The West Side Democrat. (Enid, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 27, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 24, 1894 Page: 1 of 4
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DEM OCR A T PUBLISHING CO.
PUBLISHED EVERY TUESDAY.
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ENID, COUNTY 0, OKLAHOMA, TUESDAY, APRIL .'4, 189J,.
Purity in Politics- 4,f others Surely our honest <hm1 f« ar-
Kditor Dkmocrat: Allow a few ing- men should awake to tin' impor-
words on this subject. Of course judfr- j lanco of political equity to all. hv tak-
ing from the course of the Dkmocrat's iny a part in polities. Ninth, it linn to
editorials for months past such nn nr- <lo with the "preservation and impruve-
tiele is welcome. Welntei' defines pol- uient of their morula." Whether we
ities thus: First, the science of «ov- accept it or not. out' public men. not
eminent: that part of ethics which has only by legislation and enforcement of
to do with the regulation and govern-! la ws. affect the "preservation and im-
ment of a nation or state, the preserva-j provoment of their morals." but by
Hon of its safety, peace and prosperity: their puplic and private lives an well.
the defense of its existence£nd rights
against foreign control or conquest:
the augmentation of its strength and
resources: the protection of it
in their rights, with tho preservation
and improvement, of their morals.
Second, tho management of n j olit i<?a 1
party: the advancement of candidates
to office; in a bad sense, artful or dis
honest miningemont to secure the suc-
cess of political measures or party
schemes: political trickery.
Tho last two words convey the u.nual
view of polities, a* held by many citi-
zens. Not that they believe in politi-
. but bv being too good or
, they Iveliovc. to take part
i and convent ions for fear of
being morally injured thereby.
From Webster's definition w
that first, politics is a science;
the knowledge of government.
it is a part of "ethics. Honcc
tors, tenchers and moralists
take a part therein. Third, it
A man canvassing for votes, swearing,
treating and using rough and almost
obscene jokes in conversation and in
itizens public speeches, is an educator. If he
is elected hi- influence is all the great-
er for evil. By profanity, obscenity
and irreverent speeches in offices by
officers, there is anything but the
preservation and improvement of mor-
als. This accompanied by lives of im-
purity and drunkeness,* is a fearful
blow against preservation and im*
provement of morals Then such char-
acters are not likely to enforce laws
enacted to preserve and promote mor-
als. Klevated politicians can and must
have a great inlluence on the laws,
customs and practices of a people, it
is not a shame or disgrace to enter
• learn polities unless it is in the low sense of
that is Webster's definition, "in a bad sense,
Second, artful or dishonest management to He-
minis- cure success of |K>litical measures or
party schemes: political trickery."
So much for the general principles
and explain the Divine plan for reach-
ing the good of pure jtolitics or good
do with tin-regulation and government of pure politics. In my next 1 will try
of a state or nation.
Surely the most intelligent and mor- j
dl men In a community are bettor pro-
pared for tho •'retrulhtiou and govern-
ment' of a country than ignorant, de-
praved, hut shrewd and corrupt men.
If a favor is "ranted one man it is that
much of a benefit, but when by regula-
tion and wise government ten tho nand
or sixty-fivemilli, ns of people or bene-
fited, the man magnifies his usefulness
that many fold. Hence, lot not moral
men be afraid of polities Fourth, it
lias to do with the "preservation of its
Purity in heart and act are certainly
greater helps to safety than impurity
in heart and life.
When bad men or criminals are in
power the law ceases to bo a terror to
those that do evil, but while the forms
of law are observed the spirit is con-
stantly violated, if not the letter as
KIOWA AND COMMANCHE-
We clip the following from a recent ,
letter written by Hornbook from \\'nsh-;
ington to his Minco Minstrel.
Reservation matters are now mov-
ing along iu good style. We had a \
hearing Thursday before Mr. Holman's j
committee on Indian affairs, and the
healing wis continued it.t until to
day. at which meeting we had a lively
time. Most of tho time was taken
up in discussion of the Kiowa and
Comanche treaty, but before adjourn-
ing the sub-committee agreed to make
a favorable report on the treaty with
the Wichitas. This is a starter. Now
when tho sub-committee makes its
report to the full committee there is
no doubt but the treaty will bo agreed
to all around and then it goes to the
House for passage as a law. We an-
ticipate but little trouble in either the
House or Senate over this bill, as the
price to be paid the Wichitas is left
altogether with congress. This price
the committee will settle upon |>er-
haps in a day or so and then the bill
to ratify tho Wichita treaty will be
shot forward for legislation.
With the Kiowa and Comanche
I treaty we are meeting with more
1 trouble. The price to bo paid those
I Indians is fixed by the treaty and
must he paid if the treaty is ratified.
Some of the members contend the
Choetaws and Chielcasaws are also
to be paid for both the Wichita
and Kiowa and Comanche lands. So
far as the Wichita lands are concerned
that makes but little difference, ap-
parently. bin as tho amount to the
Cnoetnws and Chiokasaws is to be
added to the fixed price to the Kiowas
and Comanche*) it will make that land
cost about t w.i dollars and fifty cents
portiere. As the government intends
to make tho settlor pay all tho costs
of the land it can be easily understood
that many claims will be very dear at
that price. In all probability the
Wichita lands will cost as much to the
settlor as the Kiowa and Comanche
lands, as the committee are favorable
toward paying the Wichita Indians a
fair price for their surplus lands.
After they settle the matter of the
amount due the Choetaws and Chick).-
Our Washington Letter
(From our reyrular eorroHpoiidoni >
Washington. April !.">
At the eapitol among democrats the
question is, what shall be done with the
Attempted Jail Break.
For several days it has been appar-
ent to tho officers that some of the most
notorious prisoners in the jail had
made up their minds to make a bold
effort to escape, if possible, before the
meeting of the District Court in May
The sheriff became aware of the fact,
and was determined that thev should
A Kiowa Judge
t'haddle Konkee a Kiowa Indian from
Anadarko was in HI Heno last Friday
and called at the DKMOCUAT office to
get a copy of the paper that referred to
Wilson billy No( a single member of his testimony in the Greer county case.
the senate is satisfied will it., while jje *ls u very intelligent indian but
actually a decided majority of the dem- d^s not speak Knglish, he has the
ocrats are opposed to it on conviction. newspapers read to him and interpreted
Of course all the republicans are against mull in thismanuer keeps informed up* not escape if it was in his <power to
it. This being the state of the case at on public questions. He is at present prevent It. Consequently he doubled
the eapitol. in every instance in the judge of the three tribes upon the the jail guards, and issued the strictest
which the people of the country have i Comanche reservation and the object of! orders possible to them, and instituted
found opportunity to express them-1 his visit to this city was to consult a new and moat rigid course of disci-
with Judge Stillwell as to the ad visit- j plinc to every deputy under him or in
bility of adopting a code of law or ordi- any way connected with hisoftice. .lust
nances for the benefit of the Indians ! l>efore daylight Sunday morning the
among themselves. He said that plot was discovered by the guard, who
many of the indians had selected their ' immediately reported to the sherifl,
been so distinct and earnest at recent ian(j nm] were trying to farm and as he j and upon investigation it was found
elections that it is impossible to doubt j thought it was necessary to have some ' that by the use of levers, secured hv
that everywhere the same sentiment j laws to meet their changed condition, breaking up a chair and one leg from a
exists. Logically the men who pass He thought best to have laws framed dining table, they could easily pry
like* the Oklahoma laws so they would open the doors of the iron cages, ad-
be "on the whiteman's road" when that mitting them to the main corridors;
country was settled but he did not I from there, by the use of the same
want many laws and did not want them , levers, they could force their way into
"iron bound for the Indians''. He re- one of the old iron cells, where they
selves they have proclaimed against it.
No district that had had an opportuni- j
ty to register its wish and will regard- j
ing the Wilson bill has declared in its j
fayor. Condemnation of the bill has
the Wilson bill will be condemned. It
is this fact that is causing the demo-
crats at the eapitol to pause on the
threshold of the debate which Senator j
Voorhees declares must end in the I
passage of the bill. M:* Voorhees | quested tho judge to bring the statutes | had two bars sawed entirely off, mak-
speaks for Mr. Cleveland. Senator j and come down to Anadarko and help ing a hole large enough for a man to
Voorhees himself is not without con-1 him prepare his laws. Chaddle Kon- I crawl through, which would then leave
cern. and for very good reasons, iltdi- | is a fine looking man, dresses well I them in the "run around," with noth-
ana will be cyclonic against the Willson i wearing a Prince Albert coat on this j ing but a common brick wall between
bill. Illinois too unless Senator l'al-; trip, but allows his hair to grow long them and liberty, which they could
mer is in error will not Is; behind 1 ltdi- j and hruiils it in true indian fashion.— j have dug through in a few minutes had
ana. Michigan has indicated to Don \.\\ reno Dkmockat
Dickinson sitting at tho ears of Mr.
One of the most discouraging evils of
local politics is revealed in the noto-
rious fact that the scoundrels in either
party may rely with perfect confidence
n|m>11 the moral support of a large
share of the reputable men of the par-
ty to which they belong. The aver-
age partisan regards party success of
vastly more importance than public1 saws jor t|,e Kiowa and Comanche
welfare, and he is quite willing that j |ands and tack that onto the price to
the people may suffer at the hands ^ |j)e Kiowas and Comanche*
of incompetent and vicious public ser- j theu treaty also will be ratified
vants rather than see his party recieve 1 and ,|le s()ttier will pay all debts. Our
a temporary sot back by losingan elee- |)eopie need not expect free homes on
tiou or :i vicious candidate or two foist- either leservation and it will bea lucky
ed upon him through the manipulation ; thing now if homesteads can be had
of partisan bosses. There are good ' there at two dollars and a half per
men in each party ready to promote j a0,,e: jt Iaay cost more than that. If
corruption in this way, who would U|je Choctaw and Chickasaw claim is
blush at the thought of aiding and au0wed, and the bill pays the Wich-
abetting in such Iniquity except for the ! itliH 011P dollar per acre, a home on the
I "good of the party,'. Such conduct j \\ricliita reservation will cost more
! may reasonably be expected from mor* than on the Kiowa and Comanche, as
. | eenarios who make politics a trade, but j the fixed price to the Kiowas and
well. "When tho righteous aie in an-1 fi,om n eltjzen^ a taxpayer who sim- (iomanehes is only eighty cents per
thority the people rejoice, but when | plv ames himself to n political party in j (|el.e while the Choctaw and Chicka-
t he wicked beareth rule the people the hope of securing good local govern-j saw ,,la}m js the same on both. But,
Prov.29: 2. Fifth, it has to j ment. such it course is not only foolish jlet „s understand, the elaim of the
Cleveland, that that state will not be
behind other states: while Wisconsin
has not given loss emphatic warning
to Mr. Vilas that his political grave
awaits him as an apologist of the Wil-
son bill. And so with the list of states
whose remarkable voting two years
ago planted Mr. Cleveland in the
White hou-e. and elected tin over-
whelming majority of democrats to
congress; Missouri even is preparing
to swing loose, and the south is con-
vulsive. The east is already gone.
The passage of the Popular Loan bill
in some form is practically assured.
It is for the reason that the re-
ceipts of the government arc falling
behind the expenditures at the rate of
bout tli,000.000 a month, and the gov.
eminent must have money from some
source to carry on its business and dis-
charge its obligations as tlioy fall due.
The necessity is becoming so urgent
that the president and the secretary
of the treasurer have boon in consul-
tation over tiie terms of a bill to lie
recomended to congress in a special
message, or to bo introduced us an
amendment to some other measure.
I. P. A.
they not boon detected. The saw used
was made from a common table knife,
and it is still a mystery how they ob-
tained it as it is different from any that
has ever boon used about the jail; be-
sides no knife is ever allowed in the
To.I. S. Kerfoot. W. H. (.'rigsby and
W. M Cassell, El Heno, O. T.
Dear Brethren:—I hereby appoint,.
... ., .. , i jail, hi Heno Democrat.
you a committee of three to investigate j'
the rumors affecting the moral charac- j
tor of Brother H. II. Brookes, and toj
determine whether a trial is necessary
or not. Please look into the matter si t
once and report. K. D. CAMERON.
Pastor M. K. church south.
April 17. 1804.
Ki. Reno, O.T., April IK, '(it, j
Rev. K. I). Cameron, pastor M. E.
church south, El Reno. 0. T.
Reverend Sir: We, vour committee
Col. T. W. Johnson returned last
Sunday from Washington City where
he has been for the last two weeks
hxiking eftor the interests of the dem-
ocratic party and the territory at large
in the national eapitol. The colonel
reports everything from a political
standpoint in a chaotic condition. He
says that he believes there is a good
chance for the passage of the Wheeler
statehood bill, but that he fears the
appointed by you to investigate 'I"' opposition from the cattle kings and
rumors nfTccting the moral character[he attorneys for the Indians, who are
of Brother H. II. Brookes, and to do- not as yet absolutely secure as regards
termine whether a trial is necessary, their fees, will defeat the ratification
beg leave to report that wo have dilli- ,,f the treaty with the Kiowa and Co-
gently and carefully examined into the mam.he Indians, and thereby postpone
the opening of the Fort Sill country for
do with its
Choetaws and Chickasrws to this land
is strongly disputed here, and the set-
but monstrous. The prospect of reform
'peace and prosperity. ] \ 1
1 in politics grows dim indeed when we
The religious men of our ootnmissons | contemplate the tacit alliance so wide- tlel. may have to pay only tho price
and the moral men of our lodges are ly established between the respectable |p„ij t0 the Indians not occupying the
rtainlv safer men to entrust with the men of each party and the malfactors! -■
of the same alleged political organiza-
tion. We hope that the time will soon
come in this territory in which the
people of fair common sense can be in-
duced to rid themselves of partisan
madness long enough to see that the
country is best served by commending
and supporting all that is good,and op-
posing all that is evil in politics as
well as in the other walks of life.
peace and prosperity of our country or
county, than saloon politicians and
bummers who sire non-taxpayers, and
very frequently of the criminal ele-
ments themselves, They have much
to do with the turmoil and poverty of
our people, but little with its pence and
prosperity. The same is true of
and beer bought votes of any
parties. A long campaign, many can-
didates and numerous treats may well
be their motto. Sixth, it has to do
with the "defense of its existanee and
The great peril of republican institu-
tions today is our corrupt or corruptable
vote. It is a menace 'o our existence
and rights, and against the defense of
our great country
Secretary Smith is now out in the
plan of selling the lands to the highest
bidder. He recommends that as the
policy for the future, fixing the eost
of the land to the government as the
lowest bid allowed. You can bid as
much higher as you like, but you
must pay back the price the land cost
the government. The Choetaws claim
♦ l."0 per acre all around. This add-
Payne County Resolutions
The Democratic Central committee
of Payne county met Saturday, April
7. and passed some resolutions announc-
ing their views upon national, territo-
rial and county affairs. On national
affairs they plant themselves squarely
upon tho true principles of democracy
and deuounse in vigorous language as
undemocratic the action of the prcsi-
dentiu vetoing the seigniorage bill and
the attitude of the administration to-
ward the white metal. They ask a full
and fair investigation to be made by
congress of the charges of fraud in con-
nection with tho opening of the Chero-
kee strip, as well as the frauds that
have so frequently been charged
against men who are now holding office
under the territorial administration
in supplying the Strip counties with
stationery and blank 'sioks. The res-
olutions say: "If no wrong has been
done, the investigation will help the
party: if frauds have been committed
Section "iti-l.Vtif the Statutes of Okla-
homa reads as follows:
ed to the 80 cents per acre paid to the the party must not bear the burden of
I Kiowas and Comanche by treaty will i concealing the perpetrator*.'
make a home in their land cost the
matter and found nothing criminal, nor
to be censured in the conduct of said
Brookes, and there is nothing to try
him for. and we ask that he be in all
things exhonerated from the unfound-
ed rumors, and that your committee be
(Signed.) W. H. GlUUSUV, f
another congress. Tho colonel was in
tho best of spirits and intimates that
wo will hear something drop political-
ly of interest to the people of the terri-
tory within the next few weeks.—El
W. M. Casski.i.,
J. s. Kerfoot.
Our candidate for congress should be
a man of Oklahoma. One who has not
come here for office. He should he a
democrat in every sense of the word,
sides nearly all the old Indians who He ought to be one who litis lived in
Gheyennes at the Circus.
There were at least 500 Cheyenne
Indians at the big show Tuesday, lie-
live close enough to eome, there were
a large number of Indian children from
the schools at Darlington nl the show
They were accompanied by the leach-
em and praeceptors of their schools.
Oklahoma long enough to have become
a native, or in other words a legal voter.
He should be devoid of prejudices and
be a man of broad and conservative
No one enjoyed the show more than | views and jwssessed of sufficient Intel-
the Indians and if tiny one tiling inter , licence to fill the office without an ail-
ested them more than another, it was vis,.r.— Democrat-Voice.
the man entering the cage of lions, and !
when the lioness showed a disposition
to fight the excitement ran high among
them, it is safe to bet that if another
circus comes along soon every Indian
in 100 miles will be in attendance.—El
If Judge Strang, the lualigner of
j editors, or Judge Scott, the jailor of
i the press, over come up for office in
this territory, or later on when it be-
comes a state, they will find that the
newspapers of the new commonwealth
will make common cause and quick
, work of them both.
David Dudley Field lawyer, historian
and man of lettres died at Ills home in
Now York last week. Judge Field was Ml. Sam Shelby, son of (ion. Joseph
born ||i 1805 and was a cotemporary in j Shelby of Mo. and brother of Orvllle
They also denounce Judge Scott for pubt4*> life with severe! generations of i„t(, sheriff of this county, was visiting
Crop Prospects Good
public men He was the author of a
code of civil and criminal law which
was adopted in New York Califor-
nia and Dakotah and from which
settler *2..10 per acre. I believe thev 1 sentencing Frank McMasters to jail.
"The county treasurer shall between | will allow the Wichitas one dollor per
the tenth and the twentieth days of' acre, tVhiCh added to the Choctaw and
April issue a warrant under his hand Chickasaw claim of 41.70 will makeu I ' 'ie beautiful warm spiing l.iins
home in the Wichita reservation cost j that have blessed the territory during < Iklahoma s code of criminal pro-
Ihe settlor *2.70 per acre. That will | the last week have Insured to the far- codinc was taken.
be the least price, and if bidding is mers of Oklahoma an abundant crop of
indulged in it may keep on costing, wheat, outs. etc.. as well as other small
j directed to the sheriff of the county
commanding him to levy the amount
| of such unpaid taxes and the penalty
I thereon, together with his fees for col-
lecting the same, of the goods and
Surely good men chattels of the persons to whom such
far bettor he trusted for the rights
and existence of our government, than
or as stMin as he gets the warrants from
the treasurer.— El Reno Democrat.
' taxes were assessed and to pay the
same to the county treasurer und return
i such warrant within sixty day* from
weak and had men, whether our loes ,1)e (laU,
he foreign or domestic. Seventh, it j in compliance with this injunction of
has to do with tho "augmentation of the law. Sheriff Jackson and deputies
its strength and resources." Increased will proceed to the collection of the
power and resnur in tho hands of delinquent taxes upon the 20th instant
good, honest, prudent, wise and con-
scientious men. is well and good, but
in the hands of bud, dishonest, imprti- Those who mould and move the
dent and oonsolousless men.government inlnds and notions of men, tire most
itself becomes the worst tyranny.
Eighth, it lias to do with the "protec-
tion of its citizens in their rights."
There can he no recognition of rights
without conscience, for a person with-
out one knows nothing of the rights
We have talked to it great
Madam Pollard's claim against Col. ' many farmers this week la regard to
Breckinridge might very appropriately the crop prospects and they all agree
that there never has been as Hue a
under the evidence be called a spolla- f(„. wheat and oats at this
Hon claim, in which the depredations iea(!0lu,f the year sin was
have been going on for the past dozen
The Breckcnridge-Pollard breach of
promise trial illustrates the fact that
nn old man doos not catch on quite so
quick as a young one, but that he
holds on long enough to make up for it.
The late election in Oklahoma towns
generally gave republican majorities,
and thus knocked statehood chances
in the present congress colder thnnn
calf's nose. St Joe Republican.
Senator Vance of North < 'nrolinia died
opened to settlement as there is this (n Washington last Saturday. He was
spring. Nothing but hail can hurt the one of the oldest members of the senate
wheat crop now. The corn has nearly and was very popular with his oonsti-
all been planted, some just coining up tuents.
and the ground in a splendid condition.
old friends here this week. Sam has a
valuable claim near Enid, but lias n
"neighbor" living on the same claim.
Theircontest will lie decided this week.
— El P.eno DEMOCRAT.
Every party has some corrupt men in
its ranks, und they occasionally creep
into official place. If u party purges
itself of its rogues it is strengthened
instead of weakened. This duty is in-
cumbent upon the democracy of Oklaho-
ma at this time, if it hopes for success.
Everything indicatesa most prosperous
year for the Oklahoma farmer.
There are hundreds of people in eve-
ry community who can improve every
line ill a newspaper who can not write
one good one of their own.
seldom seen: they never head the
If you want anything in the line of
mourning goods wedding statinery, pro-
grams, fancy cards and envelopseall at
this office and see our line of samples.
It dues not require any genius or j . . .
talent to abuse or insult a man, but it Cancel your insurance, repudiate
does, to give him credit for what he is your tuxes, and compel your landlord
actualy worth. to reduce your rent.
For gambling to end in poverty and
disgrace, only requires time mil strict
attention to business.
You can not seperate justice from
mercy without injury to both.
Revenge is a barren victory at best:
Its spoils are remorse.
Madge Pollard won her breach of
promise suit against Congressman Seven dollars on
Hrcckenridge and the jury assessed the insurance, and the
damages at $15,000. not yet reached.
tho hundred for
high water iiinrU
A little authority is a dangerous If ignornuce is bliss there must lie a
thing. A terrible fellow to meet g,.ent d,<ul ()( happiness in this world,
is a two-by-four constable with a few _ _ _
subpoenas to serve.
Revenge is the coward's victory. enjoyed by a
Fire insurance is n luxury only to
few in this town.
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