The Lawton Constitution. (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 23, 1906 Page: 1 of 8
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OKLAHOMA CITY OKLA
The Lawton constitution.
OFFICIAL FAPER OF COMANCHE COUNTY AND OF THE PEOPLE.
LAWTON, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY EVENING. AUGUST '23, 1!HM5.
Valparaiso, Chile, Reported Badly nam-
aged.—Fires Add to Horrors.
rivals frisco scenes
Disaster and Fire Still Raging.—Slight
Shock In Argentine.—Cable Fa-
cilities Cut Off.
New York,Aug. li.-The city of Valpa-
raiso, Chile, is reported badly damaged
by earthquake. One report received here
Is that the situation In Valparaiso may
prove as serious as the San Francisco
Practically every building inthe city
wag damaged and there are fires in dif-
ferent parts of the city. Manypersons
are reported killed or Injured.
Hie eartnyuake has interrupted cable
facilities to lower South American points
and communication is restricted to a
route via Lisbon.
Another report from Valparaiso in that
the loss of life is not confirmed.
SLIGHT SHOCK IN ARGENTINE.
London, Aug. 17—The earthquake
shock felt at Alendosa, Argentine, last
night, did not result In any serious con
sequences, according to a dispatch to
Router's telegraph agency, from Buenos
FIRES BURNING ALL NIGHT.
New York, Aug. 17.—One report
which reached this city said that por-
tions of Valparaiso were burning
night and the bodies of hundreds of resi
dents were buried in the ruins of build
The reports received from vraious quar
ters of the globe regarding the Val
paraiso disaster have varied greatly,
some going so far as to compare the
havoc with that of San Francisco,
is said that the city, at first shaken by
violent earthquake took fire and was
burning fiercely and many scores of
persons burled in the ruins. The latest
reports along this line comes by way
of London and is to the effect that a
Hamburg firm has received a dispatch
that the numerous district in Chile
have been destroyed and that Vulpa-
rai&o l.as been partially destroyed. It
Is added, however, that the dlsputch is
not well authenticated. This is true
of all dispatches and rumors whic
port the disaster.
The central cable office of the West-
ern Union Telegraph company In New
York has received a service message
sayir.g that Valparlaso closed at 11:30
o'clock tonight eastern time. This is
an uni sual proceeding, but Is not ex-«
plained. Sunday night Is the only night
the wires are closed at Valparaiso.
Non- of the private messages coming
from Valparaiso, some of them re
sponses to messages of inquiry as to the
the sarety of relatives orf rlends, make
mention of serious loss of life.
Buenos Ayres is still cut off from
POST OFFICE FIRE.
Little Loss Sustained From What Threat
ened to be Awful Blaze.
Excellent Project Outlined by
f rom Saturday'* Dally Constitution.
From a live wire in the post office
last evening at nine o'clock there came
near being a most destructive fire. At'
the time the fire broke out Polo Grounds TV WTPHTTA \fniT\:T \TVQ
the general delivery clerk, and Assist- MUU-NlAlJNfc
ant Postmaster Dyche, were the only
occupants of the office. The fire was
eating its way Into the celling of the
building. Mr. Ground was preparing
to carry out all undelivered mail in the
post office and Mr. Dyche was unlock-
ing the safe In an attempt to carry off
the postage stamps and valluable pack-
Probable Location of Great Educational
Features.—Large Crowd From law-
ton Attends Campmeetlng.
A Chatauqua embryo is the camp-
ages. M. S. Simpson entered the efflss1 meeting being held at Hyles' Hole by
and with an empty mail pouch soon put j the Christian church. This year's meet-
the fire out. All this happened in an i ing is but tentative, and the plans for
instant and before the fire department ! the furtherance of a wide edu'cational
could arrive. Little damage was done. movement are more or less dependent
That was the second fire alarm to be upon the success of this first and per-
turned In lart evening. The first alarm haps one or two successive annual meet-
was sounded at five o'clock and came Ings.
from 16 D avenue. The correct address
was never learned, although three ad
dresses were given. ....
Dallas, Texas, Aug. 17.-Thomas M
Campbell, a native of Rusk, Texas, the
birthplace of the late Governor Hogg,
was last evening nominated fo% gover
nor by the democratic state convention
He will be the second native governor
of Texas. Mr. Campbell is a lawyer,
but lor several years was general man-
a(.*r of the International and Great
The first ballot, which was started
last night, was not completed until
11 o'clock today. Judge Brooks receiv-
ed the smallest number of votes, was
dropped; Mr. Campbell, A O. B. Col-
quitt and Judge C. K. Bell being the
remaining candidates. On the second
ballot Campbell was nominated.
When the roll call had been on for
two and a half hours and was about
one-fourth completed, Mr. Colquitt
made a speech withdrawing his name
and declaring that Colonel Campbell
should be nominated.
A little later Judge Bell withdrew
anil asked that the nomination of Col-
onel Campbell be made unanlmous.The
convention did so, whereupon the band
played, "The Campbells Are Coming."
Campbell appeared, escorted by Mr.
Colpujtt, who presented him, merely
saying; "The Campbells have
At tonight's session the state ticket
was completed as follows:
Governor—T. M. Campbell.
Lieutenant govei nor—A. B. Davidson.
Attorney general-S. V. Davidson.
Comptroller—J. VV. Stephens.
Superintendent of public instruction—
R. L. Cousins. ....
Railroad commissioner—L. J. Storey.
Chief justice of the supreme court—R.
W ELL RF.COM M EN DEI).
Glenn Saltzgaber, a son of Senator
G. M. Saltzgaber of Van Wert, has
gone to Lawton, Okla., to practice
law. He has spent a number years
in active preparation for the work In
which l e is now engaged,and will un-
doubtedly make a success of his cho-
sen calling In one of the newest and
most enterprising cities of the south-
west. In addition to being well
equipped by study for his profession,
he has a pleasing personality and an
honesty of purpose that should vln
for him the support of the people ol
any community In which he makes
his home. Lawton Is a remarkable
city, and it Is remarkably fortunate
in having among her professional
people a young man of the worth of
Mr. Glenn Saltzgaber. He will make
good, and In doing so will accomplish
much that will be for the lasting good
of the city of his adoption.—WJllshlre,
The Salvation Army have commenced
collecting for their annual Harvest
The money raised during this effort
s used for the support and extension
of the Army's spiritual and social work
in the United States. ....
Captain Rease expects to raise the
amount set for the lawton Corps and
enough in addition to put -the Corps
here in good condition. ....
Capitalists of Missouri Cities Ask for
Twenty Year c.iant.
NINETY DAYS TO BEGIN
Five Hundred Dollars Deposited as Act
of Good Faith.—Telephone.
From Tuesday's Dally constitution.
F. M. Postgate, B. F. Bowman,Mike
Rafter, A. Thomason, and C. W. Row-
land, of St. Louis, Kansas City and St.
Joe, Mo., have asked the city that they
be granted a franchise to operate
and maintain a street car line over and
upon the streets and alleys of the city
of Lawton for a period of twenty years,
n the ordinance they agree to begin
work upon the proposed street car line
within ninety days from the date of
franchise. As an act of good faith
they deposited with the city clerk a
certified check for $500. The franchise
came up at the city counc il last even-
ing for its first reading. It was refer-
red to the ordinance committee
the council took a recess until Thurs-
day at which time the franchise will
be given full consideration It is un-
derstood that the company asking for
the franchise intends to construct an
luterurban connecting Lawton with the
oal fields of the Indian Territory and a
line connecting Lawton with Fort Sill,
the Wichita Mountains and the Wichita
Forest reserve, and the various re-
sorts? co be established in the neighbor-
hood of Lawton and the mountains.
W. P. Records, F. A. Miller and F.
M. English of this city made applica-
tion to have a twenty year franchise
Issued to them to operate and maintain
telephhone exchange within the city.
This matter was referred to a special
committee and will! e acted upon at
a later meeting.
These plans Include a permanent lo
cation, somewhere In the Wichita mount
alns with permanent and artistic build-
ings, accessible by way of the proposed
Fort Sill & Wichita Mountain electri-
Of course no actual steps have been
taken In this direction except the out-
lining of plans practically as stated,
the organization of the 'Wichita Moun-
tain Camp Meeting Association and the
gathering together on Medicine creek
for two weeks this summer with a view
to attaining to a permanent organiza-
tion as outlined.
The association believes that every-
thing must have a beginning and for-
tunate Indeed are those who contribute
their efforts to a movement, the large-
ness and future benefits of which will
be a lasting monument to their endeavor
Many projects of the present will be
the realities of the early future, and
men will remark how rapidly things com
to pass. This state and especially this
section is in a formative period, ad-
vancement has been very rapid, but
many good men are of the opinion that
only the beginning of the forward move-
ment has yet been experienced. They
maintain that the future holds much
for the man or class of men who will
make the best of favo. "\ble conditions.
The literary and educational advantages
offer by the consumatlon of the Cha-
tauqua Idea are quite apparent and
can hardly be overestimated, to say noth
Ing of the religious feature. It would
be a great boon to Lawton and a ben-
efit to the whole state. Rev. Smith, of
El Reno, who preached Sunday morn-
ing's Bermon In the grove, had little
difficulty In raising >100 to care for the
immediate needs of the association and
insure a continuation of the work
Rev. Merrill, of Hobart, preached the
Sunday afternoon sermon.
A large crowd went out from Law-
ton to spend Sunday at the camp, which
added to the goodly number who are
spending the whole time tnere, made the
grove, the creek banks, and bluffs pop-
m'.ou : 1th happy people snd joyous
Added to the camp-meeting feature
are the usual pleasures of «camolng out.
All are provided with tents and many
with cook stoves and WfM stocked lard
ers. A refreshment stand on the grounds
furnishes meals as well as Ice cream
watermelon, etc. Bathing, fishing and
mountain climbing add to the entertain-
ment of the guests during week days.
The meeting thus far has been very
satisfactory to those in charge, and vis-
itors have found much pleasure and re-
creation In a day's outing at the camp
GORED BY BULL.
Prominent Farmer of Sterling Has Nar-
row Escape From Death.
R. R. Tuckerman, one of the most pros
perous farmers in Comanchec ounty, liv-
ing in the neighborhood of Sterling,was
very seriously Injured late Saturday ev-
ening by a ferocious bull. He was
crow ng his barn lot toward the hous«
when the animal took after him. He
made a dart for the fence and while
In the act of crawling under it he was
gored In the right side /by the at-
tacking bull and a very ugly wound
inflicted. Assistance was soon at hand
but it was a desperate fight that had
to be put up to keep Mr. Tuckerman
from bleeding to death. Though the
wound was a deep one It Is thought that
the victim will recover In a short
By the passage of two ordinances,.,
one condemning an alley and the other
Judge court of criminal appeals.-J. W. J establishing two other alleys, the school
Chairman of the state executive com-
mittee— G. A. Carden of Dallas.
TESTIMONY IS VARIED.
Mexican Sent To Jail.—Apaches Say
His Negro Wife Guilty.
A most unique case was tried before
United States Commissioner Hugh R.
Blanding yesterday, when S. Martiez,
a Mexican, was charged with selling a
pall of beer and a pint of whisky to
Kan-asha-wah and Errlck Spltty,
Apaches. The Mexican's wife was brou*
brought Into the court because the
Apaches alleged that she was the one
from whom they got the liquor. When
the wife entered the court It was found
that she was a full blood negro. The
negro plead not guilty to the charge,
stating that she took in washing to sup-
port herself. The Mexican . whom the
Apaches said was not guilty,plead guilty
to the charge and In default of bond was
sent to Guthrie today in custody of
United States Marshal Tom Walker. He
will be held to await the action of the
federal grand Jury, which will set In
park in the Fifth ward was changed
to make it more convenient to all con-
A GREAT CATASTROPHE.
The destruction of Valparaiso is a ca-
lamity second only to that of San Fran
cisco. Of course, the damage will not
l>e as great, but these people are close-
ly related to us. They
may be South Americans, but they are
Americans all the 3aine. We are apt
to think that when a catastrophe of
this kind occurs It ntfeans the extinc-
tion of a community, but tt doesn't.
Lisbon and Naples have both been
apparently wiped out. Rome has been
destroyed, and has recovered. The
plague has visited Florence and Lon-
don, yet they noth survived.
In this country Charleston and San
Francisco have been visited by earth-
quakes. Memphis, New Orleans and
other cities have been visited by the
yellow fever. Galveston has been
swept by a tidal wave, and Johns-
town has been destroyed by a flood,
but all of them have risen superior to ad
versity and catastrophe.
Valparaiso and Santiago have been
two of the leading cities In South Amer-
ica. They have apparently met with
a great misfortune. But they will rise
again and It Is our duty as North
Americans to see that our brethren of
South America do not suffer.—Coinmer-1
IlE-UNION AT CEMENT.
Announcement has been made of a
grand re-union of old soldiers of the
blue and the grey at Cement, Sept.
and U. The arrangement committee
♦ xpect to have addresses from the fol-
lowing prominent men: Gov. Frantz.
Juc!j;e Gore, Ex-Gov. Ferguson, Hon.
Win. Cross, and many others. It is
the purpose to make this one of the
gala events of the year, and an Invita-
tion is extended one and all to T>e pres-
ent and take part.
Beans for breakfast, dinner and supper
are promised. ....
Excursion rates on all railroads have
been arranged for.
INDIAN PAYMENT SOON.
Klowas, Comanche and Caddos Will Re-
ceive Grass and Lease Money.
John P. Blackmon, \ of Anadarko.
Indian agent to the Klowas, Caddos and
Comanches will within the next few
weeks begin the semi-annual payment
to the three tribes. Each man. woma
and child will receive $f>0 as grass money
large number of the Comanche In
dlans will receive their payment at the
Red Store. Already a number of the
Indians have begun to gather at th«
various paying stations so as to be
on hand when the payment comes off.
It is estimated that 1,200 are paid al
the Red Store receiving a total of more
than $60,000. All this money will
spent in Lawton. Besides many of th
Indian; paid at other stations come
here to buy their provisions. Each
Indian who has an allotment leased oi
to his white brethren receives In ad
dutton to his per capita payment $10
per month. This added to their regular
payment means much to the Individual
SONS TO ASSIST
Ex-Confederate Veterans In Their An-
nual Re-Union In Lawton.
To Begin Active Work in Arranging
Details for September Encampment
BASE BALL PARK
Lawton Association to Own Its Prop
erty Next Season.
WILL STRENGTHEN TEAM
And Place It In Charge of a Profes
slonal Ball Player.—May Join
a New League.
A SPECIAL SERVICE.
11 o'clock Sunday a good congre-
gation assembled at the Methodist Pro-
testant church and listened to an ex-
cellent seriipn by Rev. W. A. Sanders
of Telmacara, Texas. W. B. Sanders
The city attorney was requested to i tl^« pastor, introduced his father, and
prepare a petition or resolution to the1 & pathetic reply was made. The morn-
effect that the streets of the city be I '"If subject was "The Selling of a Soul
graded and curbed under the provision -for Nuaght and the Redeeming of It
of the Oklnhoma statute,which provides j Without Price-." The preacher palnt-
for the ten year payment. Mr. Norman many beautiful pictures, and some-
was of the opinion that curbing could times escended Into the realms of orator,
bo constructed under the ten year pol-1 Everyone present seemed to be benefit-
Icy, but that the grading could not. ' ed and thought It good to be there. Rev.
City Attorney Whalen gave it as hls'W. A. Sanders Is now conducting a re-
oplnlon that both the curbing and grad-'vlval meeting at Woodlawn, two miles
ing could be done in the manner sped- I east nnd four miles south of LawtoiA
fled. . . I The meeting is being held under a tent.
! In a beautiful location. Everybody is
Invited to hear the Texas evangelist, do
some of his best peraching.
PLEASED WITH OUR CITY.
The citizens of Fifth ward offered a
petition to have Squaw creek surveyed
and ditched so as to give free passage,
during the heavy rains to all water, and
keep the overflow off ofthe abutting
property. A special committee was A. T. Hornor and family, of Bristol,
appointed to confer with the city en- Virginia, are In the city and expect to
glneer to determine the most practical locate in Lawton. He will sell Ills Vir-
channel for the water. glnla plantation and cast his lot in Co-
' manche county. He has been In search
Have you young horse to sell! Har- of a new home for six z months, but
ness and saddle broke! If you don't has found no place which suits him so
want more than he's worth you can well taking Into consideration the cllmat
sell him at 214 D. and location as Lawton.
W. C. Stevens, president of the Law
ton Base Ball Association, has under
consideration some very extensive Im-
provements In the local team and * the
manner in which the base ball assoCIa
tlon will manage Its business next see
son. The greatest improvement contem
plated is the ownership of a base ball
park close to the townsite of Lawton.
It will require a tract of land five acre
in area upon which to lay off diamond
and to erect a grand stand.
To accomplish this It will require a
larger membership than the bail associa-
tion has at present, but with the wonder
ful success the association has met with
this year It will have no difficulty In
securing the desired subscriptions to com
plete the plans now under way.
Lawton has one of the strongest Inde-
pendent teams in the twfn territories
and Texas, and from this team there
will be chosen a numlK*r of the best
players to constitute a portion of the
team for next season. A high salaried
manager will be secured from some
eastern university, who will arrange all
dates, hire all players and have com-
plete charge of all players. It Is the
intention to have the manager come
here late this season and remain ten
rlays trying out the players.
Many good games are to be arranged
with some of the best league players
In Texas and Oklahoma for late this
ason. Fort Worth will be here for a
scries of three games in the latter
part of September. Oklahoma City
will also come about the same dates.
The base ball association of the city
expect to do better late this season than
they have In the past. The crowds that
will be here this fall will greatly In-
crease the attendance at the games and
with four games t a week It Is ex-
pected that everything will go nicely.
There lo some talk of Law-
ton getting Into a new league that will
be organized in the great Southwest.
There are few teams In Southwest Okla-
homa or Northwest Texas, that can de-
feat the Lawton boys. The citizens of
the city are proud of their team and
In order to make the re-unlon of the
ex-Confederate Veterans, their sons and
daughters, a wonderful success, each
and every department of the local forces
are taking ahold and moving forwnrd
with their plans. A meeting of the
Itedford Forrest Camp of Sons of Con
federate Veterans was held at the
c'haniber of Commerce rooms last even
Ing to make plans for assisting the vet
erans during September 11, 12, and l;
when the encampment will be held In
this cPy. Those Who will be In attend
ance at this annual meeting will come
from every local lodge In the twin ter
Those who are completing arrange
ments for the encampment here this fall
believe from the communications the
are receiving that the re-unlon will sur
pass all former efforts on the part of
the Confederate soldiers. More than
one thousand delegates will be in at
Miss Kate Ross, of Lawton, was
hosen as sponsor of this camp. Sh
will have two maids of honor, to be
selected by her.
Many prominent speakers from both
territories and Texas, will be Invite
to be present. Among the most prom
inent speakers to be extended an Invita
'Ion are Senator Bailey and Congress-
All committees will meet at the city
nail early Friday evening to formulate
[dans upon which to work. Afte
the committee meeting all members will
-ro into a joint meeting.
Plans will be perfected to make the
parade on one of the days, to be select
d later, the greatest feature of the
re-unlon. Several bands will be se
cured, if possible. An effort will then
h? made to get the four troops of ca-
valry from Fort Sill, the Lawton En
.rlneer Corps, the children from the
Indian school in full uniform, and any
if the local lodges who desire to part lei
pate, • I the soldiers of the blue and
Special committees to meet with vet
erans at city hall today: W. F. Kerr.
Ftiley Smith and L. P. Ross.
Finance: J. T. Johnson, George Key,
Riley Smith, J. W. Hill, John Donald,
D. II. Rankin and Eugene Brlce.
Entertainment: W. F. Kerr, W. H.
Anderson. W.E . Hudson, H. C. Ham
nonds, Allle Reaves, George Rlggan
tnd Henry Warren.
Reception Committee: L. D. Caldwell
Ernest Qillam, J. M. Haynes, C. W.
Haines. Rev. R. S. Satterfield, • C. C.
Hammonds, W. W. Andrews, Louis
Davis, J. A. Diffendaffer, Dr. W. M
Turner, II. J. Ray, J.A . Fain, K. J
Bass, Judge Henderson, J. W. Wolver
ton. Dr. Gooch.
Committee on Homes: W. H. Hussey
W. F. Glenn, John Lantznester, M. T.
Perkins, Sam Stammer, U. C. Moore
M. V. Lewis, O. R. Simpson, J. W
Cherryhomes, J. C. Norman, Tom Urucc
II. T. Wilson, Ross Houston, and J. F
For a long time the. world has been
using cotton as materila foi* clothing,
sacking, cordage, etc. Now it is eat-
ing biscuits seasoned with lard mdae
from the oil of cottonseed, and eating
beef and butter made from the meal
ind hulls of cottonseed, and soon It
v ill be reading newspapers printed on
aper made from cotton stalks. And
this enumerates only the principal bit
ngs yielded by the cotton plant, leav-
ing unmentioned a large number of by-
FOUR TO TWO.
awton Wins iGame From Gainesville
at Comanche Celebration.
nvom Saturday's Daily Constitution.
The Lawton and Gainesville,
Texas, teams of ball players met again
esterday on the Comanche, I. T.. dia-
mond, to spar for the honors. The
game of the proceeding day was de-
ided a draw by the management of the
'omanohe celebration, both teams reoeiv
ing fifty per cent, of the gate receipts.
Lawton was feeling good in yester-
lay's game and thought thye would
how the Texas team that they could
lay even though they hda lost the
services of Abies, who received an Injury
to his left elbow the day before.
Our boys played a *tar game and
losed with a score of four to two In
favor of the ii jme team. Both teams
will arrive In the city tomorrow to
begin a series of three games at this
place Monday. Sunday the Lawton
team will play the Lloomer Girls. ,
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MET.
From Saturday's Dally Constitution.
The Chamber of Commerce held an in-
teresting meeting last evening and trans-
acted much business. May topics were
taken up for first consld rat'on. which
In -lie near future wi'.l develop them-
f. Ives into Important matters.
The committee appointed sometime ago
to secure estimates of cost of placing
1. rye sign boards on the right-of-way
through Fort Sill military res rva-
Shorfhand and Typewriting. $N5 pays tlon notifying the public that It Is a
for a 10-month8 combined course of J military resc rvatlon, was instructed to
Bookkeeping and Shorthand, and type- erect the sign boards.
writing, In our school. j A committee was appointed to confer
The demand for our graduates exceeds with the eltv authorities and see what
the supply. Three of our graduates are can be done In the way of having the
holding positions In Panama at $1500.03 streets placed to grade where the slde-
per year. There Is a place for you If walks are being constructed. A coin-
you will work for it. We never dls- mlttee appointed a few weeks ugo to
appoint. Ten per cent, discount look into the matter made a report that
to all entering Sept. 3. 1306. the streets could be graded and taxed
LAWTON BUSINESS COLLEGE. up to the abutting property and paid
022&25 w23 .... for in ten equal annual payments.
CH'CKEN BEING KILLED.
Territorial Game Warden Receive Such
Reports From Southwest.
A. C. Cooper, game warden of ths
Fort Sill Military Reservation, is In re-
ceipt of a comm ■t.ication from the ter-
ritorial game warden at Guthrie In
which It is stated tiiat the territory of-
fice lias received many complaints to
the effect that prairie chickens were
being killed in the Southwest reservec
In violation of the law.
The chickens in the reservation have
Just begun to propogate well the past
s< ason and with protection for several
years the reserve will be well stocked.
Mr. Cooper said in a conversation with
a reporter of this paper that if the
farmer living on the farms adjoining
the reservation would prohibit the kill-
ing of chickens, which stroll ont Into
their fields that soon there would be an
abundance of the birds in this
Never before in the history of the south
west has there been such a large num-
ber of quails here as at the present
time. The war department Is determin-
ed that all game on their premises shall
be protected and the fines for killing
these birds are not very light in case of
Will Be Made By Pioneer Company
Prom Saturday's Dally Constitution.
J. F. Bezdecheck, nfnager of the T.
& E. district of the Pioneer Telephone
company, was In the city this morning
looking after business connected with
the system. He says the new switch
board for the Lawton office will soon
arrive and be placed in shape for opera-
tion. Twenty-eight car loads of cop-
per wire have arrived to be used In this
district south and west of EIReno. A
direct copper line Is to be placed be-
tween Lawton and Oklahoma City,
Lawton and Hobart. Lawton and Snyder,
Lawton and Waurika, and tvn> lines be-
tween here and Chattanooga. The line
will be extended out bt Chattanooga to
any of the new government townsltes
that will be establlhed In the pasture re-
WATERSPOUT NEAR WALTER. ^
rTom Saturday's Dally Constitution.
A waterspout occurred within two miles
of Walter yeste.uay afternoon doing con-
siderable damage. Bridges were wash-
ed frc n their foundations and crops en-
tire' nept away. Never l.n the his-
tory vf that portion of the country was
there ever such a down pour of rain for
the time It fell.
Necessary to Accommodate Homeseekers
Coming to Look at Pasture.
Is Our City to Handle All Desiring to
Enter the Reserve With «
are doing everything to encourage
CAN YOU AFFORD IT
$50 pays for a six-months course In
Bookkeeping and Business Training, or
Homeseekers Day is again confronting
Lawton and the Southwestern comtry,
ach and every time the crowds increase
In large numbers. The forerunners
reached here at noon today over the
Frisco on the regular train, but the
sp-sxial train which will reach this
city at five or six o'clock this after-
noon will be loaded to its greatest capac-
ity. From the news received by the
railroads In advance the excursion which
left the east and north yesterday for
the Southwest was far beyond any that
has ever moved south and west.
Those reaching this section today were
from Missouri and other nearby points.
I'be greatest part of the excursion will
reach this city tomorrow when the trains
arrive, making connection with points
in and around Chicago. It will soon
be necessary to run many specHtil trains
over the Frisco and Rock Island rail-
oads to accommodate those who have
their mind bent on coming to Lawton
to look the pasture over. There Is no
oint on any of the railroads which has
better railway facilities with which to
each the many portions of the "big
iasture" than lias our city. Lawton is
situated In such a way as to be able
to take care of the crowds, that • are
In some instances the homeseekers
go on through to Texas points, but
they all return by way of Lawton to
stop off a few days and look over the
land soon to be opened as the last
great disposition of land In the new
state of Oklahoma by Uncle Sam.
PAVING CONTRACT AT ENJD.
Enid, O. T., Aug. 19.—The biggest pub-
lic Improvement contract ever let In
western Oklahoma was awarded last
night by the city council when the bid
of the Warner-Quintan Paving company
of Syracuse, New York, for twenty
blocks of asphalt paving was accept-
The amount p of the contract Is $211,- 3
299.73 for sheet asphalt, to which is to
be added nearly four miles of curbing
and guttering at di cents per lineal
foot and an uncertain amount of txca-
vat'on at csts per cubic yard. The
of the contract will prob-
ably cxceed $2*0,000.
A BIRTHDAY PARTY.
A number of young people were en-
tertained yesterday afternoon at the
home of Miss Margaret Crutcher In honor
of he/ 13th birthday. The honors of
the evening were carried off by Misses
Vista Oouch and Verda Caklwell.
Refreshments were served In tho
dining room which was prettily decorat-
ed In vines and cut flowers.
Those present were: Misses Verda
Caldwell, Vista Couch, Jessie Short,
Vera Cox, Flossie Kent, Elisabeth
P.ozman. Clauda and Callie Hussey, Ruth
Stuart, Collene and Margaret Crutcher.
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Williams, J. Roy. The Lawton Constitution. (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 23, 1906, newspaper, August 23, 1906; Lawton, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc118011/m1/1/: accessed May 21, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.