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Tulsa Weekly Democrat
Successor to the New Era
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Vol. 6 No. 5
Feb 2, 1900 - Part 2

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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[article about how other people see the problems in Indian Territory]

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Osage Indian Agency.
      Interior department officials say Secretary Hitchcock has not reached a decision concerning the case of Agent Pollock of the Osage reservation. Little can be learned concerning the report of Agent Zevely, who investigated the charges made against Pollock, beyond the fact that it places Pollock in a very bad light.
      Ralph Payne of Oklahoma is in Washington endeavoring to secure the Osage agency in the event Pollock is removed. Pollok is supported chiefly by Representative Hopkins and other members of the Illinois delegation through whose influence he secured the appointment. H. H. Keyshaw, of Kildare, Oklahoma, is also taking an active interest in the fight against Pollock.

Mayor and Board Clash.
      The mayor of Pryor Creek and the board of health had a clash last week over a case of smallpox.
      Hance Holt, who has varioloid at the asylum, came into town. He was promptly arrested and detained at a house near the M E church by the board of health. Neighbors objected and Mayor Elliott ordered Holt's release and he was sent to his home, two and a half miles south of the orphan asylum. For this Mayor Elliott was temporarily suspended by the town council.
      Other members of the Holt family are sick. A man named Dollehite, fifteen miles west of Pryor Creek, is down with a confluent case of smallpox. Nellie Lowe, a twelve-year old girl, has returned to Pryor Creek from the Dollehite place and much fear is expressed at that place that the disease will become epidemic.

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[article about the problems with the leaseholders act]

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Bully For The Preacher.
      There is a certain preacher in Wagoner who has charge of a congregation. He is six feet four inches tall and he weighs 225 pounds. The other day he was on his way to the Katy depot to take passage for Muskogee. On the way he stopped to talk to a friend. As he stood on the sidewalk talking a colored woman brushed against him and gave an exclamation of surprise. A big colored man rushed up and informed the minister in majestic tones that he was as good a man as he was and demanded an instant apology. Before he had time to realize the situation the preacher struck him a stunning blow which felled him to the ground. When the preacher returned from Muskogee he received $10 from a bank cashier, $5 from a hardware merchant, $5 from a stockman and $5 from another man, besides a new hat and a pair of shoes. It appears that the Parson Brownlow type of muscular Christianity is popular in Wagoner. - The Vinita Chieftain

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

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IS THE INDIAN TERRITORY
SCOURGED WITH SMALLPOX?
Thousands of Cases are Reported From Various Towns - -
A Hundred Cases Treated at Claremore and Thought to
be Something Else.
      Claremore Courier:
- If the seven plagues of Egypt were all turned loose on Claremore at one time, they could scarcely occasion more talk than the smallpox scare which was precipitated by the Sunday visit of Dr. Fortner, the Vinita Hippocrates. Since September last there has been an eruptive skin disease prevalent in this vicinity, which more closely resembles smallpox than anything else, but which local physicians could not name. It was i the schools, and in one room there have been sixteen cases, none of which have been absent more than two days. But little attention was paid to "It" until Rev. Mounger contracted it from one of the school children, then it was whispered that smallpox was in our midst, and from that great rumors have grown, many of them sanctioned by physicians, who admit that the symptoms are not what would be expected in a case of smallpox, but with irresistible logic they say, "What else will you call it?" and there you are.
      In Claremore there are two physicians who have been in places where the old fashioned smallpox - the kind that kills - existed and both of these gentlemen, whose profession standings are above question, declare in no mild terms that this is not smallpox.
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      To show their position is correct The Courier has compiled a list of symptoms of both diseases. In the first place, anyone will have to admit that an expert is not necessary to tell what is and is not smallpox in the ordinary case, so it is granted, for the sake of argument, that these are the mildest known forms of the disease. Smallpox begins with a high fever, intense headache in the front part of the head and severe pains in the small of the back, the fever runs from 103 to 106. In this present disorder but one case of fever has reached 102, and all of the others as far as can be learned are lower. In smallpox there are four well defined states of three days' duration each, making twelve days before scabs begin to form. There are no stages in the local disease, true smallpox scabs do not form and the average length of the sickness is about five days, less than ten per cent of the cases being confined to their beds, and many children continuing at school during all the time. In the third stage of smallpox what are known as vesicles form in large numbers. In the local maladay there are no vesicles. In smallpox the beginning fever subsides as the eruption appears: it is followed by a secondary fever, which is wholly wanting in local cases. Genuine smallpox
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affects the lower extremities more than any portion of the body. The local disease affects the hands, wrists, face and back, rarely appearing on any other portion of the body. When the scabs of smallpox fall off they leave a scar or "pit", which is absent in local cases, as not one scar is left unless the sore has been locally irritated. Then again, smallpox has an offensive order, which has not been found in a single local case. Smallpox always runs its regular course, which the local disease is checked by application of certain ointments used with great success by local physicians, showing the parasitic nature of the disease.
      Now the facts are there have been in all probability 100 cases of the disease in Claremore and vicinity. Not a single death has resulted so far and there are no indications of any. The very patient whom Fortner gave eight days to recover was up the next day and the second day from that time was walking about his home and would have been down town if permitted. It has been entirely through the schools. Not a single case has occurred among the colored population, where it was most expected. It is "catching" and should be suppressed, and to that end every physician in Claremore is most diligently working.

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A Nut for Congress to Crack.
      South McAlester Capital:
- If it will require one year for the Choctaw Townsite Commission to plat three townsites, and there are sixty more to be platted and patented, how long will it be until kingdom come, and how many of us will live to get there?

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[article about the Osage Indians being the richest Indians in the Territory]

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[article about the objections of the Indians in the areas where their land is to be opened for settlement]

Cannot Cut Timber.
      The following from the Muskogee Times will be of interest:
      The case of J. A. Sample, from near Texana, I.T., charged with timber depredation - cutting walnut timber - came up yesterday. His defense was that he was improving the land for his son-in-law, who is a fullblood Cherokee Indian, and cut the timber solely for the purpose of clearing the land. The court, Judge Thomas, held and instructed the jury that he violated the law if he cut the timber for any purpose, he being a non-citizen, and had no right to cut it even while in the employ of a citizen.
      The defendant had previously received a letter in December, 1898, from Agent Wisdom telling him it would be no violation of law to sell any timber, which had been cut in good faith prior to the passage of the Curtis act. Thomas took a different view of the law and so instructed the jury.

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[business card ads already transcribed]

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The Passing Throng

Did it take?

Have you been exposed?

How is your vaccination?

[ads]

Try the Famous for Shoes.

Shoes at Gamble's.

New line of shoes at Famous.

Confections at City Bakery.

Rubber lined duck coats 80c at Famous.

A. C. Archer for undertaking and undertaker's supplies.

Rocking chairs in endless varieties at Archer's.

New stock Shoes just received at Gamble's.

Fruits, Cakes and Confections at City Bakery.

Elegant footwear at Gamble's.

Latest shapes in Shoes can be found at Gamble's

Shoes that will stand the weather and the mud at Gamble's.

We have the finest line of Shoes in Tulsa. C. Gamble.

Vegetables and meats of all kinds at the Tulsa Meat Market, Wallace & Co.

The best $2.00 Gents' and Ladies' shoes in the country at Famous.

A good quality and a perfect fit in Shoes for everybody at Gamble's.

Put your children's feet in the Famous' Shoes and you will smile.

Buy your fine Cakes at city Bakery - cheaper than baking them.

Men's Duck and Men's Overcoats will be sacrificed at J M Hall & Co.

We have put the knife in deep on all winter goods. They must go at some price. J M Hall & Co.

Wallace & Co will buy your fat cattle and hogs - pay you the highest market price - you deliver them.

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L. M. Poe was at Claremore one day this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Privet, of Hominy Post, were in the city Thursday.

Lon Stanberry, the efficient clerk at Gamble's returned from a short visit to Arkansas the first of the week.

The people are not much alarmed over the smallpox situation, for the public schools have not been closed.

B. F. Finney has done a handsome job of papering for the Shackle Drug Company. The appearance of the store has been much improved.

George Campbell ventured too close to the smallpox suspect and got himself promptly quarantined. He is still there, but nobody has connected his name with the "game" that is going on.

Mrs. A. A. Powe left yesterday for South McAlester, where she will join her husband, who recently accepted a position on the editorial staff of the Daily and Weekly Capital.

The Monday night meeting of the William Jennings Bryan Democratic club was postponed on account of the smallpox scare. Regular meetings will be resumed when conditions will permit.

The spelling school at the M E church Tuesday night was well attended. Mr. Smith of the Indian Republican won the prize offered for the best speller, a copy of Ruskin's Crown of Wild Olives.

Quite an enjoyable time was had by some of the rising generation at a party given by Frank Seaman Friday night, at his home in the south part of town. With games and refreshments the evening passed away, and at a late hour the guests re-"paired" homeward.

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The Rea-Read Milling Company will probably demonstrate the fact that artesian water can be had here by drilling for it. The company will purchase a large drill and sink it until an abundance of water is found.

The pump and hose recently referred to by The Democrat have arrived. This apparatus cost about $200 and was made up by popular subscription. The pump is a two-horsepower machine and the hose is 300 feet long, with a two-inch discharge. In case of fire this will be a powerful addition to our meagre facilities for extinguishing it. A company should be organized to operate it. Unfamiliarity with the operation of the machine might prove disastrous in case of fire.

The Democrat is turning out a large job of work for a South McAlester man this week. The work is an advertisement for a clothier, and contains the time card for the twelve railroad junctions in the Territory and part of Texas. The work is being done in two colors on white Bristol board, 14x20, and there will be 750 copies printed. The gentleman in question thought The Democrat's job department better equipped than any he knew of to do the work, and accordingly let the contract.

Mr. George Boon, of the Topeka Daily Capital, was in the city last Sunday, visiting his brother, W. J. Boon, our fellow townsman. He went from here to Seneca, Mo., to visit other relatives. W. J. Boon accompanied him on his trip. We acknowledge a pleasant acquaintance with the visitor and a kind offer to send The Capital to The Democrat during the week in which Rev Charles Sheldon has charge for the purpose of conducting the paper as he believes Jesus would conduct it.

Dr. James Kennedy has been absent from the city for some time on a prospecting tour. The following from the Cedar County Republican in Mo. will indicate the purpose of his trip; Dr. James L. Kennedy of Tulsa, I.T. has been leasing considerable land for minerals north of town and in Hickory county also for a company of Joplin people who he says will drill several

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prospect holes in a tract leased in this county. A contract for some drilling has been let. The orhre discovered on the Kennedy farm will also be looked after.

 

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The Fairview Bee has been removed from Fairland on account of lack of support. No sooner was the Bee discontinued than Mr. J. Hale Swinder started a new paper to go buzzing around and occasionally stinging somebody who gets too close to the business portion of its anatomy, in place of the Bee. Swindler ought to be able to make his way at Fairland either by hook or crook, and it is thought the new paper will survive.

The Democrat has received final notice that the Creek tax must be paid. A ruling from the Postoffice Department, which authorizes us to do business here, has been asked for and refused. The Treasury Department has authorized National Banks, and the Interior Department has held that from them the tax can not be collected; the Postoffice Department has authorized the newspapers, but the Interior Department enforces collection. Could the newspapers unite in an effort to get a ruling?

 

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A NEGRO SHOT. John Roe, colored, fired a load of No. 6 shot into the shoulder of Geo. Clark, also colored, a few nights ago.

Roe lives about two miles from Owasso. Clark called at Roes house shortly after dark one night, and while trying to settle up they had a disagreement. Clark stepped out of the room when hot words ensued and while yet standing near the door Roe fired upon him with his shotgun. Roe was within a few feet of Clark and the shoulder was badly lascerated.

Dr Sands of Owasso was called, and dressed the wound. The doctor had much trouble in removing so many of the small missiles, and he says the bone of the shoulder was badly shattered, but that with good care he thinks

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the result will be favorable.

Sometimes over a year ago Clark received a wound from a winchester which resulted in the loss of his left arm.

No arrest has yet been made. Roe says the shot was fired in self-defense.

Correspondence From Owasso

The social dance given at the residence of Mr Brock, Monday night we consider as a model of orderly decorum. At the waning of the day the young people from the surrounding country began to gather, and although the Brock residence is quite large, it would not hold the crowd. The enjoyment was unmarred by any unpleasantness.

Mr Young was in town Monday, and remarked that Owasso's prospect of obtaining the end of division, was better than ever before. Mr Young is one of the original projectors of this town, and although a young man, is well posted upon matters pertaining to the Territory and Owasso's interests.

Sidewalks are being discussed by our business men. This is a move in the right direction and should receive the countenance of all our people. While Owasso from the nature of the soil and drainage does not need sidewalks, yet they improve and advance a town in a wonderful degree.

E B Dunaway, our esteemed general merchant, informs us that his sales were about $50 per day all last week. This, taken together with the fact of the short time our town has been established, and that there are already nearly a dozen other large stores in Owasso, would seem to indicate that this will make a fine business point. In fact, the most casual observer, would note

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the thrift, and stir our streets present from nine a.m. to four p.m. every day. Owasso is not large enough yet, nor has she had sufficient advertising to obtain the trade from a distance, but we predict that the next thirty days will see our merchants doing business with people who live twenty-five to forty miles away.

Postmaster Ballard received notice from the Postmaster General this week that the name of this office has been changed from Elm Creek to Owasso.

Dr Summer Burton, from Collinsville, will establish a first class drug store at Owasso next week.

<Notice of Final Settlement of Estate of John H Tabor ... already transcribed in another issue>

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The Passing Throng

Men's Duck Coats and men's Overcoats go at a bargain at J M Hall & Co's.

A social ball at the Forsythe hall, Monday evening, given under the auspices of the dancing club, was well attended and proved a social success.

It is currently reported that Davis & Bowlin will resume business in a short time, several firms in the East having offered them all the goods they want.

The new branch of the Frisco from Sapulpa south to Okmulgee will start their work at Sapulpa next Monday morning. The road is expected to be completed to Okmulgee by September 1st.

A deal was closed today for the Dillinger property east of the depot. The parties desiring the property wanted it for an ice plant site.

The following is from the Independence, Kansas Tribune. The Mr Sewell referred to is a brother-in-law of W P Hall, of this city: Jo. H. Sewell, the dean of the printing fraternity in this city, was given a chair by his fellow employees of the Tribune office last Tuesday, which was the 66th anniversary of his birth. Mr Sewell has been working in printing offices for 52 years, barring the time of his services in the Confederate army, while a resident of his native state of Tennessee. He was wounded several times during the war, and once shot in the mouth in a a way that would have proved fatal to many a man with less grit. He has been a resident of Kansas for thirty years, and for more than ten years of that time held a case in the Star and Kansas office.

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Earnest McDaniel, formerly of the Indian Republican, and of whom we had occasion to make mention as having won distinction in the Philippines, has prepared a series of letters on the Philippine Islands for the Cross Country Democrat, an Arkansas newspaper. The announcement is being sent out that the whole series, embracing twenty different letters, can be had for the trifling pittance of $5. In all there would be only 700 inches of brevier type to set, and this little begatelle to pay for the privilege of publishing this correspondence. Earnest in all right, and doubtless his letters would be interesting, but the fact is there are about 100 per cent of the people who are sick and tired of the Philippine question and don't want to hear any more about it. Even the administration is getting tired of it, and is said to be now about ready to offer autonomy to the insurgents and recall Otis. Whether this is an acknowledgement of our inability to subdue the crafty Tagals or a bowing to public sentiment is not yet apparent.

A New Invention. A new invention can be seen at J M Morrow's. It is said that a Tulsa syndicate, composed largely of Dr J E Webb and J M Morrow will control the right to manufacture and use the contrivance. The machine is fearfully and wonderfully made, and is said by its promoters to be quite deadly. The purpose of the invention is to escape the hunting laws and at the same time secure all the game wanted. All that is necessary to do is to

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procure one of these quail exterminators and go to the woods. There you can make yourself comfortable, and while you inhale the fragrance of a good cigar the dog will gather in the game. The model will be on exhibition for a few days only, before it is sent to Washington, and all lovers of the sport of hunting are invited to call and examine it.

The Smallpox Situation. As to the small scare in this city it is not necessary to say much. A gentleman from Claremore was stopping at Col Moores' eating house, and was taken ill with an eruptive fever. The attending physicians, and other physicians of the town who examined the patient, so far as heard from, pronounced it smallpox.

Accordingly the hotel was quarantined and the patient removed to the pesthouse. Guards were stationed around to see that nobody became exposed if it could be helped.

There are some who do not believe that the disease is smallpox. Whatever it is, it is by no means violent. It is said that the sick man has been able to play poker almost every night and that he is something ahead of the game.

With the regulations now in force and the precautions that have been taken there is certainly but little danger of the spreading of the disease. In any event the type is so mild that many have been heard to say it would be better to have it than to be vaccinated. In another place we publish what is though of it by the people of Claremore where it has been prevalent since September.

Red Fork Items

Mr C U Dorman has been on the sick list this week.

Mr and Mrs J I Yargee and daughter Lorene went to Muskogee Tuesday for a short visit.

Jessie Gregory, who has been confined at home with the measles is now able to be up.

Mr Sam Davis and daughter Marget were in Red Fork Tuesday.

Mr C M Forsythe went to St Louis Tuesday night.

The pretty weather of last week was quite deceptive. Many farmers already have some of their spring work done.

Mr Chas Miller went to Sapulpa Wednesday.

Mr Sloan's family arrived from Seneca Wednesday and will be here permanently, as Mr Sloan has been appointed section foreman at this place.

A nice line of pure and wholesome groceries always on hand. We do not handle any stale, "Cheap John" lines. J M Hall & Co.

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A False Rumor. The Democrat has been informed that the report is current at several towns along the road that Tulsa has fifty cases of smallpox. This rumor, if it has gained currency, has been started and pushed along by rival towns for the purpose of keeping trade away from here. The report is false. There is one case which is thought to be smallpox came here from, another town, and was promptly quarantined and guarded. Every precaution has been taken to prevent a spread of the disease, and there is positively no danger from this case, as the patient is about well, and in fact, has never been very sick at any time. Other towns along the road do not meet the trade advantages at Tulsa, and are forced to resort to disreputable means to gain custom. Tulsa does not have to do this. We have live business men, who get their patronage on a higher plane than this. Great stocks of fresh goods to select from, and prices that are reasonable have established a patronage that can not be taken away by such means.

The Ice Plant. A ten thousand dollar company has been organized in Tulsa for the purpose of building and operating an ice plant. The plant is to be in running order by April 1. The list of stock holders is given out as follows: S P Brooks, <torn> E Smiley, W J Baber, <torn> Bynum, Fred Pfendler, <torn> Scott, M B Baird, M Wr... <torn>, C A Owens, W L King, <torn> Hagler, E Calkins and <torn> Hayworth. The capacity of the plan will be ten tons a <torn>

 

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