The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 22, 1901 Page: 3 of 18
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THE CHANDLER NEWS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 f>, 1901.
CHARLES E. BILLINGSLEY, President
JOHN M. HALE, Cashier
BANK OF CHANDLER.
DOES A OENEVAL BANKIN(i BUSINESS.
Aggregate responsibility of stockholders, $200,000.00 Your
In the Tents of Kedar.
By Wm. Allen White.
There ar^ eight miles of tent frontage in
Lawton, the capital of the new country. In
Hobart and Anadarko, two other county
seat towns, there are four or five miles each
of tent frontage. In these tents live at the
very least computation- ~50,000 American
citizens. They are living peacably and in |
order as American citizens do and should
live. The first four days of this week one
man was killed at Lawton—by highwaymen I
—one man died of heart disease, and two
babies were born. There are many grafters
of all sorts and conditions in the country—
some of the leading grafters in the United
States are there—the star men in the bus-
iness; and they are not doing much. They
did a good business among Texas people
for a few days, but one night the worm
turned. There was a mob. The mob
charged down the tent street crying "hang
the gamblers." It was a vicious looking
sight. The gamblers drew down their tent
covers and put out their tent lamps. An
hour afterwards the eight miles of tented
streets in Lawton were as silent as the
tomb. The next morning the gamblers and
most of the grafters got out of Lawton;
they went out in a good natured caravan—
they knew they were up against the Ameri-
can's love of lav/ and order, and they ac-
cepted the situation without complaining.
Now as to the 50,000 people in the "new
country—they are having a butterfly's sum-
mer. Life in the new country is a big Em-
poria street fair. Everything goes. People
„are spending their money fluently. In the
booth two industries prevail, acid lemonade
and lawyers. There are not over 20 meat
markets in Lawton and not over 40 grocery
stores, but there are by actual count, over
200 law and land locating real estate offices.
It looks odd to see a law library displayed
under a tent; also, it looks dangerous. For
someone has got to pay well for that library.
TJhe people will pay for their lawyers all
right and well, too. But here is the alarm-
ing part of it. The pay must come from
the past savings brought into the country.
There is nothing but accumlated savings
for the people to live on. Those who go
through the winter in the new country,
must go through on what they saved
last winter. Now the great majority of
the 50,00Q people in this new country
didn't save much last year—if they had
saved they wouldn't be in the new country
now looking for a snap. People who are
doing well are not looking for a new loca-
tion; and the people in the new country are
mostly looking for a snap. They will find
it. It will be a cold snap along about
December. Then —look out for trouble.
Next spring excellent claims may be had in
the'new country for very little money..
There are only about 3,000 farms, worth
having in the new country. Divide 50,000
by 3,000 and see how much each of the
3,000 farmers will have to carry through
the winter. Old Atlas who carried the
world didn't grunt nearly as hard as these
farmers will grunt before they get through
with their first year, and if it should
happen that there should be a crop failure
next year which is entirely possible as the
farmers are not familiar with the soil and
the season, and the way to produce results
—Heaven and the script of the county com-
missioners will have to take care of the
country. Then 50,000 pecple will rise up
and hurl a large, unanimous, brown damn
at the new country, and then will say in
new country, trying to conquer it. How
many thousands fell in Western Kansas be-
fore it became a fit place^for human habita-
tion? If men do not actually fertilize it
with their brains, and the fight is just as
cruel, just as bitter, just as relentless. Wo-
men and children perish in this slaughter.
The decree that the wilderness must be ap-
peased with blood atonement, that man
must pay with his life for everything he
gets from nature—the decree that man goes
ad astra only per aspera is inexorable. And
yet in the face of this inexorable degree
50,000 people in the new country are hav-
ing a high old time in the "tents of Kedar,"
and thinking they have beaten the game—
the game that is as old as the sword that
flamed o'er Edeij. "In the sweat of thy
On Organdies.. Lawns,
. Batiste. India Linens,
and Dimities, will be of
• interest to the ladies of
Chandler and vicinity.
THESE goods were bought
very cheap for cash and we
propose to close them out re-
gardless of cost in order to
make room fo'r fall goods; they
are all fresh and new and must
be seen to be Appreciated.
Come to the New Store and be
First Door North of Court House Square.
•of Chandler, en
dorsed and super-
vised by the Unit-
ed States govern-
ment should be-
good enough for
tljeir Jiaste that the soil is no good and that
the people are no good and that the climate
is simply sheolic. *
All Kinds cif wood and steel bridges
as well ivs forieK add stone Duildiiitfs.
Plans and estimates furnished on
First door north of Ratliff's
theatre, Chandler, Okla.
Which is absurd, for the soil is excellent.
A richer soil never lay out of doors than
i that of the new country. The writer here-
of traveled in a buggy over 80 miles of the
i new country, and the wheels didn't grate
j on the gravel once during the journey.
The soil is very deep and rich.. • There
are no bald spots. They say the up-
| lands are worthless. Thirty years ago they
said the same things of Kansas uplands.
I And now the kaffir and the sorghum and
i the alfalfa and the small fruits and the by
| products of the farm prove that the prejud-
ice against upland in Kansas 20 years ago
had little basis in fact. It will be thu^with
: the new country. When men learn how to
! farm the new lands—they will blossom.
| But men must learn. The conquest of a
j land cost as much blood in peace as in war.
i Thousands and thousands of American citi-
zens will die—wear and fall fighting in this
face thou shalt eat thy bread." No wonder
people .with so little knowledge of the way
God's world is managed should bite at the
shell game nflw and then.
i buggy, riding 30 miles overland from Law-
ton Tuesday. He hopped into that side of
the buggy, an.d an undersized little deputy
sheriff who has lived on the plains for a
generation, slipped" into the other side of
the buggy and grinned. The driver grinned
too. The shady side was the dusty side.
And the dust was nearly shoe-mouth deep
for 15 miles of the way. When the buggy
rolled into Marlow at the end of the 30
mile trip, the people of Marlow stood under
the wooden stoops of the stores and laugh-
ed. Half an hour later a ' Marlow barber
said: "Sex you're }he feller that come
through here in the buggy awh'ile ago. Say
—honest—you wasn't any climin' rose—fer
looks. They said that fat man was certain-
ly the dirtiest man that ever came over
from Lawton—and they gets pretty dirty—
on an average." Which shows that pride
goeth before destruction, and a haughty
spirit before a fall. •
Oklahoma Takes the Medal.
A short time ago a southern paper roast-
ed the planters of its stat# for allowing Ok-
lahom to take the world's premium on cot-
ton. The paper grew sarcastic because a
negro had been allowed to capture the Paris
medal and that too on cotton grown away up
in Oklahoma, where it was supposed cotton
would not grow. The surprise of the cot-
ton growers was matched when the wheat
growers saw Oklahoma walk off with the
gold medals for the best flour and wheat.
The northern wheat growers exclaimed:
"Beaten by Oklahoma, a territory away
down south where it was supposed that
wheat would not grow." Oklahoma's sup-
eriority does not end with cotton and wheat
but extends to almost every product grown
in America. We raise apples with south-
west Missouri, peaches with Maryland, pea-
nuts with Virginia, sweet potatoes with Caro-
lina, melons with Georgia, broom corn with
Illinois, Kaffir corn with the world and finer
grapes than New York or California. Okla-
homa defies the world to produce an equal (
area elsewhere that successfully produces
so many of the world's staple crops. This
is Oklahoma's strength. Her crops are so
diversified that total failures are unknown.
What injures one crop#hulps another.
Great is Oklahoma.—Times-Journal.
For Sale. •
A good farm located*3 miles east of the
Frisco depot, in section ,18, township 14,
range 5 east. It has 75 acres in cultivation
2 acres in partly bearing, orchard; good
log house with frame addition, barn, and
other outbuildings, and 3 good wells. Price
$2,500. Inquire at place.
Still we all have #our weakness. One
man thinks'he can get something for nothing
one way—another another way. No one is
is absolutely wise. We average up about
the same. Your subscriber very foxily
figured out which was the shady side of the
Those desiring to buy pianos will do well
to.write for catalogues of the celebrated
"Strich & Zeidler" painos. Sent free of
charge by Mrs. Thresa Filtsch, European
music teacher, Chandler, Okla.
BANK OF HOFFMAN, CHARUES, RNO CONKlilN,
organized in 1892.
General Banking; Business, Exchange and Collections.
Corner Manvel Avenue and Tenth Street.
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