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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 22

Saturday March 19, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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     Bill For An Indian Territory Delegate.
           Introduced by Judge Little
           Other Interesting Washington News.
     Judge Little of Arkansas has introduced a bill to give Indian Territory a delegate in Congress. ... enjoy the same rights, privileges and emoluments as are now exercised by delegates from several other territories. ... The bill comes as a surprise and no clear estimate of its probably fate can be made at this time. ...
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     ... the indications now are that the Curtis bill will be called up one day of the coming week. ... The legislative atmosphere here is permeated with a suggestion of approaching things. On the prairie it is a disturbance of the elements, here it is a legislative surprise.
     ... "Judges' bill" relating to the courts of the Indian Territory ... In the senate the Indian Affairs Committee is given jurisdiction over all matters relating in any manner to the Territory, and so the bill was referred to Senator Pettigrew. It is now in his hands. ... no action to be taken until after Curtis Bill vote ...
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     ... The Indian Appropriation bill, as amended by the senate, was presented to the house Tuesday. ...
     ... The Dawes Commission is in receipt of information that parties in the Creek nation, in anticipation of the Curtis bill, are fencing up large acres of pasture lands. ... decision made to make Curtis bill retroactive to the extent of invalidating all leases made subsequent to such time as will exclude those complained of.
     ... Railroad legislation affecting Indian Territory. ... extension of Arkansas, Texas and Mexican Central railway .. shall build not less than fifty miles of its railway in the Territory each year. ...
     ... Senator Morgan has introduced a bill "To enable the Cherokees or any of the Five Civilized Tribes to bring suit in the Supreme Court of the United States." ...
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     The House Indian Affairs Committee has favorably reported a bill granting to Wm M Campbell and Susan F Lynch, the right to construct and maintain a toll bridge across the Arkansas river at Webber's Falls.
     ... war-spirit seems to be abroad in the Indian Territory .. interest in raising regiments .. a bill introduced .. "Providing for the organization of military companies in the Indian Territory." .. bill referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs. ...
     The $100,000 item for the erection of three central jails in the judicia districts of Indian Territory, was this morning dropped from the General Deficiency Appropriation bill which is being prepared. These jails were recommend by the Department of Justice ... was referred to the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. This most likely ends it.

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           Posseman Bill Arnold and Horseman Dr Johnson.
     News of a double killing at Claremore Thursday night, reached here yesterday.
     Deputy Hess Bussey, it seems, arrested one, Dr. Johnson, a horse trader, on some trival charge. Johnson was drunk and Deputy Bassey and his posseman, Bill Arnold, started to handcuff their prisoner. The officers failed to search Johnson when he was arrested, and as the posseman was preparing to put on the handcuffs, Johnson pulled is pistol and shot him through the brain. Deputy Bussey then drew his gun and sot Johnson twice, killing him.
     Dr. Johnson is well known by many people of this nation, as he dealt extensively in trading and collecting for horses during the late strip payment.

           The Opening Attraction Next Tuesday Night.
     The opera season will open in Fort Gibson next Tuesday night, which will also be the opening of Walker's new opera house. The first attraction will be the Lady Africa Specialty company, which is reputed to be one of the highest classed colored shows on the road. They seldom play in small towns, making towns the size of Ft. Smith, Kansas City and St. Louis.
     Manager R M Walker is to be congratulated upon securing this attraction for the opening of his new opera house, and may expect every seat to be taken.

     Webber Falls March 14 - The reporter from this place must have been viewing the spelling match through smoked glasses, as he failed to recognize the colors of the winning school.
     The method of calculating the winner was a peculiar one and is known only in Izard county, Arkansas. It would puzzle a league umpire to keep track of it. Prof. Warren calls it the "Endless Chain" spelling match. He could not explain it well enough so that any one but himself could keep account, and it was admitted a tie. Missed words on each side: Prof. Warren's school, 21; Miss Jack's school 5. Who won?
[reported last week that Prof Warren's school won the match]

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The war is over. It is now in order to go fishing and catch cold.

The Vian Chief is the name of a paper just out, with C W Phillips as manager and J L Rodgers editor. Here's our paw gentlemen.

To fish with framed nets and seins is now violation of the Arkansas law and those reported for doing so will soon find out. However there will probably be no kick made against seining in the river but the lakes must be left alone.


The following breezy items and editorials are taken from the Vian Chief of this week.

A curious legal knot exists near this place and the same will have to be decided in a higher court than the office of the chief. Last November George Waters bought an intruder improvement from the Cherokee Nation, but did not get possession. The intruder sold the improvements afterwards to another citizen and will give possession. Now, there was a law making void all such transfers but will that law obtain if it goes into the US courts, or does the last citizen trespass on the first citizen's rights when he gets peaceable possession from the intruder?

The Maine disaster is contagious and the mine business has reached us. A renter went into a house on the farm he rented and built a fire in the chimmey. There was an explosion, a scare and the back log took possession of the bed. A court of Inquiry has not been ordered, but it is expected when McKinley has been officially notified. It is said there is some Spanish money buried near here, and it is thought it is not making its presence felt by exploding underground.

"The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible - Bible. This is Bible talk and it comes like balm of Gillead to several members of the Cherokee tribe. The dead shall be raised incorruptible. Just think of it. Prominent men in the affairs of the poor little old Cherokee National for the last twenty years - prominent in the most conspicuous steals made on the nation and at last prominent in the social circles of heaven. Already promised a passport, which Peter must obey, they will eventually enter the pearly gates with clean hands - incorruptible. Aint it nice? Well, it's all right. Any old thing can pass our friend, Peter, under such a promise. Well, let it go. Vian is not asking these prominent men for anything outside of a fair and square deal. Jim Keys says these patriots puts him in the mind of an "old sow eating up her pigs," and if Jim don't know nobody does.

     Now this is a question which is easily answered, especially from the ancient child's Christmas book, but
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when it pertains to the corpse of our little government (for the people by the people - the prominent ones) they stop to think a little. While there may be many causes that contribute to our demise, there is no question but we did it with our little hatchets, and our hatchets are our prominent men. When grand juries sat upon acts of our officials and our council sets in high court of impeachment upon its officers, there must be "something rotten in Denmark." It is but just to state here that none of this was for treason. No, our people love their country, and those that loveth, chastizeth. It wasn't the Dawes Commission, it wasn't the U.S. courts, it is not that little mink-eyed Curtis, of Kansas who killed cock Robin. No, he died of blood poison.

There is but one Arkansas man whom the people of Indian Territory delight to honor, and his initials are A S McKennon, of Clarksville, Johnson county, Ark. He possesses two requisires, viz. Honesty and truthfulness.

Arkansas eloquence from whiskered Bass is all right when championing the rights of poor nigger Cuba, but he is slightly inconsistant when his eloquence is in favor of robbing the Indian at home. Verily charity begins in a foreign country.


Rain and highwater.

Our delegates are hors de combat.

Town lots and buildings in demand.

W E McConnell, the Farmer's Supply man has rented Well's residence in the northern suburb.

Robert Burns, the thoroughbred stockman, has rented the Blackstone cottage south of the railroad.

Mr. Findley has rented the Wallace Thornton building, next to the Rogers addition.

X W Phillips, the druggist, made a flying trip to Sallisaw last Wednesday.

Fishermen are hieing their way to the limpid streams and returning empty handed.

While the "intellectual" Cherokees are stealing out of one pocket and filling up the other, the wily Choctaw is shaping his future according to Hoyle.

Mr. George Kiddy, of Pea Ridge, is experimenting on cataloupes. He tried crossing lightning bugs with bees, so they could work night and day, but reported a failure after giving it a thorough test.

George Huges, attorney from Tahlequah, visited our city on business last Tuesday.

Attorney Mayfield is forming a syndicate in connection with Bob Bell to dredge the big lake four miles south of here, for pearls. Bob Bell reports pearls as large as peas.

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