North Enid Tribune. Weekly Edition. (North Enid, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 15, 1894 Page: 1 of 8
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TRAINS STOP ONLY AT NORTH ENID.
We Have a Postoflice now--"North Enid."
Dortli Enid Tribane.
VOL. 1. MO. lb.
NORTH EN 11), OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, FEKRUARY 15, 1894.
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Senator Blackburn States Some
Very Plain Facts.
Senator Horry Out rnnked nl livery
Turn, While Other Senators
Think II nil Jtorao I'lay.
C. H. HAMLIN,
Enid Toujo Co.
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Washington, Feb. IS.—For nearly
two hours the senate today considered
the bill to compel the Rock Island com-
pany to maintain depots at the govern-
ment towns in the Cherokee Strip.
Most of the time was occupied by Sen-
ator Blackburn in opposition to the
bill, and by Senator Bei y, who was
active in questioning the senator who
had the floor. The discussion at times
degenerated into a ridiculous wrangle
between the two senators, and each
would announce to the senate that the
other was misstating the plain facts.
Some of the senators appeared to en-
joy the controversy by way of its be-
ing a novelty, whifc others did not
think that it was st. very business-like
performance. Then some plainly stat-
ed that it was a row between some
townsite fellows, and should be fought
out in the Oklahoma legislature, and
not make the senate ridiculous by
scrapping over the proposed legis-
No conclusion was reached and the
consideration of the bill will likely be
taken up tomorrow.
Senator Blackburn opened the ball
by stating that he was opposed to the
retary of the interior very hard for
the part he had taken in inducing
the postmaster general to refuse mail
facilities to the older towns and for
his interference. He also stated th.it
if the secretary had been wise after
he had concluded to move the location
of the government towns, he would
have placed them nearer the center
of the counties and not to one side.
He also stated that for some reason
the secretary of the interior was un-
willing to leave the matter with the
For his part he looked upon the
whole controversy as one that should
not be considered by congress, but
should be settled by their own legis-
lation. He thought that congress had
very little business to go into the
townsite matters, and at the close of
his remarks he presented a petition of
4,025 people who were against the
passage of the bill pending, and an-
other petition of 2,048 against legisla-
tion of any sort.
Senator Wolcott stated that it was
ridiculous that the secretary of the
interior should locate county seats
within four or five miles of one side
of a county and have twenty-five
miles of the same county 011 the other
side. This was the beginning of all
the trouble. Senator Dolph stated
that he was weary of having townsite
boomers about the capitol. He be-
lieved that the territorial legislature
is able to take care of the matter. He
looked upon the whole matter as a
piece of bad management, and should
be left out of congress. As Senator
A SAD CASE.
Two Young Men have a Dread-
l>rl\'Oti i*orth Into The Sturm For
Soinottilnpr to lint For Tlio/n-
st'/rcs it ml Ti'a/ns.
Two young" men by the name of
Owen Roberts and Frank Aldrich
came into town yesterday and almost
give up their lives for making the
trip. They had run out of things to
eat and also grain for their horses and
they were compelled to pull out thro'
the long stretch of deep snow or starve
to death. It was not a matter of
choice, but a necessity.
They are holding down a claim
about twenty miles west of town and
the drive was a long and hard one in
their reduced condition. The snow is
very deep all over the plains and in
many places there are drifts from ten
to fifteen feet deep. Several times
they were caught in the deep drifts
and had to dig their horses out.
When they arrived in town last
night about dark they were nearly
frozen when the stopped 011 Oklahoma
avenue one of their horses dropped
dead. The boys went into Wolters
grocery and their hands and feet were
put in snow and cold water to draw
the frost out, and when they were
wanned up and notified that one of
the horses was dead, Roberts said it
had starved to death. This is only
North Enid Grocery Co. g
G. S. STEIN, MANAGER-
7/jE are now located in our new room on
Oklahoma Avenue with a lull and
complete stock of
We have come to stay, and by giving
good weights and good goods will try to
merit your patronage.
First door East of I Xoi'tll Ellid, 0. T,
New Brick BlocK. >
Palmer secured the floor some one in
sistedthat the senate go into execu- I „f ^ instances of this na-
bill in its entirely, and especially op- , tivt> session, and the debate for the that will be occuring every day
posed to it without its amendments, day ended^ ind 0(jr peopie should have relief
which allowed the people in the two -nvOTFTODAY P rtie" out "" the COMt'
counties to decide where they wanted TO VUle- 1UJJA.Y. —______
their county seats. The Swinefonl | special tothe Trlbnnc. Mr gam Hammerslough, of the
| efforts in the Strip were reviewed at I Washington, Feb. l5-—'rhe ,blU j lower t0wn, was a pleasant caller to-
! some length by the senator, who stated j compel the Rock Island to build and ^ As far as the Tribune is con-
that Swineford had been sent to that 1 maintain depots at South Enid and , jt .g free tQ say that it be-
country to locate townsites and thai Round Pond came up for discussion 111 Sam had noth;ng to do with
he had done so and that he had located thc senate this morning. At the out- ^ aUe(,ed money scrape, an account
the towns at Old Enid and Pond j set it was unanimously agreed that a ^ ^ pubiished yesterday.
Creek; that as soon as Swineford had vote should be taken today. Thc Hoke ; —
made his first location the matter had Smith followers are clearly demoral- Major Holmes came in last night
leaked out of the department, and that jZed. Tlic tertific arraignment of them from Guthrie where he had been at-
j on the 25th of July the locations had yesterday by Senator Blackburn ' tending the Masonic Grand Lodge,
been printed in the papers, and that (a southerner and democrat) has given He reports a good time.
long before the next month they had all of them the blues and they admit
been changed. that they are defeated. Hassler, of
Blackburn then stated that the sec- South Enid, thought he would turn
retary of the interior had said before things over, but a wink from a cer-
the committee that he had made thc j tain senator sent him a scurrying out , . .
changes of townsites for no other of the lobby and he has not been seen [ nlS VjOUlltiy VlSllCU y
reason in the world except to defeat since. The general opinion is nthat Awful StoriU.
the Indian allottees. This induced I the bill with the county seat amend-;
Berry to remark that the government | ment will have about ten majority, w. , , snow
was in honor bound to allow the allot- perhaps more, but no less. Hoke The Country Swept by Wind and Snow
tees to take their allottments accord- Smith has given up the fight and has
ing to treaty stipulations, and as the j promised to wash his hands of the
department had ruled that, according whole affair. This action on his part
~ tothe treaty, the Indians could take was prompted by the Presideni who
lands wherever they desired, they had has been convinced that Smith and —
the right to make the selection near Swineford have been engaged in rot- struck this country commenced busi-
towns if they could find out where the ten work. Cleveland is very displeas- ness about midnight last Saturday
towns would be located, and as the ed totalise Smith has arraigned Black- and raged all day yesterday. It was
r , . +1... rwi,,,,,1 Kimtinn when nlvnnsit next to impossible for an)one
Railroads Blockaded and Trains
A Terrible Storm.
One of the worst storms that ever
and Feed Co. ^
Is now open for business in
their new building, 2d St.and
Kansas Ave, or southeast cor-
ner Court square, with a full
stock of Groceries,
QiJeensware, Floilr X Feed,
We will carry only the best goods and
thc prices will be to suit your pocketbook.
luwus nuuiu uv, ...
secret had leaked out of the depart-j burn against the administration when
ment the secretary could not be mad the senator was needed badly in the
i at anybody but himself or someone in Peckham confirmation fight, lhere
the department. j are various rumors around the depart-
Berry stated that the railroad com- todaj that Smith is to re ign
pany and some others had secured the ^o,n the Interior Department,
allotments and were trying to run Republican Club.
j some townsite booms and to this i The Tkibune wishes to announce
Blackburn observed, "If there is one ! that there will be a meeting of the
atom of truth in the charge that an) republicans of North Enid in the
of the officials of the Rock Island are J board of trade chambers next Satur-
. . .. . . . «. .. e
interested in any townsite matters
! along that line, it does not appea- in
| the evidence, and the secretary of the
I interior and all others have been in-
vited to controvert this point. On the
other hand we have before us the affi-
davits of the officials of that company,
stating solemnly that they have no
such interest there as claimed by the
senator from Arkansas. It may be
easy to intimate, but .sometimes inti-
mations are not true." Then Black-
burn proceeded to state that but a few
months ago there was nothing at
either townsite but lizards and centi-
pedes, fend also that it would be ridic-
ulous to maintain towns two miles
apart and that something had better
be done that would make one town
instead of two.
Blackburn pressed down on the sec-
day evening for the purpose of organ-
izing a republican League Club and
electing delegates to attend the terri-
torial convention to be held in Guthrie
Feb. 20. This announcement should
have been made long ago, but the
notice sent to us was carried in some
one's pocket for several days.
We are told this morning by a
gentleman who received a telegram
from there says that twenty-five
families will leave Clyde, Kansas, for
North Enid to-night. Some of them
have claims near this place and a
part of them will live in North Enid
Postmaster Swartout and family
came in from York state this morn
ing. The TkibunK welcomes them to
their new home in the best country in
almost next to impossible for anyone
to be out, and unless compelled from
necessity to face the storm everybody
stayed in doors. The snow blew in a
blinding cloud all the time and the
wind was apparently full of glass all
In Nebraska along the line of the
Rock Island west from Omaha the
snow fell to a depth of about ten
inches before the wind came, and
shortly afterwards it was next to im-
possible to operate trains. All over
Kansas the storm raged and the snow
bew until it was blinding. Trains
were blockaded and in many places
telegraph wiressoon down. The train
due here last night at ten o'clock from
the north got stuck in the snow at
Caldwell although being pulled by
two engines. The north-bound train
had a terrible time and a number of
stock trains were tied up. The train
due here1 at eight this morning did
not get toTopekatill six this morn-
ing and is expected here late this after-
There is no doubt but there is much
suffering throughout the Stripk and
especially among the settleas out on
claims and that a number of deaths
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