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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (March 29, 1902)
Pranks and practical jokes furnish
the true spice to college life. It is im
possible for a fraternity to exist or a
society of any sort continue within the
limits of a university campus hoaxing.
And Lincoln is no exception to the
Hair raising tortures for the recruits
are legion. But they are applied under
the oath of secrecy and it would be
rude and unjust to vociferously disclose
them In an article such as this. How
ever, th,e average Lincoln citizen un
derstands the situation when a digni
fied son of Editor Bowlby, for instance,
approaches the hurried passerby and
attempts to palm off a hot tamale.
He is simply proving his courage to
Sometimes the Joiners are allowed to
slide down inclined plans Into sand
banks or hang suspended over the un
known darkness of a cellar. A son of
a judge or congressman may be com
pelled to pass the hat for a Salvation
Army lass. Th'en the sufferer may be
bound hand and foot and placed on the
doorstep of some peaceful dwelling
house. A ring at the doorbell, a pat
tering of feet, the tormentors disappear
and the situation is truly embarasslng
for the pilgrim Journeying towards the
But pranks are nearly always on tap
In fraternal circles. Anyone may be
the victim who proves susceptible to
easy and amusing "kidding."
A favorite trick is to send an invito
tion to some bashful youth supposed to
emanate from a popular young lady.
Of course the surprised and flattered
student prepares to fill the date and at
the proper moment, is chagrined by the
resonant and clanging horse laugh.
Swiping signs to decorate the in
terior of rooms always appeals to the
adventurous. Indians with tomahawks
poised in front of cigar stores are also
In demand. Posters and pictures of
celebrated theatrical stars, musicians
and other famous folks go the same
Interior decorations are startling and
amazing in proportion to the ingenuity
of the frat members. Not long ago a
certain fraternity aroused the envy of
all colleagues by an expedient compar
atively simple. A stocking of liberal
dimensions was secured and stuffed
with cotton. The upper portion was
deftly nailed to the celling, allowing
the opposite extremity to angle down
wards like a Damascus blade.
The visitors on first entering the
room were almost wlllln&to testify un
der oath that some woman had been
unfortunate enough to break through
the ceiling and was struggling to re
gain her liberty.
The old "bill of sale" trick was ef
fectually worked some time ago dis
guised by several Ingenious details.
Generally this ruse Is used to entrap
the police on Hallowe'en night. The
culprits rent a sign of some sort. They
aldo get a bill of sale. When a police
man appears the boys take long steps.
Of course the patrolman arrests them.
At the station they flash the bill of
sale and grow Indignant because hon
est citizens are not allowed to go home
with their property..
One of the students, In working the
improved edition of the trick, pur
chased a part of a bunch of bananas.
He got his bill of sale In the form of
a receipt. The bunch was allowed to
hang Just outside the fruit stand, the
purchaser explaining that he would get
the fruit "pretty soon."
A policeman appeared. The Joker
slyly unhooked the fruit and started
away on a dog trot. The officer caught!
him before he had gone half a block.
The wagon was called. "When the ve
hicle dashed down upon the policeman
and his prisoner the latter had found
Just a trifle wicked was the scheme
formulated by a law student to gain
time on a board bill. His landlady mod
estly reminded him. Oh yes, he would
go upstairs and get the coin. He as
cended with all the airiness of a spring
robin. Down he came again madder
than a March hare.
Someone had taken his watch. He
was going to have the house searched
by the police. He looked at the land
lady suspiciously and she began to
weep. Of course he did not call the
police but he continued the tirade.
Then he waited for a remittance.
But another boarder happened to
know that the watch had been pawned.
He maneuvered around and secured the
check. After redeeming the watch he
rescued the lady as truly as did ever
a knight of the historical novel era.
The creditor pressed her claim. But
the erring one escaped her because a
parental check wiped out the bonded
Indebtedness on the last day of grace.
Fusion candidate for police judge.
Daniel Horrlgan, a young Lincoln attorney and candidate for police
judge on the fusion ticket, was born In the centennial year at Lanark,
Carroll county, Illinois. In 1885 he removed with his parents to Adams
. county, Nebraska, where he worked on the farm during the summer season
and attended district school In the winter. He attended normal schools in
both Lincoln and Hastings, taught school for a time and finally graduated
from the law course of the state university after taking several years'
work In the literary college.
Since his graduation he has been connected with the law office of
Mr. Horrlgan Is a good "mixer" and has many warm friends In the
city. He Is especially popular among his acquaintances In business cir
cles. He has taken a keen Interest In political and municipal affairs
since his residence in Lincoln.
He believes in a strict enforcement of the law. He Is not identified
with any faction and his friends enthusiastically champion his cause, de
claring that If elected his efforts will ever be an honest administration of
the affairs of police Judge.
While Mr. Horrigan Is a young man. he has had a wide experience in
political work- and stands high in the councils of his party In the state.
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