State Sentinel (Stigler, Okla.), Vol. 7, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 26, 1912 Page: 1 of 8
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STATE SENTINEL Established 1906
HASKELL COUNTY LEADER Established 1909.
STIGLER, OKLAHOMA, SEPT. 26, 1912.
SAYS JURY IN THE WATSON GRAND
WATSON STOLE BEEF
AM WAS CAUGHT IN ACT OF SKINNING
IT BY SHERIFF GILSTRAP
THE SCHOOLS LOOSE
MONEY ON ACCOUNT OF COURT DECIS-
ION ON TAXABLE LAND
"We. the jury, empaneled and
sworn in the above entitled cause.
do upon oath find the defendant, J.
B. /Watson, guilty of larceny of live
stock as charged in the information,
and assess his punishment at im-
prisonment in the state penitentiary
for the term of two years," was the
verdict rendered in the case of the
State vs. J. B. Watson, which occu-
pied the attention of the District
Court the greater part of the day
Watson was arrested on the 27th
day of August, by Sheriff Gilstrap
and Deputy Whittaker. It seems
that the feheriff's office had been
given a tip that Watson was going
to kill a steer on that day that did
not belong to him, do the sheriff and
deputy got on their horses and rode
out north of town in the neighbor-
hood of where Watson usually
"hung out" and happened to run on
to him riding; they followed him
for some distance, and were in a
few yardB of him when he killed the
steer and began skinning it. They
put him under arrest immediately
and brought him to town. The
grand jury being in session, the mat-
ter was brought to their attention
and they retimed an indictment
against Watson. You will find the cream of the
At the trial Watson claimed that moat aUractlve patterns and weaves
he was not guilty, that the steer had
killed himself by sticking his horn
in the ground and falling and break-
ing his neck, that he was only going
to dress the steer so that it would
not be a clear loss to the owner.
The jury from the evidence, how-
ever, thought diff-rently, and re-
turned a verdict as above stated.
The steer belonged to Will Lafave.
Because of the recent decision of
the Federal Supreme court, holding
that a part cf the Indian land was
nontaxable, quite a sum of money
was lost to the state in the way of
taxes, and among other things af-
fected was our system of public
schools. To offset the money lost
to them In this way, congress has
appropriated $300,000 to be distri-
buted among the school districts in
the rural communities where the
non-taxable land ia located. This
money will be paid to the districts
in accordance with the amount of
non-taxable land located in the dis-
trict and is to be turned over to the
school district treasurer quarterly.
To ascertain the amount due the
districts in the counties made up
from the old Choctaw Nation, Tri-
bal Representative Henry Cooper,
left Monday on a trip to the differ-
ent county seats to confer with the
county superintendents and make
up a pay roll for the districts of the
old Choctaw Naticn.
The schools of the incorporated
towns and cities do not participate
in the distribution of this money, as
do the country scrhool districts,
however, where there are Indian
do the country school districts
corporated towns, their tuition is
paid from the fund.
We are informed that the school
district in which Stigler is located,
will receive in the neighborhood of
$40.00 per month, this amount be-
ing paid for tuition for Indian chil-
dren who arc attending the public
school here in town.
THIRD DISTRICT JUDGE TO TAKE
BROWN'S PLACE IN
STIGLER UNO USE
THIS CASE IS WATCHED WITH INTEREST
BY MANY CITIZENS HERE
REXALL DRUGGISTS MEET.
G. W. Rabon of tho Stigler Drug
Co., returned Sunday night from St.
Louis, where he went to attend a
meeting of proprietors of "Rex-all
Drug Stores." There were twenty-
eight hundred representatives who
attended the meeting, and it was
the largest gathering of druggists
ever held in the United States. The
representatives came from all the
states of the Union and a few from
foreign countries. This is an an-
nual affair with the Rexall druggists
who meet to "talk shop" and formu-
late plans for 'building larger busi.
nesses. The date and meeting place
for next year haB not as yet been
in dress goods at the E. & W.
THE PREMIUM LIST
OF THE HASKELL COIINTV FAIR IS
REM FOR DISTRIBUTION
COW DOYS ANNUAL ROUND DP AND
CONTEST BEST EVER
PRIZES FOR ROPERS
ARE LARGE FOR THE TWO DAYS
Tlu premium list and catalogue
of Haskell County's Second Annual
Pair is off the press and something
like one thousand has been mailed
out. If you have not received a
copy you can get one at any of the
banks or by calling on, or writing
the secretary of the fair, Mrs. L. J.
Lantz. The secretary Informs us
that prospects for exhibits from all
parts of the county are very flatter-
ing, and that there is no doubt but
what the fair this year will surpass
that given last year. Entries are
being made in all departments, and
inquiries are being rocelvod dally
for space. The articles that were
brought in to be sent to the fair at
Oklahoma City, but which were not
sent on account of there not being
enough to make a creditable show-
ing, will be placed on display at the
fair here, showing the name of each
"A Cowboys Third Annual Round
Up and Roping Contest" is the way
it is billed, and is to be pulled off
here.in Stigler at Scantlen Park on
October 16, 17, 18 and 19.
You will notice that this attrac-
tion is billed for tho same dates
- ,, _ _ , ; j'a'i "i me mnn on wmcn tne
that the Haskell County Fair is to I , , , . ,
,,,, . ... , , | town of Stigler is located and there-
be held, and while not under the ,
... , , fore is an important one. Both
same management, it may be said i ,, , ,
, ■ „ , ,. , .. ,, I sides have several lawyers, King
to belong to the usual attractions of ,, R„VKI P „
„n r • ., ® Robbins of Stigler, and Ramsey
an Oklahoma fair, for there are ai„„, . .. ,
and Thomas of Muskogee, repre-
Judge R. C. Allen of the third
Judicial District arrived in the city
this morning to take up and dispose
of tho cases on the docket in the
District Court in which Judge
Brown is disqualified to preside.
Judge Allen was here on Monday
and Tuesday of last week and dis-
posed of some of the eases at the
time. Court was adjourned Tues-
day of last week until Monday of
this week, when Judge Brown was
again on the bench.
The Watson and Orr caees occu-
pied the attention of tho court Mon-
day, mention of which is made in
another column of this issue. Tues-
day a case in which Jack Riddle was
suing Henry Langhorn for balance
due on the purchase price of a piece
of land, was tried and tho jury re-
turned a verdict for the defendant.
Riddle claimed he sold Langhorn a
piece of land for $800.00, only
$380.00 of which was paid, and he
wanted the balanco with interest.
Langhorn claimed he had paid all
that was due and convinced the
jury likewise, hence the verdict in
Sarah Wilson was granted a di-
vorce Wednesday from R. G. Wil-
son, on the grounds of gross neglect
of duty and desertion. The case of
J. D. Roy vs. A. T . Puckett, suit
on promissory note, was also tried
Wednesday, and a vordice for the
plaintiff in the sum of $73.50 ren-
This morning Judge Allen pre-
sided and before him canie the case
of Luck K. Forrest, administrator
for P. Lutlepy, vs. W. H. Hopper,
suit for possession of lar.d and dam-
ages, verdict rendered for plaintiff
and damages in tho sum of $75.00
allowed. There are two cases set
for trial this afternoon. One in
which Lucy K. Forrest, administra-
tor for C. IT. Kingsberry, is suing
W. H. Hopper for possersion of land
and damages; and one in which
Clarence Martin, a minor, by his
next friend, Pete Scott, is the plain-
tiff and Bettis, Bettis & Palmer are
the defendants. This case involves
the title to some land adjoining the
town of Stigler.
The case of Simon Johnson vs.
Stigler Land Co., is set for trial be-
fore Judge Allen tomorrow. This
is the case which involves tlje title
to part of the land on which the
FAILED TO EXHIBIT
HASKELL COUNTY DID NOT HAVE TIME
TO GET PROPER EXHIBIT
Haskell county will not be repre.
sented at the Oklahoma City and
Muskogee fairs with a County Col-
lective Exhibit as was planned. The
local fair management had decided
to send exhibits to both these fairs
and started out to get together at
least twenty-five hundred pounds of
farm products to be placed on ex-
hibition as Haskell county's exhibit,
but owing to the lack of interest on
the part of our merchants and farm-
ers in the proposition, only about
five hundfed pounds were assembled
and it was thought best not to send
this amount over as it would not
make a creditable showing. W. L.
Boys, who has charge of the Boys'
and Girls' club work, and who is in
Okla. City with their exhibit, writes
home that many Eastern Oklahoma
counties have collective exhibits at
the fair ther£, and that he is glad
that Haskell county did not send
over her exhibit, not that it was not
as good as any others but with what
had been assembled a good showing
couli not have been made. Mr.
Boys took over some corn and cot-
ton that was grown by J. S. Blank-
enship and J. A. Reynolds, which
he says shows up as well as any.
FINE WEATHER GETS A GOOD SUP-
PLY OF COTTON ON MARKET
THIS TEAR THAR LIST ACCORDING TO
R. E. ROGERS' STATEMENT
good many people who do not think
that they have attended a fair un-
less they see some of the stunts that
were common occurrences on the
ranches in old Indian Territory
days. The fair management had
made no provision for a show of
tljls kind, so James McDaniel of
Cowlington, Walter Hulsey of Gar-
land and James Scantlen of this
place got together and decided to
give the people a "look-in" on how
things were done on the ranches
here in the old days. These gentle-
men are all cattlemen and know
how the stunts are done, and as
they are a bunch of live wires, the
people may rest assured that there
will be something doing at the rop-
The premiums in the roping con.
test are as follows: First money
$75.00; second money $50.00; third
money $25.00; fourth money $15.00
and fifth money $10.00; and then
there Is to' be a ''Slicker, race" in
which the winner will be given $5.
Besides the roping will bo
senting the plaintiffs, and Clark &
Crittenden 6f Stigler and Brainard
& Davis and Owen and Stone of
Muskogee, reprcaenting the defend,
ants. It is said that the plaintiffs
will go before the court this after-
noon and ask for a continuance of
the case, but it is thought that it
will not be granted and the case
will go to trial in the morning.
STIGLER HIGH SCHOOL.
The number enrolled in the Stig-
ler High school at present, is fifty,
eight. This does not include the
8th grade, which numbers about
forty. The pupils in the High
schooj seem very anxious to bring
the school to the front in every wap\
The first' week of school they began
work in earnest on their books. In
athletics they expect to do more
than formerly, and in basket ball
they hope to be able to play some
of the larger schools thiB year.
Last Tuesday a game was match-
ed with a town team, consistiing of
Payne, Busenburg, Rockman, Bank-
head and Munn. The school team
was Clement, Stratton, Holleman,
Hodges, Cameron. The game was
a warmly contested one, but the
school team won by two points, the
scdre being eight nud six.
Two literary societies have been
organized in the High school. One
composed of tho Freshmen class,
the other of those above the Fresh-
Much interest is shown in this
work, and with the help of Miss
Crudup and Miss Robertson, some
real work will be done along this
Miss Lelia McICinney has organ-
ized an expression class. This much
neglected phase of our school work
will be looked after in the future
and those wishing to develop along
this line will have an opportunity
to do bo. Nothing will help pupils
or a school more than a good ex-
The music department is starting
off nicely, with Miss Louise Wil-
mnns at the head. Our pupils should
be proud of the opportunity to se-
cure Instruction in these special de-
pi rtments without having to go
away from home to do so.
The grades below the High school
are doing good work. Some of them
have organized literary societies.
The eighth grade has named its so.
ciety the "Invincibles."
A complete report of their organ-
izations will be given later.
Both lint and cotton in the seed
brought higher prices in Stigler
this week. Seed cotton selling for
4 cents, and bale cotton bringing
for the best grade 12 cents. The
fine weather has made picking gen-
eral over the county, and receipts
have averaged over 75 bales a day.
Mr. Rogers, who has charge of the
new Farmers & Merchant's Gin,
states that on account of the ex-
ceedingly go d turn-out that cot-
ton is making this season, together
with the better price for cotton seed
and tho lint, that the farmers will
do almost as well with their cotton
as last season, although they gather
as many think, only half a crop.
This gin ginned several bales this
week for W. L. White, W. B. Love,
J. D. Jordan and J. A. Page of Can-
adian river bottom, northwest of
Stigler. Thic cotton all averaged
35% pounds lint to the hundred,
and graded strict middling. Stigler
is fortunate in having gins that will
do this kind of work, up-to-date
machinery, not only give3 the farm-
er all the lint on the seed, but also
separates it from the dirt, leaf
trash and, hulls, thereby making It
a grade better, and of course bring-
ing a higher price. The new gin,
although gotting a late ctayt, is be-
ing well patronised, and expects to
gin over a hundred bales this week
THEBOYS AND MIS
WILL EXHIBIT AT OKLAHOMA CITY FOR
PRIZES IN PRODUCTS
W. L. Boys left Sundiay night lor
Oklahoma City, taking with him the
exhibits from the Boys' and Girls'
Agricultural Exhibition, which was
held here on Saturday, September
14. These exhibits were entered in
a contest at Oklahoma City fair and
It is thought that they will capture
some of the prizes offered there.
The exhibits taken belonged to the
following young people who were
the prize winners in the contest
held here. The amounts awarded
in the contest here is as given:
In the Corn Contest: Dessie Pog-
Uf, Whitefield, $10; Thurman West,
Garland, $9; Clyde Stapleton, Stig-
ler, $8; Alton Mears, Cartersville,
$7; Simpson Evans, Cartersville,$6-
Whitman Cates, Hoyt, $5; Clyde
Moore, Whitefield, $4; James C.
Morgan, Keota, $3; Edgar Denton.
Stigler, $2; D. D. McKlnney, Say-
In the Cotton Contest: Eric Pogue
Whitefield, $10; Charlie Cates, Hoyt
$9; Garden West, Garland, $8;
Shalley Cantrell, Stigler, $7; D. D.
McKlnney, Saylor, $6; Earnest Lang
Enterprise, $5; E. F. Hodges, Stig-
ler, $4; Willie Cantrell, Stigler, $3;
Clyde Cantrell, Stigler, $2; Clifford
Scott, Kinta, $1.
In the Kaffir Contest: Willie
Cantrell, Stigler, $3; Clyde Staple-
ton, Stigler, $2; Eric Pogue, White-
In the Tomato Contest: .Miss
Nezzie West of Garland, was the
only contestant, and was awarded
the prize of $2.00.
BRIARTOWN OBJECTS TO HAVING
NIGGER COTTON PICKERS
ARE GOOD FARMERS
WHO TRY TO PROTECT BLACK HANDS
AND SUFFER IN CONSEQUENCE
* * * + + 4- * * *4- + * *4- v 4* + * * * * + * * * •!
• (Continued on Page Five).
Given by STATE
script ion, in
HKNTINKIi with each years' (>ai(l up sul>-
Mayer's $400 Piano Contest
With well flvo years subscription we wlH give 30,0(H> votes.
SPECIAL—During the Haskell County Fair. October 10, 17,
18 anil 10, we will give 5,000 votes for each ilollar paid us on
subscription. The l'lano is a beuuty. Go to Mayer's anil see
It, anil then try betting a few puiil subscribers to the STATE
SENTINEL and see how easy It will he for yoa Ui lead the list.
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[ A shooting affair occurred two
miles south of Briartown, in Mus-
1 kogee county, in which three men
I were wounded. Sam Robinson was
I shot through the shoulder, W. H.
I«arrimore was shot in the head and
I John Hilton was shot in the body.
I The three men known to be shot are
all prominent farmers of that com-
munity and were on the same side
in the shooting affair. The mem-
bers of the opposing faction are sup-
posed to be white men and the
1 shooting grew out of the attempt of
Robinson, Larrimora and Hilton to
I bring negro cotton pickers into the
I It is said that the white farmers
| in the neighborhoood have been hav-
I ing considerable trouble in getting
I cotton pickers and it was decided
| to import some negroes for work in
the fields. The three men above
! named brought some negroes in on
Monday of last week. There is
strong opposition to negro pickers
in that neighborhood, and when the
negroes arrived they were advised
to get out on the first train. This
they declined to do, but took up
quarters in shacks furnished by
Robinson, Larrimore and Hilton,
and began picking cotton for them.
Friday night the negroes were be-
sieged In their homes and a number
of shots were fired but as far as can
be learned none of the negroes were
injured. This was repeated Satur-
day night and Sunday the negroes
appealed to their employers for pro-
tection. Sunday afternoon Robln-
K. OF l\ LODGE GROWING
The local lodge Knights of Pyth-
eity is growing by "leaps and
bounds." On last Monday night
eight new members were started on
the road to Knighthood, the rank
of Page being conferred on Fred H.
Fannin, Hugh Bandhead, J. S. Bas-
singer, A. R. Grace, R. D. Garland,
B. M. Walton, Will Stigler and Wm,
W. Johnson. Under a special dis-
pensation the ranks of Esquire and
Knight were conferred on Mr. Stig-
ler at this meeting, as he was leav-
ing this week to be away all winter
and he desired to get all that was
coming. Rev. W. L. Ross was also
received as a new member by grand
lodge card. After the lodge work,
refreshments were served the mem-
bers at the Merchant's Cafe. For
their meeting next Monday night
the boys will have work in the rank
of Page and Esquire. They have
eight more applicants who are ready
for the rank of Page.
r. i). c.
Regular monthly meeting of the
lT. D, C., will be held Friday, Oct.
4tli, with Mrs. R. Stalcup. A full
attendance is desired.
(Continued on page five.)
ORR PLEADS GUILTY
TO STEALING HORSE AND GETS TWO
YEARS IN PEN
Calvin Orr entered a plea of guil-
ty to a charge of larceny in the Dis-
trict Court, Monday, and his punish-
ment was fixed as n two-year sen-
tence in the state penitentiary by
Judge Brown. Orr stole a horse,
bridle and saddle from the Powell
Bros, livery b?rn at Keota last Feb-
ruary and rode the horje to Mans-
field, Ark., where he disposed of the
saddle. He was captured before
disposing of tho horso and brought
back to Keota. At the preliminary
trial before Justice Price at Keota
on March 6th, Orr pleaded guilty to
the charge of larceny, but on ac.
count of the Justice not having jur-
isdiction to assess his punishment,
ho was held for tho action of the
District Court under a bond cf $500
which he gave. Powell Bros, re-
covered their property.
Get a new hat at E. & W.
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