El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 31, 1898 Page: 1 of 8
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r. E. HENSLEY, Pvopvietov,
PUB LI SHED /■: l 'ER} • TRI i:si>, /> •
el beno, oklahoma TERRITORY. march
S1.25 PER YEAR.
SPANISH DID IT!
fl Sufimapine Mine Blew
McKinieu's Message to Gonaress is
fl Bio Disappointment.
Tiie Country is Disgusted with a Weak and
Vasciiatino Executive. War May be De-
clared at any Moment fty Congress.
A synopsis of the news to date:
The long looked for report of the commission appointed to inquire
into the cause of the destruction of the Maine reached congress at noon
Monday. It was accompanied by a weak a nd half apologetic message
The message did not contain a single recommendation or suggestion
to congress. The last sentence, however, was an insult to the patriotism,
patience and forbearance of the country. It reads as follows:
'•I ha\c directed that the finding of the court of inquiry and the views
of this government thereon be communicated to the government of her
majesty, the queen, and I do not permit myself to doubt that the sense of
justice of the Spanish nation will dictate a course of action suggested by
honor and the friendly relations of the two governments."
1 he message fell like a wet blanket on congress as well as the whole
country. It was referred without a word to the committee on foreign af-
As an evidence of the utter disgust of congress, it is cited that no
sooner was the message and the report carted off to the committee room,
than seven bills demanding freedom for Cuba were introduced; four in the
*cnate and three in the house.
The conclusions of the court are:
Lhat the loss of the Maine was not in any respect due to fault or neg-
ligence on the part of any of the officials or members of her crew. That
the ship was destroyed by the explosion of a sub-marine mine, which
caused the partial explosion of two or more of her forward magazines: and
that no evidence has been obtainable fixing the responsibility for the de-
struction of the Maine upon any person or persons.
It is claimed that McKinley has sent ultimatum to the Spanish minis-
try, and that the demand is that Cuba must be free. Spain is offered the
choice of a number of plans for the adjustment of the situation, but they'
«1, 1S! S.
New Dm limits
AND CLOTHING HOUSE.
$15.00 Suits for $10.00!
$10.00 Suits for $7.50!
7.50 Suits for 5.00!
$5.00 Suits for $3.75!
When you want a new Dimity or Organdy for Summer
don t buy until you see Fryberger's, or ifyou can't see them bv
coming to the store, wnte for samples. I 'shall pay especi" at
tent,on to ma.l orders. Try me. My four Cardinal Points
are-Sociab.hty, Quality, LOW PRICES AND CASH
Will merit your patronage.
EL RENO, T OKLAHOMA
For Fusion Still.
El Reno Democrat:—Our eyes are
somewhat back in our head. Out we
can see—and see plainly—that our con-
troversy, should we continue it, would
require time, and accomplish but little
at best and probably widen the breach.
Hence, we do not care to tight a pos-
sible friend when we know the woods
are full of enemies. With due respect
to you, we acknowledge the prepon-
derance of brains on your side. Al-
though we realize the ideas as advo-
cated by you are lacking in truth, and
are not prompted by the true spirit
within you. Consequently the force of
your argument falls very flat on the
ears of your listners. We recognize
this and are willing to rest the case as
it now stands with the people. But
before wo bid you adieu, we extend to
include the same ultimatum, viz: Cuban independence. The micen I J°" ^ "T f trU°8' °U'' left-for
wi" pass upon the proposed plans for settlement ami a definite answer is Z™
expected from Spain today or Friday. The Madrid dispatches indicate ! ''ight, the weapon of defense to all true
hat the cabinet officers are anxious to settle the question even if it should '' Democratic as well as Populist princi-
cost the country the island of Cuba, but they want to do it in some other ' P'eS' R R FkRuuson.
way than that proposed by the United States, so that it shall not have the
appearance of a back down. Popular sentiment there, however, is for war
and may force the government into lighting either by agression or delay.
Two more Spanish war vessels, the Teresa and Colon, under convoy
of a torpedo boat destroyer, sailed westward from Carthagena, the Span-
ish naval station. 011 the Mediterranean. Dispatches from Minister Wood-
ford state that this was probably done to appease the Spanish clamor for
war, but it created the most intense excitement in congress and American
naval circles. Delegations of senators and representatives called upon
President McKinley and insisted that inaction now is ruinous, in view of
tlic preparations Spain is making.
Nevertheless, it's True.
Mr. Hensley, of El Reno, asserts that
he would not take an office. Mr. Hen-
sley must have caught the disease in
Mexico. Itsurely never was hereditary,
it is not indigenious to Oklahoma, and
above all, thank the Lord, no populist
can catch it. Mr. Hensley would be a
curiosity in Kansas, but lie would either
be sent to the asylum for lunacy, or
lynched as an irreclaimable liar whose
example would ruin the chief industry
of the state.—McMaster's Globe.
Col. Stiles wants to lead Oklahoma's
twelve hundred through the "valley
and shadows" in ease of war with
Spain. We are in favorof putting Ham
YV. Sawyer on his staff. Some such
tactics as this would probably rid Okla-
homa of two bad smells at the first on-
Let the prodigal son return unto his
! father's house and, not only will nil be
forgiven, but juicy cutlets of the fat-
ted calf will be substituted for the
i Populist husks 011 which he has so long
Only four members of Company A,
Oklahoma militia, showed up for drill
.it Guthrie last night. Too many eggs
of;,n infrior quality is telling on the
Kditor Democrat:—You seem to
marvel at the apathy of the voters of
El Reno on election matte™. It does
seem beyond comprehension in view of
the fact that taxes are burdensome,
and that in|thefaee of this burden, men
in official positions have voted useless
expense upon the taxpayers. You call
for the election of "good men." and no
doubt the people want good, honest
and competent men for officers; but
how do they know a man until they try
him? When the new school house was
talked of there were some "good men"
on the school board, and when tho
ground was to be purchased on which
to erect the new building these "good
men" were the first to schemn to buy
the ground of tho their friend, an ex-
postmaster, and did 'finally vote $1,800
into his pocket for ground tba' would
not bring $.')00 on the market. With
such a record staring the people in the
face, what are they to do? The names
of the members of the school board win,
voted that steal upon us ought to he
i Flynn is urging the committee on
appropriations to recommend an item
: of $4,000 to reimburse Major Foreman,
Tom Jensen and James Thompson for
the ten dollars an acre they 'paid the
The house went wild when Bailey of Texas for the second time de- ""Vi''!""?"' town*ite law<
niandedrecognition, and offered a resolution recognizing the indepen- afterwards7ost,' before"'th,?'land'd?-
dence of t uba. Speaker Reed himself, ruling 011 a point of order raised ' pai tment. It is nothing but simple
by Boutelle against Bailey's resolution, appealed to the members to wait a j"sticu their money should be rc-
j funded, and Mr. Flynn no doubt will
I have but little trouble in inducing con-
<>f excitement, rest i„ an overthrow o, Ree.l and . possible r.^rturo '
;"d!ne ' Pn^'i.hed in your jiapcr, and i, any of
The little fiv-sn.H.U- ti ,1 V i Ulat capacUy nnw' they should be lirod
Mil, • 's the off of the board, for rascals eould ,10t
Misi epresentati ve at Guthrie, in the make a wo,>e record. The neo, I ta ,
ground financially, morally and edito-1 no intent in elections because tiey al-
r ally. has nox attained the proportions j ways get I he worse of it. "Good nfen"
of .1 squirming maggot. We'll kick it have proved to be rascals I could
Sri srto ~ii wi^-1 r::r ^ -2
; '« ' the present. lUsc'Ar,.
day or two more upon the president. But for the hardest work of the
Republican leaders, the bouse would have been taken off its feet in a wave
THE "NOVELTY" STOKE,
HodcIcjuqrters for L\ow Prices-
with the administration.
1 resident McKinley assures congress that Spain's acceptance or
fusal of terms would be known by Friday, and in no case would he delay
If Bro. Callahan will attend the next
democratic congressional convention,
j we assure him now, that he will
L-tion longer than next Monday. Spain must immediately free Cuba or H®? greate/' necessity '°>' "going to
enter into open war with the government of the United State,. j £ome defeat "*** ^ frC6
QUE ENS W A RE,
t**~0ur MOTTO-'-UNDER BUY, UNDER SELL
1 Door Sll«,TS?«,' Store- sharp bkos, Wops.
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Hensley, T. F. El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 11, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 31, 1898, newspaper, March 31, 1898; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc139921/m1/1/: accessed February 20, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.