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Founded In 18W by Col. W. F. Cody ("Buffalo Bill") and Col. Paako. VOLUME 24. NUMBER 12 IM UELINQUENGIES UNDER PRESENT 800 OF COMMISSIONERS GREATEST 111 THE HISTORV OF PMK COUNTY Fines Will Not Offset Increased Expenses of Sheriff's Office And Criminal Costs—s4o,ooo Will Be Necessary To Finish Administration Additional flguree on the cost of maintaining the County government of Park County, Wyoming. The following statements relative to the cost of maintaining the county government of Park county, Wyom ing, between January 1, 1917, up to and inclusive of June 30, 1922, are made from figures and information obtained from the records of the; State Examiner's office of the State I of Wyoming and from official records of Park county, Wyoming. Examination of the County Treas urer's sem*.' anuel abstr a ct statement as submitted to the State Examiner; shows that delinquent taxes for 19161 collected during 1917 amount to -.<15,270.26; Similarly, 1917 delinquincies col lected in 1918 amount t 0.20,406.94 Similarly, 1918 delinquincies col- . lected in 1919 amount t0<15,167.31, 1919 tax delinquincies collected during 1920 amount t0<14,986.93 1920 delinquincies collected dur- ing 1921 amount t0<49.524.02 And 1921 tax delinquencies col lected during the first elx mos. , of 1922, that is, up until July Ist, 1922, amount t 0565,530.99 This comparison of figures shows clearly that a greater number of peo ple in Park county during 1920 and 1921 found it difficult or impossible to promptly meet the steadily grow ing county tax burden growing ou* of expenditures authorised by the Board of County Commission j s. Under the present Ix>ard of County Commissioners, of which boa**-! h4r. S. A- Watkins is chairman, the great - est delinquencies of —<ssJiU' yj’ —recorded in the history of the roun-j ly has occurred. i That this is caused by higher o»»sU of living which warrant Increases Vk the cost of maintaining the co ’.aty government is an exploded theo.y. It is well known by all persons in terested in agricultural and livestock business that market prices have! tumbled tremendously since the war period—the period of 1917 and 1918 —while Major Hoops was sheriff and ■lnce the after-w a r reconstruction pe riod of 1919 and 1920, during which period Barber was sheriff. This series of facts is here men-. tioned in order to forestall any claims which may be made in an effort to justify increased costs of county gov-, ernment under the present board of commissioners on the theory of high er costs and higher material and commodity values during 1921 a nd 1922 in contrast to the universally un precedented living costs during the world war period. All of the figures set forth in the ' tresurer's statement and all other ures as the basis for these remarks have from time to time been officially made matters of public information. With full knowledge of the Indus trial difficulties which confront the people of the county, and which par ticularly have confronted them dur ing the past two years, the present board of county commissioners has' Increased rather than diminished the county expenditures and the general county burden—that is to say, in dis regard of local and general economic | conditions, the county commission- 1 era have not been helpful to people of county. In this same connection it may be mentioned that the costs aising out of eal or fabricated crim raising out of real or fabricated crim payers’ burden. Other figures taken from the ; County Treasurer’s reports to thel State Examiner and as made public ; hy the official publication of thei semi-annual abstract statements re-1 puired by law show that the follow-1 ihg amounts for the following de •cribed years have been collected as aggregate justice court and district court fines and have been covered in •° the county treasury: In 1917 and ' 1918 when Hoopes was sheriff ~<115.00 In 1919 and 1920 when Barber sheriff $20Z9.17 In 1921. and up to June 30, 1922 while Davis has been sher iff ..._544t > 3.65 While it is conceded that these •-nes have been somewhat helpful to the county finances, it is ridiculous contend that these amounts have onset in any material way the phe nomenal costs to she county which nave been aggregated from the func "omng of the sheriff’s office, the cnminai Expense, district court Jfie Cody Enterprise CODY, PARK COUNTY. WYOMING—GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK Arpense, clerk of court expense, jus tice court expense and the office of ; county and prosecuting attorney. In an earlier article these items when aggregated for the particular corresponding 18 months periods, o - periods of Bern-annual abstract) statement were shown to be as fol lows: January 1, 1917, to June 30, | 1918, while Hoops was sher- iff 814,758.08 I January 1, 1919, to June 30, 1920, while Barber was sher iff $18348.19 January 1, 1921, to June 30, I 1922, while Davis was sheriff $26,570.30 To show the falacy of any state ment that may be made to the effect, | that the agregate justice court and I district court fines collected and de posited in the traeauy funds of the county have made a business and ! creditable showing for the office of i the present sheriff under the present | board of county commissioners the ' following figures are presented. If from each of the last above I mentioned sums there be deducted the respective total of the fines col lected during the corresponding pe ’ riods under the three different sher iffs the net cost to the county, after deducting the fines received, will be obtained. * 1. $14,758.08 total for first 18 months during 1917-18, Jess the $115.00 fines collected equals $14,- 643.08. net cost to county while Ma jor Hoops was sheiff. 2. $18,348.19 total for first 18 months 1919-20, less the $2079.17 fines collected, equals $16,269.02, net cost to county while Barbe was sher iff. • 3. $26,570.30 total for first 18 months 1921-22, less the $4483.65, i fines collected, equals $22086.65, net cost to county while Davis has been ' sheriff up to only the date June 30, 1922. It ia to be noted that in arriving at the last above schedule of figures the fine® deducted for tlie periods presided over by Hoops and Barber I have each been all the fines collected I throughout their respective two- I year terns, and that these fines have been deducted from the total costs growing out of their respective first 18 month periods, which correspond similarly with the first 18 months under the present sheriff. In spite of this advantage given ,to the Davis regime tt appeals that the sheriff’s office under the present , sheriff has been operated at a net cost to the county which is $7443.57 I more than was the cost during the corresponding period in 1917-18 dui i ing which Hoopes was sheriff and that I the net cost to the county from Jan ’ uary 1, 1921, to June 30, 1922, is $5817.63 greater than it was in the , corresponding similar period while i Barber was the sheriff of Park county. This article carries this cmopari son a second step farther. The whole two year periods of both Hoops and Barber while respectively serving the county as sheriff will be compared with the yar and a half between Jan uary 1, 1921, and June 30, 1922 dur ing which Davis has been sheriff. The total cost to the county dur ing two years while Hoops was sher iff, involving the costs of the sheriff’s office, criminal expense, district court, clerk of court, justice court and prosecuting attorney, from January 1, 1917, to December 31, 1918, war $17,228.01. This amount less the slls fines collected equals $17113.01. Similarly the total corresponding cost under sheriff Barber for two whole years 1919 to 19.0 inclusive ►mounts to $24304.34, whjch last amount less the fines $2079.17 col lected under Barber’s term equals $22125.17 for net cost to Park coun ty. It has already been shown that the corresponding cost under Davis for onlv 18 months, a year and a half, up to June 30, 1922, is $22036.65. In other words, under Davis as sheriff for a year and a half the county has had a net expense of $4,- 973.64 greater than it had under Hoops for two whole years. Similarly, under Davis ns sheriff for a year and a half,up to June 30, 1922, the county has had a net ex pense which is only $38.52 less than it hnd under Barber so rtwo whole years. January 1. 1919, to January 1, 1921. This does not include the last 6 months during which sheriff Davis still will preside. This article carries this compari son a third step farther. On the basis that the costs of the above described functions of the county govenment resting in the of fice of sheriff, county clerk and proe (Continued on Page 8) AND THE PARK COUNTY ENTERPRISE •" e- J 1 ’ ■ 'J* ■ •>' wwWkMk ■ - sggaEfMhg •' Above is the picture of the Republicans’ choice for governor. We will print it again next week when he is elected, for we are confident that the voters realize that plain John Hay of Rock Springs is badly needed just now by the State of Wyoming. Retrenchment and economy in state as well as county affairs is an imperative neeesity: thi he has promised. John W. Hay is not one to give his word without seeing his way clear to make it good. The Republican candidate for this high office has risen through his own efforts. He will apply the same principles to the affairs of the State which have brought him success in his own business. He is shrewd, economical, honest. ‘ He is human, sympathetic, understanding. He has not only the respect but the affection of practically every man, woman and child in his own community. A man could have no better recommendation. He is independent and courageous, sincere and outspoken, with out pretense, or frills, or furbelows. The Golden Rule is his religion, and he lives up to it. Vote for him—-help elect to office the man who will give Wy oming the best business administration she has ever had. SHERIDAN HEARS HODGE'S VERSION OF STREET BATTLE The Sheridan Post prints the fol lowing interview with Galen B. Hodge under the headline, “HODGE BAT TLE HAS CODY MEN IN TOILS.” liruce Hodge, federal prohibition agent, who was beaten up in a con flict with Harry Wiard, town marshal of Cody, and a party of his support ers, recently, is in Sherld a n, where he makes his headquarters, recuper ating from his injuries. “He wao the victim of an assault by forces opposing the federal prohi bition officers, he said last night. “In the fight with Wiard, in which Hodge shot Wiard in the leg, Hodge’s injuries consisted of numerous scalp and facial wounds, and the bre a kfng of his upper jaw and six teeth. “Hodge declared Wiard and several supporters meant to kill him in an out-of-the-way place, and did succeed in having him fined for drunkenness and getting the story spread through out the st a te, after he had escaped I from them. His reputation with the local officials, however, is said to be clean, and the report that he was drunk was declared as “absurd” by M. C. Wachtel, deputy federal prohi bition director for Wyoming. “The final round in the story is yet to come with the arrest on federal warrants of Wiard and Rex Spencer, his assistant The men are to be tak en to Cheyenne for trial before a fed eral court on a charge of interferfgn with a government officer. In addf-| tion, Spencer will be accused on evi dence obtained by prohibition agents at Cody.” Earl M a rtin came down rom Holm Lodge on Monday to remain or the winter. Dr. O. B. C. Kinney has leased; Duly’s rooming house next to the En terprise and will remodel it to receive patients. Frederick Morris was in from the ranch the end of the week. J. J. Doors of Sunlight was in the week for the winter’s supplies. [ HIGH COST OF LIVING DOES NOT JUSTIFY COS. EXPENBITURES An increase in the cost of living is one explanation offered for the 30 per , cent advance in the cost of maintain ■ ing government in Park Couty during the administration of the present board of county commissioners of which S. A. Watkins is chairman. There is no foundation for this statement, as can readily be shown by a comparison of prices during the periods which were used as a basis upon which to estimate the advance in cost of county government. The years 1917-1918 were war times and the farmers were receiving war time prices for their commodities, and prospering. Today they are working for nothing and borrowing money at 10 per cent to pay their t a xes. These flgures*speak for themselves,' and say plainly that there is no jus tification for the disproportionate ex penditures under the administration of Messrs. Watkins, Pease and Web- : i ster. 1918 1922 Wheat —.s 3.00 < 1.25 Oats 4.00 1.25 Hay 20.00 6.00 Potatoes 2.00 .50 1 Wool : .62 .35 Steers 90.00 50.00 Sheep 14.00 5.00 Sugar beets 12.00 6.00 Walter S. Cash, who said goodbye to his friends about two weeks ago and left for Portland, Oregon, never to return, came back on Monday, beat-; ing his trunk and other belongings into Cody. He explained that there | was not enough going on in Portland to amuse him so he will shortly re sume his duties as postmaster at Val ! ley. Charlie Enoch returned from the' 1 Yellowstone Park the first of the week where he has had charge of a road crew. John L. Fowler and Kermit Erick , son expect to leave soon for Old Mex ico. They will attend the races a t Tia Juana and the City of Mexico t during the winter. WEDNESDAY. NOVEMBER 1, 1922 TIME FOR A CLEANING OF EXPENSIVE AND LAX OFFICIALS NOW HANDLING THE BUSINESS AFFAIRS OF PARK COUNTY Neither Sheriff, Treasurer, Nor Commissioners Entitled To Re- Election Upon Their Records —Changes Are Needed At The Court House For County Commissioner—4-year term—P. E. Markham of Cody, Dem. For County Commissioner—2-year term —David Powers of Ralston, Rep. For Sheriff—W. H. Loomis of Powell, Dem. For County Treasurer-Frank Herrington of Ralston, Dem. (Caroline The Enterprise is a republican pa per, believes in the principles of Jn republican party and heartily endors es the entire State ticket, but when it comes to L. L. Newton’s hand-pick ed candidates for county offices, whose nominations were secured by unfair and characteristically newton ish methods, that is another matter. Mr. Newton, while State Committee man and presumed to bo neutral be fore the primaries, endorsed and sup ported through the Herald, the offi cial paper of the organization in Park County, certain candidates whom, for obvious reasons, he wished to see nominated. He collected money from republican candidates and used it to defeat them; he permitted sample ballots to go out from the Herald office before election marked with the names of his candi dates ; he named his ticket in the of ficial paper of the organization; he | left no stone unturned to roll up votes for the candidates of the little county machine he has built up chiefly to fur- I ther his own interests. The Enterprise, like many others, I believes that in local affairs it is the man. not the party, that should be considered. It is for this reason that we come to the parting of the ways when we are asked to support three of Mr. Newton’s candidates, namely, C. A. Davis, S. A. Watkins and G. A. Holm for the offices of sheriff, county commissioner and county treasurer, respectively. The people are asked to re-elect these three candidates upon their rec ords. The Enterprise does not believe they are entitled to re-election upon their records. C. A. Davis has been the most ex pensive sheriff that Park County has I ever had and has done more harm to the cause of law and order by reason of his methods of enforcing prohibi tion and his fanaticism upon this sub ject, than any other man who has j ever filled this position. He has less-i ened respect for the sheriff’s office, made himself a joke and a byword, and accomplished little or nothing. S. A. Watkins is chairman of the most extrav a gant board of county, commissioners in the history of Park; county. It was he who was largely, responsible for the letting of the coun ty. printing to the highest bidder, L. L. Newton. It was he who wa-. insist ent upon the special session of Curt which was called to try liquor viola . tion cases at a cost of $2500, with no | convictions save where the defend ants pleaded guilty. I It is he who has permitted an in- 1 i crease of 30 per cent in the cost of i maintaining government in Park ; county over war-time figures. > 1 G. A. Holm, the present incumbent. of the county treasurer’s office, is i also asking re-election upon his rec ord. His record is that he has done exceedingly well by the Holm family since he has been in office, paying his i young daughter a man’s salary of SISOO a year as deputy and in 18 months increased the cost of his office : $2,420.25 over what it wac for a cor responding period during war times — 1917-18. , The feeling has long been growing among the taxpayers that any fairly intelligent person, who applied him self conscientiously, could do the work of this office without the assist lance of a $125 a month deputy for i twelve months in the year. . . I | For these and other reasons wmcn we could give if we were put to it, ' the Enterprise refuses to support ' Messrs. Davis, Watkins and Holm for : the offices they seek, but recommends ' i to its readers In their places the fol lowing democratic candidates: W. i H. Loomis, P. E. Markham and Frank Herrington. I Mr. Loomis, who has a wide ac-p The policy of this paper lei to uphold the standards B and perpetuate the spirit | of the old West. | —■ I sssE ISSUED EVERY WEDNESDAY s Lockhart) acquaintance throughout the oounty and is familiar with conditions, prom ises a fair, forceful and businesslike administration, if elected. He pledges himself to conduct the office to the best interests of the people and with all possible economy. P. E. Markham, pioneer sheepman of P a rk county, has made a success of his own affairs through sound judg ment, by close attention to business and a habit of getting value received for his money. Mr. Markham, If elect ed, may be counted upon not to O. K. the bills of the county without look ing at them. His name is a synonym for integrity and a blunt honesty of speech is one of his chief character istics. Frank Herrington is not so well known in this vicinity, but he h a s the respect and confidence of bis neigh bors at Ralston and of the Powell coupntry. In addition to a good repu tation to recommend him, he has an agreeable personality. He declares that. If elected, he will conduct the of fice of county treasurer in an econom ical and efficient m a nner. Mr. Herrington has no relatives whom he wishes to make a place for at an unnecessary cost to the tax payers, but will handle the affairs of the treasurer’s office alone, save for the few busy weeks in the ye a r when ar assistant is needed. David Powers, of Ralston,, republi can candidate for county commission er for the two year term. Is another whom we can unhesitatingly recom mend to the voters of Park county. Mr. Powers is a practical, successful farmer, well educated, a nd one of the most highly esteemed settlers upon the Shoshone project Like Mr. Mark ham, Mr. Powers is the sort who will see that the taxpayers get what they pay for and that the expenditures of the county are kept within its in come. If you want to see an end to the ex travagance which has obtained dur i ing the administration of Davis, Holm and Watkins, and the cost of main taining county government reduced to somewhere within reason, vote for these persons regardless of politics. SPENCER- WILKINSON Rex Spencer is no sooner rele a sed from one set of bonds than he delib erately takes on others. He and Miss Daisy Wilkinson sur prised their friends last week by an- I nounclng their marriage in Red Lodge I on the 24th of October. Both are well known and popular young folk of Cody. Mr. Spencer has j qrown up here, while his bride, whose parents reside near Clark, Wyo., has . been attending high school in Cody for a year or two. Mrs. Spencer is one of the attractive young women of | this section and has much talent as lan artist The many friends of both wish them every happiness. Judge Fred H. Blume, who Is a can didate for re-election as one of the justices of the Supreme Court, haa rendered faithful and efficient ser vice to the people during his term of office. He went on the bench after 23 ye a rs experience in his profession in Sheridan, and, having given up his practice, it is felt that he deserves election for at least a following term. He is the only candidate from the I Northern counties and the Supreme Court judgeship should be equitably I divided over the State. The office is I non-part I san, so republicans and dem ocrats alike should see that Judge Blume is kept on the bench by giving him their vote. W. L. Simpson left for Thermopolis on Saturday to be gone several days.