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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 16

February 3, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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FORT GIBSON FEB 3, 1898

The Vinita Chieftan last week issued a splendid illustrated edition, booming the town and reflecting much credit and ability upon its editor and manager.

And now the Seminoles say they "won't split the wood" either, and have sent a protest to congress against the treaty with the Dawes commission being ratified.

The M.K.&T. railroad, we learn, has fitted up a special car for the safe transportation of Territory prisoners. This car will probably be sidetracked many time at Fort Gibson after our Territory penitentiary has been completed.

The Curtis bill will not be taken up for consideration before the 13th inst, Monday week. This delay is due to the absence of Mr. Curtis, who is visiting his home in Kansas. When he returns to Washington something will be heard to "drap."

It seems the Cherokee funds are still tied up in the sub-treasury at St. Louis, reports to the contrary, notwithstanding. Uncle Sam must know just exactly where the Indian funds are going to before it is paid out hereafter. The days of big steals are passed and gone.

The Post contemplates issuing a boom edition in a short time setting forth to the world the splendid advantages of the town. Every citizen of the place who has the interest of the town at heart should assist us by advertising or subscribing something toward the enterprise.

On the occasion of its tenth birthday the Muskogee Phoenix last week came out in a brand new dress - head gear and all. The Phoenix is and always has been a good paper and Frank Hubbard is a good manager. A good manager makes a good paper and a good paper deserves success. The Post congratulates the Phoenix and wishes it many more years of prosperity.

The four fullblood Cherokee delegates who returned from Washington last week returned with heavy hearts and completely discouraged. They say they were snubbed and ignored and not even given a hearing before congress or the committees. Their mission proved an ignominious failure and they now realize that "might is right" so far as Uncle Sam is concerned, and that they must now submit to American citizenship or go to the land of the Aztecs.

Yesterday, the second instant, was Candlemans or ground hog day. According to old prognostications there is to be some cold, hard weather yet this season, as the ground hog saw his shadow, nearly an entire day being sunshiney. The old Scotch composer says: "If Candlemans is bright and clear, There'll be two winters in one year." Candlemas is a solemn holiday in all Catholic churches throughout the world, were candles are kept burning. This custom is over 1,600 yeas old in that church.

An exchange comes to us this week with the following sad lament: "Whether the blue birds are singing and spring is springing or whether ice is a drug on the market and the
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ground frozen too deep to plow in the Klondike country is a matter that cannot be determined by newspaper reports. Some have it one way and some have it another. The same contradictory reports appear as to the food supply. One day there is an abundance, the next day the whole business is starving. In other words somebody is doing some tall and vigorous lying about that country. And this statement does not appear to exaggerate the facts in the least.

The first case in which a Cherokee is to be tried for murder under the new jurisdiction of the Arkansas laws, is that of Charley Foreman, charged with killing Charley Johnson, another Cherokee, near Sallisaw, last Friday. It appears that the two had some trouble over land, when, as the case is stated, Foreman and his son attacked Johnson and shot him dead. Foreman and his son surrendered to the authorities and are now in Muskogee jail awaiting trial. Heretofore, one Cherokee citizen killing another was tried by the Cherokee authorities, but since the first of January last, all crimes and misdemeanors of all classes come under United States jurisdiction.
     Foreman has the name of being a bad man, the last killing being the eighth man attributed to him all Cherokees. The last man whom he killed before Johnson was a Cherokee named George Ravens who lived near Muldrow. Foreman is a member of the Cherokee senate.

<article on the Seminole Protest over the Dawes Commission Treaty>

CHEROKEE REAL ESTATE.
     Capt C H Taylor, well known throughout the nation, has removed to Coffeyville, Kas. And opened up a Cherokee real estate office. He will deal exclusively with Cherokee citizens, to whom he is prepared to offer some splendid inducements. He will also furnish good renters at a small cost to anyone having good farms, ranging from 100 to 1,000 acres. His office will be found over the Fair building, opposite postoffice. If you want a good farm in the Cherokee Nation you should see or write to him.

The Post is under obligations to Manager N K G Shephard of the Muskogee opera house for courtesies extended. Mr. Shephard is a rustling, wide awake theatrical man and knows how to get a full house. He has a splendid list of attractions for this season and Fort Gibsonites will see many of them.

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THE OLDEST PEAR TREE.
     Without doubt, the oldest pear tree in the Indian Territory may be seen in Fort Gibson, about six hundred yards north west of the railroad depot. The tree is a seedling, and bears fruit of good size and excellent flavor. It is about 50 years old, about two feet in diameter, and has scarcely failed to produce a bountiful crop of fruit since the war of the rebellion, and years before.
     This tree was planted by the late Judge Amos Thornton, father of T J Thornton, of this place. While producing abundant crops yearly the tree has never been known to blight, the fruit being good every year. This quality alone makes this pear a very valuable one, worthy of propagation.
     J S Holden, of Muldrow, one of the best horticulturist in this Territory, was attracted by the products of this tree last summer, when he learned its history. While in town this week, he took away all the scions the tree produced and will graft the same for propagation, sending a quantity to the celebrated Stark Bro. nursery, Louisiana, Mo, where this excellent pear will be propagated.
     From well attested statements of citizens who have known this tree for years, it has been a wonderful productive bearer. It ripens in August, and is of a sweet aromatic flavor. Last season Mr. Holden cut off a small limb about eighteen inches in length, which bore eight well developed pears which weighed about four pounds or about half a pound each.
     Owing to its great productiveness, excellent quality, and great adaptability to this climate the propagation of this fine fruit may be considered a notable addition to the horticultural products of this section. It will be called the Thornton pear.

<ad - shoes at F H Nash>

Congressman Little of Arkansas has introduced a bill to regulate the practice of dentistry in the Indian Territory.

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LOCAL ITEMS

<I'll be skipping the little ads in this column. The merchants advertising are: F H Nash & Butler Mercantile>

We enjoyed some bluebird weather the first of the week.

Miss Emma Scott has re-entered school at Bacone University.

W W Bridges, who has been confined to his room with la grippe, is up and around again, but he is still quite feeble.

The Water-Pierce Oil Co's tank and storage depot, near The Post building is nearly completed. Two large tanks, holding about 20,000 gallons of oil, will be put in.

Attorney W W Hastings, John C Dannenbert and Geo M Huges, a trio of brilliant young Tahlequahites, were in the city Sunday, returning from a business trip to Muskogee.

J P Carter, the well-known Tahlequah druggist, was in the city Tuesday, returning from Vinita court. Mr. Carter was severely injured about the face as a result of his buggy overturning as he came down from Tahlequah.

There is to be another drug establishment in Fort Gibson at once. It will be run by C E Eiffert in connection with his grocery store, with Alex R Matheson as prescription clerk. He is a druggist of much experience and ability and the people can safely trust him in dispensing medicine. The stock of drugs has been ordered and will be in the shelves in a few days.

Miss Bessie Skidmore the little 8 year old daughter of O J Skidmore, of Oalegah, who has been on a several week's visit at the home of Mrs. M J Ross, of this place, returned home last Monday. Little Bessie is a very intelligent and beautiful child, who, by her kind and gentle manner, endears her to the hearts of all who know her.

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The show window at F H Nash's big store is a beauty this week. Charley Dege is certainly an artist in his line and knows how to make a show window attractive, especially to the ladies - and he doesn't have to stay in the window himself to make it so, either. The display of the beautiful White Goods, Laces, etc., to be seen this week is worth a trip of the ladies to the store any day.

Mr. and Mrs. L R Nash, Miss Fannie Nash, Charley Dege, Miss Emma Coleman, Charley Koehler and Harry Nash will constitute a party of young people who expect to attend the Edwin Rostell show at Muskogee tonight. The party will be chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. L R Nash.

Looks "sorter" spring-like - clearing, burning stalks and trash on cotton and corn land, with plowing in places, preparatory to early spring planting. We notice that in some places pretty fair cotton is being plowed under, the price being so cheap that picking wouldn't pay.

We notice a number of new buildings going up in town, made from new lumber sawed at the new mill of Henry Eiffert which is turning out some good lumber at very moderate price and great convenience to people of the surrounding country.

Deputy U.S. Marshal J C C Rogers of Sallisaw, was in town on Wednesday, on his return from Muskogee, where he had taken Charley Foreman and son, charged with killing Charley Johnson, near Sallisaw last Friday.

The vicinity of Grand river bridge is still a favorite camping ground for the festive tramp, who loves to repose by the murmuring stream.

Mrs. J H Messer, wife of the pastor of the M E Church, South, is on a visit to her parents at Pineville, Mo. She will remain two weeks.

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Abe Davis is very ill with fever.

Mrs. James Barnes is quite low with pneumonia.

Doc Durnham spent Sunday last with friends at Muskogee.

A baptizing at the railroad bridge in Grand river Sunday afternoon attracted a large crowd.

Judge Geo O Sanders has just completed some substantial improvements on his residence in Old town.

As a result of the Crusader's work here 33 new members have been added to the M E Church South and about 20 to the Presbyterian church.

One of the parties who is supposed to have broken into Willey's store last week has been captured and landed in jail in Muskogee. His name is Mitchell, a brother to Georgia Mitchell, a tough character of Old Town.

We call attention to the law card of Frank J Boudinot in another column. Attorney Boudinot is a graduate of the famous law school at Ann Arbor, Mich., and one of the most brilliant young attorneys of this country.

We understand that E H Reynolds, the blacksmith, has leased the Collin's shop, just east of McEnery's drug store. Also that he has rented the old shop near the depot for a paint shop. Look for his ad in our next issue.

Mr. Harry Miller and Miss Minnie Coleman will accompany the party to Muskogee tonight to see the show.

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Page 8 - column 1 ... <business cards transcribed in the last issue>

Ad - For Rent. The R C Adams bottom place at the mouth of Ranger Creek on Grand River. For particulars apply to H C Meigs, Fort Gibson I.T

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BLIND SCHOOL FACULTY
The faculty of the International School for the Blind of Indian Territory is composed of the following members.
     Miss Lura Rowland, principal and head literary teacher
     Miss Mamie E Graham first assistant and music teacher
     Mrss Cora E Rowland, second assistant and teacher of kindergarden and physical culture
     Teachers for the training and male industrial departments will be appointed later.
     In addition to literary and music, the girls are instructed by Miss Rowland and sister in the art of sewing and various other kinds of useful and fancy work.
     Miss Rowland has selected Mr. G W Henry, of Tulsa, I.T., to act as her steward. Mr. Henry is an able and industrious, christian gentleman, and under the directions of the principal, is doing good and faithful work for the school.
     Mrs. G W Henry, wife of the steward, is employed as housekeeper and dining-room matron. She is an efficient and estimable lady, and in every respect well qualified to fill the position she occupies.

<remainder of the article is a reprint from last week's issue>

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Sunday night last burglars entered the house of Rolin Thompson (colored) during the absence of the family and stole about $150 from a trunk. The thief entered the house by crawling under the floor and bursting up through the same. The trunk containing the money was then broken open. Nothing else was molested. No clue.

<ad for T J Thornton's house - transcribed in prior issues>

 

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