The Jacksonian Democrat (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 29, 1914 Page: 2 of 4
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Hie Jacksonian Democrat
A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER.
Official organ of the Jacksonian Club of Oklahoma City and Associated
Democratic Clubs of the State of Oklahoma.
__Bualneaa Office, 523 Inauraace Building, Oklahoma city Okla.
PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY.
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OFFICERS OF THE JACKSONIAN CLUB
OF OKLAHOMA CITY.
Dr. J. H. Karp, President. # T. Myron Pyle, Secretary.
Milas I neater, 1st Vice-President. A. P. Fenton, Asst. SecrcUry.
Claude Miller, 2nd Vice President. T. II. Helny, Asst. Secretary.
Chas. F. Adams. 3rd Vice-President D A. Walker. Treasurer.
Ernest T. Bynum, Chairman. S. P Render.
Milas l^sater. U. M Baughman
W. D. CARDWELL.................................... Editor
ERNEST T. BYNUM ....................................Associate Editor
"Entered as Second-Class Matter September 25th, 1913, at the Post
office at Oklahoma, Oklahoma.’’
Party Patronage; a Retrospect.
(By Associate Editor.)
No one charge has been brought with such persistency by
tlie enemies of Andrew .Jackson in their unscrupulous efforts
to disci edit him and his administration, than that lie teas
responsible for the excesses of the so-called “Spoils System”
in government affairs. It is undeniably true that under some
ol .Jackson s successors evils of the greatest magnitude did
exist in connection with the partisan distribution of patronagj
1 be very greatest offenders in this, however, have been the
Republican presidents who held office during tie* three decades
following the Civil War, when not even the humblest office
oi even clerkship in Washington or elsewhere could possibly
be held by any Democrat. In tin* Southern States, where
there were reputed members of that part could not be found
during this epoch, negroes and scalawags of the lowest type
weie intrusted with posts of honor, which they frequently
vied with each other in dishonoring. This was not confined
io the ( arpetbag period alone, but was consistently practic-
ed by Republican presidents in all its viciousness until Presi-
dent Roosevelt took up the ideas of President Cleveland, who
lust made a successful attempt to check the abuses growing
out ol the sstorn his Republican predecessors had skillfullly
i developed. The evil effects of tli system can be rightfully
charged to the very party which is now inveighing most
furiously against it.
\V lien Thomas Jefferson became President lie found all
the offices fillet! by his Federalist opponents, and he was
the first president who had occasion to make removals in
the public service. We quote here Bentons ‘’’Thirty Years
in tht* Senate” which is so illuminating on this point. “His
(Jefferson’s) party lmd been totally excluded from federal
—Nature sets no limit on the length of time through
out which a submerged character mag he transmitted.—
o o o
The Moral Issue.
It is with a feeling of no little pride ami self congratu-, # . r----^ ----- ----- —.....
latiou that the Jacksonian Democrat can point to the factappointments during the administration of his predecessors;
that “the moral issue” promises to overshadow everything Utmost all offices were in the hands of his political foes. I
else in the coming campaign. In fact it is at present (he! reeolleet to have heard an officer of the army say there was
one issue uppermost in the minds of the voters. Threeone field officer in the service favorable to him. This
month ago when the Associate Editor of this paper produced wa* tlie type of the civil service. Justice to himslf and his
an article under that title we were met with derision and 1 pa,’ty required this state of things to be changed; required
scorn by the “wise” politicians. By some we were desig- ;ds friends to have a share proportionate to their numbers
Bated as the mouthpiece of a soealled junta having for its '11 ^he distribution of office, and required him to have the
object the defeat of a single individual for an exalted posi-1assistance of bis friends in the administration of the Govern
tion within the gift of the Democratic party; by others weResignations then, as now, were few. Removals were
were called a lot of disappointed place seekers having for indispensable, and the only question was the principle upon
our sole object the defeat of certain members of Congress lwhich they should be made. This question Mr. Jefferson
because the principle promoters of the Jacksonian Club were studied anxiously and under all inspects of principle and
not given a seat at the pie counter; some said we were anJ policy, of national and of party duty, and upon consultation
“organized appetite” seeking whom we could devour; others 'v*th his friends settled it to his and their satisfaction. The
charged us as being merely the paid agents of a certain eandi fundamental principle was that each party was to have a share
date for the office of Governor; while others charged us with r11 ^ministerial offices, the control of each branch of the
receiving heavy contributions from a certain congressman service !>eing in the hands of the Administration; the re-
given much to letter writing and talking. movals were only to Ik* made for cause; and of course there
In the midst of all of these unfounded charges, and many S10ultl '^1, in^u,v-v ,'*to the truth of imputed delinquencies,
personal insults which we have borne with patience and forti- , JejTerso>‘ constituted the law of removals,
fade, the still small voice has encouraged us to not l>e dis-[,!*“• S° wntten down b-v lnm immediately after his inaugu-
tracted, or diverted from our purpose to arouse the con-1 10mi ,
science of Democrats to the necessity of ventilating and puri-L- 1, tK™s,°n ,or removals came with the inaugura-
fying the putrid atmosphere in which the party was groping f0°n ° ;An,irow Jackson, and although the provocation was
It only took a cursory glance over the situation to See that 1" / f."1 pr?ceed ln * manner radically different
the good old ship was drifting toward the rocks. The known J.hat. ° US lllust?olJ8 predecessor. The administra-
profligacy of the lawmakers that the people have l>een send- , r Adams was marked by personalities and bitter ani-
ing to the state capital had become a stench in the nostrilsU®8w3n1”PUS,C 1>nvatf. llfe «®arcely equaled m Amen
of the soealled moral element. Many of these men, in their .f°,r ~8 V1® part/ ° Jefferson ,iad held
local communities, pose as paragons of virtue and morality | * !n un‘l,J|tur and the claims ot the new Democracy to
and get their principle suPr>ort from the church element ve't ° ° hk° Jackson frora the country beyond the Alleghe-
when sent here as members of the legislature indulge in a life |n * l(‘garded as an unwarranted presumption, which
of profligacy that would bring a blush of shame to their *w£idrfd° to,oPP°.8<\ Practically every public
constitutents could the but see them. official was bitterly arrayed against lmn with a pernicious
A short Him* aftnr ionunn; i , , activity winch not even Jefferson had encountered. Al-
of Mr, Xnrf X, . i“T „' th.e T ‘hough Jackson had previously written to President Monroe
Zerf thefilinTof thatiTttZZiZr*. ? d ’ P *° r£* *!“*■ “tl,e chief of a Kreat and powerful nation
e oi we nnag ot that suit the editor of this paper, like should never indulge in party feelimr ” the strain was ton
thousands of other voters, was of the opinion that the blind great for such a nature as “Old Hickory” was bTss^d with
senator was the victim of a conspiracy to ruin him, (and by when it really came home to him in this way and he began
this statement we do not mean to express a present opinion to proceed with vigor on the principles Jefferson had so
as to lusguil or innocence) and the unfortunate leading men sensibly enunciated. His procedure, however was not radi
m a little stage setting specially “framed up” for him. Lai. On the contrary he left whole ^
m"ch f^l>ng and indignation the sug- functions partook of'the judicial—who were never molelted
frimenf!r ml <3<>re ?’0U,d , b°’ ^Uty °f a Rpnton 8«vs he followed the rule of Jefferson faithfully ind
< nme for which negroes have been burned at the stake. Lf tin* seventeen diplomatic functionaries abroad only four
.W±^. i“'» •!>«Ur. recalled the first year of his administration. Of 8000
TvZ.'zsi brz;s zxsri t /°i
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prised, namu that Senator Gore owed it to him- and these only in such cases as there were substantial grounds
*?“ “d. V> thV to have this matter thoroughly for believinK that the servite was sufh-riZ front i?”mZ
aired and cleared up. If it can be shown that we have ever tency or neglect 1 mcompe
afUne’.or a s™«le iterance, on this subject, that Thus it may I* seen that the founder of the Democratic
any honest or innocent man would or could take exceptions party was in no sense » vnlo-nr .. ,;i ,,, i ♦ « .
to we will cheerfully retart and apologize. Our pri „-i(,„l r,itegr,tv of le 8^-T,e h,, Za, o t “ '
offense in the eyes of Senator Gores friends and supported, SSTto?’o^Thos/tX^
seems to be the fact that we have mentioned the matter at approved, and which in all probability will never be departed
all, and yet not a single one of our critics has even so much from, however much abused by representatives of a parlv
“f.-!taten‘P^,_ t0 P01,lt °"! reason why we should lx* [which has come to Ik* the chief adversary of the principle's
.'and expired last November and a new lease for five years
was recently made, by which the state will receive one half
of all the oil produced on the same. If the future produc-
tion equals the past, with e;! at the present market price, this
new lease wil bring to the state in the neighborhood of
if;>0,000.00 per year.
A conservative estimate places the probable income to
the state on present development at $1000 per day. If
the present leases are renewed at their expiration on as good
terms as the valuable lease referrred to above then, in such
an event, the state will soon be receiving more than a million
dollars a year from its oil and gas land ami river beds.
There seems to Ik* a general impression throughout the
state that the so-called Marland leases embrace all the school
land in Oklahoma. This is an error, only a comparatively
small part of the school lands are covered by the Mariam
leases. Up to date the Marland leases have resulted in 1!>
gas wells, 9 oil wells, and 15 dry holes. Under other leases
19 oil wells, 6 dry holes and 2 abandoned wells have been
made. The river bed leases are just now being drilled am
are not included in the above. Already some valuable wells
have been brought in on at least one or two of the river
1k*c1 leases, and more than $100,000 is now’ lK*ing held by
the receivers appointed by state and federal courts awaiting
the outcome of the suits to determine whether these river
beds lielong to the state, riparian owners, or Indian trilK*s.
The federal district court has already decided this question
in lavor ot the state, and the oil and gas department of the
School Land Commission is confidently looking for the higher
courts to sustain Judge Campbell's judgment and opinion.
Under the supervision and direction of Hon. Robt. Luns-
ford this department has provided a system of leasing and
checking these valuable resources of the state that woulc
bring a feeling of pride and commendation from any tax-
payer who would take the time and trouble to visit his office
in the Mercantile building and examine his thorough and
efficient methods of handling, what promises to be, a futun
income of millions of dollars to the state.
When it is taken into consideration that much of the oil
produced in the past, brrought only a small pice per barrrel,
yet altogether has already netted the state upwards of $80,-
000.00, with oil steadily increasing in price, new wells being
drilled every month, the future offers the brightest pros-
I eets tor a production in oil and gas that will be worth mil-
lions to the state. In fact it is not a mere possibility, but
rather a probability, that the state oil and gas leases may
eventually produce enough to support the state government,
or, at least, relieve the taxpayers of a considerable portion
of their present burdens in supporting the public schools.
o o o
By Their Fruits.
By Clark Hudson.
\\ hatever may Ik? said of the moral issue in politics, it
is clear that this issue, once raised, as it has been in the
present instance, will have whatever weight in the campaign
as conditions may justify. And that weight will count, to
(he exclusion of any other issue which may be raised and to
the extent that the public regards as necessary. The moral
issue, where cause exists for its presence, will obscure al
competitors for public attention until the public is satisfied
that the Augean stables are cleaned.
As a concomitant in current political foregatherings
we find the mental issue. In a sense they are allied; but
when we find a condition where both moral and mental im-
provement in the quality of public service is desirable, it
can not be doubted that the people will take whatever action
is required toward the improvement of both. Not desiring
to generalize too much, I make the point that the history
of i>olitics, of primaries and of elections in this state since
statehood leaves much to be desired in both the mental anti
moral tone of our public service; and that the people, ap-
preciating the force of this condition, will pay unusual heed
in the present campaign year to the future quality of that
It is not worth while to specialize to the extent of
offering instances or citing examples of public delinquency
selective wisdom. Each individual may, and doubtless
She began her career eeUtac
Grant street entrance, fiwt fl|*r,
second aisle to the right—
And quite often at night she *mM ge
home and cry
Over what she must stand tram the
people who buy.
But she married a broker—Lmt4 fair
And she's riding around la a ttRou
And the salesladies dowm at
McKnight’s all declare
That she’s meatier than any o— lee
who shops there! —JtM*e«
l ARTISTSDE5IGNERS •
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silent on the subject. Is it possible that in < Jklahoma a
a newspaper must not dart* to demand of a public* servant a
clearing up and airing of serious charges against him simply
!>ecause he happen to Ik? a blind man holding an exalted posi
tion? Senator Gore has charged his alleged traduoers with
having committed a felony within the very shadows of the
•capital at Washington by conspiring to ruin him, anti get in
Hie face of the most defiant challenge we ever read, by one
of these alleged conspirators, Senator Gore has not sought
to have any one of these conspirators brought to the bar of
justice. Are we to ignore this merely because be happens
to be a United States Senator! Would not “the moral issue”
be as sounding brass anti a tinkling cymbol in this state in-
stead of the burning anti absorbing issue we have made it did
we but follow such an idea! No, there are none too great
and exalted to escape the consuming wrath of the righteous
when conscience striken and aroused to the full meaning and
purport of “the moral issue,'' as we understand it—not even
n United States Senator, if guilty.
Likewise in Kansas the Progressives refuse to play the
part of the prodigal.
be proclaimed on other ideas of government.
o o o
State Oil and Oas Leases.
The average citizen and voter knows little of the wonder-
inl possibilities o ftlio oil and gas rights owned by the state
of Oklahoma which are but in the infancy of their develop-
ment. 1 rior to statehood there was no law by which the
rich school lands and river beds could Ik* leased for drilling
purposes; and that fact resulted in a loss to the state conser-
vatively estimated at one hundred thousand dollars, on one
section of school land located near the town of Cleveland.
Before provision could be made by which the state’s interests
fou 1<1 be protected on that particular piece of land seventeen
wells were drilled on adjoining land, some of them as close
as eight inches to the state land line. That served to drain
from under the states land many thousand of barrels of oil.
Since^ statehood laws have been passed and some of these
valuable lands have been developed upon which the state is
receiving a handsome royalty. The west half of section 16-
21N.-8-E. since this law was passed has produced 516,-
036.64 larrels upon which the state has received in royalties
< 5.504.60 barrels, which including the bonus paid has netted
• he state $39,947.61. The lease on this half section of school
will, do that for himself. But where we liud a general
demand for improvement in the morale of our public
service, and find it growing as it is today at astounding
rate in this state, we may well conclude that neither per
sonal platforms nor declarations will count against the
rising tide of public sentiment and that morality ant
mentality are the overshadowing issues of the campaign
which is to be waged in Oklahoma this year.
Who is there to successfully resist this torrent let
'oose? The man who has depended upon prejudice to foist
him to a vantage point, and who has left his path strewn
with forgotten promises after his elevation, will do well to
go into dry dock this year. This is a year for MEN in
Oklahoma. It is a year when measures will be taken; it
is a year when political graveyards yawn for those who fall
short. Not since statehood has the public mind fully grasped
the fundamental issues of organized society as it has at this
moment, nor does it appear that anything is in sight to
check the momentum.
St-ange things happen in the mutations of public affairs.
The currents of opinion change their course, and the
politician who enters office in the fullness of promise may
find himself suddenly marooned in a sargasso sea or
cast upon the uninviting shore. We shall likelv see some
of this tragedy ere the leaves of autumn seek their winter
Oklahoma will, and should, take a political inventory
this year and mark off all the bad accounts. It should
wage a “cleanup” campaign and call in the garbage wagon.
The people of this state owe it to themselves, to the state,
and to future generations to see that every man nominated
and elected to public office measures up intellectually and
morally with men iu similar station in other states, and
it this is made the issue they will succeed. The character
and intelligence of the whole people are measured by the
men they select for their representatives.
As a campaign text I suggest this: “By their fruits
shall ye know them.”
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