The Daily Oklahoma State Capital. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 155, Ed. 1 Monday, November 2, 1896 Page: 3 of 12
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opposed the Free Homes Bill lie deliv-
ered n eloquent address in its favor.
He said, in part:
"Mr. Sneaker, when this bill was reported
frtnii the L"oliitnittee oil Public Lands 1 !«.■•< r\
ed the ntlht to oj i «e it. It. "I'"" mve-Iuat on
1 ahouldcometotli.-, or., lu-ioii that it ...wirt
s. Letters and petitions ftoni >Ua
hontahave cnvmeed me tliat thebiH ouubt to
nut to pass
pwrir3 l «hui(We it my support.
I That is democratic authority.—Ap-
Now, le*. me introduce another man
who is a national character as a pretty
■rood figurer. and if it was the Lacy
bill he would not have said it was the
Flvun bill, and that is tlen. l.rosvenor
of Ohio, (l'age 3140, same day, March
10.) lie said:
in support ol tin- prov moils "I this
i jii altnijlv nirnes out m the interest ot the
tiers of Oklahoma the true the >"n
eminent lathe matter of boraertesn .
Friends, 1 have presented to you the
record; what 1 said myself.what
Judge Lacv said, what Tom Me Km
said; and what den. tirosvenor said,
but now 1 will produce for your• edu-
cation a clipping from the laloga
Advocate." a paper supporting Ihr
Callahan and giving reasons wliy yon
should vote for hiiu. Callahan sa\s
my bill was pigeon-holed. I have pre-
sented the evidence. Now I want to
read this two-line item from this pop-
uliBt paper, under ilate of September
"Vote for Callahun-a pure man,
who does not resort to lies to secure
votes." (Laughter.) Understand that
is not ray language. It is taken
the Taloga Advocate, the leading pop-
ulist paper of 1) county, under date of
He Shows Bill
My friends, what 1 said about II. R.
308 will hold good with reference to
u K 3iir.il. If that is my bill my name
ought to be on it, aud there is some
other evidence that ought to be on the
bill No bill can pass the House or
Seuate unless immediately after pass-
ing it is printed and the certificate of
the clerk of the House or Senate
placed upon it: so that if 1 introduced
House Hill 3050, which the record
shows was done, my name ought to be
printed on it. You remember the
"H. R. 3050. In the House of Repre-
sentatives. January 10, 1396. Mr
Flynn (Dennis, if you please, not Mr.
Lacv) introduced the following bill,
which was referred to the Committee
on Public Lauds, and ordered to be
printed." . , ....
And now, this is the title
of the bill. I read you the title
of the bill from the record. 1 now
read from the bill itself:
"A bill providing for the relief of settlers on
the public lands in Oklahoma 1 emtory or
actual. />,< •! lidt settlers, and reserving the pub-
lic lands for that purpose. '
;tti5ti in the Senate.
No. if that is the same bill, if that is
my bill, the one that passed, it ought
to be the same number in the Senate
of the United States, with the certifi-
cate of the clerk of the House on it.
Let's see if 1 have got that. I propose,
with your kind indulgence, to let you
people know something about the Free
Homes bill, even if my friend, Rev.
Callahan, does not.
(Holding* up the bill.) ' House l ill
3056, in the Senate of the I nited
States, March 17, 181M5."
Now, my friends, what is the title
of this bill in the Senate?
"An act providing ifor free homesteads on
public* lands in t ikhdioma 1 erritory for actial
and tonafidt settlers and reserving the public
lands for that purpose."
I said if that was my bill, the one
that passed, it ought to have the cer-
tificate of the clerk of the House at-
liev. Callahan says about it in the Sen-
ate 1 came home two years ajro and
made a campaign for re-election. 1
came home after I hail introduced
House Bill and after it had been
adversely reported, and when 1 came
home the democratic party hail nom-
inated my friend, Mr. NNisby. against
me, and the populists had nominated
Mr. Heuumont. In the first campaign
Mr. Travers was the democratic can-
didate and Mr. Ward the populist 1
have had four candidates against me
up to this campaign for congress,
and 1 want to say, in fairness to my
friend. .Joe Wisbv. he is the only man
who ever ran against me for congress
whose postoftiee address could be
found in Oklahoma the day after the
•lection. (Applause 1 In thUcnmpntom
with Mr ftfcby certain Utuea were
made. Certain things were resorted
to, and. my friends, it is natural to
presume that what they resorted to
two years ago they will resort to
You of this city have witnessed on
a former occassion the spectacle of an
opposing candidate denouncing me
and my free homes bill, and challeng-
ing me to meet him and when 1 do
come and find hun here he absolutely
refuses to use the two hours assigned
him to support his case.
Culuitmly Is Their Weapon.
Doubtless, when I leave here tonight
and go around the balance of the ter-
ritory , you will find those scoundrels
—not Rev. Callahan; do not under
stand me to say an unkind word
against him; he is my worthy oppo-
nent; he is a man you people must set
tie with, and not me they cannot
find anything wrong with what 1 have
done in congress and they go around
like a lot of coyotes after 1 have gone
snarling and biting, but the moment 1
undertake to face them they run un
dt r cover of darkness; a lot of scound-
rels who go about with a stiletto up
their sleeve ready to assasinate my
character. That has been resorted to
in every campaign that 1 have been a
candidate for congress. \ou people
here at Mulhall are told that I have
been deceiving you and that what 1
said was not contained in the Congres-
sional Record. It is natural for Rev.
Callahan to make that statement. It
is true that he is quite able to tell you
and I how we ought to live and what
paths we ought to pursue iu life. My
friends, Rev. Callahan of all others
cannot claim that the charges that he
has made and which the records have
refuted, were made through ignor-
ance. Rev. Callahan lives on free
homes land. If he does not know any-
thing about it now, he will later on
know that to protect his own home I
have extended the time of payment
three times since I have been in con-
That Non-Partisan Pink Democratic
After I had left certain sections of
Oklahoma two years ago on the eve of
the election this pink circular was
printed, t Holding up circular.) It is
signed, or alleged to be signed, by
thirty or forty of the democratic otiice
holders of the Territory. My friends,
1 want to say in justice t'j many of
them that afterwards, acknowledged
that their names had been forged to
the circular. Rut, my friends, seme
of them under the leadership of tne
Marshal of this Territory, Mr. Nagle,
were at El Reno clamoring and argu-
ing in order to make a trade, whereby
if Mr, Ury an was elected then that Mr.
Nagle could c mtinue to hold the office.
Friends, Mr. Nagle his no right in the
future to look for favors at my hands,
although when he was attempting to
secure his oflice his name was referred
to the Senate for confirmation, and he
whether it is democratic or republt ., conglomeration of I ' and placed on I will klgn or PPr"ve a 1 'J -J '
"nI do not care what the adiui.,:- t; . enlar the H.n.s, .un. out of speaker says, whether he v ev, 1-
nation is When the bill introduced the th. sands of fail's ntrodueed u> it go through the house to ever vac
is referred to the department having congress no more thau on. thousand the president. And w ant -asn • •
and then, les
is referred to the department having cong
jurisdiction of the subject matter. , ever reach the ea ender
nine cases out of ten whatever the de-1 than three hundred of them ever get ( applause
partment savs, congress will follow.
Do you know who compose congress
There are three hundred and sixty
men in the lower house of congress;
hundred and fifty-seven who
now, not for the purpose « f getting
-does any man believe that
Ui of that and become laws Congress I the speaker of the next house of rep-
does not pass to average three hun- j resentatives will be a populist Cr es
dred bill- for the thre.
sixty members. We gc
calandar. That was
ours otf the
e first move.
a es resounded through the Hall* of
House of Kef resentatives, and
en he said, these opposed say "No?"
re w re three little insignificant
11 My fr ends, the bill passed and
went ti the Senate. I came home to
attend the convention at Kingfisher
isd delivered un address there to my
of "No! no!" etc. Of course you don't, people. 1 also spoke at El Reno, and
1 have seen two hundred men at one as 1 was talkiug to them as I am talk-
have votes and three delegates with-i If you want t<
out votes—one from New Mexico, one
from Arizona and one from our Terri-
tory of Oklahoma. And now, while
we are talkiLg about that, let me call
your attention to one thing. A dele-
gate from a territory cannot go on all
the committees of congress '1 here
is a limitation. There are ten com-
mittees a delegate is eligible to serve
A delegate cannot go on the com-
mittee on finance. He cannot go on
time on the floor of the house with
get votes you must bills in their hands all trying to get
canvass of the House. That recognition from the speaker, all
was what we did. > dnev Clark, a howling as loudly as they ooult! "Mr
democrat from Oklahoma' ity, was in Speaker Mr. Speakei and ^ t.ie
Washington, and Judge Harvey, the | speaker apparently not see a solitarv
firs: delegate from this territory, was 8oul and goon transacting other busi-
there. 1 said, "Here, boys, you take ness. You may get three hundred and
these'fellows and see how they will fifty six men in congress to vote for
vote When you are told that free your bill|but if you do not get the three
homes is not an issue, I wish to C«od 1 hundred and fifty-seventh, and he i
could agree w ith you 1 wish 1 could the speaker, your
send you all home sati-tied that the , daylight.
the committee on banking and curren- free homes bill w as no longer an issue
cy, appropriations, ways and means,! Not on 11* KueesTo l'*. ' "
tees Hke that so donotg, away with , money Von may talk abou your free , w„lt M,, and 1 said -Mr
the idea that'no matter whom you coinage all you want to. llie p>•p ■ >pi.ukl.r j ),ave a bill on the calendar,
the committee on finance and increase ir-n'oition of over four tl1
did the secretary say'.' I he secretary
said we were not entitled to free
tion. Undoubtedly you peopli
take Senator Cocarell as good author-
homes, but he went further. lie item-! ity. In the recoid of lm daj. • i l__
i/.ed, uuder date of January 10 last. 11'
every foot of land in Oklahoma, and
ing to you about the bill, somebody
said. 'Who were the three uoes?" I
said, Turner, democrat from (Georgia,
Kyle, democrat from Mississippi, and
Kera, populist from Nebraska.
Only Three Opposed It*
Now, my friends, do not understand
me as saying that all the democrats or
all the populists in congress are op-
posed to the free homes bill. I never
. made that statement and I would be
I dishonest with myself if I made it
io„M now, but when I said those three men
\\ liat Keen Suldi . , . , , , . ,
. voted against the bill I knew what I
( aUahan tells you * hat Mi. wM ftboul As soon as j re.
said. l>ait 1 ' ' turned to Washington a populist news-
tter t ) Mr. Kem.
He wrote: "Mr Kem, Mr. Flynn
stated here that you had voted against
the free homes bill If that is true it
, , k , , will elect Flynn. If it is false it will
What'is tue<"bu".'"t*l e^aid ! a popu.ist." .Ken, replied right
The oklahoma Free Home bill
told him. He said "what is that '
•It is the bill, Mr. Speaker," 1 said,
"that a year ago you told me to go
home 10 111 v people and tell them if you
bill will never set
' last, the senator said, iu talking
1 about that question:
EX-COY. C. \Y. STEELE AND HON.
Hoth <ii\«' Words of Warnu'st
lion for Oklahoma's l'rt't*
HOUSE Ol" REPRESENTATIVES. 1 .
WASHIMITON, 1). 1 •
Mahion. 1m.. Oct. 10th, 1-
Hon, Dennis Flynn,
Uu Dear Sir: -I am anxious on account of your ciint ass.
uou ouoht to be elected, and have just written to one of uour personal
fr,ends in Kingfisher. Hon. Robert A. Lyle. u hat I really , h.nh .nam, -y:
that no one could have been more successful in .securing' c'"1
of bills you named into law, for the betterment of th■ condition if ti e
people of Oklahoma, than you have. I MEAN this, and if it u ill be to
your advantage, uou aie at liberty to shou this letter ft whom it may
concern. I sincerely TRUST that you mil be successful. I KNOW
that youjuohi ^ electl0n )s practically assured. I am working every
dan for the qeneral good, however.
I am yours uery trulu,
GEO W. STEELE.
NON. E. .1. II VINEirS LETTER.
AritoRA., Neb., Aug 24, 1"
I*. T. Hairier. Esq., Guthrie, Oklahoma
tached. (Holding up bill reads fr jui , h ^ ,ny friend Oritnes Here, the lie
it as follows:) I publican Territorial Chairman, tele-
"Passed the House of Ke; te-emative. Match , ,, and write me, "in the name of
IU 1siiu, ,\tte;.t. A. M.'liowel, clerk. i i ^ in#ut Up,m xa^le*s confirmation."
J.Btowmng. Uii.fe.t . | and to back it up Nagle telegraphed
How it Differed * rom Uitj Hi". , ^ ^ qwq nftme and siffnature,
'1 am opposed to fusion: alwa\s have
red From Luccy s Hill.
Hut Mr. Callahan --ays this bill i
pigeon-holed. Now. my friends. I will
be fair. 1 will now introduce Judg-e
Lacey's bill. I regret that I am com-
pelled to g9 into the lniuutia. 1 have
been one of those, as I said before.
• who believe the free home bill is above
men aud greater than any party. 1 am
one of those who assume that the pen
pie of this territory do not care what
party the man belongs to or what the
'.•olor ot his hair was, if the free homes
bill becomes a law. (Applause ) Judge
Lacey lias been our friend. Lacey
himself, in a campaign document
which he published in his own district,
cites the fact that 11. 11. 3050 passed
the House and was endorsed by a re-
publican national convention iu St.
Louis, and Lacy ought to know hut,
my friends, as Rev. Callahan ha- i e-
been; always will be: keep this tele-
gram. " And then he went over to LI
Tie no and was the leading gentleman
there who insisted that his fellow
townsman, Rev. Callahan, should be
endorsed. Of course, that is his priv-
ilege. I am not finding fault with
that, but Mr. Nagle and I can settle
our differences when 1 return to W ash
ington next December. (Applause.)
The people in the last campaign
decided that I should >ro back to con-
gress. I found the republicans had 150
majority: Torn Reed in the Speakers
chair. I at once went to the speaker.
And now you are told that it does not
make any difference whether a man
is a new man or an old one. anil that
one can have as much influence as tne
other. Let me call your attention to
ferred to the Lacy bill 1 will present | one thing. In the fifty-third con-
it. to vou, "11. R :mi." The Oklaho-1 t wentto Speaker £risp. I said:
ma bill, the bill referred to in the
Record, as you will remember, was
II. R. 3056. Now, what does the Lacy
bill provide'.' (Holding up bill reads
"A Bill To Provide Kor Free Homes On
Laud Purchased From Various Indian Tribes.
Isn't that different from the other
Mr. Speaker, my people are inter-
ested in public land-.. Indian a ti air-,
and in territories. 1 wish you would
five me a place on one of those com-
mittees " And when the assignment
had been announced 1 found 1 was on
the Agricultural committee. 1 went
up to the speaker aud said: "Mr.
bili providing for free homesteads on Speaker, vou have doubtless made a
lands in Oklahoma Territory? Rut 1 mistake. 1 wanted to go on one ot
want to be fair and that is why I have =
liken the time to read it to you. My
friends. 1 cannot stop even there. 1
have taken up Rev. Callahan's state-
ment that my bill was pigeon-holed
and that it was the Lacey bill that
passed and is going to pass.
Turns a Story oil Callahan#
Of course, you only have his state-
ment on that and 011 the other hand
you have the record, my own state-
ment, Judge Lacy s statement, loin
McRae's statement. <-on. (irosvenor -
statement and the bill itself, and you
will pardon me now it 1 read another
section from Rev. Callahan's speech, ,
and this is what it is. ( Heading from ' ^
Mv Dear Brother: Am glad to learn
that you are taking
such great interest iu the re-election of my friend U. T. i U nn to
congress, lie served with me, as you know, in the . .rd and ,Uh
congresses. From the commencement of our service 1 took great
interest iu all legislation relating to oklahoma; first because it
was a new territory in which many of my friends had sit
and second, because of your residence and interest there. Next
to my own state the interests of Oklahoma were constantly
mv mind. Naturally 1 observed very closely the record of >otu
delegate. It affords me pleasure to say without qualification
that no member of the vs.-d or 54th congresses has done better or
brainier work that Mr. Flynn. Certainly no other member of
either house accomplished so much for his people If the) ap
preeiate energy, fidelity to their interest and suecessfu. accom-
plishment of measures promoting their welfare ti wi.i triumph
autlv re elect him. He enjoys the conhdeti. e and good wU
those who have served with l.im His experience must prove^of
almost inestimable value during the terms to come. Look ot
the list of members who are strong in u.iluence m congres- am
you will find those who have been retained tor a lung sen,IS .,,
terms. The east and some states in the south and wis, ^urn.er
stand the value of experience, and the desirability of reta.mn
strong and efficient men iu congress. . . e for exam pie s n .is.at.
as Maine and Iowa, whose members >ead on ail important eo.i
mittees. No state or te. ritory which turns down
efficient member can hope to secure much neeo
Oklahoma has much at stake. Much has be! ^
past, but its free home bill introduced by Mr. I lyon has not yet
become a law. Its passage through the house was due more to
the personal efforts of Mr. Flynn than all other forces eombine,
A delegate discredited by defeat can accomplish but little eithe
in the house or in the senate. Re-elected for another term, lit
necessarily has: through his own position aud the assistance of
friends a strong influence in the senate.
I have all confidence that the voters o, Oklahoma under
stand their business and when November comes will be strongly
in line for Flynn and the issues which ^ represents
Sincerely, joui brother,
E. J. IIAIN'EIi.
done for it in the
i back. "Of course it is false. I never
voted against it." lioys, 1 will give
you five dollars if you will find any
letter in which Kem says he voted for
it All they do is to dispute my word
that he voted against it There are
two ways in congress to know how a
man votes One is on roll call, and the
other is to be within live feet of him
at the time he votes and see and hear
whether he savs ves or no.
w ere speaker of the next house } ou
would see that it went through Vou
are speaker of the house. The bill
is reported, and I am here to ask y<>u
to keep your word." He said " lienir
did 1 say that Vou did;" 1 said "Ail
right." he said, "1 will help you
1 hat is what Tom Beed said. Ap-
plause.) If what Rev, Callahan sat s is
true, that Reed did not propose to let _
the people of Maine pay lor our homes \ Px.mt uiber of congre
why diil Tom Ueed ever let the bil. go ijas pot to say about Iv
through the house?
Some I:npublished Letters from Con-
Now the opposition have written to
ten. twenty, thirty, and maybe as
many as seventy senators and repre-
sentatives of all political parties in the
United States congress, asking them
something about me and my bill.
They have got replies and are afraid
to publish them. (Applause.) '1 ho-e
men are honest and told the truth.
And the opposition iu this campaign I resentati\
. 11 o 411., tviitli j ! mutter h very cleur and distinct.
knows they are nothing,but tlu ti nth. l , , m .I Mr K.-m uui..-.•.•rruler of the Capitol
got a sample ot one « f those letters , ;iI i tailing int < • a urin-ral Miversation, he told
written bv Tom Mcllae, of Arkansas.
Judm- Harvey und Kem's Vote.
Jvidge Harvey and Clark assisted me
in my work in the house, Kem was
on Harvey's roll Let's see what an
in. You peo-
ple all know Judge Harvey. You
know whether he is honest or not.
He was the lirst delegate from this
territory. I went to him and asked
him to get a statement of the fact,
and here it is:
i )klahoma City. May 20, 1890.
HON. I). T. b\.\ NN.
Washlugton, I >. C.
I>eak Sir: You ask me to state the sub-
atance of any conversation l may have had,
laM winter, with the Hon < I.M.Kern, of Ne-
!.r;t>ka, in n t rente to the "Free Homes Bill."
then under consideration in the House of Kep-
My iicolle« tion of the whole
who. when the time came, stood on the
floor, as I will tell you later on. anil
battled nobly for our homes and our
What Tom McKue Think* of Dennis.
Thinking Tom Mcltae Would give
me a black eye, because he was a dem-
ocrat. a gentleman wrote him a letter
il you had :i loll be ti ire the House which,
if passed, would remit tin amount charged to
• filers upon lnd;.m land-, n Oklahoma. He
nave llie to understand that he could not sup-
port the lull. I wa^ rather surprised and think-
ing that the vote would probahly he close, re-
j ai t It 11 it a> srriu'h that the populist Leader tn
t!i -House should antagonize your bill. You
I M-ciiied to he discouraged w hen 1 told you that
I \'ou eould not count on Mr. Kern's support,
land l promised that 1 would try to wm him
over il it could be done.
In m v second talk with him he nave as one
I of the reasons why he should oppose the bill,
an abundance of public
be had for home-
l purposes free of price, hut that it was
to see what Tom had to say.
uleiitly suspected there was a mouse | Le fact totttierr w.e
undercover, loin sent the lettti to t .j ,„,r|)(Wt..s frtH. ,,f .
his friend and also sent me one at the mainly and, vet poor people had been deterred
same time, and u- that letter has not j from settling upon the richer land in Oklaho
been printed, you will pardon me if 1
now read you some democratic au-
thority as to how I passed that bill,
and I ask Rev. Callahan to reconcile
1 i> statement made with reference to
the bill with the Mcllae letter.
Pkf.scott, Ark.. Au^. IS, 1890.
J H. A Robertson. Ks«p. Harvey. < > T.
Mv Dear Sir: Yolir lettei in relation to H e
Oklahoma free homes bill has been receivi I.
I send you a copy of the speech 1 nwdc iti fa
. o, of the bill. 1 am satisfied that Mr. Inynn
will admit that 1 aided him to the extent of mv
ability m his efforts to secure its pas-aur. It
w,.~ in no sense a party measure: in ta< '. there
wa-. but little opposition to it m the house alter
consideration was secured. The <uea'. -t diffi-
culty was in getting it before the hou-e. I his
could not be done without the aid ol die speak-
er, and the credit of obtaining recognition tor
it i-. due entirelv to Mr. 1- lynn s | ersistent ap -
peals to him. Hetalked with me oftei ai 1
treelv as to th.e measure and the best nietliods
ot procedure, and I think it but simple
ti • him to say. that he w i
and earnest in his efforts to
titled to whate\ er credit is di
it through the house. 'i
onstant. acti\ e
ass it. and is en ■
• for engineering
1 IIOS. C- Mi RAE.
these other comi .ittees. "What ot
it?" he said. "The other delegates
-ervtri iu the last congress, and they
are entitled to the first piek. '1 he
committee 011 agriculture is all that is
left. Vou are anew man and must
Different in the Next Congress.
When 1 went back to this congress,
Arizona and New Mexico had both
elected new delegates. I hose men
are wealthy and stand at the head ot
political and business circles. 1 bev
did notconsider that Dennis amounted
to anything—evidently ji'st like Uev.
doubtless had the
said that if the free home- bill passed,
the treasury would lose ®15,OoS,4i>-.
That Wichita Agreement.
And, right here, 1 have understood
the statement lias been made that my
bill opening the Wichita country
vided for the settlers to pay $1.
That is true. That is the
SuDDose all the silver In tlie world were — . n. .
mI1 n.i.i i. r: in ini ' ed nun -liiiid let me say to you, m\ f.'iends in iih.a
i silver iloll.ir> :: init-1in\-; Imu mu ' ^ ' i homa the name of i'oin Mcllae and
memory should always remain
nine cent-per capita." green in the hearts of the people of
statement from Senator | this Territory. I do not care w^hat
party a man belongs to, 1 woun. be
ishonest if I did not in public tell my
a 011 account of the price charged and had
iieeii compelled to settle upon these dry lands.
Now if the people cho.-e to pass over the pub-
land- of western Nebraska and Kansas, pre-
fernnp to pa . something for better land, they
should be willing to live up to their agree-
ments. that they took these lands deliberately,
wit the price attached, rather than settle upon
poorer land, which was free.
I left hun unconvinced, and advised you to
hustle in other directions for support.
I'liis conversation occurred a few days before
the bill was called tip. during which time your
... tiMty had secured a sufficient number of
v i >tes to insure its ; assau'e. and no more atten-
• •: was i•; to the securing of Mr. Kem's
support. Yours truly,
D. A. HARVEY.
I want to submit this proposition to
you. Do you believe that a man rep-
resenting a constituency in congress
who will stand up and object to the
passage of a bill preserving the homes
ot live thousand of his own people
would vote for a free home bill for
Oklahoma.' (No, No, No! from audi-
By the record of Monday, May the
7th last, page 0330, Mr Mundell, of
Wyoming, got recognition from the
speaker to call up senate concurrent
resolution No. 38, which compelled
the issuance of patents to twenty-five
thousand people in the state of Wyo-
ming and Nebraska. Kem got up and
objected. Kem arose and objected to
the passage of the resolution giving
title to D,0.000 acres of laud to his own
Tilt Bill Went to Tlit Senate.
The bill passed the house and went
to the senate; went to the committee
..n public lands. And right there, my
friends, let me agyin produce my
fiiend Rev. Callahan. I want to be fair
with Rev. Callahan. 1 want what he
That is what Tom Mcltae, the dem- ,.dU\ to be distinctly understood. He
icrat from Arkansas, had to say. And | >ays that after 1 got the bill through
the house, (I am quoting now.) "some
fellow asked Dennis why he did not
push it further?' Well,*' he said, |I
got it through my house and that is
When the Bill Caine I p.
When the speaker finally recog-
nized me and 1 delivered the speech
that has been circulated, with due re-
spect to the opposition who say that I
did not. I was followed by 1 om Me-
Rae. of Arkansas. Tom rose in his
place ou the democratic side of con-
gress—congress is divided, one side
occupied by the democrats aud the
other side * by the republicans
•Mr. Speaker. I adversely reported t.
homes bill m tlie l;i~t emime*- I ii,,''i
rinli! to oppose it In tills, anil niter Inrt
vt-stiRiition 1 liav
bill nun lit to
fnr it and I hope
do the same."
made up mv mind that
It is rit'lit. 1 intend to v
i:y frientli on tin-, It- v
Cockrell, who is our friend.
Oklahoma's l'er Capita Question.
people that the men who helped us are
The question with us is not a per entitled to our everlasting gratitude.
we could pass the bill, and the eapita circulation of forty six dollars, j Mc.Rae Was followed by Lacy ana
i.rr in his reDort shows that al-
treasury of the United Metes t
a foot of land was
about a> far as 1 could be supposed to
get it,' and yet he wants you to re-
turn him that he may get it through
the other house. Why din't he push
[ it there before.'' A delegate is not
ike a member of congress A mem-
i her of congress passes a bill through
the lower house, then writes his con-
-tituents that he lia- parsed it through
r_. „r.__ . the house and tells them to write
I viduals on the claims it is a question "Mr. Speaker. I want to move the llieir senators to pass it through the
i of retaining in the eastern part of the previous question. llie kev. Calla- ^ ^enate a delegate cannot do that.
Callahan says that is what I did.
secretary in his report shows that al-: jh a question of retaining a circula j jjacy bv (irosvenor
though the country was so opened, mv , tion to the two hundred and fifty The Previous Question Moved.
free homes bill opens the \\ lcnita.; thousanil people in Oklahoma of over
country free, and he charges SG14,->35 sixty tlollars per capita. To the iu.lv ! 1 went to Speaker Reed aid I said
for it. . . ,!
He said the proceeds of tne sales ot U1 reMlulU|, lu „v ...^ , , . ,,
those lands are deposited in the j hlrip OTer fOUr hundred dollars per | han said that allj dul. was to move th.j ,,
capita; inthecenter of over two hun-1 previous question
credit of the Indians, unless the treaty | ared dollars, and to Rev. Oallahau. I have done tnat'.1 li e says tie can.
stipulations are to be entirely ignored ! himself, and his Cheyenne neigh-, Who can move a previou- ques. mi "
ail Hliauv* V,. . , ,1 : e ..... 111.. I n ■ \,i inun II (1 1'SS it IS II lh
•nds, could he
Friends, if I had been a coward and
a"' nad no interest in the two hundred
." thousand happv homes 1 represent 1
—a dishonest statement of fact. Notl |M,rs of two hundred and forty dollars. | Congress ' No man unless it i> h - might have gone to you aud said what
,s thrown open unless! an(j one hundred and sixty dollars to j own bill or unless he lia- the bn m|hesajs I did. But, my friends, this
settled with in ad-, (;reer county That is the issue that | charge. What is the previous ques-1 jree koines bill is an honest bill. It is
the Indian was
vance. "Your bill cannot pass, he I ] am battling for
I says, "you want to rob the Treasury I Mow w t. Gl)t tl,e Bill Ui
j of tifteen millions of dollars, lb.
| committee on appropriations says your j
' bill cannot pass. N ou want us to ap-
propriate out of a depleted treasury
I fifteen millions of dollars." I said: I will tell you what was the
1 "Tint, is not the proposition. We are If you think, as somebody said, that house and there uer
nine opinion of me. They slipped ( to give us a dollar out [all that was necessary was to ride up formed us that they won d not support
I around and went to the: speaker and I f tl p tpf,|s,urv. \Ve are simply asking | to the Capitol on horseback and call jt. That is why no regular vote
When we had eanvassed
j and fonn<i out how many
! wanted, and that we had
I tion'.' When we move a previous
I tion in Congress, it is a motion that
cuts off all debate. We had had all
the house j the talks on our side of the bill. I
votes we ; sajd that there were but three y Ues
,d enough, I cast against th<4 free homes bi'1
e next move, j told you we made a canvass < >f
a just cause in th* interest of honest
settlers. It is an honest proposition.
The bill went over to the seuate, and
the bill itself now i> the best record of
what occurred with it. Here it is,
iholding up the • the sane old,
came back and said: "1' lynn.
"He reminds me of a fellow who was (*ro*"-
inu 'I mt'iidi>w and ii liiill iiot alter liiiii. 11* •** . * .
ran for a tree, but did not «et to n in time to you would go to the speaker and get
climb it, so he struck out around the tree, and j! y0Ur committees. We thought we
the bull struck after him. He. of course run * ,, t ]iul t^0 ^est 0f vnU. We
ning around the tree, eould turn faster than the , uoum get a nine n <
bull, until tinally he w;is ehasin.: the bull, an went to the speakei
then he pot the bull by the tai' The bull be-
jjan to bellow. I he fellow said Bellow, > un
rascal who begun ti ■ thing,
(Laughter. "Three cheers for Den-
A Business Cuinpni«ti.
1 appreciate your compliments and
your manifestations, but. us I said,
this is a business campaign. This is a
a campaign where ever} one wants tn
know which man is tel Ing him the
truth. What is the matter W hat has
become of the free homes bill ' 1 will
refer a little la'.er to what my friend
tc be relieved from putting any in.
That is our proposition. We do not
want any money out of the treasury.
< Laughter an.l applause. I
t places on the committees, but he. an;> ( Went to The Calendar.
said Flynn was the oldest member ano however, on the "7th day of .lanu-
wotild iiave his selection tirst, and that l|arV( t]u. till went to the the calandar
what was left we could have and < ()f the House with a recommendation
vide between us " I was given the j ^ should pass and become a law.
committee on public lands and Indian U-ow. d0 you know, there are intro-
duced iu every congress from twelve
Kree Home* Klul.t at Knee Opened.
1 introduced House Bill 36M5 in the
home and it was referred to tbe secre-
tary of the interior for a report. Let
me say now, I do not care ^ hat the
political complexion of congress is—
to twenty thousand bills—bills intro-
duced by three hundred and lift.y-
seven members who hav# Totel from
all the states. You had a delegate
there without a vote. 'V e had suc-
ceeded in getting our bill out of that
.uneone to hold your horse while
you go in to pass a hill—don t ever try
it, boys; if you do you will doubtless
be arretted for leaving dead animals
and dead men on the public thorough-
fares of the city of Washington. When
^•e had made our canvasss. Speaker
Reed was the tirst man to go to. Let
me tell you. no man on earth passes a
bill through the American congress
unless the speaker of that house wants
to let him do it: 1 don t care whether
fill. In the s. .,f ti,.- lTn:ted States,
i ;< • , 11\\ ; ivR-rii'd to Committee
was I 7"j iVlil:, l.'an 1- '
taken. We did not .ionium a ro; - w iu.iJ.it I'ettiicrew'a Help.
call A roll-call sbowt who voted for ,
the bill and who voted against tli.'l Senator liuliii.s. a personal friend of
bill. We desired that the hill should mine, said to ine. • 'Dennis, we can t let
go through without any man going
on record as voting against it for if
they voted against 11 mid evi-r came
back to congress with the record be-
fore them, in order to he consistent,
even if he had changed his mind, he
would vote against it airaiu. The pi. -
stion shuts i ft' all debate and
you have '
democratic or republican, tnak.
vioils .j ues
To the man who is passing a hill the
speaker of the Aiuerii an congress is
more important than the president of
the 1'nited States. The president lias
the last guess, lie says whether he
The Speaker arose. "What is the
question'.1" "The question wus the
Kree Homes Bill for Oklahoma " When
the Speaker called, "Shall the bill
pass."' there was one gr
I went to Senator Petti-
1 said, "Senator. I have
i a free homes bill for Oklahoma
through the house. ^ ou have got ten
million acres of land in your state, in
South Dakota, that your people have
got to pa * for: what is the matter of
adding south Dakota to my bill and
he oing me outV* He wanted to know
what shape it was in. 1 told him jt
was before the committee on public
lands. He decided we ought to get it
awav from that committee and get it
and hurrah of I back to the senate. We tried it. lie
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Greer, Frank H. The Daily Oklahoma State Capital. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 155, Ed. 1 Monday, November 2, 1896, newspaper, November 2, 1896; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc104140/m1/3/: accessed September 28, 2022), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.