J.J. Carlin. April 2, 1896. Bassett Eagle 2(12): 1.
On the 23rd we left Bassett for Pony Lake and vicinity for a duck hunt. In the gang were Jay Swart, Ky Hartung and myself. (We all regretted Bixby could not come.) After arriving here we induced Ed Humphrey to camp with us. We made the trip without mishap, but as soon as we pitched tent every settler and ranchman locked their hen house and smoke house, their excuse being that they knew if we got meat we would have to get it without shooting it. (On the dead square they were about right.) The Linkes, Opps, Ammors, Camerons and Brown appear anxious to know when we are going back. They all say this is the worst bunch of hunters that ever camped here. Ky is the only new member. Ky says John Opp ran him off the Opp land and says the Opps must own all the land down here, as John followed him for about four miles. The facts are John hailed Ky and wanted a pipe of tobacco. We have much trouble fixing up the difficulties the agent gots us into, and in convincing the people here that Ky is only having what he calls an "outing." Nevertheless we are having some fun for
We got here in time to attend a republican caucus at Opp's. McKinley was its idol. The people here are happy even if they are all republicans.
The boys have all just come to camp, and Jay is expounding the Monroe doctrine to Ky. Ky traded three of Jay's canvas-back's for two spoon-bills and gave 25 cents to boot. He traded with a little Bohemian boy. Ky fell in the lake yesterday, and as he crawled out from under the boat he swore the lake had fell on him. I want to kill a sand piper today. If I succeed I will let you know. J. J. C.