The Crockett Courier (Crockett, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 15, 1911 Page: 2 of 8

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The Crockett Conrier
Issued weekly from the Courier Building.
W. W. AIKEN, EdluJend fcwprietcr
publisher's notice.
Obituaries, resolution . cards of thinks
and other matter not "he* " will be
charged lor at the rate of Sc per line.
Parties ordering advertising or printing
for societies, churches, comiktittees or or-
ganizations ?f any kind will, in all cases,
be held personally responsible for the
payment ot the bill. ^ T A «
By Jame* Whitcomb RUey.
Say good-by er howdy-do—
What's the odds betwixt the two?
Comia'—gain' every day—
Best (Heads first to go away—
Grasp of hands, you'd rather hold
Than their weight in solid gold.
Slips their grip while greetin' you—
Say good-by er howdy-dot
Howdy-do, and then, good-by—
Mixes just like laugh and cry ;
Deaths and births, and worst and best.
Tangled their contra riest •
Ev'ery jingiin' weddin' bell
Skeerin' up some funeral knell-
Here's my song and there's your sigh—
How-dy do, and then, good-by!
Say good-by er howdy-do—
Jist the same to me and you ;
Taint worth while to mike no fuss.
Cause the Job's put up on us I
Some One's runnin' this concern
That's got nothin' else to learn:
If He's willin' we'll pull through-
Say good-by er howdy-do I
Colonel Henry Exall, President of
the Texas Industrial Congress, is
doing a great work for the tillers
of the soil and all concerned. In a
letter to Hon. J. E. Whiteselle, the
President of the Congress reviews
the work of the Congress since the
folder was issued in January offer-
ing $10,000 in gold as prizes for the
best and largest crops of corn and
cotton raised in the State of Texas
in the year 1911. Colonel Exall, in
his letter, says: "In connection with
this offer a letter of suggestion and
advice was addressed to the farmers
of the State. This prize offer and
article was sent to one thousand
papers in the State, almost all of
which used it in whole or in part.
Every week since then some shorter
ai^icles referring to the necessity of
better cultural methods and the
conservation of the soli have been
sent to the same papera, and used
by, them. This newspaper publicity
has reached more than one million
people twelve or fifteen times within
the test ninety days. We have
mailed, or caused to be mailed,
direct to the farmers, more than
200,000 pieces of literature within
the time specified. We have also
sent the initial article offering the
prizes and suggestions, and giving
the reasons that actuated the Con-
gress in offering the prizes, to more
than 15,000 schools in the State,
and had it read to the pupils. I
have personally made a number of
speeches at various points in the
State, and I delivered an address on
this crucial subject to the Southern
Commercial Congress at Atlanta,
Ga., on the 10th of March lást.
This speech has been very widely
copied by the press of the United
States. I merely mention this fact
to show the great interest that has
been aroused in what I believe to
be a thousand-fold the most im-
portant question before the people
of this nation to-day, to wit: The
conservation of the essential fer-
tilizing dements in the soil. From
one end of this broad land to the
other we are, and have been for
many years, taking everything that
we could possibly get from the soil,
and, as a rule, returning absolutely
nothing; we have been checking
out without depositing, milking
without feeding, subtracting without
adding, and the inevitable result
must be the final depletion of our
soil Our population is growing by
leaps fuid bounds; our lands are
constantly becoming less productive.
This is a serious, a dangerous,
really an appalling condition. The
whole idea of the Congress is to
convey the facts to the people,
arouse them so they will investi-
gate and change their methods of
cultivation. It is a question that
should appeal to every business
man as well as to every farmer. I
am glad to be able to report that
the Congress has by this work
established 1700 experimental
farms in 160 counties of this
State this year. Many thousands
of people are watching with interest
what these farmers do in their race
for the great prizes that we have
offered them. Many thousands
besides those engaged in the con-
test are taking our literature, and
while they would not sign contracts
that would entitle them to the
prizes, they are interested in the
work, and will demonstrate the
value of more intensive cultivation
and of conservation. The increased
yields this year, and the extra profit
of larger crops on a smaller acreage
will be of wonderful value to the
State, and, as the work is cumula-
tive and will radiate from each
center, it is positively impossible
to calculate each future educational
Colonel Exall is a very progres-
sive gentleman. He is a close ob-
server and a deep student; he has
lived and toiled in Texas for more
than a third of a century, and the
Texas Industrial Congress made no
mistake when it placed him at the
head of Texas developers. The
newspapers of Texas are pushing
along the cause, and the farmers of
Texas are showing a deep interest
in the work.
are taking the initiative in building
good roads it is highly important
that the lawmakers provide in some
adequate maimer for the best
possible results from this expendi-
ture. They will be able to secure
the necessary information from the
excellent engineering departments
of the state institutions of higher
learning, and the task of making
the conservation of good roads
certain ought not to be difficult m
view of the fact that the people
have solved the problem of getting
the funds with which to build them.
—Galveston News.
In view of the widespread ac-
tivity in road building it seems
probable that organizations pro-
moting this work will make an
effort before the next legislature to
secure state and county engineering
commissions to supervise the work.
Much valuable data on this subject
has been collected by the depart-
ment of highway engineering of the
agricultural and mechanical college,
by the university * engineering de-
partment, and by the Gulf Coast
Good Roads Association. With this
data in hand the legislature will
doubtless be able to frame a law
that will secure proper construction
of roads under competent super-
vision and at the same time dis-
tribute the expense of maintaining
the boards in such á manner as to
cause no burden to the various
improvement districts that are
building roads.
As the building of improved roads
goes forward the deterioration that
comes from natural causes and that
which results from improper con-
struction has been studied by en-
gineering experts, and the mass of
information now available is suf-
ficient, if applied, to assure per-
manence to the roads that are
being built by a minimum expendi-
ture in upkeep, it has been em-
phasized by Professor Potts of the
agricultural and mechanical college
that there is no such thing as a
"permanent" good road in the
sense that once built it will without
further attention stay good. But
if the road be properly constructed
in the beginning and a reasonable
provision be made for its main-
tenance its permanency can be
secured at a minimum of expense.
It is in the effort to build aright
and to provide out of the funds
originally available or in some other
way for the constant maintenance
of a road that the state highway
engineering office is desired.
Counties expending a certain sum
on roads should álsó) have a county
road engineer who is competent to
supervise all work on the improved
highways built out of the proceeds
of bond issues or special tax levies.
Now that the people themselves
To be "exactly square " means a
great deal. To know that every
side of the character is straight and
true, to know that not only is it
right to be right, but to have the
courage to be right at any and all
times, to be strong enough to resist
the temptation to "do" the other
fellow — in fact—to be "exactly
square" in our dealings with our
fellow men means to live very
nearly a perfect life.
Many men who claim to be
Christian gentlemen forget their
Christianity during the week and
don it with their best clothes on
It hurts every one concerned
when a man who has been held
up as an example of integrity is
suddenly found to be "crooked."
It destroys one's confidence in his
fellow-man. It causes us ito wonder
if all men are honest only on the
In these times of all sorts of
investigations , we are certainly
having our ideals tumbled from
their pedestals, and our cloak of
security torn into shreds. It seems
as if every man is calling every
other man "thief! Thief!" And
we have no longer a foundation of
trust large enough to stand on.
Perhaps it makes the snug self-
satisfied grafter less sure of himself,
and will induce him to follow more
virtuous paths for a season, but it
is probably that his compulsory
reformation will last only until the
scandal is forgotten.
The man who counts for some-
thing is the man who can say " No "
when the temptation stares him in
the face, who would rather toil for
a living than eat the bread of dis-
honesty, who believes in a "square
deal" for everyone, and who tries
to live his every-day life as con-
scientiously as his Sunday life. In
short, the " square " man is he who
does his duty, be it pleasant or un-
pleasant, and who can look the
world in the face and say honestly
and fearlessly, "I have done the
best I knew and have wronged no
man."—Houston Post.
In the North American Review
James H. Blount writes as to the
whitewashing of Lorimer: "There
was much evidence tending to show
that more than seven members of
the assembly were bribed, but the
minority report of Senator Frazier
(Congressional Record, January 30,
1911, page 1713), the only member
of the senate sub-committee who
saw and heard the witnesses who
were for unseating Mr. Lorimer,
held the evidence of corruption
clear only as to seven, and it was
on tins issue that the great parlia-
mentary battle was really fought
There were 202 votes cast of which
Mr. Lorimer received 108, among
them the seven votes alleged to
have been corruptly cast Senator
Bailey contended: 4 Deducting those
seven votes from Larimer's 108
would leave him 101. and deducting
those seven votes from the total of
202 would leave 195. of which the
101 votes received by Lorimer
would constitute a clear legal
majority.' Senators Cummins,
Borah and others contended that
the seven should be deducted from
tip 108, but not from the 202,
which would leave Mr. Lorimer's
uacorrupt vote 101 out of 202, and
therefore not a majority; in other
words, that 202 votes were in fact
cast and, therefore, the successful
candidate must have a majority of
that number, but that as Lorimer
got only 101 legal votes he was
only entitled to count 101. The
report of the sub-committee dis-
tinctly failed to meet the main
question in the case, namely,
whether oi not, if three members
did in fact bribe four others to
vote for Mr, Lorimér, such seven
corrupt votes were in law sufficient
to destroy the validity of the
Letter from Attorney General.
Austin, May 31,1911.
Hon. E. Winfree, County Judge,
Crockett, Texas.
Dear Sir:—We have your favors
of the 26-27th instant in regard to
the conduct of certain parties with
reference to the election held in
your county on May 20, to deter-
mine whether the office of County
Road Superintendent should be
abolished. You state that the
time set by the Commissioners
Court for canvassing the returns
is June 2nd; that the officers
made a return of the election in
compliance with law, but certain
parties have had access to the
election returns which were de-
livered to the County Clerk and
from same have prepared a contest
and filed same with the Commis-
sioners Court. You do not state
whether the parties were permitted
to open the ballot boxes, but I infer
from your statement that they were
not, but had access to the tally
sheets, etc., filed with the Clerk.
You desire to know whether this
alleged unlawful conduct of said
parties is such as to warrant the
court in refusing to canvass the
returns and declare the result of
the election.
Section 36 of the Terrell Election
Law provides that the returns of
all elections shall be made under
existing law contained in Article
1743 and other articles of the
Revised Statutes mentioned in said
election. The special road law for
Houston county also provides that
the returns shall be made in accord-
ance with the existing law.
Article 1743 of the Revised
Statutes provides that election
officers shall make out triplicate
returns of the election, one copy
to be retained by the election
officers, one to be delivered to
the County Clerk and one to be
delivered to the County Judge.
The one delivered to the County
Clerk is kept by him in his office
and open to inspection of the public
for twelVe months from the date of
We fail to see how there could be
any objections to any person going
to the County Clerk and examining
the tally lists and poll lists for the
purpose of preparing a contest or
for any other purpose. In fact it
seems that this was the purpose of
the law in having a copy of said
returns filed with the County Clerk.
The commissioners court is fur-
nished with a copy of the returns
and should use the same in deter-
mining the result of the election.
In addition to this, by the term of
Section 37 of the Houston County
Road Law, the commissioners court
is given the authority to open the
polls and count the votes. That is,
open the ballot boxes and actually
count the votes. The law requires
the election officers to deliver the
ballot boxes securely locked to the
County Clerk who is required to
keep the same until ordered to
deliver them to the proper authori-
ties. If the commissioners court
desires to count the votes in deter-
mining the eleotion, as they probably
should do, it would be the duty of
the county clerk to deliver the
ballot bosses to the commissioners
court and after the commissioners
court completes the count, the
ballots should be replaced in the
boxes from which they were taken
and same sealed up and returned
to the county clerk who should hold
the same until authorized by law
to destroy the ballots.
Your attention is called to Section
184 of the Terrell Election "Law
which makes it a* misdemeanor for
the county clerk or other person
who has the legal custody of ballot
boxes who fails to keep securely
any ballot box containing ballots
voted at any election when com-
mitted to his charge by one having
authority over same.
If the county clerk permitted any
person to tamper with the ballot
boxes or examine the ballots he
would be subject to prosecution
under the above law. However,
unless it was shown that the
tickets had in some way been
changed, it would not authorize
the commissioners court to declare
the election void.
Trusting that this sufficiently
answers your inquiry, I am.
Yours very truly,
x (Signed.) C. E. Mead,
Assistant Attorney-General.
Petition for Discharge.
United States of America, Eastern
District of Texas ss. In the United
States District Court in and for said
In the matter of J. <3. Haring, bankrupt.
No. 1654 in bankruptcy. Petition for dis-
To the Honorable Gordon Russell, Judge
of the District Court of the United States
for the Eastern District of Texas:
J. G. Haring, of Crockett, in the county
of Houston, and State of Texas, in said
district, respectfully represents that on
the 5th day of May, last past, he was
duly adjudged bankrupt under the Act of
Congress relating to bankruptcy; that he
has duly surrendered all his property, and
rights of property and has fully complied
with all the requirements of said acts
and of the orders of the court touching
his bankruptcy.
Wherefore he prays that he may be
decreed by the court to have a full dis-
charge from all debts provable against
his estate under said bankrupt acts,
except such debts as are excepted by our
law from such discharge.
Dated this 6th day of June, A. D. 1911.
J. G. Haring,
Eastern District of Texas, ss.
On this 8th day of June, A. D. 1911, on
reading the foregoing petition, it is
Ordered by the court that a hearing be
had upon the same on the 10th day of
July, A. D. 1911, at the office of Hon.
Hampson Gary, referee in bankruptcy, at
Tyler, Texas, in said district, at 10 o'clock
in the forenoon; and that notice thereof
be published in the Crockett Courier, a
newspaper printed in said district, and
all known creditors and other persons in
interest may appear at the said time and ,
place and show cause, if any they have,
why the prayer of the said petitioner
should not be granted.
And it is further ordered by the court
that the clerk shall send by mail to all
known creditors copies of said petition
and this order addressed to them at their
places of residence as stated.
Witness the Hon. Gordon Russell, Judge
of the said court, and the seal thereof, at
Tyler, Texas, in the said district on the
8th day of June, A. D. 1911.
Attest: J. R. Blades, Clerk.
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