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VOLUME L SAGUACHE CRESCENT. SAGUACHE, COLORADO, THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1931 i ii i i NUMBER 15 WHY COCHETOPA PASS IS " * " " * * " * * ** , * PERSONAL MENTION * LOGIC00 WINTF00 ROUTE ** "'" * " "" * " * Mrs. J. I. Palmer is in Denver this week. This u y . " g bject will be "What Can a Man Believe." Sunday school a% 10 a. m. LOWEST, MOST FREE FROM SNOW AND SHORTER HIGHWAY TO GREATER POPULATION IN WESTERN COLORADO Reached by Cochetopa pass or C0u Monarch as shortest route. itnSdale 1,742 - On: ay.°ntr°se ................ 112184784 Dolores . 12}975 La llata ........ . ..... 7,793 SaaIOatezuma.Juan ............... 1,935 (Montrose Daily Press) It is sometimes asserted by those who have not investigated that the route to Western Colorado from Denver via Tennessee Pass is shorter than C:.chetopa and serves more people. The following data proves that to D elta , the North Fork, and all points south, it is 32 miles shorter from ,enver via Coche.topa pass, and also that the counties west of the Con- [l.aental Divide, finding the shortest and most practical winter auto route :l.a. Cochetop a pass, lave a larger population than the northern tier of Ounties. ,.•,, Cochetopa pass is the only crossing of the Continental divide in Colo- rado Which is the leeward side of a higher range (the great San Juan Plateau, which averages 2,000 feet in altitude above the pass) and conse- quently is in the path of drying winds and comparatively free from snow. In the history of the white man, the snow on Cochetopa has never ex- ceeded three feet and is often less than in the Gunnison valley. Most winters it runs from one to two feet and presents no problem of snow OVal at all. Poncha pass between San Luis valley and Salida is in , = same snow-free Iection and even lower than Coch6topa. Wifch COmpleted federal highway over Blue mesa and Cerro hill, the problems of Snow and mud on this part of Highway No. 50 have been largely eliminated. The • • d" population figures below are taken from the latest 1930 census and lStances are from information directly out of the Denver office of the State Highway Commission. Since the shortest winter road to Den- i r .ust go through the South Park, these roads are figured from their a c!lon point at the mouth of Trout Creek, two and a half roll ,uena Vista. es south DISTANcEs FROM DENVER ROAD JUNCTION POINT NEAR BUENA VIST TO WESTERN COLORADO 22 DIRECTLy VIA COCHETOPA DIRECTLY VIA TENNESSEE 0 males Trout Creek to Montrose 230 miles Trout Creek to G. J. 243 miles Trout Creek te Delta 275 miles Trout Creek to Delta OWever sine '" Paveraent at' e me road to Salida and Canon City, now reaches the - Pueblo or Colorado Springs. and is nreferred by many as a rOUte Winter or summer, let us fi r Salida to " . _ _ gu e these distances. It is 24 miles subtract" from*r°Utcochetopa.reek" Add 24 miles to above Tennessee pass figures and DISTANCES FROM SALIDA TO WESTERN COLORADO VIA COCHETOPA PASS VIA TENNESSEE PASS 196 miles to Montrose 254 miles to Grand Junction 219 miles to Delta 299 miles to Delta tf- As a summer route there is, of course, no comparison between dis- g:es. Since Monarch is 54 miles shorter than Cochetopa it would make Gtre.s of only 141 miles Salida to Montrose, 165 to Delta and 210 to L-anc[ Junction. It is 254 miles Salida to the Junction over Tennessee. POPULATION WESTERN COLORADO, 1930 CENSUS Reached by Tennessee as short- est route. County Population Eagle ................... 3,924 Garfield ................. 9,975 Mesa .................... 25,908 Pitkin ................... 1,770 Rio Blanca .............. 2,980 Moffat .................. 4,861 Routt ................... 9,352 60,010 58,770 GH "P']["| Jl The school calendar for the re- k31LJllIUMLFI21I[] 1 ]LtJ [ mainder of the year is as follows: arl *  [ April 10--Baseballl, Sargent at donee, the president 'of the I Saguache. f::ior class, presented a very nice  April 15--Baseball. S. C. H. S. rr'e picture, as a class gift, to the Freshmen vs. Saguache consolidated talk"gn School in a very annro__ priate schoo 1 in assembly Friday morning. It April 18Baseball, Saguache at Was accepted in behalf of the school Alamosa. by Mr. Slonecker. Saguache defeat'ed the Monte Vista baseball team at Monte last Friday by a SCore of 27 tO 3. The Monte boys did not have any chance to practice until Wednesday night of last week, April 24--Baseball, Saguache at Center. May lBaseball, Monte Vista at Saguache. Scholarship Contest at Gunnison May 2Valley track meet. Mrs. Nick Fuson entertained the Bridge club Tuesday. Will Shellabarger came home Sat- urday for the summer months. Mrs. M. M. Brokway has in Monte Vista beautiful gifts for graduates Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Means were Monte Vista shoppers last Saturday• Jud Mahony, of Bonanza, was a business caller in Saguache last Mon- day. Mrs. William Boyd and Miss Myrtle Williams spent Saturday and Sunday in Alamosa. Miss Lula May Curfman, of Salida, was visiting friends in Saguache last week end, Wild ducks are coming into the lakes in larger numbers than usual this spring. The Card and Chatter club met with Mrs. Melvin Woodard last Thurs- day afternoon__.__ .... I Earl Solomon and family and Ruth Golthelf took in the Granada theatre at Monte Sunday. Mrs. Robert Burman, of Center, was in Saguache Saturday visiting relatives and friends. Art Creger, Clarence Eunter and Orvill Martin were Salida and Villa Grove callers Monday. J James Madena, water commission- er of La Greita, met with the county commissioners Monday. Little Mary McDonough, of Parlin, spent Saturday and Sunday.with her aunt, Mrs. Mary Russell. Harold Williams came in Easter Sunday for a weeks with parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Williams. Dr. S. E. Kortright of Bonanza, vis- ited friends and transacted business at the county seat Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Alexander enter- tained a few of their friends at a dinner last Friday evening. Mr. J. B. Morgan and a party of friends, of Montrose, were in Sag- uache Saturday and Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilson, of Alder, were in Saguache several days last week on business and pleasure. Mrs. Dorothy Henney, of "Ulysiss, Kansas, is a house guest of her par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Joy. S. E. Bartlett, of Oklahoma, has opened the blacksmith shop next to the Saguache Motor company garage. Mr. and Mrs. James slane have moved back to their ranch on the Up- per Saguache for the summer months. Mr. and Mrs. Grdon Gotthelf and their mother, Mrs. Roweena Noland, are spending a fe days in Denver this week. The evening service will be a mes- sage in the songs of the different congregations, showing how our com- mon interbsts are expressed in the songs that all churches sing. We appreciate the response that the choir has given and the excellent music that was arrange d for the Easter services last Sunday, also the beautiful flowers that were contribut- ed and the help of those who were so kindly interested in making the church especially attractive. At one o'clock in the afternoon, we enjoyed a community dinner at the school house in Moffat and held a service there later, with a large at- tendance. Our friendly congregation there, with the assistance of Mr. Hall, had arranged a fine program of music which was much enjoyed and appre- ciated. The Moffat band, under the direction of Mr. Hall, gave a group of very pleasing and well rendered selections, and we hope to be able to arrange for them to come over and play for our Sunday evening services soon. C. M. Samford. LAW PROTECTS PENITENTES WHO .WHIP THEMSELVES An old New Mexico law was in- voked in the first New Mexico dis- trict this Easter time to protect the penitentes from molestation by cu- riosity seekers who interfere with the flagellation processions and other re- ! ligious ceremonies• District Judge M. A. Otero, Jr., ac t- ing upon requests from representa- tives of various penitente marados, issued warning Wednesday that deputized guards are stationed at scenes of the religious ceremonies and that persons not conducting themselves with decorum will be ar- rested. The penitences practise flagella- tion with cactus whips for attonement of sins, and many of the marados (penitente churches) conduct a cru- cifixion at Easter time. A. Van Hoften and Wayne Gear spent Easter Sunday in Mineral Hot Springs. APPRECIATION When any issue of The Crescent is appreciated, the editor appreciates be- ing told about it. Also, constructive criticism, courtecusly handed out, should likewise be appreciated by an editor. Whether constructive criti- cism is helpful to any man depends upon his size--not his physical size, but his moral and mental bigness to grasp the point and if possible to profit thereby. So it is in all lines of endeavor. If a teacher is exceptionally efficient, if a minister is doing a great work, if your dentist does a little more than you expected, or if the janitor sweeps a little cleaner, TELL THEM ABOUT IT! They'll appreciate your appre- ciation• If you slap a person on the back, IS IT THE BEST SYSTEM so Were at a decided disadvantage in the game• The playing was rather ragged at times and featured by lack team work on the part of the Onte boys. The Saguache boys ade enough mistakes to show that they Will need lots of practice to make good showing against the stron er arns g o_ • Saguache plays Sargent at ag,uache Friday of this week. Sar- ten: had a good team last year and Wep xpected that they will show up A ". n the .other game last week heat Center 25 to 1. Sag- . .,,e Plays Alamosa at Alamosa Sat- urday, Apri118. Tuesda- • - U rh^ ,-, y mght, April 14, the Sag- asa::.o°Unty High School Athletic C. lI..," °n will present the R. O. T. Agriltary Band from the Colorado aUral college in an entertain- rnent at the high school m This i  _ auditoriu . .,.  a 38-piece band and in ad- act Solos, saxa h Villa ac*- - p one, sextet, vaude- The pri _ and many other specialties. 0 ee. e o admission will be 25 and ' Were . a peroid report cards Wee gven out Wednesday of this May 8Baseball,, Saguache at Sargent• 1 May 8Baseball.Ef-- May 10--Baccalaureate e:ercises. May ll--School picnic. May 15Baseball, Alamosa at Sag- uache. Commencement exercises. LADLES AID TO MEET The Ladies Aid society will meet with Mrs. Earl Solomon on Wednes- day, April 15. A GIRL Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cochran are the proud parents of a baby girl, born Wednesday, March 25. Bruce is feel- ing fine. BornAt Walnut Park, Calif., to Mr. and Mrs. Enke, a daughter, Pa- tricia Joyce, March 31, 1931. Mrs. Enke, nee Maude Stubbs, formerly of Saguarhe. Grandpa Dallas Stubbs. The Crescent office acknowledges a short epistle from our old friend and townsman, Dallas Stubbs, who resides at Walnut Park, Calif. Dallas: sends best regards to all, and a spec-' ial message to Art Creger. Painters and decorators are work- ing in full force, alleys and yards are being cleaned, which improvements are cherished by all. Miss Irene Williams, Dorothy Means spent Easter vacation with their parents, Mrs. F.orence Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Means• \\; Many persons who visit sessions of the state legislature or of Congress are impressed by the apparent faults of the system of enacting laws. To the present time in the nation's his- tory, no better or more workable method has been established. One conscientious legislator said recently that in many instances a vote on a bill is not on its merits; that the vote hinges 'upon other con- siderations. "Trading" votes is so common, and in effect so necessary, that such action is almost taken for granted. "This bill will pass, anyway, so what's the use of voting against it be sure it is a slap, not a pound. It and incurring the ill feeling of its You can't even "spoil" a child by tell- imosity. ing him in the right way how muc you appreciate what he has done that is proper and right. FIRE RAZES EIGHT HOUSES AT SALIDA m Eight houses in the smelter town :pr°neness to vote with the crowd is .... reflected in our law-making bodies two miles west of Salioa were oes- troyed by fire Tuesday night March the same as it is shown in civic and 30. social group at home. Authorities said small boys playing The element of time. This factor with matches in a vacant house causes legislators to avoid contention caused the blaze, and opposition. They want to get the The loss was estimated at $15,000. other fellow's bill disposed of so that ;they may have their own bill consid- A bucket brigade fought hte blaze for several hours and two homes had to be dynamited to bring the fire under control. Lynn Grovers, Salida fireman, is recovering from injuries suffered when the Salida fire truck, responding to the alarm, crashed headon into a sedan. The truck was wrecked, but the driver of the automobile escaped uninjured. ASHLEYPOMEROY • / Miss Genevive Pomeroy, and John N. Ashley were united in marriage on March 30, at Saguache, Colo. Mr. Chas. O'Kane, of Denver, is the new tonsorial artist at the City Bar- and Mrs. James C. Cole accompanied I them and C. M. Samford performed ber shop. the ceremony. Miss Pomeroy was Mr. and Mrs. Orvil Martin and chil- formerlly of Fort Morgan and is the dren spent Easter Sunday with Or- neice of Mrs. James Cole of Villa vil's parents in MoffaL Grove. Mr. Ashley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ashley of Bonanza• Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Skates returned The young couple are well known from Denver last week vhere Mrs. here and relatives and friends join Skates was taken for treatment, in wishing them a long and happy life together. Mr• Ashley is employed in Spot Lockett will leave Sunday for Gilman, Colorado, and the bride and Pueblo where he will make a try-out groom will make their home there. in the ball profession with the West- ern League. Spot has his name reg- DENVER WHOLESALERS istered with the Denver and also with Omaha. The Denver manufacturers and wholesalers are strong in advertising William Shellabarger, Harold Wil- "Buy it in the rocky mountain liams and Lyman Linger, of Hooper, region." If those people in Denver were week end guests of their par- would use a little discretion in Con- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shellabarg- forming prices so as to allow the re- er, and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wil°itaflers to dispose of their goods at liams" reasonable prices, they could elimin- Mr. and Mrs. Sid Hall and family ate that old song, "buy Colorado made goods"--- made in Germany. Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hunter, sons, Dick and Corkey, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Readhead and son, Jack, and Mr. and Mrss. Chas" W. Ogden picniced on the Carnero creek Sunday. BIG CROWD AT EASTER DANCE There were 90 couples at the East- er dance Saturday, April 4, and a jolly good crowd it was. A number The Womans club met at the home of Monte Vista people attended, of Mrs Florence Williams last Friday Amon th " " • , ,  g e prominen: members was afternon Mrs George Burcn ann Max Hard ........ " " - ha e of] y, ea,tor ann puolisner o Mrs Alice Rominger had c rg the Monte Vie ...... • _.  m rrmune uur nex ]the program for the afternoon. The  .... . .... . Alex Russell, who spent 1O weeks u,ce pru o. taking the baths at Hot Springs, N. [hostess served delicious refreshments. M,, returned to Saguache Sunday. I SAGUACHE VS. SARGENT During his medical treatment, he lost Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hazard en- tertained at dinner last Saturday eve- l All out for the ball game Friday 48 pounds• ning. Guests for the evening were afternoon on the Saguache grounds. Mr. and Mrs. G. C Rominger took Mr. and Mrs. Walton Ridgway, Mr. This will be an interesting game be- tween Saguache and Sargent. Attended Post Meeting at Monte ,..2__.._ R. O. Nickleson, Geo. Burch, A. Van Hoften and Harry Burch at- tended the Legion post meeting at monte. Wednesday, April 1. Members of four valley American Legion posts gathered at Woodman hall Wednesday night to hear State Commander Bill Reed of Loveland, and Department Adjutant M. L. Lyckholm, whose official visit to the valley was an event which had been looked forward to for some time. their son, Dickie Jorgensen, to Sali- da, Tuesday evening, where he took the train for Denver to resume his studies at college Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Grey, of the Lower Saguache, and their daughter, Mrs. Luther Gross, motored to Sali- da Saturday where Mr. and Mrs. Grey took the train for Denver. This Thursday will finish the dirt hauling on New York avenue, which has been in progress the past ten days. It will require a few days with the grader to smooth the road bed. , and Mrs. Walter Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cregor. Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Tarbell and Mrs. Fay Fennell. Lack of knowledge of the subject- matter or doubt of the effect of the bill if enacted into law. This is a quite usual situation. Moral fear, or psychology of the roll call. Legislators, though digni- fled and pompous, are human. The Mr. and Mrs. Will Ward enter- tained for their son, Edmind, at a 7- o'clock dinner party last Saturday evening. Guests for the evening were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Bosse, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. McArthur, Max Hardy and Mrs. Graham, of Mont Vista, Miss Ruth Williams, Miss Campton, Miss Smeltzer, Morris Gill- ispie, of Pueblo, Pat Deitrich, of Center, and Hershel Lockett. ered before adjournment. Politics. It enters into practically' everything done. Pressure from constituents. This wouldn't be so bad if all or even a ' majority of the constituents could be heard. The trouble often is that spec- ialized constituents could be heard. The touble often is that specialized interests representing the most influ- ential seek undue preferment• Lob- bying by those seeking financial gain or power, though practically uncon. trollable, is one'of the most deplor- able of legislative evils. The above reasons are not particu- larly harmful unless they result in detriment to the public welfare. But it has never been satisfactorily de- termined, either by logic or by law, whether members of our state legisla- tures and of Congress are supposed to represent their personal convic- tions or an opposite view of the peo-. le who elect them, especially in mat- ters of grave import affecting good • % conscience, human needs or moot questions of morals. If the present system is the best the country can provide, that system ought to be protected and purified. If it is not the best system, the people of the United States ought ,to be working toward a change. Hasty and voluminous legislation is partly the result of a lack of fact-finding methods. EVERYONE WILL LIKE THIS Weil, folks, you all have heard of Peter B. Kyne, California's favorite writing son, and know that his name attached to a book or short story is a guarantee of something extra good. With this surety in mind, we are pleased to announce as a serial for The Saguache Crescent one of his late novels entitled "Money,to Burn." It is typically Kyne-esque in its stir- ring action, pleasant romance and keen humor. It tells how a poor young fellow feels--in this case a clerk in a storewho wakes up one morning to learn that he has inherit- ed a million dollars. The adventures which that million brings him are ex- tremely interesting. The tale bears a little resemblance to the life story of Mr. Kyne himself, who, only a few years ago, was a clerk in a general store, wrote a story, sent it to a pub- lisher and woke up one morning to find himself famous. Don't fail to read "Money to Burn" which starts in the issue of April 23. Mr. and Mrs. Jas. C. Cole, of Villa Grove, were Saguache guests Wed- nesday. Mr. Cole has been an old Crescent subscriber for a number of years. Saturday and Sunday Special Program _,