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The Oklahoma Miner
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R. D. ELKINS
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patty that had never broken a single promise. It was
a party of the people, by the people and for, the people.
Who is fighting the administration in Oklahoma today?
Is it the honest toilers? Is it the rank and file of our
citizenship? No. It is the corporations and trusts,
that have tried to buck and gag the administration and
compell the old regime of Territorial days. They have
come up to the bar" of justice and received justice at
the harids of an administration that was elected by
honest voters. Do you not remember the times in ter
ritorial days when the big fat judges would sit on their
bench, which have been sacred to them, and use Jan-
guage that you would not use in the
plow horse? Do you not remember
these laws passed that was a benefit to the laboring
men? Did you ever know of the corporations getting a
law passed that was a benefit to the laboring classes?
I want to make this sugestionIf you want to al
ways be sure you are right in a position you take, al
ways remember this, when the corporations say, "Yes"
you say, "No," and when the corporations say, "No,"
you say, "Yes," and you will be safe and right. Be
ware of that man who says he is a friend to labor and
capital. You can't serve two masters.
With the best wishes for the great masses of lab-
presence of your oring men who have toiled here for years and helped
in Old Oklahoma to make Oklahoma what it is today, and to all the great
FUTURE DEMOCRACY. '
It has been conceeded by every civilized nation that
the citizen is the unit of civilization. The Constitution
of the United States guarantees to him the right of life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is my purpose
under territorial government when your own
children, who were as dear to you as the apple of your
eye, were compelled to sit in the same room with kinky
headed negroes, at sehool? Do you not remember when
your wife was compelled to stand up on the train or go
in the smoker, and let a negro sit in the palace car and
enjoy all the priviledges that should have been given
him in a separate car?
Just mention these facts and you will say with one
voice, "Thank God for the present administration, with
all their faults I love them still." I am resolved, un
der God, to help make the rough places smooth, and
dear citizenship that comprises one of
under the Stars and Stripes.
the Grandest States
to investigate this proposition ana see it tnese ure iacra , the aws of the land shall be supreme. Some people
and also see if the citizen is really enjoying these pnvi- think that they should change .our party and thereby
lages, and exercising his right in the promulgation of j get a reformation that would help the laboring people,
our Government. In the first place the citizen should j By changing your party here in Oklahoma you will go
say who shall be our officers, in the second place who back lobars, the party that is trying to get your sup
shall make our laws and in the third place what kind of jport is just fluting with you, their promises are easily
laws we should have to obey, The Initative and Ref-1 broken. If you will listen to that siren song they sing
ferendum is a law of the people. I agree with you that! to y0Uf "More business and less politics," they will lull
the Initative and Refferendum has been abused to a you to sieep and carry you back to the times of terri.
great extent. Some people are willing to work a good torial days where your hands will be tied, your feet
horse to death. ' With the Recall in our Constitution it i wm be bound and the Initiative and Refferendum will
would have been one of the most perfect documents be ammended to death until there will be no virture in
ever written by any law-making body. These laws it The only solution to the problem, in my judgement,
were not conceived and brought forth in the hands of ig for all laboring people to get together and see that
Socialism, they were not fostered by Anarchy, neither ' the government is run in the interest of Ihe whole
were they conceived and brought forth in the hands of peoplef and to accomplish this it is unnecessary to or
greed and wealth. They were conceived and brought , ganize a new party what can we hope' to gain by
forth at the work bench, behind the plow or down in leaving the Democrat party, that its principles' have al
the mines where the honest toiler had been working j g stood for equal rf hta to all? In the meantime I
to provide for the necessities of life. These laws came do claim that some Democrat officials have in many in
as a necessity, inese laws were iosterea m me nearis stances denarted from the nrincinles of true Democracy
of honest men, rocked in the cradle of honesty, fed on d havG nlaced tuG nartv of thenponlfl in a verv unfav.
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orable light. If I, as cheif mine inspector of this state,
' elected on the Democratic ticket, fail to perform my
the milk of "Equal rights to all and special privilages
to none". How unlike some of our ancient laws., "That
-kwtv tvn rno KHA'nr" i am ninnn m cmr rnnoTr rnar . . .. ...
iuiguc moivco iiswu . n. Fi.uuu w Qj u"j "-v duties as provided oy law, and betray the trust that is
wherever the people hold the power of government in reDOSed jn me. should he Secretary of State or State
their hands, equity and justice become enthroned. But , Auditor, or anv other State official who faithfully ner-
SOME WELL-BEHAVED WEALTH.
A wealthy spinster of Rochester, N. Y., bequeaths
an annual income of $2,500 to her parrot. On the same
day we preceive nearer home a horse made beneficiary
of a $30,000 estate. Cats and dogs are frequently en
riched nowadays, and even a monkey occasionally in
herits a fortune that would stagger many a human
Yet how gracefully these members of the lower
orders deport themselves under the burden of inherit
ances. The grief of the pet for the departed benefact
or is sincere and is the only emotion perceptible, by
contrast with a human nephew who has been impatient
for the testator's demise and cannot conceal "exultation.
The brutes do not parade their grief, neither do they
quarrel with the other heirs.
Neither the horse nor the parrot above mentioned
has gone on a spree. No cat, dog or monkey unexpect
edly enriched ever splurges, but coridiicits itself as quite
to the manner born. The brutes do not become boor
ish. Not even the parrot will talk about its money.
By these "newly riched there is no riotous living, no
wasted inheritances, no snobbishness. They will not
cut their former poor friends. Nor will they be miser
ly or ungenerous to make an evil use of 'money. They
will not put money above self-respect,, above love, a
bove loyalty and friendship; it will in nowise warp their
i healthy natures or curb their simple, wholesome impul
rfses. They will not sell their soul to Mammon.
By the principle of eternal fitness it might be ar
gued that monev was intended for the lower orders of
creation. We of the "higher cannot, stand it half so
well. St. Louis Republic.
whenever the corporations and trusts hold the power of
government in their hands, greed and corruption be
come enthroned and justice will have to take a back
ground. Look today at the nations of the earth. What
means this terrible war we read about? They are a
rousing, as it were from their long sleep, Christianity
has crept into their ranks and given them liberty and
education, darkness has been turned to light, and the
great masses of people are beginning to realize that
formed his duties, be condemed for my actions? My
ranswer to this question is, "No." But instead. I
should be singled out and meet with the severe condem
nation of an outraged public. No man should leave
his party, because a rascal gets into it, but instead, he
should stay in the party and help to rid the party of
these rascals and crooks and thus make the party just
what Jefferson and Jackson intended it to be. As for
myself, there is no rascal or crook big enough to creep
they nave a power tnat snouio De recognized, ine into the Democratic party and drive me out. I intend
King who had for years been squandering the money I to stay in the party and heip to keep such men from get.
that belonged to the honest citizens, kept it a secret i ting eiected to office. If you have a hypocrite in your
from them as long as they were kept in ignorance. chJrch, are you going to leave the church and turn it
But just as soon as the people became enlightened, they over to njm? n0 you w stay in your cnUrch and help
arose and took the throne from the king, and in his to get tbe hypocrite out. The same rule will apply to
rage he threw the crown at the feet of a dancing maid- political parties. Some people never decide the Demo
en and the monarchy was transformed into a republic cratic party is corrupt until they have been defeated
in a single day. An idea or thought that is rocked in for office at the hands of the Democratic party. No
the cradle of ignorance always puts greed and corrup-1 doubt) had they been elected to office, they would be
tion on the throne. I ask you people who have lived , ont todav defGndinir the nrinmnles of nemnoraov.
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Gas-electric motor cars are to be; put in service on
the Missouri & North Arkansas Railway between Selig
man and Eureka Springs. These are the last work in
rapid transit. A gasoline motor furnishes the power,
but it is not applied directly o the axles. The motor
actuates a generator, and the electricity is used as in
an ordinary trolley car. This gives much greater
smoothness of operation. Such cars are economical;
realize the acme of comfort and can negotiate grades
impracticable for steam.
"Ethereal asphyxia" and "aerial somnopathy" are
the names invented by the doctors for the fatal loss of
control of aviators who drop to oblivion. The terms
suggest some fatal loss of control by orators also. Is
Mr. Roosevelt's oratory pathological?
here in Oklahoma before you had a single law passed
that was a guarantee to your rights, I ask in all hon- j
esty and candor, did you not wish for someone to come
as a "Lion from the North" and whip back the powers
of darkness and get statehood for a Common people
who had looked to the Republican party for years, ex-
I am proud of the record of the Democratic party.
They have always given to the honest toilers his wish
es. When the Federation of labor came to the Legis
lature of Oklahoma and emplored that body to put
certain laws on the statutes, did the legislature turn a
deaf ear to them? When the Farmers' Union asked
After four years have passed, Uncle Joe Cannon
has decided that Oklahoma is about one of the best
States in the Union.
pected, prayed and nay cried ior tne time to come i for jaws that was a protection to them, did the legisla
when they could go to the polls and vote for the man of tUre not give them just what they wanted,? The Dem
the people to come and lead them forth to throw off the ocratic party stands so close to the people, that it can
"Yoke of Bondage' that had held them down so long, feel the very heart throb and pulse beat of the great
while carpet baggers, office holders and crooks had been masses of working people. We stand today, on the
flirting with the dancing maidens and squandering the very threshold of success, both locally and nationally,
money that belonged to the honest citizens. The time j The people realize who is their true friend and will
is here when the honest citizen can go to the polls and ! stand by the Democratic party.
as a mighty falinx and say who shall go to Congress, to I The Democratic party stands ready to champion
the Senate and hold the various offices of our own the cause of the people against the corporations. This
great State of Oklahoma. I trust that you will realize ct was demonstrated when the Constitutional Con
that every citizen has a vote, it is counted as a unit and , ventj0n .put a clause in the Constitution, which is .our
is put on record to be read by the generations yet un- basic law, requiring the rail-road companies to charge
born. You can do or you can undo, you can speak and not more than two cents per mile. That is a law which
the servants will bow, you can legislate and the lawsjfe in the interests of the people and the Supreme Court
you make shall be supreme. How dare an officer vio-,of the State said it was constitutional; but the rail-road
late the trust you have given him? Under the Recall , companies, knowing just where to appeal it, took it to
you can put him out just the same as you would one of I a COurt that was a friend of the corporation, and got
your farm hands I ask you who gave you the Initia-; the court, which is a Federal court, to say that the law
tivs and Refferendum? Was it the Republican party j wa8 un-constitutional. So you can easily see that the
that had been flirting with you for years and feeding Democratic party has gone their limit for the masses
youonuroKtJn promises was it tne carpet Daggers ; atrainst the nlnssps Almost, in avpw msp th Federal
that had been here for years and keeping you under
their gag'rule? Was it the moneyed powers that had
become fat at the hands of the government they had I
controlled? You will say "NO" from the bottom of
your heart, and you will agree with me that it was the
courts have decided in favor of the corporations against
I want to ask one question of the laboring people.
Who made it possible for these laws to be put on our
statutes? Was it not the Democratic party that had
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