Central Park Mall
Harvey Bradley Dodworth
4 April 2020
“Notwithstanding the unfavorable appearance of the weather yesterday, there was comparatively a large gathering at the Park to listen to the music furnished by the Park Band, under the leadership of H. B. Dodworth, although probably not one-third as many were there as would have been had the sun shone and the thermometer ranged more in the nineties. Cautious people took their umbrellas with them, although, as it proved, it was unnecessary. At the Park every taste may find something with which to delight itself. Even in the selections of the music, reference is had to the cosmopolitan character of the listeners. The German may hear the familiar strains which remind him of the ‘Faderland.’ Every nationality is in turn reminded of the country which gave them birth. But if one tires of mazurkas and waltzes, or the grand compositions of Verdi, Meyerbeer or Bellini, let him visit the statuary, or, perhaps, stir up the animals, or take a sail on the lake, not forgetting as he passes down the terrace, to notice the strange looking banner—the Gonfalons—or, if he wishes to be reminded more forcibly of the land of the Magii, let him visit the Common and behold the ‘Ship of the Desert,’ apparently as much at home as though upon his native sands.
. . . There were about ten thousand visitors at the Park yesterday afternoon.”