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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: IV CONTREXEVILLE /CONTREXEVILLE is located in the Department Vof Vosges, about 370 kilometers east and a little south of Paris, on the railway that connects Nancy and Langres. It lies at an altitude of 1,100 feet, in a narrow sheltered basin, completely surrounded by the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Neufchateau, the only neighboring town of any importance, is about twenty nine kilometers to the north. Celebrated for more than a century because of the medicinal and therapeutic qualities of its numerous springs, Contrexeville has for years been a popular watering place. As early as 1760 a certain Dr. Bagard, physician to King Stanislas of Lorraine, discovered the unusual properties of the Source de Pavilion and brought them into public notice. Subsequently chemical analysis of its waters revealed a variety and combination of minerals that drew the attention of the medical profession of all parts of France. The reputation of Contrexeville as a watering place was established. Courses of treatment were recommended and prescribed, and the waters of the Source de Pavilion were bottled and shipped extensively. During the years just prior to the war Contrexeville counted many people of fame and nobility among its summer guests. Contrexeville, because of its climate, is essentially a summer resort, and its population, largely transient, is of a class that demands attractive lodgings and modern conveniences. Because of this, Contrexeville differes greatly from the majority of small French towns. Among other things it boasts of concrete sidewalks, an electric light f. en plant, and a general sewerage system. Three beautiful parks, several tennis courts, bowling greens, and the Casino offer recreation and diversion. The River Vair, a small stream that runs through the t...
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