Steamboat Excursion in 1896 Benefits Hospital Fund

For Sweet Charity.  Boat Ride this Evening for the Hospital Fund This evening a gaily decorated steamboat carrying a dancing barge will leave the Prince street wharf at 7:30 o'clock making a trip down the river.  This excursion has been arranged by the young ladies of the Delta Mu Gamma society to increase the new hospital fund and should receive the patronage of all.  Many of the ladies and gentlemen interested in the hospital work are aiding in this and it promises to be a very enjoyable affair.  Clark's orchestra will furnish the music for the occasion and choice refreshments will be served.  Tickets including everything, may be procured for fifty cents from Mr. Alfred Sanford, from any of the members or at the boat this evening. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 9, 1896, page 6   Benefit Hospital Fund.  Steamboat Excursion by the Young Ladies of Delta Mu Gamma The young ladies of the Delta Mu Gamma society will give a boat ride tonight if the elements are not too unfavor[able].  The ride was scheduled for last Thursday night but was postponed because of the inclemency of the weather. The excursion tonight will be in aid of the hospital fund than which a more worthy object could not be found.  The pleasure of the ride will be much enhanced by the additional attraction of sweet music and sweeter refreshments, all of which are included in the general price for the ride. The host will leave the wharf at the foot of Prince street promptly at 7:30 o'clock. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 13, 1896, page 4   Successful Excursion.  Large Crowd on the Hospital Fund Boat Excursion It is over.  That is one of the pleasantest social events and most successful charitable ventures that has ever been undertaken in this city in aid of a deserving cause.  This was the boat ride given by the young ladies of the Delta Mu Gamma society for the benefit of the hospital fund.  The boat left the Prince street wharf about 7:30 with a large and jolly crowd of society people on board and steamed about eight miles up the river.  Two barges were in tow and were used for dancing by those thus inclined. The boat was beautifully decorated with flags, bunting and Chinese lanterns, and made quite an imposing spectacle as it took its course along the river.  Delicious refreshments were served en route and were made doubly enjoyable by the fair members of Delta Mu Gamma, who officiated as waiters.  Everything was excellently managed and went off without a hitch, thereby reflecting very much credit upon the young ladies who had it in charge.  The financial ride was also quite successful and at least one hundred dollars was realized towards the hospital promoting fund. The party reached the city about 10:30 o'clock after a novel and enjoyable evening's pleasure.  The young ladies of Delta Mu Gamma wish to thank Mr. Clark for the donation of the music for the occasion, and to thank Allen, Stephenson & Co., for furnishing the chairs gratis, and also Mr. D. M. Rose, for many favors shown in connection with the trip. The ladies interested in the hospital movement who aided the boat-ride are: Mrs. Bayless, Miss Pauline Woodruff, Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Dr. Jones, Mrs. Walter Roberts, Miss Grace McCreary. The chaperones last night were Mrs. R. P. Gettys, Mrs. S. T. Logan, Mrs. J. A. McKeldin, Mrs. Jonathan Tipton, Mrs. D. M. Rose and Miss Ella Wicks. The young lady members of Delta Mu Gamma who inaugurated, managed and carried the affair to a successful issue are: Martha Rhea, Mary Sanford, Nell Spence, Francis Tillman, Lillian Waring, Mary Williams, Juliet White, Mary Wilson, Annie Gettys, May Armstrong, Annie Gibson, Mary Logan, Mabel Lahr, Margaret McClung, Augusta McKeldin. Source:  Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, July 14, 1896, page 4

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