Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 16, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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NORMAN DAILY INDEPENDENT
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1909.
Make Contractors Follow Specifications and
No Such Provisions Will Be Needed—
An Enormous Extra Cost.
CAN NEVER MEND BAD 2 PAYING
Prepare Right Kind of Specifications and
Gives City Chemist Power To See
That They Are Fulfilled-
DR. CYRUS NORTHROP
It is to be hoped that when the
city readvertises for bids for paving
that the specifications for the same
will be such that it will not be nec-
essary to have any five or ten years
maintenance guarantee put in the con-
tract at a cost of from 10c to 20c per
square yard extra. A ten year guar-
antee will cost the city in the neigh-
borhood .of $14,000 extra. Now let us
see what need there is of it.
In the first place the objection to
our stand will be at once raised that
unless we have this guarantee the city
will likely have to be continually pay-
ing out money for repairs. But a bad
paving is a bad paving and no mat-
ter how much it is patched it can
never be made into a good paving.
What needs to be done is simply get
the right kind of a paving specified
and then have a man to see to it that
the contractors come up to their con-
tract or not accept the paving.
The city has such a man in the per-
son of their city chemist, Dr. DeBarr,
a man in whom the city can put im-
plicit confidence. The city has Dr. De-
Barr employed and when the paving
begins it will be his duty to see that
the material put in the paving comes
up to the specificatinos in every par-
ticular. Now suppose that a contro-
versy should arise between Dr. De-
Barr and the contractors. If the guar-
antee provision is inserted they will
say that it is none of his business,
that if they do not do it good they
will have to patch it, and Dr. DeBarr
will have to give in to them. But a
poor paving is a poor paving and can
never be patched up to make it a
good one. Besides that, it will be
cheaper for the contractors to put in-
ferior stuff in the paving and then
run the risk of having to patch it
than to put good stuff in it. That
has been the experience of other cities
A Musical Feast Enjoyed aud Appreciated
By a Large Audience at The M. E-
Church. South, Last Nk'ht.
A PROGRAM TO BE REMFMBERED
Professor Brase, Mrs. Guarant, Professor
Holmberg, and University Male Quar-
tette All Played Splendid Parts
Dr. Cyrus Northrop, who has announced that he will retire from the presi-
dency of the University of Minnesota at the end of the present college year,
has been at the head of the institution continuously for 25 years. He was
born at Ridgefield, Conn., September 30, 1834, graduated from Yale in 1857,
and from the Yale law school in 1859, being admitted to the bar the next year.
In 1861 he was clerk of the house of representatives of that state, and the
next year served in a like capacity in the senate. From 1863 to 1884 he waa
professor of English literature at Yale.
and will be the exprience here.
On the other hand, if the proper
specifications are prepared and au-
thority given to Dr. DeBarr to say
whether the stuff that goes into the
paving comes up to the specifications
or not, it will rather be none of the
contractor's business if he objects and
he will be in a position to demand
that they be the ones to make con-
cessions and not him. In other words,
if he does not think the material
comes up to the specifications he does
not need to accept it. Thus will the
city be guaranteed a good paving with
out paying the contractors $14,000
extra for the same.
Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 16.—The House,
Friday, after a spirited debate, decid-
ed to adjourn from Friday, January
22nd, to Monday, January 25th, thus
enabling the legislature to accept El
Reno's invitation to be guests of the
city Saturday night, January 23rd, at
a ball and banquet. During the debate
it was declared that El Reno was a
candidate for the state capital. This
was denied by Represnetative Cope
and Speaker Wilson, both of whom
repreesnt Canadina county.
Representative Gilmer, of Ardmore,
is the author of a bill for a Con-
federate home to be located by a com-
mission composed of six members.
His bill carries $20,000 appropriation.
Representative Maxey, of Shawnee,
previously introduced a like measure
which appropriated $15,000 for a home.
Representative Tillotson of Nowata,
is the author of a bill prescribing the
method of leasing the lands of minors
for oil and gas purposes. Its passage
with slight amendments has been
Representative Ht im, of Creek coun-
ty, is the author of a bill to prohibit
the sale of or giving away of mor-
phine and cocaine. He would place the
penalty for violation at a fine of $500,
and imprisonment for five years.
Representative Sullivan of Sequo-
yah county, has a free text book bill
before the House.
The longest bill yet introduced in
the legislature is by Senator Roddie,
of Ada, an act to amend the state
banking laws enacted by the first
In considering the parole of state
convicts now in Kansas prison, the
Senate went on record as being op-
posed to bringing the convicts home
and employing them in underground
One of the best musical treats that
t lie citizens of Norman have had the
privilege of enjoying for a long time
was given at the M. E. church, south,
last night by Professor Brase, Profes-
sor Holmberg, the University Male
Quartette, and Mrs. Guarant. The
concert was given by these people, un-
der the auspices of the church, as a
dedicatory service for the new pipe
organ that has just been installed, and
which is a departure from the usual
kinds of musical instruments hereto-
fore known to Norman people.
The University Male Quartette and
Professor Holmberg are too well
known here to demand any comment.
Their appearance on any program
would mean a first class entertain-
ment. Professor Brase's home is in
Lindsborg, Kansas, where he is em-
ployed as instructor in the music
school. He is recognized as one of
the- foremost organists of the South-
west. For the last ten years he has
played the pipe organ at all those
great Messiah festivals that have been
held at Lindsborg, which are yearly
lauded through the press and talked
about all over the country. He re-
ceived his principle musical educa-
tion abroad and was for some time
organist in the King's Chapel at
in all, Professor Brase rendered
eleven selections last night, all of
which were loudly applauded and high
ly appreciated by a large audience. As
stated in the beginning, the music
was a departure from the kind usual-
ly heard in Norman, and this fact add-
ed to the fact that a man who thor-
oughly understands the pipe organ
was presiding and playing made the
entertainment doubly interesting.
The University Male Quartette made
the Northwlnd howl so much real like
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Danner, V. E. Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 12, Ed. 1 Saturday, January 16, 1909, newspaper, January 16, 1909; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106694/m1/1/: accessed August 2, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.