Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 29 (the May 7th issue was No 28)
Thursday June 2, 1898 (Part 2)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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Page 1, column 5
Fort Gibson Allowed to Organize Her Municipality
DEATH OF JOHN HAAS.
John Ellud Haas, son of our worthy townsman, J F Haas, died at his home in this city on the 21st ult. of pneumonia. The circumstances surround young Haas' death are very sad. A couple of weeks before his death he was placed in jail in Muskogee on a trivial charge. There he was divested of his warm apparel and dressed in a thin hickory shirt and a pair of overalls and a blanket and an iron bed to sleep on. This radical change caused him to contract pneumonia and before his father knew anything about his condition he was beyond medical relief. Such inhuman treatment and neglect of prisoners by the jailer at Muskogee deserves even more than the righteous condemnation of all good people.
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'TWAS A FAMOUS VICTORY!
The Spanish Fleet Defeated in Two Terrific Engagements in Manila Bay
The Cruiser Don Juan De Austria Blow Up and All on Board Killed - - - The Spanish Flagship, The Maria Christina, Set on Fire and Destroyed.
Two Other Ships Disabled and Several Others Sunk to Avoid Capture - As the News Comes Through Spanish Channels and No Mention is Made of the Loss of American Vessels, All of Our Ships Are Suppose to Be Afloat.
London, May 1 - ...[the article is a blow by blow description of the battles]
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FORT GIBSON, JUNE 2, 1898
Judge Thomas, appears quite loyal, to his kinfolks at any rate, even if he is against the progress of Territory towns. He sent up North and imported his son into this country and had him appointed first lieutenant of the Territory troops.
The next annual meeting of the Indian Territory Press association will be held at Wagoner on July 8th and 9th. After the meeting is over the editors and their wives, daughters or sweethearts will go on an excursion to the Omaha exposition. An unusually large attendance is expected.
According to our Muldrow correspondence this week that town must be organized under the laws of Spain instead of the laws of Arkansas. An investigation should be made and if this is found to be true the Grand River flotila should be dispatched there at once by telegraph for the subjugation of Rear Mayor Watts and his walking squadron.
We see from an exchange that there is a housewife down in Arkansas so fastidious that she kneads bread these hot days with her gloves on. That isn't a circumstance to our condition. We need bread with our hat on; we need bread with our pants on, and if some of our delinquent subscribers don't come in and pay up pretty soon we will need bread without any pants on.
The Watts reunion at Muldrow was not as great a success this year as formerly. There were much less in attendance and but little enthusiasm. Watts has fought and lost with persistence and fortitude worthy of a better cause, and at last is about financially busted. There was a good-sized "skeleton at the feast" in Muldrow, and a still larger one in the closet at home. All is not gold that glitters with the fallen "King of the Intruders."
As the day of our coming city election draws near it behooves the citizens of Fort Gibson to case about for a good candidate for mayor. The other offices should also be carefully filled, but the mayor's place is the most important and the best man the city affords should fill it - an honest, enterprising man, who wants to see the town prosper as it should. Men with personal interests at stake should be avoided when it comes to the election.
"To be or not to be" is the question to be settled by the people of Fort Gibson. If their splendid townsite ever amounts to a row of pins they will have to wake up and begin doing something. Our unsurpassed natural advantages, pure water, healthful climate and rich land will never make Fort Gibson unless her leading business men and citizens come harmoniously together and work together for the interests of the whole town. A house divided against itself cannot stand, nor can a town divided against itself prosper. Wake Up!
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A FADING DREAM.
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A Brief Description of the Greatest Townsite in the Whole Southwest.
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