The Glee Club Trip.


The trip to Cincinnati was as uneventful as usual and we arrived at the Burnet House several hours behind time. After supper some of the men were invited to a party given by L. E. Osborn, '93. while others went to the German theatre. No reception was given the men in the afternoon, so they wandered about the city seeing the sights.

The concert was given in the evening at the Odeon and was the best that we had given so far, but the musical critic of one of the Cincinnati papers seemed astonished that "a school of the national prestige of Harvard can send out one club with vocal attributes, a second armed with that implement of torturous significance and African identification, the banjo, and a third supplied with the Spaniard's favorite vehicle for the conveyance of the message of love, the mandolin and guitar."

Swarts, L. S., sang at the concert by special request. A magnificent dinner was given the men after the concert by the University Club, and after the dinner the club left on a special car for Pittsburg. By this time the men were thoroughly tired of travelling and were very glad when they reached Pittsburg late in the afternoon.

At the Hotel Anderson we were met by L. S. Thompson, who had come on from Boston to lead the Glee Club in the last three concerts. The singing of the Glee Club had been steadily improving since the Chicago concert and the audience was thoroughly enthusiastic. This was due to the fact that there was a small number of graduates who, previous to our coming, had formed a Harvard Club, and who had done everything in their power to make the concert a success and make the men enjoy themselves.


A dinner was given at the DuQuesne Club, songs were sung by the Glee Club, and by graduates of Harvard, Yale and Princeton and with many regrets at having to leave, the men boarded the train and started for Washington at 3 o'clock.

The train was late and we reached the Normandie too late for any lunch at all; so we rehearsed, dressed and went to dinner. The hall at the concert that evening was crowded and for the first time in public on the trip the football song was sung after the audience had repeatedly called for it. The accommodations behind the stage were very poor and the tuning of the instruments suffered in consequence, but the voices of the Glee Club were in better tune than usual.

Unfortunately the next day it was too foggy to see much of the city, so some of the men went to the President's and Vice-President's New Years' reception. In the afternoon a reception was given the men by Mrs. Van Rensselaer, and late in the evening, as the men preferred to travel by night, they left for New York where they arrived Friday morning in time for breakfast at the Fifth A venue Hotel. It was lucky that there was no reception arranged for the men in New York, as they were all so tired that they spent a greater part of the day in sleeping. in spite of which their singing showed the effects of so much travelling, though they sang with much snap.

After the concert the men all rushed for the train in order to make sure of getting berths, and after cheering, the Glee, the Banjo and the Mandolin Clubs, went to bed to wake up the next morning and realize that they had travelled all the way from across the Mississippi to register on a Saturday morning.

G. L.