Arkansas City Daily Traveler
Saturday, September 2, 1922 to Friday, September 12, 1922


[Starting SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1922.]


Arkansas City Daily Traveler, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.

Washington, Sept. 2.Though the American Federation of Labor has no power to call strikes, according to its president, Samuel Gompers, its executive council next Saturday will be asked to review appeals and demands from "hundreds of local unions" for the institution of a general strike to support the fight of railroad unions now on strike.

"Those appeals have come to me from all over the country, from those who imagine that I have power, or that the federation has power, to call a general strike," Mr. Gompers said. "They have been in the form of resolutions passed by trade union councils, or by local unions or editorials in labor periodicals. The executive council will be asked to consider, although it cannot take action, to call a strike."

The resolutions and demands, Mr. Gompers declared, indicated a state of mind in labor circles more inflamed than ever before, and he considered them important to that extent. It was said that most of them came to the federation headquarters before the federal court issued its restraining order yesterday in Chicago.


Topeka, Sept. 2.An addition of forty deputy U. S. Marshals to the forces now on guard at various shop centers in Kansas was asked today by Fred Fitzpatrick, U. S. Marshal for Kansas, and Al F. Williams, U. S. District Attorney. Preparations were being made by these federal officials today to begin service upon the various local craft union chiefs in this state of the temporary injunction granted the government yesterday against the strikers, in Chicago. A number of deputies will be employed in serving these papers. Also, it was indicated, a tightening up all along the line of federal forces at shop centers is underway with a view to quick apprehension of men violating the new federal injunction.



Briefly and in effect the injunction granted the government against the strikers, restrains them, their leaders, and agents from:

Picketing, in any manner, by letters, circulars, telegrams, telephone messages, word of mouth, or by interviews, encouraging any persons to leave the employ of a railroad or to restrain them from entering such employ.

Interfering or obstructing any railway.

Hindering inspection, repair, or equipment of locomotives or cars.

Conspiring or agreeing to hinder railroads in the transportation of passengers, property, and mails.

Interfering with employees going to or returning from work, by displays of force or numbers, threats, intimidations, acts of violence, opprobrious epithets, jeers, taunts, or entreaties.

Loitering at or near places of ingress or egress for employees.

Trespassing on the premises of any railroad or any other place except "where the public generally is invited to come to transact business."

Doing any injury or bodily harm to any employee of a railroad.





Two weeks ago he had his shirt sleeves rolled up and was working with his might around a spot where stood an oil rig and machinery that was driving a drill into the ground in the Bristow oil field. Today he is standing by and watching 1,600 barrels of premier crude flow daily into six large 250 barrel tanks and then flow into the Shaffer Oil Co.'s pipe line at the rate of $1.50 a barrel.

Reference is made to an Arkansas City young man, Doug Wilson, who battles with the wolf in the oil industry as valiantly as any man ever fought for big game. Scores of times he was down to a thin dime and lunched on a doughnut and cup of coffee in the land of romancewhere oil rigs towered toward the sky with the fate of many men staked deep down in the hole where the drill pounded away in monotonous tone.

For the last several years Doug has been struggling to get a foothold in the gameto get enough money to take a whirl for the big play. He bought and sold leases and traded for royalties. But all the time he encountered one failure after another. One day a friend said to him: "Doug, you are just losing your time in this business. Why don't you go back to your trade and make a living. You won't have any worry then!"

Doug just squared his jaws and kept on working. He is a human dynamo if there ever was such a thing. Energy was wound up in him like yarn on the ball. He was not a "quitter" at anything he ever undertook. His wife sacrificed and made the game fight with him. Today she returned from Barstow.

"I ruined several dresses on account of that greasy stuff splashing on them," she said, "but it was sure worth it to let my eyes feast on that golden stream pouring into the pipe line at the rate of $2,400 a day. Such wealth we never dreamed of. What did I care for oil splashing on me. I wanted to take a plunge in the barrel, but Doug restrained me. Doug said he was going to be a producer. The sand has only been penetrated three feet. He owns the controlling interest in the well and a block of 160 acres surrounding it. He has been offered fabulous sums for acreage and for all his interests, but had declined 'to entertain any offer so far,' she continued.

"Of course, he feels good over his luck and can hardly talk from standing out in the night air watching the well belch forth its stream of gold. But he is not changed a bit, and the first thing he asked me was about his friends in Arkansas City and expressed the desire to come back here as soon as he can get away from his business. He said it would give him more pleasure to have his friends express their good wishes over his success than anything that could happen for he always intends to live among his friends in Arkansas City no matter how much good fortune befalls him. He is the same Doug he was when he was here the last time, but not so tired and worn looking. He finally got 'over the top' and he is naturally looking better since success came to him."

On all sides since the news struck Arkansas City that Doug Wilson had struck oil, everyone has been saying: "Well, well, I don't know of a person in the world I would rather hear had such a good streak of luck as Doug. He is deserving of it."

So today the once almost penniless young seeker of a fortune in oil has had his dreams come true. And when Maude Adams, the famous actress, used to ask the audience if they believed in fairies, no wonder there was always a vigorous response in the affirmative.

[Article on August 24th stated that Doug Wilson quit a barber chair several years ago to make more money. He started several projects that ran close to getting into the big money, but failed to live up to expectations. He was stricken with appendicitis shortly after he entered the game, which deprived him of many opportunities. He was hard pressed for money to carry out his ventures, but he clung on until he managed to buy and sell some leases and ultimately reached his goal.]



Frank L. Thompson, commissioner of streets, is getting prompt results in his request made upon railroads in regard to fixing their street crossings in this city. The Frisco had a force of men at work yesterday on the West Chestnut Avenue crossing, and all their crossings are being put in good condition. The Midland Valley road is using Joplin chat on its crossing in this city, in connection with oil. This is said to make a very satisfactory crossing, it being claimed to be far superior to wood crossings. The Santa Fe's crossings are reported by the commissioner to be in fairly good condition. The Missouri Pacific, which has some crossings here which need attention, has not yet responded to the commissioner's request.

Commissioner Thompson is also doing some other long-needed road work. He is graveling the stretch of road on South Summit street, between the end of the paving and the river bridge, using a gravel from the east bank of the Walnut river, which is about half mixed with river mud.

This gravel is wet when it is put on. Mr. Thompson first tried it on West Madison avenue from the end of the Moore refinery. The street here had been so rutty and full of chuck holes that it was not only a very disagreeable road to travel over but dangerous to car springs.

The use of this gravel has converted it into a fine piece of road. The river mud seems to make just the right kind of binder. The South Summit street road leading to the bridge has been a great religion destroyer for many moons. The variety of language used along the stretch is liable to be converted into amens, when the traveling public sees just what a good road this flint gravel with river mud binder makes.

Mr. Thompson is still strong in his contention that the county is making a mistake in surfacing the new rock road between the city and the state line with soft crushed rock. While the roller being used is big enough to roll it out perfectly smooth, the city commissioner believes that auto travel will wear the surface and it will blow away.

He thinks that oil or tarvy should be used as a binder, and inasmuch as much of the chamber of commerce is getting ready to experiment with some oil sprinkling, he thinks they could do no better than to try the experiment on this road. County Commissioner Dees has so far not expressed himself in regard to Mr. Thompson's conclusions.



Mrs. Etta Owens, who was arrested several days ago in Marshalltown, Iowa, on the charge of cashing forged checks here, and who was brought back to this county by Mrs. Stella Gump, of Winfield, as a deputy from the office of the sheriff, is still being held in the county jail.

She has not been brought here for trial as yet, it was explained by officers today, for the reason that her father has been notified of her predicament and he is expected to arrive here most any time. He resides at Marshall, Oklahoma. The Newman Dry Goods Co. is in receipt of a letter from the father, of recent date, in which he states that he is of the belief that there must be something wrong with the woman, as she was never known to do the like of the alleged crime she has committed before. However, it is the belief of the local officers that he will relent and come to the aid of his daughter, who has two small children. In case he does not come to the rescue, the case will have to come to trial; and in that event, the children would have to be taken away from the young woman and placed in other hands, as the officers could not send them to jail.

Mrs. Owens and her children are at present being cared for by the sheriff, his family, and Mrs. Gump, at Winfield, the latter being the deputy in the office of the county poor


In the case of alleged forgery, the Newman store of this city made the complaint against the woman, as she cashed four of the checks represented to be signed by her father, Mr. Driscoll, at that store. Soon after obtaining the money on the checks, she left the city and was overtaken at Marshalltown, Iowa, a week or ten days later. She was returned to Winfield on Thursday of this week. Her husband is in this city at present, it is said by the officers.



It is reported here this afternoon that there were officers en route to this city from Independence, carrying a warrant for the arrest of Officer Hixon, who is now in the county jail at Winfield; and who is being held as a witness in the case of the state vs. Collins, which will be tried here next Tuesday. The report in this connection was not from an official source, but rumor has it that the new case against Hixon has something to do with a woman, who is said not to be his wife.



A volume of smoke, rolling out of the Holt Coffee company's house at 107 South Summit Street this afternoon, attracted an unusual amount of attention due to the Saturday crowds on the street.

Investigation proved that something was wrong with the coffee roaster and it became overheated. No particular damage was done, but considerable inconvenience was experienced for a few minutes on account of the dense smoke in the room. The trouble was reported to have been in the motor.

[Note: Almost daily the paper began to report the status of Santa Fe trains...and almost daily they were late!


Santa Fe passenger trains were running late again today and also last night. The evening passenger, No. 105, from the north last night was several hours late and both the south and north bound trains were late this morning. No. 17 was two hours behind the regular schedule and thus the Shawnee passenger was late in getting out of this city, as it is made up here.



"The Kanotex Refining Company had the biggest month in its history during August," is the word that came from the company's office this morning. In spite of railroad traffic conditions, the company was properly taken care of in all its shipments, which consisted of the various products manufactured by this company. The record for the month was 452 cars of oil products shipped out of Arkansas City.



Noah Palmer, Will Kennard, and C. H. Wentworth, Midland Valley section men, who were injured in the motor car accident near Hardy two weeks ago, have been dismissed from Mercy hospital, where they have been receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the wreck, since that time. They reside in Hardy. At the time of the accident one of the party of six men, Sam Penley, was killed and his body was buried here several days later, without the railway officials having been able to locate any of his relatives.



The Brady Brothers, Foster, and Day test in the Dunkard mill vicinity, several miles northeast of the city, is drilling nicely at present. The ten inch casing is set and the hole is now down to a depth of 1717 feet. The hole is free from water at present and the oil fraternity is watching this test with keen interest. Already two different gas sands have been struck there.



Mystery surrounds the finding of the decomposed body of a man aged about 50 to 55 years, fully clad, late Sunday afternoon on the banks of Grouse creek near Silverdale, by N. C. Vaughn and Clyde Boggs of this city, who were on a picnic there at the time. They immediately notified the local officers of the finding of the body and it was brought to the city that night by Deputy Sheriff F. A. Eaton and J. H. Oldroyd.

Indications of foul play loomed up as soon as there was an examination of the body, and there is said to be a depression on the back of the man's skull, which the officers think might have been caused by some blunt instrument. The body was in such a state that it was almost impossible to handle it; and as soon as it was brought to the city, it was placed in an air tight, tin lined box.

Coroner H. W. Marsh, of Winfield, came to the city this morning to make an investiga tion of the case and he went immediately to the undertaking rooms to view the body.

N. C. Vaughn, who with his brother-in-law, Clyde Boggs, was on a picnic near the place where the body lay, was the man who made the discovery. The tables had been spread there for dinner; but needless to say, the picnic party was broken up at once, and there was no dinner served. Vaughn had been bathing in Grouse creek and went into the bushes to put on his clothes when he made the discovery of the body. He stated that he thought some time before there was a peculiar odor in the air.

There were no marks of identification on the body or about the clothing of the man and he wore at the time a new pair of duck trousers, a light shirt, and there was a good Panama hat near the body. The body was lying on its back, with outstretched arms, and from all appearances had been dragged to the spot. It was about 20 yards from the road, east of the creek, and near the main traveled road. Residents of that vicinity related a story of an auto truck having been stuck at the ford there, several nights ago, which the officers think might have had something to do with this case. This clue will be followed up, it was stated today.

The stranger weighs about 160 pounds, seems to be at least 50 years of age, and his hair, what was left of it, was tinted with grey. His shoes were size ten.

Dr. Marsh had not decided at noon just what steps he would take in the matter of conducting an inquest, but the body will have to be interred soon, it was stated by all those who had viewed the remains this morning. Deputy Sheriff Eaton will work on the case and will endeavor to locate some of the dead man's relatives, provided he can secure a clue of some sort upon which to work. Those in charge of the body state that one of the pockets of the man's trousers was turned wrong side out. There was not a paper of any sort with the exception of a small piece of newspaper in the hat, used for a sweat band on the hat, and there was no money or other valuables. Indications are that the body had been stripped of everything that might lead to the identification of the man.

The man had been dead at least three or four days, and possibly longer, in the belief of the coroner and local officers who saw the body.

Coroner Marsh ordered that the body of the unidentified man be interred and this was done at the noon hour. The burial took place at Riverview cemetery, in the Potter's field. It was the finding of the coroner that the man probably had been robbed of his valuables and murdered; and he stated that he would so make out his official report on the case.



A severe wind storm, in the nature of a young cyclone, visited a section of the country several miles northwest of this city, late Saturday afternoon; and there was considerable damage done on at least two of the farms there, the freak storm having carried away several hay stacks and a hay rack, and overturned a threshing machine which was standing in a field.

The cyclone struck this section of the country without warning, it is said, and following the wind, there was a nice rain there which extended to the east for several miles. The rain there was very welcome, to be sure, and it caused the corn in that immediate vicinity to look much brighter.

At the home of Irl Godfrey, about six miles from the city, the wind overturned a threshing machine, which was standing in the field, and at the John Kirkpatrick farm, a short distance north of there, several hay stacks were torn up and blown away. A hay rack, which was on a wagon frame at the Kirkpatrick place, was also picked up and carried some distance and landed on a fence.

Several other such freaks were performed by the cyclone and the damage all told amounted to several hundred dollars, at least. The Kirkpatrick family was not at home, as they had come to the city to do the regular Saturday trading. They found things torn up in bad shape, upon their return home that evening.

W. T. Ham was called to the Kirkpatrick farm Sunday morning to adjust the loss at that place, as the owner of the damaged material, carried cyclone insurance on the farm product and other things which was blown away by the strong wind.



Anthrax, the most dead disease to livestock known to the bureau of Animal Industry of the U. S. seized hold in the herd of E. E. Kemper of Dunkard Mill district. By the quick work of Dr. Clarence Downing, it was immediately checked after a few of the cattle had died.

Dr. Downing discovered the dread disease immediately. He went to his laboratory where a test of the blood taken from the infected stock revealed the nature of the disease. Dr. Downing has a splendidly equipped laboratory and was not delayed in making his analysis by having to order any supplies from the east. The disease was discovered Saturday and the test made Saturday evening. Dr. Downing then vaccinated Kemper, himself, and all the livestock on the Kemper place. He thinks the disease is now checked and will not spread to other livestock owned by Kemper or to neighboring herds.

The blood taken on the slides by Dr. Downing showed the anthrax bacillis unmistakably. Considerable alarm was felt at first that the disease might have spread over a large area for Dr. O. E. Strodtman, government man, described the disease as being fatal and spreading very rapidly. However, the alarm has subsided and the veterinarians believe they have it under control. Dr. Downing wired to the Topeka federal office and Dr. Grape, in charge of the federal men in Kansas, came immediately to Arkansas City to consult with Dr. Downing and Dr. Strodtman.

Dr. Downing and Dr. Strodtman are now taking a thorough survey of all the livestock in that section. Anthrax is infectious and will take hold of human beings from handling livestock infected with it. About a year ago a boy at Tulsa was stricken with the dreaded malady and the Tulsa Tribune wired to Chicago for an expensive vial of serum to save the boy's life. There was a big sensation in the community until it came, but the human life was finally saved. However, two or three peopled died from it before their cases had been diagnosed in time to save them.



Chicago, Sept. 4.The dawn of Labor Day and the sixty-sixth day of the railway shopmen's strike found United States marshals mobilized to enforce the government's strike injunction and prepared to watch on labor demonstrations through the country.

In Chicago union leaders said no organized program has been made for observance of the holiday.

Throughout the country a wave of destruction marked the dawn of Labor Day developments. At Louisville, Ky., the failure of train wreckers to remove a device prevented the headon collision of a Louisville & Nashville train in a string of cars. The locomotive, baggage, and mail car were derailed. Seven men were under arrest at Gretna, La., a suburb of New Orleans, charged with having beaten and slashed the throat of a 15 years old negro. Two trains were stoned at Greycourt, N. Y., and state police went to the aid of railroad detectives in dispersing crowds in the Erie railroad yards at Port Jervis, N. Y., where a workman was injured by stones.

Other incidents included attempts to wreck trains at Trinidad, Colo., and Montgomery, Ala., and the burning of freight cars and buildings at Denison, Texas. Several strikers were arrested at Memphis, Tenn., in connection with the killing of a Frisco shop worker Saturday. Police said the men confessed.

Striking shopmen at Philadelphia joined other labor organizations in urging Samuel Gompers, president of the A. F. of L. to aid in calling a general strike in protest against the


An investigation began today in a wreck in which three persons were injured at Stony Run, near Baltimore.

In preparing to attempt the release of four men held at Gary, Ind., on charges of wrecking the "Million Dollar Express" on the Michigan Central, August 20, attorneys seeking a writ of habeas corpus, charged a fifth man had been arrested and beaten so badly by police trying to obtain a confession from him, that he is confined to a hospital.



"Choc" Collins went to the office of Deputy County Attorney, Chas. Quier, Saturday evening and asked that officials to have two warrants sworn out for the arrest of N. B. Hickson [? UP UNTIL NOW THEY HAVE SPELLED IT HIXON ?] on the charge of white slavery and on the charge of perjury. Collins showed the deputy county attorney an affidavit from Mrs. Hickson, stating that she had not seen Hickson since Aug. 2., at Coffeyville, Kansas. Hickson testified he had lived here with his wife since that time. Collins asked for the issuance of the warrant immediately, by Deputy County Attorney Quier.

After taking the matter up with County Attorney Fink of Winfield, he refused to issue the warrants Saturday evening. "We want time to investigate the evidence submitted on these charges, and the warrants will be issued if the evidence is considered correct and sufficient," said Deputy County Attorney Quier.

Recently Collins was convicted of selling liquor, in the police court in this city. He pled not guilty and appealed to the district court upon being convicted, according to the testimony in the police court. Hickson, a new policeman, swore he purchased whiskey of Collins, then drew his gun, and had Collins placed under arrest. After conviction in police court, Collins was arrested by the state on a warrant from Judge Ham's court, and his preliminary hearing occurs in that court tomorrow.

Hickson, who claims he bought the liquor of Collins and who had him placed under arrest, is now in the county jail, being held there on the charge of having had liquor in his possession. Collins claims he never sold Hickson any liquor, that Hickson came to his place with the liquor in a bottle in his pocket.

Hickson is also wanted at Independence by the sheriff of Montgomery County, on the charge of wife desertion. After the Cowley County officers are through with him, he will be turned over to the Montgomery County officers. The deputy county attorney will probably do nothing in regard to issuing warrants for Hickson, upon the charges of white slavery and perjury, until after the hearing of the Collins liquor case, which is set for tomorrow in Judge Ham's court. Deputy County Attorney Quier says he feels it is an attempt to discredit the state's witness.


Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, September 4, 1922.

Winfield, Kans., Sept. 4.Fifteen members of the Ku Klux Klan, wearing their white robes and masks, appeared at a church in Hackney, a few miles from here, last night, and made a donation of $25 to the Rev. R. S. Sargent, who was about to deliver his farewell sermon after a pastorate of four years at the church. Members of the Klan entered the church just as Rev. Sargent was announcing his text. Proceeding to the front of the pulpit, they handed the $25 to the pastor. One of the number then turned to the audience; and in a short speech, told of the object of the Klan and expressed an appreciation of the work of Mr. Sargent. He also called on all young people present to live pure lives. The audience was then requested to stand and after the singing of one stanza of "America," the Klan members left the church.



Chicago, Sept. 5.With the government's rail strike injunction universally condemned by union leaders in Labor Day messages yesterday, impending federal court action in cases growing out of arrests for alleged violation of the writ, occupied the foreground in the nation's industrial situation today.

The annual holiday brought a lull in railroad strike developments. In some cities, notably Chicago, center of the nation's railway activities, the usual Labor Day programs were dispensed with entirely, picnics and a general suspension of work giving the only evidences of the annual holiday.



J. J. Noonan, of this city, was placed under arrest here today, on the charge of offering a bribe to a witness in the C. C. "Choc" Collins liquor case, which is being tried in the state court at present, and Noonan was being held in the city jail this afternoon without bond. County Attorney Ellis Fink, who is here to assist Deputy C. H. Quier in the prosecution of the Collins case, said that Collins would be placed under arrest on the same charge this evening. "Collins will have the same sort of warrant served on him, just as soon as the testimony in the liquor case is ended this evening and will be tried on the charge of offering a bribe to the witness, N. B. Hickson," the county attorney told the reporters this afternoon, just as the testimony was begun in the liquor case. If convicted on this charge, it is considered a serious offense.

At three o'clock this afternoon, the jury in the case of the state versus C. C. "Choc" Collins, who is on trial in the state court of W. T. Ham, on the charge of selling liquor to Policeman Hickson, had been empaneled and was ready to hear the testimony. The trial is in progress in the city court room at the city hall and there was a large crowd of spectators in attendance. Seating room was at a premium and many were standing, so eager were they to get a glimpse of Collins and the star witness, Hickson.

The jury when ready for business was composed of the following: W. W. Mansfield, Otto Kelsow, A. N. Hogan, J. L. McGavran, Frank Webb, Guy Ecroyd, J. M. Fagan, Otis Finch, M. J. Holmes, J. W. Morhain, E. A. Bigley, and Norman Musselman.

The witnesses in the case to be examined before the jury are Hickson and three of the regular city policemen, who were on the scene the night of the arrest of Collins. Otto Cox, the other special officer, who was with Hickson at the time of the arrest, did not appear at the trial today; and the prosecuting attorneys are of the opinion that he has left the country, as he has not been seen here for several days.

The state's attorneys promise some startling developments in connection with the Collins' case, before the trial is ended, and it is said that there may be others brought into the case before the final act of the trial.

Hickson was brought to the city this morning from the county jail, where he has been held, and it was said that he would testify in the case as before, when the trial in the city court took place last week. He told officers he was not "peeved" at being thrown in jail, but that he would stand pat and testify to the truth of the matter as to the transactions on the night of the arrest of Collins.

Policeman Hickson was the first witness called on the stand; and at 4 o'clock, he was still being questioned. He related the story in the same manner that he told it at the former trial and he was subjected to a real cross examination by H. S. Hines, attorney for Collins. County Attorney Fink and Deputy Quier are conducting the state's case. The trial will not be ended before some time tomorrow. Mrs. E. G. Marshall is taking the testimony in the case for the state.

The first step taken when the case was called this morning before Judge W. T. Ham, was for the attorney for Collins, H. S. Hines, to ask for a change of venue, on the grounds that the people of Arkansas City were prejudiced against his client, for the reason that the case had much publicity here. The motion was argued by Attorney Hines and County Attorney Fink and Deputy Quier. The motion was overruled by the court, as the attorney for Collins himself, had asked for a jury at the time of the arrest some days ago. Then the jury list was struck and the attorneys began the work of striking off the names they did not care to have on the list, after which the examination of the prospective jurors was begun. It was announced that the case would be heard in the city courtroom at the city building, as it was a larger place and would be more commodious than the small room in the Zadie block.

N. B. Hickson, the special officer who is the main witness against Collins in the liquor charge case, was at the city hall this morning, as he was brought here from the county jail at Winfield, where he has been held for the past week, after failure to give bond for $200. There was a young woman with him at the time; and to a reporter for the Traveler, Hickson stated: "This is my wife and she is the woman who was with me at the Morris rooming house when I was here before. She has been in Winfield for the past few days, or since I have been in jail there."

In regard to the affidavit that Collins stated yesterday he had from the real wife of Hickson, Hickson stated: "That affidavit is no good and I can prove it. My wife has not signed any affidavit and she is with me now. I will swear that Collins perjured himself in the obtaining of that paper, and it has no seal or stamp upon it."



Mrs. Etta Owens, who was arrested in Marshalltown, Iowa, last week and was brought here on the charge of forgery, was taken before Judge J. W. Martin this morning, and she waived preliminary. Bond was fixed at $300 and her father, Mr. Driscoll, of Marhall, Oklahoma, signed the bond. The woman and her two children will be taken to the home of her parents. The case will be tried in the district court at the coming term.



Isaac Dildine and Henry Walker, strangers, are in the city jail here, and are held as suspects in the mystery murder case, wherein the body of a man aged about fifty years, ws found on Grouse creek, east of the city, last Sunday afternoon. Local officers state the two men, who have been camping in that vicinity for about two weeks, will be given a chance to tell their story and late today they were still in the lockup.

It was stated by the officers who arrested the two men that there is no direct evidence against them, but at present the officers are making an investigation of tracks found in that location. The camp of the two men was near the place where the decomposed body of the man was found by N. C. Vaughn of this city. It is said that the two suspects each have a car at their camp and that they have been in that immediate locality several different times lately.

Sheriff Goldsmith, Undersheriff Don Goldsmith, Deputy F. A. Eaton, and Judge W. T. Ham, went to the camp of these men late last night; and after an investigation, they arrested them and brought them to the city. The two strangers are in separate cells at the city jail and have not had the opportunity to converse with each other since they were brought here at 4 o'clock this morning.

They will be given the opportunity to tell their stories tomorrow, the officers stated this afternoon.



Winfield, Sept. 5.A delegation of farmers living in the country southwest of Arkansas City visited the county commissioners Monday morning at the courthouse and asked that the Sixth Street Bridge at Arkansas City be placed in repair. Part of the bridge went out during the floods in July.

The commissioners had contemplated abandoning the bridge and building a new road to connect with other bridges. A bridge is located about a mile above the wrecked bridge and another is to be bound about the same distance below.

The delegation pointed out that they were hampered in sending their children to school and asked that the commissioners reconsider their decision to abandon the bridge.

The commissioners are going to view the bridge and estimate what it will cost to put it in repair. They may reconsider their decision and the bridge may be repaired this fall.



Charged with aiding two young Winfield girls to run away from their homes, D. McCollum, Bill Mattis, and Lloyd Seabridge, a trio of Winfield young men, were arrested at the 101 Ranch and brought to the county jail yesterday by Deputy Charles Goforth.

The girls, 15 and 17 years of age, are said to be of questionable character, one of them being on parole from the probate judge at the time she left Winfield. Their names were not disclosed.

It is alleged that one of the men drove them to Arkansas City, where they took a train to Oklahoma City. There they back-tracked to Ponca City, where they were apprehended and returned to Winfield. The other men, it is said, involved themselves by furnishing money to the pair.

Oklahoma officers arrested the three men at the 101 Ranch roundup Saturday on a warrant charging "contribution for delinquency." Their trial is set in probate court for today.



Attorneys for James Haggard, who has filed a claim with the city for damages in the amount of $10,000, for alleged bodily injury and great mental suffering, will push the claim against the city, according to reports given out today; and as the claim has not been allowed by the city, it is very probable that the next step to be taken will be a damage suit filed against the city.

Haggard alleges in his claim for damages that he was beaten by four unknown men on the night of August 1, and at which time he was in the employ of the Santa Fe at the yards here. He is said to be a strikebreaker and was a stranger here at the time of the alleged assault. His claim against the city is made under the state mob law and comes under the act of the State of Kansas, made in 1915.

Attorneys for Haggard declined to give out anything for publication on this matter today, but they promise more startling developments in the case, within the next few days at least. The bill was turned over to the city attorney at the meeting of the city commission this morning.

The claim of Haggard was filed with the city clerk last Friday morning; and so far there has been no further disposition made of the affair. Therefore, it remains to be seen how the case will terminate, or just how far the man Haggard will get with the suit for alleged damages.



Fred Beeson, of this city, well known rider and roper, won the first prize of $500 at the three days roping event on the big program just closed at the 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. The events there were in progress Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and there were people there from all parts of the United States to witness the program of three days.

Beeson won first in the three steer averages, and in the roping and tying stunt. His first was made in 22 seconds, the second in 26, and the third, winning three falls with the second rope, in 10 seconds.

Lee Robinson of Kingman, Arizona, won the second money in these events, this being $300, and Ed Burgess, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, won third, $200. Robinson is the roping partner of Beeson, and they always work together when convenient to do so. There were 37 ropers in all who took part in these events and all the steers used there were of the big Old Mexico variety, averaging 900 pounds each. Needless to say, they were hard to handle.



Prof. and Mrs. James Hightower arrived in the city Saturday from Colorado Springs, Colo., overland. It is their first visit back to the old home town for eleven years, and the numerous changes greatly surprised them. They are meeting a large number of former friends, who are glad to see them again.

The professor has been physical director for the Charles Tutt and Spencer Penrose millionaire families at Colorado Springs for some time. His son, Diaz, is engaged in the same work for a wealthy family in Colorado.

Prof. Hightower owns Natural Bridge, one of the most beautiful scenic spots surrounding the city. It is located in the woods on the east side of the Walnut river near Madison Avenue. He is planning to convert the rustic beauty spot into a pleasure resort with a dancing pavilion and other attractive amusements.



W. H. Nelson, of 308 South B Street, closed the deal for the sale of his residence property at that location, to the Catholic church. This property joins the new Catholic edifice on the north and the members of the church have wanted the place for some time, it is said. The consideration for the house and three lots there was almost $10,000. Mr. Nelson will vacate the residence as soon as possible and the place probably will be remodeled and made into a home for the priest, Father M. J. Degnan.

Mr. Nelson and family moved into this place 35 years ago and he has since resided there. Several years ago Mrs. Nelson passed away there and the son, Harlan, resides at Tulsa. Therefore, Mr. Nelson has been alone there for some time past.



Barnes, Titus and Skelly are hoping their No. 3 Eastman will prove a producer if given a shot. The well was to be shot late Sunday. The sand was entered forty feet.

Arkansas Fuel Oil Company is drilling at 1,470 feet on the Little Pirate ranch in No. 6 Clarke.

It is possible the Trees interests will make a deep test on the Brown farm, where they got a good 1,900 foot showing. They are drilling to the 2,300 foot sand now, having encountered water with the oil in the upper sand. If they get nothing there, they may go to 3,000 feet. It is near the Biddle well.




At the meeting of the city commissioners this morning, Commissioner Sturtz made complaint that he waited at a railroad crossing while a locomotive was passing; and the locomotive was provided with a shrill air whistle which he played and which was an unnecessary annoyance, he claimed. Reports from different parts of town had reached the mayor and commissioners in regard to the annoyance of locomotive whistles within the city limits. "The locomotive engineers play the whistles from crossing to crossing, and in some cases awaken sleeping babies and frighten women and girls," declared the mayor. After discussion of this matter, it was referred to the city attorney to ascertain if there is a city ordinance covering it; and if not, to draft such an ordinance.

Box Factory Building

R. H. Rhoads of the chamber of commerce, asked on behalf of J. W. Wagner of Silverdale, that a lease be entered into between the city and Mr. Wagner on the box factory building and site for the establishment of a factory to make patent lath in connection with Mr. Wagner's stucco business. The latter has a plant at Silverdale, but is desirous of locating an additional plant in this city. For some time the city has not been realizing anything from this property, and the lease by the box factory has been forfeited long since. The city attorney was instructed to give three days' notice to the box factory to vacate. Mr. Rhoads was assured that Mr. Wagner would have no trouble in coming to some kind of an agreement with the city commissioners with reference to a lease for the purpose indicated.

Bids were opened on the concrete dam or sliceway at the mouth of the Third ward drainage ditch near the city wells. These were new bids, all the bids of a week ago having been over the city engineer's estimate. H. A. Fowler bid $1,540 and the bid of Alex Livingston was $1,475. C. A. Bahruth and R. H. Robson, who had bids in last week, did not submit new bids. The contract was awarded to Mr. Livingston.

W. H. Lightstone, E. L. Kingsbury, and Jacob Seyver were designated as a committee to act as an appraising board in the matter of changing the property assessments in sewer district No. 6, where sewer construction outside the city limits had been assessed against property owners in the sewer district, whereas this part of the assessment should have been made against property owners throughout the city, instead of limited to the district.

The James Haggard Damage Claim

The claim of James Haggard for alleged damages in the sum of $10,000, resulting from an attack by a mob on August 1, 1922, within the city linmits, causing great bodily injury and mental suffering, was referred to the city attorney for further investigation.

Pay for Orchestra Director

The matter of allowing the director of the municipal band and orchestra a compensation for his work was discussed. The director, George W. Jones, has not been receiving any salary for his work except the pay which he received for putting on concerts. The director had threatened to quit the work on account of not having money to buy music, which he buys out of his own pocket. The commissioners and the chamber of commerce secretary, who was present, expressed their appreciation of the splendid showing being made by the municipal band and orchestra under Mr. Jones' leadership, and thought he ought to receive compensa tion in the shape of a small monthly salary. On motion by Sturtz, he was granted $50 per month, the money to be taken out of the general fund and replaced when the band money begins to come in in January.




Washington, Sept. 6.The injunction obtained by the government against the striking railway shopmen was declared today in the senate to be violative of both the constitution and the Clayton anti-trust act by Senator Robinson, democrat, Arkansas.

The Arkansas senator declared that the injunction "abridged freedom of speech, and of the press, and the right of people peacefully to assemble." He argued also that it violated the section of the Clayton act, which he said implied "that laborers may organize and act in concert for the purpose of mutual help, without the risk of prosecution under anti-trust laws."

Senator Robinson charged that the federal court exceeded its authority in issuing the temporary restraining order and declared that the "alleged advantages to be derived from the order are more than offset by the permanent impairment of the reputation of the federal judiciary for integrity and impartiality, which must result from such an unwarranted assumption of authority."


Chicago, Sept. 6.Union officials at the headquarters of the railway employees department of A. F. of L. today continued to deny the published reports that a meeting of the policy committee had been summoned to meet here tomorrow in connection with peace moves in the railroad shopmen's strike. Intimation that there possibly were to be meetings of union chiefs in the east was given by John Scott, secretary of the railway employees department, but he would give no definite information. Asked if the policy committeemen were on their way to Chicago, Mr. Scott said: "They are going the other way." He said B. M. Jewell, head of the rail employee department, had not returned from the east. Mr. Jewell's whereabouts have been a mystery since the government obtained an injunction last Friday against any interference by the strikers with the railroads. It was reported that he would arrive at his office today, but Mr. Scott said he did not expect him. Mr. Jewell is said to have been registered at a Baltimore hotel on Saturday. Mr. Scott at union headquarters intimated that the movement of union leaders toward the east included only heads of the six striking shop crafts. He indicated that no meeting of the full policy committee had been called.



The trial of Choc Collins on the charge of selling liquor and maintaining a nuisance was resumed in the state court of W. T. Ham before a jury of twelve men this morning at 9:30. N. H. Hickson, the prosecuting witness, resuming his testimony.

County Attorney Fink undertook to show by the witness, Hickson, that a note was sent by Collins, the defendant, through one Noonan, to him (Hickson) while he was in jail at Winfield, the purpose of the prosecution being to establish that the defendant had undertaken to tamper with the witness and intimidate him, and by further testimony to show that Collins had sent a message to Hickson through Noonan, in which Collins offered to "play square" with Hickson if Hickson would "play square" with Collins.

Attorney Hines entered a motion objecting to the introduction of the evidence, unless the court would permit the defense to prove the charges affidavit in connection with the note.

The jury was excused while this motion was being discussed. The paper in question purposed to be a statement by Mrs Hickson that she was the wife of "N. B. Hickson," that she resided in Caney, Kansas, and that she had been out of Caney only on two occasions, once to Coffeyville and once to Independence, where she had a warrant sworn out for the arrest of Hickson on the charge of wife desertion.

The defense undertook to show that Hickson was living with a woman by the name of Bonnie Wise or Bonnie Parker, at the Morris rooms, and that he had testified in the police court that his wife was here at the time of the trial, conflicting with her statement as alleged in the note.

City Attorney L. C. Brown stated that Collins prepared the affidavit and that the purpose of Collins was to intimidate the witness by threats of prosecution on the charges of perjury and white slavery.

Hines argued for the defense that if the evidence was competent to go to the jury, then it was competent to prove the witness (Hickson) a perjurer.

Justice Ham overruled the motion, stating that it had been proven that the note was sent by Collins to the witness, and he believed the jury had a right to see it. The jury was then called back.

In response to further questioning by the county attorney, Hickson stated that he did not do as Collins had requested, make his answer (as to whether he would do the "square thing" or not) on the bottom of the note. The communication was then read to the jury and submitted as evidence in the case.

The examination of the witness was then resumed.

"Why do you spell your name "Hixon" while your wife spells it "Hickson?" asked Attorney Hines.

"We were married under an assumed name," replied Hickson.

The witness was then further cross-questioned in regard to Bonnie Wise, and the court then took a recess.

Upon reassembling Noonan was placed on the stand. He testified the same as yesterday, that he had delivered a note from Collins to Hickson in the county jail, and had told Hickson that Collins said if Hickson would treat Collins square, Collins would treat Hickson square.

Sheriff Charles Goldsmith was put on the stand for the purpose of showing that Collins had made an effort to go to the jail himself to see Hickson, but the sheriff's testimony was that Collins was not permitted to do so. The sheriff stated that he saw Noonan give the note in question to the county attorney in the office of the jail.

Attorney Hines moved to strike out the sheriff's testimony. The court overruled the motion.

Otto L. Cox was then called to take the witness stand. The sheriff reported that he was not present. Adjournment was then taken until 1:30 p.m.

An attempted bribery is the sensational feature that was developed yesterday in the case of the state versus "Choc" Collins, in which the defendant is charged with selling liquor and maintaining a nuisance, and in which N. H. Hickson made the arrest and is the star witness.

The bribery feature came to light in the progress of the trial late yesterday afternoon when Jerry Noonan, arrested yesterday and held in the city jail on a charge of offering a bribe to a witness in the Choc Collins case, was placed on the stand.

Noonan said that he now lives in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, but was formerly a resident of this city. He testified that yesterday (Monday) he made two trips to Winfield with Choc Collins and on each trip had gone to the county jail where he had seen Hickson and conversed with him. On the second trip, which was made late in the afternoon, the testimony of Noonan was to the effect that he had delivered a note or written message to Hickson, the star witness, from Collins, the defendant on trial in this case.

As the witness started to testify to his converation with Hickson, the attorney for the defendant, H. S. Hines, asked that this part of the testimony be stricken out, and that the witness should not tell to the jury what took place between him and Hickson involving Collins in an attempted bribery. "I have evidence which I wish to submit in this case showing that Collins undertook to bribe Hickson," said County Attorney Fink. Pending the discussion as to whether the witness should be allowed to answer the questions objected to by the defense, the jury was excused. Standing before the judge, County Attorney Fink said: "This witness came direct from Collins, the defendant. Collins sent this man, Noonan, to the county jail as his agent or emissary to influence Hickson in his testimony in this trial. As Collins' agent, Noonan told Hickson that he (Collins) would not prosecute him on the charges of perjury and white slavery if he would forget his testimony made in the police court."

The judge ruled that the witness should answer questions as to what took place between the witness and Collins, but that the witness should not be required to tell what Hickson said to him with reference to the alleged bribery.

The jury returned to the box and the trial was resumed.

"What did Mor Collins tell you to tell Hickson?" queried the county attorney.

"Mr. Collins said if Hickson would treat him square, he would treat Hickson square," replied the witness.

Questioning the witness, with reference to the written note, the witness stated: "I took the note to Hickson from Collins. Collins gave the note to me while we were in the car as we neared Winfield."

Here the note, which consisted of note size paper, was produced. The witness said he didn't know whether it was the same note had had delivered to Hickson; he had not looked at it. But he repeated that he had given a note from Collins to Hickson, and testified that Hickson had given the note back to him; and he in turn, had given the note to the county attorney. He then admitted that to the best of his judgment it was the same note.

The witness testified that Collins had told him to tell Hickson to write his answer on the bottom of the note, and testified that it was not explained to him what was meant by the square deal. Collins further told Noonan to tell Hickson that he had lots on him, but he would not prosecute him if he would give him a square deal.

Attorney Hines again asked that Noonan's testimony be thrown out, and the county attorney and his deputy and Attorney Hines were wrangling over this matter at the time the court adjourned last evening. During the development of the bribery sensation, the audience was intensely interested and the attorneys let loose plenty of oratory.

After the jury had been examined and passed, Hickson, the star witness for the state, took the stand.

Hickson, who is said to be the same man, whose name appeared as N. B. Hickson, said his name was Neil H. Hixon, and that his home is in Caney, Kansas.

He is the man who planned the arrest of Collins for selling liquor, who made the purchase of the liquor himself, then drew a gun and told Collins he was under arrest.

Neil H. Hixon stuck closely to his story as told on the witness stand when the case came up in the police court. Upon being cross-examined by Attorney Hines, Hixon stated that he had been arrested two days ago for the first time, on the complaint of the deputy county attorney, charging him with having liquor in his possession. He testified that he was not guilty of the charge.

He admitted he had been appointed as a Santa Fe guard, but denied that he had fired any shots on the occasion of a riot in the yards on August 18. He worked for the company until he had a disagreement with the road official he was working under, when he resigned, the attorney attempting to establish the point that he was fired because he was too officious. He was afterward sworn in as city policeman. He had not told the police of his plans to arrest Collins, he said. He admitted he had registered himself and friend and two girls at the St. Charles rooms, registering all as being from Sedan, resorting to this means to catch Collins in a trap. He did not remember the names he had registered in the book. The book was produced and the witness admitted that the two entries "Mr. and Mrs. Callahan" and "Mr. and Mrs. Drake" were the entries which he had made in the book, which was submitted in evidence. The witness stated that the above names should have been scratched out, and Officer Chadwell testified that he had seen Hixon go to the register and scratch something out, the inference remaining that the names had been traced back in again. Hixon stated that he received no reward for the capture of Collins.

Attorney Hines then asked some questions, the portent of which was to show that Hixon was living here with a woman by the name of Bonnie Wise, who was not his wife. Hixon testified that he had registered at the Morris rooming house as Neal Hixon. He didn't know where Bonnie Wise was when the police found her. He said he would swear that his wife was here when the Collins trial came up in police court.

"Have you been promised you would not be prosecuted on a white slave charge and the charge of perjury, on certain conditions?" the county attorney asked.

"Yes," replied Hixon.

"Who by?"

"By Noonan, a man by the name of Noonan, who was sent to me by Collins."

"Did the promise come from the county attorney's office or from the deputy county attorney's office or from the sheriff or deputy sheriffs's office?"

These questions the witness answered in the negative.

After a ten minute recess, Policeman Charles took the stand. He answered the call to go to the St. Charles rooms on the night of August 25. The feature of Officer Charles' testimony was his contradiction of the testimony of Hixon and Cox that Cox had held his gun in his right hand up by his shoulder pointing up and at no time pointing the gun at Mrs. Collins. "Cox had his gun in his right hand, resting across his left arm, and pointing directly at Mrs. Collins," the officer testified.

Policeman Charles testified that he heard the breaking of the whiskey bottle.

The county attorney asked: "What did Hixon say when the bottle had been taken from him by Mrs. Collins and was broken?"

Charles responded that Hixon said: "That is a h___ of a note."

Policeman Charles, on cross-examination by Attorney Hines, said that Hixon had told him, "We're going out to bring him in." Charles said that when he got to the St. Charles room, Hixon was holding a gun on Collins, and Hixon told him he had purchased a bottle of liquor of Collins.

Officer Charles stated, "Collins called Hixon a damned liar."

Charles also testified that Hixon told him he had paid Collins for the whiskey, getting a silver dollar in change. Answering a question by Deputy County Attorney Quier, the witness admitted that he hadn't looked for the $5 bill.

Policeman Chadwell, the next witness for the state, said he did not hear Collins say to Hixon that he was d_____ liar. He admitted that it might have been said before he got there; but he was only four or five steps behind Officer Charles, to whom Collins had made the assertion.

On cross-examination Officer Chadwell admitted he had heard Officer Ballew testify he had not tasted the whiskey that was in the bottle, which was in contradiction to the testimony of Hixon that Ballew had tasted the whiskey.

It was at this point that Noonan took the stand and the bribery sensation was developed; and which held the boards until adjournment was taken shortly before 6 o'clock, until 9 o'clock this morning.

The state rested its case at 3:45 o'clock. After a ten minute recess, witnesses for the defense were called for the presentation of Collins' side of the case.

Only one bit of evidence was introduced this afternoon, tending to support the nuisance charge of the state, that being in the testimony of Policeman Jobe to the effect that he and officer Ralph Dailey saw a man, accompanied by two women, drive up in front of the St. Charles, where the man went up the stairs and returned in a few minutes, again entering the car. Upon the approach of the officers to search the car, the man threw out and smashed a glass jar containing corn whiskey, the inference of the officers' testimony being that the man bought the whiskey from the rooming house, although the man did not say so in so many words.



New York, Sept. 6.Initiation of proceedings for an impeachment of Atty. Gen. Daugherty and Federal Judge Wilkerson of Chicago, on the ground that the strike injunction granted by the latter at the former's request was in violation of the constitution, was urged on Senator Borah in a telegraph disptached today by John J. Dowd, chairman of the general strike committee of the eastern railroad shopmen.

The message addressed to Senator Borah, as chairman of the senate committee on education and labor, follows.

"On behalf of 25,000 railroad shopmen on strike in the New York metropolitan district, we urge upon you the immediate necessity for the impeachment of Attorney General Daugherty and Federal Judge Wilkerson.

"The injunction against the striking shopmen requested by the attorney general and issued by Judge Wilkerson constitutes a violation by high government officials of the constitutional guarantees of American freedom and of specific federal statutes without precedent in the history of the nation.

"Soft words of interpretation spoken in high official quarters after the issuance of the injunction cannot mitigate the plain language and intent of the document. Nor can they wipe out the astounding admission by the attorney general in the press the day the order was issued that he would use the power of the government to maintain the open shop."


Parsons, Sept. 6.The executive committee of the central labor body of Parsons endorsed a nation wide suspension of work by all organized crafts until the railroad companies accede to the federated shop craft demands, at a special meeting last night. The executive committee stated its affiliated organizations were ready to suspend work. The preamble to the resolution states that the injunction recently issued in Chicago takes away the rights of the shopmen as American citizens and refers to it as "Infamous."



Klan Initiates A Class of Fifty Near Winfield

"Do you want a good news story? We are sending two men for you; these men will be strangers to you, but it is important you go with them. You will have absolute protection." was the message received by a Traveler reporter from an unknown party while a guest at a dinner party at the Country Club last evening.

Shortly following the message the men arrived, stated they were Klansmen from Ponca City, and were instructed by the cyclops of the Arkansas City Ku Klux Klan to call and take the writer to the open air meeting of the Ku Klux Klan near Winfield. These two men were not robed and were unknown to the reporter.

About six miles from Winfield, after turning the corner on the rock road going north into Winfield, a large fiery cross and other lights were plainly visible. After going a few miles nearer, the reporter noticed the roads were jammed with cars and spectators. It was here that the Traveler representative was blindfolded. After slow driving for some distance, the car stopped, and the reporter was led to a gate. He was stopped at the gate, supposedly by a guard. The Klansmen said something about a newspaper man and did some whispering, and we were permitted to pass. After walking some distance the guide again stopped, and the same maneuvers were gone through as at the gate. The blindfold was then removed and it was a startling revelation to the newspaper man, the crowd of robed men who were walking about on the hill and the huge fiery cross that was burning. The top of the hill was electrically lighted with a small light plant, and the escorts claimed the cross was forty feet high and 20 feet wide. It could be seen for a distance of fifteen miles in any direction where the topography of the country would permit.

The reporter was shown how the roads on two sides were lined three and four deep with automobiles and spectators; and it is estimated three thousand watched the meeting from the outside, while a thousand robed men were on the inside. Never at any time was the newspaper man allowed to get away from his escorts nor was he allowed to get within hearing distance of the meeting. Hundreds of guards were walking about the field constantly. Also, many guards were on horseback. The horses were robed with a big white robe with three large K's in red in one corner.

The robes worn by the Klansmen were white, with white capes over the shoulder, with a black and white cross with red background over the heart. They all wore cone-shaped hats with back and front flaps, and a red tassel on top.

The escort claimed that Wichita, Blackwell, Winfield, Arkansas City, Ponca City, Dexter, Cedarvale, Rock, Newkirk, Geuda Springs, and Oxford klans were all represented at the meeting.

About 9:30 o'clock, initiation ceremonies were commenced. The reporter counted about fifty candidates who were being initiated. The klansmen all formed a circle and the candidates stood within, the klansmen marching around them. Then a double circle was formed and the candidates with hands on each other's shoulders marched in the center of the double circle following a klansman with a fiery cross in his hands.

Following this the candidates were taken to four different stations in the circle where they were instructed in the work. Then they all gathered in front of an altar in the center of which was the American flag. On the altar, the escorts stated, was the Holy Bible and a sword, and behind the altar was a burning cross. The initiation ceremonies lasted until 11:30 o'clock. Following this, the escorts stated, a kleagle of Oklahoma was to make an address. However, the reporter was not permitted to hear.

At the conclusion of the above described ceremonies he was escorted to the klansman's car and brought to his home in Arkansas City.

An airplane soared over Arkansas City and Winfield late yesterday afternoon, dropping hand bills announcing the meeting and inviting the public to watch it.





Isaac Dildine and Henry Walker, the two strangers who were arrested Monday night by Sheriff C. N. Goldsmith and his deputies from this city, as being suspects in the alleged murder of the man found near Silverdale last Sunday afternoon, and who were held in the city jail here all day yesterday, have been released and allowed to go on their way. Local officers report that there was no evidence brought forth to connect the two men with the alleged killing, and therefore they were released, as they related a straight story to the sheriff, and gave a full account of themselves, and of their recent actions. The two men were allowed to go to their camp near Silverdale last night. They have been there, according to information given the sheriff, about two weeks, and they claim to be traveling through the country.

The officers made a thorough investigation in regard to tracks found near their camp and tracks found in the vicinity of the place where the body of the unknown man was found. The body of the stranger, who appeared to be about 55 years of age, was interred in Riverview cemetery Monday; and so far, there seems to be no clue as to his identity.

The verdict of Coroner Marsh, the day after the finding of the body, was that the stranger had come to his death by being struck a blow on the back of the head, by unknown parties, as there was a concussion of the skull. The body was very much decomposed and therefore had to be buried at once.



The mystery of the baby alligator, which was found in the canal here several days ago, probably has been solved. The word given out today was that Ned Brandon, small son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Brandon, of 221 North Third Street, lost such a reptile some time ago. However, he has not recovered the alligator, and says he does not care much about it, anyway. The baby alligator was sent to Ned by his aunt, who is in Florida, and he had placed it in a tub of water in the back yard at his home, from which it disappeared. The children of the neighborhood played with the baby reptile for three days before it left the tub home and wandered to the canal, where there was more water than there was in the wash tub. This baby alligator was about one foot in length when it was sent here from Florida.



Chester Harris, 28, still worker for the Moore Refining Co., and residing at 315 South D Street, was taken into the country about 8 miles southwest of the city at midnight last night and tarred and feathered by four men, three masked, and a masked 12 year old boy standing by.

"I was ordered to leave town or be hanged, when they got through with me," Harris said. "They charged me with beating my wife and chasing after other women," he continued.

Mrs. Harris voiced her indignation over the incident from a sick bed at the Arkansas City hospital, and denied that Harris had ever beaten her. "He has not always been as good to me as he should, but he never beat me," she declared. "I have been living with my sister and he has been rooming at another house. I had an attorney draw up the papers asking for a divorce from him on the grounds of cruelty, but I am so sick that I don't know what I'll do now," she continued. Mrs. Harris looked like she was seriously ill, and that the man-handling of her husband had been a severe shock to her. Her forehead and face were swathed in ice bags as she talked. The doctor stated that she had a severe form of rheumatism. Her temperatore was 104.

"My wife and I have quarreled a number of times," Harris admitted, "but I have always helped support her with what I could afford from my wages. When I was working in Ponca City, she was working up here, and I gave her all I could afford to then. I have been an employee at the refinery for six years, excluding the time the plant was shut down. I do not drink and chase other women as the maskers charged me.

"They are simply a bunch of cowards to gang up on a man and hide their faces behind masks. I can't understand why they tarred and feathered me, except that I received a letter signed by the Ku Klux Klan last week in which I was warned to straighten up and be a man, and treat my wife right. I showed the letter to my wife and she wrote back to the klan, declaring that she wished they would drop the matter as it would only complicate matters between her and me if the klan interfered, she told me.

"I had dismissed the matter from my mind except that I had obeyed the warning insofar as I knew."

Harris suffered considerable nervousness, but this morning he was perfectly calm and told his story of the abduction and tarring and feathering.

"I work from 4 to 12 p.m. as stillman at the Moore refinery," he said. "I washed up after work last night and got into my Ford car with Robert King, a helper at the refinery, to go home. We heard someone yell 'Stop,' as we drove east on Madison Avenue, but did not stop because I figured I had load enough. A little farther down the road, two men stepped out and commanded us to halt. Both were dressed in overalls and wore caps and white handkerchiefs. One was about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 190 pounds. The other man was shorter and of a more stocky build. One jumped on the running board beside me and the big man jumped upon the other side and stuck a gun in the face of King and ordered him to 'beat it,' which he did. The two men got in the car with me and we drove to the Arkansas River bridge on Sixth Street, where we were met by two other men and a boy in a Ford touring car.

"I was ordered in that car at the point of a gun and got in the rear seat with the man with the gun. They searched me for arms and then one of the men drove my car. We drove to Summit street, thence to the first crossroads, and turned west to the next crossroads, and thence to the state line, thence west to the railroad track, where we met a Ford car and some people who were fixing the car. I had not been warned against making an outcry, but considered it safer to remain mum with the man next to me holding a gat in my ribs.

"We continued driving west until I think we wre about eight miles from town at a lonely place in the country. They ordered me to dismount from the car and undress.

"What's the idea?" I asked.

"Never mind about the argument, but hurry up," one of the men commanded.

"Then they tore my clothes off of me."

"Anything you wish to say to your God?" one of the men asked me.

"What have I done?" I replied.

Someone answered, "You know what you have done; you struck your wife and knocked her down and you have been chasing other women."

"One of the men then got a small bucket of tar paint, and with a small paint brush, proceeded to paint my naked body. After that they sprinkled me with chicken feathers. Then they ordered me to get into my own car 'and get out of town or I would be hanged.'

"I drove to the refinery and washed off the tar and feathers with gasoline and then called the police, who accompanied me to town. I remember that the unmasked man wore a beard and glasses. I am positive that I can identify at least one, and perhaps two, of the maskers. I am more inclined to believe it was gangsters seeking some revenge than the Ku Klux Klan.

"The deputy county attorney has promised me to issue warrants when I can satisfy him that I am reasonably sure of my identification of one or two of the men who mobbed me.

"I can bring suit against the city under the state mob law, but I have not decided on that action yet.

"I have asked the police to give me protection to my home at nights. I have lived a straighter life in the last few months than in any time before then, and I cannot understand why any mob would attack me when I am working every day and trying to do the best I can by my wife," he concluded.



"Choc" Collins, in company with his attorney, H. S. Hines, went to Winfield this after- noon to appear in Justice O'Hara's court on a charge of attempting to have a witness withhold testimony. The warrant was sworn out on complaint signed by County Attorney Ellis Fink, and was served by Deputy Sheriff Fred Eaton.

Attorney Hines had information today from the county attorney's office, stating that the case would be dismissed in the justice court, and information filed in the district court. The offense is classed as a misdemeanor, the defendant's attorney stated, the maximum penalty upon conviction being a fine of $300 and a jail sentence of six months; both the sentence and the jail sentence to be imposed in such offenses.

The defendant and his attorney went to the county seat to appear in court this afternoon and to give a bond of $300 for appearance in the district court. The matter of Collin's arrest on the above charge was kept quiet so as to keep the knowledge of Collin's arrest from the jurors before whom he was being tried in the state court of W. T. Ham on the charge of selling liquor, having liquor in possession, and maintaining a nuisance.

During this trial Neil H. Hixon, the chief witness of the state, testified tht he had been approached in the county jail by Jerry Noonan in behalf of Collins, making threats to have Hixon prosecuted on the charges of white slavery and perjury, and offering to do the square thing by Hixon if he would forget his testimony in police court against Collins on the liquor charges.

Noonan was also arrested on the same charge as Collins, viz., attempting to withhold testimony from a witness, and held in the county jail. He was brought to this city to testify in the Collins' case, which trial was concluded last evening.

Attorney Hines stated that his mission to Winfield this afternoon also included the getting of a bond of $300 for Noonan.

"Choc" Collins, against whom the jury returned a verdict last evening on the charge of selling liquor, having liquor in possession, and maintaining a nuisance, in company with his attorney, H. S. Hines, appeared before Justice Ham this morning, at which time Collins was fined $100 on each count and sentenced to 30 days in jail on each count, making a total fine of $300 and 90 days in jail.

The court stated that this was the minimum penalty provided by law. The case was appealed to the district court, the appeal bond being fixed at $1,500.

"Guilty on all three counts," is the verdict returned in the "Choc" Collins case last evening by a jury of twelve men after being out a very few minutes. Only one ballot was taken. The three counts on which Collins was convicted were having liquor in his possession, selling liquor, and maintaining a nuisance.

The case "blew up" late in the afternoon when the defense rested after failing to get testimony from Police Judge Harry S. Brown, who was acting as a witness, in regard to a question by Attorney Hines; and the answer by the prosecuting witness, N. H. Hixon, as recorded in the stenographic report of the "Choc" Collins trial in the police court.

The matter was brought to a sudden climax in this manner.

Question by Attorney Hines: "Was this question and answer made in the police court?"

"I object," interrupted the county attorney.

The testimony in question was something that Hixon had testified to in the police court with regard to his wife; and on the stand in the present case, the attorney wished to show that he had testified differently, contradicting his testimony in the police court.

The county attorney argued that this was a collateral matter and had no direct connection with the main issue; that the question was being asked of the state's witness when the prosecution had not brought in any testimony by Hixon on the collateral matter involved, the purpose of the law being to put a limit on the matter of impeaching a witness in order to prevent a process of impeachment and counter impeachments, thus hindering the proper functioning of justice.

When the court sustained the objection raised by the county attorney, Attorney Hines, for the defense, arose and announced that he would not attempt to introduce any more evidence in the case. The defendant, Collins, gave his assent, and the defense rested after having only called its second witness to be put on the stand.

After the testimony of Harold Hughey, the last witness for the state, had been taken, Attorney Hines, for the defense, introduced a motion that the case be thrown out on the grounds that C. H. Quier, the deputy county attorney, had no personal knowledge of the offense alleged to have been committed by Collins and cited law to show that the complaint must be signed by a person "competent to testify" in the matter. To make such person competent to testify, the support must be more than hearsay or belief. It must be positive knowledge, the attorney for the defense insisted.

County Attorney Fink then pointed out two forms of oaths, one being "Blank, being duly sworn, deposes and says," then follows with his positive knowledge. In the other form, the person who makes the oath swears, according to his best information and belief.

However, in the present case, the deputy county attorney testified on the stand that he had signed the complaint in this case on positive evidence, this evidence being sworn testimony when Collins was tried in police court. He said it was his duty to file such complaint when the positive information and knowledge is at hand.

The court overruled Attorney Hines' motion, and the defense then put its first witness on the stand. The witness was Albert Miller, boiler washer at the Santa Fe shops. He testified that he was at the St. Charles rooms on the night of August 25. He went there to meet a man by the name of Williamson from Hewins, who was stopping in room 12 at the St. Charles apartments. He went there to try to trade some horses for a car.

Miller heard the hall bell ring, he said, and looked out and saw a man who pulled a gun about a foot long and throwed it on Collins, exclaiming: "Throw up your hands, God d____ you." He said the man was Hixon, whom he had seen at the roundhouse. He said Hixon represented to Collins that he was a government officer and that when Hixon told Cox that he had purchased a bottle of whiskey from Collins, the latter said to Hixon, "You're a G_________ liar."

Miller said the whiskey came out of the government man's pocket, and testified that Collins had no chance to deliver the whiskey or take the money before he (Miller) had opened his door and saw what was going on. During the time that this was going on, Miller testified that Collins was in his room.

On cross-examination Miller admitted that he had not seen Collins, that he did not know him, that he didn't know his voice, but that he knew he was in his room because he was told that it was Collins. His testimony also showed that he was considerable of a rover, and that he was now holding a non-union job with the Santa Fe.

At this juncture Judge Harry S. Brown was put on the stand with results as above recorded, bringing the trial to a sudden close.

Instructions which had been prepared by attorneys for both the prosecution and defense, were then read to the jurors by Justice Ham.

Deputy County Attorney Quier, in his introductory argument for the state, pointed out the direct testimony presented by the prosecution. This consisted of the testimony of Officer Hixon, who made the purchase of whiskey and effected the arrest of the defendant, this testimony being corroborated by Officers Hixon and Charles. These two points applied on the first count in the complaint, that of selling whiskey.

Attorney Quier submitted to the jury several points of indirect evidence in the case. They were, first: Hixon would not have gone up there to make the arrest, taking the whiskey with him on his person, but would only undergo the peril in the transaction for the purpose of making a real case; second: the breaking of the whiskey bottle by Mrs. Collins; third: the unknown whereabouts of the $5.00 bill used in the purchase transaction; fourth: Collins' tactics in refusing to go with the officers in order to make a delay, giving Mrs. Collins a chance to get the whiskey bottle.

The above evidence also applied to the second count in the complaint, that of having liquor in his possession. The third count was that of maintaining a nuisance, and the same evidence also applied to this count.

When Attorney Hines got up to make his plea for the defendant, referring to the prosecution, he said that he had been trying Collins, now he was going to try Hixon (the state's star witness). The entire case depended upon the testimony of Hixon, who testified that he bought the whiskey of Collins and his testimony was not corroborated on that point by a living person, said the attorney. He charged that Hixon violated a federal law when he marked that five dollar bill for purposes of identification.

Continuing, the defendant's attorney stated:

"Hixon came here as a Santa Fe guard to shoot down strikers, with murder in his heart, as shows by his testimony in police court that he would have shot if Collins had moved. Under the cover of a commission as an officer, he went to Collins' place as a 'spotter.' He wanted to make a name for himself so he could hold an official position. He went to the St. Charles rooms with a falsehood on his lips."

Attorney Hines here recounted Hixon's story of how he had effected a whiskey sale with Collins by representing that he was from Sedan, and had a friend and two girls in a car outside, and registered himself and friend together with the two girls as man and wife, thus getting into the confidence of Collins. He told the jury that the Noonan testimony did not show anything wrong on the part of Collins.

He charged that the county attorney, with reference to Hixon, would not be doing his duty if he did not cause his arrest on the charge of perjury.

County Attorney Fink made the final plea for the state.

"Now there is a situation in every town. You have it here. I refer to the bootleggernot the common garden variety, but the smooth article."

The county attorney condoned the method employed to get Collins under arrest. "I can't get preachers and Sunday school teachers as prosecuting witnesses, because they can't get in, the bootlegger will not sell them liquor."

Collins had tried to use a club on the prosecuting witness, the county attorney told the jurors, by threatening to have him prosecuted on the charges of white slavery and perjury, and had sent his agent, Noonan, to try to make a deal with Hixon, whereby he would not be prosecuted if he would treat him square, and asking Hixon to forget his testimony in the police court and not testify against Collins in the present case.

At 6:30 the case went to the jury and the verdict of guilty on all three counts was reached in a very short time. The case was not appealed last night.



Washington, Sept. 7.Attorney General Daugherty's announcement of the government's plan of proceeding in connection with its injunction suit against the striking railway shop crafts was viewed here today as a reply to labor leaders and others who have assailed the injunction as violation of constitutional rights, leaving in no doubt the determination of the department of justice to pursue the course adopted.

Dividing interest with that developed in the rail situation today were continued reports of secret negotiations looking to some sort of a separate strike settlement with individual roads and the significance of that connection of the meeting called in Chicago of the policy committee of the shop crafts union. As to any such negotiations, complete ignorance was still asserted in both government and labor circles here.

Declaring in his statement that the government would "consider in due time what proceedings shall be taken against the few misguided labor leaders who have made incendiary speeches" in connection with the industrial situation, the attorney general asserted that "they need not complain that they are denied the full privileges of free speech."

The United States attorney at Chicago has been instructed to notify counsel for the unions that their leading officials, together with the complete records of the organizations, would be required before the court when the case is again heard, the attorney general said, adding that they will then have the "fullest opportunity to testify under oath as to whether or not they are responsible for instigating and carrying on the questioned conspiracy to paralyze transportation in this country."

Despite the effect of the shopmen's strike, freight loading on all the country's railroads during the week ended Aug. 26 totalled 890,838 cars, an increase of 34,619 cars, as compared with the preceding week, according to a report today by the Associated Railway Executives.


Sedalia, Mo., Sept. 7.Members of the Sedalia federation of labor in session last night, adopted resolutions asking for the impeachment of Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty and Judge Wilkerson, as a result of the recent injunction ordered against the striking railway shopmen and others. A telegram was sent President Gompers of the A. F. of L., pledging unanimous support to the executive council in any move to a nation-wide strike, or "any action that might be deemed advisable in support of the shop crafts in their fight."



Atlantic City, N. J., Sept. 7.American Federation of Labor chiefs, led by President Samuel Gompers, today prepared to draft a plan of attack against Attorney General Daugherty's injunction against the railroad shop craft strikers. Following a series of secret conferences which lasted until late last night, it was unofficially announced at labor headquarters in the Ambassador hotel, that it had been almost definitely decided to attempt through the courts to have the Daugherty act vacated.

A score of the labor chiefs were already on the scene as today's program got underway.

Labor headquarters today still professed ignorance of the whereabouts of B. M. Jewell, head of the striking shopmen's union, and W. H. Johnston, of the machinists, whose absence from their accustomed headquarters brought forth unofficial reports here that they were on the way to confer with Mr. Gompers. It is reported that several heads of the big five brotherhoods also will be invited before the A. F. of L. with which they have no official affiliation, to review the story of their efforts as medaitors to bring about peace between the shop crafts and rail executives.


Washington, Sept. 7.Attorney General Daugherty today sent for Senator Borah, republican, Idaho, chairman of the senate labor committee, and after a conference regarding the Chicago injunction issued against the striking railway shopmen, it was indicated that the government would not insist in next Monday's hearing on the permanent injunction on the provisions alleged to curb freedom of speech.

The petition was set for hearing before Justice Bailey next Saturday. The petition asserted that the only knowledge the plaintiffs had of the provisions of the Chicago injunction had been gained from newspaper reports. On the basis of this information, they averred that the injunction was "issued without authority of law," and was without effect in the District of Columbia.



Topeka, Sept. 7."Strike settlement with the American Federation of Labor is now an impossibility," said A. G. Wells, vice president of the Santa Fe railway company, in a statement issued here today. Mr. Wells asserts it is apparent that the willingness of the railway department of the A. F. of L. to make settlement on individual railroads, "as stated in press reports, indicates that there is a realization among the leaders that the strike of the shopmen is lost."

Mr. Wells continued: "On the Santa Fe, men at work have organized associations representative of all classes, with whom the company has executed agreements; and settlements with the American Federation of Labor is now an impossibility. The Santa Fe has 84 percent of normal shop force and is hiring a substantial number of men daily. My chief concern in the circumstances is that as many of our shopmen who are on strike, for whom there may be room, some of them on strike against their will, shall get back to their jobs while the getting is good."



In a single day last week, 2800 freight cars were handled through the local Santa Fe yards. Each car was bearing some valuable cargo to its assigned destination.

How utterly dependent are the American people upon the proper functioning of these freight trains. If they should stop for a fortnight, intense suffering would result. And yet how useless are all these freight cars without some powerful force to move them about.

They have no motive power in themselves and without the locomotives to move them, they simply block the yards and become a hindrance to transportation; but when the engine, vibrant with life and pulsating with power, under the guidance of skilled mechanics, is coupled to these cars and pulls them out over the long lines of steel to their destination, they become no longer a hindrancebut an important factor in the great problems of transporta tion.

How much are human beings like freight trains? The vast majority of humanity lacks initiative, originality, and the ability to carry on under its own motive power; but is dependent upon the comparatively few men of the locomotive type to furnish the organized ability and motive power to keep them going.

Wherein consists the difference between the locomotive and the freight car? The difference originated in the railroad work shop. If the master mechanic wanted a locomotive, he drew up his blueprints, selected the best of materials, and placed the construction in the hands of his most skilled mechanics. If a box car was desired, his materials were selected less carefully and less skillful men were placed in charge of the construction.

The educational institutions of the country are the factories from which human freight trains are being turned out. In the higher educational institutions are found the opportunities for more skillful training and greater development. From those who profit by this more skillful training come the locomotive type of men; those who fall out at lower educational levels must be content (most of them) to be freight cars all their lives.

Think it over, young people: do you want to be a locomotive or a freight car; a leader in the great industrial world of tomorrow; or a subordinate, dependent upon someone else for your motive power?

Boys Work Rotary Committee.



Dee McCollum and William Mattis, two of the three young men charged with "aiding in delinquency," by helping Venetta Feaster, 16, and Hazel Miller, 17, to run away from their homes here, were found guilty in probate court yesterday and sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $1 each and costs, amounting to about $10.

Lloyd Seabridge, the third boy involved, was dismissed; and the case against him was dropped.

It was revealed in the trial that Mattis raised the money to help the girls escape, and then drove them to Arkansas City between the hours of 12 and 4 a.m., where heaided by McCollumbought their tickets to Oklahoma City. From there the girls came back to Ponca City, where they were located by their parents.

The boys proceeded on to the roundup at the 101 Ranch, where Deputy Charles Goforth arrested them. Mattis confessed the whole affair to the girl's parents and to Goforth.

The youngest girl has been under the surveillance of the probate judge, who has not decided what will be done with Hazel Miller, but it is likely that she will be given another hearing soon.Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, September 7, 1922.

The Central Hardware Co., started its closing out sale this morning and will continue until everything is sold. John S. Linscott of Sweet Springs, Mo., arrived in the city several days ago and has taken charge of the store as sales manager. Mr. Linscott formerly owned a hardware store in Sweet Springs and is a thorough hardware man.



The stock of the Central Hardware Company will be closed out at a great reduc tionSALE NOW GOING ON.

Now, if ever, is the time to stock up your tool chest and supplies for your kitchen at lowest prices. Price, of course, isn't the chief attractionIt's the quality of the merchandise that we offer in this special event.







Attorney H. S. Hines, who defended "Choc" Collins single handed in the big liquor selling case, the trial of which lasted two days in the state court of Justice W. T. Ham, and which was concluded last evening, in speaking of the case this morning said: "This is one of the hardest fought cases that I have ever engaged in since the case of the Kemp boys twenty years ago. In this memorable case, the charge was likewise a whiskey offense. In the trial, one of the brothers was acquitted and the other one convicted, and his case was appealed. In the meantime a witness who had testified against the convicted brother, changed his mind, and directed his testimony against the brother who had been acquitted. The outcome was the acquittal of both boys."

The "Choc" Collins case attracted as much attention and public interest as a murder case would ordinarily attract.



Washington, Sept. 8.Administrative officials who have kept close touch with the industrial situation declared today that settlement of the shopmen's strike on a number of railroads was "probable" as a result of conferences in Chicago.

According to these sources, several railroad executives were represented in an informal conference at Chicago today which they said was called largely through the efforts of Daniel Willard, of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad.



The plan, Daniel Willard of the B. & O. railroad is said to have proposed for individual agreements for settlement of the shopmen's strike, so far as outlined, does not mention seniority rights, the Chicago Daily News said today. According to this published story, the seniority question would be compromised although full seniority would not be restored.



Oklahoma City, Sept. 8.Federal operatives today were investigating what United States Marshal Alva McDonald declared in his opinion was a state wide plot among certain striking railway shopmen to destroy railroad bridges and hamper operation of trains.

Within less than a month five bridges have burned in Oklahoma under mysterious circumstances. Other instances of tampering with railroad equipment, endangering the lives of train crews and passengers, have been reported.

Four men were held here today by federal officers in connection with the burning of a bridge near El Reno, Okla., on the night of August 17, and Marshal McDonald declared confessions made by two of the men indicated a well founded plot among certain strikers to destroy bridges and terrorize train service crews with a view to brining about a general walkout of railroad workers in the state.



"Well, I am going to leave Arkansas Cityit will be healthier for me to do so," Chester Harris, who was tarred and feathered by a mob 8 miles southwest of the city, Wednesday night, said to Mrs. William Pratt, at whose home, 315 South D Street, he has been rooming, as he left the home with a grip late yesterday. He drove away in his Ford roadster. He left some of his things at the house and said he would send for them when he got located.

Harris seemed to be considerably worried by the action of the masked party that took him from near the Moore refinery at midnight Wednesday as he was leaving his work as a stillman, drove him to a lonely spot in the country, tore off his clothing, and applied tar and feathers to his body. He was charged with being cruel to his wife and not acting like a man, he said the next day. His wife has filed suit for divorce charging extreme cruelty and promising to specify the charges if he makes answer.

"I was ordered to leave the city or be hanged," he said yesterday. This command seemed to disturb him greatly and he kept repeating it over and over. He declared that he told a policeman of the warning and that the officer told him it might be well to obey the masked men.

Harris saw the deputy county attorney yesterday and declared to him that he could identify at least one, and perhaps two, of his assailants. The deputy county attorney promised to issue warrants for arrest if Harris could definitely decide and produce reasonable evidence of his ability to identify one or more of the party. Whether he received any threatening note yesterday is not known. But he made up his mind to suddenly depart from the city, for he told the Traveler Thursday that he was determined to see the affair through, and went to the police station where he asked for protection from the refinery to his home at nights.

None of his friends who were seen today could give any reason for his decision to leave the city. "He told me he was going to leave because he thought it would be healthier for him elsewhere," Mrs. Pratt said. He promised to write us after he settled down somewhere and left part of his things here for us to send to him."

Mrs. Harris is seriously ill at a local hospital with a severe attack of rheumatism, the attending physician said. She refused to say anything further than that Harris had not beaten her, but that he had not always treated her right. She declared she was too ill to decide whether she would press the divorce suit.

Friends insist that they believe Harris was not handled by the Ku Klux Klan, despite receiving a letter from the secret organization to "brace up and treat his wife right." It is their contention that Harris knows who took him out and tarred and feathered him and that he has decided it is best not to make public all the charges that were preferred against him.

Police Chief Dailey said today that none of the members of the force had made the statement to Harris attributed to him, and that he did not believe any of the policemen would have condoned any order given by a mob.



C. N. Hunt, proprietor of the Empire Laundry, is at his home in a serious condition as the result of an accident which occurred last night, while returning to this city from Cherryvale, Kansas.

The accident happened about five miles north of Udall. Road workers were putting in a culvert and had dug a trench, which was eight to ten feet deep. It was about 8 o'clock when Mr. Hunt, driving his new Hudson coach automobile, approached the trench. He was driving about 20 miles per hour, he reports, and did not slow down for the reason that there were no warning signals and no lights of any kind to give warning of danger. The car went into the ditch with a smash.

Mr. and Mrs. John Long and Mrs. Guy Featheroff and guest, Mrs. Duncan of Pittsburg, who had been to Wichita, were coming behind Mr. Hunt a distance of about one hundred yards. Mr. Long stated that it was a very dangerous place and that there were no warning signals of any kind at the place.

The Long party found Mr. Hunt in an unconscious condition. They immediately put him in their car and hastened to Udall, where Mr. Hunt was given emergency treatment. Upon the arrival of the party here, Mr. Hunt was taken to his home, 119 North C Street, where a local doctor worked with him about two hours, administering to his needs.

He was cut about the head and face, and there were cuts on his chest, also his hands were badly cut and bruised and his back was wrenched. While his injuries are very painful, he is reported not to be in a serious condition.

The accident happened in Montgomery County, it was stated, and damages will be asked of that county. The auto mechanic who went after the Hunt car reported the car was badly damaged.

Mr. Hunt had been in attendance at a Republic Third congressional district pow-wow, as chairman of a delegation from Cowley County.

Mr. Long reports that another car had just such an accident at the place only a few nights ago, as there were no lights there to warn the drivers of the danger.

This afternoon Mr. Hunt was reported to be doing as well as could be expected, and members of the family stated he was in a semi-conscious condition.



H. S. Hines, attorney for "Choc" Collins, who went with Collins to Winfield yesterday, reported today that he had made bond for his client in the sum of $500 in Justice O'Hare's court. This case is the one in which Collins was arrested on a charge of having attempted to influence a witness, the complaint having been signed by Ellis Fink, county attorney.

Attorney Hines also reported that he had secured bond for his other client, Jerry Noonan, who is under arrest on the same charge as Collins. "These cases will remain in the justice court until September 25, at which time they will be transferred to the district court," Attorney Hines stated today. This action is in accordance with the county attorney's intention as expressed while the Collins trial was in progress.

"Choc" Collins has also furnished the $1,500 bond for his appearance in the district court on the appeal of his case just concluded in the state court of Justice W. T. Ham, in which case he was convicted on the three counts of selling liquor, having liquor in his possession, and maintaining a nuisance. The case will come up at the next regular term of the district court in November. J. E. Heard signed the bond in this case.



It has been suggested that a special landscape man be brought here from the state agricultural college at Manhattan to advise the local committee and effect plans for the construction and beautifying of the new Newman Park at the end of South Summit Street. The city street commissioner, Frank L. Thompson, has been operating for some time looking to the improvement of the Newman Park. His work has been of a preparatory nature, which has been in process for a long time back. This consists of using the ditches in the park for dumping city refuse, also the gradual removal of the big sand hill on the west side of the street, which was formerly the site of the old Empire gasoline plant. The sand in this hill is good for plastering and cement work, and the city commissioner has been getting a nominal price for it by the wagon load.

While the mayor and city commissioners have been working with a general plan in view, it is believed that it would be advisable to consult a special landscape artist, who would be brought here from the state college at a small cost, probably not much more than his acutal expenses, who might make some valuable suggestions and in conjunction with the local men arrive at definite plans to work to.

The park on the east side of the street has already been reserved by the boy scouts, with the intention of having the improving largely done by the scouts, such as planting trees, building a boy scout house, etc. An expert park man might also make some valuable suggestions with reference to this part of the park, it is thought.

In any event the present intention is to convert the unsightly grounds at the south approach to the city into a beautiful park, the work to be prosecuted only as rapidly as circumstances will permit.



County Commissioner Carl Dees reported this morning the letting of a bridge contract yesterday by the board of county commissioners for the construction of a "T" girder concrete bridge, on Grouse creek near Cambridge. The contract was let to Campbell Brothers of Kansas City, whose bid of $13,900 was the low bid. The new structure will consist of three 40-foot spans. It displaces an old steel bridge, which was one of the first bridges built in the county. Campbell Brothers got the contract against four other bridges.



Winfield, Sept. 8.Ex-Officer Neil Hixon was a free man today. The liquor case against him was dismissed by the county attorney after the conclusion of the Collins case last night. Hixon was then released from the county jail where he had been held.

"You may say that the charge against Hixon was merely to hold him as a witness," County Attorney Fink stated. "And he made an excellent witness," he added.

Mrs. Hixon is here today. The husband and wife have reconciled and seemed a happy couple today. She had started a wife's desertion suit against him, but dismissed this charge at Independence.



Kay, I know I already covered the first robbery of Denton the same time Dr. Day and others were robbed also. On the first go around, I missed this second robbery!

Also, I noted a number of robberies during this time period that I did not cover before...but I did not bother! Have plenty already, I think!

When A. H. Denton, president of the Home National Bank, arose this morning from a night of sound repose, and started to put on his trousers, he made the discovery that a pocketbook which he had left in his hip pocket, upon retiring, had in some manner got around to one of the front pockets.

"Robbed! Robbed again!" ejaculated Mr. Denton to himself. "By the holy smoke some man is going to find himself acting in the capacity of lead stopper at this ranch if this thing keeps on. A man is not going to just allow himself to be robbed again, again, and then again."

The above language expresses the thoughts that were flitting through the brain of a citizen who was beginning to revolt from the outrage of being repeatedly robbed.

Upon examination he found that the front pocket, to which his pocketbook had been transferred, in which he had placed $25 the night before, no longer had the currency. The pocketbook and money had separated company. Then Mr. Denton reached down and found that twelve dollars in silver had vanished.

Before Mr. Denton had finished dressing, he found his good old reliable Waltham watch, together with the chain, had taken wings and flown. He prized his watch very highly because it had been presented to him as a gift by his good wife.

The $25 in currency had been handed him the evening before by J. H. Keaton, caretaker of the horses and barns at the Chilocco schools, who requested him to apply it on a note which he had at the bank. The silver money belonged to Mr. Denton himself.

Upon making investigation Mr. Denton discovered that the thief had entered the house through a screen on the front porch. Mr. and Mrs. Denton were on the sleeping porch on the second floor at the rear of the house. The sleeping porch is at the extreme northwest corner of the house. Mr. Denton had left his trousers in the dressing room at the extreme southeast corner of the house on the same floor. Thus the thief operated quite a distance from where Mr. and Mrs. Denton were sleeping.

However, in his meanderings over the house, the thief had got in the room next to the sleeping porch as evidenced by the fact that a candle, which had been left in this room, was found in another part of the house. But Mr. and Mrs. Denton were not aroused from their slumbers.

The thief evidently had retraced his steps and made his exit through the same window by which he had entered. Mr. Denton is becoming real peeved over these numerous robberies. His house was entered only a short time ago and something was taken in the same manner.

He swears that some thief is going to experience a sudden stop in his career if this thing continues, Albert declares.



M. A. Spencer, agent for the Missouri Pacific railway in this city, reports that he "cleaned up" on business at the local yards yesterday, for the first time in many weeks. Some time ago one of the two daily trains on this line was taken off; and since then, the local yards have been blocked most of the time. But yesterday there were two trains run out of here, and when the dispatcher called for the invoice of the yards here today, the agent reported "cleaned up."



Winfield, Sept. 9.Two men, presumed to be members of a bank robbing band, were captured here last night by Police Chief Hoover and three members of his force. Liberty bonds, war savings stamps, and savings certificates to the amount of $3,604 and several gold watches and other pieces of jewelry were found in the house where the two men were staying.

Names and addresses on folders for war savings stamps found in the loot indicated that the valuables had been at Long Island, Phillips County, Kansas. Officers at Phillipsburg stated the Long Island Bank was robbed Wednesday night.

The men gave their names as Jas. T. Lyons and Chas. Williams. The men declared they knew nothing of the bonds. The men made no resistance, but two revolvers were found in the house. A basin of solution for soaking stamps off folders was found when the officers raided the house. Suspicious actions of the men caused the arrest.

The bonds found were as follows: $1,330 in war savings stamps, $1,400 in savings certificates, $800 in liberty bonds, and a small sum in nickles and dimes.

Officers at Phillipsburg said last night when called by local officers over long distance telephone that a bank at Long Island was robbbed Wednesday night. The men arrested were held here tonight pending a warrant from Phillipsburg.



Parsons, Sept. 9.With six men held in connection with the bombing of residences of M. K. and T. railroad employees here Friday, and other arrests pending, military authorities and C. B. Griffith, assistant attorney general of the state, resumed investigation of the case today. Major Dunkel, executive officer, said "something would pop" today, but along what line he said he was not at liberty to state. Two of the men held by authorities are on the executive board of the stationary firemen and oilers' union.

Affidavits taken at the inquisition yesterday will be sent to Attorney General Daugherty as evidence in the injunction hearing. These affidavits are said to relate to specific charges of intimidation made against various men now at work in the Katy shops.

The federated shops crafts last night adopted a resolution condemning the bombing of the houses.

The military policing of Parsons was increased last night by 15 mounted guardsmen placed in the west side residence district. Major Dunkel says a curfew order may be made effective in Parsons under which all streets will have to be cleared by 9 p.m. at night.

Parsons, Sept. 9.The resignation of Mayor Alfred G. Coad was asked this afternoon by C. B. Griffith of the Attorney General's office when the military took over police authority in Parsons. In the event Mayor Coad does not resign, Mr. Griffith said he would start proceedings in the state supreme court next week asking the temporary suspension of the mayor because he had failed to cooperate with the authorities.

The most drastic military step so far in the local strike situation is said to have resulted from the bombing of residences of Missouri, Kansas and Texas railroad employees Friday and the appointment of idle shopmen as extra police, contrary to orders of Governor Allen. When Major Dunkel, executive officer of the Kansas guards stationed here, asked for extra night police last night, the mayor is said to have named shopmen.

The move to assume police authority was determined upon at a conference between Major Dunkel and Mr. Griffith this morning. Under the provisions of the order, Major Dunkel becomes the police authority of Parsons, but the present courts will continue to function.

Members of the present police staff will be kept on the force, Major Dunkel said this afternoon, provided they show a willingness to cooperate.

A provost court established here several days ago will continue to function and will occupy quarters in the police station. Captain Winfield Jones will remain provost court officer.

Coad was elected mayor of Parsons in November, 1920, when Pete Foley was his opponent. Coad also served in the state legislature and is a veteran of the Spanish-American war. He is a boilermaker by trade and has always been prominent in organized labor movements.



Acting General Manager W. K. Etter and Assistant General Manager D. O. Farley of the Santa Fe were in the city last night and a part of the day today, on a trip of inspection. They came here last night from Topeka and left the city at the noon hour, in their private business cars attached to passenger train No. 116 for the north. While in the city these officials visited all the Santa Fe property here, including the south yards and the shops. It was stated this afternoon that they found everything in fine shape here and they complimented the local officials on the increase of business here, and the manner in which the situation is being handled at this time.

W. K. Etter is a former resident of this city and he met with a number of his former friends while in the city.



Winfield, Kans., Sept. 9.It's Colonel O'Connor, now, Winfield's postmaster, who has heretofore held a commission as lieutenant colonel, received word Friday of his promotion to the grade of colonel in the infantry reserve corps.

Colonel O'Connor is in command of the 353rd infantry, a tactical organization with a nucleus of officers ready for expansion to a full-strength regiment of infantry should the United States ever engage in another war.

With a Winfield man in command of the regiment, regimental heardquarters will be located in Winfield.

Through twenty-five years of service with the national guard and army, Colonel O'Connor has climbed successfully the steps from "buck private" to colonel. He entered the world war as a major, received promotion to the grade of lieutenant-colonel after the Argonne battle; and as soon as he was mustered out, accepted a commission as lieutenant- colonel in the infantry reserve corps. His ability is now again recognized by his promotion to the grade of colonel.



There was a big doings at I. X. L. school house last evening, celebrating the new educational institution, which is said to be the best district school in the state of Kansas. There was a large attendance of people of the district and a number were there from Arkansas City, participating in the festivities.

In building the school house, aside from the educational features, the I. X. L. board took into consideration the commun-ity feature. The board spent some $6,000.00 in the new building. The basement was built for community meetings, where they could gather, have a banquet or public meeting without disturbance of the school room. There is ample room for all the pupils in the district, and a number of others besides.

Another feature in regard to the building is that it is modern, and built according to the latest idea in school houses. The I. X. L. school will long be held as a modern district school building, a monument to the district, and a big advertisement of the intelligence of the I. X. L. community.




Jim Bunnell has moved from 1325 South Second Street to 323 North C Street. He sold his property on South Second street to Isaac Marrish, of Skedee, Oklahoma, who will move here Monday.



Neil H. Hixon, the new police officer who made the arrest of "Choc" Collins on a whiskey charge and was then arrested himself on the same charge in order to insure that he would be here to act as the star witness in the prosecution by the state, has been released from the charge and is again back on the police force.

The charge against Hixon at Independence has also been dismissed, according to Chief Dailey. The charge was wife desertion. "Policeman Hixon and wife are living together in the Walnut rooms," Chief Dailey stated. He added: "The slate is clear, there are no charges whatever against Hixon."



Chicago, Sept. 11.(A. P.)Federal Judge James H. Wilkerson today denied the motion of Attorneys for the rail strike leaders that the government's bill for a temporary injunction be dismissed.

"I am not prepared to decide at this time that the bill fails to set any grounds for relief," the court said.

Governor Ben W. Hooper, chairman of the labor board, entered the courtroom during Mr. Richberg's attack on the government's right to enforce the board's decisions and took a seat within the bar. He was accompanied by several members of the board.


The defense attorney defended the right of the workers. To get around the provisions of the Clayton Act, he said, the government's bill seeks to maintain that the purposes of the alleged conspiracy to interfere with traffic are illegitimate and unlawful, but this, he maintained, is not true. The bill, he claimed, invokes jurisdiction which has been denied federal courts.

The Clayton Act cannot apply to one set of cases, and not to another, Mr. Richberg said, unless the attorney general is going to stand up in court and claim that an act of congress which he is sworn to defend, is unconstitutional.

The government comes into the court as an employer within the meaning of the Clayton act, he urged, because the government, through the courts, is operating railroads under federal receivership proceedings and is employing large numbers of railroad men.


Judge Wilkerson ordered the government to proceed with its argument for an injunction to take the place of the restraining order granted ten days ago, and which expires today.

Blackburn Esterline, assistant to the solicitor general, then presented the government's exhibits, including a list of alleged unlawful acts attributed to the strikers.


He was permitted to read into the record the list of outbreaks, including murders, which are said to be resulted from the strike, after the court overruled objections from the defense. Murders and assaults were listed in states scattered from coast to coast. Approximately twenty-five murders were included in the affidavits.

The affidavits of the crimes charged to the strikers and their sympathizers covered twenty-six printed pages in the affidavit and included, besides the murders, acts of sabotage, assault, dynamiting, whipping, derailment of trains, burning of bridges, rioting, destruction of property, and interference with trains in interstate traffic.


Chicago, Sept. 11.The constitutional rights of individuals would not be violated by making permanent the government's temporary restraining order, Attorney General Daugherty asserted in a brief comment prior to the court hearing.

"The government takes the position," he said, "that if the injunction is made permanent as it now stands, there will be no violation of the constitutional rights of the individual. It has sufficient evidence to prove our case."

Asks for Dismissal Order

Blackburn Esterline, assistant to the Solicitor General, opened for the government with the formal reading of the list of defendants on whom personal service had been obtained.

Donald R. Richberg, attorney for B. M. Jewell, president, and John Scott, secretary- treasurer of the Railway Employees department, A. F. of L., called attention to the motion he filed Saturday asking dismissal of the injunction so far as it relates to his clients, and said it should take precedence over the government's motion.

Mr. Esterline objected after Mr. Richberg had stated his plea and moved the court proceed to consider the government's petition.

Judge Wilkerson ruled there was a distinction between a motion to dismiss the bill and a motion to set aside the temporary restraining order and said he would hear the strikers' attorney on the former question.

Mr. Richberg declared in his opening statement that the acts involved in the calling and conducting of the strike were entirely lawful. The restraining order, he said, was one the court had no power to issue because he maintained it is unconstitutional to violate the Clayton act. If the bill is stripped of its conspiracy allegations, he continued, all that is left is the bill to enjoin criminal acts by unknown persons who may or may not be members of the strikers' organizations.

Board Has No Authority

The bill, Mr. Richberg said, is based on an assertion that the defendants are under a legal duty to obey the decisions of the United States railroad labor board.

There is nothing in the transportation act creating the labor board, providing any method for enforcing its decisions except by public opinion, he said. Even if the board's decisions were legally binding, they could not be lawfully enforced to prevent the workers from withdrawing from service.

He quoted Congressman Esch, one of the authors of the act, as saying in congress: "that there is nothing of anti-strike nature in the law," and also read similar statements by Senator Cummins, whose name the law also bears. From the message of President Harding to congress on the present railroad strike, the attorneys read sections in which the president brought out the same absence of mandatory provisions for the enforcement of the board's orders.



Note: I believe the first article [above] really covered events,

but also believe this article is pertinent.

Chicago, Sept. 11.Supported by one of the most formidable legal batteries the government has ever thrown into one court action, Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty set his forces in motion today towards obtaining a permanent injunction in the railroad strike.

Reinforced by a great mass of evidence on an alleged gigantic plot of sabotage and terrorism, the attorney general presented the petition to Federal Judge James H. Wilkerson, who granted the temporary restraining order Sept. 1.

Strikers Fight Back

Arrayed against the government's lawyers and denying their charges of a widespread conspiracy of vandalism to cripple the nation's transportation machinery, was Donald R. Richberg, attorney for the striking shop crafts, against whose leaders and members the government's action was directed.

Both sides avoided much discussion of the day's possibilities.

The shop crafts policy committee of 90 was here today to meet with Bert M. Jewell, head of the railway employees department of the A. F. of L., and leader of the shopmen's strike.

Two carloads of evidence: tools of destruction, thousands of telegrams, letters, photo- graphs, blueprints, books, and transcripts of statements of some 7,000 individualswhich the attorney general and his aides hadwere closely guarded by federal agents. Secret service operatives protected Mr. Daugherty and Judge Wilkerson.

The evidence was gathered, federal agents said, from all parts of the country by government operatives during the past two months, and assembled in a building near Judge Wilkerson's court.

In connection with charges that there was a widespread conspiracy for violence during the strike, government men mentioned 25 murders, the tampering with 60,000 railroad cars, the burning of 14 bridges, and the damaging of many locomotives.

Deny Conspiracy

Denying the existence of such a conspiracy by the railway unions and demanding Judge Wilkerson vacate the injunction, Attorney Richberg built up his defense on the grounds the government had failed to make a case, that the injunction is in violation of the Clayton act, and that it was obtained through misrepresentation for "ulterior and unlawful" motives.

Concerning the sabotage charges, Attorney Richberg said.

"The railway unions have agreed that perpetrators of violence not only should be harshly punished, but that they also have sought to cooperate with the proper authorities to prevent any illegal acts. The union leaders have time and again warned the membership against any lawlessness."

Mr. Daugherty met last night and conferred until late with John W. H. Crim, assistant attorney general; Blackburn Esterline, assistant to the solicitor general; James A. Fowler, special assistant in anti-trust prosecutions; Oliver E. Pegan, expert and special assistant to the attorney general; A. A. McLaughlin and A. C. McGuire, legal aides, and Charles F. Clyne, United States district attorney in Chicago.

Many government investigators who took part in the collection of evidence, were on hand to testify. Subpoenas, it was said, might run into the hundreds, with intentions that the hearings would last several days.

Except to discuss the proceedings in the most general terms, both sides remained non- committal as they approached the opening of the case.

The scene of today's action was laid in the courtroom of former Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, where the famous Standard Oil and I. W. W. cases were heard.



RECAP: Total enrollment in all the buildings of the city for the first day was 2,617. Elementary schools: 1,457. Washington 276, Lincoln 270, Willard 213, Pershing 239, Roosevelt 157, Sleeth addition school 61, and sixth grade school 236.




T. O. Pitts, of 613 South C Street, who is employed as a bridge carpenter for the Santa Fe, and who was injured last week while at work for the company in Oklahoma, was taken to the company hospital at Mulvane, and was reported today to be doing as well as expected. Mr. Pitts was riding on a motor car with other men on the bridge gang, last Friday, near Guthrie, when in some manner the car jumped the track. A large timber bar, which is an iron similar to a crow bar, was run into Mr. Pitts's left thigh and inflicted a bad flesh wound.



Sixth Street Bridge

A representation of citizens from the south end of Sixth Street across the river was present at the city commissioners meeting this morning to make inquiries with reference to road work in that neighborhood. The citizens presenting the case were C. E. Case, W. D. Stephens, and W. O. Waite. They asked that the road from the south end of the Sixth Street bridge be repaired from the bridge to the top of the hill.

However, the discussion of most public concern was with reference to getting the children living there to the Third Ward school. The present difficulty there is due to the washing out of the Sixth Street bridge. The citizens had consulted with the county commis- sioners and they asked the cooperation of the city in helping them to get a new bridge.

The discussion disclosed that the county commissioners claim they cannot build this bridge owing to lack of money in the bridge fund. Bridge building resulting from washouts recently throughout the county will wipe out the fund of one hundred thousand dollars available according to plans already made, which do not include a new bridge on Sixth street.

The county commissioners promised to afford immediate relief in the matter of getting the children to school by using the part of the old bridge not washed away and constructing a foot bridge across the gap.

Traffic is being detoured to the South Summit Street bridge, which is a narrow bridge, and it is pointed out that it would be very dangerous for children to cross this bridge, and that the bridge is too narrow for the ordinary traffic, to say nothing of the additional traffic now being detoured to this bridge.

The citizens present seemed to be unanimous in the proposition that it would be better and cheaper in the long run to build a new concrete bridge across the river on Sixth street than to build a road from the south approach to the bridge down the river to the South Summit Street bridge and then widen the bridge to accommodate the traffic, which proposi- tion, it seems, has been under consideration by the county commissioners.

All were against the proposition of any attempt being made to repair the washed out bridge, it being pointed out that what is left of it is worn out, the bridge having been built 40 years ago.

According to indications the only thing that can be done at present is the proposed temporary foot bridge for the children. The matter of doing the road work requested was referred to the utility commissioner, who stated that he thought that matter could be taken care of within the next thirty days.

More About Lath Factory

R. H. Rhoads of the chamber of commerce was present with Mr. Wagner, who wants to enter into a contract with the city for the lease of the old box factory building and site for a period of one year with option to purchase, for the purpose of puttting in a lath factory. Mr. Wagner was requested to make an estimate of what it would cost him to put a floor in the building, reroof it, and put in the windows, for which work the city indicated its willing-ness to make him an allowance on the first year's rental. He was assured there would be no trouble in making a deal with the city.

In connection with the manufacture of lath, Mr. Wagner stated that the building would also be used to house a roofing manufactory. The proposed roofing is rock surfaced and fire proof. Mr. Wagner proposes to operate this factory in connection with his factory at Silverdale.



The police captured a whole distillery Saturday night. It happened in this manner.

"Boys, let's clean up a little tonight," said Chief Dailey to four stalwart policemen. "Rearin' to go," replied the bluecoats. "What shall it be, a still or a distillery?" Together with the chief, the four policemen sallied forth from the police station about 9 o'clock Saturday evening. Not a member of the squad but what had Sancho Panza beat a city block. They hot- footed it direct to 416 North Seventh street, a new address for police operations.

They landed what they went hunting for, but were unable to determine whether it was a "still" or a "distillery."

The capture consisted of two stills, three gallons of corn whiskey, and eight 52-gallon barrels of mash.

Just a single arrest was made, Cora Stone, white, and she was placed in the city jail, charged with having liquor in her possession and manufacturing intoxicating liquor. Cora had $20 on her person. The officers were Chief Dailey, his brother, Ralph Dailey, C. H. Atteberry, Everett S. Jobe, and Earl Chadwell. The case was set for hearing in the city court this evening.

This raid was made, it was reported this morning, after the chief had been given a "tip" on the North Seventh street place in question. Officers are of the opinion that they have located and placed a ban on one of the liquor strongholds from which there had been a goodly supply of wet goods flowing in various parts of the city, in the capture of the stills and the "corn," last Saturday night.



Officer Neil Hixon made the arrest of eight negroes at 216 North E Street last night and lodged them in the city jail on the charge of "unlawful assemblage." Among those present were two out-of-town guests. The names and addresses of those constituting the party are as follows: Chester Wilson, 216 North E Street (second offense); James Glasgow, 216 North E Street, had deck of cards on person; Joseph Jones, 410 North E; Will Fields, Topeka, Kansas; W. N. Brooks, 117 North F; Wm. Bowden, Wichita, Kansas, deck of cards on person; Arthur Lee, 410 North E; Fred Williams, 623 North Sixth Street. These cases are all set for trial this evening, as the arresting officer was given a chance to get his rest today, being on the night force at present.



"Arkansas City, Kans., Sept. 10, 1922.To this church and pastor:We see with our thousands of eyes, with our ears we hear, with our minds we think, and we are behind your work and your church. Here is our support. We hope to see you finish your new church in the near future. Keep the good spirit going. We stand for Christian religion, white supremacy, and believe in the full enforcement of the laws.Yours truly, Ku Klux Klan."

This was the wording of a letter left at the Central Christian Church in this city last night, during the services there, and just as the pastor, Rev. G. W. McQuiddy, was starting on the evening sermon, to a large congregation. With the letter was $30 in U. S. money, being in currency and silver.

The letter and money were left at the church by 32 members of the K. K. K., who entered the church at 8:45 that night, robed in the long white costumes, with the white hoods, and the K. K. K. sign on the robes.

The members of the party marched in the north entrance of the church, passed the stage, and went out the south door. The last member of the party dropped the letter and the money on the platform in front of the pastor and the party left the church in a quiet manner. The members of the congregation were very much surprised to see the K. K. K. parade in the church, but there was no unusual demonstration on the part of the people in the church on account of the visit there that night by the Klan. It was reported by persons outside the church at the time, that the members of the K. K. K. party came from the north riding in seven or eight autos, that they halted in front of the church, and after parking their cars in front of the church, marched in as described above. Then they left the church and went north from that place.

The letter left at the church with the money was written on the K. K. K. official stationery. The letter and the money was placed in the hands of W. W. Albee, the treasurer of the new church fund, who has added the amount to the fund for which it was intended.



Following is a complete list of the instructors for the city schools of Arkansas City, who will be employed here during the present fall and winter term and who began their duties this morning.

Senior High School Facility

J. F. Gilliland, principal.

Edith Warnick, English and public speaking.

Florence Waddell, English.

Pauline Sleeth, English.

H. F. Toohey, history, economics, and debate.

Gaye Iden, chemistry and physics.

Ernest Uhrlaub, biology and athletics.

Euphrasia Kirk, Spanish.

Wm. McCort, mathematics.

Phoebe Machin, mathematics and normal training.

Frances Davidson, English and normal training.

Edna Johnson, librarian.

A. F. Koontz, commerce.

Kathryn B. Fitch, typewriting.

Carrie Reed, commerce.

Mary J. Skidmore, Latin.

C. S. Huey, woodwork.

H. G. Leet, mechanical drawing.

W. R. Sheff, vocational agriculture.

Faye Orelup, home economics.

Byron Fletcher, printing.

Howard Feldman, music.

Esther Reynolds, secretary

Junior High School Faculty

E. A. Funk, principal.

Gladys Cusac, secretary.

Olive Ramage, citizenship and European history.

Ida Holt, United States history.

Ethelle Ireton, American beginnings in Europe.

Lora Ward, mathematics.

Lurine Skidmore, mathematics.

Marie Helm, mathematics.

Elta B. Fretz, opportunity classes in English and mathematics.

Mary Hume, English.

Pearl Lock, English.

Enola Miller, Engoish and dramatics.

Natilla Darby, Spanish and English.

Welletta Dickinson, geography.

Ada Ford, art and penmanship.

Mary J. Skidmore, Latin and debate.

Florence Harrison, director of domestic science.

Elma Stewart, cookery.

Ruth Moore, sewing.

Helen Neiman, sewing.

Dorothy Crane, general science.

Chas. S. Huey, director of shops.

Lawrence Chaplin, woodwork.

H. G. Leet, mechanical drawing.

Myrtle Johnson, librarian.

Mason Wynne, director of physical education for boys.

Edith J. Davis, director of physical education for girls.

Howard Feldman, director of music.

Lillie Anderson, music.

W. R. Sheff, director of vocational agriculture.

Albert Lamb, chief custodian.

Elementary Teachers

Edith Mullett, Elizabeth Boyd, Emma Fisher, Lucile Hefley, Mrs. D. E. Smith, Edith Ellenberger, Gladys Perryman, Mary Abbott, Mae J. Peck, Della White, Callie Coyne, Jean Lintecum, Julia Farrar, Mateel Wynkoop, Ferne Reynolds, Helen Comegys, Helen McEvoy, Esther Henry, Maude Ramsey, Ruth Sloan, Marie Lillis, Ida Woolley, Delia Vawter, Emily Hyatt, Irma Suderman, Mildred Mayne, Florence Garringer, Stella Hall, Bella Smith, Alta Burkett, Marie Colburn, Anna Hight, Lucile Phillips, Clara Rothfus, Alice Mellor, Valeria Johnson, Gladys Ecroyd, Elea Christenson, Ruth Catlin, Glenn Sullivan, Lucile Roberts, Lois MacAllister, kindergarten assistant; Emily Main, school nurse.



Chicago, Sept. 12.(A. P.)A basis for settlement of the strike of railway shopment was considered today by the general policy committee of the shop crafts, B. M. Jewell, head of the railway employees department of the A. F. of L. announced at the conclusion of the morning session.

Mr. Jewell's brief statement was the first public acknowledgement that a strike settlement basis had been presented to the policy committee, notwithstanding many rumors and reports concerning settlement plans. He however would give no indication what the plan was and asked that speculation concerning it be dropped, in order not to interfere with the committees' discussions. There were indications, union officials said, that an agreement probably would be reached late today.


Chicago, Sept. 12.Judge James H. Wilkerson, today deferred hearing on the motion of attorneys for the rail strike leaders for modification of the temporary restraining order pending completion of the government's efforts to show that the dominant purpose of the alleged conspiracy is the destruction of interstate commerce.

Citing supreme court decision in the Coronado coal case, retail lumber dealers case, and the Patton cotton corner prosecution, Judge Wilkerson said the question raised by the government's allegation was a vital one and should be settled before the request for modification of the present order can be acted on.



Violation of the city parking ordinance will cost H. G. Smith, visiting in this city from Nelson, Nebraska, a neat little sum as the result of running into another car, which was properly parked, on the streets of the city.

The car damaged belonged to Mayor George H. McIntosh. It was his new Nash touring car and he prided himself upon keeping it looking nice. It was parked in front of the Scott battery station on Summit street.

According to the mayor's story, Smith came up at a pretty good clip, intending to stop parallel with the curbing. He set his brake and skidded the rear wheels; but he was going with such force that the car did not stop, but bumped into the mayor's car, smashing the running board and damaging the rear door.

Mr. Smith offered at once to pay for a new running board, but the mayor insisted on a new door also. Mr. Smith and family drove to Blackwell after the accident to visit relatives there. The McIntosh car is in the Parks Motor Company's garage for repairs. Word from the garage this morning indicated a satisfactory settlement would be made with the mayor.

Forecast of the Flood of 1923:



Next year is going to be the wettest year since one hundred years ago, according to J. E. Day of the Hill Investment company. "The planets will be in the same position in 1923 that they were in the year 1823," stated by Day, "and according to the advice I have from a representative of one of our insurance companies, this company will not be expecting to take on a great deal of insurance on crops next year, especially in bottom lands, and the rate will be much higher."

Mr. Day explained that insurance companies are guided quite largely in their operations by the U. S. government weathermen and by the findings of astronomers. "For instance," said Mr. Day by way of illustration, "if a city was going to give a big celebration on a certain date and wanted to have it underwritten by an insurance company, the company would look up the weather forecast for that date, which forecasts are made far in advance by planetary conditions, and would be guided in the matter of fixing its rate for such insurance quite largely by the fiscal reports, and if a storm was indicated, the insurance rate would be made much higher than if the reports indicated fair weather."

Floods For 1923

Mr. Day says that according to the investigations of the insurance companies, the heaviest floods for a hundred years may be expected next year, and that insurance rates will be higher on account of the increased hazard. He has not yet received the schedule of rates for 1923; but according to the representation made by the company's man who recently visited this city, the rates may be expected to be much higher. And the reason therefore will be that the planets will be in the same position as they were one hundred years preceding when the country is said to have been visited with the greatest floods of a century.



Dr. R. L. Ferguson of the Arkansas City Clinic received word today from Dr. A. C. Maxwell, formerly of the clinic but now of Esbon, Kansas, that he had just been notified of the death of Dr. Oechsli, who was killed in an automobile accident at Walla Walla, Washington. Dr. Oechsli was also formerly a member of the A. C. Clinic and left this city about the first of July this year.

Dr. Oechsli with his wife resided in Roy Hume's residence at 126 North A Street. According to the advice received by Dr. Ferguson, the burial place of Dr. Oechsli will be at Lawrence, Kansas. He is reported to have been in public health service at Walla Walla.



Harry Stanley, alias Walter Scott, who was tried in the district court at Winfield yesterday on the charge of stealing the J. H. Oldroyd Buick car from this city some months ago, was found guilty by the jury. The case was completed this morning. The jury was out about 20 minutes. Stanley was caught at Salisaw, Oklahoma, with the car several days after it was taken from in front of the M. E. church here. He claimed he was hired by another man at Tulsa, to drive the car to Salisaw. Stanley's mother and sister reside here, and he lived in this city when he was a small boy. H. S. Hines defended Stanley in the recent trial.



Mrs. Cora Stone, who is charged by the state with the violation of the liquor laws, on two counts, was arraigned in Judge J. W. Martin's court this morning and the case was set for hearing on Saturday, next. Bond in the sum of $500 could not be made. The woman has two children, a girl, age 15, and a boy, 12. They have been turned over to the juvenile officer, R. H. Lane, and will be taken before the probate court at Winfield.

Mrs. Stone will be tried in the state court and probably will demand a jury trial, it was stated this afternoon, in spite of the fact that she was convicted in the city court on the same charges. The two counts are for manufacturing intoxicating liquor and having the same in her possession.

Arthur Walker, of the firm of Cunningham & Walker, will defend the woman in the state case.



The case of Cora Stone, white, aged about 47, whose arrest followed a raid made at 415 North Seventh Street last Saturday night, came up in the city court yesterday before Justice J. W. Martin, acting judge in place of Harry S. Brown. She was arrested on the charge of having liquor in her possession and manufacturing liquor. In the raid the officers captured two stills, three gallons of corn whiskey, and eight 52-gallons barrels of mash. This is one of the largest captures of liquor goods that has been made in this city under the present city administration. Upon her arrest Mrs. Stone was placed in the city jail pending her trial.

At the trial yesterday she did not plead guilty and did not give the court much satis- faction, but blamed the matter upon her "husband." The court assessed a fine and jail sentence of $100 and 30 days on each count, making the total fine $200 and the jail sentence 60 days. Not being able to pay her fine, the woman was committed to jail. This morning her case was turned over to the deputy county attorney and she is to be handled by the state, it was reported by the city officers.

The officers believe that in this capture they have broken up one of the leading sources of supply of wet goods in this city. They believe that the real operator of this liquor manu factory is J. R. Curry, who together with Mrs. Verne Savage, was arrested a few days ago at 516 North Summit Street on the charge of having whiskey in their possession. On that occasion the officer caught Curry breaking a jug of corn liquor in the bath tub, and succeeded in saving a glassful of it. This was Curry's second arrest in the past few weeks upon the charge of having liquor in his possession. The first case was appealed to the district court. In the second case he and Mrs. Savage, after their arrest, were placed under bond of $200 each. This case has not yet been tried.

Curry's former residence was right next to the Stone woman's address at 415 North Seventh Street. From this place the seat of his activities was transferred to 516 North Summit Street.

The theory of the officers is that his responsibility for the big manufacturing plant just captured, was veiled by the Stone woman. It is believed that in the process of legal proce dure, the cases in hand will be developed along the above lines.

In the meantime it is believed the whiskey supply in this city will be materially affected for the time being.



What seems to be an aggregation of the most happy men ever tried in the city court was the bunch of negroes, eight in number, who had been arrested by Policeman N. H. Hixon in a raid which he made single handed at 410 North E Street Sunday night.

Most of the negroes had "resided" in this city only a few days, and stated that they were from towns in Oklahoma. The charge against the bunch was unlawful assemblage, or gambling.

Officer Hixon watched operations at the above address from ambush for some time, seeing the negroes going and coming from the place; and then he got close enough so he could hear the change rattle. The merrymaking was sudeenly changed into a scene of terror.

When the officer made entry, he backed the negroes up in a corner, but two of the bunch grabbed the money on the table and got away. He registered eight of them at the city station.

At the trial some of the visiting negroes made merry, evidently having the idea that they could override the testimony of the single officer. Two of them claimed they had talked to the officer outside and that he asked them if it was going to rain. The officer testified he knew nothing of any such conversation. The negroes also said they only had a piece of a deck of cards. But upon their being placed in jail, three decks had been taken off the boys.

Old Joseph Jones, who testified that he was upon the bed sick, at the time the officer entered, was excused by the trial judge, J. W. Martin. The other members of the party were Chester Wilson, James Glasgow, Will Fields, W. M. Brooks, Wm. Bowden, Arthur Lee, and Fred Williams, who were each fined $10 with the exception of two of them, whose fines were fixed at $5. The above fines were assessed on the charge of unlawful assemblage, the judge deeming the evidences amply sufficient.



W. R. Ranney will build a small business house at 311 South Summit Street, which upon its completion will be occupied by George Kidwell, formerly of Dinty Moore's drink and lunch stand.

The building will be constructed of concrete and tile, and will be 25 x 30 feet, one story high, costing $2,500. Mr. Kidwell expects to conduct a stand similar to the place he and Ed Reid have been running under the style of Dinty Moore's place.

Yesterday Messrs. Kidwell and Reid severed their business relations by Mr. Reid buying Mr. Kidwell's interest. It is understood Dinty Moore's place will be continued with Mr. Reid as sole proprietor.



Winfield, Sept. 12.Who wants to be turned out in the cold cruel world after a week's sojourn in a nice, warm cell with three "squares" a day and nothing to do but sit and meditate?

So reasoned Mike Zylaliah, who came to the jail yesterday after being released Saturday, and asked to be put back in the "jug." Mike evidently figured that it was entirely too hard to work for a living when the country was so beneficial a host.

But he was doomed to disappointment for the sheriff was compelled to refuse his appli- cation for admittance. Now Mike will have to break into some more houses or go to work.

It will be remembered that Zylaliah was the candidate recently initiated in the Reversible Empire, Kikes of the Koo Koo Klan. He was caught on a charge of breaking into houses on East Twelfth street, but the charges failed to materialize.

If you happen to see a short, stocky, forlorn-looking man with real black, Bolsheviki beard, you'll know it's poor Mike, the Kike, in search of a job.



George W. Jones has moved his tailoring shop across the hall from his former location, now occupying the large front room over the Parman furniture store, 109 South Summit Street. This is a commodious room and will be newly papered and painted and new linoleum put on the floor. It will also be used by Mr. Jones as a rehearsal room for his symphony orchestra and band. In connection with the room will be a rest room with toilet facilities.

"You can tell 'em I am tickled to death," said Director Jones today. "This will make the largest rehearsal room I have had for the orchestra. There is plenty of room, plenty of light, and I will have plenty of music, and plenty of musicians."