Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)
Vol II No 22
March 02, 1894 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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We are indebted to J C Buchanan for courtesies this week. "Buck" makes a good and obliging official.
Mr McEacen, formerly of Ft. Smith; now of Oklahoma, was here last week visiting friends.
Mad dogs have been quite prevalent here of late. They have bitten a number of other animals, and the latter have been killed by their owners.
We have had a new sign painter in town, and nearly all of our business houses show specimens of his work.
John Brown, is the name of the barber who will work at the new chair in Tom Neal's shop.
Dr J V Spencer, was up from Cameron last week. He states he will probably return to his old home here about the first of May.
There is considerable feeling among the Cherokees here, in regard to the utterances of the Dawes Commission. They believe; perhaps with reason, that a "Treaty" is of such binding force that it can only be annulled by the consent of the contracting parties.
A PEOPLE'S FIGHT. - The fight for an income tax is emphatically a struggle of the masses against the privileged classes, and the people are as thoroughly in earnest in support of it as they are for tariff reform or for any other mode of release from industrial servitude. It would not be wise for the senate to attempt to deny their demand. The "rich men's club" is not in good order now, and it will not take much more to make the demand for its abolition emphatic and universal. - Indianapolis Sentinel
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[article on the evils of drink]
[article poking fun at the new wife of a newspaper editor - how little she knows of the trade]
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[article on South Carolina Senator Butler's Temper]
The new pharmacy law, in the statutes of Oklahoma for 1893, requires that all druggists, apothicaries and other persons, except practicing physicians in their ordinary practice, shall keep a record of all sales of any article or articles belonging to the class usually known as poisons; and prescribes a penalty for each violation of a fine of not less than twenty nor more than one hundred dollars.
To settle the ownership of a disputed claim in Oklahoma, the contestants agreed to let the best man have it. The fight that followed was not strictly according to prize ring rules, but the vanquished surrendered his claim to the other without remonstrance. Should such a custom gain a footing in that territory, Mr Colbert and Mr Sullivan could go there and acquire land enough in a few months to rank them with the capital land syndicates of Texas. - Ft Worth Gazette
The Government will make its own postage stamps for the next four years. Private concerns which have heretofore waxed rich off of the contracts will no doubt endeavor to have the opposition use this as campaign material, but what are the Government printing office and bureaus of engraving maintained for?
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SOD HOUSES OF THE WEST.Few of These Primitive Habitations Now Left in the Land. - "The sod house of the Kansas and Nebraska plains is following the buffalo and antelope into the legends" said William F Arbuckle of Topeka, to a writer for the Washington Post. "A good many of the queer structures are still standing, and in some instances are used as human habitations, but most of them are used as stables for horses or cattle and slowly crumbling away to become indistinguishable in their original earth. ... [article goes on to describe exactly how a sod house was built] ... "There never was a more comfortable building erected than a sod house. They are not at all damp, as one would suppose, and are warm as you could desire in winter, while in summer they are the most delightfully cool places imaginable. But they are rapidly disappearing now and when you see one you are sure to find near it a modern cottage with a windmill, just as you do at our place."
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Col John Y McKane a close political chum of Senator Hill of New York, has retired from politics for six years.
The Dawes Commission will address the people of Wagoner on March 9th and at Vinita on the 10th. All should turn out and hear them.
Cora Belle Fellows, who married Chaska, the old Sioux Indian of Dakota, has been deserted by her dusky husband. Cora should Sioux at once for a divorce.
The cancellation of stamps by electricity is being adopted by the Postoffice Department of the United States, recently patented stamping machines being used for that purpose and also for the postmarking of letters.
The printers of the United States will build a monument to George W Childs. Let it be worthy of the noble man, and have inscribed upon it these truthful words: The printers' best friend. An exchange says "it will be the tribute of grateful hearts, and as such will be the most significant ever erected in this country."
A bashful Maine justice of the peace, being called upon to marry a blushing couple, thought it proper to quote some scripture in addition to the usual formula. He ransacked his brain in an effort to remember something appropriate and then said, "Suffer little children to come unto you, for of such the kingdom of heaven."
Two weeks ago Henry Watterson delivered eulogistic of Abraham Lincoln. The Des Moines Register doubted the sincerity of the orator and referred to his effort in a rather sneering way. The Courier-Journal, in reply to the malevolent thrusts of The Register says this among other side remarks: "If this paper had been born a bird it would have been a buzzard; if a beast, a panther; if a fish, a mud-cat; if a reptile, a lizard; if an insect, a bed bug."
The departure of the President from Washington for a duck hunt in Virginia in the midst of a lively snow storm does not give much color to the frequent rumors concerning his enfeebled health. ...
The illness of Representative Wilson, the author of the tariff bill which recently passed the House, appears to be of a character to excite the grave apprehensions of his friends. This feeling of concern is fully shared by the American people. ...
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BUCK HORN'S FATE. Stabbed in the Heart and Left by His Camp-fire Dead.- Last Tuesday, Buck Horn and Wilson Rider, alias Crawfish, two Cherokees who live some six or seven miles east of Tahlequah, came to town ostensibly on business. While here they procured some whiskey and proceeded to tank up pretty well, leaving for home in company with several acquaintances late in the afternoon.
A short ways this side of Illinois river, near the Walkingstick spring the party went into camp for the night. Three camp fires were made a short distance apart, and after a good deal of whooping and drunken revelry they retired for the remainder of the night, Buck Horn and Rider taking positions, it is said, around one of the camp fires together.
About 4 o'clock the next morning, when one of the campers arose preparatory to continuing his journey, he found Buck Horn lying on the ground by his camp fire dead, having been stabbed in the left breast apparently with a common pocket knife which penetrated the heart. Rider had fled during the night, thus indicating he was the author of the deed.
None of the party seems to know any of the circumstances leading to the killing or any motive for it and if they do know they refuse to divulge it. Buck Horn and Rider were supposed to be good friends, but were suppose to be friends, but were both, when drinking, somewhat on the contrary order.
Buck Horn was a familiar and well known character around Tahlequah, especially among the fullbloods.
Rider was arrested Wednesday and is now in custody in this city. - Courier
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Oklahoma City and Guthrie are connected by telephone.
A stock company will build a large hotel at Hennesy in the spring.
The Daily Oklahomian has been changed from a morning to an evening paper.
The Oklahoma crop is reported to have been considerbly damaged by the late storm.
A gang of counterfeiters are working in Oklahoma and considerable spurious coin is in circulation at Hennessy.
The school teachers of Chickasha and vicinity have organized an institute.
Work will soon be comenced on the Kansas, Texas & Oklahoma railroad, which will run from Arkansas City southwesterly through the Territory into Texas.
Enid, Kingfisher and Elreno are striving to secure the location of the Congregational University, which is to be established at some point in the territory next May.
It is stated that a syndicate of capitalists has leased a hundred square miles of coal lands in the Choctaw nation, and will build a railroad from their mines to Denison, Texas.
Edward Donaldson and John House, a cattleman, were returning from a dance near Durant one night last week when a Winchester carried by the former was accidentally discharged, killing the latter.
A meeting was held at Comanche Friday to appoint a general mass meeting to be held at that place on the 14th of March and to invite all parties who are concerned in the opening of the Ft Sill country to send their delegates.
The town was thrown into a fever of excitement last Saturday evening, by a man coming here and declaring himself the person appointed by the government to allot the Comanche country. He engaged a cook and said he was required to do the work in <...> weeks. Coupled to this was the fact that a special car with railroad officials on the siding, put a very high color to the situation and we expected ere this to see the allotting force at work, and the bustle and preparation for the building of a branch railroad out from here. But alas, for all hopes in these dull times, the big storm came, the allotting agent has vanished, the cook is out of a job and we are grinding away as of yore. It was a pretty good sell. - Chickasha Express
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