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the East since 1897, an unusually large attendance is expected.
An entirely new feature, that of "Financing" the convention, was established for the first time, which is a novel experiment and already has proved successful.
All delegates who expect to attend the Baltimore convention must deposit the sum of $1 when registering. This fee of $1 entitles the delegates to all privileges of the convention-the convention badge, the souvenir program and the printed report of the convention, which will be issued after adjournment: This fund passes through the treasury of the Baltimore committee, and it, with the $20,000 subscribed by the Baltimore Endeavorers, will help defray expenses. From indications it is confidently expected that the foreign representation will be larger than ever before.
The Fifth Regiment Armory, which has a seating capacity of 17,800, has been obtained for the purpose of holding the convention, and the overflows will be provided for at Lyric Hall, seating 3,500, and in the various large evangelical churches. The weather permitting, outdoor sessions may be held in the sunken garden surrounding Mount Royal Station of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. This beautiful station is located in the heart of the residence portion of the city, directly opposite Lyric Hall and within two blocks of the Fifth Regiment Armory.
The plans for caring for the hosts of Endeavorers are fully under way. A thorough canvass of every hotel and boarding house in the city is being made to determine the number each can accommodate, the
comforts and privileges to be accorded, and the price per day to be charged, and these are tabulated for the committee's use. A house-to-house canvass of the homes in the
city will be made, and a special committee will investigate the accommodations outlined in the canvass, to satisfy themselves of the suitableness and good character of the location before it will be entered on the list.
Although Baltimore suffered greatly from the fire last February, the destruction was confined entirely to the business district, and nothing will hinder the eminent success of the convention.
Figuratively speaking, whoever goes to Baltimore visits not only one city, but three. There are very few visitors who journey to Baltimore who do not make side trips either to Washington or Annapolis or both. Washington is only a forty-five-minute ride by the famous fast Royal Blue Trains" of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; Annapolis, the historical capital of Maryland, is only twenty-six miles away, and reached by rail or water. It is on the banks of the beautiful Severn River, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, and is uncommonly full of interest on account of its quaintness and age and because of the United States Naval Academy.
But aside from these outside attractions Baltimore has many of its own, of which it is justly proud. For who has not heard of Baltimore oysters; Baltimore diamond-back terrapin; canvas-back duck "a la Maryland, generally printed in display type on the menus of all first-class hostelries?
The last United States census gave the city a population of 509,000, but the city is firm in its claim to 600,000; but these are matters of figures which do not concern those outside of the city, and will not lessen the welcome extended to Christian Endeavorers in the coming July.
For convention purposes Baltimore is well equipped with suitable auditoriums. The great Christian Endeavor Convention will be held in the Fifth Maryland Regiment Armory, the drill hall of which is without pillars, and is one of the largest auditoriums in the country, with a seating capacity of nearly 17,000 persons. Lyric Hall, which will hold the overflow from the big convention, is most conveniently and pleasantly situated, opposite Mount Royal Station and not more than three short blocks from the armory.
MT. ROYAL STATION, BALTIMORE.
It is probable that a great open-air meeting of Christian Endeavorers will be held on the plaza in front of the station.
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Baltimore is a city of churches and is generally conceded the center of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Evangelical churches of every denomination are within a short radius of the armory and they will all be thrown open to the Endeavorers.
"Monumental City" is the nickname of Baltimore, not so much for its memorial shafts as for the early practice of building them. The first shaft erected to the memory of Columbus was erected here in 1792.
The original Washington Monument, erected in 1810, is in the center of one of the most artistic squares in the world, Mt. Vernon Place, on Charles Street, in the fashionable residence section. Other monuments, commemorating various events, are located all over the city.
but this time gave this historic regiment such a reception of a friendly nature, that it wiped out forever the recollection of the mob and riot of '61.
The great fire of February 7, 1904, effaced many of the old landmarks. In it the entire business section and warehouse district of the city was swept away. In thirty hours there were 2,500 buildings consumed, covering seventy-five business blocks and spreading over 140 acres of ground. The total loss, estimated by the insurance companies, was $77,000,000, but to this loss it is estimated that there were several millions more which were not accounted for, being a total loss. One year's time, however, has wrought great changes and the desolated district is spring
It will be remembered that Baltimore is pointed out as one of the "ancient" cities of the new world and consequently is full of interest. It was once the Capital of the United States, and the attack of the British fleet in 1814 upon old Fort McHenry was the occasion for the writing of the famous "Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. The Battle Monument, opposite the magnificent courthouse, is commemorative of the heroes of this war with Great Britain.
In 1861 the unfortunate attack on the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment by a mob on Pratt Street, was made a prominent feature in history, and Baltimore suffered ignominy therefrom; but since 1898 all new United States histories tell a very similar story of the second visit of the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment, enroute to Tampa to fight against Spain, in which the whole city turned out,
ing up like magic with newer and finer structures.
Among the institutions of learning, Johns Hopkins University and the Woman's College have students from all over the world. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of the greatest medical institutions in the world.
All of the high buildings which were partially destroyed during the fire have been rebuilt and a number of new ones added. A noticeable feature in the city's architecture is, that many of the banks and trust buildings are not over two stories in height and are magnificent in their finishings.
Baltimore is convenient, not only to the large cities of the east, but to the seacoast resorts and famous battle-field regions. It is but two hours distant from Philadelphia; three hours to Atlantic City, Ocean City
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or Cape May; four hours to New York; a night's ride by boat to Norfolk and Old Point Comfort; two hours to Gettysburg
and Antietam battle fields; two hours and a half to Harper's Ferry-although those coming to Baltimore via the Baltimore & Ohio pass through this historic place. With these side-trip attractions, and not mentioning the delightful opportunities afforded immediately by the Chesapeake Bay, there are untold opportunities to visit the very many seashore resorts all along the Atlantic Coast, inside of a few hours' ride, and special excursion rates are always in effect during the summer.
Baltimore was the birthplace of railroads in the United States; the Baltimore & Ohio being the first and whose first stone, or corner stone, Iwas laid on the Nation's birthday, July 4, 1828. Singularly enough, when the road was surveyed across the Allegheny Mountains it followed for a great portion of the way the National Road, which was surveyed by George Washington, and this road followed the path across the mountains first made by the Indians and known as the Nemacolin Path. The Indian made the pathway; the white man's government made the National Road; advancing civilization brought the railroad, and consequently the territory
through which it passes is most peculiarly associated with the national history of this great republic.
In 1861, when the Civil War broke out, the railroad had linked the Chesapeake Bay with the Ohio River, and it became the great thoroughfare of the Union army, which was continually disputed and fought over by the Confederates. Aside from its thrilling history, its surroundings are most beautiful and picturesque.
Along the original route from Wheeling the railway cuts through foothills to Grafton, where it practically begins the ascent of the mountain. The magnificent Cheat River Valley is the first grand picture as the mountain is climbed to the great plateau of the Alleghenies, known as "The Glades," which extend nine miles across the mountain range at the elevation of 2,500 feet. Here high up in the air are Oakland, Mountain Lake Park and Deer Park Descending from Altamont to Piedmont, along the Savage River gorge, it reaches the beautiful Potomac River, passes the famous Palisades and follows the river almost the entire distance to Washington.
The main line from Chicago and Columbus passes through Wheeling; the lines from St. Louis, Louisville and Cincinnati come eastward through Parkersburg, joining the main line at Grafton. At Cumberland,
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Md., all of the main lines of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad meet. Some of the through trains from Chicago come eastward through Akron, where they are met by trains from Cleveland, thence eastward to Pittsburg at the Ohio River. Then the railway follows the Monongahela River through Pennsylvania for fifteen miles through the great steel manufacturing district and coke ovens, to the confluence of the Youghiougheny and Monongahela rivers. Magnificent scenery encompasses the railroad in all directions as it creeps up the western slope of the Alleghenies to its highest elevation of 2,284 feet. The descent of the eastern slope is wild and rugged until it reaches Cumberland.
of the country where Washington and his army of the Revolution suffered such hardships. The country adjacent to the railroad is remarkably beautiful, especially in the region of the Susquehanna, Brandywine and Gunpowder rivers. It is an interesting fact that nearly one-tenth of the entire population of the United States lives within the distance of 226 miles-between New York and Washington. Even though the proportion of the population seems large, yet the traveler who passes through this territory for the first time expects to find it solidly built up; instead there are long stretches of open country and great expanses of water. To accommodate the great amount of travel which naturally exists be