The Mangum Mirror (Mangum, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 13, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 1, 1917 Page: 2 of 8
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FIRST BLOOD DRAWN IN
U. S. WAR WITH GER-
OKLAHOMA STATE NEWS
INDIANS TAKING CONTROL. CHANCE TO BE AN OFFICER
Chickasaw* Will Soon Govern Their
Government Wants 903 Oklahoirana
To Enter Reaerv* Service
TWO GERMAN RAIDERS SUNK
Old Tlma Cloae-Actlon Sea Flflht off
Have a Busy Week,
Sinking 40 Shlpa.
London —"A fin® exhibition of the
efficiency of the American naval men-
was the description given by Captain
Rice of the American steamer Mon-
golia, which fired on and sank a Ger
man submarine In Brltlah waters
The shot was fired, Captain Rice
said, when the submarine was about
to attack the Mongolia. He declared
there Is absolutely no doubt that the
U-boat was hit and there Is every rea-
son to believe It was destroyed.
The periscope was seen to be shat-
tered, the shell did not ricochet as la
the rule If It misses Its mark, and oil
appeared on the surface of the water,
the captain explained In support of
German Raiders 8unk.
London. —Two British destroyers
on patrol duty in the English channel
off Dover came upon a flotilla of six
German destroyers and then ensued
an encounter which will live long In
German destroyers were torpedoed
and rammed; every gun aboard the
combatants was waking, sweeping
the decks and tearing gaps in the
sides of the opposing craft. There
•was the locking together of a Brit-
ish and a German destroyer and the
men fought furiously in a hand to
German seamen of a rammed de-
■troyer climbed aboard of the Brit-
ish boat and a midshipman fought
them back with an automatic pistol.
They were killed or driven again into
the sea by British Jackies who came
to the midshipman's aid.
Recalls Old Battles.
The British destroyers were the
Swift and the Broke, and although
they had received many wounds, they
returned to port. The story of the
engagement compiled from the ac-
counts of officers and men has been
.made public in the form of an official
Seport. It Is an exciting and graphic
story of a boarding encounter with
cutlasses and bayonets recalling the
days when wooden warships cacme
together and the men fought on the
The British destroyer leaders Swift
and Broke on night patrol were steam-
ing on a westerly course. It was in-
tensely dark, but calm. The Swift
sighted the enemy at six hundred
yards and the Germans Instantly
opened fire. There were six German
destroyers, two of which were sunk,
according to German prisoners.
French Lose One Vessel.
Paris. — Dunkirk was bombarded
by German destroyers. British and
French patrol ships engaged the Ger-
mans, one of the French torpedo
boats being sunk.
New Record for Submarines.
London. —T he weekly statement
of vessels sunk shows that forty ves
sels of more than 1.600 tons each were
sent to the bottom last week by
mines or submarines.
"Weekly shipping returns: Arrivals
The statement reads:
Weekly shipping returns: Arrivals,
2,586; sailings 2.621.
"Sinkings by mine or submarine,
over 1,600 tons, 40 including two sunk
in the week ending April 16; under
1,600 tons, IB including one sunk In
the week ending April 1.
"Vessels unsuccessfully attacked,
15, Including one attacked the week
ending April 8.
"Fishing vessela sunk, nine, includ-
ing one sunk the week ending April
i The above report shows the great-
est number of merchant vessels re-
ported sunk by mine or submarine In
both categories—1,600 tons and over
and under 1,600 tons—made public by
the British government since it has is-
sued its weekly statement of shipping
The previous reports were as fol-
1600 tons 1600 tons
February 28 ...... 15 6
March 7 14
March 21 16
March 28 1*
April 4 1®
April 18 17 10
Miners' Demands Granted.
New York. — Voluntary wage in-
creases of approximately 20 per cent
•re granted to 175.000 miners in the
anthr*cte coal fields. Tlie advance
Is rlrttiallv same a« that recently
givao to 225.<>00 btuminous workers.
12J COD Men Now in Roosevelt's Army.
Ringling.—Indians of the Chicka-
saw country have received a welcome
piece of Information from Cato Sella,
commissioner of Indian affairs. It la
a rule that permlta "all able-bodied
sdult Indiana of lesa than one-half In-
dian blood, as far as may be under the
law. to have full and complete con-
trol of all their property." To all such
Indians patents In fee are to be la-
sued. provided that where deemed av-
vlsable, patents rnafbe withheld for
not to exceed forty kcres. as a home
Indian students who have reached
the age of 21 and have completed a
ful course of Instruction in govern-
ment schools and received diploma#
are to be declared competent.
The commissioner announces that
the department will be more liberal In
passing upon applications for the sale
of Inherited Indian lands "where the
applicants retain other lands and the
prooeeds are to be used to Improve
homesteads or for other equally gooa
purposes." A more llbwal policy ia to
be maintained with respect to appli-
cations of non competent Indians for
the sale of lands where they old
and feeble and need the proceeds for
support. a , .
Indians are to be given control of
all their Individual moneys when Is-
sued patents In fee or certificates of
competency. Strict limitations will
not be placed upon the use of funds
of the old, the indigent and the In-
valid. Competent Indians are to re-
ceive their pro rata shares of tribal
funds held in trust by the government,
and where possible, the money is to be-
taken from the treasury and placed to
their individual credit In banks. ^
"In many of our boarding schools,
says the commissioner, "Indian chil-
dren are being educated at govern-
ment expense whose parents are am-
ply able to pay for their education and
havo public school facilities at or near
their homes. Such children shall not
hereafter be enrolled in government
Indian schools supported by gratuity
appropriations, except on payment or
actual per capita cost and transporta-
The new rules apply equally to all
Indians for the Five Tribes and the
administration of them is given large-
ly to Gabe Parker, commissioner to the
Five Tribes, at Muskogee.
ONE DEAD, THIRTY INJURED
Small Cyclone hits Kiowa Tillman
and Jackaon Countiea.
Snyder.—One woman is known to
have been killed and at least thirty
persons were seriously injured in the
tornado or series of tornados which
wrought its greatest ruin In this city.
Grandma Grissom, 82 years old, moth-
er of A. O. Grissom, a farmer, living
eight miles west of Snyder, is the one
neison known to have been killed.
Fourteen were seriously Injured in
Snyder, eight were hurt In Tllim&"
county and reports received here ndl-
cate that as many as eight more along
the path of the storm in Jackson and
Kiowa counties sustained Injuries of
more or leas serious nature.
The eight persons Injured In Tillman
county were plcknlckers who were on
their way home from the Wichita
mountains and who had taken refuge
In the Thacker school house, west of
Manitou. The school house was
It is difficult to estimate the prop-
erty damage, but scattering reports
received here from various storm
areas indicate that it will reach at
least $200,000. Many cattle and
horses were killed In the path of the
Williama Wants More Food Raised.
Durant.—Governor Williams, who
J owns several farms In this section,
! has earnestly impressed upon all his
! tenants the necessity of a larger acre-
lge of food and feed crops, and also
insists that they shall be planted at
once. Several other land owners In
this county are following the gover-
nor's lead, and as a consequence ten
ants who were going to get along
with the usual planting are being in-
duced to cultivate intensively all the
acreage possible and quite a consid-
erable increase'ia anticipated.
Got Fat On Buttermilk.
ed at the decision of the local navy
medical examiner when told that
though he was 16 years old he weigh-
ed onlv ninety-four pounds stripped
and would bavt to gain six pounds
more if he expected to enlist in the
United States navy. Elmer Williama.
an orphan, proceeded to put on that
extra six pounds He accomplished
the feat in one week and will go to
Oklahoma City with the next bunch
of recruits from Chickasha. He drank
buttermilk to make the gain.
$10,000 Fire at Waurika.
Waurika The explos on of an oil
stova caused a $10,000 loas by fire.
The Harper boarding hoaae was de-
stroyed. sevaral residences were part
Passenger Service 13 Establiahed Be«
tween Ardmore and Healdton.
Oklahoma City—Oklahoma, after
responding nobly to the call for sol-
diers and sailors of the ranka, now la
to be drawn upon for officers, 300 men
having been determined upon as the
quota which will be asked from thla
state for the officers' reserve corps.
A lecruiting station fo- >he enlist-
ment of prospective officers has been
opened here, with CapUi.i Rowland
B. Kills of the Fourteenth Cavalry In
Men v.l) be enlisted In the order In
which they appear. Should there be
more man 860 qualified men ap>'y
the first to praaent themselvee will
be accepted, ao the neoesalty of act-
ing quickly la obvious.
Captain Ellla haa juat been given
until May 8 to obtain bla quota of 300
men. He will draw from Oklahoma
City, Shawnee, Guthrie. El Reno,
Chickaaha and Anadarko, and realizes
that In order to obtain the number of
mon expected of him he will have te
use some rapid fire action.
Successful applicants for enlistment
In the officers' reserve corps will be
sent to a military training camp at
Loon Springs, Texas, for three montha
training. Those who apply to Cap-
tain Ellis should have with them a
certflcate of a physician as to physi-
cal condition, whatever diploma or
certificate of graduation they may
have, and letters of recommendation.
The oath of enlistment is just for the
three months of the camp.
RAIL LINE HELPS OIL MEN.
Ardmore.—With the establishment
of passenger service between Ard-
more and Healdton, a new epoch is
marked In the southern oil fields. Op-
erators and oil field workers have had
to go a long way by auto and It ia
said that the road between Ardmore
and the fields was the most heavily
traveled road in the state of Okla;
homa. Despite all the efforts to keep
the road in condition there are times
when it Is almost impassable and the
train service to the fields will be a
great convenience and will also make
their trips coat much less money.
The general offices of the Ringling
and Oil Field road here announced
that the passenger train which Is an
electric motor car, would leave here
each morning at 7 o'clock and each
afternoon at 3 o'clock. Two round
trips to the new oil field town will be
made each day.
DEATH AND NOT MARRIAGE,
Wilson, Okla., Man Shot By Father
Ardmore—George Shaw expected
to be a bridegroom this week, but in-
stead he died in a local hospital,
suffering from a gunshot wound.
Shaw was on his way form Wilson
with a daughter of S. I. Franklin, but;
Franklin objected to the young man
as a son-in-law, followed the couple,
to the railway station, and shot Shaw
who died next day.
tied and the Irving sc
building, across the all«
Ml. lUfiaineJ danuia.
Cttjr.- -Former tr.b *n
u-n the lax* cMaf of ti
Twenty Quarta of Alcohol Seized.
Bartlesville.—Because one of twen-
ty quarts of pure grain alcohol waa
broken an entire shipment of the wet
goods was confiscated here. The
alcohol was shipped Into Bartlesville
In asteamer trunk. A deputy sheriff,
who happened to be at the station,
smelled the biting fumes of the al-
cohol and took his station near the
door of the Katy baggage rooms.
Frank Basden, who gave h s resi-
dence as Tulsa, was the claimant o.
the trunk, but he said after arrest
that he was merely getting anothei
man's baggage for him.
Billingsley Saws Way to Freedom.
Seattle —Logan Billlnge'ey, for sev-
eral years king of the Oklahoma City
bootleggers, under sentence of thir-
teen months' Imprisonment In a fed-
eral penitentiary for conspiracy to vlo-
late the federal liquor laws by import-
ing alcoholic 1 quor Into the state of
Washington, anJ the priac pal witneaa
for the state in the recent whisky
graft trial here, sawed his *ay to
freedom from the immigration deten-
tion station wr.ere he has been held
since he received bis sentence.
Willie—Pm a great Judge of cha«-
| acter. Take that fellow o-.rer thera.
for instance- He looks Ilk* a man
who won t atop ! r anything." Cdlte
"That • right" he's a motorman."*—
MILITIA OF MERCY HELPS NAvTRlcRUmNG
a miniature battleship mounted on an automobile is attracting much attention In the streets of New York. It
s MtsraMrsw E -r
president of the Militia of Mercy.
GERMANS ON THE ROAD TO PARIS
"Oil to Parts" was tbe German sloean In 1014. Here U tie "On to Pari." 0 1917-a long Une of Germa.
prisoners taken In recent battles In northern France.
THREE YEOWOMEN FOR THE NAVY
Pljc.ng Ttmptit'oti In Mia Way.
Mrs. Narox i to friend)—"Tea. tha
>rk at the store sagaeated my get-
oprj g;a**«a tor Jaka.
ung a pasi
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Ryder, J. W. The Mangum Mirror (Mangum, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 13, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 1, 1917, newspaper, May 1, 1917; Mangum, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc282035/m1/2/: accessed December 12, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.