The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 26, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, December 8, 1916 Page: 3 of 8
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THE LEXINGTON LEADER
SALE THIS TIME WILL GO
THROUGH; ONLY ONE
OTHER NEWS OF THE STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents That Go
To Make Up a Week's History
of a Great Common-
Oklahoma City.—The quarter sec-
tion of state school land east of the
•city on which is located the Okla-
homa State Pair and Exposition
grounds will be re-advertised for sale
as farm land, according to a decision
of the commissioners of the land office.
The land was to have been sold early
in September, but a question was
raised as to whether it should have
been advertised as city land or under
the regulations relating to the sale of
farm land. The sale was called off
and the question referred to the at-
torney general, who held it was within
the power of the commissioners to de-
termine whether the land should be
sold as farm or city land.
It is understood the fair association
Till be the only bidder. Exclusive of
all improvements, the land has been
valued at $48,000.
Question for Leflislaturc.
The question of Hie advisability of
the department selling the state pub-
lic building bonds, amounting to $299,-
600, in which farm loah money is in-
vested, so that the money could be
made available for farm loans, was
brought up by State Auditor E. B.
Howard, but the board was of tfie
opinion that no action to that end
-could be taken without specific author-
ity from the legislature. It is pBob-
able that the question will be referred
to the law-makers when they meet In
Since the supreme court held that
the public building bonds were non-
taxable there has been a demand for
them and the school land department
can dispose of its holdings in tho
bonds at a premium.
All unsold school land in Grant, Gar-
field, Lincoln and 1/Ogan counties and
certain sections in Alfalfa, Woods and
Kingfisher were segregated for oil and
CAMPAIGN FOR RECRUITS
Government Agents Going On Tour In
Oklahoma City.—With the recent ad-
dition of ten men to the army recruit-
ing force in Oklahoma, increasing the
total to twenty-seven, a recruiting cam-
paign more comprehensive than any
previous one will be made next month,
according to Major Barney, in charge
«f the Oklahoma stations.
Two men will be Bent from each of
the six stations in the state to three
towns or cities in the vicinity of their
station. After the recruiting teams
have completed their tour, Major Bar-
ney will visit each station and exam-
ine the accepted applicants. No re-
cruiting trips are scheduled for the
last week in the month.
The following shows the ours plan-
Oklahoma City Station—December <4-10,
"Weatherford; December 11-17, Watonga;
December 18-24, Chandler.
Tulsa Station—December 4-10, Nowata;
December 11-17, Collinsville; , December
Muskogee station—December 4-10, Tah-
lequah; December 11-17, Sallisaw; De-
cember 18-24, Stigler.
Chickasha station—December 4-10, An-
adarko; December 11-17, Lindsay; De-
cember 18-24, Altus.
Ardmore station—December 4-10, Ma-
dill; December 11-17, Hugo; December
Enid station—December 4-10, Wood-
ward; December 11-17, Alva; December
WHO WANTS A MINISTER?
Muskogee.—"Wanted, by Metho-
dist minister, a wife."
Thus reads an advertisement In-
serted in a Muskogee newspaper
by the Rev. T. W. Eastham of
Beggs, before he left for home.after
attending the Methodist Episcopal
confroence for the eastern district
■"I prefer a blonde," reads the
advertisement, "but I do not care
particularly about her slie and
build except that she must not be
too small or too large. I want her
to be about my own age or younger
but she can have any colored eyes.
She could even be a brunette if she
Is a right good cook."
Applicants may apply at the farm
near Beggs where the Rev. East-
ham makes his home. He preaches
at four different churches on a cir-
cuit. He declared while in Mus-
kogee that he had not seen a wom-
an since his wife died three years
ago whom he would "particularly
care to have for a wife." Conse-
quently he advertised.
WOMAN HEADS TEACHERS
Mrs. S. R. Fordyce Elected President
of State Association.
Oklahoma City.—For the first time
in the history of the organization, a
woman—Mrs. Susan R. Fordyce,
teacher of science in the high school
of Shawnee—was elected president of
the Oklahoma Educational Associa-
Mrs. Fordyce defeated S. M. Mc-
Quistion, county superintendent of
McClain county, and William F.
Ramey, city superintendent of schools
at Chickasha, the vote standing 532
for Mrs. Fordyce, 236 for Mr. Mc-
Quistion and 68 for Mr. Ramey. When
the vote was announced the election
of Mrs. Fordyce was made unanimous.
Other officers elected were: R. L.
McPherson, McAlester, vice president;
Miss Gladys Whittle, Drumright, sec-
retary-treasurer, and H. G. Bennett of
Hugo, member of the executive com-
mittee. Other member of the com-
mittee are holdovers.
In the closing minutes of the con-
vention there was adopted a resolu-
tion which will eventually abolish the
annual state convention. There was
not a single vote against the measure.
The resolution, according to the con-
stitution of the association, cannot be-
come effective until another conven-
tion is held. This, it Is thought, will
be the last of the state-wide gather-
j The association is to be reorgan-
j ized along the lines of the California
association. This will divide the state
jinto five districts. Each district will
hold an annual meeting. It has not
been definitely settled where these
district meetings will be held, but
places considered probable are Okla-
homa City, Tulsa or Muskogee, Mc-
Alester, Lawton and Enid.
Oklahoma City.—Surrounded by
deputy U. S. marshals, railroad and
express company officers, Joe Davis,
alleged loader of outlaws, his wife
and three associates were brought to
the city on a Santa Fe special train
and lodged in the county jail on fed-
eral charges of conspiracy. The fed-
eral authorities hope to connect the
prisoners with the train robbery at
Bliss and the killing of Percy Nor-
man, mall clerk, the bank robbery at
Boswell and a train robbery at
Apache, Ariz. Davis' associates gave
their names as W. F. Wells, John Bro-
gan and John Courtney.
The arrest at Purcell was the end
of a ceaseless search of federal rail-
NEW RAILROAD CHARTERED j™? ^'"CrLT,
BANDIT SUSPECTS IN JAIL
Joe Davis' Crew Rounded Up At Pur-
Jake Hamon Promoting Line From
Ringling to Oklahoma Gity.
Oklahoma City.—Jake L. Hamon,
promoter of the Oklahoma, New Mex-
ico and Pacific railroad and John Ring-
ling of circus fame and founder of the
town of Ringling in Jefferson county,
are among the promoters of a new rail-
road from Ringling to Oklahoma City,
charter for which has been filed with
Secretary of State J. L. Lyon.
The name of the company promot-
ing the line is the Ringling & Oil
Fields Railroad Company and it is
capitalized at $300,000. The estimated
length of the line is 190 miles, and ac-
cording to plans set forth in the char-
ter it will pass through the counties of
Jefferson, Carter, Stephens, Garvin,
Cleveland and through Oklahoma
county to Oklahoma City.
The incorporators other than Ring-
ling and Hamon are H. A. Coones, J.
S. Mullen, P. C. Dings and P. L. An-
derson of Ardmore, and Charles C.
Wilson of Chicago. Plans for building
and financing the road are being for-
mulated in Chicago where Hamon has
Fe train was held up and Percy Nor-
man, mail clerk, was murdered Octo-
ber 18, near Bliss. Officers have been
trailing Davis and his wife for weeks,
waiting for appearance of other al-
leged outlaws. Finally, Davis, his
wife, Wells, Courtney and Brogan
gathered in a boarding house at Pur-
cell and officers swarmed in at supper
Davis is under $10,000 bond on ap-
peal to the U. S. circuit court from
conviction at Muskogee for the rob-
bery of a Katy train near Onapa about
a year ago.
Warehouse at El Reno Burns.
El Reno.—Fire of unknown origin
destroyed the warehouse of the Engle
Transfer and Storage Company which
was filled with implements belonging
to L. K. Butts, local hardware dealer,
and eight manufacturing companies.
The loss was placed at $100,000. The
building was valued at $15,000 and in-
sured for $6,000. Blanket issurance
was carried on the Implements. The
warehouse was located in the north-
ern section of the city. Firemen had
di%culty preventing spread of the
blaze to surrounding buildings.
Banks Get Tax Refund.
Durant.—Five banks of Bryan coun-
What the Choctaws Want.
Muskogee.—Gov. Victor M. Locke,
Jr., of the Choctaw nation, has gone * have had refunded to them by the
to Washington to press the claim of treasurer the aggregate sum of
the Choctaws for 5,000,000 acres of . *2-500 which 1,14 ljank* had Pilld un"
Ir.hI in western Oklahoma for which !der Pro,Pit as J1""/5 on s,atf building
the Indians have never been paid by I bonds. These banks are. Durant Na-
the government. Uovernor Locke will tional and sta,e National of Durant,
also urge congress to provide for an 1 First National Bank of Colbert, First
other $300 per capita payment from j National Bank of Keneflck and the
the Choctaw funds now held in the | First National Bank of Bokchito. The
federal treasury, although it is ex ! refund was made in conformity to the
pected that the Mississippi congres- j decision recently rendered by the su-
sional delegation will oppose the pay- j preme court declaring the bonds non-
rnent of additional Choctaw funds. I taxable.
.AW HEADS NEW CABIMET
London. — Ther, government crisis
promises a solution which, up to the
hour of its announcement, was con-
sidered the least probable of prac-
tical alternatives. Herbert H. As-
quith resigned the premiership which
he has held through the eight years
of stormy domestic and foreign his-
tory. The unionist leader, Andrew
Bonar Law, was summoned to the pal-
ace immediately after Asquith had
departed and the king offered him the
prime minister's commission. If he
declines, it is considered certain that
the honor will fall to David Lloyd-
George. The continuation of the coal-
ation cabinet with some changes in
its membership and the speeding up
of the war management will be the
policy In either event.
The precise cause which deter-
mined Mr. Asquith to give up the
power is not yet known, but it is sur-
mised to be the instance of the Lloyd-
George faction that he relinquish the
real direction of affairs into the hands
of a small cabinet directorate.
AMERICANS OH THE PALERMO
WHEN VESSEL WAS TORPE-
DOED BY SUBMARINE.
Twenty-Five U. S. Citizens Were
Members of Crew of Allies' l
Washington.—The state department
received a brief consular dispatch an-
nouncing the sinking of the Italian
steamer Palermo with twenty-five
Americans aboard off the Spanish
coast. Details were lacking. News
dispatches, showing that the- ship
armed and loaded with horses and
ammunition for the allies, was shelled
after being torpedoed, led officials to
believe she had attempted to escape
after being warned, and thus had lost
her immunity from attack.
A preliminary reply from Germany
to the request for information concern-
ing the sinking of the British liner
Arabia was cabled to the department
by the American embassy at Berlin.
It said a submarine commander who
had reported attacking the ship be-
lieved her to be an armed transport,
and asking that the United States
inform the imperial government of
any evidence it might have about the
incident and the character of the ves-
Secretary Lansing declined to com-
ment on the communication further
than to say that it added nothing to
the information in the hands of the
department. It is understood that the
German request will be complied
M'DANIEL IS EXONERATED
St. Joseph Prosecutor Acquitted of
Kllllnj His Wife.
St. Josoph, Mo.—Oscar D. McDan-
lel, prosecuting attorney of Buchanan
county, was caqultted by a jury in the
criminal court here of the charge of
having murdered Mrs. Harriet Moss
McDaniel, his wife. The verdict of
exoneration ended one of the most
sensational trials ever held in western
Mrs. McDaniel was found beaten
and dying in her bed room near mid-
night on July 14. Two of her three
children sleeping In an adjoining room
had not been awakened by the attack
on their mother,
McDaniel said he had been called
down town by a fake telephone mes-
sage shortly after 11 o'clock while his
wife still was alive. Returning home,
he engaged in a pistol battle outside
his residence with an unseen assail-
ant. After several shots had bean
fired the prosecutor said he went into
the house to get another weapon and
found his wife unconscious lying In a
pool of blood. She died next day
without having been able to say any
thing concerning the affair.
Gifts By Wireless.
Chicago.—More than $20,000 has
been sent by wireless as Christmas
gifts to families in central Europe
by Chicagoans in the last six weeks.
Julius Goldzier, secretary of the Ger-
mano-Austrian-Hungarian society an-
nounced. Mr. Goldzier said also that
the gold to reimburse Teutonic finan-
cial institutions was being forwarded
regularly from the United States, but
declined to say whether it was being
sent through the blockade on the mer
chant submarine Deutschland on eitl*
er of its trips.
GOVERNMENT GUESS FOR
OKLAHOMA ON JAN, 1,
NEWS FROM STATE OFFICES
What the State Officials and Depart-
ments Are Doing—Items of In-
terest About the State
Oklahoma City.—When the New
Year is ushered in, Oklahoma will
have attained a population of 2,245,968,
according to an estimate compiled by
the federal census bureau at Washing-
ton, D. C. This estfcuate is upheld
by various federal and state officials
as conservative, while others declare
the census bureau overshot Its mark.
The estimate places the population
of the United States proper at 102,-
8l'6,309, and the United States and all
her possessions 113,309,285.
"Very conservative," was Secretary
of State Lyon's comment no the esti-
mate as regarding Oklahoma. "I
made an estimate recently that gave
the state 2,500,000."
Postmaster Weaver asserted his be-
lief that the estimate is not far from
correct. Government census estimates
Usually are very accurate, he said.
"There has been a greater growth in
the state than most people realize,"
Mr. Weaver declared. "All parts of
the stale have gotten a share of the
Increase, but the oil and mining fields
have had the heaviest growth."
C. E. Hoke, manager of the federal
department of farm management, be-
lieves the state's population is well
over 2,225,000, and not far from 2,250,-
000. His calculations are based on
Information gathered during trips over
F. M. Gault, president of the state
board of agriculture, regards the esti-
mate as about 240,000 too high.
"1 have compiled an estimate from
reports sent in by our crop reporters,"
he said, "and I have placed the popu-
lation for January 1 at approximately
The census of 1910 gave Oklahoma
G. O. P. Campaign Expenses Filed.
Arthur Geissler, chairman of the re-
publican state committee, prepared
tor filing with the secretary of state
and the state election board the state-
ment showing the receipts and dis-
bursements of the republican cam-
paign committee during the recent
A similar statement was presented
to the election board by Mr. Geissler
on November 22, five days later than
the time fixed by law in which the
reports are to be in, but was not ac-
cepted by the board. At that time the
report of the republican committee
was not signed by the secretary and
treasurer of the campaign committee.
The reason given by Chairman Geis-
sler for filing the statement with the
secretary of state, he says, is because
there is a dispute as to whether the
socialist election law submitted in the
last election was adopted. If the law
was adopted, the secretary of state
would be the ex-officio secretary of
the state election board and to be on
the safe side, Geissler filed the state-
ment with Secretary of State Lyon.
The statement shows that a total
of $23,298 25 was made available for
use in Oklahoma by the republicans,
$15,000 of which was received from
the national campaign, and $8,051.63
contributed in popular subscriptions.
All of the money has been spent ex-
cept $1.85, and there are yet outstand-
ing bills aggregating $990.96.
The statement of expenditures of
the democratic campaign committee
shows a total of $31,322.81 was spent
in the Oklahoma campaign. Of this
amount 78,60 was sent to the demo-
cratic national committee.
Regiment Cannot Be Held Together.
When the First Oklahoma regiment
United States National Guard, returns
from service on tho Mexican border,
It will cease to exist unless reor-
ganized, with the exception of Com-
panies F, C, L, M, the engineer, ambu-
lance and possibly the field hospital
companies, according to advices re-
ceived from Washington by military
authorities here. This will be be-
cause the men, except In the com-
panies mentioned, were mustered in
under the old Dick act, which was re-
| pealed by the Hays-Chamberlain bill,
a law that became effective before the
order for mobilization came.
All proceedings connected vith mus-
tering in were illegal. The Hays-
Chamberlain bill went into effect June
3. The Oklahoma mllltla was mob-
ilized at Fort Sill under the order of
Company M of Oklahoma City was
mustered in under the Dick act, but
took the new oath after arriving at
the border. Companies F. C and L
were to have been disbanded, and
were reorganized and took the new
oath when the call came. The ambu-
lance company was organized after
"The Illegally mustered in com-
panies have refused to take the new
oath, with the possiblfe exception of
the field hospital company," Adjutant
General Earp said. "Consequently,
when they return to Oklahoma, they
will not be in the federal service. We
can hold the units sixty days as mil-
itia, which may give us time to reor-
ganize the regiment under the new
law. We will have to recruit new
men in the companies that have not
taken the oath."
The guardsmen's objection is to the
term of service clause under which
they must serve three years as mem-
bers of the guard and three years as
reserves, subject to call in case of
war. Under the old law, they were
not held as reserves.
Passengers Need Not Pay 3 Cents.
After December 14, railroads oper-
ating in Oklahoma will be prohibited
from charging passengers, who buy
their tickets on trains, at the rate of
3 cents a mile if a proposed order is
made permanent. On that date car-
riers have been notified by ths com-
mission to appear and show cause
why such an order should not be is-
Several months agt>, following re-
ceipt of a number of complaints
against the rules of railroads requir-
ing passengers to show their tickets
before boarding trains, the commis-
sion issued an order prohibiting the
enforcement of the rule, but provid-
ing that where a passenger failed to
buy his ticket from the station agest
the conductor should collect fare at
the rate of 3 cents a mile.
In this same order carriers were in
structed to open to open the door of
each coach for the egress and in
gress of passengers, the plan in effect
on most roads beign to open only one
door for two coaches, requiring pas-
sengers to pass through two coaches
in order to get off trains.
The new order was written by Com-
missioner W. D. Humphrey.
Employers Fight State Insurance.
A committee to investigate the oper-
ation of the existing workmen's com-
pensation law and confer with state
legislators and industrial commission,
preparatory to opposing before the
legislature an attempt by the State
Federation of Labor to amend the
compensation law, will be appointed
by Adam L. Beck, president of the
Oklahoma Employers' Association, as
a result of a meeting of representa-
tives of a number of the largest em-
ployers in the state. The meeting
was held at the Lee-Hucklns hotel.
The labor federation proposes an
amendment creating a state depart
ment for workmen's ineurance and
making it compulsory that employers
insure their men In the state depart-
ment, to the exclusion of other insur-
EFFICIENT FORCE IS NEEDED
Roads Should Be Looked After at All
Seasons of Year and Kept in
Under our present system of county
pike maintenance, roads have been
receiving a quantity of crushed stone
on their most-traveled and worn-out
sections. This Is usually applied
after a (Trading and scraping of the
surface to fill the ruts. This grad-
ing is a semiannual affair. The first
grading is done in tile early spring
just us tho reads are thoroughly
thawed and beginning to dry after the
heaviest of the winter freezes are
safely over. Previous to this grading
they often become long lines of slushy
mud almost Impassable to the heavier
loaded wagons. In such a condition
they are easily rutted and hard to
mend. It is the sort of impermanent
roads that have given rise to the ap-
peal for a permanent hard surfaced
road not so easily affected by the
freeze and thaws. We find crushed
stone superior to the older type of
gravel roads In many respects since
It holds its shape and body longer,
says Indiana Farmer. Yet crushed
ntone roads and even surfaced macad-
ams and concrete or asphalt surfaced
roads need attention after the first
Federal Building Plans Cut Down.
Oklahoma City's addition to the fed-
eral building will be constructed for
the sake of expediency, if a bid on it
Is accepted. The specifications which
reached Postmaster Claude Weaver
show that the new part will be two
stories high, instead of three, as pro-
vided for in the original plans. The
new part will be so constructed that
the third story can be added loter.
The addition will be built to con-
form with the present structure.
Three entrances will be provided in
the south of the addition on the Third
street front. The frontage of the
new part on Third street will be 102
feet, which, with the present part will
make an entire frontage on that street
of 224 feet.
The weather bureau which previous-
ly has not maintained an office in the
federal building, will be assigned the
rooms on the third floor of the present
building now occupied by the, railway
Five Death Cases Continued By Court.
Five murder cases, in each of which
the death penalty has been assessed,
set for argument before the criminal
court of appeals were continued for
the term of the court. All of the
men are negroes and are now in the
penitentiary awaiting execution in the
electric chair unless their convictions
are reversed by the higher (|,urt.
They are Roswell Westbrook, Willie
Williams, Will Fisher, Will Towery
and A. L. Owen. Will Towery la a
brother of Cecil Towery who was elec-
Pet; Duffy Elected League President
Great pressure will be brought, to
bear on the members of the next legis
lature by the Oklahoma Municipal
League for the passage of a law that
will take from county excise boards
tiie r;ght to fix the annual budgets of
Mties in the state. Resolutions were
adopted at the closing session of the
league scoring the system now Id
I'. P. Duffy, mayor of Rl Reno, was
chosen as president; W. D. Scott, ol
Holdenville, was named vice president
and John Alley of Norman was elect-
ed secretary-treasurer, for the ensuing
Oklahoma City was selected as the
next meeting place.
Reward For Boswell Bank Robbers.
Governor Williams has isued a proc-
lamation offering a reward of $250
each for the arrest and conviction ol
each of the men who held up and rob
bed the First National Bank of Boswell
last week. The reward is payable fot
the apprehension of the men dead oi
alive. In addition to this there is p
standing reward of $500 by th« stat
banking board, which is payable fron
the guaranty fund.
Cigaret Ad Displeases.
J. II. Pyeatt of Custer county com-
plained to the attorpey general about
a cigaret advertisement appearing on
a billboard which is passed daily by
hundreds of school children in Arap-
aho. He thinks the advertisement
setting forth the merits of certain
brands of cigarets', might have a harm-
ful effect upon the children, and he
asked if there was a law which pro-
hibited such advertisements Reply-
ing the attorney general advised Mr.
Pyeatt that there is no law prohibit-
ing the placing of cigaret advertise-
ments on billboardn.
Sheep Cleaning Up Weeds.
few years under the wear of present"
day traffic. What we need Is an ef-
ficient force to look after the roads
at all seasons of the year and keep
them In constant repair. There Is no
road material but what becomes worn
In spots In time and if these spots
were kept mended constantly the cost
of the upkeep would not be nearly so
great. After the spring grading and
shaping up the roads are allowed to
run as best they can till fall. "A
stitch in time" can have no better ap-
plication than on our county roads
and their mending.
MEASUREMENT OF ROAD WEAR
Ingenious Machine Perfected to Show
Effects of Different Loads at
A complex and highly Ingenious ma-
chine has been perfected which runs
over a sample of road surface-at the
National Physical laboratory, shows
the wear caused by different
loads at different speeds and in vari-
ous climatic conditions. In other
words, given a specimen of a new
surface, the machine will tell pretty
accurately what, say the Manchester-
tc-WIImslow road, would be like in
a year if that surface were laid on it.
It seems a pity that so valuable u
wear-and-tear recording device can-
not be applied to more than roads.—
Manchester (England) Guardian.
BENEFIT OF CONCRETE ROAO
Make Travel in Community Quick,
Safe, Clean, Easy and Comfortable
Concrete roads are country boule-
vards. They benefit a community la
making travel quick, safe, easy, clean
and comfortable. They extend neigh-
borhood limits, bring more people
Into personal touch with each other,
Increase social opportunities and
thereby remove the monotony of iso-
lation ; bring greater content to the
youth on the farm, make city and
country near neighbors and increase
school attendance, thus cultivating a
desire for a broader knowledge and
higher standard of living.
Cows producing over half a ton ol
butter per year are so common thai
they are no longer a subject for spe-
cial comment, but there still remain
several millions of the other kind.
Weeds Injure Roads.
Good roads will never be good rtmds
while they are bordered with ra&
Time to Drag Roads.
When "time drags" is a good tlmfl
to drag the roads.
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