Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 46
Thursday September 29, 1898 (Part 3)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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J C Hewitt, of South McAlester has some sensible and true remarks about war in the Indianolia Herald. He commences by saying that all the fools don't get killed in war, for he's been through the Cubian conflict and is still alive. War is the best substitute that the devil has on earth for hell. It never settled a question that could not have been settled without the shedding of one drop of human blood. It would have been far better for the human family had it ended with the scrap in Eden. For six thousand years we have wared and fought that we might establish a permanent peace, and today this earth is carrying its greatest burden of dissatisfied humanity. As Gen Sherman said, "war is hell."
Some people and newspapers are finding fault with the Dawes commission now in the Chickasaw nation because some names are stricken from the citizenship rolls and others added. This commission is here as agents of the U S Government to perform certain duties according to law and evidence - just what they are doing, and desire to do nothing else, are paid for nothing else and will do nothing contrary if they know it. Of course they cannot please everybody, and do not try to. It is enough that they perform their duty faithfully and concientiously, as those who know them best believe they are doing.
The five civilized tribes of Indians of this Territory have been likened unto the ancient confederate states of Greece, with the Cherokees as the Arcadians or Athenians, in which case it might be interesting to know who was the Solon, Socrates, Plato, Demosthnese, Xonaphan, Aristades, Themostacles and Timelon of these People, and if their Alcabidas and Diogense are now living. Sequoyah, inventor of the Cherokee alphabet is universally recognized as the Cherokee Cadmus. Perhaps Gulick of the McAlester Capital, who is acquainted with Cherokee affairs, and a good classic scholar may give some light on the subject.
That long talked of "Cherokee Moses" hasn't turned up - "not that anyone knows of," and was never so badly needed as now. The old darky's prayer slightly transposed is quite applicable to the present situation: " 'O, Lowd, I neber axed you for a great deal, an' wouldn't ask you now if I didn't need it bad; but if you ever gwing to do anything for dis Nigger, now's de time !" Now is the time for a Cherokee Moses, or never.
Muskogee and Wagoner are still wrangling over the location of the new penitentiary. Wagoner folks say they are sure of it, and Muskogee people say they are certain, so there you have it - pay nothing and take your choice. But how about that "political pull?" Fort Gibson has no political pull nor any other kind of pull, but by far the best site and may be "in it" yet.
Some men complain that they find it hard to find a wife, while others can get more than they can take care of. A New York man when recently arrested for being too much married, confessed that a trolly car would hold all the women he had married from first to last, and yet he was not happy.
When the good people of Wagoner and Muskogee - out on the dry prairie - want a good cool drink or a fine bath they are cordially invited to come here to Fort Gibson, partake of the crystal waters of Grand river, and be happy.
Will the Hon A E Ivey or G Morgan please inform the public what they know about that modern "Cherokee Moses," and where is "at"?
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Playing or assuming Indian in this Territory has been quite profitable occupation in the past, but is fast playing out. A good many appear to be leaving off being Indian and returning to their normal condition.
Improvement, progression and justice to the Indians should be the aim and object of every intelligent and progressive person in the Territory.
Rev Matt Duncan, the noted full blood Cherokee, hasn't said yet whether he will treat with the Dawes commission next winter or not.
RINGLING BROS' EXCURSIONS
Arrangements have been completed by which all who wish to attend the performance of Ringling Bros World's Greatest Shows in Muskogee Thursday Oct 13th, can secure special excursion rates on all lines of travel. This will be the only point in this vicinity where the great show will exhibit during the present season, and those who fail to see it will miss the grandest amusement event of the year. Since last season Ringling Bros. Famous exhibition has been doubled in size and is now beyond all question or doubt the largest and best combined circus, menagerie and hippodrome in the United States. The performance is given by over 300 high salaried specialists, in three rings, on two stages, in mid air, and upon a huge quartermile hippodrome track. The grand free street parade which takes place at 10 o'clock on the morning of the exhibition is the most magnificent display ever. Don't miss it.
Great changes in the way of improvements are now going on around the Depot. The old platforms have all been torn away and cynderizing is being put in instead. A new roof is also being put on the Depot.
R M Collins, connected with the Texas Stock and Farm Journal was a pleasant caller at this office on Monday. He was here 22 years ago, and says that Fort Gibson is destined to be one of the best towns in this Territory.
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BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS
Mrs L R Nash and the children went up to Chelsea last week to visit relatives.
Mr and Mrs R E Butler and son have returned from the Omaha exposition.
A B Cunningham, now located at Vinita, passed through Saturday, returning from Tahlequah.
Miss Susie Morris of Tahlequah is giving good satisfaction as teacher of the Fort Gibson national school.
Prof Bird, principal of the Fort Gibson Academy, reports his school in a progressive, encouraging condition.
Merchant F H Nash departed Sunday last for St Louis and the Eastern markets to lay in Fall and Winter goods.
H W C Shelton, court clerk at Tahlequah, was called to Vinita last Saturday, on account of the serious illness of his brother, Norman Shelton.
R B Rutherford, Jr., of Fort Smith, came up Sunday on his way to Tahlequah, his old "stompin' ground." Bob is now in the real estate business in Fort Smith.
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DIED:After a lingering illness of two and a half months or more, Chas. M Dowell, sone of M D L Dowell, at his home in Fort Gibson Sept 23, 1898. Charlie was born and raised in Fort Gibson, and died at the age of 17 years. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday, the 24th, where he attended Sabbath school from early childhood. The funeral was preached by Rev Messer, and the remains were interred in the old family graveyard of his great grandfather, Anderson Lowery, where Charlie's mother was buried in 1887. All who knew Charlie can speak with pleasure of his modest disposition and examplary character.
Attorney A H Norwood of Claremore was here yesterday. Mr Norwood is one of the best native lawyers in the Territory and always goes in to win and most generally wins. He owns a fine bottom farm near Braggs and is going to experiment some in a ten-acre peach orchard and a vineyard. Attorney Norwood thinks Bartlesville is the coming town of the Cherokee nation and will make that place his headquarters in the near future. A new railroad is just now entering Bartlesville and her prospects for a boom are very good.
Town Marshal George Perry captured and destroyed two gallons of mean whisky that came in by express from Fort Smith Monday evening. Perry makes a good officer and says he intends to stop the introduction of liquor into Fort Gibson, regardless of who has to pay for the vile stuff.
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R E Butler was in Muskogee on business yesterday.
J S Holden, senior editor of The Post, is at Muldrow this week.
T J Carlile of Illinois Station was prospecting in the city yesterday.
Judge J T Drew and J Henry Dick went to Wagoner yesterday.
Frank Nash and Tom Miller are the champion bicycle riders of the city.
Mr Jack Walker has bought the McLane hotel and intends to move to town.
Hon R B Ross of Tahlequah went up the Valley road Tuesday on business.
Attorney F J Boudino departed for Kansas City Tuesday, to be gone a week or two.
Miss Fannie Nash accompanied her father to St Louis Sunday to attend the fall festivities.
Tom Miller, proprietor of the Depot Lunch House, went up to Wagoner on business yesterday.
M O Ghormley, an attorney of Tahlequah, came down the Valley Monday enroute to Berryville, Ark.
Flo Nash made a flying to Tahlequah Sunday last. The Fem. Sem. Is now in regular session over there.
W B Miller, the cattle man of near Wagoner, was here Tuesday, mingling with his numerous friends.
Mrs Flora Thornton returned from Claremore Monday, where she had been to visit her mother who was sick.
Judge J G McCombs and Attorneys Jackson and Pointer, of Sallisaw, passed through to Muskogee Monday.
J Henry Dick, a prominent young Cherokee lawyer and politician of Tahlequah, has been in the city several days this week on business.
The Palace Drug Store, Alex R Matheson, manager, opened up for business Tuesday, in corner formerly occupied by Eiffert's grocery store.
Jno F Wilson, the veteran liveryman, was down from Tahlequah yesterday and unloaded another fine new buggy - a beautiful "red, white and blue" rig.
Attorneys R E Jackson and E M Poiner, two of the leading legal luminaries of Sallisaw, were in the Future Great yesterday and placed their card in The Post.
J W Lyons, a prominent and wealthy Mexican, has been registered at the Trent Hotel several days the past week. He is here in the interest of the Indian emigration plans.
The Butler Mercantile Company's gin is doing the best work this season of any gin in the country. One 14-hundred pound load of seed cotton brought in the other day ginned out a 500-pound bale.
Miss Betty and Rover Eiffert and Miss Susie Morris, the Cherokee school teacher, feel proud in the possession of souvenirs of the Santiago campaign given to them by John M Adair, the returned rough rider.
Commissioner, J G McCombs was here yesterday, returning to Sallisaw from Tahlequah, where he had been summoned by Judge Thomas to try one Chance for perjury. Commission McCombs will hold court at Muldrow next week.
The colored national school of this place is doing well again this term, as usual, under the management of W H Fields, who is perhaps the best colored school teacher in the Cherokee nation. He has taught this school for many years.
Attorney Thos Owen and bride of Muskogee returned through the city Saturday, after a brief wedding tour east. Attorney Owen is one of the most brilliant young Muskogee lawyers and his bride one of that city's most estimable and accomplished young ladies.
The Cherokees have got themselves all mixed up. A San Juan battle at Tahlequah or a Manila engagement on the unruffled surface of the placid Grand river at Fort Gibson could not more completely entangle matters up there. - South McAlester Capital
S J Hart, who has been looking over the north-west part of the nation says he saw a fine farming country, which at present is mostly monopolized by galvanized Indians and some who are Indians for revenue only, who will have to divide up after next March.
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David Musrat and J H Dick, of Tahlequah, and a prominent Mexican from old Mexico were in the city last week working on the Mexican emmigration scheme. They went from here to St Louis. Some of our Cherokees seem to be determined to go to Mexico. - Chelsea Reporter
Charley Crawford showed us some very rich lead specimens the other day which he had recently gathered up over in the hills east of Grand river. Charley worked for a long time about the Galena and Joplin lead mines, and thinks the indications good for rich descoveries in the hills when the times to locate mineral claims. - Pryor Creek Review
Notes from a Future County Seat
Down the Line.
Vian is certainly "in it" the plat and petition for incorporation have been completed and sent up to court by the city. Not many moons will have rolled around before the future county seat will be out of her swaddling clothes and up taking rank with the best of them.
Rev J D Evans of Guthrie, Okla., has purchased the Dobson restaurant and is now prepared with the loaves and fishes to feed the multitudes.
The public school at this place is now nonest, we might say, non esto perpetua. Vian has a good school house and about 65 pupils to attend, but the Board has not given us a teacher. Rumor has sent four, but none have materialized to date.
The Keener business house will be erected just as soon as the mill can cut out the foundation stuff. This will be good building, 3 stories high, 30x60 foundation.
W E McConnell has purchased a beautiful lot from J L Rogers and is now preparing to build a dwelling thereon. He had a fine well drilled this week, good soft water at 50 feet.
Mr P Allen, one of the numerous Allen brothers of Arkansas, is here this week assisting his brothers in making changes in their store at the old Thornton stand.
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