Clipped From The Scranton Republican
AIID CLUB EVENT Early Scranton Cvclere Observe Their Twenty - Fifth Anniversary With a Koyal Banquet. CHEEBED FOB MR. DALE If there was any one present at the dinner of the Scranton Bicycle club given last evening oa the occasion of its twenty - fifth anniversary as a club, who did not enjoy his banquet he was a confirmed dyspeptic of the most chronic kind. Many humorous after dinner speeches were made, and the members of the club were regaled with enjoyment The rooms were tastefully decorated with the orange and black, the emblem of the days when bicycling was the fad, and when the members, many ot ' whom are now prominent in the at fairs of citv and Mate, rode on week ly trips through the valley. Three long tables were set and adorned with car nations and ferns. Almost two hun dred enjoyed the treats of the evening. The tables were set In the dance hall. Bauer's orchestra was seated on the platform, hidden from view with a lav ish display of palms and foliage. At the extreme eastern corner fo the room was hung overhead the "high wheeler," once owned and ridden by J. R. Schlager, which is the same wheel which brought many a trophy to the club In the palmy days when racing on bicycles was considered the only sport. Club history was extolled. The mem bers were reminded of the prestige of the Bicycle club as a club, socially The many speakers were inclined to compliment the members upon their persistency and success. They brought attention to the fact that, notwlth - standing the total annihilation of bi cycle clubs throughout the country with - the advent of the bicycle the Scranton organization still exists, In a more flourishing condition, In a more successful way, than ever before. The purpose, however, had changed, and the club is now one of the foremost social organizations in the city. .' After the most sumptuous menu was served, the speaking began, and while frequently there was heard the animal's growl, and the tiger, and laughter and all sorts of other wlerd noises, there was evident, nevertheless, a keen feel ing of enjoyment throughout. The first speaker was C. A. Godfrey, president of the club. He "made the in troductory remarks in introducing the toastmaster of the evening, Hon. W. L. Council. He said: '"We are here tonight to commem orate the twenty - fifth aniversary of our organization. On June 20, 1881, seven entlemen interested In bicy cling held a meeting and organized the Scranton Bicvcle club. They little thought at that time they were laying the foundation to such a success as is presented to you on this occasion. From a membership of seven we have at the Rresent time 343, numbering many of the best known professional and business men. From a treasury of a nominal amount to a property valued at 836.000, with an incumbrance which bids fair to be eliminated in a reasonable time. This achievement has been the result of the loyal ty, enthusiasm and perseverance of our members to build up an organiza tion of which we feel proud and to night witnesses their efforts crowned with success. Let us congratulate ourselves with this showing, but at the same time continue the 'Eternal Vigilance' Idea that the future will de velop 'A Greater Scranton Bicycle club.' The policy has been along lines which have been commended Dy everybody knowing the circumstances and stands as ever an honored institution in our city. "I have the pleasure to announce as toastmaster of the evening a gentle man who Joined the organization May S 1883, one who has received tne highest office in the gift of our citizens, one whom we are proud of and one whom if vou do not know personally, you know by reputation, Hon. W. L. Connell." The toastmaster. In his opening remarks, said that since, in the present day when whisperings of scoundrels In large corporations who were formerly thought to be the very essence of prohibitive honesty, and who were held up as examples for young America to follow. It Is gratifying to note that instead of being a failure, now that the bicycle days have seen their last, the club Is Increasing in Its usefulness, expanding upon Its possibilities until It Is now a recognized feature for good In this community. He introduced the next speaker. E. B. Sturges, who gave some early reml - nlscenses of the first bicycle that was seen In this city. It was brought here In 1878, and was chanced oft during a fair. The lucky purchaser was the late W. T. Smith, who paid five hundred dollars for It. It was a "high wheeler," and the high wheel seemed to have terrorized the purchaser that he sold it some time afterwards for $125 to Mr. Sturges. Mr. Sturges was the first president of the club, and he related some of the experiences of the members on their first trips through the city on their bl. cycles. CHEERED FOR MR. DALE. Congressman T. H. Dale entertained with an able response on "The Scran - GO ton Bicycle Club as an Influence for Good Among Young Men." Approaching his topic. Mr. Dale said he hesitated accepting the subject, suggesting the Incongruity ot one who Is at heart a quasi politician talking about "Influence." : The influence for good In the Bicycle club is found In the absence ot thtngs. In the absence of the baneful Influence of the sideboard. In the prohibition of gambling, in the boycott ot profanity and In the freedom from petty bickering and fighting faction. It Is the absence ot these thtngs that have made this club sate for young men. that have made mothers willing to trust their boys, sisters, their brothers and sweethearts within Its portals. The answer is found, second, in the character of the men who have gone out from these halls. The speaker concluded with an eloquent tribute to the strong men of the club whose in - (Oeatlaaed oa Pace Severn.) U. P. STUDENTS THERE .. . Had a Good Time Yesterday at Reeky dsn. . A large crowd of U. P. students from Wilkes - Barre and vicinity took possession of Rocky Glen yesterday afternoon and had what George Ade would term "a real devilish time." All of them came In shirt waists and many of them scorned to wear hats as well as coats. Every' oue of them also wore a French briar pipe and permanent turn - up' trousers. Several of them fancied they were still in Philadelphia and tried to capture the aerial swing, but ithe park attendants closed in and there was nothing doing along that line. Still they shot the chutes and did all the other things and wound it all up with a sort of a cane rush on the pathway leading out to the woods. One young fellow who steadfastly refused to give his name was badly cut about the face in the scrimmage. The Ashing was still excellent at the Glen yesterday. Probably the largest fish caught was a pickerel which was taken out by Harry Reinhart It measured just twenty - four Inches and weighed three pounds and a half. The shoot - 'the - chutes were lit up last night for the first time and presented a beautiful appearance. WILL INSIST ON APPOINTING CLERK Board of Registration Crosses With County Commissioners as Soon as Organized. An unexpected controversy has arisen between the county commissioners and the members of the registration board, recently organized, in regard to the appointment of a clerk. The registration commissioners Insist that they have the right under the act to name the man, white the county commissioners have but to provide the compensation. The matter was discussed at some length at the first meeting of the registration board in the office ot Frank Robllng, jr., yesterday morning. The county commissioners cannot read the act In - the same manner, and further conferences will be necessary to settle the matter. A further meeting of the board was consequently called for this morning. In the language of the act "the county commissioners shall provide the necessary clerical help." At yesterday's session Mark K. Edgar was elected chairman and Frank Robling, jr., secretary. a BIDS FOR NEW CHEMICAL. Only One Offer Received To Purchase Hose. Bids were opened In the mayor's office yesterday afternoon by Director of Public Safety Wormser for the furnishing of five hundred feet of rubber hose for the fire department and also a new combination chemical and hose wagon, to be used, - most probably, on the South Side section. The only bidder for the fire engine was the Franz Co., of Elmlra, X. Y. Their bid is two thousand dollars for the double tank wagon and nineteen hundred for a single truck. No. 98. I Progress Report Lackawanna Light Switchboard, Arc Lamps and Meters have arrived.