Daniel C. Nowlin (1857-1925) was a Texas Ranger , rancher, farmer, state legislator, state game warden and superintendent of the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming. When war broke out in Europe in 1914, Nowlin was an employee at the National Elk Refuge. In a letter he wrote to his brother, Henry, on October 25, 1914 from Jackson, Wyoming he talks about his view of the war.
Very briefly, here’s my ignorant notion of the whole gigantic muddle. Morally, the guilt may be divided amongst all the great powers. All have been preparing for this struggle for many years. Germany – being the most thorough in all things – had the initial advantage and is making the most of it. Great Britain will use any nation and any means to check Germanic growth, influence and trade. Did anybody ever hear of any British qualms of conscience? Has the world forgotten the unholy war on China to protect English opium dealers? Nevertheless, our people – and all the neutral, enlightened nations, – distinctly favor the Allies – not because of prejudice against the German people but because of an instinctive preference for Anglo-Saxon civilization as exemplified by the British! The liberal world hates the autocratic “blood and iron” policy – initiated by Bismarck and accentuated by William II. Unfortunately for the German people, Germany had to impose upon Belgium (it was a military necessity if Germany was to win rapidly) and thus generated an intense prejudice – a prejudice that has been – + will be – “worked to a finish” by the British.
The Germans (as we know them) are peaceable – almost timid – loyal to our flag and the leading homebuilders; and it really distresses me to hear these people (as I have lately) blatantly defending the Kaiser whom I look upon as the worst enemy of the German people!
Well, it’s a bloody mess and is playing smash with us – economically, too! . . .
AS I see it, the only hope for German success – a slim, well-nigh impossible hope – is the destruction of the British Navy. The English will move heaven and earth, use every other nation (including own, if possible) and eventually hammer Germany to death – as they did Napoleon. Then English diplomacy will cheat Russia of expected spoils and destroy the friendly feeling between France and Russia – for British advantage. I hope to see Germany come out of all this (including German Austria) a democracy. England and Russia will fight some day – with Japan in alliance with Russia – but we may not live to see this. . . .
All this presumptive speculation (about something I’m ignorant of) will serve to amuse you instead of boring you, I trust; but I’ll quit – I might give you “too much of a good thing.”
— Carl Hallberg, Reference Archivist
 Excerpt from letter, H64-90, Percy Nowlin Collection, Wyoming State Archives.