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The Indian Journal
Eufaula, Ind. Terr.
Vol XVIII No 15
March 22, 1894 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Eufaula I.T. March 22 -

In Texas politics in '92 it was "Hogg and hominy," whereas in '94 it will be harmony without Hogg.

Congressman Wilson is rapidly improving. His death at this time would be a great blow to the United States.

Almost any man likes adventures and is proud of his scars, but few indeed are desirous of being in a cyclone.

A great many people who did not know it before are having their attention called to the fact that commissioners are not here for their health.

An Oregon woman quarreled with her husband to spite him she took a dose of arsenic. Then with true woman consistency she ran three miles to a physician.

If the prohibitory law was enforced in Kansas as it was in the Seminole nation a few days since, the undertakers in that state would have an immense lot of work on their hands.

After a long conference with Col. Napoleon Breedlove Ainsworth and Hon Green McCurtain last week, Gov Jones called the Choctaw council to convene in special session the 28th of this month. This looks like the Choctaws are realizing something.

The Choctaws are realizing that they are doing themselves more harm than good by refusing to treat with the Dawes commission, consequently Gov. Jones has called a special session of the legislature to discuss the matter. They will meet on the 28th of this month. The commissioners will also meet the Creeks at Okmulgee on the 2nd and 3rd of April.

The Journal wants good, sensible articles (of reasonable length) from every part of the Creek nation regardless of the faith of the writers on the Indian problem. This question should be discussed more than it is and we take pleasure in giving space to sensible articles, though we want no school boy trash. We have neither the time nor inclination to deal with such, nor does the public want to be bored to death in such manner.

The trouble with a majority of the leaders of this country is that they have themselves too much and their constituents too little. Their aspirations, study and endeavor are pitched to the exact level of the piety of that considerate head of the family whose prayers always ran: "Lord bless me and my wife, son John and his wife, us four and no more - Amen!" Their motives are charmingly apparent to all who observe their methods from a right angle of vision.

Harmony in Texas is at last to be brought about. Messrs. Matlock and Baker, chairmen of the two wings of the Democracy in that state, had a conference at Waco last Saturday, and Mr. Baker pledged his individual efforts to secure in his committee the acceptance in full of the Harmony proposition made by the Clark committee at the Dallas meeting of February 12. Thus after so long a time are the Lone Star state democrats to be as one large and prosperous family.

Fort Worth papers keep up an incessant wail "On to Fort Sill." They lose sight of the fact that immediately around their own city are thousands upon thousands of fertile acres that have never been tickled by the plow. If the Fort's enterprising papers would devote their energies to settle this vast tract of land with thrifty farmers instead of chasing the Fort Sill rainbow, that city might double its present size in a few years. Enterprise and business judgment, like charity, should begin at home.

President Cleveland is quoted as telling the commissioners just before they left for Indian Territory that they were not being sent here to represent the United States citizens who are now in this country, but that their mission would be to represent the Indian. He expressed a hope that they would do their work in such a manner that the United States government could look with pride upon the interest it

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took in these people and that the Indian problem, when settled, will be for the best interest of all concerned. We believe the commissions are sincere and conscientious in all they have done and that the propositions offered, if accepted by the Indians, will work to a great advantage to the masses of the people.

To Chief L.C. Perryman: What do you think are the proper steps for the Creeks to take in reference to the Dawes commission now in the Indian Territory? Do you think they should lay low and do nothing, or should they accept the proposition the commission has made them? As you are the standard bearer of the Creeks, one who holds the reins of their government they naturally would like to hear what you have to say on this important question. This is a matter of great concern to every Indian in the five tribes, and it is to be hoped that you will let your constituents know your views in regard to it.

EVERYWHERE. Items of Interest Gleamed From our Exchanges and Boiled Down.

The Catholic <...> at Krebbs, which was burned several weeks ago, has been rebuilt.

The Bland bill passed the senate last Thursday by a vote of forty-four to thirty-one.

A Chicago company will begin operation to developing the oil wells near Chelsea this spring.

The department and encampment of the G.A.R. of the Indian Territory, will meet in Muskogee on the 18th and 19th of May.

A railroad manager has been arguing before a senate committee in favor of amending the interstate commerce law so as to admit of pooling. If the bill is so amended there will be still less of a vacancy to fill in appointing the late Mr. McDill's successor.

A horrible tragedy was enacted in Forth Worth Wednesday morning in which Millionaire A B Smith was instantly killed by Bank President M Page. Hard feelings had existed between the parties for some time, and they were talking over business matters when Page committed the act.

W H Palmer, a drug clerk at Wagoner, while on his way from the store to his room was knocked senseless and robbed of a diamond pin, pistol and a large sum of money. The officers have a clue to the robbers and they no doubt will be brought to justice. Palmer is in a critical condition.

A disastrous fire visited South McAlester last Thursday evening, destroying the Walker Trading Co.'s store, the Valley Hotel, the Choctaw Herald, Attorney Moore's law office and G W Walker's barn, also two fire horses and a lot of feed. But few things were saved and little insurance was carried. The fire originated in the second story of the Valley House.

An awful accident happened to the family of J B Marshall, living near Enid, O.T., last week. Marshall had just completed a large dug out, in which his family was to reside this summer. His family of nine children arrived from Iowa Thursday, and that night they retired in what they little thought would be a tomb. While asleep the top support of the dug out, the truck of a small black jack tree, gave way from the heavy load of dirt upon it, and the top of the dug out, several tons of earth, went crashing in on the family. Two small tables on one side of the room held the roof up until the father could extricate his wife and several children, but the other two were crushed to death.

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<article - Commission McKennon: Of the Dawes Commission Addresses the People of Muldrow. - Says the President Condition Cannot Last But A Short While Longer.>

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An Interesting Case. Denison, Tex., Mar 16 -

Governor Wolf of the Chickasaw nation yesterday issued a requisition on Governor Hogg for the person of Charles McSwain, who is now in Sherman before the commissioners' court, to answer for the killing of a man named Holmes McLish, near Tishomingo, several weeks ago. The requisition is in charge of Constable McGill of the Tishomingo district, who was in Denison to-day en route for his prisoner.
     At the time of the killing a dispute arose between the Indian and government officers as to what court should try the case. A little over two years ago all the whites in the Chickasaw nation were disfranchised - debarred from holding office, voting or taking any part in the affairs of the nations, and upon that law the government officers claimed and took the prisoner. On the other hand, McSwain married an Indian, holds lands, but has nothing to do with government affairs. That he is still a citizen of the Chickasaw nation is the stand that nation takes, hence the requisition. This is the first time on record that such a process has been issued by the Indian government and the outcome will be watched with interest of friends of both factions.

<article on the Statehood Question>

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DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. Details of the Storm Which Passed Over Raines, Harrison, Hopkins, Fannin, Hurt, Havarro, Ellis and Coleman Counties, Texas.
     The cyclone which passed over portions of Texas Saturday night left nothing standing on its right of way. At 7:30 it struck Emory, a small town south of Greenville, totally demolishing the western portion of the town. Messengers were at once sent to Greenville for assistance and a special train loaded with physicians and citizens went to the scene. There an anxious and grief-stricken delegation met the train and on all sides were heard the story of some unfortunate family whose home, household goods and all worldly possessions had been swept away by the furious winds, besides grief told stories of mangled children, wives and daughters that made strong men tremble as they talked. In a deluging rain the physicians and others went there to assist the unfortunate ones, hurried to a drug store where they found dozens of mangled bodies laying on stretchers. The physicians at once began bandaging, plastering and sewing up wounds and administering opiates to relieve the suffering. On one stretcher lay a mother maimed, bruised and bleeding. On another a child with limbs lacerated and maimed for life. On another an old man, bowed down with the weight of three score years, lay sobbing with the excruciating pains that opiates would not soothe. Commingled together was an eager, anxious, curious crowd; some relatives of the suffering ones, some careless bystanders, looking on the bloody scene to gratify a morbid curiosity, and others employing their time diligently to aid physicians in their work toward relieving suffering humanity. It was a scene to make strong hearts quail and strong wills tremble, and one that will never be forgotten by those who chanced to see it. Some are dead, others are dying and others will recover. Besides the dead and injured thousands of dollars worth of property was destroyed.
     At Hallville in Harrison county, it struck three miles west of town, blowing the house of Ed. Davis away and injuring all of its occupants, five in number. It next struck a negro's house, literally sweeping it from the face of the earth. Thirteen occupants were on the inside
<a piece of tape is over a large section> ... Four of W D Watson's children were killed and all buried in the same grave. The father in a deep sleep, unconscious of the loss of his home and four children.
     At Longview it was the most destructive cyclone that was ever witnessed in that country. Chickens and turkeys roosting in trees were killed, and ducks, geese and hogs were pelted to death. One cow was killed and an examination showed that the skin had been knocked off in several places. More than a dozen people were killed and many others wounded.
     It struck Sulphur Springs between 8 and 9 o'clock, doing most of the damage in the western part of the city. Its course was from the southwest to the northeast. A conical shaped cloud would strike the earth and try to waste everything in its path for perhaps one hundred yards, then rise and go three hundred yards and strike the earth again, carrying everything before it. A large tree standing in front of a residence was uprooted and blown 150 yards and landed in another man's yard. To the west and fully a half mile from where it first struck the bounding cloud came down upon the home of Mr. Davis, blowing the house, barn and contents of both completely away. His wagon and buggy were found in pieces scattered from a quarter to a half mile from his home. On it went with rapid fury and scooped down upon the residence of Mrs. Lamier and totally demolished it. What little of the house was left standing caught fire and burned. Some of the storm suffers, poor before the storm, are now destitute. A relief committee has been organized to attend to their wants.

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