The Baldwin Ledger, 21 Nov. 1902


[NOTE: This was one of the fund raiser activities the Baldwin Methodists of 1902 did to raise funds for the building and equipping the large brick church that was built on the same location as our present church. The brick church was destroyed by fire in 1930.]

Nellie Bly and Jules Verne were more than outdone here last Friday night, when hundreds of folk were taken round the world in a few hours. But these hours were most enjoyable ones. In the afternoon a large number of school children were carried by rail and boat around to the various cities and countries to be visited. In the evening, the liners and fast expresses began to carry the large crowd of adult sightseers who longed to view sunny lands beyond the seas.


The old M. E. church was the starting point, and the first stop was at Mexico (Mrs. Harpster's). Here a large collection of Mexican things was shown. The rooms were handsomely decorated with handwork of various kinds, curios, pictures, etc. The Misses Salmon and Wm. Williams, real people from real Mexico, served hot tamales, and entertained the visitors by talking some kind of stuff that sounded something like a green persimmon tastes. [I don't understand this statement, but typed as written. rw]


Japan (Mrs. Follin's) was the next "jump off." Here, visitors were met by ladies who wore mother-Hubbard sleeves, and in bowing tried to knock holes in the floor with their heads. The gas had been blown out, and the rooms were lighted with quaint Japanese lanterns. Many queer contraptions from tea fields and cherry groves across the sea were on exhibition. Tea cooked raw and cakes were served.


The next landing was at China (Mrs. Stickel's). Folk were greeted here by ladies who grabbed their hands and shook them, at the same time uttering untranslatable sounds that probably meant to "make yourself at home." Mrs. and Miss Hwang were there and the guests knew that this was no make-believe China. The curios were many. Tea grown on the Ah Law Moo river and cooked allee samee Chinese style was served.

And then came the land of Sauer Kraut – Germany (Mrs. Cutler's). Here all kinds of Germany eatables were served (and everybody noticed that no Germany drinkables were passed). Mrs. Fisher, who talks real German without extras, told many things that an Irishman could only guess at. In her mother tongue, she asked Ed. Hislop if he was married, and he guessed "Yes."


New York (Mrs. Roberts) was the last and worst seaport visited. Here, U. S. Custom officers robbed the strangers of all their stray cents. Aunt Samantha and Uncle Josh were there, showing off their good clothes and country ways. At the door was a poor, blind beggar who sang so sorrowfully that the people gave him pennies to coax him to shut up.


At Washington (Mrs. Murphy's), the comers were introduced to President Roosevelt and wife and "Alice with her golden hair," Sect. Root and wife, Mrs. U. S. Grant, and George and Martha Washington. The introducing was done by Secretary Corytelyou.


Next stop was "Twenty Minutes for Dinner" at the old M. E. church. And such a New England dinner. It was grand. But the grandest part of the whole affair was that the ladies who got up the tour took in $199.50. The money will be used in furnishing the new church.

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