Comments on Changes in the Red River
Both sound reasonable and doubtless could be replicated many
times up and down the river.
If the middle of the stream were the boundary, there could
never be any such confusion as inheres in the present situation.
Texas officers would rightly enforce laws on the Texas side-
where their authority would extend well beyond the cut-bank,
wherever it might be-and Oklahoma officers on the Oklahoma
side. The exact location of the cut-bank would no longer have
any significance and Texas citizens would no longer have cause
to resent interference on the Texas side by officers from Oklahoma.
Goat Island, now tied firmly to the Texas mainland, constitutes
another problem in case the mid-channel is not made the bound-
ary. Adjacent landowners have extended their meridianal lines
by survey entirely across it, have presented claims to Wichita
County, and their claims have been allowed although the lands
are specifically reserved to the United States by the Supreme
Court decision and decree."
The whole matter would seem to be easily soluble if the United
States would give Texas a strip which would leave neither one
poorer nor richer. Instead it would give the state the law enforce-
ment responsibility which by all rights should belong to it and
would give citizens along the river the feeling of dignity to which
they are justly entitled-the same rights to the river as those
enjoyed by Oklahomans.
1oJ. W. Tyson, Sr., County Tax Assessor, Wichita County, to B. C. T., October
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed July 10, 2014.