El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 42, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 3, 1898 Page: 1 of 8
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El Reno Democrat
T. F. 1[ENSLEY, Proprietor.
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EL KKNO. OKLAHOMA TERRITORY, NOVEMBER 1898.
$1.25 PEP YEAR.
AN OPEN LETTER.
"I have an enviable ri«flit to he a re-
publican. Born in the block where
Owen Lovejoy was assassinated for
publishing a Free Soil newspaper, in
the city of Alton, 111., the first snilT of
air I breathed was loaded with the very
essenceof republicanism. Four years
before I was a voter I shouldered my
musket in the defense of republican-
ism; came out of the war with a shat-
tered arm, the constant aches of which
is a reminder of the ransom we gave to
save tho Union.
''To see the boys of "(II who stormed
the breastworks against shot and shell,
constantly relegated to the rear to
give place to the "infantry"' that has
so bravely stormed the breastworks of
their mothers, is my apology for this
"The bosses of the republican party
in Canadian county are not representa- j
tives of republicanism. They are a set ]
of self-appointed place hunters, tainted j
with Kansas populism and mugwump-1
fry of—God knows where.
"We will notice a few of the worst
cases: Judge Brown, the old ring-
leader, asks us to be re-elected. His
only claim upon us for our franchise is
his remarkable power for endurance at
holding office. The people of Kansas
and Oklahoma have paid him in tho
neighborhood of $10,000 for about four
bits worth of service. He is chronic
and is not particular as to what means
he employs to get office, lie is as cold-
blooded as a snake, and his past record j
in this county lias proved him to be ■
utterly without conscience when a fel-
low republican stands in his way to
Two years ago Cosby was howling
for Callahan, early and late, in fact no
one seems to know that he had changed
from rank populism to republicanism
up to within a few weeks before the
county convention. When the fusion
slate had nee n made up and Cosby had
been left out in the cold, he very sud-
denly became a stalwart republican,
j Old-time republicans had not witnessed
such radical changes since the days of
'<> 1 < ld Herod trying to out-do him-
self was tame, flat, insipid. Old and
honored party workers were "turned
down" by the mugwumpers to give
place to this new tish in the kettle.
"Geo. M. Smith, volunteer regular,
with a .'10-year soldi )r record, without
a blemish, was sacrificed for Cosby.
M. C. Hutchinson, old soldier, life-
j long republican, well known and a
[ good officer, was turned down for Cos-
I by, who, like some of the combine and
the mugwump newspaper they support,
hold office above principles.
Comrades and fellow republicans, let
us reorganize the party for the party's
But our first duty is to get rid of
the barniclee, who will eventually
bring the party to ruin and disgrace.
1 am a republican. 1 can never be
anything else; but I am free to say,and
have the courago to back it, that no
self-nominated com I incr or mugwump,
will get my vote at the coming election,
and I further hope that my republican
friends and comrades will do likewise."
J. S. Uadlkv.
The Law Sustained.
The infamous scheme to defeat tho
will of the people by the Guthrie terri-
"Tommy Heid is another sweet-scent
ed llower. He came to El Reno two torial election board was knocked out
months before the republican eonven- j in the first round. They attempted to
tion in 1894. It has always been a | violate the plain letter of the law by
mooted question as to whether hewaited j prescribing a form of ballot that would
to get to the hotel to announce himself give the republicans an advantage
for office or telephoned from the depot, j 0Ver the fusion candidates, and pursu-
Anyway, he was elected to office before unt to that end sent out a printed form
ho was acquainted with the people or to the county clerks demanding that
the people were acquainted with him
They know each other now, a circum-
stance which reduces the gent'schances
for election as representative to a very
close margin. Heid was nominated to
the office of county attorney before he
was a voter. He was renominated
through the "fine work" of the bosses
in '96 and was backed by the Stock Ex-
change gang, but the voters turned
him down. He is still retained as the
paid attorney of the Stock Exchange
people. After his defeat in 1890 he
left the territory for fourteen months,
spending a great deal of his time at
Washington trying to get up to the
pie counter,but his belly was too large,
so he has had to be content with look-
ing on from afar. He came back like
the historic Tom Cat, to this country, a
few months before the convention, seek-
ing what office he might devour. He
pays no taxes and,while he may not be
a political hobo, appearances are de-
cidedly against him. Still, he was
nominated against a man who has been
a constant settler for eight years and
pays from forty to fifty dollars tax
every year. Ho was nominated by a
"proxy convention," wherein about
twelve delegates cast the votes of fifty-
four delegates. A majority of the dele-
gates did not know when the conven-
tion was held, because tho combine
had elected separate and distinct dele-
gates from the county delegates and
set separate days for holding same only
few days apart, and. up to the county
the tickets should be printed accord-
ing to this form. In Logan county tho
local democracy sued out a writ of
mandamus, compelling the officers to
print the ballots as set out in the stat-
ute. The case came up before Judge
Burford, and Burford decided against
the infamous gang, and the ticket will
now be printed as the law provides. It
was predicted that Judge Burford
would rule in favor of his party—that
he would allow party prejudice toover-
ride the law. But such was not the
case, and Judge Burford has raised
himself in the estimation of the people
a thousand per cent.
Mid Ocean Vote.
A Topeka, Kansas, special to the St.
Louis Republic, Oct. 27th, says: The
members of the First Battalion of the
Twenty-Second Kansas Ilegiment
which sailed from San Francisco to-
day for Manila, carry ballots with
with them and will vote on Kansas of-
ficers about mid-way between Honolu-
lu and Manila. These 000 men live in
western Kansas, where members of the
legislature are usually elected by less
than twenty-five majority. Both state
committees tonight admit that fully
twenty-five members of the house in
sparsely settled western counties will
be chosen or defeated by this mid-ocean
vote. But what worries them is the
possibility of a delay in receiving the
returns here till the first of February,
The Choctaw Road-
The Choctaw railroad people are not
only reaching out in the west, but are i
also rapidly extending their line east-1
ward. Last week she absorbed the
great Memphis road, leading from
Little Rock to Memphis. The new I
corporation will operate under the
title of the Choctaw, Little llock audi
Memphis, and will have a trunk lino |
extending from Weatherford on the
west to Memphis on the east. This will
be a great trunk line on which the
products of Oklahoma will find direct
and rapid transit to tho Mississippi
river and then south and cast by steam-
ship linos to the markets of the world.
Little Bock is rejoicing over the
prospects of an independent lino into
the capital city of Arkansas. For years
the city has been in tho iron grasp of
the Gould system and her commercial
interests have greatly suffered as a re-
sult thereof. A now era is opening up
for all of the towns along, the Choctaw I
line, and especially Little Rock, and
their deliverance is due to tho energy
and push of this line. It means a rev-1
olution also in the commercial interests
in Oklahoma, as it gives her new out-
lets and opens up new markets in which
to both buy and sell, Tho Choctaw is
fast becoming the best road for the
people of Oklakoma.
flnu Kind of Days!
Cloudy, or radiant with brilliant sun liino, it's all the
same to the man who possesses buoyant health. That
kind of a man is one you'll find on the suniiv side at all
times. Good health demands right foods, and to retain
it you must exercise great care in your grocery purchases.
You should purchase them where there is never anv risk.
Quality First! Here's tiigsb Prices!
I lb coffee 10c
1 lb box of evaporated apples. ..10c
1.") bars of Dandy soap x!5c
10 bars of Clariett soap 25c
0 lbs sal sod a 25c
.'! packages of Pearline 10c
. , i uuu muutiruni aim
1 lhof soJa "cleans Hulled Corn
1 box oatmeal 5c j 2 "1-1 b cans Sauer Kraut
1 lb can Cyclone baking powor.. lOo
1 lb box cleaned currants 10c
2 lb can Main minco meat 10c
1 box flaked rieo 15c
2 boxes American table food 25c
1 can of Tomato soup loc
I can Macaroni and ( heese.. .. 10c
See our (Jucensware line before making any purchase, il
is complete with Loth staple and fancy goods.
The war with Spain up to date has cost
this country just 15,000 lives. The death
from disease has been greater than in
the field of bat'le. Sixty-one men
have died of wounds received in service
since the close of the war. The total
number of sailors and soldiers that
have died in camp from disease, are
eighty officers and two thousand five
hundred privates, or an aggregate of
two thousand six hundred. This veri-
fies the soldiers adage that "disease
kills more men than bullets." Up to
date six hundred claims for pension
have been filed. The commissioner of
pensions gives out the information that
the loss of life resulting from the de-
struction of the Maine in Havana har-
bor will be placed on the same basis as
mortality in battle; that the general
law providing for indemnity to sailors
and soldiers in the federal service will
apply to the explosion at Havana.
Thus far only fifty-five claims have
been presented by the relatives and
friends of tho boys who went down
on the Maine.
Spain has been officially told that
I nele Sam wants to put his brand on
the entire Philippine herd of islands.
He signifies his willingness to assume
all incumbrances contracted for the
benefit of the range,but refuses to as-
sume any debt contracted to quell
the "rustling" insurgents, or native
mavericks,by the Spanish cowmen and
their punchers. McKinley purposes
posing as a "king" even though he's
compelled to prefix the the title with
the noun bovine.
fc. T. PRINCE.
T\V( I DOORS SOI I'll
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CITIZEN'S NTATK BANK
Rock Island Ave.. EL RENO, OKLA.
| one month after the legislature meets,
convention, everybody thought the en- j With a very close vote on state officers
tire ticket was to be nominated the} as is now predicted, still greater com-
same day. ! plications confront them.
Keaton vs. Flynn.
The republican papers in writing up
the Keaton-Flynn joint debate at Per-
kins, claim that Flynn set Keaton up;
but the fact remains the same that, Mr.
Keaton, after the debate was over, pub-
licly challenged Mr. Flynn to continue
the debates until the election. He
offered to cancel all of his engagements
and go with Flynn into his own meet-
ings and discuss the issues before
crowds of his own gathering.
THE "BEST PULL."
There is an unfortunate tendency
on the part of the present day youth
to regard the '•pull" too seriously.
On every hand we hear of the young
map who has a ••pullof the ollicer
who is advanced for the same reason ;
of the clerk who is put to the front
by supporting friends.
Uncertain is the future of the
young man who depends upon his
"pull," however strong. The most
powerful friends will not hold him
long where merit does not decisively
assert itself. It is well to have
friends, and fortunate is he whose
friends will rally- about him when
they are needed; but unhappy is the
man who uses this "pull" until it
wanes in elasticity. The truly great
man of this and of every other coun-
try have developed their own talents.
The railroad president is seldom in
his position except by reason of ex-
traordinary ability—an equipment
that causes the owners of the road to
put a high value on his services.
The corporation manager produces
results for the stockholders, or he
ceases to be manager. Influence is
shy in the face of declining profits-
Every young man who begins the
battle of life in earnest will undertake
to broaden his own sphere of influ-
ence by equipping himself w ith qual-
ities that are in demand. lie will
make himself valuable in a variety of
Advice has just been received from
Honolulu, capital of Hawaii, that
the new form of government provided
for that territory which has recently
been acquired by the United will lie
modeled after the form of govern-
ment in our territories. They will
he given one representative in the
lower house of congress. He will
have the same power that a congress-
man has from the states.
It is understood that Dennis Flynn
has discovered that here will lie u
splendid place for him to emigrate to
after election. The free homes racket
has never been worked on the canni-
bals of this newly acquired territory.
It is thought that Dennis will lie at
home among them and that there will
be no Iveatons or Callahans with fu-
sion majorities behind them to con-
test his right to blow his free homes
A Big Fire
Last Sunday morning a most de-
tractive fire broke out in a livery
stable situated on Main street, south
of Grand avenue, in Oklahoma City.
In a very few minutes the llamcs
spread involving the old Commercial
hotel, the Ilonkatonk theater, Har-
ney's saloon, and several other build-
ings in that vicinity, So rapidly did
the flames spread that all the horses
in the livery stable were lost except
ways. Allies will come in time, and j one. Nothing was saved in the Coin-
if these are kept and others secured j mercial hotel. The Oklahoman print-
the future is well in hand. • ... , . , ,,
nig ollice had a close call and only
Let the unthinking seek his small-1
i • , , .... escaped by heroic work. The dam-
salaried position by means of influ-
ence, if he will, but the man who will | a"e to the fr(,,,t of 1,10 building was
one day control those places will j considerable, and the type and stock
I take a different course.—St. Louis | was damaged by both fire and water.
i R(,l),lll''e- At one time it was thought the town
loomed to a general
The Guthrie Leader says that "If'
All parties desiring to enter the con-
test for appointment to West Point on
competitive axainination are requested
Frank Greer had lived in the time of!
Ananias that the latter would
to meet in Kingfisher on November
V— never i , ...
, • .. .. copy and oblige
have gotten his name into history." I
for examination. Will all papers please
J. Y. Callahan.
was doomed to a general conflagra-
tion and Guthrie w as appealed to for
help; hut luckily the lire department
succeeded in getting the fire under
| control, before it spread over any
considerable area, and the town was
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