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VOL XIV. NO. 199. VINITA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DKCF.MBER 1J. 1912. FIVE CENTS PER COP A HOI FIGHT FOR SPEAKERSHIP All are Claming a Victory, but It Is Impossible to Get a Clear Line on any of Them Oklahoma City, Okla;, Dec. 17.- The fight for th speakership of the house of representatives is getting warm. The democrats have a clear majority in the house and the choice of the democratic caucas is sure of j election. The democrats have eighty votes sure, and this gives them a two, thirds majority if they stand solid on party measures. There are three announced candi dates for the spearkership and they are all beating the brush to beat the band. They are J. H. Maxey of Mus kogee, J. Roy Williams of Lawton and John P. Crawford of Ada. AH of them are well known over the state. Up to this time the race for speak er has been a kind of still hunt affair. It has been more of a question of per sonal popularity than anything else, hut as the light draws near its close there are outcroppings here and there which givo some evidence of a real old time scrap before the vote In the caucus is taken. . Maxey was elected to the last legis lature from Pottawatomie county. At that time he was a resident of Shaw nee, but has Bince moved to Muskogee and was this time selected from that county. Ho took a prominent part in all of the debates of the last session and was regarded as one of the most influential members of that body. Tie is a young man a lawyer and has a large following throughout the state. Williams is by way of being an ed itor, and his passion is the school system. Any time you want to get Williams on his feet just say some thing about the public schools and lie mm is right there with all the dope and what he cannot get out of books he supplies from his own abundant source of knowledge. He was speaker pro teni of the last legislature, has been a tonspiiious figure in southern Okla homa politics for years and has a fol lowing which is attached to himde votedly. For a time it was thought that he was tied up w tihthe cmfwcm he was tied up with the farmers' cau cus last session, a non-partisan organ ization, composed of all the farmers in both houses of the legislature but on two or three occasions he demon strated his independence and voted against the farmers caucus measures tie is yet a young man, but a force ful character and as combative as Robin Hood. Crawford was considered the lioor leader of the administration during the last session, although he frequent ly broke away form the Cruce recom mendations, notably in the capitol commission fight and the abolition of it is said that he is the candidate of the administration for speaker, lie de nies this and says that he is for Cruce when he thinks the governor is right and against him when he thinks the governor is wrong At the last session he was chairman of the committee of the committee on appropriation. which is by far the most important committee of the house organization and he was reconized as being anim unrtial distributor of the state's mon ey and a close student of the revenue proposition. Each of the candidate claim the election. Crawford's manager as sert that he has already thirty-six votes pledged to him, which leaves only five short of the nomination. Williams' friends are not giving out any estimate of his strength, but give Crawford credit for only sixteen votes at the most. They declair that Williams has the lead and that he will come under the wire an easy winner when the caucus vote is taken. .Maxey's campaign has been vigorous ly carried on all over the state. But uo statements are forthcoming as to his pledged votes, although it is confi dently stated that he is going to be then with the gropes at the finish. There are more than thirty mem bers of the last house re-elected and this holdover bunch is going to cut a lot of Ice before the last role is eall 1 ed. W. A. Durant. present speaker, ' ts managing the Crawford campaign. k Durant is associated with Charles N'. Haskell in the street railroad project I and other things and his connection with the Crawford candidacy leads to the belief that Haskell is behind 1 Crawford, although Haskell himself is not saying a word. Maxey and Will JLuanis anpoiir to be managing their own campaigns. Here where John B. Dool ln, Lon Frame. John R. Williams and the rest of the administration people are congregated, it is absolutely im possible to get any kind of a line on the speakership, further than the re peated declaration that the adminis tration is taking no hand in the fight and will be satisfied with whatever selection the caucus makes. This sounds alright to an outsider, but the insider know that it is just as imposs ible for a scrap of this kind to go on without Doolin and Frame and Will iams dipping in it as it is for a ship to sail without a rudder. At that, they may be of the opinion that it is too early to get in deep and want to test the tempature of the water be fore taking the final plunge. TAFT APPOINTMENTS Government Should Have Jurisdiction in Glacier National Park. NOT CONFIRMED Fight Over President's Appointments Starts on Floor of Senate Execu tive Session Fails. That the national government accept the cesslo nof jurisdiction over the area embraced within the park and that it acquire all private holding in the reservation are the main recom mendations contained in the annual re port of the Acting Superintendent of the Glacier National Park, just made public by the Department of the In terior. "It would greatly add to the economical and advantageous admin istration of the park," says Acting Su perintendent Chapman, "if the gov ernment would acquire all private holdings within its boundaries at. the earliest possible date." Within the borders of the Glacier National Park are attractions for the scientist, nature lover, and tourist un surpassed in any country In the world, tourists of world-wide experi ence pronouncing it the Switzerland of America. The elevations in the park range from 3,100 feet to over 10,400. Within its confines are 60 active glaciers, these ice sheets being the sources or beautiful cascades and roaring mountain streams flowing into innumerable, clear, placid lakes for which the park is famed, the most noted of these being Lake McDonald. Lake .St. Marys, Lake Louise, Iceberg Lake, Red Eagle Lake, Kintla Lake, Bowman Lake, Watertou Lake, Log ging Lake, Quartz Lake, Harrison Lake, and Two Medicine Lake. Lake McDonald, the southern end of which is 2 miles from Belton, is one of the most beautiful lakes in America. It is about 3,150 feet above sea level, nearly 10 miles long, 2 miles wide, and surrounded by mountains covered with virgin forests of western larch, cedar, white pine, Douglas fir, spruce, and hemlock. Upper Lake St. Marys is on the eastern side of the moun tains about 32 miles north of Mid vale. It is about 10 miles long, with a maximum width of 1 mile, and to ward the upper end of the mountains rise in rugged walls not far from the water's edge. Its elevation is about 4,470 feet above sea level. The prin cipal glaciers in the park are Black foot, Grinnell, Harrison, Pumpelly. Red Eagle, Sperry, Kintla, Agassiz, and Chaney. In most of the lakes of the park there is excellent fishing at certain times of the year, and at oth ers many of the streams afford fine sport with hook and line. Within the park boundaries there are many varie ties of game which are indigenous to this section of the country, such as bear, elk, moose, deer, big-horn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, as well as the smaller furred animals of the forest. On April I, 1912, a carload of elk was received from the Yellow stone National Park and turned loose In the park at Relton, the western entrance. Basketball Friday Night. The high school basketball team has been getting into condition the past week for their first contest of the sea son with the high school team from Columbus, Kans., Friday evening. The Columbus boys have been practicing the last month and are reported to be among the strongest schools in their country, while the team that will meet them representing Vinita has only been together a few times since 'last season and may have a hard time in winning from their visitors. The game will be called at eight o'clock and lior- will be an exhibition game first between the two girls' teams of the Vinita school. 'Freckles" at Grand. ' Freckles, " an unusually meritor ious comedy-drama was the attraction at the Grand last night and those who saw the dramatization of the popular novel were well pleased. The audi ence was not as large as the production deserved, but this may he accounted for in the fact that this is the busy shopping season and the stores are open in the evening. Washington, Dec. 18. The long threatened fight in the senate over confirmation of President Taft's nom inations for office broke on the floor of the senate today and in the lir3t skirmish the democrats rat success ful in preventing an executive ses sion demanded by Senator Cullom (republican) The results of the en counter were uncertain tonight but the republicans threaten to continue efforts tomorrow to secure an execu tive session for action on the scores of appointments now pending. A democratic caucus early in the day, in which the democrats agreed to permit the confirmation only of army and navy appointments paved the way for the fight on the floor. In the midst of a speech by Senator Hoke Smith of Georgia, Senator Cul lom, representing the republican forces, who refused to accept the ul timatum o fthe democrats, made a de mand for an exeeutiv-9 session. The democrats filibustered against the mo tion, rushing out into the cloak rooms on the roll call to break a quorum and succeeded in delaying action until the court of impeachment convened for the Archibald trial. Republican lead ers said tonight they would continue to demand that all appointments be treated in executive session on their merits. "We are not going to let the re publicans put us in a corner without warning," said Senator Hoke Smith. "The president has dumped upon us the nominations which have been ac cumulating for the past six months. We have a committee making an in vestigation of them but there are hundreds of them and we have not been able to procure the information, necessary to enable us to act uHn them intelligently. We are willing to take the responsibility if that is want ed. The democrats are anxious for the confirmation of the army and navy nominations. I have prepared a mo tion for an executive session for ac tion only upon those appointments, which 1 will offer as a substitute for any motion the republicans may make." On the basis of figures they have compiled from the records republican leaders are claiming that their demo cratic colleagues are violating all pre cedents in holding up the nominations of President Taft. During the final sessions of the Arthur, Harrison and the two Cleveland administrations, they cite figures to show the bulk of the nominations were given approval by the senate. "The figures show what the prece dents in American history are," said Senator Smoot of Utah. "The repub licans arc not attempting to have con firmed officials whose terms expire after the new administration begins. They are insisting that the senate follow the custom and confirm nomi nations to fill places where commis sions have expired or which will be come vacant before the Taft adminis tration is ended." Dog and Monkey Circus. The Lamonts monkey show arrived this morning from Oklahoma City and wiil put on a dog and money circus the next three nights at the Grand theatre. The troupe consists of fifteen monkeys and a large number of dogs and are so thoroughly trained that they wil do tricks that seem almost impossible to believe. They run their automobiles, bicycles and act almost as intelligently as a man would. Man ager Dan Myers says that this is witli out doubt, one of the very best vaude ville shows that has ever played this city. STATE SENATE STARTS ENQUIRY 'roni the bill, according to Mr. Howard Mr. Howard testified that the hoard still was not satisfied with the price land forced a further reduction of $:!2.).."S after the goods were paid for which amount was credited to the state upon another bill. Asked by a member of the commit tee if it was customary for the board Begins With Puchase of Khaki Cloth ;t0 purohue goodl without competitive bids Mr. Howard stated (hat it. was By the State Board No Cor petitive Bids. not. He explained that the board found it practically impossible to make specifications for certain classes of goods, such as cloth and hardware and purchase on competitive bids without getting inferior goods. An inquiry wus made into the pur chase by the hoard upon requisition of W. H. L. Campbell, clerk of the state supreme court, of 500 units of steel Oklahoma City, Dec. IS. Inquiry into the purchase by the state board of public affairs of khaki cloth for penitentiary uniforms, steel filing t.,es tor the clerk of the supreme court and the manner of placing in surance on state property occupied nlinK faR0B for lne records of the the attention of the investigating com-! court. It was developed that the bid mittee of the special session of the accepted by the board was $11,936, state senate which began its investiga- ist flom wllirl1 according to a tion here today. written agreement between the agent , , , . . inland the board 10 per cent was to be The session toaay had to do with ' " 1 the official record of Lon Frame of jleducl,:d- ., . , . . . , ,. It developed that the purchase was ' . ill,.. . , 1 1 . At . maue on competitive urns out inai several of them were lower than the one accepted. Members of the board 'of affairs, however, who were placed Ion the staud stated that Clerk Camp bell refused to accept any of the goods except those cases wouldn't meet his ! requirements, confirmation was held in abeyance by the senate pending Investigation. The first testimony taken by the commit tee was relative to the purchase of 7,000 yards of army khaki cloth. E. B. Howard, secretary of the board, was placed under oath and was the first witness. In reply to questions from Senator Mcintosh, the witness stated that the cloth was purchased without competi tive bids through John Mhayne of Ada, who represented a clothing house which secured the goods from a New York manufacturing concern. Howard said the hoard made no investigation I as to what such goods could be pur chased for before allowing the requisi tion made by Warden Dick of the pen itentiary and relied wholly on Dick's judgment, who, with his storekeeper, had selected the goods they wanted. The total amount of the bill was $3, 300.45, but complaint was made by Warden Dick that the goods were not up to standard and 5 per cent was cut The matter of boiler Insurance at state institutions was investigated and it was brought out that all boilers at six institutions are insured to cover a maximum liability from explosion of $100,000 at each Institution. An indication of the subject of in quiry tomorrow was given wnen, enair man Thomas of the probe committee asked the board to be ready to explain at the next hearing why a certain requisition for 4,500 pounds of coffee was made at 15 cents a pound and the board finally purchased it at 22 cents per pound. Only three more days In Which you can join the Good Fellows. LETTERS TO CRUCE EXPLAIN JAY WAR One Correspondent Asserts the New Town Folks Have Given Up Contest. Oklahoma City, Dec. 18. Two let ters have reached the office of Gover nor Cruce bearing on the situation at Jay, Delaware county. A business man at Grove related that new Jay people learning of the presence of Ad jutant General Canton there Saturday night, fired into the camp of the old Jay guards with the hope of precipitat ing trouble. No trouble resulted and according to the governor's corres pondent, the now Jay folks have given up the contest. The writer of the letter is one of the old Jay sympathizi era. Another letter came from a resident of Jay, but he did not say in which part of the town he lived, saying that the situation was about as bad as could be imagined and implored the governor to send armed forces there to enforce the court's writ. Adjutant General Canton filed his written report, with Governor Cruce today, giving the details of his visit as told briefly to newspaper men yes terday. The only rec .mendation is that protection be given women and children of both sections of the town in the event of trouble. A story heard here is that District Judge John II. Pitchford will ask the supreme court for authority to hold a special term of court with a view of citing old Jay people for contempt. No request has been received by the supreme court. If this were done. Governor Cruce says he believes the old Jay people would voluntarily go into court, but if not, and the court, could not bring them there, the gov ernor said he would use the state's force to do so. OIL WELL RESTRICTIONS OFF. Oklahoma Federal Judge Disregards Former 200-Foot Limit. Muskokco. Okla., Dec. IS. Oil men are not obliged to observe the 200 feet limit in the drilling of wells .according to a decision of Judge Campbell of the federal court here today in the case of the Federal Oil and Gas company against Seth Ely. The tacit agreement betw n oil dril lers that no one shall drill . ithin 200 feet of the adjoining l rrperty was knocked out by the couu, who held there was nothing to prevent a man from dilling anywhere on his own land. 6BS- i II Famous Books for Boys and Girls 1000 Rf Hilar 59c Booh on Sale t 35c or 3 for $1 Tin- Boy Scout Series, J) read naught Series, Bung alow Series, Motor Rangers, Boy Aviators, liord- r Boys, Boy Inventors, Motor Cycle Boys. The Motor Maids, Girl Aviators, Ellis Series, Cattle man Series, Meade Series, Carey and Alcott Ser es and dozens f others. Here are a few of the hundreds of different titles - Alt 35c or 3 far $1 50c Rooks for 35c 3 for $1 By Mail 2c Extra Hoy Aviators in Polar Hash Boy Aviators in Africa Uiil Diddon, Trapper The Forest Spy The Hunter's Cabin In the Apache Country The Jungle Fugitives The Lost Trail Old Ironsides The Hanger Seth Jones The White UustauK Frank on a Gunboat float in the Forest Boy Hunters Hoy Slaves Tour of the World in So Days Peck's Uncle Ike. Ktc. Etc. FOR GIRLS A Girl in Ten Thousand The Girls of St. Blades A Girl of the People Girls of True Dlue A New Fashioned Girl The Sweet Girl Graduate Their Little Mother The Young Mutineers Love or Friend Barbara Ileathcote's Trial Mary St. Johns The First Violin Uobert Ord's Attoneinciii Wooded and Married Guy Manuering St. Elma Ishmael or the Depth Helen's Ilnbies Order of the Kine. Etc., Etc. SMOKING JACKETS something your hubby or (sweetheart would appreciate. They're made of fine all wool cheviot materials, rich combi nations, fancy Scotch collar and cuffs, silk frogs and silk corded throughout. Prices $4.50, $5.00, $6.00, $7.50 BATH ROBES - -make very serviceable and acceptable presents. Made of superior quality material in brown, red, blue and gray, ground with rich novelty pat terns in varigated effects some have bath slippers to match. Prices $3.50 to $10.00 Select them now and we will lav them aside for you. We're Open Nights Till Christmas and you can shop at night here with perfect satis faction for our store is unusually well lighted. Men's Ties This is the "Tie Store" one for every man and boy in Vinita and then some. Art Statuary Priced at 98c to $4.48 VINITA'S BIG DEPARTMENT STORE Xmas Stationery Priced at 10c to $2.00