Cleveland County Leader (Lexington, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 8, No. 33, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 13, 1899 Page: 1 of 8
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Lkxington, Oklahoma Tkkkitoky, JSati'kday, I\I \v 13, IS'.i'.t.
' following gentlemen constitute
— | the doard of directors: E. J. Kel-
i„KPn..B ik.i.u.n «r,. ler) j L Little, Will Marcum,
ani l < < n(i lenoc ia the |)roN|>« « J* is
Fifty men ;ire camped just
north of Blackwell'* farm survey-
ing on the route for a railroad to j
Lexington, coming from Stroud,
through Tecumseh and Burnett.
The people everywhere have the
utmost confidence in the building
of the road. Property has ad-
vanced ten per cent or more in
value and there is great demand
for both residence and business
As a rule we are very slow to
beliave' railroad promises or to
place any confidence in prospects
of a new road. Indications fail
as readily as rain signs in Kan-
sas. Two prominent facts, how-
ever, must be admitted: First,
everybody agrees that this road
would pay the company as well
as our people. Second, The Fris-
co is building rapidly in Oklaho-
ma and has very energetic men
at work. The branch lately built
from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City,
giving a through route to Sf.
Louis, is paying well. Why
should not a branch from Sapul-
Col. Thompson, territorial treas-
urer; Robert Grow, P. II. Miller
and A. Monroe Perdue, The
organization was perfected Mon-
day afternoon and these officers
elected. These gentlemen inform
us that they expect to make the
bank safe and sound, and deserve
the patronage of our people.
The furniture is being received
and the doors will be opened next
Jiid^e Burwell lias indefinitely post-
poned the regular term of the district
court which was to convene at Norman
May 15'. This action was taken on ac-
count of the much crowded docket at
Tecumseh. There is no assurance
when court will hold forth at Norman
again, but not at all likely before Sep-
tember. After the court is through at
Tecumseh, the supreme court has a
session, and this, together with the
much needed? rest courts usually take,
will postpone this session until fall.
Lawyers and people in general express
much dissatisfaction at the couit's ac-
ALMC3T A CLOUDBURST.
Chickasha, 1. T., May 0.—A cyclone
struck Chickasha about 4:l!0 this after-
noon, wrecked sixteen residences and
Always complete and up-to-date. The largest drug stock
in Southern Oklahoma.
Roots and Herbs, Elixers,
Pure Drugs, Stationery, Jewelry, Fancy Goods.
Paints, Rubber Goods.
Books, Soaps, Perfumes
PTn/l DQ Are the best and kept the way the suioker
When yon fail to find what you want at other drug stores,
you can get it at
BILAN & ABERNATHY'S.
The Bitch Saved Lexington From
Lexington merchants and the
residents of the bottom are happy
in the tested confidence that Lex-
ington will never again be dam-
aged by a flood. Those who
fought the ditch so boisterously
must acquiesce in the demonstra-
ted fact that the ditch saved us
from a terrible overflow Saturday
night and that it will ever be a
Saturday about 5 p. m., the
rain began falling in sheets. It
continued almost incessantly for
two hours; then at short inter-
vals until midnight. Heavier
rains never descended. It was
j almost equal to a cloudburst.
! Choteau rose rapidly until 9 p.m.
i It was then backed up to the Cy-
clone hotel and up to the side-
' walk across the creek by the
j bridge. Then it stopped raising
i and remained about that high
j until 5 a. m , when it began to
I fall. E. V. Johnson, across
, whose farm the water from the
flitch runs into the Canadian,
I says the water poured through
! the ditch in torrents and cut a
I deep .and wide channel across his
farm. A hundred or more men
from the gity visited the ditch
Sunday morning and all agree
that it was all that saved Lexing-
| ton froni another flood such as
we had May 5th one year ago.
Not a business house and
scarcely a residence in Lexington
was entered by the high water.
The land between the ditch and
the city was all that overflowed
and we counted on that all the
The city is already well paid
for the expense. Now that it
has been tried and proven a suc-
cess, you will see more building
and more confidence placed in
our little city. The Leader re-
joices in the success of the ditch.
We supported the measure strong-
ly for we knew it was a good
thing. Those who "knew" it
would be a failure and useless
expense may now give in.
AT THE DIXIE
Will buy a better pair of shoes than you can get elsewhere
will buy more Dry Goods at the Dixie than at any other
house, and the same service will One Dollar do at the Dixie
in Clothing, Hats, Groceries, etc. We can do no miracles,
but we can sell you goods for 25 per cent less than any other
house will, for you know "Goods that are bought cheap are
half sold." We bought some of our goods for 43cts on the
dollar and some for f>5cts on the dollar, and we want to di-
vide the profits with you, so come and save your money when
you need Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Shoes, Groceries, etc.;
AT THE DIXIE
Petefs liros. old stand, one door west Weitzenhott'er A Turk, Lexing-
Rare Inducements on
pa do likewise?
Again, it is argued that the
Frisco road will lease the Gulf
road from Purcell south, which
has been under lease to the San-
ta Fo for the past ten years, and
which lease expires some time
<luring this year. The Frisco
doubtlessly is anxious to get an
outlet to the gulf and will con-
nect the branch now under con-
struction with it some way.
The survey runs through Dr.
Johnston's farm, strikes the town-
site about 100 yards west of the
school building, runs through
Tom Keller's lumber yard and
down Ash street. The depot
will likely be located in the north-
west part of town. It will be
the making of a fine city out of
!No i;< i i;erit Dream > nC jiSlrrn Itoullf.i
Lexington bank is now organ-
ized with a capital stock of Slo,-
000 and $5000 surplus. Robert
Grow is president, P. H. Miller,
late of Enid, O. T., vice-presi-
dent, and A. Monroe Perdue, lite
of Pine Bluff, Ark., cashier. The
seriously injured fourteen persons. It
is thought that J. H. Murray, a rail-
road man who was found pinned to
the ground under one of the buildings,
will die. Four freight ears were lifted
off the Hock Island track and smashed.
The round house was unroofed and all
the railroad buildings materially dam-
aged. The storm swept up from the
southwest, blaek clouds bouncing
along the earth, following a terrific
hail storm. The path of the tornado
was right down Chickasha avenue, the
main street of the town. When it
struck, awnings shot into the air like
paper trash, the smaller buildings
were blown down and nearly every
store, on the street was unroofed, ex-
posing the contents to the rain. The
worst lasted for about ten minutes. A
Hood oi rain lasting for au hour follow-
ed and tonight the town is so much
under water that people can not get
about to rescue the injured. It is pitch
dark and raining. There is the greatest
excitement and all kinds of wild ru-
mors us to the number injured. There
are at least twenty people missing and
it is not known whether they are killed
or injured or what has taken place.
Great fear is expressed as to the dam-
age in the country.
There are renorts of an awful storm
west and near Anadarko.
The Hock Island extension up the
Canadian to Anadarko is reported ti
be washed out in three places and
Hock Island trains are blocked here.
The extent of damage wrought by the
storm cah not be known until daylight
ami the water has gone dowti.
conn vs. moutaw.
The trial of .Mrs. Joe Cobb vs. Mou-
taw, came up before Probate Judge
Williams at Norman Monday. The
' ase is an interesting one. Abernathy
sue.1 Joe Cobb, county commissioner,
for an account. Cobb pleaM he had
nothing exempted by law. Moutaw,
as constable, proceeded to attach
Cobb's grocery store. Mrs. Cobb then
Spring and Summer Goods.
Our stock of snoods is complete and uniipie in
every particular. Come and see and price tlieur
Watcli tMs space for particu-
lars, and in the meantime call
at our store and see us.
MOSELEY & SC.
Lexington. O. T.
brought *uit in tbo probate court to
recover the goods, claiming them to tie
her own, and asking for *1!6 damage
from Moutaw. The case was argued
at length, but Judge Williams with-
held his decision for a few days.i
Mrs. lirooks is visiting her folks in
BLANCHARD & CO
Best Hats Made
In all styles.
I ml. Ter.
Interesting Ones Stolen Fresh From
Little Rock, Ark., May 8.—The Ar-
kansas river is on a boom and will
pass the danger line at Little Kock,
which is 21.5 feet, by to-morrow morn-
ling. At Fort Smith this morning the
I giiage read 25 3, which is :j.;i above the
i danger line, being a rise of !t> 1 feet in
twenty-four hours. At Fort Smith the
| rainfall Saturday night was-(Hi inched,
and it is to this heavy rainfall the,
present rise is due.
j New York, May 8.—Dewey has ca-
j bled his acceptance of the invitation l >
I the banquet to be giveu in his honor
1 by a hundred prominent citizens, who
will subscribe one hundred dollars
| each. The dinner will he the most
elaborate ever given in this country.
It is expected Dewey will reach home
ill August or September.
Washington, May 8,—It is sat'l by
the friends of the president that lie is
becoming as much of an inveterate
I smoker as tien. Grant, and that Ills
present nervous condition is due to
| over indulgence in tobacco.
tlatesville, Tex., May 8—The state
reformatory and contents of buildings
I were destroyed by tbedo-night. Origin
; of lire not known. Loss about
Miss Nora J'antier will close her
school at Alamo and have a grand pic-
nic Wudnesday, May !M. K very body
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Lydick, J. D. Cleveland County Leader (Lexington, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 8, No. 33, Ed. 1 Saturday, May 13, 1899, newspaper, May 13, 1899; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc108970/m1/1/: accessed October 29, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.