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VOL XIV. NO. 224. VINITA, OKLAHOMA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 18. 1918 FIVE CENTS PER COPY STATE LEGISLATURE IS STILL MILLING Two-Thirds Vote For Rule Suspension is Adopted. ef-to purpose of the bill, primarily to stop the abuse of appointive state officers tanning around over the state during campaigns helping build political ma chines, Mr. Smith won applause. .Mr. Durant opposed the motion for place on the calendar for the general reason that he usually is against tak ing up a bill that a committee reports unfavorably, and for the specific rea son, he said, that he believed the bill would interfere with a man's personal right to participate in politics. The minority report from the rules committee was made by .1. Roy Wil liams and Representative Cordell, and differed from the majority report only on rule 37, relative to the vote re quisite to suspend the rules. Rule of Former Sessions. The rule In former legislatures has been, that a majority of the constitu tional membership might suspend; the majority committee report changed this and would have the rules sus pended only by a two-thirds vote. The minority report by Mr. Williams and .Mr. Cordell would have followed the old rule of suspension: by a majority vote. Lewis of Kiowa, Welty of Oklahoma and J. Roy Williams spoke for sus pension by a majority vote, and based their arguments chiefly upon the prin ciple that the fundamental democratic principle was, "the majority shall rule." Speaker Maxey made the sole speech in reply, his first speech on the floor and based his argument chiefly upon the grounds that past sessions of the legislature had indubitably proven that the rule to allow a majority vote to suspend the parliamentary statutes of the house had never proven any safeguard to good legislation, and often had allowed very lax and de moralized work. SERVICE I REFUND LAW IS PASSED Oklahoma City, Jan. 18. The forts of republican newspapers make it appear that the house of rep resentatives of the Oklahoma legisla ture is irrevocably split by the speak orshiy fight into a "machine bound majority" and an "insurrectionary minority" was pretty well disproved by the house itself Friday afternoon when a heay majority of the mem bership followed H. H. Smith ia a tight to piit on the calendar a bill in which the Pottawatomie statesman would prohibit electioneering by ap dointive slate officials, and then turned round and by about the same majority- vote backed Speaker Maxey in a fight to change the house rules so that it would require a two-thirds instead of a majority vote to suspend the rules. Mr. Smith won his fight by a vote of 71 to 21; Speaker Maxey carried the two-thirds to suspend rule by 68 td 29. Each o fthe two leaders directed their fight personally, Speaker Maxey, as the chairman o fthe committee on rules, the one committee place the speaker has under the legislative cus toms; Mr. Smith as the author of the bill he sought to put on the calendar. In each casse, they were opposed by other dominant house leaders. Durant of Durant took issue over the question of putting Mr. Smith's bill on the cal endar after the criminal jurisprudence committee had reported it unfavorably. J. Roy Williams, one of the members of the rules committee who submitted a minority report in favor of a sus pension by a majority vote instead of two-thirds, was one of the chief speak ers opposing the Maxey program. No Definite Lineup. In each case, also, a large number of the members popularly misrepre sented to be arrayed with one or the other of the suppositious factions in the house, voted contrary to their speakership alignments. Some of Mr. Smith's most ardent admirers backed the speaker to suspend the rules only by a two-thirds majority; some ipf Speaker Maxey 's best friends voted to put Mr. Smith's bill on the calendar. Neither of the fights were controver sial, and in. neither did the opposition of Mr. Durant or Mr. Williams reflect any "factional feeling." The house put the best part of the afternoon into the two questions, and it is the general opinion that two mat ters of some general Interest was made clear. The first point made was best expressed by a.i observing state offi cer as follows: "It strikes ine that this ought to prove that the house of representatives is not composed of a hundred more or less of wood Indians who topple over the way they ar? pushed, but instead, has a membership of ninety-nine in dependent and rather above the aver age legislators who will move the way their intelligence aud conscience di rects. And I think the republican members are entitled to the same econiunis." Able Debaters in House. The second general deduction, as heard around the lobbies after the ad journment, was that the present house has a greater number of able debaters and parliamentary generals than any house general assembly since the constitu tional convention, barring not even the first legislature with its famous speaker, William H. Murray. It is a recognizer procedure of the house that when a member Is dissatis fied with a committee report on his bill, he may go to the floor at once scribers of the Pioneer Telephone and in its behalf. When Mr. Smith's bill Telegraph company. was unfavorably reported, he made! Exemption Bill Referred. the motion placing it on the calendar,' The exemption law bill by Senator which means that the house would Watrous was taken up and after a take it up as a bill favorably reported, prolonged debate on that sect'o.i of It In a vigorous speech explaining the that exempted household furniture BANK DEPOSITS OF PEN OFFICIALS TO BE INVESTIGATED Offcials Had Some ileges Record Interesting of Trusties. Priv- HIGH SCEOOL FEAST E5 PROV BIG AFFAIR High School Athletes Feast Sumptious ly Occasion Was an Innovation The Lives of Students. Senate Adopts Bill Extending Author Ity of Corporation Corn- Oklahoma City, Jan. 18.- The bill by Senator Mcintosh extending the authority of the corporation commis sion to act as a court in adjusting all questions relating to refunds for pub lis service was passed by the senary Friday afternoon by a vote of :i0 to 7. N'o amendments were made to the hill except those which vere added when it was taken up for consideration !n the committee of the whole. The bill as passed by the senate will no to the house for its consideration some time Saturday. Senator .Mcintosh stated befo;: the bill was voted on in the senile that it was his intention to confer with home member of the house relative to having the bill amended so as to in clude another section witch wi'1 pro vide that at the end of two years, all money in the hands of the corporation commission which it has collectel in the way of refunds and which has net iue.iiesi.er, uKia., Jan. li. The sen atorial committee investigating pen! tentiary affairs, has ordered its audi tor to make a search of the books of two local banking institutions and bring a transcript of all deposits made by the state penitentiary'- Warden Dick, Deputy Warden Fry, Assistant Deputy Warden Oates, R. K. Seaman and II. L. Berry, for a period of two years, and furnish same to the sotn raittee tonight. The investigation today covered the perquisites of officials, such as right to buy goods on the state's wholesale rate, use of trusties for housework and laundry and the making of clothing at the prison tailor shop free of cost except for materials. Many former guards were examined and testified that they believed they were discharged because of their fail ure to move near the penitentiary, either through buying houses in the addition with which Warden Dick was once connected or renting other houses close by. They testified that the feeling of the guards was that they should buy houses in the addition, although the warden always said that' they could buy there or elsewhere, rent houses! or live in tents, so they lived within easy reach in case of emergency. The trusty system was briefly in vestigated. Foreman Cook of the road gam? said that he had handled 237 trusties, and that he was short only two men, one having four and the other six months to serve. Four cases of drunkenness, one case of forgery, two cases of fighting and one case of burglary by trusties since the foundation of the prison have been described by witnesses. Senator Memminger of the commit tee, was taken ill today of fever and has been excused from service. War den Dick is still ill and unable to at ten the hearing. The committee visited the prison this afternoon to inspect conditions. Presbyterian Church. Preaching service morning and even tag at 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. "And they stood every man in his place round about the camp." Sunday school at 9:45 a. m. "And his hand clave unto the sword; and Jehovah wrought u great victory that day." You are informed that the Presby terian church is located at the corner ot Illinois avenue and Thompson street, and you will receive Christian greeting at the services. W. O. DAVIh, Pastor. all be ir. The lointed lire )D ivcr to been claimed by anyone, s turned over to the state treasu need of such a provision was out in the debate on the met the senate and it was in an this that Senator Mcintosh announced his intention of making an effort to have such an amendment made by the This bill is of particular iurerest. to Oklahoma City for if it passes the house and becomes a law, the sorpora tion commission will have authority to immediately take charge of the mut ter of refunding the $60,000 or more which it is alleged is due the su1- Women's New English Walking Shoes Lace, Wide Heel, White, Black and Tan They are the very latest MILFORD - BERGER SHOE COMPANY 111 South Wilson St. There was a strange air of mysterv hovering about the high school build ings all day yesterday. It began early in the day when the superintendent came into the study room and asked to speak to several boys, who as It w;;s generally noticed, were the principal ones in carrying the state football championship to this city last fall. He went from one to another whisper'i'g something in their ear, in retura re always got a vigorous nod and a arond grin lit up the students features in reply. The plot continued to develop throughout the day and the students into whose ears the magic words hal been Whispered became inexpressably nappy as the school day progressed. At the close of school it was announced that those having received special in vitations were requested t moe' at the building at 5:30 o'clock, an -.he school board waR to be there aud had something for them. This was all the student body were able to disco er. At the appointed hour it w.:s noticed that the most of last fall'3 team. Its coaches and a few members of the board and faculty were standing in front of the building, apparently wait ing for someone or something, tiiy did not know which, but the smiles grew broader as the moments passd. Then Prof. Masterson came to ;he door and explained. He and Miss Lois Killion, teacher of domestic science, had had their heads together, and rememmbering that the football team had never re ceived their promised reward for their work on the football field, and as the class in cooking were becoming skilled in their work and wanted an opper tunity to show what they could do they had better give one big ."'just in honor of our team. The affair was planned, the class got busy bached by Prof. Masterson and prepared good eatables galore and then came the at) teriotis whisperings in the students' ears and as a result it was a. goodly gathering that assembled at the build ing last evening. There WMvj four tallies of guests and the things t.'itt they v ere given to eat would make a king envious, especially being prepared by i he hands of the young 'adiea of the high school, and as one of the guests remarked, if such prepared dishes could be a dally affair the dnc- 'tors of the land might starve to death, As for the supper It was served i courses, there being six of t.hem and coffee to prepare them for the feat that was yet to come in the way of speech-making, and those three things composed the program of the evenb.g, eating, drinking and speech-making. I hiring the feaRt the guests were free with their compliments for the. ilass, host, food, and in fact, everything about them aud the amount eate i an 1 the good time enjoyed will go down in innovation in the livs Of the nick in tile endless circle of time that will always remain fresh in the mem ories and hearts of those so fortunate as to be able to enjoy it, aud Prof Masierson, the school board and the teacher and ladies of the class pre paring it will always hold undisputed sway in the hearts of their guests. MIAMI MAN WINS A BIG LAW SDIT State Veterinarians Meet. The Oklahoma State Veterinary As sociation held its annual n ting nt the Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City, Thursday and Friday of this week. There was an unusually large attendance of veterinary surgeons from all parts of the state and the most Interesting and profitable gathering of the association in Its history was held. Several demonstrations in veterinary surgery were made before the associa tion. The election of officers con ecludei) the meeting last night and re sulted as follows: President, Dr. Bel Dobklns of Welch; vice presided . Dr. Martin, 131 Reno; secretary, Dr. C. E. Steel, Okla hnma City; treasurer. Dr. Hooker, Ok lahoma City. Pars ns Sends Testimony. 16, from attachment, it was referred back to the committee of the while with ths request that formulation of a new hill equalizing the exemption la.vs. Sena tor Horton urged that household goo.ls as should be made subject to a landlord s lucky ones present, lien for rent. In the bill as proposed I As the busy little waiters were carry by Senator Watrous, household goods jug away and bringing in the last are mad-.' exempt from attachment. j courses, Prof. Masterson, host and Radical changes la the present iniii- good fellow on the occnBion, rose and ative and referendum law is proposed announced that as the pangs of hnn in a bill introduced by Senator Rod lger had been satisfied and while the die. The. bill would suppres sthe cii-iast dainty dishes were being enjoyed, dilution of petitions and soliciting of he believed It would lie in keeping signatures to initiated measures and J with the affair to hear from a few of require the deposit of the petition with the guests and that he was sure in the county clerk of each county where ! speaking Mf Hie entire company that Parsons, Kaus., .Ian. Mr. Dan Myers, Dear Sir: 1 played LeComte &. Flesher's "Prince of Tonight," here last Tuesday, and want to say that it is undoubtedly one of the best at tractions of this kind that I have seen in many a day and the people of Par sons that witnessed the show say that it is the best of the season. Hope you will be able to do a good business for them as a show of this kind that car ries all they claim they do deserves to gt,t th money. Their scenery and equipment is complete in every detail aud they surely are gentlemen to do business with. Wishing you a good crowd and success the balance of the soason, I nm Yours truly, GEO. SHAFFNER, Manager Elks Theatre. Congregational Church. Sunday school, 9:48. Morning worship, 11:00. Christian Endeavor, 6:30. Evening service, 7:30. Mid-week meeting Wednesday, 7:30. The pastor will preach in the morn ing on the second of the series of ser mon on the Christ. "I am the door of the sheep." "I am the good Shepard." In the evening he will preach on the question of the Phillipian jailor. Act. 16:30-31. You will find these services helpful. Come let us worship together. S. N. Maxwell Wins Suit For One- Atediuoo iUieilAi ui issjsjui q)xig And $22,500 Damages. Miami, Okla., Jan. 18,- Referee Den ison of Vinita, to whom had been Tfr ferred the case of S. N. Maxwell vs. the Miami Royalty (vmpany, filed his report last Saturday, finding in favor of Maxwell. The referee's report shows that Maxwell Is entitled to a one-sixth interest in all of the hold ings of the Miami Royalty company, one of the largest mining companies In the district, also damages to the amount of $22,500. The history upon which thiR suit was based is one of considerable In terest and dates back to the days when mineral was lirBt discovered in the Miami district. In the early days it seems that Maxwell had formed some kind of a co-partnership with the pree ent owners of the Miami Royalty coin pany for the purposo of prospecting and developing the mineral resourced of the district. At that timo most, ft not all of the present owners of th'6 company were medi of moderate means and it was hard to secure money wltn which to prospect. So the story Is tola that Maxwell sought work elsewterlB and sent his earnings hack to the boys to help carry on the prospecting work. In the meantime rich strikes were made and Maxwell's partners secured leases on practically all ot the land in the district. They decided that rh order to carry on, the work it would be best to organize a corporation which they did, leaving Maxwell out. Tie company nourished like grass in springtime and the four or five stock holders were soon looked upon as wealthy men, and they were. It has been reported that the company's hold ings are worth more than a million dol lars. Over a year ago Maxwell brought suit in the district court to recover a pro rata interest in the company's hold ing together with damages. The evi dence was submitted to a referee with the findings as stated above. St. John's Episcopal Church. 'J: 45 a. m. Sunday school. 11:00 a. m Morning prayer and ad dress. Celebration or Holy Communion on first Sunday of each month. REV. WM. H. TALMAGE, Minlster-ln-Charge. persons desiring to sign such measures would be required to go unsolicited and sign it. A bill to exempt from taxation UOtOE or other evidences of indebtedness se cured by mortgages or liens on real or personal property was introduced by Senators McMehan, Memminger and Austin of the senate and King of the house. This promises to be one of the most important bills in troduced relative to taxation since the demand to exempt mortgages I rem taxation Is so great. May Admit Miss Barnard. An effort will be made to have Kate llarnard, commissioner of charities and corrections, speak before a joint S 'bsion of the members of both houses relative to legislation desired by her instead of before each body t'-narately. This amendment was made t the reso lution introduced by Senate- Field al lowing her twenty minute- in Which to speak before the een,V". Senator Field was requested to i infer with the house members relative to such a plan. a few remarks on the occasion should lie forth-coming from the president of the board of education, Hon. Seymour Riddle. Mr. Riddle rising in the emer gency, after having feasted himself, delivered a splendid short ad dress, the topics foremost in the minds of the company, athletics and the school. This was the address of the evening but it seemed that by the good things lie said that a door to the channel of oratory was opened and one by one the guests rose from their chairs in answer to the calls of the host and stated their sentiments in very unmistaken terms. Among the guests who spoke were: Mr. Riddle, A. T. King, Dr. Jackson, Prof. Sullivan, Professors Obrian and Pratt, Mr. Witter, Capt. Scott of the champion team and Capt. Carter of the basket ball team. One hour and a half was spent in the feasting and after speeclies and then the company arose, regretful that they must part, but most hMrty in their thanks to all concern J in giving the delightful feast and even-i-g. The affair was one that is a visible New Ginghams, Percals, White Goods, Laces, Embroidery, Etc. Ladies9 Suits, Coats and Dresses and Children's Dresses at Reductions of from 1-5 to 1-2 WNITA'S yPjjgENORE j