The Manchester Journal. (Manchester, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 51, Ed. 1 Friday, May 27, 1910 Page: 1 of 6
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Successor to the oahhron Journal,
Established May 8fl, t89S.
MANCHESTER, GRANT COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, MAY 27, 1910.
Volume 17, Number 51
TO COMMERCIAL CLUBS,
You are going to be asked both
personally and by letter, if you
have not already been asked, to
give your support to the poposed
amendment to the constitution of
Oklakoma upon which a vote is to
be taken on ’June 11. 1 ask you
to hear my views before you act on
This amendment is propularly
known as the “Carter” amendment,
but is initiated, according to the
statement filed with the secretary
of state in its support, by the fed-
erated commercial clubs of Okla-
The amendment is the result of a
conference held in Chicago many
months ago, at which the repres-
entatives of the legal departments
of the biggest roads in the wrest
were present, and ite provisions
were determined definitely before
the text of the amendment ever
was submitted to any commercial
club in this state. It is popularly
supposed to be an amendment to
repeal Section 9 Artical 9 of the
constitution of this state, but its
provisions go much father than to
merely repeal this section. An
amendment involving the repeal of
Section 9 Article 9 was proposed by
tlje regular session of the second
legislature of the state, and will be
voted upon, by its provisions, at
the general election in November.
Citizens who think Section 9 of
Article 9 ought to be repealed, but
who do not feel like giving the
railroads everything that they
would have taken to themselves if
they had written the constitution
in the first place, should vote
against the amendment June 11
and in favor of the one to be voted
upon in November.
If the railroads were willing to
abide by an amendment written by
the, people, instead of insisting upon
one written by themselves, the pre-
text that it has been prepared by
the federated commercial clubs to
the contrary notwithstanding, they
would not have gone to the expense
they have already gone to to fore-
stall the adoption of the legislative
amendment at the November elec-
tion, and would not be hiring so-
called commercial club officers to
canvas the state in the interest of
the railroad amendment.
The advocates of the “Carter” or
“Railroad” or “Commercial Club”
amendment, by whatever name
they may prefer to describe it to
you are telling you.—
1. That the adoption of the con-
stitution stopped railroad construc-
tion in this state. •
2. That there has been no rail-
road construction in the state since
the constitution was adopted.
3. That independent railroads
cannot get money with which to
4. That the big roads will not
spend money in Oklahoma.
5. That the adoption of this
“Carter” amendment will cause
active construction to become gen-
eral all over the state.
6. That taxes will be lowered
ten per cent because -of increased
I will endeavor to answer these
arguments in as few words as the
arguments themselves are put.
1. The financial panic of 1907,
which came six weeks before state-
hood and the constitution, stopped
railroad construction in Oklahoma
and everywhere else, and the re-
ports of railroad presidents all over
the United States, to their stock-
holders, prove this statement.
2. There has been more than
200 miles of new construction in
Oklahoma since statehood, and 5(H)
miles of construction is now actively
3. Independent roads are in
fact getting money for construction
in Oklahoma. President Kenefick
of the Missouri, Oklahoma A Gulf,
on April 20, this year, offered
$3,000,000 bonds in Paris and the
issue was subscribed more than
twice over in six days.
4. The M. K. A T. is spending
$3,000,000 on improvements sin
Oklahoma, $1,000,000 having been
appropriated by the directors With-
in the last six week.:; this road ha
no appropriation for similar im-
provements in any other state this
5. As the average business man
strives to keep his investment down
as low as possible without curtail-
ing his profits, so the railroads do
not build new track when they can
control the same business with the
facilities available. It is my opin-
ion that if the “Carter” amend-
ment passes and the foreign roads
are permitted by you to gobble up
the independent roads now building
and ready to buildr the state of
Oklahoma will be apportioned
among the big roads, they will
enter an agreement not to. invade
each other’s territory, and you will
get neither big roads nor little
roads for a long time to come.
5. The inducement of adding to
tax valuations comes with little
grace from corporations that have
suppressed the two cent fare and
the low freight rates by injunction
secured on the representation that
business did not justify these low
rates inasmuch as the properties
were worth $00,000 per mile, and
that now are hiding behind injunc-
tions to avoid payment of taxes on
the same properties on an assessed
valuation of $30,000 per mile; and
it should be born in mind that un-
der territorial conditions, which the
‘Carter” amendment seeks to re-
store, these corporations paid taxes
on valuations of fit»m $3500 to
$5000 per mile.
Citizens of Oklahoma, the ques-
tion is up to you. It is your inter-
ests, you who have to pay the
reight, that are at stake in this
light. No citizen of Oklahoma is
more anxious to see active railroad
construction in Oklahoma than is
your Corporations Commission; no
citizen knows better the need.
But this Commission also knows
the impossibility of any regulation
of these corporation without in-
ormation upon which to base such
regulation, and the eagerness of the
railroads to abolish all Oklahoma
state jurisdiction whatsoever over
their operations, and this is the
issue you will decide by your vote
June 11. ,
Defeat this amendment and you
can still give the railroads every
right to which even the shadow of
justice entitles them.
Adopt it and you abolish the ad-
ministration of justice in your own
interest. You thereby substitute
the corporation for the Corporation
Commission as the authority by
which your rights are to be deter-
mined, and it will be up to you in
stead of the corporations to go to
court for relief, and you will have
to match jipur resources against
those of the corporations in the
federal courts anywhere in the
United States that the corporation
seeks to take you, before you can
even open your fight.
Think well before you indorse the
proposed' “Carter” amendment.
J. E. Love,
Chairman Corporation Commission.
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J. W. MALLORY %
at Citizens State Bank, will re-
ceive all watch and jewelry re-
J pairing left with him, and give
* prompt and careful attention,
f All work returned to him for
J collection charges. All work
j F. E. PIRTLE & CO.,
$ Jewelers and Music Dealers, |
' ANTHONY, KANSAS;
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With this issue of the Journal my
connection with the paper as editor
and publisher has ceased, having
sold the building, office plant, sub-
scription list and good will to my
successor, Mr. L. K. Thomas, the
change having been made last Sat-
urday. All amounts owing for ad-
vertising and job printing up to
Saturday, May 21st, are payable to
me. All past subscriptions are pay-
able to the new management,, who
will also take care of subscriptions
paid in advance.
While I am more than pleased to
be relieved of the responsibilities of
getting out a Manchester Journal
for the weeks that are to come,
the change brings with it a feeling
of deep regret to know that the
pleasant business relations that 1
have experienced in the years gone
by with the business men at Man-
chester and the public in general
are in a measure atom end.
Words can hardly express the
appreciation of the liberal patron-
age and good cheer that I have re-
ceived from the public during the
seventeen years that I have been
in charge of the Journal. True, my
position and opinion at times have
differed from those of others, but
laving mapped out a policy at the
aeginning to conduct the Journal
along the lines of doing my duty as
saw it as a newspaper publisher,
have hewn closely to that line and
lave no apologies to offer.
As to the future, I can only say
that I have earned and am going to
take a rest. The farm, the alfalfa,
the red hogs and the cattle industry
will not be neglected and lost sight
of, nor will I ever be found want-
ing when it comes to saying a good
word for Manchester and Manches-
ter people and those tributary to
the wide-awake and enterprising
it tie town.
In my successor I predict that
the business interests of Manchester,
the surrounding country and
the county and state will find that
no mistake has been made in the
change that has taken place. 1 be-
ieve that the paper will be up-to-
date with the other weekly news-
papers of the state in ability and
enterprise, and would therefore
urge the business men of Manches-
ter and the public in general to
continue their liberal support of the
Manchester Journal, anil if possible
to add to the patronage that has
peen accorded, don't be backward
in so doing.
Again thanking the many friends
and patrons for their patronage in
the many years that we have done
business together, I now did you
one and all. as publisher of a news-
paper, a long farewell.
J. M. Simmons.
attempting to perpetrate graft up-
on the Chickashaw and Choctaws
and scoop up $3,000,000 as a fee,
the biggest fee in the history of
the world—and he is doing it by
“ways that are dark and in vain”.
COAL LAND HILL.
The Sen. Committee on Indian
Affairs has this day appointed a
sub-committee to consider and re-
COMMERCIAL CLUB TRIP.
The Commercial club of Anthony
is going out into the surrounding
country and get'acquainted with
|our municipal neighbors. It will
not be in the nature of a trip like
the Kansas City and Wichita com-
mercial bodies have recently taken
The Business men of the town with
the Anthony military band and a
port upon Sen. Gore’s bill for the male quartette wiU get into twenty
sale of the surface of the segregated or ^irty au^os and pay back the
coal and asphalt lands. This mea- ca^3 ne'ghl>ors and friends from
sure will probably be attached as them have been making on us for
an emendment to the House some time. Ihe only literature
Omnibus Indian bill and prospects I distiibutecl will simply describe and
for -its passage were never more P'cture Anthony so that those who
promising than at this time. It have never seen the town may get
will bring incalculable relief to the j:l 800c^ *^ea °t the fine place it
counties in the segregated district rea-'br's-
and also to the state at large, as ^ splendid meeting of the com-
these lands when sold become sub-1 merc'a^ was held at the club
rooms Wednesday morning to
arrange for it, W. H. Pontius, R.
ject to taxation.
To the People of Manchester and
With this issue of the Journal we
P. McColloch and F. C. Firestone
and others getting about fifty men
in. The subject was discussed and
agreed on without a dissenting vote.
all other members, with their fami-
lies should be invited.
The last of the ladies to yield to
the porsuasions of man was Miss
Fay Feely, who became the happy
bride of H. T. Madden. Accord-
ingly, last Sunday Mrs. Madden re-
deemed her pledge by giving a
splendid dinner at the home of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Feely.
Those who were fortunate enough
to be present were Mr. and Mrs.
Livingood, and son, Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Evans and children, Mr. and
Mrs. Fawnsworth and children, E.
A. Watkins and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Wickizer, Miss Dianthu
Fite, Miss Clara Radke, Mr. Tony
Peters and Prof. W. T. Clark.
All present had a fine time, an 1
are now eagerly looking forward
to the next similar occasion.
begin our career as one of your num- ^ ‘ce President Brooks presided and
ber. When the retiring editor, Mr. appointed committees to look after
Simmons, started here seventeen details,
years ago, he greeted you with these Banners have been ordered and
words: “We bob up to stay.” badges provided for. Each auto
For our part, we think the same as vv‘^ marked with SQme illum-
did Mr. Simmons, that we have mating phrase. It had been
c ame to stay. But it rests largely planned to start early last Monday
with the people of the city whether morning, out owing to the bad Con-
or not we realize our hopes. dition of the road, the start
I n asking you for your support | Postp°neil until \\ ednesday of next
we feel that it is incumbent upon
us to outline the future policy of
the Journal, that you may know
what to expect in return for the
support we solicit.
In politics there will be no
clxange. From earliest childhood
week. The trip will enable the
party to visit about twenty-five
towns, and if the weather is at all
favorable, will be a most delightful
The party of boosters will arrive
in Manchester about 11:45 next
DAY OF DISASTERS.
Telegraph wires flashed the news
to Wichita of four disasters as the
result of collisions in which three
score persons lost their lives.
Two steamers on Lake Huron ran
together in a fog the first of the
week and 18 wrere drowned.
A German bark rammed an
English ocean steamer in the
English channel and 22 brave
English sailors lost their lives.
An express train crashed into a
trolley ear near St Johns, Canada,
and one was killed and several hurt
so badly they will die. ^
A big Santa Fe freight engine
slipped through its brakes on the
Panhandle line near Bel'e Plaine
yesterday and one met death and
another may die.
These are but four of the dis-
asters happening recently that
reached the wires.—Wichita Eagle,
observa-l A SWELL DINNER.
we have been taught to revere the Wednesday, and will be here twenty
party of Jefferson, the party of I minutes, l.et s give them a royal
Jackson, in short the party of the
people. Experience and
tion have only tended to confirm I A number of years ago some of
the impressions received in child- the Manchester young ladies organ-
hood. ized what they were pleased to call
Aside from the political, our aim The Old Maids'Society. Of course,
shall be to work diligently and as | none of the girls expected to re-
main single a day longer than was
necessary, but to give an element
of strength to their society, they
decided that each member who
subsequently entered the married
DEMOCRATIC NEWS BUREAU.
Washington, D. C. May 1910
Special Correspondent: —
The roll call department in Sen.
LaFallett’s Magazine will contain
within the next few weeks the
official record vote of Oklahoma’s
Moss-back Triplets’" or Republican
Tories. The Senator in his fearless
and patriotic style will unmask the
betrayers of the people who deserve
condemnation and chastisement at
the polls, The rank and file of
honest Republicans in Oklahoma
will profit by LaFollett’s expose.
Congressman Morgan has stood
by the President, right or wrong,
on every measure excepting conser-
vation. He is figluing Taft’s con-
servation policy, and seems to be
lined up with the Guggenheim
syndicate. His excuse is that he is
standing by the homesteader, but
he lost the best opportunity of his
life to serve the homesteader last
Free Lumber. The man in the
dug-out will remember Dick and
tariff taxed lnmber.
McMury is still in Washington
intelligently as might be, in the in-
terests of our town, our county
and our state. We stand for the
church and for the public schools,
for liberty of thought and liberty
of speech, and are prepared to say I life should give a dinner, t.>
now that we shall put forth every [
effort, in our power, that may tend
to the overthrow of those opposed ]
to such liberties.
To make a success of the paper,
we must have the loyal support of I
the citizens of Manchester and the
surrounding country, and we do
not hesitate to promise that in re-
turn for such support the people
will find in the Journal a friend of
our friends, ever ready to champion
any cause that tends for the better-
ment of humanity, and to oppose,!
first and last, anp measure designed
for the curtailment of the natural
rights and liberties of the citizens
of Oklahoma, or any part of the |
Our business here will naturally I
bring us into personal contact with
the people, and we sincerely hope
such contact may prove congenial,
and work to the mutual benefit of |
L. K. Thomas.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE.
Today the Manchester school
closes after a most successful term
under the guidance of Professor
X. T. Clark. The little folks seem
delighted at the arrival of the vaca-
tion days, after so many months
under the restraint of school dis-
cipline. Of course, next September
they will be just as ready to re-
enter upon their school work as
they are now to drop it.
Prof. Clark is to be congratulated
upon his marked success in the
Mr. Farmer now is the time to
look over that old wheat binder and
see if it is in condition for this years
harvest. If you are not sure it will
do this year don’t risk losing a wheat
crop by trying to use it, but give us
-your order for a
Sunday, May 29, will be observed as I
Memorial Day at Manchester. Ser-
vices will be held at the Opera House
at 2:30. Address to be delivered by
Rev. J. R. Edwards of Anthony. At
t he close of the address the audience
will match to the cemetery and deco-
rate the graves of the departed.
While the Memorial exercises will be
conducted by the I. O. O. F. Lodge, it
is expressly understood that each and
when he \oteil against every one j3 earnestly requested to be
present, whether a member of the
order or riot. All ladies are requested ]
to bring tioweis.
N. W. Patton, N. G.
W. T. Clabk, Sec.
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Manchester Hardware Store.
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