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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 15

January 27, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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An Interesting Budget of News From a Special Report. Muldrow, I.T. Jan 25 -

The town is improving. Several new buildings are in course of construction. Several new streets are being laid off, and the march of improvement is onward.

Business of the past season has been greater than any other year. The books of D S Hart, station agent show that up to last Saturday 2,750 bales of cotton had been shipped from Muldrow, and it is thought that enough more will be shipped to make the figures an even 4,000 bales. During the same time 1,000 car loads of cotton seed has been shipped. The two cotton gins are yet running on short allowance. There has been paid out at this place to farmers and others for cotton during the past season $51,500 and there are about 300 bales yet unsold, so it will be seen that this town shipped more cotton than any other point on this line.

The infant child of J W Breedlove died on Sunday last after a lingering illness. All that medical skill could accomplish was done. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away." Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Mrs. Nancy Leach, proprietress of the Leach Hotel, is very low and may
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die. She is a sister of J W Breedlove a very estimable lady. Later - Since the above was put in type Mrs. Leach has died and was buried yesterday.

W J Smith is fitting up a building for a photograph gallery, which will open soon.

Have just been experiencing the heaviest rains known in two years. The ground is thoroughly soaked and streets muddy till they are almost impassable in places. It seems that it never occurs to our town authorities that drainage and side walks are needed.

The Kansas City Commercial club, in private cars, passed through this place on Monday en route to Fort Smith, where a big reception was tendered them.

Embroidery Club Organized. A number of ladies of Fort Gibson met last Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Dr. Howard for the purpose of organizing an "Embroidery and Fancy Needle-work Club." The organization was completed with the exception of the election of officers, which will be attended to at the second meeting of the club to be held this Thursday afternoon at the residence of F H Nash. The following ladies were present at the first meeting and were enrolled as charter members: Mesdames Rose Fuller, Maude Matheson, C H Shaffer, Fannie Kneeland, Hubbard Ross, Bernice Howard; and Misses Clara Huber, Bettie Eiffert, Maggie French, Fannie Nash, Minnie Coleman, Cricket French and Bessie Howard.

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THE POST - Published every Thursday at the proposed Capital of the new state to be made of the Indian Territory, and guarantees the largest bona fide circulation of any Indian Territory newspapers.

Will T. Canup - Editor

FORT GIBSON JAN 27 1897 <this masthead has the wrong year - this paper is for 1898>

The Curtis bill is all right, but it still needs fixin'.

Buy Fort Gibson town lots now and avoid the rush.

It is said the Kansas City Commercial cub was very favorably impressed with Fort Gibson when they took a peep at her from the car windows as they went through Monday. One man remarked that it was the grandest site for a manufacturing city he ever saw.

The Washington dispatches refer to the townsite delegates as "representatives of Fort Gibson and other Territory towns." Even the people away up at Washington are beginning to recognize the superiority and advantages of Fort Gibson over other Territory towns.

A bill is now before congress providing for an macademized road from Fort Gibson to the National Cemetery, a mile east of this city. The bill has been favorably reported, and will without a doubt pass. It carries an appropriation of thousands of dollars, most of which will be expended in Fort Gibson. There are great things in store for this town in the near future.

How are the provisions of the Curtis townsite measure to be enforced? It says the towns may purchase the land on which they are located from the nation. Now suppose the nation refuses to sell to the towns? Then what? There is nothing compelling the nations to sell, and it's nine chances to ten that they will do nothing so progressive as long as it can be avoided.

Sixteen prisoners escaped from the Cherokee National prison last week by digging out under the foundation of the building. They left a letter stating, in effect, that owing to the fact that the Cherokee officials and leaders were becoming so corrupt and mean that they no longer felt safe in their hands and thought it best to leave the prison. They were probably hinting at the late $126,000 steal.

Marshal Leo E Bennett of the Northern district of Indian Territory is now in Washington. Efforts are being made to have another district added to Indian Territory. Bennett is there to oppose the move on the grounds that the matter is already too complicated for practical purposes by reason of the three districts into which it is divided and to add another would make the business still more complicated. It is thought that rather than create another district, the United States attorneys will be given more assistance than they now have in order to expedite the legal business of the Territory.

A naval officer at Washington, who has been out here inspecting Federal jails in the Indian Territory, has made a sensational report of their wretched condition and raised a big row in the department of justice because he reported the truth. These high strung officials are indignant and declare that it is no business of a naval officer to be prying into such matters. The naval officer, Chaplain Tribou by name, reported that the Federal jail buildings in Indian
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Territory had no sanitary arrangements, that they are crowded, and that many of the prisoner are compelled to sleep on the floors in blankets, often of the filthiest kind. The jails, he says, are poorly lighted and headed, and a disgrace to modern civilization, all of which is the truth. The department of justice, while resenting the interference of the naval officer, admits that the Territory jails are in a deplorable condition, and the matter will again be brought to the attention of congress.

Many lot holders object to the townsite provisions of the Curtis bill as it now stands because it requires that the holders of such lots must again buy them from the nation. It we take the whole people into consideration, it is right that they should again buy and pay for them, but all moneys already paid on them to the nation should be deducted from the appraised value of the lots. The national council was never authorized by the people to sell any part of their land to private individuals, and council could not do such thing without violating the Constitution. All land is still common property, town lots and all, and when town lots are sold the common people should have their prorata share of the money for which they are sold. This is justice to the common people, at least.

<Same ad as last week - for lost purse with 100.00 bill>

Have Your Horses Branded With "C" Brand and thus protect them from thieves, R Ross, Agent for Protective and Detective Association of Texas and Indian Territory. Fort Gibson IT

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