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The Canon City Record.
Suggest a Sub=Way for
Travel Under the Railroad
Tracks on Ninth Street
Such u Improvement Would Obviate the
Danger Existing From a Surface
The County, the City, the Railroad Company and the
People of Lincoln Park Would, Doubtless, Assist
in die Enterprise—All Matertal, Except
Cement, Could Be Obtained While
Excavating the Sub-Way
In view of the fact that the Denver j
& Rio Grande Railroad company in
now engaged in the construction of a
new eta ion and the necessity con
fronting th»> county commissioners of
erecting; a bridge across the river on
Ninth street to take the place of the
one taken out by the flood Tuesday
night DaTL, DeW«*ese suggests the
proprl^t'tfJ*^**^building a sub-way for
travel under thi railroad tracks as a
matter of pu,iiic convenience and as
a safeguard against h ■ accidents in
cident to a surface crossing.
Borne effort is being brought to
bear on the commissioners to forego
the old *l»e and build on Tenth street
ant! transfer traffic between Lincoln
Park and this city to that thorough
fan* to the prejudice and abandon
ment of the present line of communi
cation While not disposed to condemn
or criticise sny of the propositions to
be submitted *o the commissioners a
the present juncture of affairs i; may
be stated incidentally that the trans
fer of travel to Tenth street would »**
an expensive matter and would in
crease. rather than diminish, the
danger to human life and would re
sult In the moving of business on !
Main street one or two blocks further :
east, which would be Inconvenient to
say the least.
The Denver and Rio Grande freight
houses under the new arrangement
will he located at the Intersection of
Tenth and Water streets and the
danger to the public travel from a
surface crossing at that point will be
vastly augmented over what It Is now.
The construction also of an approach
to a bridge on Tenth street would be
a costly undertaking, entailing nn ex- ,
pendlture of perhaps two thou
sand dollars. The railroad yards,
which will contain several additional ,
tracks at that point, will intensify
the peril of a crossing at Tenth
•treet. to say nothing of the inconven
ience and expense that it will necessl-
The Daily Record It advised from
private sources tut the Denver and
Rio Grande Railroad company would
gladly co-operate with the city and
county In the espeote<of constructing
the proposed concrete sub-way on
Ninth street and that the success or
failure of the enterprise depends up
on our home people. The matter Is
one of great Importance to the com
munity and It is hoped that the agita
tion now being carried on will result
In something definite being ddtie to
safeguard the public from accident at
that point. There Is bound to be a con
stantly Increasing business on Ninth
street between this city and Uncoln
Park for many years as It Is the logi
cal line of travel and nothing should
be left ifndone that would facilitate
It, or protect those engaged In It from
Injury In crossing the railroad tracks.
With the opening of the new depot,
now In course of construction, addi
tional railroad tracks will be built
across Ninth street and the danger of
a surface crossing will be vastly In
creased. so much so. In fact, as to
render the establishment of gates
there an abaolnts necessity. A sub
way on Ninth street such as was out- :
lined In thane coinings n few days.
M*. weald affoetaallr do away wttfc
tfco minM entitle of Irani!
Mate over the line of travel that u&a
; heretofore *xlsted. A eub-way for the
use of the public under the railroad
tracks on Ninth street has many
! hings •o commend it and seems to be
| the only logical solution of the prob
' lent that is presented to the public.
Mr. DeWeese has gl\<n the matter
much consideration and is confident
of the feasibility and success of his
scheme. He favors the building of an
open sub-way from the foot of the
hill, near Kftzman’s cement plant.
; ilong Ninth street to its intersection
with Hirer street at a point opposite
the United Presbyterian church,
which he says can be done without
much trouble, or financial burden,
j The sub-way would be nine feet in
depth with a stone, or concrete, pro
■ tectlng parapet, ex-ending four feet
; above the street grade. Under the
, railroad tracks there would, of course
j be a cement arch, or roof, resting on
ju structural steel foundation. The in
cline from River street to Lbs railroad
i tracks would be so gradual ns to be
lof no serious disadvantage to travel,
in fact, would be far less annoying to
’ the drivers of vehicles or pedestrians
than the delays arising from a grade
| crossing. All of the sand needed for
const ruction purposes could be ob
! talned from the material taken out
' during the work of excavating the
1 sub-way and the residue could be
dumped on the low lands contiguous
to the river hank near the east end of
the proposed bridge, thus greatly re
ducing the cost of the work The sub
way could easily be kept free of wat
«r by means of a ten inch drainage
pipe and would never be subject to
flooding from the river, however high
the water might be. It Is universally
conceded that Canon City and its en
virons must within a few years con
tain a much larger population than
they do at present and such a sub
way as Mr. DeWeese has in contemp
lation must inevitably be built to meet
tkcre, and .perhaps, be the meant of
savtug a number of human lives,
which would be worth Incalculably
now than the cost of the undertaking i
to say . nothing of Its convenience'to
the people at large, ft la understood
that the .railroad company wouk)/: If
asked to do so, send Its engineers
.here to assist the 1 city
maktu* the necessary survey in
estimating the cost of the suggested
Improvement. Now It the opportune
time to build the sub-way as the work
can be done more cheaply than would
be the case next year, or the year afi
ter. It is an enterprise that may well
rnllst the Interest of the community.
In the presence of relatives and a
few Invited guests a pretty wedding
occurred yesterday when Miss Irma
W. Arthur became the bride of Mr.
Robert Linn. The ceremony was per
formed by Rev. H. M. Jamieson, pas
tor of the United Presbyterian
church at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Clark In South Canon. After
the nuptials had been performed the
happy couple and guests partook of a
sumptuous wedding dinner. Both of
the contracting parties are popular
residents of Rockvale. where the
groom holde a responsible position
with the C. r. ft I. Co. Mre. Clark Is
an aunt of the groom. The young
couple have a hot! of frleufta la Rock
vale aaft hereabouts whe hold M
•004 wleheo for thus Ift fhtfr weftisft
the growing demands of the public.
Lincoln Park is now dotted with
homes, but in the near future it will
be the residence of twice, or thrice,
its present number of inhabitants and
they will require increased facilities
for reaching Canon City without dan
ger to life or limb. Now that a new
railroad station is being built and a
new bridge has to be constructed
across the river is pre-eminently the
time to dig the sub-way on Ninth
street. So good an opportunity will
never come again and the public will
sleep on its privileges if something is i
not done in the present emergency. It j
is believed the railroad company will !
endorse the proposition and will con
tribute liberally to the expense of the
enterprise. With its new station and
added tracks for the operation of
trains it will, no doubt, be required
by the city to install gates and main
tain a watchman at all hours of the
day and night at the Ninth street
crossing unless a means Is provided
for travel under its roadbed. Its con
tribution to the cost of the suggested
'Ub-way. however, would be far less
ban the expense of maintaining a
vatchman to warn the public of the
danger accruing from a grade cross
ing. It might well pay forty per cent,
< r even more, of the otal outlay to
liminate th. dancer to the public
from the operation of its trans. The
* unty would, undoubtedly, help in
Vacation Notes
< «l«»mdo nnd Copper Hirer
Distance* are great in Alaska,
j From Seattle to Juneau it is 939
f miles. You make this of course only
by boat through this wonderful lu
’ land waterway and in this long trip
. we made but one stop, at Ketchikan.
, From Juneau to Cordova it is 496
. miles out in the open air. From Cor
dova to Valdez 78 miles. Valdex to
( Seward 155 miles. Seward to Fort
, (Jraham 148 miles.
t And the distances seem longer too
. from the fact that transportation is
, by boat and boats are slow, infre
! quent and are often delayed by the
tides and other reasons.
We left Juneau for the southwest
/coast the-2S?h day of July and write
( as often as we will we can’t get any
mail back to Seattle until our own
, boat. The Northwesterner. comes*
along and picks it up. and it will not
' get into Seattle until about Aug. 13.
* * *
leaving Juneau we are soon in the
open sea—the Pacific ocean and for
two days we had a chance at sea
sickness. The sea was as calm as it
could be the first day out, and the
second day wasn’t bad but the rolling
put a few passengers away in their
bunks. Nearly the entire distance the
boat is In sight of land. The coast
is marked by high snow-cappeo
mountains that are remarkable for
their nigged grandnre. Rising as they
do more than 10.600 feet Straight up
from the water’s edge they are mag
nificent. and nohe aboard appreciated
them more than we from Colorado.
• «*- e
One most know mountains to ap
preciate mountain scenery. I have
noticed this so often in Colorado. To
the average tourist from the plains'
states our Colorado mountains are j
disappointing—not scattering enough.:
However. If Ptke’a Peak.were a mile
or two higher It would attract little [
more attention from them. But the'
traveled man always enjoys fine!
mountains—and you will find few
better anywhere than in Colorado. In
the heart of Alaska's finest moun- '
tains I met a man who was telling
me what I must not miss seeing—
after an elaborate description he
asked me where l was from. When
I mentioned Colorado he said. “Oh.
well, we can’t show you anything In
But they can. all right. The Alaskan
mountains are great.
* * *
We had a day at Cordova and It
was a Colorado day —the Aral sua- <
■Way day we had aeea. A Beaver !
PM aaa, flWhf my same la the i
Hah earn* dm m the boat md met
the matter, so would the city and the
people of Lincoln Park; thereby
avoiding a burden on anybody. The
matter will be presented to the county
commissioners and to the city coun
cil by Mr. DeWeese and a committee
of citizens for heir co-operation and
support before any action is taken in
relation to the re-building of the
bridge wrecked by the flood a few
nights ago. There Is nothing chimeri
cal about the proposition, indeed
there appears to be much to commend
it and we believe that it will receive
the encouragement and concurrence
of the public at large as a practical
and necessary measure.
Frofti Tuesday’s Daily.
The boar dof county commissioners
will' meet tomorrow to take up the
ueqstion of re-building the Ninth
street bridge, washed out by the flood
in the Arkansas river a week ago. Al
though the matter has been informal- i
ly discussed by the commissioners no
official action has been taken in the
premises beyond the awarding of a
j contract to the Bullen Bridge com- ,
pany of Pueblo to take the wrecked
; structure to pieces and remove the
i material to a place of safety. There'
has been some talk of the city joining
i with thee ounty in the construction of
| a Concrete bridge at Ninth street,
j thereby putting up a structure that
; will last for centuries. Such a bridge
had been erected by Salida and is an
1 orriamen* to the city. Such a bridge
here would be an advertisement of the
progressiveness of the community
and would last for generations. What
ever is done at Ninth street should be
i of k permanent character.
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Stromberger of
Elm avenue. Lincoln Park, are the
parents of a baby boy, born to them
thifc morning Mother and infant doing
|of j groceries that was highly appre
j elated.
J Cordova Is away over on the left
r I fcdifl corner of the big map. You
- probably never heard of it before—
) j but if you are in any way interested
. j in Alaska you will hear of Cordova
J j in the future.
- j Cordova is only a year or two old
>! but is now a town of 15.000 people
t j with good business blocks, two banks
: two daily papers and everything else
»| that go with a live new mining camp.
? I The thing that is making Cordova
-| is the building of the Copper River
» I Railroad.
This lailroad is being built by the
t Morean and Guggenheim interests and
• will tap an immensely rich copper
• section in the interior. Its two chief
i } points of destination are Copper Cen
ter and the Bonanza Mine. Fifty-nine
: ; miles have been built and work is
! progressing as fast as 2.700 men can
push it through. The roadbed anu
■ bridges are as fine as anything on
• the Rio Grande system and altogeth
er we found the Copper River Rail
road about the most alive proposition
i in Alaska.
Cordova and the railroad people
showed us a good time. A special
train took us up as far as the road
is built, which offered an excellent
opportunity of seeing some Interior
Here we get very close to Childs
and Miles glaciers which alone would
make the road .famous If it started
at a point easily reached by many
people. The glaciers will be men
tioned in another letter,
Mr. M. J. Heaey, the contraotor,
entertained the bunch at dinner at
his grading and such a dinner
it has rarely been my pleasure to *
enjoy. When you remember that Alas
ka produces nothing to eat. that ev
, erythlng is shipped in from a long
1 distance, and that we were at a grad-
' Ing camp sixty miles up la tits son
| tains, you can imagine our surprise
and delight to sit down to a better
banquet than I have ever seen served |
at the Brown Palace. The plates were
porcelain and cut glass was not much
in evidence but the things to eat
were there—and modern things to
drink, too. This was the only place
we tasted real milk and fresh steaks
in Alaska.
; Mr. Heney is a modern railroad
builder and he believes in living com
fortably. He has his drove of milk
t cows follow the camp and he ships
in his beef cattle to be killed and
dressed as Beaded. He haa no trouble
la keeping ms and they aay ho feeds
better than aay railroad builder in
continuou on page
Confidence men have been operating
with unusual success on Denver &
Rio Grande passenger trains between
Colorado Springs and Canon City dur
ing the last few days and several
travelers are deploring the loss of the
contents of their wallets in conse
quence of the very smooth bunco
played upon them. Two cases of rob
bery between Pueblo and this city
were reported to the authorities here
yesterday; one of them on west bound
train number one and the other on
west bound train number five, but so
cleverly was their work covered up
that the vlctimes were unable to af
ford the police any very definite
clues as to the identity of the thieves.
Just before train number one pulled
Into Canon City yesterday afternoon
a young man of prepossessing appear
-1 ance walked forward in *he second j
coach and sat down in one of the ;
i front seats beside I. W. Gray of Ter
rell. Texas, who was leaning out of
the window for the purpose of getting
a good view of the town. The stran- J
ger, who was without a coat. and.
apparently, about thirty-five years of
age. tapped Gray on the shoulder and !
stated that his wife was desirous of!
sending some money back to Kansas
City by registered letter and that he
had been requested by her to find
somebody who had a 'wenty dollar
bill they would exchange for an equal
amount of money in bills of a smaller
denominafirn A twenty dollar bill,
he said, would be less likely to at
tract attention in a letter ‘ban half
a dozen ones of less value, hence was
safer to send through the mail^.
Without suspecting the motive of
the stranger Gray replied that he did
not have a twenty dollar bill, but
had two ten dollar bills that might
be made to answer the purpose. The
stranger said that he very much
wanted a twenty dillar bill and would
go and see If he could get one of the
conductor and if unsuccessful would
come back for the two ten dollar
A minute or two later he reap
peared and told Gray that he was un
able to make the exchange with the
conductor and would regard it as an
accommodation if he would let him
have the two ten dollar bills. On
opening his pocket book Gray dis
closed three new. crisp ten dollar
notes, issued by the First National
bank of Terrell. Texas, his home
town. The stranger said he would
According to reports from Denver,
incorporation papers were filed with
the secretary of state there yesterday
by the Stratton Gold and Copper Min
ing company of Fremont county, with
headquarters at Salida. The concern
is capitalized tor half a million dol
lars. it is one of the most important
mining companies formed in the state
for years.
The significance of the company is
the fact that it will develop large cop
per deposits that are believed to ex
ist In. the Red Gulch district between
Cotopaxi and Salida. It has long been
F. D. Tripp of 323 Sherman avenue,
has sold his fine suburban home and
fruit ranch to C. C. Gossard and will
give possession of the property to the
»purchaser about September tenth.
The Tripp ranch is one of the choicest
and most productive orchard tracts on
IJncoln Park and the price paid for it
by Mr. Gossard would indicate that j
property in that section has not de- •
creased in value during the last few |
Mr. Tripp and family will go to Pu- j
eblo with the Intention of making
their home there as the former naa ’
purchased the Howard Art studio in
that city and will devote his time and
eaergy to catering to the high trade
this studio enjoys. No town ever has
eooogh of that substantial class of
ftttlSMSllp to which Mr. aMI Mr*.
NO 3,
' like to have all ’hree of the bills if
Gray was willing to exchange them
for a like sum in smaller notes. Hav
ing obtained Gray’s consent to the
proposition the stranger handed him
a handful of one and two dollar bills,
which, upon being counted by Gray,
found to aggregate nineteen dollars.
When informed that he w*as short in
his change the stranger was very pro-
I fuse in his apologies and said that his
wife had doubtless made a mistake
in counting the money. He told Gray
that he would go back into the next
car and find out how the error had
happened. To forestall any suspicion
of dishonesty h* took a large envel
ope from his pocket, and. apparently,
j placed all of the money into it. and
after deftly sealing it, left it in Gray’s
, possession while he went in quest
i of his wife. It is hardly necessary to
say that he never came beck and that
; Gray was buncoed.
Not until after the train was enter
ing the Royal Gorge did it occur to
j Gray that he had been robbed and he
! reported the mafer to the conductor
who courteously stopped the train
that Gray might get off and come
- back here and inform the authorities
i i of his loss.
■ A couple of arrests were made, but
! ; *n each case their inno
: cense and were released. Gray, is
! convinced that the stranger never put
• j the money into the envelope, although
• seeming to do so. When Gray broke
the seal of the package which he be
r lieved to contain the bills he found
; nothing inside but half a dozen sheets
of tissue paper. wh : ch were intended
r to deceive the holder into the belief
I J they were money as long as the en
velope remained unopened. Instead of
: ; putting the bills into the envelope
> the stranger very skillfully slipped
i them up his sleeve, or concealed them
I in the palm of his hand. Gray came
» originally from Mattoon. Illinois, but
! has lived in the south for several
•! years. He was on his way to Grand
: Junction.
! The robbery on the train was sub
■ } stantially the same as in Gray’s case,
■ j except, that the victim was an older
man and lost forty dollars. Similar
i 1 operations by confidence men were
reported by Denver and Rio Grande
passengers at Colorado Springs and
Pueblo last Sunday. Gray left for
Grand Junction this afternoon deter
i . mined to trust no man with his money
in the future.
the impression of mining men that
important metal deposits are to be
found in Fremont county, but hereto
fore no great amount of capital haa
been invested in their development.
The incorporation of the new com
pany and the development work it is
about to undertake wfll open up a
rich mineral section, the results of
which will be watched with consider
able The incorporat
ofs of the company launched yester
day are R. R. Stratton. George Sulli
van. W. E. Stratton. J. F. Roe and G.
9. Green.
Trip belong and they will be missed
In every phase of Canon City life. and.
in going .to their new home, will car
ry with them the absolute respect and
confidence of this community.
Max Gunning, sentenced to the
| state penitentiary here Tor grand lar
j oen.v and paroled August 9th, of the
: current year, was yesterday morning
( granted permission by Governor Sha
i Troth to make a trip to Illinois to visit
j a sick relative who is not expected to
j live. Under the parole rules a prison
; er cannot leave the state, but the ex
traordinary permission was granted
Gunning owing to the circumstances
of the case and from the further feet
that while la the penitentiary he urns
n model prisoner. le has slrsadT

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