The Peoples Voice (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, April 10, 1903 Page: 1 of 8

In Norman is over—The
Most of the Prizes
The Senate Brings Forth
a very
From W. J. Bryan who
sees in
Election the Triumph of the
Cleveland Democrats,
As an exponent of democratic prin-
ciples as set fourth in the platforms
adopted at Chicago and Kansas City,
The Commoner chronicles with regret
what may fairly be considered the
most important victory thus far scored
by the reactionary element in the de-
mocratic^party, namely, the selection
of Mr. Gorman as Democratic leader
of the Senate. The Senator from
Maryland is a man of great force and
extended legislative experience. Pro-
bably no other man in Washington is
so well acquainted with public men
and parliamentary procedure. Be-
sides this, he is a man of exemplary
personal habits, of Tndefatigable in-
dustry and perfect self-control. In
other words, he has most of the quali-
fications considered necessary for
leadership and if his sympathiss were
only with the people he would be an
admirable man to speak for the dem-
ocrats in the senate, but he fails at
the crucial point. His record shows
that he is too close to the corporations
and organized wealth-to be command-
er in chief of the democratic forces
in the most influential branch of the
national legislature.
There is not a single reform for
which Mr. G&rman stands, nor is
there a single remedial measure
which can be said to have his earnest
and hearty support. When the Wil-
son taritf bill was before the senate
he was one of the senators who, by
holding the balance of power forced
the emasculation of the bill in the
interest of the manufacturers. In the
fight for the repeal of the Sherman-
law he acted with the republicans
and is with them still on all phase.-
of the money question. He hasnever
said or-done anything to indicate that
he desires positive and effective anti-
trust legislation. On the contrary,
his enviVorfment is such as to make it
certain that his great influence will
be" used to stifle rather than promote
legislation aimed at the trusts. The
Chicago Chronicle of last Friday con-
tained a dispatch from Washington
stating that J. Pierpont Morgan
visited the capital the day before and
"saw a number of senators, including
Messers. Aldrich,Hanna and Gorman.
It does the party infinite harm to
have as its leader in the senate a man
on intimate terms with the most
influential trust magnate and money
changer in the United States! for it
The Democratic Horses; but
they were given a good
Swift Race.
gives the lie to the party's promises
of reform and places our organization
on the same level with the republican
party. How can we fight the grand
larceny schemes concocted by Morgan
and his associates if he and our
caucus chairman consult together at
the capital? No wonder the corpor-
ation papers hail with delight Mr. !
Gorman's retnrn to power and in- WERE CARRIED OFF BY
fluence. Public Opinion, in its last
issue, cordially commends theseleo I
tion of Mr. Gorman and say: "Re-
publicans have been the first to ad-
mit that the efficiency of the senate
will be increased by Mr. Gorman's
reappearance as the leader of the
The republicans wffuld not be likely
to admit that the senate would be
rendered more efficient by an honest
earnest fight against their policies.
The fact that Mr. Gorman support-
ed the ticket in the campaigns of
1890 and 1900 is used to answer ob-
jections from Kansas City platform
democrats and the argument may be
satisfactory to those who regard
regularity as the only test, but, there
is an important distinction which
must be drawn. A man who, without
accepting the platform, supports the
ticket can urge his loyalty as a
recommendation if he aspires to a
position where his views will not mis-
represent a majority of the party,
The annual city election was held
last Tuesday resulting 'n a partial
victory for both tickets. There was
little excitement manifested and no
bitter fight fought. The two tickets
were the best ever ottered to the
citizens in Norman. The citizen's
convention was held first and nomi-
nated a good strong clean ticket and
the democrats followed by nomi-
nating the strongest and best ticket
ever placed in the field by that party
in this city. The normal majority of
democrats in this city is in the neigh-
borhood of 150 £nd you can readily
see how stiff a proposition candidates
on citizens ticket were up against
but it ia absurd to say that because a j with the democrats in the field with
member of the minority acquiesces in j candidates who were not personally
the will of the majority should be J object onable to any one. Party
willing to put him in a position where j lines, however, were loosely drawn
he can thwart the will of the majority I men voted for their preference
Since 1896 Mr. Gorman has never largely and to this fact is due the
lost an opportunity to reward the ! election of, some of the candidates on
le citi/ens ticket.
The vote cast in the election whs
men who deserted and helped the
enemy. He may as well be recog-
nized as the rnpst potent of all the
men who are now trying to reduce
the democratic party to servile sup-
port of the program arranged by
organized wealth. On all economic
questions except the tariff he is in
agreement with Mr, Cleveland, and
on the taritf he is even worse than
Cleveland, The statement that he
is going to unite the party in an
attack on the tariff and trusts simply
means that he favors a sham battle
on these issues without prospect or
promise of interfering seriously with
the republicans.
There are in the senate a number
of strong and vigorous represenatives
of sound democratic principles and
they will find it more and more gal-
ling to march under the banner of
one who stands for the commercialism
that is corrupting politics and mak-
ing money the measure of all things.
The fight begun in 1896 was not so
much a fight b etween gold and silver
as a fight between the beneficiaries
of class legislation on the one side
and the advocates of equal rights on
the other and that fight still contin-
ues. It would be fortunate if that
fight only manifested itself in the
contest between the democratic and
republican parties, but we might as
well face the fact that to a lesser de-
gree it manifests itself in our party
and there is the more reason why the
friends of the Kansas City platform
should be on the alert. Instead of
not. as large as the registration indi*
eated it would be.
The vote by wards is as follows:
.T, A. Hullum
J. B. Williams
.Toe Burton
A. Williams
Ike Sales
Hollis Fuller
city attorney-
W. .1. Jackson
J. B. Dudley
police judge
.1. F. Norman
J W Klinglesmith
109 70 80 109 374
50 41 64 38 199
Hullums maj. 175
70 74 77 79
78 38 58 56
Burtons maj
97 71 61 93
63 41 74 51
Sales maj.
77 54 60 66
88 58 69 69
Dudleys maj.
100 70 79 86
60 40 55 45
Normans maj. 141
77 53 06 67 263
81 60 72 69
Shelton maj.
110 78 83 96
42 30 49 33
retreating, the party must go for-
ward and meet the new questions
that are pressing for solution. Un-
til the reform element regains con-
trol of the democratic organization
in the senate that body will not only
hell), hut will actually hinder the
party's progress.
Unless there has been a complete
revolution in the views of several of
the democratic senators there will be
a protest against Mr. Gorman's lead-
ership and the sooner that protest is
made the better for the party.
Ninth Anual Sunday School Convention-
The Cleveland County Sunday
School Association will hold it's 9th
anual convention on April the 24th
■end 25th 1903 in Norman it the M. E.
Church South. We would like all Sun-
day Schools in the County to be well
represented in this convention.
M. McCollough, Co. Secy.
Has it for
St. commissioner
G. W. « lark
W. P. Shelton
S. J. Wiikins
Henry Perry
city treasurer Wiikins maj.
T.E.Clement 117 82 95 107
treas si hool hoard
.Tiio. W Barbour 139 109 126 123 497
Councilmen 1st ward—J. T. Phelps
92, R. E. Ince 01. Phelps maj. 31.
\V. B. Morter 92, Fred Carder 59.
Morters maj. 33. School Board F.
L. Cral.le 111, S. A. Ambrester 87,
Fit-v. Mct'rary 60.
2nd Ward Councilmen Dr. C. S
Bobo, 78, Dr. .1 A Davis, 65, S M
Moore 45
School Board—Jno A Fox 101, A
Nicodemus 69, JiioII Kingkade 35.
3rd Ward. Councilmen—J S Buch-
anan 93, J C Wails 77, B Hughes 58.
School Board—L. W Cole 82, W
Flood 78.
4th Ward. Councilmen—Dr. Cap-
shaw 92, D S Armold 43, Capshaw
njaj 50. H L Forehand 62, Max
Fischer 73 Ficher maj 11
School Board—Dr Lowther 90, W
T Mayfield 78, Frank Essex 38, C A
Harrington 48.
The candidates on the citizens city
ticket were Dudley and Shelton and
Barbour. Councilmen nominated by
citizens and elected Dr Davis, J S
Buchanan J C Wails and Max Fischer.
Members of school board .Tno A Fox,
L W Cole, W F Flood. Last year J
B Dudley defeated A Nicodemus by
two votes and this year he defeated
W J Jackson by 13 votes and he has
now swinging to his belt the scalps of
two of the very best men in the demo-
cratic strong hold. Dudley's youth
and the fact that he is a bright clean
fellow who is trying to rise in his pro-
fession by honorable me?is and the
men pitted against him in each con-
test while equally honorable men
were old practitioners, and the voters
felt as though they shoti'd rather
favor the young man, whom they
felt was in need of encouragement
and worthy of it.
J n the case of W P Shelton It was
a test of the motto, "If at first you
don't succeed, try, try, again.'"
Billy has made two close races for
the Register of Deeds of this county
and one race equally as close for
county weigher, being defeated by a
very small pluralities. He never
became discouraged by defeat and
now he has won and from last re
ports had not committed suicide by
reason of a victory at last won and
he is now a demonstration of the
truth in the lesson Wallace learned
from the spider.
* *
Hollis Fuller's defeat was quite a
surprise to many for if Norman ever
had a city Marshal that was deserv-
ing of a re-election on his record it
was Hollis Fuller. We believe, how-
ever he was defeated by a man who
will prove a good officer.
* * *
Dr. Davis and Wails will see to it
that the sessions of the city council
are not dull and uninteresting.
J. S. Scott Commit Suicide.
Last Friday afternoon, J. S. Scott,
a farmer living 5 miles north east
of Norman committed suicide at
Noble by shooting himself through
the heart. Mr. Scott was one of the
pioneer settlers in this county and
a man of about 35 years of age. He
leaves a widow old feeble and almost
blind. His children are all grown.
The cause of his committing suicide
seems to have been from fear of
arrest for forgery. It seems that
for sometime the old man has been
forging chattel mortgages and notes
and selling same to other parties. He
mortgaged stuff that never existed
and signed men's names to notes who
were just as uncertain of location,
but his endorsing of the papers when
he went to make sale made parties
who purchased not suspicious and
as the amounts were all small he
succeeded in keeping down suspicion
Some of the papers falling due, he
would come in and take it up him-
self having raised the money to do
so by other and new forged papers
which he sold to other parties. It
seems that he had kept this kind of a
thing going on for nearly 3 years;
but recently parties were becoming
more suspicious of him and he saw
his finish and Saturday night March
28th he took his departure in the
night and then it was that
holders of his paper began to inves-
tigating and found that they held any
where from $3,000 to $5,000 of worth-
less notes. The old man went to
Hot Springs, Arkansas and from
there to Ft. Worth, Texas, where be
^purchased a vial of laudnum. He
then came north to Purcell when A.
McDaniel, who had some of his
paper, met him and asked him where
he was going. He said he was on
his way to Norman and Mack said lie
would go with him. On the way up
on train the old man made an excuse
that he had to get off at Noble to
see a party and Mack pot off of train
with him and telephoned to Sheriff
to make arrest. The old man knew
such telephone message had been
sent and he stepped into Flitner's
store and purchased a 32 revolver.
He wrote a note and put it in his
pocketbook stating that he alone
was to blaine. for the forgeries and
then went out to a closet in rear of
Hobaugh's store and shot himself
just before sheriff reached him to
make arrest. He died instantly.
His sons went down to Noble and
j gave body burial last Saturday. The
old man evidently contemplated
suicide when he purchased laudnum
I at Ft. Worth and possibly conteui-
| plated doing so in Norman where his
sons could take charge of his bodv;
! but meeting with Mr. McDaniel he
saw that chances of his being suc-
cessful with the laudnum was doubt-
ful and this induced him to get otl
train at Noble and secure a pistol.
Had no one met him in Purcell the
chances are he would have come up
to Norman on night train and taken
laudnum on going to bed. He only
had $1 90 in his pocket.
A Small Blaze.
Last Monday about 12 o'clock the
fire department was called out by a
lire at the home of Mrs. Wingate in
south part of town. The interior of
kitchen and dining room was con-
siderably scorched by the fire and
Mrs. Wingate a..d daughter Maud
were burned quite severely. The
fire boys with extinguisher.6 soon put
the fire out. The origin of fire we
learn was caused by gasoline which
the women were using for cleaning
lace curtains getting the gasoline
too near a lighted stove. Had the
fire gotten outside of building with
high wind that was blowing the house
and contents would no doubt have
gone up in smoke.
/■.' ( 7h U WH WJl '' 11 M J I ?'vJI J'Ol 'V ir/'r?r7lr>l W ti J'l11 r\ *H ' i '! wi M /" wi t ''' r< • i n 1
Kendall Walker k Co.,
Having bought the
Wc are prepared and will give the lowest
Prices of any Grocery Store in the City.
5?f if if H H Our aim is to work
hard early and late give the people cltan
and fresh goods 16 oz. to the pound
We Want Your Trade
Come and See Us. . .
Yours truly,

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