The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 25, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, December 24, 1915 Page: 3 of 12
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THE LEXINGTON LEADER
A TALE OF CIVIL STRIFE
RANDALL PAPPI5H ''T
tLUSTPATIONS /S^C.D RHODES
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Confederate Sergeant Wyatt of the
fitaunton artillery Is sent as a spy to his
native county on the Green Briar by Gen-
eral Jackson. Wyatt meets a mountaineer
named Jem Taylor. They ride together to
a house beyond Hot Springs. In the house
Wyatt and Taylor meet Mujor Harwood.
father of Noreen and an old neighbor of
\Vyrut, who is sent to bed while the two
other men talk. Wyatt becomes suspi-
cious, and finds that Taylor has murdered
Harwood and escaped.
Into the Enemies' Hands.
The major lay dead, with my blood-
stained revolver — evidently the
weapon which had struck the "jlow
lying beside him. Dawn would reveal
the deed, and I would be discovered
alone in the house. Only my wakeful-
ness, my desire to investigate, had in-
terfered with the complete success of
this hideous plan. Taylor had pre
pared himself for this emergency, had
deliberately taken the weapon for that
very purpose. Where taed the feilow
gone? And what had become of the
I stood there, lamp in one hand and
revolver In the other, staring down at
the dead face of this man who bad
or.ce been my father's friend Out of
the mist floated the face of the girl,
the girl who had waved to me In the
road. The vision brought back to me
coolness and determination. 1 felt
through the pockets of the dead man
on into the night, feeling I had escaped
from immediate danger. At what I
took to be the tavern corner 1 discov-
ered the road leading to the left and
turned in that direction, assured that
it would lead directly into the heart
of Green Briar. The road ran through
thick wood3, the darkness Intense, and
as the way was silent and seemed de-
serted I gave the animal the spur.
1 tnust have loped along thus for ten
minutes, all thought of pursuit already
dismissed, and my mind occupied with
plans for the future, when the woods
suddenly ended in a bare ridge, the
ribbon of road revealing itself under
the soft glow of the stars. I know not
why 1 heard no sound of warning, but
at the instant, a half dozen shadows
loomed up blocking the path I bare-
ly had time to rein in my horse before
we were intermingled, the surprise ev
idently mutual, although one of the
newcomers was swift enough to seize
my animal's bit, and hold him plung
ing in fright. I clung to the stirrups,
aware of the flash of a weapon In my
face, and an oath uttered in a grufT
"In God's name! where did you come
from? Here, Snow, see what this fel-
low looks like."
The speaker had a wide-brimmed
hat, drawn low over his face, and a
cape concealed his uniform. But
Snow wore the cap of the Federal cav-
alry, and I knew 1 had fallen into
not appear to recall any such charac-
"We have only been in this region a
few months," be said, in explanation,
"and 1 don't remember any such chap.
He is none of Ramsay's scouts. What
do you say, Snow?"
"Only man like that I've heard of.
sir, is old Ned Cowan, and it aln t
likely he's left the mountains to go
into 'Old Jack's' camp."
Fox laughed, as though the idea
Hardly. Cowan is too well known
to take the risk. Either side would
hang the hound on sight. Well, let's
ride along into Hot Springs You'll
come with us, lieutenant?"
There was no excuse left me, no rea
son that I could urge for riding on
alone westward. Indeed, before I
could clearly collect my thoughts. I
was In the midst of the horsemen,
slowly moving east once more over
the dark road. Hiding as rapidly as
the darkness made possible, we clat
tered Into the deserted street at Hot
Springs, and Fox cursed vigorously
the negligent guard. The sergeant
knew little of where Major Harwood
had gone, as he had given no orders,
and not even Intimated the probable
time of his return When last seen he
was riding out the south road accom-
panied only by his servant.
Fox swore again, and ordered the
men into saddle, and we swung out at
a sharp trot along the dirt pike I
rode next him. but the captain was In
such rage I kept silent, knowing well
the tragic discovery soon to be re-
vealed. The gray dawn began to steal
about us. making objects near at hand
visible, and revealing the tired faces
of the cavalrymen There was suffi-
cient light to enable us to perceive the
gloomy house in the oak grove, and
the motionless form lying beside the
gate Fox drew up his horse with a
jerk, and leaned forward staring
"My God, men!" he exclaimed,
cfc >king. "That's Harwood's nigger
and found a knife, keys and a roll of | Yankee hands.
bills untouched, Lut not a scrap of pa- I "1 have no objection to telling you
per. On the floor partially concealed j my name and rank," I said coldly
by one arm. was a large envelope, un
addressed, roughly torn open. It was
some document, then, the murderer
sought, and he had fled with it in his
Intent now on my one purpose of
discovery, my mind active and alert, 1
began a rapid search of the house
The front door was fastened and
barred, proving Taylor had not left
that way. There was but one other
room on that floor, a kitchen In con-
siderable disorder, as though the serv-
ant had made no effort to complete his
vork; but Its otiter door stood un-
latched. Sam must have gone with
the mountaineer in his hasty flight—
must be equally guilty. This wa. the
only conclusion possible, and the
knowledge that 1 was left there alone
rendered my own position precarious.
Harwood had surely never ventured
into this doubtful region without hav-
ing soldiers within call, no doubt in
the village, who, if he failed to appear
when expected, would search for him
Before they came, and made discov-
ery of the dead body, 1 must be safely
beyond reach If found there, no de-
fense, no asseveration of Innocence,
would ever save me from condemna
tion. Their vengeance would be swift
Thinking now only of my own es-
cape unobserved, I felt my wa^ into
the night with my bundle. This would
be Federal territory; or if not, al-
ready, my night's ride would bring
me well within their lines before
dawn. I slipped Instantly out of the
soiled suit of gray and donned the im-
maculate blue, buckling the belt about
my waist, and securely hooking the
saber. Then 1 scooped out a bole in
the soft dirt and buried the old uni-
form, tearing my pass into shreds,
scattering the fragments broadcast
It was so lonely and still all about
that I felt a return of confidence, a
renewed courage. The house behind
me, and the stable before, were mero
outlines, scarcely discernible through)
the gloom. Once safely In the saddle,
I circled the gloom of the house si-
lently, and followed the roadway to
Not a light gleamed in any direction
and I could recall no other house near
by. While it remained in view I could
not remove my eyes from the mansion
I had just left, or forget the dead body
lying there in the dark The shying
of my horse at the gate caused me to
note the black something lying
against the post. At first I deemed it
a mere shadow, but the animal would
not respond even to the spur, and I
dismounted better to ascertain the
cause of his fright. The negro lay
there, dead as his master, a knife
thrust In his heart. Then it was Tay-
lor alone who had done the foul deed.
There was nothing 1 could do but flee
swiftly through the night. My own
position was now far too desperate to
permit of my giving any alarm, or
seeking to trace the murderer. To fall
into Union hands would be my death
warrant, irrespective of Harwood s
fate, and my duty lay In carrying out
the orders of "Old Jack." To allow
myself to be captured would spoil
I rode toward Hot Springs as rap-
Idly as I dared, watchful of every
deepening shadow, until 1 came to the
first straggling houses. These were
dark and silent, and not so much as a
dog barked as I walked my horse cau-
tiously forward toward the main
street. 1 saw but one dim light ttream-
itif through an uncurtained window of
what looked like a law office, and
passed close enough to learn that a
group of men within we™ playing
cards It was highly probable these
belonged to the major's escort I
passed the place unobserved and rode
•but lower that gun first; 1 am in uni-
The rather contemptuous tone of
voice employed bad greater effect on
the fellow than the evidence of his
eyes. His arm fell to his side, al-
though he still retained a grasp on my
"So 1 see," but with no cordiality in
the words "But that is hardly con-
vincing. Federal officers are rare birds
who ride these roads alone. Who are
you. sir, and why are you here?"
"Perhaps I may be privileged to ask
first by what authority you halt and
He laughed, and waved the weapon
he still held toward the others of bis
"Our force alone Is sufficient author
lty 1 should suppose However, I will
set your mind at rest—I am Captain
Fox, in command of a detachment ot
the Twelfth Pennsylvania cavalry."
"Oh, yes." 1 responded more pleas-
antly. "of General Ramsay's command.
You know Major Harwood, no doubt?"
"We are of bis escort," both suspi-
cion and command lost before my cool
assurance. "You are in the service,
"Third United States cavalry; on re-
cruiting detail. 1 was to meet Har-
wood at Hot Springs, but was told
he had gone to Green Briar."
"A scout I met by chance; he gave
the name Taylor."
The captain swore grimly, glancing
across my horse into the face of the
"Well, this stumps me!" his voice
grown suddenly harder, "it doesn't
sound straight, for we left htm safely
in Hot Springs an hour before sun-
down, and he had no purpose at that
time except to wait there for Taylor
Do you carry any papers?"
I drew the official envelope from my
pocket, and held It out to him calmly.
Ke opened the flap.
"A little light, Snow—yes, a match
The flame lit up tbeir faces—the offi-
cer a thin-faced man with mustache
and imperial, his teeth oddly promt
nent; the trooper older in years, but
siaooth-shaven, with deep-set eyes and
square chin. Their uniforms were
dusty and well worn. The others,
clustered behind, remained mere shad
ows The captain took in the nature
of the document at a glance, and I
marked a change In his expression be-
fore the match went out.
"Oh, I see—you are Lieutenant Ray-
mond. Got to us earlier than you ex-
pected. Find many recruits north?"
"No," 1 answered, taken completely
by surprise, but managing to control
my voice. "That was why 1 thought I
might accomplish more In this section.
Those counties have been combed
over." 1 hesitated an instant, and yet
it was best for me to learn what I
could. "I was not aware, captain, that
my projected visit had been an-
He laughed, and the second match
went out, leaving us again in dark
"Nor was It, officially; merely a
friendly letter from an officer on
Heitzelman's staff to our major asking
for you a friendly reception. Camp
gossip brought the news to me. You
"No; only General Ramsay advised
me to confer with him, because of his
intimate knowledge of this section. He
belonged, I believe, in Green Briar?"
"Yes, we were at his place yester-
day; south of Lewisburg. What sort
of a looking man was this fellow Tay-
I described him minutely, hoping for
some recognition, but the captain did
for a hundred yards on iuut.
cattle had passed southward, out |
there was a defect tn the shoe of the
animal Taylor rode clearly revealed
in the clay The captain came back. ,
a grim Bmile on bis lips.
The cuss was no Johnny Reb," he
said shortly. "That was what I was
afraid of. but now 1 iinow what to do.
We'll 6ave our horses, men, for this
is going to be a long ride—that mur-
dering devil Is headed for the Green
Briar. This is the lower Lewisburg
road." He swung up into saddle.
"Green, take three men ahead with
you. and keep half a mile in advance.
Watch out carefully, for there may be
graybacks along here Going with ua.
"About the best thing 1 can do." !
replied readily, "my orders were for
Green Briar and Fayette."
"All right, then, but they had small
respect for your life when they bent
you In there From all I hear it is like
a menagerie of wild animals broken
loose-good fighting anywhere. Only
trouble will be there is so much at
home there will be no need for the
boys to enlist. However, that's your
affair, not mine." His eyes surveyed
his men keenly. "Loosen carbines!
Forward march! Trot!"
Silently, save for the jingle of ac-
couternients and the thud of horses
feet, we rode westward, sunlight fleck-
ing the dusty uniforms The pike
dipped down into a hollow and. climb-
ing the hill beyond, appeared the tig
ures of the four scouts. Far away
was the haze ot the mountains.
(TO BIS CONTINUED.)
J. BARLEYCORN, BAD DRIVER
His Hands Shake. His Knees Wobble
and His Conscience Is More
Than Half Asleep.
John Barleycorn is a bad chauffeur.
His hand shakes, his knees wobble, his
eyesight is poor and his conscience
half asleep And anyone who permits
this reckless driver to sit at the wheel
of a motor car is a menace to life.
That is why little sympathy is felt
for the Baltimore man just sentenced
to two years In the penitentiary be-
cause, while intoxicated, he ran down
and killed a woman. And if this con-
vict fancies himself the victim of a
groat injustice, he should compare his
fate with that of the woman whose
neck his carelessness broke.
One does not have to be intoxicated
to deserve prison for reckless driving.
Nor does one have to be rich, as the
Baltimore mar is. Indeed, the plv.ht
I of this man should have an equally so-
bering effect upoi. all careless drivers,
tipplers, teetotalers, plutocratic and
THE WEEK'S NEWS
8UPREME COURT DECISION ECHO
OF PRUDENTIAL B. & L.
OTHER NEWS OF THE NEW STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents That
Go to Make Up a Week's
History of a Great
SIXTEEN PLAYERS AWARDED "0'
State University Has Very Successful
Not Robbery, for Here Is Money and
Turn the body over, Green~ah! the
poor devil was knifed. Here, a half
dozen of you, unsling carbines and
follow me—there's been dirty work
done. Sergeant, don't let your men
destroy those hoofprlnts in the roaL
Lively now, lads!"
I advanced with them up the drive-
way, fearful that if I held back It
might later be commented upon The
front door refused admittance, but we
entered from the rear. Everything
within was exactly as 1 had left it.
and in the parlor still dark because
of closed blinds, lay the lifeless body
of Harwood fox fell upon his kneeB
beside the motionless form, ordering
the windows thrown open, his hands
touching the lifeless flesh.
"Dead for hours," he exclaimed In a
tone of horror, turning his gaze upon
me. "Struck from behind—see. Ray-
mond What In God's name can this
He began searching the pockets.
"Not robbery—for here Is money,
and a watch But the papers are gone,
every scrap of them." He looked about
at the men "The major had his pa-
pers with him, did he not, Chambers?"
"Yes, sir." and the young, boyish
soldier addressed straightened up i
was with him when he put on citi-
zen's clothes and he slipped a big buff
packet into his pocket."
Fox's bewildered glance met mine
"Do you know what that packet
contained, captain?" I questioned
"1 do not know Harwood expected
to meet Taylor here at Hot Springs,
but I think there were others to be
here also. The major kept bis own
counsel, but something 1 overheard
caused me to believe his engagement
with Taylor was of a more private na-
ture. Chambers was his clerk, per-
haps he knows."
The lad shook his head, his eyes on
the dead man.
"I'm certain those papers were not
meant for bim. sir," he answered
slowly "They were to be given to a
scout named Dailey. It was some other
business that brought the major here
all alone—but he never told me."
There was nothing further to be
discovered, and Fox realized the ne-
cessity of haste. His orders were
prompt. Four men were detailed to
bury the b6dy. and then rejoin the
column as soon as possible The
others were marched back to the gate,
It was an hour later when we came
suddenly to the fork, the south branch
leading over a long clay hill, the west
along a rocky ridge. Fox sprang to
the ground and followed the faint
prints of the horse we were pursuing
Russia's Trade Language.
Merchants doing business tn Russia
are advised by the Merchants' asso-
ciation of New York to use the Rus
sian language In preference to the
French In commercial letters to Rus-
sian correspondents As the result
of several inquiries on this matter the
association a few days ago asked the
I advice of C. J Medzikhovslty. commer-
I clal attache of the Russian embassy
in Washington He stated that It would
be better and more advantageous to
use Russian rather than other lan-
guages, French included.
Under a decision just handed down
by the state supreme court the South-
western Surety Company (recently
merged with the Southern Suprety
Company, and carrying the latter's
name), is held liable on a bond given
In behalf of the Prudential Loan and
Trust Company, an Oklahoma City in-
stitution that on May 1, 1912, became
Insolvent and unable to 1111 its con-
The esse arose in the district court
when J. Ramsey Davis, and others,
through their attorney, L. H. Pritch-
ard, sued the Predential and the
Southwestern Surety Company asking
judgment on a bond isued by the lat-
ter in behalf of the Prudential com-
pany. The decision affects ninety-
seven other suits against the defend-
ants, judgment for which now will be
given by the district court, aggregat-
ing about $18,000.
The Prudential Loan & Trust Com-
pany which was organized as a buii
ing and loan association In Oklahoma
City, sold contracts instead of build-
ing and loan stock. While acting as
such, the banking department of the
slate of Oklahoma required it to give
a bond in the sum of $20,000, which
was made by the Southwestern Surety
Company of Denison.
The Prudential became insolvent in
1912, when a receiver was appointed,
and its affairs wound up. Later the
principal officers in the company were
indicted in federal court—J. K. Wil-
son, Oscar Bentley and a man named
Suit was then brought by about 10(1
contract holders or stockholders in the
company against the surety company
the test case tried and a decision rend-
ered in favor of the claimants by Judge
G. W. Clark. The surety company ap
pealed the case to the supreme court
which now affirms the decision of the
lower court, holding the surely com
pany liable to all of the parties who
had dealings with the defunct Pruden
The surety company contended that
the Prudential was not doing a strict-
ly building and loan business and did
not issue its capital stock to these
parties; that the bond which they gave
to do business as a building and loan
association would not protect these
persons who had Bought loan contracts
instead of corporate stock as ordinar-
ily issued by building and loan asso-
Norman.—Sixteen men were award-
ed the Football "O" at the University
of Oklahoma the first of last week, fol-
lowing the most successful gridiron
season the Sooners have ever had.
During the three months in which
Bennie Owen's tamous little players
were in the game, they defeated Mis-
souri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, the
Oklahoma Farmers, Kansas Farmers
and half a dozen smaller teams.
In doing this they not only camo
from the season all-victorious and un-
disputed champions of the Southwest,
but they also placed one man at least
on the all-American aggregation,
placed six men on the mythical all-
Southwestern and from that number
to seven or eight on the all-Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma man who was given
a place by one big sport writer among
the eleven greatest football players in
the United States was Capt. Spot
Geyer, fullback under llennie Owen,
the coach often called the "football
wizard of the Southwest." The big
Oklahoma fullback was heralded
across the continent as the greatest
manipulator of the forward pass in
the game today; he made more goals
after touchdown than any other player
and he stood well up toward the top in
the punting department of the game,
with a season's average of 51 yards.
He also stood third man in America
in number of points scored during the
season, his record being 132. His long-
est forward pass was not only a record
for the season, but it is claimed by
critics to be the longest forward pass
that has been made In the history of
the game. It was one for a net gain
of 55 yards, the big fullback having
hurled the spiral some 6'i yards from
where he was standing.
Capt.-elect Montgomery also made
a national season's record when he
ran 80 yards for a touchdown from a
blocked punt in the game with Ar-
kansas and Fields and Johnson were
mentioned on the honor roll by Sport-
ing Editor McBride of the Kansas City
A game with Nebraska was talked
of and even negotiations were started,
the contest to have been played in
Kansas City, Dec. 4, but the project
fell through because of objections from
other Missouri Valley conference
teams. Had the two elevens met, they
would have fought for the champion-
ship of the entire West, Stiehm's men
having gone through the season like
Owen's, without a single defeat.
Sixteen men were awarded the
much-coveted "O" this year. This is
a larger number than have been ac-
corded the honor at the Sooner school
before in years. They are: Fields,
Anderson, Phillips, Bell, W. Hott, O.
Hott, Montgomery, Foster, McCain,
Johnson, Geyer, Capshaw, Swatek, Mc-
Casland, Lively and Meyer.
Before the beginning of the war Oer „.„„11Tr rune iu umnnirp
man was more widely in use as a busl LODGE DISPUTE ENDS !N MURHtK
ness language in Russia tnan the — * . umfnt
French language, but at present It Is Negro Brethren Querrel Over Payment
not advisable to use German In airv of Gas Bill.
correspondence with Russia. There n-ZTThtrH killine In
are a number of firms in Russia with I Okmulgee.-The third killing ^
whom It is possible to correspond In Okmulgee cou y ' ,..ltally
the English language, and there are nurred here when Rober - lln.viP«
agencies for the translation of English stabbed John Cunnln*
isian at Petrograd. Warsaw a dispute over a gas bill said to have
cities.—New York | been owed by two negro lodges
| which the men were officers.
Both the Knights of Pythias and the
Masons get gas through the same me-
ter. The argument between the two
into Russian at
and other large
Concerning the Dolomites.
The fairyland about Cortina Is fa-
miliar to thousands of English tour- j
Ists as "The Dolomites." Dolomite, a
rock compounded of carbonate of lime
and carbonate of magnesia, takes Its
name from the French geologist "Deo-
dat de Gratet, Marquis de Dolometu."
who spent his time in 1789 and the
following year, while his countrymen
were busy with revolution and war,
in visiting this and other Alpine dis-
tricts. He first mentions this kind ot
rock in 1791, and the word "Dolomite"
first occurs in a pamphlet of 1802" de-
scribing a tour of his in the Alps ^tbout
the St. Gothard and the Simplon. The
curious point, noted by Mr. Coolidge,
Is that the marquis seems to have paid
no attention to the dolomite rocks In
the neighborhood of his own home,
Dolomeiu, near Grenoble.—London
negroes concerned the payment of the
bill. When they came together Bobd
stabbed Cunningham in the heart, the
latter whirled and received another
slash in the back.
Bird Wears Artificial Leg.
Strutting on the farm of John R.
Lott, near Freehold N. J., is the only
wild bird In the country that has an
artificial leg. This handsome cock
pheasant owes its life to the skill oi
Dr. August R. White, a dentist.
The pheasant, wltfc one leg broken
off just above the foot, and apparently j
Injured in a battle with cats, was j
found on the farm several weeks ago
and was taken to the Lott home.
Doctor White, a sportsman, heard
of the bird and made
brass leg, which he fixed to the In-
jured stump with silver wires. After
the pheasant had worn Its new leg a
week, the wires broke. Then Doctor
White fashioned another leg to fit
snugly about the remnant of broken
bone, and this time procured a sup-
port upon which the bird could walk
with apparent ease.
Pierce Company To Tap Healdton.
Ardmore.—The Pierce Oil Corpora-
tion is soon to enter the Healdton
field with a six-inch pipe line, which
will connect with their big refinery at
Fort Worth. The plans are practically
complete, the only obstacle at the
present time being the getting of con-
tracts for oil at the market price.
Some nix months ago the Pierce
people contracted with the Magnolia
Pipe Line Co., for 5,000 barrels of oil
a day, for a year's time, at the then
market price of 30 cents at the field,
or 50 cents delivered.
Getting Ready For Municipal Gas.
Muskogee.—The local city council
authorized City Engineer E. F. Peter-
| Son to prepare a survey for the munic-
| ipal line to the Choctaw gas field, ap-
proximately thirty miles south. At the
I same lime C. E. Creager was instruct-
| ed to extend an option which he has
secured on the entire field of more
than 2,000 acres. According to re-
I ports, the Chc.ctaw gas field has a pro-
| ductlon of 27,000.000 feet of gas dally.
I The gas will be sold here by the city
RANCHER CHARRED WiTH ROBBERY
Robert Cummings and Ben Driscoll
Arrested On Depew Bank Charge.
Tulsa.—Robert Cummings, 45, own-
er of two ranches near Bixby, in Tulsa
county, was arrested with Ben Dris-
coll, and lodged in the county jail at
Sapulpa on a charge of robbing the
First State Bank of Depew of $4,000.
The arrests were made by Sheriff Lew
Wilder of Creek county, 15. A. Wesner,
one of his deputies, and C. N. Wilder,
city marshal at Kiefer. Cummings
and Driscoll deny any connection with
the robbery. Attorneys have been se-
cured for Cominings and efforts are on
foot to have him released on bail.
The robbery of the Depew bank oc-
curred when two unmasked men en-
tered the front door of the bank and
ordered the bank officials with several
customers into the vault at the point
of revolvers. After the cashier and
others had been herded in the vault
the robbers attempted to fasten the
door but were unsuccessful.
Students To Do Wiring.
Norman.—Students themselves In
the school of electrical engineering oj
the University of Oklahoma will do the
wiring in the new $100,000 science hall
being erected on the university cam-
pus. They can do the work Just as
well as the high-priced workmen usu-
ally given the job, the method works
a saving for the state and at the same
artificial j to manufacturing interests at cheap j tjme g|Ves valuable experience and re-
Deputy Sheriff Shot By Convict.
McAlester.—Deputy Sheriff George
McKee of Quinton was shot three
times and probably fatally wounded in
a fight to capture W. C. Tidwell, a
former convict who is wanted in sev-
eral counties on robbery charges.
McKee and Henry Honea, marshal at
Quinton, came upon Tidwell in hiding.
After wounding the deputy sheriff, Tid-
well escaped, although a posse with
bloodhounds is now on his trail. Tid-
well was an associate of China Reed,
one of the three convicts who caused
the prison riot of January, 1914.
No Record Desired.
"The course you are pursuing," said
the Idealist, "will not cause you to b«
remembered by posterity."
"Thanks," replied the political boss,
"1 was afraid It might."
Traps Two Big Eagles.
Homestead.—Two big eagles have
been caught in steel traps in the hills
a few miles west of here. One bird
measured seven feet and one inch from
tip to tip across wings, and the other
had a stretch of four inches less. Al-
bert Masonhall, a young farmer, had
set two traps for coyotes. When he
visited them Wednesday he found an
eagle in each trap. He killed the larg
er, but secured the smaller alive. In-
dians of this section offered to buy
them for their feathers.
munerative labor to sludents.
Val Mullens Heads Municipal League.
Norman.-—Mayor Val Mullens of
Ardmore was elected president; May-
or C. A. Lamm of Bartlesville, vice-
president, and John Alley, professor ot
government in the University of Okla-
homa, secretary-treasurer, of the Ok-
lahoma Municipal League at the close
.of its second annual convention, held
in Oklahoma City, Dec. 9, and Norman,
Dec. 10. Oklahoma City was chosen
as the place for the 1916 meeting, tha
time to be selected by the executive
board later In the year. Sixty cute*
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