McCurtain Gazette. (Idabel, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 17, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 24, 1918 Page: 2 of 8
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PATRIOTICALLY CONTRIBUTED BY STROUD DRUG CO.
SMITHVILLE CITIZENS LOYAL
Hon. J. N. Fortner Delivered Speech and
They Bought $2000 Worth of
Hon. J. N. Fortner and Deputy
Sheriff S. N. Park visited Smithville
in the interest of the Liberty Bonds
and after a patriotic speech from Mr.
Fortner the citizens of that biliwic
got busy and subscribed $2000 to
the bonds. They were under the im-
pression that amount was their quota
and Monday morning the Bond Com-
mittee sent them an honor flag.
Smithville has some as good loyal cit-
izens as any section of McCurtain
County and when you ask them to
fall in line they generally respond
liberally. The speakers, Hons. Fort-
ner and Park were delighted with
their trip and came back giving praise
to the good people of that little city.
NEWS ITEMS FROM SHERWOOD.
Sherwood, April 20.—Sherwood is
now on the school and war map. The
school, an eight months term, is pro-
gressing nicely. The largest atten-
dance since the district was organiz-
ed and the best interest shown. Par-
Harrison’s Racket j
and Furniture Store I
ents are taking an interest; visiting
the school and advising freely with the
teacher concerning matters and things
affecting their childrens’ welfare.
A School District Council of De-
fense was organized the first week in
March, and now has over 150 mem-
bers. We meet in the afternoon on
the first and third Sundays in each
month. E. L. Wilson is chairman,
W. A. Carter secretary-treasurer,
with Joe Mitchell, Eva Jones and
frank Medlin, program committee,
j and R. L. Shipman, C. L. Martin and
jRuby Toon, loyalty and membership
At a meeting this afternoon a short
but appropriate program was render-
ed, then we got down to business, a
part of which was to adopt the res-
olutions sent out by the State Council
relative to crops.
Well sir, “Its an ill wind that
blows nobody good.” The war and
the government together will teach
the people of the Southern States how
to raise enough to feed their stock
and themselves. The 'Grange could
not and the Alliance failed in that
There is some complaint about hold-
ing the pe<4>le up here to a thirty-
day allowance on flour. You know
we have to go 28 miles to buy our
groceries, and over a mountainous
road, and it is a hardship, but we are
equal to the occasion. There are no
slackers or hoarders here. We are on
the job, and as Billy Sunday would
say “Shoot the dope to us” and well
Conditions resulting from the war
seem to have awakened a feeling of
fellowship that is contagious. The
ladies of the community have or-
ganized a District Welfare Associa-
tion, having among its many objects
and purposes. The care and custody
of the local cemetery; the sanitary
conditions of the school and church
buildings and their surroundings, and
the public social and moral welfare of
W. A. CARTER.
and excellent drill in parliamentary
rules. The president, Lewis Latimer,
promises to be an unusually strong
executive. Her inaugural address
was wonderfully, forceful and concise
and delivered with ease.
The feature of today’s program
were “four minute” speeches on the
Liberty Loan by Bill Guthrie and
Pat Ray. Some of our local speakers
might well envy them, their flow of
Visitors are welcome.
The number of bullets our boys
I will decide by those idle hours,
I might have spent in the Fed
The amount of useless suffering,
And the numbers that die from
I will decide for yon baby,
By doing my all or not,
Whether its father shall return
Or a foreign grave be his lot.
Then, dear God, before I come to th<
Help me to give my all, my beat
—Nine May Hanks in Croat
E. G. WASHINGTON
Garvin .... Oklahoma.
LITERARY SOCIETY ORGANIZED.
Sapphic Literary Society has been
organized in the sixth grade of the
George School. The meetings are
held each Thursday morning at 10:45
and truly interesting they have proved
to be. The members are getting some
good practice in public performance
When the boys come back from the
War-scarred, from shot and shell,
Their lungs tom up by the gases’[
Which are a part of Germany’s3
I will clasp their hands with glad-
Praise them that they did their
But I think that almost immediately
Their thoughts will search my
I wonder, if then ‘twill betray me?
Speak forth of the things I’ve not
To save the life of some comrade,
To bring back our country’s brave
Oh! in that hour of searching test,
To be able to say, ‘I have done my
Many a heart-broken mother
In sorrow will go to her grave
Because of the son she has sacri-
The sacrifice I might have saced,
Had I only been made devoted
More willing to play my part!
From my neglect, shall the light
In many a brave woman's heart?
God help me in the final test,
To know that I have done my best.
I’ve a great responsibility
That includes one and all.
I will decide by my daily diet
How many brave boys will fall.
I will decide by the money I spend
For things that aren’t worth-
That might have been spent for Lib-
How many mothers have smiled
their last smile,
I will decide by the words I may say
To the lad with a quarter to sepnd,
If I persuade him to buy a Thrift
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Old, W. J. McCurtain Gazette. (Idabel, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 17, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 24, 1918, newspaper, April 24, 1918; Idabel, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1042998/m1/2/: accessed January 17, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.