Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 42, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 20, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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NORMAN DAILY INDEPENDENT.
NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1909.
SENATOR STRIKES NEWSPAPER MAN WITH CON
Sensational Charges Made by Unseated Legislator Leed to Exciting Time in Guthrie Hotel;
Said that Senators who Voted in Committee to Unseat Him Were Influenced by Republican
Overtures; All Were Benefited by Public Building bills in Which Republicans Helped
BY GRAYHAM YOUNG.
Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 20.—(Special)—A climax was reached in
the sensation over charges in reference to legislation when Earl
Croxton, a well known newspaper correspondent was struck over
the head with a revolver by Senator Redwine in an altercation at
the lone Hotel last night. The men were separated before serious
harm was done.
This incident, in connection with the Hurst charges is being
discussed excitedly by statesmen and citizens and further sensation-
al developments are expected. Hurst charges, according to a re-
port published in the Oklahoma News, of Oklahoma City, that
three of the democrats on the committee which voted to unseat
him were influenced by republican overtures and states that they
are beneficiaries of the public buildings bill as it was put through
by the republicans and democratic insurgents. Senator Redwine
was one of the members of the committee named in the report.
THE REPORT THAT CAUSED THE ROW.
(From Oklahoma News.)
. .Guthrie, Okla., Feb. lg.—(Special.)—That the report of the
senate committee on privileges and election, unseating him in favor
of his republican rival, was brought about by republicans who put
through with democratic members public building deals that "smell
of heaven," is the open charge made Friday by Senator Homer S.
Hurst, whose seat is contested by Frank Warren, republican, in
the twenty-second district. The committee, composed of eight
democrats and one republican, Thursday voted 5 to 3, to seat War-
Hurst charges three of the democrats on the committe who
voted against him with being influenced by republican overtures
and he cites evidence in proof, pointing cut that Taylor of Chicka-
sha, Hatchett of Durant, and Redwine of McAlester, all of whom
support Warren, are the beneficiaries of the public buildings' slate
put through in the house by the insurgents and republicans.
As a matter of fact, Chickasha and Durant each secured a state
normal, and Redwine accomplished his object of retaining the state
penitentiary at McAlester by republican support of the McElhan^y
bill, which appropriates $150,000 for the permanent prison.
Hurst Friday declared that he would win on the floor when the
committee report is presented Monday afternoon, next He says
the alleged "trades" will be thoroughly aired.
He further asserts that two of the committee that supported
him, Roddie of Ada, and Allen of Ardmore, were approached by re-
publicans and that, as a result of their standing by him their towns
lost the normals. Again, it is but reviewing the records to point
out that Ardmore and Ada both lost their fight for the normals, lo-
cated respectively at Chickasha and Durant.
Hurst's charges have created a sensation in both houses. None
of the committee has given out a statement.
When the Redwine penitentiary bill first passed the senate it
contained a provision that the prison should not be located perman-
ently at McAlester. Later the republicans, who had opposed the
permanent location, changed front and helped put through the Mc-
Elhaney appropriation bill.
Bill Has Passed Both Houses of Legislature; Public Building, Queen of the Northwest Entertains States Sons and Officials
Indemnity and New College Lands Those To Go: Pro-
ceeds Disposed of According To Constitution.
Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 20.—(Special)—By the passing of the sen-
ate bill No. 1, in the house yesterday, providing for the sale of in-
demnity, enabling act and new college lands, the most valuable, it
is said, work of the present session has been accomplished. If the
act, as it now stands is accepted by the governor, almost one-third
of the school lands in the state will be saleable.
The school land bill, which has now passed both houses, is a
compromise measure between those who would sell all of the school
Lands and those who do not favor the sale. This bill does not pro-
vide for the sale of any of the lands properly known as common
school lands, 16 and 36, but provides for the sale of the indemnity
lands taken in lieu of sections 13, 16, 33 and 36. The bill also pro-
vides for the sale of the lands embraced in section 33. granted by
congress for charitable, penal and public building purposes and also
for the sale of the new college lands, embracing 1,050,000 acres. It
is provided, however, in the bill that if any lands enumerated in the
act are more valuable for townsite purposes than for agricultural
purposes such tract shall be reserved from sale by the commission-
ers of the land office and sold under terms of the bill. No lands
valuable for mineral, gas or oil shall be sold prior to January 1,
All moneys derived from the sale of the school lands shall be
held in trust and invested under the terms of the constitution of
the state and only the interest used and the funds so received shall
be applied to the various funds and institutions for which they were
set aside by the enabling set and other grants, by congress.
By provisions of the bill the lessee has a preferance right on
ifcie purchase of 160 acres. All lands embraced in the act and nam-
Today; Last Days of Legislature Likely to be Stormy
Many Important Measures Yet To Go Through.
BY GRAYHAM YOUNG.
Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 20.—(Special)—Today's junketing trip of
the legislature, accompanied by officers of the state administration,
to Enid, comes at a time when a little diversion is surely needed.
Troubles have begun to thicken with the approach of the session's
end. It has been current gossip for weeks that there was a deal on
in connection with the public buildings bill but not until yesterday
did the matter come to a head in charges of corruption by Senator
Hurst, the unseated democratic member. A formidable insurgent
movement has begun with the rush of business which has been anti-
cipated for some time with apprehension, not to say alarm, by those
who have in charge various important matters which they wish to
get through. Monday is likely to see the beginning of stormy sts-
sions in both houses. The excursion will leave for Enid at noon.
An elaborate program has been arranged for the entertainment of
the visiting statesmen. Enid is making a brave effort to impress
them, and, it is believed, will later press strong claims for the loca-
tion there of some kind of a public institution, exactly what, has
never yet been made known. Formerly the state printing plant
was talked there but this seems to have been given up.
ed as saleable immediately become taxable upon the going into ef-
fect of the law. If a lessee desires to continue to occupy more than
160 acres, he must pay 6 per cent interest on the appraised valua-
tion of the land and also the taxes. The sale of the lands is to be
based on the lg08 appraisement and no lands are to be sold at less
than appraised value.
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Danner, V. E. Norman Daily Independent. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 42, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 20, 1909, newspaper, February 20, 1909; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106724/m1/1/: accessed September 18, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.