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J Founded In 18SU by Col. r W. F. Cody ("Buffalo A Bill”) and Col. Peake. VOL XXIII. NO. 28 LIVING DEATH FOR BERT LAMRU NINEn-NINE YEARS INTHE PENITENTIARY Verdict Fouud Quickly by Jury Who Considered Circumstantial Evidence Strong Against Man Accused of Grass Creek Murder Bert Lampitt. who loved the out --doors and spent his Ute in the open, will die Inside the gray, grim wall of the penitentiary. Ninety-nine years Is the sentence Judge Metz gave him after the jury had brought in a verdict of guilty at "the conclusion of the celebrated mur der trial which ended In Basin last Saturday. . Outside of his attorneys who sin cerely believe in his innocence. It is doubtful if there are a dozen people who do not consider it a just verdict. While the evidence was entirely ■circumstantial, It was overwhelming ly against him, and this, taken with the prejudice arising from his con nection with the cowardly Ash mur der, made his conviction almost a , foregone conclusion. Wm. L. Simpson, chief counsel, fought tenaciously for his client against great odds, but futilely. The prosecution had a formidable array of attorneys to assist Major John L. King of Thermopolis who is said to ] have made a brilliant closing argu ment and handled the case in a man ner which has added to his reputa tion. Mr. Simpson who Is exhausted af ter the strain of the long battle has nothing to say beyond tbe fact tbat there may be unexpected develop- . ments in the future in regard to both murders. He contends that the burns found . ■upon the victims of the Grass Creek ■ explosion were carbon burns and im- . possible Ic have been made by dyna mite; that a carbon bu*"n is unlike any other burn and that even the bones of Foight were charred which would ! not have been the case It is said that no appeal w’ill be taken as Lampitt’s funds are exhaust ed and that he, cool, collected as he has been throughout the trial, la re signed to the future awaiting him. He had nothing to say of the verdict be- ( yond the fact that his counsel had done all that was possible In the clr- . -cumstanres, and he was satisfied with ] the fight they had put up for him; that he knew from the evidence which piled up against him that he could expect little or nothing from the jury. The fact that the evidence was cir cumstantial, and there was a possible I doubt of his guilt was all that saved lilm from the gallews. The jury which went out to deliber ate at 5:30 Saturday afternoon, re turned their verdict at 9:25 that same night In addition to' his sentence he was ’ fined 1500 and the costs of the prose- 1 •cution. When asked if he had anything to 1 before he was sentenced, he re- ‘ plied calmly: "No, your Honor.” So Bert Lampitt who has been the subject of so much discussion since j "Doc” Ash crtwled through the alley ] screaming In his agony that bitter night so well remembered by the folk ‘ of Cody, will go shortly to the living death which is awaiting him at Raw lins. , The silent, lonely man, his face prematurely lined and furrowed by 1 liis thoughts and his experiences, 1 driving his soap-box flivver, has al ready passed into local history. f Briefly told, the story which the -state evidence brought out is as fol-’ lows: Grace Lee was employed as care laker for the bunkhouses of the Ohio j •Oil Co All the men of the camp ad mired her, but all others save Lampitt ■ stepped aside when it became evi- 1 dent that she responded most to the < •courtship of Foight, strapping, care- 1 Tree, dashing ex-soldier. Lampitt per- i ais ted in his suit —hopeless from the l beginning—even after it became •camp news that there would be a wed- 1 ding, with Grace Lee and Foight as i the principals. Constantly repulsed, < he became "ugly” and Grace Lee com- i plained to her sweetheart. Foight replied that unless Lampitt desisted i from annoying the girl he would be l •constraised personally to use empha- < tic means of discouragement. On this -conversation Lampitt is said to have. eavesdropped and thereafter to have < made threats against Foight. The morning of April 7, 1921, at iibout 1 o’clock, while Foight and the five other Inmates of the bunkhouses elept, the building was torn to pieces "by a terrific explosionn directly be neath the apartment occupied by Foight. his dog which slept beside him and Seaton, were killed outright and their bodies, horribly mutilated, j burled amid flying fragments of tim bers and boards more than 150 feet. Crandle, Wilcox and Schroeder, un conscious and badly injured, dropped 3fie Cody Enterprise I CODY, PARK COUNTY, WYOMING—-GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK to earth 100 feet from where the bunk house had stood. The detonation brought quickly to the scene every uninjured resident of the camp except Lampitt. There was no sign of life about Lampitt’s shack. In front of the shack stood Lampitt’s motor car, loaded as though in preparation for a journey. The crowd that gathered was quick to note these facts. A watch was set upon the shack and was continued during the hours that intervened be fore Sheriff Harry Holdredge and Coroner Peter H. Knight arrived over rutty roads from Thermopolis, 40 miles away. Soon after he ?-*ived the sheriff walked to Lampitt’s door and knock ed. Lampitt responded, rubbing his eyes after the manner of a man just; awakened from a sound sleep. In-1 formed that he was under arrest, it is 1 said he did* not ask why, nor, it is further said, did he exhibit aston-■ ishment or interest when, on being led forth he was confronted by the grewsomely shocking scene resulting from the explosion. Investigation by Sheriff Holdredge revealed that the Ohio Company’s ma gazine for high explosives had been burglarized, the Intruder, marks in the woodwork of the doorway indi cated, having used a bar to force the lock. Faintly discernable on the ground In front of the magazine en-; trance were tracks of motor car tires. 1 Traced, these tracks led to Lampitt’s shack. The motor car in front of the shack. Inventory revealed, was loaded with a camping outfit and a large sup st food. Underneath this load was a bar of iron, crooked as though bent in some effort at heavy leverage. This bar, it w r as found, fitted the in dentations In the woodwork of the magazine's door. These facts are merely a few of the many circumstan tial details on which the state's case against lampitt was predicated. W. R. COE PAYS SIOO,OOO FOR GATES. English Want Them Back But Nothing Doing—Will Be Set Up At Oyster Bay. W. R. Coe bought for SIOO,OOO what are known as the finest wrought Iron and l' s ad gates in all England. The gates were built. In the 16th century’ as an ornamental approach to a fine country mansion and by an artist who has a famous rail in SL Paul’s cathedral. They cover a span of 113 feet Interspersed with four-sided piers of wrought iron. The outermost pil lars are of Portland stone capped by figures in lead. They will be set up on the estate of Mr. Coe at Oystei Bay. When it was learned that the famous gates had been bought by an American several wealthy English men tried to buy them back at an ad vanced figure, but Mr. Coe refused to part with them. “SHEEP QUEEN’S”’ DAUGHTER GOES ON HUNGER STRIKE. Mrs. L. L. Moore of Thormopolle who is not too modest to advertise herself as the “Sheep Queen of Wy oming” has flown to the assistance of her daughter Mrs. Loretta Schreiner, now taking the rest cure In the coun ty jail at Fremont, Nebraska. Mrs. Schreiner being of the opinion that children were not receiving enough religious training, took her eight-year-old twins away from school and was given a jail sentence. To revenge herself upon the au thorities. Mrs. Schreiner started In fasting and praying. She has tasted eight days and as yet the authorities have felt no ill effects from It. Mrs. Moore is threatening disastor ouh things to those responsible for her daughter’s position and waves her bank roll at the authorities to prove she can get “hunks” with them. | Mrs. Schreiner declares that the Almighty Is helping her so that she feels no hunger and can go on fasting Indefinitely. John Fowler has sold his Ford, and j has sported himself to a brand new ('leveland Roadster. It’s a peach — that is, a peach of a car. "Swede" Erickson is driving it about the streets at a great rate. j AND THE PARK COUNTY ENTERPRISE As Seen from the Water-Wagon Caroline Lockhart We learn from a correspondent in Kansas City that "Bill” Borron was in great demand socially during his recent visit, and as soon as he learned to get off a street car without step ping on his overcoat and to drink tea without jabbing the spoon .In his eye, a stranger would not have known but that Bill was born to the purple and always had moved in the inner cir cles. YY f Y It is reported that Mayor Cox has the abolishment of hip pockets under consideration. If he decides to take this step any one caught carrving a concealed pocket will be subject to a fine or a jail sentence. YY Y Y A young lady living in Marion, Ohio, who has read the story of The Stam pede Ball published by the Interna tional News Service, writes that she weighs 101 pounds, is 61 inches tall, has brown hair and eyes, and is sure that she would be able to ride a bucking horse at the Cody Stampede if she could have a couple of weeks’ practice. Which reminds us that we shall soon have *o engage a secretary ; to answer the letters coming in about j the July celebration. 11 1 f A correspondent covering the Lam ! pitt trial at Basin sent out the fol i lowing informal on: "Lampitt who was charged *Cth killing Dr. Joseph Ash was the vil lian in a novel written by Mrs. Cath erine Lockhardt. Harry Bruce, slay er of James Lee, was the original of “Slim” in the same book.” Outside of the fact that Lampitt was not the villian of the novel, and . Dr. Ash’s name was Sam not Joseph, : and the author Is not Mrs. or Cather- I ine, and does not spell her name with | a "d,” and there Is no such character as "Slim” in the story, and the name of Bruce’s victim was not Lee, the j paragraph is correct. YY Y Y Russell Crane who has been spend ing the winter in the East, writes pa thetically that he wishes he never had left Timber Creek; that if he bad stayed home, saved his money and i bought moonshine he would have been much better off physically and financially. Ifff Here is an advertisement from the Meeteetse K ws which puzzles us: "LOST—between Edgar Bennion’s and Rivers. Finder please notify Mr. Benn ion.” Is Editor Smith lost between Ben nion’s and River's? If he is, we hope Mr. Bennion will soon return him to his office for the Meeteetse News is one paper we should be sorry to see without its editor. 1Y Y Y It has been suggested that after this year, when the Park County Fair Association will receive title to the ground from the Lincoln Land Com pany, Powell and Cody work together in their celebrations. It Is clear that the interest in agriculture in this lo cality is not great enough to make a successful Fair possible, while Powell, on the other hand, has not Stampede material. So, if Powell would help the Stam pede, and Cody, in return, would do away with her Fair and help Powell with hers. It seems as if such an agreement would be to the advantage of both towns. IY Y f Madame Shumann-Heink made no secret of the fact during her stay in Billings that she is opposed to prohi bition. "I don't like It, do you?” she asked of the reporters assembled to inter view her. There was no response from the reporters who remembered in time that they represented bone-dry pa pers. But Madame was persistant. "Now, tell the truth, do you believe In it?” Cornered in this fashion, they mum bled that they didn’t but it was noted that there was no mention of the star’s attitude on this burning ques tion in their stories, the only thing she said which was omitted. YY Y Y One of the things which we par- REST CURE FOR CARL THOMSEN AND S7OO FINE Carl Thomson returned from Basin on Saturday where he was sentenced to sixty days in jail and a floe of se ven hundred dollars after having plead guilty before Judge Metz on a charge of bootlegging. He was ac companied, strange at it may seem, by Sheriff Davis who deposited him in the County Jail. Carl says that he needed a rest In preparation for the lambing season, anyway. Lawrence Nordqiust was in town I for the Eagles* Ball. ticularly admire in Editor Ralph Smith is his candor. There are few secrets he keeps from his readers. When his paper is shy on news, he ! says so; In explanation of several j large blank spots which appeared in , a recent issue, he tells us that it was so cold that the ink froze in his well• ventilated building, the presses balk ! ed, and his fingers got so durned , numb he couldn’t use ’em—difficulties to discourage a less stout-hearted journalist and publisher but borne un complainingly by our esteemed con temporary over on the Greybull. YY Y Y We think that the Old Cattleman who appears on the editorial page produces some good paragraphs and Is an acquisition to our large and bril liant staff. Some day we are going to write an article entitled: "What We Like About Ourselves.” YY Y Y A prohibition lecturere stated re cently in Cheyenne that there was no distinction between the crime of rob bery committed by a bandit and the j crime committed by one who accepts by purchase or gift a bottle of wine ' or beer. The assertion was promptly chal lenged by Judge A. C. Campbell of Denver, who called theattention of the reformer to the fact that no less a person than William Blackstone made a very decided distinction be tween the two offenses. There are crimes "mala in se,” or act wrong in I themselves, and crimes "mala prohl ' bita,” or merely wrong because pro hibited by statute. Robbery fell* with in the former and violation of the prohibition law within the latter. Judge Campbell added laconically that the lecturer was either ignorant or deceptive. YY Y Y Let us consider the stool-pigeon—it cost us twenty bucks to view him at close range. We have met in our travels —which have extended from the coast of La brador to the interior of Spanish Hon duras, over the entire United States and most of Europe—vermin, insects, and reptiles of every description. We have encountered all kinds of creeping and crawling things—scor pions. centipedes, tarantulas, Gila Monsters. ratTlesnakes, horned toads and cooties and felt none of the dis gust and loathing inspired by the pair of stool-pigeons whom we had the op portunity to observe during their visit in Cody. In a good many years of newspaper work on metropolitan papers, we have come in contact with horse-thieves, burglars, counterfeiters, outlaws and murderers, and now, looking back up on their crimes and characters, they seem like good citizens and men of honor compared to the pair whose acquaintance we have recently en joyed. Under false pretenses, through mis representation, by means of lies, one upon another, lies so crass and con tradictory that they would have re flected upon the intelligence of a fifteen-year-old Boy Scout, they en-; deavored to get evidence of the vio-j lation of the prohibition |aw from the j writer of this column for the purpose of betrayal. Failing to get this evidence, or in formation concerning friends and ac quaintances, they came out with the bald proposal that we be a party to their plan to make moonshine in a mountain cabin which they already had selected. They stated that their' financial requirements would be about. S2OO, and asked the loan of that amount for a short period as they were without money or resources, in fact in such desperate straits that the matter of food was a problem. This trap was a last resort and set for the purpose of giving us into the hands of tfhe authorities, licking their] chops and waiting to receive us. We ask our readers if it is any won-1 der that this prohibition law and its enforcement officers are held in such I a contempt as we never have known 1 in our time? Or is it surprising that 1 the feeling of hatred against them and their odious methods is rising : like a tide all over the country? We would say to the framers of this stupid plot that they should not send boobs to do men’s work. PERCY SPENCER RECEIVES FEDERAL APPOINTMENT Percy Spencer who is a son of Mrs. H. W. Darrah, has been appointed special assistant United States at torney for the district of Wyoming. He does not intend however to give up his private practice and will con-' tinue to maintain law offices in Chey- ! enne which he recently opened. A. M. Sellery of the Ohio Oil Com-’ pany and representative of The Rocky Mountain Gas Company, made a flying visit to Cody on Friday. He departed for Casper on Sunday. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1922 STATUEOf BUFFALOBILLBYMRS.HSRRY PAYNE ■IIEUfPEILS TO CODY. Nothing Lacking But The Money—sso,ooo—To Make Great Work of Art A Reality. With a view towards ascertaining how citizens of Cody feel about the proposal made in the Enterprise of last week, concerning a statue of Buffalo Bill to be done by Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, famous American sculptoress, and to be placed probably in the square in front of the Irma, a representative of the Cody Enterprise has been interviewing various influ ential townsmen, some of whose opin ions are expressed herewith. flavor Cox. “Yes, I highly approve of a statue as a memorial to the late Col. Cody, and I think the logical place for the statue would be in front of tbe Irma Hotel. $50,000 as neces sary for such a memorial seems an awful lot of motley and if someone of fered it to me I think I could make a try at making a statue of Buffalo Bill also. However, if the money could be raised, I would be more in favor of a statue than any other form of memorial such as a Park, museum or anything else. I believe the SSOOO already appropriated by the state for use on some suitable memorial io Col. Cody was intended for use more in connection with a statue or monu ment memorial than any other idea.” Hon. L. R. Ewart. "Something ought to be done and done soon! The next session of the legislature will probably throw the five thousand dol lars already appropriated towards a Buffalo Bill memorial back into the general fund if it is not used. As re gards a statue, I am not in a position to say right now just what kind of a memorial I approve of until getting some idea as to how much money will be at our disposal. After hearing more definite plans in this connec tion. I will do all I can to help.” Hon. J. M. Schwoob. "Fine! Great! but where are we going to get the money?” Mr. Schwoob went on to say that he was more in favor of a statue than any other kind of memor ial and that the location didn’t mat ter so much as long as we get the sta tue. He dashed out of the Cody Trading Co. on his way to some meet ing or other with a parting cry that : ( we should all put on our thinking j caps and work out some plan to raise the money. Clay Tyler. “I certainly want a statue of Buffalo Bill, and think it will be a very easy matter to raise the necessary money outside the State, through possibly the Bov Scouts or some such organization. If they had a campaign and each one gave but twenty-five cents, it should not be very hard to raise a consider-1 able sum. Ido think we should have a park however, and put the statue j in it. There will be people coming; from all over the world to see the statue and especially when done by such a famous sculptoress as Mrs. Whitney. They wil want to sit and stare at it, stand around and inspect it thoroughly, and if the statue is in I front of the Irma, some day someone is going to get booted in the back by a passing speedster, while admiring the Colonel. The Park could be used as a playground for children and as a summer tourist’s camp ground.” City Attorney Paul Greever. "I think the statue would be fine, and I think the place for it should be in front of the Irma. A sort of plaza or fountain effect could be built at the base of the statue with benches here and there, and a rail around the whole thing which would not take up such an awful lot of room at • that. There might even be a public water tank or some useful thing for man and beast in connection. The might be raised outside the State by means of selling at a dollar a piece, bronzed medals or tags to admirers of Buffalo Bill.” Dr. Trueblood. "We should have the statue and also the park if pos sible. When we get the money it shouldn't be very hard to come to a mutual agreement as to where to put the statue or what kind of memorial we want —whether statue or park, or both. The park could easily be divid ed —part for statue and part for camp grounds or school grounds, thus self supporting.” Dave Jones. "I am not in favor of a statue until we secure the land west of the court house for a park. The park would be named Buffalo Bill Park, as Lincoln Park in Chicago, etc. If oil is struck near here as may hap pen any time, this town will soon be large enough for such a park, and In cidentally if oil is found it wijl be too late for us to get the ground at a reasonable price. We should de vote the SSOOO already appropriated to a Buffalp Bill Memorial towards getting the land for the park. After we get the park and there seems any reasonable way in which to get mon ey to have a stfftue or even something • The policy of this paper is 9 to uphold the standards I and perpetuate the spirit S , of the old West. J ISSUED WEEKLY smaller, such as a monument placed in it, then I’ll do all I can to help.” S. P. Van Arsdall. “If I had fifty thousand dollars to spare, I’d certain ly do ail I could towards erecting some sort of a fitting memorial to Col. Cody. I would rather see a building erected how’ever, as a sort of museum, instead of a statue which would not be of any use except to look at. Buffalo Bill’s old relics and his collections could be put in this building and a fee charged for enter ing, the proceeds of which should go toward educating the grandchildren.** Mr. R. W. Allen said the same as Mr. Van Arsdall, excepting that he thought we should have a park if the money could be obtained and tlfe mu seum should be in the park. When asked as to the expense of keeping a caretaker to look after the building, or as to just what relics might be ob tained and as to whether we should have to buy the collection or rent it, neither Mr. Allen nor Mr. Van Ars da]l could say just what could bs planned in this connection at present. Mr. S. C. Parks said that he was very much in favor of the statue, but that it did seem rather hopeless to try to raise $50,000. He agreed witK Mr. Ewart, in that as soon as it was decided just how much money w* were to get, he would be in a position to give his views on the memorial problem, and would of course do all in his power at any time to help the movement along. If we can get tha money, he is more in favor at present, of a statue than any other idea. The general sentiment of the com munity seems to be in favor of a sta tue as proposed, but the question of raising funds remains unsolved. Tha Cody Enterprise is, as has been said before, heartily in favor of this pro position, and it is our intention to help it along in every way possible, and to endeavor to formulate feasi ble plans by which money can ba raised and the Whitney iStatue of I Buffalo Bill become a reality. SUPREME COURT JUDGE AGAINST DRY LAW. Justice Clarke Declares It Has Imperiled Other Laws— The End Difficult to See New York. —Respect tor all law* has been put under a demoralizing strain by the nations? prohibition amendment. Associate Justice John H. Clarke of the United States su preme court told alumni of New York university law school at their annual dinner tonight. “The eighteenth amendment,’* he said, “forced millions of men and wo men abruptly to give up habits and customs of life which they thought not immoral and not wrong, but which, on the contrary, they believed to be necessary to their reasonable comfort and happiness. “Thereby, as we all now see, they lost respect not only for that law, but for all laws. Thus has been put to an unprecedented and demoralizing strain in our country, the end of which it is difficult to see.” Eagles Fly High At Annual Ball. The Eighteenth Annual Masquer ade Ball of the Eagles was held at the Temple Theatre on Tuesday eve ning the fourteenth, and was pro nounced a great success as ajl could readily see w*ho attended. The Temple was packed to the doors with a crowd that consisted of people from Cody, Worland, Garland, Powell and Billings and there were many original costumes which merit ed much applause. Masks were removed at eleven o’clock, after which everyone joined in a grand march which was followed by general dancing with music by the American Legion Orchestra which Played steadily until four o’clock Ln the morning. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes, and at mid night an excellent supper was served. When the Eagles set out to do any thing, they do it well, and all who heard “Good Night Ladies” at four this morning, wished that the dance was but just commencing, and that the Eagles would “come across” with more dances during the year.