Okeene Democrat (Okeene, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 32, Ed. 1 Friday, April 26, 1918 Page: 2 of 8
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THE OKEENE DEMOCRAT
THE WORLD OVER
Seven days after the Germans
launched their gigantic assault against
the British lines between Lens and
Ypres the momentum of their attack
has been broken and waves of the
Teuton forces are recoiling before the
rock of the British defense. While
the Germans have made gains of
ground and have driven a wedge into
the Allied lines to a considerable
depth they seem to have failed in
their attempt to break through or take
Important railway junctions.
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The hardest fighting of the pres-
ent battle south of the River Somme
has been almost incessant around
llangard-En-Santerro since March 21.
British and French have been en-
gaged side by side in defending this
highly important and strategic posi-
tion on the road between Noyon and
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Preceded by an intense bombard-
ment of high explosive and poison gas
shells, picked troops from four Ger-
man companies hurled themselves
against the American positions on the
right bank of the Meuse, north of St.
Mihiel, but were completely repulsed
after terrific hand-to-hand fighting.
The Americans captured some prison-
+ + +
The entire Allied line in Belgium
and France is holding firm. Nowhere
have the Germans been able, notwith-
standing the great numbers of men
hurled against it, especially that por-
tion in Flanders where the British are
holding forth, to gain an inch of
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In the Apremont Forest the Ger-
mans delivered against our positions
In the Brule Wood a powerful attack,
gaining a foothold in our advanced
elements. A spirited counter attack
by the French and American troops,
acting together, immediately drove
them out. Twenty-two prisoners be-
longing to six different units were
taken by the Americans.”
+ * +
After repulsing two German attacks
on the American positions northwest
of Toul, American troops counter at-
tacked and recaptured an observation
hill. The American troops battled
with the Germans all day, infantry
and artillery participating.
<• •h *F
Twenty-two Americans who were
killed in action are listed in a second
casualty list made public by the War
Department recently. Three lieuten-
ants are included in this number. The
list of killed in action is the largest
for any one day since Americans have
been in the trenches. The casualty
list totals 110 names.
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Charging across the level country
behind a tempest of high explosives
and gas shells, the Germans have suc-
ceeded by terrific fighting In pushing
back the British defenses at points
over a front of nearly thirty miles to
a depth of almost six miles just to the
south of Ypres.
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Orders for greater efforts to find
the missing naval collier Cyclops,
overdue from South American waters
for more than a month, went out re-
contly to American ships. In addition
allied naval craft on patrol duty in
the South are aiding in the search.
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The first ship constructed at the
government's request by the United
States Steel Corporation will be
launched at Newark, N. J., by May 15,
and the corporation's two yards at
Mobile, Ala., and Newark will be pre-
pares to turn out a completed ship
every ten days.
■F + +
Three soldiers were killed, ten dan-
gerously injured and thirty-five slight-
ly injured recently in a wreck on the
Long island Railroad near Central
Islip, N. Y. All of the dead and in-
jured are said to be stationed at Camp
Upton at Yaphank, N. Y.
F F F
Increase in storage holdings of dairy
products, eggs and frozen and cured
meats of all classes was shown in the
department of agriculture's summary
of its canvass on April 1, comparing
the stocks with those of that date a
F F F
The 7-year-old son of Edgar Wilkin
son, Kankakee, 111., was drowned
when the motor car driven by Mrs.
Wilkinson skidded over a 10-foot em-
bankment into eighteen feet of water
at the city quarry. Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
kinson were rescued.
F F F
The bronze statue of Frederick the
Great, which has ornamented the west-
ern facade of the War College build-
ing on the banks of the Potomac at
Washington, has been removed in sec-
tions and packed away for safe keep-
F F F
Col. William H. Simons, command-
ing the 327th Infantry and ranking of-
ficer of the 164th Infantry brigade of
the 82d Division, was found dead in
his quarters at Camp Gordon recently,
it was announced at divisional head-
quarters in Atlanta.
F F F
A box of ground glass was taken
from the clothing of Jacob Hendricks,
former constable of Aurora, 111., when
he was brought to Chicago recently.
Hendricks was arrested at Aurora,
charged with promoting a lottery to
aid interned German sailors.'
F F F
Hinton G. Clabaugh, chief of the
Chicago bureau of the Department of
Justice, announced that his agents had
taken into custody Dr. William Isaac
Thomas of the faculty of the Univer-
sity of Chicago, widely known as an
authority on sociology, and a woman
said to be the wife of a Texas man
now in France with General Pershing.
F F F
As a war measure, approximately
1,500 saloons in Texas closed their
doors recently. This action resulted j
from the ten-mile zone prohibition law j
which makes it unlawful to sell, give
away or have on the person intoxicat- |
ing liquor within ten miles of a mili-
F F F
A tornado which struck several
North Texas counties recently, demol-
ishing homes, outhouses, barns and
crippling wire communication, carried
with it a death toll of at least four.
Many persons were injured.
F F F
A tornado which struck North Texas
the other night did damage to several |
towns, according to reports. At Boyd, !
thirty buildings, including a church
and school house, were demolished,
railroad cars were blown from tracks
and telegraph and telephone wires
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The British government, through
the Royal Flying Corps, will erect in
Fort Worth a monument to the mem-
ory of the aviation cadets who were
killed in training there this winter and
whose bodies were not returned to
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Many German and Austrian women
are under surveillance by govern-
ment agents and will be arrested and
interned as soon as President Wilson
Bigns the bill which includes women
in the class of enemy aliens.
F F F
William Joel Stone, senior senator
from Missouri and chairman of the
State Foreign Relations committee, is
dead at his home in Washington. The
senator suffered a second cerebral
hemorrhage and lapsed into a state
of coma from which he did not rouse.
His family was at the bedside when
the end came. The body will be in-
terred at Nevada, Mo., his old home.
F F F
Prospects of indefinite debate in the
Senate over the Overman Bill, with
its broad grant of authority to the
President to reorganize government
departments, caused administration
leaders to deride upon laying aside
the measure probably for several days
In order to pass the Legislative, Execu-
tive and Judicial Appropriation bill
and other urgent legislation.
+ + +
In the controversy over increase
of the government minimum guaran-
tee price for wheat to $2.50 per bushel,
the Senate has again recorded itself in
favor of the increase. The wheat
questioL n >w awaits the vote of the
J. M. Parnell was tied to a post at
Miami, Texas, and whipped by resi-
dents, who understood lie had said
99 per cent of the Red Cross nurses
are immoral. He is under arrest and
is being held for the federal officials.
F F F
Four Mexicans were killed and at
least five wounded at Santo Nino
Ford, when American troops returned
the fire which came from the Mexican
side of the ford, where a large body of
Mexican federal troops w ere encamped.
F F F
Ixird Robert Cecil, minister of
blockade, answering a question in the
House of Commons, said: "No assur-
ance has been given that the British
and Japanese troops will be with- ’
drawn from Vladivostok as soon as
order is restored, but it is hoped that
the incident will soon be closed.”
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‘‘What is now most pressingly re-
quired is that the fighting forces of
the United States should be brought
into the field as speedily as possible,"
A. J. Balfour, the foreign secretary,
said, speaking at a luncheon to the
American labor delegation in London. .
« * *
Two German fighting planes were
shot down the other morning inside
the American lines by Lieuts. A. S.
Winslow of Chicago and Douglas Camp-
bell of California.
With the British Army in France.—
Ten divisions of German troops are
now driving furiously against the Brit-
ish defenses between Givenchy-Lysir
La-Bassee and St. Venant in an at-
tempt to effect a crossing of the La-
The British were holding well and
Inflicting heavy casualties on the
enemy according to the latest report.
Coincidentally with this pretentious
assault the Germans surged forward
further north and again began ham-
mering at the approaches of Kemmel
and the neighboring high ground.
French Capture 8enecat Woods.
Paris.—The French forces in the re.
gion of Amiens have captured a por.
tion of the Senecat wood and made
advances against the Germans on sev-
eral other sectors, according to the
official communication issued by the
Activity In the Balkans.
Paris.—The war office announce-
“Violent bombardments on both
sides took place in the region of Mont-
didier; there was no infantry action.
"About the Boise le Pretre several
Representative Jim McCIfntic be-
lieves his bill to deny the ballot to
persons known to have made unpa-
triotic or seditious statements stands
a fair chance of receiving favorable
action by congress.
The railroads will allow a one-cent
a mile rate to veterans attending the
fall annual reunion of the United
Confederate Veterans, to be held here
next September. The dates of the
reunion have not been definitely fixed.
One dollar and ten cents a day, the
pay of a bugler in the 350th machine
gun battalion at Camp Grant, Rock-
ford, 111., is barely cigarette money for
Sidney Kernal, a half-breed Creek In-
dian from Muskogee, who at the end
cf each 24 hours adds $177 to his bank
account as income from oil land roy-
alties. He is the richest man in his
The May Draft.
Oklahoma is to send 846 men in th«
May 1-10 draft. These men will be
sent to regular army forts for training
instead of to national army camps.
The men will be given training along
with volunteers in the regular army.
Quotas announced for the different
counties and local boards follow.
Caddo, No. 1, 9.
Caddo, No. 2, 5.
('reek, No. 1, 22.
Creek, No. 2, 11.
Grady, No. 1, 9.
Grady, No. 2, 6.
Muskogee, No. 1, 6.
Muskogee, No. 2, !».
Okla. No. 1. 5
Okla., No. 2, 4.
Okla. City, No. 1, 9.
Okla. City, No. 2, is.
Okla. City, No. 3, 11.
Pittsburg, No. 1. 11.
Pittsburg, No. 2, 1».
Ttoger Mills, 4.
Tulsa, City. 33.
attempts made by the enemy were re-
pulsed after quite lively engagements.
Our patrols took prisoners near Neg-
reville and Badonviller.
"Eastern theater: In the course of
an extended raid which was carried
out with complete success on the left
bank of the Struma between Ormanli
and Lake Tahinos, the allied forces
drove the Bulgarian outposts from
about ten villages. The Hellenic
troops took a brilliant part in this
operation by the side of the British.
The enemy suffered considerable
Italians Expect Attack At Once.
Washington.—An Austrian offensive
against Italy is imminent and will be
started on a large scale is the opinion
of Italian observers as expressed in
official messages to the Italian em-
$2.50 WHEAT KNOCKED OUT
House Refuses to Agree to Senate
Washington.—Proposed increase of
the government guaranteed price of
wheat to $2.50 was defeated in the
house, which rejected by a vote of 167
to ninety-eight the senate amendment
to the agricultural appropriation bill
making the change.
This action sends the question back
to conference and the senate now is
expected to recede so as not to hold
up the appropriation bill.
Under the food control act the price
of 191S wheat was fixed at $2 a bushel
but by proclamation last February
President Wilson fixed a minimum
guarantee of $2.20 a bushel at the prin-
cipal interior primary" markets. Under
the senate rider to the appropriation
bill the price would be increased to
$2.50 a bushel and the farmers’ local
elevators made the basic mark.
Irish To Resist Conscription.
London.—The leaders of the na-
tionalists in Ireland including the Red-
mondites,- who now are led by John
Dillon, the Sinn Feiners, O’Brienites,
Laborites and Clericals are united in
their determination to resist conscrip-
tion lay the "most effective means at
our disposal,” which is the wording of
a resolution passed at a meeting of
Bishops at Maynooth. In the mean-
time the authorities, although they do
not expect that any conscript will be
called until the home rule bill is on
the statutes are taking precautions.
At the opening sale of townsite lots
at Freedom, on the Buffalo Northwest-
ern railroad, a total of ninety-eight
lots were disposed of, the list price
of which amounted to $12,000. In-
cluded in the enterprises located there
are, a bank, three elevators, two lum-
ber yards, two drug stores, five gen-
eral merchandise stores, one hotel,
two garages, a postoffice and a tele-
In New York, Massachusetts and
other eastern states it has been esti-
mated by internal revenue collections
that the tax collected from individ-
ual incomes is only three times as
much as it was last year, but in Ok-
lahoma the tax to be collected will
be almost five times greater than the
amount collected during the fiscal
year which ended June 30, 1917, ac-
cording to an estimate by Hubert L
Bolen, collector for Oklahoma.
An opinion has been handed down
by the United States circuit court of
appeals affirming the sentence passed
by Judge Ralph E. Campbell of the
United States district court for the
eastern district of Oklahoma on Rob-
ert K. Warren, former county attor-
ney of Choctaw county. Warren was
arrested in the summer of 1916 with
a number of bottles of beer in his
automobile. He was near the state
line when the arrest was made and
it was said that he was bringing in
the liquor for a fraternal organiza-
tion that was to hold a celebration.
A protest by the city of Sapulpa
against the abandonment of certain
portions of the urban lines of the Sa-
pulpa Electric Interurban Company
was heard by the state corporation
commission. The case was taken un-
der consideration by the commission
and an order will be issued soon.
The fight on the part of the city of
Sapulpa to prevent the abandonment
of parts of the city lines resulted
some time ago in clashes between the
police and workment who attempted
to tear up the tracks and a number of
More than 50,000 acres of oll-bear-
ing lands on the east side of the
Osage reservation in Oklahoma are
being advertised for lease by Indian
Commissioner Sells. Production must
begin within nine months, a reduction
from the former limit of two years,
in accordance with the government’s
policy of stimulating production from
new sources because of the increased
demand for war purposes. Sale of the
leases will be held May 15 in Paw-
huska, Okla. The acreage is scatter-
ed in quarter-section lots over a large
A pig weighing eleven pounds soldi
for $157.19 at a recent sale for the
benefit of the Red Cross at Wapan*
W. C. Johnson of Howe, Texas, has
been elected superintendent of schools
at Marietta to succeed J. H. Johnston,
Col. Hugh S. Johnson, whose home
is at Okmulgee, was nominated by
President Wilson to be promoted ta
the rank of brigadier-general.
The state food administration has
announced that the restriction prohib-
iting licensed dealers from turning in
live or freshly killed hens ended at
midnight last Friday.
John Kubecka, 26 years old, Ger-
man-American, was taken by th€t
"Knights of Liberty” to a secluded
spot north of Tulsa, tarred and feath-
ered and given fifty lasnes. He talked
Fire in the heart of the business dis-
trict of Sapulpa, which was believed
to have been due to defective wiring,
did damage estimated at about $350,-
000, and wrecked about fifteen busi-
Five days is the least number in
the week that a man of questionable
standing in Ringliug must work if he
keeps out of the toils of the law. It
is so provided in an ordinance, passed
■with the emergency clause and in part
as a war measure, recently enacted
by the town council.
Robert E. Quinn of Guymon was on
hoard the Tuscania when it was tor-
pedoed, but was among those rescued.
This list of casualties reported by
General Pershing on April 13, gives
Robert E. Quinn as among the slightly
wounded in battle. He has been in
the army less than five months.
Instead of the ordinary memorials
which high school classes have be-
come accustomed to leaving some-
where in the building or on the camp-
us, the 1918 class of the McAlester
high school has adopted a French
orphan, members of the class pledg-
ing themselves one child’s support for
the period of one year.
L. C. McNabb of Sallisaw, formerly
county attorney of Sequoyah county,
was suspended from the practice of
law in Oklahoma for one year by
action of the supreme court. A peti-
tion seeking the disbarment of Mc-
Nabb was filed by Robin Riley, a
negro, who alleged that McNahb as
his attorney had defrauded him in
transactions involving the land of
Washington.—News of the resigna-
tion of Count Czernin as Austro-Hun-
garian foreign minister led to much
speculation here as to the causes of
his rather dramatic exit when through
his decided change of attitude toward
war issues, Involving his complete ac-
ceptance of the extreme German
views, it had been supposed that he
had greatly strengthened his position.
Officials here are inclined to believe
that it was because the count was ob-
noxious to Austria's great ally that
he was forced out of office.
Another Tarry Patriot.
Vicksburg. Miss.—Covered with tar
and feathers, and wearing a placard
bearing the words “Disloyal to the
United States.” William A. Hunter,
CS. owner of a large plantation in Ten-
sas parish, Louisiana, arrived here on
a train from Newellton, La. He said
citizens of Tensas parish had applied
the tar and feathers after accusing
him of refusing to buy Liberty bonds.
He told the United States marshal !
mat he had purchased $5,000 of bonds l
<f the second Liberty loan while at
:s old home in Williamsport, Ind.
The University of Oklahoma defeat-
ed Texas but lost to Missouri in the
annual triangular debate. The Texas
contest was held in Norman and the
Oklahoma-Missouri contest in Colum-
bia. Compulsory arbitration of labor
disputes was the subject debated, Ok-
lahoma upholding the affirmative
against Texas and defending the neg-
ative at Columbia. Joe Koch, Okla-
homa City, and Earl Pruet, Norman,
represented the university against
Texas. John McKov Campbell, Okla-
homa City, and Wilbur Holleman,
Btigler, debated at Columbia.
Thomas Williams, farmer living at
Howe, was convicted by a jury in the
district court at Poteau of the murder
ct Morris White, a coal miner of
Howe, and was sentenced to a life
term. White disappeared in 1916.
Two months ago a skeleton found tied
in a tub that was recovered from a
lake near Howe was identified as*
White’s remains. Shortly after
White’s disappearance Williams pro-
duced letters purporting to have been
written by White in which the writer
I disposed of his little farm and stock
j to Williams.
Twenty-four home guards of Harper
county, one squad from Laverne and
a squad from Buffalo, went to the
1.200-acre wheat ranch of Adam
Rader. 50 years old. German born, and
took 3,500 bushels of fine wheat from
him which he had been hoarding for
i STATEHOUSE BREVITIES !
There is no Oklahoma law or con-
stitutional provision to prevent state
banks from taking stock and becoming
members in the federal reserve sys-
tem, according to an opinion furnished
Governor Williams by Attorney Gen-
Oklahoma mine extension schools
will be given federal aid beginning
with the September terms, according
to assurance given S. M. Barrett, sec-
retary of the state vocational educa-
t.on board, who has Just returnea from
a week’s inspection of the schools.
Four hundred students now are at-
tending the mine schools which are
situated in the coal, lead and zinc
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