The Peoples Voice (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, September 28, 1906 Page: 3 of 8
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"Work! What kind of work? 1
think for once you are on the wrong
scent. We shall be butchered like cat-
1le in this infernal Hades."
"Wait and see." murmured Deneau,
who was again creeping forward into
the chamber. "Come," he continued.
La Prade rushed to the side of his
companion, and the two were soon
pulling and tugging at a small device,
which seemed to be half-buried in the
rocky wall. It is impossible to des-
cribe the look upon the faces p£ the
men as they gazed at this strange,
little machine—a look of mingled
alarm and triumph.
They worked desperately, frantic-
ally, but the iron moved not, nor did
any result accrue from their labors.
"What is it for?" asked 1-a Prade,
as he was on the verge of despair.
"Wait," cried Deneau. "we have not
yet pressed it downward," and he
then began pushing and pulling, his
eyes ablaze with excitement, when
suddenly there was a grating sound,
and the two started back in amaze-
ment, for one side of the wall seemed
to fall slowly apart, revealing to their
astonished gaze another room. Into
the opening they madly plunged, and
thrusting their lights forward, they
beheld rows of little bags, piled one
upon the other in perfect order.
The scene that followed this dis-
covery was indescribable.
Deneau, unmindful of all danger,
and overwhelmed by the sudden ap-
pearance of so much treasure, shouted
in triumph and waved his torch wildly
above his head, crying:
"We are now kings—Kings of the
Karth—Rulers of Nations—richer
than Croesus—hurrah! hurrah!"
The fat eyes of La Prade bulged
and sparkled, and he, too, shouted in
an ecstasy of joy.
Deneau removed one of the bags
and read the number on it.
"Let us hurry," said he, his eyes
afire, and his hand trembling, and one
little bag after another was opened
and emptied of its contents, until
their rubber sacks were filled with
Jewels and bank notes.
They could carry no more—they
■would return for the balance.
They now stood gazing upon the
treasure as if loth to leave the en-
chanted chamber, but at last La
Prade found his tongue.
"We cannot remove all of it," he
eaid with a sigh.
"We will return," replied Deneau.
"But what of the Czar?"
"To Hades with the Czar." M
"To Hell with Pellet!"
"To Hell with France!
they shouted together:
"To Hell with the Czar
Silence, and in their mad flight they
hurled themselves against the stone
seats which were lying upon the floor,
scattering their priceless booty in all
directions, until, bruised and bleeding,
they found their way into the shelter
of a dark passage. Here they paused
for breath and listened. The voices
came nearer, and the tramp of many
feet became more distinct.
At last they could distinguish the
words of the newcomers, who had en-
tered the chamber, through which
they had so precipitately fled, and
which was only separated from their
hiding place by the passage in front
"Ah," said a voice, "we have not
reached here too soon, for the odor
of gas has entered our Council Cham-
"Yes," replied another, "but why is
Gershon not here? 1 thought he
would be in readiness t.o receive us.'
. i "Ah, he comes now, for I, see the
light of his torch as he approaches.'
Just at this moment the two
Frenchmen, peering through a crack,
saw the stately figure of Gershon
coming from an opposite direction
pass in front of the opening and disap-
pear beyond. Many voices cried out
to the newcomer, but one, which
sounded like the rumble of thunder
and rose high above all the rest, was
heard with awful distinctness.
"Look, my brothers," cried the great
voice, "can you not see the floor is
sprinkled with our jewels!"
At this a hundred cries rang out
upon the air:
"Traitor! Traitor! Let the traitor
Then all was quiet, and a voice un-
like the others, soft, gentle and sweet,
"Some' one has discovered the pass
and entered these caverns. Let us
first look to the treasure, and then
search the passages that lead from
It was Gershon who had spoken.
The hearts of the detectives sank
within them, for they knew that they
"Draw your pistols," whispered De-
neau, "we shall not be ashamed to
die; we are Frenchmen," and rising
from their concealment, they crept
from their shelter, ready to face what
knew to be a horrible death. They
looked into the Chamber of Silence.
It was deserted, as the men had
rushed back into the passage to
search for the unknown invaders.
They entered the chamber, and peered
into the vault in an opposite direc-
tion. They glided on like shadows,
until they were in the very midst of
the excited crowd, and when they had
neared the mouth of the main tunnel,
they plunged forward for their lives.
Then there arose a great commotion.
"Who were they that left us!" said
one excited voice.
"Were not they of our Order?"
criend another, for so great was the
excitement incident to the discovery
that the desperate stratagem of the
two detectives had partially succeed-
"Follow me," cried the desperate
Deneau, as he blindly groped his way
to Hell | into a connecting tunnel.
Here they crouched in silence, un-
til all the searchers had reassembled
in the Chamber of Silence. Taking
advantage of the deserted passages,
the two wretched creatures loaned for-
ward and sped onward.
Ere they had gone twenty yards a
hundred men were in hot pursuit, led
by the mighty giant. Gideon, while
the air resounded with the firing of
pistols. Gideon, who was many yards
in advar. e of all the pursuers was
rapidly gaining upon La Prade, whose
very limbs were swollen and bleeding
and whose fat body was fast succumb-
ing under the terrible strain. He stag-
gered frantically forward in a mad ef-
fort to reach the side of Deneau, but
the latter moved with marvelous swift-
ness, bounding like an antelope from
stone to stone.
Suddenly, the giant, with a great
bound, had seized the unhappy La
Prade by the middle, and. lifting him
aloft, he dashed out his brains against
the stone walls, and throwing the
quivering body into a pit he again
started in pursuit of Deneau.
Gideon, the giant, plunged forward,
and gazed into the aby s, then drew
There was a loud report, but before
the echoes had died away a flame of
light shot from the chasm and leaped
toward the dark walls. The earth
trembled and vibrated, and great boul-
ders swayed backward and forward
upon their foundations. A suppressed
murmur of terror fell from the lips
of a hundred men, who stood Motion-
less, as they had halted upon wit-
nessing the mad plunge of Deneau.
Not a man stirred from the spot. The
assemblage stood holding their torch-
es and gazing fixedly upon the glow-
ing sheet of tire that rose from the
chasm, reflecting the gigantic outline
of Gideon, who stood between them
and the flame.
The horror that this light revealed
would send terror into the heart of
the bravest man, for the feeble light
of the torches bad only given vague
glimpses of the awful wonders of this
New sheets of flame sprang with
hissing fury from all sides, lighting
FIFTY-ONE CA8E9 ALREADY "
Investigation of Fraudulent .Enroll*
ment Develops Many Crimes.
MUSKOGEE: The investigation of
fraudulent enrollment and allotment
of Creek citizens is progressing and
results ar« forthcoming. Already
there are fifteen cases in which proof
of fraud is practically complete and it .
Is estimated that there will, all told, MOTHER S MONEY AND SKIPPED
be 250 such cases.
The Creek rolls were first closed to !
adults in 1901. Later they were re- I
opened for new born Creeks up to
HERO" IN PRISON1
FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL LEAD
ASTRAY BL BLIND LOVE FOR
A FORT SILL SOLDIER
March 4, 1905. Still later they were
reopened lor babies born prior to
March 4, 190«. It is on the baby en-
rollments that most of the fraud is
Found Dream Shattered When She
Faces Her Lover in the Guard House
Where He is Confined for Six Long
LAWTON: Romance has landed
found. This conies in the form of alse j pretty little Letitia Smith, a fourteen-
affidavits as to the time when children
were horn, the affidavits being made
to show that the children were born
in time to get on the rolls when in
fact they were too late, and from a
class known as "too late babies." On
the first enrollment there were 2,000
i names entered. On the last about
700. It is figured that this is entire-
ly too many babies for the original
13,000 Creeks to have in five years,
i Nearly all of the fraudulent enroll-
ments so far discovered have been
negroes. It was impossible for the
Dawes commission to get witnesses
to these cases because the govern-
ment would not pay witness fees.
It is estimated that there will he
100 alloments that are already made
that will be proved fraudulent, in
that event, a suit will have to be en-
tered in the district court to have the
allotment deed set aside. The old al-
lottees have received their deeds. The
babies enrolled up to 190," have been
allotted but their deeds have not been
issued to them. The fight just now
is on fraudulent enrollment of the
babies admitted under the last open-
ing of the roll.
John G. Leiber, who is conducting
this investigation for the Creek nation,
states that he believes that if the na-
ion will continue a vigorous policy of
investigation, with the assistance of
the Dawes commission, 1,000 per-
sons will lie kept front getting allot-
ments because they are not justly en-
titled to them. If this is true it will
year-old lass from Sedalia, Mo., in
the detention room at Fort Sill.
Following the dictates of a heart
that loved not wisely but too well,
and trusting blindly in the word of
her soldier lover, Private Riggs of
the Thirteenth cavalry, . stationed at
Fort Sill, little Miss Smith took $18
of her mother's money, the accumu-
lated savings from dreary days spent
over a wash-tub, and in the dark of
night went forth from home and fam-
ily, to come to Lawton, where she
expected her soldier lover to meet and
Instead she was met by the start-
ling Information that her hero, the
man whoni she had trusted with her
more than life, the brave, patriotic,
faithful and honorable man of her
dreams, was confined in the Fort
Sill guardhouse, where, after six
months' detention, he will be dishonor-
ably discharged for assisting two
privates to desert, several months
Such is a woman's love that the
news of her idol's fall did not change
the maiden's mind, but she promptly
made application to Major Taylor for
a permit to see her lover. This was
not granted, but the girl was detained
at the home of A. C. Cooper, game
warden at Fort Sill, and an investi-
gation was made.
After three days the girl's stubborn
reticence was broken down, and she
sobbed for not only the story of her
Raised His Pistol in Deadly Aim.
up the vaulted roof with terrible dis-
tinctness, and filling the air with
weird shadows, which flitted from one
space to another, like a vast legion
of aerial spectres who seemed to re-
vel in the gloom that surrounded
them, while a rumble as of thunder
caused the earth to vibrate and trem-
ble under our feet.
The hundred spectators, too affright-
ed to move, petrified with the horror
of the scene and motionless, gazed
upon the flames, as they wound their
fiery folds among the rocks or licked
the arched roof with their seething
tongues. The dazzling splendor of
the scene Increased with every mo-
ment. The heated rocks began to
crumble and fall apart, and still the
flames spread. A terrific gust of wind
bust into the chamber and fanned the
fires, until they roared like a storm- i
tossed sea, which hurling itself madly
against the walls, and howling through
the lofty arches, dashed its way on-
ward. In its wake huge boulders lay
shattered and scattered through the
defiles and gorges of the labyrinthian
Valdermere, who had stood silently
watching the tragedy, now rushed
among the throng, and, pushing them
onward, cried at the top of his voice,
while his long beautiful hair floated
in the tempest and his eyes blazed
with the light of despair.
"Fly for your lives, my brothers.
Fly for the catacombs, for no fire can
reach us there—for your lives fly!"
A desperate cry arose from a hun-
dred throats, and a mad plunge set the
stampede in motion.
The air was hot with the breath of
the encroaching tires, which drove us
onward, until at last we neared the
river over whose depths hung the
rope ladder, but, alas, many had fal-
len dead and dying, and as I looked
about me, I was appalled to find
more than a third of our number.
Among these I searched for Mr. D
Tavenier, my heart standing still, hut
I saw him dash to the brink of the
river, and kneeling, he dipped the cold
water to his lips and face, his eyes
red and swollen. I drew near to him
—spoke to him, but he heard me not.
He drank the water with eager
save to the nation 100,000 acres of j but confessed the theft of the
jan(j I money, which she had taken at the in-
| stigation of her lover, whom she had
written, upon his asking her to join
and marry him, that she could not do
so because she did not have the
The romance dates back to when
Riggs was a private citizen and re-
aided in Sedalia, and although Leti-
tia was then only thirteen years old,
secured her promise to become his
wife. Upon enlisting in the army
Riggs wrote the girl, and after some
FAVOR EARLY SALE
School Land Lessees Pass Resolution
Setting Forth Ideas.
ENID: The following resolution
was passed unanimously by the school
land lessees' convention in session
"Whereas, We, the school land les-
sees of Oklahoma, believing that we
have done our part in changing Ok
lahoma from a wilderness to a gard- ] correspondence she tan a\\a> to meet
en spot in the nation, and having im-
plicit conidence in the people of the
new state in electing their delegates
to the constitutional convention where-
by will protect the interest of the
taxpayers, school lessees and the
school children alike.
"Therefore, be it resolved: That we
favor the sale of all school land and
other public lands in Oklahoma it
tho earliest possible time according
to rules and regulations to be pre-
scribed by the first state legislature,
on loi.g lime sale at a low rate of
They also adopted plans for extend-
'• f, Hie organization. It wv urg-d
by members and concurred in by a
majority 'if Hi,; members presr. <r <h:U
the association should take m active
interest in jolUics in the fi-malion
of Ho new nite in order lo ;irotoct
the interests of the lessees. For the
n irpose it was suggested t'i it 'ill can-
dates to the constitutional couven
tion be placed on record as for or
against the desires of the association.
One After Another Was Opened and
with Pellet—to Hell with France!"
Sudrenly they paused, their hands
met, their eyes started, their faces
"What is that?" cried Deneau, for
in the distance they could hear the
sound of many voices, which echoed
with awful distinctness throughout
the caverns behind them.
Their faces became ashen, and they
stood rooted to the spot. The sounds
grew nearer and the tramp of feet
could be heard.
-Out with the lights," cried Deneau.
The lights were extinguished and
the two men dashed through the pas-
sage which led into the Chamber of
The multitude stood appalled at the j thirst, and, as he attempted to raise,
frightful deed of Gideon, and. I turned he fell back into my arms, an uncon
away in horror, for the sight was more
than I could look upon.
When I again turned. I saw a
hundred white, speechless faces, and
all were fixed upon Gideon, who was
now almost within reach of Deneau,
shouting and firing his pistol as he
1 could see the devil-like face of the
doomed detective smiling, even then,
as he paused and raised his pistol In
deadly aim at his pursuer. I could
hear his wild laughter, as he stood
upon the brink of a chasm, until his
last bullet was spent; then, with a
wild defiant shout, he threw his pistol
from him and leaped into the depths
scions burden. I laid his head upon
my coat, and bathed his face and
parched hands lips until he revived.
He looked into my face, and even
then he smiled and pressed my hand.
My heart was flooded with a great
pity, and I was unmindful of the
roaring fires and the rocking pillars;
unmindful of the death-marked faces
around me. My mind was far away
among the cypress trees, which, alas,
I was to see no more, and my heart
had stolen back to that old house, and
I could see the face of Marie, the
angel of my life—the angel to the
end, for her fair sweet image never
left me even in that dread moment.
(To be Continued.)
The druggists of Washita and Cus-
tre counties have formed an associa-
LOST CARS ARE FOUND
Evidence of Additional Loss of Life
in Kingfisher Wreck
KINGFISHER: The lost cars which
had not been located were found
Friday by parties who had been
searching the river for them.
The smoker and baggage car lay
side by side burled in the sand about
•100 yards from the bridge. The water
Is about five feet deep over them.
Eli Admire swam from the south
side of the river to the smoker and
examined (he wreckage as far as was
Windows were broken in and a long
j spe^r was pushed through the sand
j In the car. When it came out a part
i of a man's sock was clinging to it.
The water is again receding.
; The new bridge is about completed
! and trains were running Saturday.
No bodies have been recovered
j along the river and the missing are
| all supposed to be in the smoker.
A great quantity of the mail and
baggage has been recovered.
A. C. Cooper went before the board
of county commissioners and told
them the girl's story, presenting cor-
roborative evidence obtained, mean-
while, from Sedalia.
The commissioners ordered the girl
sent home, and she is now being con-
ducted back to her mother, who is
heart broken over the affair.
OPENING OF BIG PASTURE
OYSTER BAY: The Presiden has
issued a proclamation opening tho
Kiowa, Comanche and Apache ln-
dina land in Oklahoma.
The interior department will an-
nounce the date for the reception of
sealed bids under which the 505,000
acres of land are to be disposed of to
Tiie democracy of the Thirtieth dis-
trict have nominated S. M. Ramsey
of Briton township, Pottawatomie
county, for delegate to the constitu-
tional convention. His nearest oppon-
ent was W. D. Maxey of Cleveland
WHISKEY WAS IN THE SAFE
Marshal's Key to Combination Was a
EUFAULA: In a raid at Eufaula
j deputy marshals of Muskogee broke
I open a safe with a sledgehammer in
I the drug store of Alexander & Sellers,
1 finding ten gallons of liuor In bottled
i form. The officers say that they found
: ten gallons of alcohol and five of
j whiskey in the cellar at the same
store. The proprietor refused to open
| the safe, and special Agent William
I Johnson, who recently established
j headquarters here, broke the combl-
| nation with a sixteen-pound sledge
About fiteen uarts were found at
the drug stores of men named Fuller
| and Mohart and the proprietors ar-
rested. When the lquor was spilled
thirsty negroes got down on their
knees and lapped it from the gutters.
A gambling hall which opened for
business was raided and its tables
burned. The proprietor, Henry Lam-
bert, was taken before comniissoner
Marshall. He pleaded guilty and was
fined $100. The others were arraign-
ed and released on bond
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