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VINITA DAILY CHIEFTAIN.
VOL XIV. NO. 214. VINITA, OKLAHOMA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7. 1918. FIVE CENTS PER COP SPEAKERSHIP IS S1ILL UNSETTLED Race Narrows to Mavxey and Wil liams Two Meetings Are Held. Oklahoma City, Jan. ".At a tail (.us of fifty democratic members of the house of representatives held at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon, J. Harvey Maxey of Muskogee received forty seven votes as the democratic caucus nominee for speaker of the house. At the same time, in another assem bly room of the Lee-Huckins hotel, at a "meeting of the friends" of H. H. Smith of Shawnee and J. Roy Williams of Lawton, participated in by twenty nine democratic members of the lower houBe, it was voted to disregard the action of the Maxey caucus and to pre sent the name of J. Roy Williams for speaker of the house in open session Tuesday, after the legislature formally has convened. As a result of the split in the demo cratic membership, the speakership fight will be carried to the floor of the house and the eighteen republican members may have a hand before it is ended. They have a caucus can didate themselves, Representative E. V. Vosburgh of Woodward, and plop to vote for him on the first ballot, ai.d if Mr. Maxey is not elected it may be that the minority will take sides with the democratic candidate to whom their preferences incline them. The speakership bomb exploded early Monday and some of the pieces are still flying. John 1'. Crawford Of Ada withdrew in favor of Mr. Maxey of Muskogee about an hour past mid night Sunday, which means in the wee small hours of Monday morning;. Race Narrows to Two. The Smith-Williams forces already had reached a clear understanding and by daylight Monday, the race had nar rowed down to Mr. Maxey and Mr. Wil liams, and had become strenuous. The prominent politicians from over the state taking a hand outnumbered the legislators. By 10 o'clock the Maxey forces were .so strong that they began the circula tion of a petition calling a democratic caucus at 2 o'clock. By noon, they had forty-five names to a written pledge to vote for Maxey. The Smith-Williams forces called a "meeting of friends' at 1:30 Monday afternoon, half an hour before the' time the caucus had been called, and wok: still in session when 2 o'clock had arrived. On the grounds that the caucus had been illegally called and ! was In truth no democratic caucus but ! merely a caucus of Maxey men, they refused to participate. The Maxey caucus, after some do- j bate, and after John P. Crawford had nominated Mr. Maxey and the nomina tion had been seconded, then decided to recess until o'clock and authorized a committee to seek "absentees" and 1 invite them to the caucus when it should reassemble. Conference is Futile. This committee and the Williams Smith forces'" conferred In vain; the latter refusing to recognize the cau cus call as legally made. They pro posed to check the matter of calling the caucus up to State Chairman Tom C. Harrill, saying that if he would call a general caucus they would partici pate. The Maxey forces contended that the caucus had been called in the onlv , way it could, that is, by petition signed by a majority thereof. Chairman Har rill refusedltO take a hand, saying thai j as state chairman he should not take j sides with either faction. At o'clock then, the "democratic" j caucus was again formally announced as about to meet," and about the same time the Smith-Wiiliams forces to the number of twenty-nine, including these two gentlemen themselves, assembled in the banquet room of the Lee-Huck Six Pair Darnproof Sox 60 Cents Guaranteed For Six Months. M1LF0RD BERGER SHOE COMPANY ins at the "meeting of friends," and other democratic legislators to the number of forty-seven met in the "old assembly room" of the Lee-Huckins, In what they asserted was the regular democratic caucus of the lower house. Two other members joined them later. Other Officers Nominated. The caucus participated in by the forty-nine democratic members, not only nominated Mr. Maxey for speaker but formally organized as the demo cratic caucus of the house, and also nominated the speaker pro tempore, the sergeant-at-arms, the chaplain and the permanent caucus chairman and secretary. W. A. Durant of Durant presided over the forty-nine-member caucus; Representative A. McCrory of Cornish, Jefferson county, over the Smith-Williams "meeting of friends." The house officers nominated and caucus officers elected by the forty-nine-member caucus are as follows; Permanent caucus chairman, John P. Crawford of Ada; permanent cau cus secretary, C. B. Emanuel of Sul phur; sergeant-at-arms, Frank Carter of Tillman county; assistant sergeant-at-arms, F. M. Tuttle of Ouyraon; chaplain, Rev. V. M. P. Rippey of Cap itol Hill. K1EFER MURDER Kelly Reed, Arrested at Baxter Springs Declares His Innocence. Baxter Springs, Kaus., .Ian. t. After being trailed from Keifer, Okla., to Neosho, Mo., then to Lowell, Kans., Kelly Reed, alias Teddy Youngblood, vas arrested at the latter place Mon day in connection with the murder January 3 of Ella Brown, !) years old, at Keifer, Okla. He denies knowing of the crime and has consented to accompany officers to Keifer. They will start for that place early Tuesday morning. Reed was located in the home of his step-father, David Sweeten, at Lowell, a village lour miles west of here. He was trailed there by F. .1. Bays, su perintendent of a detective agency at Muskogee, and one of the Bays' oper atives. After he had been located the officer, accompanied by City Marshal Henry liorton of Baxter Springs, sur prised him in the Sweeten residence, placed him under arrest and brought him here. He was placed under spe cial guard in the Baxter Springs jail Monday night. Detective Bays declares Reed was employed by a family named Bungard as a wood chopper. The Bungard and Drown families, he says, lived in the same vicinity, and that Reed was ac quainted with- the little girl he is al leged to have slain. Reed left the neighborhood about the time the crime was committed, the officer says, and he believes that blood hounds were on his trail a short time, losing the scent on account of his tracks becoming cold. II? is supposed to have gone immediately to Neosho, where he remained but a short time, before going to Lowell. When arrested, Reed refused to ac company the two officials to Oklahoma without requisition papers. Sweeten, his step-father, persuaded him to do so, however, after a lengthy conference in the Baxter Springs jail. Reed is widely known in this vi cinity. He is said to have gone to Keifer some time ago. Katv Deciot Robbed. Tulsa, Okla., Jan. G. The M K. & T. depot here was robbed of $100 by a bold thief, who is believed to have had an accomplice on the outside. The waiting room was filled with people at the time, but the ticket agent bad stepped away to another part of the building. The depot was robbed about two weeks ago. SUSPECT LOCATED DAVENPORT IS IN PUZZLING DILEMNA Third District Congressman is Mixed Up in the State Senate Frght. Oklahoma City, Jan. 6. The efforts of Congressman James S. Davenport of the Third district, to have John Crawford, of Ada, elected speaker of the lower house, may result disastrous ly for the Vinita man if the threats of the Muskogee delegation here working in behalf of Harvey Maxey are carried out. According to the story told in the lobbies here, Congressmen Davenport and Carter made a deal in Washing ton whereby they would control the election of a speaker of the house. They both wrote letters to their friends throughout the state, urging the selection of Crawford, and this act has aroused much bitter feeling among the other candidates, especially among the supporters of the Muskogee man, who declare. that unless Davenport supported the man from his own dis trict he should have kept his hands out of the fight. Davenport Replies. "Twenty-five prominent Muskogee men who are here working for Maxey, Saturday sent a telegram to Daven port, telling him to either keep his hands off or to support Maxey. Sun day an answer was received from the Vinita man, telling him that bis friend ship for Crawford was of long stand ing and "if you understood my posi tion yon would not be angry with me." The Muskogee delegation are mad in earnest and if they succeed in making Maxey speaker they will, ac cording to their own statements, see that Mr. Davenport is placed in a con gressional district that will make much trouble for him. Muskogee Man for Congress. The Muskogee men do not want Davenport to be in the same district as Muskogee and at least one Musko gee man who is here working for Maxey is ambitious to represent this state in congress. This is District Judge R. C. Allen of Muskogee, who will undoubtedly be a candidate from Muskogee two years hence. IN BIG MEETING Tiie Knights of Pythias convention for district No. 1, now in session in this city is a very pronounced success and the presence of Grand Chancellor Duncan of Tulsa; Grand Keeper of Records and Seal Sanders of Web bers Falls, and Deputy Grand Chan cellor Hailey of Afton, are, great help to the meeting. New rituals adopted at the last Grand Lodge meeting at Denver last summer were used for the first time last night. The introduction and initiation of a class of eight last night was witness by a full house, and the work as ex emplified by the Grand Lodge officers and members of Phialphian lodge, No. 114, was pronounced the best ever witnessed in this city. Two sessions were held today, and another one will be held this evening at which time the passing and proving of the class will be completed. The Grand Lodge officers this after noon conferred the rank of past chan cellor upon Marshall, Jack Martin and others. On labt night's occasion Judge Gill delivered the address of welcome, which was responded to by Grand Chancellor Duncan and others. The program for tonight: 7:30 p. m. Conferring rank work. Refreshments. Howe to Have Gas. Howe, Okla., Jan. 6. Representa tives of the LeFlore County Gas and Electric company of Poteau, who re cently secured a ninety-day extension on their natural gas franchise at Howe have announced that within sixty days they would commence piping gas to this city which recently voted the company a franchise. Tin LeFlore company was recently pur 'iased by eastern capitalist! and the i iiange in ownership delayed opera ns in ex tending the gas mains to several towns that have voted the company a franchise. KHIGHTS OF PYTHIAS CRUCE COMMUTES E McAlester Murderer Will Not Be Electrocuted as District Judge Ordered. Oklahoma City, Jan. 7. George Reedy will not be electrocuted January 10 as ordered by Judge Preslle B. Cole, district judge of Pittsburg county, for the murder of Deputy Constable Char ley Morgan in 1909, as Governor Lee Cruce Monday commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment in the penitentiary. On December 4, the jury before whom Reedy was tried, reported to the court they were agreed upon the guilt of Reedy, but could not agree as to whether he should be given life im prisonment or sentenced to die for the crime. I'pon the tinding of the jury, District Judge Cole fixed the penalty at detith, and specified the electric chair, in stead of the gallows. Governor Lee Cruce was petitioned by live oi the trial jurymen to com mute to life imprisonment the death penalty fixed by the trial fudge. Upon the assurance of the attorney repre senting Reedy that there would be no appeal Governor Cruce granted the petition for commutation. One other sentence was commuted Monday. John Hart, convicted in Love county of violating the prohibitory law and assessed as punishment the payment of a fine of $250 and a jail sentence of 90 days, received a com mutation of his sentence, reducing it to imprisonment for 90 days and the payment of a fine of $50 together with costs. Hart has served all but eight days of the jail sentence. ERUIT AND TRUCK Dallas, Tex., Jan. (J. Following a disastrous barketing season and year's campaign to improve methods of mar keting, instituted by Colonel Frank P. Holland tlnough his publications, Southwestern fruit and truck growers have formed a co-operative selling ex change that will enter the field at once. This exchange will undertake to handle between three and four thou sand cars of fruit and truck during the present year and the organisation it self controls fully 3,000 cars. It has established headquarters ' at Texarkana and affilate with thos;; at sociations that are willing to meet the most stringent requirements as io quality of fruit and truck sold and the nature of the package. Bresnahan Landed By Chicago Cubs. Chicago, Jan. 6. Roger Bresnahan, formerly manager of the St. Louis Na tional league baseball team, will don a Chicago National league dub uni form next season according to Charles B. Murphy, president of the club. "He is a great acquisition, said Murphy .Monday night. "I won't say what salary Bresnahan is going to get, but I had to outbid Dreyfuss of Pitts burg for him. I intend to use him as a catcher with Archer." Murphy said a three year contract would be mailed to Bresnahan's home in Toledo Tues day. Yeggs Got $1,200 at Breckenridge. Enid, Okla., Jan. 6. Robbers who entered the Breckenridge State bank at Breckenridge, eight miles east of here, Sunday morning and escaped with $1,L'00, were still at large today. Six charges of nitroglycerine were used to break the safe, the noise arous ing several Breckenridge people. Dr. McClain's horse and buggy were stol en to bring the men to this city. The horse was found early Sunday a mile east of Enid. Officers conducted a careful search, but conclude the rob bers boarded a train. The hank build ing was badly damaged and the safe wrecked. Have You a Stove? Has anyone a stove that you would donate to a very needy family? If you have or can be the means of procuring one you are requested to call or see Mrs. A. B. Berger. There is a family that is very much in need of one and a few other necessities and if it is within your power to help them see the above named party at once. E ' E GROWERS ORGANIZE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO A CALL TO CHARITABLE PERSONS. If there is anyone in the city that has a bed that they have discarded or one that they do not need, or if they wish to do a charitable act in procuring one, there is a family living in the north part of town that is very much in need. There are seven children in the family that are forced to sleep on the lloor with but very little cover ing and owing to the extreme cold last night and tonight they are in a pitiful plight. If there is anyone that has the desired articles that they will contri bute they are requested o call or Met Mrs. J. H. Wimer. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CORNERS ILLEGAL Monopolies in Clothing And Food Vio late the Anti-Trust Law. SAYS crowd, and another yelled, "Lynch Washington, Jan. fl. The supreme him!" court of the United States today laid I jerry m, Jeffries, Randolph county'.; down the far-reaching principle that ,.w mrosocutor, sprang to the door "corners" of interstate commodities, i lating tnt! moD He pleaded witli the such as articles of clothing and food, mon t0 let the law take its course and are in violation of the Sherman an,thwhWe he talked Constable Campbell trust law, and held that as far as the puiled the nefro through a rear win Sherman law was concerned, the In-ljow and started for Huntsville. V few diclment in the New York federal nmnioiitH later IiuhIiv farmer unshed court of James Patten, Eugene (J Scales, Frank II. Hayne and William P. Brown for "conspiring to run an alleged cotton corner," was valid. The case against them was sent back for trial on other proceedings. J.ustice Vandevanter announced the opinion of the court. Justice Lurton delivered a dissenting opinion, in which Chief Justice White and Justice Holmes con curred. Justice Vandevanter replied to the argument that running a corner stimu lates instead of restrains interstate sonville, and warrants have been 1s trade by saying that this might be sued for a numuer 0f Dertle's friends, true for a time, but that the corner Many of tho negroeg are said to oe was forbidden by the act because it raoving from the community, thwarted the usual operation of laws , of supply and denmand, withdrew tliej pa(js nto grate. comuiouuy i coin ine normal current oi trade, enhanced prices and produced practically the same evils as the sup pression of competitions. FriendB of .1. W. Jackson -arrived this morning from the south. SWEATER COATS 1 Underpriced They're Drummers' Samples "VINITA'S BIG DEPARTMENT STORE NEGRO RESCUED L While Lawyer Argues With Huntsville Mob, Constable Pulls Prisoner Through Window. Moberly, Mo., Jan. While Prose cutlng Attorney Jerry M. Jeffries talk ed to a mob bent on lynching Grant Dcrtle, a negro, Constable Rober Campbell of Jacksonville pulled Dertle 0 through a back window of a building 0 1 where tin? preliminary trial had been O held and escaper to the county jail a: O , Huntsville today. Dertle was arrested last week am! charged with an at tempted attack upon Ellen Clark, a iff-year-old white girl. He was taken to Huntsvillo for safe keeping. His preliminary was held today at Jacksonville before Justice of the Peace Victor McCanno. Dertle was bound over to the February term of court. His bond was (Used at $5,000. While the trial was progressing forty or fifty men gathered outside the court room. At the conclusion of the trial an angry mutter went up from the assembled meu. "Get a rope!" boomed a voice iu the the prosecutor aside and entered the room. A second later lie turned and faced thi' men following him. "It's tio use, boys," he said. " The nigger's gone." Then began a wild chase to Hunts ville. Campbell took his prisoner on i foot through the woods and landed him in the HuntivfUia tan n fw mln.itoa h. fore members of the mob reached the; town. It is feared efforts may be made to take Dertle from bis cell. Feeling is high against the negroes at Jack- Smitn Ark ii. While rocking in a rocking chair, Russell, the two-year-old son of Let Woods of Fal len Ash, fell Into an open grate and was burned to death Monday. His parents returning from their field, some time later, found the child dying. For MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN FROM YN E