This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ...ABOUT SANTA FE. The reader has seen how the Daily Optic of Las Vegas elevated me into an astronomical authority, because I pointed out that the solar prophets had better means of alarming us than by supposing such an experienced tramp of the skies, as the comet is, did not know how to keep out of the way of the sun. Astronomers might express their fear that the earth is getting tired of running round its orbit, and would drop down before long. This would be at once frightful, because to the popular imagination, so likely. The grateful Daily Optic next informed its readers that "The Honourable George Jacob Holyoaee, of England, and party of railroad people, went south this afternoon en route for Santa Fe. An Optic reporter had half-an-hour's chat with the distinguished gentleman as he was waiting for his special car to leave for Santa F6. Mr. Holyoake was completely carried away with Las Vegas Hot Springs, and said the Santa Fe railway company would be justified in building to New Mexico for the Springs alone, and predicted a time when the resort would become world known." If I had not been "carried away" by Las Vegas, I might have been by these wonderful paragraphs in the Optic, had I stayed longer in New Mexico. More than by the thousand courtesies and princely entertainment accorded to me and my companions by the Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, of which I could not be unmindful, I was struck by their enterprise in building a splendid hotel like the Montezuma. The great Palace of Baths there, erected near the hotel, among the springs, exceeds in its variety and completeness anything we have in England. Such civilisation on the foothills of the Spanish range of the Rocky Mountains, at an altitude where, until now, only Indians or Mexicans ...
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