The commoner. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-1923, September 18, 1903, Page 16, Image 16

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The Commoner,
Lake Puzzles Scientists. "
A dispatch to tho Chicago Record
Herald under da:o of Indianapolis,
August 1, says: With neithor outlet
ror Inlet that Is at any time visible
Ltko Clcott, a small body of water in
Cass county, has now reached U
height which it attains every seven
years, and hundreds of acres of fine
corn land is covered by soveral feet
of water. Tho rural mail route which
runs along its banks has been aban
doned by the carrier, for tho water
covers it to a depth of three feet and
stretches beyond for several hundred
Lake Cicott has been an interesting
rhenomonon to the people of north
ern Indiana for many years, but the
secret of Its rising and falling has
nevor been discovered. It is the only
lake in Cas county, and is about one
mile square. The water is clear and
cold and perfectly fresh, and, though
it must "bo fed from som unseen
pcurco and emptied in the same way,
no one knows whence the water
. comes or whither It goes.
Its most mysterious characteristic is
the fact that it overflows its banks ev
1 cry seventh year and then the water
gradually recedes til! it is confined to
its limits. So accustomed have the
formers who own the land upon its
banks become to this characteristic
that they never attempt to cultivate
OH, CONS I$tr J0JQ Y 1 .:
Theodore Roosevolt to Governor Durbin of Indiana, August 9, 1903: " All thoughtful men must feel the gravest alarm
ovor tho growth of lynching inthis country, and especially over tho peculiarly hideous forms so often taken by mob violence
whon colored men are tho victims, on which occasion tho mob seems to lay most weight, not on tho crime, but on tho color
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Theodore Roosevelt, author, on page 93 of "Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail," published iu 1899:" Horse thieve? aro
always numerous and formidable on tho frontier, though in our own country thoy have been summarily thinned out of lat
I years. It is the fashion po laugh at the seventy with which horse stealing is punished on tho border, but the reasons nro
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Prlco Prlco lutely essential to his well-being, and even to his life. They aro always marketable and thoy are very easily stolen, for they
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Bora in winon Tiio'inrlce-a-Week World, world
the land in the seventh year, but give
up the area that they know ia sure to
be claimed by the waters.
The Pottawattomie Indians, who in
habited what is now Cass and adjoin
ing counties, were familiar with the
characteristic of the lake, and bore
1-.45 testimony that it had never failed to
'35 I nvprflnw Hn hnnlra lr thr ncvAntb wnoi'
They believed that the bottom of the
luke was inhabited by a powerful spir
it, which at intervals of spven years
caused the lake to overflow. They
construed this action as approval of
the tribe by the spirit nd watched
aiixiousi-i--tirer time to come, for
tliey saw in the rising waters a sure
li dication that they had done nothing
to displease the spirit that inhabited
tho lake. The early white settlers be
came acquainted with the legend, and
the oldest inhabitant is not able to re-
J call a time that the seventh annual
Herald, of Kansas City World, or Farm. Stock
nd Home appears, arc not open torcsldenta of i.,.. J. i,ni,n.i "i. Jti" ' '
-the respective cities in Avhlch the papers n&med tno oldest inhabitant Is not able to
The Wind Don't Slow Tut Can Ureal or Disable One of Oar
UWraama PlininP DOURLC
mimMmmcwu .,
IvWfnivlm -.ti 1 a u twit 01 irat material throughout, HndhaamaBr (line
?VllJM JSPWDt?tonamornutoonttoalnaniulertliiaoat. SoUeaDlreet IJII9
SLLlif . VMr '" No dfiRlQrociobhor profit. 6 ft. Mill f.o7b. KansasOltV VMM
' CHANR MrcnOANTlftiK COM DuftLfli irANHAH.flrrT. ua
It'8 the way thoy aro built and la duo to their 50 relate r feterlt.
Double JJearln Enslnp lload tlint reduces frlotiOai glToa aaolld
p!at(prm baso for goarloK ,tjut rcducoo andelTeaeveavreartoaU
. ;j5 uHurnuunini rL'fcpuaiorj poriccc uras
i bail tot best matorlnl throughout, and has laaay
overflow did not take place.
The water has now reached its high
est point and will soon begin to recede
and continue to do so till the old con
fines are reached. Residents of the
locality say that the weather condi
tions have no effect upon tlie lake, for
its rise in the seventh year takes place
rfgardless of the fact of rain or
drouth. Amos Jordan, a veteran of
tho civil war, who lives on a bluff
overlooking the laka, says that it has
never failed to rise at the expected
r The only apparent difference be
tween wet and dry seasons, when the
rise 'occurs, is that the water appears
to be colder in time of drouth. What
is true of the rising jot the waters is
also true of their recession, for they
giadually disappear regardless of tho
amount of rainfall n the country.
This water usually reaches its high
est stage during the latter part of
June and the early part of July and
seems to remain stationary for ten or
fifteen days. The -falling of tho water
i3 then noted by the rim of wet earth
around tho margin,, and this "gets
bioader from day to' day iill the old
confines are reached, The phenome
non i3 explained .on" the theorv fhnt
there is a subterranean outlet which
J becomes closed in some way and is
opened by tho pressure of the water
wben the higheU point is: reached ev
ery seventh year, but this is mere
guesswork, and nothing has ever been
discovered to justify such a theory.
The Pennsylvania Railroad company,
which owns a number of t ice houses
on the edge of the lake, made sound
it gs at different places. before the rise
began and found the greatest depth to
be ninety feet.
The result of the convention in Ohio
will be greeted with pleasure by every
democrat who places principle above
victory and who wants to see his par
ty right as well as victorious. Tno
any thing-to-wih democrats, who s '
with every breeze in the hppo of matt
ing connection with public office, thru
graft may follow winningr are apt to
deprecate the' indorsement of the Kan
sas City platform, because the pa"y
has .not won power and offices wnen
fighting for the principles it embraces.
But no party should have power tnst
does not prove by its steadfastness oi
MirpoBo that it is worthy of it. aw
party that flits about from one der
atlon to another or fromcno PrJjj2"
to another, in the mere hope of J
ning the offlceJB, is unworthy of P
confidence and merits defeat. "
kee News. .