Charles Cotner July 4, 1924 The Democrat American (Sallisaw)
"Labor respects him, the farmers have confidence in him, business is not afraid of him, and as a vote getter he ;is not excelled by any man thus far mentioned for/the nOnrmatadn. "I am not. for him merely because he is my friend. I am happy in the friendship of other candidates as well. "I have spent too many years fighting for the success of myjparty to make its interests, as I see them, secondary to personal friendships. "I favor the nomination of Senator Ralston solely because I. think his nomination would be acceptable to all elements and would result in 4he election of a-.democratic president—and that is what we all want." : 0 — COTNER PLEADS GUILTY TO PART IN ROBBERY Payetteville, Ark.—Charles Gotner returned here from Oklahoma where he was arrested at request of Arkansas officers, entered a plea of guilty in circuit court Monday when he was arraigned on a charge in connection with the robbery of the First National bank of Prairie Grove, May 19. The court immediately sentenced him to serve 10 years in the state penitentiary. One of the largest crowds to attend court at any day during the present term filled the courtroom Monday in anticipation of a sensational trial, but Cotner, who was brought into the courtroom heavily manacled, immediately entered his plea of guilty received his sentence and was escorted out of the courtroom^ He probably will be taken t/o Little Rock* Monday afternoon or night, it was indicated. There were three of the bandits who 'staged the bold daylight robbery of the bank, obtaining as loot, $1,050 in bonds and about $3,000 in cash. After but a few minutes a large posse was on the trio's trail and a sensational chase ensued, during which the bandits were sighted several times and many shots were fired. One or two of the possemen were struck by bullets but none were seriously injured. The trail was lost in the hills of eastern Oklahoma after a chase lasting about a week, and nothing more heard of the robbers until Cotner was arrested at Todd's Rodeo, near Muskogee, June 14. He had just paid entrance fee to the roping contest and was about to •mount his horse for the contest when Sheriff John E. Johnston and deputies of Sequoyah county, appeared on the scene and there ensued an act not on the regular program. Cotner was unarmed, but he dodged through the crowd for several minutes escaping injury from shots fired at him. H; N."Morgan of Muldrow who is the leading candidate for the republican nomination for sheriff spent the day in Sallisaw conferring with hundreds of his personal friends who are striving in every way" to carry Sallisaw solid for him in the primary. Mr. 'Morgan has been very active in. his campaign and Jit this time his personal friends who have been keeping in contact with his race predict that he will win by a huge majority. It is said Morgan's name is\on the lips of every republican voter who wishes to prove that others in the party are capable of being the republican candidate for sher}ff instead of just one broken down political war horse.