Oklahoma Leader (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 117, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 29, 1921 Page: 6 of 6
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Publish*! every day except Sunday by The Oklahoma Leader Co.
Amerlnger } Editor.
Dan Hogan J
John Business Manager
17 West Third Street. Oklahoma City. Okla
P. O. Box 777. Telephone Maple 7600
Entered aa second class mail matter June 1. 19IS, at the PostoflV
at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, under the Act of March 3. 1879.
THE MESS AT ARDMORE
A party, said to number 150 citizens of Ardmore, Ket
into their automobiles and drive to a nearby town, Wilson,
for the purpose of punishing a man charged with being en-
gaged in the unlawful business of peddling whisky.
They stop their machines in a field not far from Wilson,
and near the home of their intended victim, and send a com-
mittee to his home to get him and bring him to the party.
Ropes, tar and bags of feathers are in readiness to be used
when the committee shall return.
The committee, however, encounters unexpected trouble.
The man. Carroll, comes to his door when the decoy knocks,
but he comes armed, and a bloody altercation ensues with the
result that Carroll and two other men are dead and a fourth
is in a hospital badly wounded.
Numerous arrests and an examining trial has resulted in
more than half a score of men being bound over to await the
action of the next grand jury which will be asked to
return true bills against them and others whom the author-
ties will attempt to discover in the meantime, and many of
' ibem will probably be placed upon trial for their lives, and
all bf-ause they were unwilling to await the slow and orderly
processes of civil government, but attempted to set up a
government of their own, taking the law out of the hands
' of the legally constituted authorities, and into their own.
The Leader does not know personally any of the men said
to have been in the party, and it would not do them the slight-
est injustice, nor would it say one word which would preju-
dice their opportunity to secure a fair and impartial trial at
the hands of the court and jury before which they must
shortly appear. We venture the observation also that every
one of them are above the average as men are generally re-
garded—good citizens, as the term is usually understood, and
the trouble they will encounter in extracting themselves from
the dangerous situation in which they now are may produce
a wholesome effect and render a valuable lesson to others who
might undertake the same character of foolhardy exploit.
But however composed, however righteously motived its i
Vaders or its members, there never was a good mob; and
_7iere never can come a time in the history of orderly gov-
ernment when men, however deep and galling the provoca-
tion, can afford to ignore the civil processes which the laws
of the land have provided, and attempt to function as inde-
pendent agents of swift justice. They not only irresistibly
leel compelled to commit a felony unexpectedly, a crime they
never intended to commit, but they may lose their own lives,
as in this instance some have done.
But worst of all, by their conduct they enter a confes-
sion of the failure for the social structure of which they are
the makers and the administrators. If courts are slow, they'
arc to blame—they make the courts—if peace officers are lax
and negligent, they are to blame—they were of their own
choosing—so their lawless demonstration becomes a confession
of their own negligence as citizens, of their own lax conduct
as guardians of the temple of order and peace and security.
The humiliating and disgraceful affair at Wilson is quite
i nough to make every one who loves Oklahoma weep, and to
abuse and condemn bitterly those responsible for it will serve
no good purpose. Rather let us hope that it will afford such
a lesson, not only to Ardmore, but to all the state, that it will
never happen again.
The United States produces more than half of the world's
copper and Ireland produces more than half of the world's
British coal is now being sold in New York and Boston.
The coal trust has left its ba*k yard gate open.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
? v 'WiNSOe-
MY MARRIAGE PROBLEMS
Adele Garrison'i New Phase of
Revelations of a Wife
! Why Lillian Took I p the Battle for
| Above the noise of my throttled-
1 do* n engine 1 heard a faint, qulck-
j !y smothered little chuckle from Lil-
lian, and the next instant her hand
touched my back as if inadvertently
when she moved forward on the pre-
tense of making room for Bess Dean
| in the tonneau of the car.
I 1 do not think Bess noticed either,
but I comprehended both, and knew
| that Lillian was registering both
; amusement and approval of my ruse,
which effectually thwarted the girl's
I palpable purpose of trying to rouse
my temper by talking at me.
| "You'd hardly qualify as a motor-
. lorry driver. Madge, if another war
should hit us," Bess gibed as she de-
; scended from the seat beside me and
arranged herself beside Lillian in the
tonneau. "I'm disappointed in you.
I've seen fat, fussy women of fifty
who couldn't stand anybody neat
them when they were driving, but I
thought you were a better driver—
She drawled the last words slowly
and significantly. I caught her
meaning and rejoiced that she could
i not see my eyes, for I could not con-
trol the hot anger that had leaped
| into them. I made no reply however,
• but. throwing in my clutch, I sent the
j car on again.
! And then I heard Lillian's voice,
I low, clear, incisive:
"Any lack of sportsmanship in
your friends must cause you great
anguish of mind, Miss Dean."
j Just the slightest most delicate I m'Sht ! . ■■■■
stress on the last pronoun, but with "e waH a arrogant person
the power of a stiletto thrust. Bess 'n H car °* H ma^e tbut ' bad heard
1 Dean's poise was not disturbed, to ^Mcky say was built more for show
all outward seeming. Her laugh 'ban Cor real performance, and as he
was like a merry child's as she an- passed, slowly, he leaned out from
fenceless against Bess Dean's harass-
ing verbal thrusts, and I felt that the
under-the-surface mental controv-
ersy with the girl was just what ray
friend needed to divert her mind
from contemplation of the vagaries
of Robert Savarln's jealousy. It was
with a mind at ease that I shut both
friend and heckler from my con-
sciousness and put my whole atten-
tion upon my driving.
It was well that 1 did so, for a
monster agricultural show at Kings-
ton had made the curving roads un-
usually full of c&rs, many of them
bent on speeding, and, therefore, on
passing any car going at anything
less than forty miles an hour. I did
not mind a car passing me on the
level stretches, but when around the
dangerous curves they nosed up.
compelling me to get over with two
of my wheels but a few inches from
the edge of the precipice, my blood
Bess Dean Retorts.
Tills happened twice, and when, as
I approached a particularly danger-
ous spot known as "Dead Man's
Curve," I heard the sharp honk of a
horn behind me. I deliberately kept
my car in the middle of the road so
there's was no possible chance for
the car to get by on either side. At
the same time I sounded my own
horn vigorously to signal any one on
the other side of the curve, and
cautiously crept around it until I had
reached a level stretch. Then I
swung my car quickly to the side of
, the road that the driver behind m«j
Those busy gentlemen below would like to erase that word "Independence,'
is heavy enough to do it.
More Truth Than Poetry
By James J. Montague
(Copyright, 1921, The Bell Syndicate, In«w>
A POET TO HIS WIFE
Who in Miintr him for fttrovre on account of hi* approaching baldness.
BEWARE DISEASED STRIKEBREAKERS
Seattle Union Record.
It needs no argument on our part to convince the average
person that one who would act as a strikebreaker is a diseased
person. The evidence is conclusive that anyone who would
deliberately try to break down the working conditions of his
fellows, at the same time dragging down his own living con-
ditions, is certainly the unhappy possessor of a diseased men-
tality or else was cheated when brains were passed around.
Now comes a charge from Omaha, where packing house
employes are on strike, that many of the strikebreakers em-
ployed in the Beef Trust packing houses are the victims of
Remembering the type of men who are usually recruited
for strikebreaking and the places from where they come, this
charge is easily believed.
Most strikebreakers—at least the professional ones—are
the dregs of the slums of the big cities. Venereal disease is
a part of their daily life. Health statistics attest this regret-
The thought presents itself, when we read of diseased men
handling meat products, just how the average housewife will
view this angle of the modern strikebreaking game. Will they j
1,'ive thought to the danger that lurks for themselves and their
loved ones in eating meat products that come from the tainted
hands of the guttersnipes who make up the strikebreaking
gangs of the meat packers?
We have grown accustomed to the purple stamp of the
1 nited States meat inspection service, which is supposed to
guarantee that the slaughtered animal was free from disease.
Will the public health service of the United States undertake
to guarantee that the meat is not prepared for market by hands
polluted by loathesome diseases?
If not, why not?
Calpurnia to the last adored her Caesar,
Her pure and blameless heart he held enthralled;
And yet he was no Hyacinthian geezer,
By all accounts, and pictures—he was bald.
Ann Hathaway thought Shakespeare was a wonder,
And—though she was a widow when she wed-
No trials availed the loving twain to sunder;
Yet Bill had little hair upon his head.
If all the truth of great romantic lovers
And their inamoratas were but Wiown,
You'd find a lot lacked hair upon their covers—
The ladies loved 'em for themselves alone.
And yet you ask a legal separation,
My happiness from my poor grasp you snatch,
And make, for your excuse, asseveration
That I am growing patchy in the thatch.
Is wedlock, then, on love locks only founded?
Cannot a man provide a hapy home
Unless his manly brow is wreathed and bounded
And hair obscures a round, well-molded dome?
Ah, happy wives, my dear, would be far fewer
If every foolish maiden held aloof
From joining hands with any sort of wooer
Who did not have a fully shingled roof.
In vain you'll seek the courts for satisfaction,
The law is wiser than you are aware:
You have no hope, through any legal action,
Of dropping me because I've dropped my hair.
You'll learn how futile, ill advised and rash is
This scheme you cherish, when the case is called
Your dream will swiftly turn to dust and ashes,
Because all judges—everywhere—are bald.
Deflation for Labor.
The United States Labor Board
has gone back to the ten-hour a day
i proposition for "common labor."
whatever "common labor" may be.
Usually they call it common labor
! when it is uncommonly hard work,
and some other kind of labor when
it is easier work. The "principle"
of an eight-hour day Is preserved.
But men can be worked ten hours
without any extra pay for the over-
time, which doesn't make the princi-
ple very valuable.
Labor is being deflated quito
"Just uses me up for days." she
agreed gayly. "Oh, girls! Look at
that view across the hollow. "
From that moment she chattered
almost constantly of anything and
nothing, light, frothy babble of which
I understood the purpose. Lillian's
stiletto point had struck home, and
had made her change her tactics.
That she was inwardly raging at
both of us I knew, and was equally
positive that, did the slightest op-
portunity arise, she would annoy us
in any way she possibly could. But
at least her claws were sheathed for
the time, and with Lillian beside t r
ands ofJapan. And this country is ; I was quite sure that I would not be
tied up In *an agreement to do its further badgered during the drive,
share, should anybody attack Japan ' Thankful indeed was I that I had
In any way. To attack Japan would persuaded Lillian to accompany us.
be to attack a Pacific island under Without her I would have been de-
that treaty. j —
In other words. If great China1 EDITORS AND EDITORS.
came to life with her 500,000.000 peo- 0nce , belleved an editor
pie. backed, let us say, by Russia or
but we don't think that their mop
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his seat and yelled furiously at me,
his face almost purple with passion:
"Why don't you learn to drive?"
I made him no answer, but from
the seat behind me I heard a high,
gamin-like hoot from Bess Dean:
"Why don't you?"
"Ah-r-r!" he sputtered, but the
cars were too far apart by this time
for further repartee.
"Fresh thing!" Bess commented in
disgusted accents, and I realized that
her hatred of being distanced or
beaten by anybody had led her al-
most unconsciously to range herself
upon my side against the Inconsider-
ate driver. And I was not surprised
to hear the eagerness of desire in her
voice as she added:
"It's a wonderful long level stretch
here, and your car is better tbau his.
Can't you pass him. Madge?"
Germany, WE, as one of the four
Was ipso facto good and great;
'Why Do We Say"
powers signing, will be expected to 1 b°wed„to *hat he sa"j; 1 s"ore
Before I execute that caper
Japan Is Clever,
It seema although, apparently.
President Harding didn't know it,
the Japanese came here to get them-
selves adopted by old Uncle Sam
First, there was put through an
innocent little four-party agreement.
England. Japan. France and the
I'nited States agreed that ALL the
Pacific Islands, divided up among
the nations, should remain as they
If any nation tried to Interfere
with anybody's ownership in those
islands the other three would see
INFALLIBLE about it.
The way to start a fight in the senate is to give it a peace' th^^P^MHe'^Rnd^^^TiHT^BlG
Those that "own railroad stocks
are interested in the flying machine
as a competitor in transportation.
A small flying machine has been
built that will go 90 miles in one
hour, on a gallon and a half of gas-
oline. Another machine carries five
passengers and costs for fuel and
oil about one-sixth the tfost of rail-
! No jars, no wear and tear on tires. in *kis deal?
no friction on axles or wheels—air ;
! transportation inside of half a cen- u Thrift.
tury will scrap every railroad pas- j Trinity, ancient, %ery rich
:>enger car for all except short dis-i c^urc^ 'n New "iork, has recently
j tances—and automobiles will do tb<> changed masters. The announce-
vhort haul work. i ment is made by a reverend gentle-
man retiring from Trinity to a
fight on Japan's side. How does _ what he "rote; hut ah, of late
that suit you?
President Harding was surprised
when he heard that our protective
agreement in the Pacific included
the whole of Japan. No wonder he
was surprised. He was elected a
little while ago by a plurality ofiIn broncho-breaking style to
7,000,000,000, as a protest against'
democratic schemes for tying us up
in a similar agreement.
A Japanese gentleman says it
isn't a treaty, it's a "MERE" moral
agreement. "Mere" is good, consid-
ering that there is nothing in any
treaty EXCEPT the moral agree-
The Honorable Takahashi, prime
minister, tells his friends in the Jap-
anese house of peers not to worry
about the 5-5-3 battleship ratio for
Japan, England and America. Taka-
hashi tells the peers that his na-
tion "gets American concessions on
WHAT CONCESSIONS? Is there
another surprise for President Hard-
ing and the American people hidden
JAPANESE EMPIRE, the Kreat isl-
hlgher place, but under his manage-
ment the church has reduced its
debt by several millions. Most
gratifying and businesslike.
But, if the Founder of Christianity
had been in charge of that church
for several years, would He have
reduced its debt by several millions,
while there were hungry children
an«i worried mothers within a short
walk of the church? Would He not
rather have let the mortgage run
on. and spent the money for the
The Amorous One—Do you ever
peep through the keyhole when I am
sitting in there with your sister?
Small Brother (with a btorst of
candor)—Sometimes. When mother
ain't there.—London Blighty.
"Red Tape, ' meaning official and
unnecessary formality, or even ob-
I want a side-light on his paper, struction, probably owes its origin to
the fact that for more than two cen-
If he is prone, (as is the custom , turies lawyers and public officials
With ninety sheets in every hun- j bound all their documents with tape
dred) | °* *kis color. But back in 1658, be-
bust fore Practice became so general,
an English newspaper carried an ad-
vertisement for a reward "for the
return of a little bundle of papers
The millions used to being plun-
Then insofar as I'm concerned
He and his paper mHrht be burnod.
If he is prone to call the robbers
Who rule the roost, (likewise the
Captains of industry and slobbers
With ink iniquitous such boosters
Of H. C. L.—then I "renlg."
On him I once considered big.
There is a name, 'tis one of shame
For those who reach the lowest
It indicates from whence you came
Maternally. Well, what the devil
You staring at—may I not bowl
A jeer at one who sells his soul?
—L. A. Osborne.
tied with red tape."
The earliest record of the phrase
in a figurative sense occurred nearly
a hundred years later, in a letter
written by Sir Gilbert Elliot, after-
wards Lord Minto, dated August 31.
1775. The missive, which referred
to the American Revolution, read:
"Howe gets the command. The
ships are in great forwardness. I
can't say so much for the army. Your
old friend (Lord Barrington) sticks
to rules, red tape and packthread."
A TOTAL OF NOTHING.
^There were seven of us in all, at
lunch. One proposed:
"Gentlemen, for diversion. suppoM
we each take a piece of paper, and
without consultation, write down as
many benefits of war as we can think
of. and then put them together and
ETIQUETTE FIRST, see what they make."
Mother was very keen on correct | So, being essentially children any-
deportment, and never lost a chance how, each busied himself with his
of instilling it into Mabel. 0f the job, and delivered the
"There's one important thing, my : re8ult to the tell who proceeded
sar, she said. iou must never , ... . . , , . . r
to tally—six blank sheets of paper
nnd one on which had been written:
point at anything."
"But, mama." objected the girl,
"suppose I am shopping, and don't
know the name of a thing?"
"Then let the salesman show you
everything in stock until he comes
to the article you desire."—St.
"Yuh got me, Bill; I can't think no
KRAZY KAT — They Think a Lot of Each Other.
WHERE IS SHE?
A man was arrested for speeding
his motor in Youngstown, Ohio. Ho
admitted speeding and said it was be-
cause he had just heard of a house
"Why do you feed every tramp who j for rent and he wanted to get there
comes along? They never do any j first.
work for you." | Acquitted.
"No," said his wife, "but it is quite j Query: How fast would a fellow
a satisfaction to see a man eat a , be allowed to drive if he was on his
meal without finding fault with the j way to interview a good servant-girl
cooking." — Philadelphia Watchman- j who wanted a job? — Richmond
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