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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1922.
Mexia Typical Mushroom City Texas Town Grows From Sleepy Place of 3,000 to 30,000 In habitants Over Night. OIL BOOM IS RESPONSIBLE Hundreds Are Forced to Sleep Out. Doors and There Is but One Bathhouse in the Place- Prices Are High. Mexia, Texas. —Mexia, which has come into so much notoriety through the sending of state troops here to r put an end to outlawry, the sale of Illicit booze and restore order, is a typical mushroom city. Overnight a tented city arose. From an apparently sleepy little town of 3,000 population in October, 1921, where old settlers farmed for a living and eked out a bare existence from their lands to a bustling city of 80,- 000 people, and all in a few months, .tils Is the recent record of Mexia, an old-time Texas town, which is feel ing the effects of one of the numer ous oil developments in the South west. The population now consists of an assortment of oil field followers and thousands of men and women seeking employment. Consequently because of the exhorbitant prices charged for a room, if one were lucky enough to secure one, hundreds of men, favored by the long continued mild winter, are sleeping on the grass along railroad , tracks, public parking places and, in fact, anywhere they can. Beds In Tents Costly. Overnight a bed In a tent marked “A place to Hop” soared from 50 cents a night to $3. A night in a crude plank structure where one didn’t know his bed-fellow or the hundreds of others in the single room cost $5. Hall traffic jumped hundreds of per cent. There are two trunk lines, the Houston & Texas Central and the Trinity At Brazos Valley, leading through here, and passenger traffic is very heavy, while freight trains are frequently seen running three abreast, so heavy is the demand for oil ina i £ chinery. One road is said to have spent $600,000 in enlarging its facilities. The water situation is not alto gether what could be desired. Getting a bath here is quite an experience, if Indeed not a task. The old saying, “If you want to do something big— wash an elephant," certainly has found parallel in Mexia. But One Bathhouse. This luxury may be found, outside the woodland creeks, only in a down town barber shop. The bathhouse is a stall in a wooden-floored, planked-in ihclosure. The plain, pine planks are slippery, but the proprietors of the house have found that it Is not neces sary to maintain first-aid kits because Skating Tourney at Plattsburg LJfehoSfr- ’ * i Saffig Mr •> l -‘IFL.■ fir "TLlx n vv j * J! WT nnw_ijAi_ B k ** ifßf* Bar • \ f '*• ~ ' fcw.' ->' A. A \ General view of the rink at Plattsburg, N. Y., during the national amateur outdoor speed-skating championship. FIND A NEW USE FOR PIGEONS Forest Fire Fighters Find Them Efficient Assistants. As Means of Quick Communication Between Ranger on Fire Line and Headquarters Carrier Pigeon Has No Equal. (Prepared by the United States Department of Agriculture.) Tho carrier pigeon han found a place for Itself in the flre-flghtlng forces of the forest service. It demonstrated its worth this year in the Idaho na tional forest, and will be Installed next year at all protective camps in that district. As a means of quick and certain communication between the ranger out on the fire line and head quarters, the carrier pigeon has no competition, reports from Idaho to the Department of Agriculture ntate. One bird, after a preliminary course of training, was taken a rough trio by the board floors are warped enough to allow the bather a foothold. But as for oil. There are a solid six miles of new derricks, drillers, out fits, tents, wooden buildings ano people where once there was the open prairie. A survey of all local lumber men shows that buildings completed or contracted for since October 1 total between $3,500,000 and $5,000,- 000. Gambling and drinking halls filled with dancing girls are open every night, and one may buy openly “red" and “corn" whisky at 50 cents a drink. Fortunes are lost overnight at the dice and roulette tables. FLOOD BENEFIT TO FARMERS Water Left Fine Silt of Good Earth on Impoverished Lands in Washington. Sedro Woolley, Wash. —A fine silt of very fertile earth layer from two to five inches deep was left on the inundated farm lands when the flooded Skagit river subsided to its regular channel. The layer of silt had added great value to the valley lands, according to owners. The flood, which was the most extensive known here since the early homestead days, lasted from De- Love Mellows Prize Fighter Girl Brings Desire for Education* to Former Terror of the Boxing Ring. IS SEEKING ANOTHER DEGREE “Kid" Wedge, at 41, Enters Harvard Almost Penniless, to Obtain Ph.D. Degree—Left Lumber Camps to Be Pugilist. Boston.—A story of great love, of a career of hard battles in the ring, and of a winning fight against tuberculosis came to light at Harvard university a few days ago when Frederick “Kid" Wedge, forty-one years old, of Arizona registered in the Harvard graduate school of education, where he Is to study for his Ph. D. degree. Fifteen years ago the name of “Kid" Wedge was one to be feared in the timber lands of the Middle West. For years he had fought in the rings of that region. At twenty he left the woodg, w’here he worked with lumber ing crews, and took up the fighting pack horse, kept overnight at its desti nation. and released the next day. This carrier was back at its coop, at headquarters, 80 minutes after It was released, having covered 18 miles, air line, and flown over a high mountain. Its mate equaled the performance. Another, released nt dusk from the bottom of a canyon, rose abruptly, crossed two high ranges and was at Its coop before dark. A third, carried In a back pack into high peaks of the Buckhorn country, flew home within an hour, covering in that time a good day’s journey for a man on horseback. In the face of fire, this performance was equaled. The ranger took two birds to the spot where smoke had been located. The first bird carried instructions to »md help. Not long thereafter the fire-fighters at the front had brought the blaze under control. The second bird was released, coun termanding the first order. It reached headquarters just as the summoned assistance was about to start for the fire, and the message it carried not AMERICAN FOXES WILL BE RAISED IN GERMANY Berlin.—American silver foxes and skunks will be cultivated on a large scale by a German stock company on a farm in the Aus trian Tyrol, under the direction of Professor de Mill of the nat ural history department of the Munich university. In Germany, where the prices of the higher grade of furs have risen enormously in the last few months, a perfect specimen of silver fox costs 100,000 marks. member 10 until the middle of Janu ary. The rise of the river was attributed to torrential downpours In the foot hills and mountains through which the Skagit flows. The heavy rain washed ! immense amounts of rich top soil from i the hills into the flood and all this material was carried into the valley and deposited. Long Ride on Wheels. Sunbury, Pa. —To travel 900 miles to Florida on a bicycle without mis hap was the experience of William Burell, aged sixteen, of Sunbury, whose parents received word recently that he had arrived safely. Young Burell is a mechanical genius and found no trouble In finding w’ork at garages along the route. He will leave soon on the second leg of his journey to California. He intends tc ride his wheel the whole way. game for his profession. In the next six years he fought 68 battles and won 65 of them. Romance Entered Life. Then, when he was twenty-six. came his romance. He met the daughter of a Wisconsin doctor. She was a gradu ate of a Nebraska college, and far re moved from Wedge’s station in life, but they were married. Then he realized the great difference In their Intellectual standards, so he gave up the ring to secure an education with the money he had earned as a prize fighter. For six years he attended a preparatory school, where he did 12 years of elementary work to prepare for college. He entered the University of Ne braska, but the war interrupted his work. He went to Camp Grant as a boxing instructor, and there another obstacle appeared. The doctors pro nounced him an incurable victim of tuberculosis, with but six months to live. He went to El Paso, Tex., to be gin a different battle, and in a year he was a well man. Won Degree of A. B. Then he entered the University of Arizona and finished the work he had begun at the University of Nebraska. He was given his degree of A. B. He was forty years old then, and became principal of the high sebol at Benson. Ariz. That was the position he held until the end of last year, when he resigned to go East and continue his studies. He made the trip of thousands of miles In freight curs and “on the rods." He started with $lO traveling expenses, and reached Cambridge with 65 cents in his pockets. When the next semester opens at Harvard, after the mid-year examinations, “Kid" Wedge former boxer, former lumberman, for mer hobo, and former flying consume live, will open up the books that will make him a doctor of philosophy. BLINDNESS DECREASES IN U. S Cases Drop From 57,272 In 1910 tc 52,617 in 1920, Say Census Figures. Washington, D. C. —The number 01 blind persons in the United States de creased from 57,272 in 1910 to 52,611 In 1920, according to figures forth( lust census announced by the censui bureau. The decrease was attrlbutec in part to advanced methods for treat ment In blindness and also to educa tlon of the public in preventing blind ness. only gave welcome assurance of vlo tory over the red peril, but saved h number of men from making a long and tedious trip through the forest. URGES BRITISH EMPIRE RADIO Wireless Commlttlon Advocates Build Ing of Stations In Colonies and In China. Loudon. —The wireless telegrapl commission has recommended to th. government the construction of sta Hons In England, Canada, Australia South Africa, India, Egypt, East Afrl cu, Singapore and Hongkong. A ycai was devoted to study of the question The average cost of the stations It estimated at not more than £160,000 normal value SBOO,OOO, but those It England, Egypt, Singapore and Hong kong would aggregate about £853,000 or $4,205,000. Recommendation It made that two wave lengths be flxec llor each transmitting station, and that each center be equipped for receiving from several stations In the chain simultaneously. ©.Legion \Copy for This Department Supplied by the American Legion Newi Service.) COOKS TO PLEASE ANY TASTE F. G. Galpin, Historian of Texas Post, Brings Odd “Cargo” From Aus tralia to England. One of the few persons in the United states who can cook up a meal for a wallaby, or satis fy the fastidious cravings of a wombat, or play chef to a cuckoo, Is F. G. Galpin, historian of El Paso (Tex.) post 36 of the Ameri can Legion and ex-animal-cook of the White Star liner Medic. Gal pin is never more at home than when he is busily engaged in brew- 9** »ng up a stew for a cassowary. Upon his return from a recent trip of the liner, bearing lizards, carpet snakes, rat-kangaroos, and other things (800 Altogether) from Australia to England, chef Galpin expounded dietet ics to his Legion comrades. They had to believe everything he said. It seems that the bird of paradise, para doxically, has secular tastes and squawks vigorously when offered such seemingly compatible delicacies as angel cake. “I fed ’em bananas and hard-boiled eggs," said Galpin, "and not one of ’em lost a single heavenly feather." “And on the other hand,” he added, “I had a couple of Tasmanian devils aboard, and they wouldn’t touch a thing the w'hole trip except floating Island." squawks vigorously when offered such seemingly compatible delicacies as angel cake. “I fed ’em bananas and hard-boiled eggs," said Galpin, “and not one of ’em lost a single heavenly feather." “And on the other hand,” he added, “I had a couple of Tasmanian devils aboard, and they wouldn’t touch a thing the w'hole trip except floating Island." DOSE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE German Submarine Commander Who Sank Lusitania Also Now at Bottom of Sea. The commander of the German Rub .narine that sank the Lusitania is now at the bottom of the sea. according to a story which has reached American Legion headquarters. Flogged and flung over the side of a Paraguan war vessel, he met death with a dose of his own medicine. The story is that the commander, fleeing from allied justice, took refuge In Paraguay, where he at once took out naturalization papers and swore allegiance to the Paraguan republic. Friends in the shipping world secured for him the command of a Paraguan man-o’-war, the Adolph Riquelml. He had hardly set his heel upon the decks when he inaugurated the rules which had been his custom. The crew, with their Latin blood, could not stomach the diet as the stolid Teutons had done in the old days. So they passed him around for a beating, and then threw him Into the s£a, far from sight of land. HAD THE “THEODORA” ODOR Fancy French Pets Saturated With Un welcome Perfume of Marshal Foch’s American Mascot. Fifty thousand francs’ worth of pet dogs were temporarily ruined by Mar shal Foch’s wild cut on the voyage to France. When the marshal, as guest of the American Legion, had picked up Theodora from an admiring friend, he had little reckoned what devasta tion was in s’ore. Theodora was placed in the kennel room atop the liner Paris, under care of the ship’s butcher, who acted as animal valet for the trip. Believing that the fluffy Pekinese, and poodles, and Mexican halrlesses that shared her compartment did not represent, like herself, the true red-blooded pi oneering spirit of America, Theodora lay quietly in her cell and exuded the aroma peculiar to wildcats. When the Paris touched the shores of France, the valet handed the pet dogs around to the group of daintily-scented inad amoiselles and was greeted with loud shrieks. Parachute in Shell. A shell which blows off its head at an altitude of 2,000 feet, expelling a parachute from its interior, is fired from a gun at. Lympe, England, as an experiment in physics. Attached to the parachute is a brilliant magnesium flare, which lights automatically when the parachute opens and lights the sky for miles around. Error in Judgment. Her plan for assuring the support as the women voters to him moved the statesman to admiration. "Whatever steps you take will carry weight, I’m sure," he said cordially. Kight there he lost the whole wom en’s delegation. She had been diet ing in secret for three months.—Amer ican Legion Weekly. A Heavy Load. Kriss—After we had sampled the home brew last night we organized a vocal Kross—Who carried the bass? Kriss—lt took three of us to get him home. —American Legion Weekly. You will never Get Stung at the Busy J| Bee Dulis Avdis, Propr. r Hamburgers Made Duley Famous WATKINS-PRANTE TRANSFER Baggage, Express All Kinds ojf Hauling Telephone 5, or is7 Cody, Wyo. M. CHAMBERLIN DENTIST HOTEL CHAMBERLIN Cody, Wyoming Dave Shelley Saddles COW BOY BOOTS Hyer, Justin and Teitzel on Hand Chaps, Bits and Spurs ! Tourists Outfits a 11 If You Want to Be Shown THAT An Oldtimer’s Cooking is Hard to Beat TRY GEO. GRUPP’S PLACE SteaKs a Specialty BUSY POOL HALL DULIS AVDIS, Proprietor Soft Drinks Tobaccos Cigars If you want to have a good time visit the Busy Pool Hall. PAGE SEVEN How about your Furnace, Water pipes, Flu extension pipes? Need Any Repairs? Need Any Materials? SEE MENZIES