The Orlando Clipper (Orlando, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, September 1, 1916 Page: 6 of 8
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THE ORLANDO CLIPPER
[HE WEEK'S NEWS
NEGRO ADMITS BANK ROBBERY
W ABGMA RAINFALL FOR JULY, 1916
Milton Spears Captured and Implicates
Ex-Convict In Crowder Bank Raid.
FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOL-
LAR BONUS ASKED FOR
NEWS OF THE NEW STATE
Little Incidents and Accidents hat Go
Te Make Up a Week’s History
of a Great Common-
Oklahoma City.—Henry A. Pressey
New York engineer, is the man who
has offered to build a railroad into
northwestern Oklahoma connecting
Woodward and Oklahoma City. Rep-
resenting New York bankers and fi-
nanciers Mr. Pressey laid the proposi-
tion before the Chamber of Commerce
and out-of-town business men.
Committees have been working in
Woodward, Watonga, Mutual, Seiling
and other places along the route of
the proposed road to raise part of the
bonus. These committees will report
in a general meeting at the Chamber
of Commerce Thursday.
Calls for $400,000 Bonus.
Mr. Pressey’s proposition calls for
a bonus of $400,000 and right-of-way
rights. Of this amount Oklahoma
City is expected to subscribe 10 per
cent, the remainder to be prorated
among other towns along the route.
Total cost of constructing the 140
miles of trackage, statiofts and ter-
minals will be $2,000,000.
The New York bankers have given1
the Chamber of Commerce until Sep-!
teruber 1 to either accept or reject the
proposal. Estimates, surveys and j
other details were completed some
time ago by Mr. Pressey, who has i
made four trips over the route.
Nine Months To Build.
It is estimated that it will require
nine months to build the road. The
contract of the New Yorkers is posi-
tive and binding and needs only the
acceptance of Oklahoma Cityans and
others interested to start the work.
Mr. Pressey is acting as consulting
engineer for the city in the construc-
tion of the new waterworks system.
McAlester.—Milton Spears, the ne-
gro who helped to rob the Bank of
Crowder, was run down and captured
hiding in the underbrush along Gainc3
creek, three miles from the scene of
Penitentiary bloodhounds were used
in the chase. Spears admits partici-
pation in the robbery and in his con-
fession confirms the suspicions of of-
ficers that an ex-convict, white, want-
ed on several similar jobs, organized
the raid. The white man got all the
loot except $10, Spears declares. The
negro dropped the $10 when he quit
his horse for the underbrush, the
money, a revolver and the horse fall-
ing into the hands of the officers the
afternon of the robbery. Spears had
$1.50 and an “Owl” revolver and was
dressed as an ordinary cotton picker
when captured. While dodging
through the underbrush from one
posse he came face to face with an-
other and surrendered.
He has not seen his white companion
since they separated after the robbery,
he says. The negro is now in the
county jail in McAlester.
LANDLORD SHOOTS DOWN TENANT
Former Federal Court Clerk W. T,
Ward Shoots Seton Hurst.
MELTON NAMES HIS COMMITTEE
Judge Rainey of Atoka Selected To
Lead Campaign In State.
Tishomingo.—W. T. Ward, a prom-
inent citizen of Tishomingo, shot and
killed Seton Hurst, a tenant on one ot
Ward’s farms, nine miles north of
There seems to have been ill feel-
ing between the two men for several
months which reached its culmination
when they met in the road near the
Ward home. A few words were
spoken and then two shots were fired,
one taking effect in Hurst’s face just
below the eye and the other in the
body. Hurst was riding a horse and
the second shot was fired while lia
Physicians say that Hurst’s neck
was broken, caused by the fall from
his horse. Ward was arrested and
placed in the county jail at Tisho-
mingo to await preliminary examina-
tion, the date of which has not yet
Ward is an old-time citizen of this
part of the country, having been for
a long time clerk of the federal court,
during territorial days.
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The average precipitation for July was .7fi inch. The average departure from
the normat was minus 2.50 inches. It was by tar the driest July in the past 25
years, the previous low record for the month being 1.40 inches in 1012. Reference to
tlie chart will show that the rainfall was lightest in the eastern and extreme western
counties. There was a marked deficiency over practically the whole state and severe
iiougth was general at the close of the month Over considerable areas In all parts
of the state there was no rain at all during the month.
THIS BEATS GOOD OLD PERUNA
Oklahoma City.—After an all-day
conference with nominees and party
leaders Alger Melton, chairman of the
democratic state central committee,
announced the appointment of Jjihe
democratic campaign committee, as
Judge Robert M. Rainey of Atoka,
chairman; W. D. Anthony, chairman
speakers’ bureau; Ray O. Weems, sec-
retary; Charles F. Barrett, director of
the press bureau; Tom L. Wade, na-
tional committeeman treasurer. The
members of the committee selected by
Chairman Melton are: C. E. Burlin-
game, Bartlesville; C. C. Moore, Tul-
sa; T. C. Harrill, Wagoner; J. 11. Gor-
don, McAlester; C. II. Hyde, Alva; J.
A. Boyd, Sapulpa; W. J. Benjamin,
Coalgate; A. E. Monroney, Oklahoma
City;Mike Swatek, Oklahoma City;
George L. Bowman, Kingfisher; A. M.
Stewart, Hollis; E. L. Mitchell, Chey-
enne; Sam Myers, Enid.
“Stomach Regulator” Sends Indian
Woman to Happy Hunting Grounds
High School Principal Dies
Tishomingo.—W. C. Jordan, princi-
pal of the local high school, died here
aUer being found in a dying condi-
tion on the banks of Pennington creek
near here. Death was caused by re-
peated attacks of acute indigestion, ac-
cording to physicians.
Tulsa.—Six quart bottles of “stom-
ach regulator” caused the death of
Mrs. Hazel Blaine, wife of James G.
Blaine, a fullblood chief of the Osage
tribe of Indians. Blaine is one of the
wealthiest of the Osage Indians. He
lives at Pawhuska,
Accompanied by their two small
children, the chief and his wife ar-
rived in Tulsa on a shopping tour. Not
feeling well the woman took four bot-
tles of “medicine.”
In the evening two more bottle3
were emptied before the woman col-
lapsed. She died in a short time. A
suicide theory was advanced at first.
None of the Blaines speak Englisn
and the family is accompanied con-
stantly by an interpreter.
Two Killed At Dewar.
Dewar.—Mistaking a smelter em-
ploye for a striker, Mine Guard Davis
shot and killed II. L. Rice, a strike
breaker, when the latter failed to
halt at the guard’s command. Charles
Niohols, a citizen of Dewar was shot
and killed while trespassing on the
premises of H. B. McQuary. Nichols,
it is said, was Intoxicated and became
abusive when McQuary ordered him
j to leave the premises
Who Killed the Amendments?
The claim of republicans and social-
ists that their vigorous “Vote No”
campaign was responsible for defeat
of the literacy test and other consti-
tutional amendments in the recent pri-
mary election is vigorously denied by
the democrats. ,
On thecontrary it shows conclusive-
ly that democrats, who treated the lit
eracy test and other amendments as
non-partisan issues, were responsible
for the defeat of all of the amend-
The total democratic vote registered
for democratic candidates was 111,203.
The total republican vote was 55,109.
The total socialist vote was 34,029.
The combined socialist and republican
vote was only 89,138, while the vote
on the literacy test was 90,184 for and
132,014 against, thus showing conclu-
sively that it was the democratic vote
that defeated the measure. Had the
democrats treated the literacy amend-
ment and other proposed amendments
as party issues they would have been
adopted by overwhelming majorities.
Complete official returns from every
county in Oklahoma tabulated by the
state election hoard show that the
literacy test amendment to the con-
stitution, designed to take the place
of the nullified “grandfather clause,”
was defeated by a majority of 41,830
The vote on the amendment was
90,184 for and 132,014 against. The
amendment carried in only four or five
of the seventy-seven counties. The
vote on the other amendments was as
Creation of State Tax Commission—
Yes, 50,349; no, 145,105; majority, no,
Limiting Right of Municipalities to
Incur Indebtedness—Yes, 43,451; no,
146,882; majority, no, 103,431.
To Consolidate Appellate Courts—
Yes, 42,688; no, 148,231; majority, no,
To Abolish County Courts—Yes,
40,528; no, 156,121; majority, no,
Extending Compensation Law to In-
clude Death Cases—Yes, 50,601; no,
138,532; majority, no, 88,131.
Repeal of Section 12A—Yes, 75,270;
no, 126,896; majority, no, 51,426.
Change Supreme Court Clerk From
Elective to Appointive Office—Yes,
57,573; no. 133,819; majority, no,
Reducing Size of Juries—Yes, 49,673;
no, 141,339; majority* no, 91,656.
borne Counties Over-Borrowed.
No more loans from the permanent
common school fund will he made in
the future in counties which are over-
drawn, according to announcement by
Secretary G. A. Smith of the school
land department. This policy has
been adopted so that the money re-
maining on hand may be equitably dis-
Applications foi loans on file with
the department amount to $1,479,780,
while the cash on hand only $708,-
074.55. The total amount of loans
made up to and including August 1
Caddo county with $195,000 has se-
cured more of this money than any
other county in the state. Washita is
second with $176,000 and Lincoln
county is third with $156,000. Lincoln
has the largest rural population of any
county of the state. Farmers of Ok-
lahoma county, which ranks fifth, have
Governor To Colorado.
Governor Williams has gone to Colo-
rado, where he will remain two or
three weeks on his vacation. During
his absence Lieutenant Governor
Trapp will occupy the executive of-
New Regulations On Hunting Season.
Federal regulation designating open
hunting seasons on migratory birds
governs the attitude of the Oklahoma
state fish and game warden, it was
said at his office following receipt of
telegraphic advices from Washington
that Secretary Houston of the depart-
ment of agriculture had promulgated
All insectivorous birds are protected
indefinitely under the secretary’s or-
der, and protection until September 1,
1918, is provided for band tailed pig-
eons, cranes, wood ducks, swans, cur-
lew, willet, upland plover and smaller
shore birds. Open seasons for other
water fowl, coots, gallinules^ Jack-
snipes, blackbreasted and golden
Plover, greater and lesser yellow legs,
rails and woodcocks are defined state
Bank Clearings 53 Millions.
Oklahoma City is prosperous. That
is proved by the tremendous increase
in the bank clearings during June, July
and August of this year over those of
the same months of 1915. The Okla-
homa City Clearing House handled 75
per cent more money during the past
three months than it received for the
same months last year.
The total banks clearings in this city
for the summer months of 1915 which
was $30,543,585, was a noticeable In-
crease over those of the same month*
in the preceding year, while the total
l'or those months of this year. $53,293,-
444, was almost double that of 1915,
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Lanter, W. L. The Orlando Clipper (Orlando, Okla.), Vol. 10, No. 39, Ed. 1 Friday, September 1, 1916, newspaper, September 1, 1916; Orlando, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc910523/m1/6/?rotate=270: accessed January 21, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.