The Weekly Chieftain. (Vinita, Okla.), Vol. 29, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, September 22, 1911 Page: 1 of 8
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VINITA CRAIG COUNTY OKLAHOMA SEPTEMBER 22 19 11
ike of 1910 Causes Slump cf Nearly
Half a Million Tons From Output
of Year Previous.
Oklahoma's coal production in 1910 j
s 2646226 short tons valued at
S67.947 a decrease of 473151 short
ls as compared with the tonnage for.
Of according to Edward W. Parker
. the United States geological sur-!
Oklahoma was one of the states
ost seriously affected by the pro-
nged strike of 1910. Naturally in
iticipation of the suspension of op-
tio:.s tin mines of the Mississippi i
' alley region were operated with un-
jual activity during the first three
tenths of the year and about 50 per (
yt increase over the normal tonnage
'as won during that time. After min-
ig was generally resumed in Scptem-
er there was a strong effort made by
oth operators and miners to make up
'pj- lost time. Thus although the
.trike lasted for five and a half months
tndv considerable additional time was
equired to put the mines into work--tg
order the actual loss in produc-
Ion was not in proportion to the time J
est by the strike. In Oklahoma the
production decreased from 3119377
Short tons valued at $6253367 in 1909
1T 2646226 tons valued at $5867947
. jn 1910 a difference against 1910 of
173151 short tons or 15.17 per cent in
Quantity and of $385420 or 6.16 per
rent in value because of the short
age caus by tne striKe tne average
:rice per ton advanced from $2 in 1909
:o $2.22 in 1910.
The suspension of mining in the
southwestern states gave exceptional
ppportunity for coals from Colorado
fXew Mexico and Alabama to make
mew and hevy inroads upon the mar-
jkets naturally tributary to Oklahoma
land the adjoining states of Arkansas
land Kansas. It also gave substantial
lencouragenient to the development of
lignite in Texas and to the expansion
I of its use; but probably the most ser-
ious effect because more lasting was
! the migration of the miners to other
; state where mining was not inter-
rupted. Consequently when mining
Was resumed and demand was unpre-
cedentedly heavy the labor supply was
Dangerous Mining Methods Employed.
The industry in Arkansas and Okla-
homa has suffered from other troubles
than the strike. There has been a
strong tendency on the part of the
miners to use increased quantities of
powder and it is also stated that dy-
namite is frequently used a practice
which is not only dangerous to life
and property but results in a largely
increased percentage o slack. More-
over it is the practice in nearly all
the mines to "shoot off the solid." This
also is extra hazardous and has in-
eerased the quantity of slack so that
it is now double what it was fifteen
years ago. This results in the com-
" plaint by purchasers that coal which
appears to be lump coal on arrival
easily disintegrates as a result of the
' crushing strain to which it has been
subjected by the mining methods em-
ployed. In addition to the other disorganiz-
ing -influences the coal industry of the
southwest has suffered from the con-
tinued competition of cheap fuel oil
and of natural gas.
The number of men reported as em-
ployed in the coal mines of Oklahoma
in 1910 was 8657 who worked an
average of 144 days. The number of
men on strike was 8213 and the av-
age time lost by each man was 152
days so that the idleness was equiva-
lent to 99 per cent of the time worked.
The quantify of coal produced for each
ma nemployed in 1910 was 306 short
tons for the year and 2.13 tons for
each working day.
Coal Fields of Oklahoma.
The coal-bearing rocks of Oklahoma
form a part of what is known as the
western interior coal field. Ihey ex-
tend from what was Indian Territory
into Kansas on the north and into
Arkansas on the east. Within the
state this field has an approximate
area of 20000 square miles underly-
ing the western half of the area for-
merlv known as the Cherokee Nation
li the whole of what was the Creek Na
tion the northern third of what was
ilie Choctaw Nation and a small por
tion oi'the former Chickasaw Nation.
The total area underlaid by workable
coal is estimated to be about 10000
square miles. The coals of which
there are ten or more beds vary from
a medium low on the one hand to high-
grade bituminous approaching semian-
i Texas "Wet" By 6879.
I Austin. Tex. Sept. 21 By the offi-
cial count the state-wide prohibition
'amendment was defeated by a major-
ity of 0879 in the election held in
Texas on July 22. The returns were
canvassed yesteday by the state elec-
tion board and showed 237130 votes
against the amendment and 230.331
for its adoption.
j The prohibitionists will make an ef-
fort for tne re-submission of the same
j constitutional amendment two years
JUDGE BURFORD WILL TAKE
TWO-CENT FORE EVIDENCE
Guthrie Okla. Sept. 21. The official
order of Federal Judge Hook desig-
nating Judge John II. Burford of Guth-
rie as commissioner to take evidence
in the Oklahoma two cent passenger
fare cases was filed in the United
States circuit court here Tuesday. By
suggestion and agreement of the at-
torneys in the cases Judge Burfonl
U named commissioner instead of mas-
ter as first reported and is given pow-
er to swear all witnesses. The rail-
ways affected in these cases are the
Santa Fe Katy Frisco Midland Val-
ley Rock Island Kansas City South-
ern and Iron Mountain.
JURY LIST FOR OCTOBER
TERM OF COUNTY COURT
The jury list for the October term
of the county court which convenes
.Monday October 2 has just been made
public. The following is the venire:
j Davis Wed&le Vinita; Ferd Etter
iVinita; Henry Sendsay Welch; Chas.
Shoe Bluejacket; I. N. McDonald
Bluejacket; Ed E. Foster Vinita; J.
A. Mills Welch; John Strain Vinita;
J. R. Coats Bluejacket; t Clarence
'.Jones Big Cabin; J. S. Maupin Blue-
'jacket; J. P. Moore Centralia; John
jSehenk Centralia; J. W. Ballard
Wimer; A. B. Jennings Bluejacket;
B. F. Dengman Welch; F. M. Collins
! Vinita; Geo. W. Mitchell Vinita; E.
(L. Bellorney Vinita; J. E. Dobbs
t Bluejacket; A. F. King Vinita; Jim
garland Hudson; C. C. McNeely
ELECTION INSPECTORS' TRIAL
AT ENID NEXT MONDAY
Oklahoma City Sept. 21. Cases
against J. J. Beall and Frank Guynn
judge and inspector in Kingfisher coun-
ty during the last general election
pending in the federal court for the
' western district of Oklahoma on
charges of attempted conspiracy to de-
prive negro citizens of the right to
vote for members of congress have
been continued at Enid until Monday
next. United States District Attorney
Embry had the indictments enlarged
by adding to the allegations the place
of residence of the ancestors of the
negroes alleged tp have been denied
the right of suffrage. This brings into
view the suffrage statutes in force on
January 1 1866 in the several states
where the ancestors lived to show
whether such ancestors on that date
had the right to vote. If he did it is
contended then the descendant by
terms of the Oklahoma grandfather
clause adopted at the last general pri-
mary election has the right to vote
here without being subjected to the
reading and writing test.
The indictments were also enlarged
by charging that in furtheronee of the
alleged conspiracy the defendants re-
fused to permit a negro Stephenson
named by the Kingfisher county elec-
tion commissioners as clerk of the elec-
tion to act in his appointed capacity.
Geo. F. West of Portland. Me. is
here visiting Judge Parker. Mr. West
is a capitalist and is looking over the
country. He was met here by J. E.
Levy of Nowata who come ove in
a moter car.
Geo. Kapp returned from a business
trip to Springfield Mo. today. He re-
ports excessive rains about Spring-
field. Mr. Kapp says things look
mighty good about Vinita compared
with other localities.
thracite on the other. Some of. the
' high-grade bituminous varieties pos-
sess coking qualities. Several hun-
dred coke ovens are in operation in
the eastern and western parts of what
w-as the Choctaw field. Much of the
slack that is produced is washed and
turned into coke.
TOWNSHIPS FOUND SHORT
BY DEPUTY SITE E
Examination Made At Instance Of County
Commissioners Shows Many Claims to Have
Been Allowed in Excess of Legal Limit
Excess Salaries Drawn by Of-
ficers in Two Townships Due
According to the report of U. M.
Nash deputy state examiner who at
the instance of the county commission-
ers made an examination of the ac-
counts of the various townships of
Craig county discrepancies in several
townships have been found. Like the
shortage charged to the county officers
in his recent report Mr. Nash reports
the shortages found in the township
books are due to a misinterpretation
of the law.
In township Number 1 the report
says the claims and records were kept
in a fairly good condition but that the
trustees drew more money than the
law allows to them in salaries. As a i
result of this excess Mr. Nash reports
that A. D. Chapin owes the county
$288.30 E. D. Parks owes $244.05 and
that Mr. Fitzgerald owes the county
$231.65. In each case these amounts
were drawn in excess of the legal
limit according to the report.
In township Number 2 Mr. Nash
says he found all of the claims allow-
ed to have been clearly within the
law and his only recommendation was
that the clerk use the regular form for
In township number 3 the report
says there was evidence of careless-
ness in handling the claims but no
indication of dishonesty. There was
no excess payments but a number of
warrants were paid that were not
Township number 4 is reported to
be in first class condition and the rec-
ords kept in excellent shape.
Tne report says that in township
number 5 the accounts as far as the
claims were concerned were in a most
deplorable condition. A difference of
over $1200 in the amount received
and the amount paid out is found. Ac-
cording to the books kept by a bank
warrants for the full amount had been
paid and after the examination was
made over $400 of these warrants
were turned over to Mr. Nash for
examination. The trouble in this
township it is claimed is in the man-
ner in which blls against the town-
ship were paid. It is not the opinion
STOLPHER CLAIMS ROARO
RESTORED 55000 TO MINORS
Oklahoma City Sept. 21. A board
of arbitration composed of Dana Kel-
sey representing the Indian agent's
office Dr. J. H. Stolpher representing
the department of the commissioner of
charities and corrections and Judge
Thomas Humphrey representing the
state is working a restoration of In-
idan minors' land titles in McCurtain
and other southwestern Oklahoma
counties. According to Dr. Stolpher
the board has already restored $55000
worth of lands to children under terms
governing the board's operations. It
is contended that the board has auth-
ority through power of attorney from
the three largest land-acquiring com-
panies operating in that section of th
state to enter the district court and
set aside the purchase of land where
the holder is not able within ten days
to make a quit-claim deed. Dr. Stol-
pher says land valued at $30000000 is
involved throughout the Choctaw and
Rev. W. R. Berry the evangelist of
Georgia is now in the city to co some
revival work before leaving this state.
Rev. Berry is a gospel preaoher. He
is now with the pastors of the town.
Major Cusey drove into the country
north of White Oak yesterday and
brought back some fine :h Tuple.-; o(
corf. The major says crops are gool
in that section.
of the examiner that there was dis-
honesty but just a deplorable way of
keeping the records.
No examination was made in town-
ship 6 which is the city of Vinita.
In number 7 Mr. Xash reports execs.-;
salary claims amounting to
$625.70 allowed. The claims accord-
ing to a member of the board of trus-
tees of township 7 were allowed to
the township officers for time put in
as road overseers. This township has
graded more roads than all of the rest
of the county. The deputy examiner
claims the officers were not entitled to
this salary and reports the excess al-
lowances as follows: D. T. Witt $407
F. L. Burkhalter $122.75 M. B. Lion-
berger $79.95 and A. J. Snyder $16
making a total of $625.70.
In township 8 the report says the
books were in excellent shape. A dis-
crepancy of $12.20 was found but this
was due to an error of the treasurer
in paying interest on warrants.
INKS OH WILL
BE HELD MONTHLY
Splendid Program And Many Fine
Premiums Offered For First
Trades Day on October 4.
The Vinita Retail Men's association
has completed arrangements for the
first monthly trades day to be held in
Vinita on October 4. This is the first
of a number of progressive steps con-
templated by the Vinita merchants.
The following is the program of the
sales and trades day in Vinita to be
held Wednesday October 4th 1911:
10:30 a. m. Address of welcome and
purpose of a permanent sales and
trades day in Vinita. Hon. Seymour
11:00 a. m. Address by Frank M.
Franklin "Benefit to Town and Coun-
try Gained by a Permanent Sales and
11:30 a. m. Address by D. C. Roper
of Bluejacket "Better Farming and
Stock Raising Indiced by a Permanent
Sales and Trades Day."
1:30 p. m. Free sale by prominent
auctioneer Of stock and other proper-
ty brought to town for sale on that
date. Auctioneer paid for by Harry
Mead Co. and Sanders-Wright Mer-
2:30 p. m. Awarding of premiums
hy judges upon articles and stock cov-
ered by the following list:
E. N. Ratcliff Mercantile company
$5.00 in gold and $5.00 in merchandise
by Minnetonka Lumber company for
the farmer who brings to town in one
wagon and unloads in front of the
Auditorium the largest number of peo-
ple. Must arrive by 10:30 a. rn.
Hodges Bros. Grocery company
$2.50 for the largest load of people
under same conditions as above.
E. C. Robinson Lumber company
$5.00 in merchandise for the best pair
of draft mares.
Jumbo Mercantile company $5.00
Stetson hat for best draft colt.
H. C. Miller Lumber company $5.00
in merchandise for sample of largest
assortment of farm products brought
in by one farmer raised on his farm.
F. M. Lewis $5.00 lap robe for mule
sold at highest price at this sale.
The Golden Rule $5.00 pair shoes
for best term of draft horses.
International Bank & Trust com-
pany $5.00 in gold for best bushel of
F. G. Cowan $2.50 in merchandise
for best half bushel yellow corn.
Farmers State bank $5.00 for best
bushel apples. j
Vinita National bank $5.00 for best
McAlcster Won't Call Session;
Oklahoma City Sept.. 20. Acting
Governor McAlcster last night an-
nounced that he positively would not
call an extra session of the legislature
although he stated he hid been im-
port lined to do so.
Calling in State Warrants.
Oklahoma City Sept. IS The call
of State Treasurer Dunlop for general
revenue warrants amounting to about
$250000 was effective last week. The
numbers Included being 21001 to 22-
900. The payment also includes public
building warrants from 1 to 375 in-
clusive amounting to about J11!00.
WILLIAMS AROUSED OVER
NGRATITUOE OF LEAGUER
Editor D.iily Chieftain:
I note in the colnr.'-of your Wed-
nesday's issue that ir.ita has four
city leagues and at ti.is meeting it
was dec ided to prepatv plans to build
a new park for next season's games.
Wish to say I have allowed fie differ-
ent ball teams to use my park at any
and all times free gratis at the same
time an expense to mo. Yet they have
not as a league thanked me neither
has any individual ball player I con-
sider this a slam on my park and may
generosity and unless they vote thanks
and have same published in your paper
there will be no ball game at the park
WT. G. WILLIAMS.
ROGERS COUNTY FAIR AT
CHELSEA SOON BEGINS
On Tuesday October 3 the gates to
the Rogers county fair grounds at Chel-
sea will open to the people of this end
of the state. Arrangements have been
going on for the past few months to-
wards making this the twelfth annual
fair the biggest and best that has ever
been held in northeastern Oklahoma.
There is about twenty-five acres in
the g-ounds giving ample room to ac-
commodate a large crowd. The grand-
stand is only surpassed in 6ue by Ok-
lahoma City and Muskogee; it ranks
in size with Tulsa and other towns of
that size. Near the- grounds and to
be correct at the edge of the grounds
is a creek and a good acreage of trees
assuring all who attend that they can
find plenty of shade. Near these
trees is the floral hall and the pens
for the livestock are conveniently lo-
cated and a good place for the poultry
show is provided.
This is a fair for all of the people
of this part of the state and more par-
ticularly for Rogers county and the
counties surrounding Rogers county
close to Chelsea.
Chelsea has plenty of hotel room for
all the people who come from a dis-
tance. There will be plenty of amuse-
ments and plenty of fun for all besides
the good things to see. Make your ar-
rangements to attend.
two year old mule.
First National bank $5.00 for best
twenty heads of kaffir corn.
The Klingel Furniture company
$5.00 rocking chair for the best half
Chas. Hartman $2.00 repeating
alarm clock for the best pound honey.
L. P. Garrison 100 pounds Star flour
for best mule colt.
Peoples Grocery 100 pounds Hunters
Cream flour for best three year old
S. J. Burns China fruit set for finest
jar canned peaches.
Marks Ready-to-Wear store $3.00
suit case for best bale hay brought in
Mendel's Ladies' Ready-to-Wear
store One American Beauty corset for
lady who brings best pound of butter.
Brooks Book Store $2.00 in mer-
chandise for the best two heads of
Bears New Store $2.50 pair shoes
for best peck of sweet potatoes.
The Pearl Grocery $2.00 Faust Blend
coffee for best peck Irish potatoes.
Sunny-Pat Hardware company one
I.X.L hand-saw for largest pumpkin.
Empire Grocery $1.00 in merchan-
dise for second largest pumpkin.
L. D. Dalquest $5.00 in merchandise
for best span mules over three years
The M. & P. Clothing company $2.50
in merchandise for the best peck to-
matoes. Enterprise Grocery $2.00 in mer-
chandise for best trio Plymouth Rock
Watsons store $2.50 set sad irons
for second best bushel white corn.
Milford Berger Shoe company one
dozen 25c hose for best yearling colt.
Wilson Darrough Lumber company
$5.00 in merchandise for best coupe
of chickens any kind.
Victims Several Days Dead Are
Found in Adjoining Houses By
Colorado Springs Colo. Sept. 21.
Murdered in their own homes by an
unidentified person who used an axe
the bodies of six persons three in
each of the two neighboring houses
were found here late Wednesday. The
heads of all the victims had been
smashed in and the appearance of the
bodies indicated that they had been
dead several days and that death came
while they slept. A report says that
the murderer has been caught and
that he has confessed but this is de
nied by the police officials who it is
intimated fear a lynching might follow
such an announcement.
An axe which had been loaned to
Mrs. Henry F. Wayne one of the vic-
tims by J. R. Evans a neighbor last
week was found bloodstained by Mrs.
Evans on Monday near the back door
of the Wayne home. It was believed
the axe had been used to kill chickens.
MRS. ALICE MAY BURNHAM wife
of A. J. liurnham cook at the Modern
Their two children Alice aged 0
and John aged 3 years.
HENRY F. WAYNE a consumptive
until recently a patient at the Wood-
MRS. WAYNE and their one-year-old
The discovery of the bodies was
made by a neighbor who called at the
Burnham home to spend the afternoon.
Not getting any response and noticing
a strong odor she forced an entrance.
The bodies of Mrs. Burnham and those
of her two children were found in their
beds which were covered with blood
and the walls and ceilings were also
The woman rushed into the ''street
and gave the alarm. Instinctively a
dozen persons went to the Wayne
house where there had been no signs
of life since Sunday and the same
terrible scene was presented. Cover-
ed in bed as though in their natural
sleep were the bodies of Mr. and Mrs.
Wayne and their babe all horribly
mangled as in the case of the bodies
in the Burnham house.
That such a crime had been com-
mitted In a thickly settled neighbor
hood and left unrevealed for three
days is regarded as incredible. Not
even a footprint is to be found on the
floor of either house and not a person
could be found who had seen any one
about the premises since Sunday after
noon when all the murdered persons
at different times were in a neighbor-
ing grocery store.
So far as can be learned there is no
motive for the crime. Both the Burn-
ham and Wayne families were of mod
Burnham who lives at the sanitar-
ium where he is employed about ten
miles from here was placed under ar
rest soon after the discovery of the
crime but there seems to be nothing
to implicate him in the tragedy. His
employers say he was at work when
the crime must have been committed.
He is a member of Colorado Springs
Camp No. 7 226 M. W. A. and is a
native of Michigan. He was last seen
at his home Sunday afternoon and is
said to have left there about 5 o'clock.
BRANSON CALLS MEETING
OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Fred P. Branson chairman of the
state democratic central committee
has called a meeting of the state dem
ocratic central committee to convene
in the parlors of the Lee-Huckins
hotel at Oklahoma City on Saturday
October 7 promptly at 1:00 o'clock
There are matters of great and vital
importance to the party organization
in this state to be considered at this
meeting. Every member is urged to
be present in person if it is possible.
If it is Impossible for members to be
present in person such member or
members shall be represented by a
proxy in the hands of some citizen
from his county as no proxies will be
recognized at this meeting unless in
the hands of some citizen and demo-
crat from the county of the residence
of the member on the committee grant-
ing the proxy.
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