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VOL XIV. NO. VINITA, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1013. FIVE CENTS PER COPY CONGRESS WATCHES INTERESTS OF REDS Senatot Owen Advises State Legisla ture to Protect the Indians Careless With Fullbloods. . I Oklahoma City, Jan. 23 Hotly re senting that the democratic members of legislature were endeavoring to whitewash the various state depart ments, now being investigated under various charges, A. McCrory, of Jeffer son county, addessed the members to day on a point of personal privilege. McCrory held in his hand a copy of the Tulsa World of Wednesday morn ing's issue, which carried headlines to the effect that the adoption of a resolution, by the house asking the senate to join in appointing a com mittee to investigate the various state departments at once was an effort to whitewash the investigation. In an address before the house of representatives today, United States Senator Robert L. Owen, stated that until the state of Oklahoma takes ade quate steps to protect the fullblood Indians and minors, the national con gress in his opinion will not relinquish control of Indian affairs. "So long as the state takes no steps to protect he fullblood improvident Indians," he said, "just o long will the United States at large feel that the obligation rests upon itself." Senator Owen's remarks, while couched very carefully, plainly fol lowed his suggestion that the legis lature consider the matter Of laws to protect the fullblood Indians in their homesteads, and from clouds upon the same, and to protect the Indian minors from fraud in the handling of their estates under guardianships. Senator Owen visited the house to pay his re spects to the members, he said, and to bid them farewell, as he was leav ing at night for Washington because -of some matters being up of concern to this state. At the expiration of his UnofinaTiaress. The house recessed ten minutes while Hs members gathered around Senator Owen to shake his hand in good bye. In his remarks, the senator said that he believes there should be some uniform system of taxation which would apply to Indian tends as well as others. Under old treaties, he con tinued, much Indian land was exempt from taxation. But he did not think it wise for fullblood Indians or any body else to have large farms of fine land not subject to taxation or utilized for cultivation, and suggested a plan for cultivation, of a part of the allot ment as a homestead to be exempt from taxation probably and to be im proved, the remainder to be sold if the allottee so desired. It would he much better, he said, that the allottee have a small farm well improved and producing than to have a, large area of land unimproved and producing nothing for its owner. Senator Owen then suggested the idea of a state law to protect fullbloods in such "diminished" and improved allotment or homestead so it could not be clouded in any way, a statute to make it an offense to cloud such "diminished" homestead. The fullblood Indians, continued Senator Owen, would be glad to have such "diminished" homestead protect ed and improved for a home. With such a system perfected, congress un doubtedly would be more willing to wind up thfl Indian affairs and allow the great Indian population of Okla homa to merge and take its place with the white race, the senator said. In his reference to Indian minors, Senator Owan mentioned the Mott re port and stated that he understood Governor Cruce shortly will submit to the legislature some information on the subject, probably also with suggestions as to changes in the pro bate statutes so that minors, Indians and others, would be better protected from extravagant guardianshjps and loss to their estates. "Otherwise," Senator Owen con cluded, "the state might be credited in the national congress as being somewhat careless in the matter of statutes relative to the protection of the affairs of its children." Bills introduced by Wyand, of Mus kogee: Amending the bank guaranty law as suggested by state bankers. To abolish the county court at Porum. Muskogee county, Okla. New Division Passenger Agent. Mr. James Edgar Davenport, who has been division passenger agent of the Louisville & Xashvllle railroad in St. Louis since 1901, has been ap pointed assistant general passenger agent at St. Louis of the Missouri Pacific-Iron Mountain, effective Febru ary 1st. Mr. Davenport is one of the best kuown passenger men in the country. He is a native of Salem, 111., where he began his career as a telegraph opera tor for the old'Ohio & Mississippi rail road, now known as the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern. Later he was agent for that company at Lebanon, 111., and then came to St. Louis as city passenger and ticket agent for the Cotton Belt. Next he was made dis trict passenger agent for the Clover Leaf, which position he resigned to accept one as traveling passenger agent for the Choctaw Line at Cincin aati. He resigned to become division passenger agent of the Louisville & Nashville at St. Louis. Mr. Davenport has a large circle of acquaintances both in St. Louis and other sections of the United States and is extremely popular with railroad m 'ii mid the traveling public. JUDGE ROGERS OPPOSITION Washington, D. ('., Jan. 24 Owing to the fact that the Oklahoma legisla ture, Senator R. L. Owen, the three congressmen-at-large-elect from Okla homa and commercial bodies through out the state have endorsed the can didacy of Judge R. A. Rogers of Okla homa City for the interiorship berth in President Wilson's cabinet, it is said here that Col. J. W. Zevely of Muskogee, who has all along been prominently mentioned in connection with the interior portfolio, has practi cally decided to withdraw. In the event that Col. Zevely does decide to retire, it is thought that Rep resentatives Davenport, Ferris and Carter will join with Senator Owen and the three congressnien-at-large in urging the appointment of Judge Rog ers in spite of the fact that the Okla homa CUy court records may endan ger any chance he may ever have had for succeeding Secrtary of the Interior Walter Fisner. Senator Gore has not stated his position in regard to the appointment of Mr. Rogers, who was a classmate of President-elect Wilson at Princeton. Judge Rogers is practi cally unknown i:i Oklahoma and it is extremely doubtful if his selection as a member of the cabinet would appeal to the rank and tile democrats in tin; state. Judge Rogers has been con ducting a "gum shoy" campaign in Washington for some time and has some powerful influences behind his candidacy, but even so, it is doubtful if even the Oklahoma congressional delegation seriously thinks that he will be named as, a member of the president's official family. If Albert Burleson of Texas, is of fered the postmaster generalship or the Interior department portfolio, it will preclude the possibility of an Ok lahoma man being named In the cabi net. Representatives Ferris, Davenport ami Carter have been avowed Zevely men in the interiorship tight and will stick with him if he remains in the running, otherwise it is expected that they will join with the other members 0( the Oklahoma delegation in urging tlic appointment, of Judge Rogers. Beyond the generally accepted opin ion that William Jennings Bryan will be offered and will accept the state portfolio,' it is not thought here that Governor Wilson has as yet definitely decided upon the make-up of his cab TRAIN HIT A RUNAWAY BUGGY. Bey Killed at Newton, Kans., Because He Could Not Control Horse. Work began this morning f.t tear ing out the partitions and enlarging the seating space In the Idylour the- Newton, Kans., Jan. 2:'.. George and John, 10 and 8 years old, respectively, sons of Fritz Witmer, were run over by a Santa Vs train here this after noon. One was fatally injured. They were driving a horse they could not control, and which dashed on the track ahead of the engine. Another son was 'nilled near thy same place five years ago. while jumping on trains. The good train facilities bring large crowds of visitors and shoppers tip from Adair and Big Cabin each after noon. They can reach this city at 3.28 and get a return train at six THE CHILDREN TO SAVE BIRDS All Pupils Are Asked by Ernest Seton Thompson and John Burroughs to Write Congressmen. New York, Jan. 24. John Hurroughs and Ernest Thompson Seton, widely known naturalists, issued the follow ing joint appeal today to the school children of America: "An urgent appeal we make to you in behalf of nor native birds, many species of which are in danger of ex termination. To you is now given the opportunity to render substantial help toward their preservation. A meas ure is now before congress, the pur pose of which is to place all migratory birds under the protection of the fed eral government. Such a law is great ly needed. If it is not passed our birds will continue to decrease. "The destruction of bird life is cost ing American farmers millions of dol lars' annually through the constantly increasing devastations of harmful in sects upon which the birds feed. But a greater loss their slaughter is bring ing to all who love God's great out-of-doors. "The measure now before congress is non-partisan and non-political. It should have the hearty indorsement of all nature loving Americans. But it is in danger of being lost in the great mass of legislation now pending in congress. "We therefore appeal to the school children of America to help in this im portant matter. We ask you to get your parents, teachers and friends to write or telegraph to the congressman of your district and the two senators of your state, urgiug immediate ac tion upon the pending bird protection bill. If you will today get two or three such messages written arid sent you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you have rendered substantial help in this great and good cause. The messages should be sent at once. "And this appeal is big enough and important enough to extend to all men and women." SPECIAL COUNSEL NOT ALLOWED Oklahoma House Measure Makes At torney General Sole Legal Repre Airs, 1). H. Wilson and her mother, Airs. Hatten of Tulsa, will arrive this evening lor a few days visit with Mrs. G. C. Fiuley. Mrs. Finley will entertain at cards tomorrow afternoon in their honor. Oklahoma City, Jan, 23. The Mit chell bill, which, if it becomes a law, will stop the practice of state depart ments employing special attorneys, was advanced to enfrossment in the house today. It makes the attorney general sole counsel for the state and county attorneys the only legal repre sentatives of counties. The house adopted a resolution call ing upon Attorney General West for a statement why he had not brought suits to collect taxes from the Choc taw Coal and Mining company and the Rock Island Coal and Mining company. A house committee reported favorably on the bill to abolish the oflice of state nrinter lllsil llllnn tile nrnnnsml "Mini, J Sky" law modeled after Kansas, and I lor the continuation, ot the supreme court commission. I A resolution was introduced in the house asking the governor what dispo sition was made of the $15,floO appro priation for defense of the election of ficers in the "Grandfather" clause .cases. The house killed the Wright ( hill to assess part of the jury fees as costs against unsuccessful litigants. ! Smith of Pottawatomie declared in the house that those who prepared the Harris-Day code attempted to usurp the powers of a legislature and emas culated some of the acts of former leg islatures. He announced that he will introduce a bill tomorrow to repeal t the law by which that code was adopt ed at the litl 1 session. The senate spent the entire day sparring over the question of confirma tion of John Doolin, state fish and game warden, and Ben Riley, secre tary of the state flection board. No decision was reached. A bill by Childers of (iartield coun ty substituting electrocution for hang ing as the death sentence in capital punishment was favorably reported by the house committee. Bills also were reported favorably allowing the use of the waters of the Arkansas for water power purposes and by (ilasco to put the "curb stone broker" out of busi nes and regulate the rate of Interest charged by pawn brokers. OKLAHOMA GIRL A SUICIDE? Found Dead With a Revolver by Her Side. Port Smith. Ark., Jan. 23. -Mystery surrounds the shooting of Ebby White man r 18 years old, of Haworth, Okla., who was found dead In her home to day with a bullet through her heart. Suicidal and accidental theories have divided the family. A revolver was found by the girl's side. Chelsea vs. Vinita at the Gym. Tonight The high school basketball teams, bQth girls and boys will mix things with the girls and boys teams of the Vinita high, school on the local court tonight. These teams are among the strongest in the state and the fans may be assured of a fast and interest ing contest from both aggregations. The VI ita girls squad w ill make extra effort to win tonigl.t and have been practicing overtime all week to do 80, as they wish to get b..' k in good stand ing after their defeat of last week and because this rival team was the only one able to compete with them suc cessfully last season. The Chelsea teams will arrive on the evening trains and the first contest will begin at 8 o'clock. This will give the fans the opportunity to witness the games without being out to a late hour. The girls will play one half of their game and the boys will play their half and then will come the finals. The visitors will be entertained by the Vinita students after the games until their train to return home. NEW LOAN COMPANY In the market for 1, 2, 3 and 5 year farm loans Prompt Service Best Rates GERMAN! INVESTMENT CO. Rotm 4 Cherokee Bldg. Miss Wimer Entertains. The Christian Endeavor Society of the Christian church spent a most en joyable social hour last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Winter, with their daughter. Miss Rebecca Wimer as hostess at the affair. The entertainment was in the form of a party and was given in honor of Messrs. Clyde Thompson and -Otto Ilaskew, who leave soon for school. The young gentlemen mentioned have been two of the society's most faithful members and workers and as an appre ciation of the work for the society, the members presented them with tokens of remembrance to take awny with them. The evening was spent In music, games and the light, pleasing conver sation that always goes with such happy affairs. Refreshments were served at the close of the evening and every one before leaving warmly ex pressed their thanks for the good time shown them by their hostess and wish ed their departing members all the success possible In the new life they are to go into. DESERTED Bf GIRL HE ATTEMPTS SUICIDE Homer Richards of Muskogee Attemps to Burn Pueblo Jail. Pueblo, Colo., Jan. Homer Rich ards, wanted in Oklahoma for partici pation in half a dozen bank robberies, including one. at Claremore, made two unsuccessful attempts to commit sui cide in tlie city jail this morning. On both occasions Richards set fire to the bed clothing in his cell with a view to burning the building, Each fire was discovered by the Jailer and extin guished before much damage had been done. Richards wr.s chained to the floor of his cell, so he could make no fur ther attempts. The prisoner recently confessed to the robberies but declares he will never return to Oklahomn for trial. Julia Williams, the yoking woman found in his company when arrested, has deserted him, adding to the pris oner's discomfiture. The young woman said she did not care to become involved with Rich ards when he is placed on trial in Oklahoma Officers arf on their way here for Richards. Richards made his headquarters much of the. time In Mus kogee, Okla. Lynch Negro They Stole From Sheriff Clarksvllle, Tex., Jan. 23. One hun- dred and fifty persons this afternoon hanged Dick Stanley, u 16-year-old negro boy, near Flilbright, Texas. The negro had been arrested charged with a four-year old girl this morning. Sheriff McChristlan had just started with the boy for- the jail here when the prisoner was taken away from him. Our Clearance Sale Begins TomorrowSaturday for any Ladies' Suit, Dress or Coat Values up to $27.50 All Others Exactly Half Price for any Man s Suit, Over coat or Raincoat in our store See Large Circulars VINITA'S BIG DEPARTMENT STORE See Large Circulars o'clock.