The Shawnee News-Herald (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 174, Ed. 1 Friday, February 9, 1912 Page: 1 of 6
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THE SHAWNEE NEWS-HERALD
SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1912
EVENING EDITION NUMBER 171 \
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DEFEN-
DANT IN 11 ItsT SUIT BE-
SILTING FROM REPORT.
ABERNATHY MADE RULING
HASINAS DIRT CHE VP.
Shippers .Must Dispose of Stock or
Suffer Big Losses.
Bananas selling for a song, and
the foreigners who hold a monopoly
on the fruit stand business in Shaw-
nee are doing the singing.
Bananas are being offered for ten
cents the dozen and good ones at
that. The big shippers are sending
bananas in here at a lower cost
than ever before. Fear they will
suffer big losses if the bananas are
not disposed of at once, is the rea-
son occasioned for this claes of
fruit being offered cheaper than ever
About One-half the Amount County
Seeks to Recover Allowed—Case
ASSESSORS AT WORK.
County Assessor and Deputy Will
Complete Real Estate Assessment.
Holding that a county commissioner
has no right to collect fees while act-
ing as overseers of poor; that fees
.cannot be collected for overseeing
highways, Betting forth the law in
each specific case, Judge Abernathy
of the superior court, rendered what
is said to be an important decision in
the first of what it is believed will
be a series of similar suits to be
brought to determine the status of
the state examiner's report in which
it is shown the books of present and
past county officers showed discrep-
ancies of $56,000. N. A. J. Ticer,
county commissioner from the third
district, is the defendant. He bas
given notice of appeal.
County Attorney Brought Suit.
The case was brought by County
Attorney Holt in behalf of the county.
The total amount involved was $843.60.
The court held that $192 was illegal-
ly collected by the deefndant for fees
while acting as overseer of poor, and
that a large amount of the charge for
overseeing road and bridge work,
$390, was also illegally collected. In
the opinion of the court about $260
of this sum will cover the amount
♦hat was illegally collected. This
would bring the total up to $452, more
than half the amount the county
seeks to recover.
Twelve Charges In Petition.
In passing upon the twelve items
included in the petition of the plain-
tiff they were listed as follows: $142,
allowance for overseeing the poor;
$93.10, mileage charged for attending
adjourned regular meetings of the
board of supervisors; $390, per diem
for overseeing road and bridge work*
$8, for attending meetings of the
county equalization board; $5, paid
-to a chain carrier in assisting in sur-
veying a county road which the de-
fendant paid out of his own pocket;
$5.50, for livery hire in the purchase
of a team of mules for the county
wherein the defendant drove to
the country; $10, for money paid for
hay for county teams; $14.60, for
money paid for repairs on bridges;
$10, advanced for supplies; $5, in
purchase of supplies; $100, for salary
paid to Deputy County Attorney
Hunter Johnson in January, 1910, and
$60 paid to Miss Nannie Saxon, as
stenographer in the office of the
Not Entitled to Overseer Fees.
The court 16 passing upon the items
for fees charged while acting as
overseer of poor held that inasmuch
as the law had fixed the salary of
the county commissioners at $Z50 a
year with an allowance of five cents
a mile for each mile actually and
necessarily traveled in going to and
returning from the place of holding
the meeting of the board, no other
Two-thirds of the assessment of
real estate in Shawnee has been
completed, according to the statement
of "Uncle Tom" Spencer .deputy
county assessor. The remainder of
the work will be completed within the
next two weeks.
The greatest task of the county as-
sessor and his deputy is the assess-
ment of personal property. In the
work of assessing real estate he
plan of a more uniform assessment
has been followed. Property assessed
too high was reduced, while other
property underassessed was in
Made Sllirlit Error.
February 8, 1912.
"C. F. Barrett,
"In sending you notice for pri
mary for City Election in Shawnee,
the date given for primary is March
27. This is an error, as the date
fixed by law is third Tuesday in
March which is the 19th. Please
make your notices read "Tuesday
"E. J. DICKERSON."
OF TREES SHIPPED
ON K MILLION APPLE TREES
siM mi oi POTTAWA-
One million. fruit trees, mostly
apple were shipped from this place
within the past few weeks by James
Parker who conducts a nursery mid-
way between this city and Tecum-
seh. Seven cars were required in
making the shipment. The fruit
trees were shipped to all parts of
Thousands of Trees to Be Set Out.
Thousands of fruit trees mostly
apple and peach will be set out in
this county this spring. Nursery-
men have many orders on hand
ready for shipment. Many fruit
trees were set out last fall, but most
of the fruit trees in this county are
set out in the spring.
ANADARKO MAN ARRESTED.
Disappeared After Appeal Bond Had
Ben Gilbert was taken into custody
in this city Friday morning by Dep-
uty Sheriff John Dutton. Gilbert Is
alleged to have disappeared after an
appeal bond had been made.
Gilbert will be taken back to Ana-
darko tonight in the custody of the
sheriff of that county. He was tried
on a charge of grand larceny and
took an appeal.
ccmpensation for services can be al-
lowed unless otherwise provided by
Points Not M«de Clear.
In passing upon the road and bridge
fee charged by the defendant it was
not specified as to the amount of
work actually done in the overseeing
of bridges and overseeing highways.
A NEW TRIAL
SENTENCED IN SUPERIOR COURT
10 SERVI FIFTEEN YEARS
ON MURDER CHARGE.
Arguments for a new trial in the
case of Bill Byers, convicted with
three other men in the superior court
for the killing of Hampton Snapp at
Wanette, and sentenced to serve fif-
teen years in the penitentiary, were
heard in the criminal court of appeals
Wednesday' County Attorney C. P
However, the law which covers this I Holt represented the state, and Hon
phase of the ruling became effective | S P. Freeling represented the de
The News-Herald is prepared
to print tickets for the primar-
ies tomorrow night on short
order and for a price barely
above the cost of labor and
paper. We don't care whether
you are for Wilson, Clark,
Bryan or Harmon when it comes
to ticket printing.
MAN IS CLAIM
OKLAHOMA CONGRESSMAN SAYS
HE IS BEST FITTED FOR THE
GIVES! HIS REASONS
Denies Charge That Speaker is Hob-
nobbing With the Reaction-
FRUIT CROP WILL
THAT IS THE PREDICTION OF
FARMERS—COLD WAVE AID
Farmers express much satisfaction
over the continued cold wave, even
though the work of spring plowing is
being retarded. Fruit trees are not
advancing. Thursday was the first
day since last week farmers were
able to plow.
Soil in Good Condition.
The soil is in splendid condition, so
farmers say, and as soon as the
weather moderates work will be
rushed. But the cold wave is neces-
sary because it holdB back fmit. If
fruit trees progress later to be serl
ously damaged by a freeze, farmers
are predicting one of the greatest
fruit crops in the history of the
Peach Crop Record One.
Last year the peach crop In this
county was unusually large but the
remainder of the fruit was far below
the average yield. The dry weather
is said to have damaged other fruits,
and too, a ppring freeze had Its ef-
NO REDUCTION IN PUKE.
Lower Freight Rates and Price
Decrease, healers Say.
Coal for domestic use is still sell-
ing at from $6.50 to $7 a ton, de-
pending upon the grade, according
to the statement of a local dealer.
That price will prevail for some
time, and a reduction is not looked
A local dealer slates that coil
could be sold at a cheaper rate if
not for the freight rates charged in
delivering it to this city. Dealers
pay $1.15 a ton from McAlester.
They think it should be abodt 60
cents, but the railroads think dif-
ferently, dealers say.
WILL LINE UP
CLARK AND WILSON MEN WILL
TEST STRENGTH IN PRI-
Women have gained the right of
suffrage in Sweden, as well as the
right to be elected to the national
legislative body. And we had always
had a hunch that the Swedes weren't
NEVER WORKED AT SHOPS.
in March, 1909, and allows a com
missioner $3 a day for each day ac-
tually engaged in the overseeing of
bridge work alone and not more than
sixty days in any one year shall be
allowed. Prior to the adoption of this
law no fees could be collected for
overseeing of bridge work according
to the opinion of the court.
In touching upon the matter of the
payment of money from an officer's
pocket, and then filing the claim
against the county, while the county
was actually indebted to the officer,
the court said this was a loose sys-
tem. These bills, however, were al-
lowed by the court.
The findings of the court were ex-
haustive and covered many pages
First Suit to be Filed.
This was the first suit filed where-
in an effort will be made by the
county to recover any monies alleged
to be due. It is likely many other
suits will be filed by the county at-
torney, and It is generally believed
should the court rule as in the case
Just passed upon, the defendants will
take an appeal. The case of Com-
missioner Ticer which was heard yes-
terday will likely determine the status
of the other cases to be filed.
Snapp Receivd Gun Bhot Wouno.
Byers with Hawk Jones, Pat Ellis
and John Ruddell were arrested in
connection with the killing of Hamp-
ton Snapp on August 1, 1909. The
men while out hunting became In-
volved in a quarrel, and Snapp was
killed in the mellee. A shot gun
wound causfed his death. Ellis, By
era and Jones were each tried and
convicted. Ruddell, who was re-
leased on bond soon after his arrest,
A suit is now pending in the su-
preme court on appeal from the su-
perior court by the defense in which
the state seeks to recover the for-
feited bond of $7,000.
The First Principle
01 the Salaried Man Should Be—
it is possible that luck may play an important part in the
quick making of fortunes, but it lias nothing to. do with
fortunes accumulated from the savings of labor.
A bank account, however, will be of assistance and the
man or woman who will take this method of saving from
his or her salary will eventually reach the desired goal.
This bank welcomes the accounts of those people who
are working on salary and have a desire to save a part of it.
THE STATE NATIONAL BANK
CAPITAL $100,000.00 "ABSOLUTE SAFETY."
FORGOT HIS STATION.
Had to do Penance For Critizing City
Councilman Hickey tells a good
story on himself and the city admin-
istration. Recently he was on his
way to Kansas City on a business
mission. Soon after leaving Shaw-
nee, a man wtio had boarded the train
In this city came along and occupied
a seat with him.
They engaged in a conversation,
but neither knew the other. The
stranger started to criticize the city
administration for conditions they arc
not responsible for, and went so far
as to charge them with being respon
Bible for the fifty percent Increase
made by the state board of equaliza-
tion. The stranger had many sug
gestions to offer which he "knew'
would bring aoout relief if he or one
of his friends were elected to handle
the affairs of the city.
Councilman Hickey was enjoying
the affair immensely, when suddenly
his newly made friend sprang from
his feet and exclaimed:
"'Conductor, have we reachod my
"What station did you wish to get
off at?" asked the conductor.
"We have passed that station about
two miles back," said the conductor,
"but we stop a half mile further on
and you can get off there and walk
Councilman Hickey stated the con-
versation was ended then and there
By Oliver O. Kuhn.
Washington, Feb. 8.—Branding as
untrue, folly and bosh, the charges
which have been made against the
record of Champ Clark by those who
are opposing his candidacy for the
democratic nomination for the presi-
dency, Representative Scott Ferris,
late Thursday gave out a statement
in defense of the speaker of the
"I have known Speaker Clark all my
life. I have served with him as a
member of congress. I have served
with him as minority leader. I am
now serving with him as speaker, the
second highest office in the republic
and he has made good at every post.
"His twenty years of spotless ser-
vice in public life denionstrate his
ability, his integrity, his leadership,
his progresslveness and his see-all for
the party and the people, and demon-
strates his fitness for the presidency
in terms more eloquent than any refu-
gee statement of any candidate or any
man under pressure of political stress.
Speaker Clark supported and voted
for Bryan in 1896, 1900 and 1908 and
has been a democrat every day since
he reached manhood.
I ask* the democracv of Oklahoma
with what consistency can any man
truthfully say Clark is running as a
reactionary or that his friends are
supporting a reactionary? It is rank
folly. It is untrue. It is bosh. It
is common slander and political clap-
trap and should not go unchallenged.
His assailants do not and cannot
point to one act or one vote that will
substantiate the extravagant asser-
tions now going the rounds in Okla-
homa, Speaker Clark is no experiment
or theorist. He is a doer of deeds.
He has the courage of a Jackson, the
democracy of a Jefferson. He is the
friend of Oklahoma, the neighbor of
Oklahoma, and deserves to be the
nominee of the democrat party In
1912. I would like to see Oklahoma
select Speaker Clark as their choice
p.nd lead him to victory at Baltimore
in June and the White House in No-
I'AKEN I P DIM I N AGE
TEH WITH INDIA>
Wild Man Captured Near Krebs, Ok.,
Not Known in Shawnee.
McAlester, Okla., Feb. 8.—For two
or three weeks the presence of a wild
nan in a nude state in the woods be-
tween this city and Krebs has been
reported. Thursday the man ventured
within the city limits, avoided two
men who tried to catch him and got
Bloodhounds were put on his trail
and after a race of four miles he was
captured. He had on only a jumper
and has been living In the woods in
that state during severe weather.
At one time lie was seen eating
from the carcass of a calf killed by
a train. He is able to talk, says be
is J. L. Ranol, railroad shopman of
Shawnee. He is a giant with long
hair and several weeks' growth of
beard. He is in jail.
Ranol was never employed in the
Rock Island shops in Shawnee, ac-
cording to the statement of the chief
clerk in the master mechanic's office.
1! he ever worked here it was under
an assumed name.
WANTS LEAGUE FORMED.
Is Waner of Harrah Is rrging
Formatlon of League.
Otis Waner, baseball pitcher and
farmer, was in the city from Har-
rah, Friday. Mr. Waner was here
a business mission, although ne
found time to talk baseball.
"I would like to see this proposed
county league formed," Mr. Waner
said in discussing the baseball situ-
ation. Harrah is to have a team this
season, and it will be even stronger
than the one representing that town
last season. Waner stated that n
league such as the proposed tri-
county league in his opinion could
be conducted with profit, if properly
It is likely that a baseball meet-
ing will be called to be held
Shawnee in the near future at which
time representatives from Harrah,
McLoud, Tecumseh, Prague, Semi
nole, Wewoka and Konawa will be
asked to attend.
Waner was the only pitcher who
was able to defeat the Elks last
Where You Vote.
The following general direction for
the democratic primary to be held
Saturday afternoon at 4 to 6 o'clock
p. m., have been decided upon by th<
The elections will be held under
the auspices of the precinct commit-
teemen who will appoint his Judges
and clerks who will make out the
credentials of the delegates and al-
ternate after counting the votes:
Ward 1, precinct 1—B. F. Hili at
Ward 1, precinct 2—McMillan at
corner Wallace and Broadway.
Ward 2, precinct 1—E. E. Hood at
City Hall Council.
Ward 2, preclnt 2—M. H. ErneBt ct
11th and Chapman.
Ward 2, precinct 3—Don Egger-
man at Superior Court.
Ward 3, precinct 1—T. C. Knight,
Ward 3, precinct 2—J. W. Halley,
Ward 4, precinct 1—Tex Holland,
Ward 4, precinct 2—Wm. Deinland,
Ward 5, precinct 1.—M. K. Owen-
by, E. Main.
Ward 5, precinct 2—R. L. Alex
ander, 1317 E. 11th.
Ward 6, precinct 1—L. G. Pitt-
man, Fire Station.
Ward 6, precinct 2—Chas. Blick-
ensdefer, Park and Dill St.
It will be necessary for the pre
cinct committeemen to make def-
inite arrangements for the building
in which to hold the election. The
number of delegates from each pre-
clnt will be formed in the corrected
call published today.
Congressman Scott Ferris, iu re-
sponse to several letters written him
about the Little River drainage prob-
lem in this county furnishes The
News-Herald with the following
copies of letters showing that he
has been active in trying to get the
Indian department Interested in this
project. A great deal of the land
involved in the proposed drainage
project is allotted Indian land and It
is important that the interior depart-
ment representing the allottees
should participate in sharing the ex-
pense. The letters follow:
February G, 1912.
The Honorable Commissioner of
Washington, D. C.
Sir: I beg to enclose to you here-
with a communication under date of
January 3, 1912, from the board of
county commissioners of Pottawato-
mie county, Oklahoma; also two
communications from the Shawnee
Indian school, signed by Superinten-
dent F. A. Thackery, under date of
April 8, 1911, and a petition signed
by numerous citizens of Pottawato-
mie county, relative to drainage mat-
ters in said county, all of which are
The writer is thoroughly cortser-
sant with the conditions in this
county and begs leave to corroborate
the statements and reports herein
enclosed to you. The land is val-
uable but the soil Is sandy, and the
cutting in of the water makes con-
ditions badly in need of drainage.
In conversation with the commis-
sioner in considering the appropri-
ation bill, 1 understood him to say
that he intended to grant some re-
lief to Pottawatomie county in re-
spect to drainage, and may 1 not
beg of you that in the event there
is no appropriate legislation on this
subject to enable the work to b«>
carried on, that such legislation as
is necessary be drafted by you, and
forwarded to me for presentation
and inrtoduction to congress.
I beg of you to take some appro-
priate steps in the matter at the
earliest moment as this is a vital
question to the citizens of Potta-
watomie county, and I am anxious to
help them all I can.
Very sincerely yours,
EACH SEEK CONTROL
Status of County Convention Will be
Determined—Clark Men Are
The democratic county primaries
ti be held tomorrow will be the first
gun fired in the campaign of 1912
in Pottawatomie county. The report
will be heard around the county for
the election occasioned by the con-
test for control between the Clark
and Wilson supporters will bring out
a large vote.
Will be Friendly Contest
No serious fight that wilf end with
a divided party will result, according
to the statement of several leaders.
Two sets of delegates will be offered
the voters for him to make a choice.
One will represent the Clark support*
era while the other will represent the
Wilson element. The election wili
determine the status of the county
convention to be held next Saturday
week when delegates to the state con-
vention will be named.
Both Factions Have Been Busy.
It is a matter of common knowl-
edge that considerable work has been
done by leaders of both factions for
several days, strengthening the polit-
ical fences here and there by spread-
ing the gospel of democracy through-
out the county. It is generally be-
lieved the Clark men will win be-
cause it is conceded that Clark sen-
timent. has been assuming greater
weight and influence for some time.
This is denied by the Wilson men,
however, although pinned down to a
cold turkey proposition many of them
admit the truth of the statement. But
they will go down fighting they say,
for they are with the New Jersey mau
first, alet and always.
The eelction tomorrow in the city
will be held between the hours of 4
and 6 p. m. The voting places have
all been designated and voting will
action in the premises to the effect
that those valuable lands might be
preserved from destruction and I be-
lieve he will give the matter proper
I have also requested him that
in the event there is n appropria-
ate legislation on the subject lo
make it possible for his engineers
to enter the field, to draft such leg-
islation as is needed in the premises
and send it to me for introduction
and presentation to congress.
I think your people are entitled to
some relief and I am going to do
everything I can In my power to
accomplish It for you.
Very sincerely yours,
Lately we read of a group of ladies
who impulsively kissed the great
Caruso. You can take your choice;
blame the ladles, or a press agent
who works in wondrous ways.
Probably one reason we make such
poor political guesses out here in the
west is that we are so all-fired inde-
pendent we overlook the fact that
the eastern states out vote us.
Something also seems to have de-
layed that foliar a day pension bill
which was to be put over so prompt-
ly for the Old Boys at the beginning
of the session.
February 5, 1912.
Honorable J. L. Cotton,
County Clerk, Pottawatomie Co,
My Dear Mr. Cotton:
I am in receipt of your communi-
cation of January 23rd, relative to
the drainage proposition iu your
county; and am also In receipt of
report from the Shawnee Indian
school, dated April 8, 1911, together
with a petition signed by numerous
citizens in and around McComb,
Trlbby, etc., and also an additional
communication from the Shawnee
Indian school, under date of April
8, 1911, signed by Superintendent F.
Replying thereto, I beg to say, that
Bome time ago I had the matter up
with the ^oinraissioner of Indian af-
fairs and he advised and promised
me at that time that he would give
Pottawatomie county some attention
along drainage matters. Following
up that matter, I am today writing
him and filing your communications
and 'petition with him, in the hope
that we can secure some favorable
"What rust Is to iron,
is to these bodies of
it corrodes them."
by putting your savlngB tn
this bank. Insure against the
day of want by starting a bank
account with us. Any sum
from $1.00 up will be recelvad
by us on deposit and Interest
paid thereon, If left for speci-
Security State Bank
11.00 Stars an Arconnt.
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