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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 48

Thursday October 13, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Came near being a frost Tuesday night.

Numerous prospectors in town these days.

Mrs J Lowrey, of Brags was visiting in town this week.

Big rain Monday and Tuesday, followed by nice clear weather.

A B Cunningham, now living at Vinita, was registered at the Trent Sunday.

The wife of George Potts of oldtown, who has been sick for some time, died last Tuesday.

Postmaster Halloway of Illinois station was in town yesterday attending the funeral of "Uncle Bob" McDaniel.

Street Commissioner Barney McQuillan of Tahlequah passed through our city Sunday, returning from court at Vinita.

The McBride hotel seems to have a good run of custom these days. It is a good place to stop at, besides the prices are moderate.

Miss Mamie Elliott of Cooweescoowee district, who has been visiting in Tahlequah, was a guest at the Trent house Sunday afternoon.

Miss Rover Eiffert, accompanied by the gallant rough rider, Johnny Adair, went over to Tahlequah Friday last to visit a few days.

Our enterprising townsman, Henry Eiffert, knows a good thing when in sight, and as a started will plant 1,000 Elberta peach trees on his farm.

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Miss Victoria Lipe, the accomplished and popular daughter of D W Lipe, treasurer of the Cherokee nation, was married last Wednesday evening to John C Barrett. The ceremony was performed by Rev L Dobson at the home of the bride near Claremore.

The would-be bad man known as White Lightning failed to appear in the mayor's court last Saturday, and consequently forfieted his bond. He is said to have left the country.

S H McWaters, a colored man living near Fort Gibson, claims to be the champion cotton-picker of the bottom. His record is 385 pounds in one day, and defies anyone to beat this.

W P Ross of Coffeyville, Kans was in town this week. Mr Ross is Cherokee and was born at Fort Gibson. He has several hundred acres of land in the Territory near the Kansas line.

Robert McDaniel, an old Cherokee citizen of Webbers Falls, died very suddenly Tuesday evening. He was buried in the Cherokee cemetery at this place yesterday.

W P Hopkins is prepared to do all kinds of draying and hauling at moderate prices, in town and vicinity. Call on him.

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Vian, I.T. Oct 12 - The Cherokee nation is a goslin hobbled with the Curtis bill.

"A sow eating up her pigs," is a ten year's history of the Cherokee nation.

Stream of Time - Salt river - Ship of State - the Curtis bill - the passengers, Indians for revenue only. Receding shores - the treasury.

"Patience on a monument smiling at grief," Our chief.

The "Oates" wagon has been replaced by "Mitchell" wagons at the seminaries, and Butler spoons have taken the place of forks.

The "stomp" of Judge Thomas' foot at Tahlequah has caused a decline in prices of intruder places in this part of the country.

Water seeks its level. The Delawares under the leadership of disgruntled Cherokees will find it with the chilli eating greasers. Then how long will it be before they will clamor for more land than they pay for.

Wolf Coon for chief. Its a pity they could not find a 'possum to run for second chief. "Alahuma subaharna hu!"

Allen Bros, the mammoth mercantile firm is here to stay and they have everything from wheelbarrow seed to an icicle from the North start. This firm has knocked down prices more than twenty-five per cent over the old regime, and the people are as happy as when the "morning starts sang together."

Vian now has a telephone service, it having been completed to this point by Mr Breedlove last Saturday at 12 o'clock. The office has been put in at Allen Bros' place of business, and Pike Allen tells me that he can talk to his best girl all over Arkansaw and a part of McKay. This is a great help to our city and a gentleman from Pine Bluff has been here figuring on electric lights and another on a planing mill. It looks as if we were going to knock the spots out of Big Three up the road.

Dr W Campbell of Illinois station was here Friday and he said he liked
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the outlook so well he invested in a business lot, as did Mr Smith Wood from Iowa.

Mr Harry West, postmaster, has been confined to his room for a week with fever. He calls it "soo-a-nip fevah" and says he caught it in the Canadian district from a quack doctor about five years ago. However, Henry is out of danger now and all his friends are glad to see his nose "behind the bars."

The Wagoner Record has a liar up at Black gum, but his bull-pup story ain't a patching to our Doctor Dobson, who is a very modest man, says there is a lady in this vicinity who suckled a baby and two motherless pigs. She weaned the baby but could not wean the pigs, so she nursed the swine until they were year olds, and were killed from the breast with an axe, netting 200 pounds each of as meat hogs. Outside of the chills, measles and whooping cough the modest doctor assures me the child is doing well and, as it is a boy, bids fair to become a member of Congress or an inmate of the Muskogee jail.

Mr John Mayfield, a prominent attorney of this place, is the champion "squirreler" of the city. He believes in rising early and hieing himself to the woods before it is good daylight. One morning last week he started out way before soon and killed what he thought to be two large gray squirrels. When he got home it was good day light and he had killed two of Mart Ross' tomcats. A suit for damages may follow.

Gee-whiz, the court is back here and running in full blast. The familiar face of Attorney Jackson can now be seen as well as that of young Huckleberry. Jim Colby the petrified is still a fixture with the court. They stay here for a few weeks, then move Gipsy-like, further south.

TO MY CUSTOMERS - This notice is not a "dun" but a mild reminder that I am greatly in need of that little amount you may owe me. I must pay my debts, and of course I must have what YOU owe me in order that I may do so. If you owe me for work please come forward at once, or as soon as your conscience and finances warrant, and pay me. With thanks to those who have paid me already, and thanks likewise in advance to those who pay up at once, I am, as ever, your friend, J R Bagwell, the Blacksmith.

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