Mira L. Dock presentation amidst HBG crowd
THE CITY BEAU ill uL. The Board of Trade and its guests formed a large audience for Miss Mira Llovd Dock last night, to listen to her address on "The City Beautiful." Never was an audience treated to a greater surprise, perhaps, and the forceful and vivid presentation of the conditions which make Harrisburg anything anything but a beautiful city, together with the helpful suggestions and practical illustrations illustrations in regard to the , value given to cleanliuesf and beauty in other cities and other lands, made the occasion one of great importance to the future of the town. Miss Dock's vigorous argument was enforced enforced by over one hundred pictures.thrown on the screen by an electric stereopticon She1 showed the natural beauties of the Susquehanna River, unequalled even by the famed and storied Rhine, and the Rhine pictures proved the case iii favor of the home river. Then came the sad comparisonthe comparisonthe rivers in Europe, and elsewhere in America, treated as important adjuncts to the health and beauty of the municipalities, municipalities, while we use the Susquehanna as a sewer and its banks us a dumping ground for filthy garbage. The pictures of portions portions of the river bank within Harrisburg's limits, and Miss Dock's vivid description of the roughness, slime and filth we create for ourselves, caused 'applause, and then the hush of full comprehension. The needs of the working people and the boys, for resting, playing and bathing facilities, were urged with winning force, and the fallacy that beauty has no place in a busy manufacturing town was riddled by comparisons, both verbal and pictorial, between our own hideous conditions and thise existing in places of far greater numerical numerical importance. The good work done in Milwaukee. Dayton, Boston. Hartford and in many European cities was pictured, and the cash value of cleanliness and beauty in busy places was strongly shown. Miss Dock avoided any criticism whatever and urged that Councils could not be blamed blamed for conditions which 1he people were fully satisfied with. The dominant note of her address was the motto of the Hones - dale Improvement Association. "Let us all work together." as she urged the taking up of these important problems. The splendid work of the Day Nursery and Free Kindergarten Kindergarten and that of the Civic Club was described, described, and its extension suggested. It is safe to say that the members of Wo. Board of Tride who heard Miss Dock went from the auditorium with new ideas, and. it is hoped, with new aspirations for the citys good. The completeness of the presentation presentation leaves the whole city still further in the debt of this self - saerificiiitr woman, who has already done so much for Harrisburg. Harrisburg.