As you may recall, C.W. Banta was my great-grandfather. The editor really chews him up here! I wonder how well they actually got along.
The Caddo Herald
October 9, 1914
A protracted meeting held by Elder Higgenbotham is the program for this week at Liberty Hill.
There is still some sickness in this neighborhood. Mrs. Briggs is sick; also Mr. H. T. Faudree came home sick from Durant Monday.
C. W. Banta and family visited L. W. Banta of Caney Sunday, who is rejoicing over a fine boy that came to live with them on the 29th.
Mrs. Austin is up again.
Cotton picking is being vigorously pushed, not withstanding the ridiculous low price prevailing. Now don’t call me a “kumrid” for I am not one, but I do know that we have better prices under a republican administration. It took the people twelve years to forget Cleveland’s’ administration, and I think it will take that long to forget this one. Of course I know that the editor opposes this idea and will likely use the shears or waste basket, but that will not change facts. C. W. Banta
(The editor will not use the shears on this statement for it is so ridiculous that we are surprised that any sane man would make such a statement. Does our friend mean to say that the Wilson administration caused the war in Europe? Does he mean to say that the administration caused the fifteen-million-bale crop? Does he not know that on account of the war in Europe that the world will not even use eight million bales this year? If he does not, then there is no use to argue with him. On the contrary why does our friend not give the Wilson administration credit for potatoes being worth $1.50 per bushel, wood worth $6.00 a cord, wheat worth over a dollar a bushel, hay worth over $15.00 a ton, and corn worth $1.00 a bushel. Surely he should not blame the administration for the willfulness of the farmers in planting and raising more cotton that the world needs. We had thirteen cent cotton last year under Wilson. If the farmer will not over-crop he is the man who should be independent, regardless of who is in the White House. A political party cannot legislate brains, industry, nor economy into men. On the contrary, if we had Roosevelt in the White House now, the chances are that a million of our men would have been in Mexico today making war upon a defenseless people; likewise we should have had trouble with the nations now at war, and instead of us living in peace and comparative plenty we should have been experiencing drafting g of soldiers, horses, and food supplies, and our women and children would be left at home to mourn the departure of loved ones for fields of carnage, perhaps never to return. It depends upon how you look at things largely as to what you will think of the Wilson administration. )