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Checotah Times (Newspaper) - January 23, 1914, Checotah, Oklahoma OFFICIAL CITY PAPER CHECOTAH, (Mcintosh County,) OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY. JANURAY 23, 1914. VOLUME XIV. NUMflER 38 Seven Are Dead i In Prison Riot.! McAlester, Okla., Jan. 19. .Seven men were shot to death ami i three persons wounded late today when three convicts, armed with | revolvers, battled their way , through the corridors and yard of the state penitentiary in an attempt i to gain their freedom. One of the men murdered by -the : convicts jn their mad rush for , liberty was John R. Thomas of I Muskogee, formely United States! district judge and once a congress-1 man from Illinois. " \ The list of dead follows: I John R. Thomas, attorney, of j Muskogee, formely federal judge, j P. C. Oats, deputy warden. F. C. Godfrey, storehouse sergeant. . j II. H. Dover, record clerk. j China Reed, prisoner. Tom Law, prisoner. i Charles Loontz, prisoner. , Cheered on by the fifteen lain-' drid prisoners the three convicts. ran through the penitentiary ' offices shooting all men that cross- levelling was an occasion that of �atiattnarj. (fanrgia. (Eapttal. #urfjlna attu glrdftts (Oorr #5(10.000.00 �pBour�a dge. from Merrill Home Barns at Stigler. About seven o'clock Friday evening last passer-- by discovered tite in the K. A Merrill home, on North Third Street The alarm was turned in, Muskogee Boosters in Checotah. cd their pathway was --hot and killed without a ken He had been sitting in office of Warden Dick awaiting his,tinin and thev at once commenced the flames had gutted ilie building j return when the firing began. ! to ,Jround up" the brethren in and had burst through the roof, j "I guess there's trouble out- this city and escort them to the i endangering the home of Mrs. side." he remarked and stopped to . hall. j Giltner adjoining, and also the the doorway. The three convicts' In the evening at the ha!! a class \ Methodist parsonage and the It was a bunch of live ones, one .ut before the fire,'jlulll|red str0ng, from Muskogee the : Muskogee arrived on the afternoon company could get a hose in action ; WQO st0ppet] 0ff \n Checotah for an lioifr Tuesday afternoon and spread the gospel of frieudlv trade them dashed by tiring into his body. ] of 26 was initiated bv the Arat He sank to the floor in the door- Patrol and after the work a fine wav mortally wounded. j banquet was spread at the I. O. So swift did the convicts act and ! O. F. hall. Excellent ta'ks on with such consummate daring that | Pythaujsm were made In- a, nuni-the\ were in the warden's office j ber of interesting speakers. l>efore a guard could return the! fire. There they seized Mary Fos- j ter, a lelephuue girl, and in their! After being "dry" since the frantic effort to sever telephone !nrst of tne V^r, Ft. Smith again connections, tore the switchboard j1,as �Pe" saloons, the county jud- ] jn Ft. Smith "Wet" After being "drv Again. church. At one time, the roofs of both the C.iltner home and the church were ablaze, but by this time the hose was in action and no damage.was done to" either. The contents of the Merrill home were completely destroyed and the building, which belonged to H. D. Giitner, was a total loss, being; burned beyond repair. The loss both instances were partially from the desk and flung it to tliel^0 having decided that a majority floor | of the citizens had signed peti- The men then seized Pardon itioils '" faV(,r of ,ncl" Forty Clerk Frank Rice of Oklahoma \ licenses have been i-tied for a City and hurriedly binding his | year. hands behind him started with him and the girl through the prison j vard. t'siug the girl and Rice as a shield they made their way through the big yard where 150 eouviets were at work. > Here, too were stationed many guards, but thev dared not fire as the prisoners kept her and Rice between them. With a revolver pressed against the girl's back, China Reed, tlie leader of the three escaping convicts, cried to the guards, "Fire one shot and we'll kill the girl." The three convicts safely reached the gate and unlocked it with keys they had taken from Turnkey Jack Martin, one of the first men they had attacked and whom they had wounded in the cheek ano and beaten with their revolvers. Leaping in Warden Dick's buggy standing just outside the gate the three men, taking Rice and the girl with them, lashed the horse into a mad gallop. The girl hysterically shrieked and begged for mercy, but the convicts held her. Rice they threatened with death. Their mad flight was checked before they could reach the limits of the prison farm when Ritchie, a guard, who on horseback, had taken a circular roue, appeared in the roadway ahead. Leaping from the horse and seqf'"ig shelter behind a rock by t i roadside he opened fire, A bullet from his rifle pierced tbe skull of the convict who held Miss Foster and as the blood spurted over her face she screamed iu terror. Reed standing erect above his dead comrade shrieked: "You'll never take us alive." A bullet from Ritchie's rifle sent him tumbling upon his fellow. Iu ano/' f minute alt three convicts wereWead. Rice fell from. the buggy and himself almost shot by Ritchie who,thought bint also a convict. Bank Statements This Week. In this weeks issue of the Times will lie found the statements of Checotah's three banks at the close of business Januarv l.i. All who are interested in financial j affairs will find these statements 1 verv interesting reading. Pure Food Changes Hands. Frank Wiser, who has been living on a farm west of Checotah. this week purchased the Pure Food Grocery from Stout Bros, and is now in charge of the business. covered by insurance. Mi. Merrill having one thousand dollars on his furniture and M>. C.iltner S7.su on the building. At the time the fire brok Mr. anil Mrs. Meirill were absent having gone to the high school relations. The special train arrived in Checotah about 2 o'clock and the visitors inarched up the street headed by their special band for the occasion, which rendered a number of excellent selections. Happy and cordial personal greetings were exchanged between the visitors and. citizens aftei which Hon. j. F. Darby made a slxort but interesting talk about the Kastern Oklahoma Agricultural meeting, which is to (>; held at Muskogee next mouth? and urg ing all who could to attend the j two days meeting of that association. He"told of the great good i that was being accomplished by it out i in agricultural lines and of what importance it was to everyone in this sectiou. building to assist iu an entertain- 0n hehalf of the citizens of Melting given by Mr. Merrill's Sun-'lntosh com)tv Co, vv \j 1)uffv dav Scnool class. - Stigler Beacon. ,, n)s (lwn forcefui A Small Blaze. An old oil stove was the cause of a small blaze at the J. K. Harding residence on east Gentrv a veil ue Monday afternoon. In extinguishing the llanu-s Mrs. Harding was severeh burned. The tire department responded to the call but the flames were subsided before they arrived. H. I). Kniseley transacted business in Muskogee yesterdav afternoon. Subscribe for the Times. Stock Foods... Keep the stock irr good shape by the use of reliable stock foods carried by us. H. p. KN1SELEY .Drug* and Jewelry Basket Ball Tonight. The Wagoner high school basket ball team comes to Checotah tonight for a game with our team which will be plaved at 7:30 at the Jones building. An admission of 2tc will be charged. The expense is quite heavy and it is hoped a good attendance will be present. to Fort Scott For Operation. - Mr. and Mrs. John McKinney left Saturday for FT Scott, Kan., where Mrs. McKinney underwent an operation in a hospital, having a tumor removed. Her many Checotah friends trust that the operation may prove successful and that she will soon be able to return home again. A Fine Improvement. s own torcetul manner, extended a most enthusiastic and unanimous welcome to the visitors within our gates. Mr. Diiffv was followed by Hon. B. F. I/iFayette who also extended a greeting and] a welcome 1 The delegation compi i~ed tht leading and most prominent business men of Muskogee and nil were delighted with their short stay in our eft)-. Home> Missionery Society. A verv interesting meeting of the Home Missionary Society was held with Mrs. H. D. Kuise-ley Thursday of last week. The work for the coming * ear was discussed and plans made for the different branches of the auxiliary^ Committees were appointed to look after the different phases of the work of tbe ensuiug vear. It was decided to change the meeting days of the society from Thursday to Monday, making the business meeting tbe first Monday Checotah Defeats Oktaha 33-9. On last Fndav afternoon the local basket ball c.lgers journeyed to Oktaha and played a game of basket ball on the larters court. Checotah started scoring from the sound of the whistle the ball going from YVhalev to L. Stidhamto G. Stidham. From then on Checotah made points almost at will although they were haudicapped on account oft the weak goals and the out door court. The first half ended Checotah 22 Oktaha 4. During the- last half Checotah played more of a defensive game and did not exert themselves very much in trying to pile up a score. One member ott the "team seemed to he mors interested in someone oil. tlt^sidSi)^l^f;%Sl^&'; . Mrs. O. W. Stevens, Mrs. W. I Cook, Mrs. John Wicker and Mrs. R. J.Kocfc went to Muskogee Friday afternoon to see Mr. Stevens. Miss Julia Scudder arrived Tuesday from Chelsea and is a guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs T. M. Monday of each mouth. On Saturday. February 7, a dinner will be given in the vacant building on South Broadway. The regular business meeting of During the past week trees have|lhe society will be held with Mrs. been set out ou the ground*around \ \y j Coo^ Monday, February 9. the high school building, this is i A caU meeting wilt be held at' the a fine improvement and it is hoped j pannage Monday, January 26. that more trees will be put out j uvery memDer is urged tobe present as business of importance is and the social meeting the third j whom he conferred are just as tight-mouthed about it as he was. Nothing like it was mentioned, be would,have you believe, but that is just like him. this spring in different sections of the city: ' ' �__ J. H. Combs was here from Pumpkin Ridge yesterday aud had his name placed on our subscription list. ; to he transacted. .Ifyou want to secure a foofd farm loan call at the Pint National Bank. Miss Ravencroft Chosen. At a. meeting of the business men atidcitizens at the court room Friday morning Miss Cora Ravens croft was chosen as demonstrator for the girls agricultural clubs to be organized in this community. The selection is considered a most excellent one,and Miss Ravencroft will enter upon the new duties at once. The Episcopal Guild will meet with Mrs. R. B. Huffman Thursday afternoon of next week. Mrs. W. Mux/ay and Miss Lillian Lucas spent .Wednesday at the oil wells near Onapa. Miss Nellie Ellington returned to her home at Wagoner Wednesday after a few days visit with Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ellington. Mr*. J., D. Faulkner attended the Episcopal meeting at Muskogee several days this week. The Daughters qf the Confederacy he}d their annual celebration of the birthday of Robert Ei Lee on Monday afteraoon, January 19, at the beautiful new home of Mrs. R. P. Mann. Both the Living room and Dining room were beau- : tifully decorated with pot plants and Confederate flags. .After the business meeting the following program was rendered: Aims and Ideals of the Daugh-' ters of the Confederacy, Mrs. R. P. Mann. Piper, Robert E. Lee, Mrs Gaines. ' Solo, tMiss Lucille�Noble. Pape^i Stonewall Jackson, Mrs, W. I. Coot; ' . , Lee's Farewell Address tov the^j! Army of Northern Virginia, Mt&isf Freeman;' ;?"�.'�� a*.r< After the meeting adjourned/ the,hostess served a( delicious two course- luncheon*-*''' 12 Pafet Tlris Week. -The Times gives you 12 pages " of interesting reading again .this'* week-the largest and best paper in the county ait well as \be largest , Circulation, hi
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