Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 30, 1905 Page: 1 of 8
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Oklahoma State Register.
FOURTEENTH YEAK NO. 48.
OUTHRIK, OK LA., THURSDAY. NOVEMBER, 30 1905.
HI.00 PER YEA1
Will Mian Territory, be For the Sale of the
School Lands or Their Retention by the State? ?
May Be The Reason.
| A dispatch from Washington, among
other things, says:
Nothing official having been given
j out at the White house, it is impossi-
ble to state authoratively what was
responsible for the fall of Governor
erguson. However, it is well known
: that the president is engaged
arj the only enes out of thirty-nii e
money lenders, not counting the banks
and three ball men, who do so.
Upon investigation, it is found that
this'condition has existed for several
administrations, and each occupation
tax collector gives tne excuse of fol-
lowing his predecessor. One money
lender has pail such tax since 1897, and
naturally feels that it was mony thrown
Delegate McGuire Advises with Territori
Committee Before Going to Washinghn.
earnest endeavor to regulate, to some j away if he did not have to pay it.
The State Register has received the following query from C. extent, the rates charged by the rail-
ii i- i 11 c .u \it j„ ,„f„ t ugeoeg I In I,in • I roads, and that ha is a firm believer in
H. Gaskill, secretary of the Woods County L,essess union. , , . ,
, ' „ . , , .. .. i c _i u 1 railroad regulation.. It is generally un-
"1 am a reader of the Register, and 1 must say that I firmly be- derstood that no state or territory in
lieve that you are in sympathy with the lessees; that you also con the Union needs such regulation more
demn the tenant system. The many able articles that have been ! than Oklahoma. When Ferguson was
published in the Register in reference to the public lands question, j appointed, the president had been led
proves beyond a doubt that you believe in equal rights to all and to believe that he was a man whoco Id
j be depended upon to carry out his poli-
Douglas Is President.
special favors to none. |^esTandirUtVought'that The"'failure The Oklahoma-Indian Territory Be-
"Now there is one question I would like to call your attention of the governor t0 encourage railroad Pelican Press Association met in
to. You remembar, the former statehood bill provides'that the legislation, efther in his message to of j Harmony—the personality of Roosevelt pervaded; the feeling that
The republican territorial com nittee met in this city last S
urday to advise with Delegate B rd S. McGuire on coming sta
For some reason the city council has
never looked into this matter, yet it is .
evidently a neglect of the city's inter- hood and other party matters, prior to his departure for Washin ;-
ests not to collect all the tax, if it is ton. "The faithful in the cause" began to arrive all day Frid./'
legal, and if it >s not, it is an injustice all(j by Saturday morning the Royal, McGuire's headquarters, an I
to collect it from the four who pay it
other prominent hotels were filled to "overflowing, w th the par /
workers, and a stranger would have concluded there was a convc >-
tion or a "revival" in town. There never was a more jokose, jol!/,
enthusiastic crowd of republicans. The spirit of a common cau<e
was in the air. The belief in the coming statehood was imminent.
future Aate legislature, j the legislature, or otherwise, was a
school lands should be.dealt with by the
Now don't you believe that the members ol that body elected from j distinct disappointment.
... . i •/•ifluence, and particularly that of the
Frisco system, favored the reappoint-
ment of Ferguson, but this support,
evidently, did him more harm than
evelt has been a very close observer of
conditions that obtain in the territories
the Indian Territory would oppose the sale of these lands, and if
they did oppose the sale we lessees would be tenants for all time
to come. I would like to see what the Register has to say about
this matter. In my opinion it is only a question of time when the jgood.
school population of Indian Territory would exceed by far that of It is well kno vn here that Mr. Roos-
Oklahoma, on account of their many resources. If this should be
the case, it appears to me a great injustice would be done the peo-
ple of Oklahoma, with one-ninth of our lands exempt from taxa-
tion, and at the same time the bulk of our rentals going to the In-
dian Territory part of the state. If yo uhave ever published any-
thing relative to this matter I failed to notice it."
The Register has on several occasions used the argument refer-
red to by Mr. Gaskill as one of the reasons why the sale of the
school lands was for the best interests ot Oklahoma, but it has been
difficult to make the citizens see their self-interest. The Register
tie claims of other territories were j the party was in harmony from the White house to the bailiwicks
unnimously adopted providing for joint 0f Oklahoma was in everybody. There were at least two hundred
s atehood, on terms of absolute equal- j republicans jn the city besides the committee.
i y, between Oklahoma and Indian Ter-
ritory and praying for admission on . _
t *rms of equality with other states, at iq o'clock, by chairman C. H. I'ilsonand Secretary Vern Whit-
A vote of thanks was tendered to Bev-jmg, Mr. Filson introduced Delegate McGuire, who said he w sh-
eridge, Bailey, Hamilton, McGuire aud Lj tQ consuit with the committee on the statahood bill and other
An open meeting of the committee was called at the Elks hall
and is well advised as to the status and e 'dorsing Roosevelt's
w re adopted. Tnese officers were
extent of the contending forces and in-
fluences there. And recent utterances
of the president clearly indicate that
railroad influence will be harmful to
any aspirant for official appointment.
If Rate Bill Fails,
Edward Rosewater, editor of the
was a pioneer in the matter ot the sale of school lands, outside of ° naha Bee, ln a 8peech before tbe
r ^ . . . - ,, , 1K tnsas City Commercial club:
the lessees themselves, opposing- the theories ot a state landlord j 4>1 haye gaiJ to the president that if
system, set in motion by Prof. Elder, ot the State University at jj? faj]s jn hjs legislation that he can
Norman. But political parties have been shy of it, and many well- j s ill blow the trumpet call to the states
intentioned people cannot see the many evils resulting from one- w iich shall summon in each a constitu-
ninth of the farmers of Oklahoma being held in uncertain tenure t anal convention with the purpose of
, c . a \ Pitting before the people the election
of their land, subject to the changes and caprices of differ- £ Unitrf Statog MMtor> ^ the pgo.
ent state administrations, different legislatures and ditferent politi-; p|e> j shouldn't wonder if that were
cal party policies; the lack of incentive to industry in a tennant t> nappen. fhe railroads^say that if
class and the depreciation of the land and the lesser revenue deriv- we continue this agitationi we
Colonel Clarence B. Douglas, Musko-
gee, president; Jerry Johnson, New-
kirk, vice president; Harry Kyle,
South McAlester, secretary, O. M. Ire-
land, Supulpa, treasurer. The presi-
dent was authorized to appoint a dele-
gation to go to Washington to work in
the interest of statehood, with Colonel
Douglas as chairman.
Date of Statehood Train.
The date for the departure and route
of the single statehood special going
from Oklahoma and Indian Territory
matters before going to Washington and wished every republican
could be present to have a voice in the matter. He spoke of the
harmony of the party in the territory, saying that he considered it
in better condition than at any time in its history. Every man
that voted and worked for the election of the delegate to congress
was with the party organization as represented at present. The
present organizat:on had the support of President Roosevelt. He
believed the statehood bill would pass at the coming session, es-
pecially as it had the greatest man in the country behind it, Roose-
velt. The bill introduced would be similar to the one in the last
congress, but would try to keep clear of New Mexico and Arizona.,
In conclusion he said:
"The two territories are destined to become one state. It is
the sentiment of the republicans of the whole country that the two
should be united, and in my judgment, gentlemen, the bill will pa s
bv the first of the year. Then we must all work together for th -
to Washington was announced Satur-
day. All delegates will assemble at j party unity and the supremancy of republican principles in the,
Oklahoma City, and the train will leave ! state Oklahoma
over the Frisco at 5:30 o'clock p. m„ I ' ^ ^ J ^ ^ and fi]e that , wish tQ cxpregs my ?ratifica_
s^a" December 6. Arriving atSt. Louis the!
ed from leasing than from the sale, with the interest on the money b"ing about the government ownership sp3cial train will be delivered to the tion for the upbuilding of our principles as it is the ettor ot mux.
° I f\e r-ailcnaHa Voi^u nrall lof if Prttn o I *- i . • a /\L: _ ci j.\ .i i_:_u I 1 C\ . - C tU « ... U . .
and taxes on the land aad the greate
But when is added the fact that
(Villi iiiv. u ii i in, ^ 7 \ I •-'f - ■ — — | • ..
r value of the improvements.: °'tailroads- Very well, let it come, j jjiltimore & Ohio Southw astern, which and file of the party which has made the party what it is.
th* Inrllan Territnrv half of 1 d° n0t belleve ln the g°vernment w 11 take it to Wasningon' •'lam very proud to see the present disposition ot the
. o vnership of railroads, but I would without change. Stops are made at bers Qf our party and I believe that we are stronger now thai
"How it Happened."
In the news columns of the Post this
week appears a Washington dispatch,
in which reference was mad 3 to a re-
the state will reap the benefit of the perpetual rental of one-ninth
of the farming lands of Oklahoma, which will be a loss in taxation
for county and municipal purposes, without sacrificing an acre of
its own lands in return, the better policy of selling the lands would
seem to be so obvious th^t it would need no argument.
As to what action, under such circumstances, the Indian Ter-
ritory half of the legislature wdl take on the sale of the lands th
Register is not prepared to say.
But one thing should be understood by the lessees—the need
of an educational system for both territories, but especially that of
■Oklahoma. Under'the circumstances, the people of Oklahoma, at J was a delegate from Oklahoma to the
, , , , c . i i„„j„ r„, I last national convention," in which the
least, should be convinced that the sale of the lands is best tor ^ .
their interests. With that personal reason with Oklahoma and the
general reason on the part ot the Indian Territory that the great-
est revenue-producing citizen of a state and the least pauper-cost
to the state is the one who owns his own land, the question of the
sale of the lands ought to carry before an intelligent legislature.
The lessees should understand, however, that while they are
doing nothing to influence congress their enemies and those who
_ w. party and I believe that we are stronger now than ever
r ither have the government ownership \ gt Louis and Cincinnatti, and tickets 1 bef0re. When the party was first organized it was said that it was
railroads than railroad ownership of ! w;n be good for thirty days, One hun-
g>vernment. That is where we are d ed clubs have now been organized in
the two territories, which means that
e 4ch club will be represented by one
person for whom expenses have been
provided. When ij. G. Jones headed
the delegation to Washington that
called on the president the latter was
impossible to make a republican territory here, and we couid not
have won if the districts were as they are today. With the three
new counties on the southwest added, we were told we could not
win, but we did so because the rank and file of the p irty were true
and because we were right in our principles." He was applaudedH
in every word he uttered.
Being asked what changes he made in the statehood bill, he
said the principal changes were the increase of congressional dis--
cent interview between the president •in 0™e4 0 1 ° arrangemen o e i tricts five to seVen and judicial districts from two to three
and "an old neighbor and friend, who ; Sja';e.4U ' an was muc 1 I'eas T|lt. following resolutions wjre read by Ivan G. Conklin^,
committeeman from Enid, and adopted:
president is represented as speaking
very plainly in regard to his plans for
coming appointments in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma delegation to the last
national convention consisted of the
I following gentlemen: Messrs. Fossett,
| Cottrel, Foss. Jackson, Tetrick a'd
] Liwery. Now, what the Post, in com-
m >n with a great many Oklahomans,
ed with the idea.
Regular Old Hellion.
Here's a woman whose husband
draws a salary of $150,000, is a million-
I air and lives in a palace and yet she is
worse than the "nastiest" old beer
1 blown virago in her language and
| "We have not sold a blasted thing,
| and its none of your business if we
think differently on the question are doing all they can to defeat | would be glad to know, is, which one | ^ nresi^ent^of ^'he^Mutual'
As indivinual members °" these gei tlemen was the former, "7; , president ol the Mutual
As indivinual members, ^ ^ ^ presi. | Life Insurance Company to a reporter;
any provisions for the sale of the lands.
the majority of the lessees think right on these questions but as an
organization they are singularly lax in their interests and do
seem to realize the seriousness of their position. They have no
bureau of general information, they have placed no literature into
existance to educate the people, but have allowed the haphazard
political statements during campaign times to go unchalenged and
pass current for truth, until the public is in a muddle. They have
$20,000,000 at stake, yet the Anti-Horse Thief association, with not
one-twentieth that amount at stake is better organized than they.
I saw a face in a car window set,
'Twas a face I can never, never forget,
And the words there spoken cling to me yet:
"Hello, Dennis! How are you, old chump."
And when that car had rolled away,
On that never to be forgotten day,
• The rumble of the wheels seemed to say:
"Hello, Dennis! Good bye, old chump.'1
And when the hayer 'had hayed his hay,
And the thankers had thanked on Thanker's day,
The falling leaves were heard to say:
Hello, Dennis! Where are you, old chump? '
d mt actually said to him. It would
not 'doubtless be very interesting literature
this time. —The Oklahoma Post.
We believe we can furnish the man.
It was "Doc." Jackson.
L. F. Laverty has received another
premium for the Poultry show. It is
the "Sure Hatch" 100 egg incubator,
of Clay Center, Nebraska. That makes
two incubators for premiums.
Hearst may be elected mayor of New
York. He gained several votes in first
Frank O'Donnell, president of the
board of taxes and assesment took
steps to collect $23,500 from either the
New York Life Insurance company or
the Central National bank as taxes and
interest on the $780,000 transferred to
Ponca City River Craft.
"A strange steamer poked its nose
among the craft in the Muskogee har-
bor this morning," says the Muskogee
Times, "and' when the lookout at the
wharves got his glasses adjusted he
found the boat to be the Oklahoma,' a
tramp steamer in \ these waters. The
boat is a five-tonner with an eight-
horsepower engine and draws twelve
inches of water. The boat h is a crew
of four men; W. T. Bozeman is pilot
and William Hite engineer. The other
members of the crew are E. C. and C.
C. Bozeman. To the nautical reporter
of the Times the captain and pilot told
of their trip down the river, which has
consumed three weeks, and which will
be continued to Fort Smith or Little
Hock. The boat was put into the Ar-
kansas river at the mouth of Salt Fork
at Ponca City. It has been steadily
down the river ever since. No attempt
has been made at speed, as the boat
was tied up and the sailors stopped to
hunt and fish as suited their pleasure."
Is It a Matter of Oversight?
There are four money lenders who
in answer to a question over the tele
phone as to the truth of the rumor that
Mr. McCurdy had sold his Morristown
N. J. real estate for $350,000.
"We have not got anything to say to
reporters. You're a nasty, dirty lot,
and we want nothing to do with you,"
she continued before reporter could get
in a word to explain about the rumor.
Then she said: "Mr. McCurdy has not
sold a pound of butter, nor dozen eggs.
He has not sold anything. Besides,
what business is it of yours what he
"We, the Territorial Republican committee of Oklahoma, in
session at Guthrie, in said Territory, this November 25, 1905, de-
"First—We heartily endorse the wise, patriotic and statesman-
like administration of President Roosevelt, and note with pleasure
his a inounced support for 1m n :diate joint s atehood for O clahom i
and Indian Territories, and express further, our satistaction of I is
diligence and efforts to ascertain the needs of the people of these
territories and his determination to give them a square deal.
"Second—We desire at this time to renew our expressions of
| confidence in the Honorable Hire S. McGuire, delegate to congress,
las a man and public official, and we have, with great pleasure, nc -
ed his loyal and patriotic efforts to care faithfully for the interes s
of his constituents and his energetic efforts to secure for Oklahon 1
and Indian Territory, that one paramount boon—immediate state-
"Third—We endorse the action of President Roosevelt in the
selection of Captain Frank Frantz as the next governor of Oklaho-
ma. We recognise in Captain Frantz a brave and loyal soldier, a
man of sterling worth and marked executive ability, and pledge to
him our suppi rt in promoting a just and economical administration
of public affairs.
Fourth—We express it as the sense of the republican party cf
has sold? Have you any business to ' Oklahoma, that Oklahoma and Indian Territory should be admi.
' ted as one state without further delay, and ask for our delegate t >
congress, in his efforts to secure such result, the unanimous an I
undivided support of all the citizens of these two territories."
A motion by Henry Dassen, of Kl Reno, that the details of the
statehood bill be left to Delegate McGuire, as he was best prepar-
ed to present a bill satisfactory to all, was also adopted.
In the executive session of the committee th at followed many
things were discussed that were not given out, the only thing an-
nounced was that a copy of the resolutions adopted be sent to
President Roosevelt, Governor-elect Frantz and each member of
come snooping around, prying into our
By the way, what have you sold
lately? Have you sold your soul to the
devil? You have not? Don't-tell me
that; 1 can tell that you have by the
tone of your voice. And furthermore
I don't believe you ever had a soul to
sell. If you did, you would not be com-
ing around here sticking your nose into
other peoples business, asking imper- ' congress
tinent questions which you know
have no right to ask; inventing rumors
for you; nasty old paper to feed on;
making yourself a public a public
nuisance and disgusting the public with
a lot of rubbish. No, sir, we have not
got anything to say to you except get
out, and the quicker the better."
avoid payment of taxes according to pay $3 every three months city tax,
the testimony of Theodore A. Banta, who until recently thought every man
at the insurance investigation. That's who lends money in the city did the
one way of getting them. same. To their surprise, they find they
John Rockefeller avoided service as
witness on Standard Oil in two suits in
ln a desperate escape from the Miss-
ouri pententiary two guards were killed
and several wounded. The intention
of the prisoners was to capture a train
and get away.
The following members of the committee were present:
Charles H. Filson, chairman; Vernon W. Whiting, secretarv;
J. W. McNeal, treasurer; John H. Dillon, Blaine-Geary; Guy R.
Gillette, Caddo-Anadarko; Henry Lassen, Canadian, El Reno; J.
L. Hamon, Comanche, Lawton; Jay Sherman, Cleveland, Lexing-
bart; John" Embry, Lincoln, Chandler; Chas. H, Filson, Loga i,
Guthrie; C. B. Hunt, Noble, Perry; Ledru Guthrie, Oklahoma, O ;-
lahoma City; Fred Farrar, Osage Nation, Pawhuska; E. G. Grav,
Pawnee, Pawnee; W. R. Asher, Pottawatomie, Tecumseh; John P.
Hinkle, Pavne, Stillwater; H. A. Russell, Roger Mills, Sayre; M.
Gunsenhouser, Washita, Cordell; W. T. Barrett, Woods, Carmen;
Geo. II. Brophv, Woodward, Woodward. E. D. Brownlee, repre-
sented by proxy, R. G. Brownlee, of Dewey county, and J. P. Gan-
dy held a proxy for George Healy of Beaver^
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