Abilene Daily Reporter (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 225, Ed. 1 Monday, April 19, 1909 Page: 1 of 8
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EIGHT PAGES TODAY. LINERS ON PAGE SIX
ABILENE DAILY REPORTER
ARILENE TEXAS MONDAY AI'IUL II) 1001).
FOUR CATTLEMEN 111!
TO RAFTERS BY AIRY
OKLAHOMA MOB TODAY
Failure of Grand Jury to Indict Vic-
tims for Alleged Murder Charge
Brought About Episode
DEAD MEN WERE
MILLER OP FORT WORTH TEXAS
ENJOYED REPUTATION' FOR
OVER KILLING OF MARSHAL
Federal Official Was Ambushed nnd
Slain in Month of February in
Course of n Feud nnd Dead
Men "Were Arrested
Special to The Reporter.
ADA OKLA.. April 1Q. Four promi-
nent cattlemen were taken from jail
here today by a mob of about a hun-
dred men and lynched. The mob or-
ganized in the Commercial Club rooms
mearched to the jail at three o'clock
In the morning where they found onlj
uiic juuii nuuiuiiiB uu ijuuiu. nu uiu
not offer resistance but was over-1
powered and the .keys to the jail were
taken from him. The prisoners were
then seized hurried to a nearby barn
where all were hanged to the rafters.
The news of thS sensational affair
was not. disclosed until a man upon
opening the barn.vlewed the swinging
stark forms of tho four victims.
Though badly frelghtened he sent
word to the police force of his discov
ery; and the officers repaired to the
scene cut down the bodies of the dead
men and identified' them as J. B. Mil-
ler of Fort Worth Texas Tesse West
of Canadian Texas Joe Allen of'Cana-
dian and B. B. Burrell of Duncan
Okla. The bodies were cut down a?
All the dead men were prominent in
cattle circles. West and Allen who
hailed from Canadian were exten-
sive owners of Texas real estate and
livestock. The men were held in cus-
tody of. the sheriff under charge of
complicity In the murder of Federal
Marshal A. A. Bobblt near Ada last
February. Bobbitt was shot from am-
bush and the men alleged to have
done tho deed wore arrested to awnlt
action1 of the grand jury which took
the matter last Thursday.
No Indictment Returned.
The progress of the grand jury set-
ting on the case was watched with In-
tense Interest. No indictment wag re-
turned nnd the result was that a great
degree of excitement was raised In tho
community .the prevailing sentiment
being unfavorable toward tho defend-'
The mob was well organized and
went nbout Its work with great se-
crecy. Though composed of a hun-
dred men no talk or rumor of a lynch-
ing was noised in this city Many
prominent citizens took part nnd only
a few wore masks. Tho entire proceed-
uro was most unusual for a lynching.
The mob proceeded nbout Ua work as
though it were going to n ball game or
some social function; and when Its
work was done dispersed quietly.
There wns no excitement nnd na far
as Is known no resistance on tho part
of tho prisoners. It was unauthoritative-
reported that all four of tho
men when Informed pf their fate took
the announcement with the utmost
coolness and nerve and at no stago of
the proceedings uttered a squeal.
One Victim Ited Man
One of the victims Miller of Fort
"Worth had gome reputation aa a dead
shot and general all round bad man.
He had killed from six to ten men In
his career his last victim being Frank
Foree. Foree was shot to death In the
Delaware hoted at Fort Worth a short
time ago. Miller was at Las Cruces '
New Mexico when Pat Gnrrett tho
famous man hunter was killed. Miller
nnd Garrett were life-time comrades.
The dead man Is survived by a wife
and three children who live in Fort
Worth. Whether or not they have been
notified of his death is not known No
arrests have been made.
Miller's' arrest in connection with
the murder of Marshal Bobbitt oc-
curred two weeks agQ in Dallas. It
seems that Burrell a nephew to Mil-
ler when brought to the stand In ex-
amining trial turned state's evidence.
He disclosed the plnns of West and
Allen to murder Bobbitt who was
their long time enemy. Bobbitt forced
Allen and West to flee from Oklahoma
many years ago because-they were sup
posed to be desperadoes.
Associated Pres Report
ADA OKLA. April 19. Four prom
inent cattlemen were taken from the
jail here today and lynched by a mob
or the city's most prominent citizens.
The mob It is claimed organized In
the commercial club rooms and then
marched to the jail where the guards
were overpowered ahd the four prison-
ers hurried to a nearby barn and
hung from the rafters.
.nuic .1. r. miner ui run worm a. a.
Burrell of Duncan Okla. Joe Allen
J and Jesse West of Canadian Texas.
The men were held for complicity In
the murder of U. S. Marshal Bobbitt
near Ada last February. Owing to the
early hours the authorities were una-
ble to prevent the lynching.
Miller Had His Friends
FORT WORTH April 19. While J.
B. Miller one of the men lynched at
Ada bore a reputation as a bad man
his popularity hero was extensive and
his friends were among the best citi-
zens Burrell nnother victim leaves
brothers and relatives residing at Bal-
llnger and Weatherford. Miller It Is
claimed killed Ale? Frazler at Toyah
In Reeves county several years ago
and was acquitted on trial at Cisco to
which place the case went on change
County Attorney Won't Prosecute.
The County Attorney today SaKI it
was likely that there would not be any
prosecutions as icsult of the lynching
as no one in town appealed to know
the participants nnd he didn't know
Lnst night a number of Bobbltt's
friends gathered and agreed that none
of the four men In jail would be pros-
ecuted and that the only way to av-
enge Bobbltt's murder was by lynch-
ing tho prisoners. Bobbitt was ex
tremely popular here and had numer-
When the word "lynching" wnB first
suggested tho work was planned out?
In detail and carried through without
a hitch. Later today it wnB learned
that there wore two guards at tho jail.
Both woro knocked InsenBlblo nnfl
their bodies Were found this morning.
Both will Uye. Tio mob then rushed
direct to the colls of tho four men
and dmgged them cut. Onl) Wear
resisted efefctlvoly. He fought like n
tiger nnd floored more than ono of
his nssallants. After hanging the men
In a barn tho mob dispersed .The
bodies of tho four victims are now.nt
n local undertakers. Sheriff Smith
nrrlved at about seven o'clock.
Death of Jut Garrett
In spite of tho great difference in
the men J. B. Miller tho man killer
Who was ono of the four men lynched
and Pat Garrett the man hunter
whose huslneas It was to bring man
killers to justice they were close per
sonal friends and hod been for years
Probably no other man grieved more
than did J. B. Miller when Pat Gar-
rett died with hs hoots on near Las
Cruces N M a year ago In February.
It was on the 29th of February 1908
when Garrett while on his way"to Las
Cruces In a buggy with a man named
((Cpntlnued on page four)
UNDER GUARD THE
BIG FINE GOMES
NEARLT TWO MILLION DOLLARS
ON WAY FROM JVEW YORK
TO AUSTIN TEXAS.
Rig Oil Compnny Forwards Hie Wlicr3
ttlthnl to Pay Its Fine Interest
Amounts to Many Tliousnnds
Legislature Mny Use It.
Special to The Reporter.
PARIS TEX. April 19. Uiiderjfa
heavy guard tho Wells-Fargo Express
company carried through Paris' ljto
yesterday evening the shliimentfoT
money which the Waters-Percd fin
Company sont to Texas to pay the com
pany's line of neatly two million dol-
lars to this state. &
Fifty $10000 bills packed in n eat
bundle make up $500000 of tho Bum.
Other smaller bills make up tluyre-
mainder of the amount due from tho
oil company to the state.
Local managers of the oxpress com-
pany met the train and guarded lfc
wlille It was here.
Heayy Interest Included.
The state will receive on account of
interest ?943GC30 In excess ot tho
original judgment even after paying
the attorney's fees of $90487.70.
The Itcrch vr&liin Matter." .
Assistant Attorney General Light-
foot appears before Judge Bryant of
the United States circuit court at Beau
mont today to file tho mandate ot the
KJnlted States court affirming tMel
judgment of. the United States circuit
court of appeals reversing Judge Bry
ant's order appointing C. B. Dorches-
ter receiver nnd directing the dis-
charge of Mr. Dorchester. Ho will
alBo file a copy of an order directing
Mr. Eckhardt to take possession of tho
property of the Waters-Pierce Oil com-
pany and administer Its affairs in ac-
cordance with the judgments of the
It will be the second time Mr. Light-
foot was appeared before Judge Bryant
on the same mission. He once filed
the mandate of the circuit court of
appeals following its New Orleans de-
cision nnd an order from Judge Wilcox
for Mr. Eckhardt to take charge made
after the Texas court of appeals affirm
ed the case. The oil company hurried-
ly sued out a Writ of certiorari to the
United States' supreme court and had
the mandates recalled obviating Judgo
Bryant's making an order. Now all
is affirmed and when Mr. Lightfoot
appears the second time Judge Bryant
will have but the one alternative
which will be contrary to his decision
in the first instance when he placed
Mr. Dorchester In charge.
Course of Procedure.
After Judge Bryant Issues his order
directing Dorchester to turn ovor all
property to Mr. Eckhardt and dlscharg
lng Mr. Dorchester aa receiver Mr.
Lightfoot will direct Mr. Eckhardt to
notify all agents that ho (Eckhardt)
Is in charge and all reports and remit-
tances be made to him.- After the re-
ceivorshlp matter la thus settled Mr.
Lightfoot will file in tho Third court ot
civil appeals the mandate of tho Uni-
ted States supreme court nffalrmtng
the judgment for ouster and penalties.
Tills last mandate will not bo filed un-
til tho receivership Is determined In
the manner described.
Tho State anticipates no further con
test since it has agreed to receive tho
Duo on the 24th lust. If anything
should lnterfero to prevent tho state's
receiver taking charge tho mnndntg
Inaf n-innHritia.l will nnf lift Olnfl ntlft I
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tho penalty money will not ho received
It 'la proposed to have a Btato receiver
at the helm hoforo the mandate of ous.
ter and penalty tiled and consequent
orders ot enforcement Issued by tho
Texus courts. The state holds tho
lever and does not mean to lose Its
The Total AhiouuL
According to the figures In tho At-
torney General's Department as pre-
pared by Mr. Lightfoot the total
amount ta he collected from the com-
pany will he $18087G4. The original
judgment was $1023900 with 0 per
cent Interest. The Interest has run
one year ten months and twenty three
days amounting to I184.8G4 a total
of $1808.854. The fees to go to the j
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FIRST STORY OF
AS RECOUNTED TO REPORTER BY
AY EYE WITNESS WHO WAS
HE EXPECTED INSTANT DEATH
1. D. Freeman of Kalamazoo Michigan
Thought His Last Moment Had
Come When Freight Racked
Into Passenger Train.
"Yes I can tell you most nil thing
you want to know about the Wreck.
You enn call It the first publlshe story
of the mix-up as told by a bystrtiiilr
or an eye witness. T wns both wolso
Such in effect wns the statement
of J. D. Freeman bed ridden Bwnthed
in bandages and redolent of liniment
and medicines in reply to a query put
to him today by a reporter. Mr Froo-
mnn ns ho stated was a participant in
the mix-up at Cisco Friday night at
Midnight. In which a Texas & Pacific
freight train switching' In the yards
backed Into a conch of a Texas Central
passenger bound' southeast for Dublin
nnd other points; which collision re-
sulted in tho smashing into smither-
eens of tho passenger car and tho in-
jury more or less serious of several
Mr. Freeman and wife nro now In
-Abilene at the home of Mis. Wlnshlp
who lives on North Fourth nnd Cy-
press stieots. They hall from Kalama-
zoo Michigan but the former travfiH
ont of Kansas City Mo for the Barton
Shtoe company. Ho came to Abilene
three weeks ago partly on business
bent and partly for tho purpose of
looking for n location. Business car-
ried Mr Freeman to Albany Friday
andbUBiucsB was taking him to Dub-
lln that nTght.
"The smash-up occurred Friday
night Just at midnight" stated Mr.
Freeman "I wnB In tho smoking 5T
of the Texas Central passenger. 1
cannot state whether or not we wore In
the direct path of the Texas & Pacific
train for I nm not acquainted with the
lay of the land In thoso points.
"However we felt the shock. I
knew instinctively what had happened
but wns not fast enough to do n Brodle
through n window before a pair of
car seats knocked me winding nnd
pinned me to the roof to the rgof I
any. strange as It may seem of tho
"The Impact was something dreadful
Thorp was a grinding collision like
some heavy body hitting another; a
shiver went through the car. Thon
every window began -to fnll to pieces
seats got up and began to waltz
through the air and down tho nislo
and passengers did heroic stunts in
their efforts to get out of dnngera Way."
Mr Freeman stated that tho wreck
wua not wholly a surprise. When lie
loft Albany he had a sort of presenti-
ment that something was likely to
happen insomuch us his accident pol-
icy hud been allowed to lapse.
"I was pinned updor two Beats"
continued Mr Freeman "and you can
gamble on It that I was sure my time
had come. But I was not going t6
give up Without a struggle I tint ono
foot against the timber on my body
nnd pushed nnd wrenched mightily.
The result was that I was able to ox-'
trlcato myself and limp. to safety. Tho
first thing I did was to hobble to a
light and Bee how badly I was hurt."
Upon examination Mr. Freeman
found that theie were three long cuts
over tho loft eye another cut under
itna oyer uruison places on ills nosoj
the left wrist felt na though It was
badly sprained; both knees were oiv
and aching and both ankles wore
rapidly swelling. In this condition Mr.
Freeman enmo homo last night to bo
hurried to bed by his wife and given
medical attention. He Is so sore that
It Is io easy matter for him to move nt
all hut he gamely Intends to ho on Ills
feet again In ten days nt the latest.
"Our car" continued the victim
"was knocked clean to tho Union de-
pot. We hit the building with a migh-
ty bang and pretty near turned Jt oyer.
"I believe only tho quick Intuition
of the T. & P. engineer saved our lives.
He felt the force of the colllaou and
though unable to see anything of the
nffatr threw on his brakes apd thereby
saved us all fiom a horrible death."
THRONE OF ABDUL HAMILI
MERINO UNDER BLOWS
AIMED BY Y0UN6 TURKS
Turkish Sultan Stands Excellent Show
of Losing His Royal Head With-
in the Near Future
Arii.em: me. in daij.as
INTEREST IN COMING FAIR
A. II. Darnell G. W. UriUhnrt and
U. T. Jnilvs of Abilene are In Dallas
in the Interest gr tho West Taxrts Fair
Association the annual fair of which
is to he hold Septmnbor 2i to 2S in-
clusive. They are the committee ap-
pointed to arrange the" catalogue so-
licit advertisements theiofor and tho
premiums tf bo offered. They will bo
In Dallas sdveral days.
In speaking of tho matter Mr. Dar
nel said that the association's prop-
erty embraces eighty-live acres. Upon
It It hna all the necessary equipment
In the way of buildings good grand
stand and half-mllo race track upon
which both harness nnd luunlng races
will ho held.
"Notwithstanding the dry weather"
said Mr. Darnell "the: prospects Indi-
cate a largo attendance at the fair
and a very succssful Beasou. Tho dry
weather has not hurt us out there so
our' work goes on. The farmers
nre not at all discouraged Tor they
find that there la nlore season In the
ground than they had expected. Wheat
and oats are a little short but the
farnios find that they will lalse more
thnn they thought they wpuld. At thla
time ground la being' brolcon 'nnd pre-
pared for cotton' alfalfa nillp mulze
knfflr corn nnd other spring crops" We
nre expecting good ciops" Dallas
ESTACADO AiSD GULF LINE
MAY COME TO ABILENE
FORT WORTH Aprll 17 W. A.
Butts who la engaged in tho construc-
tion of the Estncado ami Gulf rail-
way is here from his headquarters at
McCauloy to visit his family. After d
short slop in this city ho will vjtdt
the East In business connected with
Roby thu county seat of Flaher
county on the line of tho new rail
way has just let tho contrnct for a
now court house to cost $70000 nnd
Mr. Butts predicts a great future for
that little town
At McCnliley which Is another sta-
tion on tho line the farmers recently
organized a rrult growers association
each member of which agreed to
plant ten acres of ponmits and 100
trees this year.
The Estncado and Gulf Is how con-
structed between McCauley oil the Ori-
ent and Roby. It will strike the Texas
and Pacific at Abilene nnd when com-
pleted Itrf western terminus will be
Roswell Now Mexico. Contracts for
additional grading nnd track laying
wJll bo let In nbout ten dajs when Mr.
Butts returiiB fiom Now York.
PRAIRIE FIRE DEVASTATES
RIG TRACT IN WEST TEXAS.
Passengers on tho morning 10;25
castbouud train today report u great
prairie Hro which to raging in Western
Texas In Reevea nnd El Paso. Great
mnsses of flames leuplng twoiity?foe.t
high nro Hweplng weBt Into El Pnso
county and nro approaching Toyah.
Partlea of cow puncheiB ure'combatlng
the flames from every quarter. Tho
lira originated In Rorncho anil gradu-
ally spread over many thnusniid acres.
Though four miles noith of the Tex-
as & Pacific track the reflection of thu
leaping flumes enn bo plainly Been by
truveieis. Since Tuesday night the
cowmen have striven to conquer the
flames without success. Only n good
sousing rain over West Texas can do
the business uud that's what the cattle
men are praying for.
CATTLE DYING IN EL PASO
COUNTY FROM STARVATION.
Special to The Reporter.
EL PASO April 19. No rain has
fallen in the Alpne county since tho
first of September and cattle nro suf-
fering. Herds are being moved rapidly
as possible to Kansas to save the stoc$
CORRi:SPODENTS ON SCENE RE-
CLARE OLD OLIGARCHY IS ON
YERGE OF DOWNFALL
FOREIGNERS TO RE PROTECTED
Leader ot Young Turks Rids Foreign
Contingent Fee) No Alarm Out
Martini Aspect r Ships Sent by
German) to Capital
By Associated FresB.
CONSTANTINOPLE April 19 The
situation with regard to u prqbablo
sleguot war and bloodshed when tho
Young Turks forco reaches the capital
dally grows more serious Tho most
snngulno look for an era unparalleled
In Turkey's rather bloody existence
and the faint hearted are predicting a
second Reign of Terror.
Jt is believed hero that the main
body of troops loyal to the Young
Turks that congregated outsldo tho
capital will soon begin Ua march
across country on. YfoldJz Kiosk with
the object of forcing Abdul Hnmld
the Sultan to nbdicato.
Priests Whipped Away
VIENNA AUSTRIA April t9. A
dispatch from Constantinople says
that tho priests sent out by tho gov-
ernment to parley with the Young
Turks wero whipped ami driven away
Tho leador of the revolutionists bade
tho divines parley With him no more
unless they offered na salvage tho head
of tho Sultan. It la understood ho hns
lashed orders that the lives and prop-
erty of all foreigners ospoclnlly the
Christiana Jn Constantinople ho pro-
tected. German .Snips Sent to Scwno
BERLIN April 19. A German squad
roq composed of tho cruisers Gnlez-
onnulubeck Stetton and Berlin hnvo
been ordered to Constantinople. Tho
vessels sailed this afternoon. Thoy
Will bo Joined In the Medlterranonu by
tho cruiser Hamburg.
Turks Look for Succor
In a dispatch from Constantinople
from tho correspondent of the local An
merger tho former aays:
"The situation Js extremely serious.
A general mnssacro can ho prevented
only by speedy huccobb of the troops
from Salonika. Mnkhtur Boy Is com-
manding tho advance guard of tho Sal-
onlklans and told tho pacification dep-
Udatlon from Constantinople: that ho
would not negotiate na long ns tho
deputation enmo without the head ot
AH eyes nro turned upon Abdul
Hnmld. It devolves upon him by his
conduct to solve tho dentlny of Tur-
key. If ho tnkeH speedy means um
culls Ida Ktill loyal thousands of
troops nbout him and seta out to da.
nioIWi the revolutionists that are rom-
Ing ngulnut his capital then Turkey
may bo spared the horrors of oivll
strife and countless days or bloodshed
Ne MluMry Tottering.
LONDON April 19. ".Macedonian
troops Intend to enter Constantinople
today nnd enforce their demands for
tho abdication" of thu Sultan The now
ministry la tottering. It Is believed
adequate steps will be taken to guar
anteo public safety"
The above message was received In
Ioudon In code from Constantinople.
It was sont by the local agent there ot
a well known English banking Arm.
AdsHH QnletlHg DewM.
CON8TATINOPLB. April 10.-TU
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