The Gotebo Gazette (Gotebo, Okla.), Vol. 20, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 31, 1921 Page: 2 of 10
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GOTEBO OKLA., GAZETTE
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M. E. Trapp, lieutenant governor,
charged with corruption in office, was
vindicated by the senate Thursday af-
ternoon by a vote of 27 to 16 on mo-
tion to quash. The upper house has
been sitting as a court of impeach-
ment since Monday.
"If I were a member of this court
I should sustain the motion of the
lieutenant governor to quash the arti-
cles of impeachment with the excep-
tion of&rticle 8," Chief Justice Harri-
son said. "The clerk will call the roll.
The senators voting to quash will ans-
wer 'aye.' Those opposed will ans-
Senators Briggs, Brown, Clark, Cor-
wright, Cordell, Coyne, Davidson.
Dearmon, Draughton. Fleming, Harri-
son, Hensley, Hill, Holloway, Ingra-
ham, Johnson, LiJlard, Mrs. Looney,
Lynch, McPherren, Morton. Nichols,
Pugh, Ratlift, Simpson, Spurlock, West
and W. H. Woods: "Aye."
SenatorsBriggs, Brown, Clark, Cor-
nett, Durant, Frye. Glasser, Golobie,
Harvey, Horner, Land, Leedy, Sher-
man Wallace, Wells and.E. E. Woods:
And thus the court held grounds on
which nine articles of impeachmefft
voted by the house of representatives
were based unworthy, held with at-
torneys for the defendant who had
charged political conspiracy and held
against An argument that alleged
transactions of the lieutenant gover-
nor in bonds in Adair, Creek and
Seminole counties brought the office
of the second executive" of the state
into corruption, and the chair and
gavel of the presiding officer of the
senate were returned to him.
Mathews Predict* Good Effect.
"The filing of these charges against
Lieutenant Governor Trapp will have
a wholesome effect on county bond
issues," predicted R. H. Matthews,
chairman of the house committee of
prosecutors, after the decision of the
senate. "I believe this proceeding will
put an end to the illegal practice of
taking Judgments against counties
when no indebtedness exists in order
that funding bond issues may be made
to obtain money without a bond elec-
tion. That much has been accom-
plished, beyond a doubt.
"We have no complaint against the
court of impeachment. The decision
was upon a question of law only. The
defense did not attempt to contradict
the charges during the time the case
was pending in court.
"The court held that the acts of
which we complained were not of-
fenses until after a court should have
•cognizance of them and obtained a
conviction. We held that the acts
were offenses when they were com
mitted, whether a court recognized
them or not Upon that question of
law the caae was decided.
For the second time senate bill No.
285, by R L. Davidson of Tulsa, pro-
viding for the submission to the elec-
torate of the state of the question of
whether or not there shall be a consti
tutional convention, lost in the senate
Among measures which were passed
by the upper house was the senate bill
by W. J. Holloway of Hugo, whleh
creates a commission of educational
survey and authorizes an appropria-
tion of $20,000 for its use.
The boxing bill came out of com-
mittee in the senate so amended as to
be virtually killed, according to its
sponsors. This measure has been plac-
ed on special order for 10 o'clock Fri
day when its status will be decided.
There has been 637 bills introduced
in the house of representatives and
438 in the senate at the close of the
aession of April 25 after 12 weeks of
lawmaking and about 85 bills signed
by the governor.
At Friday's session there was live
Aew bills introduced in the house and
lour in the senate.
Total appropriations of $9,484,027 for
salaries, maintenance, equipment and
repairs at all state institutions for
the next two years is provided in the
general appropriation bill which the
bouse of representatives in committee
of the whole considered Tuesday and
.recommended for passage. The bill
calls for expenditure of $367,376 more
than the original bfll reported out by
the appropriations committee and
9929,235 less than the recommendar
tions of OoTernor Robertson in his
The hill includes appropriations for
thirty-seven institutions. Every state
Institution now in operation is pro-
'Tlded for. No appropriations are
ijnade for the tuberculosis sanatoria
at Clinton, Talihina and Boley, which
were created by the last legislature
which never have been oompleted
Governor Robertson on Thursday
signed the following bills:
Senate No. 312, abolishing the su-
perior court of Muskogee oounty, and
declaring an emergency.
Senate No. 404, reapportioning the
counties in the nigth and seventh ju-
Governor Robertson on Wednesday
signed the following bills: -
House No. 355, authorizing the as-
sessor of Woodward county to appoint
certain deputies, and declaring an
Senate No. 141, permitting the issu-
ance of preferred stock by corpora-
tions, and declaring an emergency.
Governor Robertson on Tuesday
signed the following bills:
Senate No. 127, creating the posi-
tions of custodians of the Grand Army
and Confederate memorial halls at
the Capitol and declaring an emer-
Senate No. 158, making deficiency
appropriation of $5,000 for salaries
and maintenance of Panhandle A. and
M. college at Goodwell, Texas coun
ty, and declaring an emergency.
Senate No. 304, transferring $4,
423.25 of unexpended balances from
former appropriations for paying
maintenance and salary costs at the
state orphanage at Pryor, and declar
ing an emergency
Senate No. 240, conferring upon cit-
ies having population between 3,400
and 3,500 the right to construct dis-
Senate No. 374, fixing the salaries
of county officers of Nowata county,
and declaring an emergency.
House No. 28, providing for a
thresher's lien upon grain and seed.
House No. 47, creating an addition
al judgeship in the eighth district, em-
bracing Carter and Love counties.
House No. 233, relating to the pub-
lication of initiative and referendum
House No. 508, provides for the gift
of forty acres of land to the federal
government for use as a site for a
hospital for soldiers and sailors.
•Senate No. 204, relating to relief and
pension funds for fire departments.
Senate No. 44, relating to visitation
of schools by members of the school
boards and to the furnishing of sup-
plies to teachers, and declaring an
Senate No. 31, amending section
8227, revised laws, relating to trusts
and pools, prohibiting discrimination
in price of articles sold in different
parts of the state.
Senate joint resolution No. 13, au-
thorizing the use in perpetuity of the
Grand Army and Confederate memor-
ial halls in the capitol.
Governor Robertson on Monday
signed the following bills:
Senate No. 89, appropriating $50/«
000 for state aid to union graded
and consolidated schools districts, and
declaring an emergency.
Senate joint resolution No. 8, sub-
mitting a constitutional amendment
raising the limit for tax levy In sup-
port of district schools from 15 mills
to 25 mills and increasing the limit
of aggregate taxation from 31% to
Money bills occupied the house of
representatives Wednesday as they
have occupied i£ for the greater part
of the time the last two weeks. Final
roll calls were taken on nineteen ap-
propriation bills, and fourteen of them
were passed. The bill for mainten-
ance of all state institutions for the
next two years, carrying $9,848,027,
was passed by a vote of sixty-seven to
one, with twenty-four absent, in the
exact form In which it was recom-
mended Tuesday by the committee oC
University hospital fared badly at
the hands of the house. The two bills
for building a nurse's home and laun-
dry, both of which had been approved
by the house in committee of the
whole Tuesday, were defeated. New
buildings for the University of Okla-
homa and for A. and M. college ifiso
were cut off.
Late in the afternoon the appropria-
tion for the new tuberculosis sanator-
ium at Talihina, LeFlore county, was
lost, the vote being forty-six aye, eigh-
teen no, and twenty-eight absent
Forty-seven votes is necessary to con-
stitute a majority. Because of the
large number of absentees, which en-
dangered the passage of bills to which
even slight opposition appeared, <he
Reprimant for A. N. Leecraft, state
treasurer, rather than the presenta-
tion of impeachment charges against
him was voted by the house of rep-
resentatives Monday afternoon. The
action was taken In adopting a report
of a special committee which had
been appointed to prepare articles of
impeachment. The committee Con-
sisted of W. T. Drake of Wagoner,
Bruce L. Keenan of Tahlequah and
W. A. Schofield of Stilwell, Adair
The report concerning Leecraft
made by the investigating committee
of the house charges that he used
his position as state treasurer to levy
"a species of political blackmail" up-
on banks of the state in asking them
for contributions to campaign fund.
TO 1 CAPITOL
JOURNEY IS MADE TO AND
FROM ATLANTA UNAC-
DAU6HEBTY "REVIEWING CASE
Authorities Refused To Comment On
Debs Case When Questioned Rel-
ative To His 10-Year Sent-
ence for Law Violation.
Washington.—Unattended and with-
out knowledge of the public, Eugene
V. Debs, imprisoned socialist leader,
came to Washington from Atlanta
penitentiary and for three hours dis-
cussed his case with Attorney General
Daugherty. The unprecedented trip
of Mr. Debs was made with the approv-
al of President Harding who recently
requested Mr. Daugherty to review
the case of the socialist leader and
make a recommendation on it.
The attorney general, in announc-
ing later that Debs had visited Wash-
ington without a guard, it has been
decided in conference with President
Harding that inasmuch as Debs had
defended himself at his trial, he
should come here to answer in person
such inquiries as the government de-
sires to ask. Mr. Daugherty added
that he believed he had the authority
to place the prisoner on his honor and
that he had assumed full responsibil-
MAJ. GEN. LEONARD WOOD
Washington.—Major Gen. Leonard
Wood will retire from active service
in the army to become the head of
Pennsylvania university after he re-
turns from the Philippines, it was
learned at the war department
POUND CLAIMS S. SILESIA
Seven Vote for Sovereignty cf Poles
In Plebiscite Offlciala Declare.
Washington.—Southern districts of
Upper Silesia, about seven in all, have
voted for Polish*sovereignty in the
recent plebiscite, the Polish legation
here announced upon the basis of brief
official advices from its foreign office.
Two districts have apparently voted
for Germany, it was added, and one
remain in doubt The plebiscite is be-
ing decided by districts and not by
mass vote of the entire province.
French official circles and the news-
papers admitted a majority in Upper
Silesia, but already are advocating al-
lowing the districts which decided in
favor of Poland to join that republic.
The Petit Parisiene says the Ger-
mans carried twelve out of seventeen
districts, the five southeastern dis-
tricts adjacent to Poland voting heav-
ily in her favor, bringing the genefal
average of votes down to 65 percent
in favor of Germany for the entire
SMELTERS STARTING AGAIN
Old Employes Put Back to Work;
Closed January 31.
Ft. Smith, Ark —The Athletic Min-
ing and Smelter company, whose zinc
smelter here has been shut down since
January 31, last, resumed operations
Wednesday. One hundred .and fifty
men who chose to have a shutdown
rather than reduced wages, were re-
employed and the plant is to operate
at full capacity.
IS TWIN TO THE GREATEST
Col. Theo. Roosevelt Assistant Sec. of
Navy Officiates at the
Camden, N. J.—The United States
added the second of the world's great-
est battleships to its fleet with the
launching of the super-dreadnaught
Colorado at the New York shipbuild-
ing yards here into the waters of the
Col. Theodore Roosevelt, assistant
secretary of the navy, and third of
his family to officiate at the launching
of an American warship gave the sig-
nal which sent the giant craft on its
journay down the ways, and Mrs. Max
Melville, of Denver, Col., broke a bot-
tle of champagne over the bow and
gave the ship its name. '
Only One Ship Its Equal.
In size and power, the Colorado is
surpassed by no battleship afloat and
is equalled by only one other battle-
ship, her sister ship, the Maryland,
launched at Newport News in March,
1920. Two other ships of the same
class the Washington and West Vir-
ginia, are now under construction.
The chief characteristics of the Col.
or ado are:
Displacement, 32,600 tons; length,
625 feet; speed, twenty-one knots;
main battery, eight 16-lnch guns; sec-
ondary battery, fourteen 5-inch guns
and four 33-inch anti-aircraft guns;
two submerged torpedo tubes; enlist-
ed complement 1448 men.
The nearest rivals of the Colorado
and her sister ships are the Japanese
battleships of the Nagota "blass and
the British ships of the QUeen Eliza-
The Nagato class of ships, of which
there are three, have a displacement
of 29,000 tons while the ships of the
Queen Elizabeth type, of which there
are five have a displacement of only
27,500 tons. Both the Nagato and the
Queen Elizabeth are armed with 15-
While Great Britain at present has
no battleship equal in all around ef-
ficiency to the Colorado, she posseses
one capital ship which is larger. This
is the battle cruiser Hood which is
the biggest warship now afloat, thotigh
it win be surpassed in size, speed and
gun power by thtf-six battle cruisers
of the Constellation type authorised in
the American naval bill of 1916 and
four of which are now under construc-
Six Biger Ships Authorized.
In addition to the six battle cruisers
of the Constellation class, the naval
bill of 1916 authorized six battleships
of even greater power than the Colo-
rado type. They are the Iowa, South
Dakota. Montana, North Carolina, In-
diana and Massachusetts. Contracts
have been let for all of these except
the Massachusetts and the keels of
the Iowa, South Dakota and Montana
have been laid.
GREEKS TO ABANDON ASIA
Act Due to Disapproval of England and
Paris.—The new Greek offensive
against the Turks in Asia-Minor,
which was planned for the end of
March, has been abandoned, at least
for-the present, according to dis-
patches received by the French foreign
The change in the Greek plans Is
believed here to be ^ue to the at
titude of strong disapproval taken by
England and France and also by the
fact that the projected offensive prob-
ably would not develop the success
Instructions to the Greek army,
which it is believed called for an ad-
vance during the last days of fhis
month, have been cancelled, the ad-
vice says, although Greek troops con-
tinue to debark in Smyrna.
Fast Navy Cruiser Launched.
Tacoma, Wash.—The United States
naval scout cruiser Milwaukee, a sis-
ter ship of the Omaha, first of her
kind, was launched here. Mrs. Ru-
dolph Pfeil, Jr., of Milwaukee, chris-
tened the boat. The Milwaukee, like
the Omaha, which was launched in
December, and the Cincinnati, which
Is to be launched within a few weeks,
is 550 feet in length and her engines
will generate 105,000 horsepower. Her
speed is expected to be about thirty-
five knots, or about forty miles an
14 Hurt In Blast at College.
Atlanta, Ga.—Fourteen students and
professors at Emory university were
pinned under debris and several were
thrown bodily from windows by a
mysterious explosion in the physiol-
ogy building. None was injured Berl-
ously according to Doctor Schmister.
major in the reserve medical corps,
who made a careful examination after
DELEGATES HOLD PLAN IS
TO BE ONLY .AN
8 HOUR DAY SET AS STANDARD
Cut Is 12Zt Percent—Piece Workers
Are Hit Hardest by Pact Entered
Into at Washington
The wage cuts as announced by
the packers will remain in effect
without further arbitration.
The eight-hour day is restored as
a basis for pay and overtime regu-
lations set by Federal Judge Al-
schuler are restored.
The agreement of December 25,
1917, shall remain in effect until
September 15, 1921. At that time
all understandings under the agree-
ment shal) become invalid.
Judge Samuel Alschuler or his
successor shall remain in charge as
administrator and employes and
employers shall abide by his de-
Controversies arising between
now and the time of the termina-
tion of the pact shall be submitted
with written briefs to Judge Al-
Washington.—Prospects of an im-
mediate strike in the packing indus-
try were averted through the mediae
tlon of Secretary of Labor Davis.
Compromise on the part of employes
in accepting the recently announced
wage reduction and on the part of five
big packers in consenting to a six-
months extension of the Alschuler ar-
bitration arrangement made possible
the settlement after three days of con-
ferences in which representatives of
packers and employes and Secretriea
Davis, Hoover and Wallace partici-
During the entire three days of con-
ferences, the representatives of the-
two sides faced each other in* joint
session only twice, each side stated
its case. It Is understood that at th
last moment there was a threat Of
further discussion, but Secretary-
Davis is said to have exclaimed:
"What's the use of arguing? Sign*
The two sets of representatives there-
on affixed their signatures.
The terms of the agreement wero
embodied in letter^ addresesd to Sec- .
retary Davis and signed By the respec-
tive negotiators for the two sides.
"In connection with the matter of
rates and conditions in the packing
houses within the Alschuler adminis-
tration and agreeable to the conver-
sations we have had with you during
the past few days, we hereby accept
your recommendation covering an
amicable adjustment of said matters,
and an arrangement for the continu-
ation of wages, hours and working
conditions as they existed under tb
latest Alschuler ruling, subject how-
ever to the following modifications."
EXPORT INCREASE SH0WIY
Breadstuff Shows a Great Increase lit
the Last 30 Days.
Washington—Exports of bread stuffs
and mineral oils increased materially
during February, as compared 1fitb
the same month a year ago, but cot-
ton exports slumped- heavily.
Cotton exports in February totalled
493,426 bales, valued at $44,332,540,
against 640,320 bales, valued at $135,-
950,127 a year ago.
Wheat exports for the month aggre-
gated 18,648,771 bushels, worth $36.-
836,026, compared with 4,398,18?
bushels, worth $11,988,907 in February,.
Figures made public by the depart-
ment of commerce show exports of
breadstuffs valued at $63,916,506, com-
pared with $43,834,673 for the same
month a year ago. Exports of mineral
oil aggregated 271,187,800 gallons,
worth $46,387,885, compared with 226,-
728,360 gallons, worth $84,181,626 in
the same month last year.
- Ford Perfects Qaa Coach.
Adrian, Mich.—In a gasoline-pro-
pelled passenger coach recently per-
fected, Henry Ford and a party - of
business associates are making a tour
of inspection over the main line of
the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton rail-
way, which Mr. Ford recently ao-
quired. TLe appearance of the gaso
line coach revived reports that Mr.
Ford planned to equip the road with
this type. The new coach has the
carryiug capacity of the average
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