Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)
Vol II No 21
February 23, 1894 (Part 7)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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THE INSOLVENT DEBTOR. (continued)
NEW WORK FOR GERMAN WOMEN.[classes offered in interior decorating]
OVER THE WATER.[snippets of information from Europe]
CUT TO THE BONE.
Vienna bread was introduced into the country in 1876.
The Siamese instruments of torture are made in England and bear the trade mark of a prominent Birmingham firm.
The Turkey is said to have been domesticated by the Indians long before the discovery of this continent by the white men.
The oldest fire engine company in the country is claimed to be located at Mt Holly, N.J. It is called the Relief Fire company, and has been a continuous existence of 141 years.
A curious question of law has been brought before the Vermont courts. The point to be determined is whether one man may be held in damages for injuries inflicted by another man's dog in the owner's house and upon the owner's wife.
A 3 year-old son of George F Wanger of North Coventry township, Chester country, Pennsylvania dragged his baby brother to a place of safety when the kitchen took fire from the explosion of the stove. Both children escaped harm.
Telegraph Operator McLeah, at Augusta, GA., claims that he recently sent a message of 2,550 words to Savannah in thirty minutes. This is a speed of eight-five words a minute, which is said to be over one-half faster than the greatest speed previously recorded.
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THE WHISTLING BUOY. By Charles Barnard (c) B Lippincott Company[story - ends with the note "to be continued"]
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[short "one-liners" mixed with ads for patent medicines]
Impossible Conditions:Miss Bright - Let's play "portrait gallery." Mr. Adorr - What short of a game is that? Miss Bright - It's very simple. The materials are a collection of newspaper portraits of bishops and burglars. The gentleman who can tell one from the other can marry the girl he is playing with. Mr. Adoor (sadly) - At last I see there is no hope. You do not love me. - Punk
The largest church in the world is St Peter's in Rome, the smallest a church ten feet square in the Isle of Man.
Her First Dinner: Young Husband - Say, darling, what a peculiar flavor this stewed steak has! Young Wife (diffidently) - I really cannot account for it. Indeed, in order to take away the bad taste of the onions I scalded them myself in eau de cologne. - Neckar Zeitung
W H Leckey has been elected a corresponding member of the french Academy of Moral and Political Sciences.
False teeth for horses are now manufactured by a Parisian firm.
Rev H H Martin of Oklahoma City is going to Liberia as a missionary.
Some of the orange trees of Malta are more than two hundred years old.
Baroness Burdett-Coutts owns the finest flock of goats in England.
The Italian fire engines are supplied with hose fitted with electric wires so that the firemen can communicate with those at the engine.
In 1720 the world's commerce was estimated at 88,000,000 pounds; in 1889 it was estimated at 3,377,000,000 pounds.
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Corsets for the feet is the latest foot fad. Why do not those who have more money than sense adopt something that would be really useful, muzzles, for instance.
The largest petition ever gotten up is that now in Chicago, in charge of Miss Alice Briggs. It is addressed to the governmets of the world for the prohition of the traffic in liquor [smudged], and is signed by over four million people, is estimated to be fifteen miles long, and has circulated for eight yeas in more than fifty countries. - Bohver Co, Miss. Review.
Five years ago the four sons of a Connecticut farmer were married, all in the same month. The old gentleman, like the father in the fairy tale, called them all before him and promised $5000 to the one who would first present him with a male grand child. At the present time the eldest son has four daughters, the second son is childless, the third has three daughters, and the fourth two. The old man has raised the bounty to $10,000 for a boy and the results are eagerly awaited by a large circle of friends. - Ex
The reason that confidence men and swindlers usually aim to give the farmer the benefit of their blandishments is that so many farmers do not keep themselves posted as to the goings and doings of these gentry. The victims of the threadbare and bald-headed green goods game are ninety six per cent farmers. There is but little sympathy deserved by a man who is silly enough to go into that trap. Then signing contracts with strangers, and afterwards learning that they had signed a note for a large amount, is another old game of which the farmer is almost the only victim. The farmer himself opens the gate for these scoundrels to get at him by being always buying of strangers because the latter promise goods a little cheaper than the well known reliable dealer in the neighborhood.
STOP HIS PAPER - "Times are hard, money is scarce, business is dull, retrenchment is a duty- please stop my -" Whiskey? "Oh, no times are not hard enough for that. But there is something else that costs me a large sum every year, which I have to save. Please stop my - " Ribbons, jewelry, ornaments and tinkets? "No, no not these but I must retrench somewhere. Please stop my -" Tobacco, cigars and snuff? "Not these at all, but I believe I can see a way to effect quite a saving in another direction Please stop my -" Tea, coffee and unhealthy luxuries? "No, no, not these. I think of something else. Ah! I have it now. My paper costs a $1.00 a year. Please stop my paper. That will carry me through the panic easily. I believe in retrenchment! and economy, especially in brains - Ex.
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AN INCOME TAX.- The Democrats of the Ways and Means committee did well in voting to tax incomes. Their action is in perfect accord with the essential principle of the Democratic reform policy, which is to tax luxuries and untax necessaries.
In the present state of the treasury necessaries can not be untaxed without providing for new revenue. In selecting incomes as one of the new sources of revenue the committee has placed the tax where it will burden none and relieve many. The limit of exemption ought to be raised to $5,000, and the rate should be progressive on larger incomes. But the limit is less important than the principle.
No valid objection has been or can be brought against an income tax.
It is said that it is a war tax. But is not half of the national expenditures on war account? Is not a war tax of 2 per cent, on the large incomes better than a worse war tax of 100 per cent on wollens?
It is urged that such a tax is inquisitorial. It is not more inquisitorial than the reports of commercial agencies. It is not half as inquisitorial as the tariff law, nor more so than the internal revenue system.
It is still declared that an income tax is "monarchical." But this chatter from the parrot's cage does not require an answered. Is here any tax that a monarchs does not levy when it needs the money which it will bring?
It is asserted that the tax will be unpopular. How can a tax be unpopular which will apply to less than 100,000 out of a voting population of over 12,000,000? Does Mr Cockran of New York really think this is a pintocracy where wealth rules, not men?
None of these objections has any force. The common sense of the people sees at once that an tax on large incomes is just and that it cannot be oppressive. Its imposition would not only put the extra burden upon those best able to bear it but it would conduce to economy in the Government by enlisting the direct interest of the wealthy class in keeping public expenditure down.
AN INDIAN CAVE - What was thought to be a very large cave was accidently discovered in O'Hara township. It is located about a mile from Sharpsburg and is causing considerable talk. When the discovery was reported a number of young men formed an exploring party and made a visit to the cave, the result of which was greatly above their expectations, and another and more thorough investigation is being planned. Their trip to the cave was made one evening after dark. They reached the opening from the bottom of the crevice, which is about 15 feet from the ground. To do this it was necessary to place a fallen tree against the face of the rocks and climb up it. John Hughes, with a torch, was the first to crawl through the opening. He was followed by Henry Miller and Fred Roberts, William Hughes attempted to follow, but was caught fast when about half way though and it was several minutes before he could succeed in extricating himself. The passage way opens into a room fully 7 feet square. An opening on the left leads into another and much larger room. It is fully as wide as he other and runs back about 30 feet. Half way back a stream of water can be heard running over the top and down the side of the wall. No stream of water runs anywhere near outside of the cve. At the far end is an opening resembling the one at the entrance to the cave, but what is beyond is not known. A heavy bowlder is neatly fitted in the opening and all efforts to remove it have proved fruitless. The sides of the cave are smooth and the roof is arched. Bones of small animals are scattered about the rocky floor show that the cave is frequeated probably by foxes. How the lastter could get into the cave is a mystery, as the opening is so high above the ground. The same young men are making preparations to remove the large bowlder and get beyond the second room. - Atoka Citizen
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