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THE CONCORD STATE FAIR

From the October 1901 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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At the request of our readers we publish in full the following from the Boston Globe on the Concord State Fair:—

Concord, N. H., August 28.—At least fifteen thousand people attended the State Fair to-day. Some three thousand people entered the grounds as soon as the gates were opened at eight o'clock this morning and the crowds kept coming all through the day and evening from all parts of the state—from all parts of the country for that matter, as this fair has at least one attraction that is able to bring people from the farthest corners of the land right into the grand stand, which no other fair can hope to possess.

That attraction is Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy, the head of the Christian Science Church. She lives just back of the fair grounds on a little hill, and she has taken a keen interest in this fair since its inception a year ago. She has helped beautify some of the buildings and the grounds and she has visited the fair both years.

The fact that she was to visit the fair to-day having become widely known, was sufficient to bring thousands of Christian Scientists to the grounds just to get a passing glimpse of the Founder of their church—"Mother" Eddy. And so to-day the fair had visitors from all over the country and from Canada.

Two special trains left Boston early in the forenoon with about six hundred eminent Christian Scientists and hundreds of others came from the summer resorts and the mountains in every direction.

Mrs. Eddy had purchased one hundred reserved seats in the grand stand for her special guests, mostly First Members of the Mother Church in Boston, so that to-day there was a curious blending at this fair of the usual curiosity seekers who revel in the midway, enjoy the horse racing, the music, etc., and the religious element which came for a different purpose and for whom the strenuous and picturesque side of the fair had very little attraction. Yet they all seemed to enjoy themselves.

This was marked on the programme as "Governor's Day," and Governor Jordan, with his staff, came on the grounds about 1.30 P.M., preceded by a band of music. He made a little speech, in which he lauded New Hampshire and welcomed the guests from other states, and he was applauded, but he was, after all, only a side issue compared with Mrs. Eddy. It was really her day as well as the governor's, and when her landau came on the grounds more necks were strained to get a glimpse of it than were to see the governor and his staff and brass band. Not that the people think less of Governor Jordan—if it had been President McKinley it would have been just the same.

Every One in Fine Spirits.

It was an ideal day for a fair. There was scarcely a cloud in the sky. The air was not intensely hot and not the least bit humid, and everything about the grounds was in the pink of condition.

And the well-groomed horses paced and trotted with more vigor than yesterday, apparently, while the acrobats and vaudeville artists opposite the grand stand did their "turns" and "stunts" with a dash that captured everybody.

It was a great day, but perhaps the man on whom the sun shone with the greatest splendor was Norin, the high diver, whom Mrs. Eddy came more especially to see.

She saw his act last year and was much impressed by it and she expressed a desire to see it again this year. Her desire was granted and Norin was consequently the observed of all observers to-day as he climbed the dizzy heights of his rude scaffold and plunged into the tank of water eighty-seven feet below.

They say it is eighty-seven feet, but—well, it is high enough any way, and the feat is certainly a dare-devil one.

Mrs. Eddy said last year it was a beautiful example of the power of mind over matter. To-day she sat in her landau close to the tank and watched the high diver with keen interest, as did the 14,999 other people on the grounds.

However, many things occurred before this which should be told. As has been said, the crowds began to come early, and they stayed until late in the evening—all but the Christian Scientists. The two special trains from Boston arrived at Concord before noon, and most of the six hundred or more Scientists at once visited the local Christian Science Hall, where they were received by Rev. I. C. Tomlinson, the First Reader of the society there.

There was a general round of handshaking, as old acquaintances met, and everything was made pleasant for the Boston guests—or rather for those who came on the trains from Boston. These included people from far distant places, such as Mrs. Sue Harper Mims, wife of the mayor of Atlanta, a lecturer in the South for the Mother Church; Ormond Higman and wife of Ottawa, and others from just as distant points.

Edward P. Bates and Mr. Alfred Farlow chaperoned the Boston party, which included the following special guests and First Members of the Mother Church:—

George W. Adams, Mrs. Effie Andrews, David Anthony, Joseph Armstrong, Mrs. Mary E. Armstrong, Alfred E. Baker, Mrs. Anna B. W. Baker, Mrs. Elizabeth Bangs, Herbert H. Bangs, Miss Julia S. Bartlett, Mrs. Caroline S. Bates, Edward P. Bates, Mrs. Mary F. Berry, Arthur E. Bingham, Mrs. Helen W. Bingham, Miss Alice S. Brown, Mrs. Martha E. Burns, Gilbert C. Carpenter, Mrs. Henrietta E. Chanfrau, Stephen A. Chase, Mrs. Ellen L. Clark, Joseph Clark, Mrs. Janet T. Colman, Albert F. Conant, Mrs. Mary E. Dunbar, Joseph S. Eastaman, Mrs. Mary F. Eastaman, Miss Mary E. Eaton. Alfred Farlow, Mrs. Caroline W. Frame, Mrs. Berenice H. Goodall. Mrs. Eldora O. Gragg, Eugene H. Greene, Mrs. Grace A. Greene, Mrs. Camilla Hanna, Septimus J. Hanna, Edmund R. Hardy, Mrs. Mary E. Hardy, Thomas W. Hatten, Calvin C. Hill, Mrs. Emilie B. Hulin, William B. Johnson, William L. Johnson, Mrs. Rose E. Kent, Ira O. Knapp, Bliss Knapp, James Landy, Mrs. Mary E. Landy John Carroll Lathrop, Mrs. Laura Lathrop, Miss Susie M. Lang, Mrs. Annie V. C. Leavitt, Mrs. Pamelia J. Leonard, Joseph G. Mann, Willard S. Mattox, Wm. D. McCrackan, Mrs. Emily M. Meader, Albert Meehan, Albert Metcalf, Mrs. Mary C. Metcalf, Mrs. Mary W. Munroe, James A. Neal, Carol Norton, John V. Reeder, Miss Nemi Robertson, Mrs. Laura E. Sargent, Miss C. M. S. Shannon, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Skinner, J. Edward Smith. Miss R. T. Speakman, Mrs. Augusta E. Stetson, Irving C. Tomlinson, Mrs. Janette E. Weller. Mrs. Ella E. Williams, John B. Willis, Rev. S. E. Simonsen, and Mrs. Simonsen.

After all arrangements had been perfected at the hall cars were taken for the fair grounds, and what seats were left on the grand stand were quickly occupied, while hundreds stood and many other hundreds were obliged to seek points of vantage around the race track. These people then waited patiently for the arrival of Mrs. Eddy, who was slated to appear at 2.45 P.M.

Plenty "Doing."

In the mean time there was "something doing" on the grounds. It was worse than a three-ring circus, and a person would have to have about ten pairs of eyes to see all that was going on at the same time. The bands were playing, the vaudeville opposite the grand stand was in full blast, a balloon was being filled with gas in one part of the grounds, a baseball game was interesting a large crowd in another place—there was some hot pacing and trotting on the track, and the air was filled with the calliope voices of the "announcers" on the midway.

Finally the governor appeared at 1.30 with his staff in an open carriage. He was applauded as he ascended the grand stand and took his place in one of the front boxes, from which he was quickly routed to a little platform in front of the grand stand, where all could see him after he had been welcomed and introduced by Secretary of State Edward W. Pearson.

The governor is a big man, tall, square-shouldered, with a strong Yankee face, white hair and white chin-whiskers. As he stood there bare-headed he looked the typical son of New Hampshire.

He first thanked the committee, then welcomed the guests, lauded New Hampshire, and turning to the visitors from Boston, said:—

"The noble, good woman who has done so much to beautify these grounds and buildings, and who is to be with us to-day, has given another evidence of her generosity in giving to the children of your city about two hundred pairs of shoes."

Then in a humorous vein he said: "I regret that the committee did not invite me yesterday. I have two boys for whom I should like to have had some shoes, but it looks as though they would have to go to school this winter without footwear."

At this point there were heard many expressions of sympathy for the governor's boys. He concluded by saying,—

"The science which has such a large measure of Christianity attached to it is a science worth sticking to."

Soon after the governor had taken his seat every neck was strained as the balloon shot into the air, with a young woman in a red boyish costume dangling from the end of an attached parachute. She threw kisses at the crowd with the same ease that one would from a departing train.

Mrs. Eddy's Appearance.

After that incident was closed attention centred on the horse racing for some time, until at 2.45 promptly Mrs. Eddy's landau was seen to enter the grounds and drive slowly up the track to the grand stand.

Seated on the box with the driver, behind two bays, was Calvin A. Frye, her secretary, and in the carriage with Mrs. Eddy were Judge William G. Ewing and Mrs. Ewing of Chicago.

The carriage was preceded by Chief Marshal Batchelder and Assistant Marshal Hadley on horseback, while another aide, a grandson of Senator Chandler, rode behind the carriage, followed by several policemen.

The Christian Scientists waved their handkerchiefs as the carriage approached. After the halt in front of the governors box, the officers of the Fair Association, headed by George H. Moses, editor of the Concord Monitor, advanced bareheaded to within a few feet of the landau, and Mr. Moses said:—

"Mrs. Eddy, the gates of the Concord State Fair swing inward to-day, and we salute our friends far and near. But among all the throng here present I am privileged on behalf of the management to say—and the distinguished jurist from Chicago will affirm my judgment when I say it—for no one have we a warmer welcome or a heartier greeting than for you, our nearest neighbor.

"We bid you welcome to these grounds; to these grounds which adjoin your own beautiful estate; to these grounds your liberal generosity has permitted us to adorn and beautify: to these grounds where we count it among the keenest of our satisfactions to welcome you and your friends, and where in future years we hope to have the pleasure of greeting you again and again.

"Mrs. Eddy, on behalf of the Concord State Fair Association, I bid you welcome and I tender you the freedom of these grounds."

Mrs. Eddy bowed her acknowledgments and the carriage advanced to a point opposite the high diving scaffold.

Norin quickly appeared, climbed about ten feet to a spring board and turned a back somerset into the water. He then kept going higher and higher, diving each time, until finally he reached the topmost point and made his great flight through the air, graceful and steady, into the tank with a loud splash.

Quietly Saluted.

There was applause. Mrs. Eddy's carriage wheeled around immediately and was slowly driven down the track. She waved her handkerchief back to the thousands who were waving theirs in the grand stand and grounds, while Judge Ewing and Mr. Frye held their hats in their hands.

There was no applause, just this mild salutation was all.

Mrs. Eddy looked well and cheerful. She wore a pearl colored dress and carried a sunshade that was just a trifle darker than the dress. From the press stand she appeared to be in good spirits, although she did not manifest any particular enthusiasm in what she saw.

Soon after she left the grounds most of the Christian Scientists also left and took the four o'clock special for Boston.

Then the regular wheels of business went on at full blast on the grounds for the balance of the afternoon and evening.

To-morrow ought to bring an equally large crowd as was out to-day and will be known as Grange Day. A member of President McKinley's cabinet, Hon. Charles Emory Smith, postmaster-general, will be the chief guest of the day and will speak.

The coming of the postmaster-general is in response to an invitation from Hon. Henry Robinson, postmaster of this city, who has also invited the six hundred postmasters and assistants of the state to visit the city and meet their chief.

Mrs. Eddy's Appreciation.

Under the above heading the Concord Evening Monitor publishes a letter of thanks from Mrs. Eddy, which, with the Monitor's introductory remarks, we also publish:—

The Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, whose visit to the Concord State Fair on Governor's Day, last Wednesday, was so highly appreciated by the officers of the Association and by the thousands who were present, is not unmindful of the courtesies shown her on that occasion, and she has sent the following appreciative letter as indicative of her feeling:—

 Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., August 31, 1901.
Officers of the Fair Association and Mr. Moses, Editor of the Monitor.
 Dear Friends:— I am almost proud of your general management of the Concord State Fair. Your special reception of me and eloquent address were more to me than the homage of thousands—you represented the animus of my native state—and its chief executive, Governor Jordan—than whom who is more like her granite in goodness and grandeur?

I beg to say that my brief visit to the grounds was a pleasant rest for me—your polite, tender, impressive reception of me, Judge Ewing, Mrs. Ewing, and the visiting Christian Scientists greatly appreciated. Accept my thanks, and long live my fair neighbors.

Most respectfully.

A Correction.

We also publish from the Concord Evening Monitor the following letter from Mrs. Eddy: —

Dear Editor:— In reference to two reports that found their way into the kindly notices of the press relative to this year's State Fair in Concord, I beg to say: One mistake that was made last year was repeated this year, namely that our governor invited me. Whereas last year the governor invited me to attend the Old Home Week celebration. Both last year and this year the invitation to visit the Fair came from the officers of the Fair Association; and my small gift to the children came from my love for children, and it would have pleased me not to have had that gift emphasized. I find it more troublesome to be overrated publicly than underrated, since conscience requires a bit of my time to correct the former, while happily the latter old time will correct. .

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