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Our Hot Springs, Ark., Letter

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Day
17
Month
April
Year
1891
Copyright
Public Domain
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Hot Springs, Ark., April 13, 1891. Editor Argus: - I attended four elections in four different states last week: Monday at Ann Arbor, Tuesday at Chicago, 111., Wednesday at St. Louis, Mo., Saturday at Hot Springs, Ark. It gives good opportunity for the study of human nature. The average ticket peddler don't vary much, whatever party he belongs to. He has just discovered a great conspiracy to ruin our country; gives it to you in strict confidence. Average pay f rom $i to $20 per day, f ree drinks and cigars. The weather here now is like July in Ann Arbor. Fruit trees are in blossom, flowers are in bloom, grass is green and growing. Trees begin to look green, leaves larger to-day than on my arrival. I will give your readers a hasty sketch of Hot Springs. No place on earth affords such natural wonders, at the same time possessing such merits. The very name of Hot Springs spoken in the presence of the better informed of every land carries with it a marvelous and fascinating charm, with ideas of all that is medicinal, healing, curative, invigorating and rejuvenating that delights, edifies and benefits. It is the greatest and grandest sanitarium in the world. These waters are used for bathing purposes and for drinking, both ways. In bath room the effect at first is delightful, electrifying and exhilerating. How it cures or in what consists its greatest remedial qualities or virtues is still a mooted question among scientists and physicians of this and foreign countries. Records show that eighty per cent. are cured and the balance greatly benefited. The accommodations are excellent and unlimited. The Eastman and Park Hotels have no superior in America. There are 72 hot springs flowing out of the mountain millions of gallons daily at a temperature ranging from 98 degrees Fahrenheit to 160 degrees. There are no two springs exactly alike in properties, yet all approximate, henee any disease known can get relief, with the exception of consumption. The following minerals are found by analyzation: silicia, magnesia, sulphur, soda, potassa, bromide, iodine, lithia, arsenic, lime. Divergent theories are advanced as to the thermatization of the water. Some maintain volcanic influence, others its great depth. lts fountain head is from the surf ace of the earth. The most scientific attribute it to electro-chemic action. The city is built in the valley of the Oyark mountains, one side hot water, the other cold; but all charged with health giving properties. The scenery is romantic sub lime, equaling the Alpine yiews from Lake Geneva. Since my visit of six months ago, nearly 100,000 visitors have been here from all parts of the world. Hot Springs has a population of 15,000. Land has no valué for agricultural purposes. There is not a garden in the city limits. The United States government own all the springs and erected commodious hospitals and bath houses for those unable to pay for the same. The society is as fashionable as can be found in Baden Baden, Bath, Saratoga or Long Branch. The churches are well attended with ■ good talent. An intelligent audience, an unusual interest and en1 ergy permeates them all just now, : believing that no discount will ever be asked dn an Arkansas soul, if ■ completely consecrated to an honest purpose and full realization of . the only benefit of ever being born. No politics at Hot Springs - nonpartisan. Walking down the broad, commodious corridors of the Eastman, you see the wily, wizard magnate of Wall street, with his Sphinxlike silence, Jay Gould. At his side is Deacon Russell Sage, of Plymouth church, Brooklyn, keen, bright, hopeful as 20 years ago, but more money near by, Pullman and family, of Ghicago, Phil Armour, who gives pork and beef to every city of note in the world, then come crowds of United States Senators, Wolcott, Gorman, Voorhees, Colquett, and many others. President Harrison arrivés here on Friday of this week. At the end are the Dwyer Bros., the most successful horsemen in our country, who bought all the fine stock of the late Hon. August Belmont, of New York. Opposite, is the bruiser and slugger, the pet of the press, at one time of the Hub - now on the wane rapidly - John L. Sullivan. Time will right all things. The social event of the season was a reception and ball in honor of Mrs. Gen. John A. Logan. I am at a loss to describe it. Over 700 were present. Over a billion dollars was represented. The wit, wisdom, the fashion and beauty of the north, south, east and west, was present. Enormous diamonds at throat and wrist were conspicuous, and above all, the beautiful, modest grace of womanhood, the dip-lomat, the literati, the common sense, the intelligent look and smile, with a great throbbing heart, a hearty shake, then to think we are some origin and some destiny. Nuff eed. Well, Michigan has a hand in all improving. Mr. Walter S. Hicks and wife, Miss M , Virginia Hicks, Aunt Rosie A. Berry, of Eaton Rapids, J. A. Polhemus and Miss Jennie Polhemus, of Ann Arbor, Mrs. McDowell, of Detroit, Mrs. Benton and daughters, of Grand Rapids, Misses Green, of Kalamazoo, and Mr. Green L. Hunt, of Grand Haven. We will probably attend the horse fair at Memphis, next week, where we will see the best stock of Blue Grass región and all over the country. The premiums amount to $30,000. The week after, we attend the commercial congress at Kansas City, where the brains of the country will congrégate - no political discussion allowed - Hon. James G. Blaine, Grover Cleveland, Edward Atkinson, Ben Butterworth, Don M. Dickinson and 50 others will discuss the prominent questicns of the day. This is a combine which does no hurt to the country. Yours,