The League Give Their First Shore Dinner

Republicanism Triumphant – The League Give Their First Shore Dinner Last Night – Eloquent Addresses by N. D. Sperry and Others – All Are Confident of Success for the Grand Old Party

“The Republican League club held their first shore dinner last night at Hill’s homestead at Savin Rock. About half a hundred members of the club were present and many more who had gone out of the city to escape the suffocating weather sent their regrets. The meeting was for the purpose of reviewing the general favoring condition of the campaign rather than for discussing the local plans for republican success.

The regular shore dinner was served in elaborate style, consisting of: Little neck clams, stewed clams, bluefish, fried clams, broiled oysters, soft shell crabs, cold lobsters, champagne, appollinaris.

The champagne had to be furnished by the club, as nothing could be bought of that kind at the shore.

After the banquet Mr. James D. Dewell, the president of the league, called the meeting to order in a neat little speech, in the course of which he read letters of regret from Congressman Charles Russell, the Hon. Samuel Fessenden, and Senators Platt and Hawley. He then introduced Postmaster Sperry.

Mr. Sperry then made one of his eloquent addresses. He reviewed the history of the republican party and the ways by which it had taken its high place in the history of the nation. He spoke of the successful administration of President Harrison, and paid a fine eulogy to the president as a noble Christian gentleman and a brave general.

The tariff policy of the administration was next enlarged upon and what protection had done for the American mechanic, the laboring man. On the financial questions and all the great questions of national policy Mr. Harrison’s opinions were well known and sound.

Herbert E. Benton made a stirring speech in which he spoke of the favorable outlook in Connecticut for republicanism.

Ezra D. Fogg said that if the democratic party could point to one beneficent measure that had been promulgated and carried out by them he would vote for that party.

Captain Wilkins said that 99 percent of the colored race were in favor of the republican party. He reviewed the wrongs of the negro in the south and asked that the republican party, which had always advocated protection to the American mechanic, continue in their advocacy of protection to tbe American citizen, be he white or black.

Hon. E. D. Bassett, ex-minister to Hayti. made a witty and telling speech. Other members of the club made short addresses, all of them congratulating the party on the favorable outlook for success.

Among those present were: N. D, Sperry, James D. Dewell, Luzerne Ludington, H. F. Peck, Major Beardaley, L. L. Camp, Fred Parker, E. H. Sperry, George Belden, Edward Lawrence, Ward Bailey, L. W. Beecher, E. B. Beecher, Robert Brown, C. W. Matthewman, S. W, Hurlburt, Colonel James of the Palladium, John F. Gaffney, W. S. Kenney, W. J. Atwater, E. A. Hotchkiss, Herbert E. Benton, Ezra D. Fogg, F. E. Hunn, General E. S. Greeley, Joel F. Gilbert, Hart Monson, Henry Sutton, F. H. Benton, E. D. Bassett, George E. Maltby, J. B. Tuttle, G. B. Bunnell, H. G. Snell, Joseph B. Morse, E. F. Barnes, T. A. Betts, C. W. Pickett of the Leader.

“Hill’s Homestead, Savin Rock. A Fine Place to Get a Course Dinner.” -Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America, New Haven Morning Journal and Courier, June 23, 1892

Cars Stalled – Heavy Travel Did It

The heavy travel caused several of the West Haven cars to be late last evening and as a consequence several were stalled on Chapel street about 8 o’olock. All was remedied in a short time, however.

AT SAVIN ROCK – A Very Successful Balloon Ascension Before Many Spectators – Three Thousand People or More at the Rock

About three thousand people gathered in Railroad grove, Savin Rock, yesterday afternoon to witness the balloon ascension and parachute leap by Robert McDonald, better known as “Daring Donald.” The games of different sorts were better patronized than at any previous time this season. The places where Schenck beer and other beverages were sold were full of business.

Promptly at 4:30 the massive balloon rose, having been previously inflated with hot air. The crowd waited in breathless suspense watching the steadily rising balloon bearing the daring aeronaut. When the elevation had reached about one hundred feet McDonald pulled the cord which released the parachute and descended easily to the ground, striking at hardly one hundred yards from the place of ascent. The wind was light and the conditions were, on the whole, perfect for the ascent.

After the crowd had ascertained that Donald was not hurt they slowly dispersed many returning to this city and the rest remaining at the shore to enjoy the cool breezes during the evening.

There was a big rush of people to Savin Rock yesterday. Every car after 1 o’clock bound to the rock was loaded to its utmost capacity, both the electric cars and the horse cars. There was constantly a mass of people at the green all the afternoon waiting to get a chance to board the cars and try to get to a cooler place than the city. It was only a very little cooler at the shore. There was now and then a light breeze from off the water. It was very comforting to see how easily the electric cars went along, as compared with tne terrible strain on the horses on such a hot day.

One man who was supposed to be intoxicated fell off one of the cars and struck on his head. He was insensible for a few moments, but soon after was restored to a fair condition.

Scores of people flocked to Putnam’s for a shore dinner or to hear the phonograph there.”
-Excerpt courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America, New Haven Morning Journal and Courier, Saturday, July 30, 1892. (top) Image courtesy of ThistleGroup, Picture Postcards of Savin Rock, “Hill’s Homestead, Savin Rock, Conn.”, 1907

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