The Spencer Siftings (Spencer, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 17, Ed. 1 Friday, July 17, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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THE SPENCER SIFTINGS
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VOL. 1. NO. 17.
SPENCER, OKLA., FRIDAY. JULY 17. 1908.
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Thrifty Frtnch Peasantry.
• The French peasant wastes nothing.
Leaves of trees are collected for bed*
ding for the cattle and in years of
lesnness sre used ss fodder. He gath-
ers the mushrooms of the fields and
the edible fungi of the woods and finds
a ready market for such waste prod
nets ss the nuts of the wsyslde hazels
or the blackberries of the heaths. He
snares small birds, whether famous for
song or plumage.—Country Life.
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against our desire, we are compelled
to print the paper minus the news.
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firing your subscriptions to Bob.
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Get a certificate of deposit from
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For safety and convenience place
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BANK OF SPENCER.
Capital $5,000. Surplus, $1,000.
All deposits guaranteed by the De-
positors’ Guarantee fund of the state
More Work; Less Play.
Isn't there a suspicion that at the
present time Australia might be said
o be “unduly pleasure-loving?" Wheu
:t is remembered that the time is one
of grave anxiety; that the sands run
rapidly out to glvo the signal for a
struggle for very existence—there
teems reason to suggest, for the na
ilonal good, a little less horse racing,
t little more atteution to the serious
things of life.—Sydney Bulletin.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE NEW STATE
Slang That Is Classic.
“Escape with the skin of my teeth.”
is from Job. “He is a brick” is from
Plutarch. That historian tells of a
king of Sparta who boasted that his
army was the only wall of the city,
“and every man is a brick." We call
n fair and honest man “a square man,"
but the Greeks described the same
person as Telragonos—“a four-cor-
■tiered man,”—Scrap Book.
Earthquakes Cause Panic.
Several earthquake shocks have '
been felt recently in the Kongo dis-
trict, Africa. There have been no
casualties, but the natives were panic
stricken. Many of them ran for miles
and refused to return to their villages
unless they received guns and annuni-
Every human being is intended to
have a character of his own to be what
no other is, to do what no other can
‘ My dear," remonstrated Mr. Jaw-
back, "why do you make such a fuss
Founded Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr college was founded by
Joseph W. Taylor, who began the erec-
tion of the college buildings in 1879.
He died in 1886 and left an endowment
of $800,000 for the continuance of the
work he had began—a college for
Fellows in Misfortune.
The Washington man who was
dear," responded Mrs. Jawback, "I’m
training her.. She's going to be mar-
ried soon, and she Bhould be prepared
for the kind of thing 1 have to go
through every day.” The silence was
Improbable Clerical Innovations.
The Massachusetts bishop who has
ordered collections in a Worcester
church to be taken by the cash regis-
ter system evidently is not afraid that
this business-like innovation will lead
to others, such as trading stamps, bar-
gain days and “satlsfqption guaran
teed or money refunded.”
The Unappreciative Londoner.
London is a marvel; but we Lon-
doners do not wax passionate over its
qualities as the enthusiastic French-
man does over his Paris. There is
more beauty, more charm, more
wealth, more culture and more art tb
lie found in London than anywhere in
the world, and we stolid English peo-
ple do not really appreciate it.—Lon-
The only hotel in Spencer.
First class meals and clean,
cozy rooms and beds.
.$.100 per day.
shoes to slip up the stairs quietly and
then discovered that his wife wasn't
home from her suffrage club.
Toil That la Pleasure.
It takes 27 dollar bills to weigh as
much as p $20 gold piece.' But nobody
was ever known to complain of the
weariness of carrying such extra
weight around with him.
Word from Brier Williams*
"De black crow not only don’t know
des how black he is, but Jie live an'
die in de belief dat no mockin’ bird kin
beat him singing.”—Atlanta Constitu-
Corporation Commission to Moot-—
Beginning on July 14, the Oklahoma
corporation commission will hold a
regular term of hearings. Ninety cases
are on the docket for the term. 1
Boy Takes Cramp and Drowns.—
While swimming in a pond on tho
farm of Euik-1 Peterman, near Alva,
Martin Rebel, 15 years old, was sei*
ed with cramps and drowned.
Holdenvilte First Class City.—Gov-
ernor Haskell, by proclamation, de-
clares HoidenvllTc a city of the first
class, the people of the city having
voted for Its at an election held under
the provisions of the Brook bill.
Globe Trotter Returns.—After trav-
eling over 14,000 miles and visiting
every seaport of any importance in
this and the eld world. John Hamniil,
of Temple, who enlisted in the navy
In 1907, secured his release from the
war department and has returned to
his home in Temple.
Oklahoma Hoy Wins Prize.—Aubrey
Dawson, eight years old, of Kingfisher,
has won the first prize offered by
the Woman's Home Companion for
the best poem written by a boy under
12 years old. The prize consists of
a set of lead soldiers, and have been
received by Master Dawaer
Attempts Suic>de With Penknife.-
Despondent and miserable because
of his inability to control his appe-
tite for liquor, W. A. McKim. of Bix
by, attempted suicide by stabbing him-
self in the breast with a penknife.
The blade was deflected in its ccurs-*
and made an incision Just above the
heart. Ho will recover.
Murder In First Degree.—A jury In
the cae of Joe Murshall, a negro at
Wagoner, charged with the murder
of Thomas Scott, returneed a verdict
of murder in the first degree. Scot:
and Marshall’s wife were sitting
watch over a corpse
V* j'vm***«*'*f t »•* rt
killed Scott, the latter
upon the corpse.
Humor and Health.
There is nothing like a sense of
humor to keep one in good health,
says a medical contemporary, but it
would be well had we been told at the
same time how this excellent gift is to
be acquired. Could anything be more
tantalizing than to know how to cure
oneself and yet be unable to grasp at
the means?—Lady’s Pictorial.
The century is young; the work
also young, as worlds go; and out
country compared with many,‘is very
voting. Exaggeration is one ot' the
faults to which youth is peculiarly sub-
ject—and from which age is not whol-
ly free. To be an artist—in words, in
color, with the chisel, on the stage, or
in whatever medium—and not to exag-
gerate, sometimes and to some extent,
might fairly be considered an inipos-
Stock Reservation With Steeds.
Captain Hardeman announces that
army horses will begin to arrive at
Fort Reno within the next 30 days
and that before the eud of the year
the reservation will be the grazing
ground for 2,000 horses. The reser-
vation is to be fenced and gates es-
tablished at convenient places for the
usee of the public.
Youth Kills His Father.—Following
his threat that he would kill the en-
tire family and his assault upon his
wife and child, A. J. Maleomb, a for-
mer residing near Lukfata, was shot
and instantly killed by his stepson,
17 years old. County Attorney Rob-
ert E. Stoll and Dr. W. A. Moreland
held an inquest and discharged the
young man on the ground of justi-
Hunter's Resignation Not Accepted.
—The Republican slate central com-
mittee has, after « hot contest of
two heurs. refused to accept the res-
ignation of Chairman Charles Hun-
ter and decided that he should re-
main until after the primary elections
in August, when the new committee
will elect a chairman. William Bits
bv of McAlester was the favorite can-
didate of Chairman Hunter.
Enid Lieutenant Cets Army Job.—
lieutenant James D. Cullison Jr., of
Enid, has been selected by Governor
Haskell as an applicant for a posi-
tion as second lieu'enant in the regu-
lar army. He is a member of tlie nn
tienal guard and the selection is made
under a recently issued order from
»h« war department'that each state
select an applicant. Cullison has gone
New York, July 7.—The cotton mar-
ket opened steady at an advance of
I? points on July and 2 to 4 on tho
nagr crop positions, cables being bet-
ter than called for. The early local
flrfimes* was increased by reports of
concentrated October Interest, which
led some of the smaller shorts to
edver. There was moderate selling
on the fine weather map and con-
tinued high average of crop reports.
FRpe* by the middle of the forenoon
were 1 to 3 pplnts above yesterday’s
ng, July excepted, being nom
w Orleans, July 9.—Spots, quiet
easy; low ordinary, 6c nominal;
nary, 7 6-16e nominal; good or-
dtsfiry, 8%c: low middling, 11c; good
middling, 11 7-16c. Sales, 375 hales;
raChipts, 1,762 bales; stock, #1,219
bates. Futures closed as follows;
July, 10.95c; August. 10.04c; Septern
ber, 9.49c; October. 9.21c; November,
9.13c; December. 9.10c; January, 9.12c.
Galveston. Texas., July 9.—Steady}
8t. Louis, July 9.—Quiet; middling.
11 3-8c; no sales; receipts, 475 bates;
shipments, 394 bales; stock, 15,072
A beautiful illustrated catalogue
wilt be sent free to those Interested
In a business education. For a copy
address Lawrence Business College.
72# Mass. St., Lawrence, Kau.
Falls Hundred Feet; Fatally Injured.
—William E. Stanley, 27 yearn old.
a painter, fell 100 feet from the city
standpipe at Duncan, and received fa-
T* Have Militia Companies.—Mttft-
Kt>g«“ Ardmore, Durant and Vinita
will get the first four militia com
pailffsg mustered in on the east side
DR. W. L. MAUPIN
Specialty: Bridge and
Suite 1, 2 and 3. 116 1-2 Main St.
Marriage Age Is Increased.
It is generally admitted that the .
marriageable age of women has ad- 1 Fort Leavenworth to lake the ex-
vaticed considerably of recent years, imination.
; Many a bride has long felt girlhood be-
i tiiiid her before she exchanges her
vows at tlie altar, and there seem to
be few young men uowadays who care
lo assume the responsibilities of mar-
ried life until they are in the financial
posit lor usually associated with mid-
tered out at Kingfisher, Perry, Wa
tonga and Edmond. Two more of
the old companies will be mustered
out whenever they fall below the min
imum strength, and will be relocated
on the east side of. the state.
Held for Stabbing Man.—William
Bradley and Mrs. George Dawkins
have been taken to Alva from Way*
noka by Deputy Sheriff Johnston on
the charge of attempting lo kill Cale
Murrow, 63 years old, by stabbing
hint with a knife. It is said that n
transaction iuvolviiiE a watch and a
bottle of liquor in which Murrow was
interested ia responsible for the af-
fair. Deputy Johnston also arreBted
a boy and a girl who had escaped
from the Odd Fellows orphans homo
Faith Cure Results in Death.—*
Death resulting from the bite ot a
rattlesnake received by the little son
of W. T. Dodson, city superintendent
of schools at Frederick, after an in-
effectual Christian Science ministra-
tion of prayer, Mrs. Margaret Ste-
phens. a “healer," has been arrested
on the charge of manslaughter and
held under a bond of $1,000 awaiting
a preliminary trial that has been
set for July lfi. Feeling against the
' healer" is intense because it Is said
that she tore tlte bandage from the
child's foot and refused to allow a
phytlclun to interfere with her faith
cure, the child dying in great agony
nine hours lat^r. Prof. Dodson was
in the cast at the time attending the
meeting of the National Educational
Association, and It is alleged that the
heater took advantage of Ills absence
to practice her science. This Is tho
second child of the Dodson family to
die under Scbristian Science treat-
ment and both at a time when the
father was away from home.
-mers escaped from the Antlers jail. I Oklahoma was accorded an honor at
A guard was mortally wounded in op- the Denver convention that was never
Four_Prisoners Escape.—Four pris-
Bank’s Vast Business.
Each day tlte Bank of England fills
60 ledgers in keeping the accounts.
SPENCER LIVERY »FEED BARN j
Exceptionally fine, easy riding rigs
and good horseflesh to pull them,
and drivers, if desired, to take you
anywhere from Spencer. Give me
your trade and I will guarantee
you will be pleased.
posing their escape.
Hangs Herself In Hen House.—
Without divulging to her husband and i
children any reason wh.ihsver, Mr3.
John W. Mabry, v.ife of a prominent
citizen of C nteni,'arose from her bed
at night, went to the henhouse in her
night clothes an 1 committed suicide
oy hanging tic; self to a joist. She
was not missed by the family until
• hey arose in ths morning, when Mr.
Mabry on making a search discover-
ed the dead bot’y.
M. G. Krinlen,
Convention Date Is Changed.—Word
j has been received at Lawton from the
j officials of thf: National league of
I Antertean Bpor smes that the dale
i naticiu ! convention to be held at
’ * 1 .awton has b -cii changed from No
j veiubci 10 to October 12. It is •»*-
j ported that the business meeting will
■! extend for three days, which will oe-
j cupy the time until October 15, when
j the open season for quail begins. This
I will give the national sportsmen a
ahance at the birds.
before granted any state in a nation-
al convention. It was given foui more
delegates than it was entitled to un-
Ihe call. The rule has always
been to give each state two delegates
for every representative and sena- j
tor in congress. Oklahoma has five ’ '!enro
congressmen and two senators. This
entitled her to fourteen delegates. At
the Democratic state convention eight
delcgates-at-large were chosen Instead
ot four and they were given a half
vote each. When the delegation readi-
ed Denver it found a chance to get
all eight delegates seated with a full
vote each, and they went to work.
Their argument was that the federal
ctiioUS just taken showed that Okla-
homa was entitled to seven congress-
men instead of five and therefore tho
representation should be based on
that census. The committee on cre-
dentials touk the same view of It
and admitted Oklahoma's eighteen
delegates. No other state has to ex-
ceed two for each of its members is
The wiseacres of the neighborhood
were discussing the question of com-
mon sense, sitting about the black-
smith shop, waiting for their horses
to be shod, when a .silence that had
suddenly fallen warned old Limuei
Jucklln that it was time for him to
“Yes,” he remarked, “good, hard
horse sense is of so rare a quality that
it Is nearly Rlways taken for genius.
All that most any mau needs is a
little Jedgment, the very governor on
the machinery of this life; and bein'
so needful it is what we seem to be
most lackin' In. To know how to do
a-thing Isn't much more inportant
than knowin' what not to do. Knowin’
when to do It Is real genius. If
you cut your wheat before it’s ripe
you get sappy straw for your labor
If you wait too long you get but dry
strafc-. Jedgment comes from export
cnee, and common sense Is the wis-
dom beat Into tho heads of men that
have gone before.”
“You leave out education," spoke up
“Oh, no, I don’t, for education Is the
experience of the mind. It goes back
beyond all books, and the first bool;
must have been written out of experi-
ence. But to read of the common
sense of the other men don't always
give us common sense of our own. In
my house is a book written 4sy a man
named Kant; he calls it the ‘Critique
of Pure Reason.’ Well, since I have
more or less let up on hard work I’ve
given a good doal of attention to the
books that fortune and a little lookin'
around have thrown in my way, but
this here ono stumped me. I read It
forward and I tiled it backward, up
and down, and It seemed like I wa’n’t
goiu' to get a thing out of It. My wife,
seeln’ how I was bothered, begged me
to throw it away and eat a boiled din-
ner that she put on the table. I did
atSjti# vh«r“nftag ttir B*St mrr cSWfe in
words plain enough, but what didn't
appear to have any meanln'. After
dinner I took It up again and fought
with It, holdln'" it this way and that,
up and down, in the sun at the win-
dow and in the shade; but I’ll be
banged if I could get at the Juice of
it. Finally, however, 1 struck one
thing thut paid me for all my trouble,
and It w-as this, ns near as I can re-
member It: “A man may read all
books and understand them, and he
may be able to speak all languages,
ned yet all this cannot atone for a
lack of what we know as mother wit.’.
Mother wit—horse sense—you under-
“But how are we to get or rather
I should say, after maturer considera-
tion, how aye we to proceed toward
(he acquirement of that quality de-
nominated by the great German phil-
osopher as mother wit?” protested the
schoolmaster, and old Lim replied:
“I'll be blowed if I know."
“Then education Ib useless,” said the
“Oh, no, but sometimes it does
seem like an experiment. There are
two sortB of education, you know—
one of memory only and one that
teaches a feller how to think for him-
self. I knew a feller that could hear
a sermon once and could come away
and repeat every word of It, but he
didn't have ability enough of his own
to write a notice and tack it on n tree
announcin’ that he had a mule for
sale. He waB like a blanket that Is
rained on. You couldn't wring out of
him any more moisture than fell on
him. “es, sir, common sense is mighty
nigh everything. And when it rises
into a sort of enthusiasm it is inspira-
tion. Sometimes ignojance takes fire
and in its light we Bee beautiful pic-
tures. If the man is altogether un-
lettered we call him crazy. But if he
can write he may prove to be a gen
lus. It is a sudden lurch of common
iense. an overbalancin', as it were.”
"Then you call genius insanity,"
said the schoolmaster.
“No, not that, but it is a sort of
rasMon that don’t halt to reason by
slow means, bid that »e*3 ail reason
n one flash. Now there was Shakes-
be a demand for them, and then
make a few.”
The schoolmaster shook his head.
“Those immortal plays were written
by a man of the world, and • world
man, of that day, could have coma
from no place other than a univer-
“That's all right, and it may he true,
but tho university Is a premium put
on common sense. It’s a flower
bloomin’ on the top of the buildin’.
And I believe that it would be better
for every man and every woman to
go through a university. It ts the
warehouse of the ages, it might not
teach us bow to make a better livin’,
but it would enable us better to en-
joy the livin' we have. I don’t be-
lieve in this fool idea that ignorance
is any ways kin to bliss. I know
what the sayin’ is, where ignorance is
bliss, and so on, but the world got It
wrong and thought It was a plea for
Ignorance. And neither do 1 think
that a little lesrnln' is as dangerous
as much Ignorance. If a man's get
little the chances are that he’ll get
more. If we’ve got mother wit, and It
has come out of nature, let us thank
nature for It and try to improve It.
But trace It on back and mebby you’ll
find that it comes from some care that
our forefathers took of themselves.
One of these days we'll be forefathers,
and right here, I want to aay, reals
somethin’ of a responsibility. Let us
ail try to light up the future with
Old man Brlclntine said that he was
willing. He was sure that he waa in-
debted to his forefathers. Hla great
grandfather had been noted ss the
best horse trader in the state, “and,”
he added, “if It hadn't been Cor him
I might not have been such a good
judge of a colt."
Yes, might not have been here at ^
particularly lend Itself to horse swap-
Brizlntine had begun to swell with
a resentful reply when the schoolmas
ter spoke. “But giving genius the
place of high common sense, undergo- %
ing, I might say, some of its own and
peculiar evolutions, don’t you believe
that it sometimes goes through this
"Well, I have heard folks say that
they wan t taken at their worth. I
know some that haven't been
taken nt their word. Recollect old
Gabner Hightower, over on the creek?
He had a son that was a born genius.
His name was Elfhti and he looked
it all right. They didn’t want him to
soil his hands for fear that It might
smirch his genius. His mother wanted
him for tho church because he wan’t
strong in body, and his dad wanted
him for the law, because his habit
of silence wottld prove him a good
jedge. In the meantime Jim, Elihu’s
brother, worked in the field. Well,
jhey first tried the pulpit and then
they tried the law, but Ellhu had too
much genius for either one. Then
they thought he was designed by na-
ture to write hymns, and he tried
his hand at it, but failed. They tried
many things before they found ou'
what he had a genius for.”
“And what was it?” the schoolmas-
“Well, nothin’ but for just lookin’
like a genius. And Jim. his brother.
Invented an evaporator for makln'
sorghum molasses and now owns
about a third of the county. Yes, sir,
(Copyright, by Ople Read.)
"Written by Bacon; but proceed,"
broke in the schoolmaster.
“t don’t care if it was written by
bam, lard or soap grease, its senten-
ces are staked off with stars, snatched
•ut of the sky on a June night. It
-ool tho world several hundred years
o crtch up, and neither the railroad
a’ nor these pantin’ wagons that,
ul!»yed. plunge across the country
as outstripped that book yet. And
vhat is it? A torch held high by com
ion sense. A lantern ray flung into
he \ lack face of human nature. Up
•ottM a grim countenance, and then
o «onder how a man could have
n so smart Of course, the man
vrote that book had to have
<la but common sense finds all the
i that are needful to its purposes,
i words there ‘a if there should
Couldn't Make It Out.
Barnard college girls are being in-
structed on the subject of equal suf-
frage by a course of lectures giving
both sides of the question. The antis
were represented by Mrs. Barclay Haz-
ard and Mrs. Annie Nathan Meyer.
Tlte girls say they found no difficulty
with .Mrs. Meyer's speech, but that
they couldn’t make out what Mrs. Haz-
ard meant when she said: “Let no
restless ambition to play a part in fac-
tional public life induce you to sur
render the absolutely unique position
which we pioneers have gained for
you." Mrs. Florence Kelly is the suf-
fragist who is to show them the other
Easy to Watch Auto's Speed.
A New York inventor has devised a
mechanical attachment for atf automo-
bile which, on pressing a button, will
start a watch or clock fastened to the
dashboard. At the end of a mile the
watch stops nutomptically, thus en-
abling the driver to test his speed
from time to time.
A Study in Finance.
Why ia It that, wheu you finally
have a good bank roll, you are so re-
luctant to buy all thoss thing* yo»
felt you needed?
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