These are lengthy articles and I’ve chosen to quote only the most pertinent facts since each contains a lot of the same information. Notations in parentheses are from other sources.
The Tulsa World
April 6, 1913
The name of one of the principals in Washington’s latest sensation, the charge that a senator from a Midwestern state made improper advances toward a woman, leaked out this afternoon when United States Attorney Wilson summoned Mrs. Minnie E. Bond, the complainant and her husband (Julian R. Bond) to his offices.
Three other witness, J. R. Jacobs, a wholesale feed dealer (former democratic national committeeman), Kirby Fitzpatrick, state title examiner (chief examiner of titles for the state school land department), and T. E. Robertson, lawyer, all of Oklahoma City, also were summoned.
The affair is alleged to have happened a week ago.
Mr. Bond is a federal office seeker and his wife, it is alleged, went to the senator’s office on behalf of her husband. It is charged the senator acted improperly toward her then and later called on the woman at a hotel.
I subscribe to a newspaper archive service so that when I need more information than the news provided in the Caddo Herald I can search for it. That’s what I did when I read yesterday’s item. There are numerous articles about the case, and about the senator, especially once I simply searched for Thomas P. Gore and the year. What happens then is that you get articles about anything else happening at the same time, involving the same person. What I quickly realized was that Senator Gore was involved in matters that were causing contention in the ranks and that he had brought up allegations against someone else in government. There were speculations about his resignation and about his replacement. All of that made me immediately suspicious of Mrs. Bond. The timing of her accusation was just “too convenient”, and I also had the knowledge that the Herald’s editor rarely backed away from the truth. What clenched the “set up” idea for me was learning that Senator Gore was blind! He wasn’t “legally blind” or partially blind, but lost the sight both eyes in two separate childhood accidents. I laughed out loud when I imagined him “taking advantage” of Mrs. Bond. Possible, but not probable.
Kansas City Star
October 24, 1913
…Mrs. Bond alleges that while in her rooms Senator Gore made improper advances to her and upon being repelled he placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to attack her. She alleges her stifled cries brought friends to the room who rescued her. She alleges her reputation has been ruined and her nervous system wrecked, for which she asks $50,000.
The Tulsa World
October 24, 1913
…She alleges that while the blind senator was in a compromising position her screams brought help…
The Idaho Statesman
November 29, 1913
Oklahoma City- A general denial in the $50,000 damage suit of Mrs. Minnie E. Bond of Oklahoma City against United States Senator T. P. Gore has been filed in the district court by Gore’s Attorney. Mrs. Bond charged Gore with violent behavior when she alleges she repelled his advances.
For more about Senator Thomas P. Gore, you may read his biography in Chronicles of Oklahoma. He was a gifted orator and a “trusted personal ally” of Woodrow Wilson. He was a staunch supporter of farmers and railroad workers. And yes, he was exonerated of all charges made by Mrs. Bond. Here is the account from Chronicles:
“The 1914 Oklahoma senatorial campaign was one of the dirtiest in American history. Gore's enemies set a trap for the blind senator. A woman named Minnie Bond lured him to her hotel room under the guise of speaking with him about an appointment for her husband. After a staged rendezvous, the woman claimed he had taken advantage of her. Prosecutors refused to file criminal charges but Bond lodged a fifty-thousand-dollar civil lawsuit against Gore, who was defended by legendary Oklahoma lawyer, Morman Pruiett. Pruiett labeled the proceeding that captured headlines across the nation a "political trial" and convinced the jury to unanimously exonerate the senator.”
Personally, I can’t imagine that they needed much convincing.