Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1905 Page: 2 of 8
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Sam Harris Gives History
Of Horace Speed's Case.
A dispatch from Perry Oklaho-
ma to the Kansas City Star:
The Washington dispatch of
several days ago alleging that
enemies of Horace Soeed, United
Stales district attorney, had filed
charges against him in the De-
partment of Justice concerning
Speed's troubles in Pawnee coun-
ty, and that Speed would be
given opprotunity to answer these
charges caused surprise a-
mong persons who believed that
his compromise with the county
would caus- further controversy
to be abandoned. In a public in-
terview tod«y, Samuel H. Harris,
of Perry, who was attorney for
Pawnee county in the prosecution
and settlement of the case against
"I have read a great many
newspaper articles concerning
concerning Mr- Speed and his
'enemies' in the last few years,
but as attorney for Pawner county
I did not feel at liberty to make
statements in newspapers con-
cerning the merits of the litiga-
tion. As the litigation is now at
an end, and as many of the news-
paper articles referred to assailed
more cr less directly, my motives
and purposes in the prosecution
of the case, I have no objection
to the publicity of the facts.
harris talks of the case.
"Oklahomans are familiar with
the report of the Pawnee county
grand jury, in February, 1902,
charging that Speed received
from Pawnee county about $8,000
by means of bribery and corrupt
transactions with the board of
county commissioners and recom-
mending that suit be brought to
reeover this money. Suit was be
gun in Logan county because of
the failure of Speed to put in ap-
pearance in Pawnee county.
"The pleadings in the case
charged in substance that Speed
entered into a contract with the
commissiorers by which he un-
dertook to handle the litigation
growing out of tax collections
and receive 20 per cent of the a-
niount collected by the litigation;
that later, by means of bribery
and corrupt conspiracy with the
commissioners, he received se\-
t r.il thousand dollars of taxes
paid into the county voluntarily
ai d without regard to the con-
tract or any litigated cast ; that
he procured false records to be
made in the county showing that
rtain services were to be per-
foimed by him which were not
to be performed at all, and that
ht procured a large amount of
money by reason of these frauds
ai d transactions and without ren-
dering or agreeing to render any
sei vices or presenting any claim
ilk. SPEED WAS ACQUITTED-
"Shortly after the case vfrts filed
were taken which
recover the money to obtain by
bribery and collusion.
•'In the pendency of this action
there was much effort expanded
by Speed's friends and attorneys
to procure a dismissal of the case
by the county commissioners,
and this may in some manner ac-
count for the fact that the case
was delayed about two years in
the district courf without reach-
ing a trial upon the merits and
without either party having re-
quested, in the record of the case
a continuance, From the judg-
ment of the district court in fa-
vor of Speed, proceedings
error were filed in the supreme
court of the territory.
referred to as a political pros-
"The case had been frequently
referred to in newspapers as 1
political prosecution and an un
founded assault upon the charac-
ter of Mr. Speed. The commis
sioners had been subjected to
such protracted and earnest per-
suasion that just prior to July 22,
1905, a majority of the board had
agreed with Speed's friends and
solicitors to dismiss or discon-
tinue the case, but July 22, 1905,
after considering the whole mat-
ter in open session, the commis-
sioners ordered the prosecution
of the case to the supreme court
of the United States, if necessary
and set forth in their minutes
rather strong terms their reasons
"After the filing of the case
July 15, 1902, in Logan county,
Speed published an interview
a Guthrie paper, in which he un-
qualifiedly denounced the allega-
tions of the petition as being false
and untrue, but he has declined
persistently to meet the proof
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tended to show that Speed not
only bribed members of the board
1 f county commissioners, but also
tried to bribe the assistant county
attorney, and had procured some
sort of contract with one of the
wii nesses for the plaintiff by which
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£350.00 had agreed not to testify
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pert of the allegations of the
pleadings, but speed procured an
order from Judge Irwin, preside
ing judge of the Court, preventing
the taking of depositions, and
shortly thereafter judgement was
rendered in favor of Speed upon
the facc of the pleadings.
"The court held that the ar-
rangements between Speed and
the county commissioners by
which Speed procured the money
of the county were judicial in
their nature and could only be
questioned by direct appeal to
the district court, and that an
action could not be maintained to
to offer in support of those
charges or avail himself of an op-
portunity to make denial under
speed PAID $5,000 00 IN settle-
"After procuring an order pro-
hibiting the takingof depositions
and a judgement of the court in
his favor, without an investiga-
tion of the facts, and in face of
the very positive and uncompli-
mentary assertions of the board
of county commissioners and the
grand jury, of the county with
reference to the facts of the case
and the persistent attempts to
lobby and influence the board of
county commissioners to dismiss
and discontinue the prosecution,
Speed paid over to the attorney ^
for the county in settlement 0f^t'lese
the case the sum of £5,000.00 in
Cash. At the time this settlement
was consummated, the attorney
and friends of Speed induced the
commissioners to make a state-
ment somewhat modifying their
former resolutions with reference
to the contract between Speed
and the commissioners, but the
allegations of the pleadings and
the former resolution ot the board
is well as the report of the grand
jury with reference to Speed hav-
ing received d large amount of
money contray to the contract
and wholly by reason of bribiry
and undue influence of the board
is still unchanged and unmodi-
"I do not desife to make any
assertion oh my own responsibil-
ity With reference to Mr. Speed's
Reasons for returning tu the
county $5,000.00 that he 'Claims
he received honestly, Upon
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Golobie, John. Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 28, 1905, newspaper, September 28, 1905; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc111310/m1/2/: accessed February 22, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.