1904: The Times is Back
In celebrating the 125th anniversary of The Aspen Times, we are printing a story or two from each year the newspaper has existed – 125 historical selections in 125 days. This series is in conjunction with the Aspen Historical Society.The financial difficulties which recently harassed the Times having been settled, the Aspen Times, the old reliable daily publication for twenty years, has resumed its old and primary place as a daily newspaper and in now under the management of Messrs. Sherman and Breach. The Times will aim to foster the welfare of citizens generally and work for the development of the resources of the county. (April 1)Don’t Marry This GirlWho nags.Who is lazy.Who is a flirt.Who cannot control her temper.Who dislikes children and animals.Who is not neat and tidy in her dress.Who is deceitful and is not true to her friends.Who fusses, fumes and fidgets about everything.Whose highest aspiration has never soared above self.Who is amiable to suitors and “horrid” to her family.Whose chief interests in life are dress and amusements.Who lacks thrift and has no ideas of the value of money.Who cannot bear to hear anyone but herself be praised or admired.Who thinks more of making a fine appearance than a fine character.Who is course, imperious and domineering in manner and conversation.Who never thinks that her mother needs an outing, amusement or a change.Who humiliates servants by snapping at them or criticizing them before guests.Who appropriates the best of everything for herself and is thoughtless of others.Who attracts attention at public places by “loud” dress and loud talk and laughter.Who dresses in the height of fashion when going out, but does not care how she looks at home.If the other members of the family have to watch her moods in order to avoid an explosion or scene.Who tries to keep up a false appearance by running in debt for her tailor-made clothing, millinery and flowers.If she expects everybody in the home to contribute to her pleasure, instead of trying to make them happy.Who calls her home “so common.” But does nothing to make it attractive or cozy, and stays there just as little as possible.Who is indiscreet and says she does not care if people talk scandal about her, so long as she is conscious that she is all right.Who does not think it worth while to read for self improvement, or current information, but spends her time reading trashy novels.Who always comes to the breakfast table late and cross, in an old wrapper or dressing jackets, with her hair in curl papers, and who grumbles and scolds at everything and everybody. — Success (May 8)Will Turn Grand RiverFort Collins, Colo., June 3 – The Water Supply and Storage company today started out an expedition of 300 men to undertake the work of turning the water from the Grand river on the western slope into the Cache la Poudre river on the eastern slope of the continental divide for the purpose of obtaining a sufficient supply of water for the Larimer County Ditch company. The expedition is in charge of J.C. Oulrich of Denver, who is chief engineer. The entire expedition has about twenty engineers with it, and will be divided into three different companies of 100 men each, who will work entirely separately from each other. According to present plans the men will be out until at least the first of October, by which time their work will probably be completed. The company will also establish an independent telephone system with about forty miles of wire, which will connect with the Colorado Telephone at Manhattan, Colo. (June 4)Blood Hounds On The TrailRobbers are on High Lava Ridge ConcealedThey Will Kill Themselves Rather than Be Captured AliveGlenwood Springs, June 10 – Two blood hounds from Leadville passed through Glenwood today on their way to New Castle from where they will be taken to a point twelve miles southeast of Rifle and placed on the trail of the two remaining bandits who held up and robbed west bound Denver & Rio Grande train No. 5, near Parachute last Tuesday night. The robbers are still in that vicinity, and their escape from arrest is but a matter of a few hours.When the pursuit ended last night and the two desperadoes were on a high ridge thickly covered with underbrush and trees, and the immense number of lava rocks afforded hundreds of safe places for concealment. The chase ended with the robbers and posse almost exhausted.The hunt had been so vigorous yesterday that neither side had a chance to get or partake of food, and the condition of the robbers is believed to be very serious. It is positively known that they have had nothing to eat or no sleep since 5 o’clock Wednesday morning, and they must soon drop from exhaustion from hunger and thirst.It is believed that both will follow the example of Ross their dead companion, and after fighting to the last ditch, end their own miserable existence by shooting themselves. The body of Ross was brought from New Castle to Glenwood Springs this morning by Coroner Clark, and will be held a day or two, when it will be buried. No inquest will be held. No information has been received of Ross’ antecedents, and none of his relatives if he has any have been located. (June 11)Train Robbers Heard FromSecure Fresh Horses and Arms to go to GunnisonThe Cow Boys at Knob Point Held Up and Their Horses TakenParachute, June 14 – A report has reached here from the Battle Mesa forest reserve that the two escaped Denver & Rio Grande train robbers early yesterday morning held up and robbed two cowboys, Nick Chadwick and John Evans. The desperadoes reached the camp of the cowboys which is located twenty-five miles from Knob Point on sore horses and before the cowpunchers realized what had happened they were covered by the men and compelled to hold up their hands while one of the bandits relieved them of their arms. They quickly mounted the horses of the cowboys and started for the Gunnison country, leaving their worn out animals with the cowboys. (June 15)
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