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rVi -. (J U fr v 'I 0 sA "r I' A- wr a w NEWS OF THE STATECAPITAL MMtUIRY INTO VARIOUS. PUR. CHASES FOR THE STAVE PENITENTIARY. C0MPEIT1VE BIDDING OPPOSED Striata Committee Is Making Invests atlon of Prices for Its 8uppllea Particular 'hakl Cloth and Coffee. That the state benefits by reason of the fact that state warrants are now equivalent to cash and discounts oan be secured on purchase of goodB, whore a year ago many concerns would not sell supplies to the stato becauso these firms would have to wait Indefinitely for their money; and that the penitentiary at McAlester Is being maintained at a less per capita cost than any other prison in the Uni ted States, were statements for the benefit of the senato committee in the Investigation of methods of the board of affairs. Warden 11. W. Dick of the state penitentiary was questioned regard ing the purchases of khaki cloth. Mem bers of the board of affairs stated that in making tho order for the goods they had acted on the recom mendation of Warden Dick and his storekeeper, as to price and the qual ity of the goods. Mr. Dick told tho committee that ho personally knew nothing as to whether tho price was right relative! to tho kind of goods ordered, that he, too, depended on his storekeeper; that tho price fur nished the board of affairs was sim ply done in an advisory way and they could have changed It had they de sired to do so. Warden Dick's Txplanation. Ho nlso said In answer to a ques tion that the board could ignore the recommendations regarding supplies and purchase what il wished, but that he might refuse to approve, the claim for the sumo when tho goods enrno to him. Members of tho board said that In some Instances they were guided greatly by recommendations from heads of institutions nnd in fiomo in stances felt they wero justllled In acting on tho suggestions, else when It came to approving claims tho heads of Institutions would not do It. Warden Dick stated that when tho goods wore received his storekeeper called IiIh attention to the quality and said they wore off weight Tim matter was reported to the board of affairs Immediately and the claim held up. Mr. Dick said that ho noti fied the company Bending tho goods and It volunteered to make a reduc tion In price. Ho approved the rhilm but asked tho board of affairs to look moro closely Into tho mntter. Tho latter did and n further reduction was secured. Ho said that oven now ho did not know if they were palng too much for the goods, but that after having tiled the cloth It appeared to him that after all reductions had been made from tho original price It was probably worth what It cost. That tho whole system of competi tive bidding on supplies for tho stnto Institutions Is wrong nnd not condu cive to the best Intorosts of tho state was the statement of Warden Dick. He cited a number or Instances to hear out his contention, and said thnt it tho board or affairs could go Into tho open market nnd buy supplies llko the wholesale houses there would bo a great saving and. tho best goods could always bo secured. Investigating Khaki Purchase. Chairman ThotnuB of ttio committee to the price paid by the Ualted States for the army khaki. Howard sUted that he had not. He did say, how ever, that he had understood that T. C. Beoler, onco an employee of the board, had on his own personal re sponsibility sent a telegram to Con gressman McGuIro to secure Informa tion regarding the prlco the war de partment paid for It, but that he did not know what the result was, as Beelcr was doing It In a personal way and not for nor through tho board of affairs. A letter from the Palls City Cloth ing company received by tho board of affairs nnd read to the committee In dicated that tho clothing company be Hoves there Is somebody egging on tho Investigation of the khaki tran saction, nnd volunteered tho deposi tions of every one of tho company as to prices and the details. The com pany also wants to know who It Is, It any one, Interested In having the Investigation made, and that If it Is an attempt on the part of any Jobber of wholesaler they iant to know who It Is as they will take some nctlon In the matter later. Regarding tho purchase of tho kha ki cloth, W. W. Ilrown, clerk of the hoard, said that a sample of the cloth had been submitted with the recom mendation and requisition of Warden Dick of tho penitentiary. It was stated that the sample of the cloth wbb taken by T. C. Heeler, fc.merly em ployed by the board, and that the sample had not been returned. In retorenco to tho matter of buy ing a certain bill of coffee, which was inquired about Secretary Howard of tho board said that In the fall of 1911 tho board was asked to buy some cof fee nnd got a prlco of 19 cents. Later, however, when tho coffeo was actual ly purchased the price had advanced to 23 cents, and that explained tho dlfforenco between tho two prices. Tho committoe nsked for the expense accounts of members of the board of affairs for the past six mouths. jjpwj- .,snBawMBBBBBSeaH illl Echo of Osage Liquor Trouble. Robert O. Valentine, who recently resigned ns commissioner of Indian affairs, was censured by tho commit tee on expenditures in tho interior department at Washington last week, after an Investigation of chnrgea against him. The committee's report stated thnt Mr. Valentine deliberately violated tho civil service laws, caused improp er expenditure of public funds, precip itated the removal of tho general su perintendent of logging in the Indian service on false and groundless ru mors and was guilty of criminal viola tion of tho law, Introducing nnd dis pensing of liquor on an Indian reser vation, Tho committee report recited the chaigcs that led to the diBchnrgo of Valentino by introducing liquor on thu Osage lands in Oklahoma, "an affront to tho law ho was sworn to enforce," as a corollary to tho case of James Y. Hamilton, who was superintendent of the Standing Rock reservation nnd was charged with drinking. The $and$ that count thm year arm low within the upper glass, They slip away, these tittle years, so swiftly do they pass; They flit like shadows to and fro thm longer we may live But, ah, they take no more from us than they may freely give! They take thm song, mayhap, but lemvm thm echoes sweet that hum The year is dying, but there is another year to i Then why gase at thm' trickling sand with heavy sigh and frown ? Turn it down! Turn it down! There are smiles and laughter waiting when thm other joys came from. Turn it downt Turn it down! There's another year to come Another year is coming now its hailing call we hear With golden smiles to pay us for each jewel of a tear, With clover nodding in the rain and dew upon the rose, With silver store of moonlight, and with ivory of snows, With lilting laughter for the lips that long time have been dumb The year is dying, but there is another year to come. Why hold the glass and watch the sand with gloomy sigh and frown? Turn it down! Turn it downt The melodies of joys to be already throb and thrum Turn it downt Turn it downt There's another year to come. Committee Ready to Open Hearing Tho senate committee which Is to Imestignte the official conduct of Lou Frame, Hen W. Riley nnd John II. Doolln, assembled in Oklahoma City and held an executive session at the Lee-Huckiua hotel, at which thero was considerable discussion us to tho meth od to be pursued In conducting tho examination. An organization of the commlttco was affected. Senator Thomas of Law ton, Is chnlrman nnd will preside nt tho public hearings, which will be held at thu assembly room of tho Chamber or Commerce. Senator Franklin was inado secretary. Tho conduct of the olllco of Lon Frnmo of tho stato board of affairs will he taken up tlrst, It Is expected that thlB will tako several days and that asked Secretary llowaid of tho board .tho other oillcluls to lie Investigated of affairs If any correspondence had will not bo brought before tho corn been hnd with nrmy hendquarters as mltteo before next week. India Temple For Legislature Tho state board of affairs, after con sidering tho question of qunrters for tho legislature for several weeks, fin ally decided to accept tho proposition offered by tho owners of India Tern plo and closed contrncts for tho ren tal of that building during tho session of tho fourth legislature, which will be convened January 7. Tho rental of the two top floors of tho building for tho ninety days of tho session Is $1,G08, with a provision that the legislature may occupy any addi tional offices It needs on the second floor' of the building at a rental of $12 per month for each room so occu pied. It also Is provided that tho time may be extended as much as neces sary at the same rental and that any special session of that legislature may occupy the quarters. The state also undertakes to make the necessary changes In the build lag. The partitions la the third and (earth floors, where the two branches are to meet aad where committee rooms must bo provUed, are to he tnken out and changed nt tho ox penso of tho stato; and at, tho end of thu session, nro to be restored in their original fom by tho stnte. Tho Oklahoma Fire IiiBttranco com pany, owners of tho building, gunr anteo to tho state the uso of the building for such time as may be do sired and tho free nnd unobstructed uso of t'.n lobby, with an entrance on Second Btieet. It is understood that work on the changes to tho building will be start ed at once, as It will bo necessary to rush tho work to have tho build ing ready for tho opening session. Comparison of Express Rates. An Interesting comparison Is made between express rates put In force by the Interstate commerce commission and those proposed by the Oklahoma corporation commission more than a year ago. Taking one month's bust ness, that of August last, the commis sion has figured out rates based upoa the schedule made by the Interstate commerce commission la making Its recent order. -the sands are d - 1 It is the twilight of the year almost gone; But turn the glass and wait to ttee the glory of the dawn, And wait to hear the mellow chord that pulses with each word That will build up the coming song the song you've never heard. Why brood above the daya now gone, and seek to find the sum Of bitterness and happiness? Another year's to come. So turn the glass and start anew the current golden brown Turn it downt Turn it downt There are light and laughter lurking where the other joys came from. Turn it downt Turn it downt There's another year to come. jdSKtoh (Copyright, by W. O. Chapman.) Tree Gone Mad. Nature In tho tropics, left to her self, Is harsh, aggressive, savage; looks as though she wanted to hang you with her dangllnft ropes or Impale you on her thorns, or engulf you In her ranks of gigantic ferns. Her mood Is never as placid and sane as In the north. Thero Is a tree In the Hawaiian woods that suggests a tree gone mad. It Is called the hau-tree. It lies down, squirms and wriggles all over the greand Ilka a wounded snake; It gets up, aad then takes to earth agala. Now It waata to b-s a viae, bow it wants to be a tree. It throws somersaults, It makes Itself lata mope aad rings, It rails. It reach es, U aaaWes upoa Itself. Altogether a Is tha araalest veflatakU growth. I ever saw. Where you can get It up off the ground and let It perform It antics on a broad skeleton framework, It makes a cover that no sunbeam can penetrate, and forms a living root to the most charming verandas or lanals, as they are called in the Isl ands that one can wish to see. From "Holidays In Hawaii," by Joha Burroughs In the Century. THE NEW YEAR CHILD. Who comes daaelag ever the saew, His soft Utile feet all bare aad reert Opea the door, taeaafc the wild wtads blew, Take the child la aad make him tniut. Take Mm In end make Mas deari MMHW wonaertw ivew Tear, CANADA WEEK JN CHICAGO CANADIAN EXHUITS AT LIVE STOCK AND LAND SHOWS CBN; TER OP ATTRACTION. ( v The hats were doffed to Canada during the two weeks of the Laad Show and the weak of the Lire Stock Show at Chicago. Willing to display Its goods, anxious to let the people at the central states know what could be produced on Canadian farm lands, and the quality of the article, Hob. Dr. Roche, minister of the Interior of Canada, directed that sufficient space be secured at the United States Land Show, recontly bold, to give some adequate Idea of the field resources of western Canada. Those In charge had splendid location, aad Installed one of the most attractive grain and grass exhibits ever seea anywhere. Thousands, anxious to get "back to the laad," saw the exhibit, saw wheat that weighed 68 pounds to the measured bushel, oats that weat 48 and barley that tipped the scales at 65 pounds. The clover, the alfalfa, the wild pea vine and vetch, tha rye grass, the red-top and many other suc culent and nutritious varieties of wild grasses demanded and deserved from their prominence and quality the at tention they received. Tho grain la the straw, bright In color, and carry Ing heads that gave evidence of tha truth of the statements of Mr. W. J. White of Ottawa, and his attendants, that the wheat would average St to 35 bushels and over per acre, tha oats B5 to 10D bushels, the flax IS to S8 bushels, were strongly In evidence, and arranged with artistic taste ea the walls. The vegetable exhibit was a surprise to the visitors. Potatoes, turnips, cabbage In fact, all of it proved that not only In grains waa western Canada prominent, but In vegetables It could successfully com pete with the world. Ono of tho unlquo nnd successful features of tho exhibit was the suc cessful nnd systematic dnlly distribu tion of bread mndo from Canadian flour. It was a treat to those who got It. Canadian butter, Canadian choese and Canadian honey helped to com plete an exhibit that revealed In a splendid way the great resources of a country In which so many Amer icano hnvo made their homo. A featuro of tho exhibit was the placards, announcing tho soveral re cent successes of Canadian farm produco and live stock In strong com petition with exhibits from other I countries. Thero was posted the Leager Wheeler championship prise for Mnrquts wheat grown at Ttosthera In 1911, beating tho world. Then I. Holmes of Cnrdaton entered the com petitive field at Lothbrldgo Dry Farm ing Congress, nnd won tho wheat championship of 1912, beating Mr. Wheeler with tho snmo variety of wheat. Hill & Sons of Lloydmlnster, Saskatchewan, In 1911 won the Colo rado silver trophy for beBt oats grown, competed for la a big competition at Columbus, Ohio, In 1911. Tho produce of British Columbia at tho New York Land Show In 1911 carried off the world's championship for potatoes, nnd Incidentally won a $1,000 sliver trophy, and then, but a few dayB ago, tho samo provlnco carried off the world's prize for apples at tho Horti cultural Show In London, Kngland. Hut thnt was not all. These Cana dians, who had tho temerity to stato that corn was not tho only feed for finishing hlgh-grado beef cattle, en tered for thu fat steer chnmplonahlp at tho Llvo Stock Show In Chicago a polled Angus "Olencarnock Victor." Nenrly 300 entries woro In tho field. "Glencarnock Victor" didn't know a kernel of corn from a Brazilian wal nut. Thero woro Iowa, Illinois, Ne braska, Kansas, Minnesota, Wiscon sin and their corn-fed article, deter mined to win, bound to beat this black animal from tho north, and his "noth ing but prnlrlo grass, oats nnd barley feed," as his owner proudly stated, but they dldn t. Canada and McGregor at Sons, with their "Olencarnock Victor," won, nnd today the swelldom of Amer ica Is eating of his steaks and roasts tho champion steer of tho world. Rut onco moro the herd of cattle thnt won tho Sweepstakes at the snmo show was bred and owned by tho owners of "Olencarnock Victor," fed only on prairie grass, oats and barloy, near Brandon, Manitoba. Tha royal reception given to Mr. Mc Gregor on his return to his homo town wns well deserved. Omission must not be made of the wonderful and beautiful display of apples made by British Columbia, oc cupying a full half section of the great Land Show. This was In per sonal charge of Mr. W. B. Scott, dep uty minister of agriculture for that province, who was not only a host to those who visited the exhibit, bat waa also an encyclopedia of inferasr tten regarding the resources at that country. With XM.MO Americans ge iag to western Canada this year, It la pleasing to know that so many frees this side of the llae aaa participate hi tha honors coming to that aaw easnv try. 4dvertlsemeat "I ,'