The Shawnee Daily News-Herald (Shawnee, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 127, Ed. 1 Sunday, February 8, 1914 Page: 1 of 8
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THE SHAWNEE DAILY NEWS-HERALD
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SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 8
To Increase the Rock Island Shop Force at Shawnee Soon
"There is no intention
of discriminating against
Shawnee, and, in fact,
we are doing our best to
build up and increase
the amount of woi«k to
be done at that point."
Extract of a letter from
President Mudge of the
Rock Island to Otis B.
Weaver, publisher of the
President Mudge, in a letter to The Shawnee News-Herald, tells of plans
for Shawnee. Says road s business is growing.
Feels obligations to this city
In line with its policy of being of service to Shawnee and the people
of this city, the News-Herald recently wrote a letter to President H. U.
Mudge of the Rock Island, calling attention to the local shop conditions
and calling on the highest official of the road for a statement as to plans.
Attention was directed to the fact that Shawnee business men weie at sea
at to what plans they should pursue for the future, and the necessity for
an early statement.
Since the letter was written 350 men have been placed at work in the
Rock Island shops and plans are being made to increase that number to
full capacity. Parts of the letter are printed here:
Mr. Otis B. Weaver,
My Dear Sir: This will acknowledge receipt of yours of January 26.
The recent heavy curtailment of men in the shops of this company at
Shawnee and other places is a matter of much regret to the management.
The gross earnings of the Rock Island company for the six months
ended December 31, 1913, fell off about two million dollars, as compared
with the same period last year. This was due partially to crop failures
in the southwest and partially to other adverse conditions. Quite a large
portion of this is due to the two-cent passenger fares in Oklahoma, but,
from whatever cause, it has created a necessity for the most drastic
There has been no greater reductions in the forces at Shawnee than at
many other places. Since the first of January, however, the earnings have
shown somewhat better and we are gradually increasing the shop forces.
I presume by the time this letter reaches you there will be improvement
at Shawnee. I can only say there is no intention of discriminating against
Shawnee, and, in fact, we are doing our best to byild up and increase the
amount of work done at that point. I have taken the position that Shaw-
nee was partially built up on the strength of the Rock Island shops and
that we will not consider any question of reduction in the forces, but, on
the other hand, expect to increase our facilities at that place.
Yours very truly, x
(Signed) H. U. MUDGE.
Not to Reduce
"We will not consider
any question of reduction
in forces at Shawnee, but,
on the other hand, expect
to increase our facilities
at that place.'' Extract
of letter from President
Mudge of the Rock
Island to Otis B. Weaver,
publisher of the News-
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
Juarez, Feb. 7.—Six Americans and
fifty Mexicans, whose fate has been
a mystery since the destruction of
the Cumbre tunnel last Wednesday,
were suffocated. This information
was received at the headquarters of
the Mexico-Northwestern railroad.
The tragedy is laid to Maximo Cas-
tillo, the bandit leader.
A special train carrying twenty
Americans, led by W. J. Farragut of
the Mexico-Northwestern, with fifty
coffins and a rescue outfit, left to-
night for the scene.
Exuct Number Unknown.
The exact number of persons
aboard the passenger train, which
consisted of one first class and two
second cIubs coaches, baggage and
express car and a freight car, is not
known. First reports put the num-
ber at thirty-five, while the request
for coffins asked for seventy-five.
This evidently is an estimate, as the
searching party was unable to pene-
trate far enough into the tunnel to
* count the dead. These are expected
to be found strewn along the poison-
ous reaches of the tunnel, where
they fell while attempting to escape.
Found Near Entrance.
Dr. F. C. Herr, head of a rescue
party, reached a body within three
hundred feet of the north entrance
o:' the tunnel It was that of Juan
Fernandez, rear brakeman of the
train. As the passenger train did
not stop until within a few hundred
feet of the freight train with which
Castillo had set fire to the tunnel
seven hours before, Fernandez must
^have staggered and crawled three-
quarters of a mile before he suc-
cumbed to the fumes.
The people are furious at Cas-
tillo's act. Tuesday twenty-two of
his men were captured by the rebels
and next day, apparently in revenge,
he captured a freight train, ran it
into the south end of the tunnel and
set it on fire. The passenger train
. f ntered the death trap unsuspectingly
from the north. When the engineer
discovered the trap it was too late.
The missing Americans, employes
of the railroad, are: M. J. Gilmartin,
superintendent of the Chihuahua di-
vision; H. Schofield, superintendent
of terminals at Juaraz; Lee Will-
iams, assistant manager of commis-
sary; M. F. Marders, express agent;
E. J. McCutcheon, engineer; J. E.
soldiers were immediately detailed
to go with the rescuers.
Feared Armed Revolt.
UY ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Mexico, Feb. 7.—The capital is
quiet this morning. The authorities
had feared that conspirators against
the administration would attempt an
uprising, and troops guarded the
palace, arsenal and artillery barracks
throughout the night, the result
of reports -that conspirators had
planned a coup d' etat in the shape
of a revolt against Huerta. The be-
ginning of the revolt, according to
reports, was fixed for February 9,
the anniversary of the beginning of
the ten days' bombardment of the
capital last year, which was followed
by the death of Madero.
SENATOR GORE WAS
Bryan Demands Soldiers.
Secretary Bryan has wired, de-
manding that a train of soldiers bo
d'vpatched ahead of the rescue party
to prevent an attack by Castillo on
te Americans. Tree undred rebel
Senator Thomas Pryor Gore was
given a warm greeting at the su-
perior court room Friday evening by
a crowd that braved" the blizzard
and filled the room to capacity. Be-
sides the lower floor being filled,
with many standing, a considerable
number of people were seated in the
Senator Was Brief.
President J. L. Moore of the Young
4en's Democratic club presided over
the meeting and introduced Lourie
Keller, who in turn, with a few well
chosen and brief preliminary re-
marks, introduced the blind senator.
Senator Gore appeared in a happy
frame of mind and thanked the au-
dience for their presence. His ad-
dress was characteristic of the sen-
ator—aloquent, interesting and in-
structive, ana was heard with close
attention. He spoke only about an
Ti king up largely national issues,
the senator spoke of the accomplish-
ments of the Wilson administration
ind of the hopes of his co-workers
for the future. He took up the mat-
ter of rural credits at some length,
also the currency bill as a whole,
and «ine subject of national expendi-
tures. He made only slight refer
eace to his campaign for renomina
tion, declaring, however, that he did
not want sympathy votes and asks
The honor only on the grounds of
his ability and fitness. Mentioning,
in passing, the charges made agfelnst
his character, he declared that he
had been "too busy serving the peo-
ple of the state in Washington to
listen to the voice of calumny or to
give heed to the foul breath of
Following the address of the sena
tor, he held an informal reception
in the hall, many of those present
advancing to shake his hand and
to meet Mrs. Gore.
IN PLATFORM GY
STEALTH, IS CLAIM
IIY ASSOCIATED I'HESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—The provision
favoring the free passage of Amer-
ican ships through the Panama canal
was injected into the democratic
platform without the knowledge of
the majority of the resolutions com-
mittee at the Baltimore convention,
according to the assertion of Repre-
sentative Adamson of Georgia, chair-
man of the interstate and foreign
commerce committee. He had met
but three or four members of the
convention who knew of the exist-
ence of th eplank before the plat-
form was promulgated. He urged
democrats to not stand for the sub-
sidy provision unless it was shown
that the officers of the convention
knew it was in the platform. This
is viewed as paving the way for
Wilson's plan to repeal this section
of the canal bill.
MURDER AND SUICIDE.
iY ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Kansas City, Feb. 7.—John French
shot and killed his wife, then com-
mitted suicide in the street. They
had been separated.
MRS. ROBERTS NOT GUILTY.
IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
. Louis, Feb. 7.—Mrs. Emily C.
Roberts was found not guilty of
the murder of her husband, William
F. Roberts, whom she shot last
March. The defense was emotional
RICH WIDOW DITCHED HIM.
IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
St. Joseph, Mo., Feb. 7.—A suit for
alleged breach of promise has been
brought by Daniel Goodman, a St.
Louis insurance agent, against Mrs.
Ophelia Wirt, a wealthy St. Joseph
widow. Goodman demands $3,000
for heart balm and $750 for expenses
and loss of salary, the result of an
IN ARMY TD STOP
AGED VETERAN DEAD.
IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Charleston, Ark., Feb. 7.—H. B.
Armistead, a Conferedate general in
the civil war and former secretary
of state of Arkansas, died at his
home here, aged eighty-two years.
KILLED SELV WITH AX.
IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Greenwich, Conn., Feb. 7—Using
the blunt end of a heavy ax to crush
in his skull, William Steadman,
member of a cotton brokerage firm
ot New York city, committed suicide
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Friday have
returned Trom a visit to Sedalia, Mo.
HE DIDN'T ATTACK
UY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—An admoni-
tion to army officers to refrain from
harsh treatment of enlisted men is
contained in a memorandum directed
by General Wood, chief of staff, to
the adjutant general for transmis
sion to the army.
Must Save Self Respect.
"It is believed," said General Wood,
"that much discontent in the service
is incident to the method of dealing
with enlisted men. Every officer
should always have in mind the con-
trol of the men without the destruc-
tion of their self respect."
COLD WAVE CLEAR
TO SOUTH TEXAS
IIV ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Kansas City, Feb. 7.—The wind
shifting from the northwest to the
west brought moderated weather to-
night. Temperatures in Missouri and
Kansas are generally ten to fifteen
degrees higher. The gas pressure
Mrs. Mabel Pfaff was frozen to
death at Concordia, Kan.
BY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Kansas City, Feb. 7.—Temperatures
over Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and
northern Oklahoma were below zero
today. In the rural districts live-
stock suffered, while in the towns
and cities where gas is used many
families ate cold suppers and shiv-
ered in half-heated houses because
of low pressure.
On the Plains.
The blizzard-like wind that swept
the plains yesterday died down and
temperatures rose slowly. The low-
est reported in Kansas was Bix be-
low at Concordia, Kan.
In Oklahoma the mercury reached
In South Texas.
The wave swept well into the tjie
fruck garden district of southeastern
Texas, nipping vegetation in the Cor-
pus Christi region, with thirty above
the lowest temperature.
It was eight below at Sedalia, Mo.,
and four below here, causing suffer-
ing among the poor. The Provident
association was swamped by calls
for fuel and warm clothing.
The weather observer said "not
quite so cold in Missouri, Kansas
and Oklahoma tonight."
* THE WEATHKR.
¥ IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
BY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—That he had
no intention of assailing the admin-
istration of the state of Oklahoma
in a speech before the New Deal
league at Oklahoma City, as pub-
lished, is thp statement of Senator
Robert L. Owen, issued Friday.
His statement follows:
"My attention is called, upon my
return to Washington, to various ar-
ticles in the public press to the ef-
fect that I had intended to assail
the administration of the state of
Oklahoma in a speech before the
New Deal league at Oklahoma City.
"I had on such intention and have
given no one any reason to under-
stand that I had any purpose to as-
sail the administration.
"I expressed myself with perfect
freedom as far as I cared to do so
in th<i convention hall at Oklahoma
City and at the banquet at the Lee-
Huckins hotel, at which Governor
Cruce was present.
"My attitude has been and is that
I greatly desire to establish those
processes of government which will
accomplish the best nominations of
which each party is capable, through
the preferential ballot, and to put
absolute power into the hands of the
people to pass the laws they do
want and to veto the laws they do
not want through the initiative and
referendum, with the right of recall
of officers who lose the confidence
of the public, for any reason.
Fighting Election Frauds.
"I have insisted upon a corrupt
practice act that would make elec-
tion frauds Impossible, or at least
would reduce them to an absolute
minimum. The frailty of human be-
ings is such that weakness will ap-
pear in individuals in all parties, and
it serves no sufficient purpose to as-
sail an Individual, but it will serve
a grat purpose to establish processes
of government which will safeguard
the public and the individual against
weaknesses and temptations
which are common to public life.
"I keenly regretted the failure of
the legislature to pass the preferen-
tial ballot law, which I so strongly
urged, because the preferential bal-
lot will organize and make effective
the will of the unorganized majority
as against the ambition and effective
work of an organized minority fol-
lowing a factional leader.
Wants People's Choice.
"I want the majority of the demo-
cratic party to name their candl
dates, and I want a majority of the
members of the republican party to
name their candidates, and I do not
want the minority candidate, unac-
* j ceptable to a majority of the demo
Eclats, to be calling upon party low-
party. And when these candidates
are named I want a majority of the
people to elect such candidates and
not a minority of the people to elect
"By this process we will get the
best nominations and we will elect
the best men to serve the general
"I have neither the time nor the
disposition to pass judgment upon
the frailty of individuals. The people
comprise the jury and they will do
this efficiently if they have the mech-
anism by which to express the will
of the majority.
"ROBERT L. OWEN."
The Young Men's Democratic club
of Seminole county held its annual
meeting in the superior court room
of the city hall In Shawnee Friday
night after the members had heard
the address of United States Senator
Gore. Officers were elected for the
ensuing year as follows: President,
E. L. Harris, Seminole; vice presi-
dent, Dow Duniway, Wewoka; sec-
retary, Roy Hoffman; treasurer,
Delegates were elected to the state
convention, to be held In Oklahoma
City, February 21, as follows: E.
L. Harris, Hugh Warden, Roy Hoff-
man, Ed Smith, Homer Bishop, Dow
Duniway, Moss Hanson, G. E. Bean,
Luther Harrison and Paul Noe.
The aggregation from the adjoin-
ing crounty were a fine appearing'
lot of young fellows. They will be
active in the campaign this year, and
their presence in the campaign au-
gurs well for the forthcoming ad
ministration in Seminole county.
New Orleans, Feb. 7.—For •tja.lty to support him when he is not
* Oklahoma: Sunday fair and •' acceptable to a majority of the mem-
* not so cold. * hers of his party; and I take pre
* *, clsely the same position with regard
******************* to the candidates of the republican
GIRL SLAYS LOVER'S
WIFE, THEN SHE
IIV ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Newark, N. J., Feb. 7.—Hazel Herd-
man, aged twenty, infatuated with
Charles F. Manning, shot and killed
Mrs. Harriet Manning in her home
here last night, according to the
statement of Newark police. This
afternoon the girl was dying at
Mountain Side hospital, Montclair, N
J., from poison taken with Buicldal
Intent. Miss Herdman, according to
the police, confessed, saying she was
in love with Manning and killed his
wife because she failed to get a di-
UY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—The house ag-
ricultural extension bill passed the
senate today. It provides for farm
demonstrations of approved methods
and scientific discoveries, and farm
home economics. Ten thousand dol-
lars is unconditionally granted each
state yearly. A fund of $600,000 for
the coming year, with a yearly In-
crease of a set amount for seven
years would be provided for dis-
tribution among the states on the
basis of rural population, conditioned
on each state appropriating a sum
ekual to its portion of the federal
funds. After seven years the bill
would provide a permanent appro-
priation of $4,800,000.
Good Itoads Bill.
The house concluded the general
debate on the good roads bill ap-
propriating $25,000,000 federal aid to
state road construction. The passage
of the bill next week is believed
Kent of California attacked the bill
as a "pork barrel" measure designed
to "patch up political fences and
prop tottering political organiza-
tions." Payne of New York declared
It the beginning of annual appropria-
tions which in time would reach
11Y ASSOCIATED fKES*.
Washington, Feb. 4.—The com-
missioner of Indian affairs has an-
nounced the appraisal of 450,000
acres of oil lands of the Choctaw
and Chickasaw tribes of Oklahoma
completed, the lands to be listed for
sale as soon as due notice is given.
Filipino Government Dangerous.
IIY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—"The Moros
would make short work of a local
Filipino government," said Brigadier
General Pershing in his latest re-
port as governor of Mindlnao to
Secretary Garrison. "The relations
between them are such that any at-
tempt at Filipino government would
lead only to rebellion and disaster,"
District Judge T. D. McKeown of
Ada returned home Saturday after
holding court at Wewoka.
Inspection Hoard Abolished.
BY ASSOCIATED PHESS.
Washington, Feb. 7.—The board of
food and drug inspection of the de-
partment of agriculture, which often
was the center of attack by Dr. Har-
vey Wiley, former chief chemist, has
been abolished by Secretary Houston
"in the interest of efficiency and
economy." Dr. Carl Alberg, who suc-
ceeded Wiley as pure food chief, will
decide appeals that formerly went to
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