The Mangum Star. (Mangum, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 16, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 3, 1904 Page: 4 of 8
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The riangum Star.
By Echols & Townsend
Subscription, per year
Six Month —
Correspondence solicited from all parts of the county. Advertising
rates made known on application.
Entered at the pcstoffice at Mangum, Okla., as second-class mail matter.
william randolph hearst.
Were the naming of the next presidential candidate left
to the people of the west and the great southwest, we venture
the prediction that the next president would be William
Randolph Hearst of New York. While Mr. Hearst is an east-
ern man, and a wealthy one at that, he has made for himself
a warm and endearing place in the hearts of effections of the
great mass of pushing, progressive humanity of the middle
south and west. We like his spirit of enterprise and push
the vei y audacity of his newspaper enterprises (extending
from New York on the east to San Francisco on the west)
and the policies pursued by them in defending the rights,
condemning the wrongs and correcting the evils of all alike,
high or low, rich or poor, strong or weak, master or serf, be-
ing sufficient alone to command for him the highest regard
of all who know fairness and honor and justice. He has
proven himself always the friend of weakness and right, al-
ways the foe of wrong and might, and his elevation to the
presidency would enable us to enjoy once more a people's ad-
ministration. Hfe may not be the nominee, but here's to
Hearst. May his power and influence for good never grow
Some anxiety is felt among the friends of statehood that
the shortness of the present session of congress will operate
to defeat early action. Speaker Cannon has declared that
congress will be able to transact the important business be-
fore the present session so that it can adjourn by the early
part of May. This program evidently does not include con-
sideration of the statehood bills, and if followed means that
there will be no action. The effect will be that the people
of Oklahoma and Indian Territory will have to wait until the
short session of congress for the enabling act. Of course,
the passage of the measure at the short session would still
leave a reasonable amount of time in which to complete the
preliminaries before March 4, 1906, the date on which Okla-
homa and Indian Territory will be admitted, but action at the
present session would be more preferable because it would
materially dispel uncertainty as to the future status of the
two territories and settle conditions. A middle course is
more likely to be followed by passing the bill in the house at
the present session and through the senate at the next.—
MORE THAN A MOUTHFUL.
Has Uncle Sam swallowed more than he can benevolent-
There's Porto Rico.
The United States supreme court will not say at the
present writing whether or not the Porto Ricans are citizens.
But they are human beings for whom this country res possi-
ble. In that island more than 300,000 children are growing
up in ignorance. Approprirtions for school purposes lack
that much in providing the necessary school houses and
teachers. The people of Porto Rico are poor because they
are ignorant and ignorant because they are poor. Their
children are following in their footsteps. Uncle Sam can not
provide for them.
That's one big bite.
And there are the Philippines. A few school houses are
scattered over the rim of a big island. It takes all the mon-
ey Uncle Sam can spare to pay his soldiers to keep the in-
habitants in order. It is said that material development
must come first. Possibly. And that development lags. It
was said private enterprise would build railroads and develop
resources. Private capital begs to be excused unless there is
a chance to make a big "rake off". It wants concessions and
a chance for jobbery. Already the islands have cost us
$400,0000,000. They are a dead weight. They make a
steady drain on the treasury.
That was a very large bite.
And there's the Panama canal, and a fine thing in itself
it is, too. The administration is committed to the policy of
digging the big ditch. Active operations in the near future
will commit the government to an enormous expenditure.
The money that is needed for all these things, to say
nothing of our pressing internal needs, will not come back at
Whereat one is inclined to ask the question:
Has Uncle Sam bit off more than he can chew?—Leader.
enough resistance to make the sport good exercise for the
plucky little Japs. Jut there may come a time when a
change will come. Since the Japs represent all there is of
progress and freedom in the old world all good Americans
want them to win the fight but that she is taking a long chance
there can be no doubt. Outnumbering Japan as she does
and possessing untold resources as she does, there is small
doubt but that in case of a long drawn out struggle, the big
Russian bear will and can do the little Japs up.
From this distance it looks very much as if the only
chance for the Japs is to fight like wild cats-right now-
and whip Russia bafore she gets ready to fight. With Rus-
sa s fleet practically blockaded, with her source of supplies
thousands of milesfromthe baseof her operations and no means
to furnish transportation of troops and supplies except the
Siberian Ry., which is easy of access to the Japenese troops.
It looks as if though it might be possible to tear up the rail-
road and make it, not only hard for the Russians to enter the
disputed territory, but next to impossible for the enemy to
furnish supplies to her army. By pushing her advantage
there is a good chance for Japan to win, by waiting there is
danger of her loosing.
canal treaty ratified.
Notwithstanding all the talk to the contrary, the canal
treaty was ratified with plenty of votes to spare when the fin
al test came. Of the eighty votes on the proposition, but
fourteen were recorded against the treaty. All the republi-
can senators and more than half the democratic voted for
The large majority cast in favor of the treaty illustrates
a peculiar phase of the question in the senate. Practically
all the democratic senators who voted for the ratification
spoke in opposition to it. A few republicans shared similar
convictions, judging from their expressions. The democratic
senators who voted for the tieatv did so in response to the de-
mand of the sections they represent, though in doing so, they
felt they were particeps criminis in the ratification of as win-
die. Their votes were cast with a great deal of mental reser-
vation, which, under ordinary circumstances, would have
readily asserted itself in the disposition of the matter, as well
as iu the consideration of it.
In the light of all the history of canal legislation and
efforts, it is a very easy matter to understand why they lifted
their voices in opposition to the ratification of the canal treaty,
though voting for the thing they inveighed against. Many
of them believed that the administration had foisted the poor-
er route upon the country, and opposed ratification on ma-
terial grounds, while others felt that a crime had been com-
mitted against a weak and defenseless people by trumped-up
revolution, which placed ownership of the Panama route with-
in our possession at an enormous price. The great majority
of the American people who understand the question share
this convict ion, but in this day and age of commercialism,
qualms of conscience are not allowed to stand in the pathway
of material prosperity, and in obedience to this demand, a
number of senators voted as the material prosperity of their
The canal will be a great thing for- the nation, and every
American welcomes the day which brought negotiations for
its building to a termination, but all had a right to expect
that they would be conducted in an honorable, American
manner. As it is, the memories of a disgraceful transaction
will haunt the people for many a day, and the blush of shame
will appear upon the cheek of every honorable American
every time the methods employed by this big, powerful, in-
fluential nation in securing the canal treaty is raised.—Uk-
outlook for the cattle raisers.
Doubtless the year 1904 will witness unusually heavy
marketing of western range cattle.
There is about a crop and half of cattle in Wyoming,
Montana and the Dakotas, that will naturally be marketed
After this year, however, no one expects anything but
a big shortage for at least a year or two. There were 418,000
southwestern cattle sent to the northwest in 1901; then
389,000 in I902, and only 235,000 in 1903, and present indi-
cations do not favor a large movement to the' northwestern
range this year.
From now on the number of cattle going to the north-
western ranges from Texas will likely diminish, while the
number going into corn belt feed lots is bound to increase
very rapidly from year to year.
However, one thing is very certain, and that is, that so
far as the number of northwestern range cattle is concerned,
1904 will be a very fat year and 1905 a lean one.—State Cap-
conventions and conventions.
This is convention year throughout the United States,
likewise in Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, with which our desti-
nies are bound, we are to have conventions this year for the
purpose of sending delegates to a democratic and a republican
national convention, also to nominate a democratic and re-
publican candidate for congress. The question of a suitable
time for making the nominations has been under discussion
by the patriots of each party. The republicans have decided
upon the date for theirs by defying the proprieties. They
will hold it on May 7th without any reference to the issues
which may be made up by the developments of their national
convention. There was opposition from many of the faithful
to the proposition to nominate a candidate before the national
convention had spoken through its platform, but it was given
out that Byrd McGuire wanted it so. He was afraid to wait
but wanted to cinch the nomination at the earliest possible
moment, knowing that there was danger in delay and that
the opposition in the ranks of the G. O. P. would go after his
scalp if they were given an opportunity to organize. The in-
dications are that he will jump from the frying pan into the
fire, that; as an exchange puts it he will be renominated by
acclamation and defeated by unanimous consent.
The work is too coarse savors too much of Flynn's trick
in '96—the only time he has been defeated—when he pro-
cured the nomination in an early convention; later when the
national convention assembled a platform totally at variance
iu many respects was enunciated, which left the republicans
of Oklahoma betwixt the deep sea.
Conjectures have been rife as to the time of holding the
democratic territorial congressional convention but it is al-
ready a settled fact that it will not be held until after the
national convention at St. Louis, on July 6. No representa-
tive democrat iu the territory would dare suggest or urge an
earlier date. .
The democracy of Oklahoma is learning from continuous
defeat and may yet develop some good politicians.
japan vs. russia.
The war between Japan and Russia goes merily on, but
|so far Russia has furnished all the meriment, just put up
The sandstorm which blew up about 9:30 last evening
was the "real thing." It was so much worse, by comparison,
than anything we have "enjoyed" recently that it would not
be inappropriate to say that it has been our only sandstorm
for many years. Everything that was loose and many
things that were supposed to be fast were gathered up and
whirled about. It was simply awful as all know who were
Please pass the irrigation fund. There is no longer any
doubt but Oklahoma is in the arid region—at present.
that the said J. L. McFarlin, a
member of said firm of Heatley &
McFarlin, on the 14th day of Jan-
uary, 1904, was convicted in the
Probate Court of Greer county,
O. T., of the crime of "unlawfully
selling intoxicating, spiritous and
vinous liquors at retail without
complying with the liquor laws of
the Territory of Oklahoma, and
without obtaining a license under
said liquor laws as required by the
statutes of said Territory." The
said Commissioners further find
and adjudge that the said license
should be revoked as prayed for by
reason of the fact that the said
J. L. McFarlin has been convicted
for the said crime as above set out.
It is therefore ordered, adjudged
and decreed by the court that the
said liquor license of the said firm
of Heatley & McFarlin above set
out and specified be cancelled, re-
voked and held for naught from
and after this date.
It is further ordered by the
Court that the balance due upon
said license amounting to the sum
of dollars be returned to the
said Heatley & McFarlin and that
the clerk be ordered to draw his
warrant upon the proper fund to
pay the same. To which Heatley
& McFarlin duly excepts and gives
notice of appeal from the actions of
the Board herein.
Witness our hand and seal, this
the 1 st day of March 1^04.
F. M. Aycock, Chairman.
March 1st 1904. The Board of
County Commissioners met per-
suant to adjournment, present
F. M. Aycock and T. L. Reagan.
F. M. Aycock acting as chairman
when th® following proceedings
were had to-wit:
The official bond of J. W. Smart
as constable of Texola township,
Greer county, Okla., is approved.
J. F. Knox is appointed clerk of
Navajoe township, Greer county,
It is ordered by the board
through advice of G. W. Briggs
by telephone, that a warrant be
drawn on Poor and Insane fund to
the amount of $50.00 for the pur-
pose of sending Mrs. Rowe and
family to relatives, the said Mrs.
Rowe aud family being indigent
persons, warrant to issue to S. E.
The following claims are allow-
ed in full: O. T. O'Kelley $16.40,
J. T. Stewart Lumber Co. $397.60,
F. M. Aycock $87.00 and M. E.
Milam $85 00.
J. W. Lowry is appointed treas-
urer in and for Deihi township.
The following smallpox claims
are allowed: John D. Scott and D.
Lakey for $17.00, A. W. Dodson
$14.00, Warren House $27.00.
John B. Jones was allowed a rebate
of $25.19 and T. K. Stout rebate
of $5 75, J. G. Morrell rebate of
$7.15, H. P. West is allowed $9.18
erroneous tax for year 1903.
H. D. Henry is allowed $8.00 for
acting on Board of Insanity.
F. M. Aycock,
Chairman pro tern.
Territory of Oklahoma, )
County of Greer. (
In The Commissioners' Court, said
In the matter of the petition of
J. E. Jones, John McClure, et al,
for the cancellation of the license
heretofore granted Heatly & Mc-
Farlin, a firm composed of V. W.
Heatley and J. L. McFarlin, for
the sale of matt, spirituous and
vinous liquors in the town of
Hollis, Greer county, Okla.
On this, the 1st day of March
1904, came on to be heard in regu-
lar session the petition of J. E.
Jones, John McClure et al, praying
that the liquor license granted
Heatley & McFarlin, a firm com-
posed of V. W. Heatley and J. L.
McFarlin, for the sale of ■alt;
•piritoua and vinous liquors in the
town of Hollis, O. T., be revoked
aaid license having been granted on
the 6th day of January, 1904, and
the said petitioners appeared in
person and by their attorney, J. F.
Mathews, and the said firm of
Heatley & McFarlin appeared by
their attorneys, P* *wart & Robin-
son, and both «ides announced
ready for trial, and the conrt, af-
ter hearing the evidence adduced
on both sides, the argument of
counael, and being fully adviaed as
to the law, find for the petitioner
In the matter of the application
of Fred Moore and W. C. Moore,
composing the firm of Moore Bros,
for liquor license.
This cause coming on to be
heard before the Board of County
Commissioners of Greer county,
Oklahoma Territory, this 1st day
of March, A. D. 1904, upon the
petition presented by applicants,
Fred Moore and W. C. Moore,
composing the firm of Moore Bros,
the applicants appearing in person
and by .attorneys, Stewart and
Robinson, and the remonstrants
appearing not but wholly make
default. The court after reading
the petition and hearing evidence
thereon finds that the petition is
aigned by a majoriiy of the resid-
ent freeholders of congressional
township 9 N. of R. a6, w. I. M.
in which the town of Texola, Okla.
ia situated and in which license are
prayed for and that notice of said
application for two weeks prior to
the date hereof by publication in
the two papers having the largest
circulation in said county, and that
aaid parties have filed their bond
aa required by law and which has
been approved by thia court, affd
the said parties having complied
with all the laws requisite for ob-
taining license to sell malt, spirit-
ous and vinous liquora at retail. It
ia therefore ordered by the Board
(hat the clerk ix hereby directed to
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