The Oklahoma Democrat. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 10, 1907 Page: 6 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA DEMOCRAT, ALTUS, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1907
THE T. C. WILLIAMS MUSIC CO.
HasJ purchased the entire Braddock Stock of Furniture, and has removed the same
to one of the new brick buildings on the north side of the square. The firm will
henceforth be known as The T. C. Williams Music and Furniture Co., and will carry
the largest and best line of
MUSICAL INSTUMENTS, PIANOS, ORGANS
AND SMALL INSTRUMENTS,
as well as the highest class and most up-to-date stock of Furniture and House Furn-
ishings in Southwest Oklahoma.
We have nearly 5000 square feet of floor space, occupying both floors of the
new Braddock brick building on the north side, and will keep the entire space cover-
ed with Matchless Bargains in our line. Special to the ladies! We are fitting up a
place for you to rest and let the baby sleep and eat your lunch while in the city. You
are welcome at our place at any time.
We are also agents for the celebrated Singer Sewing Machine, sold on easier
terms than any other machine on the market.
Don't buy anything in our line, from a common chair to a fine parlor suit, or a
piano, until you have seen our goods and investigated our prices.
Edison and Victor Phonographs and Records Galore. Eastman Kodaks and
Drop in on us,
T. C. WILLAMS MUSIC AND FURNITURE COMPANY
NORTH SIDE OF THE SQUARE
A CRITICISM OF OKLAHOMA CONSTITUTION
By Ex-Governor Garvin, of Rhode Island
from "The Public" -ASept. 2?th- . stitution. It is extremely long and lowed; it admits of verdicts "in civil
Ever}- new constitution framed in the enters into details heretofore left to cases, and in criminal cases less than
United States is of interest. For one legislation. But it must be conceded felonies," by three-fourths of the jury;
thing, because it reveals the tendency that in so doing the specifications are it allows one hundred taxpayers of a
of the times. wonderfully well conceived—vastly su- county by petition to convene a grand
Heretofore, constitutional conven-1 perior to the work of the average state jury; and, in case of injunction, it as-
tions, keeping ever in mind the conser- legislature. sures to the accused trial by jury "be-
vatism of those to whom their work Jf the more modern constitutions, fore penalty or punishment is imposed."
must be submitted, have been wont to distrugt of the legislature has been; Turning to corporations, it deals with
perpetuate indefensible provisions and | ghown part^^iy in the prohibition of th*ir "rights" in a very different man-
to reject desirable innovations. , special legislation and in the dictation n*r:
This was true, no doubt, of the Okla- of legislative procedure. This the Ok- Sec- 28 The records, books and files
homa convention, but in less degree lahoma con8titution has done, but it, °f al> corporations shall be, at all times
than of any of its predecessors. The hag much further. It has embod- liabIe and subject to the full visitorial
instrument it submitted to popular vote, ied many matters hitherto dealt with ! an<1 inquisitorial powers of the state,
and which the people have now adopted, almost exclusively by statutory law. j Furthermore, every industry, except
contains a number of features that are „ „ , . , ... , ., agriculture, is put upon its good behav-
. , Of this bill of rights it mav be said . * , ,,
novel and to an extent experimental. , . ... , " . ., 1 lor as follows:
„ , . . . ... . that in the mam it is couched in those „ „. ......
Hence exceptional interest attaches to ... . t .u Sec. 31. The riirnt of the state to en-
recoemzed phrases, protective of the .
. .7 . . gage in anv occupation or business for
individual, which have come down to " , - f ,. .
, _ • public purposes shall not be denied nor
us an Anglo-Saxon and American in- r ..... ,
, . prohibited.
The prohibition of the liquor traffic
In addition, it forbids the suspension
Modern constitutions have grown in
length over the earlier instruments,
and chiefly because of an increasing
distrust of that branch of the state gov-
ernment which is to supplement the ; of the writ of habaes corpus; it prohib-
organic law by statutory enactments, its apquestion of applying the same to
This development is shown in a re-; the enposes: it declares that perpetui-
markable manner in the Oklahoma con- ties and monopolies shall never be al-
shows that many large depositors on our
books commenced their accounts with a very
The Altus National Bank
is not a savings bank but men seem to take
pride in increasing the size of their accounts.
Perhaps it is the record they have on their
expenditures that results in a saving. But
whatever it be, it cannot harm you to open an
account and then make it grow.
in the Indian Territory, part of the
state, is continued for twenty-one years,
and the question of applying the same
to the entire state was submitted sep-
arately from the body of the constitu-
tion and carried by a large majority.
Turning from the bill of rights, the
body of the constitution is found to
contain not a few innovations, most of
The oath of office required of all state
and county officials is a case in point.
In addition to the usual formula each
must swear to affirm that he has not
used money improperly to secure his
election; has not violated any election
law; will accept no compensation or fee
except as provided by law; nor ar.y free
pass. The official who is convicted of
swearing falsely is disqualified from
holding that or any other office. Such
an oath must be deterrent, in a measure :
at least, of corrupt practices in elec-1
tions and of malfeasance in office.
An advanced position is taken in the
limitation of public service and of work
in mines to eight hours per da)'. Also
in direct primaries for all officers, in-
cluding United States senators.
The Altus National Bank j
By Article xvii
1 given to muni<
■oters of each ci
! holders to draft a new city charter. A
j like number may initiate an amendment
to the charter and have it submitted at
| a special election. In the same way,
j the voters may ask for a specific ordin-
I ance, and, if their petition is not gran-
ted, the mayor submits it at the next
election to a vote of the people. So
also, the voters are given a veto upon
I any ordinance passed by the city coun-
cil. Besides these forms of optional
initiative and refemdum, a compulsory
! referndum is provided upon the grant
or renewal of franchises, none of which
I can exceed twenty years.
Then occurs the following wise and
Nor shall the power to regulate the
charges for public services be surren-
dered: and no exclusive franchises shall
ever be granted.
A special indebtedness may be incur-
red by popular vote for the purpose of
putting in force the following clause:
j Sec. 6. Every municipal corporation
I within the state shall have the right to
engage in any business or enterprise
: which may be engaged in by a person,
j firm or corporation by virtue of a fran-
j chise from said corporation.
And why not? Is there any better way
to settle the mooted question of munici-
pal ownership and operation than to
leave it to the option of the electorate
most interested, to the people who
must pay the bills in any event?
Article ix. a very long one. deals with
coroporations. The permanent restrict
ions are of the first importance and
A corporation commision, elected by
the people—one every two years to
serve for six years —is endowed with
plenary powers of enforcement. The
commissioners cannot have pecuniary
interests in any public utility.
The commission may fix rates and
charges may inspect all books
and papers of the corporations.
Railroads are declared to be public j
highways, they must allow connecting
and crossings with other railroads; they
are commanded to receive and transport;
each other's cars without discrimination, j
No railroad shall control any other
public service corporation having a •
lint*;none chartered by the state shall
"llTants to gin your Cotton.
™ * Latest machinery, insur-
ing the best sample and accnr-
ate weights. We will run day
and night, and always try to
please our customers. Gin on
South Main Street within one
block of business district. Bring
us your cotton.
Yours to please,
H. T. KIMBELL
• • * |T ' > >' ' K K K h' «" K' K j " l l
! B. R. KIMBELL,
Is in position to sell you groceries at the lowest prices. I
sell for spot cash and sustains no losses. See my stock and
investigate mv prices and you will save money. You wil! al-
ways find a clean, fresh and up-to.date line of the best
nsildate with 1
*• where. No
ything in wk
Southeast Corner Square
I for its
: B. R. KIMBELUS, SS.
*> "**> • > k >' t> if >' i " $r pr if < «c < «e « « « « <1 <1 *4 ,« 4
Like restrictions apply to other trans- list of stockholders; they agree to sul>-
portation and transmission companies, 1 mit any difference with employes to
such as "oil pipe, car, express, tele- arbitration. No corporation nor person
*- required U discriminate in sales be-
to water tween different sections or individuals.
ns or offii';
*1 is forbidden to u
I length, including habi!
iry or death of epmk>yer*t
a mile fares upon raii-
ir.ued or. |«gt- 7)
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Williams, Bob. The Oklahoma Democrat. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 10, 1907, newspaper, October 10, 1907; Altus, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc280250/m1/6/: accessed November 21, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.