets clustered with stones and
broken glass, tired of sidewalks that
were but a few boards laid here and
there on Btringerp, thought of the idea
of a city improvement society. Soon it
became popular because it was the sn
sib!e tbinij to Jo, and such societies
were organized elsewhere. And what
should bo more natural than that a
woman's club should take up with such
n idea? House cleaning has alwas
boin a favorite occupation of the softer
Bex, and street cloaning is but housa
cleaning moved out of doer. In 6ev-
eral of tho larger cities, notably Denver,
the society has made a powerful it.-
pression, and tbo sintiment created in
favor of clean streets and good sidewalks
has been great and is growing.
Here in our own pretty city th-j women
have not been idle. Under tin direc
tion of Mrs. W. G. L. Taj lor, a local so
e'ety was organ:zetfunder tho protect-
ing wing of the woman's club. The
womoi Hocked to it at once. It was
something practical, something that
they could take hold of and work with
a will at. Women who bad never seen
the use pf dub?, who wero in no way
identified with tho "new woman" so
called, csmo to tho city improvement
foe ety an.d paid in the small initiation
fee and were enthusiastic. 'J he s'ciety
even opened its dcors to the men, and
as much cs mm bate bouse cleanirg,
they joined in numbers sufficient to en
couiage the women greatly, although it
is tboucht that the men were not all un
selfish in the matter, as it has been
hinted tbat they thought that if tho
women went to cleaning all out of doors,
they would have less time to clean bouse.
Mairied men know what houEO cleaning
is, to their sorrow.
TheBOcie'y has already vindicated its
ex:s'ence. It has provr n itself worthy
of the support of the citizens of the city
by tho work already accomplished. Last
rpring tbo school grounds were cleared,
trees were planted, flower-beds made
and flowers planted. Tho school chil
dren wero interested in the matter and
an education in cleanliness and thrift
was begun in many a boy and girl tbat
will be a life-long benefit. The once
bare and sun-burned school grounds are
veritable little parks this summer. The
flaming flags of the petuni j, the brilliant
ph'ox, tho delicate portulaca, and many
other flowers enliven the- grassy rod
around the big bara trick buildinBs. and
there is an air of cheerfulness that is
both surprising acd p'easicg. Tho re
ports of the chairmen from the different
schools have been mo t encouraging.
Several times children have come to the
society to make rejwrts and they havo
made intelligent and enthusiastic Iitt'e
tilks about the work.showing that they
were extremely interest.
But the beautifying of tho echoed
grounds is but the first step in the lad
der to the beautifying of the city at large.
At the meeting of the society in the par
lors of the Commercial club Monday
afternoon, much wid-r and h-gher plans
were discussed. It was an enthusiastic
gathering for such hot weither. Tak-
irg into consideration that Mrs. Taylor,
the r resident, is out of tho city, and sl-o
that many of tho members are away on
vacat'onp. the n'tendance was gratify
ing. And though tho heat was oppres
sive, the interest did not lag. Mrs. Mc
Connell, f.r 6id"d. Mrs. Coffrotb, tho
secretary, wjb present, and the meeting
opened promt, tly at 0 o'clock (thesociety
is a stickler for promptness) and busi
ness was immediately begun. Reports
from such committees as were in ths
city were submitted. Mrs. M.D. Welch,
chairman ot the weed committee, said
tbat ahe bad been talking and working
a great deal. Reports of weed patches
bad been sent in toFtteotComumBtoner
Lindsay and he had promised to see that
tbo weeds wero cut down. Tbo central
and main portiun of tbo city will bo well
looked after, but tho outlying districts
are apt to be neglected. The ladies ex
pi eased much plo'miro at the action of
the council in setting aside c-."0 for weed
Mrs. C. IF. Hall talked of eido walks.
Shnbos been doing considerable talking
with the owners of pocr sidowalkhatid is
trying to create a sentiment in favor cf
good wHlks. Ono of tho most encourag
'ng features of tho meeting was the
presence of Councilman Woodward, who
tundo an absorbingly interesting and in
i tractive address to tho women on side
walks. Ho told of tho ordinances in re
gard to walks and outlined his planB for
tin future. Ho spake of hisdes iro to en
large th'J area in which wooden side
walks must bo replaced with stoco or
rther hard wnlka ns fast ns they wear
out ard nked tho cooperation of the
rrcely in lrswoik. The women were
much interested in his talk ar.d were not
at all backwaidin asking questions and
talking freely as they went along. Coun
cilman Woodward presented tho society
with a copy of tho city ordinances that
was much appreciated. A rising vnto of
thanks was tenth red Mr. Woodward for
his preserco and interest.
Tt is not the province of the socioty to
tird fati't. Not fo hinder, but to aid, is
the unwritten mctto of tho memberp. It
is tl ece-iieef all to unite with the city
council in making the city a place of
beauty, cleanliness acd health, for the
artistic development will eventually
mtnn a tinsncial development. A fine,
cleau residence city will call ninny to the
place. Ebslern visitors who come hero
and see a city of beautiful s'reetH, tine
paiks and handsome school groundp,
will b;ccme enamoured of tho pl&co and
invest in corner lots. It is not all a
matter of art with women, they have a
little selfishness at heait. They know
that it means enhanced value to tbo city
property and to thy are interested in
n a 'ting Lnr-oln a city noted for cleanli
ness. When tbo ccol weather comes back
from the north this fall.when the women
come home from their vacations and all
are invigorated and ready for the fall
work, then the socio'y will begin to
show of what metal it is composed. The
hot weather is enough to make even the
st'tTest backbone wobbely, and it is a
wunder that so pro3y a thing as a city
imrrjvemei.t ro;iety has brckbono
erouh to hold its head from the ground
thesj dajs. And when the society once
gets well on its feet, tten farewell to
sidewa'ks fiingcu with ragged weeds,
farewell to walks with a board hero and
there, farewell to unsightly streets filled
with waste paper and fruit skins. It
may be, some day, after enough santi
menthas been created, tint we may
have streets pdvcil wifa something else
than rotten cedar blocks thbt jam a
persons t eth deal through the nof of
his imuth every time he takes a ride
over them. It may bo that we will have
c'ty parks that -u ill be a bit of tho
country let down into the hot dusty
ADIFS! Attention! Leu"
.huilu. cotine cures Leu-
? corrhoea and prevents monthly ir-
regularities. Lady agents wanted. 5
7 Cne box '30 treatments) $ J; 6 boxes
$5. Curatine Remedy Co., M4JO
street, Lincoln, Neb. X
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M no. loth t., Lincoln, N'eb. Tol. 2S2.
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