The Caddo Herald
October 2, 1914
Sanders Gets a Year and $50.00
A jury in the district court of Bryan composed of some of its best citizens, Wednesday afternoon set its stamp of disapproval upon the violation of the prohibition law in this county by assessing a sentence of one year in the state penitentiary and a fine of $50 on W. R. Sanders for the second and subsequent violation of this law.
Mr. Sanders lives at Caddo and was convicted in the county court here last February for the violation of the prohibition law and a short time ago the county attorney filed a complaint in the district court alleging a second and subsequent violation which under the new law is a felony punishable by from one day in the county jail to five years in the penitentiary and a fine up to $5,000 or both.
The case in which Sanders was first convicted is now on appeal to the criminal court. After the verdict Wednesday he was allowed his liberty under the same bond which he gave when he was first arrested. This case will be appealed.
It will be remembered that Sanders last year sued Clipper Hamilton and Al Ray for damages, alleging false imprisonment in which the jury found a verdict in favor of the defendants.
The jury which found Sanders guilty last week was composed of: J. A. Ellison, Bennington; J. E. Bass, Forbes Manning, Caddo; R. F. Choate, Kenefick; T. J. Davis, Bennington; R. W. Scott, Mead; O. L. Shannon, Durant; L. W. Franks, Bokchito; C. M. Clark, W. E. Clark, Durant; A. P. Russell, Durant; George McVeigh, Calera.
It took a Bryan county jury but a short time Saturday afternoon to give Red Scott, the white man charged with living in adultery with a negro woman near Bokchito the extreme limit and returned a verdict in the district court at Durant sending him to the penitentiary for five years.
This case attracted a great deal of notoriety by reason of the fact that the good citizens of Bokchito had become very much incensed over the matter, and had threatened summary punishment to Scott if he did not leave the adultery. According to the testimony of witnesses Scott had been living there off and on for the past 8 years.
“We the jury find the defendants guilty as charged and affix their punishment at one year and one day in the state penitentiary.” This was the verdict rendered in the district court Tuesday afternoon in the case of Ben Harmon, Mollie Harmon, and the daughter of Mrs. Harmon, Laura Watson. This is the case where the mother and daughter left the baby on the Katy Limited train last June. Shortly after leaving Durant the baby was discovered by the conductor in the toilet room, the train was backed up, the baby put off, and the arrest of the people soon followed. The child was adopted by Durant people but later the girl and her mother came and secured the child and now have it. The following composed the jury in the case: W. H. Glasscock, Caddo; T. J. Davis, Bennington; C. C. Cadenhead, Bokchito; C. M. Clark, Brown; R. F. Choate, Caddo; E. G. Harrison, Silo; J. B. Potts, Jr., Colbert; C. K. Milam, Durant; H. Robinson, Durant; M. G. Stanford, Durant; C. B. Mitchell, Durant; E. H. Stewart, Durant.