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No. 57--St. Mary's Cathedral

   Encountered by another heaven-kissing spire, so delightful to look at, so difficult to encompass in small space, we decided to invite you inside St. Mary's, to contemplate the high altar and reflect on the enduring work of that fiery first bishop of Lincoln--Bishop Bonacum.

   This advantageous position, 14th and K, was first snatched by members of the Christian church, who built an edifice very like the one now standing opposite the capitol. They lost it during the 90's depression and Bishop Bonacum took over, rebuilding once after a fire had well nigh demolished the church.

   A cathedral is a bishop's church and in it the first bishop's successors, Bishops Tihen, O'Reilly, Beckman and Kucera have presided. Since Msgr. C. J. Riordan has become pastor the entire basement has been finished, so that it contains two large halls. In one of them each Sunday a second mass is celebrated at 11 o'clock, while the solemn mass is celebrated upstairs. From the kitchen each school day noon are served hot meals to the entire student body of the Cathedral school.

   University art classes each year visit the church to sketch its architectural beauty.

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Northeast High, Sixty-third and Baldwin

   Those three sister territories, University Place, Havelock and Bethany, spread out side by side in northeast Lincoln and once quite separate divisions of the city, were tied together as neatly by the new Northeast high school as three handkerchiefs are secured by one knot in the corners. Thus caught up, they are a flag of friendly challenge, not to say defiance, to wave across to Lincoln high at 21st and J. Overnight a feeling of solidarity sprang tip at the new high school.

   There had been murmurs when the school neared completion over a year ago that the name Northeast was undesirable--that it had a cold, damp sound and that no one could love an institution with such an appellation, and so why not name it for some Nebraska or national notable.

   Others contended that the name was not the thing--that dear old Northeast could entwine itself as firmly around the heart as dear old VanWyck or Montmorency.

   The latter seem to have been right. The three lines of youngsters we see converging on Northeast these mornings approach their new institution smiling. Probably one could learn to love Hogwallow school if associations and surroundings were pleasant. Speaking of appearances and surroundings, the picture above is a very inadequate representation of the building itself. The surroundings, naturally still a little barren, have been improved by a cement walk, and with gravel on 63rd.

   Lincoln's third high school is in College View.

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