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Eastern Colorado Leases Being Made
Leasers very Active in Productive New Fields—Claimed that
NINETY per cent of Eastern Colorado has oil Possibilities.
Well to be drilled near Cheyenne Wells where Gas
Has been Discovered.
Pqrsistent reports emanating from all parts of Eastern Colora
do are to the effect that a very large part Of the count.y is under
le*3e for oil development The search for land is not confined to
any particular locality and would indicate that the. imaginary line
which separates the oil-producing states of W>oming and Kansas
■will probably be crossed soon. Inquiry for leases on state lands is
unusual. If oil is developed in that -part of the country it will
mean a large increase in the public revenue.
Wells have been drilled at Sterling, Akron and Wray, ali of
which report discoveries, but owing to the fact that in most cases
tte opt rators were-new to the business, they made many mistakes,
<and it is impossible to arrive at the exact status of their reputed
discoveries. Geological reports on Eastern Colorado are exceeding
ly favorsble. Or.e prominent authoity is quoted as saying that t hat
portion of the state was 93 per oil territory.
Cheyenne Wells." Colo., June O—A
large number of oil scouts have been
visiting this part of the state recently
and »everal thousand acres are repor
ted as leased to various companies.
Reports from other counties in East- j
era Colorado are to the effect that the
same situation exists. These leases in
some cases represent the largest oil
interests in tlie country, from the
.Standard Oil Company down to the
•smaller fry. Tliere is scarcely a land
•owner who has not been approached
by souwstronger desiring to lease or
purchase lands.
At this point some deep wells were
• drilled for water o few years ago
.whtch showed a large quantity of gas
:and some oil, It is stated* that one
well especially, developed enough gas
•at 1,300 feet to supply a city the size
•Of D *t *r with light and fuel. This
prodt ct was not utilised commercially
as it I elongel to the railroad compt -
ny and there was no market for it at
that time.
Amm g other leasers who have en
tered tl»e country probably the compa
ny which has progressed the farther
est is the Cheyenne Oil Company, a
Denver corporation which lias pur
chased ou'- ight ail of section 20-12-4 J
located about seven miles north and
east of this place and seven miles from
the Kan as lire. Oii indications are
-exceptionally good in that locality. |
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Washington Letter
By Edward Keating
Congressman from ihe third Colorado ,
District. \ '
The House of Representatives
has decided by an emphatic ma- 1
jority that the government will |
make no attempt at this time to 1
censor the newspapers. The Sen
ate has taken similar action. So
all thought of curtailing the lib- '
erty of the press will be aban
doned. and will not be revived
unless the newspapers abuse the
privileges accorded them.
The members of the House in
considering this question were
4 undoubtedly influenced by the
admirable record made by the
papers since the adoption of the
declaration of war. Acting un
der a voluntary censorship the
papers have not given publicity
to an item of news which could 1 1
be of use to the country’s foes, j
A fleet of torpedo boat destroyeis
was sent to the other side, the ;
Frencn envoys .Juft VVa-hington j
and returned to their homes; and
great cargoes' of supplies werg
forwarded to the allies without a
word appearing in the press.
There was no law forbidding the
publication of any of these facts, .
but the proper officials indicated
that secrecy was desirable and
the papers cheerfully acquiesced. •
Congress believes the press
will emttinue its patriotic course '
and therefore refuses to attempt j
to abridge any of its constitu-;
tkmal rights.
We *re freely granting unprec- j
edntei powers to the executives.
Cheyenne Record.
Seepages are found on section 23, 25
and 3G in the same township, indica
ting the l icence of oil formations on
tnree sides of the land. It is stated
that the company has funds to com
• mence work and is now contracting to
drill their first well.
Several well-known geologists have
passed favorably on this property as
well as on adjacent lands. Indications
are that the formation lies compara
tively 'level with a slight dip to the
north and west. The section mention
ed is aparently on the highest point
of the dome and the company estimate
their geologist report that .they should
get oil at not to exceed 1,400 feet. The
country is comparatively level and
while there is some government land
most of the holdings are free title
coming from the government or state.
Large screagps were acquired under
the homestead laws.
Denver June 0.- J. E. Coleman, pres
ident of the Cheyenne Oil Company,
states that his corporation has made
exhaustive investigation of the oil pos
si bill ties in the neighborhood of Chey
rime Wells and that they expect to |
diillon tneir property immediately.]
M . Coleman and his associates have!
1 -ased He reral thousand acres to the ;
south and east of the company’s hold- |
ings.- Western Oil World, (Denver]
June 7, 1917.
Such grants are necessary in
times of war but they could not
be made with safety unless at
the same time we preserved to
•our people the rights of free
i speech and free press.
It is right and proper that the
government should be given the
power to censor everything that
I goes out of the country — letters,
papers, telegrams and all other
messages of whatsoever kind or
character, because such messages
might find their way to the ene
But our ow'n people who are
supplying the men and money to
carry on this war have a right to
know what their servants are do
ing. They look to newspapers
to supply them with that infor
imation. and they cannot obtain
it in any other way.
President Wilson expressed the
thought better perhaps than any
one else when he said:
*‘I can imagine no greater dis
service to the country than toes
] tablish a system of censorship
| that would deny to the people of |
a free republic like our own their \
indisputable right to criticise I
their own public officials. While !
: exercising the great powers of j
' tiie office I hold, I would regret,
4n a crisis like the one through ■
which we are passing to lose the {
benefit of patriotic and intelligent;
j criticism.”
I Secretary of the Navy Daniels ;
; voiced the same sentiment the :
j other day wnen he declared: |
“No democracy can live and j
! carry on its business unless free |
! press is in hearty co-operation,
j with a free government.”
The arguments. in favor of a
free press apply with equal force
to freedom of speech. The right
to ‘‘speak one’s mind is a great
safety valve. The soap-box ora
tor may at times get our nerves,
but there is "not much danger
that he will start a revolution.
He is formidable only when he
wears a irfhrtyr’s crown,
When Congress created the Ad
visory Commission of the Court
of National Defense a little more
than a year ago no one imagined
that the organ.zation was destin
ed to play a big part in the
world’s greatest war. Today its
activities are nation-wide and de
partmental chiefs are expending
hundreds of millions on the ad
vice of its members.
The Council of National De
fense is composed of certain mem
bers of the president’s cabinet
and the advisory commission is
made of men and women from
every walk of life—businessmen,
professional men, labor leaders,
practical men, and theorists, mil
itants and pacificts. suffiagists
and anti-suffragists; democrats,
republicans and independents.
All are leaders in their particular
lines and work without pay.
They haven’t much respect for
red tape, and have stepped on a
good many toes. Probably they
have done some things they
should not have’done. I have no
idea that they are infallable and
maybe some are not unselfish, for
after all they are just human be
ings, like the rest of us. They
are working, however, and that
is what is needed just now. And
they are getting results.
In one instance, they purchas
ed fifty million pounds of copper
for ten million dollars less than
the market price. They have
contracted for twenty-five million
pounds of zinc for about two
thirds of .current quotations.
When ship plates we. e selling for
$l6O a ton they got a supply for
the navy for $53 a ton. They
paid 27 1-2 cents a pound for al
luminum when the market quota
tion was 60 cents and the largest
purchasers were paying 38 cents.
These are items picked at random
from a long list. •
To the ordinary layman that
looks like good work and it should
be encouraged.
Every shipyard capable of
building ships for the navy is
now operating under the direc
tion of the national government.
In addition. Congress will author
ize the executive to commandeer
such ships as may be required
for the nation’s service.
In purchasing these vessels
Uncle Sam will not permit the
owners to rob him as they did in
the Spanish-American war. He
has a simple, hot effective meth
od of disposing of the “hold-up.”
When the government finds a
ship they want they will offer
the owner a reasonable price. If
he refuses, the governmentagept
will take possession of the vesel.
pay the obstreperous owner 75
per cent of the amount they or
igiually offered and agree to go
into court and permit a judge
and. jury to determine how much
more should be paid.
Few men. however, rich, want
to invite a law suit with Uncle
Sam. and the most selfish of ship
owners will therefore be disposed
to accept the gpvernment’s offer
unless they are quite sure they
can make a strong showing in
l court.
Following President Wilson’s
national plan. Governor Gunter
will appoint a food commissioner
for Colorado. It will be the offic
al’s duties to check up the state’s
food resources and encourage an
increased food product.
Not a slacker in Colorado! Reg
istration day, June 5, passed
without the necessity for arrests
—a record of which the state may
be proud. John Evans, presi
dent Of the International Trust
Company of Denver, who, at
Governor Gunter’s Request, had
acted without remuneration as
provost marshal of the state, de
clared that the “21-31 men” of
Colorado, the flower of the citi
zenry, had responded to the se
lective service call better than in
any other state in the Union.
Let’s give a few banzais for the
Centennial commonwealth.
James R. Noland, secretary of
State, wants to know why pota
toes are so high that they can
only be reached via the step lad
der. So he is conducting a quiet
gumshoe investigation of the
food trust. He has already learn
ed enough about stored foodstuffs
and artificially inflated prices to
make him wanton know more.
The people have long said, while
reaching into the pocket, “Some
thing ought to be done about
this.” Well, something IS'going
to be done about it!
It is of paramount necessity
that every man and woman of
the county attend the Live Stock
and Forage Meeting to be held
under the auspices of the Agri
cultural College of (Fort Collins)
at Cheyenne Wells, June21. The
object of this meeting is to induce
people to raise more forage crop
and discuss methods for for con- j
serving and deriving mast bene- I
fit from the crops. There will be '
two or three able speakers from
Fort Collins, who will present the
subjects, These men are not j
theoretical farmers but have put j
their positions in the College be- j
cause of success in practically j
using their ideas. In addition to j
these, there will also be local j
speakers who will present agri- j
cultural problems peculiar to this ■■
County and methods for-meeting
and overcoming them. Oppor
tunity will be given for an open
discussion of these topics. Come
prepared to take part in this
meeting by asking questions and
giving your experience. This
meeting is especially oppertune
at this time when the call for
crop raising and food conservat
ion is so strong and it is tne pa
triotic duty of every man and
woman to avail themselves of any
opportunity to either learn or
give information concerning this
all important question. All bus
iness houses are requested to
close on this day from 1 to 3 in
the afternoon. Remember, every
body come June the 21st.
Lester Beveridge has two plow
ing crews, and plows day and
Mrs. M. C. Ownes sewed for
Mrs. Collett last week. M. C.
says he does not like to batch
and farm.
Vern Norton and family visit
ed at the Beveridge ranch one I
day last week, and while on the |
way home the horse stopped sud
denly, throwing Mrs. Norton and
baby out but fortunately nrither
line was hurt very badly.
Harry Hill’s ‘matrimonial Ford’
was called into service again
Wednesday, May 30, when Vern
S. Hill and Bertha Brannon, both
of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., slipped
away to Burlington to be married
The roads were almost impass
able, but nothing daunted Vern’s
courage nor the Ford’s ability,
and after what seemed to the
contracting parties an unending
trial with mud and water, enter
ed Burlington. But their troubles
were not yet ended, for, because
it was Decoration Day, the Court
House was void of the necessary
officials. Finally they succeeded
in locating the county clerk and
Judge. The former’s dutiesover
Vern discovered that the Judge
had not appeared. Then more
suspense! But the ceremony was
finally performed at 6:30 with
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hill in at
The bride was beautifully gown
ed in rich shadow lace over crepe
de chine; the groom in the con
ventional dark suit.
That night it rained, and next
day the party had to return by
another route. That evening a
most bountiful wedding supper
was served at the home of the
bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W
Brani.on. The relatives of the
couple and Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Denly were present.
This young couple are very fa
vorably known and their popular;
ity was proven tho following
Monday evening by eighty peo
ple who gathered (with much
noise) to surprise them and pre
sent congratulations. They are,
now at home on the Vern Hill
ranch. I
A very pretty wedding occurred
on Saturday June 9, 1917. at the j
Pleasant Valley Ranch, the home !
of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jackson, j
when Miss Lecn Banker, of Janes t
ville, Minnesota, became the bride ■
of Charles N. Peterson, of Chey
enne Wells, Colorado.
Charlotte and Carlos Jackson,
niece and nephew of the groom,
scattered flowers in the pathway
of the bridal couple who stood
beneath a bower of white inter
mingled with the national colors
and profusely surrounded by
beautiful blossoms. The ceremo
ny, the ring service, was per
formed at high noon by Rev. C.
0. Blankenship, of Cheyenne
The bride was beautiful in her
gown of dainty white, and the
groom very sedate (?) in the
conventional black.
After the ceremony the rela
tives and friends sat down to an
elaborite luncheon prepared by
Mrs. Bruce Jackson, sister of the
Mrs. Peterson is a very talen
ted young lady and has taught
several successful terms of school
in the east. We are indeed glad
to welcome her into our midst.
The groom is a very efficient far
mer and, because of his quiet
humor and irreproachable char
ter, is a favonte with all.
These young people have the
be?t wishes of a host of friends
for a long and happy life of wed
ded bliss.
Physician, Suiiokon axe a£lec
Phone No. 12.
Jake Arnold sold a bunch of
cattle last week.
Mike Dwyer branded cattle on
John Paul did some breaking
last week at the Kerr ranch.
Mrs. Mansfield entertained a
party of friends on Tuesday even
Mrs. S. N. Hull and son. trans
acted business at Arena Satur
Miss Margaret McKeever was
an over Sunday guest at the Fry
Geo. Fredricks of Kansas City
spent Sunday on his ranch with
his wife.
Miss MathilchrKeddle was an
over Sunday guest at the Rain
water home.
Mrs. Oliver Daly daughter
Amy were business callers at
Arena Saturday.
Mrs. S. N. Hull went to Arapa
hoe Sunday for a visit with her
son Virgil and family,
Mrs. Dean Bodwell and neice,
Margaret Long visited with Mrs.
T. M, Dwyer on Wednesday.
J. B. Hassman is breaking 80
acres of sod. This will give him
about 300 acres under cultivation
Mr. and Mrs. Bean of Sharon
Springs are recent arrivals, They
will live in the Long neighbor
John Bengtson. former section
boss at Cheyenne Wells, is now
located at Arena, holding his old
job with the U. P.
Mrs. Spillman was callel east
by the serious illness ef her fath
er but ere she reached his bed
side life was extinct.
Mr. and Mrs. A Gauchler and
baby Edward left in their new
Chevorlet, for a visit with home
folks near Ellis Kansas.
Frank Prodehl and family, for
mer residents of here, motored
down from their present home
near Colorado Springs, and are
the guests of Mr. Mansfield.
A party of friends sprung a
surprise Saturday evening on the
Frys, in honor of their first wed
ding anniversary. That day was
dawning when they departed say
ing that they enjoyed themselves
Dr. Reed Calkins was giving
his attention in a /eterinary way
to our neighborhood on Monday.
E. C. Wilson and wife of north
west Cheyenne Wells, were guest
of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wolf one
day last wee*.
Newt Nelson keeps things mov
ing energetically on the ranch,
since his father, J. H. Nelson is
actively e-gaged in land deals
and assisting the assessor.
Wm. Wolf and family were vis
itors last Sunday at the home of
Mr. and Mrs John Ellis, near
First View. The writer and wife
were honored with an invitation
to accompany them on this oc
casion, but other engagemennts
forestalled its acceptance. They
had an enjoyable day.
Edward Spencer, of Cheyenne
Wells, spent Sunday and Monday
at the writer’s home. He is an
eighth grade graduate and car
ried off the honors in the county
mathematical examination. Ed
ward is only in the Hist year of
his teens and deserves the high
est commendation in this and
other branches of study.
Mrs. W. T. HoHenbaugh has
been on the sick list this week.
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