The Hennessey Clipper. (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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HENNESSEY, KINGFISHER COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, .907.
FlljJ ST N A T I O N A L B A X K
At the Close of Business, Friday, March 15, 1907
Loans and Discounts $ 80.h80 -14
overdraft* ; ; | q| | 09
Phkmidm on Bonds 90000
rmal estatk. fu hn itu he & flxtu hes 0,000 00
U nit ed states BoNDH . 2">,0c0 00
5 Peb Cent. Redemption Fund i.iVioo
Cash and in Otheu Banks flfl.ooi 07
TOTAL ^ 1181,043 70
The above statement Ik correct.
SUHPL.U8 ; : ;
,Unih vided I'hofits Not
Deposits : " :
K. B. COCK UK
9 25.0(h) 00
: 6,000 00
Supreme Court's Deci
Will Be Announced June 25th If
Murray Withdraws His Pro-
An Oklahoma ABC
The decision in the injunction
cases against the holding of an
election on the proposed subdi
vision of the counties of Oklaho-
ma by the constitutional conveti
tion, will be handed down on
June 25th, if Cockle bur Bill Mur-
ray is not in contempt of the
court at that tune.
When the supreme court an-
nounced the date Friday on
which the decision will be rend-
ered Judge Burford, speaking
for the court stated that theopin
ion will be rendered on thai, date \
if Mr. Murray has withdrawn
from publication his proclaina
tion for an election now being
run in Daily South McAlester
Capital, calling the election for
Attorneys Ledbetter and Beir-
er, counsel for the convention
and Murray in the cases, stated
that the proclamation will be
withdrawn if their advice to
their client is followed.
Cocklebur Bill announces from
Oklahoma City that he will reas
semble the convention im mediate
ly after the court renders itsopin-
ion, thus assuming to say what
the court will do with the cases.
He announces that the election
date will be changed, but no
amendments will be made to the
constitution unless someone
speaking in authority for Presi-
dent Roosevelt says the docu-
ment will not be approved as
It is generally the opinion in
political circles here that should
the convention reconvene such
pressure will be brought to bear
upon the radical element of the
party by the conservatives that
the constitution will have to be
amended to conform to the de-
mands of the people of the
The features so strongly ob-
jected to are the school levy lim-
itation, the gerrymander, the
limitations on the courts, and
road and highway commission
without restrictions on the dis-
bursements of money. The lim-
it of taxation for general purpos-
es by the state legislature is also
a question which which will be
brought up, together with the
submission of the division of the
counties of Oklahoma to the vot-
ers in the districts immediately
effected by the change.
HASKELL IS OBSTINATE.
It is pointed out that such able
men as Thomas Doyle, Virgil M.
Hobbs, Pat Nagle, Koy Hoffman,
Lee Cruce, and Roy Stafford will
use their influence to have Mur-
ray and Haskell amend the con-
stitution so the people can adopt
it. By the nomination of Hask-
ell for governorship is supposetl
to make it impossible, as lie stat-
ed in Ins speeches that he would
rather give up his ambitions t>
be governor than to change one
line of the proposed document.
Thus'the conditions confront-
ing the future state are now iii a
very uuceriain shape.
From the K. C. Star.
Q. What is causing the delay
in the submission of the proposed
constitution for the state of Okla-
homa to the voters of the two
A. Republican and democratic
politics, both political parties be-
ing jointly responsible. The
democrats created the conditions
that aroused the antagonism of
y. Is this the only cause of de-
A. No. The constitution legis-
lative features that provoked
nonpartisan resentment, and
led to litigation in the courts of
Oklahoma and the issuance of
injunctions against the calling of
an election at which the pecple
were to reject or ratify the con
j stitution. The main legal issue
iiit this time is the right of the
j convention to divide counties in
Oklahoma, citizens of those
contending that they, not the
convention, should decide wheth
er or not the.-e counties should
be divided. One district court
judge has held that the conven-
tion lias authority to divide
counties, while another judge, in
a later decision, holds to the con-
Q. How long will it take to
settle this questionV
A. Nobody knows. The case
will bo heard in the supreme
court of Oklahoinaand from there
it may go to the United States
y. Would this bring the litiga
tion to an end?
A. No. Manv other cases are
pending and more will be tiled.
y What was the political com-
plexion of the constitutional con-
A. There were 100 democrats
and twelve republicans.
Q Were partisan and political
l'nes drawn in the proceedings
of the convention?
A. ^ es. The democrats, having
a large majority, sought to re-
deem campaign pledges and as-
serted that the constitution
would be the democratic, cam
paign platform in the state elec-
Q What is the most specific
complaint of the republicans?
A. That the constitution is not
republican in form, as required
by the enabling act and the con
stitution of the United Stales.
They assert that the legislative
apportionment, which gives the
democrats absolute control of the
legislature, is based upon geo-
graphical area, and not upon
population and by reason of this
fact seven votes in certain re
publican communities are offset
by four votes in certain demo-
cratic communities, the alleged
disfranchisement affecting re-
publicans and democrats alike,
y. Who will be thetinal arbiter?
A. President Roosevelt.
y. What do democrats and
republicans say privately?
A. That President K«>osevplt
would turn down the constitution
in its present form.
Q. Will the constitution be
A. This depends largely upon
the success or failureofdifferent
men in securing nomination for
office on the democratic primar-
ies June H.
Q. Is this a true statement?
A. Only to the extent of the
accuracy of persistent political
Q Was the constitutional con-
vention controlled by a factional
A. It was.
Q. Was there any perceptible
difference between the qualitica
tions and conduct of the dele
gates in the convention, as a
whole, and those of an average
A. There was not.
Q What was the apparent pur-
pose of the machine in the con-
A. First, to use the convention
and tlie constitution in building
up the democratic party; second,
to give the manipulators of the
machine control of the democrat-
ic party. I
y. What was the result?
A. The second part^ of the!
answer just given will be made
known at the primaries this
week, and the first cannot be as-
certained until the constitution,
in the form approved by thd
president of the United States,
is made public.
Q. If, for any reason, the con-
stitution should fail before the
next session of congress, what
A. The republicans assert that
restrictions upon the sale of al-
ftted land in Indian Territory,
now non-taxable, will be remov-
ed, and that another enabling
act for joint statehood will be
given immediately, and that in
less than a year Oklahoma will
y. Is it possible that the same
entanglements that now hamper
the constitution would arise?
A. It is, but the people and
the delegates probably would be
y What is the fundamental
source of the present trouble?
A. The belief by the dominant
leaders of the democratic major-
ity in the convention that the
latter is a soverign body, clothed
with all the inherent powers of
people, theincludingall legislative
authority. This opposed to the
theory that the convention is a
committee possessing only such
power as were specially delegat-
ed by congress in the enabling
act, its authority coming from
congress, supreme in the adinin-
ission of a state, and not from
President Murray's latest pro
clamation, which is as meaning-
less as the average Democratic
argument, concluding with the
gambler's "put up or shut up"
challenge is in keeping with the
whole recent democratic policy.
Mr. Murray and bis followers
well know that the obnoxious
features of the Constitution are
not confined to any single article
section or clause. That docu
ment, so far as the people can
know of the provisions of a se-
cret document, is full of objec-
tionable, obnoxious, outrageous
and iniquitous features. It can
no more be made over to suit
the people than could an ometlet
inline of bad eggs or a structure
of rotten timber.
Forty thousand or fifty thous
and democrats who refrained
from voting at the primaries
realize this and when election
day comes will join the Republi-
cans in rejecting it. That is the
time when the people will put up
nnd Mr. Murray will shut up.
Muff and bluster will then be at
The Constitution Should Be Re-
There is a growing feeling that
the Murray Constitution, with
its many provisions conflicting
with the federal constitution,
will never be accepted by the
President even if adopted by a
majority of the people of the two
territories. It is probably true,
hut such a feeling should not in-
fluence votes against its rejec-
tion at the election. The docu
ment should never he allowed to
reach the President for his de-
cision. It should be defeated
here at home, and so decisively
as to show the contempt of the
people for its unfair provisions
and the method ol its construc-
The people of the two territor
ies can well afford to wait a few
months longer and get a Consti
tution that will allow of State-
hood under conditions fair to all
and for the best interests of all.
An Untrustworthy Democracy.
The conduct of the democratic
primary campaign and election,
following the methods adopted
bv the Democratic majority in
the Constitutional Convention,
have served most forcibly to im-
peach the leaders of that party.
They have proved themselves
not only incompetent and incap
able, but dishonest and unworthy
of further trust. To committhe
welfare of the now State of Okla-
homa for an indefinite seriod to
present democrat leaders would
be the sheerest folly and would
mean simply, failure and ruin.
It is a good sign that the better
class of democrats are standing
aloof from their party and join-
ing the Republicans in their de
sire for a new Constitution that
will protect the people in all their
rights of citizenship and in every
phase of material, social anu
educational welfare. The people
of Oklahoma and Indian Terri
tory are lacing a most critical
condition. The Murray consti-
tution must be defeated. Such
a document must not become an
organic law. Now is the time
for a4l loyal Republicans and
Democrats to work for its rejec
Do you want to make q'lick money? If so, do not fail to
r rx jiosedale and University place, Enid, O. T. On CAlt
LINE those lots will be in quick demand before Sept , 1!K)7.
You pay $, j i'll cash and $l(M>itper month thereafter. Uni-
versity Place has a restriction clause in building, so that
you are protected in building. Wo have bargains in im-
proved and unimproved property in all parts of the city.
We are selling tiuIf Coast lands in from Ill-acre to Section
tracts, $1.00 per acre cash, and $l.i>C per month thereafter.
FARM LOANS at lowest rate of interest,
when papers are signed. Call, or write us.'
| Bear-Shobe Realty Co,
. 13-14 Ok. State Bank Bid. Phone 248. Enid
Rev. Keniston's Bond Unchanged.
From the Danville, 111.. Commercial News.
When Iiev. G. N. Keniston was
called before Judge Thompson
Friday morning to answer to the
two indictments found against
him by the last grand jury,
charging him with rape and
paternity, he pleaded not guilty
to both counts. The judge al
lowed his bond in the two cases
to remain the same as it was fix-
ed by Justice Osborn, $2,3<)0.
His bondsmen were present,
ready to increase the security if
it was needed.
There was a report current
Thursday evening that the past
or was about to leave the city.
He went to the Wabash train
with his mother, who was going
to her hflhie in St. Louis, and
some people started the storv.
He was approached by Deputy
Sloan and it was learned that ho
had no intention of leaving the
"Put up or shut up" may be a
j good Democratic argument, but
Republicans desire something a
little more definite. They pro-
pose to get it, too, in a new con-
stitution that wjll oe fair and ac-
ceptable to all interests.
Harry Rhodes came home last
week from Lawrence, Kansas,
where he graduated this year
from the iSiate University. He
will visit here awhile with his
Rev. love's farewell.
A large audience assembled at
the Christian church Sunday ev-
ening to listen to the farewell
address of Rev. Love, who has
been the beloved pastor of that
church for the past two years.
It is the concensus of opinion
that it was the most eloquent
and scholarly address ever de-
livered in this city. Mr. Love
took charge of the congregation
in this city when it was not in
the most flourishing condition
and by his untiring labor and
perseverance has made it one of
the largest and most flourishing
in the city. Under his guidance
the little frame meeting house
has been replaced by a hand
some and commodious structure
which is practically free of debt,
lie has established himself com-
fortably in the hearts of our peo
pie and his removal at this time
will be sincerely regretted. Mr.
Love has accepted the charge at
Hennessey and expects to enter
upon his new duties immediate
ly. The love and best wishes of
their many friends here will fol
low him and his estimable family
to their new home. In the
change Hennessey gains a mighty
good man and one of the best
preachers that ever talked to an
Oidalioiiia audience.—Ponca City
Rev. Love will begin his work
as pastor of the Christian church
at Hennessey next Sunday.
The Canning Factory In Operation.
The Hennessey Canning Fac-
tory presented a busy scene last
Tuesday afternoon. About fifty
persons were at work in the var-
ious departments. The factory
was at work canning peaches
and was just getting fairly to
work. In an enterprise of this
kind where so much machinery
is used it is no small matter to
keep all the various machines to
working harmoniously, but the
way the manager, J. S. Clark,
proceeded about his work indi
cates that the work of the fac-
tory will be well done. Some of
the machines do their work so
ingeniously that they almost
seem possessed of intelligence
Til's is especially true of the
They have already canned
beans, peaches, and apricots.
The broad porches were almost
tilled with fruit brought in by
the farmers. In a few days
they expect, to be running regu-
larly and there will be opportun-
ity for those out of work to find
plenty to do.
An unusually large congrega-
tion tilled all the available space
in Oak \ iew School house last
Sunday morning. Doubtless
Kev. Vennum began to feel en-
couraged that his labors for the
good of the community had not
been in vain and that the gospel
seed th t he had so faithfully
sowed was about to spring up
and yield a fruitful harvest.
| Whatever thoughts of this kind
were in his uiind at *he begin
| ning of the service the sequel
shows that the congregation was
not attracted altogether to hear
the gospel story—but to listen to
another story—as old as the gos
pel- and full of sacredness—the
pledging of love and fidelity to
each other by two "till death do
So at the close of the service
the pastor pronouueed the bene-
diction, but told the congrega-
tion to be seated. Then up
through the central aisle of the
cliu-ch at \9 M. came Mr. John
Berard and Miss Alinira Clem-
ents and advancing to the minis-
ters desk took the vows that
made them husband and wife.
Unknown to the bride her Sur-
day school class of little girls
preceded the bridal couple strew-
ing (lowers in their pathway.
The groom is the brother of
Frank Berard formerly of the
Oak View neighborhood and is a
telegrapher whose home is in
Crom well, Iowa, and the bride is a
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rhod« s
Clements who live 5 miles soutl -
east of Hennessey. They left
for the home of the bride imnie
iately at the close of the cere-
mony and shortly after rec ived
the coMrmtulutions of relatives
and friends. A bounteous dinner
was served by Mrs. Clements,
partaken of by some thirty or
forty guests. They left for
their home in Cromwell, Iowa,
oil Wednesday of this week.
Farmers' Union 4th of July Pic-
nic at Doyer.
Representatives of eight or
nine different local Farmers'
Unions have secured the use of
Leitch's Grove at Dover for a
big Farmers' Union 4th of July
celebration this year. All the
Unions in the county will be ask-
« d lo join in the picnic. Every-
ilnngis Farmers' Union under
district management of commit-
tees appointed by the Unions.
One feature of the celebratiou is
a grand free barbecue.
J. A. Tuggart,
E. F, Pursell, Sec'y.
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Miller, C. H. The Hennessey Clipper. (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 20, 1907, newspaper, June 20, 1907; Hennessey, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc105555/m1/1/: accessed August 2, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.