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THE DURANT WEEKLY NEWS
FRIDAY, MARCH 4 la,. ,
iOurant Weekly News
By K. M. RVANH
nttrcd iccond-claas mall mtttar
t the post office at Durant, Oklahoma,
aaasr Act or congress or Karen i, mi,
Published every Friday at 114 North
Tmira Avenue, uurant, unia.
FoMlra AdvcrtliilnB Reorcuntatlve
THE AMERICAN PRESS ASSOCIATION
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1921 1
OLD TERRITORY ROADS
(Dy Lewis I'aullln)
It may mil be amlsH to bring lo
the mind of the readers of the News
of today (he condition the toads of
our county weie In. back in the davH
when this wax a part of the Indian
Territory, before statehood. Then
wo had roads, but no public roads.
In other words the roads weie not
owned by the public but owned by
the citizens whose land they cross
ed, and ho could fence them up,
change them or do any thing he
wished with them with out fear of
The flrpt public roads in what is
now Bryan County was shortly bo
fore statehood, when the Chamber
of Commerce if Durant had a Fed
eral officer from the Interior De
partment to visit this county and
he, under the law, after viewing the
roads-, could designate section or
half-section lines as public roads.
And these rouds so designated be
came public roads with no expense
to the county. Most of the main
roads in the county were laid off
lu this way. Tom Benson was em
ployed by the Chamber of Commerce
to go around with the Federal of
ficer to view out these roads, and
was paid the munificent sum If ono
dollar and fifty cents a day.
We' think of our roads now, as
being bad, but as nn old timer the
writer is here to say that they are
flower beds of ease, to what they
were back in Territory days. There
was no law by or under any road
work could be done, and about the
only work that was ever done on the
roaddj was done by the Chamber of
Commerce at Durant furnishing the
money, or doing the work.
The writer remembers one trip
that he took in company with Ed
Moore duck hunting on Oraesy lake
on Red river. Wo had two good
ponies to a light wagon, and very
little camp equipment, uud we only
had to be pulled out of the mud
one time on the trip. While we
passed dozens of wagons and buggies
abandoned In diffeient mud holes.
We bad a rather unique way of get
ting those ponies out of tight peaces.
Both ponies were very much afruld of
gun shots, and when ever we saw
that they were going to stick in
some had place, all we had to do was
turn a gun loose and tlio e ponies
would come out, on the run. It was
on Allen Bayou that we had to get
a team of mules to pull us out.
The other side of the A. Frank
Ross house, wheie Sam II. Ross lives
now, there was a mud hole over a
hundred yards long. It had neveial
abandoned wagons, haggle, and one
cultlvatlor left in It. Finally Mr.
Ross took his fence down ; nil al
lowed the trnvoling public to route
through his apple ok hard that was
recently planted there, but he Hing
ed each vehicle that passed two-bits
and by this forced contribution to
a road fund, he nfterwaida used in
working that mud bole and placing
It in good condition. A. Frink
Ross was ono of Bryan Counties
most public spirited citizens; peace
10 nis asnes.
Theie has been as great an im
provement in our present system of
roads, over the old Territorial toads
as there has been in any other lino
oi civic enaeavor.
LIFE OF HENRY STARR.
Henry Starr the last of the old
time bank robbers haB paid the price
and has gone on the long journey
The world Is worse from his hav
ing lived In It. and he dies unmount
ed by the public or any one outside
of his family, except Kate Barnard.
Oklahoma's first Commission cf
Some men follow a life of the
kind Starr led, because they are un
willing to get down to the hard every
day work of making an honest liv
ing, by the sweat of theii brows.
and when It hits them day in and
day out, week after week, month af
ter month and year after year, they
can't stand the gaff, and so nfter
a living in an easier way. Men of
this kind are lacking in pure gilt
-and buldog tenacity. This would ap
pear to be the kind of man Henry
First he was pardoned out of the
Federal penitentiary by President
Roosevelt, as we remember It, after
a life sentence had been pronouncod
against him by Judge I. C. Parker
the father of our fellow townsman.
jungo unariey farKer, at Fort Smith
Ark. He was also pardoned or pa
roled from seveinl State penitentiaries.
There Is every evidence that at the
time he received each of these par-
uuus no inienaea to live straight,
but he could not stand the hard work
and monotony of making an honest
living, and he would turn again to
the business of bank lobbery for a
If there is anything In the charac
ter of Henry Starr that any one
would wish to emulate we have never
aiscovered It, he was weighted in
the balance and found wanting.
However it can bo said or 111 in In
comparison with the bold tip men.
two-bit robbers nnd things who are
now depredating on society promis
cuously, Henry Starr was both -a
gentleman and a scholar.
GOOD ROAD BILL.
A great amount of money is
appropriated by our State for this
and that purpose thnt only benefits
the average citieen In an Indirect
way. In fact the most of the money
ia spent In that way. However there
is one bill that has been Introduced
by Senator McPherren, for good
roadB, If It should pass would be of
benefit to every one. '
Every man is interested in good
roads the better the roads the more
he uses them, and the more he uses
them the better roads he requires.
The people of Bryan County are wil
ling to spend their money for mem,
and we can sec no reason by Senator
McPhcrren's bill should not become
a law, and let the people have some
diiert benefit fiom the millions of
dollars that they pay for a State
The Capital Democrat of Tisho
mingo seems to be In favor of some
kind of a government controlled dis
pensary. Wheie law abiding men
could purchase liquor for home use.
If the editor of that, paper liven
lon enough to buy a drink under
such a law, .MethuselaiH nge will bo
by comparison, only that of a new
There in one consolation the far
mers and business men of this coun
try hate this year, oer last year,
and that Is that they won't have to
pay any income tax.
OUR EXCHANGES jj
Within the next two or three
years the government and the
various State administrations will
undoubtedly be doing a consider
able amount, of construction work
of different kinds. This Is Impera
tive in a rapidly developing coun
try such as the United States.
Just now there are three or four
million men out of employment,
and many of these are beginning
to wonder from whence the next
meal will come. Bokchlto News.
A few million dollars put out In
each State on good roads, by the
Federal government would help Im
mensely In steadying the old ship
of state and would put business back
on a firm foundation. Since the
panic of 1894, when Coxey led his
army of unemployed on Washington
In the interest of Federal good roads
the idea has always been practical.
Ruth Cordon, the actress, want
ed straight legs In place of her
badly bowed ones, which were a
never-ending source of humilia
tion to hei. She could have them
If she were willing lo have both
legs broken twice, then lie In bed
for weaiy weeks with her broken
limbs in rigid casts. It was a
big price to pay. But she paid It
and declates it is worth It. Most
of us want something, as much as
Ruth Gordon wished for a pair of
straight legs, but only a few of us
have Ruth's courage and determi
nation to get it. Capper's Weekly.
Ruth possibly wanted the adver
tising that would necessarily come
from such an act hating her legs
straighened. It 3 needless to siy
that she has the best pair of adver
tised legK in this Nation null nearly
any man would give fifty cents to
see Ruth. There Is millions In it.
job to pass necessary legislation,
when pay cutting time comes.
Seventy-one miles of hard-surf teed
road In Bryan county sounds like a
dream to us, but seems fairly near to
fulfilment. One cannot estimate
the value of these projerts to the
folks of Bryan county. Every human
being of us will derive a direct fi
nancial benefit from the Improve
ment. In Kansas they are about to make
it a crime to ride Into that State
on a train with cigarettes or the
"makings" in one's pocket, but noth
ing Is said in the proposed law about
an old stale pipe, the bowl of which
contains more nicotine than a thous
and cigarettes. Authorities are
agreed that too much tobacco In any
foim Is harmful, but most of them
also say that the cigarette is the
most h'irniless way of using the
weed. Why the fight on the f:
alone? Why not change the word
to tobacco and make done with it?
Edith Johnson, the Dally Oklaho
man's writer on moral question, sas
that the American woman will filk
loudly against the Immoral motion
pictuies, nnd then swarm in by the
drove to Bee them. To begin with.
we believe Edith has slandered her
sex, but if she is right, we had as
well forget about a censorship of
the movies. No reform on earth
can win against the power of public
sentiment, nnd conversely, no reform
can fill that has IM support.
John Fields, writing in the Ok
lahoma Farmer says In substance
that if children would drink more
milk and take less medicine thev
would be better off. Now we fully
realize the food value of the sub
stance upon all animal life first sub-
goings at the Court H
During the week beginning Mai eh
Ttli a rerles of educational meeting:!
will lie conducted in the County by
the Hon. E. A. Duke, of Oklahoma
Cltv, and Supt. J. L. Cunningham,
hei'e reepie'onting the S'ate Board
rational Hoard of New Yolk and Is
Mi. Duke is with the General Edu
of Education. He Is nationally known
as an educator nnd his message, the
subject of which Is "A Better Chance
for the F -ruier's Child, through the
Ccnttallzed School," will be of Inter
est to every one. Following l.stthe
Itinera!)' for the week.
In the big garage, near Martin's
Store. Match "th, 7:30 P. M.
Platter. March Mh. 10:00 A. M.
Blue Ribbon, Match Sth, 2::iu P.
.Mead. Merch Sth, 7:30 P. M.
Bushnell School, March Sth. 1:00
Old Allison. Match Sth. 3:00 P.
Allison, March Sth, 7:30 P. M.
West End. March 10th, 1:00 P. M.
Libeity. March 10th, 3:00 P. M.
Kemp. March 10th, 7:30 P. M.
Since last Wednesday, February 23.
the following visits have been
made: Muriay Hill school, three
miles west of Achille. 37 Interest
ed, active children being taught by
Miss Tennle Mansaker.
The school board and pations of
the Mashburn school met the County
TWO KIM.KD IN WIIKCK OK TIIK
slstn. but we hnH never thnno-M t i Superintendent at the marlnlflcent
look for any medical properties In ' farm nonie ot R '' Lemon and the
lliuvewuui siuriuii lu icuuhu luc
Friday was spent with the schools
of Bokchlto. This school has had hard
sailing this term on account of.., a;
shortage of funds. v.
On the last day of the month
the Beams school, taught by Mr. and
Mrs. L. L. Lee. was visited, at which
time the pupils gave a demonstra
tion of their ability to do real school
work and entertained with songs.
The beparatc Bchool of this district
was also inspected.
At 4:10 .Monday afternoon the
Superintendent meet a committee
fiom the Parent Teacheis' Associa
oi' the Bennington school and plans
completed far placing SO shade trees
and some shrubbery on the school
During Tuesday and Shady Grove.
Jackson. Manning, and Smith-Lee
The Texas Special the Kitty's fast
est train making- through runs, was
wrecked at two o'clock Tuesday after
noon six miles north of Waco. Texas,
resulting in the death of engineer Bob
Mays and fireman It. It. Dickey, both
uf Ilenlson, and the injury of three
pnsseni-'crH. The engine and three ears
were derailed, supposedly from a split
switch. The train was due to pass
thru u uli Durant on Im ay north
ahoni elKht o'clock.
from Shawnee, on February 25, want
ed here for disposing of mortgaged
pioperty, made bond.
Heiv After 1'ilMiner
Sheiiff A. B. Lamberth, of Rlby,
Tons coun'y, Texas wni here on
February 25, after L. L. Parks, whom
the office at rested for him on a
chin er. of stealing an automobile and
The sheriff's office mi Piled D. T.
Evans, wanted in Coloiado, Texas
for disposing of $1000 worth of
mortgaged property. Sheriff W, J.
t.hcsnoy came after him.
Picket! t'p Suspects
Sheriff Taylor und Under-sheriff
Norman, Sunday picked up at Mead
Hob Bytd und Dewey Robertson for
vugs, after complaints from Mead.
Their finger prints have been rent
to McAlester and Leavenworth, us
they nre believed to be wanted.
Two Men Ix'ave Jail
Oscar Scroeeins nnd mil AniW.
son, serving whisky sentences, nnd
uiL-ir seuieucus aunosi tinisneu, got
away from the jail about seven
o'clock Tuesdaytfrenlnr n.
truBties and got out of the mT
rldor with a skeleton key fJiS '
from a spoon, while the iii. M
eating bis supper In the kiL1
They are still at large. wttk("
4 'ill-it 11 111 sfSlttlMl.
Captain Gunning, chief of n.
tives of Dallas, aa well u mZS
nthor nfflninla havn I VIM
week, in connection with Ooni.??
Goode. escaped convicts, nlcki
this week. Several rewards,
1CILU 1UI 111C3 1I1K11.
imVIITInV ATI lrr,..
Anolatntit rntitiw ATl
was in Kemp Tuesday trying &
court cases, wherein eight dImS
guilty to gambling and paid UtSZ
$25 and costs each. P7c OnS"
waived oxumlnlng trial on'aekS
of assault to kill and wag hctoT
district court in l.nn.l it.'
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FARM LOAN Afrr rutin...
The United State Supreme cL
upheld the validity of the PedJS
Faun Loan Act, legislation enacS
witji a view to developing shJJ
ture by furnishing readily acceJS
of dollais in loan applications lij
!(.. lid. I tin I... Ihn T?,...!-. . f
""" " "f "i mo reuerai Fin
Loan Board pending the decision.
The Colbert basket ball team .
Caler.i at Durant, last week. Tt
....... uv... ,. , u DII4UII OfUre. Tl(J
wore accompanieu oy a number t
me scnooi people.
rate with W. E. IJtterback. Com- -""inson. .Manning, and smith-l.ee
nder; Ralph D.iugherty. Adjutant. 8thoos rl"celvc'I 8nolt visits. These
organization and attendance.
Whatever rlre the short session
did or didn't do. it didn't forget
our ftee seeds. Washington mall
sicks, loaded with the 1S21 con
signment of tree government
seeds, are sj ding over the rails
to every town: hip in the l S.
More money was spent on ftee
seeds this e:-r ths.n ever before
- $4ti0.(ini. Eight, or ten thous
and sick and disabled ex-servlco
men may get along as best they
can. Undo Sam can continue to
borrow his 200 million dollais a
month to meet running expenses,
the gamblers, the packers to pack,
tho financiers to finance foreign
governments while the needy far
mor cannot ienew his mortgage
but this country Is not going
to go to ballyhack for lack of free
seeds. No sir! Capper's Weekly.
And yet we have had a Republican
Congress who promised to correct
theso evils, and nothing has been
dono by them in any way alleviate
tho distressing conditions under
which the business world Is laboring.
There is a rat killing campaign
on in Caddo. This is proper.
Rata average eating more than
$200 each per year of good food;
and of wasting much more.
Every rat you kill you will savo
the community $2.00 a year.
Traps nre good. Poison does the
work, but it Is dangerous to other
animals. Trained dogs and cats
kill many. Any way is good that
does the work. The Idea is to
kill the rats. Caddo Herald.
There has been a general war made
on rats for some time over a large
part of this country. This war
conies none too noon for the good
wife If she Intends to raise any chick
ens this year. Poultry and rats
cannot be raised on the same place
SEEN IN PASSING
The other day a boy holding a
position of tiust in a largo bank,
stole Just $772,000 worth of bonds.
The boy was woiking ut a Job of
great responsibility and trust In n
great city, and yet received onlv
sixty-five dollars a mouth for his
service, about half as much as paid
to the cheapest common labor. It
has occtit red to us that perhaps some
of the hi uue attaches to tho employ
er In this instance,
The lower house of our legisla
ture, di awing ut present six bucks
a day, and Republican by a safe I
iiiajuruy, is worKing diligently to
discredit everybody connected with
the Democratic administration of the
Sfcato. By the time they have fin
ished their "smelling" work, tho
time will be past when they draw
six dollars and further time will
hA nnt In at ttvft iIaHam j.M
wonder now. If they will stay on the
( Continued from pasre one)
nlcate with W
or Sam Matthews. Post Finance Of- acnool,s al showing signs of better
Those signing up Monday night
were: W. E. Utterback. Parker Hill.
Don Atklson, Ralph Daugherty. Fran
cis Grafa. Dick Swinney. A. J. Voyles.
Henry Green. Bryan Nolan, G. B.
Dunlap, Fred Ulnfcke, Kenton Mad
dox, J, A. McDonald. Lloyd Umher
per. Giady Lewii. Sim And'Thon.
Geo Miller, Ennis Long, J. M. Pow
ei s and Sherman Llndley.
ClIUU'll OF CHRIST
Your attention Is called to two Im
portant themes that will be delivered
Sunday. And we are anxious that
all membeis and friends of the
chinch bo in attendance morning and
veiling. Our Sunday School is still
growing, so come and bring some
one. We want two hundred Sunday
morning. Services from 10 to 11:45
a. m. Evening services, 7.30. ,
"The True Tabernacle." 11 'at m.
"Tiue Riches." 7.30. Come. "Bring
(JKItMAN PROFFER NOT
Continued from page one
belief that the offer Is Just another
of Germany's bluffs, and that when
she sees invasion coming, will show
the white feather. No chances are
being taken however, and occupation
will surely follow further delay.
Tho German statesmen declare that
so far as opposition is concei ned the
allies will have a clear field, and for
all they cere, can ruin the country
Intel est In Road Contracts
Much inteiest on the part of con
tractors from all over the south has
been manifested during the past ten
days on the Bryan County road pro
jects. The office has been crowded
with contractors fiom Oklahoma,
Aikans.is and Texas and express a
great desire for a chaucs to bid.
Recording of Real Estate instru
ments continues to be very good for
this time of the year. In fact about
as heavy as it has been at any time
of the year and from all indications
a good business ia being enjoyed
in the real estate line.
Income Tux Collector
They come early and stay late with
the Deputy Income Tax collector who
has been maintaining an office here
for the past 5 days. Mr. Parker
the collector plans to leave the city
Thursday. There is no question
but what he has rendered our citizens
a great Bervlce in helping them to
untangle their Income reports.
The Commissioners' Court-will
meet in regular session next Monday
and the Clerk's office Is very busy
getting things in shape for a big
business at this session.
McDonald Made Bond.
McDonald, who was brought back
THIS BANK? "j
I if not i
I Why Not? j
1 COMMERCIAL NATIONAL BANK
1 Capital 9100,000 Surplus VOjOOO j
J G. A. Mason, Pres't. S. W. Stone, Vice-Pres.
j W. E. Clark, Cashier. I
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This season as in former seasons this store
is hat headquarters for men of particular taste.
We've made a specialty of our hat depart
ment and just how well we've succeeded is shown
by the number of good hats you see worn bear
ing our label.
In new shapes and new colors. Each hat a
duplicate of what men who know style and know
quality are wearing this season.
The prettiest stock we've ever had. We're
featuring Grays this spring that's the new hit.
A MAN'S STORE FOR A MANS GARMENT
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