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President KuMs Delivers Opening
Speech, of the Bundesfest in
the Pavilion.
President Kuhls, accompanied by his
aids and the vice presidents, mounted the
platform and addressed the people thick
ly packed on the pavilion floor. Follow
ing is his speech in full:
Brother Scbuetzen: It was to have been
my pleasure to welcome to-day the king
of shooters, whose unerring hand has
wielded the royal scepter for the past three
years, but I am sorry to state that Mr.
Hayes is too 111 to attend this ceremony. - I
bid ycu welcome, brave riflemen, . true and
good women and lovely maidens! Welcome,
heroes, defenders of your country, veterans
of tbe German army, and gallant and brave
warrior* of the Army and Navy Union!
"Welcome, all you pilgrims from across tha
continent and from beyond the sea, from
every State and section of this great and
mighty nation, who have assembled here,
upon these distant shores, of the Pacific,
to witness the friendly contests among
America's truest and best j sons. It Is my
proud privilege to bid you all a most cor
dial welcome to-day on behalf of the Na
tional Shooting: Bund of the United State*
and on behalf of all the people of Cali
I feel proud. Indeed. In tb» consciousness
that the privilege Is ours to •welcome ' you
here- as our guests on this auspicious occa
sion, all of you who have come to contribute
by your presence, by your participation, to
add luster to this splendid . celebration. . It
havoc with the shooter. When he goes
into the range he leaves the outside
world behind him. He is as earnest and
as intent upon his work as any birddog
in the field. When he has blazed away
his allotted cartridges he forgets the
game and the struggle. -and then becomes
ftne of the merry makers to .whom" -the
Bundesfest Is a big and prolonged picnics,
Away from the ranges and scattered
aoout the park were thousands whose in
terest was not bound up in the shooting.
For them the dance pavilion and the
open-air concert were of far more mo
ment than the best of scores and shooting
that brings as a reward handsome prizes
in gold and silver. Men and women, old
and young, made the most of the holiday.
The park, dressed in bright colors and
beautifully decorated, was a splendid set
ting for the merriment and the jollity of
a crowd bent on pleasure. The booths
rang with the German songs and toasts
from noon. till long after the sun had set
and the ball of the evening was in full
swing. On every side was the sound of
voices raised in gayety and the enjoy
ment of the hour.
After the long morning march along
the principal streets of the city the
Schuetzen companies embarked on the
ferry boat Oakland. The trip across the
bay was one of band music and song.
Every national German air was treated
¦with the greatest fairness. Not one of
them was slighted. Such good spirit pre
vailed that when the Oakland mole was
reached the organized companies left the
boat, still engaged in voicing their patri
otic sentiments in throatal melody. From
the mole to the park the trip was a bit
more subdued in tone. The pangs of hun
ger were beginning to gnaw at stomach
linings, for the march had been a long
and an early one. Silently the Schuetzen
marched from the train to • the pavilion
in the grounds and there - lined . the floor
In anticipation of the speech of President
Kuhls, the formal opening of the - day
or sustain reputations. And this shoot
ing Is a serious thing with the German
rifleman at a National Bundesfest.
Nerve and a carefully trained eye and
a steady hand are required and the least
•anoyaasA j?n-, the, gart, of outsider! pl«i»
At the "Ranges.
At th© ranges the noise was of the
popping kind. Men walked about with
stern looks on their faces. They were
there to shoot, to win prizes and to build
The routine was carried out to a dot.
But more than that, the real German
spirit, always found in exuberance on
such occasions, bolstered the regular or
der of business over any possible quag
mire of monotony. Every participant In
the opening of the fest seemed to bubble
over with enthusiasm. On the line of
march, on the boat or at the ranges It was
just the same— song, dance or social hilar
ity. The spirit of fraternity ruled.
And there was business transacted, too.
Between times these . ardent, earnest
* Schuetzen fought out their battles at the
ranges. For this some of them crossed a
continent, and with Itching palms they fell
to work in the ehooting ranges soon after
arriving at Shell Mound Park. There the
peppering, incessant fire was a sure
enough Indication that something big In
rifle competition was going on. The very
air sputtered with the sharp explosions of
the guns and the din and ratfy of the fire
ruled In high handed fashion. Now and
then a shout would go up when some skill
ful marksman had accomplished a feat of
arms more than ordinarily effective. It
did not take long for a fine score to Im
press itself upon the crowd. When the
markers swung their flags 200 yards away,
indicating a high figure on the targets, the
ppectators on the elevation back of the
ranges would cheer lustily and long. The
honored shooter, appreciative of the ap
plause, would then do the proper thing,
and with moistened throat and a toast or
two on his lips, would return to the ranges
once more, fortified In heart and spirit
and seemingly better equipped for more
earnest effort.
Enthusiasm, of Participants.
ceremony of a great national Bnndes fes
tival. The 14th of July. 1901. will find an
Indelible resting place in the minds of resi
dent Germans. It was no Bastlle celebra
tion for them, although by a. chronological
coincidence the opening of the third na
tional shooting festival and the national
French holiday fell upon the same day. It
v.-as something Teutonic in every particu
Varied in feature and successful in ex
ecution was the opening of the third na
tional Bundesfest. A procession in this
city that was larger and more instinctive
ly idiosyncratic than anything of its kind
•we have ever seen here, a ride across the
bay on a special boat, the formal cere
monies of the opening at Shell Mound
Park and the shooting contests at the
ranges, with the distribution of prizes
when the scores were compiled, all found
their consecutive places on the pro
gramme of the first day of the festival.
Not a hitch or a loop was found any
where. All ran according to schedule.
t-moothly. quickly and with a sureness
that betokens the complete success of this
The first Calif or nian effort and the third
of Its kind in America. There was color
ar.d life to the whole of it. Perfectly ar
ranged, every detail planned In advance
and no mishaps, the inauguration of a
week's festivities has set a mark for fu
ture bundes celebrations.
gon«?ry street, ready for a IT^c^?} 00^^
contest at the ranges "and v the general
FRESH and eager for the day, sev
erai thousand Schuetzen arose
with the sun yesterday morning,
donned their fraternal uniforms
and sharp upon the appointed
hour fell In line on New Mont-
Opening Scenes at Shell Mound Park
During the First Day's Shooting of
the National Organization of Riflemen
•^* yINB o'clock was the appointed
n^ T hour for the grand parade of the
I National Schuetzen Bund yester-
J .^j day morning,- and without the
¦A. *; -waste of a moment's time Grand
Marshal Wieneke swung his pro
ce,?flon of;: schuetzen -companies
at the -corner, of Market land -New Mont
gomery streets. There was no confusion
or undue excitement. The plans had been
carefully laid and all arrangements per
fected in advance, so when the signal lor
the start was given the procession moved
as if It were a well regulated machine.
Up Market street the silken sashed and
gayly capped societies of .' shooters
marched to the stirring music of many
bands. In numbers and appearance It was
a procession that compared favorably
with . the best civilian parades ever seen
in this city. All along the line of march
the crowds edged the sidewalks, and ap
plauded from time to . time as society
after society passed In review. Every lo
cal German club, uniformed or In civilian
dress, distinguished by sash or headgear,
made -a part of 'the procession. Then there
were the Eastern organizations, all head
ed with well ordered local bands.
Not much attempt was made at the
spectacular. There 'was a strong, striking
simplicity about this procession, and some
very interesting and noteworthy features.'
It was dignified, without the presence of
absurdities in the way of floats or sym
bolic displays.
Along Market Street.
• Proceeding at a steady pace up Market
street, the parade countermarched around
the Lick monument and then down Mar
ket to Kearny street. Then, moving 1 north
ward the next turn was made down Cali
fornia street to Montgomery. - Reaching
Market street on this turn the procession
arrived at the ferry In ample time for the'
11:15 boat for Shell Mound. -.
• In all the' parade nothing attracted more
attention than the mounted men of the
Hannoveraner Vereln. A white •. horse
rampant adorned the coat-of-arms of the
Kingdom of Hannover, and this fact gave
significance to the mounts of this, verein,
their horses all white, though not exactly,
rampant. In fact, they were mostly very
fat and sleek and seldom has so comfort
able a looking organization taken part to
a San Francisco, parade" as these* portly
men of Hannover and - their well-fed
The Schwaben Vereln tent more bright
ness of color to. the parade and- to. the
multitude in Shell Mound Park than did
any other organization.* This society had
its men and a number of girls attired In
the old costume of ? Wurtemberg, . and
nothing in the day's celebration lent so
much of olden time and old country gala
day appearance as did the \ drea? of . the
Court Hubertus, the German lodge of
the Order of Foresters, was gay In for
esters' hats with a green band bearing
quarters in tents arranged about the cir
cular track where athletic games are 'held
on other occasions. In the center of this
.circular field. Is the "Gaben Tempel,"
where the prlaes offered are exhibited.
This handsome little edifice and; Its pre
cious contents - were the cynosure "_ of all
eyes yesterday.
Among the clubs whose j headquarters
were ' crowded with guests were the San
Francisco _ Schuetxen - Vereln, Vereln Eln
tractit;: Germania SchuetBen Club, Nord
deutscher Vereln and the Helvetia Schuet
zen- Club of .Sacramento, Th© Nord
deutscher Verein ; headquarters was : the
scene -.of much merry-making. Many of
theVcraek shots from \ the East* were s en
tertained -there, and " champagne . corks
/were kept a-popping, _^^
While the cIuds were hastening to their #
assigned plac«3 of rendezvous, to await
the start of the parade, a ceremony oS
much significance occurred in the court
of the Palace Hotel, A guard of honor
from the San Francisco Schuetzen Vereln
was drawn up, with Captain F, A. Kuhls
in command. Captain Herman Weber of
the Independent New York Schuetzen ad
vanced, holding in his hand the staff of
the flag of the National Schuetzen Bund,
of which his club has been custodian since
the last Bundesfest. ¦ He surrendered the
banner Into the hands of Captain Kuhls
with an appropriate charge. Captain
Kuhls accepted the trust and placed tha
banner In the hands of a stalwart stand
ard-bearer. By him it was carried at tha
head of the" parade.
Ferris Hartman, M Doc" Leahy, ant! a
numbeT of other choic» spirits marched
In the rear ranks of one of the last divi
sions, and looked as German, almost as
the dachshund that a red-faced, blond-*
mustached man led by a string, or even
as th© Hannover mounted brass band tha*
led the phalanx of Hannoveraner Verein,
Colonel Oscar F. Long Garrison No. 301.
Regular and Volunteer Army and Navjr
Union. -was one of the few organizations
outside of shooting clubs that participated
In the parade. It was In charge of lta
commander. George W. Chaplin, and pre
sented an excellent front.
; Fritz Hagemann was out in all the glory
of his ¦ Schuetzen • king . trophies, won on
the - twenty-fifth - anniversary of the Saa,
Francisco Schuetzen .Verein. His having:
carried off the honors on that anniversary
entitles him to be called Schuetzen Kaiser
instead of plain Schuetzen Koenlg.
"Schuetzen Kaiser."
The Schuetzenfest must certainly- be
highly successful from start to finish, for
never did "Schuetzen . Llesel" carry, out
her part as mascot of the festival with
more : spirit and cleverness than Hiss
Catherine Kr leg exhibited. She wore the
, old-German shooting festival costume, re
sembling the Tyrolese costume as to bod-
Ice and skirt. " '". Her hat \ was a Jaunty,
turban-like effect cocked- upon the side
of her head, and. with a' target marked
upon its top. The Schuetzen Llesel car
ried a silver goblet* in one hand, lifting
It on high often in response to the cheers
of the throngs along the line of march.
-A. miniature wine cask with silver hoop.**
was slung by a strap across her shoulder.
The' Schuetzen Llesel 'marched close to
the head of the parade, all the way up
Market' street and back and out Kearcy
.and back on Montgomery street and down
to the ferry, and could have marched miles
further.: On the special boat she was: the
center . of , a . good-natured, bantering
crowd of sharpshooters, and- throughout
the day 'the Schuetzen, Ldesel was an Im
portant feature of the celebration.
Another banner that waved proudly In
the parade was the championship' banner
of the centennial exhibition shooting tour
nament, won by the team of the Califor
nia Schuetzen Club.
I the name of the court. Tha German IPor
esters, an independent organization, wera
led by a lusty young fellow dressed In the
picturesque forester's dress of the six
teenth century. "
V-. .;. ; .Helvetia Elfle Club.
A little American flag floating abovafhe
carriage In which j Captain Frank Euh
stallcr of the Helvetia Rifle Club of Sac
ramento rode attracted comment and ap
plause all along- the line of march. It
was the fla? that Captain Ruhstaller car
ried with him back to the International
Schuetzenfest at Dresden and to Zurich,
at both of which places he took rank
among 1 the world's greatest riflemen, ex
celling particularly in rapld-fira shooting.
Schuetzen Societies in Processional Form
March to the Music of' Many Bands.
Some Striking Scenes Along the Line
-^ : jOontinuedjon_Page Two.'j^
Chico Marksmen Win. Trophy.
SACRAMENTO, July 14.— The Northern
California blue rock shooting, tournament
which opened here , yesterday was ¦• con
cluded" to-day. ¦ Eighty ¦ men were oh
shooting line. The Chlco team .won *the
Northern" California trophy by a score of
81 out. of a possible 90. Tha Washington
Club team made 77, Sacramento Gun Club
77, Willows Club .71, : Capital City; Club 69,
Dlion Club 69. Johnson of Chlco also won
the gilt-edge 'trophy ior ' to-day's • highest
average, which was 96 2-3, : per, cent. ; .;
| ablaze with color last night: »- At
\ the conclusion of the day's shqot-
| lngithe marksmen arid picnickers
. I gathered \ about ; the temple of
'. prizes. v Those', who won- medals
during the. ; day . received ! them
from » the \ hands . ; of the \ president of the'
bundea. ' .This . ceremony . completed. : the
crowd scattered i through .the grounds, j;.
Shell Mound .at. night, since^ the Incan
descent / decorations; were^ Installed,"; ls^ a]
glowing* light "palace.'* Studded Vwitb>'elec-"
tric \ lights -and; hung; with j lanterns', [ the
park is like a fairy, scene on the stage.;: :
, A ( ' fireworks •' display^ and ,v> a ! ,' blograph ';
show were; the ; features {of /the (evening's'
programme, 'i- Not j untir 11 • o'clock 'did t the
crowd ¦; move". homeward ,;. and y theh'.they
out ; as If loth; to/. leaved;. During
the " festival'; night " celebrations -will t be' a
featured V Dancing, open; air •concerts
I are on the programme,' •-; . ;.:; •'•/••;,
REVELRf ' : '
¦By; night
Shell Mound Is Made a Fairy
Scene by! Myriads : of ; In
candesce nits'" aricVFireworks
vetia Rifle Club of Sacramento
scored the honor, of making the
first bullseye of the Third Na
tional Bundesfest. It was less
than fifteen minutes after the
shooting began when he fired the shot
that hit the bullseye. A great shout
arose, and the proud marksman. was the
recipient of many congratulations. ¦ ..'. :
Few of the crack shots, East or. West,
participated In ,the shooting yesterday.
These men for the most part preferred to
wait until conditions were better for top
notch shooting.
August Hohman of the Norddeutscher
Vereln was the first to shoot at the
honor target. His score was 65.
j The absence of the shooting king, Wil
liam Hayes of Newark, who was too ill
to participate in the opening exercises,
was a cause of much regret.
Coliamarini and Russo, the opera favor
ites, were at the park arid were toa3ted
wherever they appeared along the ; line
of club and singing section booths. Russo
is disconsolate. His exquisite rifle, with
which it is alleged he made scores of 23,
24 and 24 In three practice .shots at the
hono, target last week, is sadly disfigured
and is In the shop for repairs. Russo
says he let it fall' from a, window. .;¦....¦_."¦. . ,--
Fred Bushnell was on the platform. in
the pavilion at the close of President
Kuhl's speech, to which he had listened
open-mouthed with his hat held ; behind
him. Then some . one proposed : < three
cheers for something or other and Bush
nell waved his hat In the air. and show
ered everybody on the platform with con
fetti, until the occasion seemed aMardl-
Gras festivity or a Chinese funeral. Some
one behind Bushnell had. surreptitiously
filled his hat with the torn paper.
Russo's Pet Rifle in Shop
for Repairs and He Says
It Fell From a Window
• < ROM the time the clubs in the
E parade broke ranks and the men
B A crowded about the ferry-boat
¦ -'-' .Oakland and mingled with the
JL ' men of other societies the day's
' ' good ' fellowship began.. Every
San Franciscan in particular made it his
business to ¦ extend hospitality to the
guests from the other edge of the^ conti
nent,.and such a Jolly, jostling, cheering
crowd has seldom been seen about the old
steamer in all its long life on the bay.
And yet there was a dignity . in keeping
with the. national' character of the festi
val," and kings and presidents and cap
tains did not forget the importance . of
their positions nor cease to be as "impos
ing , figures as giant frames, waving
plumes, ; / bright sashes and ! glittering
swords could combine to make.
' "When Shell Mound Park was reached
and the exercises in the^ pavilion had been
concluded the congested crowd about the
pavilion began to debouch through- the
lanes and -walks' and among the arbors
and booths of the park, and everywhere
the scene became one of gayety. Lunch
was the. first consideration , with most, as
it^was after 12 o'clock when the two spe
cial; trains that connected with the Oak
land reached the . park. Many of the
shooting clubs had special banquets at 12
o'clock , for .; members and Invited guests.
The singing sections also entertained in
that | manner \ and many smaller parties
enjoyed sumptuous basket lunches. The
concessionaires had • arranged jj long rows
of; small , tables under i the trees near the
regular ;'. restaurants and hundreds were
served at 'these tables, the balmy air and
pleasant breeze being an important factor
in their enjoyment of the picnic lunch.
' Dancing began in the pavilion early,'re
gardless of anticipation of the grand ball
at' night. ¦ The music was stirring and the
young men and girls and many who were
young; In Germany thirty years ago en
tered Into the pleasures of the dance with
a'whole-heartedness "¦ that was unmlstak
'able." 1- ,:¦ "J ">' :'''---^ '.'•.¦'¦¦ .'*' ¦ . '¦',
.The. music was a' feature of the opening
day, although ' not ' designed especially to
be so, 1 since next -Sunday,, when the sing-
Ing sections will unite in a grand concert,
will far eclipse yesterday for, music. Yet
there was much music,* and good music.:
'it The 'various shooting • clubs' have ihead-'
San Franciscans Active in
Extending Hospitality to
Their Giiests From East
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