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Deprivation in the Heartland

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The Francitas Bee

Francitas, Texas

January 11, 1912

One day recently a Nebraska cattleman on his way to Texas rode the train all day through Kansas, where the state for sanitary reasons does not permit the railroads to furnish a drinking cup at the water cooler.  When the train got well down south in Oklahoma, the porter stuck his head into the car door and shouted, "Nowata!" The Nebraskan, in an injured tone of voice exclaimed, "Now, that beats the devil; no cups in Kansas and no water in Oklahoma!"

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