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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1910, Lethbridge, Alberta f j' t( The Letlibridge Daily Herald, Monday, June 13, LUMBER i Prices THE PIONEER LUMBER COMPANY ANCIENT ROMAN CITY IS UNEARTHED Excavation In DnJmatia Uncovers Remarkable Ruins-Signs Of Wealth Are Found Trau, Dalniiitia, June call Trau, the oldest town on the Dahna- tisin coast, which, of course, it is im- possible to determine, 'although' it cer- tainly appears to, support ohat asser- tion. It is a walled town, said to be 700 years older -than Spalato, which was founded A. D. 305, and was orig- inally a colony of Greeks, who canie here in the time of Perceles, in the golden age of Greece, and establish- 'ed a colony. In the courtyard of the monastvy of St. Nicoio is a stone from the foun- dations of a venerable building that bears'a Greek inscription of the tlijrd century B. C. Trau can be visited :fi'0m Spalato by railway train and by boat, each twice a day, or by carriage in a drive through >the most fp.rr.ile and attractive agricultural country we have seen since we entered Dalmatia. The distance is seventeen miles. Salona ia also very old, but it ex- ists alone in ruins, reminiscences and relics of' the Roman period, which have been chiefly dug out of the ground and are exhibited in the mu- >eum at Spalato. The excavations have''been going on since 874, when Salona was visited 'toy the Austrian .emperor, who gave the matter his official attention, and Professor Bulic was .placed in charge as conservator of ancient monuments in 1883. He has been here ever since, wiih a re- sult 'that, every archologist has taken any interest in the down by .t'he ruins of twelve or thir- teen -hundred' years upo'ii them. Not only disclosed the larg- est knowu' cemetery in Roman terri- ory, but a great basilica, theatre, however, were found upon tombstones of early Christians, which indicate that Salona was converted to the new religion before Diocletian came. That adds -to the mystery of his several temples, hundreds of resid- j coming, because it is diflicult to un- ences, an amphitheatre and various other appurtenances of a well order- ed and wealthy city. There is a leg- end that Paul and Timothy visited Salona.and oiher-parts of the'Dalma- tian coast, and preached in that bas- ilica, although I must say, it is more of a supposition than a fact. Many Inscriptions Found. Salona was once a naval station of Rome, and its harbor was doubtless often filled with Imperial galleys. It derstand wiiy a misantrophe and dy- ing tyrant should come voluntarily "to Jive among a people whom he had per- secuted because of their religion as long as he had power. It is a singular fact that there is only one reference to Diocletian in all of the or more inscriptions "that Professor Bulic has found. Besides, these inscriptions the muse- um at Spalato contains a large num- ber, of busts, vases of marble, terra j ate places, but ships vast quantities of olive oil and wines in hogsheads to Flume and Venice, Some of the olive orchards are very old. The natives reverently point out Uiose that were growing .when Salona was the capital of Dalmatia, and its theatre and amphitheatre, its arsenal and its t walls were defended fey Roman knights before the coming of the Goths and the Avars. But no one can tell the age of an olive tree, and they-live for centuries. Those now standing in the garden of Gethsemane at Jerusalem are said to be the same Jesus saw. It was refreshing to see a first- class modern cement factory, the on- ly building less than a thousand years old that we have'seen lor a week. i There must be building going on somewhere, because' this factory has stone beside that 'book, and partly conceals the coat of arms of the Venetian republic. There is a similar coat of arms and a lion over the water gate on the other side of the town, and the lion wears a similar smjle. Trau is said to be the oldest com- munity in Dalmatia, and the larger part of the population is descended from the original settlers. They number no more than they did a thousand years ago. The latest cen- sus shows between and The natural increase of poulatlo-i offset by emigration, and I was tcJd that there are sons of Trau in Chi- cago and in various parts 'of Wiscon- sin 'Michigan. The families thus all related, and -tracing lin- eage back almost to the Christian era they naturally have paronng claims to be recognized by our aristocracy. It been running day and night for a year, !is a close community and very svm and even then ia unable to fill its or- ders. Ic uses long overtfead wires to carry the stone from the quarry to the was protected by a double wall with cotLa- and glass .funeral urns, tear bot- mllls- many towers, which, however, were tles- Jewelry, household utensils, and battered down by the Avar hordes from Hungary in; tlie sixth century and have since laid waste and deso- late. The superstitious peasants be- lieve that the ghosts of the old Rom- ans walk among the ruins and cannot be induced to visit the place at night, but a ghost could do very little harm and might; assist the learned professor in deciphering some of the inscriptions wihich puzzle him. He has'altogether collected, about of different: periods, most of them intactV and wholly intelligible; others fragmentary, 'and all extreme- ly interesting to archologists. Some are dedicated to the gods Home, some to the Roman emperors, "place. He has uncovered a Roinan many are records of gladatorial corn- city which was first destroyed by the bats and chariot races, athletic tri- invasion of barbarians from the-north jumphs, municipal events and refer- and then buried under from six to ences to the social life of Salona. nine feet of silt that has been washed The largest number of everything that a cultured people might have used. We saw scattered along the road si re on che way to Trait i hundred or more sarcophagi of var- ous kinds of. stone, .dug but of the ;reat cemeteries for which there is 10 room in -the museum, but. most of them are not remarkable and were the coffins of unimportant people. Tadar Valley a Garden. More attractive -than Roman ruins are the fresh fields of the Tadar val- ley, through which the road to Trau leads. Its vineyards, olive groves and olive trees arei now in the glory of their bloom; the aloe hedges and the winter wheat are as green as green can. be." This is, indeed, the most1 fruitful spot we have seen thus far in Dalmatia. The Ta'dar valley is luxuriant in its fertility, and not only furnishes veg- etables for many'of'the less forturi1 pachetic, as we saw illustrated at the funeral of a woman this afternoon. PLAYED WITH JET; ALMOST SUFFOCATED Little Girl Has Very Narrow Escape in Toronto Toronto, June the three- year-old daughter of Frank Baxter, 416 Sackville street, had a narrow es- cape from death by, asphyxiation. She was put to bed for her afternoon sleep and after being left alone began play- ing with a gas fixture projecting from the wall which broke off under- her weight, allowing the gas to escape. She was Sound with eyes wide open and unconscious by her mother short; ly afterwards. Medical assistance and some effort restored the' child to con- sciousness. i TELEGRAPHIC BRIEFS. At Sr. Paul's Cathedral, London, Bis- hop Williams ordained six young men as priesio and eight as deacons. The Kingston Conservative Asso- ciation and Macdonald Club yesterday' placed a wreath on -the grave Jin Cataraqui cemetery of John X Macdonald, who died nineteen years ago- yesterday. ri The Tadar valley was protected by thirteen feudal strongholds during Venetian times, when the land, with certain feudal rights over the peas- antry, was bestowed by the Venetian senate as rewards upon nobles who had served1 the state" and who were their owite expense to un- der take'the defence of this coast against all comers. Seven ruined castles remain, and each forms the centre of prosperous little villages surrounded 'by- olive groves, peach, fig, and pomegrante trees and gardens that are alive "with "You enter the' ancient city of Trau through a gate over which is a large tablet carved-with arepresentation of the well known lion of Venice, wear- ing a cheerful smile "and holding open the pages of a book with its paw. A tree at -least four feet a healthy looking 'botanical sptcimens it growing out' of" a crack in the The Quick Lunch Counter at the HEW England Cafe Will open on June 4 Menu and Service is sure to please Hill Block Dufferiii Street The Sauce that makes the whole work! hungry. v Selected Farm Lands At Fort George per acre cash and a month handles 40 acres, good level from stones. Very fertile. Good water transportation. For parti- culars apply 1 '.'71 North-West Land Gb. Room 2, Ott Block Round Street List your property with us for quick sale V" WF TAKF STOGK ON IIJNF YY 1-4 1 rAlXI-j kJ 1 vyi i u wl iJL-i The new owners take the business on July 1st. Before we commence stock-taking THE STOCK MUST BE REDUCED t One week more for you to secure gemiine bargains. Every article jn the warehouse being offered at a big reduction i JL JL 1 IN. WATER ply good per ft: only 13c 2 IN. 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