The Daily Ardmoreite. (Ardmore, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 58, Ed. 1 Friday, December 13, 1912 Page: 3 of 10
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THE DAILY ARDMORIITC
LAST OF MIENS
SIDNA ALLEN IVEN THIRTY.
FIVE YEARS AND WESLEY ED-
Wythevllle Va. ec. . 12. Final
settlement of all the cases resulting
from the killing of five persons In
the Hillsville court house by the
Alen clan on March 14 last was
reached Wednesday afternoon when
Sidna Allen t pleaded guilty to sec-
ond degree murder for killing 'Sheriff
Webb and Wesley Edwards pleaded
guilty to three charges pending
Thirty-five ear& in the peniten-
tiary Is the penalty Sidna Allen will
pay for tho part ha played in the
shooting. Allen's nephew Wesley
Edwards will spend twenty-seven
years In the penitentiary.
These two sentences were the re-
sult of a compromise following a
verdict of voluntary manslaughter
in the case of Sidna Allen for the
murder of Commonwealth's Attorney
William M. Foster tho jury fixing
tho penalty in that cae at five
years' imprisonment. Allen already
had been found guilly of second de-
gree murder at a former trial for
the killing of Judge Thornton M.
assie for which he had been sen-
tenced to fifteen years In the peni-
tentiary and the other Indictment
pendin against him for the murder
of Sheriff Webb was compromised
by letting him plead guilty of sec-
ond degree murder and take a fifteen-year
sentence the combined
sentences making thirty-five years.
Three indictments against Wesley
Edwards also were compromised he
taking a sentence of nine years' Im-
prisonment on each.
The second trial of Sidna Allen
which ended today closed so far as
the courts are concerned the court-
On the 14th of last March follow-
ing the conviction of Floyd Allen
of an offense which should have
sent him to the penitentiary for one
year members of the Allen family
clannish mountaineers opened fire
on the court officials. At the first
volley Judge Thornton Massie fell
fatally -wounded and when the death
toll was completed Sheriff Webb
and Commonwealth's Attorney Fos-
' and (
A. ter w
ere found dead. On the fol-
Insr day one of the three jurors
who were shot died of his wounds
ns did also Miss Bettie Ayres who
had been a witness against Floyd
Floyd Allen was arrested on the
day. after the tragedy being too
badly wounded to escape." Thu ar-
rests of the others implicated in tho
shooting followed at various Inter-
vals the two men whose fate was
decided Wednesday having been
tho last apprehended. They were
captured in Des Moines Iowa.
Of the four other men who have
been convicted of complicity in the
shooting two Floyd Allen and his
son Claude aro sentenced to death
Whilo Friel Allen a son of Floyd
was acquitted and his cousin Ma-
rion was discharged because of lack
of evidence against him.
Respile is Granted.
iiiohnintul Yn.. Dec. 12. On the
Ktnirnient of attorneys lor Floyd
V- Allen and Claude Swanson Alien
v i.. .1 lr.ixn.ftvr.fi ovlilnnnp Sllffi
inai nuwiy urouivnu -
clent to make the granting of a
new trial by the supreme court
nrobatile. Governor Mann granted a
recpi'e to tho two men until Janu
arv 1". They were to have died in
the electric chair Friday of this
week for their part in the Hillsville
murders of March 11 when Judge
Thornton Massie Commonwealth At
William M. Foster Sheriff
L. F. Webb Juror Augustus Fowler
and Miss nettle Ayers were killed.
The governor did not express an
nninion as to the new evidence but
required the atflorneyslto sign & pa-
Jvper stating that they believed it to
be material. An application will
now be made to the supreme court
for a rehearing on the petition for a
writ of error
WANTS OUT OF THE PEN.
Pony Johnson Says He Is in Prison
Without Any Warrant of Law.
McAlester Okla. Dec. 13. Pony
f Johnson by his attorneys Harris
Lackman filed a petition in the su-
perior court asking for a writ of ha-
beas corpus. The writ was ordered
to Ibsuc directed to R. W. Dick
warden of tfie state penitentiary and
returnable December 16 at 2 o'clock
m. The petitioner sets up In
his petition that he is held by War-
den Dick but he doeu not know why
alleging that he is held - under no
commitment from any court or any
person having authority to issue the
The purported facts in the case as
learned outside the petition are that
many years ago the petitioner 'was
convicted of larceny at Stillwater
and sent to Lansing Kansas to serve
three years; that after serving two
years he escaped and returned to
Indian Territory; that he was later
sent from Atoka to serve a term of
twelve years; that he was sent to
Lansing and kept there" until the
prisoners were brought here when
he came with them; that he com-
pleted his twelve years' sentence In
'November Ta&t but on a telegram
from the warden at Lansing he is
now being held to serve out the year
he still owed on his first sentence
when he escaped.
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Taft Red Cross Head.
Washington Dec. 13. President
Talft was re-elected today president
of the American National Red Ctosb
at the eighth annual meeting of
the organization held here. Other
officials chosen were:
Robert W. Deforest New York
vice president; Charles T. McGee
Washington secretary; Sherman
Allen assistant secretary of the
treasury treasurer and William Mar
shall Bullitt solicitor for the depart-
ment of justice chairman of the
The president who -presided at
the afternoon session declared that
the Titanic relief work proved that
tho world was coming to know that
three was a trustee to whom money
could be paid and properly disburs-
ed In time of emergency and that
this was the Red Cross.
Reports on the Balkan war MI&-
slppl flood Titanic disaster and oth
er relief work were made by the
various officers wh- are In charge
of the work.
Notice of the Meeting of the State
Board of Medical Examiners.
Notice Is hereby given that the
Oklahoma State Board of Medical
Examiners will hold Its next reg-
ular meeting In the Lee iHucklns
hotel Oklahoma City January 14-
16 1913 at which time applicants
for license to practice medicine in
Oklahoma wll be examined and such
other business transacted as may
properly come before the Board.
Given under my hand and the seal
of the Board at the city of Guthrie
this 11th day of December 1912.
JOHN W. DUKE M. D.
Secretary State Board of Medical
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In crown colonies the crown has the
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But In some of the provincial dialects
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Easley, John F. The Daily Ardmoreite. (Ardmore, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 58, Ed. 1 Friday, December 13, 1912, newspaper, December 13, 1912; Ardmore, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc146045/m1/3/: accessed October 19, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.