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The Guthrie Daily Leader, June 29, 1899

The Guthrie Daily Leader

Thursday, June 29, 1899

Submitted by: Bob Chada

CHAS. GRIFITH KILLED. Stabbed to Death by a Drunken Man While Trying to Eject Him.
A telegram was received in Guthrie today stating that Chas. Griffith, a druggist in Weatherford, was instantly killed there this morning while trying to eject a drunken man from his drug store.
Chas. Griffith was well known in Guthrie, having conducted a drug store in West Guthrie for several years, when he moved to Lexington, and, when Weatherford was started moved there and opened a drug store.
He was a brother in law of Ed Dodd of this city, and Ed Stevens of Lexington.
Horace Hixon, formerly with the Eagle drug store here has been chief clerk for Griffith for nearly a year, and though he is at this time in Paris, Tex., visiting his parents he still holds the situation.
Mrs. Griffith, wife of the deceased, and three cildren, live in West Guthrie, and have the sympathy of the whole city in their terrible afliction.
SHOOTING AFFRAY At Tecumseh, in Which a Saloon Keeper is Fatally Wounded.
Tecumseh, O.T. Wade Crand shot and fatally wounded Hugh Gerah last night. The men had some trouble a few nights ago over the arrest of Mrs. Gerah by Crank, who is a police officer.
Last evening Gerah, while under the influence of liquor, exhibited a revolver and gave it out that he intended to kill Crank.
The latter was told of these threats, and later, when he bet Herah, opened fire, shooting him twice in the stomach. The woulded man will die. He is the proprietor of the Choctaw saloon. Public sentiment is with Crank.
Governor's office
Yesterday Governor Barnes signed a pardon for David Aaron, who is serving a three-year sentence at Lansing. Aaron was convicted in Lincoln county in December 1897, for horse stealing.
The pardon was granted on account of the extreme youth of Aaron, who was but 16 at the time of his conviction, and for the further reason taht his petition was signed by Judge Dale, who passed the sentence, and a large number of prominent citizens of Oklahoma.
Jester Identified.
Shawnee. Mr. Gates, pesident of the American Steel and Wire company, and brother of the murdered Gates made arrangements for a special coach to leave Shawnee at 9:20 last evening to meet him at Oklahoma City. The special train returned to Shawnee at 4 o'clock this morning and Mr. Gates left for Tecumseh to identify the prisoner as Alexander Jester.
Arriving at Tecumseh, Mr. Gates fully recognized Jester as the murderer of his brother, and after habeas corpus case comes off today, the prisoner will be taken to Andrain county, Missouri, for trial.
Women at Law
Complaint was filed this morning in the probate court by Mrs. Valley Walton, and warrant issued, against Mrs. Jonathan Neff for unlawfully restraining stock. The parties are neighbors and live about ten miles east of Guthrie.
It seems a mare and colt belonging to Mrs. Walton got into the field of Mrs. Neff and the latter took them up under the act of the legislature defining trespass, and refuned to give them up.

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