The Daily Transcript (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 25, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 29, 1919 Page: 2 of 4

i lit i^aily 1 ranscri^.
by the Transcript-Enterprise Publishing Co,
The Daily Transcript of a PERf]ECT roatl i"™w Scotti Grand Opera
J O. FOX, Editor until enough money was ,n the ( (Lkl .homa (Mtv
States treasury to build a state- U .kl -IIUIIUI v IIy
Published every afternoon except Sunday wide system of roads, the present "
peneration and the next genera-: Florence Easton will appear at
tion would be in the hereafter, Oklahoma City in the role of San-
where good roads aren't needed, tuzza in "Cavalleria Rusticana"
and its offspring would still be with the Scotti Grand Opera Co..
Cussing over dinky trivialities and on Wednesday evening, May 7th.
overlooking the main idea, rrom mu «■ , -
* That music lovers from every
our point of view, we want a com- . - , . . . .
' part of the state and points in
prthensive state svs:om oi roads * m • ... .
' ' Arkansas, will enjoy the opera
NOW, and no. m l. „ ir...«i.ji pr0ductj0ns here next month is in-
ly, we are willing to be directly djcated by the unprecdented ad.
n J. O FOX - - Pre ident |
11 J. J. BURKE - Secretnry-Trea*.
^ R. H. PARHAM - Business Mgr
I, Entered as second-class matter January
^ <7, 1V14. at the post-ofiicc at Norman. (>kla
ll-i Aoma. under act of congress of March 3, I
'R£- Office 215 East Main Street. Telephone 3.
DAILY SUBSCRIPTION RATES. ; taxed, and taxed heavily *,o pet
line By mail, one year $.!.50
1 vetf k ®y mail, six: months 2.00
Lj^gl ®y carrier, one week .10
™nt Why Durant News
ii&d11 Favors the Bonds
I etrvp
I hat'
vance sale of seats to out-of-town
dil Th Ne
ws is for the fifty million
dollar road bond issue, in the belief
lev<^' that of all plans submitted to the
kj3?el legislature the one adopted has the
[en jjmost advantages and the least dis- I ™ e't' Vrth~M ."w!" T. Vowell on
and will come nearest Wednesday> May 7th, Members
them; but fortunately the legisla-
ture worked out a scheme of get-
ting the roads, and without ANY The company comes to Okla-
direct taxation, without ANY homa City direct from the Metro-
burden to ANY-body, ANY-where. politari Opera season at Atlanta.
That's why we're for the $r>0(- Dean Frederick Holmberg lias
000,000 Bond Issue. i reserved five hundred seats at a'l
prices from $1.10 to $3.85 for Xer-
Mrs. Edna R. Ham-
at the University
man patrons.
The New Idea club will not meet ilton will be
i on Wednesday, April 30th, but will
Thursday, May 1, to conduct the
sale of seats.
l' t0 securing for us a real state-
|cal"u\vide system of hard-surfaced roads
{blr^Md in a way that none of us will
be tax-burdened to get them.
1 Part of the payment comes from
"an increased motor vehicle tax.
eV" That is, the increased tax goes to
Ime pay for the roads while the old
jg portion of the tax goes to the
jnf ''county dirt roads, just the same as
pp^before. The automobilist, there-
reCWff°re. pays for a big part of the
iroad construction, but he'll more
aajthaii get his money back in the
"'•saving on tires alone, t0 say noth-
feU(M "le b'KKer gasoline inile-
linre and smaller depreciation in
his car; thus the autoist wins by
j y the bonds being issued.
nw< The farmer can haul his pro-
glrducts over the road quicker and
ne cheaper than over any dirt road
jjrand with less strajn on his horses
j^stfnd smaller wear and tear on his
^envehieles, and will not pay one
g^w-e:u of their construction—thcre-
y^]rfi>re we cannot see why any farm-
j,-c ?r snould oppose the issue, as they
,jtj]dfvill benefit from the good roads.
2,Ir. The rest of the wherewithal to
iettoaay for the bonds and interest
glomes from the gross production
ih .ax on oil, gas, minerals anil in-
gl. 'ome taxes—but most of them are
i^hn the automobile clas and will
Receive the automobilists' benefits.
Xr^nd ought to get their money's
i-], If we were t0 await the drafting
I will please take notice.
Where to Go
When in Oklahoma City
Alain and Bwdy.
Latest Feature Pictures
Special Reserve Seats
For ladies and their escorts
Just what you want for
the field meet and it's
New and
Second Hand
215 West Main. Phonell
215 W. Main. Phone 622
to sejl or want to buy any
thing, don't fail to call at
this store, where you will
he given a "SQUARE
DEAL" in every way.
Fine line of new furn-
iture at prices that are
very low.
Telephone 622 and let
us tell you about !t.
Money to Loan
't^I On City or Farms.
i sj McDaniel
riV i
L. c. GILES PHONE 59 ,/. C. WEIR
Office—First National Bank Building
Giies-Weir Investment Company
Farm Lands and City Property.
Call and see us, we have some good properties listed worth the
•"-"my See us if you desire a loan on farm property.
I? J=u have property for sale list it with us.
r. —
i el
Young men know good style
THEY cant define it al-
ways but they sense
'it in the rakishness of an
automobile-' in the layout
of an ad-' in the "look" of
their own clothes.
Get your cue from them. They
know they get style here at
this store; they see it in the
new waist-seam styles; single
and double breasted—
Hart Schaffner &
Marx styles
You may think you're too old, or too dig-
nified, for the waist-seam sulis; all right;
there are special models for you; plainer,
but stylish just the same.
You'll get it in many variations;
for the man of twenty or the
man of fifty; all-wool fabrics;
fine tailoring and satisfaction
The home of Hart Schaffner & Marx
• Clothes
' ^ ,r %
. ImmmSSm
Copyright 1919 Hart Sduffncr & Mjux
Election Tuesday May 6, 1919
The Greatest Issue
Ever Before Oklahoma
Tuesday, May 6th, the voters of Oklahoma are to be ^iven an op-
portunity to declare if they desire
50 Million Dollars For
Hard Surface Roads
The Legislature, with only four dissenting votes, declared in fa-
vor of the State building (without cost to the individual taxpay-
ers), a state-wide system of roads that will
Advance the value of every foot of land in Oklahoma,
Make country life worth while to the fanners—the greatest users
of oui* highways, j
Stop the squandering of public funds on dirt roads, as is now be-
ing done in every county.
That will connect every county-seat town in the state.
The Big Features of the Proposed Bond
Issue Are:
Roads donated by the state to each County without cost.
Construction costs defrayed by oil, gas and automobile tax.
Construction to be along lines approved by the Federal Govern-
ment, which is necessary to secure financial aid from that source.
Government aid, plus fifty million dollars from sale of bonds, will
build every foot of road proposed by the Legislature.
[f'you would take Oklahoma out of the mud,
Election Tuesday May 6, 1919
We Must Have Good Roads
Ten Good Reasons Among the Many
Why the Good Roads Bond Issue
Should Carry,
(1) Construction will commence In
at least ten sections of the state at
the same time, and progress contin-
uously therein until the entire system
is completed.
(2) Remunerative employment will
be furnished to thousands of returning
soldiers and sailors and the problem
of unemployment will be solved in
this state for the next seven years.
(3) The rural communities of the
state which are far behind the cities
and towns in school and transporta-
tion facilities will be encouraged arid
aided in making rapid development.
(4) The railroads are fighting the
proposition because motor vehicle
transportation lines will spring up in
competition and cheapen freight and
express rates, and because they are
required to help maintain the road.
(5) It is the only method of secur-
ing a statewide system of permanent
roads within the lifetime of the pres-
ent generation.
(6) Because it is recognized as the
only sound financial method. Califor-
nia, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Mich-
igan have already adopted such a plan,
while Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa,
Tennessee and Texas are submitting
the same question.
(7) Because Governor J. B. A. Rob-
ertson recognizes his responsibility
and is determined to make this prop-
osition a success, and only the men
of the highest character and Integrity
will be chosen for the commission that
is to plan and carry on this great
(8) Because Oklahoma is progress-
ive and confident of her future and
will not permit obstructionists, repre-
senting sordid and unknown interests,
to retard her future development.
(9) Because the whole subject of
state progress hinges upon the neces-
sity of better highways. The farmer,
the stock raiser, the oil man, the min-
er, the retailer and the professional
man have each a vital interest in good
(10) Because the opponents of the
bond issue, whether railroad attor-
neys, ambitious politicians or dis-
gruntled office seekers are either total-
ly insincere or woefully ignorant of the
lessons of experience when they say
they can build a state system of good
roads without a bond issue.
1. The entire system of 4,670 miles
can be built within six or seven years.
It will cost about $70,(I0I),()(I0.00, which
is provided by the $50,000,000 00 bond
issue and federal aid money amount-
ing to p,t least $20,000,000.00 before
the system is completed.
2. No bonds can be sold until the
money is needed to pay the cost of
construction actually done, and then
only enough to pay the amount due.
No bonds will draw Interest until they
are sold. The commission only let
contracts during the first year for not
more than $6,000,000, during the first
two years for not mor3 than $ I" 000,-
000, and during the lirst three ye..:i
for not more than $30,000,000, but
bonds cannot be sold in even such
aaiounts unless the construction woik
can be done within such periods and
payment therefor become due; anu
then only as and to the extent that
the cost of construction is due.
3. The counties and adjacent prop-
erty are not required to contribute
any part of the cost of the construc-
tion of the state system. They are
left free to build alone and with the
state aid hard surfaced roads from
the trunk lines out into the various
sections not covered by the state sys-
4. The bonds will be serial, matur-
ing at the rate of $2,000,000 a year,
beginning August 1st, 1920. The prin-
cipal and .all interest will be paid out
of automobile license fees and a part,
of the gross production tax on oil and
gas. No revenues will be used which
haVe been heretofore used for state
purposes. The general taxes will not
be increased one penny.
5. The roads will be maintained out
of a fund raised by an acreage tax on
adjacent lands and a mileage tax on
railroads, telegraph, telephone and
pipe lines within three miles on either
side of the roads. Lands within one-
half mile of the roads will pay 8 cents
an acre annually. Lands within the
next half mile will pay 6 cents an
acre; lands within the next half mile,
4 cents an acre; lands within the next
half mile, 3 cents an acre; lands with-
in the next half mile, 2 cents an acre;
and lands within the next half mile 1
cent an acre. Railroad lines within
the six mile area will pay $15.00 per
mile annually; telegraph pole lines
$5.00 per mile; telephone pole lines
$3.00 per mile; pipe lines will pay from
$2.00 per mile to $6.00 per mile, ac-
cording to the size of the lines.
6. The railroads are figlitirtg this
good roads amendment because auto
trucks will carry part of their freight
and automobiles will carry many of
their passengers and also because.they
are required to help maintain' the
roads after they are constructed.
out if it had imposed any raise of
property tax or other extraordinary
burden on the tax paying public.
The Administration would not have
submitted this bond issue, if the best
evidence that could be produced had
not disclosed that by laying this sys-
tem on the state highways 75 percent
of which are already graded and
bridged, the entire system could be
completed with the money raised.
The cost of constructing railroads
including overhead and organization
expenses, purchase of right of ways,
grading stel tracks ^nd side tracks,
engineering and drainage and bridg-
ing, is only about $12,000.00 per mile.
The project would not have been
started without a system of upkeep,
producing sufficient funds for repair
and maintainence against all reason-
ably expected breakage, washouts, or
other contingency.
A committee of at least twenty citi-
zens are to be appointed with power
to meet and sit with the commission
and have access to and be informed!
on all questions and report all things
that may be amis or any irregular-l
Then a board of three men fromj
each county is appointed with author- j
ity to go on the work in the counties,]
and be furnished with all plans, spec-|
ideations or contracts and to see that'
the material is being properly handled!
and that the people are getting al/
they are contracting to have.
The bonds cannot be issued faster
than needed as the work on the roads
This plan was designated largely to
furnish work for the returning soldier,
and the statement that Mexicans and
negroes or other laborers might be
imported to do this work is purely
bosche or bunncomb. Art. 5, Chapter
42, General Lafvs was enacted to pro-
tect Oklahoma labor with its terms
of equal hours, conditions and wages,
absolutely protects the labor of the
state against imported labor. The
labor organizations are satisfied and
for the bill notwithstanding the state
ments of certain public officials.
The law as well as the routes be-
come a part of the constitution, which
precludes the possibility of changing
the^law or the routes by any power
ext«*pt the people
Short hauls on hard roads that is
less than 100 miles is cheaper by
gasoline trucks than by steam rate
and this expeeted competition is what
is prompting the railroads to furnish
the money to conduct the campaign
against this system.
The motor vehicle tax, together with
the portion of the gross production
tax which the state has been spending
on roads for several years, will more
than pay the interest and redeem the
bonds, without any raise whatever in
general property taxes.
The legislature would never have
brought out this bill if it had been
possible to get a systefn of durable
hard surfaced roads without a bond
This system of roads is absolutely
the only means of competing with
the expected high freight rates and
passenger rates and this system will
in fact compete with rates s6 as to
materially hold them within reason
able bounds.
Bonds bear 4% percent and must
be sold at not less than par and
accumulated interest for cash; this
precluding the payment of commission
as stated hy the opponents of the
The legislature nor the Governor
would have permitted this bill to come
The state does not pay commissions
and fees in bond sales like counties
and municipalities usually do.

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