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The sun. [volume], November 02, 1913, FOURTH SECTION PICTORIAL MAGAZINE, Page 5, Image 35
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THE SUN, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1913.
JFE'S LITTLE EVENTS DEPICTED BY JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG i r i"v.i,u JAWE UlOIITPOIll Copyright ty Harptr & llrotben. THE FIRST GRAY HAIR. WHERE MR. GEORGE W. VANDERBILT AND HIS FAMILY LIVE AN OUTDOOR LIFE In His Elaborate Hunting Lodge on a Spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains Near Asheville, N. C, Famous Sportsman Is Spending the Autumn Months A MILE above sea level, on the breeze swept heights of a spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, X. C. Is tho cliborau hunting lodge where Mr. and Mrs. Corge W. Vanderbllt and their twelve- tar-old daughter, Miss Cor ntlla ?' lyvesant Vanderbllt, are spend ing tli. fill months. The nearest house is flu Holes distant and bears and deer ;iml r :n close view of the lodge. Tli u'i remote, the lodge ix not in- v Prom Blltmore House It ievud with a field glass, fifteen ivvay In an air line, Its site pic , e. appealing to the Imaglna- iii;i' ' ii 1 1 lin M In i.r.d t 'I!-. urin A inn vn 1 he ontory where the lodge veranda looks a thousand feet down and surveys the vast Vanderbllt property. There are 130.000 acres of mountain, forest and stream the greatest private estate In America scores of mountains, hundreds of miles of stream, tributary to the French Broad, and Just now It spreads before the lodge as a billowy ocean gorgeously hucd by autumn tints. The automobile road extends ten miles further along the crest of l'isgah Hidge. Its grade there not exceeding 2 per cent., and views right and left a lordly land of mountains. Ahead Is Devil's Court House Willi Its bear caves; to the left and In the valley the wlldernes of rho dodendron bushes whose pink Mowers give It the name of the Pink Beds, and to the light the mighty misty domes of fireplace one can walk erect anil look up the Great Smokies on the Tennessee line. Beyond Asheville, where at night the lights of the street cars seem lik crawling flretlles, is the balsam' spite .' Mount Mitchell, highest land fast ( the Hocky Mountains. The lodge i built of barkless lugs closely fitted, the central portion being a great living room surmounted by rus tic galleries opening Into bedrooms, anil covered ways connect It with two addi tions of like construction ( uilaining guest chambers. Thv living room has an enormous stone chimney Into whose Located a Mile Above Sea Level, Lodge Veranda Overlooks Estate of 130,000 Acres of Mountains, Forests and Streams and Bears and Deer Wander in Close View at the stars. There Is running water and electric light. On the will's are heads of bears and deer which made themselves too fain".lnr with the Van derbllt chicken co.ip mid garden. The automobile road Is seven miles long, and so skilful was Its engineer ing that no gradient exceeds 7 per cent., while the average n from 3 to ." per cent. Its couiftruction covered a peilod of two years mid It cost $30,000, but to offset this Mr. Vanderbllt can now reach the lodge In two hours instead of by a day's Journey by wagon. And with the return trip ti Asheville taking but an hour ami a half. It fiviiueiuly hap pens that his friends Journey there In the afternoon, spend an hour or two and are at home li iliifk. As a general rule, however, these Mslis cover the latter part of the week !. wtl from the broad and level U nul esplanade extending n thou--miU f-.-t from the cream colored rep- ' 'bateau of Blols to the mar peduce the long ridge leading to i isgah seems like a gigantic rat. v was called The Hat long '...fr.rc Mr Vn nilerhllt Went tO 1.- v ... No strain Is put on the Jfiv - .vlun to see Its ears, eyes, nose and always tt seems io ue u- limit to the sharp spire of I is on one of the peaks that ears that the lodge Is placed. Mr Vanderbllt ks no bird man he irney twice fifteen miles to lodge. It Is four miles from , an to Blltmore village, two the Miuare of Asheville and . n'y-seven miles by road. The veied Vanderbllt motor car the green valley of Ilanlny il then turns southward arrowing hills over a good id, most of it macadam, t s to a little lodge where a i "vvung asross the road like t p murks the Vanderbllt v sitors must have a permit 'Mr. ns the automobile road built ' r rbllt exclusively for use by ik'S. At once the car begins r'l swing curves It must rise ' Ins- ven miles. The road Is ' f the Mope, -with a bank on and a declivity on the other, ascends through the forest the tpimme sharper until the road- "d 'K.r-s precipices hundreds of feet " - 'IT Je.iicf.nt nlc beauty of the trip culml ' fairly level top f the prom- r r, ' Mi v I I I I till III' mi. a- Mi The ts. HBBBI!IBBBLWBtyiillttL Outdoor life Is the feature. A few miles ride down Into the valley pro vide" fishing for speckled and rainbow trout, where the while water Hashes in rapid and waterfall. Il is said that Mr. Vanderbllt iuletuls lo esteiiil Die iiiilomoblle road a .ln.en miles further In Brevard, where il will connect with the county road, affording a circling ride of about 7o milts from Asliev llle. m i-v ui i iiyi v.oov.i rn Dust in COMl'HHSSKD air has superseiled sleaiii as the motive power for driving rock drills on many of tlm large excavating Jobs in the city. Tim men who diiect the operation of tb, air dillleis and the men who woik In tint tieiuiies have dlsiovered a new use for th npresspil oh- after the day's work Is done. The powerful drills pulverize a largo amount of rock and the dusi is wafted all over the vicinity In which t ie di til ing Is being done. The men's clothes become coveted with a layer of the pul verized rock, which Is exti finely dlllleiilt to remove by ordinary methods. The problem of removing this linn rock dust perplexed the men until una of them found the solution by removing the end of the hose whloli carries tho compressed air to n drill and directing the powerful air current on his Oust covered clothes. Willi a hissing sound the air rushed out and swept nwny tho rock dust instantly. In five minutes tho man had cleaned tils clothes to perfei;. tlou. Now all the men working on Jobs where compressed air Is used are using the up to date method of cleaning their apparel. It is amusing to watoh a gang of half a dozen men using us many lines of air hose to blow the dust from their clothoa nftcr donning them, Mr. Vanderbilt's Hunting Lodge near Asheville, N. C. The Class in English THK editor at the Wisconsin Experi ment Station, desiring a complete reference library of the resources of the State, Bent a circular letter to the horticultural, dairying and other agricultural organisations of Wisconsin asking for copies of their "laBt reports." Most of them came all right, but onu organization wrote: "Our last re port, we hope, is not yet published, but we tuke pleasure In sending under separate cover a copy of our latest report,"