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Founded In 1899 by 001. W. F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill”) and Col. Peake. VOL. XXIII. NO. 23 WILLIAM R. COE PURCHASED CODY WATER BONDS AT PAR ■565,000 Issue Bought by Millionaire Up on Return from Europe—Work Starts When Ground Thaws Dave Jones presented a resolution tnending the mayor and city council for the efficient manner in which they had handled the bond issue and thanking W. .R Coe for purchasing the Issue of $65,000 at par. The reso lution follows: "Whereas, the city council has In vestlqacod various markets for i.v ni cipal bonds and the best proposal they had was considerably below par for the Cody water bonds, and "Whereas, the Hon. W. R. Coe of thia city and New York City has evi denced his confidence in the financial worth and integrity of Cody citizenry and his faith In the future progress and development of our resources by the offer to purchase the bonds at par, therefore "Be it resolved, that we as a club express our thanks to the mayor and of Cody and city council for their dili gence and fidelity to the public good in the progress they have made in the securing for the city a permanent and adequate water supply, and "Be it further resolved, that as a club representing the Cody communi ty we extend our thanks and appreci ation to Mr. W. R. Coe for his cooper ation and support which came volun tarily and unsolicited, and "Be it further resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Cody Club, the Minutes of the Town of Cody and forwarded to Mr. Coe." At the meeting of the Cody Club at Hart’s Case last Monday, the presi dent read a communication from the Idaho Reclamation Association, point ing out the fact that various influences are being brought to bear on the Gov ernment to stop appropriations for re clamation work in the West, on the grounds that such work is sectional and paternalistic. The Association urges the Cody Club to boost the SAM SCOWS ACTi IGEmiIHETMILER “Plumb Salty” Pony Piles Powell Flatter on Stage of Lyric Theater Sam Scoville’s feat of riding a bucking horse oh the stage is a thril ler and quite the most exciting vaude ville act that hng been seen In a long time. A crcwded house turned out to see him when he esv© it at the Lyric The ater in Powell last Thursday night and there were no complaints made -*at the box office by dissatisfied pa trons. In fact, if the wind had been from that direction it might have been pos sible to have heard the cheers of the audience in Cody after Sam had dem onstrated the difference between the riding of an amateur and an old "hand." A wire netting was stretched across the front of the stage to keep the horse from falling through the drum in the orchestra or walking on the l)iano, after which the horse was led on with the assistance of two help ers. Then Sam in his leisurely drawl inquired if any one in the audience had a hankering to top the horse off j lor him. An ambitious Powell Flatter stood• up and askod how much there was in it if he rode the horse and "stayed.’’ "Twenty-five dolars," Sam replied promptly. The sanguine youth went up on the atage and Sam threw him his spurs. After he had buckled them on he istood up and eyed the horse, and as he noted the hump in his back and a •certain look in his eye, his enthusiasml seemed to fade, but it was too late to back out so, wth a "do or die" expres sion on his face, he swung into the saddle and the act was on. It is doubtful if ever a Powell Flat ter got such a churning before. He lasted about eight jumps. When lie and the horse parted company he , ■went over the horse’s head and land-t •ed on the chest of Vernon Spencer_ who was standing in the corner and i they all went down in a heap with I the horse on top. "Can he buck?” Sam drawled when the Powell cowpuncher picked him self up. "I’ll say he can,” was the laconic reply. Sam's ride, without chaps and ar- Cody Enterprise CODY, PARK COUNTY, WYOMING—GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK work, and to assert to Congress that “the West Is united for reclamation." L. R, Ewart reported that it was under stood by the County Commis sioners and the County Treasurer that there was no danger of penalties for delinquent taxes if the persons unable to pay would explain to the County Treasurer and set a reason able date for payment. Manager Titus of the telephone company was Introduced. He stated that Cody was not large enough for the Installation of a common battery system, such as has been urged. The new system would mean a new build ing, a ground floor exchange, and complete outside plant The company will, next year, install a new cable plant for the town, and see to it that the present system be run on as efficient a basis as possible. If there are any troubles, they will be removed at once. It is to be remembered, said Mr. Titus, that the possibilities of auto matic telephones are very strong, and in that case it would be best for Cody to wait until it be seen whether a machine ring service will not be best for such a town as this. This new system is being tried out in Laramie. If It proves successful, it will be the one that should be installed in Cody, rather than the central battery sys tem. After all, the only difference is in “turning the coffee-grinder" fofr a while longer. In ten or twelve years there may be no more central battery systems—and Cody does not want one If they are out of date. While there is the waiting, the com puny wiM do all in their power to make the present system efficient. The big problem in Cody is to have the outside plant made efficient, and that will be done as soon as possible. JAKE HENDRICKSON VICTIM ONNGRAWIIDE Jake Hendrickson’s childlike faith in human nature has been forever I shattered. He offered to share his ! bottle with Sheriff Davis and was ar- I rested. Jake, who is the janitor at the court house, had a cache in the private apartment in the basement. Being one who will not only give away his shirt but share his "moon,” he invited his genial friend Sant Wat kins, to join him. At the moment. Sheriff Davis appeared, and Jake, too polite to show partiality, offered him , a shot of his favorite beverage with j the result above recorded. Jake was placed under SISOO bonds I and will tell the judge how it happen- ■ ed later. He states, being a philoso- j pher, that he always has wanted to | learn how to make horse-hair bridles | and his friends may all expect pres ents from him from Rawlins next Christmas. STARVING RUSSIANS EATING THEIR DEAD The first official report of canibal ism in the famine districts of Russia, has been made to the all-Russlan sov iet congress by Delegate Ovsienke of Samara, according to an Associated Press dispatch. "At Ramikoveskv. the parish people I are eating the bodies of their dead,” I he told congress, "it is dangerous to I hury famine victims in presence of the people, and guards must be kept over them until they are in a state that makes eating impossible." PERCY SPENCER FOR SECRETARY OF STATE It is rumored in many quarters that Percy Spencer, secretary of the Re publican state central committee, may be a candidate for secretary of state, to succeed W. E. Chaplin, who has declined to become a candidate for re-election. Mr. Spencer is well known through out the State, and especially ir. Ccdy, where he has a great many friends. --- ——«l* 1 ■ - ....... ■ —■ | cording to contest rules, was as pret ty a ride as a bucking fan would wish I to see and the horse though a small I one is "plumb salty” and has every j known trick for unloading his pack. The horse is shod with rubber shoes hut It Is nevertheless a dangerous act. Sam and Vernon Spencer left for Denver on Tuesday where they are hoping to get an engagement at one of the vaudeville houses. AND THE PARK COUNTY ENTERPRISE HON. J. D. WOODRUFF PUTS A FEW PERTINENT QUESTIONS TO METHODIST REFORMERS Salaried Kill-Joys a Plague Like Itch and Cooties, Says Pioneer Wyoming Sheepman—Pities Adam and Eve (By Hon. J. D. WOODRUFF) The Reverend Henry Bowiby claims his Methodist God made the woild and everything in it and on it in six days, rested on the seventh, and cal led it all good. If the Reverend would stop and think a minute —which of course he canqpt do —he would know that his claim is not well founded, for, if his God did finish his job in six days and went away not to return until now, he would not know it for the same world. Take the case of Adam and Eve . as his God left them in the Garden of Eden. If one reflects upon the condition they were in, sympathy must be- aroused and the belief that Adam showed good judgement in breaking out. Imagine being pen ed up there with a naked woman, -hlng but fruit to eat. nothing to wear, nothing to do and no incentive whatever for living! How can you picture hell if that ain’t it? We know, to be sure, that an attrac tive woman has a considerable inter est for any red-blooded male man, and ' it is perfectly natural that he should ; break every law, that he should hu- I miliate himself, that he should do things of which he is ashamed after ward, that he should take desperate chances, that he should give up his I money and his self respect, in fact. • that he should willingly sell himself to the devil for her; and yet if that same woman was put before him nak ed all the time, so that he cotrtd -tot get away, he soon would become dis gusted and she would have no more attraction for him than a horse or a cow. If It had been arranged so that by some little exertion or trouble. Eve could have gone out in the bushes and come back with a spool of thread, a paper of pins, a bar of soap or a dime I novel, even a fried doughnut or ' one of the thousand things that man has made since Bowlby’s God quit the job, there would have been some in centive for them to live and they would no doubt have been there yet. It would have been better judge ‘ ment and more enjoyable if the Me thodist God had fixed up a wireless station so that Adam could have cal led up headquarters and gotten per mission to go out and prospect for a hammer and saw, boards, a keg of nails and a little baling wire that he might have built himself a flivver and perhaps a phonograph—after he had made a kitchen table and a bedstead, and driven in a few nails for Eve to hang her fig leaves on. But, in some unaccountable way, all of these es sential things were overlooked and all the poor devils had was just plen ty of naked scenery, which, as has since been learned, is damned poor diet. Now, seriously. Reverend, don’t you think your Methodist God overlooked many things when he made the world? If, as you say, he made all things, conducts and does all things, and is all-wise, why do you get down on your knees and ask him to change his plans? Why do you have the gall to attempt to advise him? Why do you try to undo his work and go against hig wishes? If you believe what you preach, why do you praise him for having stopped the great war and fail to censure him for having let it start in the first place? If you believe what you preach— that your Methodist God is all-wise, that He knows all things and does all things, that He is charitable and not a sparrow falls without bis notice —why do you with your petty intel lect try to undo His work by feeding the starving Chinese? No, Reverend, if you would stop to think and reason a little —which hav ing a brain that can contain but one idea you can’t—you would know that your Methodist God is a myth, a ven unreasonable myth and not entitled to a serious thought. If you could only stop to think, you would know that the condition in Chi na is not a visitation of God but a sore spot on the earth and that Na ture in her cold-blooded positive way is trying to heal it. The people there have become so numerous that the earth cannot sup port them. They have grown up un der such conditions of under-nourish ment and privation that they are hu man in form only and are of no more importance to Nature than so many rats, ana since there is no pleasure in their existence it is best that they should die. And yet, Reverend, you claim that your God created these teeming mil lions, made the conditions, and then used this awful method of undoing His work—your loving, merciful char itable God. My dear Reverend, what a monstrous proposition! My God is a much better and more rational God, but you, being a man of on© idea, I do not suppose that it would be possible for me at your age to convert you. I do not intend to be sacriliglous for I am strictly a religious person, nor do I wish to ridicule as I have much respect for everyone’s creed, and only ask that I may be allowed to have mine in peace and not be burned at the stake, or forced ei ther by law or custom to conform to a j blind belief that will not stand analy-; sis or reason. I am perfectly willing that you' should worship your Methodist Godl and observe any Sabbath yr»M. choose, and that others should worship what-1 ever God they may select whether it I be the so-called Heathen God, the Sun. an Alligator, a Sacred Cow. a Flame of Fire or a Totem Pole: it Is all the same to me and I only ask that you won’t inject your religion and your God into our governmental affairs, and allow me the same privileges that I accord to you. You may condemn me to your Me thodist hell if you want to, and ask your God to see that I get there, just so that you don’t have the power to burn me at the stake while here on earth! My God is one of loving mercy, and not of vengence. My God does not claim that he can control the laws of nature and change them at his will. In fact, my God is one of every day; common sense, and He tells me all the. thousands of beliefs that have both ered the minds of men since the first one came to earth will not change one | fact. My God has but little respect for the person who wallows around in ' the dust, who begs and whines and ' calls himself a worm: nor has he any] respect for those who after living a life of indulgence get scared at the' last hour and take advantage of the I bankruptcy act of Sin and claim to, have their accounts, which are in the red, evened up and their pages show as well as the pages of those who have practised self-denial all their j lives and have made an effort to leave ' the world a little better for their hav ing been in it. Nor has he any re- J spect or liking for those who having [ been slapped on one cheek calmly turn the other. He knows it never | got anyone anywhere and that th've j wt\o practice such a theory will never accomplish anything in this life. My God likes, and respects, and favors the person who stands squarely upon his two feet and will put up a fight to a finish for what he honestly deems to be right and just for him- ; self and the world. He has no liking j for those who leave everything to: "George" but he does like the persons who assert their independence in act I and thought, and who are willing to live and die according to their best understanding of things as they are. If there was no other reason for i condemning the Methodist God, the fact that he created and allowed to remain on earth such fanatics, joy killers and pests as the Rev. Henry Bowiby and the Rev. Wilber Crafts would be reason enough. But we are more liberal, we do not even hold the Methodist God account able for such outrages as the Rever ends Bowiby and Crafts, they are just accidents like cooties and the itch and can be eradicated by the use of disinfectants and patience. As I have said, I have respect for everyone’s religious belief so long as i it is not overbearing and offensive. If it is true, it will survive: if It is ialse, * it will pass away and be forgotten as 1 thousands already have and no laws that can be enacted will save it. It is extremely difficult, as we are , finding out, to enforce laws which are i obnoxious to a large percentage of the I people. Most normal people make an effort to obey all fundamental laws but strongly resent any law which en croaches upon their personal rights and liberties. They insist upon following the dic- WEDNEDSAY, JANUARY 11, 1922 6IMT «T SHOSHONE Offl HULK BEADY TO BE HARHESSEDJID PUT TO WORK Will be Ready When Needed on Will wood Project-High Praise Due Supt. Sass for Big Engineering Feat Remarkable progress Is being made at the Shoshone Dam. The power plant is well on the way to comple tion. In the power house, which is near ly completed, two turbines have been set, and are now ready to run. The third unit will be placed when there is need of it. An immense switch board has been set up and is ready for connections. Electric generators will be set above the turbines, and produce elec tricity for the whole project. The wiring has been temporarily suspend ed in the canyon, until better weather makes work easier. The immense tunnel through which the water will flow from the reser voir to the turbines is finished. It is lined with concrete with a minimum thickness of eighteen inches. This concrete lining is in perfect align ment, and is very smooth. In fact, great credit is due to Superintendent R. V. Sass for an unusually fine job in this work. Friction has been re duced to a minimum, and there is nothing to hinder the freest flow of water from dam to turbines. At the power house end of the tun nel, pipe is built into the hole for fifty feet, to guard against bursting of; the rock through unusual pressure. at any time. This pipe, through which “ a man can walk upright with ease, leads to the power units. There are j three branches of pipes, through' through which water flows to the ■ three turbines. Only two of these have been installed, but all prepara tion has been made for the third. The water, after propelling the tur bines, is discharged through pipes under the surface of the river. Os course, there will be more water than the turbines will require. This excess is taken care of by a small tunnel which leads out to the river, and I thi Jugh which will run constantly as I much water as the town of Cody can possibly use. Thus no trouble will be caused down the river by any changes !in operation of the power plant. , Water Is introduced into the tun ’ nel through two pipes that lead WHY HE DROVE THIRTY MILES TO CODY MILL —— , When asked by The Enterprise if' he Intended to reply to Mr. Johnston’s 1 last letter in regard to the mill situ-, ation, Mr. Hogg replied, "Nothing doing! I’m through writing letters; ’ but Mr. Johnston’s remarks about I the comparative liberality of our mill 1 and the Byron mill are certainly amusing in the light of an incidei. 4 which occurred at our mill a 1 weeks ago. "A farmer living somewhere south I east of Powell, 10 miles from Byron drove in with a load of wheat and j learning he could not trade it in for. flour upon the old basis was much ■ disappointed. ’Why,’ said he, T can 1 trad© it in on that basis at the Byron I mill and it’s much nearer my house ■ too.’ Well,’ we replied, ‘guess you I had better do that, for we can’t do any better for you.’ To which our farmer answered: ‘I would, but 1 can’t use that d—n flour after I get It.’ "He finally traded with us." Mrs. Carl Downing returned to Cody on Monday. tates of their own conscience as to what is right or wrong and feel and believe when this privilege is taken from them they are no longer a free people. Every State in the Union has a law in reference to Sunday and everyone of them is wrong in principle. If peo ple cannot be taught and convinced by logic that it is better for them and for everyone to observe the Sab bath then it never can be done by law. Sunday laws could be made and may be, and enough men found to en force them, to arrest and lock up those who refused to obey them, but all the laws which could be enacted and all the persecution to which the law-breakers might be subjected, would have no effect other than mak ing the offenders bitter and revenge ful. It is curious that fanatics will not learn from experience but insist upon making their religion so intolerable that they drive good people away. If ever we are obliged to go through another spasm of religious intoler ance, it will be the end of the Chris tian religion as it is practiced today. ** Mi | $ Pages | ISSUED WEEKLY through the dam. Connecting these with the tunnel is proving difficult, for it is necessary to have no water at the face of the dam, and yet to al low Cody its water right Twice a cofferdam has been con structed, and twice the backwash from the discharge pipe has washed it away. Now it is necessary to break the spillway to allow the proper amount of water to go down the rivjr. Water discharged through this break will not Interfere with the work at the dam proper. When connections are made, the spillway will be repaired, and water let through the regular pipes. After the powerhouse is running, the pipes through which water is at present discharged down the river will be blocked up, and all water forc ed to go through the power plant or over the spillway. A pump house hag been built at the foot of the dam, by means of which the water will be removed from the cofferdam when all is ready. Thera are four pumps here, three for con stant use, and one for auxiliary use. Concrete work on the power house has been temporarily suspended be cause of Inclement weather. But forms are up to finish the walls. The whole building will be of reinforced concrete, and the walls will reach ninety-eight feet above the river. The ■ roof will be of concrete also, and cov ered with five feet of earth and rock, ' to act as a cushion against falling rock. Practically all work is being done in the canyon. The casual observer would have no idea that there were 135 men employed in the work. Only , about twenty are to be seen along the road. Superintendent Sass, who is in charge of all the construction, is welt satisfied with the progress being made, and is confident that power I will be available for the project when it is needed. When the dudes come through to the Park, next spring, the plant will be completed, and in operation. NEW LAW LIGHTENS CONSUMER’S LOAD A Grand and Glorious Feelin’ to Buy a Soda Without Giv ing Up a War Tax A ride on a railroad train or an in land or coastwise steamer will no longer cost you 8 per cent of the fam and 8 per cent of the cost of your seat, berth, or stateroom. Your shipment of freight will not be assessed an additional 3 per cent of i the cost. You can ship packages by express or parcel post without having to give up a “war tax.” You will escape the stamp taxes I when you go to the corner drug store for a tube of tooth paste, a toilet pre paration, or the like. The soda fountain will no longer take a penny for each 10 cents or frac tion thereof you pay for a drink or a dish of ice cream. If you buy a pair of shoes that cost more than $lO you will no (as you have in the past) have to pay a war tax. Neither will you be forced to donate on a shirt that costs more than $3. These and all of the other “luxury” taxes on clothing, umbrellas, trunks, sunshades, picture frames, valises, pocketbooks, etc., go into ths discard. If you go to the movie show you will not be assessed a panny tax. If the charge of the show is more than 10 cents you will pay the present rate of a cent for each 10 cents or fraction. COUNTY CLERK ISSUES AS MANY LICENSES AS EVER In spite of the ruling of Attorney General Walls, County Clerk Rous seau has demanded medical certlfi- I cates from all male applicants for | marriage licenses. The number of applicants, however, ?ays Mr. Rousseau, has not decreased because of this. The average of six a month before the law went into effect has been maintained. Last month six licenses were issued. The people who went to Montana always did so, for they regard it as a lark, or a surprise to their friends, or some such prank.