to Buffalo. GENEVA. 28. Route. 237
ment of the United States, the citizens of which are boys and girls between
the ages of 14 and 21. The republic has its own legislature, court-house,
jail, schools, and currency, and its citizens elect their rulers, make and
enforce laws, and carry on business just as adults do in the greater world.
This interesting experiment seems to work well, and a visit to Freeville
is well worth making.
At (327 M.) Cayuga (Rail. Restaurant) the train crosses the lower
end of Cayuga Lake (see p. 236) by a bridge more than 1 M. long.
332 M. Seneca Falls, situated at the falls of Seneca River, the
outlet of Seneca Lake (see belo w); 335 M. Waterloo. — 342 M. Geneva
(450 ft.; The Neater, $2-3; Kirkwood Ho., Carrollton, $2-21/2j
Long Point Hotel, from $ 2), a pleasant little city with 10,433 in¬
hab., extensive nurseries for seeds and flowers, and the interesting
Experimental Farm of the State of New York, lies at the N. end of
Seneca Lake (see below). Hobart College here is a well-known
Episcopal institution, with excellent laboratory and other equip¬
ment and a library of 42,000 vols (President, Rev. Dr. L. C. Stew-
ardson; 100 students). Geneva is the junction of lines to Watkins,
Ithaca, Lyons, etc.
"Seneca Lake (440 ft.), one of the most beautiful Of the New York
lakes, is 38 M. long and 2-6 M. wide. It is surrounded by hills, is very
deep (nearly 700ft.), and never freezes. At a depth of 300 ft. the temperature
is constant at 39° Fahr. Only a narrow ridge divides it from Cayuga Lake
(p. 236). Steamers ply in summer thrice daily from Geneva to Watkins (see
below), calling at intermediate points (fare 25c).
"Watkins (Glen Park Hotel, near the entrance to the Glen, $3; "Glen
Mt. Ho., in the Glen, open in summer only, $3-4; Jefferson, unpretending,
$ 2), a pleasant village of 2943 inhab. with tree-shaded streets, is fre¬
quented by thousands of visitors to Watkins and Havana Glens. It is also
reached via RR. 28c, 28d. Above the village, 300 ft. above the lake, is The
Glen Springs, a health-resort and hotel known as the 'American Nau-
heim' (from $35 per week, incl. treatment), with mineral springs and
baths, beneficial in gout, kidney disease, rheumatism, etc.
The entrance to "Watkins Glen (adm. 50 c.; free to guests of the Glen
Mt. Ho.) is 1/2 M. from the lake, to the right, just on this side of the bridge.
The glen, which may be described as a somewhat less imposing edition
of the Ausable Chasm (p. 214), is 272-3 M. long, and is traversed by paths,
steps, and bridges (stout 'hoes and waterproofs desirable). The points of
interest are indicated by sign-posts. Among the finest are the "Cathedral
(with its wonderfully smooth floor, and rocky sides 300 ft. high), Glens
Alpha and Omega, Elfin Glen, and Pluto Falls. At the Mt. House (see above)
we do not need to cross the bridge, but remain on the same side of the
ravine and almost immediately descend a flight of steps to the left. Farther
on the path passes behind the small Rainbow Falls, where a rainbow is
generally visible about 4 p.m. The head of the glen is spanned by a
spider-web-like railway-bridge, 165 ft. high. Here a steep path ascends
to the right to Watkins Glen Station (rfmts.), on the Fall Brook R. R.
Opposite, on the other side of the track, is a gap in the fence, where
begins the short path back to the village along the top of the cliffs on
the left side of the glen. It leads through wood for 10-12 min. and then
emerges on a plateau commanding a splendid "View of the lake and
village. We descend through the cemetery in 15-20 min. more.
Visitors to Watkins should not fail to visit also the "Havana Glen,
about 3 M. to the S.E. (entr. through the Fair Grounds at Havana, near
the large Cook's Academy; adm. 25c). This glen is about il/t M. long,
and its most striking feature is the wonderful rectangularity of the rocks
in its lower part. This is specially evident in the square "Council Chamber,
not far from the entrance. The prettiest falls are, perhaps, those descend.-