The Hollis Post-Herald (Hollis, Okla.), Vol. 6, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 1, 1908 Page: 2 of 8
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BY ERNEST M?6AFFBY
There were a number of women re-
formers, too. during my political years,
and they were invariably enlisted on
some moral question, as they looked
at it. tobacco, whisky, child labor, the
bettering of conditions for women, the i
saving of girls, etc. They were very j
much in earnest, faithful and enthusi-
astic to their ideals. Occasionally they j
succeeded, and at least, they never ]
seemed discouraged. It is to the credit 1
of politicians in general, that they were |
listened to with perfect respect, even
when it was apparent that conditions j
made it an absolute waste of time to
heard with patience.
Reform politics during my day con-
cerned itself mcst particularly in re
habilitating the personnel of the city
council. In this it met with substan-
ial success, and it was the one excep
tions obtaining in
'Oh. yes," was my answer.
"Well, we want to put up a candi-
date for alderman there and see if we
can't arouse the better element there.
We want to go in and fight the saloons
to a finish," was his next remark.
GOV. HASKELL RESIGNS
GIVES UP POSITION AS TREASUR-
ER OF DEMO. COMMITTEE
WES IY HEARST IMO ROOSEVELT
Governor Expresses Desire Not to be
Responsible for Embarrassment to
Party—Charges of Grafting, Pro-
moting and Trust Manipulating
CHICAGO: Governor Charles X.
Haskell, of Oklahoma, has resigned
as treasurer of the democratic nation-
al committee. The resignation was
announced by himself three hours af-
ter his arrival in Chicago from Guth-
rie, Okla., and after he had conferred
with officials of the democratic na-
tional headquarters here.
In giving out his decision, Mr. Has-
kell in resppnse to a question de-
clared he did not desire to be re-
sponsible for any embarrassment
which might result to the democratic
discuss the questions. Sometimes an
ordinance barred their way; at other i party by his retaining the office of
times a state law. or possibly the con-; treasurer.
stitution of the United States Itself j For the past week the papers of the
was a stumbling-block, but they were country have been full of rumors as
Property owners should know how
to prove the purity and quality of
white lead, the most important paint
Ingredient, before paying for it. To
all who write, National Lead Co., the
largest manufacturers of pure white
lead, send a free outfit with which to
make a simple and sure test of white
lead, and also a free book about paint.
Their address is Woodbridge Bldg.,
New York City.
The Scramble for Wealth.
If there is a sad thing in the world,
it is the spectacle of the men and
women who, in their mad scramble
for wealth, have crushed out of their
lives sentiment and the love of all
that is beautiful and sublime. The
very process by which they seek to
win the means of enjoyment kills the
faculties by which they can enjoy.
When the average man wins his
wealth he finds himself without the
powe^ of enjoyment, for the enjoying
sid^>f his nature is dead. H6 finds
to his sorrow that the straining, striv-
ing life is also a starving one.
REFORMER in politics is
sometimes a dyspeptic, but
not always. He is also
sometimes actuated by mo-
tives entirely impersonal
and unselfish. But not al
ways. And reform politics may be
classed as of two kinds the counter-
feit variety and the genuine.
Independent, or reform movements
la political campaigns, are intended to
be the breaking away of members of
the old parties and a consolidation of
these "bolters' for the purpose of
electing a ticket which is supposed to
be better than either of the old-line
party tickets. 8omet!meB an inde-
pendent movement means this. Some-
times it means that a Democrat or a
Republican who has faiied of the regu-
lar party nomination has been per-
suaded to make the race on the
ground that he has been deprived of
tbe nomination by unfair means. But
the basic element of independent
movements is always a claim toward
u bettering of conditions, and there-
fore arguing a reform, politically.
Then there is usually tho Prohibi-
tion movement to be reckoned with,
and this is strictly founded on reform
principles. Or there may be an edu-
cational feature in the campaign
which will prove to carry the balance
of power as to votes, and which may
be adopted in Ihe platform of either
of the parties, with a view to secure
votes for the whole ticket. Politics
ix largely a game of expedients, and
us the only things that count, in the
last analysis, are the votes, It follows.
therefore, as the night the day, that
votes are the prime necessities, and
nny expedient to catch votes is consld
Other phase.* of reform politics may
enter partlculaily into national cam-
paigns. and may influence local condi-
tions enough !o swing victory to a
Bide which may be weaker on paper
than its antagonist.
In every large city and noticeably
in my own city. I found two well de-
fined types of the political reformers,
with a smattering also of what were
known as "cranks," "dreamers" and
"visionaries." One of the two types
referred to was the hard-headed citi-
zen who. regardless of ridicule and dis-
couragement, titadily set himself to
work to better the class of official
selection. Without caring anything
for party affiliations, he associated
with organizations which "went
after" weak or unfit candidates, and
supported and encouraged good candi-
dates for all offlces, whether state,
county or municipal.
This class of men accomplished.
with the aid of decent politicians, a
Kreat deal of good. In the beginning.
like all men actuated by really high
motives, they were derided and lam-
pooned. and their lot. like the police-
man's. was not a happy one. Hut as
time went on 'hey became a force
which had to r>e reckoned with, even
by the most hardened of the "bosses,"
excepting in what may be classed as
strictly "saloon wards."
In the saloon wards, where the al-
dermen for Instance, were saloonkeep-
ers, or where the saloon influence pre-
dominated overwhelmingly, the "boss-
es" did not mind reform politics any
more than a rhinoceros would mind
the bite of a mosquito. I never could i
understand, knowing the absolute
h«>!>'*l *ssoes8 of It. why the reformers swept Into the city council astride the
would sometimes try to "break into" I top of a ware of "popular indignation"
such a ward in an aldennanic cam- and tbey were the hungry boys, some
-mriTEO DOGJ f/UJCHT WITH A MET CMTAltf ROPE
"Whose finish?" said I.
"Oh. we will probably be beaten,"
he admitted, "but we want to give
them a campaign of education and en-
lightenment. What that ward needs,
what every ward needs, is a chance to
have its higher nature aroused. What
they want, I'm convinced, is more op-
portunity to see the light."
"My friend." was my reply, "I've
traveled some In that ward. What
they want there is not more light, but
Yet, despite sometimes misdirected
energy, these men and their associa-
tions did much in making political
conditions better. For that they de-
serve substantial credit. So long as
they were absolutely non-partisan they
wielded considerable influence, and
properly, but on occasion they allowed
prejudice to bias them and did injus-
tice to good men.
The other type of well-known re-
former was the one who continually
headed "reform" movements. He
might be a candidate for alderman, or
the legislature, or congress. But wher-
ever there was a "kick" coming, and
a meeting advertised to protest, or or-
ganize. this class would be on hand
early and get the chairmanship of the
meeting, usually coming out in a
ringing" speech of denunciation
against the infamy which the citizens
had met to combat. This put the re-
former "next" if it was a proposition
to nominate an opposition candidate,
and he often gof away with the nomi-
nation. Or, if he was a professional
man, a lawyer, a doctor, or a real es-
tate man. even. It was a pretty fair ad-
vertisement, wasn't it? Not so "poor"
to have your picture in the paper next
day. with a Ions account of you. your
business and yuiir speech, etc. Some-
thing that would have cost you coin
to have in the papers, and yon got It
for nothing. And then the reporters
out to interview you and quite a rack-
et started about you.
And in every large city I suppose
there are only a few bright promoters
like that standing around waiting to
sell a gold brie I; or two.
Some of theve "reformers" were
pretty fierce w.ien they happened to
land in an office. A few of them were
t!on. "What are we here for?" was
their slogan, and they went after fran-
chise "divvies" or any other "divvies"
like a terrier after a rat.
Real reforms were not so elaborate-
ly advertised is the sham ones; the
louder the "holler" about the reform,
the less genuine reform was in sight.
And then there were the "fad" reform-
ers. going about seeking what they
might devour in the shape of having
unmuzzled dogs caught with a soft
curtain rope instead of a wire noose,
cab-horses provided with seats while
waiting for a fare, the distribution of
copies of Browning's poems to cross-
ing policemen, or some such similar
There are sometimes uneasy people
In every community who want to run
the rest of their neighbors; the bigger
the community the greater they are
liable to be in number. And in a city
of two millions of inhabitants they are
sure to be found. They haunt the gal-
lery in the council chamber of the
city, they infast the mayor's office,
they surge in with the crowds having
hearings in the pubMc offices in the
city halls, and whenever they have no
Substantial reforms are of slow
growth. It took over 20 years' steady
work to drive the infamous justice of
the peace system out of Cook county.
Some notable reformers went along
very well for * time until they got so
prominent that they were offered a
high-salaried political position. And
then they dropped practically from
sight as reformers and reappeared as
pay roll artists. This caused at times
a revulsion of feeling among the re-
formers at heart, but they did not
a little thing like that entirely discour-
I got so that I could usually "spot"
a reformer as far as I could see him.
The majority of reformers are very
tlon to perennial reform which was
genuine. Not that the reformers did
not occasionally have "an ax to grind,"
but that, in the main, they aided the
best candidates. But at times they
saddled themselves with some bogus
reformer and jammed him through
at the polls, felicitating themselves
that they had "put another over the
political plate" when they had in
reality only added a "cheap grafter"
to the city's pay roll.
When this happened it made the
regulation, gilt-edged grafters in tha
council indignant. Not that the "re
former" should turn out to be "look
ing for something," but that he sc
often took anything he could get. This
made trade bad, for It scaled prices
and such a recruit to the ranks of cor
ruplion causeu a "bear" market in
A cheap scoundrel earned just a4
much contempt in the council as an
overcoat thief earns from a railroad
manipulator of stocks. I recollect th6
arraignment that one of the "regu-
lars" gave one of these easily pur-
Said the "regular," puffing slowly at
a big black cigar, the little finger ol
his left hand adorned with a four hun
dred dollar "shiner," and his shirt-
front sporting its mate, presented bj
his admiring "constlts:"
"I reckon 1 size that guy up right,
at the start. I tell 'em I seen what
kind of a lobster he is. the first flop
of the box. 1 tell 'em. you watch him;
he's no reformer, and he's no thor-
otighbred. He blows up In the stretch
the first time they're off at the gut
An', say! Did he? Well, he's elected
to Governor Haskell's connection
with the Standard Oil company and
certain railroads and the steel trust.-
During the campaign ,n Oklahoma
last year these same charges were
brought against the governor, but it
would appear that little credence was
given them by the majority of the
voters of Oklahoma.
The revival of these charges during
the present campaign was inagurat-
ed by W. R. Hearst, one of the found-
ers of the new independence party,
who made open charges against cer-
tain men in both of the old parties.
As the result of these charges the re
publicans forced J-. B. Foraker, of
Ohio, to resign from the national
This occasioned a general charge
being brought against the republican
leaders by the democrats. These ac
cusations brought forth oper letters
from both President Roosevelt and
W. J. Bryan. The president made
charges against Haskell, which ne-
cessitated a trip to Chicago for a con-
ference with members of the national
committee, which resulted in the res-
ignation of Governor Haskell as the
treasurer of the national democratic
When Mr. Haskell arrived in Chi-
cajo he declared that he had not re-
signed and that Mr. Bryan had not
asked him to resign.
He then went from the station to
the democratic headquarters at the
Auditorium Annex. When a list of
questions.was handed him he retired
to his room, saying he would give
out any answers later. In his room
he was closeted for a long time with
National Committeeman Martin J.
Wade* of Iowa, and Josephus Daniels,
chairman of the democratic press
committee, ti was midnight when
Mr. Haskell reappeared from the
room. He had in his hands a writ-
ten resignation addressed to Nation-
al Chairman Norman E. Mack.
In answer to a series of questions
as to his relation to the Citizens' Al-
liance. said to have been organized
at Muskogee. Okla., to fight the local
labor unions, Mr. Haskell denied
that alliance was ever organized. In
reply to questions concerning the
Standard Oil company he related his
termer aemais ot ever naving nau
anything to do with that company.
Resignation Expected at New York
NEW YORK: The news of the res-
ignation from the office of treasurer
of the democratic national committee
of Governor Haskell was received at
democratic national headquarters
through the Associated Press. The
announcement occasioned no sur-
prise, as such an outcome of the sit-
uation had been expected.
The hand can never execute any-
thing higher than the character can
Clear white clothes are a sign that the
housekeeper uses Red Cross Ball Blue.
Large 2 oz. package, 5 cents.
If yon have anything to do, do It;
don't loaf on the job.
MY OWN FAMILY USE
p— m 8
Head of Powder Trust Quits the Re-
publican Speakers' Bureau
NEW YORK: Following many ru-
mors on the subject which were
afloat here and in Washington. Chair-
man Hitchcock of the republican na-
tional committee, announces that
General T. Coleman Dupont, of Dela-
ware. head of the bureau of com-
paign speakers of the national com-
mittee. had resigned as head of that
bureau and also as a member of the
executive committee of the national
committee and that his resignation
had been accepted.
In speaking of the resignation
Chairman Hitchcock of the national
"I had a personal conference con-
HON. GEORGE W. HONEY.
Hon. George W. Honey, National
Chaplain U. V. U., ex-Chaplain Fourth
Wisconsin Cavalry, ex-Treasurer State
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from 1700 First St., N. E., Washington,
D. C., as follows:
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members of my own family have used
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Mr. Fred L. Hebard, for nine years a
leading photographer of Kansas City,
Mo., located at the northeast corner of
12th and Grand Aves., cheerfully gives
the following testimony: "Itisa proven
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Druggists have tried to make me take
something else 'just as good,' but Peru-
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Pe-ru-na in Tablet Form.
For two years Dr. Hartman and his
assistants have incessantly labored to
create Peruna in tablet form, and their
strenuous labors have just been crowned
with success. People who object to
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SHALL PILL. SHALL DOSE. SHALL PRICE.
cerning the matter in which Dupont
all right, and he goes over an' hooks j insisted upon the acceptance of his
up with the geezeer in the next ward resignation, feeling that the tendency
that went in the same time he goes la of the suit by the government against
Them two frames up and goes out for ' the powden company with which he
the stuff. Do they get it? Yes, they ! is connected might be employed by
get It, and bow much? Say. on tha I opponents to the injury of the cam
mr luajwi kj ui ICIUI lliris a lr* YPrV lit « r *
busy walkers and talkers. They are ! !fT 'he 8quare' th*y BP,,f l'ai*n 10 wh,ch he is 80 emrne8°^ de*
not confined to one nationally 'a! I ndred for a ,IttJ« i voted His resignation, therefore,
t • i .... . . thine tnp\ Dull Off. A hlindrpH nnrl kna Kaa«i nMAntaH **
paign. I remeinber very well tbe oc- j of them,
raslon of a gentleman calling on me , <, ti rive
mnd endeavoring to enlist my services
as a speaker in a campaign of this
though I should judge that the bulk
of them are Americans. They all have
"missions." If you agree with them,
and do everything they ask. you are
"a patriot." If you disagree with some
of them in any way. shape or manner,
you are either a scoundrel or without
mental balance But to be "a patriot"
in the eyes of those wbo were fanati-
cal you must accede to their demands.
• Patriots." said Sir Robert Peel,
"they spring up like mushrooms in
thing they pull off. A hundred and has been acepted."
i fifty apiece, see?"
He paused and took a fresh puff at
his cigar, and resumed: "Why, If any
cheap stiff 'd come to me and try to,
insult me with less than $500 I'd throw
the skate out of my office And the
end of his cigar glowed with righteous
(Copyright, by Joseph B. Bowles.)
The- were simply on the
to be 'approached." And
* hen they were tempted they fell i the night. I can make 50 patriots in a
swiftly and without a sound. Their single hour; I have only to refuse
motto was that of ihe Hon. Webster seme unreasonable or absurd request
"You know ihe disgraceful condi i r.anagan, with a different interpreta- i when up start* a patriot.'*
New Office Created at Muskogee
Ml'SKOGEE: The city council an-
nounced the creation of the office of
superintendent of public works, and
the appointment of former mayor
I-eo E. Bennett as the commissioner
with a salary of 92.500 per year, tbe
same amount he received as mayor
Not Altogether Painless. ! before the supreme court decided the
Patience Is that dentist's methods election was not legal. Morgan Car-
painless? | was appointed city clerk. John
Patrice Not all of them. He has a j Mahle. superintendent of water
phonograph In hU office!— Yonken, works, and H. C. Osborn. assistant
I chief of police.
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