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VOL. XXL PLYMOUTH, ,N, 0.. RID AY AUGUST 12, 1910. NO. 9.
101 IHEPOOR INDIAN
He lias Become the Prey of
Attorneys.
OVER $300,000 IN TEN YEARS
Tor Lawyers' Fees Driven by White
Man From His Happy Hunting
Grotind Still Pursned.
McAlister, Okla. That a new era
: of : wholesome legislation, by congress
Ifaas dawned for the Indian as a re
sult of the congressional investigation
into the McMurray contracts in the
belief among senators, congressmen
and other government officials assemb
led here.
The committee appointed by the
iiouse of representitaves, headed by
Congressman Charles II. Burke, of
South Dakota, to inquire into the
charges of Senator Thomas P. Gore
that he had been tendered a $25,000
on $50,000 bribe to help put the Mc
Murray deal through , Congress, ar
rived here from Muskogee Sunday to
continue its, hearings.
Senator Curtis strongly denied hav
ing any relations with Hamon. Con
gressman McGuire, who testified con--cerning
meeting Hamon in Washing
ton and in response to direct question
denied that he had ever been improp
erly approached in regard to the Mc
Murray contracts.
What are known as the present Mc
Murray contracts consist of aboutlO,
'000 documents secured individually.
The story tol d on the stand - by
Green McCurtain, the venerable In
dian chief of 10,000 Choctaws, made
a deep impression. McCurtain relat
ed how his tribe year after year, had
waited for the government to sell
their lands and how at last the In
dians, becoming discouraged, had be
come the prey of attorneys, whose
promises were morlp. 'glowfing ;han
those of the government.
It cost his tribe in the last ten
years, McCurtain related, $300,000 in
.attorneys ' fees besides a share in the
. $750,000 fee paid to the McMurray
firm several years ago in the citizen
ship cases' involving the Choctaws
and Chicasaws.
Congressman J. II. Stephens of
Texas, a member of the, present in
vestigating committee,1 in a speech in
vestigati'.ig, referred "to the $750,000
fee as "a scandal" and declared the
attorneys should have been made to
pay back the money.
"It is evident that the whole In
dian situation needs to be gove over
by the government," said an official
Sunday. "The Indians are the wards
of the gvcernmetn
of the government, yet they, havq be
come the prey" of attorneys. For in
stance, one attorney received $12,000
a year for representing one tribe and
he resides in New York.
"In instances where the govern
ment interests and those of Indians
conflict only should attorneys be em
ployed. Other cases for settlement
can be arranged by treaty. This in
vestigation should enlighten Congress
on what should be done."
Scandal For 30 Years.
Albany, N. Y., Special. Declaring
that conditions have existed in the
"borough of Queens for 30 years
which have been an open scandal, a
delegation representing the commit
tee of 100 of Queens citizens have
petitioned Gov. Hughes, "to direct
the attorney general to deputize a
special Forney general to take charge
of the criminal investigation of the
governmental affairs of Queens eoun
. ty and that ha act as prosecuting of
ficer for that purpose"."
"i'he' petition criticises the district
attorney , for alleged failure to per
form his duty.
The. governor promised to give the
petition consideration.
Great Interest in Postal Banks.
Washington, - Special. The First
National bank of Tarboro, N. C, ap
plied to the Postmaster General Sat
urday to be made a depotiory of
funds under the recent postal savings
act. Thus far there have been
applications from 923 banks through
out the country to be made depositar
ies of these postal savings funds .and
requests from 390 postmasters for the
establishment of savings departments
Postal Bank Scheme Developing.
Washington, D. C, Special. A cen
tral clearing house in each State is a
feature of the Postal Savings Bank
system adopted by the committee of
officials" that will make recommenda
tions to the board of trustees. For
a long time the committee .faced the
necessity of providing some method
for the settlement of accounts of de
positors in the postal banks that
would avoid delay incident, to the
trans-mission of all such matters to
this city. The idea of having State
central clearing houses was discuss
ed at length and has been adopted
fi the best solution of that problw
PATTERSONMEN LOSE.
Patterson's Men Defeated by Inde
- pendent Ticket Outlook Gloomy.
. Nashville, Tenn., Special. The In
dependents elected their judicial
tickets in Tennessee Thursday in one
of the most exciting and bard fought
political contests ever known in the
State.
The Independents represent in a
large measure the State-wide prohi
bition element of the Democratic
pavty which has been vigorously op
posing Gov. Patterson since his mem
orable campaign with the late ex
Senator E. W. Cannack for the guber
natorial nomination. - -v
Jt'took on added strength when the
State committee ordered a blanket
primary for nomination of both judi
cial and State officers. These mem
bers of the upreme court, Chief Jus
tice Beard and Justices , Neal and
Shields, and Judges Wilson and Tay
lor of the court of civil appeals re
fused to enter the primary and the
independent movement was on.
Judges McAlister and Bell of the
supreme court entered the primary
and were on the regular ticket. Judge
Barton of the court' of civil appeals
was also a nominee for supreme
court. . '.
Gov. Patterson entered the lists for
the regular ticket and stumped the
State for it. 1 His enemies lined up
solidly with the Independents.
. The indorsement by the Republi
can' committee of the Independents
was followed by a break in Repub
lican ranks and the negro vote, . it
was alleged, was solidly for the reg
ular ticket. Negroes were registered
more freely than ever before and they
paid their pclll taxes. The revolt in
the Republican ranks was led by
Jesse Littleton and many of ' the
blaeks followed him, but it seems not
in the numbers that have been pre
dicted. Enemies of Gov. Patterson claim
that the result Thursday will have
disastrous effect on hi spolitical fu
ture. He is a candidate for reelection
but as yet the opposition has not
shown its hand as to what steps will
be taken in putting out a ticket
against him. -
, In Democratic congressional pri
maries in. four districts incumbents
were renominated.
Savannah Sunday Almost Blotted Out
Sanvannah, Ga., Special. Rev. W.
L. Pickard, pastor of the First Baptist
Church, has written Adjutant General
Scott protesting against the use of
Ross Dhue rifle range, the new mili
tary range near Savannah, on- Sun
days. "He says Savannah Las pander
ed to "foreigners" so much that she
has almost blotted out the Sabbath.
The adjutant general has sent the
minister's letter to the Savannah mil
itary officers asking that they be gov
erned as they think best about it.
New Orleans Finns Complain.
Washington, Special Several New
Orleans trading companies have com
plained to the State Department that,
because of the apparently indefinite
policy of this government in Nieara
guan affairs, steamship companies
were adding 2 per cent to all charters
as a war risk. The trading compan
ies conlplained that the extra charge
interfered seriously with their, com
merce with eastern Nicaragua.
The State, Department has repH?d
to the companies that it can do noth
ing for them and reiterates its previ
ous assurances that the United Statjs
will protect American ships and
American cargoes against depreda
tions in Nicaraguan waters.
Uncle Sam Will Pay "Tips."
Washington, Special. Government
officials and employes who pay tips to
waiters on shipboard as well as gratu
ities to other servants on boats may
charge the expense up to the govern
ment under a ruling of the Comptrol
ler of the Treasury.
"All Boys Thieves at Certain Age."
Amherst, Mass., Special. That
morality in country places is higher
than ever before is the decision reach
ed by the National Conference of
Cunty Clergymen, which 'was in ses
sion here.
Ae report of an epidemic of thiev
ing among boys in Cape Cod, given by
one of the clergymen, led Dr. Wilson
to declare that "all boys are thieves
at a certain age."
Necessaries of Life Decreasing.
Washington, Special. Consider
able shrinkage in the commercial sup
ply of some of the prime necessaries
of life is indicated by the movements
of live stock and meat products in
the United States duiing the first half
of the present year. This decline
was shown bofhin domestic and in
foreign commerce.
The shortage in the commercial
supply of live stock is best shown by
a comparison of the half yearly fig
ures, which totalled 16,463,756 head
for the first six months of 1910 as
compared with more than 20,000,000
in the same period last year
AUTOMOBILE WRECK
Fast Southern Passenger Train
Smashes Machine.
TWO KILLED - OTHERS INJURED.
Auto Passenger Car With Eleven Per
sons Aboard Caught in a Deep Cut
by a Southern Passenger Flyer.
Birmingham, Ala., Special. Two
were-killed outright, three fatally in
jured arid two others may die as the
result of an accident, in which a
Southern Railway passenger train
near Westlake crashed into a large
automdbile below Bessemer Sunday
fternoon.
The automobile maintains a regular
passenger schedule between Bessemer
and Westlake and it was carrying
eleven passengers Sunday to the lake
Sunday afternoon. The machine, was
struck by the J'ast passenger train
shortly after 4 o clock and was almost
completely demolished.
There is a steep grade leading
down to the Southern tracks just be-.,
fore Westlake is reached and as the
highway is in a cut' it was impossible
for the chauffeur to see the train or
for the engineer to see the automo
bile. Those of the automobile pas
esngers who escaped with injuries
state that the locomotive whistle was
not blown for the crossing.
The front wheels of the large au
tomobile had just run on to the rail
road tracks when the engine struck
it. The passenger train was running
at a high rate of 'speed and plough
ed its way through the forward end
of the machine.
As it was but one and one-half
miles from Bessemer ambulances and
physicians were quickly summoned
from that city. The injured were
. all taken to the Robinson hospital in
Bessemer.
Esperanto at Baseball.
Washington, Special. "Tri Frap
umo" is the cry that will ring out from
a baseball umpire's lips for the first
time in the history of the American
I national game on the . afternoon of
Thursday, August 18, when the
Washington and Cleveland American
League teams meet here.
The words are Esperanto for
"three strikes." They will be used
to indicate "batter out" on the af
ternoon in question because the 1,000
or. more delegates to the International
Esperanto . CongTss in session here
'that week will'' be . present
Post . Office Inspectors Allert.
v Washington,' Special. If the in
spector's division of the Postoffice De
partment keeps up the good work it
has done this year in smothering the
operations and bringing to justice of
the crooks who use the mails as a
convenient medium to fleece the guile
less, 1910 will be a banner year for
it. From small beginnings of several
years ago, this arm of the postal ser
vice has grdwn to be one of the most
important in the government. Here
tofore' its operations have been eon
fined for the most part to the sup
pression of the small swindler, but
in recent months it has turned its
energies to bigger game.
Last spring it unearthed the big
frauds in the United Wireless Tele
graph Company, through which hun
dreds were being swindled, and
brought the offenders into camp. Last
week it opened its batteries on the
firm of Steele, Miller & Co., a concern
conducting a. gigantic fraud in the
cotton business with headquarters at
Corinth, Miss., and branch offices in
various parts of the South and Eu
rope, and i3 rapidly gathering in the
crooks responsible. Just how much
these gentlemen have realized from
their operations it is at present im
possible to say, but their loot will run
into the millions.
Great Monument in Memory Pilgrims.
Beverly, Mass., Special. President
Taft's-visit to Provincetown Friday
to assist in the dedication of a
towering monument of granite erect
ed in memory of the Pilgrims was
made notable by an impressive naval
review in the land-sheltered harbor
behind the hook of Cape Cod.
Life-Term Convict Wins Freedom.
St. Paul, Special. Cliarles Price,
serving a life sentence in the Minne
sota penitentiary for murder, has
been released on account of his horti
cultural achievements.
In the gardens of the penitentiary
he succeeded in producing a lemon
weighing forty ounces. Now he has
a dozen others that are ready for
picking and which will weigh about
three pounds each. He has been pa
roled under condition that he remain
ia the State seven years.
Price hail served twenty years for
killing a fellow-tramp.
EXPRESS RATES QUERY.
Commercial Organizations Want Rev
' enues and Charges Investigated.
Chicago, Special. Filing of a peti
tion with '. the interstate. commerce
commission at Washington Saturday
asking that body to investigate the
charges and net revenues of express
companies, disclosed a well planned
fight to be waged by commercial or
ganizations throughout the country.
The petition is signed by 124 associa
tions of commerce and commercial
clubs, who want a considerable re
duction in express rates.
Indirectly the attaek on the ex
press charges hits at railroad revenues
as a portion of the complaint is
based upon the contracts entered into
between the railroads and the ex
press companies doing business over
their linesf
This movement against the express
companies was started by the Chicago
Association of Commerce and , the
New York Merchants' association.
"Down With the Pope."
San Sebastian, By Cable. The gov
ernment's rigorous measures and .the
formal renunciation by the clerical
junta of the "threatened demonstra
tion in this city insured comparative
tranquility Sunday and a largely at
tended bull fight was the chief in
cident of the day. From daybreak
the streets were patrolled by cavalry,
infantry and gendarmes, while heavy
bodies of troops were held in readi
ness in the barracks at Miramar
palace, where the queen mother and
the royal children are in residence.
The gravest incident occurred last
evening when groups of clericals as
sembled shouting Death to Spain!
Lon? live the Pope!" Thousands of
indignant people rushed towards the
manifestants and only the personal
intervention of the Governor at the
head of a platoon of police prevented
an attack. Nearly one hundred and
fifty arrests were made.
Many amusing scenes were wit
nessed. Priests leading trudging
bands of peasants took to their heels
when they found the city in the pos
session of the military. The peasants,
all their courage gone, were dis
armed and easily persuaded to re
turn to theiv homes. In some cases
the soldiers were compelled to supply
with food the poor people who had
come into the city to rail at the gov
ernment. The local authorities are convinced
i-'i.at the clerical demonstration
masked a Carlist plot. Clericals are
extremely indignant at the govern
ment's repressive measures.
Mother of Twins at Ten.
Jacksonville, Fla., Special Tishie
Delancy, a negro girl, ten and a half
years of age and an inmate of an orp
hanage, gave birth Friday night to
twin girls, according to a birth certifi
cate filed with the board of health here
Saturday. Both of the children will
live, it is said.
Meeting American Bar Association.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Special.-r-The
33d annual meeting of the American
Bar Association will be held hare on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
August 30 and 31, and September 1,
1910.
To Pay $5,000 For Lynching.
Springfield, Ky., Special. George
Bohon, of Harrodsburg, has qualified
here as administrator of Carl Ether
ington, the young man hanged by
mob at Newark, Ohio, on July 8. He
executed bond for $5,000. This is the
first legal step toward the recovery of
the $5,000 indemnity for which coun
ties in Ohio are liable for every per
son lynched in their counties. The
administrator will at once proceed to
collect the claim.
Congressmen "Small Potatoes."
Ironton, O., Special. Declaring
his disguest because it was necessary
"to bow and scrape to all the powers,
up to the President," to obtain the
slightest concession at Washington,
Congressman A. R. Johnson has reit
erated his intention to quit Congress.
Johnson has served one term and was
recently nominated for a second.
Atlanta, Ga., Special. What isf
said to be the cheapest price on re
cord for a diamond ring was turned
up here by Detective Cowan of the
local police force. The price was one
small marble, dingy white and with
nicks all over it. The purchaser was
a small negro boy and the. seller an
other urchin of the same race for
whom the police are now searching.
There is no clue to the original own
er of the gem nor as to how it came
into possession of the small party of
the first part in the swapping trans
action. The value of the stone is
under $100.
"CHINA FORTHE CHINESE"
Boycott Proclaimed Against Ameri
can Goods by Chinamen.
Canton, China,. By Cable. A boy
cott of American goods and mer
chants, on similar lines to the one
which several years ago caused mil
lions of dollars' damage to American
trad in China, has been' proclaimed
here in response to complaints of the
treatment of Chinese in America.
The specific ause of complaint this
time is the objection of the Chinese
of San Francisco to the detention
sheds on Angel Island in San Fran
cisco Bay. They have been endeav
oring for some time to have them re
moved to San Francisco proper in
order to secure better treatment for
arriving Chinese.
The boycott is proclaimed by the
Chinese self-government society of
Canton, an organization conducting
a propaganda of "China for the
Chinese," and fr governmental re
form to which Chinese in San Fran
cisco appealed by letter.
An appeal has been issued to
Chinese abroad asking them to co
operate in the boycott.
Virginia Mayor Killed Himself.
Roanoke, Va., Special. A special
from Ridgeway, Va., says Detective
Joseph Funk of the Baldwin Detec
tive Agency of Roanoke, who has
been investigating the dynamite explo
sion which caused the death of May
or A. H. Bousraan of Ridgeway on
the night of Sunday, July 24, is satis
fied that he has solved the mystery.
His inquiries have convinced him that
the ease was a peculiarly horrible one
of self-destruction. He has so re
ported to the town council of Ridge
way and the report has been accept
ed officially and is universally be
lieved to be correct even- by Bous
mari's closest friends.
Mr. Bousman was deeply in debt
SLUMP IN THE, AUTO BUSINESS,
Bottom Seem3 to Have Dropped Out
Notwithstanding Boosting Efforts
of Manufacturers.
New York, Special. Indications
point to the bottom having fallen out
of the- automobile business. The
manufacturers, it is reported in trade
circles, are making strenuous efforts
to keep up a show of continued pros
perity, but it is also said that they are
not selling their product, but are stor
ing machines throughout the country
at their various agencies to prevent
the public realizing the true condi
tions of the market.
Several large concerns are laying
off men and giving all sorts of rea
sons for so doing except the state
ment that they are overstocked. Two
or three of the largest factories re
cently closed entirely, ostensibly for
the purpose of taking inventory, but
the workmen were not given any defi
nite time at which to again report for
work, and it is not expected that
these factories will again be in oper
ation this year.
A well-known automobile agent of
this city said Friday that all cars
would undoubtedly be selling at from
25 per cent to 50 per cent less than
present list prices within the next
two or three months. He added:
"The trouble with the automobile
business is that the farmers and peo
ple of the smaller cities and towns
have not taken as kindly to the idea
as was anticipated. The farmers find
that the cost of keeping them in re
pair and operation is more than the
cost of keeping horses to perform the
same work, and while there was, for '
a time, a tendency among tae larmers
to invest in the machines, the demand
for cars from this class of buyers has
practically stopped, and I venture to
say we will not again sell to the farm
ers to any extent until prices are ma
terially reduced."
Ohio Lawyer Assassinated.
Cleveland, O., Special. A body
identified as that of William L.
Rice, one of the wealthiest and most
conspicuous attorneys in Cleveland,
was found in the street near the Rice
mansion on Euclid Heights shortly
after midnight Friday. There were
two bullet wounds in the head and
the right hand was shot off. A hasty
police examination ls-d to a belief that
he had been murdered.
Congress for Deaf Mutes.
Washington, Special. A congress
of deaf-mutes which is soon to be held
in Kansas City has invited most of
the diplomatic representatives of for
eign, governments in Washington to
address them.
Among the invitations received was
one at the Chinese Legation here. It
is said in diplomatic circles that
China would probably not be repre
sented, as the legation was finding it
difficult to secure an interpreter vhc
could turn Chinese into sign? winch
tha congress might understand.
WOMEN GAMBLERS.
Caught in Raid at fashionable
Summer Resort.
TERRIBLE FEAR OF EXPOSURE.
Constable Raided Club Booms Early
Sunday Morning and Found Ladies
High in Society at Gaming Tables.
Narragansett Pier, R. I., Special.
There is consternation in the higher
society circles of this fashionable
summer resort because of the fear
that Constable John G. Cross, who
conducted the gambling raid at the
Narragansett Pier Club Sunday, may
make public the names of the men
and women prominent in soceity who
were on the premises at the time.
Prominent matrons, personally or
through emissaries, have besought the
officer all day not to give out their
names. Constable Cross so far ha3
complied, but, he says not because the
ladies have asked it. N
Several of the women, who were in
evening dress, fainted. The names of
all present were taken, but are with
held by the police. "Persons high in
the social list of New York, Philadel
phia and Washington - : "
There were upward of thirty so
ciety women in the crowd gathered
about the roulette wheels and other
games of chance that, it is asserted,
were in the club house at the time of
the raid, according to Mr, Cross
Many of them have tried to explain,
the constable says, that they had just
dropped into the club for lunch,
after leaving the hop at the casino,
but Mr. "Cross declares he saw no
signs of any lunch and that the ma
jority were gathered about the game
boards when he entered.
Rumors of possible arrests in the
case were current Monday and kept
the pier alive with' interest. More
developments are expected within a
short time.
K. of P. Grand Ofl&cers Elected.
'Milwaukee, Wis.,' Special. Ths
Knights of Pythias Grand Encamp
ment and Supreme Lodge convention
have elected the following officers:
Thomas J. Carlin, of Macon, Ga.,
was elected Supreme Vice Chancellor
over B. S. Young, of Ohio and Ben
jamin I. Stallinger, of Iowa.
Other oflicers elected are: Supreme
Keeper of Records and Seal, Fred E.
Wheaton, Minneapolis.
SuVreme Prelate Rev. Jos. ' II.
Spearing, Shreveport, La.
Supreme Master of Exeheequer
Thomas D. Meares, Wilmington, N. C.
Supreme Master at Arms Edward
Horton, St. Thomas. Out.
Supreme Inner Guard Harry A.
Drachman, Arizona.
Supreme Outer Guard II. M.
Wadsworth, Philadelphia.
How Character is Besmirched.
Muskogee, Okla., Special. Senator
Gore his issued the following state
ment relative to Vice President Sher
man: "I have nevei. either in the Senate
or before the investigating committee,
made any charge whatever against
Mr. Sherman. I never said he was
interested in the McMurray contracts
direetlv or indirectly . The Vice
President's name was mentioned to
me by Hamon as the man higher up
who was interested in the contracts.
When I testified before the com
mittee I was under obligation to re
late all that Hamon had said, and
when it came to mentioning what
Hamon had said to me about Mr.
Sherman,' I named the Vice Presi
dent with extreme reluctance. I had
no 'alternative but to tell the truth.
"I think I owe it to Mr. Sherman,
and to the country to hope that the
fact that Hamon mentioned Mr.
Sherman will be relegated to per
petual oblivion."
Cotton $93 a Bale.
Atlanta, Ga., Special. News of big
prices for cotton was received here
Monday in dispatches to The Consti
tution, from rural districts in Geor
gia. . At Camilla $50,000 was paid for
600 bales from 'the Bush plantation.
This was all from the 1909 crop.
At Leesburg a farmer sold one bale
of new crop cotton for $93.
Persistent Bandits Rob and Murder.
Albuquerque, N. M., Special. For
the second time within a week the
Mogollon-Silver City stage was held
up and rubbed Saturday, murder be
ing added to the crime.
Jose Dominguez, the driver, watch
ful as a result of his experiences last
week, opened fire on the bandits and
brought a volley from their weapons.
Several of the bullets pierced his
hudv, killing him instantly.
The robbers hastily gathered up
twelve bars of silver bullion, ta"
nroperty of the Ernestine Mining
Co3i,-;ar.y, and the Socorro Mining
Company, which was being shipped
    

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