The Noble Weekly Journal. (Noble, Okla.), Vol. 2, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, December 22, 1905 Page: 3 of 8
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Copyright. 1905. by Charles Morris Butler.
Before Hawk's party had traveled
very far, l^ouls perceived how serious
a turn affairs had taken and reconsid-
ered his refusal of Hawks' aid. "Make
some proposition to me, Hawks," said
L,ouis, "and if it is a reasonable one,
1 will accept it."
"Too late now, Lang," replied
Hawks, who saw greater advantage in
retaining possession of the plate. "I
am glad you didn't take me up be-
fore. This will make me a great
"You forget who I am," returned
Lang. "I am the leader of this insur-
"Not by a long shot!" retorted
Hawks. "You engineered it—but
somebody else will have something to
say here beside you—and I think it
will be me! By exposing you I can
get the upper hand here."
"Your reign will be short. You don't
know the strength of the Schiller par-
ty yet. How do you know but what
they are now combining for a return
attack and that they will eventually
"1 have the bulge either way!"
Hawks replied. "If Schiller is in
power I can turn you over to him as
the leader of the riot. If the convicts
are in power, I have the plate to pro-
Louis was about to reply to Hawks,
•when he felt someone cut his bonds
He never turned to see who it was
that was befriending him, nor did he
make a motion that would betray him-
self to Hawks, but kept his arms
folded across his back in the same
manner as when really tied. He felt
a revolver and knife thrust into his
' belt, and it gave him new courage.
Hhough he was in the midst of twenty
desperate men, now that he was un-
bound and armed he felt that he was
able to master the situation. He
looked about him with calmer eyes
than before. His guards were not all
armed; one or two had guns, several
_ blow from behind or shot down
with a well-aimed bullet. But he was
traveling fast—the distance now to
freedom was short.
A final spurt. He threw the plates
under his left arm and grasped the
knob of the door. Less than a second
was spent in turning the knob and
opening the door, but as he sprang
across the threshold he felt a stinging
blow on his head and fell senseless to
had been able to enter the treasury
vaults. It was because they had over-
powered the sentinel that these two
had Jim Denver held at bay at the
point of a revolver.
But victors are sometimes careless.
Jack Regan, smart as he was to gain
entrance into the vault, had to leave
the doors open behind hiL , for fear
that he and Schiller might have to
make a quick return from there, and
the way was still clear. Of course
Lang did not know this. To the de-
tective, then the matter of the door
being open or not was a ease of life
or death, and he was forced to nerve
himself to (he highest tension. He
did not wi3h to leave his unknown
friend to act alone and some plans had
to be quickly devised in order to
notify him of the intention of escap-
ing. A way presented itself.
"Hawks, where are you taking me?"
"To the mob," said Hawks.
"Then you really mean to give me
"Sure!" Hawks responded coolly.
He seemed to take delight in giving
out the information.
"I think," said Louis, "if you will
allow me to say so, that you are
foolish to trust to luck about that
plate. If I were you I would place
that treasure in the vault of the treas-
ury. If I was a free man I'd feel safe
only with them In my possession be-
hind the basement door of that strong
building. You are foolish to trust to
a mob for payment of services ren-
dered." Louis felt someone nudge
him. and he knew he was understood.
"Never you worry about the plate,
I,ang," said Hawks, pompously.- "You
will have troubles of your own within
a minute without interfering with
Louis again relapsed Into silence.
He measured the chance he had for
his life and resolved to die game if
he had to. In attempting escape he
meant to take the plate with him or
The Capture of Jim Denver.
Louis Lang was laid low by a blow
upon the head delivered by Btll
Hawks. No sooner had Hawks hit
Lang, than Sam Pearson, who had
liberated Lang by cutting his bonds,
disabled Hawks by a shot from his re-
volver. The two, Hawks and Lang,
fell far enough outside the door to
allow it to swing back and scarce
half a minute had elapsed before the
door was bolted and made secure
It was just as Lang sprang at the
door of the vault, that Jack Regan
said: "Throw up your hands, Jim Den-
ver!" The noise of Louis' entrance
n ade Regan turn to see who was
back of him, and the interruption was
fatal to Regan, for Denver drew h'.s
revolver and shot the traitorous de-
tective dead at his feet, the body of
the renegade falling through the door-
way and into the water below! Over
the improvised draw bridge came the
rangers and in a trice Schiller was
overpowered and securely bound.
Lang had only been stunned by the
blow received and very quickly re-
covered, in time to assist in plunder-
ing the treasury.
While the mob from the outside
were attempting to enter the treasury,
the Denver gang managed to remove
the largest part of the gold and notes.
When they left the room the bridge
was destroyed and no evidence left
of there being any entrance from the
rear. Through the tunnel at con-
venient intervals were placed bombs
with fuse attached which would blow
up the tunnel leading toward the
haunted house. And thus fell Para-
dise—and by the hands of one man!
(To be continued.)
Union of America.
Felt a stinging blow on his head and fell senseless to the floor.
liad revolvers, the balance either had
knives or clubs. They did not march
in order, but straggling off in pairs,
were busy talking to one another. No
one seemed to be noticing Lang, but
rather engrossed with what was trans-
piring in the center of the town, the
other side of the treasury building.
Hawks was nearest Lang and was
very fully armed, gun, revolver, and
bowie knife, but he was handicapped
to a certain extent with carrying un-
der his right arm, and the one nearest
I.ang, the front and back of the coun-
terfeit engraving plate. But Hawks
alone appeared to look upon Lang as
Now and then could be heard the
crack of firearms. A blaze here and
there could be seen, where an ex-
ploded shell had burst and set fire to
whatever it had struck. The town
was full of babbling voices. Once in
a while a woman's screams could be
heard, accompanied with noise of
shouts and oaths. Men were hurrying
to and fro, some pursuing and others
pursued. Hawks' party was at pres-
ent in the quietest part of town, but
M,ey were rapidly approaching the tur-
bulent portion, because the fighting
party, destroying as they came, were
pushing on toward the treasury and
the king's house.
At the rate the two factions were
traveling, all sections would meet very
near the front of the treasury build-
Louis' mind was made up. He would
try to make his escape into the treas-
ury building. Lang had made arrange-
ments to have one of the lower doors
left open but guarded. Unless his
friends should fail him, he could yet
get away from Hawks, an perhaps
carry the plates with him.
It was because this door had been
It open that Jack Regan and Schiller
fail in the attempt. The success of
his undertaking hinged upon the two
parties not meeting and effecting con-
solidation until the treasury door was
reached, or as far as Lang was con-
cerned not meeting at all while he
was in the hands of Hawks.
It was an even chance of meeting
or not meeting. The larger mob was
nearer the treasury than Hawks, but
they were going slower, fighting and
destroying as they went; howling,
jumping and generally frenzied, fir-
ing their guns in the air as they ap-
The leaders of the insurrection had
left plenty of whisky in sight, and the
general store had been plundered just
before of all the drinkables obtainable.
The convicts, maddened by not hav-
ing their whisky regular, had drunk
themselves almost beastly drunk.
Nearer the huge body of drunken
sots came. A hundred yards only
separated the two quarreling factions.
The treasury building, which both par-
ties seemed intent on reaching and
plundering, lay just between the two
flanks. The basement .door, which
Louis desired to reach, was a few feet
nearer the main party -than Hawks.
It was like flying into the face of
death to take the chance, but it was
Louis' only hope.
A quick move! Lang drew his re-
volver with his left hand, and with
his right snatched the plate from un-
der the arm of Hawks.
It seems that at this instant Louis
for the first time was recognized by
the mob. As he sprang toward the
treasury door a great maddening
clamor went up and a hundred guns
were fired at him from both gangs.
He felt a form at his side keeping
pace with him; he dared 'not stop to
turn to see who it was. Every second
he expected to be either felled to earth
Actor McConnell's Wit.
The late William McConnell wat
one of the greatest threatrical jokers
of his time.
Augustus Thomas wrote a part for
McConnell in the short lived "Cham-
pagne Charley." He had not been on
the stage for years, and it was thought
that his characteristic humor might
be amusing in the theater.
That assumption proved incorrect,
and McConnell retired from the show
before its crush. Then a vaudeville
sketch called "The Editor" was writ-
ten for him, and he tried that for two
"Vaudeville's all right, I suppose,"
he said afterward, "but it didn't agree
"What was wrong?" asked one of
"Well, I began in Chicago in a roof
garden on top of a sixteen story sky-
scraper. The next week I went to St.
Louis and played in Uhrig's Cave.
Could you beat anything like that? As
I said, I think vaudeville is all right,
but I could not stand the sudden
changes in the climate."—Washington
Capt. Coffin and the Whale.
The following story is told of Capt.
Coflin of Nantucket, who was cruis-
ing for sperm whales in the Pacific
ocean: A school was sighted and the
boats were lowered, and soon the cap-
tain's boat was "fast." Usually when
a whale is struck (harpooned) he
sounds or goes down. Then it is time
to look out and see where he is com-
This particular whale came up un-
der the boat, with jaws wide open,
crushing the boat and throwing out
the crew. The captain found himself
in the whale's jaw, and, probably re-
calling Jonah, he wriggled out of his
unpleasant surroundings as quickly as
On relating his experience to some
friends after his return home, he was
"Capt. Coffin, what did you think
when you were in the whale's jaw?"
"What did I think? I thought he'd
make a hundred barrels," was the
Wanted to Hear the Music.
In the town of Douglas, Mass., sev-
eral years ago, an eccentric French-
man kept & saloon. He was especial-
ly fond of music, although nothing
else ever interrupted his studies o(
how to be meaner than any of his fel-
One summer night the village band
was giving a free concert near the sa-
loon, and those who came to hear the
music included many thirsty ones who
cared more for the sociability of the
saloon than for the music outside.
The saloon was filled, and all were
talking at once, and in high-pitched
voices, when the heavier voice of
the saloon keeper called a sudden
halt, as he bawled: "Youse fellar
stop dat dam holler! Der band, she
goin' to play anoder game."
OF FARMERS' INDUSTRIAL UNION
The Great Task Is Completed and All
Is Well Done.
The most Important thing that has
come to pass recently is the meeting
for National organization held at Tex-
arkana last week. The meeting was
Tell attended, and by a class of men
who bore all the marks of intelligence
and honesty. It was remarked by
some who don't know a real farmer
when they see them that "there is an
absence of the 'wool hat' element."
The Idea that a farmer must dress
roughly on all occasions, that ho must
wear uncut hair and Johnson grass
whiskers is a thing of the past. It is
entertained now by only a few ignor-
ant city scrubs, who wouldn't know a
carrot from a wheelbarrow seed, nor
the difference between a butter milk
cow and a cream cow. Education,
getting close together, "going to meet-
ing," if you please, prevents carrlca-
tures of the comic-supplement sort
from fructifying. If they ever existej
they are gone to join the city girls
who wanted to get eggs from the egg-
plant, and gooseberries from the
Yes, indeed, that meeting at Texar-
kana was a meeting of a lot of busi-
ness men in dead earnest about some-
thing. They came together with di-
vergent opinions, and those differing
opinions were held by men of big hats
and broad brows. They all had rea-
sons for the "faith that is in them,"
and like the manly men they are, they
stood in the last ditch to defend those
opinions. No unreasonable stubborn-
ness was visible; it waa the fight of
honest men for principles, but through
it all there was a ready and anxious
wish to accept "anything better" that
any man wanted to present. There
was difference of opinion as to the
advisability of forming a national "or-
ganization at this time. It pressaged
an increased expense, it involved new
departures in the conduct of Union
business it required more officials and
a headquarters which could be in one
State only while all wanted it. On
the other hand there was need of gen-
eral supervision so that all could work
together in a harmonious prosecution
of the Union's aims and objects; there
was need of a central source of in-
formation as to the general progress
and plans. The matter was thrashed
out and turned over until a unanimous
opinion favoring organization was
found to prevail. A committee on try-
laws and constitution, consisting of
J. T. Wakefield, South Carolina; H. E.
Webb, Texas; R. V. Snell, Arkansas;
J. W. Sanderson, Indiahoma; T. J.
Brook, Tennessee; J. R. Bell, Georgia,
and A. R. Cole, Louisiana, was ap-
pointed Wednesday, and the balance
of that day as well as all day Thurs-
day was spent in hearing every sug-
gestion possible as to what should be
and what should not be put into the
report. So well was Hiis work done
that when the report was presented
Friday morning, it stood six hours con-
sideration by the body, every point
being most microscopically scrutin-
ized, and was adopted practically
without a change. So much for the
foundation work of the body.
Previous to receiving the report of
the committee on constitution and by-
laws, a proposition to establish a
national newspaper that should be the
official mouthpiece of the national
body came up. This matter, after
What men need to be content is
knowledge and employment rightly
divided between labor and rest. Em-
ployment should be constant, but not
constant labor, by any means. Em-
ployment may mean recreation, but it
must never mean either vicious or
foolish engagement. Keep busy, and
you rust not.
being exhaustively discussed, was de-
cided in the affirmative by a practi-
cally unanimous vote of the conven-
tion, aud a resolution to that effect
was adopted. The resolution provides
that the publication shall be a six-
column folio, to be published weekly
and devoted to the general interests
of the union.
The selection of a location from
which to issue the paper, as well as
the selection of an editor, business
manager and other details, is to be
left entirely to the National Executive
Committee. It is understood that the
paper will be established and pub-
lished In the same town where the
headquarters of the National office is
The constitution as brought in by
the committee on constitution and
by-laws was debated for six hours and
then adopted, with only a few slight
alterations. Among the provisions is
one placing the per capita tax of mem-
bers at 5 mills Instead of 1 per cent,
as was at first proposed. The article
on membership provides that In addi-
tion to farmers, lawyers and doctors
living in the country and in the towns
that are not incorporated may become
members, but lawyers and doctors liv-
ing in cities and incorporated towns
are not eligible to membership. News-
paper men may become members on
taking the required obligation.
At the noon hour after the constitu-
tion had been adopted> the Texas del-
egation held a caucus and resolved
to vote as a unit on all further ques-
tions coming before the convention.
It also resolved to support T. A. Cal-
vin of Collin County for National pres-
ident, Newt Gresham of Point for Na-
tional Organizer, and W. S. Miller for
When the afternoon session of the
convention was called to order, how-
ere, Mr. Calvin withdrew his name and
another Texas man, O. P. Pyle was
elected president of the National bo-
dy by acclamation.
W. A. Morris of Sulligent, Ala., waa
elected vice-president; R. L. McCul-
lough, Arkansas, secretary-treasurer;;
Newt Gresham, Texas, national or-
ganizer; J. H. Ilea, Neosho, Mo., door-
keeper! Z. R. Bell, of Beorgla, sear-
This committee being appointed,
the material part of the session was
at an end. There were many happy
incidents and some of the other sort,
but the general good fellowship and
the general optimistic spirit pervading
the body was so diffused that it was
like attending a successful revival
On motion it was voted as the will
of the convention that a committee
shall be appointed to investigate the
bagging and ties question. It being
the opinion of many of the delegates
that the farmers are being charged
too high prices for those articles.
Two important resolutions were
adopted Friday afternoon. One was
in the nature of a memorial to the
National Congress asking that gam-
bling in futures, at least in so far as
farm products are concerned, shall be
stopped by Federal legislation. Tho
other resolution declared in favor of
railway rate lesislatlon as advocated
by President Roosevelt.
Have you arranged for your spring
chicken planting? But you haven't
done a thing nor even thought a think
about it. Say, don't you know that
the chicken crop is the most profitable
one on the place? It is, and ought to
have early and careful consideration.
Lots of women are up to date in
everything except their birthdays.
Robert Burns' Descendant.
Robert Burns Thompson, a grand-
son of the great Scottish poet, is a
hale and hearty octogenarian, living
in a suburb of Glascow. His mother
was a daughter of Robert Burns by
Anne Hyslop, of the Globe tavern in
Dumfries. In the days of his young
manhood Thompson was the counter-
feit presentment of him whose name
he bears. Also he has the same pithy
humor which was a distinguishing
characteristic of his noted grandsire,
combined with a taste for poetry and
music and a characteristic sense ot
But ain't they planting trees this "In times of peace prepare for war."
year! Well, plant 'em, but be sure In other words get busy now doing ail
you don't stop at the planting—tend you can to keep hindrances out o' the
•em- way next spring.
Now that the agony of National
organization is over, look 'round and
see what you ought to be doing for
yourself. Maybe some of your private
Interests are needing a lift.
Recklessness is want of faithful-
ness in the small things through
which alone a man is enabled to form
correct estimates and come to correct
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