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3 o'clock in the morning, east ol
Bond's switch, we drove into the
officers, who had barricaded .the
We were captured and taken to
federal jail at Muskogee. It was
nearly a year before they, found
anything upon which to try us,
and finally they convicted me of
assaulting Bud .Ledbetter, .a
deputy marshal. In fact it was,
Ledbetter who assaulted me.
Well, I got five years for that,
and then beat ft on habeas corpus
writ later on. J
I was tried and convicted for
robbing the U. S. mail (which I
did riot do) anil sentencedfbr the
period of my natural life. I re
ceived the judgment of the court ;
my father came to the jail, labor
ing under great stress of feeling
and informed me that my brother
and I would be turned fr,ee if I
would disclose information neces
sary to rapture bther men I had
T was never more shocked in
my'life, that my father of all men
on earth, whom I held in highest'
esteem, should put such a prb-
posal to me, I told him I would
rather go to the penitentiary and
he carried over the gray grim
walls by the ants than betray the
men "who had put their trust in
My father's reply was : "Now,
God bless you, you are my boy,
and I am proud of you' and the
dear old man's face cleared like
;the first ray of sun from behind
a storm cloud.
I went to the penitentiary at
Columbus, Ohio, and through
the instrumentalities of Senator
Mark Hanna and friends in Okla
homa, my life sentence was com
muted to five years. I was car
ried to Leavenworth to fill the
five-year sentence for assaulting
Bud Ledbetter and was discharg
ed vby Judge Thayer of the U. S.
circuit court on hajbeas corpus.
Then I came back to Lawton,
Okla., where I took up the prac-
tice of law. I married, and it is to
her great influence, that, I owe
much of my success. It has been
my determined aim to build up
and get back, if possible, to where
I by naturebelonged.
No man will ever know the
thousand obstacles in one's path'
who is endeavoring to fight back,
from the dead past. '
With the honest people's help
I shall prove to the world that
a man "an by an honest purpose
and a stout heart, come back andr
be better material than two-thirds
of your public officials, who prom-.,
ise the public reform and then not
only betray the people's confi
dence, but, embezzle their money.
(The end.) ' -
o o r
A Jew had occasion to sell
some eggs- to a publican, and, af
ter counting them and paying,'
the publican found that there
was one over. He suggested that,
it was "thrown in."' But the Jew
protested that this would never,'
do, so it was agreed that he
should have a drink for the extra
egg. "What will you have?" the
landlord asked. "Egg and milk," ,
replied Solly. -"