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Dunster House will dine "in ball" on the evening of Wednesday, December 17, when an informal banquet will be given, to which all the residents of the House are invited; the presence of guests will be frowned upon by those in authority. The entertainment committee of the house have devised a combination burlesque, concert, monologue, and tragedy for the occasion, which can nowhere be more fitly described than in the following program, released yesterday by the group in charge of the dinner.
"At the supper hour, by candlelight, two hours before the evening carillon-curfew, the Commons Scholar from Oxford will recite a parody of 'Hiawatha' by Lewis Carroll, and other esoteric nonsense-verse. The Dunster House Matron of Morsels will entertain as black-face comedienne, in her inimitable interpretations of 'mammy' songs. By popular request the Senior Tutor will cast aside academic dignity as a concession to the holiday season, and sing that famous and lachrymose lyric of the frigid Forties, entitled 'Father's a Drunkard and Mother's Dead, or Poor Little Bessie's Plea for Bread.'
"The Cowperthwaite Criminal Quartet from the Cambridge Backs, composed of three male voices, and a tenor, will burst into bellicose balladry for their first appearance upon any stage. A battery of piano-accordions will discharge in a newly-composed Kinder-symphonie, for the last time upon any stage. A variety of vivid divertissements by several stellar scintillants, recruited from the ranks of Dunster democrats, will bolster the bill."
("Term used at Balliol, signifying "in the dining room.")
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