The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 1903 Page: 1 of 8
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THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF LINCOLN COUNTY.
The Chandler Nev s.
FIRST PAPER PUBLISHED IN LINCOLN COUNTY. H. B. GILSLRAP, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.
VOL. 13-NO. 37.
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, MAY, 28 1903.
$1.00 A YEAR.
HE MEETING of the single
statehood executive committee
at Oklahoma City Monday afternoon
resulted in the adoption of a resolu-
tion that favored the holding of a
delegate convention to decide
whether or not a constitutional con-
vention is in order and to make ar-
rangements tor the holding of the
constitutional convention in case it is
decided that such a plan is desirable.
The convention will be held at Shaw-
nee some time in next month, and the
two territories will be accorded equal
representation. "The real purpose
of the statehood convention," says
the Kansas City Star, "is to renew
the courage of the single statehood
party and to establish a more thor-
ough organization in both territories,
that congress next winter may be
impressed with the strength and ag-
gressiveness of the opponents of sep-
arate statehood. The proposal to hold a con-
stitutional convention will hardly receive more
than prefunctory consideration." At the meet-
ing Monday it was proposed by some members
that the executive committee at once issue a call
for a constitutional convention consisting of
seventy-five delegates from each territory to meet
at Guthrie in October and proceed to frame a
constitution. This was opposed on the ground
that the committee had no authority to call such
a convention. Then, too, many of the leaders in
the single statehood movement are beginning to
doubt the wisdom of holding a constitutional con-
vention until it shall be authorized by act of con-
gress. The Star says : "The Indian territory is
almost of one mind in doubting the utility of a
constitutional convention. Single statehood men
friendly to the constitutional convention idea a
month ago are now against it. Single statehood
leaders in Oklahoma are divided. A small mi-
nority are declaring a constitutional convention
might 'coerce' congress into granting immediate
statehood to Oklahoma. This question of imme-
diate statehood is the rock that will split the
single statehood party unless both territories are
given statehood at the same time. Piecemeal ab-
sorption of Indian Territory by Oklahoma is
repungent to a large majority of the ablest single
statehood workers in Indian Territory, who are
prepared to resist a union of the two territories
should each not have equal opportunities to enjoy
the benefits and prestige expected to result from
a state organization." As a matter of fact it is
not likely, should the Shawnee convention decide
to call for the election of members of a constitu-
tional convention, that the people of either terri-
tory would recognize or participate in it to an
extent that would make it representative of the
majority of the people or would warrant congress
in paying any serious attention to any constitution
it might frame, nor would the people tumble over
each other to vote for the ratification of a consti-
RESIDENCE OF C. F. HARPER, NEAR CHANDLER.
FEW DAYS ago President
Roosevelt's secretary gave
out a statement at Walla Walla,
Washington, that the president felt
that, while he had not asked the
support of any man or had not sought
for endorsements, and while he had
nothing to do with raising the issue
as to whether the Ohio state conven-
tion should endorse him, the issue
had been made, and he expected
that his friends would favor his en-
dorsement and his enemies would op-
pose it. Commenting upon the effect
of this statement, the Kansas City
Star says: "The 'Ohio' situation
wheh for several days threatened to
result in a bitter factional war in the
republican ranks of the state, has
been entirely and satisfactorily ad-
justed by the frankness of the pres-
dent. It should be said, also, to the
credit of Senator Hanna, that he
prepared the way for Mr. Roosevelt's action.
When Mr. Hanna, as chairman of the national
committee, advised against an indorsement of
Mr.Roosevelt's candidacy this year, but declared
at the same time that he was not a candidate,
that Ohio had no candidate, and that the party in
general gave practically no thought to any per-
son except Roosevelt, it was entirely consistent
that the president should intimate to him directly
his desire for indorsement And this action on
the part of Mr. Roosevelt at once gave Mr.
Hanna an easy way out of a situation that might
have compromised his chances for re-election to
the United States senate, and composed some
factional feeling that night have been a disturb-
ing element in the party. The movement was
one of the cleverest yet made by President Roose-
velt in his incidental capacity as a politician.
But it was not so much political sagasity as his |
natural, straight forward style that led the presl-1
dent to take this course. Mr. Roosevelt is a suc-
cessful politician, although his unconventional!
proceedings have caused him to be described as
a man without political acumen. But the key-
note of his success as an executive is also the
basis of his popularity with the people. He has
never concealed his hope of securing the nomi-
nation for the presidency and when occasion made
it expedient, in the interest of his party and his
tution formed in this way. There would be no
law to govern the holding of the election and no
funds to pay the expenses. There would be no
funds, either, to pay the expenses of the consti-
tutional convention, and so very few persons
would be patriotic enough to serve except that
they had political ambitions to further or jobs of
some kind to get through. There would be fierce
rivalries among the democratic brethren who are
promoting this scheme, and some of them would
get left, and then there would be fights and walk-
outs and results like those of the convention in
1900 that elected two democratic national com-
mitteemen and two sets of delegates to the
Bryan convention. There would probably be
contests without any law to govern them or any
congressional allowance to pay the expenses as
in the case of Mr. Cross. The fellows who would
break into a constitutional convention under these
circumstances would be the very kind that the
people of the territory should want to keep out of
it. When our territorial legislators are accused
of boodling and incompetency and a general lack
of loyalty to their constituents, what could we
expect from a body chosen without the authority
or the safeguards of law and forced to pay their
own expenses and reimburse themselves by con-
siderations "on the side," a la M:ssouri, or by
fixing the fences for good fat offices or by lobby-
ing for a congressional appropriation? If ever ; own aspirations, to make a frank avowal, he didI
there is to be an election held in Oklahoma in
which it is of vital importance that men of un-
questioned integrity, unfailing loyalty, and unus-
ual ability should De chosen, it will be the elec-
tion for members of the convention that is to
frame the constitution, the fundamental law under
which the state shall be governed for genera-
tions to come. If an attempt is made to hold an
informal, go-as-you-please constitutional conven-
tion it may be depended upon that, no matter
how indifferent the mass of the people may be, cor-
porations will see that their friends are members.
not hesitate a moment to make the admission
directly to Senator Hanna, who was supposed to
represent more than any other man the very lim-
ited opposition in the republican ranks to his
candidacy. The action was characteristic. Mr.
Roosevelt knows nothing of the hackneyed arts!
of the politician. He never beats about the
bush, he never winks, and gives ambigious
answers; he does not straddle; he goes ahead
and does what he believes is the right thing to do.
With the endorsement of Ohio asssured Roose-|
velt's nomination next year is almost certain."
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Gilstrap, H. B. The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 37, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 28, 1903, newspaper, May 28, 1903; Chandler, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc117678/m1/1/: accessed March 22, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.