A Bedford Woman Draws
a Prize.

Mrs. Martha Laird Receives the Pleasing Intelligence of Her Good Luck. - Jim Snyder Also Fortunate.

Mrs. Martha Laird, 81 years of age, was among the ones to draw a big prize in the land opening, land, valued at over $4,000. Her son, O.D. Laird, was present and filed for his mother. Her many friends will rejoice with Mrs. Laird in her good fortune. Her number was 338.
Jim Snyder was also a lucky Bedford man. The second day he drew number 628, valued at over $3,000. Up to yesterday the following Bedford people had drawn farms: Alonzo B. VanSickle, Fransis Ray, Harrison Hatfield and Clarence O. Pool, two boys formerly of Bedford but now of Oklahoma, appear among the lucky ones. No other Taylor county person has drawn a prize up to this date.
Still there is plenty of time and enough land to give some of them a chance yet. It seems remarkable that Bedford people should be so lucky. LATER.- Ellsworth Foreman is another lucky Bedfordite.
James R. Woods, who drew claim No. 1 in the Lawton district, said to be worth $40,000, lives at Weatherford, Oka., where he is employed as a clerk in a hardware store of his father-in-law, C. Kimmell, of El Reno. This is an instance of fortune knocking at a poor man's door and finding him at home. He is married.
The secretary of the interior ridicules the statement that the first drawers of the homestead could dispose of them for thousands of dollars. "The lands are for actual homestead entry only," he said. "The party trying to dispose of them in speculation will find himself in the meshes of the law, and any person buying such claims is merely throwing away his money. Every one should be warned against attempting to make a deal of this kind. The records kept by the government will be perfect, and the identification of the actual allottees will be complete. There will be absolutely no way in which profits can be made by speculating in these entries. Both seller and buyer should know that such an effort will result in loss to both parties."
The lucky ones will be required to pay $1.25 per acre for 160 acres, or $200 in all, before they get title to the homestead. This will make an aggregate of $2,600,000. The government paid the Indians $2,000,000 for the property. Each Indian also had 160 acres reserved for him. The government is now distributing to the Indians $500,000 of the purchase price. The remaining $1,500,000 is to be held in the treasury for them. As there are only 4,000 of the Indians, each will be the owner of 160 acres of land, have $125 in cash and $375 held in trust for him, making these Indians the richest people per capita in the world. The Indians will also have 500,000 acres of grazing land reserved for their use. The department has reserved county seat court house sites in each of the three counties into which the reservation has been divided, and has taken care that there shall be no speculation in town lots.

The Bedford Free Press, August 1, 1901