No. 35--War Memorial, Antelope Park  

Picture or sketch   Tucked here and there thruout Antelope park's pleasant paces--179 acres--are a number of statues and memorials, results of various impulses and circumstances. We have mentioned the pillars at the O street entrance. Roaming southward thru the park you will find others. One of these objects is the fountain given to the city by the late E. Thompson thirty or so years ago. It was placed in the center of 11th street a few blocks south of O. As Lincoln's herd of automobiles grew to thundering proportions city officials realized that the fountain, very suitable in the days when ladies nodded to each other across it from phaetons and victorias moving on either side, must be transplanted. After a number of accidents, some of them truly tragic, the fountain was taken to the park. Neptune, on one side, had been permanently crippled and the water nymph on the other was doubtless aged in spirit.

   In 1936 the Lincoln park department sponsored the putting up of a war memorial--a marble 23-foot shaft topped by a figure in ancient armour--spirit of war and victory. On four lower pedestals Revolutionary, Civil war, Spanish-American and World war soldiers look out, each leaning on his instrument of death. When Mr. Burman and the park department planned this statue they probably had no thought that it would be so quickly outmoded. No niche has been provided for a warrior of the present conflict.

   Another figure in the park is The Pioneer Women, donated by the Woman's club and the park board. The trees along Memory garden and Memorial drive--north of Sheridan boulevard--were planted in memory of the Lincoln soldiers who fell in the first World war.

No. 36--Nebraska Capitol

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   Nebraska's capitol, designed by Bertram Goodhue, is one of the beautiful buildings of the world.

   Twenty years ago, disputatious words were circling round its budding tower--derogatory, complimentary, acrimonious., laudatory. But the capitol rose silently thru this swarm of words and today stands superbly in completed perfection. Controversy has died away, and there are probably few Nebraskans who are not proud of the capitol's majesty and timeless beauty.

   Opening a forgotten drawer recently we came. upon the dusty drawings of Mr. Goodhue's rivals in the capitol competition of more than twenty years ago and found them yawn-provoking. Only the one chosen seemed alive, rising into the sky, even on its yellowed paper background, as tho from some inner compulsion.

   The capitol has many moods. Sometimes she wraps a dark cloak somberly about her. The next time one turns to look, she shimmers in a cloak of light. The capitol is beautiful in all her moments--silhouetted against the blue, against storm or twilight, or against the limitless background of night.

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