Pauls Valley Sentinel (Pauls Valley, Indian Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 23, 1905 Page: 6 of 16
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WANTS HIS FRtfcDOM
COLORADO WILL RANK FIRST IN
aiJ'CK CHANGES IN GOVER-
n£AB0DV AFTER BEINC SEATED RESINS
Alva Adams Is Ousted as Governor of
Colorado—Lieutenant Governor Mc-
Donald Is Finally Called Upon to Of-
ficiate as Chief Executive
DENVER: James H. Peabody won [
Ms contest for the office of governor, !
from which he retired on January 10, !
after serving a term of two years, but
his victory was achieved only after !
he had given his pledge to resign and
surrender the chair to Lieutenant
Governor Jesse F. McDonald.
The vote in the joint convention of
the general assembly by which Gover-
nor Alva Adams was ousted and Gov-
ernor James J. Peabody installed was
51 to 41. 'Ten republicans voted with
the democrats for Adams.
It was more in the nature of a
party than a personal triumph, for
both Peabody and McDonald are re-
publicans and Adams is a democrat.
Although the republican majority
on joint ballot is thirty-five, the mem-
bership of the legislature being sixty-
six republicans and thirty-one demo-
crats, it had been found impossible to
."ain for Peabody enough republican
votes to reinstate him as governor for
the remainder of the biennial term,
ending In January, 1907. Twenty-
two republican members of the gen-
eral assembly, according to report, re-
fused to be bound by any action taken
in caucus on the contest and entered
into a compact not to vote for Pea-
body. A majority of them, however,
were in favor of seating the lieuten-
ant governor in the office of chief
executive, if means could be found to
do so legally. Finally the leaders of
the opposing republican factions ar-
ranged a compromise by which Pea-
body would be vindicated by being
declared elected and McDonald would
be made governor.
At the conference at which the bar-
gain was made, pledges were given to
the independent republicans by the
heads of four large corporations who
had been active supporteis of Pea-
body that he would retire after being
seated, and permit the lieutenant gov-
ernor to assume the duties of the of-
According to the agreement by the
leaders of the republican party fac-
tions of Colorado to place Lieutenant
Governor Jesse F. McDonald in the
governor's chair after the question of
governorship had been settled was
:arried out according to program.
Alva Adams was ousted and James H.
Peabody occupied the chair for one
3ay, and in the short space of twenty-
four hours Colorado has had the un-
precedented experience of having had
Lieutenant Governor McDonald re-
luctantly takes the chair which Gov
prnor Peabody resigned after fortlng
jovemor Adams out. The lieutenant
governor has taken no part in the bit-
ter fight'over the governorship which
has been waged since the election
■n November. He absolutely refused
:o aid his friends In the legislature to
toave him made governor, and as pre-
iding officer in the joint assembly he
made several rulings against the
movement in his behalf. Senator
Arthur Cornforth, president pro teni
f the senate, becomes acting lieuten-
ant governor by the elevation of Lieu-
tenant Governor McDonald to the of-
fice of chief executive.
Geronimo Appeals to President to
"Have Rope Taken From Hands"
LAWTON: Crestfallen and thor-
oughly subdued, Geronimo has re-
turned to his home in the Fort Sill
reservation. Against the wishes of
the Indian commissioner. Geronimo
was taken to Washington to take part
in the inaugural parade. The com-
mittee insisted that he was needed
as an attraction for the inaugural pa-
rade and the commissioner consented.
Upon his arrival Commissioner
Leupp informed Geronimo that he
had been permitted to come to Wash-
ington as a reward for having be-
haved himself as a prisoner of war. A
more docile Indian than Geronimo
was never in a parade. Geronimo ap-
peared at the White House before he
left Washington and made an appeal
for freedom to the Great Father.
"I want the rope taken off my
hands.' said the old medicine man to
the president, "that I may go in free-
dom to my home. We are tired o!
living so far away."
Geronimo could only have a few
minutes with the president. He asked
for permission to come back in two
months and talk the matter over with
the president and commissioner of In-
dian affairs. He was informed that
he could make his appeal in writing.
Geronimo has been spoiled by the at-
tentions of the curious public and it
is not probable that he will again be
permitted to leave the reservation.
SIXTY PEOPLE PERISH IN A SHOE
FACTORY AT BROCKTON,
EXPLOSION OF BOILER FOLLOWED BY FIRE
THROCKMORTONS GO FREE
Hugh Montgomery, who came to
Oklahoma at the opening, killed him-
self at Edmond by cutting bts throat
vrith a rwor last week.
Mother and Son Acquitted of the
Charge of Murder
LAWTON: The jury In the case of
the territory against Eliza and Joe
Thockmorton, mother and son, charg-
ed with the murder of J. H. Thock-
morton March 22, 1904, returned a
verdict of acquittal.
The trial of this case was the most
interesting of any that has come be-
fore the district court in this county,
and was more closely contested than
any other. The defendants were
charged with poisoning the husband
and father, who was an escaped luna-
tic from the territorial asylum, for
the express purpose of securing title
to his homestead and getting posses-
sion of his personal property. Both
Professor Edwin DeBarr of the Okla-
homa university, who made a chem-
ical analysis of the stomach of the de-
ceased, and Dr. Griffin, superintend*
ent of the territorial insane asylum,
The testimony appeared to develop
a good deal of prejudice on (he part o!
certain residents of the community in
which the defendants reside. While
the fact was not clearly developed, it
was practically certain that the Antl-
Horsethicf association took some part
in the prosecution.
Many, Unable to Extricate Them-
selves From the Wreckage, Were
Roasted Alive—Identification of
Charred Bodies Is Impossible
BROCKTON, MASS.: At least
-sixty persons were killed by the ex-
plosion of a boiler in a large shoe
manufacturing establishment in the
Campbello district conducted by the
R. B. Grover company.
The explosion was followed by a
flash of fire, which consumed the fac-
tory, a long, four-story structure, as If
it were a house of cardboard, and an
unknown number of men and women
who were unable to extricate them-
selves from a mass of tangled wreck-
age formed by the terrific upheaval
in the boiler room. More than fifty
of the employees in the building
were maimed, burned or bruised by
the time they reached safe ground.
Some had jumped from the roof, some
from windows, and others had been
injured in the mad rush to escape
from the doomed factory, which, from
all parts, emitted the heat of an in-
ferno, driving back the band of heroic
rescuers who in a few moments had
performed gallant service. The fire
extended from the factory to seven
other buildings in the vicinity, and
The total financial loss is estimated
at ?250,000, 1200,000 of which falls on
the R. B. Grover company.
It may never be known just how
many persons perished in the wreck-
age. No one knows exactly how many
were in the factory. The number has
been estimated at 400. Two hundred
and fifty survivors have been ac-
counted for, and the remains of fifty
bodies have been recovered from the
ruins. Fragments of bodies other
than those enumerated have also been
found. Few of the remains have
been identified. The head in nearly
every instance is missing, and, ex-
cept in rare instances, it was impos-
sible to distinguish the sex.
A BANK ROBBER CAPTURED
The Man Who Aided in the Renfrow
Robbery Made a Fight
ARKANSAS CITY, HAS.: A man
who says his name is James Davis,
wanted for alleged complicity in the
robbery of the Bank of Renfrow, at
Renfrow, March 10, has been arrested
here, after a fight with officers, in
which he shot City Marshal Seyfer.
The wound inflicted is not serious.
Davis was located in a building in the
evening. An attempt, was made by a
number of officers to arrest him. but
they were driven from the place by
the alleged robber. The marshal was
slow in retreating and Davis shot at
him, the bullet taking effect in the
officer's shoulder. Davis then barr!
eaded the door to his room, while t'ie
policemen laid siege until daylight, in
the morning an entrance wes forced
and Davis compelled to surrender.
A steeJ- flagstaff seventy-five fe*}t
high is being set up in the paraa?
grouid at Fort Reno.
OIL PRODUCERS ORGANIZE
OKLAHOMA'S TRUST LAW
School Book Law Is Better Than It
GUTHRIE: L. W. Baxter, terri-
torial superintendent of public in-
struction, has called attention to the
fact that Representative Lydick's bill,
which recently became a law by the
signature of Governor Ferguson,
deals directly with trusts in connec-
tion with the sale of school supplies,
and more particularly school books,
in Oklahoma. The fact that the
Menefee school book bill did not get
upon the statute books and the im-
pression that has to |in extent pro-
vailed that there was pr> legislation In
regard to the sale of the commodities,
renders the passage and approval of
the Lydick bill interesting and Impor-
The bill provides that trusts In con-
nection with the furnishing of school
books and supplies, or, as the bill
terms them, pools, shall be considered
as a misdemeanor and so punished.
Firms engaged in this line of business
in the territory are required to file
with the clerk of the district court a
description of the nature of their or-
ganization. It is further made un-
lawful for agents of these companies
to act unless the statement has been
filed with the clerk as provided by
law. Other provisions of the law
render any Yiolation of the anti trust
provisions of the act liable to severe
Plan of Action to Be Pursued Against
Standard Oil Company Mapped Out
INDEPENDENCE, KAS.: Oil
producers of Kansas to the number of
.1,000 met in convention to map out a
plan of action against the Standard
Oil company. The organization ef-
fected early in the winter at Topeka
to fight for legislation was made per-
Many speeches devoted to the busi-
ness end of the project weralellverod
Among the participants were sev-
eral United States senators and
many prominent business men of Kan-
sas. Governor Hoch was the ccnter
of attraction and Miss Ida M. Tarbell
was received enthusiastically. Others
present were former Governor Burke
of North%Dakota and Frank S. Mon-
nett of Ohio.
Governor Hoch made an address,
in which he said:
"This is not a war on the Standard
Oil company. It is a war upon it3
methods. It is not an attack upon
this gigantic corporation. It is an
attack upon its commercial policies.
It is not an attempt to drive the
Standard Oil out of this state. It is
an attempt to compel it to be decent.
"This is not a socialistic move-
ment, but the very reverse of it.
Thoroughly convinced by long study
and much thought that the socialistic
idea in government rnd private busi-
ness is radically wrong, I have en-
tertained with caution any and every
proposition tending toward govern-
ment absorption of business enter-
prises, which is wisely left to individ-
ual enterprise. But I do not propose
topermit myself to be misled by false
interpretations. This oil refinery
movement of ours, I repeat, is not a
socialistic enterprise. I abhor social-
ism, but I believe in competition.
"In my judgment, Mr. Rockefeller—
and I mention him merely in his rep-
resentative capacity—is doing more
to multiply socialists and make so-
cialism popular than all the profes-
sional propagandists of that fascinat-
ing fallacy in the United States are
doing- And the Standard Oil com-
pany iu its essential character is the
most gigantic socialistic concern in
the country. Its aim and end is the
aim and end of socialism, the de-
struotion of competition. In battling
against it we know that we are battl-
ing for, and not against, tii? competi-
tive system, and no superficial alarm-
ist can convince us to the contrary."
NOT A FAIR COUNT
Alleged Irregularities in the Taking
of Oklahoma City Census
OKLAHOMA CITY: Through the
efforts of citizens here a law was en-
acted by the late legislature effecting
the election law of the larger cities.
At first the bill was made applicable
to cities of 20,000, but was changed to
include only cities of more than 25,-
000. A provision was made for the
taking of the census before the com-
ing election, and In the enumeration
is where the irregularities come in.
The saloon men were quite active in
working to keep the population from
reaching the 25,000 mark, as the new
law would raise the license from $400
to $1,000 a year, and it is alleged by
the most of the citizens that they
were responsible for the "fake" re-
turns. I wo years ago a census was
taken that showed a population of
over 28,000, and the town has been
steadily increasing ever since and the
actual population now must be far in
excess of 30,000. Owing to the short
time allowed for the work, another
census cannot be taken and the new
"charter bill'' Is inoperative. Hun*
dreds of people have reported that the
enumerators failed to gat their names.
Investigations show that a large
number of voters who are registered
for the coming election do not show
up on the census returns and in num-
erous ways irregularities are being
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