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   Spirit Of The West (Newspaper) - April 1, 1908, Des Moines, Iowa                                Vol. 18 No. 84- Weekly DBS MOINES, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1908. Five Cents the Copy Southwest Department J. W. THOMPSON, Manager and HOC West I3tu St., Topclm, Kan. lor this department iluiul.l be us aboioi Items of InteroBt and copy for odTertiscmeuls should read, this olhcc by Snlurdny o! oarh to bo li timo for next; Issua" THINGS FOR YOU TO DO. Remember that the Southwest De- partment is a local news publication for tlio Southwest territory, and treat it just as you do your local town or coun- ty paper, when you do justice by the same. Report ownership of all good horses and changes in ownership, the advent of extra-pedigreed foals, all lo- cal training news, matinees, matches, speed trials, etc., or forever hold your peace because these things are not pub- lished in our columns from your region. Kend in yonr subscriptions'as soon as the time paid-up has expired, without necessitating any cost of notices to the paper, and use every opportunity to add a neighbor or friend to the list of rog- ulnv subscribers, and refuse, to loan your papers regularly to parties that are "dead-beating" their reading and spong- ing on us. Consult us whenever yon have advertising to do, and give us a chance ta -show you what we can do for you in this line. Write us person- ally whenever yon have suggestions to oiler or inquiries to make, using our full address as at the head of our depart- ment, but never expect responses by iiiiiil unless you enclose Do all these things promptly, and keep doing them, and note the results. HELM'S WOHK. It would be impossible to estimate fully the loss to harness horse litera- ture brought about by the destruction of the manuscript that II. T. Helm, au- thor of "American Roadsters and Trot- ling had about completed, re vising and recasting entirely (but al- ready excellent work. No writer that we have ever read on a subject tip- pears to bring into use. as profound logic and sound scientific method as did lie. whatever view we may take con- cerning his measurement theory, ov notions. A finished and unified book, evolved out of the preliminary publications of his tentative volume, could not have become less than a classic on the theme. But it is sail! he became so disgusted with the as- saults made by ribald writers upon bia work and views, that be burned his manuscript and withdrew entirely from (lie field of liorse literature. 'Proba- bly the rabid attacks of his caustic contemporary, and to an extent, rival in the field, the naturally bigoted Jnhn Wallace, had more to do with this than all else combined, and really was the determining influence in the case. But no one of logical mind, or conversant at all, with scientific method, as adopt- ed and applied by modem students, would question that, in those particu- lars, Mr. Wallace himself was but a "bull in a china shop." His logic was determined wholly by bis prejudices, and his method was that of a wonds exhortcr, to whom anytli'ng ap- proaching science is alike foreign and repellant. .And this unfitted him for either comprehending, or appreciating work like Helm was aiming to do, and with his combative spirit, led liim viciously and persistently to ridicule and pronounce his anathema upon it, which, in that day, went a long way Midi the masses of people, because of the prominent position the author of (he Register and the editor of the Wal- lace Monthly held. However, all the same, an irreparable damage was done when the learned and acute thinker and reasoner, and able barrister and painstaking horse fancier, II. T. Helm, was disheartened and discouraged, and driven from his self-imposed task of gathering data and analyzing families and tribes and to gather out the special traits and characteris- tics of each, taken singly and when combined, and making and recording measurements to get at structural formation and determine leverages by malhematic rules. The fund of infor- mation he was laying up was vast and bis contribution of facts of great in- terest and value, supposing that his conclusions were, never substantiated or proven of any importance. It was all in the direction of completing a collection of data upon which a science must bo established, if such thing is ever accomplished and was balzing a way for something better to follow. Its superiority to mere blind dogmati- cal assertion, and arbitrary enactment, like Wallace and his followers indulged in, is evidenced on its face, and dem- onstrated more clearly by events aa they have been latterly falling out. There arc still, it is true, adherents of the early Wallace school, and fol- lowers of his method, not to digivfy it by the term system, though weighing little and accomplishing Jo's so far as contributing to the speed, or excellence of the trotting-horse family is con- cerned. To see what the coin-out had been, rigidly persisted in nnrl adhered to, it would only be necessary to take a comprehensive list of the phenomenal performers, phenomenal sires and phe- nomenal brood mares nnd compare them witli 'lie standards established for such and note how far apart they are. Helm's measurement bypolhosis' cou'd not possibly have come' out further oil' from the mark than the purest breed- ing notions or whims of (he other fac- tion, (hat refused even to record Hie thoroughbred when it was come upon in a pedigree and preferred any soit of a mongrel, or to tiic best racing blood in the world. As if in retaliatory vengeance, and to "hoist them on their own nearly every phenom that has come forward has been an outlaw of the purest, doc- trine, and from the hounded, despised and condemned source from whence only extreme speed has ever aiel (he great sires and great dams arc still sliorh on "standard counts" and on "fresh infusions.-" Fifty years ago it was proclaimed that nol'liing was in lie done but to "breed shimi.-uvi to without respect to form, Fixe, color, quality, or anything and above all to avoid laidii" 'in any- filing from the "blood of the. and with a class both the practice the cry have been kept up, but is d'u- Inicll.y observable fli.it not, a one of (heir number, or giving tlicm heed, has ever been beard from, except from then- months. Helms scouted brcidiii" from measurements purely and simply could not have done worse. BETWEEN AND CHARYBDIS. One of the positions in which per- sons engaged in the journalistic line find themselves "between Scylla and CJiarybdis" is in dealing with the "free advertising" phase of the business. On the one side there are those, the more rare, it is true, who are so hyper-sen- saiivo lest they may appear" to be "sponging" advertising that they will not contribute what would make good, news items to news journals, or their representatives. They have to be en- couraged, and almost coaxed to fur- nish, or allow anything to be said, that would be to their interests, in any direction. And to get these, it is necessary to employ the largest liber- ality, and bold out every inducement, and resort even to persuasion to induce them to contribute wliat they are situ- ated to do, in adding to the stock of general information and public news. But on the other side, there are the more numerous class that are out to "work the to get as much ad- vertising as possible for nothing, and pay for as little as. they can barely get along with. They jump at a chance to furnish matter that would occupy columns of space, and regard no an- nouncements contributing solely to their own advantage too delicate to in- terject, or to seek to have incorporated. As long as it is all going their way they are liberal to pour out to any extent, and are all graciousness and goodness. But their guard is rigid on llieir purse-strings when it comes to using any paid space, and their atti- tude and demeanor nil changed when any business feature is broached. As long as it does not cost a nickel they want lots, but when it comes to gel- ting something to be paid for a mighty little will do. Of course acute judges of human nature, which men in public life must be, or go into retirement in short order, catch on pretty quickly when run against this tribe. But how to use them in place of being used by them, is not so simple a problem. One thing the human nature, in most people will dictate, is to sec to it that they are the very follows that get tile least in the, end, and "pay for (he fiddle when they dance to 51." How- ever, it is often a difficult road to get to it. and task all the tax and ingenuity at command to accomplish it, then some- times fails, and leaves nothing to olo but to cut otY square and give up the snbpecf. It is close rowing that gets through without loss on either side, and gets tin- most from both. KANSAS IDKA OF BREEDING TO A HIGH- CLASS STALLION. A wealthy banker in a Kansas town, who considers himself something of a liorseman, owns a. non-standard mare, with a par-ing record of which ho om-idrred I fin good to breed to any- thing in the West, excepting Baron Wilkos Therefore he wrote to Mr. 1C. Knell, at Carthage, Mo., asking if tliore was an opening for :i booking. On receipt of an affirmritive reply this well-known hor.seman and banker wrote tile owner of this great sire asking what, inducement he had lo ofTer for the privilege of mating this famous with his great non-standard pacing mare. He tells (he boys (hat Air. Knell failed to favor him wiili a reply. But they suspect that lie did, and that after he read it, he quietly placed it in his inside coat pocket to reflect, and later, when ho reached in his pocket for the same, for further consideration, discovered it had burned a bole in his pocket and had been lost." The above item turned over to us in perfect illustration of what was published in our columns in a previous issue, touching a, class of would-be horsemen who work the "beating or "dead beat" racket to a frazzle to get out of paying the stud fees that all honest and prouder spirited men arc wont to pay. The idea that there is a mare in or the world, that a bid should be made for by the reduction of so much as a. penny, to get her for Baron AVitkes is so idiotic that anyone entertaining it must be an expert dodger to escape being picked up and thrown into an insane asylum, or a home for imbeciles. If Baron Wilkes had not already proven himself worthy of any living mare, suitable to mate with him, the fact that he is twenty- five years old, and would be twenty- nine when a foal sired by him now arrived at the age of three years, would be sufficient to disclose the folly of his owner "cutting fees" to get any sort of great mares for him. But no inare has achieved renown over him, or gained a position to be put on more than even terms with him. And when it comes to the class to which the one described in the item above belongs, the daring effrontery that would even hint at in- ducements to get her would be enough to stir the ire and provoke the re- sentment of a man as meek as Moses and as patient as Job, if the supreme ridiculousness of the thing did not have the effect of taking 'all serious- ness out of it and turning it into a huge joke. But the notion of breeding her to the son of George Wilkes and lielle Patchcn was sane enough, as all the prestige of a foal coming from such a, non-de-script would, have to come from the sire, and the Baron has the reputation of being able to "get something from though in such case, as the sire has it all to do, instead of seeking a concession in the fees, the proper thing would be a proposition to double it, and it would be cheap then, for a mare of the kind. Why can't men be men, and not mice, and brace np and be willing to pay for what they SOMETHING GOOD. We made mention after out visit to Carthage, Mo., of the chestnut colt, lilomlie Key 4-130S, foaled 1006, by Kankakcc 5204, a great favorite, with us; first dam Kitty Reaper by Early Reaper second dam Kitty D. by Alburn .1720, out of Kitty that produced the dam of Early Alice giving Kitty Reaper virtually the same blood lines, and nn ancestry in common with Early Aliec This colt is a growth'y fellow, set to make a. sixteen-hand horse, with great substance, and that can scarcely fail to develop and transmit speed both. Now he. is being offered for sale by Mr. Of. W. Stebbins, Carthage. If you want a good one, line-bred to Miss Ifusscll, on the sire's side through Kan- kakee and Maiubrino Russell; on the dam's side through Early Reaper, High- wood and Nutwood, buy this one, and you will never regret it. It is one of very few high-bred Kankakoe coHs left for stock horses. But the filly offered by the same parly is ns deeply bred in the purple. This filly was sired by   

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