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The Guthrie Daily Leader, June 20, 1899

The Guthrie Daily Leader

Tuesday, June 20, 1899

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Sheriff's Office

Deputy Sheriff Carpenter came in last night with Rois Wells, arrested at Crescent City, charged with disturbing religeous meetings.
PRONONCED INSANE. James Scroggins, One of the Chicken Thief Brothers is Insane, so Says the County Insane Board.
James Scroggins, the chicken thief who was peppered pretty thoroughly with shot in recapturing him, near Stillwater, after his escape from Constable Ed Laws in this city, was pronounced insane yesterday by the county insanity board.
Dr. G. E. McKeeby, a member of the board, was very confident of the fact that the prisoner could not simulate insanity and stand up underthe strainof the loss of slppe for the great length of time that he has, and for this and other satisfactory reasons he was of the opinion that it was a clear case of insanity and so pronounced it.
Sheriff Rinehart took the prisoner to the sanitarium last night.
The Clyde Mattox Pardon Was Unconditinal. Ponca City Courier:

The pardon of Clyde Mattox has generally been considered to have been upon conditins which would remand him to prison should he violate them. This is the story of the pardon still going the rounds of the press, and is being talked of by the public.
Mattox successful and easy escape from the Kay county officers in midday and through public thoroughfares has prompted this talk with a query as to the steps to rcapture him, which would be taken by the United States.
The assumption that his pardon was conditional however, was wholly unwarranted by the facts in the case. The partod was unconditional and reads as follows:

"To all whome these presents shall come, greeting."

"Whereas Clyde Mattox, in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, was indicted for murder, pleaded not guilty, was tried, convicted, and on January 26, 1894, sentenced to be hanged onMarch 28, 1894, and
"Whereas an appeal was taken to the Supreme Court of the United States, where the judgement of the lower court was affirmed and the defendant on June 26, 1895 resentenced to be hanged on Octover 11, 1895, and
"Whereas, on September 29, 1895, sentence of death was commuted to life by the president of the United States, and
"Whereas, it has been made to appear that the said Clyde Mattox is a fit object of executive clemency.
"Now, therefore, I, William McKinley, president of the United States of America, in consideration of the promises, divers other good and sufficient reasons me thereunto moving, do hereby grant unto the said Clyde Mattox a full and unconditional pardon.
"In testimony whereof, I have hereuto signed by name and causded the great seal of the department of justice to be affixed.
"Done at the city of Washington this 14th day of January, A. D., 1898, and of the Independence of the United States, the 122nd.
By the president, William McKinley.
Joseph McKenna, Attorney General
At the conclusion of the work of the fifth territorial normal institute at Enid, G. W. Stevens and Mrs. A. R. Stevens, of Guthrie, were honored with certificates as territorial instructors for one year.

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