Marshall County Democrat. (Madill, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, June 12, 1908 Page: 2 of 6
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Marshall County Democrat
DRAPER fc LOONEY. Proprietors.
W. 0. DRAPER, Editor J- L- LOONEY, Manafer
Entered at the Postoffloe at Madill, as Second-class Mutter, February, 1906.
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MADILL, OKLAHOMA. JUNE, 12, 1908.
CENTRAL (?) KINGSTON
Following arc the names nearer
Madill, and the number of votes
cast by each at last election:
North Madill 1-J^
Following are the names of the
precincts nearer Kingston, and
the number of votes cast by each
at the last election:
Willis < •>
Outside of Kingston and Madill
there are eighteen postofflces in
the county. Six of these postof-
tices, names of which follow, are
nearer Madill than Kingston:
Twelve of these postofflces,
names of which follow, are nearer
Kingston than Madill:
Lebanon, Lone Elm,
"Figures will not lie, but liars
can figure."—Kingston Messen-
The Kingston Messenger has
made and continues to make the
assertion that Kingston is very
near the center of population of
Marshall county. It lias never
until this last week endeavored
to producs any reason on which
this statement was based.
The fallacy of their argument
is easily discerned if you will
only examine it.
First—In taking the vote as
cast at the last general election
they place Aylesworth in the
Kingston column when they know
full well that Aylesworth it* near-
er Madill than to Kingston. By
placing it in the Madill column
Madill would have 1182 votes,
while Kingston would have 907.
Second They take the num-
ber of postofflces in the county as
a basis. Now let's see, according
to the Federal census taken last
year the people of Willis town-
ship, 2127 in number, get their
mail at Kingston, Shay, Cliff,
Lark and Willis. This would be
an average of 425 persons count-
ing men. women and children
who get their mail at each office.
Taliaferro and Madill town-
ships have a population of 4272.
Four postofflces are located in
these two townships,viz: Kinlock,
Weaverton, Oakland and Madill.
This would be an average of 1054
persons getting their mail at
each one of these offices.
Kingston, can you see a plain
statement of facts figured on the
government statistics, or have
you got your "eyes shut."
It may be possible that "liars
can figure," but it must also be
admitted on the other hand that
there are some liars that can't
Now here is a proposition: We
will pay one-half of the expense
to have some disinterested and
competent party or parties to
figure out and locate the center
of population of Marshall county,
if the Messenger will pay the
other half; and if it should be de-
cided that the center of popula-
tion is not closer to Madill than
to Kingston we will own up that
we have wilfully distorted the
facts if the Messenger will agree
to do the same.
some of the street corner lawyers
of Kingston have claimed, as in
the Kingston MesseDger, that
said bill would be constitutional.
Not a single town, as Senator
Franklin stated sometime agp
would get terms of the county
court, if they were as close to the
county seat as Kingston is to
Madill, and, futher, that not a
single bill for separate courts
for a county as small as Marshall
would pass. This has been proven
to be true. Who have been try-
ing to graft the tax payers of
Marshall county for the local or
a commercial interest of a single
town? Why are these same
parties, by false statements, try-
ing to prejudice the peopxe
against Madill? An appeal to
prejudice should be treated as an
insult by everv intelligentperson.
A fact that does not appeal to
reason should be abhorred, by
every true citizen. If you have
objections to Madill being
the county seat, enquire of
yourself if your reason is not a
selfish one or prompted by pre-
judice. Have you given just con-
sideration to the inducements
that Madill offers and her super-
ior advantages to the farmers
TALKING ABOUT MAPS
It sometimes becomes neces-
sary to "answer a fool after his
"Figu res will not lie, but liars
can figu re.—Kingston Messenger
And, upon the other hand,
some liars can't figure.
Jeff Roberts after spendnig two
weeks in Kingston with his broth-
er, Barlow Roberts, returned to
Texas today.—Kingston Messen-
The gentleman above mention-
ed has been editing the Kingston
Messenger for some weeks.
Wonder if he will continue to
edit, via the (hot) "air line route."
"Gyp" water, with nothing to
take on the side must have «put
that imported Texas editor on the
Why did the Messenger leave
its map out of last week's issue?
The Messenger has proclaimed
it an "OFFICIAL" map, and
warned the public against ALL
Yet, this Kingston "official"
map does not show any place ex-
cept the gee-o-GRAFT-ic-al cen-
ter, Kingston and Madill.
Are there no other towns or
places in Marshall county?
There are other towns in Mar-
shall county. The "official"
Kingston map does not consider
them towns worth mentioning.
McMillan, Aylesworth, etc., you
are too insignificant to appear on
Kingston's "official" map.
Oh! Kingston how could you?
You, who profess so much love
and affection for the "small"
town, you, who pour out such
gobs of taffy to the "sun-brown-
ed" farmer. How could you?
How could you?
The Kingston county seat
"sweaters" must be so absorbed
in the importance (?) of their own
little "burg," they can see no
other place in Marshall county,
except the gee-o-GRAFT-ic-al
A man named Peckham, in
Oklahoma City, made the "offi
cial" Kingston map. Secretary
Bill Cross couldn't make a map
in a year.
The first man Peckham made
located the town of Kingston just
one mile nearer the "geograph-
ical" center than Kingston really
is, or than it now appears, on the
"official" Kingston map.
Secretary Cross certified to
the correctness of this first map,
notwithstanding the glaring er-
But Secretary Cross was not
to blame, for he knows nothing
about maps or map making.
Then, too, he may have been
furnished with information not
strictly "OFFICIAL." Madill
people pointed out the error in
Mr. Peckham's first map to Sec-
retary Cross and showed him the
official record to prove the error.
Then Mr. Peckham changed his
map to conform with the record,
and then Secretary Cross certi-
fied to it again, and then King
ston proclaimed it ''official," and
now the Messenger refrains from
We suggest the following for a
banner to be used by the King-
ston county seat "sweaters":
"Put'er close to the
even if there isn't a
water tank; much less a
majority of the people.
'WE are the people and wisdom
will die with us.' "
A "Sweater," dear reader, is
one that benefits from the gratu-
ity, liberality or unnecessary ex-
penditures of another, without
giving any adequate returns. The
Democrat has shown clearly that
the Kingston county seat
"Sweaters" are scheming to
sweat" the tax payers of Mar-
Madill's population is largely
made up of ex-farmers and active
farmers and yet that pettifog-
ging hair-splitting, imported Tex-
as editor attempts to incite class
prejudice to bolster up the cause
of the Kingston county seat
"Sweaters." How despicable and
contemptible are such methods.
Well, when you get right down
and figure it out. if there is one
good reason why Kingston should
have the county seat, except on
her "nerve", we'd like to he
Madill has an abundance of
good water for both man and
beast, righton the public square.
Make the Kingston county seat
"Sweaters" show up.
The following questions were
asked some farmers who live in
the vicinity of Cumberland with-
out regard as to whether these
fanners favored Kingston or Ma-
dill for the permanent county
Question—How much nearer
is it for you to go to Kingston
than is for you to come to Madill?
Answer—If you mean the way
we have to go, it is about three
miles nearer to Madill than to
Q.—Which is the better road?
A.—It is a much better road to
Madill than to Kingston.
One of them said: I have hauled
six bales of cotton to Madill with
my team andl have taken 1200 lbs
to Kingston with the same team
at one load and they pulled the six
bales of cotton to Madill with ful-
ly as much ease as they did the
1200 pounds to Kingston.
Questions to a Powell farmer:
Q—Which is the farther from
Powell, Kingston or Madill?
A—It is about two miles farth-
er to Madill than to Kingston.
Q—Which is the better road?
A—It is a much better road to
Madill than to Kinsgton. We have
both Briar and Buncombe creeks
to cross in going to Kingston,
which makes a very rough road.
Q—Had you rather haul a load
to Kingston or Madill.
A—I had rather haul a load to
How do you suppose this sounds
to ''central" Kingston?
Why, yes, put'er as Close to
the gee-o-GRAFT-ic-al center as
you kin git'er—even if it does
discommode 150 per cent of the
population and increase the cost
on the tax payers about 12 per
cent per fiscal year.
The farmers and tax payers of
Marshall county are not going to
be deluded by a perversion of the
facts in regard to the proper lo-
cation for the county seat. You
Kingston county seat "Sweat-
ers," give the people the facts or
pull down your sign.
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KINGSTON FOR HER OWN COMMERCIAL ADVANTAGE, WANTS TO EXPLOIT
THE ENTIRE COUNTY. SOME OF HER
FALACIES COMING TO LIGHT
Just a short time ago some of | censured for he and the other
Senators know how the feeling
the people in Kingston were try-
ing to secure the passage of a bill
providing for holding of terms of
county court at Kingston, thus
adding additional burdens to the
taxpayers of Marshall county.
In the issue of the Kingston Mes-
senger of April 17th., we find the
following statements, with refer-
ence to the separate court bill
they contemplated having pass-
ed: "We honestly believe it will
pass the house of representatives
and all the opposition it will meet
will be in the Senate with Madill's
Senator." Representing the in-
terest of the entire county, Sen-
ator Franklin certainly would
have opposed the bill, but that
is not all the opposition it would have
had. As Senator Franklin said,
he did not believe it would pass
the House. He is confirmed in
this statement. The following
letter from Representative Ross
of Bryan county is self-explana-
Durant, Okla., June 3, 190H.
Wm. T. Ross,
My Dear Brother:
I understand that the people
are blaming Senator Franklin for
not giving Kingston a County
Court. I want to say that there
was prejudice against establish-
ing courts in small countios and
for that reason I know the com-
mittee was against such and as
Marshall county is small and Ma-
dill nearer the center, I am of the
opinion that the House would
have killed the bill for said court
had the Senate passed it, and I
do not think Senator F. should be
was. I trust you will help the
I am your Bro. Aff'ly,
A. Frank Ross.
This letter disproves the state-
ment that Senator Franklin was
the only one who opposed the bill.
Senator Franklin has no apology
for the position he took in the
matter for he was representing
the entire county and not mere-
ly the commercial advantage
sought by certain Kingston part-
ies He feels that, probably, only
a few persons living in Kingston
will condemn his position. In
the same issue of the Kingston
paper that contained the false
statement mentioned, we find the
following: "Johnson County
will pass a similar bill, and to
save the taxpayer who will be-
come swaybacked from carrying
their burdens will see that simi
lar bills will be passed in almost
all counties in the State." At
that time Senator Franklin said
that he would venture to say that
not more than a dozen counties
would get separate courts during
that session. His statement has
been proven to be true, while the
statement of the Kingston Mes
senger is on a par with other
statements that are being made
by that paper. Johnson county
did not secure the passage of a
bill like the one proposed by the
Kingston boosters. The Legal
Advisory committee of the Senate
decided that, under the form
proposed, the bill would be un-
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Draper, W. G. Marshall County Democrat. (Madill, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, June 12, 1908, newspaper, June 12, 1908; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc273141/m1/2/: accessed December 13, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.