The McAlester Messenger. (M'Alester, Indian Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, June 10, 1904 Page: 1 of 4
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The McAlester Messenger.
M'ALESTER, IND. TER., JUNE 10, 1904.
After • sucoeesion of heavy
daring the latier pert of last week the
climax waa reached Saturday morn-
ing when the rainstorm broke in full
force orer this section and a mighty
deluge was precipitated to the already
flooded earth. The spray nosale
seemed to be on and the water came
down more as a sheet of spray than
in large condensations or drops.
According to the government gauge
the rainfall here last Saturday morn-
ing was about five inohee. It
general up and down over and across
the oountry, and in all direbtlbns and
on all the railroad* traffl: was paralyz
ed and the damage hi this way and to
crops will run up into big figure#
• The railroad tracts in and about the
two MoAlMters were badly washed
and win require much repairing. A
few miles north of McAlester four
miles of '<rack in one stretch was an-
der four and five feet of water, and no
trains (eased through the flood for
several day*, the water being so high
that the Ores were flooded and the en
gines killed. All the lowlands were
overflowed and crops have suffered
greatly^ Among tle oldest inhabi-
tants there is no reoord of any such
high waters and farms that never over
flowed before are reported to have
been from aix to twelve feet under
water. In the Baptist Hollow district
of Sooth McAlester great damage
was done by the flood In overflowing
residences. In several of the stores
the water waa over the gryiafira end
far ap into the shelving and the flood
eeme ae quick thet there waa no time
to prepare for It and what were fine
atocka it goods a few minutes before
were made in a very brief space to
look like thirty oents in scrip. Nicely
furnished residences were flooded
and the inmates fled for their lives
without taking time to place their
more valuable and delicate household
goods and wearing apparel above the
probable depths of the anddy waters.
Had the flood came at night many
lives would no doubt have been lost
In that seotion of McAlester's south
side suburb. In this distriot about
two hundred yards of the Katy siding
leading down to the rear of the
Townsend wholesale establishment
was swept from the road bed and
that portion r- it that was in the main
current of the Sood was literally torn
up as if by some mighty giant power.
&. O. Bees, a few miles north of
town, bed in 80 acres of ootton and 80
acres of corn, all of which was over*
flowed with from six to twelve feet of
water and a great deal of his fencing
wes swept away.
B. M. Noble, living on Coal creek a
few miles northwest of town, had a
fine crop of cotton and corn that was
flooded with twelve feet of water and
These are not isolated cases, bat all
the lowland farmers suffered »if«iur
losses. And even on the high lands,
crops, except oorn, are seriously dam-
aged and gardens almost rained. Irish
potatoes ere rotting badly, beans end
cabbage are largely dying or deed.
There is no denying the', the destorc-
tio- Jt great ud tbe loss serious.
We are better than ever prepared to
serve the public in these lines, and
invite special attention to our offer-
ings in the above departments. All
are full and our Furniture depart-
ment is especially attractive. Sad-
dles, Harnsss and "Horse Jewelry
to suit every fancy and puree.
Let us save you money on
Lumber and Building Material
Big line of Screen Doors.
J. J. McAelster.
McAlester, Ind. Ter.
But What Of It?
A Fly Time Ad.
have a complete ttssort-
ment of screens and screen
doors, from the cheapest to
tHe best. You can't keep House
without them. Prices are very
low. f f f
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''There is not a man or woman
living today who has not royal blood
In his veins," I am told by B. F. Beeoh
who variea the monotony of the oloak
and suit business occasionally with
speculations about other things per-
taining to oar mandane existence.
"How do I make that oatT Why, 1ft
clear enough, and yon will see It read-
ily if yoa stop to think for a moment.
We each have two parents, four
grandparents 10 ancestors, eight greet
grandparents, II ancestors four in the
next and so on In a like mrnner of In-
eae, doubling with each generation
bank throuoh the realma of Ume.
Now, allow 25 years for each genera-
tion, and what astonishing results do
yoa see? Two hundred years beck a
man or woman has 254 ancestors, 300
years back, 40S; 400, M,000, 600,1,040,-
000, and, at the time of King John,
daring the early part of the thirteenth
oentary, this number of ancestors has
increased to 266,000,000. Make allow-
ance for the crossing of the line, the
intermarriages and the feet that one
ancestor may appear In toveral gen-
erations, and yonaUU have enough
aeperate and distinct ancestors to cov-
er the entire population of Bnrope in
the year HOC, so that every Individ*
■el living today Is not only the actual
and direct decendant of Kings, bat
mingled with the royal also the neo*
assarily plebian strains are those of
Dakes, Earls, Counts. Barons, 0rased-
srs and so forth. Figures don't Ue,
yoa know—the premises are rational
and the conclusion Is oonreei. If yoa
doubt my tebles sit down end flgare H
oat for yourself, end yoa see that all
the royalty sad sohilty ef Europe, ae
weU as the peasentege, are tncladed
In your list of ancestors. Then, If you
want to, take op a potrait of King
John or Richard, or any or all the
others and point to them as the dis-
tinguished members of yoer family
who have gone before. None can dis-
pute yoar right to the claim.
Thfc KimeeU piano leads tbe world.
Bee R. L. Free lead, So Town. tf
GO TO THE
For fresh Drugs and to have Prescrip-
tions accurately compounded.
Hotel Building, McAlester«
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Edgell, B. Wilson. The McAlester Messenger. (M'Alester, Indian Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, June 10, 1904, newspaper, June 10, 1904; McAlester, Indian Territory. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc284443/m1/1/: accessed October 21, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.