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Friday, December 04, 2015

Early Celebrations of the Huckleberry Indians of the New York Athletic Club

The "Huckleberry Indians" is a social organization made up of New York Athletic Club members.  The organization has been around nearly as long as the N. Y. A. C. facilities on Travers Island.   The original N. Y. A. C. clubhouse on Travers Island opened in 1889. 

The organization takes its name from Huckleberry Island, a small island located off the shores of Pelham Manor and New Rochelle.  Huckleberry Island, once known as "Whortleberry Island, lies in Long Island Sound about a mile east of David's Island.  It is about ten acres in size.  The island became famous in the 19th century as one (of many) legendary locations of the buried treasure of the notorious pirate Captain William Kidd.

I have written about the Huckleberry Indians before.  See Fri., Nov. 23, 2007:  The Festivities of the Huckleberry Indians of the New York Athletic Club Off the Shore of Pelham Manor on July 12, 1896.  

Google Maps Detail Showing Location of Huckleberry Island
(On Far Right).  NOTE:  Click on Image to Enlarge.

The Huckleberry Indians long have held gatherings and celebrations on Huckleberry Island in Long Island Sound.  Many of the celebrations held in the 1890s and early 1900s became legendary.  Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog reveals a little about these gatherings.

For an extended time in the late 19th century and the earlly 20th century, the N.Y.A.C. Huckleberry Indians held an annual "pow-wow," often with a similar group from the Larchmont Yacht Club known as the "Flub Dubs." The event was considered a celebration of the end of the "yachting season" on Long Island Sound each year.    

While celebrations of the sort that were held on Huckleberry Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries might be considered politically incorrect today, from an historical perspective they must be considered in the entirely different context of their own day.  The Huckleberry Indians and the Flub Dubs dressed in their versions of Native American regalia -- in many instances actually authentic regalia and not merely inauthentic costumes.   

Each annual celebration typically involved a major theatrical performance, sometimes with as many as two hundred performers.  Most such performances included a story line that included, of course, Indians.  Preparations for the annual festivities on Huckleberry Island seem to have been nearly as important as the festivities themselves.  The Huckleberry Indians liked to claim that outsiders so desperately wanted to gain access to their preparations on the island that the organization was required to hire private security to interdict intruders and, then, co-opt such intruders to become members of the organization.  

As one might expect, enjoyable drinks flowed freely (as most reports suggested somewhat inferrentially).  Additionally, most such celebrations included a spectacular island clam bake.  
Given the prominence of so many members of the Huckleberry Indians, The New York Times reported each year on the annual pow-wow.  Its reports and those of other local newspapers are collected below and shed fascinating light on the traditions followed by the Huckleberry Indians during their annual pow-wow celebrations.

1904 Huckleberry Indians Souvenir Given
to Members of the Organization.  NOTE:
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1909 Huckleberry Indians Souvenir Pocket
Flask in the Shape of an Indian Tomahawk
Head.  NOTE:  Click on Image to Enlarge.

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Below is the text of a number of newspaper articles describing the festivities of the Huckleberry Indians.  Each item is followed by a citation and link to its source.

Farce by Lambs' Shepherd to be Given on Sunday.

Preparations are being made at Larchmont and Travers Island for the annual pow-wow of the 'Huckleberry Indians' and the 'Flub Dubs,' which is to be held at Huckleberry Island next Sunday afternoon.  The clubmen are keeping mum about their performance, which always winds up the yachting season on the Sound, and in order to keep inquiring pale faces off they will have a force of private detectives stationed at the island.

It is learned, however, that the clubmen are to produce a burlesque entitled 'Captain Kidd, the Kidder,' written by Clay M. Greene, shepherd of the Lambs Club.  The piece ends with a dance performed by a bevy of soubrettes and mermaids.  About two hundred clubmen will take part in the show, impersonating Indians and pirates.  At the close of the performance everybody will join in the annual handshake and clambake."

Source:  LACHMONT CLUB POW-WOW -- Farce by Lambs' Shepherd to be Given on Sunday, N. Y. Times, Sep. 16, 1904, p. 7, col. 5 (access via link requires paid subscription).

Big Pow-Wow Ends Yachting Season on Sound.
Two Hundred Clubmen Present 'The Kidding of Kaptain Kidd' and Woo a Festive Clambake.
Special to The New York Times.

LARCHMONT, N. Y., Sept. 18. -- The annual pow-wow of the 'Huckleberry Indians' and the 'Fleet Dubs,' held on the historic island from which the red men take their name, signalized yesterday the closing of the yachting season along the Sound, and was made the occasion for much merriment, in which clubmen from far and near participated.

In connection with the day the Travers Island Indians and the members of the mysterious inner circle, which lives at the Larchmont Yacht Club, presented for the uplifting of their friends the anti-dry burlesque entitled 'The Kidding of Kaptain Kidd, a Komical Kid for Komical Kidders.'  Clay M. Greene, shepherd of the Lambs, was responsible for the sketch, the performance of which was given in the open air with a cast of at least 200 persons.

Lest inquisitive palefaces should seek to put foot on the island, the entire constabulary of Larchmont, Pelham, and New Rochelle ,assisted by a regiment of private detectives, formed a cordon about it, while fleet patrol boats circled its shores without ceasing, warning off any venturesome craft which might approach.

The story evolved by Mr. Greene deals with the hidden treasure supposed to have been planted upon Huckleberry Island Capt. Kidd.  The characters, as shown by a scroll of white birch bark which hung from the sachem pole of the chief's wigwam in the very centre of the island, where it was jealously guarded, were distributed thuswise:

CAPT. KIDD, to whose compulsory croak some legendary con has ascribed the naming of Excursion Rock -- Joseph Grismer.

ROCKANRYE, the Captain's First Lieutenant -- Frank Unger.

WHISKISOWER, his Second Lieutenant -- Louiis Spence, Jr.

APPLEJACK, his Boatswain -- W. A. Stadjeman.

FUSELOIL, his bos'n's mate -- Peter J. Kane.

FATHER NEPTUNE, His Dopes of the Danky Deep -- Forest Robinson.

APHRODITE, Her Nymphs of the Wooing Wave -- Newton Linds.

CONN WALLSTREET of Wall Street -- Mortimer Smith.

CINCHENHEIMER, a sure thing promoter -- Frank Hardy.

BELLE BROADWAY,  a siren -- Dick Ownes.

MINNIE METROPOLE, a tendril -- Edware Murphy.

CHIEF RUDEE of the Huckleberry Indians -- R. Schayfer.

MEDICINE MAN -- W. E. Hinsdale.

SACHEM -- Frank Fullgraff.

LITTLE CHIEF -- E. W. Hanbold.

Capt. Kidd and his officers, bold spirits all, headed an army of pirates.  Father Neptune and Aphrodite were attended by strange followers from the deepest caves of ocean.  Belle Broadway and Minnie Metropole boasted a retinue of sirens, and Chief Rudee seemed to have depopulated the Travers Island village, so numerous were his Huckleberry Indians.  The costumes were more elaborate than at any preceding powwow.

The burlesque ended with a procession to the Huckleberry Reservation, where the whole company was treated to a clambake, while the band played 'The Ghost That Never Walked.'  The rejoicing lasted until the ending of the powwow, which came with the setting of the sun.

In addition to those who took part in the burlesque there were hundreds of clubmen who looked on and joined in the concluding festivities.  A large fleet of yachts was anchored off the island while the fun lasted."

Source:  SKIPPERS PLAY INDIAN ON HUCKLEBERRY ISLAND, N. Y. Times, Sep. 19, 1904, p. 7, col. 3 (access via this link requires paid subscription).  

Annual Succotash Feast and Big Medicine at New York A. C.

Braves of the greatest tribe of North American Indians that ever set a foot on Manhattan, the Huckleberry Indians, held their annual big medicine pow-wow, succotash feast, and other old things last night in the banquet room of the New York Athletic Club.  All are members of the 'Mercury Foot' totem sign, and the scene of their 'dances' is the small Island of Huckleberry, a short water trail from the country clubhouse of the New York Athletic Club at Travers Island.

Big Chief Rudolph Schaefer president at the solemn feast, and all of the braves won headdresses of eagles' feathers.  As a souvenir each received a bronze statue of an Indian in war dress and a small lampost such as lights the weary wanderer on the night trail.  Clay M. Greene, when it came his turn to pow-wow, said that he did not understand the significance of the lamppost to the Huckleberry tribe until he witnessed the braves in action.  Senator T. C. O'Sullivan, John M. Quinn, and others also spoke.

Robert C. Kammerer acted as master of ceremonies, and the menu was arranged in the form of a mileage ticket on the Little Water and Huckleberry Island Railroad."

Source:  HUCKLEBERRY'S POW-WOW -- Annual Succotash Feast and Big Medicine at New York A. C., N. Y. Times, Mar. 19, 1905, p. 6, col. 4 (access via link requires paid subscription).

Brilliant Display of Paint and Feathers In New York A.C.

Mild consternation was created among the two or three hundred women who were watching the fencing contest in the gymnasium of the New York Athletic Club last night when late in the evening a dozen or more Huckleberry Indians adorned in all the regailia that has helped to make them famous appeared on the floor, evidently to see whether the rapier was a more effective weapon than the tomahawk.  

With bristling feathers sticking from their heads and other warlike forms of the red man's dress, these New York Athletic Club Indians looked fully as ferocious as their name indicates.  The Huckeberry tribe, however, was simply holding its annual pow-wow or dinner in an upper room, and some of them, tired of the belated speechmaking, wandered down to the gymnasium to see what the real warriors from West Point and Annapolis were doing.  

It was the ninth annual dinner of the Huckleberry Indians and every feature was carried out in characteristic style.  Navajo blankets were suspended from the ceiling and the room was handsomely decorated with greens and flowers.  Boxes of huckleberries were brought on the table in place of the sorbet, and the souvenirs were gilded arrow points.

Over 100 members of the tribe were present, including the Sachems, C. F. Stoppani and Frederick Vilmar; Medicine Man S. Stewart, Col. W. F. Cody, the Scribe, who was also compelled to talk after the dinner,, and R. C. Kammerer.  R. J. Schaefer acted as toastmaster.  He introduced the speakers in a felicitous manner, and every man who arose was greeted with the typical Huckleberry yell.  Controller Herman A. Metz made a characteristic speech that aroused wild enthusiasm, and among the other called upon were Capt. T. Franklin of West Point, J. W. Kuhlke, President of the club; James A. Sperry, Arthur C. Palmer, Clay M. Greene, George T. Wilson, and D. F. Cohalan.

Among those present were E. S. Innet, C. L. Burnham, Capt. E. F. Haubold, Col. Jacob Ruppert, Jr., Prof. H. W. Peckwell of Columbia, F. M. Crossett, H. E. Zietel, James Wetherspoon, B. J. Vollmer, G. S. Stow, F. W. Perkins, S. S. Mapes, J. E. Kelley, R. O. Haubold, W. H. Griffin, T. J. Davies, M. J. Austin, R. H. Goffe, Jr., F. L. Norris, and H. W. Walter."

Source:  HUCKLEBERRY INDIANS DINE -- Brilliant Display of Paint and Feathers In New York A.C., N. Y. Times, Mar. 31, 1907, p. 34, col. 2 (access via link requires paid subscription).

Huckleberries Entertain Flub-Dubs on Huckleberry Island.

Special to The New York Times.

NEW ROCHELLE.  Sept. 1.--The annual pow-wow of the Huckleberry Indians, marking the closing of the yachting season on Long Island Sound, was held today.  About noon a fleet of Canoes filled with 'Indians' of the Huckleberry tribe, under Big Chief Ruda (Rudolph Schaefer, the brewer), landed at Huckleberry Island, where camp fires already had been lighted.

About the same time the Flub-dubs, costumed as pilgrims and cavaliers, sailed from the Larchmont Yacht Club on a decorated float.  The Flub-dubs carried old fashioned blunderbusses and halberds and were accompanied by a noisy band.  The landing of the clubmen was accompanied by the firing of salutes by the Indians and speeches of welcome, after which there was a levee and fire-water dance at the royal tepee.  

At 1 o'clock there was a grand open air burlesque called 'Pocohontas and Capt. John Smith up to date,' written by Clay M. Greene.  The leading characters were:

Powhatan, Chief of the Tuscaroras......George Barnum
Pocahontas...........Tom Wise
Capt. John Smith........Forrest Robinson
Missionary...........Frank Hardy
Chief of the Pirates...........Charles E. McManus

The performance was followed by a clambake, and from that tie on, as the programme announced, 'the proceedings were informal.'"

Source:  YACHTSMEN CELEBRATE -- Huckleberries Entertain Flub-Dubs on Huckleberry Island, N. Y. Times, Sep. 2, 1907, p. 16, col. 4 (access via link requires paid subscription).

Huckleberry Tribe, with Larchmont 'Flub Dubs,' Hold Annual Show.
Novel Entertainment Enjoyed by Several Hundred People on Huckleberry Island -- Prominent Persons Present.

The Passing of Frozen-Face.
A Huckleberry Indian Summer Pow-wow.
By Clay M. Greene.
(Assisted more or less by consultation with W .Shakespeare.)

Characters -- Frozen-Face, Chief of the Stoney-stares; Gif Graft, Glad Hand, Foolish-Water, Big Noise, Jo-Ka-lot, Little High-ball, Co-Ka-Tay-Law Chief of the Flub-Dubs, Feather-Taile, chief squaw to Frozen-Face; Wiggle-Waggle, (Fiancee of Glad Hand), Pommerysek, Roo-Ee-Nah, Big White Seal, Mum Brute,  Blackandwhite, Hatganhaig, Wilsonthatsall, White Rock, Pollywater, and White Horse.

Frozen-Face was an Indian chief until yesterday, when he was slain by his tribe because he couldn't see a joke or crack a smile, and his body was laid at rest with all the ceremony and pomp of that old and well-known local tribe, the Huckleberry Indians, on their stamping ground, Huckleberry Island.

When the flames rose high from Frozen-Face's funeral pyre the Indian ceremony was thoroughly realistic, except that Frozen-Face, being a wily brave, had sneaked out of his coffin when it was laid on the ground near some bushes while the funeral pile was being arranged.

The play was a travesty on the death of Caesar, Frozen-Face being the Indian Caesar and Glad Hand and Big Graft doing respectively the Brutus and Marc Antony businesses.

Frozen-Face, on being rated for his lack of risibility, says:

I did smile one.  There was a time when I could laugh like others and see the point and substance of a joke.  Then I met a man they said was funny -- a joker from the Piccadilly tribe, from a land its sachems call 'at 'ome.'  He cracked a deadly thing he called a wheeze.  I tried, but could not see the point that day, nor the next, the next, and the next.  Then three months passed and still I was not next.

And when Feathertail, his wife, warns him, like Caesar's wife, not to go to the council fire he says to the waiting chiefs:

The great chief's shine squaw has been seeing things, and in the dope finds threats of plots to do me.

And when Feathertail is questioned about Frozen Face's departure for the fatal council fire by Glad Hand this goes off:  

Glad Hand -- Come tell me this:  Went Frozen Face forth to-day?

Feathertail -- No:  second, I think.

Huckleberry Island, in the Sound opposite New Rochelle, was never more alluring than it was yesterday, and its natives, the Huckleberry Indians, all members of the New York Athletic Club, never enjoyed an annual pow-wow more.  B. A. Marburg, William J. Kelley, Wilfred North, Francis McGinn, Frank H. Belcher, Malcolm Williams, Edwin Forsberg,, Gus Weinberg, Robert Haines, Arthur Shaw, William Greene, members of The Lambs, had all of the principal parts in the play.

This pow-wow, or annual war dance of the Huckleberry Indians, is far from being a serious affair.  But yesterday's ceremonial was probably the funniest ever.  There was something doing from the time the 'Flub Dubs,' members of the Larchmont Yacht Club, landed on the island until the Indian Salome (William Greene) in trying to climb  the centre pole of the 'feed' tent fell into the clambake which was being served at the time.

The Flub Dubs included Mayor G. G. Raymond of New Rochelle, Judge L. J. Conlin, Commodore Hazen L. Hoyt, James E. Elverson of Philadelphia, A. J. Stone, J. G. Patten, A. H. Walker, J. J. Harrington, E. M. MacLellan, Theodore D. Rich, H. R. Harper, W. C. D. Tanner, H. E. Smith, F. S. Unger, F. Hardy, F. V. Alexandre, and William Penny, who came over from Larchmont in several launches and Mr. Elverson's yacht Parthenia.  There were among them Greek warriors, Roman ladies, Roman hoboes, chariot drivers, Turks, and Egyptians.  The Indians, who received them at the landing with their own brass band, were all in Indian regalia, consisting of more or less real clothing.  They were Big Chief Rudolph H. Schaefer, with the suit that Iron Tail of Buffalo Bill's show presented to him when he was admitted to the Sioux tribe; 'Bob' Kammerer, who is known as Little Thunder among the really truly Sioux, had on the cowboy suit that he wore in the big Western round-up last year; Samuel Stewart, E. F. Hanbold, E. S. Innet, Judge E. Dineen, Judge L. Zeller, John M. Jones, C. F. Stoppani, T. E. Deeley, C. F. Hofferberth, J. H. Haslin, C. H. Siebert, D. Nicoll, R. Gough, T. M. Magiff, and H. E. Toussant."

Source:  INDIANS' SUMMER POWWOW A SUCCESS, N. Y. Times, Aug. 31, 1908, p. 7, col. 5 (access via link requires paid subscription).  

Braves of the New York A. C. Hold Winter Entertainment.

With wild yells and the beating of many tom-toms 130 members of the Huckleberry Indians of the New York Athletic Club marched into the Green room at the clubhouse last night and sat down to their big annual feast, while the orchestra played 'Tammany' over and over again.  It was the big Winter pow-wow, and every member did his best to make it the jolliest and noisiest affair of the kind.  The organization, which is composed of many prominent members of the New York Athletic Club and many of the city's best-known men, was out almost to a man.

The banquet room was beautifully decorated to represent Huckleberry Island, the island in the Sound where the club camps out during the Summer.  Branches spread overhead, Indian baskets and bows and arrows were everywhere, and across the entire south end of the room stretched a huge canvas painting of an Indian scene, with canoes, tepees, and warlike regalia.

Every member found at his place at the table a headgear of feathers and these were promptly donned and worn throughout the evening.  In the centre of each table stood a tepee with an Indian maiden in front.  The menus were in the form of small school slates, and the sherbet was served in miniature tepees.  Souvenirs in the form of cigar cases were at each plate, but the chief souvenirs of the evening were beautiful bronze buffaloes, which stood six inches high.  

The following officers for the coming year were elected:  R. J. Schaefer, Big Chief; C. O. Toussaint, Little Chief; R. C. Kammerer, Wampum Keeper; C. S. Innet, Scribe; S. Stewart, Medicine Man; and J. M. Jones, Sagamore.  

The speeches opened with the presentation of Indian headgear, blanket, and weapons by Big Chief Schaefer to ex-Little Chief E. F. Haubad, the latter having previously been Honorary Little Chief.  A loving cup was also presented to Haubald by J. M. Jones, the newly elected Sagamore.  Then followed speeches by W. L. Mitchell of the New York Athletic Club.  Morton W. Smith of the Larchmont Yacht Club, and F. Hardy of the Flub Dubs, an organization similar to that of the Huckleberry Indians.  F. V. S. Oliver, Jr., Commissioner of Licenses, and Clay M. Greene also spoke.

The Carl Duft quartet rendered several Indian songs, which weere very enthusiastically received."

Source:  HUCKLEBERRY INDIANS DINE -- Braves of the New York A. C. Hold Winter Entertainment, Feb. 26, 1911, p. 25, col. 2 (access via available link requires paid subscription).

Adjunct Tribe of Travers Island Band Hold Festivities on Island Home.

The Huckleberry Indians, an adjunct tribe from Travers Island, denizens of the Summer home of the New York Athletic Club, held their midsummer pow-wow yesterday afternoon on the organization reservation, at Huckleberry Island, in the Sound, with an attendance of about 150 of the braves of the association.  This was supplemented by forty of the Flubdubs, a neighboring band from Larchmont.

As in times gone by, the island yesterday was an unsafe place for those who lacked the necessary identification slip.  The torture tepee awaited those who ventured on forbidden ground, and, following the custom of previous functions, many scalps of interlopers were added to those already hung at the entrance, for more than a dozen would-be braves attempted to make their way to the reservation without the proper recommendations.

The sign over the entrance, 'Abandon hope all ye who enter here,' was lived up to the letter of the law, with the result that the interlopers found that their 'butting in' found a punishment fitting the crime.  When Brave Deeley, the Curator of the Huckleberrys, got through with the interlopers and showed them the various snakes in possession of the band new converts were found and new Indians made.

After being put in touch with the many mysteries of the Island the new braves were put through the stuts, which are part of the curriculum, and the Indians found their numbers increased by an apparently unwilling list of converts.

The disagreeable weather failed to put a damper on the materialization stuff, and everything went off with the same eclat as on previous occasions.  Supplementary proceedings were held at the Travers Island clubhouse, and altogether it was voted a gala day."

Source:  HUCKLEBERRIES' POW-WOW -Adjunct Tribe of Travers Island Band Hold Festivities on Island Home, N. Y. Times, Aug. 28, 1911, p. 5, col. 2 (access via available link requires paid subscription).

Grand Annual Pow-Wow Enlivened by a Play Followed by a Clambake and Council.
'The Huckleberry Rag,' Picked as Their Official Anthem -- Dinner Call on Tom-Toms.

Once every year the territory of the Huckleberry Indians, a tribe of the New York Athletic Club which inhabits Huckleberry Island, in the Sound, opposite New Rochelle, is invaded by another tribe known as the 'Flub-Dubs' of the Larchmont Yacht Club.

This year's pow-wow was held yesterday, and, while an aboriginal atmosphere was maintained throughout the ceremonies, many features of the day smacked of Broadway and the Lambs Club.  A play called 'Treasure Island, or, The Happy Hunting Grounds,' was produced by Clay M. Greene, aided by other Lambs.  To this Arthur Weld contributed 'The Huckleberry Rag,' which at the council held after the play was adopted as the official war song of the two tribes.  The festivities wound up with a clambake.

At noon yesterday 100 of the Huckleberry Indians, resplendent in war paint and feathers, gathered on the rocky shore of their island, and with tom-toms gave the dinner signal to the Flub-Dubs.  There was Big Chief 'Ruddy' Schaeffer, in a buckskin suit Chief White Cloud presented to him, and 'Shorty' Haubold, decked out in barbaric raiment given to him by the tallest chief in Buffalo Bill's show.  These two were surrounded by Bob Kammerer, Jack Breen, Louis Sharp, Joseph Herbert, R. Mulford, Barney French, T. Hewlett, Frank McGinn, Judge Donnelly, Judge McAvoy, Judge Dineen, Dr. T. O'Connor, Charles Hafflebarth, Theodore Gerrs, Robert Brown, Edward Reynolds, Henry Ottman, Edward Lyons, Ray Allen, Otto and Herman Touissant, William Miller, Charles Starr, Charles Reed, E. Picard, D. Garry, Thomas Dealey, Horatio Gates, and others, all in war paint and feathers.

The play was an amusing skit in which John Findlay as St. Peter, Arthur Perry as 'Big Talk,' Joseph Grismer as Blatzky, and others amused themselves and the audience with hits at the expense of the company."

Source:  FLUB-DUBS INVADE HUCKLEBERRY ISLAND, N. Y. Times, Aug. 26, 1912, p. 6, col. 5 (access via available link requires paid subscription).   

Larchmont Y. C. Flub Dubs Join in Huckleberry Island Celebration.

A party of suffragettes and nondescript hords of predatory wealthy Flub Dubs led by Ponce De Leon rested yeterday in their search for the Fountain of Youth and landed on Huckleberry Island in Long Island Sound, where they found the long-sought fountain and held high jinks with their hosts, the Huckleberry Indians.

It was the great annual powwow of the Huckleberry Indians of the New York Athletic Club and the Flub Dubs of the Larchmont Yacht Club.  Two hundred men, most of them well-known business men, ,jurists, lawyers, professors, physicians, actors, playwrights, and artists, dressed to suit the weather, disported themselves on the rocks and among the trees of the mossy grove enjoying their annual 'day off.'

At 1 o'clock a fleet of launches from the Larchmont Yacht Club was sighted and the Huckleberry Indians received the visitors at Prosit Rock.  Some of the aborigines fled to the bushes when they spied several stylishly attired feminine forms in the launches.  The 'ladies,' who were also Flub Dubs, were welcomed by the Indians, and the seekers of the Fountain of Youth were conducted to the council grove in the 'East.'

The members of the Lambs Club presented a play by Clay M. Greene entitled 'Ponce de Leon,' being a misture of allegory, sentiment and foolishness, teaching the moral 'How seldom we know when we've got enough.'  The play introduced burlesque impersonations of such famous men as President Woodrow Wilson, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, and Gov. William Sulzer.

Those appearing in the play were Henry Mortimer, Thomas McGrath, Rollin White, Joseph Keegan, H. J. Rosencrantz, J. P. Drouillard, Edward Poland, Thomas A. Wise, Willard Louis, William Demming, Ernest Lambert, George Backus, Hy Mayer, J. Clarence Harvey, Robert Cain, Joseph R. Grismer, Francis X. Conlon, and Paul Everton.  Frances D. McGinn was director.  

Some of the novelties shown in the new ones were the Snake Box, with slapstick accompaniment, the Fountain of Youth telephone, and the registering throne.  The Fountain of Youth contained everything but fizzless grape juice.  The ceremonies were followed by a real Huckleberry Island clambake and a swim."

Source:  N. Y. A. C. INDIANS' POW-WOW -- Larchmont Y. C. Flub Dubs Join in Huckleberry Island Celebration, N. Y. Times, Aug. 18, 1913, p. 7, col. 6 (access via link requires paid subscription).

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