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September 19, 1901     The Saguache Crescent
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SAGUACHE CRESCENT. ~AGUA~H~, - - OOLORADO. A road is being built In the high Alps, which passes the great St. Ber- nard and also the hospice of that name. This great engineering feat will be finished and opened to the traf- fic in July ~f next year. The biggest gorilla on record has ~been bagged by a German commercial traveler In West Africa and is now on exhibition in the Umlauff museum at Hamburg. The a~imal measures 6 feet 10~ inches in height and its spread of arms is 9 feet 3% inches. The day of the week to be selected for the coronation of Edward VlI, in the coming year, is a subject of specu- lation. No sovereign of that realm has been crowned on Sunday since the time of Queen Elizabeth, and only one coronation in English history took place on Friday. It is safe, therefore, to exclude those two days from any predict-ton concerning the stately cere- monial. "The Paris Messenger" says that an attempt to resuscitate the old Roman amphitheater near the Jar~lin des Plantes, Paris, is about to be made. This ancient arena, which is now used partly as a playground for poor chil- dren and partly for omnibus stables, has a remarkable history. It is one of the largest known Roman arenas, and dates back to the first century. There is evidence that the Emperor Julian held sports there. Woo-Tong, a Chinese merchant of New York, left New York the other day for the Pan-American Exposition. Soon after the train started he saw Grace Bradshaw, of New York, a 9retty American girl, paid her some slight attentlon, rapidly became ac- quainted and finally asked her to be his wife, and after two hours of argu- ment won her consent. They alighted at Wilkesbarre, Pa., to be married, but being unable to obtain a license went to New York state and were wedded. The sword, which has had so long, and so distinguished a military record, has been placed on the retired list British army authorities have decided that in the future unmounted officers shall carry carbines instead of swords during manoeuvers and in active serv- ice. The decision is the result of ex- perience gained in the war in South Africa. The sword is not only use- less as a weapon, except in close quarters, but it serves as a mark to distinguish the officer from his men. He thus becomes a target for the en- emy's sharpshooters, and when the private soldiers have small power of initiative, as is the case in most Eur~ pean armies, the loss of a large num- ber of officers may mean disaster. The passing of the sword is one of the signs of the changed conditions of waF. An automobile savings bank is the latest French novelty. The authorities of Mezieres, wishing to encourage thrift among the peasants, have had it built to specifications. It is an eloc, tric motor-car containing four seats, one for the driver and three in the rear arranged arounu a small table. Folding shelves make a convenient desk for a person standing beside the vehicle. Under the table is a smah safe. The passengers are two clerks from the local treasury department and a cashier. The ear travels about the country, making short stops in the villages on prearranged days, and re- ceiving such sums as the citizens or farmers of the neighborhood may wish to deposit. So far, however, the Inno. ration has met little encouragement. The peasants seem distrustful of the agility of the bank, and disinclined to draw out the old stocking from its hid- ing-place under the hearthstone. There is a reverse side to the sem- blance of luxury expressed by the mir- rors, the gilding, the velvet carpets of many apartment and boarding houses. The head of the lace department in a great store recently spent her two weeks' vacation in a hospital. She laughed at the idea of being ill or even nervous; but she was tired, and for ten years had not slept in a real bed. In one apartment house, in order to keep her room fitted to receive callers, she slept on a sofa that opened in the middle, and had neither sides nor foot- board. Six out of seven nights the covers pulled off her feet. At another place her folding bed fell on her and nearly killed her, so she traded it for a narrow divan, from which pillows and blankets slipped off nightly. At the hospital she finally found a bed wide enough to sleep in crosswise, a bed by day as well as by night, a bed tuckabIe, with a bolster and counter- pane; and she stayed in it for two weeks. In countless cases the make- believe bed is the symbol of a sham and comfortless existence for which apartment life is largely responsible. A farmer living at the village of ~oussac, France, was seen to fall to the ground, and on a subsequent ex- amination by a medical man he was pronounced to be dead. Arrangements for his funeral were in progress, and the man had been placed in his cof- fin, when he suddenly recovered con- sciousness. Sitting up ~n his coffin, he so terrified the watchers that they fled shrieking. This in turn seems to have terrified the man, for he was next seen running in his gracs clothes towards a neighboring wood, gesticu- latinl~ as though bereft of reason. BRYAN AND OYSTER DEMOCRATS. Mr. Bryan has the advqntage of the Oyster l~emocrats, the shuffling and sllet'.t or: llibiguous opportunists, in havilig lhe (.olu'ag( to say wh'lt im be- lieves. They simply want to win. lie ~V~III*~I tO ])l'OllllJt(~ c(wt~lin principles. In an article ill Ilia l)uper he shows timt the ])en|ovralic (,nclni(~s of the Kallsas (;it3" platforln (.all'[ agree lnlong then,sc'lves, or don't i,:uo~.v what they want. it is easy (,nongh to yawp Itbout ghost issues like lrusts and iin- perilaism, but the 1)cmo Emma Goldman was in l)e~ver April i3, 1898, and spoke before a small audi- ence. In an interview published in the News she said the anarchists had decided not to kill any more crowned heads. Miss Ella Naomi Penfold of Bur- lington has been chosen maid of honor to the Mountain and Plain festival queen from Kit Carson county. She is a daughter of J. W. Penfold, county treasurer. Conejos and Logan counties have al- ready named maids of honor for the. queen of the Mountain and PI:Hn Fes- tival at Denver next month. Miss Stel- la Van Fleet will represent Conejos county, and Miss Bertha Mac Brewer, of Sterling, Logan county. On Sunday, September 15th, the day after the death of President McKinley, nearly every pastor in Colorado devot- ed his sermon to topics connected with the great ~mtional tragedy. Large pub- lic gatherings were also held in all the principal towns of the stare. The opening day at Denver u~l- versity, September ]lth, was marked by a great increase in the number of students over last year. The students. are not all in yet, but it is thought the full enrolhnent will show more than 1.000 names. Last year there were- 880. In an attempt to hold up the saloon kept by Grant Depler in Stringtown,. three miles from Leadville, at mid- night, Septemher 10th, two robbers had a fight with Depler and Joseph Manshine, his bartender, in which the latter was killed together with one of the robbers. The other robber es- caped. The season of tourist rates on the railroads is reported to have been far She best ever known in this state. The grand total of excursionists who visit- ed Colorado during the summer Just closed is between 50,000 and 55,000. Last year there were less than 30,000. The Colorado & Southern brought from Texas to this state the largest number of excursionists in its history, a great many of them going to the- Boulder Chautauqua. The Denver Republican of Septem- 5er 15th, prints the following dispatch from Boulder: A terrible mountain fire is raging abont live miles west of" Eldora, three miles west of the Re- venge mine. It began at 2 o'clock and by 7 dmd covered a space of grotlnd over six miles square. It is destroying some of the finest timber in this county. From Boulder large vol- umes of smoke were noticed this af- zernoon. The Denver & Northwestern railroad .adS, begun work on its line between Denver and Arvada. A contract for trading the road was let to J. A. Osner. Mr. 0sner will have to remove 70,000 yards of earth and must have his con- tract completed in six weeks. Mean- time the other contractors have started putting up poles and stringing wires. The electric power will be furnished by the .Tramway company. The line will he three miles long and is expect- ed to be in operation on December 1st. The Boulder Railway and Utility Company has met with a disappoint- meat in the matter of securing the first $100,000 of its $200,000 mortgage. The company felt so sure of getting this money that it went to the expense of printing bonds, etc., and In all spent about $7,700. The company claims that the trouble lay in the trustee nn- der the old trust deed wanting $3,000 for his services, and this those who were to furnish the money would not pay. The affairs are again to go into the court for adjustment. N. C. Merrill, president of the Big Five Mining Company, is said to have annonnced that the proposed hotel at Idaho Springs will be built by individ- uals and not in connection with any of the mining companies. Architect Reed of Philadelphia is to look over the grounds at once and decide upon plans. Mr. Merrill says there is no difficulty in arranging for the neces- sary money. The representatives of the various mining companies in which Mr. Merrill is an active member declined to go into the hotel business. The Colorado Fuel and Iron Com- pany has purchased 300 acres of land lying between Florence and the Colo- rado Portland Cement C~)mpany's works, six miles east of the town. On this land is a ~hale hed seventy feet high, and a test of the shale shows seventy-slx per cent. cement. There is no need of any lmtmrtatlon of any material to manufacture this article. It is said to be the intention of the company to build a plant to manufac- ture cement for its own use, and work on this will be begun before the end of the year. The plant will have s daily capacity of 500 barrels. ii:i