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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 38

Thursday August 4, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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           Held Up by Two Outlaws and then Shot to Death
     On last Friday evening Zack Taylor, a well-known and highly esteemed Cherokee citizen, who ran a store at Melvin, a postoffice between Tahlequah and Wagoner, was held up by two robbers and murdered. It is understood that Mose Miller and Will Nail were the outlaws who did the killing, and they are now at large in the Greenleaf mountains east of this place, with a score of deputy marshals after them.
     The details of the murder as best we can obtain them are about as follows: Mose Miller, the notorious outlaw, and Will Nail, an ex-convict, went to the store at Melvin about 4 o'clock Friday afternoon. As they entered they threw down on Taylor and ordered him to throw up his hands. He did so, but Mrs. Taylor, who was in the store also, secured a pistol from behind the counter unobserved by the outlaws, and as she handed the same to her husband both Miller and Nail fired. One bullet passed through Taylor's breast and the other through his arm, killing him almost instantly. The outlaws then rifled the store of what money they could find and fled to the woods.
     Zack Taylor was a prominent Knight of Pythias and Odd Fellow, universally liked by his neighbors, and his dastardly murder has aroused the indignation of the entire nation. Large Posses of his friends and neighbors have been scouring the country in search of the outlaws, who, if captured will be executed.
     Mose Miller and his gang are supposed to have been in Fort Gibson the night before Taylor was killed for the purpose of robbery. This fact became known before hand, and guards were put out, as mention in our last, which no doubt flustrated the outlaws plans. Miller has been an outlaw since he killed W B Madden, a prominent merchant of Braggs about three years ago. Himself and companions are suppose to be hiding in Greenleaf mountains which extend from about a mile and a half east of Fort Gibson and miles beyond, abounding in wild canyons, caves and almost inimpenatrable deflies, in which those outlaws are at home.

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      [article encouraging farmers to switch from cotton to potatoes. Article mentions Mr. B M Hayes of Campbell]

     Fred E Holden, late of The Post, who enlisted shortly since in Co E, 1st U S Infantry, has been promoted to sargeant. The regiment is now located at Fort Reno, but will be to Whipple Barracks, Arizona, next week.

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     But There Was No Quorum On Hand Yesterday
           A Forecast of Some of the Most
           Important Matters to be Attended to.
           Chief's Message Today
Special report to The Post - Tahlequah, I.T. Aug 4
     There was not a quorum in either branch of the Cherokee council yesterday, and of course no organization was effected. Several members arrived, however, last night and this morning and it is expected that a quorum will answer to roll call at 9 o'clock today.
     The chief's message is ready, and, if a quorum is on hand, it will be delivered in the capital square at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
     Special report to The Post - Tahlequah, I.T. Aug 2 - The members of the extra session of the Cherokee national council, which convenes here tomorrow, are coming in slowly, and the indications now are that there will be a quorum in either house before Thursday.
     As to the exact work Chief Mayes will recommend is not known, but it is said that principal matters to be cussed and discussed will be the Curtis bill and its objection features. Some action it is said, will be taken to contest the claim of the Delawares to 157,000 acres of Cherokee lands. Another is to formulate some plan to combat the claims of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway to every alternate section along their line.
     It is also expected that the townsite problem will come in for its share of consideration by the council. Owners of town lots, who have already paid the nation for them, will insist on the council confirming such sale in some way so as to evade the provisions of the Curtis law, which requires the payment of an addition 50% of the present valuation. Much lobbying is expected to be done among the members on this question by the town lot monopolists, but as the common Indian's interest is so much at stake it is hardy probable that council will be influenced to confirm the sales made without additional payment of what individual ownership of these lots are worth.
     It is also probable that the chief will recommend the appointment of a Cherokee commission to hunt up and attempt to treat with the Dawes commission for something better than the Curtis law affords them. Last year the Dawes was hunting the Cherokees and were anxious to give a good deal, but they refused, through their commission, to even talk about it. Now the proud Cherokees must humiliate themselves to the extent of hunting up the Dawes commission and humbly plead for a chance to treat for even as good terms as the other four tribes were given. And, while Chief Mayes many of members are in favor of going to the Dawes commission with their troubles, resulting from the Curtis law, the fullbloods, who are as stocial as ever, have a majority in both houses and, it is believed, will still oppose attempting to treat for anything. They are led by certain galvanized "Injuns" to believe that they can smash the Curtis law into a cocked-hat by going into the courts with the matter, and they propose to resist to the bitter end its application to them and their country.
     Another matter that will likely receive attention is the $4,300,000 due the Cherokees from the United States government as per the findings of the accountants some time ago, the claim growing out of various transactions since 1785. This is a just and honest claim and the council will probably ask Uncle Sam in a diplomatic "dun" to "please remit."
     What ever legislation, however, that may be passed at this or future
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sessions of council will, according to the Curtis law, have to be approved by the president, and it is therefore certain that no more extravagant and useless appropriations o the nation's money will be allowed.

     Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock the marriage of Albert B Rodecker and Miss Emma Coleman took place at the home of the bride in this city. After the wedding the happy couple and their relatives with a few intimate friends, enjoyed a wedding supper at the bride's home.
     Miss Coleman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. A. Coleman, was one of Fort Gibson's most accomplished young ladies and popular in our best society. Mr. Rodecker is a drug merchant of Huntington, Ark., well and favorably known to many of our citizens. They departed Tuesday for a brief wedding tour, and will be "at home" after August 10, at Huntingon, Ark.
     The Post and many friends of the bride and bridegroom wish them a happy, prosperous and long voyage o'er the great sea of life.

R A Dunkin, Brother-in-law of Dr. Masters, has launched a flat boat on Grand river, near the railroad bridge, and intends to start this week on a trip to the Mississippi river, and thence to White river in Arkansas.

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Wonder if Bro Kates of the Claremore Progress does not own a few lots in the Cherokee nation - as sly as it may try to be kept?

The Wichita Beacon says that Teddy Rousevelt is talked of as the first governor on the Indian Territory, glasses and all. This may knock Wat Duncan out.

It is now generally admitted that political rottenness and corruption among the five civilized tribes of this Territory did more to pass the Curtis Bill than all other causes combined. These people had to be saved from their friends (?)

Hon W D C Duncan, with $3,500 Cherokee money, has become quite a patriot; he advises, and did advise the full-bloods to resist the Curtis bill - to go down with their flags flying, etc. In a speech in Going Snake district, a few days since, he is reported to have said: "I must be a big man and Brother Watt must be chief." Incendiary utterances are untimely just now. The Curtis bill, for good or bad, is a law of the land.

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