Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)
Vol II No 29
April 20, 1894 (Part 3)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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THE TWO TERRITORIES. News in General of Oklahoma and the Indian Territory Pertaining to the Pale Face and the Red Man.
Street lights are being put in in Kildare.
El Reno will soon be lighted by electricity.
The Oklahoma presbytery opened in Guthrie Tuesday
A fence will be built around the public square in Perry.
Fort Sill is located on a plateau near the Wichita mountains.
Local talent at Ponca City is to produce "The Mistletoe Bough."
The straw hat has appeared in the southern part of Oklahoma.
Some early corn was up in time for it to be nipped by the last frost.
The attorney general is after the regents of the agricultural college again.
The Purcell National Bank has been changed to the First National bank of Purcell.
Once again. Gold bearing quartz has been discovered a few miles east of Norman.
A driving park association has leased the school section next to Woodward.
Lately the Cheyenne Indians have been doing a good deal of trading in Woodward.
The townsite board of Woodward is still issuing deeds but is not receiving any more filings.
Harmon's shot will probably put a stop to train robbery in the territory for a time at least.
The Oklahoma Central is another railroad, which is to run from Coffeyville, Kan., to El Reno.
It was the Indians and not the white man who said that they had had about [blot]
Alva is doing a great deal of boasting over the claim that she has the best cemetery in the territory.
The Chickasaws and Choctaws claim that by an ancient treaty the Wichita mountains belong to them.
John Saunders, the young man of Oklahoma City, who skipped out a week ago, has been arrested at Galveston.
The Guthrie Leader has interviewed a great many farmers and has come to the conclusion that the wheat crop is not injured.
Mrs. Etta Mikologik of Oklahoma City wants a divorce from her husband. While she is at it she might as well have her named changed, too.
Pawnee Rice, the Indian of Payne county who was suppose to have been murdered, it has been discovered shot himself while repairing a revolver.
Henry E Asp spoke Saturday before the high school at Oklahoma City on Practical Education. The audience was deeply interested, and will be glad to welcome him again.
John Hill, a prominent government contractor and Indian attorney, was brought to Guthrie from Newkirk Monday and jailed for contempt of court, having refused to pay $50 temporary alimony to his wife, who is suing for a divorce in Guthrie.
News reached Guthrie Saturday of a terrible tragedy enacted at the Baptist Mission college at Wewaka, the capital city of the Seminole Indian nation. There was a large number of Indian boys and some white boys in the institute, ranging in age from 10 to 20. For some time there has been a bitter feeling against an Indian boy named Frank Short, by a number of other students, which was intensified during the past week by Short reporting certain misdeeds of several of the other boys. On Thursday night after all had retired in the dormitory on the third floor, three boys stole to Short's cot, picked him up and hurled him from the window to the ground. The fall injured him so badly that he has since died. The three guilty boys escaped and have not yet been apprehended.
The posse of deputy marshals who have been chasing Bill Dalton and gang since their fight at Sacred Heart last Sunday have returned to Guthrie without capturing any of them. Dalton's wound was very slight, but Slaughter Kid will lose an arm. W H Carr, the deputy wounded in the fight, died Saturday.
During the windy weather of the past week prairie fires have done considerable damage in various parts of the territory. David Bryant, near Chaddick, and George Thorpe, near Lexington, had their farms swept clear of everything, barely escaping with their lives, and in Q county a number of new settlers were burned out entirely.
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Monday night at Caddo, I.T., during the storm, a colored man named Ellis was struck by lightning. He was on the prairie at the time, and his body was not found until the next day.
At Caddo, I.T., Tuesday night, Caney Switch, Solomon Fletcher and Charley Deney killed Circus Crouch, shooting ten Winchester bullets through his head. All are full blood Cherokees.
During the last week the farmers in the vicinity of Hennessey have been buying a great many firearms. Some of the bandits who have been having their way for the last two months are liable to come up missing one of these days.
Two of the Rock island train robbers who made the unsuccessful attempt to rob the express car near Pond Creek a few nights since, were overtaken and arrested near Hennessey. They were taken to Wichita to avoid lynching. One of the captured robbers has made a full confession. He says that the robber who was shot dead by the train guard was named Bill Rhodes, alleging that he was an old member of the James gang and came from Clay county, Missouri. Rhodes, alias Pitts, had a claim adjoining Bill Dalton's in Oklahoma, and a man who is said to be a detective has visited it, and says there are four deserted shanties in that neighborhood.
Only twelve days remain in which the Kickapoos can voluntarily take their allotments. There are about one hundred who refuse to select their farms. The proposal of Secretary Hoke Smith to sell the lands remaining after allotment are made is bitterly opposed by every resident of Oklahoma.
Deputy United States Marshal Crowder has brought in Dennis Kennedy, whom he captured after a long chase near Tecumseh, and will take him to Fort Smith, where he is wanted for bribery, attempted murder, murder, and a half dozen other crimes. When captured he was armed with a Winchester, long knife and two revolvers.
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