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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 20

March 3, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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     The Post
is in receipt of the new Curtis bill as it came from the Indian committee and as it will undoubtedly pass the house.
     The bill has been changed or amended very little from its original form. One change noted however, is a paragraph in section 21, which provides for making of the final tribal rolls by the Dawes commission. This paragraph reads: "the rolls so made, when approved by the secretary of the interior shall be final and the persons whose names are found thereon, with the decendants thereafter born to them, with such persons as may intermarry according to tribal laws, shall alone constitute the several tribes they represent."
     This means, according to the opinions of many, that all who have intermarried or may intermarry with Indians will be placed on the tribal rolls and that they will share equally with other citizens, regardless of tribal laws.

The second number of Whitaker's Orphan Home Magazine is before us. It is not as neatly printed as the first, but is more suggestive of the progress of the institution. It shows that work is now going on the second story of the magnificent stone structure, and gives many encouraging facts of its progress. You are still in time to help this worthy enterprise by sending in your donation to W T Whitaker, Pryor Creek, I.T.

The right of way bills passed the lower house of congress Monday of this week. One of them provides for a road through Fort Gibson, to be known as the Nebraska, Kansas & Gulf. The other one is a road from Denison, Tex., through the territory, and will probably tap the "Future Great City."

All the talk about war with Spain is foolishness. It is kept up by the big daily papers more for the purpose of selling their publications than for the sake of truth and varacity.

The Curtis bill will become a law. This is now a foregone conclusion. Then we will have good times in the Indian Territory and not until then.

Some of the shrewdest business men are quietly purchasing lots in Fort Gibson. The winds show which way the straw blows.

     The growing indications that there will be no war with Spain after all is very crushingly discouraging to many Fort Gibson patriots. Capt D F Stephens, of the national cemetery, is now bowed down with regrets. He was all along very enthusiastic and energetic in the organization of a company of militia to go from this city to fight the proud Dons. After much war talk he finally succeeded in partially organizing and equipping what he intended to call "the Grand River flotilla," consisting of a fleet of canoes, led by a cottonwood raft. The fleet was to set sail from the wharf at the foot of Front street upon the first authentic news of a declaration of war and all the details of maning the vessel and starting the expedition were being stealthily conducted by Capt Stephens.
     Now that the war clouds seem to be gradually floating from the
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hostile horizon patriotic expectations have fallen several notches and Capt Stephens is disappointed.

     Last Friday night quite a social treat was participated in by the Epworth league at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Miller under the name of the "apron social." The host and hostess were entertaining the genial friends of the society, Mr. and Mrs. Peckham of the Crusader band. Those present listened attentively to a short lecture from Mrs. Peckham on the spirit of the occasion. The enjoyment of the evening commenced with the "When I See the Blood," by the entire party followed with prayer by Mr. Peckham. Each gentleman was expected to hem the apron of which his neckties was a piece. Neckties were drawn by the following gentlemen who hemmed aprons for the following ladies.
John W Smith - Miss Ethel Payne
Wm Coleman - Miss Ara Miller
Otto White - Miss May Cox
R R Payne - Miss Alice Adair
Albert Lewis - Miss Cally Langston
J E Smith - Miss Hatty Crow
Chas M Dowell - Miss Lillian Spear
Wm Price - Mrs Stuart Cox
Thos Collins Jr - Miss Cora Payne
Sam McGehee - Miss Ella White
     The neatest received a nice cake. Mr. Otto White was so efficient with the needle as to be the lucky one. Mr. John W Smith, as president, delivered an appropriate eulogy in the presentation thereof. Then that which disclosed the prize from public gaze was removed and Mr. White very graciously accepted the cake - of soap - which lay conspicuously in the plate. Then the entire party enjoyed a delicious spread provided by Mrs. Miller and the young ladies.

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Leo DeSilver, our new baker, has been ill for the past week, but is improving.

Isparbeeber Treat is now regularly attentive behind the counters of the Acme Grocer Company. "Spec" is a rustler too.

The passenger train going east was delayed several hours Wednesday morning by the wreck of a freight car near the tank, caused by the breaking of an axle.

A beautiful drop curtain is now being painted for Walker's Opera House by A R Matheson's corps of artists. It will include many artistic advertisements of our business men.

We are still receiving orders from all parts of the country for extra copies of The Post's big edition. The supply of extras has about been exhausted but we will issue another and more complete edition before long, that all may hear of Fort Gibson's boom.

An up-to-date northern gardner has come to Fort Gibson and is putting in a regular market garden. His name was not learned but he is much in evidence out on the corner of the Hart addition, where he is planting his "truck." Electric lights and street cars will follow.

[this section is so faded I can only make out a few words] Auditor A A Taylor was down last Saturday and purchased a splendid residence <...> North Fort Gibson [rest is so faded I can't read it]

A private company of surveyors have been in Fort Gibson for the past week, surveying the town. Mr. A [may be Al ] Belt is at the head of the crew, who have their tents pitched in the Ross grove, near The Post building. The understanding is that the town survey of Fort Gibson will comprise about four miles square, running north and east of the river.

Deputy Sheriff John Palsom [possibly Folsom or Pulsom] last Saturday attached 142 walnut logs hauled here by various Cherokee citizens for shipment. It is said Palsom acted under instructions from Sheriff Cookson and Chief Mayes who thought the logs were cut in violation of Cherokee law. The attachment has created considerable dissatisfaction among the proposed shippers.

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