Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 30
Thursday June 9, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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MULDROW ITEMS. An Interesting Budget of News From a Special Reporter.
Muldrow, I. T., June 7 -
Geo Bethel has given up the hotel business here and moved to Fort Smith. Bethel claims to have been elected recorder by rights but like others was beat out of the office. When L W Byrd resigned he was in hopes that he might receive the appointment. But Will Blackard, a cousin of "Rear Admiral Jess" got the place, so as to have it "all in the family" you know. George was some sick Injun before he left, and none of his people can accuse him of being a "Watts Indian" any longer.
Judge McCombs court is in session at this place the present week.
Growing crops look very promising, especially corn. Big rain Sunday.
Potato shipping will commence this week. The crop is better than was expected two or three weeks ago.
The Leach hotel has been enlarged and improved, a first class colored cook, and a first class place to stop at.
W W Payne is building up a good and extensive merchantile business, by fair dealing and courteous treatment to all.
Well, the "Muldrow Press" after a few weeks existence has passed in its checks and has "gone where the woodine twineth." The Press was a newsy little sheet, ably conducted and failed only for lack of support.
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F P Shields, its editor, is a good newspaper man and a writer of ability and talent. He is now at Sallisaw, and should be appreciated by the people of that enterprising town. Muldrow will be under the ban so long as the present gang holds sway. But their turn is coming. They only hold power through trickery and fraud at the ballot, and there is a good majority against them.
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TWO TO HANG.
First Legal Execution to Occur at Muskogee, July 1.
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How Towns Must be Organized in Indian Territory under Arkansas laws.
Pages 2 & 3 Preprinted
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FORT GIBSON JUNE 9, 1898
The Territory Rough Riders have "gone from us" and been lost sight of somewhere down in the Everglades of Florida. We are of the opinion that "Teddy's Terrors" are sadly deficient in a corps of fake reporters.
There are several men in Fort Gibson who would make the town a good mayor, but Alex R Matheson seems to be the favorite candidate so far as can be learned by The Post. Now the idea is to select another good man to run against him.
Agent Widsom has recommended that congress appropriate $10,000 to relieve the flood suffers in the vicinity of Redland. This is all right as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. A few dollars might be benevolently distributed up the river as far as Fort Gibson.
The proposition to conduct a teachers normal school at Tahlequah this summer should receive hearty approval of all interested in education. Many of the teachers of the Cherokee nation need to be taught some things in order that they themselves may teach their pupils properly.
It is reported in an enterprising exchange that the Spanish fleet down near Santiago had sunk one of our best war ships, adding the startling rumor that Uncle Same in person was aboard the ill fated vessel and, like poor McGinty, went down to the bottom of the sea, dressed in his striped suit o' clothes.
Persons who expect favors of The Post should show their worthiness of such favors by paying up what they already owe us, or by subscribing and otherwise patronizing the paper. We are not attempting to run a local paper in Fort Gibson for fun or for the "puffing" of those who are too stingy to give a nickle towards it support.
The fist issue of the "Gatling Gun, a Periodical of the Period," published monthly at Cleveland, O., reached us this week. It is a very clever imitation of the late W C Brann's Iconoclast, and announces that it is hunting troubles. Walter Hurt is its editor and the probabilities are that he will be badly hurt before he ever reaches the penacle of fame that Brann reached.
Our readers, we trust, will pardon us for penning another romance this week connected with the eventful career of Bill Cook. Our excuse, however, is that the story makes a good space filler and contains probabilities that are altogether possible. Then again, locals are very scarce these warm June days, the farmers being busy with their cotton crops, the loungers at the Lake fishing and housewives at home fighting flies.
To-morrow, June 10, is the day set for Tahlequah to hold her first municipal election under the statutes of Arkansas. We suppose it will be sort of go-as-you-
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please race for the various offices, as no regular candidates have been announced, so far as learned. Tahlequah is a good town and deserves a good mayor, and the voters up there should avoid opposers of the enevitable and monumental asses of egotism, by voting for a man who favored the new incorporation and worked for it from the beginning.
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