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-■ js 11 11 I'S Founded In 1899 by Col. W. F. Cody (“Buffalo Bill”) and Col. Peake. - VOL. XXIII. NO. 36 IMPOSSIBLE TO REASON AND BE A GOOD METHODIST, SATS HON. J. 0. WOODRUFF Hust Stop thinking in Order To Qualify For Orthodox Heaven, Shoshoni Sheepman Concludes After Lifetime of Reflection. J. D. WOOODRUFF I recently attended the funeral of a loving mother who had died and left ■three small children. The case was a very sad one. While the mother did not have much of this world's goods, she did have unlimited love and de votion, and the three children were the jewels in her crown. They were her life, hvr hope, and her inspira tion. She fell ill and died. Her last .•words were a prayer for the welfare of her children, who were left desti tute, with no guide, no protector, no ■counselor. Her last thoughts as she passed away were for her children. As I sat there looking at those chil dren and that coffin, trying to form some consoling conclusion, the flow ers having been arranged and the song sung, the Methodist man almost startled me by arising from behind his pulpit and by making the asser tion that God in His wisdom had seen lit to remove this woman from our midst, and then he went on and told us about the loving mercy, the char ity, the goodness, and all that sort of -stuff about bis Methodist God. Just how he can get around the •corners and angles to make these two propositions check out, is beyond my •comprehension, but he can do it to his own satisfaction. It seems to me that an a»powerful Ood, a kind, merciful God, one who conducts and does all things, and is Che source of all love and kindness, charity, generosity, etc., if there is such a God he should be in charge of Hell instead of Heaven. That ie. from my standpoint of human under standing. ' I suppose the same kind, tender, merciful, charitable power inspired a coyote to bick out and attack two of my best ewes, to eat their udders off bo as to cause them to die of slow blood poisoning, and the lambs to die ©lowly of starvation. It made one meditate and speculate some and to doubt very much, when one watched these wretched sheep bear the mother cell, and the helpless lit tle one come and try to get something to relieve its hunger, and the mother with her Instinct of devotion submit time after time to the pain and mis ery of It until she fell to the ground exhausted. When one sees such things, and has any reasoning capacity whatever, he commences to speculate and wonder and analyze, and doubt, and finally to reject any such system of blind, un reasoning theory. One must either not think at all. •or he must give his mind and reason ing capacity full sway, but, anyway,- it does not take much of an intellect if turned loose, to come to the conclu sion that the Methodist God is an im possible one. I would not care to admit that my *God would countenance such things, much less be a party to, or the author of them. Os course, any one who stops to think knows that a God has nothing whatever to do with such things, be they good or bad, but that they are the workings of cold-blooded Nature, that certain causes will bring certain results, regardless of beliefs, -creeds or prayers. History teaches us that the world advances in proportion to the way it gets rid of religious intolerance. The world advances and gets to be a bet ter place to live in, as men’s minds expand and broaden out and investi gate, and study into the mysteries of Nature then the retarding influences beliefs, of creeds, and dogmas will dis appear and it will become an honor to doubt, to Investigate, and to want to know why, in place of. as it now seems to be, a disgrace and an ostra cism; for certainly one’s brain is to be used, and like the legs and arms and other parts of the body, will ex pand and grow, and become more effi cient with reasonable use. It is difficult for us to break away from the things we were taught when we were young. The superstitions and tho fears of a revengeful God which overshadowed all that we were taught of his love and mercy. My mother was a Methodist in her •earlier life and some of the stories ehe told me about her God were al most as facinating as the story of Robinson Crusoe, who who shipwreck ed and cast away on an island. I thought a great deal of my mo ther. I almost worshipped her, but us a boy I doubted the truth of some ■of her stories about her Methodist Clod, and I would argue and ask quee- tlfie Codu Enterprise CODY, PARK COUNTY, WYOMING—GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK tions, and want to know why. Her story of her Methodist God having made the world and everything in it in six days inteested me. As a boy I discovered new things every day, and wondered how God could have thought of so many things, and plan ned them all, and got them all started in so short a time, but now as I think it over I conclude that if true It was not so much of a stunt anyway—about like a .farmer adding another apple tree to his orchard in comparison with making all the worlds in the uni verse. When we stop to realize and try to comprehend that there are plan ets in the universe whose circum ference would include this world, its sun and moon, and whole star system, and that this world is only as a mote, or speck, shining in a beam of light, one of millions, what does it amount to, to have got the job done In any reasonable time. The Methodist God must have made worlds like- this one in big job lots, and fiown them out by the handfulls. There seems to be no end to them. Some argue that there is an end, a limit to space itself, that it could not go on indefinitely, that the universe, or space, is limited, and that is is sur rounded by a stone wall. And just when everything Is fixed up and set tled nicely—and every one believes it —some disscenter, some one who thinks he must know, will ask, what’s on the other side of the stone wall? And there you are. A new sect has -Jaeon formed, a new theory. Some believe in the stone wall idea, some don’t, and they can both prove their side by some passage in the Bible, which is a fair illustration of how all the “isms’* were started. My mother told me about the time her Methodist God said let there be light I wanted to know who God was talking to about light, because nothing had been said about any partner in the business, and it appeared that up to that time there had been no light and that the Methodist God had work ed in the dark, so I could not under stand how, without light, the six days could have been computed. Gs course, I can understand better now. I suppose that God, being young and inexperienced at that time, and having had no father or mother, being the only thing in existence, might be expected to make some mistakes, so, being overworked, and worried, and anxlout to make as good a showing as possible before the jury, just na turally, like an ordinary human, got to talking to himself. I could not understand that it was justice to all the hoards of people that had lived on this earth, that the Methodist God, being so necessary for thoir happiness should only just now make himself unjust My mother lived to be a very old woman. She died happily in the trust and hope of an Immortal life to come. She got away from all the petty "isms” and quarrels over beliefs, she got away from the intolerable Me thodist God and she lived a good and just life, not from the fear of the ven gence of such an awful God, nor from the expectations of a reward, but be cause it was better to do so from a worldly standpoint, and to have the peace of mind, and the ser-ne thoughts that such a life brings. HOWARD EATON DIES AT WOLF, WYOMING Howard Eaton, who la known to ma ny persons In Cody, died at his famous ■'Dude Ranch” at Wolf, Wyo., near Sheridan, last Thursday. He was the elder of the three Ea ton brothers w,ho have made their ranch the best known and most popu lar ranch of its kind in the country. Mr. Eaton was 71 years of age and came to the Big Horns from South Da kota. He was a close friend of Theo odre Roosevelt's and his guests have numbered person® of prominence from all. over tho United States. He was a good sportsman as well as hunter and keenly interested in the preservation of the big game of the Rocky Mountains. Mr. and Mrs. Angus Mac Donald of Meeteetse returned from Portland, Oregon, last week where they have spent the winter for the benefit of Mr. Mac Donald's health which Is greatly Improved. AND THE PARK COUNTY ENTERPRISE AsSeekFromTheWer-Wagon It has been suggested that Jeff Chapman might properly be called a Knight of the Bath. fill Mr. and Mrs. George Meekin of Eureka, Cal., prohibitionists and act ive members of the local reform or ganizations, met Miss Janet Sunter of that place walking down the middle of the street on Sunday, whistling. They complained to a policeman that she was breaking the Sabbath and the officer undertook to arrest Miss Sunter. * Miss Sunter, who weighs 115 pounds, resisted. Mrs. Meekin scut tled away to the police station for re inforcements. When they arrived one of Mr. Meekin’s eyes was closed and Miss Sunter had the policeman down and was walking on him with her high-heeled slippers. A jury awarded Miss Sunter $2,000 damages for false arrest last week, in spite of the old adage about whistling girls and crowing hens always come to some bad end. I fl I At Corsicana, Texas, a few days ago, five masked men forced a resi dent of that place into an automobile, took him to a lonely spot and gave him 25 lashes with a rawhide whip. The victim said he knew of no rea son for the whipping and the self-ap pointed moral censors gave none be yond the fact that he had been “ming ling with the wrong class and they were going to make a man out of him.” Can this be America where such things are happening? Has the coun try lost its balance completely and given itself over to the leadership of bigots and fanatics —the type whose intolerance and crimes committed in the name of religion drove our an cestors to America? As we read such dispatches, week after week, day af ter day nearly, we sometimes feel like pinching ourself to be sure that we are not dreaming. fill We have been told —and is it any wonder —that the first thing tourists say when they get over the Mexican border—the one unvarying exclama tion which bursts from them is: “God! It seems like getting out of jail to get out of the United States!” Just seems like it’s nothing but trouble for the prohibition enforce ment officers who are trying to en force a law that is so good for us that everybody wants it, and nobody but “bums” and “drunken sots” and “beer PERCY C. SPENCER IS STATE CHAIRMAN Chosen To Succeed T. Blake Kennedy At Cheyenne Monday --Son of Mrs. Darrah of Cody. At a meeting of the Republican State Central Committee held at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne on Monday, the tenth, Percy C. Spencer was chos en State Chairman to replace Judge T. Blake-Kennedy, who resigned upon his ascension to the Federal Bench. Percy Spencer as He Looked in His Own Home Town There were a number of others con sidered as possibilities for this im portant position, but Mr. Spencer ap peared to be the most available. Mr. Spencer is well known in Cody, being a son of Mrs. H. W. Darrah, a graduate of the Cody High School and a former editor of the Enterprise. guzzlers, “tanks” and "rum hounds” and the “scum of creation” are oppos ed to it. Last week we read where they were whining that they couldn’t get results down on the southern coasts because nobody would help ’em, and everybody in Florida was agin’ ’em, and now they’ve got to patrol the Canadian border with airplanes because the li quor traffic is assuming larger and larger proportions, and thee is no co operation. How ever would we have found out that such a big percentage of the pop ulation are law-bieakers and bad ci tizens at heart, if prohibition had not shown them up in their true colors? fill Recently, anent Sheriff Davis’s “isplendid activity,” we published a story of his searching—without a war rant —a citizen carrying a buttermilk bottle. In this connection, the opinion of Associate Justice Albert J. Galen of the supreme court Os Montana is of interest. A man carrying a hand bag from which the neck of a bottle protruded, was arrested, and he appealed from the decision of the lower court which ordered the defendant released but the liquor destroyed and the handbag sold. Said Judge Galen: “The passage of the prohibition to the federal constitution did not in augurate a reign of legislative despot ism to be carried out by snooping con stables or peace officers. “The consti ution was amended, not abrogated, and searches and seizures are to be made today according to the law of the land. Ido not believe my learned and worthy associates fully appreciate the importance of the prin ciple laid down in this decision. To my mind it knocks, at the very foun dation of guaranteed constitutonal rights of the people. “Under the decision every person carrying a container for liquids may be subjected to an invasion of person al rights and privileges; the messeng er who flies from the dnfrv with pas teurized product of the cow. in basket or bottle, to the infant in the nursery, as well as the druggist clerk who car ries a demijohn or flask which cheers the expiring moments of the sick or ! aged on their hospital cots. My bro thers at the bar had best dscard their green bags and portfolios for fish nets in order to avoid inquisitive consta bles attracted by a bulging bag.” Since leaving Cody some years ago he has had an extensive experience in public affairs and for the past two years has been secretary of the State Committee. His service in this position has been most satisfactory and efficient, and the experience so acquired, as well as his broad acquaintance thru out the state, especially fit him for his new work. Mr. Spencer Is an untiring worker, likable and efficient, and, in spite of his comparative youth, we believe him thoroughly equipped for the place. The people of Cody are proud of him as a successful son. $600,000 West BID ON RESERVOIR Greybull Valley Company Going Ahead Over Protest of Ranch ers Who Oppose Dirt Dam. In spite of the objections made by the ranchers on the Greybull river, the Greybull Valley Irrigation Co., which proposes to build a reservoir at the head of the river are going ahead with their plans. A dispatch from Basin says of the preparations under way: "More than 40 construction compan ies were represented here yesterday as bidders on the reservoir to be con structed for the Greybull Valley Irri gation district. The low bld was slightly in excess of $600,000. It is expected that the sale of the bonds will be completed by the first of the coming month and the larger portljn of the construction work completed this summer. This project will furn ish supplemental water supply for 155,000 acres of land in the Greybull valley and Germania bench. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1922 HOW HUT HEW COOHCUEN IT THE COMIHBMUNICIPAL ELECTION? Proclamation Calls For Vote Upon Mayor Only-Voters Contend His Honor And Advisers Do Not Inter pret Law Correctly. Is Cody to elect a mayor only on the 9th of next month? That appears to be the law as his Honor and his le gal advisors interpret it The election proclamation Issued la®t week calling the regular munici pal election on that date states that one lone mayor is to be elected for a term of two years, and makes nq men tion of any councilmen. The new law approved February 22nd, 1921 by the Wyoming legisla ture, reads differently. Under the provisions of Chapter 129, Senate File No. 23, of the Wyoming legislature, the terms of the mayor and councilmen are specifically set forth and all acts and parts of acts in conflict therewith are repealed. The law says definitely. “That on the second Tuesday in May, A. D. 1922, there shall be elected one mayor and two councilmen.” Therefore it is to be assumed that it was the intention of the legislature that at the May election in all towns like Cody, two councilmen were to be elected as well as a mayor. It is true that the law may be a lit tle conflicting as it provides “that at the election held on the second Tues day in May, 1921, there shall be elec ted a mayor for the term of one year and two councilmen for the term of ENDURANCE RACES BEGOMINGPOPULAR Great Feat Os Cody Horse Still Unequalled—9B Miles A Day For 6 Days'Teddy’s’Record There will be a 300-mile endurance test for horses held in the East next October and also in Colorado some time during the year. Tho eastern endurance races have been held since 1918 but none of their carefully selected and trained long distance horses ever have beaten the record made by “Teddy,” taken out of Eric Erickson’s laundry wagon here in Cody, and ridden to.victory by Charlie Workman in the famous race between Evanston and Denver, a dis tance of 615 miles with an additional seven hours hard riding on the wrong road. According to the rules, the eastern horses must cover 60 miles a day for five consecutive days. They must go 60 miles a day in not less than nine hours and not more than eleven hours. The least weight they are allowed to carry is 225 pounds. This seems a cruel weight out here where 150 pounds is considered a pack for a mule. Such weight as 225, which is 20 pounds less than the en durance test horses carried previous years, is a tremendous handicap for a horse —a killing weight from the westerner’s point of view. “Teddy” carried only 167 pounds when he made his great race in 1908. He went from Cody to Evanston, the starting place, in six days—a distance of 550 miles. The first day of the race he covered 125 miles with an hour’s stop at sta tions which were 50 miles apart. This took him to Green River. The remaining five days he aver aged about 98 miles a day. One day Workman was misdirected and did seven Lours hard riding on the wrong road. Teddy led them all in to Denver, covering the 615 miles. Including the seven hours on the wrong road, in 6 days, 8 hours, 18 minutes. Another old timer resigned from the Forest Service March 31. Mr. J. E. Lehman has worked as a Forest Rang er more than 14 years, having been on the North Fbrk of the Shoshone, the first forest created in the U. S., for the past 12 years. The Forest users have spoken for themsolves when they say J. E. L. has been a “white Indian,” and with recognition of long and efficient service, the best wishes of the Forest organization go with Mr. Lehman in his new venture at farming near Sandpoint, Idaho. The policy of this paper to uphold the standards# and perpetuate the spirit# , of the old West. ISSUED WEEKLY three years, and two years thereafter there shall be elected one mayor for the term of two years and two coub oilmen for the term of four years.” Ain’t the law wonderful His Honor however, has seen fit t* interpret the law to suit himself and ignore the provision "that on the se cond Tuesday in May, 1922, there shall be elected one mayor and two councilmen.” This reading is very clear so it ks to be assumed that Messrs Johnson and Hayden; who already have served three years, will not care to continue, for a salary which is a mere pittance, to serve two years mofe, or live years altogether. And it appears apparent from the law that their term of office is terminated at this time. The tax-payers and voters who are interested in the affairs of the town and the coming election do not accept the mayor’s interpretation of the law and object to those two hold-overs. The tax-payers and voters intend to abide by what they consider the clear reading of the law and put a munici pal ticket in the field upon which there will be a mayor and two coun cilmen to be elected. Powell’s interpietation of the law is the same as that of the voters here and on May 9th will elect a mayor and two councilmen. EDITOR RALPH SMITH BUYS HIS ‘TROUSSEAU’ Editor Ralph Smith of the Meeteet se News came over on the stage last week and bought sixteen shirts. This fact, coupled with the rumor that he has been acting in a suspi cious manner all winter and was re cently caught with feathers in his mouth, presumably for nest building, I furnished evidence too strong to be i controverted so he finally admitted ( that he Is to be married shortly after Easter. The bride to be is Miss Minnie Siip ple, a sister-in-law of the famous In dian fighter, Josh Deane, who is now engaged in the restaurant business in the Queen City of the Greybull. Mr. Smith stated, when cornered, that he had come over purposefuly to buy his "trousseau.” Upon the ad vice of friends, all married men, hie purchases were generous, not to say lavish. The argument used by his ad visers being that this would be the last chance he would have to buy any thing for himself for a good many years to come and h£ had better stock up with this in mind. Acting upon these suggestions, Mr. Smith outfitted himself from head to foot before departing and a stout pack-mule would have sunk under tha purchases he made with a view to the future. During his enforced stay in Cody on account of the impassable roads. Mr. Smith is said to have suffered great mental anguish because of a telephone call from Meeteetse to the effect that someone was "playing a stack” at his fiancee and he should return immediately. With forty miles of snow-drifts in tervening, Editor Smith’s state of mind may be imagined and a close watch was kept upon him to see that he did not start out afoot for Mee teetse. Editor Baird of the Powell Tribune, who appears to have had inside infor mation, stated in his last issue that Editor Smith had won out in the face of serious rivalry. This is no surprise to those who know Mr.- Smith’s staying qualities. Anyway, the Enterprise wishes Ed itor Ralph Smith every happiness in his venture; he takes himself and hie work seriously, which is as it should be, he pays his debts and minds his own business and that is a good repu tation to have, particularly for an editor. Lou Erickson has returned to town after an extended trip up South Fork. “Chime” Little arrived Mondav fresh from the white lights of Broad way and the effete environment of Fifth Avenue. He looked it, too, with his diminutive Knox hat, walking stick gloves and spats. His friends failed to recognize him until he had donned his well worn white beaver Stetson.