The Nowata Advertiser. (Nowata, Indian Terr.), Vol. 11, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, April 7, 1905 Page: 1 of 8
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THE NOWATA ADVERTISER.
NOWATA, INDIAN TERRITORY, APRIL 7, 1905.
Two Jurymen In Wife Murderer's Trial
Stubbornly Hold Out Against Capital
Punishment And Are Victorious
AGED MILLED WILL SPEND HIS
DECLINING YEARS IN PRISON
Z. T. Adams, Charged With Murder And
A Crime Par Worse Will Be Tried In
Claremore-News of the U. S, Court
Because two men of the jury of
twelve stubbornly held out against
capital punishment Jacob Muller, the
Bartlesville wife murderer, is saved
from death on the gallows. The case
was given to the jury on Wednesday
afternoon. Through the night and
until yesterday afternoon the twelve
Twice they reported to Judge
Lawrence that they were unable to
agree on the punishment, and twice
they were ordered back to their room
with orders that they must agree.
The vote stood ten for hanging and
two for life imprisonment.
The two were mightier than the
ten, and the verdict fixed the penalty
for cold blooded, premeditated mur-
der at imprisonment for life.
The jurymen were Jonas W. Swan-
nock, B. F. Willis, Clark F. Woody,
Fred Bailey, Isaac Joumeycake, C. H.
Hudson, Frank H. Randall. Arthur
Corf man, Nick Ornuorff, G. R. Bathe,
A. Richardson and Will Mason.
Attorney John D. Wakeley, of
Ochelata, made a splendid fight for
the prisoner, but the odds against
him were too fearful. Wakeley said
last evening that he would at once
file a motion for a new trial on the
grounds that the verdict was forced.
Failing in this be said he would ap-
peal the case.
, The Muller murder was one of the
^ most cold blooded ever committed in
this district. Last spring Jacob
Muller, the aged miller in charge of
the Bartlet mill in Bartlesville,
purchased a revolver with which he
l said "he wanted to kill some big
fish.” The next afternoon he went
from the mill to his home. In the
yard he met his young wife, Fanny,
and, as she ran from him, he poured
the contents of all six cartridges into
her body. She ran half way across
the yard and fell.
4 Immediately after the crime Muller
made many wild statements regarding
intimacy between his wife and his
22-year-old son by a former marriage.
It was said that jealousy was the
principal cause of the crime.
MARTIN CASE ON TRIAL
The case of William Martin, charged
with the murder of William France,
at a dance, near Eton, in 1901, was
begun before a jury yesterday after-
noon. The two young men quarreled
at the dance, a knife was pulled, and
France fell, fatally stabbed. He lived
for eleven months after the fight.
CASES VENUEO TO CLAREMORF
Z. T. Adams, the alleged daughter
t.raducer and child slayer, will not be
tried in Nowata, his case having been
venued to Claremore. The old man
was arraigned in court Wednesday.
»He pleaded not guilty to the two
charges against him, and, through
his attorney, asked for a change of
Adams presented a pitable picture
in the court room. His close confine-
terday and drew the jurors for next
term. The commissioners were, S. D.
Victor, of Afton, John S. Wagnon, of
Centralia, and Clarence King of Len-
The cases of S. R. Lewis, E. B.
Gritt, W. E. Parker. F. A. Parker and
W. E. Chambers, false pretense, were
transferred to Claremore.
William T. Cave, horse stealing, was
granted a continuance.
The disposing of mortgage property
charge against S. A. Simpson was
Jack Foster, charged with killing
John Peters, a restaurant keeper at
Bartlesville, was arraigned and plead-
ed not guilty. His case was continued.
Joe Carson, aggravated assault,
was found not guilty by a jury.
Thus Halfmoon, disturbing peace,
forfeited his bond.
Ed Thomas and Clarence Day, dis-
turbing peace, pleaded guilty and
were fined $10 and costs each.
William Price, larceny and receiv-
ing stolen property, was granted a
William Rowley, town marshal of
I^enapah, who was charged with false
imprisonment by W. T. Cave, entered
a plea of guilty to disturbing the
peace, and was fined $1 and cost.
The officers for this term, besides
Judge Law’rence and Clerk Chandler,
are L. D. Patton, crier; William Weeks
and Claries Thompson, court bailiffs;
Sam Edmonds, grand jury bailiff.
The grand jurors were George
McCaffree, W. C. Yater, John Riner,
W. E. Twit-hell, J. W. Crocket, R. L.
Turner, Dick Vann, C. C. Runyan,
Charles White, George W. Martin
William S. Madden, S. C. Bare.
The case of Frazer Turner, charged
with shooting a son of Clarence King
at Lenapah, with intent to kill, was
transferred to Claremore.
Sam White Turkey and Cy Johnson,
gaming, forfeited their bonds.
Reuben Sarcoxie, larceny and re-
ceiving stolen property, pleaded guilty
and will spend eighteen months at
E. W. Williams, cn three charges
of removing mortgaged property,
pleaded guilty and was sentenced to
one year in prison on each charge.
R. L. Welch, gaming, was fined $20
Mrs. Hurston and Ellen Yount, dis-
turbing the peace, forfeited their
COMMERCIAL CLUB AT WORK
Officers And Directors Are Elected, Committees
Appointed And First Meeting held.
With an enthusiasm that stamped j the officers and directors. Every mem-
success on every step taken the No-1 ber of the club is a committee of one
wata Commercial Glub was organized I to boom Nowata,
last ^ Saturday^ night. The meeting J Right at the beginning President
stitution will practically absorb the
Bank of Centralia, the present officers
of which will be the officers of the
new institution.—Centralia Standard.
• fment in jail is telling upon him, and
be looks two decades older than his
three score years. The pallor of his
face is heightened by his white beard
and hair. His clothes are in rags
and, when he sat down, it could be
seen that the worn shoes were the
only covering for his feet and legp.
It is not known what means Adams
will follow to save himself from con-
■+ Henry Gillum, the young man
charged with introducing stolen prop
erty into the Cherokee nation, also
asked, through his attorneys, Campbell
and Denton, that his case be trans-
ferred to Claremore.
NEWS OK U. 8. COURT.
The criminal docket of the United
States court will be closed tomorrow
jjight, as on Monday morning the
court officials are due in Tahlequuh
for the beginning of the criminal term
there. Judge Lawrence, however,
will probably remain in Nowata next
week, to bear civil and probate mat-
The Jury comminioners met yes-
SIRVEYING ALLUWE TOWNSITE
Oklahoma & Cherokee Central Railroad
Men at Work in Oil Field.
L. D. Cornelius, chief surveyor of
the Oklahoma & Cherokee Central
railroad, with his corps of assistants,
is at Alluwe this week, laying out the
townsite. On account of the oil de-
velopment Alluwe will become an im-
portant shipping point on the 0. & C.
C. R. R. Several of the promoters,
among them Messrs Phillips and Cline,
were in Nowata this week and next
Tuesday Dr. A. M. Gammon, secre
tary of the railroad company, with a
party of easterners, will be here.
All reports regarding the early con-
struction of the road are bright.
Work will be done both ways from
As to whether Bartlesville or
Dewey will be the town in the west
end of the district on the road has
not yet been settled. The bonus
requested of Bartlesville has stagger-
ed the oil town. Dewey is demand-
ing that the road come there, claim-
ing there is a bona-fide contract with
the company to that effect.
Test Well Dry At Dewey.
No. 1 for the Test Oil company in
section 19-27 14, four miles east of
Dewey, failed to find the fliud. This
test was several miles further east
than any other drilled in the Cherokee
in the Bartlesville district. The east
half of range 13 and range 14 have
developed nothing as yet and there is
a hesitancy about testing that section.
The Hogshooter country may develop
a new pocl.
New Carpenters In Town.
H. A. ami J. A. Thompson comprise
a new firm of master carpe. t’rs ami
builders in Nowata. They came from
Broken Bow, Nebraska, and will re-
main permanently. Thompson brothers
are building a new four room house
in the southwest part of town. They
purchased four lots from J. R. Rogers
Messers Thompson are competent
Must Drill One Well.
Indian Inspector Wright has just
been advised by the Secretary of the
Interior that hereafter lessees of oil
lands in the Creek and Cherokee Na-
tions will be required to drill at least
one well upon each lease within
twelve months after the approval of me i
the bond. ’ J ttoD.
was held in Commissioner Gilluly’s
court room. It was a business meeting.
There were no delays.
Rev. Ralph J. Lamb presided. He
called for nominations of officers and
chairmen of committees. The men
who had been selected—the best men
in everyone’s judgment for the
offices they were to fill—were nam-
ed and the ticket went through with
a whoop and a hurrah.
The Commercial emb had a most
auspicious beginning. It was born
amid friendly feeling and began its
career with everyone of the seventy-
one members pulling together on
the same rope and that rope is at-
tached to Nowata.
Watch Nowata grow.
The officers, committee chairmen
and directors selected are as follows:
President, P. S. Powell
Vice President, J. A. Tillotson.
Treasurer, W. J. Endly.
■Secretary, J. C. Denton.
Finance committee, J. A. Wettack.
Manufactures committee, W. L.
Municipal Improvement committee,
L. A. Keys.
Railroad committee, J. W. Glass.
Publicity committee, W. D. Hum-
Roads and Bridges committee,
H. R. Strother.
Entertainment committee, W. J.
Directors, W. F. Gilluly, E. B.
Lawson, Eugene Wilkinson and
W. A. Davis.
There’s a set of men who will do
things. They can be depended upon
to land the best there is for Nowata.
They have the right spirit. They will
work together. Nowata expects
great things of this Commercial Club.
It is not an ornament, but a working
All the work must not be left to
Powell showed that he will be the
president. He has Rooseveltian
President Powell was called upon
for a speech.
“Gentlemen,” he said, "we are go-
ing to work, not talk. We will begin
work now. I want all of the directors
and officers to meet with me in the
First National Bank on Monday
night and we will begin business.”
Vice President Tillotson was called
for. There was applause when he
took the floor, applause during his
speech and applause when he sat
down. Bert Tillotson always has the
knack of hitting the nail squarely on
the head. He shuck a responsive chord
Saturday night. Tillotson will be a
leader who will lead and can be de-
pended upon to be always in the right
The conclusion of the meeting was
a love feast. Everyone felt good, felt
encouraged for Nowata.
MEETING OK DIRECTORS
The first meeting of the officers
and directors was a business one too.
The crying need of Nowata to-day
is better roads and bridges. That
committee is at work. Chairman
Strother reported that he had select-
ed as his assistants Eugene Wilkinson
W. G. Sawyer, W. 0. Strother and
W. A. Whitford.
Chairman Wettack of the commit-
tee on finance, reported his assistants
to be Ben J. Scoville, George McCaf-
ree, J. E. Campbell and F. W. Galer
When money is to be raised th*
finance committee can be depended
upon to go over the town with a fine
An invitation was extended to all
fanners who are interested in Nowata
to join the club.
The first regular meeting of the
club will be held next Monday even-
ing, April, 10.
Cattle Bring Betfer Price*.
Kansas City, April 4.—The liberal
run of 70 cars of cattle was received
in Quarantine division yesterday, and
the quality was by far the best seen
here this winter, taken as a whole.
Market opened yesterday strong to
10 cents higher, and closed 15 higher.
To-day’s market is also active and
higher, and market is 25 to 40 cents
above a week ago. The cattle that
sold two weeks ago at $4.45 to $4.60
now brings $4.90 to $5.10. Heavy
Bteers, 1,340 pounds, sold at $5.40
yesterday. Shortage of desirable
beef steers in Native division this
week has caused buyers to patronize
the Quarantine side better than usual,
and the conditions of this week are
thought to be a forecast of the next
two months or more, indicating a good
market for quarantine cattle in that
time. The receipts are nearly all
steers, market on other classes not
tested fully. Extreme range would
be, cows and heifers $2.75 to $4.25,
bulls $3.00 to $3.75, veals $5.00 to
J. A. RICKART,
L. S. Correspondent.
Indian Ag$nt Has Been Designated
As Officer To Disburse Congress-
ional Appropriation of $ir~?.HC9.8U
MAKE PAYMENT AT THREE TOWNS:
NOWATA IS ONE OF THE THREE
Pay Roll Will Be Prepared at Once And
Sent to Committee of the Tribe For
Final Approval--Payment Will Follow
NOWATA STANDS PAT; ALL
CITY OFFICIALS REELECTED
Tuesday’s Balloting An Unanimous Endorse-
ment of Present Administration.
Mayor. W. D. Humphrey.
Recorder, W. A. Davis.
Aldermen, Harvey Greenwood, L.
A. Keys, W. L. Moore, W. G. Saw-
yer, W. A. Whitford.
For another year, or until after
the first Monday in April, 1906, No-
wata will have a business council.
Tuesday’s election in Nowata was
exciting only on account of the en-
thusiasm prevailing over the reelec-
tion of those men who have given the
city one of the best administrations a
municipality ever received.
It was an election without prece-
dent. On previous occasions of a
similar nature the free born Ameri-
can citizen adcanced to the poles and
of his own free will, exercised the
right given him by the constitution,
cast his ballot for the man or men he
thought best equipped to fulfill the
But in the Nowata city election,
the voter was coerced. He timidly
entered the voting place. There he
was greeted by the stern faces of M.
Woody, A. M. Gott and William j J. P. Gibson.
Moreland, judges, and Orville Dye,
clerk. On the table he saw a bunch
of ballots, which had been furnished
for the occasion by the Nowata news-
“Here,” shouted Clerk Dye, as he
shoved out a ballot toward the voter,
“fold this up and drop it that box.”
That’s all the choice the voter
had. He folded the ballot and
dropped it into the box, and that
ended the performance as far as he
There was only one ticket. Not
another candidate’s name was even
whispered. In fact there were no
Considering the fact that there
were no contests an unusually large
vote was cast, which is an increase to
the high compliment paid to the city
So far as is known now there will
be no change in the appointive offices.
W. R Brady will continue as treasurer
and the duties of marshal and street
commissioner will be performed by
Two House* Going Up.
Contractor W. H. Cochran this
week finished work on the Riley
livery barn and began the erection
of two houses for W. A. Davis in
West Delaware avenue. The new
dwellings will be occupied by H. C.
Davis and G. A. Byington. Mr. Davis
owns the lot on which his house is
being built and will purchase it when
Saw President Roosevelt.
‘Teddy’s all right, you bet, he’s
just a common sort of a man, but
he’s great,” said Indian Policeman
Sam Edmonds yesterday. Sam was at
Muskogee Wednesday when President
Roosevelt passed through, and heard
his speech. He says there were fully
15,000 people in Muskogee and that
the President received a grand ova-
Big Stock Sale.
H. E. Bachelder, of Fredonia, Kan-
sas, will conduct one of the biggest
sales of fine live stock ever held in
Southern Kansas, in Coffeyville, April
27 and 28. The sale will be of tine
Shorthorn and Hereford cattle, Poland
China and Duroc Jersey hogs. Stock
will be shipped in from all over the
state, and some of the best blood in
the west will be represented in the
display of the cattle and hogs.
The requisite amount of stock hav-
ing been subscribed the first meeting
of the stockholders of the First Na-
tional bank of Centralia was held Wed-
nesday evening, and a board of direct-
ors was elected. Application was
made to the comptroller of the cur-
rency for license to do business and
when this is received Centralia will
have a National Bank. The new in-
BlIILD LEVEES ON VERDIGRIS
Kama* Farmer First To Make Move
To Protect Crop*.
George Pfister, a Kansas farmer,
owning land on the Verdigris river
near Coffeyville, has ideas about saving
crops from flood, similar to those ad-
vocated in The Advertiser three
months ago. He is carrying his ideas
into execution, and is building a levee
on his land.
Mr. Pfister has lost all his crops
for two years by overflow. Now he
contends that, while the levee will be
expensive, by saving his crops, it will
more than compensate him for ex-
penditure of time and money.
It is contended that the levee will
have a tendency to bring the water
in the river up to a higher mark in
other places not protected by the
The levee near Coffeyville was com-
menced about two months ago and
will be completed by the first of June.
It is more than two and one half
miles in length and will protect more
than 480 acres of rich black land
from total inundation. The cost will
prabably amount to between $2,500
and $3,000. The grade is twelve
feet high and will protect the land
from water at a stage two and one
half feet higher than last year’s flood.
Twenty one inch tiling will be used
to drain the surface water from the
fields. Doors will be placed on the
river side of the tiling so than when
the flood water reaches a point above
the tiling it can be shut off.
The work so far has all been done
in a systematic manner and with the
idea of permanency. An engineer es-
tablished the grade, so that the em-
bankment might be made high enough
to protect the land from any flood
that has ever visited this part of the
Mr. Pfister has figured, if the Ver-
digris river overflows are to become
an annual occurence, that the saving
of one or two crops will more than
amount to enough to pay him for the
money expended on the levee.
Many farmers, who are vitally in-
terested in the violent rampages to
which the river has been subject
within the past few years, are watch-
ing with great interest the result of
the levee building. Should Pfister’s
venture prove a success it will mean
ultimately that the fertile low lands
along the Verdigris, the richest in
the southwest, will all be protected
by embankments. While the more
levees that are built the narrower
will be the channel, and consequently
the higher the water will rise, with
the same amount of rainfall, all othei
conditions being the same as in the
The plan of building levees along
the Verdigris was first advocated in
Nowata several months ago, through
The Advertiser, by C. C. Byfield. The
statement was made then that by an
expenditure of a few thousand dollars
tens of thousands would be saved for
At last the Delaware payment is in
sight and Nowata will be one of the
towns where payment will be made.
United States Indian Agent Shoen-
felt has been designated to disburse
the $150,000 appropriated by the act
of April 21st, 1904, in full settlement
of all claims of whatsoever kind and
nature of the Delaware Tribes of In-
dians against the United States.
There has been allowed against
this $150,000 a total of $37,200 at-
torneys fees, leaving to be disbursed
per capita, $112,800.
The act appropriating this money
provides for its payment to the Del-
aware Tribe of Indians residing in
the Cherokee nation. The comptroller
of the treasury holds that the Dela-
ware Indians within the meaning of
the act consist only of such, who,
under the treaty of July 4, 1806,
elected to preserve their tribal relaL
ions and who entered into and carried
out their aggreement with theChero-
kees of April 8, 1867, and their de-
The Indian ffgent is instructed to
prepare the pay roll of such Dela-
ware Indians and their descendants
and have the Delaware business com-
mittee approve the same, after which
it is to be forwarded to the depart-
ment for final approval. When approv-
ed the department will return it to
the Indian agent and he will make
Payments will be made at three
towns. Nowata and Vinita have been
selected as the first two and the
third payment will either be made at
Bartlesville or Dewey.
THE SCHOOL ROOM ADVERTISER
Published By Fourth And Fifth Grade
Pupil* In Min Gore’* Room.
Baptist Women Serve Dinner.
The women of the Raptist church
served a splendid dinner Tuesday in
the Roberts building adjoining the
Court house. From 11.30 untill 1.30
o’clock there was a steady stream of
patrons into the building.
The entertainment at the Baptist
church Friday night was excellent.
Wallace Smith and daughter, Mbs
Ward, were the guests of Mrs. J. B.
Johnson and daughter Tuesday.
Etta Nairn and Jennie Powell have
been absent from school a few days.
A few of the scholars have been
absent on account of court.
Mr. Keeler of Bartlesville, came in
on the 7:42 last night.
Jimmie Greenwood of Ramona, is
here attending court.
William Riley has his livery barn
finished and if you want a good rig
Miss Gore is making examinations
easy this month.
Mrs. Glass is to give an entertain-
ment for the benefit of the school
The Christian Endeavor sooietv will
probably give a social Friday night.
Grace Corf man,
First Street Crossing Down.
S. G. Salisbury Thursday completed
y , ... „ , . O. vx. sauMoury mursnay completed
Mrs. Lady of the House please give the first brick street crossing, at tho
this your attention for a few moments: j crossing of Maple street and Cherokee
lor sums ranging from $1.25 to $7 Avenue* running from the First
National ^aitik to the Barndollar store
you can buy at the Big Racket hew
spring skirts that cannot be duplicated
in other places for twice tho mo&ejq
The crossrhg is a fine one' and will
keep pedestrians oat of the mud.
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