The Calumet Chieftain. (Calumet, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 51, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 19, 1917 Page: 2 of 12
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THE CALUMET CHIEFTAIN
f STATEHOUSE BREVITIES !
$7,638,009 Revenue of 6tate.
The state of Oklahoma through the
Various methods It hag of collecting
money, collected a total of $7,648,909-
41 during the fiscal year, which
closed June 30, the report of W. L.
Alexander, state treasurer shows
Item by item, the record Indicate*
to the cent where the money came
from and the amount. Collections
from ad valorum taxes naturally lead.
This amount was $3,178,270. Next 1b
the quarter annual gross production
tax of S per cent, which amounted to
Quarter annual aroHs production
tax 1 per cent (old) .$ ? 773
Quarter annual grout* production
ta* I per cent.. 141,603
Corporation license tay
Inheritance ta* 43,325
Interest on dully bank balanoon. fi6,6«2
The amounts received from mis-
cellaneous sources, through the media
of the Btate departments, were Item-
ized as follows.
Commissioners of the land office,
transfer to Mtate capltol butld-
lri« fund 1400,000
Commissioners of the land office,
for public school funds 738,2R9
insurance commissioner 814 !'U5
Secretary of Insurance board 67,810
Corporation commission 42,7117
State auditor, income tak and
state Auditor 41.218
State highway commissioner lOSJ.Vt
Secretary of state 259 4
Treasurer of board of agriculture 4J,'331
t>tate same warden t.U.i 1
Oieili of supreme court H«,712
(Secretary of bar commission ] 'su-,
Chief mine inspector . .... 11180
Secretary of mining board 'r-ik
President of llye stock registration
board ■ ,,-4
State board of health
State board of . ITi.re
State building and loan auditor.. fSi
Mate labor commissioner
Among the collections last year
one from Love county for 5141 -
balance of the 6tate election fu- I f■ -v.
1907. when the state allowed
counties money to Snanoe
state election The b*:an.t>
been coming In year by -^r Tt
county is said to be Use '.a:
The Western Union 7-
.paid rruss receipts is. 4 4
tereit on bonds, by the re'-
Amounts to $20m347
Approximate,y 7S,000 will be added
to the state's colections by fees which
foreign corporations doing business in
this state must pay on the additional
capital invested in this state over last
SEVEN DAYS AT A
Tonkawa 8eek« Injunction.
A suit perpetually to enjoin the
state board of affairs from removing
the printing plant and other proper-
ties of the University Preparatory
School at Tonkawa, was filed In the
district court by citizens of Tonkawa.
The Tonkawa school wns one of those
that fell before the gubernatorial veto
ax. It is the expectation of residents I tom,
of Tonkawa that the netx legislature j War News-
will call the Institution Into being | Northwest of Stanislau, in Galicia,
again by making an appropriation j the first defense positions of the Aus-
'or it. | trians have been occupied by the Rus-
The suit is expected to test the sians after two days of violent fight-
question whether the board of affairs ing, says an official statement from
has the authority to make disposition j Austro Hungarian general headquar-
of the properties of an institution ters.
which has not been abolished by law, ■ 4-4-4-
but is merely suspended. The plain- There has been considerable patrol
tiffs state tliat the board of affairs activities on the entire front, says an
will move the printing plant to Mo- official statement from the Italian war
Alester. office. Successful encounters with
The University Preparatory School email enemy parties are reported by
was established on March 8. 1901. by our reconnoitering detachments,
an act of the legislative assembly of 4- 4- 4-
the Territory of Oklahoma When The German* launched another vio-
Oklahoma wss admitted to statehood, lent attack on the ANne front, and, as
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the claims of the town were upheld
and the school kept in operation. Cit-
izens of Tonkawa donated the site
for the school, the petition states.
New Law Test In Panhandle Case.
^ hat may be a case which will des
termlne the intent of the law govern-
ing seizure of automobiles used in
transporting liquor, is found in Texas
County Attorney General Freeling
received an account of the proceed
ings from F Hlner Dale, county at-
An auto was caught at Goodwell in
which six CSllOM w i :sky. tight
quart* of w:ev Av.i thirty r.ve quarts
of Uer was The county at
torrey jnifneJ tie ckt .«e. 1 ed and
iUr:K ;r.\!'v.'..:.£i to confiscate it
. ie ;■«*io were in the cat
t the :•. '.cur.d ccr.tend that
: hi ;_reiA>-. .: '.;quor at Dalhart.
1 Li ar... g.'tten into Oklahoma
5>y =: stake
- hey contend that they were mak
i££ an interstate trip and that th«
law applies only where liquor is tak
en from one point in Oklahoma to an-
other The county attorney declares
that since the effectiveness of the
Webb-Kenyon law, there Is no such
thing as interstate commerce in liq-
quor In this state.
State's Balance Large.
There was $2,375,62 In tfie general
revenue fund of the state treasury on
June 30, close of the fiscal year, ac-
cording to the annual report of W. L.
Alexander, state treasurer, filed with
the governor. The balance on June 30
last year was $1,922,780
One of the Interesting Items of reve- i
nue shown by the report is the amount
of the gross production tax collected.
Oil men had asserted that the gross
production tax of 3 per cent would
yield at least $2,500,000 to the state.
The state's part, which is two-thirds
of the total, was $1,551,654. Rack col-
lections on the 1 per cent and 2 per
.-ent taxes brought the total gross pro-
Juctlon revenue to $1,697,031.
The total revenue collected for the
year was $7,638,909 and this with the
balance on hand June 30, 1916,
brought the total available to $9,561,-
B90. There was paid out out during
the year, $7,186,069.
1 ^Collections from the ad valorem tax
netted $3,178,270. The Interest on the
bank balance brought $66,662. The
land office turned in $400,000 from the
The state highway commissioner
turned into the state treasury $41,218
This represents only 10 per cent of his
collections, for 9 per cent of it is
turned back to the counties, propor-
tioned according to the number of au-
tomobiles in each county.
Funk Goes to Missouri.
A. I. Funk, reporter for the state
corporation commission, leaves the
place he has held for the past eight
years to go with the Missouri public
utilities commission at an advance of
Price of Ginning Fixed By State.
After devious investigations regard-
ing the prices of labor, machinery and
supplies, the state corporation com-
mission fixed the price of ginning for
the coming season at 22Vfc cents a
hundred for seed cotton. The gin-
ners are allowed a profit of 20 cents
above cost of bagging and ties.
Cotton gins were declared by the
Sixth legislature to be public utili-
ties At a hearing held by the com-
mission a number of ginnerB stated
that 80 cents would not allow them
much profit, -owing to advanced cost
of labor, machinery and supplies.
Later, the commission In a letter
sent to all glnners and to n number
of farmers, offered to arrange that
the price would automatically be ad-
justed by the price of cotton. This
met with general opposition, so the
arbitrary price was made.
Gins last season started out at an
average price of 1« 2-3 tents a hun-
dred. About one-flfth of them In-
creased to 20 cents before the season
Jobs Found for 3,752.
The four state free employment
officers of the state found work for
*.572 persons during the month of
June according to a report made by
W. G. Ashton, state labor commls-
sionor. During the same month in
1918, 2,773 places were filled. The
Tulsa office leads with 1,361. Enid,
because of the harvest labor was sec-
ond with 1,256. Oklahoma City office
office reported 640 and Muskogee 315.
The clerical department of the office
here filled IS places with 21 employers
applying for help
Santa Fe Expands.
Oklahoma City -Increasing activity
f'f tM mala J> rajlw'ay In the north-
« • fart of the .-are was shown
h«- the Buffalo a.id Northwestern
railway, now |n process of construc-
tion, applied to .ijiji corporation com-
mission for permission to transfer Its
property to the Kanta The line
was started early this year at Way-
noka. i-'rom there It proceeds north
west through Woods. Woodward and
Harper counties, a distance of sixty
miles, with Buffalo, the coutity seat
of Harper county, as the terminus
New Supreme Court Rules.
Regular terms of the state supreme
court hereafter will be held begin-
ning the second Tuesday of October,
December. February, April and June,
Is the new rule promulgated by the
court with a number of others. The
morning sitting of the court will be
at 9 o'clock and the afternoon sit-
ting at 1:30.
In the amended rules of procedure
in the court, the chief justice may
limit the time for argument, not to
exceed one hour to counsel on each
side. No motion will he argued ex-
cept hv direction of the court.
in the case of their recent attempt to
recapture important positions along
the Chemln-Des-Dames, met with de-
termined resistance by the French and
Buffered very heavy losses. The at-
tack was delivered in four sectors.
The official report says they were
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In a renewal of their attack at
Stasislau, south of Halicz, the key to
Lemberg, Russian troops have gained
ground. This is announced in a sup-
plementary statement issued from Ger-
A dispatch from Amsterdam to the
Chicago Daily News says that German
war correspondents on the Eastern
front, writing from the Austrian army
headquarters in Galicia, are unanim-
ous in asserting that never before
have the Russians developed such of-
fensive might as in the last few days.
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' German soldiers near Baliestchi on
the Rumanian front, recently held up
white flags and called upon the Rus-
sians to fraternize, says an official
statement given out by the Russian
war office. Russian artillery fired on
After their strongest offensive ef-
fort since the Verdun campaign the
Germans found themselves thrown
back everywhere along an eleven-mile
front on the Chemin-des-Dames, leav-
ing the ground thickly strewn with
their dead, and having failed to take
even one French soldier prisoner.
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North and east of Gorizia Italian pa-
trols carried out raids into the enemy
lines, causing great damage and alarm.
South of Castagnav izza the enemy at-
tempted to deliver an attack preceded
by violent artillery preparation, but
was checked completely.
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The last step necessary to make the
; entire national guard available for
| duty in France was taken recently by
President Wilson with the issue of a
I proclamation drafting the state troops
into the army of the United States
! August 5.
Selection day for the new national
j army is approaching rapidly as the
J local exemption boards in the various
j states complete their organization,
J give serial numbers to the registration
cards and forward certified copies to
| Provost Marshall General Crowder.
| Indications are that the drawing will
be held within a week, but no official
statement has been made.
Stockades surrounding all grain
elevators in the grain growing re-
gions of the United States for
protection against possible enemy
plots have been requested by Herbert
C. Hoover, United States food admin-
istrator, in a letter to President J. P.
j Griffin of the Chicago Board oC
The corn area planted in the United
[ States this year, as announced by the
j Five men were killed and thirty-on>
injured in an explosion which wreck
ed two storehouses at the Mare Island
navy yard, according to the command-
ant's report. Many houses were de-
Emma Goldman and Alexander
Berkman, anarchists, convicted at New-
York of conspiracy to obstruct oper-
ation of the Selective Draft Law, start
ed for prison in the custody of fed-
eral marshals a few hours after the
verdict had been returned.
Seven killed and 145 injured was the
toll of Fourth of July accidents
throughout the country, according to
records compiled at Chicago.
An amendment to the Food Bill by
Senator Cummins of Iowa, prohibit-
ing imports of distilled liquors during
the war and also use of those now in
bond for beverage purposes , was
adopted by the Senate by a vote of
54 to 30.
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Another step in building up the se- j
lective conscription army was taken j
with the distribution of a circular by |
Provost Marshal General Crowder 1
notifying the registered men to hold j
themselves in readiness, for appearing
before the boards which will conduct |
examinations and consider exemptions. [
A total of $11.661,905 in first mort-
gage loans to farmers at 5 per cent in-
terest has been asked by the 230 farm
loan associations chartered by the
Federal Farm Loan Board up to July 1.
Applications for loans aggregating 100
million dollars have been filed by the
twelve federal land banks, but not yet
A leader of the Industrial Work-
ers of the World announced recently
that he had received a telegram from
the Pacific Coast saying all the ma-
rine transportation workers on the
coast were ready to go out on strike
to aid the metal miners.
The Missouri and Kansas national
guard, formally drafted into the fed-
eral service August 5, will be trained
in a camp at Deming, N. M., instead
of Fort Sill, as originally planned.
They will report to their armories Au-
gust 5, but the camp will be ready a
few days later and they soon will en-
train for their New Mexico camp.
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Francisco Villa, with several hun-
dred men, has been reported fifty
miles west of Ojiniga, opposite Pre-
sidio, Texas. Merchants in Ojiniga
have transferred their stocks across
the Rio Grande in anticipation of an
attack on the town.
For the first time in about two
years Mexican freight cars will be per-
mitted to be sent across the border in-
to the United States as a result of
conferences at Laredo by representa-
tives-of American and Mexican rail-
r STATE NEWS NOTES^
SHADOWS OF COMING EVENTS.
Sept. 4-8. Pontotoc county fair. Ada.
Sept. 13-It. .District rair. Marlow.
Bept. 11-21—Rogers Counay Fair, Clare-
Sept. 19-22, Caddo county fair, Ana-
Oct. 1-6, WachlriftoD county falrr
New Demurrage Rules.
While a brief formal hearing on the 1 —
application of the western demurrage Department of Agriculture, is 121,045,-
lthorltv to acres, 15 million acres more than
and Btorage bureau for authority to
Increase demurrage rates was held by
the corporation commission, on infor-
mation previously received, the com-
mission immediately issued an order
granting the changes, which are
effective August 1 to May 1, 1 18. In
last year and the largest ever planted.
4- 4- 4-
Government control of Ameriran ex-
ports authorized in a provision of the
Espionage Act has been ordered put
Tnto operation July 15 by President
v -~vv. ■ v; oiifSiioi, X IIJ Hi a r 1, IPIO. Ill ' - - ^ "J * ICDIUCUl
the order the free time was decreased j Wilson with the issuance of a procla-
from seventy-two hours to forty-eight; I mation requiring the licensing of ship-
t2 00 will bo charged for each of the II1Pnts to all countries of the most im
first five days and $5.00 for each day
portant export commodities.
Creation of a national intelligence
service to combine the work of all se-
„ „.0as,,Vp: Furnace Close. service to combine the work of all se
Co linsvi le.-Beeauae of the fact , cret service organizations of the gov
that the price of gas in Collinsville has
recently been doubled, a number of
the furnaces at the Bartlesville zinc
smelter furnaces have been closed In-
definitely. Since the supply of gas is
abundant as ever, officials of the
smelter company are threatening to
appeal to the federal government for
regulative orders, unless an agreement
can be reached as to price. It is
claimed that the government's need
for metal In munition making may
bring on fedora] mediation
ernment has been announced by the
Department of Justice. This is made
necessary by the hunt for German
Indignant denunciation of a plan
to pardon petty offenders in Chicago's
city prison provided they would enlist
in Uncle Sam's fighting forces was
voiced recently by Capt. Franklin R
Kenney, head of the recruiting service
4- 4- 1-
Jackson Barnett, Creek Indian,
whose wealth is estimated at ly2 mil-
lion dollars, will have to keep the $50,-
000 he wanted to give to the American
Red C ross mercy fund. The Secretary
of the Interior has denied the request
that he be permitted to make the gift.
The final decree of Judge WTilbur
Booth, and the decree has been en-
tered formally at Kansas City, is that
the Kansas Natural Gas Company is
engaged in interstate commerce, and
that the rate of twenty-eight cents,
fixed by the Kansas Public Utilities
Commission, is unreasonably low.
4- 4- 4-
According to reports reaching Rot-
terdam from Berlin and forwarded by
the Exchange Telegraph, Emperor
William invited the neutral ambassa-
dois and ministers to a conference
the other day.
In the Healdton field in Oklahoma
in the month of June, seventy-six wells
were completed, and the field now has
1,651 wells producing about seventy
thousand barrels of oil a day.
The American steamer Massapequa
was sunk recently by a German sub-
marine. The crew was landed at the
small Island of Sein off the French
Coast, twenty-eight miles southwest of
Major General John J. Pershing,
commander of the American forces in
I- ranee, spent the day recently con-
ferring with his staff concerning plans
for the permanent training camp in
France and American participation at
the fighting front. The permanent
camp already has been established
and one battalion is undergoing inten-
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A. II. Muhr of Philadelphia and
mrre BischoTf, an American resident
of I aris have received the war cross
for distinguished service at the Amer-
ican field ambulance around Moron-
Flrtt train# over the newly-built
Mineral Belt Railroad were run Into
Picher July 4. and In honor of that
event the town celebrated.
A short oourse In poultry raising
and handling Is to be held at Clinton
August 4 and 5 under the direction of
an expert from the A. and M. college.
J. S. Stidham, 2-year-old sen of Mr.
and Mrs. J. M. Stidham, who live foul
miles east of Chickasha, was drowned
in a creek which flows near their
home. The body had been in the
water two hours when recovered.
Mrs. Sophie Larrick, a bride of
three weeks, was killed and her hus-
band, J. E. Larrick, seriously Injured
when Santa Fe passenger train No,
411, southbound, hit their automobile
at a grade crossing north of Guthrie.
Nelson L. Crepoe. who for some
time has been located in Chickasha
as United States land appraiser for
the Chickasha field clerk's office, has
been transferred to Vinita and hia
place at Chickasha has been taken by
S. H. Pratt, formerly of Holdenville.
M. L. Turner, for seventeen years
: president of the Western National
i Bank, at Oklahoma City, sold his in-
J terests in the bank to Alva E. Smith
' of Oklahoma City, formerly of Dustin,
where he operated a large blooded
1 stock farm. Mr. Smith Is also presi-
dent of the Dustin State Bank.
Sweeping reductions In rates for
j electricity, both for light and power
purposes, have been announced by W.
H. Miser, manager of the Drumright
Ice and Light Company The reduc-
tions, which were made voluntarily,
range from 10 to 40 ped cent, and are
to be effective dating from July 1.
The Trust Company of Maryland,
which made bond for John Splvy, late
clerk of Jefferson coftnty, has agreed
to pay into the county treasury $.2675,
the amount representing part of a
shortage in Spivy's accounts found by
the state examiner and Inspector.
Suit was brought by County Attorney
Ben Save for $3,725.27.
The Santa Fe Railway Company,
which is building a 82-mile extension
across Osage county, has just pur-
[ chased a 3,040-acre ranch from Dr.
; R. L. Hall of Pawhuska, paying $137,-
| 000 for the land. It Is located twelve
miles west of Pawhuska. It is under-
stood the company expects to erect,
a watering station there and, a little
later, to establish a townslte From
that point, a spur of the road Is to be
built to Hominy.
Oce Allen, county treasurer of Rog-
ers county, has received from the In-
dian agency at Muskogee a check for
$3,370. This amount will be dis-
tributed among the various school
districts of the county where there
are children of Indian lineage at-
tending school. Ten cents per capita
la allowed by the government. The
figures then show that there are at-
tending in the schools of Rogers
county 33,700 Indian children.
A recommendation that the state
school book depository be forced to
change its form of contract with local
dealers to permit them to sell second
1 hand books, was made in an opinion
by the attorney general to Governor
j Williams. Complaints were made
J some time ago by dealers In second-
hand books in Chicago and New York
I to the federal trade commission. It
| was alleged that the form of contract
j in this state provides, in effect, a mo-
j nopoly in the book business.
Because he liked the excitement
caused by a fire, Is the reason given
by Buster Taylor, 10 years old, for
setting numerous fires that have been
causing considerable M\yry to the
Lawton fire department and the owu-
ers of buildings on C avenue for the
past three months. In a grilling be-
fore officers the youth admitted that
he had set five fires at different times.
Announcement that consideration of
a plan to help the farmers of the
northwestern counties to purchase
seed wheat is under way was made by
Governor Williams. Lee Adams, rep-
resentative from Harper county, and
county commissioners of that county,
informed the governor that many of
the farmers are unable to buy seed
and that this year's crop is a total
failure with a majority of the growers.
The same condition prevails In Ellis,
Texas. Cimarron and Beaver counties.
Instead of letting much of the state's
money lie idle in banks, the governor
proposes to let the farmers borrow the
money at nominal Interest where
showing is made that it is essential to
the purchase of seed for the coming
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