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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 39

Thursday August 11, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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DAWES COMMISSION - CURTIS LAW
     The senior editor of The Post was at Muskogee yesterday and found the Dawes commission very busy. Just now the Creek freedmen are being enrolled, and a wearisome task it is. They appear to be mostly real Africans, there being few light colored ones among them, a number appear to be very old. The commission has a great deal of work before it, and all are working hard, including the clerks.
     We had a talk with Mr McKennon and learned some things concerning the Curtis law. In regard to the townsite business, the people of each town can choose one commissioner, who shall be the choice of the majority. The chief of the Indian nation has the appointment of a commissioner, and the third will be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, probably by recommendation of the Dawes commission. Under provisions of the Arkansas law "a townsite may be extended from one mile each way from the center." It has not yet been determined how much land a home and residence will hold. As to improvements made on town lots after the passage of the Curtis bill, is an open question.
     Another question of much interest to owners or occupants of land on which townsites are located. That, also has not been fully determined but in carrying out the law equity and justice will be done. As to the time of commencing townsite operations cannot as yet be determined and may be some ways off. It appears that there a good many things to settle before the Curtis law becomes operative, and Congressional action is likely to be needed. The commission cannot get around to the Cherokee nation before late fall or early winter, or later.

Chief Mayes at the present time is somewhat like the man who was between the devil and the deep sea, and didn't know what to do. The fullbloods are hot after him and have passed resolutions demanding that he shall carry out his oath of office as chief and execute Cherokee law, regardless of acts of Congress, Curtis law or U.S. enactments, which Chief Mayes cannot do without getting into serious trouble with the U.S. Territorial authorities; and if he don't mind the fullblood is likely to fare still worse - a clear case of -
"You must and you shall,
You will and you won't;
You'll be damned if you will,
And be damned if you don't"

We see it published that Marshal Bennett's deputies recently made a raid on the tonic and hop ale joints at Sapulpa, and closed them out, while the town council of Bartlesville did the business for the latter town. How is it that the Federal authorities close out this business in some towns and allow it to run in others?

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By the way, what has become of the Territorial W.C.T.U. that were a terror to the whiskey traffic and its supporters, with their sarcastic phlippies, spontaneous resolutions and dress-parade business? What is now to stay the spread of 'Rochester tonic,' "hop ale" and other kind of 'hops' saying nothing of "Wagoner fire-water" and "Fort Smith Disturbance?"

We see by reports in the press that the "hoodlum gang" are out against Jo Johnson, Democratic nominee for prosecuting attorney for Scott and Sebastian counties, and say they will defeat him. Of course they will, if they can. Johnson has fought the lawless element hard by enforcing the law, and that's why the "gang" hate him. Johnson was elected two years ago over this same combined opposition, and will be elected again this year by an increased majority.

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The Time is the name of a clean looking little sheet that has just made its appearance at Stillwell, by J W Patton, who says that his is the third attempt of the kind in that town, but nevertheless seems sanguine to be able to jerk a legitimate living out of the people of Stillwell, in which we wish him success.

The city dog law is now in force and it is hoped that a war to exterminate against mangy canines will be inaugurated at once by the proper authorities.

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[Attorneys]

F J Boudinot - Ft. Gibson, I.T.

Horace Bradley, C C Wells, H R Bonner - Wagoner, I.T.

Wm N Littlejohn, Wilson O Bruton, Jas W Breedlove - Sallisaw and Muldrow, I.t.

S B Dawes, Luther Kyle, Tahlequah and Muskogee, I.T.

William F Rasmus, Tahlequah, I.T.

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THAT JOLLY BILLY GOAT
 Mr. Ross he had a billy goat
     Who was on mischief bent,
 And made it lively for the folks,
     Which ever way he went.

He roamed the streets of Gibson town
     By night as well as day,
And all the folks that knew him best
     Gave him the right of way.

He cleared the track where 'er he went,
     And ate of all he saw -
It would surprise the thinking mind
     What went in that goat's maw!

And still he roams the wide domain,
     In every lane and crook -
The adventures of this billy goat
     Would make a good sized book.

And if perchance he should 'peg out,'
     (A likely thing by half)
I trust his honest friend, Dutch John,
     May write his "epataph,"
Hank Skidway, Fort Gibson, I.T., Aug 5, '98

BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS

 Stand up for Fort Gibson

The side tracks near the depot are being fixed up.

Deputy Marshal John Fulsom is able to "pack" his gun again.

Mrs. C A Rogers is visiting relatives at Webber Falls this week.

Miss Mary Seely, of Elk Grove, Miss., is visiting Mrs E M Butterfield.

Another big rain Sunday, and more next day. Good weather for ducks.

Dr. Otto Rogers of Webber Falls was up to see his home folks on Saturday last.

Miss Cora Adams departed for Coffeyville to make her home with Mr and Mrs C H Taylor.

Capt E Stair is working a force of men on the streets, which he intends to fix up in good shape.

J D Miller, section foreman and his brother Tom have bought the depot restaurant, and will try to please all patrons.

F H Nash, one of our leading merchants and citizens, went to Vinita Monday to attend the Territorial Masonic grand lodge.

Frank Rowland, of Webbers Falls came up Sunday to see his sister Miss Lura Rowland of the school for the blind, who is still quite low with fever.

Mr R E Butler and wife returned on Tuesday from Chouteau, where they attended the funeral of Major J M Bryan, who was Mrs. Butler's grand-parent.

For all kinds of first-class blacksmithing, such as plow work, horse shoeing, buggy and wagon repairing, etc., go to E H Reynold's Depot Shop.

Dr Ed Blake and merchant Percy Wyly, both of Tahlequah, passed through town Monday enroute to Vinita, to represent Tahlequah at the Territorial Masonic grand lodge.

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Hon Gideon Morgan of Gideon, in Tahlequah district, was in town over Sunday and called in. Mr Morgan is a white progressive Cherokee, and was one of the first to advocate allotment of lands as a measure to protect the common people from rapacity and rascality of the monopolists and boodlers who, for years have been despoiling the masses. Mr Morgan favors the Curtis law and all progressive measures designed to help the masses of the Cherokee people and restrict the monopolists.

The poet tells us that 'the groves were God's first temples,' and there is a beautiful one on the island in Grand river opposite oldtown, where the senior editor strolled last Sunday. Grand are the works of Nature. They are mine to enjoy for my Father made them all.

The Butler Mercantile Co. of this place are preparing for a large trade the coming fall. Their large store has been painted and fixed up preparatory to receiving a large additional stock. The cotton gin is in fine order, and will do a large business.

Bud Weldon of the Fort Smith Elevator was in town last Tuesday on his way to Tahlequah. He has lots of friends in the Territory. It is hoped that he may succed in converting Williams, known as his "wicked partner."

Miss Lutie Nash, accompanied by her brothers, Flo and Frank Nash, went over to Muskogee Sunday to see their guest, Miss Bell Meaghe, home. Miss Fannie Nash, who had been visiting in Muskogee returned home with them.

D H Faulkner, of Hanson, ex-senator from Sequoyah district, was in town Monday on his way to Tahlequah. He does not take kindly to the Curtis law, especially the Delaware and townsite provisions.

Jess Bagwell is having a well dug in the rear of the blacksmith shop. Jess is one of our enterprising citizens and contemplates other improvements in the near future.

Mr Henry Eiffert wants an elderly man who understands vineyard and orchard business - German prefered. Good, steady situation open for such a man.

Mayor Shaffer says he intends to do his part to improve Fort Gibson. Let all others do likewise and the town will grow as it should.

There was a man in town last week looking after a mill site. Good opening for a sawmill here - a fine river and lots of timber.

City Marshal Perry reports things quiet and orderly, even from Ross grove to the denizen retreats of oldtown. Not ever thus.

Grand river near the bridge is a grand place for bathing - deep clear water, and not a few there are who go therein.

Fishing at the lake appears to continue good judging from the amount of fish that are carried by our office.

Capt E Stair has been appointed street commissioner.

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