Cleveland County Leader (Lexington, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, October 21, 1899 Page: 1 of 8
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Cleveland County Leader
Lkxinoton, Oklahoma Tkrmtory, Sati'KDAy, Octoukk '21, 1899.
JESTER'S FAMOUS TR14L.
Paris, Mo., Oct. 14.—The de-
fense in the case of Alexander
Jester, charged with the murder
of Gilbert Gates, made a savage
attack on the Pinkerton detect-
ives employed by the prosecution
this morning and asked for their
Patrick Cullen, attorney for
Jester, stopped the proceedings
i^rnl asked Justice Moss for a
warrant for Detective Hoffman
and Detective Weiss, under a sec-
tion of the Missouri statutes pro-
hibiting Pinkerton men from do-
ing dutv as officers in the state.
J. H. Thompson, a nephew of
the old prisoner, tried to ^et him
to confess this afternoon, telling
if he were really guilty the court
would be more merciful to hitn if
he would admit it. Mr. Thomp-
son related his interview as fol-
"Uncle Jester cried while talk-
ing of his troubles to me, but I
urged him to clear up the myste-
ro of Gilbert Gates' disappear-
ance. He replied that never un-
til the judgment day would that
mystery be solved. In 1871 he
told me the boy sold out to him
to raise money with which to
return to Illinois, but today he
said when the boy left camp the
night he disappeared, twenty-
eight years ago, he went to Texas.
jestkk's story of it.
" 'I was arrested and placed in
the Mexico jail after getting a
change of venue from Paris early
in 1872," Uncle Jester said, 'and
with the circumstantial evidence
against me realized that to prove
my innocence I must find young
Gates and bring him back to
" 'One dark night, with the
help of three other prisoners, I
removed the window casing of
my cell and we all escaped. I
persuaded a newspaper man to
publish a report that I had been
shot to death in the Indian terri-
tory, knowing that the fame I
had received from my case would
insure wide-spread publication of
the report and throw the officers
off my track. It worked like a
charm. I went on to Dent coun-
ty, Tex., where I married a Mrs.
Reynolds in 1872. I settled down
and preached the gospel for
years. In 1894 I secured a di-
vorce and located at Shawnee, O.
T. By chance I learned that my
sister, Mrs. Cornelia Street, lived
at Kansas City. I went there
and persuaded her to go to Shaw-
nee and keep house for ine. This
proved my undoing. Five months
later she betrayed me to vent
petty spite. It was a lucky thing
for her, too, that the state would
not use her, for once on the
stand she might have been ac-
cused as well as an accuser.' "
JUS SISTKK can't hklp hang him
Mrs. Street left for her home
in Kansas City today without
testifying. Ex-Lieutenant Gov-
ernor Johnson of the prosecution
refused to permit her to go <>n
the stand. She had worked hard
to have her brother hanged and
bitterly resented the state's de-
cision and roundly denounced the
Governor Johnson said tonight:
"I thank God she has gone. She
is as liendish as her brother, and
I do not want the state of Mis-
souri to indorse her act."
The most important testimony
given today was that of James
Mitchell, town marshal of Boon- j
ville, Mo., who was a farmer]
near that place in January, 1871. i
He saw Jester and young Gates
together at that time. Jester
had a buffalo calf and Gates had
three deer. Mitchell bought the
deer from Gates, giving him a
watch and adding $7.50. Mitch-
ell denied Jester's statement that
he bought Gate's team. Mitchell
said Jester tried to buy the team,
but young Gates refused to sell,
sayihg no money would induce
him to part with it, as his father
had }>iven it to him, and he
wanted to drive it back home,
where he was going immediately.
Jester claims to have bought the
team at this place.
The trial will cost the state
$40,000, The manuscript will
make 5,000 typewritten pages
and six stenographers are at
work on it.
Henry Johnson, who was sen-
tenced to the penitentiary from
this county last term of court has
a very dark record. He will serve
a term from this county for
horse stealing. It has developed
that Johnson is a well know char-
acter at the Kansas prison. The
clerk recognized him as soon as
Sheriff .Newblock and prosecut-
ing Attorney Nicodemus escorted j
him into the warden's office
$1.50 BUYS A PAIR OF GOLD CUFF
Buttons, warranted for five years. We have the
finest line of Cuff Buttons in the city.
Johnson escaped from the Kansas
prison a few years ago. He was ^
next heard of at Wichita, Kansas
where he was arrested, convicted j
and given a seven years sentence 1
for horse stealing. Before his
removal from the Wichita jail to
the penitentiary he escaped, as
did two other prisoners under
life sentence. This was three
THE DAVIS BAZAAR. 3/
Old Boston Store, Lexington, Oklahoma,
years ago. Sedgwick county
This case has attracted much officials had not succeeded in lo-
cating him and did not know lie
was in custody until they receiv-
ed a notice to that effect a few
days ago. As soon as his present
time expires he will enter upon
the discharge of the Sedgwick
Prosecuting Attornev Nicode-
attention in this part of Oklaho-
ma, as Jester is known extensive-
ly around Norman and somewhat
all over the country. He was
going under the name of Hill
Mormon Congressman Elect.
Brigham II. Roberts, a Utah
polygamist and congressmanmus informed the Democrat that
elect has a rocky road ahead of the last installment of prisoners
him. Several years ago the Mor-
mon church declared against po-
ly Ram)** Then those who had
several wives were to choose
their legal wife and quit all oth-
ers. We imaging there ensued
a lively courtship. Roberts is a
prominent leader in the Mormon
church and encountered a bitter
li^ht in the election. The troub-
le in his affairs now is that he
has not taken the wife the courts
dave decided to be his legally
and there is a strong sentiment
at home against him. There
will bo a determined effort made
to unseat him in the next con-
gress. If this is done it is said
he will make the race for govern-
or of Utah. The light promises
to be an interesting one as well j
as a hard struggle. With Rob-
erts' fall polygamy will
lessly be lain aside
among the Mormon people.
Fine Dental Work
Now is the time. Dr. Coil the
Purcell up-to-date dentist in order
to get better acquainted with
Oklahoma people will give them
•i special rate on all dental work, pacity, a fact his many friends
All teeth will be tilled without will appreciate. Other well
pain with theuseofCataphoresisf known local financiers will take
Call and see him and save hal. stock in the reorganized institu-
your money. tion. Democrat Topic.
Our Prices can
from this county, five in number,
swelled Oklahoma's delegation
in the Kansas prison to one hun-
dred and sixty .—Democrat Topic.
Eastern Star Organized.
Mrs. Carrie M. Perkins, of
Gutarie, grand secretary of the
Eastern Star, came down Tues-
day and instituted a local lodge
here. The officers elect are as
follows: Mrs Kate Ferguson,
matron; Orra E. Upp, patron;
Mrs. Schenecker, assistant ma-
tron. The lodge starts out with
a large membership. It meets
the second and fourth Tuesday
evenings of each month.
The Norman State Bank will
become a National bank January
11, 1900. This was decided upon
doubt-' at the July meeting of the board
forever | °f directors but the matter was
not made public until this week.
The business of the institution
has reached such proportions
that it was necessary to make
the change. Cashier Bessent
will continue in his present '~a-
Mens' Suits from
Boy's Suits from
Men's Shoes, per pair,..
Ladies' Shoes, per pair..
Blankets, good size, pair,
Lexington. O. T.
$3.00 up We arc
<*nn i ! Headquarters
1.00 up Zl>
.75 up /IS For
.50 up ujji Everything
- New and
Our Goods are \f/
Vl/ Up-to date.
Keller's Furniture House.
Successor to Houghton, Lexington, Oklahoma.
Just as well
Get the best
20 per cent reduction
To move our im2ne12.se stock
of Ladies Skirt Waists we
make this price.
HAHDSOK PATTERNS TO SELECT FROM
BLANCHARD & CO
Purcell, I. T.
My goods are as-sorted to suit all classes of people. I have
cheaper and the costly furniture. I have anything you want ;
will appreciate your trade,
E. J. KELLER. Prop.
DAVE KOSTENBADER. Mgr.
Toll Rates on Purcell Bridge
Koot passengers, $ 0o
25 tickets for $1.(10.
Hornet), cattle, aheep and hops on
foot, each way, per head,
Man on horse,
Return coupon good for 24 hours.
One horse buggy,or single vehicle .20
Return good tor 24 hours.
15 tickets for $1.00.
100 tickets for #5,00.
Two horse vehicles, .25
Ret urn coupon good (or 24 hours.'
14 tickets for $ 1.00.
SO tickets for 5.00.
200 tickets for 10.00.
Public conveyances, licensed, $1 00 per
month,payable quarterly,in advance.
One passenger in public and private J
conveyances other than driver or |
family .05 each way.
Four horse vehicle,
Return good for 24 hours.
12 tickets for $1.00.
Return good for 24 hours.
is more delightful in winter
than the Mediterranean.
The Santa Pe Koute is the
shortest and most comforta-
ble route to tCalifornia.
Illustrated descriptive book'*
and particulars ol rates, daily
and limited train service and
tourist excuriions furnished
G. W. R0URKE, Agent. Puree!
Dr. I. 14. Coil, the up-to-date l>
list of Purcell, does not only tell t
I people what he can do in the line
| dental work, but is showing them ti
i every job of work be does is the ine;
! of procuring him a half dozen oth<
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Lydick, J. D. Cleveland County Leader (Lexington, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 4, Ed. 1 Saturday, October 21, 1899, newspaper, October 21, 1899; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc108989/m1/1/: accessed June 17, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.