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VOL XIV. NO. 225 VINITA, OKLAHOMA, MONDAY, JANUARY 20. 1913. FIVE CENTS PER COP"Y 11. F Attorney General West Makes Serious Charges Following Dismissal of Forgery Case. Oklahoma City, Jan. 20. A few hours after a charge of forgery against State Printer Giles V. Farris, In con nection with the publication of the famous Oklahoma lied Book, had been dismissed in the justice of the peace courts here on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to make a ease, Governor Cruce transmitted to the house of representatives letters and documenis by Attorney General West as the grounds for impeachment pro ceedings "gainst the state printer upon the same complaint which the courts had dismissed, aad for impeachment proceedings against State Auditor Leo Meyer, also. The attorney general, in the ltter the governor transmitted, not only holds that testimony in the justice of the peace hearings proved the lia bility of the state printer to impeach ment, but connects State Auditor Leo Meyer with him as an accomplice, and alleges in plain language that the Red Book "practice" is the least of the matters that will be presented to the legislature in regard to the state audi tor. "The entire transaction of the Red Book, in connection with the testimony of Meyer (in the Farris hearing on the forgery charge," says the attorney gen eral's letter, "raised the question of whether Meyer was no an accomplice of Farris in this transaction." More Serious Charges Also. And I suggest," the letter continues, "that the legislature consider whether impeachment proceedings should not be brought against the auditor on that account, but we have other items much greater than that that show the capa bility and criminality of Leo Meyer which in the near future will be placed with you." The attorney general's letter was ad dressed to the governor, and enclose a transcript of some of the testimony in the Farris hearing before Justice of the Peace J. J. Beall. Governor Crucce sent the letter and transcript to the hous:? of representatives with a brief and non-committal message in which there was no recommendation vhat"Ter. Speaker Maxey referred the guberna torial letter and enclosures to the com mittee on impeachment and removal of stat-3 officers, of which John P. Crawford of Ada is chairman. Mr. Crawford immediately gave formal no tice to State Printer Farris and State Auditor Meyer of the accusations by the attorney general, and set 11 o'clock Monday in the hall of representatives as the date for preliminary hearing. In reference to the testimony given in Justice Beall's court on the forgery charge which was dismissed. Attorney General West says: "The state proved by Colonel Striker, editor of the Tulsa Democrat, to whom the warrant upon which his name is alleged to have been forged was issued, that he had not luthorized the Indorsement on the war rant and that lie and the company were entirely without the knowledge of how the warrant got there. Presented by Farris. 'The state proved that the warrant was delivered to Giles W. rams in person and by him was presented to the City Stote bank for sale, bearing at that time the forged indorsement, 'The Democrat Publishing company, by W. M. S.' The attorney general continues that the City State bank bought the war rant, paying for it a $490 cashier's check; that later on the same day, Jan uary 9, 1912, this cashier's check was presented by Mr. Farris to the Wilkin Hale State bank "in puymont of the sum of $250 on a $350 note then owing by said Giles W. Farris to said bank," MEYER AND IS UNDER CHARGES Women's New English Walking Shoes Lace, Wide Heel, While. Hlack and Tan They are the very latest M1LF0RD - BERGER SHOE COMPANY 1 1 1 Smith Wilson Si . and Mr. Farris in addition to the credit of $250 on the note received from the Wilkin-Hale bank $140 in cash and a cashier's check for $100. The attorney general practically im plies that the testimony of State Audi tor Leo Meyer in the justice court, which had a great deal to do with the dismissal of the charges against Mr. Farris, was that of an accomplice, and is not worthy of credence. In regard to Mr. Meyer's testimony that the al leged forged signature much resembled the handwriting of Seth K. Cordon, the deceased compiler of a portion of the Red Book, the attorney general says: "Even if the handwriting is Vordon's Farris is accessory to forgery. Meyer's Connection. "In view of the participation by Leo Meyer in the Red Book practice,' of which this action is a part, his opinion, of course, becomes negligible." State Auditor Leo Meyer has been in the service of the state since slate hood; being the assistant secretary of state during the "first administration" under Secretary of State Bill Cross, and during a major portion of that period was the practical head of the department of state, due to the almost continuous illness of his veteran su period. He was a candidate for Secre tary of state in the democratic pri maries of 1910, was defeated on a close vote by Benjamin F. Harrison, present secretary of state, and, as Bill Cross, successful candidate for the nomina tion for state auditor, died the day he was nominated, was chosen by the democratic state central committee to the vacancy on the ticket for state auditor. State Printer Giles W. Farris was elected state printer in 1910, after hav ing beaten a number of opponents in the democratic state primaries. Proceedings Expected. The impeachment proceedings against the two high state officials created no surprise, and have been ex pected in the house of representatives ever since the first day of the session. For months the tension between var ious state departments has been strait ed, owing to the particulars sur rounding the Red Book contract and the state examiner and inspector's in vestigation, and in as great degree, to the efforts of Attorney General Charles West to learn who got the rest of the money fro mthe Bill McBrine warrants, of which the attorney gen eral says McBrine himself got only about half, leaving approximately, ac cording to the attorney general, some thing like $14,000 to be accounted for. As a result of the attorney general's efforts to connect the state auditor with the McBrine warrants, there has developed a natural and bitter feud be tween Mr. West and State editor Meyer, and Mr. Meyer himself began the open fighting several days ago when he furnished members of the legislature with copies of expense ac counts of the attorney general's office since statehood, which led to resolu tions being introduced into the house accusing the latter of "unspeakable prodigality." Knowing what was coming, Speaker .Maxey of the house of representatives, which always acts as prosecutor in im peachment proceedings, placed some of the ablest men of the house on the committees on impeachment and re moval and investigation of judiciary and executive departments. The chair man of the democratic house caucus, John P. Crawford, being made chair man on impeachment and removal. The other members of the impeach ment committee are Smith of Pottawa tomie. Hill of Pittsburg, Bolen of Okla homa, Pinkham of Kay, Wyand of Muskogee, Chase of Nowata, McGuire of Logan and Vosburgh of Woodward. Mr. Vosburgh being the leader of the republican minority. Duty of Committee. Ii will be the duty of the committee on impeachment and remoTal to pass upon the accusations submitted to it. and If they are found substantial and serious, to prepare articles of impeach ment to present to the house, the house then passes tion the articles, and if tcoiitinU'id on last page) E IN IMPEACHMENT Proceedings Will Be Governed By Action of Those in Charge Whose Move is It? Oklahoma City, Jan. 19. Chairman John P. Crawford of the committee on impeachment and removal of the house of representatives announced Sunday that the committee would take up the matters filed with the house Saturday with reference to State Printer Giles W. Farris and State Auditor Leo Meyer at eleven o'clock Monday morning. There is some difference of opinion as to whether the governor's message and the enclosures of Attorney Gen eral West's accusations constitutes the beginning of impeachment proceedings. The only reference to impeachment in the message and enclosures is in the letter from Mr. West, and it was ad dressed to the governor and was not necessarily a public communication. Some legislators take the position that tho numerous resolutions intro duced in the house and directed at the expenditures of the attorney general himself could be considered the pre liminaries to impeachment proceedings just as well as the attorney general's letter to the governor. The attorney general's letter, they say, is really nothing more than charges such as any individual could make and has t:o more force in bring ing on impeachment proceedings than would uy Other letter filed with the house. The general concensus of opinion is, that until the committee on impeach ment and removal decides that there are grounds for impeachment proceed ings, such proceedings have not in reality begun. As to the attitude of the committee o niinpeachment and removal. Chair man Crawford made a statement Sun day as follows: "The impeachment for high state ot her is a matter of unusual seriousness. Only the appearance of some grave offense or misconduct warrants the institution of such proceedings. We have recently seen our national con gress try and condemn a federal judge and the sentence that was there pro nounced will be remembered a long time for its solemnity and terrible finality. "The house prepares the articles of impeachment; the senate conducts the trial. It is the duty of our committee to decide whether any charges filed against a state officer have the gravity and substance sufficient to warrant him being tried before the eminent senators for his official position and future. On the one hand is the char acter, honor and position of the state officers accused; on the other, are the interests of the people of the state of Oklahoma who must be protected from high malfeasance of those to whom they have enthrnsted their supreme offices. "With this responsibility upon us, the committee will not be inclined to go carelessly about its duty. Wo will demand from accused and accuser no farcial charges or replies, but the truth and proofs of the truth. We will de mand proof of the charges, and if good simv.lance of proof there be, the com mittee will so report to the house with its articles of impeachment; and if there are no proofs, and no appearance of proofs, we will so report to the house, with the recommendation that it deal not lightly with the false ac cuser." Oklahoma Boy Wins Prize. Grand roping contest at Mexico City, Jan. 1 and 2, prize $200, won by Erick Williams, Claremore, Okla.; also grand record of the world, time W'z seconds, over 20-foot score; donations from grand stand $800 in money. Foreman of R. O. Cattle company makes Wil liams present of the famous horse. Mexico Boy, which he is shipping bark to Oklahoma Horses loaded the 9th for Oklahoma. The meetings at the Church of God ji.l, tue r.tnpire iiiock aie progressing nicely under the direction of the min ister in charge. The meetings will continue at least t;ntil the first of next month. Chief oi Police C. H. GoodpT- ter, lias received word that Herman hevenot, th( tiygro who Is charged with rob bing Ben Rose's resident 'aat sum mer, was in jail in Pensat l Florida, and will not return here without a requisition. Chief Goodpaster may go to Florida after him. CUIUS MOV E Al OKLAHOMA CITY A Pair of Cool Ones. Over in the southeast corner of the legislative hall Bits two of the as sembly's most quiet and undemonstra tive members, yet they are both power ful men. They are learned ii.en, both of them. They are, also, both men of great good judgment. They ate both students. The men are Hugh Bolen, of Oklahoma county and Charles rink ham, of Kay county. Neither man has, so far, been on his feet to tall;, yet both are powerful speakers whet, oc casion arises. Both watch the pro ceedings closely, and when the ses sion ends no other two, its OUT gutSB, will have as many correct votes to their credit. A Healthy Sign. Your reporter is glad to note thl rapid clearing away of the smok ; and dust that filled tho atmosphere du-tng and for a few days after the speaker ship fight In the legislature. Wheu Mr. Maxey took his place as speaker he got down to work at once, spend ing no time whatever in: useless over tures. He apparently took it for granted that the other candidates and their friends were meu of business tact, and the other candidates and their friends apparently appreciated this, as one and all followed the cue of the speaker, and got down to work without any further ado about it. An4 the smoke is rapidly clearing away. Ths speakership fight is forgotten, and on all sides are heard words of com mendation for the speaker. Speaker Maxey has the confidence of the hous. He is liked as a presiding officer by the members. This legislature will do a great deal of good work, If all signs do not fail. Harreli Acted the7 Man. Few understand Just how much power the chairman of the dominant political party In a state has when it comes to picking out a complement of officers to look after the business af fairs of the state. The state chair man can just about name the men who load, if he ;;es fit to do so. And emer gencies may at times arise when the state chairman would be justified in issuing a few ultimatums, ("diets and commands. Luckily that emergency has, so far, not arisen in Oklahoma. Then, the dominant party in a state is fortunate indeed when It Is presided over by a man who can at all times keep his head, not get excited and jump in. Tho recent speakership contest in the legislature is a case in point. Chair man Harreli could, had he seen fit, been the most powerful factor in the scrap. He could, likely, have picked a speaker for the house, but he didn't. He would have taken a hand, had the conditions demanded it. But, he looked the field ovr, saw that all were good men, and kept strictly out of the con test. The democrats in Oklahoma have a man at their head Just now. Children Got the Money. Checks have been sent to the county superintendents of the counties of the 3tate for the second common school apportionment for the year 1912. $1.00 for each pupil of school age in the state was sent out, a total of $1.95 per LEGISLATIV New 1913 Styles in WALK-OVER SHOES For Men Most Styles The World's $20.00 Waterproofed Overcoats $14.95 capita for the year. This apitortion ment, for 1912, is the highost the state authorities have ever made, exceeding that of 1911 by 15 cents. The increase In the size of the ap portionment is largely to be credited to the stringent enumeration plans put in effect by State Superintendent Wil son. The several districts of the state reported in 1911, 556,854 pupils, for 1912 but 541,590 were reported 15,264 less pupils drawing state money in 1912 than In 1911, yet the population of the state is constantly Increasing rapidly. Strict enrollment rules is the cause. Superintendent Wilson is to be commended for the good work done by his department of our state ,"Ov eniment. $595,749 was distributed among the common school districts this time. Legislative Notes. The lower house passed a resolution favoring forfeiture o. jobs and loss of pay for any slate employee that Is caught lobbying. W. .1. Bryan Is to be asked to ad dress the legislature some time during the bcsbIoii. A resolution to this ef fect passed unanimously. .1. Boy Wil liams offered the ri'solutlon. Representative Roberts, of Texas county, had to travel 4I!8 miles to get to the capital. Oklahoma is some state. Representative Teuer, of Pottawa tomie county, has bills In the legisla ture having for their very commend able object the reduction of court costs. Its to bo hoped the bills will receive the careful attention they de serve. Caaft costs can certainly stand quite a bit of pruning. Tho Toner bills provide for Jury fees to be foxed to tho losing side In cases tried. Provides that, joint defendants may be tried Jointly or severally, In tho discretion of the court. Prohibit the summon ing of more than live witnesses to testify to any one fact. Tho Farmers' caucus has a perma nent organization perfected. Hugh A. Randall, of Oklahoma county, is presi dent and .1. K. ix'inen, of Grant county, secretary. The Farmers have '.'A mem bers. The I 'lilted States senator will be elected before this Is read by the pub lic. The election will be but a matter of fform, re-electing Robert L. Owen to succeed himself. Speaker Maxey served in the second and third legislatures, elected from Pot county, moved to Muskogee county and was elected to th present legis lature from that county, something of a feat in itself. Blnssingame. of Sullisaw, is always in his sent in the senate, one of th hard workers. Rut Senator Plossln game lenrned to work while in the newspaper business. W. B. Anthony, of the Marlow Re view, is secretary to Lieutenant-Gov ernor McAlester. A good selection, i Anthony is one of the best posted men. in the state on public, affairs. One bill for re-districting the stale has, so far, been introduced. Its by Barrett, of Shawnee, and provides for eight congressional districts. Senator Barrett thinks all of the districts will be safely democratic. So far no one has suggested an In vestigation for the Democratic Press Bureau. A Demand For Salt. As the days go by it become more and more evident that the members of the legislature will have to be on th'-ii guard or they will, without Knowing it, be Influenced to the detriment of (Continued on I.,, t Page) $4.00 Favorites VINITA'S BIG DEPARTMENT STORE NEW LOAN COMPANY In the market for 1, 2, 3 and 5 year farm loans Prompt Service Best Rates GERMANIA INVESTMENT GO. itoom 4 Cherokee Bldg. GIRL IS KILLED FOR CORN THIEF. Missouri Farmer Mayes an Awful Mis take From Barnyard Noise. Nevada, Mo.. Jan. 19 Rossa Duff was killed and her father, Jacob Duff, wounded near here early Saturday by Charles Beetle, a farmer, in what Is believed to hare been an attempt by tho girl to run, away. Beetle was awakened by noises In his barnyard early this morning. He saw two per sons in his corn crib, cnllcn to tbiui and received no answer. Believing tfeem to be thieves trying to steal corn, ho fired twice. He saw them no more and went back to bed. Hunters found the girl's body later today and the coroner was called. Tho girl was dressed partly In men's clothe Her father had gone home. Duff, In a statement to the coroner's Jury- said he believed his daughter' mind deranged. She arose early this morning he said, uud dressing in men's clothing, left the house. He pursued her and finally found her hiding in the corn ( lib on the Beetle furm ndJolnlDg his. He was endeavoring to get her to return home, U, yuld, when, Beetle ordered them away and they rat). The shooting followed. Roth Beetle and Duff are prosperous. Duff's wound is not dangerous. Meotle's parents live in Kansas City. "The Prince of Tonight." There was only it moderately si, I house at the Grand last night U wit ness the splendid presentation of "The Prince of Tonight," but those who where there, pronounce it one of fhe best shows ever playing the house. H appeared for two performances, after noon and night. Tom AruoM In the role of th.. Prince" was all that he has been heralded fiwtn the cities he has ap peared in and won the Vlnlta audi ences early In the program. He hue a splendid voleo and In his musical numbers was forced to encore his chorous several times and respond t' curtain calls after each act. The other receiving special praise nnd apprecia tion from the audience were: Clias. Corn n, In the. part of the "gardener;" Daniel Stuart, the fat comedian; Tommy Channon and Misses Bettlo Caldwell and Kvu Carey In, the parts of "Bonnie Stuart" and "Virginia Stuart." The hill was a musical fantasy In ' luce a ts, us 'Icetrteal and scBk effects gave the story ennotod a beau tiful tinge that WU highly appreciated by the eager listeners, who gave vent to that appreciation In long rounds of applause. Alt In all, the bill was one that the patrons of the theatre can consider themselves fortunate In being able to see In a city of this size. $15.00 All Wool Suits $10M