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i l m u ( E f y r t a i m a B H > O S T C R I P T Volume 1— No. 2 PAUL SMITH'S COLLEGE, PAUL SMITHS, NEW YORK December 20, 1946 PAUL SM ITH’S By Duane Tucker On a Sunday afternoon in Sep­ tember of 1858, two hunters sat down to eat their lunch on the shore of Lower St. Regis Lake, which was then an utterly wild and uninhabited spot. One of the hunt­ ers was Paul Smith. As they sat eating and chatting, the other hunt­ er said, “Paul this is a lovely spot. Why don’t you build ^a hunting- lodge right here?” Paul replied that he had no money for such an ad­ venture, and the talk drifted to other topics. The suggestion was lightly made and taken. But somehow it stayed with Paul, and appealed to him more and more. After bis return to Hunter’s home he mentioned the fact to another friend and patron, Dr. H. B. Loomis of New York. The doctor became enthusiastic at once, and he and the others who frequently stayed at Hunter’s Home anted Paul to build a place where they could bring their wives. Dr. Loomis offered to advance the money if Paul would buy the land on St. Regis Lake and build a com fortable hotel there. In those days, the North Woods were all wilderness and beauty. The great forests bad not been tak­ en by lumbermen or fires. Sports­ men and summer tourists had not made an impression on the wild life. Wolves were still howling, and the railroad was 60 miles from their camp. Life there, particularly in v/inter, was an adventure not con­ tinuously easy. But the hazards and the difficulties merely empha­ sized the difference from town life. Anyone who could keep up a con­ tempt for loneliness could be fair­ ly happy there with his dog. gun and wife. Paul needed no further urging. He took all the ready cash he had $.'00, and bought SO acres of land. Then with the money advanced by Dr. Loomis, he secured his mort­ gage and began the erection of the hotel. The original building con­ tained 17 bedrooms, and was con­ sidered rather luxurious for the time and place. It was completed and opened in 1859, and soon be­ came one of the best-known and most amazingly popular summer resorts in tJie United States. It was not difficult to see why he should have atttracted a clien­ tele. He was an expert guide and hunter, and his wife saw to it there was enough to eat. It is difficult to sec, how'cver, why a man like that, easy-going, good-natured, not too hospitable to the uncompanionable virtues, should escape from being popular. Many a rich man formed the habit of going into Paul Smiths for a little hunting. But nobody ever got the better of him in trans­ actions. He took options on desir­ able lands before the capitalists were quite sure they were desirable. He bought the water powers on the Saranac River before it was rated anything more than a stream to fish in He gathered the leading guides about him, and his abilities over the learned and unlearned alike made him a trifle impatient with the world of books, arts, and uni­ versities. I cannot believe, however that it was so much smartness on the part of this indolent and joke- lcving woodsman that made him, bit by bit, the most influential landholder in Franklin County. I believe that it was his faith in his own desires that earned him the reputation of farsightedness. In the early days the nearest Post Office was at P.loomingdale, and at first the mail was sent for only once a week. But in 1876, Paul Smith’s had its own post office, and Paul was naturally postmaster, in which capacity he served for many years. He was once asked how he managed to do this in face of the coming administrations. “Well,\ he explained. “ I guess there ain’t nev­ er been an administration that could change any quicker than I C o u l d . \ The Civil War period proved a very profitable one for Paul. At the duration of the war he had paid off his mortgage and accumulated con­ siderable surplus. This he re-invest­ ed in his hotel plant and in the acquisition of new lands. The story of his early purchases illustrates his foresight and alert­ ness to opportunity. He learned that the Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York had foreclosed a mortgage on 13,000 acres of land adjoining his. This land had been used and lumbered over and con­ sequently was not considered com­ mercially very valuable. Hut Paul had begun to see new standards of value in Adirondack real estate, if it contained lake fronts and was near a base of supplies. Further­ more, he heard S. M. Wood of Plattsburg, the 'well known lum­ ber king, was after this particular strip. Knowledge of the fact de­ cided Paul to take the 13,000 acres at $20,000, the company’s price, if they would take $1,000 down and (Continued on page four) WINTER CARNIVAL A month or so ago with winter sports just around the corner, an idea was born, called “Paul Smith’s Winter Carnival.’’ It wras immedi­ ately adopted by the recreation committee which started it growing in no uncertain manner, by appoint- ir. a large and competent staff, with Jack Shea in charge, to develop it. After an immense amount of work and checking of the finest details, a master plan was made which looks like the w’eek end you have all been looking for, and will cer­ tainly go down in the history of Paul Smith’s College, to be remem­ bered for a long time to come. The following is the plan for that week end which is scheduled, by a popu­ lar vote, to begin on Friday, Feb. 28th. Friday evening, /it 7 o’clock, the carnival will start off in grand style with a huge dinner, by candle light on the campus for all the students and their guests. Following the din­ ner, teams of horses with double sleighs, will furnish a hay ride to the ski lodge w^here everyone may go moonlight skiing on the slope or dance in the lodge by the light of the huge fireplace. Those not wishing to go skiing may skate either on the lake or the hockey rink where bonfires will be burning and also music for ice dancing, played over a loud speaker system. Saturday will (be the day of thrills and fun ending with a grand finale in the form of a banquet and ball in the ball room of the Hotel Saranac. The morning will be de­ voted to those skilled and unskilled in the art of down hill and cross­ country skiing. Trophies will be awarded to the winners of these various events which have been se­ lected for everyone’s participation and enjoyment. In the afternoon, demons of the ice will collect prizes in skating events and Paul Smith’s hockey team will play a worthy op­ ponent. Also, sometime during the daylight hours, the dorm will be chosen which has created the most sensational - image in snow. Al­ though few in number, the gentle­ men in the “Snake Pit’’ intend to be serious contenders for this honor. Saturday evening at the ball, the king and queen of the winter car­ nival. chosen from the students and their guests, will be crowned. It is hoped that either Low’ell Thomas or Kate Smith will be present to do the honors. Music for dancing will be furnished by an excellent 14 piece orchestra. Dress of the eve­ ning will be formals for the girls and optional for the boys. Sunday includes a late breakfast and from there all may do as they wish, such as skiing and skating parties, or lounging around by the fire roasting marshmallows. There is room for approximately 60 guests on the campus and rooms may be reserved in Saranac for those wishing to stay in town. Transportation by bus between Paul Smith's and Saranac is being fur­ nished by the college. So that the final details may be cleared early, it is hoped that those now undecided as to attendance, number of guests, etc., will decide during Christmas vacation. Indivi­ dual costs for the week end are be ing kept at a minimum. As yet, al­ though uncertain as to the actual costs, careful estimates indicate ap­ proximately $15 per couple. Few of the many colleges start­ ing this year have progressed as far as we have here, with student activity in sports, self-government and promoting our own recreation Slow as it may seem now, it is rapidly gaining momentum and with everyone’s continued coopera­ tion and the Winter Carnival a big success, we will really be flying high next semester. —— Merry ChrlwtiniiM ------ CHRISTMAS PARTY On Tuesday, Dec. 17 we enjoyed our first Paul Smith’s Christmas Party. We wrere graciously seren­ aded by our newly formed Glee - club, accompanied by Marion Sew­ ell and under the direction and su­ pervision of Miss Pingle. “Chuck'’ Miller favored us with a trumpet solo and our tenor, John Martin, rendered several selections. The Dramatic club added zest and amusement to our party in the pan- tomine presentation of “The House on the Bluff.” To add variety and to give us all an opportunity to participate in a “Community Sing’’ was held. Needless to say, we en­ joyed the refreshments provided for us. Program on page 6 ------ Merry ChrlntniHN ------ Notices If anyone is interested in buying a diamond ring, see Ed Stuart, Dorm 1, room 310. Low prices last only until Christmas. SKI EQUIPMENT The purpose af this first article is to introduce the neophyte skier to the problems of purchasing ski equipment. This article will cover briefly the high points, enabling the beginner to have a fair knowledge of correct selection. The best skis are made of lam­ inated hickory; and have proved they are flexible and durable; how­ ever, these skis are fairly expensive for the beginner. Ridge top hickory are relatively inexpensive and give satisfactory results. Care should be taken to select good longitudinal grain. Above all, when buying any type ski watch out for split or warp­ ed skis; also for knots or imperfec­ tion in the wood. On the market to­ day are many Army surplus skis, some of which have been poorly stored. Keep your eyes open for warping. Skiis for men should reach about the middle of the palm; when the hand is stretched over the head: for women the base of the hand. Tn both cases five. ;;nn x V ! « e — slightly bent. Skiis in most cases would come equipped with steel edges. These edges give better con­ trol, prevent sideslipping and pro­ tect the wood. Metal bindings are all of the same basic design. Choose a pair simple to mount with a few screws. Have your ski boots fit to the bindings; and the toe irons snw^ to the boots. The cable binding > afford the most rigid function be_ tween the foot and ski. Ski poles should be long enough to reach between the elbow and the arm pit. Don’t buy poles that are too long for you. The best poles are made of tubular metal. The next piece of equipment to be purchased is the ski boots. It is best to invest some money in a Hood pair of boots. Do not buy too large. Boots should fit snugly with one pair of heavy socks over a pair of light wool socks. Do not use oil freely on boots. Linseed oil on the soles will help waterproof the bottoms. Plain ordinary shoe pol­ ish will keep moisture out of the leather. When buying ski wax limit your­ self to hard wax for cold days, medium wax for moist days plus a piece of paraffin. There are on the market today several good base and lacquers. We would recom­ mend a lacquer titled (A-21). Be­ fore using ski, lacquer should be applied as directed. Ski clothes are more or less op­ tional, depending on the amount of Continued on page 6

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