Oklahoma Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 19, 1902 Page: 1 of 8
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GUTHRIE. OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JUNE 19. 1902
Details of the Duel That Co*t
Lives of Two Men.
Special to Daily Leader.
Oklahoma City, Okla., June 18.—
Further details of the deplorable
tragedy la this city yesterday that re-
sulted in the death of two prominent j tering at the left nipple.
men are as tollows: j The body ot Johnston was taken to
The duel nad for its prime cause stroo & Heed's morgue on Main
emptied his revolver at Johnston and
according to his statement, his pistol
was at the time empty. Brown also
emptied his revolver. Johnston's
pistol, when tound, snowed that only
two shots had been discharged from
McMichael was shot in the pit of
the stomach, while Johnston was
shot through the heart, the ball en-
troop and went with it to the ren-
dezvous at San Antonio, Texas,
thence to Tampa, Fla., and finally to
Cuba. He acted as troop clerk.
Johnston was wounded in the right
tMgh at the famous battle of San
Juan hill and was sent to the hos-
pital. In cattle, as at all times dur-
ing his brief yet eventful life, he
seemed absolutely devoid of fear.
CONTRACT IS LET FOR
SANTA FE'S NEW DEPOT.
the long-drawn out contest over the
famous "IkAirphy claim" which is sit-
uated Just northeast of Oklahoma
City proper and which has recently
become vastly enhanced in value ow-
ing to the fact that it is suitably sit-
uated for a fine sublirban residence
district. There are many who believe
that W. T. McMichael was the first
legal settler upon the now valuable
quarter section, but it was held by
the courts and the land office that he
had lost his rights by failure to prop-
erly protect his interests in the
courts. The matter has been con-
stantly in the courts and even at this
time the case of W. T. McMichael vs.
Samuel Murphy, Anton H. Classen
and others, is being considered by
the supreme court of the territory of
Most of the tract has finally passed
into the hands of A. H. Classen and
the Classen company and is now cut
up Into valuable additions to the city,
yet throughout all the years of litiga-
tion, under favorable and adverse
rulings, regardless of mandates of
the courts and in defiance of physical
force W. T. McMichael has maintain-
ed his home upon a portion of the
tract in dispute.
Brooding over his
years, seeing the intrusion of strang-
ers upon property he believed to be
his own. worried by serious illness
in his family, when McMichael yester-
day saw two men he believed to be
his enemies drive away one of his
domestic animals, it may be possible
he regarded that as the last straw
and was desperate at the time of the
encounter. There are those who be-
lieve he has not been of sound mind
for many years. It might be hoped
street. His features were contracted
in a heavy frown and his jaws firmly
set, showing what a terrific strug-
gle he had made in his endeavor to
return the fire of his opponent.
McMichael walked to a house
near the scene of the shooting and
was later taken to St. Anthony's hos-
Deflnite Announcement Made by 8upt.
"The contract for the erection of
tue new Santa Fe depot for Guthrie,
has been let."
The above remark was made by
Supt. H. A. Tice of the Oklahoma
division of the road, this morning, in
Remains of E. W. Johnston Taken to ! response to a question by a represen-
LAST RESTING PLACE.
Ripley for Burial.
In the baggage car of the 9:33
o'clock passenger train, this morn-
ing, was all that was mortal of the
late E. W. Johnston, the young man
killed In the duel at Oklahoma City
tative of the Leader for "depot
The superintendent said the ques-
tion of removing the 3,400 yards of
dirt between Oklahoma and Harrison
avenues on the right of way, the de-
po. site, had been left to the chief en-
gineer oi the road, and he would have
the excavating done at once. Then
pital for treatment, his wound being yesterday. The remains laid over in
found to be not immediately fatal, this city until 2:30 this afternoon,
the ball having entered his body a when the Oklahoma & Eastern took
little to the right ot the naval and the corpse to Ripley for interment.
passing diagonally in the region of \ guard of honor accompanied the the big depot would be immediately
the kidneys. j remains composed of Ed Loughmlller, j commenced, and rushed to comple-
The inquest was held at 3 o'clock in j aiph Hamilton, Guy M. Babcock and j tlon The maln 8tructure will be
192x56 feet, two stories, and the con-
the district court room, presided over J j0hn Meyer, veterans of the Spanish-1
by Dr. Street. The jurors were: I American war association, of which j
Will Hales, Sam Bartell, Taz Upshaw,
Geo. Hales, J. B. Garrison and Mr.
Body. E. E. Brown was present with
his attorney, Col. Johnson, but did
not go upon the witness stand.
. , . _ _ | tractors are O. Swanson & Co., of
young Johnston was an honored mem-1
ber. The parents of the deceased live I Topeka, Kas„ the most artistic rail-
near Cushing. ! road architects in the United States,
Robert Ragland and Frances Byrne j thus insuring a structure for Guthrie
of this city, members of the associa tha(. w|u b0 an ornamenl as we„ aa
Several witnesses testified to the tlon, Joined the guard of honor and
facts as stated, all agreeing that they j accompanied the remains to Ripley.
heard no words spoken by either of! — —
the parties to the duel, and in ac- GOLOBIE IS TOO ZEALOUS,
cordance with the testimony the jury. Considerable wonder has arisen
convenient for the purposes for which
it is intended.
On the Santa Fe track, this morn-
ing, stood three special cars, the oc-
cupants of which were General Man-
ager H. D. Mudge, General Superin-
tendent C. F. Ressegue, H. A. Tice,
superintendent of the Oklahoma di-
C. Maegly, assistant gen-
returned a verdict that E. W. John respecting the identity vf the individ
ston had come to his death from a uai ijaa been manufacturing the
pistol shot fired by W. T. McMichael. unwarranted lies concerning Cro3S
with intent to Ttill. j an(j the maudlin attacks on Chairman j
Brown Arrested. | Anderson. For several days past,!
troubles lor At 8 o'clock last evening Editor E. j the capital of this city, the Wichita j vision, F.
E. Brown of the Times-Journal, was , Kag]e Rn(j Beacon and the Kansas 1 eral treight agent, C. H. Gaunt, super-
placed under arrest by Sheriff O Brien clty papers have contained a mass jntendent of telegraph, J. A. Risteen,
lntent t(> °f r0t' under 0uthrie date lines' bear" machinist superintendent of the
kill W. T. McMichael. Mr. Brown was |ng an aneged revolt in Logan
brought to the sheritt s office and the county Democracy. The articles in
telephones kept busy lor half an houi j question have caused amusement to
in summoning bondsmen. Acting Democrats since there is not a scin-
County Attorney 1. G. Chambers I tjua 0f truth in them. Not one Demo-
fixed the bond at $1,000 which was crat]c VOjee has been raised against
8'ven- j Chairman Anderson in Logan county;
McMichael s Dying Statement. there is no detection of any kind; the
McMichael, upon being informed he begt of harmony prevails. The arti-
that this were true, yet there is lit-1 could not live, made a dying state-, c,eg gent QUt from Guthrie, it now
tie to relieve the awfulness of yester- j ment in which he is reported as say- deve]opg Were inspired by the Repub-
day's tragedy. ! ing tnat when he approached Brown ]|can machine and the author Is dis-
Yesterday forenoon, E. E. Brown,: and Johnstdn, the latter Inquired: | closed in the person of John Golobie,
editor of the Times-Journal, went to "Is your name McMichael?" the Austrian baron, who acts in the
Woodlawn additon, the paiticular Upon receiving an affirmative reply,; capacity ot secretary to the territorial
Johnston then said: I Republican central committee.
part of the claim under dispute that
McMichael always guarded. Brown
had purchased some lots in this ad-
dition, and was arranging to improve
He was there joined by E. W. John-
ston, of the Classen company, and
they were just leaving the place
when a bull, which they believed to
have been turned loose by McMich-
ael to injure trees and other property
in Woodlawn, made its appearance.
As a protection' to the property John-
ston took charge of the bull and, ac-
companied by Brown, lead it to the
bar on A. J. Day's place in Marquette
addition, about a mile distant to the
west and on Eleventh street. At this
place Johnston, Brown, A. J. Day,
Charles Day and Reeves Brown were
standing In a roup, when McMichael
was seen approaching. Johnston
started out to meet him and when
they were about ten feet apart the
men began shooting. McMichael fired
the first shot. His dying statement
last night is to the effect that John-
ston called nim a vile name and
started to draw a revolver, when Mc-
Michael quickly drew his own pistol
and was the first to shoot. Brown
and other witnesses maintain that
Johnston made no movement to draw
a weapon until he was fired upon.
This testimony as given by the wit-
nesses at the inquest goes to show
that Johnston was hit by the first
shot from his opponent's pistol and
began to walk backward as though
mortally wounded. It is said he re-
treated some thirty feet. McMichael
revolver seemed to be making a ter-
followed and Johnston drawing his
rible effort to use the revolver which
he had drawn from his pocket and
did finally succeed in firing two shots
at his opponent and then dropped to
the ground a corpse.
Brown who was standing some dis-
tance to the west of Johnston then ad-
vanced witlT a drawn pistol and com-
menced. firing at McMichael as the
latter was retreating. JvIcMlchael had
"You are just the damned of}
a b I am looking for" and threw \ than eat
his hand back to his hip pocket to J, jla neat
grand eastern division, and R. E.
Torrington, division freight agent.
C. E. Billingsley last evening re-
ceived a telegram from General Sol-
icitor Hagarman announcing that
President House of the M., K. & T.,
had signed the guarantee required of
the M., K. & O., and that the final pa-
pers were ready\ for delivery in St.
This closes up the last detail in the
long-drawn out railroad deal and work
on securing the right of way throu h
Guthrie and east to the county line
a versatile cuss.
Golobie's record as a! will be taken up without delay.
draw his revolver. Seeing this aid j chronic pessimist and truth annihil- PRESIDENT ROUSE
believing Johnston fully intended to ator commende(i him at once to the I SIGNS GUARANTEE,
kill him, McMichael reached for his Republican committee who employed These gentlemen had been on a tour
own pistol ana as he drew it out saw jlim for the campa|gn to double his of inspection over the Eastern Okla-
that Johnston really had a revolver.
lying capacity. Golobie certainly
McMichael then fired first and then i earns j,jg money. The very fact that
both began shooting. E. E. Brown th0 trutft .g nQt ,n hjm when u comes
also commenced aring at McMichael. I tQ referrjng to Democracy, makes him
The latter was hit after Johnston
| a valuable adjunct to a committee
had fired two shots (Johnston only, composed o( politlcai iiars.
fired two shots in all.) McMichael ]
never at any time pointed his weapon
The statement was signed by two
of McMichael's attending pnysicians
as witnesses and was also heard by
Deputy Sheriff Jack Mayse.
A startling phase of the case de-
veloped late last night, when County
Attorney Chambers came into pos-
session of new testimony corrobor-
ating McMichael's dying statement.
Mr. Chambers said in substance:
"I have oelieved, up to this time,
that E. E. Brown would not be held
in this matter, uut 1 am now satis-
fied that he will be held to the grand
jury for I now have the testimony of
a responsible eye witness to the
tragedy who corroborates the state-
homa, and left for Purcell at noon.
Their stop in Guthrie was for the j
purpose of perfecting arrangements
for the erection of the new depot
A well authenticated rumor has it
that General Manager H. U. Mudge,
one of the members of the party, will j
shortly be promoted to the position j
of third vice president of the Santa
Fe system, in recognition of his j
splendid services and ability as a
railroad man. The rumor has it that!
the present third vice president, J. |
W. Kendrick, will soon go to the
DELEGATES FOR M'NEAL.
The Republican congressional con-
vention met this morning and imme-
diately adjourned until j.:30 this af-
The convention was called to order
this afternoon by Chas H. Filson,
W. H. Merten was chosen to act as
temporary chairman. L. P. Jones of west.inghouse air brake people, with
Lawrie, for temporary secretary. W.' headquarter3 in Europe, and that Mr.
T. Walker of Guthrie, assistant secre- Mudg0 ia sIateJ t0 SUCCeed him
taryl These officers were afterwards j
KANSAS DON'T WANT
I By Associated Press.]
Topeka, Kas., June 17.—Governor
Stanley today notified Governor Fer-
guson of Oklahoma, that the state of
Kansas could care for her S00 convicts
no longer than Oklahoma could pre-
pare a place to keep them.
The governor has just dscovered
that the contract relating to the care
of prisoners of the territory In Kan-
sas was made is an emergency order
when Oklahoma was young, and prob-
ably is an illegal document at pres-
ent. Oklahoma gets he|- prisoners
cared for at actual c«Jst, and escapes
the responsibility of their care and
has no money invested in a peniten-
tiary. To this Kansas objects.
Governor Ferguson, when his atten-
tion was called to the above dispatch,
said he had, as yet received no notice
as required by law from the Kansas
authoritldss, terminating the contract,
but he said that owing to the fact that
the act of congress making appropria-
tion for legislative expenses for Okla-
homa had expressly forbidden the
erection of any public institutions, it
would be impossible for the territory
to build a penitentiary for at least two
years longer. If the state of Kansas
should terminate the contract, he
would be obliged to contract with
some one else. He considered the
prohibition in the appropriation bill
a big mistake, and said there should
have been some exceptions to its pro-
vision. The present contract was en-
tered into by the following authority:
The act ot congress, June 16, 1880,
(2i Stat. L. 259), provides that the
legislative assemblies of the several
territories may make such provision
for the care and custody of such per-
sons as shall have been convicted of
crimes as they may deem proper, and
may for that purpose make contracts
for the care and custody of convicts
in any other state or territory.
The contract with the state of Kan-
sas, for the care of Oklahoma con-
victs, made in pursuance of the above
authority, was also authorized by Sec.
1, chap. 64, Stat. Okla., 1893, at page
739, and is as follows:
"Sec. 1. The governor of the ter-
ritory of Oklahoma is hereby author-
ized and empowered to contract, in
the name of the territory with the
proper authorities of some other state
or territory, for the care and custody
of such persons as may be convicted
qf crimes punishable in the peniten-
tiary, by the courts of this territory,
and to bind this territory to the faith-
ful performance of such contract or
The present existing contract was
entered into between H. t>. I.andes,
warden of the Kansas penitentiary;
and ex-Governor C. M. Barnes, on
the first day of July, 1898, and the
provisions for terminating it is as fol-
"This contract to continue for one
year from and after this date and
until terminated by notice. Sixty
days' notice in writing by either party
may terminate this contract."
TO OPEN GRAZING LANDS.
Motion to Reconsider Vote by Which
the Bill Was Defeated.
[By Associated Press.]
Washington, D. C., June 18.—In the
house, Underwood (Ala.), at the re-
quest of Mr. Stephens (Texas), enter-
ed a motion to reconsider the vote by
which the bill to open 480,000 acres
in the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache
reservations in Oklahoma was defeat-
ed at the session last night. He said
he would not press the motion at this
time. The house then went into com-
mittee of the whole and entered upon
consideration of the general defici-
ency appropriation bill.
Again Form a Turbulent Mob on the
(By Associated Press.)
Chicago, III,, June 18.—The corn pit
was again the scene of a turbulent
mob of grain speculators today.
Prices soared skyward under manipu-
lation of the crowd that has cornered
the July options and as quickly drop-
ped with a thud. Every trader in the
pit was kept guessing as to what
would be the price at the end of the
day. Natural conditions were entire-
ly ignored. In the first ten minutes
advances of 1% cents were made. In
the next hour prices slumped three
cents. All sorts of conjectures were
made as to the final outcome of the
corner. Privato elevators are mak-
ing contracts for corn as fast as pos-
sible in orger to trade in and over-
come the congested condition.
SECRETARY GRIMES HOME.
Says Flynn Positively Will Not Be a
STRIKERS MAKE TROUBLE.
| Speeches were made by F. H. Greer,
O. R. Fegan ana J. C. Strang.
| The following were chosen as com-
! mittee to assiet J. W. McNeal in se-
(By Associated Press.)
Seattle, Wash., June 18.—Every in-
coming train today has brought large
— . . . parties to the annual meeting of the
ment which McMichael has made and i ec ng eiega es an as many a Waghington State Bankers' associa
ternates to tne congressional conven-
tion at Enid:
T. A. Hunt, Marshall township;
George Campbell, Antelope; Sam Jor-
dan, Iowa; F. H. Greer and JC. Strang
says that McMichael was entirely
justified in shooting Johnston and
acted in self defense. I prefer not to
give the name of this witness for the
The First Victim.
E. W. Johnston was born in Nema-
ha county in northern Kansas, and
was twenty-three years of age at the
time of his tragic death. His father
removed to a tarm near Cushing,
Payne county, Oklahoma, about ten
years ago and young Johnston attend-
ed school there until about 1897, when
he entered the University of Oklaho-
ma at Norman. He was a student at
the institution at the opening of the
war with Spain. He enlisted in B
WAS COMANCHE, I. T.
tion, whicn convenes tomorrow morn-
ing. At the headquarters of the local
secretary there was a busy scene to-
day. The registers were the objective
[ point of a large crowa of bankers and
visitors from abroad, who had to wait
and take their turn at registering and
receiving the official credentials. The
Programme is the most notable ever
Are arranged tor a meeting of the kind
i in the Pacific northwest. Besides
Policeman and Striker Wounded in a
(By Associated Press.)
Paterson, N. J., June 18.—A meet-
ing of the striking dyers' helpers to-
day was followed by a riot In which
one policeman and one of the rioters
was shot. The wounded policeman,
Chas. Robinson, received a bullet
wound in the arm. The wounded
striker was shot in tffe neck. He was
carried away by his comrades and the
police have not learned his name. The
trouble did not last long and the mob
soon dispersed and quiet was restored.
Secretary and Mrs. William Grimes
are home from Washington, D. C.,
whore they were the guests of Dele-
gate and Mrs. D. T. Flynn.
In response to a question as to
whether Mr. Flynn would be for a re-
fnomination this year, Secretary
"Under no circumstances will Mr.
Flynn accept a renomlnatlon this
year. He fully authorize.! me so to
say to the Republican party of the
territory, and he means just what he
says. He considers he was justified,
four years ago,, in accepting the nomi-
nation after having stated he would
not run, as all the candidates joined
in the demand that he become a can-
didate. No such conditions exist this
year ,and Delegate Flynn would con-
sider It a dishonorable act to take the
nomination under any circumstances,
In view of his early and explicit re-
fusals to allow his name to be con-
BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Sample How Republican Lies
The morning ginseng discovers a I leading bankers from all parts of this j
mares nest in Bill Cross' Comanche state the participants will Include
speech. All the thuiitier is knocked | Prominent capitalists and financiers
out of the Capital's balderbash when j from other part? of the country.
one considers that Cross delivered j
this speech at Comanche, Indian ter-, Walt Wagner has recovered from
ritory, and not Comanche, Okla. | an illness of several weeks.
Hold Session in This City Today and
The territorial board of education
held a session in the office of Supt. of
Public Instruction Baxter today. Rou-
tine business only was transacted.
Certificates of graduation were is-
sued to students in the common
schools of Oklahoma as follows:
Woods county, 12; Pottawatomie
county, lfi; Oklahoma "minty, 20;
Greer county, 10; Garfield county, 25.
In another column will be found the
advertisement of the College of the
Sisters of Bethany, Topeka, Kansas.
Mrs. Mary Adelaide Walker, from
Teachers' College, Columbia universi-
ty, New York, has just been secured
as principal of this institution.
Bishop Millspaugh went to New-
York and met her, and after seeing
her testimonials, and finding she was
a teacher and principal of experience
both In the West and East, he at
once engaged her for the position.
Mi's. Walker is a woman of great In-
tellectual culture, social refinement
and Christian earnestness. She has
been for a long time Interested in the
education of girls on these lines. She
is young enough to Interest herself In
those things which Interest young wo-
men, and thus fs able to direct them
Mothers and fathers who want the
home Influence, wnich cannot be
will find It in the College of the Sisters
will find It I nthe College of the Sisters
of Bethany, Topeka; and at the same
time their girls will receive a thor-
ough and complete education. The
College buildings of stone have a
campus of twenty acres in the heart
of the city of Topeka.
Burlington, Vt., June 18.—The first
district Republican convention here
today resulted in the renomination of
Congresman O. J. Foster.
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