The Norman Transcript. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 7, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 26, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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The Norman Transcript.
ED. H. BURKE, Publisher.
A Live Republican Newspaper-Devoted to the Best Interests o( Norman and Southern Oklahoma.
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NORMAN, CLEVELAND COUNTY, OKLAHOMA. December 26, i<,o7.
MAIN BUILDING OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
DESTROYED BY FIRE.
Caught From an Explosion of a
Stove in th* Dome—Heroic
Work of Students and
to the Limit.
It was a great misfortune, but
out of the evil good will surely
come. The building will be re-
placed, greater and fe.ander and
better than ever, and the force
and strength and good-will of the
whole state will be back of it.
This is no time for pessimism
concerning the future of the
State University of Oklahoma.
What was destroyed by the fire
was really a small part of the
States's holdings here. The ele-
gant Science Hall with its thous-
ands upon thousands of dollars'
worth of appliances, the Carnigie
Library building with its magnifi-
cent library, the fine gymnasium
buildings, the beautiful and spa-
cious cxmpus and grounds upon
which twenty years of hard labor
have been expended, the very
valuable section of land (640
acres) joining the University, all
still remain. And the insurance
carried on the building will al-
most rebuild the new building
that is to replace the one destroy-
ed, so that the splendid work and
progress and influence of the
institution will not be retarded.
By a recent law the Board of
University Regents now consists
of ten members, the Governor
and nine others appointed by him.
This board has been agreed upon
and will be appointed tomorrow
and have a meeting in Guthrie-
Saturday morning they will come
to Norman to view the grounds
and buildings and take in the sit-
uation. Hon. Lee Cruce will be
president of the board and it is
very probable Gov. Haskell will
turn .all matters over to him. He
is a warm friend of the University
and emphatically denounces any
talk of removal or of retarding
the work of the institution in any
manner. He and Gov. Haskell
and the board are our friends and
undoubtedly will at once order
work commenced on rebuilding.
The insurance companies may
decide to rebuild rather than pay.
The Legislature will probably
be down to see us sometime the
early part of January.
In the meantime, there will be
no cessation in the educational
work of the institution. Presi-
dent Boyd has made full and am-
ple arrangements, and when the
students return next week they
will find everything in firstclass
Sweeping through corridors
freshly coated with oil, as if fan-
ned by a demon, and within four
hours after classes had been dis-
missed for the Christmas holi-
days, fire caused by a gasolme
' stove explosion destroyed "the
main building of the University
of Oklahoma Friday afternoon.
Damage to the building and its
contents is estimated at $85,000.
The total insurance is $67,500.
Heroic work by students of the
university, members of the fac-
ulty and citizens of Norman sav-
ed the conflagration from spread-
ing to Science hall and Carnegie
library, valued at $150,000 and
containing more than $200,000
worth of laboratory equipment
and books. A stiff breeze from
the southeast carried the endan-
gering flames directly towards the
Students working on the roof
of the building gave the alarm
shortly befote 3 o clock. 1 he
large dome was then a mass of
flames. The blaze spread rapidly
to the woodenwork below and a
few minutes after 3 o clock the
dome tottered and fell, crashing
through the second and third
floors to the basement. Sparks
were scattered through the halls
of both floors. The stairways
and halls had been coated with
oil a few days before. The flames
worked down the staircases and
before water from the university
mains could be connected the
basement was a veritable fur-
The fire was brought under
control about 5 o'clock, but con-
tinued burning in several places
until about 10 o'clock. The
south wall fell shortly after the
dome. A few minutes later warn-
ing shouts called the firemen from
the east wall. It fell in, stamp-
ing out most of the fire in that
section of the building.
Three students, Everett Car-
penter, C. E. Stadtman and Ray
Flood, were painting the roof of
the building, when the fire start-
ed. They had finished painting
the dome and were heating paint
over a gasoline stove to complete
the work. While the men were
working about 20 feet from the
stove it exploded, throwing the
burning paint over the dome and
roof. The flames caught quickly
on the fresh paint on the dome
and the woodwork inside.
Crowds-of students and town-
people quickly formed volunteer
brigades to assist the firemen and
save what furniture that they
could from the lower floors.
Several pianos were taken from
the art department. The furni-
ture in the Young Men'sChristian
association rooms in the east end
of the building was saved. These
rooms had just been fitted by the
association at a cost of $500.
Two students were injured
slightly in the salvage work. Park
F. Irwin, a senior, was hit by a
chair thrown from a window, and
William Grayson was cut on the
hand by falling glass.
The insurance on the building
and contents was the maximum
allowed by insurance companies,
according to D. L. Larsh, former
secretary of the board of regents,
who still has charge of the books.
The amounts of insurance and
the different companies in which
it is carried are as follows:
American Central Insurance
company,I2,5co; Aetna Insurance
company, $5,000; Citizens Insur-
ance company, $5,000; London,
Liverpool and 1 Globe, $5,000;
Scottish Union and National, $5,-
000; Royal Insurance company,
$2,500; Orient Insurance com-
pany, $5,000; Phoenix Insurance
company, $5,000; Fire association
of Philadelphia, $5,000; Aetna
Insurance company, $2,500; Hart-
ford Insurance company, $2,500;
Aetna Insurance company, $5.:
000; Palatine Insurance company,
$2,500; Germania, $2,500; Na-
tional of Hartford, $2,500: Con-
tinental Eire insurance company,
'.'Classes will not lose one Jay
as a result of the fire." said Dr.
David R. Boyd, president of Ok-
lahoma university. "School does
not resume until January 6. We
will have every thing ready by
that time to continue every class.
Most of the work of this semester
has been finished. The one
month remaining is largely re
views and examinations.
"No plans have yet been made,
of course, but it is probable that
we will hold classes in the gym-
nasium, the library and several
churches in the west side of town.
One thing is certain, the educa-
tional work of Oklahoma univer-
sity will not suffer."
The Gospel of Cheerfulness.
A smile is potential, magnetic, and dispels trouble.
Shake hands as though you meant it, and smile.
In the realm of birds, the lark is the optimist, the crow
is the pessimist. Why be a crow ?
You are under a real obligation to every man on earth.
There are more people dying each day for the lack cf
a kind word, a pat on the back, and a little encourage-
ment, than there are from disease-
Blessings on the man who smiles ! Not the man who
smiles for effect, nor the one who smiles when the world
smiles, but the man whose smile is born of an inner radi-
ance the man who smiles when the clouds lower, when
fortune frowns, when the tides are adverse, the sunshine
of whose heart breaks forth in smiles. Such a man not
only creates his own fair world, but he multiplies himself
a 1 hundredfold in the courage and strength and joy of
ot ler men.—Rev. George Perin.
Some folks they keep huntin' for sorrow:
They sigh if they're right or they're wrong;
But this day's as good as to-morrow,
So I just keep a-livin' along.
I just keep a-livin' along.
I just keep a-singin' a song;
There's no use to sigh
While the suns's in the sky,
So I just keep a-livin' along.
When the Lord made the world, was I in it
To give him directions ? He "knowed
I wouldn't know how to begin it,
Bein' nothin' but dust by the road.
So I just keep a-livin' along:
And I can't say the Lord's work is wrong;
I never will sigh
While he's runnin' the sky;
I just keep a-livin' along.
I'm thankful for sun and for showers;
The Lord makes the winter an' May;
And he'd hide all the graves with His flowers
If folks didn't weed 'em away 1
So I just keep a-livin' along,
Still thankful for sunlight and song;
I know when it's snowin',
God's roses are growin',
So I just keep a-livin' along !
D. L. Larsh's Qood Work.
The advantage of having
business man at the head of af-
fairs is demonstrated in the late
University fire. Mr. Larsh, as
secretary of the board, had charge
of the insurance matter and not
oniv secured all the insurance the
building would carry, but saw to
it that every protection possible
was inserted in the policies. For
instance, every policy had a gaso-
line permit attached to it, As
usual, Mr. Larsh performed his
duty in this matter most efficient-
A Farm to Trade.
A good improved 160 acre farm
in Beckham county, formerly part
of Roger Mills, to trade for Nor-
man property. Property must
bi south of Main street and west
of Santa Fe Tracks. Call at tnis
office for further information or
address Lock Box 623, Norman,
WM. H. TAFT.
Taft seems to be a veritable
magician. It is difficult to ac-
count for his success in smoothing
out knotty siruations. With an
insurrection treatment in Cuba,
the Secretary spent a few days on
the island, talked in his tactful
but convincing way, and when
he went away peace and order
were assured. The new parlia-
ment in the Philippines was bent
on mischeif. Signs of disturbance
were evident enough. But he
talked with the malcontents, he
argued with the leaders, he stated
his determination with perfect
clearness, and the Philipines be-
came good. He spent a few days
in Japan, waved his magic wand
over the island of cherry blos-
soms, and shortly after he left
Japan's minister of war came out
with the assertion that war be-
tween United States and Japan
was out of the question. Yes, I
believe Taft is a magician, and it
looks to me as though the Re-
publican party needs just about
that sort of a magician as its
nominee for the presidencv.
Mr. Taft is the only interna-
tional figure among the candidates
for the Republican nomination.
This is decidedly in favor. His
election would mean something
to the powers. And in the con-
nection it should be remembered
that Colonel Bryan, the probable
Democratic nominee, is also a
world figure.—Walter Wellman,
I in Chicago Record-News.
'familiarity breeds contempt.'—
on the principle that he has made
himself too common. An in-
stance is that, though advertised
with a great blare of trumpets,
not more than 1200 listened to
Mr. Bryan in Convention Hall,
which has a seating capacity of
Talking with a gentleman of:
Oklahoma City this week, con- j
cerning the recent visit of \\ m.
J. Bryan to that city and the
great "ovation" given him, he ^
said: "Oh, I don't know. If they
i had not read it in the papers,
! a very small proportion of the
'people would have known Bryan
! was in town, and cared less. In
fact, for a man of national rep-
utation, Bryan cut« as little fig-
1 ure in Oklahoma as any man you
'can name. I account for it by
I quoting that old saying that
At the residence of the bride's
parents, Mr, and Mrs. P. C.
Lesslv, on Christmas Day, 1907,
Mr- John H. Kuhlman, Jr., and
Miss Mary Joe Lessly were_ unit-
ed in marriage by Rev. R. E. Mc-
Corkle. A splendid wedding din-
ner was served by > Mrs. Lessly,
and the assembled guests show-
ered the happy young couple with
many presents an<i warm congra-
The bride is a real Cleveland
county girl, having been born in
this county, and is one of the
most charming and accomplished
young ladies of the county. She
will make a helpful helpmate
to her young husband, who is a
stalwart, industrious and steady
young man. the son of Mr. John
H. Kuhlman, Esq. The younc
couple will reside on a farm ad-
joining Mr. Lessly's.
The Transcript sincerely joins
their hosts of friends in wishing
the young couple long life and
Oklahoma City vs. Norman.
The Oklahoma City and Nor-
man high school football teams
will meet on the Colcord Park
gridiron at Oklahoma City, next
Wednesday — New Years Day.
This game will be for the cham-
picnship of Oklahoma, Kansas
and Texas, and will be fought to
the finish by the opposing teams.
TO VOTE $N5,0(X) BONDS.
An Election Called for Febuary
II, 1908—Sewer and Water
The Mayor and city council has
called an elect on to vote upon
t e proposition to i'S e$85,ooo i
bonds for sewers and extension
of water mains. The eleotion is
to be held Febuary 11, 1908. So
certain are they that the proposi-
tion will carry, that they have
already contracted the bonds at
par, and the money will be avail-
able as soon as the election is
held, and work will be pushed on
the work rapidly.
C. A. Linneman Fined f"r Theft.
C. A. Linneman, who resides
east of town, was arrested Satur-
day by City Marshal Burch,
charged with the theft of a 22
caliure pistol from Nolan & Mar-
tin. Mr, Martin missed the gun
from the case a week or ten clays
ago, and as it was broke when
taken, notified all the gunsmiths
of the city to be on the lookout
for it. Saturday, H. P. Daniels
telephoned that the gun had been
placed in his shop to be repaired,
and Mr. Burch was notified to be
on the lookout for his man Lin-
neman called for the gun and was
at once placed under arrest.
When taken before County Judge
Sharp he admitted taking the gun
but said he only did it to play a
joke on Tony Nolan. The judge
thought it was another case of
carrying a joke too far, and fined
Linneman $10 and costs $17 in
School Board Wants More Room.
Have you a good room cen-
trally located suitable to hold
school in? That is what a com-
mittee of school board compos-
ed of J. F. Nornun, E. Levy and
R. E. Leach are looking for, and
if you have such a room you can
close up a deal instanter. Never
in the history of the city schools
were the buildings so crowded,
and the school board, at their
meeting Monday night, decided
to relieve the situation as soon as
After disposing of the routine
business, the board passed reso-
lutions allowing the salaries of
all teachers desiring to attend
the State Teachers Association
meeting at Tulsa this week to
remain in operation. This was
done to help defray their expen-
ses and thus encourage their at-
tendance, as the meeting will re-
sult in much good to those who
RENIOED. -Same Old Price.
Owing to the present financial
condition of the country The
Transcipt has "reniged" on it3
oroposition to advance the sub-
scription price of the paper to
$1.50, and until futher notice the
price will remain the same, viz:
$1.00 per annum.
In doing this we do not for a
moment recede from our posi-
tion that $1.50 is a fair and reason-
able price; a really low price; and
that all weekly papers should
charge at least that amount.
With farmers getting twice as
much for their cotton, corn, pro-
ducts of all kinds; with mechanics
getting twice the wages they for-
merly received, with prices of
(ood stuffs, building materials,
everything, materially advanced
and with very material advances
on prices of type, presses, paper,
printers' wages, and all that goes
to make up a paper, it is by no
means a "square deal" to ask
the newspaper man to furnish
his goods at the same price as
when everything was low. It is
not encouraging, to say the least.
Nevertheless. The Transcript,
during the coming year, expects
to make many improvements in
its news service, and make the
paper better than ever before.
It thanks its patrons for their
past patronage and kindly solic-
its a continuance of the same.
Wishing you one and all a
Happy and Prosperous New
Year, I am
Ed H. Burke,
Move for Law School.
The Oklahoma Bar association
at its meeting in Oklahoma City
got squarely behind a proposition
to establish a State Law School
in connection with the University
of Oklahoma, and make it per-
manent with such buildings,
equipment, library, etc., as are
necessary. Mr. W. M. Newell,
of this city, was the father of the
movement and, with L. S Dol-
man, of Ardmore, and W. I
Gilbert, of Durant, has been ap-
pointed a committee to present
the matter to the legislature and
in the drafting and passage of
the proper bill relating thereto.
Every State University in the
country has a law school in con-
netion with it. Indeed, in many
of them the law department is
one of the most important, at-
tracting a large number of stu-
dents. This moye of the Bar
association with its 600 members,
is certainly one of importance.
Grand Central Hotel
in New Hands
The Grand Central Hotel chang-
ed hands Monday, Mr. T. R.
Miles, of Farber, Mo., taking
charge. Mr. J. H. Bergman, the
retiring landlord, will probably
locate at Sulphur Springs. Mr.
Miles comes to Norman with the
best of recommendations as an
enterprising and first class citizen,
has had several years' experience
in the hotel business, and will
no doubt make a success of the
Grand Central. His family will
The annual meeting of the
Stockholders of Norman Building
and Loan Association will be
held at the office of the secretary
on the 6th day of January, 1908.
Election of directors for the com-
ing year and the transaction of
such other business as may come
before the meeting.
S. A. Brewer,
Dated Dec. 24, 1907-
And the Cat Came Back.
Frank W. Filson and family
are again residents of Noble, af-
ter a two years' absence at Sun-
nyside and Dora, New Mexico,
where Mr. Filson was connected
with the Santa Fe. They arriv-
ed last week, and, although they
liked New Mexico fine, are mighty
glad to get back to Oklahoma.
Mr. I?ilson will probably resume
his old position as agent of the
Santa Fe at Noble. The Tran-
script joins with their scores of
friends in welcoming them back
to the fold again.
Pauls Valley Killer in Jail.
Jim Stephenson, who shot and
killed Deputy U. S. Marshal
Cathey at Pauls Valley a month
or so ago, was brought up from
that place last Thursday night
and lodged in the county jail for
safe keeping. He had to be car-
ried on a cot, the wound he re-
ceived in the left leg in the battle
with Cathey having never suf-
| ticiently healed to enable him to
R. C. Berry Remembers Employes
R. C. Berry remembered his
employes Christmas Day by pre-
senting eaeh with a brand new
$5 gold piece. Considering that
he employs ten or twelve people, |
the gift amounted to quite a neat
| little sum.
! —Capt. J. M. Bishop, who has
j been seriously sick several weeks,
1 was taken to the Able hospital,
j Oklahoma City, Tuesday, to take
j treatment Irom Dr. \\ . N. T.
, Able. His friends hope he will
completely regain his health.
Mrrtin Arnold Adjudged Insane.
Martin Arnold, a resident of
(the Denver neighborhood, was
adjudged insane in the county
' court Tuesday, and committed to
i the asylum. R. C. Self, better
j known as "Red" Self, who was
I released from the sanitarium a
| month or so ago, was recommit-
ted the same day.
1 Abbott & Graves, Auctioneers.
Cols. Abbott & Graves, the
auctioneers, have been holding
■ several successful sales the past
I two months, and are giving the
i best of satisfaction Farmers
i wishing to make a sale would do
1 well to see these gentlemen.
1 Dates made at this office-
W. O. W. Installation.
At the court house, on Wednes-
| day evening, January I, 1908, at
17:30 the W. O. W. and Wood-
men Circle will have a joint in-
stallation of officers. Judge Mc-
1 Millen will address those present
on the si,u;ect of Woodcraft. The
; public n., ited by the
Cancelling Their Dates.
The financial flurry has affecte*
the theatrical profession pretty
I seriously. It is said that sev^-
i teen companies have cancelrefc
j their dates in Oklahoma. T\w
that were to have been here tms
' week failed to put in an anear-
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