Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 14, 1904 Page: 4 of 8
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THURSDAY JULY 14, 1904.
YOU PAY YOUK MONEY
AND YOU TAKE YOUK CHOICE
The democratic convention at St. Louis adopt-
ed a statehood plank that is worse than silence
would have been. It simply opens up the wran-
gle between the Indian Territory double state-
hooders and Oklahoma single statehooders
afresh, at a time when the republicans of Okla-
homa had come to the single statehood side and
overwhelmed the double Indian Territory stat-
ers into submission.
The Oklahoman tries its best to construe the
plank to mean united statehood for Oklahoma
and Indian Territory, by declaring that if the
resolutions committee had meant to declare for
separate statehood it would have used as plain
language as in the case of Arizona and New
Mexico. But other people have as much right
to construe the paragraph in accordance with
their understanding as the Oklahoman, and they
ask the question, "If the resolutions committee
meant united statehood for Oklahoma and In-
dian Territory as seperate for Arizona and New
Mexico, why did it not use the same spicific
language." Here is the plank:
We favor the admission of the territories of
Oklahoma and Indian Territory. We also favor
the admission of Arizona and New Mexico as
separate states, and a territorial government for
Alaska and Porto Rico.
To add weight to the argument that the para-
praph does not mean joint statehood for Indian
Territory and Oklahoma, the Oklahoman must
not forget that the people are aware of the char-
acter of fight made against that proposition be-
fore the resolutions committee by Senator Bailey
and others, as well as by the democratic senators
last winter. The democrats in congress ha\e al-
ways been opposed to the democrats in Oklaho-
ma upon the character of statehood, and on this
account Mr. Hearst had to avoid Oklahoma in
his tour of the West when running for nomina-
tion for president.
There is another er«wd convinced that the
St. Louis resolutions mean separate statehood
for Oklahoma and Indian Territory and that is
the Indian Territory double staters, for immedi-
ately upon their return they issued a call for a
meeting and intend to work harder than ever for
that result. They are going on the principle of
legal construction that when a paragraph of a
statute is ambiguous you must find out the in-
tent of makers of the law, and they think they
know the intent of the resolutions committee,
for they were there. They know it was made to
read meaningless because the members of con-
gress on that committee would not let it read for
joint statehood, and the way it is now leaves
them free to act any way they desire when the
bill comes before the senate next winter.
The State Register desires to take no advan-
tage in this matter; it is willing to admit that the
republicans are in the same plight as the demo-
crats. The republicans came home from the
Chicago convention and gave the reason they
did not get a resolution for statehood in the
resolutions that they were promised by the sena-
tors upon that committee that they would pass
the Hamilton bill next winter. In this case Ari-
zona and New Mexico would not agree to a joint
statehood, and the committee was in a predica-
This is the condition of the two parties on the
the statehood proposition. It is now up to the
people which they will believe when the orators
in the congressional campaign urge their respec-
The republicans will claim that the next con-
gress will pa^s the Hamilton statehood bill and
there was no necessity of a platform declaration.
The democrats will claim their plank means sin-
gle statehood for Oklahoma and double for Ari-
zona and New Mexico.
Let the Oklahoman come out as honestly as
the above statement, and shame the devil.
AN EPOCH IN TWO SENTENCES.
The slow growth of enlightened Justice is one
of the despairs of human nature and society. A
dispatch from Russia says: "The system of con-
demning political prisoners by administrative or-
der has been abolished by imperial decree. Per-
sons accused of political crimes henceforth will
be tried by the courts, under the regular proced-
There is a whole epoch in these two senten-
ces, a change 6l centuries of rule in Russia, that
is as momentous and far-reaching as the French
Revolution or the Independence of the American
And it was done at the stroke of the pen.
For Russia it is one of the most sweeping re-
forms in this generation, greater than the libera- ABOUT READY
tion of the serfs.
The influence of institutions upon a peopl« is
fully illustrated in the change of policy. In the
light of American democracy, it seems almost (Urne(j yesterday to Kansas Cltv after
trivial that a trial by courts of political offenders , attending a meeting of the stockhold-
was not always the policy of the Russian govern-|ers in Oklahoma City. He says the
nient. But perhaps the condition of the Russian
people made it imperative. To us it would ap-
pear that the political discontent that bred Nihil-
ism and all kinds of insurection was directly due
to this very lack of justice of trial by jury and to
have removed the cause would have removed the
evil. But it may be that the mass of the Russian
people were incapable of justice by trial of jury,
and could only be ruled arbitrarily.
The blessing of the reform, if it shall prove
such, is due to the Japanese war. In its hour of
need the government is compelled to risk greater
dependence upon the people. Thus wars fre-
quently do more good at home than conquering
W. S. McCaull. president of the
Guthrie, Fairview & Western,
surveys of the new line are about com
pleted and that practically all is in
Teadiness for work to begin. From
Fairview the first stat on to be reached
according to the route which in all
probability will be used, will be Home-
stead. Then in order will come
O'Keene, Kiel, Kingfisher and Guthrie.
From Guthrie the line is to be extend-
ed to Oklahoma City. Mr. McCaull
will leave in a day or two for the East
to arrange the money matters so the
work of construction can begin.
The democratic candidate for vice-president
—Davis—is 81 years old. Instead of an innau-
gural, the party may have a funeral parade be-
fore the next election.
THE CITY LEYY
We have been requested to say a great deal
against the following city levy made by the
council for the current year:
Street and bridge fund 2
Fire and water supply fund 4
Contingent and supply fund 1
Street lighting fund 4 1-2
Salary fund 1
Street crossing fund 1
Library fund 1 1-2
Judgment fund 2 5-6
Sinking fund (city hall bonds, sewer bonds, water
workBbonds, judgment bonds) 12
City of Guthrie water works scrip fund 3
Park fund 2
ONE PRICE CLOTHIER
built for us
ness in Okla-
The levy looks outrageous. All the citizens
naturally kick against it. We have not added it
to the county levy, but it will undoubtedly make
the tax for all purposes that property owners
will have to pay very high. It is almost
much as the whole county levy should be.
But do not conditions warrant such a high
levy? Was all the city property assessed
high as it should have been, and was all the
property truthfully given in to the assessor?
It must be remembered that a low assessment
of property necessitates a high levy. The pres-
ent city council claims to have fallen heir toconi
ditions from the preceding council, which madt;
it impossible for paying salaries for some tim£
and necessitated delinquencies in other matters.
The city has made many improvements, In-
terest on bonds must be paid. The finance com-
mittee claims the levy was absolutely necessary
to run the expenses of the city government for
the coming year. Kicking by newspapers and
venting our greviences to the outside world will
not remedy the matter. If the property owners
are sufficiently interested, and doubt the finance
committees honesty or intelligence in making
the levy, let them appoint a committee who will
go over the figures of fiscal municipal expenses
and apportion a levy they think necessary.
This is a business proposition and should be
presented in a business way. All citizens are as
interested as the council in what taxes they
should pay and they are entitled to their say in
The State Register has always demanded,
when public improvements are being contracted
for, that broad daylight be thrown into the mat-
ter. For this it was denominated a pestifirous
"kicker," while the big daily journals, whom the
citizens hold in such reverence, were "in" on the
"push" and were upheld, because they w re a
The present tax levy i* the necessary se-
quence to the injudicious expenditure-, in the
Get your committee and look into the 11 tuer i
and appear before the next counc I
"Have faith in God and keep your powd t |
dry" seems to be strongest precept of our Chris- j
tian Civilization that has impressed its,-If upon
the Japanese, during the rainy season in Mancli- j
It was an "honest" thing for Parker to send
that telegram, but it placed his supporters in a
very dishonest predicament and especially
Littleton who declared that Parker was silent be-
cause he did not desire to dictate to ihe demo-
The citizens of Guthrie demand, in \ iew of
the fact that the city council is going to so much
expense to keep the city clean, that it place the
hog pens outside the city limits. There is no
cost in this, and the owners of the hog pens sure-
ly do not desire to prosper at the discomfort of
their neighbors, in blowing the stench in their
nostrils. They may like pork, but do not like it
swilling, alive, on their tables.
The republicans may call the democrat state-
hood hand with a bluff and find nothing.
Muskogee Phoenix: According to
the estimates of those in a position to
know, when t e Dawes Commission
completes the work of alloting lan 's to
the Indian citizens, at least 2,000,000
acres will remain in the Indian territory
unalloted ana unsegregated. The great
body of this will lie in the Chickasaw
and Choctaw nations, and there will
be no surplus in the Cherokee nation.
In the Creek nation about 250,000
acres of surplus land will be left, and
the Seminole country there are
about 18.000 acres. However,* the
best land will be in the southern part
of the territory.
According to the Chickasaw and
Choctaw treaties the surplus land there
are to be sold at public auction to the
highest bidders. Speculators are al-
ready awaiting the time when these
sales ran begin, but they will have to
wait about two years longer.
The Creek surplus lands are, by a
provosion in the Indian appropriation
bill, to be sold by the sealed bid sys-
The Commission is attempting to fin-
ish the work of alloting lands within
the next six months, but the surplus
area cannot be disposed of until the
contest period is over, and it is known
just what vacant sections remain.
Much of the land which will be left
unalloted in the Chickasaw and Choc-
taw Nations is of the best agricultural
qualities. This condition is due to the
fact that for various reasons many al-
lottees selected their homesteads in
the mountainous section, many pre-
fering the pine timber allotments to
those containing tillable toil.
They All Come Here
Men of every profession come here for
Suits—ths farmer, the laborer, the law-
yer, the doctor, the merchant, the clerk.
WHAT'S THE REASON FOR IT?
Its because we sell the most reliable
Clothing that is sold in Oklahoma and
we sell it at one uniform low price to
everybody. You do not have to "dicker"
to get the worth of your money in this
store. Then, another protection to you
is that after you have made your pur-
chase, if you become dissatisfied from
any cause, return the goods to us, we
will willingly give back your money.
Try our 6gc
sell for 75c to
90c outside of
Guthrie Leading Clothier
. CROP CONDITIONS.
Heavy rains occurred over the sec-
tion on the 6th and 7th, being exces-
sive over some localities, and scattered
showers on the 8th. 9th and 10th.
Temperatures were above, and pre-
cipitation slightly below, the average
for the week.
Considerable damage was caused by
streams overflowing to crops and prop-
erty over Oklahoma and the northern
portion of the Indian territory.
Wheat and oats threshing progressed
slowly over Oklahoma on account of
the rains, with yields ranging from
poor to fair. Some damage has been
caused by wheat sprouting in the
shock, over the central and eastern
portions and over the Cherokee nation
the greater portion of the wheat is
still uncut and badly damaged; over
these portions oats are also in poor
condition, and have been ruined over
the Cheaokee nation; the general pros-
pect is for a short yield of oats.
Corn made a rapid growth, is silk-
ing out or coming into-the roasting ear,
is well filled, and generally is laid by
in good condition, but is weedy; the
crop is nearly made and promises a
Cotton is Btill very weedy but is
making a rapid growth and blooming
out; with the exception of its need for
cultivation its condition is very prom-
ising and the prospect is far an abote
Kaffir and broom corn, cane, millet,
milo maise, and castor beans made a
good growth under favorable condi-
tions, and looks well.
The first crop of potatoes have been
dug and planting for the second crop
The second crop of alfalfa is still be-
ing cut; the cutting of hay is in slow
progress, but will be general with fav-
Range grass is in good condition
and stock is doing well, with some be-
ing shipped to market.
Fruit is ripening; the early peaches
are being secured] the Elbertas an d'
grapes are beginning to ripen.
Church Camp /Meeting.
The Guthrie District, Oklahoma con-
ference of the Free Methodist Church,
will hold their annual camp meeting
for the district at Island Park, July 19
to 27. This park is located at the
south end of Second Street. Plenty of
shade and water. Straw will be fur-
nished for campers free, also pasture
for horses. The purpose of t'..ese
meetings are the conversion of sinners
and the sanctification of believers.
Everybody is invited to come.
T. H. Allen will have charge of the
meetings. For further information in-
quire of J. L. Brown, P. C., 1002 West
Logan, Guthrie, Okla.
Bean th Kind You Have Always 1
Do You Need FURNITURE ?
YVe sell it and sell it at prices which must
Do You Need Carpets?
We sell them and the prices and quality
are both of the best.
Our Straw Matting Line
Is also complete. Let us convince you
that here is the place to trade
C. R. KELSEY,
Furniture and Carpets
.113 East Oklahoma Ave.
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