Davenport Leader (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 2, 1905 Page: 3 of 6
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DESTROY BOLL WEEVIL.
Messrs Smith and Mass y made
our office a call during the week
and left with us their Alabama pap-
er, at the same time calling cur at-
tention to the following article
about destroying the boll wevil. It
seems to be such a good plan that
we print it below, giving credit to
the Weekly Times, Anniston, Ala.
"Mr. George Eichelberger, who
has been selected as one of the del-
egates from Calhoun county to the
New Orleans convention, and who
is a large and successful planter
himself gives an ori i al, unique
and what promises to be the only
successful plan yet evolved for
blotting out the boll wevil plague
and of incidentally protecting the
interest of the cotton planter."
Briefly stated his plan is to have
the government survey the districts
in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi
infected by the plague, and prevent
the growing of cotton f^r five years
in the territory.
In order that the owners in the
restricted acreage might not suffer,
the government is to pay $3 per
acre for its use, the igovernment to
be reimbursed by a direct tax law
upon the cotton crop of the coun-
try, equalizing 90 cents per hundred
pounds of lint, or $3 per bale. This
plan wouid work 110 sectional or in-
dividual injury and eventualy would
prove a great blessing to the res
tricted districts and a great imme-
diate benefit to the remainder of
the cotton belt. How? Some may
ask. It would cause the owners of
these lands infested by the plague to
1 turn their attention to cattle raising
\ and diversified farming, which in 5
years would so enrich the territory
that there would be no desire to re-
turn to the cultivaton of cotton
Starvation is the only means yet
devised for destroying the weavil.
He consumes nothing but cotton,
and if his substenace be removed he
per force dieth out.
As the old saying goes, two birds
are virtually killed with one stone by
this process. A plague which prom-
ises to deplete every cotton field in
the south is stayed and perhaps for-
ever eliminated and the much need-
ed reduction in the cotton acreage
Mr. Eilchber skillfully and prae-
hedges against every apparent ob-
jectionable proposition to his plan.
In answer to tiie question if it would
not be unconstitutional, he said:
No more so than it is- to legislate
against any other plague or disease,
[f my cattle are affected with mur-
rain or any other contagious disease
I am required to kill them. Each
mate has a rigid law against the sale
and purchase of fruit 'rets infested
with the San Jose scale or other dis-
eases. The bowl wevil districts are
Flour and Feed,
ALL YOU WANT, ALL THE TIME.
YOURS FOR TRADE,
Corner First Street ;md Cleason 'Avenue,
infested with a plague of the wor^t 1
kind, and tbe government; in itself, $
should adopt the most strenous
measures for obliterating it, even
should it greatly be to the hurt of
the sections so infested. But do
not want the people of those sec-
tions to suffer, neither do I want
the government to sustain loss, and
am willing to have my crop taxed
to relieve the exigencies of the case,
and am sure every cotton grower in
the south would also be willing if
presented in a practical way.
"But I believe," continued the
gentleman, "that the cwners of the
property in thoso districts would en-
ter most heartily iu the scheme and
adopt it without endorcement, be-
cause $3 per acre 4is a pretty good
rental price, auyway, and they could
nse their lands for any other purpose
"Any possible effort at fraud could
be easily obviated," said he. "Th
government would require a sign
pledge from each individual not to
plant cotton during the five years of
restriction, and keep posted at the
public places in each county the
names and addresses of the party to
the agreement. They could not
secure the cotton award and publicly
engage in its cultivation.
"But what would become of the
thousands of people before engaired
in the cultivation of cotton in those
districts?" we suggested.
"They could be easily taken care j
of by the government at much more
remunerative wages," said he, '-in
the constuotion of the Panama canal.
Thousands and thousands of labor
ers will be needed there within the
next few years, and no class would lil
the bill so effectively and satisfactor
ily as the southern negro. Those
taken from the country would return
their wages to their families anil six v
mouths employment on the bisf ditch
would more tham equal twelve in the
cotton belt. Each negro's family
would have plenty to spend and to
(Continued on 4th page,)
J. M. K1NSEY
J. M. KINSEY,
In the Post Office Building.
3 will sell you good
meat ?t 4 cents a lb.
Next grade 2 cents.
Come and see if 1 dont do
what I say.
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LIQUORS OF ANY KIND
Drink the best
They cart Always be found at the saloon
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Davenport Leader (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 2, 1905, newspaper, February 2, 1905; Davenport, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106296/m1/3/: accessed July 28, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.