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The Guthrie Daily Leader, June 26, 1899

The Guthrie Daily Leader

Monday, June 26, 1899

Submitted by: Bob Chada

BRUTAL Asault Charged Against a Negro Arrested at Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City. Sheriff Copeland and a detective, aided by the police, arrested W. M. Goodwin, a negro charged with rape at Melborn, Arkansas, last December,and is holding him for identification. Goodwin denied the charges but admits that he is the brother of the man wanted. The sheriff of Melborn, Arkansas, is here and is confident that the right man is in the lockup.
He will make a tremendous fight to keep from being taken back to Arkansas, fearing that he will be lynched.
When he reached the jail Goodwin talked freely. He admitted that he had lived in Melborn, that he was a brother of the man wanted, that he had left there because of his brother's crime, which had made him (the prisoner) unpopular.
Goodwin has peculiar teeth, weighs 150 pounds, is a copper color, and in eery respect fits the description of the rapist. He is a preacher and it is said by darkies here who know him, that the brother he mentions has been dead several years.
Goodwin is charged with assaulting Mrs. Bullen, the young wife of a respectable farmer, near the town of Melborn. Brs. Bullen had been visiting with a neighbor one day in December last and was returning home through a l onely wood about 2:30 p.m. when Goodwin sprang from behing a tree and caught her.
He stifled her cries and carried her into the woods and assaulted her repeatedly and kept her there until night. He intended to kill her but finally agreed to spare her. She ran to a neighbor's house and fell in a dead faint. She was unconscious for an hour. When she regained consciousness she told the story. Goodwin disappeared the same night.
PAID. Constable Laws $9.50 to Allow Them to Escape The Scroggins' Testify.
The case in the probate court today of Ed Laws, constable, vs. Robert Scroggins, charged jointly with his brother James, with assaulting Laws and making their escape while being conducted from Saddler's court to the county jail,brought out in the evidence that Laws recived $9.50 to permit the scroggins' to escape.
Robert Scroggins testified under oath that he gave Laws a five dollar bill and that his brother gave him $4.50. The jailer testified that he had in his possession $9.50 belonging to the scroggins and that when they started to Saddler's court in the custody of Laws he turned the money over to the boys as they said they wanted to make some purchases.
BURIED Under Mass of Dirt in a Well at Cushing.
Cushing. A sad accident occurred on the Jin Dunkin farm seeen miles northwest of here Tuesday, in which Clarence Harvey lost his life. Harvey and another young man were cleaning out a well for Jim Dunkin and were on the point of quitting for the day when the wall caved in from the bottom and covered Harbey, who was in the well, under 25 feet of dirt and rock which composed the wall of the well.
Death must have been almost instantaneous, as the body when recovered was horribly mangled. It took seven hours hard work by a number of the neighbors before the body was brought to terra firma. He was an orpahn boy only 18 years old. He has an uncle living in this country, and another, J. W. Harvey, in Osburn county, Kansas.
The first annual reunion of the Rough Riders regimental association was held in East Las Vegas, N. M.

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