Thomas S. Cobden
The San Francisco Bicycle Club held its annual dinner Tuesday evening. The following members were present: George J. Hobe, Harrison Houseworth, Charles A. McDonald, Chas. B. Wheaton, John W. Gibson, H. A. Greene, F. F. Osborn, Thomas Stevens, B. C. Austin Jr., Charles L. Davis, E. R. Dimond, M. Feintuch, C. P. Fonda, H. T. Gibbs, O. C. Haslett, A. F. Lawton, James A. White, A. M. Brown, Thomas S. Cobden, W. G. Davis, N. A. Givovich, B. Letcher, J. F. McCarthy, B. H. Patrick, George H. Strong, and H. M. Whitely. After dinner several songs were rendered by the San Francisco Bycicle quartet, consisting of B. C. Austin Jr., Charles B. Wheaton, A. M. Brown and Charles P. Fonda. The toast "Old Riders of '78 and '79” was responded to by H. C. Eggers: "Our Honored Guest" responded to by Thomas Stevens. Morris Feintuch read an original poem composed for the occasion. A. M. Brown addressed the party on the subject of the Alameda contingent, better known as the Alameda Scorchers, and created considerable merriment. Charles A. McDonald gave a selected reading and the party adjourned after singing "Auld Lang Syne."
Song, club quartet, consisting of B. C. Austin, A. M. Brown, Charles Wheaton and Charles Fonda; reading, Charles A. McDonald; violin solo, Beverly Letcher; card tricks, Thomas S. Cobden; Vocal solo, B. C. Austin Jr.; poem, Morris Feintuch, club poet; song, club quartet; remarks, Benjamin H. Patrick: vocal duet C. P. Fonda, B. C. Austin Jr.; remarks, Thomas Stevens; song, club quartet; piano solo, Henry S. Fonda.
Messrs. McCarthy, Royce and Cobden of the San Francisco Club can be seen in the park every Sunday morning about 5 o'clock.
Tom Cobden says Jo-Jo, the dog-faced man, rides a safety, and that he is going to pilot him around the park this morning.
Secretary Cobden is well pleased with his success as an advocate of comfortable cycling.
Brief but spirited and pertinent addresses were then wade by Messre. Dunnigan, Mastick, Lavenson, Wynne and Cobden. President Wynne of the California Club was especially happy in his remarks, touching lightly on recent club conflicts, which were more imaginary than real, and strongly urging all the organizations to act as unit in future. Thomas S. Cobden spoke in his usual humorous vein, but dealt largely in facts and closed by pointing out the necessity of all the clubs joining the League of American Wheelmen.
The cyclists of this city have sustained a real loss by the departure by Thomas S. Cobden, ex-secretary of the San Francisco Bicycle Club, and one of the best-liked men who ever rode a wheel, He has been compelled by ill health to remove to seek a change of climate, and will seek the more rarified air of Denver. The following resolution, unanimously adopted by the governing body of the San Francisco Bicycle Club on Thursday night, shows the esteem in which Mr. Cobden is held by those who know him best:
Resolved, By the board of directors in regular session that in the several years of his connection with the San Francisco Bicycle Club, no member has done more for its advancement and success than Mr. Cobden, and that in his resignation and necessary departure from our midst this club has lost a most efficient officer and a most active and energetic member, and this division of the League of American Wheelmen and the cause of wheeling generally on this coast a most ardent and enthusiastic worker; that in leaving us to take up his residence in a distant city he carries with him the regrets and well wishes of every member of this club, the earnest hope that he may be speedily restored to health and be successful in all his undertakings.
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