The Souvenir of Western Women/Scenic Attractions of the 1905 Exposition< The Souvenir of Western Women
Scenic Attractions of the 1905 Exposition
Editor of the Pacific Monthly
ALTHOUGH the Lewis and Clark Exposition will have many unique features, the one thing that will make it stand out as different from any other exposition that the world has ever seen will be the scenic attractions of the Exposition and of the city in which it is held. Without exaggeration we may say that certainly no other city in the United States is more beautifully located than Portland.
Standing on any of the heights which border the western side of the city, one may look upon a most inspiring and beautiful scene. The striking and unusual feature of the landscape about Portland is the sea of verdure-clad firs which stretches as far as the eye can reach. The crowning features of the landscape—valley, hills and plain—that greets the expectant eye of the sight-seer are the majestic peaks of five snow-capped mountains that rise above the distant mountain chain, clear and insistent. Whether, therefore, the Exposition will reach the expectations of visitors or not is, after all, immaterial, for no lover of nature could gaze upon the beauties which surround Portland without feeling that he has been paid many times over for coming to this part of the world.
The location of the Exposition is in itself one of rare beauty. The green hills at the rear, green throughout the year, will be a great relief to those who come from the parched regions of the South or the dry and alkaline plains of the Middle West or the scorched regions of the East. In the hottest of July days, when in the East the thermometer is sweltering at from 90 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the cool breezes of the Willamette will blow upon the delighted visitor, bringing with them refreshing odors of the Pacific.
In laying out the grounds themselves, nature was disturbed to the least possible extent. Sturdy old firs, hundreds of years old, have been used with great decorative effect and paths that twist and turn along the hillsides have been made to adapt themselves to the natural beauty of the grounds, looking to the north there is one expanse of water, and although the summer days in Portland are hardly ever disagreeably warm, the sight of this beautiful lake, with the government building in the distance, will lend a charm even to the most unpoetic of beings. We can never get away, however, from the sturdy, majestic, awe-inspiring peak of old Mt. Hood, that stands like a sentinel to the right. Old as time itself, it stands there almost like a living, sentient being, now thrusting its existence upon us in an unexpected manner and seeming only twenty or thirty miles away, and again cold, distant, formal. Although four other snow-clad mountains are to be seen from the height back of the city, two of them higher than Mt. Hood and one of them almost as high, none of the others has that majestic appearance which has endeared itself to the heart of every loyal Portlander like old Mt. Hood. There is therefore a charm, a delight, a memory that will never fade away, to the expectant visitor to the Exposition. He may come to see the Exposition, and his greatest expectations will be more than realized, but he will return, if he returns at all, having seen Nature, and he will be charmed, for the works of nature are ever greater than the works of man.
Corns and callosities have afflicted the race since the introduction of footwear. The first mode of treatment was to cut these growths, and there were professional corn parers, later known as chiropodists. The apothecaries compounded preparations from acids warranted to remove corns and callouses, which often produced serious results. Mr. Deveny, of the firm of the Devenys, believing that safer and more effectual treatment should be employed, made a comprehensive study of the subject, and by careful experiments in compounding essential oils, he has produced an ointment which causes a separation, and the corn can be peeled off without pain or soreness. There are many kinds of corns; the one having a fistula under it is perhaps the most serious. Since a special treatment of each must be applied, scientific knowledge of the work is required. This knowledge the Devenys claim to possess, and use it with skill, to which thirty years of successful practice testifies, twelve of which have been spent in Portland. Their parlors are in the Drew building, 162 Second street, room 203, Portland, Or. There all sufferers will receive careful and prompt attention.