The Norman Transcript. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 14, 1908 Page: 1 of 10
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NOk'MAN, CLEVELAND COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, May 14, iqo8
SEVERE RAVAGES OF THE STORM.
Cotton Gin at Franklin Badly Damag-
ed. and House Blown Into Creek
- Many Ordhards Riddled
Damage Near Denver.
The week has been prolific in
storms and high winds, accom-
panied with heavy rainfall. They
have not been limited to any one
locality, but were general all over
the state, and reports of damage
come from all sections.
Wednesday morning's storm
seems to have been the most
damaging in these parts. About
9 o'clock a. m. it began, continu-
ing for an hour or more. The
dark, lead-colored clouds hung
low, seeming to shut right down
over the earth, shutting out the
sun to such an extent that lights
were necessary in the houses,
and chickens went to roost think-
ing night was coming on.
The rain came down in sheets,
accompanied with stiff winds.
Right in Norman it was not so
bad and damaging as throughout
the country, but was grewsome
enough here, whipping the trees,
breaking many branches and in
some cases moving small build-
ings. There seemed to be a
series of storms, local in their
character. One of them over-
turned the grand stand at the
fair grounds, breaking it up bad-
ly, and went through Sebe
Howry's orchard, riddling the
trees. It also did much damage
to the trees on Tyler Blake's
place, and other places in that
News comes from south of
Denver that B. Kobison's house
was blown away and Mrs. Robi-
son severely injured by flying
timbers, and that D. Dillon's
house was completely destroyed,
even the foundation being blown
away. Numerous houses in that
locaiitv were raised from their
foundations, and trees blown out
by the roots.
At Franklin, the cotton gin
was badly damaged and two
houses destroyed; one, occupied
by Thos. Adams
New Public School Buildings.
The Board of Education is
waiting to see what the new as-
sessment of the district will be
before calling an election to vote
bonds for the necessary new pub-
lic school buildings. The assess-
ment in 1907 was in the neigh-
borhood of $600,000, and under
that valuation no bonds could be
voted—the district carrying now
nearly all that the law allows.
It is believed the new valuation
will be $2,500,000.
The board contemplates a $25,-
000 bond proposition, about $5.-
000 of which will be used to
strengthen the present West side
building and make it safe, and
add an addition on the south side,
making the building nearly
square. There was talk of erect-
ing an entirely new building at
some more central point than the
present building, but that plan
has been abandoned. Architects
and experienced builders say the
present building can be made
absolutely safe by the construc-
tion of the new addition and oth-
er safety appliances. The
grounds are ideal, and similar
grounds cannot be obtained any-
where on the west side in any
more desirable location without a
large expenditure, and, besides,
the present building would be a
It is thought a high school
building can be built at a cost of
from $15,000 to $20,000. This
will be erected in the old court
house square, and in such a way
that it will be sufficient for the
needs of the district for many
years to come.
to the creek. Mr. Adams escap-
ed, but all the contents of the
houses were blown away.
Northwest of Norman a num-
ber of small out-houses and barns
were destroyed, and telephone
poles blown down. The storm
was especially damaging to or-
chards, damaging them severely
wherever struck. It seems that
all buildings destroped were flim-
sy in their character, no sub-
stantial building being even dam-
Noble Burning Cases Resubmitted.
With a host of witnesses pres-
ent and the attorneys for the
defense strenaously demanding
atrial, the cases of W. Murphy,
F. I j. Parker, Will Bran non and
Will Windle, indicted for burning
the Murphy store at Noble, was
withdrawn from trial, and the
evidence will be resubmitted to
the grand jury which meets on
May 25th. The former indict-
ment was found to be faulty in
material particulars. An impor-
tant witness, Charlie Howard,
was not present, and is said to
be in Seattle. Ben Williams,
Moman Pruitt and B. F. Wolf
represent the defendants, while
County Attorney Graham, J. B.
Dudley and A. Nicodemus are
attorneys for the county.
Rev. Alexander Installed.
Notwithstanding the very in-
clement weather, there was a
goodly attendance at the Presby-
terian church Tuesday evening,
May 12, 1908, when Rev. F. M.
Alexander was installed as pas-
tor. Rev. Harry Omar Scott, of
Guthrie, preached the sermon
and delivered the charge to the
pastor, while Rev. E. O. Wh'it-
well, of Oklahoma City, delivered
the charge to th.f people. Both
were eloquent and able address-
_ es. Pleasant social service was
being blown in- held after the regular services.
Maiiitainance Appropriation Passed.
The bill for the maintainance
of the University of Oklahoma
for the coming year passed the
house yesterday and will be at
once transmitted to the senate.
It carries $127,000. $77,000 being
is for salaries of teachers, of
which there are some forty. It
fixes the salaries of teachers,
giving the President $4,000 per
annum, vice president $2,500,
one teacher $2,250, a number
$1,800 and so on down. It is
thought it will have no trouble in
The bill for building appropria-
tion comes up in the senate to-
day. It will pass for a good
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It's a dandy; see it -Th See-
ley Mattress—at The Big Chair.
Rev. Alexander has gone in an
out among our people for the past
two years in an unostentatious
manner, and been the means of
great good to the community.
He has the confidence, respect
and esteem of high and low, rich
and poor, of those both in and
out of the church, in a marked
Baccalaureate Sermon Sunday.
Rev. A. E. Wardner, pastor of
the Presbyterian church at Ed-
mond, Olcla., will deliver the
baccalaureate sermon to the
graduating class of the high
school, at the opera house next
Sunday morning, May 17th, at
11 o'ciock. All the churches will
join in this service. The follow-
ing program will be rendered.
Opening Hymn Congregation.
Prayer Rev. McCorkle.
Scripture Reading, Rev. Cork-
Sermon. ..Rev. A. E. Wardner.
Closing hymn. • Congregation.
Benediction.. Rev. Alexander.
Wjll Bumgarner Case Continued.
Owing to the sickness of Oliver
Foster, whom the prosecution
claim is one of their important
witnesses, the case of the state
vs. Will Bumgarner, charged
with killing young Kennedy,
was continued, Friday, to the
next term of court. Mr. Foster
is said to be quite sick at his
home near El Reno.
Dr. Bynum Out of Epworth.
Dr. E. T. Bynum is clear out
of Epworth Uri Tsity, Dr. E.G.
Crowell, of North Carolina, hav-
ing been selected in his place as
vice-chancellor of that institution.
Mr. Bynum is an applicant for a
position in the University of Ok-
lahoma. but there seems to be
some doubt of his appointment
to any position here.
—It is expected that Ex-Gov.
Ferguson will deliver the Memo-
j rial address on Decoration Day.
I Definite announcement will be
| made in next week's issue, when
I the full program will be given.
Burdens, God bless 'em, we all must bear,
That's part of the Master plan;
Each man gets a chance his shoulders to square
And lift a man's load like a man.
And no other triumph can ever compare
To the feeling that you can.
Trials, God bless 'em, we all must meet,
For they only our mettle prove;
They part at once the true from the cheat
They develop the strength which outlasts defeat
And at last will mountains move.
Battles, God bless 'em, we all must fight,
They are the splendid tests
Which prove the right, the courage and might
Of the hearts within our breasts;
Yes, burdens, trials and battles these
Are the strong man's true opportunities.
One of the worst evils wrought by the sin of dis-
couragement is that we are tempted to stop when we are
just on the eve of realized success, and almost in sight of
the richest blessings. Up near the summit of Mount
Washington I once saw a cairn of stones to mark the spot
where a poor girl perished from cxp uure and heart failure
on a cold night. Her father and she had rashly attempted
to ascend the mountain without a guide (it was years
ago), and they had become lost, and sat down bewildered
when the chilling darkness of the autumnal night came
on. The next morning the distracted father discovered
that a very short distance more would have brought them
in sight of th" lights of the "Tip-top" cabin.
In one of Schiller's poems a beautiful story is told to
this effect. When God made the birds he gave them
gorgeous plumage and sweet voices, but no wings. He
laid wings on the ground and said, "Take these burdens
and bear them." They struggled along with them, fold-
ing them over their hearts. Presently the wings grew
fast to their breasts, and spread themselves out, and then
they found that what they had thought were burdens were
changed to pillions.
District Court News. Report From Taft Headquarters.
The following cases have been I The following statement was
disposed of during the past issued at Taft' headquarters in
week: j Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, cover-
W. D. Pickard vs. L. A. ing the selection of delegates to
Sweeney, suit for damages, jury \ the national convention:
brought in a verdict for defend-1 ' 'Of tho 842 delegates to the Re-
ant. publican national convention
M. L. Howarth vs. Gem Novelty selected up to and including Fri-
Co., suit on contract, verdict of day, May 8, Secretary Taft is
$200 for plaintiff. j assured of the support of at least
Territory vs. Ryfus Rey- 554, while only 491 are required
nolds, dismissed on. motion of
of county attorney.
Territory vs. J. A. McCarthy,
defendant failed to appear and
bond of $500 forfeited. M. K.
Elliot and L. C. Brandt are his
bondsmen. Tyler Williams also
failed to answer to his name and
forfeited a $500 bond. Manuel
Tyler and L. C. Brandt are on his
J. L. Curtis vs. R. A. Conk-
ling, suit on account, judgment
to nominate. There are yet to
be chosen 138 delegates, the bulk
of whom will come from Michi-
gan, North Dakota, Montana,
Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Cali-
fornia and Texas, all of which are
conceded Taft states.
' 'When all the delegates to the
national convention have been
chosen Secretary Taft will have
a clear majority in the conven-
tion, without counting for him
any of the contested delegates.
"Of the 554 delegates now
Territory vs. Clark Roily, con-' Credited to Secretary Taft 417
tinued for term.
The case of Joseph Turner vs.
Charles E. Turner now holds the
attention of the court. It is a
fight between two brothers for
the possession of a piece of land
in the vicinity of Moore. At-
torneys Ben Williams, A. W.
Fisher and C. M. Iveiger are for
instructed for him; 137 are unin-
structed,. but are known sup-
porters of Ohio's candidate.
"In all 106 delegates have been
chosen since last week's state-
ment was issued. Of this num-
ber 60 were instructed for Secre-
tary Taft and 46 are uninstructed.
At least 39 of these uninstructed
the defense, and Mosier & Dud- delegates will support Secretary
ley for plaintiff. j Taft.
j ' 'Of the 842 delegates thus far
Mrs. M. C. Runyan Dead. selected 225 are instructed for
Mrs. M. C. Runyan passed Ta,^ida^we/ tha Secretary
,1 1 • J XT I 1 I" All hilt inilv1 r f f hnon r r\w\r
away at her home in East Nor-
faft. All but four of these come
man yesterday afternoon at 4:30 ^rom soea-lled favorite son states.
o'clock, after a linguring illness hundred delegates are un-
of twelve weeks duration. The j instructed, 417 are instructed for
deceased was 35 years of age, ™cre^ary£- and the se;ats oi
and was one of the most highly are contested. In the contests
respected and lovable ladies of
our city, a devoted wife and
--as one of the most highly ^7."^ , .,
tori and Wnhlo wi;«a nf a'',ec^nK' 20 of these delegates
only laft supporters are involv-
"Connecticut, Kentucky, and
Wyoming were the states to
swing into adoption of resolutions
of instruction for Taft by their
respective state conventions."
loving mother. Funeral services
will be held at the M. E. church
this (Thursday) afternoon at 4
o'clock. Interment will be made
in Odd Fellows cemetery.
The utmost sympathy is en-
tended to Mr. Runyan and the
Epworth League Anniversary.
The nineteenth anniversary of
the Epworth League will be ob-
served by the league of tht First
Methodist Episcopal church next
Sunday, May 16th at 8 p. m. A
good program, ' 'In the School of
the King," will be rendered.
You are cordially invited to at-
tend this service.
—How about grass shears to
cut the grass around the flower
beds? For less money at the
Broken Dollar Store.
Purcell and Norman will cross
bats tomorrow (Friday) after-
noon, on Boyd Field. The game
promises to be a hot one, as both
teams are comprised of some of
the best players in this section.
The lineup is as follows:
Norman Position Purcell
Walker Catcher Gollier
Housh Pitcher Mitldlebrook
Jepsen xst base C. Wells
McComb s. s. D. Wells
Hughes 2nd base Bonyer
Hollis 3rd base Wantland
Clement R. Field McDevitt
Yoho C. Field E. Matthews
Hull L. Field L. Matthews
Insane Moved Next Tuesday.
Sheriff Sale is getting ready to
move 400 of the inmates of the
Oklahoma Sanitarium to the new
asylum at Fort Supply. They
will be loaded on the cars at Nor-
man station on Tuesday evening.
May 19th, the idea being to make
the trip during the night. It is
thought by leaving here about
o'clock p. m. they will arrive at
Fargo, Okla., for breakfast.
There the patients will be loaded
into wagons and other vehicles
and driven fifteen miles across
the country, through the sand
and gulleys, to their new home
If some of them don't die from
the exposure and jolting it will
be a wonder.
There will be some thirty or
forty deputies, and a special train
of ten coaches will be needed
in the transportation. It will
cost almost $5,000 to pay the fare
of inmates and attendants, and
the wages of the sheriff and
There are now some 690 in-
mates in the Oklahoma Sanitari-
um, which will leave 290 after
the 400 are taken. It is thou eh t
some 200 Indian Territory insane
who are now in an asylum in St.
Louis, will be moved here, and
there are probably 100 more in
the jails of the Indian Territory
who will be brought here to re-
main until the asylum at Hugo,
in the Indian Territory part of
the state, is prepared for them.
Republican National Convention.
Chairman New, of the Repub-
lican National Committee, says
that never before in his exper-
ience, (and he has been connect-
ed with the committee for the
past twenty years) has there been
such a demand for tickets of
admission to a convention as there
is to the one which will be held
in Chicago in June. Some six
thousand requests have been re-
ceived from Indiana alone, and
Now York, Ohio, Illinois, Ken-
tucky and other states are not
far behind, Tremendous crowds
are expected in Chicago, and not
one in ten who desire admission
can possibly be accommodated.
Convention hall will seat about
Memorial Services Sunday. 24th.
The annual memorial services
and sermon will be held at the
M. E. church in Norman, under
the auspices of Albert Carter
Post No. 5, G. A. R. on Sunday,
May 24, 1908, at 11 o'clock a. m.
Old soldiers will meet at G. A.
R. hall at 10 o'clock prompt, and
march to the church, where the
sermon will be delivered by Rev.
T. H. Corkhill. An appropriate
song service has also been pre-
pared. The public is cordially
C. H. Mayabb,
R. E. Leach,
More Booze Confiscated.
The county replenished its sup-
ply of booze by several gallons
during the past week, officers
capturing six quarts at the Star
livery stable, and seventy-two
pints at Roy Coffey's residence
in the north part of the city.
Eleven pints of beer were also
found in the Star livery barn
raid. The whisky and beer is
now in charge of Sheriff Sales.
No arrests were made.
President Boyd on Inspection Tour.
President Boyd, accompanied
by W. E. Rowsey, of Muskogee,
secretary of the Board of Re-
gents of the University, left Sat-
urday for an inspection tour of
the Wisconsin, Illinois, Chicago
and St. Louis universities. They
will be absent a couple of weeks,
and expect to go as far east as
Cornell and Princeton.
In the United States senate
yesterday the McGuire bill re-
moving restrictions from the
lands of all over one-quarter In-
dian blood was passed. It now
goes to conference, and will un-
doubtedly pass. It will put at
least 7,000,000 acres of land in
the Indian Territory part of the
state on the tax rolls, and allow
owners so sell it. It includes
even the homestead, nothing
Mr. Rodenberg began his now-
celebrated speech by referring
to "the terror that struck his
soul" when as a new member he
trembled with fear as some
democratic member, in deep,
sepulchral tones, that smacked
oi the gloomy depths of the
cheerless tomb, arose in his seat
and, assuming the attitude of
Ajax defying the lightning, hurl-
ed anathema upon anathema at
our devoted lieu : and predicted
the overthrow, swift, sure and
immediate of the republican ma-
jority in this house. In the still,
small hours of the slumberless
night my tortured soul cried out
aloud: 'Oh, Lord, what mi s I do
to be saved ." It is all different
now. Democracy's dismal and
doleful note of warning, \\ liich
from time immemorial has been
sounded in this chamber at regu-
lar intervals of two years, no
longer terrifies, it simply amuses.
\\ hat once w as 1 igh t ragedy is
now only comic ope a."
Tracing the developments of
the last several presidential cam-
paigns, Mr. Rodenberg further
referring to Mr. Bryan and his
paper the Commoner, as well,
said that he didn't know just
what the paramount issue this
year would be, but he was pre-
pared "for almost any old thing."
"I wouldn't be surprised," he
said, "to find in the democratic
platform this year a declaration
topthe effect that die only clean,
legitimate, tin tainted money in
the United States is that which is
derived from the I cture] 1 at.form
and from the publication of the
Commoner, a newspaper which,
with a becoming sense of modes-
ty, seldom mentions the name of
its editor oftener than one hun-
dred times in any issue." Mr.
Rodenberg held up two copies of
the Commoner, in one of which
he said Bryan's name was men-
tioned 135 times and in the other
Much stress will no doubt be
laid 011 democracy's pretend
friendship for labor. Crocidile
tears will be shed in great abun-
dance by the democratic spell-
binder in 1908 as he tells of the
heroic efforts of the minority in
this house to enact legislation in
behalf of the horny-handed sons
of toil, and yet an examination
of the record will disclose the
fact that the only place in this
country where labor is underpaid,
where the efforts of workingmen
to organize themselves into un-
ions meet with determined op-
position, and where few laws
favorable to the cause of toil
have been incorporated into the
statutes, are the states that have
never given an electoral vote to
the republican party."
Mr. Rodenberg closed by con-
trasting Bryan and Roosevelt,
asserting there was nothing com-
mon between them. ' 'One is the
antithesis of the other. Roose-
velt is a practical statesman; the
other an impractical dreamer;
one is patriotic, the other is sim-
ply platitudinous: one is construc-
tive, the other destructive; one
believes in intelligent action, the
other in unintelligent agitation."
Judge Wolf Won First Case.
The Transcript was mistaken
in last week's statement that At-
torney Ben Williams had the hon-
or of winning the first damage
suit against the city. Judge
Wolf has the honor, winning in
the case of J. J. Wallace vs. City
of Norman, a suit for $25,000
damages, while he was city at-
torney in 1897. It will be re-
membered, Wallace brought a
negro from Oklahoma City to as-
sist in putting on some roofs.
An organized mob, not liking the
negro's presence in the city, was
in the act of escorting the gentle-
man to the city limits, when
Wallace attempted to stop them.
Some member of the mob threw
a pop bottle at Wallace, hitting
him in one of his eyes and put-
ting it out. The damage suit
followed. Judge Wolf won the
case in district court, and Wallace
appealed to the supreme court,
where the decision was affirmed.
The case was one of the most
important and hardest fought in
ti> history of the county.
—Have you a hole in your
h > - We have a mender that
will do the work. Broken Dollar
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