THE DIARY OF HARRY B. CLEVELAND

MARCH 1900

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1900 - Blizzard prevailed last night and today over most of the country from 6 inches to 3 feet of snow falling. Railroads tied up in many States About eight inches of snow here and excellent sleighing. Northern part of State literally buried. Storm center passed up the Hudson valley.

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1900 - Cold and crisp. Railroads still suffering from the storm. Rain fell east and south of Binghamton.

NO ENTRIES: MARCH 3 THROUGH MARCH 5

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 1900 - Frank H. Flood Republican candidate for mayor elected today by 576 plurality. The council will stand 14 Reps.,and 10 Dems. The new administration got in on the pledge to give us better streets and a more economical conduct of munincipal affairs. The pledge must be kept or the day of reckoning will quickly come.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1900 - Still cold and blustery. And the sleighing remains.
Spent the evening at S - with N - A- and a Mr. N - who is staying here for a short time. Played Hearts until about 10:30 when I came home.

THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 1900 - Bright and somewhat warmer. The sun makes havoc with the snow when it gets a fair chance. I am looking forward with the keenest anticipation to the long warm days and prospective pilgrimages on my wheel. I can hardly wait for the robins and bluebirds. But in such weather they seem awfully far away.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1900 - Much warmer during the day although the early morning was very frosty. Snow rapidly disappearing. This is the anniversary of the day upon which I generally take a whirl into the country, but the state of the side paths will preclude such an excursion for some time yet this year.

NO ENTRIES: MAR 10 AND MAR 11

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 1900 - Very raw and cold. Warm in the Northeast. Spring seems a long way off.
The English - Boer war is fast drawing to a close. The advantage lays more decidedly with the former every day. It is a case of 4 or 5 against one. Nothing can overcome such an advantage as that but the direct interposition of Providence, and that does not seem at all probable or reasonable.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1900 - A trifle warmer today. But not spring weather by any means. Am anxiously watching for the first robin. Some claim to have seen him, but he must have worn his ulster for we have had no weather sufficiently warm to afford him any licence for coming north. The hills are plentifully snow capped.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1900 - The Rev. Thomas K. Beecher passed peacefully away at 9:30 this morning. He suffered a stroke of paralysis Sunday night upon returning home after divine service, and slowly sank from that time until his death. He was 76 years of age, and had occupied the pulpit of the Congregational Church here for 46 years. Without a known enemy, he has passed into the Great Beyond followed by the love, respect and veneration of all who knew him. It is doubtful if a man more universally beloved ever lived.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 1900 - Snow with a raw N.E. wind. Storm growing heavier at night.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1900 - Yesterday's and last night's snow storm covered the ground with from 8 to 10 inches of the beautiful. The storm extended clear into Maryland and West Virginia, eight inches of snow falling in Washington, D.C. What a reception for old Sol when he makes his annual debut this side of the line.
Mr. Beecher's funeral called out an immense concourse. Business houses were closed from 2:30 until 4:30 PM.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 1900 - Extremely cold; only a few degrees above zero this morning. Fine sleighing. Played cards at S's tonight. When we left there the ther., on their porch registered 3 below zero (11 P.M.) All streams are ice bound again.
Freezing temperatures south into southern Georgia. Snow in Louisiana.

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 1900 - Another light fall of snow early this morning. Extremely cold. Water froze up in the house this morning and it took several hours to thaw it out.
Ex City Chamberlain Bundy's defacation is the talk of the town. He con- fesses to a shortage of $30,000 but many think it will run to $50,000.00 or more. Living beyond his means wrought his downfall. The old old story.

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1900 - Warmer and very sloppy. Some rain during the afternoon. Looks now a though we should speedily get rid of the snow, and I hope no more will come. The month of March has brought us nearly all our winter weather. I have not been fortunate enough to see a robin yet, or hear one for that matter.

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1900 - Warm and pleasant in the morning and a portion of the afternoon, after which it grew colder and we had a lively snow fall for a short time. The sun entered the vernal equinox today, but Spring loiters lazily on the way and seems reluctant to cheer us with her gracious presence. This sort of thing cannot continue indefinitely however. There is some comfort in that reflection. The children report hearing a robin near the school this morning.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1900 - Still cold and windy with frequent snow squalls. Wherever the Sun can get at them however, the snow and ice are rapidly disappearing.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1900 - Warmer and bright, although the south-west wind searches the marrow.
Spent the evening with Nellie at A- S's playing pedro. Came away about 11 o'clock. The night was a beautiful one, - clear and warm.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 1900 - Warm, but a strong wind from the N.W. made it quite chilly in the shade in the afternoon. Snow rapidly going. Hope no more falls. A flock of wild geese north- ward bound passed over this morning. A harbinger of warmer weather they say. But all signs fail nowadays.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1900 - Cold and blustery; snow flurries during the morning. Thermometer below freezing point all day: Hard frost at night. I wonder where those poor robins, heard a few days ago, have stored themselves. Their warble would sound mournful enough in such weather as this.

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 1900 - Cold, but clear and bright. Spring clothes are hardly com- fortable as yet.
Have absolutely nothing of interest to record.

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 1900 - Cloudy in early morning; snow later on continuing until afternoon. Growing gradually warmer during the day.

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1900 - Cloudy and threatening in the early morning, clearing afterward with a raw N.W. wind. Spring is not yet with us.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 1900 - Cold and windy.
A bright star has been visible in the western sky for several nights. At times it is extremely brilliant, then it gradually fades util hardly visible. This diminution and increase of brilliancy has attracted the attention of many. Some refuse to believe it is a star, but insist that it is some sort of an electric light directed from a balloon at an immense altitude. Nonsense.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1900 - Cold and windy.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1900 - Cold and blustery - snow flurries. Ground still full of frost.
Spent the evening at Sackett's playing "Pedro". Compelled to be content with the small end of the score. = 9-7. Playing in hard luck lately.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 1900 - Clear and bright with a north wind that searches one's very marrow. No signs of green grass or any growing thing, and from outward appearances at least Spring might be afar off in the misty future; but She cannot remain invisible much longer. Had my wheel put in shape today.


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