The New Era. (Davenport, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 20, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 19, 1913 Page: 2 of 4
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REFUND SLIPS VALUABLE
1. L. FLYNN, Pub.
HABIT OF THINKING.
"Hal tbe old fashioned habit of
thinking passed out of practice?"
asks « magazine writer In discussing
tbe Increasing tendency toward Im-
pulsive and restless action on tbe
part of tbe American people. Il
would be unfair and untrue to an
iwer tbe question comprehensively
and say either yes or no, says the
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times. The writer
of the magazine article Is clearly
pessimistic, and seems to favor tbe
affirmative side of tbe question, and
suggests many national ills that flow
from tbe too prevalent disposition to
set first and tblnk. If at sll, after
ward. The arguments be adduces In
support of bis unbappy contention
are largely generalisations from tso
lated facts. Careful. deliberate
thought as a preparation for action
In all the affairs of life Is still In ex
Istence Wider opportunities for tbe
training of tbe mind In youtb bat
doubtless Increased tbe number ol
"thinkers" among tbe workers of the
world. What la true, however, and
may be very Justly used as a text
(or sermonizing Is that the swift ac-
tion that life requires these daye and
the whirligig of events Into which one
is plunged on the very threshold ol
responsible endeavor Is destructive ol
the old methods of meditation snd
self-communing that developed the
minds and judgments of our grand
ANOTHER REGIMENT OF INFAN-
TRY OR COMPANIES OF ARTIL-
LERY OF CAVALRY WANTED
<N ORDER TO GET FEDERAL AID
Necessary to Maintain One Thousand
Soldiers.—Other News Gath-
ered at the State
State Officials May Have To Do Soma
Have all state officials and employes
of the various departments of state,
who have traveled in Oklahoma at tbe
expense of the state government, kept
the refund slip given them by the
conductors? Has the state through
any of Ks various checking depart-
ments kept a record of the traveling
expenses of its various employes,
showing the amount of refund checks
tbey should have In their possession?
In case the Oklahoma two-cent rail-
road fare Is upheld what chance will
the state have to recover the thou-
sands of dollars that have been paid
out In railroad fare in excess of the
These are some questions that have
arisen since the decision of Judge
Hughes in the United States su-
preme court upholding tbe validity
ct tbe Minnesota rate cases, and which
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MOB OF NEARLY ONE THOUSAND HANGS
BEN SIMMONS, 18 YEAR OLD NEGRO
In response to tbe numerous re-
quests that have been received at his
office from different counties of the
state for the organization of new com-
panies of Infantry, Adjutant General
Frank M. Canton of tbe Oklahoma N. , to a8fiume complicated propor-
tional Guard, has Issued a «Ument eTent the oklahoma two-
setting forth the exact status of the rateg are
local military situation with respect1
to federal aid and federal rules and
KILLED SUSIE CHURCH, SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Brute Caught Near Scene of His Atrocious Crime and
Lodged in Jail at Anadarko—The Mob Works
Openly With No Attempt at Disguise-
Oil Covered Body Burned Alive
Investigations Just made by physl
siciaLs prove that there Is an appre-
ciable harm from noise, and serious
harm. too. It Is no doubt true that
a normal nervous system can appar
enUy adjust Itself to all sorts of ad I
verse circumstances We couldn't ex
1st otherwise. Nevertheless, tbe In-
imical agents make an Impress, and
like water dropping on a stone, can ,
overcome resistance In time. These
Investigators have found many ab
normal nervous conditions In those
who have long been Immersed In loud
noises utterly unaware that any barm
was being done.
Tbe bill recently passed by the leg-
islature carrying into effect new mil-
itary rules to conform with those pre-
scribed by the federal government,
contained a provision for the organ-
ization of a battalion of Infantry, but
the war department is averse to this
plan and has notified General Canton
that any smaller units of Infantry than
a regiment will not be considered.
Under the present conditions Okla-
homa canuot receive any financial aid
from the federal government and un-
til such time as that aid is forthcom-
ing there will be little development
and enlargement of tbe state organ-
ization. One hundred enilsted men
for each representative the state has
in congress is tbe minimum strength
required by the federal government.
Under that plan Oklahoma will be
required to have 1,000 enlisted men.
When that Is done then federal aid
will be available.
It is freely admitted by some state
officials that no close tab has been
kept while others say they have pre-
served nearly all of theirs. It also is
admitted by some that in the event of
the slips becoming valuable, which
Anadarko, Okla.—While the mob
laughed at his prayers and pleas for
mercy as the flames leaped up his
body, Bennie Simmons, an 18-year-old
negro boy, charged with the murder
of Susie Church, 16 years old, near
Cogar, was lynched here between 3
in tbe light of Judge Hughes' dfMsion ! and 4 o'clock Friday morning by a
WOULD FIRE SUPT. NELSON
seems probable, at least on some of
the roads operating In the state, tbe
state will never be able to determine
how much Is due from its various
officers and employes and conse-
quently will sustain a great loss.
Another question also bas arisen
which will give some trouble to set-
tle. How can a state official or em-
ploye distinguish between tbe refund
slips he haB purchased himself on
private trips from those paid for out
Qf the state treasury, when the slips
were not separated?
So long as the Oklahoma rate case
remains In its present indefinite
shape there is nothing to worry about,
but in the event the two-cent fare i
upheld someone who is connected with
tbe collection end of the state busi-
ness will have plenty to do.
mob which was estimated to include
probably 1,000 people.
All of the residents of the Cogar
neighborhood, where the crime oc-
curred, seen^ed to be In the mob and
sympathy here was with them to such
an extent that there was litle effort
to hinder be mob in is course. The
crime was so brutal in its character
and feeling in the neighborhood was
so bigb that Simmons was rushed to
tbe county jail here immediately after
his arrest to avoid the vengeance
which had been threatened if the mur-
derer should be found. All day Thurs-
"That petition 1b certainly a bird"
"Of course. Isn't It a round robin?"
Ton r.D Ntop • OrtmaeU
Aft*r It bfrtni to form, by utlns DR 'v.
TEK'F ANTISEPTIC HEALING OIU lie.
It, fl 00
No woman Is ever really happy ui
less she feels that some other woman
Red Cross Bali Blue, all blue, best biota*
value Id the world, makes tbe iauiidreos
•wile. Ad .
A straight tip on a sure thing gen-
erally demonstrates that life Is full of
Mr*, fflulow'* ■ootuinr Syrup for CTtilMrw.
teettiluK Mufu-ni' lb« lB« H m -
^.. .. y t wio4 co.lc,tto m butt In ASI
Case In Point.
"You French excel us in politeness "
"Oh, no, monsieur," protested the
Parisian gentleman, "I deny it."
"That's just your politeness."
No attempt was made by the mem-
bers of the mob to conceal their iden-
tity, but it is not considered likely
that there will ever be any prosecu-
tions, as the few people who recog-
nised the men in the mob are thor-
oughly in sympathy with them and are
not likely to reveal their identity.
Evidence Was Conclusive.
While Simmons made no confession,
it is considered that the evidence
against him was conclusive. A direct
trail led from the place where the j
girl's body was found to the farmhouse
where Simmons waB found. His un- j
derclothlng was covered with blood 1
and a bloody pocket knife was found !
in his possession when he was ar-
The girl's body was found by her '
parents with the throat cut and the j
body covered with knife wounds. She
had gone to Cogar on horseback from 1
Names Erased From Records
Kate Barnard Says Things Are Rotten
at Pauls Valley.
day the mob was forming at Cogar and her farm to do some shopping. When
! the more conservative citizens of the the horse returned alone a search was
community, who were at first inclined started and finally a pool of blood was
to let the law take its course were found by the side of the road, with
Hwept away by the tide of popular other evidences of a desperate •truc-
... . ,. , , . gle and from that point a trail of
| feeling and the impassioned arguments ^ M to ^ c]ump Qf bugheg
If yon have not perfect
digestion, liver activity
and bowel regularity.
These 6hould be daily
functions in order to
will help Vou when those
organs become weak and
lazy. We urge a trial to-
day. Insist on Hostetter's.
The building operations In progress
In 46 principal cities In all parts ot
the country, reported to the American
Contractor, published In Chicago. I
show a falling off of 3H per cent, for
March, 1913, as compared with the
corresponding mouth a year ago 1
Some cities, however, show Improve-
ment, and among tbe foremost of 1
these Is Milwaukee, whose estimated
outlay for that month was $655,389,
compared with (430,987 a year ago, a
gain of 62 per cenL
When the attention of a Gotham
magistrate was called to the mistake
he made In a marlrage cermony In
requesting the bridegroom to obey his
wife, the magistrate retorted that It
made no difference, as he would have
to obey ber anyhow. Outside of mili-
tary Ideal men, the American hus-
band Is the most obedient creature
on earth and accepts hU wife's prom-
ise to obey him with the character-
Istice American sense of humor.
The Immediate removal of Superin-
tendent E. B. Nelson of tbe boys'
training school at Pauls Valley be-
cause he is a "man utterly Incapable
of conducting sue?) an important Insti-
tution," 1b recommended by the state
department of charities and correc-
tions In a report of an Investigation
of conditions at the school, and which
alleges findings almost as sensational
as those reported to exist in the state
reformatory at Granite.
Charges that vicious and degenerat-
ing practices exist to an alarming ex-
tent among the boys, wtio are fre-
quently forced to submit to tbe most
painful and brutal sort of punlBhment,
at tlmeB being whipped with heavy
leather straps until their flesh bleeds
and becomes discolored also are made
in the report. No effort is made to
carry out the purpose of the school,
that of training the minds and hands
ef the young boys who are sent there,
according to another charge, but on
the contrary, It Ib alleged the youths
are receiving no particular training in
anything that is useful or that will
make them competent to earn their
livelihood when they leave the Insti
tutlon, but are simply guarded around
the work they are required to do and
punished severely for any misconduct.
Chicago judge having ruled that oc !
eupants of a city flat can tango or
make just as much noise as they want
to In any other way, In spite of other
flat occupants, reminds us that the
practice has been of such long
duration tbat tbe common law
teemed to have covered tbe point In-
Dr. Bargent of Harvard says that
tbe spectator at a ball game gets
more excitement than Is good for him
Dr Sargent Is evidently a person of
strong Individuality "bo does not
tart for tbe plaudits of the mnltl-
Bank Robbers Waive Examination
Oklahoma City.—George King. Chas.
Davis and George Williams, tbe three
men now held in the county jail
charged with blowing tbe safe of the
bank at Wheatland, were formally
charged with the crime in an infor-
mation In Jutsice Beall's court. The
information is drawn under the new
law which makes the penalty for orb-
bery with dynamite punishable by a
minimum term in the penitentiary of
twenty years. This law was passed by
the recent legislature and tbe emer-
gency was attached.
Tbe Ohio Stale Journal says "Dl
recur Barger suspended a policeman
for not bearing the awful din of a muf
fer on a machine going by Tbat Is
right" Columbus automobiles must
be appallingly noisy If even the muf
Ben on tbem make an awful din.
Uncle Bam makes enough papei
notes each year to reach twice
around tbe world, yet that doesn't
keep some of us from walking almest
as far around In order to dodge tbe
Baldheaded man nearly fell ovsr a
balcony rail In a theater and the pa
per telling of the Incident uneon
aclously reports that be had a half
breadth escape 1
Holy Roller Facet Bad Charge.
McAlester.—Wiliam Click, the Holy
Roller preacher whose two children
died recently, has been arrested here
on a charge of manslaughter and
lodged In jail In default of bail. The
death of the children was caused by
the refusal of the defendant to permit
Leahy to Prosecute.
Upon application ot County Attor-
ney Charles M. Cope of Osage county.
Attorney General West appointed T.
J Leahy of Pawhuska as a special
assistant attorney general to assist
Cope In the prosecution ot the Osage
county officials against whom cbfirget
of bribery were filed by Cope several
weeks ago. In bfc letter making tb«
! appointment. Attorney General West
gives Leabv full and tbe tame author
ity to act in the cases as the attor-
i ney general mi^-M exercire himself.
That the records of the corporation ,
commission in the case of Futch Bros.
of Mangum versus the Orient and
other railroads, in which the complain-
ants seek a refund for loss and delay
In a cotton shipment, have been tam j
pered with, was discovered at the hear I
ing of the case before Special Exam
iner Henderson of the Interstate com-
merce commlsison. The complaint !
was originally filed with the Oklahoma
corporation commission, but because
of the interstate phases of the contro-
versy it was carried to the interstate
commission, and all records and testi-
mony were sent to the interstate com-
When the case was called by Exam
Iner Henderson, the Wichita Falls and
Northwestern, the Orient and the Fort
Worth and Denver City railroads, the
principal defendants, were not repre
sented. Upon investigation the discov
ery was made that the names of the
Wichita Falls and Northwestern and
the Fort Worth and Denver City roads
had been entirely erased from the
records and the names of the receivers
had been substituted for the name of
Orient railroad. As a result of this
tampering, the three defendants were
not notified by the interstate commis-
sion of the hearing scheduled to be
held in Oklahoma City and the three
defendants failed to appear before the
examiner. The case was continued,
but Examiner Henderson gave the
complainants the privilege of amend-
ing the complaint, so as to include the
names omitted and changed, and bear
the date of the original complaint.
Henderson declares that he will inves
tigate the matter fully and make every
effort to find out the person or person*
guilty of changing the records.
ol the mob leaders that such a brute
should not be allowed lo live even an-
other day and by the time the start
was made for Anadarko there was no
division of sentiment and all alike
were crying for blood. \
Removed to Old Jail.
The sheriff's office here had been
notified that the mob was forming and
when assurances had been received
that it had actually started for this
city, the negro was removed to the
old federal prison In "old own." Lit-
tle difficulty waB experienced by the
mob leaders, however, in locating him,
and the guards who had been placed
over him there made only a perfunc-
tory resistance when the mob reached
the old jail and demanded the pris-
He was taken out to a wagon bridge
just northwest of the city and hanged
to a big cottonwood tree growing along-
side the Btream. Then coal oil was
poured over his body and lighted. The
where the girl's body was found.
Story of the Murder.
Anadarko.—With her throat cut and
her body covered with knife wounds,
the lifeless form of SuBie Church, 16
years old, was found by her father
and mother in a clump of underbrush
near Cogar. Shortly after the finding
of the dead body of the little girl, a
young negro named Ben Simmons was
arrested and charged with the crime.
He was hurried to Anadarko and
placed in jail.
When arrested the negro's clothing
bore spots of blood and it appeared as
though an attempt had been made to
obliterate them by the use of sand.
When searched at the Jail at Ana-
darko, a bloody pocket knife was found
FAITHFUL DOG IS PUNISHED
Lashed for Barking While Burglars
Were Robbing His Matter's
Cafe in New York.
Aaron Silverman's brindle bulldog
Spot is the only living creature around
Silverman cafe at 141 West Twenty-
seventh street that Is in any condi-
tion to smile, but Spot Is physically
too sore to smile.
Some time after midnight the bark-
ing of Spot awakened the Silverman
family in their rooms above the sa
loon. Silverman thereupon arose, got
a trunk strap and walloped poor old
Spot into silence and went back to
When Silverman went behind the
in his possession. He refuses to make bar about 6:30 he found that burglars
any statement concerning the charge. i who doubtless bad Btarted Spot s un-
Cogar is an inland town In the north- precedented Larking had ripped open
eastern part of Caddo county, and tbe cash register and taken $30 and a
Fred Church and wife live on a farm ! ring from it, and then had attacked
near the town. Tuesday afternoon the , the safe and got away with one dla-
negro prayed and shrieked in agony „ y jr) ridln_ horseback started' mond ring worth $125, two more worth
"hm *—* v v"' *■<-!•' $100 each, a $75 watch, a lavalliere
worth $76, a $45 locket and chain and
four Russian gold pieces worth about
$10.—New York Sun.
as the flames reached his flesh but his
alone to Cogar to do some shopping.
cries were drowned by the yells and About 4 o,c]ock Mrg rhurch and rieigh:
jeers of the mob.
Body Riddled With Bullets.
As his cries grew fainter and it be-
came evident tbat he was losing con-
sciousness a volley of shots came from
the mob, every member of which,
heavily armed, emptied his weapon
into the swinging body, which was lit-
erally cut to pieces by bulets.
The members of the mob then de-
parted for their homes, leaving the
body still swinging. When news of
the affair spread through this city
great crowds thronged out to view the
gruesome spectacle. The body was
bors heard screams, and shortly there-
after Susie's horse came home alone. 1
Mrs. Church mounted the horse and
rode to Cogar and there met her bus-
band, who said Susie bad left the store
on her return trip home. The parents j
then returned toward their home and ;
came upon a pool of blood in the road I
and also noticed evidence of a struggle
having taken place. Following the
trail of blood they came upon the life-
less body of their daughter, about
thirty yards from the roadside.
Neighbors were summoned, who '
took up the trail and followed It to a
Helper—We're going to have a big
crowd here, and it'll be some job to
keep 'em moving.
Manager—That'll be easy. Take
down the rear exit sign, post up the
word "Free," and they'll all bolt for
Requisition for Wade
. Governor Lee Cruce received a
requisition from Governor Colquitt of
Texas for the return of Matthew Wtule,
who iB wanted in Rains county. Tex.,
on a charge of false swearing. Wade
is believed to be somewhere in Haskell
county. The requisition has been hon-
ored by Governor Cruce.
Initiative to Abolish Court.
Clinton.—An initiative petition,
signed by 964 voters, has been filed
proposing an Initiative bill to abolish
tbe superior court of Custer county
Oklahoma City Banks Are Prospering.
Oklahoma City's bank deposits on
I May 31 of tbis year, showed an in-
crease of approximately 40 per cent
! over the same date In the year 191t.
I Exclusive of one of the smaller banks
of tbe city, the total deposits on May
31. 1913. approximated in round fig-
ures $13,837,000, as against $9,804,000
on the same date In 1912. Tbe In-
crease approximates $4,033,000. The
ttAal capitalisation of the institutions
which' received the deposits is
Young women of a Chicago church
congregation have found themselves
unable to agree on the Ideal man
but this Is as it should be. If all
agreed on one Ideal, what chanoe
would the rest of Imperfect mascu
One of the reasons why the prune If
not more popular la that It takes nc
pride In Its personal appearance A
dish of prunes looks about as Inviting
mi a dish of chestnut coal.
28.000 Copies of New Code Shipped.
Chairman Lon M. Frame of the
state board of affairs has received
notice that one carload, or 25,000 sets,
Gettysburg Trip Abandoned.
Oklahoma \etermns of the battle ot
Gettysburg will not attend tbe re-
union of their comrades In July. Pro-
of the new Harris-Day code of laws, | Tided with funds by tbe state to visit
has been shipped by through freight
from the printing establishment at St.
Paul and are expected to arrive In
Oklahoma City early next week. Thers
are 75,000 sets of the new code and
tbey will be shipped In three carload
lots The copies will be turned ever
lo the secretary of state for delivery.
Each set Is made up In two volumes,
tbe purchase pries being $5.
after fifty years the scenes of tbe
world's greatest battle, the Oklahoma
survivors of Gettysburg have been
prohibited by the railroads of tbe
state from participating in the great-
est reunion held since the close ot
the Civil war, according to the Okla-
homa-Gettysburg reunion committee
The roads refused to grant less thar
two cents a mile.
still banging until after 8 o'clock when neighboring negro's house, where the
It was cut down by the sheriff, who Simmons negro was found. Simmons
is preserving In his office the rope had been working in the community as
with which the hanging was done. ! a farm hand.
CHARLTON MUST GO BACK
PUBLICITY LAW SUSTAINED
Murderer to Answer For
Crime In Italian Courts-
Washington.—Three years to a day
Supreme Court Decides In Favor of
Washington.—The validity of the
after the discovery of the body of his newspaper publicity law enacted In
wife in the waters of Lake Como. 1912 as a provision of the postal ap-
ltaly, Porter Charlton lost his long propriation act was/ upheld by the
fight against being turned over by his unanimous decision of the supreme
native land to the Italian government court of the United States. Chief
for trial on a charge of murder. The Justice White announced eht court's
supreme court sustained the state de- conclusion.
partment's decision to deliver Charl This law requires every newn«per,
ton in compliance with Italy's de- magazine or other publication to file
mand. semi-annually with tbe postmaster
Charlton was a bank clerk in New general and the local postmaster
York and his father, Paul Charlton, sworn statements ot the names of the
classmate of ex-President Taft, and editors, managers, owners, stockhold-
until recently, federal Judge in Porto ers and bondholders, and In the case
Rico. Tbe young man has been held of daily newspapers, of the avera^l
in jail in New Jersey Blnce his arrest dally circulation. Publication of these
three years ago. statements is required and for failure
Insanity was alleged as the main to comply with any of the provisions
ground for opposing Charlton's re- the publication shall be denied the
moval to Italy, and it was further "privileges of the mails." A second
contended that the United States paragraph provides that paid for edl-
could not extradite one of Its citizens torials or reading matter of any Buch
to Italy, inasmuch as that country publication shall be marked "adver-
l,a,i refused to extradite its subjects
to the United Staes.
Axe Fells Man In Murder Mystsry.
Harrisvllle. Mo.—Arthur Kellar was
murdered with an axe in his home
her and his 7-year-old daughter re-
ceived wounds from which she died.
A blow aimed at Mrs. Kellar struck
beside the bed and awakened her.
Two children were sleeping beside
Mrs. Kellar, who was In a room ad
tisement," under penalty of a fine or
About 88 per cent of the newspapers
already have complied with the law,
many under protest.
They claimed that the law sought to
"regulate journalism," and to enforce
a censorship of the preSB.
Another Pioneer Dead.
Oklahoma City.—Elmer E. Hough
ton, aged 62 years, and unmarried,
joining tbat In which her husband and <>n<* °t tbe '89ere and a pioneer of Ok-
7 year-old daughter slept. It Is be- lahoma City, rated as a capitalist
lleved the murderer Intended to kill worth half a million dollars, died at
the smaller children also. There is bis farm, five miles south of Okla-
no clue to the murderer. j boma City of apoplexy.
The Logical Situation.
"Here, some fellow says that the
suffragists are women who haven't
"Then 1 suppose he holds It la the
antis who get tbe uncles."
They are among the
good things to eat, but not
in the cook book, because
they require no cooking.
Toasties are always crisp
and appetizing—ready lo
eat direct from the pack-
age. You save heaps of
time and avoid hot work
in the kitchen.
Some rich cream—sugar
if you want it—or cool fruit
juice, with these fluffy bits
of cora and you have a
dish that is fascinating for
any meal of the day.
Toasties are sold by
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