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Climbing Over The Fence

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Parent Issue
Day
3
Month
November
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The regular meeting of the board oi managers of the Washtenavv Fair, heic iFriday afternoon in the counct oharnber in the court house, was more than oí usual interest. The treasurer's report showed that the society hac a most suecessful year and the guarantee fund will no. be touehed. Theelection of officers and directors was de■clared. The abuses of the pass system were discussed. When the roll was called, President Dean, Vice-President Kelly, Seeretary Mills and Managers Jvappler, Chapín, Sperry and Schumacher were present. Treasurer Beleer and Managers Graves and Schmicl -came later. Seeretary Mills called attention to the fact that there was no provisión in the by-laws requiring the standing committees to report to the board ot managers. This should be doue. He leported verbally as chairman of the printing committee. He was followed by President Dean, cbairman of the garautee fund, and Manager inacüer, chairman ot the school exhibits The latter made the sugstestion that this exhibition was quite au attraction, but that it should be worked up this winter and not left until next f all after tlie school had ttaeir vacation. The three protests tiled were taken up. The flrst protest read was f rom Hemy C. Waldron, who protested that Charles Arnold, of Superior, liad ent red two horses as best pair of draught norses and also best matched farm horses for Muehlig & Schmid's special pr.ze, when Mr. Arnold did not up to Oct. 5, at 10 o'clock a. m.. own one of the horses. He said further that the team was a gand good one, but that he made the protest only because the .society demanded honest fair exhibits. He asked that the testimony of Fraacis Augustus and mother of Ypsilanti be taken. Manager Schumacher asked for the -opinión of Manager John Kappler, superintendent of this department. Mr. Kappler stated that Mr. Arnold said the horse had been in his care for three months and he thought he would own him On motion of Manager Schumacher, the action of the judges was sustained and the protest overruled. The other two protests were in reference to indoor and outdoor views by amateur photographers. One protest was signed by E. M. Wurster, C. C. Lutz and Harry Cole against Mr. Vau Hom, because of his pictures not being mounted on a large piece of cardl)oard, and that they suspected Mr. ran Horn was not an amateur. Katie and Fannie Cady protested against both Van Horn and Wurster íor the same reasons. Secretary Mills exj.laiued that last year there had beeu only one exhibit in this department. Messrs. Wurster iind Lutz wanted to withdraw their protest. It was simply a technicality. The boys had beea talked iato the protest by a member of tbe board. President Dean said he had looked over the pictures and tliought it was only a matter of the size of the cardboard. On motion of Manager Schumacher, the award of the judges was sustained. Secretary Mills read his report. His receipts had been $872.25, and he had giveri orders oa the treasurer for $2,'J03.86, being printing, $121; note at Farmers and Mechanics Bank, $123; postale and express, $47.80; labor, 504.90; races, $218.48; allowed by auliting committee, $056.63; premiums awarded, $947.05. President Deansaid he understood there were some disputed premiums. Secretary Mills said he knew what President Dean referred to. President Dean had gone out on the street and asked the business men to cloae np on Friday afternoon. At 1 o'clock on that iay he had secn'a herd of horsesgoing up Wells street. He had grone to the gate, and heard people say the fair was breaking up; it was no use to go in. Ilenry Waldron had turned his horsès loóse, cansina; much annoyance to the people, and contrary to the by-law that provided, if any exhibitor removed his exhibit before 4 o'clock of the last day without permission, he would forfeit liis premium. It was an outrage on the business places that had closed up for the afternoon. President Dean said the matter was perfectly plain. They had a by-law which, if they allowed it to be violated, ■wonld end in people not coming to the fair. Vice-President Kelly said he had been at the gate. He had tried to have Henry Waldron hold his horses until 4 o'clock, calling his attention to the bylaw; but Mr. Waldron said there were not men enough on the grounds to hold ■his horses, and that he did not care anything about the premiums. Mr. Kelly did his best to keep the peace between Mr. Waldron md the gatekeepers. President Dean said he did not see any reason why Mr. Waldron should raise a disturbance. If they let everybody run their fair, they would not have anybody to attend it. He thought it was an advantage to the fair to have Mr. Waldron exhibit his norses. Mr. Waldron had a big sale, which was all aight; but Mr. Waldron was the last man vrbo should take the law into his wn hands. Manager Schmid said he understood Mr. Waldron had received a part of his premium. Secretary Mills said he had got pay to the amount of $26 65. His premiums amounted to $(59.50, leaving a balance of $42. (5. Manager Schumacher said he did not want to do any injustice to Mr. Waldron. bui. Mr. Kelly had warned him. Many merchanta had wished toremove their goods before 4 o'clock, but they had not been permitted to do so. Manager Chapín movKl tliat tlie premiums awarded Mr. Waklrou be declared íorfeited for a vilation of the by-laws. Secretary Mills stated that every request made by Mr. Waldron as to changes in stalls, etc, had been cornplied with. Thereupon the motion passed unanimóusly. President Dean stated that although he had not votecl, be wanted it under stood that he tuougtit the inoion a just one. Treasurer Belser reporte! that his total rweeipts up to the night previous had been for the year $3,0(55.50, and disbursements $1,077.79. There was a balance on hand of $1.387.71. Ou motion of Manager Schuinacher, an order of $100 was allowed the secretary tor his services. On the suggestion of President Dean the secretary was directed to notify the subscribers to the guarantee fund, that the society was happy to announce that they would not be called upon. ïreasurer Belser suggested that before the next fair the gates of the fair should be rearranged with turn-stiles. There should be some check on the people who pass through. On motion of ManasfRr SríhiimnríhAr the secretary was directed to cali the attention or the board at the uext meeting to the suhjei-t of gates. Secretm-y Mills called attention to the many abuses of passes. The hfemembership tickets were abused. The worst trouble carae from the managers who asked for passes for people to go down town. Men who should work for tlie interests of the fair got passes and then turned them over to people who should pay. He had placed his sou at the gate. and people had come up and offered 15 cents to' get in and stated the gate-keeper had let them m on this. Som e had gone so far as to go over to the car barn and telephone for this keeper, saying he had promised to let them in. He had seen business meD of the city climbing over the fence. He told of a number of other schemes to avoid payincr entrance money still more astonishing. President Dean said he had oive sen a man on the grand stand drop liis ticket (ive times to others to us?. Manager Schumacher told of hearing wrties brag of how they had cut off ;heir fair buttons and given them to others. He favored a turn-stile that would register every one. The matter of howto regúlate, the abuse of passes was generally discussed and, on motion of Secretary Mills, a eommittee of flve was appointed to draf t a plan and report the same at the January meeting. The eommittee apxnnted was Secretary Mills, Treasurer Pelser and Managers Schumacher, Schmid and Kelly.