[Byron Schultz, editor of the Hobostein Weekly. and J. Burmaster, local resident, are arguing]
'You're a pin-headed, stubborn Dutchman!' the other man retorted. 'It makes no difference to me what you run in your stupid old weekly, providing you don't deliberately try to stir up the people of this valley.'
Worrying about your pocketbook?'
'I'm the largest tax payer in the valley. If there's an assessment for repairs on the Huntley Lake Dam it will cost me thousands of dollars.'
'And if you had an ounce of sense, you'd see that without the repairs your property may not be worth a nickel! If these rains keep up, the dam's apt to give way, and your property would go in the twinkling of an eye. Not that I'm worried about your property. But I am concerned about the folks who are still living in the valley.'
'Schultz, you're a calamity howler!' the other accused. 'There's no danger of the dam giving way and you know it. By writing these hot editorials you're just trying to stir up public feeling -- you're hoping to shake me down so I'll underwrite a costly and unnecessary repair bill.' (chapter 3)