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ELLIS COUNTY CAPITAL
ARNETT, OKLAHOMA
JANUARY, 29, 1909
KILLED HIS WIFE
Early Saturday Morning W. L. Harl Shot
His Wife In Fit of Jealousy

Early last Saturday morning at Gage occurred one of the most dastardly murders that has ever been committed in this section of the state .

The boarders at the Farmers Hotel were awakened from their peaceful slumbers by the crashing of furniture and then three shots resound through the building in quick, secession, one of which ended the life of a young woman, Mrs. Lillie Harl.

Mrs. Harl, in company with Mrs. Anna Gibbs, had been to Quinlan on a visit and had just returned to Gage that morning on the early train and they were met at the depot by Mrs. Harl's husband, W. L. Harl, who accompanied them home.

Mrs. Gibbs, who was rooming at their house, stopped in her room on reaching the house and Mr. and Mrs. Harl passed on into the back part of the house.

Arriving there, a quarrel ensued between husband and wife and Mrs. Gibbs, being frightened, ran into the hotel for help.

While there, they heard the furniture tumbled over as if someone was fighting and the next they heard was some one running on the hotel porch and coming into the office and three shots rang out in quick succession one of which one of which ended this young life.

Of the three shots fired, two of them took effect, one of them being fatal.

The first shot fired struck Mrs. Harl in the back and caused her to waver and turn partly around, and either the second or third struck her in the left breast just below the collar bone, going across the breast and lodged in the right side.

One of the shots went wild and struck in the wall of the office.

The bullet came from a 32 caliber Smith & Wesson.

Mr. Sharp, an old man 86' years of age was the only eye-witness to the tragedy, he being in the office at the time the shooting occurred.

Mr. Martin, the proprietor of the hotel, on opening the door connecting the office and the dining room saw Mrs. Marl lying on the floor in a pool of her own blood and saw Mr. Harl standing over her. Going back he got his shot gun and loaded it and ordered Mr. Harl to throw up his hands, and on searching him a 32 revolver was found with three empty shells and two loaded ones.

The cause of this tragedy will never be known but it is commonly rumored that Mr. Harl was jealous of his wife and the trouble stared from that.

Mr. Harl told one party that he had done the shooting, but later he said that she had committed suicide.

The inpest was held Saturday afternoon before Judge Ward and the jury returned a verdict that Mrs. Harl came to her death from a 32 revolver in the hands of W. L. Harl.

Mr. Harl was brought to Arnett and placed in the county jail.

Note: The letter "p" was used instead of a "q" in Inquest. The superscript " t" was actually typeset upside down, but I could not get it to print as such. LF


Submitted by: Gordon Richard


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