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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 20

March 3, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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FIVE TRIBES IN CONGRESS. The Curtis Bill Will Pass the House as Reported from the Committee ... [an update on the status of the Curtis Bill]

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Governor Brown of the Seminoles, returned to Washington this week after an absence of several days in the week. He and other members of the Seminole nation are working for a concurrence on the part of the home conferees in the Seminole agreement.

Those interested in the provision allowing innocent holders of Creek fradulent warrants to sue the Creek nation in the court of claims are working on that line with those by whom the matter will finally be settled.

It will be remembered that the Indian Appropriation bill carries Senate ammendments on those questions, in which the House will be asked to concure through the Conference Committee.

The spirit of War seems to have reached the Indian Territory. A prominent member of Congress is just in receipt of the following letter: "If there is a war with Spain, get me a commission to organize a company of men, for we want to be in the fight. Every Cherokee Indian will enlist." The letter is from a prominent man, in a prominent town in the Cherokee nation.

The question of additional Court legislation for the Indian Territory is in chaos. Nothing can be definitely learned about what will probably be done, and no one can be located on any of the Committees here, who expects to press any particular Court measure. With the exceptions of the measure for the establishment of an additional court at Tishimingo, in the Chicasaw country, nothing is pending before the Committee's.

The personel of the Territory representatives in Washington has changed with the week. Judge M M Bavers of Chickasha, Hon S M Rutherford of Muskogee and W E Halsee of Vinita have arrived.
     Delegate Bledsoe of Ardmore, and Cherokee townsite delegate W P Thompson of Tahlequah have returned home. It is understood that they will return to Washington when the Curtis Bill reaches the Senate or perhaps earlier.

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The Chrokees have determined to have the Supreme Court of the United States pass upon two questions of vital interest to their nation;
     The validity of the law abolishing their court jurisdictions; and their treaty right to self government. ... The Cherokees employed the firm of Stuart, Lewis, Gordon and Rutherford, and Hutchings West of Indian Territory and Ex-Senator Call of Flordia and W P Thompson and D W C Duncan of the Cherokee nation have been employed to assist in presenting the questions to the Supreme Court of the United States.
     ... Ex-Senator Call and Messers Duncan and Thompson have been employed to have the Supreme Court pass upon the treaty rights of the Cherokees.
     ... The Cherokee nation desires nothing short of having the Supreme Court pass upon its rights under the treaties, and that would be satisfactory to the whole Cherokee people. Acts of Congress will never settle anything, but will give rise to very disagreeable questions for an indefinite length of time. Let the Supreme Court pass upon the treaty rights of the Cherokee nation. That would settle the whole question for all time to come and would be satisfactory to the Cherokee people; otherwise they would be dissatisfied and feel that they were treated with great injustice.

John C Dannenberg one of Tahlequah's shrewd and watchful young business man, is in the city looking out for good investments.

Miss Okla Spradling, one of teachers at the Female Seminary, was here yesterday.

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     Fort Gibson's Future Growing Brighter Each Day.
           A Big Oil Enterprise Said to be Coming Our Way -
           Watch us Hum From Now On.
Fort Gibson is in it!
This is settled!
It has been settled long ago, but we didn't know it.
Now we know it. Everything and everybody is coming our way!
Let them come.
We are ready for them.
We have the town.
We have the resources.
We have the materal advantage.
What else do we want?
Nothing but a chance.
Tuis we will get when the Curtis bill is passed.
The Curtis bill will pass.
Of course it will.
Why wont it?
Well then hush your calamity howl and begin to set your pegs.
This is business and this is sense.
This is all superflous. What we wish to say is this:
There are but two towns in the Indian Territory that stand any chance whatever for preference in the certain change.
Fort Gibson is first choice; the mining camp of South McAlester, is next.
Muskogee and Wagoner are not in it a-tall.
A hint to the wise is sufficent.
Therefore come to Fort Gibson now and avoid the rush.
     It is learned just as we go to press that the Cudahy Oil company, after sinking something like $25,000 in boring for oil at Muscogee, has decided to come to Fort Gibson for operations.
     Representatives of this company were in the city today and decided to put down three drills at once northeast of town. This decision means a good deal to Fort Gibson. It means that Fort Gibson will get what Muscogee failed to get - oil!
     Nor will the oil company have to spend $25,000 in boring to get it.
     Out on the bayou not more than four miles east of Fort Gibson, it is affirmed, oil is so evident that one only has to touch a match to a "seep" in the dry months to create a flame. This is conclusive that there must exist oil in abundance. The Cudahys think so, at least, and they will begin boring for oil at once.

There are other important things we could mention, but space forbids.

Come to Fort Gibson.

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