Plot to Kill White Officers

January 12, 1907


Several arrests made at Fort Reno based on suspicion of black soldiers plotting to kill their white officers.


Plot to Kill White Officers
Army Men Believe Such Was Intention of Negro Soldiers at Fort Reno
           El Reno, Okla, Jan. 9.-Belief of the army officers at Fort Reno that a conspiracy to murder every white officer at Fort Reno, beginning with Captain Edgar A. Macklin, against whom it is said many negro soldiers at the post entertain a grudge as a result of the affair at Brownsville, Tex., and the discharge of the negro soldiers that followed, became known as a result of a preliminary hearing in the case of Edward L. Knowles, corporal of Company A, 25th infantry, who was held on a charge of assault with intent to kill Captain Macklin on the night of December 21. Knowles was bound over to await the action of the Canadian county grand jury at the opening term of court.
           All of the officers now go heavily armed and protected throughout the night.
           Every effort has been made by the officers at the post to keep the alleged conspiracy a secret, but it is learned that an investigation is now being conducted at several army posts and important places throughout the country, and in a short time several arrests of the members of the companies recently discharged in disgrace are expected to follow.
           Information was given out here that the arrest of a negro soldier was made at La Junta, Colo. Suspicion rests upon negro soldiers at Fort Niobrara, Neb., and at three other points.
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