New-State Tribune. (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 10, 1911 Page: 1 of 16
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Successor to The Muskogee IV(OW*1, ,mes and The Muskogee Weekly Democrat
Oklahoma City, Okla., Thursday, August 10, 1911
COLONEL SUGGS BUSY
ON HIGHWAY PLANS
BEGINNING IN KAY COUNTY
WILL AT ONCE INSPECT
THE ENTIRE ROUTE
Commissioner of Highways Col.
Sidney Suggs will commence Thurs-
day at Kay county and make an in-
spection of the proposed route of the
Interstate Postal Highway, and take
the entire route from end to end, the
itinerary having been made up.
He will be accompanied by the high-
way engineer, W. R. Goit, and when he
completes the inspection he expects to
have every county agreed on the exact
route so he can make an official state-
The interest in this highway is very
acute and some of the counties have
already gone so far as to make def-
inite preparations for actual work and
want Col. Suggs to throw the first
shovel of dirt.
Kay county has a large organization
along the two routes suggested in that
county to the Kansas line and both
sides of the county are practically
ready to commence work.
McClain county is not allowing the
grass to grow under its feet and has
organized and a committee from that
county will see Governor Cruce this
week with a request for convicts for
the work and on August 17 the definite
plans for work will be adopted. The
commissioners will announce just how
much they can do under the law, the
number of prisoners will be decided on
and bankers and citizens of Purcell
have already made subscriptions.
“We will commence work within
thirty days,” says Dorset Carter, of
Purcell, -who is taking an active part
in the work.
Johnston county is practically ready
for w’ork and is making arrangements
for Bryan county to join and construct
the road down to Red river across
from Denison, Texas.
No report has been heard from Love
county, the border county on the
Gainesville route, but it is presumed
by Commissioner Suggs that some ac-
tion will be taken down there to com
plete the line due north and south.
Judge Dale of Logan county has
written Commissioner Suggs on the in-
terest manifest in that county and
Col. Suggs is due there next Monday.
The work of the highway department
Is not to stop at the promotion of this
state road but will extend to every
county in the state. A state highway
is already projected by the department
east and west, and one up the eastern
side of the state from Denison, Texas,
to Kansas, through McAlester, Musko-
gee and Vinita, following as far as
practical the Katy railroad.
The highway department will also
promote the laterals and it is for this
reason that Commissioner Suggs is
urging quick operafion.
In discussing the matter, Col. Suggs
“I notice that in one or two places
some little adverse criticism is being
made against this ‘state highway’ on
the grounds that roads are needed in
their communities, I will reach every
county in the state, either directly or
indirectly, within a year. I will of
course make the larger cities the ob
jective points and promote laterals to
the three proposed state highways. We
must make a beginning. This north
and south road is an assured fact. The
east and west and the eastern road
will be built also. There la no ques-
PARKS IN OKLAHOMA.
Lvery city in America, regardless of its size, should have some
park or breathing spot where its women and children may spend
the afternoons and evenings these sultry days. The town without
a park when the annual picnic or other celebration is at hand is
indeed badly handicapped. Whole columns might be written as to
the advantages of the park to a city and its people. That the park
is just as necessary as a court house or a city hall, no one acquaint-
ed with municipal problems will now deny.
What The Tribune wishes to say in this connection is, that
now is the time for every city in the state, which has not al-
ready done so, to supply itself with a park. Oklahoma is young
yet and as the state and its cities develop and population increases,
land adjoining the centers of population will rapidly increase in
value from year to year. Never again will land be so cheap in
Oklahoma or elsewhere as it is today. Aside from the fact that the
land bought for park purposes now will in the next ten years be
worth many times more than its present price the park is a mighty
good investment in other ways.
Of course it will be many years before real estate here will
reach the values placed upon similar properties in New York
but it must not be forgotten that even in the Empire state and in
its great metropolis land values were at one time far below what
they are now in Oklahoma.
The value of parks to a city is strongly commented upon by
the Louisville Courier Journal, and as Col. Waterson has thous-
ands of admirers in Oklahoma, we herewith reproduce this bit of
Watersonian wisdom upon that important subject:
New York is paying $1,500,000 for a tract of ground on
Coney Island with 1000 feet of sea front to be used as a
All land adjacent to New York or lying within a few
miles of the corporate limits is necessarily high-priced.
While $1,500,000 for a little plat of ground on which "Dream-
land’’ has stocd is a great deal of money, according to pro-
vincial standards, it is not regarded as an exorbitant price
in New York and the new park is considered an excellent
investment. Counting interest at the rate of 5 per cent New
York will pay $75,000 a year to give its humbler citizens a
little space on the ocean beach that will be at the end of a
5-cent car line, it is hoped, before long.
The value of parks is more highly appreciated as cities
grow larger and the selling price appreciates proportionate-
ly. The great need of nearly all great cities is small parks
distributed through the thickly populated area so that the
poorer people can enjoy them without making a journey and
paying carfare. For what New York will pay annually for
the new seaside park a city of 200,000 or 300,000 inhabitants
can buy a tract of land large enough for a small park in an
unfashionable residence quarter, and it is in the unfashion-
able quarters that such parks are most needed. Louisville’s
chief in-town park is an ornament to the city that is worth
more than it cost plus the part of its value that was donated.
But Central Park is surrounded by homes each of which is
in a yard that is a small park in itself. Parks in poorer
quarters would afford a pleasure ground where there are
fewer cool, well cropped, well watered lawns and fewer
spaces around residences, and where a room with a desir-
able southern exposure is not available to everyone when
the night is warm.
Even a high-priced park proves a good investment in the
end and if cities realize the value of such “lungs” early
enough in their history reservations may be acquired reason-
ably where the land will never again be worth less than
is paid for it.
tion of this in my mind. We are get-
ting letters every day from counties
affected stating that they are ready to
organize along the same lines as the
north and south highway. I will get to
this just as soon as the north and south
highway is under way. I will not even
wait for its completion, which will be
this year. I do not expect a hard mac-
adamized road from end to end but I
am positive that a good dirt road will
be constructed before fall. I look for
the greatest volunteer movement ever
known and already thousands have of-
fered to give their time and money to
the undertaking. That’s all I ask. Let
us get these proposed roads laid out,
made passable in good weather and if
any further legislation is necessary to
make them permanent, I am sure
such will be provided.”
August 15, but after carefully look-
ing over the game law State Game
Warden Doolin states that the dove
is a protected bird at all times and
that the law does not provide any
open season for the hunting of this
“SWAMP” AND HIS DOGS
DON'T KILL DOVES.
Don’t start out shooting doves next
week, unless you are courting trouble I
with the state game department and
its numerous and watchful deputies.
A great many hunters have the idea
that the open season for doves begins
W. H. L. Campbell, clerk of the Su-
preme Court of Oklahoma, is in Kan-
sas City today on his way to the Da-
kotas. Mr. Campbell has three hunt-
ing dogs at the union depot which he
contends are superior in their class to
any other three dogs in the country.
He and M. G. Heim are arranging for
a contest between those dogs and dogs
for which Mr. Heim asserts similar dis-
tinction.—Kansas City Star, Monday.
State Factory Inspector Warren
says Tulsa leads the other cities of
the state in high wages to factory
hands and the length of time they
are employed. Nnumber of factory
employes there new 1,101 as com-
pared with 880 a year ago.
GREAT MEETING OF
BETTERMENT of RED RACE IS
OBJECT—OTHER GOSSIP FROM
THE NATIONAL CAPITAL.
Washington, D. C„ Aug. 9.-A11 In-
diaus living in the United States have
been invited to attend a conference in
C olumbus, Ohio, October 12 to 15, to
map out a concerted plan for the’up-
hft and betterment of the race.
One of the main purposes of the
meeting is to demonstrate to the
American people that the Indian is
uo longer a savage, and that the last
twenty years have shown a wonder-
lul development of intellect and char
acter among the Indian tribes.
Senator Charles R. Curtis, of Kan-
sas, and Representative Charles D.
Carter, of Oklahoma, both of Indian
parentage, are joining in the call for
1 he executive committee planning
the conference has within its ranks
many prominent people, among whom
are Charles E. Dagenett, born in the
Peoria tribe and now supervisor of
Indian employment; Miss Laura M
Cornelius, daughter of the Oneida
tribe; Charles A. Easeman, a Sioux,
of the faculty of Amherst college-
Mrs. Marie L. Baldwin, of the Indian
bureau of this city; Dr. Carlos Mont-
ezuma, of Chicago; Attorney Charles
L. Sloan, of Pender, Nebr., and Henry
L. Standing Bear, a Sioux, of La Creek
Prof. F. A. McKenzie, associate pro-
fessor in the Ohio State University, is
n Washington planning for the con-
ference. He is also compiling the In-
lian census for the government.
Patents were this week issued to
he following Oklahomans: Casper M.
3. Boos, Oklahoma City, spring-motor-
ed ward D. Williams, Carnegie, quilt-
The voluntary liquidation, of the Ok-
ahoma National Bank of Tulsa 1b an-
nounced. The institution will be taken
over by the First National Bank of
The business committee of the
Osage council has favorably recom-
mended the leasing of the unleased
lands of the Osage Nation for oil and
gas purposes and it is altogether like-
ly the recommendations of the com-
mittee will be approved by the Osage
council. This will mean the throw-
ing open of about 1,000,000 acres of
land for oil development. The secre-
tary of the interior will first have to
approve of the council’s action, after
which regulations governing the leas-
ing of the lands will be formulated.
The leases will be made by the tribe
and will have to be approved by the
President Taft has named Lee K.
spencer as postmaster at Vian, Okla.
Congressman Carter has introduced
a resolution in the house calling upon
the secretary of the interior to trans-
mit to the house copies of all letters,
telegrams, endorsements, recommenda-
tions, documents and other papers
bearing upon or in connection with
the recent appointment or nomination
of W. R. McIntosh, of Fort Towson, as
Choctaw mining trustee to succeed
Hampton L. Tucker. McIntosh’s ap-
pointment has been temporarily held
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