The West Side Democrat. (Enid, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 22, Ed. 1 Tuesday, March 20, 1894 Page: 1 of 4
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Adopted by tlie Oklahoma Democratic Press Association,
March 7, 1894
Section 1. The name
cratie Press Association.
of tliis association shall 1m>
The ()klahomn Demo-
Section I. The object of tliis association sliall I"' to promote the interests
of the democratic press of the territory, by securing unity of thought and
action in all matters relating to the profession of journalism and the business of
publishing a newspaper, to elevate its tone, purify its expression, enlarge its
sphere of usefulness, advance, it in wisdom and justice, extend its inliuence w ith
the party and in the work of true civilization, and to cultivate more friendly
relations and a spirit of fraternal regard among its members.
Section 1. Any bona iide editor or publisherof a regularly established news-
paper, issued not less frequently than once a week, or a magazine of not less
than a quarterly issue, and who has continuously edited or published said jour-
nal for one year preeeeding his application, or in the Cherokee Strip six
months is eligible to membership.
Section 2. The membership fee of this association shall be one dollar, to
be paid at the time of election, and the annual dues thereafter the sum of one
dollar to be paid on or before the first day of January of each year. Failure to
pay dues annually forfeits membership.
Section 1. The officers of this association shall be a president, three vice
presidents, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer, who
shall constitute the executive committee and shall hold their respective offices
for a period of one year.
Section 2. The duties of the president shall he such as by custom, pertain
to that office.
Suction :s. The recording secretary shall keep theiniqutes of each meeting,
and have charge of all books and documents belonging to the association.
Section 4. The corresponding secretary shall conduct all correspondence
of the association, and notify members or the association of time and place of
Sec tip# fc. The treasurer shall collect and have charge of all moneys lie-
longing to the association, and disburse the same upon order of the executive
* Section «. It will be the duty of the executive committee to prepare busi-
ness and arrange for all meetings for the association and for hotel accomoda-
« Article v.
Section I. The regular meetings of this association shall lie held quarterly
at Such time and place as the executive committee may select. Special rneet-
« tags may be called by the executive committee at any time.
Section 2. The members present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 1. Honorary members may be elected by two-thirds vote of the
members present at any meeting, and shall be entitled to all rights and privi-
' lug' s of the association. Such membership continuing only during the period
of one meeting.
Section 1. This constitution may be altered or amended at any time by a
two-thirds vote of all members voting in favor of the proposed amendment.
1st. Election of members shall bThT"viva voce unless a ballot is called for
and a majority of ballots elect.
2nd Any member may be suspended or expelled from this association foi
a violation of its resolutions, rules and orders or unbecoming conduct. A two-
third* vote in favor of such suspension or expulsion being necessary.
3rd. The recording secretary shall have the proceedings of each meeting
published and distribute the same to the members of the association when re-
quired to do so by vote of the association.
4th The corresponding secretary shall receive applications for member-
ship with membership fees. He shall arrange for all excursions, and ... mak-
ing application for transportation, passes for but one gentleman and lady shall
be requested for each journal.
f>th. The president, at the beginning of each meeting, shall appoint such
committees as shall he deemed necessary.
«th. Applications for membership shall be made to the corresponding sec-
retary. and shall be endorsed by two members of the association.
7th These bv-lnws may be rescinded, suspended, altered or amended by
two-thirds vote of all the members present at any regular or special meeting.
8th. ushing's Manual shall be authority in the transaction of business
U. S. SENATOR WM. LINDSAY, of Kentucky.
Parson Parker's successor is a Texas
Southern Methodist preacher. The
Methodist Church South was organized
in favor of slavery: during the war it
was the most bitterly disloyal church
organization in the country, and its
continuation now, thirty years after
the abolition of slavery and the sup-
pression of the rebellion, shows that it
is founded upon hate and prejudice.
The only difference between the Meth-
odist Church South and the Methodist
Church is that the former sustained
slavery and the latter opposed it.
And yet it is said the war is over.
Kingfisher Free Press.
The above shows either one of two
things', that the editor of that paper is
densely ignorant of the history of the
Methodist church, or else that article
eminated from a soul as black as erebus,
full of prejudice, malice and hatred
toward the southern people. It is true
Rev. Cameron is a minister in good
standing in the M. E. Church. South,
and lie has every reason to be proud of
the great work his church lias done for
humanity. For 48 years that church
has been laboring as a seperate church
organization to advance the education-
al, moral and religious interests of the
people of this common country until it
is today in the point of membership
the third church organization in the
United States. The M. 10. * hurch,
South, is not sectional in its work but
its conference is organized from Texas
to Montana, and from South Carolina
to California, and in many places, as
here in El Reno, it is working hand in
hand with its twin sister the M. E.
church, against the common enemy.
The Methodist church was divided
by a vote of the general conference of
1S44, and a committee upon the plan of
seperation was appointed which com-
mittee made their final report in 1840.
This plan of its seperation and its con-
ditions were afterwards confirmed by
two decisions of the supreme court of
the United States.
It is true that the cause of tlie sep-
eration were the same issues that 1*1
years afterwards divided the north and
south and brought on the Civil \\<u.
The Methodist church was not the
only church that was divided upon tlie
issues of the war. There is now two
branches of the Presbyterian church,
a northern and a southern. Does this
continuation show that tlic.v are found-
ed upon ''hate and prejudice.*'
The M. E. Church South is doing as
much today for the colored race as any
other church organization in America,
besides numerous smaller institutions
it is supporting two of the largest ins. i-
tutions devoted exclusively to the
higher education of the colored race
that there is in this country. We re-
fer to the Pain institute, of Augusta,
Georgia, and the Lane Institute of
Such malieous attacks upon one of
the largest church organization in this
country will be justlv condemned by all
good citizens without regard to their
politics or their church relations.
— HI Reno Democrat.
Hornbeck and Clark
In answer to the charges made
against Hon. Sidney Clark that he
deserted Hornbeck and Mr Adams in
the statehood fight, we quote the follow-
ing editorial from the Minco Minstrel.
Hornbeck, the editor of the Minstrel,
spent this w inter in Washington and
was certainly in a position to know
whether Mr. Clark, as well as Mr.
Flynn, were working ill the best inter-
ests of the people that they represent-
"The Minstrel reserves the right to
change its opinion of public men on
sufficient evidence, but it rises to re-
mark that in all the uproar from Okla-
homa there has been no accusation of
dirty play charged against either Den-
nis Flynn or Sidney Clarke. Both
have enemies, we know, but the faet
that they have escaped direct charges
is much to their credit, especially ill
these hurly burly times."
WHERKAS. Ill nearly every town, village and hamlet in this territory
little seven l.v nine so calied democratic newspapers have been organized for
•tlie sole purpose of securing a division of public patronage, which in justice
Vielongs to the newspapers that have borne the beat and burden of the day and
made democratic success possible in their respective localities. 1 l.erefore he it
Resolved, That this association respectfully request democratic count)
territorial and federal office holders who have public patronage to dispense, to
Yecognize the oldest established democratic paper in each locality, taking into
consideration circulation, ability and a disposition to work for the best interest
„f the democratic party of the territory as the official organ of the party and be-
stow upon it such patronage as they may have to give. And we hereby pledge
our united assistance as an association to such newspaper in securing tins just
recognition, believing it .not only to 1k- proper and right, but for the best inter-
rrf tHe democratic party. >
IlKHTiA't'l). That this association not only disapproves of the demoralizing
and unbuslness'-like methodsof many newspapers in offering to accept legaUd. ---^ ^ ^ und,1.8tllnd thatastrong
, verlislWiits at a less ; penitently continues resolution was adopted which keep-out
Wl qot exchange or co-operate wnn any n i \ called democratic newspaper that
to pursue &uch a policy • will have been started in Oklahoma since
1 ElVE.., That no public officer is worthy of re-elect, „ p ^ ^ ^ ^ # d,,m<M.r|lt i(. |ireBl(lont
his home paper of, public patronage by sending away to foreign .on .ins, ^ w|,owere called Into existence be-
, he same can Imdone at home, or by giving it to republican or mug* unip pa- m(jto|1M 8aw u ,.ham.e foi.
pel's, and that we as members of this ^ °"Jumnhidful of some spoils which they did not help to
prevent the election of .pen who have shown themselves to Ik unmin.lful This knocks out all galvan-
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s',within tile jurisdiction of this association for their perusal and contempt -
Mr. John M. Gunn is just in from
Anadarko and says that the Comanches
have sent another delegation to Wash-
ington to assist Quannah Parker to
prevent the ratification of the treaty
made with the Cherokee commission.
The last delegation consists of the
following: to-wit: Apache Chief, White
man, Kiowa and Attn tone together
with an interpreter. These Indians
are simply the tools of the men who
hold big cattle leases in that reserva-
tion and want to indefinitely postpone
the ratification of the agreement with
the indians so that they will be able to
contract new leases this spring. Con-
gress should ignore all Indian delega-
tions that are acting as a cat's paw for
cattle companies while thousands of
citizens are wanting to make homes
out of their cow pastures.
Hon. T. M. Richardson, who has
been favorably mentioned as a suitable
man to lead the democracy in the next
congressional light, is out in a card de-
clining to make the race under any
circumstances, on account of multiplic-
ity of business affairs. We hope Mr.
Richardson may see his way clear to
reconsider this matter as the party at
this time, more than at any other,
stands in need of leaders who have
property interests in the territory and
who have demonstrated their ability
and fitness for places of trust by the
successful, management of their own
private affairs. Wo have had enough
of machine polities, (live us leaders
who have demonstrated to the people
of the territory their ability in some
useful pursuit of life and one who can
produce his last years tax receipt and
will not be ashamed to show, it if called
for in the campaign.
We misaed the Dentocratio Editorial
Association, at Oklahoma City Wed-
T. F. Hensley, a former resident of
Daviess and Mercer counties thisstate,
now editor of the El Reno (Ok.) Demo-
crat, one of the brightest papers in the
Territory, was arrested last week on consciously
UT F. HENSLEY. COR. SEC'V.
.1. DONOVAN, President,
•ase. If the association seeks the well-
fare of its members it will be a gxid
| thing for the democratic party.— N
i man Democrat.
Country journalism has become a pro-
fession. As much so as law, ii edicino,
or the ministry. The time has passed
when one-horse lawyers, school teach-
ers, curbstone bankers and land sharks
can fall back upon the newspaper bus-
iness as a refuge from failure in other
pursuits. The advanced intelligence or
the times, the growth of journalism
with ItsiCOiuplex and arduous duties de-
mands that only the best equipped tal-
ent can expect success in a field where
competition is so sharp as to render
triumph or even moderate success an
actual illustration of the doctrine of
"survival of the fittest". A man can
not practice law. teach school, peddle
books, sell w ashing machines, play base
ball and edit a newspaper all at the
same time. All of his thoughts and en-
ergies are demanded by bis business.
Providence has done a rare and excep-
tionally good work wherever lie has
made an editor, but a great many in Ok-
lahoma have mistaken bis purpose
when they took their seats upon the
tripod of James Gordon Dennett, Geo.
W. ChiUls, Horace Greeley, Henry
Watterson. and Charles A. Dana. It
takes higher qualifications, a greater
variety of talent, more grit, push, ener-
gy and manhood to succeed in country
journalism, than in almost any other
To get into the other professions
some sort of schooling and training,
and a proof of fitness arc prerequisites:
but it seems that everyone thinks he
is a born journalist and knows all about
running a newspaper. He fuils as a
lawyer, or a doctor, or a clergyman, or
In any other profession or calling, and
as a forlorn hope it occurs to him that
he must be a newspaper man. Such
things have existed heretofore and
probably will in this new country for
some time to come, but the exacting
work of modern journalism is fast kill-
ing them off. The peculiar institutions
and rapid development of this country
have made it possible for a great many
people to get into wrong places, while
a little thought in this direction might
have saved many a life mistake and
greatly reduced if not entirely prevent
ed, what we may term human waste.
If there is one element more than
another needed in country journalism
it is independence; — independence of
thought, independeneeol expression, in-
dependence of purse, it is said McMas-
ters when searching for a name for his
last new spaper venture seriously con
templated calling it "Nobody's Dog"
He had the right idea. The trouble
with the majority of Oklahoma newspa
pers is that they are not simply "some-
body^ dog", but "everybody's dog
The situation may be summed up in
the majority of cases in the language
of that famous couplet:
,'1 am Hilly Hutton's do
Whose dog are you?
An editor should have convictions,
which is a good deal to have. Then lie
should be free to express them, and in
addition thereto lie should conduct the
business affairs of his establishment so
as to be absolutely independent of any
individual o*' set of individuals. Eith-
er that or quit the business. The troub
le with independence of the press in
Oklahoma is, that the sheriff has his
grip upon too many country newspapers
not exactly in the shape of an execution
but as the lawyers say caveat in the
shape of patronage which it is well
enough known will be followed by legal
seizure if the publisher does not ma-
terialize in a way that is pleasing to
What is needed is for the editors to
get out from under the upas-like pat-
ronage of the sheriff, and show him and
all other dispensers of patronage that
it is much easier for the newspapers to
live without them than it is for them
to live without the newspapers. When
ever newspapers cease to feed from the
scraps that are thrown from the back
doors of county officials, and make
themselves independent of the petty
politicians, they will not only lie in a
position to wield proller influence in
society, but will put themselves where
they can command the politicians.
The local newspaper is the chief mo-
tive power in a community In mould-
ing and moving public sentiment. Even
1 those who pretend to despise it un-
acknowlcdge this to be
fearlessness—courage, both of convic-
tion and assertion. It need not be bit-
ter or cynical, but it should speak its
mind. Its position is that of a leader
of opinion, and people hsik to it for
tiidancc to assert the right and as-
sail the wrong, and to expose shams
and fraud wherever and whenever it
may find them. When a paper exhib-
its and maintains such a. spirit its suc-
cess is assured, and it roaches a plain
which makes it an honor and glory to
journalism.- HI Heno I lemoernt.
Commenting upon a recent dispatch
from Washington, which stated that
Qunnuh Parker was in that city pro-
testing against the ratification of the
agreement made with the Comanche
and Kiowa tribes, the Democrat of
Wichita Falls, Texas, says:
It is a well known fact that Quanah
Parker is in the employ of the cattle
men. It is also a fact he does not speak
for anything like a majority of his peo-
There anunilper of Indian chiefs that
favor the settlement of tho Ft. Sill
•entry and they would so state to the
authorities at Washington if they had
an opportunity to do so.
Quanah Parker should be placed in
his true light before the Committee on
Indian Atliairs. He is si.11 ply a tool of
the cow men, and those who favor the
opening of the Fort Sill country should
lose 110 time in advising Congressmen
and the officials at Washington of this
We again arise to congratulate Gov.
Renfrow upon his last, appointment,
viz: Ills appointment of Hon. Sam T.
Leavy as a member of the Hoard of He-
gents of the University of Oklahoma.
Governor Henfrow is now demon-
strating to the public that whatever
mistakes he has made iu his numerous
appointments have been mistakes of
tlii' head and not of the heart. The
governor's acquaintance over the terri-
tory has brought liini in contact with
the better classes as his recent ap-
pointments demonstrates, which was
not the ease when first appointed by
the president. It takes time in tills
new country for tlie people to get ac-
quainted with each other let alone for
the govt rnor to become acquainted
with the )>eople. The non office seeking
population of Oklahoma are satisfied
with the governor's administration and
he need not care for the slm|>erings of
the other fellows.
It is said that when a tailor looks at
the Falls of Niagara, with its thick
cloud of spray, he involuntary exclaims,
"Gods! What a place to sponge a
coat." When a corrupt politicl in looks
at a seal in Congress, with all its im-
mense facilities for sacrificing the Nat-
ional interests to the highest bidder,
hi' mentally exelaims, "Gods! What, a
splendid place lo sponge the people."
Judge John MeAtee was in the city
last Monday He has been visiting
some of the principle towns in the
territory getting acquainted with the
members of the territorial barandeve-
dently famaliarized himself with ter-
ritorial affairs. The Judge is a ripe
scholar learned in the law and will add
strength to the supreme court of the
territory. I'l Heno Democrat.
Mr. Koss is in 110 danger from the
miserable little politicians who are
throwing mud at him. ('romweilcame
near being strangled in his cradle by
a monkey, but tho full grown Crom-
well could have defied "a wilderness of
monkeys," and so can the full grown
the charge of criminally libeling Al. | true by soliciting IU. influence when
Jennings" the Prosecuting attorney of any office or enterprise requiring favor
Canadian county, Ok. The Democrat of the public, is wanted. Why then
published a statement that the farmers should it be a suppliant in any direc-
were taxed nearly double the amount lion.' For the simple reason that It
pro rati, that was collected of the Rik'I, ! does not avail itself of the power so
Island railroad company, and that the | plainly at its command. It* editorial
county clerk and prosecuting attorney Columns poses* the possibility of con-
were responsible for the deal. Wo j trolling public sentiment while its ad-
know nothing <>( the merits, but if vertlsing columns open up the avenue
Hensley don't come out on top we miss to pecuniary independence. If there
our guess.—St. Joseph, (Mo.), Repub- is one element more than another
lirH^ which gives a newspaper power it is
One of the robbers told the agent
at Woodward that he saw a personal
mention of the fact that Paymaster
Smith was going to Fort Sill to pay off
the troops at that point in the Kansas
City Times, and headed him off at
Woodward. It pays to advertise.
Mort liixler has changed the
name of the Norman Democrat to the
State Democrat. And has enlarged
it to an eight column paper. Mort
publishes the Democrat twlco a week
and makes It one of the best papers in
in the Territory.
If the maxim is true that the law
takes no account of small matters, it
must take precious little account of
many in this town who are trying to
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