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Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 27
Saturday April 12, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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FORT GIBSON WILL BOOM. The recent ruling of the United States court and Agent Wisdom to the effect that non-citizens may carry on business in the Cherokee nation the same as an Indian by the payment of a small license, and the absolute certainty that the Curtis bill will become a law before congress adjourns, war or no war, has given historic old Fort Gibson an impetus which will soon lead to a boom of great magnitude.
Great Inducements and Advantages Now Offered to All
Some Valuable Hints and Opportunities to those
Looking for a Good Home in a Good Town
Fort Gibson, with all her pure water, rich land, building stone, wood, coal and other rich minerals, is now also on an equal footing with Muskogee and Wagoner in the matter of non-citizens doing business and owning lots in their own name.
To those not familiar with the peculiar laws and circumstances that have for years past governed the building up of towns in the Indian Territory, it is a mystery that Fort Gibson, with her unparaleled natural advantages, situated on the banks of a river of the finest water in the world, and in the heart of one of the richest agricultural sections in the Great West, should remain a mere village while Wagoner and Muskogee both out on the poor barren prairie, without water and without wood, have been steadily growing. The answer is easy: Muskogee and Wagoner are in the Creek nation, the laws of which have permitted non-citizens to come and carry on business, build residences and own lots. Fort Gibson, with her water, wood and rich land is in the Cherokee Nation, the laws of which have prohibited non-citizens from doing business, investing money, owning lots or building houses of their own. With
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the same chances in this respect that Wagoner and Muskogee have had for the last 15 years Fort Gibson would to-day be four times as large as both of them put together.
IT IS DIFFERENT NOW.
It is now different. This discrimination between the Creek and Cherokee towns have been obliterated by the doing away with tribal laws. Fort Gibson now has an equal break with her sister towns in the Creek nation so far as offering inducements to enterprising non-citizens, and is far ahead of any other town anywhere in offering natural advantages for a big manufacturing and commercial city. Everybody, errespective of race or citizenship, is now invited to come to Fort Gibson. They can begin business at once in their own name, buy lots in their own name, build homes on their own lots in their own name, as soon as the Curtis bill passes the senate, they are guaranteed titles to their lots in their own name. Fort Gibson is no longer a Chinese wal against the non-citizens who desire to come within the corporate limits and grow up in health and wealth with the Future Great of the B.I.T.
Come everybody, and when you come to Fort Gibson you will pitch your tents and stay. No other town offers such inducements, and the future of no other town is so bright.
FORT GIBSON LOCATION.
The geographical location of fort Gibson could not be better for a large commercial center. Look on the map and see. It is about 70 miles north-west of Fort Smith, Ark., on the Missouri Pacific railway. The beautiful Grand river flows in her crystal clearness and purity on the north of the city limits. About a mile to the southwest flows the muddy Arkansas. The rich Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris river valleys stretch out for miles up and down each of these streams in touch with the town, while the rolling productive prairies and woodland extend to the north and east. In brief, Fort Gibson is in the very heart of the richest section of country in the whole Indian Territory, which produces everything that is planted and cultivated. Crop failures are unknown, the climate is delightful and everybody is always healthy and happy. Blustery prairie winds never blow and disturb a man's whiskers and the slight snows of winter melt as it falls to the ground (continued on last page)
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THE FIVE TRIBES IN CONGRESS The Curtis bill passed the House Friday last, after a consideration of just two and one-half minutes. This result is what has been predicted by the friends of the measure ... [a long description of who said what before the vote.]
Important Matters Affecting the Indian Territory
The Status of the Curtis Bill and a Review of Other Washington Affairs
Special Report to the The Post - Washington D.C., April 19 (copyright 1898) -
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The Curtis bill will go to the Senate, and be referred to the Indian Affairs Committee. Its destiny will be practically in the hands of Senators Pettigrew, Jones and Platt the ranking members of that committee as indicated in former communications. ...
I can state further that it is the purpose of the Senate to amend the various provisions of the bill so that, under parliamentary practice, it may be thrown into the hands of a conference committee composed of members of the Indian Affairs committees of the two Houses. It is in this committee where whatever legisiation is passed will be finally agreed on.
Nothing will be done, of course, until the Senate disposes of the war resolutions now before them.
On Thursday the House passed Judge Littles' bill "declaring the federal jail at Fort Smith, Arkansas, a national prison." ...for the confinement of persons convicted of crimes and misdemeanors in the United States and Commissioners courts in Indian Territory in cases where the term of imprisonment does not exceed one year." ... jail has a capacity for safe keeping .. 500 prisoners and a great lack of prison accomodiations ... for short term convicts [this jail is] expedient and economical. ... Judge Little is pressing ... to surround the jail with an iron fence and otherwise improve the premises.
... Mr. Brownlee ... response ... Nothing will be done until actual war. In that event each state and Territory will be placed on a footing with the states and allowed to furnish a regiment. A mustering officer
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will be detailed from the War Department to accept such as desire to volunteer. As to whether or not companies already organized will be received or allowed to remain their present organization, is a matter of detail to be determined ...
The Indian Territory representative at the Jefferson dinner Wednesday evening, given in honor of William J Bryan, the Democratic leader, was Mr. S T Bledsoe, the big bodied, big hearted, whole souled and able townsite delegate from Ardmore. Too much can not be said of the able, conscientious and effective manner in which Mr. Bledsoe has served his people during the present session of congress.
... Senator Jones, from the Senate Indian affairs committee has favorably reported the bill "to establish a United States court at Tishimingo, Chickasaw nation," and it has been placed on the calendar. ...
Now that the jam has been removed from the legislative stream, it is expected that the current of Indian Territory legislation will move on.
... The measure next in importance to the Indian Territory, now pending in the House is the "Omuibus Indian Claims bill," by which it proposed to refer to the Court of Claims, for final adjudication, all the claims and controversies among the various tribes of Indians, and between them and the United States. ... (continued on page 4)
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Fort Gibson, April 32, 1898 [32 is what's printed]
The Curtis bill will pass the senate like a government $10 bill when it is reached.
A word to the wise is sufficient. Come to Fort Gibson and secure your lots before the rush begins.
No one who has ever seen Fort Gibson's great natural advantages will deny that there is a great future before her.
Prairie towns without water, timber or good land will not prove drawing cards hereafter to people who come to the Territory to locate.
Non-citizens, in or out of the Indian Territory, may now conduct business in Fort Gibson. Come now and get located on a desirable lot in the best townsite in the West.
The Fort Gibson Board of Trade should put on its war pants now and begin fighting for the town. Little boomlets are beginning to strike us, and big, substantial boom is not far distant.
Abundance of pure water, a mild healthful climate, rich land, wood, coal and all kinds of building materials are a few of the inducements Fort Gibson offers to those who are looking for a location in the Beautiful Indian Territory, the garden spot of the world.
Events during the past two weeks have been very favorable to Fort Gibson. A petition to incorporate under the statutes of Arkansas has been filed with Judge Springer, which will be argued and no doubt granted on the 20th of next month. The Curtis bill has passed the lower branch of Congress and will undoubtedly pass the Senate by the time the town perfects her organization as a municipality. Then the rush will begin to one of the finest and most desirable townsites on earth.
The last of next month it will be in order for the citizens of Fort Gibson to put in nomination men to fill the municipal offices of the proposed new incorporated town. This first election should result in the selection of good, suitable men for the various offices. The mayor should be a man who believes in the future of Fort Gibson and who will be untiring in his devotion and efforts to make the town what the Creator intended it to be - a great city. Don't nominate or elect a man who doesn't care whether the town thrives or dies so long as his own interests are subserved. Don't nominate or elect a pull-back, a moss-back or a draw-back, but nominate and elect a man who is enthusiastic over our great natural advantages for a city and who is progressive, go-ahead and energetic - who has no axes to grind except for the town and who will give special favors to no one and justice to all. This is the sort of man Fort Gibson wants for mayor.
A recent ruling in the United States court knocks out Cherokee Law which was enacted to prevent the employment of non-citizen labor in the Cherokee Nation. Agent Wisdom writes to Treasure Lipe as follow: "You are therefore notified that you are authorized to grant a permit or license to trade in the Cherokee Nation to any person, whether citizen orPage 4, column 2
non-citizen, who may apply therefor and you will keep due record of the same according to the Cherokee laws and you will issue a copy of such license or permit to the party so authorized to trade and you will notify him that in addition to said permit obtained from you he will be required to obtain a license through this agency from the United States according to the terms set out in said section 2128 heretofore recited and you will issue said license to said trader in duplicate - one for his use and one to be transmitted to this office either by you or by the trader.
The map of Fort Gibson, made by the Fort Smith Engineering Co., who have been here for some time, was pronounced by Judge Springer the best ever presented to him. The map was made by the company's topographer, Mr. H J Collins, who is certainly an artist in his line. Mr. Collins formerly practiced law at his home in Boscobel, Wis., and is a genial young gentleman who makes friends wherever he goes.
STATEMENT OF FACTS.
Concerning the Whereabouts of Col. Wm P. Boudinot. Col W. P. Boudinot went from Fort Gibson on 13th of March with F J Boudinot, his son, to Kansas City for the purpose of taking treatment for the morphine addiction. The next heard of him was by letter written from East St. Louis, Ill., to his son, Frank Boudinot, in which he said he was not satisfied with the method pursued at the institution at Kansas City, and that he was going somewhere else - that he would return when cured and not before. He also promised to write to his son again soon. That letter was dated the 15th of March, 1898. The next, and last, heard from Col. Boudinot was a letter to Frank Boudinot, mailed at Chicago, Ill, on April 8th, 1898, saying that he was not doing so well, that his absence would be for indefinite time, and asking his son to so state to the curious. Not liking the tenor of the letter Frank Boudinot went to Chicago to the hotel where Col Boudinot wrote he had been stopping for some time. He was not known at the hotel at all, neither could he be located in the city. That is the extent of the knowledge his son has of him at the present time, and he asked The Post to so state for the information of those who, from curiosity or other motives would ask questions.
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