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TOPEKA STATE JOURNAL SATURDAY EVENING. JUiSE 20,1903.
SIDEJJGilTS. A Few Snap Shot Views of Mexico. a mere novice. The sketch below show a sectional -lew of a basket of straw berries pui nased by the writer for CO cent. 'That Kansas Tourist May See There. AMERICAN INFLUENCE. G 7 It Is Felt Everywhere in the Kepublic. Employers Seek Americans for Kesponsible Places. Mexico during the lHft twenty yrnr.a. from an almost unknown country, evtn to its n arst n'i;bor, has become one of the most popular resorts of thf wot hi both for th tourist and for those ck sit ing large and quirk returns from cap ital Invested. Foreign settlers from every Of the elobe, but especially United States, are pouring i prises of every description a up all over the Republic qil .irter from the n. KnU'l ire spring- yi- ldins large profits and carrying the tide of civilization hifther and higher. If any one should ask me. "Is it worth while to go to Mexico for pleasure or instruc tion," I should say yes, decidedly. Thre is no other country where can be Been so much that is novel, interesting and beautiful, with as little expenditure of time and money. Almost all of the principal cities are reached by rail, and the service is ex cellent. Particularly is this true of the ilexican Central railroad, whose main 1 ne traverses almost the entire length cf the Republic at an elevation of from 3,X'0 to S.we'J feet above the sea, with branch lines In every direction. We are accustomed to think of Mexi co as a land of seml-sa vases, a coun try of revolutions, bandits and Yaqui Indians, where one's life and well b int? would be in constant jeopardy. This is far from true. Life and property, ex cept in some extremely remote districts, eiv as safe as anywhere in the world. Inde. d, the business-like thoroughness with which all branches of jjo vernment are carried on would put to shame many countries that boast a hislier civilization. The C,ity of Mexico today is better paved, lighted and policed, as well drained, and almost, or quite, as clean es any i ity In the Vnited Stales, Wash ington. D. C. not excepted. It has a fine electric street railway system, beautiful parks and splendid stores. The wares of the entire world can be bought there at astonishingly low prices. Many other lartre cities are nearly as advanced as the capital, and alont; the railroads towns are springing up and manufactories multiplying with sur prising rapidity. Civilization is progres sing' with leaps and bounds: largely, of course, through the activity and ex ample of foreigners. Away from the railroads things are still somewhat primitive, and even in t'r e most progressive districts the quaint and the new are strangely mingled. THAT HASKKT OFSTIUWiERniES J f you go to Mexico 1o not fail to ta ke thf t ii i from Mexico City to Cin -rnavnr-o. It is one of Ui." grandr'st in thf worM jhvI is repleu with historic interest. Tlv distanco is 4 miles, ana -i. roiii1-rabl- portion of tho raihoa 1 is built at an rlrvation of nearly 10, 'Xm feet above sea Ii y cl. The view? of mountain, cloud ;uM valley from sucn it hfi -lit ar 1 sublime. Tlif road is n wond-'iiul piece of ontrinpr-rmrr. anl tlit stations are associated with incidents in the lives of Cortez and the unfortunate M ;i:imi ' ia n. Another trip nenrly or quite as fins is- one over the INh'xican railroad from Mexico City towards Vera. Cruz, passing Uivnuuh evt'T'V climate from that of thrt i cold.' i temperate zone to the heat an1 ; vtfiviation of t he tropics in a few hour?. and frttinsr tine view? of mighty l'o;o j cyteptl and his neighbor, the sriantvsn j Ixtaccih.uatl, "the white woman.' re posing in solitary srrauuer on ner cuul-u of jb"litteiiii4 snow. , A Si? 4 ( . e , ' ? fmlinihs'i? ll y 3 n INDIAN PORTER. The lower class has yet to learn the full value of soap and wai-r the p--on ptill goes about in straw sombrero, rag ged shirt, tittht trousers and rawhide fndals. while the rainbow-htied ' perap-" gics a pleasing tovich to an otherwise uiiiii t ractive garb. Kvi-ry h"ie one S"es tile plow of father Methuselah and the modern one nf America, the crude ox cart and the rd and er-n Stvtiiebaker, the band Fickle and the self-binding reaper, all xvorkinir in the same locality. Mexico Is a great count', y for Americans. Young men from the "states" in all walks of life except those of the artisan and the day laborer, are in great ile lo:.nd. Ameriean firms will not eniploy Mexicans to fill responsible positions when other help can ho obtained. Tnis I h lieve to be largely due to prejudic e, but it is said to be true nevert led. -ss. ' )' ' u" 'o A BIT OF GUADALAJARA. Then trere is Ouadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco, second city of th; republic. With its (lean streets, tine old cathedral, nourishing charitable in stitutions, excellent hotels, and 12r,oor industrious inhabitants it is well wortn a visit. And Lake Chapala. largest in Mexico, a body of water 7 miles long anil 20 miles w ide, close to C.uadalajai a. and reached by stage from the town of Aliquiza on the Ouadalajara branch of the Mexican Cc-ntral. from this beau tiful lake the active volcano of Colima mav ba seen on a clear day. Besides these there are many other places, but too numerous to mention here. - - -f '11-- JH "rx cextavo, fexou." The Mexican hotels are not at all up to the best American standards, but the rooms are generally clean, the foot abundant and substantial, and the rates wonderfully rcasona ole. (if course a knowledge of Spanish ia desirable, and trreatly increases a per son's ability to g"t about, yet, unless he """" c , M .... Dssrim rLowixc; in thk (;np nr.n fasti i'ed avat. Salaries paid are not quite as lar;.Te ; K s in this country, but living i-xp; uses , are much leps, so that a man may save ! rnttr money than he could in t'.'i cun- try. Tiut as 1 -aid before, it is no pl'i ' f-'T the American laboring to. in. T'.u- ( Mexican laborer is content to work !'!! shout 20 cents a day, ixotd. and to live accord in ply, so an American i-oul'l not i hop to compete v it'.i him. Ther is also a great chance for met- i rf small caoiial wiio wish to invest r. ! pom1 mercan t Me pursuit, as no trusts j and monopolies exist to crowd out sm ill j enferi'rWes. ! It may be that a Mexican can nor be j placed in a responsible posit ion. bu t he j certainly is shrewd in trade. It is sai i j that a Hebrew cannot prosper in M j I-o. that the Mexican will steal the p-oM out of The Hebrew's front teeth. This ; propensity for shai-p dealing is not ecu- , pnerl to any one class, hut is as tru" nf the lowest Indian as of the most in , teHnt merchant. They have trick ! that make the most astute Yankee of j the "wooden nutmetr" variety seem likv ; wish s to go into the back country away from i ho railroads, it is by no me;'.n absohih'ly lit ct'ssnry. There arc licnrlf, ds of Americans and Knlishmen in ovry bop-e town, also many Kngdish snc. kii;c: natives, and a sufficient num ber of Spanish words to make otv's wants known can be cjuickly acfuired. Yes1, M-.xico at any season is a fine plao f- visit, but is at its hest ir October or Xevrmn;', after the cioe of tb.e rain v scaon. CAKI; P. HOLM A 11. To Michigan Resorts A'itbout chaiigin.cr enrs. Lfave ?t. Louis 12 :'0 nron. ia Va r.dalia - Fenrsylvaiua Short Litus an1 C R. & T. j-ailway on flrawinii- ro,.ri sl-epin car for Fetos k' y. Ilav ii-w. Harbor Springs an '. Mm kinaw City. Tourist ticket? at spe cial rat- I'ind out about them by communiea t in with A . M, Ritchi, trav linr I ass. ntrer aent. Kansas Citv Mo., or J. M. Che shrough, A. P. U. agent, St. Louis, Mo. ' i - r 7 S A i 1 "3 if "V1-" "'; .' I 11 . . ,,i vAs9. 4? .1 " y - . - .c." : " T.v . . '1 l - ) j, i:ycy?Jm 1! t4 IV:i f -o ' , vv n " 5 1 "-ii i li ft V"icV-i.'.w7.-.:::v-'.i ! No need to stay at home THIS SUMMER. All sorts of low rates are offered by the Rock Island and they apply to all sorts of places Here they are: BOSTON $33.50 round trip from Topeka for meeting of National Educational Association. Tickets on sale June 30 to July 4, inclusive. Limit July 12, or by special extension September 1. A rare opportunity to visit Atlantic Coast resorts. DETROIT $22,25 round trip from Topeka for Epworth League Convention. Tickets on sale July 14 and 15. Limit July 20, or by special extension August 15. Detroit is gateway to Canadian and Northern Michigan resorts. B ALTXI.1 ORE S 3 1 . 2 5 round trip from Topska for meeting Protective Order of Elks. Tickets on sale July 17th and 18th. Limit July 25, or by special extension Jul' 31. Washington, Philadelphia and New York are but a few hours ride from Baltimore. SARATOGA $32.00 round trip from Topeka for meeting of Mystic Shrine. Tickets on sale July 4 and 5. Limit July 20, or by special extension July 31. Lake Champlain, The Adirondacks, White Mountains and At lantic Seaboard are easily accessible from Saratoga. AT!LAKTTA $29. 0 5 round trip from Topeka for meeting of Bap tist Young People's Union. Tickets on sale Ju!y 5, 6 and 7. Limit July 15, or by special extension August 15. WATER TRIPS FROM CHICAGO Cool and restful. The Rock Island Ynakes a specialty of ticketing passengers to sum mer resorts on Lakes Michigan and Huron. First low-rate ex cursion leaves Chicago, Saturday, July 4. Ask the Agent. MA 011 11 "W r-.4 V I I 1 I t : 5 1 1 I I I II fV.V I ' l lSllM Rates to r.; lrMHi!di'lW:.WllS-t 'till . .r.1-,-l--- ft r-ir .'.T 'ffBHjmHjeyM - t- yy? il " 11 v.. rrv 3 PA77 MTOiaMHl hXxt full Round trip from Chicago, S'62.50; from Omaha or Kansas City, 50. Tickets on sale July 1 to 10, inclusive. Limit August 31. Round trip from Chicago, 50; from Des Moines, $49.25; from Omaha or Kansas City, 45. Tickets on sale to either Los An geles or San Francisco, August 1 to 14, inclusive. Limit October 15. Liberal stop-over privileges. Choice of routes. Get Tickets, Sleeping Car Berths and information from nearest Rock Island Agent or A. M. FULLER, C. P. & T. A. Topeka, Kansas.