Drumright Evening Derrick (Drumright, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 340, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 14, 1917 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME TWO. NUMBER 340.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1917 drumright, oklahoma,
FIVE CENTS PER COPY.
Attempt To Break
War Says Berlin
"If President Wilson wishes to
make an attempt to break the Ger-
man blockade, the American govern
ment must be responsible for what
happens," says the Berlin Vossiche
Zeitung in commenting on the report
that two American merchant vessels
had left for the blockaded zone. The
Exchange Telegraph company's cor-
respondent at Copenhagen reports
that the announcement of the ves-
sel's departure had caused a pro-
nounced sensation in Berlin.
The American vessels referred to
doubtless are the unarmed freight
steamers, Orleans and Rochester,
which sailed from New York for Bor-
deaux on Saturday.
Berlin's formal announcement that
the time has expired for all excep-
tions in the campaign of ruthlessness,
turned attention today to the ques-
tion which confronts the American
government in whatever next steps
may be taken to meet the situation.
Among the questions now being
carefully considered are: The pro-
posed conference of neutrals to out-
line the rights of the nations not en-
gaged in the war. This has not tak-
en definite form and its exact status
has not been divulged; nevertheless,
it is known the idea has not been
Loaning guns for the arming of
American merchant ships. The pre-
ponderance of opinion among offici-
als who have advised the president on
this point favors having the navy fur-
nish the guns.
Action on Austria's situation in
the new campaign. The ambassador,
Count Tarnowski, till is waiting to
present his credentials.
A reply to Mexico's suggestion for
•mbargoes on food and ammunition
to the belligerents.
Any or all of these questions ere
expected to be decided in the near
While it was reiterated today that
the president would not be rushed in-
to war, it was plain that all officials
expected that the much-feared overt
act might come at any time.
ATTRACTION AT STRAND
JIM WATKINS HAS
CHANCE OF RECOVERY
Dr. M. Karasek of the Emergency
Hospital, has received the following
letter from Dr. A. L. Blesh, of the
Wesley Hospital in Oklahoma City re-
garding the condition of Jim Wat-
kins, who was injured on the McMan
lease near Drumright, two or three
The letter follows: "Yesterday we
amputated Mr. Watkins' leg in the
lower third above the knee. His con-
dition had been gradually growing
worse from the time he entered Wes-
ley Hospital and I saw that he was
surely going to die if we did not
take the chance at amputation.
"His condition was very bad when
he went on the table, but he went
through the ordeal surprisingly well
and is, I think, really better today.
We have two nurses on the case and
are goine to give him all the chance
there is for him. The lower third am-
putation was necessary because of
the condition of the tissues in the en-
1 tire lower leg."
PRAIRIE WOULD STOP
$350,000 PADEN SUIT
The state supreme court yesterday
afternoon heard arguments on an op-
plication for a writ of prohibition
sought by the Prairie Oil & Gas com-
pany. The case was submitted oil
briefs. The writ is asked to prevent
cuting a fcuit against the Prairie *n
the Paden Oil company from prose-
the Grady county district court for
damages in the sum of $750,000.
The action brings into the limelight
the famous "mystery well" at Paden.
It was claimed that the Prairie, which
drilled the well, closed it up and re-
fused to bring it in in a proper way,
and that a known production was pre-
vented from being realized.
TO ENTERTAIN M. E.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
The Sunday School class of the M.
E. Church, formerly taught by Mr.
Funk, will be entertained at the home
of Mrs. W. E. Donaldson, Maple
street and Ohio avenue, Thursday
evening, February 15th. It is re-
quested that all members be present
In an account in The Derrick yes-
terday of an accident to A. C.
Vaughn, it was stated thut the in-
jured man was attended by Dr. Kara-
sek at the Emergency Hospital, which
was incorrect. Vaughn was attended
by Dr. Laidig at the Drumright Hos-
pital and later was taken to Tulsa to
the P. & S. Hospital, where an oper-
ation was performed following an X-
ray examination, which showed every
bone in the palm of the hand was
crushed and the end bone of the
thumb was in a like condition. There
is practically no hope of saving the
At a special attraction, Manager
Alifer has secured Professor Howe
and his troupe of educated dogs and
they will be seen at the Strand The-
atre tomorrow. The dogs work in
costume and act in character parts,
and thc act is said to be the most uni-
que of its kind ever put on the stage.
In connection with the vaudeville, a
World Brady-Made picture, "The
Men She Married," will be shown
with Gail Kane and Arthur Ashley.
Commission G ov t.
Loses 70 to 364;
Poll Light Vote
The evident indifference of the peo-
ple of Drumright as to the form of
government under which they exist
and who are the officials who are
foisted upon them, led to the defeat
of the commission form of govern-
ment proposition at the polls in the
special election yesteruay.
The proposition was decisively de-
feated, the official returns showing a j
total of 70 in favor of the proposi-
tion and 364 electors against it. The |
vote is considered light, the total vote j
registered numbering less than the
signers of the petition for a charter.
The defeat yesterday stops further j
procedure on the proposition.
The result of yesterday's voting, |
as filed with the city cleric, is as fol- J
First Ward: Yes, 19; No, 108. I
Second Ward: Yes, 22; No, 94.
Third Ward: Yes, 10; No, 88.
Fourth Ward: Yes, 19; No. 74.
MARTHA WASHINGTON TEA
Mrs. B. Frank Miller will give a
Martha Washington tea at her home
on North Morrow avenue, Wednes-
day, February 21. She will be at home
to her friends from three to five.
I WANT A JOB
Am young, strong, healthy and
willing to work. Want a job, need a
job and have to have a job. Am
"rarin' to go." Will team, pipe-line, .
anything in the field. Want honest
work of any kind. Just came to
Drumright. If you have a job for me
notify Derrick.—Hobart Piland.
Perhaps we now understand why
the Deutschland did not make an-
other trip to the United States.
State Mine Inspector Loses
Battle Against Corporation
Commission; Gov. Favorable
State Mine Inspector Ed Boyle has
been disastrously Cefeated in his
fight to retain control of the oil and
gas inspection of the state. There was
a bitter fight in the senate yesterday
afternoon preceding the final adop-
tion of the Shores bill, which eman-
ated in the house, placing the super-
vision of the Oklahoma oil and gas
industry in the hands of the corpora-
tion commission to the complete ex-
clusion of the state mine inspector.
Bitter attacks on alleged political
motives actuating the state corpora-
tion commission and the governor,
marked the afternoon session of the
senate when the bill was under dis-
The bill is now in the governor's
hands and there is no question but
that he will sign it. His private sec-
retary, Art L. Walker, will be ap-
pointed oil and gas conservation com-
missioner with offices with the corpor-
ation commission, it is understood.
Senator R. L. Davidson of Tulsa,
failed in an effort to secure detailed
consideration of his substitute bill
creating an independent oil and gas
department. Senator Robert Burns
of Oklahoma City, charged that the
bill was drawn in order to make a
place for Walker, whom he character-
ized as an "administration pet." The
bill was bitterly attacked by other
members of the senate.
Vote on the bill proper was 28 to
14, and on the emergency 30 to 9.
School Enumeration Shows
Increase of 678; Indicates
Remarkable Growth of City
The school enumeration, which was
completed (this week, shows 2,658
children of school age listed in Dis-
trict 39, an increase of 678 over the
enumeration of the previous scholas-
tic ytar, when the census showed 1,-
980. The increase is taken as indic-
ative of the remarkable growth
Drumright has made during the past
The enumeration includes the chil-
dren in the integral parts of the dis-
trict. There were 75 at Pemeta, 128
at Tiger, 28 in District 23, and 45 at
Dry Hill. The increase in the num-
ber of children will make a marked
increase in the size of the appropria-
tion made for this district of the
county school fund accruing from
Creek county's share of the gross
production tax on oil and gas.
Number of Judges
Of Supreme Bench
Increased to Nine
Efforts on the part of the adminis-
tration to increase the number of jus-
tices on the state supreme court
bench will probably be successful this
session of the legislature. The bill of
Senator Kerr fixing the number of
justices at nine, creating new su-
preme judicial districts, and increas-
ing their salaries to $5,000 each has
been passed by the house.
"Immediately upon passage and
approval of this aet," reads the Kerr
bill, "the governor shall appoint one
justice of the supreme court from
each of the four additional supreme
court judicial districts hereby creat-
ed each of whom shall serve until the
second Monday in January, 1919, and
until his successor is elected and
Election of the additional supreme
court judges is provided for in sec-
tion three of the bill. "At the regu-
lar biennial election in 1918, a jus-
tice shall be elected for each of the
four additional districts who shall be
nominated by the electors of the dis-
trict in which he resides, at the pri-
mary election, next preceding such
biennial election. The justices of dis-
trict six and nine shall be elected for
a term of six years, the justices of
district seven for a term of four
years and the justice of district eight
for a term of two years, and thereaf-
ter three of the justices shall be elect-
ed at each general biennial election to
serve for a term of six years."
VIC WRIGHT'S BACK
Vic Wright, the premier light-
weight boxer and embryo oil mag-
nate, blew back into Drumright on
the noon train, wearing a broad smile
and a pinch-back Benny, which he
gathered Unto himself in Pittsburg,
Pa. Vic has been away for the past
two or three weeks being called to
Pittsburg by the death of his grand-
While in the east he slumbered for
a couple of nights at Philadelphia,
Pa., dropped into several other of the
live burgs east of the Mississippi and
let them know he was around there.
He says thc fight game ia fairly good
in the east. Vie will resume his geo-
logical studies with Roxana this week.
He says he'll be ready to take Curley
Smith on any time Curley meets his
proposition of a guarantee and 145
Phone No. 90 for job printing.
Governor May Not
Make Sup'r Court
The bill creating a superior court
in Creek county became a law today.
The governor failed to sign thc
measure in the time-limit of ten days
and as the bill was self-operating, it
became a law automatically.
The announcement of the gover-
nor's appointment of a superior court
judge is awaited with considerable
MANUEL PICKS CROWDS FLOCKING LONE BANDIT ROBS
NEW GUARDIAN TO M. & K. SALE BANK OF $30,000
Dr. Geo. W. Morrow
of Detroit, Mich., one of the strong
campaigners of the National Anti-
Saloon League, will accompany thc
Hon. John G. Woolley on his trip to
Drumright and speak at the great
temperance meeting at the Baptist
Church, on Wednesday evening, at 8
p. m., February 21st.
Worried by the facts brought out
in a hearing this week in regard to
the business incompetency of J. W.
Box, a young Yahola merchant, Lu-
ther Manuel, the rich Creek minor,
has filed a petition in the county
court of Muskogee county, asking for
the appointment of Clyde F. Thomp-
son as his guardian to succeed E. W.
The new petition will be heard by
County Judge Vernor, who has to de-
cide whether the petition for the re-
moval of Box could be withdrawn.
Luther Manuel, whose estate nets
him about $10,000 a month, recently
reached the age of 14 years, making
him eligible to nominate his own
STRAND THEATRE TODAY
(Your Patronage Appreciated.)
ALCARON'S SPANISH TROUBADORS
AN ENTIRE CHANGE OF PROGRAM
In their classical Spanish, English and Italian operetta
LAST APPEARANCE IN CITY
"The Lass of the Lumberlands"
Helen Holmes' great serial drama, presented in
"THE FOURTEENTH CHAPTER"
Three EXTRA PICTURES Three
Johnny Kraker, the boy who must
make good, is certainly accomplish-
ing that feat if the crowds which are
flocking to the big sale at the M. &
K. store this week are any indication.
Johnny and his partners face the
| problem of raising $10,000 for the
| benefit of the store's creditors with-
in a very short time. He's got to have
' the money, and as a result the prices
' have been slashed in the biggest as-
sault on prices which has ever been
staged by any mercantile house in
the city. The sale is a big success and
: it is being taken advantage of by the
public. It looks as if Johnny would
| raise the money. It would be a mis-
1 take to overlook this sale.
A bank robbery, which for daring,
equals some which have been staged
in Oklahoma, occurred in Winnsboro,
La., yesterday, when a lone bandit
robbed the Franklin State Bank of
that place of a sack of currency esti-
mated by the authorities to contain
The man, who was masked, forced
S. Hetherwick, vice-president of thc
bank, at the point of a pistol, to open
the vault and, after securing the
money, locked the bank official and
District fudge HoUtein, who was in
Hetherwick's ol!i into the vauit a d
escaped. The two men remove J the
lock from the vaul. door with a s^rew
driver and liberated themselves after
being held prisoner for nearly an
IDLE HOUR THEATRE TODAY | ENTERTAINS THE
MUTUAL STAR FEATURES
That talented young actor and popular favorite
A five-act drama extraordinary—highly praised
"The Fugitive In Black"
Fourth episode of that late and sensational serial
"The Crimson Stain Mystery
UNGER LONGER CLUB
Mrs. W. E. Yeater entertained the
Linger Longer Club at her home in
Wheeler yesterday afternoon. The af-
ternoon was spent in needlework and
a dainty luncheon was served by the
hostess. Honor guests were Mrs. M
Laughlin of New York City. Those
present were Mesdames Kendall, Le-
Roy, Hickman, Pleasant, Miss Laura
Herrmann and the hostess. The next
meeting of the clufc will be at the
X home of Mrs. Gallagher next week.
anxiety both in Drumright and Sa-
pulpa. The candidates who are re-
garded to have the most favorable
chance of securing the appointment
are conceded to be Gaylord R. Wil-
cox of Drumright, and Lucien B.
Wright of Sapulpa.
The governor, it is stated this af-
ternoon, may delay for several days
in making the appointment. Other ap-
pointments to be made are those of
deputy clerk of the superior court,
for which place R. L. Moore, of this
city, is slated, and deputy assistant
county attorney. County Court Clerk
Harrison Arnold has the appointing
of the first official and County Attor-
ney Earl Foster the latter.
DRUMRIGHT IN GRIP
REAL SNOW STORM
Dr. John G. Woolley
will tell, at the great mass meeting
at the Baptist Church next Wednes-
day evening, at 8 p. m., of the stu-
pendous movement now being pro-
moted to secure national coAtitu-
tional prohibition by 1920. Hear him.
The commission form of govern-
ment proposition was snowed under
at the polls yesterday and everything
in Drumright is snowed under to-
day. There were three inches of snow
at three o'clock this afternoon and no
signs of the storm abating. The fore-
cast from the weather buerau at Ok-
lahoma City reports the storm gener-
al throughout Oklahoma and the
Picture molding and frames made
to order.—Jmarcus Furniture Store.
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