Seaside Park Hotel
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February 10th, 1910
At Seaside Park
We were shown on Monday the architects plans for the building to be erected the coming spring for the Harbourville Reality Company on its grounds, Seaside Park, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The plan shows a building 151 feet by 28 feet and containing on the ground floor 32 rooms. To the whole front is attached a piazza ten feet wide. A large balcony attached to the second story of the building, will also afford a delightful resting place, from which to look upon the beautiful scenery visible in all directions from this excellent point of vantage.
The dining room is also to be enlarged and fitted up in a most convenient manner. When the work is done (and tenders, we understand, are already in the hands of the manager), Seaside Park will afford the finest opportunity for real rest and enjoyment of any resort along the Bay of Fundy.
Sea Side Park: April 14th, 1910
Mayflowers galore last Sunday, and quite a number of Harborville young people went out after them.
Considerable excitement was caused last week when a very large whale was seen speeding up the bay. From the size of the fountain thrown up when the mammal spouted, it was evidently a daisy.
Our new justice of the peace, D. Boyd Parker, Jr., carries his honors with considerable dignity. She took them with him on a business trip to St. John on Tuesday.
Owing to the indisposition of Miss Jennie McBride, the Methodist services on Sunday night last had to dispense with music.
The Givan Road, from Mr. Hird's residence to Wm. Bezanson's place, is absolutely dangerous, and it is up to the new road surveyor to get busy, or there will be trouble for someone, probably the tax payers of the county.
The Harborville Realty Company's improvements are rapidly coming along. The Tavern building is now raised eleven feet, and the new story beneath it is well along towards completion. The dining room will be a charming room with two windows, six by eight feet, and a bay window twelve feet across, on the bay side, thus giving the guests of the Park a charming view of the Bay of Fundy, while a ten-foot verandah overlooks the bay from the entire front of the Tavern, a distance of sixty-six feet in length. In the centre of the verandah is a two story balcony, twenty-two by ten feet. The distance from the upper balcony to the ground is about thirty feet, thus placing a guest who views the scenery from that balcony about one hundred and fifty feet above the bay. The dining room is wainscotted in oak with colonial ceilings, and the entire first floor is hard wood polished. A covered passage way leads from the serving room to the kitchen; that department being in a building entirely separated from the Tavern proper, thus making a certainty that no odors from the kitchen will reach the dining room.
The Lodge, the new forty-room building in the Park is up, closed in, and the roof nearly completed; and viewed from the McBride Bluff across the ravine makes a very imposing appearance. The balcony running along the front and sides of the second story of the Lodge will be about two hundred and fifty feet above the beach, and offers a magnificent view of the Bay of Fundy, and the Cumberland County Shore opposite. A verandah ten feet wide extends along the entire 151-feet-front of the Lodge, so that guests at Sea Side this season will have no cause to complain of lack of verandahs. About twenty-five men are engaged on the work and Contractor William Holland and his able lieutenant, M. E. Parker, are to be congratulated on the way they are getting along with their contract.
These are busy days for the managing director of the company, who, in addition to superintending the construction of the buildings, is busy until late at night answering correspondence from cities of the Eastern States, making inquiries for rates, accommodations, and so forth, for the coming season.
Now that the company is making good it is up to every man, woman and child in Harborville, Berwick, and the surrounding country to do all they possibly can to make things go, and to make it pleasant for the gentle tourist who may visit us this summer. In this connection it may do no harm to suggest that visitors be treated as though they were expected to return another season, and not try to make enough out of them the first year to last us the rest of our lives. This company has already done a great deal for our neighborhood, and it is up to the local residents to now turn in and do all they can to help it along, and everyone can help.
The weather has been delightful, and the Park literally swarms with robins, busily getting things in shape for housekeeping.
The funeral of the late Harding Collins was very largely attended, and the address of Rev. Mr. Gee was a very sympathetic and impressive one. It is universally regretted that the genial countenance of "Hard," has passed away from us for ever, and great sympathy is expressed for the aged father and mother, who are left in the desolate home to mourn their dead alone.
Mrs. Grace Groves, of Granville Ferry, and Miss Delia McBride, of Waterville, are visiting friends here.
Captain Ed Curry came in on Monday, having completed his second trip to sea for this season.
June 2, 1910, Berwick Register
Sea Side Park:
Contractor Holland has about completed his contracts with the Harborville Realty Co., Ltd.
Sea Side Park opened June 1st, although the management is not ready with all the buildings, but the magnificent dining room and the kitchen, serving rooms and office are completed, as well as sleeping accommodations for a dozen or more guests.
President Gifkins, of The Harborville Realty Co., with a party of friends visited the Park the other day coming from Kentville in his splendid new car. He was delighted with everything excepting the horrible condition in which the roads are permitted to remain.
One of the most dangerous places on the Givan Road is right in front of the residence of the Road Master. It has been there for months, and with the coming of visitors to Sea Side offers all the necessary elements for a very serious accident.
Capt. Morris is getting his yacht, the Nile, in beautiful shape for the season. He will use her for the entertainment of guests at the Park.
Capt. Ed Curry has made arrangements with the management of the Park whereby fishing parties will be arranged twice a week for deep sea fishing. A fish dinner with other refreshments will be served on Board. It is hoped that visitors from the Valley will join in these fishing parties, so as to ensure their success. Everything needed will be provided by the management and the charges will be very moderate.
The Park and the adjoining shore is now clothed in all its summer beauty, and offers a most charming spot for a week's end outing.
The Park, being owned by a corporation, is private property, and only such persons as are guests at Sea Side will be admitted; the management however states that family or neighborhood parties, or Sunday Schools or other church societies desiring to hold their annual picnics at the Park may receive permission to do so by applying to the manager.
T. H. Morse, with a party of ten, took dinner at the Park on Queen Victoria Day.
Mrs. W. K. Bennett, of Somerset, was a Park visitor recently.
George M. Cook, of Rockland, Maine, is visiting his aunt, Mrs. Aker at the Park.
Miss Withrow, of Burlington, was a Sunday visitor, as were also Mr. and Mrs. Butchart.
June 9th, 1910, The Berwick Register
A Sea Side Resort:
Mr. T. F. Anderson, in a Boston letter to the Morning Chronicle, says: -
A new resort that is going to play a conspicuous part in the future history of Nova Scotia as a vacation centre is Seaside Park, at Harborville, on the Bay of Fundy shore, eleven miles from Aylesford. This place as readers of the Morning Chronicle know, is controlled by the Harborville Realty Co., Ltd., of which General manager Percy Gifkins, of the Dominion Atlantic Railway, Kentville, is president, and Sir Frederick Borden, vice-president.
This new and delightful haven for the weary is being vigorously exploited by the company, through Mr. E. W. Kappele, the hustling and enthusiastic manager. Mr. Kappelle has made several visits to Boston this spring to confer with local capitalists, and is in that city now. He has been very successful in his mission, and promises that Seaside Park will some day in the near future be one of the most popular and populous summer resorts in the maritime Provinces. The company has ambitious plans for the building up of the resort, with modern hotel, cottage and bungalow features, and intends to advertise it extensively. Already there are a number of guests for the coming season, and everybody who has ever visited Harborville has fallen a permanent victim to its charms. I have always wondered why this attractive and little known section of Nova Scotia has been so long overlooked by the vacation resort exploiters.
June 23, 1910, Berwick Register
Sea Side Park
Things at the Park are now in full swing, and the management is ready for business.
Among the guests at the Park the past week were the following: P. Gifkins, Mrs. L. A. Lovett and children, Sydney, C. B.; Miss Beatrix Martin, Kentville; R. N. Clark, W. A. Butchart, Berwick; A. C. Sheridan, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Coffin, Boston, Mass.; Mrs. L. P. Burbidge, G. A. Burbidge, Halifax, N. S.; Miss Joyce Clark, Miss Helen Clark, W. B. Jordan, Kentville; Mr. and Mrs. Colin A. Hird, Grafton; Roy Creighton, Berwick; R. Margeson, Welsford; Miss Cora M. Lovelace, Grafton; Gordon Savage, C. F. Devaney, Berwick; F. B. Kinsman, Lakeville; Miss E. M. Graves, Cambridge; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Balcom, Margaretville; Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Munroe, Kingston.
It will be well for our valley people to remember that very often when the weather is threatening in the valley it is simply charming at Sea Side, and that a telephone call asking about the weather at the shore will always be cheerfully answered.
Sea Side Park has quite a large fleet of boats at the shore available for guests, either for pleasure parties or for deep sea fishing.
Arrangements have been made between the management of the Park and the Margaretville Steamship Company, whereby the steamer Ruby L. will give moonlight excursions every second Saturday night, weather permitting, the first excursion to be on Saturday night, June 25th.
Arrangements have been made for dancing on the after deck, and ice cream and other refreshments will be available on board, as well as on the spacious verandahs of Sea Side Park.
These excursions should meet with the liberal patronage of the people of the valley, as the price has been fixed at twenty cents each person, and as no rowydism will be tolerated a moment either on board the boat or in the Park, the most fastidious need not hesitate in sharing in a delightful evening on our beautiful bay.
Beginning with Saturday evening, June 25th, weather permitting, the buildings and the park will be beautifully illuminated each Saturday evening, and remain so until 11 p.m.
Deep sea fishing parties will leave the Park one or two days each week; everything needful for a successful fishing trip will be on board, and fish dinner will also be served.
The price will be extremely moderate and the vessel will be in command of a reliable and capable captain. Parties from the valley wishing to join these trips should communicate with the manager of the Park, either by letter or phone a few days before they want to go, in order that suitable arrangements may be made, as under no circumstances will the boat be permitted to carry more persons than can be comfortably accommodated.
A thirty horse power motor boat, purchased by Mr. John Given, of Boston, is daily expected at the Park and will add considerably to the Sea Side Park fleet.
George Spicer, of Boston, is expected the last of the week, and will certainly put his speedy little motor boat into commission.
Capt. I. B. Morris leaves Thursday in his yacht, the Nile, for Rockland, Maine, to be present at the launching of a beautiful new steam yacht on July 4th. He expects to pilot her with the owner and friends on board to Sea Side Park, where they propose to spend a season as guests of the Park.
Dominion Day will be loyally celebrated at the Park. There will be something doing all day long, and in the evening the grounds and buildings of the Park will be charmingly decorated and illuminated, and in addition there will be some fireworks, and the biggest bonfire that Kings County has ever seen. Fire departments of the neighboring towns are hereby notified that it will be only a bonfire and not a big catastrophe.
Harbor Master Curry, at the request of the Harborville Realty Company, and at their expense, has cleaned up the head of the harbor in good shape, and the company has erected three very pretty bathing houses there; a delightful corner for the ladies and the kiddies to bathe, and play in the genuine old salt water.
Always remember that there is nothing but blue water at Sea Side Park, if you are looking for mud flats you can't get them at Harborville.
Sea Side Park claims to have 3,180 square feet of verandahs and the management stands ready to prove it, and every inch of it commanding a clear view of the magnificent scenery of the bay from Cape Split to Cape Spencer.
The provincial and county authorities are to be heartily commended for the way they are improving the Givan Road. Inspector Munroe was at the Park on Monday, and with Councillor Bryden went over the roads and issued the necessary orders to put them in firstclass condition and keep them so.
July 7th, 1910. Berwick Register.
Will you kindly allow me to express through your columns my deep regret at some items of local news, reported from Harborville in your issues of June 23rd and 30th, and which call attention to the benefits to be obtained at Sea Side Park and vicinity, with the information that many, including a long list of names, are learning to appreciate these benefits, and that particularly on the Sabbath day, with no danger to "soul or body," together with the assurance that all the Saturday night illuminations, excursion, dancing, late hours, travelling on the Lord's Day, promiscuous company and pleasure seeking will in no way detract from the sanctity of the Sabbath.
Now, Mr. Editor, I think I voice a number of your readers, in taking exception to such statements. And I regard such invitations and inducements as a menace to the best welfare of the surrounding country, as well as the locality of Harborville itself. For it is evident that this resorting to the "Beautiful Bay" on the Lord's Day, does not mean to "Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy," but it does mean business to some, pleasure to others, and a general calling away from the public worship of God. And though many, including professing Christians, may patronize or endorse such Sabbath resort and "resting," either at Harborville or other places, I think that those who take the Bible as authority in the matter of Sabbath Observance, will see in such proposals and practice, the greatest danger, and the impending results, which must follow from forgetting God.
In regard to the above, we have to say, first, that if our friend had written over his own name his letter would carry more weight.
In the second place, while we do not understand how any person who professes to honor the Sabbath can conscientiously spend the day in finding his own pleasures, we know that "To his own master he standeth or falleth;" and, in words of a lesser authority, that "God alone is lord of the conscience."
As to the propriety of publishing such items as our friend refers to, it is not much use to argue. If no events or actions were published of which editors did not approve, the absence of news would be a prominent feature in most papers. The man who shapes his moral conduct by the example or opinion of others, is pretty sure to go wrong in any case, and is not likely to keep to the right course through being kept in ignorance of what others think or of what they are doing.
July 14th 1910
DEAR SIR, - My attention has been called to an anonymous communication appearing in your issue of July 7th, signed Reader.
Ordinarily, I should not pay any attention to a person that hides his or her identity whilst making slanderous attacks on others, but as this person has rushed into the lime light and belched forth a mass of lying statements I would be unworthy the confidence and patronage of the public, were I to let the matter pass.
Not only has this self appointed guardian of the morals and welfare of the people of Kings County, maliciously slandered this resort, but has insulted some of the very best people of the county when he or she classes them as "promiscuous company."
There never have been any dances at Sea Side Park, either on Saturday night or any other night, and if there had been, is it any business of this moral reformer?
There never has been a Saturday night since this resort was first opened, that the illuminations, music, etc., have not been discontinued long before the hour that ushers in the Sabbath day, the hour that doubtless finds our righteous brother on his naked knees, praying that the Lord might be pleased to forgive the wicked wretches at Sea Side Park, who have been guilty of the heinous sin of breathing God's pure air at the sea shore, whilst enjoying the beautiful illuminations, and other attractions that make tired men and women forget for a few brief moments the toil and labor of the week. No, I am wrong, our friend would be calmly sleeping the sleep of the just, because there would be no audience on hand to applaud.
Then this horrible Sunday travelling. Does our Puritan friend really think it sinful to take his wife and children out for a drive on the Sabbath Day? I guess not, but I will take a chance and say that the real reason that he does not do so, is because he is too miserly and mean, would rather let his horse remain in the stable, and rest, and make the poor, tired wife walk, if she wants a breath of fresh air. And if this Sunday traveling is so demoralizing, and hurts our brother's feelings so much, why don't he pull down his blinds, and live in the darkened surroundings, that seem to me to be so thoroughly in keeping with the kind of religion he appears to have.
Reader has evidently never visited Sea Side Park on the Lord's Day, because if he had, I have charity enough in my make up to say right here, that he would never have written the letter he did. Surely a holy man like he wants your readers to think he is would not have made such false statements had he ever visited Sea Side. He probably got the idea from the sermons preached by one or two Berwick clergymen last summer, who also attacked this resort without any personal knowledge of the facts, but who at the same time utterly ignored the invitation extended to the clergymen of Kings County to send one of their number to Sea Side Park each Sunday during the season, to hold Divine Service. Perhaps they thought there would not be enough money in it. The invitation still holds good.
I should like very much to know who Reader is so that should he ever visit Sea Side Park, I might be in a position to detail a special man to keep an eye on him, as any experience has been, that a man who is so busy sticking his nose into other people's affairs and attempting to regulate their way of life, is so everlastingly busy, as to be unable to look after his own, and needs watching.
Take your Bible, brother, and your Commentary, and study what the Master of men really meant when he said "On the seventh day, thou shalt do no labor, etc."
Pardon me, Mr. Editor, for I have taken up more of your space than I intended doing, I only hope that this letter will not lead up to a religious controversy, for I am too busy trying to build up and recuperate the tired out bodies of the men, women and children of our beautiful Valley, so that they may the better worship the Creator, who has laid upon all of us that first commandment; the preservation of the bodies that he gave us.
E. W. KAPPELE,
Manager Sea Side Park.
Sept 5, 1912
Sea Side Park begs to announce the first day of a series of suppers to be followed by dancing for THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 26th.
An elegant supper will be served from 6 to 8, and dancing will begin at 9.
A first rate orchestra will be in attendance. The beautiful dining room and the verandahs and grounds will be illuminated and decorated.
The sale of tickets will be restricted by the management, so as to exclude all objectionable persons.
The well earned reputation of Sea Side Park, as a high class resort, is sufficient guarentee that nothing will be left undone to make this, the first party of a series, a most delightful occaision.
A further announcement next week will give additional particulars.
Berwick Register, June 18, 1913
Sea Side Park
This beautiful spot has put on its lovely summer garments, and is as charming as ever.
While the fight for its destruction goes merrily on by people who failed to gain their own ends, the owners of the property are sawing wood.
The reputation of Sea Side as a delightful spot to visit is of several years standing, and its old friends are its best friends.
East season there has been an excursion from Cumberland County across the Bay, at first only a few, each year more, and on Monday last the excursion of 1913 came over numbering over a hundred.
Former visitors from Advocate, Nappan and other points on the other shore, remembering the excellent dinners served at Sea Side, swarmed up the hill, and it goes without saying that they were not disappointed, and in spite of the heavy rain storm that came up and continued most of the day, spent a most delightful time, and were not at all anxious to leave for their homes with the incoming tide at 8.30 p.m.
Dinner was served on less than two hours notice, showing that the management of Sea Side Park is equal to any emergency.
Among the excursionists registered were the following; Hanford DeWell and wife, Advocate Harbor; Earle E. Blenkhorn, Stuart R. Morris, R. D. Atkinson and wife, Mrs. Forrest Hill, F. W. Mill and wife, Ella A. Spicer, Spencers Island; Melbourne Field, Clara F. Blenkhorn, Advocate Harbor, Mrs. J. H. Morris, Mrs. Fl L. Skerry, Miss Hazel Skerry, Mrs. Laura J. Hill, St. Helens Lane, England; J. O. Canning, Master Steamer Chignecto; A. Vera Bird, Nappan; Elenora M. Atkinson, Advocate; E. H. and Mrs. Mills, Advocate; Vinnie C. Morris, Gladys B. Kennedy, Canning; Chester Canning, Port Greville; Gertrude A. Canning, Port Greville; Laura Hiltz, Everett, Mass; Gladys Lunn, Advocate; Dora Goldstein, S. C. Morris, H. G. Kelly, A. D. Dunn, F. W. Morris, W. E. Dunkerton, Mrs. J. O. Canning, Port Greville; A. W. Kelly, Lottie Berry, Frank N. Morris, Advocate; Mrs. B. Hatfield, Mrs. Arthur Morris, Samuel L. Morris, Nettie L. Lunn, J. P. Barnes, Emma Elliot, Carrie L. Cole, E. Elinore Morris, Fred W. Morris, Mrs. John W. Kelly and Lauretta Morris.
Mr. J. Howe Cox drove over from Cambridge to visit some of his Cumberland County friends.
Berwick, N. S., Wednesday Evening July 10, 1929
Harborville Attracts Many Visitors
Popular Shore Resort, With Its Bracing Atmosphere, A Delightful Spot For The Summer Vacation.
Harborville as a popular summer resort is going strong these days; indeed the season promises to eclipse all previous records. Visitors are arriving daily and already nearly all of the available cottages are either occupied or booked for several weeks ahead. And why not!
Indeed it is doubtful if any other resort on the Bay Shore can offer visitors such wholesome attractions as this little gem of such picturesque setting.
The land-locked harbor, with its various sailing and motor craft at anchor, all trim and resplendent in new paint, is not only a delight to the eye but also is suggestive of the fact that the spirit of good old seafaring days is by no means extinct.
Up the cliff, in the vicinity of Seaside Park, the view is truly magnificent, with cottages peaking out here and there from the luxuriant foliage surrounding.
The shore, too, at flood tide particularly, with bathers enjoying the cool surf and children playing in the sand, are unmistakable evidences that the holiday season is at its height.
As already stated in a previous issue, the people of Berwick and surrounding districts are fortunate in having so near at hand, such an attractive and easily accessible summer resort as Harborville, with its cool sea breezes and charming surroundings.
Among the visitors the past week who are occupying Mr. Ben Bezanson's cottages on the Shore Boulevard, are Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Calkin and family, of Welsford; the former's daughters, Mrs. (Dr.) C. M. Bain and daughter, of Sydney, and Mrs. Miles Palmer and children, Welsford; Mr. and Mrs. Max Brydon and family, Base Line Road, and MR. and Mrs. Edson Bowlby and family, of White's Corner.
Dr. and Mrs. Balcom and daughter Pauline spent the week-end at their summer cottage.
Mrs. (Dr.) MacKinnon and three children are occupying one of the Seaside Park cottages for the season.
Miss Margaret Killam, of Woodville and Misses Eileen Clemm and Ruby Morton and party, of Somerset, have been occupying the Congdon cottage during the past week.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Patterson have opened their cottage at Turner's Brook.
Mrs. H. C. Marsters and daughter Margaret spent the week-end at their cottage, Ogilvie's Wharf.
Mr. Ben Bezanson's two-master, which had been tied up since last fall, was floated on Sunday night's tide, and with his smaller schooner, the Viola B., is now ready for sea.
The Register, Wednesday Evening October 30, 1929
Seaside Park Hotel Destroyed By Fire
Fire which broke out at about 1.30, Monday afternoon, completely destroyed the well known resort known Seaside Park Hotel at Harborville, together with a large portion of the contents.
At the time of the outbreak, the proprietor, E. W. Kappele, and Mrs. Fannie Wilson, an aged lady, were the only occupants. Mr. Kappele was not aware of the fire until a neighbor, Mr. L. H. Brown, called him on the phone and notified him of the circumstances.
Neighbors for miles around hastened to the scene and although it was impossible to save the building, rendered valuable assistance in saving the greater part of the contents on the first and second floors. The barn and two bungalows, although catching fire several times, were eventually saved after strenuous efforts.
The hotel was a three-storey frame building, erected in 1910 by a joint stock company, of which E. W. Kappele held a controlling interest. The site, high up in the hills, overlooking the village and bay, was most charming, adding much to the popularity as a seaside resort.
The loss is particularly heavy, there being no insurance.
Mrs. Wilson was unfortunate in losing the greater portion of her wardrobe and a purse containing about $20.00.
Mr. Kappele has taken up residence in one of the bungalows.
Berwick, N. S., Wednesday Evening, November 13, 1929
Harborville Hotel To Be Reopened
Enterprising Bay Shore Resident Takes Prompt Action In Supplementing Harborville's Need Of Adequate Hotel Accommodations.
A Register representative, taking advantage of the delightful weather that favored Thanksgiving Day, motored over the North Mountain to Harborville, to view the ruins of Seaside Park hotel and incidentally enjoy a chat with Boyd Parker, Ben Bezanson and other old friends and acquaintances.
Arriving at the village emporium, we were informed by a waiting customer that Boyd had just departed for his warehouse to draw off a gallon of molasses from a puncheon that had arrived a short time previous on the Ruby L. Being more or less acquainted with the speed restrictions which November weather imposes on trickling molasses, we decided not to tarry and incur the risk of missing our Thanksgiving dinner, but would call it a visit and hunt up friend Ben.
We soon detected the familiar thump of his hammer, which is seldom idle, and forthwith located him at the top of the hill, industriously engaged in the biggest task he has yet undertaken in the upbuilding of that most charming and popular seaside resort.
Mr. Bezanson's activities were centred upon renovating and completely remodelling the building known as the Harborville Hotel property, which has been unoccupied for a number of years. Realizing the great need of a summer hotel for Harborville, now that the Seaside Park establishment by a cruel fate has been reduced to ashes, Mr. Bezanson, with characteristic enterprise, immediately set himself the task of supplementing this need.
By rare good fortune he discovered in Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Phinney late of Brandon, Manitoba, who have had considerable experience in successful hotel management, a responsible and thoroughly reliable party who were desirous of acquiring just such a proposition for the coming season.
Arrangements have been made for Mr. and Mrs. Phinney to take over the management of the new Harborville Hotel on May 15th, the same to be opened to the public on June 1st. In the meantime Mr. Bezanson is sparing neither effort nor expense in completely remodelling and enlarging the building which, from its lofty eminence overlooking the bay, is ideally situated for tourists and vacationists seeking a quiet, comfortable and well-conducted hotel in a summer resort that is steadily growing in popularity each year.
The Register confidently predicts for this new enterprise a most profitable and successful season. Indeed it is a matter of deep regret that Ben Bezanson resides in Harborville and not in Berwick, where the need of a hotel is at present so keenly felt.