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Tulsa Weekly Democrat
Successor to the New Era
Abstracted / Transcribed byLinda Haas Davenport
When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all
Page 1, Columns 1 & 2
[article objecting to the Dawes Commission's bringing in outsiders]
Page 1, Column 2
Court at Vinita.
Page 1, Columns 2-4
[boxed ad in center of page for J. M. Hall & Co]
Page 1, Columns 2-4 (above ad)
[article about Indians can't claim their allotments because of white renters]
Page 1, Columns 2-4 (below ad)
[article discussing when the Creek Warrants will be issued]
Page 1, column 5
[article discussing white immigration into Indian Territory]
Notice of Administrator
For The Final Settlement of Estate Probate No 145.
M.E. Church - Subjects Sunday, February 4, 1900; Morning, The Wisdom of Fools; evening, The Man With Two Talents. - A. E. Ryan
The City Council has had several meetings lately. When the smallpox scare broke out the council was convened and passed an act requiring all parties to be vaccinated, also authorizing quarantine regulations and making provision for their enforcement. Whether the case was smallpox or not the prompt action of the council was to be commended.
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Tulsa DemocratR. L. Lunsford, Editor - Published every Friday.
As long as the smallpox does not interfere with the "game" business will progress.
R. N. Bynum seems to be of the opinion that the prevailing complaint in so many towns in the Territory is not smallpox, but Cuban itch, and that it is a luxury of expansion. He has dubbed it "Expansion Itch".
The Muskogee Phoenix has again reached our desk after having been stopped during the time the management was "ripping us up the back." We can not believe this was intentional, for to do so would be to believe the paper guilty of the grossest and most shameful cowardice. It was perhaps only a coincidence. We are glad to receive the paper again.
IT MUST BE SO.
Chieftain: - It can't help but be smallpox, because the pigmentation of the vesicles in the pustrelor stages are identical with the dermatology of the erythema. Further, the muetiforme of the lumbar as well as the aureola borealis and the hydrachinis of the conidal are umbilicated laterally about once a week and this condition continues until congress passes the appropriation bill or the recalcitrant doctors are fired for subordination.
What Is News?
Apropos of the Rev. Sheldon's engagement to conduct the Topeka Capital for one week as he believes Jesus would conduct it, we are led to a reflection his ideas of news.
The Democrat man has for years held that the province of a newspaper was to give only such news as is of interest in its particular locality. That is to say, that unless there is something of national interest outside the pale of a paper's influence, it would be better to fill the space with something else of a nature that will charge it with something of local interest.
The newspapers of the times have gone wild over the news service, and are endeavoring to cover not only the nation but the world as well. Such items as are of interest commensurate with the scope of country covered by the paper's circulation are certainly proper and appropriate, but at this point it should generally end.
Our contention is with Mr. Sheldon, that a murder in California or a suicide in New Hampshire is not news in the Indian Territory. We therefore eschew all such matters, and confine our service as far as possible to such things as are news to the people who keep up the circulation. In some of our Territorial papers we frequently see "dispatches" concerning trivial affairs that have happened thousands of miles away, and some few of them even cross the oceans and gather up the "news."
The Democrat Expands.
The Democrat believes in expansion. That is, when it comes just our way. When struggling people kindly ask us to take them in we believe in doing so. We expanded in this way last Saturday.
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We took them in, as it were. It was like this:
Owasso is a new town on the Santa Fe extension, in the Cherokee Nation. Just now it is the terminus of the road, and will be made the division. Preparations are already making for the round house and the eating house, and every prospect for a good town is in evidence.
The only thing lacking was a good newspaper. It was sought by the enterprising citizens to supply this need, and accordingly The Democrat man was called into consultation. On Saturday we hitched up "Old Jinuary" and drove through about fourteen miles of as fine country as a crow ever flew over, and arrived in time to take part in the public meeting.
After due consideration and a comparison of various newspapers it was thought The Democrat's line of samples was more suitable than those of any other, and the order was accordingly made that The Democrat should publish a four-page, twenty-column, home-print newspaper for the city of Owasso.
To the enterprise and energy of H. T. Richardson, E. B. Dunaway, J. N. Hill, B. F. Finch, J. B. Taylor, W. H. Overton, J. T. Barnes, Press Ballard, Dr. A. J. Sands and John Rivet, is due the credit for the publication, for it was only through their liberality and public spiritedness that the paper was started - they having subscribed altogether the amount of $45 a month bonus, besides their full patronage and earnest efforts for the success of the paper. From the beginning 500 copies will be printed and distributed each week, and the free distribution will be discontinued as subscriptions are received only, thus holding the list at 500 weekly until such time as the paid subscriptions equal or exceed that amount.
Advertisers in The Democrat will be allowed for a small additional cost to take advantage of this increased circulation, which in addition to the regular list will give them a direct audience of nearly 1200, and, as it is estimated that five people read every copy of a newspaper, there will be distribution enough in our columns to reach almost every body within the trade radius of the city.
A. J. Show, too well known to need introduction, will be associated with The Democrat man in the publication of the new paper, and will be the general manager of the business and custodian of its interests. Those desiring the paper or its advertising space can negotiate for the same through him, as well as through the writer hereof.
The business men of Tulsa will hear more of this paper when our rush is over and we have time to interview them.
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[article disagreeing with Senator Hanna]
Page 2, columns 4 & 5
[boxed ads already transcribed]
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CREEK, CHEROKEE, OSAGE NATIONS.
Columns of Interesting Items Gathered From the Three Nations
IMPORTANT TO ALL OUT READERS.
Scissors, Pen, Ink and Pate Pot
Brought Into Use for Readers of The Democrat.
Phoenix:- Three three-story buildings in construction and one four-story building in process of completion (all with frontage of considerably over 300 feet) is something for a frontier town to feel proud of. Our eastern friends who think we live in tepees would do well to take a Territory paper now and then.
Word has come from Washington that the Cherokee treaty may be returned to the Cherokees by the Interior Department with certain suggestions as to its modification. The Creek treaty has been returned with such recommendations, and Chief Porter will at once lay the matter before the Creeks on his return from Washington.
The act of the Cherokee council providing for an expert examination of the auditor's books has been approved, and it is expected that Chief Buffington will make the appointments before he returns from Washington so the investigation can be going on.
Vinita Chieftain: - A special to the Chieftain from Tahlequah announces the arrival of Inspector Wright at that place yesterday, and that he will begin his investigation of the Wolf Coon contest
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today. He will go through the evidence given before the national council and if necessary take additional testimony and report accordingly.
Chieftain: - The thing needed in Vinita, and in the Cherokee Nation, at this time is a better brand of smallpox, a kind that would disable people and keep them from running about over the country, breaking out of pest houses and raising Cain, generally. Congress will never consent to give us an appropriation unless we can get a contagion that will check the appetites of the victims and put 'em to bed.
Claremore Courier: - Some time ago the merchants of the Cherokee Nation were told in very pronounced language that if they failed to pay their tax to the Indian agent they would be given a free ride to Kansas or Arkansas as they preferred. The horror of being taken to either place so shocked most of Claremore's merchants that they paid. There are however, in this land a few men who failed to respond to official entreaties and jeered the inspector and his push with unholy jeers. These merchants who have not paid the tax now greet their brothers who did with the loud, vociferous, equestrian laughter, and in the pockets of their jeans they rattle much fine gold mingled with pieces of silver, all of which fills the soul of the tax paying merchant with an elegant article of gloom. Has the inspector's nerve failed him, or was all this excitement a short time since merely a gallery play?
Journal: - It is about time something was done to show that the people favor the bill organizing Osage country. The bill will go into congress in a few days and it ought to be pushed through this year.
Vinita Chieftain: - The Osages are taking advantage laws of Oklahoma. John Pappin, a wealthy Osage, owes $20,000 and has an income of $6,000 a year and was adjudged a bankrupt at Perry this week by the court. His creditors will carry the case to the higher courts.
Perry Sentinel: - The best way for the Osage Nation to get a county is for the Indians to take their lands in severalty and sell the rest to white settlers. It would be one of the best countries in Oklahoma in a short time.
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[article from the Vinita Chieftain about the Dawes Commissions moving too slow]
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Chief of the Cherokees.
Carlisle Redman: - The fact that there are now twenty-nine Osage pupils attending Carlisle to acquire a "higher education," demonstrates the fact that the Osages are making commendable progress in the pathway of the white man, and that if the tribal barriers were removed, their lands allotted and every Osage made responsible for his own conduct and his own success in life, all who were found worthy would soon become reputable citizens, and the others soon cease to be a burden to themselves or their people.
Page 3, column 5
[article complaining about the slow work of the townsite boards]
Miami Herald: - The Quapaw tribe held a council Tuesday to take action with regard to the bill introduced in congress providing for the sale of their school lands. We are informed that all of them signed a remonstrance to that provision of the bill and at once forwarded such remonstrance to Washington. They also selected Peter Clabber, principal chief, John Quapaw, second chief and George Redeagle, tribe-interpreter as agents for the tribe to go to Washington and represent the tribe in their opposition to the measure. These men expect to leave for the seat of war next Monday or Tuesday.
Stolen or Strayed.
From my place two miles west of Catoosa Jan 15th 27 head of shoats; weight 50-150 pounds; marked crop left under bit right. 3 light yellow ones in the bunch. Any information leading to their recovery will be rewarded. Address: Wm. A. Cummins, Catoosa I.T.
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AN HOUR WITH OUR EXCHANGES.
Newsy Items Gathered for Business Men -
He Who Runs May Read.
IMPORTANT MATTERS CONDENSED.
Territorial Topics of Interest Compiled by Various Papers -
Stolen by The Democrat.
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FARMER SHOOTS HIS NEIGHBOR.
J H Bailey Emptied His Gun Into Milo Sander's Head.
BOTH MEN LIVE NEAR MIAMI.
Quarreled Over Possession of Some Hogs - Bailey is in Jail at Muskogee.
Legislation for the Territory.
A Washington special gives the following bills introduced in congress Wednesday of interest to Territory people: Mr. Stephens has introduced a bill to amend the act of 1898 so as to amend the act of 1898 so as to provide for an additional enrollment of the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek Indians now residing in Indian Territory. Also a join resolution suspending proceedings in the courts of Indian Territory and before the Indian agent pending
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enactment of the legislation now before congress wherein the possessory rights of the Indians are involved.
Mr. Livingston, of Georgia, has introduced a bill repealing the law authorizing the construction of jails in Indian Territory and directing the attorney general to lease such buildings in the Territory for jail purposes as in his opinion the service requires.
Mr. Flynn, of Oklahoma, has introduced a bill authorizing the construction of water works and other public utilities by cities and towns in Indian Territory.
Acting Superintendent Horn, who is in charge of Superintendent Benedict's office during that official's absence in Washington, informs the Times that reports from every section of the Territory show the schools to be in a gratifying condition and the scholars making satisfactory progress in the acquisition of useful knowledge. The attendance is all that could be desired and there is no evidence of friction between the Indian school officials and the representatives of the Federal government. This is particularly true of the Choctaw Nation, where last fall the Indian officials were inclined to defy Federal supervision of the national schools and where their resentment manifested itself to an aggravating degree. Everything is harmonious down that way at present and the boarding schools are all in a flourishing condition. Jones Academy reports an enrollment of 170 students, Spencer Academy 100, and the other schools show up correspondingly well - Muskogee Times
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[article from the Fort Gibson Post about the law that disallows the cutting of walnut logs]
President Approved the Bill
Muskogee Times: - Creek school teachers have been somewhat alarmed over the fate of the bill of the Creek council which, among other things, made provision for the payment of school teachers.
The Times representative this morning called on Hon. J. George Wright, Indian inspector, and made inquires. Mr. Wright said that the president had approved the bill and that the teachers would be paid just as soon as the warrants were signed by Chief Porter. Chief Porter is in Washington and there is no positive knowledge of his return. Even after the warrants are signed it may be some time before they are paid, but there need be no alarm because the teachers that have been employed will receive remuneration for their services.
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