Founded In 1899 by Col.
W. F. Cody ("Buffalo
BUI") and Col. Peake.
VOL. XXIII. NO. 32
POKER NELL’S HUSBAND TO HANG AT
RAWLINS FOR KILLING “SLIM” SMITH
Consumptive Once Nursed Back To Health By Notorious
Woman, To Die On Gallows—Like Closing
Chapter By Russian Realist.
Poker Nell’s husband, Harry Bruce,
"will be hanged in the penitentiarv at
Rawlins within a few months for the
killing of "Slim” Smith at Kirby,
It took the jury at Thermopolis only
30 minutes to return a verdict of guil
ty of murder in the first degree after
hearing the evidence. Only three bal
lots were cast before an agreement
was reached as Bruce’s plea of self
defense was too feeble to have much
weight with the jurors.
Eight witnesses testified that with
out other provocation than vituperat
ive language from "Slim,” the gamb
ler whipped out his gun and pumped
«ix shots into him before he struck
the dirt floor although Smith started
to fall with the first one.
After the killing Bruce cleared the
-shack, located on the outskirts of the
mining camp at Kirby, locked the
•door behind him and went home to
bed, leaving the dead man where he
He was arrested in his lodgings the
next day by the sheriff of Hot Springs
County and taken to Thermopolis.
“Slim” who was a trapper and had
Tid the country of hundreds of preda
tory animals, had come in with a
large catch of furs to .celebrate his
The quarrel between himself and
Bruce was the result of a crap game
in which "Slim” had been shaking
•dice for Bruce.
Bruce, who was known to many in ;
•Cody from having lived here, a year
or more, was considered to be "queer” i
by those who knew him well. He 1
> kept a young arsnel in his room about:
COWLEY’S FAST ATTACK |
DEFEATS CODY TEAM
Mormon Quintet Wins From
Local Boys 31 To 17. In
Closing Game of Season.
In a game which was rather one
sided because of the heavier weight
of those opposing, youth bowed to ex
perience and floor generalship on Fri
day evening at the high school gym
nasium and thereby failed to live
quite up to expectations in a contest
which brought the local school sea
son to a close, when Cowley vanquish
ed Cody at a score of 31 to 17. The
least that had been anticipated of the
<’ody team was the sharpest kind of
•a battle for victory as a climax to the
•splendid showing displayed through
out the season. However, it was not
Cody was completely outclassed
from the start. Cowley scoring in the
first minute of play and continuing
to do so unheaded, displaying a fast
and varied attack, a strong defense,
good dribbling and a brand of team:
■work which our boys found hard to |
check or overcome, largely because <
of lesser weight and a noticable ina- 1
hllity to secure baskets when most
Soon after the opening of the se
cond haK however, the large crowd
Cody fans breathed easier when it
was quite evident that the Incal team
’’•as putting up a keener fight, and at
times clearly outplaying the larger
men on the floor. Cody’s increased
sneed and clever passing bothered the
visitors, and though continuing their
lead with occasional long shots.
Cowley was checked considerably,,
Newton, Perry and Ingraham repeat
edly coming to the rescue.
With but three minutes to go be
fore the final whistle, the brilliant
Cody forwards raced down the floor,
passing and dodging with profession
al skill until they tipped in a short
basket. Ingraham soon repeated the ;
performance. Later, Capt. Newton I
gained a little ground for Cody with j
the only long looping shot from mid-j
floor netted by Cody all evening. ,
A pretty feature of Cody’s improve-.
nient during the latter half occurred
when Just before the final whistle. I
by clever team work tile Cowley team
was decoyed down the floor and Capt.
Newton, evading those guarding him.
succeeded in dribbling the leather
along the side lines the entire length |
of the floor to where Perry waiting
beneath the basket, had little dlfflcul- 1
ty in once more making good and rob i
ling ln*a goal.
After the game there wan a dance
In the new auditorium which was at
tended and enjoyed by many, with
music by the Legion Orchestra. i
Next year, all of the present Cody i
AND THE PARK COUNTY ENTERPRISE
CODY, PARK COUNTY, WYOMING—GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
which latter he was as neat and par
ticular as the most fastidious woman.
He was taciturn and sometimes ir
ritable, not in particularly good
health, and had formerly been con
He married Poker Nell when she
was an attractive woman, and she
claimed credit for having saved his
life with her nursing when he was
well along in the last stages of con
Whatever the cause of their separ
ation. the fact remains that Bruce was
the only man of whom she ever spoke
with any tenderness or sentiment
when she was shooting the chutes on
the cocaine route which ultimately
led to her death in an asylum.
Many men had entered into the life
of this notorious and one-time clever
and handsome woman, but the pecul
iar, and physically unattractive con
sumptive was the only one who ever |
found the soft spot in a heart which
she often boasted was adament and
What "Bruce’’ had said —what
"Bruce” had done—the hands he had
held at poker—the way he had "clean
ed" some opponent at the card-table, i
seemed to stand out clearly in her ■
memory when everything else in the:
mind of the drug-befuddled woman!
was a jumble.
No grim Russian realist could
wr**e a more cruel and terrible clos
ing chapter to his story than this of
the man and woman who once loved
each other —the one dying a mental
and physical wreck in an asylum—
the other on the gallows.
team will still remain in school and
Cody looks for great things from that
The line up:
CODY 17 COWLEY 37
Ingraham LF Johnson
Newton RF Snell
Perry C Partridge
Schwoob RG Neilson
Holm LG Jorgenson
Brown (Subs) Stevens
Arnold ’ Tribbs
Referee: Lloyd Buchanan.
PRES. HARDING PLANS
TO PASS THRU CODY
President Harding will pass through
Cody on his way to the Yellowstone
Park if his present plans are carried
out, according to news from Washing
He proposes to attend Frontier
Days in Cheyenne, then motor through
Wyoming to Sheridan and take the
Billings-Cody way to the eastern en
It is to be hoped that the wind will
lay off for a brief spell during the
presidential visit as the local zephyrs
seem to have a tendency to prejudice
strangers against the country.
ON IRMA BLOCK
It has been rumored for several
weeks that arrangements are being
made whereby Calvin H. Cass who
has been stopping at the Irma Hotel
for several months, will erect a large
dance pavilion on the southeast cor
ner of the Irma. It is definitely
learned as we go to press, that this
is so and the papers signed today.
Mr. Cass who has had considerable |
experience along this line, having pre-1
viously run successful dance halls in I
Casper and other larger cities, will
Casper, construct a pavilian 60 by 60
feet, with a roof and refreshment
i counter. There will be dancing every
I night during the summer months.
! with music by a five piece orchestra
I and singer. All of which sounds as
I though it will be a gay summer in
I Cody, at least we’ll have a song and
! dance now and then.
SENATOR F. E. WARREN
LIKES THE ENTERPRISE
Senator Frances E. Warren is a
! busv man in Washington but he took
i time a few days since to write us a
I line regarding the Enterprise.
Said Senator Warren:
"I want to compliment you upon the
appearance and contents of your pa
per, which is one of the most InUr-
I esting and best looking weekly pap
i ers that come to my address.”
As Seen from the Water-Wagon
That money from the United States
is pouring into Canada and Mexico in
golden streams is no secret
People of wealth who once spent
their summers somewhere in America
now manage to get out of the dry
belt during both seasons.
The premier of Canada recently an
nounced that the government liquor
monopoly will pay off the public debt
of the province of Quebec in twenty
years, maintain roads and provide
funds for education.
"Much of the liquor,” he explained,
“was sold to outsiders, hundreds of
thousands of visitors coming into the
province each summer from the Unit
ed States to enjoy a little liberty.”
He added that the government
ned to encourage the consumption of
wines rather than push the sale of
spirits, and stated that from the mor
al as well as the financial viewpoint
the Quebec liquor laws have proved
Tills sounds to us like a threat:
“Crow Agency, Pryor, Mont.
I want some deer hides and elk
hides and eagle tails. I come over
and stay with you for three days too.
I bring my family. You better write
to me right away. That is all for to
From your friend
We are informed that the Poweli
Hospital is to bring a damage suit
against the Enterprise. While read
ing the issue of the week before last
a surgical case tore all his stitches
Sir Harry Lauder when in Boston
last week was asked his opinion of
prohibition. “It’s pitiful to look at,”,
replied Sir Harry.
A recent issue of the Meeteetse
News contained this notice:
TO THE TOWN OF MEETEETSE
I will give the city 30 days to move
the jail off my land.
It sounds to us as if Mr. Dynes was
on the prod. Our sympathies are
with Joe —who wants a jail clutter
ing up his land?
Speaking of Meeteetse, w’e have
learned that it was a crowbar that
was lost between Edgar Bennion’s
and Rivers’, and not Editor Ralph
Smith as we had feared from reading
an advertisement in the Lost and
It Is hard to get away from the
Meetetse News once we start quoting.
Under the headline,"Again in Their
‘Folds’ ” we read of the series of mis
fortunes which befell Mr. and Mrs.
Josh Deane and Mrs. Deane’s sister.
Miss Minnie Siipple, after they left
Meetetse some five months ago on a
pleasure trip to Pennsylvania.
While all had their share of hard
luck. It seems to us that the plight of
Miss Minnie Siipple while receiving
medical aid in Bilings was particular
ly distressing. Says Editor Smith:
"Mr. and Mrs. Deane had a pleasant'
visit in spite of reverses of a serious
nature for Mrs. Deane had a serious
operation performed in a Philadelphia
hospital entailing a long confinement
in that Institution.
"Upon reaching Thremopolis an ail
ment overwhelmend Mr. Deane and he
sought shelter and effectual relief in
a Bilings hospital spending six weeks
in the Montana city. Miss Siipple
who received a painful injury in an
automobile smashup last September,
POWELL BAND WANTS
TO PLAY AT STAMPEDE;
Manager Lacier of the Powell Band I
was in town on Monday with a view *
td making arrangements for his band
of twenty pieces to furnish music for
the Cody Stampede.
He states that the band contains
excellent material and is improving
rapidly with practice ro that it will
soon take its 1)1806 among the best
in the state.
They have a good repertoire and
are certain they can give satisfaction.
The Gebo band is also anxious to
have the engagement, as their man
ager writes that they had such a
good time during the Park County
Fair that they wish to return and re
TO OPEN PHARMACY
Wm. Lenninger, of Cody, owner of
the building now occupied by the Big
Horn Mercantile company, contem
plates establishing a drug store in
the vacant half of the building, which
will be conducted by his son, Clifford,
a druggist at one time employed by
and who spent about three months, in.
Thermopolis receiving aid medically'
accompanied the Deanes to Billings '
and continued treatments that put
her on the list ot cured, she having j
had a plaster of Paris cast hung on j
Mrs. Nels P. Radick, a farmer’s
wife of Fulda, Minn., appeared beforej
the senate agricultural committee in'
Washington last week and said that
farmers were selling their Liberty
bonds, taking their children out of
school and entire smilies turning
themselves into human agricultural
implements in order to pay their tax
es and make enough to exist.
Mrs. Radick stated that young chil
dren have been taken out of school
and put to work beyond their years
to help keep the farm from going for
taxes, and that the farmers lived by
"faith, hope and accident.”
In the same paper which published
Mrs. Radick’s statements, we read
that to enforce the prohibition law.
Prohibition Commissioner Haynes now
has a "navy” of nine submarine chas
ers and that there was to be a screen
of swift ships operating from Maine
to Florida with enforcement officers
on board each boat. Also we read
the interesting news that eleven air
planes, a portion of the “prohibition
air squadron” operating out of Miami,
Florida, had been successful in cap
turing a British schooner carrying li
The children who cannot go to
, school because they have to help pay
taxes are doing their proportionate
• share toward maintaining this "pro
: hibition navy” and "prohibition air
, squadron” to say nothing of the
great army of prohibition enforce
ment officers and the horde of stool
i pigeons drawing salaries of $l5O and
! S2OO a month for lying, spying, and
’ j "framing up” on their betters.
I Margot Asquith, wife of England’s
j I former premier, who is now visiting
j in America, gives us the "once over"
and makes the following comments:
» "Americans are polite.”
"There is no such thing as freedom
j “Wine and beer must return.”
i "America'has not treated her war
- wounded generously.”
" 'Main Street’ is well written, but
tiresome and futile.”
• "I like American men better than
L American women.”
i Jack Horsiky tells us that the habit j
; of industry has become so strong I
I since he has been regularly employed
in the canvon, that he cannot bear to
be idle. Therefore, as soon as the
s work there is cbmpleted, he will take
. a position as bookkeeper for S. D.
• Jones during the summer months. |
Mr. ’Jones operates a peanut roaster
and pop-corn stand in mild weather.
When we make a misstatement we
are glad to correct it. so we hasten to
admit that we were in error last week
when we said that the “many hard
ships” endured by the Federal offic
er who arrested Carl Thomsen con
sisted of a three mile ride on horse
back. We should have said he rode
'from Codv on horseback. Sorry!
We neglected to state in the story
however, that after the Federal officer
had snapped the handcuffs on his pris
oner. and while Sheriff Davis, from
behind a rock, was holding a Winches-1
ter on him, he, the brave Federal of-*
fleer whose exploit has so thrilled I
Prohibition Headquarters at Washing
ton, slapped Carl Thomsen in the
face, although not a word had been
spoken and he had no personal ac
, quaintance with him.
I UNION OIL COMPANY
; POUNDING AWAY GAMELY
| The Union Oil Company is still
■ pounding away on their lease on Cot
tonwood creek. They are down 1705
feet and intend to go to the Madison
lime which they expect to reach at
about 2,000 feet.
This will be the first hole west of
the Big Horns to be drilled to the
Madison lime and probably the only
one in Wyoming outside of SoAp
They intend to drill closer to the
' river next time, giving the locality a
thorough test before abandoning it.
W. L. Simpson has received word
j from F. W. Mondell that Peter Paul I
j Christman has been allowed a pension I
‘ j of $24 a month dating from December
J 21st, 1921.
> the Fisk Pharmacy here. Fixtures
■ for the new store have been purchas
-1 ed and remodelling of the interior is ;
1 being done. It is probable that ano-
• ther week will see them ready for
' business. —Greybull Tribune.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15. 1922
CRUELTY TO ELK MD DEEB CASE FOB
JMTIOML HUMANE SOCIETY, SAYS GUIDE.
Winter Ranges Grazed Off By Sheep And Cattle—Bands Os
Elk Starving On Jonas Creek, Sylvan Pass And
Middle Fork—Big Loss Certain.
"The condition of the elk in the
Yellowstone-Park and its environs is
a case for the American Humane So
ciety.” Ned Frost made this state
ment emphatically and indignantly.
Ned Frost is no alarmist, sentimen
talist or visionary, but a practical
business man as well as a successful
guide and hunter who knows the
game situation thoroughly from hav
ing spent the greater part of his life
in the Rocky Mountains.
"It is the cruelty of it that gets
me," he continued, "irrespective of
the other phase of it.
“It is exactly as if one fed, and pro
tected, and cared for a dog all sum
mer and then in the winter tied him
up to die of cold and hungei. That
is what is happening to the elk of
Wyoming, and no getting away from
"Here is the reason: the State sets
aside game preserves for winter rang
es where the elk and deer will have
plenty of feed when driven down by
the snow in the mountains. Then the
National Forestry Service issues per
mits to sheep and cattle men to
graze their stock during the summer
on these game preserves. When the
elk and deer come down for food,
there is none. That is the situation.
"The remedy? Few or no grazing
permits on the game preserves. It
must be a choice between sheep and
cattle,, and the game animals.
"There is no question as to which
is the greater asset to the State and
particularly this section. The money
obtained from grazing tees is as no
thing at all as against the many thou
sands of outside dollars brought into
the state through the big game.
More than $60,000 w’as taken In
from game licenses last year and all
it SIO,OOO of it turned in to the gen
eral fund. A measley SIO,OOO was
given for the protection of big game,
wardens, and the salaries of the
State officers. The game get the
worst of it from every quarter and
I yet it is one of the State’s biggest as
j "Right now’ there ere bands of elk
| starving on Jones Creek, at Sylvan
: Pass and on Middle Fork. There is
no feed for them, and they are too
weak to buck 35 miles of snow to get
out and hunt It. They are coming
down around Wapiti into the fields,
from the Shoshone game preserve
STILL FIGHT FOR HIM
Bert Lampitt's brothers and sisters 1
are making a last fight for his liberty.
Wm. L. Simpson and Lin I. Noble
have filed a motion for a new trial al
leging that the trial judge erred on 21
separate occasions, the errors being:
Failure of Court in not quashing
jury panel for the reason that women
were not on the jury list; refusing to
grant continuance of trial; refusing
to allow testimony of defense witness
relative to an automobile being seen
near the explosion and at that time;
refusing to allow testimony relative
to trouble between Worley Seaton and
one Petus, which was offered by Cor
oner Knight as defense witness; er
ror of Court in not instructing jury
that verdict of manslaughter could
This application for new trial is ore
liminary to the appeal of the case to
the supreme court.
MRS. HAYWARD SCHWOOB
DIES IN HOSPITAL
Mrs. Hayward Schwoob, who has
been ill for some time, was taken on
Sautrday to the Powell Hospital. On
Sunday at one o’clock she died, ap
parently from stomach trouble.
Mrs. Schwoob. who was Miss Rose
Meecham, had many friends in Cody
who were all deeply grieved at the
news of her death.
A large funeral was held in the
Methodist Church on Tuesday after
noon at which there was such a
crowd many were forced to remain
standing i nthe aisles. She was bur
ied Tuesday afternoon at Riverside
Mrs. Schwoob is survived by her
husband, and two sons, Frank aged
eighteen years, and Harmon aged
THOMSEN’S FINE REDUCED
i The Federal fine of $4,600 imposed
j upon Carl Thomsen, in addition to
, the $750 given him by Judge Metz,
has been reduced to sl3l.
The policy of this paper is
to uphold the standards
and perpetuate the spirit|
, of the old West. [
which has been eaten off through sum
mer grazing, in such a weakened con
dition that they can hardly crawl.
“I look to see this winter ptu a big
crimp in them. It is estimated by
rangers and hunters that the winter
of 1918-19 killed off 35,000 head
through starvation—about half of the
northern and southern herds of the
Yellowstone Park country, and I be
lieve it will ue found that this winter
has been nearly as disasterous.
“Putting up hay for them is not
the solution. It is range they want
—their natural feed—and which they
must have if they are not to dwindle
to a handful or be exterminate!.
“What is the use of protecting them
from the hunter only to have therm
die by the thousands from starvation
and coyotes and lions?
“Their dead bodies pollute the trout
streams after a hard winter and in
the Spring of 1919 the farmers in the
Jackson Hole Country hired teams to
drag their carcasses out of the creeks
p.nd from their fields, where they
had laid down and died of hunger
by the dozens.
“It is cruel, inhuman that they
should be treated in this fashion.
Better that they should be killed off
in a humane way with a rifle than to
go through the torture of slow star
"It is not necessary. If the game
was handled under one head, a spe
cial game department, their condition
I could be alleviated and the game sav-
I <’d not only for this generation but
■ for those who come after us. It is
not at all impossible. I can see clear
ly how it can be done, but it will ne
ver be accomplished while the state
and federal officers are working
against each other as they are at
“ The National Forestry Service try
to make a good showing and keep
down expenses by issuing far too
many grazing permits, thus undoing
all that the State has done in creat
ing game preserves to save the feed
on the winter ranges.
“I don’t like to talk or to kick, but
things have come to a point where it
behooves every sportsman and every
person who wants to prevent moro
suffering among these dumb animals,
and save them, to get busy and do
something, whether he enjoys it or
NO HEAT PROSTRA-
TIONS AT RED LODGE
Thirty Six Days Os Below Zero
Weather—Coldest Winter On
The oldest inhabitant around Red
Lodge admits that the winter has
been plumb chilly and the records of
the local weather observation station
bear him out.
According to the Red Lodge Picket
the winter just passed has had more
days below zero weather than any
other winter since anyone can remem
During the three winter months
of December, January, and February,
the temperature was below zero on
36 different days. The next nearest
approach was in the winter of 1917-18
with 34 days. During the same per
iod in 1914-15 but nine days were re
corded when the temperature was be
low the initial mark.
While considerable suffering is re
ported among livestock, the long cold
period, which has not been broken by
a thaw of any sort, assures a success
ful crop season. The winter is said
to be the hardest on livestock since
the memorable season of 1886. Two
years’ hay crop has been fed up and
some small sattle losses have been
WALTER BALL ESCAPES
FROM INSANE ASYLUM
A dispatch states that Walter Bal!
of Powell who was' adjudged Insane
in ody this winter, has escaped from
the asylum at Evanston and is en
route for Powell and Cody to square
accounts with persons whom he feels
has something coming to them from
The county attorney has been noti
fied and those to whom be is apt to
give his attention have been warned
to be on the alert.
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