The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 18, 1902 Page: 1 of 16
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The Chandler News
FIRST PAPER PUBLISHED IN LINCOLN COUNTY. H. B. GILSlR.vP bDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, DECEMBER 18, 1902.
Bridge Deal Again.
' J ^UESDAY was the day set
opening the bids for the pur-
chase of bridges in accordance with
the advertisement of the county com-
missioners. Quite a number of bids
were received and several of the bid-
ders were represented in person.
Most of the bids were in the neighbor-
hood of $12,000, but there was one
bid of $7,500 from a Texas firm.
The other bidders claimed that this
one was not bona fide, and it was
charged by one speaker that the
Texas people and the county clerk
were in collusion and that the bid
was only a "straw" bid, offered for
the purpose of preventing a contract
being entered into. The county
clerk replied that so far as he knew
the party submitting the bid was re-
liable and capable of'performing the
work and that his intention was to
look after the interests of the county
in the matter ; that he had believed
that the bridges could be put in for
less money than was contracted for
last August, and still believed that
this could be done. He suggested
that since there was a difference of
nearly $4,000 between the Texas bid
and the lowest of the others, the fair
thing, in the interests of the taxpay-
ers, for the commissioners to do,
would be to telegraph the Texas man
to come here and to see if he could
not make a good contract and a good bond. The
county clerk argued that even if the Texas con-
..SANTA CLAUS REMEMBERED TOO
Within a land whose mighty name and borders I forget
There reigns a king whose merry deeds to ragtime should be set.
• He has no taste for war or strife, but spends his days in sport,
And all with skill to crack a joke are welcome at his court.
Now it befell at Christmastide, as oft it had before,
The courtiers laughed and joked so much that they could
joke no more.
'Twas then the merry monarch said: "I seek for a surprise,
Much gold I'll give to him who can another prank devise."
0 Then up and spake a little lad, scarce bigger than my fist,
He whispered in the monarch's ear. The monarch answered "hist!"
He gravely blessed the little chap, and, with a mighty shout,
He bade them bring his thickest furs and lead his horses out.
Then to the home of Santa Claus his jolly court he led;
They only hit the highest spots, so rapidly they sped.
At length adown the chimney wide they stumbled, one and all,
And, choked with soot and smoke, about the kitchen floor did sprawl.
They brought a store of presents out the best of every kind;
They heaped the tables high and stuffed each stocking they could find.
They frightened Mrs. Santa Claus within an ^ce of death,
But this the merry monarch cried when he had found his breath:
"You need not fear our merry rout nor be upon your guard;
We've come to give good Santa Claus a merited reward."
Then home they started in a flash, a happy band of men,
For they had played a worthy prank that should be played again.
And when you think of all the things that he has brought to you
You should be glad that Santa Claus had been remembered too.
cern was not reliable, two or three days delay
would hurt nothing, while if it was a reliable firm
the county would be saved $4,000. Commissioner
Law did not take this view of the matter. He
did not like the wording of the bid and he object-
ed to the conditions contained in the certified
Speaking of Statehood.
HE statehood bill has now been
laid over till after the holi-
days, and will come up again for con-
sideration again on the fifth of Janu-
ary. This is a part of the program
to defeat the bill. The senators who
are fighting against statehood have
become convinced that the omnibus
statehood bill has enough friends in
the senate to insure its passage
should the measure come to a vote at
an early date, and they are resort-
ing to methods of obstruction now,
hoping to delay action on the bill till
the latter part of the session and
then secure its defeat. According to
newspaper reports an appeal was
made by the anti-statehood senators
to the president, urging him to take
a hand in the fight, and saying that
unless he did so the Quay combina-
tion would win out and the omnibus
bill would pass. The appeal seems
to have been in vain, for while it is
persistently asserted from some
sources that the president is not in
favor of statehood for New Mexico
and Arizona, he is not interferring in
the matter and probably will not do
so. Here in the territory the repub-
licans are planning to hold a republi-
can statehood convention in January
to give expression to statehood from
a partisan standpoint. Democrats
are industriously opposing this plan,
for if it is shown that the republicans of Okla-
homa are united in their support of the omnibus
bill, it would seriously contradict the non-parti-
san pretentions of the recent democratic conven-
tion at Claremore and the numerous little meet-
ings in Oklahoma. It has been part of the demo-
Democrats Will Contest
T a meeting of the democratic territorial
committee held this week in Guthrie, it
was decided to contest the election of McGuire
to congress. This action does not mean necess-
arily that the democrats have any hope of revers-
ing the results and seating Mr. Cross as delegate cratic plan to hold a little mass meeting in a town
to congress. It is intended chiefly to influence j and declare for the Nelson bill or declare for or
check for $1,000 which accompanied the bid. j action on statehood, for it is believed that in view against anything that might impede the progress
For these reasons, and for the reason that the S of the very small majority received by McGuire, | of the omnibus bill, and then to send out to news-
bid did not comply with the terms of the adver- j the republicans in congress will hesitate about papers a report that the people of that town were
tisement, Mr. Law moved that the Texas bid be j passing the statehood bill, especialy if a contest unanimous in their approval of the Beveridge
rejected. Mr. Parnell seconded the motion and is pending to determine whether even that small anti-statehood plan. Such pretentions deceive no
plurality shall stand. Another incentive to the | one here at home, but they might mislead some
contest is the ambition of some young democrats of our friends away from home and it is to cor-
to go to Washington and look after the contest, rect false impressions and set the republican po-
and fight statehood while the members of their sition in an unmistakable light that the conven-
party here at home pay for the fun. It is doubt-! tion is proposed to be held. Some republicans
taxpayers of the county to investigaie the bid of ful whether any of the prominent democrats in may doubt whether such a convention would do
the Texas firm and to see if it is not really pos- the territory really have any idea that Cross any good, but our democratic friends need not
sible to make this saving in the cost of the could win in the contest. Almost every demo- hug the illusion that such republicans are candi-
bridges. The unanimity of the other bidders in , cratic paper has admitted the defeat of Cross dates for admission to the democratic caucus,
urging that the Texas bid be rejected would sug- and discussed the causes leading to it and called It is amusing to note the puerile efforts of some
gest that it made little difference to them who got j for the amending of the law so that future com- democratic papers to make it appear that the
the contract so long as it did not go to the firm | mittees cannot make the blunder of offering to position of republicans upon statehood is due to
that had cut the prices. To some who were look- democratic voters the temptation to try to vote for hope of reward or fear of punishment. The
ing on, the situation was strongly suggestive of a their candidate twice. Republicans are not Chandler Publicist takes great delight in repeat-
" trust" among the dealers present with the Texas worried by the prospect. McGuire is confident ing the assertion that republican papers are influ-
firm on the outside. There is no feverish anxiety that his plurality will be increased rather than enced in the statehood matter by postoffice aspir-
among the people of the county for an immediate diminished if a recount of the votes is had, and ations—a statement which is quite amusing in view
letting of this contract. Mr. Cross has sensibly returned to work.
it prevailed. Afterwards the rest of the bids
were turned down, and we understand that it is
the intention of the board to go ahead and con-
tract without any further advertising or bidding.
Whatever they do, they certainly owe it to the I
of some of the other statements made by the Pub.
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Gilstrap, H. B. The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 18, 1902, newspaper, December 18, 1902; Chandler, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc117634/m1/1/: accessed April 24, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.