Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 312, Ed. 1 Monday, August 14, 1922 Page: 1 of 6
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An independent newspaper published g
r etern day except Sunday. Owned by §
1" more than 7,000 farmers and workers. ICs- I
§ tablished to defend and cherish freedom jj
I of the press and liberty of public opinion. |
It serves no interest but the public good. |
Vol. 2—No. 312
"FEARLESS AND TRUE"
Exclusive Federated Press Service.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., MONDAY. AUGUST 14. 1922
PRICE TWO CENTS
DEMOCRATS READY FOR TUESDAY'S COMBAT
Young Girl in Race
First Step Taken In Attempt
To Reject Shawnee Plat-
Conferences of all factions were
being held .Monday afternoon pre-
ceding the Democratic CouvenUou
Tuesday. The state executive com-
mittee met .Monday afternoon to
frame an agreement on a tenporary
chairman and a plan of selecting
committee personnel. Paul Nesbitt is
stiij the only person prominently
mentioned for the permanent chair-
With the arrival Monday of dele-
gates to attend the democratic stale
convention which opens at tl e Coli-
seum Tuesday, hotel lobbies were
filled with groups of politicians de-
bating the prospects for harmony on
the floor of the convention.
Between seven and eight hundred
delegates and four or five hundred
alternates are expected, while news-
paper njen and onlookers are ex-
pected to swell the crowd so as to
fill the Coliseum by the time- the
That a bitter fight will develop is
fast becoming a foregone conclusion
Walton forces took note Monday
of the pressure being brought 10
bear by State Committeeman Ed
Semans to have Tom G. chambers
appointed on the resolutions com-
mittee. Chambers as corporation al-
torney for the American National
bank, the Oklahoma Gas and Electric
company and the Oklahoma Natural
Gas company, is known to be repre-
senting interests bitterly hostile to
the Shawnee platform.
The Walton supporters are ready
to lock horns with the opponents )f
the Shawnee program and some of
them are confident of winning out.
Others express doubt as to the out-
come. That the corporate interests
which bitterly opposed Walton's
nomination are well entrenched is
not doubted by any close observer.
Walton left Oklahoma City Thurs-
day for a short vacation, declaring
that he would return in time to ap-
pear before the convention.
An attempt to organize women to
oppose the adoption of the Shawnee
platform is evidenced by delegations
of women circulating petitions, sup-
posedly at the instigation of Prince
Creeling, former attorney general,
who spoke Saturday before a large
group of anti-Walton women in the
Skirvin hotel. These women arc de-
manding the endorsement of the
Woodrow Wilson administration and
the adoption of a platform of
"straight Democratic; principles."
Mrs. P. G. Newkirk of Clinton,
vice-chairman of Owen's western
headquarters, has also joined in as-
sailing the Shawnee platform.
With the marshaling of forces on
either side, threats to bolt were
heard in many instances in case the
convention did or did not endorse the
Shawnee program. Former Wilson
supporters are known to be in touch
with Republican headquarters. Prince
Creeling has assumed the position as
spokesman for the irreconcilables of
the old-line Democrats. Several
nights ago Creeling made a particu-
larly bitter arraignment against the
Shawnee platform, and his statement
has drawn lite from Judge N. E. Mcv
Neill of the supreme court.
As the delegates arrive they are
expected to file credentials at a
booth in the lobby of the Skirvin
hotel. They will be given badges,
nnd arrangements will be made here
to accommodate visiting newspaper
men. Only delegates, alternates,
newspaper men, and invited guests
■./ill be permitted on the floor, ac-
cording to Ed Semans, state chair-
It. is planned to allow each con-
gressional district two representa-
tives on each of the regular commit-
Invitations have been sent to all the
ex-governors and to Governor J. B.
A. Robertson to attend the Conven-
tion. Senator Robert L. Owen is ex-
pected to be on hand Tuesday, along
with Scott Eerris, former congress-
man. Word has not been received
from T. P. Gore, former senator, or
from former governor, Lee Cruce.
Paul . V'sbitt, said to be slated for
the temporary chairmanship, was in
the city Monday.
Mrs. .1 N. Schwoerke has been
named chairman of the Oklahoma
county delegation. The local dele-
gates are instructed to support May-
or Walton's choice for temporary
Viscount Northcliffe, Strongest Publisher
In Whole British Empire, Dies at London
StSS JUSTICE M'HEILL
LOVE UNREQUITED, SHE TAKES POISON
Miss Helen Pettigrew, fair citizen
of Kansas City. Kan., is only 21, but
nothing daunted, she cast her hat in-
to the political ring and had her
name placed on the ballot for gov-
ernor on the republican ticket in the
primaries. There were twenty-nine
other candidates Miss Pettigrew
heads the anti-war club and she
made that issue her platform in her
campaign. She was defeated by W.
STATE TG PROBE
Brotherhood Walkouts Result
In Eftective Railway
! WASHINGTON. Aug. 14.—Govern- ;
I ment intervention to end the rail
'strike seemed remote today with the
announcement of President Harding
: that he would allow the shop workers ;
and the rail executives to fight it out
! themselves. It was indicated that as 1
long as the transportation of the
country is not completely paralyzed, '
this policy will be followed by the
| Congress will be asked to seize the (
I railroads-if traffic shows signs of
■ breaking down soon.
' The leaders of the shops crafts!
have not answered the latest peace
proposal made by the president, but
it was not believed that acceptance
Executives accepted the proposal j
'on the condition announced iu the
' plan, they said, that "such acceptance
involves no surrender of the prin-
ciples with respect to seniority, j
I adopted by the carriers August 1."
| Railway executives claimed many j
c ases of violence, such as bomb-I
j throwing and firing of buildings. '
' Leaders of the "big four" brother-
I hoods gave encouragement to actionl
of their members in walking out in •
places where their lives were men-'
aced by unsafe equipment which has
not been repaired since the strike
started, or by armed guards sta-
tioned on railrond property by th*'
^ HW Rokky K&nior^s Lir frU-vn rtec MLyg.lT
Charges Concerning Frisco
Eating House Result In
A sweeping investigation into
charges 'hat unwholesome foodstuffs
and meats were being kept in foul-
smelling refrigerator cars and fed to
strikebreaking railroad workers em-
ployed by the Frisco railroad, will be
made Monday, according to an an-
i nouncement by Dr. A. R. Lewis, state
The announcement was made fol-
lowing a report that meats secured
from the storehouse showed signs of j
decomposition; that the men were j v
being fed by cooks and walters not i
observing the laws and that they i
were being fed in dirty dishes and on !
j "The eating houses of railroads 1
come strictly under the same laws |
that govern the conditions of sanita- j
tion for cafes, hotels and other eat- j
ing houses and any violations of j
these state laws Will meet prosecu- i
tiOn. and if the charges are true, all j
footstuffs will be condemned and or- j
dered destroyed and a general clean- j
tip ordered. Unclean utensils and
cracked dishes will be destroyed," i
Dr. Lewis declared.
Dr. Lewis declared that if after a j
time which he considered sufficient !
to jfet the kitchen and eating house
in proper condition, the railroad fail-
ed to make the conditions conform i
! with the law, he would order the
j eating house closed.
| Reports made Saturday declared
! that "meats not lit for a dog'' were I
being served to the strikebreakers !
and that the refrigerator ear where j
meats and other perishable foods are j
kept gave out a foul odor.
LOS ANGELES. Aug. 14. All traf- j
fic on the Santa Fe linos south of j
Bakersfield, Cel., and as far west as
Aslifork, Ariz., has been tied up
completely as a result of the walk-
out of the "big four" railroad
By agreement the union crews
brought out trains from Needles,
Cal., westward, to relieve passengers
stranded in desert towns.
Six trains that had been marooned j
along points on the Union Pacific, \
fiom Salt I^ake City to Los Angeles!
by special agreement with the en- !
gineers and firemen, were brought
out of tho desert.
A complete tie-up was effected on
(Conltnuefl on Mve)
Miss Bobby Kantor of Chicago, beautiful girl of twenty-three, and
heiress to an estate of $100,000, is dying as a result of a poison dose
taken when she lost the love of Dr. Maurice Maze), a well-known young
< hlcago physician.
TO BEGIN SOON
Work will be started on the re-
districting of the Oklahoma City pre-
cincts as soon as the recount in the
county clerk's race is finished, ac-
cording to R. A. Woolridge, secre-
tary of the county election board,
"We will start to work on the re-
districting of the city when we com-
plete the recount in the Jackson-Bo-
dine race. The new voting places
will be made public in plefity of time
to allow tlie voters to familiaize
themselves with the location of their
new polls. This new plan will les-
sen the work of the election officials,
as it was shown in the primary elec-
tion that new districts were needed
to handle the vote efficiently and
completely," was Woolridge's state-
ment Monday morning.
Minneapolis has been selected by
the Brotherhood of Railway Train-
men as the city in which it will open
the fifth in its chain of national
Was Taken III While Traveling
In Germany—Had Revolu-
tionized English Journalism.
LONDON, Aug. 14. Viscount
Northcliffe. newspaper publisher,
(lied at his home this morning. Heart
infection was given as the cause of
j death. He was 57 years old.
The publisher was stricken with
mysterious illness while he was trav-
eling in German} recently. It wns
then reported that he had been pois-
Northcliffe was probably more
I powerful than any other nu-n in the
British empire. He revolutionized
English Journalism by his methods
of making a "popular appeal."
He began newspaper work as a
boy, at the bottom of the piofession,
and at the time of his death, he
i owned and controlled a large number
I of English dailies, ar.d exerted a
•-feat influence on certain American
The "intellectuals' of England
have always h«J a dislikt to North-
(lii'r. because of his methods, not un-
like those of many American news-
Northcliffe is the publisher who
i exposed the actions of the late
i Lord Kitchener, v/no as secretary of
j war. was sending shrapnel to the
British army when Sir John French,
commander ol the British forces.
1 was asking for high explosive shells,
i Northcliffe also aroused the public
[ of Britain when he brought to light
I the fact that the British forces were
being slaughtered through lack of
i equipment. To these exposures is
laid the appointment of David Lloyd
George as the first minister of mu-
nitions which gave him the boost
that later made him prime minister
| of Great Britain.
Northcliffe created many enemies
during the war through his expos-
ures and his bitter fight on the
strict censorship to which English
papers were forced to submit.
Northeliffe's services were reward-
ed by the government offering him
the post as Minister of Air forces and
the king raising him to a Viscount,
lie championed the conscription. He
finally accepted the post as Director
| of Propaganda in enemy countries.
When Lloyd George appointed Win-
ston Churchill as minister of muni-
tions Viscount Northcliffe turned his
biggest guns on the man he had
helped rise to the post of prime min-
i. Wvui-taw B.
Colonel William H. Hart, in charge
of the quartermaster and docking
army bases in New York, will be
the new quartermaster-general of
the army, with the rank of major-
general, his nomination having been
sent to the senate by President
Harding. His record of service in
the World war, together with the
uniform excellency of his entire
service in the army, is the basis of
10 FIND TWELVE
Gentlemen and Delegates of the Convention
Oklahoma county's delegation to
the Democratic State Convention
Tuesday will caucus at the Collselum
at !• o'clock Tuesday morning, ac-
cording to announcement Monday of
Mrs. J. <). Early, secretary.
The Shawnee platform Is Ihe
first and only platform that was
ever w rltten by the dirt farmers
and laboring people of this state
and they constitute Ihe over-
whelming majority of voters.
"Troubles that are coming from
the money lenders of the world have
| us in the same position as were the
people at the time of the coining of
Ihe dark ages. It Is now a question
of salvation or destruction of civlliza-
Tills is the statement made by
I "Coin" Harvey, financial wizard anil.
1 editor of "Common Sense" who is in !
the city to speak before the state
convention of the Farmers' union.
Harvey is to speak sometime Tues-
I day. The program committee has
' no fixed the ^our as yet.
Harvey declares that In the solu-i
tlun of the money question lies the
solution of all other questions. The i
evil of lending money under th<
present system is the world's great-
est curse, he declares.
"With approximately $5,000,000,00'* j
representing all of the money coined
and issued in the United States, the
| bankers and money lenders of the
nation are drawing Interest upon
more than $30,000.000,00O or from
six to ten times the representative
value of every dollar in existence,"!
"Money is the blood or civilization,
without which there is no such
thins ns civilization," Harvey de-
The rirst woman town clerk in
in .Massachusetts Is Mrs. Mary G.
Uneoln, who has just been appointed!
. to that office in Hingham I
Dear Sirs and Friends:—
/ take my pen in hand to let you know that I am
sorry clear down into my bouts for having written that
You see, the way it happened was this way: Hank
Hogslopper, who lives across the road from me, came
over to my shack one night last fall with a book under his
arm. It had some pictures in it and a piece entitled the
"Declaration of Independence."
I had heard a lot about that piece, but never saw it
before. Hank read it to me and when he came to the pait
where it says "Governments are instituted for the benefit
of the governed," he stops and says: "Do you know what
"No," says I, "I don't; but it sounds good."
Then Hank read some more and after the part where
it says, "All governments derive their just powers from
the consent of the governed," he slams the book down and
yells: "how, what's your interpretation of this passage?"
"Well," says I, "my interpretation is that it listens
like a democratic barbecue speech before the country
"No," yells flank, "it means that we, the sufferin'
people are boss, and "
"Hold on," says /, "if the sufferin' people are boss,
how come that they're sufferin' so?"
"N'o, not sufferin'," he shouts back, "sufferin', s-o-v-
e-r-e-i-g-n, sufferin !"
"Well, says I, "if that's the way they spell it, it's
all right with me. Go on with the oration."
And by and by he hammers into my head that the peo-
ple who raise crops and make the wheels go 'round and
pay the taxes are the whole cheese in this great democ-
racy, being that they are the majority, and that they
got the right to make constitutions and laws and plat-
forms and change them any old time they got the notion
and elect constables and presidents and bounce them if
they feel like it and a lot more to the same effect.
After Hank run down / said to him, "Do you mean
to tell me that all those big men like governors, congress-
men and senators and presidents are nothing but our hired
"That's it," says Hank.
"Well," says I, "it don't sound reasonable, but it that's
the case what's to prevent us dirt farmers and laborers
from writing a political platform, according to our own
notion, and then invite those big fellows who feel like it
to stand on it and be elected by and with our votes,
seeing that we are the majority?"
"Nothing," says Hank. *
Thai settled it for me and next morning Hank and /
drove into Shawnee where we met some more hayseeds
and horny handers and wrote the platform.
Hut I see now that we were all wrong. Because it
seems that only people who got the right to write plat-
forms are the politicians whom we feed with our taxes.
They are anxious enough to be our hired hands but they
want to write their own contract!
Well, let it go at that. What hurts feelings most is
that the papers say we wrote that Shawnee plaform only
for the farmers and wage workers. Now, that "ain't"
so. We didn't think about ourselves alone. We figured
out that as long as the farmers and wage workers were
getting along, the "belter" classes would be taken care of
by the "lower" classes, flecause, when we have money
they always get it. And they can't get it unless we make it-
Then the papers also say that we're fighting the bank-
ers. We "ain't" doing no such thing. In fact, we're al-
most tearing our shirts off working for the bankers.
You see, it's this way: On account of the smart people
who always wrote the platforms and run the government,
we farmers arc nearly all broke, busted and bankrupt.
Most of us are mortgaged up to the handle and there is
hardly a four-legged critter left on our farms that hasn't
a chattel mortgage on its back.
Now, suppose we'd let things rock along as they
have and some day we all have to go to the Court House
and declare ourselves bankrupt as business people always
do when they are in our fix. What will happen then?
I tell you what will happen. The bankers who have
mortgages on our cotton crops and tlieir wives and kids
will have to pick that cotton, or lose every durned cent
they loaned on it. They'll have to feed our mutes, horses
and cows and even slop our hogs or those chattel mort-
gages on them won't be worth the paper on which they're
Now, just imagine bankers and their poor families
chasing all over the country tending to our crops and
stock. Why, sakes alive, that would be treating them like
they were Russian grand dukes and we "ain't" bolshe-
viks who can stand by and laugh at sad things like that.
So, you see, we really meant well by everybody when
we wrote that Shawnee platform. Hut it looks like we
were wrong after all, and if you say so, we'll go back home
and slop our hogs until the court appoints a receiver for
Thanking you one and all for the way you have done
to us and hoping il.at you will do us again, / am
Yours grat«f ally,
ADAM DfUT, Farmer.
Fate of Men Is Unknown; Re-
lease Declared Difficult
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 14.—
; Rescue parties are working today 10
■ release twelve men entombed by a
! cave-In at the Black mountain coal
j mine near here. The mine was be-
I ing worked by non-union men.
1 After hours of work, those at-
tempting rescue have been unable
to signal to the entombed miners.
Their fate is still unknown.
I Hope faded when mine engineers
I declared that a rescue will be made
I only with most difficult work. It. is
i not even known whether the men
i a re sale temporarily, or were killed
by gases or at the time of the
j CLEVELAND. Aug. 14.—The sec-
I ond week of the central field coin-
! petitive wage conference held here
I began today, with no agreements
J reached as yet.
I The strike prevention measure
I which is desired is said to be the
| only thing which stands in the way
; of an immediate agreement.
Sixteen Country Boxes Still
1 With only sixteen boxes to be
j counted VN A. Jackson, contesting
1 the nomination of Tom Bodine, in-
cumbent, for county clerk, has ap-
parently won in the recount.
All of the city boxes are counted,
1 and Jackson Is leading Bodine by a
i majority o seventy-five. The general
i concensus of opinion around tne
| court house is that Bodine will never
i be able to overcome the lead with
tho number of boxes to be counted.
I The boxes that are still to be counted
are in the smaller precincts.
1 Bodine has refused to comment on
j the results of the recount but said
that i"' would Issue a statement as
soon as the count was completed,
i County election board members said
that the count would be completed
1 late Monday or early Tuesday morn-
Freeling Has "White Suprem-
alities Are Exchanged.
A lively tilt as to the "democratic
principles" of the Shawnee platform
of the Farmer-Labor Reconstruction
League Is being indulged in by Jus-
tice N. E. McNeill of the supreme
court and Prince Freeling. former
Replying to a defense of the Shaw-
nee program made by McNeill who
declares that It embodies democratic
principles. Freeling declares for
McNeill assailed Freeling for col-
lecting $15,000 to act as attorney
for the state in the Red River case,
when Freeling was already paid a
salary by the state to take over
work such as was involved in that
case. McNeill outlined the Shawnee
program plank by plank and vouched
for its "democracy."
Freeling calls on democrats to
"have the moral courage to save
ourselves from socialistic govern-
"Will an intelligent convention of
democrats follow the lead of Town-
! ley and permit either the vision of
i party success or failure to interfere
in standing for a straight democratic
j platform?" Freeling asked.
The letter of Justice McNeill
which provoked Freeling's state-
ment is as follows:
Aug. 10, 1922.
Hon. Prince Freeling,
Oklahoma City, Okla.
1 take some hesitancy in writing
you, as I feel the judiciary should
be as free from political alliances a*
possible. Inasmuch as 1 was elect-
ed four years ago upon the same
ticket that yqu were ejected attor-
ney general, and we became mem-
bers of the same official family of
this state, under those circumstances
I feel I may digress from the rule I
havo heretofore adopted and express
my surprise at the report, which you
have not denied, that you are quit-
ting the democratic ticket. The
democratic party of this state will bo
on trial this year, and your as well
as my official acts, must either be
approved or disapproved by the vot-
ers of the state. If we have made
mistakes in the discharge of our
duties, it is the party that suffers
more than you or I.
Elevated By Democrats.
Numerous republican papers have
already denounced your conduct as
a state official, in resigning as at-
torney general and accepting a $ 15,-
000 fee to finish a case which came
to you in your official capacity as
an officer of this state. Do you ex-
pect the democratic party to approve
your conduct and defend you, or does
it make any difference to you? Or
are you willing your conduct be con-
demned, and the democratic party
suffer thereby " Eight years ago you
were a struggling county attorney of
Pottawatomie county, the income
from the office was very small. It
was by the grace of the democrat
party of this state and its confi-
dence in you that you were elected
attorney general, and also re-elected
four years ago, and it was by the
grace of the democrat party that you
have drawn from the state treasury
of this state almost $45,000 in seven
> ears as salary. That is more money
1 ban you had ever made in any other
even years in your life. The prac-
tice you are now enjoying is by vir-
tue of the office you held at the
hands of democracy. You at least
should appreciate the same, and be
i willing to aid the party that has been
so kindly to you. You are reported
as saying because the democrats
; have nominated a man who ap-
proves a platform adopted by farm-
(Continues on luge rive)
JUDGE BURF0RD BETTER
That Judge John H. Burford had
passed the crisis of his illness and
was improving slowly was the worl
received here late Sunday.
Judge Burford is ill at Long
Beach, Cal. Burford is a former
chief justice of the supreme court
land was prominent in Oklahoma <**•-
ing territorial davs. _
FARMERS' UNION DELEGATES
ATTEND GIN RATE HEARING
| Many delegates to
| union convention. whl<
! here Tuesday, were In
anil attended the hea
ginning rates before t
commission Monday m
i Ginners are trying
vlll be held
; on cotton
ed, saying that the:
a fair profit on ti
iral members of th«
i rates rail
| not make
rate. Several met
j ers' union were on the
and gave the farmer's
Those giving testimony*
H. Pugh, Mangum; W. H. Summers,
.Ada F. P. Ward, Lexington. W. H
Matherly, Erick, and Barnum of
Although there should be 1.000
delegates present, the poor condition
of fanner.s at this time will prevent
more than from 2« 0 to 500 attending,
according to H. B. Converse, man-
ager of the state exchange.
Nearly 150 members had arrived by
noon Monday, < onverse stated.
Interest in the election of officer®
was evident, and it was rumored that
certain elements would oppose re-
election of John Simpson, who has
served for six years as president.
These delegates bad not agreed on a
candidate -Jo oppose Simpson, it was
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