The Kiowa County News. (Lone Wolf, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 22, 1917 Page: 3 of 8
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t craw tired of nr work m t eollogo
rfM true tor and bur * Now England farm
on tight. I Inapoet my farm and go to
board at Bart Temple's. Bart help# me to
biro a carpenter and a farmer. Hard
Oder, the carpenter, eatlmatoo the repairs
and changea neoeaaary on tha houae.
How would you Ilka to atari
In to work ouch a placa aa thla
man had aaddlod himaalf with,
having no more knowledge of
farming than ha had? Will ha
know how and where to take
"Fine again I" cried I. "A long
room with two fireplaces, and a double-
faced bookcase coming out at right
angles between them, with two settles
below It, one for each fireplace! Bet-
ter than I’d dreamed!”
“Suit yerself,” said Hard.
My front doorway bad once been a
thing of beauty, with two little panel
windows at the sides, and above all,
on the outside, a heavy, hand-carved
broken pediment, like the top of a Gov-
ernor Wlnthrop highboy. Hard looked
at it with admiration gleaming In his
eyes. “I’d ruther restore this than all
the rest o’ the job,” he said, and his
ugly, rum-soaked little face positively
shone with enthusiasm.
“Go ahead,” said I; “only I want the
•ew steps of brick, widely spaced, with
a lot of cement showing between. I’m
going to terrace it here in front, too—
a grass terrace for ten feet out.”
“Thet’s right, thet’a right!” he ex-
claimed. “Now I’ll go order the lum-
ber an’ bring yer the estimate ter-
“Seems to me the usual proceeding
would be the other way around!” I
“Well, yer want me ter do the Job,
don’t yer? Or don’t yer?” he said
“Of course, of course!” I amended
hastily. “Go ahead!”
Hard climbed into a broken-down
wagon, and disappeared. “Don’t you
worry,” said Bert. “I’ll see he treats
“It isn’t that,” I said sadly. “It’s
that I’ve just remembered I forgot to
Include any painters’ bills in my own
Bert looked at me in a kind of
speechless pity for a mojnent Then
be said slowly: “Wal, I’ll be Bwlzzled!
Wait till I tell maw! An’ her always
etickin’ up fer a college education!”
“Just for that, I’ll show you!” cried
I. “I never trimmed an apple tree In
my life, but I’m going to work on this
orchard, and I’m going to save it, all
myself. It will be better than yours
In three years.”
“Go to it,” laughed Bert. "Come
back fer dinner, though. Neow I’ll
drive over ter the depot an’ git yer
freight. They telephoned this mornln’
it had come.”
“Good!” I cried. “You might bring
me a bag of cement, too, and a gallon
of carbolic acid.”
“Ye ain’t tired o’ life so soon, be
“No,” said I, “but I’m going to show
you rubes how to treat an orchard.”
Bert went off laughing, and present-
ly i saw him driving toward town with
“Well Yer Want Me to Do the Job,
bis heavy wagon. I walked up to the
plateau field to greet Mike. As I crest-
ed the ridge the field lay before me,
the great, lone pine standing sentinel
at the farther side, and half of It was
frail, young green, and half rich, shin-
“She plows tough, sor,” said Mike,
as the panting horses paused for
breath, "but she’ll barter down good.
Be the seed pertaters come yltf”
“Bert has gone for them,’* said L
“Let nee hold the plow om*
"It ain't HUVMlt
coewuaMr so eeueunaa •*•« 6 co.
“I’ll do It If I haven't e rib left,**
said I grimly.
And I did it My first full furrow
looked like the track of a snake under
the Influence of liquor, but I reversed
the plow end came back fairly
straight. I waa beginning to get the
hang of it. My next furrow was re-
spectable, but not deep. On this re-
turn trip the sweat was starting from
my forehead, and the smell of the
horses and of the warm, fresh-turned
earth .was strong in my nostrils. I
didn’t look at my pine. I was proud
at what I bad done, and my muscles
gloried In the toll. Again I swung the
plow around, and drove it across the
field, feeling the reluctant grass roots
fighting every mnscle of my arms.
“There,” said I, triumphantly, “you
plow all the rest as deep as that!”
“Begobs, ye’s all right!” cried M!ke.
I went back again down the slope
with all the Joy of a small boy ani
descended upon the orchard, I had a
couple of bulletins on pruning In my
pocket, with pictures of old trees re-
morselessly headed down. I took a
fresh look at the pictures, reread some
of the text whore I had marked It,
and tackled the first tree, carefully re-
peating to myself: "Remove only a
third the first year, remove only a
third the first year.”
This, I decided, quite naturally did
not refer to dead wood. By the time
I had the dead wood cut out of that
first old tree, and all the water sprouts
removed (as I recalled my grandfather
used to call them), which didn’t seem
necessary for new bearing wood, the
poor thing began to look naked. On
one side an old water spout or sucker
had achieved the dignity of a limb
and shot far into the air. I was up
in the tree carefully heading this back
and out when Bert came driving by
with his wagon heaped to overflowing.
“Hi!” he called, “yer tryln’ to kill
them trees entire!”
I got down and came out to the road.
“You're a fine man and a true friend,
Mr. Temple," said I, “but I’m going
to be the doctor for this orchard. A
chap’s got to have some say for him-
self, you know.”
“Well, they ain’t much good, any-
how, them trees,” said Bert cheer-
We now fell to unloading the wagon.
We opened up the woodsheds and
storehouse behind the kitchen, stowed
in the barrels of seed potatoes, the fer-
tilizers, the various other seeds, the
farm implements, sprayers, and so on.
The hotbed frames and sashes were
put away for future use, as it was too
late to need them now. The horse hoe
Bert had not been able to bring on
this trip. Next we got my books and
furniture into the house or shed, and,
tired, hot and dirty, we drove on up
the road for dinner. As we passed the
upper field, I saw that the plowing
was nearly done. The brown furrows
had already lost their gloss, as my
hands had already lost their whiteness.
“Well, I’m a farmer now!” said I,
surveying my soil-caked boots and
“Yer on the- way, anyhow,” said
Bert. “But yer’ll have ter cultivate
thet field hard, seein’s how it oughter
hev been plowed last fall.”
That afternoon I went back to my
orchard, got out my shiny and sharp
new doubled-edged pruning saw, and
sawed till both arms ached.
As I worked, I thought how this
orchard must be trimmed and cleaned
up first, but bow the fine planting
weather was upon us, too, and I ought
to be getting my garden seeds in, if I
was to have any flowers. I thought,
also, of all my manuscripts to be read.
A nervous fit seized me, and I worked
That night I managed to keep awake
till eleven, and got some work done.
I also rose at a compromise hour of
six in the morning, and worked another
hour, almost catching np with what
should have been my daily stint But
I realized that hereafter I could not
work on the farm all day. I must give
up my mornings to my manuscript
“Well,” thought I, "I’ll do it—as
soon as the orchard is finished.”
As soon as the orchard was finished!
I stood amid the litter I had made on
the ground, and reflected. I had com-
pleted the preliminary trimming of
one row and part of a second. There
were still over two rows and a half to
do. And the worst trees were in those
rows, at that After they were
trimmed, there was all the litter to
clear out and the stubs to be painted,
and cement work to be done.
“Good gracious!” thought I, “if I do
all that when will I plant when will
I make my lawn?”
Have you ever watched a small boy
picking berries? He never picks a
bush clean, but rushes after this or
that big cluster of fruit which strikes
the eye, covering half an acre of
ground while you, perhaps, are strip-
ping a single clump of bushes. And
be Is usually amazed when your pell
fids quicker than his. Alas! I fear
I was much like that small boy dur-
ing my first season on tbs farm, or
at any rats daring the first month or
two. Thera was little
Aa t bad planned to pot ay finds*
coldframes along the south wall of tha
kitchen, I decided ta make my tem-
porary seedbeds there. Mike assented
to the plan as a good one, and I had
him dump me a load of manure, while
I brought earth from the nearest point
in the garden, spaded up the sol],
mixed In the garden earth and dress-
ing, and then worked and reworked
It with a rake, and finally with my
Ah, the Joy of working earth with
your nakod hands, making It ready foi
planting! Tbs ladies l had seen in
their gardens always wore glove*
Bven my mother, I recalled, In bet
little garden, had always worn gloves.
Surely, thought I, they miss something
—the cool, moist feel of tha loam, the
very senaatlons of the seeds them-
selves. At four o'clock I had my bed
ready, and I got my seed packets,
sorted them In a tin tobawro box, and
began to sow the seeds. The direc-
tions which I read with scrupulous
care always said, “ITens the earth
And Pumped Water on My Hands and
down firmly with a board.” I wag
working with a flat mason’s trowel, so
I got up and found a board. It wasn’t
half so easy to work with, but I was
taking no chances!
Mike and Joe were unhitching the
horse from the harrow as I finished.
The great, brown slope of the vege-
table garden, lying away from the
house toward the ring of southern hills,
was ready for planting. There was
my farm, thence would come my prof-
its—if profits there should be. But
Just at that moment the little strip of
soaked seedbed behind me was more
important It stood for the color box
with which I was going te paint, for
the fragrant pigments out of which I
should create about my dwelling a
dream of gardens.
“After all,” I thought, "a country
place is but half realized without its
garden, even though it be primarily a
farm, and the richness of country liv-
ing is but half fulfilled unless we be-
come painters with shrub and tree and
flower. I cannot draw, nor sing, nor
play. Perhaps I cannot even write.
But surely I can express myself here,
about me, In color and landscape
charm, and not be any the worse farm-
er for that. I have my work; I shall
write; I shall be a farmer; I shall be
a gardener—an artist in flowers; I
shall make my house lovely within; I
shall live a rich, full life. Surely I am
a happy, a fortunate man!”
I put the watering pot back In the
shed, crossed the road to the old
wooden pump by the barn on a sud-
den Impulse, and pumped water on
my hands and head, for I was hot.
Mike stood In the barn door and
“What are yez doin’ that for?” he
I stood np and shook the water from
my face and hair. “Just to tie a kid, I
guess.” I laughed.
There are sqme things Mike couldn’t
understand. Perhaps I did not clearly
understand myself. In some dim way
an old pump before a barn and the
shock of water from its spout on my
head was fraught with happy memo-
ries and with dreams. The sight of the
pump at that moment had waked the
echo of their mood.
But as I plodded up the road in the
May twilight to supper, one of those
memories came back with haunting
clearness—a summer day, a long
tramp, the tender wlstfulness of yonng
love shy at its own too sudden pas-
sion, the plunge of cool water from a
pump, and then at twilight half-spoken
words, and words unspoken, sweeter
The amethyst glow went off the hills
that ring our valley, and a far blue
peak faded into the gathering dusk. A
light shivered off my spirit, too. I felt
suddenly cold, and the cheery face of
Mrs. Temple was the face of a stran-
ger. I felt unutterably lonely and de-
pressed. My farm was dust and
ashes. That evening I savagely turned
down a manuscript by a rather well-
known author, and went to bed with-
out confessing what waa the matter
with me. The matter was, I had
pumped up a ghost
At least ha can plow a little.
And trim tree*—a little. But
wait until he breaks loose In an
entirely different direction and
then figure out Juet how long
hie money ie going te loot.
AND GOVERNOR WILL LET IT
BECOME LAW WITHOUT
OIL BUREAU IS CREATED
Finally Depriving Ed Boyle of Any
Control Over the Oil and Qae
Resources of the 8tate of
Loss than two weeks romnln of the
alfty-day session of the Sixth Oklu-
hotua legislature and both houses aro
hurrying to puss the bills which are
believed to be tbe most vital. Appro-
priation bills have tho right of way.
Among tbe bills the punt week In
which tbe greatest Interest waa at-
tached were the Muskogee free fair
bill, passed by the senate, tho peddlei
bill passed by the house, and the bulk
puloa law paused by the house.
The bill giving the fair at Muakogee
the .state approval by the name of
Stare Agricultural and Mechanical
Exposition, and the appointment of a
board of directors by the governor
went through the Honute by a vote of
27 to 13. The bill carries no appro-
priation. It has been presented to
’•nono-dry” liquor law-making was every leg,„lature ,n an e(tort to make
completed for this session of the leg- (h(, Mu-k falr a rlval of the Ok
Is ature by the passage of senate bill
No. 66 through the house of represen- F“lr ut Oklahoma City.
tallves without change.- The senate
almost passed a "bone-dry ’ nntl-ciga-
The senate again passed tho bill
putting a bounty on crows, hawks, rah-
ret law, but referring of a substitute bits, gophers and English sparrows.
for house bill No. 3 to a special com
mlttoe halted Hie onward march of
The Ferguson "bono-dry" lnw, cop-
ied from the West Virginia Htatule re-
cently upheld by tho United states su-
preme court, goes to the governor,
who will let it become law without bis
signature. It makes It unlawful for
any person to receive from a common
or other carrier any liquor, the sale of
which 1b prohibited by law, and makes
illegal the possession of liquor re-
ceived from any common or other car-
Representative W. L. Chapman, of
Shawnee, offered an amendment to
section 1 of the bill, inserting the
words “secret order, lodge, club or
associations” after the woWIh "person
or persons” inthe original bill in the
clause forbidding the receipt and pos-
session of Intoxicating liquorB. Speak-
er Nesbitt, who had given up the chair
to Representative Meacham and taken
the floor, declared that addition of
clubs and lodges to the bill were un-
necessary because "persons” Included
all such bodies.
Tho Shores oil and gas bureau bill,
creating one of the largest depart-
ments of the state government, be-
came a law when Governor Williams
signed and approved the measure. It
carried an emergency section, by
which it became effective with the sig-
nature of the executive.
When the bureau is established not
less than seventy-five men, Including
New Supreme Court Districts.
Nine supreme court Justices uud ad-
ditional redistricting ot the state Into
for new supreme court districts
are provided for in a bill by Kerr and
l.ogan which was passed by the set*
According to this bill tho five pres
ent supreme court districts are left un-
changed and four new overlapping
ones are created. New Justices are to
be appointed by the governor with the
consent and advice of tha senate to
servo until the general election In
1918, when they are to be elected.
5 Districts Remain Same.
The first flvo of the nine districts
to be In force are the same as now
outlined. The four new ones are over-
lapping districts composed of the fol-
District No. 6.—Ottawa, Craig, No-
wata, Rogers, Mayes, Delaware, Ailalr,
Cherokee, Wagoner, Muskogee, Okmul-
gee, Sequoyah, McIntosh, Pittsburg,
Haskell, LeFlore. Latimer, Pushmataha,
McCurtaln and Choctaw.
District No. 7.—Grant, Garfield, Kay,
Noble. Osage. Washington, Pawnee,
Payne, Creek, Tulsa, Lincoln, Okfuskee,
Hughes, Seminole, Pottawatomie.
District No. 8.—Kingfisher, Logan, Ca-
nadian, Oklahoma, McClain, Cleveland,
Garvin, Stephens, Jefferson, Carter, Mur-
ray, Pontotoc, Johnston, Marshall, Coal
Atoka, Love and Bryan.
District No. 9.—Cotton. Grady. Coman-
che, Caddo, Blaltje. Major, Woods, Har-
per, Beaver, Texas, Cimarron, Wood-
ward, Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills, Custer,
Beckham, Washita, Greer, Kiowa, liar-
clerical help, inspectors and field men ks°";, Tfilm»n »nd Alfalfa^
Senate Bill No. 39, the attorney
general's bill finally went through the
will be employed in this department.
The bureau will have Jurisdiction over
all phases of oil and gas, including
production, refining, carrying and the
sale and manufacture of gasoline.
Art Walker, who has had a year’s
experience in the enforcement of the
present oil and gas conservation regu-
lations, it Is understood, will be ap-
pointed head of the bureau. He is
now secretary to Governor Williams.
Opponents of the bill claim that it
virtually destroys the usefulness of
the office of the state mine inspector
by divesting him of duties heretofore
performed in that department.
A resolution was passed in the
house and sent to the senate recom-
mending that the contract for legis-
lative printing be cancelled and a
new one made. Fault has been found
with the printing of the senate and
house Journals and calendar. The
state board of affairs made the print-
ing contract before the beginning of
Senator Kerr charged on tlie floor of
the senate that thousands of Oklaho-
ma farmers were clamoring every day
for loans from the state land depart-
ment but could not get them because
the department did not have sufficient
help to pass on applications for loans
and do tbe other clerical work.
The Muskogee county senator’s
statement came during a discussion
of senate bill No. 257, drafted by the
committee of fees and salaries, which
proposes the abolishment of several
clerkships in the school land depart-
ment and creating new ones with an
approximate increase of $6,000 a year
in salaries. He went on record as be-
ing favorable to more employes than
the bill set out if It is necessary to
get service. The bill finally passed in
house by a vote of 73 to 30. A long
fight was precipitated on the confer-
ence committee report in which the
house receded from a few amendments
it had tacked on. As passed it is
practically the original bill. It con-
fers concurrent Jurisdiction on district
court and the suprema court for trial
of officers deposed and charged with
failure to enforce the laws. The
clause providing that the attorney gen-
eral must give the accused officer ten
days’ notice before bringing action for
removal was eliminated.
Tmong minor bills passed by the
An act providing for restoration of
county records destroyed by fire and
providing for redemption of copies or
Revision of the state into Judicial
court districts, which makes addition-
al nominating districts in Canadian,
Logan and other counties.
An appropriation of $50,000 for
building a state tubercular hospital
at a place to be selected by the state
board of affairs.
An act prescribing fire limits about
An act forbidding the marring and
defacement of the capitol.
The Muskogee free fair bill provid-
ing for the supervision of the fair by
a state commission and lending the
name "Free State” to it.
Doesn’t Want To Go To Jail.
An appeal to President Wilson to ex-
ercise clemency In the case of Rob-
ert K. Warren, member of the house
of representatives from Choctaw coun-
ty, will jo from the Oklahoma legis-
lature. Last summer, then county at-
LAX-FOS Is an improvid Cascara
A DI6ESTIVE LAXATIVE-Pliasint to tika
In LAX-FOS the Cascara is improved by
addition of certain h.irmlem chemicals
which increase the efficiency of the Cas-
cara, making it better than ordinary Css-
carfc LAX-FOS aids digestion; pleasant
to take: does not gripe or disturb stomach.
Adapted to children and adults. Just try s
bottle lor constipation or indigestion, joc.
Belgian war airplanes are sonetlmes
decorated with brownies or other gro-
ON UVEa BOWELS
No sick headache, biliousness,
bad taste or constipation
Get a 10-ccnt box.
Are you keeping your bowels, liver,
and stomach clean, pure and fresh
with Csscarets, or merely forcing a
passageway every few days with
Salts, Cathartic Pills, Castor Oil or
Stop having a bowel wash-day. Let
Cascarets thoroughly cleanse and reg-
ulate the stomach, remove the sour
and fermenting food and foul gases,
take the excess bile from the liver
and carry out of the system all the
constipated waste matter and poisons
In the bowels.
A Cascaret to-night will make you
feel groat by morning. They work
while you sleep—never gripe, sicken
or cause any inconvenience, and cost
only 10 cents a box from your store.
Millions of men and women take a
Cascaret now and then and never
have Headache, Bltlousness, Coated
Tongue, Indigestion, Sour Stomach oi
HAM THAT M’TAVISH LIKED
modified form. , torney of Choctaw county, Warren
The house k e e 1 • wag convjctc(| jn tiie federal district
Don submitting a proposal for a grad- court at Chicka3ha on a charge of in.
uated land tax. troduring liquor into the Indian coun-
Representative Gish of Oklahoma The convi tion has been appealed,
county, introduced a bill in the hous- , , . , „
providing for an appropriation nf $50 'spring the Elks dub at Hugo,
for each member of the Oklahoma Na- Phinned, an ■ Three
tional guard who signs the new fed- >»e:nbers. owning automobiles, offered
, , ,____ to go aero/ the Red river to Archer
eral oath. The oath pledges service ‘ ° r .
, , . .. . City, Texas, and get bottled beer for
for six years from enlistment, subject °
. ,the banquet. Three other members
to the call of the federal government. , , , , ... ..
... , • p volunteered to go with them. Warren,
Members of two companies of the ° .
, . . . . , ,, ____ county attorney and vigorous prose-
Oklahoma guard have taken the new , .
6 cutor of bootleggers, was one of the
Representative Gish said the pur-
pose of the bill Is to hold the national
guard together, and to show appreci-
ation of the services of the militia-
men to the government. In other
states, he said, the guard has not been
held together after muster out of fed-
A bill has passed both houses pro-
viding for an appropriation of $25 for $50,000. but was giiled. The bill al-
clotliing for each member of the guard, lows each enlisted man $25.
Capitol Power to be Bought. | In the the listof new bills introduced
In a concurrent resolution presented is one by Senator Hall concerning tick
to the senate by Senator Thomas, it eradication work. It provides that
was proposed to buy electric power county commissioners in “clean”
and light from the Oklahoma Gas and counties may build vats if cattle
Electric Company for use of the capi- should be dipped and afterward col-
tol. The resolution was drafted to t^!e cos*s from owners of cattle
latter three and was caught with the
Military Allowance Voted.
A senate bill appropriating $35,000
as a clothing allowance for members
of the national guard on mustering out
of federal service was passed through
the house. An amendment was of-
fered to increase the appropriation to
meet the suggestions contained in a
message from the governor in which
Governor Williams said that the cap-
itol commission and capitol advisory
committee of citizens had decided that
l ower could be purchased cheaper
Rian it could be produced.
dipped, it also gives deputy sheriffs
authority to enforce the dipping law.
Senate bill No. 377, by Snyder and
McIntosh, gives the staate commis-
sioner of charities and corrections the
power of county attorney in bringing
action to enforce rules of hie depnrt
One Peculiarity About It Was That
It Evidently Was Sold in a
Mrs. MeTavlsh met Mrs. Brown on
n country road near u Scottish town.
Tho former wus carrying n queer-look-
ing parcel and Mrs. Brown Inquired
as to Its nature.
“Oh, ny, It’s jist some lmin fur Mc-
Tnvlsh. I always buy my 1mm frne
Sundy, In the toon. MeTavlsh likes
hl8 hame better than any other.”
“Indeed, so? Weel, my tnon Is verra
fond o’ ham. I’m thlnkln’ I’ll be get-
ting some for him at Sandy’s.”
Arriving In the town she called at
Sandy's provision establishment and
demanded a pound of ham.
"Whit kind o’ ham?”
“Oh, the same kind o' ham that ye
serve Mrs. MeTavlsh wi.’”
“Ah reetl” said the grocer, adding
In a whisper: “Whnur’s yeh battle?”
The Costly Passion.
A detective was talking about a $20-
a-week clerk who had been living at
the rate of $30,000 a year for two years
previous to his arrest for theft.
“It wns, of course, love,” said he,
“which started this $20 clerk to buy-
ing 12-cyllnder automobiles, cham-
pagne suppers, platinum wrist watches
uud gold mesh lings.
“ ’TIs love, tls love, which makes
the world go round, and 'tls love
which prevents a chap’s salary from
going half or even quarter way.”
Keep Them Busy. i
"I’m a man of few words."
“Maybe, but you seem to give what
few you have plenty of work.”
counts in business
and active brains.
“There's a Reason"
/to chanf* in prict. quai/ty
or qf potcKpjo.
Here’s what’s next.
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