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tainments during the season, and the tone axi culture of its society; but it combines with all these in an eminent degree the prerequisites of J watering place—pure air and a healthy situation, It is as much an invalid's as it is a tourist's resor. and it is the only place on the coast which $i visited all the year round by health-seekers. last winter a score of its hotels were open and full vi guests, and hundreds who had been in the hale! of visiting Florida repaired to this favored spot by the advice of their physicians, on account of its dry atmosphere and other health-restoring sirroundings. There is no limit to its popul»ni; with the medical profession, who are almost unanimous in awarding it the palm as a suramtf and winter home for their patients.
In addition to nature, art has done its part for the city. Its hotels are large, numerous, and many of them fine examples of the light and Jin architecture that prevails at watering places, while the spires of a half dozen or more handsome churches rise like sentinels from as many parts at the island; but the chief glory of the city, and, is the eyes of many, its greatest charm, is the nuiober and beauty of the private cottages. Thes: number many hundreds—very nearly a thousand —and, on the greater portion, good taste and ample means have been lavished with the best results. But the variety is almost infinite, ud stretches from the mansion to the most modal little house, including elegancy, picruresqaenea and comfort.
These cottages are the residences, for three or four months of the year, of the families of tiomnous professional and business men of 1'hiladelphii and neighboring cities, who, thanks to the mid transit afforded, lose but little more time asd have no more trouble in going to and returning to their offices and counting-rooms than they would were they to remain in the city during the sultry season.
Another feature of this city which we noticed, a its "Homes," where those who are needy mi overworked may find a few weeks rest and rdu*tion at a moderate outlay. One of these is "The Children's Seashore House," fronting on the bocfc below Ohio avenue. The house is a hand- building, one hundred feet long by thirty fen wide, besides which there are connected with « sixteen small cottages, furnishing accommodit>.» for about one hundred children and their alteoi
ants. The booze is under the Cm of as associatioD, which has for its object the giving of sea ait and sea bathing to such invalid children of Phihdelphia as may need them, bet whose parents are unable to afford the expense. At the boose they have all the advantages of a residence at the seaside, the comforts of a home, and excellent medical attendance, at a merely nominal charge, while a limited number are received gratuitously. The same association is now also conducting a home for invalid women. It is supported entirely by voluntary contributions, visitors to Atlantic City making up the largest amount. A more deserving object does not appeal to the charitable. Applications for admissions are made to an examining physician in Philadelphia, who provides railroad tickets, furnished at reduced cost by the Camden and Atlantic Road.
The railroad facilities, connecting Philadelphia, New York, and other cities with this summer resort via the Camden and Atlantic Road and its connections, are, in respect to frequency and rapidity of transit, unexcelled by those of any watering-place in the world. And we would here add, that this road is justly entitled to the credit for the development of the many advantages which this resort possesses, and which have resulted in the great popularity which it so richly deserves. The company has worked unceasingly to diffuse a knowledge of the advantages of this once unknown spot, and it has reaped its reward by elevating the city into the successful rival of resorts that were famous when it was but an isolated and dreary waste of land.
The reader may appreciate to a limited extent, some of the many charms we have mentioned by the views accompanying this article; bat neither pen or pencil are adequate to the task of conrey.rjg a perfect conception of the iare'.'.aem ziA attrao tiveness of this "City by the Sea," whxh iat Aladin-like "sprung up in a day."
We stopped at the Seariew Hvaie, w*<i a.v>, by the way, is owned by tbeCasyfe* at-i A* A.'*.*. Company. Here we food emy v*s.'.'.~. a=/J convenience of a game, as we" » a.. r»«e Jw* paniments of a iot-caa trrj:. ao-i .*•'►»* are corroborated by osr brf.fr t*-£ h^JX C :. ner we joined the zz^xz^ :z. a xsuZ *.er.% •-<►
Taking In The Salt Sea Air.
the luxury of a surf-bath, taken amid a company of merry-humored bathers, whose frolicsome antics lend a complement to its proper enjoyment. It is simply delicious, and its effects upon the system invigorating and restorative.
After a brief stay at the shore, during which we secured accommodations for our good lady with a friend in a pleasant cottage, and making some additional acquaintances among the permanent cottagers, we concluded to take a run up to our office to see after some little business matters. In deciding upon this step we also included the carrying out of our original intention to visit some of the most interesting points along the line of the road. Now, to pack up a valise is a matter of but a few moments; not so with our wife's little Saratoga hotel, however, and as the burden of seeing
Had it not been that we wished to learn some thing of the thriving wayside places, we should probably have gone on to New York, taking in Long Branch, Sea Girt, Ashbury Park, and a dozen other cheerful resorts along the ocean But as the wife was perfectly satisfied to remain at Atlantic City, we started to the depot for a run home. Of what we saw along the route, this time travelling more leisurely, we shall briefly note We made our first stop at Egg Harbor City, i properous settlement of Germans, which has become quite famous in a few years for its splendid grapes and excellent wines, and now one of the most remarkable towns along the route. The wines from
A Stroll On The BEACH.
Julius Hincke's lolhink Vineyards, Egg Harbor City, were awarded a medal and diploma at tht Centennial Exhibition in 18765 a medal at tht Paris Exposition in 1878, and a gold medal Jt the Pennsylvania State Fair at Philadelphia in 1880. The first clearing was made only twentyfive years ago; but it is now one of the oi'w important towns in New Jersey, and the cennv of an extensive commerce and flourishing industry.
We visited the vineyards and wine vaults Mr. Hincke, Captain Charles Saalmann, A. Son, J. H. Bannihr, and J. Fnrrer, and at place tested the grapes and the qualities of there produced. At the lolhink Vineyards, »t*« grapes have been cultivated for wines for sev«n!«r
years, there are specimens of each vintage since 1868; and these, with others near Egg Harbor, disprove what has been said of American wines, to the effect that they will not stand age, and therefore cannot mature to perfection. Among the approved wines here are the lolhink, Jersica and "Franklin;" the latter being an especial favorite.
The grape crop, we learned, is usually a very large one, and these wine-growers estimate the probable production this year at two hundred thousand gallons of wine. The whole locality which, but twenty-five years ago, was a barren waste, remarkable for little beyond its unpromising looking stretches of white sand, is now dotted over with substantially-built farm-houses, which, in their turn, are surrounded by fruitful cornfields, vineyards, and fruit farms, all of which produce yearly abundant harvests to the industrious German and other settlers, who, with the aid of the Camden and Atlantic Road, have made it one of the finest wine producing districts in the country.
We have since then noticed, on a visit to the late Pennsylvania State Fair, held at the Centennial grounds, some of the products in fruits and vegetables raised along the line of this road, and which compared most favorably with those of any other region of country round about us. Especially was this the case with the grapes and the wine produced from them, and for which the gold medal was awarded to Julius Hincke of Egg Harbor City. We were forcibly reminded of Dean Swift's definition of a great man, and if it be accepted as correct, then there must be many "great men" along the line of this road; as many men have "made two blades of grass to grow, where but one had grown before."
The next place we stopped at after leaving Egg Harbor City, was Hammonton. The village is about thirty miles from Philadelphia. It is well supplied by stores of all kinds; has five churches, good schools, good society, pleasant and well-kept hotel, lumber yard, steam mills, shoe factories, two newspapers, and every enterprise that is necessary for a successful and growing town. It is settled by a thrifty and energetic people, mostly from New England, and no liquor is sold in the town.
The surrounding country presents a very attractive appearance, and upon every side we observe that fruit growing has become the special business
planted the evergreen hedges, which are kept neatly trimmed, and add great beauty to the place. The houses of wood, kept well painted, set back from the roads, and surrounded by pretty gardens and lawns, and the thousands of fruit tree and grape-vines give Hammonton an appearance of coziness that is seldom seen elsewhere. Judge R. J. Byrnes, who founded Haramonton, some twenty-two years ago, is still a resident of the place and one of its most energetic citizens, his home being one of the handsomest and most prominent there.
The next place we stopped at, after leaving Hammonton, was Kirkwood; passing, however, Winslow, where are situated the extensive glass works of the Messrs. Hay & Company, Atco and Berlin, each very pretty little places. At Kirkwood we paid a visit to the well-known color works situated near by, and probably the largest of the kind in the United States. These are the works owned and operated by the Messrs. John Lucas & Co., and a representation of which accompanies our article. The works are situated upon Silver Lake, a body of water particular!) adapted for the production of the finest shades and tints of the various pigments used by the painter or artist. They were commenced in idea, and have grown from year to year as their prvdoc'-' became better known and appreciated. The cover as much ground and employ as many haatb probably, as any other color works in the world.
We also visited, while stopping here, the Lakeside Excursion and Picnic grounds, the property of the Camden and Atlantic Road. This picturesque body of water and the surrounding grounds are a favorite resort for Sunday-school and church picnics, and is usually engaged in advance for every day in the season. It abounds with charm and pleasurable device calculated to i the little ones happy, and the day spent here, I joyous and pleasant one to all.
From this point we reached in a few the cozy little town of Haddonfield, only miles from Camden, a charming suburb city, and the home of many of Philadelphia's known merchants. It is a succession of 1 villas and rose-entombed cottages. It some churches, and some most excellent Its citizens are public-spirited and zt.Urms io] tical works of improvement, and its populatio* n rapidly increasing in that element, which will «