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Deadwood Free Press Vol.

2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Proposal: No Vote for Women

Densmith calls for voter reform
Town Councilman Daniel Densmith
started the council meeting Thursday by
calling for better government by removing
the right of women to vote.
“I’m not entirely sure how they got this
right in the Black Hills, but people around
the world, with the exception of the sav-
ages on the Pitcairn Islands, recognize
women should spend their time in more
proper duties such as administering for
the home.
“The fact, is every civilized state gives
men their due authority to vote, and leaves
to women what is proper for them the care
of their home and of their children and
to express opinion. These other cities do
not bedevil their communities by luring
in front of women the vote. I do not know
how this town gave women the right to
vote, but it’s time we become competitive
with other communities. I would call for
this council to do one of two things. Either
wait until we have a fully seated council
with Mr. Bluebird or Mr. Leonard or put
in front of the voters of the entire town the
question as a referendum,” he stated.
The council ultimately voted not to make
any decision at all until their next meeting.
Reaction to Mr. Densmith’s comments was
not positive from those present.
Dr. Morri responded by saying that if
the measure was passed, she would depart
Deadwood and leave citizens without hos-
pital care.
“My entire staff is made of women. I Town Councilman Daniel Densmith says there are two good reasons why women should not vote, pointing out Miss Isabelle Endsleigh as a healthy example of
don’t think that Deadwood would like to those two reasons.
be without medical care. But if you would
prefer that the citizens of Deadwood die ladies peoples: Miss Dio, Miss Mah some- woman, who is not only a loving wife, but tering being said about her in public,”
from their injuries and infections...” she body and Miss Asto and, um, some men a fine business woman as well.If a woman Densmith stated. “there is a flaw in this
said. “And that’s aside from the fact we’d and it seems the ladies, they didn’t do any can run a business, then how can you say reasoning. Suffragists say woman is, by
be denying the fine heritage and history of more bad than the men.” that she cannot have the sense to vote?” assumption, in mental endowments a rep-
this town. Our first Mayor/council presi- Men also piled on. Said former Sheriff Miss Merryann Munster, council lica of man. She lives in a world which is,
dent was a woman.” JF Kanto, “Mr. Densmith, it is obvious to member, agreed with the idea of putting it by tacit assumption, free from complica-
In that vein, a young girl, Miss Elizabeth me that you are a single man. A married up to a public vote. “Mr. Densmith, I have tions of sex. I mean, that’s nonsense. Look
Vita, commented, “I am writing a paper man would have more sense then to call no problem in putting this issue before the around you.”
for school about the history of Deadwood. half the population of the town imbeciles. voters. I don’t think women have anything “We face many tough decisions here in
We have had three lady mayor kinds of I have the good fortune to be married to a to fear on this issue,” she stated. Deadwood to survive. Now it is by physical
There was only one loud supporter of the force alone and by prestige, which repre-
proposal besides Densmith, an unnamed sents physical force in the background, that
man who was ejected at one point for anyone with status protects themselves: a
speaking out too much. Before his ejection, family, a city, a state, a nation. Nothing
the man pointed at the pregent Doctor could in the end more certainly lead to war
Morri and commented, “You’re pregnant and revolt than the decline of the military
for Godsakes, wouldn’t you be happier at spirit and loss of prestige which would inev-
home cookin eggs and waitin on that little itably follow if man admitted woman into
one than getting her all confused trying political co-partnership. Women turn to
to figure out whats going on?” emotion, not to force. The voting of women
Reaction after the meeting was more would be an unsettling element in the gov-
mixed. An employee of the Bella Union, ernment of the State, for by reason of a
Miss Taj, when told that women had the general lack of interest in public affairs,
vote in Deadwood, responded, “We do?” only very; seldom come to the poll. In fact,
Another employee there, Miss Isa- women only vote in numbers when some
belle Endsleigh, also expressed surprise. special appeal had come home to their very
“Really? I’ve never voted.” considerable emotions,” Densmith added.
Densmith said he was not afraid to speak “Further, their condition is worsened,
out besides the strong reaction. and we all know this, if the woman is
“I’ve only had the courage to stand up unsatisfied sexually, and there’s no sure
and say what needed to be said. Women way to know what state the woman is in,”
Miss Endsleigh said she was even unaware women had the vote and did not plan to vote. Miss Taj of the cannot stifle discussion by placing her
Continued on page 2
Bella agreed. taboo upon anything seriously unflat-

Deadwood Free Press Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Letters to the Editor

I dun writ so good, so my pardner Zaca-
riah is writtn this fer me.
pride and responsibility is no longer a part
of the lifeblood of the citizens of Dead-
wood. Elections for Sheriff and Town
I was athinkn it wulda be a good idea
ifn the saloons had some special holidays
Council members were just conducted, but
from all the excitement that was engen- A Territorial
oncen awhile. dered, you would have thought that it was
Fer example, me an Zach come inta town
after a hard week in ta mines and we was
just another day like any other.
I understand that the contestants ran
University for
in the mood fer a good frolic. But the
damnable saloons is sellin their likker at
unopposed (for which we should all be
heartily ashamed of). Yes, your newspa- Deadwood
prices whar a honest man caint git drunk. per did carry interviews of the contestants,
An as far as beddin a woman, well...reckin but, where was the speeches, the kissing As we look around at the grand views reasonably say, Kindly shut the hell up.
me an Zach kin go ta China Alley an git of babies and all the fanfare that should of the Black Hills, we are called by God Let’s bill the state capitol and tell them
one, but dammitall, we should be able ta accompany an election? and Man both to develop institutions that they must support our youth and not ask
have a white woman oncet in a while. Yes, there has been some upheaval within will be every bit as grand as the works of fool questions.
So heres what me an Zach proposes... the Town Council recently, and I am sure nature around them. Practicality should not stand in the way
Oncet a week one a ta saloons gives out everyone was scrambling to make sure It is late to become the territorial capital, of higher education. People are willing to
free drinks. Meself, I rather have a free the day-to-day business of the town was or house the territorial prison. This leaves pay insane amounts of money for a Uni-
hoor, but Zach figgers Clay and Miss Salis- kept going, but, that does not excuse the to Deadwood the Natural Right to host the versity education, and it would be wrong
sa aint gonna give no white woman around CITIZENS of Deadwood from not step- Territorial University of Dakota. to stand in the way of their enthusiasm.
fer free. Now ifn that don settle good with ping forth. I include myself in this bit of Now, you may wonder where the schol- America was not built on boredom. It was
the saloons, mebbe we miners kin go on fingerpointing as I did not step forward to ars or students may come from. I consider built on vision.
over Lead and see ifn they will make sure run either. these the wrong questions. The real ques- And the vision is pretty damn nice. I
us miners is proper takne care of. We should all remember that in the past tion is, can we get the state to reimburse refer you to the University of Washington,
Signed, 100 years our nation has fought several wars us for the cost of setting up the Territorial which benefited from a grant from Con-
Josiah and Zachariah to enable we, The People, the opportunity University? gress of 46,000 acres. As you may recall,
and the right to be free. That freedom Consider, if you will, how a professor, when the board of regents began selling
comes with the responsibility to serve our administrator or student may benefit our that land to raise money, the books were
Editor, nation and community where we can. economy. They would stay in local rooms, not kept well. By the time the regents were
It is with heavy heart that I take quill in So, I would encourage and challenge the buy local food and drink, partake in the replaced, there were only 3,400 acres left
hand and write this missive to your well- entire community of Deadwood to take an cost of local entertainments and religious and $5.85 in a bank account. Many thou-
respected institution. It seems that civic active part in the Town Council meetings institutions. There are many advantages sands of acres were disposed of and no one
and to run for office if you feel you have to having this form of money come into seems to be sure where the money went.
the ability. Deadwood. Gov Flanders of Washington commented
I will close with this. Our right to exer- The first thing we must convince our that the first governors of the board of
cise our franchise was bought and paid for local territorial legislators to approve is regents were part of a program “that was a
with the blood of our brothers, fathers and $15,000 in expenditures for land immedi- calamity and disgrace, and gross extrava-
grandfathers. Let us pay them the respect ately above town hall and the church, as gance and incompetency, if not an outright
due them, by taking part in the civic life of well as in the adjacent riverway. There are fraud.”
our nation and community. those who might look at the steep nature I don’t know about you, but I want a
George A. Houston of this land and say, “Surely no one could piece of that!
Deadwood build a university here. There exist no Meantime, at most we should have a few
buildings that could perch securely on such dozen students, with teachers who need not
a steep slope. “ be paid much as they don’t need all that
And there are those who would say, much education. The majority of students
“How could you possibly think of putting are likely to be young women, which can’t
a University in the bed of a river?” be bad either.
To those asking these questions, I very

Proposal: No Vote for Women, cont.

Continued from page 1

he further commented.
There is ample evidence that bloodflow
to the female brain is restricted by certain
channels and the presence upon the female
of certain noteworthy appendages that
move the bloodflow toward the direction
of the nurturing of her children, Densmith
added. Densmith said that if the vote is
granted to women, it should be granted to
women with smaller appendages. Densmith
noted that in looking around Deadwood,
so many women have ample appendages
that it’s just simpler to remove the vote

Editor and Publisher

Neil Streeter

Addison Leigh

Contributing Writer
D. A. Kuhr

S. Morigi

Deadwood Free Press Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

A guide to the Western Horse, Part 2

To continue our discussion of the horse in
the West, let us consider issues of appear-
ance and type.
First of all, we should explain that some-
times there is a bit of difference of opinion
as to whether a certain horse with a certain
appearance belongs to a unique “breed” or
is just some sort of horse that looks differ-
ent from other beasts.
We won’t try to sort that out, because
frankly I don’t have the time or patience
to bother with it. So I’m just going to give
you my take on things and if you disagree,
then by gum, you can take it up with the
horse in question, being as I really don’t
care all that much.
But still, I would like to at least give you
some kind of idea of what people are talk-
ing about when they toss around certain
So let’s talk about coloration. I will give
you the fancy nomenclature first, and if
regular cowhands use a different term, I’ll
point that out.

These display a red hue that can range
from copper-colored to a hearty brick
red. The mane and tail might either be
the same color as the body, or in a lighter
tone that contrasts with the darker red the
predominates on the animal. It is common
for the face and legs to have white mark-
ings. The term “sorrel” is generally not
used by working cowhands. Their term
for this coloration is “red.”

These have a brown body with a black
mane and tail. More often than not, the a Texas paint pony by Frederic Remington
legs will be black as well. The shade of
brown on the body can vary from a sort
of mahogany color to a deep, dark brown.
Bays sometimes have white markings
White Roan as particularly tough and hardy horses.
Maybe so or maybe not, but they are for
on their faces and on one or more legs. sure damn good looking.
Remember the song “Camptown Races” Horses that are born white (usually with These are animals with a coat that is
and the line “somebody bet on the bay?” blue or almost colorless eyes and ivory- a dark color, but liberally sprinkled with
That’s what they were talking about: a
brown horse with a black mane and tail
hued hooves) are actually relatively rare.
Some folks think whites don’t do well in
white hairs, giving a salt-and-pepper or
cinnamon-and-sugar appearance. The
(doo-dah, doo-dah). bright sun or harsh weather conditions and mane and tail may be either solid-colored These have a body that is tan, light red,
easily develop eye problems. I can’t tell or streaked with white or grey. The vari- or tan with a blackish cast to it, combined
you for sure about that -- never owned ety of ways the color mixture is manifested with a mane and tail that are colored either
Chestnut one myself. has led some folks to come up with more
additional titles for the variations.
slightly darker than the rest of the coat, or
perhaps a dirty brown-black. Duns also
These animals feature coats that are For example if someone is talking about have a darker stripe along spine, and vague
varying shades of a solid brown color.
Cowhands usually describe this coloration
Pinto / Paint a “blue roan” they are jabbering about a
horse whose primary coat color is some
striping on the legs, which will be a darker
shade than the body. They may have a bit
as another form of “red.” or sometimes The term “pinto” and “paint” generally shade of grey, so the white hairs give it a of white on the face or legs. Yeah, they
simply as “brown.” refer to a horse that has splotches of color sort of bluish tone. Or if they talk about are kind of like horses who couldn’t quite
mixed with areas of white. The darker a “strawberry roan,” they are referring to decide what color they wanted to be.
parts of the coat may be any possible shade a roan whose main body color is red with
Black of red, chestnut, brown, black, gray, or a sprinkling of white hairs that gives the
bay. The pinto pattern may vary from
Some folks will tell you that a true black almost pure white with just a few odd
horse an overall pinkish hue.
In all honesty, I have never heard a cow-
has no red or brown tint in it, but out West, patches of color, to almost entirely dark hand standing around in a saloon talking These have a distinctive blond or rich
if the darn thing looks black from a few colored with just a couple white markings about his good old “strawberry roan” (I golden body color, with contrasting white
yards away or as it trots by, it is going to on the body. suspect mostly because the other guys or flaxen-hued mane and tail. The face
get called a “black.” These sometimes have “Pinto” is a term commonly used by would feel compelled to beat him up if he and legs often have white markings. It’s
white markings on the legs and face. folks other than cowboys, who prefer to did). a great color scheme for hero-type fellows,
call an animal with this coloration pat- but your working cowboy may find it a bit
tern a “paint.” Some people actually go too foofy.
Grey to the trouble of having different special
terms to identify the different varieties of
Buckskin So that’s the basics as far as colors. We
The name pretty much says it all. A paint colorations, and for all the different These feature a light cream to tan color, could also talk about spotted coloration,
grey is ... yes ... grey. Oddly enough, ways that the white parts appear on the with sharply contrasting black mane, tail but that kind of leads us in to the realm
these horses are born a darker color and horse’s body. These are, however, folks and legs. Sometimes the buckskin will also of what might be considered a breed, and
turn grey as they mature. This lightening who clearly have a hell of a lot more free have a dark brown stripe running along its I am too tired right now to fool with that
continues as they age, and in fact, some time on their hands than I do. back. Now and then, you’ll see one with nonsense. In fact, I just decided that we
horses that may seem white are actually some white markings on the face, or per- will save the discussion of breeds for next
greys that just got really old. Seriously. haps a white foot, but the hooves are usu- time when we bring you part 3.
I’m not making that up. ally black. Many folks regard buckskins
By D. A. Kuhr

Deadwood Free Press Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Deadwood observes All Hallows Eve

The Bella Union, Deadwood Orphanage, Deadwood Free Press and the

Town Council sponsored a grand Halloween Party and Dance Friday

night with apple-bobbing, fortune-telling, dancing, music and all sorts

of fun. Miss Elizabeth Vita dressed up like Mayor Clay, and banged

her gavel on a picnic table festooned with treats. “I can boss the whole

town around but I won’t do anything to Rachel as long as she behaves,”

the temporary mayor said of her friend. Meantime, Mayor Clay dressed

up by Mrs. Kuhr while young Deacon Dryke as a dashing, and dead,

Abraham Lincoln. Despite his fine dress, Mayor Clay didn’t dance. “First

fella that asks me to dance is gonna receive Dio-like treatment with a

knee to the groin.”

Deadwood Free Press Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Deadwood Free Press Vol. 2 Issue 25 October 30, 1878

Scenes from Around Town

Acting Mayor Kungler swears in Doc Devon and Sheriff Devon. A
large audience attended the meeting.

Editor Neil Streeter investigates reports of a ghostly presence at the

shuttered Phoenix Hotel, but says if it’s a ghost, he got flattened in
whatever killed him.

Children listen with

rapt attention in school
as the Rev. Baird tells
them stories of early

Lone Gypsy
Remains After
Carnival Has
Left Town
Just up beyond the mountain pass, where
the carnival folk once resided, a lone Gypsy
woman has made her camp. A diviner of
the tarot cards, a tantilizing belly dancer,
a magnificent flamenco guitar player, and
herbalist, Gypsy Banba Muircastle now
Some of our town’s folk have found their
way up to her camp and met her for them-
selves. Several - names withheld - have had
her read the cards for them, too, and found
her insights to be greatly helpful.
She keeps to herself and unfortunately
rarely comes into town; but has on occas-
sion, though she is quite shy and remains
Some folks might have a bad opinion
of Gypsies, thinking they’re thieves and
liars, and maybe with some that’s true,
but so far, good folks of Deadwood have
found Gypsy Banba to be helpful and a
gentle soul.