The Marshall Tribune. (Marshall, Okla.), Vol. 3, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, September 16, 1904 Page: 2 of 12
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W. A. KELLET.
NEW STATE NEWS.
Work has been begun on the Llks'
fiew home at Ardmore.
The Citizens' state bank of Kiowa
lias been organized, with a capital o)
Lawton is to have a special day at
(he World's fair. September 20th has
been designated as the date.
Okmulgee's new water works sys-
tem has been completed and will bf
submitted to a final test this week.
Old settlers of Oklahoma county will
Aold their annual picnic at Witcher
The Roger Mills county fair is to be
field at Berlin September 28th, 29tb
The new cotton gin, just about com-
pleted at Watonga, was destroyed by
fire last week. The fire is supposed
to have been started by unknown par
Enid is making great preparations
for celebrating its eleventh birthday
anniversary, which occurs September
The stenographers of Oklahoma
City, numbering about one thousand,
have taken steps for the organization
of an association, which will have for
its object the mutual benefit of the
members of the profession.
For the fall term of tihe district
court of Kiowa county there are three
hundred and twenty-three cases on the
docket. It is expected the grand jury
will return several indictments, which
will Increase the number.
Yewed, a new town named after
Dewey, the letters being transposed,
and Lambert, another small place,
both in Woods county, Okla., are to be
moved to a more central location an t
united. The new town will be given
another name, which has not yet been
W. L. Kendall, the first Oklahoman
to receive a Cecil Rhodes scholarship,
left last week for Oxford college. Mr.
Kendall was superintendent of the
Lexington. O. T., schools last winter.
The scholarship is for a regular uni-
versity course, and will last four
While digging a well on his place,
four miles north of Quinlan, R. L.
Innes struck a strong flow of artesian
water. The water is cold and soft, and
it is said the stream is getting strong-
er each day. This is the first ar-
tesian water found in that section of
Oklahoma. Other farmers in the
same vicinity are now sinking wells.
An order has been signed at the
agricultural department removing re-
strictions on shipping cattle north-
ward from Custer, as the infection
of southern fever is reported by
agents of the department to have
been eradicated in that vicinity.
The Epworth university, a schoo'
founded by the two branches of the
Methodist church at Oklahoma City,
opened for its first time last week.
Sheriff Ozuman of Canadian county
has goue to El Paso, Tex., where the
authorities have arrested A. C. Peder-
son. who, for several months, has
been a fugitive from justice in Old
Mexico. Pederson is charged with
embezzling funds at El Reno from se-
cret orders, and had given security
bonds. The bonding companies arc
DUELS ON LAND AND WATER
Strange Weapons That Have Been Chosen to
Decide Deadly Quarrels, and Conditions
That Have Caused the Challengers to With-
From time immemorial duels have
been fought in every land under the
sun. Premeditated combats have tak-
en place between two persons for the
purpose of deciding some private dif-
ference or quarrel and have been
fought with deadly weapons and with
a purpose to take life.
The challenger has generally been
one who was confident that he could
worst his adversary with pistol or
sword, but there have been many in-
stances where men, goaded to des-
peration by persecution or slander,
have challenged the ones who made
life unbearable even when they felt
that the chances were against them,
but like the man who meditates sui-
cide, they felt it was the easiest way
to end their troubles. However, In
most cases, duelists are either selfish
or v. antonly thoughtless, for "the duel-
ist values his honor above the life of
his antagonist, his own life, and the
happiness of his family."
In France and Germany dueling en-
joys a certain amount of popularity,
although the laws forbid it, and, until
a half century ago, a fight with swords
or pistols between prominent men in
this country, who wished to settle a
contention, was by no means uncom-
mon, and a description of several of
these incidents occupies many pages
of American history. They invariably
resulted fatally for one and sometimes
for both of the combatants, so that
dueling became exceedingly unpopular
Duels have been fought not only
with all kinds of weapons, but in vari-
ous other ways, some of them under
the most dramatic circumstances and
with the most tragic results. The
methods employed have been most
original; some have been fiendish,
with the outcome utterly hopeless for
Davy Crockett, frontiersman, Indian
fighter and congressman, was once
challenged to mortal combat by a
famous duelist in Washington. Crock-
ett's bravery was unquestionable, but
the odds were against him with sword
or pistol, for the skill of the challenger
with either weapon was world re-
nowned. However, Crockett accepted,
and, being the challenged party, had
the right to name his choice of weap-
He had gone into the wilderness on
numerous occasions and with his
brawn and a sharp axe had cleared
hundreds of acres of timber land. His
prowess with the broadaxe was fa-
miliar to everybody, and when he
chose broadaxes as dueling weapons
his challenger hastily apologized to
him. Then what might have been a
famous duel was averted. Crockett
regarded his would-be antagonist as a
coward, and he proved it.
The hero of the broadaxe, a few
years later, fought to the death with
a little band of brave men in the
Alamo, of whom it was written: "Mar-
athon had her messenger of defeat;
the Alamo had none." The moral of
this incident is obvious.
A few years ago two Swedes went
out upon a railroad track in a cut in
the mountains of Pennsylvania and
fought until an express train killed
them. Both saw the approaching
train, and taunted each other to con-
tinue fighting where they were. They
battled to the death.
Daniel O'Connell's son was chal-
lenged by an English student to fight.
He went to his father, the great
emancipator, and asked what he
should do. The father advised him to
accept, to choose pistols, the condi-
tions of the fight to be that, facing
each other and toeing a mark, they
should place the muzzles of the pis-
tols in each other's mouth, and, upon
tlio w<vd from a referee, they should
fire simultaneously. When young
O'Connell's conditions were made
known the bullying Briton declined to
Two expert swimmers, whose repu-
tations are international, engaged in a
hot argument one night several years
ago at a beach near Boston, and a
novel duel was the result. They
agreed to swim at midnight, straight
out to sea, in the rays of the moon-
light, no boats to follow, until one or
the other became exhausted. They
swam several miles, and the Boston
swimmer towed his adversary back
to the beach and restored him to con-
Less than ten years ago two locomo-
tive engineers in Texas, who had sev-
eral petty differences which they
wished to settle, decided upon a most
original duel. Taking two engines,
they went out upon a plain on the
same track, and when half a mile lay
between them they whistled for the
beginning of hostilities, opened the
throttles wide and hurled their loco-
motives at each other with tremen-
dous speed. In a few seconds there
was a frightful crash, the boilers ex-
ploded and the explosion was heard
for miles, attracting a large crowd to
the scene. It was found that the two
engines had collided and that the two
engineers had been killed. The ab-
sence of firemen in the locomotives
brought out the fact that a duel had
Capt. Castentenus, Barnum's origi-
nal tattooed man, who died a few
years ago, engaged in a peculiar duel
many years ago.
Castentenus was a Greek and in
early life belonged to a crew of pi-
rates which operated in the Aegean
sea. When pirating proved hazardous
on account of cruising war vessels
he had himself tattooed from head to
foot, came over to America and be-
came a very popular freak.
During his career as a buccaneer
he became enamored of a very pretty
girl, daughter of the mate of the
blackflag craft which he commanded,
but he had a rival. Under oaths which
bound them together they could not
fight, and so they appealed to the
girl's father to decide their respective
claims upon his daughter's hand. The
father knew Castentenus and his rival
as desperate men, and so he resolved
upon a desperate method to test their
love for his daughter. He outlined his
proposition to them and both accept-
One night he went into the small
forecastle and set a barrel of sulphur
ablaze, and then ordered both men to
go down into the stifling gases and to
remain there for ten minutes. They
did as he directed, and upon the ex-
piration of that time he signaled tho
lovers to come forth.
Castentenus, who was a man of re-
markable physical powers, groped and
staggered up the companionway to
the deck, bearing on his shoulders the
limp and unconscious form of his ri-
val. Castentenus was bleeding from
the eyes, ears and nose. When he got
into the fresh air he swooned. He
revived an hour later, but his rival
passed into the great beyond. He had
lived but a few momenta after being
carried out by the iattooed man.
The woman for whom the great sac-
rifice was made never married, for
she was taken sick and died in a few
There have been electrical duels,
duels with poison whereiu two rivals
have dared each other to quaff a
deadly draught at a specified time,
and early last month two Boston long-
shoremen engaged in a conflict that
was decidedly novel, to say the least.
The story of the battle in which they
engaged has only just come to light.
Bad blood had existed between
these two sons of toll and they con-
cluded to settle their differences. Both
were fine specimens of that type of
hardy manhood which is employed in
loading and unloading the great ocean
liners—men who usualy settle their
troubles at fisticuffs, which fact makes
this incident all the more startling
One night they went down upon the
New York & New England docks at
South Boston, and, removing their
clothing, they plunged into the wa-
ters at South bay and proceeded to
drown each other. They battled for
at least twenty minutes, during which
time the results were about even,
when suddenly one seized the other by
the neck and began to strangle him.
At the same time both sank beneath
the surface. How many feet they went
down is not to be recorded, but the
strangler, becoming exhausted, rose
to the surface. A moment later the
apparently lifeless body of his adver-
sary made its appearance.
In the dim lights cast upon the wa-
ters by the distant electric lamps the
victor realized that his deadly work
was accomplished, the strife at an
end. Thoughts of arrest for murder,
the electric chair, crowded upon his
mind and his almost benumbed senses
were quickened. He grasped his vic-
tim and shouted lustily for assistance.
A party returning in a catboat after
a pleasant day's outing in the haTnr
heard his cries and reached both men
just in the nick of time. They were
taken into the boat and after artifi-
cial respiration had been applied for «.
time they were restored to conscious-
ness. After a bracer or two of brandy
they were put ashore at the public
landing on Long wharf and arm in
arm started for their homes.
A small paragraph appeared in the
morning papers which Stated that two
men were rescued by a yachting party
and cared for until they were able to
But there had been a duel in the
dark waters of Boston harbor "the
night before the Fourth." He who
would have been a murderer became
a life saver; his magnanimity has
been recognized by the man who
might have left him to his fate had
he been as successful in that terrible
conflict as the other, and now both
vow eternal friendship.
What's in a Name?
-Nelson, a thriving little English
town to which Andrew Carnegie pro-
poses now to give a library, is a liv-
ing instance of the value of a name.
Not long after the battle of Trafalgar,
some tinker, tailor or other person
established a tiny wayside inn, and
called it after the naval hero. There
was nobody on the spot from whom to
expect custom, but the road led to
and from populous districts. Travel-
ers stopped at the place and presently
a cottage or two began to rise, then
more of them, and the name of the
public house answered for the whole.
That was the nucleus of the present
town. Now 40,000 people live around
the site which the old innkeeper chose
and called after the name of his hero.
The Soul cf Wit.
A caller stopped at the house of a
certain man and asked if he was at
" 'Deed, an* he's not," replied tho
woman who answered his ring.
"Can you tell me where he is?"
"I could not."
"When did you see him last?"
"At his funeral."
"And who may you be?"
"I'm h!s remains," said the widow,
and she closed the door.
Telephone Wire In America.
In 1903 there were 4,350,483 miles of
single telephone wire in the United
States and 2,315,297 telephone instru-
ments. In 1902, 5,070,000,000 mes-
sages were spoken over the wires, in-
cluding 12,000,000 long distance calls.
The gross revenue was $86,800,00^,
the expense nearly $62,000,000, and the
net ineotse more than $22,000,000.
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