The Chandler News. (Chandler, Okla.), Vol. 9, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, March 2, 1900 Page: 1 of 10
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Ukla. Hist. Seoioty
The Chandler News.
THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF LINCOLN COUNTY.
CHANDLER, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1900.
The Opening of Spring Will Bring a Great Building Boom to Chandler
FRED CLARK ACQUITTED
Jury Brought in a Favorable Ver-
dict Wednesday Evening;.
THEY WERE OUT BUT TWO HOURS
The Longest and Perhaps the Most In-
teresting Criminal Case Ever
Tried in Lincoln County.
History of Case.
The jury in the ease of the ter-
ritory of Oklahoma vs. Pred
Clark, charged with the murder
of Seymour Foreman, brought in
h verdict of acquittal on Wednes-
day afternoon, about five o'clock,
after being out about two hours.
This case has probably at-
tracted more attention than any
ever tried in Lincoln county. The
killing for which Clark has been
on trial is the result of a family
trouble that dates back about
live years. When the country
was opened to settlement the
Clark family and Foreman loca-
ted on claims about a mile apart
in North Fox township, about 12
miles northeast of Chandler. In
September, 1895, Foreman mar-
ried Ida Clark, the sister of Fred
Clark. Soon after trouble arose
between Foreman and the Clark
family, Foreman's wife taking
the side of the Clarks. In March,
189(5, Foreman went to Indiana
for a few weeks, and when he re-
lurned Mrs. Foreman was at her
parents' home and refused to live
with Foreman. Soon after she
secured a divorce from him and
was granted the cnstody of their
child, which was born after their
separation. Foreman seems to
have been a very bad man, and
he began to threaten the lives of
various members of the Clark
family and to use the vilest and
most profane language to the
Clarks and concerning them and
to write obscene letters. Fore-
man apparently had no friends
in the community, and so his
character was shown up in a very
unfavorable light. Fred Clark,
the defendant, seems to have
been of too weak a character to
make either a favorable or unfa-
vorable impression upon the
neighbors, but he testified to
having carried a gun continu-
ously for five or six years preced-
ing the tragedy. On June 9, 1899,
Foreman and a neighbor, George
Morris, with whom Foreman was
living, were returning from
Stroud in a wagon. When about
a mile from Morris' home they
met Clark, who was riding on a
pony. A quarrel betwen Fore-
man and Clark followed and the
vilest and most vituperative epi-
thets and threats were ex-
changed. Morris had jumped
out of the wagon at the begin-
ning of the trouble. Morris tes-
tifies that Foreman had no gun
and that he told Clark he had
none. Clark says he thought
Foreman had a gun, but both
Clark and Morris agree that the
former took a deliberate aim at
Foreman and shot him through
the region of the heart, causing
Clark came to Chandler that
night and gave himself up, claim-
ing self defense. The case came
up for trial in the Lincoln county
district court on Tuesday, Feb.
2U, Judge Burwell presiding.
County Attorney J. S. Newby
and his partner, S. D. Decker,
represented the territory, as-
sisted by F. A. Wagoner of the
firm of Wagoner & Kanaga.
Hoffman & Embry appeared for
the defendant, assisted by Frank
Dale, late chief justice. The
hearing of the evidence con-
sumed nearly a week and the le-
gal phases of the case were
closely contested by the oppos-
ing attorneys. The arguments
began Monday evening and were
not concluded till Wednesday af-
ternoon. The theory of the de-
fense was that Clark killed Fore-
man in self defense, and special
efforts were made to establish
the dangerous character of Fore-
man and to show the various
threats he had made against
Clark. The sympathy of the
community where the tragedy
occured seemed to be with Clark,
and this made the task of the
prosecution a difficult one, but it
was handled with skill and vigor.
The arguments of all the attor-
neys were listened to by a large
audience and all were compli-
mented u}>on their efforts. Mr.
Newby made the opening argu
ment for the prosecution and
presented an exceedingly strong
case against the defendant. Fred
Wagoner also made an excellent
speech, and J udge 8. D. Decker
closed for the prosecution in a
five hours'address, pronounced
by many one of the ablest argu
ments ever made in a Lincoln
county court. Col. Hoffman, in
pleading for the defendant, fully
sustained his reputation as an
orator, while John Embry
showed himself as able in de-
fense as he has in the past proven
himself efficient as a prosecutor.
Judge Dale occupied several
hours Tuesday evening in behalf
of the defendant.
Very few people believe that
the killing of Foreman was justi-
fied as a matter of self defense,
though it is gene'ally agreed that
the deceased had acted and
spoken in a manner that would
have provoked almost any man
to take his life. The feeling
seemed to be that a bad man had
been removed from the county—
one who was a disturbing ele-
! ment in his own community, one
j who was in no sense a good citi-
Izen, and one who so lived that
| there was no one to speak a good
| word for him when he was gone—
and it seems to have been a com-
i mon view, shared perhaps by the
jury, that the killing was justi-
j liable on general principles, re-
gardless of the circumstances
! immediately surrounding the
tragedy, and .regardless of the
fact that Clark should have
killed him long before if he was
to be killed on account of his
threats or the insults he offered.
What the fruits of this acquittal
will be, only the future can tell.
On Wednesday evening the
popular comedy, "T'riss," was
presented to a crowded house by
a home talent company uruler the
direction of Geo. Z. Davis. Mr.
Davis is an experienced theatri-
cal man, and he is thoroughly
familiar with his busines. The
play was presented in the Clapp
building for'the benefit of the
tire department. Those talcing
part in the play were Misses
Lowa Wray, and Sybil Jenness,
Mesdames Morson Jenness, and
N. O. Colburn, Messrs. Geo. Da-
vis, Orin Ash ton, Frank Ander-
son, Frank Sutton, Harry Knapp,
Ed Weekly, and Leo Zipf. Not-
withstanding the disadvantages
under which the play was put on,
the members of the company are
deserving of praise for their good
work. Excellent music wras fur-
nished by the Chandler orches-
An enjoyable musical enter
taininent was given Monday ev-
ening by the ladies of the Pres-
i byterian church to a good audi-
ence at the church. Among the
| features worthy of special men-
tion were the piano duet by
Mesdames Filtsch and Harvey, a
piano solo Mrs. Collar, the guitar
solo by Miss Kellar, and vocal
solos by Misses Jenness and Al-
lison and Mr. Bass. A male
quartette by Messrs. Mackey,
Bass, Bullard, and Ashton was
an excellent ft ature, and the rec-
itations by Misses Cordell, New-
| berry and Jamison were well re
, ceived. The ladies deserve to be
congratulated upon the success
of the entertainment.
The Bank of Chandler.
We wish to call special atten-
tion to the advertisement in this
issue of The News of the Bank
of Chandler, wrhich is now ready
for business in its handsome
quarters in the corner of the new
Clapp building. This bank starts
off as a very solid institution,
having for its managers some ' f
the most careful business men
in the territory and for its back-
ers men of unquestioned finan-
cial responsibility. Chas. E.
Billingsley, the president, is also
president of the Capitol National
Bank, at Gut hrie, one of the lead-
ing banks of the territory. John
M. Hale, the cashier, is well and
favorably known in Chandler,
having located on a claim adjoin-
ing the town when the country
was opened to settlement. For
the past seven years has filled the
responsible position of chief dep-
uty under three successive
United States marshals—an evi-
dence of efficiency and worth
that is hard to overestimate.
Mr. Hale will have personal
charge of the business of the
bank and desires to meet all old
acquaintances and make many
new ones. We wish the bank
The following marriage li-
censes have been issued by
Judge Harvey since our last re-
Feb. 19—Samuel Estes, 42, Doll it:
Sampson, 3(5, both colored. Stroud:
married by Elder Wra. Hill-.
Feb. 19—Charles G. Roberts. .'14,
Miss Anna Loucks, 22, Elba: married
by Rev. D. A. McLaury.
Feb. 19—Edwin J McNee. 2.">, Miss
Mary Wadsock, 25, Bellmont: married
by Judge Harvey. •
Feb. 19—George D Smith, 50, War-
wick, Mrs. Julina Sheperd, .">0. Blue-
Held, W. Va.: married by Judge
Feb. 19 Forest M. Grimes, 27. Miss
Julia i. Williams, 27, Arlington* mar-
ried bv Rev. James Whitaker.
Feb. 20 -Edward D. Mobley, 20.
Miss Myrtle Ctelland 15, Tryon: mar-
ried by Rev Isaac Bennington.
Feb. 20- William Gaines, 40, Mary
Goldston, 22, both colored, (.'handier.
Feb. 22 Ansa B. <'nilins, 23. Stroud,
Miss Marv E. Arnold, 19. Cushing.
Feb. 24—John N. Rosson,"30. Miss
Sarah E. Holferd, 17, Stroud.
Feb. 20 Uoland Robinson, 2.1. Miss
Addie Boyle, 2(1. Flynn.
Feb. 27—Fred C Bostcliuan, 2.1, Ba-
ker, Miss Anna Neddenricp, 24. John-
Feb. 28- David W. Norris. 24. Miss
Mary E. Vassal1, 19, Tryon: married
by Judge Harvey .
Feb. 28—John A. Bell, 29, Miss Sal-
lie E. (Jogyin, 2">, Wellston: married
by Judge Harvey.
The local declamatory contest,
held for the purpose of deter-
mining who shall represent the
Chandler schools in the.county
contest, occurred last Friday
evening at the Christian church.
Members of the different grades
of the town schools participated,
and the teachers acted as judges.
The entertainment was well at-
tended and a great deal of enthu
siasm was manifested. Miss
Ruby McCormick was accorded
the first place, her recitation be-
ing " The College Oil Can." Vn
admission fee was charged for
the benefit of tin* school library.
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