The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 22, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 28, 1911 Page: 3 of 8
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earth on eve, ranymf
fagots 01 evergreens upon his shoul-
der. From palaces to hovels. In sun-
shine and rain, he goes his rounds,
asking alms at each door, thus test-
ing the benevolence of the people.
Few would dare to refuse him char-
The Czecks think that those who
keep the fasts best on Christmas
eve will be rewarded by visions of
the Holy Child in his dreams that
In rural Germany the people be-
lieve that between the hours of 11
and 12. on Christmas eve. water may
be turned into wine. Also, that no
live coal should be carried out of iu«
house on that night.
In Germany, too, it is "Kris Krin-
gle," who. coming down the chimney,
places the gifts in stockings lor
v-'v _ -
REVENUES IRE MENACED
8* A FLOOD OF SUITS
MAY HAVE TROUBLE COLLECTING
ENOUGH TAXES FOR DEEDS.
State In An Uproar—Citizens Protest
Against Incerase in Valuations
by State Board.
RECALL OF OKLAHOMA
Olahoma City. Okla. A flood of pro-
tests and tax injunction suits is aris-
ing from various sections of the state
as a result of the present tax situa
tion. Unless some order soon is
brought out of the present chaos and
suits already filed and contemplated
are not rushed to a speedy determina-
tion in the courts, the state and its
municipal subdivisions will experience
great difficulty next year rn raising
I enough money to meet the needs ot
The local taxing boards and'taxpay
' era, with few exceptions, are laying
, the blame for high taxes and the com
plicated situation upon the state board
, of equalization. On the otner hand,
Governor Cruce and members of the
state board attribute the conditions
largely to the various local boards.
There is a general complaint of hlgn
taxes from every section of the state.
The trouble started when the state
board of equalization raised the total
valuation returned by a large number
i of the counties as much as ." 0 per cent
| in some cases. The total valuation of
individual property in the st:ite was
raised in excess of $400,000,000 l>> the | agricultun
state board. The board took the po
"People's Power League" Would
Amend Constitution to Provide
For Direct Legislation.
Oklahoma City, Okla.—Ex-Senator J
Campbell Russell, president of the ,
"People's Power League" of Oklahoma, j
will call a deelgate convention in th«• j
near future for the purpose of adopting j
a proposal to amend the state const'.tu ;
tion by adopting a straight recall for
all officials in the state. The dea
has only been tentatively worked out,
but if Senator Russell's plan prevails
the proposition will be submitted on
two ballots, one proposing a recall of
all elective officers save the members
of the courts, and the other the recall
for members of the courts. Iu this
way, Senator Russell says, the ques-
tion will be divided to suit the prefer-
ence of voters believing in the recall
of everybod} except members of the
The success of the league whicii was
organized a short time ago, in gath-
ering signatures to the initiated bill
proposing to reorganize the state board
of agriculture, leads the officers to de-
clare they can put through any good
measure in comparatively short time.
In order to bring about a more per-
fectly working system President Rus-
sell has mailed throughout the state
"minute men's pledges," and when he
! gets signatures to 1,000 of them, he
says the convention will be called
for tit*' new movement .
Osage School to Be Discontinued.
Pawhuska, Okla.—The Osage board-
ing school for Osage Indian children,
which was established here In 1873,
will be discontinued after the first of
the year The Indian childre i now fn
the school will enter the public schools
of the city by the new arraugeemnt.
The city acquires the chan**| fo* use
of the high school and the campus,
which is said to be the fi 'est in tho
state. Many of the Osages have been
in favor of discontinuing the school
for years. It was not generally pat-
ronized and had become too expensive.
The Indian children gain more by the
association with the whites than they
gain in the Indian schools. There are
eighty four pupils enrolled in the
school at present. General Supervlso**
Pears, of the Indian schools, was here
to supervise the change. Supeilnren-
dent M A Sams of the city school,
has tendered his resignation and will
return to Nebraska.
HEN a great lestival
has be<-n handed
down to us from time
immemorial, it is only
natural that many
superstitions and ob-
cluster about its cele-
bration. It would be interesting to
trace them to their original sources.
The following are well-known legends
which abound throughout different
Many flowers, it is said, have put
forth their first blossoms on Christ s
natal day. A pretty French legend
tells us that rose-colored sanfoin lay
among the grasses in the manger.
Suddenly it put forth its blossoms
and formed itself into a wreath to
crown the sweet Babe's head.
When the "Star of Bethlehem" was
first seen the people exclaimed upon
Its resemblance to the star that
guided the Magi; and so it received
its pretty name. The hellebore, or
Christmas rose, also flowered at the
time of the birth of Christ, and so it
is also known as "Christ's herb.''
Many people believe in the miracu-
lous properties of the "Glastonbury
thorn," which is honored
at Christmas time. The
Sicilian children gather
pennyroyal to put in
their beds, believing that
it blossomed at the hour
In which Christ was born
There is a superstition
in some rural districts
of England and Wales
that if orchards are prop
erly honored they will bear largely
and be profitable through the coming
year So, in accordance with this, the
village people meet at early dawn,
and headed by their parson and other
representative men. go from farm to
farm, visiting every orchard, in turn.
They are met by the owner and to
gether select the finest tree as being
the most representative, and gather
about it, sprinkle it with the contents
of a bottle of cider, humming an old
chant and invoking its aid.
Many of the animals are thought
to possess human qualities on that
Bees are said to sing, oxen to
kneel in their stalls and sheep to
file by in procession, to commemorate
the visit of the angel to the shep-
herds. It is also believed in Germany
that horses and cattle are given the
power of speech. But whoever should,
by chance or purpose, stop to listen,
would surely die within seven days.
The Indians, too, believe that on
Christmas night all the deer of the
forest kneel "and look up to the
A legend is related that the Christ-
child wanders in disguise over the
those children "who are good." Tills
tradition of the chimney is supposed
to have come from the Norse mythol-
ogy. when a festival was given in
honor of one of their favorite god-
desses. Huge piles of green fir twigs
More Traveling Schools Next Summer
Stillwater, Okla.—Short courses in .
to be taught in tents in
several counties of the state during !
sition that all property must be assess ! the coming summer are being planned
ed at 100 per cent on the dollar and by the Agricultural and Mechanical
when the valuations from any county, j college at Stillwater. There will be
upon any of the various classes of j at least five of these schools and pos-
property, did not appear to reach this j sibly ten, dependent upon the amount
basis, the assessment was raised. j of interest shown by the county insti-
In addition to the suits mentioned, j tutes.
an action has been filed in the supreme Secretaries of the various county in-
court appealing from the action of the stitutes are requested to report by .Ian-
state board in making a total raise ot | uary I whether they expect to enter
more than $400,000,000 on the valu , the contest for one of the encampment
ation of individual property as return schools. A course of training in gen- j
ed by the counties. It is alleged that , oral agriculture and domestic science j
the raise is illegal, as the board has will be given in each county where an j
power only to equalize the taxes and i encampment school Is held which will
not to raise the total valuation. last for six days.
In addition to these suits, according ;
to the statement of Attorney Genvl School Teacher Sues Pullman Co.
West, about $'$,000,000 ol tax nionejs Tulsa, Okla. In a damage suit for
Federal Cash for Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City. Okla.—Congress
will be asked to appropriate a total
of $984,075.60 for the carrying on of
work of the interior department In Ok-
lahoma for the next fiscal period. The
budget that will be submited to con-
gress by Secretary MeVeagh includes
the following items: $10,000 for rent-
al of buildings at Guthrie; $53,455.40
for improvements in Piatt National
Park, Sulphur. $5,000 for support of
Wichita Indians and affiliated tribes;
$:!5,000 for support of the Oheyennes
and Arapahoes; $1)0,000 for the Chiloc-
co Indian school, $47,100 for fulfilling
Pawnee treaties. $175,000 for admin-
istration of Five Civilized Tribes;
$100,000 for district Indian agents;
$10,520 for fulfilling Choctaw treaties;
$50,000 for continuation of Kickapoo
and Five Civilized Tribes land suits;
$15,000 for Seminole land title suits.
were burnt, in stone fire-places erect- provided for by former state levies, 000 aj>aj„st the Pullman Car Coin-
are tied up in the courts as a result (ti pany, instituted by Miss Vivien Mull-
tax suits filed by corporations. ins, a teacher in the Tulsa schools,
— i she alleges as cause for damages that
Convicted Boy Released. she was denied a berth she had paid
ed for this purpose, and from out
the dense smoke the goddess appear-
ed. granting the prayers of her wor-
The yule log occupies a conspicu-
ous place in the huge, open fire-
place, and is lighted with ceremony,
thus sanctifying the hearth and pro-
tecting it from the evil spirits, from
which the festival is free. Those
upon whom fortune has smiled invite
their humbler friends to partake of a
huge meat pie, which is circled round
with candles. The host lights these
when all are seated, and should ono
go out, it is considered bad luck, es-
pecially for the one seated opposite.
This was called the yule-tide feast
and from this custom of lighting can-
dles, the modern idea was developed
of the Christmas tree candles.
In the Scottish Highlands these
quaint superstitions flourish greatly.
In the early morning a servant is
sent out to draw water from a spring,
to gather corn from the storehouse
and herbs from the garden. This
strict observance is supposed to bring
good luck to all those who live in
that particular house for the ensuing
year. Here, they also consider it a
lucky sign to be the first to open the
door on Christmas morning, so some
sit up all night to accomplish this
Oklahoma City, Okla. Holding that for; was compelled to stand on the
he was convicted and committed to i rear platform of the sleeper an hour
jail without authority of law, the crlm-. before even being admitted to the car, |
inal court of appeals ordered the re- and at last was compelled to sleep on
lease from the county jail at Ada of | a bed made on the floor of the car.
John Powell, 14 years old. The release She alleges she was made ill by the
was ordered on a writ of habeas corpus exposure she suffered. Miss Mullins
applied for on behalf of the boy by was en route from Tulsa to Kansas
Kate Barnard, commissioner of chari-1 < 'ity via the Frisco when the trouble
ties and corrections, through Dr. Stop-1 she alleges arose.
ler, the attorney for her department. I
Powell was convicted of burglary and Unwritten Law Used in Appeal for Bail
sentenced to two years in the state
Oklahoma City. Okla. Pleas of "uti-
training school at Paul's \ alley by the j written law," temporary unseating of
district court of Pontotoc county. Stop- tlle reason and ill health were corn-
ier set forth that the juvenile courts 1)lned in a petition filed by Dr. It. D.
have jurisdiction over all persons un- |iGve 0f Hugo, Okla., in the criminal
der the age of 16. I court of appeals, asking his release on
bail pending his trial in the district
Took Dose of Paris Green. court of Choctaw county on the charge
Sapulpa, Okla.—Unsuccessful in his Of killing I)r. L. C. Rueker at Hugo,
attempt to evade the officers in his j November 1 o, 1911. Bail was denied
flight from the state. Tom Casey 28 in the lower court Dr. Love formerly
years of age. a farmer living six miles ; was physician at the state reformatory
south of Sapulpa, attempted to take his : at Granite and is a brother of Jack
life by taking paris green. Casey, In Love, chairman of the Oklahoma cor-
what was supposed to be temporary j poratlon commission.
fit of insanity caused by worry, swal-
Condemn Local Option Bill.
McLoud, Okla. The Oklahoma City
district conference of the Methodist
Episcopal church in session here adopt-
ed resolutions condemning the initia-
ted local option bill and asking mem-
bers of the church and friends of pro-
hibition to write their congressmen
urging them to support the measure
in congress, to place all liquors ship-
ped into prohibition territory under
the police regulation of the state.
Stabbing Victim Oies at Walters.
Walters, Okla. W. W. Reese, own-
er of several valuable farms near Wal-
ters, who was stabbed in a street fight
here several days ago by Harry Payne,
one of his tenants, died Sunday night
from his wounds. Payne is in the
county jail at Lawton, held without
bail. Charges of assault with intent
to kill will be raised to murder. Payne's
knife entered Reese's lungs and intes-
lowed a quantity of it before officers
who wanted him on a forgery charge
could subdue him.
< 1tin] tlau^ou
MERRY Christmas; By
no means a small por-
tion ol' it is the good
old-fashioned Yule fro-
lic with games and
sports, in which all
join together until the
green garlanded ceil-
ings ring with laugh-
ter and fun.
Formal luncheons, card parties,
musicals and other modern pastimes
are delightful and appropriate on oth-
er occasions, but for Christmas Eve
or Christmas night—whenever the
family reunion is celebrated the gath-
ering must be as old-timey as the
right sort of grandmother.
For one evening at least the older
children will not scorn to associate
with the blessed babies in their mer-
rymakings. The young lady daughter
will be home from boarding school
and the young engineer from Ills min-
ing camp to help the mirth along
For once the most sedate elders will
be young again, while the few guests
far from home and invited in the true
spirit of the season, forget their fam-
ily less condition in the general good
It is a splendid idea to have an im-
promptu masquerade, each reveler
costuming himself with such rags and
tags as can be picked up around the
house at a fifteen-minutes notice—
shawls, mother's long skirts, feathers,
flowers, pillow slips and sheets, etc.
When the bell soundB all the revelers
assemble in the hall, whence they
marched into the parlor, the piano
meanwhile reeling out some rollicking
tune. Let someone who does not en-
ter into competition for the prize de-
cide which costume is cleverest and
most laudable, and present the win-
ner with a Christmas card or a cornu-
copia of candy.
Appoint some lively person as mas-
ter of revels, or better still, using the
old bedtime phrase, lord of misrule.
Invest this person with a gilt wand
to which a bunch of holly is tied with
a bow of scarlet ribbon or tissue pa-
per. As soon as the Lord of Misrule
has been so invested all his followers
are obliged to exactly copy all that he
says and does. If he speaks, his
phrases must be repeated verbatim;
if he makes a gesture the rest of the
company must make the same one,
using the same hand or foot.
A clever leader will give his follow-
ers a merry dance around the room,
climbing over sofas, crawling under
tables. pirouetting. gesticulating,
whatever he does, the others are
obliged to keep up with until every-
one is out of breath with exertion
Very little people for whom the
character game would be too difficult
might en.lcy a rhymed pastime called
Ivy and Holly Sugeest the plan of it
to them and they will amuse them-
selves with the adventures of the
two heroines until the program
Chairs are arranged in two rows
and the children sit facing each oth-
er One youngster begins with some
adventure as "Holly and Ivy went out
to a party." The child sitting oppo
site must complete the rhyme with
another couplet, for Instance, "Holly
and Ivy came back hale and hearty."
Indeed, there is no reason why the
pastime should he entirely relegated
to the kindergarten. On account of
the rapidity with which the rhymes
must be thought up the older boys
and girls will find It amusing, too.
Then there is the fun-provoking Gasoline Causes Man's Death.
contest called Dramatic Adjectives. Fairview, Okla.—Ed Osborn, owner
Here the company is divided up into 0f a garage, was burned to death here of
two hands, one of which retires a gasoline explosion, which occur- to the police by Mills's fatner-in-law,
while the other remains in the par- re(] when tie lighted the kitchen fire, a local physician.
lor and decides upon some adjective .
Father-in-Law "Tips Off" Police.
Oklahoma city, Okia.—Harry Mills,
an insurance solicitor, was arrested
here charged with escaping from the
state penitentiary of Mississippi, where
he was serving a life term for murder
\ woman. Information was given
Prairie Oil Makes Big Buy.
Tulsa, Okla.—Announcement is
made of the sale of oil holdings of
White & Sinclair, meaning 8,000 bar.
rels daily product and 2,000 acres of
leases, to the Prairie Oil and Gas com-
pany for $2,000,<M)0 cash.
Oklahoman Dies of Mad Dog Bite.
McAlester, Okla.—Charles Smith, a
farmer living near Canadian, died of
hydrophobia. Smith was bitten about
three weeks ago by a dog, but did not
know it had rabies.
Jury Frees Baker.
Pawhuska, Okla--Bud Baker was
freed on the charge of killing Edwin
Wilson by the verdict of the jury,
closing th<j first murder case for this
term of court.
to be acted out in gesture language,
for instance. Gay or Doleful or Viva-
cious. When the word 1ms been de-
cided upon the absent members must
be summoned and they are called
upon to guess from the pantomime of
the others what the adjective decided
upon may be. If they can guess it
in three minutes a point is won by
their side, and the others withdraw.
After three minutes the pantomime
can be kept up if the opposition is
determined to discover the right
word, but a success point no longer
represents a point won. As soon as
a word is guessed players turn about
and those who have guessed beccrna
By all means try to keep from the
supply of Christmas novelties one lit-
tle figure of Santa Clans (it may be
a candy box or simply a figure, but
the former is better), in order to have
the amusing game of silence form a
part of the revels.
Someone is decided upon who will
hide the Santa and the rest are asked
to adjourn for a moment to the hall.
The player instead of hiding the fig-
ure completely simply places it in
some rather out-of-the-way position
where it will be visible but will not
immediately catch the eye of the
player. For instance, it may he placed
upon something approximately the
same color or on one end of a tall
shelf or bookcase. Players coming in
scan the room for the figure and the
first one to perceive it, without men-
tioning the fact to the others, quietly
takes a seat. This is a general signal
for the players to be seated, but in
the excitement of the search many
will fail to observe that one person Is
no longer standing. The last person
to sit down Is obliged to pay a for-
C. S. V. Organization Makes Changes i Getting Out of Quarantine.
Oklahoma City, Okla. At a meet-1 Oklahoma City, Okla.- According to
ing held here. Tat lirady, command-1 records received from I he federal hu-
er-in-chief of the Sons of Confederate | reau of animal industry, during the
Veterans of Oklahoma, the state was year of 1911, 2,600,000 acres of Oklaho-
divided imo four brigades, and the fol- m lands were placed above Ihe fed-
lowing commanders appointed: First, kral cattle quarantine line, and repre-
Judge M. 1-. Williams of Muskogee; ■ sen's Ihe in
second. Judge J. W. Davis of Ada; Las "cleaned
'hird Richard A. Hillups, Cordell; j like acreage more in sight for 1912,
fourth \V F Gilmer, Oklahoma Citv.' "aid M- F. Ikard, superintendent of live
A resolution was adopted authorising , stock quarantine of the stale board of
the commander to appoint a commit- i agriculture. l'art of it will he adop
tee to investigate
treating of the Civ
Ex-Bank President Acquitted.
Okla. Abner Davis
Improvements Cost Million.
Oklahoma City, Okla.—The Atchison,
Topeka & Santa Fe will complete im-
provements in Oklahoma this winter
which have been made at a cost of
$1,000,000, according to estimates made
which the state board j al ",cal 1offlres; T!|e expects
"There Is practically a , to 10 "r "Place-
I ment and ballast work. Of this 154
miles from Purcell to Arkansas City
were laid with ninety-pound steel; 133
| miles, comprising the Shawnee branch,
j with seventy-five pound steel, and 122
i miles of the Enid branch with sixty-
i five pound steel.
ed by the federal authorities in tin
spring, and the remainder in the fill.
Dog Seeks Master in Fire.
Guthrie. Okla. During the fire thai
Veterinarians to Ask "Closed Shop."
Oklahoma City, Okla.—Resolutions
were passed at the meeting of the
State Association of Veterinarians here
asking for legislation that will j>er-
brought against him when the jury j E. Farrell, the agent, performed an act I m|t oniy licensed veterinarlens to prac-
brought in a verdict of not guilty of I °f heroism. Believing his master tice In the state. The following off!-
the charge of making false entries to be in 'lie burning structure, the dog | cers WPre elected: Dr. S. \. Galller,
deceive the bank commissioner, in the!"> through the flames and searched j of Norman> president; I)r. K. T. Fish.
former president of the defunct Night destroyed the Ponca C ity agency o
and Day bank of this city, won the lice building at VV hite Eagle, a bi
second of the three prosecutions j shepherd dog
belongs to Major
Davis stated after jthe entire building. He received burns
the" verdict that he now expects a'new that will probably cause his death, al-
trial In the first case in which Blnil- though Farrell has called In the best
I lar transactions were charged. j Physicians to attend the animal.
Says Showman Stole Child.
Oklahoma City, Okla.—Extreme
cruelty, drunkenness and threats
\ against her life are the charges named
j by Mrs. Mabel A. Miller, who brought
I suit against her husband, Zach T. Mil-
ler of the 101 ranch, in the superior
court here, asking for divorce. The
I Millers were married In Fort Worth.
Tex., January 29, 1906. Mrs. Miller
charges that a few days ago Mille'
stole their 4-year-old daughter, Vir-
ginia Ann, from her side during the
night and fled with the child.
Falling Limb of Tree
Shawnee, Okla.—Charles l'arks, 19
years old, did not heed the warning
of his father, VV. W. Parks, to "stand
back' while the father was in the act
of felling a tree. A moment later a
huge limb fell, striking the youth on
top of the head, killing him.
er, of Crescent, vice president; C. E.
Steele, Oklahoma City, secretary; Dr.
C, C. Hooker, Oklahoma City, treasur.
Held Without Ball.
Ada, Okla,—Ab the result of a pre
Uminary, charged with the murder of
Cecil Davis, near Steedman, was com-
mitted to jail without bail to await
the action of the district court.
Salvation Army Citadel Dedicated.
Tulsa, Okla.—In the presence of a
large crowd, with workers of the or.
ganizatioii from three states present,
the new Salvation Army citadel here,
the first In Oklahoma, was dedicated
with imposing ceremonies. Among
the speakers were Brigadier General
J. T. Flynn of St. Louis, Colonel Geo.
French of Chicago, Mayor L. J. Mar-
tin and Captain Glen Condon, secre-
tary of the Tulsa Press Club. Tits
building and site cost $110,000 and is a
very imposing structure.
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