THE DIARY OF HARRY B. CLEVELAND

JUNE 1900

FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1900 - Eleventh anniversary of the great June flood; and it is pouring as I write this. The day has been sultry and the rain now falling has been threatening at intervals all day. The growing crops are sorely in need of it. It would be well if it could continue all night. Rode down the dyke after supper. The foliage looks beautifully now - so fresh and such a bright green. Some men and boys in bathing enliven the scene. Oh! if this weather could only last forever.

SATURDAY JUNE 2, 1900 - Cloudy and showery, most of the day. Spent the evening at Sackett's. This was our pedro night out. Frane was afflicted with the headache and we did not play.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 1900 - Cloudy and dark all day. Too chilly to sit out of doors. Did not get up until ten thirty. Mr. B - not being home, neglected to go to the office. Laid around all the afternoon doing absolutely nothing if I except a few moments spent reading Hume. Made my usual Sunday night call. Home about eleven.

MONDAY, JUNE 4, 1900 - Clear and considerably warmer. Rode up to the Roricks Glen Park tonight. Very small croud. The pavilion is not yet completed and I think they make a mistake attempting to get people up there until it is. I enjoyed the ride and the good air. It will be moonlight the latter part of the week, and the ride will be a delightful one then.

NO ENTRY: JUN 5

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 1900 - Bright and warm.
Arose at 5 o'clock this morning and rode to Wellsburg and back on my wheel before breakfast. Felt good all day in consequence. Nothing like getting a good start. The morning was a beautiful one and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Cannot guarantee a repetition of it for steady diet though.

NO ENTRY: JUN 7

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 1900 - Very heavy thunder storms tonight.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 1900 - Clear and warm.
Got away from the office at three today and went to the ball game, which proved to be the best game that has ever been played on the Maple Ave. diamond. About 500 spectators enjoyed the contest.
Got defeated at pedro tonight, only winning 5 games out of 13.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 1900 - Clear and warm.
Rode about 15 miles on my wheel before dinner. To Clarks Glen, Cemetery, Eldridge Park and Elmira Heights. In the afternoon went to Roricks Glen Park and sitting upon the side hill with a magnificent view of the valley and distant hills, listened to the band concert. About 5000 people were there during the day.

NO ENTRIES: JUN 11 AND JUN 12

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1900 - Threatening during most of the day. Spent the evening at Sackett's.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 1900 - Heavy shower this morning, during which there was a tremendous discharge of electricity. The evening papers do not chronicle that it did any damage. A strong north wind made it much cooler at night. Staid at home all the evening, retiring shortly after nine.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1900 - Very cool and windy. Our summer so far is proving very much below the average in temperature.

NO ENTRY: JUN 16

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 1900 - Clear and moderately warm during the day, but very cool at night.
Rode nearly to Pine Valley on my wheel this morning. Saw two car loads of people on the new Seneca Lake Electric Railroad. The track is some- what rough as yet, and the connection at Horseheads with the Maple Ave. road has not yet been made.
Spent the evening with N -. Rode to Roricks and back.

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1900 - Clear and cool.
Nothing of interest today.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 1900 - Showery and cool during the day. Warmer and clearing at night.
A merry-go-round is in full blast on the corner just above us. The organ plays almost incessantly, all the popular airs old and new. It is much pleasanter to listen to at a distance.
N - is sick and I kept her company until after nine.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1900 - Warm during the day, but very cool at night. an overcoat would not have been uncomfortable.
Enjoyed the evening at Rorick's. The glen looked very pretty at twilight and after. A large croud, composed of a good class of people were there and witnessed the vaudeville entertainment.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1900 - Clear and warm.
Wm. McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt nominated for President and Vice President by the Republicans today amid great enthusiasm. They look like sure winners from the present outlook.
Spent the evening with N - who is suffering from a serious illness. That she may speedily regain her health is the most fervent wish of my heart.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 1900 - Warm and showery. Crops much benefited by the rain.
Have done very little work all day. Most assuredly my salery has not been earned. But that is not my fault.
Spent the evening home, sitting on the porch and smoking. I might add - thinking; for my mind is troubled with thoughts just now.

NO ENTRIES: JUN 23 AND 24

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 1900 - Warm and pleasant, but growing very dusty.
Wallace's Circus in town today. They gave a very fair parade. The evening performance drew a record breaking croud. I have never seen the street cars handle such a croud. Many were forced to walk. I viewed the parade from Sackett's porch. Also went down there in the evening.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 1900 - Very warm and uncomfortably dusty. We need a soaking rain. The Minnesota and Dakotas wheat crop is reported a failure on account of the drouth. The Kansas yield is enormous.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1900 - Very warm and dry.
Staid about home all the evening.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1900 - Warm and dry.
Mr. and Mrs. S -, Nellie and I rode up to Roricks Glen tonight where we enjoyed a very good vaudeville entertainment. It rained heavily shortly after nine, but the storm was of short duration and no more than laid the dust. We sorely need a good soaking rain.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 1900 - A high wind has prevailed all day and it has grown much cooler. Mowed the lawn tonight and cleaned my wheel, after which I took a mile walk for exercise. There is a question in my mind whether wheeling gives much exercise to the legs. It certainly does not call into play the body muscles as walking does.

NO ENTRIES: JUN 30


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