The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 21, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 16, 1910 Page: 3 of 6
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The Hennessey Clipper
HENNESSEY, OKL AHOMA. THURSDAY, JUNE 16. ll>i()
BIRD McGUIRE'S RECORD
Hi.s \aluublr Worfc for Oklahoma Ta\pa\-
ers and Citizens; Reasons for Re-Election
i Chandler Ncws-Publlcint, June ltllDI
Congressman Bird McGuire deserves
and will receive a renomination by an over-
whelming majority from the republicans of
tin- first district at the August primaries,
anil he will be returned to congress by an
increased majority at the November elec-
II is difficult to understand how any re-
publican of the first district could cast his
vote against McGuire at the primary in view
of the prestige the district and state has
gained through Congressman McGuire and
his achievements. As a matter of district
pride McGuire should be given such a rous-
ing majority as to further strengthen his
position at Washington.
. MOST IXFL UK XT IA L OKLAHOMAX
His seven years of service :in congress
makes McGuire the dean of the Oklahoma
delegation, the man to whom the national
republican leaders and members of congress
look for advice and information about the
conditions and needs of Oklahoma and the
southwest. McGuire's ability and stability,
hi.s quiet successful way of getting results,
his lack of any of the traits of the self-seek-
ing political grandstander and demagogue,
his clean personal habits and his pleasant
accomodating manner, have won him the
friendship and confidence of the leaders in
He is chairman of an important house
committee, expenditures of the Interior De-
partment, and is only third in rank on the
important Indian Affairs Committee. Many
men who have been in congress longer than
McGuire have not such good committee as-
signments. He is the only Oklahoma mem-
ber in cither branch of congress ivho is tic-?
chairman of a committee.
WHAT .4 SWITCH WOULD ME AX
As nearly forty thousand bills have
been introduced in the sixty-first congress
to date, it is readily seen that as a matter
of necessity, most of the real work of na-
tional legislation devolves on the commit-
tees. The men icho are committee chair-
turn, or tvho rank high on important com-
mittees are the members of greatest influ-
Should any new man be elected to con-
gress in place of McGuire, the first district
would bo compelled to surrender this posi-
iion of influence it has enjoyed for the past
-item years. Its member would rank be-
hind the representatives of the other Okla-
homa districts in the event they are re-elec*-
TAFT'S ADVICE "RETURN McGUIRE"
The great complaint in the west is that
the east exerts a much greater influence in
national affairs than the west. President
Taft recently pointed the way for the west
to gain prestige equal to that possessed by
the east. "Return your republican con-
gressmen icho have made good term after
term as the east docs." It's Taft's advice.
KANSAS GAIXS IXFLUEXCE
Kansas has learned the advantage of
beeping her representatives continuously
in congress, six of her eight members hav-
ing served seven years or longer. Of these
six members Calderhead with 13 years ser-
vice is on the ways and means committee
the most important in the house, and Scott,
Campbell, Reeder and Miller are each com-
mittee chairmen, Murdock being the only
.seven year man, not having attained one of
these places of usefulness. When he was
first elected to congress he declared he was
going to make himself noticed. He entered
on a self-boosting grandstanding campaign
through the press, continuously aligned him-
y-elf with the democrats, and cast his vote
against many of the most 'important Roose-
velt recommendations, just as he is now
obstructing the republican efforts to carry
♦nit the Taft program and redeem the
pledges of the last republican platform.
Murdock has succeeded in making himself
noticed, but how much greater influence has
Charley Scott, chairman of the house com-
mittee on agriculture, so important to the
west, and how much greater and more per-
manent service is Scott doing for the west.
tfnpE PRESTIGE FOR OKLAHOMA
< klahoma may well afford to adopt the
lead of Kansas and return her republican
cong essmen who are making good. She
will in this way add to the influence of her
representatives in congress and as Presi-
dent Taft had pointed out will in that way
do real and patiotic service for the whole-
west in adding to the growing prestige of
■this great section of the country in national
WONDERFUL LEGISLATIVE RECORD
McGuire has participated in work of
cmgress in the era that has brought forth
■more constructive and progressive legisla-
tion ni the interests of the. whole people than
<rw;/ similar era in the, history of the country.
Hi has stood nliouldcr to shoulder with III'
republican organization in congress in per-
manently placing these reforms on the sta-
tute boohs. Some of the more important
measures passed during McGuire's seven
years service in congress follow:
ROOSEVELT RAILROAD HILL
Hepburn anti-rebate and anti-discrimi-
Act preventing cruelty to animals in
Amendment to interstate commerce act
so immunity from prosecution is given only
to natural person who in answer to subpo-
enae gives testimony or produces evidence
Resolution for investigation by com-
merce commission of monopolies and rail-
road discriminations in coal and oil.
Appropriations for construction Pana-
EMPLOYERS LIABILITY ACT
Act making contributory negligence not
a bar to recovery.
Act extending to territories benefits
law requiring railroads to use safety devices
to protect employees.
Enlargement steamboat inspection act
for protection of lives.
Act providing equity hearings in dis-
trict and circuit courts where injunctions
are granted or continued.
Resolution directing commerce com-
mission to investigate and report on block
signal system and appliances.
Act requiring railroads to give em-
ployees ten hours rest at least after sixteen
hours continuous service.
Amendment employer's liability act,
conferring survivial right of action to per-
Submission amendment to constitution
for income tax.
Act prohibiting child labor district Co-
Anti-Bucket shop law for district Co-
Emergency currency act to relieve
XO CORPORATIOX COXTRIBUTIOXS
Act prohibiting contributions by cor-
porations in political campaigns.
Act providing second and additional
Act incorporating National red cross
Enlargement act preventing sending
obscene literature through mails.
Naturalization and bureau of immigra-
PURE FOOD LAWS
Pure food and drug law.
Meat inspection act.
Act prohibiting importation insect
Denatured alcohol act.
Act establishing standard for different
grades of cotton and grades for wheat for
Act prohibiting importation opium ex-
cept for medicine.
PAYXE TARIFF LAW
Payne tariff law, declared by President
Taft the "best tariff law ever written."
Act for safety in transporting explo-
Act increasing appropriations for agri-
cultural experiment stations.
Act for re—organization consular ser-
Act for preservation and control of
GEXERAL PEXSIOX LEGISLA TIOX
Act increasing pensions those who lost
limbs in military service.
Act increasing pensions those who are
Act granting pensions based on age to
veterans Mexican and Civil wars.
Act increasing pensions widows Mexi-
can and Civil war veterans from $8 to $12.
Joint resolution authorizing secretary
war to loan cots, tents and supplies for an-
nual G. A. R. encampment at Salt Lake.
OKLAHOMA'S PEST IXVESTMEXT
The citizens of the first Oklahoma dis-
trict have been benefitted politically and fi-
nancially by the work of congressman Mc-
Guire. His election to congress is the best
investment Oklahoma ever made.
McGuire, after a struggle that is re-
corded as one of the greatest in the legisla-
tive history of the country, brought together
in a compromise what appeared to be irre-
conciable factions in congress and secured
statehood and the right of self government
to the people of Oklahoma.
STATEHOOD AXD $5,000,000
He secured in the enabling act an ap-
propiation of five million dollars as a perma-
nent school fund for the children of Okla-
homa, the first and only appropriation of
this hind ever made by congress. Invested
in farm loans and bonds, with the school
land department economically and honestly
administered, the interest on this fund wiil
amount to a quarter million of dollars annu-
ally, or over thirtv times McGuire's salarv.
ANNUAL SAVING HALF MILLION'
McGuire also secured in the enabling
act an additional land grant to the various
state institutions of 1,050,000 acres. When
this land is sold and the fund invested it
should mean another quarter million dollars
in earnings annually.
These school endowments secured by
McGuire mean an annual saving of a half
miliVon ilollars to tin taxpayers of Oklaho-
SAVED SCHOOL LA XI) LESSEES
Over the opposition of the democratic
party and a portion of his own party, Mc-
Clure placed in the enabling act the provis-
ions protecting the school land leessees in
their improvements imd giving them the
preference right to purchase the lands when
sold. After events have proven that it was
only McGuire's foresight that saved to the
school land lessees the homes created by
RE MO VAL OF RESTRK 'TIOXS
\\ hen statehood came only one million
of the nineteen million acres of land of the
Five civilized tribes were subject to taxa-
tion. I he taxpayers in old Oklahoma were
required to pay the state taxes that should
be born by the remaining 18.000,000 acres
the sixtieth congress secured the passage of
his restrictions bill making twelve million
acres ol this land saleable and taxable. Tlir
Mr(r>iirc bill saved the counties in eastern
Oklahoma from bankruptcy, and meant a
further saving to the taxpayers of the first
DRAIXAGE AXD GOOD ROADS
In season and out of season, McGuire
has worked at the departments and before
the committees of congress for the adoption
by the government of the policy of assisting
in drainage and the development of good
roads. He induced the department of agri-
culture to send its experts to Lincoln, Okla-
homa and Okmulgee counties to make a sur-
vey of the Deep Fork valley, and prepare
plans and specifications for a drainage sys-
tem to reclaim the land of this fertile valley.
The investigations were made under the su-
pervision of C. G. Elliott, chief of this de-
on the east side of the state. McGuire in
partment, and his report shows that because
of the destructive overflows of the Deep
Fork, the Katy railroad moved its tracks,
and the Frisco, Fort Smith and Western and
M. O. G. railroads are out of commission
each year for periods of from one to four
weeks. Most of the land in the Deep Fork,
Bell cow and Quapaw valleys would bring
but $5 to §10 per acre because of the over-
flows. Dr. Elliott in his report says that
the drainage project will reclaim 26,600
acresofland"?e/;en once reclaimed these val-
ley Ion/Is will be cheap at $75 an acre" says
Dr. Elliott in his report.
At McGuire's instigation the depart-
ment has also made the preliminary drain-
age survey of the Black Bear valley "in Paw-
nee and Noble couties and the permanent
survey will soon be made.
OSAGE LEGISLA TIOX
As a delegate McGuire secured the pas-
sage of the Osage allotment bill, giving the
Osages their lands in severalty and making
seventy-five per cent of the lands taxable
after 190!), so revenues would be at hand for
support of county and township govern-
ment and schools. Another important Osage
county bill provided for the organization of
cities and towns.
Another important McGuire work for
the taxpayers and home owners of Oklaho-
ma is his assistance at the departments in
the removal of restrictions on Indian lands
under existing general laws.
SALE SEGREGATED LAXDS
In line with his work for the advancement
of the state and for the taxpayers, is Mc-
Guires's measure in the present session of
congress for the sale of the half million
acres of the surface of the segregated coal
and asphalt lands near McAlester, the most
important legislation affecting Oklahoma at
this session of congress. The bill will pro-
vide homes for over three thousand families
and will add millions of dollars to the tax
rolls, working a further saving for the tax-
payers of his district. The measure has
passed the house.
OTHER McGUIRE ACTS
A few more of the many acts secured by
McGuire are: Hundred thousand dollar
•federal building for Enid; opening 505,000
acres land southwestern Oklahoma for set-
tlement; granting Pawnee valuable 88 acre
park: giving Fort Supply Military reserva-
tion to state for insane asylum: passage in
hniise of act giving Enid valuable ten acre
McGuire park; act giving Tonkawa Univer-
sity peparatory school $50,000 worth of
land; act giving Perry site for city hall and
library: appropriation for site for addition
to Guthie federal building; and act authori-
zing issuance of patents in fee to purchasers
of Indian land.
McGuire has made a specialty of secur-
ing the establishment of rural mail routes,
1 because of the convenience and benefits to
the patrons, the encouragement that would
be given good road building and the added
value to farm property. When he took the
oath of office there were 19 rural routes in
Oklahoma. When statehood came there
were 725. There are now nearly three hun-
dred routes in the first district, or more than
the total number in the nine states and ter-
ritories combined, Utah, Arizona, Nevada,
New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and
Delaware. Approximately a million dollars
is now distributed as salaries among rural
carriers in Oklahoma, of which a quarter
million goes to the ten counties of McGuire's
McGuire is a consistent friend of the old
sold ers and has gained the reputation in
Washington of being one of the hardest and
most successful workers in their behalf.
He has assisted in the passage of the four
general pension increase bills since his elec-
tion to congress, giving the United States
more liberal pension laws than any other
country on the globe. He now has pending
a dollar a day pension bill. The friends of
such a measure are rapidly gaining strength
in congress as evidenced by the favorable
report on the Prince bill. This is not as
liberal as the McGuire bill but shows the
progress that is being made.
HAS ASSISTED THOUSAXDS
While in congress, McGuire has handled
the cases of thousands of old soldiers at the
pension department. Hundreds of pensions
have been secured or their allowance expe-
dited through his work. In order that this
work might receive prompt attention, Mc-
Guire has aiways employed an extra clerk
paying him from his own pocket.
\\ here it was impossible to secure prop-
er pensions at the department, McGuire has
in many cases introduced special pension
acts. It is diffiicult to secure the passage
if such bills, but McGuire has always suc-
ceeded in passing from eight to twenty at
a session, or three times the average quota
of a member. Each year, because of his ex-
perience and influence gained from long ser-
vice. he secures an increased number of
these acts, and is rapidly securing relief for
the needy veterans of his district. Thi3
session he has already secured 23 of these
bills which stands as a record.
DEFEXDERS OF A DMIXISTRA TION
From a republican standpoint there are
still other weighty reasons than his position
at M ashington, or his work, for McGuires
McGuire is a staunch believer in the re-
publican principles and an able defender of
the national administration and the legisla-
tion enacted under the administrations of
Roosevelt and Taft. With McGuire as the
standard hearer it will not be necessary to
(io into the campaign with an apology for
the republican national administration and
the record of progresive legislation during
the last fourteen years, as the republicani
iconld be compelled to do should an insur-
tgent be nominated.
STRONGER EACH YEAR
Every election McGuire has increased
his majority. Each year has found him
stronger with the people. At the time the
democrats swept the state with the land-
slide of 1907 McGuire was elected. With
the first district as a nucleous, the republi-
can party has extended its lines until it no\V
has three of the five Oklahoma congressmen
and a certainty of electing the full republi-
can ticket this fall.
WHY DEMOCRATS FIGHT McGUIRE
The democrats realize the strength of
McGuire with the people and that this
strength is largely instrumental in return-
ing Oklahoma to the republican column.
'The democratic press and the democratic
politicians are encouraging now as they en-
couraged in the past the opposition to Mc-
Guire, resorting to all sorts of deception.
But on the morning of August 3d they will
wake up to a realization that the republi-
cans; of the first district will not permit the
•democratic press and democratic machine to
select the republican nominee for congress.
REPETITION OF LAST CAMPAIGN'
Every republican remembers the desper
:ate efforts made by the democratic machine
in the last campaign to defeat McGuire.
Henry Johnston was given the democratic
nomination without opposition but a desper-
ate fight was made on the nomination of Mc-
Guire. It failed utterly just like the at-
tempts, now encouraged and abetted by the
•democrats, will fail. A large campaign
fund was raised and at one time thirty-five
democratic speakers were going in the first
district. The fight was made personal and
bogus affidavits were given wide circula-
tion in the closing days of the campaign.
But the people showed their Confidence in
McGuire and their appreciation of his work,
by doubling the majority in the face of this
McGuire's work in congress for the
■citizens and taxpayers of Oklahoma, the po-
sition of influence he has attained, his
staunch republicanism, his work for the
veterans of the late wars and the farming in-
terests of Oklahoma, his staunch support of
the national administration and his success
in leading the republicans to victory, are
substantial and unanswerable arguments
for his return to congress.,
Let's give McGuire a rousing majority
at the primary and then clean up the demo-
cratic machine in the general election an i
redeem oflice ridden Oklahoma from high
taxation and mis-rule.
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