Some Casual Talk On Brooklyn 1885 #9


TWO HOLIDAYS IN A SINGLE WEEK are something unusual for Brooklyn, but the city proved itself equal to the emergency. All accounts agree that the Anniversary parade was the finest we have ever had, while the Memorial day ceremonies were far in advance of those witnessed in any previous year. There can be no doubt that the observance of Decoration day is annually becoming more general. It has, in fact, taken the place in a large measure of the Fourth of July so far as the outpouring of patriotism is concerned. The procession yesterday was one of the most imposing pageants Brooklyn has had the opportunity of witnessing. No feature of it attracted so much attention as the regular troops, the Fifth Artillery, who made a superb appearance and were frequently and enthusiastically applauded. The opinion was unanimous that Major Randolph, commanding the light battery from Fort Hamilton, was the handsomest man in the column.

THE BUSINESS OF LOCAL MERCHANTS is influenced to an enormous extent by the expenditures consequent upon Anniversary day. A prominent dry goods dealer of Fulton street said on this point: "For years past we have made immense sales at Anniversary time. This year we have not done quite so much in that line as usual and a distinct falling off in profits is noticeable. it is not difficult to account for this. There were as many children out as in other years and probably more, but the date of the parade was earlier than is customary, and that, together with the backward weather, made people reluctant to invest in the light fabrics which come into demand for Anniversary and Summer use at the same time. While results were not what we anticipated, we still have no grievous ground of complaint, and if we never do more than we have this Spring I shall feel tolerably well satisfied."

WHAT A PITY it is that our gifted Mayor should go on wearing himself out in the effort to impress "business principles" on the city government! His Honor passed the greater part of last week fishing (probably for business principles) in Pike County, Pa. It really looks as though our gifted Mayor did not intend to ask the people to elect him to anything, either next Fall or for many Falls to come.

NO PERSON FAMILIAR with the construction of our boulevard system who drives down the Ocean Parkway on any of these pleasant Spring days can fall to appreciate the wonderfully improved appearance of that magnificent roadway. The surface of the avenue is in nearly perfect condition, and the wheels of a properly built vehicle roll over it almost as smoothly as they would over a basis of asphalt. The best feature of the parkway development is, however, the trees, which on both sides have lined it with a marvelous growth and a bewildering array of brilliant covering. For fully two miles running seaward from the park exit the foliage is very rich and trunks and branches have attained a prodigious height astonishing to those who have season after season watched them expand from feeble and ill conditioned saplings. Ten years more ought to suffice to bend above the roadway a leafy arch as fine as any in the Bois de Boulogne. When the trees have attained their full growth the Ocean Parkway will probable be the finest avenue in the world.

THE RUMOR THAT THE BROOKLYN POST OFFICE is to be abolished and the city reduced to the level of a branch postal station of the New York office must have originated with one of the idiots who persist in talking about Brooklyn while they know a good deal less of it than they do of Alaska or Siberia. To these ridiculous individuals this magnificent city appears as an unimportant suburb of the Metropolis. They regard it in about the same way that we look upon East New York, Flatbush or Canarsie. They would have the world believe, as they believe, that Brooklyn is, after all, only a one horse town, and that it will soon be absorbed by its big neighbor over the river. This idea has undoubtedly been helped along by such remarkable behavior as that of Postmaster Pearson in delaying our mail service until every other town from Quogue to Oshkosh has been attended to. Pearson's explanation of the facts admitted in connection with the extraordinary obstruction of Brooklyn mails in nowise meets the case, and it would be interesting to know just how long our people will be compelled to tolerate the annoyances which have been inflicted upon them by his peculiar forms of maladministration. Perhaps before the critics of Brooklyn are through with their business New York will be made a branch of the Brooklyn Post Office.


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Article Name: Some Casual Talk On Brooklyn 1885 #9
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle May 31, 1885
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