The Altus Times. (Altus, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 4, 1913 Page: 1 of 6
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The altus Times.
Altui, Jackson County, Oklthoma. Thurtday. Sept. 4, 1913.
A GOOD CROWD
WAS IN TOWN ON
Storea Wera Not Overburdened
But a Fairly Good Trado
First Monday was rather a re-
minder of old times in Altus be-
cause of the large crowd jal farm-
er* which by noon thronged the
ea»t Hide. Although they were
not doing a great deal of shopping,
naturally, still the merchants did
a fair business and no one was
complaining. Several auction
sales of household effects took
place on the southeast corner as
usual and some bargains were of-
fered. There was also some trad-
Monday was also Lubor Day
and all the banks and postoffice
were closed. There was no rural
or city delivery of mail. The bar-
ber shops, the only unionized
trade in the city, were closed all
the afternoon. District court also
opened Monday morning, and this
probably added to the crowd of
farmers and others present.
IN BLAIR WELL?
Strong Pressure Which Agitates
Waters and Produces Some
R. C. Johnson, J. A. Walker,
Everett Petry, J. W. Agnew and
the Times editor formed a party
which made a trip to Joe Lawson's
farm three miles east of Blair
Tuesday to inspect a gas well
there, and several other wells in
the neighborhood. The party left
Altus in Agnew's.car about 9:30
o'clock, and reached the well about
The well is an ordinary six-inch
bored well, 70 feet deep and cased
to the bottom. Water stands in
the well for a depth of several feet.
As soon as .a bucket of water is
withdrawn a rumbling noises can
be heard, as the water flours in to
its accustomed level; after which
the surface becomes agitated.
At times the commotion in the
well can be heard 50 to 100 feet
distant, and when the well was
drilled, all the water was blown
out by an explosion of gas when
the drill reached the present depth
of the well.
There are various curious mani-
festations which impress the visit-
or that there is a strong pressure
of some kind at the bottom of the
well. The roaring, bubbling,
boiling, etc., is much stronger at
times than others. Matches,
lighted papers, etc., thrown in the
well cause no explosion. At times
a misty vapor* rises . from the
mouth of the well, and smoke, in-
stead of ascending, if blown into
the well goes downward.
While it was the general belief
of the party that there is a strong
pressure in the well, none was wil-
ling to commit himself. It is the
intention of some of the members
to make a test of the well by cut-
ting off the air, bringing the gas
or vapor to the surface and ignit-
i g it, if possible, after which the
i al value of the substance may
St PaaPs Episcopal Church.
Evening prayer and sermon Wed
nrxday. September 10, at 8 p. m..
at Masonic hall, over City Nation
si Bank. Sunday school st 10 a.
m earh Sunday at seme place.
Rev. T. W. Bwkkc. minister in
DOINGS OF THE
Several Cases Disposed of and
Remainder of Term Devoted
to Jury Trials.
The September term of district
court opened in thin city Monday,
Judge Frank Mathews on the
bench, and all the regular court
attaches in attendance. Herman
Bailey is acting as district clerk
during the term. The llrst two
days of the term were devoted to
motions, demurrers and qxparte
matters, cleaning up a consider-
able part of the docket.
The following cases were dis-
posed of and other entries made on
the docket Monday:
Mary Finkleston vs. Jos. E.
Harris et al, dismissed.
J. M. Lutterell vs. Farmers
Union Co-operative Association,
damages for personal injuries.
Compromised on payment of $50.
Wichita Falls & Northwestern
vs. Orient Railway Co., dismissed.
D. E. Pierce vs. R. A. Cawley,
State of Oklahoma ex rel vs. S.
S. Kouri et al, dismissed on mo-
tion of the plaintiff.
Pittsburg Mortgage and Invest
ment Co. vs. John B. Kite et al,
dismissed by plaintiff without
The jury was instructed to
report Wednesday morning, when
the cases which are to be t tried be-
fore a jury were called. The
criminal docket Is rather light,
there being only a few cases to be
tried at this term. One of these
is the case of Jasper Phelps,
charged with rape upon his twelve
year old daughter, who was ar-
raigned Monday and given 24
hours to plead, as was also Cleve
Canada, charged with larceny.
Below is given the docket for the
rest of the term, beginning with
the jury trials Wednesday:
Wednesday, September 3.
Incorporated town of Eldorado
vs. 0. W. Dickersonet al.
Thursday, September 4.
F. E. Anderson et al, vs. A. E.
Nelson et al.
Henry Roberts vs. A. E. Nelson
Oklahoma Mortgage Co. vs.
Warren Morrow et al.
J. D. Cuseuberry vs. The Farm-
ers Gin and Milling Co.
Pittsburg Mortgage and Invest-
ment Co. vs. John B. Kite et al.
Friday, September 5.
Central Investment Co. vs. J. L.
Pepper et al.
George W. Pierce et al vs.
0. V. Wood vs. Len W. Davis
Scott & Blackmer vs. William
E. Burrow et al.
Monday, September 8.
George W. Wilson, vs. Ilarley
J. Hooker et al.
Interstate Mortgage & Trust Co.
vs. Jno. D. Bartholomew.
John Phillips vs. B. C. Cone et
Valentine Clark Co. vs. South
ern Electric Co.
J. K. Taylor vs. G. L. Rogers
Boardman Land and Loan Co.
vs. William Hollingsworth et al.
Aetna Building & Loan Associ-
ation vs. A. J. Miller.
Friday, September 12.
Mary E. DeBerry vs. Edwin W.
Eola McGlumpby vs. Henderson
IDE ALTUS HIT
Supt. Decker Call* Attention of
Pupils to Changes Made
in The Schools.
FOR FIVE YEARS
Plea of Guilty Ends Prosecution
of Unnatural Father in the
District Court Tuesday.
J. HAMILTON LEWIS IN THE SPOT LIGHT.
HAMILTON LEWIS. o» J. Ham, ss be Is familiarly known,
has been considerably ruffled. Don't mlaintsrpret this. The ruf-
fling was mental; not once did It disturb his Immaculate outward
dress. The cause of the rnfllln* fame throoeh the senatorial
light In nitnois, in which, as an aspirant to represent his heme state la
the national government, be was much buffeted around. J. Ham several
times before has been a candidate for the senate. He twice looked for
the Democratic nomination as vice president and was twice candidate
for governor. He has served In congress. At the recent .Democratic con-
vention be played an Important part
TWO MEN WERE
BEATEN BY THE
| grip, but the circus train was just
I pulling out of the yards for Senti
inel, the next stop. Returning to
j town the officer met the boys who
nm n iiircTTAiimc had eone for g"p ^ey
WILD WfcM lUUbHj tol<J him that a sang of six of the
! show's "rough necks" had set up-
~ i on them and given them a severe
Boys Wanted Their Grip, But j beating. After a consultation
, I with Policeman Bedwell the boys
All They Got W.. . Club- ; dKiiJed ,o mike « compUi„t in
bing by Thugs. j lice court and have the men
brought back to Altus.
True io its established repute
tion as a gang of thugs and bullies,
Accordingly, next morning they
appeared before Mayor Beach,
wvu no « guug v*. """'v "
Kit Carson's Buffalo Ranch Wild j swore to the complaint, and Officer
West show did not leave town
without indulging in a first class
"hey-rube" and beating up two or
three persons. However, the
members of the gang did not go
entirely free, thanks to the dili-
gence of the Altus officers.
It seems that Henry Mock, Noah
Davis, John Hadlock and Jack
Anderson, employes of the show,
were discharged at Elk City the
Bidwell was dispatched to Sentinel
with warrants for two of the gang-
sters. One of the men was arrest-
ed by the officer and placed in jail
at Sentinel, but the other escaped
on a horse belonging to the show.
That evenin g the manager of the
show paid the fine of the imprison-
ed man and he was released, so
Officer Bidwell returned to Altus
empty-handed, except for the fine
night previous and did not get the J of one of the men.
wages due them. They followed It is due entirely to the vigilanc
the show toAltua and failing to of the police and sheriffs force
get the amount they claimed. ag-jthat no other disturbance took
gregating $45.25, they appealed to I place during the show's stay here,
Justice Hickman after the show and that no one lost any money or
The Altus city schools will
open Monday, September H for a
nine months' term. Since it has
been found necessary to reduce the
teaching force, M>me of the rooms
have been combined, and pupils
will report to the different build-
ing* as follows:
All high school and eighth grade
pupils will report at the new
Fourth Ward building which will
hereafter be known as the High
School building; all fifth and
seventh grade pupils at the First
Ward building; and all sixth
grade pupils at the Second Ward
building. All pupils below the
fifth grade living east of Grady
street report at the First Ward,
and those living west report at the
Second Ward buildings.
Only children six years of age
before the first day of November,
1913, will be accepted in the first
primary grades, and no pupil will
be accepted in these grades after
the second week of the ^first se
mester; those applying after this
time will be required to wait until
the second semester. Pupils will
be received in the other grades at
any time but parents are urged to
start their children at the begin-
ning, as failure to do so will work
a great hardship on their children,
and may cause theia to fail.
The text book controversy will
probably be settled the second
week in September, and until such
settlement is effected, the old
books will be used, except the
spellers, which will be accepted in
exchange on the newly adopted
Common Sense spellers at about
half the price of the new book.
Dealers are now enjoined from
selling the books now in dispute,
but the following books have been
decided upon by the State Board
of Education, and are now on sale
at Pendleton's drug store, viz:
The Common Sense speller;
Wheellr's' primer; first, second
and third readers; Reed and Kel-
logg's Higher Lessons in English;
But these changes were made in
the high school books, viz: Alge-
bra, American history, latin gram-
mar. All the other high school
books are now on sale and may be
purchased and used without ques-
Below is a list of the teachers,
their grades, and the building at
which they will teach:
Teacher Grade Building
W. H. Decker Supt. Second Ward
B. McClelland Principal Hi*h school
J. L. Jesse H. 8. teacher
Flora Corn "
Viola Bond "
Vivianne Burke 8 High School
Bettie Dilworth Principal First Ward
III district court Monday after*
noon Jasper Phelps, charged with
a statutory offense upon the per-
son of his twelve year old daugh-
ter, was arraigned and given
twenty-four hours in which to
plead. Tuesday he pleaded guilty
to the charge and was given five
years in the penitentiary at Mc-
Alester. In enteriug his plea
Phelps made a characteristic talk
to the court, the i theme of which
was that he had not been treated
right by his friends.
Tuesday morning Phelps made
a second attempt upon his life by
drinking another quantity of dis-
infectant used in the jail, and but
for the prompt arrival of Countv
Physician Abernethy would have
been successful. Phelps' depar-
ture for the penitentiary will leave
the county jail empty unless a new
occupant is secured.
Friday night and a writ of attach-
ment was issued. Constable Pat-
terson went to the show grounds
and attached a team of very fine
black horses. After consulting
valuables. At Fairview a large
amount of jewelry was stolen from
a residence during the night per
fortnance of the show. Mayor
Beach issued a warning to the
the auditor of the show, however, show management that no "rough
the boys agreed to settle for about ] work" would be tolerated, and m
$18 and the horses were released. j ing the "handwriting on the wall
One of the boys had a grip in j they refrained from their custo-
one of the cars and asked about it. j mary tactics.
The man in charge of the horses '
told him to go and ask for the j Misses Hearne and Toung and
grip and it would be given him. Messrs. Wasley and Sampson of
Two of the boys went for the grip I Mangum were out on a pleasure
while the others and Constable j trip Sunday evening in an automo-
Patterson returned to town. Af-' bile, and incidentally visited Altus,
ter waiting for perhaps an hour < where they have friend* who are
the officer and the two boys re- always ghid to see them. They
Gola Bible 5
Mildred Blackwood I
Sallie Whitfield I
Nellie Harris 3
Mrs. B. McClelland 2
Lucy Kimbell 2
Carrie M. Samuels B 1
Julia Montcomery A 1
Elsie Baxter A * B 1
Ada Sheiton B I
Maud Kimbell A 1
• Second Ward
Misse* Fleta and Dot Willing
bam. well known young ladie* for — — ■ - -
merly of thi* city, were here a few turned to the railroad yards to look spent about an hour in the city,
davs this week from New Mexico. | for their companions with the! driving over the pavemnt.
Went to Frederick
Several members of the Masonic
bodies of Altus made . a trip to
Frederick Friday to attend the
funeral services of W. W. Rogers,
a leading business man of that
place and one of the highest Ma-
sons in the state. Mr. Rogers
was at one time a resident of Al-
tus. when be worked for the Bone-
brake-Hightower Co. for about a
year. Mr. Rogers was a Christian
gentleman and most worthy citizen
in every walk of life, and his
many friends in Altus will stMRe-
|y - - -
WI1J) WEST WAS
The Biggest Fake Ever Ptolled
Off m Altua Waa Witaaaa-
edbya Few People.
About the worst aggregation of
fakirs, broken-down troupers,
pickpockets, thugs and "First o'
June boys" that ever hit this sec-
tion blew in here on Friday morn-
ing when the much heralded "Kit
Carson's Buffalo Ranch Wild
West Show" arrived upon the
scene with a great fanfare of
^trumpets. To say the show was
rotten is putting it mildly. Jack-
son county can produce a hundred
boys at a moment's notice who can
outride any man on the show.
Really the best feature of the
show was a dozen or more splen-
did gray horses which, however,?
took no part in the performance
but were used in the parade and to
do the hauling. In the side show
there were one or two good fea- '
tures, one of which was some fan-
cy rifle shooting by a man whose
wife held the targets in her hand
or on her head. In the side show
the unwary were "gipped" for an-
other quarter to witness the
The big show was a blank. If
there was a single feature worth
mentioning it took place after the
writer had fled the scene. Even
the band was about as poor as any
that ever came this way, and we
have had some pretty bad ones.
The next time Kit Carson's aggre-
gation heads this way we will or-
ganize a volunteer army and sur-
round the town to prevent them
stopping in Altus.
Pal on Pullman.
The Frisco railway has pnt a
Pullman car on the train leaving
Lawton at 10:35 a. m., which, will
ran through to Kansas City, ar-
riving there at 7:59 a. m. the next
morning. Passengers to Oklaho-
ma City will have the advantage
of this car, which will materially
add to the comfort of tboee visit-
ing the capital city from this part
of the state. Those having busi-
ness at Kansas City will be able to
take a berth from here in which
they oaa remain until the gateway
ef the west is reached.—Lawton
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