Morning Examiner. (Bartlesville, Okla.), Vol. 14, No. 297, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 25, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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BARTLESVILLE. OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 19097
ED. SONGER HAS
HE BREAKS GUARD AT FORT
Discharged from Insane Asylum
Year Ago He Returned to Bar-
tlesville and Was Recommitted
Notice was received yesterday by
Sheriff Jordan that Ed Songer had
escaped from the instant asylum at
Fort Supply and was thought to be
headed for Bartlesville.
Songer was sent to Fort Supply
in August of this year after he had
made numerous threats against his
wife, who had secured a divorce.
He was in the insane asylum about
a year ago but was discharged as
cured. Two or three months before
his latest arrest he manifested signs
of insanity and acted strangely. His
wife feared him and on one occasion
he is said to have assaulted her.
He was arrested and remained in jail
for several days When he was re-
leased lie dressed himself as a ne-
press and paraded the streets search-
ing for his wife.
Songer's insanity was caused by
his falling almost two years ago from
the second floor of the court house
where he was attending trial on a
charge of breaking into Laderer-
Baird's store and stealing some cloth-
f'tesy right of the husband of Mrs.
Cooper was purchased by another
party, and when possession of the
land was demanded of the guardian
the latter refused to relinquish pos-
session of the land, claiming that it
belonged to the children of the dead
woman. Her death did not vitiate
the children's right in case they
continued to live upon the land fol-
lowing their mother's death and ful-
fill the requirements as she would
have done had she lived.
rrs UP TO TAFT
TO SETTLE ROW
Executive Dots .Not Intend to Loss
Either Pinchot or Baliinger.
Washington, Nov. 24.—President
Taft does not intend that his admin-
istration shall lose the services of
either Richard A. Baliinger, secre-
tary of the interior, or Gifford Pin-
chot, forester, if he can help it.
Even the members of his cabiaet
are in the dark as to what his plms
are, but they have every reason to
believe that he still hopes to Le
able to settle the so-called Ballinger-
Pinchot quarrel, now more acute than
ever before ,without any break in his
administration forces. Outsiders are
as a rule, coming more and more to
the belief that Mr. Taft has an im-
possible task on his hands.
There is no confirmation to be had
of the story that Mr. Baliinger has
served notice on the president that
unless Mr. Pinchot is removed from
the public service he will get out.
It is plain that Mr. Baliinger is in
an unhappy frame of mind. As the
situation stands today the chief of
a bureau in a co-ordinate branch of
the government service is practically
The quarrel has numerous rami-
fications and presents many possibili-
ties. Secretary Wilson, of the de-
partment of agriculture, who is
Mr. Pinchot's superior officer, has
kept silent up to this time, but it is
well understood that he is standing
by the forester.
The chief executive is brought face
to face with the problem of negotia-
ting a settlement under which every-
body mixed up in the quarrel can be
retained in office. Mr. Pinchot's
friends said today that he was en-
tirely unconcerned as to the out-
BOOZE IS FOUND IN
Oklahoma City, Nov. 2A.—For the
first time in history so far as ift
known, the United States government
was placed in the position of being
a bootlegger when state enforcement
officers raided the army recruiting
station in the post office building, cori
fiscated all liquor found and arrested
Private David L. Troth on a charge
of selling liquor without a license.
Troth was released later in the
evening by County Attorney Reardon
who claimed that the warrant was
not issued in the proper court and
stated that he would attend to the
Enforcement officers claim that
they have had the station under sur-
veillance for some time and Secret
Service Office George D. Smith, with
another officer, claims to have at va-
rious times purchased whisky from
armmy men. Each bottle bought has
been labered and laid away for evi*
Will Distribute Statutes.
Guthrie, Nov. 24.—Assistant Sec-
retary of State Leo Meyer Tuesday
announced that he will not appeal to
the supreme court the agreed suit
in which the secretary of state was
made defendant to determine how
the general revised statutes of 1909
should be distributed.
Acting upon the advice contained
in a letter from the attorney general
Mr. Meyer will follow the decision
of Judge Sandlin in the superior ourt
of Logan county without incurring
the delay that would be necessitated
by an appeal. This decision holds
that the statutes should be distribu-
ted by the secretary of state and sold
at $3 per volume, and distributed
free to those entitled to free"*
copies by the laws of 1908.
The distribution and sale begins afi
GOVERNOR HADLEY WANTS
Missouri Executive Thinks Govern-
ment's Csse bnt Half Won and
Should be Pushed.
DECISION FAVORS CHILDREN
Noted Indian Case at Ardmore is De-
cided by Judge Clark.
Ardmore, Nov. 24.—One of the
most important cases heard in the
district court here for many years
was decided by Judge Clark of Okla-
homa City, acting for Judge Russell.
In lias to do with the mstter of the
Mississippi Choc taws who took allot-
ments in the Indian Territory, and
especially in the esse of one Julis
Cooper who died before her required
three yesrs residence upon the Isnd
A guardian other than the wom-
en's husband had 'been appointed to
take charge of the woman's minor
children. Tn the meantime the eour-
Elks' Good Time.
Last night the local lodge of Elks
met in large number and in addition
to transacting a lot of business, ini-
tiated eight candidates, and wound
up the evening's entertainment with
a social session and a feast of good
thing* to eat. Those who were last
night given the right to wear the em-
blem of Elkdom were:
William E. Herbert. Robert R.
Benedict, Asa H. Musselinan, John
B. Fowler and R. B. Baker of this
city; Joe Fitzstephens of Oglesby, J.
F. McCandless of Copan and A. T.
Secrest of Pawhuska.
The Elks of Pawhuska have noti-
fied the Bartlesville lodge that in
December they will be ready for the
installation of their own lodge and
No. 1060 is looked to for the work.
A large number has already beert
promised from this city and there
will undoubtedly be a gala night in
the Osage capital.
RAN FIRST PASSENGER TRAIN.
Moses Brinkerhoff and Wife Celebra-
ted 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Spokane, Wash., Nov. 24.—Moses
Brinkerhoff, who was conductor of the
first passengor train over the North-
ern Pacific railway between the Twin
Cities ami Puget Sund in 1881, ami
his wife celebrated the 50th annN
versary of their wedding at the home
of their son, G. II. Brinkerhoq, 121
Broadway, Spokane, on November 22.
They have been residents of this city
since Mr. Brinkerhoff was retired o
pension several years ago. The
aged veteran of the punch had a
run between St. Paul and the head
of the Great Lakes for severs! yeasr
'before the completion of the North-
ern Pacific, and at that time knew
every man of importance at Duluth
and Superior, as well as msny in
other parts of Minnesota snd Wis-
consin. On his runs through the
Dakota*, Montana, Idaho and Wash-
ington he became acquainted with
men who are today the leaders in tbd
mining and lumber industries in tbfc
Jefferson City, Mo., Nov. 24.—
Governor Hadley gave this statement
to the press tonight concerning his
views on the decision of the United
States court in the Standard Oil
I am, of course, gratified by the
decision in this c?se. It sustains ful-
ly the decision of the supreme court
of Missouri, and my contentions in
the Missouri litigation. While I
think there can be no question but
that this decision means the disso-
lution of the Standard Oil trust, the
government's victory is only half
won. The men in charge of these
interests must not be permitted to
avoid the effect of this decision by
any legal subterfuges or devices such
as have been resorted to in sixnilar
cases in the past.
Further, the government should,
in my opinion, follow up this decis-
ion by criminal prosecutions against
the officers of the Standard Oil trust.
The court has held that the evidence
showed a clear violation of the crim-
inal section of the Sherman anti-trus
law. If this violation consisted mere-
ly in the plan of organisation of the
Standard Oil trust the civil proceed
iiigs would doubtless be sufficient, but
in view of the fact that the evidenct
disclosed a record of commercial bru
gandage and oppression unequaled in
the history of trade, the justification
for criminal prosecution to my mind
"The testimony in the Missour
litigation, all of which was used b\
the national government in support
of its case, showed that the Standard
Oil Trust from 1903 to 1906 decreas-
ed the price of the crude petroleum
to the oil producers of Kansas an<
Oklahoma from $1.25 to forty cent
a barrel. And yet, in this same pe
riod, the price of the refined product
remained practically stationary ii
Missouri. Many other examples ar,
also to be found in the evidenc.
where the Standard Oil trust, whil.
forcing oil producers to receive i
loss price for the crude petroleum
increased the price of the refined pro-
'I net to the consumers. Where there
was competition they charged a low
price, and where there was no com-
petition they charged a higher one.
"A monopoly that has not onlv
bad the power to exact, but has ex-
acted such an unlawful tribute should
not be permitted to escape with a
judgment which simply prevents a re-
petition of such an injustice."
PREPARING GREAT EXHIBIT
Products of the State in Endlew Ar-
ray will Compare With Those
of Other States.
I Breeding Indian corn to secure
drough resisting varieties; a cotton
gin test, as it might be called, show-
ing what has been accomplished in
improving the Oklahoma cotton; ex-
periments with window wheat show-
ing the results of seven different
things which the farmers can do to
increase their yields, will be in brief
what Oklahoma will show 200,000
farmers from December 6 to 18, at
the national corn exposition at Oma-
The exhibit in which these thiage
will be graphically shown has been
prepared by the Agricultural and
Mechanical college at Stillwater and
will be taken to the national corn
exposition this week.
Not all of Oklahoma needs a drough
resisting type of corn, but the sci-
entists have realized that the semi-
arid regions need such a* type of
corn and have gone to work accord-
ingly to produce it. Samples of the
varieties used to produce such a type
and the results will be shown in
Not many farmers in the north have
seen a cotton gin in operation, and
still fewer have any knowledge >f
the different varieties of cotton; th«
marked differences of productiveness,
the difference of length and strength
of fibre, which Oklahoma farmers are
learning. One hundred varieties of
cotton will be shown in Omaha an<|
thy little gin will be busy all day
separating the seeds from the fibre,
showing to thousands the workings
of the invention of Eli Whitney and
which revolutionized the eottton in-
A feature of the exhibit which must
interest every young person is the
display by the Oklahoma Agricultu-
ral club. Samples of corn raised
this year by twenty-five Oklahoma
boys will make up this exhibit. Prof.
L. A. Moorehouse has collected these
samples and will take them to Omaha.
He sajs one hundred and ten ear
samples would have gone had not corn
been slightly damaged this year.
Besides the exhibit from the Agri-
cultural and Mechanical college, the
state will have an exhibit, a large
number of farmers sending individ-
face. That is her whole story and
her whole defense.
A few of the girl's love letters
to Armes were read to the jury yes-
terday. In "one, written a few weeks
before she killed Armes, she says:
"I am good at heart, dear, and
there is someone in the world I could
make happy, but I feel wretched at
the thought that no one earee for
me. I feel, dear heart, that even
you do not care for me seriously, and
I feel I don't care what happens to
me. Sometimes, perhaps, you feel I
was friendly with others as I
with you. Never, sweetheart, never
A Narrow Escape.
An unknown passenger on an in-
terurban car, which left Third and
Johnstone at 11:30 yesterday en route
for the smelters, narrowly escaped
death in an attempt to regain his hat
which he had lost while leaning out
from the rear platform.
The conductor had warned the
young man of the danger of striking
a pole by leaning too far out to one
side. He tried it again and lost his
hat. The conductor reached for the
'bell cord, but the young man had
stepped down on the lower car step,
looked around, smiled and leaped off
the car, which was running at the
rate of fifteen or twenty miles an
hour. He landed on his feet, then
slid headfirst along the side of the
track for some distance.
When the young man stopped he was
within three feet of a pile of stone
placed at the side of the track by
the section crew. Had he waited
a second longer before taking his
leap he would have struck the stone,
and more than likely fatally injured.
With the exception of a few scratch-
es he was unhurt.
When asked by the conductor if
he was hurt he replied that he was
not hurt at all, and added:
'I got my hat, alright, alright."
HE WILL RUN IF
THE OTHER ONE DON'T
Thomas Burke of Spokane Will be
Candidate for Senate Providing
Senator Piles 8tays Out.
Spokane, Wash., Nov. 24.— Thom-1
as Burke, formerly chief justice of
the territorial supreme court of
Washington and before that judge of
the probate court of King county, has
created what a French politician
would term "a situation" by an-
nouncing his candidacy for the Uni-
ted States senate in the event Sena-1
tor Piles does not enter the contest
Congressman Miles Poindexter of
Spokane and Leigh Richmond Free-
man. a veteran publicist of North
\akinva, are announced candidates,
and it is more than likely that John
L. Wilson, formerly of Spokane, now
publisher of the Post-Intelligencer
Seattle, who served a term in the
upper house, will also shy his castor
into the ring.
In announcing his candidacy in
Spokane, Judge Burke declared he is
in perfect accord with Taft's poli-
cies, as announced in the president's
speech at Richmond, Va.
As an evidence of the line Italian
weather that permeates this part of
Oklahoma we call your attention to
the fact that the doors of the va-
rious school houses in Bartlesville
were open all day yesterday.
ALBION PARRIS IS
KILLED AT A DANCE
Tahlequah, Okla., Nov. 24.—Al-
bion Parris was shot and killed last
night at the home of Mr. Hamilton,
six miles northwest of this place, by
Constable Deathridge, who tried to
There was in dance in pr<^ress at
the Hamilton home. Parris, who
lived at Tahlequah had been drinking
and was boisterous. He was sent out
of the house. He had a gun and the
constable went out and told him he
must put up his gun and bet quiet,
or else leave the place. The reply
was a couple of shots from Parris'
«un, both of which went wild. The
constable shot Parris and killed him,
the fatal shot going in his mouth.
Parris was 22 years old and be-
longed to one of the best families in
the Cherokee nation.
Chicago, Nov. 24.—Charles Hay-
wood, once office boy for Daniel Web-
ster, and an appointee of Presidents
Lincoln and Johnson, died here on
Haywood was born in Grafton,
Mass., in 1833. In 1856 he settled
in Hannibal, Mo., engaging in rail-
road work. President Lincoln ap-
pointed him assessor at Hannival.
For twenty-five years he served as
deputy revenue collector and after-
ward as collector.
During President Johnson's ad*
ministration he served as revenue
collector in Missouri.
ALMA BELL IN JURY'S HANDS
The Unwritten Law the Sole Defense
of Clrl Who Killed Her
Auburn, Cel., Nov. 24.—The Al-
ma Bell murder case was given to
the jury in the Placer county court
this afternoon. The state has not
asked the death penalty for this un-
sophisticated young mountain girl,
who killed her lover, Joseph Armes,
the night of June 5.
Life imprisonment is the most un-
favorable verdict that she faces, but
she and her aged mother are strong
in the faith that no jury of mountain
bred men would ignore the appeal of
the ancient and unwritten law that
forms the basis of the girl's defense.
Armes made love to her and betrayed
her and cast her off for a prettier
ARE HELD UP
New Orleans, Nov. 24.—A cable
from Panama today says Edgar S.
Harris of Columbus, Ohio, an Amer-
ican commercial traveler, who had
been touring Central America, de-
clares several Americans are in jail
at Managua and other places in Nic-
aragua, having been arrested on or-
ders from Zelaya.
Every American in business in
Nicaragua who refused to contribute
t thoe war fund levied by Zelaya was
arrested and thrown into prison, Har-
ris says. Many of teh Americans
bought their way out of jail by pay-
ing the price demanded.
OFFICE BOY DEAD
Mrs. C. E. Alley, who lives on
Dewey avenue, was seriously injured
Tuesday evening in a runaway which
occurred at Fourth and Johnstone.
Her head was badly cut and it is
believed that she sustained internal
Mrs. Alley was driving a young
horse unused to city life and the
animal became frightened at some
object. Mrs. Alley was thrown heav-
ily from the buggy and her head
struck the curtring with such force
as to render her unconscious.
She was taken to her home and
medical attention summoned. She
is still in a serious condition.
MOKE THAN 160 BODIES FOUND
IN REMOTE CORNER OF
ST. PAUL MINE.
FOUGHT LONG FOR LIFE
The Miners Had Retreated as Far as
Possible and Then Rigged Up
a Fan—"We are Here to
Die Together" Their
Harry Lewis, The Examiner's car-
rier at Dewey, who hae been confined
to his home for the paet six week!)
with typhoid fever, is convalescing
and is able to be up again. During
Harry's illness his little brother and
sister carried the paper to the cus-
tomer* as best they could, bat Harry
will toon be on the job again and
the subscribers to The Examiner will
have nothing to complain of.
Cherry, HL, Nov. 24.—Death won.
The bodies of more than one hundred
and fifty men who had perished mis-
erably in a remote gallery of the St.
Paul mine were found today.
No one coming to their rescue and
the life-giving air becoming exhaust-
sd, they had scribbled on a smooth
surface: "We are all here to die
And there together they died. Soma
composed themselves as if to sleep,
their heads on their arms. Others re-
clined against the wall, where they
dropped to rest, a rest that knew no
One poor wretch in whom love fo*
life and the strength to fight for it
were powerful, died with his hands
on the crank of the rude fan th t
had been rigged up in an effort to
draw air into the death chamber.
It is believed that there are 16®
bodies in the gallery penetrated t<*
day. That leaves twenty men who
may be alive, but probably are dead.
The bodies were found 500 feet
from the main shaft, on an elevated
surface where the men had retreated
before the advancing water and fa-
tal black damp. They had not been
able to escape the latter and had
died after a struggle that may have
continued for days.
Messages scrawled on wood and the
natural slate cropping from the walls
placed the number of dead at
160 or 168.
To take out the bodies today a
skiff has been brought from the Illi-
nois river, seven miles away, and will
be lowered 650 feet to the vein in
which the bodies were found. It will
be rowed across the four feet depth
of water in the vein to the spot
where the bodies lie, and they will
be transported to the main shaft for
removal to the surface.
The exploring party of four, led
by Anton Lodiycienni, was in the
gallery for more than an hour before
the bodies were found. The explor-
ers bad waded in water waist deep
through the circular tunnel, making
their way toward the elevation of the
shaft, or "ridge,' where they had
expected to find the men, living
Again and again they sent their
cry echoing thorugh the galleries.
"Anybody alive in heret"
The dead could not answer.
"When we climbed up on the ridge,
said Lodiycienni, "we almost step-
ped upon the bodies, piled in heaps.
Some had their heads resting on fol-
ded arms as if sleeping. Others were
lying across each other, and some
were sitting, as if resting against the
"Nailed to the wall were two fans,
made of timbering tied about pick
handles, and under them were the
biggest heaps of bodies.
"One poor fellow had his hand
up, holding the fan. I believe he died
as he was turning t. Another held a
bucket. He was flat on his baok and
must have died as he climbed up on
the ridge. The bucket was half filled
with black water that he must have
gone some distance to get.
The black damp killed them. We
were in the shaft more than an hour
and though the air was fairly good,
we knew it waa time for us to get
"We didn't stop to examine any
of the bodiee or ti7 to identify them.
Tom Mulligan, one of our party, pick-
ed up a piece of natural alate on
whieh was written: 'We are hen to-
gether, 168,* whieh must have meant
the number of men, and I think it
wae about the right number.
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