"Sooners" claim land before "boomers" in land rush
ex- Couldn't Raise Beans On It. Arkansas City, April 24. Hundreds of boomers are already returning to Kan sas, disappointed. Alex. Homecraft, of Conway county, Arkansas, told the fol lowing story: "I. thought when I left home that the north end of the territory was the best, so 1 made for UaJdwell, Kansas. Here met an old friend from Missouri, who told -me -me he was going to settle on the north bank of the Cimarron. We went on horseback to the border, and when the bu gle was sounded at high noon we rode for very life for the point determined. My mate knew the country very well, and we lost no time, but every inch of bottom land was occupied by squatters, and the farmer we rode along the river bank the more of these men we met. The best land we could get was so sandy and red that you could not grow beans on it unless it IBUIBU V Wlw a rt CCA ail ItUCTJUgU lllO BOO" son . We came on here to rest up and snail not go bacK. 1 wouldnt live on such land a month.'