Saratoga and How to See It eBook

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Among the outside diversions which every tourist, and especially every scientist, should visit is the steam mills of the Adirondack Verd-Antique Marble Co.  The mills are situated in this village near the freight depot, though the quarries are in Thurman, on the Adirondack railroad.  A very interesting peculiarity of this marble—­which is quite beautiful—­is, that it contains minute fossils of the earliest forms of existence known to scientific men—­the Eozooen Canadense.  The marble is capable of a high polish, and makes beautiful ornaments.


Some one has said that the amusements of Saratoga life are dancing and drinking, the one exercise being the Omega as the other is the Alpha of its butterfly life.  Saratoga, however, abounds in amusements.  There are the races at the race-course and on the lake; there are balls and hops every night; there are the Indians and the Circular railway, and drives in all directions; there are select parties and music by the bands, and shopping, and concerts, and, at the religious houses, charades and tableaux, and prayer meetings; and what more could be asked?

Besides all these,

Josh Billings

says that, “after going to Long Branch and frolicking in the water, he relishes going to Saratoga and letting the water frolic in him.”

A correspondent gives the following

Routine for a Lady.

Rise and dress; go down to the spring; drink to the music of the band; walk around the park—­bow to gentlemen; chat a little; drink again; breakfast; see who comes in on the train; take a siesta; walk in the parlor; bow to gentlemen; have a little small talk with gentlemen; have some gossip with ladies; dress for dinner; take dinner an hour and a half; sit in the grounds and hear the music of the band; ride to the lake; see who comes by the evening train; dress for tea; get tea; dress for the hop; attend the hop; chat awhile in the parlors, and listen to a song from some guest; go to bed.  Varied by croquet, ladies’ bowling alley, Indian camp, the mineral springs, grand balls twice a week, concerts, etc., and the races.


The three largest hotels have elegant ball-rooms, where hops take place every evening.  Balls are held every week at each of the houses.  Upon the latter occasion, the dressing becomes a matter of life and death, and explains why such numbers of those traveling arks known as “Saratoga trunks” are docked at the station every summer.

Balls are reported in the papers far and near, and the anxiety of some to secure a good report of their costume is amusing.  Brown’s dismay at the bills is somewhat appeased as he reads in the morning paper, “Miss Brown, of ——­, a charming graceful blonde, was attired in a rich white corded silk, long train, with ruffles of the same, overdress of pink gros grain, looped en panier, corsage low, decollette, with satin bows and point lace; hair a la Pompadour, with curls on white feathers, pearls and diamonds. She was much admired. Miss Brown is the accomplished daughter of Mr. Brown, one of the leading citizens of the Metropolis.”

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