The Mangum Star. (Mangum, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 16, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 19, 1903 Page: 1 of 8
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SPECIAL SESSION BEGINS WITH
ELECTION OF THE VARIOUS
BILL FOR SINGLE STATE
Introduced By Mr. Stephens, of Texas,
At Soon as the House Convened
—Unltea Oklahoma and In-
Small Blaze Last Sunday.
The monotonous quietude that
usually prevails in Mangum on Sun-
day was broken last Sunday by a
fire alarm, it having been turned
in about noon. Two or three pis-
tol shots and cries of fire soon sum-
moned the fire fighting forces of
Mangum, and they discvoered that
Wm. Teuton's residence, in the
Crabtree addition, was on fire and
had gained fairly good headway.
Prompt efforts and judicious work,
however, soon succeeded in con-
trolling the flames, but an ugly
hole was burned in the roof. The
fire is supposed to have originated
from a defective flue.
Washington, Nov. 9. —The
kouse of representaties of the fifty
eighth congress today held its first
session and except for the naming
of the committees which will
follow later, organization was com
pleted. Joseph G. Cannon, of Ill-
inois, whose election to the
speakership was assured months
ago, was formally elected speaker
and introduced into office. Mr.
Cannon received the applause of
democrats and republicans alike
when he took up the gavel of
4 authority, the demonstration being
most complimentary to the newly
elected speaker. He was at once
at ease in the speaker's chair, hav-
ing filled it so often temporarily
during his many years of service
in the house. The old officers
were re-elected and the customary
resolutions adopted providing for
the appointment of a committee to
notify the president and senate of
a quorum in the two bodies. The
rule^of the fifty-seventh congress
were adopted for the fifty-eighth
J congress by an aye and nay vote,
after brief discussion during which
the minority sought to secure an
increase in the representation on
Drawing of seats in which old
and new members alike take deep
concern, occupied a greater portion
of the day session.
A pretty compliment was paid to
the leaders and veterans of bpth
sides in this connection, they being
permitted to select their seats with-
out drawing lots.
On the democratic side, Mr.
Keliher, a new member from
Massachusetts had first choice of
Mr. McClellan, mayor-elect of
New York, was greeted with ap
plause by his colleagues, as he
selected his seat. Applause fol-
lowed when the name of John
Kalanianaole, delegate from
Hawaii, was called.
When most of the members had
drawn seats messengers began
bringing in the floral tributes and
placing them on the desks, but the
confusion resulting from applause
caused the speaker to direct that
no more be brought in. Some of
those brought in were most elabor-
ate. One piece made to represent
a locomotive, amid laughter, was
placed on the desk of Mr. Baker,
(New York), who offered a resol-
ution in the democratic caucus
proposing that democratic mem-
bers do not accept favors or passes
from railroads. Isaac R. Hill,
James English, Kenton Knight and
Joseph Sinnot were placed 011 the
roll as the special employes al-
lowed the minority.
John T. Clancy also was retain-
ed as a special employe.
Among bills introduced was the
Mr. Stephens (Texas)—Creat-
ing a state out of Indian Territory
and Oklahoma; providing for the
leasing for grazing purposes of
arid lands; to provide for the
equitable distribution between the
United States and Mexico of the
waters of the Rio Grande; to open
for settlement 505,000 acres of
land in the Kiowa, Comanche and
Apache Indian reservations.
At the last meeting of the board
of examiners the following persons
were granted certificates: Belle
Hudspeth, E A. Duke, F. C. Swit-
zer, Bennie Mathews, W. Y. Swit-
zer, W. H. Dennis, R. W. Lufkin.
Fannie Long, Pearl Hollanshead,
C. W." Edwards, Maud Johnson,
Carrie Collier, Mollie Rowe, E. F.
Kennedy, Dessie Adams, I. W.
Byrd, Cora Matlock, W. C. Guiun,
Jessie Hamilton, Catherine Rob-
erts, Kitty Hughes, J. J. Adams,
J. S. Howard, Lenora Shaw, W.
O. Barnes, E. L. Gardner, J. N.
Fields, Estella Rickel and C. E.
AGAINST THE RAISE IN VALUATION
BV THE SCHOOL LAND
ThereatsHave Been Madeto Defeat Mem-
bers of the Legislature Who are Not
Pledged Ito Their Support.—The
Officials Defend the Raise.
OF THE WICHITAS, KIOWAS, COMAM-
CHES AND APACHER—CHIEF
Says He is Tired of Furnishing Them With
Beeves—Pictures Were Taken of
Battle for the St. Louia
W. B. Groves, cashier of the
Farmers State Bank, is attending a
meeting of the territorial bankers
in the city of Guthrie this week.
He willl return home the latter part
of this week.
COMING TO MANGUM
Dr. A. Monetta Will
Be at the Mangum
I will be at Leger Nov. 30th
Olustee Dec. 1st
Eldorado...- — — Dec. 2nd
Hollis Dec. 4th and 5th
We wish to announce to the com-
munity of Greer county of the com-
ing to Mangum of Doctor A. Mo-
netta. He is an expert in the de-
tectipn and correction of defective
vision. Eighty per cent of what
is commonly known as headache of
all kinds can be traced to fome de-
fect in the optic nerve. This de
feet may be slight, but like other
diseases, it grows with neglect.
These disappear completely when
proper glasses are worn. The doc-
tor is prepared to give the
most thorough examination of
the eye, free, the same service
as you can get in any large
city and to grind special glasses
to fit the eye He makes a
specialty of complicated and diffi-
cult cases. Particularly those who
have never succeeded in obtaining
glasses to suit their eyes. If you
are wearing misfit glasses you are
surely wearing your eyes out. The
doctor has had twenty-five years
experience and can fit your eyes
when others fail.
If you do not need glasses he
will tell you so. Examination
free. Artificial eyes inserted
without pain. Dr. A. Monetta,
whose home is in Guthrie, will be at
Mangum Hospital, Saturdays only.
Guthrie, Okla., Nov. 11. "The
increase made in the rental value
of school lands throughout the ter-
ritory by the recent board of equal-
ization, which was in session here
for the past thirty days, is but a
straw showing which way the wind
is blowing,'' said one of the terri-
tory's most promiaent politicians
today. "It shows that the people,
as a rule, are ferninst the idea of
selling the territorial school lands
and that if the matter would ever
come to a vote of the people of the
territory, the lassees would never
know what struck them. The fact
is, that in organizing as a union,
the lessees become arbitrary, de-
manding for their own personal
benefit the sale of the school lands
which practically maintain the
schools of the territory.
"As an organization the school
land lessees cannot win. The peo-
ple of Oklahoma favor the reten-
tion of the school lands after state
hood. They remember the fate of
the school lands in Kansas and
Missouii, where they were sold and
the state realized practically noth-
ing from them, and henceforward
the school tax has been great. The
people of this territory will never
consent to their sale.
"The recent equalization board
was a non-partisan board; there
were three republicans on the board,
one democrat—Representative Jes
ter—and one school land lessee, yet
practically every tract of land in
the territory had its rental value
raised. The board believed that
school lands should bring as much
revenue to the territory, in com-
parison, as does the land owned
and rented by a private individual.
Lawton, Okla., Nov. 11.—The
big Indian pow-wow has closed and
the Wichitas, Apache, Kiowas and
Pawnees are returning to their
homes. Perhaps the last Indian
powwow has been held in the south-
west. At least Quanah Parker
thinks so, but he may change his
mind when his visitors are all gone
and he gets a rest. The grazing of
his pasture, the killing of his beeves
«ud the annoyance of the Indians
have made the old chief tired out
and he is glad they are gone.
All during last week there were
sun dances, war dancesf horse rac-
ing and beef butchering. The town
of Cache and the vicinity of Park-
er's home have been scenes of the
various maneuvers during the whole
Cache furnished eight beeves and
the means by which a large number
of people could be prasent. Cache
is a good town, full of enterprising
people, and they knew a good
thing. They were disappointed,
however, in not securing the excur-
sions they anticipated.
Last Monday J. B. Kent, of
Chandler, O. T., special photogra-
pher for the world'? fair commis-
sion of Oklahoma, went out tc
(Quanah Parker's and made a pic-
ture of three braves attacking R.
E. Banks who defended himself
with two revolvers. This picture
will be enlarged and placed on ex-
hibition at the world's fair. The
braves were dressed in their war
clothes, painted and feathered like
warriors of old. Banks played the
Thirteen Hundred Bales of Cotton Shipp
ed to Japan.
Mangum. O. T., Nov. 10—Thir-
teen hundred bales of Greer coun-
ty's cotton this year's crop, has been
sold to the China-Japan Trading
company and it is to be billed direct
from Mangum to Yokohama Japan.
The shipment will require fifty-two
cars as twenty-five bale is a car
load* Gibbon & Cullen, cotton
buyers of this city, bought the cot-
ton from Greer county farmers and
sold it ty the firm Dodson & Wil-
liams, of Ardmore. I. T., which
firm had an order from the China-
Japan Trading company for 1,300
bales of cotton and bought the Greer
county product with which to fill
the order. The cottca is now in
yards of Mangum awaiting ship-
ment. It is to go by rail to Taco-
ma, Wash., and from there by
steamer to Yokohama. Some cities
would make a great advertisement
of this. Arrangements would be
made with the railroad companies
to load and ship the whole thirteen
hundred bales at once an d send
them clear through to the Pacific
seaport in solid trains of two and
three sections with the cars all dec-
orated with banners, etc., telling to
the world as the trains passed by of
the greatness of Greer county, but
as it is the railroad company will
take its time. Shipment of the
other will be made in piecemeal—
four or five cars at a time and no
one outside will know where the
cars or from nor even what they
are loaded with.—Wichiia Eagle.
FOR MORE RICES
A COMMITTEE ISAT WORK PREPARING
ANOTHER RACE PROGRAM FOR
EARLY IN NEXT MONTH.
ANOTHER DOPING CONTEST
Riley Smith of Texola Will Go Against
Johnny Jones of Quanah in a Rop
ing Contest— Each to Rope
BROOM CORN IN GREER
J H. REEDY, OF FRANCIS, MARKETED
AND JASPER LYNCH PURCHAS-
ED IT LAST SATURDAY.
The First Car Ever Marketed in Greer
County-$60.00 Per Ton Was the
Price Paid—A Good Crop
Acting on this line the rental val- 7 ° T' sanies played the
ues were raised. role of a hardy frontiersman tread-
"Already the lessees are kicking !'nS on forbidden grounds.
on the raise; Representatiee Mc-1 Another feature of the maneuver
Taggart, of Woods county, a niem-lwas the attacking of a Frisco train
ber of the last legislature, says that! ilv a hanH r>f ..
the lessees will return himself and I • „ . just as it ran
elect other lessees to the next legis-' 0 t-ache Saturday morning,
lature to rebuke the equalization ' About five hundred of the braves
board because it raised the rental' adorned with the richest Indian
values. He says the lessees will'
not stand for it.
"In Comanche county the les-
sees organized recently and adopted
a resolution that no lessee should
ever support a man for office who
was not an ironclad believer in al-
lowing the lessees to settle the
school land question in their own
way and in their own favor. In all
portions of the territory the same
arbitrary rulings are being adopted;
it will result in only one thing—a
costumes sat upon their horses and
waited the train. Just after it
whistled for the station the Indians
with guns, revolvers, bows and ar-
rows came running at full speed
and checked the train. There is
no doubt the blood of many pas-
sengers ran cold and that a few
must have fainted while others
prepared to resist the attack at
this re-enactmentjof a frontier early
=2^" & .-lir js -—- *** <*<- -E
Uncle George Slinw,Perry Evans
nnd and Dr. Wiley were over from
Granite the fore part of the week.
In Probate Court.
Dr. L. D. Moss, of near Delhi,
was prosecuted in the ptobate court
last week for shooting some cattle,
the proi>erty of C. L. Yarberry.
Several witnesses were Examined
in the case, much time being con-
sumed in the trial The doctor
conducted his own case and won
out when the verdict of the jury
was turned in. The lawyers here
are all a unit in considering the
case one in which a bad precedent
has been established.
In Justine Court.
J. M. Dudley was tried before
Squire McMillan Monday and Tues-
day upon a charge of embezzle-
ment. He was accused of misap-
propriating funds belonging to
.Simpson & Co., a firm at Headrick,
to the amount of $89.15.
lie was bound over in the sum
people of the territory. Such arbi-
trary actions done evidently for the
benefit of the lessees above all oth-
er people of the territory, will not
lie sanctioned by the people at
' In Old Oklahoma there is a ma-
jority in the country townships of
128 against the lessee, there being
only eight lessees in every town-
ship to 136 owners of land. The
srme rule holds good in the Chey-
enne country; the two contain the
counties of Logan, Oklahoma, Ca-
nadian, Kingfisher, Payne, Beaver,
Blaine. Custer, Washita, Roger
Mills, Day and Dewey. In the re-
mainder of the territory there are
in the country townships 128 land
owners against sixteen lessees, or a
majority against the lessees of 112.
This does not include many towns
and cities of the territory, and
when it is shown to the people
where there would be a great in-
crease in the taxes, for school pur-
poses, if the lands are sold, the cit-
ies would be almost a unit against
"In this connection it must be
remembered that Congressman Mc-
Gulre is alleged to have made n se-
cret combine with the lessees to
sell their lands after statehood
comes. He is said to have agreed
lo sell the lands on provisions ninde
by the first state legislature nnd
giving the preference of sale to the
sight. The chiefs who attended
the maneuvers were Quanah Park
er, Comanche; Geronimo, Apache;
Nasostas, Wichita; Arepto, Kiowa;
and old Como Cheet, an old time
Comanche warrior. From 1,000
to 2,000 Indians of these various
tribes were present and their tepes
were scattered over the valleys
around the town.
Friday, Lehman, who was cap-
tured by the Comanches when a
boy of eleven, was present, dressed
in Indian garb, with paint upon his
cheeks and a revolver in his belt.
He killed a beef Friday with a bow
and arrow. Two arrows out of
three entered the steer's heart.
Saturday he made a speech, telling
of his experience and closing with
the statement that he thought the
government had mistreated him by
failing to give him an allotment.
I will have for sale after the 12th
of November, the following trees
Catalpa, Russian Mulberry, Rhu-
barb (or pie plant) and Horse Rad-
ish roots, and also honeysuckles.
Call on David Kennedy at O. K.
Wagou Yard, South of depot.
20 it— *
Last Saturday J. H. Reedy, of
Francis, sold to Jasper Lynch, of
this place, a carload of broom corn,
which was the first ever sold in the
county. The car was loaded Tues-
day and shipped out Wednesday.
The price paid was $60 per ton.
A Star reporter looked Mr.
Reedy up with a view to getting an
expression from him w^h regard
to his experience and his opinion as
to the value of the crop for Greer
county farmers. Mr. Reedy is a
level-headed business man and ex
perienced farmer and his opinion is
all the more valuable because of his
conservatism. He expressed himself
in a tone of conviction rather than
in terms of enthusiasm when he
said he was sure it would be a de-
sirable crop, once our farmers pre-
pared themselves and learned how-
to handle the crop. The yield is
about one ton to three acres and the
price is now from $So to $115 per
ton in the Kansas City markets.
This was his first experience and
he failed to handle his crop to the
best advantage which was all that
prevented him from getting a much
better price, possibly from $80 to
$100 per ton. But at the price ob-
tained it is a most profitable crop.
He says there is much less work in
cultivating and harvesting a given
number of acres of broom corn
than a like number of acres of cot-
The kind he grew is a new vari-
ety to our farmers and much more
profitable to grow on account of
the difference in harvesting. He
says his didn't grow over four feet
tall and in harvesting all that was
necessary was to give the head a
jerk when it readily snapped off at
the first top joint. The quality
was first class, but he didn't gath-
er it early enough and perhaps did
not get it baled to the best advan-
tage, hence the low price received.
Anothet' advantage in growing
broom corn, Mr. Reedy says, lies
in the fact that it matures and may
be harvested before cotton picking
begins, when labor is plentiful and
The equipment for growing it is
not necessarily expensive. It is
planted and cultivated as corn, sor-
ghum or knffir After it is harvest-
ed a machine with which to shred
the seeds out is necessary, but this
may be simple and cheap in con-
struction. After this, a barn or
shed is necessary in which to store
it for protection from the elements.
Mr. Reedy thinks it will grow
well on all kinds of Greer soil!
Another racing, riding and rop-
ing contest, to be held in Mangum
between the 1st and 7th of Decem-
ber, has been perfected. The lo-
cal devotees and admirers of this
sport have been planning for an-
other "whirl" ever since the poor
exhibition here about two weeks
The entire program has not yet
been announced, but it will consist
of at least three grand races and
one grand roping contest. There
will likely be numerous races of
minor importance, and perhaps
some amateur cattle roping. The
carnival will be held at the race
course, near the Rock Island stock
The first on the program will be
a one-fourth mile dash between
Sol D. Barnett's sorrel horse and
the bay horse owned by R. C.
Guthrie—the same race that was
run last Saturday. It will be for
$100 on a side. This race will be
run on the first day of December.
Next will be a roping contest in
which there will be but two entries.
The contestants will be Riley Smith
of Texola and Johnnv Jones of
Quanah. Both of these young
men thjow the lasso with great
dexterity; both of them have good
records and some artistic work is
assured. Each of them will be re-
quired to rope and tie three steers
and the one making the best aver-
age in roping and tying the three
will be awarded the money—$100
on a side.
On December 5th "Red Fox,"
belonging to parties living in the
Cheyenne country, will line up for
a one-fourth mile dash against
"Bob Peters." a horse belonging
to W. H. Kellum, one of the pro-
prietors of the Opera Bar of this
city, but whose horse is being kept
near Sayre. This race was matched
for $100 on a side.
The fourth and last of the main
attractions will be a race between
"Smoky Payne" and "Red Fox."
The former is owned by a man
named Payne who lives at Quanah,
Texas. It will be for $100 oa a
side, distance one-fourth mile. It
will be run on December 7th.
The Central Christian church
people have begun the erection of a
nice church house this week.
A. M. Hart, of Blair, and H. C.
Gilliland, of Martha, Vvere trading
here last week.
The Moore Mill & Gin Co. made
a record breaking run last week.
They turned out fifty-nine bales of
cotton in 12'A hours.
Messrs. J. W. Roper, R. B. How-
ard, S. W. Keeton, G. W. Snider
and Jim Daniel, all of the Louis
community, made final proof at the
land office here Monday.
Mrs. W. C. Shadden is enjoying
a visit from her sister, Miss Edna
Renfro, a very pretty young iady
of Bessemer, Ala. She will remain
here for some time, perhaps all this
Wantkd—a first-class black-
smith. Good position for right
man. Only shop in town. Write
or apply to A. B. Young, Francis,
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Leavelle, of
Hobart, accompanied by Miss Nona
Shadden, also ofHobart, spent last
Sunday in Mangum, the guests of
the parents of the ladies, Mr. and
Mis. W. C. Shadden.
A. L. Pyle, an employe at the
Union meat market, was married
last Monday night to Mrs. Z. Crab-
tree, at the home of the latter in
the southwest part of town. Rev.
J. B. Faulkner, pastor of the Chris-
tian church, performed the cere-
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