The El Reno Daily Democrat (El Reno, Okla.), Vol. 37, No. 121, Ed. 1 Monday, June 18, 1928 Page: 2 of 4
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THE EL RENO DAILY DEMOCRAT
T MONDAY, JUNE 18, 1928.
MAHER BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS
DAILY l CEPT SUNDAY
Full U < »ed Press Report
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wri Tragedy or Comedy
Pel it Is certainly tragic. when V1’"
come to think of It. Here wearewlth
a man’s siaed town-yet some of us
me conducting ourselves like a lot of
children In fact we are worse than
children, for a child does not aUemP
to wreck the home that shelters it.
But some of us who consider our
Reives a bunch of citiaens with at
least a fair average of business acu-
men. are trying to do that ver>
thing to our town.
Of course we do not feel that we
are wrecking the community, from a
civic standpoint- some of ns are so
blind thut we honestly think we are
building It up. It s a pitiful situation.
Isn’t It? It may be a humorous com-
edy for our neighbors, but It’s tragedy
for us. Exaggerated? Well If you
think so Just conduct a little survey
on your own initiative, and we will
be glad to publish the result.
El Reno was getting along fairly
well, until we fell out over the route
a highway should take into the city.
This two-mile gap of highway Is the
Out of town roofing concerns arc
doing a lucrative business here, and
doubtless other out of town Indus-
tries find a profitable field In W
Reno. Just as long as the citizenship
of El Reno Is not united, outside com-
petition will find easy picking here.
A cerUuu number of El Reno peo-
ple will trade out of town regardless,
but right now the out of town mer-
chants are carrying the competition
right to the frtnt door ot El Reno
The highway row is not responsible
for this condition perhaps, but it is
weakening El Reno in Its efforts to
point from which most of our recent trAljinK at home
misunderstandings emanate. Of course promote trauing a^__
a few more things have been Injected I
Into the dispute. Just to keep the
water sufficiently muddied. That s
usually the way with a quarrel.
You know this isn’t the first road
row El Reno has ever experienced,
if it was. it would be more or less
HAS UNIQUE RECORD
of a novelty. As It U, It seems to be
a hauit and a bad one at that.
Some of you old timers remember
the old row between the residents
of Bickford and Rock Island avenes.
We do aot know how It started, but it
got under wav some twenty odd years
»go. It was a bitter affair and even
today you hear an occasional rumble
of it. .lust think of it. a street fight
still smolders after 20 years. Our
present trouble may last even longer
We do not like to call attention to
this old road row. or “street fight
as they were designated in those
days, but honestly it appears that
history U repeating itself, and we
think a warning Is opportune
We are all “het up" right now over
this highway routing and other inci-
dents. but H is not too late to cool
oft and take a fresh start. Such a
n»crse may hurt our pride a little
bl». and our “Adam's apple" may try
v*» strangle ns. but we will get over
It in ttme.
Tomorrow some of us will go over
to confer with the State Highway
Commission relative to routing the
highways Into El Reno We would
like to suggest to that delegation
that they tell the Highway officials
that we can get along nicely witi
dirt road for a time at least, or until
our overheated systems cool do'vn
The routing of the highways is .>
minor matter now. the progress of El
Reno is really the big thing, ana no
city can go forward, dragging the 111
will engendered by a road row or any
other kind. If the State Highway de
pertinent is still ot a mind to gravel
this two mile gap let them go ahead
and do it. and then let’s get down to
business and forget our past differ
This row that is keeping El Reno
people apart Just now reminds us ot
the two do** *ho fought over the
ownership of a bone. While the
fight was on. a third canine made
away with the plunder.
We. In this community, are bat-
tling each other over highways and
other things, and in the meantime out
of town merchants are taking advan-
tage of the situation. Do not take our
wonl for it All yon have to do ts to
look about yen. Bread from out of
town bakeries Is being peddled here
daily, in spite of .he fact that we
have fonr high e’ass bakeries in El |
Cut of town denning establish-
ments are also trying to “clean up"
In Cl Reno, though we have an ample
supply of those plants that do the
eery be#» work. El Reno has been
quite well supplied with laundry serv
s, yet out ot town laundries are
Ran Away From Home as
Boy to Follow Sea.
Brooklyn—From catboat to I^vla-
than Is the record of Capt Harold A.
Cunningham, newly appointed skip-
per of the great United States liner,
which Is the largest ship afloat. Cun-
ningham knew how to handle the
little catboats and sharpies that the
boys play with In Sag Harbor, I* 1-.
soon after he had learned to walk.
When, duriug the war. he per-
formed what was considered the most
astounding navigation feat of all time,
his friends harked bsck to his day*
watched fiSTOfniFn brniglnc In their
ditches of flounders. Soon after he
learned to tnlk he took his first suc-
cessful breast stroke, and from then
on tlie boys spent the whole of many
of their (lays in the water, swimming
sometimes and then diving in and out
of their tiny boats, fearless of the
heavy tides and seas ou the south
shore of Long island.
The captain gives ids orders briefly
and to the point. He runs everything
smoothly without the necessity of the
long conferences in which some skits
per* Indulge. His friends, on the
other hand, are full of stories about
ills exploits, and report that when
danger is at hand, or decision Is
needed, he turns out to be u two-
fisted. determined Individual
Cunningham stole a sheet off his
mother’s lied to make the sail of his
catboat at Sag Harbor. He liv'd at
Sag Harbor until he was twelve, and
then, his father being transferred by
the Long Inland railroad, he moved
to Gveenport, where at the foot ot
Cherry lane Cunningham continued to
fool around with boats.
A senior in C.reimport high school
at the nge of eighteen. Cunningham
tired of dull books and tired also of
the thought of becoming u Long
Island raltrond conductor when he
graduated, lie therefore ran away
from school and got a Job as plain
seaman on one of the little steamers
of the Montnuk Steamboat company
that braved the waves on the run
from Sag Harbor to Grcenport to New
H<s First Command.
Ou the steamer Shinnecock. of
which John Burns was skipper, Cun-
ningham learned how to box the coni-
pass from Pilot Dennis Homan, now a
prominent dtlaen of Itiverhead, I- I.
He progressed so rapidly that three
years later, at the age of twenty-one.
he became a captain—a full-fledged
skipper three months after attaining
The Manhaasett, Captain Cunning-
ham’s first command, bounded over
the stormy seas between Sag Harbor
aud New London. Cunningham moved
rapidly to posts on bigger ships He
Joined the Southern Pacific line, run-
ning vessels between New York and
New Orleans, then became second of-
ficer on one of the vessels of the Mal-
lory line. The first officer on one of
these trips was lost overboard and
i Cuunlnghara brought the ship in.
He commanded the Momus, the first
African ship to make the trip to
France during the war. His master-
ful work on tills vessel won him the
post of navigating officer of the Le-
A Game for
fusal, he lifted iter bodily from the
scat Into the next Before the rallied,
they were on their way.
He smiled down to her. “1 am sor-
ry, and 1 apologia1, but you see I’m
out to do what « dozen men haven't
-I pec—and I<ought to be downright
angry with you. but you are a bit
interesting. I never run across a inau
just like you—«o near the caveman.
I think." she said, calmly studying him.
Attracted In spUe of herself to him,
she made up her yulnd to pay him for
his cool confiscation of her car and
also prevent him If she could from
ever reaching her father, for she was
convinced that he was a process serv-
er_ft young lawyer who had volun-
teered to see to It that her father got
the papers which would require his
appearance In an annoying luwsuit.
Stic reached forward, and with prac-
ticed hand Jerked the Ignition key
from Its socket The car slowed down
to a standstill.
He turned around, smiling. "Now,
little girl, you must be good. Return
that key. or right here I must take
it away from you by force, and I al-
most think I would like to.”
She clung to the key. almost wish
lng that he would try for the sake of
the experience of having him, and yet
angry at his calm assumption that he
could take It from her. She returned
tlie key with the feeling that here was
a new kind of male.
The car rolled smoothly on, and
then, over a rougli bit of road, be-
gan to bump suggestively. She
laughed in spite of herself. The old
tire on tlie rear wheel had gone flat.
He stripped off his coat “It’s a
case of putting on your spare, and
here goes I”
He laid his coat in the seat. Her
eye* caught the glint of a legal-look-
ins envelope, and a wild plnu leaned
Into being. Cautiously, she drew out
the envelope, extracted tlie contents,
and replaced it, and sat Innocently
"Two at the same game," she
thought with delight.
Once more, he took his seat, first
glancing at the pocket to nmke sure
tils envelope was there, and the event
ful Journey continued.
Under the guidance of his capable
hands, the car rapidly covered the re-
maining miles, and he came to the
goal of his effort—tt»e entrnnee to the
Elkins home. He mounted the steps
“If you will wait, 1 will be glad to
drive to your home or to town,” lie
"This is my home,” she said sw«ri!y. j
He hesitated, then she * •» Ills
strong Jaw set. "I am sorry 1 ’ ould
be this wny, but 1 have no ruolce."
Then he went in.
The sound of voices reached her
through the open door, her father’g
deep laughter loudest. Then the
would-be process server came out, ami
she skipped in.
When she returned, her hold-up man
was far down the road swinging with
steady strides townward. She slid
hurriedly into her car, pressed the
throttle, and soon caught up with him.
He turned a smiling face, and It
dawned upon her ttiat he was a good
winner aud besides a good loser.
“What, Mischief, did you do with
those papers?” he asked, a man’s
broad grin on his face.
She laughed. “I Just gave them to
father! I have always thought he
ought to go and testify—and the other
reason—well, 1 Just plain like you!
Will you ride with me?”
“Will 1?” Tlie frank adoration in
ids eyes averted hers. "I certainly
will because I want to show you my
cavetnun ancestor is ubout a million
Dr. T. V. Powell, Chiro-
practor, wishes to an-
nounce that his office is
now open and ready for
business in the Mead
Bldg., rooms 3 and 1, at
105 1-2 South Bickford,
We can accept any
■ LOIN ISS’N.
‘Judge Electrical Service
By Its Results
Says George E. Roberts, Vice President
National City Bank, New York
By JOHN WESTON
ms menus named iwi» w t v
In Sag Harbor and later in Greetiport. ^o<><><><x>ooooo<>co<><K><><><><><>oo
when, sailing tiny homemade vwsels, • icomruati
the heavy tide cur-
he would brave
rents that swept Into narrow inlets.
The Leviathan. In the war days, ar-
rived in New York during a strike of
tugboat men. No pilots were avail-
able. either. Gray-headed officers on
the Leviathan shook their heads. |
Thousands of troop* were waiting to
be transported. The Leviathan might
have to wait at quarantine for days,
perhaps for a week.
“To the blazes with a3 your tug-
r\ EBORAH ELKINS saw trouble
U ahead. She slowed the pace of
her roadster as she approached the
car beside Uie road and stopped when
a tall figure planted Itself squarely
in front of her.
“Now. what in the world doe* be
want with me?" she asked herself. I
can't help him and I won't give him
a r 1,1,.—even if he is a bit good look-
ing r ^ A
He caine to the side of the car. and
o mt? Piaii’S Ytivu lit? Cimr W o.vsv ---
boats.” shouted Cunningham, who was she gaw ia his dark eyes a grim look
then navigating officer of the Levia- 0f determination. It occurred to her
than, at the age of thirty-five. “We ll ^nt 'he might give him a !‘ft to town,
take her In ourselves." And eo Cun- • My car has gone blooey, and 1 W0Q_
nlngham personally took charge of j^.r if you will give me a lift? I a®
the great ship whose very size has headed for the home of Mr Elkins,
baffled many a skilled pilot and took he 'aid briefly
her Into her pier without a pilot and
without a tag.
Capto.ln Cunningham had a birth-
day recently. His luck, he believes,
arises from the fact that he was born
on the leaplest day of leap year.
On February of this year he
celebrated that anniversary that only
occurs every four year*.
Nsarly a Conductor.
Harry, at the -*• if eighteen, nar j
rowlj escaped the signal honor of be-
coming a conductor on the Long
“Too should follow In the footsteps
ef your parent anf become a railroad j
conductor—a robins «t.<ne gathers
no moea." his 'atber. William Cun
nlngham of C .eonport. L L. warned
him when In his late teens he was
considering a career.
Bu; young Harry Cunningham had
fooled around the sea too long to fall
for any such advice. Born at Sag
Harbor. L. L. he gT*w up breathlnt
th* t»nrr stmosi'here of the sea. U«
S^he looked at him sharply, ^he
knew that her lather had been trying
to avoid process server? from the city
for a week Was this handsome. ,
tawny chap one of that annoying
“But 1—r w .
“I am Mertou K*u»e* from the of-
fice of Stetson A Stetson.’ he ex-
“No. 1 don't think 1 will." she an-
swered coolly. Beside*. I am on my
way to town."
“I am sorry, but 1 am un niy
the Elkins country K->me, so, if you
will please move u\er one seat. I'll—
he said quietly ,...11
“In the business world today, tile positions of
leadership and responsibility are held by men who
have been advanced to them under a system of com-
petition and elimination. The test of fitness is an
economic test-a test of ability to produce economic
results. The fact that as a rule the men in positions
of responsibility have come up from ihe ranks is
proof that the system is fundamentally sound and
effective. Society cannot afford to change from
the economic test of leadership to an arbitrary or
political system of selection.*’
Science may measure electricity in terms of volts and ohms;
business in terms of kilowatt hours and the curve of production ;
homemakers, in terms of its labor-saving and comfort-making
However measured, its extension and application by the elec-
tric light and power companies to every department of our in-
dustrial and domestic life stands out as among the most import-
ant basic causes of America’s well-being. From its wires has
sprung the golden flood of America's unprecedented prosperity.
These things have been made possible by the application of
the sound American principle of leadership through competition
and elimination-in short, by the principle of individual enter-
“Well, what do you piopose to do?” i|
she demanded, atnaxed.
"To drive you to the EUin* pUc*. i y
then drive you to town." he an-wered I
serenely. “Plea*.*- I
“I won'L" she replied briefly. Sh*
plunged her loo* «o the foot throttle.
Imt he had taken out the Ignition key
The ear was dead.
n* h. t iwnv: i« her f?
OKLAHOMA GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY
EL RENO DISTRICT Co*~ik^bm»m
John T. Niy Ion, Mgr.
to Ewry Customfr
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