Lexington Leader. (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 36, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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J. 0, FOX. EDITOR
LEXINGTON, - OKLAHOMA
C=r- . rrrr~ a
Open season for fish fairs.
Btoodlesi revolution® are in the
tame class with painless dentistry.
fiTIflOKS SUGAR TRUST
NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL IS READ
BEFORE THE SENATE.
Snine American buys would not care
to be president if they could be cham-
Spells of nftst> weather are now
called by the weather bureau "ener-
Between (lining on boot heels and
pony meat polar explorations are not
attractive to the club man.
The reserve forest lands saved from
the ax and, let us hope, from lire equal
1n area the state of Texas.
Colorado has some slirtwd holdup
men. In a recent robbery they did not
overlook the Pullman car porter.
Lumber Schedule Causes Much Excite*
mcnt.—Sen. McCumber's Amend-
ment Loses by a Two-
Washington, I). C.—Senator Owen of
Oklahoma donned ti is war paint and
feathers in tihe Senate Monday and
went after the alleged sugar trust in
a dentinriation which fairly eiizled
with heat. His argument, although
not extended, wn« vigorous and force-
PROSPERITY IN OKLAHOMA RIGGERS IS STATE'S STAR
STATE'S DECADE OF PROGRESS EX COUNTY ATTORNEY TURNS
DISCOUNTS ALL RECORDS. j STATE S EVIDENCE.
PROGRESS NOT CONFINED TO LARGE TOWNS JOHN ROGERS TESTIFIES TO THE CHARGES
Civic Improvement Idea is Bequeath-
ed to Every Energetic Mu-
nicipality in the New
Guthrie, Okla—The vigorous boom
which hits tilled Oklahoma the last
few months has not been confined to
any one class. Railroad construction
end improvement have a vim and ener-
gy such as has not been seen in the
southwest in years; building opera-
tions, both public and private, civic
Gives History of Deals with Boot-
leggers and Gamblers by City
and County Officers at
fill, and the Senate was forced to elt improvements of all kinds from school
Other Washington papers are so
bright thai it is a wonder the Cougres
tonal Record doesn't speed tip a little.
When It is all over but the shoutWig
there are thoso in the audience who
do not appreciate that form of noise.
Cheer up! The national deficit up
to yet Is only $89,429,601. And why
worry when we can always borrow
In a few more generations the
French will have convinced themselves
that the Wright brothers were born In
When the authorities keep their
hands off, gambling is no more a mat-
ter of chance than is running the
It's all right to decoy flying ma-
chines, but one thing in their favor is
that one doesn't have to lie on one fi
back to repair them.
Threatening tetters niay he Jokes,
but it is a sort of humor which should
be discouraged effectually whenever
the jokers are caught.
The census bureau reports "a short-
age of about 25,000 children." Last
summer's drought or the renascense
of the kidnaping industry?
France will charge tiertnan aero-
nauts $100 each for landing on French
soil. Some will save the money if
they only land hard enough.
A Gotham magistrate haa decided
that it is no crime to tickle another,
which illustrates what grave questions
of law modern life Is continually bring-
ing up for adjudication.
The Russian Black sea fleet has
sailed under sealed orders. Wouldn t
it make the commander mad II he
opened the envelope and found that
he was bound for Japan'
T'o.lverslty advisory boards are be-
coming the fashion nowadays, but as
a t'ulo the trustees and faculties oi
such institutions do not expect these
boards to give too much advice.
A velocity of 100 miles an hour was
attained by the wind in Cleveland the
other day, but the people of Cleveland
will go right on believing Chicago to
be the windiest city in the world.
Make a memorandum in your note
book that Boston will celebrate In
1920, with a world's fair, the three
hundredth anniversary of the Pilgrim
Fathers, and do not fail to attend it.
up and take notice.
After sending to ttio secretary's .iesk
a newspaper editorial condemning the
methods of the alleged corporation,
Renatof Owen turned to his col-
leagues and said:
"This account points out one of the
most evil and insidious consequences
of the building up of this country of
houses and bridges to good roads and
waterworks, activity in factory build-
ing and industrial enterprises, all man-
ifest the same spirited impetus that
has set the railroads off at suoh a fat
The statement was made in Guth-
rie by a Kansas City contractor last
week that Oklahoma was now engag-
ed in either expending or contract-
these giant organizations protected by |ng the expenditure of 25 million dol-
thls so-called tariff, which has led
to poisoning the fountain of informa-
tion of the people of the United States
so that -millions of dollars have been
stolen from the people of the United
States. This fact is not mentioned by
the leii<ling newspapers of the city of
New York, but, on the contrary, full-
page advertisements of the American
Sugar Refining Company appear in
lieu of the truth whicih ought to be
made known to the people of the
Consequently, he asked to have the
newspapers' attacks read so that it
might appear In the record, which was
Upon the conclusion of the reading
of tlhe clipping, which was an account
of the alleged recent frauds per-
petrated by the sugar trust Owen
declared the words "above No. 16
Dutch standard in color" should ba
struck from the tariff bill, and asked
lars in civic improvements alone, lie
has been in the state six weeks in
both larger cities and smaller town?
looking after "jobs." He had notes
from other contractors and a fair list
of Oklahoma towns in which bonds
were being issued for one purpose or
another. He did not consider his es-
timate an exaggeration but a conser-
An incomplete list of some public , whUp ^ wM turned oyer tQ Rob
improvements over the state gather- | whf) delivered lt to Judge Ma.
e.l within the last month, while they , ))(n jn hig office at Tecumseh. That
do not show one-third the work going ; h(, (Biggprs) entered Maben's office
on or intended, go a long way to- | .,R Ha([ar was leaving alKi that he
ward proving the contractors state-
Shawnee, Okla.—"I told Judge Jla-
ben that when it came to be a ques-
tion of my wife and babies and my
friendship for him that he would have
to go," said Virgil Biggers, indicted
and suspended county attorney Friday
morning, while testifying for the state
against District Judge W. N. Maben,
The expected had happened and Big-
gers ha<} turned state's evidence. B.
O. Johnson and John Rogers two of
t lie principal witnesses for the state,
also testified during the day.
Biggers was on the stand from 8:30
o'clock until 11:40. He appeared per-
fectly composed as he told the story
of his fall and implicated Judge Ma-
ben and was calm under cross ques-
tioning. He made an excellent wit-
ness, showing at all times a desire to
make a clear and concise statement of
the alleged facts.
Biggers' story was to the effect that
while the regular grand jury was in
session last September he was ap-
proached by Judge Maben with a
proposition to make "the boys" come
across or be indicted, that he suggest-
ed a meeting, which was held in
County Commissioner Bob Hagar's of-
fice. As a result of this meeting $800
THOUSANDS SI5N NAMES
STATE CAPITAL FIGHT AROUSES
"It's curious," said Uncle Eben, "dat
, ]0t o' folks will hardly notice da
speeches of de country's brainiest men
an' dat dey'll read every word of what
an ex-ohampion of prize-fightin' has to
BATTLE IS NOW BEING WAGED IN STATE
Committees Invade Every Nook and
Corner of the State and Secure
Many Thousands of
Okhhoma City.—Invading every
town in the state, including the towns
which liave already declared t.hemsel-
".es In the state capital fight, assists
ants of the Oklahoma City state capi-
tal committee, headed by J. B. Per-
kins, are securing signatures of thous-
oiids of citizens over the state and for-
warding them to (headquarters. Forty
thouansd of signatures are necessary.
C. H. Armstrong has been deputized
to solicit signers in Shawnee and a
number of towns on the Rock Island
railroad. He will make a special ef-
fort to secure 3,000 signers in Shaw-
N. C. Gordon will spend a. week in
Guthrie and has pledged himself to
secure 1,500 signatures there. He will
go from Guthrie into the northwest
section of the state.
A. B. Cook will go to El Reno and
from there on the Rock Island, work-
ing toward Hobart. K1 Reno is re-
ported to have almost secured her
'5,000 signatures which will entitle the
town to a place in the capita] con-
Division of World's Races.
Of the races of the world, 600,000,000
are w.hite; 700,0000,000 yellow. 215,^00-
000 black, 35,000,000 brown or Malayan
and 15,000,000 red, or American In-
Dog's Long Journey to Old Home.
Nearly a year ago Frank Kenneth"
and his family moved to Nebraska
from thfa county. Their dog, a fox-
terrier, evidently did not like the
west and to-day, footsore and almost
starved, it limped into the yard of its
old home.—Canal Dover Correspon-
dence, Pittsburg Dispatch.
Faith in immortality mnnot be ac-
quired from another. One cannot con-
vince oneself of immortality. In or-
der to know faith in immortality it is
necessary that it should be, and in
order that it should be it is necessary
to understand that your life consists in
its being immortal.—Tolstoy.
Belated Appreciation of Genius.
Centenaries, bi-centenaries and ter-
centenaries are quite the rage. Every
week we do homage to the memory
of some great man whose genius tha
world has taken one, two or three cen-
turies to recognize. It is somewhat
late and often ridiculous.
Oklahoma City, the largest town in
the state necessarily heads the list
with several hundred thousand dol-
lars worth of street paving and other
work now in construction, and an
$885 ,000 b-ond issue for general im-
provements which is in the last stag-
that the finance committee report to es of sale; Guthrie Is putting down
the Senate "why these words should $«00.tl00 in street paving, and has
no< be struck from the bill." finished a filtration plant, $50,000
The lumber schedule of the tariff extension of the sewer system
corner stone of a
Senate almost the entire day, with $10,000 church. Muskogee is work-
S. Kitors Root, Heyburn, Borah, and ing on an extended paving system in-
DdIliver contending on tho one hand volving an immediate expenditure of
for protection for the industry and , probably half a million dollars, has
Senators Clapp, Burkett and McCum
her arguing as strenuously against
th.it policy. The day closed with more
than a two-thirds vote against Sena-
tor McCumber's free lumber amend-
ment, the ballot Showing 25 for and
One of the scientists announces that
overeating as well as excessive drink-
ing will produce a red, bulbous nose.
But that doesn't help much. It Is
about as foolish to overeat as to drink
New York is to have a 31-story
hotel. The builders probably cling to
the theory that it will not hurt any
more, in case of fire, to jump from the
thirty-first story than it would to leap
from the seventeenth floor.
Children are so unpopular with land-
lords that an Illinois legislator has
introduced a bill which provides that
It shall be unlawful and to be against
public policy for any landlord to dis-
criminate against families where there
are children under 14 years old. It is
also declared to be equally reprelien
sible for any landlord to Insert a
clause forfeiting a lease in case a
baby is born to the tenant family or
a child is adopted. It is a safe bet
that this man is a father and is not a
New Bedford is again restored to
the map by the report of the master
of a whaling ship that was fitted out
in that port and has returned with a
record. The ship has brought back
to New Bedford more than 2,000 bar
rels of whale oil of a value of more
than $40,000. This means probably
that ('apt. llagerty's crew captured 40
or 50 "leviathans of the deep," which
is pretty good business when one con-
siders that the whale oil fishing has
been regarded as largely a thing of
The gowns of the period represent
a fusion of the modes prevailing under
King Dagobert with the styles of the
dlrectolre. The result is in some cases
very beautiful, but the confusion of
periods is enough to make the stu-
dent's head swim.
When nature refuses her rain and
sun that man might get his bread, her
refusal Is a catastrophe. But what
shall we say of men who deliberately
withhold the production of the soli in
order that man's bread shall be made
harder to get?
STRIKE MAY COVER THE SOUTH.
Governor of Georgia Proposes Arbitra-
tion with Railroads.
Atlanta, Cn,—Arbitration to 6ettle
the Georgia railroad strike has been
proposed by Governor Hoke Smith.
The railroad lies entirely within tJio
state, and not a train move Monday.
Involving t.he race issue as to
whether white or negro fireman shall
1>" uk ployed, the strike has become of
importance all over the South, because
of the reports that the movements may
be spread to all Southern railways.
As tin result of appeals to the fed-
eral board of meditation to use its ef-
for's to settle tho strike of the firo-
mi n on the Georgia railroad, Commis-
sioner of Labor Neill left Washington
for Atlanta Monday night Officials
of the iK)si-.iffice department are in-
clined to take a somewhat hopeful
view of the situation on tilie railroad.
Foraker. Okla.—Mrs. W. W. Brown
and three other children were drowned
and many others were forced to flee
for their lives by tho raging of Salt
Creek, following a cloudburst near
New Well at Muskogee.
Muskogee, Okla.—The largest gas
well in the Muskogee field, with a flow
of 12.000,000 cubic feet daily, was
hi ; - lit in hei'i Monday.
Boy Dragged to Death.
Teximo, Okla While leading a horse
to water hen- Sunday, the eight-year-
old son of .1. K. Wilson, was dragged
to deatih by the amimal.
Katy Railroad is Guilty.
Oklahoma City In the federal court
Mon .iy tlhe jury returned a verdict oi
guilM in the case of the I'nitei States
against the Missouri. Kansas & Texna
railroad on a charge of violating the
28-hour law, applying to live stock.
Sons of Oil Magnate in the State.
Tulsa. Okla —In a special train John
D Rockefeller, Jr., and John D Arch-
ibald. Jr.. and other Standard Oil men
arrived in Tulsa Monday afternoon on
a ten. of in*i■< rtion ®f t.he Mid-Conti-
nent oil and gas fields
Indians Go To Washington.
Enid, Okla. — Five Arapaho and
Cheyenne Indian chiefs have gone to
Washing -ui in a special car to see
President Taft. j
voted $300,000 for schools, $550,000
for a new water works system to
keep up with the rapid growth of
the city, and $150,000 for roads and
bridges over the county. Tulsa re-
cently authorized $325,fl00 wrore of
paving and April 26 voted ia bond is-
sue of $161,000 for parks and water
works system; the filtration plant
was completed May 1 at a cost of
$80,000. McAlester April 15 let a
contract for a $100,875 sewer system
to Horton & Morton. Houston, Tex.
Durant May 1, voted $7,000 for parks
and is preparing plans for a new
$80,000 Presbyterian college. Ernest
Corlett has been awarded the contract
for the United States postoffice build-
ing at Vinita; El Reno May 4, voted
$70,000 for a new city hall and two
fire stations; Ardmore, April 28, sold
$160,000 school bonds the larger
amount of this to go to build a high
school building. Both Ardmore, El
Reno, McAlester and Durant are
paving much street. Shawnee only
recently voted $650,000 for city im-
It is inturstnig to note that tihe
paving, water works systems and
gixid road building is not confined to
larger towns. \
BANDITS HOLD UP TRAIN.
Rob the Union Pacific of Registered
Omaha, Neb - Masked bandits held '
up and robbed Union Pacific passen-
ger train So. 2. known as the over- j
land limited, a few miles west of this
city, jr.st before midnight Saturday
night and secured a number of regis- ;
tered mail pouches. The exact num-
ber of sacks secured as not known, 1
but tihey are believed to have con- i
tained a large sum.
The robbers evidently got on the j
train at some town west of here. The I
hold-ill? occurred flhout five miles west j
of the city limits, in a deep cut along j
the recently constructed Lane cutoff. |
The robbers climbed over the tank !
and forced the negiue-er to stop the |
train and then proceeded to the moil I
car. The clerks were forced to open
tile door and hand out a number of
pouches of registered mail.
The passengers were not molested ;
and as soon as the robbers left the
scene of the hold up the train proceed-
ed to the city,
Eentire Faculty Re-elected.
Tecumseh. Okla.—The Tecumseh
public schools are closing the best
terms work in their history. City Su-
perintendent John Howard Payne and
his assistants have been re-elected for
the coming year.
Found Headless by Traclt.
McAlester. Okla.—Guy Roe, 13 year
old, son of Sheridan Roe, was found on
the railroad track a milo north of the
city Saturday morning with bis bead
and right arm cut off.
were raised by B. O. Johnson and Bert | test.
I T. A. (Irlgsby is beatnig the brush
in Cleveland and McClain counties
, and reports excellent returns.
I P. Watson is soliciting signatures
in towns in southwest Oklahoma and
is following the Frisco toward Law-
The Oklahoma City committee is
encouraged by the wrerk of a number
of out-of-town workers who are doing
gratifying work in securing signers to
the petition which asks ran amendment
to the constitution to the end that the
capital may be moved immediately.
Those do-ing valiant service are; J.
L Helms, 0. W. >)avis, Byron Haw-
kins and Chas. G. Ijory.
bootleggers, would all be indicted ten j It will be recalled that two petitions
or twenty times. I are in the field. One of these asks that
John Rogers went back to the date j tihe the capital be permanently located
of the alleged deal between Maben j immediately, and the other ithat it be
Biggers and others, to last May. ] located at some point, naming three
He testified to giving up ?.">00 for cities Which have already declared!
Dutch to Have Celebration.
Thu Dutch will celebrate the cen-
tenary of the re-establishment of na<
tional independence by a world's fair
at The Hfligue in 1913.
as Uagar was leaving and that
called him back and gave him a $100
Previous to raising the $800 .Big-
gers stated, a second meeting was
held at the suggestion of Oat John-
son, who desired that those who were
to divide the money should be pres-
ent and be seen by all concerned so
there would be no mistake about it;
that Maben was present at that con-
ference and as he left remarked that
he was through with it. and if there
was not something done they, the
Business Minus Science.
The average English business man's
sphere of vision is limited. He is not
scientific, as compared with the Ameri-
can, German or Japanese merchant.
He regards his business too much as
a means of livelihood or an occupation.
He does not enter into it or conduct
it on a sufficiently lofty plan.—London
protection of his gambling room ,tliat
while be was Biclt and Maben was at
the Denver convention Biggers closed
his place and that later John Garrett
protested against being shut out, thus
Maben said he would see that he hr.d
a place if anyone did; that he, Rogers,
feared that Sims would not let him
run, that Maben said he would fix
Sims, that he had reinstated him in
office when he was suspended as chief
of police, and that he could handle
themselves in the race, Bind providing
a lue!hod which other municipalities
may pursue to enter the contest.
Confessed Too Soon.
Raphael Boisbluche, an attendant at
tlie hospital of Sant-Malo, France
fell dangerously ill some weeks ago
and when all hope of his recovery had
been abandoned he confessed that he
had been the author of several mys-
terious fires. He has now made a mar-
velous recovery, and is bewailing his
rash repentance in jail.
Jewish Death Rate Light.
A writer in the Western Medical Re-
view declares that in spite of the so-
cial conditions which surround the
mass of the Jewish population of the
worid, and especially in the large
cities of America, where they form a
large percentage of the population, tho
death rate among the Jewish inhabi-
tants is but little over half of thatof
Bulgin Is In California.
Oklahoma; City.—Evangelism E. J.
Bulgin, who has figured more or less
in the sensational efforts of certain
newsmongers to create the Impression
that there was nibout to be a whole-
sale crusade against graft in Oklaho- the average American population,
ma City, is far from having any such — .
intentions at present and from authen- c i<m ..
. , ., , Must Fulfill One s Mission.
tic mtormat'on m,:v not consider such , , ., , . ,
. ,. , Dr) 110t ca" for death because it s
a step at all. Evengelist Bulgin is v„,.,
.... «aid for you to live. The entire bur-
now in attendance at re vial meetings ,,f ,,, ...
. s den of the world on the shoulders on
e' ! every mortal being compels lilrn to ful-
fill liis mission. The only means of
freeing one's self from this burden is
in the fulfillment of one's mission.
You will be relieved only after you
have done the work assigned to you.
"Kansas City.—Hold T M Hill; am
preparing requisintion papers for him. |
Frank F. Snow, acting chief of po- j
Tl-'s was the telegram receiver in
Oklahoma City Friday evening from
Kansas City, Mo., where T. M. Hill,
said to be a traveling representative
ot Cox & Company, a clothing house
of that city, is wanted for several for-
geries covering a period of several
months. Hill was arrested at EI Rer.o
Thursday night, and is now in the Ok-
lahoma City jail, awaiting the arrival
of the Missouri officials.
Hill is said to be one of the smooth-
est penman ever landed by Chief Hu- Negr0 |# Lynched.
batka, and his scheme of workin; into ... „ . ,
,he confidence of his Intended victims Wnoolntown. Ga.-After_ seriously
i, declared original in every way. lie wounding John Spires, a white farmer
is a member of two prominent trav-I Albert Aiken, negro, was hanged by a
cling men's associations and when ho j mob which stormed the jail I nesday.
arrives in a town makes as many fic- '
quaintances as possible, it is alleged, i Taft a Layman.
1 Bost-on.—President Taft was Tuos-
Would Stop Tax Collection.
McAlester, Okla.—The McAlester
Coal Mining company, the McAleter
Trust company, and the American City
and First National banks Tuesday se-
cured injunctions in -the superior
court, restraining the county commis-
sioners, county treasurer and sherifT
from collecting taxes levied on their
property, alleging that the commis-
sioners usurped the poweis of the
township directors by -increasing in-
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Choctaw Leader Dies.
Poteau, Okla. Jacob Jckson, a
full blood Choctaw Indian, who for
many years has been • working on a
plan of colonization for his tribe, died
at his home near Shady Point Friday.
Jackson believed it was divinely will-
ed that the Indian should live apart
from the white man. His life was a
disappointment and this doubtless has-
tened his death.
In the early nineties Jackson was a
candidate for governor of the Choctaw
nation against Governor Jones. lie
was frequently a White House visitor
during the administration of President
Cleveland and from him the president
gained much of his knowledge con-
cerning conditions in the Indian Ter:
day elected honorary member of the
newly-formed National league of tho
Unitarian Laymen, at the meeting held
here of representatives of the Unitar-
ian denomination from all over the
Morgan Succeeds Rogers.
New York.—J. P. Morgan, jr., Tues-
day was elweted a director of the Unit-
ed States Steel Corporation and a
member of the finace committee, to
succeed the late Henry H. Rogers.
Ex-Governor to Speak.
Hobart, Okla. Ex-Governor T. B.
Ferguson of Watonga is billed for an
address here Memorial day. Otli'-r
prominent speakers have also been
invited to attend the special Memorial
Day ex< rcises.
Jap Admiral Arrives.
San Francisco.—Vice Admiral Soto-
Klchi Urvu of the Japanese navy, an 1
a graduate of the United States naval
academy, and one of the conspicuous
heroes of the Russian-Japanese war,
arrived here Friday from Toklo.
American Funds Received.
Lisbon.—The Portugese Red Cross
has received $1000 from the American
Red Cross, to be devoted to the relief
of the nifferers from the recent earth*
quake in the Ribatajo district.
Washington .— Secretary of War
Dickinson proved himself the best
marksman of the party which recently
accompanied him to Panama, killing a
ten-foot alligator with jaws big enough
to bite a man in two.
Government to Reduce Expenses.
Washington.—Careful scrutiny of all
estimates f.>r appropriations for 1911
is being made In the various depart-
ment as a result of President Taft's
demand for economies in expeinditura
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