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"Salso" and its Baths.

(By Sigma, in the London Daily Express,) ■Where the tall Apennines stoop to the fat plains of Lombardy lies Salsomaggiore, famed for its healing water. Spring is already, lightly .touching the slopes of the lower hills, and the. naked earth, lately scourged-, and scarred by the bitter bhiste of the north wind,- is beginning to wear thiO new raiment of seed-tinie. V . Bhie sky, green .earth— thai is the harmony of spring.- .Where ;the> misty 'green of the distant hills merges 'into the hazy blue of the' horizon is a perplexing mysteryfor the human eye. The- triumphant return of his Majesty the Sun from the winter solstice is ever a joy, but -nowhere may : the pleasure be .tasted more deeply than among the historic valleys of classic Italy. Salsomaggiore in spring time is one of th© most perfect delights which MotheT Earth has bestowed upon her children. In the days of Imperial Rome hither came the nobles to restore their wasted vitality after the debauches of the Caesars, for the salt baths' were then, as now, known for their marvellous - recuperative powers. .'.- ■ ■ In the neighboring valleys may be seen ancient fortresses and watch-towere, which st-ilL' staJid as hoaxy witnesses to the turbii' lenco of those times. "In these emiJihg times of peace, when, the carronade has; yielded to the 7r.otor-car, and petrel hn£ become a. mope potent influence than gunpowder, frequent visit's. may l:e made ak>n<: the easy roads to these old relics of a ruder age. ■ - For a long time Salso was almost \uiknown in this country, .for the reason that there was no place -where a- Briton could stay with comfort in the little Italian town — it is hardly more than a village. But then Ritz — the on'y Ritz — saw its possibilities. A lustrum .has nob yet passed by since he threw open, the doors of the Grand Hotel des Thermes, and already Salso has taken its rank among the most frequented watering *1 ness of Europe. For its popularity rests upon merit. Its waters are the strongest in all Europe in iodine and bromine; they are the strongest in the -world in strontium, lithium, and ichthyol; they are full of petroleum, and. Shave five 'times as much sea-salt as can be found in sea-Avater. There is barely an ] ill to which man is heir that may not be cured by ons or other of th«s« medicine;---o-f nature-; gout, rheumatism, arthritis, and the hundred and one evil effects of poverty of b'ood vanish under the three courses 0/ treatment recommended by the doctors. For tihese who are there merely to rebuild wasted tissues, th« ordinary bath •will do- -wonders. T-he -waters, which til first- appear clear -and limpid, are changed almost instantly by the action of the air into a thick brown- liquid, but the salt, petroleum, and iodine which make such an unsightly composition, work miracles for sufferers from rheumatis and arthritis. ■ The baths increase in density as the patient progresses, and as density and buoyancy keep pace together it "becomeß more and more difficult to keep below the surface of the water. The ■ second course of treatment for those suffering from local trouble is undergone by applications of hot mud to the afflicted part. The .pleas a-nte&t part of the cure, is the inhalation of the condensed water in the wonderful Inhala/biom Hall. Here como all— men and women — at least once in- the day, wrapped like mummies an sheets, and turbans, to profit by the concentrated essence of brine and iodine which is poured into the hall 'through two huge revolving cylinders. The happy being gains all the good of a sea voyage without any of its discomforts, and compressed into one short hour. Those who are depressed and low are exhilarated. For anyone troubled by affections of the throat and nose this hour of inhalation is of incomparable value. The mucous membranes are strengthened, .the vocal cords regain their elasticity. Every year the world's most famous singers avail themselves of Salso's tonic air-bath. These wonder-working waters are pumped up from artesian wells bored 2500 feet below the surface. The water is laid on direct from the wells to 'the ho't«J. Patients staying there need have no fear of chills, which would almost inevitably follow were they to take daily excursions .to the Stabilimeiiti in- it-he town. Nob health alone is gained in Salso, but also pleasure ; after duty nobly done -comes relaxation, and it would be hard to find a more beautiful country in which to walk or drive. Many excursions are to be made, and, by railway or motor-car, Parma; Piacenza, Cremona, and Lodi are within easy reach. At Parama are to be seem the best preserved specimens of the art of Oarreggio. Here is .the interesting though sadly deoay'mg Teatre, the quaint octagonal five-storeyed Baptistry, and the "Camera 'de San Paolo," the room decorated, tinder the patronage of that belligerent Abbess Giovanni oi Piacenza, avlio refused to allow the Poue himself to set the seal of the cloister on her and her convent. On neigh boring hills are the castle of Bargone, of unknown antiquity, T-abiano, and, in the opposite direction, the Castello de Scipione, beyond which lies the Gastello de Vigoleno. All these arc very ancient fortresses, but by driving a iittfc fur.tlier on may be seen the beautiful OasteMo Nuovo Fogliani, which stands for peace and comparative modernity. Here, in place of frowning battlements and flagged courtyards, hi a spacious, restful villa, surrounded by gardens and terraces, ending abruptly in a sheer drop to the valley below, which is covered by beautiful w-oods. There are many delightful old-world villages in the neighborhood, and an expedition to any of them cannot fail to be pleasant, for in the spring months the weathar is deliciously iwm. The country round is beautiful, not only with the pleasant intimate beauties of the cultivated plain, the mulberry groves, the vine-clad hills, and the fields of maize, but with the grander scen-eiy of the mountains, for 011 the south rise the fine peaks of the Apannin-s range, and to the north the rolling foot-hills grow loftier and loftier til: tiliey culminate in the snow-clad summite of the Alps, which give that touch of majesty which is the crowning glory of lovely Salso.

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"Salso" and its Baths., Bruce Herald, Volume XXXXI, Issue 43, 2 June 1905

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"Salso" and its Baths. Bruce Herald, Volume XXXXI, Issue 43, 2 June 1905

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