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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 3

October 7, 1897 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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WATTS IS STILL AHEAD.
     Agent Stopped From Proceeding With His Ejectment.
           Arguments for an Injunction to be Heard by Judge Thomas
           at Wagoner on November 8th.

Special Report to The Post. Wagoner, I.T. Oct 5, 1867-
     The ejectment of W J Watts from the "Watts Addition" did not materialize. The ejecter wouldn't work, somehow, and the whole machinery is out of whack and the Watts ejectment case standeth in status quo. Watts wouldn't split the wood, and Agent Wisdom couldn't. In other words, Watts held on like grim death to a dead nigger to all he surveyed and Agent Wisdom was divested of his power to pull him off. He was injoined by the secretary of the interior from taking further steps towards removing Watts until it was further investigated.
     Mr. Watts has contended throughout that the controversy about the land in question was a matter for the courts, and not Agent Wisdom, to adjudicate. Upon this plea Watts and his counsel have prevailed upon the secretary of the interior to allow them the right to ask the courts to injoin the determined Indian agent from carrying his for ejectment plans. Well, we are not a lawyer and don't pretend to know how it was done, but the matter of an injunction was referred to Judge Springer's court at Muskogee, and Monday the day set for the case to be argued.
     The case was called Monday, but owing to other pressing and depressing matters before the court, or for some other cause unknown to The Post correspondent, it was not argued, but transferred to Wagoner and Nov 8 set as the day to hear it. So, therefore nothing more can be done until after that time. Then if Watts is granted the injunction asked for, the whole matter as to the legal ownership of the land in controversy will be thrown back to the courts for final settlement.
     Thus endeth the Watts ejectment case, for a month, at least.

GEORGE MILLER KILLED. George Miller was a colored man who worked at Hill's butcher shop. He did last day's work there Saturday, whet out for a good time Saturday night and got killed. He went out among the bad niggers and a bad nigger shot him. The trouble came up over a woman. We failed to get the name of the killer.

A FIRST-CLASS GROCERY STORE. The Hills, of Wagoner, are grocers of the first water. They were born that way. They know every detail and every art of the grocery business, and as a consequence they always lead their competitors. Their firm name is W H & A S Hill, but their popular place of business in Wagoner is known far and wide simply as "Hill's store, in the Bill block." They are doing a big grocery business in Wagoner now, and are figuring on putting in a big stock of groceries at Fort Gibson. They are now negotiating for a suitable building to move into here on Nov 1st.

FORT GIBSON TROOPS. Ordered to the Choctaw Nation to Keep Peace Between Rival Indian Factions. - There was some stir and excitement in town last Saturday when news got abroad that orders had been received from the Secretary of War at Washington for troop D, U.S. Cavalry, located at this place, to go to the Choctaw nation to quell or prevent a threatened outbreak between rival Indian factions in that part of the this Territory. There was hurrying to and fro among the troops preparatory to the march into the hostile region of the Choctaws. Three large six mule government wagons were taken out and hurried to the depot, where eight railroad cars were
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loaded with supplies and coutraments.
     The appearance was rather war like when the troops, all mounted and armed, rode down from the garrison through Main street, and maneuvered near the depot, which reminded old veterans of war times. The men dismounted and had mess around a large camp fire on the common. Finally everything, including horses, supplies, arms and wagons, were put on board the cars, and about ten or eleven o'clock at night a special train bore the troops eastward to Ft. Smith where they took the Frisco road for the Choctaw nation, where they arrived next day. There appears to be muttering and threatening between the rival Indian factions there, but Indian Agent Wisdom, who is on the ground, thinks there will be no fighting, at least while the troops are present.

LIQUOR CASES THROWN OUT.
Many Druggists Made Happy by the Favorable Termination of Their suits.

     Special Report to the Post. Vinita, I.T. Oct 5 - There were many happy druggists leaving town last night and today. They had a right to be happy, too, for they came here, many of them, with hopes clouded with doubt as to whether they would return home sooner or later. They came from Tahlequah, Fort Gibson and other places in the Cherokee nation to stand trial before Judge Thomas for selling certain patent medicines, which the court has ruled is not salable in this country. Some even say it will make a small man drunk, and that it has been known to even make a large man curse his grandmama when he takes too much at a dose, and too many doses at a time. At any rate, there were quite several druggists under indictment for selling this medicine. Their cases have been change of venued from Tahlequah to Muskogee and from Muskogee to Vinita, etc., and at last these druggists - all prominent, good men - came to meet their fate. Prosecuting Attorney Soper is a good hearted man as well as a stern prosecutor, and after reviewing the matter carefully he decided to not pros the cases, but advised that the druggists be not charged with a like offense in the future. And they were all happy.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.
     The greatest show on earth will exhibit at Fort Smith, Saturday, October 9th, when the great Adam Forepaugh and Sells Brothers' United Shows will give one of their matchless exhibitions of united wonders, that can scarcely fail to please and instruct the most fastedious. All the earth has been searched and ransacked to produce wonders and curiosities for this great show. Look in your natural history for names of rare and wonderful animals, and you will find them represented in life at this show. Then, there are rare works of art to be seen, and the best performers of all kinds that money can procure. There are four rings, each a wonder in itself.

ITEMS FROM MULDROW

Breezy Briefs From the Bustling Business Burg Down the Valley Road. Special to The Post. Muldrow, I.T. Oct. 5

Joseph Goodman has moved to the Choctaw nation.

Ed Hicks is teaching the Cherokee school at the Fargo school house.

Cotton still continues to come in. Both gins are kept busy day and night, and yet can not keep up with the work that comes in.

The Cherokee national school commenced last Monday with Mrs. Ada Norrid, teacher.

The telephone between this place and Fort Smith was completed last Monday.

Gov Watts of Paw Paw was in town Sunday, but didn't join the crusaders.

The Baptist meeting has closed and there was baptising Sunday.

D S Hart has leasen the fine house recently occupied by Jesse Watts.

The crusaders are still holding nightly meetings, large crowds of people attending.

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<article - Creek Council. It Convened at Oklmulgee Monday. Grave Doubts About the Dawes - Creek Agreement Being Ratified. Chief Espareche Opposes It. Delegation of Full Blood-Cherokees on Hand to Confer With Him on the Situation - Choctaw Council Quiet. >

CHOCTAWS COMPROMISE
.      Special to The Post. Tuskahoma, I.T. Oct 5 - The expected trouble here between the two factions of Choctaws was averted by a compromise today, referring the election contests to the national attorney for settlement. Both houses are now organized and ready for business, and both have agreed to the compromise. A company of cavalry from Fort Gibson is here, together with Agent Wisdom and his Indian police, but they are needed and will probably leave in a few days. There is considerable doubt here as to the Daws-Choctaw-Chicasaw treaty being ratified in its present shape, although treaty and antitreaty forces appear to be about equally divided now.

THE DAWES COMMISSION
.      Will Make Complete Census Rolls in the Five Nations. The Dawes commission had a little rest from outside labor a day or two this week. We called in at headquarters on Garrison hill, yesterday, and found everybody busy writing and looking over documents. The valuable
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records in the office are closely guarded by U.S. solders, three sleeping in the room where they are kept, and a relief watch without. The commission go to the Creek nation next Monday to commence taking the census preparatory to completing the allotment rolls. Whether the commission stays in Fort Gibson, or not, the coming winter, depends on circumstances. The business men of town should be interested in this matter.
     Since the above was in type we are informed that the Dawes commission will make complete census rolls in the Five Civilized Tribes, commencing in Creek nation next week. The Cherokee census will be the largest and most difficult.

WENT UP IN SMOKE
     Blackston's Cotton Gin at Vian Destroyed by Fire.
Special Report to The Post. Vian, I.T. Oct 5 -      The cotton gin at this place, belonging to Blackston & Co, burned to the ground on Monday morning before day, together with a quantity of cotton. The gin was insured for about two-thirds of its value. The gin had been running day and night, and the fire was caused by the explosion of a lamp. The stillness of the night saved the town. Had there been more wind most of the town might have been destroyed.

<A Peri At the Gate. "One morn a peri at the date; Of Eden, sat disconsolate." ... a religious article with lots of quoted verses of poems by J S Holden Ft. Gibson>

CAVALRY TROOPS AT FORT GIBSON.
     It appears that Uncle Sam don't like to see Fort Gibson without regular soldiers. The cavalry being called away last Saturday, on Monday a troop of infantry arrived here from Fort Logan Root near Little Rock. They are fine looking men, larger than cavalry soldiers, and will stay here until return of the cavalry.

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SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND.
     One is to be Established Shortly at Fort Gibson. -
           Miss Laura Rowland, of Little Rock, Ark., the Promoter -
         It is Already an Assured Success. -    

     About three weeks ago Miss Laura Rowland of Little Rock, Arkansas came to fort Gibson to look after a site for a Territorial school for the blind. In company with her sister she looked over the situation here and liked it very much. Having letters of credentials to prominent people here, she was assured of a good site for the building at this place, and took several subscriptions, departing with the assurance that the site question was settled and funds only were necessary to make the project a success.
     Miss Rowland has since traveled in different parts of the Cherokee and Creek nations, in twelve different towns, including Wagoner, Muskogee, Claremore, Chelsea, Afton, Pryor, Creek, Vinita and other places, where liberal subscriptions and other encouragement were received, people generally welcoming the movement.
     Miss Rowland, returned to this place on Tuesday, very much pleased with her success and general prospects for her enterprise, which is now an assured success. Chief Mayes has assured her of assistance, and says that the nation will donate one of the public buildings for the school. Miss Rowland looked over the site this week, and has selected a fine roomy building on Garrison hill, overlooking Grand river and surrounding country. The building is surrounded by fine shade trees, on a beautiful prominade lined with trees, and during the pristine days of the Fort Gibson garrison was used as officers headquarters, and cost about $50,000.
     Mr. F H Nash of Fort Gibson has been chosen as one of the trustees of the school, and will look after its affairs here. From here Miss Rowland will go into the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations in the interest of this work. She has already assured of assistance from prominent Creek citizens and officials.
     This school is intended as a territorial school for the education of blind children whose parents are not able to have them educated. It will be non-sectarian and free to all blind children whose parents are not able to pay tuition. Miss Rowland has thus far met with 19 blind children, which, undoubtedly, is but a small portion of the actual number. This is a worthy and commendable enterprise, and deserves success.

Attorney J H Akin and went [sic] daughter, who live at Vinita, went over to Tahlequah Saturday last. Mr. Akin went to attend a session of the Cherokee supreme court, while Miss Akin visited friends.

Two weddings took place at Tahlequah last week: Mr. Oscar Goddard to Miss Anna Richards, and George Parris to Miss Annie Townsend.

New stock of shoes at Butler Mercantile Co. Buy now, before leather goes up.

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