The El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 15, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1904 Page: 3 of 8
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The Japs Outnumbered Them But
Were Driven Off—Official Report
From Viceroy Alexieff—Sec-
ond Battle Hard on Japs.
From Friday's Daily.
St. Petersburg. Feb. 19—A long of-
ficial dispatch from Viceroy AlexiefT
recounting the details of the fight of
February 9 at Port Arthur was given
out today It enumerated the Russian
casualties and says that it is known
that a number of Japanese ships suf-
fered severely, which accounts for
their not following up the attack.
The Viceroy's dispatch Is dated
February 8. and says:
"After the night torpedo attack,
the Japanese fleet consisting of six-
teen war ships appeared at 10 o'clock
in the morning off Port Arthur.
"Its appearance was noted by the
coast signal station as well as the
ships of our squadron, which lay in
the outer roadstead fully prepared for
battle. Our squadron consisted of
five battleships, five first and second
class cruisers and fifteen torpedo
boats, under the comand of Vice Ad-
miral Stark, and Rear Admiral Ukh-
tomski. The coast batteries imme-
diately prepared to receive the enemy
Our squadron weighed anchor in
order of battle, and upon the first shot
being fired by the enemy the fleet and
batteries replied simultaneously with
a lively cannonade. The most ex-
posed to the enemy's fire were the
ships of the squadron, battery No.15,
on Electric cliff, and battery No. 13,
on Golden hill. Other coast batteries
principally Nos. 17 and 18 were also
"Throughout the fight the torpedo
division lay to the right of the squa-
dron a distance of from ten to fif-
teen cabcltari (Russian sea measure)
"The land batteries were under the
general direction of Major General
Baloff, commander of the Kwan-Tung
garrison of artillery.
"It is still diflicult to ascertain the
result of the battle, but according to
observations made by our ships it
may be assumed that several vessels
of the enemy's fleet sustained dam-
age, v hich explains why they avoid-
ed further fighting, although they
were much superior to us in strength.
"According to the reports of the
commanders the men fought exceed-
ingly well, on which account, in vir-
tue of the imperial authorization, I
have conferred six crosses of the
order of St George on each company
of the first and second class warships
having crews of over 200 men, four
crosses on ea-h company of all other
ships of the second class, one cross
on each torpedo boat, one cross on
the signal station at Golden hill,
which operated under the fire of the
enemy; four crosses on battery No.
15, three on battery No. 13, and one
cross on a gunner who, though sever-
ly wounded, returned to his battery.
"Our losses were:
"Of the squadron, five officers
wounded, fourteen men killed and
sixty-nine men wounded.
"Of the fortress and garrison, one
man killed, one man severely wound-
ed and five men slightly wounded.
"In announcing the above to your
majesty, I am pleased to be able to
add that the naval and land forces
in the far east are inspired by the
most heartfelt wish to meet their in-
solent foes breast to breast in order
to fulfill their duty in sight of their
adored ruler, and. firm and unshak-
able, to fight for the honor and glory
of their beloved fatherland."
Prom Friday's Dally.
France has 464.556 saloons to sup-
ply the wants of 38,666,366 inhabi-
tants, and this number is constantly
increasing. During the last ten years
the consumption of alcohol in France
has increased in alarming proportions
while England and the United States
have progressed toward temperance.
Don't Weigh an Ounce
A ball is to be given on Washing-
ton's birthday at El Reno opera house
for the officers and ladies of the fort.
Oklahoma City's gold braid doesn't
weigh so much.—Wichita Eagle.
Right You Are.
Henry I.e Breton, of El Reno, offers
|200 to the man or boy who was
hired to set fire to his building, if he
will betray his accomplice. He also
promises to protect the informant.—
I From Friday's Dally.
Will Accept no Compromise For His!
Statehood Bill—He is Still Confi
dent-Vigorous Campaign Be-
From Friday'* Dally.
Tom Held and W. E. Becks. C. O.
Blake and about two dozen other Elks
; Say They Are Not Savages And Have j will leave for Wichita tomorrow morn
No Desire to be Classed as Such ing to take in the Elk circus.
—Want Their Rights And
From Saturday's Dally
A line audience of thinking people
greeted the "Smiling Smiley" in the
Gunn hall last night and listened with
marked attention to his eloquent
words of wisdom. Dr. Smiley will
Colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo
Bill) always has a story to tell, and
ho told this one of an Irishman whom
he employed on his ranch in Wyom-
ing: "Pat has been only a few months
in the country, and, of course, is as
green as Kentucky grass as to our
ways. Strolling through the streets
of Wyoming City one day recently
with a fellow workman on the ranch,
he noticed In the window of a store
a sign with the words, 'Shoes blacken-
ed inside.' Pat stared at the notice
and exclaimed: That the divil do
people want with the inside of their
From Fridays Daily.
Washington, Feb. 19.—Oklahoma
has not completed its hearing before
the committee. Delegate Bird Mc-
Guire will make arguments for the
admission of Oklahoma as a state sup
porting the bill introduced by him at
the extraordinary session of congress
Other men prominent in Oklahoma
have made arguments in behalf of
the measure. There have been men
before the committee who objected
to the McGuire bill because it did
not provide for the immediate admis-
sion of Oklahoma and Indian Terri-
tory as one state. In his speech, Del-
egate McGuire will pay considerable
attention to the statement made by
these persons. There has probably
never been a more vigorous campaign
for statehood than at the present time
Delegate McGuire has spent hours
and hours of working for an enabling
act, and at no time lias been discour-
aged. He is determined to obtain
statehood for Oklahoma. ,
When asked a few days ago by a
friend who is interested in the state-
hood movement if he would consent
to a compromise, he replied that there
would not be a compromise until it
was seen that statehood for Oklahoma
regardless of the Indian Territory, is
out of the question, and that time is
not in sight in his estimation.
Federal Building at Piedmont.
Postmaster General Kuykendall,
of Piedmont informs tho Democrat
that the postoflice is in active oper-
ation in the Piedmont State bank
building. When the new building
promised by Delegate McGuire comes
along the location will be changed.
Has Been Transferred.
From Fridays Daily.
WHO IS LAKIN?
Spielers Going to .Washington .on
Statehood Matters Who Are Not
Delegate McGuire did not address
the house committee on territories
Tuesday, as was expected
Instead, Prosecuting Attorney Cun-
ningham of Comanche county and
Messers Sleeper, Rummons and Lakin
of Lawton, Hobart and El Reno,
spectively, presented views on state-
hood. Cunningham, the principal
speaker, favored admission in the
Union with Indian Territory on lines
of the Robinson bill. He was frank
and outspoken in advocacy of single j phreys account
O. S. Rice who has been doing cleri-
cal work at the Seger Indian school,
has been transferred to the Navajoe
Indian agency, at Albuquerque, N. M.,
Mrs. Rice and family will leave in
a few days for New Mexico.
What Beverege Says.
From Fridays Daily.
Judge Waring Dead.
The Democrat is called upon today
record the death of one of El
Reno's old time citizens in the per-
son of Warren H. Waring who has
lived among us for many years and
who has held positions of trust in
The sad news reached us that our
old friend and neighbor died about
12:30 o'clock, of Briglits disease. At
the time of his death Judge Waring
was 74 years old and everybody
thought to look at his strong rugged
frame that he would live for the next
He leaves behind to mourn his loss
an aged wife a son and a daughter,
Mr. Joseph Waring and Mrs. Hardy.
For the past four days Judge War-
ing has been failing rapidly and when
death came this afternoon he was not
The Democrat joins with all of the
old citizens, who have known Judge
Waring, in extending its heartfelt
sympathy to the bereaved family.
Delegate McGuire is intent on hav-
ing his bill passed by the house. With
the passage of the bill by tho house
it will then be up to the senate to
determine what Oklahoma will re-
ceive at the hands of this congress.
No agreement has been reached in
the senate. Senator Beverige, chair-
man of the committee on territories,
does not favor the admission of Ok-
lahoma as a separate state. At times
he talks of single statehood, but will
give no one his opinion on when he
believes the two territories will be
made one state. Many persons who
have discussed statehood matters
with Senator Beveridge express the
belief that he is opposed to the admis-
sion of any new states at this time.
Will Have Them.
Owendale, I. T., Feb. 19.—Your cor-
respondent would like to correct a
wrong impression that has gone a-
broad. via the fake reporter, in re-
gard to tho war like attitude of the
full-blood Cherokee Indian element.
There never has been the least oc-
casion for such sanguinary news, as
the meekest unwarltke people we
have In tho five nations are these
same full-blood red men. The Kee-
too-wah society is composed of some
of the best and most religious class
>f Cherokee! and their organization
lias for its object Just the reverse of
what has been published by tho "yel-
low journal tribe." There has been
lying done In recent years by irre-
sponsible correspondents than could
be tabulated by a census expert In
a decade of time, and the Indian Ter-
ritory has been the easy victim for
this host of scribling prevarications.
.The financial situation here is "stiff"
to use a banking term; and all this
is the result of the asinine policy
pursued by the interior department.
Everything In a commercial lino is
being held up, and the brakes of the
secretary are set hard on tho wheels
of progress. But we aro quite cer-
tain of one thing; it cannot last al-
ways; there will bo a change, and
hat, too, in the near future. At
least, this is the prophetic view of
all thinking men in our country.
Muskogee is on a boom in spite of
the restrictions placed on mining,
etc. The bringing in of tho oil wells,
the discovery of coal fields of vast
dimensions, and the general prosper-
ity hoped for, has stirred tho peoplo
of that live city and vicinity as never
Atoka has found silver, I am told,
and in large quantities, near that
Gibson will soon have natural gas,
and perhaps oil, as an experimental
well is being drilled.
The lead and zinc deposits in this
Cherokee nation are so wonderful in
character that when tho obstructive
measures of the interior department
are removed there will be such a
mineral furor as southern Missouri
never dreamed of in her palmiest
days of zinc and lead mining. These
are no exaggerated statements. We
have seen specimens of lead and zinc
ore from wells and hills near Vinita
that would excite the most stolid,
and make of them enthusiastic pro-
moters. Let congress make one state
of these twin territories and we shall
see within five years a population of
millions, and this the most prosperous
comparatively speaking of any state
within the limits of the United States.
Amos Clarke went to Geary this . speak tonight upon "Facts, Fraternity
and Fun." Do not fail to hear this
lecture as there are fountains of inno-
cent fun therein, as well as real and
important facts. Seats free and no
collection tonight. Dr. Smiley will
speak in the Gunn hall Sunday night
at 8 o'clock upon "Tho Hero of the
Story." This is simply a gem of
beauty—of a purely gospel nature.
Frank Crawley, of Piedmont visit-
ed the city yesterday aud returned
home this morning.
Uncle Jim Smith, the sage of Frisco
was mixing up with old friends yes-
From Friday's Daily
El Reno is to be a terminal point
for the St Louis, El Reno & Western.
In a few days the new depot will be
ready for occupancy. The freight
depot is ready for business, and the
side tracks are being put in as rapid-
ly as possible.
Senator Quay is not in Washington;
he is not in the best of health. Im-
mediately after the introduction of
his single statehood bill be left for
the south. His measure created in-
tense interest, and adherents of a
single statehood policy rush into
print, stating that in their belief the
venerable senators favors making one
state of the two territories. Senator
Quay very rarely discusses his plans.
Those persons who are close to him
state that the Quay bill was merely
introduced for the purpose of plac-
ing single and separate statehood
bills before the senate. It was at his
request that the delegates from Okla-
homa, New Mexico and Arizona in-
troduced their statehood bills at the
extraordinary session of congress.
At the close of the Fifty-seventh con-1
gress Senator Quay announced that]
ho would be working in the Fifty-
eighth congress for the admission of
the three territories as separate
states. No one has ever hear him
announce that ke was for the ailmis- Ol xvUSSia W ctS
sion of Oklahoma and Indian Terri- QgsaSmated ill St Pet
tory as one state.
Mart Stanley has returned from
Wichita where he had been visiting I
with his daughter who was sick in
that city. He says she is getting along |
E. E. Blake and Frank Rickey have
gone to Clinton to look after their
Mrs. Fowler, of Earlsboro, 0. T.,
is visiting with her son O. S. Fowler.
A. T. Kruse, one of Geary's solid
men, returned homo this morning
after a pleasant visit in this city.
Judgo Frank E. C.illetto, passed
through the city enroute to Oklahoma
City, where he will try cases for
Judge Burwell who has gono to Law-
P. G. Parker, of Galesburg, 111., Is
visiting with his brother Rov. J. E.
Parker, of the Christian Church.
T. D. Fahay, was up from his ranch
yesterday and says his 400 head of
cattle aro wintering well.
Richard Davis, one of tho bright-
est Cheyennes In tho territory re-
turned to his homo near Seger Colony
this afternoon after a visit of four
days in tho city.
J. S. Newberry, formerly of this
city, but now a farmer near Harrison
was a visiter in the city yesterday.
G. F. Carvin, of Enid, who was here
yesterday looking over a live town,
returned to his homo this morning.
R. M. Campbell returned to Okla-
homa City last night.
Chicago Feb. 19 2.20
p. m. It is reported
from several reliable
sources that Nicholas
Wnoat is the king of tho cereals.
Bulls and Bears had a lively set to
in the pit this morning but tho Bulls
were too strong. Corn, oats and pork
have all advanced since morning.
Wheat opened at 100% jumped to
103 and closed at 102%. Corn open-
ed at 55% reached 56V4 and closed at
56 V . Oats aro in fair demand, open-
ed at 44% plunged to 45% and clos-
ed at 45V4. Pork made a steady raise
opened at 1520, jumped to 1567 and
closed at 1557.
E. S. Ester, of Shawnee, Is In the
city on business.
Russian Squadron Has Orders to
Return to Cronstadt—Alexieff
From Saturday's Dally
Paris, Feb. 20.—Tho St. Petersburg
correspondent of the Figaro cables
that the Russian squadron at Jibuti!,
French Somalland, on the gulf of
Aden, has been ordered to return to
Paris, Feb. 20.—The Figaro yester-
day publishes a telogram said to bo
from a high Russian official aud sent
from the frontier snying that Col. Von
Schenk, the commander of the emper-
or Alexander regiment of tho Ger-
man guards, of which the czar is
honorary colonel-in-chief, was receiv-
ed by tho czar Monday and handed to
Ills majesty an autograph later from
Emperor William on tho war in tho
far east, and especially on the sub*
ject of Great Britain's attitude.
Continuing, tho Figaro's informant
says official circles in Russia contlnuo
to count on Germany's unreserved
support, and discuss openly tho pos-
sible change of tho cqulllbrim of
Europe which might result from tho
grouping together of Russia, Germany
and France, taken In connection with
the anti-British feeling.
Tho Increasing possibility of war
with Great Britain is discussed with-
out reserve in Russian military cir-
cles. Rear Admiral Rojestvonskl,
chief of the general staff of the navy,
has said it was Impossible, according
to the Russian official who telegraphs
to the Figaro, to send to Port Arthur
all the naval officers who want to go
there because they may bo required
in the Baltic. In conclusion this of-
ficer says tho whereabouts of Viceroy
Alexieff lias been unknown for threa
days past, and that tho official tele-
grams ari' received without signature.
The two Guses, Gus Berger and
Gus Jackson both fine bakers have
gone to work for Gerrer Brothers.
From Saturday's Daily.
RACE WAR AT ENID.
From Fridays Daily.
He Loves Them Now.
The El Reno Democrat wants to
know of Sam Humphreys, the new
editor of the Globe, if he (Humph-
reys) still wants the charges which
he filed with the Democrat some time
ago, against George W. Bellamy, Com-
missioner Leeper, Bill Riley and
other prominent democrats published.
The Democrat says Humphreys left
an arm full of type written charges
on its desk with the request to pub-
lish and charge two rates to Mr. Hum-
Greek Laborers Fred Upon by a Mob
—One Man Shot in The Knee—
Militia is Ready—Correled in
a House and Huddled
Into a Dark Corner.
ersburg today- Sup-
posed to have been
work of anarchists
Showing Them Around.
The real estate men of this city,
i the live ones, have been showing
a number of men from up north what
Canadian county looks like in the
winter time. For the past three days
hundreds of men from the north and
east have been here looking over the
county and one and all speak very
highly of It.
H. B. Lowe, attorney for the Rock
Island inthe Indian Territory, held
a caucus with Hon. C. O. Blake, yes-
terday. He returned to Chickasha
It seems that the
statehood, and his talk is regarded I Democrat deferred the publication,
one of the ablest yet for single state- |an,i jt now wants to know if Humph-
hood. The others addressed the com-1 reyS is still anxious to have the pub
mittee in favor of the McG re bill, lication made, as a
From Friday's Daily.
Enid. O. T.. Feb. 18.—Trouble be-
tween tho local laboring men and the
Greek laborers recently shipped into
this city reached a climax last night
when unknown persons fired revolv-
ers at the house in which a number j ]ast night.
of the foreigners are living. Anton i
Kaccokin, a young man in the house j From Saturday's Daily-
was struck In the leg by a glancing j3Ujjs are on top today, wheat
ball and a flesh wound was inflicted. pork are soaring skyward. Corn
| The Greeks huddled in a dark cor-jaQd Qats are steady_ wheat opened
He is All Right Now.
L. C. Bennington, of the postoflice
force, who has been sick for a few
days is able once more to "dole" out
but threw no more light on ;he sub-
We heard that Henry La 'en was
in Washington but Laken is
one on us.
Hensley seems to have Sam bested
Kind Words For His Honor.
A Tall Bell.
Miss Mary Bell Flemington, of
Ellensdale, N. D., the girl who was
selected by James J. Hill to christen
the great steamer Dakota at Grot on,
Conn., the other day, is barely 17
years old, but she weighs 165 pounds
and stand 6 feet 2 inches in her slip-
William Drumon, of Darlington, is
our banner subscriber. He paid "s
today the largest subscription the
Democrat ever received from one
manat one time.
The Times Journal says: "Judge
Frank E. Gillette, of Anadarko, who
takes the place of Judge Burwell for
a few days, went to El Reno this after
noon to visit over Sunday with old
time friends at his former home,
where he is always a welcome guest.
Judge Gillette is making a fine record
in his district and his first official
visit here is making him many warm
friends among the members of the
bar and all with whom he comes in
contact. He will return Monday night
and resume court Tuesday morning."
in a dark cor-
t ok en" of love "and 1 ner o£ the hollsl: aml nonG were sccu j this morning at 103% and inside of an
'on the street until late this afternoon. ll0ur it jlimpe(i to 107 and closed at
The labor unions were addressed ^ Oats opened at 45% reached
last night at the court house by Col. (g an(J droppecj to 45%. Corn open-
John G. Moore, who urged the men j (1(j at 1,10k a jump to 57% and
to use all fair methods in settling the ; sett]e(j hack to 5G7a. Pork closed yes-
affair of the Greeks coming to town. ,er<jay at 1557 opened this morning
He advised them to keep within the , at 15^fl an(] closed at 16oo.
bounds of the law and not to resort;
to harsh means with the foreigners. From Monda>.-g Daiiy.
Within an hour after, the attack on | Train Servjce March First.
the house occupied by the Greeks |
was fired upon. No one has been ap- | though not officially announced it
prehended for the crime. I wag gjTen out 0n good authority yes-
terday that regular train service on
From Saturday's Daily. the gt LouiSi gl Reno & Western
•r're' 1 would be established March 1. A
The fire department was called out pasenger train will leave Guthrie
Dr. Smiley Here.
Dr. Ii. Finley Smiley is in the city
and will lecture here for about a
week or ten days. The doctor had
crowded houses during his short stay
in Enid and when ho left there was
a dove of piece hovering over that
Ed S. Wheelock, of Watonga,
In the city on business.
Citizens of Morrison's Addition Hold
a Mass Meeting and Demand
Certain Things From the
The school in Morrison's addition
was packed full last night with tax-
payers who reside In that section of
the city. Mr. Clause acted as chair-
man and Mr. Shannon acted as secre-
The voice of the meeting was that
tho property owners in the Morrison
addition were getting very tired of
paying taxes on something they aro
not getting. They aro willing to con-
tinue, as they have been doing in the
past, but demand water and light the
same as is given to other parts of tho
city and furthermore they demand
representation in the city council and
also on the school board.
A committee of the leading citizens
will call on the mayor and city coun-
cil and ask for the rights they think
rightfully belong to them.
These people say they have been
promised representation for years
but so far have not been recognized.
They are going to see now what a
little persuasion will do.
HAY'S NOTE ACCEPTED.
Czar Will Consider—Japan Consents
to Allow United States Officers
to Accompany His Troops—
Russia Will do Likewise.
The boodling aldermen of Oklaho-
ma City are being tried now. It does
not take long to put Oklahoma bood-
lers out of business. El Rono will
have a turn at the game on the 11th
How about the republican boodlers
in El Reno who have not been arrest-
ed and no effort made to arrest them?
How about a half dozen or more al-
leged boodlers who were not Indict-
ed but who are known to the public
as arch boodlers of many years stand-
April may be a red letter day to
more fellows than you may have on
this morning to put ou a fire in the
house owned by John Long 519 S.
McComb. A pile of paper caught fire
but no damage was done.
daily at about 7:00 in the morning,
returning in the afternoon and an
accommodation will leave El Reno
in the morning.
A Norwegian chemist has discover-
ed a new and cheap process of mak-
ing alcohol from sawdust. Sawdust
is treated under pressure with dilut-
ed sulphuric acid, by which the cell-
ulose is transformed into sugar which
by adding fermentation producers is
converted Into alcohol in the old man-
ner and then distilled. ,
From Saturday's Daily.
Washington, Feb. 20—Secretary
Hay, yesterday received by cable
from Ambassador McCormlck the re-
ply of the Russian government to tho
proposition relating to Chinese neu-
trality. It is considered by the de-
partment to be responsible to our
note and its substance has been com-
municated to the government of Ja-
pan and China.
It is the present intention to mere-
ly ackowledge the Russian note.
While the text of the note Is with-
held at present, it is said that the
Russian attaches a condition to the
effect that acceptance of the propo-
sition is not to be regarded as ex-
cluding Manchuria from the seat of
It is said that Japan has consented
to allow the United States army of-
ficers to accompany the Japanese
forces in the field as military observ-
ers. Russia has indicated that she
may be able to accomodate some
American military observers after
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