The Claremore Messenger. (Claremore, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, January 31, 1908 Page: 3 of 8
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HOIILATURt MAV ASK FOR MP
CIHMEICE OIMMISSIII CM FIX IITE1
Cwumd'm Art liable far Delayed
Meeaagee—Provision Against Fran-
ahiae Orafcblnt-OI«er ml«atlens
Are Clam* aa Miademeanere
Oklahoma will have Jim Crow"
telephone* m wall as "Jim Crow"
cars, if iho senate bill regulating tele-
graph and telephone companies, which
passed Hit* committee uf the whole
In the *enatn Saturday bJconie* a law.
Heuutor Clint Urabaiu of Marl* tia,
author or the "Jim Crow" law, siaried
th«* fireworks by uttering an amend
inent requiring aeparuie waiting
room* uml telephone booth* for
white* and negroe* at all public lele
plume office* In flr*i claa* cllle*. A
itubittiluUf wh* filially adopted which
icl v**m tlii' corporation coiniulxlon dis-
cretionary powers In placing thU re-
quirement ui>on telephone companies.
A auction went tlirouiclj aimed at
♦ he complete elimination <>f a tele-
phone monopoly providing that auy
company owning the exclusive right
of Halo or rental of oertitln telephone
appliance* ur Instruments shall fur-
itl*li them lo all companies engaged
In the transportation of mc*sage* by
telephone at a price fixed by the cor-
Onder the prorialona of another
section the u*e of objectionable lan-
guage over the telephone la made a
misdemeanor punishable by a fine of
from !> to f&O. Pereoua guilty of In-
tercepting me**age* are guilty of a
Hill* were Introduced as follow*:
By Urook. providing for the appoint-
ment of state and county teacher*
examining boards, the qualification*
of teachers and the aupport of com-
Dion schools; by Brook, establishing
and maintaining a system of high
school*: by Wynne, appropriating
current expenaea of state educational
luatltution* for the year 1907-08.
The Wynne bill appropriates $30.-
ODO for each of the normal schoola,
$.">0,000 for the atate unlveralty, $17,-
G00 for the unlveralty preparatory
school, \$17,500 for the colored uni-
versity at Langston, and $18,000 for
the deaf and dumb Institute.
The surplus arising from •«*•••
made during the year* 1905 and 1906
and all other levlea heretofore made
for educational Institutions, the un-
used balance of the lease fund, the
building fund, the equipment fund, or
any other of the several funds cre-
ated for these Institution* are appro-
priated and made available.
Any appropriation of the school
land lease fund that may be made
before or after the passage of thla act
by the state superintendent of pub-
lic instruction shall be made avali-
able for these Institutions. All In-
surance money received on account
of the fires at Norman and Langston
are authorised to be expended for
the reconstruction and re-equipment
SENTENCED FOR LIFE
Alleged Murderer of Shawnee Chief
of Police Oeta Hia
SHAWNEE: John Curtis Barber,
charged with the murder of Marlon
Farrell, former police chief of Shaw-
nee. on the morning of October 1*.
1907, was sentenced to life Imprison-
ment by ajury in Judge J. H. Maxey's
oourt In Tecumseh. The Jury was out
but twenty minutes.
The defense attempted to prove
that Charles Morris, a teamster, who
has disappeared from Shawnee: was
the murderer. The trial has „ con-
sumed three days.
Police Chief Farrell arrested Bar-
ber and was on his way with him to
the city Jail when the alleged crime
occurred. Farrell was struck in the
liead with a piece of iron. He died
the following day. Barber was ar-
rested the day of the assault In a
room with two girls. He protested
his innocence, claiming that some oue
else Btruck Farrall.
HEARS OKLAHOMA OAS CASE
judge Campbell to Take Matter Un-
MUSKOGEE: Judge Campbell In
the United States court here had a
hearing on the suit brought to test
the legality of an act passed by the
Oklahoma lejglalature making It Ille-
gal to pipe gas out of the atate of
Attorney General West argued that
it was brought Into the federal court
when ltThould have remained In the
state court, aa the 1'u*"^t>n
started there. Counsel for the oil and
gas people claim that act of the legis-
lature Is In' contravention of the atate
constitution and ask that the func-
tion granted In the case of Ok a-
homa vs. Conelly and Owen be dls-
*°Judge Campbell announced that
he would take the case under advise-
The battleship Mississippi, in-
structed at Cramp's shipyard at Phil-
adelphia. arrived at the League Island
navy yard and was forfma,Jj.
over to the government. When tne
hi* warship docked at the navy yard
Captain John C. Fremont took com-
Circular letter lamed by B- A. P. Oa-
••Man* Hat Ipaaahaa
A circular laaued by t'ae fl A. R.
post ai Stillwater protesting agatnat
the pa**age of a bill providing (ur taa
pensioning of ei-fouled*rale soldiers
brouaht forth considerable protest la
the senate Monday dona tor lloddle
resented the ImpuUllon ibat the «•
Confederate* were rebels and a claaaa
ibai said If (his bill should lie adopted
It would 'Vlace a premium on rebel-,
Senator Franklin tallowed In a
speech of denunciation. He ihougbt
Cue circular an Insult to the legisla-
ture. Those days of bltieriieaa bate
ended," he concluded. .*et there ivi I
love and tears for the gray and teara
and love for the blue"
"It la the expression of a few
cranks who never smelled powder and
not the senilment of a majority ot
tne Grauy Army veterans," said Sena-
"I tore up the circular that capie to
tne," *.iid Senator George O Johnson,
himself a member of f.ie Grand Army.
"1 do not want Incidents of the wa'
"There Is no bitterness In my heart
nitnlnst the south." *uld Henator t iiu-
nlngham, another ex-Union soldier.
"Last week I went over an "Id naitie-
field In Georgia and I found no oil
teruess there I have never drawn a
pension from the government, al-
though I um entitled to one, uiul I s'.nll
oppose pinioning any old soldier* in
tills stale." He raised the circular be-
fore his face and lore It Into shreds.
At the closu of the discussion the
animated speech*-* were expunged
from tne rocord
A large package of resolutions and
petitions, coming from Oklahoma City.
Anadarko. Shawnee. Addington and
other places, protected against the
passage of the Sunday bill Introduced
by Senator Smith A petition from
Jefferson county asked Its passage.
On third reading the Stewart tele-
phone bill was amended. Senator
Graham carrying his provision for sep-
arate walling rooms. It was discussed
until late lu the afternoon.
Two bills were adopted In the house,
one by Holland, empowering the com-
mlssloners of tho*e counties In whlcn
no levy has been made to l orrow
money from the state school land com-
mission to meet current expenses aud
that of Ellis regulating the Issuance
of teacfaers' certificates.
Under the Holland bill, which comes
under the emergency head, the com-
missioners can apply for and secure a
sum to be fixed by the governor, not
In excpss of the rai.o of two dollurs
for each Inhabitant. The vole on tinal
roll call was unanimous.
The Ellis bill provides that first
grade certificates shall be accepted in
any county of fae state, second grade
certificates In cogntles adjoining the
one in which they are Issued and third
grades are good only In the county
where they originate.
A protest was made by Ashby In
behalf 'of R. L. O Mealey, the demo-
crat who contested the seat of Evans,
from Grand and Alfalfa countlea. Tne
committee recommended that the con-
test be dismissed for lack of evidence.
Ashby declared that O'Mealey had not
been given a fair trial; that a ruling
of the committee had prevented nla
securing the balkK 'boxes, which, ne
said, would iprove the right of hta
client to secure a seat. Tne commit-
tee held that the eutlre vote In the
two counles must be recounted and
declined o take suca action. Ashby
contended that the .precedent estab-
lished Is had. In support of the re-
port Chairman London outlined the ef-
forts of the committee to secure evi-
dence on both sides. On the vote only
two disapproved of the report.
Tne following were unfavorably re-
By Wilson, providing a uniform
system of weights and measures;
Stevens, creating the office ot county
coroner; Smith of Custer, defining
malignant mischief; Boyle, regulating
depots; Lindsey, regulating divorces:
Ross and Smith of Custer, punishing
violators of marriage vows; Duruam
and Carson and Japp, regulating granu
and petit juries; Johnson and Bryan,
legalizlg the ; acknowledgement ot
aeeds; Hart, staying executions anu
Mtadock and Early, regulating ctv..
Resolutions were submitted as fol-
lows: From Logan eounty, .protesting
against killing quail for five years;
Greer county Bar association, urging
Oklahoma statutes to be malntaineo
in every possible Instance and Alfalfa
county, opposing any bill stopping (ne
sale of proprietary medicines by trans-
A communication from L. J. Story,
railroad commissioner ot Texas, stated
his lnabolty to address the house on
the subject of railroad rate regulation.
The digest ot constitutional pro-
visions which are not self-executing,
compiled by Judge M. Fulton ot Okla-
homa City, was ordered printed anu
A committee substitute recommend-
ed for the bills of Whltehurst and
Casteel and Williams and Comanche
counties; favorable action taken on
the bill by Paschal providing for com-
pulsory education; Sands, regulating
banks; No. 65, forbidding the sale o*
cigarettes; Branson, creating the of-
fice of county register of deeds; tii^s
nullifying attorney's fees; Durham,
regulating cost of bonds In civil cases;
Ballard, prohibiting snake eating ex-
coitions: Durham, .preventing fraud
in pergonal .property deals, and Lind-
sey. Swengle and Faulkner, prevent-
ing the spread of Johnsno grass.
far That Pwpaaa I
Calling atieaUoa W U . laiporianl Guthrie, (Ok—A saliUM memoralU
act (bat i be t'kerokd Indian* a. a Hit «he legUlaiur* In change I he praa-
o*ioo have contributed tu ctvlllantlon et tat law , aaeertliig thai they
many fundamental thought* on educa are "..put to «h« nrm*jr ha. hew
; non. Governor Haskell Thur*da> aem prepared by JI P J**Wa«n of fori
a apecal m««age to accompany a. Cobb. The petition baa the *igua
I ron*mimical ion trom Chief Roger* ot lure* «f MW farmer*, who are voter*
JK 85 *owe of Caddo c««„,v Other couilUe* are
' mala and female aemmarle* main- preparing lo folio, the lead uf Cad
coasted iVJ^'^.a'alSK!^ V^Tumaier* *ay the, wan. „o(.*
ThJ li.?. «SaTld Iht^ "bo«Ta buii and account* a.*e*.ed at mt value
remitting aad annulling U -a lu por Jh"Mi?amJ oT ib* lallSSJ
t!a**ihat (wera"det'aol'ed by the""""- unle** Iwued after «u amendment ha*
I r«.?o .l"-nSSff Vhe hou*e
pawed lha concurrent re*, ullon W|)nt N capital!*!* who
luemorlalliing run«re * to J*" ow„ |urgn .hare* in Oklahoma couu.a-
hom. tead* to Battler* on ft* K.owa> oMtlriliUte to the state fund*
Comanche and Apache Indian l?**' -
To Start Coal.
Fort Supiily. Ok A Urge ware
boiihe hu* been limit at Fort Tangier
for the *torlng of coal and other *up
plies hi the Insane Aaylutu (o l «
inoteil here Iroiu Normuu. Ok,
vatlona who have ne« r received pai
en I* from the government. Ouuid# of
this (he house *e**lou wii. cotuumed
by dl«cu *lon* of several bill*, which
made no further progrc** iliau lo be
pa*aed to the (hird reading
The committee aubslllute for bill
No. 14. restricting Ibe spread ot John
•on gin** and ltu* luii lhl*tle prccl|il
tated * general dl cu *l"M. Paction
1 wiu adopted but the whole uie« *ur«
wa later referred to a mtiimltlee of
Faulkner. Duraui and Tlllot on for
The Kills bill reguluilng th* l« u-
ance of teacher* certificate* wu*
lassed to U* ihlrd reading, after a
protract. J d nato on the various
Witt and talary.
McAlester. Ok A number of ill*
trlci clerk* from the eastern portion
of I lie slat** met here Saturday and
diacuaaed iieiidiug leglalnilon affect
lug their fee* and nularle*
Tishomingo. Ok M V.Cheadle re
celved a fractured rib lu a runaway.
The Hue* broke while ('beadle wa*
■Jutleala Raaaed PaaaawM.
WaalilnXon. r> i' -At the raqaaat
of deuaitir Owsu lha aMiale directed
that the Oklahoma conuatltatiou be
printed as a public document
"I want to place the constitution
of Oh lahoma wfeere li can be eaally
obi allied by any cltlaen of the l.'nlted
diAie*.' deiiatur Owen said, when
asked bis r«aa*ui for making the re
i|ue*i I waul It imbllshed and made
I a part of the |*eruiaiieiii record* of
I the t lilted State*, that It may have
1 full opportunity to radiate the prlnd-
1 pie* Uf ilrtue and rlghletiusneaa In
I civil government tu all the world "
MANIS BURNED TO OIATH.
Fella Waeten Dies in Fire Near Or*/
Fairfax. Ok.—Felix Woolen, an
I Onage Nation *i|uaw man. was bunted
to death In lila ranch bouse near
jilruv llor*e Friday nlglil Wooten
i and Ills wife spent Friday evening
i at mii Indian dance, reluming nt mid-
! ttiglii Near morning Mr* •Wmiten
awakened almost suffocated, aud
I hearing Iter liu*baud calling Iter, tried
to reach him The bouse was on
' tire and the roof fell lu before shu
1 could rescue him
Creek and Seminole Litte Wt
l Guthrie Ok -News from I'aa'bu*-
I ka Ibat the osage allotment roll lia
I heen stolen and Hint copies are In
clrciilatlmi for ibe Itenellt of the laud
grubbers, recalls the famous Creek
ro'l scandal at Muskogee two years
(J'MlBltJ <111 IIID v Ml i •**•*• * ••• * " **
feaiures. The measure provide* that driving his teaiu. aud a uulck turn
first grade certificates .ball be en of the buggy threw him lo the
dor*ed liy any county auparlntendeni. ground.
The fee uecossary to secure iho cer ~ ~
11ftenti* i- It Oounfl Over.
a rajxrz s
liabilities of the divided C .UI lie*. 1 he w |lx„(1 al
committee subatltuie for tile house '
bill covering the subject was favor-
ably recommended. Orownsd.
The anti trust bill of Undaey wa* Mominy, ok.-While attempting to
favorably reixirted. 1 he codlflcat. on i c(Je hu honi4 which hud become
commlMlon bill of Norvell was killed. entan(|)w| in a W|re fence lu Bird
in committee. | creek, Charles Clark. 2H years old. a
Cherokee Indian, was drowued.
The bill of Bryant and McOalla ere
atlng the office of state engineer was
' passe.) to Its third leading, after
ameiidiuunts were adopted lowering
Perry, Ok.—I^e Bailey accidentally
ameiiiiiiionis were a<*M"«u .hot Tom Radcllff In the buck and
the salary from f&.OOO to fll.OOO aud H),oulders while the two were hunting
giving the governor the power to ap i together. Bird shot and distance
point and remove the official. I make RadcllfTe's recovery possible.
The Hollaud bill authorlilng eoun-
tie* to borrow from the state school
funds to pay current ex peases was |
moved to a third reading.
RICHARDSON FAILED THEM
■ | n IIIIP any iiiiaiuo, mv !-• • ,,v®
Ex-Cfngreacman Could Not Addreae ed participants in the Osage Junction
------- - ■ —— lynching last July.
Motions Set Aside.
Guthrie, Ok..—Judge Cotteral In the
United States district court here Mon-
day overruled the motions to set
aside the Indictments against Green.
White and Williams, the three alleg
Oklahoma Rich In Minerals
GUTHRIE: Prof. C. N. Gould, who
occupies the chair of geology in Ok-
lahoma unlveralty, who waa before
some legislative committees, bellevea
that there la more asphalt in Okla-
hom* than to any other state of the
oalon and that the state ahonld
make provision for developing and
operating the great stratae that exis^.
Ha favor, (to orgaalaalkm and equip-
ment of a geological aurvey to «-
tered for developing some ot the moat
valaabie mlowal depoalU.
GUTHRIE: Three hundred appll
cations lor farm loans hat* ban filed
la the school taad department Only
ouMikai been granted, bat At
tovmey Bd Caaaidy stated that the
Meaaaarr papata wcrtd have bees re-
ceived fives the printer and bnalaeae
> to nwaet by Mnary 1. The
GUTHRIE: "I believe that we are
going to be able to hold the total or
the general appropriation within the
12,000,000 limit," said Chairman White
huwt of the house appropriations com-
mittee. "We do not expect to be pe-
nurious, bnt we shall not he extrava-
gant. Three years ago the territorial
ieg'.siatwre appropriated $1,000,JOO for
all purpose* It appeara now that with
another territory added to take care
ot and with the heavy expenae inci-
dent to launching the atate govern-
ment and the extra number of officers
to mi. we shall h able to get along
nicely with an appropriation dottle
"The appropriation of thla legisla-
ture will be IMO,000 larger than taa
next one need be. Wa hnve practi-
cally three times aa many places to
look after and three times ate amount
of fcnsiness that Oklahoma Territory
had. two atate school Institutions to
rebuild, thren additional state noma!
schools to eetaMlah aad nonatract ana
n boat of other thlnga to look after.
The appro* riaBoas commute* prob-
ably will have a report ready for snb-
mlaafcm next week. Thursday ttsre
ia *e ba a mneting ot the Joint
Joint Session of Legislature
The house and senate met Friday
afternoon In Joint session with Wm.
H. Murray presiding, for the purpose
of listening to an address of ex-Cou-
gressman Richardson of Tennessee,
who was in Guthrie In attendance at
the atate meeting of the Scottish Rite
Masons, but he could not accept the
Invitation, as his duties to the order
would not permit of hi* leaving the
'ceremonies. An hour and a half of
good fellowship followed the an-
nouncement of hla Inability to attend,
during which time many good-na-
tured debatea were pulled off.
The senate paased the Memminger
bill providing tor a reduction In the
ratea of expreas companies of 25 per
cent and the location of uptown of-
fices in certain towns and cltlea. The
house discussed the eight-hour bill
provided for telegraphers and tele-
phone operators, the bill being recom-
mended after several amendments
had been made.
The Franklin child labor bill and
that by Taylor relating to the keep-
ing of emergency medical and Instru-
ment cases in passenger coaches were
recommended for passage in the sen-
The Stafford bill, which amends the
present law against theft of live
stock so as to make the minimum
penitentiary sentence three years and
which has the approval of the Okla-
homa Anti-Horse Thief association,
was reported unfavorably by the com-
mittee, but the report was withdrawn
by renuest and the •bill comes now
before thd senate in the usual man
"^ha senate session opened with a
battle over the allowing of pay to
certain employes who remained on
duty during the holidays. The mat-
ter had been discussed in previous
jesaions and came up this time on
the report of a committee. The re-
nort was adopted after several
amendments had been accepted, one
of them relating to salary for the
secretary of the lieutenant governor
Partial salaries were allowed to the
postmaster, the chief clerk, the
watchman, the Janitors, the presi-
dent's private secretry, the president
pro tern"* private secretary and the
In towns of 1,000 population and In
cities of the first class express com-
nanies shall maintain uptown offices,
provided that railway stations are
more than 200 yards removed from
the business centers. Violations are
made misdemeanors and fines of o0
to $500 and imprisonment of 30 days
are Imposed for violations.
The telegraphers' lobby that has
been active for the last few days
scored a failure when the house re-
fused to eliminate the section in the
senate eight-hour bill which provides
for the exemption ot the employes at
aUtions where service and responsi-
bility are comparatively light. The
section was amended In several Im-
nortant details, however: One al-
teration requlrea the railroads to
show to the corporation commisalon
that compliance with th* law would
mean a neceisary abandonment of
any atatlon. The word "neceesary"
war not Included In the aennte MN.
Another amendment eliminates all
mention to the corporation In provid-
ing that exemptlona ahall he made
where the enforcement of the act
would "reeult In InJuaUce lo the pub-
The hill prohibiting Mdaaping tar
nnra waa reported nalaverahiy.
A petition by Thomaa protested
.g^ut the paaeag* Ot the pharmacy
aad drag bill and one by ^rook aad
Rftaaell aaked for the location of a
state normal school at Checotah.
At Tillotaoa'a request the measure
waa recommended with Instructions
t the committee to make he meaas
of wrtleeting fines prescribed the
aa affecting the operator aad
the company. Tlllotaoo evoked ap-
nl—- whan ha declared that the op-
erator, i( penalised, probably would
have to pay a One while the railroad
Jerked From Broncho.
Breman. Ok.—Henry A. Alexander
la In a critical condition from Injur-
lea received by being Jerked froui his
horse during a broncho-bustlug con-
test held here some time ago.
Indicted For Arson.
Guthrie. Ok.—The case against
"Big Ann" Bailey. Indicted for arson
and the murder of tour Inmates of
a building in Oklahoma City on Aug.
4, 1907, waa continued until Feb. 3
in teh supreme court.
Well No. 1.
Beggs, Ok.—The Beggs Oil Compa-
ny brought In its well No. 1 on the
Sandy Hill allotment, with a good
showing of oil and a strong flow of
gaa. Several wells will go down
near this place In a few days.
Robbed Four Times.
Lawton, Ok..—For the fourth time
within the last few months the post-
offlce at Indiahoma was robbed Sun-
day night. The safe was cracked
and several hundred dollars in cosh
and other valuables were stolen. The
horsemen were tracked to within five
miles ot lawton, and later the horses
were found here.
Oklahoma Unlveralty. •
Norman, ok, -Professor Mlcr of
the (lermun department will conduct
a party of tourist* lo Europe (hla
summer They will leave Oklahoma
iiImiih June 14 uml lie ub*ent about
At the luMt meeting of the hoard of
regent* of the uulver*lty at Guthrie
la*t week plan* and pec!flcallona
were received for the rebuilding of
the main hall. The insurance, amount
lug lo tilT,r>00, hu* been paid by the
companies, but the attorney general
say* the legislature will have to pa**
a law appropriating the Insurance
money for the new building President
l,ee Cruce of the Ixmrd of regents
suys the new structure will be abso-
lutely fireproof and will cost at least
$:>iH),0UU. It Is thought the apnroprla-
tIon will be made by the legislature
In a short time.
President David R. Boyd Is absent
this week, attending the meeting of
the National Association ot State Uni-
versities, in Chicago
The examinations for Rhodes schol-
arships were held here this week.
Professor Paxton of the university.
President Butcher of the Central
State normal, and President House of
Kingfisher college composed tho ex-
amining Isiard. Ray l.auge and Wil-
liam C. Vogt of Kingfisher and Wal-
ter S. Campbell, a son of President
Campbell, of Weatherford normal,
took the examinations.
The catalogue for next year Is now
being arranged. Ix>cal printers are
doing the work.
Three of the games on next year's
football schedule have been perma-
nently set by Manager Parrtngton.
There are aa fololws: Kingfisher col-
lege at Norman, October 9: Kansas
university at Lawrence, October 16;
Washburn college at Topeka, Thanks-
giving day. The schedule will be com-
pleted by the last of this month.
It is the general opinion of Okla-
horaans that the university will have
a law school before long. Members ot
the board of regents are urging the
establishment of this important ad-
junct immediately. Chairman Wil-
liams ot the committee on education
In the olwer house has announced
that he Is very favorable to the pro-
position and Is of the opinion that
the committee will report favorably
on the matter.
That the university will have a
summer school the coming year Is
certain. Arrangements for a schedule
will be made soon. Circular letters
have been sent out over the state
and if the demand calls for the school
it will be held.
The faculty is thinking seriously
of changing the class recitation from
fifty minutes to one hour. Also of giv-
ing credit for gymnasium work.
Run Over by Car.
McAlester. Ok.,—J. C. Brown of
Bache, 36, single, real estate dealer,
was run over at an early huor this
morning by an Interurban car on the
McAlester and Hartshorne line and
killed. The remains were brought in-
to the city badly mangled.
Indorsement of Bill.
Guthrie, Ok.,—The United Mine
Workers' legislative committee, which
has been in session here, gave an in-
dorsement of the bill by Senator Red-
wine, providing for the protection of
mine employes. The committee repre-
sented the mine workers of Oklaho-
ma, Arkansas and Texas.
Gov. Haskell Pardoned Ellis.
Guthrie, Ok.,—Frank Ellis was
granted a pardon recently by Gov.
Haskell. Ellis shot and killed Ferris
Clayton, a young farmer in the Last
Chance Saloon here six years ago
while Ellis was a city policeman. A
citizenship pardon was granted to
Jack Hale of Kay county, serving a
term In the penitentiary for a statu-
Woman Burns to Death.
Oklahoma City, Ok.,—Mrs. A. Mer-
cer. 65 years old, residing four miles
west of Bartlesville, was burned to
death Monday by her dress catching
Are from brush which was being
burned In the yard. In an effort to
extinguish the flames her husband
was severely burned.
Shawnee Civic League Hope* to Com-
plete Petition Today.
Shawnee, Ok.,—Monday morning
the Civic League of this city expects
to haye the necessary 600 signatures
to a petition to Mayor Stearns for
him to call an election in order to
procure the commission form of gov-
Mayor Stearns stated that he was
not opposed to the commission form
of government but he did not believe
the people wanted high salaried
officials at this time.
For weeka It wa* rumored about
the ireel* of Muskogee ami adjoin
lug town* thai the roll of Indian cltl
■en* of Ibe Creek nation could lie
I iiurehaaed and bad b*«m ohl lo a*v
I < nil land men The re|iort wu* flr*i
iarted lu Ibe n<-w*|iaper* The com
moil *altiiatlou upon ih*> *treeta oi
1 MiiBkogee wa* "Good morning, have
you *een u copy of the Creek roll.
' Altl'OURli II wa* learned lutur that
the roll had lieeit copied and that *••*
1 era I coplea were In lite |M>« e alon of
laud men no one would admit even
In private that he |m *e« ed one
, Finally Tain* llUUy. chairman of the
1 I la we* Cummlaaloti. and Miina 11 Her
*ev agent t« the live civilised tribe*,
succeeded In securing a mimeograph
I t'opv which they found to lie anthon
[ tic by comparing It with the original
Seminole Roll Stolen.
About the name lime Mr. Bixby dl*
covered that ibe original Seminole
roll had been atolen from the vault*
i of the Dawea cotnml«*lon. and one
morning It waa found thrown upon
the Ntep* of the commission building
Mimowhat mutilated by the unknown
' flei'Moit who had copied It* content*
between Saturday and Monday.
The matter was brought to the at-
fentlon Of the federal grand Jury.
' and one or two person* who had seen
the Creek roll were summoned u* wit
nesses. but sufficient evidence could
not be secured ii|k>ii which to bnse
|hii Indictment l-ater. however, at a
I Hubftoqupitt Ht*K#lon nn will ploy® of In®
Dnwes commission. W. T Martin. Ir.,
and a real estate man named Dun-
i leavy were Indicted.
It was alleged that tehv had taken
the original roll from the vaults of
I the Dawes commission lo a vacant
building and with the aid of n sten-
' Ographer had copied the roll con-
taining some 10,000 names of Creek
Indian citizens by blood with their
degrees of blood, ages and addresses,
i Martin was tried In the United
i States court and convicted and his
case is now pending on appeal. The
rolls were In greut demand at prices
ranging from $50 to $400. according
1 to reports In circulation at the time.
Rolls Public Property.
Many lawyers took the position
■ that the allotment rolls should be
I public property, as they were a part
1 of the records of a public office and
that to arrest clerks of the commis-
sion was merely a form of persecu-
tion. Congressman A. P. Murphy of
Missouri, formerly national attorney
of the Creek tribe, took the matter
up in Congress and succeeded in get-
ting a bill through authorizing the
Dawes commission to make the rolls
In pursuance of this action the
Dawes commission at Muskogee the
other day received 2,500 copies con-
taining the names of every citizen of
the five civilized tribes the degree of
Indian blood and the roll number.
The book contains 643 pages and Is
now for sale at $1.75 per copy bound
in paper and $2 bound In cloth. Any
land man or other person can now
purchase them legally by paying the
price to the government.
The congressional act. however,
did not apply to the roll of the
Osage citizens who are now being
allotted. The discovery therefore that
the Osage roll has been copied has
created another scandal similar to
the one at Muskogee two years ago.
Special Indian Agent Flanders is at
Pawhuska investigating the charges
which this time have been preferred
! against the alloting commission.
Some Shady Osage Deals.
It has been a common rumor
j around Pawhuska that some shady
land transactions have occurred and
the department at Washington at last
got hold of one of the copies of the
I roll. Special Agent Flanders has
some of these copies and he expects
I within ten days to have all copies
eiiaui. The investigation mar lead
io wholesale removals of government
clerks In I he Osage reservation 1Mb#
iiimiie rail lie Used ui*m any of them
The rolls are especially valuable to
lam! grafter*, so-called, who, armed
wltb the dirument. can vlalt the vari-
ous Indian cltl sens and purchaee
their laud subject to the removal of
rent rlrtIon•• Thin !• H) liiylnf
the Indian a *mall sum ol money
down and taking from him a warran-
ty deed and a contract that be will
execute another deed for the land
for u *tlfiiilated balance when his re-
.tril lion* *hall have been removed
In the Creek nation several land
coiii| anle* have purchased tlumsanda
of acres of land on such deeds. The
Interior department declare* that
Much deed* are void but it will prtih-
ably be a matter ror the courts lo de-
MARK OF THE REOMAN REMAINS
Msp of Oklahoma Signlscant of For-
msr Indian Supremacy.
Guthrie. Ok .—Trace* of former In-
dian supremacy are more marked In
Oklahoma than In uny other slate In
the uulou a* a glance at the map will
hIiow Many of the hlatorlc eventa of
the Indian civilisation are depleted
In the name* of cities, towns and
counties, and many of the great men
of the aboriginal race have monu-
nielii* on the mail In namea of
Ntream* and municipal mihdlvlalons.
Twenty-Nix of the sevnty-flve coun-
ties of the state have namea directly
from the varlou* Indian tongues, and
live or *lx more benr the namea of
famous Indluns, Such namea as Push-
mataha. Pontotoc and Okfuskee leave
no doubt a* to their Indian origin,
and Cooweeaooowaa was originally
Nelected by the constitutional conven-
tion a* the name of a county, but
was abandoned owing to the difficul-
ty the average white man flnda In
The Indian tribes are represented
by the names of th efollowlng coun-
ties: Creek. Choctaw, Cherokee, Sem-
inole, Osage, Kiowa, Comanche, Cad
do. Delaware. Pottawatomie. Ottawa.
Muskogee, Okfuskee and Nowata. A
large number of Indian chiefs and
law givers are In the list. Including
Sequoyah, Pushmataha, I>s Flore. Mc-
Intosh. McCurtain, Mayes, Johnston,
Love and Carter.
The Indians left their Impress up-
on the towns of the new state when
the Cheyenne and Arapaho*? country
was opened, one of the new county
seats established was named Chey-
enne and another Arapaho. Other cit-
ies aud towns named for Indian
tribes are: Shawnee, Ponca City, Qua
paw, Tonkawa, Seminole, Cherokee,
Caddo. Kiowa. Ottawa. Muskogee and
Delaware. Among the Indian chtefa
commemorated In the names of cities
and towns are Geronimo, Tecumseh,
Ixrne Wolf, Eschltl, Apeahton. Clare-
more, Sapulpa, Tulsa and Komalty.
The prefix "we," meaning water In
the Creek language, Is common aa
the first syllable of nomes of towna
in the Creek country. Thus Weleet-
ka means running water. Wetumka
means bounding water, Wealaka fall-
ing water and Wecharta red water.
Wewoka, a Seminole town, Is often
confused with such towns on the Ok-
lahoma side as Waurika. Wakita and
Watonga. The traveler on the Iron
Mountain road between Coffeyville,
Kas., and Wagoner, Ok., is constant-
ly reminded of the former Indian oc-
cupation by names of stations an-
nounced on the trains, such as Dela-
ware, Nowata, Watova, Talala, Ola-
gah, Claremore, Elba. Tlawa and In-
ola. all of Indian origin. Other In-
dian names of town? in the state
are: Sallisaw. Tahlequah. Waukomis,
Euraula, Checotah, Anadarko, Taloga,
Tuskahoma and Tishomingo.
Asks for Gas Franchiae.
Tahlequah. Ok.,—At a recent meet-
ing of the Tahlequah Commercial
Club a proposition from V. O. Folk
of Kansas City to put down a test
well for oil and gas, wherein he asks
for a franchise from the city council
to furnish the city with gas for com-
mercial purposes, heating and light-
ing. was considered and a committee
was appointed to draw up a memor-
andum of agreement with Mr. Folk.
Has Been Diesolved.
Sayre, Ok —Word has been received
here from Mangum to the effect that
the Injunction granted, the N. S. Sher-
man Machinery Company to prevent
the City Council using the water-
works has been dissolved.
MAY BE TWO MILLION.
Guthrie, Ok..—The House Appropri-
ation Committee expects to report a
bill for consideration the last ot the
It la said the recommendations for
one year, or until the next legislature
will amount to $g,000,«00.
Journey te Mexico.
Guthrie, Ok.—Ten Cherokee!, head-
ed by M. M. Lester of Tahlequah,
have begun their Journey to Mexico
to Investigate the plan under consid-
eration for the emigration of the
Cberokees to that republic.
Pawhuska. Ok.—While crosaiag
Bird creek on thin ice Elmer rresh,
IS years old, fell lato the stream
and waa drowned. A young woman
who aa passing tried to rescue by
throwing him a rope, bat Freeh waa
to aaias tt.
Shot in the Leg.
Watonga, Ok—The accidental dis-
charge of a revolver in the hip pock-
et of James Oler, while Oler was
attempting to mount a horse, sent a
bullet through the rider's leg, bury-
ing It In the body of the horse. The
Injury Is not serious.
Guthrie, Ok—William H. Murray
president of the late constitutional
convention, named George Woods of
Cherokee, Alfalfa county, a member
of the segregated coal and asphalt
commission, to succeed W. F. Hen-
Chickasha. Ok—A paving boom has
seized Chickasho since Monday. Now
95 per cent of the property owners
on streets proposed to be paved have
before the council petitions for over
flfty-flve blocks of paving.
$10,000 Worth of Hogs.
Aline. Ok.—Farmers in this vicini-
ty recently sold $10,000 worth of
hogs in one day to shippers. It is
estimated that the cotton and grain
shipped from this point on the same
day when the record-breaking hog
sale was made sold for $3,000.
Lawton. Ok.—A. C. Cooper of this
city has received the appointment as
deputy grand chancellor of the
Knights ot Pythias, representing
Grand Chancellor Henry 8. Johnson
In the southwestern part of the state.
Bank Building Sold.
Muskogee. Ok—P. L Soper and
Jamea Hnchleberry the former a well
known republican have purchaeed the
Valley Bank Building, pay-
tog $<0,000 The building was sold
by Virgil Coes. trustee, for the de>
fenct Canadian Valley Trust Com-
Negro College Opened.
Kingfisher. Ok..—The National Ne-
gro Baptist College of this city has
opened. The college Is making pre-
parations for the holding of an edu-
cational mass meeting March 5.
Thomas Case Under Advisement.
Guthrie, Ok.—Application was made
to the supreme court Saturday for a
writ of habeas corpus for Will Thom-
as of Chlco, Texas, and John Thomas
of Lawton. Ok., held for the murder
of Dr. Beauchamp at Lawton last
week. The matter was taken under
advisement by the court. The at-
torneys for the defendants claim
that the shooting was done In self
Approved Land Sale.
Lawton, Ok.—Lieut. Ernest Strlck*
| er. Indian agent for the Kiowa, Co-
manche and affiliated tribes at Ana-
darko, sent yesterday to the Interior
department at Washington has ap-
proval of the sale of the half section
of Indian school land adjoining Law-
ton on the north, the matter having
been referred to the Indian agent for
advice. It is now expected that im-
mediate steps will be taken toward
Graves Announced as Delegate.
Walter, Ok..—W. W. Graves of this
citv has announced as a delegate to
the Republican National convention
to be held In Chicago June 18. Graves
made the race during the recent cam-
paign for State Senator.
Ciasell Sentenced Two Years.
Durant, Ok-—Charles ClBBell, on
trial In the district court here, was
convicted of manslaughter Saturday
and given a sentence of two years In
the penitentiary. The case occupied
the court four days and waa hard
fought on both sides.
Guthrie. Ok—W. B. Newman haa
aold the Beaver county Democrat to
W. H. Wllhour and F. C. Tracy. Mr.
Newman quit the newspaper bualnesa
because of 111 health. The Escitl
Banner has been resurrected, with J.
B. Simpson welldlng the editorial
Bison Ok—^Little Mike Gabriel,
who accidentally shot himself and
wm taken to th* Wlchltt botpHtl,
died after an o «*d« waa perform-
ed. Burial took place hera.
Oklahoma City, Ok.—Many Metho-
dists will likely attend teh mission-
ary convention to be held here Feb.
18. 19, 20 and 21. Bishop Joseph
S. Key of Sherman, Texas, will speak.
Were Given Ten Days.
McAlester. Ok.,—After the entire
day given up to arguments by the at-
torneys In the coal case In the dis-
trict court here. Judge Presley B.
Cole on Monday overruled the de-
fhurrers set up by the defendants In
every particular. Ten days are given
the defendants In which to tile an
answer. This is the suit brought by
Attorney General West on the day
Oklahoma became a state. Thirty-
seven companies are concerned.
Chickasha of First Class.
Chickasha, Ok—A proclamation of
Gov. Haskell, Issued Saturday de-
clares that Chickasha Is a city of
the first class.
The governor was requested to take
action by the resolutions of the city
council. The issuance of the procla-
mation settler several legal questions
as to the status of the town and
will make it possible for the city
to proceed at once with certain im-
Control Library Fund.
Guthrie, Ok.—In an opinion the at-
torney general holds that the state
supreme court has control ot the
state library fund.
Perry, Ok..-Whlle sitting in a
high chair at the dinner table, Ruth,
the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B,
C. Derrlngton, of Hayward, slipped
from her seat and her chin catehini
on the table leaf, death resulted *
Tahlequah, Ok.,—Jaa. Pell, chargei
with the shcotlng of Chas. Brown, a
Manard, this county, was given p«
llmlnary bearing tbls week and boom
over to the April term of Clrcuifl
Court In the sum of $800.
Guthrie, Ok.—Chriatopher Max
chief deputy United Statee mai
under Marshal Abernathy. has
appointed caretaker of the Fort 1
Asleep on the Track.
McAlester. Ok..—The body oil.
Brown, whose home waa near BM
this county, waa brought batwM
day. He was killed by aa tatonarl
car late last nlgbt Btv*fc 1
Hartshorne to go to hla
Ike car llae He had
down on the tmcft aad
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