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This week in history: Navy appeals for men

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This Week in History

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of March 20 through March 26.

President Theodore Knorr and Secretary S. S. Fry have received from Lt. W. P. Brown of the U.S. Navy recruiting office an urgent telegram requesting that 30 young men be sent from Breckenridge for enlistment in the Navy.

The telegram is self-explanatory and follows:

"The Navy department states that 800 men are required from the states of Colorado and Wyoming immediately to fill the navy's emergency complement. They must be enlisted by April 20.

"You are requested to take this matter up at a mass meeting appealing to all loyal American citizens to stimulate recruiting for the Navy and urge every young man to enlist at once in order to furnish the required number between the ages of 17 and 30. Navy men are now being placed as gun crews on all merchant vessels sailing for the war zone.

"You are requested to send 30 men from your town and the surrounding country to the nearest recruiting station, furnishing them transportation by popular subscription if necessary.

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"The government will care for all applicants accepted for service after reporting to the recruiting stations, which are located at Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Trinidad, Durango, Grand Junction and Cheyenne.

"The Appeal is most Urgent."

W.P. Brown, Lt. U.S. Navy Recruiting Office

Forked stick no good for discovering ore

The idea that a forked twig or so-called divining rods useful in locating minerals, finding hidden treasure or detecting criminals is a curious superstition that has been a subject for discussion since the middle of the 16th century and still has a strong hold on the popular mind, even in this country.

This is evident from the large number of inquiries received each year by the United States geological survey, department of the interior, as to the efficacy of such a twig, especially for locating underground water. To furnish a reply to these inquires, the geological survey has published a brief paper by Arthur J. Ellis on the history of water witching, with a bibliography that includes a truly astonishing number of books and pamphlets on this uncanny subject.

In summary the paper states: It is doubtful whether so much investigation and discussion have been bestowed on any other subject with such absolute lack of positive results. It is difficult to see how for practical purposes the entire matter could be more thoroughly discredited. It is by no means true that all persons using a forked twig or some device for locating water or other minerals are intentional deceivers. Some of them are doubtless men of good character and benevolent intentions. However, as anything that can be veiled in mystery affords a good opportunity for swindlers, there can be no doubt but that many of the large professional finders of water, oil and other minerals, who take pay for their "services" or for the sale of their "instruments" are deliberately defrauding the people and that the total amount of money they obtain is large. To all inquirers, the United States geological survey gives the advice not to expend any money for the services of any "water witch" or for the use or purchase of any machine or instrument devised for locating underground water or other minerals.

Pair nabbed with 105 pints

STERLING — Albert Morris and E. E. Leister, supposed to be from Denver, were arrested as they stepped from the train here carrying suit cases in which the sheriff afterward discovered 105 pint bottles of whisky.

Man jumps from train, escapes

PUEBLO — Everett L. Songer, 24, arrested in Walnut, Kansas, several days ago after a countywide search following a long series of burglaries in Pueblo, sprang from a window in the Santa Fe passenger train near Rocky Ford while the train was speeding toward the city at 40 miles an hour and escaped.

Mrs. Bonnie Newell gets divorce

PUEBLO — Mrs. Bonnie Barber Newel, who as Bonnie Barber created a sensation last July by eloping from this city to Colorado Springs and marrying Floyd Newell, has been granted an interlocutory decree of divorce in the county court here. She charged habitual drunkenness.

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