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The Guthrie Daily Leader, June 1, 1899

The Guthrie Daily Leader

Thursday, June 1, 1899

Submitted by: Bob Chada

BOND REJECTED Bill Martin's Bond as Presented Not Considered Good.
Luther Martin, father of Bill Martin, the young man recently shot by officers Carpenter and Runnells while resisting arrest, presented a bond today to probate judge Foster, signed by about twenty people. Judge Foster rejected the bond as he did not think it sufficiently good to insure the attendance at court of Bill Martin.
Judge Foster fixed Martins bond at $500 for attempt at highway robbery and $1,000 for assaulting the officers with intent to kill. The officers were in the discharge of their duty while trying to arrest Bill Martin on a warrant.
A SENSATIONAL ARREST. FRANK COMMINS, A WELL KNOWN RESIDENT, JAILED. Three Warrants, Charging Him With Mortgaging Property Which He Did Not Own, Are Sworn Out.
A sensation of the liveliest proportions was Updated in this city this morning when Frank Cummins, well known about Guthrie since April, 1889, was taken into custody by the sheriff and lodged in the county jail on the charge of mortgaging property which, it is alleged, he never owned.
A few days ago William Barringer obtained a warrant for the arrest of Cummins on the charge of having mortgaged him property which he did not own, on which, it was alleged, he obtained $35. For this he was arrested and almost immediately released on bond, the idea prevailing that there was some mistake which he would have no difficulty in explaining away.
This incident, however, caused some talk and yesterday Geo. W. Hopkins, the Second street grocer, J. N. Wallace, the druggist, and Andy Hinkle, the meat market man and restaurateur on First street between Oklahoma and Harrison avenues, made the unpleasant discovery that they held mortgagees from Cummins and after a short investigation, as they allege, made the further discovery that none of the property their mortgages were supposed to cover was owned by Cummins, and they at once proceeded to swear out warrants for his arrest, and late yesterday the sheriff arrested him and lodged him in the county jail.
It is not known how many of these mortgages are in existence, but some ten to thirteen have already come to light since his arrest. Nearly all of them safe for small sums, ranging form $10 to $75 and extending back for some months.
The arrest of Cummins on such serious charges was a great surprise to those who have known him for many years and who generally regarded him as a quiet, honest sort of man, incapable of a criminal or dishonest act. His arrest also calls to mind an incident in the early settlement of Guthrie in which he figured in a shooting scrap with James Moulton over a lot contest, in which Moulton was severely wounded. In this affair Cummins was held to have acted in self defense and was fully exonerated.
Deputy Marshal Hale left today for Perry with Bert Fulp, who will plead guilty to the charge of selling whiskey to Indians.
The graves of the late Marshal W. H. Baxter (Summit View, Block 3, Lot 4) and assistant marshal A. C. Bishop (Summit View, Block 2, Lot 47) have been honored by the order of Woodmen of the World, of which both were members by handsome monuments.
J. W. and Robert Scroggins, charged with chicken stealing will have their trial tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock before probate judge Foster.
District Court. The following cases were filed in the clerk's office yesterday:
M. W. Clark vs. J. P. Baden and Frank Dale: suit on bond.

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