Muskogee Times-Democrat (OK), 26 Sept 1917 p. 1., Church of Christ preacher, H C Caper Arrested for interfering with draft

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GORE TELEGRAM OF ANTI-DRAFTER H. Bryant, I. W. W. Organizer, Held for New Plot. Fetleral officers stated this morning that they believe one of the best, organized organized efforts in Knatorn Oklahoma -tfl^hwar-t tb.o~draf.t-la.wa of the United. BAIL IS SET AT HIGH MARK Minister Must Furnish $10,000, Other $25,000, or Remain in Federal Jail. Small coterie operating ~, n L i \r r>-| I. W. L. Laper, Treacher, and V. r. ^lettered nrms enforcement is revealed agents of I. W. recently to uprising would bridges here as Oklahoma plans fart, radical that it more farmers with the movement States has been broken up by United States Deputy Marshal W. R. Hignight Hignight of Ardmore, by the arrest of H. C. Caper, a preacher, and V. F. Bryant, Bryant, an I. W. W." and W. C. U. orr ganizer. These men were arrested a few days ago, and after a hearing before United States Commissioner Hutchinson, held In default of bonds of $10,000 and $25,000 respectively. They were brought to the federal Jail at Muskogee last night. When arrested Caper had In his possession a telegram from Senator T. Gore, the contents ot which he is said to have used as a basis for his anti-draft sermon which he prenched far and near in an effort, it Is charged, to keep men out'Of the draft. Ho is said to have, told the young men who came to his revival meetings, which he held in a tent near Dougherty, that if they would join a. to the a yet to action IT pass first This by re of his church they would escape the draft. ' The Gore Telegram. "The telegram purported to have been sent Caper by Senator Gore, seized by' federal officers, read as follows: " "Your telegram received, and greatly appreciated. Am quoting the following, section 4 of the draft act: 'Nothing in this act contained shall he eonstruted to require require 6r compel any person to serve in any of the forces, herein provided for whq is found to be a member of any well organized religious religious sect or organization at present present organized and existing and whose existing creeds and principles principles forbid Its members to participate participate "ln~war."" The telegram was dated September 18. Marshal to Meetings. When unusually large crowds began to attend the meetings of the white haired preacher of the Church of" Christ, as Caper called rda denoml nation, Deputy Htgnight also went and soon came to the conclusion that the preacher wnsn't doing anything that was calculated to Increase' the. patriot ism of the community; in fact,, that he was hindering the' draft a great deal. He was arrested. ,' Since his arrest it is said that Information Information "has been received that showed that he had been holding regular regular meetings with young men of the district telling them Just how to Join and what to say they believed in order to. 'Keep out of the army. Bryant Case Serious. Tho case of Brynfit is considered even more serlotin by the federal officers, officers, although details as to his methods methods of working have not yet been received here. It has been learned that Bryant, who Is recognized as a W. C. U. and I. W. W. organizer and leader, has been keeping company with several preachers. preachers. He is suspected of being the chief force behind Caper. it is not certain that these men will riot be brought before the federal grutfd jury now in session at McAlester as the work there is unusually heavy at presont. They will be held pendlnK Investigation and will probably be held over to the next grand Jury. Fred Douglas and James Morrow who failed to register for military service, were also brought to tho federal federal Jail by Deputy Hignlght. i PERU THREATENS RUPTURE ment Tho started OB records number an operations. learned TO \ New 9,200,000 little States merchant ships, the in a This present 700.000 tons Austrian United available number 458 There- ships The nearly 2,500,000 636 "Tho statement, reality. ships .taking ways Is days." In construct shipping appropriation congress. F. A. member of

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