Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 65, Ed. 1 Friday, March 19, 1909 Page: 4 of 8
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Norman Daily Independent
Published every day except Similar by
V. K. DANXKK. Editor and Proprietor.
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Entered a> second class matter January
27. 1909. at the post office at Norman, Okla-
noma under act of March 3. li*79.
GETTING READY FOR SALE.
Secretary Cassidy, of the school
land department, will begin this week
organizing a force to accomplish the
sale of the state's school lands, au-
4 : thorized under an act of the legisla-
* ture, recently approved by the gov-
ernor, but which does not become
. effective until June 10, ninety days
after the legislature's adjournment.
In the meantime the school land de-
partment is required by the act to
* advertise the sale for three issues in
* at least three agricultural journals of
I national circulation, in one newspa-
per of the state of general circulation
and in one newspaper published in
the country where the land is situat-
ed. It is also required to issue a
pamphlet giving descriptions of the
land, the locations by counties, to-
gether with the improvements and
wvr.lth .it they must dig up in ad-
dition a gross income tax.
When the tax assessor visits ar
< iklahoman this spring, even thoug'i
he live- in a tent and wears ninety
cent jeans the assessor propounds
this question to him: "Was your
gross income from salaries, fees,
trade, profession and property upon
which a gross receipt or excise tax
has not been paid, any and all of
them, for the year ending June 30th
la-t preceeding in excess of three
thousand five hundred dollars?"
HIS IN VEHTIVE GENIUS
A Short Story Complete In This Issue
Look weil, fit, why its makes the
ordinary machine made suit look like
thirty cents. Hirsh Wickwire hand
made suits. McCall's.
MAD DOG SCARE.
Norman enjoyed a mad dog scare
this morning up until about noon
when dog supposed to be mad was
killed. The dog was M. F. McFar-
land's little terrier. It left home last
night and was acting strange and bit-
ing other dogs in the southeastern
part of the city this morning. It is
not known whether dog was mad
i or just lost.
SENATOR OWEN A PLAINTIFF
Guthrie, Okla., March 18.—Senator
Robt. L. Owen i- plaintiff in a land
suit which opened at Chandler for
trial today for the completion of pay-
ment on certain town lots, involving
point- affecting no le-s than 35,OCO
tract- of land in old Indian Territory
value.! at $2/'!'0,000. The que-tion at
i-sue i- the title of n.inority of In-
dian, who, when they became of age,
claimed a- their own allotments that
had been sold during their minority,
It seems that every reference we
make to our police officers touches
' a soft spot. At any rate we always
get some sort of .7 response, and that
response generally consists of a re-
quest to mind our own business.
Now our business consists of more
than eating and sleeping. I he busi-
ness of a newspaper is a varied one
and consists of whatever the public
demands. One of the things the pub-
lic would like is law enforcement,
with no respect for persons. Some-
times when a fight occurs some poor
fellow gets "thrown in."
At other times, no arrests are
made. We want to know "why! some
folks are allowed to ride bicycles on
side walks against a city ordinance.
Others are notified they must not.
We wonder, "why?"
WHAT IS YOUR
Guthrie, Okla., March 18.—The tax
assessors this year, are looking for
the man whose gross income exceeds
S3,500 a year. Such individuals al-
though they may be paying advalor-
em taxes on every dollar's worth of
property they possess have not yet
discharged their debt to the common
Women's Missionary Society.
Mrs YOSS entertained the Society
Wedne-day afternoon March lGth.
Twenty two ladies present. Our
pastor Mr. Alexander was also pres i
ent. The following officers were el-
ected for the year.
Mrs. Henry Meir, Pres. Mrs. A. T.
Clark, Vice-president, Mrs W. O.
Spencer, Secretary, Mrs. White,
Treaeurer, Miss Mary Gauger, Sec-
retary of Literature.
The regular program was given.
Foreign Topic—Evangelism among
the Bulns—Mrs. McCuilough.
Africa,—Picture Stories of Bulul —
Borne Topic—The best plan for
System itic and object giving—Mrs.
After the program, a Luncheon of
sandwiches cake and cocoa was served
by the hostess. The next meeting j
will he held with Mrs. White April
MIGHT HAVE KNOW BETTER.
It is reported that the ladies of the
Christian church at Durant and who
served the banquet to the visiting
legislators in honor of the locating of
i a normal school at Durant, are very
shy much of the silverware the wom-
en brought from their homes to set
the banquet tables. Xot very safe to
i put valuables where an Oklahoma
legislator can get his hands on it.
The ladies of Durant will learn that
the place for silverware is a safe,
when legislators are around.
Guthrie, Okla., March 17.—In an
opinion to Ed M. Catron of Ponca
City, Attorney General West holds
that the issuance of election procla-
\ mations by mayors for city elections
is abrogated by the new election law
General West holds that all nomi-
nations made prior to the passage of
the bill are void and that candidates
for the school board as well as all
other city officers must be nominated
| by primary.
Don't forget the cake sale at
the Franning building Saturday
Johnny Bounce and I were school-
mates and fast friends. Johnny was
younger than I. but stronger. Every
boy who could lick me availed himself
of the opportunity just for the fun of
It. Johnny could lick most of them
and, noticing that 1 needed a friend, be-
gan to lick every boy that licked me.
This bad a wholesome effect, and I
was soon let alone. Indeed, I am not
sure that I did not impose on some of
them, knowing that a dread of John's
big fist would deter them from giving
me a deserved punishment.
When we left school to go out into
the world (we were pretty big boys
then) 1 said to John Bounce: "Johnny,
I want you to understand that 1 owe
you a whole lot. If I ever get a chance
to make a stand off for what you've
done for me, I'll do it."
"Oh, you don't owe me anything,
Tom," he said. "Besides, I guess we'll
both get along pretty well."
1 didn't see John after our parting
for years. Then one day a man came
into my office of very forlorn appear-
ance. I put my fingers in my pocket
to get out 10 cents when I noticed the
fellow looking at me with a quizzical
"You don't know me. Tom?"
"Xo, 1 don't."
"I'm Johnny Bounce."
My heart sank, for 1 knew that the
world had been too much for John.
However, I gave his hand a warm
grasp, asked him to sit down and tell
me what he had been doing. lie said
he hadn't had much success thus far.N
but he had "irons in the fire," some of
which he thought would pan out very
big. I had heard of these "irons" be-
fore in connection with men who had
lost their grip on the world and knew
that instead of irons they were gases.
But I saw that John was sincere, so I
did not discourage him.
"You can't run a thing like that,
John," I said, referring to one of his
schemes, "without being 'grub staked.'
I haven't any capital to put in, but I
wish you would let me lend you what
you need from time to time. I've got
§10 here in my— Xo? Don't need it?
Well, whenever you do come right in
here and get it."
I knew perfectly well that he needed
money, but could not bring himself to
take it from me, whose equal he had
been in everything except an ability
to punch boys' heads, and in this he
had been my superior. I was obliged
to let him go without affording him
relief, but I took his address, resolving
to find some indirect way of giving
him money. But I was very busy at
the time and put the matter off. Be-
sides, I am not an inventive genius and
failed to think of any method of lend-
ing John Bounce money without ap-
pearing to give it.
One morning a woman came into my
office and said she had heard John
Bounce, who boarded with her, speak
of me. She said that Bounce owed her
$87.45 for board, and she would like
me to tell her if he had any property
on which she could levy. I told her
that Mr. Bounce was a perfectly hon-
orable man, but was trying to carry
through certain schemes without suffi-
cient capital. She left with a check
for the amount of her bill. A week
later I received a note from John re-
gretting that the woman had thought
It necessary to adopt such strenuous
measures and assuring me that one of
his irons was at white heat and he
would soon call and return the amount.
I admired his plan of enabling me to
help him indirectly.
John never came to see me. His
pride, his sensitiveness, whatever it
was, wouldn't let him. One day a long
while after the board bill episode I
reci ived a note from an undertaker
telling me that a man named John
Bounce had died in a boarding house.
A letter from me had been found in
his room, and since there was no
money to bury him it was deemed ad-
visable to notify me. The amonnt re-
quired was about $100.
I was sorry now since poor John
was gone that I had not been able to
do more for him. I inclosed a cheek
for the amount and authorized a call
for more. I did the latter as an ex-
cuse to my conscience for not attend-
ing to the matter personally. I couldn't
bring myself to such a melancholy
A few months later I received a note
from one who wrote that he had been
an intimate friend of the late Mr. John
Bounce, the inventor. It was proposed
by several of Mr. Bounce's friends ti
place a headstone at his grave. There
were four men ready to contrib-
ute $50 each. The cost of the stone
would be $250. Knowing that I had
been a schoolmate of Mr. Bounce, he
had ventured to write to know if I
would make one of five. I at once sent
my check for $50.
A year passed. One morning I re-
ceived a note from a lawyer stating
that John Bounce had died n few days
before (my hair stood on erid with as-
tonishment). that Mr. B< unce had left
me his s>le heir (I wondered), that
Mr. Bounce had patented a mechanical
toy,, and that a toy manufacturing
company stood ready to give $25,000
for the sole right to manufacture (I
grasped my desk fcr support).
This wonder turned i ut to be a real-
ity. I accepted the offer, and when
the check was paid me my eyes fillei'y
with tears. My poor, dear Johnny
Bouncc had succeeded after all, but
too late. My thoughts were only on
that genius for inventing methods by
which I ci uld give him money with-
out wounding the feelings of either
himself or me.
XOEL WESLEY BATES.
WILLIAM H. EDWARDS.
"Big Bill" Edwards, formerly of
Princeton, is adding to the fame he
has won as a football player and ref-
eree by his cleaning up of the grafter#
in the New York street cleaning de-
partment, of which he is commis-
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