1889: Seriously Knifed | AspenTimes.com

1889: Seriously Knifed

Peter O’Reilley, an old prospector, cut Ed Farrell in the groin in an altercation that that occurred about 5:30 o’clock yesterday evening.Peter O’Reilley, an old prospector, cut Ed Farrell in the groin in an altercation that that occurred about 5:30 o’clock yesterday evening.The quarrel took place in front of the Senate saloon on Cooper avenue, and grew out of a vendetta existing for some time past between the men. It seems that the two men have been working adjoining claims on Aspen mountain, O’Reilly, the Red Bird and Farrell, the Umbria. Some controversy in regard to the boundries and the dump arose between the men, and they met on the avenue yesterday evening, and a warm discussion ensued. Farrell threatened to strike O’Reilley, who is a much older man, and the latter told him if he struck him he would cut him. Farrell took the chance, nevertheless, and struck O’Reilley behind the ear. The old man immediately drove his knife into Farrell’s stomach cutting a gash three inches long and some four inches deep.The wounded man was sent up to Dr. Harrison’s office. The doctor examined the wound and found that the knife had entered the left groin, cut the superficial facia, the deep facia and for about an eighth of an inch into the peritoneum. The latter part of the wound was on the upper side and first cut into by the knife, and in this part of the wound the danger lies, for the doctor fears that peritonitis may set in. In this case it may and probably will prove fatal.Dr. Downs assisted Dr. Harrison in stitching up the wound.O’Reilley was arrested and lodged in jail to await the results of Farrell’s injuries.Hose No. 1 Ball.One of the principal features of the celebration of the fourth of July in Aspen, was the ball given by Hose Co. No 1 at the Rink Opera house in the evening.It has been the custom of this old pioneer company to give a grand ball annually on the evening of the Fourth, this being the sixth of the series. The ball has always been made the famous event of the year, and on this occasion the boys outdid themselves. The ball was beautifully decorated and the scene presented was a very brilliant one.The members of the other companies attended in uniform giving great variety to the moving bank of color on the floor. Professor Godat was master of ceremonies and did the prompting in a manner that gave the greatest satisfaction. The music was very fine and it gave life to the feet of the dancers.The hall commenced to fill up long before the hour arrived for the dancing to begin and by the time the hour arrived for the grand march to start the room was filled to the limit of comfort, while later on it became crowded. It is estimated that fully 200 couples were present to take part in the entertainment.The members of the floor and reception committees were tireless in their attentions to the guests of the company and succeeded in making everybody feel at home. It is scarcely necessary to add that everybody enjoyed themselves, the fact being that the spirit of pleasure seemed to rule more completely than was ever before noticed on such an occasion in Aspen. At 11:30 am adjournment was taken for supper and when dancing resumed it was kept up until a later hour in the morning. In the end the dancers were loath to leave the scene, and the common expression was that they hoped soon to be able again to attend a ball given by Hose Co. No. 1.The committees that had charge of the ball and to which the credits for its success is mainly due were composed as follows:ARRANGEMENTS-M. W. Smith, C. G. McNider, F. D. Wheeler, P. Snager and C. M. Sain.RECEPTION-Frank G. Ball, T. A. Rucker, A. Bhley, W. B. Root and Chas. Green.FLOOR-Larry Maroney, J. L. Brown, Phil Whalen, Wm. Wack and W. H. Green.AS OTHERS SEE US.The following from the Denver Times is from the pen of Mr. Richard Linthicum, editor of that paper, who spent a few days here last week. It is one of the most perfect pen pictures of this city that has ever appeared:It is the opinion of many that Aspen is destined to be the largest as well as the richest mining camp in the world, and this without any detraction from that wonderful carbonate producer-Leadville. This opinion is based on the facts that it offers the greatest opportunity for the speedy acquirement of wealth and combines all the advantages of a mining locality with those of a place of residence.It has none of the climatic disadvantages of altitudinous mining towns, but possesses that happy medium between the chilly atmosphere of the Cloud City and the sultry temperature of the valley. It affords the adventurous spirit opportunities both for the accumulation and enjoyment of wealth.Nature was in a lavish and artistic frame of mind when the site of Aspen was made. With prodigal hand she stored the mountain vaults full of her richest treasure and marked the entrance plainly along the mountain sides. Then melting from a majestic to a pastoral mood she spread a fruitful and verdant valley at the foot of the towering hills, and through the green and flowery meadows she traced a winding crystal stream, glistening in the morning sunlight, leaping and dashing beneath the noon day glare and rippling a low sweet melody as it danced merrily on through the twilight and the evening shadows.In this beautiful spot the solemn hush of nature has been broken by the hum of industry. The adventurous spirits of ten years ago penetrated this promising retreat. They recognized the sign upon the mountains which told of wealth beneath. The pick and shovel began the work of opening the great storehouse only to be succeeded by all the modern devices which the ingenuity of man has fashioned, and Aspen is now pouring into the lap of the nation a shining stream of wealth.The tales of the wonderful discoveries at Aspen seem almost incredible, yet they are rarely overdrawn. They are oftener only told in part, for until one has seen aspen and inspected its tunnels, shafts and inclines, no adequate conception can be had of the richness of its mines or the extent of its mineral belt.Its history has been in succession of phenomena. Men who have felt the pinchings of poverty and with whom life had been a constant struggle, were suddenly transformed into millionaires, and it should be placed to the credit of most of them that when Aspen had once made them rich, they in turn began the work of making Aspen great. Much of their wealth came to Denver, but much remains in Aspen. The capitals of Europe have known the presence of Aspen millionaires, but only for a brief season. The men who have best and most progressive citizens to day.There could be no better assurance of the future prosperity of that wealthy mountain city than this fact. Its permanency is certain, and its future promises to be as surprising as has been its past.”

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