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H ' IGNORANCE OF THE WEST.
m ' Just at the present time there
HJ I seems to be a grc.it call among the
HJ Eastern magazines and Eastern pap-
HJ i crs in general, for stories which have
M' their scenes laid in the West. It i.
HJi difficult to pick up an Eastern ptib-
HJ J lication and not find some outland-
HL ishly clad1 figure stare at you from
' its frohtispicce. When a western
HJ ' man reads the stories he finds the
HJ' characters depicted as outlandish as
HJ are the pictures. ' He likewise finds
J.; I the language put into the mouths of
HJ these characters is a sort of cross
HJ between Pidgeon-English and Mexi-
HJ can, and if a cuss word can be pos-
HJ sibly worked in, it seems to suit the
HJ writer all the better. If we were to
HJ believe these writers of western life,
HJ no man could be found who did not
HJ constantly carry around with him J
HJ six-shooter about the size of a crup
HJ cannon, or no woman who did' not
HJ chew tobacco, or at least smoke cig-
HJ arcttcs, while upon all occasions,
HJ both arc ready to play poker, or
HJ drink tangleleg whiskey until the sun
HJ comes up in the morning. According
HJ to these writers the population spend
HJ the most of 'heir time in attempting
HJ to steal cattle and jumping mining
HJ claims or killing their neighbors.
HJ They arc depicted as living on horse-
HJ back, with such occassional diversi-
HJ tics as "shootin' the stuffin' " out ot
I, an enemy through a window. The
HJ girl whose face is not tanned as dark
HJ' as an Indian's and who has not got
HJ some villian on her track, is the cx-
HJ ception. The extremely virtuous or
HJ refined woman is always some east
ern schoolmarm whom misfortune
has driven from home to earn enough
money to pay off the mortgage on
the old homestead, or who has gone
west to reclaim some good for noth
ing brother whose morals have been
ruined in the gambling hells of the
The fact in these stories of west
ern life are as about as true to the
conditions of western society, as
bridge whist would be as to the lat
est diversion of the Hottentot belles,
in darkest Africa.
It is high time that some western
writer should appear with nerve
enough to paint western life as it
really is. The word "nerve" is used
advisedly, for so saturated has the
eastern reading public became with
this distorted conception of western
life and character, that the true type
of western man or western woman,
would not be received by it without
protest. It is a question if the east
ern publisher would accept a real
story of western life.
The worst part of it all is, that the
western newspaper? and other pub
Ijcations reproduce these monstrocl
tics in their columns, and thus place
the seal of their approval upon them
If these publications would give the
money they pay out for tliii sort of
trash, for real western stones writ
ten by real western writers they
would not only encourage the build
ing up of a true western literature,
but would correct the' iimprjess$.on
which has got abroad that there is
no refinement or education to the
west of the Missouri rive. Failing
to do this, they could at least make i
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silent protest, by refusing to print
such fearful characters upon western
manhood and womanhood.
The truth is, that the English lan
guage is spoken with greater purity,
and with more grammatical accuracy
by the mass of the western people
than by the mass of the pcorle r ilw
eastern states. There may have been
a. time when the six-shooter was the
constant companion of the western
man, and when the refining influence
cf women was lacking on our west
cm ranges and in our mining camps,
and men became reckless in language
and in habits. It is a question how
ever if there ever was a time when
the outlaVidjGh habits depleted by
these writers ever obtained. One
thing is certain that they now do not
obtain, if they ever did.
- The freedom of the west, its inde
pendence, its sturdy life and its ob
stinate courage in the face of dif
ficulties, is certainly stamping Itself
upon the character of its people.
Their mode of thought, and their
views are as characteristic of their
environments as possible. In this
respect they are as different as pos
sible to the people of the east. Thert
is certainly a chance for a writer to
make both name and wealth by writ
ing of the west as it really is. If
the eastern press will not accept it,
the western press, out of self defense,
should compell it to do so, and this
can only be accomplished by encour
: ping western writers.
On Tuesday of last week an im
portant measure was introduced in
the United States Senate by Senator
Reed Smoot, being a bill relating to
arid farm entries. It provides that
any person capable of homestead
ing may enter 320 acres of arid or
semi-arid, non-timbered, non-irrigable
land; it must also be surveyed, un
reserved and contain no drinkable
water and the whole tract must lie
together. The person who seeks to
avail himself of the benefits of the
proposed law must be over twenty
one years of age or the head of a
family, and if not a citizen of the
United States must have declared his
intention to become such, together
with such other showing as go to the
establishment of genuincss and good
faith. The conditions after entry be
.ing set out as follows:
"Section 3. That all persons mak
ing entry under this act shall be re
quired to cultivate the lands entered
by them to agricultural crops as fol
lows: At least one-eighth of the to
al area embraced in any entry must
be cultivated during the first year
after the date of such entry: at least
one-fourth of such area shall be cul
tivated during the second year after
the date of such entry; and at least
one-half of such area shall be culti
vated during the third, fourth and
fifth years after the date of such enr
The importance of such a measure
can scarcely be described in the lim
ited space of a newspaper article, eg.
pecially when the immense scope of I
territory affected is taken into con- I
sidcration; for the proposed Iegisla- '
tion does not refer exclusively to the i
senator's own state, but to all its im- '
mediate neighbors as well as an im- 1 i
mense district in the aggregate fur
ther away. It is one of the most
comprehensive and beneficial meas
ures as to settlers or interesting set
tlers in the region to which it rclatei
that has been presented to congress
in a long time; and the thanks of a
great multitude should accompany
the tenders of his friends' congratu
lations to Utah's senator for his wise
and timely action.
Senator Foraker would not object
so much to making President Roose
velt King, except for the suspicion
that he himself might be elected.
It is now proposed to make Wash
ington a prohibition town, but as
congress governs it it will be iieccs
jary tc rcp:al the law about having
private lockers in the capitol.
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