Edmond Twice - A - Week Enterprise (Edmond, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, March 20, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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Edmond ™ce a week Enterprise
Published Every Tuesday And Friday In The Interests Of Edmond And Vicinity.
EDMOND, OKLAHOMA. FRIDAY, MARCH 20 1908
THE SCHOOL LAND
Articles By Prof. Abbott Of The
Central Normal And Printed
In School Herald.
Section 4, Article 11 of the C'kla
homa constitution provides that "all
public lands set apart to the State by
Congress * * * may be sold by the
state * * *"
This constitutional provision shifts
the responsibility for the sal3 or re-
tention of the school lands upon the
legislature, or the people by referen-
The citizens of Oklahoma are trus
tees tor these school lands. They
aie the gift of the general government
to the children of Oklahoma. Man!
festly it is the duty of these trustees to
so handle this property that it brings
the greatest revenue to their wards,
the school children.
There is an energetic organization,
on the Oklahoma territory side of the
new state, that is insistant for the sale
of the lands. This "Lessees Union"
has the impetus of land hunger and
self interest. It maintained a power
lul lobby at great expense all through
the sittings of the constitutional con
vention, In order to defeat any consti-
tutional inhibition on the sale of these
lands. In this it was partially success-
ful; for, after a non-sale ciausa was re-
ported from the committee on public
lands; it was expunged and a "must"
sell section inserted , which eventually
gave place to the "may" sell clause
as quoted above.
The leseees maintain that they are
entitled to the land, not for what it will
bring on the open market, but at its
appraised value. They aver that the
safest loan is a real estate mortgage.
So they argue that they should be al-
lowed to buy the lands on long terms
and easy payments. They insist that
the tenants are never the most desir
abl citizens, and argue that the state
should never institute a far reaching
tenant system. It Is also contended
that by the sale of the school lands
the state would reap a double profit;
first, Interest on the fund derived from
the sale of the lands; second, taxes on
the lands as soon as title passes to
This, 1 believe, is a fair statement
of the chief reasons advanced in favor
of the sale of school lands.
Those who have investigated this
question, and who are not moved by
the same self interest that the lessee
must be Subject to in seeking a fee
simple title to a homestead at the low-
est possible price, can see little jus-
tice in the lessees' contention that he
be given a "preference right at the ap-
praised value." If the land is to be sold
we believe the tenant should be given
the "preference right," but at the price
set on the open market, not at the ap-
praised value. Appraisements are al-
most invariably far below the land's
In fact practically every one is
agreed that a large portion of the
school lands should be sold at an early
date. The public building and univer-
sity lands; sections thirteen and thirty-
three, about one-half the school lands
of the commonwealth; as well as the
thousands of acres of indemnity school
lands, should undoubtedly be disposed
of at once. The college and public
building lands are to be sold to derive
funds soon to be in demand. The in-
demnity lies in such large bodies that
it is manifestly unfair to withhold It
from sale If I am rightly informed
there is one township in Lincoln coun-
ty where there is so much indemnity
school land that there is but one sec-
tion left to pay taxes.
But the common school sections
(16 and 36) present no such reason
for sale. They are widely scattered
and even'y distributed over the Okla-
homa portion of the new state.
To the man who insists that the
land should be sold and the money in-
vested in real estate mortgages, we
answer—the money is'already invest-
ed in fee simple real estate titles and
such investments are infinitely more
secure than any mortgage can ever
hepe to be.
It is true that generally speaking
tenants do not maKe the best citizens,
but the lessee can be made so secure;
the lease can run for such a long term
ot years (49 to 99) that the lessee
I would to all intents and purposes be
possessed of a free hoi J. Except for
the right of re-appraisement every
five yeBrs, so as to determine the rent
according to the value of the land, the
tenant will have absolute possession of
In this way the school land will pro-
fit by the extremely valuable mineral
lands and the realty posessed adjoin-
ing thriving cities. So likewise the
especially valuable indemnity and col-
' lege sections should he retained even
though the rest be sold.
According to the report of the com
mlssioner of school and public lands
I of South Dakota (page 13) as early
as 1900 he was able to get 'ut 3 per
cent interest on the cash school fund
which made but forty three cents per
; acre for the lands sold, while rental
on the leased land had constantly in-
! creased Great pressure has been
braught in South Dakoto ior the sale
of all the school lands, and the com-
missioner suggests as a compromise
that the lands be withdrawn from the
market and that they be leased for
terms of ninety-nine years, "with a
provision for re-app raisement every
ten years " (Sep 1900 report page
In a personal lettei from J. C. Bach,
commissioner of school lands of the
same state, under date of January I I,
1904, he state;; that, "taking the state
as a whole, the people are sorry they
ever parted with the school lands, and if
I they had it to do over again 1 believ#
that not an acre would ever bo sold.
| * * * There is not a state in the
Union but what has squandered the
money received from its school lands
—lost it either by theft, defalcation or
But a fev years ago Nebraska's per-
manent school fund was diministied by
$260,000 by a defaulting state treas-
urer. "This amount," writes Com-
missioner of Public Lands Eaton,
"has neuer been restored." In an-
other respect Nebraska's experience
should be a warning to us. The pub-
lic lands of the eastern two-thirds of
of the state were disposed of to specu-
lators early In the state's history, The
only reason the other one-third was
not lost to the children of the state
WILL HAVE A
Membership Of The Christian
Church to have Spec al Ser-
vices Week From Sunday.
The pastor and official board of the
Christian church in this city are ar-
ranging a special service for. Sunday
morning, March 29. It is planned to '
have reports from the affairs of the j
various organizations, special music
and a roll call.
All members are urged to be ores-:
ent to answer in response to their j
names. Invitations are to be mailed
to all members, and copies of the pro-
gram for^he day will be enclosed.
it is hoped in this way to secure a |
large attendance of the members to i
hear the reports and help in the plans
for future work.
Banquet Given Thursday Nij^ht
in Woodman Hall. Over
The local lodge of Maccabees gave
a very delightful banquet at Woodman j
Hall Thursday night and over 200
were in attendance. The lodge here
has a membership of over 100 and ;
each member was permitted to bring
a lady friend. Fifteen new members
were admitted and the General Attor-
ney, Mclllwine, of Port Huron, Michi-
gan, was the visitor of the occasion.
The banquet was served by about
75 ladies, and was served in an ele-
The following officers were elected:
C. Smith, Post Commander.
E. L. Shelden, Commander.
Wyatt Potts, Lieutenant.
P. W. Lutman, Finance Keeper.
F, H. Burks, Chaplain
Al Staley, Seargant
H. L. Abbott, Master at Arms.
Ralph Brown, 1st Master of Guards.
N. A. Nash, 2nd
E. Boucher, Sentinel.
O. E. Hopkins, Picket.
W. S Elkin, Secretary.
Sturm's March Magazine
The March number of Sturm's
Magazine contains an intensely inter-
esting article on "General Albert Pike
and Dixie " giving a well written his-
tory of the favorite southern song, its
author—Dan Emmett and a number
of pictures of General Pike and Em-
mett, as well as the full eight verses
of the sonj.
Another article oUspecial Interest
concerns "John Rollin Ridge and his
great poem "Mount Shasta'' giving
the poem in full, which many critics
regard as far superior to Joanquin
Miller's poem on the same subject
Other articles in which everyone
will be interested are; "The Newest
American State," by Baxter Taylor;
"Oklahoma's Future Building Materi-
al" by Dr Gould of the State Univer
sity; "Natural Gas for all Oklahoma"
by S. N, Francis; A Drummer's Early-
Day Experiences" by J. W. Pryer;
•No Man's Land', by R. M. Over-
street; and a number good stories
"Our Scrap Bag" is a new depart-
ment In which is appearing regularly
the best Oklahoma poetry extant, and
the quality of this department is a
surprise to those not familiar with the
Oklahoma literature, and a source of
The democrats of Edmond will
meet in convention in the City Hall
Monday night, March 23rd al 8
o'clock for the purpose of ratifying the
nominations of the ward candidates
tor council and school board, to elect
a city central committeeman and
transact such other business as may
properly come before the meeting in
the interest of the coming campaign
By Order of The
Ward Caucuses Held Thursday
Night Name Men For Coun-
cil and School Board.
Edmond Democrats met in caucus
In the various wards Thurday night
and nominated candidates for the city
council and school board. These
nominations will be ratified at a meet
ing of 'he democrats to be held Mon-
day night in the city hall.
All the candidates are men well
known to Edmond citizens and have
been identified with Edmonds growth
and welfare. They are men of honor
and Integrity and well qualified to fill
the offices for which they have been
nominated. They are winners and af-
ter the election April 7jth some new
faces will be seen In both the council
and school board.
The candidates are as follows:
1st Ward, M. C. Broad,
2nd Ward, C. 0. Glrard.
3rd Ward. W. D. Thompson.
4th Ward. F. E. Buell.
1st Ward. J. P. Hayen.
2nd Ward, W. S. Patten.
3rd Ward, Louis Voison.
4th Ward, W. G. Himes
Ladies' Aid of M.E. Church
Charles Hunt Injured.
Chas. Hunt, son of J. J. Hunt., of
this city, was injured in a wreck on
the Frisco at Bristow and has been
taken to the company hospital at Mon-
ett, Mo , for treatment, Charley has
been in the railway mail service for
the past two or three years and his
run has been from Oklahoma City to
Monett and this is the first time he
has sustained serious Injury. His
many friends hope for speedy recovery
The Ladies' Aid Society of the
Methodist Episcopal Church will ho'd
their next regular meeting at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. E. Hull, Wed.
March 25th at 2:30 P. M,
It will be a Jubilee meeting. The
ladies having paid off their indebted-
ness to the church, will buy the bonds.
There will be a short program fol-
lowed by a social hour.
All the ladies that attend the
church are cordially invited to be
present. By order of Committee.
Preaching was well attended at Vlo
Mr. Gleasen, the teacher ot Pleas-
ant Hill school will not finish his term
of school as he Intends to move to
Mr. and Mrs. Dome were Sunday
visitors at the Shannon home.
A few young people called on Etta
Dome Sunday, j
There was singing at Mrs. Lyons
Wm. Ddlay and family were Sun-
day visitors at Mr. Olsons.
Vernit Baker went to Luther last
week where he expects to stay for
seme time. '
Mabel and Kate Baker and Johan-
na Olson spent Sunday with Anna
Don't fail to register.
(Continued on last page.)
Received Conductors Certificates.
The State examining board on last
Monday evening granted conductors
certificates te the following Edmond
parties—C. M, Allen, F. C. Oakes,
A G. Bowles, and Homer McAninch.
"Christ and the Young Man" will
be the fourth subject in Rev. Ward-
ner's Sunday evening sermon series
now running at the Presbyterian
Church. The large chorus choir, led
by Miss Stainback and assisted by an
orchestra, will have special music
Capt. R, T. Jacob, president of the
Presbyterian Brotherhood of the First
Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma
City, was In town Monday evening to
present the Brotherhood movement to
the men of Rev. Wardner's church.
At the close of the address, a Broth-
erhood was organized with a very en-
couraging membership. After organ-
ization refreshments were served in
the basement ot the church.
J. C, Boye spent Wednesday in the
A, E Ham Bas returned from his
trip to Missouri.
I, W. Rodkey was an Oklahoma
City visitor Wednesday.
0. R. Gaines is In Alabama looking
after business matters
Mrs. Yeakel and Mrs. Broad were
Oklahoma City visitors Wednesday.
White Bros, have sold their large
dray wagon to Mr. Daud who recently
Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Bailey left
Wednesday for a few weeks visit with
their daughter in Purcell.
The moving picture show is doing
a good business, The house was
crowded Thursday nigfit until a late
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