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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 28 (the April 23rd issue was No 27)

Saturday May 07, 1898 (Part 1)

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Issues missing between April 23rd and May 7th

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     Biggest Rise Known Since 1846
     All Railroad Tied up and Millions of Dollars Damage Done
           Notes of the Big Flood
     The greatest flood that has occurred in these parts, so far as known, since the landing of good old Noah and his ark on Mt. Arat is now prevailing in the Grand, Arkansas and Verdigris river bottoms.
     Miles and miles of fine farms are still under water and perhaps the damage done will reach into the millions of dollars. Hundreds of refugees from the inundated bottom lands have moved to the high lands of Fort Gibson and other points, many barely escaping with their lives, while their home, stock, farming tools, etc., have been submerged, swept away or ruined. Many farmers and their families are reported to be huddled together on high places in the flooded bottoms, without food or shelter, while hundreds of others have been rescued in boats and brought out.
     Rescue parties from this city were hard at work yesterday and the day before. It is almost a certainly that many have been drowned.
     Reports say that the flood is a general one all over the Territory. All railroad traffic has been virtually suspended and the damage to all Territory lines is enormous.
     The Valley road was tied up Wednesday by various washouts and a big landslide across the track at Greenleaf mountain, about 8 miles
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south of this place. The Grand river bridge, however, is still intact, owing perhaps to the back water from the Arkansas which broke the great current of the Grand at the bridge.
     The Katy is also completely tied up, on account of washouts along its line. The bridge across the Canadian went, together with about two miles of roadbed. The Katy track at or near Pryor Creek washed out for more than a mile.
     No mail or express has reached Fort Gibson for several days, but it is thought traffic of all kinds will be resumed today.

     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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Important Matters Affecting the Indian Territory
     The Status of the Curtis Bill
     and a Review of Other Washington Affairs
           Washington, D C - April 30th
     The Curtis bill has slept a week in the Senate. It has not yet been taken up by the Senate committee ... question of "how" and not "when" ... Senator Jones has stated positively that he favors the amendment and resubmission of the treaties. Senator Platt is known to have a strong desire to proceed by treaty, in all Indian legislation, where it can be done. Senator Pettigrew will act along any line that may seem best when that line leads to the abolition of the tribal governments, the allotment of lands and the erection of a territorial or state government. ...
     The "Omnibus Indian Claims Bill" heretofore referred to, has been reported from the House Indian affairs committee and placed on the House calendar.
     Senator Platt has prepared an amendment and will offer it to the General Deficiency Appropriation bill, ... pay Wilkinson Call the sum of $7,500 ... attorney for the Cherokee Nation ... working to secure a decision from the Supreme Court ...
     General A H and R C Garland, attorneys for Watts, Hubbard and others, known as the Cherokee intruders, have presented to Congress a voluminous brief on the questions involved in the pending Indian appropriation bill.
     The people of the Indian Territory can fight. That point has been determined by the passage of the Hull-Hawley Volunteer service bill. Under its provisions the President is authorized to call into service, in time
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of war, troops organized in the several states and territories, under the direction of the governors. ...
     Senator Jones has introduced a bill authorizing the Campbell-Lynch Bridge Co. to construct a bridge across the river at or near Webber Falls, I.T. ...
     The Committee on Indian Affairs has favorably reported a bill introduced by Mr. Broaderick of Kansas, "Providing for the sale of the surplus lands in the Pottawatomie and Kickapoo Indian Reservations.

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     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 is attracting much attention just now. Many keen eyes are turning towards her, and many shrewd monied men are negotiating for lots and other property in the place. Non-citizen business men are figuring on coming here and staying here. Northern and Eastern manufactures are taking the notice of the splendid location and advantages of Fort Gibson as a site for manufacturing city, while numerous speculators who desire to grow rich while the city grows up will soon cast their lots in our midst.
     During the week just past many letters from a distance has been received from persons who want to locate in the best and most promising townsite in the Territory. To all who come and look at Fort Gibson it is plain that she is head and shoulders ahead of anything, not only the Indian Territory, but the whole southwest. Fort Gibson lacks nothing except the people and the money. Both of these requsites are forthcoming. They have been forthcoming for a long time, but they are just now beginning to come. They will soon be on the scene and then factories, waterworks, street cars, electric lights, academized streets and metropolitian airs will follow in rapid succession.

     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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