The Shawnee News. (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 25, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 10, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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VOL. 14.—No. 25.
SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1908.
Tut NEWS. 40c PER MONTH.
The Demands of the Future are Now
Pressing; Upon Us
Is the Moving Clause of the Demand
for a Change in the County Seat
Yesterday, under the caption "The
Fitness of Things," The News indi-
cated in brief, concise way that the
present needs and demands of Potta-
watomie county had outgrown the
provisions which are now had at
Tecumseh for the homing of court,
the care of valuai-?e records and the
convenience of a large majority 01
citizens of the county who have busi-
ness to transect from time to time
at the county seat.
And while admitting that Tecumseh
in territorial days had served well
her part as the county seat, but now
under the new order of things was
not up to present demands, therefore
if Pottawatomie county would keep
pace with other counties it must en-
large—lengthen its cords and
strengthen its stakes.
The question Is not whether the
county seat shall remain at Tecumseh
by reason of inherent or acquired
rights. But the question is that
which will injure to the greatest
number and greatest good, and to
the best good of county as a whole.
In population, in wealth and in im-
portance, Pottawatomie county is the
equal of any oounty in Oklahoma.
And to maintain that positon her
people caanot afford to make mis-
takes as to internal improvements.
And chief among these are the right
location of the permanent county
seat, provided with adequate, up-to-
date county buildings; and a system
of public highways reaching every
section of the county.
Where practicable, It has been
found of Inestimable advantage to
the people as a whole to have their
oounty soat located at their chief
market town or city. And Inquiry
as to the counties in older states will
disclose that this rule prevails witn
but rare exceptions. And many old-
time county seats of the Tecumseh
class have had to give place to bet-
ter equipped and more accessible
points for the permanent location of
That Shawnee is the logical loca-
tion for- the permanent county seat
of Pottawatomie county is the sin-
cere conviction of The News. And
In subsequent issues of The News we
shall present our reasons for this
faith. And our discussion will tend
to show: (l) That larger and more
adequate provision must be made for
our courts, care of records and to
facilitate the transaction of county
business; (2) that in building, an eye
DR. Q. H. TAYMAN
Office over Shawnee National Bank
must be had to near-future needs
wfaen population and the volume of
business will be doubled; (3) the
time for these n changes is now upon
us and we must be up and doing;
(4) Shawnee is the logical point for
the permanent county seat It is
more accessible to the people than
any other point In the county. It Is
the chief market city of the county.
It will give advantages for economi-
cal administration of county affairs
which are not to be had elsewhere in
The foregoing are but a few of the
many sound reasons why Shawnee is
the logical place for the county seat.
And The News will discuss these
reasons at length in future issues.
And again we will assert that it
is our purpose in this discussion to
addTess our remarks to the intelli-
gence and business discernment of
citizens of the county and not appeal
to their prejudices and passions.
There is no profit in the tirade ot
the Herald yesterday as to the sel-
fishness and shortcomings of Tecum-
seh. Nor will the recital of them
influence favorably a single vote for
Shawnee. But, on the other hand,
It opens up the sluice gates of pre-
judice and passion, which may en-
gulf a worthy cause.
Tecumseh was made the county
seat in territorial days and now re-
tains tbat public trust by courtesy
of the people, but she has no In-
herent or acquired right thereto only
by the will and consent of the peo-
ple. And tlhe petition of a consider-
able number of citizens for a change
of location is their legal right. There,
fore, no man or community of men
have the right to abridge the right
of petition thus exercised.
And now that the question of the
change of the location of the county
seat is to be legally subm'tted to the
people. Tecumseh and ber citizens
must meet this proposition upon its
If it can be shown to the satisfac-
tion of the required majority of citi-
zens that a change of location is for
the best good of the county and is
essential to her highest progress, and
that Shawne presents superior ad-
vantages over any town or city in
the county for the permanent loca-
tion of the county seat, the change
will be made, otherwise not. Let us
reason together as citizens who have
a worthy cause to adjudicate.
Guthrie, Okla., Dec. 10.—Pittsburg
and Chicago capitalists, chief among
whom Is John W. Gates, have con-
summated a deal whereby they have
acquired title to the 101 ranch prop-
erty, particularly including the circus
property. It is the Intention of Mr.
Gates to organize a circus which
shall be the biggest show under tent
outside the combine. It will repre-
sent an investment of over $2,000,-
Lieutenant Franklin R. Kenney of
tlhe United States army, a Pittsburg-
er, has acted as agent for the finan-
cial interests that are backing the
mammoth scheme involving the trans-
fer of title to more than 100,000
acres of land near Bliss.
The financiers are now on their
way to Chicago, Mr. Gates having left
Galveston, and full details of their
intentions will be given out after
their arrival tihere.
It is known, however, that the
headquarters of the great new show
will be at the 101 ranch and the
winter quarters will also be estab-
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Guthrie, Okla., Dec. 10.—State Aud-1 Jacob Mohrbacher, a well-known
ltor Trapp has mailed to seventy-five' and respected German citizen of
Oklahoma coal companies blanks for Shawnee, died Wednesday evening at
them to use In maklilg their returns the Shawnee hospital, where ho had
of the gross productions of their | been a patient for several weeks
mines for taxation, , j notifying them with a fatal Illness, from which sev-
of their failure to ©fmiply with the oral operations failed to relievo him.
law passed by the Jast legislature,' Funeral arrangements have not
and of the heavy penalty. been completed, but the services will
The law rquires all coal companies probably be held at the St. Bene-
to pay a quarterly tax of 2 per cent diet's church Friday morning, at 10
upon their gross production, and all o'clock.
Jack, lead, zinc, asphalt and other j Mr. Mohrbacher was 72 years of
mines, and all gas and oil producing age at the time of his death. He was
companies to pay a tax of one-half born in Germany and was brought
of one per cent. The first payment to this country when eight years of
of the production tax was due Octob- age. His parents located at Milwau-
er 1, for the quarter ending Septem j kqe, Wis. He was married there,
ber 30. Thirty days are allowed for (emigrating to Kansas In 18G0. He
the payment of the tax before the came to Shawnee from Marysvllle,
penalties are assessed. For each day Kans., eight years ago. His faithful
after the expiration of the thirty wife preceded him to the Great Be-
days that the taxes are not paid the yond.
law provides for the assessment ot
a penalty of 18 per c#nt of the tax.
None of the seventy-five coal com-
Mr. Mohrbacher leaves thirteen
children and seven brothers and sis-
ters. Twelve of the thirteen living
panies have paid their tax, and it (children, one being dead, were at his
the penalties are assessed the com (bedside when death came.
panies will be hard hitj Some of the | The surviving children are as fol-
zlnc and lead mining Companies and lows: John, Rudolph, Frank, Will
oil and gas companies jhave not paid j and Mrs. C. F. Cotterall, of this
their tax. j jcity; Mrs. L. McMilen of Axtell,
The state auditor fixis the amount j Kans.; Mrs. Rosine and Joe of Marys,
and the tax is paid to the state vllle, Kan.; Mrs. Nora Millen of
treasurer, going Into the general Prague; Mrs. Emma Schmidt, Arkan-
revenue fund. J sas City; Walter, Marysvllle, Kans.;
It has not been decided whether Oscar, Shoyer, Kans., and Albert of
an attempt shall be made to collect Kaw City, Kans.
the penalty in the case of the com-
panies now in arrears.
KINGFISHER WANTS RAILROAD.
Kingfisher, Okla., Dec. 10.—King-
The surviving brothers and sisters
are as follows: City Treasurer F. W.
Mohrbacher of this city. J. A- Mohr-
bacher of Wymore, Neb., Theodore
Mohrbacher and Mrs. Emma Kalen-
flsher is again talking of another .born of Tacoma, Wasih., Adolph
railroad to be built from the south- Mohrbacher of Cripple Creek, Colo.,
east to the northwest. The town is Mrs. Lizzie Travelufce of Marysvllle,
to give a bonus of $15,000 and the Kans., and Mrs. Kate Antle of At-
rlght of way through the town and chison, Kans.
for five miles each side of the town.1 The remains were taken from the
An uni<iue method has been resorted hospital to the home, 668 North
to in the effort to raise the money.
Coal Is being soldi to parties along
the line for five dollars a ton, two
dollars of which is to go to the rail-
road. The promoters hope to sell
enough coal In this way to get the
money to pay for the grading. The
right of way contracts provide that
if the grading is not done by Janu-
ary 1, 1910, the contracts shall be
Guthrie, Okla., Dec. 10.—Attorno/
General West today completed hli.
brief and Is arranging to perfect bis
appeal to the United States supremo
court to determine his rights and d •
ties as attorney general. The appeal
Is from the decision of the Oklahoma
supreme court granting the writ of
prohibition sought by the Prairie Oil
& Gas Co. stopping the attorney
general from proceedings with his
ouster suit. The Oklahoma supreme
court sustained Governor Haskell's
contention that the attorney general
could not bring action.
PROPOSES NEW RAILROAD.
Oklahoma City, Okla,, Dec. 10.—H.
S. Wanamaker, a capitalist from New
Mexico, is here and will go before
ihe Chamber of Commerce with a
proposition to build a railroad from
Oklahoma City to New Mexico, touch-
ing forty Oklahoma towns.
THE NEW® 10c PER W£EK.
STORE YOUR COAL BEFORE
PRICES ADVANCE. 8ANTA FE
COAL CO. PHONE 369.
H. G. LAR8H, MGR.
Post Cards.—For 25 cents we will
send, postpaid, ten beautifully col-
ored views of New York. The Un-
excelled Novelty Co., 399 Clinton St,
Brooklyn, N. Y. 26-w4t
THE NEWS 3 MONTHS FOR $1.00.
and the proper bundling of the business entrusted to our care
are among some of the things that have gone far in building
up this successful bank.
YOUR BUSINESS WILL RECEIVE OUR CAREFUL CON-
BANK OF COMMERCE
GRAND M DISPLAY
We Will have our Annual Two Days'
display of Furs Friday afternoon and
all day Saturday Mr Fletcher Price,
representing Wrn. H. Miller & Co., of
Detroit, the largest fur dealers in Amer-
ica, will show their hieh-class line of
Fur Sets, Seperate Scarfs, Muffs and
Coats. If you expect to buy a fur this
season, here is an opportunity to see the
largest and handsomest line of furs ever
shown in Shawnee Remember, Friday
and all day Saturday. Take elevator to
the second floor.
The Mammoth Department Store
THE NATURAL GAS PIPE
LINE Gang it Now Work-
ing Near Dill on
Take the Park St. car
line directly to the 6cene
of th® work.
All who cannot go, have
but to watch this bulletin
daily to know how the
work is progressing.
The line will be complet-
ed, when laid, to 611 N.
Klckapoo, or within one
block of the Catholic
See our AD. on page 6,
SHAWNEE GAS &
130 N. Broadway
The bankers of group throe of the
Oklahoma State Bankers' Association
are In session this afternoon in the
City council chamber. The meeting
was called to order promptly at
2 o'clock, and after the formal ex-
change of greetings, they Immediate-
ly got down to business.
Wihile In the city the bankers are
the guests of the Shawnee Clearing
House Association. They will be
Jahown about tho city in a trglley car
at the conclusion of the business ses-
sion, and tonight a banquet will bo
served! at the Norwood hotel, the ban-
quet to be followed by a genera)
open discussion of matters of inter-
est. The program of the meeting fol-
2:00 p. m.—Meeting to convene at
city hall auditorium.
Address of Welcome—Mr. J. W.
Rubey, president Shawnoo Clearing
Response—Mr. William Mee., pres-
ident Security National bank, Okla-
homa City, chairman Group No. 3.
Report of Secretary Group No. 3—
Mr. A. R. Eastman, president Okla-
homa State bank, Guthrie, Okla.
Ad-dlross—Hon. Paul F. Cooper, ex-
bank commissioner of Oklahoma.
Subject, "The Need of a Uniform Ne-
gotiable Instrument I^iw for Okla
Address—R. C. Menefee, treasurer
Commerce Trufot Company, Kansas
Address—M. R. Sturdevant, ex-na-
tional bank examiner of Oklahoma,
now cashier of the Central National
bank of St. Louis, Mo.
Address—E. F. Swinney, president
First National bank, Kama** City,.
Mo. Subject, "Business Outlook for
Entertainment—Trolley ride over
city on adjournment of afternoon ses-
Dinner at Norwood Hotel—Open
TWELVE STUDENTS EXPELLED.
l^awton, Okla., Dec. 10.—Because
they seriously disturbed and attempt-
ed to break up the play, "The Spy of
Gettysburg," given at the high school
rooms by the senior class, twelve
members of the Lawton high school
were expelled from school by Super-
intendent T. B. Ryfoolt, the offense
for which the expulsion occurred con-
sisting of the act of entering a reci-
tation room adjoining the high school
room in which the play was being
given, burning llmburger cheese on
a heated stove and throwing lemons
at the players as they appeared on
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WE REQUEST THAT YOU EXAMINE THE FINANCIAL STATE-
MENT OF THIS BANK AS SHOWN BELOW.
If you are a patron of this bank and have thus contributed to
our business success, we assure you of our appreciation.
If you do not transact your business with this bank, let this be
an invitation to become one of our satisfied customers.
Loans and discounts.$306,288.28
Real estate, furniture
and fixtures 23,281.00
Bonds and warrants. 19.456.46
U. 8. bonds and pre-
6 per cent, redemp-
tion fund 2,600.00
Cash and Sight Ex-
Capital stock $ 50,000.00
Surplus and profits.. 30,262.86
Ujbe Oklahoma Nat'l Bank
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