Oklahoma City Times (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 28, No. 251, Ed. 1 Friday, January 19, 1917 Page: 1 of 14
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VOL. XXVIII. NO. 251.
OKLAHOMA CITY FRIDAY JANUARY 19 1917.
PPirr IN OKLAHOMA CITY ONI CNT.
rKllE ILMWHIRI TWO CSNTS.
LIGHT AUTO LAMPS AT 3:31 P. M.
STATE WITS W
K FBI TO 1Y
Bandits Involved inHarrah
Holdup and Nowata Fight
Slain by Okmulgee Posse
Four Hundred Shots Exchanged In Desperate
Battle In Canyon; Officers Surprise Rob
bers and Wipe Out Gang Before Firing
OKMULGEE Okla. Jan. 19. (Special.) Three bandit
Oscar Poe Will Hart and Harry Hart whom officers declare
wit imnlicflted in the bank robberies at Vinita Centralia
I). S. DIPLOMAT
Hurrah and other places and
onH in tho huttlft with
Vopicka Will Go to Jassy Af
WASHINGTON. Jan. I9.-Germany
has withdrawn her charges of unnru
Iral conduct again! Minuter Vopicka
accredited to Rumania
Serbia and Bn
Than Take Drink
posse near Nowata recently were killed by a sheriffs po8e
from Okmulgee at 0 o'clock this morning. The scene of the
battle was a canyon eighteen miles northwest t here. More
than 400 shots were exchanged before the three robbers fell.
Mel Bowman chief of police of Okmulgee was the only
member of the posse injured. He sustained a bruise from a
bullet which grazed his left hand. Joha Lung of Oklahoma
former policeman who shot Chief of Police isicnois
He is now a member
more than a year ago was In the posse
of the Okmulgee police force.
Okmulgee county officers have been trailing the three
desperadoes since last Friday whenwith Russell Tucker killed
yesterday in a fight with officers at Boley and Jess Littrell
wounded and captured in the same fight they are aaid to have
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robbed the First National bank or Marfan ox ta.ouu.
Sheriff Informed .
of Hiding Place
Sheriff Roach wu notified laat night of the presence of the
bandit in the canyon and left at 1 o'clock this morning for the
rendezvous. Member of tho posse were Sheriff Roach; W. L.
Robbins deputy sheriff of Okmulgee; Hiram Stevens deputy
of Chelsea; John Lung Okmulgee policeman; Mel Bowman
chief of police of Okmulgee; Buck George Nowata and John
A. Gustavason detective Kansas City Mo. -
After lying on the snow all night to await daylight the
kam arnntflri in the neighborhood of the canyon until they had
secured the best possible position for attack. Then they boldly
dashed down into the canyon and before the robber had re
covered from their surprise opened lire.
Fight From Cover .
Poe and the two Hart soon returned the fire from behind
h tVnnka and atumos. They were heavily armed with high
powered rifle and revolver. The officers took to cover after
the battle opened up ana it was Decause oi we ibcv mm uum
parties were hidden that so many hota were fired. All three
hMndita were ahot throuffh the head.
An inquest is being held at Okmulgee this afternoon over
the bodies of the dead men. What disposition will be made of
their bodies has not been determined.
With the killing of the three' men peace officer in seven
Oklahoma counties have succeeded in partly breaking up an
outlaw gang not equaled since the Dalton gang was shot down
during a daylight raid on Coffeyville Kan twenty year ago
tiri in which a number of Coffeyville citisens lost their lives.
The chase after Poe the two Harts Littrell and Tucker
h lad over the entire eastern and central part of this state.
Poe and the Hart are thought to have been member of the
gang which more than a week ago engaged in battle with
officer near Delaware and in which one member of the posse
was killed. Pone Poe an uncle of Oscar Poe la in jail at
Nowata charged with being implicated in several Oklahoma
Not a moment for rest ha been allowed the bandits.
Posses from one city or other have been on their trail con-
stantly. They have been hunted like wild animals for two
weeks md have fought at savagely
cornered beam. They knew the of-
ficers intended capturing them or kill-
ing them. And rather than face prison
sentences they resolved to kill at many
of their nursiiert a possible before a
posseman i bullet put an end to their
JfM Littrell wounded in the battle at
lUdey it now the role aurvivor ft the
Harrah robbers.. He ii in the state pen-
itentiary at the present lime. It was
frared that should he be put in a coun-
ty jail mob vinlenremight be attempted.
gtria it was announced today at the
Mate department. An explanation of
the full facts in the charges of unneu-
tral conduct was made to Germany
which proved satisfactory. It is prob
able that Minister Vopicka. now in
Rerlin will be granted leave of ab
sence which he requested many months
ago and to which he is entitled tn or
ner lo avoid any embarrassment in
ending him on to his post at the Ru-
manian capital of Jassy just after gain-
ing considerable military information
in his trip through" the central empires!'
The removal of Minister Vopicka
from Bucharest was explained by tier-
many to have had nothing to do with
the previous charges of unneutral con-
duct but to have been occasioned by
the insistence of the military authori-
ties that all neutral diplomats be with-
drawn. This is Im accord with interna
tional law as the diplomats are ac-
credited to the government and not to
the locality. All other neutrals have
left except the Persian minister who
s to go shortly.
Who will care for American Inter-
ests in the occupied part of Rumania
and for the alleged government in
terests entrusted to Minister Vopicka
on the withdrawal of the allied diplo-
mats hat not keen decided. There ia
no American Consul resident nearby
and is it probable that a special agent
with consular rank will be dispatched
shortly by the department
AIDED IN DARING
Two of Victims Believpd to Be
k Operating Also.
Mrs. Stella Newton Smith. .
Mrs. Smith shot and killed her hus-
band in Denver last Saturday after a
six-hour struggle in winch the husband
attempted to force Mrs. Smith to drink
liipior. The husband was a former
chauffeur of Mrs. Smith's first hus-
band from whom she had been divorced.
TO RUSH TI1R0U6I1
Wilsorr Confers Again With
NF.W YORK Jan. .-Notwithstanding
the known activity of Itntish
warships eleven of which are htirrv-
ing from many directions into South
Atlantic waters in search of the Ger
man commerce destroyer which sank
the Voltaire Georgic and other en-
tente vessels pronounced apprehension
was felt in mr.rine circles today ow-
ing to undenied credence which the
shipping world in general has placed
on overnight reports that the black
raider believed to be the famous
"Moewe" is not ooeratina' unassisted.
Carriea Several Guns.
According to these reports this fugi-
tive raider carries several sorts of ar
mament and carries guns taken from
at least two of the British cantive
ships the St. Theodore and the Yar-
rowdale which in turn became prey-
ing rovers. The Yarrowdale is re
ported to have arrived at the Cape
Verde islands with the crews of eight
of the ships that were sunk. Her early
departure on a raiding mission would
cause no surprise among shippers.
Reoorts as vet unconfirmed plarert
the whereabouts of the ship believed to
be the Moewe a considerable distance
north of Ireland-to-Braiil sea lanes
where her havoc was accomplished.
Meanwhile the entente war vessels.
aside from hunting down an active
raidinir souadron are keeping close
watch on several merchant vessels sus
pected of supplying the Moewe anfl ner
allies with food ana ot assisting mem
in other ways.
Brasll'a Havy Active.
As a precaution against an Illegal
use of Bratilian territory as a base of
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Federal Authorities Will Turn
Prisoner Over to County For
Trial On Charge of Murder
Alleged Slayer of School Teacher and Musician
Steadfastly Denies Any Connection Yith
Double Tragedy; Williams Funeral Is Held.
State courts will have the opportunity of trying John M.
Couch on the warrants that charge him with the murder of
Miss Nellie M. Dunn Wheeler school teacher and his sister-in-law
before the federal government insists on a prosecution of
the prisoner for mifiuse of the mails was the virtual statement
of United States District Attorney John Fain this morning.
That the state charges are bo much more serious than the
government charges anHMhat the Oklahoma county court
should therefore have priority in the trial of Couch is the
position taken by Mr. Fain.
Mr. Fain and County Attorney Selby are due to have a
conference this afternoon when some definite action on the
matter will likely be taken.
Juror Is Excused
' CHICAGO. Jan. 19-Hecaus he
could not define the words hypothesis
compatible incompetent scrutinise in-
culpable and presumption Thomas
Uahl was excused as a juror In the
criminal court hcretoday.
ITS Mlatrt Killed In Year.
CHARLESTON. W.'Va. Jan. 19-
F.arl Henry chief of the department of
mines today announced that 375 miners
had been killed in the mines ol the
Mate during 1V10
LOCAL FOStiCAtT Oaneeally fair
weather tnlttt is taturtavi aomawnat
warmer UnlM minimum temperature.
tTATt raMCAST-ralr wermtn
KANSAS Parti ctouat probahly raln
or snow In aouthaatt portion; colder Sat-
urday. ARKANSAS-Otnarally fair and warm.
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CALKXICO. N. M Jan. 19. Mili
tary authorities practically convinced
of the death of Lieut. Col. II. G.
Hi shop and Lieut W. A. Robertson jr.
who nave not bees heard from since
attempting an airplane flight from San
Diego to Lalextco January 10 have
nevertheless determined to continue
fieir search until all doubt is removed.
(Three army airplanes acende early
i day tn visit the locality in the desert
ol the northern !onora Mexico where
rumors said Papago Indians reported
yesierdav they harl seen the bodies of
two white men clad only in under-
clothing at a water hole.
428000 in Year
LONDON Jan. 19-More than 42ft.
000 officer and men were taken pris
oner by the Russians during the last
year and S2S guns captured according
to the Russian service organisation as
quoted in a Central News dispatch from
retrograd today. More than i percent
of the captures was yields by the oper
ations of General Rrussilloff.
OWEN WILL SPf fcX
L'nited States Senator Owen will
speak at the auditorium Saturday night
at ft o'clock on his plan before the na
tional emigre's to prohibit federal
judges from declaring acts of congress
unconstitutional. This announcement
was made this afternoon following re
quests from friends and admirers who
would be unable to hear him at tha
joint session of thejcgislature.
Victims Include Many Chris
tians In Palestine; Many
John H. Cotteral. federal judge for this district.'iajdue to
arrive in Guthrie Monday from New Mexico and it is probabl ;
that the question of transfer of the prisoner will come up at . j
' Pending a final settlement of the Question as to whether 1
Couch will be arraigned first in tha stats or federal courts it - -
is me plan to keep him in tn federal jail at Guthrie.
Keepa to Bunaett.
John M. Couch held in the Guthrie
federal prison steadfastly denies hav
ing killed Miss Nellie M.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 19-In an ef
fort to clear the executive calendar of
administration measure before the next
house with questionable political status
comes into power rresident Wilson
conferred at the capit" Itoday with the
senate steering committee.
Urges Railroad Labor Questions.
For two hours he went over the pro
gram he outlined in his opening ad
dress to congress last December laying
particular stress upon the railroad labor
measures lie saiu inai nr miii nrsirra . . . .ij i..
enactment of the whole program before . "" ' ' - " "T"
March f if posMhle. In addit.o to V'"" " " ' ;
Wilson Says Bryan
COLUMBUS Ohio. Jan. 19 William
J. Bryan urged Ohio legislators in joint
session to extend presidential suffraf
to women. .
"It no democrat Question the capa
city of women for suffrage for it was
the women who elected President Wil-
revenue legislation the president also
urged action on a corrupt practices
hill the Webb bill to permit domestic
corporations to maintain collective for-
eign settling agencies ; water power and
mineral lanl leasing measures and the
Uorto Ktraas citizenship hill.
No Special Session.
Although there was no suggestion of
an extra session In case the president'
program cannot be completed by March
Senator Kern declared that the
thought in the mind of all was that it
would be much lesrdiffirult to enact
the measure to which the democratic
party has been committed at this sriMii
than in the next congress.
President Wilson read reports pub
lished after his visit to the canitol t'tat
his remarks to the democratic majoritv
Texan Is Killed;
MARLIN. Texas Jan. 19.-A a re-
suit of a shooting affray here on one
of the principal resident treet J. B.
William of Mart. Texas Is dead and
Mrs. J. J. Kahrmann i held at the
county jail charged with the shooting.
Williams was killed in front ol the
home of Mrs. Kahrmann.
Mrs. Kahrmann refused to make a
statement regardinejhe killing.
he would veto one or both of the pate-- . ... .
ower bills. Such false reports he said. ASnnre: 1 OTrll WrCCK
only served "to throw a mnnkev-wrench
into the lcgtslativemachinery.
in Sheriff's Auto
ALMON. Ind.. Jan. 19-Four pris-
oner crawled through a cold air shaft.
dug their way throng a two foot wall
and escaped from the Noble rnunty jail
last night In Shrntf Al rawyers motor
car the lour were held in connection
in Montana Mines
HF.LF.NA. Mont.. Jan. I.-A strike
will be called tonight in all the mines
in the Marytville district near berj ac
cording to an official statement from
Marysville Miners' union. A raise of
pay of 50 cent a day it involved in the
ROMK Jan. 19-FWe hundred and
ten thousand persons have died of star-
vation in Syria according to informa-
tion received by the Corriert D'ltalia.
Ihanon Is said to have suffered par-
ticularly while at Beyrout inhabitants
are said to have! been picked up on the.
streets nearly dying of hunger. The
number ol suicides is increasing to ap-
palling proportion. Similar horror
art reported a occurring in Palestine
Ind parts of the Interior inhabited by
GIRLS LOCKED IN ROOM
ARE BURNED TO DEATH
YOAKUM. Texa. Jan. 19-
Liney and Viola Fratier. J and
S year old respectively daugh-
ter of J. L Frailer were burned
to death Thursday afternoon in the
home where they had been socked
in a room while their mother made
a trip to the city. Their trie cmild
be faintly hrarti by those who first
reached the burning boust.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 19 - Cmul
Wilcox at Hrterre Guadalupe. West
Indies cabled the state department to-daj-
that the American achooner K.vie
II. Hall had gone ashore there and is a
total wreck. The mate. Lawrence
( rouse was drowned and the ship's pa-
to Move Coal Cars
CHICAGO. Jan. 19 -Railroad offi
cial of all lines centering in Chicago
have agreed to give coal shipments tn
this city preference over all other com
modities except perishable goods. This
according to coal dealers public offi
cials and railroad men should relieve
the threatened scarcity of coat
WASHINGTON. Jan. 19-The In
terstate commerre commission today
disapproved proposals by railroads to
double and quadruple storage charge'
on export grain at elevator at New
York Philadelphia. Baltimore Boston.
Newport New and other Atlantic uort
where such grain it held longer than
Slater of Ivaa Mitot Deal
DF.NVKR. Jan. 19 -Miss Rebecca
Mile. 70 years old titter of the I
F.van Miles died at her home here I
last night as the result of (ractur
skull sustained in fall down (Ii
Rowland D. Williams. Most of thi
time he keep to himself refusing to
say anything about the matter.
He expressed surprise when told of
the murders shortly after he surrend-
ered himself yesterday afternoon. Latag
a copy ol the times detailing the al-
fair was shown him. He glanced at it.
"I can't read it; my eyes hurt me"
he said. He tossed the paper to th!
Refused to Talk.
Couch ha wept several times moan;
inaj audibly. He lies on the cot in his'
cell room keeping his face to the wall
most of the time. When turned into
the general cell room this morning he
refused to discuss the slayings with his
fellow prisoners. He sits by himself in
a corner of the room. He speaks only
when accosted and invariably denies
anv knowledge of the shootings.
I have been wandering around and
am nearly broke' he explained when he
surrendered himsell yesterday. I
heard that the federal officers wanted
me for something so I came here to
give mysell up.
"1 came here three days ago from
San Antonio. Texas" he continued. "I
was on a hunting trip a tew mues
northwest of there fast week and hurt
my hack in an automobile accident. I
ct-uld not work any more. I would
rather be in the penitentiary than free
and without anv money."
Couch had SJ 40. a pocketknile and a
bunch of keys when he surrendered.
He did not pay hss chauffeur anything
for the ride to Guthrie he said. The
jail authorities reported this morning
that ( ouch slept well and ate a hearty
Superintendent Whiteford said this
morning that the school will be opened
Monday morning. He had not selected
a teacher for the place of Miss Dunn.
Members of the Williams family
here to attend the funeral in progress
at the Street A Draper chapel this aft-
icmmii ra Twa.)
Couch Ihrder Cczt
10:45 o'Clock Yesterdav Momiius
Couch calls livery ar to meet him
at 2412 South Harvey avenue. Di
rects driver to go to Wheeler school
ii ouock Mitt Nellie M. Dtma
shot down in main corridor on firtt
floor of Wheeler tchool building by
man supposed to be Couch.
11:50 o'Clock-Rowland D. Wil-
liam shot in the hallway leading
from hit ttudio at 12 Weit Second
2 :40 o'Clock Yesterday Afternoon
Conch walked into the fedonl lit
at Guthrie and gave himself up to
antwer a charge of misuse of mailt
lor wmcn ne wat wanted by the go-
Last Night Lee Craiar. ehanffM
returned to the city and told hit atorf
""' urivmg ioucn over the elw
and to Guthrie in hit car wittm
suspecting what hi fare waa AAmm.
United State District Attorney
John Fain announce! thi mortinf
4hat Couch will be turned over to
wmanoma county to be tried on
warrant rhareine- muittVr f uu.
Dunn issued by the county ttor
iw s omcr yrsiernt).
of Tragedy d
Students in Miss Dunn's Room
Saw Man and Heard Him V;
Call Teacher" f
AMERICAN HIDES SIX
WEEKS IN CHIMNEY;
ESCAPES FROM MEXICO
COLUMBUS. N. M.. Jan. 19.-
I)r. W. T. Stell an American
physician of Guerrero who wat
reported executed by the Villa
troops that entered th town Octo-
ber last reached the American linet
several dayt ago according to an-
When the Carrania garrison evac-
uated Guerrero. Doctor Stell took
refuge in the chimney of an1 aban-
doned church where for list week
he tubtisted on bread and water
smuggled in by t native servant
Two week ago the servant bribed
a Mexican wagon driver to carry
the doctor to F4 Vail. .
thousand question of childish wot y
der are being asked in Capitol Htt V
home today by little tot of 7 was
yesterday were pupils ol Mitt Ntjtlt '
Dunn. Today the tchool ia c Viced
Teacher" wat killed yetterday jutt '
tide the door of Isae-Mhoo! room satt
the children do not taadorttand.
Cecil William the 7-year-obf 'a .
of S. S. William of 239 So CetStU '
avenue wu listhsf before the sjm earn
with hie titter Emsa 12 yean oti CJ
morning ptttaiinf ovee twe hoteecrp
of yetterday. L"
. A visitor knocked end ukod far O.
til - Father wai away St work ft I
out to Cecil amwered fLt steA V
I'm Cecil." he eakl
a a "brigs ac." 1
ling eyed and snick O tr
aaafweree sneaiono -j
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