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January 13, 1924 - Image 16

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t s. DASUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 1923
The Enchanted Land of Taos
"Here some day will be written the WARD ALLEN HowE after an outfitting trip to town-all
great American epic, the great Ameri- may be seen by one who follows the
can opera. The very cliffs cry out to them that here was to be found a life always willing to trade their furs and trail to Taos, a place which Agnes C.
be painted. The world in all its hi-t GCLaut has called "the most un-Ameri-
tory -has never seen such models as- work. In time, E. G. Caouse, Walter other valuable possessions. Kit Car- can thing in America
these cliff dwellers. These moun- Ufer, W. Herbert Dunton, 0. E. Bern- son made Taos his permanent head
tains are the American Parnassus." inghaus and other prominent artists quarters and his house, which is still "If a form deceives me, I am still
Thus has Walter Ufer, the Chicago found their way to Taos and the re- standing, and his grave in the Taos grateful to it, for it forces me to cre-
artist, characterized Taos and its sur- suit was the formation of the Taos Cemetery rank with the pueblo and ate its content from within myself;
roundings. Taos-the promised land Society of Artists The first exhibit anjh raiedemi h rae
rouning. Tos-he romsed oan the Socie t as hed in 115 in the the artist studios "as objects of in- and the creative dream is the greater
-a strange mixture of the ancient oithing. Can a blade of grass be a lie?
and the modern-a dash of old Mexi- Palace of the Governors at Santa Fe. terest to the sightseer. Or a shell by the shore? And if I were
MaEhibits are now sent to the leading To snnt ie rmSnaF
c--a hint of the Coquistadores- tTas is ninety miles from Santa Fe strong enough and guiltless enough
quaint artist studios-stolid faced red- cities of the country and the excel- and the nearest railroad station is and devout enough, it wo-ld be given
men-and over all the breath of the lence of 'the work is attested by theTd
Old ronter sill ingeingTaos Junction on the Denver and Rio me to find in every blade and shell
ao s ort er nandez de Taos to givebestowed on their efforts. Grande W estern, twenty-five m iles the com passion and the pain of Christ.
Taos, or Fernandez de Taos to,giveina sThed ronthian fatig h distant. Motor stages run to this "It is faith itself that ii sacred, not
it its real name, is situated in a pla- The romantic and fascinating his- point. Another approach is by autp that in which the faith is placed. It
teau in the valley of the Rio Grande tory of Taos adds much to the charm from Raton through the wonderfully doesn't matter what one has faith in-
River in northern New Mexico at an of the place. It is supposed that Ca- a star, a god
altitude of nearly seven thousand feet. besa de Vaca was the first white man Taos Pass Cimarron Caltitude ofreserve, over ine book, amust beast, a pure mfaith-immovable
To the north tower the mighty San- to see Taos but the narrative of Pedro thousand feet and thence down and ustoeque able
gre de Cristo Mountains, to the west de Castaneda, the historian of Coro- through the Carson National Forest u e .
and south stretches the beautiful Taos nado's expedition, is the first written to the town. The trip can also be from 'The World's Illusion"
andlesouthcstretchesythesbeautifuleTaos:by Jacob Wassermann.
Valley, while to the east a picturesque record of any visit by white men. osade from Santa Fe entirely by mo-J
canyon extends to the very heart of Winship's translation of Castaneda's tor. This route follows the canyon
the Rockies. It is a landscape of journal contains a description of a of the Rio Grande for many miles, . . . quid aeternis mnorem
rare beauty, full of color and scenic pueblo which some of Coronado's men now dipping down almost to the wa- consiliis animum"fatigas?
surprises. saw in 1541 which can be no other ter's edge and now rising to dzzy cur non sub alta vel platano vel han
A short di$tance north of the vil- than the pueblo of Taos. The great heights, creeping around dangerous pinu jacentes."
lage is the famous pueblo of San Ge- age of the town is apparent to all precipices and curves and at - last
ronit de Taos,. one of the most in- observers and it is not hard ta'imag- coming out on the very top of the Why harass with eternal designs a
teresting of the twenty pueblos to be Ine the mailed knights of Coronado canyon-providing a ride that once mind too weak to
found In New Mexico. Here live some striding about the quaint little Plaza. taken will not be forgotten in a compass them? Why do we not, as
fous hundred Indians of the PuebloBeforefinallydspbd etenethe Indians hurry we lie beneath a lofty
tribe in two great adobe community made several desperate and sporadic Empurle mountains stan plane-tree or this pine, drk while
houses, one on each side of theTaos attempts to overthrow the invader. In solemn and .sharp out of the clear we may? Horac "'Odes"
solemnpadisharpout ofshecclearviHoracc"Odes
River, rising to a height of seven and one uprising of especial violence the penetrating air, adobe villages, Mexi-
fe stories. The inhabitat will te Governor of the Territory and several can freighters, long pack trains wind- "I was buried near this dyke
you proudly that this itis wh l tell other Americans were massacred. Be- ing into the mountains, a forest rang- That my friends may weep as much
pueblo in the Southwest. AlthoughI fore the rise of Santa Fe Taos was
they own their land under grants the center of the old fur trade and er heading back to his lonely post as they like." Win. Blae
given them, by the. Spaniards which later because an important stop on
were later- confirmed by the United the route to the City of the Holy
States Congress, squatters have per- Faith. Jim Bridger, Manuel Lisa and
sistently encroached on their domains Kit Carson all made Taos their ob- "
untilat the present time they have jective and did a profitable business Se cu r y
lost.half of their irrigated land. So with the Indians. In'these days Taos
it is not urpriing to find that these 1,was noted for its whiskey distilleries, I
Taos Indians are very poor. Accord- the product of which became known
ing to: -John C lIer the annual, in- far and wide as "Taos lightning.'' To May be found for your valuable dOCSu-
come of a Taos Indian is thirty-eight1 a sSPPIyofthis the liens were
dollars. rement by usiig our Safety Deposit Vault.
The Indians realize well that the PERSONAL.PR1*TED $ ,0
days of their forefathers are gone STATIONERY - PTsri - Psdwill peae
forever. The white man's "gas wag- ssssous esseet (al isia inte wsitiii5a
ons"now stir up the thick- alkali dust v toe sissiuinissse a
in the streets of their sleepy vilage1 t sat i 5s eres
axd from- above there comes to theirsi,61wiwihya fp.Seoavrieb-fl.
ears the-whirring of a trans-contInent 1 i i Me e p t
al aeroplane; yetS "the tread of pio I "Bi is Sit Nuno ii TH MAIN 330 SOUTH STATE
neErs"-"nsanifest destiny" Straig F e m t.i t tssn
westward- way on waye has not been !TA'i. .5
able to make any very radical changes
in their mode of life. Manners, us
to's.institutions, are today much the
same as they were In the days when
the Spaniards were toiling over moon-
tain and plain in their search for the -
Se en Cities- of Ciholas Theodore
Roosevelt tibelieved that this pueblo
life was one of our most precious. .
possessions: and that it - ought to bea
preseved. At- Taos it will be f ud
preserved beyond normal expecta--
tiens:-
The- thing- at Taos whiclh in- recent
Years has -attracted the most atten-
tion. is without -doubt the art colonyD e -
which-has grown up there to a stag DinnerEver Evening, Orders "Should be inBefore
where it has become - natinah- - Three l 'ClOCk
knOwn. Some twelv artists now have-
permanent homes in Taos and summer Afternoon Tea Daily
frequently finds as many as forty at
work in and around the town. Thee W e Serve Fudge cake
come from -Paris, New- York,-Chicago,
Los- Angeles- and other plae s drawn' We Take Orders for Pies, Cakes and Nut Bread
by the wonderful coloring effects of

the region and, by.,the excellent .In-
dian types- tobe- found in The pueblo. l Phoie 95k-W
Joseph Henry Sharp was- the first ar-
tist to--visit -Taos but-in-.1898, Bert- G.-
Philips, and E. L. Biumensechei 1the
real pioneers arrived, - These to POLLY LI L TEA SHOPPE
waere rosining through the west in
search of materiala -whenin their Th ayei, J s t BAck e f' H ill A u d iat flr i3 mtm
covered wagon they drove into :the
plaza at Taos, the realization game.t

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