Renfrew's Record (Alva, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 49, Ed. 1 Friday, October 20, 1911 Page: 4 of 14
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RENFREW'S RECORD, ALVA, OKLA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20. 1911.
OKLAHOMA’S WATER SUPPLY.
By Dr. Charles N. Could,
There Is no other way lo spend i
$1.75 nnd get no inurh In lasting |
The matter of an adequate water
„ . , - , An examiner employed from the THE BEST IXVESTMENT FOR *..75
Renfrew S Record of the State Kxamln.tr and In
Published Every Friday. spe.tor has checked over the hook .
— and Recounts of the county offices
P. RENFREW. Editor and Pub. of Craig | pleasure for every member of the fan,; Bupply ta the most Important pro.,
STAN LEI SPI RRIEIt. Bus. Mgr. |n - ^ ^ laxl(il>1.lh ....... ..... he- lb i"» for a (ear's subscription to |,.m confronting the people of Okla-
T^CRMS' ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR come alarmed over this, as this samejThe Youths Companion. Itomtt today. The same statement
thitiK has happened In nearly ever) j For the hoys there are the line nr- applies with equal force to all of the
in the State. Including tides by experts In athletic sports states of the plains .Including the
It will be readily understood that
with an Inadequate supply of rainfall
and relatively few perennial streams:
telephone no. iat.
the water problem in Western Ok-;
lahoma is a serious one. Irrigation j
has been attempted on a small scale j
in a number of instances. Govern-1
inent surveys have been made in sev- j
eral localities in Western Oklahoma j
by the United States Reclamation
Wyoming, i Service, hut so far no large projects
Republican an well as Democratic |on the best practice In football, the lwo Dakotas, Montana,
counties. The truth of I lie matter knack of pitching, new "kinks" la Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Tex-|have been installed or are being at
__ i(i ,jiat every time the legislature jswlmmiDg nnd sprinting everything !lH.
meets the fee and salary law Is that Interests the active, high-minded. The amount of rainfall on the
Ihe header prints elsewhere a let 1ji(, UIltj| no\v men the experts i,0y. For the girls there is enqour- plains gradually decreases from the
* .. ........ f 'hiiiwi I'lllMI I* J I ini' * ... *
Kntcrctl at the ptmtollWc at Alva, Oklft
a> suut*ii(l• < 1 a**s maltci
(cr from Governor ('nice regarding ^ ^ ^ ^ (o the mean,ng
his action In not calling a special sen- (^ ,aw now tn f,The only un-
siou of the legislature. There Is j fortllmlU, thing about the affair is
nothing which the editor of HHh pa- I, ^ ihlH .............xp„r, K,.ls „bout
per can add to this argument. ] $1700 00 of our money whether we
taxpayers have not been clamoring ^ >n ,Uh or n0(. Vlnlta
lor u special session of 11,t* legisla-
ture. The politicians can also get
along without It. It wdlt be remem-
bered that prior to the constitutional
convention election that the Repub-
licans gerrymandered the State In a
desperate attempt to gain a partisan
advantage thereby. It will also be
remembered that as a result of this
attemept the voters of the state prop-
erly sal upon them and they elected
only twelve of the one hundred and
twelve delegates to the constitutional
convention. A gerrymander is a
boomerang and the Democrats of
Oklahoma had best let It alone. \ i-
Woods county lias had the same
experience several limes nnd the ex-
pert is the only one that appears to
get any money out of It.
Associate Justice John Muishall
Harlan of the United States Supreme
Court, died al his home in Washing-
ton City Oct. 14, 1911, aged 7S years,
lie took his seat on the supreme
bench December -9. IN* i , being ap-
pointed by President Hayes. Only
two other justices sat longer upon
the supreme bench than Judge Har-
lan, uamely, Associate Justice Ste-
phen J. Field. 34 years six months
nnd 10 days; Chief Justice John Mar-
shall, 34 years, five months and live
days and Harlan himself, .>.> years,
10 months and 34 days. Justice Har-
lan was appointed from Kentucky
and was one of the most profound
mid conscientious men who ever lin-
ed that high office.
A writer for the Hally Oklahoman
is authority for the statement that
tin* name of Associate Justice S. \\ ■
Hayes of the Oklahoma Supreme
Court, will be presented to the demo-
cratic state convention. February
22nd, for temporary chairman. There
tH no man in the stale better quali-
fied to preside over a great conven-,
tlon and Judge Hayes known < Ajor-
peter for fairness should cause till
factions among the delegates to rest
assured that they will receive proper
recognition and representation on
committees. Judge Hayes has the
confidence of his party to a greater
degree perhaps, than any other dem-
It is reported that if the state Is
not re-districted, that Charles F. Bar-
rett, of Shawnee, will be a candidate
for congressman at large. Charlie
is one of the best known newspaper
men in the state and his ability as an
editorial writer is excelled by none.
He Is one of the leaders of the lower
house of the legislature at present
and if nominated he will make a
strong race. He was formerly editor
of the Shawnee Herald and will im-
mediately resume that position. Suc-
cess to you. Charlie.
Senator R. L. Owen was in Lin-
coln. Nebraska, two days last week
in conference with Charles W. Bryan,
representing W. J. Bryan, concerning
the organization of precincts through-
the states for the purpose of affiliat-
ing with the Federation of Demo-
cratic Precinct Clubs of the United
States. The plan was adopted by
progressive democrats at a meeting
held at Washington soon after the
close of the last special session of
congress. Senators Owen, Chamber-
lain and Newlands formulated the
plan and Senator Owen is president
of the organization. The Idea is to
promote the art of self government
agement for all wholesome activities Mississippi River to tho Rocky
Indoors and out, from dainty dishes Mountains. Western Missouri nnd
to dainty dress. For the household practically all of Arkansas have an
there is good advice about gardening, j excess of 40 inches rainfall per un-
handy contrivances, ways of stretch- num; Kastern New Mexico ami (’do-
ing the nickles and dimes. rado have but 10 lo 15 inches per
This reading Is all in addilion to annum. Oklahoma, which lies mid-
the ordinary treasury of atories, ar- way between'the mountains and the
tides by celebrated men and women, Mississippi, received from 15 inches
the unequuled miscellany, the Invnl- in tHo western part lo 15 inches in
liable doctor’s article, the terse notes (i,p southeastern corner. The rain-
011 what Is going on In all fields of fu|] p, the eastern half of Oklahoma
human endeavor. is practically tiie same as that of
It will cost you nothing to send for Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois, an
the beautiful Announcement of The amount ample for all purposes. The
Companion for 1913. and we will western part of the State, however,
semi with it sample copies of the pa- received on an average only about
per. half the amount of precipitation that
l)o not forget that the new sub- falit, in the eastern counties,
scrlber for 1913 receives n gift of The . There is no more fort'.ie area
Companion's Calendar for 1913, lith- (|l0 union that that occupied by th
ographed In ten colors and gold, and ^tate of Oklahoma. The soil is c;i-
the Issues for the remaining able of producing a large variety o;
weeks of 1911 free from the time the crops, and the warm climate renders
subscription is received. the maturing of these crops almost
Only $1.75 now for the 53 weekly au absolute certainty. If Western
issues, but on January I, 1913, the j Oklahoma possessed an adequate
subscription price will be advanced water supply the great problem of
$2.00. the future development of that part
THE YOUTH’S COMPANION. 0f uie State would be permanently
New Subscriptions Received at this solved.
A walnut log. In a perfect state of
preservation has been found in Mc-
Pherson county, Kansas, 350 feet be
low the surface. Walnut timber has
become so scarce that for many years
the walnut stumps of old forests have
been grubbed up for material for use
in the manufacture of furniture but
when it comes to boring 350 feet on
the Kansas prairies for walnut logs,
none but the extremely rich can af-
ford walnut furniture.
OKLAHOMA IIAS THE GOODS.
There is enough water in Western
Oklahoma for the present popula-
tion; there is water enough for twice
and perhaps three times tHe present
population, but as the population in-
creases, as it must inevitably Increase
Norman, OUla., Oct. IS. I). '' it will eventually be found that the
Ohern, Professor ,of geology of the water supply is not adequate for the
State University here, who was re- demand as made upon it.
cently appointed Direetor of the Ok- The sources of water supply for
lahoma Geological Survey, lias al- j vvestprn Oklahoma are threefold,
ready assumed his duties. The now vjz _ precipitation, streams and wells
Director announces that tHe policy of an(j sprfng?,
tiie survey will he substantially the |( ]las aiready been stated that
same as that adopted by Dr. Gould the Onfall in this region averages
who recently resigned tiie Director- fronl j - l0 inches per year. This
There are just two tasks be-
We have received the first number
of the Alfalfa County Democrat, sue
cessor to the Byron Republican, edit
ml by R. G. Watkins and F. F. Perry
late of the Kiowa Kansan. The old
paper under a new name and with
an entire change of heart, politically,
is published at Cherokee, Oklahoma,
and its editorial matter and general
make-up is as fresh and vigorous as
the same editors have for the year
past made the Kiowa Kansan. We
wish the boys success in their new
venture and welcome them into the
Oklahoma newspaper field or fold.
bore the Survey," said .Mr. Ohern to
amount, which olten falls as a few
violent showers, is not sufficient to
mature a large variety of crops.
Corn, for instance, requires 30 to
1 10 inches of rainfall per year. Cot-
ton and wheat, nearly as mv.eh. Such
... crops as kalflr corn, broom corn and
poesi t maJze thrive in West 1 Okla-
"lass 1 honia, but, unfortunately, many farm-
ers persistently refuse to raise these
All the streams in Western Ok'.i-
tempted at the present time. Several
private projects are now being pro-
The popular fallacy of change of
climate incident upon the settling up
of a new country, once so common in
Oklahoma, has been practically ex-
ploded. This idea, always prevalent
on the plains, has been used as an
Inducement for the various real es-
tate booms in every state from the
Rio Grande to the Canadian line.
People are beginning to learn, how-
ever. that climate is a stable thing
which does not change within the
memory of a single individual.
To my mind the solution of the
problem is threefold—first, the In-
stallation of as many modern irri-
gation plants as possible, carrying
water from the streams and springs;
second, in the construction of num-
■ rous earthen dams to impound
,rm waters, and third, and most
portant of all, the cultivation of
u.-n crops as are suitable for the
Western country. The older farm-
ers are often loath to change their
methods of cropping. Many men who
have come to the plains country
from such States as Tennessee and
Ohio have lost their all because of
tlicir misunderstanding of climatic
conditions. it is gradually being
borne in upon them, however, that
the crops and methods employed in
the Eastern States will not necessar-
ily be successful in the plains.
Each year mere and more crops
suited to the climate are being
sown. Kaffir corti and tnilo maize
are replacing corn and cotton, and
broom corn is being raised instead
of wheat. Many farmers in this
region raise more bushels of grain
per acre from these crops than do
the farmers in the Eastern Btates
Dry farming is being practiced and
people are rapidly learning how to
farm the plains country.
As stated above, the soil is ex
tremely fertile, and capable of pro-
ducing large crops. If the water
supply is conserved and intelligent
methods of farming employed this
region will support a greater popu-
lation per square mile than such
States as Virginia anJ Tennessee.
Not until the population has reach-
ed four or even five times its present
density need any alarm be felt re-
garding excess of population.
to come to us first and see
what we can do for you
and show you what we
can save you on your
We have a complete stock
of County. City and Nor-
mal SCHOOL BOOKS
We will buy your old
Books, or take them in
exchange on new books.
DRUG AND BOOK STORE.
hold contributions for this purpose
and the state is called upon to meet a
rent bill of $3G,000 per year, it is
certain that the state capitol proposi-
tion will, in that event, become more
acute than at present.—Vinita Lead-
Few of the California gold-hunt-
erg of 1849 are loft so few that the
Western Association of Unlifor nln
Pioneers formally disbanded its or-
ganization at Chicago, last month.
At the same time the Western Asso-
ciation of Mexican War Veterans took
the same step. Tor its membership
had dwindled to a single veteran.
The revolutionists in China seem
to lie carrying everything before
them and the government seems pow-
erless to meet the emergency. So far
the rebels were treating missionaries
and foreign residents with every eon
slderatlon. The powers are rushing
battle ships to Chinese waters to pro-
tect the interests of their people if
it should become necessary.
VITAL STATISTICS. WOODS CO.-
STATE RUNT .v:
And now It appears that the e'oe-
tion boards of some of the cities of
Maine got their wires crossed when
they reported wet majorities and a
recount gives tile state dry by oxer
700 majority. The distilleries and
breweries have lost all the ntonex
they put up to corrupt the voters of
The following is the report of the
vital statistics of Woods county for
July, 1911. as shown by the state
hoard of health. Number of eases
of diphtheria, two; scarlet fever, one;
typhoid fever, 31, and one death.
Pneumonia fever, one ease, one death.
Births, male 30, female 30, total 40.
Deaths reported for the month, male
three, female two. total five.
. BUSINESS ACUMEN
Hon. Joseph B. Thoburn has a fine
article in the Sturm s Magazine sec-
tion of the Oklahoma City Times,
Oct. 14. entitled "The Story of Steam-
boating on the Upper Arkansas.
Mr. Thoburn is an authority on early
Miss Howell: You remember that
gentlemen you Introduced me to ,.t
the reception last night?
Miss Knox Yes.
Miss Howell After hearing me
sing, he said he would give anything
•if he had my voice.
Miss Knox -Well. 1 don't doubt it.
He is an auctioneer. Chicago New s.
a reporter today. "The first is
careful study of tiie vast mineral
wealth of the state, and the second is
to make the public acquainted with
the results. Field investigations are
being pushed as rapidly as
and we hope to have reports on olr
lead and zinc, our oil and out-
sand ready soon."
Mr. Ohern expressed himself as crops.
highlv pleased with tho support the . .
people of the state have given to the boma flow down the p ains, that te.
work. The hearty co-operation of they follow the general slope of he
the Survey Commission especially country from the mountains to the
pleases the survey staff here. This ; Mississippi, this slope being approx-
kind of co-operation, Dr. Ohern says, inmtely eight feet to the link', l.e-
is the sort Hint is appreciated L> gtnnh.g at the north, the largest riv-
those engaged in the xvokr. 'ers are Salt Fork of the Arkansas.
Asked what estimate he put on the Cimarron. North Canadian, South
mineral resources of the State, 1 .ie j Canadian, Washita and Red rivers.
Director said; "Few people realix ’ With the exception of the Washita,
what a vast store we have. The ex- which is more like an Eastern
pressions of surprise from visitors at !;,reain, these rivers are typical
the State Fair when shown the ex- streams of the plains; tiia. is, they
hildts of oil, coal, asphalt, marble, bave low, sandy banks, with little or
granite, building stone, cement, gyp- no timber, and broad, shallow, sand-
sum and a score of other tilings (*hoked channels. During a good
were very significant. The peop'e at (iart ot tho year these streams con-
targe do not know what we have. nttle ir no water, hut at irreg-
hut one who has studied the several u,nr intervals, without warning,
parts of the State is strongly con- L,rpat volumes of water, sometimes j
many feet bight, rush down the chant,
nel, carrying everything with it. The|
stream will he bankful for sex era! !
days- or even weeks, when the wa-
STHONG PRESIDENTIAL ter will recede and the channel will
PROBABILITY again be practically dry, possibly for
months. The origin of these infre-
quent rises is probably due to vio-
Natioual Monthly. Buffalo, N. Y. lent rains near the heads of the
It was the maguifleient record of streams.
the House Democrats in the Sixty- Entering the larger streams there.ber was................
first Congress under the leadership are a number of small tributary j You understand that not
of Champ Clark which laid the found- creeks, few of which are more than-ren'al has ever been
Special Use for Goat Skins.
Motor clothing and hearth-rugs aro
often products made from the skins
of a special breed of goats bred in
large and increasing numbers in Swit-
To Keep a Bed From Damp.
Tho best way to keep a bed from
damp, if 1< ft. for a week or two, is to
leave a blanket on the top after it Is
made. Take the blanket off before
using and you will lb. I it quite safe.
"Wonderful, marvelous! And what
does your picture represent?' "Oh, a*
to that, opinions are divided.”—
Stella—Is she a grass widow? Bella
—An alfalfa widow; she Has had
three crop.- of husbands iu a year.
vinced of the enormity of our miner-
This paper is not a partisan of
Oklahoma City as regards the loca-
tion of the State Capitol, it will be
remembered tbat the Loader opposed
the removal cf tho State capital until
1913, and that the voters of Craig
county sustained the position taken
by the Leader in that respect. How-
ever- it is well to know tiie facts in
regard to this subject. Pome of our
newspaper friends are overestimating
the amount of r, nt being paid by the
state for state offices in Oklahoma
City. Wishing to obtain exact infor-
mation on til's subject, the editor
addressed a letter to the Chairman
of (lie State Bear'! of Affairs. Here
"For the month of Aueust tho rent
al In the MercanMlc Bulldingami ant-
ed to ...................$1 Si 0.00
For the Month of Sept.....I"’.*.*'
This was due to the fact that the
Lease DlvMen of the Land Depart-
ment needed some extra rooms.
The rental for the Lawrence
• Building for the month of Septeni
a cent of
paid by the
Net Up to Him.
Teacher—Tell me! How do you
prove that the earth is round? Dull
but. Smart Pupil—I never said it was!
Keeping V'erm* From Plant*.
If air.slaked lime be used in earthi
in which plants are potted it will keep
Not the Hide of the Chamol*.
Chamois leather is not the hid* of[
the chamois, but tiie flesh
Very Low Tares
to California and
Many of these.state since the removal of the capital
ntion for the sweeping victory of 20 miles in leugth. Many 01 u.o»e >
1W10 electing a Democratic House, creeks are perennial, being spring. | to Oklahoma City, such rentals being
' 1 . | . « A-!..— nf L*. *lt.l f^HllfAtXn1 fLiixl
seven Democratic Senators to seats fed. and carry water throughout the
by Republicans and six Demo- greater part of tiie course through-
taken rare or by the Citizens' Capi-
tal Expense Committee of Oklahoma
sver,-™. a. ">•- „„,W. * » B».w-
Ft. Gibson was established oh the
Grand or Neosho River near its junc-
tion with the Arkansas, in 1834 and
for many years steamboats made reg-
ular trips to this point long before
railroads were built west of the Mts-
"Do you think women would im-
"Well," replied Mr. Groxveher "af-
ln 1731 a party of French explorers dolph(a T,m„
under the command of Bernard do
La llarpe ascended the Arkansas in
canoes, to the mouth of the t anadian
the front porch. I'll say this for them:
if they ever start an Investigation
they'll find out something." Phlla-
Suspicious Neighbor Did your
Early French voyages named the raothpr have a rooster for dinner yes-
Salt Fork o( the Arkansas, the Grand (erJaVi SOnnte?
Itical observer to the veriest txro in --------------------- . , ... ,,
u 1, . .... „ ,1., (rnra ih.. vrnn"s ins, this department being solf-sus-
nolttcs who studies the results of springs. The water from tn« spunks
Pollies, no t n A R„,lbeds re(ricn> which occu-,‘«“n‘nP' the>'
of the counties, is eften thp
„ie election of 1910. must be con- in the Redbeds region, which occu-they paying themselves nil
The state of Maine is still dry. it
was the battleship Maine that went
Suspicious Neighbor A
with black tail feathers?
Sonnle 1 don’t know she didn't
cook the feathers Sydney Bulletin.
.........*......55.. .-i-rszsirE strL
the nation. The battle next year for for domestic u e. The springs in the ^ ^ ^ buUd,nK
which everybody is now actively pro- Sandhills regions, which lie i.lons wherp a„ ,hp othcr o(nceB not ln.
paring must be fought Inrgely on the many of the larger streams, furnish Jn ^ 0(ber two bundlngs are
present Democratic House, of which a large supply of pure water. 1 he ,0CB(wl
Champ Clark Is Speaker and in the water from a number of these spring j u Rpppars therefore, that thus far
shaping of whose policies his has been often unite iu supplying the small tbp state of Oklnhoma has paid noth-
tlte predominant Influence. Small creeks, which enter into the l.irgi r (bo Wny of rent for offices used
wonder, therefore, that his name rivers. Oklahoma City. If the citizens
stands high in the list of the Demo- There is scarcely a locality in of Oklahoma City fall to conirlbuu
ratio I’residental probabilities. The Western Oklahoma iu which good enoUgd money to take care of tli so
logic of events has placed him there, well water may not be found. As In rpnts, the rental which the state
for since he has made and is making the ease of springs, the wells in the wouid have lo pay would approxl-
tlie record upon which xvt must up- Redbeds often encounter gypsum xvu- n,nte $36,000 per yenr, but thus far
peal to the country it is but logical ter. Those in the Sandhills and on Oklahoma City has been imylng U
•hat he should loom upon the horl- the high plains usually furnish Hex- enough money to take care nf lie
von as a strong Presidential probab- h.austlble supplies of pure, soft wa- rent proposition. If tho public aplrll
ter ed citizens of Oklahoma City with-
rr> H ROUGH Tourist Sleeping
I Cars on fast Rock Island trams
xx ith dinini; cars, from Memphis.
Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Kansas
City, and many other points, to tne
Pacific Coast xvithout change, provide
roomy, comfortable berths xvith con-
veniences of a standard Pullman at
half the cost.
Choice of Routes
"Southern” via F.l Paso, ihc low altitutt*
wav, or "Scenic”—thro’ the hcan of die
Colorado Rockies and Salt Lake City.
September 15 to October 15,1911
Hock Island Lines will sell one wav colon.si
ticket* to California at the following rates
$2695 *roln Wi*t*r
1 'Shawnee, *OkU-
) home Cily,'Enid,
j Chickatha, Coal-
\ ton and Guthrie.
•Via Kansas City $26.40
Corresponding low rates from otlirr
Similar low fares to Pacific Nonh««o
Much Comfort-—Little Cost
you t.ikr "Rock island Lines" from
(> Island l
IsTl ih* tell you how
cau uiuke lb* trip
I s? Thompson
Ihvihii'ii |*,v ,\cm
Uhl 1 h'» ii i r»t>
J. C. Barr
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