Big Hole Basin News (Wisdom, Mont.) 1912-1925, August 14, 1924, Image 1

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IMBER 48 Pleads for Protection ED HARVEY Missoula, Aug. I— Editor Nauru, Wisdom, Montana. Dear Sir: This has been s season ot unusual drouth and fire danger throughout ibe western part of the United i-tnl.es. I am sure you will be inter- c.-ud m knowi'-g what has happened in western Montana and northern Idaho in the way of forest fires and •to know, aso, what the outlook tor the present month is as the forest »errice is able to analyze it at this time. The precipitation in western Mon ttana and northern Idaho this season lias been much below normal at all times, and a dangerous situation de­ veloped during the first part of May, resulting in many fires. In fact, the fire losses for that period \Were unprecedented. Never before In the history of the forodt service has a dangerous fire season devel eped so early la this region, and the heavy losses were in part due to the fact that the protective associations and the frost service has nt yet perfected their fire-fighting organ! zations. More than 22,000 acrela were burned over during that month and the cost for suppression was nearly $60,000. On Juy 20 there had been a total of 736 fires, which had burned over about 66,000 acres, and had resulted in .losses through damage and cost of suppression of more than $286,- 000. These figures apply only to the fires which are within or which threaten the national forests. There has been a heavy loss and a large ex­ penditure of money for fire fighting entirely outside of the national for­ ests, so that the total cost and dam- aeg for this short period reaches a really staggering amount. When we consider that not only the eosts of suppression but also the loss of timber resources fall directly on the people of the region, it be­ comes a matter of grave public con­ cern. Timber ft an essential raw ma terlal, not only for the lumber in­ dustry, but for many other indus­ tries, and exerts a most beneficial influence on streamflow as wed], For tthls reason the people of Montana and northern Idaho can illy afford these costly fires. Carelessness and Indifference are the cause of the heaviest losses. Smokers and camp­ ers set 146 of the fires enumerated The situation is still critical. Au­ gust has almost invariably proved tbe month of groat fire losses in ims district. The moisture content oi the forest floor, as well as the hu midity of the air, are again as low as they were before the rains of two weeks ago. Drying winds prevail, aiding the spread of fire» and in­ creasing the ehanees of destructive conflagrations. The forest service and other protective organizations are using every resource and effort to keep down fires, hut the areas are so large and the difficulties of access are so great that heavy losses can be prevented only with the help and co-operation of each and every avail­ able agency. The press is the most powerful in­ fluence, and I am writing you this Jotter as a personal appeal ho do whatever you can through editorials and the publication of facts regard­ ing forest fires to htfp the protective forces during this month especially, to the end that meh overwhelming losses ah occurred in 1110 and 1110 may ho avoided. The great seed is to reduce the number of man-eansed fires by wiping out the preaont teg-l to indifference and earele^* which b responsible for so 1 of them. May I count on you yew paper to aM in the if Tory tnfly year«, Did it ever occur to you that Ed Harvey, down at Wise River, is the only man tu Beaverhead county out aide the county seat who Is asking your suffrage at the primary election this mouth! Well, he is. Ed wants to be our representative, and he will make good one. He is one of those fel­ lows who thinks tor himself, and that’s a lot more than can be said of many who are chosen to repre­ sent the people of this or any other section. Mr. Harvey is intensely human and, like all humans, may err; but he is a man of principle aud one who cannot be blown hither and yon by any particular type oi political whtrlwind. Nope, this Isn’t u “paid political advertisement.” Mr. Harvey w 11 not even know it is printed unt 1 he picks up Ifimeone’s News, for he h not even a subscriber. That make no difference—we want the Big Ho e to be known in Helena, and it will he it Ed Harvey goes there to repre sent Beaverhead county. Ho knows this section is In the county even if a lolt of fellows who go to the legis lature forget the fact. LONG BEACH TO BOOM Mrs. George Woodworth sends us a copy of the Long Beach Press boom edition of 66 pages which, by the way, sells for three cents down there, indicating that the city is to be placed among the top notchers of the United States through the dredg­ ing of her harbor. In 1910 the population of Long Beacfi was but 17,809, according to The Press; in 1920 it had increased to -66,698 and the 1924 census gives It a population of 126,000, A most notable statement, and one which may well be regarded by Big Hole Basin, is “the church has been the founda­ tion of the city.” Neither are the school» neglected at Long Beach, $4,600,000 being in­ vested in them. Enumerating many things which go toward making a city, The Press states ‘‘Long Beach Is not gelltlng these things—they are here.\ Speaking of the foot and mouth disease the paper shows the scare to have been over-rated and that less than 1 per cent of the total livestock was lost-even this “made good” by government of state and nation. Mrs. Woodworth has our thanks for her thoughtful kindness. jackson «I mproving We had the pleasure last week of Inspecting the new home of Mr. and Mrs. George Lossl at Jackson. It is one of the coziest itit.le homes Imaginable, with a sunny southern exposure porch extending the entire length of tbe building. Here Mrs Loss] has an array of floral beauties. Across the street we noticed a painter at work on the Jardine pool bn 16ding and the hotel front. Some­ how, we couldn’t help wishing some of that paint would triekle down to Wisdom. There were not many people in the plnee that day—all are busy in the meadows, which are yielding boon- tifnlly; “bnt yon ought to be here in the evening when the hay bands come in for n dip,” a booster ¡told ns. “Automobiles are as thick as editors tn h—1,” he said. Of course, he meant there were many autos on the street! DKMANDED REOOGNITION Mari** Stewart Capibari, aged S yecn, tu a great favorite ut thè ASC restaurant, bri kit “uose t u «ut Joiri” ter a few momesrts ose day Uri weefc LftUe Margaret Vcrrmy et Butte and Master Stewart were Lftfle Margaret b a chili end.-beta« • asttestiM t n Tell thè World jj Treasure State Attractions NO RODEO AT WISDOM A Beauty Spot Near Wisdom on Scenic Intern itional Highway Nowhere in the whole uro|6d is j all to do when He gave us this splen- there such a diversity of scenic beau did domain. ties as in Montana, says the Official Bulletin of the Montana Develop- To him who wants a chance to get away for a little while and to bury ment assoctaUon Other states have himself in the great outdoors where wonderful vacation places, but here1 the little nagging problems and the is a playground for the naitlon, vast in area and filled with the glories of nature, Countle.ss crystal-clear lakes, cascaded mountain streams and ma­ jestic snow-clad peaks greet the^Va- cationlst; and with glaciers, geysers and rainbow-hued canyons afford a recreation place which cannot be ex­ celled. In the swiftly rushing streams are myriad trout, and the foreeted hills furnish a home for the shy deer and antelope, the eure foot­ ed mountain sheep and the lumber­ ing bear. The thrumming of the grouse is a common sound, while on the hillsides and in the valleys bloom flowers of every tint and texture. Due to the higher alt lit ude of this wonderland, the air is far more ex- hilerating than elsewhere, and while the thermometer may climb at mid­ day, it is never muggy nor uncom­ fortable as at lower altitudes, and is always cool enough at night so that a blanket or rtwo are required and most refreshing slumber is the re­ sult. Sunshine, too, is much In evi- bigger difficulties of life alike some­ how seem to lose their hold, Mon­ tana offers a golden opportunity, The massive, towering crags and the deep-cut chasms bring home an unconscious realization of the rela­ tive unimportance of our own per­ sonal obstacles. Here Is everything the heart could desire with the mini­ mum of discomfort and expense. Here is a real life, with every day full to the brim of happy, new experiences, and at night a deep slumber which brings morning around to bright eyes and gadsome hearts. Grown accustomed to the majestic works of nature here, we who have the ever present opportunity to en­ joy this unusual beauty and who cherish for this great domain an en­ during affection, are sometimes In­ clined to fail to give due considera­ tion to the paramount advantages Montana has to offer those seeking recreation. We forget that there are many thousands who travel each year who have not come under the Thft year no harvest celebration will be held at wisdom and many vf the residents Urere will come to Dil­ lon, as welj r as the large crowd •vhich generally assembles there for the annual celebration, says The DU on Examiner when introducing the big show to be held at the county seat the first week- in September. That The Examiner was \reliably informed” we do not question; bu we are not so sure about \no harvou celebration at Wisdom.\ It 8oems that the usual proram ol Wild West evenl.s has gone by th board, however. Hank Warren, ti whom the Stockmens associatioi gave the privilege of using their ex hibitlon grounds and buildings, eaw that some money would be needed L put the corrals and wing fences In condition. He did not feel like taking the risk himself and there wa¿ no one In Wisdom willing to tackle the job of collecting funds for the neces­ sary expenditure. Big Hole liar-in Stockmens asaoela lion has earned a reputation far and wide, as Is shown by Increasing num­ bers of guests each year, but the or­ ganization has finally \wormed out of debt\ and proposes to remain in that blissful stale. It takes money to stage one of these big «shows, and It takes all the time of the few who put thetr shoul­ der to the wheel, neglecting thetr personal affairs for the benefit of others. The few who have maintain­ ed this affair, frequently at a loss, during the past severaQ years have been unkindly and unjustly criticized by those who do the least and part with the smaller amount of cash nec­ essary to conduct the show. These men are \wearied wi|lh well doing\ and so far as they are concerned we shall have no big show this year None will regret this more than The News, although we have never gained a penny from the crowds which have paced sawbucks and alm- oeont in our nelghborws’ coffers. We were peeved last year because of the fact that the association saw fit to place a page advertisement in the daily preBs while The Newg, which has ever given freely of its space and paid Cash put of pocket for cuts to Illustrate the various events, was compelled to pay cash at the gates for The News famiy and Its guests Stout Praises Editors Congressman Tom Stout, who D the owner and editor of the Lewig- towu Democrat-News, one of the best papers in Mon.ana, had this to say as a greeting to the members of the Montana State I’rejo association tn convention there last week: We like editors, regardless of race, color or previous condition of re­ publican servitude (Tom's a democ­ rat, to* it known.) They are the ¡uitianc t, kindest hearted, most loy­ al, u. st provident, most vexatious md most ijvable tribe on the face of .he earih. With them this old earth s more or less a bedlam; without them it would bo a cemetery. Edit­ ors are human because they, better than the mem bora of any other trade, calling or fi. '-so cu, must study and know human nature, its strength and its weakness, its fads and foi­ bles, lbs «eliishness and sacrifices, its vanities and vulgarities. Most ed­ itors are wiser than they look or write, because if they were hut they would not long be editors—they would be corpses Editom are also very foolish, according to (be meas­ uring rod of the financier or busi­ ness man, because they are constant­ ly giving aw»y their capinal without ever expecting much, even of appre­ ciation, in return. Editor) are a loyal breed Each editor’s communi­ ty, even though It be a eactuw-infest­ ed stretch of unproductive gumbo, is the greatest community on the face of the globe aud hts people, lucldmg the mmal percentage of misers aud umurers and numbskulls ami prigs and idlerB, the best people that the sun shines upon. All editors are very truthful—except when they have to lie to save the reputation of an un­ fortunate woman or a foolish man. Of all the editors In the world the Montana variety stands first In the exempiflcaUon ol the qualities of de­ votion, optimism and faith. Em- some four year« past this sta e lias been passing through what a lot of folks have culled a crisis. During that time there has not been an edit­ or between Thompson Kails and Glenrive who has not daily or weekly shamed the calamity croakers and held aloft the banner of hopefulnet»i. Not a few of them have seen their deuce and day after day of vacation of this natural wonderland and time goes by with dear skies ua- fieeked by a single eland. Continued rain, the common bane of those on vacation, is the rare exception. The occasional showers but serve to freshen the verdure and make more pungent the odor of the fir and pine, Even one who ha* never experienced the longing which most of os have for the great outdoors, would find here a new viewpoint on life and eonld not bnt become an enthusias­ tic convert to the lure of tbe lofty mountains and rushing streams Excellent roads make this paradise accessible to aM. Travel by ante through ragged canyons and along tumbling creeks gives thrills without end and rite forgets entirely is the eontemiftation of the everywhere present beauty that keen-eyed engin­ eers, giving to Montana people their heat efferte, have made these did thoroughfares poraibl«. . Whether elaying with these who make « Boris«se of eriertateisg ris­ Men to Meadana, or ramping <m the ranch« off 11 brae who 4ft not sen* loitlirtt fln a ra— ewflo3 way, the' m S £ ím ¡ Eh»r with * sincere dfc- rie» fi» ana» H » » tn r« t< h e ririftw i have never felt its lure, which when ©nee experienced is never forgotten, but grows ever keener with the on- rushlng years. We know that wltHn our boundaries is an ideal vacation land, unexcelled anywhere :n the world but many of us fail to fully realize how many more would make it a point to spend their vacations here if Montana’s manifest suprem­ acy as a playground were he .*er known. Along with convietion of Mon­ tana’s superiority as a recreation place there comes to visitors natural ly a more accurate knowedge of the state’s agricultural aud industrial possibilities. Our waving fields of wheat and corn do not escape their attention, nor can they over ook the advantages which wifi come to os from our tremendous unharnessed water power. Tacts and fibres glad­ ly furnished by different orgaaizx Mens Interested In the upbuild tag of the state bring home a realization that there are many opportunities to n b coed la a big way an « at the. same time to eajoy the best of heath, edacaticuaJ facilities ami, ftt general, a happy, eevfcesffei life. M ist M fihe I M Montana needs want f t Jesee Tope, this gate money was re funded The News. This little personal matter does not put The News In the sulking col umn, by any means. The country publisher Is seldom recognized a* a booster; but let him knock, ever ao gently, and then you’ll find out how much \influence” it has! That Wisdom will allow a year to go by without any recognition of the joyous Harvest day, we do not be­ lieve although, as we have stated, The Examiner wag undoubtedly \re ltably informed,” and the Informant no doubt knew whereof he spoke. JACKSON NEWS NOTES Mrs. George Clemow made a flying trip to Dillon Tuesday. Mrs. Len Holloran is spending sev­ eral weeks at Lakeview, Montana. Mrs. Hathaway and “ye editor\ spent a few hours in town Friday. Charley Burdick spent a most peasant Sunday iu Dillon. Wonder why! Mrs. Lee and children and Mrs. Lossl spent Thursday with Mrs. S J Johnson. Miss May Clemow has been a guest daring the week at the H E Olson home. We are pleased to note Xrs. Joe Kramer has returned home much Im­ proved in health. Mrs. M D Jardine ha* *er cousins, Mr ami am of Ohio. enfier- ttx ; a lew : ¡ Peterson and ; tbe pznt va*kf own frail crafits founder before tbe However, through the Intervention of j th in g s of the storm, and all of them 1 rrv^»»~ a . 1 . * - — ------- - * have taken their punishment, but they have never cried \quits\ on Montana. They have turned from the ledgers which told a doleful tale, to their desks to write again the tory of Montana's (greatness and her promise. This newspaper joins with all of the people of Lewistowu in pride and satisfaction that the ed­ itors and newspaper men of the state are here to hold their annual convention. Our pleasure proceed* not alone from the gifts of good fel­ lowship which they bring in such abundan't measure. We confess to a large measure of secret joy that they have happened to be in at a time when we are all dressed up to receive them; when our endletes fields are burdened with bumper crops, our stock is fat, our roads are smooth, our hillsides verdant, and our eity dean and tidy. That they may have as much fun and receive as many benefits from the gathering as we. Is the best we can wish for them. GOOD COWS AND GOOD CARE ‘Cartey”BensoB, who has a work­ ing partnership la the Ruby herd of Jerseys, was a caller at The News of­ fice Saturday. During the course of the conversation, which of course turned to dairying, \Curley said: \This could be made oue of the best dairy countries in the world, but there’s two things that these folks have get to do— buy a 1> — II of a good cow. and the« take d—d good ear* et her. You can rain the best dairy tpnr that ever eras bat you can't »the a profitable dairy out of a mage cow, either. hardly ever pay lot

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