The County Democrat (Tecumseh, Okla.), Vol. 29, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, December 13, 1912 Page: 1 of 8
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fTHE COUNTY DEMOCRAT
OFFICIAL COUNTY I’APEK
TECUMSEH, OKLAHOMA. FRIDAY. DECEMHER 13. 1912.
' SHAWNEE’S EFFORTS TO MOVE
COUNTY SEAT CONDEMNED BY
TAXPAYERS OF THE COUNTY
AIDED BV FORMER
imaged in money loaning business
and in apple orcharding, having
recently paid $8,000.00 for a ten
| acre tract near Eugene.
John Hatfield Files Contest.
Charles R. Renfro Arrested in Ore
gon on Oklahoma Warrant—
First of Men Implicated.
It Would Mean Great Increase in Tax Rate and the
Farmers Strongly Oppose the Move as the
Court House and Jail Are Ample
For Years To Come.
^EXTRA TAX WOULD BE TAKING CLOTHING
FROM THE BACKS OF THE HEAVILY
BURDENED TAXPAYERS CHILDREN
The news that went out in last
week’s issue of the Democrat to
the effect that Shawnee was
again contesting for the county
seat, has created a great deal of
ndignation on the part of the
taxpayers throughout the entire
county. Infact, we are reliably
nformedthat the best business
men and bankers of Shawnee are
opposed to this move. The tax-
oayers, practically to a man, out-
ide of Shawnee, are very decid-
edly opposed to the move. They
figure that Pottawatomie county
has a much better court house
and jail than a large number of
counties in this state, and to
abandon them and pay a heavy
cental as would have to be done, is
something that no reasonable
man will think of doing; thatbe-
fore, when Shawnee was offering
the City Hall free of rent for ten
years, there was a shadow of
excuse for it, but since that offer
has been wiped out, and since
they, the City of Shawnee, are
now charging the oounty 8100.00
per month rent for the room now
occupied by the Superior court,
that it might be well to look be-
fore they leap.
Shawnee is asking too much of
the taxpayers. They are saying
to the man who has worked hard
and bought and paid for a
oomfortable home, to vacate it
and rent at a high figure another
house; or, to the farmer who
owns a splendid farm with all the
improvements necessary to make
a oomfortable home, to abandon
this place and buy or rent you
Now, Mr. Farmer, how does
that strike you? That is exaotly
the demand now being made by
Shawnee on the taxpayers of this
oounty—TO ABANDON THE
COUNTY’S HOME AND BUY
OR RENT ANOTHER, to please
a very few lawyers of that city
by taking the money for extra
taxes, with whioh you had plan-
ned to buy clothes for your chil-
Is this demand in the interest
of the common taxpayers? Can
these Shawnee men meet the
honest farmer who has the great-
est burden of taxes to bear and
look them in the faoe and say to
them ; that this move would light-
en their burden ; that this would
reduce their taxes? No honest
man can say that; no honest man
can or wiil tell you that it will
not cost thousands upon thous-
ands of dollars to make this
change; no honest man can or
will go through the court house
and jail and tell you that they
Card of Thanks.
We desire, through the col-
umns of this paper, to express
our sincere thanks to the kind
people of Tecumseh, for their
generous donation to us since our
loss by fire last Thursady which |
Guthrie, Okla., Dec. 10
R. Renfro, bond broker, druggist j
and politician who left Guthrie
last summer for Eugene, Oregon,
was arrested there today on a
warrant issued here in Justioe
Seaton’s court several days ago,
charging him with obtaining
money under false pretenses.
Renfro’s arrest is the first of the
men implicated by Will R. Mc-
Brine, former assistant auditor
who recently returned from
abroad and surrendered to the
authorities on a charge of forg-
ing state warrants. McBrine
was arraigned ten days ago and
held under $10,000 bond, which
he has not yet been able to give.
It is charged that Renfro as-
sisted McBrine in floating the
forged state warrants. Until he
left Oklahoma, Renfro was a
We were somewhat surprised to
know that ,1. H. Hatfield had filed
a contest against W. J. McCol-
gan this week seeking to oust
Cha.s I ^r- McColgan from the Sheriff’s
’ offioe. The petition filed by Mr.
Hatfield is a lengthy one and
charges irregularities and illegal
voting in something like 18 pre-
cincts. In discussing the matter
with Mr. Hatfield he stated he
had an absolute cinch and would
win his suit without a doubt. Mr.
Hatfield says he has as strong
lineup of. attorneys as could be
found in the oounty; that he had
E. F. Hood, .T. n. I.ydick; Wm.
N. Maben and W. P. Langston
all of Shawnee. Mr. McColgan
Attorney General Gives Opinion
on This and Other
Oklahoma City, Ok., Dec. 8.—
In an opinion given to Charles
Anderson of Duncan, Assistant
Attorney General Davenport held
that a slot machine whioh turns
our greater or lesser quantities
of gum when a coin is inserted
is a machine for conducting a
game of chance and cannot be
It is common practice in many
cities and towns of Oklahoma to
permit tne operation of all kinds
of slot machines and little effort
has been made thus far to stop
says he is willing to have the
votes recounted and that if the this praotice except that a license
recount develops that he hasn’t j is collected from owners in some
the majority that he will take his cities.
medicine but that he has no fears In reply to a letter from Dr.
of the outcome of the contest.! Mahr, State Commissioner of
We know nothing about the | Health, inquiring if a law could
merits of contest—if Mr. McCol- j be enacted in Oklahoma, requir-
, _ gan received the election by j ing a license of those engaged in
member of the Republican elate j fpaud he should be thrown 0ut|the hote| business. Attorney
but if he was fairly eleoted he J General West holds in the affirm
should have the office withoui a ; ative.
committee ‘for several years
Three other warrants have been |
issued by Attorney General West I
destroyed our home and almost . „ ,
• . | for Renfro and are now in the
everything in it. Yrou were all
, hands of County Attornev John]
strangers to us, out from now on i , , ., ,
are not amp'e for the demands of >,:h and every one shall" hold a .
■ i , . I tions total $28,000.
the county; no lionest man can warm spot in our hearts. Words, .___________
or will teli you that our taxes are can’t express our thanksat pres-j C|larF8 K-lver,f! , * ifeHty ninei j Ljle oounty \Va.s in the city 1 3,jme, a.rui eaka for advice
not already burdensome
should not be reduced.
|contest. Mr. McColgan has not. Dp, Mahr stated in his letter
j desided upon his attorneys yet. that Bome difficulty is being ex-
oerienced in enforcing the hotel
P. M. Davidson one ol the | inspection laws, which areclaim-
i farmers from the south part of | ed to be unconstitutional by
and em but the all mighty God j1,1 uulul"' pioneer druggist,, upday on business. [n speaking! Attorney General advises that all
knows you have them. | Prora,nent r°r >'«ar8 in tills Oom
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Koontz j munit>’ Poetically and finally be-
There are numbers and num-|and Family> R. F. D. No. 4j
bersof reasons why our taxes Shawnee, Oklahoma,
should be reduced, and not one__
why they should not. Shawnee' F M. Davis of St. Louis town-
should never have filed this pe: j shjp wae jn Teoumseh la8t week.
tition to move the county seat. .Mr. Davis says no moving of the
It has been a hard blow to both i county seat or anything else that
towns and has brought about a j will raise taxes: that his taxes
feeling that should not exist.:are hi^h encuSh n<)W and for
; that reason he was against mov-
Shawnee owes it to the ta *P*V i ing the county Beat.
ers to withdraw her name and __________________
allow the people of Pottawatomie j
oounty to again unite. Shawnee
should enoourage and assist Te-
cumseh in building up, as Te-
cumseh has been and always will
be, her best feeder.
Now Shawnee, Tecumseh
would like to build up and be a
good town; infact, we would like
to be one big town. Let’s stop
this fight. Let’s put our ener-
gies to work to build up and not
tear down. Let’s put the money
we are going to put into this
campaign into a big cotton mill
between the two towns and make
one prosperous city out of Te-
cumseh and Shawnee. We can
do it—will you? If so, Tecum-
seh stands ready to do her part.
Farmers’ Institute Meeting.
coming a member of the Repub-
lican state oommittee for this
opunty, is now a resident of Eu-
gene, Oregon, where lie went
about a year ago disposing of his
drug business here. Several
months prior to going to Oregon,
he suffered a stroke of paralysis
that affected his entire left side.
The removal to Oregon, he stated,
was an attempt to recuperate his
health. In Eugene he was en-
of the county seat contest Mr. j officers, whose duty it is to en-
Davidson says taxes are high force the law, be informed that
enough and instead of a plan to | they should proceed to require
raise them we had better do compliance with it and in cases
something to reduce them and
the people in his section of the
county will be to a man for the
oounty seat to stay where it is.
Joe Lagonquette was up from
the south part of the county last
Friday. Joe says every one
down his way is for Tecumseh
in the county seat fight.
of violation the matter should be
called to the attention of the
Stonewall Jaokson publisher of
the Maud Monitor was a pleasant
visitor to our offioe Tuesday. Mr.
Jaokson is always welcome to
Next Wednesday, Dec. 18th,
2:30 p. m., at the oourt house a
meeting of the Farmers’ Institute
of this oounty will be held. At
this meeting a delegate to the
state association will be elected.
Mr. Ewers White of MoLoud,
who has been very active in this
work and done valuable service
will likely be chosen. This is a
matter of considerable impor-
tance to the farmers of this coun-
ty and the meeting should be well
attended. Mr. White was one of
the men who assisted Campbell
Russell in his fight to clean out
the board aAd this work should
We have a client who will
build a number of nice bun-
galows in the choicest part
of the city and sell them on
easy payments. For further
particulars call and see us.
Real Estate Company
IN THE COUNTY DEMOCRAT OFFICE
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