Drumright Evening Derrick (Drumright, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 39, Ed. 1 Tuesday, February 27, 1917 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME THREE, NUMBER 39.
DRUMRIGHT, OKLAHOMA, TUESDAY, F~.B. 27, 1917
FIVE CENTS PER COPY.
Recount By Court
The recount of the ballots cast in
Precinct 10, Sapulpa township, in
the general election, which was order-
ed by Judge George Clark of Oklaho-
ma City, who sat in the district court
yesterday, on the hearing of the con-
test brought by John Berry, demo-
cratic candidate for county commis-
sioner from the first commissioners'
district, to unseat J. H. N. Cobb,
elected on the republican ticket by a
majority of 24 votes, had not been
finished at noon today. The result
will be obtained this afternoon, it is
Claims set forth in the petition of
counsel for Berry that the ballots
cast in Precinct 10, had been taken
from the polling place to a private
residence, where they were counted.
These claims were substantiated by
members of the election board.
The ballot box was ordered pro-
duced and Judge Clark brdered the
ballots cast in Precinct 10 to be re-
counted. When the box was opened it
was discovered that the envelopes
containing the ballots had been torn
open, but the court held that rough
handling of the ballot boxes caused
the seals to be broken. Counsel for
Cobb set up the charge that the box
had been tampered with, but the re-
count was ordered over his objection.
Attorneys for both Berry and Cobb
were appointed tellers and the re-
count was begun yesterday after-
CLAIM THAT COUNTY
BOOKS ARE SHORT $5,000
Information has been given out
that W. F. Preddy, former clerk of
courts of Okmulgee county, whose
term of office expired January 1, was
short at least $5,000 in his accounts.
Preddy, who has disappeared, admit-
ted to other county officials before he
left that his accounts were short that
amount, it is stated.
Deputy State Examiner McClure
is now auditing the missing man's
books. Today it was discovered that
Preddy's bond, insuring the county
against shortage, had been stolen
from the vault in the county clerks
olfice. Preddy has not been appre-
hended and it is stated that no war-
rant has yet been issued for his ar-
About the "sassiest" piece of in-
formation, ^or lack of it) that we |
know anything about, was contained
(or omitted) in Missouri paper which
gave the names of the ministers of
the churches in that city and left a
half column of blank space beneath
to represent what the ministers had
to say about vice conditions in the
PUSHING ROAD WORK
REVOLVING FUND OF STATE
SCHOOLS IS EXPLAINED
Endee, N. M.—Work on the Ozark
Trails through this section is being
pushed by five road gangs now at
work on the proposed Las Vegas-Tu-
cumcari route. Quay county is work-
ing for a $200,000 bond issue which
has the support of the county com-
missioners. A number of good roads
meetings have been held in this coun-
ty and the people are awake to the
value of this great road.
, That'll be all about Curley today
and probably all we'll ever say about
him for all time. We simply had to
get it out of our system. Having
done so, we draw the curtain on Cur-
ley Smith, the false alarm near-fight-
er, for all time. If he ever breaks in-
to these columns again it will be at
the rate of five cents per line, straight
advertising, and we'll reserve the
right of turning down his copy, at
The League to Enforce Peace will
probably come in for a revamping
process. From a major league it will
probably slip back into a bush minor
for a time at least.
Revolving funds for the five nor-
mal schools in the state proposed in
j the senate bill which creates such
I funds for nearly all state institutions,
are explained in detail in the bill now
before the legislature. Each of the
funds is named after the school for
which it is created and each consists
of appropriations and earnings per-
taining to that particular institution.
"The revolving fund shall include
all earnings or profits in the conduct
and management of any department,
including incidental or registration
fees and all deposits against breakage
or rentals of instruments," reads the
bill. No portion of the revolving fund
can be expected for salaries. The
fund will be under the supervision of
the State^oard of Affairs, and must
be kept in such a way as to show
from what particular source the mon
ey was derived. Provision is mad«
that cash not to exceed $300 may be
drawn from the revolving fund in
cases of emergency with consent of
American Loss On
Laconia To Topple
U. S. Over Brink?
OIL MEN DROPPED
It is probable that new informa-
tions will be filed against the oil com-
pany officials charged with polluting
the water in Rock Creek, near Sapul-
pa, who were released by County
Judge Frazier, when, at a hearing
yesterday, he sustained a demurrer
by their counsel because informations
filed against the defendants did not
make definite the stream affected.
The state game warden's office is
concerned in the prosecution of the
men. As a result of their alleged
carelessness in allowing salt water to
flow into the watershed the Sanulpa
city water supply ha* been made un-
fit for use except for sprinkling pur-1
poses and fires, it is charged.
The proposition to prohibit a dec-
laration of war by congress until it
shall have been authorized by a refer-
endum vote of the people, is another
specious phase of Bryanism. It is in
kind with his idea that if you are
swated between the eyes and knock-
ed down, you shall lay there a year
before getting up to run or hit back.
We notice where banks down in
Louisiana are being robbed. We had
some experience with the robbers up
here in Oklahoma until a few were
hurried in their leap into the "great
beyond," and then there was a calm.
A high-powei rifle is a great moral
agent, when properly u1 'd.
Resigns; Watch The
Slate Now Framing
Ten Americans, Two Women
And Eight Seamen Perish
On Torpedoed S. 5. Laconia
Councilman Bunk Watson from the
Second Ward, tendered his resigna-
/; tion at the meeting of the city coun-
cil last night. Reason not made pub-
£ lie. The dove of peace fluttered
'round about a bit and was seen hov-
? ering over the head of John W.
i , Briggs, who is believed to be slated
for Watson's job.
Looks beautifully nice and smooth
for the boys who are "in with the
bunch." Really, altogether, a rather
clever "frame-up." Watson was a
hold-over councilman, having been
£ successful in the recent lot drawing.
Watson was a long-term councilman
and would have held office for anoth-
' With him out of the way, it leaves
T the opportunity open for the ap-
pointment of a man who is "right."
The bunch fondly imagines that Wat-
f son's successor can hold office for an-
other year, thus getting one of the
bunch into office without taking any
chance on the people, who are sup-
posed to have a peep in the matter
> once in a while, throwing him out as
being found wanting.
No appointment of Watson's suc-
cessor has yet been made. John W.
Briggs hasn't even said he wants the
appointment. Neither has anybody
else. No official announcement is
made that Briggs is even slated for
the position. Maybe there isn't any
"frame-up" hi that direction at all.
Maybe there is! Time will tell.
Perhaps it won't be possible, under
the law, for anyone appointed in
Watson's place, to hold office for an-
other year, without election. Did they
ever stop to think of that? The
thought may have escaped them and
it is advanced for what it's worth.
Besides playing politics at last
night's meeting the city council al-
lowed several claims; voted to allow
the Santa Fe railroad water for its
tanks; voted to order sidewalks built
in Lot 12, Block 6; and appointed Dr.
Starr, H. A. Dugger and M. N. Dwy-
er a plumbing examining board.
The council got down to business
in regard to the paving work. It
adopted a resolution instructing the
city engineer to notify the Municipal
Construction & Engineering com-
pany, which has the paving contract,
that actual work on street paving
must be resumed within four days, or
the city will seek to recover under the
contract with the paving company.
(By International News Service)
Queenstown, Feb. 27.—It has been
definitely learned that there were 10
American lives lost with the sinking
of the Laconia, the Cunard liner
which was sunk without warning by
a German submarine off the Irish
coast, according to the American con-
The death list of Americans in-
cludes two women and eight negro
Largest Victim Yet
London, Feb. 27.—The Laconia,
an 18,099-ton vessel, is the largest
single victim of unrestricted U-boat
warfare since its inauguration, Feb-
She was unroute from New York
for Liverpool, having left New York
February 18. She carried five thous-
and sacks of United States mail.
Her cargo was of inestimable im-
portance to Great Britain just now.
It was entirely consigned to the Brit-
| ish government. Included in it were
forty thousand bushels of wheat, two
thousand cases of brass rifle cart-
ridges, unloaded, 2,843 bales of cot-
ton, 1,408 cases of fruit, 1,000 bars
of silver and 900 tons of staple pro-
The Laconia was equipped with one
gun aft, the regulation 4-7 piece
mounted on all Cunard liners.
Manned by British
She was manned by British officers
and a British crew. Her captain is
W. R. D. Irvine.
The attack took place at 10 o'clock
The Americans aboard were:
Floyd P. Gibbons, Chicago.
Mrs. Albert H. Elizabeth Hoy, Chi-
Mrs. F. G. Harris, New York, wife
of Captain Frank G. Harris, United
States coast artillery.
A. G. Kirkby. Banebridge, N. Y.
Rev. Joseph Waring, New York.
Miss Phyllis Barker, New York.
The names of the American mem-
bers of the Laconia crew were:
H. Sheppard, J. Johnson, H.
Young, Ed O'Donnell, A. Dwyer, C.
Nesberg, C. Cleveland, I. Sampson,
D. Braile, J. Lewis, 1. Bowman, New
York; II. Smith, Louisville, Ky.; M.
Hugler, Ascona, N. Y.; W. Wrong,
The attack on the Laconia occur-
red at the point where the Lusitania
was sunk nearly two years ago.
Thirteen Are Missing
Late last night thirteen persons
were reported missing.
Indications that some of the pas-
sengers or sailors were wounded in
the attack was seen in a message
from American Consul Wesley Frost government.
at Queenstown, saying that fifteen
survivors had been Unded there, and
"Others numbering 267, it is be-
lieved. are to be landed about mid-
night. Preparations are being made
to treat hospital cases."
Frost Sends Message
Consul Frost's first message, re-
porting the Laconia's destruction
"Cunarder Laconia torpedoed
10:50 Sunday night. Two hundred
and seventy-eight survivors landed
Details lacking, but know some miss-
ing. One dead."
The Laconia was valued at more
than $6,000,000 and her cargo, which
included silver bullion, was worth
more than $10,000,000. With the ex-
press and mail matter which she car-
ried, the loss is estimated conserva
tively at $20,000,000.
By a strange irony of fate, W. R.
Gerson, assistant purser of the La
conia, was also on the Franconia, her
sister ship, when the latter was tor-
pedoed last October in the Mediter-
ranean while enroute as a troop ship.
Aboard the Laconia also were five
bags of Washington government dis-
patches for the embassy in London,
and five bags from the British em-
bassy in Washington for the British
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Introducing Sinking, Talking and Dancing Transforma-
Win. Fox Presents
"When Love Leads"
A five-act photoplay of a problem of todav
BURGLAR SEEMED TO
BE A TRIFLE PEEVED
Manners in thieves are noted chief-
ly through their obvious absence. A
gentleman of the crowbar and. skele-
ton key broke into the offices of the
Pioneer Oil company in Muskogee,
Sunday night, and proceeded to
break into the safe. Above the door
was a large and beautifully framed
placard requesting burglars to open
the safe via the combination, which
was given. The burglar wrecked the
safe with dynamite, got nothing, and
then fired the building.
MAY BE CALLED
Washington, Feb. 27.—Most of the
administration's program of general
legislation probably will not be en-
acted before adjournment of con-
gress next Sunday. Leaders today
were even a bi tanxious about the
revenue measures, and the army, na-
vy and other appropriation bills be-
cause of the unusual legislative con-
gestion caused largely by the republi-
can filibuster on the revenue bill,
which ended Saturday midnight.
Phone No. 90 for job printing.
IDLE HOUR THEATRE TODAY
VITAGRAPH BLUE RIBBON FEATURES
That Renowned Hebrew Comedian and Star
"A Prince In A Pawn Shop
A comedy drama, different to all productions
Five REELS Five
A ONE-REEL VITAGRAPH COMEDY
Will be shown in connection with this great drama
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IS SCOTTIE'S MESSAGE
A hypocrite was the most detest-
able person to Jesus. While in his
ministry here there was no one re-
ceived the rebuke that the hypocrite
did. They are a burden to the church.
It is said that they keep more people
out of the Kingdom than all others.
They are a menace to the lodge and
to society. They are despised by
themselves and all others and I will
take them to a real skinning tonight.
Last night was the best service
since the meetings began. There were
many saved and the old-time religion
was felt and sung from the heart and
voice. I appreciate the co-operation
of the Christian people of Drum-
right in this meeting, also that the
pool-hall proprietors closed their
places of business for the men's meet-
ing Sunday afternoon. And also the
co-operation of the newspapers which
have be.,! so liberal and boosted for
the meetings so well.
Drumright is a better town than it
has been advertised. The meetings
will still go on for a week or so.
Wednesday night: "Dr. Jeykle and
Mr. Hyde, or Two Men in One Hide."
Thursday night: "Life is a Game of
Checkers and It's Your Time to
Friday night: "Man's Indebtedness
and How to Get Out."
Saturday night: "Devil at Your
Remember tonight: "Skinning Hy-
Washington, Feb. 27.—(Special to
The Evening Derrick.) — President
Wilson appeared before Congress
yesterday afternoon and asked for
authority to place the United States
in a state of "armed neutrality" to
resist the German submarine menace.
Continued invasion of the plain
rights of neutrals on the high seas,
further sacrifices of American lives
and ships, the intolerable blockade of
American commerce—almost as ef-
fectual as if the country were at war
—have taken the place of a dreaded
overt act which was expected to
shock the world—and have forced in-
to the next step toward war.
News of the sinking of the Cunard
liner Laconia with Americans aboard
was received here as the president
was on his way to address congress.
Although without details, its grave
possibilities added emphasis to the
President Wilson, asking to be em-
powered to take whatevei steps are
necessary, which includes the arming
of ships, the convoying of merchant-
men by war vessels or whatever oth-
er steps may be necessary, made it
plain again that he wanted peace but
not at a price of American lives and
rights or by driving the American
flag from the seas. Congross is ex-
pected not only to authorize the
president to use the armed forces of
the country, but also to provide mon-
I. W. W. STARTS REIGN OF
TERROR IN HENRYETTA
Henryetta, Feb. 27 The activity
of the W. C. U. and the I. W. W. in
the region in and around Henryetta
is causing great excitement among
the citizens. To such an extent has
this fear of the secret workings of the
two so-called labor organizations
spread that it is said on good author-
ity that the state has been asked to
have troops in readiness in case the
smoldering flames burst suddenly in-
to a fierce fight between the law and
the smelter workers and miners led
on by secret agitators.
Phone No. 90 for job printing.
Oilton, Drumright's neighbor on
the north, is preparing for a spring
election. A meeting of citizens was
held in the office of Justice of the
Peace Eli L. Admire yesterday and
candidates were nominated. Bob
George, Charles McGrath and John
Wilson were nominated for council-
men; Henry Fulton for clerk; Sam
Harral for treasurer, and John Pruitt
for police judge.
Attorney H. G. Glunt of Tulsa, was
in Drumright today on legal business.
No Pay For Subbing
For Governor says
Lieutenant Governor M. E. Trapp
says that when "Governor Bob" is
junketing around the country and he
(Trapp) is holding down the chief
executive's job and doing his work,
he is entitled to the salary of the
Governor Williams says there is
nothing doing along that line. So does
Attorney General Freeling. The opin-
ion of the state's chief legal advisor
is to the effect that Trapp may do the
work, but he doesn't get paid for it,
which is making the lieutenant gov-
ernor considerably peeved, judging
from the loud roars which are eman-
ating from the state capitol.
The attorney general holds that
when the governor is absent from the
state on temporary leave the duties
of the office devolve upon the lieuten-
ant governor. Not to the extent, how-
ever, does the lieutenant governor
during the latter's absence.
The opinion was rendered yester-
day by the attorney general to Sen-
ator J. Elmer Thomas, chairman of
the appropriations committee of the
senate. The opinion was requested
and is given on the theory that a de-
ficiency may be asked to cover a sal-
ary claim for services of the lieuten-
ant governor whilp the real governor
was awav from the office and out of
The case of the pardoning of
Crump by Lieutenant Governor Mc-
Alester is cited to show that the lieu-
tenant governor may act with all the
power of the office during the absence
of the governor from the state. Tem-
porary absence of the governor does
not constitute inability to conduct
the affairs of the office, according to
provisions of the constitution, ac-
cording to the attorney general's
opinion. Performing the duties of the
governor's office during the absence
of the latter, by the lieutenant gov-
ernor, is only incidental to his being
Dr. Potts, the Emporia minister, j Perhaps President Wilson conceiv-
who mysteriously disappeared, is said I ed his idea of "peace without vie-
to have had $5,000 "on him." As yet, tory" through a few minor dealings
the woman in the case has not been | he has had with Villa, Huerta Car-
Publicly named. ranza et al.
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