Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 28 (the April 23rd issue was No 27)
Saturday May 07, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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Issues missing between April 23rd and May 7th
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THE RIVERS ARE BOOMING
Biggest Rise Known Since 1846
All Railroad Tied up and Millions of Dollars Damage Done
Notes of the Big Flood
LOCAL NOTES OF THE FLOOD.
Jess Bagwell was on the "Maine."
Dave Rider was riding the waves at a 2:40 gait all day Thursday.
At last accounts the Grand river flotilla was afloat, heading toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Dr. G A McBride was among the rescuing expedition, getting in trim for the "rainy season" in Cuba.
The roaring waters have been a howling success hereabout this week, as they have taken the bottom fields, sweeping everything before them.
The blockage of this port has been successfully maintained for the past few days. No war papers or trains has entered port, nor has there been any prizes taken so far as learned.
Connell Rogers, who is on the Muskogee grand jury, got uneasy and a leave of absence and came over home in a canoe at the alleged rate of 17 hard knots an hour.
Mart Benge reports that he sighted two Spanish pistol boats and a one armed cruiser in Brewer Bay Thursday evening, heading for Sisson island. The report has not been confirmed up to date.
Some uneasiness is felt for the safety of Comodore Vanhoy's Flying Dutchman squadron, which is now over-due in Fort Gibson harbor. It is feared that Comodore and his fleet has encountered a submarine coal mine or rough weather and been blown down.
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THE FIVE TRIBES IN CONGRESS.
Important Matters Affecting the Indian Territory
The Status of the Curtis Bill
and a Review of Other Washington Affairs
Washington, D C - April 30th
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FORT GIBSON HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE
Great Inducements and Advantages Now Offered to all.
Some Valuable Hints and Opportunities to Those
Looking for a Good Home in a Good Town.
TWO HUNDRED MEN.
Wanted from the Territory to Fight Spain.
Washington D.C., April 30th -
The following dispatch has been sent to Judge Thomas and Springer at Muskogee: "We want 175 picked men, good shots and riders, for Col. Woods mounted rifle regiment. Arms, mounts and equipments to be furnished by the United States at the General Rendezvous of the regiments. When can you have them ready for muster and where? R A Alger, Secretary of War"
It is understood that Col. Woods' regiment will be the first to land on the Island of Cuba and it is for this purpose that this crack regiment will be raised.
Col. Woods belongs to the regular army and has been trying to raise a regiment of cowboys in Montana, but failed. Hence he has to fall back on the B.I.T. What Montana can't do the Indian Territory can.
Among the Tahlequah Odd Fellows who attended the picnic across the river were J L Worthington, Sam Stratton, Joe Heinrichs, Dr. Glaze, Geo Brehm, Jno F Wilson, Chas Luster and others.
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CAPT. MAYNARD'S CAREER.- Capt. Washburn Maynard, commanding the gunboat Nashville, who distinguished himself so suddenly by firing the first shot in the Spanish American war, is a native of Knoxville, Tenn. He is a son of United States Senator Horatio Maynard, to whom the history of the Volunteer state points with pride. He has brothers and sisters now resident in Knoxville, all of whom are elated at the great distinction. Capt. Maynard is now about fifty years old. He entered the Annapolis military academy at the age of 17, and graduated at the head of his class in due time. He was for a number of years stationed in Alaska and later was on detail with the bureau of ordnance at Washington. He was promoted to be a captain about six years ago.
KILLED BY A MAD HORSE. - Sam Napier, a prominent grocer of Birmingham, Ala., was attacked by a mad horse in his back yard, and bitten and stamped so badly that he died. Ben Dyson, a negro Porter, who ran to his rescue, was set upon by the beast and fearfully bitten in the back. The horse then seized Dyson in his teeth and hurled him 30 feet. Dyson was fatally hurt. The brute next sprang a fence and a string of cars and killed himself. On the way he bit two other horses. It is though the horse had been bitten by a mad dog.
INJURED MAN'S FORTITUDE. - Says an item from Memphis, Tenn.: After raising his body and resting on his elbow so he could examine the mangled stumps of his legs, which had been crushed beneath the wheels of a railroad train, and out of one of which the naked bone protruded four inches, ending in a shattered point, Charles Bradford, aged 25, a negro roustabout, asked Sergeant Cole for a cigar, and smoke it with apparent enjoyment. Bradford was removed to the hospital, and he asked that he be given no chloroform during the operation. This request was not granted. He may recover.
THE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS. - The southern states were called upon to furnish 21,339 men of the 125,000 called for by the President. Alabama 2,500; Arkansas, 2,025; Florida, 750; Georgia 3,174; Louisiana, 1,94; Mississippi, 2,257; North Carolina, 805; South Carolina, 747; Texas, 4,229; Virginia, 2,913
AGED KENTUCKYIAN KILLED HIMSELF. - Riley Nix, aged 80 and a prominent farmer of the Coldwater section in Groves county, Ky., ended his life by cutting his throat with a butcher-knife. After the old gentleman had inflicted the fatal wound, and with blood gushing therefrom, he ran after his aged wife and came near stabbing her, when he fell to the floor and expired. He was highly esteemed. He is supposed to have been deranged.
COKE OVENS CLOSED. - The Virginia Coke and Iron co., which does a large coal and coke business in Wise county, Va., operating 300 coke ovens, has shut down owing, it is said, to general business disturbances. Two hundred men are idle as a result. A similar number of men are idle at Saltville, Va., owing to a suspension in one department of the Matheson alkali works.
AT THE GROOM'S BEDSIDE. - The wedding of Dr. W J Reynolds, a leading dentist, and Miss Mary Douglas Cross was announced at Selma, Ala. It was to be the most brilliant affair of the season, but a few days ago Dr. Reynolds was stricken with typhoid fever, and the marriage ceremony was performed at this bedside. The bride is one of the most beautiful women in the state.
WANTED IT KEPT SECRET. - Sepcial dispatch from Alton, Ill.: Walter Parnell of Petersburg, Va., and Mrs. Laura Schultz, of Vicksburg, Miss., were married here. In appearance they made a good impression and are evidently of good families. They expressed a desire to have their marriage kept a secret, which leads to the conclusion that a romance is back of it.
KILLED HER HUSBAND IN SELF-DEFENSE. - At Ishkooda, six miles below Birmingham, Ala., Jim Brooks, a miner, returned home from the city in an intoxicated condition. He pulled his wife's hair, knocked her in the abdomen, and began beating her when the woman pulled a pistol and shot and killed him. The wife was not arrested, the shooting being declared justifiable.
NEGRO OUTBREAKS FEARED. - One of the main reasons for the action of the governor, says a dispatch from Atlanta, in detaining half of the Georgia militia at home is to provide protection in the even of negro riots.
KENTUCKIANS FOUGHT WITH KNIVES. - AT Goff's Station, on the Illinois Central railroad, near Owensboro, Ky., Dan Sherrin and Ben Burgess fought an informal duel with knives. Sheerin will die.
REFUGEES FLEEING NORTH. - The exodus from the gulf coast towns on account of war has begun. Many residents of Florida and towns on the coast have departed for points further north.
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