Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 1906 Page: 1 of 7
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FIFTEENTH YEAR NO. 13
GUTHRIE, OKLA., THURSDAY. MARCH
#1.00 PER YEAR
Statehood Next Week-
Other Important: National Hews.
A dispatch from Washington says: It now appears that Okla-
homa and the Indian Territory will be assured of statthood by the
end of this week.
The conferes of the senate and house met for the second time
"Wednesday morning, and, in a session lasting about forty-five
minutes, agreed on the senate amendments relating to the school
lands and to the restriction of the sale of liquor. As far as can be
learned the capital location was not touched upon. At least it
was not disposed of at Wednesnay's session.
There are indications that the chief question is suggesting itself
naturally and will result in the restoration of Arizona and New
Mexico to the bill with the Foraker amendment atteched. It is
believed that the senators who opposed the original house bill will
accept the compromise.
Another meeting of the conferees will be held Friday morning,
at which the remainder of the minor amendments will be con-
A canvass of the senators reveals the fact that they will accept,
the change which speaker Cannon is said to have finally agreed to
On a charge that his connection with the contribution of $48,-
702,52 from the funds of the New York Life insurance company to
Comeilus N. Bliss, treasurer of the republican national committee
in the campaign of I904 constituted larceny in the first degre George
W. Perkins, a member of the firm of J. P. Morgan and compa-
ny and until recently first vice president of New York Life Insur
ance, Co.was arrested on a warrant issued by City Magistrate Moss.
When a detective went to serve the warrant upon Mr. Perkins he
found that a writ of habeas corpus had already bgen obtained from
Justice Greenbaum of the state supreme court, and the matter was
immediately taken out of the magistrate's hands. Mr. Perkins ap-
peared before Judge Greenbaum, and at the request of his counsil,
the hearing ofthe case was adjourned until Friday, Mr Perkins wa
paroled in the custody of his personal attorney, Lewi s A. Dela-
The joint conference of the coal miners and operators of the
Central Competitive district in session at Indianapolis
adjourned Wednesday with no settlement of the wage differences
reached and apparently with none in prospect.
A motion to continue the present scale for two years made by
the operators was defeated by the solid vote of the miners. An
amendment to President Mitchell's motion to restore the scale of
11,03, offered by F. L. Robbins of the Pennsylvania operators that
it be made effective for two years was accepted by Mr. Mitchell
subject to ratification by the national miners convention which will
meet Friday morning to consider the question.
This was the only action taken during Wednesday. The rest
was argument, during the course of which great earnestness upon
the part of the miners and both factions of the operators was shown.
Those who pretend to know say that
the Oklahoma peach is a "warm numb-
er" this year.
That San Jose sc l<j discovered at
Mulhall may be a prematurely hatched
chinchbug. Who knows.
Ellison Carrel rooed a steer in 31 secj
onds. at Colcord Park Oklahoma Okla-
homa and broke the worlds record.
Out of 13,000 miles of contracted
railroad building for 1906. the South'
western states lead with 3,iS3 miles.
Attorney General W. O. Cromwell
has secured funds in St. Louis to build
a $123,000 hotel and opera house at
Frank Right could be used to shed their
m jisture for irrigation purposes the
"dear little green plant" of Ireland1
CJuld be mabe to grow.
Geographical limerick by Garland
Cewis, of the E! Reno American:
There was a young "loidy from Coyle.
Whose daddy drilled down and struck
The well v.as no fake,
So they made a big stake:
Nour the "young goil" puts on lots of
If statehood is secured, Dick Lindsy ;
Washington corresponbent ofthe Kau-
sis City-Stai--Times should ccme in for:
his share of credit for keeping the Kan- j
sas and Missouri congressmen, who
'weakened" at the opportune time, trail J
II One-SidefPublic Fight to
The Capiial National Bank Matter,
... , . hot with the prod, making them hustle
There is one thing about your bncle 1 '
, , , . .. .. , . .. to retrieve their lost opportunity.
Jake Admire. He sticks to his person- j
al friends. Note his warming to Cash! The officers and rnembe.ts of ..he
Cade Northwestern Norm..! Chor- i Club have
completed arrangemc > s v. 1 the man-
agers of the famous nines Orchestral
Judge M. C. Garber of Enid, has off-
ered a trophy cup to the library sceiet-
ies ef the University at Normanfor
champion-ship in debating.
After ail, liquor is pretty bad. It
made Rev. Frank Brown sell file water
to Kiowa Indians, for which he served
thirty days in the federal jail.
It happened that C. A, Filtch ar.d
Biil Tilghman, who made charge s that
Inspector 11 us ted wasn't propsrely con-
ducting the Embry charges are both
When Count De La Vaux flies frcm
Denver to Washington this summer in
Band, of New York, to assist thtm in
their Spring Festival of Music to be
given at Normal Hall. Alva, Oklaho-
ma, April 19 and 20. 190(5.
Of all the trials o:' editors, G. L.
Drummond and wife, of the Clinton
Chronicle, being arrested by a spiteful
n ighbor on the charge of stealing a
"ten cent curtain, half worn out bed-
spread and an old table cloth," as they
write in their own paper, is the worst.
Of course, they were found not guilty.
Nine-tenths of the men who are be-
ing mailed lease contracts to the lands
a balloon, there will be more eyes cast j ii the big pasture in Comanche county,
are refusing to sign the contracts and
a few of those who have settled upon
lands already leased are holding up on
making further improvements pending
the final outcome of the Stephens bill.
AurisW. McQueen, writing to his
mother in Guthrie from Oxford, Eng-
land, jwhere he is an engineering student
says that the soot "gets into one like
the sandstorms of Guthrie used to."
The young man must have a nandsome
young landlady, for ha seys about go-
ing out sightseeing: "Except for an
occasional Sunday walk with the land-
lady, I don't go out any more."
In Oklahoma and Indian Territory
The following report of the present
condition of the wheat crop, by coun-
ties, has been compiled by the Grain
Dealers' association of Oklahoma:
- ' INCREASE IS ACREAGE.
Blaine and Grant counties—Ten per
cent increase in acreage: condition
Comanche, Caddo, Dewey, Greer,
Roger Mills and Woodward counties—
Twenty-five percent increase; condi-
Custer county—Fifteen per cent in-
crease; condition good.
Day county—Fifty per cent increase:
Kiowa county-Seventy-five per cent
increase: condition good.
Woods county-Eight per cent in-
crease: condition good.
Washita county—Biggest acreage in
county's history; condition good.
Kingfisher, Kay, Noble and Pawnee
counties—Normal in acreage from last
year; condition good.
decrease in acreage.
Canadian, Garfield and Payne coun-
ties—Ten per cent decrease: condition
Cleveland and Logan counties-Fif-
teen per cent decrease : condition good.
Lincoln county—1Twenty-five per cent
decrease; condition good.
Oklahoma county-Twenty percent
decrease; condition good.
Pottawatomie county—No report.
While the eastern counties show a
decrease, the western and southwest-
ern show a big increase in the acreage.
Ben F. Berky Chief
School Land Inspctoer
The appointment of Ben F. Berkey
as chief inspectro of school.land, to suc-
ced Charley Crocker, will be pleasing
news to his large circle of personal and
pelitical friends and the gieat
common people, whether they know him
personally or not, whose true friend he
has ever been.
Mr. Berkey deserved something long
ago. As a political factor, no mat-
ter what other objections his enemies
could raise against him, he has always
been for the interest of the people and
against the special privileges of the
few. He is a political gladiator of the
first order and when he goes into a
campaign mows [down the opposition
with, a broadsword and gathers his
forces with, the marshalling power oi
an Ajax and the exhortations of a Car-
There are men and men, and one kind
of men are liked by one kind of people and
disliked by another, and yet another by
still others, but Ben Berkey has always
been loved by the "common people."
You could never tear him from them
even if he lost out with those more for-
tunate in dollars and cents on their ac-
count. which he did many times, and
you could not tear them away from him
because they didn't have to know they
"felt" it in their bones he was with
them. Ben Berkey might have been
"rich" had his* nature been to grasp
rather than give. The school land less-
ees over the territory will ffnd him a
kindly, considerate, impartial and just
man as bQtween their and the territo-
ry's rights, and will like him even
when they differ with him. He was
born on an Ohio farm, was a Missouri
farmer and logman down the Missouri
river, then an impliment dealer for
many years in Missouri and here
Guthrie, and has had much public ex-
perience, having been two years mayor
of Guthrie, whose administration,
contrast to others, now shines like a
diamond in a dirt pile. And all these
experiences will make him fully appre-
ciate the farmers who arebuilding
homes on leased farms.
Charley Barret says, Oklohama made
Vic Murdock congressman by puffing
his Oklahoma Outlines, while it knew
all the time Dave Leahy wrote the
paragraphs, and now he has repaid ua
by voting against concurring in the
senate statehood bill. The , Murdock
force wouldn't say a pleasant thing of
us if we died, because it is assininely tied
to Dennis Flynn; but we will say that
Vic jvrote those outlines, and that in
statehood matters he thinks he has
positive assurances from the speaker
that we will get statehood.
toward heaven than in all its past 'his
Having his whole heart in the mat-
ter of presentation of Fort Supply for
asylum purposes, Jim Gardy is the
proper man to take care of the propet-
ty of the fort.
A bill has been introduced in con-
gress appropriating $15,000 to [fence
Wichita Mountain Park, into which the
New York Zoological garden will place
The spring term of the Northwestern
Normal School at Alva will begin on
March 26, 1906, and continue . ten
weeks. A six weeks summer term
will commence June 4.
Governor Frank Frantz has appoint-
ed A. H. Kruse, of Geary, as' a mem
ber of the board of regents of the A.
& M. college at Stiliwater, to succeed
H. G. Beard, of Shawnee.
Senator Tillman received a letter
from T. J. Johnson, of Norman, giving
him some pointers on railroad rate leg-
islation, that he read to the senate and
called "good cornfield law."
Because of some Haws, ths Stephens
bill opening the Comnnche county lands,
has been withdrawn from the Presi-
dent's hands and£sent back for correc-
tion. The President will then sign the
James Whitcomb Riley passed thro'
Oklahoma over the Orient, the guest
of President Stillwell, with whom he
spent several weeks in Old Mexico,
and none of the towns along the road
There has been some objeciton in
some quarters to the resolution of the
Shawnee statehood convention. Char-
ley Hunter is next to President Roose-
velt and he was chairman of the con-
vention, and whatever he stood for is
The Oklahoma City Times-Journal
objects to the election of Burban
House as member of the city council on
the grounds that he is a bachelor. E.
E. Brown the editor knows, by person-
al experience, the uselessness of such
John Savage, of Beaver county, says
George Ilealy will win out as receiver
f the Woodward land office, as there
is nothing in the charges. And John
knows, for some of the business fail-
ures charged up against Healy are his
The fourteenth anniversary of the
opening of the Cheyenne*and Arapaho
country will be'celebrated at Kiel on
the 19th and 20th of April, and
rangements are being made for one of
the biggest times in the history of
At a banquet of Woods county demo-
crats, at which 332 were present A
McTaggart former member of the leg-
islature and former president of the
lessees association' made an eloquent
speech in the attempt to make demo-
crats see the justice of the lessees. 1
Rev. John G. Semple, a Lawton
preacher has planted some shamrock £0
see if it won't grow. Now if tne tears
of Jake Hamon, Heck Thomas and
Taking the newspapers for granted, there is a one-sided fight
in the Capital National Bank matter. There is still much politics
in the matter. There are Tom Neal, Charley Hillingslev and Jim
Robb indicted by the last grand jury, and up belore the pres-
ent one, and Tom Neal is paraded as the worst of the three be-
cause he is all "in," hasn't a cent left, and lies, demented in the
Norman asylum ; while the others are still left with whatever they
were able to hold out. Whenever Tom Neat's name is mentioned
in the papers, it is always, "Tom Neal, who was a defaulter of the
Capital National bank, for such and such a sum, and a brother-in-
law of Chief Justice John H. Burford," and when Chas. Billings-
ley's or Jim Robb's names are mentioned, it is merely as "of the
defunct bank." Yet they caused half of Tom Neal's shortage by
the failure of the bank. They are in possession of their faculties,
doing a prosperous business, are at home with their families, while
hundreds of their victims are in poverty and want, and while
Neal's fall affects 110 one but himself and his family,and the bond-
ing company that was on his bond. The bonding company has
paid all his shortage except a small sum. Neal has turned over to
it his office fees, amounting to Si0,000 or Sl2,ooo; and this com-
pany will pay the United States the rest of his shortage out of
Neal's fees, leaving the company about Sio.ooo when a few more
checks are delivered to them through the courts. Neal has turned
everything over to the bonding company except his homestead,
and it is trying to get Mrs. Neal's property which she had before
she was married.
Torn Neal is already paying the penalty of his shortcomings.
He is in the Norman asylum, a physical and mental wreck, a skele-
ton shadow, with scarcely a resemblance of his former self, and it
is unjust for him to be continually paradedjin the public in orderjto
shield others. Tom Neal was solicited to take stock in the Capi-
tal National bank, and was charged $2,000 for Si,000, he thinking-
he had $2,000 worth of stock until the bank failed.' When the
bank went under Neal raised the money to pay the one hundred
per cent assesment of a stockholder, and his wife is now strug-
gling to pay the tvoney he borrowed to pay it with. Not a single
depositor of the Capital National bank has lost a cent through it,
and if is understood that he does not owe a single merchant in the
No attempt is made to shield him in his wrong. As clerk of
many [thousands of Indian children', the d;strict court he spent more money than he made, but has
have been educated by means of the; ^nce attempted to make it right, the struggle was too great and
"Drexel millions," a large portion of
which has for years been devoted to
the cause of Indian education by Moth-
er Katherine, formerly Miss Kate
Drexel, of Philadelphia, sister of John
H. Drexel, banker and sugar magnate,
and closely related to others of the
same name who have made it famous
in the world of finance.
why Kay county people should prefer
to fling the capital farther away from
themselves and pay more railroad fart
when they wish to visit the same.
Logan County News: The attitude
assumed by the citizens of Guthrie can
not but be admired by all in favor of
statehood. They are not whimpering
over the capital clause. They are w.U
ing to take their chances on perman-
ent location. Their action in the mat-
ter is making the city friends who will; Is This For Every
not forget them when the question Bodv Pete?
The school land lessees of Garfield
county had better ask Pete Drummond,
state-! Qf tjje Eagle, if he means the fol-
his mind gave way, But his wife and children are left helpless,
and they have the undoubted respect and pity of the public.
The Logan County Insanity Board passed on his case and pro-
nounced Tom Neal insane, but if he were not insane his sufferings
would be greater, incarcerated in an insane asylum. At any rate
he is all "in" and his losses as far as the public and the depositors
of the Capital National bank are concerned are settled, while the
losses of Charles Biliingsley and Jim Robb are not paid and it is
not known whether they are all "in" or still reasonably well fixed.
Mulhall Tribune: The elimintation
of the Capital clauses from the
hood bill seem3 to have arrousel Guth-
rie to a realization of our need of state-
hood as nothing has ever done before.
Be is said to Guthrie's credit that she
did not sulk in her tent when she re-
ceived the unfavorable news, but went
to work with a vim to secure statehood
for Oklahoma, capital or no capital.
Blackwell Times-Record: Gunhrie
has made more friends in the past ten
days than before in ten years. When
the stathood bill came from the senate
shorn of the capital clause, giving
Guthrie the capital for ten years, they
did not knock on statehood but immed-
iateiy went to work all the harder for
statehood of any kind, just so we get
it. They smiled and said the capital lo-
cation questibn would suit them in one
lowing advice for them as well as oth-
It is a good scheme to acquire a piece
of land. Each year the price of land is
appreciating. No better or safer in-
vestment can be foilnd than |in real es-
tate holdings. It is good Jadvice. The
world is not growing larger. The sup-
ply of land is fixed. The demand for
land is growing and will continue to
as the population increases. Those
who do not own land must pay for the
privilege of living on land to the own-
er of the land. The more persons
there are competing for the privilege
the greater the returns of the land
owners. The man who owns "apiece
of land" has a refuge. He has a legal
right to live. He cannot be evicted
year or ten, and for that one thing if I from the earth. Inside the bounds of
his ','piece of land" he is a sovereign-a
petty sovereign, it is true, but a sov-
erign. No policeman, sheriff or other
guardian of society may come along
nothing else, we feel like saying
rah for Guthrie.
Newkirk Republican News Journal;
Shawnee is frequently talked of for
the capital of the new state. The cen-j an^ take him by the nap of the neck
ter of the two territories fall between j and asl: him to show why he should not
Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Shawnee. 1 lie put on the rock pile for vagrancy.
We have no prejudice in the matter of j He need ask no man for a job. When
the capital location, but it seems to us ! his crops are planted the sun and rain
northern Oklahoma would prefer that
it should stay at Guthrie. If the cap-
ital remains at Guthrie these three ci-
ties will be well balanced. Oklahoma
City is a metroplis and acknowledged
wholesale centre; Shawnee will have
the Santa Fe and Rock Island shops
and is conceded to be the best retail
town in Oklahoma; Guthrie will have
the capital without which, grass would
grow in its streets. We see no reason
will work for him. His pay will nQt bo
docked on rainy days, and the factory
will not close down. The man with a
"piece of land" can collect tribune
from the man who works it, if he be
not disposed to the joys of life in the
open. A wide gulf seperates him from
the land less. It is the gulf that sep-
erates the wolf from the lamb, the dog
on top from the under dog. A "piece
of land" is worth having. The above
is good logic-agood thing for people
who work on salary or rent [land to
Gov. Frantz Against
The Lease Amendment.
Governor Frantz is against the
amendent in the statehood bill proving
that school lands could be filed on for
mineral purposes, and that other lands
in lieu of such as were so filed on tould
be taken by the territory in Beaver
county. The governor was convinced
that Senator Warren, who introduced
the amendment, had been imposed up-
on by speculators. He sent the fol-
lowing telegram to Senator Beveridge,
who placed it before the senate territo-
"The amendment numbered 27 lines,
3 to 17 inclusive, page 19, H. B. 12,707
practically gives to a number of tres-
passers at least a half million dollars
worth of proved oil land in one locality.
I respectfully urge you to use your im
fluence in having this amendment
stricken out of the statehood bill."
In addition to this, letters were writ-
ten by Governor Frantz, Secretary Fil-
son and Auditor Baxter, constituting
the board of school leasing department,
to secretary Hitchcock, which were
placed in Senator Beveridges hands.
White Has No Permission.
C. A. McNabb, secretary of the Ok-
lahoma board of agriculture, stated
that J. M. White, of Enid, has no au-
thority whatever to sell the trees re-
cently shipped from the Watson nur-
sery in Topeka, Kansas, to White at
Enid. White is advertising the trees
for sale in the Enid papers and in this
The way it reached McNabb. latter
also says the trees have not even been
released to White to sell, as the inspec-
tion fees have not yet been paid. When
inspected by the territorial entomolo-
gist some of the trees were found to
be diseased and were destroyed.
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