The Oklahoma Democrat. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1908 Page: 1 of 8
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Volume 2 - Number 4
Altus, Oklahoma, Thursday, April 16; 1908
Bob. Williams, Publisher
IN CAMP AT PARK
MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES GIVE
FIRST RELIEF TO THOSE
Thousands Are Frantic
Patrol Finds Many 111 and Home-
less Bereft of Wits—One Wo-
man of 90, another
New England Fire at Chelsea Yesterday Throws Thous-
ands Homeless and Penniless.
DOUBTFUL STATES UNDER DIS-
CUSSION AT WASHINGTON.
PROPERTY LOSS $10,000,000
Police Picked up Fifty Babies Being Lost From Their Parents, Taking
Them to Police Station for Identification.
Boston. Mass., April 13.—Ten thou-
sand persons are homeless; at least
three burned to death; half a hun-
dred injured and a property loss of
between $7,500,000 and $10,000,000,
surmise* the r cord of disaster which
coi/fronts the city of Chelsea this
morning as a result of the great
A lacken, flaine-charred and smok-
ed mass of ruins marking the sites
of some of the finest public build-
ings of the city, historic churches,
valuable factory and business struc-
tures as well as hundreds of bouses
covers a belt three quarters of a
mile wide stretching acronn the city
for a distance of a mile anil a half.
During the afternoon and even-
ing there were fifty unidentified ba-
bies who had been picked up by the
police and citizens and were taken
to the police station, they being lost.
An area of 350 acres of grountd,
representing nearly a quarter of the
total area of the city marks the
scene of the great fire which swept
through the business section.
Starting near the corner of Cy-
press and Third streets from a pub-
lic dumping grounds the blaze spread
before a north-east gale straight a-
cross the city.
Will OPEN HERE
Location Sought for Wholesale and Retail Dry
To Altus Citizens
Altus, 4 | 10 | 08.
Replying to inquiries, will say, Altus
schools will continue to May 15.
W. A. Baucum,
w. G. Bristol,
J. E. Nix.
Boston, Mass., April 12. —Union
Park has been roped off as a sort
of temporary ftamp1 for those who,
homeless from today's fire, are till-
able to find shelter, tonight, and- for
the preservation of as much porta-
ble property as possible. Here are
assembled several thousand frantic
men, women and children wjth. no
hope of protection anywhere else.
Others are racing about like maniacs.
Orders for food and coffee were sent
by the Boston municii>al authorities
to Boston restaurants and rushed
over to Chelsea by automobiles, for,
thft exhausted firemen and volunteers | ing discussed.
who were engaged in fighting the] tajjj 0j certain states being the bat-
flames. Other relief is being hurri*1 , , ,,,■•
edly prepared to be sent over dur-|tle ground emotes from Republi-
ing the night and early morning, can souroes, and refers to states
A peculiar feature was the number which have been gibving Republican
of people picked up by toe patrol majorities right alon for years.
Thus far the talk of Democrats
Indiana Also to be Scene of Decis-
ive Struggle Between Two
Larger Political Parties
Washington, April 13.—It is early
•o begin ttu; talk of doubtful states
in the approaching presidential cam-
paign, but already the subject is be-
lt is significant that
who were ill and without homes. One
was a child of 1 year and another
a woman of 90. The child had pneu-
monia and the old woman was de-
mented. They werp sent to the
Boston Belief Hospital.Sarah Rennie
aged 70, was rescued unconscious
fr^ai a.burning building by her dau-
ghter just before the roof crashed in.
Dozens of similar rescues are report-
ed! The distress is awful.
Tbo draft created by the fire
capturing states has referred chiefly
to Ohio and Indiana. It has been
a long time since either of these
states has been regarded as tiJ eing
in any sense doubtful.
Conditions in the Republican party
in Ohio are very unsatisfactory from
a Republican standpoint.
of them may be impaired. It
stated, however, that the brunt will
be borne by the New York, Hartford
rillo, Texas for some time has returned. 1 and the foreign companies.
tremendous and raised great spouts) The fight between Taft and Fora-
of sand and gravel,which flewaij ker has been more bitter than any
gainst the fire fighters and drove, that the party in that state has ever
them from every vantage ground. I , ti. .. . .
Several were sent to the hospital I known' The reault 18 a cleaVage ''s"
blinded and with their faces all cut j tending from top to bottom. It is
up by the force of the flying gravel : asserted even by Republicans that
Several hundred volunteers have been! there are thousands of theri party
sworn in as reserve police to relieve j . he Buck gtate who wi„ t
the regular patrols and preserve or-1 „
der. support Secretary Taft if he should
Most of the companies will be able > be made the nominee of the Chicago
to weather their losses, though some convention. Joseph H. Downing, for
them may be impaired. !
J. L. Clusum who has been in Aino- I
many years the leading Demoerat in
Ohio, and who has been here this
week, declares the state will return
Oklahoma City, Okla., April 11.—I "Iselected Oklahoma City because of |
Oklahoma City is to have another its central location and the advan-
wlioie-ale an dretail dry goods enter- tages obtainable in supplying our
Claude Miller, of the firm of
Miller Bros., of Lawton, Altus and
other western Oklahoma towns, was
in the city last evening looking for
a suitable building. The new company
will have a paid-up capital of.flOO,
000 and the charter will be taken
out in a few days.
ither stores in Oklahoma," said Mr.
Miller. "We expect to install stores
in many other cities in Oklahoma,
northern Texas, and suthern Kansaso.
If we cannot find a suitable building
we propose to build an up-to-date
structure and one adapted to our
IF YOU INVESTIGATE YOU WILL
Armed Men Protect Property in
Fire-Ridden Suburb of
HUNDREDS OF ACRES SWEPT
Three hundred and fifty acre., of
Insurance companies piac • their
looses at #3 ,500.000. divided among
Churches and schools, *525,000.
Public buildings. #475, 000.
Factorie-i, business blocks and con-
Dwelling houses. *3,750.000.
Boston. Mass.. April IS.—Martial
has been declared in Chel-
sea. as the city was in complete dark-
nesa at nightfall, ami all visitors
have been barred from the city until
Only those having passes for er-
rands of mercy or relief and news-
('paper men are allowed to enter
armed with ball
I The oil works are still burning,
but the flames are kept within
bounds. Boston's loss is a half mil-
BOSTON RAISES RELIEF FUND
Boston's relief fund started with
$20,000 at daylight, and supplies are
pouring in from every source. The
State will donate #100.000 and lOOil
military tents have been provided by
the conimisary department-
LOSS OF LIFE
Over fifty persons and it may prove
to be 100 persons, are unaccounted
for, and there are six known dead
be.ides one suicide. The tatal of
buildings destroyed will reach 1.500
Thirteen churches were destroyed
several schools, three banks and three I
entzine houses. The injured number
300. There were 1.200 private dwel-
The insurance carried was shot fj,
5000.000. and the heaviest loser is
the Hoy a I Co . with a half million.
CHELSEA SALOONS CLOSED
Saloon" in Boston have been closed
by the police commissioner. where
they border on Chelsea in the East
!to«!oii and Charleston districts
Tbi- i< ihe (|r t time s.ich ioliee po «-
the city. Guards
cartridges are patrolling the ruina er has been exercised
with orders to shoot prowlers if a quarter century.
necessary There are twenty-two Three persons perished in the East
companies of the National Guard on Ho-ton fire Many Chelsea residents
duty, with two companies of marine* were robbed of their reason by the
from the navy yard Adjut tien. calamity
Hrigham is in command On the other hand, the fortitude
All day sightseers were turned a- and cheerfulness of others who lost
way from the city by sentries posted then little all is remarkable.
approaches; thousands of
idle enrio.it y writer* ami souvenir
hunter* were barred out
While the conflagration was a
hard blow to business, surprising en-
ergy had b-ei. displayed by concern-
in their efforts to rehabilitate them-
.elve, Tb. Hanks hat • see., red tem-
porary quarters and were or*n for
EFFORTS TO HEM ITE F\MILIE6
Identification bureaus have been es-
tablished by nearly all the Boston
newrspsp-r*. and every effort <• Irii-f
made tob brenuite sepsrated families
Tbe fire is said to hate or neonate. I
by spontaneous combustion in a pile
of old ■ ifi on th~ d«o;> nar th-
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ed—Who insist that every penny must do
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nor too independent to acknowledge the ex-
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a majority of 50,000 for the Demo-
cratic ticket this fall, and this with-
out reference as to whether Mr. Bry-
an or som eother man be the candi-
PEACE PfyANS DENIED
There are many rumors in circula-
tion regarding efforts to bring about
a reconciliation between the Taft and
Foraker wings of the party. These
are uniformly denied as fast as they
can be brought to the attention of
Senator Foraker. The old veteran
evidently realizes that Taft needs
him just a little bit more than he
needs Taft. Although Senator For-
aker lost the fight which he made
for control of , the Republican con-
vention it is by no means certain
that he will be retired from the
United States Senate because of
the strength of the Taft sentiment
at hom.e The masses of the Repub-
lican party are said to be undoubted-
ly for Senator Foraker and are wil-
ling to nominate Taft to the presi-
dency and keep Foraker in the Sen-
ate, where hsi career has been so
On the other hand Senator Fora-
ker has many supporters, who rath-
er than vote for Secretary Taft
would "go fishing" on election day,
or vote the Democratic ticket.
Ill Indiana conditions are much dif-
ferent in detail though like Ohio are
such as to warrant strong Democratic
l"ope-. Sev< r< l In :hna Republicans
in Washington hive admitted that
Marshall,, the Democratic Gubernato-
rial nominee, is the strongest man
the party could have placed at the
the head of the ticket. He is a man
of high character, an able lawyber
aud a first rate political debater. In
the latter respect he is hardly the
equal oI "Jim" Watson, the Repub-
licannominee, but his reputation for
solidity and substantiality is superior
to Mr. Watson's. Watson is a good
fellow, but rather a professional in
politics. Marshall is not an office-
holder and is understood never to
have sought an office. The business
men of the state are rallying vigor-
ously to his support.
Although the outside world is not
permitted to learn much about it,
it is known that relations between
Vice rPesident Fairbanks and Sena-
Albert Jeremiah Beveridge are not
entirely cordial. Of course nobody is
especially cordial towac-1 Mr. Bever-
idge. He feels that Indiana is too
small for two great men. His jeal-«
ousy of Vice President Fairbanks,
in addition to his exaggerated con-
ception of his own worth and deserts
have made trouble and promises to
make more in the Republican party
| ill the Booster State. Mr. Bryan's
popularity in Indiana is very great.
The nomination of Taft will not be
at all satisfactory to those Republi-
cans of the Fairbanks type, and that
type is supposed to predominate in
Of course New York and New Jer-
sey and Connecticut are being claim-
ed already as doubtful states.
It is. too early to predict whether
conditions in those three warrant
any claim as to doubt of result. The
New York Sun insists that neither
Secretary Taft nor President Roose-
velt himself can carry New York
this year, and this without reference
, to whether the Democrats nominate
: Mr. Bryan. Governor Johnson. or
j It is perfectly safe to say that the
Democrats will poll a much larger
Vote in Illinois this year than has
i been caat for the ticket in many
! years. It has ever been whispered
in Washington that Speaker Cannot)
! will have to make a hard fight to
retain the seat he has held in con-
gress for over a quarter of a century.
But matters in the Sucker State have
not shaped th*msehres sufficiently to
allow anything like a clear view of
j the situation.
The same is true of many other
States which some other Democrats
asserted to be doubtful, and much of
the talk one bears regarding proba-
bilities in certain state* is irre*poo*i-
, bie and unworthy of serious consider-
ation although the results in Novem-
ber may indicate that these shots in
I the dark hit the bulUeye.
It u> significant, however, that not
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Williams, Bob. The Oklahoma Democrat. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1908, newspaper, April 16, 1908; Altus, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc279826/m1/1/: accessed January 22, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.