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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 3

October 7, 1897 (Part 3)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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<The spelling, grammar and proof reading of The Post editor are not the best. Following is typed as found in the paper.>

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Mayor H M Walker was in Vinita Monday.

Wm. Owen and N B Maxey of Muskogee were here Monday.

Lawyer W H McBride of Tahlequah was seen on Monday.

R M French and Dr. Chas M Ross of Tahlequah came down Tuesday.

A social party as given at deputy sheriff Adair's residence on Monday night.

Miss Daisy Harris of Muskogee was registered at the Trent Hotel Saturday inst.

Miss Fannie Willey of Fort Gibson is visiting friends at Vinita and attending the fair.

W R Campbell, a leading business man of Claremore, was in the city Sunday going to Tahlequah.

E C Alberty, a leading attorney of Claremore, passed through Fort Gibson Sunday returning from a trip to Tahlequah.

Dr. Joe Turnham went up to Vinita Sunday night with the crowd to attend Judge Thomas court and the Vinita fair.

While the Fort Smith next Saturday to see the big show, call at the Bankrupt Store, for bargains in clothing. It will pay you.

Mrs. Wm Johnstone of Tahlequah, passed through the city Sunday on her way to Claremore to visit her daughter, Mrs. R Lee Comer.

W H Scott has sown some of the new crimson clover seed sent out by the agricultural department from Washington, and will give the same a fair test.

Louis Nash didn't go on the excursion to Kansas City, having found it more interesting to stop off in the vicinity of Chelsea. He might tell you all about it.

Along Grand river in the vicinity on the railroad bridge is a paradise for tramps and weary Willies, who bask in the sunshine and while many a passing hour away.

Jno E Butler, president of the Cherokee board of education, was in town a short time Monday, returning to his home at Big Cabin, after attending a business meeting of the board at Tahlequah last week.

G R Scott, Alex R Matheson, Dr. G A McBride, A R Miller, Mrs. Eliza Andre, and Tom Cunningham, were among the Fort Gibsonites who took in the great Priest of Pallas parade at Kansas city Tuesday.

Owning to a bad wreck on the Frisco between Monett and Fort Smith Saturday night last, the Frisco cannon ball from St. Louis came around by way of Claremore Sunday, passing through Fort Gibson abut 2:30 p.m.

Attorney G W Baker of Tahlequah was a pleasant caller Tuesday. He was returning from Judge Springer's court at Muskogee, and expressed the opinion that those appealed citizenship case would not be taken up very soon.

"Crazy Wiggins" camps out nights in the vicinity of the cotton gin and some times makes night hideous with his noise, which he calls "singing praises to de Lo'd," who shows His goodness and mercy by not killing him on the spot.

From the number of shots fired and the whooping and yelling going on last Saturday night, a stranger and tenderfoot in these parts might suppose that several wild Indians were on the war path, but instead there was only one tame Indian, (who when sober, is a quite fellow,) "painting the town," Harry Nash disarmed him, whispered in his ear and sent him away a much quieter man.

Some people who congregate in Fort Gibson don't seem to have much religion nor manners on Sundays or any other days. A young man said to hail from Tahlequah, where good order is kept, especially on Sunday, got on a "toot" and used some unbecoming language in the vicinity of the depot and Trent hotel. This young gentleman, in language more forcible than elegant, stated that a certain prominent Tahlequah gentleman was a lineal descendent of the canine species, and that he could whip the whole race from Dan to Bersheba, or words to that effect. Of course, the police didn't happen to be around and quiet people had to stand it.

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John Fulsom is an all-round fellow, who will not be without a job long at a time. John is a Cherokee boy and loves to keep at work. If he can't get an easy job he will take a hard one. Last spring he was city marshal of Fort Gibson. Then after the city appointed his successor he began looking around for something else to do. He failed to find an easy job; he went work as a railroad section hand, and boss says he made a good one, too. John held this job for several months, until recently, when he quit and went on the police force again for a short time. This job giving out, he is now a teamster for James Coleman, the lumberman. No, John Fulsom is neither afraid nor ashamed of honest labor.

Misses Victoria Lipe and Cora Musagrove, two of Claremore's charming young ladies, spent Sunday in Fort Gibson, guest of the Trent Hotel. Miss Lipe is the daughter of Treasurer D W Lipe of the Cherokee nation, and one of Cooweescoowee's fairest daughters, while Miss Musgrove is equally fair and accomplished and belongs to one of the best Cherokee families.

W D McBride of this place is a candidate for jailor for the Federal court at Muskogee, and has a largely signed petition and other endorsements for the place. Mr. McBride is a good and competent man for the position and one who would give general satisfaction.

The "demi-monde" still hover in this vicinity notwithstanding Mayor Walker's stringent orders for them to vacate. It is said that some have taken to the woods and are living in tents, but not reformed.

L R Nash went up to Chelsea to spend the Sabbath and to visit some relatives (?). There is quite a strong suspicion that there is some annual attraction up there for Louie.

C L Bosden has sent a fine bow and arrows to his brother in Detroit, Michigan. The bow was made by a full blood Indian who understands the business.

The Miss Coleman's went on the excursion to Kansas City on Monday.

Judge McCombs of Vian was in town on Monday.

There was a quite wedding near Fort Gibson Sunday last and Judge J G McCombs acted as "best man" to the groom. The contracting parties were Mr. James Hucklebrry, Jr and Miss Margaret Gott, the charming daughter of Mr. Jack Gott, who owns a plantation out on the Tahlequah road. The marriage ceremony was performed by Rev Wm Pipkin, pastor of the Fort Gibson M.E. church South. The groom is a promising young attorney of Vian, who spent several months in Fort Gibson while Judge McCombs court was located here. The happy couple departed on the evening train for Vian, where they will make their future home.

Dr. J M Howard, a prominent physician of Fort Gibson, was married to Miss Burnice French, of this place at Fort Smith, one day last week. The affair was a pleasant and quiet one, there being but a few selected friends present. Dr. Howard is a young physician with a lucerative practice, and his bride is one of the most charming young ladies in these parts.

<ad for Klondyke shoes at Butler Mercantile>

Cool nights and warm days. For the past week the thermometer has raised from 60 to 96 degrees above zero, and very dry, which is extraordinary weather.

Judging from accounts Miss Mary Simpson is teaching a good national school here, and appears to be well liked.

<ad Butler Mer. Co>

<ad J R Dyer's hack line>

<2 more ads for Klondyke shoes at Butlers>

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<all ads: The Trent Hotel; A R Matheson, painter; W S Nash; R M Walker, Drugs; Bankrupt Store Ft Smith>

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<Story - The Cuban Insurgents. How They Live, and Wait, and Fight for Existence. Account of a Trilling Dash Across the Channel from Jamaica with Fillbusters - Brief But Exciting Experience>

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<Story - Picturesque Key West. Eventually It Will be the Great American Winter Resort. An Interesting Letter from Lieut. Lucieh Young, U.S.N. About Florida's Island Metropolis.>

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<article - examples of stories beggars use to get money>

Attorney (sternly) - "The witness will please state if the prisoner was in the habit of whistling when he was alone?" Witness - "I don't know. I was never with him when he was alone." - Columbus Dispatch

<ads - Hood's Pill; Squaw Vine Wine; Dr Bell's Peppermint Chill Tonic; Lee Brothers Tents & Awnings, Memphis TN>

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<story - Happiness at Home. Arp Says That It Is More Valuable Than the Klondike. Points Out Some Defects - Cross Husbands and a Complaining Wife Meet No Compassion From The Sage of Bartow>

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IN SELF DEFENSE. "Yes," said the young man who was relating the experience, "I am usually a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, but on that occasion I joined the infuriated mob and threw stones at the militia." "You did?" "Yes, I knew that if the militia began to shoot the infuriated mob would probably escape, while the innocent spectators would get hurt." - N Y World.

JUST AN HOUR TOO LATE. The other day X---, the Bohemian, on receiving some money from a rich uncle, took it into his head to clear off some of his most pressing debts. He first called at his tailor's and heard that the poor man had just died. His widow, all in tears, desired to know the visitor's errand. "I have come to pay my bill," he simply replied. "Ah," sobbed out the widow, "if my poor husband had only lived till this morning the shock might have brought him around!" - Tid-Bits

PRIDE OF STATION. Mr. Forundred (proudly) - Note this magnificent business block. I own every foot of the ground on which it stands, and it is from this that I derive my income. Old Gent - Ah, yes: I remember this locality very well. It was here your grandfather had his junk shop. - N Y Weekly

DISCOVERED. "Well madam, I've been years lookin' for work." "Humph! I have plenty of it for you. You can -" "'Seuse me, madam, I said I had been looking for work. Now that I have found it, me curiosity is satisfied. Good-day." - N Y Truth

A PERTINENT QUESTION. Mrs Gray - I have implicit faith in my husband. I've never seen him try to flirt with anyone. Mrs Burbeck - Well, doesn't he ever go anywhere unless you are along? - Cleveland Leader

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<article - The Saving Dairyman. The Exercise of Wise Economy Always Leads To Success>

<article - For Tobacco Growers. Description Of A Horse That Is Easily Made At Home>

<article - Protection For Berries>

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<little jokes like those above>

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<little two liner sayings & ads>

<bottom of page - ads that span column 4 & 5; Ayer's Sarsaparilla; Cascarets Laxative; Sapolio; Prices Cream Baking Powder; Youth & Home Magazine>

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<ad spanning top of page 8, Butler Mercantile Co>

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<article - The Busy Little Bee. W A Scott of Fort Gibson Is the Largest Raiser In The Cherokee Nation. Article about raising bees for fun & profit>

<the bottom of page 8 column 2 is torn off .... column 3 continues what obviously started in column 2 ... the name Wiley is spelled as Wiley and also as Willey in the following article>

...ber <probably member> of the present city council of Fort Gibson, he having tendered his resignation as such, the same being accepted by the Mayor.
     We are sorry to lean that Mr. Willey has used this method of taking leave of his constituents when such grave accusations are pending over the city officers, of which Mr. Wiley is, or has been a member. To us this seems like a work of carelessness, resigning without first endeavoring to shield himself from public eyes that are now gazing (as they should be) deep into the city's affairs; for the city funds have been squandered, and Mr. Wiley should have known that this assertion places him in a position where he most <sic> show down, unless he shows that his constituents hold him entirely above reproach.
     How strange that the Mayor of Fort Gibson considers that the little article mentioned in reference to Mr. Willey, a sufficient reply to such a grave accusation as; the subject states and was also stated as above in the last issue of The Post. In our opinion it is entirely foreign, and nothing save a wide, open look into the city's affairs by every citizen that chose to do so, would or could satisfy the public. We being a member of the city council don't see any reason why the citizens of Fort Gibson should not have the privilege of investigating city affairs and interviewing the officers in order to find out its perpetrators, and if any blame falls on us we are willing to bear it, but not unless it does.
<     Now, in order to bring this matter to the front of the stage, all the curtains should be lifted for public view. We will now lift a rear corner by stating that in the report of the city treasurer to the city council, the treasurer asserts that the mayor issued an order, purporting to have been an order of council commanding the treasure to pay to the mayor of Fort Gibson four hundred dollars, which was done.
     The public naturally ask: "What was that money used for? In reply I must confess that I am unable to say, for this is one of the mysterious facts upon which is based the subject of this article. In an interview with the mayor in regard to the treasurer's
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report, the mayor claimed that he gave no such order, and at the same time intimated that the city funds went for the purpose of securing the freedmen payment at Fort Gibson. In an interview with the treasurer later on, the treasurer affirmed that the report he had made to the city council was true.
     The Cherokee freedmen payment was ordered here by the U.S. Government, and it hardly seems probably that Mr. Dickson could have been approached with money; but if so, I guess the mayor has receipts from Mr. Dickson to confirm his statement. In considering the treasurer's statement I do not know whether he has the claims, as referred to or not, but as he is one of the best of business men, the presumption is that he has. - Harry Sisson

The following Tahlequahites passed through the city Sunday on route to Vinita court, where the change of venue cases will come up: G O Butler, Ed Hicks, H G Woods, Will Wolfe, Neal Thorne, R M Wolfe, Albert Green, John F Wilson, Chas D Pendleton, J Polk Carter, Walter A Thompson, C J Harris, S T Bell and others.

W M Gulager, more familiarly known by his numerous friends as "Cluclu," was in the city Monday, on his way to Kansas City to view the Priest of Pallas parade.

Henry B Graves who has been spending his vacation in and near Fort Gibson, departed Sunday for his school in Canadian district, near Checotah.

Butler's gin has been out of repairs for a few days and much cotton has accumulated. Business progressing again.

<ad - cotton pickers wanted>

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