Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 47
Thursday October 6, 1898 (Part 2)
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It would be an interesting spectacle for some of the outsiders who may imagine that the Indians here are not capable of self-government to see them sit as jurors, in cases where white men are being tried, and then hear a white Judge compliment them on their ability and faithful performance of duty - just what took place in the Federal court at Tahlequah last week. This does not show a bad state of affairs here, but rather harmonious relations between the whites and Indians, as should be. We do not know the first Indian juror who sat in judgment on a white man, but the first Indian Judge before whom a white man was tried is Ridge Paschal, present mayor of Tahlequah, and he gave good satisfaction. The real Cherokee Indians are generally all right. It is only the galvanized ones - those who are Indians for revenue only - who need watching.
That celebrated white fullblood Cherokee, Too-qua-stee, has about three and a half columns in the Indian Chieftain last week concerning the Curtis law, which he calls a great calamity - "a Pandora's box opened in the Indian Territory." This writer has published a good deal on this same subject first and last, and no doubt tells more truth than poetry; but so far as we have seen has not yet proposed a remedy nor suggested a way out. But perhaps that is coming later on. Kicking may satisfy the feelings, but it will take something more substantial to do the Indians any good.
Judge Springer arrived at Muskogee last week from his summer resort at Mackinaw Island, Michigan, and is now ready for business. Mackinaw Island is, perhaps the finest summer resort in America. It is located in the straits of Mackinsaw, which divides upper from lower Michigan. It was settled by French Jesuits in 1668. It is a delightful place in summer, but fearful cold in winter. Father Marquette, the first white man who explored the Mississippi river, is buried opposite this island at St Ignace, upper peninsula.
The Cherokee council meets the first of next month, and there is no easy task before it. To do or not to do will be a big question before that body. What to do and how to do it under existing circumstances may be a hard question to decide. There is an old saying to the effect: "When you don't know what to do, do nothing." But perhaps this advice won't work in the present case. The council is expected to do something if no more than "kicking" against the Curtis law. Supposing kicking don't do any good, it may make some people feel better.
Great events in China. The late emperor is said to have been assassinated, Chang Yin Houa, prime minister, has been dismissed, and a woman who is reported to be as smart as chain lightening and mean as the devil, is running things. It is said that Li Hun Chang is to be returned to power, and that Russian interests are in the ascendant. In the meantime British interest suffers, and proposes to fight unless things change.
The rebel chief of the Phillippines Aguinaldo, says he has a Monroe doctrine of his own, and that he will fight any foreign power that undertakes to rule his people. It appears that the German government has been furnishing a large number of guns and amunition to this chief, and it is thought that he has a secret alliance with that nation against the United States.
It is Roosevelt, Republican, against Van Wick, Democrat, for governor of New York. If Teddy runs for governor as well as he can fight Van Wick won't be in it. Van Wick is mayor of greater New York city, and perhaps the strongest man in his party.
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The Weekly Ardmoriteis among the foremost newspapers in this Territory, and a credit to this enterprising town.
The McAlester Capital says that Judge Clayton is determined to close all places in the eastern district where intoxicants are sold, and that malt tonic, Choctaw beer and all such things must go.
The Chelsa Reporter had supposed that Waddie Hudson of the Tahlequah Arrow, was a halfbreed, but has lately come to the conclusion that he is a fullblood. Strong presumptuous evidence.
The Afton Advance is still after the boycotters, and recently jumped onto the big Injun Chieftain with all fours because that paper sided with its opponents. The Advance has good "staying" qualities and says it proposes to fight it out on that line if it takes the hide off.
The Wichita liar has been getting in his work again by publishing that all white men who had married Indian women must leave the Territory - this by order of the Dawes commission, to be enforced by Indian Agent Wilson. Some of the Territory papers have been credulous enough to re-publish this stuff, which is all a hoax. The Dawes commission is not performing absurdities.
NOTICE - I have a number of farms for sale suitable for allotment, from 150 to 1500 acres. Call me or write to, M C Jones, Caney, Kans.
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BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS
Another lot of fine walnut logs shipped out this week.
F H Nash is having his large platform scales reconstructed.
Walter Scott has been buying up cattle around Wagoner the past week.
Miss Flora Lindsey of Chouteau, is visiting her sister, Mrs R E Butler, this week.
Pecans are said to be plenty and the small boys have already commenced to gather them in.
Jack Scott and Tom Cunningham, who are attending Bacone university, were at home over Sunday.
A G Churchwood, representing the Fort Smith Times, was in town yesterday, and appears to be a hustler.
Two deaths in the bottoms south of town. Mrs John Vickory died last Saturday and Mrs J Copeland on Monday.
J L Tullis of the Wagoner Sayings made a pleasant call yesterday. He is a newspaper man of experience and ability.
"Possum up a 'simmon tree, cooney in de holler." The time is near at hand. 'Possom gravy and sweet potatoes. Yum! ymn! yum!
Quite a sight to see how Alex Matheson has fitted up the Palace drug store - fine paintings and scenery by Percy Kidd. Call in and see it.
Sargeant Fred E Holden who was absent from his company on a twenty day's furlough, returned last Tuesday. His regiment is now located at Lexington, Ky., and expect shortly to go to Porto Rico.
The depot building has received a new roof of cedar shingles from the Pacific coast; and the old platform has been taken up, coal cinders put in this place, with painting and other improvements yet to come.
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The Ladies' Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church will give an open meeting at the Presbyterian church Sunday evening, October 9, at 7:45, assisted by the various organizations of the church. Topic - "Our Land for Christ" - a patriotic meeting - loyalty to Christ and to our country. Come, and be assured of an interesting program.
Rev R A Evans, pastor of the Baptist church at Webbers Falls was in town over Saturday night on his way to Tahlequah and made a pleasant call. He has a call to preach at Tahlequah, which he may accept. Mr Evans has the deportment of a Christian, which we think he is, and a man of high moral character.
W A Scott has just cut and chooked his field of late corn which is ripe, and stalks green and fresh., which he will use as stock feed. This is the first corn we have seen cut and saved Northern fashion, since we came to the Southern country, and might be practiced by many farmers with profit.
Regular meeting of the young People's Society of Christian Endeavor of the Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening Oct 9. Topic, "Patriotism." You are cordially invited to attend and participate.
C W Turner was in town last Sunday, the guest of R E Butler. Mr Turner has the largest establishment in Muskogee and does the largest mercantile business in this Territory.
Mrs Ella Dodge of Nowata came down yesterday to attend the illness of her little daughter, Nora, who is on a visit to her grandma, Mrs C L Bowden, of Garrison Hill.
The past week has been warm like summer. Hobos and weary willies have had a fine time on the banks of Grand river near the railroad bridge.
Jack Spurlock says when cooler weather sets in he will tackle the possum, and make the coons hard to catch.
Miss Evah Henry, of Pryor Creek, who has been attending school at Tahlequah, returned home Sunday and will go to the K C Karnival before re-entering school.
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Henry Eiffert has the nicest young peach orchard in town - about 300, mostly of the Elberta variety. They were 4 years old, and likely to produce a fine crop of fruit next year. It is safe to say that Mr Eiffert would not take $5 each for those trees, which four years ago before they were planted could be bought for 15 cents each. Big profit in good peaches.
W M Colby saw in The Post where James Coleman brought in a sorgum cane stalk 16 feet long, and says he can go three feet better, having a stalk grown on his place that is 19 feet long.
Miss Eva Coleman, who has been attending Worcester academy at Vinita, returned home Sunday on account of ill health.
Mrs L R Nash and children returned Thursday last from a pleasant visit to the home folks at Chelsea.
Miss Coochie Blackstone of Webber Falls went up to Claremore Monday to attend a big wedding supper.
F H Nash and daughter Fannie, returned Sunday from a pleasant trip to the St Louis exposition.
Mrs N F Nash of Bridgeport, Tex., was here last week visiting her aunt, Mrs J F Haas.
Jack Walker will take charge of the McLain hotel property next week.
Mrs Louis Skinner of Talala went through to Tahlequah Sunday last.
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SPECIAL NOTICE:Since issuing announcement of Central College of Wagoner, a musical director has been secured, and we feel sure that Central College is to be congratulated upon having the services of one so thoroughly versed in music and with the experience as a teacher that Prof Herman C Hiller has had. He is a native of Germany and a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Stuttgart, Germany. His work in Indian Territory is too well known to admit of criticisms. For further information address A Lincoln, Wagoner, I.T.
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SHE'D RATHER HANG:
THE GIRL HAD A BROTHER:
George Rutledge, a married man and a blacksmith, near Paint Rock, Ala., was charged with the betrayal of a daughter of Marlon Sloan, a well-to-do farmer. A son of Sloan met Ruttledge in the road, and they quarreled. Ruttledge threatened to kill the whole Sloan family, so the story goes. He went home, procured his Winchester rode to the Sloan residence and started to enter. Young Sloan told him to leave his gun outside. Ruttledge, with an oath, raised the weapon and fired at Sloan, barely missing him. Sloan, then seized, a shotgun and emptied both barrels into Ruttledge's body, killing him instantly.
ANNISTON (ALA) BANK FAILURE.
The Bank of Anniston, Ala., a state bank, of which Frank Nelson, Jr., was president has assigned to W F Strinfellow, president of the First national bank. ... [Nelson] said the cause of the assignment was loans made before he became president four years ago.
HIS PRAYER FULFILLED.
Patrick Kelly, a boilermaker of Atlanta, Ga., took abstinence oath, praying to be struck dumb if he broke it. The other night surrounded by friends, he drank a glass of whisky, and for some unknown reason speech instantly deserted him. He was taken to the Grady hospital, and the following morning regained the power of speech. The physicians do not know what to make of the case, as Kelly was in fine physical condition, and no apparent reason for vocal paralysis existed.
AMERICA DIVINELY LED.
Rev D B Waddelle, rector of the Episcopal church of Meridan, Miss., and one of the brainest divines of the south, in a published letter, declares his belief that it is the supreme duty of the United States to retain the Philippine islands, and that this country was divinely led into the war with Spain and, accepting the situation as it is to-day, should enter upon the wider field of usefulness as a nation that is before us.
WINTER CAMPS FOR SOLDIERS.
Winter camps for the army will be established at Augusta, Atlanta, Athens, Macon, Columbus, Americus and Albany, Ga., and Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg, S.C.
CAUSED BY JEALOUSY.
At Scottsville, Ky., Mrs W C Goad shot and dangerously wounded Mrs D W Beasley. Jealousy was the cause, it is said. Both women are prominent.
IN DEEP TROUBLE.
A colored preacher of Natchez, Miss., has come to grief. His name was Robert Holmes, and he was shot by another negro named Seaton Colwell.
Reprint of how great Fort Gibson is (printed in the last several issues) and ads.
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