The Tulsa Star (Tulsa, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 32, Ed. 1, Saturday, June 26, 1915 Page: 2 of 8
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THE TULSA STAR
LEO FRANK ESCAPES HANGING
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURTS HOLDS
OKLAHOMA ELECTION LAW VIOLATES
THE FIFTEENTH AMENDMENT
LITERACY TEST IS
Indictment of Blaine County Officials Upheld;
Governor Reticent Others Favor an
Immediate Session of
Tnnblnpton In probably one of the most Important race decisions In
tM history the iuprcmo court annulled as unconstitutional the Oklaohma
constitutional nmendment and tho Annapolis Md . otcrs' qualification law
restricting the suffrage rtplits o( those who could not oto or whoso ances-
tors could not tote to the ratification of the fifteenth amendment to the fed-
Chief Justice White a natho of tho south and a former confederate sol-
dier announced the count a decision which waa unanimous except that Jus-
tice Mcltejnolds took no part In the case.
Ily holding that conditions that existed before tho fifteenth nmendment
which provides that tho right to oto shall not bo denied or abridged on
account of race color or prelous condition of servitude could not bo brought
otcr to tho priscnt day In disregard of this sclf-cxcctlng amendment it Is
generally bellccd that tho court went a long nay toward Imnllilatlng much
of tho so-called "grandfather clauso" legislation of southern states.
Tho immediate effect of tho court's
decision was to uphold tho conviction
of two Oklahoma election olllclnls who
ienlcd negroes the right to oto In a
;ongresslonaI election nnd to award
three Mar) land negroes damages from
flection ofllclals In Annipolls who re
fused to register them Tho court held
that theso election ofllclals could not
Ignoro tho potency of tho fifteenth
amendment In wiping out of Bt.ito con
etltutlons the word "wjillo" ns a quail
llcatlon for cling In tho Mnrjlnnd
caso tho court's decision establishes
tho point that tho fifteenth nmendment
applies nllko to municipal ns well as
to federal elections.
Exceptions Declared Illegal.
Discussing tho Oklahoma enscs
Chief Justice WliUo said tho suffrage
amendment to tho stnto constitution
first fixed n literacy standard and then
followed It wltli a proUslon creating
a standard based upon tlio condition
existing m Jnn. 1 18CG prior to tho
adoption of tho flftcmtli nmendment
nnd eliminated thoso coming under
that standard from the Inclusion lu tho
Indictment! Are Upheld.
Tho constitution nnd statutes not
only guaranteo tho right to oto but
require tho oto to bo counted tho
supreme court nlso held In reversing
tho fulcra! district court of Oklahoma
which annulled Indictments of two
Illnlno nullity Oklahoma election olll
ctals charged with conspiracy to omit
from congressional returns in 1912 tho
otu In eleven precincts.
Judgo Lamar dissented saving that
"the conspiracy statutes" of tho United
Hlntcs could not bo used to punish
stato election olllclnls since tho repeal
o tho force law.
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION
I Favored To Pais New Laws Bar-
Oklahoma CKy. Itecelpt of tho news
In state olllclal circles of tho decision
of tho supreme court of tho United
States declnriuc unconstitutional Ok-
lahoma's famous "grandfather clauso"
of 0)0 constitution occasioned consid-
erable comment but no surprise Such
n decision had baen expected by thoiq
who bad mado a close study of tho
case. In contemplation of an ndverso
decision the question of supplanting
tho famous section with statute en-
nctmtbt or constitutional provisions
had frequently lxcn discussed In tho
councils of tho democratic party for
more than two jesrs
In local olllclal circles n unanimous
sentiment favors the calling of an extra
r csslon of tho legit laturo at tho earliest
time convenient to enact new leg'
miallon which Mill have tho samo
effect as tho grandfather clauso
of tho constitution or to refer an
nmendment to the. voters. (Jlllclal
opinion indlcntcs that n special session
wilt be held In thf near future
Governor Wnll'ams would not glvo
n definite answer to the qucstl.m nf
whether ho would call nn extra session
of tho lawmaking bodj Other high
in state nnd log'jilatlve ofllclal circles
icciaren wiiuou nesusuon inui mo
legislature should bo convened in ox
traordlnary Ecmlon to take whutcver
actio l that might bo deemed ueco
mrj to continue tho effect of the
Speaker A McCrory of tho house of
ENORMOUS WAR LOAN IS AUTHORIZED
London- Tho house of commons
passed a bill providing the chancellor
of the 'xchequer with a blank check
'which may amount at a maximum
to 100000000 pounds ($5000000-
000) Too vote of credit far 250000000
pcinds passed last week by the house
simply authorized tho government to
upend that much for war purposes
but did not provide for tho manner In
vhlcb this sum should be raised. Tho
sew cnactroenf was In tire form of a
representatives when caled ocr lone
distance telephone at liU homo In Kind-
ling said ho favored an rxiia session
of tho legislature If tho defects In the
nmendmint can bo cured by legislation
ho favors that method and If It Is ii"C-
cmary to amend tho constitution he
favors tho submlsrion of thu amend-
ment. FRANK'S SENTENCE IS COMMUTED
GEORGIA GOVERNOR WANTS
DLOOD ON HIS HANDS.
Mllltla Called Out To Save ExecutKe
From Mob Which Surround!
Atlanta Gn With a dozen of his
trusted friends' nrmed with rlfliH sur-
rounding him nnd four companies of
stato mllltla patrolling tho grounds
not. John M. Slaton spent his last two
days ns tho governor of (Icorgia fol-
lowing his commutation to llfo im-
prisonment of tho deatli acntenco of
Leo Krank licensed of tho murder of
Mary I'hagnn a girl In his employ.
A mob numbering hundreds woro It
self out cursing tlm governor hurled
n few bricks nt tho troops and went
At Marietta twenty miles from here.
tho former homo of Mary Phagan
Governor Slaton was hanged in effigy.
An lnscrlptl( I on tho dummy read'
"John Slaton (leorgia's traitor gov-
ernor" Uo M. l'rnnk lias begun serving a
llfo sentence nt tho Oeorgln prison
farm for tho murder of Mary Human
tho H car-old cmplove. of tho pencil
factory of whk.li Krnnk was superin
tendent. Ills hurrltd secret trip by
train and nulomoblln from tho Atlanta
Jail to Mlllcilgovlllo preceded by a few
hours tho lssuanco of n long statement
by Governor Slaton giving his reasons
ror commuting tho death sentence
which was to have been executed Juno
Tho gocrnor went fully Into details
of wh ho commuted tho sentence his
statement containing 15000 words. In
this announcement tho governor dic-
tated tho following briof statement
"All that I ask is that tho people of
(Jeorgla read my statement of the
reasons why I commuted I.eo M.
bunk's dentil sentence to llfo Im-
prisonment before they pass Judgment.
"Keeling ns I do about this case I
would bo a murderer If I nllowed this
man to hang It may mean that I must
llvo lu obscurity tho rest of m da) a
but I would rather be plowing In a
field than to feel for tho rcBt of my
life that I had that man's blood on my
At thu prison Krmik changed his do-
mennor assuming the outward calm
that had marked his j ears' light for
life lie again said that ho had Intu-
itively believed ho would nt least get
a commutation of sentence. Ho was
given No 903 donned n suit denoting
tho lowest rrnclo prisoner and began
I tho roullno of prison life
In his statement exhaustively ex-
plaining his rensons for commuting
Krnnk's sentence. Governor Slaton ro-
viewed tho circumstances surrounding
tho murder of Mary I'hagan In the Na-
tlonal Pencil factory hero on April 26
1913 tho coavlctlon of Frank and bla
appeal for clomency
resolution which empowers the gov
ernment to raise not only the 210000-
000 pounds deemed necessary to pay
the cost of tha war at lhn mi a m t Ann .
000 pounds sterling dally for a 1 linked
penoa out as much more as may be
The chancellor made a long explana
Hon of the propoed loan and in clos-
Ing said that on the technical question
ns to the limit of the loan It would t
dangerous to disclose the necesslti
for not fixing any definite sum.
Leo M. Frank the Atlanta Jew con-
victed on the unsupported testimony of
a neflro of the murder of Mary Phaoan
and sentenced to hang June 22 has had
his sentence communted to Imprison-
ment ANGELES DESERTS GENERAL VILLA
AND CARRANZA LOSES FOUR OF
Indications of a General Break-Up
Among the Leaders of Mexican
Washington General Fellpo Ang-
eles artillery expert nnd right hand
man of General Krnnclsco Villa has
left his chief and Is i.ow in tho United
States en routo to lioston Mass to
.visit his faii.il)
Ofllclals vrero vvero unable to throw
much light on the reasons for tho de
parture of Angeles at n llmo when his
services to Villa In tho military cam-
palgu would seem to bo vitally need-
ed. One explanation advanced was
that Angeles was coming to tho
United StnteH to confer with somo
of the ninny prominent Mexicans who
have been living In exile taking no
part lu tho revolutionary activity but
who lately havo been planning to
form n coalition with some of tho
forces In the Meld to cnnbln them to
General Felipe Angeles.
Bet the "active moral support" which
President Wilson announced In his re-
cent statement the United States
would soon glvo some group unless
tho warring faqtlons could agreo
Until tho exact effect of a break
between Angeles nnd Villa If it de-
velops there actually lias been a break
and tho outcomo of tho differences
bctwien Obregon and Curranz.i are
known olllclnls do not think It will
bo possible to forecast developments
In tho situation No runner Informa-
tion was received tlirourti ofllclal
channels from Vera Cruz concerning
tho resignations of the four cabinet
ministers whom General Obregon has
Insisted should be retained nor was
an explanation obtainable for the
removal of Carranzn to nn Isolated
fortress In tho harbor In Vera Cruz.
Negro Lynched Near Little Rock.
Tcxarkana Ark Loy Haley negro
was tnkeu from Sheriff llojott of
Hempstead count) Ark by a mob of
fifty men In automobiles nnd taken to
a point near Lenisvillo strung up to
a limb of n treo nnd his bod) riddled
with bullets. The negro had shot in
tho back nnd killed ltoy Lester a
joung white planter near LewUvllhs.
He surrendered and Sheriff !lu)ott
was trlng to take the negro to Little
Itock when the mob overpowered him
and hung his prisoner.
Frauds in Oleomargarine.
Washington How violations of the
olearuargarlno law havo defrauded the
federal government out of at least 127-
000000 due In stttnp and special taxes
was revealed by Secretary McAdoo In
a statement based upon a preliminary
report on a sweeping Investigation con-
ducted by Commlisloner Osborn of tho
Internal revenue bureau. Frauds com-
mitted as long ago as 1902 immediately
after the enactment of tho law have
been uncovered by the revenue com.
ITALIAN CAMPAIGN WILL BE NEXT
Drltlth House of Common Votes An-
other War Aproprlatlon of a Bil-
lion and a Quarter Dollars
To Keep Up the Fight.
London. Tho Auslro German rush-'
Ing In Gnllcia Is on again Doth Her-
lln and Vienna officially lay claim to
progress along virtually tho entire
southeastern front and Lemberg
seems again to bo in danger.
Moscikn to tho east of 1'rzmvsl has
been capturid by tho Austro Germans
and according tj the German conten-
tion the Ilusslans are falling back
south of the railroad connecting
Przcmysl nnd Lemberg All the Ilus-
lasn counter attacks havo been re-
pulsed with gains for the Teutons
from a point north of l'rztmysl into
Ocncnrf Von Mackenzen has tele-
graphed tho German cmneror thst he
hopes to capture Lemberg tho capital
of Gnllcia before July 1.
Far off as tho front Is from Kngland
nnd France It Is being watched moro
closely than tho western front becauso
it would appear that these operations
are being pressed In an attempt to
clear Gnlicla of the Russians prepara-
tory to a breathing spell In tho east
which Is likely to bo followed by a
crushing blow aimed nt Italy.
The fighting Is growing harder
dally along tho Austro Italian frontier
and In vlow of past performances It Is
considered reasonable to nssumo that
Germany will throw n great mass of
troops on this front and endeavor to
sweep Into Italy and hold ground
there Just as slie has done In l'oland
Delglum nnd France.
Austrian Advancing on Italians.
Twenty llvo thousand Austro Hun-
garian troops left Trent nnd are now
advancing against tho Italians on tho
Itlva Hoverto front.
Near Gorz and Gradlsra heavy fight-
ing occurred recently. Tho Austrian
casualties nro reported to havo
amounted to 1.500 while the number
of Italians killed or wounded totaled
nearr as man).
A new ammunition depot at Tol-
mino has been dcstrojid by tho Ital-
ians. Tho Austro Hungarian troops are
employing djnnmlto in the Alplno
passes blowing up rocks -and loosen-
ing avalanches on tho advancing Iter-
zaglierl. Tho fighting in France nround Ar-
ras while bitter and marked by dally
attacks and counter nttneks has
reached tho stngo where the German
and French olllclal communications
flatly contradtit each other. On the
whole it Is believed here that the ad-
vantage has been with the French.
HEHRY BEACH NEEDHAM KILLED
American Magazine Writer Falls In
I'nrls. Lieut. Reginald A. J. Warne-
ford who gained fame recently by
blowing to pieces a Zeppelin over Del-
glum was killed by tho fall of an
aeroplano nt Due France Lieutenant
Wnrneford was piloting tho machlno
which hnd as a passenger Henry Ileach
Necdham tho American writer who
also was killed
Lieutenant Wnrneford and Necdham
fell from a height of B00 feet.
Tho lieutenant had been spending n
few da) s in I'nrls where he came after
his Zeppelin exploit to receive his
decoration of tho Legion of Honor .
Needham's body was taken to tto
Kngllsli hospital In Trlnnon pnli
Versailles Ho had been In Kuroio
nbout four months acting n corres-
pondent of magazines nnd a New York
paper He had received permission
from the military authorities to make
a flight in order to get material for a
COMMONS VOTES BIG WAR CREDIT
Billion Dollars Added Making Total of
Four Billions In Year.
London The house of commons
voted nnother credit of Jl250000 000
making with previous sums a total
of $2310000000 already allowed for
In Introducing tho measure Trcmier
Asqulth remarked that from April 1 tu
June 12 tho expenditure had been at
tho rate of $13300000 dally.
He estimated that the total dally ex-
penditure during the currency of the
new credit would be not less than 15-
000000 for the reason that as the war
extended its area Great llritalns fi-
nancial obligations to tho allies would
Denmark Pledged To Neutral Policy.
London A Iteuter dispatch from
Copenhagen says tho Danish folkthlng
or lower house of parliament unani-
mously resolved to support the minis-
try in Its policy of nbsoluto neutrality.
A dispatch from Copenhagen said that
as a result of attacks by the conserva-
tive newspapers on the radical cab-
inet's policy of neutrality In tho war
the government purposed to nsk for a
vote of confidence en Its policy and
that It this were cot given it would resign.
GALICIAN CAPITOL CANNOT
SIST ONSLAUGHT OF TEU-
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Tulsa Agents: G. H. MORELAND AND J. T. WILLIAMS
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G. H. AMBROSE President and Bus. Mgr
C. 3. PAUL Vice President.
S. E. EDWARDS JR. Secretary and Treasurer.
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