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Oklahoma State Register.
EIGHTEEENTH YEAR, NO. 41 GUTHRIE, OKLA.,
THURSDAY, DECEMBER. 23 1909
Copenhagen University Report
Shatters Completely Cook's
Claims to the Pole Discovery
Document* Submitted by
The documents handed the commis-
sion of the University of Copenhagen
for examination are:
1. A typewritten report prepared by
Dr. Cook's secretary, Walter Lons-
dale, and covering sixty-one pages of
2. A typewritten copy made by Mr.
Longsdaie from Dr. Cook's notebooks.
This occupies sixteen pages of fools-
cap and includes a description of the
expedition during the period from
March 18, 1908, to June 13, 1908, dur-
ing which, according to the statement
Dr. Cook Journeyed from Svartevog
to the North Pole and returned to a
Point on the Polar ice not specifically
indicated but west o fthe Axel Hei-
The papers were not accompanied
"by a private letter from Dr. Cook but
Secretary Longsdale stated verbally
to the commission that the original
notes and books of the explorer from
which his copies wree made had been
sent to Europe by another route as a
precautionary measure and would be
delivered to the university in the
course of a couple of days.
Claims Accurate Duplicate.
In presenting the data Mr. Longs-
dale stated explicitly and repeatedly
that the copy numbered two was a
complete and accurate duplicate of
the information contained in all of
Dr. Cook's notbooks and that could be
of any importance to the university
for the purpose of this examination.
No Original Notes Presented,
In spite of the explorer's promise
and his secretary's assurance that
they would be forthcoming, the com
mission is not yet in possession of the
origipal notebooks and diaries.
Up to 10 this time it has been Im
possible for the university authorities
to re-establish communication with
Dr. Cook, which was suspended some
time ago. The explorer's address is
not known here even to Secretary
After the members of the examining
committee had made themselves ac-
quainted individually with the mater-
ial delivered and so convinced them-
selves of its utter worthlessness as a
means of determining whether Dr.
Cook reached the pole, the president
of, the committee, Prof. Stromgren,
called a general meeting of the com-
mittee for last Friday,w hen the re-
port to the university, and which is
now made public, was drawn tip.
I.onsdale Is Questioned.
Lonsdale, who had been invited to
this meeting to answer some ques-
tions, brought with him a letter,
which he had received from Cook,
which bore neither the place nor date
of its writing. The opened envelope
however, bore the postmark Marseilles
December 14. 1909. The same enve-
lope contained a letter addressed by
i'ook to the former rector of the uni-
versity of Copenhagen, Prof. Torp.
The letter to Torp was dated New
York, Sept. 27. 1909. In his letter to
Prof. Torp, Cook states that not only
were his instruments left at Etah. but
most of his astronomical observations
were left there, and he adds that with-
out these it seems unwise and im-
possible to pass a final judgment up-
on his expedition. The committee
finds as follows:
Finding of Committee.
1. The report of the expedition sent
to the university by Dr. Cook is the
same as that printed in the New
York Herald during the months of
September and October last.
2. The copy of Cook's notebooks
does not contain any original astrano-
mical observations whatsoever, but
3. The documents presented are in-
excusably lacking in information
which would prove that the astrono-
mical observations therein referred
to were really made, and, also con-
tain no details regarding the practical
work of tlie expedition and the long
journey which would enable the com-
mittee to determine their reliability.
"Contain no Proof."
The committee therefore is of the
opinion that the material transmitted
for examination contains no proof that
Dr. Cook reached the Pole.
The report is signed by all six mem-
bers of the committee who were as-
sisted in their inquiry by Knud Ras-
mussen, the explorer.
The university council issued this
"The documents handed to the uni-
versity for examination do not con-
tain observations and information
which can be regarded as proof that
Dr. Cook reached the North Pole on
his recent expedition."
Personnel of Committee.
The committee representing the uni-
versity of Copenhagen in the examina-
tion was composed as follows: Prof.
Ells Stromgren, director of the astro-
nomical observatory: Dr. C. F. Pe-
chuls, astronomer attached to the ob-
servatory; Gustav Helm, explorer;
Prof. A. B. Yonson, president of the
school of Navigation; Dr. Royder, dl
rector o fthe meteorological office and
Dr. F. A. Engstrom, director of the
Loose's Data Not Usei
( apt. loose's observations wero not
used in the papers Cook submitted to
Discredited by His Friends.
New York, Dec. 21.—Thus ends one
of the most fascinating chapters in
all the romances of exploration. Hon
ored by the king of Denmark, herald-
ed by the University of Copenhagen,
garlanded with wreaths of roses by
the City of New York and acclaimed
by thousands the length and breadth
of the land as the bravest man who
ever dared the silent terrors of the
Artie, Dr. Frederick A. Cook stands
tonight discredited in the house of his
friends. Not a word from him in de-
fense or explanation. Nothing but
disavowals from his partisans in the
controversy that lias raged about him
ever since he first flashed word from
Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, to
"Successful; well; address Copen-
Even that address tonight is lack-
ing. Only his brother still stands
stubbornly by him. refusing to believe
that the verdict of the University of
Copenhagen has been correctly repor-
Interest tonight centers to three
Where is the doctor?
What will he have to say for him-
What will he do for himself?
Charles Wake, a close friend, and
Dr. Cook's brother in Brooklyn, both
say that he is at Christionsand, Nor-
way, with his wife, but that the
children are at school in this country.
"Well," answered the doctor, "if
the university should find against me
I believe I should go back among the
Eskimos of Southern Greenland and
try to carry on there such a medical
mission as Dr. Grenfell has made
Henry Wellington Wack, Dr. Cook's
lawyer and the friend who Is the auth-
ority for the above statement, were
both asked tonight how much money
Ourcountry must now leave this sad
affair to America and to Cook."
Rasmussen Abandons Dr. Cook.
In an interview, Knud Rasmussen
The university would not call me
at first because I was one of Cook's
strongest supporters. I.ater, however,
I was invited to the investigation, and
when I saw the observations, I real-
ized It was a scandal. My confidence
In Cook has been based on personal
impressions and also on the testimony
of the Eskimos when they all said
that he had mads the trip from Cape
Sparbo to Etah, and such a trip dur-
ing the dark of winter would suffice
to make a man famous. But the pap-
ers which Cook sent to Copenhagen
are almost impudent. No schoolboy
could make such calculafions. It is a
most childish attempt at cheating.
about 200 census enumerators In his
district, and that appointments will
be made closely along civil service
lines, which assures efficient and
thoroughly capable men to do the
While in the city Mr. Berkey is
meeting old friends anil renewing ac-
quaintances. He will return to
Guthrie early Tuesday morning.
COMPLETE ENUMERATOR'S DIS-
TRICTING PLAN SENT TO
WASHINGTON BY SUPER-
VISOR BEN. F. BERKEY.
Supervisor Benj. F. Berkey and
Chief Clerk Jayne inform us that
they have completed and forwarded
Cook has killed himself by liis own tQ the Dlrector of Census at Washing-
commodore Hovgaard, the explorer' ton a complete list or plan of the
said: ; enumerator's districts included in the
"Although it has not been proven pirBt Congressional District, which is
thnt Cook .lid not reach the pole. 1 can i c0_extenalve with the census district
onlv regard Cook now as an impost- I
er | as formulated by the Department.
i The local office under advice from
OSAGE INDIANS CONTENT. j the Department has made careful and
I exhaustive investigation with refer-
Lawycr Says Mexico Cannot Lure tlicm . ence to municipal township lines and
From Oklahoma. i boundaries, together with county lines
Kansas City Journal j and meandered streams, also making
"The members of the Osage tribe a careful inquiry and personal ob-
are not going to move to Mexico or | sei'vation of the expansion of the
any other place so far as we know." j principal cities and numerous towns
said Eugene Scott a prominent at- ; aui villiages, many of which have
torney of Pawhuska, Ok., at the Vic- sprung, mushroom-like, into existence
toria Hotel. "The Osages are the and become incorporated municipalit-
rochest of the Indian tribes in the j jes since the advent of statehood.
United States. The all own home- it is predicted that a remarkable
steads which they are not permitted 1 growth in population as well as a
by the government to dispose of and 1 niarked increase in the development
they each have a deposit of $.",000 0f agricultural and mineral resources
MILLIONS STOLEN FROM THE GOVL MENT IN
SMUGGLING GOODS IN NEW YORK. * 'WENTY-
SEVEN MILLIONAIRES AL ARRESTED
New York, Dec. 21.—The federal today as a part of a gigantic custom*
grand jury has returned twenty-seven1 frauds that have been disclosed in
Indictments against dressmakers, mil-,y°rk l .
liners and importers of laces and silks' Following closely upon the indict-
who are charged with conspiracy to ments ot twenty-seven of the alleged
defraud the government by smuggling f° s,l>irat°rs by the federal grand jury
trunkfuls of fine fabrics. The United in NeY ^ orl|; two ' hk'a«° dressmak-
States marshal's men today arrested «"• ,wh°Be alleged fraudulent dealings
thirteen dressmakers, or representat- | di8Ci°B,ed_.^,e '
Ives of dressmaking concerns, and a
with Uncle Sam at Washington
which they draw interest quarterly.
Many of the Osages have become
wealthy as the result of their interest
in oil and gas oeprators.
"Occasionally some of the
will be shown over the census of 1907
which was taken on the eve of state-
The enumeration and statistical
data collected at this time will be
full, more thorough and far reaching, and
completed, compiled and tabula
they thought Dr. Cook had made from hloods make visits with other tribes when c
the sale of his narrative to newspap- and several of these have gone to ted, will furnish a volume of inter-
Mexico at various times. Inducements esting and useful information to the
have been offered them to settle there, country at large.
ers in this country and abroad
from his lectures.
"More than $80,000," said
"More than $100,000," said
Both agreed that should the doctor
elect to spend the remainder of his
days in the retirement he has lately
chosen, he need never want for com-
The board of aldermen who voted
Dr. Cook the freedom of the eity on
his return to this country has now
before it a resolution introduced today
to withdraw its grant.
Peary Says, "I Told Yon So."
Washington, Dec. 21.—"Three
months ago from the Labador coast, I
sounded an explicit and deliberately
worded warning to the world based
upon complete and accurate informa-
tion, in regard to Cook's claims. In
doing so I accepted the responsibility
devolving upon me and fulfilled my
duty to myself and to the world."
With these words Commander
Peary pointedly expressed his senti-
ments regarding the failure of the
university of Copenhagen to find any
proof of the discovery of the North
Pole by Dr. Cook.
Copenhagen, Dec. 21.—The report of
the special committee of scientists
which the university of Copenhagen
appointed to scrutinize Dr. F. A.
Cook's claims that he had discovered
the North Pole was submitted to a
consistory of the university this
morning, indorsed by that body and
given to the public.
The report shatters completely, al-
most contemptuously, the American
explorer's claims to such discovery
and fills the officials and people of
Denmark with chagrin at the figure
Denmark is made to appear in the
view of the scientific world. The
public was prepared for a verdict of
not proven," but it did not expect its
recent hero to be branded as an im-
poster. Many still cling to the belief
that Cook acted in good faith, but
harbored a delusion.
Scientists lose Faith in Cook.
Explorers and scientists, almost
unanimously, have lost faith In Cook's
honesty, while one of his warmest
supporters, Knud Rasmussen, helped
to frame the university report. The
evening papers attack Cook and se-
verely reproach him for biding, which
they regard as a sign of a guilty con-
science. The rector of the university
Dr. Torp, when questioned as to the
possibility of the university canceling
the degree which had been conferred
upon Cook, said no decision had been
reached, but he thought the degree
could be withdrawn.
Explorer Believes Cook a Swindler.
Commodore Gustav Holm, the Artie
explorer, and a member of the com-
"Cook's claim that he made the ob-
servation 89 degrees 59 minutes and
46 seconds nea rthe Pole proved Im-
mediately that he was a bad observer,
but nothing indicated that he was a
swindler. Now, his papers convict
him of being a swindler. We exam-
ined Cook's observations thoroughly
and agreed unanimously that they
Prof. Olufson, secretary to the
Danish Geographical Society, said:
"It is the saddest event in my life.
As an explorer there seems to be no
doubt that Cook Is entirely unreli-
Danish Newspaper's Criticism.
The National Tldende,. while deplor-
ing that the university conferred the
degree in a moment of enthusiasm,
finds consolation In the fact that
others honored Cook when he return-
ed to civilization.
"The President of his own country
and its envoys to Copenhagen," says
customs employee who Is alleged to
have been Instrumental In slipping
trunks through without payment of
It was said at the United States
District Attorney's office that the
"sleeper trunk" conspiracy was so
successful for five years thnt it ?ost
the government about a million dol-
lars a year in stolen duties.
The fraud scheme was designed in
1604, by a former customs oificial
named Frank Fawcett, who is now
dead. He lost his position in the ser-
vice pnd went to Paris with an Idea
1 nhis head. Before he quit New
York he had impressed a good many
importers of dresses anil acjs and
silks and millinery with the possibili-
ties of his scheme, and he began to
work it as soon as he got on tlie other
side. According to the United States
District Attorney's office, Philip A.
Philipson, a customs man arrested to-
day, was Fawcett's agent on this side.
Philipson was at work on the pier of
the American and Red Star lines,
where he coul ddo the most good.
Ifc used the Passenger List.
Fawcett originated the idea of
studying the passenger list containing
names of Americans who were return-
ing home from France. A3 soon as
he had picked a few names. He got
together trunkfuls of material! pur-
the promise of the good old hunting
grounds which the Indians of today
miss more than anything else. One of
the bad features of the visit to Mexi-
co has been the introduction of the
Mescal berry into the .tribe. These
berries are strongly narcotic and ren-
der the user Insensible after a time.
"There has been no agitation
among the tribesmen for a change in
their reservation and such agitation
would be without result, as the In-
dians are pretty well satisfied that
they could not duplicate the advantag-
es they now have anywhere in the
JOSE MADRIZ GIVEN OVA-
TION AT MANAGUA.
Candidate for President of Nicaragua
Is Greeted by a Large Crowd.
Managua. Dec. 19,—Jose Madriz,
judge of the Central American Court
of Justice at Cartago who has been
put forward as a candidate for the
presidency, received an enthusiastic
reception on his arrival today.
Long before he reached the capital
he was the object of cheering crowds.
He was met and acclaimed all along
the way from Coninto. At this place
the crowds awaiting the appearance
of the car.iiidate were extraordinary.
Troops were out for the protection of
Madriz who proceedon foot to a ho-
tel through a mass of citizens, the
soldieds and detectives breaking the
way through the solid ranks, pushing
and throwing aside the frantic people.
In front of the park there were hos-
tile cries against the attempt of the
soldiers to clear the streets, and im-
mediately fifty civilians, all of them
residents of Leon, which is the home
of Madriz and the stronghold of the
Liberals who favor him as a candi-
date, whipped out revolvers, banish-
ing them in the air. They formed a
compact mass around Madriz, acting
as his body guard, and escorted him
to his quarters.
For a moment the situation was
critical. There were shouts of "Viva
Leon! To h—1 with Managua!"
No shots were fired, and the proces-
sion went on Its way. Madriz's face
was flushed. He was accompanied to
the hotel by the Mexican Minister, and
from this plaee the crowds were shut
o the paper, "were the guarantors for
young girls, accorded the freedom of him. Denmark alone did not blunder.
CENSUS SUPERVISOR I\ EMI)
Hen. F. Rerkey of (iuthrle 011 Business
to Arrange District
Hon. Ben. F. Berkey is in the city
today from the capital city. Mr. Ber-
key is census supervisor for this dis-
trict, and came over to arrange the
boundaries for the census takers in
the city of Enid, of which there will
be eleven, and to get in touch with the
situation in tills county, in regard to
the work to be done. Mr. Berkey
stated that no appointments of cen-
sus enumerators will be made until
after the first of the year,and the work
will begin April 15.
Mr. Berkey has established office
headquarters at Guthrie, appointed
most of his force and got down to
work in the arranging of the details
for the work to be done in taking the
eleventh census. Incidently Mr. Ber
key Is one of the best men In the First
Congressional district and although a
republican, never forgets that ho has
democratic friends whom he likes and
who like hlin.No better or more popular
appointment could have been made to
this position than Mr. Berkey and he
will so conduct his work that it will
be eminently satisfactory to his su
perlors the people of this district and
reflect credit upon himself.
Mr. Berkey stated that there will be
Aside from the enumeration of pop-
ulation, a complete report of the live
stock and amount of land in cultiva-
tion, together with the area and
acreage made use of for grazing pur-
poses will be shown.
A careful statistical report of mines
manufactures and quarles will be
made showing the general growth in
this class of industries, which when
compiled will show the comparison
between states and localities and will
be of untold interest to Investors.
ed and will be held for trial. Evi-
dence Is now in the hands of the cus-
toms authorities and the Department
of Justice showing that the govern-
ment has been defrauded to the ex-
tent of about 6 million dollars by the
operations of the conspirators.
eWalthy patrons of the fashionable
dressmakers are believed to have been
among the beneficiaries of the frauds
and before theinvestlgation ends the
names of some of them may be drawn
Into the case in a very embarrassing
Smuggling of model gowns, wo-
men's dresses, silks, laces and dress-
making materials from France, Great
Britlan and Belgium are charged by
the department of justice officials say
It has been going on for years. Mak-
ers of gowns for the leite in New
York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Bos-
ton are already under indictment, and
indictment ot others from these cities
as well as Milwaukee, Minneapolis,
St. Louis, San Francisco and possibly
some other places of like size are lik-
ely to follow. While the two arrests
were being made in Chicago this af-
ternoon, thirteen of the alleged con-
spirators Were taken into custody in
New York by deputy marshals.
The women arrested in Chicago are
Mrs. May K. Weber, better known as
Madame Whitney and her sister, Mrs.
Katherine Swartz, who conduct a
dress making business, catering to the
chased by his dressmaking clients in society folk of Chicago at 1521 Michi-
New York, labeled them with the | gan avenue. Joseph Weber, husband
names of the persons he had selected j of "Madame Whitney" conducts an
from the steamship lists and got them j oriental rug store in the Wellington
to the French piers after the persons | Hotel Building. Mrs. Schwartz's hus-
had sailed for New York or Boston. ■ band is Albert Schwartz, a commer-
These trunks were then considered as cial traveler.
"it ft overs," that Is, trunk* that had I
ANOTHER SCHOOL L.lJiil SALE
Tliird Division ot State Domain to be
I'laoed 011 the Market.
According to Secretary Ed. Cassidy,
of the school land commisison, the
sales department has completed the
preliminary arrangements for the
sale of the third division of the state
school lar.ds. At a meeting to be held
the first of next week the commission
will probably set March 14 as the
day to begin on the thelrd division of
school lands in Stephens county, im-
mediately after the sale of the lands
in Pottawatomie county is completed.
Following the sale of the state land
in Stephens county, sales will be held
In the following Western Oklahoma
counties in the order named: Jeffer-
son, Greer, Harmon, Beckham, Paw-
nee, Noble, Kay, Grant, Alfalfa, Maj-
ors, Woods, and Woodward. The
commission hopes to complete the sale
in the third division, closing with
Woodward County, on June8.
On June 20, unless something unfor-
seen occurs, will begin the sale of the
1.U50.000 acres of "New College"
lands located in Northwestern Okla-
homa upon which the lessees have po
preference right nor improvement.
This land will be sold to the highest
and best bidder. Most of it is graz-
ing land and unimproved, hence the
department anticipates keen competi-
tion in the bidding. The land is ap-
praised from $3 to $5 an acres.
Secreary Cassidy states that the
"New College" lands in Texas, Cimar-
ron and Beaver counties located in
the Panhandle, or "No Man's land,"
will be the first put on the sale.
Secretary Cass'dy states that the
sale of the 60,000 acres of rich agri-
cultural land in Lincoln county is
beenforgotten cr mislaid by their
owners in the confusion of sailing.
They were seat here on the next
On the side, Philipson and two em-
plojees of the American and lied Star
Line Pier, Robert Schwartz and Thom-
as Murphy, according to the gcvein-
mci-t prosecutors, att nded to the final
details of getting the trunkful of
smuggled fabrics safely by the custom
guards. Schwartz and Murphy were
accused of having devised a trolley,
by which the trunks were shot from
the steamships that brought them to
end of an adjo'ning pier where
,hf,ie were no customs inspectors on
duty. It was Philipson's business then
according to to the District Attorney,
to hustle the trunks into wagons for
delivery to the dressmakers that
were expecting them.
The Agents got half, the Importers
One trunk case of this kind came to
light when It was discovered that
two trunks bearing the name of Miss
Nellie Grant Sartoris were not Miss
Sartoris's at all. but were the proper-
ty of smugglers.
The agents of the conspiracy were
paid 50 per cent of what the duties
would have been by the dressmakers
and importers, who benefited by the
scheme. Government officials said to-
day that there was no way to tell ex-
actly how much money the schemers
had made, but they figured that at
least two hundred trunksful of fine
fabrics had been smuggled in every
year since 1904, and that the govern-
ment had lost easily 1 million dollars.
The arests tcday were made I11 con-
nection with this kind of smuggling.
Alfred J. O'Donovan, Ellen McNamara
Margaret M. Sntith and John Mc-
Morrough were released on $1,500
Thirteen Arrests jet to be Made.
Caroline Windmuller, whose busi-
ness name is ".Madame Thurn," was
required to furnish $5,000 bail; Alice
McEvoy $1,500, and August Wick-
strom $2,500. Annie E. Conlin was par-
oled In custody of her counsel. Philip
with being an
progressing nicely and that in al-
most every instance the lessees are! A. Philipson charged
bidding in their land at the appraised j agent of the conspiracy had his bail
value, but in amny instances where, 0f $5,000 continued by Judge Holt
Teresa F. Hannon and Thomas F. J
the improvements on the land are
slight the lessees are required to pay
more than the appraised value on ac-
count of outside competition. He
says also that the lessees are well
satisfied with the outcome of the sale
and are only too glad to get their
land at the appraised value which
they claim was too high a year ago.
WOMAN WHOSE SON CLAIM'S
Baroness Vaughan, widow of King
I^eopold II of Belgium, whose Inheri-
tance of his great fortune will plunge
the Belgian royal family into a scan-
dalous fight. The baroness said she
would make no scandal if she were
left alone, and asserted she was the
king's lawful widow, having been
married to him at San Romo, Italy,
in June last, a statement which was
later confirmed by the Vitican. But
the absence of a civil marriage leaves
her Bon without valid claim to the
throne under the Belgian laws. Indig-
nation against the baroness became
Intense after the contents of Leopol'ds
will became known. It is said the
baroness will be expelled from the
Hannon were released after their
bond of $5,000 each had been continu
ed by the court. The other prisoners
Margaret Donaldson, Mary Kenney
and Teresa Mahoney, will be arraign-
ed tomorrow. Judge Holt notified all
the defendants to be In court January
3, when he would set the time of their
On the twenty-seven Indictments
there are thirteen arrests yet to be
made, and it Is expected that Marshal
Henkel will gather In tomorrow all of
the dressmakers that he can get his
hands on. The indictments fix the
time of the fraud from 1906 to the
present, because, on account of the
statute of limitations, it is impossible
to prosecute on the score of alleged
crimes committed more than three
Fraud Inquiry Implicates Dressmakers
in Chicago and other Cities.
Chicago. Dec. 21.—An Internationa'
smuggling conspiracy discovered In
Chicago and Involving custom house
employees, fashionable dressmakers
of perhaps a dozen American cities,
transfer company agents and ocean
steamships' baggage men, developed
REPUBLICAN EDITORS' MEETING
State Committee Chairman Indorses
Idea to tiatlier at Shan nee, on
"I heartily endorse the movement
originating with L011 Allard, editor of
the Shawnee- Daily News, for a con-
ference of the republican newspaper
men of the state In Shawnee on Dec-
ember 27, and I urge every republi-
can editor to attend and assist in
forming an organization that will be
of vast influence in the coming state
campaign," said James A. Harris,
chairman of the republican state com-
mittee today. "I consider that the
state press is the most powerful med-
ium through which to reach the tax-
payers and voters, always and educa-
tional and instructive medium. I real-
ize that at all times very much de-
pends upon the newspaper man to
achievo results, and I liav^e never
known the newspaper men of this
State to falter when the call to arms
"It is my intention to attend the
conference of editors at Shawnee, and
I would be pleased to meet ecvery
republican newspaper man in the
state there on that occasion."
Mr. Harls said that he will issue an
of the state for the Shawnee confer-
LIVE 11EASTS FROM ROOSEVELT
Five Lions and a Variety of Other Anl-
111,'lie Go to Washington Zoo.
Philadelphia, Dec. 18.—Five Hons, a
leopard, and a variety of other wild
animals, the gift of ex-President
Roosevelt to the Zoo at Washington,
were unloaded today from the Ger-
man steamer Moltke. The work of
unloading the baests was a ticklish
undertaking for the longshoremen,
and a large crowd watched the opera-
The animals were given to Colonel
Roosevelt by an African ranchman
who captured them when they were
young. The five lions and the leop-
ard are shiped direct to Washington.
The other animals, including two
heartbeestes, two elands, one gazelle,
one warthog and one waterbuck, were
taken to the Philadelphia Zoological
Gardens, where they will remain in
quarentlne for fifteen days, after
which they will be sent to the na-
WRIT OF MANDAMUS DECISION
Taylor Election Law Involved—Copy
Secretary of State Cross received a
copy of the Supreme Court decision
in the Taylor election laws which is-
sued a preemptory writ of mandamus
against the official and requires the
acceptance of petitions offered by the
Republican State Commute as filed.
Secretary Crojs said his office would
take no action until a member of the
committee requested that the names
be detached, and following that the
sufficiency of the petition would be
looked into. Republicans are reques-
ting a referendum vote upon the Tay-
lor act, and according to its informa-
tion nt the Secretary's office, Social-
ists have also circulated petitions
against the proposed law.
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Golobie, John. Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 23, 1909, newspaper, December 23, 1909; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc112681/m1/1/: accessed February 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.