The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 25, 1900 Page: 2 of 14
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TUB CHANDLER NEWS, THURSDAY, OCTOHEK 25, 1900
AN OPEN LETTER.
To Voters and Taxpayers of
CO. CLERK UNDERWOOD
Discusses County Affairs and Gives
Some Interesting Information.
Answers Questions of
Editor Chandler News:
Your publication of the comparison of the
prices paid for supplies, stationery, books,
etc., under the fusion administration of this
county in 1897-98 and the prices paid by
the present republican administration has
apparently disturbed the equilibrium of the
editor of the Chandler Pub and his com-
bination-fixers and 'has caused in their
minds serious doubts as to whether that 700
majority which they have figured out for
their ticket may not be changed by the
honest voters of Lincoln county into a
flattering endorsement of the present repub-
lican officials if the truth becomes known.
It has also created considerable interest
among the voters and a great many of them
have asked me to give a more detailed state-
ment of he facts as shown by the official
records. I had hoped to discuss these mat-
ters with the voters in person, during the
present campaign, but the pressure of offi-
cial duties will prevent me in a measure
from doing this, so I will submit the follow-
ing statement of facts, which may be verified
by an examination of the official records in
my office at any time. I ask from the voters
of the county a careful and unprejudiced
consideration of the matters here presented.
I will first call attention to the difference
in the prices of blanks and stationery under
the late fusion administration and the pres-
ent republican officials: .
Half-sheet blanks, 500 $4.40
Half-sheet blks, 1,000 7.40
Q'r-sheet blks, 300.. .
Q'r-sheet blks, S00.. .
Q'r-sheet blks, per M!
Assessment blks pr M
Envelopes, 61, 500.. .
Envelopes, 10, 500.. .
Small blanks, per 100
The above table shows an average saving
of 32 per cent., or nearly one-third, by the
Money Saved 011 Books.
The republican board is paying for blank
books, medium, per quire, including bind-
ing, from $1.00 to $1.30. The fusionists
paid from $2,00 to $3.12 for the same
class of work.
The fusionists paid $6.66 per hundred
for county warrants, while the republicans
-pay only $2.00 for the same work. They
paid $3.43 per township for township as-
sessment rolls, while the republicans now
pay $1.24 per township. They paid $7.00
per thousand for original and duplicate tax
receipts, while the republicans pay $2.00
per thousand for the same work, and the
printing house pays the freight on all
Some Sample Claims.
I shall not agitate Mr. French by at-
tempting to show in the limited space you
can spare me all the items in the several
bills that have been allowed for supplies, but
I will give a few samples by way of illus-
tration, and I stand ready to prove the
Claim No. 824, allowed Jan., 1898, 20
township assessment rolls for the year 1898,
$68.75. For the year 1899 the 20 town-
ship assessment rolls were purchased (by a
republican board) for $25.00, a saving of
$43.75. For the year 1900 the rolls were
not made in township books, but the cost
to the county was at the same rate as in
Claim No. 825, allowed Jan., 1898, one
8-quire chattel mortgage record, $18.00.
Same book under present contract costs
$10.40, a saving of $7.60.
Claim No. 787, allowed Jan., 1898, one
4-quire cash book, $12.00. Same book
costs now $6.00, a saving of $6.00.
Claim No. 764. allowed Jan., 1898, one
| 6-quire distribution record $14.50. Same
book costs now $7.30. One 6-quire road
S record $12.00. Would cost now $6.00.
' One 6-quire city and real estate tax record,
$16.00. Would cost now $7.20, a saving
of $8.80. Two 6-quire personal tax rec-
ords, $32.00. These books cost now $14.-
40, a saving of $17.60'.
Claim No. 536, allowed Nov., 1897, one
8-quire deed record, $18.50. Same costs
now $10.40, a saving of $8.10. Three
books (600) warrants, $40.00. Cost now
$12.00, a saving of $28.00.
Sample of French's Graft.
Claim of W. H. French, allowed in Jan.,
1898, for printing 15,000 assessment
blanks, $71.25. In April, 1900, H. B.
Gilstrap was paid for printing 15,000 assess-
ment blanks $45.00, a difference of $26.25.
Other items of expense are shown and
other comparisons are made in the table
which you publish on another page of your
What French is After.
I believe these facts will show the ani-
mus which inspires the ink- and mud-
slinger of the Publicist. He has been sub-
sisting upon the husks and cobs for the past
two years and, perchance, the larder is
running low and he wants to get his graft
in on the county again. While there may
not be very much in furnishftig the blanks
and stationery and publishing the commis-
sioners' proceedings at the present prices,
Mr. Gilstrap is still able to continue his
business and furnish a good paper. Mr.
French would like very much to get this
work at his old prices, and he is determined
to do this if it is possible to do so, whether
by fair means or foul. Of course we be-
lieve he would like to secure the election of
the entire fusion ticket, but we as sincerely
believe that if it becomes necessary for him
to do so he will sacrifice every mother's son
of thei in order to secure the election of
the fusion candidates for county commis-
sioners and the county clerk. Upon these
officers depends his financial prosperity and
■ his bread and butter. But what do the
1 voters of Lincoln county think about it?
Would they not prefer a continuance of the
economical management of their county
affairs such as we have had during the past
two years to the supporting of a leech like
French at the public expense?
i French says in his paper of Oct. 5th,
1900: "If a saving of 48 per cent, was
made on all supplies bought for Lincoln
county, what was done with the $2,080.73
which Mr. Underwood tells us in his report
was spent on supplies?" Why did French
not have his emissaries who have been re-
cently investigating the records of the
county clerk's office answer the above ques-
tton for him? They are the same men
j who did a little figuring two years ago. One
of them is represented to be the great and
| only expert figurer in Lincoln county, if
! not in Oklahoma. Was French alraid that
j the figures of these experts might disagree
j as badly as they did two years ago? They
made three financial statements at that time
no two of which agreed, and neither of
which the people believed was true. Some
one of this gang has been figuring again—
yes, maybe there have been two or three of
them—but it is not very likely that their
statements will be believed this year any
more than they were two years ago. They
do not deny the figures that you give in
your comparison of expenses, neither do
they tell where they get some of the figures
that they use. I will, however, give Mr.
French some of the information for which
he asks, but which he does not want.
Where the Supply Fund Went.
suppose it is not forgotten that we had a
smallpox epidemic in this county during last
year and that the control of such diseases is
entirely in the hands of the board of health,
they having almost unlimited power to cre-
ate any expense that in their judgment
might seem necessary, and the board of
county commissioners having to pay or pro-
vide for the payment of the expenses thus
incurred. This dread scourge cost in this
county $5,499.83, a part of which was paid
out of the funds levied for the ordinary con-
tingent expenses of the county. It was en-
tirely an extraordinary expense, unprovided
for, and increased the current expense by
It is no doubt remembered that prior to | thg amQunt paid in cash
the incumbency of the present republican
officials the former board had bought an
iron fence for the court yard and contracted
The court expenses for the year ending
for the construction of the fence, or a part' June 30, 1900, were $4,958.85. The aver-
of it. The present board of commissioners j age cost of the courts for the year 1900 over
completed that fence and ordered the war- j the average of court costs for the three pre-
rants drawn on the supply fund in the sum i ceding years rt'as $2,416.88. The increased
of $348.50. \ cost of the board of prisoners wij $1,018.
The judge of the district court requested ; The estimated increase in sheriff's fees on
account of the greater number of criminal
prosecutions and arrests was $600.
certain changes made in the court room,
and the changes were made and paid for
out of the supply fund to to the amount
A plant for the lighting of the court
When the present
room and county offices was put in and paid t0°k charge of affairs
for out of the supply fund at a cost of
The wood for the use of the county was
paid for out of the supply fund, amounting
One Source cf Expense,
The people of the county had determined
that law should be enforced and respected,
that good order should be maintained, and
that the lives and property of citizens should
be secure, no matter what the cost; that
the conditions prevailing prior to that time,
when it was not safe for a man to own a
good horse should cease; that the robbers
and desperadoes should no longer overawe
the gqod people of the county. They or"
ganized themselves, therefore, into protect-
ive associations to assist the officers of the
law in ferreting out and arresting these
criminals and bringing them to justice. Say
what you will about Sheriff Carter, he was
not defeated in the convention because he
failed to do his duty, for in no instance did
he fail to do all in his power to arrest and
hold those who violated the law.' We also
had a county attorney who prosecuted hon-
estly and faithfully with all the ability he
was able to bring to his aid the criminals
arrested. The members of the A. H.
T. A. did not appeal to either of these
officers vain, and they, as well as Carter and
Newby, are deserving of great credit-
for the good order that now prevails in the
county. When they learn from this paper
that a large part of the increased cost of
running the county for this year was due to
the expense of prosecuting criminals, they
will not be dissatisfied with the expense nor j
the results of their commendable efforts.
incumbents in office
it was learned that
there were outstanding old county warrants
in the sum of $1,274.74, a part of which
had been included in the warrants for which
the $43,000 of funding bonds had been
issued, but parties had been permitted to go
into 'court and get judgments against the
county and had accepted judgment bondsj
thereby increasing the cost to the county
by the amount of the court costs, which
was no small item. There was in the fund
arising from the sale of the refunding bonds
the sum of $2,414.16. As parties holding
outstanding warrants were still bringing
suit and largely increasing the costs, no re
sistance being made, it was thought to be a
good business policy to pay these warrants
on presentation. This has been done, and
there was paid of these warrants during
the year 1900 $575.51 of the principal, be-
sides the accrued interest, leaving a balance
of this warrant indebtedness unpaid at this
date of $206.29.
The amount of smallpox expense paid
out of the various funds during the year
The Net Expense.
The court yard fence ana the repairs on
court house and jail were $921.99, making
a total amount, not properly chargeable to
the current expense, of $6,776.53. De-
ducting these extraordinary expenses from
the $26,500.41 leaves a balance of actual
current expense of $19,723.88.
The interest account does not vary from
year to year, and I need not refer to that
i except to say that the present administra-
tion has refunded the judgment bonds at a
As many as 34 such criminals or men
charged with crime were in the county jail
at one time, and 19 of them were sent to
the penitentiary. The sheriff bought hand-
cuffs, leg irons, and chains to the amount
of $102, and they were paid for out of the
Other miscellaneous items were paid for
out of this fund to the amount of $277.49.
Books and stationery were paid for out of
this fund to the amount of $998.60, making
a total of $2,080.73. If the former admin-
istration had bought the books and station-
ery included in this statement they would
have cost the county $1 497.90 instead of
About the Current Expenses.
The Pub man also refers to the report for
lower rate of interest, thereby decreasing
the annual interest by $240.00, and the
county will receive, when the exchange of
the new bonds for the old is completed, a
premium of $562.50.
There has been paid out of the sinking
fund on refunding orders during the year
1900 for taxes illegally collected during the
former administration, the sum of $231.58.
Lands had been sold and tax deeds issued
when the taxes had been paid and the
owners held the receipts therefor. Other
lands had escaped taxation altogether. The
| present county treasurer has notified the
owners of the lands personally that they
were about to be sold and has thus enabled
the delinquents to straighten up their titles.
Neither the present officers nor their
deputies have taken advantage of the
the year 1900 in which it is shown that the knowledge gained by reason of their posi-
total current expenses for the year ending tions to speculate upon delinquent lands,
June 30, 1900, was $26,500.41. Now I (Continued on next page.)
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Gilstrap, H. B. The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 25, 1900, newspaper, October 25, 1900; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc115947/m1/2/: accessed September 25, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.