Prague Patriot (Prague, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 12, 1907 Page: 4 of 6
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THE HOUSE OF
By MEREDITH NICHOLSON
kmik* •! "THE MAIN CHANCE." ZELDA
DAM EBON." Eic.
(Jopyrltfiit IMfc by Jiubbt Merrill Uo.
"Try It again," 1 beard hurry ad
oionlsh him, "try that onco more, and
The Sod. God bless It! will never feel
the delicate Imprint of your web-feet
He turned the man about and
rushed him toward the house, the re-
volver still serving hs a prod. Ills
flight gave heart to the wary Invaders
immediately behind him and two fel
lows, urged and led by Morgan,
charged our line at a smart pace
"Bolt for the front door." I called
to Larry, and Stoddard and I closed
la after him to guard his retreat.
"They're not shooting." called Stoil
dard. "You may be sure they've had
their orders to capture the house with
•s little row aR possible."
We were now Hearing the edge of
the wood, with the open meadow and
water tower at our backs, while I.arry
was making good time toward the
"Let's not wait for them here,"
Morgan was advancing with a club
In his hand, making directly for me,
two men at hia heels, and the rest
veering off toward the wall of St.
"Watch the house," I yelled to the
chaplain; and then, on the edge of
the wood Morgan came at mo furious-
ly, swinging his club over his head,
•nd in a moment we wero fencing
awayjiat a merry rate. We both had
revolvers strapped to our waists, but
I had no Intention of drawing mine
unless In extremity. At my right
Htoddard was busy keeping off Mor-
gan's personal guard, who seemed re
luctant to close with the clergyman.
I havo been, In my day, something
of a fencer, and my knowledge of the
foils stood mo In good stead now.
With a tremendous thwack I knocked
Morgan's club flying over tho snow,
and, as we grappled, Hates yelled from
the house. I quickly found that Mor-
gan's wounded arm was still tends
He flinched at the first grapple, and
his anger got the better of his Judg-
ment We kicked up the snow at a
great rate as we feinted and dragged
each other about. He caught hold of
Jny belt with one band and with
great wrench nenrly dragged me from
my feet, but I pinioned Ills arms and
bent him backward, then, by a trick
Larry had taught me, flung him upon
Meanwhile Rates continued to call
lustily from tho house.
"Come on at any cost," shouted
Stoddard, putting himself between me
and the men who were Hying to Mor-
"Shoot, you fools, shoot!" howled
Morgan, and as we started across the
open meadow and ran toward the
house a shotgun roared back of us and
buckshot snapped and rattled on the
etone of tho water tower.
"There's the sheriff," called Stod-
dard behind me.
The officer and his deputy ran Into
tho park from the gate of St. Agatha's,
while the rest of Morgan's party were
skirting the wall to Join them.
"Stop or I'll shoot," yelled Morgan,
•nd 1 felt Stoddard pause In bis gi-
gantic stride to throw himself between
me and the pursuers.
"Sprint for it hot," he called very
coolly, as though he were coaching me
In a contest of the moat amiable sort
"Get away from those guns," I pant-
ed, angered by the very generosity of
"Feint for the front door and then
run for tho terrace and the library
door/' he commanded as we crossed
the little ravine bridge. "They've got
us headed off."
Twice the guns boomed behind us,
and twice I saw shot cut into the
snow about me.
"I'm all rigid," called Stoddard, re-
assuringly, still at my back. "They're
not a bit anxious to kill me."
I was at tho top of my speed now,1
but the clergyman kept close at my
heels. 1 was blowing hard, but he
made equal time with perfect ease.
"Now for the sheriff—here we go!"
cried Stoddard—beside me when we
were close to the fringe of trees that
nhlelded the entrance. Then off we
veered suddenly to the left, close upon
the terrace, where one of the French
windows was thrown open and Larry
■and flates stepped out, urging us on
with lusty cries.
They caught us by the arms and
dragged us over where the balustrade
■was lowest, and wo crowded through
the door and slammed It. As Dates
■napped the bolta Morgan's party dis-
charged their combined artillery and
withdrew across the ravine toward the
'eke wami ibe sheiiff and Morgan
stlshtly la advance of the others. I
j expected them to slacken tht'.r pace
I vhen tviey came to the open meadow,
ibut they broko Into a quick trot at the
water tower and camo toward the
house as steady as veteran campaign-
"Looks liko business this time!" ex-
claimed Larry. "Spread out now and
tho first head that looms over the bat
ustrade gets a dose of hickory."
The attacking party now divided,
half halting between us and the bridge
and the remainder swinging around
the house toward tho front entrance.
"Ab, look at that!" yelled Larry.
"It's a battering ram they have. O
man of peace! liavo I your Majesty's
consent to try the elephant guns
Morgan and tho ahorlff carried be-
tween them a stick of timber from
which tho branches had been cut,
and, with a third man to help, they
ran It up tho slops and against the
door with a crash that camo booming
and echoing back through the great
halls of the house.
A gun roared again at tho side of
the house, and I ran to the library,
where Larry had pushed furniture
against all the long windows save one,
which ho held open. Ho stepped out
upon the terrace and emptied a revol-
ver at the men who were now creep-
ing along tho edge of tho ravine be-
neath us. One of them stopped and
discharged a rlile at us with dellber-
lar and gave him a tremendous suing
Jerking him bigb In the air and drlv
lng him agufust another Invader with
a blow thai knocked both fellows
spinning Into ■ corner
"Oimo on to tho library!" shouted
Larry, and ltates, who had got me to
my feet, pushed me down the hall to
ward the open library door.
We were now between two fires
The sheriff's party had fought tallant
ly to keep us out of tho library, and
now that wo were within, Stoddard's
CM REVOKE LICENSE
DEMURRER IN M. K. & T. SUIT
NOT THE TIME TO STOP.
Government Says Lands Are Not Sub-
ject to Claim
WASHINGTON: The government,
by filing a demurer, has made its first
move in the suit by the Missouri
Ka.isas & Texas Railroad company to
rt'covor $♦' !,2X7,SOU worth of land in
SUPREME COURT DECIDES N RE-
GARD TO DIPLOMAS ISSUED
(RTTHRIK: The right of the ter-
ritory to revoke the license of a
practicing physician whon it is shown j Indian rerritory, or its equivalent
that he obtained his license from n In cash, on account f an old land
"diploma mill" was sustained by the grant.
big shoulders held the door half closed : Oklahoma supreme court in an opin- This suit was started alter the
against tho combined strength of the Ion 1>;. Justice Hainer in the case f United States supreme court decided
men In the hall. This pause was for Calvin I), Gulley vs. The Territory, 'hat Kansas, as trustee for tho rail-
for It gave us an opportunity j appealed from the district court of
(Julley was granted a license to
practice medicine by the territorial
hoard of health on February 11 1902,
upon a sworn statement that he was
a graduate of the Independent and
Metropolitan Medlei'l college of Chl-
to deal singly with tho fellows who
were climbing in from tho terrace
Bates had laid one of them low with a
club and Larry disposed of anothei
who had made a murderous effort to
stick a knife into him. I was with
Stoddard against the door, where the
sheriff's men wero slowly gaining
"Let go on the jump when I say
three," said Stoddard, and at Ills word
we sprang away from the door and
Into the room. Larry yelled with Joy
as the sheriff and his men pitched for-
ward and sprawled upon the floor;
then we wero at it again in a hand-to-
hand conflict to clear tho room.
"Hold that position, sir," yelled
Morgan had directed the attack
against me and I was driven upon the
hearth before the great fireplace. The
road, could not maintain suit to en-
force the land grant.
The grounds on which the govern-
ment basis its demurrer follow :
First—This suit is one which upon
the face of the petition shows that it
bcl:ngs to that class known as equit-
able actions, hence not within the
The territory showed at the jurisdiction of the court of claims.
no such medical
trial that ther
college and that the institution is
rim !y a "diploma mill" where anj
! • ■ t> may secure a medical diploma
with' mi examination by merely pav-
ing ihe validity of such licenses
ll.tmei holds that the district court
lia- Kciusive jurisdiction la deter-
'ailing the \.:lld:;> of such licenses
u l that any license from a fr imlu-
i eiiieal co!!eg" may lie revoke I.
ate aim. ihe ball snapped snow from ' sheriff. Morgan and Ferguson hemmed
tho balustrade and screamed away
"Bah," such monkeys!" he mut-
tered. "I believe I've hit that chap!"
One man had fallen and lay howling
In the ravine, his hand to his thigh,
while his comrades paused, demor-
"Serves you right, you blackguard!"
1 pulled htm In and we jammed a
me in. It was evident that I was the
chief culprit, and they wished to elim-
inate me from tho contest Acrcfes the
room, Larry, Stoddard and Bates wore
engaged In a lively rough and tumble
with the rest of the besiegers, and
Stoddard, seeing my plight, leaped the
overturned table, broke past the trio
and stood by my side, swinging a
At that moment my eyes, sweeping
THIS DECISION FAR REACHING
Affects $t.COCO COO Worth ol
ARDMORE: The famous
Stidham earnest has been
Seetf:ir Garfi Id ov
ov i-ntled all the
mmissioner of In-
.>•.amission of th.?
and liis predeces-
The decision af-
t least $10,000,000
he t rritory which
red t" white citl-
Second—The damage sought to be
recovered do not arise out of any
contract expressed or implied with
the governient of the I'nited States.
Third—That the acts of c ngress
relied upon by the claimant do not
constitute a grant In present but
merely promise upon the part of the
government to convey the land con-
t niplated thereby should the Indian
title thereto thereafter be extin-
guished and said lands become sub-
ject to sale and disposal under the
i-^i,„ general land laws.
Fourth—That such promise did n:t
Foist m partake of a contract, consequently is
lecldi'd. i not a binding force upon the'govern-
ment, and congress was at liberty to
make an> other disposition of said
lands it saw lit.
Fifth—The lands never have "be-
come a part of the public domain of
the United Slates," as that term Is
employed in the provision of the act
Manager Saw the Possibilities In the
Jim Johnstone, the famous base-
ball umpire, said recently in New
York that baseball crowds were far
kinder to umpires than they used
"This is true of theater crowds,
too," said Mr. Johnstone. "Why, with
provincial touring companies in the
past, maltreatment was regularly ex-
pected. In fact, the companies prof-
ited by It in more ways than one.
"I know of a company that was
playing 'The Broken Vow' In Paint
Rock, a one right stand. The audi-
ence didn't like 'The Broken Vow,' and
eggs, cabbages and potatoes rained
kio i the stage.
'•3.111 the play went on. The liero
raved through his endless speeches,
dodging an onion or a baseball every
other minute, and pretty sore from
those missiles that he hadn't been
able to dodge.
"Cut finally a gallery auditor in a
paroxysm of rage and scorn hurled a
heavy boot, and the actor, thoroughly
alarmed, started to retreat.
" 'Keep on pla.ing, you fool,' hissed
the manager from the wings, as he
hooked In the boot with an umbrella.
'Keep on till we get the other one.' "
6y a Trick Larry Had Taught Me I Threw Him.
The Fight In the Library.
It was nearly 11 o'clock when the at
tanking party returned after a parley
on the Ice behind the boat house. The
(our of us were on the terrace ready
Bar tbeu. They cfctne smartly through
cabinet against the door and returned
to the hall.
Meanwhile the blows at the front
door continued with Increasing vio-
lence. Stoddard still stood where 1
had left him. Bates was not In sight,
but the barking of a revolver above
showed that he had returned to the
window to wreak vengeance on his en-
Stoddard shook his head In depreca-
"They fired first—we can't do less
than get back at them," I said, be-
tween the blows of the battering ram.
A panel of the great oaken door
now splintered, but in their fear that
we might use the broken panel as a
loophole, they scampered out into
range of Bates' revolver. In return we
heard a rain of small shot on the up-
per windows, and a few seconds later
Larry shouted that the flanking party
was again at the terrace.
This movement evidently heartened
tho sheriff, for, under a fire from
Bates, his men charged again and the
log crashed Into the door, shaking It
free from tho upper hinges. The low-
er fastenings were wreneheil loose an
tnstaut later, and the men came tum-
bling into the hall—the sheriff, Mor-
gan !>nd four others I had never seen
before. Simultaneously the flanking
party begat) smashing the small panet
of the library windows. We could
hear the glass crack and tinkle above
the confusion at the door.
In the hall he was certainly a lucky
man who held to his weapon a mo
tnent after the door tumbled In. 1
blazed at the sheriff with my revol
ver, but he stumbled and half fell at
the threshold, so that the ball passed
over him, and he promptly gripped
me by the legs and had me prone and
half dated by the rap of my head on
1 stipprtso I was two or three min-
utes at least getting my wits, I was
first conscious of Bates grappling
with the sheriff, who sat upon me. atui
as they struggled with each other I
got the full benefit of their combined,
swerving, tossing weight. Morgtn and
Larry were trying for a chance at each
other with revolvers, while Morgan
backed the Irishman slowly toward
tho library. Stoddard had seized one
of the unknown deputies by the col-
•Ighty acres of
in# this town, owned by
l?eing au intermarried citi- j
zen, Stidham s case was held up, as
were those of all intermarried citi-
zens, until a late date before being ap-
proved by the secretary of the inter-
ior and, i/i the meantin> \ Folsom filod
upon the land
Stidham was approved as a citizen
and institute <1 contest proceedings
against Folsom. Before the contest j
was tried, Stidham, who was the j
owner of ail Improvements on the;
land, transferred his interest to a
white man. Secretary Garfield holds !
that by executlug a warranty deed \
Stidham had abandoned his right to
If this decision stands, It will cause I
thousands of non citizens who have;
purchased land from Intermarried cit- ■
zens and freedmen to lose> their
money.- The lands Involved consist
mainly of the best lands of the Choc- ]
taw and Chickasaw nations, together!
with many townsltes and much of the
valuable oil district of the Cherokee
and Creek nations.
TELEGRAMS ARE DELAYED
I nvestigation to Be Made by Attorney
GUTHRIE: Word has been receiv-
ed at the attorney general's office j
from O. A. Smith of Oklahoma City |
secretary for Oklahoma of the strik-!
lng Commercial Telegraphers, that af-
fidavits have been secured, showing
the closing of several Oklahoma tele-
graph offices entirely, delays i' from j
twenty-four hours lo four days In the ,
delivery of messages which were ac-!
epptrd for wire transmission, and the
practicing of gross discriminations iti
regard to the handling of business, i
Thomas R. Clift, assistant attorney '
general, who has had the matter in
charge, at once wrote t Mr. Smith
asking that the affidavits bo sent on, I
and a sit red him that an investigation
would be commenced as soon as they [
the broken outer doors, saw the face
of Pickering. He had come to see
that his orders were obeyed, and I re-
member yet my satisfaction, as, hem-
med in by the men he had hired to
kill me or drive me out, I felt.
rather than saw, the cowardly horror
depicted upon his face.
Then the trio pressed upon mo. As
I threw down my club and drew my
revolver, some one across the room
fired several shots, whose roar
through the room seemed to arrest thq HANGS NINE HOURS BY FINGER
fight for an Instant, and then, while
Stoddard stood at my side swinging Lockjaw May Follow Oklahoman's
his chair defensively, the great chan- | Painful Experience
Indians Believe Short Payment is Ef-
fort to Defraud
LAWTON: That the members of
the Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita and
Caddo Indian tribes, numbering ac-
cording to the 190ti annual report
'1,77-1. have refused to accept their
semi-annual payment, such is the in-
formation brought to Lawton by the
In the past these Indians have
been receiving $50 each, which
amounted to ?His,700, which is
am unt due them, called their "grass
money." This fund is running low
and it has become necessary for the
government to cut this per capita pay-
ment. According to the announce-
ment which has reached the Indian
agency from Washington the payment
was to be cut down to $u0 to each In
The Indian agent held a council
with the Indians and lliey refused to
accept anything if they could not got
news was communicated to the Inter-
ior department officials at the capltol
and will probably delay the payment
for two weeks.
The grass fund l.s gradually growing
low, and it is reported that the In-
dians are beginning to become
alarmed about it. Short payment will
cause their credit to diminish and an
Indian without credit is In a bad fix.
However, there will be a large
amount of Interest due the tribes
fri m the sale of the pasture land,
from which they will soon begin to
derive a benefit.
The income from the Big Pasture In
the past has been the "grass money"
received from the cattlemen for ren-
tals of the land, but since the sale an.I
settlement of the pasture the money
will be deposited and the Interest on
tli, same given out in the semi an-
nual payments. Of course, "grass
money" is a thing of the past and a
new system of payment will be ar-
ranged for in the future.
CONCERN IN RANGE CONDITIONS
delier, loosened or broken by the
shots, fell with a mlghtyVoVasb of Its
crystal pendants. The sheriff, leaping
away from Stoddard's chair, was
struck on the head and borne down by
the heavy glass
We were all getting our second wind
for a renewal of the fight, with Mor
gan in command of the enemy. Oae
or two of his men, who had gone down
early In the struggle, were now crawl-
ing back for revenge. I think I must
have raised my hand and pointed at
Pickering, for Bates wheeled like a
Hash and before I realized what hap-
pened he had dragged the executor Into
"You scoundrel—you I n g r a t o ! "
howled the servant.
The blood on his face and bare chest
and the hatred in his eyes made him a
hideous object; but In that lull of the
storm while we waited, watching for1
an advantage, 1 heard, somewhere In
tho wall, that same sound ol' footsteps
that 1 had remarked before. Ijirrv
and Stoddard heard it; Bates heard It,
and his eyes fixed upon Pickering with
a glare of malicious delight.
"There comes our old friend, the
ghost," y*lled Larry.
(TO BB CONTINUED.)
DURANT: Hanging In the air and |
susupended by his linger for nine |
hours Is the experience of Ed Frazler,
23 years old. who lives with his par- j
onts eight miles west yf Durant
In jump ng from the hay mow In his
barn, a heavj gold ring on the mid !
die finger ol' Frazler's left hand
caught upon a nail, holding him sus-
pended eight feet above the ground j
from 12 o'clock at night to 0 o'clock |
the next morning, when h
covered bv Ills father and released.
During the ordeal Fiazier suffered
great agony and was unconscious
I mart of the time. The physician
states that there Is very little chance
| of saving the finger and fears that
Stock Owners Will be Furnished
WASHINGTON: Evidence of the
government's concern over the im-
provement i range1 conditions in Hie
national forests is shown in the an-
| nouncement just made that stock own-
ers will be furnished free of charge
supplies of vaccine- for the treatment
| of stock afflicted with black leg, tu-
berculosis and other animal diseases.
This arrangement has been for for-
t service with Dr. A. D. Melvin,
lockjaw may result.
\sas dls-: ()f the bureau of animal Indus-
j try. Stock men holding permits for
i grazing in the national forests will
now be furnished with an rffectlvo
! means of combating without cost all
j of the most dangerous diseases to j
j which stock is subject.
The vaccine ran be btalned sim-
ply by applying to the supervisor of
' the fort st upon which the stock Is
A receiver has been asked for by
the Moline Klevator cotnpan* of Mo-
line. Illinois, for the Loewvn hotel of!Krilzlnp who W,M at nnce forward the.
Enid. The applicants claim the hotel approved request ti the bureau of an- ;
is Indebted to them In the amount of imnl where it will be filled.
$25,000. i ''"II directions will be furnished for
MOTY TIGER PRINCIPAL CHIEF
Appointed by Commissioner Leupp to Sj,nta pe Men Think Claim .. Stll
Out of the Vision.
"In the olden times It is said that
it was possible for a man to render
"Pshaw! That's not at all remark-
able! Men In this country are dolnf
It every day."
"You don't say so! How do they
"By mnrrylng famous womsBl"-—
Succeed Late Chief Porter
WASHINGTON: Upon the recom
metidatlon of .1. George Wright, com-
missioner of the five civilized tribes,
Commissioner of Indian Affairs Leupp
ha i advised President Roosevelt lo
appoint >1 ty Tiger, the present vice
chief of the Creek nation, as principal
chief to fill the vacancy caused by
tho deaih of Chief Pleasant Porter
GUTHRIE: Henry E. Asp. Charles
H. Woods and George M. Green, us
attorneys for the Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe railroad, have appealed
from the district court of Payne coun-
ty to the Oklahoma supreme court
the ease In which a jury in the lower
court awarded George Noah of Glen-
coe, $3,305 damages for Injuries re-
ceived through the alleged careless
net* of the company's employes.
PRESCRIPTIONS IN LATIN.
The Public Should Have Them Trans
lated by the Druggists,
What virtue Is there in the secrecy
with which the doctor hedges about
"Professional etiquette" occupies a
prominent place in the curriculum of
every medical school, and when stric-
ly analyzed "professional etiquette'
seems to mean "doing what is best for
the doctor, individually and col
Among the things that "is best for
ihe doctor" is the writing of his pre-
scriptions in Latin, and thus keeping
the public in ignoranee not only of
what it is taking for its ills, but fore
ing a call upon the doctor each time
a prescription is needed.
In plain and unmistakable English
the writing of prescriptions In Latin
makes business for the doctors.
Let us say that you have the ague.
You had it last, year and tho year be-
fore. Each time you have visited the
doctor and he has prescribed for you
—in Latin. You have never known
what he has given you for the disease,
and so each time you are forced to go
to him again and give him an oppor
tunity to repeat his prescription—in
Latin, and liis fee—in dollars.
If you ask the doctor why he uses-
Latin in writing Ills prescriptions, v. by
| he writes "aqua" when ho means wa
ler, he will give you a technical dls
; sertation on tho purity of tho Latin
j language, and the fact that all words
are derived from it, etc. It will be a
dissertation that you may not. be able
j to answer, but it will hardly convince
It would be a good thing for the pub-
lic to devise a little code of ethics of
its own; ethics that will be "a good
' thing for the public individually and
| Let us apply one of the rules of this
j code of ethics to you, the individual,
j You call in the physician when you
I have the ague, the grippe, or any of
the other ills to which human Ile3h is
heir, and which you may have again
I some day. The doctor prescribes—in
Latin, and you take this, to you, mean-
; ingless scribble to the druggist to
| have it compounded. Right here is
where you come in, if you are wise
Say to the druggist that you want a
j translation of that prescription. It is
your privilege to know what yon are
taking. While the doctor's code of
ethics may not recognize this right It
Is yours just tho same.
With the translated prescription in
your possession you have two distinct
advantages. You know what you ar«
taking, and should you wish to call
some other doctor at some time you
will be able to tell him what drugs yon
have been putting into your system,
and also if you should have the sam«
disease again yon oan save yourself
a visit to tho doctor, and his fee, hy
taking this tranUaled prescription to
the druggist once more and having it
A little girl of fivo was taken ti
church one Sunday, and listened with'
Unexpected attention to the sermon
Which graphically told the story oi
the stilling of the tempest on the So
of Galilee, and how Christ walkod on
the waves. In the afternoon her moth-
er missed her and began an anxioui
search of tho house. As she neared
the bathroom she heard sounds ol
splashing, and hurried to the door to
behold ii small, excited face peerinu
ever the rim of the big white tub. and
to hear a small, excited voice en
claim: "Say, mamma, this walking
on the water is quite a trick."
Would Make Rich Crop.
It Is estimated that 21.000,000 acres
are available for rice growing in
Louisiana and Texas, and tho value
>f such crop would be $100,000,000.
This would make tho rice crop fifth
n point of value among tho cereals of
Burglar's Pathetic Wall.
A burglar arrested in I«mlon the
other night remarked regretfully: "I
knew tho time when I could do 2H
houses In two hours. But I am Bet-
Granite as Fertilizer,
The government bureau of Plant
Industry finds that ground granite
makes excellent fertilizer.
He most lives who things mort,
feels the noblest, acts the best
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