Luther Register. (Luther, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 41, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 4, 1915 Page: 3 of 8
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“But I am ahead of my story. When
the great exodus from the cities around
San Francisco bay began, and while
the telephones were still working, I
talked with my brother. I told him
this flight from the cities was insan-
ity, that there were no symptoms of
the plague in me, and that the thing
for us to do was to isolate ourselves
and our relatives in some safe place.
We decided on the Chemistry build-
ing, at the university, and we planned
to lay in a supply of provisions, and
by force of arms to prevent any other
persons from forcing heir presence
upon us after we had retired to our
All this being arranged, my broth-
er begged me to stay in my own
house for at least twenty-four hours I to° many apPea,a for help,
more, on the chance of the plague de- ■ “Returning to the comer, I found
veloping in me. To this I agreed, and two robhers were gone. The poet
he promised to come for me next day. ant* h*9 wife lay dead on the pave-
We talked over the details of the pro- ment- It was a shocking sight. The
visioning and the defending of the two children had vanished—whither I
Chemistry building until the telephone ' could not tell. And I knew, now, why
died. It died in the midst of our 1 ^ was thut the fleeing persons I en-
conversation. That evening there were I c°untered slipped along so furtively
no electric lights, and I was alone in an(* wlth such white faces. In the
my house in the darkness. No more nildst of our civilization, down in our
newspapers were being printed, so I splms and labor ghettos, we had bred
had no knowledge of what was taking a race °* barbarians, of savages; and
place outside. I heard sounds of riot- now* in the time of our calamity, they
ing and of pistol shots, and from my turned upon us like the wild beasts
windows I could see the glare on the **ley were anc* destroyed us. And they
sky of some conflagration in the di- (iestroyed themselves as wrell. They
rection of Oakland. It was a night of inflamed themselves with strong drink
robbing them. I knew the man by
sight, though I had not been intro-
duced to him. He was a poet whose
verses I had long admired. Yet I did
not go to his help, for at the moment
I came upon the scene there was a
pistol shot, and I saw- him sinking to
the ground. The woman screamed,
and she was felled by a fist blow by
one of the brutes. I cried out threat-
eningly, whereupon they discharged
their pistols at me, and I ran away
around the corner. Here I was blocked
by an advancing conflagration. The
buildings on both sides were burning,
and the street was filled with smoke
and flame. From somewhere in that
murk came a woman’s voice calling
shrilly for help. But I did not go to
her. A man’s heart turned to iron
amid such scenes, and one heard all
singed off About his head was a f
bloody bandage, aad his clothes wire I
filthy. He told me he had been cruel-
ly beaten by prowlers, and that his
brother had been killed the previous
night, in the defense of their dwell* |
Midway across the campus, he |
pointed suddenly to Mrs. Swinton's STATEMENT
face. The unmistakable scarlet waa
there. Immediately all the other wom-
en set up a screaming and began to
run away from her. Her two children
r,'w SXS. OKLAHOMA city news events
priations OF FIFTH LEG-
terror. I did not sleep a wink. A
man—why and how I do not know_
was killed on the sidewalk In front
of the house. I heard the rapid re-
ports of an automatic pistol, and a few
minutes later the wounded wretch
crawled up to my door, moaning and
crying out for help. Arming myself
with two automatics, I went to him.
TTy the light of a match I ascertained
that while he was dying of the bullet
wounds, at the same time the plague
was on him. I fled indoors, whence I
heard him moan and cry out for half
an hour longer,
“In the morning my brother came
to me. I had gathered into a hand-
bag what things of value I proposed
taking, but when I saw his face I
knew that he would never accompany
me to the Chemistry building. The
plague was on him. He intended shak-
ing my hand, but I went back hurried-
ly before him.
• Look at yourself in the mirror,1
"‘My God!’ he said. Tye got it.
Don't come near me. I’m a dead man.’
“Then the convulsions seized him.
He was two hours in dying, and was
conscious to the last, complaining
about the coldness and loss of sensa-
tion in his feet, his calves, his thighs,
until at last it was his heart and he
"That was the way the Scarlet Death
slew. I caught up my handbag and
lied. The sights in the streets were
terrible. One stumbled on bodies
everywhere. Some were not yet dead.
And even as you looked you saw men'
sink down with the death fastened
upon them. There were numerous
tires burning in Berkeley, while Oak-
land and San Francisco were appar-
ently being swept by vast conflagra-
tions. The smoke from the burning
tilled the heavens, so that the midday
was a gloomy twilight, and. in the
shifts of wind, sometimes the Bun
shone through dimly, a dull red orb.
Truly, my grandsons, it was like the
last days of the end of the world.
"There were numerous stalled motor
cars, showing that the gasoline and
the engine supplies of the garages had
given out. I remember one such car.
A man and a woman lay back dead in
the seats, and on the pavement near
it were two more women and a child.
Strange and terrible sights there were
on every hand. People slipped by si-
lently, furtively, like ghosts—white-
raced women carrying infants in their
arms; fathers leading children by the
hand: singly, and in couples, and in
families—all fleeing out of the city
of death. Some carried supplies of
food, others blankets and valuables,
and there were many who carried
and committed a thousand atrocities,
quarreling and killing one another in
the general madness. One group of
workingmen I saw, of the better sort,
Who had banded together, and, with
their women and children in their
midst, the sick and aged in litters
and being carried, and with a number
of horses pulling a truckload of pro-
visions, they were fighting their way
out of the city. They made a fine spec-
tacle as they came down the street
through the drifting smoke, though
they nearly shot me when I first ap-
peared in their path. As they went
by, one of their leaders shouted out
to me in apologetic explanation. He
said they were killing the robbers and
“There was a grocery store—a place
where food was sold. The man to
whom It belonged—I knew him well—
a quiet, sober, but stupid and obstinate
fellow, was defending It. The win-
dow's and doors had been broken in,
but he, Inside, hiding behind a coun-
ter, was discharging his pistol at a
number of men on the sidewalk who
were breaking in. In the entrance
were several bodies—of men, I decid-
ed, whom he had killed earlier in the
day. Even as I looked on from a dis-
tance, I saw one of the robbers break
the windows of an adjoining store, a
place where shoes were sold, and de-
liberately set Are to It. I did not go
to the groceryman’s assistance. The
time for such acts had already passed.
Civilization was crumbling, and it was
each for himself.
"I went away hastily, down a cross
street, and at the first corner I saw
another tragedy. Two men of the
working class had caught a man and
a woman with two children, and were
All Fleeing Out of the City of Death.
looters on sight, and that they had
thus banded together as the only
means by-which to escape the prowl-
"It was here that I saw for the
first time what I was soon to see so
often. One of the marching men had
suddenly shown the unmistakable
mark of the plague. Immediately those
about him drew away, and he, without
a remonstrance, stepped out of his
place to let them pass on. A woman,
most probably his wife, attempted to
follow him. She was leading a little
boy by the hand. But the husband
commanded her sternly to go on, while
others laid hands on her and re-
strained her from following him. This
I saw, and I saw the man also, with
his scarlet blaze of face, step into a
doorway on the opposite side of the
street. I heard the report of his pis-
tol, and saw him sink lifeless to the
"After being turned aside twice
again by advancing fires, I succeeded
In getting through to the university.
On the edge of the campus I came up-
on a party of university folk who were
going in the direction of the Chemis-
try building. They were all family
men, and their families were with
them, including the nurses and the
servants. Professor Badminton greet-
ed me, and I had difficulty in recog-
nizing him. Somewhere he had gone
through flames, and his beard was
But her husband.
Doctor Swlnton, remained with her.
“ ’Go on, Smith,’ he told me. ’Keep
an eye on the children. As for me, I
shall stay with my wife. I know she
is as already dead, but I can’t leave
her. Afterward, if I escape, I shall
come to the Chemistry building, and
do you watch for me and let me in.’
“I left him bending over his wife
and soothing her last moments, while
1 ran to overtake the party. We were
the last to be admitted to the Chemis-
try building. After that, with our au-
tomatic rifles we maintained our iso-
lation. By our plan we had arranged I
for a company of sixty to be in this
refuge. Instead, every one of the num-
ber originally planned had added rela-
tives and friends and whole families
until there were over four hundred
souls. Rut the Chemistry building was
large, and, standing ,by itself, was In
no danger of being burred by the
great fires that raged everywhere In
"A large quantity of provisions had
been gathered, and a food committee
took charge of it, issuing rations daily
to the various families and groups that
arranged themselves into messes. A
number of committees were appointed,
and we developed a very efficient or-
ganization. I was on the committee of
defense, though for the first day no
prowlers came near. We could see
them In the distance, however, and by
the smoke of their fires knew that
several camps of them were occupying
the far edge'of the campus. Drunken-
ness was rife, and often we heard
them singing ribald songs or insanely
shouting. While the world crashed to
ruin about them and all the air was
filled with the smoke of its burning,
these low creatures gave rein to their
bestiality and fought and drank and
died. And after all, what did it mat-
ter? Everybody died anyway, the
good and the bad. the efficient and
the weak, thoSe that loved to live
and those that scorned to live. They
passed. Everything passed.
When twenty-four hours had gone
by and no signs of the plague Were
apparent, we congratulated ourselves
and set about digging a well. You
have seen the great iron pipes which
in those days carried water to all the
city dwellers. We feared that the
fires in the city would burst the pipes
and empty the reservoirs. So we tore
up the cement floor of the central
court of the Chemistry building and
dug a well. There were many young
men. .undergraduates, with us. and we
worked night and day on the well.
And our fears were confirmed. Three
hours before we reached water, tho
pipes went dry.
"A second twenty-four hours passed,
and still the plague did not appear
among us. We thought we were
saved. But we did not know what I
afterward decided to be true, namely,
that the period of the incubation of
the plague germs in a human body
was a matter of a number of days. It
slew so swiftly when once it mani-
fested itself th*( we were led to be-
lieve that the period of incubation was
equally swift. So, when two days had
left us unscathed, we were elated with
the idea that we were free of the con-
"But the third day disillusioned us.
I can never forget the night preceding
it. I had charge of the night guards
from eight to twelve, and from the
What th* State Officials and Depart-
ment* Are Doing—Items of In
terest About the State
T' D. Humphrey of Nowata was ap-
pointed by Governor R. L. Williams
as a member of the corporation com-
mission to fill the vacancy caused by
the recent Impeachment of Col. A. P.
Watsom He will come to Okla-
homa City within a week or two to
take the oath of office and assume his
Mr. Humphrey is 38 years old and a
native of North Carolina. He came to
Oklahoma in 1901, locating at Vinita,
where ne oegan the study of law. In
1902 he located in Nowata just after
that place had been declared a court
town bv the federal congress, and be-
gan the practice of his profession.
He has lived in that city continually
since that time.
He was a delegate to the constitu-
tional convention, and at present is a
member of the democratic state cen-
tral committee from Nowata county.
He is married and is the father of two
girls. His family will move to Okla-
homa City within the next month or
so to locate here permanently.
By reason of the Impeachment of
A. P. Watson, two memoers of the com-
mission will be elected at the next
state election instead of one.
Governor’s Office Moved.
Governor Robert L. Williams, ac-
companied by his private secretary,
A. N. Leecraft, has returned rrom Mus-
kogee, where the governor delivered
the opening address of the Southern
The governdr resumed his duties in
his new office on the third floor of the
Mercantile building, instead of in the
Patterson building, the board of affairs
having arranged to put the executive
offices in that building. The work
of moving the fixtures and furniture
in the office in the school building
formerly occupied by the governor was
completed in his absence. The fixtures
In the office of the secretary of state
also have been moved from the school
building. The moving has been com-
pleted and all state offices formerly
In the old high school are established
in their new quarters.
Must Provide F*eh Ladder*.
Dams across streams must be kept
in condition so that fish may go over
them; fish ladders, if necessary,
should be provided by the owners of
the dams, and owners may be prose-
cuted under the laws of the statfe in
any violation, according to an opinion
from the attorney general’s office,
rendered to E. E. Heyl, county attor-
ney of Washington county. The pur-
pose of the act in the matter, says
the opinion, was to make it possible
for the passage of fish across the dam
at all times, and the fact that the
stream does not flow at ail times does
not keep the owner from being prose-
cuted for any neglect of his own.
Prosecutions of this kind may be be-
roof of the building I watohed the I gun by the state game and fish warden
passing of all man’s glorious works, j directly through the county attorney
So terrible were the local conflagra- j of the county in which any such viola-
tions that all the sky was lighted up ! tion may occur. Or it may be done
One could read the finest print in the j by the attorney general's office
red glare. All the world seemed I
wrapped in flames. San Francisco I
spouted smoke and fire from a score ; Usury Point Defined,
of vast conflagrations that were like , In an opinion by Commissioner Rit-
While there are a few scattering
com paints of dynamiting fish coming
into the office of George Noble, state
game and fish warden, Uiey are of a
general nature and in no instance has
the information been specific enough
to run down a law violator tn this to.
spect. It Is Indeed hard to secure 1 n,
formation for offences of this kind, be-
cause more than likely one man is to
no position to tell on the other.
With the streams and small lakes
full of fish at this time of year there
are comparatively few compaints of
seining fish unlawfully, although It is
believed it is being done in some sec-
tions To what extent la another hard
thing to say. As for seining, however,
the water Is yet too cold and this per-
haps is keeping mauy from the risk,
even though they would otherwise be
reasonably safe from exposure.
Where Seining la Permissible.
In some of the streams of the stata
seining is permitted, with a limited
sized mesh. These are the Arkansas,
L imarron. South Canailiau, North
Fork of Red river. South Fork of Mud-
dy Boggy, Muddy Boggy, Clear Boggy,
Poteau and the Klamtchi.
Information coming to the state game
warden’s office shows an abundance
of fish. This is probably due to the
fact that rivers have had more water
the pHst winter than other seasons re-
cently and the fish have come from tike
Reports have come that some dyna-
miting has been done in the Washita
river, but like in other cases not suf-
ficient information can he secured up-
on which lo base a prosecution and
the offenders, if any, have gone unre.
strained. It is the opinion, however,
that in McCurtain county the game
laws have been violated more than any
other county in the state. The entire
county is mountainous, and many of
the people living there depend more
or less on what game they get for their
living. In the hunting seusons, when
sportsmen come there from other sec-
tions, or from other states, it seems an
easy matter to find opportunity to
evade the law in regard to bag limit ou
Found Carcaaiea of Deer.
Many attempts have been made in
that county to secure information for
prosecution, but in almost every in-
stance nothing came of it. Under the
present law the assistant game war-
den who secures a conviction gets
fifty per cent of the fine, together with
fees usually charged by a sherifT. It
wardens recently spent two weeks in
the woods in the effort to run some
offenders down, but that he returned
to town unable to trace any unlawtul
act directly. He found parts of two
carcasses of two bucks and one dot
In the woods.
TOO ILLTO WORK
A Weak, Nervous Sufferer
Restored to Health by Ly-
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Kasota. Minn. — ‘‘I am glad to say
that Lydia E. Pinkham’a Vegetable
Compound has done
more for me than
anything else, and I
had the best physi-
cian here. I was so
weak and nervous
that I could not do
my worlc and suf-
fered with pains low
down in my right
side for a year or
more. I took Lydia
E. Pinkham’s Vege-
table Compound, and now I feel like a
different person. I believe there is
nothing like Lydia E. Pinkham's Vege-
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young girls, and I would be glad if I
could influence anyone to try the medi-
cine, for I know it will do all and much
more than It is claimed to do.’’ —Mrs.
Clara Franks, R. F. D. No. 1, Maple-
crest Farm, Kasota, Minn.
Women who suffer from those dis-
tressing ills peculiar to their sex should
bo convinced of the ability of Lydia E.
Pinkham's Vegetable Compound to re-
store their health by the many genuine
and truthful testimonials we are con-
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If you have the slightest doubt
that Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegeta-
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and held iu strict confidence.
so many active volcanoes. Oakland, [ tenhouse of the supreme court com-
San Leandro, Haywards—all were j mission, Division No. 3, usury is de-
burning; and to the northward, clear j fined as that portion of a charce in
to Point Richmond, other fires were at | excess of the legate
Five-Cent Refund Made; Overcharge.
One of the smallest, i fnot the small
est refund of excessive express charg-
es that has been made by the corpora,
tion commission was completed when
it mailed to the A. E. Selby Company
of Nelagony, Okla., a check from the
Wells Fargo Express Company for 1
About a month ago the company re
ceived a package by express from Paw
huska. The package was sent collect
and when the Selby Company paid for
it the express company charged 30
cents. The company made a com-
plaint to the corporation commission
and upon investigation of the tariffs it
was found the express company had
charged 5 cents too much, the rate
from Pawhuska to Nelagony being 26
Approximately 25 dents was spent
in postage by the corporation commis
sion and the express company in the
correspondence that was necessary
to adjust the complaint. Under a new
law the commission collects 10 per
cent commission on refunds from the
company making the refund, but the
commission will not demand it in this
case. It is explained that it would
cost at least 10 or 15 cents in postage
to get the commission, which would
amount to about half a cent.
Ah, squire," saluted the village
bore, "what are you doing for your
rheumatism these days?"
Examining the doctors one after
another," snarled the old codger, "to
see how much they don’t know."—
Are Usually Freah and Clear, 8oft and
Velvety. Try One.
The Soap to cleanse and purify, the
Ointment to soothe and heal. Thus
these supercreamy emollients promote
and maintain the natural purity and
beauty of the skin, scalp, hair and
hands under conditions which if neg-
lected might disfigure them.
Sample each free by mail with Book.
Address postcard, Cuticura, Dept. XY,
Boston. Sold everywhere.—Adv.
It Is not the things we have, but the
things we hope to get that make life
Broadly speaking, the people aro
divided into two classes: The people
who do things and their critics.
Most .articular women use Red Croee
Ball Blue. American made. Sure to please.
At all good grocers. Adv.
It’s a good brand of fertilizer that
will raise a mortgage.
work. It was an aweinspiring spec-
tacle. Civilization, my grandsons, civ-
ilization was passing in a sheet of
flame and a breath of death. At ten
o’clock that night, the great powder
magazines at Point Pinole exploded In
rapid succession. So terrific were the
concussions that the strong building
rocked as in an earthquake, while ev-
ery pane of glass was broken. It was
then that I left the roof and went
down the long corridors, from room to
room, quieting the alarmed women and
telling them what had happened.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
In the ’50s I was in Washington at
a dinner given by Senator Dawson of
Georgia, writes a correspondent of
the New York Sun. A number of
guests were present, among them be-
ing the noted actor, James A. Mur-
doch. Toasts were given, and the
host requested that Murdoch recite
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s toast,
We came Into It, naked and bare:
We go through It with sorrow and uwre-
When we die, we go. God knows where;
If we are thoroughbreds here,
We*ll be thoroughbreds there;
If we are scoundrels here.
We'll be scoundrels there.
This toast was recited with his un-
surpassed elocutionary power and
graceful maimer, and left a memory
that has been with me for years.
and it is further held in the opinion
ihat when the lender pays on demand
such usury the latter is then exempt
from forfeiture in any subsequent pro-
ceeding that might be brought. The
case is that of A. J. and Etta Miller
v). the Oklahoma State Bank of Altus.
Complaint was made that the bank
had charged a rate of interest that
amounted to usury. Demand was
made for that portion of the charge
calculated to constitute usury and this
amount was refunded. In the suit,
sowever, it was sought to collect the
usury together with the interest at the
l-egal rate. This it was held could not
be done, as the legal rate of interest
was legitimate, and where the lender
agreed to and did refund the amount
complained of as usury he was en-
titled to the amount of the legal rate.
Product* Subject To Income Tax.
Cotton, corn, wheat, oats and other
such products in their raw state
Paid Over Million In Life Insurance.
Insurance Commissioner Welch is
preparing his annual report covering
the business of insurance companies
in the state for the year 1914. The to.
tal amount of business written by life
insurance companies in the state for
1914 was $41,612,110.59; premiums
paid $4,786,915.06; claims paid, $1,094,.
277.37; policies, 45,770, The total life
insurance In force in the state Is $152,-
480,196.72. In fraternal insurance the
amount of business written for 1914
was $25,732,565; received from mem-
bers, $1,057,454.82: claims paid, $934,-
378.49. In miscellaneous insurance
which includes accident, bonds, etc.,
premiums received amounted to $1,.
160,788.81, and losses paid were $743.
Prepares Election Forms.
Attorney General S. P. Freeling has
prepared and turned over to the stats
board of education the forms to be
used in all school districts in calling
and conducting special elections for
the purpose of voting on the question
of increasing the school tax levy, as
provided by an act of the last legis-
Confederate Pensions In October.
First quarterly Payment of pensions
under the provisions of the new ex.
Backache Is a Warning
Thousands suffer kidney ll]snnawares-
not knowing that tho backache, headaohos
and dull, nervous, dizzy, all tired condi-
tion are often due to kidney weakness
alone. Anybody who suffers constantly
from backache should suspect the kidneys.
Some irregularity of Ihe secretions may
give Just the needed proof. Doan's Kid-
ney Pills have been curing backache and
s.ok kldueys for over fifty years.
An Oklahoma Case
Mrs. Wauneta -fiery Picture
reeaon. 414 W. Tails a Story"*
Ave., Okla- ’
says: "I had
dull, heavy ache
through the small
of my back for
years and suffered
nd dizzy spells.
My kidneys acted
Doan’s K 1 d nor •C a"-
Ptlla helped me as \j
ion as I took
em and three
boxes restored me
to good health.”
G«t Doan's at Any Stora, 50c • Bo*
FOSTER-MILBURN CO, BUFFALO. N. Y.
are exempt from ad valorem taxa-1 confederate"soidlerr and sailors' pen-
Lon but are subject to the income j Mon bill can not be made until <£to
tax, is held in an opinion from the ber 1, 1915, according to an opinion
at ornery general’s office to Coventor that has been given by the attorn.?
Wiliams. House bills touching the general’s office to W. D. Matthews
proposition were passed by the legis- j commissioner of charities and oorrec-
lature one of which directly exempted ,ions, and ex-officio chairman of the
raw product, from the ad valorem tax. board of pension commissioners which
The attorney general hods that Inso- -which has charge of the admlnlstra-I
far as the income tax relates to those tion of the pension law. There are I
raw products they are subject to tax- about 1400 applicants for the pep.
Prompt Relief—Permanent Cure
LIVER PILLS never
fad. Purely vegeta-
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but gently on
improve the complexion, brighten the eyes.
SMALL PILL, SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICE.
Genuine must bear Signature
A toilet preparation of merit.
Helps to eradicate dandruff. .
In ^or ^c,torin* Color and
■ Beauty toGrayor Faded Hair.
5 60c. ami $1 ooat Drag*ista.
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Jackson, J. O. Luther Register. (Luther, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 41, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 4, 1915, newspaper, May 4, 1915; Luther, Okla.. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc853449/m1/3/: accessed March 21, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.