The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 27, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, December 28, 1917 Page: 3 of 10
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THE LEXINGTON LEADER
HEART OF THi
Copyright by Harper Sc Brothers
DAVE LAW STRIKES A TRAIL THAT LEADS HIM TO
DEATH'S DOOR-HE SUFFERS HEAVY LOSS
BUT DOESN'T TURN BACK
Mrs. Alalre Austin, handsome young mistress of Las Palmas
ranch, lost In the Texas desert, wanders luto the little camp of David
Law, state ranger, lying in ambush for a Mexican murderer. She Is
forced to stay 24 hours, until Law captures his man, kills another and
escorts her home. "Young Ed" Austin, drunken wastrel, berates his
wife and makes Insulting Insinuations about the ranger. Austin is
secretly In league with Mexican rebels and horse thieves. Mrs. Austin
starts for her other ranch, La Feria, in Mexican territory, to secure
damages for cattle taken by Mexican soldiers, and encounters Gen.
I,u[s Longorio, who becomes instantly enamored of her beauty and
personality, much to her embarrassment
Law ventured to remark that none
of Blaze's enemies had grown fat la
prosecuting their feuds, but this was
ia subject which the elder man inva-
riably found embarrassing, and now
"Pshaw 1 I never was the blood-
letter people think. I'm as gentle as
a sheep." Then to escape further cu-
riosity on that point, he suggested that
they round out their riotous evening
•with a game of pool.
The next morning at breakfast Pa-
toma announced, "Father, you must
help Dave hunt down these cattle
"Ain't that sort of a big order?"
"Perhaps, but you're the very man
to do it. Rlcardo Guzman Is the only
person who knows the Lewis gang as
well as you do."'
Jones shook his head doubtfully.
"Don Rlcardo has been working up his
own private feud with that outfit. If 1
was the kind that went looking for a
fight, I wouldn't have paid freight on
myself from the Panhandle down here.
I could have got one right at home,
any morning before breakfast."
"Ricardo Guzman is something of a
folack sheep himself," Law spoke up.
"Pshaw! He's all right. I reckon
lie has changed a few brands in his
time, but so has everybody else. Why,
that's how 'Old Ed' Austin got his
start. If a cowman tells you he never
Ktole anything, he's either a good liar
■or a bad roper. But Rlcardo's going
straight enough now."
"He has lost his share of stock," I'a-
loma explained, "and he'll work with
you if father asks him. You go along
"I'm too busy," Blaze demurred,
"and I ain't feeling good. I had had
dreams all night."
"I don't want you around me here
this morning. That new dressmaker
Jones rose abruptly from the table.
"I reckon my business can wait.
Hustle up, Dave." A few moments
later, ns they were saddling their
horses, he lamented: "What did I tell
you? Here I go, on the dodge from a
dressmaker. I s'pose I've got to live
like a road-agent now, till something
Don Rlcardo Guzman was an Ameri-
can, but he spoke no English. An ac-
cident of birth had made him a citizen
of the United States—his father hav-
ing owned a ranch which lay north
instead of south of the Rio Grande.
Inasmuch as the property had fallen
to Ricardo, his sons, too, were Yan-
kees In the eyes of the law. But in
all other respects Don Ricnrdo and
his family differed not at all from the
many Guzmans who lived across the
border. The Guzman ranch comprised
a goodly number of acres, and, since
live stock multiply rapidly, Its owner
had in some sort prospered. On the
bank of a resaea—-a former bed of the
Rio Grnnde—stood the house, an adobe
structure, square, white and unprotect-
ed from the sun by shrub or tree. Be-
hind It were some brush corrals and
a few scattered mud jaeals, in which
lived the help.
Rlcardo had just risen from a siesta
when his two visitors rode up, and he
made them welcome with the best he
had. In the cool of the afternoon Ri-
•cardo rode with his visitors, and then,
cordial relations being now estabr
lished, he began to divulge Information
of value to Law.
Yes, he had endured many depreda-
tions from thieves. It was shameful,
hut doubtless God willed that a certain
amount of stealing should go on in
the world. The evildoers were eer- !
talnly favored by nuture, In this local- '
Ity, for the great expnnsb of brush |
country to the north and east offered t
almost perfect security, and the river,
to the south, gave Immunity from pur-
suit or prosecution. The beeves were
driven north Into the wilderness, but
the horses went to Mexico, where the
wai had created a market for them.
The federals had plenty of money to
Whom did Don Rlcardo suspect?
The old man was noncommittal.
Suspicion wus one thing, proof wna
quite another; and conviction was dill'
cult under the best of circumstances.
Why, even a cow's recognition of her
own calf was not evidence for a court,
and alibis were easily proved. Unless
the thieves were caught in the very
act there was no case agulnst them,
and—por Dlos I—one could not be for-
ever on guard. Who could tell where
the malefactors would strike next?
Now, In Mexico one could afford to
kill an undesirable neighbor without
so much formality. But, thank God!
Don Ricardo was not a Mexican. No,
he was a good American citizen. It
was something to make him sleep well
in these war times.
"Just the same, I'll bet he'd sleep
better If the Lewis outfit was cleaned
up," Dave ventured, and Blaze agreed.
Guzman caught his enemy's name,
"Ah ! That sin verguenza I He sells
arms to the Candelerlstas and horses
to the Potoslstas. Perhaps he steals
my calves. Who knows?"
"Senor Lewis doesn't need to steal.
He has money," Jones argued.
"True! But who is so rich that he
would not be richer? Lewis employs
men who are poor, and he himself is
above nothing. I, too, am a friend of
the rebels. Panchito, the Liberator,
was a saint, and I give money to the
patriots who fight for his memory.
But I do not aid the tyrant Potosi with
my other hand. Yes, and who is richer,
for instance, than Senor Eduardo Aus-
"You surely don't accuse him of
double-dealing with the rebels?" Blaze
"I don't know. He Is a friend of
Tad Lewis, and there are strange sto-
Just what these stories were, how-
ever, Ricardo would not say, feeling,
perhaps that he had already said too
much. The three men spent that eve-
ning together, and In the morning
Blaze rode home, lenvlng the Ranger
behind for the time being as Guzman's
Dave put in the next two days riding
the pastures, familiarizing himself
with the country, und talking with the
few men he met. About all he discov-
ered, however, was the fact that the
Guzman range not only adjoined some
of Lewis' leased land, but also was
bounded for several miles by the Las
If was plensant to spend the days
among the shy brush-cattle, with Bes-
sie Belle for company. The mare
seemed to enjoy the excursions as
much as her owner. Her eyes and ears
were ever alert; she tossed her head
and snorted when a deer broke cover
or a jackrabbit scuttled out of her
path; she showed a friendly interest
in the awkward calves which stood
and eyed her with such amazement
and then galloped stiffly off with tails
high arched. Law had many times un-
dertaken to break Bessie Belle of that
habit of flinging her head high at sud-
den sounds, but she was nervous and
Inquisitive, and this was the one thing
upon which she maintained a feminine
On the second evening the Ranger
rode home through a drizzle that had
materialized after a long, threatening
afternoon and now promised to be-
come a renl rain. Ricardo met him
at the door to say:
"You bring good fortune with you,
senor, for the land is thirsty. To-mor-
row, if this rain holds, we shall ride
together—you, Pedro and I. Those
thieves do their stealing when they
leave no tracks."
The sky was leaden, the rain still
fell in the morning when Dave and
his two companions set out. Until
afternoon they rode, their slickers
dripping, swaying to the tireless fox-
trot of their steaming horses, their
eyes engaged In a watchful scrutiny.
At last Pedro, who was ahead,
reined in and pointed; the others saw
where the barbed-wire strands of the
fi;nce (hey had been following were
clipped. A number of horse and calf
tracks led through the opening, and
after an examination Ricardo an-
"There are two men. They have
come and gone, with the calves tied
neck and neck."
"That is Las Talmas, isn't it?" Law
Indicated the pasture into which the
Fnther Mid son answered, "Si, se-
For a time the Ranger lounged side-
wise in his saddle, studying the coun-
try before him. Perhaps a half-mile
away a long, narrow patch of woods,
with the tops of occasional oaks
showing, ran parallel with the fence
for a considerable distance.
"They took them in yonder, to
brand," he said, straightening him-
self. "Maybe we'll be in time."
Side by side the three men rode off
Guzman's land, following the tracks
to the nearest point of woods; there
Law stopped to give his directions.
"Pedro, you ride down this side;
Ricardo, you skirt the outside. I shall
keep to the middle. Walk your horses,
for I shall go slowly." With a dubious
shake of the head Ricardo rode away,
while Dave guided Bessie Belle Into
A Ranger's Horse.
Onward through the dense foliage
the two friends wound. Now and
then they stopped to listen, but the
rain was heavy enough to drown all
other noises. Encountering fresh
tracks finally, Dave leaned from his
saddle and studied them. He had
gone perhaps half a mile when Bessie
Belle raised her head, and lie noted
that her nostrils were working sensi-
tively. Law fancied that he could de-
tect the smell of a wood fire. Farther
along they came to a place where the
brush was low, and there, rising
through the treetops beyond, he saw a
wavering plume of blue smoke.
The Ranger rode into sight of the
branding fire with his repeater
across his saddle liprn and his thumb
upon the hammer; what followed
came with almost the blinding sud-
denness of a lightning crash. First
there was the picture of a sandy glade,
in the center of which burned a fire
with branding irons in it, and a spot-
ted calf tied to a tree, but otherwise
no sign of life. Then, without warn-
ing, Bessie Belle threw up her head
in that characteristic trick of hers, and
simultaneously Dave saw a figure rise
out of the grass at his left with a
rifle leveled. With the first jerk of
his horse's head his own gun had
leaped to his shoulder—he was not
conscious of having willed it to do
so—and even as he pressed the trig
ger he felt Bessie Belle give way. The
next instant his feet, still In the stir-
rups, were on the ground and his
horse lay between them, motionless.
That nervous fling of her head had
saved Dave's life, for the rustler's
bullet had shattered her skull in its
flight, and she lay prone, with scarcely
a muscular twitch, so sudden had been
For n moment the Ranger was
dazed. He stood staring down at Ills
pet; then the truth engulfed him. He
realized that he had ridden her to
her death, and at the thought he be-
came like a woman bereft of her
child, like a lover who had seen his
A shout—It was a hoarse, Inarticu-
late cry; a swift, maddened scrutiny
that searched the sodden scene of the
ninbush; then ho was down beside the
mare, calling her name heartbrokenly,
his arms around her neck, his face
against her warm, wet, velvet hide.
Law knew that two men had en-
tered the thicket, and therefore one
still remnined to lie reckoned with,
but he gave no thought to that. From
the corner of his eye he could see a
pair of bootsolqs staring at him out
of the grass, and they told him there
was not need for investigation. Near
the body he heard the calf stirring, but
he let it struggle.
Bessie Belle's bright eyes were glaz-
ing; she did not hear her lover's
voice. Don Ricardo and his son burst
out of the brush from opposite direc-
tions almost at the same moment, to
find the Ranger with his face buried
In his horse's mnne.
"Caramba ! What Is this?" The old
man flung himself from the saddle
and came running. "You are injured?"
Pedro, too, bent over the officer, his
brown face pale with apprehension.
"Mother of God!" breathed the latter.
"It was a wild thing to do, to ride
"I'm nil right," Law said, rising
stiffly, whereupon both Mexicans
voiced their relief.
"The saints be praised !"
"Si! What happened? There was
a shot! Did you see nothing?"
Law jerked his head In the direc-
tion of the fallen man at his buck and
Pedro uttered a loud cry.
"Look!" Father and son ran through
the grass, then recoiled and broke
Into a jargon of oaths and exclama-
"Right in the mouth! The fellow
was in death before he realized it."
"See! It is as we thought. Pedro;
one of Lewis'! Tse! Tse! Tse!
What a sight!"
"Who is he?" queried the officer.
"Pino Garza, one of the worst!"
chimed the two Guzmans.
Ricardo was dancing In his excite-
ment. "I told you that Lewis knew
something. The other one got past
me, but I cannot shoot like—this."
It was difficult to secure a connected
story from Rlcardo, but he finally
made It plain that at the first report
the other thief had fled. exposing him-
self only long enough for the old man
to take a quick shot In his direction.
Rlcardo had missed, and the miscre-
ant was doubtless well away by this
time. He had ridden a sorrel horse,
that was all Rlcardo could remember.
Law looked only briefly at the grue-
some results of his marksmunshlp,
then he turned back to the body of his
beloved mare. Rlcardo noticed at
length that he was crying; as the
Ranger knelt beside the dead thor-
oughbred, the old Mexican whispered
to his son:
"Valgame Dlos! This is a strange
fellow. He weeps like a woman. Ha
must have loved that horse us a uian
loves his wife. Who can understand
these gringos?" After a time he ap-
proached cautiously and inquired:
"What shall we do with this houibre,
senor? l'utlro has found his horse."
Law roused himself. With his own
hands he gently removed Bessie Belle's
saddle, bridle and blanket, then he
gave Ills orders.
"I'll take your horse, Rlcardo, and
you take—that fellow's. Get a wagon
and move him to Jonesville."
"I'm going to follow that man on the
The dead man's saddle was left be-
side the body; then when the ex-
change of mounts had been effected,
and all was ready, Law made a re-
quest that amazed both father and son.
"If I'm not back by morning. I wunt
you to bury my mare." Ills voice
broke; he turned away his face. "Bury
her deep, Ricardo, so—the coyotes
can't dig her up; right where she fell.
I'll be back to see that it's done right.
"Bueno! I understand perfectly.
She was n pretty horse. She was your
—bonita, eli? Well, .vou have a big
heart, senor, as a brave man should
have. Everything shall be done as
you wish; I give you my hand on it."
Ricardo reached down and gripped
Law's palm. "We will name our pas-
CITIZENS OF MIAMI PRE
SENT BAPTISTS WITH
$100,000 FOR HOSPITAL
OIHER NEWS OF IHE STATE
Lfttla Incidents and Accidents That
Go To Make Up A Week's History
Of A Great Common-
McAlester — The climax to the
round of thrills that followed in quick
succession during the general conven
tion of Oklahoma Baptists occured
Just before tlio close of the annual j
state meeting here when the Rev. I
Stubblefield, pastor of the First Bap-
tist church of Miami, announced that
the people of his city wished to pre-
sent to the convention a $100,00U
hospital, fully paid for.
The site for the hospital has already
been secured, Mr. Stubblefield an-
nounced, and, located on it, is a ten-
room two-story building, which w ill be
used for a nurses' home. To demon-
strate that the gift was offered in good
faith the Miami minister displayed de-
posit slips showing that, there ia now
in a bank at Miami to the credit of the
hospital a fund of $75,000.
Previous to this announcement Dr.
F. M. McConnell of Oklahoma City
had stirred the people to a high pitch
of enthusiasm by announcing that the
mission board had gone "over the top
with $35,262.50 raised for missions.
With these funds, Baptist institu-
tions and Baptist causes in Oklahoma
are enriched to the amount of $169,-
982.50 during the McAlester meeting,
making it a convention which for suc-
cess has never been equalled, leaders
Enid was selected as the place in
which to hold next year's meeting.
NAMES R. C. ORGANIZERS
Local Managers Selected To Push
County managers In the Red Crose
Christmas membership campaign have
i been appointed in elghty-ftVo out of
Ininety-srven counties in Oklahoma and
j Texas under direction of state head-
quarters located in Oklahoma City,
following is a list of the counties to
I be canvassed for members under the
I supervision of the state hoadquarters,
the county managers already ao-
Canndian County, Mrs. M I> Llbby.
FH Reno, Cleveland county. Judge James
O-resham, Norman. Garvin county, J. T.
Hutcher, Pauls Valley; Grady county, J.
a ECayaei « hick uiha Kingfisher coun-
ty, Mrs. E. A. Pemberton, Kingfisher;
Lincoln county, \V. L Johnson, Chandler;
l<o£an count), \V. I Dlpbons, Guthrie:
McClain county, William Barrowman,
Purcell; Payne county, Hayes Hamilton,
John Foster, Cushing;
ttawatomle county, K. Dahllngef,
Shawnee; Oklahoma county, T. IS. Bran*
iff, Oklahoma City.
• EASTERN DISTRICT.
A. C. Trumbo, district manager. Mus-
Adair county, .loe M Lynch, Stilwell;
Cherokee county, J. W. Read, Tahlequah;
Delaware county, Lee Howe, Grove; Has-
kell county, Mr. R. Hogan, Stigler; Ma-
yes county, Rev c. P Francis, Pryor;
McIntosh county, R. M. Simpson. Eu-
faula; Muskogee county, •' F. Owens,
Muskogee; Okmulgee county, Mrs. Gor-
don Clark, Okmulgee, and R. B. Camp-
bell, Henryetta; Sequoyah county, W. R.
Wall, Sallisaw; Wagoner county, Jess W.
NORTHEASTERN 1 >1 STRICT.
II A Lane, manager, Bartlesville, Okla.
Washington county, H. Moore, Bar-
tlesville, Craig county, K. I). Cockrell, 104
East Illinois Ave; Creek County, W. B.
Miser, Cinita; Ottawa county, Judge
Vern Thompson, Drumright; Rogers
county, Mrs. Frank L. Tyrrell, Collins-
ville, Osage county, Mrs. C. L. Lane,
With the First Jerk of His Horse's
Head His Own Gun Leaped to Hie
ture for her, too, because It is plain
you loved her dearly. So, then, until
Law watched his two friends ride
away, then, with a miserable ache in
his throat, he mounted and rode off
to pick up the trull of the man on the
The fellow had ridden in the direc-
tion of Las Palmas, which Dave judged
must be fully twelve miles away, and
when they continued to maintain this
course the Ranger became doubly iu-
terested. He risked his own interpre-
tation of the rider's'intent and pushed
on without pausing to search out the
trail step by step. At the second gate
the signs indicated that his man was
little more than an hour ahead of him.
The prospect of again seeing the
ruddy-haired mistress of Las Palmas
stirred Law more deeply than he cared
to admit. Nevertheless, he was uncom-
| fortably aware that she had a hus-
band. Not only so, but the sharp con-
trust in their positions wus disagree-
able to contemplate; she was unbeliev-
ably rich, and a person of influence in
the state, while he hud nothing except
his health, his saddle and his horse—•
No; no horse now, she was gone.
STATAE WINS AT CHICAGO
Her Fat Cattle Are Nation's Best; Ag-
gla's Steers South's Finest.
Chicago.—Great honor was given
of the International Livestock Show,
the state of Oklahoma when the judges
the world's greatest exposition of pure
bred cattle, awarded Oklahoma more
prizes in the fat cattle classes than
were won by any other state.
Oklahoma Agricultural college took
one first, one second and one fourth
on steers bred at college, picked by
Professor W. L. Carlyle and fed by
Professor W. L. Blizzard. L. R. Ker-
shaw, Muskogee, showed the cham-
pion Angus steer and won first on
steer herd and second on junior calf.
N. D. Pike, Weatherford, took second
on Hereford yearlings.
Oklahoma's first exhibit of steers by
the state agricultural college won
prizes enough to place this college at
the head of every college in the south.
More than 100 breeders of high grade
cattle from Oklahoma are attending
the show. Frank Gillespie of Tulsa
and H. C. Lookabaugh of Watonga
have fine exhibits of shorthorns.
Following close upon Oklahoma's
winnings for its
fatted cattle, F. A. Gillespie of Tulsa j mately 300,000 acres of Osage Indian
won first, prize at the International jan(j wus removed by a decision in the
Livestock exhibition in the Shorthorn (rniterl States circuit court of appeals,
class, with an old bull, "Maxwelton dismissing a caso wherein the right
SOUTH EASTERN D1STRICT.
J. If. Gordon, manager.
Bryan county. Mrs. Hattie Prewitt, Du-
rant. McCurtain county, Dr. C. A. Den-
nl&on, Idabel; Okfuskee county, I. H.
Wren, Okemah; Pittsburg county, W.
Hayes Fuller, McAlester; Pushmataha
county, Victor M. Locke, Jr., Antlers.
Roy W. Thomas, distrlot manager,
Alfalfa county, L. R. Smith, Cherokee;
Blaine county, J. H. Smith, Watonga;
Garfield county, A. E. Stephenson. Enid;
Grant county, .1 E. Falkenberg, Medford;
Major county, J. R Haley, Fairview; No-
ble county, Mrs. W. N. Stahl, Perry;
Woods county, W. E. Sloat, Alva.
F. E. Tucker, district, manager, Ard-
Carter county, R. R. Brown, Ardmore;
Jefferson county, J. N. Dyer, Waurika;
Johnston county, W. K. Garrison, Tisho-
mingo; Love county, I. W. Armstrong.
Marietta; Marshall county, M. E. Ewlng,
Madill; Murray county, M. JO. Ewlng. Ma-
dill; Murray county, Frank Emmanuel,
Sulphur; Pontotoc county, Mrs. C. D. Gil-
Claude Miller, district manager, Altus.
Jackson county, Henry Kimble, Altus;
Tillman county, S. I >. Grouch, Frederick:
Comanche county, Robert Morford, Law-
ton; Grer county, Mrs. 11. E. Davis. Man*
cum; Harmon county, Dr. Peudergraft,
Hollis; Kiowa, county, Dr. Bremerman.
Hobart; Caddo county, Rev. S. L. Hogan,
Apache; Cotton county, Mrs. O. W. Hunt,
R. N. Linvllle, district manager, Elk
Beckham county, Rev. Tom Steel,
Sayre; Custer county, J. W. Bremer,
Weatherford; Dewey county, C A. Horr,
Leed\ . Roger Mills county, L. E Rath-
burn. <'hevenne; Washita county, Mrs. C.
w. Murdock, Cordell.
LEASE BY 0SAGES UPHELD
Decision Affects 300.C00 Acres With
Royalty of Five Millions.
Washington.—All doubt as to the
validity of leases executed in 1916 by
classes ol fancy ,}J0 osag0 Indian council on approxi-
Dave Law digs up startling
evidence and Mrs. Austin finds
her position at La Feria dan-
gerous. Some important devel-
opments are described in the
iTO BE CONTINUED.)
Buffalo Bill's First Indian.
Col. William F. Cody tells in his
hook, "The Adventures of Buffalo
Hill," published by the Harpers, the
story of his first fight with Indians. It
was in 1H57, whe/i he was only eleven
years old, that he killed an Indian, lie
was accompanying some catt le-herders
when they were attacked on the South
Platte river. The Indians stampeded
the cattle, killed three men and then
charged on the rest. A volley stopped
them for the moment vnd the herders
took refuge In the river, wadiug be-
hind the bank on their way to Fort
Kearney. Buffalo Bill fell behind and
when he suddenly looked up at the
bank above he saw an Indian's head.
He aimed and fired and the next mo-
ment was terrified to see "about six
feet of dead Indian come tumbling In-
to the river." From that time for-
ward, he says, "I became a hero and
Gillespie has an extraordinarily fine
Shorthorn exhibit and to land this
first prize is believed to be the hard-
est struggle he was up against.
PER CAPITA PAYMENT $100
Chics and Chocs to Get Their Custom-
Washington. -Consideration of the
Indian appropriation bill, carrying
$12,255,210, has been taken tip by the
house committee on Indian affairs of
which Congressman Carter is chair-
The per capita payment for the
Chickasaws and Choctaws is fixed at
$100, the same as last year, and provi-
sion is made for continuing the Osage
Indian school at Pawhuska. There
has been some agitation favoring dis-
continuing this institution, but mem-
bers of the Indian committee who vis
ited the school last year and inspected
its work are of the opinion that it
should not be abolished.
One provision of the bill on which
a fight is expected to center is that
of the secretary of the interior to ap-
prove the lease was attacked.
The land involved was included in
the Indian Territory Illuminating Oil
& Gas Company's blanket lease cover-
ing a vast area of Osage Indian land.
In 1916 the Osage council and the sec-
retary of the interior refused to con-
tinue the blanket lease to the one
company and ordered the land involv-
In their petition Palmer and Shaw
alleged the Osages were being de-
prived of millions of dollars, which
would be paid to them under a differ-
ent system of awarding the sub-leases.
The vrflue of the property involved ia
estimated at $100,000,00u and returns
a royalty of $5,000,000 a year.
BANK ROBBER CONVICTED
Putnam Given 25-Year Sentence fo*
Kaw City Loot.
Newkirk. William Putnam wan
convicted of bank rubbery by a jury
In the district court hero and his
punishment was fixed at twenty-flvu
years in the state penitentiary. Put*
which continues the tribal trust period I nam was tried in Washington county
on Osage oil and gas until December last May un a charge of murder anil
31, 1959. The present trust period ex- i received a life sentence, but got a
pires within a comparatively short! new trial, and the charge was later
time. ; dismissed.
Ancel Earp Made Major.
Oklahoma City Adjutant General
j Ancel Earp, 25 years old, adjutant
general in the national guard, has re-
I ceived notice from the war depart-
ment' of his appointment as major.
He was assigned to the 1801 li brigade
at Camp Logan. Houston, Texas. The
marriage of Major Earp and Miss
Lillian Tldnam took place last week.
The appointment which Major Earp
sought was made tl\ the adjutant gen-
eral of the army the same day and
so was in the nature of a wedding
present from the government.
Oklahoma Leads in Pledges.
' NORMAN Oklahoma leads all oth-
er slates in securing more signatures
to food pledges above its quota, ac-
cording to a tabulated statement Just
received from headquarters at Wash-
ington. Oklahoma's goal was 150,000.
j 1'ledges received total 382,290, with
more arriving daily. The state ex-
ceeded Its goal set by the administra-
tion by 232,290, giving it the lead in
the nation. Oklahoma stands eighth
In the percent of families signed up.
seventy per cent of its families having
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Little, Ed F. The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 27, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, December 28, 1917, newspaper, December 28, 1917; Lexington, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc110809/m1/3/: accessed February 19, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.