Lexington Leader. (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, November 19, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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Leader. LIW MAKERS 111
n£w state notes
Cotton seed has reached $32.50
toll in Ada, the highest price of tho 'MO THE GLENN
OBSERVE SECOND ANNIVERSARY
OF STATEHOOD .
ARRESTS IN SUGAR TRUST.
The first work on a series ot
drainage ditches to be built In Tulsa
county is now under way.
No intimation has been given as
to when the demurrers will be decid-
ed in the Haskell case, by Judge Mar-
A. P. Davis, of Sapulpa, engineer
on a Frisco freight train, was scald-
ed to death iu a wreck near Chand-
ler last week.
An oil refinery, one of the largest
In the state, is to be built in Musko-
gee at once, making the third insti-
tution of this character In the town.
Fifty-eight citizens of Capitol Hill
have signed petitions asking for a
vote of the people on changing the
town's name to South Oklahoma City.
The cases against eleven men
charged with being members of a
baud of Nightriders in McClain conn
ty, are set for trial in the district
court at Purcell November 24.
Governor Haskell has honored a re-
quisition from Missouri for John P,
Miller, who is under arrest at Chey-
enne, Okla., and wanted at Oregon,
Mo., charged with feloniously dispos-
ing of mortgaged property.
An election will be held in El Reno
Decemebr 21, when a proposition for
voting $70,000 in bonds for a c">' hall
and fire station and $10,000 for locat-
ing a source of city water supply will
ALL CONNECTED WITH TENNES-
SEE LYNCHING SENTENCED
J. Luther Langston, of Oklahoma
City, secretary of the Oklahoma Fed-
eration of Labor, organized a local
trades council in Lawton last week,
comprising six of the seven lucal un-
The cotton gin of the Tully Mer-
cantile company of Eufaula, igniting
from a match In the elevator, has
been totally destroyed by fire, the
loss aggregating $15,000, partially cov-
ered by insurance.
In order to check up the govern-
ment census and to get a fair deal
there is a proposition being consid-
ered by the Commercial Club and
city council of Muskogee whereby
they may divide the expense of such
Efforts are still being made to col-
lect the bonus notes given by Guthrie
business men to the Fort Smith &
Western railroad when that road was
built Into Guthrie a few years ago,
row held by the Federal Trust Co.,
of St. Louis.
Donning husking gloves, ladies of
tho Baptist Aid Society husked a load
of corn at the Campbell farm near
Carnegie last week, taking up the of-
fer of the Campbell brothers to give
them a load of corn if they would
Unless the state supreme court of
Oklahoma decides that municipal
bond elections can be held under the
pxVting election laws, no city In the
new state desiring to vote bonds for
'puh'ic improvements can do so legal-
ly UTitll the first Tuesday in August,
1910. according to the opiuion of Wood
k Oakley, bond attorneys of Chicago.
The National Surety company,
which has a bond securing $ .0,010 of
jt.ite deposits in the defunct Colum-
bia Bank and Trust Company of Okla-
homa City, has decided to Join with*
the school land board in a suit to de-
termine the statute of the claims of
the guarantee companies.
A rtarrangement of the severil
oisMicts assigned to Indian agents ;t
tormer Indian Territory, who are un-
der the supervision of J. Georg"
Wright, of Muskogee, commissioner
to the Five Civilized Tribes, and a re^
organization of the government for'-e
in the five nations is contemplated b.-
E. G. Valentine, commissioner of In-
A secret movement is reported to
have been started iu Osage county
by an organization of cattlemett
whereby A. J. Montgomery and J- B.
Fitjn, farmers living near Foraker, are
to be forced to leave the county and
the Foraker Tribune, a newspaper,
put out of business.
George W. Ferguson, pos'master at
Watonga, was recent!} appolhted
county Judge of Blaine county by the
board of county commissioners.
The South Central Teachers' asso-
ciation of Oklahoma will hold its an-
nual session at Sulphur, Nov 27 and
2S. Addresses will be delivered by
Dr. George H. Bradford chancellor of
Kpworth university at' Oklahoma
City: Bifhop W. A Quayle of Okla-
homa CW, and other prominent men
of the state.
Legislators Marvel at Great Develop-
ment of States Oil and Gas
Resources and Get New
Sapulpa. Okla. The second anniver-
sary of the advent of statehood was
observed here Tuesday by the associa-
tion of members of the first and sec-
ond state legislatures, who, as guests
of one of the leading oil and gas and
manufacturing centers of the state,
were shown throughout the Industrial
district of the city, taken on an ex-
cursion to tho Glenn Pool oil field
and were given a banquet at the
St. James hotel that was oue of tho
most resplendent yet enjoyed.by the
lawgivers. Senator Clarence Davis of
Sapulpa, president of the association,
acted as toastmaster in the absence of
A. F. Vandaventer oi Bartlesville.
Mayor D. A. McDougal delivered an
address of welcome, to which response
was made by Representative \N • 1' •
Gilmer of Ardmore, who invited tho
association to meet in his city next
About two hundred representative
men of Oklahoma attended the ban- j
quet. The dining room had been ap-
Representative L. P. Ross of Law-
ton and Fred P. Branson of Muskogee,
former representatives, were not pres-
ent. I. M. Holcomb, an Oklahoma
City banker and lecturer, took tho j
place of one of the absent men and j
delivered an interesting address.
A large part of the afternoon was
spent as guests of leading citizens,
who vied with each other In show-
ing the attractions of the city. These
included a visit to the factories and
shops A special train bore the vis-
itors, still in the hands of th" citi-
zen hosts, to tha Glenpool oil field.
This sight, as well as the wondrous
development of tho city the past year,
was the wonderment of all visitors,
many of whom had never seen the oil
fields, and hence had but a faint con-
ception of the riches this mineral
tilings to the state. To the members
of the legislature particular legisla-
tion touching the interest of the oil
men will In the future appeal to them
with greater meaning.
Politicians were here In profusion.
Mora conspicuous than others w«re
the gubernatorial candidates, among
the leading ones being S. B. Dawes,
state librarian, who was mixing med-
icine with his democratic brethren,
and C. Q. Jones, capitalist and rail-
road builder of Oklahoma City, who
was equally arduous in presenting his
ambition to the republicans.
State Inspector Taylor and wife
were present. Mr. Taylor was en-
thused over the hospitable city and
he unhesitatingly proclaimed Sapulpa
one of the leading cities of the west.
Commissioner of Charities and Cor-
rection Kate Barnard said that Sa-
pulpa was second only to Oklahoma
City, which should be glory enough
for any city. A. T. Earley, Oklahoma
City attorney, marvelled at the strides
made by the city. He made great
predictions for its future. Ben Wilson,
speaker of the lower house of the
second legislature, said the city show-
ed a remarkable improvement with
To Promote Peary to Captain
Washington -Commander Peary,
the Arctic explorer, will be promoted
) to the rank of captain Oct. 20. 1910,
according to Assistant Secretary Win-
1 i hrop of the navy department.
First Time Federal Government Has
Placed Men Behind Bars as
Outcome of Lynching a
HUNDBEDS KILLED IN MINE
EXPLOSION TAKES LIVES OF
FOUR HUNQRED MINERS
Duty is Stolen from Government by
Underweighing Cargo of Sugar.
New York. —After months of quiet
work behind the scenes, by the gov-
ernment investigators , there came | Carlessness Said to be Cause of Ter<
suddenly, Friday the indictment and
arrest of an important former officer
of the American Sugar Refinery com-
pany, charged with conspiracy to de-
fraud tile government by false weigh-
ing of sugar.
•The arrested man Is James F. Ben-
rlble Disaster—Frantic Women
Crowd About Entrance to
Mine in Futile Search.
Washington.—For the first time In
American history six men are in
prison i'or contempt of the supreme
court of the United States. For the
first time, too, the federal government as significant that Bendernagel's resig-
, , . ... , nation from this responsible position
has placed men behind the bars as , , ' ,
1 I was announced by the company only
an outcome of the lynching ot a ne- j |,-1.iljay Bendernagel was arrested
gi"0- i late Friday afternoon.
Cherry, Ills.—One of the greatest
trgedies in the history of mine hor-
dernagel, for more than thirty years j OJ.s 0ccured here Saturday afternoon
superintendent of the Havemeyer & when an explosion of coal dust in a
Elder refinery in Williamsburg, the mine of the St. Paul Coal company
largest plant of the American sugar set fire to the property and caused
Refining company. It was regarded | death by fire and suffocation, of be-
At the United States Jail in this
city Captain Joseph F. Shipp, former
sherifT at Chattanooga, Tenn.; Jere-
miah Gibson, his jailer, and Luther
Williams, Nick Nolan, Henry Padgett
and William Mayes of the same city,
Monday began to serve terms of im-
prisonment imposed a few hours be-
fore by the supreme court of the
Shpp and Gibson had been found
He was immediately arraigned he-
fore United States Commissioner
Benedict, and when asked to give
$5,000 bail produced a roll of bills
from a waistcoat pocket and
out the required amount of cash.
The Indictment returned against
Bendernagel is of the blanket variety,
including in its terms also the so-
ca1 let! "big six"—Oliver Snitzer, Thos.
Ki hoe, Edward A. Boyle, Jean M.
Voelker, John II. Coyle and Patrick
tweeu four and five hunderd workmen.
Mine officials estimate the death
list at 400. Mine Superintendent
James Steele declared it was almost
impossible that any of the miners
could have escaped. The mine has a
day shift of 485 men. Of these a few
left the mine at noon. Twenty-five
are known to have escaped after the
fire broke out. The others are he-
counted ! evcd to be dead-
gulltv of failing to protect from a mob Hennessey, all of whom have been
. , , „ previously indicted on similar charges.
Ed Johnson, whose legal execution ' , , „ , ,,
I The six were Bendernagel s associates
The entrance to the mine ha3 been
sealed up in the hope of cheeking the
flames. The building above the pit en-
trance was blown up to permit this.
Despite the frantic efforts of the offi
cials and the scores of volunteer as-
sistants in the little town of Cherry,
it seemed assured that only bodies of
the dead would be taken from tho
Until the covering is removed and
roscuers endeavor to penetrate the
j in the capacity of agents and boss gm(>ke gnJ gas.choked shaft :ind vei„8.
weighers at the Williamsburg plant.
The specific charges against Ben-
dernagel are that he defrauded the
government out of $1,694 duty in con-
nection with the false entry of the
no certainty as to the fate of the en-
tombed men can be learned.
The fire causing the explosion had
an orign almost trival. A pile of hay
allowed to smoulder too long, finally
for assault on a woman had been stay-
ed by the supreme court until it could
review the case. The others had been
found guilty of participating in the
lynching of a federal prisoner. Shipp,
Williams and Nolan were given sen-
tences of 90 days' imprisonment each,
while Gibson. Padgett and Mayes re-
ceived sixty days.
As the big barred doors of the jail
swung open to receive the prisoners
Mnday afternoon Warden McKee
stood before them.
"At last we are in the hands of a j
soldier," exclaimed Captain ^'"PP- i ,j o)d (,'harges made against four | the list of 12 known dead. Alexander
who had been in many a fight for the j of the so-called "bix six " al- Norberg, a pitman, gave his life un-
Confederacy, as lie espied a G. A. R. usp of fraudn)ent devIce9 hesitatingly in a futile effort to save
button on the lapel of Warden Mc- ^ ^ gcales ^ docks to those of his comrades who risked
Kt"e's coal- , , , , short weigh sugar for the purpose of lives with him.
The prisoners ■ were placed in a
storeroom on the fourth floor of the
jail, formerly used as quarters for fe-
male prisoners. All are well satisfied
wltlh their treatment here.
A few hours in jail made Gibson'
reminiscent. He told his companions
nine-million-pound sugar cargo of the j ignited the tibers of the mine and be-
st, amer Eva which arrived from t°re the workers realized the r danger
„ , . 1(m- Th indict- the mine was filled with smoke, gases
Cuba on Aug. 24 190, The indict ; ^ fl ^ #u ^ waa lmpo8.
m^nt alleges that a little more than !
a hundred thousand pounds wera dip- | S1 , sych as |s rarely exhibited
ped off the real weight of the cargo, ag shown by officials of the mine
when the customs charges were com- [ and reSid3nts of Cherry. These men,
| puted. | who were outside the mine when the
At one point the indictment relates fire originated, contributed five to
Bargain Hunter—"I would like to
get two sorts of 6poons for kitchen
use," llusy Clerk—"We haven't time
1o sell them." Ilargaln Hunter—"Huh
sir, your attitude shows clearly that
you are out of sorts today."
A Louisiana judge has ruled that
Women do not own their clothes. He
is probably a very young and inex-
perienced judge, however.—Indianap-
New and Strange Affliction.
Cement-maker's itch, one of the
latest diseases due to occupation, ls
an intense itching resembling true
itch, instead of Deing caused by a
rarasite, it results from some chemi-
cal or mechanical action on the skin
not yet understood.
"Get out in th' mornin' afther th*
dollar—but don't forget th't soiuo
wan has been chasia' it all night."- —
A Correct Guess.
"Dear me" said the lady who had
gone to the public library, as she
picked up a soiled volume, "this must
be an awfully naughty book. See
how It ls tattered and worn by much
handling and the title page shows that
It was published this year."
Life of a Nation.
Territory is but the body of a na-
tion; the people who inhabit its hills
and Its villages and its soli are its
spirit, its life.—James A. Garfield.
Novels Mot Bocks.
Boston's careful discrimination in
literary matters is revealed by a
sign displayed not more than half a
mile from th" public library: "Books
and noVels sold here."
A Hutchinson man is advertising
siirne land. "Don't judg? this by the
price," he advertises, after naming
the figure. "It belongs to an eastern
party who thinks buffalo are grazing
avoiding customs charges. It was in Standing at the bottom of the shaft
connection with these charges that Norberg carried the bodies of four
the government last spring recovered men into the cage, the enly way of
$2.!2f000 in duties and penalties. .escape, and as the last man earned
ia he fell unconscious across the body.
State May Get Land from U. S. ! Norberg was dead, as were all his
Guthrie, Okla.—The attorney gener- companions, when the cage was lifted
that this was not the first time he j nra offlce' ,.endered the board of ag to the top.
had been in prison in Washington. rjCulture a modified opinion relative Dr. W. Howe, a physician of the
"But the other time I was brought t0 old act ulJ(jer which the state 'city, who had sought to go with tha
here I was a Confederate, prisoner, ; gef>mg (0 have good grounds for claim- men when they descended in the cage
ke said- j jng 210,000 acres of government land, was thrust out by a m«n, who exclaim-
This was the second time in the | jn ^ jjrst opinion, the attorney gen- jed: "They will need you at the top
history of the supreme court of the f (ook thfl pos|tjon that the act ap- if we get anyone out. No use riskn
United States that that august body
had in posed a sentence upon citizens,
held guilty of disregarding its man-
dates. The previous occasion was in
In 1875. John Chiles, a business
man of Texas, was brought before the
court for contempt in connection with
dealings in Texas indemnity bonds;
contrary to an order of the supreme
| court. He was fined $250. But that
instance lacked the interest of tills,
j In it were involved no race question,
| tio lynching, no interference with
| state jurisdictoni
plied to states existing at the time your life down here.'
ot its passage in 1862. In the modi- | The physician sought to resuscitate
fied opinion, he relates that another the men when they were carried to
act of a later date extends the law to
all territories afterwards made into
states, and thinks that Oklahoma can
claim the land.
him a few minutes later, but vainly.
They had died of suffocation.
At the entrance of the shaft a scene
was enacted such as s witnessed onfy
at a disaster of this kind.
Hundreds of screaming women,
Mrs. Roosevilt to Sail
Rome.— Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt w eeping children and frantic but help-
and daughter, Ethel, left Rome Thurs- less men crowded about the piace. A
day for Naples, whence they will sail few survivors were surrounded by
for America Friday. Arrangements groups of the women and their an-
have been made to forward by wire- swers to the loudly shrie' ed inquiries
The" case Monday originated in the less any word from Col. Roosevelt. , only added to the terror of the scene.
| Almost to a man they declared there
coert's decision in March, 190(1, to con
sider the appeal of Johnson, from a
verdict of the Tennessee courts, hold-
ing him guilty and sentencing him to
be hanged on a charge of assault. The
night after the determination of th
Muskogee Bank Changes.
Muskogee, Okla.—The first state
bank of Muskogee, capitalized at $25,-
000, Chas. VV. Reid, president, was
Saturday sold to Iowa capitalists. The
Oklahoma is Two Years Old
Oklahoma City—Two years ago
| Nov. 16 Oklahoma and Indian Terri-
| ;ory joined hands, and entered as a
' state, the group of commonwealths of
the union. During th<> time which has
passed since that time uianv things
i have been done which have tended to
place Oklahoma among the foremost
of the sisterhood of states, and give
to the forty-sixth star a lustrous glow.
These two years have been years of
great prosperity, and years which
1 have had a most important influence
■ in the development of the vast re-
' sources and natural wealth of the
' state. Every line of business has en-
joyed the utmost degree of prosper-
ity. and although catering the union
n the time of one of the rreatest
! financial panics in the country hls-
•:orv, scarcely a trace of the blight
! of its presence remains.
In these two years, Oklahoma has
risin in rank to the sixth s.ute in
' the production of cotton, to the
< eighth in the production of corn.
Continues Protest Against Negro
Alva, Okla.—Professor George Wil-
son. of the Northwestern State normal
at Alva, who recently requested that
his name be strickenfrom the program
of the Oklahoma Teachers' Associa-
tion because of the name of President
Page of the colored state normal, in
another letter declares that after "so-
ber second judgment" he insists tha?
his name be stricken from the pro-
supreme court to review the proceed- bank will be converted Into a national
ings was wired to Chattanooga, a mob bank, with a capital stock of $150,000.
stormed the jail, took the prisoner The purchasers will get immediate
; out, and lynched him. possession.
To Take Lead in Good Roads
| Washington—Woodward county.
' Oklahoma, was the first in the entire
southern states to pay the way of an
official to the good roads convention
' to be held in this city Dec. 6 to 11.
The oftl.'e of public roads will keep
I open house in this city during that
! time, thus enabling all who visit in
j this city in connection with the South-
ern Commercial congress and the Na-
tional Rivers and Harbors congress to
come In contact with some of the
most skilled road engineers in the
country. Mr. Logan Waller Page, di-
rector of the Office of Public Roads,
has requested Mr. J. E. Pemiybacker,
chief of road management, to give an
illustration lecture before the South-
ern Commercial congress. In addi-
tion to the lecture the exhibit hall
of the congress will contain enlarged
photcgraphs of bad roads and good
from various southern states; and
photographs showing the before and
after of some roads that have been
imi'i'ived In add'iiuu there- wilt b<
models of different types cf road con-
st rint ion.
was no hope for
those behind the
Death Verdict at Holdenville
Holdenville, Okla—Pete Thompson,
convicted of killing City Marshal
Charles Farrar at Okemah, July 3,
was sentenced to death Monday morn-
.Exports Show Vast Increase
Washington. D. C.—An increase of
more than $21,000,000 in the value of
the exports of domestic products from
the United States is shown for the
month of October last compared with
a like period last year, the respective
totals being $123,643,720, against
New City Hall for Pauls Valley
j Pauls Valley. Okla.—The city conn-
il has let a contract to R. E. Carter
for the erection of a city hall build-
ing to cost $12 500. It will be modem
in every respect.
Fear Attempt to Destroy Building
Tulsa, Okla--The cutting of the tel-
ephone cables in the First National
Bank building Friday night,, just a
week after a fire of Incendiary origin
had done $20,000 damage to the struc-.
ture, has caused no little uneasiness
among the owners and occupants of
the building. There has been more or
less trouble over the magnificent five-
story bank building for some time and
it is feared that perhaps some one is
trying to destroy the building.
Bridge Material Arrives
Tonkawa, Okla.—The steel for three
new bridges to be put in between Ton-
kawa and Ponca City has arrived. The
contracts have been let for immediate
More Babblers than Hearers.
Now as in the past, the vast num-
ber of so-called heretics are but vain
babblers who know not what th ?y
affirm. They can give no reason for
the faith that is within them because
they neither know the faith of the fa-
thers nor contribute an iota to the
faith of the future.—Baltimore Ameri-
Adding a Prefix.
Says Black and White: "At this
time of year the pretty woman be-
comes even prettier than before,
Even the plain woman assumes a cer-
tain comeliness." As far as our obser-
vation goes "an uncertain comliness"
would, perhaps, better describe —<
IN THE REALM OF BOOKS
Meredith Nicholson Contributes An-
other Success—Sketch of Author
Meredith Nicholson, whose latest,
novel, "The Lords of High Decision,"
Doubleday, Page & Company have
just published, comes forward with a
book that has all the interest of a
good yarn and is, at the same time, a
strong novel of American life. "The
Lords of High Decision" has almost
all of its setting in Pittsburg; but Mr.
Nicholson does not muckrake that
much muckraked town. In an inter-
view he stated that to him Pittsburg
ls a genuinely typical American city.
The central character, young Craig-
hill, typifies to him Pittsburg, ami
Unlike many men who write, Mr.
Nicholson has always been an active
man in outside affairs; he has studied
law, but never practised; he has held
down every job on the Indianapolis
News, from cub repor'er to Managing
Editor. He was also at one time a
broker at Indianapolis, removing later,
for business reasons, to Denver,
where he was auditor and treasurer
of a coal mining corporation. So it
would be impossible to charge Mr.
Nicholson with writing of a subject
about which he is ignorant He knows
Pennsylvania, he knows coal mines,
and he knows America.
4 Accepts Professor's Resignation
Guthrie, Okla.—The board of normal
school regents has accepted the resig-
nation of C. B. Blake, professor of
biology at the Weatherford normal,-
who resigned to become the head of a
big cement company.
Western Union Under New He-ad
Boston. Mass.—A long stride toward
the complete control by one corpora-
tion of all wire communication in the
United States was made Tuesday in
the acquisition by the American Tel-
ephone & Telegraph company of the
control of the Western Union Tele-
graph eonil ' n>- The Western Union,
one of the pet properties of the lats
Jay Gould, has been in the Gold fam-
ily for a generation and it was by
the sale of Gold stock Tuesday that
th ui' iger w as finally accomplished.
Night Riders' Trial Coming
Purcell. Okla.—Eleven men charged
with being members of a band of
night riders, will be tried here in the
November term of court, their casr-
beginnlng about the 24th. County At-
torney Franklin has been busy for the
post several days securing informa-
tion against violators of the law. The
night riders' cases w ill attract con-
siderable attention In this county, as
it ls believed the charges against
them will reveal some sensational pro-
Invited to Attend Meeting
Guthrie, Okla.—Members of the
state board of agriculture last week
received invitations to attend the elev-
enth annual convention of the South-
ern State Association of Cominisslon-
11 rs of Agriculture, to be held In Jack-
son. Miss., November 16. Secretary
Barrett and President J. II. Conn"ll of
the A. Ac M. college are both or. the
program but neither will be able to
attend. The list of speakers Includes
representa:lves from nearly all of the
soutt. rn states.
Nice light bread and flaky biscuits
can be made from
Insist on this brand and you
are sure to have the best
VOI R tiROC'l'K SI.I.I.M IT
Illinois Miners are- Dead
Cherry, IU.—The four hundred mln-
! ers who were entombed In the St.
Paul Coal company mine by last Sat-
; urday's disaster are dead. Some of
, the bodies lie buried beneath thous-
ands of tons of earth, which have
taved in upon them, and it Is dcubt-
fii if in a ii i can «ver be recovered.
This was the opinion expressed Mon-
day when attempts at rescue work
were temporarily abandoned. Fires
iu the mine again broke out with r<t .
V* th retard to trrn.i ilunnj the ^ aeasen lowest
Trice* n traiti-t States Vo*e, Stnnwar. W«k«r, Kurtz -
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