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J Founded In 18SU by Col.
r W. F. Cody ("Buffalo
A Bill”) and Col. Peake.
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
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
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
In addition to' his sentence he was ’
fined 1500 and the costs of the prose- 1
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-’
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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Madame Shumann-Heink made no
secret of the fact during her stay in
Billings that she is opposed to prohi
"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
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.
One of the things which we par-
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.
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.”
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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.
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.

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