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most perpendicular 9,000 feet. The We walk rapidly down to the Rifsnow is deep and purely white, and fel Alp Hotel, and not finding our the Corner Glacier comes down from companion, we get a cup of tea and it, and several other estuaries are watch the sunset as it throws its rays seen. The glacier, as seen from the over the mountains after it had disfoot of the mountain, looks like a appeared from view. Soon the moon large stream frozen and covered over came up over the hotel at Riffelberg: with white snow. We had Monte it looked like a grand illumination Rosa a few years ago from the other on top of the hotel; I got up several side as we passed down the Simplon times in the night to look out upon Pass into Italy. We retrace our steps the snow mountains by moonlight. as rapidly as safety will permit, and At half past four, A. M., I start down finish the ascent of the Corner Grat; the mountain by way. of Corner we get a spendid view at sunset of a Glacier and its gorges, and at the long range of snow mountains, ex- foot of the Matterhorn where the tending for miles all around Mount Visp river is formed. My traveling Corner Grat. I had been disappoint

I had been disappoint companion has been a little anxious ed until now in the scenery, and about me until I had telegraphed thought that from Rigi far superior him. I suffered from cold, the 7th with the Obernese Alps all around day of August, until the sun had it; but this is by far the grandest risen sufficiently to warm the atmosview, bringing the snow mountains phere. I have been delighted with much nearer to your vision; you come my long-wished for visit to Zermatt, suddenly upon the whole range; as The railroad when finished will take you ascend the mountain you only away one of the picturesque attrac

one side, but all at once, when tions in the tour to Zermatt. I beyou reach the summit, the whole lieve that a pleasure attained under panorama bursts upon your view, difficulties always gives us the most with the Matterhorn towering above happiness. I got back to Vevey in all, 14,704 feet high. Some men could time to witness an illumination of the be seen upon the Matterhorn, but I fest and to see the last day's grand did not care to take time and trouble scenic floral display, and to hear the merely for the name, as the view was music from 2,000 performer; there no better than we had witnessed. were choruses and solos and bands

Many thrilling accounts are given of martial and instrumental music. by settlers in this region of the loss The whole was on a grand scale, of life in attempting the ascent; but with 12,000 spectators in the amphiit seems to be of common occurence. theatre, and the space for the perProf. Tyndall, I think, made the as- formers was about 200 by 300 feet. cent in 1868.

The decoration, arches of flower, and



bouquets, which each girl carried, not seem to be strong, but a little was immense. The dances of the sour and palatable. All were orderpeasant girls and boys, with the ly, and there was no loud or arches of flowers in their hands, the boisterous talking. When they got waltzers passing between them, and through the picnic, each band and the grand procession of all, with ox- chorus society and dancers came in en, cows, sheep, goats, etc., following front of the hotel and gave some of around the amphitheatre, was one of their best music and dancing before the grandest displays the world has they passed into the procession. produced, so they say.

About the grounds were the oxen, We stopped at the Grand Hotel, cows, sheep and goats feeding; they just out of the city; it has large seemed to have been trained, and grounds, with trees and flowers; after were easily controlled.

noon lunch we heard firing of We seemed to have come upon varcannon and music, and behold, the ious national fetes; as for instance, whole fest were marching into the the Derby races, England; the bullgrounds for a picnic on the closing fight, in Spain; Corpus Christi day, day. They scattered through the in Spain; French national holidays, grounds, under the shade trees; a which is similar to our 4th of July; dray load of wine bottles was brought, regatta in honor of the


in and they were treated to all they Venice; and this fest, giving us wanted to drink, without any appar- opportunity to see the people of difent effect but to make them jolly and ferent nations as they appear on their in good spirits; among so many

I holidays. supposed some would take too much;

F. C. SESSIONS, but I suppose it was their daily habit ZERMATT, Switzerland, Aug. 7, 1889. to drink the native wines, which do




No name stands higher in the an- He went to Denver in 1863, engaged nals of the law and equity courts in the practice of his profession for a throughout the Northwest than that short time, and came to Montana in of Edwin W. Toole, of Montana. His the fall of that year.

He located at name appears in the first volume of Virginia City, and again engaged in the Supreme Court reports of Mon- the practice of law. He was in Virtana-in almost the first case- -and ginia City during the stirring days of, from that time few important cases the Vigilantes, but was not a member that have ever been tried in Montana of the commitee, and took no active lacked the weight of Mr. Toole's abili- part in their deliberations or move. ty, on one side or the other. The ments, save to contribute in assisting briefs that appear in the reports of in the apprehension and suppression the cases decided by that court, in of the lawless element then infesting which his interpretations of the law

the country.

He moved to Helena are reflected, are alone a crystallized in 1865, where he has been constantly thesaurus of sound legal doctrines. engaged in the practice since. He is the acknowledged head of the Mr. Toole was nominated in 1872 bar of the State, there being only one for delegate in Congress by the Terother to dispute the honor with him, ritorial Democratic Convention after in the person of W. W. Dixon, of a warm and excited canvass, in which Butte City.

he defeated James M. Cavanaugh. He Edwin Warren Toole was born in made an able and vigorous campaign, Savannah, Mo., March 24, 1839. He but was defeated owing to a disafreceived his early education at the fection in the ranks of his party, growcommon schools in Savannah, and in ing out of the contest in the convenShelby county, Kentucky. He was a tion. He has never been a candidate student at Masonic College, in the for any office since, and undoubtedly State of Missouri, at the close of that owes much of his success as a lawyer institution, and, with Hon. Stephen to the exclusive attention he has deB. Elkins, represented the Philologian voted to his profession since that Society in its annual discussion with time. He has always been a Demothe Erodelphians.

crat, but is broad and liberal in his

political sentiments as he is in all his Mr. Toole, or is better acquainted feelings and sympathies.

with its history and topography. He As a well-equipped, trained, logi. is a staunch friend of Helena and of cal, comprehensive lawyer, Mr. Toole Montana generally. He is interested has few equals at the bar of any in and carrying on mining in most of State. Before a jury he is unsurpass- the principal mining camps of the ed for his earnest, candid, impressive State. He also owns, among other eloquence; his clear, succinct state- Helena property, the north 25 feet of ments; his logical and irresistible the Merchants National Bank buildconclusions. The average juryman ing in Helena, and was one of the will not believe him capable of mis- first to expend money in the construcrepresentation or deception. But it tion of the solid business blocks is in the exposition of the cold, aus. which have been erected in Helena in tere and rigid principles of the law the past four years. before the higher courts, that the lu- Mr. Toole's success as a lawyer is minous powers of his mind are un- due as much to his strong personalcovered. Studious in habit almost ity as to his unquestioned ability. to asceticism of profound and His friends are among all classes, thoughtful mental grasp, he presents

and the ablest services he has ever his argurnents with a lucidity and rendered have been those wherein he thoroughness which leaves nothing has espoused the cause of the poor unsaid. He is equally at home in the and oppressed without compensation. trial of either civil or criminal mat- It can be said of him that which is ters, and in addition to his extensive seldom said of any man whose repucivil practice, there has been no great tation and character are a part of the criminal trial in the State for the past history of a people, that after a quar25 years in which he has not been re- ter of a century amid the clash and tained. There was a period of some strife of law courts, without the sacten or fifteen years during which he rifice of a single individual convicnever lost a criminal case.

This is a tion, he has not a personal enemy in remarkable record.

He stands pre

all the broad domain of his adopted eminent in every branch of the law, State. His honesty and integrity and among the members of the bar have become proverbial throughout of Montana his opinions are accepted the State, and his name is never menas unimpeachable. In fact, the his- tioned without respect. His peerless tory of Mr. Toole's life as a lawyer, is reputation as a lawyer, and a man the history of Montana's jurispru- who is one of the pillars of Montana's dence. No member of the bar, aside history, around which is entwined from Senator W. F. Sanders, has the loyal devotion of its people, and traveled over the State as much as the bar of Montana is especially in

It may

debted to Mr. Toole, as one of its leaders, for a standard of excellence which, as long as it may be maintained, will always assure to its members the very highest standing among the legal fraternity of the west. be said of him that he never reached a conclusion without the most careful and searching investigation and analysis, and that having arrived at it, he never yielded his conviction nor wavered in it.

Mr. Toole has associated with him in the practice of the law, Hon. William Wallace, jr., a young man of the highest attainments in his profession, of splendid natural talents and ability, who has been of great assistance to him in his extensive practice, and of whom he is justly proud. The firm are at this time retained as senior counsel in Montana for the heirs of Andrew J. Davis, the late Butte City millionaire, in the contest over the will of Mr. Davis. The determi

nation of the case involves the distri. bution of an estate aggregating ten millions of dollars. Col. R. G. Ingersoll and Nathaniel Meyer, of New York, are associated with Toole & Wallace and other eminent Montana counsel in the case. Mr. Toole has been the attorney of the First National Bank of Helena, of which ex-Gov. S. T. Hauser is president, since its organization, and has been its unflinching friend, and has doubtless contributed in no small degree to the signal success of that great financial institution.

Mr. Toole has realized a fortune from his practice, and has invested a large amount of money in the development of mines, from which source he derives a good income. He is a senior brother of the present Governor of Montana, Joseph K. Toole.


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