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IX. PRACTICAL NOTES.
THE Vendome, on Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street. One of the most elegant hotels in New England. Charges $4.50 a day.
The Brunswick, corner of Clarendon and Boylston Streets, charges $5 a day.
The Victoria, on Dartmouth Street, corner of Newbury. European plan.
The Thorndike, 92 Boylston Street, opposite the Public Garden. European plan.
The Parker House, on School Street, Young’s Hotel, on Court Avenue, Court Square, and Court Street, and the Adams House, 555 Washington Street; large, first-class houses, conducted on the European plan, centrally located and much patronized. Single rooms from $1 to $3 a day; suites from $5 to $15.
The Tremont House, corner of Tremont and Beacon Streets, and the Revere House, on Bowdoin Square; the former charges $4 a day; and the latter, on the European plan, makes moderate charge for rooms.
The American House, on Hanover Street, has 400 rooms, and its rates are $3 a day.
The United States Hotel, conveniently situated on Beach Street, one block from the new Albany Station; charges from $3 a day upwards.
The Quincy House, on Brattle Square, one of the older houses, having a reputation for comfortable rooms and an excellent table; charges from $2.50 a day upwards.
The Clarendon Hotel, at 521 Tremont Street, pleasantly situated in a quiet part of the city, charges from $2.50 a day upwards.
Boston Tavern, Ordway Place, off Washington Street, between School and Bromfield, and Clark’s, just beyond the Adams House, are kept on the European plan, and their charges are moderate.
There are several other minor hotels in the city, most of them cleanly and well situated, where the prices are lower than those above quoted. The private boarding-houses of the best class are for the most part on and near Beacon Hill, and at the South End; and several of those on the Hill take boarders for terms of a few weeks.
Among the most notable restaurants are Parker’s, with a spacious dining-room for ladies, in addition to the public and private dining-rooms and café for gentlemen; the Adams House, with a large general dining-room; Young’s, with several large dining-rooms and café, with a sumptuous dining-room for ladies from the Court Street entrance; Ober’s, on Winter place (off Winter Street), where the Parisian cuisine is used; Park’s, on Bosworth Street near Tremont. Confectionery and ices (besides more substantial food) may be obtained at Weber’s and Dooling’s, on Temple Place; Fera’s, 162 Tremont Street; and the Copeland restaurants, 128 Tremont Street and 467 Washington Street. These places are much visited by ladies. There are also scores of restaurants in the business quarter, many of which are first-class in every respect; a group of French restaurants on Van Rensselaer Place, off Tremont Street, just above Boylston; Vercelli’s, an Italian restaurant, at 88 Boylston Street, and numerous German and French restaurants down town.
THEATRES, STREET-CARS, AND HARBOR STEAMERS.
THE THEATRES. The Boston Theatre is on Washington Street, between West and Boylston Streets; the Bijou two doors south; the Globe on the other side of the street, near Essex Street; the Park, nearly opposite the Globe; the Grand Opera House on Washington just above Dover; the Museum on Tremont Street, between School and Court Streets; the Howard Athenaeum on Howard Street, near Scollay Square; the Hollis, on Hollis Street; the Tremont, on Tremont Street.
STREET-CARS leave the Tremont House or Temple Place, or pass along Tremont Street every few minutes for the northern railway stations, Chelsea Ferry, East Boston, Beacon Street, Northampton Street by way of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, Lenox Street, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Forest Hills, Grove Hall, Mount Pleasant, Dorchester, Egleston Square, and other points in the Roxbury and Dorchester suburbs; and for Brighton by way of Charles Street, every half hour. The Milton Lower Mills and some of the South Boston cars leave from the Old South Church. The Winter Hill, Maiden, Everett, Revere Beach, City Point, Charlestown, Lynn, Swampscott, and other lines to the northern suburbs, leave Scollay Square and the station in Cornhill. The Cambridge, Brighton, Harvard Square, Arlington, Watertown, and Mount Auburn lines, with others to the western suburbs, run from Bowdoin Square, or Park Square, several lines passing through Scollay Square. There are cross-town lines connecting and including these termini, and a transfer line from Northampton Street by way of Chester Park to the head of Commonwealth Avenue. Also a line from Park Square to City Point, South Boston, by way of Columbus Avenue, Berkeley, and Dover Streets.
THE HARBOR STEAMBOATS leave their wharves on Atlantic Avenue for their various destinations. The lines to Hull, Strawberry Hill, Hingham, Downer Landing, and Nantasket Beach, run from Rowe’s Wharf, which is reached by horse-cars marked “Atlantic Avenue.” Steamers to Nahant and other points leave from wharves near by.
COACHES AND CABS.
THE CITIZENS’ LINE runs from Northampton Street, to the foot of Salem Street, Charlestown, every three minutes, from 5.45 A.M. to 9.30 P. M. Return every three minutes, from 6.15 A.M. to 10.30 P.M.
During the summer season “barges” run from Bowdoin Square to the harbor steamboat wharves.
HERDICS, small, two-seated cabs, “Standards,” and other cabs of similar pattern, carry passengers from point to point within the old city limits for twenty-five cents each. They can at any time, night or day, be called by telephone.
THE BOSTON CAB COMPANY.
The Boston Cab Company was organized in February, 1886, through the efforts of some of the most active and enterprising business men of this city, who realized the need of a higher grade of service than was at that time existing.
The Company have a large number of Coupes, Landaus, Broughams, Berlin Coaches, Victorias, etc. Also an elegant French Mail Coach for coaching parties.
The rate of fare between any two points north of Chester Park and Chester Square is fifty cents for each passenger (including ordinary baggage). Extra trunks charged for at the rate of twenty-five cents each.
SHOPPING AND CALLING. — Coupes, $1.00 per hour; Carriages (pair of horses), $1.50 for the first hour; $1.00 per hour thereafter.
DRIVING. — $5.00 for the first two hours; $1.50 per hour thereafter.
The principal office and stable of the Company is at West Chester Park, corner of Newbury Street. Branch offices at the principal hotels and railroad stations.
The regulations apply to adult passengers. From one place to another in the old portion of the city, within East Boston, within South Boston, and within Roxbury, the fare is 50 cents for each passenger, and as much more for every additional passenger.
For one adult, from any point south of Dover Street and west of Berkeley, to any place north of State, Court, and Cambridge streets (or return), the fare is $1 for each passenger, and for two or more passengers 50 cents each. From any place north of Essex and Boylston streets, to any place in Roxbury north of Dudley Street, or Roxbury Street between Eliot Square and Pynchon Street, and east of Tremont Street from the Providence Railroad crossing and the Brookline line, the fare is $2; for two passengers, $1 each; three passengers or more, 75 cents each. From any place south of Essex and Boylston streets and north of Dover and Berkeley streets, to any place in Roxbury (or return) the fare is $1.50; two passengers, 87 cents each; three, 75 cents each; four 62 cents each. From any place south of Dover and Berkeley streets to any place in Roxbury (or return) the fare is $1; for two passengers, 75 cents each; for three or more, 50 cents each. From any point north of Essex and Boylston streets, to any place in Roxbury south of Dudley Street and Roxbury Street between Eliot Square and Pynchon Street, and west of Tremont Street from the Providence crossing and Brookline line, $2.50; two passengers, $1.25 each; three, $1 each; four, 75 cents each.
To South or East Boston from the old portion of the city, $1; two or more passengers, 75 cents each. From point to point within Dorchester, $1;50 cents for each additional passenger. From the city proper to Dorchester, for one person, $2.50, $3, and $4 according to the distance, the limits being carefully defined in the regulations; two persons, $1.50, $1.75, and $2.25 each; three, $1, $1.25, and $1.62 each; and four, 75 cents, $1, and $1.25 each.
PRINCIPAL TELEGRAPH OFFICES.
Western Union, open all night, 109 State Street. Branch offices at the principal hotels and railroad stations. Mutual Union practically united with the Western Union, open all night, Equitable Building, Milk Street. United Lines, open all night, 177 Devonshire Street. Baltimore and Ohio, Milk corner of Hawley Street. Direct Cable, 109 State Street. American Cable, 30 Equitable Building, Milk Street. Branch offices of the leading telegraph companies, in the principal hotels, exchanges, and other public places.
Boys for messenger service of all kinds, day and night, are furnished by the Mutual District Messenger Company, whose main office is in the basement of the Old State House, State and Washington Streets. There messengers can be called by telephone or by the special electric call-boxes of the company, which are generally to be found in the leading hotels, and other public places, as well as in business offices. The boys are uniformed, and are paid according to a fixed tariff of rates. Public telephone stations are in the principal hotels.