The Lawton Constitution (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 218, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 20, 1916 Page: 1 of 4
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VOLUME XV— NO. 218.
H*. TTf-sforical Society.
THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION
LAWTON. OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY EVENING. APRIL 20, 1916.
DAIT Y KDITION
LONDON, April 20.—Dissolution of
Parliament and a general election
over the conscription crisif are pre-
dicted in the lobbies of the House of
It is reported Premier Asquith ha*
failed to conciliate members of the
Cabinet favoring immediate general
conscription and that he will so in-
dicate to Parliament tomorrow after*
The rumors could not lie confirmed,
hut were freely discussed by members.
Individual parliamentary experts
declared that a general election would
result in the formation of a conserva"
tive Cabinet, headed by Andrew Bonar
Lhw, now Secretary for the Colonies,
with the Liberals as the active oppo-
MUST FILE NAMES FOR
OFFICE BY JUNE It.
The period for filing applicative
for places on the tickets for t id com-
ing primary election of state and dis-
trict officers will begin April 23.
The last day on which candidates for
these offices may file their applica-
tions this year will be June 11. Ap-
plications may !)• sent to the secre-
tary of the state election board be-
ginning April 23 and the filing will
be in time. No applications received
after June 11 can be considered. The
primary election will be held this year
on August 1.
Candidates for "county offices must
file their petitions for plaecs on the
primary election ballot not mote than
ninety nor less than thirty days be-
fore such election. This year the
dates for filing will be between May
3 and June 30, the last date for filing
being the last date named.
BROTHER OF JOHN A. FAIN
DEAD IN COLEMAN, TEXAS.
Funeral services for Charles Fain,
brother of John Fain of Oklahoma
City, United States district attorney
for t/. western district of Oklahoma,
Were held Wednesday in Coleman,
Texas. The funeral had been planned
for Tuesday, but was postponed owing
to the non-arrival of a sister, who was
delayed at El Paso, Texas, by a train
A number of the members of the
Lawton Masons went over to Cache
last night to attend the third degree
initiation, put on by the Cache lodge
Mr. Rose was the candidate. A ban-
quet was given in the visitors' honor
and an enjoyable trip was had by the
following local men: Messrs. Harpe,
Brigham, White, Ridgley, Diel, Mad-
den, McLennan, Rensch, Baker and
TO SET CLOCK BACK AN
HOUR TO SAVE LIGHTS.
PARIS, April 20.—In order to save
light and fuel the Chamber of Deput-
ie voted unanimously to set back the
clock an hour during the summer
months throughout the Nation.
Germany took similar action a short
CiL \8GOVV, SCOTLAND,
WAR EXTRA RECEIVED
Joe Higgins received a copy of a
war extra of the Glatj.row Evening
Times of April 2, telling of the Zep-
pelin raid and capture. The extra de-
scribe? the scenes graphically. In it,
too, is a temperance sermon and a
column giving a list of the officers
killed, and those that ate missing and
have not been accounted for.
The paper is devoted entirely to war
news, was printed on a Sunday night
and is sold for 'one half penny."
Sam Maddux has appointed the fol-
lowing men as precinct registrars for
Comanche county. The appointments
are good ones.
Brown Township, Precinct No. 1, J.
I). Davis; 1 recinct No. A. C. Truax.
Chandler, Lafe Brown.
Crosby, Precinct No. 1, Lon Saw-
yer; Precinct No. 2, Edward T. Miller.
Hulen, Will Miller.
Lawton, Precinct No. 1, Albert Lan-
doll; Precinct No. 2, Fred Heinz.
Lincoln, Precinct No. 1, F. M. John;
Precinct No. 2, C. C. Crooks.
Indiahoma, J. D. Pool.
Mangum, Precinct No. 1, J. B.
Clark; Precinct No. 2, R. C. Tate.
McMaster, T. 1
Lake, J. D. Lam...
Paynter, R. T. Smith
Quanah, A G. Norris.
Richards, Precinct No. 1, Jno. Sut-
ton; Precinct No. 2, Perley R. Ben-
nett; Precinct No. 3, Vick Sparling.
Wichita, Precinct No. 1, Jno. R.
Kay; Precinct No. 2, V. L. Judy; Pre-
cinct No. 3, J. S. Dane.
Zella, Clarence Rybolt.
Lawton City, Ward No. 1, Precinct
No. 1, Dr. W. B. Mead; Precinct No. 2,
W. C. Ha sen beck
Ward No. 2, Piucinct No 1, C. C.
Black; Precinct No. 2, L. J. J. Gwinn.
Ward No. 3, Precinct No. 1. C. A.
Carney; Precinct No. 2, Henry J. Cas-
Ward No. 4, John Boetner
Ward No. 5, Precinct No. 1, E. A.
Tucker; Precinct No. 2. J. V. McGee.
IK) NOT DRIVE
Uncle Dick Sanders, commis-
sioner of public property, was
"broken up" this morning and did
not know whether to shed tears
or 'think'' cus word- out loud.
Mr. Sanders has taken great
pride in the Gore boulevard work
and succeeded in getting it all
gi aded out of the lot funds with
out costing the city a penny. It
was put in fine condition between
the street crossings, being sur-
faced perfectly smooth.
To the great amazement of Mr.
Sanders and every one else, neo-
ple drove across those fine sur-
faced park places and plowed
them up while muddy by driving
across, instead of keeping the
crossings at each block. This
driving across the park places
must stop * new ordinance and
heavy one is coming to cover this.
It will be stopped or the city of-
ficials will know the reason why.
SUBMARINE WARFARE ON
COMMERCE MUST CEASE
Gist of President's Address
ELECTRIC SIGN DROPS,
The large electric sign over the
Whitney Shoe store took a sudden
downward fling this morning hitting
one of the glass windows at the top a
big jolt smashing it into hundreds of
pieces. The wire supporting the sign
came loose, letting it drop down on
CONVENES MAY 1.
A special term of the district court
will convene on May 1 Judge Cham
Jones, presiding, at which tinu mo-
lions and demurrers will be heard. On
May 2 and 3, court cases wil! be heard
and on May 8, continuing one week
civil jury cases will be heard.
c c. hammonds
State Fire Marshall C. C. Ham-
monds of Oklahoma iCty, arrived in
Lawton Wednesday night, spending
Thursday here visiting the city fire
department and making a general in-
spection of conditions relative to fires.
Mr. Hammonds was shaking hands
th old friends this morning, who are
►ays plad to see him, as Mr. Ham-
monds resided in Lawton before re-
moving to Oklahoma City.
Rev. Leake will commence a week's
meeting next Sunday at the Baptist
I church. He will be assisted by Rev.
Wells of Walters.
Forecast For Oklahoma—Tonight
fair, colder, frost, Friday fair.
Temperature for 24 hour period be-
ginning 7 a. m., Wednesday:
Mean Temp 68
Maximum this da«* last year ....70
Minimum this date last yea r 51
Mean Temp, this date last year ... .60
Precipitation for 24 hours ending
April 20th, 7 a. m., 0.00.
FRANK M. HEAD,
Judge B. N. Woodson •and wife of
Walters were in Lawton yesterday on
business and made this office a pleas-
ant call. Judge Woodson is propiretor
of the New Era at Walters, and is one
of the best old "scouts" in the state.
Lydia D. Barber has filed suit
against Wm. McBee, H. L. Wilson, J.
M. Bellamy, to cancel an oil lease on
Mrs. W. S. Stevens, who has been
confined to the Southwestern hospital
for some time has been removed to her
home, 403 C avenue.
The complaint filed against W. E.
Long, as being isnane is being heard
this afternoon in the couty court.
Medical Society will meet tonight in
the Business Men's club rooms instead
of Dr. General Pinnel s office.
II is our desire to give you perfect delivery and ser-
vice at all times, and we request you to notify us at the
above phone number if you do not get full weight, cour-
teous treatment and prompt delivery.
eggs: die in
DEATH OF BOYS.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 20.—
Whether candied Easter eggs eaten
by Herbert and Roy Myc.s, 4 and 3
years of age, caused their sudden
death is the subject of a searching in-
vestigation by Coroner Poole. Aid of
the State Chemist has been enlisted.
The Coroner places little faith in
the belief of some that the brilliant
dyes contained poison, hut believe
poison might have been placed in the
eggfc. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam A. Myers, held to this theory.
The little brothers died within fif-
teen minutes after eating Easter
"Mamma, I can't stand up," said
Herbert, and died within a few min-
utes in his mother's arms.
"Papa, I can't get well," said P.oy,
as he followed his older brother.
These were the only words uttered
by the children after they wore strick-
en. This is regretted by the authori-
ties, for it was suggesteJ that the
children might have eaten something
All of the symptoms are of strych-
nine poisoning, says the family doctor.
We want your co-operation and will appreciate it
find deem it a kindness if you notify us, should yon have
the slightest reason to complain.
Fred Thompson unloaded a Hudson
Super-Six yesterday, which has been
purchased by Mrs. G. M. Paschal. This
is the first Super-Six Mr. Thompson
has been able to get.
Lloyd Garrett of New York City is
1 here visiting at the home of N. A.
Robertson. Mr. Garrett and Miss
Pansy Rol>ertson vrere school mates.
j Society |
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Hold Last Meeting.
The last meeting for the club year
of the Bide-a-Wee club was held yes-
terday at the home of Mrs. Joe Hig-
gins. The usual diversion, that of
needlework, was enjoyed by the ladies
throughout the afternoon. At an ap-
propriate hour the hostess served a
delicious two course luncheon to :he
following members: Mesdames Cones,
Bogg-. Seaman, Kcehler, Payne, Ad-
kinson, Richaitls, McCaskill, I lord;
little Misses Kathryn Koehler and
Minor Ebel Boggs.
''luh With Mrs. Young.
The regular meeting of the Wednes-
day Auction club was held yesterday
with Mrs. John Young as hoftess.
Mrs. Stewart Miller was awarded 'he
club prize and Miss Topsy ShipTc/ 16-
ceived the guest prize. Both ladies re-
ceived a silver salad fork. At the con-
clusion of the games, luncheon was
served to the following: Mesdames
Graybill, Blair, Dole, Wolf, Miller, Ed
Moll, Witney, White, Bixby Rowell,
Keys, J. Keys, Hurt, Miss Topsy Ship-
ley and Miss Deinstag of Chicago.
Domestic Science Club
Met Yesterday Afternoon.
The regular meeting of the Domestic
Science club was held yesterday after-
noon at the home of Mrs. Harry Brig-
ham on Arlington avenue. Roll call
proved to be very amusing, members
answering to quotations from a 4,fun
maker.After the minutes were read,
the business session followed and the
following ladies were elected as dele-
gates to the District federation to be
held at Duncan in May: Delegates,
Mesdames Henry Brigham and Fouts;
alternates, Mesdames Cox and W. Y.
Riley. At yesterday's meeting the club
voted to give an additonal five dollars,
to the scholarship fund for the young
lady attending Cameron college. Those
present at the meeting were: Mes-
dames Watson, Bayles, H. Brigham,
Brigham, Hammond, Cox, Shepler,
Westbrook, Riley, Slaten, Ray, Tabor
Wolverton Sheppard, Fouts, Williams,
Dunn and Garner.
The Mothers' Club held the last bus-
iness meeting of the club year in the
Emerson building, Monday afternoon,
The greuter part of the afternoon
was given over to business matters of
Reports from the treasurer and
rest room hoard were read %nd ap-
Delegates were elected to go to the
federation at Duncan.
Mesdpmes Hornaday and Weimer,
Mesdames Gwinn and Barber, algi-
The following officers were elected
for the ensuing year:
President, Mrs. Winchell Barber.
Vice President, Mrs. Ray.
Secretary, Mrs. Frank Weimer.
Treasurer, Mrs. Johnson.
Rest Room Board. President, Mrs.
J. Li* Gwinn; Collector, Mrs. Ogle;
Matron Advisor, Mrs. Freese.
The program was rendered with
Mrs. Ray as leader.
Papers were read and discussed on
the joint guardinas'nip law and uni-
form marriage and divorce laws. Im-
portant points were brought out in the
The club deciaed to give u home tal-
It has become painfully evident that
the position which this government
took at the very outset is inevitable,
namely, that the use of submarines
for the destruction of an enemy's eonr
mmerce is, of necessity, because of the
character of the vesels employed and
the very methods of attack which
their employment of course involves,
utterly incompatible with the princi"
pies of humanity, the long-established
and incontrovertible rights of neu-
trals, and the sacred immunity of non-
I have deemed it my duty to say to
the German Imperial government that
unless it should now immediately
declare and effect an abandonment of
its present methods of warfare against
passenger and freight carrying vessels
this government can have no choice
but to sever diplomatic relations with
the government of the German empiry
The commanders of German under-
seas vessels .... have delivered then-
attacks without compaction against
vessels of every nationality and bound
u] on every sort of errand.
Tragedy has followed tragedy on
the stas in such fashion, with such at-
tendant circumstances, as to make it
gio^sly evident that warfare of such a
sort, if warfare it be, cannot be car-
ried on without the most palpable vio-
lation of the dictates alike of right and
The roll Americans who have lost
their lives on ships thus attacked am'
-strov * has grown month by month
until the ominous toll has mounted in-
to the hundreds.
The law of nations. .. .is not of re-
cent origin or founded upon merely
arbitrary principles set up by con-
vention. It is based... .upon manifest
and imperative principles of humanity
and has long been established with the
approval and by the express assent of
a.i civilized nations.
We are....the responsible spokes"
man of the rights of humanity, and we
cannot remain silent while those
rights seem in process of being swept
utterly away in the maelstrom of this
A general invitation has been ex-
pended to all high school pupils and
particularly all seniors to attend the
Interscholastic high school meet at the
University of Oklahoma on May 4, 5,
and 6, at which time the program will
be such and varied enough in its na-
ture that it will appeal to every stud-
An especial effort is being made this
>ear, to make this track meet one of
the best ever hdd. Many are pianr.'ni;
cr. going frorr. Lawton. Some v/iil en-
ter the vario'js contests an! othes
will go for the general conferences
which are always held at that time.
It will pay all you students to get
acquainted with the University and
its benefits,for the University of Okla-
homa is the institution for yeu to at-
tend if you are seeking one of higher
learning. There is only one way for
the great state of Oklahoma to build
up her educational institutions and
that is for all her fair daughters and
sons to attend this growing institu-
ent play in the near future for the
purpose of raising money to furnish
the club room next year.
Tonight ae the home of Rev. nnd
Mrs Harper at their home at the In-
dian Mission, the Christian Fndeavor
(if the Congregational church will have
a social. The parry will «o oat on the
street car and a ,*eneral &ood time is
If it still is the purpose of the im-
perial government to prosecute relent-
lessly an indiscriminate warfare
against vessels of commerce by the
use of submarines, without regnrd to
what the United States must consider
the sacred and indisputable rules of
international law and the universally
recognized dictates of humanity, the
government of the United States is at
last forced to the conclusion that there
is l ut one course it can pursue.
Unless the imperial government
should now immediately declare and
effect an abandonment of its present
methods of submarine warfare against
passenger and freight carrying vessels
the government of the United States
can have no choice but to sever diplo-
matic relations with the German em-
If the sinking of the Sussex has
^"^n an isolated case, the government
of the United States might find it pos-
sible to hope that the officer who was
responsible for that act had willfully
violated his orders, or had been
criminally negligent in taking none of
the precautions they prescribe, end
that the end of justic might be satis-
fied by imposing upon him r«ii ade-
quate punishment, coupled with a
formal disavowel of the act and pay-
ment of a suitable indemnity by the
imperial government. But, though the
attack upon the Sussex was manifest-
ly an indefensible act, that caused a
loss of life so tragic as to make it
stand forth as one of the most terrible
examples of (be inhumanity of sub'
marine warfare, as the commanders of
German vessels are conducting it, un-
happily does not stand alone.
On the contrary, the government of
the United States is forced by recent
events to conclude that it is only one
instance, even though one of the most
extreme and most distressing in-
stances, of the deliberate method and
spirit of indescriminate destruction of
merchant vessels of all sorts, nation-
alities and destinations, which have
become more and more unmistakable
as the activity of German undersea
vessels of war has in recent montlis
been quickened and extended.
At assembly yesterday at th<> high
school, the matter of consideration of
sending the editor-in-chief, Miss Lu-
cile Kerans and the business manager,
Peter Higgins, to Norman, Okla., to
the Publication Association, which is
to be held in May, the vote was unani-
mous. This is indeed a nice compli-
ment to the high school and to the edi-
tors of the high school magazine. Mr.
Higgins will be allowed to give a
thirty minutes talk on how he and the
editor-in-chief have made the maga-
zine a success, at the conference.
Mr. and Mrs. Kelsey Kenningto , of
Los Vegas, New Mexico, wl e
been visiting friends west of the city
left this morning for Altus, Okla.,
where they will visit for a week be-
fore returning to their home. They
were impressed very much with the
beauty of Lawton and her surround-
ings and may decide to return here to
reside, if they can dispose of their
property holdings in their present
Horses and Mules
from 5 to 10 years
old, 15 to 16 hands
C. S. THOMAS
WASHINGTON, I). C„ April 20.—
"Unless the Imperial German Govern-
ment should now immediately declare
and effect an abandonment of it* pre-
sent methods of warfare against pas-
senger and freight-carrying vesela,
this government can have no choice
but to sever diplomatic relations with
the Government of the German Em-
This declaration was made by Presi-
dent Wilson to Congress Wednesday
afternoon at the climax of a message
in which he indicated in severest terms
the German submarine cnmpaiirn.
' Thi: (It i; ion I have arrived at,"
the President added, ''with the keenest
regret, the possibility of action con-
templated I am sure all thoughtful
Ar.ioricans lock forward to with unaf-
The latest- note to Germany, which
expresses the views the President re-
lated to Congress, was cabled to Ber-
The President was grave and earn-
est as he spoke. Congress and the gal-
leries scarcely stirred until he finish-
ed. No applause interrupted
APPLAUSE AND "REBEL" YELL.
A full minute after the President
ceased speaking, a brief storm of ap-
plause broke, with the members on the
fleoi and in the ga'leries participating.
A "rebel' yell, given when he enter-
ed the chamber, was not repeated.
At the height >f the cheering the
President stepped down from the
Speakers platform and departed from
the cham'er. He entered his auto and
was driven directly back to the White
The President had made no request
of Congress. He has simply fulfilled a
premise that he would advise Con-
gress in case he took action such as he
reported Wednesday having taken.
Senator* returned to their cliamber
and the House resumed consideration
cf its agricultural bill.
Events occured Wednesday as fol-
12:30 p. m.—President Wilson left
the White House.
12:58 p. m.—President arrived at
the House chamber.
1 p. m.—Started reading his mes-
1:15 p. m.—Finished reading his
President returned immediately to
the White House.
MRS. WILSON IN GALLERY.
Mrs. Wilson arrived in the Presi-
dents gallery fifteen minutes before
t'*e hcur set for th? President's ap-
The earliest occupant of the diplo-
matic gallery was John Barrett, Di-
rector-General of the Pan-American
Union. He was joined soon after by
the Swedish Minister, W. A. Eken-
gren, and wife; the Italian Ambassa-
dor, V. Machhi di Cellere, and wife,
and Lady Spring-Rice, wife of the
Counselor Frank Polk of the State
Department was the first representa-
tive in the State Department gallery.
Secretary Lansing decided Wednes-
day afternoon to give out the Presi-
dent's note to Germany immediately.
E. P. McMahon of this city was
elected as grand principal sojourner
for the comnig year, by the Grand
Chapter Royal Arch Masons at their
twenty-third annual convocation at
Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon.
Now is the time to place your orders for spring work. A com
stock of Wall Paper, Paints, Floor Finishes, Alabastine
Enamels. Window Shades and Glass.
Mrs. J. Sheppard of lawton, route 2
and daughter, Mrs. Dixie Gore of Tul
sa, Okla., are in the city today visiting
with friends and shopping.
A L. LUND
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