The Record. (Noble, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 15, 1902 Page: 8 of 12
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The Fort Scott Meeting May Be
ORDER WILL SOON BE EXTINCT,
Fort Scott, May ID.—The twenty-
first annual encampment of the Kansas
G. A. II. will lie held here on May
20-22. Two important questions will
come up for consideration. One is.
shall the state reunion he abandoned?
The other is to devise a plan to reduce
the expenses of the order.
Interest has lagged in the state re-
union proposition for several years
past. Kansas has a number of suc-
cessful district, county and regimental
reunions. The two largest probably
are the Baxter Spring's reunion and
the Dodge City reunion. More people
attend the Baxter reunion in one day
than take in the state reunion in three
years. It is a common thing for Bax-
ter to have 30,000 people on the grounds
on the big day. The state reunion
always costs considerable money. The
department has to stand it. Funds
are now getting low and resources
must be guarded carefully. Therefore
it is improbable that the reunion fea-
ture will be dropped after this 3ear.
The G. A. R. membership is on the
decline. With its decrease comes a de-
crease in revenues. The expenses at
present are heavier than ever. Some-
thing must be done or the order will
soon be bankrupt. The department
has two sources of revenue—per capita
tax and sale of supplies. Both are
dropping n/T. The state furnishes
quarters for the Q. A. R. in the state
house. The only way expenses can be
reduced is to cut down the working
force at headquarters or reduce sal-
The loss of membership in the order
during the past year has been 981.
Since lHS.'i there has been a loss of
r>.33; or nearly one-third of the mem-
bership. The average age of the sol-
diers now is 63 years. Grand Army
men say that the order will become
almost extinct in another ten years.
THE NATIONAL LEGISLATURE.
Underwood of Alabama Objected to Con-
sideration of Keller.
119TH OA V.
Senator l.orttfe delivered un extended speech.
He declared that senators had made an ai tack
on the American army. He quoted rc ords of
the mutilation of American soldiers by the
Filipinos, before putting the sodiers to death.
He believed "the record of tht* American army
shall shine brightly In th" annum of the re-
public, when those wh > villify it are but note-
less blots on a remembered n me."
The senate parsed the Sundry civil appro
Senator Hoar introduced a bill, prepared by
Attorney General Knox, providing bail after
conviction, in Indian Territory.
The senate passed the house joint resolution
making an additional appropriation of IliW.uiW
for the dedication or the statue of Marshal de
The tii;ht on the omnibus statehood bill for
Oklahoma. New Mexico and Arizona began by :i
motion to recommit it to the comra ttee 011 ter-
rttor M, which would prevent any further con-
sideration of the bill by the present congross if
it should be successful.
The senate for four hours continued the Phil-
ippine debate. It was a tierce discussion led
by Senator Beveridfje (Ind.) in defense of the
fair fame of the army, with CHi'iiiack, ltawlins.
Turner, Patterson and Hoar makin' replies in-
terniltteniljr. Senator Carmauk finally admit-
ted that the com'uet of soldiers in the l'hiiip-
pines was uniformly kind.
The re>oluti n providing for the election 0'
senators by direct vote of the people is tied up
by the adoption of the Depew amendment for
the federal supervision of elei tions.
The army appropriation bill as reported to
the senate carries about $100,00.1,000.
The opponents of the statehood hill sprung
another robber bleak on the wheels by plan-
ning an amendment to provide for making two
sta es cut ot the four territories; joining to-
gether Oklahoma with Indian Territory, and
New Mexico with Arizona. The friends of the
bill desire to get a quick vote relying on their
strength when the vote comes, without tnuch
missionary work on the floor.
The house adopted the senate amendment
giving the right to Indian Territory towns with
2,000 peop.e to issue bonds.
The senate bill was reported which prohibits
any preference to herds and floclts in granting
grazing permits on forest reservations.
In the debate on the Philippines Senator
Hurrton (Kas.) gave Senators Tillman and
Caimack answers after ther own style.
Senator Hoar introduced a new isthmian
canal bill. It leaves the selection of the route
and the general control of all lealures of the
work to the president, and appropriates a sum
sufficient to commonee the work.
An Ex-Soldier Sentenced.
Fort Scott. Kas., May 8.—In the fed-
eral court Charles Hopper, a negro boy,
who served in Cuba during the late
war, was found guilty of false swear-
ing in a claim for a pension and was
sentenced by Judge Hook to one year j
in the federal prison. Ilopper swore j
that he had lost an eye while in the j
service of the army, when he had been j
blind in one eye for a number of years, j
Three May Snow Storms.
Saranac Lake, N. Y., May 13.—A |
heavy snowstorm is raging here, the
temperature registering 30 degrees.
St. Paul, Minn.—Dispatches from
Northern Minnesota report a heavy
snowstorm. Garden stuff is said to be
injured to some extent.
West Superior, Wis.—Snow is falling
here and threatens to turn into a
Coal Strike'® Advance Effect.
Hazelton, Pa., May 13.—The strike
has already made itself seriously felt
iu other lines of work. The railroads
have laid off four-fifths of their coal
train crews, in all about 800 men, and
the Erie shops at Dunsmore, where
mine cars and machinery are repaired,
will .shut down indefinitely, throwing
300 men out of employment.
Ui«courag;iog at Abilene.
Abilene, Kas., May 13.—Wheat i«
heading out over a large portion of
Central Kansas and is in most fields
only 14 to 16 inches high, with small
heads. Weeds are appearing and the
farmers say that the crop can under no
conditions be even an average ene.
Mr. Knox (Mass.) chairman of the commit-
tee on territories, opened the discussion upon
the statehood bill. The committee, he said,
held that all the territories were entitled to
admission. The bill empowers the constitu-
tional convention to name the state: Ok la loma
must by ordinance express the consent of the
State that all or any pari cf Indian Territory
maybe attached to the Stat"
Mr. Grosvenor (Ohio) spoke in opposition to
the Omnibus bill, arguing that the claims of
the territories should be considered sepa-
Senator Hurton (Kas.) finished his speech
giving much of his time to a review of General
Funston's Army service and in defense of the
general's record, which lias been persistently
attacked by senators. His speech was clor?ly
followed by the senators and he received com-
pliments at its close.
FIRST RELIEF FROM U. S.
Mr. McRae (Ark.) offered his amendment to
the statehood bill, making one state of Oklaho-
ma and Indian Territory. It was defeated by a
decisive vote. Mr. Overstreet (Ind.) offered a
like amendment for New Mexico an 1 Arizona.
This was left pending. Mr. cannon (111.) who
was slated to lead the opposition, was absent,
but Grosvenor, Dalz.ell and Payne seized every
opening to embarass the measure It was
"politics" on both sides. The committee on
territories stuck close to the bill, avoiding pol-
itics. Delegate Flynn made the principal
speech for the bill. His reply lo General Gros-
venor took the house. He said tnat n.000 more
Republicans voted for him than for Grosvenor.
The house passed the omnibus statehood bill
without division as soon as a vote could be had.
Senator Jones (Ark.) introduced a bill au-
thorizing the chief executive otticer of any of
the live civilized tribes to sell, with the approv-
al of the secretary of the interior, in tracts not
exceeding forty acres, at any one place, lands
for manufacturing or industrial purposes.
Senator Burton proposes to amend the ap-
propriation for a public building at Kmporia,
Kansas, so as to increase it from $41,090 to $">0,-
An unsuccessful attempt was made in the
senate to tlx a time for the vote on the pending
Philippine bill. The minority announced that
they had more speeches to deliver.
There was no roll cnll upon ihe passage of the
statehood bill in the house. There was no op-
posing vote although Speaker Henderson had
opposed the bill from the start. The bill now
goes to the senate where it is expected to rest
quietly in the senate committee until the short
session of congress.
The senate has passed a bill introduced by
Senator Fairbanks appropriating $100,0(10 for
the purchase of supplies for the relief of the
sufferers by the disaster in the Island of Mar-
Eugene F. Ware was confirmed as commis-
sioner of pensions.
The statehood bill was received by the sen-
ate and promptly referred to the committee oi;
territories and may be taken up soon.
The Fairbanks relief bill for the citizens of
the French West Indies was reported to the
hous<>. Mr. Underwood (Ala.) objected to its
immediate passage, saying that there was no
occasion for a legislative spasm.
The house passed the army appropriation
Mr. Curtis offered a bill to appropriate $15,000
for the support of tne I Ot) orphans 111 the chil-
dren's home at Pryor Creek, I T.: also a bi!'.
provid ng for the recording of conveyances in
Operators Refuse to Recognize the
FEDERATION IS DISCOURAGED.
Washington, May 8.—One of the
greatest labor strikes in the history of
the United States is now threatened.
If it takes place something like 130,000
or 140,000 men will leave the anthra-
cite coal mines in Pennsylvania. This
great calamity it threatened because
the owners refuse to recognize the
labor unions of their employes. They
still insist that they will deal only
Senator Hanna, chairman of the t4vic
federation said they had even refused
to recognize the civic federation in a
manner which would enable that or-
ganization to bring about peace.
Although Senator Hanna was not
speaking for publication, as lie is ex-
tremely careful in such matters, he
intimated to his friends that in his
judgment the attitude of the operators
was little short of criminal. He says
the day is past when any employers
can honorably refuse to deal with the
representatives selected by their em-
ployes, whether organized in a union
or not. Capital claims the right to or-
ganize, to combine; labor has the same
right. Any assertion to the contrary
belongs to a past age and is barbaric,
in this sense the owners of mines and
other property have not a right to do
what tliej- like with their own, in Sen-
ator II anna's opinion. They owe an
obligation to society in general. When
Mr. Hanna left here he was much dis-
couraged over the outlook and feared
that a great strike was impending.
The operators in the anthracite coal
region have persistently refused to
recognize the union. During the strike
of 1900 they maintained this attitude,
despite all the pressure brought to bear
upon them. In the end tliey made
some concessions as to wages and con-
ditions, but they did not recognize the
Millers to Carry Their Product.
W ichita, May 13.—A movement has
been initiated by the Kansas and Okla-
homa millers' association to either pur-
chase or charter three coast steamers
to ply between Cuba and the North
Atlantic coast cities with the product
of Kansas and Oklahoma mills. It is
probable that a meeting of the millers
will soon be held in Wichita to com-
plete the details of the project.
The dail}* productive capacity of the
mills under control of the association,"
said Mr. Howard, a Wichita miller, "is
40,000 barrels of flour and the plan of
having our own carrying steamers s
perfectly feasible. That matter is
quite certain for we have looked into
Snow Slide Buries Miners.
Spokane, Wash., May 13.—A Kaslo,
IJ. C., special to the Spokesman-Review
says: "A snow slide half a mile wide
at the Washington mine, killed John
Douglas and buried Sandy McDonald
and H. Powers under 20 feet of snow.
The buried men were rescued alive,
though badly injured. The avalanche
also demolished the hotel, store, black-
smith shop and barns, killing twenty
head of stock.
Second Class Mail Matter.
Washington, May 10.—Postmaster
General Payne will appeal from the
decision of Judge Bradley, of the dis-
trict supreme court, admitting certain
pnblications to the second class mail
rate. It is stated that without any
doubt the government will take the
case to the district court of appeals
and from there, if necessary, to the
United States supreme court.
Sen&i St OO.OOO and Xeeestary ship*.
Washington. May 13.—The senate
has passed a bill introduced by Senator
Fairbanks appropriating #100,000 for
the purchase of supplies for the relief
of the sufferers by the disaster in the
Island of Martinique. The bill appro-
priates §100,000 for the purpose and
authorizes the secretary of war to use
the necessary steamships belonging to
the United States to carry its purpose
into effect. When Senator Fairbanks
introduced the bill he said in part:
"That there is immediate necessity
that aid should be extended to the
survivors, there can be no doubt.
'•Let the United States lead in the
act of earing for the stricken. She and
her people never have failed yet to be
moved by the cry of distress which has
come up from other lands Let us ex-
tend our sympathy for our unfortunate
fellowmen and send with it from our
bountiful stores the means necessary
to succor those upon whom have fallen
a sudden and overwhelming calamity.
'•1 believe in tendering our sympathy
and assistance, we shall but interpret
the wishes and purposes of the hu-
mane, generous American people."
Thirty Thousand Perished.
Port De France, Martinique, May 13.
—It is estimated that 30,000 perished
at St. Pierre. All the roads leading
out of the city were choked with dead
bodies. A second relief expedition
was sent out and brought back some
of.the inhabitants of Corbet. They
were crazed with terror and di
The expeditions succeeded in reach-
ing St. Pierre, which is reported to be
entirely destroyed. The dead bodies
found were entirely nude. The houses
seem to have disappeared as though
they had been swallowed up in a great
pit. Immense iron columns were
found twisted and bent over in the
direction of the sea. It is believed that
M. Mouttet, the governor of Martin-
ique is among those who have perished.
Santa F© to linn I &O.OOO HI ore Cars.
Topeka, May 1:2.—The officials of the
Santa Fe transportation department
report that stock shipments via Pur-
cell have practically ceased for the
present owing to the great improve-
ment of the pasturage in Texas. How-
ever the loss is counterbalanced by the
great increase 011 the Pecos Valley lines.
The Santa Fe has arranged to ship
2,000 cars from there between now and
May 20, an average of 200 cars a day.
Up to the present time it has brought
1.bout 6,500 cars up over the Gulf, Colo-
rado &, Santa Fe and 2,200 from the
^ ok oh a ma, May 10.—Another issue
of exchequer bills, amounting to ten
million yen, is being coldly received
here. The treasury conditions are not
attractive and it is probable that the
government will be obliged to have
resort to the Bank of Japan. The
newspapers credit the government
with planning an extensive naval ex-
pansion, beginning in 1004. The
method of obtaining money for the
scheme has not been decided. The offi-
cials disapprove of a foreign loan.
Washington, May 12.—Delegate Mar-
cus A. Smith, of Arizona, was taken
ill 011 the floor of the house at the close
of a brief but vehement speech on the
statehood bill in which he is deeply
lot several days he had been among
the foremost in the debate and at the
moment of the attack he was com-
bating an amendment to the bill. It
was believed by the doctors that the
intensity of his efforts had brought 011
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