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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 5

October 21, 1897 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed Linda Haas Davenport

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<article - Reforms Are Needed. Antiquated Road Building Methods Should Be Discarded>

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<article - This Is Worth Trying. Excellent Rack For Feeding Corn Fodder To Cattle ... information and instructions for building the rack>

<article - Hints for Dairymen>

<article - Removing Odors From Cream>

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<poem - Dorothy's Bargain by Elvira Floyd Froemeke, reprinted from New Unity>

<article - How To Save Lives. Hints For Boys and Girls Who Know How to Swim>

<article - Tale Of A Grateful Bird>

<article - Glass Eyes For A Tiger>

<article - The Biggest Mouthful .... about an alligator>

"Oh dear," she sighed, "I wish I knew how to keep gowns from crushing." "Don't wear them," he said without looking up from his paper. And it was well that he didn't look up from his paper, too, for the sight of an angry woman has a tendency to disconcert the average man. - Chicago Post.

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<article - Parrot Prima Donna. Chicago Bird Can Sing His Songs, Words and Music. ... includes a drawing of a parrot>

<article - Fish Struck By Lightning>

WHEN SNAKES ARE HELPLESS. Place a snake on a smooth surface, as a polished table, and it makes no head way, because it finds no resistance on the smooth surface to aid it in pushing ahead.

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<one line jokes and ads for patent medicines>

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<story - The Deacon's Donation by Mary E Mitchell>

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<article - A Matter Of Custom .... story about two Zulu women with a traveling show who walked around town in their "native attire" and got arrested for indecent exposure>

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<short jokes and ads>

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Editor Rates of the Claremore Progress, last week added two more "typos" to his force - one a boy, the other a girl.

The Siloam Springs Republican has a writer who knows something about modern Cherokee history. We don't know who is he, but he has certainly been here.

Smarting under ignominious defeat, it is no more than might be expected that the Muskogee foot ball team should charge the Tahlequah boys with "dirt".

It's all bosh about their being 35,000 babies in the Cherokee Nation, as asserted by several Territory papers. Why if this was true, the drug stores would profit more by the sale of castoria and vermafuge than they do off the sale of Jamaica ginger.

The South McAlester Capital the best of all Territory weeklies, The Post excepted, came out last week in new and enlarged form and a pretty heading. We are not prepared to say whether it is the famine in India or the ability of Brer Gulick that is causing the Capital to prosper, so prosperously, but it certainly shows evidence of prosperity and enterprise.

Now that the United States government has opened up negotiations with the Cherokees, with a view to re-establishing a post at Fort Gibson, the citizens of the place should take hold and help the negotiations along. If our leading business men and citizens persist in hanging back and waiting for "something to turn up" before doing anything, the town will be the first thing to turn up - it's toes.

Because he cannot always oust the "Chief of Intruders" on schedule time is no reason to suppose that Agent Wisdom will be ousted from the Union Agency on schedule time. The fact that Ed Goldberg was switched off from the Union Agency appointment to that of the Quapaw Agency is an indication that Agent Wisdom is the right man in the right place and may hold his office yet till the roses bloom again.

In his pleasing work of distributing republican "pie", The Post is glad to note that Marshal Bennett has recognized that staunch young Tahlequah republican, Jno. C. Dannenberg, by given him the position of office deputy at Tahlequah. There are several staunch republicans over at Tahlequah and young Dannenberg is among them. He is one of the republican Territorial executive committee, and is popular among both republicans and democrats.

The appointment of Hon. Thos. B. Needles as a member of the Dawes Commission, in place of Hon. A. B. Montgomery, will undoubtedly meet with the approval of the majority of the Indian citizens. Mr. Needles was marshal of the Northern district under President Harrison's administration and during that time became somewhat familiar with the Indian and his ways. He will, therefore, it is believed, know better how to appreciate the situation here and do his part towards rendering full and complete justice to all classes of Indian citizens in the work of winding up their tribal affairs.

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The government is now negotiating with the Cherokee nation with a view to permanently re-occupying the old fort property at Fort Gibson, but as to what has been decided upon by the Cherokee authorities is not known. There will be a vast amount of repairing to be done in the event of its re-occupation, and that and the permanent location of a considerable body of soldiers there will be a great thing for Fort Gibson. - <Muskogee> Phoenix

The Chickasaw legislature passed a resolution empowering and instructing the governor of that nation to appeal to President McKinley to retain Capt. A S McKennon on the Dawes Commission. Captain McKennon has dealt kindly and considerately with the Indians and has gained their confidence, which we believe he justly deserves. He has never betrayed them in a single instance that we are aware of, and we think the Choctaw council would act wisely in passing a resolution similar to that passed by the Chickasaws. - Atoka Citizen

     Now that the irrepressible fake reporters are beginning to date their dispatches at Fort Gibson, the junior editor of The Post wishes to register a foot ball kick. His reputation, (which he has regained by refusing to longer represent outside papers) is at stake. He has reformed (not married, please) and writes only facts, poetry and love stories for The Post. There isn't as much money in it as there is in 50 cent fake "specials" but there is more satisfaction, consolation and ease of conscience to reward him.

The idea of Gus Ivey being the secretary of the Kee-too-wahs! Or of the Indians of this Territory emigrating to Old Mexico or Honduras, or South America! In the first place, the Kee-too-wahs admit only full bloods into their organization, and Gus Ivey is a white Indian noted for his white man ways and tricks. Even Hon. Watt Duncan, who would die rather than betray his full blood brothers, would fail of admission into the secret pow-wows of the Kee-too-wahs, not because he is not a trusted Indian among the Indians, but because he is a white Indian.
     In the second place, we all know it is preposterous to talk about Indians - especially the Cherokees - giving up their homes here and going to Old Mexico, or any other old place. They have a home here, guaranteed to them "as long as water shall run and grass shall grown," and they mean to stay at home as long as it continues to rain, notwithstanding the Dawes Commission and fake reports.
     No, the Indians are not going to Old Mexico, nor is Gus Ivey the trusted secretary of the Kee-too-wahs. It's all a fake of the most fakish kind, and as a reformed fakir we object to shouldering the responsibility for it.
     It sounds like a production of the abnormal imaginative brain of Bill Draper, Charlie Cummings or the notorious Guthrie man. Or maybe Gus sent it himself. We didn't.

     News reached here Saturday from Washington of the appointment by the president of Hon. Thomas B Needles of Illinois as a member of the Dawes Commission. Mr. Needles takes the place of Hon. A B Montgomery, who by request, sent in his resignation several months ago, but who has been acting until his successor should be appointed. The dispatch further states that the president will make other changes in the Dawes commission from time to time.

     In the United States court at Fort Smith last Saturday Jas. S. Davenport, the well-known Vinita lawyer, was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter by a jury of twelve men. In the spring of 1895 Davenport shot and killed in self defense a man named William Goforth. At the first trial Davenport was convicted of manslaughter, but the case was appealed to the supreme court and a new trial granted, resulting in his acquittal, as above stated.

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.      According to a local item in last week's Vinita chieftain D N Leerskov, a well-known preacher of this nation, has wandered somewhat from the "straight and narrow path" of rectitude. It is said the Reverend went to Fort Smith last week with a woman not his wife and registered at a hotel as "D N Leerskov and Lady." The twain occupied the same room from Friday till Monday, when the irate hotel man, after finding out the true state of affairs, fired them out. Leerskov was formerly a resident of Tulsa and pastor of the Presbyterian church at Red Fork, and bore a good reputation. He was a merchant at the latter place, and it will be remembered he distinguished himself last fall by defending himself against the Green gang of outlaws who attempted to rob his store, badly wounding one of the outlaws and being seriously wounded himself. While he proved himself able to defend himself against the onslaught of a band of desperadoes, he was evidently not able to withstand the wiles of a pretty but naughty woman. The woman is said to have been a teacher of the Cherokee national schools.


A settlement of Quakers has sprung up in the vicinity of Buffalo Creek.

While being taken from Vinita to jail at Muskogee Saturday, Wm. Riley slipped the shackles off his feet and jumped from the train, escaping.

The Seminole payment came off last week. It was the regular per capita payment. About $50,000 was distributed, the per capita being about $13.00.

Jones Mercantile Co.'s gin at Wagoner caught fire last Wednesday but was extinguished before much damage was done. This is the second time it has caught fire this season.

Sallisaw is sadly in need of another cotton gin. The gin at that place has a capacity of 30 bails but it is too small to gin the enormous amount of cotton that is brought in there daily.

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<ad - 500 cotton pickers wanted>

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      The Dawes Commission have commenced the enrollment of the Creeks. The commission is divided into two parties. One is composed of Hon Tams Bixby, Capt. McKinnon, C H Eberly and C E Ward. They enroll Okmulgee, Holdenville and Eufaula, also working adjacent rowns. The other is composed of Judge Montgomery, J R Taylor and H Van Smith. This party enroll the territory from Coweta Mission to Wellington. It is expected the field work of enrolling will be completed in about two weeks.

     We clip the following from the Wagoner Record. Men in that vicinity have evidently take a back seat from the "new women". "G W Boatright, a prosperous farmer just across the Cherokee line has moved to town to keep house for his sisters who are attending school in the city."

<ads across Columns 4 & 5; Fayetteville Building & Loan Association; Jno F Wilson stables & hack line; The McBride House>

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STOLEN. On Saturday night, October 16, the old, well known gray horse, of M D L Dowell from his premises in Old Town. Any information which will enable me to recover the horse will be thankfully received by Mr Dowell.

STOLEN. From me near Sequoyah court house on Sunday Sep 19, 1897 one sorrel mare 5 years old, 1 hands high, 3 white feet, star in forehead, knot on right side of nose, no brand. Also a black mare mule 6 years old, 1 hands high, black eyes, no brand. I will give $10 for return of said animals, or give either of same for thief. M A VanZandt, Muldrow, I.T.

BLACKSMITHING. H M Cooper, the well-known Fort Gibson blacksmith, has taken charge of the old B F Nash shop near the depot, and invites his old friends and customers to call on him there when wanting good work done at reasonable prices.

Stove wood taken on subscription.

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