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WATKINS GLEN For three years the Society has secured the introduction of a bill for the creation of a State Park embracing Watkins Glen.
The bill has not yet passed. feeling of gratitude when he finds the pic- In 1900 the American Scenic and Histuresque has been left untouched. We toric Society began its notable achieveowe more than a debt of thankfulness to ment of preserving the world-renowned the energetic women who have preserved Palisades of the Hudson. Through its the birthplace of the flag in Philadelphia, intercession both New Jersey and New have given contributions to the collections York became interested, and we have now in Independence Hall, have preserved every prospect of an inter-State park, with the landmarks at Valley Forge, and have drive, from Fort Lee to Nyack. By these prevented the destruction or desecration means one of the most interesting spots of buildings made sacred by their associa- in our country will be saved from the tion with American history.
stone-quarryman and disfigurement. The
ruins of Forts Crown Point and Ticonderoga are similar objects of solicitude.
Nor are the efforts of these societies confined to the Eastern States alone, for their interest is widespread, and they co-operate with local societies and lend aia when asked to do so in eveix State in the Union, from the shores of Lake Champlain to thextreme West. The preservatio of the giant sequoias of Califidia is a matter of solicitude, bt alone to the State in which tey are situated, but to these sieties, who are using every eirt to help save these leafy gats, which are the growth of aturies and which hundreds of ars cannot replace. In anotheart of the
West the women of olorado, THE COLORADO CLIFF DWELLINGS The Society is trying to preserve these from wanton vandalism. aided by outside socioes, are
THE HUDSON RIVER PALISADES The Society represented the State of New York in securing the legislation which created the Palisades Inter-State
Park Commission. struggling to preserve the picturesque fine architectural relics of colonial days is ruins of the Cliff Dwellers and to save from receiving special attention. Washington's wanton vandalism and stealing the pottery headquarters in New York City, the home and relics of this interesting race. This, of Aaron Burr and Washington, with a fine the only spot in America where prehistoric location, architectural beauties, and hisbarbarism can be studied in its entirety, is toric associations, the Alexander Hamilton at last to be preserved, if the untiring residence, and the cottage in which Poe efforts of speech and press can
wrote many of his beautiful poems, are plish it.
among the many dwellings that these Another object of solicitude are the old societies feel it desirable to preserve. buildings of Fort Snelling at the head of Already alive to similar undertakings, the Mississippi River. Situated on a commanding bluff overlooking the great Father of Waters, this fort was for years the resting and protecting place of the missionary, the trader, and the early settler. sesses a round stone tower built in 1820 for the safety of women and children in case of an attack by the Indians, and, aside from historic associations, is one of the most picturesque spots to be found in the Northwest.
These societies realize that every movement for the beautification of municipal or country environment should take into consideration, not only the pleasure and gratification of the adult population, but of the coming generation as well, for they will reap the benefit of reforms. For
HOME OF EDGAR ALLAN POE this reason the preservation of
It should be preserved.
Boston has her Old South Church and names commensurate with dignity and Faneuil Hall, and Philadelphia her Betsey beauty. Ross House and Independence Hall, whose These are a few of the ways in which value as objects of beauty and historic these societies aim to better conditions association have long been recognized by locally and Nationally. No one can help these places. The Philipse Manor House being in sympathy with their objects, and in Yonkers, and the Johnson Mansion in the widespread organization of such bodies Johnston, will also be preserved.
is to be desired. We can all of us work Another instance of the work of those toward the creation of a sentiment which interested in these movements is the forbids that things of permanent value to department of nomenclature, which gives the Nation can be made a subject of prizes in money, books, and medals for money-getting. It is easy to mar the the best names proposed for bridges, beauties of Nature, but difficult to restore streets, and public places. The shocking them when once injured. The New World disregard of harmony in names and sur- is still new ; but our National life has roundings, and total lack of any appeal to already its sacred places which should be the imagination, have called forth this preserved for historical associations and movement with the idea of obtaining the beauties they possess.
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The Russian Censor and The Outlook Our readers may remember that some months ago we printed a picture of a page of our excellent contemporary, “ The Literary Digest,” which had been liberally blackened, for no ascertainable reason, by the Russian censor. Herewith we present an example of the treatment The Outlook receives from the same supreme authority. We are told by a correspondent that scarcely a number of The Outlook comes through without being mutilated or blackened. In this particular case we are not greatly surprised, as the portion of the page here stamped with black contains the last paragraphs of Mr. George Kennan's review of Mr. Henry Norman's book, “ All the Russias,” ending, “ I might differ with the author as to the relative importance of the parts which will be played in the twentieth century by the Russia of the Czars and the Russia of the People.”