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Yearly one million dollars has been spent up to
the present time oi. the Saratoga racetrack, which
U to open to-morrow. The improvements for the
coming season alone have cost $250,000. To an old
frequenter of the course the transformation will
j^ake him feel almost like a stranger. Grand
■tand. c.ubhouse. paddock and track all have been
altered, enlarged or entirely rebuilt. He will
f r.d new gates to the grounds, and should he have
to P ay bis way in ne will also discover something
r.etv. Instead of an admission price of $2, he will
£ad himself obliged to pay $3.
William C. Whitney, president of the Saratoga
Association, In speaking of the increase of the ad
jniMicn fee. said that It had been made to maintain
tie standard of racing set by himself and his as
sociates at the. Springs. Mr. Whitney 6aid he be
lieved the public would be willing to pay the dif
jerecoe Sn order to see a higher class of sport.
jir. Whitney explained ihat the Saratoga track,
unlike the ones in the neighborhood of New-York
City, was not able to draw as many spectators,
its average attendance being not one-half the
crowd each day at a race meeting at Coney Island,
Brooklyn or Morris Park.
Mr. Whitney paid further: "We have Just spent
about £50.0(t0 on the course. We have advertised
•takes fu'.iy up to those of any track in the United
States, ar.d If we are successful it is the disposi
tion of the men of the association to keep raising
the standard of racing here. It cannot be done long
•without raising the Income. This track has passed
through a great many vicissitudes. We are trying
a. new experiment; but it is pleasant to feel that
T.e have the co-operation and support, as we seem
to have, of those who are fond of horses and of
xacJr.? as a sport." Thus Mr. Whitney emphasizes
again the purpose of the association, as seen in its
full name, which is, "The Saratoga Association for
the Improvement of the Breed of Horses."
<y<s followers of the turf explain the willingness
Of Mr. Whitney and his associates to draw thus
fceavlly upon their purses 1n making Improvements
to the tune of a quarter of a million dollars by
sayirg that the racing enthusiasm of this year has
exceeded all bounds, and that the interest in the
sport was never co keen, both on the part of horse
•wners and the public at "arge. Since the opening
of the metropolitan season a.t Aqueduct, the crowds
et the tracks have steadily increased. Nor has the
track Itself ever been faster. The horses seem to
kave caught the contagion, and to want to run
faster. Record after record has been broken. And
the end does not seem to be in sight yet.
The racing season of the Saratoga track, which
begins to-morrow, August i. and continues until
August IS. promises sport pf an unusually hig-h
order. The feature of the opening day. the Sara
toga Handicap, is enough to warrant come sensa
tional developments, for among the dozen cr more
fleet runners —ho Trill go to the post that day. un
less the unforeseen happens, will be the famous
Gold Heels, the winner of the Suburban, the victor
of the Brighton Handicap, and by all odds the
prime favorite In to-morrow's race. Gold Heelss
performances have, In the opinion of old turfmen,
ushered In a new epoch of handicap raclne, and as
he was able to break the record of the Brighton
Beach track for the handicap event, it is the cur
rent belief that the gallant son of The Bard will
be able to clip off a fraction of the Saratoga record
Of 1:5& S for a mi'.e and three-sixteenths, which
■R-as established three years ago oa a much In
ferior track.
The horses which are entered for the Saratoga
Handicap are In the following lift, together with
the weights at which W. S. Vosburgh, the official
handlcapper. has decided they should run:
Gold Heels, 4 l»!Roxane. S ~- V*
Blue* 4 1241 His Eminence. 4 103
Advance Guard. 5 I=*| Watercure. 5 I<|o
Articulate. 4 11S»! Kamara. S . _.^..l<K)
Herbert. 5 llSiK'.iwr Pepp«r. 4 I*£
Prince ot Melbourne. 5. 1191 Operator. 4 - — }'<O
Aioedo. 6 NamTor. 3...- 100
Garrv Herrmann. 4 116; The Rhymer. 4 1"O
Ten Candles. S ll">i Luck and Charity. 3 100
Lady Schorr. 4 U4ißaßj*oo Bey. 4..- I<£
Major Daincerfield. 3 112 1 Oartande. 5 »8
Nones. ■» 11# J-iin Mchola*. 3- »S
A'.Ki.iin. S 110 ! Kir Wtieet S »7
Irritable. 4 — I<W i Frar.ceseo. 3 »7
Abe Frar.k. 3 ";" v EUI 4 ■•'
Relna. 4 Mi ( Len<-«-man. 4 »5
Chuctanunda. 4 10*1 Khaki. 4 ■
Far Rockaway. 4 ~... I<'7 i Brutal, 4 "3
J«>m-r.ii. 4 - 107 i Larson, aped 92
Heno. 3 107! Mischievous, S 82
Aivescot. 5 _ 1"T Lord Pepper. 4 *2
irainw 4.. 106 Trigger. 4 - »0
Pentecost. 3 io« Wealth. 4 »0
Colonel Padden. 4 103 ! Northern Star. 3 69
CorrlKan. 3 N6 Lonßlove. 3 - *9
Baron P«rr>er. 4 lf«.V John Barleycorn. 3 SS
Chllton. I KG i Pearl Finder! 8 91
H-h«i 3 ...lf>4| Preeaßtor. 8
Dixlellne. 3 I'M ! Jovmaker. 3 R4
Whltkc-y Kin*. 3 103iPetra 11. 4 64
Just as the Brijrhton Beach racetrack. in conse
quence of Its many improvements, has won the
name of New Brighton, the renovated and en
larged Saratoga course has come to be called the
New Saratoga, and the name Is most appropriate-
No stir.t has been made on the expenditures of
money liy the Saratoga Racintr Association, and
nothing has been loft undane in making- the track
thoroughly ••*< i< ntitio and up to date."
The chief alteration In the Saratoga track, in
the mind? of horse owners and trainers. Is the en
largement of the track Itself from a mile course to
one of a milt, and a furlong. There used to be con
siderable danger in starting horses on the curves
of the old track, and accordingly the curves have
been much straightened, and the stretches have
been made the same length as the curves. This
alteration also greatly minimizes the danger to
Jockeys In rounding the curves. Two new chutem
have also been constructed, one a mile long at the
MM turn, and a second fit-ven-elsrhths of a mile
In length at the southwest end. The track has
be*n buill on much the same lines as the track
at Emjiire Ci:y park, in Westchester County.
Within the dirt track has been built a turf track.
xrhlch v. ii! not be r«;ady for use this atmman. how
ever, aa it wan eeeded «-Rly last month. This
track i 9 or.c mile in lencth. The steeplechase
within the turf track, wni.-h has been completely
renovated with nevr hurdles and Liverpool*, is In
fcplendid condition for the sixth race on to-mor
rowV card, which is to be- run for the Ballston Cup.
The work on the tracks has been under the uper
vtelon of F. E. Sj.ir.:..-r. __ M _
The Saratoga Association hap long prided Itself
on the beauties of the lawns and flower beds with
vhich Its track Is adorned, an.l these will be found
nn\l further enhanced with fr.-<=h sod and plants.
The external beauty of the course has also been
Increased by r- w steel sates, which hinge on a
new ornamental fence. „. .
Although the entrance admission fee to the jrrand
stand and paddock has been raised from 52 to J3.
the oflWrs of the association believe that they
will have a greater attendance than In previous
years. Accordingly, the capacity of the grand
ctand kM b«-.n increased 50 per cent. The struc
ture has practically been reouilt. The old stand
was co situated that toward the end of the after
noon the ravi of tne setting sun shone full into
the eyes of the spectators, and made the last,
races on the card difficult to see. In order to ri ht
this wrong, the eland *•«« cut Into three pieces
aM moved bodily to a site nearer the track fac
ing almost directly south. Two large additions
were then built between these sections, so that
the stand has bet-n lengthened by 160 additional
feet to a total length of .'SO feet, ith ,% «-idth of
Sfty feet. It will bow hold, instead of four thou
sand, about clx thousand x-ersons.
The old paddock has been torn down and a new
one built, which Is 220 feet lor.g an l SO feet wide
and which contains twenty-hv.; ftsßs. Near tne
entrance Is the cottase for the accommodation of
the Jockeys. This building- has been completely re-
KJodelled within. ,■„ _!. ," __
The club member? of the association are -tn en
3oy what might truly be called a new clubhouse
*hich, like the new grand stand, has been re! built
«o that spectators seated on its verandas may en
}oy a dear view of the tra^k without being Winded
by the afternoon sun. The rooms of the clubhouse
contain all that is needed for the convenience or
refreshment of the members. _„,„ #-._ .»,«,
A summary of the entire programme for the
Earatcga season Is contained in t>:e following table.
Monday. Auiruet 4— The Flaah. o->'« ar-ola8:^ th 5 n a rf:
toe* Handicap. thre»-year-oid« and upward, and tho
Tue«e6y.' 6t A°^ 22 It's1 t's— The Alabama, allle. three yea™ old.
W«Jne»aay. August 6— Tbe Eptoway. fillies t»o jeari
Thursday. Augurt The CaUidll, thre«-year-©!ds and
Friday. Au«u«t Overiujrht event*. t'L.Z^mm™ m«.-
Batarday. Au»u«t &-Tfce Barato«a SP^^-JZZZZZ* 01 ■
Tb« Traver.. three-year-oWs. and the Bewwyc*.
Monday, August 11— OvernlKbt event*. ;*•;.
1"u««4,. Auru.t 12— Tbe Seneca, three-year-oias.
V>dw»day.Tu»O«t 1»— Troy. two-year-old«-
Thur»(Jay. Auruist 14— Kenner. three-year-olda.
JMoar. Ansrust Overnight events. 0.-v-.
fcnurday. AUfraet lft-The United State. Hotel Suxes.
two-^ear-old.; tbe Delaware, three-year-olds and up
vard, and tha Trouble. ..
Monday, Au*un IS— The Mohawk. t hre t'^ e ?^«^'
'Tufiuy. August 13— The Merchants *nd «««»■• 8 .. v ..
: Wednesday. Aujruat 2*— Tb« Grand Union Hotel Stakes,
fc^ '. ■ ■_■ . ' ' ■ . . . . ■::..• ■ ■. .-■."•-
Thursday. August 21 — Tfc« TS«irni,. three-year-olds.
Friday. Aufrust 22— The Amsterdam, three-year-olds end
Saturday. Aujruft 23 — Tho Adirondack, two-year-olds: the
Saratoga Cu;i, three-year-olds and upward, and the
Monday. August 2. — The Kentucky, BlMei two years old.
Tuesday. Aogast — The Champlaln, three-year-olds and
Wednesday. AuguM 27 — The Albany, two-year-olds.
Thursday. August — The Saranac. three-year-olds.
The officers of the association at the present time
are as follows:
President— WlLLlAM C. WHITNEY.
Vice-president— F I.. HITCHCOCK.
Secretary— K. KNAP!'.
Treasurer— ANDßEW MILLEH.
Board of directors— WlLLlAM C. WHrTNnT. F. R.
BzecuUvc committee— WILLIAM C. WHITNEY. R. T.
Stimulated by the improvements of the Saratoga
track, August Belmont has spent about $75,000 out
of his own pocket upon hla Northern headquarters,
adjacent to the racecourse. Mr. Belmont has built
a new half-mile track for the exercise of his horses,
and a tunnel at an expense of JIO.OCO underneath
the track so that he can come and go from hi«
house without disturbing his thoroughbreds at
work The track encircles his house and stables.
Thus his trainers will also be able to bring to the
racecourse the Belmont candidates by way of this
underground route. The tunnel is square and
liphted by electricity.
Mr. Belmont has also enlarged his racing stable
to twenty-four stalls, besides building two new
Btables one for yearllnsrß and another for polo
ponies ' Mr. Whitney, it is said, will have quarters
on the lifclmont farm.
Beach Haven. N. J.. Aug. 2 (Speclal).-The affair
of the week at the Hotel Baldwin was the dinner
given by Mrs. Joseph Hopkinson In honor of the
ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Oliver Hop
kinson. of Philadelphia. The affair was a most n
joyable one, and the many friends vi<d with each
other in making the old gentleman's ninetieth mile
stone passing a memorable one for him. Mr. Hop
kinson has the distinction of bfing the oldest liv
ing graduate of the I»™' department of the Univer
sity of Pennsylvan'a, and h*> numbers and has
numbered among his friends men of prominence in
the affairs of law In Philadelphia.
A progressive euchre, with fifteen tables, and
players all guests of the Baldwin, was much en-
Joyed on Tuesday evening, and this particular
game will be a weekly fixture from now on. Fish
ing is still the great attraction at Beach Haven.
The race of the Beach Haven Yacht Club takes
place this afternoon, with a long list of entries.
Following are the names of those who have ar
rived at the Baldwin In the last few days who re
side In New-York and vicinity: Albert Taylor Bev
erly Boquert. George M. Mclntosh, J. C. Clemenson.
C. H. Carstalrs. the Misses Browning and Charles
Shorley, of New- York; Mrs. .Edward B. Grubb. of
Burlington. N. J.; Mrs. R. J. Loekett. Mlbh Jose
phine Balmer, Mica Eva M. Walsh and James H.
Walsh. Jr.. of Brooklyn: Mrs. van M. Newman,
of New- York: Miss Wildes. of Burlington. N. J.:
Mr and Mr.'. K. Nat>i«-r. of East Orange. N. J.: Miss
Selma Malloak. of New- York: Colonel H. A. Potter.
of Kfeat Orange, and N. A. Moghabghab, of New-
Saratoga Springs. Aug. 2 (Special).— If h.inl to
Fit down and write deliberately about Saratoga
Springs this year. There is a tendency to become
excited, to "enthuse," to grope for adjectives suffi
ciently superlative, and to hunt for strenuous verb*
expresping more than an ordinary amount of ac-
tion. One wants to get up and shout about it all,
to u?e a megaphone and the voice of a roman.-he.
America lias never had a resort that •quailed
Saratoga. There Is no place like it and none can
ever replace it. There have been "off" yearr. when
Americans did not seem to appreciate her varied
offerings, but not m&Jiy of them.
This is an "on" year— very much "on." One can
tell that without leaving New-York by watching
the crowds that push through the Saratoga gates
at the Grand Central.
Hero in Saratoga one feels it. sees it. hears it.
That it will be the greatest August the Springs has
ever known one cannot doubt. There are more
people, they have more money, and Saratoga never
offered so many delightful ways of spending it.
In one Benr.e this is the horse's year. There is a
new track and rich prizes for the long necked, long
legged racers. There is an improved polo field for
the lowset, nervy ponies, that play the game just
as hard as their riders. There is a magnificent
speedway for the aristocratic trotter and his gen
tleman driver. The sports in which the. horse
figures are responsible for more than half the
From another point of view, this season is the
season for those in search of health. Saratoga
spent the winter looking into her springs, analyzing
them and experimenting with their medicinal prop
erties. The result has been several discoveries of
more than ordinary Importance.
Again, this is a year for lovers of music. The
orchestras of the big hotels are larger than usual.
That of the Orand Union is being led by Victor
Herbert. There are concerts, both morning and
evening, and from one point of vantage on Broad
way the music of four orchestras can be heard at
one time-. Later In the season there Is to be a
bandmasters' convention of some sort, and thirty
two bands will play in concert. It certainly Is a
season of music, and the truest of "true lovers"
will «et their fill
This Is Saratoga's 12Sth season as a summer re
sort. At least it was that many years ago when
the first hotel wan opened alongside the queer
spring from which Sir William Johnson drank, and
was cured of the painful effects of a winter of hlfch
living. The resort would have been three years
older to-day had not the Indian?. Jealou? of the
"medicine pprinK." driven off Dlrck Scoughten.
who built the hotel.
It was opened without formality by one John
Arnold, of Rhofie Island. To ho frank, there was
nothing to be formal about. The pioneer hotel was
a story ar.d a half in height, roughly built of logs,
and had not a single foot of piazza. There was
one room on the ground floor, and a sleeping
chamber in tli>- loft. No cottages surrounded it,
unless one counts the rti<le Indian cabins. Instead
of tho whirr of ivory balls In roulette wheels, there
was the rattle of the anakes which infested the
rocks about the spring.
A different picture Saratoga presents to-day—
hotels, an entire block In length, with acres of
piazzas, long rows of stately pillars, and as much
land in their court parks ft« was cleared in the
whule settlement In the early days. A constant
passing show of fine turnouts, drawn by horses
and driven by power has replaced the stealthy
striding of the stray Indian. Laughing, smiling
women, gowned like queens, holding sway over
the men of the white tribe, are here, instead of the
slaving Mohawk squaws, in their dirty, tattered
The Saratoga crowd is the most interesting
thins about the resort. That is why bad seasons
are so very bad. and the good ones so superlative.
The crowd changes with the hours, and is never
tiie same. It is a busy, up and doing crowd.
Few come to Saratoga looking for absolute rest,
and those who do find it not. Even the spring
water fiends and visitors in bad health enjoy the
excitement which surrounds them, though they
may be unable to enter into It.
A "lunger," which is a name that seems bound
to stick to modern consumptives, sat in front of
one of the Broadway hotels this morning and en
joyed the passing show. He had just come from
the Adirondack*, and the change of air and alti
tude brought back his cough, bat still he smiled.
"Saratoga is not as good a climate for my case
as the North Woods," he said to a friend who
a-iked about his cough, "but I'll take the risk.
Something is always happening here, and it makes
me forget."
"And does nothing ever happen in the woods?"
he was asked.
"Just before I departed a travelling show came
to our resort. Every seat in the town hall was
sold, and we looked forward to an evening of
diversion. The first man to appear on the stage
spoiled it all. The burden of his song was this:
"I have money, I have wealth,
I would give them all for health!
'Will I ever see my happy home again?"
•'It was an unfortunate selection, and it almost
broke up (be show. More tlian half the audience
wer« lungers.' and. of course, we all departed. It
was most depressing."
The springs at Saratoga receive the most atten
tion In the morning. Some get the most effect
drinking the waters belore breakfast. Other*
make their pilgrimage just before the morning
concerts. In the afternoon and evening there are
other things to do and decidedly other things to
Nearly every one who comes to Saratoga has a
favorite spring. Those who come for the first time
may flit about for a week or two. but they soon
eettle down to a certain water and drink it re
ligiously. There are those who are so thoroughly
faithful to the spring of their choice that they de
mand their particular water for •"chasers."' Just
as they Insist on a certain brand of whiskey.
They can tell the difference, too. and any attempt
at substitution makes immediate trouble for the
Many come here on a physician's prescription,
and the spring from which they are to drink is a
part of it. There is hardly a spring in the vicinity—
and there are forty of them within the Saratoga
boundaries — that is not a sure cuie for some dis
ease or other. The High Rock Spring, for instance.
Is especially beneficial in its operation upon the
kidneys and liver, though useful in rheumatism,
dyspepsia and constipation. It is said to be the
oldest of Saratoga springs, and was discovered by
the Indians long before the first whites came. The
water In the course of mary hundred years has
built a curb for itself in the dome shaped rock
from which it takes its name.
Congress Spring bubbles forth In the centre of
the city, and one of Saratoga's largest parks has
been laid around it. A five-cent admission ticket
carries the privilege of drinking spring water until
you burst, If one is that keen on getting his
moneys worth. It was discovered in 1732, and has
since been known for its delicious flavor and
smooth cathartic action.
For wonderful cures the Lincoln has perhaps the
longest list. It is one of Saratoga's most recent
discoveries, and hardly a year has passed since
18a6 that it has not shown some new medicinal
value. Just now it is the Mecca for a throng of
sufferers from diabetes.
A fussy little old man, with discouraged eyes
and a how-Ured-I-am air, wandered into the din
ing room at Congress Hall the other morning for a
10 o'clock breakfast.
"Bring me whatever you Uke," he said to the
waiter. "I'm tired of ordering things for which I
have no appetite.
The black fellow brought as tempting a break
fast as evtr worried a dyspeptic, but the old man
could not fat.
"You'se better go down to the Geysers," advised
the waiter, with a deferential bow. "Just drink
yourself full up with Saratoga vichy and then
come back for luncheon. You'll eat Uke a house
what is burning up."
"I've tried "most everything," moaned the dys
peptic, "but its no use. I'm a dead one when It
comes to eating."
"I'se givln* you'se all a gilt edged tip when I
tells you to mot) op a lot of vlchy," Insisted the
waiter. "It's more certain than Gold Heels in the
Handicap. You'll Just have to eat. Why. like as
not you'll think you'se starved before you can get
bark to the notel."
The colored man was convincing, and the old
man found his way to the collection of springs
known as the Geysers. He drank the peculiar
alkaline water with the air of a man who waa try
ing a vital experiment.
"This is the last attempt," he said to himself.
"If this don't make me eat I'm going to give it
Along about noon he was more hungry than he
had been for weeks, and by 2 o'clock he was starv
ing. He hastened back to Congress Hall and made
(ox the dining room.
"Brins; everything on the card, he said, ana
bring it quick. I'm starving, George, positively
(>t course, he had Indigestion that afternoon, but
the vichy will fix that in no time, and he will go
away as many a dyspeptic has gone before, as
hearty an eater as though he had never led a care
less life.
In spite of the warm evenings. Saratoga visitors
are doing a great deal of dancing this season.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the "hop"
nights at the different hotels, and If there were a
few more men who could be persuaded to leave
mint Juleps and "Prince Charleys" the floors would
be crowded.
Saratoga women appear at their best in the even
ing. They dress mow elaborately than at any
other resort In the country, unless it is at Newport,
and that is Mjtagj a jrreat deal. One cannot fail
to notice the number of tall girls, the sort whose
queenly heads and shoulders are above the crown
of th« man of average height These big girls are
Just as keen for full dance orders as are their
Sainty short sisters, but they have- vastly more
trouble at>out It.
"Why is it that tall men would rather tie them
selves Into a knot and dance with these little slips
of women?" demanded a Saratoga beauty who
measures an even six feet. The little fellows are
just as 'strong" for girls that overshadow them."
"Must be due to a like of opposltes," replied the
man with the melted collar, as he fanned her in
a way that gave him all the breeze that was
Just then a four-and-a-half-footer strutted up
and asked for a dance. She handed out her card
with aa good grace as possible.
•1 11 show him the premises." she explained,
when he had departed.
"You'll what?" demanded the man. who could
not keep cool. 4 ••■ ._ ,
"Show him the premises." she repeated. Take
him for a walk In tho park and let him look at
the colored lights playing on the fountain. Per
haps I'll even feed him a highball. ln the Pagoda.
Anything to keep him off the dancing floor.
"But he's a pood dancer," protested the chap
on the piazza rail.
"Perhaps, ir ne would take a woman his own
size. I dance like a load of brick 3, anyway, even
with a man somewhere my own size. If I danced
with him he'd think he was a donkey engine trying
to pull a coai car up a steep graae. It would be
cruelty to children, and the society might get after
The little one came Just then. and. as good as her
word. Bhe lugged him into the park but did not
tell him about "showing the premises. " She ttbbed
about a sprained ankle. ,
A feature of Saratoga life is the small hotels
and boarding houses which are grouped around
the monster establishments vhieh contribute so
much to the fame of the Sprf gs. The guests be
come better acquainted than the larger hotels
end the life they lead is less strenuous.
One of the boarding houses, a new one which
was furnished to suit the exaggerated tastes of
an excentrlc landlady, was alarmed the other
morning by the shouts of its prettiest woman
"A broom! A broom!" she cried. "My kingdom
for a broom!" who has written a novel and
The star boarder, who has written a novel and
hopes to save up enough to publish It, rushed out
with a whisk. The maid came up the sairs two at
a time with a duster, and the fleshy woman frora
across the hall came to the rescue with a powder
P " What do you want with a broom?" two or three
d^v nn ce d in mm C rr ss U hoe,- said the pretty woman.
fi h no n wonder. You should have seen that car
pet. It was a bower of roses, big red roses, little
yellow ones, and some that were sky blue. It
glared at you until your eyes took on a ping pong
iumD It danced before you. It howled at you.
It was more brilliant than the best pas In the
unpublished novel. No wonder she could not find
bH'E^d tr r Th C e are c'a U r 1 pet &
J °&e^. d asrffifiil» in the makeup of Sara
toara visitors that causes a prolific assortment of
fakirs of various sorts to reap a harvest of legal
tender. There are palmists galore, and one woman
who read, feet lines. In one little shop ' n Broad
way the Queen of Bohemia or some other placa
tells everything f^r in ?ent». At least that Is what
the gaudy sign says.
Score* of women pay their "ten" to a greasy in
dividual at the door, and are passed on to th«
«x -queen.
"Yo;i are a iady'" she exclaims, after looking at
the hand for a second.
"Of course I am." declared one victim, angrily.
"Who ever dared doubt that I was a lady! I ana
a perfect la-h
And she was.
The palmist ratt>s on for thr-e minutes at a rato
which makes it all but Impossible to understand
what she is saying.
•"There, that is all I can tell you for 10 cents.
she concludes.
While one still looks dazed. she continues:
"Your right har.d has many lines which are es>»
sentiaL Give me a Quarter and 111 read 'hem.
Card reading for 50 cent 3: life reading; a. For $S
I'll go into a trance."
"Take the money," one la tempted to cry, "an<s
stay in the trance!"
If any one who i 3 summering In Saratoga should
happen to send you a photograph taken in an auto
mobile, don't believe that he has suddenly com*
Into money or broken the hank at Canfleld's. It can
all be laid to the enterprise of a photographer at
the Springs. "Have Your Photograph Taken •!»
Your Own Automobile— No Extra Charge for tha
Machine." is the way his sign reads. The vanity
of the. American public is shown by the way in.
which people stand in line and wait their chance t»
don a "mobe" cap, grasp the lever and be photo- .
If Sunday comes and one does not know Just
what to do. there is nr> better "stunt" than to
form a party and drive out to Saratoga Lake for
dinner. The dinners are famous In more than on«
country, and there are few more beautiful drive*
in the States. On the way one can digress Into
the well parked grounds of Spencer Trask's estate.
where it will be necessary to stop several times
to commune with nature, even though the carriage
is not provided with "individual cups" for the>
ceremony. , , _
After reaching the lake there- are several ol<S
fashioned farmhouse* which nave oeen turned into
restaurants. Perhaps one goes to "Jin; Klley s.
who has a way of cooking potatoes that maxes
one want to make a meal from them alone, even
though there Is not a. drop of Irish blood In his)
Twenty-five years ago '•Jim" Rlley was as famous
an oarsman as the country knew. He has defeated
such men as "Charley" Courtney, the Corneli
coach, and Hanlan. who trains Columbia for con-»
tests on the water. His place is covered with row.
ing pictures of the good old days when fortunes
were won and lost on single scull contests. Jim ">
Rlley Is full ol stories of exciting contests, -wheat
all sorts of tricks were resorted to that the cont3sta
might come out as the heavy bettors desired.
"I remember once In the early eighties in a rac«
at Point of Pines." said Riley last Sunday. g
was a dreadful bunch of money up on the result. 5
was sure of winning. If they let me alone, in«
they knew it. The trouble came when I roundea
the stakeboat. The other crowd had entered a mia
in the race whose one duty was to sink me He>
tried it at the stake, running the sharp S"w of his
cedar shell entirely through my boat. I sacked upt
and pulled ahead alternately until I succeeded in
breaking off the bow of his shell. He *a=K hea<S
first, and I went on as best I could, It was a hard
job to keep afloat, but I managed it. and. jn spite)
of the water I was carrying. I lapped the -winner.
If I could have reached the scoundrel who puncs*
ured me I think I would have killed htm.
"Jim" Riley still rows, but no longer in a «heH.
He goes out Into the lake in a punt and catchaa
pickerel and bass of wonderful dimensions. n»
keeps a few fighting roosters, Including ?*af»
Eater," who recently tore the trousers off a coach
man. and who ia the terror of dogs for mi.ea
around. But his chief delight la In turning _ous
dinners that are so good that one neier totg**
them. They are simply a course of bass or picJcerei,
a broiled fowl. Riiey potatoes and a bit ol rruis.
The charm lies In the way they are J^° j*~ „_,»,,_-,
A visit to Ballston, the shire town of Sara.ojzT*
County, is well worth while. tarty In the last
century this was the summer and nealth resort or
Northeastern New- York. Saratoga was then a.
struggling suburb. Ballston was rich la t mineral
"prinls. but they gradually failed, while those ot
Saratoga increased in number and volume.
Traces of Ballston's former glory can be Been fa*
the elaborate old fashioned homes which line Hlgh
st The old hotels, with one exception, have- been
burned or torn down. Beyond a few cottag ers, tha
former Spa has no summer population. It has be
come a busy manufacturing place, and the peopla
are probably better off to-day, so far as w-a-.i
goes, than they would have been had tfle springs
h There is one party of summer visitors at BalManl
this week, every member of which la having tha
time of his or her life They are children from the
tenement house districts sent out by The Tristina
Fresa Air Fund, and they are being entertained b*
•rveral Ballston matrons. In new white aressws,
the gift of rheir hostess, the little girls give tea.
rmrtie-i on the lawn to the more fortunate litt'.a
efrls who live In the delightful country all tha
ear round. The boys on borrowed bicycles play
polo across the street. The shouts from both
parties can be heard for a block, but no one minds
the noise. It is too strong a compliment to
Ballstons power to give entertainment. „*V."i;
Ballston makes little attempt at social activity
In the summer. Saratoga Is too near. Nearly every
nieht during the season some merry party or other
descend, on the Springs for a dance at the States
or Congress Hall or a concert at me Grand Lnion.
and the "Ballston bunch." with Its pratty girls,
charming matrons and plenty of men. is • Tatars
which visitors who stay any length of time will
An entlrefy different note 13 sounded at Round
Lake, another of Saratoga's suburbs. It Is a quaint
country village, sober, %edate and dignified-just
the place for camp meetings, and for them It has
become fa-nous. In the centre of a camping and ■
cottage cc Sny Is a large auditorium, where con
ventioM O£ a more or less religious nature hold
their Essloni. Many times during the summer
Saratoga is held up as the horrible example of the>
frivolous life, and sometimes they say hard thinsa
about Its excess of pleasures. Saratoga, on ha
other -hand likes Round Lake, with its serious life
Its missionaries and its meetings. It Is an anchor
to windward, as it were, and the echo of Its hymns
keeps the pleasure loving springs from forgetting
entirely that there Is a serious side to life.
Saratoga Springs. N. T.. Aug. 2 (SpeclaD-Raln ot»
I shine. August is always the biggest month of th«
Saratoga fashionable season, and the present
month will prove no exception to the general rule.
The greater portion of July was handicapped by all
kinds of weather Inimical to summer resorts In gen*
eral: but as August approached the number of ar«
rivals here Increased daily, and at the present tima)
Saratoga is entertaining its usual complement ot
visitor*. To-day and to-morrow will bring her«
those of the racing contingent who have not already;
put in an appearance, and they will remain In town
till the close of the Saratoga Racing Association'
meeting on August 2S. The season will the coming,
week reach It. height, and will maintain Its brlllianft,
equipoise until the middle of September, when 1^
will begin to wane. Saratoga will continue, to be)
the centre of attraction for several week 3 to come.
John "W. Gates, of Chicago, who is occupying a|
cottage at the United States Hotel, where he wilt
pass the season, 1. not in town for pleasure alona.
He says that he is here for the benefit of his health;
"but. while recuperating and rejuvenating, he w. 1
attend to business In his usual strenuous style. AtJ #
the rear, or west, section of the hotel grounds la t
what ia known as the clubhouse. In this buildin*
Harris. Gates & Co., brokers, have established aa,
office for the private and exclusive ua« of Mr, .
Gates, who immures himself there during certain
hours of the day. This office is connected by <*
private long distance telephone wire with N«w-«
York City. Chicago and other centres.
William C. Whltney\ who Is established here foe?
the season, with headquarters at the United States)
Hotel, has equipped himself in a somewhat similar
manner. A private long distance telephone wirai
runs into a glass cabinet booth which has been
placed in his cottage at this hoteL He Is thus la
close and rush order communication with his agents)
and representatives in New-York City and else
where by means of the exclusive wire, over whlchs
he transacts a large volume of business dally. It
Is not unlikely that other manipulators summering
in Saratoga may adopt similar methods to keep
themselves up to date and in touch with their New-
York City offices, when hotel cottages and club
house will, become cobwebbed with telephone and
telegraph wires.
Saratoga cottages are still In brisk demand, as la
shown by the fact that several were rented this
week. The A. Louis Hall cottage. In Phlla
st., has been taken by M. Hehenstein. of New- _.*;
York City. Mrs. Louise Haskell. of the same city.
has secured the Miss Ryan cottage, in Sou: .
Broadway. Eugene Wisbard. of Chicago, will pass
the season in the Forthmiller cottage. in CaroUne
st. The Doollttle cottage. In Lake-aye.. has be*»
leased by Charles H. Waring, of Amsterdam.
The North Broadway cottage owned and occu
pied by Mrs. Mary E. Fuller, widow of Joseph Ful
ler. of Troy, was the scene of a small fire Tuesday,
At James H. Rlley's road House. at Saratoga
Lake, last Sunday. Captain John H. Walbrldge».
publisher of "The Saratogtan," gave a dinner to
a party of seventy-five. It included members ot
his office and representative^ of "The Albany
Argus." The dinner was In recognition of courte
sies extended by "The Albany Argua" to "Tha
Saratoglan." The latter office was wiped out by
the Arcade fire of June 9. and for several week 3»
until a new plant could be secured. "The Sara*
togian" was issued from "The Albany Argus"*
office and the editions railroaded to this place,
"The Saratogian" has purchased a site and wtu .
i-r.-T ■ flrerjroof building.
The spectacular part of the week's programme

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