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CAPITAL CITY COURIER SATURDAY AUGUST 20, 1892
THE NICKEL IS KING.
ATLANTIC CITY IS THE GREAT FIVE
Uncounted TlioasaniU Go There for Rett,
Hathlng ami Refreshment, nt Thejr
rind the Nickel I the Coin Molt la
Demand The l'eonla'a laradlie.
Atlantic City, Aug. 18. This Is tho
greatest Buunnor resort in tho United
States. No other attracts ono-lmlf so
tnnny visitors. It is a city of pleasure
whoso tmiguiturio astonishes all Iwhohl
ers. Atlantic City stretches three miles
or more up anil down tho shore, and ex
tends back from the sea about half a
inilo. Within this area are 700 hotels
and cottages licensed to entertain
guests. Seven hundred is a largo num
ber of hotels for one town when you
coino to think of it. Besides there are
thousands of cottages owned by people
who como hero for tho summer months
and invito their friends to sojourn with
In this way Atlantic City, which ordi
narily contains about 20,000 population,
swells up to a regular population of
about 100,000 during tho mouth of An-
ON TUB DOAllD WALK.
gust, and on Sundays this number, great
as it is, often doubles. As good an au
thority as thero is in tho town, tho chief
of police, tells mo that there wero in
this town last Sunday over 200,000 peo
ple! Ono hundred and eighty thousand of
theso had como for rest or pleasure.
Fivo thousand wero waiters and porters
imported to servo tho 180,000. Tho re
mainder wero permanent residents.
Long Branch and Saratoga attract
tho swell society tieoplo; Newport, Nar-
rogansett Pier and Bar. Harbor the 400;
Asbury Park tho religiously inclined.
Atlantic City catches the musses of tho
people tho hoi polloi. It is hero you
seo tho American people as they are
tho plain, everyday, workaway people.
They aro good enough for me. They
mako one proud of his race and of his
country. Tho simplo fact that 180,000
Americans men, women and children
havo tho leisure and tho spare cash to
visit tho seashoro for at least a fow days
each year is encouraging to any ono who
believes in prosperity for the many.
So many people wanted to como to
Atlantic City lust Suturduy that tho
railroads couldn't carry them. Thirty
express trains on threo railroads hauled
an averago of nine cars each, and eight
or ten of tho trains were run in two sec
tions, and yet people were left in Phila
delphia simply because they could find
no cars to get in.
Atlantic City swallowed them all up.
Just how I do not know. Out it did it,
and every ono wus made comfortable.
Nearly 200,000 Americans gathered in
ono spot, principally along tho strand,
mado a raro spectacle. They wero tho
common people tradesmen, salaried
workers, professional people who uro
not at tho top of tho heap all well
dressed, nearly all well behaved. Thou
sands had como for a good time to
drink, bathe, make merry. Restaurants
and saloons by tho hundred wero open.
There was no restraint. Yet ono might
walk about tho town for an hour with
out seeing a drunken man. Of all
these thousands only nine wero arrested,
and they for potty offonses.
What is the fascination of this city of
pleasure that it is ublo to attract such
multitudes to its gates? Tho ocean, one
says, of course. True. Tho ocean is a
great attraction. Tho strand, two miles
!ug, is from midforenoon till night a
,iuss of humanity. Literally thousands
sit or walk in tho sand watching each
other or the gay crowd that is sozzling
in the surf. Here we catch tho reul se
cret of Atluutic City's popularity tho
lovo of peoplo for being whero other peo
plo are; the fondness of the average
mortal for looking ut his fellows. Per
haps 00,000 peoplo aro on tho beuch,
though only a third of them care to
Imagine u stretch of beach a mile or
so long. From 11 o'clock to 1, 20.000
peoplo in tho surf! A third of them
women. One-sixth of them children.
All sorts of bathing suits, all sorts of
figures, all sorts of pranks in water or
on tho sand. Young and old, lean as
Cussius and fat us Falstaff, tho ugly
and tho beautiful, all mixed togother.
Lovers billing and cooing in tho break
ers. Whole families wading out, hand in
hand, even carrying tho bubo in arms.
Thousands of merry children prattling
in tho shallow water or digging in tho
sand. Hero and thero a woman with
a divino faco; hero and thero a
queenly figure; here and thero
I magnificent man; here and thero
the lamo, tho decrepit. Tho woman
with tights and bleached hair. Tin
foolish young man with u flesh colored
bathing suit. Now and then an idiotic
father or mother who, by main force,
carries into tho water u hystericul
child. Pretty women basking in tho
sand. Other women who have provided
themsolves charming bathing suits
which they parade in a series of prome
nades up and down the beach, foolishly
imagining peoplo do not know they aro
out to appear and not to get wet. Young
women who scream lieciiusu they think
screams mako them more interesting.
So many incidents, types, churucters
that I despair of cataloguing them this
is tho beach ut Atluutic City.
And thero is tho board walk. In other
places it would bo tho promenade tho
something or other less plebeian tliiin
plain, common board wnlk. Yet this
-, o r ei)" tttTmfii
Atlantic City houid walk is about tho
most interesting thoroughfare I havo
neon in America excelled ,ouly , by
Broadway. It is three miles long and
has u n average width of thirty fee.
Some years ago there was no Itourt.
walk, merely a' planked way down in
tho sand, The young men of Atlantic
City, who saw tho possibilities of their
community, insisted upon raising this
walk to tho dignity of a great promt
nude. Of course tho old men and tho
principal taxpayers resisted, but the
young men had their way, and tho
boardwalk was lifted in altitude, broad
ened in feet and made tho feature of
Atlantic City. It was tho pioneer taiiinl
walk, and met with such great poiailur
approval that now all tho pretentious
seashore resorts have their board walks
But thero is no other board walk quite
llko tho Atlantic City board walk. Up
and down its great length move 50.01)0
peoplo, all watching each other. It is a
study in human nature, in clothes, in
millinery, in stylo. On ono side, the
beach and tho dully roaring sea; on the
other, tho strangest aggregation of
amusements and temptations tho eye of
mortal over lichold. Merry-go-rounds,
always moving, all crowded j roller coast
ers which rly so fast that tho air is
often rent with tho screams of fright
ened but not endangered passengers; an
"observation railway," whoso cars go at
such speed you can't seo much, and then
go through a tunnel in which you can
seo nothing; a figure 8 railroad, on
which you describe two circles at dif
ferent heights over and over to tho
tuno of "Muggio Murphy'H Homo" from
a steam music machine; a huge wheel
which lifts humanity laden buskets above
tho housetops; a merry-go-round com
posed of bicycles Ixdted tandem and
propelled by steam; another merry-go-round
which imitates tho motion of a
a ship at sea, and thus produces in most
passengers a delightful an inexpensive,
seasickness; scores of other queer things
to ride upon; piers to walk out into the
ocean upon, finding half way out a the
atrical or otmru troop; photographic
galleries warranted to make ono look
ugly in his bathing suit; restaurants.
theaters, horse shows, illusions, candy
stores and taffy factories galoro; ieo
cream, soda, lemonade, popcorn, pea
nuts, cigars, curiosities, toys, relics of
these a revel.
Atlantic City is tho city of tho hoi pol-
loi; it is also tho city of tho nickel.
Given threo or four children, an indul
gent father and a fivo dollar bill. He
suit, moro fun than any sano man had
over thought could bo had in two hours,
and not a nickel left. Almost every
thing is five cents. 'Tis so cheap you
tuko everything in sight.
By strict uttention to business, nimble
chasing of tho willing nickel, Atlantic
City is rapidly growing rich. Many
comfortable fortunes aro mado hero
every year. Hotel proprietors do well.
Buthhouso owners put four or fivo per
sons at a quarter each in n room which
cost eight dollars to build. Tho taffy
man spends his winters in Europe. Two
young men who started it merry -go-round
hero eight years ugo, and who
know how to tuko cure of and invest
their profits, uro now worth half a mil
Property along tho famous board
walk is worth from $300 to $1,000 per
front foot, though it is valuable only
threo months in the year. Thero aro
locations on this thoroughfare that could
not bo bought for $2,000 a foot, simply
because their nickel catching owners do
not wish to go out of their business of
running a gold mine.
About it in tho afternoon thero is a lull
along tho board walk. The thousands
are at dinner. At this hour the most
typical scene in Atlantic City is tho
young man who sits in a hammock lie-
DRYING; HER HAIR,
side a maiden, running his fingers
through her hair, throwing it looso to
the winds so that it may dry enough
to bo seen in the dining room. Happy
youth! Waltek Wki.lman.
Gvucrnl Wheelor at Home.
At his homo in Alabama General
Wheeler loves to hoe in his garden.
Mrs. Wheeler bays ho will lo working
away with his hoe, striking about eighty
clips to tho minute and destroying u
weed with every stroke, when some idea
will come into his mind concerning pub
lic affairs. Ho drops tho hoe, runs ut the
top of his speed into tho house, picks up
a pen, dashes off a dozen words or so a
an incredible rate and then rushes hack
to his hoe. Perhaps this process will le
repeated a half dozen times an hour
That is the way this peculiar little man
who was ono of the bravest and most
brilliant cavalry officers of tho confed
eracy, prepares bin speeches.
Rnuri In Conicrvmi.
Two of the liveliest rows we have
had, says a Washington curres'ioudc ut.
occurred in committee rooms. In one
Mr. Enloo, of Teunes.-ee. was so angry
at General Raum, the commissioner of
pensions, that lie kind up an ink bottle
and was about to hurl it at the of
fender's head when others interfered.
In tho other disturbance Mr. Stump, of
Maryland, denounced Assistant t',eeie
tury Ncttletnu, of tho treasury, as any
thing but u gentleman, and Mr. Nettle
ton offered to seo Mr. Stump luter. No
blood was shed in either case.
Albert .1. Totter I'M) a Vlalt to the To-H
ulnr Author1! Home.
Guii.vonn. Conn., Aug. 18. Whilo
registering in tho visitors' liook, on a re
cent visit to the Old Stone House, I was
surprised to seo tho signature of W. II.
U. Murray two or threo spaces boforo
my own. Tho Guilford address ho gave
suggested a visit to his old homo, which
lies about threo miles northeast of tho
village center in a picturesque funning
section. Tho homestead has grown by
the addition of other farms until it now
comprises ulnmt 200 acres. The original
farm has been in tho possession of the
family 2S0 years, Murray's ancestors
having liecii residents of Guilford since
lOiW. They wero a race of farmers nuil
shipbuilders. Tho old farm house is
still standing in which Adirondack Mur
ray was born in tho year 1811. It is an
oblong frame with solid oak timbers
and with a quaint two story veranda
on tho western end. It is undergoing
repairs and will bo enlarged considera
bly to mako it a icrmuuout homo for
Murray and his children. After years
f absence as minister, lecturer, sports
man and traveler ho has returned to
tho ancient seat of his fathers, whore
his future literary work will bo cur
It is often noticed among literary and
other bruin workers that some pot en
terprise will Is) pursued as an intellec
tual diversion, and as an aside to their
moro serious work. Frequently this
pardonable hobby appears us a lovo for
thoroughbred dogs, or blooded poultry
and fancy pigeons, but with tho subject
of this sketch the amiable mania ap
peared in a moro serious and meritorious
guise, and wo find him at ono period of
Ids career breeding blooded horses.
Beauty and speed wero tho goals in this
minor pursuit, and they wero abun
dantly realized. On his farm ho erected
extensive burns and constructed a short
speeding course This wus years ago,
ere tho activities of lxdy and mind wero
wholly engrossed in what has bo
como his life work. Yet even this ex
cursion into a difficult field has borne
good fruit in tho shape of a most in-
W. II. II. (ADIRONDACK) MUHKAY.
structivo and stimulating volume en
titled "The Perfect Horse" a book, by
tho way, that is already out of print,
and copies of which commund consider
Murray's reputation was made by his
famous Iwok on the Adirondack wilder
ness, which bus more than readied its
one hundredth thousand. Tho possi
bilities of theso sketches, which first ap
peared in a local Connecticut paper,
wero discovered by the keen eyes of
James T. Fields. Published twenty
three years ago, tho book gained wide
attention and led to no end of con
troversy. Many, particularly wise
penny-a-liners and bookish men, looked
upon tho matter as a canard, regarding
the very circumstantiality of statement
as mere cleverness of the inventor, anal
ogous, in a measure, to ono of Poe's
celebrated literary hoaxes. Not so with
those whoso instinctive faith had not
I well remember how the now book of
entrancing adventure wus passed around
the circle of my boyish friends at the
district school in a western state, at
which I was then learning the art of
carver of desks and benches. There was
no doubting these tales in that appreci
ative circle. Tho stories of "Loon Shoot
ing in a Thunderstorm" awl "Jack
Shooting on a Foggy Night" carried full
conviction to our souls. Curiously
enough, Mr. Murray now views this suc
cessful look "with dissatisfaction," and
Ids controlling motive in writing "Day
light Laud" was to produce an anal
ogous work of touring and light travel
which should moro nearly satisfy his
ideal in this species of comitositiou.
From tho stir tho Adirondack book
mado, us well as from tho author's elo
quence as a preacher, ho became a subject
of interest to tho lyceums, and soon had
great vogue us a lecturer. This was in
the days of the platform giants Gough,
Phillips, Beechernnd Emerson, of which
great coterie of speakers Adirondack
Murray is tho sole survivor. And ho is
actively preparing for a fresh campaign
on the platform during the coming fall
Mr. Murray is a fine example of robust
manhood. Of large and powerful frame
and imposing presence, though in his
fifty-second year, his step is elastic and
springy, and beneath his thick, white
hair his kindly eyes beam forth with un
dimmed luster. His face is rounded
and ruddy with perfect health. Truly
one need look no further for proof that
tho great north woods hold in their re
cesses the secrets of healthful vigor and
have power to retard tho touches of
ime. Aliieut J. Potter.
"Jiirmljrr verii .fiirinljrn" Outdone.
Dicklus' celubrattd imaginary case
of Jarudyce versus Jarndyco has often
lieen criticised us being decidedly over
drawn, and yet there havo been more
senseless cases. Two men in tho town
of Cooper, Me., disputed as to the owner
ship of a piece of land worth fifteen dol
lars and had a fight with club- and
pitchforks Then they went to law about
it, and up to date havo spent about !
I in lawyers' fees. The case is still on.
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