Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 23, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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3IGHTEEENTH YEAR, NO.
29 GUTHRIE, O K L A., THURSDAY, SE PTE MB I
A Tropical Reception
Given Discoverer of North
Pole In New York
JUDGE COTTERAL DECIDES
PROPERTY OK INDIAN.1,
Enid, Ok., Sept. 18.— far reaching j
decision was rendered this m or aim I
1 INTEREST IN SALE OF
Tenants Anxiously A ml it tile
timitj to Bceome Heal Property
The Peoples Idol, Govertu\ John-
son Lost His Fight With % >ath
I by Judge Cotteral in the matter of the
United States versus leonard Eagle,
his home at
New York, ept. 21.—Amid a tu-
muHuous demonstration which took
•n the magic of a pnblic ovation, Dr.
Trederick A. Cook, the Americn ex-
plorer who first announced the con-
quest of the north pole, was welcom-
By as tranger coincidence and al-
most at the same hour, Cemmander
Robert E. Peary, whose announce-
ment of reaching the pole was coupled
with the claim of being the only
white man to reach there sailed
mto the harbor of Sydney, N. S., amid
unother enthusiastic welcome in which
"he public dignitaries of Nova Scotia
oined in giving official as well pub-
lic recognition to the returning
Dr. Cook's arrival at New York went
■hrough progreslve stage of enthns-
asm as he moved from the lower bay
o quarnantine thence to the tug on
which his wife and children were
■vaiting to give the first exchange of
family endearments, then to the
-teamer Graud Republic, freighted
vith upward of a thousand enthusias-
ic friends and champions of the ex-
plorer, and finally as he set foot on
■lis native soil of Brooklyn and passed
hrough chering throngs
■:r arched streets
Everywhere he was met with the
,ame clamarous shouts and demon-
strative approval, which swept aside
iny dissenting note, if such existed.
Dr. Cook bore his honors calmly
ind with dignity, smiling upon the
■rowds, bowing acknowledgements to
lie oft-repeated cheers and grasping
■he outstretched hands of friends and
Impatient to Sec llis Family.
The scene as Dr. Cook was wel-
omed by his family and friends was
me long to be remembered. From 5
o'clock this morning the explorer in-
ormittently paced the saloon deck of
lis steamer placing bis marine glass-
's to his eyes and watching every tug
,r other vessel which approached the
Oscar II, to see whether he could ob-
serve his wife on the deck of the craft.
At one moment he believed he saw
lis wife on a small tug. He raised
lis hat and waved it. Then he dash-
d down to the waist of the ship,
where a temporary companionway had
■ieen rigged to permit him to descend
0 the tug bearing his wife. This, how-
ver was a false alarm and the explor-
er returned to his upper deck.
At last the rig htug was dimly out-
ined through the mist and Dr. Cook,
springing to the companionway, was
lown the ladder before the tug was
alongside. The sea was running at a
-ood rate, and as the tug thrwe its
line aboard the Oscar 11, its beams
crashed into the explorer
1 hasty retreat.
Wife Waved the Flag
Matters were noon arranged, and the
loctor ran down once more, leaped
icros the intervening stretch of water
vo the tug. dashed up to the hurricane
leek where his wife was waiting for
him waving the Stars and Stripes.
The returned explorer took her in liis
sirms without a single word passing
between them. Dr. Cook broke the
"Where are the children?" lie asked.
His wife did not reply, but led him
to the children a fe wfeet away.
He kissid his eldest daughter, then
seized the younger one in his arms
and raised her to his shoulders.
this the spectators broke out
"Bravo, Cook," "Welcome home,
■We're proud of you," rang out across
the water. Then words, "For He's a
Jolly Good Fellow," were sung in
chorus by Doctor Cook's fellow pas-
sengers on the Oscar 11, as the tug
left the ship's side.
The Oscar II immediately weighed
anchor and continued up the river to
its deck, and Doctor Cook was
transferred to the Grand Republic,
which was lying a quarter of a mile
away. Cinematographs and camera
■were turned on him from every point
as he went on board and passed
through a guard of honor of the 47 th
Regiment to receive the greeting of
the reception committee.
A Wreath for His Seek.
On board the Grand Republic Dr.
Cook was greeted by the official recep-
tion committee, and a wreath of roses
was placed about his neck. Standing
on the upper deck of the steamer Dr.
Cook addressed the committee and his
friends as follows:
"To a returning explorer there can
be no greater pleasure than the ap-
preciation of his own people. Your
numbers and cheers make a demon-
stration that makes me very happj
and should fire the pride of all the
world. I would have preferred
to return first to American shores, but
this pleasure was denied me. Instead
I went to Denmark and the result has
come to you by wire.
"I was a stranger in a strange land
but the Danes with one voice rose m
with enthusiasm, and they have guar-
anteed all other nations our conquest
of the pole.
"You have come forward in num-
bers and in a manner still more forci-
bly. I can only say that 1 accept this
honor with a due appreciation of its
importance. 1 heartily thank you."
The steamer Grand Republic, with
Dr. Cook, his wife and children and
members of the Arctic Club on board,
steamed up the North River from the
Battery to the foot of West 130th
street, where a brief stop was made.
The trip was a triumphal one. The
Grand Republic was greeted with the
siren shrieks of hundreds of craft,
small and large, and Dr. Cook stocd
on the upper deck.
The steamer, after reaching the foot
of West 130th street, went up the
North River ns far as Spuyten Duvvil,
and then retraced its course to the
Battery and proceeded up the East
River to the foot of South Fifth
street, in Brooklyn, where Dr. Cook
was to land.
Submits Proof to importers.
New York, Sept. 22.—Dr. Frederick
A. Cook, seeking rest and seclusion
with his family after the boistrous
welcome of yesterday, denied himself
One of the greatest land sales ever
seen in the Southwest is near at hand,
a farmer living iu Payne Count), Ok- soon to begin the sale of
lahoma, in tavor of the defendant. [aniis and approximately 1 .-
It seems that Eagle had secured a c;.._, oon ai.fes wl„ bt, |)la,.(Hl on the
lease from Alice Echo Hawk, who is market. For several months prepara-
a member of the Pawnee tribe, to rent tlons have been going forward for the
in allotment of land during the year great sale and as the time draws near
1908, given to her by the government, there is a thrill of expectancy among
The plaintiff claimed that permission the lessees who have so lens waited
wsn given to clear twenty acres, which J for an opportunity to purchase the
he proceeded to do, cutting down eer- lauds they have been living upon,
tain walnut and oak trees, which \\nv| While the lessees have a preference
converted Into fence posts. It was j right to buy at the highest bid, some
claimed that this ait was iu violation of them may not choose to buy at the
of the intent of the lease and also un- prices set, and it is possible that a con-
lawful according to government sta- siderable portion of the land may go
Testimony was heard yesterday, and
this morning Jed; ■ Cotteral ordered
the jury to render a verdict iu favor of
tin- defendant, contending ti nt the
criminal law did not apply in tliis par-
ticular ease, bcca'.iso an allotment is
tile private property ot an Indian and
not government land. On account of
the numerous matters of this nature
arising in the federal courts, the de-
cision of Judge Cotteral will excite
considerable interest. Sir. Eagle was
represented by Attorney John Dever-
eaux of Guthrie. Had the verdict been
in the favor of the plaintiff, the pen-
alty of the offense would have been
a fine of five hundred dollars or im-
prisonment for six months.
to interviewers today and remained in
his suite at the Waldorf-Astoria until
late this afternoon, vhen he submitted
cheerfully to one of til eseverest cross-
examinations since he announced the
discovery of the north pole.
The interview, conducted by forty*
newspaper representatives, including
several from foreign newspapers,
proved at least that he is not afraid
to meet the public. Incidentally, the
city of New York officially recognized
his achievement today when the board
of aldermen passed a resolution com
memoratlng his discovery and provid-
ing for a public welcome at the city
The most interesting phase of the
interview was reached when Cook was
asked if he would object to showing
his diary. He immediately consented
and after retiring to his room, return-
ed with a small octave note book
which he showed freely to all. It was
a thin book, containing 176 pages, each
filled with fifty or sixty lines of pen-
ciled writing in the most minute char-
Not once did Cook refuse to reply,
except when the name of Peary was
broached. Even then he said he had
always and did now consider Peary
as a friend. When requested to say
what had occurred at the meeting
with Harry Whitney, the New Haven
sportsman, he said he preferred to let
Whitney tell his own story.
Prohibition party men are planning
to have a ticket in the field at the
next election. On account of not get-
ting on the ballot at the last election
they feel the need of beginning so as
get thoroughly organized. County
conferences have already been held
FELL IN THE STATE'S TRAP
Oklahoma broke its o«u Luhs to catch
Oklahoma City, Sept. 18.—For one
day the State of Oklahoma maintained
a contraband whiskey "joint" in a
basement at 23 West Grand Avenue.
The joint was opened as a trap to
catch wholesale liquor dealers whom
the joint keepers and bootleggerB of
Oklahoma City have been getting their
supplies. The arrest of three whole-
sale liquor dealers was the result.
State enforcement officers had
found no trouble in arresting and con
victing retail liquor sellers, but were
unable to catch the wholesalers from
whom the contraband liquor was pur
"Why don't you open a joint of your
own?" asked county attorney Rear-
don of B. J. Waugh, state enforce-
ment officer. Waugh rented a dingy
basement room, put in fixtures and
employed two detectives to run the
place. Three wholesalers were aRked
to deliver a Hupply of beer and whisk-
ey, and when delivery was made the
three were arrested, and the "joint"
in most of the counties of the First
Congressional District. The l>ogan
county convention will be held next
Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the
Guthrie city hall. This will be follew-
ed by the First Congressional District
convention at 3 o'clock and the State
convention at 7 o'clock. National
Chairman, the Honorable Charles R.
Jones of Chicago, 111., will be here and
will address , the convention at 2
o'clock Tuesday afternoon. A resolu-
tion recommending what is known as
tlio "Party Recall of Candidates" has
been adopted at several county con-
ventions and will undoubtedly cause
considerable discussion at the State
convention. The resolution reads as
Resolved that, whereas the welfare
of the state is greater than party
glory or the spoils of office, wherever
the multiplicity of candidates favor-
able to our principles would defeat
the election of an officer that would
enforce law, that the county executive
committee be empowered to indorse
the withdrawal of our candidate or in
the event of his refusal to withdraw
to Instruct our votes uot to support
him at the polls; ar.d further that we
Instruct our delegates to the state con-
vention to endeavor to secure the
adoption of this principle as a plank
of our platform."
DEATH COMES IN ODD FORMS
Toi.kawa, Ok., Sept. 18.—Mrs. Geo.
Murray, wife of a farmer living nine
miles southeast of this place, told her
daughter, Reba, C years old to bring
her a quilt that lay folded on the bed
The little girl climbed on the bed to
get It, but became entagled and fell,
striking her head against the bed
breaking her neck.
to others than lessees.
The 50,000 acres of indemnity lands
in Lincoln county are to be sold first.
As soon as these are disposed of the
"new college lands" and then the large
bodies of "indemnity lands" In Potta-
watomie nn.1 Oklahoma counties will
be placed on sale. It is thought the lat-
ter will be placed on the market about
January 1, as the sale will commence
in November or December.
The immensity of tlia proposition
and its great importance to the people
of the state renders the procedure
somewhat slow and great care is to be
taken that all details be absolutely
A Perfect Title.
The sels department has all the new
college lands ready to advertise. All
titles have been checked over back to
the original patents issued by the
secretary of the interior and the man
who buys from the state of Oklahoma
need have no uneasiness about his
The sale of the lands was a mooted
political question in Oklahoma terri-
tory for many years The lessees had
an organizaticn which has a potent in-
fluence on political policies and many
an office-seeker has gone down to de-
feat as the result of his attitude upon
this question. During the First state
!• 'i slature many bills were introduced
for the sale of the lands, producing me-
morable debates ill both the house and
the senate. None of the bills received
favorable action. After the legislature
a bill was drawn up by a special com-
mittee and voted upon last fall under
an initiative petition. The bill was
defeated aiuTtht* sale of the lands thus
became one of the great questions with
which the Second legislature had to
deal. A bill known as "Amended Sen-
ate Bill No. 1" was finally passed un-
der which the sale will be conducted.
Practically one-lialf of the lands will
be thrown upon the market. The lands
to be sold are ail the indemnity lands
known as "Section 33" and aggregating
about 577,000 acres lying in all the
"old Oklahoma" counties. The great-
est acreage lies in Lincoln county.
The "common school lands," Sections
16 and 36. and the "college lands,"
Section 13, are not to be sold. The
"common school lands" contain 1,199,-
078 acres and the "college lands"
about 305,000 acres.
Liberal Terms Offered.
Briefly the terms of sale are five per
cent cash, or a minimum cash payment
of $50 on each quarter section. The re-
mainder may be paid in forty annual
payments. The lauds are to be sold at
public auction at the court house dool-
in the county iu which they are situ-
The "new college lands" were ac-
quired by the state under the Enabling
Act, passed by Congress June 16, 1906.
They lies in the counties of Major,
Woods, Custer, Dewey, Woodward,
Harper, Bevkham, Roger Mills, Ellis,
Cimarron, Texas and Beaver and are
divided as follows: State university
and A. and M, college, 250,000 acres
each; University Preparatory school,
150,000; Colored A. and M. college,
10,000 acres each;25emfwy....Ah! is sh
100,000; and the State normals, 300,000
acres. These lands approximate 1,-
050,000 acres. They are not leased
and no preference right attaches to
them. The total amount of the school
lands In Oklahoma is 3,126,495 acres.
The Man in Charge.
John N. Shepler, superintendent of
the sales department of the school land
office, la the man in charge of the
sales. Large of body, as well as of
mind, he Impresses one as being par-
ticularly fitted for the huge task that
llee before him. He is, perhaps, by
virtuo of his position, the
"real estate agent'T n the United
(Continued an Page 4.)
Rochester, Minn.. Sept. 21.—Gover-
nor Johnson, three times elected gov-
ernor of Minnesota, a candidate for
the Democratic nomination for presi-
dent of the United States in 1908 and
looked upon by manythroughout the
country as the probabl eDemocratic
j national standard bearer in 1912,
died in St. Mary's hospital here at
3:25 o'clock this morning, following
an operation last Wednesday.
Wife at Bedside.
Gov. Johnson's life hung continu-
ally in the balance until the end
came. So frequently did his condi-
tion change alternately for better and
then for worse that his physicians,
ever hopeful, but none too optimistic,
were able to say at no time since the
operation was performed that the
governor had more than an even
chance for his life. At his bedside
when the end came were Mrs. John
son, Miss Margaret Sullivan, her
friend, Drs. W. J. and Charles H.
Mayo, Drs. C. F. McNevin, Frank a
Day, the Governor's secretary; Fred
B. Lynch, Democratic national com-
mitteeman, and Misses Janie and
Schiller, the Governor's nurses.
Dr. J. W. Mayo stated there were
no traces of blood poisoning and that
the Immediate cause of death was ex-
haustion and heart failure.
It being the fifth day after the oper-
ation, the one when the crisis usually
arrives in a case of this kind
usual apprehension was felt by the
physicians yesterday. Dr. C. H
Mayo, coming from the Governor':
room at 1:30 o'clock yesterday after
noon, said that the patient's wonder
ful endurance indicated almost total
abstinence from stimulants in any
Patient's Wonderful Vitality.
"His vitality is almost that of
child," said the doctor, "and this has
been the greatest factor in prolonging
Considerable encouragement was
felt during the morning when the
Governor took chicken broth aud was
able to retain it. This he' had been un
able to do previously. When Governor
had breathed his last, Mrs. Johnson
who had been in attendance at her
husband's side and who had borne
up bravely under the ordeal, totally
collapsed and was taken to the Sulli
Governor Johnson was in a letharg
ic state during the greater part of the
night, but occasionally was aroused,
especially after coughing, and would
then mutter a few words to Mrs.
Johnson. At times he seemed to wish
that the end might come, for on one
occasion he said:
"My, the time drags slowlyf I am
Lust Words to Wife.
The governor lapsed into uncon-
sciousness at 1 o'clock. Toward the
end he revived and raised himself sev-
eral times to pat his wife on the
cheek. His last words were:
"Well, Nora, 1 guess I'm going; we
have made a brave fight."
Governor Johnson's Career.
John A. Johnson, self-made man,
journalist and Governor of Minnesota,
was born at St. Peter, Minn., of Swed-
ish lineage July 28, 1861. G. Johnson
and Caroline Haden Johnson, his par-
ents, were natives of Sweden. He was
educated in the public schools of his
native town, attending until he was 12
years of age. Then the death of his
father left the support of the family,
in which were several smaller children
upon him and his mother. He left
school and went to work.
His first work was in a drug store
in St. Peter. Working hard and sav-
ing his money, he took a position in
the St. Peter Herald and learn-
ed the newspaper business. Af-
ter a time he wae sable to purchas
an interest in the institution. In a
little while he was owner of the paper.
There It was that he got his first taste
of things political and was fired with
an ambition to become a political lead-
Along with his work at St. Peter, he
becamo a member of the Minnesota
National Guard and was for seven
years consecutively and actively con-
nected with that organization, becom-
ing a captain.
Elected to the state senate from
the 8t Peter district, he served for
two years, beginning In 1902. In 1904
greatest he waa eiected as a Democrat to be
governor of a state heavily and nor-
mally Republican. He was re-elected
In 1906 and 1908. His second term es-
pecially is noted tor the passage at
his urgiug of a law taxiag the sleep-
ing car ompanies operating in tk«
state; for the securing by legislation
and by commission action of the sub-
stantial reduction of freight ratea;
aud the securing of a 2-cent fare I'm-
passenger service on the railways
his state. He was a power among the
Swedish population, which is a large
one in his state, and has never bee*
lefeated for any office to which he as-
pired, when he was in a race bef<®!
the people. He was proposed as a
Democratic candidate for the preside*
In 1908 and has been much talked
ot' for 1912.
One of the things that Is saiil to hare
endeared him to his people was his
pride In his family, his people and his
uative place. His home has always
been in St. Peter. There it was that
his mother lived. In the first campais*
for the governorship it was reported
by his enemies that his parentage was
humble. He admitted it. His friends,
showed that after the death of the
father, when the 12-year-old boy went
to work, his mother, though they had
lived in comparative ease during the
life of his father, took in washing to
help in the care of the orphans. This
was continued until John was suffi-
ciently established to make it unneces-
sary. The stunt was turne dand it is
said to have had a large part in elect-
ing him to office.
Governor Johnson has always been
a deeply religious man without any
vivlclous habits. He was a member
of the Presbyterian church and a
faithful worker. Politically he has
always been a party Democrat and it
is said of him that he never bolted a
platform nor failed to carry out one
which he had support 1 He was mar-
ried ut et. Peter iuue 1, 1894, to Miss
Family History Proved a "Roorback''
io His Opponents.
Minnesota, according to all its his-
torians, never had a better governorr
than Johnson. He fought extrava^
game. He killed steals. He gave the,
state a clean, decent, wise and eco-
nomical administration. And yet
when he was renominated in 1906 tho
Republicans tried to deiuat him. And,
by a curious twist of faith, the very,
means by' which a yellow-streaked*
enemy sought to strangle his chance
of victory became a leading cause of
his success. This brilliant strategist
obtained affidavits from citizens of St.
Peter wherein it appeared that Gover-
nor Johnson's father had died in a."
public Institution. One thousand cop-
ies of these affidavits were secretly
scattered broadcast through the state
Night after night during the heat of
the campaign Republican parades tra^
versed the streets of the big cities
and little towns. Hrass bands tooted
patriotic airs and the carrying signs
and transparencies urging people t*
vote for Robert ('. Dunn, the Repub-
lican candidate for governor, and t
cast their votes against John A. John-
"His father was a drunken loafer."
"His mother took iu washing."
Some of Johnsons supporters
groaned, and for the moment gave up
the fight as lost. They said no inaa
could successfully run for office if
the opposition had such things as that
to say against him. Others impor
tuned Mr. Johnson to issue a most em-
phatic denial aud sue for criminal
slander and libel.
But .Mr. Johnson said there was no
denial to make. What the Republi-
cans were saying about his father aud
mother was. unfortunately, only too
true. To his sorrow he knew that hia
father had been a drunken loafer and'
that his dear old mother had bee#
obliged to take in washing.
But the voters of Republican Minne-
sota were interested in a way tho
Republican politicians never dreamed
of. Is all this true? they asked.
Democrats wrote to Democratic news-
papers and Republicans wrote to Re
publican newspapers to know the
truth. Did that boy Johnson quit
school at 12 aud go to work doing his
noble host to supply the place of hia
worthless father. Did his poor old
mother manage over her washtub to
keep the family together in spite of all
the troubles of those years?
Yes. Yes, tho Republican paper*
loudly boasted; It was the sad truth.
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