The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 1, 1901 Page: 1 of 14
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The Chandler News
FIRST PAPER PUBLISHED IN LINCOLN COUNTY. H. B. GILSTRAP, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1901.
Grand Log-Rolling of Modern Woodmen at Chandler, on October 16--17, 1901
Moses in the Dark.
A LOCAL paper which adver-
tises itself as an exponent of
democracy grew very facetious last
week in extending its sympathy to
the republicans of Lincoln county
over their being ignored in the dis-
tribution of patronage and over the
complete turning down of the repub-
lican organization of the county.
This was certainly a great act of
generosity on the part of the newly-
imported and self-constituted Moses,
and it would doubtless have been
deeply appreciated by the Lincoln
county republicans, but for a fpw
reasons. In the first place they
didn't need sympathy and didn't
.want it; in the second place they are
not so stupid as to mistake a clumsy
political thrust for an act of kind-
ness ; in the third place if they were
in need of counsel or consolation
they would look to their friends and
not to strangers and enemies. It might be
for this would-be guardian of Lincoln county
republicans to look jp the record of the demo-
cratic territorial administration and see what it
did for Lincoln county before he makes himself
more ridiculous by a continuance of his criticisms
of the republican administration. The fact is
that Lincoln county has not been ignored by the
republicans. In the new country, with only
three counties, (to men have been given appoint-
ments by Governor Jenkins, and those twq were
the only ones whose candidacy was specially
urged by all the republicans of the county. When
the Strip was opened, with seven big counties to
provide for, Governor Renfrow, a democrat,
appointed two county officers from Lincoln county.
Why doesn't our friend go back and unload a
little of his soggy sympathy on his own brethren?
He should remember that charity sometimes
begins at home. In • the roster of territorial
appointments made by the democratic governor
we note just one from Lincoln county, and that
roan was a republican. Governor Jenkins' term
is yet too new for any critics to rise and pass
judgment on his treatment of this county. Our
democratic friend goes on in his squawk to blame
Flynn for the lack of recognition of Lincoln
county, and to predict Flynn's downfall, saying
that Flynn's vote at the last election showed a
big falling off, He should be instructed that the
delegate to congress does not make these appoint-
ments. As for Flynn's vote falling off, it
increased from 2197 in this county in 1898 to
2870 in 1900. We hope it will continue to fall
off at this rate, and doubtless it will. Some
people are always wasting their time searching
for some argument to use against Flynn, and
while they are thus "rubbering" they fall down
and Flynn goes on making friends and "doing
his duty." Some prophets are bad gnessers.
W - ■
STREET SCENE IN CHANDLER,
of Manvel Avenue, looking north from Tenth Street.
Let the Heathen Rage.
DID you ever study the symptoms
of the man who is suffering
from disappointment because things
political don't all go just as he
would like to see them? If so you have
noticed that when the man reaches
the stage where he begins to talk
of getting a-new party paper started
he is suffering acutely. It means
that he is disturbed by conflicting
emotions and needs must spread his
surging thoughts before a careless
community in long primer type
Lst the world "unsvung frprn
its orbit fly." He has grievances
that he wants redressed and a kick
that he aches to register against those
who have denied him the recognition
that he craved. He has found, the
^editor of the local paper an unsym-
pathetic cuss, who seems to care for
nothing else than printing matters of
news and trying to make a, living
Lincoln County All Right. and boom 'his town. Bah! Why can't the
NOW that abundant rains have come to Lin- editor be a philanthropist and a statesman?
coin county it has been found that, as usual, Why can't he redress the wrongs of those about
the damage done to crops has not been as great him and change the whole course of human affairs
as was feared, and it has been proven once more when some shrewd politician gives him a tip?
that this country can stand a drouth with less Why should the editor be so little as to suggest
injury to growing crops than would be done in that the politician write a letter and sign his own
almost any other section of the country by a name to it if he has anything to say? Doesn t
drouth so unusual and protracted. The corn the man who publishes that insignificant little
crop will be much better here than was .thought sheet know that a prominent man like our friend
possible a week ago, and the cotton crop is in doesn't want to take the resqonsibility of such
good shape, while the prospect for forage crops utterances? It .might ruin his standing with the
of all kinds is excellent. There is. yet time to men whom he criticises. Why can t the editot
plant and raise a good deal in the way of fodder have a little backbone and" insert these articles
crops, so that there is no probability of a serious as editorials, just for the good of the party?
scarcity of feed. With a fail1 cotton crop and a What if- it does hurt his business? it doesn't
good price for cotton Lincoln county will get amount to much anyhow. And consider the
along very well. It is certainly a source of sur- impudence of a common printer assuming tq, know
piise to those who are unacquainted with this what-is good for the interests of the party! Of
country to find how extensive and varied are its course he has had lc5ts of experience in campaigns
products. Many people coming through Lincoln and among politicians, but it has been his busi-
county for the first time are likely to form the ness to follow, not to lead, and it is clear that he
opinion that it cannot be relied upon as a farming is getting out of his line of business when he
country. This is particularly true of those who undertakes to say that rfhy course selected for
travel through on the train, and the impression is him is not the best one*. His paper don't amount
still more likely to be formed when the newcomer to anything, anyhow, and there are fifty men who
is from a prairie country. It is always the case will pay subscription a yeat in advance to the.
however, that the man who remains long enough man who will start a party paper and run it as the
to carefully investigate the real conditions and leaders of the party think best. Dear reader,
resources here becomes satisfied as to the real
worth of the country. The men men who are
now in the county making a statistical survey for
the Santa Fe were at first inclined to doubt
whether this was the sort of a country that would
furnish much business for a railroad, but as they
go about among the farmers and talk with them
and find out what has actually been done their
did you ever hear this kind of talk put up?
And did you ever take the trquble to follow
through its devious, winding and uncertain way
the career of one of these papers that was
started "to fill a long-felt want ?t" There have"
been many cases in Oklahoma of these ephemeral
newspaper excrescences, and the services they
have rendered for the good of the territory or
skepticism is speedily turned into enthusiasm' to the political parties they represent have been
over the possibilities that are presented here. | conspicuous for their absence. With a circulation
Lincoln county is the best county in Oklahoma, i like an oyster, the only good they do is to die.
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Gilstrap, H. B. The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 1, 1901, newspaper, August 1, 1901; Chandler, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc117392/m1/1/: accessed August 18, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.