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Nature's Wonderland

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Parent Issue
Day
28
Month
June
Year
1878
Copyright
Public Domain
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Oen. Brisbin, of thé Second United ïtates Cavalry, commanding at Fort Sllis, Montana, has addressed a etter to Gen. Alfred ïerry, comriaining of tho vandalism praciced by tourists and huuters in ;he National Park on tho Yellowstoue. The miliU.ry authorities have, dnring ;he pust two or three years, repoatcdly called the attention of tlie Government to tbe destruction of the cnrious things whieh abound in that región, but no efEort has been made to put i stop to these depredations. Gen. Brisbin says that every year a great deal of damago is done, and, unless some measures are speedily tiiken to put a stop to the destruction, the park will not long be worth preserving. Nowher on the earth aro such wonders, and such quantities of game, to be found, and it will be a great shame if the national authorities permit them to be destroyed. There are now in the park thousands of elk so tame that a person enn ride or walk about among them. The General says he is rcliably informed that one hunter has slaughtered as many as seventy-flve of these animáis in a single, day. Thoy are not slaughtered for their meat or skin, but shot down chiefly for the pleasure of killing them. Bcsidcs the elk, thore are miny antelopes, d'ier, Rocky mountain shecp, and bears Grizzly, cinnamon, brown and blad bears abound, and flocks of fift; and 100 mountain sheep are met with every day. Tho basins of the geysers have been hundreds of years in forming and a man can destroy in a day wha cannot be reproduced in thrce times the spaco of bis lifo. Many of the deposit are white mineral, tinged with gray largely composed of alumina. Much o it is arranged in layers severa! inches in thickness, bound toge'her by alternating layers of silicious sinter. The action o the waters of the geysers, and the in fluence of the weather, have induced an irregular cellular structure, which give a delicate and attractive appearance to much of it. These formations are soft and can be cut with a saw or broken b; hammer, and iargo blocks are cut o' broken aud carried away annually Some of the most beautiiui formation have already been eutirely destroyed and eau never be replaced ctuiing a'life time. GeD. Brisbin says the disposition to vandalism seems to possess nearly every one who enters the park, and unless i is checked the " wonderland of th world" must soon cease to be an objec of interest. During the summer a grea many people will visit the " wonder land," and the General hopes that som immediate steps may be taken to pre vent them from depredating, as mos visitors have done heretofore. Especial ly the game and terraced borders of th pools should be protectod. Two route leadinto the park - one from Virgini City and the other from Bozeman. The General says the entrances toth park, and the park itself, can be easil; guarded, and he would himself gladl; aflord the protection, should the Genera commanding obtain the necessary au thonty, and give him instructions ac cordingly. Ile reconimends that a Ser geant and four men be stationed at th en trance of the park on the Virgini side, and a Sergeant and an equal num ber of men at the entrance on the Boe man side. These parties can be easil; supplied fiom Fort Ellis. The nor commissioned officers should, he thinks be iustructed to send a soldier with eac party of visitors entering the park, di recting him to noto any damnga don and report it, with the names of the per sons. Spanish Stories. Some of the oíd Spanisu teles ar cleverly told. A certain knave once saw a parson putting np money in his pouch and followed afar off. Tho parsol stopped to talk with a friend ncar th shop of an embroiderer who had a chas uble hanging np before the door. Int this shop entered the knave and bar tored for the raiment, but wished, befor paying, to see how it would look on priest. Just then, in the nick of time the parsor, having parted with hi friend, came by. "Reverend sir," quoth therogue, "b good enoiigh to enter and try on thi garmont." The parson, with his purse hanging to his girdle, enteroJ, and, with much oharity, put on the ohaenblè. Taking advantage of a favorable moment, the knavo seized the purso aud ran down the stret.t, followed closely by the priost. After him ran the embroiderer, well assured that all was but an artífice to rob him of the raiment. Tho fat ecclesiaetic was soon caught by tho embroiderer, but, whilo tlie merohant was ex;imining him as to is complicil v, tbe thief e scaped. This story, which was popular ia its time, is told by various authorf, and is termed by one of them a diabolical de vico. Another story bas lor its hero a rich old man who was jealous of his youug and pretty wife. Falliug sick in due time, ana feeling himself about to die, he summoued his wife to his bedside aiid besought her, as last favor, with toars in his poor old oyes, not to marry the object of his jealousy, a neighbor, when he was gone. " I will not," said the dutiful woman ; "I will not, my dear husband ; bo in no concern for him ; nay, I eould not, for I have for some years past been engaged to another !" Of course, wives of this kind are not to be fonnd in existenee nowadays. A $7,500 Dress. Seventy-üve huudred dollars Eecms a good deal to pay i'or a wedding dress, but that was tbe actual sum paid by the. Countess of Rosebery to the London dress-making establishment thnt made tho marvelous costume. For the ediQcation of the lady readers of the Bazar we give a tt chnical description of it. The dress, then, was of antique pearl-white satin, with deep flounces of the crj ftnest point d'Alencon and fring03 of fleurs d'oranges, and guirlande of tho latter beautifully arranged on the bead, from whioh descended, to meet the flounces, a vtil of the riohest ioint a l'aignille, artistically rcanufacturetl, of the point d'Alencon. Tho ensemble was' perfect. The traveling costume was composed of a droes of blue capphire velvet, trimmed with blue fox fur, with pardessus and muft' and bonnet to mate)). The cost of the veil alone was 82,500. - Jiarpcr'n Baz%r. A OAMKii ranch isowned byU. Mather, of Bastrop, Texas. Ho claims that eumels are no more trouble to raisc than horses or cattle. The colts for three or four days are rather tender, and requiro close attention, but after that they tale their chances with the hord. Tiiey aro extremoly docile, and, as the femalcs give birth to a colt every year, they aro proütable, the animal selling when reared at from $200 to $500 each. Mr. Mather says a well-broken camel will travel more than 100 miles a day,

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