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Recreation Places in Birmingham When Springtime Calls
BY RALPH R. SILVfc, Monuments and Landscape View in Capitol l’ark. Near Center of City SPRING is coming. That season of the year whose pe culiar, thrilling, vibrating, life-giv ing influences are sobner or later felt by every human, stances on the threshold of Birmingham. The severe cold weather of a few days In February has been the dying struggles of the mild but stubborn southern winter. It is only a matter of a few weeks and maybe a few days until in every niche and corner of the o|^ Mother Earth can be seen a thousand and one forms of animal and vegetable life literally leaping into existence under 11le magic touch and in fluence of the warming sun, the rising sap and the chming birds. And like unt<f the rest is man. With the coming of tb* leaves, with the burst ing oi tiie buds, with the rippling of the spring freshet, with odor of the fresh, damp, fertile soil, with the sight of the cloak <)f green fast falling upon the shoulders of nature, with the sound of feathered wooing, with the sight of the snake's new skin, the horse’s new glossy coat, the cock’s new plumes, with the •oft, warm, seductive atmosphere ting ling his-nostrils and generating within him a new energy, bringing new dreams and new ami/bltions, man like all the rest of Nature, will wrant to revel in the in fluence of that most wonderful of all sea sons of the year—the spring time. The man or the woman Pr the child who lives in the f city, however, to a certain extent Is handicapped. All will want to co to the Country—but all can not. For these there are many beautiful places in Birmingham, places where the glories of the spring time can be seen and enjoyed almost as much as in the open country. Birmingham has many beautiful parks and many beautiful residence sections and they can all be visited and enjoyed for the mere trouble of going. The parks of Birmingham, where they are and fvhat thiy are and how to get there, follow: Ayon/nle Park—Take any car, transfer to A\if#l;»ljg or walk east on Avenue E, south to Fortieth street. Contains mag nificent spring (lowing out of great rocks In mountain, wading pond for children, swings, walk|, driveways, refreshment stiU:ds, electric lights, benches and a zoo logical garden containing many animals of all kinds. Capitol Park—Take any car, transfer to North Highland, Norwood or Fountain Heights and get off at Park avenue; or wali^to North Twentieth street and Park, of Eighth avenue, but a few blocks from the business center of the city. Contains benches, beautiful monuments, walks, •lirubbery. flower beds and band stand. •East Enfa Park—Take any car and transfer to Terminal, Boyles or North Birmingham and get off at Twenty-fourth street, or walk to Sixth or Seventh ave nue between Twenty-fourth or Twenty lifth streets. Contains benches, circular running track, outside basketball I grounds, benches, shrubbery and flower teds. , ■ West End Park-Take any car and transfer to North Ensley and get off at Piftli avenue or take Tidewater car and View nof Children’s Playground i C North Haven Park, North Highlands get off at Sixteenth or Seventeenth streets. Contains large lawns, flower and shrubbery beds, benches and gravel walks. Is close to downtown district and can be reached by walking few blocks to Seventeenth street and Fifth avenue. East Lake Park, East Lake—Take any car and transfer to East Lake line. Cars run right up to park. Contains all kinds of apparatus common to modern amuse ment parks, dance balls, roller skating halls, eating stands, roller coasters and so forth. Good sized lake for canoeing and Ashing. Has benches and walks scattered about parked territory along edge ofc lake. Magnolia Park—Take Highland avenue car, from downtown district, car going right by park, which is located between Magnolia avenue and Tenth avenue and Twenty-first and Twentv-secofvfl streets. Contains flower beds, lawn, shrubbery and gravel walks. North Birmingham Talk—Take North Birmingham car from downtown district and get off at end of the line. Park con tains large spring, dancing pavillion, benches ami other appliances. Is located between Twenty-eighth and Thirtieth streets on Thirty-fifth avenue. Richmond park, or more commonly known as Behrens Park—Take Idle wild, or Twentieth street or Avenue B loop cars from downtown; all cars go by park, which is located at Avenue H and Belle view avenue and Florida avenue and Twelfth street. Contains flower beds and shrubbery and shade trees and gravel walks. Rickwood Baseball Park, better knowrn as Rickw'ood Field—Take North or South Ensley or North Bessemer cars, except on days of regular Southern league games, when regular baseball cars run directly to the park. The park is not open exception baseball days. Contain graded diamond and outfield and strictly modern reinforced concrete grandstand and bleachers. Rhodes Park—Take Highland avenue or Lake view cars from downtown and get off at park, which is located at Highland avenue and Monroe avenue. Contains Center—Scene in Residence District of Norwood. Bottom—A Scene in East Lake Park. Top View, Across Page—Panoramic View of Portion of Serpentine Highland Avenue—Photos by Bert G. Covell benches and beautiful walks. Presents beautiful landscape effects, two large en trances being made out of concrete and rough rock, with a plaza in center con taining tablet and memorial to Rufus N. Rhodes, one of the pioneers of Birming ham. Besides the parks of Birmingham there are many of the residence listricts which present beautiful and artistic effects in the summer season, when everything is green and the shade trees are In foliage. Winding, serpentine Highland avenue an South Highlands has a reputation over Lhe entire country as one of the most artistic and beautiful landscape effects ever worked into a residence boulevard. It winds about with many * a graceful curve along the side of Red mountain and through one of the best and most wealthy residence sections of the city. Thererore it is lined with residences which in many cases approach almost the magnificence of the palace of ancient days with the ex ception that the outside, appearance of these modern residences is far more beau tiful and artistic than any palace that ever was built. This Highland avenue, with its curving and swerving bofilevard, lined on both sides with these residences and homes of splendor, with their spa cious lawns and terraces In front amount ing in themselves almost to a park, Is one of the show' places of the city and espe cially In the spring time, when the warmth of the sun and the fertility of the soil are breathing life Into the shrub bery and flow'er beds and green lawns. There Is no nicer walk nor more pleas ant method of spending a few hours of the afternoon than a stroll around this beautiful show boulevard of the Magic City. On the opposite side of the city, or North Highlands and Norwood both tec Portion of the New Norwood Boule vard tions affording residence communities wjiich are very beautiful, especially at this time of the year. On the north side of Norwood there is now under way the construction of the Norwood boulevard, to be in the future a high-class residence district. The larger part of the boule vard has been constructed and it affords a beautiful sight as it winds along over the side of the mountain, in many ways similar to its counterpart on the oppo site side of the city. Highland avenue, with the exception that along the Nor wood boulevard as yet there are no rows of spacious homes. This boulevard Is paved with asphalt and is proving a par adise for automobile;*. There are many who in the spring like to stroll In the cemeteries and xiLi" the beautiful works of art in the monuments to be found there, and the landscape gardening which in these places is of the best in that they contain artistic wind ing drives and walks and flower beds ar^l shrubbery. Among the better known cemeteries of the city Is Kim wood, on the South Bessemer and West End car lines; Oak Hill cemetery, on the North High lands car line; Woodlawn cemetery on the East Lake car line, and Oakland ceme tery on either of the Ensley car lines. In addition there are many w'nlks Into the country which can be made from the end of the various car lin^s which will prove In the spring time especially Inter esting and full of pleasure. One of the best of such trips can be made by taking the Lukevlew or Highland car and get ting off at Iroquois street. By walking up Iroquois street toward the top of the mountain a well traveled country r^ad Is met with which when followed for a mile or so and then by taking a cut at right angles into the pine forest, one of the most beautiful wild and woodland places of scenery in the entire district is en countered. This place might be difficult to locate without a guide who knew some thing of the lay of the country. However, any walk up onto Red mountain at the south of the city or on over the moun tain Into Shades valley will afford much pleasure. The same scenery to ft large Entrance to Rid*wood Park Where Southern League Gaines Are Played extent can be found on the north side of the city. For those who have either automobiles or horses there are beautiful country roads leading out of Birmingham In all directions, both up and down the valley and across the two mountains at either side. Probably the most artistic scenery Is encountered by taking one of the mountain roads, the larger part of which will be found to be In remarkably good condition for automobile and carriage traffic. The valley roads are numerous, but two of the most popular is the one leading easterly to Mt. Pinson and the one leading westerly toward South Bes* eemer. Knowing Bible by Heart From Tit-Bits. Of tiie many examples of prodigious memories which have been recorded from lime to time, none, perhaps, have been so remarkable as the case of the Rev. Thomas Threlkeld, who was a Presbyterian minister at Rochdale for 28 years, and died there in April, 1806, at the age of 67. Threlkeld'* memory first, attracted attention when he at tended the grammar school at I)aven try, where he began to make a close study of the Bible. When a passage was recited to him he could immediate ly give it chapter and verse, and, on the other hand, if a chapter and verse were given he could at once repeat the pas sage. Both at Baventry and Warrington, where he went to finish his education, bis fellow students delighted In put ting his memory to the test, and never once was it known to be at fault. “In later years." says Mr. Frank Hird. in Lancashire Stories, “Threllteld was looked upon as a living concordance to the Bible in Rochdale and the neigh borhood, and was constantly asked the most puzzling questions by his brother ministers, sometimes actually for in formation, but generally for mere amusement. He was never known te be wrong “ Threlkeld’s powers of memory, how knew nine or ten languages; white theology, lie was also 4 linguist, and knew’ nnine or ten languages; while dates were a passion writh him, no mat ter however unimportant. His knowl edge of historical dates, of chronology, heraldry and genealogy was encyclo paedic, and one of his favorite amuse ments was to go through the success ion in the Kpiscopal Sees and trace the / pedigrees of families. “In only ono direction," continues Mr. Hird, “would this wonderful mem ory sec m to have been of direct service. Threlkeld was one of the managers of a fund for the benet of the widows of Presbyterian ministers, and conse quently was frequently appealed to on circumstances connected w'ith the lives of dead ministers; and such was the opinion of his memory that if the books had been consulted, and had reported differently, the error would been im puted to the secretary and not to Mr. T.’s memory. This was deemed InfaU lible." Forehanded From the readies' Home Journal. “Mr. Grimes,** said the rector to tha vestryman on the Sunday morning before Christmas, “this morning we had better take up the collection before tho ser mon." ••Indeed!" said the vestryman. "Why?** “Well," answered the rector, **I am go ing to preach on the subject of ecog* omyv"