Vinita Daily Chieftain. (Vinita, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 41, Ed. 1 Monday, May 31, 1909 Page: 1 of 4
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YIMITA AILY CHIEFTAIK
VOL. XI. NO-
VINITA OKLAHOMA MONDAY MAY 31 1909
FIVE CENTS PER COFV
Disastrous Storm Sweeps Over Por
tion of State Rendering 500
Oklahoma City May 30. Probably
tOO persons aTe homeless at Key West
and Depew as a result of the storm
that practically obliterated those vil-
lages late yes'erday afternoon. Search-
ing parties from Stroud and neighbor-
ing towns today found that no negroes
were killed in Key West and that the
rumors circulated from that village
last night had their orgin only in the
minds of frightened negroes who
gathered in the home of A. C. Curing-
ton to pray. Key West a prosperous
negro village of about 200 was de-
stroyed. Evidences of the peculiarity of the
storm are reported from Weleetka to-
night. In the fields of farmers two
miles north of that place and nearly
forty miles south of Key West were
found fragments of furniture and
shingles this morning. There are no
evidences of damage between Key
West and Weleetka. Houses are
scattered between Key West and De-
pew and while no one has traversed
the trail of the storm today reports
from telephone stations say that none
was severely injured In that section.
Mrs. J. L. Hart of Key West who
was injured in the spine and Charles
Brennan of Oklahoma City who was
in Depew when the storm struck
cannot recover it is said. Alta Grace
and Josie Hart of Key West may not
recover. Probably ten or twelve were
slightly injured in Depew. In Depew
forty houses were wrecked or blown
Andrew Johnson's Memory
Honored at Greenville
By Associated Press.
Greeneville Tenn. May
. . .
tered over the
green sward in ana
burrounun.B me imuuno. an
which for the past forty years has
served as the resting place for the
body of Andrew Johnson the seven-
teenth president of the United States
thousands of the descendants of his
old time neighbors and friends in east
Tennessee today took advantage of
the first memorial celebration since
the transformation of the private
cemetery into a national institution
to do honor to the memory of the for-
mer distinguished citizen by organiz-
ing the Andrew Johnson Memorial as-
sociation. The people came from all portions
of the vast and picturesque East Ten-
nessee country and most of them
were of the present day generation
there were some old timers who boast-
ed of having 'known the Tennessee
Commoner in his day and who spoke
of the fact with much pride. The
orator of the occasion. Martin W.
Littleton came all the way from New
York to speak in terms of highest
eulogy of the one president who dur-
ing his term of oflice. was tried on
Mr. Littleton is a native of East
Tennessee and he expressed high ap-
preciation of the honor conferred up-
on him in making him the orator of
the occasion. He reviewed at great
length the life of the distinguished
man in w hose honor the people as-
senibled and predicted that the day
would come when the entire country
would be pleased to do homage to the
memory of Andrew Johnson.
The place at which the celebration
was held was on the edge of the city
burial place which a year or two
ago was purchased by the govern-
ment and has since been made into a
national cemetery. It is a beautiful
spot just outside of the town in which for Greeneville and visitors generally
for several years in his early life. Mr. 1 voted that they had been well enter-
Johnson 'worked as a tailor. It is tained.
Milford-Bers'er Shoe Co.
EXPRESS OFFICE MOVED
away entirely. The Depew hotel and
a large cotton gin were torn to pieces
and the estimated damage there is
-MCAlester Okla. May 30. A tor
nado struck Ashland in the south
west corner of this county at 9 o'clock
last night doing much damage and in:
juriug many persons but no loss of
life is reported. The residences of
Mr. Beal and Job Terry were demol-
ished in Ashland as were those of
J. H. Barger and Bob Harrington a
mile in the country. One residence
was struck by lightning and burned.
Altogether about twenty residences
II ill KILLED
Wreck of a Freight Train Causes
Disaster to California Fast Mail
Train at Peabody.
By Associated Press.
Topeka Kans. May 31. Santa Fe
passenger train number nine west
bound was wrecked at Peabody this
morning. H. C. Thompson a postal
clerk of Kansas City was killed.
The wreck was caused by the
wreck of a freight train on the east
bound track. The cars having piled
upon the west bound track in front
of the on coming passenger train. The
engine baggage and mail cars went
into the ditch and Thompson was in-
stantly killed. Brakeman E. Perkins
and Baggageman Travis were slightly
injured. Number nine Is known as the
California fast mail and left Kansas
City at 8:40 last night. It was com-
posed of a mail and baggage car
three chair cars and three sleepers.
splendidly cared for and commands a
fine view of the mountain range which
Rpnarates Mr. Johnson's adonted state
i iroiii oi in v-aruinia iut? buni? ju
which ne was born. Many
born. Many visitors
came from outside and the residents
found especial pleasure in pointing
out the still preserved sign of "And-
rew Johnson Tailor" which continues
to decorate one of the humblest build-
ings here. The people also mani-
fested much pride in the fact that
notwithstanding the almost successful
effort to forcibly eject Mr. Johnson
from the White House the private
cemetery in which he is buried is
the first of such cemeteries to be giv-
en a national character by congress.
Among those present and participat-
ing in the proceedings was Hon.
Walter P. Brownlow member of con-
gress from this district himself a near
relative of the late Parson Brownlow
Mr. Johnson's most distinguished com-
peer. Mr. Brownlow was largely re-
sponsible for the creation of the na-
tional cemetery and while he occupi-
ed no assigned part on today's pro-
gram was by common consent award-
ed a position of general prominence.
In addition to Mr. Littleton's speech
the program consisted of the singing
of "America" and the "Star Spangled
Banner" by a choir of 200 voices; an
invocation by Rev. John S. Eakin and
the introduction of Mr. Littleton by
Hon. James C. Park closing with the
organization of the Memorial Assoc-
iation. There was a notable orchestra
In attendance several members of
which were old-time fiddlers who had
furnished music at the political gath-
erings during the notable Johnson-
Gentry campaign for governor before
the Civit war. Many of them were in
reminiscent mood and between tunes
manifested great willingness to enter-
tain visitors with stories of the dim
and distant past.
Altogether it was a memorable day
The Dusy Street
L II IILUU
Memorial is Near Bloody
Men Struck the Union Line With Disas-
trous ResultsEnriches a Battlefield
That Already Contains Hundreds
of Beautiful Monuments.
Ey Associated Press.
Gettysburg Pa. May 31. The mon
ument erected on the battlefield of
Gettysburg to commemorate the serv
ices of the regular army of the United
States in the Gettysburg campaign in
1863 which will be unveiled this af-
ternoon is one of the most Interesting
dignified and conspicuous memorials
on the famous battlefield. It is situ-
ated on Hancock avenue a little south
of the Bloody Angle where Pickett's
fearless men struck the Union line
with such disastrous results to the
invading army. The memorial is a
shaft 85 feet high from the ground
and is made of light color granite
from the cpiaries at Mount Airy N.
The base plinth of the monument
is 14 1-2 feet square and 17 feet high
and is surrounded with a two foot
high fence or wall. Pour entrances
each 14 feet wide with three granite
steps lead to the base of the monu-
ment. On each side of the second
plinth which Is 12 1-2 feet liigh is
an eagle cut solidly on the face of
the plinth. Each eagle is four feet
high and all are said to be the finest
modelled eagles ever cut in granite
or cast in bronze in America. Upon
the second plinth rests the plain
shaft which is 53 feet tall.
On each side of the plinth is a large
bronze panel said to be the largest
and finest memorial tablets ever cast
in the United States or any other
country. The tablet facing the oast
contains the following inscription:
"Erected by congress to commem-
orate the services of that portion of
the army of the Potomac composed of
cavalry artillery infantry and engi-
neers of the regular army of the Unit-
ed States in the Gettysburg campaign
June and July 1863."
The tablet on the west side is in-
scribed us follows:
"The artillery consisting of "6 bat-
teries was distributed over the field
among the several army corps and
placed in position where their serv-
ices were most needed. Itrig.-Gen.
Hunt chief of artillery.
"Four regiments of cavalry under
Brig.-Gen. Wesley Merritt took posi-1
tion of the right flank of the Confed-
erate line of battle.
"Eleven regiments of Infantry were
on the field. Ten with the second
division fifth corps and one at head-
quarters. Army of the Potomac.
"Battalion of U. S. Engineers. Cap
tain George H. Mendell command-
ing. "Casualties: Killed 12 officers 1 ."
enlisted men; wounded 62 officers
861 enlisted men; missing 6 officers.
275 enlisted men."
The north and south tablets contain
the names of the 42 organizations
and the names of their commanders.
Forty-two small monuments one
for each of the commands in the
Gettysburg campaign which were
Teacher Arriving For Normal.
Teacher3 from Rogers Nowata and
Craig counties began arriving in Vin-
ita this morning to attend the sum-
mer normal for the three counties
which is held here this year beginning
today. It is estimated that about
three hundred teachers will attend.
About one hundred and fifty teach- j
ers were in attendance at chapel exer- j
cises that were held in the Presbyter- j
ion church at 7:30. An interesting talk j
on normal work was made by I'tof. '
Chas. H. Roberts of Guthrie who will
conduct the normal. He will be as-;
sisted by W. C. Jamison of Kdmond;
Charles U. Smith of Muskogee: W. i
G. Masterson. of Vinita; Miss O. M.
Abbot of Fremont Neb.; Mrs. Maij' ;
E. Jarrell. of Nashville. Tenn.: Miss
Lvdia Armstrong of Kansas Citv and
Miss Pauline Kelley of Vinita.
The work today consisted mosi?y
of organizing (lasses and enrolliin t!.e
teachers. The sessions will commeme
at 7 : '.( and continue until 12::!" ea h '
Angle Where Pickett's
erected at the location each organiz-
uUou occupied during the battle are
of Jonesboro granite 24 by 50 inches
and seven feet high. Upon each is
a descriptive bronze tablet and the
coat of arms of the United States.
The central monument and the 42
regimental memorials were authoriz-
ed by act of congress of February 15
Wi and March 3 1!Hi5 and cost al-
together $61000. The Gettysburg na-
tional park commission was assisted
In the selection of the site and adop-
tion of designs for the memorials by
a committee of nine from among the
surviving officers of the commands
that took part in the three days'
The erection and dedication of the
monuments to the regular soldiers en-
riches a battlefield that already con-
tains hundreds of beautiful memorials
There are now on the field about 500
monuments and the number of tab-
lets erected exceeds 500. The num-
ber of guns mounted on the field
Union and Confederate is about 375.
Pennsylvania will next year erect a
state monument at a cost of $150000
and the states of Alabama and Vir-
ginia will also place monuments on
the famous field in the near future to
commemorate the valorous services
of their sons In that night struggle.
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FIVE MORE RAILROADS
FILE DEMURRERS TO SUIT
l!y Associated Press.
Jefferson City Mo. May 31. Five
additional railroads including the
Frisco Kansas City Southern Kock
Island and the Milwaukee today filed
demurrers to the suit of Attorney
General Major by which he seeks to
oust fifteen Missouri trunk lines from
the state for violation of the anti-trust
OF HIS CONVICT!
James Pritchett Arrives at Jefferson
City And Sayt He I Ready to
Hy Associated Press.
Jefferson City. Mo. May 31. While
in Oklahoma James Pritchett of
Camden county Missouri read an
Item in a newspaper saying the Mis-
souri supreme court had affirmed the
verdict finding him guilty of the mur-
der of Constable Manes of Richland
Pulaski county two years ago. Today
lie arrived at the state prison here and
said he was ready to begin his ten
WALTZ TO CIVIC CLUB.
The Chieftain this morning was the
recipient of a copy of the new Vlnita
Waltz composed by Mrs. Nonnie liar-
ben Crawford of this city and dedi-
cated to the members of the Civic
club of Vinita. This Is a beautiful
waltz and the whole city should feel
proud that such an able composer re-
sides in the city. The work itself is
a splendid compliment for the efforts
of the author.
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When Henson Attempted to Leave
Chamber Sheridan Engaged
Him in Fight.
Springfield. 111. May 30 A fight In
the senate chamber from which Sen-
ator Jaiues A. Henson of Decatur em-
erged with blood running down his
face while u ring of senators held his
opponent marked the closing hours of
the senate session early this morning.
Thomas Sheridan of Lincoln an as-
sistant sergeant-at arms was the other
The doors of the chamber previous-
ly hud been locked to keep the mem-
bers In. It Is said one member suc-
ceeded In getting out when Senator
Henson who twice had asked and had
been refused permission to leave took
his hat and started to go. He was
nearly past the door when Sheridan
who Is young and athletic caught him
by the arm. According to Sheridan
Henson struck hlni in the face. A
moment later the two were Involved
In a rough and tumble fight. At the
steps leading to the main floor both
fell. They rolled on the carpet untir
they were dragged apart while Sena-
tor Heard of Quincy an ex-Confederate
soldier begged them to "remem-
ber Illinois." Later apologies were
made by all concerned.
FRED WOODARD'S LITTLE '
DAUGHTER DIED SUNDAY.
Kobbln May Lois Woodard aged 6
yeai'B and 9 months daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Woodard died yester-
day afternoon after a lingering Ill-
ness of several weeks with Bcarlet
fever. The funeral services were held
at three o'clock this afternoon from
the residence of the child's grand-
mother. Mrs. William llobbins. The
many friends of the bereaved parents
extend their sympathy i
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