The Pioneers of Beverly; Series of Sketches

The Pioneers of Beverly; Series of Sketches

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...the gay laughter, the stirring songs, the wise counsels, the inspiring thoughts, the patriotic speeches, the words of warning and encouragement, the sparkling wit and the strong friendships are permeating society today. It sprang into existence about the time the show began and was patronized by the noblest and best in the county. Its fame spread far and wide and just previous to its decline it was considered one of the great events of the year. Generally speaking the annual dinner commenced at about 5 o'clock on show day and broke up about 12 o'clock. On visiting the place where it was held, we find the house has been moved away and forms a dwelling house now owned by David Bell. The very foundation has been taken away and "the very spot where many a time they triumphed is forgot." The owner of the land, 'Vallace McDonald, perhaps, in honor of the glorious past, has made it a spot of beauty with beautiful flowers whose redolent odors perfume the passing breeze. The building was at the north-west corner of Farmer's hotel, and was known then and for many years afterwards as " the old ball room." Sometimes those that sat down to dinner numbered eighty. The average number. however, was about fifty. Up to 1858 the dinner was prepared by John Harrison, familarly known as Black Jack. That year, Thos. McCusker became the proprietor of the hotel. For eleven years it was held at MeCuskcr's hotel. On the table were found all the delicacies that the country could provide and the stock of liquors included everything from the foaming ale to the brilliant, sparkling champagne. Among the prominent men who frequented the dinner the following is as correct a list as cculd be obtained: --William Notman, Esq., M....show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944542
  • 9781236944542