Clipped From The Paris News
AFTERNOON, JUNE If, BACKWARD GLANCES By A. W. NKVILLE CATTLE THIEVES WHIPPED AT ALIKCHI Two Paris Men Saw Deputy Sheriffs Use Hickory Switches On Offender* t In a copy of the Farmer* Ad- vocaU, a weekly newspaper published in Paris, date July 28, 1898, I find this story which should be of some interest as telling of a method of administering justice which was usually effective and accompanied by little expense. The story tald: Arthur Johnson and Scott Galbreath returned Friday night (July 22) from a stay of a week at Alikchl Sulphur Springs, in Indian Territory. The Choctaw District Court has been in session thero for some time, with Judge Abner James, a well known old Choctaw, on the bench. Johnson and Galbreath attended the court at times and saw two Choctaws punished for stealing cattle. They were sentenced to receive one hundred stripes each with a hickory switch. The prisoners were walked up to a big tree and a deputy sheriff caught hold of their hands and pulled their arms around the tree and another deputy sheriff hit the prisoner fifty licks, followed by another deputy doing the same thing. The sheriff stood by with a supply of switches and saw that the punishment was properly inflicted. Just before the court adjourned Thursday evening they saw what was almost a shooting scrape between a Negro deputy sheriff from Towson County, in tho eastern part of the district, and the court i deputi-as. The Negro walked into the court room, smoking » cigar, which is considered a grave offense in Choctaw courts, and the judge fined him $2.50 for contempt of the court. After' court had adjourned and the Negro had failed 1.0 pay the fine the Judge had ordered the sheriff to put him 5n jail and make him work out the fine. The Negro deputy said tHer* were: not enough men in Alikchi to put him in jail and began fighting. He was choked and battered before he gave up and concluded to pay the flno. He made threats that he would kill the officer who choked him and the officers wore their arms and watched the fellow closely during the afternoon, but h« failed to make any attempt to carry out hii threat. When I was In Alikchl the next year to see the sheriff shoot William Goings, condemned murderer, that whipping tree was pointed out to mo. 1 met Sheriff Thomas Watson and District Attorney Abner Clay nnd wss sorry that Judge Jarnes was not there so I could talk to him, but ho was ill at his homo several miles south of Alik- chl. They told me nbout the whippings for theft and similar misdemeanors, snd said they seldom had n repeater. I still believe that form of punishment would do more towards curbing crime than what we practice now.