Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 35
Thursday July 14, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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THE DAWES COMMISSION
It is Here Again and is Ready for Business.
EXPOSITION OF THE CURTIS BILL.
Soon after the Curtis bill was sent to the Conference committee a gentleman of South McAlester wrote to delegate J F McMurry asking him what the views were as near as possible of the senators and representatives on the provisions of the bill relating to the townsite feature.
The following questions were propounded:
1. What kind of building will be necessary to hold a lot?
2. When will the time expire in which an improvement can be made upon a lot necessary to hold it under the law?
3. How much ground will said improvements carry with them, and who is to determine the size of the lot?
Answering the above questions Mr. McMurray write:
1. I think any kind of building that would not be classed a "shack" would protect a lot. This is the opinion of all concerned in formation of the bill.
2. The time will expire when commission goes to make apprisement. I have discussed this matter at length with a number of congressmen, also Capt. McKennon.
3. The commission to make the appraisement will lay out the lots, and
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fix their size. They will control this feature. All here think they will be liberal, I think so, but as to exact size, no one can say.
The above is perhaps the nearest an exposition of the intents and purposes of the law as far as relates to the questions asked as is possible to obtain at this time. The practical working of the law may show a difference, but it will not be a radical one.
CROOKED WORK HINTED AT.
The report comes from Tahlequah that must dissatisfaction is felt over the school appointments made last week by the Cherokee school board. Some strong hints of crooked work are made and it is declared that the next U. S. grand jury will be asked to investigate the methods and practice pursued in making the appointments. Lest The Post do somebody concerned an injustice we refrain from comment until we are more authentically advised in the premises.
JIM COOK IN CUBA.
He Has Been Fighting Gallantly
Under the Stars and Stripes
It is not generally known that Jim Cook, brother of the notorious Bill Cook, went with the Rough Riders to Cuba and has been fighting gallantly under the stars stripes around Santiago. This is a fact, however, and we see that his name appears in the list of missing after the heroic charge of San Juan Hill by the Rough Riders.
Jim Cook was a refugee from the national prison at Tahlequah when the Rough Riders were organized at Muskogee, he, having escaped from that institution last winter. For this reason Jim did not enlist regularly with the other boys, but arrangements were made with the recruiting officer for him to join the company at San Antonio, which he did, and went from there to Cuba with the rest of the boys.
Jim knows how to ride, shoot and scout, and while he is reported missing it is not the first time. He may be dead or a prisoner of war, but it is more probable that he is scouting in the Cuban chaparral.
WILL LOCATE THE NEW JAILS.
Robert Brewster and R V LaDaw, special agents of the Department of Justice, are now in the Indian Territory. We understand these gentlemen will have much to do in regard to the location of the United States jails in the several districts in this Territory.
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THE TERRITORY EDITORS
Met in Annual Session at Wagoner last Week.
CHEROKEE HIGH SCHOOL.
Teachers Appointed for the Ensuing Term.
The Cherokee Board of Education, which was in session at Tahlequah last week announced the following appointments of teachers for the High schools for the ensuing term.
Principal - Prof. C J Brown
Fist Assistant - J G Hough
Second Assistant - W T Brown
Third Assistant - Mark Bean
Fourth Assistant - Geo. Cox.
Principal - A F Wilson
First Assistant - Bluie Adair
Second Assistant - Minta Foreman
Third Assistant - Beuna Harris
Fourth Assistant - Callie Blair
Music - Carlotta Archer and M Nell Taylor
CHEROKEE ORPHAN ASYLUM
Principal - Robt. L Mitchell
First Assistant - S W Woodal
Second Assistant - Geo. Hampton
Third Assistant - Dora Ward
Fourth Assistant - Pixie Mayes
Music - Cherie Edmondson.
The primary teachers have not been announced yet, but will be shortly.
AMONG THE MISSING
A letter from Sergeant Moore of the Rough Riders, published in last week's Vinita Leader, says that John M Adair was among the missing after the battle around Santiago. John Adair was one of our Fort Gibson boys who joined the Rough Riders at Muskogee, and he having numerous friends and relatives in this vicinity, The Post has made an especial effort to ascertain whether or not this report was true. Although no word has been received from Mr. Adair since the fight in which he participated at Santiago, a letter was received from a young Rough Rider named Rich a few days ago, who went from near here, which stated that John Adair was all right and had been made a second lieutentant since the fight referred to. John's friends and admires in this vicinity hope that this latter report is correct, and that he may pull through all right and return home safely.
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THAT $400,000 STEAL
Another Investigation of the Matter Ordered.
Rev. J H Messer, pastor of the M E church South, began a revival meeting at his church Saturday night and will continue it perhaps for two more weeks. Much interest is manifested by the Christian people of the city and it is the hope of all that much good will be accomplished. Rev. Mr. Vaugh was on hand Sunday to assist and is expected back again today. Everybody should attend these meetings and do what they can to promote the good work of the preacher and the Christians.
Attorney Augustus E Ivey, the irrepressible and invincible Cherokee politician, of Washington D C, and Tahlequah, I.T., was in to see The Post Tuesday, looking as fine and cheerful as ever. Some of the Cherokee political leaders tried mighty hard to down Gus last year, but they couldn't cut the mustard. On the contrary he went to Washington last fall and bombarded his enemies with $400,000 steal shells until their guns were about silenced. They can't down Gustavus.
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Many Shots Were Fired But No Lives Were Lost
Special Report to The Post - Muldrow, I.T., Jul 11 -
P F Shields is teaching a good school.
Material has been sent for to establish a new paper in town.
The mud hole in one of the principal streets is a standing rebuke to the city officials.
A son of postmaster Roberts of Hanson was sentenced 90 days in jail, by Judge McCombs, for assisting a prisoner to escape from the city jail.
It is purposed to have Muldrow incorporated 4 miles square, which will take in several large farms. This town does not need large corporate limits as badly as it does lived, progressive people and officials.
Muldrow is a good natural point for a town, but it takes more than natural advantages to build up a live town - it takes live men. Look, for instance at Muskogee away out on a dry prairie, and Fort Gibson with more natural advantages than any other town in this Territory. There is hope for Muldrow and Fort Gibson when different men get control of things - not before.
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