The Hollis Post-Herald. (Hollis, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 20, 1916 Page: 2 of 10
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THE HOLLIS POST-HERALD
Late War News
The German loaaee before Verdun
ap to the present time have reached
the huge total of 200,000 men.
A German submarine was sunk by
I Bquadron of French and British war-
iblps. The crew of the submarine
• • •
A large transport, belonging to the
sntente allies, has been sunk off the
•est coast of Greece. It Is believed
many lives were lost.
• • •
The Britieh steamer Zent has been
torpedoed without warning west of
FaBtnet. Forty-eight members of the
crew are missing and are supposed to
have been drowned.
• • •
The Russian steamer Imparalor has
been torpedoed by an Austrian sub-
marine in the Mediterranean. Nine
of the crew, some of whom are wound-
ed have been rescued by a Dutch
• • e
The Austrlana are preparing tp as-
sume the offensive along the entire
front, according to advices reaching
here which add that strong bodies of
troops have been withdrawn from the
• • •
A long-delayed dispatch from Buch-
arest filed by Reuter's correspondent
there March 21, says that in view of
the undisguised military preparations
sf Bulgaria on the Roumanian frontier
the governme t of Roumania is taking
"necessary military measures."
• • •
Not only have the Germans been en-
gaged in more heavy fighting with the
French around Verdun but they have
launched a strong attack against the
new British positions near St. Eloi,
which lies a few miles south of Ypres
in an endeavor to regain 600 yards
sf trenches which the British won
from them ten days ago.
• • •
There have been gains on both Ger-
man and French sfdes near Verdun.
The Germans captured the village of
Haucourt which lies in the Avocurt-
Bethincourt sector, northwest of Ver-
Jun. This is considered by the Ger-
mans as an important strategic point
'or while the French held it the Ger-
nans could not cross the Forges Brook.
Fire in the center of the Little Rock
business district caused a Iobb esti-
mated at between $100,000 and
• • •
Three persona were kilted and one
fatally injured at the DuPont Powder
Company's plant, eight miles from
Bluefield, W. Va., when 4,000 kegs of
black powder exploded. The plant
was almost completely destroyed with
a loss of about $100,000. The cause of
the explosion is unknown.
Three hundred and thirty-nine thou-
sand rounds of rifle ammunition and
twenty-two thousands pounds of dyna-
mite for the defacto government was
sent into Mexico from Laredo.
* • •
Dr. Alfredo Caturefill, financial agent
and general consul at New York for
the Carranza defacto government of
Mexico, has announced that arange-
ments virtually have been completed
for establishing there a $10,000,000 gold
credit for the Mexican government.
• • •
Private John Wade of Company C,
Twenty-fourth infantry, a negro reg-
iment, was killed at Del Rio, Texas,
by State Ranger Barler when two
rangers attempted to arrest sixteen
negro soldiers who had created a dis-
turbance in a house in the restricted
■ • ■
A band of Vllllstaa numbering sev-
eral hundred and possibly a thousand
have sacked Sierra Mojada, five miles
across the Coahuila line and eighty
miles east of Jiminez, destroying
many thousands of dollars worth of
American property and looting the
town of everything of value.
Details have come of a five-hour bat-
tle between the Carranza garrison at
Palaje, Durango, and an attacking
force composed of Contreras and Cen-
iceros bandits. The outlaws fled in
disorder into the hills of the Nazas
district after losing seventy killed, it
is reported. The defacto troops had
There are 126 square miles of proved
oil lands in California.
The largest submarine in the United
States navy, L-l, the first of a series
oi seven of that type, was turned over
to the commandant of the Charlestown
aavy yard last week.
• • •
At the presidential preferential pri-
mary in Illinois, Senator Sherman, re-
publican, and President Wilson had
It all their own way, as all other names
bad to be written in the ballots.
• • •
The New York Tribune, for scores
of years a leading republican Journal,
has declared editorially for the nomi-
nation of Theodore Roosevelt for the
presidency by the republican conven-
• • •
A new information charging Dr. B.
Clarke Hyde with poisoning Col. Thos.
H. Swope, millionaire philanthropist,
was filed at Kansas City by the pros-
ecuting attorney. The new informa-
tion was made necessary by the action
of attorneys for the defense who
Bought to quash further prosecutinc
under the statute limiting the state
to four continuances.
Joseph McCowan was convicted of
the murder of his aged father-in-law.
Joseph Gordon, in circuit court at De-
witt. Ark., and sentenced to die in the
electric chair. He is the first white
man to be sentenced to death in Ar-
kansas since the legislature last year
passed a law making possible for Jur-
ies to impose life imprisonment for
crimes formerly punishable only by
• • •
Union and confederate veterans
from a number of states joined in
patriotic exercises on Shiloh battle-
field, now Shiloh national military
park, in observance of the fifty-fourth
anniversary of the memorable strug-
The increased weakness of exchange
between New York and Paris is the
rause of much comment in banking
circles. Francs on demand are quoted
at 5.99\ and cables at 5984. the
weakest since Sept. 1, 11)15.
• • •
The Toledo street car tie-up is end
ed. The men were given an Increase
In wages of three cents an hour, but
wil not be permitted to wear union
buttons and the open shop rules will
General Carranza has decreed that
in the reorganization of Mexico's
finances the issue of paper money
shall be limited to 500.009.000 pesos
with an equivalent of $250,000,000
American gold which will provide a
rurenf-y circulation of about $17 gold
AND BODY, IN POSSESSION OP
CARL08 CARRANZA, ON THE
WAY TO CHIHUAHUA.
AMERICAN OFFICERS SKEPTIC
Five warships stationed at Canton
joined the rebels on April 6.
Switzerland's emigration in 1915 was
the lowest in forty years. Only 1,975
perrons left the country to cross the
seas; 1,547 of them going to the United
• • •
Several thousand interned Germans
and Turks in Canada will be put to
work this spring in the fields of Man-
itoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and
will be paid the regular wage of farm
• • ■
A fourth American inquiry was ad-
ded to others awaiting reply at the
foreign office when the American em-
bassy requested information regarding
the steamer Eagle Point, recently sunk
off Queenstown and asked whether
she was destroyed by a German sub-
• • •
W. W. Howard of New York, secre-
tary of the Albania relief committee
for the United States, says that 150,000
persons had died of starvation in Al-
bania during the past ten months and
that 500,000 were likely to die before
normal conditions in that country were
The hard-fought bill incorporating
the American Academy of Arts and
Letters and numbering President Wil-
son, T. Roosevelt and forty-eight oth-
ers among its charter members, was
passed by the house and sent to the
president for approval.
• • •
With the final vote on the army or-
ganisation bill assured in the senate
on April 18 there still is much specu-
lation as to the probable final form in
which the first of the great national
preparedness measures will go to the
joint conference committee of the sen-
ate and house.
• • •
The annual rivers and harbors ap-
propriation bill carrying $40,000,000
passed the house by a vote of 210 to
133 with every item as agreed on in
committee unchanged. Tfce entire ap-
propriation except for a $700,000 item
I to deepen the approaches to the Brook-
| lvn navy yard is for continuing work
| on Improvement projects already au-
thorized and under way.
; Representative Heflin of Alabama
Introduced a resolution In the house
asking for a "complete and thorough
investigation of the New York cotton
exchange," where he said he was con-
vinced a "conspiracy exists and has
existed for some time
The German reply to the American
note concerning the damaging or sink-
ing of five steamships contains the
statement that the steamers English-
man, Eagle Point, Manchester Engi-
neer and Berwindvale were destroyed
I by German submarines. Evidence is
' Ratification by the N'icarnguan
congress of the treaty by which the
United States acquires for $3,000,000
canal route rights and a coaling sta-
tion on Fonseca bay was announced in
a dispatch received from Managa by
General Chamorro, the Nicaraguan
The war department announced that
pp to noon April Stir. il.<49 men !iad
sought enlistment and 2.R7J had been
accepted since recruiting began March
16 for the 20.000 additional men author
| ited by congress
But 8eemingly Well Authenticated
Rumors Declare Rebel Leader
Was a Victim of Blood
El Paso.—Francisco Villa 1b dead
and his body, disinterred some days
after hlB burial, is in possession of
the Carranza troops, according to a
series of telegraphic messages re-
ceived in Juarez by the Mexican offi-
For more than a week reports that
Villa had died from wounds have been
current both here and in Juarez. The
new accounts are the most circum
stantial and apparently reliable, yet
received. They were accepted with
reserve by American officials, includ-
ing Gen. George Bell, but the Mexi
cans had great confidence in their re-
Other Known Facts.
Apart from the telegrams sent here
there are some known facts which
have been pointed out by Mexican offi-
cials as lending strong support to the
report that the bandit chief's career
had been closed by death.
Villa had been suffering more than
a year from a form of blood poisoning.
He was treated for this disease while
in Juarez by one of the best known
physicians in El Paso.
The physician stated that the con-
dition of the bandit was such that even
a minor wound would be fatal in ten
days unless treated promptly and with
the best medical skill and care. Even
under the most favorable conditions
such a wound would be of the gravest
character. It is certain that if Villa
was wounded he could not have com-
manded anything but the most prim-
Rioting at Chihuahua City.
Another message from Chihuahua
City, stating that rioting had broken
out there, was regarded as in a meas-
ure confirmatory of the bandit's death.
Villa is known to have numerous sym-
pathizers among the lowes classes in
the city, and it was considered prob-
able that their sympathy would take
the form of violence if they learned
the body of their hero was being
brought to Chihuahua to be exhibited
as that of a criminal.
Only one message was received in
Juarez giving any details of the sup-
posed finding of Villa's body. This
message was unofficial and was sent
to a private individual. According to
It, Villa's death and burial were re-
vealed by a former colonel of the ban-
dit band who had been captured and
was under sentence of death. This
colonel offered to show his captors
Villa's grave in return for his life. He
led a detachment of Carranza soldiers
under the command of Cavazos to San
Francisco Borja, a small town thirty
miles south of Cusihuirahic, with
which it is connected by a vague trail.
Near this spot they are said to have
exhumed the body of the bandit. One
leg was said to have been swollen to
enormous size and to have been in
such an gangreneous state that there
was no doubt as to the caupe of
NEW HAVEN WRECK, 30 DEAD
DISASTROUS 8MASH-UP OCCURS
AT BRADFORD, R. I.
Mexico City Has Report.
Mexico City.—Villa's dead body has
been dug up out of a two weeks' old
grave by Carlos Carranza, nephew of
General Carranza, the first chief of the
constitutionalists, and is now being
brought by him and an escort of sol-
diers to the city of Chihuahua.
According to the dispatches thus far
received Villa's death was due to the
amputation of one of his legs, made
necessary by wounds received by him
in the fighting around the Guerrero
district in the state of Chihuahua. Af-
ter being desperately wounded he was
carried by his followers to the town
of Tomosachic, where the operation
of amputation was performed by a vil-
As soon as the bandit chief could be
moved he was carried south to the
town of Cusihuirachic, thirty-nine
miles distant. Here, according to the
story, he lingered for a few days, suf-
fering greatly, but death ended hia
The identity of the wounded man
had been kept secret from the villagers
and he was buried at night so as to
attract as little attention as possible.
Fast Passenger Train Overtake#
Heavy Loaded Local, In
Bradford, R. I.—Thirty or more per-
sons were crushed or burned to death
in a collision of trains on the New
York, New Haven & Hartford railroad
here. The accident occurred at 7:30
o'clock in the evening.
The dead were in the rear car of a
four-coach local train bound from Bos-
ton to New London and which had
Btopped at the local station when it
was run down by the Gilt Edge ex-
press, bound from Boston to New
This coach was telescoped, set afire
and burned. The car ahead alBO took
fire and the flames communicated to
the passenger station and freight
house, destroying both buildings. It
was stated that there were known to
have been thirty-seven persons in the
destroyed car and that only six of
these had been accounted for several
Great confusion followed the col-
lision and it was long before a definite
idea of the extent of the disaster
could be had. As the flames of the
burning cars and buildings died out
the train yard was left in darkness and
those who went to the aid of the in-
jured worked under difficulties.
PRES. WILSON SIGNS LAST WORD
Final Note On Submarine Controversy
la Sent to Berlin.
Washington. — The communication
which he has drafted as the last word
of the United States to Germany on
the submarine issue was completed by
President Wilson and sent to Berlin.
The document reviews Germany's
submarine activities since the Lusi-
tania was sunk almost a year ago and
makes plain that only an immediate
change in the German policy can make
possible the continuance of friendly
relations between the two nations.
As the president was putting the fin-
ishing touches to the note on which
he and Secretary Lansing had been
working for nearly a week, official
word was received by the state depart-
ment that the lives of two Americans
had been endangered on the Russian
bark Imperator by an Austrian sub-
marine. Carl Bailey Hurst, American
consul general at Barcelona, Spain,
who sent the report, said the attack
was without warning. One of the
American citizens on board was
wounded by shrapnel shells fired by
A full Investigation of the incident
was ordered at once by the state de-
partment. If the consul general's re-
port is borne out it is probable that
representations similar to those about
to be made to Germany will be sent
Two Americans also were on board
the British steamer Eastern City when
that vessel was sunk by shell fire from
a submarine April 9, off Cardiff,
Wales. According to a dispatch from
American Consul Lathrop at Cardiff.
No lives were lost.
GERMAN ATTACHE IS INDICTED
Von Papen, Tauscher and Others
Charged With Canal Plot.
New York. — Captain Franz von
Papen, recalled military attache to the
German embassy at Washington was
indicted by the federal grand jury here
as an organizer and financier of a con-
spiracy to blow up the Welland canal
in Canada. With him also were in-
dicted Capt. Hans Tauscher, agent of
the Krupps in the United States and
husband of Mme. Johanna Gadski, the
prima donna; Constantine Govani, Al-
fred J. Fritzen and another man whose
name has not been revealed.
Federal officials do not expect to
bring von Papen to trial. While he is
no longer immune from prosecution by
the United States civil authorities
since he ceased to be a member of
the German embassy staff, the offense
with which he is charged is not ex-
traditable under any treaty with a
foreign government. No effort will be
made to have von Papen brought here,
but the indictment will be held in
I abeyance in case he should ever return
I to the United States.
House Passes Adamson Bill.
Washington.—The Adamson bill to
enlarge the interstate commerce com-
mission to nine commissioners with
authority to subdivide the commission
into three or more sections for dis-
tribution of its work was passed by
the house and went to the senate.
Author of "Peck's Bad Boy" Is Dead.
Milwaukee.—George W. Peck, 75
years old. former governor of Wiscon-
sin for two terms, and at one time
mayor of Milwaukee, died here after
a short illness. Peck was one of three
democrats who since the admission
of Wisconsin into the union in 1848.
held the position of governor. Before
his entry into public life. Peck
ncheived national fame as a writer of
humorous tales, his best known book
being "Peck's Bad Boy.1' He was pub-
lisher of Peck's Sun.
Hughes Mandamus Started.
Salem, Ore.—Mandamus proceedings
to force Secretary of State Ben Olcott
to place Justice Charles Hughes' name
on the primary ballot for president
was instituted here.
Steamship Crew Strikes.
Tampa. Fla.—The thirty-five mem-
bers of the crew of the British steamer
Eretria, loading phosphate for a
French port, went on strike when
Capt. L. C. Wright refused their de-
mand for a 25 per cent increase in
wages. The men claim the wages are
too small for the risks taken in facing
INCREASE OF $6,000,000 IN FOUR
M0NTH8 BY THE STATE
OIKER NEWS Of 1HE NEW STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents hat Go
To Make Up a Week's History
of c Grsat Common-
Oklahoma City.—More than $51,000,-
000 is on deposit in state banks of
Since November 10 the amount has
Increased $6,000,000, as shown in a
consolidated statement issued by J.
D. Lankford, state bank commissioner.
The statement of conditions covers
559 banks, as their affairs stood on
March 7. It follows:
Loans and discounts $39,806,433.96
Securities with banking
Stocks, bunds and warrants 3,16a,aoV.06
Banking house furniture and
Other real estate 627,176.02
Due from banks 15,630.816.09
Checks and other cash items 389,041.76
Exenange from clearing
Bills cf exchange 1,234,349.83
Cash in banks 2,857,637.u7
Capital stock $ 8.422,050.04)
Undivided profits 1,001,421,31
Due to banks 2,995,2;5.6*
Individual deposits 51,373,114.86
Cashier's checks 659,586.u3
Bills payable 4:,2'®s® ^5
Tote 4 $66,962,731.32
Average reserve held, 34.1 percent.
DOCTOR FACcS FEDERAL CHARGE
Dr. O. C. Hood of Tulsa, Is Alleged to
Havp Violated Anti-Drug Law.
Tulsa.—Dr. O. C. Hood, a local phy-
sician, was arrested and bound over
to th« United States district court un-
der bond of $1,000, on the charge that
he sold drugs in violation of the fed-
Two women of the underworld were
intercepted by the police while com-
ing from the physician's office. The
women admitted they had purchased
drugs there. In their possession was
a considerable quantity of morphine.
The accused physician was given a
hearing before United States Commis-
sioner Ben Connor.
Dr. Hood will be tried at the next
term of the fe'deral court for the trial
of cases on the criminal docket. Ac-
cording to witnesses at the hearing,
Dr. Hood has been selling about sixty
grains of morphine in his office daily,
without keeping account of the names
and addresses of the purchasers.
A. H. T. A. Meeting.
Miami.—A conference of officers and
members of the A. H. T. A. lodges of
Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mis-
souri is called for May 2, 1916, at Mi-
and interesting the lodges of the four
states and of the whole Southwest
will be discussed and a general revival
of Interest in A. H. T. A. affairs in-
augurated. All presidents of the four
states, the sub-orders and of the coun-
;y orders are urged to attend and come
prepared to present the needs of your
order and also to give to the reprk.
sentatives of the other lodges the bene-
fit of your advice and of your expert-
ami, at 10 a. m. Questions affecting
Captured Whisky Still.
Poteau.—Walter Thompson Is in
Jail here awaiting trial on the charge
of operating an illicit still near Heav-
ener. He was rounded up while oper-
ating a rude plant.
Tulsa Wants the Vets.
Tulsa—With the assurance that
every other city and town in Oklahoma
wil stand back of them, ex-Confederate
soldiers and sons of veterans in Tulsa
have inaugurated a campaign to have
the next annual reunion of the vet-
erans held in this city. Assurance
that the balance of the state would
stand back of the move was given
at McAlester in a joint meeting of the
United Confederate Veterans and Sons
of Confederate Veterans, presided over
by Gen. D. M. Halley.
Suit Involves Quarter Million.
Ringling.—Frank L. Ketch, a mi-
nority stockholder in the Gates Oil
Company, has instituted suit against
the company and the Producers Re-
fining Company of Gainesville, Texa:
seeking to annul a contract whereby
the Gates company agreed to furnish
the Producers company 600 barrels of
crude oil per day at 30 cents a barrel.
The contract was made over a year
ago and Healdton crude now is selling
at 80 cents. The sum involved
amounts to date to $250,000. Ketch
asks a nullification of the contract.
MANY OKUtHOMMISARE ENLISTING
Veterans Want Another 1 ry at Serv
Ing Their Country.
Oklahoma City.—Old soldiers are
coming back to join the United States
army. They are men who have been
through the mill and know just what
army life means—what it ofTers as a
career. And they are eager to re-
enlist under the Stars and Stripes.
More and more of these veterans
are coming each day to the Oklahoma
City recruiting station. Trained men,
they are espically welcomed by the
Half a dozen old soldiers who were
under fire at Santiago and in the wild'
warfare that led to the capture of
Aguinaldo were accepted last week
by Major C. N. Barney, the United
States officer in charge of the re-
cruiting for the entire state, whose
office is in this city, but whoBe activ-
ities for the army take him throughout
Two of the old-timers were immedi-
ately assigned to duty as chauffeurs
for headquarters' supply trucks in the
expedition sent to capture Villa and
end forever the outlaw raids into
Others were given other posts. They
are men who have been honorably dis-
charged after serving their enlist-
ment terms. They have been out of
the ranks for from two months to-
The present campaign of the army
to get 25,000 recruits, bringing the
army up to its full authorized strength,
has caused the opening of six sub-
stations at Ardmore, Chickasha, Enid, N
Guthrie, Muskogee and Tulsa, in ad-
dition to the headquarters in this-
Quick action in recruiting is prized
by Washington officialdom as never
AFTON SEWER BONDS ARE ILLEGAL
Court Decides Technical Point Againat
Afton—The decision of the supreme
court of Oklahoma knocks out the
sewer bonds voted here a year ago.
Bonds amounting to $35,000 were voted
by the citizens of Afton about a year
ago to build sewers with. An injunc-
tion against the work was issued, and'
on appeal to the supreme court the
town lost the case.
The case was appealed on the ques-
tion of the legality of the bonds, which;
bonds called for a tax of the entire
town for construction of the sewers.
It was held that to vote sewer bonds
districts must be formed and only the
property that got the benefit of the
sewers was to be taxed. The court
held that the main sewer system could
be put in at the expense of the entire
town, but no laterals could be con-
structed under taxation of the entire
town. A new election will now- most
likely be held and the eleeijon and
bonds gotten up properly and legally
so that the *onds can be sold and ap-
proved by tt 3 court.
RIZENHOOVER DECLARED GUILTY
Arkansas Mar. Gets Long Prison Term*
For Oklahoma Bank Robbery,
Poteau.—Mike Rizenhoover, of Polk
county, Arkansas, was found guilty in
the district court here of the robbery
of the First National bank at Heaven-
er, Okla., on December 27, last, and
was given thii ty-five years in the pen-
A conversation he held with his co
defandant, Grady Carden, of Mena
Ark., while they were confined in a
cell at Heavener following their pre-
liminary hearing was most damaging
to the defense. This conversation wa
recorded by a telephone device. At
one point Rizenhoover said to Carden
that they had obtained more silver
money than O. J. M. Brewer, president
of the bank, had testified was stolen.
Rierhoover's brother, Jesse, was placet?
on trial in the same case.
School Land Is Sold.
Altus.—The three-day sale of the
state school and college lands in Jack-
son county was held at the court
house here by T. P. McDonald, super-
intendent of the sales department of
the state land office, assisted by D. W.
Peer, auctioneer, and Clifford Barefoot,
cashier. About 90 per cent of a total
of 216 tracts was disposed of princi-
pally to the lessee occupants at the
appraised valuations, netting approxl
mately $400,000 to the college and pulv
lie school funds of the state. *
Verdict Against the City of Norman*
Oklahoma City.—A verdict awarding
F. P. McCormick $79,485.40 damage#
against the city of Norman was re-
turned by a jury in tha United State*
district court. The plaintiff was suing
the city on a paving contract which
his firm would not fulfill because the
paving bonds were never issued. Judg-
ment in this case has not been rend-
ered. Judge John H. Cotteral has the-
j verdict under advisement and prob-
ably will enter his judgment later in
Sessions of Duma Suspended.
London.—A Reuter dispatch from
Petrograd says an imperial ukase has
been issued providing for suspension
of session of the duma until May 29.
Oklahoma Insane Asylum Wins Prlxe.
Competing with twenty institutions
representing various sections of the
United States and Canada, the Okla-
homa hospital for the insane was
awarded the certificate for the best di-
versional occupation exhibit presented |
at the seventy-second annual meeting |
of the American Medico-Psvchological
association at New Orleans. April 7.
The "first honor" certificate won by
the Norman institution was sent to the
board of affairs by D. W. Griffin, su-
perintendent. The exhibit was of arti-
cles made by the inmates.
Government Will Irrigate.
Lawton.—There was one long jubi-
lee in Lawton following a message re-
ceived from Congressman Scott Ferris,
stating that the reclamation commis-
sion has agreed to begin work immedi-
ately upon Lawton's irrigation pro-
ject. The appropriation available
would have reverted back to the gov-
ernment. June 30. and business men
here were growing uneasy over the sit-
uation. Two thousand five hundred
acres of land north of Lawton will b
irrigated, including 600 acres of gov-
ernment land near the Indian school.
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