The Hobart Republican. (Hobart, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 14, 1907 Page: 4 of 8
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THE HOBART REPUBLICAN
(Sncceasor to Mt. View Republican)
BENEDICT & RALSTON. Owners
HOBART NEEDS A|COMMISSION
FORM OF GOVERNMENT
„ _ With the advent of statehood, all
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I ulation can frame their own charter and
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1907
ORGANIZE A 25,000 CLUB.
The time is now ripe for a reorganiza
lion of Hobart's business and commer-
Three times in the history of tbp city
have we had different organizations. A
commercial club, commercial league,and
last, but not least, the present chamber
of commerce. All have aided to ad-
vance the material interest of Hobart to
a certain extent but after eventful peri
ods fell by the wayside.
The chamber of commerce, now in ex-
istence, is all right, in-so-far as it goes.
The interest in that body has waned un-
til it is a "dead one." The question
which now confronts us: Is Hobart to
be a wide plaoo in the road or be the
metropolis of western Oklahoma? We
have laid the foundation for a city.
will take work—hard work, and lots of
it, to maintain a supremacy in this sec
tion unless we are up and doing.
The organization of the chamber of
commerce last winter, has been un&atis
factory from the very start, which iB
proven by the laok of interest shown.
What Hobart wants is an organiza
tion started off on the right foot. The
former plans have been good but have
panned out poorly. The kind of organ
zation we need is a club that will go
after an increase of population and do
things say a 25,000 club. Set our aims
high so that we can work to that end
With a 25,000 club working for that
numlierof people; offering the proper
inducement for factories, railroadw, and
additional business tirms and the like,
the goal will be easy to reach.
A S5.000 club can be organized in vari-
ous ways, but the first move, after af-
fecting an organization shonld be the
selecting of a salaried secretary to so-
licit members, nnd not leave this all im-
portant matter to somo business man,
who is tw busily occupied with hie own
hffairs to give it the pfopor time. Have
a man that does nothing but look after
the affairs of the club. After organizing
make every man a stockholder, with
regular nssesments as demands need be.
Under this plan, if properly carried out,
every proposition put up to the city, if
worthy, can be taken care of, and should
a bonus be necessary the members can
be assessed a pro rata amount, nnd the
money is easily secured. Take this plan
for instance: Should a company desire
to locate a creamery in Hobart, offering
to put in 12,000 if the city will raise one.
Assess every member of the club an
equal amount to raise the $1,000 and in
return issue shares for the amount ol
each assessment. The same plan can be
worked in many ways, and will offer in-
ducements ,to idifferent institutions to
locate in this city. Again should a
railroad desire to enter the city,
and ask a bonus. Secure a town-
site. assess the members enough to |>ur-
chase the land. Give every member a
proportion of the lots after the raihoad
is guaranteed enough to secure their
The plan is oo-operativa all the way
through. Dal la.*, Texas has a 100,000
club, wuorking on this same plan, and
the stockholders are now receiving a
good |>or cent of their investment.
The Republican would suggest that a
meeting be called at an early date, to
take the initiative in organizing. The
Republican is not attempting to knock
[ devise a new form of government.
That the commission form of city
government is the most advanced is be
yondadoubt. It is the best in every
way. Economical, safe, sane and con-
servative. Many cities in the new state
have already commenced agitating this
form of government for their municipal-
ities. It is high time Hobart makes a
change. Nothing can be worse than
the present system, and the 'iOth cen-
tury citizen is clamoring for the more
advanced ideas of city government.
In Texas all the larger cities are suc-
cessfully operated under the commission
plan. Des Moines, Iowa, it is claimed,
leads with the most advanced form of
Oklahoma City's chamber of com-
merce recently appointed a committee
to draft resolutions for this plan, and we
herewith reproduce the contemplated
form of character, that is soon to be
adopted by the new state's metropolis.
A prominent feature of the of the new
system is the civil service method of ap-
pointments which places a premium on
honesty and ability on all city employes
and insures tho same by a system of ex-
amination in which no politics dare
Instead of the election of alderman by
wards provision is made for the election
of those officials at large. One council-
man is placed at the head of each of the
five departments of the city government
aud thereby reducing to a minimum the
confusion nnd unsatisfactory conditions
which is part and parcel of the present
Tho Chamber of Commerce and other
business organizations of the city have
promised to give the proposed change in
the form of city government close study
and if it meets with the favor expected
of it will doubtless be referred to the
peoplo for a vote.
The summary of the committees find-
ing and which was given to the press is
in full as follows:
The commission plan of city govern-
ment is the best and most advanced sys-
tem yet devised. It is the most repre-
sentative, since it takes the entire power
of government in the hands of the poo-
ple. Lincoln said: "Ours is a govern-
ment of the people,' nnd in the commis-
sion plan that idea is carried out to its
fullest extent as is illustrated by the
referendum, tho initiative and the power
to recall. In the past the politician
ruled, undef tho new plan the people re-
tain the balance of power.
"No franchise or other valuable right
can bo given away by the city council
until the people vote in favor of it. The
people can oompel or prevent the pas-
sage of any law or ordinance. Under
the commission plan the city official is
under the control of the people.
"Under the new plan all councilmen
e elected from at large. Each citizen
votes for all candidates, instead of vot-
ing for but two out of the ten council-
men as under the present system. These
councilmen having to depend upon votes
from all portions of the city will consider a(Tnirs ehall be ^ministered.
the needs of the hole city, rather than | Providos that each member
the needs of a particular section which
tem of government should carefully
read the law itself." ,
What is claimed to be the most con-
cise form of commission government is
operative in DesMoines and is as follows .
Upon the presentation of a petition,
signed by electors equal in number to
25 per cent of all votes cast for all can
didatcs for mayor at the last preceding
city election, the question of adopting
this plan of government shall be sub
mitted to the voters.
Provides the manner of submitting
the question to a vote of the people.
All state laws not in conflict or in-
consistent with this law are retained
and reman in full force and effect.
All contracts, right and liabilities re-
manin the same as under the present
form of government.
A mayor and four councilmen (or
alderman) shall be nominated and elect-
ed at large. They shall hold office for
two years and in case a' vacancy occurs
the remaining members shall appoint
to fill the vacancy.
This section prescribes in detail the
manner in which the mayor and city
councilmen are elected, and provides
for a non-partisan primary for nomi-
This prohibits any person or candi-
date accepting from or giving money to
any candidate for office to secure elec-
tion or appointment, and provides for
the punishment of any person who
agrees to or does accept any money or
any valuable thing for service rendered
to any candidate.
This section prescribes a severe pen-
alty for the acceptance or giving of any
bribe to influence voters and also for
the violation of any election laws.
The city shall be governed by the
mayor and four councilmen. Majority
vote, of these five officials shall be neces-
sary to pass any ordinance or other
Prescribes the powers and duties of
the city council and creates the five de-
partments through which the city's I
a nd determines the manner in which it
Substitutes personal merit for politi-
cal pull in securing and holding posi-
tions us employes.
Insures the best possible serVice for
nd not politics, the requisite.
This section provides for complete
publicity of city affairs, requiring
country banks with supplies were doing
nothing for the banks.
When you place your next order for
stationary, Mr. Hanker, remember who
came to your aid in the hour of need.
It is something to know that the nd-
' ministration and the great financial in-
monthly statement of all receipts and | ^resti are on speaking terms at last,
expenditures, the same to be given to
the newspapers. It also further pro-
vides for an annual examination 'ot the
books of the city.
The first city council may revise, re-
peal or change any appropriation made
to take effect during the first year of
their term of office.
This section explains tho meaning of
certain words and terms as used in this
This section establishes the right of
recall, that is, provides the ways and
means by which a dishonest or inoom
petent mayor or councilman can be re-
moved from office by a vote of the peo-
Provideg for the initiative. If the
council refuses to pass needed ordi-
nances. the people can compel the
Provides for the protest and referen-
dum. If any ordinance is passed by
the council which is not satisfactory to
the people, they have a right to reject
it by vote.
This section provides the method "by
which a city may, after a six years' trial,
if it is so desired, return to its former
plan of government.
Defines the form of petition required
in this law.
The Republican favors this form of
government, and has sent queries to
various cities where the commission
plan is in effect and will h%ve more to
say of this from time to time.
Ever notice that your own party can-
didate always "appeals to reason,
while the other fellow "appeals to blind
Secretary of the Treasury, Cortelyou
doesn't do much talking during a panic,
but the government's millions deliver
an impressive oration on the subject of
A contemporary remarks that the
democratic party needs Mr. Bryan for a
"guide." Possibly he would enjoy the
job much more, if he were not so per-
sistently guyed. •
If the republicans hold their national
convention in Missouri President Roose-
velt may be called upon to show them
whether he meant what he said about
refusing another term.
"Nails are a mighty good thing—par-
ticularly finger nails—but I don't be-
lieve they were intended solely for
scratching, though I used mine largely
for that purpose for Several years. I
was sorely afflicted and had it to do.
One application of Hunt's Cure, how-
ever, relieved my itch and less than one
box cured me entirely."
J. M. Ward,
Quickly, Painlessly, Safely,
No Failures, No Bungling,
It must bo regarded as a coincidence
that as soon as Mr. Roosevelt emerges
from the. canebrake some of the Wall
street financial institutions begin to
take to the tall timber.
The. proposition to place benches in
the house of representatives will never
meet with the approval of congressman
who cannot make a speech without
pounding on a desk with their fists,
MONEY TO LOAN
We have some customer's money to loan on farms
for from one to three years up to $1000.00 per
quarter section. ::::::::::::::
CITY NATIONAL BANK
D. S. WOLFINGER, Cashier.
!- ■ *
Farm Loans I
•> We are now making Farm Loans
•> KIOWA, WASHITA AND TILLMAN
£ COUNTIES, OKLAHOMA,
We make our own Examinations
*:* and pay money as soon as title is
A complete. You can pay interest
•!• at our office.
£ For quick service write or call on
| HOTCHKISS & JACQUART |
•> Land and Loan Co.,
!•! Hobart, Okla., U.S.A. |
Yes, Yes, Oh Yes
Here We Come.
Col. C. W. Hayes
The jolly Auctionee can do more
crying for less money and shed fewer
tears than any man living. If any
body has anything they want sold,
all the way from a gimlet to a thresh-
ing machine or from a scrawny pig
to a herd of buffalos, just call on or
Col. C. W. Hayes
. city council shall be made sUperintend-
they desire to benefit for the purpose of, pnt of-d dppartment; al,0 for the ,c.
iccuring political support as a means of
keeping themselves in office.
"The commission plnn fixes responsi-
bility by placing one member of the city
'Uncil at the head of each of the five
departments, thereby doing away with
the confusion and irresponsibility which
xists under the present system.
"The oouncilmcn receive such a salary
that men of abilitv and honesty will de-
vote their whole time to the affairs of
the city. They cannot while serving be
nterested, directly or indirectly in any
contract with the city or with any pub-
lic service lcorporation, such as water,
telephone or street car companies. This
last provision insures due consideration
fur the rights of the people and prevents
corporations from obtaining by any in-
dirict method an influence over the ac-
tion of the city council.
"Civil service of made a promenent
feature of this law, honesty and ability
will be tho qualifications demanded of
employes. The question of their politi-
'ul strength will not be considered.
"This new plan provides that all can-
didates for office shall Ik* selected at a
non partisan primary, and also a simple
method by which a citizen may become
rganization, BUT HO I a candidate.
'4 OKT BUS\ AND DO| "The commission plan prescribes a
tion of other city officers by a majority
vote of the city council.
i This section provides for tho crea-
tion and discontinuance of offices as it
may be necessary for the welfare of the
city and gives authority to the council
to fix the compensation which shall l>e
received by officers and employes.
Provides that the mayor and city
councilmen shall receive a certain sal-
ary, according to the population of the
Provides for regular and special meet-
ings of the city council and prohibits
This section provides the manner in
which ordinances shall be passed and
the means by which the rights of the
people are preserved in the granting of in its homo town that it desired. But
BANKS AND NEWSPAPERS.
If the banks of the country pass over
the present flurry, and especially the
banks of Oklahoma, without any serious
results obtaining, these institutions will
owe to the. press of the territory their
salvation. The newspapers of Oklaho-
ma have been more than loyal to the
hanks. In fact, this flurry has caused
an eyeopening among the bankers. The
bankers just now begin to realize that
their local newspapers are of some bene-
fit to a community. Somo of the bank-
ers will appreciate this fact. Some
already appreciate it.
It 4aid within the power of any paper
in the state, almost, to break any bank
It is not duite clear why Mr. Taft is
hurraing homeward when Senator For-'
aker is keeping so quiet.
Mr. Bryan walked through Wall
street the other morning. Is that what
We Make the Beet
Photos of all Kinde
West Side of Square
HOBART, = OKLA.
Time and Services devoted ex-
clusively to the
DR. ELLISON'S OPTICAL PARLOR
Eyes tested and fitted with glasses. The
most difficult cases handled in a satis-
factory manner. Room 4, Neff Building
Phone No. 3 Hobart, Okla,
SOMETHING. AND DO THAT SOME
In the way of suggestions we would
suggest that the club lie named the|
"Hobart Bo< stcr's Club "
severe punishment for attempting to
form a |>olit eal combination, or for us-
ing, directly or indirectly, political in-
| tluence in th
Every ordinance, franchise and eon-
tract must be open to public inspection
for seven days before its final passage
and does not go in force for ten days
All franchises to public service cor-
porations must be submitted to a vote of
the people for approval.
This section piohibits any officer or
employe, elected or appointed, from
being, either directly or indirectly
financially interested in any contract or
job to which the city is a party or in
at a time when banks needed the news-
paper more than ever before, and prob-
ably more than they will ever need them
again, the newspapers, from the metro-
politan daily down to the smallest cross-
roads weekly stood firm and loyal to the '
last. In many instances the newspapers !
told delilierate lies, but the editors weie
doing it for the benefit of the public so-1
called, but as a matter of fact, for the
banks and bankers.
Any newspaper in Hobart could have
which any public service corporation is caused a run on any bank but instead of
, .interested: nor shall any such officer or - a • 1 . .
interest of anv person or , „ inflaming the minds of the public the
, - , employe accept any stervice favor from '
measure. 1 his makes machine politics *
,. any such service corporations.
Every violation of this section shall
The American eagle
keep an i ju on the ,Tc
is fast becoming a nati
will do well to
Idy l>ear. which
>n al ekil li m.
There is nothing, whatever, in busi
ness or financial e><c«iit:< ns in this
country t< cause uneasm< ss to any man
who is engaged in an honest I'Usinevs.
"All officials must, after election pub ,
Inf. a sw6m itemised statement of their ,H> by heavy penalty.
campaign expense**. I Provides that if any official or cm
"All |>ersons are prohibited from ar ploye attempts to influence any .ititer
cepling any money or other coui| n^t I city official |>o>if ically, or attempts to
lions for services rendered the camli j control or influence appointments.
date. I either directly yr indirectly, he ehall be
"This is a very brief statement of a J s"bj et to a tine of SXVor a term in the
numb-r of the important feature of county jail.
this Uv and the reader for a more) Provide* f.>r a civil service commis- other large printing establishments
thorough of the advantages uf this sys-1 >.on. fixes the power of this commission.! throughout the country who furnish the
newspapers printed column after col-
umn of conservative ditorial.
These facts the bankers of the btate
should remember. They should also re
member that while the country press
was tilling its c durnns full of gratuious
defense of the I tanks that Dorsey of Dal-
las: Barnard of St. Ljuis: The Lead* r
and Capital < f Guthrie, and Ji«'n ■ f
All Our Musical Instruments of all Description
Including Sheet Music,
String Instruments and Musical Merchandise
And right now is the time to take advantage of this BIG CLOSING OUT
SALE. We have yet on hand s..me of the finest ()rgans and Pianos ever
made, and thev must go regardless of prices before November 1.
COME IN AND LET US SHOW YOU.
The Waggoner Music house
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Benedict, Roy. The Hobart Republican. (Hobart, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 14, 1907, newspaper, November 14, 1907; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc233905/m1/4/: accessed January 19, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.