The Citizen. (Cashion, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 1909 Page: 4 of 8
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A MOW PARTISAN POLITICAL NEWSPAPER
WITH A PURPOSE.
The firpoie of IhU paper is to msko tlif Initiative «nd Hi-f*
«r ndum ftctiml tvorklmr part* of tii© luw tnaklnir machinery. nrd
j ot awtlv ornmnriitAl Hppfndo^M for the orator* totulk about.
The Han I*, by Initiative Frtlttou. to amend the cooHtilutlon l y
repealing ll i* authority of the tegMature to repeal the enactments
*>f the people* eo tl at the patient \ ; rk of u generation « f Liberty
l' vlnir people u ay not be swept awaj in one hour by some bought,
«)'.ill do*«d or buffalo**! legislature. And fur'.her to make our «or-
nntneiU '•republican in fotoi" er«l fuct, by jpvinsi *-very Township
i spreHttntntion on the bcar<l thst levies ami expend* ill* taxes.
Ail thia to enable the people of Oklahoma to institute a consistent
published wkkkly at cashion, oklahoma.
o, g, woodworth editor.
When the Oregon legislature was in
session and was considering the ad-
visability of the state constructing its
own railroads, Mr.E, II, Ilarriman got
very busy and told the good people of
Oregon that he would commence the
construction of certain lines in that
:itate immediately. The legislature ad
journed shortly afterwards, and so did
Mr. Ilarriman. —Oklahoman.
Senator Aldrich's contentin that all
the people are producers, and that
there are >10 exclusive consumers ex-
cept the idle rich, is not true in a con-
sideration of a tariff schedule. Onjy
a small portion of the people are pro-
ducers of articles that may he benefitt-
ed by a tariff: and a yet smaller portion
ore owners of such articles between
the production and the marketing,and
these mostly the rich. On the other
hand all the people are consumers of
the articles which may be enhanced in
market value by tarilf rates.
Senator Owen's vote for r tariff of
15 per cent on hides and for a tariff on
crude oii is practically a vote for the
whole tariff,manufactured goods,lumb-
er, iron,sugar and all,for that is the way
the tariff majority is built up, If the
tariff is robbery then the fact that some
citzen of Oklahoma might get a share
of the plmider does not sanctifp the
wrong. Blind Senator Gore is more
tar sighted than Owen for lie votes
and speaks steadly in favor of tariff re-
duction for the benefit of all the peo-
ple, whoever the produces might be.
Bank Examiner's Report.
The report of the Bank Commission-
ers on May 26 shows that the state
Banks had on deposit April 28 $40,99!.
■".>37.31 against the National's deposit
of £38,994,293.36 a lead of 2million,
More than half of this lead, however,
was bought by Nationals converted
mto State banks. The report shows
it total deposit of about 80 million, or
$f>0 per capita for every man, woman
;md child in the state.
A bank report is a cold bloodless and
prosaic thing to study, generally devo-
id of romance, poetry or inspiration,
vet there is that in this report that will
cause those of any breadth of vision to
i ake notice.
It is here demostrated that this
"Maniac colony," this region of "freak
legislation" and agitations, is enjoying
ihe greatest measure of prosperity,and
confidence of capital of any portion of
this nation yet staggering from the
blow of a great financial panic. It is
farth r shown that one of the main and
primary causes of our prosperity is
( hat freakiest of all our freak legisla-
ture, the depositors guaranty law.
In considering these subjects the
words of the old missionary hymn re-
curs to the mind
"What tho with lavish kindness.
The gifts of uod art strewn,
The heathen in his blindness
Bows down to wood and atone.
The monstrous and fatal defects in
our coastltutiou becomes plainer
and more evident as time passes. The
strain must finally fall on the weak
link in the chain. Thoughtful and
patrotic men will not long divert their
attenti )n from the fatal flaw in the
cornerstone. Hon. II. O.Tener a con-
stitution! Delegate and one of the most
logical thinkers of the state writes to
Tllli Citizkn as follows;
"The tirst legislature of
Oklahoma adjourned without
making provision for the sale
of the School lands. Immedia-
tely after adjournment a com-
mittee favored the sale of these
lands met,and under the powers
reserved to the people by the
initiativ and referendum clause
of the constitution, prepared a
law providing lor the sale of
the school lands. That low
was submitted to the people in
the manner provided, and re-
jected by them at the polls."
"The Oklahoma constitution.
art.5 sec.6, provides as follows:
'Any measure rejected by the
people thru the powers ot the
iniative and referendum cannot
be again proposed by the initi-
ative within three years there
after, by less than twenty live
per centum of the legal voters.'
In less than six months after
this law was voted on and re-
jected by the people,the second
legislature passed a law pro-
viding for the sale of a portion
of these school lands."
"Now what the farmer wants
to know is this; If the second
legislature had the right to
provide for the sale of a por-
tion of these lands, would they
not have had the right to make
provision for the sale of ai.i.
the school lands: and if the
legislatvire had the right to pro-
vide for the sale of all or any
portion of the school lands
within three years after the
law submitted to the people
by the iniative petition had
been rejected. What powers
have the people really reserved
under the iniative and referen
dum clause of their constitu-
The reserved rights sf the people
were uulified and lost by the extroar-
dinary grant of power in Sec.7. It is
less a grant of power than a complete
abdication, for the legislature is there-
in given power to reverse the verdict
of the people as often as it may be ex-
It will be remembered that this sec-
tion 7 was ammended and placed in its
present form in the constitution at the
adjourned session, and at the dictation
of that nameless and invisible, yet
powerful olligarchy that has determin-
ed that a government of the people
for the peoole and by the people shall
not continue to exist.
15v means of this section the people
are bamboozled and llim-flamed and
after two years of strutting, high step-
ping and high sounding oratory, are
now beginning to find out that they
have no more Iuiatiativc and referen-
dum than a rabbit. There are referen-
dum petitions and iniatiative measures
All this is a sounding brass and tinkl-
ing cymbal; a useless waste of time
and energy. There is one thing and
one thing only ior the people to do,
und that is to ammeud the constitution
and repeal the authority of the legis-
lature to repeal the enactments of the
By BEV. CHARLES E. JEFFERSON.
1FTII AVKNUE churches will be the very latest on<'s to adopt
■ ^ that most sensible custom of women removing their hats,
a Already we're 'way behind the times becauae we doa t do it.
New York is the best market in the world for fake ha;r
and other artificial aids to beauty. And especially during
the last year there seems to have been a perfect furore for
false puffs and Huffs and ull sorts of "base lendings" in the
"very best society." Perhaps the women wear the big hats
to cover up connections!
At any rate, 1 notice that the ladies with the most elabor-
ately dressed hair usually appear in the most—cr, magnificent millinery,
and are shyest about removing it. (
Now 1 never would command the women in my congregation to ' un-
cover." Oh, yes, a pastor has unquestionably the right to such a procedure
if he wishes, hut you know it's much better not to force women to do
anything—they may do it, but there are—feelings. So—well, I've simply
And I assure you I found a real response. But women are conser-
vative, extremely so, and 1 do not expect quick success.
Then there are real difficulties, I will admit. It is not pleasant to
hold a large hnt in one's lap during service—and, of course, the floor
is out of the ion. _ .
In my own church I have suggested making use of one of the chapel
as a cloak room, where the ladies could leave their hats, as they may
when they go to the theater. With mirrors and a dressing table, the
hair difficulty might be adjusted.
Why not a union of ministers for a grand crusade against the hat
Nearly all of us are oppose! to hat-wearing in church by women. But we
should organize and make our cause mighty.
There is a third solution of the problem—but I frankly admit
wasn't clever enough to think of it. A woman suggested it to me. She
said that some wise milliner should devise a small, unobtrusive but pretty
and becoming hat for church wear exclusively—and universally. It
should be as fixed and absolute as the opera hat for men. Variety in
trimming might be allowed, but neither style nor season should ehang"
the general effect of flatness and smallness. And every woman in every
church should wear it.
By BAtRY I. HEIMAN
Just because everything didn't pan out
in regal style the first month Henry Jones
closed up his new ice cream parlor and con-
fectionery and lost all the hard earned sav-
ings he had invested in it. Of course, the
business was beginning to show signs of
increase, but it didn't do it fast enough to
suit Jones. Now he's back in the harness
again. Here's where the man that can
stick proves his worth and wins out in the
Most of the flourishing fruit stands,
successful soda fountains, and alluring
candv dftis are synonymous with foreign
names. The reason for this is that the foreigners have a lot of stick-to-it-
iveness. In their determination to get along tlies^ men can no more b«
stopped than the sun can from shining. They are ambitious and their
nerves vibrate with the force of an indomitable will and the intensity of
their desire to get ahead.
That little two by four candy store you pass every morning which
doesn't look as if it did more than $1 worth of business a day, in time
grows into one of the most elaborate and attractive stores cf its kind in
the neighborhood. _ . . , ,
It is cause for wonder that the foreigner, unlettered, crude, and blunt
of wavs, should make great headway in the course of time, while the
American who is accustomed to the people's ways, appreciates their needs,
and probably is polished in manners and educated, cannot make good.
One is a sticker and di>es not give up even it he cannot get three
gquare meals a day. The other has got to dress up to a fixed standard
and must eat, live", and mix in society as befits his station.
The merchant princes of to-day were not whore they are now when
thev first opened up. It. took time. Often failure knocked at their door,
but they wouldn't admit her. They simply kept plugging awav, took no
vacations, and made the most of everything. They had business ability.
Coupled with this, they had a whole lot of backbone and were stickers.
Getting started is "the hardest part of any business. After you have
once got a firm foothold things will begin to look brighter and shape
themselves into the word "success." But you must stick and hold out uu-
til thev do.
The Capitalists who control Cement
nre working for dividends. A dollar
loots Just as good to tlieni whether
made from one barrel or three. HOW
HOES IT LOOK TO FATHER?
Oklahoma has an abundance ol
material and people willing to work:
(!0YER\ME\TS AKE INSTITUTED
among m for common WELFARE
Join THE CITIZEN BAND to help
work it out
Some have said that it is list llie
business of private men to meddle
i with government a bold and dis
' hoHest saying, which is lit to conic
from no month but that of a tyrant
or a slave. To say that private men
hflv^ nothing to do with government
is to say that private ni"u have no-
' thing to do with their own happiness
;or misery: that people ought no* to
concern themselves whether they be
naked or elothed, fed or starved,
deceived or instructed, protected or
i destroyed Cato the Elder,
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Woodworth, D. G. The Citizen. (Cashion, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 1909, newspaper, May 28, 1909; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc98603/m1/4/: accessed April 25, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.