The Searchlight (Cushing, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 28, 1911 Page: 3 of 8
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condition, of the Forces fie must war
against- The actual murderers ol
those two men on the trail had had
thetr suspicions aroused by his ao- ,
tions; they believed he guessed some
-thing of their foul deed, and had de-
termined to clear themselves by |
charging the crime directly against
•him- It was a shrewd trick, and it I
■they only stuck to their story, ought |
to succeed He had no evidence, oth
er than his own word, and the marshal j
had already taken from his pockets i
the papers belonging to the slain
man. He had not fo::r.d the loeket
hidden under his shirt, yet a more
thorough search would doubtless re-
veal that also.
Even should the ease come to trial,
how would It be possible for him to
.establish Innocence, and—would It
ever come to trial? Keith knew the
character of the frontier, and of Car-
son City. The inclination of itfc citi-
zens in such cases was to act first,
and reflect later. The law bad but
slender hold, being respected onij»
when backed by the strong hand, and
primitive instincts were always in the
ascendency, recuirlng me_re_'£_ a lenj^r
b i !: f-rth la i»; eu vlo'cace. Ant
.n thi c-.■?«? world there h° any lack
'*f It i dershir ? Like a flash his uiind
reverted to "Black Bart." There was
the man capable of inciting a mob. If.
for some unknown reason, he had suf-
ficient interest to swear out the war-
rant and assist In the arrest, he would
have equal cause to serve those fel-
lows behind him in other ways. Nat-
urally, they would dread a trial, with
its possibility of exposure, and eagerly
| grasp any opportunity for wiping the
j slate clean. Their real security from
: discovery undoubtedly lay In his
death, and with the "Red Light
i crowd behind them they would ex-
i perience no trouble in getting a fol-
1 lowing desperate enough for any pur-
To be continued.
Strayed or Stolen—A red steer
about 14 or 15 months old, natur-
al mullev, no brands or marks,
any information, address,—
A. W. Piatt, R 2,
june21 Cushing, OMa.
Better Country Schools
Bs J. H. BOWERS
Department of Pedagogy
Everywhere that consolidation has
been tried it has been approved as
better than the isolated single school.
In many instances consolidated
schools including the expense of trans-
portation have cost iess than the iso-
lated school and still been called an
improvement. However, no effort
should be made to have them cost less.
They are worth more and should cost
more. They usually lead to a larger
appreciation of the'benefits resulting
in more liberal support for still great-
er returns. Thus they usually come to
cost more and be worth much more.
What, we want is not cheaper but bet-
ter schools. Where consolidation has
reduced the cost of schools, that result
has been obtained by reducing the
number of teachers and giving each
teacher with a larger number of pu-
pils. This should never be done
No Argument for Cheaper Schools:
In working for consolidation we
should not use the argument that it
will be cheaper. We have enough
argument without that. Although it
might seem that we could cut
down expenses by reducing the num-
ber of teachers and still have good
results, there is great danger that in
giving one teacher too many nupils
we lose mote in personal inffronce
than we gain in grading and classifica-
tion. The consolidated country school
mast not be a cheap school; it must
have good teachers and enough teach-
ers so that the number of pupils for
each teacher shall not be too large
for personal influence and Individual
OKLAHOMA A. 6t M.
comfortable, safe and punctual. The
wagons should be the property of
the school, the horses should be well
known and carefully chosen, and the
driver should be pliable and be put
under bond for the faithful and cap-
able performance ol his duty.
Where consolidation can not at once
be accomplished other means should
| at once be adopted for the improve-
ment of the country school.
In th« minds of some, the improve-
ment of the country school mean«
nothing more nor less than consoli-
dation. They advocate that and that
only and when they can not secure it
they neglect to offer other attainable
improvements, but just continue talk-
ing for consolidation. It is altogether
possible to improve the schools with-
out consolidation and it is possible
to consolidate without improvement.
The country school can not be greatly
Improved by consolidation or other-
wise without more money.
We should face the issue squarely
and quit trying to ted tax payers how
to improve the schools without more
money, ,We should quit trying toi>
shift the responsibility to an under-'
paid teacher, and should say frankly
that the country school must offer
more money. Better teachers are not
secured by talking about poor teachers
and finding fault with them, but by
offering salaries that will attract bet-
' ter teachers, enable teachers to make
i better preparation and remain^ longer
j in the work.
Consolidation and More Money: Ex-
perience has now flemonstrated that .
consolidation is the most promising
mefLiis of improving the country
Under right conditions it has the
It makes possible grading, classifica-
tion and longer recitations.
It allows more effective school super-
vision with all its attending benefits.
It makes high school work possible
for many who woulu otherwise never
have such advantages.
It affords better specialization along
the lines of domestic science, agricul-
ture, manual training, drawing and
It leads to greater emulation and
ent:>ucaasm among puplis.
'1 hese advantages tend to awaken
the school sentiment of the community
and lead to other advantages such as
libraries, sanitation, equipment, bet-
ter teachers, longer terms, good roads,
more regular attendance, larger social
influences and higher standards.
All the arguments that have been
offered against consolidation have dis-
appered in the light of the successful
experience of thousands of consol-
idated schools in all parts of the coun-
try. Nevertheless some precautions
are necesskry. The number of schools
to be combined, the location of the
new school and all suck questions
should be answered with reference to
the geographical location and environ-
ment in each particular case. Some-
times two schools, sometimes ten
should be consolidated. Sometimes
a large isolated country school
should have a good building and two
good teachers and remain where it is
until conditions make further com-
, bination practicable.
What The Schools Should Be: The
consolidated school should not neces-
sarily be in town, and surely it should
not be an imitation of the town school
; It should be for the country boys and
girls with agricultural, manual train-
| ing and domestic science adapted to
■ their needs.
The means of conveyance should be
Stolen—From my place three
miles east and four north of
Seminole, Okla., on the 6th day
of January, 1 bay horse 5 years
old, about 15V2 hands high, no
brands, dent in left side of neck,
part of lid of left eye gone,white
spot on left fore foot, roach mane
Also 1 red roan mare, white spots
on turn of belly, branded (2 J s
upside down) on thigh, bald face
two or three stocking legs. Will
pay $25.00 reward for informatio
leading to recovery of horses,and
will pay $25.00 for arrest and con
viction thereof. Member A.H.T.
A., No. 764.
W. C. Polk,
janl8junel4 Seminole, Okla.
Dear Editor of the Searchlight,
I will give you the description of
two mules that are strayed here.
They came to B. P. Johnson, Gee,
Okla., March 29, 1911. They are
light bays or sorrels, one a little
darker than the other; one mare
and one a horse, no marks or no
brands, fresh ruled with harness,
fresh sheared and roached, no
shoes, weight about 850 lbs.each,
12 or 15 years old. Linley, the
taker up lives on the S^i of Sec.
12, T 12, li 20, E, near Gee,Okla.
Por any information write B. P.
Johnson, Gee, Okla., or J. O.Hugh
es, Pres., Sub order No. 799,
a26 Nashoba, ©Ida.
Owing to the fact that we have
had numerous inquiries concern-
ing prices of Lodge Stationery
such as letter heads, envelopes,
etc., and have been unaule to
answer them personally, we take
this method of conveying the de-
sired information. The price of
Lodge Stationery is as follows.
1Q0 Letter heads $1.25
200 " $1.75 '
500 " $2.50
1000 " $3.75
100 Envelopes $1.00
200 " $1.25
Whose Horse?—This harse cam
to Mrs. M. Wedelin, 8 miles
north of Cushing, Okla., on Marc
11, 1911. Horse is 5 or 6 years
old, weight 750 to 800 lbs., color
bay, no brands, star in forehead,
saddle marks. Had plate shoes
in front when taken up. Por in-
A. E. Donaldson, Sec.547
ml7 Cushing, Okla.
CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL BUILDING AND WAGONS. HITCHCOCK.
Taken Up April 30, 1911; 1 bay
mare 12 or 13 years old, branded
D. P. with bar over it on right
hip, white spot in right eye, both
hind feet white, a small white
stripe in face, a big sore on the
weathers, looks to have been rode
here whep she first came, owner
can get her with out any charge
if he comes soon.
W. M. Lance,
mlO Wayne, Okla.
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Green, E. M. The Searchlight (Cushing, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 23, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 28, 1911, newspaper, June 28, 1911; Cushing, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc284821/m1/3/: accessed April 25, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.