Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 47
Thursday October 6, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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THEY MAKE FINE JURORS
The Cherokees Highly Complimented
by Judge Thomas
The Court Docket At Tahlequah
Entirely Cleared for the First Time
List of Civil Business
"WHITE LIGHTENING" AGAIN
That would be "bad man" known by the big sounding name of "White Lightening" has got into the toils of the city court again. With two companions about as wild as himself this untamed son of the prairie had turned himself loose among some of the denizens of oldtown last Saturday evening, and the trio were having things about their own way till Assistant Marshal Chas Austin arrived on the scene, when Lightening was captured after a chase and a fight and lodged in the city lock-up, his companions making good their escape. Next morning Lightening was gone, having broke jail, undoubtedly by outside assistance. Marshall George Perry go on his track and on Monday arrested him north of town while picking cotton in fancied security, having been told that town officers had no jurisdiction outside the corporation. He knows different now. - He gave bail for trial before Mayor Shaffer next Saturday.
ALL GOING TO THE CIRCUS
Everybody is talking about Ringling Bros.' famous big circus, which is to exhibit in Muskogee next Thursday, Oct 13. Several big excursions will go from this vicinity and the popularity of the show will insure an enormous crowd. People from this locality should make an especial effort to arrive in time to see the new free street carnival which precedes the exhibition every morning at 10 o'clock. The leading newspapers everywhere declare the street parade to be the most magnificent display ever seen in any city in the world. In this gorgeous display are shown over 100 dens and cages of wild animals, 400 horses, 25 elephants and nearly a thousand people, and the costumes throughout are of the finest silks, satins, velvet and cloth of gold. The performance that follows is the magnificent arenic display present by any circus in America.
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DOING SPLENDID WORK
Butler Mercantile Co's Gin
Running Day and Night.
Cotton Coming in at a Lively Rate
and Fort Gibson Merchants
Paying Highest Prices for it.
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Governor Johnson Talks to
The Tribal Legislature
Ardmore, IT, Oct 3 -
Gov D H Johnson, of the Chickasaw nation in his message to the legislature recently assembled at Tishomingo, made some pertinent and enlightened suggestions. He urged a memmorial to Congress to open some channel by which the interest on the Chickasaw track fund could be paid. The Governor quoted law and history to show that the freedmen are not members of the tribe, though it has been the intention and the effort of the tribe for many years to adopt them. He urges that Congress be asked to pass a law settling the vexed question forever.
In conclusion he congratulates his people on their happy condition and prospects compared with thousands of homeless people in the United States.
If reports be true sent out from the Chickasaw nation some of the best known Chickasaws are having some difficulty in establishing their claims to citizenship. The McLish family, for instance, has even by the United States government been recognized as belonging to that tribe by various acts of congress, and has in several instances specifically "nominated in the bond" that a particular John McLish was then and there a Chickasaw. The pedigree of the Chuzziewit family would not be sufficient these days to establish a claim to name or property. - McAlester Capital
The Dawes commission, according to their own statements, and also according to the opinion of a considerable number of the attorneys at this bar, is acting as a court of the last resort in the settlement of citizenship cases. They and the attorneys both claim that when the commission has made a roll of a nation and had it approved by the secretary of the interior, that there is no power by which an Indian, who has been left off by the commission, can get his name on the roll. - Indianolia Herald
Governor Pingree of Michigan has been nominated by acclamation. Even the machine and corporation Republicans who so strenuously opposed him two years ago, declared for him, after calling him ararchist, socialist and general abuse. Pingree will yet be President. He is a man of the people.
It is said that there is a distillery to be established high up on the headwaters of Grand river. And the Wagoner papers have forgotten to mention it as one of the inducements Wagoner offers in getting water from that famous stream. - Muskogee Phoenix
Ft Gibson is to have a monument erected to honor the "Rough Riders." It will be in the National Cemetery and built by private subscription. Chelsa Review
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THE DAWES COMMISSION
Has Closed its Work in the
The "intruders" got little consolation from this term of the United States court. Judge Thomas has the courage of his convictions and decided, despite the Curtis law, that all intruder places legally sold in accordance with Cherokee laws prior to the passage of this act of congress could be sued for by the respective purchasers; that the purchasers had a vested right in them of which they could not be divested by an act of congress. Inasmuch as most of these places were sold prior to the passage of this act the purchasers have the right to institute suit for the places purchased. The intruder after all was not benefitted by this law, and Watts influence is decidedly waning, for all of which let us reverently return thanks. - Indian Sentinel.
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FORT GIBSON, OCT 6, 1898
Grove has a newspaper called The Times, which made its first appearance last week and is the smallest in this Territory.
When the Curtis law takes full effect in regard to townsites, there will be lively times and a big building boom in this Territory. A great change is not far distant.
The enterprising town of Sallisaw has a new paper called the Gazette, which fills a "long-felt want." Old "gags" and almanac jokes may pass occasionally, but are poor substitutes for editorials.
The Federal court now in session at Vinita bids fair to cause as much consternation and demoralization among the liquor vendors there as there are among the hop ale fraternity at Tahlequah.
Webber Falls is to be incorporated under the Arkansas laws and be prepared to take advantage of the Curtis law. That town is surrounded by a fine farming country, and being on the Arkansas river has lots of water and other natural advantages.
It appears that most of the petit jurors at Tahlequah during the recent term of the Federal court at that place were Cherokees by blood, and were highly complimented by Judge Thomas for manly deportment and faithful performance of their duty, all of which is gratifying as showing that whites and Indians here can live together in harmony, and that the Indians are capable and willing to do their part.
Hon Robert Ross, of Tahlequah, was in Fort Gibson one day last week when a representative of The Post had a talk with him on Indian matters. He said that while the Curtis law was unjust towards the Indians as a whole, it contained some good features, by settling the intruder and land monopoly questions. All he asks is that the Indians be dealt with in a fair and equitable manner, and that the US Government carry out its promises and obligations.
The Fort Smith News Record is urging the necessity of more manufacturies for the Border city, and very aptly says that no town nor city can grow and prosper without manufacturing establishments. This applies to Fort Gibson which has 40,000 horse power in Grand river, yet undeveloped which is capable of running manufactures of different kinds, employing hundreds of men. When this great power is developed and utilized, then Fort Gibson will grow and prosper. That time is coming.
Ardmore claims to be the largest town in the Indian Territory, with best future prospect. Several other growing and prosperous towns that claim first and second place - South McAlester, Muskogee, Purcell, Vinita and Wagoner. Fort Gibson is behind at present, but has greater natural advantages than any other, (a fact not disputed) and is coming to the front in the near future. Here is the finest stream in this Territory with 40,000 horse power, undeveloped, at our doors. Set this to work and hundreds of men will find employment here. This is coming in the near future.
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