Whist parties and other social activities are social pastimes with Hampton colonists, and several remarkably brilliant events have made the social thus far of more than ordinary importance. The Pelham hotel is usually the center of several charming occasions, and on Friday evening Mr. and Mrs. Ford arranged a large card party which afforded extreme pleasure. Eight tables were utilized for German whist, and honors were secured by Mrs. Edward McBride of Weare, Burke Snidam of Hoosac Falls, N.Y., A. C. Hinkley of Manchester and Edward McBride of Weare. Then a collation of ices and cake was served and a short musical program later enjoyed. Guests were present in large numbers from Manchester, Concord, Keene, Haverhill and Boston.
Mrs. Arthur S. Stevens, who has a cottage at North beach for the season, gave a very enjoyable card party Saturday evening and nearly forty guests were present. The diversion of the evening was progressive whist, ten tables being utilized. Some handsome trophies were awarded, honors being secured by Mrs. A. W. Hollis of Lewiston, Me.; Mrs. H. F. Prescott, Keene; Joseph B. Rogers, Rochester; Mrs. F. M. Wheeler, Cambridge, Mass.; George F. Lincoln, Boston; and Harold M. Frame of Lowell, Mass. Mrs. Stevens was assisted in receiving by Miss Merrill of Manchester and W. H. Dow of Lowell, Mass., while others assisting in dispensing hospitality were Mrs. Addie F. Baker of Newton; Miss Roache of Haverhill, Mass., and Miss Robinson of Manchester.
An Indian encampment on the site of the burned Radcliffe hotel is attracting considerable interest from the summer colonists here, and the place is daily visited by large numbers. Mollawantan, on old squaw, is at the head of the tribe, and she is of a great age. The Indians make and sell baskets made from sweet grass which they gather early each morning from the Hampton marshes, and these are disposed of in large numbers. Fortune telling is one of the arts practiced, and the camp is the source of much interest. Cooking is done in a true Indian fashion over a camp fire. The camp is attractive with gaily colored baskets, sweet grass novelties and blankets and gaudy trinkets, and is one of the show places of the beach.
The remains of the old schooner Mary A. Brown, wrecked off the coast here ten years ago, and which has since that time occupied a place on the shore opposite the Casino, is rapidly going to pieces owing to the lapse of time, and this summer the entire bow of the old vessel has dropped off. The Glendon, it will be recalled, was also wrecked in a northeast gale in the latter part of February, 1896, and until recently lay near Cutler's, an object of interest to many who have visited the Beach. It was originally a coal carrying schooner and its crew was taken off without any loss to life. The Glendon was wrecked previous to the establishment of the United States life saving station at this resort.
Bethany cottage, the fresh air home on Boars Head, has had a number of visitors during the present season, and almost every day some one arrives and inspects the house.
Henry Thaler and Mary E. Thaler are among the Manchester arrivals registered at Cutler's Sea View house for a short stay.
Mrs. Fred Sargent of Concord is included among recent arrivals at the Ocean house.
W. D. Cowle of Amherst has come to spend a portion of the vacation term here.
Mrs. A. H. Nicholson of Manchester is sojourning at the Beach, where she will remain for quite a prolonged stay.
Charles Wallace of Keene, is enjoying a stay of a week or ten days at this resort.
Thomas Cooke of Nashua is spending several days with his family, which is enjoying a few weeks of cottage life here.
Mrs. M. E. Currier of Rochester is domiciled at the seashore, where she is spending her third consecutive season.
George W. Robie, principal of the West Side school in Derry, is at the Walfred cottage, where he will spend the entire month of August.
Evelyn M. Rogers of Hampstead is sojourning at the Rivermouth cottage at Ohite island, for a stay of a week or ten days.
Ada B. Davis of Raymond is a guest at the Avon house, where several days are being passed pleasantly.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Robie and Kenneth Kimball of Hooksett and recent motor arrivals at this resort.
Mrs. W. E. Walker of Dover has opened her cottage here for the remainder of the season.
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Sanborn and son Curtice of Fremont have been recent arrivals at the Ocean house for a stay of several days.
Thomas Rollins and family of Keene are enjoying camp life here for a few days.
Mrs. Ernest Huckins and daughter Beatrice of Mountainview are recent visitors at the Ocean house.
E. C. Chapman of Manchester has been rusticating at the shore for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Walker and family of Laconia were recently here for a short stay while making a motor tour of the New England coast resorts.
Mrs. M. A. Pingree of Rochester is enjoying a part of the season with relatives here.
Among the guests of note at Leavitt's hotel are: Dr. M. Alexander of Lisbon, Portugal, and H. Alexander of Montevideo, Brazil, who are here for quite an extended visit.
Mrs. S. E. Taylor of Nashua is rusticating at the seashore for several days.
James Webster of Boscawen was recently calling upon friends at this resort.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murray and daughters, Helen and Viola, of Newton, have been occupying a cottage here during the past month.
Albert Kimball has returned to Laconia, after spending a few days of vacation here.
Joseph Graham and Frank Graham are at the Beach, where they are spending a fortnight with their relatives.
Edward Smith and family of Manchester are among those here for a brief stay.
Walter Ingalls and John Ingalls of Stratham were recently for a few days with friends.
Myrtle Russell of Laconia is enjoying the attractions of seashore life for a stay of a week or ten days.
James and Arthur Mirrick of Durham are at the Beach, where they are spending a few days.
Mrs. Amelia Moore of Kensington is among the arrivals of the week at this popular resort.
Mrs. Mae R. Prescott of Exeter is included among Hampton Beach's recent arrivals.
Charles Edwards of Rochester has come to spend a few days at the local shore resorts.
Mrs. A. K. Robertson of Dover has returned to her home after a vacation here.
Mrs. E. A. Anderson of Keene is among the guests of the week at the Bluebell cottage at the North beach.
Mrs. Walter F. Garland of Dover is spending a few days at the Pleasant View house on Marsh avenue.
Harold Bassett of Manchester is at the Beach until the middle of August.
Bishop Parker of the New Hampshire Episcopal diocese was a visitor to the Beach last Wednesday, being entertained by the Rev. Charles W. Tyler of Haverhill, who is stopping for the summer at North Rye Beach.
Mrs. E. A. McAllister of Raymond is spending a fortnight at her cottage here.
Frank E. Bishop and family of Rochester have returned to the Beach, where they will be domiciled for the month of August.
The new hotel erected last spring by Joseph Delancy of Hampton is being greatly improved by a coat of paint.
Mrs. Edward L. Turner has returned to Concord.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Babcock, Jr., and Mrs. J. Babcock of Wilton are in Leavitt's hotel.
Mrs. Edward H. Moulton, wife of the mayor of Haverhill, Mass., is among the motor arrivals at the Beach.
Clifford Keif, who has been employed at Nichol's ice cream parlors, has returned to his home in Haverhill, as he is suffering from a bad case of blood poisoning.
Mrs. E. F. Moulton and Raymond Moulton are Haverhill arrivals registered for a short time at the Janvrin hotel.
The Sunday school of Christ's church, Portsmouth, held an outing here Thursday, which was a successful and well attended event, the trip being made in special cars. The time was passed in various ways, and all enjoyed a good time.
Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson of Kingston have returned home, after spending several pleasant days at this resort.
Capt. G. Perley Elliot of Manchester and this brother, John S. Elliot of New York City, are registered at Cutler's hotel.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Saunders, Mrs. Annie Saunders and John R. Saunders of Kingston are among the cottagers here for a fortnight's stay at the North beach.
Harry E. Hughes of Dover is noted among the vacationists here.
James Blanchard of Manchester is a guest at the seashore for a week or ten days, after which he will go to York Beach for part of the month of August.
Mrs. E. M. Cooke of Laconia is a guest at the Beach for a few days, visiting Mrs. E. H. Walsh of the same city, who is here for a stay of a month or six weeks.
Gen. and Mrs. Rufus E. Graves of Newmarket are spending a few days at the Beach and also at Canobie Lake.
A Rochester motoring party which has recently visited the Beach included Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Marsh, Mrs. Annie Wood, H. F. Marsh and chauffeur.
M. H. Loudon of Newmarket has recently been making a short stay at Leavitt's hotel at the North beach.
Enoch L. Harris and family of Keene are enjoying a fortnight of rest and recreation at one of the North beach cottages.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Carleton have come again from Pelham to spend a portion of the vacation time here.
At the Stark cottage the occupants for two or three weeks are Mrs. Maude G. Young and her little daughters, Helen and Catherine, of Nashua.
Newmarket day has been designated as Saturday, August 12, at which time the annual outing of the employees of the Newmarket Mills corporation will be held at this resort. Special cars will convey the party from Exeter, and a full list of sports will be arranged for the day, including a good, live baseball game which will be played on the Casino oval between picked teams. Headquarters for the day will be made as usual at the Casino, and a large delegation is expected.
SEALS AT HAMPTON BEACH
Summer vacationists here were treated to an unusual sight here Monday, when a species of seal was seen sporting about a hundred yards off the settlement at White rocks. The dog shaped head of the creature was plainly seen, and with the aid of a glass the various movements of the big fellow were seen to advantage. This sort of seal is commonly known among fishermen as a sea dog, and these are very common along the Labrador coast, where they are seen in abundance.
An old fisherman who saw the creature off Hampton stated that it was very unusual to find this seal so far to the southward, as they seldom get further from the coast than Newfoundland, and even there they are quite rare. The seal was viewed by large numbers of vacationists, and one sportsman tried to get a shot at the creature but to no avail. Finally, the big creature took a final plunge into the surf and disappeared from view.
Miss Maude Smart is spending her vacation in her home here.
Mrs. Albert Church has issued invitations for a party Friday evening in honor of her daughter, Miss Beatrice Church.
The grange held its annual picnic on Stratham Hill on Wednesday.
Miss Georgia F. Marston is spending a few weeks with relatives in Danvers, and Salem, Mass.
The many friends of Rev. and Mrs. George P. Howell are pleased to welcome them with their mother and little daughter in town. They expect to go into Northern New Hampshire for a visit this week and while they are there, Mrs. Rough will visit Mrs. Walcott at Elmwood Farm.
Oh! Come and see all the pretty things at the "Realm of Books" on the Congregational church lawn on the evening of Aug. 16.
The misses Sadie and Eloise Lane, with Miss Ada Moulton, are spending a part of the month in the White mountains.
The W.C.T.U. will send flowers next week to the Boston Flower mission. Any one having flowers which they wish to contribute will please leave them with Mrs. Knowles next Tuesday but not later than 6:30 p.m.
The Whatsoever Mission circle will hold their annual outing at Hampton Beach on Friday p.m., August 11, leaving Whittiers on the 3:10 car. The mothers and friends are invited to attend.
Mrs. John M. Lowd, with her son, Fred, of Portland, Me., is spending a few weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Fred F. Marston.
Miss Julia Locke has finished her visit with Miss McArthur and is now visiting another friend in northern New Hampshire.
Mr. John A. Ross arrived in town on Tuesday for a visit with his parents.
Miss Ray Blake is entertaining Mrs. Mace, formerly Miss Daisy Dunbar, this week.
Poppea of the "Post office" is going to be at the Congregational church, Wednesday evening, Aug. 16. Come and get a letter. Other notable characters will be there.
Miss Harriet Locke is spending a few days with friends in Durham this week.
The Elmwood farm is so overcrowded with guests that Mrs. Walton is obliged to engage some rooms outside.
Remember the date and the place, Wednesday evening, Aug. 16, Congregational church. Come early , come late, but come.
Miss Augusta Blake has been entertaining a college friend, who was associated with her in Bath last year, this week.
Mrs. Richardson and daughter of Andover have been recent guests in town.
Mrs. Nellie Ackerman entertained her aunt, Mrs. Minerva Smith, of Rockport, and Mrs. Frank Marston, also Mrs. H. G. Boynton, July 27th. During the afternoon selections were played on the piano and grapaphone, and in the evening the organ was played and Gospel Hymns sang, Mr. Marston being present to assist. The occasion was a delightful one.
The Congregational missionary meeting was held in the chapel on Wednesday. Miss Anna M. Cole prepared the program and it goes without stating that it was interesting and instructive. The hostesses were Mrs. Thomas Perkins and Miss Anna M. Cole and the supper was most excellent, consisting of beans, sliced meat, salmon salad, pickled beets, cucumbers, cheese, bread, plum sauce, cake, coffee and tea.
Mrs. Walcott Fay of Arlington, Mass., who has spent many summers in town, sailed for Europe last week.
Miss Elizabeth Chipman is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Hugh Brown.
Miss Etta Blake and Wallace Blake returned on Monday from a camping vacation on Corbin lake. Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Pressey and little son of Lawrence, Mass., were with them during their camp.
Christopher S. Toppan was struck by an automobile and quite badly injured on the feet and legs last Sunday. In crossing the street he stepped out of the way of one auto and was caught by another. The machine did not pass over him, as he sprang upward and was carried forward a considerable distance on the bonnet over the engines. He is able to be out at this writing.
At large piazza is being built on two sides of C. O. Stevens residence, the "Echo."
Edgar Howe has just completed shingling William Brown's stable on the avenue.
Mr. Clarence DePuy, editor of the American Poultry Advocate, Syracuse, N.Y., Mrs. DePuy, Miss Gladys DePuy, and their chauffeur, Mr. Jackson, paid a pleasant visit to Rev. and Mrs. Edgar Warren, Monday. They had been touring New England for about two weeks in their private car and were on their way to Boston to attend the Annual Convention of the Advertising Clubs of America. While in Hampton, Mr. DePuy arranged with Mr. Warren to prepare a new book, a poultry keeping copy to be ready in September, the first edition of ten thousand to be issued in the fall.
On the lawn of Ernest G. Cole on next Tuesday p.m., beginning at six o'clock, the annual lawn party of the Ladies Aid connected with the Congregational Church will be held. Music will be furnished by the young people and a pleasant time is anticipated. Aprons and numerous household articles will be in charge of Mrs. Vianna Marston, Mrs. Alfie Godfrey, Mrs. Marion Leavitt and Mrs. Ellen Blake; cake, Mrs. Annie True, Mrs. Lucy Marston, Mrs. Flora Lane, Mrs. Isa Shaw and Mrs. Annie Berry; candy, the misses Joplin, Adeline Marston, Mary Toppan, Lottie Brown; ice cream, Mrs. Caroline Ward, Mrs. Sarah Lane, Mrs. Alice Thompson, Miss Annie Akerman; mystery, Miss Flora Joplin, Mrs. Caroline Cole, Mrs. Morlena Church, Mrs. Carrie Scott; lemonade, Mrs. Martha Locke, Mrs. Carrie Perkins, Mrs. Anna Ross. All are invited to come and visit these various booths.
A most successful lawn party was given by the ladies of the Relief Corps on E. G. Cole's lawn on Tuesday evening. Although the evening was quite unpleasant, a large number manifested their interest in this organization by braving the elements and attending so that everything was sold. The executive committee of which Miss Josephine Joplin is chairman, is to be congratulated upon the thoroughness with which everything was planned and executed. The decorations were elaborate, consisting of flags and red and white bunting. The electric bulbs were encased in Japanese lanterns, making the lawn look like Fairy Land. Mrs. Whigs garden of cabbages was very novel and was entirely surrounded until every cabbage was sold. The fortune teller carried on a lively trade as did the ladies behind all the tables. The executive committee, consisting of Miss Josephine Joplin, Adeline Marston, Miss Flora Joplin, Miss Elizabeth Philbrick, Mrs. Theda Hobbs, Mrs. Annie Brown, wish to thank one and all for the aid they extended in making the party such a success, socially and financially. The receipts were $43.11. The music by the Grammar school orchestra was very pleasing and with the grapaphone added greatly to the pleasure of those present.
Some years ago, the Town of Hampton granted a franchise to the Exeter, Hampton & Amesbury Street Railway to construct a railroad through our principal streets. The tracks were laid, the cars began to run, and a reasonable fare was charged. Since that time, and by degrees, the fare limits have been shortened and the fares raised until now it seems we have reached the top notch price for transportation from the Beach to Exeter and an extortionate rate from Hampton Village to the North Beach. As it now is, one fare is charged from the Casino to Hampton Falls, while for half that distance, from the North Beach to Hampton Village, two fares are collected. In justice to our summer visitors, and by no means forgetting our townspeople and taxpayers at the North shore, we address this letter to the chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Hampton asking that, as it takes so long a time for a matter of this kind to go through the red tape of the Public Service Commission, a request be made to the courts for an injunction on collecting an extra fare from the North Beach patrons until some reasonable cause is shown by the railroad company for demanding the same.
We believe this road, with experienced men on the Board of Directors and proper management, could be place in a short time on a dividend paying basis.
Are there directors who do not direct, or is this corporation a one man institution?
For occupying a large portion of our public streets and mutilating our beautiful shade trees, we believe we have a right to be heard on this matter.