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Tulsa Weekly Democrat
Successor to the New Era
Prior to Jan 19, 1900 - Part 1
Fragments only

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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At the beginning of the microfilm there are 14 pages of fragments all without dates. Most fragments are badly damaged and some pages overlap portions of the next. Some pages were filmed more than once with each filming duplicating portions of the previous sheets. I have abstracted everything of that I could read and have pieced together columns when portions are found on two or more pages.

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The top of the page is a fragment of large ad from Gamble
Rounding the ..
The year Nineteen Hundred will be ...
effort to round out the age with the ...
intend to display such goods as will ...
both merit and win your trade.

 Judge Springer
On The Indians
During His Residence in the Territory He Did Much for All Classes.
Pleasant Friendships Formed
Municipal Government Established in Towns of 200-Fitting Indians for Citizenship.
     A Washington telegram says: - Judge William M. Springer, former representative and until recently a Federal judge in Indian Territory, has returned to Washington, where he will engage in the practice of law. He has been made general attorney for the Cherokee National, and will represent the same before congress and the Departments.
     "I am out of politics," said he today, "and am now engaged in my practice entirely. My term as judge for Indian Territory expired last week and my successor has qualified. During my five years' residence in the Territory I formed many very pleasant friendships and will ever cherish fond memories of the place and people with whom I became identified to a great extent. The Indian Territory is making great strides toward advanced civilization and the Indians, themselves are completely civilized and in all ways equal to their white neighbors.
      "While in the Territory I did all in my power to further good governments, and in my district, comprising the Cherokee, Creek and Seminole Nations, I established in every town of 200 inhabitants municipal government, participated in by both Indians and whites. A system of free schools has also been established in the various towns, supported by local taxation. In most sections of the Territory the Indian government and jurisdiction has been supplanted by United States control entirely. The Indians are gradually being trained and fitted for complete citizenship, ... safe to say there will be ... or more enlightened citi- ... country than these ... a fact there is ... among the five tribes
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than can be found in almost any part of America, and the government in the Territory, municipal and otherwise, is exceedingly good and productiye of good results."

 Fumigated Prisons
      From the Muskogee Times: - The two prisoners who were the subjects of so much discussion between Commissions Fears and Jackson, and who were, at last ordered to report before the grand jury, have encountered something novel and which rarely occurs to prisoners.
      It was claimed by Judge Fears that small pox existed at Eufaula or vicinity to such an extent that holding court was dangerous. Resting on the order of the court, Jackson refused to hear the case. They were referred to the grand jury, but Assistant Attorney Parker could not think of jeopardizing the grand jurors, and he would have nothing to do with the case, like "the flowers that bloom in spring."
      Finally it occurred that if they were fumigated and vaccinated they would be all right. Dr. Fite was seen, and through him the court ordered Deputy Grant Johnson to fumigate them, which was accordingly done. The full-bloods did not like the process, and neither did the white men, but it was done nevertheless, and they all appeared before the grand jury this morning.

Bait for Suckers
      Vinita Leader: - Some time since a man over in Spavinaw country piloted a couple of Afton men to a spring in which was ample evidence of mineral. There was a large piece of jack and divers and sundry chunks of lead and zinc ore. What he got out of the Afton men is no part of his story, but before anyone else is sought to be worked on a "salted" mine another journey will have to be to Joplin or Galena, unless more ore than was used in this place was brought at first. A party who came along by accident and made the discovery, very carefully picked all the mineral out of the clay or soft rock in which it had been bunglingly imbedded and carried it off, one piece weighing perhaps forty pounds, lest some one might be "fooled." The largest piece very plainly showed where it had been broken, the edges and corners being as bright as a new silver dollar.

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A fragment of the 3rd column is overlapped by another page and the right side is covered. Here's what I can read.

Bristow Record: - A Rc .. lodge was organized in th... Wednesday afternoon and ... by A. M. Caloway, who ... down from Claremore. The ... bership started out sev... strong. This number ma... very good showing for the ... The following officers were ..ed: Nobel Grand. Miss ... Stout; Vice Grand. Mrs. ... Ellis; Secretary, Mrs. Posie E... Treasurer, Mrs. M. W. ... Regular meetings will be ... Monday night each week.

Muskogee Times: - Judge ... the successor of Hon. Wm... Springer, arrived in the city ... night and is making pleasan... ...quaintances in the city to ... He has every appearance o... ...ing a man of high attainm... and we bespeak for him the s... pleasant and successful ca... that distinguished his prede...sor. The Times hopes ... Gill will become so attache... Muskogee and Muskogee's ba... well as her people that he ... <end of page>

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.... interpleaders. It was, however, agreed at this trial that in case the court of appeals should again reverse the case judgment should be entered in favor of the plaintiffs and against the interpleader for the entire judgement and costs previously obtained against Blocker. The case was again reversed as above set forth in a very able opinion delivered by Chief Justice Clayton and concurred in by Justices Townsend, Thomas and Gill. The case will now be taken to the United States court of appeals for the Eighth circuit, where it will be heard ....

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<top of page fragment of large ad by ... kle Drug Company>
... ns and toilet articles are in
... not all good but many of
... the good kind.

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Change of Proprietors.
      Muskogee Times: -
The Muskogee Phoenix entire was sold yesterday to Messrs. M. R. Moore, Jos. Fishman, M. E. Deming and D. E. Melton. M. L. Moore has been, by the new company, selected as manager.
      In thus changing to a new firm the Phoenix passes from the control of a corporation that has been considered in the past one of the strongest in southwestern newspaperdom. Its stockholders individually could draw checks for thousands, and some of the most prominent men of the Territory have in the past contributed to make it a success and been identified with its management.
      The new firm has taken charge of the paper under the most favorable circumstances, and the many friends of the paper and of the gentlemen who are now in control wish them unbounded success.

Disappointment in Store.
      Caddo Heard: -
From the number and tenor of the bills pending in congress designed to affect Indian Territory conditions it may be surmised that a lot of pet schemes of somebody are going to fall through. In the meantime it may be imagined that the present plan will be carried out as already begun and that congress will give the Dawes Commission and the Townsite Commission more money and thus aid in solving the Territory problem by speedy allotment and ultimate statehood. It looks now very much like Oklahoma will be obliged to wait a year or two before the map is changed and Oklahoma becomes a state with its eastern border along the west line of Arkansas.

Bank Change.
      Phoenix: -
With the beginning of the year the Commercial Bank will change from a private banking institution to a National bank, retaining its old name and being known as the Commercial National Bank, and the capital will be increased to $50,000. The officers will be; Geo. H. Williams, president; J. L. Blakemore, vice president; I. B. Kirkland, cashier; and ... will be P. J. Byrne ... (Okmulgee), J.
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L. Blakemore, Geo. H. Williams, Leo E. Bennett, S. M. Rutherford, W. C. Johnson, I. B. Kirkland.

What is Needed.
      South McAlester New Era: -
What the Territory needs is a settled condition of its agricultural interests. Give the Indian his land and make it unalienable if you will, but give it to him so he can lease it and have it cultivated. Then give our people the right to govern themselves and all will go on smoothly and prosperously.

Church Directory.
Regular services first and third Sunday in each month at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Prayer meeting each Thursday evening at 7:30. Sunday school every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Business meeting on Saturday preceding first Sunday in each month at 7:30 p.m. - Robert Owen, Pastor.
      Presbyterian: Preaching every Sabbath at 11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sabbath School 10 a.m. Junior Endeavor Society - 4 p.m. Mid-week prayer meeting - Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Ladies Aid Society - Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Ladies Prayer services - Thursday at 3:30 p.m. - Leonard P. Davidson, Pastor.
      M. E. Church South: At Lindsey Building. Preaching every Sabbath at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Prayer Meeting every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. conducted by the Epworth League. - A. S. J. Haygood, Pastor.
      M. E. Church: Preaching every Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Epworth League devotional service at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday. Epworth Literary and Reading Society at 7:30 Tuesday evening. Mid-week prayer meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Ladies Aid Society Thursday at 2 p.m.; Class meeting Sunday morning after preaching. - A. E. Ryan, Pastor.

Frisco Route.
St. Louis & San Francisco R'y)
No. 207 - Passenger, west - 12:30 p.m.
No 208 - Passenger, east - 3:05 p.m.
No 239 - Freight, west - 6:22 p.m.
No 240 - Freight, east - 7:00 a.m.
Pullman sleepers and reclining chair cars on all through trains.
Through tickets on sale to all point.
For full information call or ... address.
Geo. Taafi...
Tulsa I. ...

 Warning Order:
Before H. Jennings, U . S. Co... within and for the Third Commiss ... district, Northern District, Indian Terri...
R. N. Bynum, plaintiff vs. R. E. ... defendant.
The defendant, R. E. Bowlin, is warned ... appear in this court within thirty days ... ...wer the complaint of the plaintiff, R. N. ...
H. Jennings, U. S. Commis ...
Poe & Campbell, Attorney for plain...
Flowers, Nelson, Attorney for ... defendant.

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Twenty Thousand Dollars Went Up in Smoke Sunday Night.
... Perished in the Flames.
The Smoke Bore on its Black Bosom
the Soul of Chas. Cummings, Son of the Landlord
      Sunday night at about half past eight the alarm of fire was given, and the citizens, responding to the call, discovered the Central hotel block in flames. Before the fire had run its course twenty thousand dollars worth of property had been consumed.
      The light frame and sheet iron structures in the block went so rapidly that practically nothing was saved. How the fire originated is not known, neither can the starting point be definitely pointed out, for when the fire was discovered the rear of Davis Bowlin's hardware store and the rear of Chadwell's grocery store were both on fire, and about the same progress had been made <torn> the flames in both rooms.
     ... the hardware store was known to contain powder in the room near the flames it was too dangerous to even make an attempt to save the goods near the ... of the room. But even under other circumstances very little would have been saved, so dense was the smoke and so intense was the heat from the burning pine.
      The flames spread rapidly
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along the block toward the west, and in about an hour the whole north half of the block was in ashes. Heroic work on the part of the citizens, many of whom deserve special mention, finally stopped the advance of the fire at the narrow street running north and south on the east of the Turner building. Its advance south was checked by hard and dangerous work one door north of the city jail.
      The saddest feature we have to mention is the burning of Charley Cummings, the son of the landlord. From best accounts he seems to have undertaken a perilous trip to his room immediately over the rear of the hardware store, to secure some valuable which in his haste he had probably left in his room when the alarm was given. While he was in the room a terrific explosion occurred below, demolishing that portion of the building and letting him fall in the midst of the devouring flames below, together with the wrecked portions of the building. It is thought by all so far as heard from that the explosion killed him instantly, and that he did not suffer in the fire. About eleven o'clock the fire had subsided sufficiently to allow friends to attempt the rescue of what remained of his body, which was done by sprinkling a pathway through the embers to the place where he was thought to be. When found and carried out it was discovered that his head, both arms and both legs were practically gone. All that could be reclaimed was put in a casket and shipped to Missouri for burial, whither the grief stricken family also went.
      In this sad blow the family has the deepest sympathy of the whole
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community, and the hope is indulged that through Him who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb will they find balm for their hurts and sorrows.
      Following is a list of the approximate losses and insurance in each case:
      Caldwell, loss $900, insurance $500; Davis & Bowlin, loss $5,000, insurance $500; B J Linsky, loss $750, insurance $400; Frank Winters, Grand Central hotel building, loss $7,500, no insurance; Club hotel, damaged $200, no insurance; A N Cummings, building on the south, damaged $200, no insurance; F E Turner, building west of alley, damaged $200, fully insured.
      From the above it will be seen that the insurance on the losses was very small. It is not yet known whether the property will be rebuilt at once or not.
      On Tuesday the safe of the hardware store was opened and its contents were found to be intact.

Dawson Items.

The snow suspended coal loading for a time.

M. Diggs spent the holidays with his brother at Sprague, Mo.

Our nimrods have been killing a number of wild geese lately.

L. E. Cady is visiting his parents in Iowa.

J. P. and A. M. Turk, jr., of Mt Vernon, Mo., spent last week visiting their sisters, Mrs. Brackney and Mrs. Hartley.

Jas. Wooley celebrated New Year Day with a turkey dinner.

S. W. Miller has just received a throughbred Poland China hog from J. D. Turley and Son of Blackwater MO.

Dr. B. E. Dawson writes that
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his family has sustained the ordeal of a genuine, old fashioned Missouri donation party given by their friends at Belton.

Capt. W. A. Winchell, of Sinnett, Okla., passed through our village some days since driving a pony which he says is a native of Church Island, located in the great Salt Lake of Utah. The animal is a cream gray with curly hair. He says that it is of a distinct breed of horses found wild on the Island of the Mormons when they settled there years ago. Every member of the breed was white with curly hair. None of the variety were found elsewhere and how they happened to be on this isolated spot several miles from land, surrounded by salt water several feet deep is a question the writer would like to hear answered.

Jas. Wooley has resumed work in his mines. The difficulty relative to his lease has been amicably adjusted.

Prof. M. Stevens, of Catoosa, was visiting here Tuesday. He will soon change his residence to Western Oklahoma.

From meteorological observations made at Tulsa the writer has made some deductions concerning the weather in this locality. It will readily be seen that for good reasons we are said to live in the "Sunny South." The per cent of sunshine for the year ending December 3` is 74; that of clouds is therefore 26. This gives us several more clear days than many Northern and Eastern states. The actual number of clear days is 280 3/4. Observations in Missouri give 248 clear days in that state. July, August and September had the fewest number of cloudy hours.
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January, March and December had the greatest amount of cloudy weather.

      It will be news to most of our people to learn that William G. Williamson, of this city, and Mrs. Alice A. Campbell, of Neosho, Mo., were married in the latter place on Wednesday morning of this week.
      Mrs. Campbell is quite well known to our people, having spent the summer at this place with her brother. She is an estimable lady of culture and refinement, and is qualified in grace of body and purity of mind to make a charming wife.
      Mr. Williamson is a partner in the well known firm of Williamson Bros., of this city, and he is one of the substantial men of Tulsa.
      The happy pair are expected to arrive on Sunday's train and take up residence in the south part of town.
      The Democrat congratulates them.

 To Organize Fire Brigade.
      Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting at the city hall tonight for the purpose of organizing a fire brigade. Volunteers are asked to come forward, and each and every citizen is invited to participate in the meeting. The necessity for an organization of some kind to fight fire with is apparent. Do not fail to come out to this meeting.
      W. H. Mosher,
      Charles Brown.

<ad> George C. Beidlem, Attorney and ... Counselor at ...

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The Passing Throng

Smoke Little Bouquet [repeated 5 times]

Small but elegant - try one

School opened Tuesday

Confections at City Bakery

A. C. Archer's for barb wire

Don't forget the date January 8th

A house for rent - call at my office - E. Calkins

Every Democrat should join the Club

Fruits, Cakes and Confections at City Bakery

Jackson day is a good time to organize

Join the Club if you are a Democrat

A. C. Archer for undertaking and undertaker supplies

L. M. Poe is visiting his old home in Arkansas this week

A new butcher shop has been opened in the Reeder building

W. L. King is visiting his friends in Arkansas this week

A. N. Cummings returned this week from an extended absence

Buy your fine cakes at City Bakery - Cheaper than baking then

Let the club be for the good of the party and not for personal gain.

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Miss Cal Calvert has returned from a pleasant visit at Independence, Kas.

Dr. J. B. Wann passed through Tulsa Tuesday on his way back to Dixie.

Fresh meats of the best quality at the Tulsa Meat Market. Wallace & Co.

Mrs. J. H. McAllister and also little Johnny, are both quite sick this week.

Mrs. A. J. Rudd of Hartville, Mo., visited her sister, Mrs. Dr. Webb, this week.

R. M. Webb of Corder, Mo., visited his brother, Dr. J. E. Webb of this city, this week.

Inquire of L. W. Lindsey regarding that house and lot for sale. Some one will get a bargain.

We understand that several of the parties who lost their stocks of goods in the fire will engage in business in Tulsa again.

Attend the meeting at the city hall tonight and help to organize a fire company that will be efficient in case of another fire.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis N. Mitchell had the misfortune to lose a sweet little girl baby, four years old, Wednesday night. The child died of pneumonia.

The Democrat desires to publicly thank all who aided in checking the flames in Sunday night's fire. To the heroic and unselfish public is due the gratitude of those who lost in the fire, and those whose property was saved by their efforts.

Rev. Thos Lane, Sunday school evangelist, conducted the service at the Presbyterian Sunday school Sunday morning. He will fill the pulpit in that
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Church one Sunday in the near future. He is both an earnest and able man.

Rev. Ryan and family returned yesterday from a visit to Kingfisher, Oklahoma, where they spent the holidays with relatives.

M. E. Church. We will observe the Week of Prayer. Every body come and enjoy a spiritual blessing. Subject Sunday morning: "A New Heaven and a New Earth;" Sunday eve. "Heaven Opened." - A. E. Ryan.

Attention Old Soldiers! - All old soldiers are urgently requested to meet at Lindsay's corner at 2 o'clock p.m. Saturday. January 13, 1900, for the transaction of important business. - Committee

The Democrat is under obligation to the Indian Republican for courtesies extended last week, without which it would have been impossible to have printed the paper before Saturday. Just as we were locking the form for two pages a case gave way. There being no other in the office the Republican kindly printed the two pages for us. The damage has been repaired and a new chase ordered.

The Knights of Pythias ball was a very enjoyable affair to those who attended. The Democrat man seldom attends balls for the reason that his step on the floor is not altogether graceful, being something between a pace and a rack. Therefore the account of them is somewhat abbreviated. When the ghost dance and the snake dance comes off we are in our element and those who desire to see our movement with all its eccentricities should not fail to be on hand.

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James Wooley, of Dawson, was in the city today

Bud Weldon, of the Fort Smith Elevator, was in Tulsa on Wednesday

J. H. Foster & Son, of Dawson, failed yesterday. Liabilities small

Prof. O. A. Holiday has returned from a visit to Clinton, MO

The Mandolin Club lost some very fine mandolins in the fire Sunday night.

C. U. Dorman and Miss Ora Turner, of Red Fork, were in the city last night

Don't overlook the important matter of the organization of the Democratic club Monday night.

Dr. Lewis, of Stanberry, Mo., was in the city this week. The doctor is looking for a location.

Tom and Arthur Perryman will return to Muskogee Monday, where they are attending Kendall College.

Rev. Kerr preached two interesting sermons at the Presbyterian church last Sunday. We are not informed as to whether he will receive a call to the church.

On account of illness in the families of some of the members of the city council, that body did not meet on Monday night. The previous Monday night was Christmas night, and it has therefore been some time since the council met. The Democrat will not forget the proceedings when there is a meeting held.

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A report as circulated Tuesday that the bones of another man has been found in the ruins of the Central Hotel, but there was not much credence placed in the story. Some bones, or something resembling them were really found, but it is not probable that another man perished in the fire.

New Fire Alarm Needed.
      While in Tulsa Sunday night Mr. T. J. Cornelius, of Dallas, Texas, a traveling man, was accidentally shot through the foot by a stray bullet fired as a fire alarm. The bullet went through his right foot and imbedded itself in the sole of the shoe on the left foot. The bullet was not intended for Mr. Cornelius or anyone else, but the wound is nevertheless painful, and the unfortunate man will be laid up for some time to come.
      The discharge of the hippocket arsenal is a good fire alarm but is also dangerous and might be supplanted by some other means of arousing the populace that would be attended by less danger. The railroad company would probably donate a car wheel rim which is a very fine alarm, and easily operated.

Another Fire.
      The mill, a livery barn and twelve horses, were destroyed by the fire at Nowata last night. The loss is fully $12,500. We could not learn the particulars

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