The El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 15, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1904 Page: 2 of 8
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| From Monday's Daily.
A Nice Gathering.
I There was a nice gathering of
I democrats in Col. Forrest's office yes-
terday afternoon. It was not what
might be called a meeting, but just
merely a Bort of mixing to find out
if all had their pieces ready for to-
From Monday's Daily.
Arbor Day Proclamation.
Gathering Of The True Blues-The Love Feast
and Smoker a Decided Success—The
Faithful Were All There—Short
Talks and Pledges-No Sore
Spots Nor Knifeing-Dem
ocracy Never Dies.
Democrats in the House Talk Out
Blunt and Plain—President
Belongs to Admin-
From Tuesday's Daily. _ 'county attorney, made a nice talk on
The dining room of the Kcrfoot ,lThc oklft,lonm \Voman.
Hotel last night was emblazoned in ,
a sea of dazzling light. The tallies
groaned with the ilnest cadables and
drinkables in the land all in honor of
the first democratic "Love Keast and
Smoker" ever given in El Reno.
The stalwart democracy of this
county, Kingfisher, Logan, Garfield
and Roger Mills counties were there
and let their democracy gush forth
in an uninterupted How.
It was a sight to see such a gath-
ering of brainy men together, who
have nothing but the welfare of their
party at heart. There was no dig-
ging of knives between the ribs, ev-
erything connected with the affair
was joyous and harmonious.
Major E. J. Simpson, the gentle-
man from Old Verginia, was toast
master, and right well did he per-
form his duties. He delivered a
short and pleasant address on the
principles of the democratic party in
a manner that was more than pleasing
to those who heard hiin.
J. H. SpiUman, of Kingfisher re-
sponded to the toast "One Hun-
dred and Seventy-second Anniver-
Judge J.I. Phelpi gave the aud-
ience an insight into "Jeffersonian
Samual G. Humphreys told of the
troubles of a thirty day journalist.
County attorney John J. Carney
talked on "Democratic Workers."
John unintentionally gave some of
the brethren assembled at the board
some pretty hard jolts.
Col Bob Forrest shook his curley
locks to the breeze and in his short
talk told what "A Democrat" was.
M. J. Kane, of Kingfisher county,
spoke on "Absorbed or Inherited
Democracy," Mi. Kane is a demo-
crat and he never uttered a truer
wprd in his life than when tic said :
"Democrats like poets, are born, and
Judge Joe G. Lowe, a democrat
who needs no coaching or instruct-
ing, talked on political itch and state
hood, lie gave both subjects a neat
little dressing that did not sit ver>
well on the stomachs of some pre-
Mose Anderson of Enid who would
not let Bill Cross make a speech in
El Reno during the last campaign,
talked on "Oklahoma Democracy."
As usual he gave Mose gre
for conducting Cross' campaign
J. C. Strong made a neat talk on]
"Democracy from a Business Man's
T. B. Rioe, Canadian county's
democratic dairyman, made a few
remarks on the "Farmer" which
were listened to with marked atten
tion by the receptive candidates who
Hon. Edgar \v\ Jones, of Logan
county, the man who wrested the
laurels from the republicans in every
election where lie has been a candid-
ate, and who is known among his
thousands of friends as the "Grand
Duke of Little Africa", [Guthrie]
responded to an invitation to say a
few words, lie was listened to with
marked attention and when he sal
down it was with a feeling that lie has
some friends in this particular neck
of the woods that respect him for the
good he has done for democracy.
Hon. W. A. Maxwell was the last
to respond to the toast "The Coming
National Campaign." In pointing out
the errors of the republican party, Mr
Maxwell emphasized the necessity for
democratic success. "We see corup-
tlon in all departments of the govern-
ment," said he, "and God only knows
how much more is kept from view,
we see American soldiers in islands
of the sea 10,000 miles from our
shores fighting a war of conquest,
and the supreme court solemnly tells
us that the constitution does not fol-
low the flag; we see a secretary of
the treasury loaning $150,000,000 of
public money to pet national banks
free of interest, while the people are
tax-ridden that a greater surplus may-
be accumulated; we see a Chinese
tariffwall around our country that is
gradually but surely closing the mar-
kets of the world to the products of
our farms and factories; we see the
power of greedy packers' combine
that annuls the natural law of sup-
ply and demand and arbitrarily
shaves down the price of live stock
while it advances the price of meat;
we see illegitimate trusts and combi-
nations on every hand virtually auth-
orized by the government to rob
both the producer and the enraptured
by the siren song of power and con-
quest, riding rough shod over long
established rules of international law
and usurping the pavers of congress
We know not what to expect next
though we hear threats of ship sub-
sidies, asset currency and branch
"In view of present conditions and
impending dangers, is it not impera-
tive that all democrats from all sec-
tions should bury their former differ-
ences, forgot past disappointments
hold in bay their personal ambitions
and by united action achieve a vie
iat credit t°ry for the good and glory of Ameri
'can manhood and womanhood?"
Washington, Feb. 22 — Panama was
the subject of three speeches.in the
senate Saturday and was the only
subject of general importance. Mr.
Bpooner completed the speech begun
y him on Tuesday, and Mr. Morgan
and Mr. Money both made brief ad
dresses. Mr. Morgan In opposition to
he treaty as usual, and announced
that ho would not be heard again on
the treaty. Mr. Money announced his
intention of voting for the ratification
of the canal treaty, but criticised the
part taken by the United States in
connection with the secession of Pan
During his speech Mr. Spooner en
gaged In a spirited colloquy with Mr
Tillman, lie defended the president
against the assumption that his posi
tion on Panama implied a recommen
datioti of the right of the southern
states to secede.
Mr. Morgan declared that the vote
i the treaty was being unduly hast-
ened and assorted this hasto to be
due to complications with the now
Panama Canal company. Mr. Money
in a speech said.
"Whatever broken faith or blighted
honor attaches to the country was not
brought on by the democratic party;
neither is either branch of congress
responsible. The censuro belongs to
the administration and its supporters
as they are accessories after the
Mr. Money declared that the pres-
ident's course in violation of interna-
ional law had been such as to render
it Indefensible. He was sure that this
and other acts of the United States,
in connection with Panama revolt
would deserve and receive the cen-
sure of history. But bad as our course
had been in Panama, he said it was
worse than our course in Haw-
aii and the Philippines had been. He
also contented that the president had
been wrong in his recognition of
Panama, but concluded that as he
had given it recognition it was estab-
lished and its rights as a nation fix-
ed and this statue being fixed it had
a right to enter into a treaty.
A tree is a true friend—"A thing
of beauty and a joy forever." From
time immemorial trees have minister-
ed to the wants of man with delicious
fruits for food kindly protection a-
gainst the force of the sweeping
storm; and beneath their friendly
branches the wayfarer has ever grate-
fully reposed in shady arbors, secure
from the scorching rays of the mid-
He who does not love trees is de-
void of some of the higher attributes
and "Hath no poetry In his soul." His
ideal of the beautiful is false and his
conception of the sublime is imper-
fect. To be unable to Interpret the
languago of the forest is to bo un-
learned In Nature's most fascinating
There is poetry in the green-wood.
What can be more inspiring than the
musicof the forest? Earth never had
melody sweeter than the notes chant-
ed by the spirit of Nature amid the
opening of buds and spreading of
leaves in spring or the soothing songs
heard from the leafy bowers and syl-
van shades of summer time. It Is a
music which may not be always per-
ceptible to the ear, but it is fealt
in the heart and heard In the soul.
The American forests were once
the pride of our country, but the de-
stroyer has been abroad in the land.
With ruthless hand he has devastat-
or hill and valleys and robbed
From Monday's Daily. JAPAN CONTROLES.
Some lusty farmer around Home- j —
stead volunteered to "lick" the editor Conditions at Port Arthur are in
Bad Shape—Preparing to Resist
aSieze—Can Hold Out for
of the Homestead News if he publish
ed a list of names signed to a saloon
petition. Last week the names ap-
peared in all their resplendant glory
and the editor is now watching the
movements of the Japanese and Rus-
sian armies with interest.—Arapa-
From Monday's Daily.
Will Meet at Guthrie on April 7 to
Nominate Delegate to Congress
and National Committeeman
The love feast is over and it is ho[
ed that the democrats of Canadian
Mr. Ed. Wolf has been very poorly
them of much of their beauty, never
mindful of the fact that the hand that
fells a tree destroys in an hour an ob-
ject of beauty and usefulness which
in it's nature and development has
possibly required the handiwork of
Nature for centuries. The wanton
destruction of our forests has almost
been a national folly.
Then let us make amends for the
mistakes of the past by planting trees
that will stand for us as living monu-
ments in the future, and by so doing
beautify our surroundings and make
glad the land in which we live.
In accordance with law, I 1 homas
B. Ferguson, Governor of the Terri-
tory of Oklahoma, do proclaim Fri-
March eighteenth, one thousand
nine hundred and four, as Arbor day
1 respectfully recommend that trees
be planted upon the farm, by the
roadside, and in village town and city.
It is especially suggested that teach
ers and pupils in our public schools
devote some portion of the day to the
planting of trees and appropriate
.xercises that will impress upon the
mind not only an idea of the beauti-
ful in Nature, but also of the useful
In Testimony Whereof, I have here-
unto set my hand and caused the
Great Seal of the Territory to be af-
fixed, at Guthrie this Fifteenth day
of February, One Thousand Nine Hun-
dred and Four.
T. B. FERGUSON, Gov.
By the Governor. , (SEAL
WILLIAM GRIMES, Sec.
Miss Ida Lake is homo for a few
days visit and returns to her school
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Sherman took
dinner with L. B. Newman and fam-
We have had a great change in the
weather for the last few days and
it appears as though we were going
to have some winter at last
Mrs. A. W. Lake and son Benjamin
have both been very ill for some time
but at present are improving under
the care of Dr. Coons
J. C. remembers the j county will get together as a unit
hardships he went through during ^
the last campaign.
und knock seventeen kinds of tar out
of the republicans at the polls next
The people of Richland and vicinity
do not believe in doing anything by
halves and our little town, without a
doubt will be one of the most thriv-
ing cities on the road.
The revival meeting at Fairview
broke up Sunday night, they have
been here doing some grand work in
that community and twenty members
or more have been added to the
Geo. Grimes, one of our old settlers,
sold his farm for $5,600 and has mov-
ed to Kentucky. The farm is one
and one half miles west of town and
is the best in the vicinity and the
price it sold for is not near its value
From Tuesday's Dally.
of the party escaped without serious
' A member of the party was sent
| back to Calumet to procure a convey-
Last evening a party of eight mem- ence to bring them home, while the
hers of the Knights and Ladles of J runaway team continued their jour-
Security drove over to Calumet to
organize a lodge. After a pleasant
evening, they carried out the object
of their visit and enjoyed a magnifi-
cent banquet, they started on the re-
turn trip to El Reno, when less than
a mile this side of Calumet, while
crossing a culvert the horses became
frightened and unmanageable and
one wheel of ihe vehicle run off the
culvert upsetting, and throwing the
entire party out in the ditch. Miss
Lottie Rinn, Mr Pedt-rson's book keep
er was most unfortunate, her ankle
being broken. Mr. Pederson was
slightly hurt and the other members
ney arriving here with the two front
wheels of the conveyence they had
so unfortunately upset and reduced to
The party consisted of Mr. and
Mrs. Scripture, Mr. and Mrs. A. C.
Pederson, Mr. L. C. Pederson, Mrs
Neeley and her sister Miss Hansen
and Miss Loitie Rinn.
From Tuesday's Dally.
Tom Standard, J. Woodson, T.
Burnside, Tom Farris, Walter
Clarke, all of Okarche partook
democratic cheer last night.
Mrs. Estella Ewing and Mr. John
Gardner were married Tuesday even
ing in El Reno by Rev. Parker of the
Christian church. Tho wedding was
•y quiet, a few intimate friends
being present. Their many friends
join inwishing them a life of happines
The young town of Richland is still
growing and prospering. We hav
now two stores, a lumberyard and
three residences, there are now tw
doctors and a blacksmith, one grain
elevator is nearly completed and an-
other will be started soon, they are
buying load after load of wheat
eighty three cents a bushel.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Robert Crowley, John Fox, P. Mul
karen, represented Calumet at the
Guthrie, Okla., Feb. 22.—The repub-
lican territorial committee met here
Saturday and decided to hold the ter-
ritorial convention In Guthrie on the
7th of April for the purpose of select-
ing delegates to the national conven-
tion in Chicago next June and to nom-
inate a candidate for delegate to con-
gress. Tho entire membership of the
committee was present, and from out-
ward indication:, there was perfect
harmony, although behind the scene
there was considerable bickering and
The meeting was packed by Mc-
Guire people and everything done just
the same as if he had ordered it that
way. Tho resolution for one set of
delegates to the territorial conven-
tion carried by a vote of 21 to 4. The
McGuire statehood bill was indors-
ed, as was also the presidential and
territorial administrations and all
The number of delegates to the
nominating convention in April will
be one delegate for every 100 or
ajor fraction of votes cast for Mc-
Guire in 1902, one delegate-at-large
from every county, seven delegates
from the Osage Indian reservation
and three each from the Ponca, Otoe
and Kaw reservations.
The main result of the meeting of
the committee was the fact that Cash
Cade of Shawnee, territorial chairman
will be national committeeman as
well: he has the party organization
well in hand, and from present indi-
cations he will have no opposition in
the convention; of course there may
be conditions, now unlooked for,
arise that will change the present
prospect, but the general opinion of
tho representatives from all counties
is that Cade will land. Eeven the pol-
iticians, who are opposed to the re-
nomination of McGuire—and they
seem to be steadily on the increase—
are not at political outs with Cade
and the fact Is that there is no seri-
ous opposition to the Shawnee gentle-
From Monday's Daiiy.
Yinkow, Feb. 22.—By means of a
special permission obtained from Ma-
jor General Pflug, Viceroy Alexeiff's
chief of staff, a newspaper correspon-
dent succeeded in passing the lines
under official escort and visited Port
Arthur, which Is closed to all civili-
ans. The correspondent gives the
following account of conditions:
"Only 30 per cent of the population
remains at Port Arthur, and many
of these are leaving. Tho trains are
still crowded with refugees. Railroad
conditions are excellent, and trains
are running on schedule time There
are only a few unfinished sidetracks,
and one unfinished bridge between
Newchwang and Port Arthur.
Although the harbors on the Liao
Tung peninsula have been reopened,
the authorities do not expect further
arrivals. Tho Japanese fleet, which
is sighted at intervals from Golden
Hill, completely control the gulf, and
under the imperfect police system, all
Incomers are treated as spies.
'The repairs to tho Russian fleet
are proceeding. The Russian cruiser
Novlk has been docked, but the con-
ditions of the battleships Czarevitch
and Retvizan remain unchanged,
gineers say that the Retvizan
be floated in a few day3."
From Monday's Daily.
MAYOR AND POSTMASTER.
From Monday's Daily.
The school children and their teach-
ers, outside of the banks, land office
and postofflce, seem to be tho only
ones that have any veneration or love
for the father of his country. No
decorations, no flags flying, nor any
other demonstration was visible to
tho naked eye.
The teachers in the public schools
and their pupils deserve tho greatest
praise for the manner in which they
celebrated tho day.
In each of the school rooms, songs
were sung of patriotic nature.
Speeches were delivered by the
young gentlemen and declamations
and reading by the young ladies. On
the top of the belfry "Old Glory" was
floating in the breeze.
Our school houses, although they
are the shabbiest in the territory, con-
tained more patriotism today than
was displayed in the hals of congress.
Teachers and scholars were imbued
with a spirit of patriotism that was
pleasing to those who have in years
gone by fought the battle of their
country. "May their tribe never grow
The Czar Feels For His Soldiers—
What He Considers Treacher-
ouse Conducts of The
Talk Politics And Get Their Names
in The Papers.
From Monday's Daily.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 22.—The czar
according to those who have access
to his presence, feels keenly the out-
break of hostilities, and sorrows at
the burdens that war entails. Since
the receipt of the news of the bom-
bardment of Port Arthur his majesty
has been much occupied with confer-
ences and has appeared in public
only on one or two occasions, to re-
iew the departing troops or to show
himself at a window of the winter
palace to acknowledge patriotic dem-
on strations. Persons who have seen
his majesty say he is looking sad and
careworn, and that his well known
kindness of heart causes him to feel
actually the loss of his brave men.
His majesty's sole recreation consists
in a morning saunter in the garden
adjoining the palace. The ground is
covered with snow, but still he walks
about, invariably accompanied by five
samoyed dogs, which are trained to
march in single file behind him. The
czar selects one of the dogs to head
the procession. When his majesty ad-
dressed some troops a few days ago
and admonished them in these words:
"Remember your enemy is brave bold
and cunning," he could not disguise
his emotion, and his voice shook very
much. He is grieved over what he
considers to be the treacherous con-
duct of the Japanese.
Geo. F. Wattson, postmaster of El
Reno, was in the city yesterday. Mr.
Wattson attended the meeting of the
republican central committee. He
stated that the outlook for success
for the party the coming campaign
seems to him to be very bright. He
is one of the leaders in Canadian
county and is unusually well posted
on political propositions.
Col C. P. Lincoln, c; El Reno, was
in the city yesterday representing
Canadian county in the meeting of
the republican central committee.
Col Lincoln is widely mentioned as a
candidate for delegate to the republi-
can national convention and will have
the unanimous support of Canadian
and several other counties. He was
assistant sergeant at arms of the last
republican national convention, and
is personally well acquainted with
most of the prominent men of the
nation. He has been in the diplo-
matic service of the United States
and is one of the orators whose ser-
vices are always in demand by the
republican national committee.
In the last republican national con-
vention Colonel Lincoln told Mr. Roos
evelt that some future convention
of the party would name the latter
for president. It seems certain that
the look ahead was keen and the con-
clusion right.—State Capital.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Mrs. Claude Hensley and baby Dor-
othy, who have been visiting her
mother, Mrs. W. N. Wheeler, at Shaw-
nee for the past month returned home
From Monday's Daily.
Funeral of Judge Waring.
The funeral of the late Judge War-
ren H. Warring was held yesterday
afternoon. All of his old friends
and neighbors who have known the
Judge for years attended the funeral
which was as large as has been seen
a number of years.
The funeral services were held in
the Baptist church, Rev. Dyke of
Mr. Gurgle, of Weatherford, who is
visiting with Judge C. L. Crum found
a ladies pocketbook containing rail-
road tickets and among them one
from El Reno to New York or from
New York to El Reno he does not
know which. The pocket book is at
Charley Cannors short order house
at Rock Island depot.
Isey Has Them Again.
An Appreciative Audience.
A woman,,uses a hair pin to pick
her teeth, button shoes, clean finger
nails, punch bed bugs out or a crack,
fasten up a stray bang, clean her hus-
band's pipe, scratch her head, run it
into cakes to see if they are done,
and about a million other things that
the poor deluded men know nothing
about. About as useful as a printer's
rule, isn't it?—Enid Wave.
Indian Pay Day.
The Cheyennes and Arapahoes are
in the city today in great numbers
spending their annuity and lease mon-
ey. The Indians who draw their mon-
ey at Darlington agency spend it in
El Ke..o, the towns north and west
of us gobble up the rest.
A very complimentary audience
heard Doctor Smiley last night and
applauded his beautiful discription of
"The Land and Ago in Which We
Live." Do not fail to hear him to-
night in the Gunn building. Subject
tonight will be "Three Great Ameri-
cans." Seats free.
An audience of a very high charac-
ter heard Rev. Dr. Smiley in Gunn's
hall iast night. The doctors subject
was: "The Hero of the Story." and
if one left the hall without having
his faith strengthened in Christ the
Savior of men it is simply because he
or she had all possible faith in the
story of salvation. The audience
manifested great interest.
Dr. Smiley will speak tonight upon
the "Land and Age in Which We
Live." Lovers of oratory and real
genius hear him. Throw predjudice
to the breeze and hear a man talk
sound sense. There will be bushels
of fun in this lecture. Seats free.
A newly married couple were en-
joyin their honeymoon and it was
also their first ride on a railroad car.
He was explaining things in a know-
ing air, when presently ho saw a cat-
tleguard, which from his point of
view, was mistaken for a fence across
the track. Leaning back in his seat
he excitedly exclaimed: "Hold tight
Sal, she's going to jump a fence."—Ex
From Tuesday's Daily.
Hon. W. A. Maxwell, the sturdy
young democrat who so ably repre-
sented Canadian county in the last
legislature, was one of the guests of
honor at the democratic "Love Feast"
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