The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 29, 1902 Page: 1 of 14
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The Chandler News.
FIRST PAPER PUBLISHED IN LINCOLN COUNTY. H. B. GILSTRAP, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, MAY 29, 1902.
Read the Call for Republican Delegate Convention in this issue of The News
The Republican Platform.
TN one or two of the republican pa-
• pers of the territory we have seen
some discussion as to what the plat-
form to be adopted at the congres-
sional convention should contain.
The terrirorial platform is of more
interest and perhaps of greater im-
portance in what is called the "off"
year than in the year of a national
election, for it is generally true that
when a contest is being waged for
the election of a president the nat-
ional plat'orm obscures the state
platform in a great degree. This
year, however, a great deal of inter-
est is being shown in J.he declarations
of, the several state conventions.
This is partly due to the absence of
the national contest and partly to the
fact that new issues and new condi-
. tions are pressing upon us and people
generally are interested in knowing
'how these issues and conditions will
be met. The straightforward, cour-
ageous manner in which the republi-
can conventions have declared their
position has been a source of pride
to the members of their party. There
has been no dodging, no flinching,'
no waiting to see what the other fel-
lows would do. .As usual, republi-
can conventions have declared for
definite policies, for principles which
they believed to be just and. right,
without waiting for the consent of
any other party on earth. There has
been no disposition to shirk or shift
tne responsibility that properly be-
longs to the republican administra-
tion, nor has there been any hesitancy about en-
dorsing its splendid record. It ghould be the
same in Oklahoma as in the states, for Oklahoma
is soon to be a state." In the past, the needs
of local and territorial interests have 'often
of necessity teceive'd more attention than have
the matters of national interest. This was nat-
ural at the time and it was not improper. The
About Delegate Flynn.
KTOTWITHSTANDING the posi-
^ tive announcement from Dele-
gate Flynn that he would not be a
candidate for renomination and
would not accept the honor if it were
offered him, there has been all along
a disposition on the part of some
representative republicans to insist
upon his being nominated anyhow,
and this feeling seems to be growing
to such an extent that many politi-
cians express the belief that the con-
vention at Enid will turn to him in
the same manner that the El Reno
convention did in 1898. The demo-
cratic papers, while saying in, one
breath that Flynn is not a candidate
because he knows he could not be
elected, assert confidently in the
next moment that he is deliberately
planning to force his own nomina-
tion. Both assertions are untrue and
unfair to Flynn. He is as confident
of republican success as he ever has
been and he is as sincere in his de-
sire not to make the race as any man
ever was. It is not a trick or a
scheme on his part to gain a renomi-
nation, for that would not be neces-
sary. No well informed person will
question the fact that Flynn would
have been nominated by .acclamation
had he said he would be a candidate
and neither he nor his closest friends
are«responsible for the sentiment fa-
voring his nomination regardless of
his objections. This is due to a feel-
ing that we are on the eve of state-
hood and that it is unwise to ask or
' I ~"HE largest-and perhaps the most interesting expect a new and inexperienced man to step in
political convention in the history of Kansas and complete the work which Flynn has begun,
was the republican state convention which met ; It is also an expression of the general confidence
yesterday in Wichita. It was notable not merely in Flynn and the general recognition of his work
for the numbers present, but for the enthusiasm, j and the general desire for him to continue as the
the patriotism, and the confidence in republican leader of the party. The majority of republicans
i success. Ex-Congressman W. J. Bailey was want to send Flynn to.the senate when Oklahoma
governor. When Congressman 1 becomes a state, and many of them do not feel
CHIEF KEOKUK, "THE WATCHFUL FOX." ..
The above portrait fs from a daguerreotype qf the famous chief taken in 1847,
the original of which is in the- possession of the State Historical Society of Iowa.
The cut was secured through the courtesy of'County Attorney J. B. A. Robertson.
. Chief Keokuk was the father of Chief Moses Keokuk, of Sac and Fox Agency, and
the'noble character and unusual ability of the father ar<? the well-known attributes
of the son. . * * •
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questions of free homes and statehood have been j Long referred to Roosevelt as the republican
of far greater and more direct importance to the ; ieader in 1904, the cheers were so loud and pro-
people of this territory than have the questions longed that it was necessary for him to pause for
of national policy. But the free homes ques-j several minutes before finishing his address,
tion is settled, and the matter of statehood is Kansas is with Roosevelt, and Kansas has lots of
: nearly, so, and we are soon to be brought face to
face with new duties and responsibilities.' We
are to bear our share in determining the course
of the nation; our representatives are to have a
vote as well as a voice in congress. In view of
this it certainly is important that we. give more
than usual attention to national issues. The re-
publicans have everthing to gain by this, for they
do not have to go back and apologize for the
position taken by their party in previous cam-
paigns/ The territorial.platform should not ig-
nore home matters, but' it should strongly support
the record and principles of the party nationally.
good company on this proposition—Oklahoma,
among the rest.
A LEADING democratic paper refers to the free
text books proposition as "demagoguery."
Such language from such a source is not at all
surprising. It is but a short time since the same
class of papers referred to the free homes propo-
sition in the same manner, and practically all the
opponents of free schools have belonged to the
same party. The opponents of free speech and
that he should surrender the position, he has held
for ten years past as 'standard bearer of the
party. These are some of the reasons why the
talk of Flynn for the nominee v^ill not cease. It
does not mean that there is any lack of confi-
dence in the several candidates for the republi-
can nomination, for it is obvious that any one of
them has much more to commend him to the con-
fidence of the people of Oklahoma than has the
nominee of the opposition. When Flynn's name
is inseparably connected with every movement
for the advancement and development of Okla-
homa interests, it is not strange that the mind of
the public is loth to accept his "retirement, even
though it may be but temporary, as a necessity.
Fairness to him, however, as well as to the men
of free men were the political kindred of the who in good faith have become candidates, de-
opponents of free homes and free books. j mands that Mr. Flynn shall be taken at his word.
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Gilstrap, H. B. The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 29, 1902, newspaper, May 29, 1902; Chandler, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc117577/m1/1/: accessed March 2, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.