Cincinnati Jewelers Enjoy Outing
Members of Wholesale Jewelers' and Manufacturers' Association of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Make Merry at Cody's Farm.
Cincinnati, O., June 19.—For the first time in years the annual outing of the Wholesale Jewelers' and Manufacturers' Association of the Chamber of Commerce was carried through Tuesday without one of the joy-seekers having to ride a shutter, goat or doing something equally as exciting, because said individual broke the strict ruling of that occasion by talking business. The entire day yesterday spent at Cody's Farm, in the Blue Grass region of the state, noted for its beautiful women and fast horses, was devoid of any necessary mock funeral probably because of the memory of the horrible ride given Eli Gutmann a year ago at the same place, because he happened to merely mention business subjects during the 12 hours of enjoyment.
The clan of Cincinnati jewelers did not miss the opportunity to gather promptly at the Cincinnati Business Men's Club Tuesday morning where the automobile parade started from. An orchestra was taken along as well as a good appetite and splendid spirits. At 9:30 the parade started with President Arno A. Dorst leading the way. Gayly bedecked the autos made a pleasing sight as they wended their way across the bridge into Kentucky and then came the race for Cody's.
The weather man had been kind and the State Highway Commissioner of Kentucky had fixed the roads in good shape, undoubtedly for the jewelers. The run to Erlanger was quickly made and then the fun started.
Old fashioned burgoo made out in the open where the odor appetisingly tempted all it reached, was served throughout the day. At noon came a lamb roast over a large coal fire. The lamb was roasted whole with it was served sweet corn, which was cooked in large kettles right before the eager eyes of hungry jewelers. Large paint brushes were dipped into a pot of butter and swished over the corn before it was handed out for consumption.
The outing lacked the usual baseball game and athletic contests, but these had been eliminated by the committee, which was composed of J. Charles Becker, Joseph Noterman, George Opie, M. Schwab, and Eli Gutmann, chairman. Quieter games were not listed on the official program but the shuffle of cards and the clink of chips as they moved across the board (mostly going north) was heard from shady spots all day long. A gentleman of dusky hue, employed by Mr. Cody made a mistake in admitting he owned a pair of large marked cubes during the early afternoon which were at once confiscated by Chairman Eli Gutmann, much to his regret later as they would not operate for him with the same degree of certainty as they did when the gentleman of color whispered through his dusky hands to the mysterious numbers. Others found the afternoon more entertaining than selling diamonds and probably just as prosperous.
Amateur theatricals were staged in the late afternoon by Charles H. Schmitt, Joseph Noterman and Joe Opie. Dressed in outlandish garb with faces colored in a fashion that would make an Indian wild with rage, they descended uport their helpless companions and cavorted for the edification of the lot. A censor would not permit the transcribing here of comments made regarding the histrionic ability of the trio, but as actors they were good jewelry salesmen. There being no curtain the performance continued until for lack of further strength they gave it up. Funny they were and they added considerable zest to the outing.