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April 05, 1919 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily, 1919-04-05

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nr 1.VLmI %. ri 1 UP% 114 n a a.
Annual Social Event of University Be- e
gun Amid Conditions Far Differentc
from Those of Present j
Present Day Prom Shows Great Im-t
provement Over By-gone e
(By Walter X. Brennan)'
"Hank's emporium was ablaze withs
newly installed kerosene lamys which i
shed their brilliant rays over the hall,i
blending beautifully with the severalC
strips of Maize and Blue bunting t
which waved lazily in the spring
breezes drifting in through the half
open windows. At one end of the halla
was seated the orchestra with two vio-
lins and a piano. The men were chat-
ting busily as they made the final ad-
ditions to their programs. The orches-
tra struck up a march, and the 20 cou-
ples formed for the grand march. The
Junior Prom was on." So might the
first J-Hop, held in 1877, been review-
ed by the extra, had The Daily then
been in existence at that time.
So started what is now the greatest
of Michigan's social events standing
out as one of the eminent affairs in
American universities. Tonight a
thousand subjects of Terpsichore
whirl over the burnished floor of Wa-
terman gymnasium to the strains of
"The Victors," "Varsity" and other
college songs, the fruit of Michigan
students, played by more than half a
hundred musicians. Instead of a few
strips of bunting, time, money and
energy has been spent on tonight's
decorations hung by the best decorat-
ors obtainable.
Alternate Dress Soits
Stories of the time when there were
but a few dress suits in Ann Arbor,
and the men would attend for but an
hour, and then bolt for their rooms to
give a friend a chance to attend the
affair; the story goes, that most of
their time was spent in explaining
why good friends never attended at
the same time. Some tell of the time
when only two hacks and a carryall
were available as carriages, causing
sme to leave two hours ahead of oth-
ers. It was then no less than a crime
in dancing. Her dress so thin was
sure to win the college's man's atten-
tion; she'd make them hum while
chewing gum held up her new inven-
All eyes were turned with gaze that
burned upon this daring creature; re-
marks were made by persons staid, but
none of these did reach her. She
sensed some sneers, some mocking
leers; but did this maiden heed 'em?
Why not at all, she doffed her shawl,
and said to Bob, "Let's speed 'em."
They did a slide off to the side where
shadows soft were playing; and then
she sighed, and then she cried, "Oh,
Bob, what are you saying?" For be it
known that Bob had shown his love
for daring Bessye; what did he care
if she should dare to wear such garb
undressy? He grew more bold, and
then he told her of his adoration; and
as he wooed, the maiden cooed her
bashful(?) affirmation.
In future days we hope to gaze
upon this married couple; we hope
they're blessed when Bessye's dressed
her charming form so supple. Her
decollete has had its day now since a
man she's captured; she'll ne'er forget
it helped to get her Romeo enrap-


to keep the cabby waiting. Iow hoop On this occasion the first elaborate ef-
skirts, in style at the same time, man- forts at decorating were made, and
aged to get into the carryall form in- the two-step made its appearance. The
teresting legends. control of the yearly affair again
Turning through the pages we learn drifted back to the Juniors, and in 1901
that the Hop was held at Hark's, for fe.toons of electric lights were first
four years under the control of the used. The 1906 Hop saw the intro-
juniors, when it was taken up by sev- ductrion of calcium spot lights, which
eral Greek letter societies and was were made to sweep the floor, produc-
called "The Society Hop." In 1883 the in" tbeautiful effects on the gorgeous
juniors once more took charge and it gowrns and decorations.
became the Junior Social. By 1891 the In 1914 the Hop was not held. War
attendance became so great that it was conditions prevented the holding of it
found necessary to hold the affair in in 1917.
the rink. Here 300 attended, and for 'T'onight the latest page is being
the first time two orchestras were written in the history of Junior Hop
employed. The dances in vogue then having reached the pinicle of elabor-
were the waltzes, galops, polkas and once, with more than a thousand in
schottisches. attendance.
The rink wan undesirable because of -__
its lack of accommodations for cloaks' Two Operas Written by Grads
so the next year the Social was held 'we Onermss"Writsen ab'sGrads
in Granger's dancing academy, where "ome On Dad," this year's Union
it continued to be held until 1894. At Operadii'tie secod to be written by
Granger's the dancing lasted from 9agraduate of tie University.
to 1 and the admission was a dollar.
Fraternities Control in 1898 Ir 1916 there were four guests from
In 1898 nine fraternities staged the C'asada and in 1915 there was only
annual ball in Waterman gymnasium. one.

of Chicago, who with Karl Velde, '20, chairman of the J-Hop committee,
lead the grand march of the 1919 J-Hop, Friday evening. Miss Bade is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Francis E. Bade of 5108 Kimbark avenue, Hyde
Park, Chicago, and is at present attending Starrett's School for Girls, of
that city. Miss Bade has visited in Ann Arbor on numerous occasions.
She has a brother, William Bade, in the University.
Ye Maids of Garments Few and Scant
Take Notice ofThisRhythmic Chant
(Mark K. hlbert)
At the Junior Hop where soda pop Roneo was there, you know, down at
is the strongest thing that's tasted, the the M. C. station; he showed his joy,
speedy maid was quite afraid her' this simple boy, with wealth of dem-
speed would all be wasted. But still, onstration. He took her grips - a
thought she, perhaps I'll be an awful few short skips, and they were in his
big sensation; and so I'll write dear 1 motor; a little ride before she spied
Bob tonight, and accept his invitation. the "frat" of which he wrote her.
Then came the day when Bessye And then that night with hearts so
Mae began her joyous journey; she set light, they started for the function;
right out with not a pout to go into they reached the gym, all fixed and
the tourney. This maiden knew that trim; their hearts throbbed in con-
others, too, would try to grab the junction. She felt quite sure that on
laurels; but let them fret, she'd get the floor she'd draw much admiration;
them yet, without there being quar- her hopes were high, the time was nigh
rels. Ambition fired, this maid aspired to startle education.
to win the golden apple; she said, "Oh, Her dancing frock was planned to
well, I'll be the belle; for honors I rock the very walls and ceiling; it
will grapple." was so smart in every part, so thor-
Ann Arbor woke, the buildings oughly revealing. No pains she spared
spoke, when from the train alighted that shoulders bared should have a
this maid so fair, of charms so rare, look entrancing; she thought that
this girl who would be plighted. Her they would surely play important parts

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