Some Murder is Being Committed,
Charles Hatfield Tells About Some of the Interesting Incidents. That are Being Enacted in the New Reservation.
El Reno, O.T., July 24, 1901. - Although the papers are full of accounts of the conditions in the city and registration, the half cannot be told. It is simply awful, the crowds that are here and the thousands that are coming and going every day. Every railroad is taxed to its utmost capacity to get the people in and out of the city, and hundreds of covered wagons are arriving every day.
The total number registered is now 130,000, with two days for registering. The registration closes Friday evening at 6.
The Middle and sides of the main streets are crowded with stands and shows of all kinds. There have been several murders committed for the purpose of robbery. An old man was killed yesterday by two men, with many witnesses standing near. Both escaped.
A colored woman is in jail for cutting two men's throats Monday night. The notary publics are thicker than bees. One has been getting ladies trade by promising a husband with each quarter section.
Most of the Bedford boys started for the promised land Tuesday morn. Our crowd consists of E.S. Lynch, L.L. Terrell, Chas. Bush, S.E. Williams, Stine Taylor, H.H. Hatfield and myself. We are camped at Harrison Patch's, an old resident of Taylor county. We took a trip out to Ft Reno yesterday. The fort is about 6 miles N.W. of the city. There are 100 soldiers stationed here since the Spanish American war. Today we are going down on the South Canadian to camp two or three days. I suppose we will all be home about Aug. 15 with out farms in our grips.
It takes us a long time to get our mail. The P.O. crew are crowded so that some of the mail lies in the office two or three days without being distributed. We have to stand in line about an hour before we can call for our mail.
Well, I have got this letter too long already so had better close.
Bedford Free Press, August 1, 1901