The Harrison Gazette. The Gotebo Gazette. (Gotebo, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 32, Ed. 1 Friday, March 22, 1907 Page: 2 of 8
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HARRISON GAZETTE. An Adventure in the Hog Pasture.
NEW STATE NEWS
The Cherokee land office was re-
opened March 11.
Craig county, in the Indian Terri
tory, has announced twenty-one can-
didates for office thus far.
The Rock Island road has pleased
Shawnee by beginning the erection o!
a new passenger stati^>j^
Towns are growing rapidly in Okla-
homa. Many farms used for growing
corn last year are this year being laid
out in town lots.
Muskogee's city administration pro
poses to vote a salary of $3,000 per
annum for the mayor.
Tupelo was visited recently by post-
office robbers who blew the safe aud
secured soiue funds and valuable ar-
The domestic hog, grunting lazily
about his pen, is as harmless a
creature in appearance as can be
imagined. In their wild state, accord-
ing to the reports of travelers, hogs
are fierce and cruel, unrelenting in
their fury,. and will attack men when
roused. Circumstances occasionally
arise which show that this wild strain
has not been wholly lost, even In the
most obese porker.
Mark and Carl Perkins, two Chica-
go boys, aged 11 and 14, while spend-
ing their vacation last summer on
their Grandfather Trigg's farm - In
central Wisconsin, had an experience
with hogs which they will not soon
Among the many delights which the
farm afforded, the one which gave the
boys the most pleasure, during the
early part of the summer, was pick-
ing wild strawberries in a pasture a
half-mile from the house. The most
convenient routes to this field was
across the hog pasture, a ten-acre lot
which lay between the "strawberry
pasture" and the house.
On these berrying trips they were
WILL DIG BIG DITCH
to Mark. "Run and climb over the
"Shall I take the berries?" asked
While Carl hesitated, a snout struck
the back of his leg, and he heard his
"Run quick!" he cried, and the next
instant was knocked down.
A babel of hoarse grunts and the
snapping of tusks surrounded him,
above which rose the shrill squeals of
the pig. Carl had clung to the stick,
and, half^rising, he laid about vigor-
ously, and soon had a circle cleared,
round which the hogs stood with snap-
ping, foaming jaws.
In this moment of relief he saw
that Mark had reached the fence. He
sprang toward the hogs that stood be-
tween this and him, and beat them
over the head. They gave way, and
he started to run, when he was jerked
back by something that tugged at his
In the excitement he had slipped a
finger through the ring in the end of
the chain and could not withdraw it.
He was chained to the pig! The dan-
PANAMA TASK ENTRUSTED TO
often accompanied by Mack,, a farm j ger of the situation really came to the
Letters of incorporation have been
issued to the Heaver County Farmers'
institute of Reaver City; incorpora-
tors, W. T. Quinn. Thomas P. Braid-
wood and John Nichols of Beaver
City; H. T. Spear of Hibbs and
Tn Comanche county a farmer's
wife kept account of her butter, egg
and milk money and for last year it
amounted to $480.
The high mark for land in Wagoner
county was set last week, when a
farm near Wagoner sold for $65 an
Sapulpa has raised a $4,000 bonus
to secure a $30,000 opera house.
Indian Inspector Wright has been
Informed that the bonds issued in
South McAlester for water works and
school purposes have been approved
by the sercertary of the Interior.
Active preparations are being made
Oy the Orient to close the gap be-
tween Altus and Clinton. Division
Engineer Smith advertised last week
for 350 laborers to begin unloading
100,000 ties which have arrived.
Chickasha is going to build a cot-
ton mill. That is the thing to do.
Oklahoma shouldn't ship out raw cot-
ton and freight in sheeting.
O:lahoma City is breaking the rec-
ord on setting out shade trees this
spring. If she forgets the cottonwood,
it will prove no blunder.
Fallis came near emulating Chica-
go. This time it was a cat that kick-
ed over the lamp, but happily the
blaze was discovered in time to save
both the town and the pussy cat.
Leading property owners of Ard-
more instituted mandamus proceed-
ings to compel a city election cy April
2. It was contended that under the
enabling act the Oklahoma laws are
in force in Indian Territory.
Oklahoma City residents to the num-
ber of thirty have reorganized the
Country club and have secured forty
acres of desirable ground for their con-
peared on the scene with his rifle.
One afternoon, the week after their
arrival, they started for strawberries,
carrying with them two tin pails and
a lunch which their grandmother had
put up for them.
"Boys," their grandfather called
after them, "see if there are any
gophers in those traps I set on the
hill! The little pests are going to kill
all the grass if I don't manage to get
rid of them somehow."
The boys went to the place indi-
cated, and found the traps, nicely hid-
den, but no gophers.
"I guess it's too early. They
haven't come out yet," said Carl.
The boys went on to. the straw-
berry pasture After their pails were
filled, they sat down to rest, and sud-
denly remembered that they were
hungry. They brought out their bread
and jam and cold chicken.
"Let's go back by the traps," said
Carl, after they had finished their
lunch. "There might be a gopher in
The traps were near the center of
the field. When they were near them
they hear a pig squeal. The squealing
grew louder. "Well, that's queer,"
said Carl. "It must be hurt."
"Maybe it's lost," suggested Mark.
They could hear hogs all over the
pasture grunting in response to the
squeals of the pig.
"Come on, Mark!" cried Carl. "I
see it. It's in a trap!" He began to
run, holding the pails carefully so as
not to spill the berries. "Take them,"
he said, handing these to Mark,
"while I get it out. Its leg may get
He stooped to bend the spring, but
the pig made such frantic efforts to
escape that it jerked up the stake
which held the chain and hobbled
away, with the trap clinging to its
"Carl, I'm afraid of the hog3!"
They were indeed acting strangely.
They were running toward them from
all quarters of the pasture, uttering a
boy for the first time. He struggled
madly to release his finger, but the
ring had slipped above the knuckle,
and his struggles only served tc
blacken and discolor the finger.
If he was to escape he would have
to fight his way through. He could
not run. The pain in his finger from
the continual tugging of the pig was
becoming, excruciating. Slowly he
moved toward the fence, now about a
hundred yards distant, dragging the
pig. The drove of hogs moved with
him in a solid and constantly narrow-
To increase his difficulties, the dis-
tracted pig began to run about him,
winding his legs in the chain and
threatening to overthrow him. Carl
was becoming terror-stricken, frantic.
He struck a hog which was disputing
his way, and saw his stick fly to
pieces. He looked up and cried aloud
He could see Mark running about
excitedly on the other side of the
fence and—whistling? Yes whistling.
He was calling Mack.
Carl turned eagerly toward ths
house and his heart gave a great
bound. Help was coming! Up the
long slope that led from the house
Mack was coming like an arrow sped
from a bow. Would he be In time?
Carl turned and began to kick
savagely at the hogs. The frightened
pig ran between his legs, and whirled
about, wrapping him hopelessly
in the chain. He struggled to
keep his footing, but fell under
the rush of the hogs. For a
brief moment they ran over him, and
he covered his face with his hands,
expecting with each breath to feel
their teeth. Then to his amazement
they left him, and he was lying alone
in the sunshine, unmolested. Even
the pig had escaped by freeing itself
from the trap.
The explanation for this came from
an uproar at one side. In the midst
of the drove Mack was spinning like
a top, snapping right and left, a
bleeding snout here and an ear there
Maj. G. W. Goethals of Engineering
Corps Chosen as Head of Group
of Three—Is a Man of
« Much Experience.
Washington.—Maj. George W. Goe-
thals, U. S. A., has been selected to
head the group of three government
engineers who will complete the work
on the isthmus. Maj. Goethals is re-
garded as a most efficient engineer
and has had a great deal of experi-
ence. The army officers who will have
charge of the work will receive more
pay than American army officers have
ever been given before. Maj. Goethals
as engineer in chief will receive $2,000
more than Admiral Dewey. The pres-
ident has indicated that Maj. Goethal's
salary as engineer would probably
be fixed at $15,000.
"The wheel horse of the force" is
what Maj. Goethals has come to be
called in the army engineer corps.
He sets the pace for the rest. He is
the protege of Secretary of War Taft
and the chief of engineers, Gen. Mc-
Kenzie. The latter admits he likes
Goethals, but will not admit that
there are not 50 other engineers in
his force, all just as good, and he
will add if the private engineers are
worth $30,000 a year, then these men
are worth $50,000.
Maj. Goethals is said to know more
about the actual doings in connection
with the Panama canal administra-
tion and work than any other man in
Washington. The reason is tliat he
has been Taft's special agent for the
Panama business. He went with the
secretary on his trip to the isthmus.
Goethals is said to be a six-o'clock-in-
the-morning man. He is at it early
Maj. Goethals was appointed to the
military academy from New York and
was graduated in 1884. Later he
graduated from the engineer school at
Willet's Point, N. Y. He was for two
years on the staff of Gen. Nelson A.
Miles as engineer officer of the de-
partment of Columbia, where he was
engaged on surveys and reconnois-
sance work, and under Gen. Merrill
at Cincinnati, in charge of the con-
struction of dams, dikes and locks.
His next duty was at West Point in
the department of civil and military
engineering, and from the academy
he was ordered to duty as engineer
in charge of the Mussel Shoals canal,
Tennessee river, where he began the
construction of the Col vert canals;
designing and contracting for the 26-
foot lift lock at Riverton. Upon the
completion of this duty Maj. Goethals
served for four years In the office of
the~chief of engineers as assistant.
During the war with Spain Maj-
Goethals was chief engineer of the
first army corps, and later he was
instructor of practical engineering at.
West Point. He was in charge of all
engineering work in the Newport dis-
trict at the time be was selected for
duty on the general staff in 1903—
an assignment which came to him
solely as a result of the recognition of
his unusual professional ability.
Associated with Maj. Goethals will
be two engineers who were plebes
when he graduated from the academy
—Majs. D. V. Gaillard and William L.
Sibert, who were appointed to the
military academy from South Caro-
MAJ. G. W. GOETHALS.
(Army Officer Who Will Build tho
lina and Alabama respectively, and
graduated in 1884. Both officers have
had wide engineering experience.
Maj. Gaillard was in charge of the
breakwaters and dredging at Duluth
at the time he was selected for the
general staff four years ago. Maj.
Sibert has spent the greater part of
his service in the construction of
locks and dams on the Kentucky river
and in supervising the erection or
completion of about 30 locks and
dams along the Ohio, Allegheny and
The fact that the new chief engi-,
neer is in the prime of life was a
strong point in favor of his selection.
There are older men in/ the corps of
engineers, and some who are per-
haps better known, but it is declared
that there is no officer of the requisite
health, initiative and ability who is
the superior of the man President
Roosevelt has selected. ,
noise that was more like a roar than ' showing that these leaps were not
a grunt. futile. At last the dog made a lunge
"Hogs?" said Carl, scornfully. "Hogs
won't hurt you. See, I can drive them
away with this stick." He picked up
at a particylarly large hog, and
fastened so securely that his hold
could not be broken. The squeals of
A. B. Drown of Carnegie loaded a
car with <-.~rn for Texas destination.
Thirty days later the consignee com- i
Trained that he had not received the I
corn, and a3ked Brown to trace the i
shipment. The car had never been j
moved from Carnegie.
The board of agriculture at its meet- j
ing last week voted to allow the Ok-
lahoma Jamestown Exposition com- 1
puny to use its exhibit of fruits aud ;
grains for that exposition. The com-
pany is required to give bond to re- I
turn the exhibit in good shape, and !
to veimburse the board for money I
expended in its collection and prepa-
a stick and rapped a hog smartly over j his victim sent the entire drove flec-
the back. The animal 3quealed and j ing in terror down the hill.
ran to one side. i Carl got up slowly, crossed the
Mark was reassured. His confi- fence, and sat down. The worl<?
dence in his older brother was unlim- seemed to be traveling round In e
ited. Together they set out after the I circle. Mark, the clouds, the treea
crippled pig, chasing it hither and and the twa pails of berries jftl seemed
thither, in and out of the drove of j a part of a huge merry-go-round,
excited hogs. Finally Carl caught the ; "I'm glad you didn't spill them," he
end of the chain and stopped its prog- 1 said, thickly. "-Grandma—" Then it
ress, at which the pig squealed more suddenly became dark.
wildly than ever. The old hogs were j When he opened his eyes again he
making a deafening uproar round | was in the cool north bedroom/and
them. Even Carl began to get nerv- his grandmother was rubbing his
ous. i forehead with arnica.—J. S. Ellis in
"You'd better gat out!'' he shouted I Youth's Companion.
HAS STOVE IN HIS MAIL CART
How a Mail Collector in Chicago De- i cart is especially built to accommo-
fies the Northern Blasts. | date a heater, and there is a solid
I wooden door in the rear that closes
Chicago.—There are hundreds of' tight The collector stands on a
mail collectors' carts in Chicago, but j step just inside the door. When he
James E. Adams, a collector out of ] steps out to abstract the contents of
a mail box he carefully closes the
door, so that when he follows his
nose back inside his box the little two
by four post office is as warm asj-
Adams has been working in the
Chicago postal service for nearly a
quarter of a century. He began in
1881 as a carrier, but politics laid
him off for two or three years. He
has served 16 years as a collector and
for that period has kept himself
warniby the same stove which con-
Mail Collector and His Heated Cart.
the Ravenswood postal station, claims
Superintendent Hogan of the Ra-
She (after accepting him)—And you
have a rich bachelor uncle?
She—Mamma is a widow, you know.
She—Can't we induce them to mar-
ry and thus keep the money in the
family?—Chicago Daily News.
There are disputes over the posses-
sion of about fifty farms in the big
pasture recently filed on in Oklaho- !
ma and trouble is threatened. On
each cf the farms two or more fam-
ilies have settled, each claiming to be
the rightful owner. More trouble for
the land office.
The New Style.
"You say that lawyer is one of the
standard authorities, but I can't find
any books of his anywhere."
"Oh. he's an authority on the un-
written law."—Baltimqre American.
The city council of Sulphur has cut !
the salaries of city officials for the •
ensuing year which will result in a
saving of about $2,000 to the city.
Baltimore has a man 62 years old
who says he never told a lie. He
ought to make a good running mate
for the Milwaukee man, who, at the
age of 61, says he's never been kissed.
The One Kind.
"I don't give money to tramps.
What do you do for a living?"
"Please, mum, I work for the So-
ciety of Psychical Research."
"Indeed! And what work do you
do for the society, pray?"
"I help in the investigation of ma-
terial spirits."—Baltimore American
No Chance for an Argument.
"Speaking of idle curiosity," said
the typewriter boarder, "men have
more of it than women."
"Naturally," rejoined the scanty-
haired bachelor. "The curiosity of
women is anything but idle; it works
overtime."—Chicago Daily News.
A quarter section of land in Beaver •
jounty, which could hardly have been !
given away ten years ago, sold last1
•week for $5,600.
An Olympian Bluff.
Mercury took Vulcan aside confi-
By Rights. "Tell me," he whispered with a
Correspondent—How much do you j Sherlock Holmes glance around, "are
want about the erection of a pillar in Jupiter's thunderbolts the real thing?"
the new square? "Not a bit of it," sneered Vulcan.
Editor—It ought to make a good col-1 Don't you know he forged theia?"—
umn s'ory.—Baltimore American I Baltimore America'
. . ... , j sumes a quarter of a ton of hard coat
to have the innovation of the whole lot, each season
In Chicago, or, as far as be knows,
of the letter-carrying wagons of the venswood station keeps his clock reg-
° jn°oii h- a t ( . u : ll,ated th's collector's punctuality,
A,L\ L of winter rather and by the well-flred-up heater the lat-
fntThn, i I Wa?V?y h^U'" : ter ls able to fi*ht °ff rheumatism and
ing a hot stove around with him. His kindred ailments.
WILL RECEIVE BIG DOWRY.
Mr. Harry, while not wealthy, has a
good deal of money of his own. He
is the cashier of a bank at Johns
The Narrow View.
Congressman Perkins was talking
about his bill for a progressive inher-
"Even a billionaire," he said, "would
approve this bill if he looked at it
in a broad way. But few billionaires
look at such things broadly. Every-
thing to them has but the one nar-
row. personal aspect.
"They are much like the old lady-
Charles W. Schwab to Give Sister
$2,GGO,000 as Wedding Present.
Pittsburg.—The wedding of Miss
Gertrude Schwab, of Loretta, Pa., and
David J. Barry, of Johnstown, is ex-
pected to take place some time after
Lent, although it may not be until
°arly in June.
Miss Schwab is the favorite sister
of Charles M. Schwab, former presi-
dent of the United States Steel cor-
poration, who. it has been announced,
md not denied, will give his sister a
dowry of $2,000,000.
Since the beginning of Lent Miss who, seeing a storm signal, asked
Schwab has been living quietly at 1 what it was She was told that the
her home in Loretta. After the pe- j weather bureau now studied the
rtod of sackcloth she will be enter-1 weather and telegraphed its forecasts
tained on an elaborate scale by her I far in advance all over the country
friends in this city and Johnstown. It The old lady, looking at this fact In'
is also expected that £be will be en-1 a narrow, personal, billionairelike
tertained in New York, where she is way. could see but one advantage in
known, having spent much of her I it and she said:
time in the last few years at the " 'Oh, isn't that convenient for th
home of her brother tfcc :e. The wed- | washerwomen.' "
ding will be followed by a Euro-1
l ean trip, i0 present ar- Spain's salt works extract 350,00*
ranee«r>« nt *.on« of salt yearly from the sea
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