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Located in Very Rich
The Growing Industries of Orange
County Towns—Big Profits
in Celery
In that part of Orange county stretch
ing westward from Anaheim to beyond
Buena Park, south to Santa Ana, thence
sout-hwestw ard to the far-famed peat
lands with Los Almitos as the western
boundary, lies a section of country enor
mously rich in the possibilities of horti
cultural and agricultural development.
Notwithstanding this charming belt of
country is now fairly well settled upon
and planted and tilled to a large extent,
there yet remains a considerable por
tion of it slumbering beneath its virgin
sod awaiting the work of the intelligent
farmer who, possessed of the magic
wand of industry, may wake its to mar
velous production. Then, too, in the
older or already cultivated portions
new conditions are developing, new dis
coveries as to the possibilities of the soil
are being made, resulting in. the estab
lishment of new- lilies of Industry and
lmpi'anting in the breasts of the farmer
hopefulness and courage. Not that any
one expects a boom for this section. A
boom is always to be deprecated. Its
receding tide ever carries enumerably
more wrecks out to the sea of ruin than
it leaves of staunch crafts on the gentiy
rolllng billows of prosperity.
In this section named are located the
charming and thrifty villages of Garden
Grove, Buena Park, Westminster
and Los Almitos.
The first, Garden' Grove, is located in a
favored region, where the soil and cli
mate renders the life of the farmer one
of ease and luxury. To a visitor from
leas favored climes this region—this land
of sunshine, fruits and flowers —Is a
revelation. It is a wonderfully pleasing
sensation that thrills one's' being when
in midwinter one Journeys from the ice
and snow covered states east of the
Rocky mountains' and drops in on this
paradise of warmth and balm and fra
grance. From the frigid terrors' of the
cruel blizzards to the generous l , blissful
beds of bloom- and blossom! What a
delightful change! For 'hiere one may
pluck the rarest roses that delight the
senses, blos>oming in superabundance
on every day of the twelve months.
Even in- midwinter scores of different
kinds of flowers can be seen in blos
som and in profusion and plenty in the
gardens about the tjpwn, along the
hedges by - the roadside and. adorning
with varied hues the tasty lawns of the
thrifty farms that thickly dot the wide
expanse of valley. The ripe orange
hangs upon the tree when the peach is
in its perfection. The brown and oily
olive is plucked before the lemon is
ready for gathering and while the late
apples and pears arc still upon the tree.
Here is produced the orange and the
grape to perfection, the olive, fig, lemon,
apricot, nectarine, peach, pear, apple,
cherry, prune, quince, pomegranate,
citrons, plums, blackberries, currants,
sugar beets. loquats. walnut, shaddock,
pomelo, grape fruit, date palm, chestnut,
corn, guava. limes, peanuts and celery,
all flourish in this favored clime. Orange
is the smallest of the fifty-seven coun
ties of the state, yet it stands sixth in
fruit culture, an evidence of the rich
ness of its soil anel the genial charae-ter
of its climate. The village of Garden
Grove is a beautiful place in which to
live. It is surrounded bj- highly culti
vated farm.-, has good schools, fine
chiurrh buildings, well stocked general
men-hand ise store, postofflce, black
smith shops, beneficiary societies, lib
rary, etc., and can be said to be in- a
most thrifty condliion. The people are
of a high moral character and are ever
■ ctlve and energetic in the interests of
their schools and church organizations.
The Garden Grove school has the honor
and distinction of graduating the larg
est class this year that was ever grad
uated in any school in Orange county.
There were twenty graduates In the
class the names of whom are as fol
lis Newsom. Eugene De Vaul, Mabel
Chapln, Eyman Huff, Charlie Reed,
Will Newseim. Effie Clement, Be Ma
goffin, Charlie Price, Irene Beckett,
Frank Wayman. Harry Fulsom. Lida
Eaton, Clare Beckett. Maude Carter,
Clarence Aldrich, Grace Chapln, Ger
trude Firebaugh.
The teachers of this excellent school
who were enabled to good re
sults for their scholars are W. B. Hill,
principal. Carrie E. Heil, Ida Belle Clay.
Sarah A. Mitchell, J. S. Stubblefieid.
Trustees: Wm. Beckett, clerk; Dr. H.
W. Head. G. Ingram.
As a further proof of the high stand
ard of lntelliger.ee of the citizens in and
around Garden Grove, we cite the fact
that students from Garden Grove to the
Santa Ana High school, the state nor
mal school and the University of South
ern California stood at the head of their
classes at the examinations for the
terms just closed, and that Garden
Grove young men and young ladies
ranked among the highest at Stanford
and Berkeley. Among the church or
ganizations having their 'own church
buildings for services are the Advent
ists, Baptists and Methodists. The
Methodist church organization has a
membership of about 200 and a large and
well organized Sunday school. Rev. N.
J. Burton is the pastor. The Quakers
also have a church located a short dis
tance from the village. Mrs. E. M. Web
ster is looking after Uncle Sam's and the
Garden Grove citizens' interests as post
mistress and doing the work so thor
oughly,- efficiently and satisfactorily
that changes in the administration at
Washington need not worry her. P,
Peters & Son conduct a large general
merchandise store in Garden Grovs,
where one may find a complete and care- '
fully selected stock of goods which are
sold at Los Angeles prices or less. They :
have recently purchased the business
and w ill add largely to the stock and
otherwise improve the establishment.
Mr. D. F. Gallehue, a skilled mechanic
in his line, conducts a well equipped
blacksmith shop and does first class
work in all lines of the trade.
A manufacturing enterprise of consid
erable importance in Garden Grove is
carried on by Messrs. lane Bros. They
Guy Duckworth, Alice Flickinger.Wil
are the manufacturers of pure eucalyp
tus oils; also eucalyptus catarrh cure,
cough syrup and eucalyptus liniment
and salve. Thes? remedies have made
some wonderful cures, and are becoming
widely known as the most effective
medicines on the market. L,ane Bru->.,
the manufacturers, have recently dis
posed of their general merchandise bus
iness in Garden Grove and w ill hereafter
devote their entire time to the produc
tion of these eucalyptus remedies and
place them within reach of the public
throughout the coast.
J. W. Duckworth is one of the leading
and very enterprising citizens of Garden
Grove who take an active Interest in
all things tending to the advancement
of the village. He Is the agent for The
Herald and Times, and is the right man
in the right place.
A mile or two to the north of Garden
Grove is a strip of s-andy soil of consid
erable extent w hie h for many years was
not looked upon with much favor by the
farmers of the vicinity, yet through re.
cent developments it has proved to be
about the best land for successful fruit
culture to be had in the county. All it
needed was plenty of water, for below
the top layer of sar.fl is an extremely
rich and deep soil. Among the bes-t de
veloped farms on this sandy belt is that
of Mr. E. P. Fowler. Mr. Fowler ha?
made very great improvements on his
land since purchasing it a few years ago.
He now has two pumping plai-.tsoperat
ed by gasoline engines. One of these
plants will give a flow of 100 inches of
water, and the two furnish sufficient
water for the irrigation of ISO acres of
land. He can pet these gasoline engines
running and they will continue their
work throughout the entire day without
attention from any one. They are man
ufactured by the Union Gas Engine
company of San Francisco. Mr. Fouler
has one reservoir which holds 300.000
gallons of water, which his pumping ap
paratus will nil in six hours. On this
same belt is located the Nutwood ranch,
on which is one of the finest forty acre
walnut groves in the state, and also a
twenty acre grove of navel oranges.
This place is in a high state of cultiva
tion ar.d under the able management of
W. W, Adams is proving very profitable
to the owners. Mr. A. Kline near Oar
den Grove, has- a finely improved place
of twenty acres. Besides all kinds of
fruits on the place he also raises a fir."
breed of chickens. He has perfected an
improved combination hens;.' nest which
is a model of perfection.
Buena Park is an attractive Village of
about four hundred inhabitants located
on the Soul he m Paclllc railroad about
twelve miles from Santa Ana. the county
seat of Orange county. It in five miles
northwest from Anaheim the nearest
banking point, and twenty miles from
Los Angeles, in th.- business of the
community dairy product? predomin
ate, although a huge amount of bar
ley, corn and fruit is raised In the dis
trict. The railroad company finds that
in Buena Park they have a point which
contributes very largely to the profits of
their freight department and that the
shipments are constantly on- the in
crease. The acreage devoted to sugar
b< eta has b< en largi ly increased the past
season anel this branch of industry bids
fair to lead all others. The town has-a
number of good business blocks, a good
hotel, several general stores, large ware
house and a larre condensed milk fac
tory, This factory—the Pacific Cream
ery company, is the only condensed milk
and sterilised cream establishment in
Southern California, there being only
one other In the state, located In one of
th- northern counties.
This company contributes largely to
the prosperity o' the place. It pur
chases from the dairymen of the district,
upwards o£ 7000 pounds of milk per
day. Their equipment in the way of
machinery is most complete, it all being
of modern type and comprising all the
latest inventions for efficient and
economic work. The factory is fully
equipped for cheese and butter making
as weli as for condensed milk and
cream. In this establishment twelve
men find steady employment the year
through. So popular is their brand—
the Lily—becoming that the factory, is
run up to its 1 full capacity to supply the
demand. The product is recognized as
superior in quality to any imported from
the east and the market for it Is con
stantly widening. Shipments are now
being made to Alaska. Japan. Sout-hiSea
islands, San Francisco and as far east
as Denver, Colorado. As indicating the
magnitude of the business it may be
stated that their outlay for cans alone
each month averages $1000, They pay
the farmers in the neighborhood of
$75,000 per year for milk and allow them
a better price for the milk than the but
ter creameries do. The Lily condensed
milk and the Lily sterilized cream from
this factory Is absolutely pure, entirely
free from adulterations, contains no dis
ease germs and is a most health-giving
food. Mr. Jotham Bixby of Los Angeles
is president of the company. C. F. Blxby
vice president ar.d Geo. 11. Stewart sec
retary, with offices In the Currier block,
212 West Third street, Los Angeles. Mt.
Meynberg. the foreman of the factory,
has had w ide experience in this line of
business, having been for many years
with large companies at Elgin, 111.,
where he patented some of the most
Important machinery used in the pro
duction of condensed milk and sterilized
cream and was the originator of the
Highland factory in that state. The fac
tory is In a highly prosperous condition
and is an example of what can be ac
complished in home manufacturing
when the proper amount of capital,
brains and energy is behind an enter
Whitaker & Co. are the leading mer
chants of Buena Park. They have a
splendidly stocked store of general mer
chandtse and enjoy a lucrative trade
with the village and surrounding coun
try. Mr. J. H. Whitaker has been In
Buera Park for eleven years and Mr.
B. C. Robinson, his partner, one year.
They recently built an addition to their
store. They are an enterprising firm,
ever ready to meet all demands of the
Mr C. Cawchon, who lives a short dis
tance from Buena Park, has three good
artesian wells on his place, the v/ater
from one of which turns an overshot
wheel of ten feet in diameter. He util
izes this power for grinding oorn, barley,
etc. From these three wells he has
abundance of water for irrigation pur
poses or his farm. 2« acre.* of w hlch is in
alfalfa. He has a patch of less thanone
quarter of an acre in straw 'berries from
which he realizes twelve dollars per
Mr. Wm. J. Mann has a farm near
Bucr.a Tark. part of which is In sugar
bests, w-hich give promise Of rich re
tui na this season.
J. P. Barnett has thirty-five acres of
as tir.i a stand of beets as one could
wish to see. Walter and Ray Thurman
have twenty-five acres partly planted
to sugar beets, while Mrs. J. M. Smith
owns a twenty-acre tract of fine rich
soil which she has mostly planted In
corn. B. J. Jones has 160 acres in corn,
barley, etc.
The farmers generally in the vicinity
of Buena Park are in a prosperous con
dition, although, an occasional one is
found who is ready to complain, of hard
times. Such, however, are- found to be
those who have fallen into certain ruts
from which they cannot be drawn by
the new conditions that surround them.
Buena Park, like her sister villages,
takes much pride In her excellent
schools and flourishing church organ
izations. No saloons are allowed to do
business In the town, the people being
temperate and of high moral character
refuse to grant a license for such a busi
Orange county Is in a very prosperous
condition and the business of Its towns
and villages is increasing with every
passing year. Especially Is this true of
the condition of the growing little vil
lage of Westminster. Westminster is
located nine miles west of Santa Ana
in the midst of one of the most prosper-
C'Us dairy sections in the state. Besides
an immense output of dairy products,
the locality produces large quantities
of barley, hay, corn and hogs. West
minster contains; about 800 inhabitants
The following statement from the as
sessor's books, shows the acreage for
1896 in hay mid cereals, and also thai of
lS9fi. the increase being clearly indiea
live of the manner in which the county
is progressing:
1893. 1896.
Wheat 654 MH
Oats 15(1 260
Barley 47.156 60,jtt
Corn 2.52.1 4.775
Hay 10,547 10.800
The following figures from the same
source gives the number of fruit trees,
bearing and non-bearing, in the county:
Bearing. Non-bearlug.
Apples 5.34S 11.673
Apricot 40.505 51.370
Fig 4.160 1.60S
Olive 5.235 32,(61
Peach S.ti7s 28.673
Pear 3.262 3.489
Prune 26.630 28.587
Lemon 7.016 51.896
Orange 132.410 91620
Almond 400 2.065
Walnut 60,807 76,416
The live stock interests are repre
sented on the assessment rolls as fol
lows: Cattle, 12.965; horses, 7417; sheep.
93,950; hogs, 5269.
Westminster's part in. these various
industries was the shipment of 225 car
loads of barley, the product of 3000 acres
sown; 260 carloads of celery. 1000 tons of
hay, 2000 hogs and seventy-five carloads
of potatoes and the product of two
creameries in constant operation and
which purchases a daily average of
15.000 pounds of milk from the farmers.
The constant stream of money paid to
the farmers and dairymen by these-two
establishments make money always
plenty In Westminster and the citizens
of the village as well as the farmers of
the vicinity are consequently happy and
contented. The creameries are operated
by the farmers on the co-operative plan
and they share in all the profits of the
business. The Westminster Farmers'
creamery is one of the oldest in the
county. This company last year built
a splendid new creamery building
equipped throughout with modern ma
chinery. They buy from the farmers
between 7000 and 8000 pounds of milk
per day. The product of the establish
ment is all shipped to Los Angeles,
where it finds a ready sale. H. Jevne,
the well known grocer, takes the entire
output. Mr. Samuel Waters Is president
of the company and Jacob Walton is
buiness manager. The directors are J.
'C. Thompson, George Mack, J. Walton
and H. Larter. Under the efficient man
agement of Mr. Walton the company
I Is prospering and the farmers and stock
holders are all satisfied with their profits
from the business.
The Westminster Butter and Cheese
company was established at Westmin
ster two years ago, since which time it
has been in constant operation. It han
dles about 7000 pounds of milk per day,
while their monthly output of butter is
about 12.000 pounds. It is conducted on
the co-operative plan and all the dis
bursements go out among the farmers
with the profits of the business added
thereto. It is a well managed and pros
perous institution which is doing much
to benefit its stockholders, who are all
farmers of the district. Tha officers of
the company are: J. R. Newberry, Los
Angeles, president; W. J. Edwards, vice
president and James Moss secretary.
This company expects soon ter put in a
branch plant at Bolsa.
Westminster Is accommodated by sev
eral good business houses representing
various lines, of which the general mer
chandise store conducted by J. F. Pat
terson and H. H. Hawkins deserves
special mention. Baker Bros, also main
tain a well stocked general merchan
dise store, while Mr. H. Flowers is a
dealer in harness, saddles and horse
furnishings. There is a good hotel, well
managed, and altogether, the visitor to
Westminster w ill find first-class accom
modations among a first -class people.
The community take a just pride In
their splendid schools. prosperous
church organizations' and well attended
Sunday schools. The Methodist ar.d
Presbyterians have each good church
edifices. Rev. W. L. Miller is pastor of
the Methodist church, which has a mem
bership of over one hundred.
A short distance to the southwest of
Westminster is located the third cream
ery, the Golden Belle. This establish
ment takes upward of 4000 pounds of
milk per day from the farmers of the
neighborhood. Their product is shipped
to Los Angeles from Benedict station.
The Golden Belle company milk thirty
cows of their own. which number will
shortly be increased to sixty. The es
tablishment is owned by Messrs. Hilde
brandt and Edwards. Mr. F. M. Hilde
brandt is manager and is making a) suc
cess of the business. On their farm
south of Westminster A. and J. Solomon
operate a separator and market their
i ream at Bolsa. Near by. J. M. Cum
mins and W. H. Johnson have each
seven acres cultivated to celery.
It is but a short distance to the south
of Westminster where are located the
famous peat lands of Southern Califor
nia. The business of raising celery on
these lands has proved so very profit
able that the development of the lands,
considering the amount of work neces
sary to bring them into a fit state for
production, has been rapid. There will
be between five and six hundred acres of
this peat land planted to celery this
season. The planting season is now on
and the fields present an animated view.
Mr. D. E. Smeltzer is the leading figure
in the celery business, and It is largely
due to his energy and experience that
these lands have been developed. The
business was started In IS9I. when a few
acres were planted. It has steadily
grown to Its present proportions. Mr.
Smeltzer will plant over 200 acres this
season. His former experience in the
business in Michigan enables him to con
duct the work In an economical manner
and get the best results from the lands.
Last year his firm handled 450,000 dozen
bunches. There were altogether 260 car
loads shipped east last year. Although
It is claimed that as high as from $300
to $400 profit per acre has been cleared on
this peat land, the average Is not above
$150 per acre, which certainly is a rich
reward for tilling an acre of land. Da
vid Rogers has sixty acres of fine peat
land and. a farm of 200 acres west of
Westminster. Mr. Rogers Is a pioneer
of the valley and takes much Interest
in all matters tending to its develop
ment. Judge Josiah McCoy is Justice of
the peace, notary public and Insurance
agent at Westminster, where he has
made his home for many years. W. T.
Clark has a fine body of peat land which
he leases to parties for celery raising.
On this land are two excellent springs
which give a large flow of pure water.
Mr. Clark is erecting a large two-story
residence on his place. Mr. W. M. Kes
emann has some of the best peat land
In the district and has planted this year
thirty-five acres. Mr. W. H. Young of
the district is putting up a new residence
on his place, and there are many other
improvements) going forward which in
dicate a prosperous condition with the
dwellers on the peat lands. Mu<-h of the
trade originating In this district goes to
Westminster and tin certainty of the
yet greater expansion of the business of
celery cultivation will still further add
to the trade of the village. About two
miles south of Westminster Is located
the Garden City poultry yards. This Is
an interesting place to visit. To any one
who is a lover of fine poultry, appreci
ates a fine bird or has taste for choice
poultry stock this place has varied at
tractions. Here is to be found the high -
est bred poultry in the state. Every
known variety is represented and some
of the birds are valued at over $100 each.
Devotes His Time How to Kicking in
the House of Lords
What has become of Dunraven is ask
ed now and then. In yachting he has
ceased to vex, and now devotes his pe
culiar talents to making things unpleas
ant for the English government. For a
time after he went back to England from
his "cuttings up" In this country he
remained quiet. The prince of Wales
sent for him to come down to Sandring
ham. where he received a soothing dose
of royal advice. He took it so well that
he was made lieutenant of an Irish
county, and it was fondly hoped that
the earl would thereafter confine himself
to the care of his estatesand the holding
of spiritualistic seances at Adare manor.
But no; he is an hereditary legislator
of the United Kingdom, and as Baron
Henry he has a seat in the house of lords
and he is putting his oar into the pro
ceedings of the upper house with an
"I still live" sort of persistency. A few
weeks ago the erratic nobleman rose In |
the house of lords and moved that the |
government Inquire into the spread of
contagious diseases. He debated his
motion one night and there was a large I
attendance at the house of people of
fashionable London who went to see
Just how many kinds of a chump the
earl would make of himself. He afford
ed little amusement, however, being
only stupid. Where the man, will break
out next is past guessing.—New York
•' > •'
Steady Job for John Joyce
Many ride the wheel to reduce flesh,
and it is said to be excellent exercise for
that purpose. John Joyce, a South Da
kota boy, began riding six months ago
when his weight was 459 pounds. He
has kept It up steadily since, and* now
weighs only 457%.—Kansas City Jour
nal. - -
The Home of the Barker,
Fake and Siren
Bathing Suits Up to Date—Strange
Sights on View All Along
the Beach
CONEY ISLAND. N. V.. July 3.—Nc
one has a correct idea of Coney Island
who has not seen it. The majority of
non-visitors have a hazy idea that it is
somewhere along the coast near New-
York City and over It the breezes from
the ocean blow unceasingly, and the
pretty girl wanders by the beach all day
long. How different the reality. Coney
Island is no Elysium, except for those
persons who believe strongly in the
words of the late P. T. Barnum about the
chief deiight of the public.
There are very many ways of getting
to the most populated resort In the vicin
ity of New York You can go by steam
er, steam car. trolley car, or the übi
quitous bicycle. Then there are the
ways in which one may travel If he
wishes to employ horseflesh temporari
ly. All of them, however, remind us
of ancient history in the fact that they
lead to the Rome of the pleasure seeker
—Coney Island; though, as a matter of
fact, it might with greater truthfulness
be called Sodom orGomorrha.
Anyone who has ever visited one of
the big railroad stations knows how Just
outside he encounters a line of men who
shake their foreflnger at him and shout:
"Cab! Cab!*' Just imagine a w hole sea
side resort doing this, and a very fair
idea may be gained of the impression
of the visitor who looks up on Coney
Island for the first time when It is in
full bloom. A long wide street with res
taurants and drinking places on one
side, while the other has openings lead
ing to what no one can ever know who
has not investigated, are what one sees
when emerging from the entrances to
the different railroads that lead to and
from the metropolis, or when he catch
es his first glimpse from the iron steam
er as she rounds Norton's Point and
makes for the big pier.
It all depends on the way you reach
Coney island—by water or rail—as to
what you will first essay to do. If you
happen to lard at the Iron pier you first
run the gauntlet of a restaurant on the
pier Itself, where, If he has time, the
waiter grins at you in the most persuas
ive fashion, and in his Teutonic visage
you immediately see the visions of un
limited beer and frankfurters. Beerand
Coney ieland are as inseparable as Da
mon and Pythias. Certainly the inhab
itants of the island w : ould die to save the
The island is widely advertised as the
place where the rural visitor Is ogled and
deceived. Really, it Is the metropolitan
youth of low degree who contributes'
mostly to the exchequer of those at the
island, who live because they are wise
and otherwise. There are three distinct
types which appeal to the visitor to the
island. The first and most vociferous is
known as the "barker." He is'undoubt
edly the type which gave rise to the term
leather-lunged. He is sans coat and
manners. His only object in life is to
make people hear what he says, and then
by the object lesson—his thumb, which
he Jerks over his shoulder —induce them
to investigate the truthfulness of his re-
marks. No place of entertainment on
the Bowery or Ocean averaie is complete
without a barker, in fact, his absence
would render the place almost a desert,
so far as contrast is concerned.
The next in the trio mentioned Is what
corresponds in America to the barmaid.
She is not behind the bar, but she as
materially aids the sale of refreshments
as if she were barmaid a thousand times
over. Perched In a ohalr, one arm rest
ing on the little round table with an iron
standard, she looks out from under her
sailor hat with what Is intended to be a
smile, but which has rested upon- her
face so long that it has an expression
similar to that worn by the glass eye.
She Is waiting for what in hei-own terse
language is called a "sucker." The suck
er varies, b.ut he is generally of the me
tropolitan cast, for the youth of New
York are fully as susceptible to the
smiles of the siren as their cousins from
the suburban districts.
Wherever the visitor goes on Coney
island there besieges his nostrils an
aroma that can never be counterfeited.
To smell the frankfurter once is to know
it always. Have you been to the Island?
Then Just close your eyes and It will all
come back again. You.can see the white
capped would-*e chef, his capacious
form encased with an equally liberal
apron. Just lifting the cover off his sa
vory stock in trade and casting an-ap
pealing glance at those who pass, as
much as to query how on earth they
could possibly resist so great a luxury.
To his mind, the world begins and ends
with the frankfurter, and the poor being
who fails to realize this is certainly de
serving of sympathy.
These are some of the things that the
Fourth of July intensifies on Coney
Island. On that day whoever takes a
notion to travel down lslandwards, will
see visions that the place only furnishes
on a great holiday. If the London cos
termonger of which Albert Chevalier
has taught us-, were to come to America,
he would find Coney Island a heaven.
We see every Fourth of July quite- a
number of Arrys. Some of them are
counterfeit and some are not, but they
all seem to be having a good time. They
stop at the shooting gallery. They view
the wonders of Araby blest via the
Street in Cairo. All the charm of the
stage, so far as they can appreciate it,
is open to them for a quarter of a dollar.
What bliss could compare withTKis.
Then, as you walk along the Ocean
avenue, you see a curious-looking in
dividual in that awful combination of
a sack coat and a silk hat, who, from
his smooth face and sardonic glance
gives the impression that he at one time
has been an actor, or has tried to be one.
There he stands looking as if he might
be willing to become acquainted with
a pretty girl, or pos-slbly with anyone
who would invite him to join them in one
of the numerous beverages that are on
tap at the Island. He means to be
imposing. He is amusing. You glance
at him and dismiss him as a type.
Striding along the avenue, particular
ly if it is the Fourth of July, you see one
of those strange specimens of society
sometimes called the gallant, more often
the dude, but who really impresses you
as the cheerful idiot. He stops you and
says: "My dear sir, are you aware that
this is the glorious Fourth of July, that
this le the place to have a good time.
See that pretly girl over there?", point
ing at one of the raven-like sirens at
the table. "Now watch me win her."
And over he goes and wins—the privi
lege of paying for two glasses of beer,
if not more.
On the Fourth of July Coney Island is
a maelstrom. Into it are drawn that
stratum of society which considers beer
and skittles a banquet and a variety
show a dramatic heaven. It does not
cost much to go there, though sometimes
it is expensive in getting away. It is
cosmopolitan, because it cannot help
Itself. It i 9 the oddest place about New
York. To sum it all up, it is—Coney Is
Lawson Fuller Drives in 3:18 1-4,
and Expects to Do It in 3:00
About thirty years ago Lawson N.
Fuller was a familiar and even pictur
esque character. Today, when he has
passed the allotted threescore years and
ten, he is fully as picturesque and, it
possible, a more notable personage as a
raod driver.
Like his somewhat older contempora
ry, C. J. Hamlin, Mr. Fuller has gained
much of his notoriety with horses of his
own breeding and training. Having set
a new mile record for a four-ln-har.d
team, Mr. Fuller started In with the en
thusiasm of youth to set one fgr a six
in-hand team. Two years ago he made,
with six horses, all bred on his Vermont
farm, a mile record of three minutes flat,
and some weeks later he drove, the sama
Half dozen trotters a mile over Fleet
wood In 2:56V4.
But even the old relnsman was not
satisfied; like Alexander, he sighed for
more worlds to conquer. Having driven
four and six horses in record time, why
not set a record for eight? The sugges
tion was agreeabre, so Mr. Fuller early
this spring began breaking in another
pair to go with the original six. Th»
half. dozen trotters had beaten three
minute*,, and beaten it handsomely-
whs* not be able to reef two more over a
mile.in similar time?
Mr.' Fuller does not hide his light un
der a bushel. There was a great deal of
talk abouT the .matter, and a leading
trotting horse man of Boston, becoming
interested, came forward, saying ha
would contribute $1000 to any New York
charity he would suggest. Other char
itable persons local residents, made sim
ilar offers, that when three minutes w as
beaten by an eight horse team they also
would subscribe, and the J. Hooi
Wright memorial hospital was selected
as the recipient of the gifts.
Last Week about 500 spectators were
on hand at Fleetwood park to see the at
Before trying the eight, Mr. Fuller
drove his six-in-hand a mile to beat
three minutes. He succeeded in thisby
a margin of one second a quarter, the
fractions of the mile being 0:46%, 1:33,,
2:17 and 2:58%.
Then the starter, Alec Newburger, an
nounced that Mr. Fuller would drive ft
team of eight horses to beat three min
"No," said Fuller, "I can't do it to
day. I have never tried them before ail
together. So I will beat 3:20, and later
we will have a go at the three minute
mark. The checks can wait. They are
good any time I do it."
How near the old driver came in hie
knowledge of his team's ability was il
lustrated by the actual time he made,
with the eight, 3:18 l /4. Seeing that no one
else had ever attempted such a feat, it
stands today as a world's record.
The team as they were hitched wera
mainly horses bred Ivy Mr. Fuller on
his Vermont farm. Ai the pole he had
two Hambletonlan bred trotters Fleet
wing and Fleetwood; the next pair were
Flora and Wilkes, both by Fuller's
Wilkes, a son of old George Wilkes.
Then came the little 14Vj hand stallion
Dexter, the schoolmaster of the team,
and a gelding named Snip, and ill the
lead the roan gelding Sir Walter and a
bay named Peacock.
The eight were hitched to an old style
Whltechapel cart, with a pole, hut there
were no spllner bars, the traces of the
other pairs being hooked in the collars
of those behind them.
"I am perfectly satisfied with what
my pets have done," said Mr. Fuller, in
reply to calls for a speech after the fin
ish ot the mile. "The next time we try
we will beat 11:15, and before the season
ends I hope to earn those checks for the
hospital with a mile In three minutes or
better."—New York dispatch to Chicago
Return of the Muslin Tie
If you want a really effective necktie)
to wear with Jjfour linen collar, which no
doubt turn 9 over at the top, make en*
out of checked grass lawn with, a small
bow and somewhat aggressive ends. An
old fashioned revival is the muslin
necktie. Some of these are in the finest
worked muslin, with the ends showing;
Inserted medallions of Maltese lace; and
•again are shown white muslin neckties
with the ends hand embroidered.—New
York Sun.

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