Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 39, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 29, 1920 Page: 8 of 8
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Successor to The Oklahoma l>**4«r (weekly).
Published every day except Sunday by The Oklahoma Leader Ca
Eastern and Western representatives.
Krallck & Bates, New York and Chicago.
Kxlwm New dick .
Iteilvered by Newsboys:
One W eek I .16
IT West Third Street Oklahoma City, Okla.
P. O. Box 777. Telephone M. 7600.
Entered as second < iamt mail matter June 1, 11# 18, at the Post Office
at Oklahoma City. Oklahoma, under the Act of March 3. 1879.
And now we are told that a "joker" was slipped into the
army reorganization bill which given the military ceurts
authority < ver civilians that heretofore has been denied them.
Henceforth a person who by word, act, gesture or other-
wise makes himself offensive to a military court may be sen-
tenced to fine and imprisonment, or both.
"Any person" may mean a labor leader in an industrial
dispute—or any old-fashioned citizen who may stand on his
The "joker" inserted in the army reorganization bill is
the first step to a superseding of civil courts by the irrespon-
sible military courtmartial in times of peace—the worst form
of autocracy that can be devised.
The punishment that may be accorded civilians by mili-
tary court- is not severe, as such things go. It is limited to a
fine of $100 or one month in prison. But the principle has
been established, and that is the main thing.
Just keep on sending standpatters to congress an you have
in the past—and future congresses will surely make amend-
ments to the bill that will increase the power of military
courts—and may give them the power of life and death over
And instead of just having yellow paint on your fence or
on your face dabbed by "paytriotic" grafters, you may be put
against the wall and shot—at the will of the commanding
In 1(!X8, when England made its second revolution and
the Stuarts lost the British crown again—Englishmen wrote
into their bill of rights an inhibition against the military in-
terfering with the rights of civilians. It provided that in al!
cases where military courts were aggrieved they could prefe:
charges against civilians, but the hearings must be given be-
That has been the consistent practice in all English speak-
ing and Germanic countries until the "big army" combine in
Washington, I). C., rewrote the army bill that will be useful
to Big Business in keeping its strangle hold on the people.
It seems inconceivable that in the twentieth century any
legislative body would even attempt to foist such an enact-
ment upon the law books. It seems inconceivable that public
opinion should fall to a state so lifeless and unresisting that
it would permit the enactment of a measure which is a direct
and offensive violation of their fundamental rights.
But there the law is—as "good a law" as ever was written.
After all, one need not be surprised.
The great mass of people do not think, although they do
The same set of tapitalinl crooks holds sway in Wash-
ington, I). C., year after year. The difference in the label.
"Democratic" or "Republican" (the two words mean the ame
thing, by the way, only one word is Greek and the other is
l.atin) signifies nothing.
And the politicians hanging around Washington, in and
out of office, are convinced that they can put over whatever
they please, and that they need not fear the people.
Pessimists are inclined to believe that they have guessed
If the candidate is a good handshaker, he will fool many
an idiot who has a vote. Certain people seen to swallow what-
ever medicine is concocted for them.
And there, we perceive, is one of the secrets of republican
and democratic success in the past.
Will the people be wiser in the future?
RAILROADS AND THE CITY
With the ownership of the railroads in private hands,
they show no disposition to solve the crossing problems oi'
Oklahoma City in such a way as to be of real service and
benefit to the public.
Each of the four roads entering Oklahoma City is inter-
ested in its particular system. Service for the city is of minor
How long are the railroads to be permitted in private
Organized labor has proposed the I'lumb Plan for the
operation and management of the railroads. No one claims
that the Plumb Plan spells perfection. But one thing is cer-
tain: Under it all the roads in the city would be under one
The management and the operators (labor) would run
the railroads for service. Elimination of crossings and union
depots would not be fought, but would be welcomed in ordei
to give better service.
Elimination of railroad crossings in Oklahoma City and
the building of an adequate depot will more than likely have
to wait until labor and farmer unite at the ballot box and
put the Plumb Plan into operation on the railroads.
The railroads fcnd the kept press are trying to ridicule
the Plumb Plan out of existence, but it will remain an issue
until labor secures recognition as a factor in the management
and operation of the railroad industry.
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DISSOLVING THE INSOLUBLE
The department of justice is reported to have "rejected
in its entirety the plan of the packers to dispose of their in-
terests in fifteen large stockyards to a holding company to be
organized by E. H. Prince & Company of Boston."
Apparently the pre-electipn desire of the administration
to stand well with big business had to give way to the pros-
pect of lost votes of irate farmers, stock raisers and consumers
it these fifteen stockyards were turned over to Armour's pal
in the deal by which "The Big Five" got control of the Chi-
eago stockyards, the Chicago connecting railroad and other
rich properties along with a big concealed surplus in cash.
The big packers will continue to control the stockyardj
whatever unscrambling device may be devised. If any change
in the nominal ownership of the stockyards is brought about,
the outcome will doubtless be more water in the securities
and bigger profits in the end as in the case of Standard Oil
and American Tobacco—which trusts, it will be remembered
were "dissolved" by supreme court decision.
SPOKEN WITH AN ACCENT
/ From Senator Harding's campaign train comes the glad
ridings that "more than 500 railroad workers and residents of
Grafton cheered Senator Harding as he defended the Cum-
mms-Esch railroad act in a speech from the station step."
How many of the 500 "railroad workers! and residents"
were railroad workers?
Grafton was a happy choice for a speech in defense of the
Cummins-Esch bill. What law ever did more to justify put-
ting the accent on the first syllable?
THE TELEPHONE GIRL
N£w BREED of pst,
On his wedding trip our hero meets up with his friend Bill,
grabbed by the same lady. Well, to make a long story short—
To Be Continued.
Bill had a narrow escape from being
More Truth Than Poetry
By James J. Montague
(Copyright 1920 The Bell Syndicate, Inc.)
SOMETHING WRONG SOMEWHERE
Still speeds on its course the terrestrial ball
The rains still descend, and the tides rise and fall
The sun moves along from the east to the west
Yet somehow we feel that all's not for the best.
Some doom is impending—though still out of sight
An ominous portent that things can't be right,
The outlook is gloomy, the future looms bleak
1'or William J. Bryan refuses to speak!
The voice that has wakened re-echoing cheers
I'rom leather-lunged thousands for forty odd years,
The accents that rouse Arizona and Maine
■ And the states in between 'em through every campaign
And bade tail- to keep going for forty years more
Are as still as a clam on a surf beaten shore.
Some spirit of evil among us must stalk
If William J. Bryan has run out of talk!
In vain the reporters swarjn round by the score
And, careless of grammar, ask "Who are you for?"
In vain speakers' bureaus implore from tliat throat
So fluently fluent, one clarion note.
Why even the Commoner's losing the bite
His eloquence gave it—he won't even write.
Alas, there has dawned a precarious day,
When William J. Bryan has nothing to say!
If Wilson declared that the country had need
Of the counsel of statesmen like Johnson and Reed,
If David Lloyd George should tomorrow decree
That Ireland is, and of right should be free,
If Carrie C. Catt in a magazine wrote
That women aren't fitted or worthy to vote.
That nation would shudder with shivery thrills
But it shudders still more at this silence of Bill's.
HOW THKY 110 IT.
A favorite plan of battle with
was to, drive a wedge | of martyrs! There is one marty'r
h.„ .h eDe!ny VeQter and thon I wtu>m we should like to Immortalize.
whip the opposing forces In detail. He is the man who has courage
In the great industrial battles that I enough to wear his straw hat or
have been fought between Capital i Palm Beach suit after September 15.
and Labor, the generals of Captltal- No sheep-like conformity to a silly „
Ism have Napoleons old mllltaiy edict tor him. He is a martyr to $15.
methods "beaten a mile." Thofr
motto 1b, "Divide the opposition into
two factlonH and let them whip
themselves." This method of attack ,.. le„ula „r „ suit
has been made use of many times that tickles his knee. He consults
sn6 °yers ,iurln,! the paEt tbc weather and his own comfort
40 fir SO Vfinrv ...t.
j Think, when you "cuss out" the sweet voice of the tele-
phone girl, how that voice has five others just like you during
every sixty seconds during eight long hours every dav. She
has to answer from twenty-four to thirty-six hundred'of you
between breakfast time and supper.
"M ^i°r,e„noh..time She asks "Nllmber Please?" and repeat*
hi: moiikrn marttr. . ' and ,says' "VVil1 >'011 excuse it, please?" and
Much talk has been heard latelyere 8 y°ur party,' and listens meantime to the gutterals
- issuing from your pent-up (though righteous) indignation,
she gets the gross and greasy compensation of five-sixths of
one mill (not of one cent, but of one MILL). Of the wages
she has earned by Saturday night the company lets her have
the cause of comfort-and common' On ■ .
sense, if it is warm September • .. * , horse-power for the telephone companv
10 he refuses to be Btampeded Into 1 or. infinitely better still, for the feller or the InHv „ l,„
a felt fedora or a suit of Scotch mint still afraid of "wastino- = „ I •• .1 o , Udjr' "ll0 13
that tickles his knee. He consults j dIraia 01 wasting a vote on the Socialist ticket.
40 or 50 years.
The following poem ilustrates ihe
Idea very clearly:
when deciding what clothes to wear.
not the, calendar.
We have not enough men of the
Mi. .. ,.v .. t , heroic mold in which this independ-
I'd whii? h0 .t'„ffl^ ♦ y, ' ent Pe,son 18 ca8t- His is the spirit , o«ya t,llttt me sieuins ot Scotland Yard
& -r hold" ofcTtow. T. 1? ** ^'otters, P'-ned to sen,, taxicabs loaded
snoot " 8m yOUI" < k-n°WS hl8- °Wn mind and foIloWB
Said Ike to Mike, "You ( hrlstian dog
You rotten beast vot lifs on hog;
When the church rings dot eld
I tells der pope to go to h 1."
At that the blood and whiskers flew
From Mike the Christian, and Ike,
1 N°Wd^lh 'heSe l0b"'er" W°rke" "" Th(' "'®tte'r"classes"*are^raade up
' i.-„. ... ,, , . i°l all kinds of people. Bankers.
I I or the self-same boss at blamed j lawyers, merch.nnta. college men
Ar,,i,1, , an(1 all people "worth while" a
h'n th hit . n T c?"' t,len' '">« latest recruits are the
For the bleeding mugs and gobs of j American I-cgionaires.
a r" Of course, the legionaires are only
••if t •• anu there when the "better classes"
! Ml J' .h„ r^f',1 "oeP'hef two,, luwe certain work to do. When
' I.'inhtin^ i w .hUrV L scabs and strikebreakers are needed.
Fighting about their creeds and su"h when men are wanted
"dutch1* them b°th t0 beat the!tect strikebreakers, all the "bet
"But if they drop their myths and
Ghosts and goblins and strings of
And find that both their interests
The two would have me on the run."
A London dispatch says that the sleuths of Scotland Yard
He -.if ?VOred that "l)lottBi's planned to send taxicabs loaded
!i;Vlth exP osives to blow up the Irish oflice and the treasury
Socrates defying his judges, Martin building and "to have a large body of armed men rush into
Luther nailing his theses to the'the district inflict i , , men rush int0
church door. Columbus starting out ,, , .' '"J"1" as much damage as possible and escape in
to find a western route to Asia—all contusion.
these bear testimony to the courage Mavbe And mnvho if
4 enables this man to flout the u , . . . .iuht another of our Palmer
n true to the faith Drand o1 Plots designed to glorify the profession of the sleuth
e abhor his w„ and to frighten well-meaning liberals away from growing
sympathy with radicals by painting the radicals in terrorist
millions and remain
that is in him. We abhor his taste,
but we admire his pluck!—New York
Then the boss lay back and smole
. ,... ., „ nirj mm in learn some
| As he thought of next years goodly ' thing in method from (hem. too-
| That he would swipe or the wealth
I From the sweat of Christian and of
And be thanked the ghosts with all
That keejts poor Mike and Ike apart.
ONE EXCEPTION . . . ,
is little good to be said about war, but at least it Esc!i-"umm"ns fan
(it ni'ivo (urliforu nf ncnfiil ii'nul/ in «U.. .....J,, .1........; . .
TWO OF A Kim
The democratic platform is no
more satisfactory to labor than the
republican platform. It contains a
1 few more weasel words In an open
bid for the labor vote, but where is Petulty, and
labor's demand for the repeal of the territory is
l*""" Where Is tli
Senator Harding is long on advocating "return" to
mon sense government," "normalcy," etc.
Well, senator, talk that way if you want to; but the
wor'd doesn't seem to be in a mood to "return." The world
to pro-1 seems determined to go ahead to something new.
ter classes," and the legionaires and I ' his ma>" ,)e because so many people in the world see so
thugs and gunmen join the police, little ill the old worth returning to
militia and teder.il troops in shoot-
Ing "respect" Into the bodies of the —
In times of trouble, the "better I
classes" and all people "authorized"
to carry arms, stick together against |
the working cjass
The workers might learn some- '• Tu """" IJC *"ows mat ne
thimt in solidarity from the "better1"10 the circulaton hundreds of millions of dollars more ,.f
.tir/ln mTe?heSdmlfromIft,renm ZT ™ 7"ey !" rder to extinguish this nation's "floating debt"
I American Defense Committee. j—a debt Plled UP with extreme disregard of tax revenues
IALASKA To1rcPPLF*5il'8PRniT.lJ^j!^™!_the. money everyb°dy'a pocket. That sends
That the shortage of newsprint
will he overcome by news paper j
mills in Alaska was predicted by Col. '
' w ]] 'Jreelej, rhief of the forest - 1 cctiun a
service. Who has returned from i, young man. intoxicated, convicted of driving his motor c-u- at
month s Inspection of timber and WII- fni-f^-fivo n,;i..u u , vr A motor car at
loitj-nve miles an hour. Now, if the judge and his fel-
lowa on the bench will sentence to .fail a few drivers who,
WasMngton°dlapatch." ret"rn °f nrlces.-
Secretary Houston knows. He knows that he must pump
" up prices again.
A judge recently sentenced to the house of correction
ter power in the Tongass national
"The national forests of Alaska."
tons of paper annually in per-
paper industry in the
sale of lOO.OoO.OOO feet of pulp
•+u iL • u uxivtfrs wno,
oionei Greeley, "contain"re- ^. their brains clear, dash with criminal recklessness about
s sufficient to produce 1,500,- tnis city, the total of killed and maimed will be rerluceri
ns of paper annuallv in n# r-
i.. uhu lu uc* octiu <100111 «ai, uul ai least it Ksch-Cummi
!.ept most Ot our prize fighters at useful work in the ship yards, denunication Of labor 'injunctions timber has been m u1eVand a sevnd
demanded by labor0 Perhaps the Ea'e of 1.500,000,000 feet, which
A SHINING EXAMPLE
A successful man has to get around a good deal. Look at
Babe Ruth, for instance.
If hat Other lid it or s Think
Evidently the Giants thought they ought to get licked as
often i.s their manager did.
Mined' to Action.
We've Jus1 not through reading
what Harding sa'd. what fox said,
what Barney N-ruch paid, what
CoolidRe said, what Frarklin Roose-
eddy. J'*., said,
«' or leaders said,
vhat the la ly who
worst thing about the democratic supply a large paper plant for thirty
platform Is the tacit approval of the jears is now being arranged. Wall FINTSHRD
labor-baiting activities of Burleson street Journal. *
and Palmer. The democratic candi- : — ^
date- for president will bid as vain- IIK.II I'lIICK OF K A Its.
ly as the republican candidate to la- Sir: I see by press dispatches
bor votes when the rank and tile I that a wealthy Cuban lias
of mbor learn that Cox. as governor ?2,0( 0 for an ear. Piker!
of Ohio ousted the mayor of Canton is offering millions on the bai5|t w.i luc oHiiJH ui xvus-sia nas now non a
during the steel strike, because he chance that the United States will i j , T t-. i Cliance to
if i;ibn Tneker i.-trtvi' , to ,l"' steel Htrikp,'« and ulve an ear in this campni.-n to th ec o aroun(' 'he world, in hngland apparently nobody paid
his necktie as he rounded the thir i f i U ,nan,tw uct as nnyor league of nations propaganda, ^nd much attention to it., knowincr tVjnt th* nr«0;,ln„t
0 1 Brewery Workers Journal. th n that In repudiated debts and
(•OOll WORK OF IIOWK TI-:A.M.
5. but as a result
Alice Paul and her young women helpers are sailing all
around the old lady anti-suffragists, who are sticking desper-
ately to Tennessee and its vote of reconsideration. The gen-
eral assembly at Hartford, Connecticut, has almost unani-
mously re-ratified its vote for the suffrage amendment. Ten-
nessee is negligible. But now Maryland may come in for good
have been U
\\ - got only 11.
Tien Woods and I'arr wlih only
It: tln-i-rs e ween *hem showed 'he
what the boys of Court House notoriety that
mill.hi.it sn d. what the liquor deal- the odd number Is only superstition
ers s.i d. hat llabe Kuth said, what and played big league baseball
MacSwIney's wife said, what the There is some dispute about the
neighbor said her neighbor said, and diamonds. John Tucker says the
weie leaning bark In the comfort- turn Is t.si short at third and Artie
able .I d hi i-i I hair (o heitr what the Meyers says It s two miles from ., "
wild wiivet .mid. when the telephone third to home "Bush League" Sport
rang, anil m heard what our wife Desk Twice-a-Week tUl Times
sold. We'\e forgotten what the
others said, but «e're goin* to icet Is not tk« best secu-lty auuinst
^resid ajnd.butter and revolution a constant correction of
for a police force in Europ
:t:>JI0tl% AMi:ill('AMSM. It. D.
Why did you resign as major of! KOVBOTKH MM W>.
Sir: When the news reached ('
"Seventy-five hundred a year."
What have you been doing since
From the New Republic.
offer(<i ^ perhaps a bit too flattering to say that the president
England is al'gned with anybody on anything. His latest utterance ex
— cathedra on the subject of Russia has now had a chance to
echo around the world. In England apparently nobody paid
much attention to- it, knowing that the president could not
aiul would not act on the implications it contained. Italy sent
her compliments and continued to do just what the president
^aid sho: « not be clone. France sent a bouquet of flowers,
and then lowed her opinions of the views presented by rec-
x ognizing Wrangel and advising the l-'oles to ignore Mr. Wilson,
snowed*un- And finally, the Pole^ told the president how deeply they
'rascadc that 80 [ar his advice went, they weren't
All this we are informed
gel h' ne l\ IV ti rhailei- Towns- e\ll>. and the introiluction of Icanlsm 3B.000 per cent proof
I lev in t.reat .t„„| 1 rlhim,, | „Beilc,| reforms?- The t apital Pmes. And John U s?
"Becaturr of poverty, neuritis, and . Sir.:K '
dire nee.l ' that the democrats wer
...... . tier in Maine, he w
a was your salary as mayor?" j through snow-sheds In 'he Cascade
mountains. Now as this happened taking it for the present, thank you
^.X™T.oWu?hTr,dUl'.T'!^L'lm, the -atilte <lei-rtment is to be viewed in the large. Well,
B. e. Viewed in the large, it simply means that the diplomatic career
Special Kind. of this administration 1 finished. Its threats and its promises
ron sai.k Reversible baby, spring are meaningless, and it? opinion. . p. n in solitude out of the
genu*n e™B n v e n ^11 q ut ten be r g,- Th e \ '""5 rece*se* ego, no longer count in the ca' • vtions
"I've been lecturing on Amerlcan-
'sm." Hi added that, s.> far, he
had received about $.15,000
Which makes Ole Hansen's Anier-
' |of European politics.
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