The Daily Ardmoreite. (Ardmore, Indian Terr.), Vol. 11, No. 126, Ed. 1, Monday, April 4, 1904 Page: 1 of 8
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OKLAHOMA OUTLAW. WANTED
BADLY WEDS SENOFMTA.
Ben Cravens With a Career of Great
Daring Escape From the Penl-
tcntiary Moves In Disguise
and Marries In Mexico.
I'rom the convict's roll Iti the Kan-
mti state penitentiary to a happy
homo In Old .Mexico with tin- daugh-
ter of a millionaire mini' owner for
a wife. Is tho transition made by Hon
Crnu'im. the notorious Oklahoma out-
law who with his ut yet' uncoiuiuered
followers has Kept Oklulioimi and In-
dian Territory terrorized for tV l!lH
four years; while Oklahoma and Kod
oral officers hav been scouting
throughout the two territories an.t
several Western slates with the !-
lief thai they would and com hi recap-
ture the bandit terror he has been
bashing (juicily In Old .Mexleo where
he used his alleged ill-gotten Rains to
niasiinernde an the scion of a promi-
nent ttern family enter the home
of the wealthy mine owner and win
the love and hand or the only daugh-
ter of the family a pretty refined
wealthy girl who icport says ban al-
ready borne him a son and htlr.
The Btory or Cravens' life and bin
crimes would put to shame the usual
yellow-bach encounters the perusal
of which makes young Iwys jeaill to
do and dare. The son of honorable
but poor farmer parents tlie lad
spent his early days In the fl.'ld and
tho country school house lnterspors-
ed with the usual amount of Sunday
school knowledge that falls to the
lot of a country youth In a Southern
Kansas' community. Ills knack of
-grasping knowledge quickly anil of
forming conclusions upon which to
take Immediate action wan with him
in the country seliool room and ha
since" lemalned with him through lite
the feature that 1ih made of him a
successful' outlaw. Tim plow and
sickle pioved unattractive as he grew
older While the present governor
or Oklnhoma was teaching in a coun-
try district In Chntnuqna county.
Kansas IiIh Immediate nclghboi
ncroKH the river was lien Cravens
fnrm-hauil anil cowbo. and the two
saw much of one another that winter
Hut Cravens' love lor adventure scon
diew him into the yet unopened laud
of Oklahoma and he became one ol
that restless band of ah onturcrs
from which originated the Daltcns.
the Doollns. the Starrs and later the
Caseys and Swafforils. So fur as
known Cravens was timid at first as
an outlaw doing such small Jobs as
horse stealing small compared with
the train robbings and bank wreck
lngs of other outlaws. Inn Inci alive
then as today.
Kor one of these horse stealing es-
capades Cravens was arrested and
afterward convicted and sentenced 10
a term of years in the Kansas pent
tenllarj. where Oklahoma onv. t
L. P. ANDERSON President.
C. L. ANDERSON Cashier.
FIRST NATIONAL &
ArcJmorc Indian Territory.
Designated Depository for Bankrupt Funds of Chickasaw Nation
Capital paid in $ 60000.00
Surplus Funds ISO OOP. 00
The oldest hank In Indian Torrltory. Accounts of firms nnd Individuals
solicited upon the most liberal terms consisting with focid banking
W. S. WOLVERTON & SON
'Insurance Bonds Real Estate8
' AND ABSTRACTS.
Tlie Lai'tres- and SLronjjeat ARency
in the Two Territories.
Managers Ardmore Abstract Go.
Hfvfhai Am.-vTl Miuois I'ife Insurance Co.
UE.NEHAI. AGtM9 IJnjte1 pideHty an( Glllrantv Co
ha' always be n Kept under ion
nan lie had scived only a portion
u' hi" term when he planned a dar
ing iiml sin cess-t ul escape with P V.
Kstclie a Kansas life prison' r In
November. VJi'ti. they held up the
guards with wooden revohers i.ish-
loned by Cravens' and covered with
tin-roll to H wintde the genuine ar-
ticle the weapons were formidable
looking to the guards and they Immc
itlately threw up their hands when so
ordered: then making use or the
guns wlili Ti were hanging nt the
guards' side the two cotmcts lelt
the prison running rapidly toward
the river and tho underbrush. makiiiK
their ocnpe nithotit Injury to either
A putMO wn: at once organised but
Kstcllo reiunlneil at liberty until
about a ear ago In Tennesson and
returned to Northern Illinois where
ho was wanfod for doing n daring
railway robbery In the vicinity of
Qulncy. Cravens has been more for-
tuuate. for although appear'ng In pub
lic places many times am known to
have committed numerous crimes
himself at the head of an organized
gang or bandits jet he luw success-
fully avoided capture and as success-
lully dodged the bullets rrom the
Winchester rlfli'H In the hands or ex-
pel t marksmen and ofllcers. It Is the
general belief now of the olli ers. who
have been on the outlook for him all
these years that nothing but a well-
laid stratgi'tlc plan will ever succeed
In g'tilng him again this side of the
There are rewards nggtcgating 10.-
oiio mi Cravens' head; these are ro
known crimes that he committed.
The government wants him ror the
murder of Alvin llateman: the ter-
ritory i.f Oklahoma wants him for the
murder i.f Deputy Sheriff Johnson and
the state of Kansas wants him for
the murder of a prison guard.
The murder of llateman was the
fl'M crime of any cons"iuence com-
mitted by Cravens after Ills success-
ful escape. HIh partner In the kill-
ing. Ilert Welty. Is now serving a llfo
sentence at Fort Leavenworth for
murdering llateman. but Cravens'
good luck was again with him. and ho
made a daring and successful get-
away killing Deputy Sheriff Thos.
Johnson of I'awnee county even
while that deputy had a Winches.'
leveled directly at the outlaw and
was ordering him to throw up his
hands. Three deputy United States
marshals fired at Cravens after John-
son was shot but none struck tho
mark. At that time It was said that
Cravens was in hiding at the homo
.f a former sw'i'etheart. In that lo-
cality and In lad she was used by
the government as a witness against
Mateman was murdered In .March
I'.HH. In the Schwartz general store .it
Iteil Hock a small but flourishing In-
dian trading point In the Otoe reserv-
ation in nortueru Oklahoma.
Schwartz was supposed to have con-
siderable money in the store and
Cravens and Welty appeared to
rob the safe:" they were successful In
getting about $l.2on In cash and
would have safely escaped had not
Welty stepped behind tho counter to
gel a plug or chewing tobacco. While
thus employed Alvlli llateman. the
manager of the store entered and
opened lire on the outlaws. He was
immediately Killed. alfn ugh he crltl
ally wounded Welty who whs atiiie.l
B F. FRENSLEY Vlce-Pres.
C. S MAUPIN Ass't Cashier.
'' lali u . rajifHM- hit th. i ( n slon
1'i.ucn-t ''"'! niT the ( rnwd Tnat had
led i nipi liiiiK nine nii'ii to hold
Hu ll hand.- up at lull IciikHi while he
dinggi'd his wounded compnuhui from
tt' sure assisted him on horseback
and escaped Into the dRrfcnos. The
next day they were surprised In a
Bmnll hut In the Indian t wintry
thi'.v nTi"l stopiicil to gt't Welly'
wounds dri'!Md. The httl wnn ttr-
rounded hy olTlrrrit. and It was thou
that CravitiH maile hlg chunicterlrtlr
darliiR Ri't away hy killing Johliwnt.
Wvlty wan ho di'Mprratcly wounrted
that he mild not leave IiIh rude bed
In the lofi of the hut. ami ho w'lis tak-
en with inw. Ills aiihw.'iiuiMil trhil
and Hentrnce lor lite tcsulteil.
Slnee that time no ollleer lma
drawn a weapon on lien Craven.
The entire wetern part or t lie Unit-
ed Sin t cm han been utiMiicceisftitlv
filled for him and there have been
many daring erimes dial have bwti
fheeltod iiiiIiihI him. hut he has nl-
way been able to keep clenr ot re
capture. IIIh daring on several oeril'
Hlontt lins almoHt euuited IiIh ur'oat.
but hU good luck Iuir roiual.iud. Hr
haw taken a iH'l t in no: n;limly
taunt lug the onicui-H. appearing III
('iiithtle. N'owkirk. Oklahoma Clly
and other eitle of the terrrl'ory re-
inalnlng freipienly over rilgnt anil
een adding the luxury of Intoxica
tion at which tltnoK he would Mtav
all night in a saloon. In every (own
and city in the two tprrltorleis how-
ever he Iihh henchmen who have nev-
er yet forsaken him.
Kor moie than u year after the
llateman murder. Craven traveled
throughout Texan nnd Oklahoma hh
a galoHtiiHti I'utiltlc8ly uttlrud a suave
couverMationallKt- prexumably carry-
lug an Important couimerelal line.
IIIh art of dlHgulnlng is wonderful nnd
hi- haw frequently been under the eyes
ol the ofllcei-H. utikown to them for
dayH at a time. (
As the alleged sou of a I'eunsyl-
vanla governor pacing alto under an
alias he appeared suddenly at the
American Katiitarluni In the city of
(iiiadalajiira In Old .Mexico. Appar-
ently ho had plenty of money. WJth
a well tilnimcd Van Dyke hcaid and
diesKed In faKhion even IiIk former
companions would not now- know him.
Ills solvent caused honiethlng of a
seiisatiou among the ladles ut the
American colony thoie. hut the daugh-
ter of tlie wealthy mine owner wan
his particular attention and their
courtship and wedding soon nflerwurd
followed. Oklahoma beyond ll doubt
lias seen the Inst of lien Cravens her
Thos. Xornian atlornuy in the
Choctuw-Chlckasaw citizenship court
has been not Hied by tho court that
the following eases for which Ib Ik at-
torney will come up for bearing on
the following dates at Tishomingo:
May 2 Newt AHl.ew et al.
.May L' William Qulntus Askew ol
.May !! Kate (iainee et al.
.May i;:. .Mary HuiTman et al.
Piirman and .Mathers attorney
have been notified or the following
.May 12 Ih.ra I'hllllps et al.
R. A. JONES
ARDMORE NATIONAL BANK
ARDMORE IND. TER.
Capital Stock and Additional Liability : : : : : $200000.00
We Conduct n Cleneral Banking Business for You and
Accept Small and 1arf?e Accounts.
C. I. SMITH President.
C. M. CAni'llULL Vice Pres
Llili CRUCIi. Cashier.
(1. V. YOUNO Parmer.
J. C. TMOriPSON Lawyer.
BRITISH ASSAULT WITH TEftRI
OLE RESULT THIBETANS.
Their Hankt Are Mowed Down With
Shrapnel While Flghtlny Savagely
The General Falls at Head of
His Forces Sickening.
Tuna. Thibet April .Th"
ThibulNii geiiewl. the whole of hi.
personal escort nnd live IiIr.i I.'IIa-sn
officials were among ihu hundred kill
cd In the fighting of .March 31 at
finer. Thibet. The small Urlllrti
losses are accounted for uv the fa t
that the Thibetans were so huddled I .
gether that the majority wore tumble
I'ither to use their swords or to fire
The swordsmen In the Trout rank
could not reach the Sikhs who hud
fixed bayonets while the men In the
middle of the mob could not reach
the enemy hut tunny of them proba-
bly killed ench other In the exclle-
The scene r-'enlled old-tlmo cock
pits. Ihe grim determined faces of
tho Thibetans- lighted with devildom
savagery expressing contempt for the
Slkhu. wtinni they outnumbered six
or seven to one.
When the lllnssa general fired tin
first shot the Thibetans went wild.
drew tbclr swords fired their match
locks and surged forward Al-
dieu swordsmen made ll despeiHtc
rush in the direction ol Colonel Mac
Donald and a small lot oL ollicers
Four Thibetans attacked .Mr. Candler
the correspondent of tho London .Mall
but Colonel .MacDouald seized a lille
and shot down two of them at a few
yards ami another ollleer killed the
other two. thus saving .Mr. Candler's
Those or the Thibetans who tried
to climb the wall were met with a ter-
rible iniignidne ilile lire but they did
not falter those behind spifnglug
over the heaps of dead and continuing
the light until riddled with bullets.
When Dually the Theblinns letlred
'hey tramped back slowly atlJ stead-
ily though tollowed by a hull ot bill-
lets. A mountain battery was
arought Into action and tore the lltu's
'villi shrapnel. A terrible trail of
'end nnd dying marked tlie l a l. At
length the Ium v.otmded limping T.ith-
etan turned th. corner some luo
yards from the scene of tho grim
trigei'y where ;ho best of the Tnlbol-
;in unnv 'iad perished.
London. April 'I. The slnMRhtC' or
the Thibetans entirely kills oul wan-
dorlng Interest as still exists hero In
the Japanese-Russian fctrugp.le. Tho
news excites as a general nil'- a reel-
ing of depiesslon first tiecii'tse the
average l-higllshmau scarcely sees
that It was necessary nnd so-unity.
because there is general approbation
that ll may lead to comp'Icntlo'is with
llitssia. The last thliift the HiltiM
"ubllc wants at the present trnmeri
R. A. JUNKS l-urniturc.
SA1 NOBLIJ. Hardware Merchant
J. R. I'litSNINUTON Wholesale Her-
chant R. V. RANDOL Hercliant.
' .iimiiier war and what m
.'naili'l Is a rise In tqo ini.nr' i i
ieiMe. the tragic event i in TluVi -n.
"-pccially iinwelcoim at thlv pi-tie;
when ihe taxpayer Is nervously nail
ing to see how soon he will lie i nih il
on to pay otr Ihe national defllcli.
Efforts to Unify the Democracy Meets
Opposition in Pauls Valley.
Pauls Vajley. L T.. April -l'olltlcs
Is running high here at this time. Hr
rorts to nrganl.e and unify the democ-
racy is being rriiHtraieil to some ox-
lent hy the ItepubllcHiiH. who always
sow dlssentloii In the ranks or their
oitponeniR. If possible and by certain
Deuiocrats who net with Ihe Ilepubll-
cans without first thinking of the re
sults of their own actions. These
IK'inocrsts wilt lenru soon that Ihe
only time for a party man to kick Is
before a nomination is made -not af
terwards He will also learn that ir
the ltepubllciitm had thn ascendency
in the city or Pauls Valley that ihe
Democrats have. Hint no Democrat
would over get tho smell of an olllce.
Not one ttepuhllcait would ever be
round that would disintegrate his
parly by making u race on any "mix-
ed" or citizens' ticket.
The Hearst boom Is attracting in-
tention. He is strong enough now to
attract the attention or the Parker
men In New York and his aspirations
have become no longer a matter or
ridicule but a stubborn fact to be
recognized anil dealt with. As a fuel
Mr. Hearst is the most aggressive
nenivrnt on the continent today lie
Is so nearly right that Ihe people
will notice him and In all prohahlllty
wlll reward his elfoii. His cartooiiM
against the trusts have had more ef-
fect than the writings or uny man In
the Democratic party. Tho common
people know a thing when fiiey see
It. i:ery old politician recalls Hie
"tattooed man" that so worried .las.
C. Illalue. ami the dollar mark suit of
clothes placed upon .Miircus llauua
Hearst's cm toons have been even
more cfTccllNc than those.
The weather Is extremely illy heio
now. A good ralu would bo woiih
hundreds of thousands of dollars t
the people surrounding this little city.
Pauls Valley Politics.
A mass meeting was held in Pauls
Valley last Wednesday night for the
purpose or placing In the Held ror
city olllccs a citizens' ticket. The fol
lowing gentlemen wore nominated:
.Mayor S .1. (larvln.
Hecorder Walter .1. Harris.
A Mermen-H. P Maker. II. M. Carr
A. M. I'oss. (leo. Terry anil (5. .M.
TERMS OF U. S. COURT.
At Ada February 15 1901; two
At Tishomingo Kehrurary 20 10U4;
At Chlekasha March 21 1D04; two
At Ryan April I IUU4; two weeks.
At Pauls Valley April 18 1901;
1904; three weeks.
At Purcell May 9 1901 and Janu
ary 2 VJ03; ten days each.
At Ardmore May 19 1004 and Jan-
uary 12. 100S; lasting five weeks ot
J. A. BIVEN8 PrssHtnt
A. H. PALMER Csshlsr.
THE CITY NAT DIAL BANK
ardmore. :. -r!
Surplus Funds '30000.00
Account! Of Arm i and lndlilduali solicited Courteooi treatment
Accorded all alike
HAWIS . AND . BREAKFAST . BACON
Thev Will Please You.
Whiteman Brothers Company
FIRST OPCNINO OF INDIAN TER
RITORY FEDERAL COURT
Celebrated at Muskogee Saturday.
Jtiduc Shnckeirord Wslrond D s
trlct Attorney T. O. Needles
United States Marshal
Muskogee. I. T.. April :i in tl
was hold In this city tonight m i .
an association to which nie n. I.
those persons who attended in li
term of Federal court on u t i
Indian Territory which wa- tl.t i..
years ago today. N. II. Mac wt
chairman and John Adams skuih
mooting will Ik? hhl the .Ul or L i.
for Ihe purHW or compb'img Hi. i
The estahllshmenl of a Ki diM'
court In the territory wa-. In n aill'
tlie wedge that opened the way to
dissolution or tribal governments an i
customs and brought about the nei i
slty of allotment. When this rourt
was organized lis jurisdiction extended
over nil Indian Territory and OMa
homa. T. II. Needles member of Hi"
Dawes commission was marshal an
had lee deputies under lilni Judg
Shnckleford was Judge of tlie cotut
and . T. Wnlroml district anorni
llolh men a ro now living In the lirrl
lory. They were sent hen from
Washington and when tbey arrive !
all wore silk lulls. They hail no soon
or alighted from (ho train than iln
were wafted upon by n delegation
composed of C. W. Turner V
Kohh ami Captain Severs and told
that they must not wear thone lints
uptown or they would be shot rull ot
holes. They took the ndvlce.
An attorney who came In on the
same trnln was accosted by two thirs-
ty gentlemen living In the territory
and who asked to examine his grips.
Ho did not say what Ihey Touml hut
In his reminiscences tonight It was
slated that they had been asking that
same privilege for the past fifteen
The new Ideas In box siailnnery
came to iih as miuii as tin y were out
Tlie cry lutesi arc here now Set
ihcm soon F J Itauihcy. druggist I
BUY A HOME.
Here Is an exceptional opportunity
ti-room frame dwelling (largo rooms)
and hall flue orchard vineyard splen-
did water both cistern and well brick
lined storm cellar good barn large
southeast corner lot 200x210 Price
1500. Will gives terms on part.
Four-room cottage 2 closets hall
hath room orchard barn good water
Price $1.31)0. $:h) cash balance easy
Tho Rodfield Agency
Real listatc Kent. Loans
ARDnORB I. T.
DON LACY Vlct Pr.ildsnt.
W. A. WOLVERTON AssL CathUt.
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