The Dover News. (Dover, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 25, 1908 Page: 2 of 4
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THE DOVER NEWS.
E. W. Simpson, Editor.
The Tramp and the Railroad.
We have the Idea that our American
railroads kill many passengers. Yet
almost ten trespassers are kllleil to
every passenger killed. We believe
that the trainman takes his life in h!s
bands; yet more than twice as many
trespassers annually sustain fatal ac-
cident! says Orlando F. Lewis In the
Atlantic. When we read that In five
years 23,974 trespassers were killed by
railroads, and 25.23IS trespassers In-
jured, we wonder that there should be
left living a single Jack the Hobo to
wash his shirt, in these five years
there were more trespassers killed
than there are Inhabitants In Bangor
Me., or Burlington, Vt. Were this
army of the dead lying but three feet
apart along the trackside in ghastly
regularity, they would stretch out for
nearly 14 miles. At a brisk walk. It
would take four hours to reach the
end of the line. And then, were all
those reported Injured in the last five
years lying but three feet apart, wo
should be obliged to walk for more
than four hours more, before we
reached the end of this second line.
The Dal ti more & Ohio representative
said that many railroads maintain pri-
vate "tramp graveyards," In which are
buried many of the unknown dead,
without inquest and with expedition.
Question: How many city graveyards
could be annually filled with the unre-
corded, unreported vagrant dead?
One who was drawn as a Juryman In
Brooklyn asked to be excused from
duty on the ground that "the present
method of Juggling the law" seemed to
him to be a waste of the juror s time.
The Judge retorted, "You are not fit to
be a citizen, much less qualified to
serve as a Juror." Most people will
agree with the judge, because al-
though the Juror as a citizen . has a
right to his opinion on court methods
and the administration of the law, he
was wrong in offering that opinion as
a reason for objecting to do citizen's
duty. That a ;nan believes the exist-
ing method of taxation to be wrong
does not excuse him from paying his
own taxes. A congressman may hold
that a declaration of war is Immoral
and vote against It, says the Youths'
Companon, but he cannot on thnt ac-
count regard himself as exempt from
military service. A most noble and
stimulating discussion of these prob-
lems will be found in a recent book
by Prof. Joslah Royce, "The Philoso-
phy of Loyalty," wherein a man's duty
to his own beliefs is held to be subor-
dinate to his duty to beliefs which are
greater than the individual.
The unfounded report that the
ameer of Afghanistan had been as-
sassinated by Ills tribesmen probably
grew out of the fact that the ameer is
unpopular with some of the Moslem
tribes over whom he tries to rule.
This unpopularity grows chiefly out < f
his fondness for European fashions In
the matter of dress. For example, he
frequently wears a plug hat on state
occasions, and that sort of headgear
Is an abomination unto the tribesmen.
When the Afghans say their prayers
they must do so with bare feet and
with their heads covered, and their
foreheads must touch the ground. The
brim of the plug hat, as well as the
crown. Interferes with this attitude of
devotion. Hence the ameer's seem-
Trade and scientific journals, as well
as newspapers throughout the country
are quoting what a local manufacturer
of Detroit, Mich., has to say about the
development of the automobile Indus-
try. He gives a large share of the
credit to the rich buyer of the early
motors, who bought the crude product
at fancy prices and spent his money
tinkering and improving It He kept
mum about its weaknesses instead of
exploiting them. "Instead of knock-
ing he boosted even when he had very
little to boost." The rich not only
placed their money where it would
help development, but actually sug-
gested some of the best improve-
ments that have been made. They
made possible the manufacturing of
According to Mr. William Barclay
Parsons, civil engineer, the $15,000,000
sewe-age system for Havana, work on
which will begin In October, will be
Ideal, and when the American govern-
ment withdraws from Cuba In January
the Island that was once a hotbed of
yellow fever will be as sanitary as pos-
sible. How long will Cuba libre keep
The Carnegie hero commission has
had Su CHses for medals before it since
Its last meeting. Thirty applications
were granted and 55 rejected. This Is
discouraging. In a country of so many
millions this is a mighty Bmall hero
\ a TALE OF THE BUILDERS
OE THE WEST.
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While serving admirably as a foil
for one of the newer battleships the
old monitor Florida has shown that it
could put up a sma41 fight agaiuht ny
The story op* ns during a trip of the
"Overland Mall" through the Kooky
mountains "'.'note Hilly" Dodge, stage
itrivor. Alfred Yin ■■til, .i young man. mid
I'hlneiH Cadwailader. Introduced They
come across tin* remains of a massacre.
I.aier at Anthony's stilt Inn they fin.! the
redskin* have c.irtM-'l liter destructive
rk there also. Stella Anthony, dauch-
of Anthony, keeper of station, is in-
troduced. Anthony has been killed.
ice! .t Is assigned his work In unearth-
ing plans of ettemit - of railroad, being
ill Vincent visits town where railroad
n are working on road and receives
token of esteem from Stella. Tito old
stage driver deel.lon to work close to
town in order that he may lie aide to
keep fatherly watch over the young
'vtiinan Site is engaged as a tutor for
VT la Bernard, daughter of hotel land-
lady, Vincent visits society circles of en-
emies of tite Central Pacific railroad tint!
learns their secrets lie returns to Btella,
>nch showing signs of love for the other,
howlng signs of love for the other.
'Idle as Cadwallader, pushing a rnllroad
pposlttg Central Pacific, reaches mining
own. She writes to Alfred Vincent his
boast, l'lying his attentions Cadwailader
Insults iter and she is rescued by Gideon,
her father's servant. In turn hit proposes
marriage, is rejected, leaves her declaring
ile will return the sort of a man she wiii
love. Vim cut "shows up" San Francisco
and Washoe rotid and is praised by gov-
rnor and heads of Central Pacific. Ite-
ing known as agent of ('. P. lie dacides
to retire to position of a brakeman for a
short time. Stella Iiears from her lover,
Gideon, and of his phenomenal success.
Finds letter of importance involving plans
of opposition road.
"Some deviltry to our company.
Say! You know everything; maybe
you can figure it out. And say! Mum's
the word. I ain't supposed to let any
one see what goes over the wire, you
know. So long." He handed her a
bulky envelope and turned.
"Is It all this?" Stella began, when
Ah In broke in:
"Oh, my work's In there, too. Say,
Miss Stella, you're n bully teacher!
My brains are growing so fast my
skull aches. I must skip or my
chief'll call me before I get back, and
that'll mean—" He drew his finger
across his throat, laughed merrily and
almost closed the door when he turned
back a sheepish face and in a voice to
match said: "There's a note to Vi in
there; would you—would you—"
Stella laughed. "Oh, yes, 1 will; but
I'll tell her mother, too."
"Ye—s. I s'pose that goes, O. K.,
too. Good-bye. I'm gone."
Stella heard him stumping off down
the street, watched him thjough the
dim light climb the muddy hill to the
little box where he was jailed with the
"clicker" 24 hours a day, save the
three—sometimes only two—short res-
pites ihe chief operator in Sacra-
mento gave him for meals. Stella
thought of the eerie nights, thought of
Alvln's social nature and sighed. No
wonder his predecessor had been dis-
charged for drunkenness. Hut Alvln
was made of better stuff.
To-night the b-jdget went unopened.
Stella extracted the note addressed
to Vlalo, carricd the rest to her home-
made desk In grandma'am's room and
went to supper.
Hut Yic Wah's best efforts were un-
appreciated. She toyed with her food,
listening tensely lor a herald of the
stage and was gladdened at last by
the shout that announced its coming.
Doors were flung open and anxious
eyes peered Into darkness, watching
a black object embody itself from the
night and labor up to the lamp-lit ex-
press office. Stella saw a rigid form
on tht box and ran down the sidewalk
to learn for herself If it was really
Uncle Hilly. He did not move; only
a feeble voice testified to life.
"Some one take the lines, I—I cain't j
open—my flngehs," he said, as kind
hands held hot whisky to his lips. I
"Don't mind me yet." The words came j
thickly between swallows. "Take the |
po' fellehs out from where they stand,
won't you? Hoys, you all take hold—
those bosses played a lone hand—don't
make 'em pull the ole— wagon up that
muddy hill—to-night. Po' Snorteh!
It's good-bye for him—I reckon. He's
His words dwindled to a whisper,
and the huddled figure, relaxed from
the long strain, drooped lower and
"llovs, he'll fall! Some o' you lift
him down!" called Sally 11. sharply,
"tie keerful! Don't straighten his lin-
gers too quick!"
"And some of you bear me also to
my downy couch, won't you? I, too,
am a frozen wayfarer, Sally II."
Phineas climbed out of the coach and
stepped up to Sally 11. with proffered
"Oh. you git!" she said, half vexed,
though she laughed. "Why didn't you
set on the box an' spell Uncle Hilly
with the lines, you skunk? You are
"I ain't driving Charley Crocker's
stage. I'm his passenger."
Sally B. hustled him aside and
cleared the way for the men who car- |
ried Uncle Blllv, protesting feebly, to |
her best chamber, where the two j
women took him in charge.
Hut their ministrations and the
sight of Stella's pitying faa \ roused
him for a minute only; he was soon
In the vision-laden spaces where triek-
sles make Jest of human travail. For
long hours, under a wearying conglom-
eration of angles and curves that
grandma'am called a "dream of the
night," poor Uncle Hilly tossed and
moaned, fought over again his lonely
buttle with the storm.
"Keep It up • little longeh, boy*.
Lights ahead—no, lights out! Fly,
boys! The mountain i falling! Po'
Snorteh, down again! Git up, boy!
Pull up, there! Now, altogether!
Uncle Hilly must stick—by the stage,
live—or die—save the treasure—don't,
Stella, dear! The old man ain't wo'th
a teali from—yo' sweet—good bye, lit-
tle one. Uncle Hilly cain't go any—"
Stella's tears fell unheeded on the
stiff blistered hands while the story
of the awful drive grew out or his
fevered babblings. Towards morning
he was quieter. Stella declared she
could not rest, but Sally B. drove her
to her room; and nature and youth
soon prevailed. She awoke late in
the morning, depressed by a dread her
rest had not banished. Her first
thought was of Uncle llllly; her next
was of Phineas; and from him her
mind flew to the strange dispatch.
She dressed hastily and ran down-
stairs, attacking It at once. Fruitless-
ly she searched for a clew, some pre-
science of its importance holding her
turning toward the rock promontory J
that hid the train, though the rever-1
berating whistle sounded from across j
"I'll start back." Stella said. "If
Mr. Vincent's not aboard—they may
have transferred him—wave to me
when I come In sight under the hill."
The train puffed In. Alvln gave dis-
patch and translation to Alfred with
a whispered explanation, and Stella
saw no hand wave from the doorway.
It needed little time for him to read
and verify Stella's solution. He took
the shorter of the two messages first.
"D. B., San Francisco. To be called
for. Buy G. & C. at any price, con-
tiguous lodes If possible. Big strike.
Secret yet. C. P. 2 & 4."
Alfred scowled. "Secret information
for favored buyers. When did you get
"Wednesday morning before day-
"What were you up to at that time
in the morning?"
"Nothing. The stuff waked me go-
ing through, it was so queer. The
minute I heard the signature 1 smelt
"What do you mean?"
" 'C. P. 2 & 4' Is Blowhard Cad's slg
nature, I'm sure. 1 heard it once be-
"Those Initials are ours."
"Sure, they're Cad's, too, backward.
That's why he uses 'em, so anything
crooked he does will be charged to
us." Alvln grinned, but was quickly
serious again. "There's worse—the
wire's been tapped." „
"How do you know that?"
'"Cause I asked every operator clear
down the line from Virginia if he
heard any Choctaw going through, and
not one clicker east of here had it.
Alfred's Eye Was Caught by the Glea m of a Crescent of Burnished Gold
to the task heedless of breakfast and
of Uncle Hilly. Suddenly the signifi-
cance of the paper she had picked
up on the hillside after her encounter
with Phineas flashed upon her. She
found it and began her work anew, re-
warded at last, by a message that
whitened her cheek, unsteadied her
hand. Waiting far neither breakfast
nor wraps, she flew up the hill to the
Alvln saw Stella coming and sprang
to the door. "Heard the news?" he
shouted before she could speak. "Vir-
ginia & Truckee railroad's a go this
time, sure. No sardines behind it, like
before, but men; money, too. They'll
build from Virginia to Reno, and we'll
meet 'em there. It'll help us like
- All this was poured out impetuously
as she came toward him, her mind
scantily comprehending the Import of
his words, though a mental flashlight
told her that the complexion of the
roads would make forever unnecessary
such drives as Uncle Billy's latest
"Oh, Alvln," she panted; "that
cipher dispatah—It means—It means
death! What shall we do? If the
chief knew you showed it to me—"
"No matter what happens to me!
Tell me, quick, what's in it!"
"But I mustn't get you discharged,
Alvln." She had the woman's mind,
that delays, protects, conserves; and
Hut Alvln had the masculine cour-
age that destroys boldly to build again
boldly. "The discharge of one or more
two-bit operators don't count 'longside
of this matter. Mr. Vincent's due on
the extra in a minute. He's O. K. for
company's inside business if he is only
"Every minute's precious," Stella
said. "What if the train's lute? If
Mr. Vincent Is not—" A whistle in-
"There she is!" Alvln exclaimed,
At Sacramento the night man heard it,
but paid no attention to It."
"it's a state's prison offense."
"Oh, yes; but Cad won't go to pris-
on. You'll see! How'll they catch
him? And, anyway, the fellers he's
working for in San Francisco '11 save
him. They'll have to, if they save
their own skins."
Alfred was heedless. He was read-
ing the second dispatch. "A. C. &
O., San Francisco. To be called for.
Everything fixed. 'Flora' leaves Fri-
day at ten, with five hundred tons
iron. P. Q. undertakes the job for
price we offered. No mistake. Timed
for the straits. Don't let her take pas-
sengers. C. P. 2 & 4."
"Good heavens!" Alfred cried, drop-
ping into a chair by the desk and
reaching for slip and pencil. "This is
Friday, and—" He took out his watch.
"Nine-five! Got a San Francisco
"Yes; but it's several days old."
"No matter! Find out quick what
dock the Flora' leaves, then get to
your key. We must beat lightning to-
The two were silent, Alvln nervous-
ly turning the paper, Alfred scratching
dispatches. Evidently the "Flora" was
not a regular boat; her name was not
in the shipping lists.
"We'll have to send the message on
trust then. Cjuick, Al! Tell the op-
erator down there it means life or
death to officers and crew—this
message does. Tell him to put a man
on a horse—I'll stand the expense—
anything to get word to the 'Flora' in
time! Oh, sign my name. It won't
do to have the company show up in
Alvln bent over his key. Men came
and went, Alvln holding off trainmen
and "commercial" messages alike with
the decisive words, "company's busi-
ness." He looked up at last, breathing
freer as he spoke. "They'll do it," he
whispered to Alfred. "They know
where the Flora' lies. They h^ve 20
minutes to catch her."
Alfred seat a secuud message to the
company's office In Sacramento telling
of Alvin's discovery and asking relief
from his train for the day. A third
dispatch went to the county sheriff,
telling him of the wire tapping and
of the evidence against Cadwailader.
While waiting for replies Alfred
wrote to Gov. Stanford, inclosing the
cipher dispatches and their transla-
tions. But this was soon done, and
the two men, oppressed with their
death-laden secret, watched the clock
The minutes dragged as intolerably
for Alfred, though he wore his mask
more easily than Alvin. Would they
be in time? Would they catch the
ittle steamer before she left port for
her fate? Even then, would they find
the infamous secret before its fateful
moment arrived? What would it be?
Powder? A slit In the hull? A cun-
ning injury to the boiler?
At last San Francisco called. Alvin
sprang to the key. The steamer had
started, had been hailed, had waited
for a small boat and the message, and
had gone on her way. j
Alfred rose, as stiff with the tension
as if minutes had been hours. "That's '
all we can do at that end. Keep your
eye and ear busier than your tongue,
Al, for the rest of the day. I'm off to
settle with his nibs, Phineas Cad-
wailader. By the way, couldn't you
contrive some way to get him left?
The train reported late in leaving,
false report, something like that?"
Alvin nodded. "Guess I can think
up that trick in four hours."
At the hotel Alfred took only time to
don riding boots and to find Stella for
a hurried word. "Get Sally IS. to hold
Cadwailader here over train time, if
it's possible," Alfred said before his
good-bye. "It may mean everything
to the company. I'll return to-night
if I can."
A swift horse took him to the
"Front," where he found the superin-
tendent riding his beat. Alfred told
his story briefly and asked if there
was a lineman on the force.
"Jupiter! You can't track that
man, Vincent! The snow's come and
gone since that Hecate's job was done."
"But, Mr. Gregory, he'd have to cut
the wire, and he'd have to climb a
tree or a pole to do it. Could that be
done without leaving a trace?"
"What then? How can you prove it
"How'il I know I couldn't prove it
unless I try?"
"Linemen don't show up often in
my diggings. I'll ask Bennett; his sec-
tion begins here."
Inquiry discovered an intelligent
man who had worked on the line. His
climbers were at camp near by; and
Mr. Gregory's resourcefulness provided
horse and saddle. The two men set
off without delay. They rode fast till
within nearly live miles of Dutch Flat,
Alfred Judging that, since Phineas
took the stage there, his exploit must
be in that neighborhood.
The afternoon was past its half
when they began to Inspect each pole
and wire-touched tree with close
scrutiny. "We'll work east over these
five miles to Dutch Flat," Alfred said.
"If we find nothing we'll have to stay
over night in town, go east a short
distance in the morning, and then
take it west from here."
For the first two or three miles
their search was unrewarded by any
sign. Just at sunset, in a windy little
vale, the lineman's practised eye
caught a peculiar piecing of the wire,
and he climbed nimbly to inspect it.
It was not a joining made by the regu
lar force, but a recent cut. The
marks of the climbers were also fresh.
"Is there anything about it to dis
tinguish it from regular work?" Al-
"You bet! Any chump could tell, if
he see it close, that it was the work
of an amachure by the way the wires
That was something gained, but not
enough. "How did the man get up
Before the man could reply Alfred's
eye was caught by the gleam of a
crescent of burnished gold. Lying
half imbedded in the wet remains of
a snowdrift, its upper surface washed
clean and shining, he found a cuff but-
ton of a peculiar design—a star within
a crescent, the two free points tipped
with diamonds. He knew it, he knew
who owned its fellow! Turning it over
he saw the engraved initials, P. C.
"Good enough!" he called. "We need
no more evidence. You can go on to
town for the night, or back to camp,
as you choose. I'll ride too hard for
The man chose to turn back. Alfred
arranged for payment for the extra
work and again rode east.
In a few minutes he arrived at the
Dutch Flat office and telegraphed Al
vin, asking of Phineas. Five minutes
later he was reading the reply:
"C.'s here, pacing the platform like
a mad gobbler. We did the leaving
trick for the regular train O. K. But
he thinks he's going on the special in
spite of fate."
"Let him go in peace," Alfred wired
back; and immediately sent a message
to the sheriff at Auburn that was an
swered after two hours as follows:
"Sheriff's office, Auburn. P. C. walked
into my arms as unsuspecting as a
lamb. He had no time to destroy in
criminating evidence. Is now resting
noisily in the cooler."
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
SEIZE A TRAIN
LARGE CROWD OVERAWED CREW
ON THE SANTA FE ROAD.
Resisted Efforts to Dislodge Them
and Rode From Newton to Hutch-
inson.—Said They Wanted to
Go to the Harvest Fields.
Advice to a Young Man.
"What do you say to a young lady
at a dance?" queried the youth who
was about to attend his first ball.
"Oh," replied the society man, "talk
to her abou'. her beauty."
"But suppose she hasn't acy?"said
"In that case," rejoined the s. m.,
"talk to her about the ugliness of
th6 other girls present."
Hutchinson, Kan., June 22.—A
freight train pulling in from the east
last night bore every semblance ot
the balmy days of 1893, when Jaeol
Coxey lead his army to Washington.
The hoboes were so thick that they
looked like buzzards waiting for a
solitary feast on some unfortunate
plow horse. There were about 120 of
the 'boes and they were getting a
free ride to the harvest fields of the
western part of the state. No at-
tempt was made by the road officials
to make them disembark, when the
train stopped at the station. In fact.
Inducements were offered to keep
them on board. Detective John Law-
em! one of Chief Dixon's blucoats
watched the army until the train
started and all who showed a dispo-
sition to remain were Invited to get
aboard. The gang was augmented by
a bevy of 'boes who had been loafing
around the Santa Fe station.
The gang took possession of the
train as it moved out of Newton yes-
terday afternoon. A large gang of
the harvesters had collected at that
point, being sent there by employ-
ment agencies. The greater part of
them were financially embarrassed
and the picking soon became too slim
at Newton. Transportation was de-
nied them and they were told they
would have to take a tie pass to the
western wheat fields. However, a
large number assembled at the New-
ton yards, and when the freight start
ed out they made a rush for the cars.
The train was stopped and the brake
men made an effort to dislodge the
hoboes. The men hung together anil
refused to come do^vi off the cars.
Seeing that it was unless to attempt
to force the men to leave the train,
the conductor decided to carry them
without further protest. Other 'boes
were picked up at every station, ami
by the time the train reached this
city there was enough harvest hands
an board to supply an entire coun'y.
TEN-INCH PIPE LINE.
Will Be Laid From I ndependenoe,
Kan., to New Orleans.
Independence, Kan., June 22.—After
a conference with Governor Haskell
of Oklahoma, here today, it was an-
nounced that the Prairie Oil and Gas
company will have an eight-inch pipe
line to the Cody Bluff shallow sand
district and another of the same size
to the Hog Shooter district, east oil
Bartlesville, completed and taking oil
within sixty days. It will also have
a ten-inch line to New Orleans via
Arkansas and Louisiana, taking imtl-
continent oil within eight months
The different pipe line companies in
eight months will be able to take
175,000 barrels of oil daily in this
field. This is ihe most important
announcement ever made in thi%
field. It means a market for all the
oil the field can produce.
HOT WAVES PREVAIL.
Weather Officials Send Kite Up to
Washington, .Tune 22.—A kite flown
from the weather bureau station at.
Mount Weather, Virginia, tonight
reached an altitude of 16,300 feet
where the temperature was found to
be 20 degrees tnough at the surface
it was 75. The weather map of the
country tonight is of the hot wave
type. The bureau reports tempera-
tures much above the season average
over the entire country east of the
Rock mountains except where local
thunder storms have afforded temp-
TRIAL OF STEVE ADAMS.
Grand Junction, Colo., June 22.—
The trial of Steve Adams of the
Western Federation of Miners,
charged with the murder of L. Col-
lins of Tellurlde, mine superintend
etit, had hardly been called in the
district court here today when the
opposing attorneys became involved
In a bitter wrangle over the efforts of
the prosecution to indorse new
names upon the indictment as wit-
ness and an important motion on be-
half of the defense to prevent ex-
Congressnjan Hogg of Pueblo and J.
S. Carnahan of Grand Junction from
acting as attorneys for the state. The
court allowed Hogg and Carnahan to
remain in the case, it being shown
to his satisfaction that they were em
ployed by San Miguel county.
The attorneys for the defendant
were announced as follows:
O. N. Hilton of Denver, Ralph E.
Estab of Denver, L. O. Whltsell of
Boise City, and Samuel N Wheeler
of Grand Junction. It is rumored
that Clarence Darrow of Chicago may
come to assist in the defense later
on. The sheriff was ordered to sum-
mon 100 men for jury service.
BAUGH FOUND NOT GUILTY.
Durant. Okla., June 22.-—After con-
sulting for sixteen hours the Jury re-
turned a not-guilty verdict against J
II. Baugh, who was charged with the
murder of Charles Covington last De-
The killing occurred on Main street
Biugh's son and Covington had a
quarrel. Covington was drunk. The
eld-er Baugh attempted to ston the
quarrel. Covington resisted find was
stabbed with his knife, as a result of
which Covington died a week later.
One witness testified that Covington
stated on the operating table that a
triond stabbed him through mistake.
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Simpson, E. W. The Dover News. (Dover, Okla.), Vol. 8, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 25, 1908, newspaper, June 25, 1908; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc106663/m1/2/: accessed November 20, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.