Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 35
Thursday July 14, 1898 (Part 2)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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Page 4, column 1
FORT GIBSON, JULY 14, 1898.
Stand up for Fort Gibson. If you can't stand up set down.
A vote for Shaffer is a vote for better times, better government and the betterment of Fort Gibson.
Our colored people form an important part of our progressive citizens and they should be represented in the list of officers elected today. Jake Young is a candidate for alderman - a good, intelligent colored man. Vote for him and elect him.
The Post has claimed from the start, the colored citizens of Fort Gibson are nobody's tool nor nobody's fool. The majority of them are both intelligent and progressive, and a majority of them will vote today for Shaffer because they know he is a friend to both them and the town. They know Shaffer, if elected, and there is scarcely a doubt that he will be, will treat all citizens alike and do his best for the town.
The Cherokees may yet be given a chance to treat with the Dawes commission, that is, if the Curtis law leaves them anything worth treating for. The townsite provisions of the Curtis law are unjust to those who have already bought town lots from the Cherokee nation and paid for them, and it might be possible to treat with the Dawes commission for a revision of that part of the law.
The eleventh annual meeting of the Indian Territory Press association at Wagoner last week was a success, as previous meetings have been, but it was made a success by the attendance of the same faithful editors who have stayed with it from the time it was organized. True, a few new faces were on hand to join in and lend a helping hand, but many others, too busy as usual to attend, were little expected and little missed.
As we go to press with The Post this morning the election of Chas. H Shaffer for mayor of Fort Gibson seems almost assured. A remarkable change of sentiment has take place since last week, especially among our colored voters, who want to see the town pushed to the front with other progressive towns instead of being handicapped and held back by unprogressive officers. Every voter who goes to the polls today should go with the best interests of Fort Gibson in view and vote accordingly. If this is done Shaffer will be our next mayor and our historic old town with numerous natural advantages will move on once again to take her place at the head of growing cities.
It is said the Cherokee authorities and ex-authorities propose now to test the constitutionality of the Curtis law, which has been extended over them. They forget, perhaps, that <...> require big fat lawyer fees <...> and that the doors of the Cherokee treasury are no longer open to them for the purpose of squandering the people's money. They
Your vote today, good friend, may decide, not only the fate of your town, but it will undoubtedly have much to do with your own future peace, protection and prosperity if you continue to reside here. Vote for Shaffer. He believes in Fort Gibson and her people and is qualified to represent the town as its chief executive and to do everything necessary toward building it up.
"ALAS, POOR YORIC IS DEAD!"
"Alas, Poor Yoric is Dead!" This would have been an appropriate heading for the article by Hon. D W C Duncan in last week's Cherokee Advocate. His abstract philosophy, metaphysical disquisitions, and highfalutin argument may serve his purpose, but the facts are, he is wrong and the Curtis bill is not far from right. Mr. Duncan makes a strong appeal, (printed in Cherokee) to establish the "destroying angel" in this county, and to elect his man chief. This impractical educated gentleman should know that the people of this country are tired of making large appropriations to be squandered by delegations to Washington, and that his song will not bring forth the cash any more. The end of the row has been reached on this line. What should be imbued into the minds of the full-blood Indians is that all citizens of this nation have equal rights, red, white and black alike, and that the Curtis law protects all against the corruption of Indian legislators and other officials, and in a death blow to Indian rings and large and useless appropriations of Indian money, which benefits only a few who generally "stand in".
Hon R L Owen in a recent interview with the Kansas City Times condemns the Curtis bill as unfair and unjust to the monopolists, who he terms the "progressive citizens" of the Indian Territory. We expected nothing else from Col. Owen, since he is operating and holding more than a dozen farms in the nation, one of which contains several thousand acres in Cooweescoowee district alone. We expected kicks from town lot holders, schemers and monopolists, but their kicks are only arguments in favor of the Curtis bill. This bill protects the poor people of this country as against the rich and powerful. It does not allow a half dozen men - bankers and capitalists - to hold all the town lots of the Territory. It complies strictly with the Cherokee constitution, Sec. 2, Art. 1, in that the lands of the Cherokees shall be the common property of all the Cherokee people. Col. Owen, J J McAlester and Bill Halsell could run these Indian governments pretty much to suit themselves heretofore, but they will find it an irksome job to run Uncle Sam's government to suit their own pocket books, and to the detriment of the common people of the Indian Territory.
Then again, the interview of Col. Owens referred to emits great chunks of pathos and sadness. He can see no more big fat fees, lobby jobs, etc., that once upon a time enriched a few in this Indian country and made many others poor. But it is all over now - all over.
Page 4 columns 3 & 4 -reprint of the article about Fort Gibson
Page 4, column 5 - ads
Page 5, column 1
BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS
Stand up for Fort Gibson.
W W Walker of Muskogee was visiting his brother here Sunday.
Mr. O Laton, who has been serious ill for some time is improving slowing.
Sid Littrell came down from Wagoner Monday to assist Bernie Beard at the depot lunch counter.
Harry Nash broke the trout-catching record at Ross' Lake by bringing in three six-pounders Monday.
Miss Jessie Mayfield, the vivacious little daughter of Mrs. Etta Norman of Wagoner, is visiting Mrs. G A McBride.
Master George McLain walked through a bed of ashes the other day and found them to be as hot as a Spaniard in Cuba.
The plan to hold a teachers' normal at Tahlequah this summer has been abandoned, owing to lack of support and interest.
Miss Ollie Walker, the accomplished daughter of Judge and Mrs. R M Walker, departed Saturday for Kansas City, where she will visit friends.
Major Forse, who was killed in the battle of Santiago, was captain of the volunteers that were stationed at Fort Gibson during the freedman payment.
W D Fry, the versatile, loquacious and irrepressable collector for Harsha, Spaulding & Co. of Muskogee was on our streets Monday talking pointedly to delinquents.
Chas. W Willey, assistant teacher at the Male Seminary at Tahlequah during the term just passed, returned to his home in this city Monday, after attending teacher's institute.
Stove wood taken on subscription at this office. Also country produce. Bring it along and pay up.
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It is said that the Staplers of Tahlequah will not rebuild their large mercantile establishment, which was destroyed by fire some time since, very soon if at all, and that they may locate in Fort Gibson if no railroad is secured for Tahlequah. They are business men who command the utmost confidence of the entire people and would be welcomed by any enterprising town like Fort Gibson.
A telephone message was received yesterday morning from Judge Springer naming E Stair, and Wm Hudson Sr., as election judges in place of Harry Sisson and John Berd, who have been disqualified since their appointment by becoming candidates.
There'll be a hot time in the old town of Fort Gibson today, but The Post hopes it will be friendly, peaceable "hotness" that will be allayed by the cool zephyrs of a brighter day.
The Oak Lodge Headlight is the name of a new paper, published by T L Allison. Oak Lodge is at the junction of the Fort Smith "spur" of the new K C P & G Railroad.
Misses Heinrichs of Fort Smith, passed through here yesterday from Tahlequah where they have visiting their uncle, Joe Henrichs.
Moffitt-West Drug Do's representative, Frank Mittong sold Thos. Berd an opening stock of drugs to be opened here next week.
Sam Benge's many friends were delighted to see him in such superb condition, after his recent illness from a dangerous wound.
Fay turner a jovial big-hearted traveling man from Fort Smith, was shaking hands with our merchants here yesterday.
Mrs. Ingram, who is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Flora Thornton, is very ill at the latter's home in Old town.
Pryor Creek's annual picnic is announced for July 29th & 30th. A big time, as usual, is assured.
C S Shelton of Tahlequah returned through the city yesterday from a business trip to Vinita.
Wm Berd has opened up a hop ale joint in Jas. Barnes old stand.
The indefatigible Harry Miller received a car load of ice yesterday.
Dr. D R Reece of Braggs, was a visitor here yesterdy.
The doctors report much sickness in the city and vicinity.
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Shaffer had his election tickets printed in Fort Gibson, thus showing that he believed in helping our town along all he could. His opponent for the office of mayor sent to Wagoner and had his election tickets printed, thus helping out a rival town. Ye friends of Fort Gibson remember this when you go to vote today.
Pages 6 & 7 - preprinted
Page 8, columns 1 & 2 -[Election Law reprinted from last issue]
Page 8, columns 3-5 -[Election notice reprinted from last issue and ads]
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