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Noble County Sentinel - Holiday Edition - Dec. 23, 1897

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Reached Maturity.

On December 8, 1897, our son, Arthur (Whorton), reached the age of twenty-one years. As a rememberance of his faithful attention to the duties of a son, we have assigned him, in fee simple, one-third interest in the NOBLE COUNTY SENTINEL, to take full effect the first of the New Year, 1898. No change in the policy of the paper will be made other than indicated, but additional efforts will be made during the coming year to print the best newspaper in Noble county, and to that end we solicit the good will and a share of the patronage, in the future, from those who have work in our line, guaranteeing at all times, to give satisfaction in every respect. Wishing One and all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, the SENTINEL blots out the old and rings in the new.

What is Hope? A smiling rainbow,
Children follow through the wet;
'Tis not here, still yonder, yonder:
Never urchin found it yet,
What is life? A thawing iceboard,
On a sea with sunny shore;
Gay we sail; it melts beneath us;
We are sunk and seen no more.
What is man? A foolish baby.
Vainly strives, and fights and frets:
Demanding all, deserving nothing;
One small grave is what he gets. -- Carlyle.

Temple Houston was fined $300 and costs for shooting a man by the name of Jenkins a year ago.

The Scott-Murphy correspondence which has succeeded in getting into the newspapers has caused a "high tide" to flow in political circles.

Word comes from Washing that Judges Bierer and McAtee will hold their term. Bierer's commission expires in January and McAtee's in March.

A Statehood convention is called to meet at Kingfisher, January 13, 1898. Noble county is entitled to nine Republican and nine free silver delegates.

McMaster's Magazine will be issued in double number in January. It will be one of the finest ever issued in Oklahoma, and you can get a copy by writing McMaster's Magazine, Oklahoma City.

And now comes Senator Allen, of Nebraska, who will offer a resolution in Congress, asking for an investigation of Republican affairs in Oklahoma. It is hard to have to be investigated this early in the season.

There are yet a good many Republicans in Oklahoma who would be pleased to hang up their "old socks" this Christmas if they could be convinced that Santa Claus would put therein a message from Prersident McKinley with a piece of "pie" wrapped in the center.

Oklahoma Statehood

The question of statehood is now agitating the minds of the territorial officials and the "common herd". The territorial officials because of the fact that should congress give the people the right of self government they might be relieved of the "heavy burden" of governing the people. The old saying that "all just governments are controlled by the consent of the governed" is as true today as it was when the Declaration of Independence was signed by the little band of American patriots in 1776. It has stood the bullets and storm of over an hundred years from almost every state in the union, and each territory returned with victory perched on its banner and oligarchy made to submit to a government by the people and of the people. The opposition to statehood for Oklahoma comes from the same kind of material that was found in all the former territories asking for statehood. That opposition is composed of Federal appointees and their immediate beneficeries who wish to dictate and govern our people without their consent; men who wish to controll (sic) free born American citizens the same as cattle kings and Indian Agents controll the blanket Indians in the Indian reservations. The revenues of 300,000 are in the hands of men who were not selected to handle it by the owners of that revenue. The policy of a political faction controlls the political policy of our people who have never authorized them to controll it, and on whom the powers that be in Washington listen to and recognize as supreme. The question of Statehood for Oklahoma is not a new one but an important question that few people have given much study. It is however a question that every person who prides his Americanism above wards of the Govenment at Washington, should inform himself on. The opposition sets up the great bugbear of higher taxes, and this of itself is sufficient to make the unsophisticated run like wild deer, but when it is figured out it is found so insignificant that they immediately become ardent supporters for Statehood. No one should get frightened at a ghost prepared by men who have a hidden motive which, figured out, means their pocketbook and power at Washinton.

The SENTINEL iS for Statehood on the lines mapped out by the Press Association in November. After giving the matter a little consideration, we believe it is the only practical way to start, and if consumated, will prove to be the opening wedge to Statehood for Oklahoma and the Indian Territory.

The following are the resolutions. Read them closely, and then ask yourself if it is not better than the present Territorial form, and will finally result in the desired end in making Oklahoma and the Indian Territory one united and independent State:

REROLVED, That we, the Press Association of Oklahoma Territory, in regular simi-annual (sic) session assembeled, at Hennessey, the 15th day of November, 1897, favor the immediate creation of a state from Oklahoma Territory, with such boundaries as Congress may determine. Provided, that if such boundaries shall include Oklahoma and the Indian Territory, the state so created shall exercise neither legislative, judicial nor other control over either of the five nations until such nations shall ratify the constitution of such state in such manner as Congress may direct, subject only to the right of any one of such nations to act singly on such constitution and thereby become a part of said state. RESOLVED, That we favor the admission of such state under the name of the state of Oklahoma.

Will Free Homes Win.

We are frank to confess that we don't know whether Congress will give us free homes or not. As Bryan said at the depot in Perry, "When the Congress of the United States become bigger than its Speaker, we might be able to get our just rights and secure the passage of the free homes bill." That is true if the evindence (sic) of the past is good authority. It was wholly within the power of Speaker Reed last summer, as to whether the free homes bill that passed the Senate should pass the House or not, and Speaker Reed emphatically said so. Now under these conditions no one can guess the fate of the bill in the present Congress. It is within the power of Speaker Reed to lay down the bars and let the bill through, but whether he will or will not, remains to be seen. Every person in Oklahoma who has a friend in Congress should write him a personal letter urging him to assist in the passage of the bill. There is near $16,000,000 at stake, and the farmers are the ones who directly secures the benefit. If that amount of money was at stake which depended on a bill that had already passed the Senate and was pending in the House from any other class of people or corporation, we'll venture the assertion that it would go through like a Kansas cyclone. But let us not get discouraged, but follow the old maxim: "Pick our flints and go after them again," and never let the matter fall until success is accomplished.

Christmas Greetings

The SENTINEL extends greeting to its friends and readers and wish all a merry Christmas and a happy prosperous New Year. The young will enjoy tokens of love from parents, sweethearts and friends, while the old will enjoy the blessings of being permitted once more to witness, through the joyful glee of the little boys and girls, a fond remembrance of the happy days they once enjoyed in a like manner long years ago.

The SENTINEL, presents this edition to its subscribers as a "Christmas gift" and while it is small for one subscriber it is large in the aggregate, and we hope those who receive a copy of the SENTINEL'S Holiday Edition will appreciate the gift as a remembrance from a friend to Perry and Noble county, and in the future help us make it one of the best and proudest commonwealths in all Oklahoma.

There is a splendid opening in Perry for a good live real estate agency - one that is wide-awake enough to distinguish public enterprise from a covered wagon. Such a man could do a good business and would be of benefit to the city and county, and with a little energy and public spirit could do about all the business in that line.

The Auditorium at Kansas City was burned Tuesday morning. Loss $300,000.