The Caddo Herald
December 12, 1913
Littleness of Durant
Of all the little measley, insignificant and contemptible things we’ve heard of, it is the stand Durant has taken with regard to the location of the proposed highway- they opposing its coming by Caddo and Kenefick because it might take away a few dollars of the Twelve-Mile Prairie trade from Durant. The Democrat admits this is the reason by saying that the “change would be detrimental to Durant’s interests”, and the county president frankly states such to be their reason.
No wonder Durant can’t get what she wants from the county; no wonder people vote the things down that she wants; no wonder that a Durant man has a hard time being elected to offices in this county; no wonder lots of good things don’t come to Durant- and a warning right here: unless this small spirit of the county seat is changed there will be another count seat in Bryan county within a few years.
Caddo is not particularly mad because Durant opposes this road- we can connect with it just as well from here to Nida without anybody’s consent, and with less money, and we can get in the official guidebook mighty easy- but we hate to think our county seat would be so small, so short-sighted, so envious as to oppose the scheme that would add more miles of good roads to the county and would serve more people of the county. Durant has shown that she cares nothing for the people outside the limits of Durant, except when they can be used to some selfish purpose. This county would be further in the front ranks of the counties of Oklahoma if it had a town for a county seat that had some life, big-heartedness and progress, instead of one filled with jealousies, strife, and confusion.
Durant folks must remember that they are privileged to act this way; that they can do as they please. Caddo does not beg, nor supplicate- we do not even ask- but we’ll just go and take what we want. There is always another day after every fight, and we may warn, but that would do no good.