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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 34

Thursday July 7, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Sampson proved to be the "bottled up stuff" for Cervera's fleet when the latter uncorked himself.

Make up your mind to vote for men for the various city offices whom you know will push the town. Don't continue to handicap Fort Gibson with unprogressive municipal officers.

An honest ballot and a fair count is all The Post desires to see. Our citizens are intelligent enough to vote for men who will honor, push and upbuild our city.

The municipal campaign liar is abroad in the city, but intelligent voters will not be gulled by his ilk. He will leave his nauseating trail of slime where ever he drags himself, and good people will do well to shun his presence.

It is now too late for the Cherokee statesmen, land monopolists and political boodlers to cry out against the extension of a new form of government over the Five Civilized tribes. Tribal atonomy is doomed, the death watch is on, and these same political boodlers, land monopolists and unscrupulous statesmen were the primary causes that are sending tribal government to a premature grave.

Following their brilliant battle with the Spaniards at La Quasina the Rough Riders have been in the roughest of the fighting around Santiago. The dispatches say that at least fifty of them were wounded in their daring charge on San Juan Hill. They are winning battles and great chunks of praise and glory, but their friends and admirers at home are becoming apprehensive that by the time the war is over there may be none of them left to tell their own brilliant story.

The future of Fort Gibson will depend largely upon the kind of men elected to the municipal offices next week. If we are so fortunate as to elect progressive wide-awake men, who will not let personal gain and prejudice interfere with the up-building of the town, we may expect to see a city rapidly spring up on the best townsite in Indian Territory. If we fail to do this the "jig is up" with Fort Gibson and the most sensible thing for our progressive citizens to do will be to move to some other town where progressive men can be elected to office.

The sweethearts of the soldier boys who have gone to the Phillipine Islands are in great danger of losing some of them. It is said that the native Phillipine girls are very attractive. Besides this, the marriage laws of the Phillipine Islands are such that a man can be married for a limited space of time. He can marry for three months, six months, a year, or for a longer period of time. This temporary marriage custom is authorized by the Phillipine law. Three months is the shortest term for which a temporary marriage may be legally contracted. In such cases a specified sum is paid
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to the lady, who takes charge of the offspring, should there be any, at the termination of the marriage contract. It is perhaps fortunate that this system is not a matter of common knowledge in this country, or the pangs of grief and apprehension experienced at the departure of the troops by the various female admirers of the "brave solider boys" might have been greatly accentuated.

When the Curtis law went into effect on July 1, it caught the Cherokees utterly unprepared for the radical changes which are to follow, and many of them do not even yet believe or realize the enormous and sweeping effects of the measure. It came like a thunderbolt from a clear sky. The transfer of all cases from the tribal courts to the United States courts leaves tribal judges, clerks and sheriffs without a job, and all other officers of the tribal judiciary with no duties to perform, no laws to enforce and no forum in which to appeal save to the white man's court. The Indian rich last week in lands held by miles of wire fence is today as poor as his neighbor. He cannot understand the true situation and looks upon it as a state of anarchy.

     Those great, wise members of the Cherokee commission who last summer so stubbornly refused to treat with the Dawes commission now have the opportunity to sadly reflect upon the fruits of their stubbornness. They boasted of their intelligence and the advancement of their nation ahead of the other four tribes and pointed with pride to their impregnable treaties. The Dawes commission and many of their own people importuned and begged them to treat, but they would not. Oft were they given a chance to make their own terms for allotment and as oft did they turn a deaf ear to reason and trust in a cherished document bearing the signatures of dead men who lived and died in a past generation. Finally the Dawes commission ceased to strive with these wise, progressive Cherokees, quietly folded their tents and marched off to treat with the more ignorant Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks and Seminoles. These "ignorant" tribes were wise enough to see at once the advantages to be gained by treating and, laying aside their prejudices, they forthwith entered into negotiations and treated.
     Now observe, will you, the difference in the status of the Cherokees and the other four tribes. While the Cherokees are without authority to carry on any part of their judiciary, the courts of the other four tries are moving on serenely, as of yore, and are authorized to continue the even tenor of their tribal way for months to come. And, while an unjust townsite law has been placed upon the Cherokees, compelling them to repay for lots already paid for, a satisfactory townsite law has been provided for the other four tribes, who were fortunately "ignorant" enough to negotiate and treat for the same with the hated Dawes Commission.
     Trully, "ignorance is bliss" in many, many cases.

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[reprint of the article about Fort Gibson that has appeared in the last several issues] 

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Twenty-one thousand dollars is a pretty large sum to pay for a news item, but that is what it cost the St. Louis Republic, The New York Herald and the London Times for the use of the cable long enough to get their splendid description of the sinking of Cervera's fleet last Monday.

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Rush Payne is on the sick list this week.

Jach Walker shipped a car load of fine beef cattle Tuesday.

R E Butler went over to Muskogee yesterday on business.

Rev. Daniel Rogers passed through yesterday from Tahlequah.

Geo. Kirk, an energetic young man from Muskogee, was in town yesterday.

Mrs. Ingram of Tahlequah is down on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Flora Thornton.

Mrs. Norman, of Wagoner is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. McBride of this city.

J A Simmons supersedes roadmaster A L McLeod who resigned some days ago.

A R Matheson, Harry and Flow Nash celebrated the glorious fourth out on Ranger creek fishing.

Mr. and Mrs. L R Nash and the children departed for Chelsea where they will spend the summer.

Miss Nina Stratton of Tahlequah passed through the city last Sunday enroute to Russellville, Ark., to visit friends.

O L Wyly of Tahlequah passed up the road yesterday to Claremore on a visit of pleasure and business combined.

Joe Hall of Wagoner came down Monday to relieve Bernie Beard at the depot lunch counter during the latter's illness.

Miss Dannie Ross who has been music teacher at the Cherokee Orphan Asylum for the past term, was in the city Tuesday going to Tahlequah.

G O Ward of Hanson passed through the city Tuesday accompanied by Mrs. Geo Gunter, who he was taking to the Insane Asylum at Tahlequah.

Jesse Bagwell and family, who have been visiting relatives in the Chickasaw nation for several weeks, returned to their home in this city Monday.

Mrs. John Taylor, formerly of Tahlequah, passed through the city yesterday on her way to Oolagah, where she will join Mr. Taylor and take up residence.

Mrs. Eloise Bushyhead, accompanied by her little daughter, Miss Frances, and Mrs. A B Shelton, all of Tahlequah, passed through the city yesterday, going to Muskogee.

Dr. J A Eichling, a very pleasant gentleman from Webber Falls was here on business Monday. He tells us that he will in a few days have a complete stock of fresh staple drugs at Illinois Station.

Three of the election officers are disqualified for duty in that capacity owing to having become candidates, Judges Harry Sisson and John Bert and Clerk Percy Hicks. Their successors will have to be named at the polls on the morning of the election by the people.

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The Fourth of July in Fort Gibson was observed, not by celebrating, but by the closing of all business houses and keeping as quiet almost as a deserted graveyard. Many of our citizens hied themselves off to the river or Lake to fish, some remained at home and read the big Sunday papers, while others congregated on the street corners and quietly talked politics. If the great American eagle flooped her wings in the vicinity of Fort Gibson during the day it was not known, but Old Glory did float majestically over Capt. Magoon's domicile out at the National Cemetery.

Our colored voters are not all controlled by the hoodlum element. The better class of them are progressive and too intelligent to be driven to the polls like cattle and voted by the old ring of pull-backs. Many good colored men will vote for Shaffer for mayor because they know he will treat all citizens alike and show no favoritism to anyone.

The hoodlums are starting all sorts of campaign lies on the Progressive men who are candidates for the city offices. One is that if Shaffer should be elected he will send nearly all the little cases that comes before him over to Muskogee to be tried by Judge Springer. This is a lie. Another one is that Shaffer intends to arrest all persons found sitting around on the sidewalks. Don't listen to such lies. They should be considered an insult to the intelligence of every voter in Fort Gibson.

     The beautiful residence of Mrs. Wm. Johnston at Tahlequah was totally destroyed by fire last Sunday about 1 o'clock p.m. Only the furniture down stairs was saved. It was insured only for a small portion of its worth. It is supposed the fire originated from a defective flue.

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     How we Will Have To Vote Under the Statues of Arkansas.
           Some Information that May be of Value to
           Local Readers of "The Post" Just at this Time.
[copy of the Election Laws from the Mansfield Digest]

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The street commission of Tahlequah, Barney McQuillan, has imposed ten days work on the streets per year on all eligible male inhabitants of that city. This is pretty steep, but it will no doubt insure good streets, and should be patterned after to a smaller extent by Fort Gibson after she gets a street commissioner.

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Public notice is hereby given that there will an election held in the town of Fort Gibson, Cherokee nation, Indian Territory, on the 14th day of July, 1898, opening at 8:00 o'clock in the morning and closing at sunset of said day, at the T P Wolf house on Main street, for the election of one Mayor, one Recorder and five Alderman. George O Sanders, Harry Sisson and John Berd are appointed judges; T J Thornton and Percy Hicks, clerks and Ran Lee sheriff, of said election.
     Given under our hands as agents in the petition for the incorporation of said town pursuant to the provisions of chapter 29 of Mansfield's Digest, this July 4th, 1898.
     F J Boudinot, F H Nash, Hubbard Ross, Agents
     The above election will be by ballot and will be held by three judges and two clerks. All male inhabitants, 21 years old and over who have resided six months within the corporate limits of said town, as now organized, if citizens of the United States or of the Indian Territory, are entitled to vote, unless disqualified for other reasons, mentioned in the law.

Mrs. O. Laton is quite ill.

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