The Copan Leader. (Copan, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, February 11, 1916 Page: 4 of 8
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THE COPAN LEADER
BEAUTIFUL BUILDING IN RUINS
AND SIX PEOPLE ARE
FIRED BY INFERNAL MACHINE
Members of Parliament Forced to
Flee for Their Lives, by Rapid
Spread of Flames Through
Ottawa, Ont.—The historic Canadian
Parliament building was destroyed by
a fire declared unofficially to have been
caused by the explosion of a gas bomb
or an infernal machine. Two women,
guests of the wife of Speaker Sevig-
ny, were overcome by smoke and per-
ished. Several policemen and firemen
were buried under debris when one
end of the building collapsed. Two
Dominion policemen and two commons
attendants who were working with
other men in the chamber below the
speaker's quarters w'hen the roof fell
lei, are declared to have been killed.
The evening session of the House
had Just opened when the cry of "Fire”
drove members, attaches and specta-
tors from the halls.
Frederick F. Pardee, chief liberal
whip, and William S. Loggie, a mem-
ber of parliament from New Bruns-
wick, are missing and it is expected
they have lost their lives.
It has been established that the first
burst of flames in the reading room of
the house of commons was preceded
by at least one explosion and probably
by two. The force at the concussion
was so severe that persons standing
Eome distance away were hurled to the
floor. A rigid investigation to deter-
mine the cause of the fire already has
been undertaken by the dominion au-
The flames spread with such amaz-
ing rapidity that the Ottawa fire bri-
gade was utterly helpless to cope with
them. Aid was sent from Montreal on
a special train.
Loss Beyond All Estimates.
The loss cannot be estimated in
money. The building was valued at
about $5,000,000 but the contents are
of inestimable value. There was no
At midnight the commons and sen-
ate chambers had been destroyed and
as the great clock boomed out the hour
flames were swirling up the magnifi-
cent tower and licking their way to its
top. The parliamentary library at the
rear probably will be saved. Soldiers
were assigned to carry out its contents.
Members of parliament, spectators
in the gallery of the lower house, gov-
ernment employees and others who
were in the building narrowly escaped
death or injury. Within a few min-
utes after the fire began corridors
were filled with smoke and at many
points walls of flame barred progress.
There were many doors to the great
building, but since the outbreak of the
war all except the main portals have
been closed to safeguard the legisla-
tors. This precaution made escape the
more difficult and probably was re-
sponsible fcr the deaths of Mme Bra-
vy of Montreal, and Mme. Morin, of
Beuce, in one of the rooms in the
Mme. Sevignv saved her two chil-
dren by dropping them into a firemen's
safety net and then leaped to safety
herself. Another of her guests, Mme.
Dussault saved herself in the same
LUSITANIA PROSPECTS GOOD
WILSON AND LANSING STUDYING
Germany Admits That Submarine Com-
mander Acted Fully Under
Washington.—President Wilson and
Secretary Lansing have conferred on
the latest tentative draft of the com-
munication the German government
hopes will bring the negotiations over
the Lusitania disaster to a satisfactory
termination. Information that the out-
look for an early settlement of the case
again was' promising, was received
from various diplomatic and official
German officials say the Berlin for-
eign office has gone as far as it pos-
sibly can to meet the proposition of
the United States. From high diplo-
; matic quarters Sunday night came the
J statement that Germany believes that
she has, with the exception of making
I an out and out disavowal of the Lusi-
tania sinking, which she considers im-
possible, conceded every desire of the
United States and that the tentative
proposal materially strengthens the as-
j surances already given on the nego-
tiations over the sinking of the steam-
| ship Arabic. It is also claimed that the
| tentative proposal covers all the fun-
| damental issues involved in the con-
j duct of submarine warfare in the North
Ft is explained that a direct disavow-
al was given for the sinking of the
j Arabic because that act was a viola-
< tion of the instructions given the com-
I mander of submarines. In the case of
I the Lusitania, however, the command-
er acted in accordance with orders.
| The general instructions not to sink
j liners without warning were given, it
was disclosed by high authority, on tke
| day after the Lusitania went down. It
| was said that Germany withheld an-
| nouncement of the fact for stragetical
In the latest proposal there is no at-
| tempt to deny responsibility for the
! sinking of the Lusitania. Germany as-
| sumes liability for the American lives
| lost, offers reparation by the payment
' of indemnity and assures the United
| States that the killing of Americans 1
| was without intent. The destruction
of the liner was an act of reprisal for
| the British blockade under the order in
council, according to the German view, 1
I and reprisals should not be applied to
! neutrals. The tentative communica-
j tion also stated that the method of con- i
ducting submarine warfare in the j
North Sea has been modified because
of friendship for the United States and
because American lives had been lost.
WAR MOVES ON WESTERN FROh
1 WEEK’S NEWS
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KATY TO SPEND $4,000,000 UPON
LINES IN THIS STATE
OTHER NEWS CF THE NEW STATE
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Little Incidentn and Accidents hat Go
To Make Up a Week’s History
of a Great Common-
The year 1916 seems pregnant with
big things for Oklahoma In the matter
of railway building and betterments.
It appears almost a certainty that two
new lines now contemplated, one from
Oklahoma City to the northwest, will
be constructed before the year expires,
representing 500 miles of new track-
SELWYN DOUGLAS DIES SUDDENLY
Pioneer Attorney and U. S. Court Ref
eree Passes Away Peacefully.
Oklahoma City.—A relapse when In
was apparently recovering from a so
vere attack of the grip, caused tin
death of Selwyn Douglas, United
States referee in bankruptcy and an
Oklahoma City pioneer. Judge Doug
las, as he was kuown to thousands In
the city and state, was 75 years old
Life passed away when be was sleep
Selwyn Douglas was one of the lead
lng residents of Oklahoma City and a
prominent member of the bar Born
in Ypsilantt, Mich., his boyhood was
spent In Aim Arbor, where he gradu-
ated from the University of Michigan
He married Miss Sophia Coleman and
they moved to La Cygne, Kan., from
which place they came to Oklahoma
City in 1890. Mrs. Douglas died here.
They had one child, MacGregor Doug-
las, who died in this city in 1908. Mrs.
MacGregor Douglas and her three
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If STATE NEWS N0TEs]j
SHADOWS OF COMING EVENTS.
Feb. 2#~ Seventh district Republican
Mar 5-10—Livestock show ana sale,
April 4 Third District republican con-
Aug. 1—Statu Primary.
Sept. 12-13—Stephens county f»'r.
Sept. 14.-18—Uraay countv fair.
Sept. 18-2U—Comanche county fair.
Sept. 18-20—Ottawa county fair, Afton.
Sept. 23-30—stale Pair. OHianoma City
Nov. 7.—Election Day.
age; and one of the trunk lines already
traversing the state w ill expend $4,000,- j young sons, John, Selwyn and Donald
1—Allied monitors shelled German positions near Westende. 2—Ger-
mans bombarded and destroyed the cathedral at Nieuport. 3—German aero-
planes attacked Dunkirk. 4—In Artois region Germans exploded mines and
occupied the craters. 5—French drove Germans from trenches they bad
ARKANSAS CITY IS UNDER WATER
Citizens ef Arkansas Town Fighting to
Save Their Levee.
SEVEN DIE IN ARKANSAS FLOOD
And Watrs Continue to Spread Over
Little Rock.—Seven lives have been
lost and hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars’ damage done by the floods dev-
astating Arkansas. Hundreds of fam-
ilies are homeless.
The crest of the White river flood
has reached the lower course of the
river and has driven many residents
of the low lands from their homes,
but no widespread damage is reported.
The flood in Newport Is slowly subsid-
ing and it is reported that there is no
real distress there.
Relief measures will be handled
from Little Rock and Pine Bluff. M.
A. Auerbach, secretary of the United
Charities at Little Rock, will go Into
the flooded sections of the lower Ar-
kansas river valley as special repre-
sentative of the American Red Cross.
Food and boats for rescue work, need-
ed at once at Douglas, Gould and other
floode# towns, probably will be sent to
Hob Roy from Pine Bluff and taken by
steamer to the stricken towns.
Little Rock.—About 600 or 700 men
now remain in Arkansas City toiling,
strengthening the levees against the
fast rising waters of the Mississippi
river and they are hopeful that the
levee will hold and that the town will
be saved. The narrow strip of levee
Is the only land in sight here.
On one side is the great river, swol-
len until its surface is fifteen feet
above the level of the town. On the
1 other side of the levee Is a great lake
formed by the flood waters that have
poured down from the north. This
lake is nearly 40 miles long and 20
miles wide. From it only the upper
stories of buildings in Arkansas Citj
protrude. At the levee are three
steamboats ready to carry the plucky
fighters to safety should they lose their
i battle with the flood. They are living
in the second stories of their homes
and in box cars on the levee.
Sunday the river rose two-thirds of a
foot to a level of 55.7 feet at Arkansas
I City and was still rising slowly. Tele-
graph service with the town still i
maintained and the last word from
there Sunday afternoon was an opti
I mistic one: “We’ll win the fight.’
flashed the operator.
The geat lake that extends from the
Arkansas river southward with the
Mississippi river levees ac its eastern
bank has engulfed a score of towns
| in Southeastern Arkansas. At Lake
; Village the flood water is rising at the
1 rate of a half inch an hour. At Gainea
Landing, four miles north of Lake Vil
j lage, 400 persons are on the levee with
! out shelter.
A relief train sent out from Llttlt
Rock in charge of officials of the Iron
Mountain railroad Sunday morning
was able to proceed southward beyond
| Grady. From there the workers are
voyaging in motor boats carrying food
to those who are in need and taking
many marooned families from their
submerged homes The train carried
a large quantity of supplies from Little
The list of known dead was Increased
to sixteen Saturday by the drowning
of a boy on the main street of Arkan-
san City and the discovery near Aug-
| usta of the body of Christy Taylor, a
young man who had set out In a motor
boat to resoue cattle from the White
BRITISH LINER APPAM ARRIVES
AT NORFOLK WITH GERMAN
Brings Story of Raids of German Pri-
vateer Moewe, Whose Exist-
ance Had Not Been
Norfolk, Va.—Given up for lost
days ago, the British passenger liner
Appam, plying in the West African
trade, appeared like an apparatien in
Hampton Roads flying the German
naval ensign and with her ship’s com-1
pany under guard of a German prize
crew. She brought word of a myster-
ious German commerce raider, the
Moewe, which now roams the seas
and had on board the crews of seven
British merchantmen and admiralty j
transports captured by the Moewe be-
fore she seized the Appam and started
her across the Atlantic for an Amer-
ican port with Lieut. Hans Berg of the j
German naval reserve and twenty-two
men In charge.
The Appam now lies off Old Point;
Comfort under the guns of Fortress;
Monroe waiting for the state depart-;
ment at Wa-shington to determine her;
status—whether she is a man-of-war
The Moewe did not sink the vessel,
but sent a crew aboard and held her
as a collier.
For three days the Moewe was in-
active, and t!®n the British admiralty
transport Dromonby hove Into sight on
January 13. She offered no resistance,
and was captured and sunk. Before
that day was over the raider had met
and destroyed the British steamer Au-
thor, carrying 8000 ions of general
cargo, and the admiralty transport
trader, with 6,000 tons of sugar.
No ship of the enemy was sighted
on the 14th, but on the 15th the British
ship Aridiane crossed the raider's path
and was sent to the bottom with her
cargo of 5,000 tons of wheat.
Next day, January 16th, there ap-
peared the biggest prize of all, the
liner Appam, carrying 8,000 tons of
general merchandise, including a large
quantity of cocoa. Whether the Ap-
pam offered any resistance has not
been definitely established, it is said
that one or two shots were fired, but
there was no real fight.
The Moewe approached the liner
flying the British ensign and exchanged
salutes with her. When she was close
enough to cross the Appam’s bow she
ran up the German flag and lowered
the false forecastle, disclosing her
armament. The detailed story of the
capture is still untold, as no one has
come ashore except Lieutenant Berg,
and no one has been permitted to go
aboard except those officials whose
duties require them to do so.
000 for betterments within its bound-
aries. New construction in Oklahoma
last year totaled only seventy-three
On the oil fields and Santa Fe line,
the Haskell & Long road, twenty-eight
ihiles were constructed last year.
Sapulpa and oil fields line, under
Frisco promotion, from Dewey via
Shamrock, is under operation.
Forgan to Beaver, a line connecting
Beaver with the Wichita Falls & North-
western railroad, thougn not an exten-
sion of the latter railroad, ten miles.
Strong City to Cheyenne, connect-
ing Cheyenne, county seat of Roger
Mills county, with the Clinton, Okla-
homa & Western railroad, ten miles.
Oklahoma, New Mexico & Pacific,
known as the Ringling line, extension
from Wilson to Ringling, ten miles.
The Frisco system has, during the
year just closed, according to the rec-
ords of the state corporation commis-
sion, replaced 56-pound rails with 90-
pound steel rails for a distance of fifty
miles east from Jones City, to a point
near Davenport. It also has replaced
Us light steel o^-pouad to 65-pound
rails—with 90-pound rails for a stretch
of fifty miles on the central division,
which is north from Red river.
The most important netterment pro-
gram for the current year in Oklahoma
is that of the Missouri, Kansas k Texas
system. The company’s budget for
Throughout his residence of more
than a quarter of a century in Okla
homa City Mr. Douglas practiced law.
He was an active figure in public af-
fairs and for live years was receiver
of the United States land office. He
aided in the founding of the public
library and was first president of the
library board. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas
were instrumental in founding the Hu-
mane society of the city. He was a
lover of birds and an authority on the
subject. He was at one time a regent
of the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Douglas was a Knight Templar
and a life member of Oklahoma City
lodge No. 36, A. F. & A. M., and a past
grand master of the state.
S100,000.00 FIRE AT DRUMRIGHT
Three Dead In Ruins of Business Dis-
trict of Oil Town.
Drumright.—A thorough search of
the debris, resulting from the burning
of three blocks of business houses here
did not increase the list of the dead.
The dead previously reported were:
Mrs. G. B. Wallace, 45, a chambermaid
in the Lewis rooming house; Fred Old-
wiler, a laborer in the oil fields here,
and an unidentified person. Oscar Lov-
1916 expenditures calls for $6,000,000 'nK- :l barber, whose oacK was broken,
for the replacing of its steel trackage js alive, although his recovery
w ith heavier steel rails, the replac-j *s doubtful.
ing of various kinds of ballast with The property loss is estimated at
rock and the replacing of wooden $100,000. only a small portion of which
bridges which have served their time was insured. The flames spread from
with steel and concrete structures, and the drug store where the fire started
of that amount it Is announced that one block east on Broadway, one block
$4,000,000 will be expended in Okla-
south on Pennsylvania avenue and one
block east of Fulkerson avenue. The
This program includes the replacing buildings destroyed by the fire were
MINE FIRE BURNS SIXTY YEARS
Another Effort Being Made To Extin-
guish Pennsylvania Blaze.
; subject th internment or a prize.
According to the story, the Moewe
, captured the Appam, bound for Dakar.
British West Africa, for Liverpool, af
ter a brief show of resistance on Janu-
ary 16, sixty miles north of the Ma-
| deira islands. On board the Moewe
1 then were the crews of five vessels pre- j
viously captured, all of wrhom were
transferred to the Appam.
Carried a Concealed Battery.
From all reports the raider is a con-
verted German merchantman with a
false canvas forecastle concealing a
1 battery of guns of fairly large caliber.
On January 17 she engaged in battle
an armed Australian trader, the Clan
McTavish, which she sank after an
exciting combat with a loss of fifteen
men killed on the Clan McTavish.
Later, under orders from the com-
mander of the raider, Lieut. Berg
headed his prize for an American port
and parked company with the Moewe.
Nothing has been seen or heard of the
raider aince and the Appam steamed
across the ocean on an uneventful voy-
On board the Appam all told are 452
persons—the prize crew of 23; twenty
(German civilians who were on their
way to England for interment; 138
; seamen captured with the British
ships; 116 passengers on the Appam
and the Appam’s crew of 155.
Lieutenant Berg claims the Appam
is a prize of war, but government offi-
cials have not yet accepted this view..
, She had one mounted rifle aboard when
captured, but this was removed by the
Moewe, and there were no guns aboard
when she reached port except small!
i arms carried by the prize crew.
Captures Many Vessels.
On January 10 the Moewe captufed
and sank the British steamer Farring
j ford, carrying 500 tons of copper ore.
'. I.ater in the same day she captured
the British steamer Corbridge with
a cargo of 6,000 tons of coal.
Kansford, Pa.—The famous mine
fire which has been raging for more
than sixty years and which started at
Summit Hill, near the spot where
Philip Ginter discovered anthracite
coal in 1791, has burned through the
immense concrete wall which the Le-
high Coal and Navagation Co. sank in
front of it several years ago at a cost
of more than a million dollars. It no v
is threatening the manmoth vein in
the Panther Creek vallev, the largest
and richest vein of anthracite coal in
A large force of men are at work
drilling holes deep into the earth and
into these openings water and slush
is being poured directly on the sub-
terranean fire in the hope of prevent-
ing a rapid spread, if possible to ex-
Already this fire has destroyed mil-
lions of dollars worth of coal while the
sixty year fight to extinguish it has
cost enormous sums.
of 200 miles of 86-pound steel on the
main line with 90 pound rails, and bal-
lasting in connection with that work;
the replacing of the 5C-pound steel on
the Oklahoma division with the 85-
pound rails taken from the main line;
and replacing the 56-pound rails on the
Osage division with the 85-pound rails
taken from the main line.
MAYOR WOODEN FOUND CU LTY
Of Accepting Tainted Money From
the best ones in the city,
Some of the business establishments
wiped out by the fire were: Rockhold’s
roming house, City drug store, Eaglo
Cafe, H. L. Cohen’s tailor shop, West-
ern Supply Company’s grocery store,
Sanitary barber shop, Star Electric
Company, Kellum rooming house. Jack-
son's tailor shop and many smaller
establishments. All of the two-story
buildings had either offices or rooming
houses on the second floors of the
Jury Verdict Against Crane.
El Reno.—The jury in the case of the
Tulsa.— Mayor liank M. Wooden state against Roy Crane, charged w'th J
was found guilty on two counts by aj defaming the Catholic fraternal order,
jury in the district court here of hr.v- Knights of Columbus, and mlsrepre-
ing received stipulated sums of money! sentlng the oath of the order as being
for the city, which were in effect bribes 1 antagonistic to Masonry, brought in a
to give immunity to keepers of alleged verdict assessing a fins of $1.00 and
gambling houses and liquor selling es-! costs against the defendant. The court
tablishments. Sentence will be passed 1 costs will amount to about $90. Crane's
later. The accusations were found by | propaganda caused intense bitterness
a grand jury December IS, 1915, and at1 here and the case was highly sensa-
that time Judge Conn Linn of the dis , tlonal. Crane has been In trouble sev-
trict court Issued an order which re-1 eral times the past year, over the na-
moved the mayor from office. Wooden ture of his anti-Cathollc attacks,
T. J. Quinn, fire and police commis- j
sioner, was removed at tHe same time. |
Foster Burns, chief of police, was re
On the Western Front.
Berlin.—British detachments at-
tempted to advance in thy region
southwest of Neuville and south of
La Basse canal Saturday, but were
driven back, according to the German
Paris.—French artillery subjected
the German trenches In the region of
Maisons de Champagne to a destruct-
ive fire, says the French official state-
ment. The statement also recounts the
bringing down In frames of a German
Johnston Admits McComb Robbery.
Shawnee.—Loren Johnston was ar-
rested in the western part of Pot tar
moved on"similar charges a short time! wat°mlt county and Ed Wilder a. We-
previous leetka, both charged with robbing the
A verdict of guilty was returned o”.
two out of five counts. The first count
alleges unlaw ful and wilful neglect of
duty and the third count charges fail-
ure to enforce the anti-gambling and
Mayor Wooden says he will not sur-
render his office, but will hold it pend-
ing an appeal.
All Lovely Again in Berlin.
Berlin.—The feeling prevalent In
German circles that a crisis la at hand
In German-Amerlcan relations, particu-
larly in regard to the Lusitania case,
has been moderated by the semi-offii-
cial announcement regarding the for-
warding to Ambassador Von Berns-
torff at 'Washington of Instructions
which give hope of a definite settle-
ment. The Kreuz Zeitung doubts
whether the president will be able to
obtain any definite results by his pro-
test against British interference with
Marine Insurance Rates Up.
New York.—The exploit of the Ger
man sea raider which sank seven Brit
ish steamers and captured the Ap
pam, has demoralized certain classes
of marine insurance rates. The rates
to all ports on the Atlantic ocean havs
Conscription Act Proclaimed.
London.—King George, at a privy
council, signed a proclamation fixing
February 10 as the appointed date oe
which the military service act shall gr
German Cruiser Mined.
Copenhagen.—A large German war
ship has been sunk in the Cattegat be
tween the island of Anholt and the
Swedish coast, according to a Copen
hagen dispatch quoting the newspaper
Helsinfgors Avis. The dispatch says
It Is supposed the vessel struck a mine.
Wireless calls for help were heard, but
these ceased after a time. The Cat
, tegat is a body of water lying betweeL
Denmark and Sweden through which
vessels from the Baltic must pass to
reach the Atlantic. Anholt lies In the
j center of the Cattegat.
Afraid of Bomo Thowers.
New York.—Extra police guard!
; were stationed on the Brooklyn and
Manhattan bridges at the request of
I Rear Admiral Usher, commandant of
I the New York Navy Yard, to safe-
j guard the passage under the structures
of the United States cruiser Washing-
ton, which arrived from Haiti. The
police said Rear Admiral Usher ex
plained that he desired the extra
guards as a precautionary measure
against the possible dropping of
bombs on the cruiser aB she passed
under the bridges.
Again, the Zeppelins.
London.—Fifty-four persons were
; killed and sixty-seven Injured in a
Zeppelin raid. Bombs were dropped
at several towns and in rural districts
in Derbyshire, Liecestershire, Lincoln
; shire and Staffordshire. Some dam-
age to property was caused. Six or
' seven airships passed over the east-
j ern, northeastern and midland counties
inf England, dropping a number of
1 bombs. The territory roughly outlined
In the statement might be construed
as Including the city of Manchester.
226.334 Churches In the United States.'
New York.—According to Dr. Henry j
K. Carroll, associate secretary of the j
j Federal Council of Churches of Christ!
j in America, the number of church J
i members in the United States and Its j
territories in 1915 was 39,380,718 a
gain of 653,640. This number Includes :
Jews publicly affiliated with syna-
gogues. Doctor Carroll says that the j
war apparently did not seriously af-;
feet the prosperity of the churches of
this country, although there was a de- j
crease of 158 in the number of church
Important, If True.
New York.—A reduction of 10 to 15
cents each In the retail price of golf
balls was announced by dealers and
was attributed to the approaching ex-
piration of the Haskell patent on April
11. The cut applies to the medium
Gen. Edwards Talk* Canal Defense.
men or more than one-fourth the pres-
ent total strength of the standing army
are needed to Insure adequate protec-
tion of the Panarqp canal. Brigadier
General Clarenoe R. Edwards, com-
manding the canal garrison, told the
senate military committee. Fixed for-
tifications, no matter how strong, can
not guard the zone, General Edwards
said, and without a mobile army to
back them up the guns already there
are a source of weakness.
Killing Follows Quarrel Over Hay.
Wellston.—Jake Hinson Rhot and In-
stantly killed William Pingery, 60, and
Ivan Stewart, 30; and fatally wounded
Albert Pingery. 22. on William Ping-
ery’s farm, eight miles southeast of
Wellston. William Pingery wa
father of Albert Pingery. Stewart has
been employed on the Pingery farm.
The shooting was the outgrowth of a
quarrel between the elder Pingery and
Hinson over some hay grown on the
Pingery farm and in which Hinson
claimed an interest.
McComb State Bank. Johnston made
a full confession. Fifteen hundred dol-
lars of the bank's money was recov-
ered, *500 from Johnston and $1,000
from Wilder. Two bandits with re-
volvers compelled John J. Tripp, cash-
ier of the State Bank of McComb, to
surender $2,000 of the bank’s funds.
The bandits had walked into town and
escaped in the same manner.
Farmer Says He Dynamited Vats.
Muskogee.—Declaring that his crime
had weighed on his mind to such an
extent that he could seldom sleep and
that when he did sleep, terrible dreams
interferred with his rest, Thomas
Pratt, 23 years old, a farmer, walked
into the county attorney’s office and
confessed that he had dynamited the
government dipping vat at McLean. In
Muskogee county, nearly a year ago.
Pratt gave full details to the county
attorney as to where he obtained the
dynamite and the manner in which the
work was done.
County Clerk Is Removed By Jury.
Chickasha.—F. P. Bradley, county]
clerk of Grady county, was declared
guilty of using Intoxicants to exr«ss,
and was removed from office by the de-
cision of the Jury. The defendant in-
troduced a number of witnesses who
testified that they had never seen the
defendant inloxlcaled, while the state
had an equal number of witnesses who
swore that they had seen him Intoxi-
cated while in office. The jury was out
four hours whent it returned a verdict
declaring the defendant guilty and
recommending that he be removed.
Want Guarantee From America.
London.—The Manchester Guardian,
in editorial comment on the negotia-
tions between the United States and
Germany, regarding submarine war-
fare, says: "What Germany will do
will depend entirely on what she
thinks America’s next step will be If
she refuses. As for the allies, It will
be observed that they are asked to
make concessions and to send their
merchantment to sea without guns and
relying on Germany promises to ob-
serve certain rules. We want this
Peculiar Interurban Accident.
Oklahoma City.- Two men were In-
stantly killed and eleven Injured when
a box car of a work train on the Okla-
. homa Railway Company line to Ed-
- mond Jumped the track and hurled Its
! load of laborers and railway ties down
! an cmhankment ten miles north of this
city. The men who bad been standing
In the middle of the car throwing out
ties from piles In each end were man-
glpd and battered by the heavy c*k
logs and crushed beneath the over-
turned car at the foot of the hill. Thir-
teen men were In the car.
Hopkins Held For Parricide.
Lawton.-—Georgp Hopkins, charged
with having brought about the murder
of his father. A. T. Hopkins, was hound
over here by Justice of the Peace 9.
Armstrong, to await prosecution in the
district court. Justice Armstrong has
not decided whether Elmer Akers will
be bound over on the same charge.
George Hopkins and Akers are broth-
ers-in-law, and both are charged with
the same offense. The charge against
James Brookings, implicated in the
killing, were dismissed. Brookings is
Osage Gas Lease Hearing.
Washington. — Representatives of
companies taking natural gas from
Osage Indian lands on the basis of
$100 a well told Secretary Lane at a
hearing on Indian gas leases that Im-
position of a royalty of 3 cents a
thousand cubic feet would drive the
companies to other fields. They -aid
It would be impractical to pay the In-
dians on the royalty basis. Secretary
I>ane Inquired why the 3^ent royalty
could not be placed on the consumer
and was told that gas users wogld nut
pay an It crease.
Rainfall at Ardmore for Januarj
amounted to 11.5 Inches.
The Oklahoma University Glee clul
started on ail 1,800-mlle tour 1 ebru
! ary *•
The president sent to the senate th«
| nomination of Charles M. Hirt to bi
| postmaster at Pawhuska.
The First Christian church hulldinj
: at Enid burned last week, with a losi
I of $16,000 and Insurance $1,0-J.
The Knights of Pythias lodge at Mi
ami has been revived, after being dor
mant for nearly three years now.
The proposed bond issue of $90,000
i to have been issued in constructing a
highschool building at Alva was de-
Roy Crane, antl-Catholic lecturer
was convicted at El Reno on a libel
charge, which was instituted by sev
eral members of the Knights of Colum
Oklahoma City Is increasing in pos
tal receipts. The receipts for January.
1916, amount to $44,504.26, against $37,
402.75 for January, 1915, an increase
of $7,101.50, oi 19 per cent.
The safe in the Frisco railroad depot
at Blackwell was blown open and
about $40 secured by robbers. Three
men have been arrested at Ponca City,
suspected of having done the work.
The Durant Grain and Elevators
Company’s plant, with a large amount
of grain, were burned. The loss on
the plant will be $6,000, while 5.50C
bushels of corn were practically ruined
Bootleggers who had trials in county
court at El Reno last week were fined
, heavily, sotnq single fines reaching
$300 to $400 with three to four months
. jail sentences thrown in for good meas-
Oklahoma City hung up another rej
ord when nearly 1,500 people assem-
bled at the Chamber of Commerce ban-
quet to hear Senator Thvodore E. Rur-
ton of Ohio Bpeak upon the “Two
Two men were Wiled and eleven
hurt when the motor car, "President,”
of the Oklahoma Railway Company
turned over on a curve ten miles north
of Oklahoma City on the Edmond inter-
Charles Evans has designed the
presidency of Central State Normal
school at Edmond, which he has held
continuously for the past eight years,
to accept the presidency of Kendall
1 college at Tulsa.
The republican congressional com
! mittee for the seventh district has se
lected Hobart as the place for holding
; the congressional convention, Febru
i ary 26. The county conventions will
1 be held February 19.
Judge Selwyn Douglas, 76 years ol
age, United States referee In hank
ruptcy and one of Oklahoma City's
pioneers, died so calmly while appar
ently in a profound slumber that
watching relatives did not realize he
had passed away.
Tony Antonias, 12 vear-old son of ar
kalian miner at Hartshorne, was killed
at McAlester during the storm last
week when the wind blew the Baptist
! church off Its foundation. He and twe
others had crawled under the church
; to escape the heavy rain.
The U. S. senate rejected the nom
ination of William M. Huntley to b*
postmaster at Kush Springs.
The St. Louis and San Francisco rail-
road has paid into the treasury of Okla-
homa the tidy sum of $78,824, thus
liquidating an account held against it
by the state which claimed the carrier
had made overcharges totaling that
amount between July 21, 1911, and D<*
cetnber 31, 1912.
The eighteenth sale of improved live-
! stock under the management of F. S.
Kirk, closed at Enid last week when
forty horses sold for an aggregate sum
of $15,000. The • highest Individual
price paid whs $1,050 for Carhlll bought
by J. F. Steele of Blakeman, Kan.
Seventy-two cattle sold for $9,000.
Eighty hogs sold for more than $2,000.
There have been 3,999 accidents re-
ported to the state industrial commis-
sion since September 2, 1915, the date
the new workmen’s compensation law
became effective, and 610 claims have
been filed, of which 557 have been set-
tled. The largest amount allowed by
the commission for Injuries was $2,260,
or $10 a week for 250 weeks, and that
was for the loss of an arm.
Patrick Moran was Instantly killed
by being electrocuted at the Shawnee
Indian school. The boy was 15 years
old and the son of Mrs. T Moran, ab
employe at the school. Several boy?
had been handling the socket attached
to an electric light wire. The Moran
boy picked up the socket and fell dead.
Mrs. Jennie C. Hartzell, wife ol
Bishop Joseph C. Hartzell of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church, and who, with
her husband, has been a missionary to
Africa for more than twenty years,
died suddenly in Oklahoma City last
The Missouri, Kansas A Texas rail-
road will spend the sum of $6,090,000
during the year of 1916 In the better-
ment of Its roadbed. The various
kinds 4f ballast now being used along
the line will be replaced with rock,
many wooden bridges will be replaced
with steel ones. The 86 pound steel
rails will be replaced with 90-pound
rails. On tho Oklahoma division the
66-pound rails will be replaced by
86-pound steel rails. It Is estimated
that out of the $6,000,000 at least
$4,000,000 will be used In the work o»
the Oklahoma divlgiou.
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