re; foetisch in chanute
FROM MR. FREEMAN. Baekat'Maa Writes a Breesy Latter frtM HHlUi Tfca Will latere t Ctaaante. The Tribune has received permission permission to publish the following In teresting letter from Mr. Freeman who is out climbing mountains at Manitou: Manitou, Colo, July 17, 1902. My Dear Edgar: Your Pa arrived here safely at 3 p. in. Sunday. Tuesday morning we marshaled our forces for famous Crystal Park, teu in all, including the following Chanute people: Marlon Ilubler, Earnest Foetisch, Jessie Wells, Mildred Johu-son, Johu-son, Johu-son, Lillie darkness, a couple of young women from Mission and the remainder from various parts of the earth. Of course, your Pa was unanimously unanimously elected general commanding the forces. Getting our people into marching order at 7:30 a. m., we gaily marched through Manitou, up over the Midland railroad, and then the real climb began up along the side of Iron Mountain, following the zig zag path of the burro trail, stopping stopping every few moments to get a good long breath, then up and up fully 3,000 feet from our starting point and over four miles of mountain climbing to the beautiful Park, nearly 10,000 feet aboye sea level and lying about two miles wide by about ten miles in cngth and almost ei.tlrely surround ed by lofty mountains. Now Ilubler and Foetisch being used to open air and muscle work very soon began to forge ahead and the pretty girls (always iu love with nice fellows like our Chanute boys) eft their valiant leader to bring up the rear guard comopsed of a couple f school girls and an old maid school marm, wuo was worrying an uie time about her pretty niece wuo was on ahead with Ernest Foetisch. In making a final charge up an extra steep mountain side, just a short dis- dis- tauce from the Park, our worthy geu- geu- erat became short of breath, and re treating to the friendly shade of a Balsam fir tree waited for the ainbu lauce to arrive. In a short time a re lief expedition consisting of Ilubler, Foetisch and a couple or the pretty girls of the Commaud, came down the trail carrying a pail or mountain spring water, and very soon had their beloved commander on ins reet again. Just about this time a lone pilgrim was seen slowly wending his way up the trail and a relief corps was sent to him and noon bringing hiiu into the camp it was found tint we hud aided Rev. Thaver. a Methodist minidter known to mauy of our Chanute peo ple and after spending a pleasant day in this beautiful national Park. we all slid down the mountain side to our homes very weary but wonderfully wonderfully pleased with our trip. Being worn out with the extra re snonsibilities of Commander and the hard climbing we were soon snugly dreaming of our oil and gas stock and Just as we were counting a large divi dend just paid to us, we were awakeu-ed awakeu-ed awakeu-ed bv sweet strains of music from mandolin and guitar, out on our front porch. We waked up our better seven-eighths seven-eighths seven-eighths and informed her that we were being serenaded, that our fame as a Backet man and oil mag nate had preceded us to this mountain mountain resort. Our wife said, "Don't be so sure that they are playing that music for you. Didn't you see by The Tbibune that George Lindsay had come to Manitou?" Now as we are jealous of George's popularity and being determined to settle the question question then and there we stuck our fool head out of the window and said, "Boys, who are you serenading?" Tha answer came back, "That lot of pretty pretty Chanute girls that are staying here." Well, we were glad that it wasn't George Lindsay anyway. Your Blistered Faced Pa, H. L. Freeman.