Chickasha Daily Express. (Chickasha, Indian Terr.), Vol. 8, No. 51, Ed. 1 Saturday, March 2, 1907 Page: 7 of 8
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Giant Mail Order Concerns
Are Sapping Country of
SMALLER TOWNS CRUSHED
By Assisting in the Centralization
of Wealth Patrons of These In-
stitutions Contribute to Their
(Copyright 1?"S by Alfred C. Clark)
Every year millions upon millions of
dollars find their way from the towns
villages and rural districts of the coun-
try t( Cm coffers of the mail order
houses In '.he cities and go to the up-
building of enormous institutions in
the centers of population. Naturally
the sources from which the contribu-
tions are made Buffer accordingly.
Figures ever tell a better story than
words. Here are figures which tell
a story so stupendous that its full sig-
nificance cannot be grasped i:i a mo-
ment but the mere sight of wiui.ii are
In the year 1905 two mail order
houses located In Chicago did a busi-
ness amounting In round numbers to
$b0000000. In Kha year 1904 these
same concerns did a business of about
$02000000 a gain of $18000000 or
nearly 30 per cent In a single year be-
ing thus exhibited.
These figures represent the sale last
year of one dollar's worth of merchan-
dise for every man woman and child
In the country by two catalogue houses
alone and those operating from the
same central point Dozens more of
varying size and Importance are oper-
ating all over the country from coast
rli as a whole shall be prosrrotn.
Such genera! prosperity as may exist
cannot be retained if liie Iusiiiuiioti
of the already larger and wealthier
communities are to continue to be
built up by contributions that should
be spent at home from the thousands
of smaller communities.
The need of the country a desper-
ate need upon which the welfare of
the Individual depends is for the
upbuilding and continued progress of
the smaller communities so that the
wealth of the country may be distrib-
uted over the entire country and not
congested and controlled in large
amounts in a comparative few centers
Therefore the man who sends away
from his own community money which
he might have spent at home and per-
mitted a fair profit to the home mer-
chant to be retained there for the
benefit of the community is injuring
his community and thereby the pros-
pects for his own future prosperity.
In a large number of instances he is
doing more than this. Unwittingly or
unthinkingly perhaps he is violating
his own principles of right and justice
for at the expense of his own com-
munity he is needlessly contributing
profits to the capitalistic combinations
which he continuously cries out are
menacing the country.
The mail order giants direct their
energies particularly toward the peo-
ple of the smaller towns and the agri-
cultural districts. In hundreds of
thousands of the homes of these the
catalogue of the mail order house is as
regularly received as the home paper.
The man on the farm last year sent a
very large portion of eighty millions
of dollars to two of these Institutions
in one community alone.
In all sincerity we ask: Admitting
purely for the Bake of the argument
that the farmer orthe resident of the
small community can save a few dol-
lars on some of his purchases or even
XOTICZ OF KLECTIOS
Whereas the law provides that on
the first Tueday of April in each and
and every year there shall be held a
general election in the cities of the
rst ?lass for the election of officers
Whereas the term of the office of
Mayor and Chief of Police expire on
the second day of April 1907 and
Whereas the law provides that one
Alderman from each ward shall be
elected at each general election as
members of the City Council of the
City of Chickasha:
Now therefore I John H. Venable
mayor of the city of Chickasha In-
dian Territory do hereby call and
proclaim a general election to be held
in said City of Chickasha on Tuesday
the Second of April 1907.
There shall be elected at such elec
tion by the qualified voters of Chick
asha a Mayor and Chief of Police who
shall hold their respective offices for
a term of two years after their elec-
tion and qualification and until' their
successors are elected and qualified.
There shall be elected by the qual
ified voters of each ward in said City
one Alderman as a member of the City
Council who shall hold his office for
the term of two years or until his
successor is elected and qualified.
The following places are hereby des
ignated as the places of holding said
election in the respective wards oi the
WARD No. 1. Comer of Pixth and
WARD No. 2 At Yellow riarn.
WARD No. 3 At Council Chamber
WARD No. 4 Corner of Sixth St
and Minnesota avenue.
The following judges of election are
hereby appointei to hold and conduct
said election in their respective wards:
WARD No. 1 T. B. Bimrers R. F
Kemp G. G. Buchanan.
WARD No. 2 J. T. Hill C. A. Ed-
words J. D. Bridges.
WARD No. 3 L. J. Gray Duvall
Burk N. M. Williams.
WARD No. 4 Webb Hendrix Steve
Haskell and John T. Brown.
Said election shail be held and con-
ducted and the returns tnereof made
as the law provides.
Witness my hand is such mayor of
the City of Chickasha Indian Terri-
tory on this first day of March 1907.
JOHN II. VENABLE
thence west alon(f Iowa to w st t- un 1-'
ary of City limits thtnee mu h sl.n
the west boundary of Cit limits to ;
where Oregon avenue intersects west j
boundary of City limits thence east '
along Oregon Avenue to point of be-
ginning: and all that part of the City !
included in such boundaries shall be
Ward number four.
Section. 3. That this ordinance is
to be in full force and effect from and
after its passage approval and pub-
lication. Passed nd approved on this 21st
day of February 1907.
JOHN II. VENABLE
Attest: JOE DEWS
C. T. Tj
5 A - I 1
CHICKASHA. IND. TER.
INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY OVER $300000.00.
Your Business Solicited
.V it" .
The "Man Behind th Plow" last year contributed a large portion of the vast
number of millions which found their way Into the coffers of the mail
order houses. The smaller comm unities to which It belonged and which
were thus deprived of It suffered accordingly.
to coast and from border to border..
A fact not generally known is that
hundreds of concerns throughout the
country which now are doing business
throush the regular trade channels are
awaltlns only a parcels post law to i
im)(w Jii.-ral ure already prepared i
in many Inslaires which would pro- j
ject them into the mail order hold ana
this d "" not take into account the
hundreds and perhaps thousands of
entirely new mail order concerns
which inevitably would spring into ex-
istence under such friendly auspices.
The two Chicago institutions re-
ferred to already occupying Immense
buildings found themselves cramped
for room. One of them expended not
less than J 1000000. and probably more
for a new home. The other lately has
secured a new locution and also will
expend at least $1000000 for an im-
mense new building.
Anyone who will reflect even cast-ally
on the subject must become Im-
pressed that the influence of the mall
order business is toward the central-
ization of wealth and how enormous
a part it is playing In this direction
will bo understood from a second
glance at the figures which have been
It !a duo to himself that every patron
of the mall order house should inquire
honestly of himself what the final out-
come is to be if the mail order busi-
ness shall continue to make the great
strides which have marked its prog-
ress during the last half decade.
It Is useless to repeat the well worn
argument of the mail order concerns
that they are selling goods enough
more cheaply than the merchants In
the regular channels of trade to leave
their customers more wouey than
ever to devote to home enterprises
and institutions. The fallacy of this
statement has been proved over and
over again by actual and minute com-
parisons of goods as to their quality
and prices. Te refute It finally and
indisputably by a simpler and more
direct method It is necessary only to
sk the reliable business men of any
of the Biiialler communities to show
the evidence from their books and ac-
counts of the harm the mall order
habit Is doing their communities.
It la a truth as old as the hills and
as certain us the rising and setting of
the sun that no country or section of
a country can prosper uiiIcsb the peo-
that he could do so on all of (hem can
he afford to continue to impoverish
his own community upon which his
own prosperity the very value of his
If he will apk himself this question
and consider it soberly and fairly in
all of its phases including the many
which cannot be touched upon within
the limits of a single article we think
Ills answer must be that he cannot.
The wonderful productivity of this
country has been sufficient to over-
come the various adverse economic in
fluences which have existed during the
period of years in which the mail or-
der business has accomplished its
greatest growth. Everyone has been
"getting along pretty well." While the
Increasing flow of golden millions from
their source in the land of the coun-
try to the already great centers of
money and population has held back
the growth of the smaller communi-
ties It has not yet occasioned a great
disaster. The test will come with the
first pinch of "hard times" a condi-
tion which no country ever has been
able to escape at recurring intervals.
When this time arrives those com-
munities will best stand the test which
have best conserved and husbanded
JOHN S. rOTTS.
HOMES FG3 1 50 PREACHERS
AND DELEGATES WANTED
To the Hospitable Public of Chick-
Homes for the above number of
preachers and delegates who will at
tend the Methodist missionary rally
next Tuesday Wednesday and Thurs-
day must be secured. Two hundred
and fifty are expected. Homes for
only 100 have been secured.
The good people of other churches
only need to Know the situation for
an immediate and hearty response to
Dinner will be served at the church
on Wednesday and Thursday. Hosts
will be asked to provide dinner on
Tuesday only. A few of the guests
will arrive Monday afternoon.
Two delegates can occuy the same
Do not wait to be called on by the
committee. Phone the number you
will take at once this appeal is
not to the Methodists. They have
The appeal is to the members of
The reputation of Chickasha for
hospitality must not suffer.
C. H. McGHEE
Pstor Methodist Churcn 943 Iowa
Avenue. Phone 160.
McGuire and Gunnels when in need of j
Mouse ana store wiring motor ana aynamo
repairing electrical supplies. Arc lamps
rewound and repaired. Your patronage
solicited. "THE HURRY-UP COMPANY."
McGUIRE & GUNNELS
The Puzzle Solved.
Some time ago a merchant in Mar-
blehead Mass. was discovered in his
store at a very late hour and in reply-
ing to inquiries he said:
"My confidential clery is missing."
"And what of it?"
"Why I'm looking over the books
but they seem to be all right"
"Have you counted your cash?"
"Yes; and it is correct to a dollar."
"Looked over your bank book?"
"I lu.ve and it Is satisfactory.
That's the puzzle you see. He's
skipped and I can't make out what
"Been home since noon?"
"Perhaps he's eloped with your
He hurried h mie and found this to
be the case.
Wjfe"Vby do you always sit at
the piano David? You know you
can't play a note!" Dav?d"Nither
can anyone else while I am here!"
ORDIXAXCE NO. 240
An OrJinance Dividing the City of
Chickasha Indian Territory into Four
Wards Defining the Boundaries xt
Each and Repealing all Ordinances in
Be it ordained by the Mayor and
City Council of the City of Chickasha
Section. 1. That the City of Chick-
asha is hereby divided into four wards
and the boundaries of each shall be
Ward No. 1 beginning on Oregon
Avenue at the point where same inter-
sects the cstern boundary of the City
limits thence west along said Avenue
to the west boundary of the City lim-
its thence south along the west bound-
ary of City limits to southwest corner
of the Ci(y limits thence east along
the south boundary of the City limits
to the southeast comer of the City
limits aiul thence north along east
boundary of City limits to place of be-
ginning: and nil that part of the City
included in such boundaries shall be
Ward number one.
Ward No. 2 Beginning at a point
Iowa avenue intersects with Fifth
Ft reet thence north along Fifth street
to the north boundary of the City lim-
its thence west along the north bound-
ary of the City limits to the northwest
corner of the City limits thenre south
along the we.st boundary of City limits
to Iowa Avenue and thence east along
said Avenue to point of beginning:
and all that part of the city included
in such boun. lanes shall be Wrard num-
Ward No. 3 Beginning at a point
where Iowa intersects with Fifth
Street thence north along Fifth Street
to north boundary line of City limits
thence east along the nrgth boundary
line of the City limits to northeast cor
ner of the City limits thence soutfc
along the east boundary to where east
boundary line intersects Iowa Avenue
thence west along said Avenue to the
point of beginning: and all that part
of the City included in such bound
aries shall be Ward number three.
Ward No. 4 Beginning at a point
where Oregon Avenue intersects the
eastern boundary of the City limits
thence north along the east boundary
of the City limits to where the east
boundary lint intersects Iowa Avenue
To the Democratic Voters of Grady
The Democratic voters of Grady
county are requested to meet in their
respective townsihps on Saturday
March 9th 1907 for the purpose of
electing new township committeeman
in each township in Grady county.
Those elected at these meetings will
assemble at Chickasha on Monday
March 11 at 2 p. m. for the purpose of
organizing the county central com-
mittee and electing a county chairman
and county secretary.
G. W. BAREFOOT
Chairman of Grady Co. Ex. Com.
JLAWRENCE MILLS Sec.
(All county papers please copy.)
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