Woodward Dispatch. (Woodward, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, May 16, 1902 Page: 2 of 6
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WOODWARD DISPATCH, MAY 16.
MMffiWAIM) (DOStPATKEKI1 with .-tat ie.l k« to hiJe
pv»li.m»d mu •* hilt infinities. I* not this a sufficient
exposition of vassalage and subordina-
lion to triva Ika -A ___I
r » KULMt
Off rial Democratic Paper of Wood
Entered at the Woodward Post Office
As Second Class Matter.
SANTA FE TIME TABLE.
Ar. at 2:30 a. m. Ar. at 1:45 a. m.
L>K*al ft. 3.00 a.m. Local f 7.00 p. m.
The following extract from the
Woodward Bulletin is not only acom-
plete vindication of M. Clapham but
places the Editors of this publication
in such an odious light that they
scringe before its umbrageous criti-
cism like whipped hounds:
The fever of the smallpox must be
responsible for the tone of the Okla-
homa Enterprise last week. No sane,
healthy man would have written the
screed against our county commis-
sioner. M. Clapham. The present
board of commissioners have been
faithful and economical and should re-
ceive the commendation of even a
democrat paper posing as an inde-
pendent. Every citizen in the county,
at heart, is proud of our court house.
If you find a kicker it is a man who is
sorry that he did not favor the buil-
ding of it from the start.”
The presiding genius of the Bulletin
may be a gentleman in the fullest
sense of the term, a man of noble
lineage, high culture, keen intellect
and sharp wit. Ought he not then
to be the more ashamed when he not
only condones the defects of that
gentleman, Mr. Clapham, but with
•sly cunning endeavors to evade the
vital question by a brief unsupported
statement and to divert the reader’s
attention from the costly ignorant
and inexcusable blunders of that of-
ficious egotism, who so ably squander-
ed the county funds, by resorting to
the contemptible subterfuge of bring-
ing groundless accusations against
thi.-> journal. Although since coming
to this county and prior to assuming
supreme dictatorship of the republi-
ctn party the handsome and popular
Bulletin Editor has offiliated with
democrats, espoused the cause of
populist with great fervency and was
at one time imbued with the ideas of
socialism, he is not warranted in such
questionable methods of journalism,
and since we have felt the biting
sting of his fine Damascus steel it will
be necessary to deal at some length
with the subject at hand.
The blazon effrontery of the state-
ment that the commissioners “have
been faithful and economical” is not
alone a coarse vulgar attempt to
hoodwink and blind the tax payers but
the writer so bluntly exposes the low
esteem that he places upon the intel-
lect and comprehension of the people
that it is the very acme of insulting
insolence. Note too how quick he
rallies to Claphams’s defense and
tion to give the earmarks of cool
calculating unreliability to any state-
ment that he may make unless it be
backed up with cold facts and figures.
Beneath the epidermis of this
Editor is a fine vein of grim humor
and satirical mirth for it can not be
possible that the man is in earnest re-
garding the economical administra-
tion in the face of such ponderous
evidence to the contrary.
V\ hich is to be the most lamen-
ted, the man who sinks beneath the
sense of his dishonor or him who sur-
Through a sense of extreme deli-
cacy we will not puncture the cal-
oused conscience of these immacu-
lated gentlemen by asking why
$41,000.00 was spent for an $18,000
court house or request an explanation
for the hasty departure of county-
funds or make inquiries regarding the
excessively exorbitant taxation.
Far be it from the intention of the
Enterprise Editors to appear in the
light of the sychopant or to extract
admissions by cajolery but still over-
mastering inquisitiveness is such that
we wish to know if the Bulletin which
has rendered such efficient service in
the capacity of the official organ of
the county will finish publishing the
minutes of the last meeting of county
commissioners in time to begin the
next chapter of the great serial story
of mismanagement and misappropri-
ation of the county funds. Would it
not be more appropriate to treat the
people with greater consideration and
print the proceedings of the Commis-
sioners court in full and as soon there-
after as possible, instead of dribbling
along from week to week in a man-
ner tantelizing and intolerable.
It is not the mission of a news-
paper, be it partizan or not, to hide
knavish trickery, stupid blunders and
inexcusable plundering by the use of
ambiguous phrases and misleading
statements, and the paper that re-
sorts to such contemptible methods is
not only subsidized but is a mere
whiffet without backbone or standing
and merits severest criticism and
strongest condemnation of every in-
dividual that has an atom of manhood
in his composition.
The Enterprise represents the most
per.ect type of the free untrammeled
press, and is an advocate of republi-
canism from choice principle, but it
J ill never stoop to the level of measly
deception to shield a wriggling para-
site working in the body politic like
maggots in a putrification. Purify
the party of such vermine. be honest
and outspoken and the malicious
tongue of slander will be turned to
tS reKard and admiring aPPr°ba-
The Enterprise in referring to the
court house, speaks of it as the
$18,000 court house, on which $41,-
000.00 is to be expended. If there
were only $41,000 to be squandered
on this $18,000 building, the county
would be several thousand dollars
better off than they will be, spending
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1 lease Mention Woodwarp Dispatch, when writing to advertiser.
J. A. Stine, Pres. Peter Martinson^ Yice-Pres. L L Sti«, Cashier
at The First National Bank at
TIE WU NATIONAL RANK llT^itAMMuT «I KIEV C0LNTIES.
If you Appreciate Safety, Courtesy, Promptness, Accuracy and
Liberality, (Jive us Your Business, Large or Small.
C. W. White, W. K. Williamson, W. M. Enxow.
vy* ttorn*y» Bonded Abstracter.
Woodward Law and Abstract Co.
w u „ , Woodward. Oklahoma.
”e Hav'e ^ornPIete set of Abstract Books for Woodward Co., Abstracts Far-
mshed on Short Notice. First Door North of Court House.
It is the duty of a County Attor- of the various officials should be ex-
ney to give advice to the other county amined? This is no private affair it
offic,al8? is a niihlir ik.. ’ ..
is a public affair and the business of
the tax payers of this county. Was
there ever a time in the history of
this county when the county affairs
were in such a predicament as they
If you can’t think of anything else
to report, circulate the report that a
man is short in his accounts, as it is
* Tery common thing for a newspaper
man to be short in his nccoonts.
One-fourth million coal miners are
out on a strike. This may be the re-
sult of a full dinner pail.
Has a County Attorney the right
to charge an individual for advice on
matters pertaining to county affairs?
The accounts we gave of the small-
>ox bills last week was not half of
lem, but they were the largest ones,
le small ones were two numerous to
If a county official should be assas-
sinated, some would say the assassan .T" ‘u ^ len,rth of time- The
was led to it by reading the Dispatch/ 8trUCk US that il wa"
Then we ask, who is accountable for1 back °f the Catt,e Ki"«
the county official committing suicide? iH0,te ’,t.K°ing a Iittle further we
The public has a right to know Is it ■ n,otlced 11,11 Bolton coming around
' ..... the c;jr“cr of a building. We may
In passing along a certain street
on Monday of this week, as we passed
a certain building in West Woodward,
the atmosphere was filled with an
odor that would put to sleep, even a
‘human hyena” if they had to put up
with it for any length of time.
a fact that he was driven to it by the
approach of others?
But you say there is plenty of
money in the Treasury? Then why
don’t the officers get their salaries?
But you may say the commissioners
didn’t do their duty. This may be
true, no douht it is, but why did the
judge suggest borrowing from one
fund to supply the other with? Why
wouldn’t he issue an order to that
effect? Why is it that the salary
—* — -v luai vue salary
and supply fund is defunct? Isn’t it
a fact that they tapped the wrong
fund? Isn’t it a fact that an inno-
cent man put himself out of the way
to cover up the crimes of others?
Isn’t it a fact that the county records
owe the hog pen an apology from
last week’s paper.
The cold storage changed hands
There will be a meeting of the
Woodward Public Library Association
at the Court House, Mav 21, at 4
o clock p. m. All members are re-
quested to be present. B. W. KEY,
MRS. FRANK D. HEALY, PPMW*nt*
C. S. Hills is plastering the Pulley
House this week.
Chas. Stennett was in this week.
Here’s what’s next.
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Kellogg, O. R. Woodward Dispatch. (Woodward, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, May 16, 1902, newspaper, May 16, 1902; Woodward, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc848489/m1/2/: accessed December 10, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.