The El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 5, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 2, 1894 Page: 1 of 8
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The El Reno Democra
The Official Organ of the War Department and the Taxpayers of Canadian County.
T. F. HENSLEY, Proprietor.
PI!BLISHED E 7 'ERY THURS1XIY.
S 1.25 J'PR YEAR,
E.L KENU, OKLAHOMA TERRITORY, THURSDAY. AUGUST ti. IHQ4..
WiSBY THE MAN.
Oklahoma Democrats Name
A RINGING OLD PLATFORM.
Both Administrations Heartily
Endorsed by the Convention
The democratic congressional con-
vention met pursuant to previous ar-
rangements at the opera house August
1st for the purpose of nominating a
delegate to congress.
The house was
Hon, C. W. Gould, chairman of the
democratic central committee, who
briefly stated the object of the meeting
and called to the chair B. B. Smith, of
Woodward, as temporary chairman,
and T. M.Upshaw as temporary secre-
tary, they having been previously se-
dried committee of five to retire? to an I suits indorsement business, ho was in
Clute—Say Dan, I don't believe the Devil himself will be abl<* to pull the court
■ailed to order by ]lou^e gang through thip fall.
Dan—We must keep tugging away Clute, it means beefsteak to us you know.
zatlon recommended Dr. A. J. Beal as
permanent chairman and Mort L. Bix-
ler permanent secretary, the demo-
•ratic editors a? assistant secretaries,
iocted by the territorial central com" I and R. H. Hagar, of Lcounty as sar-
mittee. Mr. Smith, on taking the jrent-jit-arms.
chair made a few brief but very appro-
priate remarks and resumed the fur-
ther pleasure of the convention.
Pat. Nagle, of Kingfisher, then mov-
ed the selection of the usual commit-
tees, one from each county, to be nam-
ed by the delegation. The committees
are as follows:
COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS.
A minority report came in asking
the convention to name B. B. Smith, of
Woodard. and T. M. Upshaw, of Okla-
homa City. as permanent chairman and
secretary, which was voted down to
1. We, the democrats of Oklahoma.
do now pledge anew our loyalty and al-
io. F. Mitchell, C. W. Brevier, Dr. j iegiance to the democratic party and
Lindley, A. L. Christy. —. • Phillips, i lo principles as enunciated in the
W. J. Rockwell, L. 1". Creamer, Fred Chicago platform of 1W2,
Huffman, W. B. Hearon, B. 'L. Phil
lips, G. W. Harold. I). W. Davis. F.
M. Clute P. I. Brown, Qhus. Carter,
2. We believo that all lands in the
Cherokee Strip and other additions to
Oklahoma, should lie free to honest
A DISGRACEFUL ORGIE. n addition tot
, , . ment it was a liartof the program for
It will be remembered by the countrj
, ..i , ■ „ ltush to introduce a resolution ind >r-
democracy, that thedemociuticccnlial
, . ,1 f ... sing (tov. Renfrow and to not only
committee, in obedience to a call from ™
, . . . .i.vipra« . f..,.- champion it with an avalanche of Ken-
their chairman, met in l-.l I\eno a few i
e i tnckv eloquence, but to excoriate Ed.
:• the purpose of selecting •' 1
Dunn or anv other saw buck who bad
weeks ago for
delegates to the congressional conven-
tion which met yesterday. About one -
third of the committee were present.
The El Ueno part of the committe and
that part of it in sympathy with the
gang were armed with proxies, or
claimed they were, from the missing
members. This enabled them to get in
their work on the country democracy,
the temerity to oppose it. When the
scheme was fully ripened it wa> found
that Kldor Cameron, territorial audi-
tor, was to be selected as the chairman
to add respectability and force to the
Another faction, and i'l Reno is as
full of democratic factions as a dog at
W.S.Denton, S. A. Creswell, Percy >ettlers and that the republican laws
It. Smith, J. E. Love, J. X. Coulter. J. demanding pay therefor should be re-
R. Jenkins. I pealed.
COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS. ;[ We heartily approve the Wilson
R. B. Forrest. Prof. McCredy, Dr.
Van Brunt, 1'. S. Nagle. Justice Pier,
Dr. A. J. Beal, J. R. Kenton. J. II.
Maine, D. A. King, R. J. Edgards, C.
L- Harlin, D. B. Madden, H. M. Wig-
gle, J. 0. F. Jennings, Frank Diamond,
E. Bee, Guthrie, W. B. Francis. W. F.
COM. ON PERMANENT ORGANIZATION.
John Fox, L. F. Brazier, K. 1*- Bard-
ridge, K. R. Gaspel, Joe Endicott,
John .Mitch., H. H. Hogen, W. H,
Dunham, Will C. Matthew
as usual. And that the reader may this season of the year Is of fleas, start-
know how well they succeeded he only ed out to defeat the Jennings Hush
has to remember that every precinct in scheme. Their scheme was Identically
the country had their representation the same with the court house gang,
cut down from what it was from two to They were to find a chairman, who if
three members, while F.l Reno inereas- elected was to appoint a committee of
ed her representation over what it was j five, throe of them to be named by the
last year from five to twelve delegates, managers of the scheme who would
Precincts number one, two, four and retire in the same manner and M-t up a
live were reduced from five to two. and job of nineteen delegates on the con-
bill as parsed by the house of represen-
tatives the best expression of tariff re-
form that can be secured at the present
time, and we heartily endorse the
house and the patriotic position of
Grover Cleveland in endeavoring to se-
cure its passage.
4. We favor the free and unlimited
ooinage of American silver at a ratio
of 16 to 1.
5. We favor the income tax law
now sought to be enacted by the demo-
md believe that the
I). \\ . crats of congres
Hodges W.J. Weatherford,.!. \ augh- j income of the rich should be taxed
ters, Jas. Diggs, T. A. Neal, A. M. : rather than the necessities of ihe poor.
Maekey, S. M. Johnson, K. H. Faulk-j (;, \ye sympathize with the labor
ner. . ! organizations of the country in all
COM. ON ORDER OF BUSINESS. just demands, when made in a justifi-
Chas. Carswell, H. K. Ingraham, J. able and lawful manner.
I). Dent, J. K. Allen, B. F. Newkirk, j "\ye believe that the members of
Leslie Niblack, W. H. Perk, J. D. Bal- j U. S. senate should be elected by
lard, J. W. McMerton, Joe Bierwalter, j ji,.ect vot«• of the people and that their
B. N. Woodson, K. J. Roberts, Frank j ^rms should not exceed four years.
Stephens, J, W. Berry, F, G. Jackson, j ^ heartily endorse the national
Robert Chastine. and territorial administrations and
AFTERNOON SESSION. challenge a comparison of the same
At 2 o'clock p. m. the convention was i jts republican predecessors.
called to order by Temporary ( hair- j g favor the immediate opening
man Smith, andC. W . Gould on behalf settlement and entry all of theKick-
of the mayor delivered the address of i apoo, Kiowa, Comanche and Wichita
welcome, which was responded to bj Indian reservations.
Col. Johnson, of Oklahoma City, on
the part of the convention. Mr.
Gould's speech was unique, eloquent
and interestsng. An hour or more was
spent in listening to short speeches
from different delegates, among them
(/apt. Allen,'of Guthrie. Judge Reddick,
of Oklahoma City, R. W. Patterson,
Enid, Col. Stone, Oklahoma City, and
Capt. Woodson, of the Darlington In- j mine^.
10. We favor the modification of the
rules of practice in the land depart-
ment so that contest cases may be heard
upon the lands in controversy: that the
cost of hearing the same be reduced:
that the register and receiver of the
offices be provided with additional
help to the end that contest cases be
more speedily and economically deter-
committee on credentials.
Reports no contesting delegations.
No representation from Day.
com. on order of business.
Reported the following orderof bus-
1 Report of Committees.
'2. Selection of a committeeman
from each county.
Selection of a delegate to cong-
COM. ON PERMANENT ORGANIZATION.
The committee on permanent organi-
11. We demand such
will require all railway companies to j Rush as candidat
afford proper transportation facilities | champion hi
Matthewson, Rock Island, Reno and ■
Purcell were reduced to three members |
each, and the balance were reduced
one each. The object of this of course
is apparent, as was forcibly expressed
by Jim Hightower on the floor of the
primary convention last Saturday when
he remarked: "You can cut the pump-
kin rollers out of proper representation
in convention, but d d if you can
vote them this fall.'5
When it came to adopting- a plan for
selecting delegates to the convention
the central i o .mittee, to make a pre-
tense of fairness, proposed that it be
done by mass convention, knowing full
well that the farmers this busy season
of the year would not spare the time to
come in and attend u mass convention,
and that the El Reno gang could rus-
tle up a house full of their heelers from
the saloons and gambling houses and
capture the convention, as usual. A
couple of days before the convention,
it was discovered that the ring had a
scheme on foot by which the court
hou>e was to be tilled with heelers with
a program cut and dried, in which
they were to elect a chairman who was
expected to do their bidding. The
scheme was. to have the chairman up
point a committee of five to select
nineteen delegates f rom the court house
gang and their friends. To make the
thing safe and sure it was agreed that
the chairman, whoever he might be,
should appoint thre« memb< r> on the
committee of five, named by the gang
which would insure nineteen delegates
chosen from the gang as before stated,
or their friends. These nineteen dele-
gates in turn. w< i •«• to endorse Col.
i nation before thi
vention but who were opposed to the
robber's roost. The town was canvas-
sed and every man who was known to
he opposed to the roost was requested
to be present and vote for J. J. O'Rourk
for chairman, it being the general un-
derstanding on both sides that the man-
agers of the two schemes were to press
the button and their chairman would
do the rest: that the schemers would
furnish the chin music and the pump-
kin eaters from the country would do
At two o'clock C. W. Gould called
the meeting to order and asl 6 I the two
warring factions what was their pleas-
ure. "Blud," answered a voice over in
adjoining room and select nineteen del-
egates for the inns> convention to rat-
The people from the country got
right up on their hind legs and howled.
They were in favor of the convention
selecting the delegates but as usual the
country jake got it in the neck. The
only good their kicking done was to
add an amendment giving the people
from the country three members of the
committee and the town two. Bush
said he was opposed to the amendment
for the reason that he did not favor dic-
tating to the chairman whom he should
appoint. lie frankly admitted that
they had a scheme, to have their chair-
man if hi* had been elected, select a
committee, that they had been beaten
at their own game, and that he was in
favor of letting Chairman O'Rourk car-
ry out his cut and dried program with-
out interference. The committee re-
tired and reported nineteen delegates
whose names are published elsewhere
and the committee was discharged.
The committee on resolutions, of
which Chas. Carswell was chairman,
reported as follows:
Resolved, "that we, the democrats of
Canadian county, in convention assem-
bled, do hereby re aflirm ourallegiance
to the principles of democracy as em-
bodied in the Chicago platform."
Judge Bush immediately moved the
following as a supplement:
Resolved that we heartily and cor-
dially indorse the administration of
Governor Renfrow and thank him for
his efforts in settling the Strip difficul-
ties in a fair and honorable manner be-
tween the Rock Island railway and
government townsites therein.
Resolved that we indorse the admin-
sst.rat.ion of President Cleveland in his
efforts to revise the tariff and thank
congress for the repeal of the federal
The reading of the first res >lutio:i had
the effect on Ed Dunn that the shaking
of a red rag would have on a penne-
royal bull. He not only bowed hi
back but fairly pawed the dust high in
the air and moved to table the resolu-
tion. His motion was immediately
seconded when Bush, who was begin-
ning to think about as much of the new
chairman as he did of his own candi-
date for the place, was recognized and
began to speak against tablingthe res-
olution. A half dozen sawibucks were
yelling like bedlam that he was out of
order, that a motion to table was not
debatable, but th
favor of indorsing the entire adminis-
tration. He said to indorse this admin-
istration for one single act and to re-
fuse to indorse it as a whole puts us in
the attitude of political cowards." At
this remark young Bush sprang toward
Carswell while yet speaking, with his
hand on his pistol pocket exclaiming
"You're a G— d liar!
The house was on its feet in an in-
stant. Some laid hold of chairs, a half
a dozen revolvers were drawn and it
looked like hell was to pay with no
pitch hot, for a few seconds. Luckily
for all concerned, the son of the would-
be-congressman had only made one
spring- toward ('arswell when he was re-
ceived by Jake Swizer who threw one
of those big arms around his neck, not
only jerking a kink in it but holding
him as firmly as if in the grasp of a
vise. It was one of the most disgrace-
ful scene® that we ever witnessed in
any public assemblage. It was a dis-
grace not only to the democratic party,
but to the town and the territory. It
shows to what extremes the robber's
roost will go in their expiring agony.
They have been condemned by the peo-
ple and they are trying to destroy the
party that they have disgraced.
The chairman, who by this time was
as clay in the hands of either faction,
yelled for order hut no one paid any
attention to him. As soon as the row
ubsided enough to allow people to get
out in safety they left the room in dis-
gust. The remnant that remained was
finally brought to order when a motion
to adjourn was made. The chairman
again ruled that the motion was out of
order, on the grounds, wepresume, that
there had not been row ing enough over
the resolutioni, stating that they must
be disposed of in some way. The mo-
tion was put and the resolutions adopt-
ed. A motion was also put to indorse
President Cleveland and his financial
policy and was uproarously voted down.
The vote on this resolution indicates
that the robber's roost contingent of
the grand old democratic party have
abandoned the administration, all ex-
cept their hatred for federal bayonets,
which they still seem to have a whole-
some fear of, and are ready to join the
populists or republicans, or anything
that will give them office.
The strangest part of the proceeding
was that both factions were cursing
their candidate for chairman.
Attention is called this, week, to the
hair, who from this j announcement of John I). McLean for
time on began to perceptibly lean to-' re-election to the office of count}' com-
ward the inmates of the roost, decided inissioner. Mr. McLean has always
Jake Swizer sprang to hi- j that it was in order and permitted Bush been a friend to the DEMOCRAT, voting
feetand nominated .I. J. O'Rourk chair-1 to goon with hi> skinning. He took for it to be the oflioinl organ of the
man. Bush followed by putting Elder , the little giant up by the heel- and ■ eommisMoners. notwithstanding the
Cameron in nomination, then the tug ! yanked off a slice of his cuticle about fact that the paper at the time was de-
of war began. The temporary chair-1 two inche- wide and four feet long, nounring a great many of the official
man instructed O'Rourk men to form 11' then turned him over and yanked j act*of the commissioners as a body,
in solid phalanx on the north side of! off a slice on the other side and contln-1 Mr. McLean explained to lis that he did
and Cameron men on the ued to flay him
for nearly an hour. j it, not because of any particular love
He then appointed Jake j When he was through Our little giant that he bore to its editor, but because
Swizer and Honk-a-tonk Hutchinson as looked like a prize beet after it had the DEMOCRAT was the only paper in
tellers to count the votes. Jake repor- j heen parboiled and scraped. 1 the county able to do the county s bus-
ted a tie and Honk-a-tonk got mixed up j Carswell, the chairman of the com* j iness sit ti.-fattoi \ and with a > ula
in his figures as usual, and a recount mittee on resolutions then explained j l*un reaching out <nnonn tin f.u m
was ordered. While the recount wa> why the committee reported no other j eount^ . H< said th.it in tlu |.n
going on J. B. Learwanted to know if resolution than the one indorsing the *" l''11 ^,vnl ol
the president and secretary, who re- ('hicago platform. He said that the, counts !■ bosim .i h<.
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and if so on which side. The president1 functions of the congressional conven- j work done cheaply and well, or desired
retorted by saying that he would vote tion and that they did not care to pre-
when the time came if necessary, to cipitatc a wrangle over a long set of
which response Lear said the house resolutions when it could accomplish
would like to know now where he was, no good.
whereupon President Gould responded Rush, who was talking for the ear of
with no little emphasis that as a presid- |jro. Cameron, present, and for Gov.
ing officer he would vote in case of a i^enfrow wfco Was fishing up on the St.
in all cc i.nty seat towns through which
they pass in this territory. nr,t only let th- cat
that our national administration remov- this indorsement
all hold over republican office holder- 1 thought he had an
in this territory and appoint democrat- t[ie nomination, bi
in their stead.
The following members of the com
mittee begged leave to offer the fol
(CONTINUED ON PAGE 5.)
that he wanted the
indorsement so that Governor Renfrow
would consider him the biggest demo
crat on the west side, and would there-
fore. probably, appoint him as one of
the commissioners to re-district the
1}, ' th < 'an. ron iu n pa < .t at til
and to be followed by the <) Rourk men*
O'Rourk was elected by a vote of s7 to
60, downing the robber's roost by a
handsome majority. No sooner had
O'Rourk taken his seat than Attorney resolution
Forrest moved to appoint a cut
to reach the majority of the tax payers
of the eounty with an advertisement
that he would place his order with the
DEMOCRAT. And for that reason, as
county commissioner, he fe
the DllMOC'Iiat to do tli" coil
-olv-«lthat v. heartm approve
ntire administration and ln-
f i believe he is the best man of the three,
i the whole financial policy of
Further than this deponent saveth not,
rover < 'levt land,
Mr. Car-well while speaking to his but we turn him over to the tenaet
aid: "That if the mercy of the people of his district to
und : convention was going into the whole- [ do with him as they think best.
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Hensley, T. F. The El Reno Democrat. (El Reno, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 5, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 2, 1894, newspaper, August 2, 1894; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc159898/m1/1/: accessed November 20, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.