The New Era. (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 12, 1914 Page: 4 of 6
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DAVENPORT, OKLA., NEW ERA
STATE CAPITAL GOSSIP
Report On the Building Fund.
Total assets of the state's public
building fund on January 1 of the
present year amounted to $4,685,547.38,
according to a statement showing the
condition of the fund, which has just
been issued by the Btate school land
Of this amount $3,588,187.37 is In
notes held by the department, and
this, together with the cash on hand,
amounts to $4,084,229.38. The remain-
der of the assets are in unsold lands
There are outstanding public build-
ing bonds and warrants to the amount
of $3,300,000, dhiwn against this fund
and bearing 6 per cent interest. The
annual charge against the fund is
approximately $190,000, while the In-
come from the same fund Is about
$270,000, leaving the state each year
$75,000 to $85,000 to the good.
Until 1921 the present bonds and
warrants will be retired at the rate
of $75,000 a year, and after that time
they will be cancelled at the rate of
$125,000 worth each -year.
Other Information concerning the
status of the fund, showing the hand-
Original number of acres, 271,-
llng of the land and the proceeds, fol-
636.57; number of acres sold, 225-
944.48; number of acres unsold, 45,-
692.09; land sold was appraised at
$3,477,136.67; improvements thereon
appraised at $1,573,540.32; land sold
for $4,041,023.70; Increase over ap-
praisement, $563,887.03; amount of In-
itial payment on land sold, $209,554.38;
amount received on Installments, $237,-
809.40; balance due on land sold, $3,-
688 187.37; total gross amount of rent
collected, $1,011,135.13; expense and
money returned on account of excess
remittance, $81,942.27; net receipts
from rents, $929,192.86; interest col-
lected on deferred payments, $434,-
810.96; amount past due, approxi-
mately, $25,000; amount of interest
that will be due and payable during
the next twelve monthB, approxi-
mately, $160,000; amount of principal
that will be due and payable during
the next twelve months, approxi-
mately, $85 000.
Foreign Concern* Can't Evade Tax.
Foreign corporations doing business
In Oklahoma will not be able to evade
the state license tax of $1 for every
$1,000 actively employed in the state
on the ground that such a tax la dis-
criminatory. This was the gist of an
opinion rendered by the corporation
commission in the appeal filed by the
Prairie Oil and Gas Co. to escape pay
ment of such a tax.
The case has been on the docket of
the corporation commission since Oc-
tober 18, 1910, when the Prairie Co.
alleged discrimination In the dollar
per thousand tax on the ground that
domestic corporations were only re
quired to pay a license tax of 60 cents
for every thousand dollars employed
in their business in Oklahoma.
The commission held that the law
floes not discriminate for the reason
that any domestic company may be
taxed In other states on the same basis
as that on which foreign corporations
are taxed in Oklahoma. The commis-
sion further held that such a levy on
foreign corporations Is equitable for
the reason that it may be taxed in its
legal domicile on the same basis as
the domestic corporation Is taxed in
A. H. T. A. Prepares to Initiate Bill.
The executive officers of each divi-
sion of the Anti-Horse Thief associa-
tion in Oklahoma held a meeting in
Oklahoma City to discuss matters per-
taining to the order and Its work in
It was unanimously agreed by the
officials of each division that one of
the greatest causes of delinquency
upon the part of public officials was
the placing in public office of men ad-
dicted to drunkenness, gambling and
It was agreed to Initiate and place
upon the ballot a bill along the line
of the bill passed by the state senate
last winter—senate bill No. 159—to
eliminate drunkards and gamblers
from public office.
The following officials attended the
meeting: James Kirkwood, Guthrie,
president Oklahoma association; ex-
ecutive committee, W. VV. Pierce, Ok-
lahoma City; It. H. Molden, Okeene;
W. It. Mock, Carnegie.
E. T. Sorrells, Wilburton, president
eastern division; P. A. Cox, Coweta,
vice-president eastern division; W. H.
A. Harrison, Checotah, secretary east-
ern division; executive committee,
Oscar Stegall, Warner; Campbell Rus-
E. E. Davis, Jefferson, president
western division; S. E. Roland. Weath-
erford, vice-president western divi-
sion; W. 8. Collins, Okarche, secretary
western division; executive commit-
tee, C. E. Myers, Tecumseh; W. H.
Damage* Given To Five Widow*.
The supreme court affirmed judg-
ments against the Great Western Coal
and Coke Co. In suits instituted by
widows of five men who were killed in
the company'* mine near Wilburton on
May 31, 1910, as a result of an ex
plosion. The men killed were miners
The Judgments awarded by the dis-
trict court of Latimer county ranged
from $5,000 to $9,000, with an aver
age of about $6,500 to each surviving
widow. The supreme court upheld the
judgment of the lower court lu all
things, holding the company to be II
able for the damages .
The explosion occurred In the com
pany'* Wilburton mine about 2 o'clock
on the morning of May SI, 1910. A
shot fired In the mine was alleged b*
tbe reason for the explosion. The
five men were killed almost Instantly
Justice John B. Turner wrote the opin
Ions in tbe Ave cases. All the justices
Adoption on Mareh 10.
Following the decision of the su
preme court In holding the 1912 book
adoption Is now a nullity, It Is under-
stood to be the intention of the state
board of education to proceed with a
new adoption when they meet again
on March 10. Bids offered a few
weeks ago on a new adoption have
been held Intact and It is supposed
these will be opened to readvertlse
and ask for others.
The report that an appeal from the
Oklahoma court may be taken to the
United States supreme court Is prob-
ably without any foundation for seri-
ous consideration. If there Is any-
thing upon which an appeal may be
taken to the highest cour( no one here
■eems to make a guess as to what it is.
High License Men Hold Meeting,
A regular monthly meeting of the
United Civic association, composed of
those who favor high liquor license
and local option In preference to pro
hlbitlon as now existing in Oklahoma
was held last week, when the "liquor
subject" was fully discussed. The as-
sociation has for its object the obtain-
ing of a repeal of the constitutional
clause* and statutes which prohibit
the sale of liquor In Oklahoma, and the
■ubstltutlon therefor of the license
system. Thev will propose a bill in
the next legislature
Huge Amount Is Held for Schools.
Total cash and securities In the per-
manent common school fund on De-
cember 31 of last year amounted to
$9,600,998.42, according to a statement
showing the condition of the fund,
which has just been compiled by the
state school land department.
In addition to the total cash and
securities, the leasing division of the
department has under Its control un-
sold land belonging to the common
school fund amounting to $1,115,014.27
acres, with an estimated valuation of
$12,500,000, or $12.50 an acre.
Since the report has been compiled
the department, during the months of
January and February, has made farm
loans aggregating $234,438.51, and
has Invested $30,000 In public build-
ing bonds out of the common school
Other facts concerning the fund, as
shown by the statement, follow:
Notes for land sold by sales divi-
sion, $4,012,600.41; first mortgage
notes, farm loan division, $3,836,-
building warrants, $$268,000; public
building warrants, $268,000; public
building bonda, $10,000; cash on hand,
farm loan division, $445.270.27; cash
on hand, sales division, $12,511.75.
Convicts Will Quarry Stone.
Arrangements have been made by
the board of prison control to transfer
200 convicts of the penitentiary at
McAlester to Granite, where they ■will
be used in the state owned granite
quarries getting out material for the
construction of new buildings at the
state reformatory. This will be the
first attempt the state has made to
work convicts in this way. It Ib under-
stood the men are to be removed about
March 13. Reports have been given
publication that the convicts are to
be used on the buildings, but this Is
Incorrect. The stone and granite to
be quarried is state owned and the
machinery to be used is also state
owned. The men will only be used In
doing the rough work and delivering
the granite and stone to the building
sites. The contract for the buildings
Is let only for the construction work
and does not Include furnishing the
stone and granite, it Is understood.
bassett moore resigns
State Not Liable, Say* Dunlop.
That the itate I* not liable for the
payment of the unapproved Red Book
warrants is the allegation made by
State Treasurer Robert Dunlop in his
reply, filed In the district court of
Oklahoma county, to the Wllkln-Hale
bank's application for an alternative
writ of mandamus which would have
for It* purpose the compelling of the
state treasurer to pay two warrants
totaling $478.52, held by the bank.
Dunlop's reply recite* that one of
the warrants in question was issued
upon a claim of former State Printer
Giles Farris, and purports to be in
payment of his expenses while com
piling the Red Hook during the month
of July, 1811. According to the reply,
the other warrant was issued upon the
claim of Seth K. Cordon, and pur
ports to be in payment for expenses
incurred while compiling the Red
Ill ST. LOUIS
ELEVEN BODIES ARE RECOVERED
FROM RUINS OF MISSOURI
twenty men are still missing
Sleeper* Trapped By Blaze Which
Started On Third Floor.—Los*
One-Half a Million
St. Louis, Mo.—That from thirty to
thirty-five guests of the Missouri Ath-
letic club perished in the flames that
destroyed the building Is the belief
of officers of the club.
Eleven bodies have been recovered
and from twenty-three to twenty-nine
occupants of the structure are still
Though a committee, shortly after
the fire, opened headquarters at the
Press club, and asked all who were
guests of the Missouri Athletic club
Sunday night to report, thirty to
thirty-five did not register and hourly
the feeling lias Bettled that all these
While the search continued seven-
teen persons injured in the fire were
under treatment at public and private
hospitalB. There was much difficulty
in Identifying recovered bodies of the
dead and some were Identified under
two or three different names:
Worst In City's History.
The blaze was the most serious as
to fatalities of any fire in the city's
history. It completely wrecked a
Beven-story building occupied jointly
by the Missouri Athletic club and by
the Boatmen'b Bank, caused a prop-
erty Iobs estimated at $466,000, and
forced the abandonment of the Inter-
collegiate track meet to have been
held In St. Louis, under the auspices
of the club, this week.
The cause of the fire still Is a mys-
tery. Reports that the blaze was ac-
companied by a terrific explosion indi-
cating that the fire was due to efforts
of bank robbers to dynamite the Boat-
man's bank were unconfirmed. Re-
ports of explosions were denied by the
night watchman of the bank.
In the vaults of the Boatman's bank,
which occupied part of the firBt floor
of the building, were more than $1,300,-
000 in currency. The vaultB were un-
harmed, the bank officials reported.
The number of guests who had
rooms in the club house either perma-
nently or for the night was about one
hundred. Many escaped, some
checked out before the fire, others,
it Is thought, were not there when
the flames broke out; some were in-
jured in leaving the club house and
the rest are listed among the dead or
The fire was discovered by a woman
who was waiting in the club lobby for
her escort. She saw the reflection of
the flames In the plate glass windows
across the street.
Many Dramatic Escapes.
Thirty-eight guests on the fifth floor
were awakened by Mr. and Mrs. Rob-
ert Magill, who refused to leave until
they had given the alarm to all within
reach. Mr. Magill was house manager
of the club. Mrs. Magill was badly
Dramatic escapes were numerous.
One of the most spectacular was that
of twelve or thirteen men who de-
scended from the fifth floor window to
the roof of an adjoining building by
means of sheets. One guest escaped
by leaping over a chasm ten feet wide
to the roof of an adjoining building.
SERIOUS FIRE AT KIEFER, OKLA1
Twenty-Throe Buildings and 50,000
Barrel Oil Tank Burned.
Bird Day Proclamation.
Governor Cmce named April S as
"Bird Day" in Oklahoma and issued
a proclamation calling on the people
of the state and the teacherB in the
public schools to arrange for appro-
priate exercises commemorating the
day. The proclamation calls atten-
tion to the great help the bird* are
to the farmers of the state.
McDanlel Tries Again.
Ned McDaniel, secretary of the sen
ate, who has been contesting the right
of Ben Riley to the position of secre
tary of the state election board, has
asked for a peremptory writ of man
damus against Riley for the record!
of the office. A halt was taken In the
proceedings several weeks ago, on the
solicitation of McDaniel*, so that some
other course could be taken and the
mandamus writ Is believed to be the
quickest way to get the matter befort
tbe courts again. The court will hear
the matter In a few days.
Kiefer.—For the second time within
a year fire swept through the busi-
ness district of Kiefer, destroying
twenty-three business buildings, sev-
eral residences and one 60.000 barrel
oil tank of the Prairie Oil and Gas
Co., cauBing a total loss estimated at
$150,000. All save one block in the
business district Is a mass of ruins.
The fire, of unknown origin, start-
ed in a tailor shop. It soon spread to
what has been known as the "Mad-
house," a joint adjoining, and then
swept through eight buildings belong-
ing to Syrian merchants.
One of the Prairie tanks, capacity
50,000 barrels, caught fire and was
burned. The gasoline plant of D. W
Eranchlt nearby was endangered, but
The high wind and lack of fire
equipment prevented effectual fire
fighting. Nearly all the buildings
were of wood construction. The loss
of the oil company is fully insured,
there was little Insurance on the other
John Bassett Moore, counselor of
the state department and a recognized
authority on International questions,
concluded hi* service with the gov-
ernment last week when President
Wilson accepted the resignation sub-
mitted a month ago. He goes to the
faculty of Columbia University.
book contracts are rejected
DEMAND FOR LEGALIZING 1912
School Book Row Apparently Far
From Ended, As Publishers Will
Half Million Is Waco Fire Los*.
Waco, Texa*.—Property valued at
a half million dollars was destroyed
in a fire which swept the plant of tbe
Exporters and Traders Warehouse and
Compress Co., In East Waco. The
loss Include* 5,000 bales of cotton in
Brooklyn Church Qoe* Up In Smok*.
New York.—Fire detsroyed the St.
Luke's Protestant and Episcopal
ohurch, Brooklyn. The loss la esti-
mated at $400,000, and Includes a $75,-
000 pipe organ
Oklahoma City.—School book men
whose books were favored In the
much-discussed 1912 adoption lost
another round in their legal fight to
establish the legality of their con-
tracts when the state supreme court,
in an opinion handed down by Judge
Turner, denied the application of W.
H. Wheeler & Co., for a writ of man-
damus to compel the preBent state
board of education to approve the
contracts and bonds of the publishers.
Several other publishing houses are
affected by the decision, their cases
paralleling the Wheeler case.
The application for the mandamus
was based on a former decision of the
court, dealing with the school book
problem and the action of Lieutenant
Governor J. J. McAlester last August,
when he Bigned and approved the
bonds during the temporary absence
of Governor Cruce.
In the former opinion the court held
that the governor's approval of the
bonds and contracts was a condition
precedent to approval of the bonds, or
contracts, by the board of education.
After McAlester signed the bonds,
which had been on file in the office
of the secretary of state since Gov-
ernor Cruce rejected them In 1912,
the school book men renewed their
fight on the theory that the action
of McAlester had supplied the miss-
ing link to make the contracts valid,
and that it followed that the present
board of education should approve the
bonds and contracts. Tbe present
board refused to do this, and man-
damus proceedings were instituted .In
the Oklahoma county district court.
Judge Carney granted the writ, direct-
ing the board to act on the contracts,
and it was on an appeal from that
ruling that the case went the second
time before tbe higher court.
The court holds that when Gover-
nor Cruce refused to sign the bonds
when they were presented to him in
August. 1912, and when they were sub-
sequently returned to the secretary
of state and the further action of the
present board of education, appointed
by the governor, In readvertlsing for
bids, constituted a complete rescind-
ing of the contracts or any obliga-
tions that might have been assumed
by reason of the 1912 adoptions, and
that the act of the lieutenant gover-
nor In approving the bonds could not
have the effect of reviving the life of
Justices Kane and Loofbourrow
confur with Justice Turner, Chief Jus
tlce Hayes concurs in the conclusion,
and Justice Williams dissents.
The fight of the school book men,
however, 1b not ended, according to
statements from their attorneys as
formal application will be made for
a rehearing of the case before the
higher court. One of the grounds on
which the application for rehearing
will be based is the allegation that the
point on which Justice Turner decided
the case was not brought out In the
proceedings in the lower court.
j. F. MC MURRAY LOSES OUT AGAIN
Commission Hold* His $100,000 Claim
For Fee* Unauthorized.
CROSS BORDER, DISINTER VEI1-
GARA'S REMAINS AND RE-
TURN THEM TO U. S.
tortured before being killed
Hand Partly Burned Off, Head Caved
In By Blunt Instrument; Bullets
Ended Misery of Mexicans'
Austin, Texas.—Texas Rangers have
crossed into Mexico, disinterred the
body of Clemente Vergara, Texas
ranchman, In the Hidalgo cemettry,
and returned it to American soil.
Governor Colquitt, who was recent-
ly refused permission by the state de-
partment to send the Rangers across
the Rio Grande to pursue the slayers
of Vergara. would not comment on the
incident or say whether Captain
Saunders and his troop acted under in-
structions from him.
Vergara was shot twice through the
head and once through the neck, his
skull was crushed as by a blow from
a rifle butt and the charred fingers of
the left hand indicated that he had
been tortured before being put to
The body was brought into the
United States at a point forty-five
miles up the river, opposite Hidalgo,
and near the Vergara ranch. Amer-
ican Consul Garrett, of Nuevo Laredo,
deputy sheriffs and other authorities
were waiting to receive It, and pending
the arrival of an undertaker from La-
redo, an armed force stood guard over
Recovery of the body was made by
a force of Texans, largely friends of
the dead man, acting with the troop
of Texas Rangers, under Captain
Saunders, who have been Investigating
the circumstances of Vergara's seizure
by Mexican federals for Governor Col-
quitt. A secret investigation in which
many Mexicans had been questioned
preceded the trip into Mexico. Lead-
ing the force was a man who had
been a witness to both the execution
and burial of Vergara.
Vergara left his ranch near Palafox,
Texas, Friday, February 13, and
crossed the river into Mexico on a
message from three federal soldiers
that Captain Apolonio Rodriguez, of
the Hidalgo garrison wished to settle
for eleven horses taken from Ver-
gara's island pasture in the Rio
Grande. Mrs.'Vergara pleaded with
her husband not to risk seizure by
the Mexicans, but disregarding her
warning, he crossed the river in com-
pany with his young nephew. Mrs.
Vergara has since told how she saw
her husband assaulted by the waiting
soldiers, and after being knocked un-
conscious, carried off. Vegara's ne-
phew at the attack on his uncle es-
caped to safety and hid in the brush
until he could recross the river.
Tortured and Murdered.
When a search waB begun for the
missing American, it was learned that
a man had been shot and his body
hanged to a tree outside of Hidalgo
early Sunday morning, February 15,
and the body left swinging for sev-
eral days. Soon after American Con-
sul Garrett at Nuevo Laredo started
his inquiries this body was removed
and a freBh grave was noticed In the
old Hidalgo cemetery. Mexicans who
had known the ranchman said the
body had been Vergara and that they
believed he was buried In the new
grave. It was finally settled that he
had been executed.
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No odds how bad your liver, stomach
• bowels; how much your head
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Don't let your stomach, liver and
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No more days of gloom and distress
if you will take a Cascaret now and
then. All storeB sell CaBcarets. Don't
forget the children—their little in-
sides need a cleansing, too. Adv.
Your father has a lot of very fine
chickens," observed the young man.
"Has he incubators?" "No," said the
sweet young thing just home from
boarding school, "1 think they're
Plymouth Rocks."—Dallas News.
CATTLEMEN SELECT EL PASO, TEX.
Oklahoma City Convention Come* to
a Close With Election.
Your family Doctor can't do more for
our cough than Dean's Mentholated
'ough Drops; "they cure"—5c at Druggists.
Colonel Barley Corn says he can't
understand why some men want the
earth if it's two-third's water.
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Washington.—Claims of J. F. Mc-
Murray, an attorney of McAlester,
Okla.. against the Choctaw and Chick-
asaw tribes of Indiana, approximating
$100,000 for legal fees, were denied
by a commission headed by Indian
Commissioner Sella, which held that
there wa* no warrant of law for their
payment. The decision was uuani-
Oklahoma City.—Winning by a ma-
jority of thirteen votes, El Paso cap'
tured the 1915 convention of the Pan'
handle-Southwestern Stockmen's As-
sociation, defeating Amarillo, its only
opponent, In a contest which has been
waged with unabated Intensity since
the cattlemen's convention opened
here last week. The final ballot
county showed the following results
El Paso, 148 Amarillo, 135.
P. H. Landergln of Vega, Texas,
was chosen president of the assocla
tlon for the ensuing year, succeeding
W. B. Slaughter. Other officers elect-
ed were: J. H. Nations of El PaBO,
first vice president; R. DeOraftenreld
of Buchanan, N. M„ Becond vice pres-
ident; Lee Blvens of Amarillo, Texas,
treasurer, and William Harrell of El
I'aso, Texas, secretary.
Chief Sam Repair* Ship.
New York.—After a delay the
steamer Curityba, the steamer on
which Chief Sam was to carry a colony
of negroes to the Gold Coast of South
Africa, Bailed but not to the promised
land. He is on his way to Portland,
Me., where Sam said the veBsel would
be overhauled and put Into shape for
the African voyage. Some eighty ne-
gro men and women, who had been
using the ship bh an ark. were put
ashore before the steamer sailed. Sam
said he would pay their railroad fares
to Portland, where they would be
. allowed to go on board again
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