The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 24, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 9, 1914 Page: 2 of 10
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FAIL TO FLANK GERMANS
I to Prague. The date for the removal
has not been decided, but it will be
ordered as soon as It is certain the
I Russians are going to move toward
| this city. The military council has
, - I ordered the immediate fortification of
Von Klnok, Kccntorced, Continues Determined S(II 11(1 all the Vienna suburbs.
icuinst Attempts of Allies to Surround Him— Au.tn.n. out of calida.
AfeiUIIHl AIWlli|FKn v*. M London.—The Ruislan armies con-
Fishtiiu North or Oise Hiver froeeeus
! tinue to sweep through Galicia and,
Viirimiulv With \o Ih'CisiVe Result. according to a report from Home, that
I1 UI lOUNIj llll IMi c in.mm. province of the Austrian empire Is
clear of Austrian troops. What Is
meant is that the field armies of Aus-
tria have either gone Into the fort-
resses of Przemysl and Cracow, or
have retreated to the south and west.
Austrian Troops Leave France.
Ixindon.—A message from Mue-
stricht, according to a Central News
dispatch Trom Amsterdam, says that
5,000 Austrian troops have arrived at
Aix-la-Chappelle from France on the
way to the Austro-Riissian front.
London.—It Is officially announced
at Vienna, according to a Home dis-
patch to the Exchange Telegraph
Company, that a Junction has been ef-
fected between the new German army
and the remnants of the Austrian
army which fought in the GalU'ian bat-
Austria Offers Indemnity.
Rome.—The Austrian government
replied to the Italian protest
Russians Claim Great Victory
and Capture of Augustowo
from Kaiser's Army that
£|avs Declare They Wiped Out Bri-
gade of Germans Who Attempted
to Cross Niemen River—Por-
tugal Ready to Fight.
Watch No>-.nv est Battle.
Severe artillery duelling has been
almost constant in the general neigh-
borhood north of Rheims, where the
Germans have entrunched infantry
along the Alsne river and have em-
battled siege guns and other heavy ar-
tillery In the foothills of the Ardennes
Breach in Antwerp Forts.
Berlin.^An official report from the
German army headquarters says that
In the siege of Antwerp the forts or
Lierre, Waelhem and Konlngshohckt
land the Intermediate redoubts, with
thirty guns, have bben taken. Thus a
breach has been made In the outer
circle of forts," the report adds, "ren
dering an attack on the inner circle
of forts and the town itself possible."
London.—With the German attack
on the outer fortifications of Antwerp,
Belgium again has become the scene J jlag __
of serious operations. The invaders, aga|nst'the floating mines in the Adri
so far, have confined their attack to at(c gea Austria deplores the sinking
the forts protecting the river cross- l <)f Itaiian vessels and promises to
ings between Malines and Antwerp. (ake meaBureB to remove the menace
PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE HAS
LED TO AGREEMEST FOR
PERMANENT PEACE NOW LIKELY
Calderon to Succeed Carranza Later;
Villa Faces Divided Forces—En-
tire Army Broken Into
OVER THE STATE
RAISING OF SHEEP URGED AS A
GOOD INDUSTRY FOR
OTHER NEWS OF THE NEW STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents That
Go To Make Up the Life His-
tory of One Week, In Our
WHILE LIEUT.-GOV. MCALESTER
ENJOYS ANOTHER BRIEF
SEASON OF POWER.
Is Von Moltke Out?
London.—Lieut. General Helmuth
Von Moltke, chief of the German gen-
eral staff, has been removed from
that office by the emperor, accord-
ing to a report received here.
Continuing, the dispatch says the
to shipping and to fully indemnify the
families of the victims. It is reported
that Italy demands an indemnity from
Austria of $1,000,000.
Rumania to Stay Neutral?
London.—The Home correspondent
of the Exchange Telegraph Company
emperor wished to subordinate sound lias sent the following dispatch: A
(,Summary of Events.)
General Von Klnck reinforced
%ith troops from the German cen-
ter, continues to make a deter-
mined stand against the attempt
of the Allies to outflank him in
The French, who officially re-
ported that all German attacks in
this region had been repulsed and
that the Allies had resumed the
offensive, announced that the bat-
tle north of the Oise, river which
commenced seriously about Sep-
tember 25, continues with great
violence with no decisive result
and that at certain points the
French troops have had to yield
The Germans in their latest re-; fort8 to get foo(j from Antwerp have : Portugal was preparing to join forces
port say the battle is proceeding failed. w'lth the Allies against Germany had
Russians Rout Germans. ''been received by the Portuguese
! Rome —The Russian embassy here t Ration here, the minister, Viscount
strategy to a desire to attack England
but General Von Moltke preferred to
postpone the latter action as It would
have no effect upon the immediate
Brussels Near Starvation.
London.—Seven hundred thousand
persons in Brussels are facing starva-
tion, according to Hugh Gibson, the
secretary of the American embassy
there, who is now in this city. Ef-
message from Bucharest, Rumania,
announces that the president of the
council of the crown and conservative
and Democratic leaders have decided
to ask King Charles not to hold the
council meeting fixed for this week,
saying there is no need for Rumania
to change her policy of neutrality."
Portugal is Ready to Join.
Washington.—While no confirma-
tion of the report from Berlin that
successfully for them
Germans Weaken Center.
The country where the chief fight-
ing is going on is flat and under cult!
and there are scattered coal mineB.
The allied armies are continually ex-
has made public an official communi-
cation received from the Russian
in many places it"Is boggy I headquarters staff, saying:
1 "The defeat of the Germans is com-
plete. Their retreat is changing into
tending toward the north and bend-,11 rmlt ,hat Ib 8" «Hs< r,lerly and pre-
lng eastward toward the Belgian j c|f,itate ,llBt ^ are forced 10 aban'
the Ger- don everything.
20,000 Germans Ambushed.
The Russians and Germans are pun-
ishing one another with frightful se-
verity in Russian Poland, where the
Germans have invaded a distance of
fifty miles, and in Austrian Galicia,
where Russian operations have been
frontier, thus compelling
mans, in order to prevent the crumb-
ling up of their main army, to move
large forces from the center ami so
keep pace with the Allies, whose po-
sition menaces the invaders along
the whole line. The Allies' plan, it is
thought, may compel the Germans to
release the pressure on the Belgians, j strongest.
Both Sides Rally. • When t,le G"mans
From September 28 to October 3 the
Allies were having all the best of the ] ^
fight against General Von Kluck.
They were battering his army badly
and they had almost accomplished a
crushing flank movement not far
south of Ostend, Belgium, when the
Germans rallied and pushed back the
French-British left wing.
A similar operation took place in
the eastern field, except, however, the
positions of the opponents were re-
versed. The Germans had Bilenced
some of the Important forts around
Verdun, a French army base, and were
beginning a serious penetration into
eastern France. The French rallied,
drove the Germans clear back into
Lorraine and penetrated German ter
De Alte, said his country was pre-
pared to take that step whenever
Great Britain should call on it to do
Battle at Tsing Tau.
Tokio.—A severe engagement has
been opened by the German warships,
which cannonaded the Japanese posi-
tions- near Tsing Tau, east of the gov-
ernment of Kaio Chow, the German
leased territory in China. Two offi-
cers were killed. German aeroplanes
assisted the warships.
The Japanese war office^ announces
that an artillery duel at Tsing Tau
continues. A German torpedo boat
destroyer was sunk in the harbor
Wednesday. Apparently this ship was
cross the Niemen river, just beyond!not in action From other sources it
the East Prussia border In Russia, is said that the German destroyer was
20,000 were wiped out in a Russian sunk by Japanese siege guns.
trap. At another point a similar at The Japanese squadron delegated
tempt was repulsed with losses of to destroy the German fleet in the
8,000 to the Germans. This is report- South seas has landed bluejackets on
ed by a I^ondon newspaper correspon- Jaluit Island, the seat of government
dent. The Germans repulsed the Rub in the Marshall Archipelago, which
sians and inflicted great losses when was annexed by Germany In 1886.
the Slavs pierced the German center
at Augustowoo, Russian Poland.
The Russians are not proceeding in
their campaign with speed. They
have poured an immense army upon
Galicia and Prussia but the Germans
and Austrians have hindered them
To Leave Capital.
Vienna.—In anticipation of the im-
ritory through the Vosges mountain j pending siege of Vienna, the emperor
passes. But they haven't gone much
bevond the mountains.
Kaiser Warns Greece.
London.—A dispatch to the Express
from Rome states that it is reported
there that Emperor William of Ger-
many has sent a telegram to the king
of Greece warning him that if Greece
enters into a war against Turkey, Ger-
many will not guarantee the future
existence of Greece. King Constan-
tino replied, the dispatch declares,
that if any of the Halkan states took
and the cabinet have decided on the I up arms on either side, Greece would
removal of the capital from Vienna | declare for the triple entente.
MORE GERMAN RESERVISTS JOINING THE COLORS
El Paso.—Luis Aguirra Beuavides,
secretary to General Villa, under dat#
of September 30, telegraphed the Asso-
ciated Press that an armistice had
been declared throughout Mexico, with
Aguas Calientes as a neutral zone.
He stated also that elections would be
held according to the first agreement
about Oct. 10. This election will name
Calderon as president.
These points had been agreed upon,
he said, at a preliminary conference
at Zacatecas, after which General
Villa's party left for Aguas Calientes
to confer with General Obregon and
other Carranza leaders. Villa was met
at Zacatecas by a commission headed
by General Eduardo Hay. Benavides
said that the first meeting had aroused
great optimism for a happy outcome of
Reports of divisions In General
Francisco Villa's army were confirmed
by definite Information received at
the border from both official and im-
partial sources. The Arrieta brothers,
who long have dominated the consti-
tutionalist troops in the state of Du-
rangcH are said to have revolted to
Carranza. Rumors that General Mon-
clovio Herrera with his entire brigade
had revolted against Villa's authority
were confirmed. Tomas Urbina, one
of Villa's leaders, is reported to have
taken Durango City from the Arrieta
troops after a battle.
Had Disobeyed Orders.
While nominally attached to Villa's
division the Arrieta brothers, Domin-
go and Mariano, on previous occasions
have refused to obey his orders.
At the time of Villa's final attack
on Torreon he ordered the Arrietas
to join him before that town with
They refused, saying they would not
lead their troops out of their home
state. Villa issued an order for their
arrest, but was unable to spare troops
to carry out the order. It was said
that Carranza's visit to Durango in
May was to adjust these differences.
As a result of his visit Mariano Arrie-
ta was placed in command in Durango
and Domingo led his troops to join
General Natera, in the assault on Zac-
atecas. Carranza's order to Villa to
reinforce Natera at Zacatecas was in-
timately connected with the first break
between Carranza and Villa
After the defeat of the Arrietas at
Durango Tuesday, it is reported In
advices to Juarez, they fled into
strongholds In the mountains. Gen-
eral Tomas Urbina, who is reported
to have taken Duraogo from the Ar-
rietas, captured that city from the
federals in August, 1913.
Herrera and his troops are en-
trenched at Parral. It was reported
thpt when Herrera announced alle-
giance to Carranza that Villa officials
imprisoned his brother, Luis, and their
father. Jose De la Luz Herrera, at
Railroad Traffic Suspended.
These internal disorders in Villa ter-
ritory, it was admitted, had occasioned
suspension of all outgoing traffic on
the Mexican Central railroad to pre-
vent the news reaching the border.
Rafael E. Muzquiz, Carranza consul
| general on the border announced here
j that he had received definite informa-
I tion that scores of officers of the old
federal army were preparing to join
From Naco it is reported Sonora is
dominated almost completely by YaquI
Indians whom Governor Mayotrena
enlisted in his revolt against Carranza.
Arrivals from the western state de-
clare Indians have been placed in |
civil officeB in the state capital, Her- |
mosillo, and other towns and that
the entire state was in their power.
The Yaquis, it was declared, had set
about taking forcibly the lands which
they have cla'med for years and
which they had been promised by vari-
ous revolutionary factions.
Oklahoma City.—New Mexico, geo-
graphically, climatically and agricul-
turally, is the ideal sheep country,
said W. S. Prager of Jaffa, Prager &
Co. of Hoswell, here lastt week. He
was here on business, (havingi sold
over 5,000 fat feeder sheep and lambs
at the market. "While I have been
over Oklahoma on train before, this
is my first visit to its metropolis and
market," said Mr. Prager, who is the
president of one of the biggest sheep,
wool and mohair companies in the
southwest. "Stockyards, farmers and
stockmen alike, ask, on hearing that
I am interested in the sheep business,
my opinion on the probabilities of the
industry in Oklahoma. Raising mut-
ton and wool is like everything else.
It takes time, energy, money and hard
work. Yet it affords a great deal
easier opportunity of making good
profits than do either cattle or hogs.
The investment necessary to start i«
smaller, the upkeep of a band of sheep
is practically nothing compared to the
money involved in carrying cattle.
Then, too, Bheep are easier to breed,
and with ordinary care there is con-
siderably less chance of disease rav-
aging one's flock.
"Our wool crop brought us 17c to
20c and lambs 8c. Such prices, of
course, are high, but there is no In-
dication that any material reduction
can be effected. By the world-wide
scarcity of beef and porK, the increas
lng number of sheep finds a faster
growing demand. We handle from
25,000 to 30.000 head per year and
our production never begs a buyer.
All are range sheep, grass and water
being the extent of their keep.
"We have patronized the Oklahoma
City market on several occasions and
have received splendid treatment. Our
railroad connections via Amarillp are
exceptionally good. I left home Mon-
day njorning and was here early this
morning. Instead of spending a week
on the road with stock we can leave
home and get back in less than half
"I look for a splendid growth in, the
sheep industry in Oklahoma. The
state certainly is fitted for mutton
making. Roughage in abundance, mild
winters and excellent marketing facil
ities ought to encourage the most
careful stockmen to get into growing
wool and mutton.''
KIEFER BANK ROBBERS GET $5200
Old Time Hold-Up Pulled Off In Creek
Kiefer.—While the streets were
practically deserted one day last
week three unmasked men rode into
town, hitched their horses, entered
the Central State bank and after forc-
ing into the bank vault Cashier S. E.
Bailey, Assistant Cashier C. H. Strat-
ton, together with three customers
who were in the bank when the rob-'
bers entered, the bandits proceeded
to rifle the counters and money drawer
of $5,200 in currency and cash. No
attention was paid by the robbers to
the bank safe, the door of which w?s
standing ajar. Notes and other bank
papers whi-ch the robbers found in
the money drawer wers scattered over
SURE OF ADJOURNMENT OCT. 15.
Nine Months Steady Grind at Wash-
ington To End.
Washnlgton—October 15 was agreed
upon by democratic leaders as a ten-
tative dale for the adjournment of the
present session of congress and the
senate steering committee quickly
framed a legislative program designed
German reservists, sailed oat by the kaiser, cheerfully marching to take the places of the men mowed down i (o conc)ude pending legislation by that
In the battles with the allies. Th«y carry their uniforms in boxes.
GERMANS KEEP POUNDING
i tic efforts to break through. Their, . Thus far the forts In the outer ring
losses have been enormous, and the of the Antwerp defenses have suffered
AWAY AT ANTWERP FORTS number killed are estimated as higli ! little harm from the German bombard-
as 8.000 during the present move-1 ment. The German big guns are not
IxMidon.—The Antwerp correBpon- ment. being worked by regular soldiers, but
dent of the Daily Telegraph, telegraph- "The Belgians adopted a clever ruse by men in citizen's clothing who wear
lng regarding the fighting around Ant- at Waelhem. After the bombardment only an armament to indicate their
werp under date of Saturday, says: had lasted several hours the fort! military occupation. Undoubtedly
"The Germans continue their des- ceased to reply, thereupon the German j these men are employes of the.Krupp
perate effort to capture Antwerp, staff, thinking the fort out of action, factory, hastily summoned to replace
They are in a desperate hurry to ac- ordered the Infantry to advance in jthe losses among the regular gun lay-
oompllsh it, pounding away unceasing-J close formation. The Belgian gunners ers. The heaviest German gune are
]y with their artillery at Fort Wael- i waited until they could see the whites ■ located north of Vilverde where foun-
liem and Wavre St. Catherine and ! of their eyes and then opened a mur-j latlons of reinforced concrete have
/liugiug their infantry forward In fran-' derous fire. I been prepared.^
House leaders agreed that work on
their side of the capltol would be fin-
ished well before October 15 and It
is probable an agreement will b«
reached whereby members generally
will leave Washington by the middle
of next week, leaving the party lead-
ers on guard until adjournment
The steering committee, after an
hour of discussion agreed that legis-
lation should be confined to the pend-
ing war revenue bill and measures
now in conference between the two
CHOCTAW INDIAN LAWYER KILLED
Pistol Duel Results in Death of S. J
Homer at Durant.
Durant—Solomon J. Homer, a prom-
inent full-blood Choctaw Indian attor-
ney, was killed in the streets of Du-
rant In a pistol duel with Cliff Moye.
Moye used a 38-caliber revolver shoot-
ing Homer through the heart, head
and arm. Death was Instantaneous.
The cause of the shooting is un-
known, except that trouble between
the men commenced three months
ago. Moye. who is under arrest, er-
fuses to talk of the cause that led
up to the killing. The shooting oc-
curred on the principal street of Du-
rant, and there were many eyewit-
Solomon J. Homer was 45 years old,
a graduate of Harvard, attended Kan-
sas university, and was secretary foi
two terms of the Choctaw Indian
Moye is a young man,' 23 years of
age, and a plumber by trade.
Methodists to Meet at Guthrie.
Guthrie.—The twenty-third annual
session of the Oklahoma conference
of the Methodist Episcopal church
will be held here October 14-19. Bishop
W O. Shepard of Kansas City. Kan.
will be held October 14-19 Bishop
are about three hundred ministers In
the conference, and about six hun-
dred people are expected to attend.
The church membership of the Okla-
homa conference is thirty-five thou-
sand, and there are 314 church build-
ings together with 180 parsonages,
valued at (1,600,000.
REDUCES POPULATION OF PRISON
Efforts to Free Big Batch, of Convict*
Is Temporarily Blocked, How-
ever by Secretary of State
Oklahoma City.—While Gov. Cruca
was in Washington, attending the cot-
ton conference, Kieut.-Gov. McAlester
assumed the office. In his brief reign
of two days, he attempted a whole-
sale pardoning program and thereby
provided material for the courts for
some weeks to come.
Records of thirty-two pardons, pa-
roles and commutations granted by
the lieutenant governor are lying on
desk in the office of Secretary of
State Ben F. Harrison. Thirty-two
statements acknowledging receipt of
orders from Lieutenant Governor Mc*
Alester directing Secretary Harrison
to attest the signatures on as many
pardons and paroles were indorsed by
the latter with these words: "All of
which I refuse to do."
Secretary of State Harrison was be-
Bleged with pleas from lawyers to
attest the governor's signature on par-
dons, but told all that he would sign
no pardons except those recommend-
ed by the pardon board since Gover-
nor Cruce's departure from the state.
List of Lucky Ones.
JAMES AMMERMAN, conditional
NELSON HAWKINS, commutation
WALTER FLOWERS, commutation
LINCOLN BURTON, unconditional
J. ORLANDO MITCHELL, pardon.
STANLEY BAKER, parole.
S. S. STARR, commutation.
ROBERT C. THOMPSON, parole.
CHARLES OVERTON, conditional
JOE PROCTOR, conditional pardon.
FRED CAMERON, commutation.
■*V. T. CAPLE, two pardorK
FRANK COWLEY, pardon.
JAMES HOBBS, commutation.
NED McDANIEL, pardon.
WALTER FAUCETT, pardon.
ACE RAY, parole.
ROY JAMES, pardon.
.TAMES HOBBS. parole.
J. C. HAMPTON, ommutatlon.
ROBERT DAVIS, pardon.
ROBERT WATSON, commutation.
ROY PAULK, pardon.
ARTHUR DIX, conditional pardoiv
JONAS JONES, pardon.
C. A. STEWARD, pardon.
MONT D. PERKINS, pardon.
ROY PEEL, pardon.
F. D. TAGGART. pardon.
SAM STEWART, pardon.
GEORGE WANTLAND, pardon.
A number of the orders for execu-
tive clemency have been presented to
prison officials at McAlester, but War-
den Dick refused to honor any except
those bearing the signature of Secre-
tary of State Ben F. Harrison. Onlv
three prisoners have been released.
They are: Charles Jaggers, Pittsburg:
county, serving life sentence for mur-
der, paroled; Taylor Kirk, Canadian
county, life sentence, murder, paroled;
Mike Zanone, Pittsburg county, forty
years, manslaughter, pardoned.
A number of the prisoners wer&
prominent. Joe Proctor is the king of
the Oklahoma county gamblers; Nel-
son Hawkins was serving forty years
for murdering a twelve-year-old In-
dian girl; Ned McDaniel was charged
with defalcation when county clerk,
at Altus. He was secretory of the last
Asserting that they have obtained
sufficient attestation to the pardon®
and paroles granted by Acting Gover-
nor J. J. McAlester, Attorneys E. O.
McAdams and Norman Haskell dis-
missed the mandamus petitions
against Secretary of State Ben P. Har-
rison which were filed in the district
This unexpected step on the part of
the attorneys representing several of
the persons pardoned and paroled by
the acting governor, followed a format
written refusal by Secretary Harrison
to affix his signature and the great
seal of the state to the pardons.
Secretary Harrison wrote a separate
refusal to each of twenty-eight par-
dons, paroles and communications de-
livered to him by Attorney McAdams,
who at the same time turned over to
the secretary the written order from
McAlester To these refusals, Secre-
tary Harrison affixed his signature
and the seal It Is the contention of
the attorneys representing the benefi-
ciaries that this recognition by Secre-
tary Harrison that the documents
were filed is all that is necessary to
make the acts o fMcAlester official.
An order was Issued by Governor
Lee Cruce on Ills return revoking all
pardons, paroles and commutations of
sentences granted by J. J. McAlester,
which were not recommended or ap-
proved by the prison board of con-
Whether the revocation order, un-
der the circumstances, Is valid and
will hold In court remains to be seen
In the litigation that Is certain to
ensue in behalf of the men were re-
ceived clemency at the hands of the
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