The Enid Events. (Enid, Okla.), Vol. 21, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 16, 1914 Page: 1 of 8
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ENID, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1914
No 27 *
Sfronji Ticket Nominated at okla-
homa City Tuesday.
For governor, John Felds
of Oklahoma City.
For lieutenant governor,
Eugene Lawson of Nowata.
For secretary of state, Dr.
M. B. Prentiss of Bartles-
For state auditor, A.
Davis of Wagoner.
'For attorney general, W. C.
For state treasurer, Dr. L.
For state superintendent,
C. C. Vannest, Perry.
For examiner and inspec-
tor, John S. fWoofter, Sapulpa.
For chief mine inspector,
Pat Malloy of Alderson.
For assistant mine inspec-
tor, first district, John Hall of
For assistant mine inspec-
tor, second district, M. J.
Smith of McAlester.
For assistant mine inspec-
tor, third district. Ed L. Stan-
difer of Miami.
For labor commssioner, C.
C. Zlegler of Oklahoma City.
For commissioner of chari-
ties and corrections, Mrs.
Alice Curtice of Shawnee.
For insurance commission-
er, Fred D. Hoyt of Chandler.
For president board of ag-
riculture, H. Emerson, Enid.
For corporation commis-1
sioner, Sherman Hill of Cher-
For justice supreme court,
second district, L. S. Dolman,
For justice supreme court,
(fourth district, A. T. Boys of
For justice supreme court,
fifth district, Henry J. Sturgis
For clerk of the supreme
court, Homer Purcell of Guy-
For judge of the criminal
court of appeals, eastern dis-
trict, Philos Jones of Wilbur-
For United States senator,
Judge John H. Burford of
Brutality a1 Ft.
(By Orville D. Hall.)
Oklahoma City, April 15.—Al-
though the Fort Supply asylum board
and Miss Kate Barnard, commission-
er of charities and corrections, have
investigated the circumstances which
led up to the killing of Frank Pome-
roy, an insane patient, by asylum at-
tendants in January of this year, the
public has not yet been given any in-
timation as to who is responsible for
conditions at the institution which
made possible such atrocities.
Full details of the asylum tragedy
were never published in the demo-
cratic press of the state and have
only been known since transcripts of
some of the evidence have been se-
cured. A most vivid account of the
latest asylum horror at Fort Supply
was given by Lee Hills, a bricklayer,
who was doing some work at the
asylum on January 16, the day that
Frank Pomeroy received his fatal in-
juries at the hands of attendants and
a patient, who slept in the building
that night and witnessed the whole
In commenting upon the killing of
Pomeroy, Hills declared that he had
never in his life seen a horse or a
dog given such a beating. He de-
scribed at length the attempts of at-
tendants and an insane patient of
huge frame get into Pomeroy's room
and finally told how he was dragged
into the hallway where three attend-
ants and the insane patient, Andrews,
beat and stomped their victim into a
"Andrews went into the room and
Pollard followed in -afterwards," tes-
tified Hills, "and I heard Frank
Pomeroy holler 'I'll give up!' In a
few minutes I seen them dragging
Pomeroy out into the hall. Tliey just
father, who wired the county attor
ney on Wednesday and told him of
the asylum killing, apparently giving
the authorities the first information
as to what had transpired at the
asylum five days before. Hills told
of another assault upon a paMent
which he witnessed during his short
stay at the institutisn.
"I could identify a man who they
kept in a straight jacket in ward
one," testified Hills, "that I seen an
attendant run up and hit him In the
stomach while this man was tied up
in a straight jacket. He cried, 'Don't.
Let me get my clothes on.' One of
the patients was trying to untie the
straight jacket, but this attendant
would run down the hall and then
turn around and run up and hit him.
He hit him so hard that you could
hear him grunt half way up the hall
when they hit him."
Their Most Fervent Appeals For
Reprieve Denied. Dago Frank
Albany, N. Y., April 15.—Shortly
before "Dago Frank" Cirofici went
to the death chair in Sing Sing prison
early Monday he told Warden Clancy
that "Gyp the Blood" Horowitz,
"Lefty Louis" Rosenberg and Harry
Vallon, an informer, fired the shots
which killed Herman Rosenthal, for
which crime the four gunmen paid
the penalty. •> |jS
The man wso first came through
the little iron door was "Dago
Frank." He had shown signs of col-
lapsing and it was deemed expedient
to shield him from the ordeal of
waiting. The condemned man clutch-
ed a crucifix in each hand as he was
led into the presence of death.
"Oh God, I meet my IGod," gasped
the .Italian. The state electrician
turned on the switch.
Cirofici was pronounced dead at
5:43. Cirofici made little resistance
Militia Fires at
Tulsa Race Meet
Soldiers In Possesion of Fair Grounds j
Drive (hit Crowds.
Tulsa, Okfa., April 15.—After the
state militiamen had fired upon
horses and jockeys in the first race of
today's program at the gair grounds
track, officials decided to abandon
any further attempts at. racing today
and await action from the criminal
court of appeals at Oklahoma City on
the application of a writ of habeas
corpus for three men arrested by the
militia and placed in the military
Canton Warned Racers.
Just before the post time for the
first race, Adjutant General Canton,
adressing the crowd, told them of his
orders, and asked them all to leave
the grounds. This request was en-
forced by militiamen with fixed bay-
onets. All spectators were forced
outside, and only officials and news-
paper men were allowed inside.
The climax to the afternoon came
when Manager Bob Allison of the
jockey club forced his way through
the gates to the accompaniment of
cheers from the crowd and ordered
the first race started.
Ten horses went to the post, but
there was no evidence of betting. The
starter lost no time in dropping the
NASHVILLE WANTS ,
Offers Inducements to an Knid Insti-
tution and Wants it l(U;ht Off.
R. P. Selsor, owner of the patent
for Selsor's Dry Farming Cultivators,
with factory in this city, is in re-
ceipt of a letter Trorn A. P. Foster,
secretary of the industrial bureau of
Nashville, Tenn., under date of
March 30, in which Mr Selsor is
urged to move his cultivator factory
to Nashville. This is one of several -
letters received by Mr. Selsor from
the Nashville people and they are be-
coming quite insistent.
The letter states the Nashville in-
dustrial bureau will furnish a free
factory and will pay all moving ex-
penses from Enid to Nashville, to-
gether with putting up a bonus to
help erect factory buildings.
It is evident that the Nashville
Industrial bureau is a live institu-
However, Mr. Selsor prefers not
to leave Enid, having his property
jnterests and home ties here, if he
can get any local encouragement to
Perhaps it would be a good idea
for the Chamber of Commerce to
confer with Mr. Selsor and co-operate
with him to help boost his product
barrier, and amid wild shouts of the or otherwise take such interest
, Oklahoma City, April 13.—The
jumped aside as the racers swept un- . mechanicians who are going to start
beat on him and jumped on him and to the electric current of 1,920 volts | JoUe^whUe thT^nlfsted me^ used ! f0meth,n* °n A! Jennlngs t0 *et hlm
crowd, the horses raced around the
Just as the ten horses, well bunch-
er pulled into the stretch, Major
Scott, accompanied by two enlisted
men, stepped in front of the grand j
stand and opened fire, apparently di-|
riectljr at the approaching horses. The Mystery of His Campaign Expense
horses -came thundering down the!
stretch, apparently not affected the
least by the shoting and the soldiers '
will prevent him from moving his
factory from this city.
Jennings in the Movies.
HENRY J. STURGIS
Republican candidate for Judge of
the Supreme Court. He is one of
the leading lawyers of Oklahoma,
capable of distinguished service on
the State's Supreme bench.
TO SIEZE TAMPICO
AND VERA CRUZ
Twelve Battleships on Their Way to
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John Fields, Oklahoma City edi-
tor, was nominated for governor by
acclamation and without opposition
by the republican state preferential
convention in Oklahoma City Tues-
day afternoon. His was the only
name presehted to the delegates as
the nominee to head the state ticket,
the other men who have been men-
tioned declining at the last minute
to permit the use of -their names.
The nomination for United States
senator, which was given to Judge
John Burford of Guthrie, member of
the state senate, brought out the
largest number of aspirants that was
presented to the convention for nom-
ination to any of the offices. Six
names were put before the delegates.
Judge Burfford, John Embry and E.
E. Blake of Oklahoma City; Charles
Creager of Muskogee; J. J. McGraw,
Ponca City; W. B. Johnson of Ard-
On the first roll call the vote
stood: Burford, 273; Embry, 4;
Blake, 160; Creager, 224; McGraw,
89; Johnson, 42. Before the roll on
the seeofid call had been completed
all names except Burford and Creager
were withdrawn. The final vote was
Burford 552 and Creager 272.
Garfield county playttf a promi-
nent part in the convention, H. Emer-
son being nominated for president
of board of agriculture and Henry J.
Sturgis for supreme court judge. An
effort was made to draft Judge M. C.
Garber for U. S. senator, but the
judge would not stand for it.
Judge P. C. Simons of Enid was
kicked him. Bert Alpine had a broom
stick beating on him. Pollard I could
see standing on top of Frank Pome-
roy. Every once in a while he would
jump up and down; his feet looked
liked they slipped and he fell off
on the floor and they kept that up, it
seemed to me like about fifteen min-
"Did you hear Pomeroy saying
anything during this time?" witness
"He was,groaning and saying 'My
and between nine and ten amperes.
Of the four he died the easiest.
Presently came "Whitey Lewis."
He was garbed in a black suit as
"Dago Frank" had been. He was
pronounced dead at 5:52.
"Gyp the Blood" was brought in
with a Jewish prayer book in his left
hand. "Listen, Israel. There is only
one God," mumbled Gyp in Hebrew.
At 6:02 physicians pronounced the
man dead. •
"Lefty Louie" came last. The
regulation puns. They said after-
ward that they only fired in the air.
Then General Canton gave orders
that if another attempt to race was
God,'" replied the witness. "He!Jewish Prayer book he grasped, he
could not say much for he was too
near gone. After they got through
beating on him they started north
along the hall, dragging him along
like he was a hog on the floor. They
dragged him out of sight from where
Hills then testified that he was
told by one of the attendants that
handed to Rabbi Kopfstein before en-
tering the chair. Lifce "Gyp" he
mumbled a prayer in Hebrew. The
theory that the strongest shall die
last "Lefty" bore out in his uncanny
resistant to the current. He was
dead at 6:17.
"So far as I know Becker had noth-
ing to do with this case," the gun-
out of the race for governor will have
a good chance while Jennings is out
of the slate. The ex-bandit Candida
for governor left for New York V/ed-
; nesday to be gone ten days or two
made to "shoot to kill." Jockey club | weeks.
officials determined it would be use- jennings is in the east to ,Uy
less to make another effort and de- the leading part in "Beating Back"
cided to await court action. whlch is t0 be ma(le in[o flIm Just
General ( anton stated that he j when jhe moving pictures are to be
would not obey orders from any court j put out is not knowni but it wl„ be
as he regarded the militia supreme before the campaign is over.
when martial law was proclaimed.
they had put Pomeroy into the 'man also declared. "It was a gam
"strong room" in which there was ! bier's fight."
no bed and only a mattress lying on
That the beating of patients was
not an uncommon thing in the insti-
tution was indicated by further testi-
mony of Hills relating an alleged
conversation he had with Pollard,
one of the attendants involved in the
"Pollard did not have on a shirt—
only an undershirt"—testified the
witness, "and he had bloocf on his
sleeves and kind of up toward the
shirt collar. I asked him where he
got this blood, and he said 'I always
got that.' I asked him if he was the
i Cirofici averred he was five miles
away at the time the crime was com-
mitted and that "Whitey Lewis" Sel-
densher, although present at the
scene of the shooting, did not fire any
of the shots. Cirofici made no at-
tempt, however, to deny that he was
included in the original plot to slay
Rosenthal, even admitting that two
nights before the gambler was slain
be went with other gangsters to look
for their intended victim.
They were frightened away from
Rosenthal on that occasion by men
they thought were detectives. The
condemned man also admitted that
"Many stories have been told about
where Jennings was getting his cam-
paign funds," said one of his friends
today, "and this ought to set a good
many of them at rest. Jennings is
receiving more for the moving pic-
tures than any candidate will need in
the campaign this year, but he is
probably the only man in the race
who will remain within the law in
making his expenditures."
The "Beating Back" pictures are
being made by one of the largest
The activities of the Federal De-
partment of Agriculture have reach-
ed Garfield county this year for the
first time. While but little definite
results ha\e been accomplished, much . ()2ra companies in the country. As sumed and refugees returned. Mex
interest has already been aroused and isoon as the pictures have been taken
the prospects are good for a year of ; jennings will return to the state and
Washington. April 15.—While 12
fighting ships of the Atlantic fleet
were turning their prows toward
Tampico today to enforce President
Wilson's demand on Huerta for a
public salute to the American flag,
senators and representativ|es were
summoned to the White House to be
informed of all phases of the situa-
tion that Congress might be pre-
pared for any further steps. 1
President Wilson told the con-
| gressmen that he stood first for
| peace, but that if Huerta did not
comply with the American demands,
the first step to enforce them would
be the seizure ctf Tampico and Vera
Cruz, for which he considers there
is ample precede3t. Acting Chairman
Shively of the Senate foreign rela-
tions committee; Senator Lodge, the
ranking Republican of that commit-
tee; Chairman Flood of the House
foreign affairs committee, and Rep-
resentative Cooper, the ranking Re-
publican of that committee, had an
hour's conference with the President,
at which .Mr. Wilson outlined all the
details of the now historic Tampico
Incident, in which a Huerta com-
mander arrested American blue jack-
ets and refused to salute the stars
and stripes as an apology.
Fletcher Reports Quiet.
Washington, April 15.—This dis-
patch from Rear Admiral Fletcher at
Vera Cruz, dated 10 p. m., last night
was received at the navy department
"No new developments at Tam-
pico. Constitutionalists have retir-
ed from the vicinity. Business, re-
resume his campaign for governor.
ican gunboats Progreso and Zaragosa
one who fell down and he said, 'Yes 1 early on the night of the actual
I always fall down when I was whip-
ping patients.' That is about all I
know took place that night only
killing was in the gray "murder car,'
with the gunmen but he insisted that
he left t^em before they shot the
places visited thus far, have shown
much interest in the movement. Good
meetings were held yesterday at
Drummond Lahoma and Kremlin,
and North Enid, Breckinridge Hun-
ter and Garber will be visited today.
A night meeting will be held at Gar-
„ , , , ,, „ . , . A meeting will be held at the court
all night long I heard groans from, gambler He did no. explain pre- housp gaturdar afternoon t0 reor.
this man Pomeroy from the strong <;i8ely *'hy He left the other gunmen : „an,ze the ^ institute. W. D.
room which is four or five rooms , prior to the shooting but two : BenH asslstant state t in the
from my room and I heard one of reasons are advanced. One is that , fam demonstratjon work of the de.
the attendants, I think it was Pol-! ^ became frightened and the other partment of Ajrr!cuIture, will be In
lard, tell him if he didn't shut up ^ deserted in order to bail out ch of thp mPeling Mr Rnee.
they would come in there and beat ! hls sweetheart, Jean Gordon, who
him up again." j had been arrested.
Hills testified that Pomeroy was i
beaten up on Friday night and died j LITTLE DAMAGE DONE.
on the following Sunday. Then the !
witness continued: Secretary Ben Hennessey So Say* In
"I thought to myself right then ! Regard to Recent Frost.
Miss Chandiler, who is organizing
canning clubs is now touring the !
county in company with Mr. Krtee- UAMnCftME OTDriUITN '
land, who is to serve as farm demon- Ilflili/jUilllj I • I-
strator representing (he department I
of Agriculture. Fifteen clubs have |
already been organized with an en-1 Tlle Events acknowledges receipt
rollment of 300 members. The of a framed picture of the members
of Enid's fire department, the city
EGG RECEIPTS BREAK RECORD.
land, the county demonstrator and
j Miss Chandiler will also deliver ad-
dresses. It is expected that meetings
commissioners and the fire equip-
ment. We appreciate the picture
highly because it shows a fine fire
fighting force and also because it
consists of a group of handsome
citizens hard to beat anywhere on
the great round globe.
Local I Produce Houses Handle
000 Dozen In One Week.
The receipts of eggs In Enid during
the past week have been the heaviest
in the history of the business in the
city, according to a statement by H.
G. Dort, manager of the Aaron Poul-
try and Eggs Co. "About 5,000
cases of eggs or approximately 150,-
000 dozen eggs were handled by the
local houses this week," said Mr.
Dort, "and as a result of the heavy
group are as follows:
Commissioner—L. H. Kerr.
Chief—L. O. Pillsbury.
Assistant Chief—Homer Osborn.
Firemen—Charles Baker, Homer
Roberts, Elmer James, Ellwood
Davis, Art Johnson, J. Weissinger,
will be held twice a month in Enid IW. H. Manning, Harry Ivans, Harry
besides meetings in different parts of Bows, Newton Fales, R. L. Church,
the county. These meetings to be ! John Sweeney, James Hudson.
The photos appearing upon the J receipts the prices are getting lower,
although they are now one cent high-
er than at this time last year. As a
result of the foreign tariff having
been lifted the egg market will be
low, as it is understood here that one
eastern firm has bought from foreign
markets 100000 cases of eggs to be
delivered in New York City next De-
cember at 16 cents."
It was also stated by Mr. Dort that
recently a ship from the foreign mar-
kets brought to the United States
21,000 tons of frozen beef from South
under the direction of Mr. Kneeland. | The fire equipment In each corner
also offered the nomination for either 1 that ,W°U.M be n° f°d for me t0 ; A.n effort wln be made t0 set out as of the picture in charge of the fol- j America, which also probably means
attorney general or supreme court re|,or 0 ® super n endent, foi lie It is the belief of Secretary Ben large a crowd as possible for the lowing firemen: , that meat will soon be much cheaper.
judge but refused to stand for either. '" .y , . t i8 man being Hennessey of the state board of agri- Saturday meeting. j Auto—Harry Ivans.
great enthusiastic con- an emplo3'e' and 1 thought culture that not much damage has Mr. Kneeland already has a con-: Combination ladder wagon—Eli-i Calvert Hovt was in the cltv the
1 1ho hnrl nflt ho u-qo a nnn . #/-.«. I i — j ± . ... .. . < .. . ... ' . _ . |
I first of the week from Dallas, Texas,
where he Is now connected with the
feharplesa Hardware company. Cal-
vert says Dallas Is all right, but he
still yearns a little for tho folks at
ventlon and it nominated winners.
i. he had not he was a poor man for ' been done to crops and fruit by the siderable acquaintanr • ;n this county wood Davis.
j 'k" position there because It seemed , late cold spell. There Is very little having been a resident of North Enid Engine—Elmer James.
' * tl t ' llke the whole bunch lhere knew, f-viience of damage to vegetation, in the early days, when he taught! Aerial truck—Lee Church,
Pete Trease of the Enid Mill and about it." (says Mr. Hennessey, and it Is believed school. Within a short time he will i Weissinger.
Elevator company was in the city Hiils stated that be went home on | the fruit is safe, or at least the dam• be provided with an ofiice at the j In
this week. , , ,.1'k® following Tuesday and told hi age will be minimum. court houee.
the center of the picture ap-
pears the fire alarm repeater.
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