June 1: Superintendent of Education Emerson's long cherished wish has been realized and the Pan-American Exposition has been made an adjunct to the school system of Buffalo. Yesterday, on the first pleasant day in 7 days the pilgrimage of school children to the grounds as guests of the Exposition company was begun.
Miss Ruth Driggs, the kindergarten teacher of the kindergarten attached to School No. 19, and being located in the Herkimer street annex, brought 27 little tots to see the wonders of the two Americas. Miss Driggs was assisted in taking care of the children by Miss Welch.
The children visited the Government building and the other large buildings on the Midway. The little boys clustered about Uncle Sam's monster guns and the girls did not care to leave the cases where were displayed types in wax of aboriginal inhabitants of the United States. One little girl said, "I ain't got no doll as big as that."
June 2 Letter to the Editor: I am surprised that Mr. Brandt and the ministers should be so narrow minded as to think of boycotting the Exposition in order to bring about any end they wish to attain. If they can not find some other leverage they had better use none.
I contribute to both the church and the Anti-Saloon League, and so does my wife, but before there is another payment made I will know the ministers' decision on this boycott. I have invested all of my surplus money in a modest Pan-American enterprise, the same as hundreds of other church and anti-saloon contributors and if our money is to be so misused as to make us suffer, I do not think I will place any more in their hands to hamper the interest or everybody. It is the duty of every citizen to do all possible to make this Exposition a grand success and if there is no draw back such as the ministers have so unwisely threatened it will certainly surpass any exposition ever held.
I have been too busy to investigate and study the situation personally, but whatever the condition or circumstances may be they will not warrant any one in boycotting this exposition.
June 3: Director-General Buchanan has sent formal notice to all the competitors in the coming fireworks contest announcing the dates for their respective exhibitions. This is the competition which is to determine who is to get the contract for the official displays of the Exposition. Up to this time the fireworks have been given under a special arrangement with Pain of Manhattan Beach fame.
The first display will be Monday, June 10, by Thomas Lloyd. Following this on Friday, June 14, the Rochester Fireworks Company will have the field. Then comes in order the T.W. Hand Fireworks Company on Monday, June 17, the A.L. Due Fireworks Company on Saturday, June 29, the Pan-American Fireworks Company of Buffalo on Monday, July 1, and the H.H. Tilton Company and the Pain Fireworks Company for which no dates have been assigned. All of these dates are dates of special days, and there are sure to be big crowds on the grounds to enjoy the show.
June 4: The royal purple of Williams College was the first to make its appearance for the Intercollegiate games in the Stadium at 1 o'clock this afternoon. Then the bonnie blue of Yale was seen, after which came the Carnelian and white of Cornell, the orange and black of Princeton and the purple and white of Amherst. College men began flocking into the Stadium by scores until at 2 o'clock there were hundreds of them all wearing the chosen colors of their respective alma mater.
At that hour the Stadium and its approaches were still in the hands of laborers working with feverish eleventh hour energy to get things in shape. The sodders had laid out but a little plot of green before the Tribune, the only oasis of green in the desert of yellow clay. The track was slightly sticky, but drying fast. "Sparrow" Robinson said it was fit for anybody.
The weather realized all the promise of the morning. The sun shone from a cloudless sky. In the unprotected bleachers its heat was almost unbearable. The fair sex opened up sun umbrellas to the discontent of those behind them. The flags were all aflutter and the seats began to fill rapidly as 2 o'clock approached. The college boys whiled away the wait by whacking the floor with their canes and breaking into snatches of college songs, diversified with references to the Midway. Yale men tried to secure Bostock's elephant, "Big Liz", with the intention of viewing the sports from her back. Princeton lads tried the same game with "Lil", the elephant of the Streets of Cairo, but the negotiations fell through.
June 5: The condition of Teddy Olivio, the one-armed trick bicycle rider, who was injured in an unsuccessful attempt to dive 50 feet on a bicycle in the Wild Water Sports concession on the Midway Monday afternoon, was very low this morning and the doctors at the General Hospital fear he will die before night. Olivio was examined by the surgeons last night and it was found his back was broken just below the neck and he was badly injured internally. [ed. note: he died on June 27]
June 6: With the completion today of he calaboose for the accommodation of crooks the Exposition has taken a long stride nearer completion. Hitherto it has had beautiful buildings, lovely lawns, sparkling fountains, well-paved streets and well-regulated police and fire department. But it had no prison, and whoever read of any municipality, except the new Jerusalem and that was only seen in a vision, that was without a jail. When the crooks and other "strong-arm men", who came here from other cities, were gathered in by the Pan-American patrolmen, an officer was obliged to sit with them until a patrol wagon could be summoned from the Austin Street station house. The effect of such association upon the lordly patrolman in his full dress uniform was distinctly harassing.
Now, however, all this is changed. The necessary cooler is built. It is located in the inner court of the Service Building near the northwest corner. It consists of two cells which are entered from a passage opening upon the corridor in front of Commandant Robertson's headquarters. The door into the passage is of two-inch oak planks held together two-inch crosspieces and strongly bolted, the heads of the bolts being on the inside. There is a grating in the door defended by four one-inch bars of iron. Rajah's quarters at Bostock's are a bird cage compared with the strength of this strong room.
Within a few days the Pan-American Police Department will have an electric patrol wagon of its own. Then the Rainbow City will have one of the most up-to-date crook-catching departments in the world.
June 7: Within a very few days visitors at the Exposition may take elevators to the top of the Howard Electric Tower. J. Hunter of New York, representing the Otis Elevator Company, this morning began the instructing of the operators who are to run the elevators. So soon as the force of young men have learned to run the cars, the tower will be thrown open to the public.
There are four elevators in the building, two of which run to a height of 72 feet to the cafe floor of the tower and the other two to the uppermost landing, 242 feet above the ground. From this point stairs can be taken to a higher floor, constructed at an elevation of 310 feet above the ground. From this landing, the visitor gets a true bird's-eye view of the Exposition. Men and women, like tiny dwarfs, walk about among toy fountains and visit doll houses. It is a unique and interesting way to see the Exposition.
The final government inspection of the elevators was made yesterday. Each car was loaded with 3000 pounds of iron and the dropped. Despite the heavy weight, the cars stopped almost instantly. The appliances to prevent accidents worked perfectly. These are threefold. An automatic governor, a limit speed automatic switch and an automatic appliance for controlling the cables in the basement are any of them sufficient to prevent all possibility of a fall.
The cars make the trip from the ground to the top landing in about 30 seconds. They are built to run at the rate of 450 feet a minute and are so constructed that they automatically stop at the top and bottom.
June 8 Letter to the Editor: Can not the sale of the small chameleons, which is going on at the gate of the Exposition, be stopped by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals? These animals are certainly abused, getting into the hands of people who are thoughtless, and are starved, few knowing what to feed them.
June 8: Commander J.H. Bull, of the United States Navy, in charge of the Hydrographic service on the grounds, fell from the dome of the Government Building at noon today and is probably fatally hurt. He sustained a fracture of the skull above the left eye and broke his left leg. He was unconscious when picked up.
Commander Bull was walking along the base of the dome to inspect the time bell apparatus. A member of the Marine Corps who was with him, saw him slip and fall to the roof, 30 feet below. Help was summoned and the commander was taken below to the building. The Emergency Hospital ambulance was summoned.
June 9: That moment which hundreds and thousands of Buffalonians have looked forward to for the past year, and particularly the men who have had the work of construction in charge, is at hand. Visitors to the grounds today saw a completed Exposition in the central, main features of the great show. With those gigantic strides which have been the wonder of the Exposition development, the Pan-American has received a sandpaper finish virtually in one week. That is, the pavements have been repaired, the walks graded, the buildings touched up, and the hundred and one small details, necessary to put things to right, have been attended to. It can readily be seen that with these major details out of the way the entire work force of the Exposition will make short work of trimming up the edges and the outskirts.
The elevators in the great electric tower were in operation, running to the 278-foot level. In five hours 1000 people were carried up at 15 cents each. Patrons of the tower were extravagant in their praise of the view. Niagara Falls could be seen with the naked eye. In every direction the view was expansive and magnificent. This promises to be one of the most attractive features of the big show.
June 10: John Philip Sousa has written a march expressly for the Pan-American Exposition, and it will be a feature of the Sousa concerts at the Exposition beginning today and lasting until July 7.
Once a year Sousa writes a march and in the springtime the dance devotees and the soldiery of the United States are accustomed to look for this new tribute of melody from the pen of "The March King". The new march is the fourth of a cycle of Exposition marches written by Sousa during the last eight years. The first was the famous "Liberty Bell", which was composed in honor of the Chicago World's Fair. Later came "King Cotton", written for the Cotton States Exposition in Atlanta. The third was "Hail to the Spirit of Liberty", composed in honor of the Paris Exposition of last year, and now comes "The Invincible Eagle", for the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo.
The programme for the first concert
Overture - Isabella...Suppe
Scenes from the "Works of Wagner"...Winterbottom
Cornet Solo - Bride of the Waves...Clarke soloist - Mr. Herbert L. Clarke
March - The Invincible Eagle (new)... Sousa Written for the Pan-Am Exposition
Valse - Jolly Fellows... Volstedt
Spite - Hermione (new)...La Rondella
Gems From San Toy...Jones
Second Hungarian Rhapsody...Lizst
Flugelhorn Solo - Bright Star of Hope...Robaudi soloist - Mr. Franz Helle
Rondo de Nuit...Gillet
March - Hands Across the Sea...Sousa
Excerpts from "Carmen"...Bizet
June 10: Lieutenant-Commander James A. Bull, U.S.N., who fell from the dome of the Government Building at the Pan-American last Saturday morning, sustaining serious injuries, and was later removed to the General Hospital in an unconscious condition, regained consciousness early this morning. The surgeons at the hospital say he is doing nicely and will recover. This will be gratifying news to his many friends.
June 11: The following statement has been given out at the White House -
"I regret the suggestion of a third term has been made. I doubt whether I am called upon to give it notice. But there are now questions of the gravest importance before the Administration and the country, and their just consideration should not be prejudiced in the public mind by even the suspicion of the thought of a third term. In view, therefore, of the reiteration of the suggestion of it, I will say now, once for all, expressing a long-settled conviction, that I not only am not and will not be a candidate for a third term, but would not accept a nomination for it, if it were tendered me.
"My only ambition is to serve
through my second term to the acceptance of my countryman, whose generous
confidence I so deeply appreciate, and then with them to do my duty in
the ranks of private citizenship.
(signed) William McKinley
June 12: Roses budding into bloom in the lawns about the Women's building and in the Rose Garden, a cloudless sky and a sun shining like burnished copper and as ardent in its caresses as a June bridegroom - these are the chief characteristics of out-door life at the Exposition this morning.
In this magnificent stage setting a varied programme of amusement is arranged, including drills by the 73rd Company of Artillery, the pony battery, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the crew of the Life-saving station, concerts by Sousa's, the Mexican, 74th Regiment and 65th Regiment Bands, organ recital on the mammoth instrument in the Temple of Music, the 1001 sights in the grounds and buildings and the panoramic procession of Fun and Folly in the Midway. Shakespeare never caught even a glimpse of such wonders in the visions of a summer night's dream.
With the view of making the main entrance of the Exposition grounds more popular, the Exposition Company has granted the West Side Wagnonette Company the right to operate between the Lincoln gate and the Meadow Gate, passing the Washington monument, the Triumphal Arch, the Esplanade and the Art Building, and landing passengers in the center of the grounds.
The main entrance has not been used much because of the long walk entailed, but the privilege granted to the company mentioned removes that objection and will, no doubt, cause many to use of the main rather than the "back door" entrance.
June 13: The Indians belonging to the Six Nations village have begun to arrive. The opening of the village will take place between the 20th and 25th of June, when the historic Strawberry Dance will be given. This is one of the stated feasts of the pagan Indians of New York State.
Every visitor will be presented with a dish of strawberries, sweetened with diluted maple sugar as the Indians return thanks to the Great Spirit for the abundance of the earth. Capt. Lawton intends to make the ceremony an impressive one, and has sent invitations by runners to all the Indians on the reservations around here.
The village is now looking highly attractive. The ground in the neighborhood has been broken up and planted with maize, beans, squashes and Indian tobacco, after the manner of the Indian villages of New York in the days of the early settlers.
June 14: Flag Day address by U.S. Secretary of State John Hay -
"I am inclined to think that perhaps the waiters and waitresses and some of the rest might be better employed in exchanging ideas among themselves than in listening to the few words that I shall be able to say.
Last night, as I looked from my window at this marvelous creation, lined in fire upon the evening sky, and today as I have walked through the courts and the palaces of this incomparable exhibition, the words of the prophet have been constantly in my mind - Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. We who are old have through many hopeful years dreamed this dream. It was noble, inspiring, leading to earnest and uplifting labor. This ideal of the brotherhood of the nations of the Western World is not a growth of yesterday. It was heralded when the country was young by the clarion voice of Henry Clay. It was cherished by Seward and Evarts, by Douglas and by Blaine. Twelve years ago we had the first reunion of the two American republics. Much was said and done, destined to be memorable in our history, opening and blazing the way along the path of peace and fraternal relations…
As a means to those ends, as a concrete realization of those generous dreams which have led us thus far, we have this grand and beautiful spectacle, never to be forgotten, a delight to the eyes, a comfort to every patriot heart that during the coming summer shall make the joyous pilgrimage to this enchanted scene, where lake and shore and sky, the rich, bright city throbbing with vigorous life, and in the distance the flash and roar of the stupendous cataract, unite their varied attractions in one charm of powerful magic such as the world has seldom seen....
All the triumphs of the spirit and of the skilled hands of labor, the garnered treasures of science, the witcheries of art, the spoils of earth and air and sea are gathered here to warn, to delight, to encourage and reward the ever-striving, the indomitable mind of man. Here you have force, which enables men to conquer and tame the powers of nature. Wealth, not meant as Tennyson sang, to rest in moulded heaps, but smit with the free light to melt and fatten lower lands. Beauty, not for selfish gratification of the few, but for the joy of the many to fill their days with gladness and their nights with music. And hovering over all the sublime, the well-nigh divine conception of a brotherhood of mutually helpful nations, fit harbinger and forerunner of a brotherhood of man...
Every great achievement in art, in science, in commerce communicates to the universal human spirit a salutary shock which in ever-widening circles spreads to regions the most remote and obscure, to break at last in lingering ripples on the ultimate shores of space and time. Out of a good source evil cannot flow, out of the light darkness cannot be born. The benignant influences that shall emanate from this great festival of peace shall not be bounded by oceans nor by continents.
June 15: Flag Day was attended with ideal conditions for the symposium of the Starry Banner. A brisk breeze blows across the grounds, relieving the atmosphere of the torridness that has characterized the two preceding days. In the early morning the heavens were obscured by clouds, but as day advanced they were broken up by the arrows of the sun and carried off the ethereal field by the wind.
How "Old Glory" exulted in the attention paid to him! The 100-foot long flag stretched between the pylons of the Triumphal Bridge appeared to represent in itself The Flag, and to conceive all the honors of the occasion as being addressed particularly to itself. How joyously it danced in the breeze, now swelling up pompously as the wind filled out its folds, and anon sweeping back right debonnairely as if returning the salutations of the passersby.
All the other flags participated in the festivities, in a smaller way. The American Flag was everywhere. It climbed the flag staffs and drove thence the Pan-American emblem. It scaled the towers of the buildings and supplanted colors of other nations. It seemed to say, "I'm the flag of the United States, don't stop me. I've scaled the walls of Pekin. I dominate the Philippines, Porto Rico and the Sandwich Islands recline under my protection. I'm the only flag in the world here today. All give way to me."
Allured by the bright weather and by the knowledge that such notables as Lieut-Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Secretary of State John Hay, Capt. Richmond P. Hobson were to be on the grounds, thousands of visitors arrived early and spent the morning hours in various enjoyable ways. The attendance increased in the afternoon and everything conspired to make the Flag Day the most splendidly impressive and imposing in the history of the occasion.
An immense throng filled the Temple of Music when the ceremonies began at 2:20 o'clock...with an overture by Sousa's Band which introduced "My Country 'Tis of Thee," the entire audience rising to sing the National Hymn. This was followed by a prelude on the grand organ and harp. Rt. Rev. William Walker, Bishop of Western New York, then delivered the invocation. President Milburn of the Pan-American Company delivered his address to the patriotic societies and a quartet sang "To Thee, O Country."
Mrs. Mary N. Thompson, Regent of the Buffalo Chapter, D.A.R., delivered her address of welcome. This was followed by an address by Joseph E. Ewell on behalf of the G.A.R. To these Mrs. Charles W. Fairbanks, national president of the D.A.R. responded. Mr. Robert Burton sang a solo, which was followed by the address of Gen. Nelson A. Miles, representing the army.
Sousa's Band then played a selection, and Capt. Richmond Pierson Hobson, representing the navy, made a short speech. Mr. Robert Burton then sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Bishop Walker brought the ceremonies to a close with the benediction.
June 16: Notes of the Exposition -
One of the baby ostriches in the ostrich farm at the Exposition broke its leg last Sunday night. It is worth $150 and, despairing of saving it in any other way, it was finally taken to the hospital. There Dr. Allan of the staff set the leg and the youngster is reported to be doing well. The bird accepts the attention it is receiving with excellent grace.
A company of nearly 100 came to join the village of Darkest Africa in the Pan-American yesterday. They were collected in Senegal and the Congo state and are so black that ordinary jet seems white, or nearly so, beside them. Their habits, when in the seclusion of their private enclosure are of Edenic simplicity, and even beyond that, Chief Ogendaza is the leader of the party. He came accompanied by only three of his 50 wives.
A large white Esquimaux dog, which escaped from the Esquimaux Village in the Midway, was the cause of much excitement in the north end of that thoroughfare shortly after 9 o'clock on the 11th. The escaped animal ran about for fully an hour before being placed in captivity again.
William L. Marcy gave a dinner on the 11th at the Alt Nurnburg to the Judges of the Court of Appeals and a few invited guests. There were 22 in the party. The table was laid in the side corridor of the restaurant and there was a wealth of flowers employed in the decoration.
June 17 Editorial: "The one great menace to the success of the Pan-American at Buffalo," says a critical exchange, "is the entire absence of a long-felt want for its existence. Why should there be a Pan-American Fair at all, or why should Buffalo be he such of such an enterprise?"
Why should there be a Pan-American Exposition at all is a question which the writer of that article will find most effectively answered by visiting the exhibit buildings of Mexico, Chili, Honduras, and other countries making up the "Pan" of the title. Those nations have found or think they have found sufficient justification in their own development and in the suggestion of a grouping of all the Americas in a representative fair to build costly structures and send valuable examples of their productions thousands of miles and maintain representative bodies here to impress visitors with the significance of what is presented to the world in their behalf. If there were no need - we will not say "crying need" - for such an exhibition, if no justification could be found in events and conditions, is it likely they would have made such a splendid showing at such expense?
Then why should such an exposition be at Buffalo? For one reason, because the first congress of all the republics of American was held here and that suggested the Exposition to Buffalo people. The delegates to that first congress of representative men, seeking nothing but an improvement of the business relations of all the countries they spoke for, might have been held at Washington, New York or Chicago, but it wasn't. Perhaps it was because Niagara Falls, the most attractive place on the continent in summer, was so near by. Perhaps because Buffalo was hospitable and enterprising. Perhaps a dozen things. Why is it some people and some cities have things come their way? Who can explain it to the captious? Anyhow, Buffalo cordially received the representatives of the Pan-American republics who at the invitation of Secretary Blaine visited the United States and improved the acquaintance of their peoples with those of the big republic.
The paper goes on to say,
"Buffalo may be a wonder in the estimation of her own people. Wonders are not always attractive to the cold eye of the impartial stranger, and the Canadian air does not echo to the tread of the wild mob's million feet hurrying to the Pan-American."
Now in all kindness is that a fair representative attitude? Surely our Canadian friends are as ready as any others to look at what interests them, whether it is on that side or this of the Niagara border. They have always been ready to come to Buffalo from the nearby cities of the Dominion on holidays. Why should they be any less willing to enjoy a greater attraction than Buffalo or any city on the continent except Chicago has given them?
The "menace" to the Pan-American seems to be something a little forced - the product of a sanctum atmosphere. It cannot be believed that it is in any sense representative of the general conditions in the Dominion or elsewhere.
June 18: The police are searching for a nervy thief who robbed Miss Lillian Downey, cashier of a Midway show at the Pan-American, of $25 early last evening. The theft was accomplished so boldly and successfully that the police believe the crook was a professional.
Miss Downey sells tickets for her show in a little box-like office, just inside the entrance leading to the place. Shortly before 7 o'clock last night she was engaged in counting up the afternoon's receipts. The night crowd had just begun to gather and the barkers on the Midway were trying to get people to enter the various shows with their fog-horn voices.
Miss Downey sold a couple of tickets to a countryman and his wife and resumed her task of counting the money. Watching her was a young man dressed like young sports who are seen at running races. He suddenly stepped up to the little office, threw down a quarter on the counter and said, "Gimme a ticket."
As Miss Downey reached for one the fellow suddenly made grab for a roll of bills and before she could realize what was going on he had taken it and skipped out. Miss Downey screamed and told the barker she had just been robbed. The thief by that time was running away like a deer. The barker and several other men followed him for a couple of hundred feet, but he disappeared in the crowd and made his escape.
The Exposition police were notified but failed to find the crook. This morning James Francis Brown, proprietor of the shows and Miss Downey went to Police Headquarters and told the story of the robbery to Chief of Detectives Cusack. He detailed two detective-sergeants to work on the case. They have little hope of capturing the thief.
June 19: The Indians of the Indian Congress have the power to make new Indians out of their white brothers. They can do it almost on sight, but prefer to take a little longer time and follow the form laid down in what they call "Long Running Ritual". Last evening, they got together and in a half-hour's time adopted three well-known gentlemen into their mysteries. The entire outfit, seven hundred chiefs, warriors, squaws and papooses, took part in the ceremony. Joseph Stevens of this city, who is vice-president of the Indian Congress and Village Company, H.S. Grimes, a prominent grain man who, just the other day, was re-elected president of the National Grain Dealers' Association, and George Kricker, a prominent Ohio banker, were the gentlemen who were made Indians and were given Indian names. Mr. Stevens was adopted into the Sioux nation and named "Good Feeling Old Man." Mr. Grimes was taken into the Apaches, called "Big Wheat Man" and Mr. Kricker was made a Winnebago and titled "Big Count Money Man."
The recommendation of some prominent scout or chief is required in order to be adopted into a tribe and have your name recorded on the sacred parchments of the Indians. Eagle Eye, a famous scout, last evening made the recommendations. It is also required of the candidates that they contribute money and pay for a feast. The feast of last evening cost, all told, $100. Three steers were slaughtered, answering the purpose of buffalo and deer meat. Some of Chief Little Wound's aged wine was uncorked. It is claimed that this wine is as old as the mountains. The sparkle on it is as bright as the sun's rays on the water's surface.
The adoption dance is a hair-raising institution, especially for the candidates. In the present instance they were almost clotheless. Around them the red men danced, yelling at the top of their voices and waving madly tomahawks and scalping knives. The crack marksman completed the rest by seeing how close to each one's right ear he could put a poisoned arrow. It is all over now and the new-made Indians are glad of it.
Iron Bull, 31 years old, and Bear Eagle, aged 33, both Sioux Indians, were taken to the Sisters' Emergency Hospital last evening. Iron Bull is dying of consumption. Bear Eagle has inflammation of the bladder and it is feared will die. The medicine man practiced all his dances and frights on them but could not drive the illness away. He reported that the Indian spirits could not cure. The prominent chiefs thereupon ordered the sick Indians turned over to the white man's spirits. Before taking departure the Indians got out their gourds, rattle them over the ill red men, and begged that the Indian spirits be not mad for turning the Indians over to the white men. This is the Indian service on sending sick Indians to the white man's care.
June 20: The burden of exhibitors in the Horticultural Building, and perhaps elsewhere at the Pan-American Exposition, is the grafting propensities of a host of petty officials. To illustrate the evil it will be necessary to describe the fate of the Idaho cherries that arrived one day last week.
The cherries were truly delicious, but then they were few, and their unprotected condition as strangers in a strange land should have kept them from the rapacity of official cormorants. They had not been thoroughly inspected before the superintendent of this and that came along, his whiskers curling with anticipation.
"My, ain't then snollygosters?" he exclaimed with enthusiasm. "Where did they grow? May I taste one?"
He was invited to help himself and did so, promptly and liberally. He ate and talked, and cackled and gobbled, and at the finish he took away a quart to remember Idaho by. His footsteps were still clumping down the aisle when the superintendent of that-and-the-other came along.
"When! What whoppers! I am just dying for a taste of one of them!" exclaimed Super No. 2. Mr. Bashor, who was in charge, saved his life, but I guess he mentally hoped his guest would choke. The guest didn't, although he laid the foundations for an attack of hog cholera before he got through. When he went away it was with another basket full.
Then Super No.1 came back and said those cherries were so exquisite he must take a box straight to the "Dee Gee". He got away with them, but it is a good bet that those cherries never got as far as the "Dee Gee". Then a man who does errands about the building came along and grafted a plateful, and then Super No. 2 came back and said he thought the Head Official in the building would enjoy some of those cherries. He bore off a box which he probably cached somewhere for his own suffering family. Then the man who sweeps the floor happened along and got away with a plateful. Talk about those cherries looking sick! It was a case of quick consumption.
The other exhibitors in the building have had similar experiences. They are growing somewhat disgusted with the trick, and unless it slows down something will go to the "Dee Gee" one of these days, but it will not be a box of cherries.
June 21: Madamoiselle Serpentella, a snake charmer in the Midway, was bitten twice by a Python during the performance in Bostock's this morning. Women who witnessed the attack shrieked and fainted and Serpentella was taken to the Emergency Hospital.
During her act Serpentella had occasion to lift from its box a cobra de capello, one of the most venomous snakes in existence. It was a new specimen and has not been thoroughly subjected. As Serpentella was about to lay it upon an easel the snake struck her twice in the arm in quick succession.
Serpentella knew that prompt measures were necessary to save her life, for the poison of the cobra doesn't move through the veins like molasses in January. She flew to a case upon a table near by and, before spectators had stopped screaming, she swallowed an antidote and applied an antiseptic, both of her own composition.
In the meantime the Emergency ambulance had arrived and she was taken to the hospital. The surgeons bandaged her forearm so as to stop the circulation and then extracted the venom from the veins with a pump.
June 22: This is Smith College Day at the Exposition and the alumnae and undergraduates of the famous Northhampton institution are in evidence all over the grounds. The first official celebration of the day was held at the Women's building this morning when the Smith College girls "of the then and now" gathered for a reunion and informal meeting.
The occasion was marked by impromptu speeches from prominent alumnae, the singing of college songs, the renewal of acquaintances and a general good time. After the gathering at the Women's building, the "Smith girls" scattered about the grounds for a general view of the Exposition.
The programme of the day included a lunch at the Stadium restaurant at 1:30 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. a tea at the Women's building, given by the Women's Board of Managers to the alumnae and undergraduates of Smith College.
June 23: By the latest order of the director general, women are barred from the ballyhoos or outside shows on the Midway. The order was issued yesterday and went into effect today. It is reported that all the showmen are to be prevented from exhibiting their dancers outside the entrances to their shows because some few of these exhibitions were thought to be objectionable by the public.
The woman ballyhoo feature was discontinued at the Chicago Exposition for about the same reason, it is reported, and the management of the Pan-American has decided not to be behind the World's Fair in running a clean Midway. Though some of the concessionaires object to the order, others favor it. The division is about equal.
Today the concessionaires are to meet at the director general's office to adjust their lighting bills for May. Though all were charged for lighting from May 1, few were able to obtain any kind of illumination at all until the 10th of the month, and after that the service broke down on several occasions. The concessionaires refused to pay their bills unless the Exposition agreed to cut them down and from a letter sent out calling the conference it looks as though the Midway men will win their point.
June 24: "Zum Exposition" is the watchword of the thousands of Germans who are gathering in Buffalo today, from the North and East, and from the South and West, to attend the great Saengerfest. With those who came to the city yesterday and early this morning, visiting the Exposition was put at the head of the most important urgent business. And so, as soon as the gates were manned by ticket sellers at 8 o'clock the joyous Germans came. They wore badges and broad smiles of pleasurable anticipation glowed upon their good-natured looks.
In honor of the Saengerfest there will be two organ recitals in the Temple of Music today instead of one. The first will be held at the regular time, 4 p.m. Charles E. Clemens of Cleveland will play. The second will be at 8 p.m. with Dr. Isaac Barton at the organ. The programme for both concerts is varied and pleasing.
Old Exposition men say that a sure test of a good day is a big early morning crowd. "Saengerfest" day will probably be a hummer.
June 25: Gardeners at the Exposition are busy today installing a fine floral exhibit in the court north of the Horticulture Building near the canal, which is made by the Detroit Park and Boulevard Commission. The exhibit will be one of the finest at the Exposition, and the only regret felt by Supt. William D. Healy of the Detroit Park system is that the exhibit could not be placed in the Court of Flowers in front of the Horticulture Building.
Detroit prides itself on its beautiful parks and, although this exhibit is made under disadvantages which would have discouraged many men, Supt. Healy set to work today to make up for lost time and the neglect of a previous park administration to make proper preparations, and he will present a display which will well represent the park system of the City of the Straits.
Supt. Healy brought from Detroit about 45,000 plants, including a large and fine exhibit of palms which occupy a center bed in the plat, the palms alone valued at over $2000. The plat is 60 by 95 feet, somewhat smaller than originally planned and therefore curtailing the exhibit considerably. The bed of palms is 15 by 30 feet, and contains some unusually fine specimens.
A prominent feature of the grouping of beds is a large shield in the center of the north section of the group which will contain in beautiful flowers the inscription, "Compliments of the Detroit Park and Boulevard Commission". Other beds are four of canna, four of coleus, two of crotons and two of acalipha, with smaller groupings scattered so as to effectively set off the others and correspond harmoniously with the sodding. The commission is spending something like $3000 to make the exhibit which will be well worth seeing. It is made mainly through the efforts of Commissioner R.E. Bolger and Supt. Healy of the Detroit Commission. Supt. Healy will return home tomorrow, to come back to the Exposition later in the season.
June 26: Two trolley cars, Elmwood Avenue No. 626 and Main Street No. 678, came together with a crash opposite the Elmwood Avenue gate of the Exposition at noon today, badly shaking up the occupants and throwing six people into hysterics, two of whom were taken to the Exposition Hospital.
The Elmwood car was slowing down to let off passengers and the Main Street car was coming after it. A Michigan Avenue car ahead stopped unexpectedly, and the Elmwood Avenue motorman came to a sudden stop. The Main Street car jammed into the rear platform of the Elmwood Avenue car putting it out of commission. Passengers on both cars were standing up, and they tumbled into heaps, some of them began to cry and moan, but no one was badly hurt. Those most severely shaken up were J.C. Holmes, Batavia, N.Y., N.R. Pratt and C. D. Easton, Silver Springs, Miss A. M. LeValley, Buffalo, Mis Prinavue, New York, Mrs. A.V. Shiverick, Chicago.
Miss Prinavue is employed at the Japanese village. She went to the General Hospital two weeks ago suffering from hysteria and this was her return trip to the Exposition. After the accident she went to the Exposition Hospital with Mrs. Shiverick. Both women were put to bed, but no injuries beyond the shock were discovered.
June 27: Color, electricity and hydraulics, the three most potent zenii of the earth and air united to give a grand display on the 25th. There were not many of he teeming multitudes at the Exposition that saw it, but those who did departed with yet another vision of the Rainbow City whose indescribable splendors rendered the beholders speechless with their dazzling glories.
The display occurred in connection with the first exhibition of the electric fountain in the Park lake. After months of hard work, after several vexatious delays and one or two grievous disappointments, Chief of Construction Rustin turned on the water last night and set in motion the wondrous electric lighting machinery. Although yet not at its best, the Electric Fountain was a supremely dazzling spectacle.
Visitors hitherto have seen the beautiful sheen of the searchlights in the Grand Basin as they were converged upon the cascades in front of the tumultuous torrent that rolls from the niche in the Electric Tower. They have beheld the lily jets near the same cascades that waver tremulously above the lights like vases of molten silver, and the spray jets that leaped over the concealed lights in the Grand Basin like a shower of sparks from a blacksmith's anvil, and have admired the colored lights in the basin of the Court of Fountains that look like fairy rings. But they never beheld as delightful a vision as they saw last night when the Electric Fountain was started.
The water pouring from the jets assumes various fantastic forms, including pine trees, sheaves of wheat, pyramids, lilies, fans and mist banks. These were subjected to an ever moving, kaleidoscopic play of light green, blue, red and white, causing the water drops to resemble in turn showers of rubies, sapphires, topazes and emeralds.
The site of the fountain, the little island in the North Bay, is homely enough to be called the Isle du Diable. Even the electric lights have no power to transfigure the ugliness of its broken rock surface.
In a chamber below the jets are set 22 glass plates to permit the projection of the rays of powerful arc lights upward to the water jets. The levers which control the several systems of piping and combinations of orifices for the water are operated down in this chamber, as well as the horizontal colored glass screens that are to be interposed between the arc lights and the hoes in the ceiling. Of course, these holes, called "holophote openings", are made absolutely water tight to prevent leakage from the basin of the fountain. The pumps which force the water from the various orifices are also placed in the subterranean apartment.
June 28: Senator Patterson of the Ohio Commission stated this afternoon that he was confident that President McKinley would be in Buffalo on July 18, when the Ohio building will be dedicated. This is down on the calendar of Ohio Day, and naturally the commission want the President to time his trip to the Pan-American for that day.
The directors of the Pan-American, however, want the President of the United States to come on a day of his own. They want the benefit of his visit as a national event on some day to be known as President's Day. Gov. Nash has taken the subject up with McKinley, and it will be known in a day or two how it will be. The President will be going to Canton in a little while with Mrs. McKinley, and it will be an easy run from there to Buffalo.
June 29: The bull ring of the Streets of Mexico was given over to an amateur acrobatic performance yesterday afternoon. It was an impromptu affair, growing out of man's cupidity. Concessionaire McGarvie announced recently that he had made up a purse of $10, which he proposed to fasten between the horns of one of his most ferocious bulls. Anyone who succeeded in snatching the purse from the bull's head, he said, could have the coin.
It is presumed that Mr. McGarvie made the offer in a joking way, but the report had no sooner been circulated that a dozen men came forward as candidates for an engagement with his Bullship. Accordingly it was arranged to pull off the affair after a regular bull fight yesterday afternoon. When the announcer proclaimed the event, not a dozen, but 21 men appeared to reach for the ten. The candidates for the ready money were of all degrees of Midway society and four were strangers whose greed for gain induced them to leave the spectators' seats and enter the arena.
In less than two minutes after the bull entered the ring the crowd saw an exhibition of vaulting and tumbling like that of a three-ring circus. The bull was one of the ugliest brutes in Mr. McGarvie's collection, and if the precaution had not been taken to have the animal's horns padded, yesterday would have been a field day for the Exposition Hospital. After 40 minutes' rich entertainment the bull was still money in.
June 30: The Minneapolis Newsboys' Band is coming to the Exposition in August and application has been made for its use of Camp Millard Fillmore at the Pan-American during its stay here. The band will be one of the great musical attractions of the season at the Exposition.
The organization is of special interest because it plays with rare ability and is composed of newsboys of Minneapolis. It numbers 50 pieces and has been organized for four years, its beginning dating from a whistling contest that revealed such musical faculty on the part of some of the boys in it that the idea of a band composed of such material was suggested. It was carried out by the Minneapolis Journal. The managers of that paper reached the heart of the boys, bought them the finest instruments and engaged the best instructor and the result is seen in the now famous organization.
The band is said to have a great influence for good in Minneapolis, since it stimulates the boys as they come along to try for the band. The number is limited to 50, and there are 25 on the waiting list. It shows what possibilities are in the street "Arab", for it is constantly recruited from that source.
The band will receive a glowing
welcome when it comes out to charm the Rainbow City.
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