The Saga of the Two Cows

Approximately August 6, 1915

Dear Miss Mattoon:

Will you kindly see that your cow is pastured on your own grounds, immediately.

Yesterday we drove her out of our garden and again today. Both times I had to leave just at the noon hour when I can be the least-spared from home.

It is unnecessary to say that we expect damages and hope that you will settle promptly for damages as she has ruined much of the garden. I am sure that you would settle without the above request.


Burt Leon Yorke


August 10, 1915

My Dear Miss Mattoon: –

Yours of 7th with check of $10.00 to cover damage to garden by your cow, and Mrs. Yorke’s and my own time and labor regarding same, duly received. Many thanks for the same.

It is a matter of great regret to me that such a step was necessary on my part against a neighbor, as it is the first such experience I have had in all my sixteen years of public life.

Why you were not informed the first day was because at the time you were absent at Camp Kewiyan’s play.

As to the “insecure” fence I erected, that was only intended as a marker of my approximate line to warn trespassers.

I did not pasture cattle there. It is the part of persons who pasture cattle to make secure their own fences.

I will see that in another year such part of my property that is in most danger of trespassers of all kinds will be securely fenced.

Yours truly,

Burt Leon Yorke


August 11, 1913

Dear Madam:

It is a matter of neighborly regret that I must inform you that your cow must be kept upon your own premises. Three times already this summer members of our camp have been at great inconvenience to see that your cow was driven home.

Once as late as eleven o’clock in the evening. Three times that night she was driven from our cellar and house.

Two nights she has spent the most of the night in my barn and has eaten considerable hay.

This morning, I myself was obliged to get out of bed early in the morning and see that she was pastured in her shed.

My trees are being sprayed now and the poison will be upon the leaves and the grass underneath, which, if she eats will surely mean to you the loss of the cow.

I must therefore respectfully inform you that if Mrs. Yorke or myself or any members of our “Kamp” are further inconvenienced by this form of trespass I shall be obliged to present and collect the bill for full damages.

Yours respectfully,

Burt Leon Yorke


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