Durango was only 16 months old when editor Caroline Romneys Durango Record reported some fascinating stories in the Feb. 1-3, 1882, newspapers.
A court case involved Cora, a prostitute. The article clearly showed where Caroline stood.
The defense raised the question as to the towns right to pass an ordinance to fine keepers of houses of ill-fame, contending that it only had the right to repress or remove them. The prosecution clearly showed that the town has such a right under the statutes, but this court of pickwickian proclivities decried that, statues or no statutes. It has no such right.
The I street cistern was covered with debris yesterday. Now clean the rubbish away and we will have a good street again.
Alas, for the lucky few! The sleighing is nearly gone. Poor Durango! She can not afford snow enough for sleighing more than two days at a time.
The boys are talking of organizing a home minstrel troupe. There is enough talent of this kind in Durango to form a first-class company, and we hope some one will start the ball rolling.
Kill some more curs, Mr. Policeman; the city will not miss them.
The dog killing went on bravely on yesterday, the police having sent into eternity seven or eight.
THE OPIUM FIEND! Durangos Den of Oriental Vice Opium Smoking Established and Flourishing in Our Midst
Not a mile from the centre of the town of Durango. There is a little house in which a few enjoy the fumes of this poison in real Chinese fashion. So very few know anything of the truth about opium smoking, perhaps it will not be amiss to give the experience of a visit to a haunt of this kind.
The Record reporter visited the den.
Opium smoking is a secret vice, and so shown by the fact that even in our new town there is a den where it is practiced. It most be much more widespread than is generally supposed.
The enterprising Naegelin Bros. have their new blacksmith shop ready for the roof. This is a quick work, the old shop having burned down only last Sunday.
A large number of wagons were in town yesterday from the country, and our merchants made some large sales.
Caroline loved sensational headlines:
DURANGOS DISGRACE; There was the sound of Revelry by Night; It lasted until Five oclock in the Morning; Disturbing the Respectable People of the Neighborhood.
Caroline was describing a meeting of the Peoples Party.
So freely flowed the wine that the courage of the Peoples Party rose, until finally it demanded Blood! Blood!! Blood!!! It was represented that at that late, or rather, early hour, it would be difficult to find a victim. Someone suggested eggs as a substitute for blood. Happy thought!
The county Superintendent of Schools has consulted with most of the teachers in the county, and it has been deemed advisable to form a Teachers Association. The first, to which the general public is invited, will be held on Thursday evening, Feb. 23 at 7:30.
Subjects for discussion: The Character of Teacher, Methods in Teaching, Give the little ones a chance, Music and calisthenics, Reading and Penmanship.
Humor of the day: Washington is to have a paper called Common Sense. Like all other new papers, it will fill a want long felt in its own neighborhood.
Duane Smith is a Fort Lewis College history professor. Reach him at 247-2589.