THE FIRST WOMAN TO CLIMB PIKE'S PEAK?
From The Kansas Herald of Freedom,
Lawrence, November 20, 1858.
The following is an extract from a private
letter, written on the summit of Pike's Peak, by Mrs. Holmes, to her mother in
Lawrence, K. T.:
I have accomplished the task which I marked out
for myself, and now I feel amply repaid for all my toil and fatigue. Nearly every
one tried to discourage me from attempting it, but I believed that I should
succeed; and now, here I am, and I feel that I would not have missed this
glorious sight for anything at all.
In all probability, I am the first woman who has
ever stood upon the summit of this mountain, and gazed upon this wondrous scene
which my eyes now behold. How I sigh for the poet's power of description, so that
I might give you some faint idea of the grandeur and beauty of the scene. Think
of the huge rocks projecting out in all imaginable shapes, with the beautiful
evergreens, the pines, the firs, and spruces, interspersed among them, and then
the clear cold mountain Stream, which appears as though it started right out from
under Some great rock-and on it goes, rushing, rumbling, and hissing down over
the rough mountain side, now sparkling in the Sunbeams, and now hiding behind
some huge rock, and now rising again to view, it rushes on, away down, down,
until at length it turns a corner and is lost to our sight.
Extending as far as the eye can reach, lie the
great level plains, stretched out in all their verdure and beauty, while the
winding Arkansas is visible for many miles. We can also see distinctly where many
of the smaller tributaries unite with it. Then the rugged rocks all around, and
the almost endless succession of mountains and rocks below, the broad sky over
our heads, and seemingly so very near; all, and everything, on which the eye can
rest, fills the eye with infinitude, and sends the soul to God.
KANSAS EDITORS AT WORK
From the Lawrence Republican, April 25,
TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS.
I have sold my interest in the Lawrence
Republican to H. H. Moore. He is as clever a fellow as I am. V. N.
From the Junction City Weekly Union,
April 8, 1871.
Davis, of the Topeka Commonwealth, and Baker, of
the Record, are calling each other damned scoundrels. The proof submitted on both
sides is very satisfactory.