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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 12

Mason City, Iowa
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Thursday, March 9, 1939
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12 THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 1939 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE CONEY ISLAND'S REGISTER TELLS OF MANY GREATS P. T. Barnum, Jenny Lind, Henry Clay and Others at Hostelry (Editor's Note: The revealing register of the old Coney Island house, built in 1829, the first hotel at the now famous resort, has become the property of the Brooklyn library. It was donated by Mrs. Amos H. Cropsey, of Old Greenwich, Conn., whose husband's family owned the Inn.) By SCOTT HERSHEY NEW YORK, W--There - w a s "wholesale S a b b a t h-breaking" and goodness knows what else at Coney Island in the "40's and '50's and the pious people of nearby Gravesend Village didn't like it at all. In fact they complained to the authorities. For Coney Island and especially the old Coney Island house was the mecca for the great and the near-great of the day. The Inn, now dead and buried, left a pre- Civil war days register which must have delighted the gossip writers oE the time. From the dusty register rise the gay spirits of actors, artists, editors, writers, politicians and writers to make the hostelry and its famous guests live again, lind and Barnum The sea, the sand and the salt air were about the only attractions offered, but that seemed to be enough. On Sept. 1, 1850, the diners had the thrill of a lifetime when into the dining room walked Jenny Lind, the Swedish nightingale, just arrived in the United States. At her side was the great showman, P. T. Barnum, beaming on Miss Lind in particular and on the other diners in general. P. T. and Miss Lind dined at the Coney Island house again on Sept. 13, after her first triumphant recital at the Old Castle garden. The box office "take" indicated they would both get rich. That first time, Miss Lind must have worn the "choice bouquet" which Barnum "carried on the bosom of his white vest" when he climbed the ship's ladder at quarantine to meet the singing sensation of the hour. Great Statesmen Present t Miss Lind's appearance there naturally didn't hurt the popularity of the house and it is recorded that on warm fourth of July there were some 300 vehicles on the toll road headed for Coney "Island. The same year that Miss Lind graced the house, three great pre- Civil war statesmen scrawled their names on the register-Daniel Webster and Henry Clay on the same day. John C. Cal'- houn registered a few weeks later. Perhaps history was made on those broad verandas overlooking the quiet beach which in these summer days is a sweltering mass of humanity. Washington Irving, recently returned from four-years as minister to Spain, was a guest, the literary lion of the hour. Another great writer, Herman Melville, was only 30 when Coney Island house first sheltered him, but already he was famous as the author of stirring tales of the South Seas. And Sam Houston . . . Feminine hearts fluttered on July 4, 1852, when General Sam Houston, Indian trader, soldier and one-time president of the Republic of Texas, strode into the lobby. Current comment had i1 that the general was "a great speaker, a showy dresser," and that he once made a speech when Asks Freedom for Philippines assius C. Dowell Recalls 24 Years Spent in Congress; Helped Frame Highway Bill "You promised us independence when a stable government was established," BrauUo Gancy, attorney, told a senate committee considering- the Philippine independence act. under the influence of undignified excitement." James Gordon Bennett sought rest at the Inn from the business of running the New York Herald. Edwin D. Morgan, then governor of New York, was a guest and the Wall street of the day was well represented. Destroyed in 1930 Fire There were some very funny fellows who headed for Coney in those days, even as now One devastating wit signed his name "Julius Squeezer, Esq., of Rome," and a couple of others registered as "Samuel Niggerhead, Louis Point," and "Bill Blunderbuss, Shirt Tail End." A few modest fellows appended the descriptive "cosmopolite" to their names on the register, and at least two boasted of being "governor of Coney Island" and "Mayor of Hog Wallow." The Coney Island house was later named the Oceanic hotel and it was moved inland a little in 1922. In 1930, after it had' sunk to such a low level as to be abandoned, it was destroyed by fire. Des Moines Member of ' Legislative Body Sent to House First in 1915 WASHINGTON, (/P)--Cassius C. Dowell of Des Moines, who first lecame a member of congress 24 years ago probably gets more sat- siaction out of having helped to establish the present highway system than from any other single egislative task. \ The house roads committee, o£ which he was chairman, framed he federal-aid highway bill back n 1921. Dowell introduced it. "There was strong opposition to t, particularly from the eastern itates, which already had a good many hard roads," he said Thursday. "We had a fight over the bill on the floor of the house, and finally passed it as an amendment 'o a bill on some unrelated sub- ect which the senate had passed. We sent it back to the senate and t was approved. Basis of Entire System "That law is the basis of our entire system of federal-aid primary h i g h w a y s today; it's the finest highway system in the world." Republicans of the old sev- e n t h district sent Dowell, a Des Moines attorney, to t h e house in 1915 to succeed S. F. P r o u t y . He served straight through u n t i l 1933, when the democratic tide Program Presented at Meeting of Club ' KANAWHA -- The Kanawha Woman's club met Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. H. H Stewart. A paper on "Contributions o; Jews to the United States" was given by Mrs. A. Willemssen anc Mrs. Oren Johnson gave' a papei on "Emigration Laws of United S_tates and the Future of Emigration." The next meeting will be the annual dinner held at the home o: Mrs. Gerhard Thompson, March 21 with the husbands of the members as guests. Kanawha's Stitch, Chatter Club Meets KANAWHA--The Stitch and Chatter club met Monday evening at the home of Miss Jean Gorton The evening was spent sewing anc a delicious lunch was served by the hostess. LINN CO. FARMER ABLE TO CHOP WOOD FIRST TIME IN 5 YEARS Center Point Man Had Even Told Employer He'd Have to Quit Job, However, Before Natex Brought Him Amazing Relief. "If Natex had cost me $500. it would still have been worth more than 1 paid," says Mr. Golden Chesmore, Center Point, Linn Co. "For the past 5 years it was often a wonder to me how I kept going at all. My bowels were always more or less sluggish and irregular, and I was far underweight, weak and wornout. It seemed that I couldn't get through ·a single day without suffering with headache, dizziness or spots before the eyes. There was always a bad taste in my mouth, a heavy*' coating on my tongue and my complexion was always sallow. At night it was impossible for me to get proper sleep as my kidneys would call me up from bed something like 5 times. Finally, I had to give up all my harder work and told my employer that he'd have to hire another man as the work had just gotten too much for me. "Well, sir, it was iust at this time that I decided I might as well try Natex as I had tried just about everything else. And was there a surprise in store for me! "I quickly got the smoothest, most thorough bowel actions I'd had in years. My appetite returned, ths headaches, dizziness and spots before the eyes simply stopped annoying me; the bad taste left my mouth, my tongue became pink and clean, and even my complexion seemed to improve wonderfully. I regained 15 Ibs. of badly-needed weight, and began to sleep right through every i:ight without getting up even Mr. Golden Chesmore once. Yes, sir, and my strength and energy went up amazingly Why, recently my brother and I went out and put in a hard day's work chopping wood--and that's the first time in 5 years I'd been able to do that! Naturally, I don'l even think of giving up my %york now, and I have Natex to thank for it all." Start on Natex today. It featured here by the Engler Drug Co., and is also syld by most al other leading druggists. SPECIAL OUT-OP-TOWN DEALERS Free Drug Store, Garner: Nerby Drug Store, Lake Mills; Pinckney Drug Store, Forest City; Marschall Drug Store, Hampton; Corner Drug Store, Clear Lake; Bass Pharmacy, Clear Lake; Veenker Drug Store,- Northwood; Bok- meycr Drug Store, Sheffield. "Tit b« p»!j _ ir»t p«rto n prov- 5 IOO REWARD , . ' r TM sffl *"ll * testimonial tli»t w»j not feon* me m «T«TJ- respect. dominate Officers at Gathering of P. T. A. at Fenton FENTON -- The P. T. A. met Tuesday evening in the H. S. audi- orium. The follo\ying program was giveti: Violin solo, Shirley frank; music, intermediate grades, 3, 4 and 5; marionette show, 6, 7 and 8 grades. Talk on "Advan- ages of Belonging to National and State P. T. A." by Mrs. Curshner of Emmetsburg; piano duet, LaVonne Newel and Betty T ean Schwartz. The following officers were nominated: President, M. JE. Ot- erness; vice president, B. G. Berkeland; secretary and treasurer, Virginia Frank. The officers are to be elected in he April meeting. Cassius Dowell · Delicious, pure, wholesome ... . swept Judge Hubert Utterback of Des Moines in to replace him. Dowell won the seat back in 1936 and was returned again last November after a vigorous campaign. In 1930 the seventh district became the sixth, but its boundaries were unchanged. Recalls War Vote "One of the most thrilling votes in which I have participated was taken about 3 o'clock one morning in April, 1917," he recalled. "We had been informed President W i l s o n would address a joint session of the senate and the house, but we didn't know what time he would arrive. We waited all day. Finally, about 5 p. m., he came, escorted by cavalry. "His message resulted, after long debate, in a declaration that a state of war existed." Dowell was one ot a group of congressmen who went to France in 1918 "to 'see what kind o£ treatment our soldiers were getting." The group came upon the 168th infantry a few days after the battle of Chateau-Thierry The regiment included the old 55th Iowa infantry. Met Iowa Soldiers "They were lying around on the ground in the woods," he related "When they saw us they rushec around us they said they hadn' seen anyone in civilian clothes for months. "I talked to them and told them the folks back home were anxious to hear from them. I said if They would write notes and put on the addresses I'd mail them. In a few minutes they were writing on little scraps of paper on their knees. "When I got home I mailed those notes, mostly to mothers and some to sweethearts. No man ever read finer letters than I go back after I sent them. I never have performed a little service from which I received so much pleasure." Dowell was in Paris when "Big Bertha," the German super-artillery piece, was bombarding i from a distance. "All day long the shells cam over, one about every 10 minutes," he recalled. "The people were terrorized, but in London they were frightened just as badly by gas from air raids." After the war Mrs. John Snure wife of a Washington correspondent, gave a lift to two young vet- erns near Walter Reed hospital. Aided Younsr Veterans She urged Dowell to aid one o them, who had lost one leg anc was walking on crutches. Dowell got in touch with th_ young veteran, procured his discharge from the army and gavi him a job in his office. The youn^ man worked for Dowell for eigh years, w e n t through Georgi Washington liberal arts and lav schools and was admitted to the bar. Today he is practicing law in Des Moines and is a past state commander of the American Le gion and a past candidate for gov ernor. "His name is Bob Colflesh,' Dowell said. In on Roads Committee "Almost the hardest work I eve; did was on the McNary-Haugen bill," Dowell recalled. "The late Gilbert N. Haugen of Iowa wa. one of the finest old men in con gress. I admired him and helped him with his bill. It passed threi times and was vetoed twice." When Dowell came to congres: he brought Miss Belle I. Riddle o Des Moines as his secretary. Today she is Mrs. Dowell. The lowan is on the roads com mittee--his first love--and i. ranking member of the territorie committee. Dowell comments freely "off- the-record" on politics, but i cautious about statements fo publication. Of one thing, how ever, he is certain. "Iowa is going to stay republi can. The farmers are republi cans." Will he run for re-election? "I haven't given a thought to 1940," he declared. WEEK-END CANDY SPECIAL Bunte Jumbo Jelly Beans and Orange Slices pound lOc jelly candy. Merkel's First Floor SILVER FOX for Flattery! Imagine "TWINS" in full length scarfs for only .... "CHUBS" in beautifully matched glistening silver $139 Or a "CAPE" , . . generously silvered, for ......... Our Selection of FURS for SPRING Is complete . . . unbeiieve- ably flattering . . . a n d modestly priced. 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