Two Blighted Towns.
The deserted town of Fargo Springs, Kan., is about two miles south of Springfield, and it is one of the landmarks of the country. At one time it had 500 population, a big twostory bank, the Pacific hotel and the accompanying industries of a thriving little city. At the very height of its prosperity it voted bonds and built a big brick school-house which cost about $11,000, and this building stands alone on the praiiie now, with only five or six deserted shanties, to tell the story. The school-house has a big bell that can be heard for miles around and it calls the four or five children in daily with a few taps when the teachei pulls the string. This school would do credit to Kansas City and yet it stands there forthe accommodation of about five small children. This town is a wonderful example.of the uncertainty of a boom. It has one lonesome family now.
Springfield has its magnificent brick school-house, too, which stands about a half mile south of town and ac.ommo dates a dozen pupils perhaps. It cost about as much as the Fargo school building and is almost as much out of place. Springfield has water-wurks, too, which cost something like $30,000, and the hydrants stick up out of the grass all around town. The water is pumped from a great depth by an enormous windmill to a big tank near the lop of the tower. It forces itself through the pipes by the direct pressure system, and here and there a hydrant bursts from theeffecisof the cold weather. The town has no fire department or hose, and in case of fire couldn’t utilize its water-works if there was an Occasion.
It is quite the proper thing to move the empty city houses out into the country, and even now a big frame house is being gradually hauled away. The lumber in some of the houses was hauled more than fifty miles and now the houses are empty. There are about 100 people in Springfield and about 200 houses.