Hooker Advance (Hooker, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, May 6, 1910 Page: 1 of 8
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The Best Paper, Circulated Among the Best People, in the Best Town on Earth
HOOKER. TEXAS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, MAY 6, 1910
Verdict of Not Guilty Re-
turned By Jury
The much talked of case of the State
of Oklahoma vs. William Westmore-
land was tried at Alva, Oklahoma last
week and on last Sunday at 10 a. m.
ANOTHER BAD MONDAY
Interfered With Ascension
But We Had a Crowd
The weather man sent us another
bad day for our May Trade day. In-
stead of having a bright still day as
we had for the ween preceding, the
would have gone elsewhere had they
not read the prices quoted in the ad-
vertising columns of the Advance. If
there is one kind of advertising which
pays more than any other, it is news-
paper advertising when good prices
are made on the goods. Hooker has
always quoted better prices than neigh-
boring towns and the best way to let
the ptople know of these prices is
through the columns of the Advance.
$85 is a good bit of business for eight
papers to bring, to town at one trip
when the trade comes from farmers.
We do not kDow how many more in-
stances could by cited like this but
this is one which has been brought to
the jury is the case returned into court j day dawned with the sky overcast and
a verdict of not guilty. The trial of
the case lasted for four days and was
a hard fought battle on both the part
of the State and the Defence.
County Attorney Hughes was
assisted by able counsel, Charles
Swindall of Woodward, Oklahoma
and Ed Hoover of Canadian, Texas
The defense was conducted by M. G.
Wiley of Guymon and William Edens
of Hooker, the defence was assisted bv
local counsel at Alva.
The State had in attendance at the
trial a great number ot witnesses as
also did the defence.
The evidence on the part of the State
was managed and introduced by
. Charles Swindall and for the defence
by William Edens. The closing ar-
gument for the State was made by Mr.
Hoover and he made a very strong
effort to secure conviction and to
break down the plea of self defence
contended for bv the defence.
The closing argument for the defence
was made by M. G. Wiley of the firm
of Wiley & Edens. He thoroughly
covered the entire testimony and dwelt
at length upon the rights of citizens
to protect their lives and to protect
their property. The argument of Mr.
Wiley it is said was one of the best
ever delivered in the Alva court
In the trial of the case considerable
contention arose over the competency
of certain evidence tending to prove
the character of the defendant and de-
ceased which issues were finally set-
tled by the Court.
It was shown on the trial the de-
ceased on the day of the homicide
went to the house of the defendant and
undertook to enter the same at a win-
dow on the back side of the house and
that the defendant asked him to go
away and stay away and that the de-
ceased then went to the back door of
the house of the defendant and then
undertook to enter the house, and after
some heated discussion betweeD the
parties the deceased made another ef-
fort to enter and atthe same time made
threats of violence and was then killed
by the defendant with a shot gun
It seemed to be the theory of the
prosecution that the deceased went to
the house of the defendant on a friend
]y mission but the jury seems to have
lelieved the theory of the defence.
RAILROAD OR CAPITAL, WHICH?
a cold wind blowing down from the
north. Although the wind was not as
strong as on the previous Trade day
it did not get quiet enough for Prof.
Wippel to make his balloon ascension
although he had everything in readi-
ness for the ascent and stated that
he could have inflated in 20 minutes if
the wind had gone down for that length
of time. He was very much disap-
pointed that the weather was not
favorable and did not give up hopes
of making the jump until dusk. There
was a good crowd in town but most of
them kept on the south side of the
store buildings. The Baptist ladies
were serving ice cream in the new
Bardwell building and cleared about
$15 in spite of the fact that about half
the people on the streets were wearing
their overcoats. A good bit of busi-
iness was done and the auction sales
of the day were good also. We have
had about three bad Trade days now
in succession and it seems that it is
now about time for us to have a good
one. In the contract which the busi-
ness men made with Prof. Wippel
agreed to make Hooker on first Mon-
day until he can get a good day and
we now hope he will get it on the
June Trade day.
We give the following correspon-
dence which we think will give the in-
telligent voters of Northwest Oklaho-
ma a few pointers.
Hooker, Okla., Apr. 25, 1910.
Chamber Commerce, Oklahoma City,
Shawnee, Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Whereas your city desires the loca-
tion of the capital of the great state
of Oklahoma and whereas about five
counties lying in this northwest Pan-
handle section desires a railroad
through this section to the state capi-
tal. The particular place is not so im-
portant to us as a way to get there and
whereas we have inumerable votes to
cast for some point and whereas
through our organization we can di-
rect our unanimous strength to some
A hint to the wise should be suffic-
ient. Let us hear from you.
Farmer's Short Course
COMING THIS WAY
THE BALL GAMES
School Land Sale Drawing
Three Games Have
Dedicate May 18
Guthrie, Okla., May 2.—The college
committee of the state board of agri-
culture will go to Goodwell on May 18
to attend the dedication of the Pan
handle School of Agriculture, for
which a new buildiug has just been
completed at a cost of $12,000. One
feature of the dedication will be the
presentation to the school by Frank
Sewell, a Texas county banker, of a
fine library as a memorial to his fat-
her, Col. J.R. P. Sewell, who took a
trreat interest in the establishment of
the school and helped to raise a fund
of $8,000 in the village of Goodwell to
to build a dormitory for the school.
Arrangements will also be made at
that time for taking over a local crea-
mery at Goodwell and operating it as
a creamery department of the agricul-
tural school.—Okla.City Times.
Beginning May 16, and continuing
for flye days, the Panhandle Agricul-
tural Institute will offer to the farmers
of Beaver, Cimarron and Texas coun
ties, their first Short Course in Agri
culture and Domestic Science. The
work will consist of lectures, demon-
strations and illustrative material,
Teachers from the State Agricultu-
ral College and representatives from
the State Board of Agriculture will be
present and assist the regular teachers
of the school.
On Wednesday, the IS. the corner-
stone of the main building will be laid,
with appropriate ceremonies, by the
Masonic Lodges of Guymon and Tex-
homa. Distinguished officers of the
Grand Lodge will be present and ad-
dress the people.
Come and bring well filled baskets
and we will have a regular old fash-
ioned basket dinner.
The young ladles of the Domestic
Science Department will serve hot
If possible, come for the full five
days. If not, be sure and be present
on Wednesday, the 18th of May, at the
Program for the full week will be
6ent out later.
S W. BL\CK, Supt.
Prospects for a good fruit crop in
Kansas were good and the hailstorm
Sunday night did not knock It all off
but you'd better buy some of those
10c peaches at The People's Store to
eat while the Kansas fruit is growing.
Standard Dwarf broom corn for sale.
The genuine article at Ewlng's barn
One of the shrewdest, as well as most
cultured and refined ladies of Hooker
has found the best place to buy lace Is
at The People's Store.
Court in Session
The county court has been in session
here during a part of the past week.
The court convened on Monday and
was id session until Wednesday when
it adjourned until Saturday of this
week. The docket was very ligh', only
two criminal cases being on the
docket, one of which was continued
for the terii. and the other dismissed.
The case of August Lorenz vs. A.
Klassen was tried and a verdict ren-
dered in favor of Mr. Lorenz. This is
the fifth time this case has come up
for trial. In the case of the Telephone
Co. vs. E. J. Albright a verdict was
rendered for the defendant but a new
trial was ordered.
Wiedemann's big wild west show
will be here tomorrow. The posters
have been greeting the people now for
something over a week and there will
no doubt be a big crowd in attendance.
There will be two performances, one
in the afternoon and one at night. A
street parade is advertised for one
o'clock. A mounted cow-boy band
will be a feature of the show .and
parade. Come to town and enjoy
yourself and mingle with the crowd
Guthrie, Okla., Apr. 20, 1910.
Mr. John Shields,
My Dear Sir:
Your circular letter to the Chamber
of Commerce of Oklahoma City, Guth-
rie and Shawnee was received and
turned over to me, as Chairman of a
campaign committee. Now Mr.
Shields, I believe we are better able to
offer you inducements for your votes
than any of the other two towns, for
the reason that the Mountain, Valley
and Plains Road, on which they are
now working, both from the northwest
of the State and from here—they are
surveying and securing townsites.
They go west from here through King-
fisher, Watonga, Taloga, Arnett and
Higgins, Texas. Now these points
are not all settled on positively, but
that is practically the direction they
will go. The citizens here haveput up
$750,000 in notes, already for this, so
you will know that this is not talk.
This would tap the Rock Island some-
where south of you, and would give
you more direct route than any you
now have, but being a business man
you know that it would be impossible
for any town in the short time allowed
before election, to give you any posi-
tive assurance of the route. This that
I am writing you about, is the only
thing that can be ofliered you now
Mv advice to you people is, and I be-
lieve that you can see that it is good
is for you to vote against this bill
now, first because it is a very bad bill
not safeguarded in the interest of the
state, and then if this matter was put
off three years you can readily see
thatyou would have time to know what
would be of best benefit to you, then
you could vote for thetown that would
be to your best interest. Hoping that
you can see that this will be to your
interest to vote against this bill, and
wishing to hear from you, we send you
some printed matter, I am
Yours very truly.
J. J. O'Roork,
and when we got rid of the latter we
found that some of the effects of the
former were still with us. I have no
doubt you are aware that railroad
building in this state has been await-
ing some action on Section 9 of Arti-
cle 9 of the Constitution, but whether
or not the action on the pronosition
shall be in the affirmative, I am satis-
tied that Oklahoma City is not longer
going to tolerate its present isolation
from the people of the northwestern
portion of this state, and as evidence
of the fact 1 am glad to be able to ad-
vise you that our Chamber of Com-
merce of the 26th inst., accept a prop-
osition made by J. M. McDonald and
his associates who propose to build
such a line starting at this end, within
the next 30 days. The route all the
way through is not definitely located
and I presilme you know that such fi-
nal location depends somewhat upon
the amount of bonuses and the right of
way inducements which are offered to
Hence, I would not presume to ad-
vise just what final route these people
will take, but they assure us that they
will build a short line from Oklahoma
City to Beaver, Texas and Cimarron
counties. This proposition made to
and accepted by our Chamber of Com-
merce was last night laid before the
directors of our Traffic Association,
which as you probably know is com-
posed of jobbers and manufacturers of
Oklahoma City, and I have rarely seen
a body of men more enthusiastic in
regard to a project, the concensus of
opinion being that if, in any event,
Mr. McDonald and his associates
should fall down and not build the
road they would themselves form a
company, put up the necessary funds to
build ten miles at a time, bond same
and go ahead with the construction of
this road which is a crying necessity
in their business.
It may be possible that Guthrie and
Shawnee are equally anxious to have
such a medium of communication with
the northwest section of the state, but
lacking the great packing houses and
jobbing and manufacturing enterprise
located in this city, they have not the
same amount of tonnage to offer a
road and do not feel the tremendous
necessity for such a railroad as do the
business men of Oklahoma City.
Hence, "A hint to the wise is suffic-
J. H. Johnston
A good many of our readers have
been anxious to learn what was being
done in regard to the sale of the school
lands in this part of the state. For
some time the work of selling the
lands in the lower part of thestatebas
been at a standstill and we recently
wrote Secretary Cassidy asking when
the work of selling these lands would
be resumed and at what time they
would reach this part of the state. Be-
low we give his reply:
April 29, 1910.
ChaB. E. Hoole,
Answering your letter of the 27th
Inst.,I beg to advise, that the Depart-
ment will advertise the sale of the
school lands In the Third Sales Dis^
trict in the course of a few days.
This district will comprise of
following counties: Stephens, Jeffer-
scn, Harmon, Greer, Beckham, Paw-
nee, Noble, Kay, Grant, Alfalfa, Ma-
jor, Woods, Woodward and Harper,
and possibly a few others.
I am unable to give you the date of
the sale in each county. The pamph-
let containing full information and
complete description of these land
will be published and ready for mail
ing in the course of about thirty davs
The sale of the New College lands
located in the northwestern portion of
the State will likely follow the sale in
the Third District, but I am unable to
give you any definite idea as to when
the sale of these lands will begin in
each county, except that the Depart-
ment expects to begin the sale in July
and dispose of the New College lands
during the summer or early fall..
Yours very truly,
Ed. O. Cassidy,
By Jar. H. Chambers,
Contest and Protest Secretary
The base ball season has opened in
Hooker although the teams which have
been playing so far have not had any
practice and can only be classed as
pickups. The first game was played
with Prairie Rose a couple weeks ago
and resulted in a score of 7 to 4 in fa-
vor of the Hooker team. The second
game was played at Tyrone with the
team there. A number of the boys
went up from here last Saturday and
played the Tyrone team in the after-
noon. The game was an interesting
one and resulted in a score of 13 to 14
in favor of the Tyrone team. The fact
that they were batting with the wind
accounts for the large score.
The third game was played on the
local grounds here Monday afternoon
between the Hoooker team and Prai-
rie Rose team. This was the second
game with this team. The score was
15 to 4 at the close of the game, in fa-
vor of the local team. The boys have
been trying out their material and will
soon be able to get a team together
which will be able to represent the
town in good style.
Stuff Sold High
Prom all reports which are coming
in money is not such a scarce
article here as most people would have
us believe. At the sale which Col. G.
B. Johnston cried for W. N. R. South-
ern west of town last week, everything
is said to have brought good prices
and some of the prices really seem re-
markable. A cow and calf, the calf
less than three months old, sold for
$125.50. The cow was a Jersey and
good stock but not registered. Almost
everything else is said to have sold in
proportion, and the most of the pur-
chasers paid the cash. Mr. Southern
will leave for BYederick soon where he
will remain until time to harvest. He
says he will return at harvest time and
if he does not sell his place will return
and put in a wheat crop next fall. He
has a broom corn crop in which he
will come back and take care of also.
Texas County Sunday School
Program of the Texas County Sun-
day School Convention to be held in
the M. E. Church in Hooker. Okla.,
Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and
first session, tuesday a. m.
10:00—Song and Praise services con-
ducted by Rev. Henry.
10:15—Address of welcome by Rev.
Taylor. Response by County
President George Leach.
10:45—"What Am I Here For." Del-
11:15— ''Lord's Method of Supporting
His Work." Rev. Ihde.
Appointment of Committees.
Assignment of Delegates.
second session, tuesday p. m.
1:45—Devotional, Rev. Kraft.
2:00—"Primary Class," Mrs. G. S.
2:15—"How to Get the Men into Sun-
day School and How to Keep
Them There." Mr. Roach and
2:45—"The Mission of the Sunday
School." Rev. R. A. Crosby
and Rev. Agee.
3:15—"Teachers' Qualifications and
Responsibilities;" Rev. Shanks
"His Aim," G. C. Sanborn,
4:15—Address, Prof. Payne.
4:45—"Temperance;" G. 8. Speak-
5:00—"Round Table;" Mr. Falls
Apr. 27, 1910.
G. A. R. Attention
Joe Hooker Post, G. A. R. and all
other Grand Army men are requested
to meet at Norbury Hall at 2 o'clock
on Saturday, May 14.
John Swem, Com.
James Gkuard, Adi.
Two packages Corn Flakes 15c,
Brought Some Business
Just prior to the April Trade day
we sent six or eight sample copies of
of the Advance to one of our friends
living down south of Hardesty which
he handed to some of the people there
and while in town one day this week
he told us that he knew that those
papers brought something like $8.V00
worth of business to the town which
Oklahoma City. Okla
Mr. John Shields,
Your circular letter 25th inst., to the
Chambers of Commerce of Oklahoma
City, Guthrie and Shawnee has been
referred to the undersigned for renly.
I suppose It goes without saying
that Oklahoma City is more anxious
than any other community to secure a
line to the northwestern portion of the
state of Oklahoma, because opr busi-
ness men have advocated and worked
for such a line for years. In fact the
business men of Oklahoma City have
in the past formed organizations, one
of them headed by Hon. C. C. Jones,
and the other by such representative
citizens as Geo. H. Dodson.J. MOwen,
John E. Carson, W. C. Burke and R.
Each of these organizations have
spent a considerable amount of money
in surveys, profiles, blue prints, field
notes, prospectus and other data ne-
cessary with such a project. About
the time that one or both of them were
ready to commence active operation
along came the twin calamities so far
as railroad building was concerned
viz: Statehood and the panio of 1907
Shawnee, Okla., Apr. 28, 1910.
Mr. John Shields,
Yours of the 25th, received. As to
the railroad proposition you will have
a railroad from Guthrie very soon, as
they have already contracted for a
northwest road and I believe are now
working on same. We will be connec-
ted with Guthrie also which will give
you connection with Shawnee.
We are not making a fight for Shaw-
nee in this election, but only fighting
the Oklahoma City Ledbetter bill. We
do not even want to be the capital un-
der this bill, and I believe you will
agree with us if you have read and
studied the bill.
Shawnee is fighting in the interest of
the taxpayers of the state of Oklaho-
ma, and not for atjy one city, for we
believe it is a question for the voters
and not for any individual city.
The state meeting held here Satur-
day, April 23, was in sense against the
Oklahoma City bill and passed resolu-
tions to that effect. Every vicinity in
the state was represented, from Mus-
kogee county to Dewey county.
I am sending you some clippings
taken from the different papers of the
state. I wish you would read at least
a few of them and then read the Okla-
homa City Bill and see if you will not
see it as we do. 1 actually believe
should this bill be enacted that you
would pay enough taxes in your sec-
tion in two years to build two railroads
to Texas county.
1 trust you will study the bill and
take the tax-payers side and not an in-
dividual city that wants somethingelse
to boom her town.
Yours very truly,
Roll of Honor
The Advance acknowledges the re-
ceipt of subscriptions and renewals
from the following addresses the past
Mrs. A. F. Morrison, Hooker
J. W, Melrs, Chicago
T. W. Vanderhurg, Bloom, Kas.
P. Driedger, Hooker
Samuel Frltch, Blue Rapids, Kas
W. R. Menefee, Hooker
J. F. Bergen, Hooker
J. W. Elmore, Hooker
E. G. McCue, Hooker
G. T. Wilson, Carthage, Okla.
P. P. Calvert, Optima.
W. A. Elam Keytesville, Mo.
G. B. Croswell, Chicago, 111.
No. 3 Peaches, Pears, Apricots,
Beets and Sweet Potatoes 15c. The
8:00—Devotional, Rev. Crosby.
Sermon, Rev. Henry.
An offering will be taken up in
fourth session, wednesday
9:00—Devotional, Rev. Bishop.
"Spirituality in the Sunday
School"; Rev. Galloway, Rev.
9:30—"The Use and Abuses of Les-
son Helps;" E. D. Stillman.
10:00—"Building of the Sunday
School:" Rev. R. C. Taylor.
10:15—"Teacher Training;" Pastor
M. E. Church, Texhoma.
10:30—"What Have I Received from
this Convention?" every person
Election of delegates to State
Geo. Leach, President.
J. B. Gkesskk, Secretary.
25c per lb. The
A Good Sale
To those wishing the service of an
auctioneer I recommend Col. G. B.
Johnston. Col. Johnston cried my sale
on April 29, and brought me better
prices than I believe any oneelse could
have brought. I figure that his ser-
vices brought me more than $100 more
than I would have received bv em-
ploying other auctioneers.
W. N. R. Southern.
For Sale Cheap
Good Farm, write C. E. Radford,
412 N. Pine St. Colorado Springs,
The highest of living can be lessened
some by buying that good I3e lard at I GROW feed when you can BUY it at
The People's Store. ' The People's Store u t as vou need itV
Sunday School atthe Baptist church
each Sunday morning at 10 o'clock.
Preaching at 11:00 a. m. and 8:00 p. m.
on the second and fourth Sundays of
each month. The subjeot for Sunday
morning, May 8, will be "The Lord's
Every body invited.
J. H. Auke, Pastor.
To loan on deeded land. See W m.
What's the use to toil and swet to
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