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1 ! • 1 • 1 I • , I ] . . 1 i "MICKEY" SHANNON FINDS PARADISE. Lexington. Ky.. December 5. — Migratory Mickey, otherwise Michael Joseph Shannon, is iu Cuba and is to be a functionary of some sort at tue Cuba-American Jockey Clubs winter meeting of h2 days. which is to open December 10. Mickey couldnt hear the call to Cuba until Frankie Bruen gave him his word that Havana is "the siKit" sad that the migratory one would be assured three hots per day an,! transportation over and back. And what does Mickey think or Marianao aud its futnte in the racing world? All to the good. No chance to Ik- a mis-out. Listen while he tells it iu a letter received here this week: "Havana is a grand place with a glorious climate and the best street car service to and from as fine a race track as lies out of doors. Since coming here I have a tl.ou and times wondered ho-.v ii. my twenly-two venrs out of Ireland and on the turf I overlooked CMS until now: but then II. D. Brown put in thirty venrs starting horses and building race tracks before he took up the proposition out Of which he has constructed a sportsmens paradise. "The work of recoiling the track at Oriental Park has iusf been completed. The new top dress- ing has considerable sand in it and was hauled from a point about four miles distant from the track. Horsemen who were here hist winter say that the track will be so much faster that a number of records ate sure to be bio.ien. "A parking place fee automobiles has been added to the racing ground. It esshraees two acres and is reached by two roads of crushed stone, each a half mile long, one or which is M be used by motor cars entering the park ami other by those having the premise-. Ketwceii the roads is a grass sM twelve feet wide and bordered oil both sides with rose bushes. "The lubhouse is in a class by itself, and the Heads tend and ■eld stand are the best I have seen on this side of tin- Atlantic. The infield and the lawns. are beautiful. The landscape gardener told me that he had planted six thousand rose bushes this year. The stable grounds are neat and healthy. The stables are artistically arranged and the horsemen have fixed up a nnmber of rooms fer their employes in adjacent buildings. The seventeen pari-mutuel machines of the Haehmeisier type have been leceived mid are to be installed alter the plan at Latonia and Churchill Downs in a spacious liettiug ring. "Hud I the good fortune to have had a rich uncle. I would pay the fare beasa for any fellow from t Instates who would be disappoMted through coming to Havaaa. It certainly is the sp.t for folks who are fond of fun and have no fancy for frost.