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The Okfuskee County News (Okemah, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 19, 1920 Page: 4 of 8

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The Okfuskee County News
Published every Thursday by Rice & Hinds at Okemah Okla
$150 per Year in County in Advance $200 per Year Out of County
Successor to THE INDEPENDENT Entered as second class matter Sept 23 1904
Okemah I T postoftice under the act of Gonarress of March 3 1397
The following candidates are announced for the office set op-
posite their name subject to the action of the Democratic Primary
which will be held in August 1920 :
For Representative J HUGH NOLEN
For Sheriff -C C WHITSON
For Commissioner Second Commissioner’s District GEO J HOSIER
For Tax Assessor JAMES W FLEMING
Where Lies the Blame?
Relief from newsprint and job stock shortage — we were going
to say extortion — is of far more importance to publishers and
printers than any other political question
It has also convinced the victims of the holdup that congres-
sional commissions and political palavar amount to nothing as
against organized greed and profiteering
It has also proven to the most skeptical that so-called free
trade or duty-free paper from Canada can be controlled by the
A Portland Ore card printing house states that the cost of
100 ordinary cards 2 by 3V£ inches has gone up fifty cents within
sixty days and other stock in proportion
If this is true the advance is outrageous and cannot be laid at
the doors of the manufacturers but is the work of paper jobbing
trusts that control distribution
There is no doubt that newspaper and job offices are being
held up outrageously by some of the firms that control the distribu-
tion of paper stock
More paper mills more production relief from labor shortage
strikes and agitation against capital are policies to be advocated
but the middleman's robbery must be curbed -
The house journal of a big paper jobber says of the public:
' “They should accept the increased rates in a public-spjrited way”
Holy smoke we should be thankful that the little pack of calling
cards has not advanced a dollar!
1 — o '
Contented Customer Owners
The H M Byllesly Company reports sales of stock to 5700
customer owners of its utilities in 1919 totaling $3387100 Other
nation known utilities are fostering the same program
These utilities are scattered all over the west and many news-
papers urged wage earners to invest in such industrial stocks for
excellent reasons
It is an investment for his money where the employe is in
touch with it
Any wage earner is liable to lose his job at any time but far
less likely to if he is W'ith a concern that he holds stock in
Every corporation prefers employes W’ho are also stockholders
because of mutual interests
Employes and customers feel better when they receive a check
every three months paying 7 per cent interest
Business men do not have to be told that it is part of their
duty to good citizenship to back up all industrial plants
The 'New Leasing Bill 1
After ten years of political tribulation Congress has probably
given birth to a mineral and oil leasing bill
If it gets through final conference and escapes a presidential
veto the Sinnott bill will release 6000000 acres oil lands
Oil production has lagged for many years because there was
no legal way to test federal and state lands for oil
The people of the United States have paid untold millions for
the privilege of allowing conservationalistic experiments
These experiments have arrested the growth and development
of the great western states and Alaska for a decade
The Pinchotism of the east has nothing to lose by holding
natural resources for the unborn generations of the future
— a —
Without Comment
The following resolution was adopted unanimously at the an-
nual meeting of the Oklahoma Farmers’ Union at Clinton :
' w® view witil alarm and oppose government ownership of
railroads and especially the Plumb Plan and if Congress in its
wisdom should adopt the Plumb Plan we then demand that Con-
gress also take over all the farms and equipment in the United
otates and employ the farmers and their families to operate them
paying them two-thirds the average wage scale paid to railroad
employes and selling the farm products at cost
‘ evidence of decomposition whatever
" ' should be discarded
Dangerous Foods Seized
The Department of Agriculture has
used every possible effort and gone to
the limit of its legal authority to re-
move all dangerous foods from the
market by seizure under the food and
drugs act say the officials Each time
when botulinus poisoning has occurred
food inspectors have traced through
the channels of commerce the batch
from which the poisonous food came
and have used all measures under the
law to remove it from the market
Samples from all other brands put out
by the packer have been examined
Since- the law authorizes seizure in
such cases only when the foods are
actually found to be decomposed or
to contain poisonous ingredients since
only an occasional package in millions
is infected with bacillus botulinus and
since it is physically possible to open
and examine but a comparatively few
of the millions of cans entering inter-
state commerce Tt is beyond the power
of the authorities to protect the public
completely For this reason they em-
phasize the necessity ‘ for scrupulous
care on the part of persons opening
and serving foods to discard anything
which is spoiled In products not ob-
viously spoiled if there is doubt in the
recognition of the odor proper to the
product thorough cooking will rdmove
the possibility of danger from botul-
is& If spoilage is apparent destnic-
tion is recommended by the specialists
Casual Examination Ineffective f
Nobody knows just how the bacillus
botulinus gets into any particular food
It has been found in articles put up in
the home by the careful housewife and
in goods packed in commercial estab-
lishments It may be present ip a few
packages only of any lot There is no
method the officials say by which the
packers or home canners can assure
themselves by casual examination be-
fore canning that the product does not
contain the bacillus botulinus
If the food were in all cases proper-
ly sterilized and perfectly sealed the
development of the poison would be im-
possible but no method of preservi
food has yet been found the spec
ists say that eliminates the occasio
spoiled package ' Failure to steril
may not become apparent for we I
or even months after the canning
the article If signs of spoilage hi l
appeared when the can is opened ifJ
clear warning that the product isfV’
U —
Cam Russell's “Cat” is now coming in for a great deal
notoriety than ever Champ Clark’s houn’ dog did The little paper
published by Mr Russell in the capital city and dubbed “Russell’s
Cat has caused more or less consternation there ever since its
existence and the capitol news agents are now forbidden to handle
i1’ a?d Cif f®nds are comin out strong in opposition to such
treatment The Cat s supporters claim that “We have never read
a publication that was more fully or more fearlessly concentrated
j? 1 raUT g0od’ ?afe’ honest democratic government than is
the Cat If the question of present financial advantages or the
rannnfh11? f WCaLprefefment ever enters the editor’s mind it
cannot be detected m the columns of the Cat”
mi O
The appointment of Vernon T Stockton as sheriff of Okfus-
kee county gives the county a clean competent fearless farmer
deciSf atv f01’ anofficer ° te law and we are sure that this
decision of the county commissioners will meet the approval of
nine-tenths of the voters and citizens in the county
nwniVilIiam JT-ingS Bryan ALMOST elected president in
Oklahoma over his opponent Robert L Owen Of course this is
only a straw vote but at that it has gotten Bryan as near to the
presidential chair as he has ever been
BOTULINUS POISON NEVER 'case death was caused by botulinus
PRESENT IN SOUND FOOD poison in ripe olives The olives re-
Botulinns poisoning which recently 1 mai"ing !" th bott’eLin this Case had
! an offensive odor The same condition
killed six m one family in New York
is caused by eating spoiled food in-
fected with the baciius botulinus say
wis found in the food in other cases
investigated by the department All
spoiled food does not contain this poi-
the officials of the Bureau of Chemis- son but any spoiled food even though
try United States Department of the spoilage be slight may contain it
longer edible There js no great
probability of botulinus poisoning in
olives than -in many other food prd
ucts either commercial or domestic
Until this year it has been more com-
monly found in string beans aspara-
gus and The like It was originaly
found in sausage It has been foupd
in cheese it is present sometimes ju
stock' food such as moldy hay an
other kinds of spoiled forage but l
has never been found in the depai : 1
ment investigations in any kind Of
Miss Effie Lunsford is staying at
Dr Davis’
Tom Rogers and wife arc on the sick
list this week -
'Robert Harman has bought a Ford
car and will now drive a jitney 1
The new -school house is now com-
pleted and accepted by the school
Porter Brashears has bought the
Fullbright brick business house and
has moved his stock of merchandise
into it This is a fine location and
good business -deal
Mrs O M Ross is visiting her sis
ter at Micawber who is sick with the
Miss Mabel Ashmore returned to
her home near Trenton last Sunday
after a couple of’ months’ stay in
Featherston where she was teaching
School '
Mrs Bettie Lunsford has purchased
of L C Guilford a nice residence
property and moved into it
R B Bates and wife who have been
residing here for the past year have
sold out their business and are mov-
ing to Heavener Ark where they will
make their future home We are
loathe to give these good people up
ML Fullbright and wife who were
called to Arkansas on account of Mr
Fullbright’s nephew dying returned
to their home in Castle last week
Rev Turner and wife of near Mason
and prominent farmers of this coun-
try are moving to Colorado for their
health Wef trust that they will soon
get in good health and come back to
be with us
The Misses Annie Lee and Lassie
Mae Boulton who have been teaching
here but whose homes are at Ada are
both confined to their beds with the
flu Their mother has ben called to
their' bedside
The Misses Lula Belle Wilson and
Ethel Eastman are teaching in the
place of the apointed teachers who
are sick at this writing
Luther Phillips and John Drum-
mands have put up qnd installed a
first elees garage in the old livery
barn stand We now have two first-
class garages in our little town and
both may do a lucrative business
Mrs O D Woodrum who has been
keeping house for her children while
they attended school in the City re-
turned to her home in Castle last
week to help nurse her brother Ev-
erett Forney who has been very sick
Next week the school children will
be marched into the new-school build-
ing where they can boast of having a
house built with sanitary design and
properly lighted and ventilated We
sure have a building to be proud of
4 HM-f
food that was not spoiled
"A farmer is —
A capitalist who labors t
A patriot who is asked to produce at
a loss 1
t A man who works eight hours a da
— twice a day
A man who has every element of
nature to combat every day in the
A man who is a biologist an econo-
mist and a lot more ists
Who gives more and asks less than
any other humor being
Who takes unto himself for his ov-n
sustenance and that of his family
those of his products that other peo-
ple will not utilize
Who is caricatured on the stage and
in the daily papers but who Can come
nearer taking hold on any business
and making it go than any other
American alive and in captivity
That’s what a farmer is — Drover’s
“There are -more weak knees than
feeble minds”
“Most of us would rather be bril-
liant than wise”
“Common courtesy is no commoner
than common sense"
“Polished brass Will pass with more
people than rough gold” — Chesterfield
- Agriculture who have investigated
this and other poisoning cases in con-
nection with the enforcement of the
and for this reason say the officials
all food showing even the slightest un-
natural odor unnatural color swelling
Food and Drugs Act In the New York i of the container signs of gas or any
Two Tommies dishevelled torn with
wounds and altogether untidy were
on leave in London As they stood in
Trafalgar Square there approached a
detachment of the Windsor Guard in
silver trappings waving plumes red
coats long varnished boots shining
like mirrors and kid gloves
The Tommies looked on in silence
for a moment and then one nudged his
“Looka Bill” he whispered in an
awed voice “Them’s sojersl"
The following description of the
manifold uses of old newspapers was
written for the Des Moines Register
by a lady at Atlantic Iowa:
We could not Jceep house without
Clean fish chickens and meat on a
newspaper ‘
Empty the carpet sweeper on one
Use one on the tray when cleaning
the table to catch the crumbs
On sweeping days dampen papers
tear into bits and sprinkle over the
fjoor to catch the dust and brighten
the floor covering
Lay several thicknesses of papers
under the carpets and large rugs
Printers’ ink is a moth preventive and
f Exclusive Styles
Have just returned from the Eastern
markets where I purchased a ' large
line of Ladies’
Hats Coats and Dresses
These goods were bought' with the' idea of
pleasing the smartest dressers
The Prices are Right
See my line before buying
New goods arriving daily '
Mrs J A Kirchner I
(Arkansas Thomas Cat)
Get away from the crowd awhile
my boy and think Stand on one aide
ynd let the world run by while yoii get
Acquainted with yourself and see what
ind of a fellow you are Ask your-
ielf hard questions about yourself
Ascertain from original sources if you
are really the manner of man you si
you are and if you are always honest
if you always toll the square perfect
truth in business details if your life
is as good and upright at 11 o’clock at
night as it is at noon if in short you
are really the sort of a man your
father hopes you are and your sweet-
heart believes you are Get oq inti-
mate terms with yourself my boy and
believe me every time you come out
of one of those private interviews you
will be a stronger purer man Don’t
forget this lad It will do you good
and put you in line to carry off the
sweepstakes in the battle of life
“I have just been taking some mov-
ing pictures of life on your farm”
“Did you catch any of my laborers
fn motion?” asked the old man cu-
riously “Sure I did” - -' -
The farmer shook his head reflec
tively then said: “Science is a won-
derful thing"
Kansas is a “dry” state One day
a venerable negro appeared at the of-
fice of tlTe mayor of Atchison and
asked assistance to obtain some wine
“Who are you and what do you want
it for?" asked the mayor ti
“Ah is de Rev Dr Phineas Jones
D D was the repy “and Ah wants
dis yere wine for sacrilegious p’poses
Ah done been told dat you can git it
fo’ dat” 1 ’
“You mean ‘sacramental’ don’t
you?” 1
“Yes dat's It ’ Do Ah get it?”
“Well” said the mayor “w9 can' giro
you a permit for wine for such pur-
poses What kind do you want?--
“Well” answered the ‘reverend’ “de
congregation done took a vote on it
las’ Sunday and dey is unamolous fo”
What cultivated and polished gen-
tleman ever paid to the mistress of his
heart a prettier compliment than the
illiterate black man told of in Harper’s
Magazine? He and his dusky bride
had just been married by a white min-
ister The groom asked what was the
amount of the fee
“Oh well” answered the minister
you can pay me whatever you think
it is worth to you”
The negro turned and silently looked
his bride over from head to foot then
slowly rolling up the whites pf his eyes
“My stars say you has done ruined
me for life you has for sure”
“Wife ever get an economical
the papers also save much wear on the ®treak?"
carpet as well as shutting out the cold
When -ironing use a handful of
coarse salt on a folded paper on which
to polish irons
A folded newspaper makes a good
chest protector iq severe weather
Nothing els is as good for polish-
ing the range
Use a bit of paper for cleaning
greasy dishes before washing as well
as for rubbing the black from the out-
side of cooking pans and kettles
Keep one in the tray of the gas stove
to save cleaning every day
Spread them on the kitchen floor
when it is newly scrubbed
Before doing all these things and
more we read them I almost forgot
to mention that part of their useful-
ness ’
Then when they have done all this
good service they do duty again by
being twisted tightly and used to kin-
dle the fire
—Mrs S Gilbert
“Is your
Collector to small
father home?”
Small Boy: “Lemme see if I can re-
member If you’re the man that sold
Pa the threshing machine he has gone
to 1 r- 1 t’-i’t know when he will
be lack But if you are the man that
owes him for threshing your crop he
is right around there in the woodshed”
“She does Only this summer she
figured out she could save $8 in one
week by doing her own housework”
“How did it work out?”
“She got a cook book I got dys-
pepsia and the doctor got the $8”—
Boston Transcript
If your next work is' within '
our range bring it to us
and we’ll finish you a job
that will really make you
glad it happened
Sheet Metal Work
Tanks Smokestacks
— Everything
Machine Shop Work
Can repair parts oo any
machine io tbo county
Acetylene Welding
Automobile Repairing
Accessories and
Phone 174
Spring Shoes
W e have just received a large ship-
ment of—
Slippers and Pumps
Men and Boy’s
Come in and look them over
Wilson & Chism

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