Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Okla.), Vol. 28, No. 139, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 24, 1921 Page: 1 of 10
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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TRAPP !
FULL LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ARDMORE OKLAHOMA THURSDAY MARCH 21 1921.
Masked Bandits Hold J-!s? United States Mail Messenger;
Prospective U.'JTiS Stars Working At Denison Texas
TRAPP IMPEACHMENT TRiAL STILL ON;
COUNCIL SPAR OVER TECHNICALITIES;
LAWYERS FOR DEFENSE WARN HOUSE
ruinriuo u a v n v iinur to nnncvr
Question of Jurisdiction In-
volved; Article 8 Holds
Life of the Point
JVIATTER FOR LOWER
COURTS TO DECIDE
uARGUED THAT DISTRICT COURT
MUST FIND DEFENDANT GUILTY
BEFORE IMPEACHMENT PRO-
CFJiDUNGS WIIJj HOLD
(By Special Slaff Correspuiulent)
Oklahoma City March 24. The
senate sitting as a high court of
impeachment this afternoon found
lieutenant (iovenior Ed Trapp not
guilty as charged in. (lie impeach-
ment information Jlled by the
All articles of Impeachment
against IJeutenaiit Governor M. E.
Trapp were either quashed or dis-
missed hy the senate court of Im-
peachment this afternoon.
After the senate had voted 27 to
16 to quash articles 1 to 7 inclusive
and article. 9 of the charges the
court on motion of K. U. Mathews
chairman of the house Investigat-
ing committee and counsel for the
house manager voted to dismiss
article 8 the only remaining article
Matthews motion was seconded by
Senator Nichols Democrat. A written
motion asking for the dismissal of arti-
cle 8 signed by Matthews. Porter New-
man. W. A. Scofleld. and W. A. Drake
counsel for the house managers was
sent to the speakers desk. It was not
signed by Harrison" and tiie remaining
members of counsel who were not pres-
ent at the time.
In the vote to quash articles 1 to 7
Inclusive and article 9 two Republi-
cans Senators Ingruhum and Lynch
voted with the Democrats to quash
while Senator Wallace was the only
Democrat to vote against tbo motion.
Senator Morton Rutherford Democrat
Muskogee refused to vote.
Oklahoma City Xtiroli 24. A decision
Is expected today on the quustlon f
whether K4 Trapp lieutenant governor
mu't come Into the court of Impeach-
ment and explain the Itond transactions
on which are based the principal
charges preferred against 'him by the
house of representatives. After listen. ng
yesterday afternoon to the arguments
of counsel on the Jurisdiction of the
court of impeachment to hear that part
(Continued on Page Three)
NOW IS THE APPOINTED TIME TO START
- A HOME-BUILDING CAMPAIGN-IN ARDMORE
The only objection we have heard urged to v build-up and toiiil-up cam-
paign this sprint? is that it has resulted in mlg the pi Ice of vacant prop-
erty. " '
If that rtaiement is true It may not J very grievous anyway. The
trouble has been here that every man who wanted a home wanted to buy one
Uiat mm one else had built. This has enuouruk-td m n to enter the business
of building and selling houses.
The way to beat the high prleo of vacant property Is to buy now. Then
plan your own house and build it and you will find that you have many
conveniences to your homo that you will not have when you buy uha that
some one else has had the pleasure of building
tine of the finest thrills a mnn ever hos. Is when he begins construction
work on his first home. There is an inspiration that goes Willi It that makes
it worth a whole lifetime of living in order to achieve this one thing.
If you own n home paint It nnd repair it and build walks ad build a
ganige and build "plunder rooms" and do something to improve your prop-
erty. Put If you d) hot own n homo make up your mind now tliat you will
own one. That you will build it yourself. Thfit you will have the pleasure
of planning that home. You do not need a great deal of cash.' There li
some one ready to help you.
Did you ever feel the thrill that goes with sitting down with your wife
to study house planning? Do you know it makes you a lot more contented
to own your own home? Do you know you will have better credit at the
bank? Do you know you will be sought after In many ways that you do
mt experience when you have to drift about here and there becauso owners
Ml their houses and you have to move?
Two Ardmorclte boys recently hullU new homes. Another Is planning
to build a home still another has recently made his last payment on a home
and has purchased another pleco of property and Is paying it out .
The prettiest most satisfying fortunes made In Ardtnnre have been made
In renl eftnte. Price will keep climbing. Ardmore has reached Hint ro'nl
W her Its future is rot tain. There may conm some dull times hut on the w hole
property will not gel cheaper 4t will Keep climbing. It w ill reottlre a little more
money next year than it does this. If yon never atari you will never aucce.l.
No coward ever did anything. Do not ho afraid to take a rhnnc. Do
not be afraid to see every loan man tn town and talk over your plana. If
one turns you down smile and go to another There Is always away to do
right and It la right for you to own a home
Tou men that already own your homes build a house and sell it to one
of the timid fellow who doe not know how to make a start. Your
sincerity I always good your profit I always sure and you are doing a
distinct nrrrlc to your city.
Ardmore need too new home thl year. Suppose you make up your
(hind today that you are going to be the man who builds at least one of
HOUSE PREPARES TO PULL
LANYARD .AND FIRE A NEW
CHARGE AT ADMINISTRATION
Oklahoma City March 24. Sigh-
ing for other worlds to conquer
looking for other sources from
which to secure sensationalism the
Oklahoma house of representatives
are prepared today to launch a
broadcast ut the statu board of af-
fairs. The attack will bo embodied
In a committee report to be sub-
mitted to the house.
AS GRASSES GROW
AND BIRDS SING
HOUSE READY WITH ANOTHER
1 NT RIM IX At IN G" K F P OR T
STATE HOARD OF AFFAIRS
MAY BE ATTACKED.
(By Associated Press)
Oklahoma City March 24. A report
of the house investigation committee
charging that the state board of af
fairs has not "provlled for the best
interests of the stale" and asking that
the Governor reorganize the board was
submitted to the house of the alate
The report charged that the board
has not awarded contracts to the low-
est bidders and that contracts had not
always been advertised according to
law. The request fur a reorganization
was made to the end that "the people
could receive 100 per cent value on
every dollar spent for supplies and
on contracts" this report said.
The report charged that an under-
standing exist between U. 8. Runwll
chief clerk of the board and local sta-
tionary supply company whereby the
company receives an advantage on ord-
ers from the board. The report declares
it appears the board is paying 10 i;er
cent and up In excess of the prices for
which some articles could be purchas-
ed. The same condition appears to
obtain In the awarding of contracts the
The report further declares that a
contract for beautifying the grounds
of the industrial school for girls at
Oklahoma City was let by the board fur
$613.86 and that "competent ifrouf"
shows the work was not worth more
That the hoard of affairs purchased
(Continued on Page Two)
MRS. STILLMAN AND "OTHER WOMAN"
IN BANKERS' SENSATIONAL DIVORCE SUIT
Here are the two women wjio nn
proceedings instituted by James A.
a half-breed Canadian guide was tho father of his wife's twoyoar-old boy.
Guy. Mrs. Stillmnn. through her attorneys declares that her husband is .he
father of Mrs. Leeds two-year-old
In tshort this rase consists of a wheel contained within a wheel of one
eternal triangle" encompassed by another "eternal triangle." In tho mean
while while the court and medical
of tho offspring of the two women society Icudcra are being feasted to reple
tion upon the salacious details or the
of tho inner circles of the "circumspect
His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons
A nswers Death A ngeVs Call; A ged
and Honored Churchman Passes
to Bright Hereafter of the Christian
ALLIES STANDING FIRM ON'
DEMAND OF FULL PAYMENT
REPARATION'S FROM GERMANY
Paris March 24 The German
government w;u notified hy the ul-
Iled reparations iummission today
that the totul amount of 20.000 000-
000 gold murks due under urtlilc 2T.5
of tiie peace treaty must ls plil
by May 1 or additional iiviUiis
Will be inflictisl upon Cennany.
TO RAISE FUNDS
FOR CAMP HOUSES
EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY BE
ASKED TO KMSE HI NDRED
DOLLARS FOR PERMANENT
CAMP AT TtRVEK FALLS
Carter county is starting a cam-
paign this week to raise the sum of
ti.BOo for tho purpose of building camp
houses nt Turner Kails fur the lioys'
and C.irls Farm Clubs of the county.
There urn Just us many sohuol dis-
tricts in Carter county as there are
hundreds of dollars to raise and each
disu "t In llic county will be asked
to raise its pro rata part. It has
been suggested that Inasmuch as Ard-
more Is a much larger district than
any other In the county that it as I
sume some of the burden that ha
been placed on the smaller districts.
Coinity Superintendent Mrs. Zaneis
Is sending out a. letter to inch school
district In the tounty asking them
to holl a Ihit supper for the purpose
of rai ig Jldft fur thts fund.
The ;iwn of Iteuldlou smue mutillis
ago pledged some luinliei mid the
haul 'it of the lumlxr fur this work!
and i m il tonn In the county will do
as much as licaldton.
All the presidents of On Mothers'
Clubs tn Ardnmro have lieen called
by i W. Richards superintendent
of city schools to meet nt once to
go over the lender to ree If lhe
are willing to assume their jwirt of
(Continued on llige Three)
Oklahoma tonight and Friday
fair with temperature moderate.
Mstlmum yesterday M degrees;
minimum Inst night 82 degrees.
Z ' -' I '' VI
iiiki lrni irliliumi with g im iimiMnn1iii T
the principal figures In the divorce
StiHmnn charging that Fred Keauvais
science are deciding upon the legitimacy
scent lives of some ol the members
IRRESPECTIVE Bf.lEF PAP-
ISTS AND PROTESTANTS OF
AMERICA MOIRN DEATH OF
Baltimore. Mar. K 4. James
(Cardinal) 'llbbons archbishop of
l!;illimore and Primal e of the
A rui-iieu n Catholic chinch died at
the arch-espicopi. I ideine here
today after a voli n(eil Illness
h;cli mainly iif.'e.ie.l his heart
lie Was in hfs iiM.i j ur. The end
fiifiiu peacefully at 11:11.1 o'clock.
P.i'ii llenedict who fo'dowiil the
course of Cardinal OiMx.ns' illness with
the dei nist Interest :.nd svinimthy sent
his blessings in the following cablegram
fi om Koine received iliis morning:
' The Holy Father invoking heavenly
blessings and comforts on His Emi-
nence Cardinal liibuons rends to him
from the bottom f his heart the apos-
The Kever.in! Stickner surrounded by
members of the ihoU"ehold imparted the
blessing In behalf i f Pope llenedict.
I'm iiic the Cardinal's hid stood every
member of his household mid when it
was seen tiiat Ui" dlstinguishtvl pre-
late had passed away the priests fell
on their knees and henan reciting the
pr.iyers for the dead.
Telegrams were- it v nee sent to Pope
r.tnislicl 'at Horn. Monsignor John
P-onano apostolic ileleuule at Wnsrti-
ir kI nn. and lo every prelate of ihe
Amer.cnn Catholic pierarchy more than
ix hundred in number Informing them
tAat the cardinal had died.
As it is expressed that most of the
rhusrti d;nnatiiiii s in the I'niled States
will attend it Is probable that the fun-
eral will not take .place much inside
of a Week.
Cardinal Ciibhons hfid been uncon-
scious and in a dvlivj condition for the
lat 24 hours. A sllirht hope was raised
among his friends nnl nsnnciatc last
evening when ih!s j.iilsr g-evv sirotiper
font in lied on Pa co Two)
SANTA FE OFFICIAL
FOUND DEAD IN HIS
BERTH ON TIIE TRAIN
O.ilvestn i T xas March 24. A.
C. Torhci't. cretnry nnd treasurer
of the tin1' Colorado nnl Santa Fe
Ktilrnad vhs found deid in his
berth on S'intn IV trnin in Hous-
ton cm! 'cdnv lie hud been in
Fort W'..r on company business
and left :.'mt city for his homo in
O.ilvest last nlrht
Mr. Torhert left Im-.trtirtlons with
the pnrirr to awaken Jilm before
renelil: Houston anil apparently
had "ei cVml for some time when
found. I"e had hern with the Fan-
tn Fe lines for mere than 80 years.
A special train left here for
Hourtnn at :S0 o'clock this morn-
ing to bring Mr. Tcrberf body to
Galveston. On the train were
official from nil the headquarter
department of th road here.
Congressman Carter Reviews the
Political Situation; Talks of
Proposed National Legislation;
Urges Loyalty to
CASE OF KERGDOLL THE
DKAKT ItOlK.KIt TO BECOME
A INTERN ATIONAL ISSUE
Washington March 24. All pa-
pers In the War Department relating
to the case of drover Cleveland
Bergdoll escaped American dmft
evader now in Germany were
transmitted to the State Department
today at the direction of Secretary
Weeks with a request that they be
considered from an International
MEN AND PACKERS
SETTLED FOR TIME
THREATENED WALK OUT HEIJ)
UP W HEN EMPLOYERS AND EM-
PLOYEES REACH COMPROMISE
Washington March 24. Expressions
iif gratification were general today in
administration circles over the success
ful settlement brought about throuffh
mediation by Secretary Davis of the
dispute between the five big packers
and their union employes ttu first
major controversy to come up for ad-
justment under the new administration.
Compromises by both the packers and
their employes made possible a settle-
ment of tho dispute. Representatives of
tho latter agreed to accept the wage
leductioc of eight cents an hour and
12!4 lJ'r c:'rt 'or Piece work while the
puckers me the demand of the workers
for extension of the wartime arbitration
agreement fvr six months or until next
September li. The other major pro-
visions of the agreement was the reten-
tion of the basis 8-hour day ani over
time rates as provided In a previous
A'lhought he announced the employes
'vould be urged to accept the agreemen'.
nt mass meeting h be IheM in Chicago
and other centers next Sunday Red-
mond S. l'.rennan one of their repre-
sentatives at t'he confrreneo declare
in a statement that the agreement was
"but a truce fur us to .prepare for war"
and added that. If. at the expiration of
ihe arbitration period the packers main-
tain the atutude they have shown in
the past there would be a serious in-
Representatives of the packers de-
clared after signing the agreement that
its provision fixing a definite dale for
termination of tine wartime arbitration
agreement would enable the packers
to complete plans already announced to
r.djiist between themselves and their
employes all matters of mutual inttrcst.
Chicago March 24. Judge Alsrhuler
today refused to say whether he would
resume his former position us arbitrator 1
of disputes between the "big five" Hank-
ers and their employes explaining that
he could make no statement until the
.position H as been tendered to him for-
mally by both sides to the agreement
signed yesterday In Washington.
Judge Alschuler Intimated however
that he would he .pleased if soraisne
else were chosen.
"It is a matter of public knowledge
that I lev.ime arbitrator lterail.se of a
war emergency and that when the arm-
(Continued on l"age Two)
DRIVERS HELD IN
McAhster Okla. March 24 As a re.
lilt of the robbery of the passcticers
on Texiu Special of the .Missouri Ksn-
is and Texas railroad last Tuesday
night Homer Sallls and Cecil Duncan
local ttxl-drlvrr were arrested and
bulged in the county Jail in default of
7. HO.) bonds each aivording to chief of
police .1. O. Peters. Several persons
from Muakogee passengers on the Tex-
as Speclnl ore expected to arrive this
afternoon In an attempt to Identify
the two as the trnln robbers.
Little could be learned as to the evl-
lon"e whlrh caused the arrest of 8M-
lis and Duncan. The warrant on which
they are charged "the co-Joint robbery
of one John Doe."
Both of the alleged train robbore
stoutly maintain their innocence and
declare they can account for every min-
ute o? the time during whlrh tho rob-
bery wh atoged. J. M. Nelma a dl-
tant relation of County Agent Nclms
declare he anw Sallls aoma time be-
fore the Texas Pprclal pulled Into the
mat km at Mi'Alester. Sa III states that
Duncan was with him at that time.
PART1SANISM SHOULD BE FOR-
GOTTEN IN WORK OF READ-
JUSTMENT OF NATIONAL AF-
FAIRS .AND BUSINESS.
Hon. Charles D. Carter congress-
man from this district who is spending
a few days in this city looking after
some business matters during the pres-
ent recess of congress wad ut his of-
fice early today delving Into accumu-
lated correspondence and making
ready to leave for Washington within
the next few days to resume his duties
Speaking of political conditions in
Washington and discussing the new
administration Mr. Carter said:
"Tho President has surrounded him-
self with a strong cabinet and we all
hope that the individual members of
that cabinet will rise above petty par-
tisan politics and do their utmost to.
ward restoring peace and normal con
"As a member of congress from this
state I feel it my duty to support all
measures looking toward this end no
matter by whom proposed.
"It Is understood that the first legis-
lation to come before the present ses-
sion will be a revision of the revenue
and tariff laws.
"There Is a vast difference of opin-
ion among Republicans themselves as
to what disposition will be made of
these measures. Some Republicans in-
sist that the tariff be first while others
contend that a revamping of the reve-
nue measure should have priority and
still others who claim that the two
should be combined Jointly.
"When I left Washington they had
n t b'Bj able to agree on the disputed
qi.rTtion and there was furthermore
a strong difference of opinion of what
the tariff and revenue bill should con-
tain. "A great many favored the adjust-
ment of the txress profits tax but
there was considerable opposition to
any reduction of the surtaxes of the In-
come tax. any reduction in either of
the measures however will bring
ubout the necessity of some other form
"The annual revenue produced from
ull present taxation amounts to ap-
proximately four billion dollars.
"The interest and sinking fund for
our war debt runs close to a billion
and a hulf dollars the running ex-
penses of the government outside of
the army and navy is about one bil-
lion dollars and the present plans for
the army and navy calls for approxi-
mately u billion and a half dollars
"These ixpenes. it Will be seen con-
sume the eiillii four billion dollars de-
rived from taxes nnd we have said
nothing whatever about the expansion
of our air service which is a very lie-
cess.uy adjunct to our nimy nnd navy.
"This calculation shown plainly that
no matter what pi onuses were made
before the tie. lion there can be no re-
(Coutiuucd on Page Three)
TESTIMONY INTRODUCED AT THE ASHCRAFT
PRELIMINARY LOOKS BAD FOR DEFENDANT
A startling disclosure in the case of the State of Oklahoma vs. Newt
Asluraft was brought out during the piWiiiiinary hearing when one of the
witnesses testified that- on the night of the tnigisl.v after the defendant had
come to Ardmore with Dixon and the latter was taken in the Hardy sani-
tarium AshiTufl retracted Ills steps to the scene of the crime or accident
and leaving the automobile in which lie is alleged to have killed Dixon he
took the jack with which. It is claimed Dixon's skull hud been cruklied aud
some other tools and brought them
The Ashcraft Preliminary
The testimony of the witness in the preliminary hearing which was con-
ducted Wednesday In the county court in the case of the Siaiu of Oklahoma
vs. Newt Ashcraft In which the defendant is charged with the murder of
Charles F. Dixon on the Rerwyn-Ardmorc road on the night of March 16th
tended to establish us a fact that the defendant had inhumed four different
explanations regarding the events connected with the death of Dixon.
The firs; story Ashcraft is alleged to have told wis that while Dixon
and he were en routo in defendant's motor i-ar from lterwyn to Ardmore
Dixon' hat blew off. and he slopped the car so that ho (Dixon) could fo
after the hat; that after Dixon recovered the hat hu sat lit tho rear seat of
the car and Ashcraft continued to drive; that while approaching a rough
portion of the road Dixon feared that a car with glaring headlight which
was coming In the opposite direction might collide with them and leaned
over and grubbed the steering wheel; that this action on the part of Dixon
caused the cur lo swerve and go over the bunk; that Dixon fell forward re-
ceiving the Wounds which resulted In. death.
Doubt was cast upon the firr.t version of Ashcraft' story win Dr. Hardy
testified that the wounds on Dixon's head could not have bet n rutfSod by full
but by (he use of a blunt Instrument. Also Ashcraft wns unable to explain
Dlxoti'a presence In the front seat of the car where he had been found when
questioned by Sheriff Hut k Garrett regarding the matter. Ashcraft I alleged
to have told 1 V. Ward another witness that Dixon had bevn driving lb
Aehcraft's second story wn to the effect that Dixon wn Injured th
car went down the embankment throwing Dlxon out and running over hltn.
Witnesses testified that the tracks of the car running over the embankment
were very clear and showed no algns of running over any human being or
any other object.
A third version aa (riven by Ashcraft wns to the effect that ha had
engaged in a fistic encounter with Dlxon and that after aivldenuilly running
over Dlxon he placed the Injured man In the rear of tho car to bring him
Xr Ardmore hut that before he had gone far Dlxon leaned over tb front '
seat and attacked him and the i-ar then went over the embankment
Testimony revealed that Dlxon was sitting In the front neat at Ui Umw
paaacrsby discovered him.
Tha rear of tho car peveral wltneaae teaiiflcd wa merely spattered with
blood while tha front seat and fender were rnvered with pool of the. Ufa
fluid of the unfortunate victim Indicating that tho futility had occurred thera
Tha fourth explication whlrh Ashcraft advanced was a disclaimer of amy
knowledge- of how the "aecldent" happened. He told one wltnee wha fcj
questioned him that ha had "no Idea how Use accident had occurrad"
QUICK M HEELS
OF ROBBERY AT
Post Office Messenger Was
Bound and Gagged; Free3
Himself and Notifies
REPORTED THAT LOOT
HAS NOT BEEN FOUND
ALLEGED HIGHWAYMAN TAKEN
FROM KATY TRAIN AT DURANT
AND RETURNED TO
(Special to The Ardmoreite) $
Durant Okla. March 24. Two mask-
ed bandits who are alleged to have
bound and gagged the postofflce mess-
enger at Dcnison Tex. 20 miles south
of here last night and robbed him of
the registered mail pouch wihich he
had in his personal charge were taken
from the northbound M. K. and T.
railway train by officers at this point
as they were attempting an escape with
the loot. The pustoffice messenger pos-
itively identified the prisoners as ulie
two men who Jiad attacked and robbed
him. Following the identification tho
prisoners were taken to Deniion on an
early mornuig train.
When arrested the alleged bandits
had no money in their possession. How-
ever it is believed that they concealed
any moneys which the robbery netted
them on the train and a thorough
search of the coaches has been ordered.
All checks and non negotiable papers
which may have made up part of tho
Kisistcrej mail pouch contents it is
tnought tc.e robbers tire up and threw
from the o.ien windows of the rapidly
(By The Associated Press)
Durant. Okla. March 24 Two men
whose names were not made public
by the police were srrested here tills
morning and taken to Dcnison Texas
following an alleged Identification at
the robbers who last nluht held vp acid
robbed a postol'fiee messenger of mail
of unknown value.
The men Were arrested on board a
Northbound M. K. and T. train. Tho
police sail they were identified by J.
V.. Roberts the messenger who came
here for that purpose.
iMiis'on Texas March II. Two
masked nun late last night held up
and lobltt-d a postal messenger while
transporting mail from the -union sta-
tion to the IVnisou postofficc.
The postal officials it-fuse to divulge
tv.e aiiiount of loot secured by the rub-
btls Stopping the messenger tiie armed
(Continued on Puge Three)
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