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Qklahoma, Indian Territory, and
Texas, Are Lands of Fatness
Prodigally Blessed in Climate
HAP1D GROWTH OF THIS
MOST FAVORED SECTION
Twenty-Five Years Ago It Con
sisted Mainly of PrairieNow
It Is Thickly Dotted With Thriv
BY HERBERT VAKDKRHOOF.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok., Aug. 23, 1905.
[t is difficult to realize, sitting here in this
handsome and well provided, modern, city,
hat twenty years ago It was a thing less
ian dreamed of that the beautiful young
iriipire over which it sits enthroned was a
tradlse primitive, almost untrodden. The
prush of this part of the Southwest from
inely silence to populous thrift has had no
arallel anywhere else in the story of the
vorld, not even In the magical growth of
)Ur mighty West.
Oklahoma, the Indian territory, and the
djoining parts of Texas constitute the Very
.enderloln of the continent, in all that goes
o. make for ideal conditio'ns in living and
alior and homely luxury. The soil is fat,
_irid the elements are so kindly that wheat,
he distinctive product of the North, grows
tide by side with cotton, the staple of the
Joutfc. Forty bushels of wheat to the acre
8 no uncommon yield, and cotton at a bale
rtid a half is usual.
Anything that grows, anywhere else grows
lere, and grows easily.
"It takes a lively man to plant cucumbers
l0wn our way," said one complacent coun
ryman to another in the lobby of the hotel.
"Why?" asked the other.
"'Because when you stick the seed in the
Aund if you don't run like a scared wolf
ai'e vines'll get you all tangled up before
du can hit the fence."
The other man continued without flinch
"Cucumbers do grow fast down your way,
6* I've heard. Yes, indeed. But we've got
du skinned to death on early potatoes out
"Many to the hill?"
"Nope. Size. One of our potatoes would
11 a peck measure, and three or four would
lake a square meal."
Wealth for Farmers.
Even metaphor sprouts fluently on this
oil and in this climate. That is because
very one is care free. There's no brood
lg over the weather. The seasons are
Imost continuous. Four crops of alfalfa
ay are taken in the year, and after the
mrth, in the so called winter, cattle are
lrned in to fatten on the stubble. Snow
aldom flies, and never lies long, frost is
ifrequent, and the heats of summer are
?mpered by nights invariably cool. On
lde stretches of prairie, underlaid by pul
srian limestone, flourishes the same blue
*ass that made Kentucky famous as a
le stock country.
"""""AH life is at home here at its best, and
le farmer can do most of his work sitting
and driving, with a sunshade over
m, while he rides. It is the finest and
ost varied farm country under the sky,
id it is farmed to the nines by the best
odern methods and with the latest im
The population is the most active and
ert to be found anywhere in the Union,
zer 90 per cent are native born Ameri
ns under 50 years old, which fact is sig
ficant of their enterprise and vigor,
lere are no poor people in the sense we
derstand it in the North. A* you view
country from your window in the Pull
in car you see none but good houses and
sy people, and the folk that gather at the
ations are well clad, well set up, healthy
look at, and there for a purpose. Shlf t-
"*-isness is a human trait, and some of it
iy exist among them, but absolute pov
ty is a thing unknown, and a born vaga
nd would never stay here, because noth
around him would suit his tastes.
Fatness, Fall Barns, and Ease.
iVherever you look, whether your train
crossing valley or prairie, or upland,
i prospect is the same. It spells fat
as, full barns, and ease. The
J~~"irses are many and clear the shadwater not
at, but sufficient, the houses are com
table and often very handsome, the
vns are frequent, and in most of them
best buildings are schools and
irches. To live here "methinks were
ill this is on the surface and visible,
more lies deeper. Nature has been
icifully prodigal in the land and below
Much of the country is highly miner
zed, not in precious metals, but in coal
1 oil. The anticlinal of Kansas extends
ith across northern Oklahoma into the
:ian territory, and the oil fields of the
ige nation are coming into rich pro
ition. The great anticlinal of Texas
ietrates northwesterly Into Oklahoma.
oil won here is equal to the best of
Chanute and Beaumont fields, and some
in. the Osage wells are giving si heavy flow
the very highest quality known west of
Mississippi. Cement and flee brick
73 are common, and in the last five years
been freely opened and worked,
urries of superior granite are furnish
the stone for the finer new buildings
.he towns, and in the north and west of
ahoma there are a few profitable cop
mines in active work.
the northeast of Indian territory lies
extension of the zinc and lead fields of
tsas, Missouri, and Arkansas, and a
Stable industry in the winning of these
5 has been made possible by the branches
to them by the Frisco and Roek
nd r-allroad systems.
HlcheS Below the Ground.
dd the ground furnishes the people with
ie coal. This most important because
t necessary mineral is being worked en.
ale that Is steadily increasing, so that
ywhere along the hundreds of miles of
way steel that criss-crosses the territo
in every direction coal is cheap, ancl
ufacture is simplified by its use for the
sration of power. And so the wheat Is
Hid in local mills, and the cotton ginned
ome. Much of the wheat, that is. The
1 Is too large to be so handled, but
_e Is little and lessening need for bring
flour here out of the North.
Whole rglbn is good for all lines of
aesB, because it is ideally good for the
ler. The axiom that all wealth comes
i the soil is made good in this case,
1 comprehensively. In a country where
VE YOU A HOME
and of plenty, the richest soil Jn the woria,
aradls of the farmer, the opportunity of
stime to secure A HOME for yourself and
family at a price within the reach of all.
and HEALTHY CLIMATE. Northern
Churches and schools. I am well posted
Is section, and it will cost you nothing to
erdescrlbe It to you. Address
KLAHOMA FOR 10c
OME NOW O SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA
A BEST PLACE ON EARTH for HEALTH, WEALTH, and
f^ECTS THE GREAT WICHITA MOUNTAIN-RED RIVER
LEY COMANCHE COUNTY with its famous CapitaT City,
^ON MEDIUM Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude. ABUN-
AtNFALL. The rich dark soil produces Corn, Wheat, Oats,
Broom Corn, Cane, in fact the grains, fruits, and grasses of
v* want South and West. Land prices, $5 to $30 per acre.
^DloitoOKLAHOMA AND INDIAN TERRITORY latest
-taed COLORED MAP. Also free booklet, information, farm
lttL etc AGENTS WANTED EVERYWHERE We give spe
allwly ratelr Show land in our RAMBLER Touring Auto
tl and CarrlageV -Cut this out and SEND NOW.
RS LAND & LOAN CO,, .lATfYTp^ JJpmanche Co., Oklahoma.
a farmer can pay for his land with the
proceeds of a singlei year's crops (this has
been done in mapy cases), there is a lot of
money going round, and buying is free, frqm
pitchforks to pianos.
The result Is growth and trade, and more
growth and mpre trade frqm yeaf to year,
so that.the generalstb^e of a country town
6t one yearis liabLe'to.be a wholesale'Job
bing house in a cily of electric lights and
tram cars and water works
the dealer wanted intended
to become a merchant, but because he had
to, or get lost and left behind.
The hamlet of two or three years ago has
become a city of today, and other hamlets
that have come into being near and far buy
from it to supply their own thriving neigh
This goes on to such an extent that no one
can safely say he kno.ws the country unless
he lives and travels h.ere, or comes to look it
oter at pretty frequent intervals.
Dr. Dyer and His Prophecy.
In Chicago they used to tell about Dr.
Dyer, who was in perihelion there during
the '50s. Dr. Dyer justly prided himself
upon his expert handling' of the long bow,
and he used to emit highly fictional
prophecy concerning growth and real estate
values every evening, to find next morning
that his weirdest figments had been over
passed by facts.
This happened so regularly for so long
that he stopped and declared himself:
"I'm done. I quit. A Well intentioned
liar stands no show in such a place as this."
There are many places on the Frisco and
Rock Island lines that would have served
him so. Tulsa, for instance, in the Indian
territory, about a hundred miles east from
Oklahoma City. Less than five years ago
Tulsa was a brief scattering of wooden
shacks, that happened because the people
around there needed a handy place where
they could buy some things quick. Now it
is a city in the genuine sense, and no mean
city at that. It has electric lights, substan
tial buildings, several stories high, banks,
schools, churches, and pretty -much every
convenience that could be rushed up above
ground but it has grown so fast and has
been so busy that it hasn't had time or a
chance yet to put in a water or a drainage
system, nor lay a foot of pavement. These
will come in tinieabout any time nowbe
cause the Tulsa people can't get on without
them very much longer.
But It is a fact that they have not come
yet, because the town grew so fast and was
so occupied with building and trafficking it
hadn't a chance to attend to some of its own
personal needs. It is an instance only in
Rapid Growth the Rule.
The same story is true of many other
places. The history of Oklahoma City and
Lawton and Guthrie and Chickasha and
South McAlester and Muskogee and several
other places was very much the same. Cus
ter City in Oklahoma is a thriving town to
dayit will be a big city, an industrial cen
A quarter of a century is a very short
time in the life of a state or a nation. But
only that little while ago wild grasses
waved free in the breezes, and the soli
tudes were undisturbed, where now these
beautiful and bustling cities stand. Cow
men rode the ranges here and there, and
"the Strip" and "No Man's land" were
grounds of contention among the herders,
but the rest was trodden by few other than
Indians. The nations in the Indian terri
tory had arrived at well developed civil
ization, and were prosperous in their way,
but Oklahoma was an opulent vacancy,
virgin, and waiting.
Then came "the opening," the rush, a
boom, that for a little while looked over
done and dangerous then came the rail
roads, and a swift settling down to perma
nent and solid conditions followed, from
which has been evolved a prosperity such
as no other region of the country has
known or knows, not even in rich Iowa or
the great central plain of Kansas.
The Indian, the cowman, and the boomer
have lived their day and passed out. The
trails are overgrown and forgotten. Hun
dreds and hundreds of miles of rail, many
more hundreds of miles of well made wagon
road, and thousands of miles of fence
cover the country, and serve a great popu
lation, where in the '80s the winds blew
free across an emptiness. It is a wonderful
The purpose I now have in view is td tell
that story in detail in this and other issues
to followto carry it over the borders of
Oklahoma and Indian territory into Texas
and to let the farmers and the merchants
of the rest of the country know what superb
opportunities lie here, awaiting their
Some government, lands still remain open
to settlement in Oklahoma, but not in any
great acreage. On the other hand, farm
lands can be bought at acre prices that,
compared with those asked in Illinois or
Iowa or Wisconsin, are very low consider
ing relative productivity, profits per acre,
and absolute certainty of crops and weath
er year in and year out.
Rainfall here Is ample, though no part of
the year is what could be called wet. The
subsoils or substrata hold the moisture and
yield it to the roots of growing things. It
does not run off nor evaporate-to dryness.
No Consumption In Southwest.
Cattle, hogs, sheep, and-goats thrive in
perfection and need little or no shelter in
the winter. The land grows anything that
grows anywhere else between the British
Northwest and the subtropics, and the air
is so pure that not a single case of tuber
culosis trouble is known to have originated
Life hefe is worth living. Nothing is
wanting, either to rural or urban perfec
tion. This Oklahoma City, for example, is
quite as complete in equipment as any city
in the Union, and for a place of its size and
in its degree, better built better paved,
better watered-, and better lighted than
Changes In Indian Territory..
Until quite recently no lands could be
owned by white men in the Indian terri
tory, but since the tribal holdings Were
allotted to individual Indians and their
freedmen that condition has somewhat
changed A freedtnan can sell.part of his
land upon givingfjroper notice, and an In
dian can lease out some of his holdings un
der regulations prescribed by the govern
As a rule, both sales price and rentals
are reasonable, if-not low, and the leases
can be made practically perpetual. Thus
a homeseeker may settle himself in a new
country without having to face any of the
privations and dangers that the prairla
pioneers could not escape.
Such a one would simply change his old
surroundings for new ones at least as good
to begin with, and certain to be better later
on, and without losing touch with complete
civilization. Pioneer life doesn't look as
romantic, perhaps, but it is alot more com
fortable when you go to It on a railway, and
live it to the accompaniment of the tele
phone, the telegraph, and a bank account.
WHAT LAWTON, 0KLA.,
OFFERS TO MEN OF NORTH
Cfity Which Sprang: Up Full Grown
in Night Is Now Substantial Metrop
BY W. U. HORNADAY.
LAWTON, Okla., Aug. 29.Lawton
was built, ae Rome was destroyedIn a.
day. Men gathered from every corner of
this great republic, drove the herds of cat
tle and Indian ponies from the designated
town site and built a city. Lawton is
uniquewas born full grown and was never
anything but a city. There was never any
thing Just like it, and history will record
but the one example.
The citizenship of Lawton and Comanche
county is of a high order. It required nerve
and energy to leave comforts and break
the home ties and set BtakeB for a future
home amid these peculiar environments,
beyond the border line of civilization. Out
side of Fort Sill, four miles away, there
was riot a roofed house within a day's
journey water was secured from streams
and springs until wells could be made.
There were no schools Or churches, and
Sunday under tents or in the open air.
The first night In Lawton found the in
habitants wrapped in blankets with the
earth for a couch and the starry canopy
for a shelter.
The minister used his Bible for a pil
low, the banker rested his head on hia
money grip, the lawyer on his green bag,
and the dpctor on his pill box. But this
cosmopolitan aggregation was orderly and
lawlessness waB entirely absent. Every
body was deeply occupied with moat stren
UOUB..efforts to lay the foundation for a
future occupation and a new home.
Thus it was that the firm and lasting
foundation was laid for a beautiful, thriv
ing, industrious city, numbering ten thou
A city with graded streets, with side
walks, with wide streets and handsome
parkways, with fine, commodious resi
dences, good buildings for every religious
denomination,- the finest schoolhouses in
Oklahoma, wHh substantialbrick and stone
business houses occupied by energetic
merchants, with fine city hall, courthouse,
a chamber of commerce equal to any city
of four times its population. Lawton has
in operation the best system of water
works in Oklahoma, and has both sanitary
and storm sewer systems of the most ap
In fact, there is more life and thrift in
Lawton than in most old cities of many
times her size.
Lawton is the seat of government for a
county larger than some of the New Eng
land states. The beautiful Cache runs
along he? eastern borders, skirted with
fine old elms equal to the one planted by
General Lafayette at the corner of Yale
campus. The rapidly running Wolf creek
lies on the west, while just north the
famous and historic Medicine creek courses
among the foothills of the picturesque
Wichltas and crosses the Fort Sill reserva
tion. Not only do the beauties of nature
everywhere abound, but the city is sur
rounded by fine farms of the richest black
soils, luxuriant grasses, .and crops which
cannot be equaled in the East by the appli
cation of soil fertilizers.
WICHITA'S ONLY RIVAL
IS OKLAHOMA CITY
Keen Congest for Trade In the Great
Southwest Is Bringing? Fortune to
WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 29.Wichita is
pre-eminently the first city in the state,
looking at it from a commercial and manu
facturing standpoint. This statement can
be readily verified by referring to clear
ing-house statements^nd the general sta
tistics of the state. This condition pre
vails largely because of her geograph
ical location, and because of the incom
parable gchness of the agricultural dis
trict surrounding her.
But two cities contest' for her trade
Kansas City, two hundred miles to the
northeast, and Oklahoma City, her rival,
one hundred and seventy-five miles to the
Wichita is at present distinctively a job
bing city, while manufacturing indus
tries are growing to be a close second.
This condition results from the fact of her
geographic location and excellent railroad
facilities. In the matter of freight service
this city is from twelve to fourteen hours
nearer the great developing Southwest
than any of the Missouri river towns, and
has thirty-six hours the advantage of St.
In these days of small stocks, quick turns
and small profits, a country merchant will
purchase his goods where he can get quick
est service, all things else being equal.
Texas and Indian and Oklahoma territo^
ries are the gateway, as it were, to allthls
great and growing country, and Wichita is
therefore an ideal location for certain
classes of manufactories and the Jobbing
The present population of the city is ap
proximately 35,000, and her age since In
corporation, thirty-five years, which shows
a flattering development of a town located
in an agricultural district.
Within a radius of 100 miles of the city
there is already sustained1
a population of
710,000 people. The railroad development!
within the same district is 4,378 miles. It
produced last year 48,775,580 bushels of
wheat, 51,928,324 bushels of corn, and 12,-
144,813 bushels of oats.
One of the most urgent needs of this city
is a development of her manufacturing pos
sibilities to keep pace with her jobbers.
Many articles of general consumption in
the- great- agricultural Southwest can be
manufactured in Wichita and distributed
from there at a greater profit than from
any other city.
The Wichita Commercial club is an insti
tution ever alert to the interests of the city,
and H. L. Resing, Its secretary, Is always
ready to give visitors all information pos
THRIFT OF THE ENGLISH.
Points on Economy That "We Might
Learn From Our Neighbors.
"I hink," said the woman who lives in
a studio, as she emptied the tea leaves to
save them for the scrub lady to clean the
rug'with, "that I am a very economical
person. My living in this studio costs me
very little. I have .my breakfast about 10
o'clock, then I don't want any dinner
you forget," interrupted the other
woman, "how much your dinners cost your
friends. No, New Yorkers are not thrifty.
They know next to nothing of economy.
They need to learn from the English, and I
mean the middle class and well to do Eng
lish. My dear, when I was in England my
eyes were opened to the thrift of the Eng
"You talk of saving your tea leaves for
the rug. Do you know what they do with
their old tea leaves there? The cook dries
them and sells them to some small grocer,
who in turn sells them to the poor people
who are his patrons.
"It is the same with the coals* A man
comes around to the cook regularly, sifts
the ashes, and pays her for the half burned
coals. The cook doesn't receive the pay,
either. She hands it, if you please, to the
mistress. This happened again and again
while I was visiting a prosperous family,
able to keep four servants.
'"This was how prosperous they were
In front of their home, in the suburbs of
London, there was a large grass plot. You
can imagine from that what the home cost.
Well, let me tell you about this grass plot
and the lea,vea that fell from the trees on
it in the. fall.
"One day a man came along and asked
the hostess if he could have her leaves.
She walked down to the gate and bargained
with him awhile. Then she canre back and
sat down on the veranda, and presently the
man began to rake up the leaves.
'"When he had quite finished, the maid
went out to him with a silver waiter. He
lai4 the money for the leave on this silver
waiter, and the maid brought it in to her
"Now in Boston, you know, we have to
pay a man to rake up the dead leaves and
cart them off. We have to pay him well.
This Is a fair sample of the difference in
the matter of economy In the two nations*"
New York Sun.
Made Himself So.
NeerbyeI called to see Braasey last
evening, but he wasn't at home,*
SubbubsOh, yeB, he was.
NeerbyeI tell you-he wasn't.
SubbubsBut I tell you he wasvery
much at home. He monopolized the ham
mock on our porch all evening.Philadel
"Tills train is moving awfully slow, con-
ductor,** *sald the nervous passenger.
"What 1B the cause of it?"
"We have a new baggage master on to-
day," replied the ticket puncher, "and he
has probably checked it by mistake.''^-,.
Cincinnati Enquirer. $^
Business and Investment Oppor
tunities in the Great Southwest
That Are Attracting Thousands
of People There.
LANDS ARE CHEAP AND
REWARDS ARE CERTAIN
How the Homeseeker's Efforts
Are Assisted by the Trained Ex
perts of the Great Rock Island
System's Information Bureau.
More than five thousand people a month
are pouring into the great Southwest from
every quarter of the United States. The
story of their ventures and successes is
wonderful. But more wonderful is the
story of the opportunities that are passed
by in the eager rush for prosperity. Thou
sands are reaping fortunes from the oppor
tunities neglected or overlooked by the
first comers. It is a fact that the influx
of population hag created more and better
opportunities than existed in' the early
days. For example, thousands of mechanics,
tradesmen, and farmers have gone into
Oklahoma in the past two years. More
farmers means more blacksmiths, .more
merchants, more saddlers, more tailors,
more manufacturersprosperity begets
prosperity, and the needs of the communi
ties are widening and multiplying.
A New Country Needs Yon.
It is a fact that almoBt any man of grit
and ordinary intelligence can make a bet
ter living in the smaller towns of the South
west than in cities where hundreds of thou
sands of his fellow men are struggling In
ruthless competition. The sagacious men
who see these conditions and take advan
tage of them are sure of a rich reward.
The natural increase in values, with but
little effort on their part, will insure their
success. The man who is seeking to
escape the fierce competition of sections
that have reached the dead level of de
velopment, in which further progress is
difficult, will make a 'great mistake if he
overlooks the Southwest. Thousands who
were wise enough to see. the possibilities
of Ohio, Illinois, or Iowa thirty years ago,
or of Kansas within the past decade, are
today the wealthy, influential men of these
states. The development of natural re
sources and the increase in land values
have made them rich.
Land Values Increasing- Rapidly.
The Increase in values i much more
rapid in the Southwest now than was
deemed possible years ago when land was
plenty and immigration "email. There will
be more development in the next ten years
in the Southwest than has taken place in
any twenty years in any other sectionat
any time. Say that 25,000,000 acres of land
increases an average of $25 per acre in the
next ten years (a conservative estimate)
this means $623,000,000 Increase in value,
and the ensuing prosperity of the region
is easily understood.
There are scores of towns In the South
west that are seeking enterprise or capital
to fill a vacant or partially occupied field,
and a thorough study of the whole section
should be made by
man is seek-
.outIe for his talents, or
capital.' It' is difficult,
The products of the vast Southwest are
so varied you can select just the occupa
tion desired. In some sections cotton is a
leading and profitable product. Other sec
tions possess some of the finest fruit lands
in the world. Corn, oats, wheat, potatoes,
and all the grains, vegetables, and grasses
of the temperate zone grow luxuriantly.
Poultry, stock, and dairying bring big re
turns. Small manufactories and Indus
tries of various kinds are in demand.
The Rock Island System, with its thou
sands of miles of track, keeps you within
forty-eight hours qf the world's greatest
markets, business and manufacturing cen
How Can We Help You?
The Rock Island maintains a fiureau of
Information. Traveling investigators visit
each town on its lines and tabulate infor
mation concerning the manufacturing and
retail business, resources, and the quan
tity of raw material, markets, fuel, crops,
and a multitude of other facts having a
bearing on the prosperity of the town, to
gether with a list of the unoccupied open
ings for investors or business men. As
soon as an opening is filled the file is
The company has no land to sell and no
interest to serve other than the building
up of prosperous communities in the ter
ritory along its lines. It is anxious to
help people Jo locations where they can
found permanent homes and become sub
stantial citizens. It is a larger business
than that of selling you a ticket. It strives
to put you where you can make money
enough to buy many tickets, and what is
more, where you will raise produce enough
to need its services as a common carrier.
Every person located on the line meanB
more produce to be hauled out and more"
manufactured goods'to be hauled in. This
steady patronage, year after year, is very
lmpbrtant to the railway Company, and to
foster it is the purpose for which the
special department is maintained.
The officials in charge of the bureau have
an intimate and accurate knowledge of con
ditions and resources of all the territory
at their command and are able to fit the
needs of each inquirer as easily as tha
switchboard operator in the telephone of
fice connects wires for a call. If 3,000
Swiss herdsmen and dairymen want to
establish a cheese making colony in
Oklahoma the Rock Island will attend to
the details, placing the settlers where they
are most needed. If a Harvard graduate
wantB to go West and*grow up with the
country the Rock Island will help him find
a promising, town, either short of lawyers
or one where there is an abundance of
attorneys who neglect business and a scarc
ity of capable ones.
The Rock Island does not claim to be able
to decide for you, but it oan help you .to
save time and money in investigation. The
REAL ESTATE CO.
Gin AND FARM PROPERTIES
OKLAHOMA & INDIAN TERRITORIES
Can locate you In profitable maroantlle
business. All Inquiries promptly answered.
CHICKASHA, IND. TER.
TEXAS LAND S FO SALE.
Why Not Come South and Live?
I have lands for sale In southwestern, central,
and northwestern Texas: can sell you land that
can be irrigated from artesian wells In southern
Texas can sell you stock farms, both in central
and northwestern Texas lands where vou can
grow most anything that is produced from the
soil why not own a farm In Texas, where within
a few years your investment will more than
double in value lands can be purchased at rea
sonable prices and onrgood terms.
Write for prices and description.
W. A. PATRICK. i^fei&rt.
Immigration Ajrenr ftr 'Frisco System Ban
Antonio andAranaas Pass. Texas.
SEPTEMBER 1, 1905.
keep-trac a tithe
of the openings that'a#$^currln monthly
and almost weeklk'^u a Carefully "organ
ized system.of locating the opportunities
fitted to the varying needs of the individual
is of inestimable value.
What Can Be Raised.
service is entirely free. If the particular
Information you need is not at hand, the
officials of the bureau will get it for you
Open Door for Wide Awake Men.
Whatever your occupation or,profession
there Is a place for you in the active, pro
gressive Southwest. There are substan
tial towns and cities,with schools, churches,
railways, good roads, and other modern im
provements. There is no pioneering.
That has already been done. The climate
Is mild and healthful, and the range of
crops, as well as the number of crops that
can be raised annually, is greater than in
the East or North. The Rock Island In
formation Bureau will tell you where the
openings are, the amount of capital needed,
price of farm lands, location of free home
steads, best crops raised, and about the
very low railroad rates in effect to enablet
you to investigate and satisfy yourself
that the conditions' are all that they are
claimed to be.
If you are of a mind to cast your lot In
the great and growing Southwest, or to
invest some money in industrial enter
prises there, and would like further infor
mation to arrive at the very best possible
move to make, write TODAY to John
Sebastian, Passenger Traffic Manager,
Rock Island System, Chicago, stating first
how much, money you have second, what
line of business you wish to engage in
third, what locality you prefer. A prompt
reply will be forthcoming, which will con
tain Information of inestimable value to
you. It is of prime importance that you
ACT AT ONCE, for people are seizing upon
Southwestern opportunities DAILY, and
an opportunity passed is GONE, never to
CUSTER C1 TU CENTER
TRADE OF RICH VALLEY FLOWS
TO THIS OKLAHOMA TOWN
Wealth of Opportunities Here for
Merchants And Manufacturers of
CUSTER CITY, Ok., Aug. 29, 1905.Be-
cause this thrifty little town is located in
almost the exact geographical center of
Custer county and because it is rapidly fall
ing heir to all of the country trade in the
great fertile valley which lies between the
Canadian river on the north and the
Washita river on the south, your corre
spondent today sought out Mr. J. D. Chal
fant, president of a hustling organization
known as the Custer City Commercial club.
"How many towns contribute to the trade
of Custer City?" I asked.
"Fifteen inland towns to the north and
west of Custer City lie within a radius of
fifty nriles," replied Mr. Chalfant. "They
are located on good roads which center of
this point, and for that reason Ouster City
actually could not stop growing if It tried.
It would be a physical impossibility.
Transportation Is Excellent.
"We are located on the St. Louis & San
Francisco railroad, whdeh the world knows
as the Frisco, and another big railroad is
now building through here, which will be
In operation by Jan. 1, 1906. There is no
railroad to the west of us at the present
time, and the lay of the country is such that
there will be none for several yearB.
"More than 5,000 people a month are pour
ing into this Southwest oountry from every
quarter of the United States, and more won
derful than the story of their ventures and
successes is the story of the opportunities
that are being passed over by them in their
eager rush for prosperity." Thus are reaped
fortunes from the great chances which were
neglected or overlooked by the first comers.
A Wealth of Opportunities.
"Custer City is full of such opportunities
as these. As a location for wholesale and
Jobbing houses and retail establishments
this city presents such a chance as was
rarely, if ever, equaled. It is a fact not to
be overlooked that the influx of population
has created more and better opportunities
than existed in our earlier days.
"For example, thousands of farmers have
come into Custer county and the territory
tributary to Custer City in the last two
years. More farmers mean a need for more,
blaoksmiths, more merchants, more sad
dlers.^more tailors, more bakers, and more
And the need is a crying
Demand for Business Enterprises.
"Prosperity begets prosperity, and the
needs of Custer City and the territory
tributary to this town have been widening
and multiplying until today there is not
only room for, but an absolute demand for,
business enterprises and manufacturers to'
meet the requirements of the growing coun
try and town trade."
Mr. Chalfant, or the organization of which
he is the head, has been able to assist in the
locating of many retail commercial houses
at Custer City recently. The town, was a
village less than a year ago. It will be a
hustling, big city in twelve months' time.
THE GREAT MONEY GETTER.
Some of Mr. Rockefeller's Sources o*
Income Besides Standard Oil.
The Rockefeller Interests get $40,000,000
to $60,000,000 year i dividendStand- from
ard is by tto means the only source of th#ir
revenue. The own the biggest bank in New
York, besides a chain of something like 100
other banks located in business centers
throughout the United States. They own
private oar lines, tank cars, and a large
part of the 210,000 miles of American rail
roads. They own the controlling interest in
the United States Steel trust, and in all the
copper mines of the world. They have
faatened their clutches on the coal and iron
mines of the country, and on the street car
business, the telephones, and gas and elec
tric light works in New York and In many
other principal cities, and their boats and
ships on the Ohio, on the Mississippi, in the.
canals, on the great lakes, and on the sea
are more numerous and more valuable than
the American navy.
Nobody, in fact, but themselves knows
how varied are the interests and how enor
mous are .the profits of this daring, talent
ed, and wonderfully successful band of
speculators and financiers. There is. per
haps, not a man, woman, or child in_the
United States who does not pay trlbuH to
them in some form or other each year.
Since the days of Solomon there has never
MUSKOGEE, I. T.
We Will furnish you a Classification Map of the
Croek and Seminole Nation, giving* the approxi
mate classification of all lands in the Creek and
Seminole Nations, showing the location and the
number of acres of Agricultural lands, Rocky
Prairie lands. Hilly and Rocky lands, and Moun
We will also furnish you a complete abstract
of the treaties and acts of Congress, designating
the Recording. Districts of the Indian. Territory,
ana revised rules and regulations governing *he
sale and leasing of lands In the Creek Nation,
Indian Territory (revised to March 20, 1905).
This Map and the Information furnished is in
dispensable to Home Seekers and Investors in
the Growing IndianTerrltory, as it Bhows you at
glance Just where you can find the exact loca
of the kind of land that.you are Interested
in. Sent postpaid on receipt of price, $1.00.
Address all orders to CREEK INFORMATIOl*
BUREAU, Muskogee. I. T.
COME TO TULSA.
WB CAN MAKE YOU MONET.
We will guarantee to persons who invest
through us a profit of 20 to 20 per cent the first
We can sell you some property that will cer
tainly double in one year. All of it will double
in four years.
We buy and sell our own property, consisting of
town property, both business and resldenceMn
Tulsa, the coming city of the Southwest. We
have good farm lands, oil lands, gas lands, coal
lands, timber lands.
Write us for Information regarding Indian ter
ritory and Tulsa.
Reference: First National Bank. Tulsa, X. T.
THE METROPOLIS OF
A Village of 3,500 People in 1900-
Now a City of 20,000 and De
clared to Have a Population
of 50,000 by 1910.
Tils marvelous growth is due to the
up-to-date progressive policy and pub
lic spirit of'its business men, coupled
with the many natural advantages,
such as fertile soil, best of climate,
pure water, river navigation to" the
gulf, immense oil, gaa, and coal fields,
also unlimited quantities of brick,
shale, building stone, granite, and
Muskogee is noted for its railroads,
fine schools and churches, its metro
politan business blocks, and one of the
finest hotels in the Southwest. A
twenty-five mile electric street rail
way affords transportation to all parts
of the city and suburban parks. Many
important improvements are under
way, prominent among which is a
twenty thousand horse water power
This city affords more possibilities
for profitable investment than any
other city in the Southwest, and we
are in a position to secure for you
the very finest investments in farm
any city property, which will more
than double ia value within the next
three years. We are one of the old
est real estate firms in the Territory,
and have a line on all desirable in
vestments. If you are interested in
our fine country and splendid oppor
tunities, write us for any information
you may desire and we shall be glad to
enlighten you and offer any other as
sistance within our power.
Watch this Space for the next twelve
We have many interesting and im
portant things to tell you.
Fi ee Trip to Oklabonna!
The Frisco Townitfte Company of Enid, Oklahoma, are to-wn builders, and
offer special inducements for purchasers of lots.
We need twenty-five first-class salesmen. We are now offering nine Oklahoma
towns for sale. All Railroad Towns.
Full Particulars sent upon request. Address, W
FRISCO TOWNSITE COMPANY,
Room 25 Chemical Building, ST. LOUIS, MO. I
C. M. Bradley, president International Land Co.
Bradley Realty Bank and Trust Co. of Muskogee,
statistical Information pertaining- to the Indian Territory, also rules and reguratTons"for the~ga!i
of lands, historical data, and the treaties with the Ave civilized tribes. This valuable book con-
taining- information that will save you many times its cost, will be sent you with a classified1
of the Creek and Seminole nations for $1.00 In stamps or currency. Cut out the attached coupon
now and send same with $1.00 In stamps or currency and the book and map will be sent Voubr
return mall. Write us about lands and investments in Indian Territory. Numerous openings for
splendid investments. Lands $1.00 to $25.00 per acre. International Land Compfiiy, Mukojee,1. T.
rnfiUPONY International Land Co.. Muskogee. I. T.: InclOsed.flnd $1.00. Send m*
V.wWWr WI1J Manual and Map by return mall.
S. A. DOUGL AS
MUSKOGEE, I. T.
Reference: Commerolal National Bank.
been such a gigantic combination of wealth
as that'owned by the Standard people, and
it is practically all under the control of
one man. What John D. Rockefeller says
"goes" with stockholders in all the com
panies he has organized or now manages.
He Is aggressive and all competent, and
appears to be remorseless and insatiable
ia his pursuit of the almighty dollar* In
the accumulation of his fortune he has vio
lated and defied the spirit, if hot the letter,
of the laws, yet the law as It stands guar
antees him security in the possession of
every dollar of property he owns. So In the
midst of all the clamor he has excited, per
haps John D. Rockefeller feels safe.Kan
sas City Journal.
SELLING A WORLD'S FAIR.
What Becomes of All the Gaud and
Tinsel When All Is Over.
On a bid of $45,000 a Chicago company has
bought, and is removing, buildings, the ma
terial and construction of which cost $14,-
000,000. This includes all "the physical
property of the exposition company except
the intramural cars and street railway
equipment, which were sold to the St.
Louis Car company for $150,000 the Palace
of Liberal Arts, which Is to be permanent,
and a few minor structures.
Thus the company has come into posses
sion of 100,000,000 square feet of good build
ing lumber, 200,000 square feet of sash lum
ber, 10,000 doors, 1,500,000 square feet of
glass skylights, 3,000,000 square feet of Iron
and felt roofing, 4,000,000 square feet of
burlap for wall covering, 500,000 incandes
cent lights, and copper wire which cost
$650,000. Among its assets are two hos
pitals, complete in all modern equipments
three greenhouses ready for utilization
anywhere, each 300 feet long, with many
sorts Of plants and flowers a fire depart
ment big enough for a city of 50,000 inhab
itants, comprising nine engines and 100,000
feet of rubber hose thousands of chairs of
all sorts miles of iron picket and woven
wire fences hundreds of desks wagons,
dump cars, and steam rollers enough to fit
up a dozen good roads societies, and many
other sorts of paraphernalia.
Out of the structures, equipments, and
furnishings of the Louisiana Purchase ex
position a good sized city could be built.
The debris would construct half a dozen
fairs like that at Buffalo in 1901, or that
which is being helt in Portland, Ore.'
(capital and surplus $150,000). alto president
I. T., has compiled a 105 page manual of
of Muskogee, Ind. Ter.t
a $2,500,000 corporation, will, upon application,
send you incontestable evidence that an in
vestment in the stock of this company recently
placed on the market and liberally subscribed
to by local investors, will net as high as 100
This is a bona fide proposition, indorsed by
the bankers and other leading business men
of Muskogee, who are backing it with their
mohey and brains. The stock is sold at $23
per share, payable In cash or monthly Install
ments. Interest at 8 per cent is guaranteed,
payable annually. This is an investment op
portunity that you cannot afford to ignore.
You owe it to yourself to investigate and get
at the facts. Thousands have failed to gain
wealth by neglecting or refusing to investigate
meritorious investments and opportunities that
have come to their very doors like this op
portunity now comes to yours.
All we ask is that you give us a hearing
and we leave your further actions to your
judgment, but do not sit in judgment until ythi
have seen the evidence and investigated into
its merits. One judicious investment is worth
a lifetime of toll. Over 90 per cent of the
increase in Wealth from Ohio west in the last
twenty years has been made in the increased
value of real estate.
Millions of dollars have been made in Okla
homa lands in the last few years, and mil
lions will be made in the next few years in
Indian Territory lands. We will tell you all
about the conditions existing in Indian Terri
tory, the restrictions which will be taken off
the Indian lands in 1907, and how money in
the lands of a strong company like the Terri
torial Land, Loan and Investment Company can
be used now to buy freedman land, and secure
large holdings of Indian land thaty^ill/ in
crease many fold in value within a short time.
This is a certainty. The money secured on
subscriptions for shares in the Territorial
Land, Loan and Investment Company will be
placed in land investments by officers of the
company, Who have lived in the territory fdr
years, and who know every foot of the coun
try. The stockholders will have the best se
curity obtainablenamely, lands there is no
better security. Send one or both of attached
coupons to us today and take the first step,
which is the all important one.
For $1 in stamps, money, or money order we
will send government classification maps of
the Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee nations,
showing equality of land as classified by the
government appraisers, and Indian Territory
recording district map, and Indian Territory
manual, giving government appraisement, in
teresting data, laws, treaties with Indians,
and valuable information for homeseekers,
land buyers, business seekers, investors, and
speculators, how to get land and get leases for
farming, gracing, oil, gas, and mineral pur
poses. Now is the time. Big opportunities^
and good things do not last always. fc
Live agents wanted in each town and county,,
Write for particulars.
Reference, any Muskogee bank. _i
The Territorial Land, Loan and
MUSKOGEE, IND. TER.
COUPONSend me literature explaining
COUPONInclosed find $1 for maps, man
ual, and valuable information.
This space is all that was left when I araUea
I have lived in Oklahoma. Have been all over
it It is not all Rood land. The best land wtU
advance most. Can tell you where it Is. Can
show Idle capital where to Invest to make 16%
interest while land is advancls*. I go personally
with home seekers and nide them and guars
them in their purchases. I look after the titles.
(ret easy payments, conditions, etc. Will loaa
you money on the farm and jcive you advice as to
best crops, etc. Will get your car fare returned
if vou buy. You can Join my excursion, no mat
ter where you live. 1 am the Eastern repreem
ative of Rock Island and 'Frisco systems. A*.
dress G. M. NABER. care Farmers and Mer
chants' National ban*, Wabash. Ind.
..Oklahoma Beats Them AllI
and Beaver Creeks. Not cheap land, but Kood
land cheap. $3.50 to $15 per acre. Special prices
on large tracts for ranch orcoloniralton purposes.
This Is Your Opportunity to Own a Home.
Also improved farms alohar the line of theBocli
Island from $15 to $50 perjcre.
For further particulars call on or aaaress
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LAND, LOAN & INVESTMENT
MONCRIEF, COOK & CO.
105 Brand Aie. Oklahoma City, 0. T.
Helped survey the new country and ar6 leadlns- real estate and Abrtractera at Lawton.
give you full and reliable information about any piece of land in Comanchejounty. and would ha
vn,ir Inquiries They area permanent fixture, owners of tlfe_flne Mountain pleased to answer you
View Addition to Lawton. and are thoroughly reliable.
A Hard Schooling.
"Popley Is quite an entertainer. I beard
him last night at an evening party."
"Yes, he developed that talent in thi
"Gracious! That young?"
"Oh! you misunderstand me I meanhli
children's nursery. He's had so many to
entertain there."Philadelphia Press.