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HON, DELOS A. CHAPPELL.
One of the capitalists of Las October of 1879. Two years afterAnimas county, and of Trinidad, is wards he organized the same into Mr. Delos Allan Chappell, who was “The Trinidad Water Works Comborn April 29th, 1846, upon his father's pany,” of which he is now president. farm in Wayne county, New York. His first trip was made on business His ancestors were of French extrac- only,to Trinidad. These were followed tion originally. Latterly they remov- by others, which continued until Mr. ed to England, whence they came to Chappell became so infatuated with this country and ultimately settled in the climate, the natural resources and Vermont. His father's mother was the prosperity of that city and the related to Ethan Allan of Revolution- West generally, that in the winter of
In 1852, the father remov- 1882 and 1883, he determined to make ed to Michigan, and purchased a farm that city his permanent place of resinear Kalmazoo. The son began his dence, and removed thither from education at Olivet College; later at- Chicago at that time. tended the University of Michigan, Upon one occasion, when in Chicago, leaving its walls in 1868 when in the Mr. Chappell was asked what he junior year. Remaining upon the thought of the West; that was after farm two years after leaving college, one of his first trips. His reply was: “I Mr. Chappell then went to Chicago thought it was a good place to make and opened an office as constructing money, but I would as soon have a engineer of water works; then became barrel of gold and live upon an island a contractor in that line, making that in the Atlantic Ocean," referring to a specialty up to 1883.
his opportunities for spending it. While at Appleton, Wisconsin, in But this view did not last long. He 1879, upon that business, Mr. Chap- soon realized that the great West was pell was approached by some of the making wonderful progressive strides, leading citizens of Trinidad, who and that it presented rare chances, made a request for him to visit that both for fortune-making and fortune city to put up water works; accord- spending, which were being rapidly ingly he made his first trip to Trini- embraced by men of push and capital. dad that year. It resulted in the Each returning trip more and more present investment, as a private enter- deeply convinced him of this, and finprise, which went into operation in ally the resolve was made and executed to remove to the West, choosing Chappell identified himself with Trinidad for his home and field of Trinidad and the West. Bringing to operations.
this wide field the energetic disposiAt this writing, Mr. Chappell is one tion of a citizen of Chicago, he has of the most active and public-spirited imparted that spirit to all his undercitizens of Trinidad. He is presi- takings. It has been frequently said dent of "The Victor Coal Company," to the writer that Trinidad owes which owns about 4,000 acres of coal much to Mr. Chappell for its present land, yielding 250,000 tons per annum; prosperity, and much for tha influxi and otherwise largely interested as a of capital and population which has capitalist in developing the resources given the assurance to observers that of this promising city and county, a great future has already dawned In every way practicable has Mr. upon Trinidad.
H. D. T.
LIBRARIES FROM BOSTON TO PUEBLO.
While recently in the bustling city Public Library Association was held of Pueblo, I found myself attracted to in the Board of Trade Building, the rooms of the McClelland Public Tuesday evening. Articles of incorLibrary. I had read of the move- poration were signed, and the followment to establish this Book-Plant in ing gentlemnn were elected members the Pittsburgh of the West while vis- of the Board of Directors for the eniting the Boston Public Library dur- suing year : M. D. Thatcher, Charles ing the month of January last. As a E. Gast, W. L. Graham, ex-Governor proud-feeling resident of Colorado, Alva Adams, O. H. P. Baxter. M. H. having my home in Denver, and for Fitch, C. H. Stickney, Andrew Mcthe time-being only, at the Hub, I Clelland and Dr. R. W. Corwin. took special interest in the news-item, “Mr. Andrew McClelland then preregarding it as a very important step sented the Association with $6,000, in the book-culture of the West, or and in honor of this generous gift it rather, another bright page in the was decided to call the Association literary history of progressive Colo- 'The McClelland Public Library of rado. The item which came under Pueblo.' observation was this :
"The following officers and commit"A meeting of the gentlemen having tees were then elected :-President, charge of the affairs of the Pueblo Dr. R. W. Corwin; Vice-President, Charles E. Gast, Esq.; Secretary and thus arranged the line would stretch Treasurer, A. E. Graham."
out twelve miles towards Pueblo. Then followed a description of the When I left Boston it was with the Library Rooms in the New Board of intention of visiting all the prominTrade Building :
ent public libraries between that city “On the fourth floor is the large and and Denver, contemplating a trip to beautiful room of the Pueblo Public Pueblo to see the last link in a chain Library. It is directly over the Board of libraries which has its location at of Trade Hall and occupies the same the foot of the eastern base of the space on the fourth floor that the hall Rocky Mountains. This intention does on the second and third. The was carried out with the exception entrance is through double doors, of St. Louis. On my way westward, which open directly upon a broad therefore, I stopped at Cooper Instiaisle, extending through to the rear tute, the Astor, and the Historical Liend of the room. On either side of brary in New York City ; was for a this aisle cross partitions divide the while in the Peabody Institute of room into ten large alcoves, five on Baltimore; spent days in the Washeach side. Each alcove is lighted by ington Congressional Library, and a large window, and at night the en- days in the Public Library of Cincintire room will be illuminated by uati. This extraordinary privilege means of combination gas and elec- consisted in being in the midst of tric light chandeliers. The dividing books numbering fully 2,500,000. of the room in this manner, with the The Denver libraries, consisting of broad aisle in the center, was done the Union High School Public Library at the request of the Public Library and the Mercantile Public Library, Association, with a special view to its contain about 50,000 volumes-wonuse as a library."
derful collections for a city only In conversation with Mr. Arthur M. thirty years old. Knapp, assistant librarian of the Boston did not organize her famBoston Library, he said that the re- ous public library until 1847--a full ceipt of new books there averaged grown and magnificent city before more than one per hour each day of that step was taken under the inspithe year, and that there were within ration of the munificent donation of those walls about 700,000 volumes. Joshua Bates. But the same generThen pointing to the shelves of the ation that laid the foundations of upper hall he said : “If these books Denver and Pueblo also established were placed side by side in a straight the institutions which have for their line they would be more than six object the art and literary culture miles long." That is to say, if all the of the community at large. Thus, books in the Boston Library were education and morality are regarded as among the first essentials of Mrs. Lydia J. Terry, was exercising good government in building west- her talents in cataloguing and shelvern cities. Such is western enter- ing these beautiful arrivals from the prise along the lines of intellectual pens of all worthy authors and fresh as well as material prosperity.
from the all-powerful press of the The citizens of Pueblo attribute land. May the stream of living literwith pride and pleasure the credit ature thus opened continue to flow, for this early step, mainly, to Mr. widening and deepening as the years Andrew McClelland, whose donation go by, until the McClelland Library to this end is recorded above.
of Pueblo shall become as large and a great
pleasure to the lustrous a link in the chain of librarwriter to spend an hour in the midst ies as that founded by Bates of Bosof the two thousand new books which ton, Cooper of New York, Peabody had just arrived as the nucleus of of Baltimore, and Newberry of Chithe Pueblo library The librarian,
HENRY DUDLEY TEETOR.
SUCCESSFUL YOUNG MEN OF THE WEST.
RALPH VOORHEES, ESQ.
THE advice of Horace Greeley, in any community in which their lines "Go West, young man, go West !" may fall. But as to the average of is perhaps more appreciated and them, the element of opportuuity attended with more apparent results, must necessarily largely control the in recent years than when it was first degree and measure of their advancegiven. What the great journalist, as ment and final success. a close observer of men and events in Horace Greeley foresaw that conthis country foresaw, is in these later ditions surrounding average young years coming home as conviction to men upon their entry into active life, thousands of the earnest, industrious in the denser populations of the East, and ambitious young
men of the
must continually grow more unfavornation.
able, considering such conditions as Men with these traits of earnest- affecting their chances for ultimate ness, industry, integrity and laudable, and great success. The truth of his ambition in their character, will per- observations is now patent, and rather force accumulate property, grow in more of every-day knowledge than reputation and better their condition, matter of speculation and theory,