Edmond Enterprise and Oklahoma County News. (Edmond, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 54, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 11, 1904 Page: 1 of 8
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FEBRUARY 11, 1904
The scoop-shovel hats might get
busy in the wheat bins.
Smiles cost on more then frowns and
are much more healthful.
He is a mighty smart man who can
build a fire to suit his wife.
As it takes two to make a quarrel,
don't you be one of those two.
Some men are like that Washington
flying machine. Wont work.
Even a cat knows when you are
brushing the fur the wrong way.
Some people are born cranky, and
many now cultivate crankiness.
The most even tempered man we
ever knew, was mad all the time.
If all the world was a circus wouldn't
you get awfully weary of the show?
The more we know about some
schemes the less we think of them.
How people do like to be humbugged.
Look at that Dowie crowd in Chicago.
Gluttony and laziness are twins and
general worthlessness is their god-
If you have a skeleton in your closet
it does not help matters to air it in
This being presidential year it is well
to commence early to learn to govern
When we have a tooth pulled we
think of all the mean words in the
The upheaval in Kansas and Missouri
politics may serve as a note of warning
in other localities.
Some people are like goats, the stuff
they swallow would turn the stomach
of a cast iron bull dog.
When the most ordinary man is
made a United States Senator he thinks
he is a little god on wheels.
Large doses of the real Old Fashioned
Common Sen se are about the best
remedy for ordinary ills of life.
This is not the year for the millenium
but it may be the year when a great
many office holders will think their
political world has come to an end.
For the first time in its history the
U. S. Senate now has three of its own
members to Investigate. As the three
belong to the majorityside of that body,
the result will be of unusual interest.
Ben Franklin said that 'Honesty is
the best policy ". The grand juries are
now convincing boodlers and grafters in
public office, that the Franklin adage
applies tc public affairs as well as in
Up in Kansas this year there are a lot
of men in office who begin to think it
impossible to tell what the people will do
to 'em when they once get it into
their heads that a political trustis in the
saddle and trying to run over them.
The indictment of one of the U. S.
Senators from Kansas for acting as
attorney for a lot of law breakers may
serve to prevent legislatures from for-
getting that when they make a Senator
they are in duty bound to know the
moral fibre of the man as well as his
capacity to do partisan service.
Politics is a very dirty business at
times. The Supreme Court of Miss-
ouri discharged a clerk because he
wrote a book showing the crookedness
of Missouri politicians. If Missouri
law makers and law courts are to keep
up that sort of pace we shall not be
surprised if people continue to speak of
that country as "Poor Old Missouri.
Chief of Police Emerickof Oklaho-
ma City is in receipt of a letter from
an unknown communicant subscribing
herself or himself as "one who knows,"
telling him to stop searching for the
body of Chas. A. Goff, lately constable
at Choctaw City, saying "you will
neither find his body in the Canadian
nor his soul in hell." The writer also
declares that Goff and his wife did not
get along well together and that Goff
simply pulled out and left her,and thinks
that Mrs. Goff is trying to get Goff's
10,000 Elberta Peaches.
That the raising of peaches is at-
tracting considerable attention is
evidence upon every hand. The follow-
ing list handed us by a correspondent
only includes those p itting out the
largest orchards and then only counting
the Elberta variety. Not only this but
the parties named are located on less
than a township in area northeast of
Davis Bros 3,000.
F. H. Umholtz 1,200.
W. A. Henry 1,000.
Henry Hower *500.
Charles DeRoache 500.
Chas. Shang 1,000.
J. D. Roach. .500.
Jesse Williams 300.
Thomas Kent 200.
Mr. Olsin 200.
J. D. Lion 100.
Mr. Looborot'gh 100.
Geo. Randle 50.
Henry Hatheway 50.
Geo. Wildy 100.
Gov. Ferguson gives it out cold that
he thinks much of the cuniculum in
the higher institutions of learning
should be cut out. He compares the
college course to a bill of fare in a
restaurant. To consume the whole
thing creates a mental dyspepsia.
That is just criticism of a few colleges,
but it is not fair to all of them. In
most of the great American colleges
today the student may graduate in a
clas ical, a scientific a special or a
business course, and without danger of
mental or physical dyspepsia.
It was a saying of good old Doctor
Knox of Union College that "If a donkey
comes to this college, takes the full
course and graduates, it will not make
a man of him, he will know more but
will be a donkey still.
There is much force in that. It is
not the fault of the college that the
graduate dees not succeed in life. It
is, very largely the fault of the graduate.
The higher institutions of learning
have their plan. It will be a sad day
for American youth when the colleges
cease to prosper. The real point in
Gov. Ferguson's ar icle is worthy of all
praise. He makes a plea for more
practical, common sense schooling and
less time and money wasted on studies
more ornate then useful.
That is certainly good sense. His
allusion to "the newspaper boys" is a
happy one. As a rule there is more
good, hard horse sense in the news-
paper offices than in certain collegians
who are so full of "book laming" that
there is but little room for every day
useful, practical ideas.
The most successful men in business
who graduated from college are those
who worked their way through by hard
knocks. They learned certain lesson
by daily experience fully as valuable as
they ci.uld glean by study, recitation
room or lecture.
The modern college is, in many ways,
as different from the college of fifty
years ago, as the modern orthodox
church is different from the Puritan
church of the day of Salem witchcraft.
We live in the age of most marvelous
utilitartanism. The test now Is not so
much, how much a man knows, as
"How Much Can He Do."
But, to dispense with the higher in-
stitutions of learning altogether, would
be worse than a blunder, it would be a
crime. The day will come when a
great genuine modern college, without
the incumbrance of any particular sect,
will flourish In Oklahoma. Not
all the young men can be bankers or
publish newspapers, but all can be good,
The business and scientific course
in a first class college is a precious
boon to any citizen. There is some-
thing in life higher and better than
mere money gettting. Something far
more valuable than being a party man-
ager or an office holder.
The State must ba. builded upon the
homes and fire sides of the common-
wealth, The young men and women
with energy and pluck sufficient to be-
come college graduates may lose some
opportunities to grab the dollars and
the offices but they will become the
conservators of the public conscience,
without which no State can long endure
with honor, and without which political
honors are a rope of sand and fortunes
in bonds or lands a weakness and a
All honor to the man who honorably
succeeds without the college, and
undying fame to the colleges that are
making their course of study so in-
tensely and practically American as to
disarm all candid criticism.
The truly highest education best fits
citizens to give the best service to
their fellow men It was a college
graduate in the White House who said
"He serves his Party best, who serves
his Country best."
The college course of study may be
cumbersome as Gov. Ferguson says,
but it is the fault of the patron if he
orders all things on the bill of fare at
the restaurant, and under present col-
lege rules it is the fault of the graduate
if he swallows more than he can digest.
A Letter From A M. Barnett.
Equality, Missouri, Feb. 4th 1904.
After being absent from home about
seven weeks and promising to write to
some of my friends 1 will take advan-
tage through the columns of your paper
should it be agreeable with you and
should you have the space in your
worthy paper. I left home on the 14th
of Dec. and come by the way of St.
Louis stoped off there for a while, I
saw many sights attractive to the eye
best of all the things I saw was the
Oklahoma slate building, It has been
dedicated and was all afloat with the
stars and stripes And after viewing the
sights of the city I boarded my train
for Murphesborough, Itt. I visited my
sister there a week and while there I
attended a banquet given by Odd Fel-
lows celebrating their fiftieth annivers-
ary only one charter member being
present. I left Murphesborough for
Eldorado, ill., where I found a host of
kinfolks. 1 took Xmas dinner with a
nephew three miles in the country.
The roads were so muddy they had to
carry me out to the mountains on a
mule, there I remained with friends
and relatives for quite a while, then to
Shawnee- town and viewed the Ohio
river with its great gorges of ice float-
ing by, thence to Brooklyn, 111. to visit
an uncle. A cold wave came and
brought about 8 Inches of snow, Uncle
took me to Mitchellsville to visit a
cousin for two days and by the way I
must make mention of our sleigh ride
after arriving at my uncles where two
of my nieces were visiting too. I pro-
posed that we take a sleigh ride and all
was soon in readiness with seven on
board the sleigh, We started up hill
down hill till we landed at my boyhood
home. I found that time had wrought
many changes, I had longed for a look
in the old well where when a boy I had
sat on the curb with my feet hanging
in the well, but since that things have
changed, a pump had taken place cf
the curb with its old oaken bucket
but I drank of the same stream and
viewed the same hill and even the
same old log house that had been
changed into a barn. After viewing
the old stone quarry hill with its border
of huge rocks we bid good by to the
friends residing there and loading on
the sleigh we started back to uncle's we
all had a tumble in the snow and got
back more dead than alive found uncle
and aunt with smiling faces to greet
us, and a roaring fire. After all had
quieted down uncle proposed going
next day to his son's, next morning
found us starting to Tim's as we call
him and had a pleasant day with them
I stayed with him for a few days then
went back to uncle Jack's, then to
Junction City to visit a cousin where I
am at this writing, Hoping I have
not been too tiresome to you all. I am
A. M. Barnett.
By A Disbanded Volunteer. (
Sometimes we need spanking and
get a kiss.
If we do not act better this year
than last we are "no good."
When our troubles are the least we
hunt around for more of them.
If we keep on drinking gunpowder
tea we may go off and enlist In the
At times we feel so small that we
could hide under the wings of a grass-
There are so many times when we
feel that we are standing on very thin
Christmas was worth ?ll It cost, as
it taught us that "It is more blessed to
give than to receive.
You can fool the baby with castoria,
but your mother could not fool you but
once with castor oil.
Dyspepsia kills more people than
poison, and idleness shortens more
lives than hard work.
Do not imagine your neighbor is a
plutocrat because he puts on a white
shirt every month or two.
We are kept pretty busy trying to
live decently. Wonder if you have so
much need of watchfulness.
You can tame a crow when young,
but the black rascal is never too tame
to steal at every opportunity.
When we step out into the intense
dark, we are never positive of our
directionl "Lead, Kindly Light!"
Sometimes when the nights are cool
we sleep under a horse blanket, but It
gives us a nightmare and we shall have
to quit the practice.
You have seen a fool colt run away
from its mother and try to get dinner
from a stranger. Havn't you seen
boys old enough to have sense vho
remind you of that fool colt?
Two or three hundred years ago,
when we first married, we both declared
we could live 011 love, but it didn't
take Mrs. Wrinkles long to learn that
bread and butter beat love all to smash
as a steady diet.
Judge Pepperpod is fighting the new
telephone line. He says the Pawpaws
talk too much now, and have no more
use for telephones than Guthrie has
for Oklahoma City; but you wait till
Mrs. Pepperpod has her sayl
Some nights we are on the moun-
tain tops and watch the red sunset
with a soul full of gratitude and delight
and fall asleep full of lovely visions.
When we awaken the next morning
Deacon Mulberry's brlndle cow is
bawling at our kitchen door, and every
yellow dog in Pawpaw is barking to
beat the band. How we climbed to
the mountain top and how we fell back
into the valley again are mysteries be-
yond our ken.
Miss Lucinda Beetle asks us to
state if we are the Disbanded Volun-
teer who wrote for Noah's N. Y
Messenger more than a half century
ago. I he same. Lucinda, the same,
and not a day older now than then.
We well remember you. Lucinda,
when you kept a music store on Fifth
avenue. Glad you have come to Paw-
paw to live. U is the only Pawpaw we
have now, Lucinda. Hope to hear
your charming voice Sunday in
little church 'round the corner."
If we remember rightly, the
thing Noah said when he landed
the ark was this; "Wont this
capital place for the Angora goats to
hold a brush picnic, and for the mon-
keys to loop the loop!" Just then the
elephant came along with his trunk
full of fiies, boll weevils, gnats, fleas,
bugs and microbes; and Noah gave the
word of warning to Ham; the dogs be-
gan to scratch and growl, and the cats
got their back up and spit at the ele-
phant, but he didn't care a taskl
Then we left.
When we lived before; many thous-
and years ago; we were apprenticed to
a master builder who erected a wonder-
ful temple. It required many years to
construct it. and when completed it
was the marvel of that age, and men
wondered how mortal man could design
a thing of such marvelous beauty.
Being sent to the top of the tower the
temple was finished, we were amazed
to find that birds had eommenced to
build their nests in the topmost niches
of the tower, hundreds of feet above
the earth; and a busy spider was weav-
ing a beautiful web across the eastern
window of the tower, where workman
had been busy only the day before. A
bat was flying in the darkest recess of
the tower, and an eagle was soaring
near, as if looking for a lodging, while
a sleepy owl was resting on the upper
turret. Then we began to dimly realize
that the most lofty ambitious of man
inally serve the hun blest of God's
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