July 11, 1914
July 11, 1914
ASHLAND, July 11 — Chautauqua is proving to be a veritable "three-ring circus," with something going on all the time. Of course, the programs proper occur in the tabernacle, but a good share of the side attractions take place in the open-air pavilion in the park. Then there is the former Grand Army building on the assembly grounds, which a generous benefactor deeded to the association without any strings attached whatever. The structure is of concrete and is two stories, subdivided into assembly and dining room, ample kitchen and other conveniences. This building comes in very handy, inasmuch as the main auditorium and various annexes are taxed to their capacity.
Following the precedent established a year or two since, no dining hall concessions are led by the association; consequently, the matter of meals is left to the individual choice. Those who prefer, picnic and camp in the park, but the majority get their rations at the hotels and restaurants. This is as it should be, for it relieves the association of much unnecessary bother, at the same time throwing this patronage where it belongs, to hotels and restaurants.
Friday was Grants Pass-Ohio day, in line with custom of some particular locality or state selecting representation in the Chautauqua curriculum. The Ohioans chose the forenoon. This state is the most loyal of any in the observance of its anniversaries and in the exuberance displayed at state gatherings. Native sons and daughters of the Buckeye state met around the banquet board, indulging in speeches coupled with pledges of renewed fealty to old Ohio. Kansans at future assemblies threaten to dispute the supremacy of Ohioans, not only as to numerical strength throughout this valley, but also as regards the comparative spirit of loyalty evidenced by citizens of the respective commonwealths.
There will be no formal reunion of Iowa people at the year's assembly. At the last moment the Hawkeyes got cold feet, and preparations for the contemplated reunion were abandoned. It would be a reflection and a most unkind fling, however, to say that the appointment of an additional cop on the city police during the assembly session was in anywise responsible for the decision of the Iowans in this matter. Nevertheless, Iowa will be represented on the official program, for on Saturday evening forty boys and girls from Simpson College, a noted institution of learning in that state, will be heard in a concert of stirring glee club melodies.