The Hennessey Clipper (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 22, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 28, 1911 Page: 6 of 8
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(Copyright 1010. hy t .* N>w York MeraUl • ornpnny.)
(Copyright. 1910. by the McMillan Company
Returning to hiH hotel, he changed
cabs an before, went up to his room,
un<l with one more cocktail for a night
cap, went to bed and to sleep In the
morning he dressed and shaved, order
ed breakfast and the newspapers sent
and waited Hut he did not
drink. Hy nine o'clock his tele
phone began to ring and the reports to
come In. Nathaniel Letton was taking
i he train at Tarry town. John Dowsett
was coming down by the subway. I^eon
Quggenhammer had not stirred out
yet, though he was assuredly within
And in this fashion, with a map of
the city spread out before him, Day
light followed the movements of his
three men as they drew together. Na-
thaniel Letton was at his offices in the
Mutual-Solander Building. Next arrived
Ouggenhammer. Dowsett was still in
his own offices. Bui at eleven came
the word that he also had arrived, and
several minutes later Daylight was
in a hired motor-car and speeding for
the Mutual-Solander Building
In gold but
For a While Murder Ate at His Heart.
OUR STATE CAPITOL LETTER
DOINGS OF THE
A Brief Resume of What Our
•'Hired Men" Are Doing, How
They Spend Their Time, Etc.
UNCLE SAM CLAMPS ON LID.
Elnm VlnrnlKh. known all through Alan
fca hh "Burning Daylight," •el l>riit«-.s his
10th hirtlulay with a crowd of mln«*r nt
th<- nr. I.' < "Ity Tlvoll TI - dan-v leads
(o h. ivy gambling In which over floO.«Hlrt
1h st.i1 • >i I tarnish loses his money and
his mint* but wins the mail contrart He
■tarts on his mail trip with di^n a,,('
•leriK«>. I liiiiK his friends that he will b«
In the bin Yukon sold strike at tlie start.
Ifurriinl; Davllght makes a s«*nsationaliy
rapid run amiss country with the mall.
■ ppeais .'it ti- Tlvoll and Is now ready
to Join Ids friends In a dash to the new
gold ti. Ids Deriding thai gold
found in the up-river district
buys two tons of flour, which he
will I" worth Its weight in .
when I11 irrlvrs with Ids flour he Muds
the hi-.,' flat desolate A comrade discov-
ers gold and Daylight reaps a rich har-
vest He 1 to 1 law son, becomes the
tnost pt uiilnent figure I11 the Klondike
h 11 ! dif. lis a (Combination of capitalists
in a v a st mining deal. 11® I"''' urns to
clvill7.it ion and. andd the bewildering
coinpli atlorin of high finance, Daylight
finds thai he has been led lo Invest his
eleven millions In a manipulated scheme,
lie c ics to New York.
Then the grin died away, and his
face grew bleak and serious. leav-
ing out his interests in the several
Western reclamation projects (which
were still assessing heavily), he was a
mined man But harder hit than this
was his pride He had been so easy.
They had gold-bricked him. and he
had nothing to show for it. The sim-
plest farmer would have had docu-
ments. while he had nothing but a
gentleman's agreement, and a verbal
one at that. Gentleman's agreement!
He snorted over it. John Dowsett's
voice, just as he had heard it In the
telephone receiver, sounded in his
ears the words, "On my honor as a
gentleman." They were sneak thieves
and swindlers, that was what they
were, and they had given him the
double-cross. The newspapers were
right He had come to New York to
be trimmed, and Messrs Dowsett, Let-
ton and Ouggenhammer had done it.
He was a little fish, and they had
played with him ten days—ample time
1n which to swallow him, along with
his eleven millions Of course, they
had been unloading on him all the
time, and now they were buying Ward
.Valley back for a song ere the mar-
ket rfghted itself.
And Daylight sat and consumed
cockt;iils and saw hack in his life to
Alaska, and lived over the grim years
In which he had battled for his eleven
millions For awhile murder ate
at his heart, and wild ideas and
sketchy plans of killing his betrayers
flashed through his wind Daylight un-
locked i is grip and took out his auto-
matic pistol—a big Colt's 41. He re-
leased the safety catch with his thumb,
and. operating the sliding outer bar-
rel r:m the contents of the clip
through the mechanism. The eight
cartridges slid out In a stream. He
refilled the clip, threw a cartridge into
the chamber, and with the trigger at
f«,:| cock, thrust up the safety ratch-
et He shoved the weapon into the
tide pocket of his coat, ordered an-
other Martini, and resumed his seat,
ten o'clock he arose and pored
1 he city directory Then he put
; shoes. took a cab. and departed
Can't Limit a Man's Thirst.
In its attempt to limit the amount of
liquor which a person may lawfully
possess at his place of business, the
legislature w s acting without author-
ity, according to the holding of the
; criminal court of appeals recently in
habeas corpus proceedings, ex parte
j \V. J. Wilson, brought from Carter
county. The prohibition law as amend-
ed by the Third legislature read that! for shipment to Indian Territory points
Illegal to Ship Liquor Into Old Indian
Territory, U. S. Appellate Court
Tiie United States attorney'* offlc#
has been notified that the circuit court
of appeals has decided the case ot
the I n,ted States Express Company
against Friedman and others involv-
ing the right of express companies
since statehood to accept liquor for
shipment into old Indian Territory,
which uuder the Oklahoma enabling
act must remain dry twenty-one years.
The decision holds that th. federal
liquor laws governing old Indian ter-
ritory prior 10 statehood still are in
force and express companies are lia-
ble under the federal laws if they
transport liquor into that section. This
means that old Indian Territory is to
be absolutely dry.
The United States Express Company
refused to accept liquor at Fort Smith
not more than one quart of intoxicat-
ing liqnuor of any character could be
held lawfully at a place of business.
In another section the home limit was
placed at one gallon of either whisky
or wine and one ci se of beer. Wilson
was arrested for having at his place
of business, a livery stable, three
quarts of alcohol contrary to the terms
of the amended law.
In granting the writ, and the dis-
charge of Wilson the criminal appeals
court, in an opinion written by Judge
Armstrong, holds that what the legis
ind was directed by Judge Rogers of
Fort Smith to accept it. The com*
During territory days the only legal
method of taking liquor into that sec-
tion was through an order from the
war department. It is understood
here that such orders will he necessary
in the future, under the decision.
To Go After "Higher-Ups."
According to recent plans of
state enforcement department, having
lature sought to do in that portion of 1 to do with enforcement of the prohi-
Nathaniel Letton was talking when
tiie door opened; he eeased, and with
his two companions gazed with con
trolled perturbation at Burning Day
light striding Into the room The free,
swinging movements of the trail-trav-
eler were unconsciously exaggerated in
that stride of his In truth, it seemed
to him that he fell the trail beneath
"Howdy, gentlemen, howdy," he re-
marked, ignoring I he unnatural calm
with which they greeted his entrance,
lie shook hands with them In turn,
striding from one to another and grip-
ping their hands so heartily that Na-
thaniel Letton could not forbear to
wince. Daylight flung himself into a
massive chair and sprawled lazily, with
an appearance of fatigue. The leather
grip he had brought Into the room he
dropped carelessly beside him on the
"I've sure been going some," he sigh
ed "Wo sure trimmed them beautifully.
It was real slick. And the beauty of the
play never dawned on tne till the very
end. It was pure and simple knock
down and drag out And the way they
fell for It was amazln' ."
letton made a dry sound In his
throat Dowsett sat quietly and wait-
ed. while Leon Guggenhammer strug
gled into articulation.
"You certainly have raised Cain," he
Daylight's black eyes flashed in a
"Didn't I. though!" he proclaimed.
Jubilantly "And didn't we fool 'em!
1 was teetotally surprised. I never
dreamed they would be that easy.
"And now," he went on, not permit-
ting the pause to grow awkward, "we-
all might as well have an accounting.
I'm pullin' West this afternooo ou
that blamed Twentieth Century." He
tugged at his grip, got It open, and dip-
ped Into it with both his hands. "But
don't forget, boys, when you-all want
I nie to hornswoggle Wall Street anoth
er flutter, all you all have to do Is
whisper the word. I'll sure be right
; there with the goods."
His hands emerged clutching a
great mass of stubs, check-books, and
brokers' receipts These he depos
i lied in a heap on the big table, and
i dipping again, he fished out the strag
I glers and added them to the pile He
consulted a slip of paper, drawn from
his coat pocket and read aloud:
"Ten million twenty-seven thousand
and forty-two dollars and sixty-eight
cents Is my flgurin' on my expense
Of course that all's taken from
the act applying to ihe place of busi-
! ness was not within the reasonable
; exercise of the state's police power,
1 also was in conflict with both the state
I and federal constitution.
As Ihe court did not pass upon that
1 section of the law applying to a resi-
dence, however, the same reasoning, it
is assumed, would there apply. Neith-
er did the court determine whether
the decision was as well in conflict j ing
bltion law only, more attention it to be
paid to county officers alleged to be in
league with the bootlegger, and who.
State Knforcement Officer Caudill says
are being regularly paid not to molest
liquor sellers and gamblers.
"We might pursue the bootlegger all
we pleased." said Caudill, "and if he
is being aided by these 'higher tips'
our work is for naught. We might go
the law eliminated by j to a town and give it a thorough celan-
I ing and the moment our backs are
with the interstate commerce act.
As generally viewed, Ihe legislature
is without any authority whatever, to
definitely limit the amount of liquor
possessed, but the courts holding does
turned the old game goes on."
The department did not disclose its
evidence, neither was there an Indica-
tion where the first attack is to be
made. The plans, it is understood,
not go to the extent that the quantity have been laid before Governor Cruce,
possesed cannot be taken into consid-j and by him approved It is also un-
eration in determining the good faith derstood that the evidence Is of an
of the possessor, and so measured,
whether the liquor possessed was in-
tended for a lawful purpose or other-
absolute character and comes in a way
to be amply sustained from the witness
men letting me in on this deal I j mother a sprinkling-cart. You-all move
just do appreciate it without being | your chair alongside, Guggenhammer;
able to express my feelings
But I am 1 and you-all Dowsett, sit right there,
sure almighty curious, and I'd like ter-
rible to know, Mr. Letton. what your
figures of our winning is. Can you-all
give me a rough estimate?"
Nathaniel Letton did not look ap-
pealingly at his two friends, but In the
brief pause they felt that appeal pass
while I just irrelevantly explain the
virtues of this here automatic. She's
loaded for big game and she goes off
eight times. S^e's a sure hummer
when she gets started.
"Preliminary remarks being over,
I now proceed to deal. Remember, I
out from him Dowsett, of sterner j ain't making no remarks about your
mold than the others, began to divine 1 deal. You done your darndest, and It
that the Klondiker was playing. But | was all right. But this is my deal, and
the other two were still under the j it's up to me to do my darndest In
blandishment of his child-like lnno-| the first place, you-all know me. I'm
fence ! Burning Daylight—savvee? Ain't afraid
"It is extremely—er—difficult," Leon i of God, devil, death, nor destruction.
Guggenhammer began. "You see, Ward j Them's my four aces, and they sure cop-
Valley nas fluctuated so, er—" | !>er your bets Look at that there
"That no estimate can possibly be j living skeleton. Letton, you re sure
made in advance," Letton supple- ' afraid to die. Your bones is all rat-
"Approximate it, approximate It,"
Daylight counselled, cheerfully. "It
don't hurt if you-all are a million out
one side or the other. The flgures'll
straighten that up But I'm that curi-
ous I'm just Itching all over. What
"Why continue to play at cross pur-
poses?" Dowsett demanded abruptly
and coldly "Let us have the explana-
tion here and now Mr. Harnish is la-
boring under a false Impression, and
be should be set straight.
By this time Letton was stiffened by
the attitude Dowsett had taken, and
his answer was prompt and definite.
"1 fear you are under a misappre-
hension. Mr Harnlsh. There are no
winnings to be divided with you. Now
don't get excited. I beg of you. I have
but to press this button . ."
Far from excited. Daylight had all
the ] the seeming of being stunned. He look-
tling together you're that scared. And
look at that fat Jew there. This little
weapon's sure put the fear of God In
his heart He's yellow as a sick per-
simmon. Dowsett. you're a cool one.
You-all ain't batted an eye nor turned
a hair That's because you're great
on arithmetic. And that makes you-all
dead easy in this deal of mine. You're
sitting there and adding two and two
together, and you-all know I sure got
you skinned. You know me, and that
I ain't afraid of nothing And you-all
adds up all your money and knows
you ain't a going to die if yo\i can help
"I'll see you hanged," was Dow-
Not by a damned sight. When the
fun starts, you're the first 1 plug I'll
hang all right, but you-all won't live
to see it. Youall die here and now
while I'll die subject to the law's delay
—savvee? Being dead, with grass
Judge Would Save Negro.
Phones All Click at Once. Application lias been made lo Gov-
I wish you people would file a ernor ('nice for commutation of the
complaint with ihe commission, so death sentence of "Governor" Brown,
that we could fine each subscriber of a negro of Logan county, condemned
a rural phone who takes down the re- to be executed January 1!), on tho
ceiver for the purpose of overhearing Charge of murdering a negro near
the conversation of his neighbor," said Coyle. Among the indorsements for
Corporation Commissioner A. P. Wat- L ( leniency is a letter from District
son the other day in connection with Kludge Houston of Guthrie, before
the hearing of the application of the ^ whom the case was tried. Judge litis-
I'nion City Telephone Company for ton says had the law given him auth-
permisslon to discontinue its line be- ority to fix the sentence he would not
tween I'nion City and Mustang. "1 have inflicted the death penalty. It is
believe if the people in tiie country j represented that while Brown is not
could not take dow n the receiver and i insane he is not entirely responsible,
listen when they choose, more than | and that evidence was circumstantial,
half of them would take their phones j
out," replied T. M. Kirby, manager of
the company. Kirby had testified that |
the reason subscribers on the line had j Validity of a large number of slgna-
dlfficulty in reaching .Mustang by long [ tures attached to the initiative peti-
distance was because of the high re- tion filed by the People's Power
sistance to the current caused by so | League, through which it is sought
many receivers being taken down to "recall" the state board of agricul-
when a call was made. ture, will be attacked in a protest to
l.e filed by John A. Mr'.'alla of Chick-
asha and O. T. Smith of Oi-.lahoma
Election to Determine County Seat. |t"itv, attorneys for board members.
Governor Cruce has issued a proc- Many names are alleged to be in tho
laniation for an election to he held in | 3ame handwriting.
Jefferson county February 20 to deter-j
mine the county seat contest between
Ryan and Waurika. The supreme Preparing Mineral Exhibit.
I court recently held that Waurika, State Mine Inspector Boyle Is gath-
which from face of the returns of the ering a complete mineral exhibit for
last election bad apparently won, fail-1 his office, showing Ihe various ores
Names on Petition Are Questioned.
e all get to flgurin'
Where's your fig
been a mighty big
winnings before '
on the whack-up.
ures? It must a
The three men looked their bepuz-
zlement at one another The man was
a bigger fool than they had imagin-
ed, or else be was playing a game I cr'n a w histle."
which they could not divine. j lie gazed at the heap on the table
Nathaniel Letton moistened his lips I with an air of stupefaction
and spoke up. | "And that-all aln t worth the paper
"It will take some hours yet, Mr 1 it's written on Gol dast it, you-all can
. ,i at Dowsett and murmured; t growing out of your carcasses, you
"It was your deal, all right, and you- won't 1(lluw when 1 but 111 8ure
all dole them right, too Well, I ain't j have the pleasure
kicking I'm like the player in that | knowing you-all beat me to It,
poker game. It was your deal, and
i you-all had a right to do your best.
\nd you done It—cleaned me out slick
long time of
"Now It's My Deil, and I'm Going to
See if I Can Hold Them Four Aces."
Into the night. Twice he changed cabs,
and finally fetched up at the night of-
fice of a detective agency. He super
Intended the thing himself, laid down
money In advance In profuse quantl
ties, selected the six men he needed,
and gave them their Instructions.
Never, for so Bimple a task, had they
been so well paid; for to each In ad
dltion to office charges, he gave a flve-
hundred-dollar bill, with the promise I man whom they had robbed They re-
of another if he succeeded. Some membered unpleasantly the many stor-
Harnlsb, before the full accounting can
be made Mr. Howison is at work upon
It now. We—ah—as you say, it has
been a gratifying clean up. Suppose
we have lunch together and lalk It
over. I'll have the clerks work through
the noon hour so that you will have
ample time to catch your train."
Dowsett and Guggenhammer mani-
fested a relief that was almost ob-
vious. The situation was clearing it
was disconcerting, undet the circum-
stances, to be pent in the same room
with this heavy muscled, Indian-like
sure deal 'em 'round when you get a
chance. Oh, no, I ain't a kicking. It
was your deal, and youall certainly
done me. and a man ain't half a man
that squeals on another man's deal.
And now the hand Is played out, and
the cards are on the table, and tho
deal's over, but .
His hand, dipping swiftly into his In-
,-ide breast pocket, appeared with the
"You surely won't kill us?
asked In a queer, thin voice.
Daylight shook bis bead.
"It's sure too expensive. You-all
ain't worth it. I'd sooner have my
chips back And I guess you-all 'd
sooner give my chips back than go to
A long silence followed.
"Well, I've done dealt. It's up to
you-all to play But wulle you're de-
liberating, I want to give you-all warn-
ing- If that door opens and any one
of you cusses lets i>n there's anything
unusual, right here and then 1 sure
j start plugging. They ain't a soul '11
get out of the room except feet first"
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
>d to secure the necessary CO per cent
A number of votes were canceled by
Man Who Stole Hog Gets Parole.
A parole has been granted to G. W.
Davis of Choctaw county by Governor
Cruce, clemency being extended on
the recommendation of Ihe county
judge and county attorney, who had i
promised Davis that they would rec-
ommend such action at the end of one
year, if lie wold plead guilty to a I
charge of stealing a hog. After en•
tering the plea, Ills sentence was tixed j
at five years, the minimum, and the'
■ parole asked as agreed upon. Davis i
but twenty-two years old.
I wife and family.
and oils obtainable in Oklahoma. He
already has specimens of coal from
several Eastern Oklahoma mines.
Not Enough Protection.
State Insurance Commissioner P. A.
Ballard has disapproved proposed ar-
ticles of incorporation of the Texas
I County Mutual Insurance Company. Ac.
j cording to a statement from the de-
partment, this company proposed to
create a beneficiary fund by collect-
ing a fee of $1 from each member of
the company, all losses to be paid from
this fund and each time a loss occurs
each member to be assessed another
dollar. The article* were disapprov-
ed on the ground that the law requires
a mutual company to have a paid-up
capital of $100,000.
time next day, he was convinced, If
not sooner, his three silent partners
would come together. To each one
two of his detectives were to be at-
tached. Time and place was all he
wanted to learn
"Stop at nothing, boys," were his I
final Instructions "I must have this 1
Information Whatever you do
big Colt's automatic. |
As 1 was saying, the old deal's fin- Original Suffragette.
: , <1 Now It's my deal, and I'm Mm Johanne Meyer, the first Danish
a going to see If I can hold them four ! toman to speak from a platform In be-
u,| half of woman suffrage, attended the
Take your hand away, you whlted Universal Race congress recently held
•pulclire!" be cried sharply. in London us the delegate to the Peace
Nathaniel Letton's hand, creeping ! socioty ot Copenhagen As soon as the
toward the push-button on tho desk, congiets closed Mrs. Meyer began an
was abruptly arrested ! inquiry in behalf of the Danish govern-
'Change cars. Daylight command i ment to ascertain the effect that so-
ed. "Take that chair over there, you \ cial and ;>olltlcal work in Lugland has
I'm real glad to hear that." he said. I gangrene-llvered skunk. Jump, or I'll j had on wemen in 1870 Mrs. Meyer
I don't want to miss that tralu, and j make you leak tHi folks'll think your , founded "e first organization for the
Move for Good Roadways.
Letters to the township trustees ask-
ing for complete information as to the
highways of each township and the
amount of money spent and to be rais-
ed fill road improvement ale being
sent out by Sidney Suggs, state com-
missioner of highways, ihe let tot
asks the co-operation of each township
trustee ill Ihe work of the department
and offers to furnish any information
in the hands of the department to any
township upon application.
To Refuse Sentence Delays.
Governor Cruce more than likely will
adopt the policy next year of declining
to grant conditional paroles. Frequent
ly cases are presented i
the convicted person hi
Constable Can Be Sheriff.
It is not illegal for a constable to
also hold a commission as deputy sher-
iff, is the ruling of Assistant Attorney
General Moore to John Montgomery
of Henryetta. It. is very common for
such officer to hold both characters of
commission, the letter stales, so that
they may more effectually assist ti,*
.sheriff In enforcement of law and tho
service of processes.
Takes Out New Charter.
A compelte reorganization of the
Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad
bowing that Company was revealed the other day
not com-, when articles of incorporation were
other I filed with the
i retsrv of state. A
les of Ills strength and recklessness. If
Letton could only put him off long
enough for them to escape Into the po-
liced world outside the office door, all
would be well; and Daylight showed
all the signs of being put off
you all have done me proud, geijUe [father was a water hydrant aud vour 1 betterment of women Ui Denmark
pleted a crop, or Is in some
strait, ami a parole for sixty or ninety new charter lias 1 taken out and
daya la granted with the underatandlng I the name of the corporation changed
that he is to deliver himself for aervl-lto the Oklahoma Union Railway com-
tude .,t its expiration. Rarely Is ttlpany. The capital stock is $20,000,000
that such paroles are lived Up to; oil and the fee paid to the state $L'0,000,
ihe contrary, when th" llmll expire* 1 the figures being among the largeat on
back come attorneys wanting the par-j record in the secretary of state's o£.
ole to be made permanent. |fice.
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