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Mail Tribune 100

Sept. 5, 1916

'DARK HORSES' ON TRAIL OF HORSES

Breeders of fine horses throughout the valley have been much puzzled by the air of mystery surrounding the operations of certain strangers who are making a thorough canvass of the available horses in this section.

Of course it is well known among horse dealers that the demand for suitable horses among the European powers involved in the great war has become so urgent that wounded horses receive almost as careful and prompt ambulance and hospital attention as the wounded soldiers, but the puzzling features of the local inquiry are, chiefly, the secrecy with which the strangers cloak their inquiries and the fact that price does not seem to be a factor, the only investigation being as to speed and endurance.

It was rumored that the horses were wanted for the crack cavalry troops of Italy, noted for their brilliant horsemanship and secret agents of the government have been investigating the matter, both with a view of preventing violations of neutrality, and to see that the supply was not depleted so as to cripple the cavalry forces of the United States in their operations along the Mexican border, but yesterday, as the outcome of a quiet but thorough investigation by a reporter of this paper, the mystery was solved and the fact ascertained that those horses were being sought for the cowgirl race at the coming Jackson County Fair, September 13 to 16, each contestant having her boosters on the lookout for the very best horses obtainable. With such keen rivalry and such determination to win on the part of the different riders, this will be some event.

PHOENIX PARAGRAPHS

  • Announcement cards have been received by friends of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Scobey of Carrolls, Wash., announcing the arrival of an eleven-pound son at their home on August 27th.
  • The Phoenix industrial fair will be held at the schoolhouse Saturday, September 9.
  • Mrs. Frey returned Sunday from a visit with friends in Portland.