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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 31

Thursday June 16, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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... Provided further, that owners and holders of leases or improvements in any city or town shall be privileged to transfer the same.

Sec, 16. That it shall be unlawful for any person, after the passage of this Act, except as hereinafter provided, to claim, demand or receive, for his own use or for the use of anyone else, any royalty on oil, coal, asphalt or other mineral, or any timber or lumber, or any kind of property whatsoever, or any rents or any lands or property belonging to anyone of said tribes or nations or anyone to pay to any individual any such royalty or rents or any consideration therefor whatsoever; ... tribe or nation shall receive all such [items listed above] ... Provided, That where any citizen shall be in possession of only such amount of agricultural or grazing lands as would be his just and reasonable share of the lands of his nation or tribe and that to which his wife and minor children are entitled, he may continue to use the same or receive rents thereon until allotment has been made to him; provided further, that nothing herein contained shall impair the rights of any member of a tribe to dispose of any timber contained on his, her or their allotment.

Sec. 17. That is shall be unlawful for any citizen ... to enclose or in any manner, by himself or through another ... hold possession to any greater amount of lands ... than that which would be his approximate share ...


Sec 19. ... All payments of any kinds shall be made by the Secretary of the Interior ... to the tribe or nation ...

Sec. 20. That the commission hereinbefore named shall have authority to employee ... to aid them in the performance of their duties.

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In the selection of a mayor and other officers for Fort Gibson it is to be sincerely hoped that prejudices and jealouses among our citizens will be laid aside. This has helped to keep the town down for lo these many years, and if it is allowed to still interfere with the selection of good men for office the town will continue to drag along in the same old ruts.

His honor, the mayor elect of Tahlequah we are very reliably informed, was one of the first men of the town to indulge in a scrap after the election. But then, after all, his honor, the mayor elect, should not be blamed for the trouble that may come under Arkansas incorporation, for he bitterly opposed it from the start and was elected notwithstanding.

As an example of how well the citizens of Fort Gibson supports her home paper we pause in our editorial duties to remark that during the past three weeks but 50 cents has been paid on subscription and not a cent's worth of job work has been given us since January 1st. Do the people of Fort Gibson want a local paper? This question must be answered by them.

A war dispatch from the front says that the Rough Riders were hurried onto Santiago de Cuba without their horses, and instead of Rough Riders, they are now drilling around the Santiago brush as Rough Walkers. Walking, however, will not hurt the Indian Territory boys, but it will no doubt be somewhat disagreeable to First lieutenant Thomas and those other carpet bag dudes who were imported to the country to go along as officers on their $500 thoroughbred horses.

The idea seems to have gone forth that the Curtis bill was divested entirely of its townsite provisions by the senate. This is a mistake. Section 14 provides for incorporated townsites and exempts the same from allotment, although no provision is made for obtaining title immediately. This is contemplated, however, from the fact that the said townsites are exempt from allotment. Persons buying lots in incorporated towns, like Fort Gibson, after the Curtis bill becomes a law will be perfectly secure if they will only get a quit claim deed from the former occupant of such lot.

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THE CURTIS BILL (continued from front page)

Sec. 22. That in making rolls of citizenship of the several tribes as required by law, the commission to the Five Civilized Tribes is authorized and directed to take the roll of the Cherokee citizens of 1880 (not including Freedmen) as the only roll intended to be confirmed by this and preceding acts of congress, and to enroll all persons now living whose names are found on said roll, and all decendants born since the date of the said roll to person whose names are found thereon and all persons who have been enrolled by the tribal authorities who have heretofore made permanent settlement in the Cherokee nation and whose parents, by reason of their Cherokee blood have been lawfully admitted to citizenship by the tribal authorities, and who were minors when their parents were so admitted and they shall investigate the right of all other persons whose names are found on any other rolls, and omit all such as may have been placed thereon by fraud or without authority of law ... It shall make a roll of Cherokee freedmen in strict compliance with the decree of the court of claims rendered Feb 3, 1896. Said commission is authorized and directed to make correct rolls of the citizens by blood of all the other tribes, eliminating from the tribal rolls such names as may have been placed thereon by fraud or without authority of law. ... with intermarried white persons as may be entitled to Choctaw and Chickasaw citizenship under the treaties and laws of said tribes ... The roll of Creek freedmen made by J W Dunn ... prior to March 1, 1867, is hereby confirmed and said commission is directed to enroll all person now living who names are found on said roll, all decendants born .... It shall make a correct roll of all Choctaw freedmen entitled to citizenship ... all Chickasaw freemen ... entitled to no less than 40 acres ... Commission is authorized to take a census of [all tribes] or to adopt any other means by them deemed necessary to enable them to make such rolls. ... require all citizens of said tribes, and persons who should be enrolled, to appear before said commissioners for enrollment, at such times and places as may be fixed by said Commission and to enforce obedience of all others concerned ... to enable said commission to make rolls as herein required ... the rolls when approved by the Secretary of the Interior shall be final ...

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Sec. 23. [explaining how allotments may be sold - very faded and almost impossible to read]

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Sec 25 & 27 - are so faded I can only make out a word here and there.

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Mrs. Theo Perry of Sallisaw was a visitor in the city this week.

Jess Bagwell and family are on a visit to relatives in the Chickasaw nation.

Mrs. G A McBride returned yesterday from a pleasant visit to relatives at Wagoner.

R E Butler, the hustling manager of the Butler Mercantile Co., made a business trip to Braggs last Friday.

A number of young people of the city enjoyed a dance at the residence of Judge and Mrs. R M Walker Tuesday evening.

Editor J T Parks, of the Tahlequah Sentinel came down Tuesday to meet his wife, who has been visiting relatives at Fort Smith.

A J Kendricks, the rustling editor and publisher of the Fort Smith News Record, was circulating among his Fort Gibson friends yesterday.

The ladies of the M. E. church south will give a supper at the church tomorrow (Friday) evening, for the benefit of the parsonage. Everybody invited.

Among the Fort Gibsonites who attended the ball game between the Bloomer Girls and Wagoner boys at the latter place Monday were Dr. McBride and wife, Harry Nash, Harry Miller and Dr. Turnham.

W M Lynch, the old reliable Fort Gibson barber, is now comfortably located in his new quarters in the F H Nash block, and says his business is increasing. Lynch is "onto" his job and knows just how to please his numerous customers.

Frank Consene, a prosperous farmer and ex-member of the Cherokee council, who lives in Saline district, passed through the city one day last week. Mr. Consene is paralyzed and has been at Hot Springs for some time, but the trip did him no good.

Sherman Kirby, a prosperous colored farmer living a few miles north of the city was in to see us Saturday and subscribed for The Post. He said he had just <...> laying by his crop, which was shoulder high and very promising for prairie land. He also reported splendid prospects for watermelons, tomatoes and other crops. Sherman is the right kind of farmer, working hard and reading the home paper.

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Cash Vann, a Cherokee who lived on Spring Creek, up in Saline district, was fatally shot last week by Deputy Bud Ledbeter. Vann was charged with cow stealing and the deputy claims he had to shoot him in making the arrest. Ledbetter is acquiring a record as a "killer" very rapidly. It is somewhat strange that other deputy marshals do not find it necessary to shoot their men when they go after them.

Jack Luther, the colored boy of Tahlequah, arrested here some months ago on a charge of Burglarizing Staplers' on the night the Presbyterian mission burned, was convicted at Muskogee and last week sent to the reform school at Boonville, Mo., for three years.

At the meeting of the Indian Territory Medical association at Wagoner last week Dr. G A McBride of this city was elected second vice president for the ensuing year. It was voted to hold the next annual meeting in Wagoner.

Muskogee citizens have petitioned their newly organized town government to allow them to elect a town marshal by popular vote.

John Sevier of near Webbers Falls died last Saturday week. He was a member of the Cherokee council and leaves a wife and family.

The contract has been let and work commenced on the new Kendall College at Muskogee. It is to cost about $20,000.

Vinita was last week granted the right to incorporate under the laws of Arkansas.

TAHLEQUAH CITY ELECTION - According to The Arrow the municipal election held at Tahlequah Friday last resulted in much dissatisfaction and bitter feeling. The following officers were elected: Recorder - Jeter Cunningham; Alderman - Percy Wyly, Johnson Thompson, J P Buster, W W Hastings and Jeff Roberson; For Mayor - Dr. N Batings [?] was not elected, owing, it is claimed, to the counting of illegal votes.

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Mr. and Mrs. Jno F Wilson and the children passed through the city Monday enroute to Berryville and Eureka Springs, Ark., where the latter will remain for some time. Mr. Wilson will return in a few days to look after his extensive livery business.

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Reprint of the information on Fort Gibson printed in the last two issues

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Tom Spindle and Anderson Worthy became involved in a difficulty at Pryor Creek on Tuesday of last week in which Worthy was fatally shot. Spindle kept a restaurant at Pryor Creek, and it seems that there was an old grudge between them. Spindle objected to Worthy eating in his place, which caused a quarrel and a fight, during which both men drew pistols and began firing at each other. Spindle is said to have shot several times, although but one bullet struck Worthy. The latter, it is claimed, fired but one shot, which missed it mark. Spindle was arrested.

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