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Day
14
Month
September
Year
1883
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Public Domain
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A few weeks since we published a letter giving Colorado from one writer's point of view. Below we insert acommunication from a former resident here eonsider. ing Colorado fromasomcwhnt dineren t standpoint. The letter will doubt'.ess prove very interesting: Editor Couriek : In a late niimber of the CoUMBB I read an extraet from a letter wrttten by Emory Townscnd, in Colorado. Hesays: il there are thousanUs and thousands of acres of nothing but sage brush and sand. Step outside of any town, and that is all that meets your view except mountain scenery whirh is very line." l'ity lie could not have taken some of that back to Michigan with liini, as I have no doubt he is there ere this. I would wager a box of cigars that he did not sign Aun Arbor after his name on any hotel register in Colorado, simply E. Townsend, Micb. He thought that wasnearenongh to lócate his resideiice wlien he was so far from from home. But had he gone out amoni the sage brush and sand he would have seen a very small insigi:ilicant looking grass, he would also have seen thousands and thonsandsof horses, cattle, and sheep, fat and sleek from eating this selfsame grass.on which, alone, tlicy live and thrive the entire year making the millionaires he speaksot' in Clieyenne, and in many other towns throiighout the State. In other places he could have seen luxuriant ows where sage brush never grew. In other places he coulil liave scen where the sage imsli liad been cleared oft" waving jirain. the like of which cannot be grown m Michigan, in quality or quantity per acre. He snys : " tliere s nnt a spear of clover, they cnnnot raise il." lf he will come to Gininison I will show liini clover, timotliy aml blue grass equal to any rown in Michigan, anti prowing on the grovnul where the Ute Indiaitf had their race course loss than five years ago. I will show hun in a town just foor years old am where the rille pits are not vet obliteratet made lcss than four years since to protect what few inhabitants tliere were here at that time from Ihe Jndians, (hinches equal in nuniber. cnpacity and finish t( what Ann Arbor had in 1854 o r when il was about twenty years oíd. I will show hini three school houses that are faraheac of any tlnit Ann Arbor had until the Union School house was built, that are eqtia' to any Ann Arbor has to-day excepl iu size I will show hini a hotel equal. if not superior, to any hotel in Michigan I will show kim gas, and water works pul in at an expense oftwo uundrcd and tifty thousmd dollars, of a capacity for a city of twent}'-livc thousand inhabitants. As to the women being as dark as Indians, he must have conflnod his attentions, while liere, to the Mexlcan femalcs exclusively. As to shade trees, wc may not have anv equal to the hard maple wlth which Ann Arbor is beiitltlfied, but they are not far behind. Cottonwood is not the Oaiy tree we have here, 'tis not the only tree they have iu Denver. They have magnificent chinches also. The other towns he Bpeaka of I am not familiar with, so I do not know what they have In the way of churches or shade trees. But people who come to Colorado to look for work in the shade are extremely liable to be dlsappointcd, while tliere is plenty of room here for men of energy and determination. A friend of mine, a carpenter, carne to Denver in the spring of 1879 he could not get work at his trade so he went to driving team at one dollar per day, and at the same time he was paying $7.00 per week for board, not vcry encouragingyou will say, but it was better than nothing or loaflng. Soon he had an ofTerof 2.00 per day aiid board which he accepted, and for the last three years he has had plenty of work at wages that would make an Ann Arbor mechanic think of starting a National Bank soon or taking a trip to Europe. Nowdonottake ft that lamsayinganytliing ajrainst Ann Arbor, or Michigan, it was my home for eighteen years, it is where I ;ot my education what little I have. Ann Aiborisabeautiful and thrivinr city. Washtenaw couiity is a rich and prosperous county, and Michigan is a rre:it State of beautiful towns and Bplepdld farms ivith line farm buildings. There is hardly luy pan oí uns great couniry Diu 11:13 borne advantajrcs over some otlier part. He says men look for work and find it not. It wiis only yesterday that I saw a ranchman (farmers yon would cali them,) looking for tliree men to work at haying, lie ooulil not lind one. ín oneofour Gunnison tlailies only last week I saw an advertisement for experienced men to run mowing machines. In the Denver News oí' theiiotb an advertisement for one thous:ii!(l five htmdred men to work on the Rallrottd at $2.25 per day and board at $5.00 per week, also for sheep herders, ranch hand?, cooksand blacksuiiths, looks aatliough a few men eould lind work here. If all the people in Michigan who are troubled with asthma would come to Colorado, nine out of ten of them wouldind entire relief at some ultitude, so lonf as they stayed there, and people troubled with weak hinga, or consumption in the earüer stages, will flnd in our rariñed air, and pine and sprnee laden breezes, entile relief' so long as they stay, and in many cases a permanent cure.

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