The Leger Plaindealer. (Leger, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 5, No. 42, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 17, 1902 Page: 6 of 8
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Ihs Leger Plaindeaier.
By JNO. R. DANIEL.
LEGER, - OKLAHOMA.
Verdict in the Famous Peoples Mur-
der Case Free Him
TERRITORIAL NOTES. ™E DEFENDANT GREETED ON ALL SIDES
It is estimated that there are 10,000
legal voters in the new country.
The plat of Wynnewood has been ap-
proved by the secretary of the interior.
The Murderer of Kugene McLaughlin is
Set ut Liberty Uy l ho .Jury—The Cuhc
brought Out the Best Legal Talent In
Oklahoma City: “We, the jury, find
the defendant not guilty,” was the ver-
T. Peoples. Peoples was on trial for
The largest Muskogee hotel has to use
cots every night to accomodate the over-
flow of guests.
the murder of Eugene McLaughlin in
Haley’s drug store January 10th.
It took the jury just three hours and
thirty-five minutes to reach the verdict
Miss Mamie Stotler has accepted the i an(j to sum up the evidence of a two
position as contest clerk in the govern- | weeks’ trial. The case was hard fought
meut land office at Mungum. . on account of the territory and in Peo-
Tho advance guard of the townsite i behalf. Some of the best legal
appraisers lias arrived at Kush Springs :*alent in the southwest luis been ein-
aml commenced listing property. ployed.
---— ‘ ; When it was announced the jury was
Ihe grand lodge of the I. O. O. F. of ready to report a large crowd gathered
the Indian Territory were in session at to hear the verdict. After the reading
Durant, L T., this week. i Judge Burwell told the defendant to
The Chickasaw-Choctaw fine stock stand np. He told him he hoped he
show is in session at Purcell, I. T., and ; never would meet with another difficulty
large numbers are in attendance from ail(i thou pronounced him a free man.
both territories. 1 In going out of the room Peoples was
-- , greeted by hundreds of his friends.
Judge T. N Robnot has been appoint- People went to the jail the first thing
od United States commissioner at Ard- after being released and delivered his
more to succeed the late Judge S. B. verdict
Bradford who died last week of apoplexy, j '____
~ — , ... I Editor of Omaha lire Arrested.
Ilie waterworks and electric lights , _. , , ■
ZtZfiS&i “ of "r 0mf1■ ,!r-“ —
_______ arrested here charged with violating
Frank Simrod is the strong man of the corrupt practices act.
Waukomis. He pulled 1,540 pounds on ' 1,1 complaint ten instances are al-
a lifting machine, while the next man ^edged in which he is said to have
could only lift 750 pounds. ! caused the spending of money in South
------- ■ Omaha in the effort the further his sen-
It is generally believed that the bill ; atorial candidacy. It is alleged rliat
creating a department of commerce will 1 this sort of thing has been going on for
die on the calendar of the house. The : the last eighteen months,
bill passed the senate some time ago. The serving of warrants has hitherto
Andy Thompson, one of the parties ! b? »0auctionprocee«linga.
held on account of the Curtis murder ^htoi Rosewater claims that the whole
at Anadarko a few davs ago. has been ! ^ b«s been msj.ired by political
released from jail on' a writ of habeas ^ f V abI* to *how
corpus 1 1118 ver-v satisfactorily when the tune
_ ! comes. For years Editor Rosewater,
The corner stone of the Christian j "’ho is fearless fighter of his enemies,
church at Oklahoma City was laid the j has been a strenuous figure in politics.
first of the week by the territorial | and everything possible has been done
Masons. The new structure when com- to down him. But he has always man-
pleted will cost $25,000. aged to come out on top. and his friends
» _____ ..-7~— , . j predict that this time will be no excep-
After a meeting lasting several hours tion to the rnle.
the board of regents of the territorial '___
normal schools voted to remove .Tames j THE INDIAN BILL PASSED
h. Ament as president of the North- f
western normal school at Alva.
Chas. Kratz. a third one of the St. xuuiau nm>rvprin.
Louis councilmen failed to respond in tion bill passed by the senate. Not in
.Senate Hill, Carrying With It Appropria-
tion, 1’asseil Smoothly
Washington : The Indian appropria-
c uni t on the charge of bribery and his many years has the bill been passed so
bondsmen were called upon to make smoothly as it was passed this time
good his non-appearance with the cold j under the guidance of Chairman Stew-
cash. j art.
Senator Quarles has introduced a bill
to divide the Indian Territory into
twenty-eight counties. The measure
Burglars while at work in a store at
A inita, I. T., were surprised by officers
who captured one of their number.
The man gave his name as William
Johnson, of Springfield, Mo. The man
had a complete set of burglar tools.
provides for au attorney general for the
territory, and is along the lines of the
Soper bill, but- much opposition is
developing against it by the home rule
people, who believe that the legislature
CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT
rile Jiill an I*an*c*<l tU© Iloilo Kxcliuloi
Tornou Having Chinese HIooil
Washington: The house passed the
Chinese exclusion bill, after incorporat-
ing in it several amendments which in-
creased the drastic character of the
measure. Tlio principal one not only
excludes Chinese by birth and descent,
but all Chinese or mixed blood. The
chief struggle was over an amend-
ment to prohibit the employment of
Chinese sailors on American ships. An
amendment covering this proposition
was ut first ruled out on a point of order,
but subsequently was modified to evade
the ruling and was adopted, 100 to 74.
As passed, the bill practically re-
enacts all the existing exclusion laws
and incorporates with them tlio exist-
ing treaty regulations. It extends
these exclusion laws to the Philippines
and the other possessions of the United
States and forbids Chinese laborers
in our colonial possessions coming into
this country. The Philippine com-
mission by tiic terms of the bill, is di-
rected to adopt proper measures for
the enforcement of the provisions of
the bill in tlio Philippines.
SANTA FE LINE SUED
Alton-Dawson Mercantile Co. Seek to
Stop freight Disei-liiiniution
Oklahoma City: Howard & Ames,
as attorneys for the Alton-Dawson
Mercantile company has filed a $10,(XX)
suit against the Santa Fe railroad for
discrimination against Oklahoma City
jobbers in favor of Wichita.
The petition alleges that the Alton-
Dawson Mercantile company shipped
freight from this city to points on the
Pan Handle division of the Santa Fe
via the Choctaw railroad to Alva. The
Santa Fe refused to receive the goods
at Alva and to carry them over its line 1
because the goods were not shipped j
from this point over its line. The
shortest route from this city to points
on the Pan Handle is via the Choctaw
to Alva. But the Santa Fe is determin-
ed that the goods that are shipped out
of this city for points on the Pan Han-
•lie division shall be shipped over its ;
line to Winfield, Kansas, and then out '
This discrimination gives the Wich- j
ita jobbers the advantage on the short j
haul and prevents Oklahoma City job- j
bers from competing. with them for
the trade on the Pan Handle division.
The petition also asks the court to en-
join the Santa Fe and compel it to re-
ceive the freight shipped from here over
WHEAT PROSPECT GOOD
rh« Avonv*o of lliml Wheat V4 per Cent.
Greater Thun Last Year
Guthrie: The condition of tlio Okla-
homa wheat crop has improved remark-
ably in the last ten days. It is estimat-
by George McQuaid, statistician of
agricultural affairs for Oklahoma, that
the crop of hard wheat this season will
be about 80 per cent. Soft wheat is not
so well and the prospect is for 50 per cent
of a crop. There is little of the latter
I grown in the territory, however, and
the decrease in the crop by reason of
the soft wheat condition will to insig-
nificant. Tlie acreage of hard wheat is
fnlly 12 per cent greater than it was
The remarkable thing about the Okla-
homa wheat crop is its rapid recovery
from what was thought to have been a
killing drought. Rains three weeks ago
covered tlio entire wheat belt and the
growth since then has been a marvel.
Recent cold, cloudy days have caused
the plant to stool and fill in the ground
to a perfect stand. Wheat prospects in
Oklahoma are first class at this time.
GOT NINETY-NINE YEARS
Mary Conery uml Hilla Howland He-
ceive Life Sentenci; for 31ur<ler
Chandler: The jury in the case of
Mary Conery and Lidia Howland, who
were under indictment for the murder
of an eigliteen-mdnths-old baby last
December, brought in a verdict of murd-
er in the first degree and their punish-
ment fixed at 99 years each in the
penitentiary. The chief witness in the
case was Prof. DeBarr of Norman, who
said there was enough carbolic acid in the
childs' stomach to kill a dozen people.
In December the women stopped at a
hotel here with the child. One night
the child died and the women disap-
peared. Au investigation proved that
the child had been given carbolic acid
and officers tracked them to Gainesville,
Texas, where they were arrested and
brought back with the above result.
A otes of AA'holo AVard Thrown Out
Anadarko: The city council has
made an official count of the ballots
cast at the election last week. Owing
to an irregularity, all the votes of the
First ward were thrown out. This
leaves a vacancy of two councilmen
and two members of the school board.
The council now stands four republi-
can, two democrats and two vacancies,
and a similar division in the school
Two Important X>c*ci*ioii8
Judge Burwell, now holding court in
Oklahoma City, stated that lie would
soon render two decisions of importance
to the territory and city of Oklahoma.
One is in regard to the proceedings
restraining the territorial board of
education from furnishing funds to
build the normal at Granite and the
other is affecting the restraining orders
served on the city council of Oklahoma
City to not enter into a contract with
the Barber Asphalt Company to pave
the city streets.
AMENT RELIEVED OF CHARGE
Hoat-tl of Regent* Mot and Adopted Re»-
olilion Dismissing; Ament
Edmond: James E. Anient has been
removed as president of the. Alva nor-
mal school. At a meeting of the hoard
of education for normal schools here, a
resolution was adopted by a unanimous
vote dismissing President Ament from
further service from this date. The
action of the board is intended to secure
a more harmonious situation at the nor-
mal school and, in the opinion of the
members, the only method by which
this could be reached was by the plac-
ing of a new man at the head of the
institution. T. W. Conway, of Sterling,
Kan., will probably be Ament’s succes-
sor, although no definite decision was
There lias been serious friction at the
Alta normal for many mopths and
numerous charges have been filed
against .President Ament. When Mr.
Ferguson became governor he announc-
ed that Ament must go—not uesessarily
because of the charges against him, but
because it was believed that there was
no other way to restore harmony at
Alva. The students have stood by
President Ament almost to the last one
and the people of Alva are generally
with him. The strongest kind of pres-
sure lias been brought to bear to keep
President Ament iu„oftiee, but it has
Guthrie: No word was given out at
the governor's office relative to the pro-
ceedings of the board of Normal re-
gents in regard to the Anient cusc, but
the conclusion is reached that Ament
has won another victory, inasmuch as
the school re-opened for the spring term,
with Ament as president.
A RACE WAR IN LAWTON
The name of the first town out of ---------^ W||18miure
Oklahoma City on the Oklahoma City ] that is provided by the Moon bill will
& Southwestern has been changed from I be the proper authority for fixing the
Benton to Wheatland. This change boundaries of counties'
was occasioned from the fact that there A bill has been introduced making
was another postoffice in the territory j tl,e United States the trustee for all
ear gig that name, Indian allottees between the ages of
Ten new bridgeT^e to be built in j eighteen and twenty-one years a eon-
Oklahoma county this season. Material I vcrance to maile at the end of the
is already arriving and being conveved j lx'r|0<^- employe of the In-
fo the different sites. Tliev are all to ! ulan service who accepts lx-nfits of ve-
to the different sites. They are all to
lie fourteen fe et wide and of sufficient
1 ngth to make them the safest ever
constructed in the county.
S. S. Dickinson, an extensive fruit
ward for aiding or securing a lease or
allotment is to be dismissed from the
Rrai.se for Oklahoma Archaeologist*
. . •-■. ai, rusi>o uuu | Norman: The University of Oklaho-
grower at Lamed, Kans., says there I ma has received from the Pan-American
will be very few peaches in that section . exposition a diploma of honorable men-
this year, as nearly all the buds have i fion for the archaeological collection
been killed by the late frosts. Apples, j prepared aud exhibited last year by the
cherries and all fruit buds exeetitiiig j university. The collection will be ex-
pcechcs are in excellent condition. changed for tones and relics discovered
, Vi Indian mounds in Central New York.
The hearing of H. B.
Mitchell, charged with assaulting S. A. j
Morris, another attorney, March 1.
while fliej- were trying a case to fori
Judge Ahrends, was held 1* foie Special
Judge E. W King. Mitchell waived
exam-nation and was 1 oml over to the
grand jury in the t urn of $2,500.
A 115-year-old Loy was arrested at Car-
men for stealing a clock which he took
into the woods and broke open to “see
wbi t was inside of it.”
R< gard’ess of game laws and the Inte-
nets of tie M-ason a large amount of
quail is being shipped from the Indian
T( rritory. "
The investigation of county officials
at Pawnee will to carried to the sheriff
and county attorney. There have been
rumors of improper ccudnet on the part
of officials in the assessment of cattle in 1
the Osage country end contracts for
bridgis across the Arkansas river.
The bandsmen for Mrs. Delispaar, at
Oklahoma City, have turned her over
to the officers, not wanting to risk her
staying about longer. If she fails to
secure new bail she will be sent to Nor
man where there is an apartment in the
jail for tlie accommodation of Indies
PATRICK TO DIE
Tlie Texas Lawyer, Who Murdered Mil-,
lionaire Rice, to lie Electrocuted
New York: Albert T. Patrick, who
was convicted on March 26 for the mur-
der of \Vm. Marsh Rice, was sentenc-
ed by Recorder Goff, to be put to
death in the electric chair at Sing Sing
prison on May 5. Rice died in this city
on September 23, 1000. An appeal is to
to made to the court of appeals by
Patrick’s counsel which will act as a
stay of execution pending the decision
by the higher court. The recorder, in
pronouncing sentence, made no com-
ment on the jury's verdict. Patrick’s
counsel said he desired to make a
motion for a new trial because the' ver-
dict was contrary to law. and because
it was clearly against the evidence.
Willi* Keltotirld Succeed* Krerii-h
Washington: Receiver French of
the land office at Alva, Oklahoma, was
denied appointment for another term.
The nomination of Willis Schofield was
sent to the senate by President Roose-
velt for the position. It is given ont
that strenuous criticism of the admin-
istration caused the turning down of
French, who has made a hard fight to
retain the j-Iace.
Hunt is .Made Deputy
Guthrie: W. D. Fossett has been
sworn in as United States marshal and
announced the appointment of C. B.
Hunt as chief deputy. Mr. Hunt has
been in the office for several years ns
office clerk, and since the retirment of
Ned Sission. has been tlie chief clerk
under Mr. Thompson. His appoint-
ment as chief deputy by Mr. Fossett
will meet with genera 1'approva 1 as his
ability is well known throughout the
territory. He is a resident of Perry but
will now make Guthrie his home.
Druggists' Mistake Cause* Death
Vinta: News has reached this place
of the death of A. M. Calloway, a
prominent lawyer of Claremore, I. T.,
from atrophine poisoning. The drug-
gist used the scales that did not weigh
correctly aud too much of the deadly
drug was put in each dose of medicine
and Mr. Calloway died soon after tak
ing the first dose.
The Seventh National bank of New
York has been approved as a reserve
agent for the Lexington National bank
of Lexington, O. T.
A yonng man named Walter S. Sneed,
of Chickasha, I. T., was arrested and
lodged in jail at Gainesville. Sneed, it
is alleged, about three weeks ago, eloped
with J. E. Tennison's wife and child,
also of Chickasha, where Sneed w-as
employed by Tennison as a bntcher.
The woman and child were in jKJssession
of Sneed when apprehended by the of-
ficers, but they escaped. Sneed refuses
to give any information as to their
whereabouts. A reward of $150 was
offered by Tennison.
To Celebrate the Opening
Araphoe: The Custer County Farm-
ers' Institute will celebrate the ojxming
of the C. and A. country to settlement
by an all-day session and basket dinner
at the court house in Arapahoe on Sat-
urday, April 19. Prof. John Fields,
director or the agricultural experiment
station, will address the institution ou
“Forage Crop of Oklahoma.”
Hail liny < onfe**c<l
Salt Lake. Utah: Clyde Felt, the
15-year-old boy who confessed to the
police that he cut the throat of Samuel
Collin*, the aged watchman o* the
Wnshatka mineral springs, has been
charged with murder in the second de-
gree. The forma! complaint wa« filed
Go©* to Washington
i Gov. Ferguson has announced that he
I will leave for Washington on the 15th
of this mouth to look after territorial
' interest in the (50,000 acres of indemnity
I school land which have been jumped by
j homesteaders in the Kiowa uud Com-
: anche counties and filed on them as
homesteads. He will also investigate
the setting aside of school land for
Lone Wolf fast- Ailvuuretl
Washington: Tlio United States
supreme court has granted the motion
to advance the case of Lone Wolf vs.
Secretary Hitchcock, and set the hear-
ing for Oct. 20, next. The case involves
the validity of the proceedings for the
opening of the Kiowa, Comanche and
Apache reservations in Oklahoma,
which occured last summer.
Lawyer* Warned to Leave Country
Harrison: A mob composed prin-
cipally of farmers visited the law office
of George Martin and J. F. Lawter at
this place anti after covering the front
of the building with tar and feathers
fired many bullets into the structure.
Martin and Lawter who were inside,
were warned to leave the country. The
| lawyers were alleged to have been active
in inducing persons to file contests ou
Tor Separate School*
against the boy
| Christen** u.
l*r County Attorney
Guthrie: The rejxirts filed with the
county clerk from school district boards
j where separate schools will be main-
tained during the coming school year
, show that $22,736.10 will be required
j for those reporting.
Smallpox in I'edt-ral Jail
South McAlekter: A well develop-
ed case of smallpox has lieen discovered
in the United States jail here. Lee
Pebworth. under sentence of three years
imprisonment at Atlanta, is the victim.
The jail has no cells and the 150 prison-
ers were all exposed. Most of these
prisoners nre to be tried here at the
April term of court, beginning the 21st.
A bar m< nting has been called to de-
termine what shall to done atout the
Delegate Flynn called at the depart-
ment of justice and had a conference
with the attorney general to ascertain
when the president will be ready to ap-
point a successor John McAfee, of the
Oklahoma supreme court, resigned. It
has been decided not to make an ap-
pointment ivntil after the return of the
president from the south.
Itiiik I-lunil to (iullirii-
Guthkib: It was announced here that
the Rock Island will enter the IDld at
once with an extension of its line from
Enid to this city, thus winning our over
the I risen, (thoctuw. Fort Smith &
Western in their pro}x>sed extensions
from Guthrie to Enid, which is con ' ‘
The Governor lltt.n lieen Asked to Have
Troop* in Head i nr sit
Guthrie: Senator Stevens wired
Governor Ferguson that the town of
Lawton was in the throes of a race war
aud asked the executive to have troops
in readiness to be sent there. When
the Kiowa country was opened to set-
tlement a large colony of negroes loca-
ted at Lawton. Tlieir numbers were
augmeuted in December by emigration
agencies in Mississippi and other south-
ern states, who shipped blacks there
by the carload. In the recent campaign
the preponderance of Lawton negroes
was used as a campaign issue by the
The feeling against the negroes has
been intense for weeks. It culminated
in several streets fights between blacks
and whites. Information which came
to the governor from Lawton says the
whites are in arms and threaten to
drive every negro out of Lawton. Upon
receiving Steven's message, Governor
Ferguson communicated with Colonel
Hoffman of the First regiment and
Adjutant General Burlingame. Comp-
any orders were also notified, but no
mobilization orders have been issued.
The governor assured Mr. Stevens he
would have peace maintained if all tlio
soldiers in Oklahoma were necessary ts
Say* It Is a Canard
Kansas City: A special to the Star
from Lawton, O. T., says: The story of
of negroes being ran out of Lawton is a
canard. Several small typewritten
slips ordering the colored jieople to
leave Lawton were posted about town,
but no ono took the threat' seriously.
There is no excitement here, nor has
there been any. No one seems to know
who posted the slips.
crcd the mu
united in Ok
The Oklahoma County Teachers As-
sociation met at the Douglass school on
March 29 and held a" very interesting
session. The following teachers were
present and responded to their names:
Prof. Jno. Lamp ton, Edmond; Prof. J.
C Winston, Oklahoma City; Prof. J
W. Sharpe, principal Douglas school,
Oklahoma City; Prof. Walter Carter,
Luther; Mrs. (’has. Murry, Oklahoma
City; Miss M. L. Carr, McLoud; Mies
S. I'. Andrews, Oklahoma City.
iiutliii*- Will Lose tlio Kafy
Oklahoma City: The M. K. & T.
railroad will not build its lino into
Guthrie but will run into that city over
the Choctaw track. The agreement has
already been signed by the two com-
panies and all of the traffic nrrangmeut®
completed. This assures Oklahoma
City that the main line of the Katy
will to built into this city. The exten-
sion will to* made direct from Stevens,
I. T., to this city. The information
conies direct from one of the officials
who was in the city recently.
Tlie Lawton Iloaril Won't Canvas* Return*
Lawton: The hoard of election com-
missioners lias refused to canvass the re-
turns of the last city election. As a
result the newly elected city officers
cannot be installed. The board met
and adjourned saying that nothing
would to done until the supremo court
decided in June whether the election
i should have been held. The board may
to man lamnsed to canvas* the returns.
Sliawmi- lla* s*ii|a 1> Svttteri
Shawnee: The com in it tee apjiointed
i by the Commercial club to secure the
right of way for the new Santa Fe line
I through the city has ivpnrted an ad-
! justnient of the matter and work ou the
I gnuLiug will beg u at an early data
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