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PUT-IN-BAY AND THE ISLANDS OF
UT-IN-BAY, which claims to be the most important summer resort west of the Allegheny Mountains, is one of the prettiest resorts of the Great Lakes. The island lies about twenty-two miles north of Sandusky, in Lake Erie, whilst close around it are Kelley's Island, Pelee, Middle Bass, Ballast, Gibraltar and many smaller islands, each of which has its distinct individuality.
Put-in-Bay Island is the largest and most attractive of the group. Its magnificent scenery, pure water, bracing atmosphere, entire absence of dew, superb boating, bathing and fishing have made it popular for years. There are five large hotels on the island, and an electric railway, many handsome summer cottages, magnificent bathing beaches with bath houses, toboggan slides, etc.
The surrounding islands are so close to Put-in-Bay as to make it the head of a large family of pleasure-seekers. The famous fishing, for which Put-in-Bay and the islands are noted, needs no mention here. The islands are the headquarters for the yachting and canoeing associations of the middle West, and ever enthuse new
interest to lovers of the aquatic sport. These resorts are reached by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to Sandusky, and an excellent line of steamers meets all trains and makes deliveries of passengers to the islands.
CEDAR POINT, OHIO.
Cedar Point, Ohio, is the real "Coney Island" of the middle West. It is located on a narrow, semicircular neck of land,
thickly wooded, extending out from the mainland east of Sandusky, Ohio, for a distance of several miles, and forms the southerland head to Sandusky Bay. Steamers make the trip between Sandusky and Cedar Point every half hour.
Lakeside is another Lake Erie resort near Sandusky, and is known as the "Chautau
BATHING BEACH, CEDAR POINT.
qua" of the lakes. For more than twentyfive years it has attracted, enlightened and entertained its thousands of frequenters. Chautauqua work, kindergarten, summer schools, bathing, fishing and boating all combine to instruct and amuse patrons.
LAKE WAWASEE, INDIANA.
At Wawasee, Ind., on the Chicago Division of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, lies Lake Wawasee, or "Turkey Lake," as it was formerly known. This beautiful expanse of water, ten miles in length, lies at an elevation of 900 feet above the level of the sea and about 300 feet higher than Lake Michigan, into which its waters empty. It is the largest of the inland lakes of Indiana, and is one of the most popular summer resorts of Chicago and of many of the larger cities of Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
It has been many years since "Turkey Lake,' as it was then called, was a favorite resort of canoeists and fishermen, who camped on its wild shores and enjoyed the rough life for a fortnight's vacation; but the attractions of this beautiful little lake were so great that it soon became a resort for families, and hotels and club houses sprang up here and there in place of the old canvas tents. Numerous beautiful private cottages dot its shores, and every season finds additional clubhouses to add to the liveliness of the scene.
There are four hotels at which reasonable rates can be obtained, from $1.00 per day up, with special rates to parties.
THE RIVER OF SWANS.
BY HENRY BENDINGER, 1857.
Wee Potomac, 'mid the mountains
Strong Potomac, adolescent,
Oh, like youth, where love is present,
Grand Potomac, monarch river,
Claiming tribute everywhere From thy vassals, who deliver, Willingly, each one his share.
Noble river, onward flowing,
Through rugged pass or quiet glade, Where the grim old forests growing, Gloom thy waters with their shade.
Softly flowing-moving only
Where the fertile meadow teems; Roaring through the mountains loudly, Where the eagle soars and screams.
Gently now, and calm as maiden
Now thy full, free volume rolling,
In thine anger calling loudly
HUMOR AND THE HUMORIST.
John W. Raper, until very recently of the Cleveland" Press," one of the Scripps-McRae papers, has increased his holdings in Humor bonds 100 per cent, i. e., instead of furnishing laughs for the readers of one paper will furnish them for the readers of ninety-nine others under the same management. Whether this bull movement will have any effect on the joke market remains to be seen. His particular investment was "American Detective," series 1905, under the disguise of "The Adventures of Hairlock Hones, as told by Josh Wise," quoted as follows:
THE MAN WITH THE HOE.
Hairlock Hones an' me wuz sittin' in his furnished room one afternoon when he says t' me: "Josh, th' 'lection is over."
Now I knowed Hairlock never took no int'rest in politics, an' natchly I wuz s'prised he knowed th' 'lection had been held.
"Well, Hairlock," says I, "I must say you're too deep fer me. How in thunder did you know that?"
"My dear Wise," says he, "I'm afraid all my efforts t' train you has been in vain. You are continually making mysteries out uv th' simplest things. True, I take no int'rest in politics, still I read th' papers. But," says he quick uz though he wuz afraid I'd think he thought I wuz a fool, "that's not th' only way I got my information. Fer instance, I seen a lot uv old men cleanin' th' street last Monday. From that I deducted th't 'lection day wuz Tuesday. Also, on Tuesday, I looked out th' window an' I seen more carriages th'n usual goin' up an' down th' street, an' there wuz fellers in them th't acted uz though they thought they wuz ridin' in a stone wagon. Those fellers wuz 'lection workers, gettin' their only ride uv th' year. Then again, two fellers with high hats an' striped shirts called at th' house in a carriage nine times between noon and 4 o'clock. Even you, my dear Josh, thick uz you may seem at times, would uv knowed them fellers wuz workers, comin' t' take me t' th' polls.
"Besides all this, I noticed on Wednesday th't th' dirt an' mud th't h'd been scraped up in big piles earlier in th' week had dried out an' had been scattered all over th' streets an' sidewalks.
"Now in a few seconds one uv th' street cleaners'll come in here t' ask me t'
Th' ringin' uv th' doorbell interrupted him. ""T" ask me t' use my influence with Superintendent uv Streets Casey t' keep him at work. Th' Democrats have carried th' city an' this man th't rung th' bell is a Democrat an' wants t' hold onto his job."
Jist then there wuz a knock at th' door an' Hones says, "Come in," an' in walks a man uv ninety er thereabouts.
"Ah, my man," says Hairlock, "gimme your name an' address an' ef I find after investigatin' th't you're deservin' uv my friendship I'll tell Casey t' keep you at work."
Th' man could hardly speak, he wuz so astonished, but he told Hones whut he wanted t' know an' in a few seconds wuz on his way t' th' street, mutterin', "Wizard! Wizard!"
"You may think that wuz remarkable, Josh,' says Hairlock, "but it wuz easier th'n dodgin' taxes. I seen th' man walk across th' street, carrin' a hoe. Now what man uv his age would be carrin' a hoe if he didn't work in th' streetcleanin' gang? Also I seen him lean his hoe against th' buildin', by which I knowed he wuz comin' in.
"Natchly, this man wouldn't be in th' streetcleanin' gang if he wuz a Republican, fer Casey is a Democrat. Me an' Casey's great friends, which ev'rybody in town knows. It wuz a foregone conclusion th't this man didn't want me t' find any lost diamonds er stolen bonds. Th' only thing he c'd be wantin' wuz me t' use my influence t' keep him at work. If th' Republicans had won he'd have wrote out his resignation at once instead uv tryin' t' hold his job, which showed me Casey had been elected.
"No, Josh, a case like this is too simple. Have another stogy.
Out in Los Angeles is a fish; where there's a fish there's a story; ofttimes where there's a fish story there's a fib. But in the category of crime the fish prevaricator is exempt.
Now when Mr. S. S. Stinson of the Philadelphia "Record" left the "City of Brotherly Love" and crossed the arid desert, he became inoculated with a disease called "truth," and the disease was not thoroughly diagnosed until he had his picture taken with the great American tarpon of the Pacific Coast; and realizing that 49,999 people before him had done the same thing with the same fish, each declaring it to be his catch, Mr. Stinson decided he would be different from other people and claim first that it wasn't a real fish, and also that he did not catch it. No doubt when the public reads this the circulation of the "Record" will be greatly increased, as it should be under these circumstances.