The Indian Republican
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
Please Note! I'm only transcribing items of local interest. For a sample of what is contained in the whole paper please see August 8, 1902 issue.
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IN ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE- Stephen Stephens who was bound over to the grand jury Tuesday under the charge of perjury, was again in the toils on Wednesday, and was again bound over to the grand jury. From the evidence brought before Judge Reville it appears that Stephens seduced a girl by the name of Bertha Hamilton under promise of marriage, and
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that the girl, an orphan, will soon become a mother, and in order to escape marrying her he made a false affidavit setting forth that Susie Sullivan, the girl he married, was of age. For this offense he was placed under $2,000 bond. There is a more serious charge looming up before Stephens, for he is charged with using threats to compel Susie Sullivan, a girl under 16 years of age, to come to town and marry him, after he had ruined her under threats of killing her if she either told of his actions or refused to marry him. - Tahlequah Herald
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The Henryetta Journal thus welcomes a prospective rival: We understand that a dreamy eyed duck from the dark wilds of the east is coming to Henryetta with a hand press and shirt tail full of type and proposes to start a rival paper. His hide will soon be added to those already hanging on our back fence.
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THE MASON'S OF INDIAN TERRITORY- South McAlester, I.T., Aug 16 - The twenty-ninth grand lodge session of the A. F. and A. M. of Indian Territory was concluded here yesterday. The following officers were elected: Royal Allen of Duncan, grand master; D L Brewer, South McAlester, deputy grand master; William O Burton, Muldrow, grand senior warden; R W Choate, Marietta, grand junior warden; Leo E Bennett, Muskogee, re-elected grand treasurer; Joseph S Murrow, Checotah, re-elected grand secretary; B G Martin, Dixie, grand lecturer; D H Linebaugh, Atoka, grand orator; William F Parker, custodian.
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KILLED HIS RIVAL. Bad Blood Over a Love Affair Results in a Killing Near McLain- Jim Raines went to Muskogee from McLain and surrendered to the federal authorities stating that he had killed Dan Smith. The officers had heard of the affair and a deputy had been sent into the country to arrest Smith when he came in with some of his friends.
Raines and Smith are unmarried and trouble of long standing had existed. It is said over a love affair. The trouble was renewed and Raines killed Smith.
At the close of the preliminary hearing Raines was released by United States Commissioner Marshall. The evidence showed that Smith had repeatedly threatened Raine's life, and this time without a word he walked up to Raines and pointed his pistol firmly at his breast. Raines jerked a pistol from his breast pocket and shot Smith dead before the latter could fire.
AUTHORIZED SALE. Cherokee Council Takes Action Under New Treaty. - The special session of the Cherokee national council adjourned at Tahlequah after declaring the result of the recent election on the ratification of the Cherokee treaty.
The council passed an act authorizing the secretary of the interior to sell the old government buildings located in the old military reservation and embraced within the limits of the new survey of the town of Fort Gibson.
RUMORS OF "FIXED" JURIES - The United States district attorney has completed the docket for the September term of court in the western district of the Indian territory. It is the first docket in the new district, and there are 300 criminal cases of which ten are for murder. On account of open charges made about "fixed" furies the United States marshals have declined to make public the list of jurors until court opens, an unusual proceeding.
SOUTH MCALESTER HAS NEW BANK - The City national bank of South McAlester has been organized and the following officers were chosen: E N Allen, president; D M Hailey, vice-president; Frank Craig, cashier; J J Clughleym, assistant cashier.
NURSE'S FATAL MISTAKE. - The infant daughter of Rev and Mrs E D Cameron died at South McAlester from the effects of a dose of morphine, which was given the little one through mistake by the nurse.
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<Business Cards ......
C F Starr, Physician and Surgeon
Dr S G Kennedy
E Calkins, Attorney at Law
A R Querry, Attorney at Law
R S Brumfield, M D (Fry Ind. Terr)
R E Lynch, Notary Public
F G Seaman, Dentist
J A Friend, Real Estate
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DEEDS BEING ISSUED. Chief Porter Signing 1,000 for Homestead and Allotment - After Approval by the Secretary Of The Interior, They will be Sent Back to Dawes Commission for Record, Then Given to Chief Porter for Delivery.- John Adams and Miss Leonora Porter, daughter of Chief Pleasant Porter of the Creek nation, were yesterday during the entire day, busy stamping the dates "Muskogee" and "August 20th" on a part of 1,000 allotment and homestead deeds, which tomorrow will by signed by Chief Pleasant Porter of the Creek nation. Chief Porter will write his name 1,000 times and thus will represent 500 allotment deeds and 500 homestead deeds. After these deeds have been signed, they will be sent to the secretary of the interior. He will approve each deed and will send them back to the Dawes commission. Then they will be recorded and then given to Chief Port; Chief Porter will then deliver to each allottee in person, his or her deed and these deeds will be the first ever given to an allottee in the Indian Territory.
It is announced by Gov. Porter that the first deed filled out will go to Mrs. Susanna Barnette Strouvelle who was formerly Miss Susanna Barnett, and was the ward for many years of Miss Alice Robertson. As soon as the deed is signed the pen will be given to Miss Robertson for Mrs. Strouvelle, who now lives at Wetumka.
The deeds will be signed and sent on to Washington of blocks of hundreds or five hundreds. Mr Adams and Miss Porter will continue to stamp them until all are finished. No deeds for allotment will be given unless accompanied by deeds for homesteads, and no deeds will be issued to allotments over which there is a contest.
These deeds were printed at the Phoenix office and are of the best paper. They will stand the usage of years and will be handed down as a monument and precious heirloom ages hence.
Gov Porter will not sign a deed until tomorrow, the 20th of August, and there is no telling when they will be returned to him, at least it is believed they will be returned inside of one month and they will be delivered immediately thereafter.
Gov. Porter will, as soon as the deeds are returned to him, notify the parties to whom they will be given, of their arrival. They will be requested to come to Muskogee to receive them. This will within six months, bring every Creek citizen in Indian territory to Muskogee. - Muskogee Phoenix
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Visitors from the Territory report that squatters are engaged in jumping claims where towns have been surveyed. After a townsite has been located and surveyed into lots the Indian citizen who has a claim on the land can sell to the non-citizen, but can only give him a possessory title, which the government is expected to recognize when the final survey and allotments are made. In order to make his possessory title good he must erect improvements on the lot. Otherwise, the squatter, by making the improvements is supposed to stand as good as the purchaser of the poassessory title from the Indian. Forty-eight vacant lots in the town of Hugo on the square are reported to have been entered Friday by squatters, most of whom moved on them in the night and erected temporary shanties. - Denison Herald
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THE COMING BULL FIGHT- Holdenville is to have a real exhibition of a bull fight, the national sport of Spain and Mexico. The exhibition will differ only in that cruel feature of the fight will be eliminated. .......
There is a fortune to be made by the Indian Territory farmer who plants his land in potatoes, says The Seminole Capital. ......
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It is a common mistake, says an exchange, to suppose that the difference between the city and the country newspaper is simply the difference in size of circulation, frequency of issue, or even environments. It is a difference of purposes, method, character. The two have little in common save that both are printed on white paper with black ink at so much per copy. The city newspaper, with its passing of great editors has become a machine, owned by great corporation, each employ a cog in the wheel, the whole adjusted to the highest money-making capacity. The country newspaper is an individual, with an individual's heart and brain and conscience. Its editor is usually its owners, and the influence of the counting-room upon the editorial policy is minimized.
Evil fortune hangs onto the unfortunate citizens of Arkansas. Hardly had the furious contest between Jeff Davis and Senator Jones quieted down than another is started between the governor, who is a candidate for re-election and his Republican antagonists. The first of their join debates brought out the complimentary exchanges of epithets such as "liar," "murderer," "thief," and "renegades:." With this as a beginning and forty-three other joint debates scheduled, we may expect something lively when a full head of steam is got up.
The United States marshal's office at Muskogee was notified Saturday of a murder at Catoosa Friday. Jos. Roberts was killed on the farm of Joseph Primus and the murderer escaped. No further details are known. The name of the murderer or how the crime was committed cannot be learned. A deputy has been sent to the scene.
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Charles Gibson gives the following cure for snake bit: "Cut up fine two ounces of any plug tobacco, and one onion as large as a hen's egg, mash up fine a couple of tablespoons of common salt and mix together. The sap of the onion will make a soft poultice of the tobacco and salt. Apply the poultice at once, let it stay ten hours, replace with a new poultice and that will cure the bite. This stuff draws all the poison out of the system. No whisky is used in this remedy. Indians never die from snake bite. This is one of the surest remedies."
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THE BABIES NOT IN IT- The Dawes Commission refuses to enroll any babies born to Cherokee parents since July 1, 1902, the date on which the Cherokee rolls were closed. The law authorized the secretary of the interior to fix a date for closing the rolls, and this was the date named. By the ratification of the treaty the rolls were reopened to close September 1, 1902.
Bigheart won the race for governor of the Osage Indians. His opponent, Bacon Rind did not make a greasy spot on the track. If there is anything in a name, the Osages elected the right man.
FIRST BALE AT CHECOTH. - Checotah, I.T. Aug 12 - The first bale of 1902 cotton was marketed in Checotah this morning by J A Flower, who lives on Mount Nebo, east of Checotah. The load weighed 1,786 pounds and brought 2 1-2 cents a pound. The Checotah Enquirer had raised a preminum of $100, and the load netted $1444.65. It was five days earlier than the first bale last year.
Guthrie, OK., Aug 12 - Four outlaws held up ten vehicles containing from one to six persons each in the highway near Chickasha, I.T., and relived them of over $400, watches and other valuables, and then compelled them at the point of guns to stand together until the highwaymen were out of sight. A number of the most prominent men in Chickasha were among the victims.
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Over in the Chickasaw nation there is a cattleman who has fenced in a pasture nine miles long by from two to three miles in width. This man is not a citizen and does not pretend to be. He inclosed all the water in the vicinity excluding thereby the stock belonging to Indians and white settlers and farmers from the streams and tanks. In addition to this he served notice on the neighborhood that the people must take measures to prevent their horses and cattle from breaking into his (?) pasure for water. The attention of the U. S. attorney was called to the matter and he very promptly told the poor persecuted cattleman that he must open a way to the water or he would be prosecuted. This same cattleman is one of those who has refused to pay his cattle tax. His is one of those over whom certain papers go into hyster-
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ics and cry un-American, taxation without representation, etc. He is one of the wronged (?) individuals on whom Indian Territory legislation works a hardship, and who calls on the press for protection. Fortunately the department having this matter in hand has an arm long enough to reach this case and strong enough when it does reach it to deal with it in a most vigorous manner, and in the very near future this particular individual will have a bunch of cattle subject his orders on the south side of the Red river where Texas county authorities can and will collect a tax on his herd which will make him wish he had complied with the laws of the land where he hoped to set himself above the statutes of the Indian and the government of the United States. - the Muskogee Phoenix.
A THEORY FOR THE DR. VANCE SUICIDE - Muskogee I.T., Aug 16 - A new light has been thrown on the mysterious suicide of Dr Vance, a young physician at Checotah, last Sunday, by development of a fact that he was under a bond to appear for trial at the September term of court on a charge of violating internal revenue laws. He was indicted by the grand jury last spring, but the case had never gone to trial.
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IRVIN IS THE COLLECTOR.- Nowata, I.T., Aug 16 - W S Irvin of Nowata has been appointed internal revenue collector for the Indian Territory. The appointment was made yesterday at Leav-
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enworth by James M Simpson, collector for the district of Kansas, Oklahoma and Indian Territory. Heretofore Oklahoma and Indian Territory were in one sub-district, but a recent order from the treasury department created a separate jurisdiction for the Indian Territory. Mr. Irvin, until recently, was deputy revenue inspector for the Cherokee nation under J George Wright. He resigned that position to become clerk of the new United States court at Nowata and now resigns the clerkship to become inspector at $2,000 a year. He will begin work on Monday with headquarters at Muskogee. It is stated on good authority that "Tom" Hunter, ex-clerk of the court at Wagoner, will succeed Mr Irvin as clerk of the Nowata court.
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<joke - Men have roosters beat a block when it comes to crowing. ... The best place for a man to have a boil, is in the tea kettle. ... No matter how much a man loves a woman, she can never be the same to him after he has heard her snore. ...
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Old maids are the toast and tea of life, widows the coffee and cheese. ... A widow always acts like a man ought to know that she has stood a good test. ... Children are instinctively delicate about not wondering as to their fathers' brains. ... >
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BIXBY A CORKSCREW ARTIST- During the recent raid on joints at Okmulgee, Marshal Bennett found that he was short on deputies and while scouting for one available as posseman he discovered the ubiquitous Tams Bixby, who was immediately sworn in. Bixby enacted the deputy stunt in such a finished manner that Bennett offered him a permanent job. While the other deputies ere hitting the streets with broken bottles, Bixby manipulated a corkscrew with such celerity that he spilled more booze than the entire bunch. Bennett is going to send some of his deputies to Washington to acquire the corkscrew habit. - Chieftain
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<joke - All men realize that marriage is a lottery, but each one imagines he is going to win the prize.>
<Warning Order - listed in prior issues ... Bell Cooper, Plaintiff vs Peter Cooper defendant ... E Calkins, attorney for plaintiff; A R Querry, attorney for non-resident defendant. .. Muskogee I.T.
Warning Order - Ratcliff-Halsell Grocery Co vs E K Frazier ... A R Querry, Mellette & Smith, attorneys for plaintiff; H E Abby, attorney for non-resident defendant - Vinita I.T.>
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