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The Indian Journal
Eufaula, Ind. Terr.
Vol XVIII No 17
April 5, 1894 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed byLinda Haas Davenport
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Dr. D F Crowell, Physician and Surgeon, At Moore's drug store, Checotah, I.T.
Dr. J E Wright, Dentist, South McAlester, Ind. Ter.
The Watchful Grocer, W H Sanger
Fisher Hotel, Checotah, I.T., G W Turvin, Proprietor
St Louis National Stock Yards
The C G Moore Drug Co, Eufaula and Checotah, Ind. Ter.
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Coxey's army of bums should be arrested as vagrants at each and every city they stop in and put on the rock pile.
The bonds have been paid and we have bright prospects now for the summer. Let everybody who draws pay their debts instanter and keep the stuff rolling. Times will be flush then all the year.
Nothing at all has been heard from the creeks in session at Okmulgee and no one here has any idea what has been done. It is believed by many that chief Perryman will call a special session of council and remain in session several days. The Journal will give a full report of what has been done in our next issue.
A telegram received in Muskogee Tuesday from Mr. C W Turner, who is in Washington, states that R T Wilson & co. have put up in the sub-treasury the $6,740,000 in payment of the Cherokee bonds. the Press dispatches from Washington have had nothing to say in regard to it but everyone believes now that the money will be paid to the people in less than sixty days.
Speaker Crisp will be urged by the committee on territories to agree to a day upon which Oklahoma's claim to statehood could be considered. There is a fear expressed on the part of all those interested in statehood for that Territory that all legislation will be so delayed that nothing can be accomplished this session of congress. The citizens of Oklahoma desire statehood and they should have it at the earliest possible moment.
In case the Indian Territory is ever converted into a state or territorial government South McAlester will make a strong pull for the capital. While that place is an enterprising town and bids fair to double its population in a short while, it would not be the choice of the people for the territorial or state capital, as the case may be. The capital should be as centrally located as possible, and if that rule is adhered to Eufaula will be the most suitable place from the fact that she doesn't like two miles on either side of being in the center of the five civilized tribes.
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"We are much surprised to see the Indian Journal now advocating allotment of Indian lands. Not long since it showed with facts that allotment would work a great hardship on the Indians to have the Indian Territory allotted. The change of front of the Journal was a great surprise to the many readers of that excellent paper".
We appreciate the above compliment coming from the Cherokee Advocate, but we wish to state that the allotment idea is not a new one with us. We have always advocated allotment in preference to statehood, and after the commission issued their address we realized at once that the present conditions could not be of much longer duration, so we therefore began anew to urge the Indians to take their allotments and avert something worse. We do not attempt to say that the masses of the people are favorable to any change, but we do say without fear of contradiction that if they do not do something very soon they will regret it.
THREE TERRITORY HANGINGS. Paris, Texas, March 30 - At 11:3- this morning three territory criminals were hanged for their crimes. They were Edward Gonzales, who murdered John Daniels, a school teacher in Blue country, in the Choctaw Nation, in 1892. Manning Davis, who stabbed John Rodes, a neighbor, in the Choctaw Nation, to death, and Jim Upkins, who at Ardmore last year had brutally outraged a young stepdaughter. Upkins was colored.
SOUTH CANADIAN - South Canadian, April 2 -
April brought us sunshine again after the recent cold weather.
Mr. and Mrs. Harriston of Thurman were in town Saturday.
Geo. Rabon made a business trip to South McAlester Friday.
Mr. I W Singleton, editor of the Phoenix, was here last week.
Hon T J Phillips and daughter Mattie visited friends here Friday.
Mr. Jim Morgan moved on Capt Grayson's farm near Eufaula today.
The band, under the leadership of Prof Rochette, gave one of their delightful parades Saturday.
Lawyer Wallas was in our city Saturday. He thinks that South Canadian is next to South McAlester.
The people here were a little excited by a light that nightly appears in the old rock house one mile east of town. I am not inclined to believe in "spookes" but efforts have proven unsuccessful to discover the cause. Saturday night a party went up and saw nothing after they reached the house, but when they descended the hill an old salt barrel containing a log chain and some rocks came rolling down after them. I guess that is the size of the ghost. Come down and see it, Mr. Editor.
Some little excitement was created on the streets Saturday. A few days previous a young man proposed to exchange suits of clothes with a youth, and when they had exchanged walked off with them. The boy followed him begging him to return them, only to be slapped in the face. The matter was laid aside until Sunday when the parties met to settle the affair. The boy got one of his friends to help him. The two young men fought like soldiers for some minutes witnessed by a number of spectators that stood by howling "Lay on McDuff." It was finally settled and the boy got his clothes, the other the whipping. - Indian Star
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COAL MINERS ON STRIKE. Walkout at Most of the Indian Territory Mines - South McAlester, I.T., April 2 -With the exception of the mines operated here and at Alderson, the great strike which was to affect all mining interests throughout the Territory on April 1 is an accomplished fact ....
DECLARED WAR. Hartshorn, I.T., April 3 - A well attended meeting was held in Morgan's Grove, adjacent to Krebs by the striking miners this afternoon. Representatives were present from all coal fields which had not accepted the reduced scale of 10 per cent. The leaders considered the time so opportune that the order for a secret ballot next Thursday was reconsidered and an open ballot taken, resulting in an emphatic confirmation of Sunday's vote and a declaration of war against all Territory miners who would not strike in sympathy with them.
Notices were ordered posted tonight requiring all Strip pit men to walk out; and an intimation was given to miners along the Choctaw Railroad to join the movement at once or accept threatened consequences. The Choctaw miners, though, are almost a unit against a strike, having completed their contracts to their satisfaction a month ago.
CHECOTAH - Chocotah, I.T., April 5 -
Oliver Guinn, a young farmer, was in town last night and reported that he was shot at four times Sunday night by unknown parties, two of the balls going through is coat and saddle. He was riding along the road about one mile and a half from town about 9 o'clock when parties ordered him to throw up his hands. Thinking that it was some of his friends trying to frighten him he rode leisurely on paying no attention to them, but when the shooting began he put spurs to his horse and
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went bounding over the broad praieries with the velocity of a cyclone. Fortunately he was not hurt. No clew.
Over 180 car loads of cattle have been unloaded at this point in the last week and more coming in every day.
Mr. C A Sippy, the walnut log man, spent yesterday in Checotah on business. Mr. Sippy is making Kiowa his headquarters for the present. He reports business in his line very fair.
Mr. J M McClure is still out on his farm suffering from paralysis. His host of friends here trust that he will be able to look after his business in a short while.
Miss Fannie Scott, one of Muskogee's charming young ladies, spent a few days in Checotah last week the guest of Mrs. Crane.
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EVERYWHERE. News of Interest Gleamed From Out Exhanges and Boiled Down
Moses Neal, who is allotting the lands in the Kickapoo country states that his job will not be completed before the first of June. He does not believe that the country will be opened for settlement before the first of September.
A little shanty in the switch yards at Dennison where the switchman lives was burned a few mornings ago. In the ruins was found the body of a man. His skull had been crushed and the opinion prevails that the man was murdered, his body placed in the house and the building fired.
Gov. Northern of Georgia appointed Speaker Crisp of the house of representatives senator to succeed the late Senator Colquit, but after considering the matter the distinguished speaker, declined the appointment, saying that he could do more good in the house than he could in the senate just at this time.
Judge Parker of the Federal court of Ft. Smith passed sentence on 31 men. Six of them received jail sentences and twenty-five were sentenced to the penitentiary at Brooklyn, N. Y., for various terms, ranging from two to fifteen years. Dynamite Jack received the longest sentence, fifteen years. He was convicted on several indictments for robbing trains in the Indian Territory.
Information received at Guthrie, O.T., states that Deputy Marshal Carr and several assistants attempted to arrest one of the Daltons and several others near Sacred Heart Mission in the Pottowatomie country and a pitched battle with winchesters and revolvers ensued. Dalton and a man named George Thorn were fatally wounded, but the others escaped. Deputy Marshal Carr also received a dangerous wound. Dalton and his gang have been hovering about Sacred Heart for a week.
The delegation in Washington in the interest of the ratification of the sale of the Indian lands are confident of success. Secretary Smith has given them assurances of his assistance and has addressed a communication to congress urging the necessity for opening the lands. As has before been stated the Interior department will not favor another scramble in these openings, but urges that the land be disposed of at public auction as provided for in the McRea bill.
J H Clark, a farmer 40 years of age with his wife and five children, living near Marietta, I.T., has been arrested on a charge of criminally assaulting his own daughter, a pretty and well developed girl 16 years of age. Clark was given a preliminary trial before Commissioner Gibbons of Ardmore last Saturday, in which the girl appeared as the main witness for the government. With sobs and tears, she told of the criminal conduct of the unnatural parent, giving in detail the facts that lead to her submission. He was held under 5,000 bond, in default of which he was committed to jail.
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