The Lawton Constitution. (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 28, 1906 Page: 4 of 8
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DEMOCRATIC IN PRINCIPLES
J, Rot Williams Kdltor and Owner
J ah ii. Tim monk, City Kdltor
Corner Avenue D and Fl th Slreel.
Telephone No. It
Weekly, per year
P tlv, per week
Dally, per year .
Pally delivered In elty by carrier every
veiling evcept Sunday,
The weekly will t>« sent to responsible
tubserlbers until ordered discontinued and
all arreages are paid,
mation that would be of interest to the
public. This committee of business
men called upon different city ofti -ials
and secured such information as war-
ranted them in recommending in their
report that two expert accountants be
employed to audit the city books and
report. This was right and proper.
Tho committee cast no reflection up-
on any official, it made no insinuation.
It simply asked for information that
should be in hands of every citizen of
Lawton at an? and all times.
The council at the last meeting was
In a bad humor that the Chamber of
| Commerce had presumed to "butt in."
The gentlemen from the First Ward
I turned loose a storm of abuse on the
He appears to re-
gard his position of councilman as con-
fidential. This t'me he went so far
that the republican organ remarked
that he had made a:i ass of himself.
The Constitution sees no occasion for
A DEMAND FOR DEPEND-
It is more than likely that the next j commercial body.
election to bo held in Oklahoma will
be for the selection of delegates to the
Constitutional convention. The senti-
ment throughout the territory is for
the selection of men of character and j
, . • ... a comparison so odious to that hum-
ability, and yet, from newspaper re- 1
• n rt ble animal that bore the Nazarine
ports, men will offer themselves for |
x * i . i„„i,;n,r I through the gates of the Holy City.
these important places who are lacking j
, , . .... .. The Chamber of Commerce evidently
in both. If the citizens who stand tor J
, .... ,i.:„„ ik. intended no discourtesy to the mayor
the best there is in everything for the ] J 1
and council, neither did its committee.
future advancement of the new com-
monwealth expect to exert an influence
that will last in the building of the
state they must get busy and see that
men are put out for the Constitutional
convention who can be depended upon
to stand firm for the people against
the special interests that will attempt
to dominate the convention.
The new state of Oklahoma should
have the best constitution of any state
in the Union. It has the opportunity
to adopt the best there is in all other
constitutions and to incorporate such
pew measures as have proven bene-
ficial to the people of other countries
of the world.
Every candidate who offers himBelf
for the Constitutional convention
should stand for something and should
have no hesitancy in letting the people
know where be stands. But behind it
all there should be the man. Unless
he is dependable anything that he may
advocate should have very little weight
with the people. The politicians are
quick to Mrasp the trend of public
opinion and the self seeking ones are
always ready to ride popular waves.
In the forthcoming campaign you may
lookout for grafters denouncing graft.
Keep your eye peeled for the man who
tfiU run in the interest of the railroads
nd corporations, denouncing his em-
ployers. There will be men in the
race who are willing to declare for all
VUings, be for all or any thing in order
to win The only safe plan fO' ti>
people is to select men who are kuow.i
quantities of known character. Ability
is important but character is more so.
First of all the Constitution wants
ip see men selected from Comanche
county who are men from the tops of
their heads to the soles of their feet.
They should be democrats—progressive
democrats whose hearts are in sym^
patliy with the principles advocated by
the parties gn at leader, Wm. J. Bryan.
When these kind of men are selected
their constituents will be assured that
they will work for the interests of the
people and frame a constitution that
«ill protect them against the railroads,
trusts and monopolies. The funda-
mental principle of democracy should
be the foundation of that constitution.
It should contain a provision for the
initiative and referendum and the re-
call, leaving all power in the hands of
the people. How many times in the
history of the territory would obnox-
ious laws have been repealed and
whloesome ones enacted had the peo-
ple reserved to themselves the right to
initiaw or reject new laws? How
many times would incapable, corrupt
and vicious officials be thrown down
and sat upon if the voters who gave
them their commission had the power
to take it away when they violated
Their request for information can not
be answered by repeating harsh words.
The information the Chamber of Com-
merce is in quest of is the same sort
that every intelligent citizen of Law-
ton would like to be in possession of.
The best answer the mayor and coun-
cil can make is a complete report of
every dollar of the receipts and ex-
penditures during the present ad
Mayor Jones tells us that everything
is alright and the people have not lost
confidence in the mayors integrity.
But it would be so much better if the
mayors friends were in possession of
facts and figures with which to defend
his administration in the presence of
inquiring minds. The Constitution
is of the opinion that the mayor will
take the people as well as the heads of
city departments into his confidence
and that the report will be forth
J. A. Htockton of Htrauss township an-
hourices his candidacy for reKlater of deeds,
subject to the action of the democratic pri-
mary, August 4th.
Jan. H. Ingram Is a candidate for register
of deeds subject to the wlllof the voters to
1m1 ernressed 1.. the democratic primary,
Henry J. C'assln Is a candidate for regis-
ter of deeds .of Comanche county *n the
lemocratlc primary election, Aagusl '.til.
R. A. Hneed, of McMn3t.tr township
authorizes the Constitution to announce his
candidacy for register of deeds subject to
the action of the democrtalc primary Aug. 4
Announcement is hereby made of the
candidacy of Koss M. Houston for a second
term as county clerk, subject to the action
of the democratic party In Its primary
election of the 4th of August, luotl. He
earnestly solicits a visit to the ottlceanda
thorough Investigation of the records made
during the present term, especially the tax
rolls af the county of 1W05.
Kept Busy These Days Look-
ing Atter Tribal Affairs—
Quanah Parker, chief of the Coman-
che Indians, was in the city today on
his way to Anadarko where he will be
in consultation with Indian Agent
HIackmon regarding matters concern-
ing the allotments taken for the in-
fants of the Kiowa, Comanche and
Apache tribes. Quanah says that sec-
ond choices have been made for the al-
lotments selected some timo ago in the
Duncan pasture. In all, Quanah esti-
mates that the infants entitled to al
lotments under the recent bill will
reach more than three hundred.
The war do^iriment has granted the
Apache Indians the right to send four
delegates to Washington to look after
their interests. Quanah Parker has
commissioner of the central district, tub- been added as an honorary member of
lectto the will of the democratic voters at
The Constitution announces W. L.
Hwlsher, of Cache township its a candidate
for the democratic nomination for county
olerk, subject to the primary August 4th.
Co m miss ion kh Central District.
Col. A. 8. Heaves of Lawton authorlacsthe
Constitution to announce his cnndldacy for
the primary election August 4th.
We are authorized to announce the name
of Mr. Kyl * McClung of Crosby Township
candidate for County Commissioner from
the Central District, subject to the actio*-, ot
the Democratic Voters at the Primary e ec-
tlon to be held August 4th lOttti.
commissioner northern district.
W. O. Weaver authorizes the Constitution
as commissioner of the northern district,
second term, subject to the action of the
democratic primary August 4th.
the delegation. He has notified the
department that he is ready to go to
the capitol city as soon as he is notified
that his presence is desired. The
Apaches are ready to go as soon as
Quanah decides upon th<) time.
Quanah expects to hear in a few days
from the war department. He does
net kuow as yet who will pay his way
to announce his candidacy for] re-election | to Washington. The chief is a great
friend of the president and also of the
Apache Indians and they think that he
may be able to do them much good.
The department has notified him to
accept his expenses from the Apaches
if they offer it. Otherwise it is be-
lieved that Quanah will pay it himself.
Quanah has quite a little money of his
own and believing thit the trip to
Washington is for the best interest of
the Apaches may consent to pay his
own expenses. When asked this
I). W. Boyer of Btrauss township Is a can-
didate for county treasurer subject the
eemocratlc primary election.
The Constitution Is authorized to an-
nounce John Donald for treasurer of Co-
manche county, subject to the action of the
democratic voters in the primary election
We are authorized to announce C.O. Nelms
as a candidate fortne nomination ofCounty I morning Who paid his traveling ex-
Treasurersubjecttotheactlon of the Demo-
cratic Primary to be held August 4th.
Superintendent Puiilio iNSTRUcnon
James A. Johnson authorizes the Constltu-
Hon to announce Ills candidacy for the dem-
ocratic nomination for superintendent of j so much to look after as chief," said
penses while he was looking after the
affairs of his tribe he made the reply
that in most instances he paid it out of
his own pocket.
"Never before in my life have I had
Fee, |6.00 for the dally edition and 15.00 for
(he weeklj. payable itrlot ly In adYanoe i
Frank I*. Ceaso nut horlzes the Constitution
to iinnounce his candidacy for Probate
Judge subject to the will of the democratic
before the primary,
J. W'hltt Johnson of Texas township Is «
candidate for sunrrlutfndent of nubile In
structlonof Comanche county, democratic
J. \V. Yoeman authorizes theConstltutlon
to announce his candidacy for the demo-
cratic nomination for representative of the
find district subject to the action of the
TheOonstltutlon Is authorized toannounce
Dr. J. F. Ferguson of Beaver township for
representative of the 22nd district subject
voters to be expressed In the primary Aug.4 |to the democratic primary August 4th.
The Constitution Is authorized to an-
nounce James H. Wolverton, of Lawton,
for Probate Judge of Comanche county, sub-
ject to the will of the democratic voters, to
be expressed at the primary election Aug-
J. A. Fain Is a candidate for the nomina-
tion for probate J udge, subject to the ac-
tion of the democratic primary, August 4th
W. H. Anderson Is a "candidate^ for Jpro
bnte Judge before the democratic primary
George I). Key authorizes the Constitution
toannounce his candidacy for County At-
torney, subject to the action of the demo-
cratic primary election. Aug. 4th.
Louis I>avls Is a candidate lor the demo-
cratic nomination for county attorney be
ore tho primary election to be held Aug. 4.
Frank C.Carter, of Frederick, autnorlzed
the Constitution toannounce his candidacy
for Sheriff of Comanche county subject to
the action of the Democratic Primary Aug-
ust 4 th.
Commissioner houtii District.
Squire Humble of Holton Township an-
nounces his candidacy for Commissioner of
the South District, subject to the action of
the Democratic primary August 4.
The Constitution Is authorized to an-
nounce H. C. White for County Superin-
tendent subject to the action of the demo-
cratic primary Augrst 4th.
S. I). Wham of Klgln, Richards township,
authorizes the Constitution to announce
his candidacy for county superintendent be-
fore the democratic primary August 4th.
I am again before the people for the office
of County Surveyor subject to the action of
the Democratic Primary August 4th.
H A. JOYNER.
Quanah this morning. "I am first
called to Anadarko, then the big pas-
ture, then pasture No. 3 and then back
home. 1 am always on the go. It has
begun to tell on my health. I hope it
will soon be over. Now they are even
coming from many places wanting to
have me take part in Fourth of July
celebrations ami bring my family. But
I do not care to be put on exhibition as
cattle at a county fair. They want to
point me out, .There goes Quanah
Rufe Le Fors authorizes the Constitu-
tion toannounce his candidacy for sheriff
subject to the will of the democratic voters
to be « \pres. d at the primary August 4th,
Fifth Annual Institute Will
Open July 16 In The
New Brick Building.
E,C. Helmof Hulen township desires to
state to the people of Comanche county
that he is a candidate for sheriff, subject to
the action of the democratic primary to be
held on August 4th.
Henry Slgmon authorizes the Constltu
tutlon to announce his name as a candi-
date for sheriff of Comanche county subject
to the democratic primary August 4th.
Frank Hall of Texas township authorizes
the Constitution to announce his candi-
dacy for sheriff of Comanche county, before
the democratic primary to be held on Aug-
I hereby announce myself a candidate for
nomination of sheriff of Comanche county
subject to th* will of the democratic party.
W. E. Nix, Brown township; P. O. Fletcher.
THAT THE PEOPLE MAY
A controversy has arisen between
the Chamber of Commerce and the
Mayor and Council that promises very
little profit to the citizens and property
owner) unless more gentlemanly and
intelligent methods are persued.
The Chamber of Commerce wanted
to know something of the financial
condition of the city and of the method
Of book-keeping employed in different
departments. A committee was ap-
pointed with a view of securing infur-
j Register of Defds.
Mr. Martin's Announcement.
I am candidate for register of deeds sub-
ect to the democratic primary.
I am a farmer and enjoy the society of the
armers and earn my living as they do. was
born In the United States, am an American
citizen, claim no title to royalty, Just plain
farmer Martin and like many of our people
believe extravagance a crime and poverty a
misfortune anc. that governments should l e
run on an economical basis and In the In-
terest of all and not the few, and as I place
my name before you asking for your suff-
rage 1 dolt acknowledging that I have an
ax to grind and ask you to assist me and
hold my ax while I turn the crank.
Do not make any mistakes. I am not from
Vale or Prince Ion but a plain every day
hickory shirt farmer and would look after
your business as I do my own business at
Home. u. W.Maktik.
There was a full meeting of the exec-
utive committee of the Lawton Im.
provement Association at the rooms of
the Chamber of Commerce last night.
The committee organized for the cam-
paign with J. M. Powers as chairman
and W. H Hornaday as secretary. A
full discussion of all the requirements
of the city during the next four months
and the methods of promptly meeting
the situation was had and several im-
portant, timely and practical sugges-
tions will be presented Thursday night
at a joint meeting of this and the
This meeting was not only harmoni-
ous but was very enthusiastic, and it
was the unanimous sentiment that
many of our business men and citizens
do not yet fully realize the extent of
the demand which will soon be made
on Lawton and her people on account
of the opening of the pasturo lands. It
was decided that another public meet-
ing must be held at an early date. In
the mean time some of the most neces-
sary methods of advertising and pub-
licity will be employed as there are
thousands of inquiries every day which
must be answered.
The executive committee will hold
reguiai1 tt'66kly l^ti called meetings
Beginning July 16 the fifth annual
normal institute of the Comanche
County teachers will be held in Law-
ton. It will be conducted in the new
brick school building and will last four
weeks. The last two days, August 9
and 10 will be taken up in the exam-
8. M, liarrett, superintendent of the
Lawton school will be the conductor of
the institute. He will teach history,
physics and methods. Guy C. Bohan-
nan, teacher of sciences of the South-
western Norma) at Weatherford and
W. C. Jamleson, of the Central Normal
at Edmond, a teacher of langauges,
will act as instructors. E. B. Nelson,
county superintendent, will have
supervision over the normal.
Last year 185 teachers attended.
This year it is expected t hat more than
200 will attend. The demand for good
teachers increases each year In Co-
manche county. It is thought that the
lessees in the big pasture will demand
that they be given schooU this year.
The normal will begin at 7:30 each
morning and be dismissed at 12 noon. n. y. cotton.
This normal promises to surpass all Open High Low Clos
former institutes held in Comanche July 10 12 10 18 10 12 10 18
county. Aug 10 22 10 30 10 22 10 31
Oct 10 22 10 36 10 22 10 36
Henry Cassin went to Walter this I Jan 10 31 10 41 1031 10 42
morning. I Lawton spots best 9 00 for middling.
Lawton, June 28.
Hay, per ton 8.00
Wheat, new,per bushel No 2 70
Oats, per bushel 35
Corn, per bushel 45
Hogs per cwt 5 00 to 5 25
Cattle, butcher stuff 2 00 to 2 25
Fat steers and heifers 2 50 to 2 75
Sheep, per lb 05
Cabbage, per pound 2>$c
Onions, per poutid 02
Potatoes, per bushel 40 to 70
Turkeys, hens, per pound 08c
Turkeys, toms, per pound 06
Chickens, broilers, per pound 15
Chickens, old, per pound 05c
Butter, per pound 20
Eggs, per dozen 07c
Broom corn per ton 45 to 65
Peas, beans, per gallon 10c
All who attended the Christian En-
deavor social last evening report hav-
ing a most enioyable time. A short
well rendered program was the princi-
pal feature. Sava Day headed the
same with a march which was very
good. Mr. White then sang "Septem-
ber" that good old ballad suited to his
artistic temperament; hewaBin excel-
lent voice and sang in a most pleasing
manner. Miss Furr favored the audi-
tors with a reading which though deep
brought merited applause.
After which Mrs. White, who is a
musician in every sense of the word,
rendered beautifully a piano boio that
delighted her hearers.
The reading of Sava Day showed
marked talent along the lines of char-
acter study. Her selection was thor-
oughly enjoyed by all.
The last number on the program was
given by Miss Hough. Words in the
writer's vocabulary are inadequate to
properly analyzi Miss Hough's voice,
but if in suffice to say she is certainly
a "finished" singer.
All due thanks should be extended
to the genial hostess. Mrs. Day, who
put forth untiring efforts to make the
affair a success both socially and
H. C. Hammond, 23, Miss Lucretia
Decker, 21 both of Lawton. Dave Bar-
rocham, 29, of Kingfisher; Miss Aura
W. Newland, 24, of Manitau. James
West, over 21, Miss Ruth Bennett,
over 18, both of Walter. Frank Bur-
nett, 46, of Decatur City, Iowa, and
Miss M. E. Webb, 48, of Lawton.
Harrison C. Hiester, 28, of Fort Sill,
Miss Beulah May Harrell, 18, of
Lawton. Arthur A. Mitchell, 23, Miss
Dora Clingan, 20, both of Cache. Wal-
ter L. Cluk, 22, Mias Dora Wiley, 21,
both of Walter. James Butler, 30,
colored, of Frederick, Josie Perkins, 84
colored of Chickasha. Jake Rostack,
24, Miss Ethel Longahon, i.0, both of
Story Not Verified.
The last few days the Constitution
has been asked for the facts regarding
Fort Sill being made a brigade post.
A telephone to the headquarters at
Fort Sill yesterday making inquiry
brought back the informatioi that
nothing had been done along *nat line
and that the stories circulated were
all hot air.
Lawton citizens are confident that Ft
Sill will ultimately be a regimental or
brigade post but up to the present the
authorities at Port Sill have received
no word of the enlargement.
Engineer Boys Leave.
From Wednesday's Dally Constitution.
Captain Frank B. King, Lieutenants
F. L. Ketch and S. I. McElhoes, and
First Class Privates Walter Denham
and Earnest Elliott left today for Fort
Reno to enter the competition for the
target shooting. The last two named
will be the only ones to enter for hon
ors. Upon the records made by these
two the on a making the best score will
be alloweo' to go to Seagirt, N. J., to
enter the national competition.
Real Estate Transfers.
U S to G W Garnett pat sw 2 4s 19
Guy C Robertson to E Davi3 wd 15
lots in Lawton View addition $560
E Davis to J. H. Birch wd It 18 blk
94 Lawton View add S30
John H Northcutt to Wm H Hastings
wd It 24 blk 66 Lawton $1000
Wm H Hastings to J H Northcutt
wd ne nw 30 2n 12 $1000
There will be a meeting tonight at 8
o'clock of the finance, executive and
soliciting committees of the Lawton
Improvement Association at Monciief,
Cook and Co's. office. Matters of im-
portance will be diecussedj and all are
Urged to be present at this joint meet-
ing of the different committees.
P. T. Benbow, Chairman.
Ice Cream Supper.
There will be an ice cream supper
and refreshments on the ground at H.
C. Dalton's, July the 7th, one-half mile
north of Burns school house. Come
one, come all and let's have a nice
In order to secure a military acad-
emy and business college the citizens
of Duncan, I. T , gave a bonus cf $500
and subscribed one hundred students
This was the proper thing to do. The
success of the school is thus o'aced be-
yond pi-radventure. Col. W.P. Maury,
the principal of the school, has issued
a splendid catalogue in which he makes
a special offer to boarding students of
both sexes. Write for a catalogue.
Address Col. W. P. Maury, Duncan,
I- T. 6-8 wtf
Soldiers Will Remain.
To be deprived of the privilege of
attending the full maneuvers at Fort
Riley is what the soldiers garrisoning
Kort Sill expect. This is to be brought
about by an order of the war depart-
ment detailing troops L, K, M and N
of the 13th cavalry to remain at Fort
The war department is of the opinion
that the soldiers will be needed at Kort
Sill during the opening to settlement of
the pasture reserve. While everything
is expected to be kept within the bounds
of the law by the city and county of-
ficers, yet the sale is to be carried out
under the roles of the Interior depart-
ment and the war department will be
at their service.
This will bea good thing forour city
in that it will cause Fort Sill cot to be
abandoned during the summer. A sol-
dier from the poBt this morning said
that a telegram had been received at
the Fort ordering the troops to remain
at Fort Sill during the fall.
The citizens of the city do not antic-
ipate that there will be any trouble
here cauBed by the opening of the pas-
ture, yet they are more than willing
that the troops should remain and
spend their money in Lawton.
Soldiers Will Celebrate.
July 4 is to be celebrated in a most
entertaining way at Fort Sill by the
officers and privates. Lieutenant
Hensley, of the 13th cavalry, is arrang-
ing the details for the celebration.
Among the contests for prizes are horse
races, Roman races, foot races, tug of
war, relay races and trick riding and
jumping. These and other exercises
will take up the greatei part of the day.
The Fort Sill target range is to be
enlarged at once in order to make ar-
rangements for the coming ot the
officers from the Southwestern division
for target practice during the summer.
Real Estate Transfers.
E Davis to P W Welsch wd 6 lots in
Lawton View add $280
H H Wallace to G T Jones wd y, se
17 2s 10 $1200
John E Scott to Rutha E Passmore
wd w )4 ne 4 2n 9 $2500
E Davis to Pearl A Jones wd Its 10,
11 blk 104 Lawton View add $50
Laura E Hopps to Nellie H Meadows
wd part of e yi It 17 blk 1 Beal add to
Elmor Evans!to Geo Blaine wd It 3
blk 24 Temple $500
H VV Griffin to G W Griffin a d ne 21
3n 12 $400
Hunting for Comrades.
From Tuesday's Dally Constitution.
Soldiers from Fort Sill are in the city
today in search of an officer and a pri-
vate who have remained away from the
post over their time. Sergeant Right,
of K troop, left the post Saturday and
has not returned. The other, Private
Speers of the same troop, left the post
last evening. Under a new ruling of
the war department any soldier who
remains away from the post one
hour more than his leave of absence
calls for may be tried on the charge of
Washington, June 25.—The General
Deficiency Dill reported to the house
contains the following territory items:
Convoying back to the treasury, money
appropriated for the territorial legis-
lature and providing for holding over
of territorial officers until statehood ia
proclaimed ^or their successors are
Mount Scott to Celebrate.
Captain Sneed is in the city and an-
nounces that the people of Mount Scott
will hold a basket dinner and neighbor-
hood picnic in the grove on the banks
of the Medicine July 4th. People
from the surrounding county and the
city ar cordially invited to be present.
Mount Scott>s famous for these aff airs
ana tliehoBpitaiityand good fellowship
of the good citizens of that locality is
The department hag raised the sal>
eries of the postmasters at Walter,
and Temple each from eleven to twelve
hundred dollars per annum.
New Switch Board.
The Topeka and El Reno telephone
company will at once install a new
switch board in the Lawton exchange.
It will be the best one that is placed on
the market. It will be a little large for
the demands at present, but the com-
pany is putting it in for the greater
Indians Receiving Payment.
In lian Agent John P. I'.lackmon, of
Anadarko, and his corps of clerks are
busy this week making the semi-an-
nual payment to the Wichita and
Caddo Indians. The payment is being
made near Anadarko. Thtse Indians
receive their payment ac a different
time of the year from the Comanches
Immense Excursion Coming.
W. W. Sparks, general immigration
agent of the United States, is making
up an exenrsion for this secUon of the
country for the last of July, The party
will be made ap almost entirely of peo-
ple from Ohio and Indiana.
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