The Lawton Constitution (Lawton, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 227, Ed. 1 Monday, May 1, 1916 Page: 1 of 4
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THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION
VOLUME XV—Na 227.
LAWTON. OKLAHOMA, MONDAY EVENING, MAY 1, 191#
DAI! Y EDITION
EL PASO, May 1.—The conference
between Gen. Alvaro Obregon, min-
ister of war in Carranza's cabinet,
with full plenary power from the
4'iirst chief," and Generals Hugh L.
Scott and Frederick Funston, repre-
senting the United States, in regard
to the military situation in Mexico,
"uas been halted temporarily.
The first conference was held Sat-
urday afternoon and it was announced
Sunday hat there will be no further
meeting until a reply is received to
the message sent to Secretary Baker
by Scott and Funston in regard to the
proposals made on both sides at that
It is considered probable that the
secretary of war will confer with the
President before sending further in-
structions to the Ameryran represen-
tatives, but an early reply is expect-
Obregon, at the conference Satur-
day afternoon, asked for the immedi-
ate withdrawal of the punitive expe-
dition. He said by no" other course
could war between "his people and the
United States be averted.
The first demand was made v, iih-
out qualifications. The experienced
American generals, however, expect
the Mexican officials ultimately to
yield to an agreement for a reason-
able time limit.
It is t le known purpose of General
Scott *o insist upon sufficient time
to disperse the bandits and restore
order in Northern Mexico. In the
meantime, he will demand as evidence
of the good faith on the part of the
de facto government permission to
use the railroads.
The first session of the conference
opened in the Juarez customs house
at 5:06 o'clock and ended at 7 o'clock
Saturday evening. While waiti.^ for
the American generals to arrive, one
of General Obregon's staff officers
"General Obregon has but one in-
struction from the de facto govern-
ment: That is to demand the with-
drawal of the American punitive ex-
pedition from Mexican soil at once.
He will take up no other matters.
''In the event Scott and Funston re-
fuse this and insist on the troops re-
maining longer in Mexico and demand
vo-ope ration of Carranza soldiers,
their will be war. Obregon will go to
join his forces. Every Mexican soldier
will unite to fight the common enemy
—the United States.
' There will be extension of time
granted by Obregon for the withdraw-
al. This attitude is made imperative
by public sentiment in the interior of
Mexico. This sentment is so strong
(Continued On Page Three.>
The final windup of the Comanche
County Athletic Association took
place at the court house on Saturday
afterroon where the spelling contest
was held. Miss Lillian Waid of
Mountain View, District 14; and Miss
Lucile Wilson of Geronimo, spelled off
the tie in the common school spelling.
Miss Waid was the winner of the sil-
ver medal and free trip to Oklahoma
City to enter the state contest which
is to be held on Wednesday afternoon
at 1:30 o'clock at the high school. In
this contest of Saturday the contest
ants spelled one hundred words.
Ir 'he elementary spelling contest
Mis acna Birdsong of Cache and
Miss liable Miller of Fletcher spelled
off the tie for third place, Miss Bird-
song, winner. This is simply an honor
contest. Twenty-five words were
spelled. Both contests were conducted
by the County Superintendent, Mrs.
Mrs. Crosby will leave tomorrow in
company with Miss Waid for Oklaho-
ma City, where Miss Waid will enter
state contest and Mrs. Crosby will at-
tend a state meeting of the county su-
perintendents called by the State Su-
perintendent. On Thursday evening at
a banquet at the Lee-Huckins, Mrs.
Crosby will appear on the program
and has prepared a paper on the sub-
ject of "Our Possibilities.'' On Friday
afternoon if Norman, Okla., there
will be a conference of the high school
superintendents to discuss the stand-
ardization of school. Mrs. Crosby will
famous every voter. eligible to vote !n
bandits nov.. should register it once.
killed; in their respective precincts
MUST REGISTER BETWEEN
MRY I AND MAY II
District court, Judge Cham Jones,
presiding heid a half day's session
this morning of the fifteenth judicial
district. Demurrers, motions and di-
vorce suits occupied the court's atten-
tion. The following divorces were
granted: Jennie Shumaker from Fred
Shumaker; Clarence Perkins from
Helen Perkins; Edna E. Bowers from
Geo. II. Bower, with custody of child-
The habeas corpus proceedings of
W. E. Long came up for hearing and
the said W. E. Long was asked to ap-
pear in court on May 8 at which time
a further hearing will be had.
MUSKOGEE, Okla., May 1.—Af-
ter trailing Joe and Dave Smith, fu-
gitives from justice, for slightly over
one year, officers shot and killed the
two lawless brothers in the rocky hills
eight miles northeast of Gore, Okla.,
Saturday. When they discovered that
they were trapped, the two men open-
ed fire on the officer., with rifles stol-
en from the co >'t, in Muskogee
when Dave Sm. and two otb • crim-
inals broke jail April 12, 1915. The
fighting lasted only a few minutes
Dave Smith was shot twice. One bul-
let penetrated his heart and he drop-
ped from his horse, dead. Joe Smith
I received a bullet through the breast.
He continued a running fight, al-
though both \. and his mount had re-
ceived bullet wounds. Officers ex-
changed shots with the fleeing fugi-
tive and not until the frightened
horse had carried its rider a quarter
of a mile away did Joe Smith fall to
the road, dead, with a bujlet in his
Dave and Joe Smith, sons of Fa-
Vnous Smith, noted bandit of territori-
al days, were game to the last and
when the officers reached the bodies
lying in the ioad, life extinct. Fa-
mous Smith is paid to have killed
more men than many of the more
widely known outlaws of the old (lavs.
Tht ame blood ran in Dave and Joe
Smith. They shot to kill.
Dave Smith and his brother have
been mentioned in connection with
train robberies and holdups. On theii
dead bodies was foud paraphernalia
used by bank blowers.
The two Smith boys were between
24 and 30 years of age and single.
Dave Smith had been implicated in
several robberies and was convicted
on the charge of burglarizing the
Martin drug store in Porum, being
sentenced to eight years in the state
♦ TURKS CLAIM 13,000 ♦
♦ PRISONERS ARE TAKEN. ♦
♦ AMSTERDAM, May 1. Of- ♦
♦ ficial Berlin dispatches forward- ♦
♦ ing the report of the Turkish ♦
♦ var ofli c I cf the *
♦ kut-el-Ama'-a garrison claimed ♦
♦ 13,000 prisoners were taken. ♦
Forecast For Oklahuitui -Tonight
colder with frost, heavy in north por-
Temperature for 24 hour period be-
ginning 7 a. m., Sunday:
Mean Temperature 53
Maximum this date last year ....80
Minimum this date last year 52
Mean Temp, this date last year . 66
IJrecipitation for 24 hour ending May
l3t, 7 a. m., 0.65.
FRANK M. HEAD,
The following changes are announc-
ed by Sam Maddux, county registrar:
Painter township, precinct one, S. S.
Hollingsworth in place of R. T. Smith;
Mangan township, precinct 2, M. T.
Murphy in place of R. C. Tate; Crosby
township, precinct 2, W. R. Ray in
place of Lon Sawyer; City of lawton,
ward 2, precinct 2, F. L. Meadows at
city hall in place of J. L. J. Gwinn;
ward. 3, ^precinCt 2, N. A; McDufltie in
place of Henry Cassin. :
Every Democrat, every Republican
and every Socialist, who is entitled to
vote in November must register now
in their respective precincts.
Do not neglect this.
Every precinct reirist ration officer
should make every effort to secure a
full registration. The law provides
that all voters, who voted in Novem-
ber. 1914, are automatically register-
ed, but every one of these voters
should see the registration officer and
complete the information and get
A full and complete registration
should he had, and every one should
lend an earnest effort to have this
Do it now.
Mrs. Minnie Hawkins and daughter
JVfl.'s Margueriette, are enjoying, a
visit from Mrs. D. B. Farrar and
daughter, Miss Mary of Lebanon, Mo.
Mrs. Hawkins and Mrs. Farrar are
listers. The Farrars have been visit-
ors in the city before and will be wel-
comed by a number of friends.
.Mrs. George Keith will entertain
the Indies Society of the Congrega-
tional church on Tuesday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock, at her home, 902 Summit
avenue. Mrs. Keith will be assisted by
NOTICE OF REGISTRATION.
Voters of the first precinct qf the
first ward, will register at 309 C
Avenue, Lowenger building, beginning
May 1st and lasting 10 days.
DR. W. B. MEAD, Registrar.
MEN TO GET
NEW YORK, May l.-r-With half a
million men, mainly coal miners, mu-
nition workers and local garment
makers, striking or threatening to
strike, a new era for workingmen
dawned Monday when wages went up
in many industries.
Nea )v iven hundred thousand
I workers will receive an in .Tease in
| pay May I, agreggating five million
three hundred thousand dollars an-
nually. The employes of the United
States Steel company alone will re-
ceive an increaee of a million and a
POWELL DRUG ST
Now is the time to place your orders for spring work. A complete
stock of Wall Paper, Paints, Floor Finishes, Alabastine,
Enamels, Window Shades and Glass.
A. L. LUND
411 D Ave.
Comanche Ice Company
TO GET THK HKST SERVICE
it is necessary we liave your co-
operation. Should you have the slight-
est cause of complaint we will deem it
a favor if you will telephone us.
By working in this manner with
us, we> cEin in time make the service
This Woman Desires
Husbands and Wives
Reminded of Vows
"Why don't yju print the mar-
riage vows some time?"
In a feminine voice this mes-
sawe came over the telephone
wire to the Constitution office
"Print the marriage vows?
Wadayoumean, marriage vows?"
asked the startled reporter who
answered the call.
"The vows that are taken at
the altar by couples who enter in-
to the holy bonds of matrimony.
Why don't you print them some
The reporter thought of re-
plying that the paper didn't
print marriage vows for the i^me
reason it didn't print the ien
commandments, the declaration
of independence or the constitu-
tion of the United States. But
one must be courteous.
"We try to print the news,"
"Well, believe me,' said the
woman "the marriage vows would
be news to about sixty per cent of
the people of this town, includ-
ing a good percentage of those
who have already taken them.
And the woman hung up the
The reporter sat dazed for a
minute and then turned to answer
another phone at which an anxi-
ous inquirer desired him to decide
a bet as to whether or not a
monkey can swim.
Trv Constitution Waot Ad.
Ago Had Killing
Frost This Country
Many old-timers in Lawton and
Comanche county Will recall that
it was on May 1, thirteen years
ago, that this section of the
country experienced a killing
frost. The corn, which was knee
high was killed, as was all vege-
As luck would have it, it did
not frost last night. Had it
cleared up, however, it was cold
enough to have frozen vegeta-
AUNT IN ENGLAND
TO JNO. B.EVANS
John B. Evans, the jeweler, received
a communication this morning from a
law firm in London, England, stating
that his aunt, Miss Elizabeth Steveu-
son, age 58, who had willed him some
property, had recently died, leaving
the main part of her estate to him.
According to Mr. Evans' informa-
tion, the estate is worth between $15,-
000 and $20,000 consisting mostly of
Mr. Evans is originally from Eng-
land having come over to the United
States in 1902. He has been in Law-
ton for the past year and a half and
has many friends in Lawton. His wife
is a Lawton girl, Miss Ruth Stroth-
ers. Mr. Evans does not contemplate
returning to England at this time.
O. E. Thackery, 232 B avenue of
Lawton unearthed an old skeleton Sat-
urday afternoon while dicing sand
out near Cache creek. Se did not know
just exactly what he had gotten into,
when his shovel struck something
hard and he dug deeper to find the
skull and other bones of an Indian it
is presumed. The skeleton has )>een
buri# d for years possibly 30 or mnr#
and is undoubtedly that of an Indian.
By the side of the bones was a rust-
ed bridle bit, some beads and a gun,
all of which goes to show that he was
a hunter, and his huting paraphen-
alia was buried with him.
All the bones and other articles
were gathered together and turned
over to the sheriff's office, where it is
there for exhibit.
BASE BALL TEAMS
RETURN FROM ELECTRA
The base ball boys returned t^s
morning at 3 a. m. from Electra, Tm-
a, where they went to play ball yes-
terday. The va^.e was rained out and
the team had some trouble in getting
Call 448 for cleaning and pressing,
hats cleaned and blocked. The Unique
Tailors. f>-l lm
FOR SALE—Bruce Shoe Shop, 4I8V2 |
FORMER LATWON GIRL
MARRIES IN ST. LOUIS.
Friends in this city have received
word recently of the marriage of El-
sie McClain Bridges, formerly of
near Lawton, to Walter S. Merrell,
son of the late J. J. Merrell, wholesale
druggist of St. Louis, Mo. They
were married by Rev. W. H. Debose,
pastor of the Presbyterian church of
They will reside in Memphis, Tenn.,
where Mr. Merrell has charge of the
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