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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 2

September 30, 1897 (Part 3)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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TO THE EDITOR - The Post: CITY FUNDS SQUANDERED. During the latter part of the first freedmen payment the citizens of Fort Gibson were astonished at the rumor that city funds had been squandered by the officials, when the aldermen convened council for an investigation. A committee was appointed by Mayor Walker consisting of alderman McLane, Benge and Sidman, but for some cause unknown to the public that committee has not yet made a report of its investigation further than intimating that the above mentioned rumors are true.
     We, too are satisfied that such is the situation of city affairs and that things are not right. Now gentlemen of the committee make our your report and bring this matter to an end, for we are of the opinion that it must be settled. The citizens of Ft. Gibson want to know and ought to know how city affairs stand. It is the duty of the mayor and committee to clear up this matter and show how affairs stand. Harry Sisson, C E Willey, Aldermen.

"The Klondyke" is the name of one of Butler Mercantile Co's new brand of shoes. Don't fail to examine "The Klondyke" if you want a first-class durable shoe for winter.

TO THE PUBLIC: Mayor's Office, Ft. Gibson, I.T. Sep 30, 1897. Ed. Post - This is to certify that C E Willey is not a member of the Fort Gibson town council, having resigned two weeks ago, and the same was accepted by me. R M Walker, Mayor.

Look at our new ties and scarfs. Butler Mer. Co

When you wish to go to Muskogee, remember J R Dyer's hack line. The route is shorter and more pleasant and the fare much cheaper than by rail.

They can't be beat - the Klondyke shoe at Butler Mercantile Co

BEAUTIFUL HOME FOR SALE CHEAP. Comprising ten lots. Located in Fort Gibson, in the most desirable part of the town. A handsome four room house - plastered, brick flues, one fire place, two closets, hallway and complete from bottom to top. A large yard with splendid variety of bearing fruit trees, grape vines, shrubery and shade trees, a good well of pure soft water, one acre in garden, large barn, cellar, and all other houses needed to make a home complete. Object in selling is to move out on farm. T Jay Thornton, Fort Gibson I.T.

Hon Richard Adams of Fort Gibson is reported as saying that he has a tale to unfold at an early day concerning the actions of certain public men of the Cherokee nation that will open the eyes of some of those Cherokees. Dich Adams generally has pretty good evidence to back up his assertions, and his untild tale will be eagerly watched for. - Indian Journal

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<All ads>

The Trent Hotel; Mrs. M K Trent, Prop. Fort Gibson, I.T.; Located close and covenient to depot; good attention and the best of accommodiations. Commercial men especially suited.

A R Matheson, House, Sign, Wagon and Carriage Painter; Paper Hanging and Decorating a Specialty

<photo of a cat> The Cat Came Back! And so do the people come back to W S Nash's store to do their trading when once the <...> cheap he sells everything needed in a household, on the farm or elsewhere by mankind.

My New Fall Stock is Unsurpassed. Don't buy until you have examined and priced my goods. If you want bargains, come and see me. W S Nash, Fort Gibson I T

Benefit Yourself By Buying Pure Drugs and Medicines of R M Walker, Dealer in Toilet Articles, Stationery, Wall Paper, and Fine Confectionery a specialty. Prescriptions Carefully Compounded. Fort Gibson I T

Follow the Crowd <drawing of a crowd of people> to the Bankrupt Store, Samter & Co, 720 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, Ark. The Place for Bargains

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Piazza Furniture. How to Transform a Veranda into an Out-Of-Doors Parlor <article discusses furniture, decorations and has drawings of a few pieces of furniture>

MISTAKES MADE BY MOTHERS. A woman is out of her element unless she is acquainted to a certain extent with the science of bake-ology, boil-ology, broil-ology and mend-ology. How often we see mothers busily engaged in domestic duties like a slave, in order that the girl may enjoy every luxury and do nothing; Indeed, many hardly let their daughters soil their hands, says a quiet observer. There never was a greater blunder than to substitute good looks for good qualities. Every girl ought to be brought up to have regular domestic duties. Idleness should be forbidden her. The only dignified life is a useful life.

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File for Receipts. An Appropriate and Easily Made Gift For Man or Woman <article on how to make a receipt file - with a drawing of the finished file>

Your Silk Umbrella. It Can Be Easily Ruined by Careless Treatment. <Article on how to care for your Umbrella>

A medical student uses a great deal more Latin than any old doctor.

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CLAIMING THE CREDIT: "It is really remarkable," said Mr. Meekton, "to note how many eminently successful men were regarded as stupid when they were in school." "Yes," replied his wife, in a significant tone, "and the most interesting point is that most of them did not begin to acquire any reputation for being smart until after they were married." - Washington Star

INCONSOLABLE. <drawing to two women talking> Mrs. Mulhogan - Sure, an' did yez hear about Missus Grogan cuttin' av her throat? Mrs. McNutly - I did thot: an' I understand, Mr. Grogan is near crazed wid grief. Mrs. Mulhogan - Yer roight, he is She tuk his bist razor to do it wid. - Up-To-Date

WELL LOOKED AFTER. "Brooks," said Rivers, "you ought to do something for that cold of yours. A neglected cold sometimes leads to serious consequences." "This cold of mine isn't neglected." crossly answers Brooks. "Five or six hundred of my friends are looking after it." - Chicago Tribune

<Spanning Column # 3 & 4 - Cartoon, Santa peeking over the Globe at Alaska> A VOICE FROM THE POLE. SANTA CLAUS - See here, now, this won't do! Not only is Mr. Andree invading my privacy, but there's a whole crowd down there making off with my private treasure. I've used that Klondike load this thousand years for Christmas watches, rings, bracelets and what not. I'll have to stick up some signs: Keep Off the Ice!"

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NATURALLY INSULTED. "May we have the pleasure of your company this evening, colonel?" she asked. The colonel drew himself up haughtily and replied with ever evidence of offended dignity: "Madam, I command a regiment." - Chicago Post

A RECIPE: Dick - One is so apt to lose sight of one's friends. Harry - That's not necessary. Mine stick to me with touching fidelity. Dick - How do you manage it? Harry - Oh, O borrow money of them. - Louisville Courier-Journal

AN APPROPRIATE CORRECTION. A local poet indited a sonnet to his sweetheart, entitled "I kissed her sub-rosa." The compositor knew better than that, and set it up in printer's Latin" "I kissed her sub-nosa." - Tit-Bits

THE UTILITY OF ATHLETES. Benton - What's the use of all this athletic business in college life, any-how? Fenton - It makes the graduates who can pass the mental examination eligible for the police force. - N.Y. Times

AN EFFECT. He - How dull it was at Wilkins' card party last night. She - Yes; in the early part of the evening. It got brighter soon after you left. - N.Y. World

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CAUSE OF MONOTONOUS: Editor: Mr. Paragraph, I wish you wouldn't write so many jokes about men who can't pay their bills; they are funny enough in a way, but so many of them are little monotonous. Can't you get your mind on some other subject? Mr. Paragraph (thoughtfully): Perhaps I could, - if I had a little larger salary - NY Weekly.

UNCLE ALLEN'S OPINION: "As to the claim that ice cream will cure the hiccoughs," said Uncle Allen Sparks, "my experience with several young nieces convinces me that the only thing ice cream will cure is the craving for ice cream, and it only does that temporarily." - Chicago Tribune

<several jokes>

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The whole column is Ads for patent medicines: To Cure A Cold - Laxative Bromo Quinine Tables; Hood's Sarsaparilla for purifying the blood; Dr M A Simmons Liver Medicine for Ladies monthly troubles and the Turn of Life; For the men Dr M A Simmons Liver Medicine for Fullness of Blood in Head; Groves Tasteless chill Tonic Make's Children Fat as Pigs (drawing of a pig with a baby's face); Opium and Whisky Habit cured at home without pain. Book of particulars sent Free. B M Woolley MD Atlanta GA

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<article on Modern Chicken Coops. The Old Familiar Laths Have Given Place to Wire Netting>

<article on the best way to move big rocks>

<article - Facts for Stockmen .. talks about pasture, feed and care of animals>

<article - Dry Bedding for Hogs - care of hogs>

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<article - Economical Heater. It Makes the Warming of Water for Stock comparatively Easy. ... How to construct the water heater>

<article - Poultry on the Farm. Prof. Gilbert Explains Why it is a Source of Profit>

<article - Clearing the Barnyard - how to make barnyard waste into good fertilizer>

Farmers as a whole cannot be induced to look kindly upon professional horse racing at fairs.

It is claimed that the saddle horse industry is looking up.

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<article - A Mother's Effort. A Mother Sees Her Daughter in a Pitiful Condition, But Manages to Rescue her.>

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Last two columns are ads for shoes and more patent medicines

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<Ad spans whole page at top - Butler Mercatile Co advertising Saddlery; Groceries; Hats, Gloves, Neckwear; Furniture; Shoes and Boots; Dry Goods>

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Breezy Briefs from the Bustling Business Burg down the Valley Road. Special Report to The Post. Mukdrow, I.T. Sep. 28, 1897 -

Never before has there been such a large cotton crop in this vicinity and, were prices good our farmers might be well off this fall. About 500 bales of cotton have been ginned here up to date, and the business will continue for several months yet. The two gins are running to their full capacity. Alexander's gin is running night and day turning out an average of 35 bales. Breedlove's is turning out about 25 bales. At the close last Saturday there was cotton enough to make 40 bales still unginned. The streets are crowded with wagons, and people in to trade. It is estimated that about 2,500 bales of cotton will be ginned in Muldrow this season.

Dr. Turnham is showing himself to be the most enterprising man in town. He has concluded to enlarge on the plan of his new stone building and have it 53 feet front instead of 25. Mason work was commenced on Monday by C C Marcum, contractor, who has four or five hands. The rock is sandstand which is plenty near by town.

The family of D S Hart, station agent, have moved here from Texarkanna, and will permanently locate here.

A new iron railroad bridge is being build across Skinbyou creek in the west part of town.

It is said that W O Bruton will remove to Stillwell, soon.

The new telephone line between this place and Fort Smith is expected to be in operation by Saturday. The distance is about 13 miles. This will be a handy arrangement.

More business in town this fall than for three years past.

Winchester Miller, of Sweetown, the great fox killer, was in town with

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a load of fruit, including several bushels of Kiefer pears. Miller holds his bigness in everything.

The U S surveyors are at work between this place and Fort Smith. They are now surveying out the sections, the town lines having been heretofore surveyed. Now in a short time people will know just where their lands are situated by meets and bounds. According to the survey Muldrow will be near the center of county and is likely to be a future county seat.

James Miller, on Dr. Turnham's place, just north of town, has the finest patch of strawberries in Sequoyah district. The patch is free from grass and weed, being highly cultivated. This patch of about an acre neted $119 in strawberries this past season, and will be in much better condition the next.

Owing to dry weather the second planting potato crop in this vicinity is likely to be light. Should frost be late this season, and more rain fall, there may be an improvement over present prospects. Potatoes are selling at one dollar a bushel.

Alexander's gin had a narrow escape from being consumed by fire on Monday, but was finally extinguished.

A WELL EDUCATED INDIAN. Joseph Manus, son of Skake Manus, senator from Tahlequah district, is one of the best, if not the best educated young man in the Cherokee Nation, having recently graduated with honors, from Hillsdale, (Mich) college, a high institution of learning, over which Prof. Fairchild once presided. Mr. Manus studied at that institution over five years, being the first Indian student. The senior editor of The Post recommended him to the faculty, who speak of the Cherokee student in high praise. The Presbyterian mission helped Mr. Manus, who, we learn, intends going into the ministry. He is a young man of good principles and with his fine education ought to be a useful man among his people.

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News and Notes from the Future, County Seat with Rich Surroundings. Special Report to the Post. Vian, I.T. Sept 29, 1897

Vian is having a season of prosperity. The cotton crop is a large one, and people are reaping the benefit. Blackston's cotton gin is running day and night and still not able to keep up with the work.

Miss Lottie Hunter of Hanson was married on Saturday Sept 25, to Mr. J S Robinson. The ceremony was performed by Rev J B Barry at his residence. Their many friends wish them much happiness.

The colored Baptists held a large meeting at Sandtown, south of this place, which closed on Sunday. There were about 50 preachers present, and a very large crowd of people. The number present on Sunday was estimated at 1,000, including a good number of whites. There were people present from different towns along the line, including a good number from Fort Gibson.

Two new iron bridges are being erected by the railroad company over little and big Vian creeks, to the east and west of this place.

Henry White, engaged in selling iron range stoves for a St. Louis company has been lying sick here for several weeks, being reduced to a mere skeleton from a large healthy looking man. He has been adicted to the use of liquor and opium for some time, to which he falls a victim. He has relatives in Tennessee, who are respectable people and well off. Since the above was written the man died. He was in a pitable condition and suffered terribly. Death finally came to his relief when all other agencies failed to relieve him.

Judge McCombs court is running here again, but not crowded with business at present. This court has jurisdiction in all civil cases over Sequoyah, Flint and Illinois districts,
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which embraces a large scope of country.

Vian has the largest amount of good land tributary of any other town on the Valley railroad. South of town to the Arkansas river, a distance of about 10 miles is mostly creek or bottom lands, which can't be beat anywhere. Sandtown bottoms have a reputation of producing the largest cotton and corn crops. According to the US survey, Vian is the center of a county and destined to be a county seat. What Vian needs is a few more business men who are as enterprising as two or three that might be mentioned. The people at Vian should work for the good of their town.

Judge McCombs is quite a sporting character in the way of hunting, and keeps a pack of blooded hounds for the chase, which he pursues whenever he has leisure. The number of fox scalps and deer tails which may be seen nailed up, shows how successful he has been as a hunter. If there is anything the Judge loves it is a good hunt, and the next best is another hunt. Winchester Miller is his only rival as a fox hunter.

Rev J B Barry, and wife have been on the sick list, but are getting better. Their daughter, Mrs. Lucy Morse, has another fine baby.

A man calling himself an evangelist, has recently been preaching here, but with little effect. He represents no Christian church, and had no credentials as to his identy or standing in society or morals. Such men may be arrant frauds. Too many tramp preachers for the good of the cause.

<ad - 500 Cotton Pickers Wanted - Redland Indian Territory by Hayes Merchantile Co - apply at once>

Column 5 - Ads - Henry Eiffert Mgr of Fort Gibson Manufacturing company wants to buy 100,000 feet of logs; ad for Walker's Drug Store Ft. Gibson>

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