Eldorado Courier. (Eldorado, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, January 4, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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ELDORADO, GBEEB COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 1907.
OLUSTEE AFTER COUNTY SEAT
FIRST TOUCH OF HIGH LIFB.
WHIN MKLBA POSTED BILLS.
Believes it Stands a Good Show
to Defeat Altus.
8ince the holiday recess of the
constitutional convention Olustee
h&9 studied geograDhy as it
never did before. The map of
Greer has been brushed of all
eobwebs taken down from the
wall and soanned over until it is
now said a household in Olustee
is not complete without a Greer
map. However, it matter not,
Olustee is after the county seat
teeth and toenail. If it oan
wield enough influence with the
convention to allow the county
seat question to come to a vote
within sixty days after the meas-
ure has passed it believes it
Btands a good show in defeating
Altus. A geometrical survey
bf the proposed Jaokson county
has been made by a gentleman
who has been a civil engineer on
many railroads and he finds that
the oenter of the county is on
seotion four directly north of
Olustee two miles and one-half.
This has lent more encourage-
ment to the Olustee people and
they are going after the proposi-
tion with both feet. If the con-
vention locates the county seats
temporarily for two years as
mapped out then Olustee throws
up the sponge and bows to Al-
tus. Eldorado is sitting baok
and saying nothing. It das no-
thiivg to say. *TlM*p« is no poiiu-
cal aspiration buzzing around in
its bonnets nor neither is it ask-
ing anybody to give it anything.
We have a representative at the
eonvention and he said we must
be in Jaokson oounty—all right
and to the devil with your county
Hiram (up from the .country)—HI,
waiter, what's this? What d'ye mean
by leaving a couple of ord straws la
my drink? -
Did any one ever try a "deriva-
tion bee?" The difficulty, no doubt,
would be very often in deciding
what was the right answer. For in-
stance, what is the derivation of the
word "spelling" itself? At ' one
time Prof. Skeat found its origin
pretty confidently in the Anglo-
Saxon "spel," meaning discourse or
story, and the verb "spellian," to
declare, relate, tell (which appears
in "spoil," a charm, and in "gos-
pel")- To spell, ther, would be to
tell the letters one after another,
though Skeat admitted that there
might have been some confusion
with "spell," a slip of wood, since
such a slip was used in our old-time
schools to point to the letters of a
word, one after another, in spelling
them out. Later, he has become
more lenient toward the view that
this wooden "spell" rn^Mthe rent
origin of "spelling," yfimir be-
ing irrelevant. . , *
To Legally Change Boundaries,
So Says Attorney C. H. Lajin.
A dispatch to the Oklahoman
from Guthrie, dated December
20. says: &
Attorney Chirles H. Eagin of
Mangum, who has made a close
study of the powers of a consti-
tutional convention,, gives out
the statement that the Oklahoma
delegates oan not legally change
the county boundary lines in
Oklahoma territory. He believes
this for the reason that con-
gress possessed the prerogative
of fixing boundaries and estab-
lishing oounty seats in the open-
ing of Indian lands to settlement
and therefore no. body other than
a state legislature has the power
to make any changes.
It is learned oificially thut citi-
zens of the counties in Oklaho*
ma territory which have been
divided against the protests of
such citizens will carry this
division of Oklahoma counties
into the courts to'test the legality
of the convention's work. One
of the best posted attorneys in
Guthrie states that the courts
will annul the entire work of the
convention in so far as the divi-
sion of Oklahoma counties is
Ttore is *
lahoma su^r* a*e court <dct
for tail ng these witters into the
Th* .wsstfowi* ! J,,wa*.£fesn -»*» the case !
!o::ba hip-; for a' fortnight, and j of the people of Medford vs. the one of the mai
Pitz Tom&ih* was toying his veiy! people of Pond Creeks when an
Kno4 4a IaaU * .. .
It Waa In Australia and She Wanted
to Give a Concert
Who would ever imagine that
Mine. Melba once went forth armed
with a pail of paste in one hand, a
paste brush in the other and a roll
of bills under he* arm? aaks the
Such a thing, however, actually
happened in the early days of her
career, when she was hungering for
opportunities to sing in public.
While Nellie Mitchell, as she thw>
was, was still a schoolgirl, holiday-
making at Sorrento, in Victoria,
she got up a concert in aid of one
of the local charities.
She asked her family to help her
eke out her own meager savings,
trhioh she intended to devote to the
purpose; but her father, in spite of
the fact that he was very fond of
music—and still has a fine voice
which he loves to use—did not care
to encourage his daughter in the
enterprise. In the hope of stifling
her leaning toward a professional
career, he refused any jfid whatever.
This check, however, did not
daunt the plucky littlfe songbird in
any way. She determined, having
pledged herself so far, to carry the
matter through, cost what it might,
without any assistance. Unfortun-
ately all her own savings had by
this time been swallowed up in the
preliminary expenses, and there was
not a penny left to pay for pos*1"-
'the bills on which she relied to
vertise the entertainment
•w tta v f v fried' Yarippa jran pj
v"Jfftyea£rt;/ig thr difficulty Wltr
success, ^he determined to be
own iwll pester; ?t:
Ipeclal to the Courier,
Louie, Okla., Jen. % 1907— '
The first robbery in the short
history of Louis oocured on the
night of December *7. The store
of A. M. Clark,1o whi
postoffice is located Was
into by theives, they effeoting
an entrance by smashing out
The theives supplied themselves
with tobacco, and oigars; ate »
lunch of ehee*e and canned
goods, then robbed the postoffice
of all the stamps and. stamped
envelopes,. and rifled the mails
in general. Mr. Clark doesn't
know just what is missing in the
store. There >s no clue as to
who committed the robbery.
Your correspondent thinks the
robbers got one square meal
•nd £ stamps enough to write
home when they get to Leaven-
Courier's List Rapidly Growing.
- The subscription list of this
paper is rapidly growing. Much
of this is due to the wideawake
correspondents it has reoently
placed at Looney. Louis and
Saye. These writers are hand-
ing in communications that are
newsy and have the right ring.
The correspondents are author-
ized * to accept all subscriptions
and other business for the paper.
Another thing, the growing of
these communities oan be attri-
butable to the work done by the
correspondents. Not yet satis-
fled, the Courier wishes to pro-
cure correspondents at every
postoffice. Stationery and
stamps will be furniehed. Let
us hear from yeu if you wish to
take up the work of sending
news from your community. We
wish to .bear upon the corres-
pondent's mind of sending the
paper something every week no
matter how small. To insure
publication, matter must be re-
ceived not later than Wednesday
evening. If a suicide, murder,
or robbery ooours too late to
write so it will reach this office
by Thursday night 'phone it in,
tnd be sure to give the circum-
best to look sad.
"My dear," he said, choking back
a chuckle with his handkerchief and
wiping his eyes, "I hardly like to
fhink how I shall miss you. The
evenings will be so long and lonely
without you. I dull have no one to
"George," said Mrs. Pitz, survey-
ing him with a marble eye, at have
provided for your comfort in this
as in every other way. When you
return home you will find dear
mother there. She will remain till
I eome back, and keep you company
in the evenings, George."
And ss the train slowly glided out
of the station the guard wondered
why Fitz Tomkins nearly bit him
when he insinuated a tip.—London
THAT WOULD ftELP.
"I think it's a very good portrait
of me," said Mr. Planeman. "Don't
you think it would be nice to have
"Yes, dear," replied his wife, "if
you could only have the mouth and
ears reduced at the same time."
"Hang it 1" angrily exclaimed thtf
unsuccessful contributor, "I don't
s'pose there's anything I could write
that you'd accept."
"I reckon not." replied the coun-
try editor: "I don't s'pose you could
write a deck fur a year's subscrip-
tion, co*.Id ye?"
Towne—So poor Lnachman
dead. It was quite a long ill:
Brown—Oh! no; quite abort.
attempt was made to change the
county seat of Grant oounty from
Pond Crtek to Medford.
Judge James K. Beaaohamp
of the Fifth Oklahoma district
held that when congress formed
county lines, located oounty
seats or fixed any lines whatever
such lines or county seats can
not be changed even by a vote
of the people prior to statehood,
Similar opinions were given by
Judgee Pansosst, Burford and
Hainer, and the decisions were
affirmed by' the Oklahoma su-
preme court. The matter also
came up in an attempt to move
the Dewey county seat from Ta-
loga to Seiling.
This decision was considered
so binding by the people of Cor-
dell, in Washita county, that
they went into the last eongrees
and had the removal of the
county seat from Cloud Chief to
Cordell legalized, to prevent its
removal back to Cloud Chief, in
that its taking away from the
latter town violated an aot of
It is held by numerous attorn-
eys of prominence that the con-
stitutional convention might as
weft attempt to change the con-
gressional district boundariee,
fixed by congress in the enabling
act, as to change the work of
How About Reconsidering?
The constitutional convention
resumed its duties Wednesday
and ^any of the delegates have
with the* '
problem in their.
The cause of brini
' reconsideration of
daries is soreness
%t" m tagnOBfte U
word? chose jow.
R*, in other
Then she borrowed a bill poster's
brush and as soon as it was dark set
off on her adventurous round Mid
posted up every one of the bills she
had had printed. The result of *
enterprise was a big house and a
neat sum of money.
LOST—On the streets of Eldo-
rado, Wednesday* January 2,3
$10 bills. Reasonsble reward to
Under if returned to W.J. Daniel.
LEFT MAN TO DROWN.
Vieuxtemps, the famous violinist,
used to tell the following story:
When crossing London bridge
one day, he was suddenly brushed
aside by a wretched tatterdemalion
who climbed the parapet and
plunged out into the river. The
foot passengers crowded around im-
mediately to watch the unfortunate
man as he rose to the surface, and
in a trice some one shouted: "I'll
l|pt he drowns!"
"Two to one he'll swim ashore!"
was the answer. The rest of the
pedestrians joined in the betting.
Meantime Vieuxtemps rushed
down to the river hank, secured a
waterman and rowed out to the res-
cue. Just as the boatman was
about,to reach forth to grasp the
poor fellow, who by this time was
floundering about in the water, hav-
ing lost his desire for death, the
spectators above cried out: "Leave
him alone! There's a bet on it!"
The oarsman drew back into the
boat, and the unfortunate wretch
sank before their eyes.—The Sun-
"Say," remarked the first boy, en
his way to school, "I just heard ds
minister tellin' anudder man dat my
pop was a 'horrible example.' Won-
der i^st dat is?" t. /
"I guess," replied the other, «hs
must have a lot of .fractions in hinL"
seate. Now the quest*
11 ■ iijMMii *te wise"''
towns that wsri defeated in their
ambition to beoome Its .still
think they see a chanoe of out-
ting the (tAnn,<— i- ~
to ensue if
lowed? Will li ^
county division being dropped!
or will the county boundary lines
established before holiday ad-
journment of Uae' convention be
changed so that they will he of
more detriment. In other worde
if Greer is to be divided, whether
or no, is it better that it stand as
it is with two oountiee or tihrse?
This itr the danger of reconsid-
eration most apparent at this
time. If this oonvention wii
the decisions of the
court and authorities on
matter it will rsoonsidar and
throw the whole oounty division
matter in the was|s basket, and
if the legislature wants to dig it
up all well and good. This is
the tribunal that oounty division
should be left to. The Courier
is of the opinion thst the eonven-
tion will putin the constitution
county divieion, regsrJlees ef
supreme court decisions or the
wish of the people, therefore if
this is to be the caee Jaokson
county to be, maybe, should re-
main as it i%
Miss Anna Love Kimhell,
teacher in the Altus public
schools, passed through here
8unday morning enroute home
aflsr a visit during the holidays
with friends at Ft. Worth.
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Kelly, James E. Eldorado Courier. (Eldorado, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 23, Ed. 1 Friday, January 4, 1907, newspaper, January 4, 1907; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc403780/m1/1/: accessed November 16, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.