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FIFTY-EIGHTH YEAR. NO. 93.
THE ARGUS. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 4. 1909.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
OKLAHOMA STIRRED OVER
I ways exercised official functions in the
matter of protecting Indian tribes In
DUSineSS Men fear LlTeCi;tne enjoyment of the lands set apart
) SEPARATE SCHOOLS FOR
One Month From Todays The Passing of Roosevelt
JAPANESE IN CALIFORNIA
ror tneir use, supervising tne seinng
On Values of Real
HOLD A LONG MEETING
Executive Formally Charged
With Extensive Frauds
in Town Lots.
Muskosee. Feb. 4. Sixty leading
business men of Muskogee held a mass
meeting that lasted until early today
to discuss the seven indictments re
turned here yesterday by the federal
grand jury, in the government's town
lot. investigation. The me'eting was
presided over by Mayor Martin.
Title Are Good.
Expressions of confidence in the high
standing, integrity and honor of the
indicted men were made and a commit
tee appointed to correct what was
termed an erroneous impression as to
the legality of the land titles existing
in Muskogee and eastern Oklahoma.
Will Not UpmIku.
Guthrie", Okla., Feb. 4. Friends of
Governor Haskell denied today the
truth of rumors that Haskell would
resign office as a result of the indict
ment returned against him yesterday
by the federal grand jury at Musko
gee. Friends of the governor stated
the story is absolutely without founda
tion. Grand Jury Report.
Muskogee, Okla., Feb. 4. Governor
' Charles N. Haskell was indicted by the
federal grand jury, which reported yes
terday afternoon, for conspiracy in
connection with the, scheduling of Mus
kogee town she lots. The maximum
penalty is"$I0,000 fine and two years
in the penitentiary.
Six otiier men, prominent in the af
fairs of Oklahoma, were indicted at
the same time. They were C. V. Tur
ner, A. Z. English, F. B. Severs, W. R.
Eaton, W. T. Hutchings and J. W.
Hill, all of Muskogee. English is now
at Ix)3 Angeles. Cal. Bond iu each
case was fixed at $5,000.
Vnrfer Federal Statute.
The indictments were returned un
der section 5,440 of the federal stat
utes, which reads as follows:
"If two or more persons conspire
either to commit any offense against!
the United States or to defraud the
United States in any manner and for
any purpose, and one or more of such
parties do any act to effect the object
of the conspiracy, all the parties to
such conspiracy shall be liable to a
penalty of not more than $10,000 fine
or to imprisonment not to exceed two
years, or to both fine and imprison
ment, at the discretion of the court."
The men will be brought to trial im
mediately, their case being heard be
fore Judge Campbell at this term of
It had been hinted ever since the
investigation began, two weeks ago,
that Haskell would be indicted, and
he spent several days at Muskogee re
cently among friends and witnesses to
forestall the indictment. The witness
es examined were from Nashville,
Tenn., and Ohio, Haskell's former
Three Indictment Returned.
There were three indictments return
ed. One was against Charles N. Has
kell, Clarence W. Turner and Walter
It. Eaton, the second was against Wil
liam T. Hutchings and Clarence W.
Turner, and the third and
of such lands, and also taking care of
the proceeds for the Indians, and then
the act of March 1, 1901, is referred to.
This act provides for the selling of
lots in the town sites in Muskogee or
the Creek nation reservation at auc
tion to the highest bidder at not less
than their appraised value. The act,
however, contained a provision in fa
vor of persons already in occupancy
of the lands within the town sites in
that it permitted such persons to pur
chase not more than two lots at one
half of their appraised value.
Haw Alleged Scheme Worked.
Under these circumstances it is
charged the defendants, in violation
of section 5,440 of the revised stat
utes of the United States, conspired
to manage matters by means of "dum
mies," so that they finally would come
into possession of many valuable
leases in Muskogee at one-half their
They were first to schedule with the
town site commission the names of all
the persons they could think of in the
different parts of the United States,
and so set the government machinery
in motion which would finally result
in the issuance of patents in those
While the machinery was grinding
the defendants would secure quit claim
deeds from those prospective patent
ees. Having secured the record title
the defendants would then hasten to
dispose of the lots to innocent third
parties. The result of this is argued
as a fraud upon the United States and
also upon the Creek nation, wards of
Many Crime Are Charged.
Overt acts to the number of 47 in
the first indictment, 13 in the second
and 92 in the third are set forth as
having been committed by the differ
ent defendants. These overt acts con
sisted in the writing of letters, signing 1
because of expressions, alleged to have
been made by Whitworth before the
trial began. The defense had fought
strenuously for his dismissal from the
jury box for several lays, while the
prosecution has opposed excusing him
with equal vigor. Two more jurors
are yet to be chosen. x
GETS FOUR LESS
Senator Hopkins Drops to 71 Votes
on 27th Ballot for United
HOUSE PREPARES TO GO TO W
WITH PRESIDENT' OVER CENSUS
Mustering Forces to Pass Bill Over His Anticipated Veto
Cummins' Tariff Campaign in the Senate
Beginning to Attract Notice.
Approval of Finding in Court Martial
of Captain Qualtrough Ex
of deeds, and then making of payments Washington, Feb. 4. In anticipation
and accepting patents from the gov- of the reception tomorrow of a mes
ernment. jsage by 'the president vetoing the bill
In cases where "dummies" refused making provision for the taking of the
to sign quit cTaim deeds or demanded .13th decennial census, members of the
money, it is charged forgery of deeds house today began to muster their
in their names was resorted to to com-.forces in order to pass the measure,
plete the claims of title. notwithstanding the president's objec-
The indictments charge that the con- t ions. Th movement is non-partisan
spiracy was started in May, 1901, and
ended Feb. 3, 1909. This prevents
Haskell from setting up the statute
of limitations as a defense.
BIG FALLING OFF
IN LAKE TRAFFIC
Year of 1908 Shows Decreased Ton
nage on Everything But Hard
Coal and Salt
Washington, Feb. 4. Domestic ship
ments from the various "great lake
ports" were 25 per cent less in 190S
than during the previous season, and
about 20 per cent less than during the
season of 1906.
The decrease was due" mainly to
smaller shipments of iron ore, al
though shipments of all the other prin
cipal items, except hard coal and salt,
also show reduced totals. The grain
shipments show a decrease of 22.8 per
Yesterday in Congress
Washington, Feb. 4. Following is a
summary, compiled from the official
proceedings, of the work of both
houses of congress yesterday:
IIOX'SB General debate on the agri
cultural appropriation bill in the house
afforded critics and defenders of the
last was department of agriculture an excellent
against Albert Z. English, Frederick B. ,ed with an attack on the appoint-
Severs and Jesse Hill. ment and work of the referee board of
T, , . t 1 consulting chemists In the department.
Each one of these indictments first Mr Hefli of Aiabama asked n behalf
recites that the United States has al-'of cotton growers for a government
mommy report on tne consumption oi
MOB SEEKS MAN
WHO PLACED A
CHILD ON STOVE
cotton. Mr. Sturgls of West Virginia
urged an extension of the forest serv
ice. Mr. Humphrey of Washington took
an exactly opposite view, while Mr.
Mondell of Wyoming declared the bu
reau of .forestry the most autocratic
government bureau outside of Kussia.
Mr. Bartholdt of Missouri urged the is
sue of bonds for inland waterway im-
Iprovement, and Mr. Crandler of Missis
Isippi complained of the tariff on agri
cultural implements. Chairman Scott of
.thn agricultural committee closed the
"debate with explanatory remarks on
work done by the department during
the past year. Before the bill was tak
,en up In general debate, the house pasa-
" led the senate pension bill for federal
Staunton, 111., Feb. 4. Julius Green-1 Judges. The house adjourned at 5:29
wald, a coal miner, narrowly escaped senate Senator Teller of Colorado
an enraged mob last night by being addressed the senate in support of Sen
. . . . ator Bacon's resolution declaring that
spirited away by the police. Green- the senate has a right to any informa
wnlrt nlnnnrl n i.miiuM .MM f tht tion In possession of the executive de-
, , ... , , partments. and cited various precedents
lady with whom he boarded on top of to sustain his contention. He claimed
n red hnt stnva hnraiiv iha n. that only In exceptional cases is the
. . , , . , . president warranted In withholding ln-
lioyed him. He was arrested later formation, and declared that congress
and a number of bis fellow workers had never failed to respecVsuch action
heard of the act and started to give had been based on considerations of
fcim what they thought he deserved public interest. The senate- remained
Kf rit v. -.- n executive session during most of the
uou laituu mm lu vui- day considering the nomination of Dr.
linvllle. The child is ina serious con- W. IX Crnm to be collector of customs
iirt at Chnrleston, S. C, and at 5:27 p. m.
mnon- adjourned. ,
Interest Taken In Cummins' Move.
Washington, Feb. 4. Considerable
interest was expressed by the senators
today in the action of Senator Cum
mins of Iowa, who yesterday began his
fight in favor of a specified instead of
an ad valorem duty on imports. Cum
mins resolution calling on tne secre
tary of the treasury for information
showing the cost of collecting duties
under these two forms of levying tax
will be considered by the committee
on finance and will probably be report
ed to the senate at an early date.
Will Use In Kxtra Sennlon.
This data is expected to throw light
on the expense Involved in the collec
tion of ad valorem duties on account
of fraud frequently involved in dec
larations of value and will be used by
Cummins in the extra session of con
gress to show that specific duties are
simpler and more to the advantage of
the government and to honest import
ers than is the ad valorem tax.
Has More In Store.
The resolution is the first of the
many expressions on the tariff which
are expected to come from the Iowa
senator who for so many years before
his election to the senate had made a
record as a "tariff reformer."
Trying to Deceive Congress.
Washington, Feb. 4. John'Norris of
the American Newspaper Publishers'
association sent today to the house
ways and means committee a letter
wherein he charged the International
Paper company in' presenting its ar
gument for the retention of the tariff
on . paper, had deliberately misrepre
sented to the committee the amounts
paid by the paper company as wages
'Underestimated Foreign Wages.
He charged that In making compar-
the relative pay for labor, the Interna
tional company had understated the
amounts paid by the Canadian mills,
and that 12G rates out of 14S cited by
the International, purporting .to cover
its own payrolls, were overestimated
He declared the comparison of wages
paid to American and foreign labor as
set up by the paper manufacturers at
the tariff hearing was wrong and that
the manufacturers should have known
it was wrong.
EAST ST. LOUIS
St. Louis, Feb. 4. Mercantile circles
here heard today that the long expect
ed consolidation of practically all Illi
nois coal mines in a radius of 50 miles
of St. Louis is on. the verge of con
summation. The deal will involve $50,-
THROW THE DISPUTE
OUT OF THE WINDOW
Miners Have Enough of Wranglin
Between President Lewis and
John H. Walker.
Indianapolis, Feb. 4. When the tel
lers today announced the result
yesterday's vote by the United Mine
Workers for the . election of a vice
president and secretary-treasurer,
was found no choice had been made,
Another ballot was ordered.
The dispute between President Lewis
and John H. Walker of the Illinois dis
trict was thrown out of the convention
this morning. President White of the
Iowa district, made a motion to forbid
all' future discussion of the charges
and counter charges and "to throw
them all out of the window and clamp
down the lid on the convention," The
OFFICER DENIES HIS GUILT
Receives Many Messages of Sympathy
From the United States Is Kept
a Prisoner. . . ,.
Legislature Enacts This
Bill Into Law but Kills
THEN LEGISLATURE GIVES UP
Will Resume Next Tuesday Senate
Gets Down to Business, But House
Committees Are Not Named.
Springfield, 111., Feb. 4. The 27th
Joint ballot in the legislature today
for United States senator was without
incident and showed little change iu
the relative positions of the several
candidates. A number- of absentees
cut down the vote for Hopkins from
75 to 71, but was nof considered to
have affected the situation in any de
Ueult of Ballot
Springfield, 111., Feb. 4. The 27th
ballot for United States senator today
Sherman 2. No choice
At the conclusion of J.hls ballot the
joint session arose. Balloting will be
resumed next Tuesday.-
Anti-Clgnret Dill In.
Springfield. 111., Feb. 4. In the sen
ate yesterday an antl-cigaret bnTHfrf
ilar to the one passed at the last ses
sion, but minus the joker that led the
courts to kill it, was introduced by
Senator Humphrey. An effort was
Gibraltar Feb. 4. The court martial
that ft-ied Captain Edward F. Qua
trough of the battleship Georgia on I ade tQ have R ref;rred tQ the Hcense
purges oi pe.ng unaer tne imiuence committee? of which Senator Ettelson
ui mioAicuiiLs at a reception given at
Tangier reached a decision this after
noon. The outcome however, will not
be made public until the finding has
been approved by Admiral Sperry,
which will probably be in a day or two.
Qualtrough has received many cable
messages of sympathy from America.
All Evidence In.
Gibraltar, Feb. 4. All the evidence
in the court martial of Captain Edward
F. Qualtrough of the battleship Geor
gia on charges preferred by Rear Ad
miral Wainwright that he was under
the influence of intoxicants at a re
ception given at Tangier by the Ameri
can minister, Samuel R. Gummere, was
The hearing in the case was held on
the battleship Louisiana and a number
of witnesses testified that Captain
Qualtrough was intoxicated and unfit
for duty. The accused officer, who
IN FEAR OF THE EFFECT
Foreigners Have Millions In
vested and Japs Are Need
ed in Fruit Culture.
Is head, but Lieutenant Governor Og
lesby sent it to the committee on man
ufactures, of which Senator Cruik
shank is chairman.
While the business In the house is
tied up by the fact that no committees
have been appointed, the senate has
started work. Senator Frank P. Schmitt
called a meeting of the deep waterway
committee of the senate yesterday af
ternoon. It was decided to hasten the
introduction of the deep waterway bills
that are being drafted by several In
terests, but which have not been sent
in as yet. It was also decided to take
& prospecting trip down the course of
the proposed canal from Lockport to
Utica, and a subcommittee of five was
appointed to make all arrangements,
Senator Niels Juul being chairman.
Stephennon Still I.arkn Four.
Madison, Feb. 4. Senator Stephen-
took the stand in his own behalf, made 80n lacked four voes of election today
a long statement to the effect that he wnen ine slxin J,ni uailOT was iaKen
was sick and suffering greatly from
He received C2 out of 130 votes. There
fatten nml that hnri tnkpn nniv were inree aoseniees.
one glass of sherry and nothinc after
wards. He had smoked a strong HQ y S TESTIMONY
1 1 In riiTHlrnl Condition l.ove.
Surgeon Crandall of the Georgia, one
of the two witnesses for, the defense,
testified that Captain Qualtrough's I Charles E. Holmes. Whose' Son Says
physical condition was low and that
he, therefore, was extremely suscepti
ble to the action of liquor and tobacco.
The defense introduced as evidence
the record of Captain Qualtrough's 38
years', service and two flattering let
ters of recommendation received by
him during the present cruise. -
He Choked Wife, Found Not Guilty
isons with the Canadian mills to show ( motion was adopted with applause.
TAFT BIDS CANAL WORKERS TO PAY
NO ATTENTION TO "LYING REPORTS"
Panama, Feb. 4. William H. Taft
made an address today to the targe
gathering of canal employes and mem
bers of the Isthmian Red Cross society.
He said the present condition of work
and progress made were a source of
great' satisfaction to him, and that the
engineers who accompanied him had
been impressed with the organization
and spirit of energy prevailing through
out the entire force.
Saya Beware of Lira.
He spoke also favorably of the creat
amount of work" done every day, and
cautioned his hearers against worry'
ing about lying reports and criticisms
in the United States by irresponsible
The American people were going to
build the canal, Taft said. Congress
knew the temper of the people and ap
propriations would be ample to com
plete the canal by 1915, if not before
John Clarkson, Pitcher, Dies.
Waltham, Mass., Feb. 4. John Clark
son, the famous baseball pitcher in
former days, died at a honital here
today from'an attack of pneumonia.
ROADS FAILED TO
Chicago, 111., Feb. 4. Charles E
Holmes, against whom most damaging
testimony was given by Ms 12-year-old
son, was declared not guilty of the
murder of his wife by a jury today,
The lad told of awakening suddenly
at night and seeing his father choking
Mrs. Holmes. Holmes swore uis wif J
died suddenly of apoplexy.
Sacramento, Feb. 4. Johnson's bill
prohibiting aliens from being membei3
of corporations, one of the an ti-Jap
anese bills to which President Roose
velt objects, was refused passage in
the assembly today by a vote of 54 lo
In Separate School.
The bill providing for insertion in
the existing law the word "Japanese,"
compelling children of that race to at
tend separate schools as "Mongo
lians" and "Indians" are compelled lo
do now was adopted by the assembly.
Power Denied Munle ipalit lex.
The bill to confer power upon muni
cipalities to protect the health, morals
and peace of their Inhabitants by re
stricting undesirable. imDroner and
unhealthy persons and persons whose
practices are dangerous to t public
morals, health and peace to certain
prescribed limits was defeated.
Reject the Bill.
Sacramento, Cal., Feb. 4. The as
sembly late yesterday afternoon by a
vote of 28 to 48 rejected Drew's anti
alien bill which prohibited foreigners
from owning land in California! This
decisive vote sounds the death knell
of all anti-Japanese legislation at this
session of the legislature. The senate
already has gone on record in the re
port of the committee which declared
agaiust the passage of any bill aimed
at the Japanese.
There was a large audience In the
assembly yesterday morning to hear
the debate on the bill. Drew made a
strong speech in advocacy of his meas
ure. He declared the president was
not opposed to his bill as it was now .
amended, as he was informed in a let
ter from the president received yes
terday. In case the necessity arose,
Drew said, Japan could raise In Cali
fornia an army of 40,000 of its' own
subjects, most of whom have served
in the army. .
Map Needed by Fruit Growers.
Drew was (followed by Melrose, who
declared that the bill would drive out
$100,000,000 of foreign capital in San
Francisco and a large sum throughout
the state. He declared the Japanese
were necessary to the fruit growers.
as without their aid It would be Im
possible to gather the crops. He pro
duced statistics showing there were
not more than 75 Japanese land own-
ers in all California.
Nathan G. Cole of San- Francisco,
who was elected with the endorsement
of the union labor party, opposed the
Drew bill on the ground that It was In
conflict with the state constitution.
that it was inimical to union labor, and
that it was not favored by the na
tional administration, which ' he said
was dealing with a delicate problem
and should be supported by the people
Feared' L.oh of Foreign Millions.
Probably the argument that had the
most weight with the lawmakers was
that the bill would not only drive out
all Japanese capital but also all other
foreign capital. It is estimated that
foreigners have over a billion dollars
invested in mining and other enter
prises in the state, and the withdrawal
of this capital would put' back the de
velopment of the state 40 years. 'Wnen.
the vote began intense interest was
shown. The result was greeted with
Several Companies Formally Charged
With Shipping Diseased Cattle
I WALSH'S HEARING IS DATED
Arguments in Appeal From Sentence
Set for May 11.
Chicago, Feb. 4. The hearing of ar
guments in the anneal of John R.
Suits were fit j Walsh, who was convicted of misapply-
A JOB FOR LQEB;
Washington, Feb. 4. Congressional
Danville, 111., Feb. 4
ed by the government today against lng funds of the Chicago National bank
me Mooue umo. rrisco. iouisviue which failed several vear eo. was
& Nashville and Illinois Central rail- set for May it by tne Ullited stales
relative to maintaining a strict quar- seUIng of the at this time was 1 leaders have informed President Rooee
antine. It is charged cattle exposed to the nf . ruBaCT(mprit wwoon ' velt there Is little chance of statehood
"Texas fever" were shipped despite counsel over the question of filing ' for. New Mexico and Arizona-going
nuu.iaui.me w me slue jarus, m- hrlf(. In iho tnrougtt at this session. OpDosltlon In
' .. -1 the senate Is given as the reason."
Carrie Clashes With Police. I . Friends of wniinm ih Tr ar.
DROPS JUROR WHITWORTH London,, Feb. 4.Carrie Nation be- tary to the president, made a definite
came acquainted with the London po-; statement today he is to become col
Court Yields to Defense in Carmack I lice courts this afternoon . when she lector of the Dort of New York at the
Murder Trial at Nashville. Iwas fined $7.70 for thrusting her urn- beginning of the next administration
Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4. Judge Hart brella through a window of railway It is also stated Loeb is to become a
today excused Juror Whitworth from I car upon which a cigaret advertise- confidential political adviser of the
serving in the Carmack murder trial Iment, was pasted. v next president on New York matters.