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The Durant Weeklu Newt
Bjr E M EVANS
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ttatafflea at Durant, Oklahoma, tincUr Act
aC OonfTMI'of March 8, 1B79.
robtttkcA atery Frldaj at 114 North Third
Arana, Durant, Oklahoma.
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THE AMERICAN PRgsaXs.lOCIATION
FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 3, 1922
Twelve hunderd miles of milrond
to the United States were abandon1
cd during 1921 This nmv he n snr
prising statement at first sight, but
it is a surprising thing that it was
noi aone long ago
The abandoned mileage consisted
of short lino roads, running through
sparely settled xectinns nf th rmm.
try, and having a small amount of
trail ic. inesc roads were abandon
ed bcCaUSO tllOV COllld Tint hn mnrln
to pay expenses They never had
The fact is that many railroads
to this country are economic mis
takes. They cost too much to build,
Slid theV cost too much in nnarntn.
They might do better with smaller
and light' r locomotives and can,
ana a less expensive roadbed
Then, the general improvement of
the public hiehwav and the dovelnn-
ment of automobiles and motor
truckB have played havoc with many
of the railroads. They have been los
ing in both freight and passenger
traffic. There seems to, be no hope
for some of them, and we may look
for further loss in the country's rail
road mileage before the end of 1922.
DISARM AT HOME
Every war is started by an inter
national highwayman. So the arms
limitation conference has been work
ing on the principle that the way to
prevent shooting among nations is to
take their guns away.
You don't have to look any further
for a solution to the crime wave
Whether it is a logical result of the
war or not, doesn't matter. The
point is to stop it. And the quickest
way to stop It (k to make it impossi
ble for professional or potential
criminals o get (heir hands on
iiost States have Inws against iu'
rying concealed weapons Most
States make merchants turn over to
-jslicc a rc"?rl of rt'v,Ii- sold to
, But the mail order house keeps a
hupply of revolvers available to. crim
inals, except where States, prevent
To curb L'lime. irivc us national
liiw -firltiflilinrr inti.lsitflti. i nmmnrrn
in pistols and daggers States could
make possession of death-dealing
weapons n criminal offense with
criminals disarmed, een the houc
hold would not need n pistol.
SOME ANCIENT CORN
Coin that giew in Tennessee in
the long ngo, possibly in the days of
Moses, has been dug up in Hide pot
tcry vessels by V E Me.ver, n gov
The life goims in that coin have
slept for thousands of years Hut
plant them and they will grow.
How do you explain this long sleep
and the resuneeticm of the lift-
germ? It umnot be 'eon under the
microscope The lens i events a t oil.
but not the life itself
Life has no dimensions, no weight
It proves the existent e of the spirit
ual. This ptehistoiii' com, found in
Tennessee, is of n type now found
only in the West Indies How do
you explain that?
How did it make the tup? Did a
bird or a tornado transport it? Or
was piohistoue man a navigator
In fact, theie are lots of things
about this old enith that ou can
not explain The find of this ancient
corn in Tennessee is one of them
A scientist in the Smithsonian In'
stitution at Washington has figured
that the use of power and machinery
gives to every man, woman and child
in this country the equivalent of 30
slaves In other woids, he says, take
away all our machinery and bteom
and electric power and it would ro-
quire three billion hard working
slaves to duplicate the work done by
Americans of today with the use of
these modern inventions.
Why envy the nobleman, back in
ancient Egypt or Bagdad, with 30
slaves toiling for him?
He had swift-running slaves bring
him fish from the ocean and bird ton
gues from the mountains. Today
with a few dimes, you can get a tin
can of shrimp brought from Japan, a
package of dates from Syria, a bag
of nuts from Brazil, a can of sar
dines from Norway
Your slaves, machinery nnd power
Your real wealth is measured, not
in money, but in the number of
things you obtain to eat and wear,
the ease with which you get them,
the comforts and conveniences of
your home, methods of transporta
tion and amusement.
Judging by the proceeding of the
closing weeks of the conference on
the limitation of armaments, the
delegates had forgotten all about the
fine dream of world peace.
Nothing was said about ways and
means of preventing future wars.
Nothing was said about an interna
tional agreement for arbitrations.
The discussions for the most part
centered around rules for the opera
tion of submarines and other naval
craft during future wars.
It was all disappointing, and, as
this newspaper .said at the outset,
it would have been better if the con
ference had not been held it it did
not accomplish something making
for future peace
TRADE AT HOME
A man who makes his living work
ing at the carpenter's trade ordered
some tools not long ago from a mail
order house He thought he could
save a few cents, but when the tools
came he found that they wcie of in
ferior quality nnd that he had been
This man has made his living by
building houses for the people in the
town in which he lives. He will make
his living that way in the future But
he will never build a house for the
mail order man.
Do you not think he is very foolish
in not giving all his trade to the
merchants in his home town?
A scientist fays fish think. Some
Airplanes are now the tails that
wag the dogs of war.
An optimist is one who btill car
ries a corkscrew on his keyring.
The French dove of peace screams
defiance at the whole world-
The German mark is no longer a
factor in the world's markets
One cure for radicalism is to get
into the income tax paying class.
There is little hope for the man
who boasts about how much he
Some pedestrians are just about as
careless as they say automobile.-, are
If you want n real busv iob. start
to (hasmg an idle rumor to Kb
Sometimes tin officer locates a
moonshine still by beating around
England didn't know what real
trouble was until she got her Irih
Well, if women do roll their stock
ings, is it an body's business but
You have noticed, of couise, that
fast gnls baldly ever catch n bus
Who got stung when the Irish re
public sold its bonds for Geiman
This is election wir, and hope
springs eternnl in the politician's
Some people will never get out of
debt so long as these aie stores that
sell on credit
A tiade note -njs theie is a -hcut-age
of plumbcis fiut they aie prob
ably on the way
I'lame -eeins to think nation"
have consciences, as some individ
uals aie supposed to have
Some people would never be able
to stait a conversation if weather
had not bee invented
Well, women hnve had the ballot
foi neatly a ear, and they haven't
wiecked the country yet
Now that we no longer have to
pay n war tax on soft drinks, what
will become of the pennies?
Another way of getting into
trouble is to buy your Christmns
presents on the installment plan.
We can understand why a man will
get drunk, but enn't understand why
lie will brag about it.
The average girl thinks .-he would
make n dandy central figure for a
tooth paste advertisement.
Really, you know, men had n dull
time of it before short shirts and silk
stockings came into fashion.
The term, limitation or armaments
turned out to have a diffetent mean
ing from what most of us thought
The income tax pavers say they
are entitled to sympathy, but some
how they don't get much of it
Farmers hnve been burning their
corn for fuel, but the coal men will
never eat their coal
They will never sing a hymn of
hate in the concert of the nations if
it is organized as it ought to be.
Christmas comes but once a year,
and sometimes it takes until mid
summer to get through paving for it.
China, as we understand it, doesn't
object to the open door but she
doesn't want Japan standing guard
Another thing we don't understand
is why conceited folks seem to get
along just about as well as the rest
And, too, a continudus conference
on the limitation of armaments will
add somewhat to the con of our
You can make some people believe
anything. Some people, for in
stance, believe a saxophone is a mu
Mr Harding seems to fear that
some potential pr sidential timber
is lurking in the ngncultlral bloc in
It has ju-t been discovered that
1021, when added together, make
13- No wonder we had -o much bad !
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lucic ium yvur
The begger may spend your money
in riotous living, it is true, but think
of how much clear conccience you
can get for a dime.
A press dispatch says a French
man has succeeded in making gold
out of lead- But we don't advise
you to take stock in his company.
Another reason for thinking the'
world is growing better is that jazz
music is going out of style.
Debs says he will war on war. But
he had better keep his mouth shut
if the country gets into another war.
Talking movies have been invented
according to a recent announcement
Now let the chap who has been read
ing the titles keep silent
We don't suppose it makes any dif
ference, but we would like to know
what has become tf .the war between
the Greek" nnd the Turks
The Russian Czar had a bad gov
ernment, of course, but he did not
let his people starve to death by the
thousand6 as the bolshevists are do
ing Let us all hope that Eugene Debs
will take the trip to Russia that he
is talking of And will like it so
wcU there that he will decide to re
main 8 8
a npmnflrntio Dartst a
(From Dcmocintir I're-s Huie-au
Newspapers ait filled with ac
eemnts of what congiess is going to
do foi the people If we look back
ward ovei the past year, our confi
dence will be none too much aiou-eil
in the waj of hope fen the be t
What has become of the old fash
ioned man who onte declared that
a lepublican administration ii. an
indication eif a businc-s government?
Also have .ou noticed that none
of the big lepublican publici-t- are
calling on President Harding 'n be
a candidate for a second term'1
'ihi Innlj Oklahoma!. ini-t mat
until the i c publicans do something:
for thi- nation, theie i little i.-iuse
to ft.ir a upiililican being elected
Governor of this State The tatc
ment is bnstd on sound aigiimcnt,
but -till the Oklahoman n.u- be
foieed to admit that the u-piiHuan
national ndmmistiation ha- ilonc a
plenty to thw countr If the republican-
should nominate a candidate
biave enough to stnnd on what the
federal adinimstintion ha- done to
the eountr, hi- veiy audacity ought
to give him a peculiar Maiding
The u publican love fta-t piopo-ed
for Oklahoma City was not piopos
ed because of a general holiday busi-ne-.s
rush Congressman Manuel
Herrick of the Eighth district want
ed to make n speech and tha' was
sufficient icason for having the
meeting called off
There i- mith in the idee, that
there will be new paity alignments
It is poibly tiue that there should
be a great paity to oppose demo
crats, but the republicans have just
fizzled out on the job. It w.is ori
ginallv a party of expediency nnd
this playing to the moment has about
eJeaned the republican party off the
map The old piotective tariff idea
l- about dead, except with n few
manufnctuiers who made millions
out of the delusion It l- pel hap
possible that the republican party
will have to die, n- did the whiga,
the knownothing and the others
which opposed the great punciples
of Jeffer-on and Jnck-on As presi
dent, Mr Tnft went under without
even a real tmggle; yet he is a
bigger man than Harding What can
be expected of the latter when the
cniciol trial arrives'
THE OFFICE CAT
Bill Spivens says if
the grocer will spend a
little time loafing
about a filling station,
he will learn why his
patrons can't pay.
OLD BLUE LAWS
In superstitious days, 'tis said,
Hens laid two eggs on Monday
Because a hen would lose her head
That laid an egg on Sunday.
Now our wise rulers and the law
Say none shall wash on Sunday,
So, (city) folks must dirty go
And wash them twice on Monday
A -ub'triber writes? "What is
home without a cat?"
Thi biid must be married
CARRIED THEM OUT
The managing editor wheeled his
i hair mound and pushed the button
fni thi office boy
"Here," he said to the youthful fac
totum, "aie a number of directions
from subscribers as to the best way
to run a newspaper See that these
ideas aie carried out."
And Jimmy, gathering them all
into the editorial waste basket did
"Say, Madelon, this liver's some
thing awful," said Buddy.
"I ver' sorry, mon cherie." answer
ed his French bride. I spick tomor
row wiz ze liveryman.
Bill Spivens says even if a man is
bad at figures he may enjoy looking
at a good one.
When it comes to curing heart
troubles a preacher usually has more
success than a doctor.
Bill Spivens concludes that declar
ing peace is next door to declaring
Out in Wisconsin there is a move
ment on foot to change the name of
Run River to Volstead River. Better
leave well enough alone. Should they
change the name to Volstead the riv
ti might go dry
The oniem was the first wireless
The Goat-Getter says, "business is
in the bum the Go-Getter says,
"busine-s is on the hum."
An anonymous contributor sends
us the name of a friend of his whom
he characterizes as a human squash.
We couldn't decipher the name and
therefore came to the conclusion
that the writer must have been u
SPEAKING OF FURNITURE
June Bride I would like to buy an
easy chair for my husband "
Salesman "Morris" ?
Bill Spivens says the idea that two
can live as cheap as one was proba
bly started by a tape worm
IT) LIKE TO BE
I'd like to be dictator of
All women's styles, my dears.
I'll guarantee they'd never change
In "even million yeots!
Not every woman who is a devotee
to the racket" plays tenni" No love
game foi those dames.
liner.- had come home and was
stumbling nvei things in the dark
"What aie you growling about
dear?" called Mrs. Rivers from the
'I am glow ling," he nnswered in
hn deepest bass voice, "to drown
hte barking of my shines "
' he n a modern girl says she
hasn't an) thing fit to wear to church,
he doe-n't mean what the old fash
ioned gill did
We lead a lengthy article the
othei day, headed "How to Kill Rum"
A description of the old fashioned
and popular way of killing it would
only take two words, "drink it."
josh Vise sez:
It is easier to recover from an ill
ness than from a bankrupt friend
Re careful whom you trust.
The nations agree to scrap battle1
ships nnd Will Hays says the post
office ought to be taken out of poli
tics The millennium may be around
Bill Spivens ays three things in
this world are always unexpected
Id give my wife lands and gold
If she would not, alas! alack!
Each night her small feet, icy cold
Plant in the middle of my back
Yoiingstown, Ohio, now has an of
ficial "cop sniffer" whose duty it is
to get a noseful of nil police breaths
every four bells Absence of a
hoochful a'romn. giving place to
cloves, onions, peppermint, or other
modes of breath camourflage, will
I nut w asicutcu i an ntiui. is ),uk
to be just plain breathe or the cop
l.. ....n.J . .Ilk! TO. ..I
gets the gate.
These new fangled hair cuts for
men make a fellow's noodle look a
good bit like a cabbage after the
lover leaves have been trimmed off.
Some heads look so much, like the
cabbage that it's easy enough for the
barber to be mistaken.
A SWELL SHINDIGOER, YOU
She "What does Jack mean when
he says I slide a slippery heel?
He "That's his slang; he means
that you shake a w icked hoof "
Iawjer: "So you want a di voice
fiom your wife. Aien't your re
Client: "Mine aie, but tier's are
the most unpleasant lot I ever met."
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8 RUDE RURAL RHYMES 8
Old King Coal
This is the hungry furnace door
that eats, up coal and calls for more.
This is the coal for eighteen bones,
so full of slnte so full of stones, or
other grades for twenty plunks, but
likewise full of clinker chunks, that
go in through the furnace door and
leave it hungry as before. These are
the ashes dead and white to be scrap
ed out both morn and night. This is
the bard in these hard times who
spends his dollars and his dimes, ob
tained by writing Rural Rhimes, for
bum black diamonds long on slate,
which sail in toward the furnace
grate and leave it still insatiate. This
is the shovel full of nicks with which
the bard perforates his tricks and
puts in many weary licks; the poker
too and eke the shaker, which worry
that old rhyming faker till he says
words not right nor wise for one who
hopes that, when he dies, he'll find in
Peter kindly feelings and have an end
of furnace dealings.
I SCRIPTURE I
1 Corinthians 13: 1-7
Though I speak with the tongues
of men and of angels, and have not
charity, I am, become as sounding
brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though 1 have the gift of pro
phecy, and understand all mysteries,
and all knowledge; and though I have
all faith, so that I could remove
mountains, and have not charity, I,
And though 1 beslow all my goods
lo feed the poor, and though I give
my body lo be burned, and have not
charily, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is
kind; charity envicth not; charity
vauntcth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but le
joiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, belicveth all
things, hopeth all things, endureth all
Any Bank or other Finan
cial Institution's prestage
is determined by years of
loyal and faithful service
to its Community.
The Durant National is a
Bank with a Character.
4 per cent
INCOME TAX J'ACTS
In tnnlrfncF mif tita tfirviiM. a
... ;;: ;Ao, .v.. r..:m'"c. ' -j
will find a considerable saving 2
comparison with the amount of .-.
paid on the same income for 192(K
The exemptions provided by tii .1
levenue act of 1921 are $1,000 fop
single ueiauim vuie verm lncineW.'S
u-tflnwa. wlHnwrif-e. Htvntt-iuia nJ Z
sons separated from husbands aai
wife by mutual agreement), $2Si
for married persons whose net fn. '
come was $5,000 or less, and $2,OQ0l
tor marrieu persons wnose net in
come was $5,000 or more. Under th
revenue act oi iio mo personal .
, emption allowed a married person,
'was $2,000, regardless of the amount'
I net income. The personal exemption-'
allowed a married person applies also '
' to the head of n family, man or wo-
' man who supports in one household
I one or more relatives by blood, mar
1 riage, or adoption.
The exemptions for dependents
'a person who receives his chief sup
i port from the taxpayer and who It
under 18 years of age or incapable of
-elf-suppoi t because mentally or phy-
i siealiy detective is increased from
$200 to $400.
The act requires that a return bt
filed by every single person whose
net income for 1021 was $1,000 or
more, every married person whos
net income was $2,000 or more, and
by every person single or married
whose gross income was $5,000 or
The requirement to file a return of
gross income of $5,000 or more re
gardless of net income is a new pro
vision. Net income is gross income.
less certain specified deductions for
business expenses, losses, bad debt.
etc-, which are fully explained oa
Returns must be filed by married '
couples whose combined net income
for 1921, including that of dependent
miffor children, equaled or excelled
$2,000, or if the combined gross i-:
come equaled or exceeded $5,000.
The period for filing- returns Is j
from January 1 to March 15, 1922.
Heavy penalties are provided foi
failure or "willful refusal" to file t '
return on time.
Forms 1040A for incomes of $5,000
and less and 1040 for incomes in ex
cess of $5,000 may be obtained froa
the offices of collectors of internal
revenue and branch offices. The tax
may be paid in full at the time of
filing the return, or in our equal
installments, clue on or ceiore Marco
15, June 15, September 15, and De
POTEAU IS RECOVERING
Poteau is recovering from the epi
demic of smallpox which brought
about n ciuaranttne of about every
thing in that city. Church servicer
have begun again and schools rae i
operation. During the epidemic every
home where there was smallpox was.
guarded by the city.
I have the money to loan to
you if you need It Lowest
rate quickest service.
FRANK H. WHITE
on time deposits
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