The Manchester Journal. (Manchester, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, January 22, 1909 Page: 1 of 4
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MANCHESTER GRANT COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 1909.
Volume 16, Number 34
ALL MADE MONEY.
The boys from Manchester and
vicinity who shipped their cattle to
St. Louis and Kansas City, all came
home the latter part of last week, and
all wearing a smile, as they all made
The highest priced beef steers sold
where those fed by the Journal, they
bringing $0.40 on the St. Louis mar-
ket. There were three cars in this
shipment and they weighed 1303
pounds each on the market.
The next best price paid was $9.25
per cwt. for several cars belonging to
E. F. and J. G. Burchfiel, and then
t vo or three cars more, making ten in
all shipped by this firm, sold at $0 15,
also on the same market.
The next was $9.05 per cwt. for
three cars of cattle bought by the
Journal of H. W. Reneau the day be-
fore the shipment was made at $5 50
at the feed lot with a 3 per cent
shrink. These cattle lacked $1201
bringing enough to cover the check
which we gave In payment for them,
we do not consider this bad, as a man
ought to be willing most any time to
give $1201 to do four or five thousand
dollars worth of business. You
understand that this is the way in
w hich people get their education —it
must be paid for—and this lesson
came very cheap. Again we were a
day later getting to St.Louls than the
Missouri Pacific promised to land us
there, due mainly to neglect on the
part of the company in failing to pro-
vide engines suitable to move the
heavy tonnage which they had to car-
ry, and this delay resulted in bringing
us up against a 10 or 15 cent decline in
the market and an additional shrink-
age of 40 or 60 pounds on each steer,
sc that when the claim which we
placed with an attorney is adjusted
we may yet be ahead a .hundred dol-
lars or so on the purchase.
The above covered the 16 cars sents
St. Louis by Burchfiel & Son and the
Journal, and we want the reader who
is interested in cattle prices to note
the difference in the prices paid for
these cattle as compared with the
shipment that left here a day later
for Kansas City, and sold on the very
same day there that the others sold
in St. Louis.
Of the Kansas City shipment there
were only six cars, we believe, of beef
steers. They belonged to Charley
Ford and sold at $5.85, with several
cattle out at $5. These cattle were
fed much longer than the Reneau cat-
tle and showed far more fat. 1 hey
would have easily sold for $9.15 in
St. Louis, or 10 cents more than t he
Reneau cattle, but only brought $5 85
with a cut-out of several head at a
lower price, while the Reneau cattle
sold for $9.05 in St.Louls. Thus it
will be plainly seen that St.Louls.
is a better fat cattle market by 30
ceuts per cwt. than Kansas city,
white the additional freight is but 6J
cents per cwt. The difference, how-
ever, is only about half as great as It
was in December when the Journal
made u shipment to St.Louls and got
$6 for cattle oil which they bid us but
$5.40at Kansas Cit v. The indications
are that Kansas Cay is commencing
to catch on, and that she will soon be
in line'on beef cattle prices, other-
wise she can not hold the trade that
rightfully belongs to her.
The three cars of mixed cattle
shipped by Ouy Cromwell sold at
money making prices. They were a
mixed lot, and for this class the Kans-
as City market is equally as good as
The shipment made by C. T. Brown
and Earl Feely were also mixed cattle,
and brought money-making prices. .
The shipment that went to St.Louls
was accompanied by E .F. Rurchfiel
and ,his two sons and young Mr.
Arnett of Anthony, and H. W. Ren
eau and G. F. Simmons and J. M.
Simmons of Manchester. On the way
down we ran into a big snow storm
—about 14 inches deep on the level in
the vicinity of Sedella and Jefferson
City, while there was only about a
a foot of snow at St. Louis. On the
way home we came by Kansas City
and spent a day there watching the
market and visiting with Charley
Ford, Wes. Warnock. C. T. Brown
and Elbert McMuliln, who went with
the Kansas City shipment Ouy
Cromwell got tired and pulled out for
home Tuesday evening, while Elbert
McMuliln left Wednesday evening
for Coffey ville to visit E. F. Bacon jr,
and to accompany his wife home.from
a visit there.
The receipts for these two ship-
ments amounted to between forty and
fifty thousand dollars—a good show-
ing, we think, for one community at
one time. And another feature of it
that does us no harm is, the Santa Fe
and Missouri Pacific-railroads, the
packers, commission men, stock yards
companies and all at both St.Louis
and Kansas City, know to a certainty
that Manchester, Oklahoma, is on the
map. When any of our neighboring
towns as good oi better showing
than this,the Journal will takeoff it’s
hat and say well done.
Once again the Journal withes to
say that the time has come, in lta
opinion, when the farmers all over
northern Oklahoma and southern
Kansas should begin to deoreus their
acreage of wheat and raise more corn
and alfalfa. There are several reasons
for this belief. In late years wheat
has not proven to be as sure a crop as
corn, and where alfalfa is properly put
out and handled it never fails. The
desstan fiy Is becoming more of a
pest every year to wheat, and the
wheat is a breeder of chinch bugs
which do much damage tothegrowing
corn after harvest. There are plenty
of farmers in the country who will
tell you that their corn crop was cut
short ten bushels per acre last summer
by reason of the chinch bugs leaving
the wheat feilds after harvest and
going into the corn. As to alfalfa,
nothing bothers that, and the man
who has plenty of it has fat stock at
all seasons of the year.
Another feature about wheat is, a
half crop always loses the farmer
money, while with a half crop of corn
there is yet a fair profit left. Wheat
is the most expensive crop grown.
All the work done on it is done in the
heat of the summer, taxing the
vitality of both man and beast to the
limit, and also at a time when farm
labor commands the highest prices.
The machinery for handling wheat
is also far more expensi ve than that
for growing either corn or alfalfa, to
say nothing about the ten cents per
bushel for thrasing, and if the crop is
very light the farmer must pay $2 per
acre for his threshing even if the
yield is but five or six bushels per acre.
There are doubtless some farmers
who will contend that wheat is the
better crop to grow, but the Journal
has convinced Itself by j actual
experience that the theory is wrong.
We would not recommend cutting
out wheat altogether, but the acerage
should be trimmed down three-fourth
on nearly every farm in the conntry,
and then if the fiy and chinch bug
pests continue no wheat should be
sown at all, at least for a few years.
In fact,we were almost convinced
that if there were never a grain of
wheat sown in this part of the coun-
try for the next five or ten years, the
country in general, and the farmers
in particular, would be better off.
The time has come when we should
pay more attention to the growing of
those crops that can be fed on the
farm and then market the product in
beef or pork or well bred horses and
mules. By this method the farmers
willnotbe found at all times paying
tribute to the railroads in high
freight rates for moving grain to
market, and to the International
Harvester Co. for high priced mach-
inery to care for wheat.
Again, the laborer who only aims
to work during the rush of harvest
and then demands from a half to
twice what he earns per day can be
passed up by the farmers who grows
corn and alfalfa Instead of wheat, and
this work can be given to honest
laborers at good wages the year
round, and who will appreciate it and
become well-to-do citizens.
The record of the past goes clearly
to prove that it is not the wheat
grower who has made the most money
on the farm, but it is the man who
has turned his attention more to the
method of diversified farming and the
growing of stock for the market.
And nothing aids, in this direction,
more than the growing of alfalfa and
—L. Feely now has one of the wel
improved farms in this part of the
country—a half section of land near
Manchester, all under hog tight fenoe.
Be has considerable alfalfa on the
farm and intends sowing more the
coming season. He is turning his
attention more to the growing of corn
alfalfa, hogs and other stock and
cutting down on wheat. We have
a good many Feely’s in this part of the
country, but there's room for more. I
Of the Business Men and Firms of
Manchester who Ask for and
Appreciate Your Patronage
E. L. Smith A Co., general merchandise.
0. B. Fling, hardware, Implements, harness.
Star Restaurant—Miss Sadie Singleton and
Mrs. Weiss, proprietors.
Burchfiel A Warnock, live stock dealers.
J. W. Smith, law loans, real estate.
Slaughter & Tuttle, Auctioneer.
Mort Canfield Carpenter. s
Dr. Smedley, practicing physician.
Madden-Nally Drug Co., drugs and
Olty Meat Market, W.Al Pel lock)
Citizens State Bank, general banking busi-
Palace Barber shop Ross Helm i Prop’r.
W. T. Tucker, undertaker and funeral
0. W, Straughan, tbe land man.
K. G. Smith general merchandise.
—A farmer who knows told us the
other day that there were lots of
chinch bugs in his last year’s com
field, snugly imbedded under the
thimbles of the old corn stalks. He’s
going to get rid of his, and how do
you think he intends doing it? He
takes three 2x10 plank, 19 feet long.
The first two are laid lengthwise,
epds butting together, and the third
it placed on top, in the center, and all
are firmly spiked together. Then be
bores a hole at the outer end of the
first two planks ane used a wire or
clfivis and chain for hitching a team
oq each end and with a team and a
man on each end of the plank he
drives across the field when the
ground is frozen and then turning and
comes right back in the same place.
By this method he breaks off nearly
every cornstalk, and then he rakes
them with an ordinary hay rake and
burns them. In this way he not only
gets rid of the corn stalks, but says
he always destroyes thousands of
bugs that are apparently dead but
will come to life with the approach of
warm weather if they are not des-
troyed in some such manner. The
man we have in mind is E. E. Grove,
living a mile north and 4* miles east
of Bluff City, and he also grows more
corn every year per acre than any of
—Thre are about as many different
methods for planting corn as there
are different varities of cord. We
heard of a new method, however the
other day that looks as though it
might prove a good one. At least the
farmer with whom we were talking
said he had tried it for a number of
years and he gets better results than
from any other he has tried. He uses
the ordinary lister and lists the
ground in advance of planting season
—any time in the after part of the
winter. This listing done at a shal-
low depth, say three or four Inches,
—then planting time comes—and he
never plants until the ground warms
up and the first weeds commence to
start—he goes in with his lister and
follows the same furrows, listing
about two or three inches deeper than
the first listing, and plants his corn
as he goes. By this method he covers
every weed that has started, and by
the furrows being already opened out
the corn Is plaoed In much warmer
aoll than where listed in the ordinary
way. It might be a pretty good plan
for farmers to try this method. It
will at least furnish light work on
teams while the corn Is being put to,
andi might prove quite an advantage
over the old method that you have
been following. Besides, what's the
use sticking to an old rat, snyway.
if there are better methods coming
into use, the best is what you want.
A lttle experimenting won’t hurt a
good farmer any time, and the poor
farmer wouldn’t give an experiment
a fair test if he tried.
Manchester Produce Co. pays high-
est prioes for eggs and produce.
Buckley & Warnock.
MURDER AT HARPER.
Charles Johnson, a swede, living on
the east side of Harper, was found
dead Saturday morning with his
head crushed in. Johnson was fully
dressed save for his socks, his shoes
and socks having been removed and
his shoes put back on. fie was an old
man noted for his miserly habits and
reputed to have considerable money
about the place. Five or six years
ago he was robbed of fourteen hund-
red dollars which he had hid in his
home, but the money was recovered
and put in a bank.
Mayor Shephard of Harper had the
ocal police make an investigation,
which was aided in by Sheriff Holi-
day and County Attorney McMahon,
the testimony showing that Johnson
was fonnd with his head and feet tied,
his mouth gagged and his skull crush-
ed with a hatchet found by the body.
He had eventualy beemdead for several
Memorandy concerning three thous-
and dollars in gold was found on his
person but no such sum was found.
About two hundred dollars in money
was found about his shack and two
thousand dollars was found in the
the bank to his credit. L. L. Gall-
oway was appointed administrator
and took charge of the property
which also Included two or three par-
cels of real estate in Harper. So far
as known he had no kin in this coun-
try. The county commissioners have
offered three hundred dollars reward
for the capture and conviction of his
murders and detectives are working
on the case. We are told they have
evidence throwing suspicion on some
Harper party but not enough to jus-
la addition to the crime of murder
there hes been a series of thefts of
hogs and a daylight holdup of a wom-
an, yielding the robbers seventeen
dollars and a gold watch, that have
made the people of Harper desperate
and swift and emphatic justlc will be
handed some one if the right party is
—There are a great many mul es for
sale in this part of the country just
now, and if bnyers could pay the
prices asked they could do a good
business picking them up. The mule
market does not appear to be as high
just now as it usually is at this season
of the year, and that is the reason, we
suppose, that the men who buy and
ship are laying low. Prices quoted to
the Journal are usually $400 per 9pan
for good well broke mules weighing
from 1,150 to 1,250 pounds, although
many ask this price for smaller mules
and some go as high as $425 per span
for the larger ones.
—Tommy Patterson and wife are
back to Manchester again, he having
sold out his barber shop in western
—Hon. J. W. Smith returned to
Guthrie early Tuesday morning, hav-
ing been home since Saturday even-
OKLAHOMA NEEDS MORE OF
Guthrie, Okla., Jan. 12.—As more
land is needed for the penitentiary
at McA tester, Senator Red wine is
drafting a bill which he will send to
congress to be put through by Con-
gressman Carter giving the state per-
mission to buy a thousand acres of
the surface of the segregated coal and
asphalt lands. It is the understand-
ing among the legislative leaders that
at least $150,000 will be appropriated
for the work of constructing a per-
manent penitentiary at McAlster, as
it Is now certain that Oklahoma’s
prisoners must be brought back from
Kansas. Chairman Conners of the
board of prison control wants to use
convict labor largely in the building
of the penitentiary.
It is expected that the penitentiary
when completed, will cost at least a
half million dollars. An architect is
now engaged In drafting plans for the
nucleus of the institution.
In addition to the penitentiary
building the state desires to acquire
I, 000 acres of land adjourning the
penitentiary on the west of old North
McAlster for farm purposes. As the
land is in the segregated district be-
longing to the Choctaw and Chickasa
nations an act of congress is necessary
before the state may acquire the title.
The bill being drawn by Mr. Redwin
authorizes the sale, the secretary of
the interior and the state to agree on
the price, with the approval of the
The senate committee to handle
public building is composed of west
side senators, who are not interested
in tbe legislation as per the Demo-
cratic caucus agreement.—Wichita
—The state supreme court handed
down a decision in the Wm. Schwedes
case Wednesday. The point involved
was whether or not a person in Okla-
homa had the right to transport liq-
uor shipped to him from another
state, from a depot to his home aud
the court decided that he has that
right. Mr. Schwedes was arrested by
the sheriff of this county some time
ago while carrying a package of
whiskey from the depot in Pond Creek
to his home. The county court found
him guilty of violating that provis-
ion of the state liquor law prohibiting
the transportation of liquor from oue
portion of the state to another, and
the supreme coart in its decision
yesterday, reversed the finding of the
lower court.—Pond Creek Vidette.
—R. W. Amis, representing the
Daily Beacon at Wichita, was he~e
last Friday in the interest of that
paper. Since Manchester receives
mail every morning at 6 o’clock over
the south-bound freight, permits the
Beacon to reach Manchester earlier
than any other daily paper printed
in Wichita or elsewhere.
—Grandma Smith, mother of Hon.
J. W.Smith,is now able to be up a part
of the time.
Will be at the Manchester Opera
House Saturday Night, Jan. 30.
Ned has been here a number
of times and the people look for-
ward to his coming with pleasure.
Few entertainers hold the patronage of
the people as does he. He tells us
that he has an original program of mu-
sic, impersonations, imitations, fun and
foolishness that pleases and reaches
REMEMBER THE DATE AND COME.
A CROWDED HOUSE IS
For insurance against Jack Frost get a
Security Oak or Goles
Hot Blast Hooter
Can’t be beat for economy of coal
consumption. Everything in Hard-
ware, Harness, and Coal.
S. B. FLING
The Hardware & Implement man
Manchester - - Oklahoma.
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