The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 23, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, July 17, 1914 Page: 2 of 8
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LEXINGTON. 0 K L A.. LEADER
THE WEEK'S NEWS
i-AST OBSTACLE TO CAPITOL
ERECTION OVERCOME; TO
OTHER NEWS OF THE NEW STATE
Llttl# Incident! and Accident* That
Go To Make Op the Life His-
tory of One Week, in Our
Oklahoma City- Announcement was
iu;iile that the last obstacle to the be-
ginning of actual work on the capitol
"niiilding was overcome when the state
accented the titles to fcotoe six hun-
dred and thirty-eight acres of land,
and Governor Lee Cruce announced
MAY STORE OKLAHOMA WHEAT
District Judge Invokes Aid of Law to
Care for Crops.
Cherokee.—The first use of the
warehouse provision of the laws of
Oklahoma being coupled with the anti-
trust statute was made by Judge Steen
It the district court here in granting
a license to the Kansas Flour Mills
Company. The mills made application
for a permit to do business as a pub-
lic warehouse, the object being the
storing of wheat for winter grinding
and in granting the license Judge
Steen Invoked the anti-trust statute in
the following terms:
"The license is issued on the condi-
tions that the applicant doeB not be-
come a member of or affiliate with any
trust, monopoly, combination or asso-
ciation, with persons or corporations
having the object of controlling the
price of wheat or any other cereal, or
the manufactured products thereof
handled by applicants. Also that ap-
plicant does not violate any of the
provisions of chapter 79 of the laws
of Oklahoma as compiled in 1910,"
The warehouse law provides that a
lie would turn over the $100,000 he has firm or corporation engaged in the
ibeen holding in trust to await the! buying of wheat, which stores wheat
clearing up of the land titles The in a capacity of more than 2ft,000 bush-
commission announced that It could
not clear titles to one ten-acre tract
of land, lying two miles north of the
capitol site, of a live-acre tract lying
seven miles from the site, and of one
fifty-foot lot that was included in the
Initial 653 acres of land offered to the
Governor Cruce says it Is not w ithin
the powers of the school land commis-
sion to accept either substitute land
or money In lieu of the original land
offered by Oklahoma City, but that
the work on the capitol will go on and
It will be left to the legislature wheth-
er land of an equal value as that to
which titles could not be cleared shall
bo accepted, or their money value.
The Chamber of Commerce, by
■whose efforts the 153,000 was raised
among Oklahoma Cityans, will have
charge of exercises to be held next
-week during which the state will for-
mally begin the work of building Okla-
homa's state capitol.
Though complete arrangements for
the program have not yet been de-
cided upon, it was announced that the
ground would be broken probably
•with Governor Lee Cruce holding the
plow handles, and a number of
speeches would be made by prominent
boosters of Oklahoma City and by
state officials. Moving pictures are to
be taken of the event, which will be
shown over the east In the "pictorial
events of the week."
A LINEMAN WAS ELECTROCUTED
Don McGuire of Chickasha
Death In Alva
Alva.—Don McGuire, of Chickasha,
who has been working with the Alva
Light and Power Co., assisting in
putting in new arc lights, was almost
instantly killed while at work on a
light pole on Flynn avenue. McGuire
had taken the slack out of one of the
prime wires and in reaching around
the pole to loosen another wire
touched his elbow against the loose
The 2300 volts entered his left el-
bow, passed through his body and
came out on the fingers of the right
hand. A1 Large, who was working
with McGuire, Immediately HMed the
body to the ground and called phys-
icians, but McGuire died in a few
minutes after being taken down. The
body was taken to Chickasha for bur-
ial. McGuire had worked in Alva on
els must make application to the dis-
trict court for a permit to operate a
public warehouse. Judge Steen stat-
ed that he would refuse to grant a
warehouse permit unless the anti-trust
law is coupled with the warehouse
DEATH FOR HOME DESTROYER
Jury Finds Will Harper Guilty of Slay-
Muskogee.—Will Harper, who shot
and killed Tom Crawford, the former's
benefactor, was found guilty by a jury
in district court here, and sentenced |
Testimony developed that the shoot-
ing took place in the presence of
Crawford's wife and little daughter
about one year ago. According to
the evidence Harper when released
from the penitentiary', wan taken into
the home of Crawford, a detective, who
sought to bring about a reformation
of the ex-convict, and gave him an
Interest in a little grocery store. Har-
per repaid the kindness by teaching
Crawford's wife to use cocaine, and
robbed Crawford of her affections.
The state contended that the killing
was a premediated attempt on the
CAPT. FITZHUGH LEE
SUCH IS REPORT OF COMMERCE
Among the sons of noted
^ fathers serving in the Amer- _
= lean army at Vera Cruz, is Capt. f§
~ Fitzhugh Lee, son of Gen. Fitz- ff
JUSTICE LURTON DIED SUDDENLY
HEART FAILURE CAUSES DEATH
OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Appointed To High Position By Pres-
ident Taft in 1910 After Being
Made a Federal Judge
Atlantic City. N. J.—Associate Jus-
tice Horace Harmon Lurton of the
United States supreme court died sud-
denly in a hotel here from heart fail-
part of Harper to get Crawford oui IT"' s'")Pr|n<Iuced ov cardiac asthma.
He was 70 years old.
The justice, who came here July 1,
was in his usual health before retiring
and had taken his customary evening;
CHEROKEES'J PLEA TO PRESIDENT
Oklahoma Indians Want to Live
Their Simple Old Way.
Washington.—President Wilson was
appealed to by a delegation of Cher-
okee Indians to be allowed to live In
their own way on a reservation In Ok-
lahoma and pursue their old religious
beliefs which their people have con-
tinued for many generations. They
left ti. lengthy memorandum setting
forth their case with the president and
he promises to consider it.
ONE PERSON INSTANTLY KILLED
Terrible Accident Happened at Rail-
road Crossing Near Frederick.
Frederick.—One person was In
6tantly killed and four other serious-
ly injured when a southbound train
on the Wichita Falls and Northwest-
ern railroad tit ruck a wagon in which
Mrs. Oscar Barnes and four children
were riding at a crossing near Vici.
One of the Harnes children met in-
ttant death and another was fatally
More Mexican Trouble.
Bartlesville.—County officers are
holding to the theory that the murder
of Solomon Angales, a Mexican labor-
er, who was shot down at Dewey and
who died after being bruoght to Hart-
lesvllle, is the result of a Huerta-Car-
ranza fued which has smouldered
among the Mexicans here for some
time. Angales was an open supporter
of Huerta while the majority of the
Mexicans here favor Carranza. Coun-
ty Attorney DntJahue said that arrests
will be made soon, as there are sev-
of the way in order that Harper and
Mrs. Crawford might continue their
relations. Harper pleaded self de-
Both Harper and Mrs. Crawford on
the witness stand, admitted their illicit
love and both admitted that Harper
had taught Mrs. Crawford to use co-
FORMER OFFICIAL IS ARRESTED
Ex-Treasurer of Adair County Charged
With Embezzlement of $200.
Stlllwell.—Ex-County Treasurer. R.
R. McCloud of Adair county, was ar-
rested on two warrants issued by Jus-
tice Bradley, with embezzlement and
for falsifying public records. The in-
formation was filed by County Attor-
ney Woodruff on the affidavits of
County Commissioners Howard and
Morton based upon the audit of State
Inspector Arthur Jones.
The information alleges that acts
complained of were committed about
December, 1912, and that McCloud col-
lected taxes to the amount of about
$200 which he failed to turn into the
county; that he issued original re-
ceipts different from the duplicate and
triplicate copies. The state inspector
is checking up McCloud's entire rec-
McCloud was elected county treas-
urer on the republican ticket In the
1910 election and served from July 1,
1911, to June 30, 1913.
ANOTHER KILLED BY LIGHTNING
Charles Martin Is Dead and Al Miller
Injured at Chickasha.
Chickasha.—Charles Martin was in-
stantly killed and Al Miller was fatal- |
ly injured when lightning struck the
Miller barn, near Bradley, where the
men had taken refuge from a driving
rain. Martin was standing in the door
o' the barn when the lightning struck.
In the barn were seven head of stock
of which three mules and one horse
EVERY KNOWN FORM OF GRAFT
Was Resorted to by the Directors.—
Negligence Reached Crim-
inal Stage, Declares In-
Washington—The story of the "reck-
less and prollgate" financial opera-
lions of the New Haven railroad, one
of the most remarkable chapters In
the history of American railroading
and American finance, was revealed
In part by the interstate commerce
commission in a report to the senate
of investigations of that road.
It told of millions used like gtage
money, of corporations as pawns in a
monster game with all New England's
!,™'POrtfn as a Prlz,> "Mch led = „ s
the New Haven in the ten years just = and who fled from the wrath of =
passed from the height of prosperity = the dictator to Vera Crur, re- =
to the point where a dividend has S
been passed and where criminal suit ! =§
is threatening and where criminal in-
citements of many of the directors
who figured in deals are at least a
Hampered by unwilling witnesses, THOUSANDS HOLD RY. PASSES
by burned books and by all the mazes
which lawyers invented to cover the
trail the committee estimated that in ' ' PERSONS TRAVEL FREE
the progress toward monopolization! 11>°00,000 MILES ON TWO LINES
of New Haven stockholders have lost
between $65,000,000 and $90,000,000 j Three Congressmen, Many State Offi-
but little of which they may recover.
Burden for Years to Come.
In return, the report said, they have
on their hands properties which pav | „r . . .
no dividends, which eat into the earn , ?ashinKton—Characterizing the dis-
ings of the parent road and which will trlb"tlon of free transportation by rail-
be a burden on its capacity for main ' ™ads,as "a menace to the institutions
years to come. ' " """ " ""
DR. AURELIANO URRUTIA
RELATIVES OF MINISTER OF WAR
ALSO ON TRAIN BOUND
FOR VERA CRUZ.
DICTATOR IS READY TO GIVE UP
S known as "Huerta's hangman'' =
lieved General Funston from em- H
barrassment by sailing for the =
cials Are On List Brought Out
In Senate Investigation.
of a free people," the interstate com-
merce commission reported to the
senate the results of its investigations
under Senator Lea's resolution direct-
ed against the Louisville & Nashville
clparlv in vi,o ... ~~ I atld the Nashville, Chattanooga & St.
clearly in violation of the Sherman j Louis railroad.
anti-trust law and a monopoly in prac- ; The report says that during 1913 the
The New Haven combination, reared
by Charles S. Mellen and approved by
the late J. P. Morgan and Wm. Rock-
efeller, the commission finds to be
tical control of flie transportation of j
The commission's report scores the
board of directors. It speaks of crim-
inal maladministration and negli-
outing on the board walk. Shortly aft- genrie. asserts with positiveness that
er midnight he complained of feeling } the directors knew they
II £)n«1 •> I f I</>1 I It l> It tn nl. : T-* ...
1,legal "-""nation and says
was summoned immediately, i that the dream of a transportation mo-
Justice Lurton died in a few hours, j nopoly transportation mo
His wife and son, Horace H. Lurton,
Jr., of Nashville, Tenn., were at the
The body was taken to Clarksville,
Tenn., for interment. It was at that
city that Justice Lurton began the
practice of law and lived for twenty
years. Funeral services were held
there, Chief Justice White and sev- j
eral assistant justices of the supreme I
court, as well as many friends from
two roads distributed free passes rep-
resenting more than 11,000,000 miles
of travel, valued at $340,260.61, to
more than 34,000 individuals in every
walk of life.
The report says the Louisville &
Nashville gave in the following num-
"United States senator. 1; represen-
tatives, 2; other United States offi-
cials, 139; state senators, 1,556; state
representatives, 2,183; other state
officials. 1,769; judges, 89.
"The Nashville, Chattanooga & St.
Louis gave to United States officials,
other than members ot congress, 151;
" i state senators, 5,814; state represen-
Washington.—Seven hundred ma ! tatives' 8,489; other state officials,
rines were ordered assembled at Guan i 1,086; Judges. 17."
Fleeing Party Boards Train at Smalf
Station With Military Escort—
Rebels Within Few Hours
of the Capital.
Mexico City.—At ten o'clock Tues;
day night the family of President Hu-
erta and other relatives and close
friends left the capital for Vera Crua
aboard a special train. The train was
composed of three sleepers and a bag-
gage car, Running ahead ef It were
two military trains carrying 800 men.
Following came another miltary train
with 500 troops aboard.
The family of General Bianquetj
minister of war, also left on the spe-
cial, It Is believed that President
Huerta, General Blanquet and other
officials will leave the capital soon.
The party boarded the train at Villa
de Guadalupe, a small railroad sta'
tion five miles from Mexico City. Only
a few persons were aware of their de-
President Huerta was the guest of •
honor of the French Colony at a ban-
quet Tuesday in commemoration of
the fall of the bastlle.
Many Mexicans joined with the
French residents In celebrating the
holiday. Most of the stores were
closed and buildings were decorated
with French and Mexican flags.
The British minister Sir Lionel Car-
den denied that Rear Admiral Sir
Christopher Cradock had come here
to accompany Huerta to Vera Cruz.
Admiral Cradock himself said ills only
purpose in visiting the capital was to
seek rest and recreation. He said he
would leave here for Vera Cruz Sat-
ty was unsound and mischievous.
MARINES ARE ORDERED TO HAYTI
United States to Stop Continued An-
archy in Santo Domingo.
_ tanamo, Cuba, to be held In readiness " "
different parts of the" country, being i for service in revolution torn Hayti GUADALAJARA CITY IS CAPTURED
present. an" San Domingo.
Born at Newport, Campbell county, ! The navy department acted at the
request of Secretary Bryan, who asks
that the fleet be prepared to deal with
any emergency that might arise on
the turbulent little island. The ma-
rines will be gathered from those now
oil duty in Mexican waters.
Ky„ Justice Lurton was attending the
county schools when the war between
the states began. Though only 17
years old he enlisted in the confed-
erate army and became a trooper un-
der General Morgan.
Five Thousand Prisoners Taken By
Rebels Under Obregon
Saltillo, Mexico—General Carranza
j was officially advised of the fall of
j Guadalajara before the constitutional-
President Cleveland appointed him
*. n , i ist forces. The news was received
a federal judge in 1893 and in 1910, | one dayTsalfTrom 'theTo'rth" coal^ <he Utm°St e'aU°n &t conBtltu-
Taft put him oil the supreme bench.
THE BATTLE OF SAN LUIS P0T0SI
Final Big Engagement Before Seige
of Mexico City.
of Hayti and San Domingo and their
proximity is expected to impress on
the revolutionary leaders the deter-
minaion of the American government
to terminate activities unless they lis-
ten to the warnings given. The situ-
ation in San Domingo has come to be
regarded as almost hopeless.
FIGHT LEADS TO MORE KILLING
James A. Thornton Shot Four Times
By Bud Garrett.
SWALLOWED MEDICINE TABLET
Child of Dan O'Kane of Lawton Died
Lawton. \\ illiam, the 18^months'j
old child of Dan O'Kane swallowed
some medicine tablets and died ir
convulsions within an hour. Physi
cians were summoned, but they conic
render no relief as the poison hac
taken deep effect. O'Kane, father ot
Saltillo, Mexico—Fighting already
has commenced at San Luis Potosi.
Engagements of outposts designed by
the constitutionalists to establish the
federals' strength and position are of I
daily occurrence, according to reports
received here by General Carranza. j
These actions are careful reconnois- \
ances, the result of which has been | Headrick.—As a result of a difficulty
checked by scouts. | whlch began over the trivial sum of
Reports of spies and deserters Indi- I 50 cents, Bud Garrett, proprietor of
cate the federals are in force within i a pool and billiard hall at Headrick
the city and strongly entrenched. 1 shot four times and instantly killed
Their number is estimated at not less -
than 12,000. It also is evident that
the federal commander, General Gus-
tavo Maas has determined to make
his stand within the city, behind the
fortifications and not attempt a sally
tional headquarters where it was re
garded as preliminary to the occupa-
tion of Mexico City itself.
The rout of the federals was com-
plete and they have been cut off from
Mexico City by forces of General
Blanco which had detoured from Ame-
ca to destroy flie federal lines of
communication. The federals were
reported scattered in all directions
and great punishment inflicted upon
them in retreat, but no figures of
losses on either side were available.
General Obregon led the main at-
tacking force. For several days it
had hammered the Guadalajara garri-
son which came out from their de-
fenses in the effort to scatter the
besiegers. After a disastrous conflict
in which the federals lost ten troop
trains and more than 600 prisoners
James A. Thornton, aged 30, son of they retreated, leaving an unobstruct-
J. C. Thornton, a prominent farmer,
on the streets of Headrick.
The men quarreled in Cooley's rest-
aurant at Headrick the quarrel result-
ing in a fist fight in which both men
such as proved so disastrous for the j were badly bruised
federals at Ahualuleo outside Guadala-
jara, where General Alvaro Obregon
captured the second largest city in j
Mexico. It is evident, according to re- !
ports of the scouts, that the attack |
on San Luis Potosi will meet a desper- !
ate resistance, but in spite of the i
fact that the federals hold every ad-
vantage of position, are well entrench- i
ed and strong in numbers, General j
Gonzales, commanding the division of ;
the child, is in charge of Instruction the northeast, appears contident of
of the Apaches in farming. ispeedy victory for his forces. 1
Thornton came down town, went be-
fore Justice J. E. Ernst, plead guilty
and paid a fine for fighting. As he
passed Garrett's pool hall, the latter
is alleged to have stepped to the side-
walk, addressed some remark to
Thornton, and drawing his revolver
sent four bullets rapidly into Thorn-
ton's back, one piercing the heart.
Garrett was arrested by Deputy
Sheriff Ricks, who rushed him to Altus
in an automobilei where he was
placed in jail.
W. O. W. Prizes Awarded
Fort Smith, Ark.—Following is a |
list of awards made at the close of j
the W. O. W. encampment for Ar I
kansas and Oklahoma. Discipline cup
Company A 52d, Little Rock; Class
A Field Cup, first. Little Rock; sec
ond, Company J, Norman; third. Okla
homa City; Class B Field Cup, first
Oklahoma City; second, Caddo; third
Boswell; guard and orderly prizes and
gold emblems were awarded to the
Little Rock company. The Norman
second and thlrd ta,M' —I
Negress Lynched For Killing Child.
Orangeburg, S. C.—Rosa Carson, a
negress, was taken from jail at Elloree
near here and lynched by a mob. Se
confessed the killing of the 12-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Bell
recently. The child was beaten to
death with a stick of wood. The ne-
gress was taken to the scene of the
crime by the mob and hanged to a I
tree. Afterwards the body was riddled
Farmer Missing, Indian Arrested
Lawton.—Z. T. Caldwell, a well-to-
do farmer whose home is thirteen
miles southeast of Lawton, has, bet^n
missing for several days, and a bloody,
hir-covered axe, together with blood
stains upon the fluor of his house in-
dicate that possibly Caldwell has been
murdered. Eagle Eye, an educated
Cherokee Indian, who worked on Cald-
I well's farm, was arrested and is being
held in the county jail at Lawton,
ed road to the second largest city of
Mexico which offered little resistance
when the constitutionalists appeared.
Further details of the conflict at
Guadalajara said five thousand fed-
eral prisoners with much arms, am-
munition and supplies were captured.
The line of combats extended over
fifty-five miles with General Blanco
commanding Obregon's advance
guard. The constitutionalists are in
complete control of the city, includ-
ing the federal palace.
General Jesus Carranza is prepar-
ing to attack San Luis Potosi and as
he has a force of 18,000 men and the
federal garrison nearly all has been
withdrawn, he is expected to encount-
er little difficulty.
Chief Sam Still On the Job
Galveston.—Christening of the
"Back to Africa" ship, Liberia, was
postponed last week it was announced
on account of the weather, much to
the disappointment of many negroes
i who had regarded the ceremony as
the first preliminary to their actual
j journey. Some of them who came
from Oklahoma have been waiting
j hero six months for "Chief Sam's"
colonizing expedition to start. It was
said the christening would be carried
out before the sailing now Bet for
i July 12,
Rebels Only Few Hours Away. .
El Paso.—In case of a sudden fall
of the Huerta government, constitu-
tionalist troops can enter Mexico City-
within a few hours, according to rev-
olutionary agents here. This would
prevent, they said, the much feared
reign of disorder at the national cap
ital before the Carranza government
could be established.
It has already been arranged that
troops under General Canido Agullar
would reach the city first. Aguilar's
4.000 troops are deployed between
Tuxpan and Orizaba, and it was as-
sert would be In a position to reach
Mexico City within twelve hours.
Probably the second group of troops,
to reach the national capital would be
the army under General Obregon,
which recently took Guadlajara. Ob-
regon's division of cavalry could get
to the capital within a few hours.
The division under General Villa
which has moved north into Chlhua
hua, could not reach Mexico City for
several weeks. The Villa troops, how-
ever, probably would be one of the
strongest forces employed in case of
a final federal stand at Queretaro, or
some other central point north of the
R. R. UNIONS VOTE FOR A STRIKE
Arbitration Rejected But Further Con-
ferences Are Probable.
Chicago.—The threatened strike of
engineers and firemen on ninety-eight
western railroads is still in the bal-
ance, although the employes an-
nounced that the men had voted near-
ly unanimously to strike if necessary
to sustain their demands and that ar-
bitration under the federal law would
not be accepted.
The railroads through their general
managers' commitee, contend that to
grant the employes' demands would
mean an increase of $33,000,000 annu-
ally in wages. The engineers and fire-
men say that their requests are fair-
It is expected that further confer-
ences will be held. Should negotia-
tions fall and the employes stand bv
their announcement the resulting
strike would directly affect 55,000 en
gineers and firemen and indirectly a
much larger number of workers.
The principal requests made by the
employes of the roads were:
Overtime be raised to the basis of
time and a half in freight service and
double time in
Increase in the rates of pay of en-
gineers and firemen in ail classes of
Number of hours after which over-
time will be paid in freight service be
reduced from ten to eight hours and
In passenger service from ten to five
Engineers and firemen be paid an
arbitrary thirty minutes preparatory
time for each trip, Instead of comput-
ing service continuously from actual
time of reporting for duty.
Allowance be made for terminal de-
lays in addition to payment for the
miles or the hours of the trip.
Differentials paid for running Mal-
let engines be increased.
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