El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 10, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 29, 1899 Page: 1 of 8
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El Reno Democrat.
T. F. IIEXSLEY.
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY
El Reno. Oklahoma Territory. June 29. 1899.
#1.25 PER } 'EAR.
BIG FLOUR TRAIN.
Twenty Cars of Flour to be Sent
From El Reno to the Great
City of New York
LEAVES EL RENO JULY 25.
Train will be Decorated with Bunting, Flags,
Painted Mottoes and Cartoons, and Will
Stop at all the Principal Cities on
The Route. Everything will be
From Oklahoma Territory.
Sil Dixon, of Argonia, Kansas, i9 in
El Reno working up the greatest ad-
vertising scheme of the age for Okla-
homa. His plan is to load a train of
twenty cars with flour, and then decor-
ate it from stem to 9term with bunting,
flags, painted mottoes and cartoons, and
then send it through to New York by
daylight. Accompanying this train
will be two coaches instead of the regu-
lation caboose. These coaches will be
for the accommodation of a band of
twenty pieces and a number of persons
who may be so fortunate as to be invit-
ed guests on the trip. The train will
start from El Reno about the 25th of
July, and, as above stated, arrange-
ments have been made with the rail-
road companies to take the train
through in a series of daylight runs.
Stops will be made at all of the princi-
pal cities on the route, which will in-
clude Chicago, Pittsburg, Washington
City, Baltimore and Philadelphia, and
all intermediate points. At these points
the arrival of the train will be duly ad-
vertised and it will remain long enough
to give the people along the route not
only enough time to see it, but to hear
what public speakers may have to say
of Oklahoma and her future and to re-
ceive advertising matter and samples
of Oklahoma products,especially wheat.
Mr. Dixon is an old hand in this line of
advertising a country and her re-
sources. More is due to him than any
other ten men in Kansas for the fame
certain sections of that state have ac-
quired as a wheat and corn growing
He has taken several trains from
Kansas to the markets of thesouth, but
nothing of the kind has ever been sent
east from this section of the southwest.
It was Mr. Dixon who run the celebrat-
ed McKinley corn train to St. Louis as
a political advertisement just before
the last election, an enterprise which
found its way into not only every daily
paper in America, but every local paper
as well. But this enterprise is in no
sense political. It is purely an Okla-
homa enterprise. Mr. Dixon says he
intends that the cars shall be loaded
with Oklahoma flour, ground from Ok-
lahoma wheat and bj Oklahoma mills.
That an Oklahoma band of the best
musicians that can be found will accom-
pany the train, and Oklahoma orators
will be called upon to sing the praises
of Oklahoma from the rear platform in
every town where the train makes a
As an advertisement for Oklahoma
and Oklahoma towns the scheme can-
not be excelled. The wheat crop of
every other section of the United States
is short. Here we have the finest crop
and the largest yield ever had in the
history of the territory. The flour train
will not only herald this fact in its pas-
sage across the continent, butthe news-
papers by the thousands all over the
country will write and talk about it for
We have not been advised as to just
how Mr. Dixon proposes to raise the
funds necessary to defray the expenses
of the enterprise, but we sincerely hope
that the peopleof El Renoand Canadian
county will not allow so golden an op-
portunity to go by without contributing
their share and without being repre-
sented in this great industrial pageant.
It will be worth more to us than a dozen
street fairs, for seeing is believing, and
this train will show to the hungry and
overcrowded east that a land of plenty
lies within their easy reach.
The Farmers' Mutual.
Last week there wa? a meeting ol the
officers of the Farmers' Mutual Indem-
nity association for the purpose of hear-
ing the report of the secretary and de-
ciding on the best ways of adjusting
the losses caused by hail to growing
crops. This organization now reaches
out over the entire territory of Oklaho-
ma. In fact has made a most phenom-
inal growth in the few months it has
been at work under the new organiza-
The secretary's report discloses the
fact that 3,303 farmers have insured in
the company against hail, and some-
thing like 125 losses have been report-
ed. The losses will aggregate some-
thing like 25,000 bushels. It was de-
cided with the funds on hand it will be
onlv necessary to collect the first notes
in order to have money enough to pay
all losses, leaving a surplus on hand.
The second notes, amounting to $01,-
135.1", will be returned to the farmers.
The officers report the association in a
good, healthy condition and inform us
that they intend to immediately take
the field for fire insurance on farm
The directors and other officers pres-
ent were. Fred Watkins, North Enid;
A. H. Beam, Okarche; M. B. Crump,
Enid; It. D. Hall, Oklahoma City; W.
E. Wcrden, Waukomis; T.M. C. Hogan,
El Iieno: \V. H. Mead, Kingfisher; W.
II. Lindley, Calumet; C. W. Barnes,
Purcell: E L. Dean. Kingfisher, and
Jack Jones, of Enid.
These gentlemen speak in the most
flattering terms of the crops in their
respective localities. This is certainly
Oklahoma's red letter year in the mat-
ter of all kinds of crops.
In El Reno on July the Fourth
Will be the Grandest Ever
Held in Oklahoma.
AN OLD-STYLE BARBECUE
Protect Our Food-
The doctors inform us thas alum is
a poison, and thatalum baking powders
should be avoided because they make
the food unwholesome. Prominent hy-
gienists, who have given the matter
most study, regard these powders as an
evil that should be suppressed by state
action. In Minnesota and Wisconsin
alum baking powders are not permitted
to be sold unless they are branded to
warn customers of their true character,
while in the District of Columbia the
authorities have under the direction of
congress, adopted regulations to pro-
hibit the use of alum in bread alto-
Are not the people of other states, as
well as those of Minnesota and Wiscon-
sin, entitled to warning of a danger
which is apparently menaciug them at
close hand, and is not the whole coun-
try entitled to absolute protection, as
the people of the District of Columbia
are protected, by legislation which is
Until we can have protection in the
form of a statute, how can our state
boards of health, state analysts or food
commissioners better serve the public
than by publishing in the new -papers
from time to time the nami sof the bak-
ing powders which they find to be made
Meantime, it will aid the housewife
in designating the alum powders to re-
member that all powders sold at twenty-
five cents or less per pound are of the
dangerous class. Pure cream of tartar
powders are usually sold at from forty-
five to fifty centy a pound.
The Rough Riders.
The Rough Riders will hold their
second anniversary of San Jaun at Ok-
lahoma City next June. It was decided
by a vote of 12 to 8 in favor of Oklaho-
ma at a business meeting at the Las
Vegas re-union. The success of Okla-
aouia City is said to be due to the ef-
forts of Mr. Johnson, of Pawnee, who
made a vigorous fight again-t Colorado
City which was the only other city that
remained in the contest.
According to notices in the Enid pa- ^
pers there will be no celebration in that i
■ city the Fourth.
A Washington special gives startling
figures of the cost of the war in the
Philippines. The article states that
$03,000,000 and the lives of 004 men is
the price paid thus far for the advan-
tage gained in Luzon, besides 0,500
soldiers wounded and many times that
number made invalids. It declares that
the cost of the army in the Philippines
is $280,000 a day, and of the navy $10,-
000 a day.
Ten Beeves and Five Thousand Loaves or
Bread will be Served Free to the Peo-
ple. Speaking. Music, Races. Ball
Came, and Fire-Works at Night.
Everything is tree to All.
[ Celebration will commence at four
i o'clock in the morning with the firing
| of cannons and firecrakers and the
| progrom will continue throughout the
i day until midnight. The speakers'
I stand will be erected on the open lots
I the first block south of the old court
| house. Rev. Harper will deliver the
invocation in the morning; the Declar-
ation of Independence will then be read
by Miss May Stewart, following which
Hon. C. F. Irwin will deliver an ora-
tion. Ten beeves and 5,000 loaves of
bread will be served at noon, free to all
the people. The dancing pavillion will
be located opposite the Democrat block.
The fire-works display in the evening
will take place on the open lots the
first block south of the brick school
We are unable to give the program
in full as ail arrangements have not
been completed, but there will oe rac-
ing in the afternoon, and games of
ball and other sports.
phoouam at speakers' grounds.
The Committee on Arrangements has pre-
pared the following program for the speak
lag exercises of the day Any later changes
will be duly announced and published.
Music— lted. White and Blue, G.C. Hand
Invocation Rev. Harper
Heading of Declaration of Independence.
Miss May Stewart.
Oration of the Day Hon. C. I\ Irwin
Music—"Star Spangled Banner."
Adjournment for Barbecue.
Music Goff's Cadet Band
Tiie Old Bay State, "Cradle of Liberty,"
W, K. Brown
In Unity There is Strength.
A Nichols, Reno
Tiie Mothe:1 of Western Orators and
Statesmen, ' Old Kentuck,,'
W. W. Bu-h. Valley
Free speech Toll ti McMalian, Union
Pennsylvania lu the Revolution...
Chas. Kuiin, Calumet
Tha Church and the State
B. i" Nurthcott, Matthewson
The Arkansas Traveler.
■ .I B. Lear, Matthewson
The American Soldier
Alex. Spencer, Mustang
Yankee Doodle and Dixie,
E. A. Rosser, Prairie (
The Mother of Presidents
s m. Wamsley, Yukon j
Common Sense, The Colonial Press
1- h. Hoover, Okarche
May She Always Scream -The Ameri-
can Eagle Tohn Fox,Oik
The Reign of Law ,1 II. Warren, I!: Ueno
What o( the Future1/ 1' E Giilett, El Reno
Hv the Committee.
The Celebration Committee will ar-
range for a contest among "old style
fiddlers." The prize will be given to
the best "oid style tiddler," who plays
by ear. None but the "old style tid-
dler will be permitted to enter the con-
test. Judges will be chosen from those
most familiar with the old style.
All persons who desire to enter the
old style fiddler's contest, for July 4th,
are requested to report to R. B. Forrest.
Three prizes will be given, the first, $3;
second, $2, and third, something nice.
The committee on arrangements has
selected R B. Forrest as psesident of
the day, and the following list of vice-
presidents has also been named:
T. F. Addington, J. J. Lucas, R FJ
Wilson, W. H. Hutchinson, N. Whit-
lock. Dock Farris, W. .1. Leeper, .1. T
Hendrickson, J. It. Coykendall, A. S. j
Perry, Isaac Simmons, Jos. Smelser, J.
B. Lear, J. A. Osborn. D. C. Bothell, |
F. A. Steward, Dr. Smith, S. Shneeber-
ger, F. G. Wagner, Win. Lahme, John
Fox, II. A. Todd, Heniy Vasey, W. W.
Bush, J. D. Warren, A. B. Neil, J. M.
Sparks, T. M. Smith, K. A. Rosser, G.
W. McClintick, John Welter, John Mc-
Mahan, F. D. Albright. Geo. Dixon, T.
A, Cooksey, John Jensen, T. B. Rice,
J. S. Palmer, J. A. Nichols, H. H. i
Powell, Beu Keith, Sr.. J. A. Foreman, j
A. A. Franklin, W. J. Montrief, C. W. |
Gould, W. R. Brown, J. F. McGrath. I
Thirty Years a F.ugitive from
Alexander Jester, alias W. H. Hill,
has just been arrested at Shawnee, Ok-
lahoma. for the murder of Gilbert Qates
on May 2, 1871, in Missouri. Jester is
almost eighty years old. Removed to
Shawnee, from Norman, a little less
than a year ago. Mrs. Street, of Shaw-
nee, Jester's sister, is the cause of his
arrest. She wrote a letter to the Wich-
ita officials slating that her brother was
guilty, of murdering a man near War-
rensburg, Mo., about thirty years ago.
She says the Lord prompted her to do
it. She says the secret has caused her
a most horrible existence. Jester says
it is spite work on the part of his sister,
and denies the crime. But the Mis-
souri officials have arrived and will
take hini back to Andrian county where
he will be tried for the murder of Gil-
bert Gates. His sister now states that
she is sorry she told on him.
A A. Gates and wife, parents of the
murdered boy, are living at St. Charles
111. They expressed intense pleasure
on learning that Jester is found at
last and will be brought to trial for
his crime. The old man, who had start-
ed at once in 1871 on the suspicion that
some evil had befallen his son, who had
ferreted out his murderer and after-
wards had searched for him again with-
out success, corroborates every detail
that has been telegraphed from Kansas
of the almost forgotten crime. He said;
"Mrs. Street is telling the truth
when she says Alexander Jester, her
brother, killeu my son, Gilbert. I made
this woman's acquaintance nearly thir-
ty years ago while in search of informa-
tion regarding my lost son. She then
lived in Wichita, Kansas. With the
aid of a search warrant I went through
the house seeking clews, and in the
drawers of a bureau I found a number
of articles which 1 identified as belong-
ing to my son. It is a case of 'murder
Judge Phillips' Decision.
Judge Phillips, in the United States
circuit court at Kansas City, has ren-
dered a decision declaring illegal the
present method of assessing property
for street improvements in the cities
throughout Missouri and in many other
states. If upheld, the decision will in-
validate hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars worth of tax bills in the state of
Missouri. Judge Phillips holds that the
Missouri statute authorizing cities and
towns to assess the cost of opening, pav-
ing, or repaving streets against the
owners of abutting property, apportion-
ing the whole cost on the number of
front feet, is in violation of the pro-
vision in the federal constitution which
prevents the taxing of private property
for public use without just compensa-
tion. Judge Phillips holds that unless
all the benefit of such improvements
redounds to abutting property-owners,
as distinguished from thecityat large,
this statute i.- unfair. He holds, too,
that property in or.e location may be
benefitted more than property in an-
other location on the same street and
that lo be in harmony with the clause
of the constitution cited, assessments
must be levied in proportion to the
benefit derived. The decision was ren-
dered in a paving case brought in the
federal court at Springfield, Mo. The
case will be carried to the supreme
Assistant United States attorney, J no.
W. Scothorn, has filed a petition to set
aside the government patent issued to
James W. Lynch for a quarter section
of land in Kay county on which a por-
tion of Ponca City is built. The peti-
tion abounds in sensational allegations.
Among them bribery, corruption and
specific mention of cash payments and
other valuable considerations to J. H.
King, ex-receiver of the Ferry land of-
fice, and James E. Malone, the former I
register of the same office. The peti-j
tion also alleges fraudulent combina-
tion between James W. Lynch, R S.
Barnes, John W Dalton, David . Pry-
or, Chester W. Howe and A.M. Waugh
to acquire title to the land in question
for speculative purposes.
The Brewing Companies Buy
Several of El Reno's Best
FOUR NEW BUILDINGS
To be Built of Fine Pressed Brick Will Soon
Be in Course of Construction. Will be
Two and Three Stories Blgh With a
Fifty-Foot Frontage. Real Estate
Steadily Advancing In Price.
The big St. Louis and Milwaukee
breweries are vieing with each other
for choice corner lots in El Reno. An-
heuser-Busch some time ago purchased
three prominent corners in the city,
paying upwards of $.3,000 per corner.
These purchases displaced one or two
saloons which sell Pabst'sproducts, and
that brewing company immediately dis-
patched an agent who last week pur-
chased not only two of the most prom-
inent corners in the town, but an ad-
joining lot to each, giving them a fifty
foot frontage, and the news is given out
that they will immediately commence
the construction of a fine three-story
brick building on one of these lots, and
that they will build on both of them in
a short time. The Anheuser-Busch
people now have a fine pressed brick
two-story building nearing completion
on one of their corners and will start
with another building as soon as their
agent, Mr. Golf, advises them of such
a move. It is quite certain that Pabst
and Anheuser-Buch will soon have four
of the finest brick buildings in the city.
When such concerns as these big St.
Louis and Milwaukee brewers invest
thousands of dollars in choice corners
and erect such costly and substantial
business houses, it is pretty good evi-
dence that the future of the town is as-
sured. We have advised the public on
numerous occasions that this was the
best time they would ever have to in-
vest in El Reno property. The last
three months has seen nearly all real
estate in this town double in value, and
the time is but a few months' distant
when property will quadruple in value.
Today the river Seine ceases to be the
recipient of the sewage of the French
metropolis. All drainage hereafter will
pour into one huge central drain, and
be carried off to two immense suburban
sewerage farms situated respectively at
Trial and at Mery. The latter is a high
sandy plain, known in the district as
the Sahara of Paris. With the help of
sewerage it is to be converted into pas-
ture lands, and it is hoped that when
thus changed this now sandy waste will
aid the solution of the problem of sup-
plying the metropolis with pure milk.
Sewerage farms have already been
tried on a small scale at Gennevilllers
with such phenomenal success as far as
the fertilizing of the land is concerned
that it was resolved to deal with the
entire metropolitan sewerage in this
In numerous small towns in America
this same plan of disposing of sewerage
has been successfully carried on for
years. The experiment was first tried
as an expedient to dispose of sewage in
towns remote from a natural outlet, and
it proved a success not only to towns
but to the farms employing it as a
means of fertilizing and irrigation.
There are a half dozen farms lying be-
tween El Reno and her outlet for sew-
age that could be made of untold value
by the adoption of this system, and at
a trifling expense.
This Is the last Fourth of July for
the 18th century.
Advertising pays. A woman in Penn-
sylvania advertised for a husband and
got one. He enlisted, insured his life
for $3,000. Re was killed in the Phil-
ippines. His wife got the $.'!.000 and a
widow's pension. Her advertisement
and wedding expenses were $11
The Wichita Eagle says a heathen at
Arkansas City offers $25 to the woman
who will offer her baby to be dropped
from a balloon on a parachute the 4th
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Hensley, T. F. El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 10, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 29, 1899, newspaper, June 29, 1899; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc139982/m1/1/: accessed January 22, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.