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A Structure Higher Than the Famous
New York Flatiron Building Out
In Wyoming.
Uncle Sam does some foolish things
sometimes, but he is pretty hard
headed after all when it comes to
a'buBiness proposition, and he is the
promoter in this case the strange
part of it is that this structure will
make more money for more people
and be of far more benefit to the com
munity as a whole than the Flatiron
Ipnlldlng or any other big city build
Wg, for it will be the means of hous
ing and furnishing a livelihood to
OTer 20,000 people, and it is not a
philanthropic enterprise, either.
It is a simple proposition, too—
imagine Uncle Sam, if you will, as one
Of those giants of ancient mythology
who over-strode the wdrld, and see
him take in his hap/ls a massive, V
shaped wedge of stone, a good deal
the shape of the Flatiron Building,
only larger, and carefully insert it be
tween the towering canyon walls of a
turbulent, roaring mountain river,
daihming the waters and at the same
time forever blessing them to man
kind's use then watch his lingers as
they slowly draw ^furrows in the
Earth's surface, away from the base of
the wedge and out over as fair a coun
try as the sun shines, upon then see
the water gates open and the life-giv
ing waters flowing through -these fur
rows, with fertile farms and pros
perous villages springing into exist
ence as though by magic.
And there you have the picture of
what Uncle Sam is doing for,his chil
dren in what, until this time, has been
one of the out-of-the-way corners of
the country—the Big Horn basin of
Wyoming, lying a short distance east
of Yellowstone National Park.
The Canyon is that of the Shoshone
River, the wedge, the highest masonry
dam ever constructed, the furrows
made by the giant's fingers, the irri
gation canals and ditches which carry
the water which is rapidly causing
160,000 acres of arid land to blossom
as the rose. This is one of those rare
occasions when a business proposition
makes a vivid appeal to the imagina
tion, for foolhardy indeed would have
been he who, a few years ago, would
have predicted the glorious agricul
tural future of this country then cov
ered with buffalo grass and sage
brush. But the soil is so rich and the
conditions, with proper water supply,
so favorable, that crops are here pro-
duced rivaling those of the Valley of
the Nile itself—the ancient granary of
the world—and are several times as
large as those produced in the humid
regions of our own country.
A few years ago given over to the
cowboy and the big' cattle rancher, it
to-day retains some of the flavor of
the wild west, with Cody, named after
that famous scout, "Buffalo Bill," as
its .principal .town here, too, Buffalo
Bill still makes bis last frontier stand
against the encroachments of civiliza
tion, for in addition to the town be
ing named after him, he owns the ho
tel—one of the best in Wyoming—and
maintains a hunting lodge in that
primeval forest which still exists be
iween, Cody and the National Park.
-Th(j Government is spending about
$7,000,000 to reclaim these so-called
nrid lands, and when the dam and
other works, including a 3%-mile wa
ter tunnel through the solid rock, and
numerous canals and laterals, are
completed, which they will be by the
end of 1909, opportunity will have
been provided for thousands of people
to become independent and gain
homes for theniselves. Already some
cf the lands have been irrigate*] and
fibout 20,000 acres settled upon, and
oth^r farms are now open to the first
comer and on the easiest of-payments.
In addition to the government irri
gation enterprise, private capital is
building other irrigation systems
which, when completed, will mean
over a million acres of irrigated land
in this famous region, enough land to
support on the farms and in the towns
which are growing up as a natural
result, over a quarter of a million
pe^pli3 The railroads are not back
ward in realizing the assured future
of this country and are spending mil
lions of dollars in building main llnea
and branches hither and thither, and
one of them—the Burlington route—
which at present has a line to Cody
is building what will be a main line
through the heart of the district to
Thermopolis and thence southeasterly
to a connection with its other llneB
and on to Denver.
There are good tbwns, including
Cody, Basin, Worland, Garland, Potf
ell and Thermopolis already men
tioned. At the latter place are situ
ated the Thermopolis Hot Springs^ as
notable for their curative properties
as the Hot Springs, Arkansas, or the
hot springs at Carlsbad, Germany, and
bound ere long to be as famous as
these better known springs.
Perhaps in no other one section Is
there so much land susceptible of irri
gation and such an abundant and cer
tain water supply combined with per
fect climatic conditions and inspiring
physical surroundings as in the Big
Horn Basin. On all sides rise the
snow-capped peaks of the Big Horn,
Absoraka, Pryor and Owl Ranges,
forming an encircling mountain bar
rier assuring protection from storms
from whatever direction and serving
as a constant inspiration to those so
fortunate as to live in this region of
already great development and still
greater possibilities. Immediately to
the west within driving distance lies
Yellowstone Park, the people's great
est playground, while on all' sides are
found the finest hunting and fish ng
the country affords.
Alfalfa, the great forage crop of the
west, small grains, sugar beets, pota
toes, all the fruits which grow in the
temperate zone, and garden truck,
comprise the principal agricultural
The crop yields are phenomenal,
sometimes so great as to enable the
settler to pay for his entire farm from
the proceeds of a single crop.
Coal of the finest quality in abun
dance, natural gas ftlreaay lighting
and heating two of the principal
towns, oil wells for which one refinery
haB already been built, and sulphur
deposits already yielding large results,
give some idea of the mineral re
sources of the basin, the development
of which has only commenced. The
precious metals, too, are found.
Hon. Frank W. Mondell, Chairman
of the Committee on Public Lands of
the House of Representatives of the
United States, says:
"Taken all in all, no region that I
know of in the United States lias a
brighter prospect than the Big Horn
Basin so wide is the range of its
products and possibilities that it
might easily be made self-supporting
and self-sufficient fortunate, indeed,
are the people who have cast their
lot with that region and who continue
to pin their faith to its assured fu
This wonderful country is develop
ing rapidly. Churches and schools
abound. The population is intelligent,
God-fearing and law-abiding, and any
man out there who is half a man has
the opportunity to quickly make him
self independent.
The greatest need of the Big Horn
Basin, however, in common with other
parts of the west, is settlers to take
advantage of the wonderful opportuni
ties which it has to offer, and now
that these are becoming better known,
settlers are eomi-:g in ever-increasing
numbers. Oi of the surprising fea
tures is the large number of settlers
Who come from the cities and towns
and who, knowing comparatively little
about farming, are making a great
success. Irrigated farming is certain
ly proving a great boon to the "but
cher, the baker and the candlestick
maker" as well as to the farmer him
self, and with the great land hunger
which seems to have seized the people
generally, it will be but a compara
tively short time, now, before the
lands of the entire public domain
which are susceptible of cultivation
will have been settled upon and then
those who might have taken advan
tage of those opportunities will find
that it is too late.
Nowhere will the farmer, the home
maker, the tradesman and the small
business man find more or better op
portunities for acquiring independ
ence, and for establishing new homes
under the most favorable conditions
in a new and rapidly developing coun
try, than in the Big Horn Basin of
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[Copyright, 1909, by American Press Asso
Abnor Church after serving an ap
prenticeship at selling a patent clothes
wringer to the farmers of New Eng
land was selected to open' one of a
be of a a ad or he at .j
of the same article. France was the
territory assigned him, with Paris for
his headquarters.
He had no sooner opened his sales
room than he was called upon by the
representative of a Paris morning pa
lter for au ad. Abuer told him that
he was not yet ready. The solicitor,
taking his reply for a refusal, intimat
ed that if the paper didn't get the ad.
it would be to the disadvautage of the
enterprise. Abuer replied that he came
from a laud where in journalism the
advertising and the newspapers' opin
ions were kept separate^n other
words, where newspaper blackmail
was unknown. The journal was wel
come to "fire away."
The next morning an article appear
ed in the home columns of the paper
In question stating that all clothes
wringers tore the articles wrung in
them and the Eureka sold by Abner
Church simply reduced them to rib
bons. Other such notices appeared at
intervals and were copied by other pa
pers. Abner made up his mind that
he must stop the slander on his ma
chine or shut up shop and go home.
He called at the office of the journal
that was blackmailing him and pro
tested. He was listened to politely by
the editor of the home department and
when lie had finished was referred to
M. Jules Chicolet, another editor, who
he was assured would take up the
Abner found M. Chicolet sitting in a
study furnished a la Louis XVI. read
ing a novel and smoking a cigarette.
He was faultlessly dressed in deep
black and wore the ribbon of the Le
gion of Honor in his buttonhole.
Abner stated his case, to which the
gentleman listened attentively and at
the end asked:
"Do 1 understand, monsieur, that
you accuse our journal of blackmailing
"Thai's what it looks like."
"Then as a representative of the pa
per 1 have the honor to refer you to a
gentleman who will call upon you this
Abuer satil that all he wanted was to
be let alone, but while he was talking
M. Chicolet passed out of a rear door
and left him standing alone. The
wringing machine agent went back to
his store to think the matter over.
While there a genteelly dressed French
man entered and said he came to ar
range an affair between M. Chnrch and
M. Chicolet.
"I have no quarrel with M. Chicolet."
said Abner. "Who the dickens is M.
Chicolet anyway?"
'Pardon! Monsieur, being an Ameri
can, does not understand. M. Chicolet
is the fighting editor of the paper."
"Writes up duels, you mean."
"No. monsieur M. Chicolet writes
nothing. It is his duty to give satis
faction to those who think they have
been insulted by the jourual and to de
fend its honor. 1 understand you have
accused it of blackmailing you. You
must retract or tight."
"You tell the fighting editor that my
grandfather lost an arm on the south
ern side at Gettysburg, and we Church
es would rather die than lay down.
Tell him I'll fight him with rifles at
500 yards."
The visitor protested that such weap
ons were not used in l'aris. to which
Abner replied that in America no one
fought with anything else, and lie
would fight with the weapon he could
handle and none other.
When the fighting editor received the
news that he must stand up against
ftn American rifle it occurred to him
that for that occasion at least he
would earn his salary. He was a per
fect swordsman and a dead shot with
a pistol at short range, but had never
fought with rifles. Abner. who had all
the so called trickery of the Yankee as
well as flie fighting proclivities of the
Georgian, had sent him word that he'd
better make a will, since he proposed
to aim straight at bis heart and he had
never missed anything in his life with
a rifle.
Just after daylight one morning the
lighting editor drove up to a secluded
spot In the Bois de Boulogne, alighted
with his attendants and waited for his
antagonist. Presently an automobile
appeared. On the roof was something
of a black hue and oblong shape the
nature of which could not In the dim
light be detected. Abner alighted, and
the porter of his store removed the ar
ticle from the roof and carried it on to
the field. M. Chicolet went up to it for
a look and saw a cofHq. on the lid of
which was a silver-plate bearing the
name "Jules Chicolet. Died"—that very
M. Chicolet shuddered. This gro
tesque American way of fighting threw
him off his balance. Abuer stood near
the coffin, leaning on a long rifle and
looking at the man be Intended should
occupy it with a strange, diabolical
stare. One of the attendants, seeing
that the fighting editor was losing bis
nerve, asked if there was no hope of
Rn arrangement. Abner replied that
the Journal must let him alone. A con
ference was held between the seconds,
and it was agreed that Abner should
withdraw his charge of blackmailing
and the paper would publish an Item
In its home department especially com
mending the F1na»w mkHai ma
Then the party drove to a o»fe,
where they breakfasted together, while
the eoffln was carried on the aatomo
Wlo to the undertaker's' 'yfejjp fhrta
which ft had been borrowed.
,1 v-^y4f £s?^w?
[Copyright, 1909, by American Press Asso
The Von Puttkamers were one of the
most respectable families iu Germany.
Their customs, their manners, their
daily occupations, were the same as
they had been several hundred years
before, when the first Puttkamer was
permitted to prefix Von to his name.
They lived on the family estate at
Reinfeld, arose in the morning at a
certain hour, attended to their duties,
household and social, duriug the day
and went to bed and to sleep at the
same hour every night. Nothiug had
ever occurred to disturb the serenity
of their lives, and it did not occur to
any one of them, especially to Herr
von Puttkamer and his good wife, that
any disconcerting episode would ever
occur to them.
But where young women are grow
ing up destined to become wives there
is always a skeleton iu the family
closet. The mother may realize that
a pretty daughter will mate and leave
the family nest, but the father, if such
a thought comes into his bead, either
banishes If or considers it likely only
to happen in the far future. The time
came, as it must inevitably come,
when the whole Puttkamer family
was startled as if by the shock of an
An application arrived from a young
officer in the Prussian army for per
mission to pay his addresses to Johan
na Puttkamer. This was equivalent
to asking for her hand. At first only
the horrible proposition to take away
one of the lambs was considered. Then
note was taken of the wolf who had
broken into the fold. Who was he?
A Von, an officer, a member of an ex
cellent family. But with this the list
of recommendations ended. At the
university where he had studied his
wild ways had fastened upon him the
sobriquet of "Mad." A big man, with
long legs, he strode through German
customs, trampling them at every step.
He never did anything as any one else
would do It. lie had no reverence, no
fear. He smoked big black cigars and
drank casks of beer. Terrible as it
was to give up the maiden. It was ex
cruciating to risk her happiness with
such a man.
A family conclave was called—that
Is, a conclave among the older mem
bers. The applicant's position, talents,
habits, were discussed and testimony
regarding them taken. On the one
hand was the young officer's family
and social status, on the other his mad
pranks, his contempt for established
forms. It was not deemed wise to posi
tively decline what might prove a
good match nor to accept what might
prove a very bad one. Better tempo-,
rlze until an acquaintance with the
suitor could be gained. The final deci
sion was to invite him to the family
domain and look him over, if he were
much in love, he would wait if not— I
well, perhaps they would be well rid of
him. So Herr von Puttkamer wrote
the young man permission to pay tbe
family a visit of inspection, just as a
church congregation permits a candi
date to preach them a sample sermon.
Word having reached the Puttkamer
home of the hour at which the suitor
would arrive, preparation was made
to receive him according to the sacred
traditions of the first families of Ger
many—aunts and uncles were invited
to be present during tbe visit that the
benefit of their observations might be
obtained. He was to be permitted to
remain till some estimate of his prom
ise as a husband had been secured,
then to be sent away for further de
liberation. perhaps other visits and a
final decision, which would be com
municated to him iu due form.
Meanwhile the girl applied for de
murely waited for tbe result of all
this investigation.
When the day came round and the
hour approached for the suitor's arriv
al the Puttkamer family and the old
est aud most trusted relations were
lined up to receive him to protect the
lamb from any sudden dash of the
wolf Johanna was stationed in the
center of the group between her fa
ther and motuer. while the others ex
tended as wings on either side. A
clatter of horse's hoofs was heard
coming up the driveway at a gallop,
find moment later a tall„ lank young
man threw himself to ..the ground.
There stood, the father and mother
glaring solemnly, between them tbe
blushiug Johanna, with her eyes cast
on the ground. Without a moment's
hesitation the lover ran forward, flung
his arms around her, drew her tight
ly to his breast and covered her face
with kisses. Meanwhile the scandal
ized parents stood flashing lightning
from their eyes at this annihilation of
all their plans, ail their precaution.
But the victory, was with the young
man, who had carried the position by
storm. It was uot long before tbe fa
ther and mother realized that the mat
ter was settled. What! Prevent their
daughter to reinaiu unbetrotbed to the
man who had embraced her! Never!
Tbe inspection was ended at its be
ginning the probation did not take
place. It was a settled fact that little
Johanna was to be given over to tier
lover though he were a monster. Be
fore he left Ileinfeld the pair went
through the forms of betrothal.
Years after this triumph, with tbe
same whirlwind decision, the man who
made it achieved others in a far dif
ferent field—that of statesmanship and
diplomacy. For years be directed the
policy of tbe king of Prussia, he hum
bled _tbat king's enemy, France, and
fronfthe palace of Versailles proclaim
ed his chief emperor of Germany. His
name will be handed dpwn among the
greatest of ftatepean ^f&Mmea. It
was Otto ?on Bismarck*
-'^t ^^W^frf-:
ybur Christmas
Problem Solved
The paramount question at this
season is, what to buy at a mod
erate cost for mother, wife, sister
or friend, that will be useful, as
well as ornamental.
The Bissell "Cyco" BALL
BEARING carpet sweeper con
tains all the elements of beauty,
utility and appropriateness, and
will be a daily reminder of the
giver for ten years and more.
Other suggestions are
Silverware, Baking dish.
Nickeled Tea Kettle. Scis
sors and Shears. Enamel
ed ware, Steel Ranges
and many other useful
articles foi- the home.
I Merry Christmas
F. R. Switzer
OUR MOTTO: We sell the Doughnut, not the HOLE.
/^u. Vjt
HE holidays are al
most upon us and
it is high time that you
were arranging your plans
for an appropriate Christ
mas. course you have
planned to pome exteiit
upon your list of gifts,
but have you planned for
your Christmas baking
and fan dies'? Let us re
mind you that we will be
prepared to supply you
with cakes, cookies, bread
and bakery goods of all
kinds. We are now fil
ing special orders for any
thing in the bakery line,
which we will bake for
you at most reasonable
prices. If there is some
thing special that you de
sire consult us about it.
We will have a large and
complete lot of holiday
candies and can make you
most alluring prices in
any quantity. We are
there with the goods and
if it's satisfactory service
you want don't overlook
Swjtzer. the boss baker, Jl
Going? Going?
Going to have a public sale this fall? If
yon are I want a chance to cry ycmr sale. I
Have had nine years of practical experience,'
and the many Bales 1 have cried in Decatur
county prove that I know my business,
every person who has employed me will testify
that they were more than satisfied with my
I guarantee absolute satisfaction and I'
never disappoint you or send another
auctioneer to fill my dates.
Terms —1 per cent.
Dates can be secured by addressing me at
Leon, Iowa, or by writing or phoning to The
Leon Reporter office.

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