Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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NORMAN DAILY INDEPENDENT
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1909.
DR. JAMES B. ANGELL
More Reasons Why the County Commis-
sioners Made a Deplorable Blunder
By Letting ' Tax Ferrets" In.
WILL DO THE COUNTY NO GOOD
Will Stagnate Industry an d Make It Im-
possible To Borrow Money at a Rea-
sonable Rate of Interest.
The fellows who had the "tax ferret"
law passed advanced this argument:
Last year "A" had $1,000 worth of
property. He paid taxes on it. This
year he has sold the property but
holds a mortgage on it; in reality he
is worth just as much as he was last
year; he gets interest on the mortgage
the same as he got revenue from the
property. Therefore he ought to be
made to pay taxes this year the same
But "A" sold this property to "B.'.1
Last year "B" didn't have anything.
Therefore he didn't pay any taxes.
This year he has a deed to "A's''
property, but there is a mortgage
against the same for all the property
is worth and "A" holds this mort-
gage. The law requires him to pay
taxes on the land because he holds a
deed for it. Really he is no better off
this year than he was last year. But
he must pay taxes on $1,000 worth of
property just the same. That has al-
ways been the law. He knew that when
he bought the property. He bought
the property expecting to have to pay
taxes on it.
The county this year will be col-
lecting taxes on $1,000 from "A" and
on $1,000 from "B." Last year it
collected taxes on only $1,000 from
both. As far as the county is concern-
ed there has been no change in the
value of the land or the worth of the
two men. There is only $1,000 worth
of property to be taxed. Yet the coun-
ty wants to tax both men for the full
value of the property.
This is nothing but double taxation,
tf the law stands as it is and the
county commissioners continue to agi-
tate the question of collecting back
taxes the state will either have to
raise the statute rate of interest to
about double the present allowed rate
or no one but money sharks will loan
any money and they will skin the peo-
Paving Work Will Soon Begin; Let's
Make Norman Prettiest City Iu State
— Plant More Trees New-
NO REASON P0R FURTHER DELAY
Let's Have a Creamery; Let's Do More
Trading At Home; Let's Creat New
Iudustries for Our Laborers-
James Burrill Angell, president of the University of Michigan, celebrated
his eightieth birthday a few days ago. He has been at the head of this in-
stitution ever since 1871. President Angell was minister to China in 1880
and in 1887 negotiated a treaty for the United States with Great Britain oy«#
the North Atlantic fisheries.
pie so bad that they will own all
the property in the county inside of a
There is no justice in any double
tax law. One or the other, either the
borrower or the lender, must suffer
and the whole people reap the pro-
ducts of their sufferings. If the man
who is to hold the mortgage has to
pay taxes on his mortgage, then he
will either have to quit lending mon-
ey or selling his stuff on time, or he
will have to have a higher rate of in-
terest than now allowed him with-
out violating the law. If he ceases to
loan money, then development and
industry must come to a stand still.
If he charges more interest, then the
borrower must stop borrowing and
the effect is The same.
If the supreme court holds that the
"tax ferret" or double tax law, for
that is what it is, is constitutional,
then there is either something wrong
with our constitution or our supreme
court is incompetent. There is no jus-
tice in such a law, and if our consti-
tution is not designed to give us jus-
tice then what is it good for?
The county commissioners here made
a great mistake when they let the
contract to the "tax ferrets" to ex-
amine the records. The "ferrets" could
not have done anything had not the
county commissioners given them the
power. They had to get the commis-
sioners' permission before they could
turn their hands to anything.
They are raising a big fuss and
what does it all amount to? The coun-
ty is not profiting by the fuss any;
the "ferrets" may make a good haul
and that is all that they are after.
The county has no right to collect
taxes on property twice and if they
succeed in collecting a lot of back
taxes, they will have to return a like
amount to the fellows who paid taxes
on the property which the mortgages
represented or else some one is go-
ing to get a bad deal.
You say, well if a lot of back taxes
are collected the levy ijext year will
not have to be so high. But that will
be giving the whole people the bene-
fit that should go to a few. There
are lots and lots of people who, when
those taxes ought to have been paid,
if they ever ought to have been paid,
who never had anything to pay taxes
on then, but who pay considerable
CONTINUED ON PAGE FIVE.
The paving question is now settled;
the University question is as good as
settled. Then why not get to whoop-
ing things up for a greater Norman
in some more ways? Don't think that
we mean to spend more money; no,
no, that will not be necessary.
Let's turn our attention to beauti-
fying the town—let's have the pretti-
est town in the state. Let's have some
more trees planted and more lawns
prepared. Now is the time for such,
things and not after while. Plant
trees, clean up yards, get things in
Let's have more dwellings built.
Let's have more room for the people
who come in here to locate. Let's get
a place to put them and then they
Let's encourage the creamery propo-
sition. Let's have everything taken
care of here that we can. Let's keep
our money at home. Let's consume
our own products. Let's give our home
people the work of putting our pro-
ducts into suitable and marketable
Let's do more of our trading at
home. Let's cut out this everlasting
chasing up to Oklahoma City for our
needs that can just as well and just
as cheaply be supplied at home. Let's
pay more attention to boosting our
town than boosting Oklahoma City by
doing our trading at home instead of
NOT DEAD AT ALL
C. A. Brakeblll, a constable of Nor-
man, reported killed a few weeks ago
in a raid of a bootlegging joint at
Blanchard, and well known In Okla-
homa City, surprised a number of his
friends in this city yesterday by so-
cial calls, and established in person
the fact that he was yet very much
alive. Brakebill was desperately wound-
ed by stray bullets from the gun of a
deputy sheriff and others while en-
gaged in a battle with Bill Bailey, an
alleged notorious blind tiger operator
of Blanchard.—Dally Oklahoman.
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Danner, V. E. Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1909, newspaper, January 21, 1909; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106698/m1/1/: accessed December 17, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.