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Cymric Strain - Book 2

By Una Howell (USA - circa 1893)

Chapter 3 - Northwestern University


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Chapter 3

Northwestern University

 

Northwestern’s early campus was very different from the present one. Its green acres were only sparsely dotted with buildings and the architecture of those structures was enough to send chills down the spines of the cultured. Heck Hall, a plain, straight-sided, barnlike building was the only men’s dormitory and housed the students of Garrett Biblical Institute. It was located at the eastern edge of the campus, so close to the lake that occasionally starry-eyed strollers suffered deluges when washbowls were emptied out of the windows onto their heads.


The observatory was inf9nitesimal and fraternity houses unknown. Athletic Field (wisely named) consisted of a small uncovered section of bleachers, a gate, and much moth earth. At important football games fraternities marshalled their ladies on tally-ho's and if the weather proved inclement, rain trickled down the said ladies’ chapeaux and made puddles in skirt folds. But no one minded: the important thing was being invited to get wet.


Living in a house where so many girls were accessible brought plenty of boys and, since I went with the house, some crumbs fell to my lot. As a matter of fact, rivalry between two boys often accounted for what might seem to be a girl’s popularity.


Bill beaued me quite steadily for a number of reasons. He enjoyed the musical experiences we shared and my lack of sophistication. I was young, spontaneously gay and untutored. Then besides, having steered me into a new school, he was interested in seeing the experiment be worked out to a successful conclusion. In addition, he knew that Mother both admired and liked him.


Mother was eager to have me enjoy the advantages of a big city afforded but she was unwilling for me to go about alone. She had never lost her belief that men, being mentally superior to women, should protect them, and whenever one of the boys offered to escort me, she was pleased. She was especially happy when I went out with Bill. He looked safe to her.

 

Cymric Strain - Book 2, by Una Howell (USA - circa 1893) Current

Chapter 1 - Evanston

Chapter 2 - The Department of Music
Chapter 3 - Northwestern University

Chapter 4 - Beaued

Chapter 5 - Late for the 1am Train!

Chapter 6 - A Visit from Home

Chapter 7 - Bill Declares Himself

Chapter 8 - Engaged to be Married

Chapter 9 - A Grand Piano for Me?

Chapter 10 - Apartment Life in Evanston

Chapter 11 - On the Train with a Pass

Chapter 12 - Eric’s Decline

Chapter 13 - The Organist

Chapter 14 - Lilly Dies

Chapter 15 - An Unprincipled Woman

Chapter 16 - Music Critic

Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man

Chapter 18 - Helping the World

Chapter 19 - On a Bicycle Built for Two

Chapter 20 - Mendelssohn Concerto in E Major

Chapter 21 - The Meister Way

Chapter 22 - An Admirer

Chapter 23 - Gentlemen Callers

Chapter 24 - The Scotchman

Chapter 25 - Checking on Maynard

Chapter 26 - Rich Young Man - Not so Much

Chapter 27 - A Page Removed!

Chapter 28 - The Marriage

Chapter 29 - Plans for a New Marriage

Chapter 30 - Honeymoon

Chapter 31 - A New Home

Chapter 32 - Getting to Know Elgin -1901

Chapter 33 - Our First Mobile (Auto)

Chapter 34 - Life in Elgin

Chapter 35 - Preparing for Birth

Chapter 36 - Stillborn!

Chapter 37 - Leave Leeches to Treat an Ear Ache

Chapter 38 - Winfield Illinois Sanatorium