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TOURIST POSSIBILITIES Geo. L. Brozich Writes of the Growth of This Business in the Past Few Years. The “Playground of a Nation” Slogan- County Needs More Accommodations. by GEO. L. BROZICH. Chairman of Tourist Committee of St- Louis County Club, in the Duluth Herald. At the annual meeting of the St. Louis County club recently held at the Duluth Commercial club rooms, many laudatory remarks were made on the opportunities still dormant in St. Louis county, which, if properly exploited, will mean ad ditional wealth, not only for the county and state, but for the in dividuals partaking in the develop ment program of this progressive organization. St. Louis county came into prominence in the early ’Bos when rumors of gold deposits were spread. These, however, did not pan out to satisfaction, but the influx of people paved the wav to other resources. Next came the immense lumber holdings which added great wealth to the common wealth. While the lumber industry was fairly on its way, the iron ore was discovered and gradually de veloped into great proportions. At the time the ore was discovered, it was generally thought that this was the limit of the possibilities in St. Louis county, but no sooner than the people began to settle, another valuable asset was discovered, the agricultural possibilities, which have so far been exploited only in a limited way, but which have al ready proven to be a great asset. The port of Duluth has for a long time been considered a great asset of the county and with the pro posed lake-to-the ocean project, it is going to become one of the world’s most important ports. But the latest jewel in the crown of St. Louis county possibilities has only recently been discovered; it is the tourist possibilities which lie in the vast domain of St. Louis county. The Tourist Business. In order to comprehend the magnitude of these possibilities, a reference to statistical figures is necessary. Just put these figures under your hat. Tourist travel to the Minnesota lakes has increased tremendously in the past few, years, as shown from data compiled by the Minnesota Ten Thousand Lakes’ association from information fur nished by hotels, summer resorts, Commercial clubs, automobile clubs and the State Highway association. This data shows that in 1916 only about 13,000 tourists came into the state, in 1917 about 17,000 visited us, the year 1918 brought 40,000, in 1919 145,000 enjoyed their out ings in Minnesota, 1920 brought into our state over 200,000 tour ists, and the year of 1921 over 300,000. The class of these tour ists is the best citizenry of America, and from carefully com piled figures it has been estimated that each tourist spends i n the state on an average $8 per day, which brought about $2,500,000 in to the state during the summer of 1921. Additional figures show that these same tourists have left in the state i n various investments over $10,000,000, a tidy sum for (the (greetings of the Reason Extended tn All. ffliller Start ffln. II I I • I’ THE ELY MINER *l* r 1 a possibility which has been ’.ying idle for ages. That this was pos sible, first credit goes to the Min nesota Ten Thousand Lakes’ as sociation which has inaugurated a nation-wide pubicity campaign, and which is now recognized by the state and partially supported by the state. State appropriations, how ever, should be greatly increased by the next legislature to enable this Important organization to carry on its good work. The tourist business is started. The only thing that will keep it away is the lack of proper facilities to accommo date them. Thousands were turned away the past season for lack of accomodation, and here also lies opportunity for profitable invest ments. But when we dwell on the money spent by the tourists in our midst, there appears some narrow-minded business men, including farmers, whb say that they cannot see this mdney nor feel the benefit of same. This is all bosh. There is no in dividual keener to enjoy the pro ducts our small farmers raise in the summer time than the tounsts. The vegetables, milk and cream of the small farmer are mostly con sumed by these people, and the money they get naturally drifts in to business channels or savings, or the development o f more lands. Anyone who thinks thus is not worthy to share the benefits of this busihess and is not a good citizen. The tourists not only spend money while they are with us, but many invest in our agricultural, mineral, timber and summer resort lands, which adds to the taxable values of our state, and many will become permanent citizens of the state. Wkat St. Louis County Offers. St. Louis county has many at tractions for tourists. In the first place, Duluth is nationally known as a summer outing city. The climate of Duluth and its northern tributaries is of a character that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the United States during the sum mer months. In addition to the climate, there are the famous iron the great chain of lakes thru which- the most famous canoe trips in the world can be made, and last, but not least, are the zood roads. But let us dwell on these attractions separately. First in importance would probably come the good roads, for without good roads the country would be inac> cessible. The Babcock system of state roads will work wonders for St. Louis county. Just now the main highways are being paved, but while the importance of the main highway is the most talked of topic, the importance o* the o'her latteral or feeding roads should not be lost sight of. One of these reeding roads is now under con- from Ely to • Finland w’hich will connect with the nation ally-known North Shore Superior d ™ e be ‘ ween Duluth and Port Canada. This .road, which will be completed early in the sea son of 1922, will bring more tour is t business through St. Louis county than any other feeding road yet projected. It will enable tl l e A OUr l? ts to take in beauties of the North Shore drive, the in vrPOl u tS -° f the Vermilion and the Mesaba iron ranges, it will pass through the Superior national forest and land back in Duluth, the gateway to the North country and Playground of a Nation”. But hlle we ar e dwelling on the slogan • he of a Nation”, t is worth while to ascertain just where this slogan originated. For coS^trv Pa ? th< L Lake Vermiilon country has been exploited in errat 2 c way as a surnmer ™«>rt country, hut there was no a , ctlon taken to make it nationally known. About seven years ago the Ely Commercial club was organized, which immediately toox active steps to popularize the northern part of St. Louis county as a summer resort. The Ely club adopted the motto to advertise the ELY. MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1921. country as the “Playground of a Nation". The motto took so well that Duluth, St. Paul and Minne apolis have taken up the same slogan in their advertising. The Ely Commercial club is not jealous of this, for we recognize that Du luth, St. Paul and Minneapolis can well claim to be a gateway to many “playgrounds” in the state, but the Ely Commercial club still retains the only undisputable ground to the “threshold” of the most fascinating land and lake re gion in the United States, pro nounced by the government recrea tional experts to be second only to the Yellowstone National Park, and, remember, the headquarters of this region are at Ely. How to Encourage Tourists. There are many ways to encour age tourists to come to St. Louis county and Northern Minnesota in general. First is judicious and honest advertising. The Duluth Commercial club, the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad company, the Ely Commercial club and several progressive clubs of the Mesaba range have of late seen the im portance of this and have rendered valuable service, which should be kept up. Next to the advertising is the erection of proper facilities to take care of these tourists when they come. In this respect St. Louis county is very far behind. True, there are several nice resorts on the Vermilion lake at Tower, Minn., and some on the chain of lakes at Ely, Minn., but the ex perience of the last season clearly shown that none of these resorts have ample facilities to ac commodate the ever-increasing number of tourists. The fact is that we must prepare more accom modations. The local capital is rather limited and we must try to interest outside capital. The in vestment is safe and profitable, if only put before the financiers of the country in the proper light and backed by civic organizations. In our advertising about the summer resort possibilities, in addition to fishing, hunting, canoeing, bathing and general outdoor recreation, particular reference should be made to the climate and the length of the season. Unfortunately there are many of our own citizens who yet believe that our season is of only two or three months’ duration. Nothing is farther from the truth, however. We are getting four distinct classes of tourists into our territory, and between the four classes we can make a six months’ season of our resorts. The real fisherman will come as early as the season opens, which is May 15 and which ought to start our re sorts going, and there are many of them. Next comes the regular va cationist who usually appears about June 15; this class includes numer ous canoeists. Their season lasts until Sept. 15, although many come earlier and later. Then comes the season for hay fever sufferers, which starts about July 15 and ends when the freezing come} in the fall. And, by the way, let us not forget that our climate is par ticularly beneficial _for the hay feverites. This has been proven by this class of tourists from all parts of the United States. This class alone will lengthen the season of our resorts when this feature of our climate is brought before them. And last come the hunters, who stay until the big game hunt ing season closes, Nov. 20. Study Individual Need*. But in order to attract all these four classes, particular study of their individual needs must be made. For instance, to give the fisherman a real good time, we must propagate and protect all varieties of fish. The same holds good for the hunters; all varieties of game must be better protected. The general vacationist must be treated fairly and his accommoda tion should be comfortable and reasonable. But no class of tour ist needs better cultivation than the hay feverites. It is, or should be, common • knowledge among our people just what causes hay fever and every effort should be made to eliminate the cause. There are many wild weeds that cause hay fever, many of which are gradually being introduced into St. Louis county and which ought to be fought with all the energy possible. Among the most noxious weeds are thistles of all varieties, wild mustard, toad flax, wild oats french weed, rag weed, cockle bur, burdock, oxeye daisy, snap dragon, yellow dock, quackgrass, kinghead and golden rod. These weeds will not only drive away our hay fever tourists, but are great damage to our farmers. The last legislature has wisely passed a law creating a state weed inspector, who, in turn, is to appoint county weed inspect ors. The law provides that all in dividuals, corporations and munici palities shall see that the law Is carried out. Very little has been done the first year. It therefore behooves all authorities that atten tion is called to the importance of this law and that it is enforced. Farmers and county authorities should take active steps in the elimination of these weeds. City and rural school children can be brought to good assistance. A Spy of this Taw should be in the nds of every farmer, teacher, county and municipal officer, and the state inspector should really inspect. . Wh*t th* County Club Is Doing. From the records of the at. Louis County club in the past few years and from the enthusiasm s h°wn at the last annual meeting at Duluth, it will be seen that the club is a real live body and doing much good for the whole county Its good work is only hampered by lack of finances, which certainly should not be in a wealthy com monwealth like St. Louis county. 1 Ihe county commissioners have been very generous and perhaps have gone their limit, but the law . should be so amended that ample appropriations can be made for such good work. It must be re-i membered that St. Louis county is larger than some states and conse quently needs appropriations of the size of a state. In addition 90 per 1 May the Coming Year Be One And Prosperity The Ely Miner *4>4.***M>***>»»***********»****»4>***»*4>**»******»»* cent of the resources of the county are still awaiting development and exploitation of resources lying dor mant is money well spent. It will make a veritable empire of our county. Superior National Forest Reserve. In conclusion, a few words in behalf of the Superior National Forest reserve will be amiss. This reserve consists of over a million and a quarter of the most variable land and lake region found in the United States and perhaps in the world. Here abound all varieties of game and Ash, a great asset to the state of Minnesota and par ticularly to St. Louis county. The reserve was created by that fore most and most far-seeing American conservationist, diplomat and states man, Theodore Roosevelt, and it is certainly going to be one of the many lasting monuments to him and of vast value and importance to the American people. This re serve is now in charge of C. A. Dahlgren, who is supervising head of a personnel of about forty. Their main duties are fire protec tion and reforestration, although in addition to this work, canoe trails are blazed and portages cleared for the convenience of tourists, many thousands of whom yearly visit the forests. This for est is only another .jewel added to the other jewels of St. Louis coun ty, and how bright ’it will shine for St. Louis county remains with all of us who are fortunate enough to be included in this wonderful commonwealth. Trapping Pre-season fur quotations indi cate that the trapping season just opened will be a profitable one for Minnesota trappers, provided the intensive trapping induced by high fur prices the past two years has not seriously endangered the exist ent fur supply. From all reports the trapping field will be crowded. The trapping season for mink and muskrats extends from Decem ber 1 to April 1 following, both dates inclusive. Muskrats may be taken in any manner, except that no person shall hunt or pursue mink or muskrat at any time with a dog. The law also stipulates that no person shall molest, injure or destroy any muskrat or mink houses, dens, dams or other abiding places of these two animals. This restriction includes the small feed ing houses erected by muskrats and includes that part of the runways leading into banks or covered on top by a wall of earth. Traps may be set in the open runways leading to the bank openings, however, and holes may be cut in the ice over these runways to permit the plac ing of traps therein. Any person who is a resident of this state, and any member of such person’s immediate family, may, during the open season, trap fur-bearing animals which may be legally taken on land owned or leased and occupied as a perman ent abode by such person without procuring a license so to do. If a person wishes to trap on public lands or waters, or on property be longing to another, it will be nec essary to first procure a trapping license. This may be procured from the county auditor of the county in which the applicant re sides, upon the payment of the fee of fl. Lndoubtedly these restrictions are severe, but the supply of fur bearing animals in the state has been so endangered by the intens ive trapping during the past three years that greater restrictions were deemed necessary. Minnesota’s fur crop is a very valuable one and the people of the state can con tinue to derive a huge annual in come from trapping and kindred pursuits if they but take the pre caution to save annually an ade quate breeding supply of fur ani mals. Want* County Forester. C. A. Dahlgren, supervisor of the Superior National Forest a t the St. Louis Club meeting urged the appointment of a county for ester. Mr. Dahlgren is a member °* Club’s forestry committee and his recommendation sounds very reasonable. The duty of the county forester would be to assist farmers and others in disposing of timber products out in land cl»?ar mg, to instruct settlers in the dis posal of slash and utmost utiliza tion of material, to make plans for *“® reforestation of lands not suit able for agricultural purposes, to cooperate with the state and feder al forest service in the prevention of fires, and to work out plans for the planting of trees along all of the highways of the county. of Joy For All The Wish of How To Follow a Road Map. Travel on bad roads is no cure for a cynic, as will be noted from the following reflections by T. H. Phillips, the New York Globe’s globetrotter. “When on an automobile trip in strange territory a map is indis pensable. This map should be carried in a convenient place where it can be hauled forth at all cross roads and passed around to the auto occupants to study. Not more than a half hour should be allowed each person for study purposes. This, assuming there are four per sons in the party, cuts the time down to two hours of study at each cross road. Each person should then write his verdict on a small slip of paper and toss it into a hat. The driver should then take the hat and without looking at the slips, dump them into the road and con- j tinue on, trusting to Providence and familiar sign posts. “More automobile tourists are killed by road maps than by ac cidents. Those driven insane by attempts to find out what the maps mean are too many to enumerate. I “Our purpose is not to knock road maps. They are all right if you can play ’em. The map mak ers probably knew what they were doing when they took the puzzle makers into partnership. “Sam Lloyd i s apparently the chief map maker this season. Houdini has just been retained by the automobi lists of the nation and promises to publish a key to the darn things in the near future. “When this is published a motor ist should be able to cover a 50- mile trip without passing himself nine times during the journey. “Road maps are made in five colors: Wh’.te, black, green, red and blue. The blue denotes the water. It should denote the motorist. “The directions run like this: “Heavy black lines indicate trunk roads, i. e., roads used by heavy trucks carrying trunks. “Medium heavy black lines de note valise and satchel roads, i. e., roads carrying Ford owners with grips full of sandwiches. “Light black lines denote suit case roads i. e., bootlegging routes. “Heavy red lines denote rail roads. “Medium red lines denote more railroads. “Light red lines denote addition al railroads. “Dotted black lines denote direc tion of trade winds. “Dotted green lines are put in to make it harder. “All lines, no matter what the color, are put in to denote that the printer was a very liberal man with ink.” Lake County Taxes. The tax levy for Lake County shows a marked increase over that of last year in every district. The City of Two Harbors rate has been increased from 104.58 last year to 137.27 this year. Fall Lake rate has been increased to 92.54 mills over 71.84 last year. Rotary Entertain* Ladies. Wednesday evening was Ladies’ Night at the Rotary dinner and meeting. Thirty-five were present and partook of the excellent dinner prepared by the ladies of the Swed ish church eaten from handsomely decorated tables and served by a force o f accommodating young ladies. The evening was in charge of the entertainment committee with Charley Trezona presiding. After the dinner the party re paired to the assembly room where the rose and lemon game was played also a cracker and whistling contest indulged in amid songs and a general happy time was had. Mrs. B. O Strachan won the rose game prize and Herb Kurvinen was stuck with the lemon and was forced to pay for the prize. The cracker eating and whistling con test was won by Herb Kurvinen and Mrs. P. Schaefer, * Charley Trezona securing the booby prize. Russell Browne made a few re marks in a humorous vein but was cut short by the sergeant at arms who used the hook owing to his time limit having expired. The Rotary quartette sang several selec tions. Altogether the evening was a very pleasant one and it was pro posed to have others of a like nature later. On behalf of the ladies, Mrs. G. T. Ayres expressed the appreciation of those present for the pleasant evening. Carol Singers. Several groups of carol singers were out on Christmas Eve and rendered selections about the city. The fine old custom of a lighted candle in the window was moat generally observed in Ely and the carol singers stopped before every house with a candle. The weather was not conductive to any length of time outdoors and the singers are deserving of much credit. The Christmas trees near the Commun ity Center have been illuminated every evening for the week and present a very fine appearance truly in keeping with the spirit of the times. Last Day for Filing. Clerk of the Court Holloway has notified us that the 3d day of January is the last day for filing notes of issue for the January General term of the District Court to be held here on Tuesday the 10th day of January beginning at 9 o’clock in the forenoon of said day. The petit jury will meet at that time when civil jury cases will be called for trial. Basketball Game*. Wednesday evening, Jan. 4, the Denver, Colo, basketball team will be here for a game with the Ely Athletic team. The Denver boys come heralded as the “Rocky Mountain Champions” and will be prepared to give our boys a real game. The western fellows are making a tour of the country and it will not hurt you to know that the Ely team defeated this bunch of basketshooters last year in a very exciting and spirited contest. The Junior League will start its schedule the same evening and will play two games as preliminaries before the big event. Friday evening, January 6, the Biwabik and Ely High School teams will meet on the Ely floor. This also promises to be a good game and it is hoped all will be there to help the Ely team to a victory. THIS WILL ANNOUNCE THE IN CORPORATION OF A. C. BRUDE & Co public ACCOUNTANTS. VIRGINIA. MINN. of which Mr. A. C. Brude will be president and Mr. L. A. Rowe, Secretary. This is th e same business enterprise that has been conducted on the Range for about one year under the name of Brude & Rowe, and for about two years prior to that under the name of A.’ C. Brude. Both of these officers and the various other mem bers of the staff are persons who live on the Range and make it‘their home. It will be the aim of this company to serve the public in anything pertaining to accounting matters, such as the usual auditing, system izing and monthly service work; also to add from time to time such other features as comptometer work for inventory computation, bookkeeping machines for the posting of customers’ accounts. Systematic methods are used to promote efficiency on the part o f the staff members, and thereby efficient service 'to the business public. ADVERTISING IS A NECCESSITY— TRY IT AND GET RESULTS. Ui U/ o * t fIOO * * A <: » < ► ’ < ► ■ < ► • < > < • < ► < ► > * * May It Be A Happy And Prosperous One To All. <• < > < ► < * < ► 1 * ! • ° I ° < ► < » < ► o : 4 * $2 PER YEAR IN AD Took Eveleth Into Camp. The Athletic .Association basket ball team went to Eveleth last evening and trimmed up the fast Eveleth team to the tune of 36 to 20. The game was one of the finest exhibitions ever witnessed in that city and was attended by a large crowd of enthusiasts. Ely started things in the very begin ning and before the Eveleth boys, who had been lulled to sleep by their victory over Two Harbors, had awakened, seven scores had been chalked up on Ely’s side of the score board. Chinn, Murn, Simonson, Isaacson, Carlson, Heg man and Pluth were the members of the Ely team. They were ac companied by Manager Skala and Secretary Olds. The game was clean throughout with one excep tion, one of the members of the Eveleth team being under the im pression that to w’in a contest re quiring skill, it was his duty to kill the players on the opposing team. This has been the com plaint of every team which has gone up against Eveleth this sea son. This fellow is not a sports man. New Year’s Entertainment. Tomorrow night there will be given an entertainment at the Auditorium by the Ladies of the M. E. C. Lodge No. 120. A dance will feature the program for which the White Iron Beach Orchestra will furnish the music. At 7:30 the Slovenian Dramatic Club will render a play to be followed by a necktie and apron sale and other bazaar events. Lunch will be served. Everyone is cordially -in vited to attend. The New Year’s ball of the American Legion takes place to night at the Auditorium. Hanson’s Orchestra will furnish the music. ANCE