The Blair Progress (Blair, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 29, 1912 Page: 1 of 4
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THE BLAIR PROGRESS
BLAIR. JACKSON COUNTY. OKLAHOMA. THURSDAY. AUGUST 29. 1912.
Exiravifiace or tcnony
The Times made an unscrupu-
lous light on Shield because he
was the sole cause of the county
not paying three times what it is
worth for county printing instead
of paying leaa.
The Times knows full well
that Shield has saved the county
a vast deal of money and has
given us one of the most business
like administrations that we have
ever had. -Blair Progress.
The Tunes fought Shield, yes;
who would let any contract as
county printing wsslet is incom-
petent, even we had not been
convinced by msny other evi-
dences. And the strangest part
of it all is that the editor of the
Blair Progress, who wss one of
the bidders who were cheated
whip-sawed, juggled and hood
winked out of a job, by the
meanest, most contemptible sub-
terfuge that ever bilked a bidder,
should be chump enough to let
one of the men who had gulled
him, soft-soap him and jolly him
into a good humor again, and
pull the wool over his eyes to
such an extent that he - r—
ed the man as a canddiate for
le-electionl As to an unserupu.
jous ftght on Shield, we deny
that we made such a fight, and
defy the Progress to point to a
line of personal abuse or any-
thing not contained in the can-
didates record. There
nothing personal or unscrupu-
lous about it; Shield was incom
petent, and we fought his nom
ination on that point alone,
which wss amply sufficient
As to Shield saving the county
a vast deal of money, w§ woulc
(ike to have the progress show
Us where,' whep and how. }f the
sapfl sidfw^iks irwjiKl ttys
egpare *re a paipple flf it, doubt-
less the taxpayers would pray to
be delivered frpm such eponqrpy
ip the future. Jf letting tfo}
in the aqare die of neglect, the
care of eourity property in the
courthouse and elsewhere are
samples, the less of thst kind of
economy we have the better.
if any money waa saved the
county during shield's adminis-
tration. it iadue soley and simply
to the purehashing committee.
This committe did save the
county a great deal of money;
and it waa due to the arbitary
way, the commissioners took the
matter of the county printing
out of their hands that the pur-
chasing committee resigned in a
body. Evidently the Progress
man has a good deal to learn yet
about the manner In which the
county printing was let. Had the
commissioners let the purchash-
ihg committe alone some money
might have really been saved
the county i. printing. Up to
date no money has been saved
on the job, as the News is charg-
ing whatever it pleases for any
sort of work the owner cares to
deliver, and the commissioners
allow the bills.—Altus Times.
The Times has been romped on
so often by its home papers that
the Progress decided not to give
the matter any further attention
feeling sorry for the Times man.
But when we received a marked
oopy containing the foregoing,
we decided to spend a few lines
showing up hi« record and also
what Shield had done.
It Is unnecessary to answer
bald and unfounded statements.
The Times says Shield has been
extravagant, incompetent, etc.,
but has never shown by a single
instance upon what these assert-
ions were based. But let us see,
starting with the first of Shield's
official acts that dic| nqt suit the
Times ipan, and we could fill this
issue of the Progress like exam-
ples. bqt this one wjll WW
tyo special tow} WW was ad-
vertised, The Times ran the no-
tice one time more than was re-
quired and charged ft cents and
HO pent* per inch and
the bill for $172 00. This job. Was
let by the old commissioners, hut
the bill was presented to the pres-
ent hoard, Shield at once recog-
nised that something was wrong,
a thing the others hsd not done.
The matter was presents to the
Altus printers and C. E. Ruth-
ruff, allowing for extra issue,
placed the account at 99.50. Shield
was responsible for that, yet he
is accused of extravagance bv the
Times. The same printing cftrtd
now be had for less than t26.00.
This is also a peice of Shield's
W hen Shield proposed to let jhe
contract by bid for the couity
printing, a member of the t*ir-
chasing committee wanted to bet
him a suit of clothes that it would
cost more than they were then
paying. This same purchasing a-
gent admitted that the county is
now eKving between $1,500 and
$2,000 a year. This is another in-
stance of Shield's inefficiency
The stationary for the county
is now costing one third what
the purchasing committee paid,
for which Shield is responsible,
and yet tbe Times says the pur-
chasing committee saved the
country much money.
As to the drouth that killed
the trees around the eourt house,
every one knows that it was
caused by the Republicans being
in power, a thing that will
never occur again.
Teddy says that Archibold and
Penrose are liars. A certain gen-
tleman whose notority also cele-
brity in his day was equal to that
of the Colonels, said that all men
are liars, Hence:—^11 men are
liars-. Arch (bold and Penrose are
men; therefore they are liars.
But all men are liars, each **an
}s a liaif. Th?refW». t«ddy is »
\iaf Vfow ay logistic system of
reasoning would lead us to be-
lieve somebody is not altogether
reUaUe. - ..
— Gj to MaGinais anl Hiling
presented for your buggy repairs
mi, i i ■
HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT U? J
Do you know that for the next few months yon 2
will be in need of such things as,
Wagon Bed Rods
Picking Sacks, etc.
These are some of the few things you will need to
gather and handle your cotton crop, now is a very
good time to buy them while our stock is complete..
And you may need a wagon, we have the AIN none
better and few as good, call and see them or ask
your neighbor or any one about the BAIN, we are
willing to take their word as to their good qualities
over other wagons.
We will have a Car of Enterprise Buggies SOON. We have made several Fill
in orders this season to supply our customers, but just now we are short but we
are looking for these soon. Be sure you examine the Enterprise before you buy.
THE BLAIR HARDWARE CO.
J. D. T1NSLEY, Mgr.
[a Different Outlook]
Commencing September 1st we will sell for
This has been a very hard year, we think we
have done our duty, the time has come that we
have to ask the cash for what we sell. If there is
any body that made a note that hasn t taken it up
they will be allowed to take up the balance.
Will call attention to the premiums we are giv-
ing at the Fair on Custer Best Flour,
Best Loaf Bread, 100 lbs Flour
" Dozen Biscuits, 50 lbs "
" Layer Cake, 50 lbs. " .
" Pastry Assortment 100 lbs. flour
Ladies, this is a nice chance to show how you can cook
We will put on a delivery wagon some time in Sep-
tember for the benefit of our town trade.
F. L. Carpenter
; Another Car of Custer's Best Flow to arrive next
There has been a great change in the prospects
for cotton. While we can yet make a fair crop of cot-
ton the bumper crop we have been looking for has
passed into history. Mr. Boll Worm has paid us an
unwelcome visit and where he has been he has done
a plenty. Yet with good management, with the feed
and corn we have I think the country will be in a
great deal better shape than it was this year. Condi-
tions are so that we will not stock up very heavily
but v/e will do the best we can and will make prices
to suit the conditions.
We are going to be compelled to push collections.
this time and if you owe us when you get anything
to pay with we are going to expect it as we are go-
ing to have some fellows on the other end of the
string pulling us for what we owe them. We know
now we will have to pay our bills. We also know that
must collect to pay them. We don't wish to be hard
on our customers nor won't if they'll do the best
they can, but if they don't we'll be forced to remind
them of it.
RBD & HAWKINS
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Owen, J. B. The Blair Progress (Blair, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 29, 1912, newspaper, August 29, 1912; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc287503/m1/1/: accessed October 21, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.