Wet/Dry Routes Chapter
Quarterly Newsletter
Vol. 3 "1996" No. 2

     The Wet/Dry Routes Chapter conducted its Winter meeting on January 14, 1996 at the Kinsley City Hall, Kinsley, Kansas. Items of business included a report on the marking project and a vote to serve a Chuckwagon meal at the 1996 Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous. Officers selected for 1996 were: President, Janice Klein; secretary/Treasure, Ida Yeager; Program Director, David Clapsaddle. Following the business session Clarence Wadkins, Park Ranger at Fort Larned, presented a well received first person interpretation of a Tenth Cavalry buffalo soldier. (Larry's note; If you ever get to see this one, don't miss it. The Chapter has several people that put on interpretations that are in the don't miss them, if you get the chance to see them perform.)

Spring Meeting
     The Spring meeting of the Chapter will be conducted on April 14, 1996 at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center near Stafford. The Visitors Center is easily reached by turning north one mile off the 4th Street Road to Hutchinson at the Zenith junction. Follow the road around to the Visitors Center.

New Members Welcome to the Chapter
     Cheryl Poop, Hoisington, Ks -- Kathy Jadwin, Larned, Ks

More Markers
     Four more markers were placed on January 13. Locations include a rut site on the Tony Tilley farm in Ford County, the Fort Mann site, the Caches, and Point of Rocks, just west of Dodge City, Kansas. A special thanks goes the installation crew: Steve Wetzel, Tim Burghart, Mildon Yeager, and David Clapsaddle.

Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous
     The Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous will be conducted May 30-June 1. This annual event sponsored by the Santa Fe Trail Center and Fort Larned National Historic Site will feature speakers on the Mexican War, 1996 being the 150th anniversary of the conflict. The Chapter will be pleased to serve the May 31 lunch at the Rendezvous. A committee of three volunteers will organize the meal's preparation and serving: Thelma Wilhite, Clara Goodrich, and Rusti Gardner.

Letters to the Editor
Dear David:
     I need to communicate with you as one jackass to another. In the Winter 1995 issue of "TRACES" you made a glaring error about our species. In addition to being a double "ass" (certified jackass according to the mule quiz noted below), and a Czeck "prdel, " translate ass, as seen in last Wagon Tracks, I have checked my Oxford English Dictionary and the mule quiz provided for the May 1989 issue of Wagon Tracks by Hilda and Louise of the University of Missouri Veterinary school, courtesy of Virginia Fisher (who may or may not be related to a jackass). To get scientific, a horse is Equus Caballas and a donkey is Equus Asinus.

     A jack, as you state, is a male donkey or ass. A jennet, on which you error, is a female donkey or ass. A mule, as you state, is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). The male offspring of that union is a horse mule, and the female offspring of that union is a molly mule. A hinny, as you state (despite the error of saying it is a synonym of jennet and imply it is only a female), is the off spring of a male horse (stallion) and a female donkey (jennet). The male offspring of that union is a horse hinny, and the female offspring of that union is a molly hinny. In common practice, a hinny was often lumped into the general category of males. Male and female mules and hinnies were used for pack and draft animals, although by far the most common were mules.

     It should also be noted that mules and hinnies were crossbreeds and could not reproduce. Someone suggested that they were cross because they had no sex. I don't know about that. Finally, you misspelled "superseded" in the article, a real jackass thing to do. I think you owe it to the readers of "TRACES" to run a correction, with appropriate apologies to jackasses like me.

     Finally, a story for your repertory. A man and his wife were driving across country and got into a heated argument. Both being stubborn, neither gave in, and they stopped speaking to each other. After several hours of silence, they passed a herd of jackasses along the highway. The husband said, "relatives of yours?" The wife replied, "Yes, by Marriage."

Reply to Letter to Editor
Dear Leo,
     Thanks for your letter of January 21. As to our common quasi-equine heritage, the border of the Fatherland is not to distant from Bohemia. Be that as it may, I appreciate your comments and yield to the majority of your conclusions. Please, however, allow me one small knee jerk. Webster's Third New International Dictionary lists two meanings for jennet: (a) female donkey; (b) hinney.
By the way, please don't mention this exchange to Bentrup. I just don't have the time.
David Clapsaddle

Did You Know?
     During his first two trips to Santa Fe, William Becknell crossed the Arkansas River east of Walnut Creek and pursued a course south of the river to the present Dodge City area. During his 1821 journey, Becknell traversed what we now know as the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. There, Becknell encountered animals never previously seen by his eyes; prairie dogs, jackrabbits, and wild horses. Becknell shot a prairie dog but declared its flesh to be "strong and unpalatable."

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     Chapter dues in the amount of $10.00 per family, are due at the Winter meeting or may be mailed to Alice Clapsaddle, 215 Mann, Larned, Kansas, 67550. Checks should be made out to the Wet/Dry Routes Chapter. Dues and email addresses are welcome.
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