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Tulsa Weekly Democrat
Successor to the New Era
(Banner) Motto: Whatever the truth may be;
I give the story as told to me

Vol. 6 No 5
Feb 2, 1900 (pages 5-8)

Abstracted/transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport

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Page 5
[boxed ad] spanning full page - Men Die of Smallpox - Shackle Drug

Page 5, columns 1 & 2

Neighboring States See Our Condition and Sympathize.
Time to Demand Some Sort of Self Government.
Help From Others

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

Page 5, column 2

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.

Meeting of Stockholders.
To the Shareholders of the First National Bank of Tulsa, I. T.
      A meeting of the share holders of First National Bank of Tulsa, Ind. Ter., will be held Thursday, February 8, 1900, at 1:30 p.m. in the office of the bank, for the purpose of electing directors for the ensuing year. B. F. Cooley, Cashier

Fresh bread, seven loaves for a quarter at City Bakery.

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The Leaseholders Who Have Not Given Possession Are Liable.
No Man Can Hold More Than 160 Acres
After Nine Months Without New Leases
      A Washington dispatch says: Chief Porter of the Creeks, and Chief Buffington, of the Cherokees, were callers today at the Indian office. Their object was to confer with Commissioner Jones about the conditions which are preventing the Indians of their respective Nations from settling upon their allotments. ... [article about the problems with the leaseholders act]

Page 5, column 4 & 5
[boxed ads]

J. H. Boyd's; City Meat Market.; Strictly First-Class Meats of all Kinds.; Prices as Low as the Lowest.

White's Barber Shop; J. B. White, Prop.; All kinds of barber's work neatly done. Your patronage solicited.; Truittman Building

The Dazzling Display of all kinds of Meats at the; Tulsa Meat Market; W. R. Wallace & Co., Prop'rs; Would give an epleure the "long hungry" for a month.; Game, Fish and Produce in Season; Fancy Groceries; Tulsa, Ind. Ter.

Page 5, column 4

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

Church Directory [transcribed in previous issue]

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

Page 6, columns 1 & 2 (headlines and first two paragraphs of the article span both columns)

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 in 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.
Page 6, column 1
      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.

Page 6, column 1

Indian Bill.
      The house committee on Indian affairs has order a favorable report upon the Indian appropriation bill. It carries $7,250,000. The agreement with the Kiowas, Comanches and Apaches is confirmed. A provision is inserted for relief of the Pottawatomies. The appropriation of the Dawes Commission is increased $300,000.

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?

Page 6, column 2

A Roast for Dawes.
      From the Purcell Register: Perhaps we owe an apology to Mr. Henry L. Dawes for saying he does nothing on the commission bearing his name. We understand that he is one of the hardest worked members of that body. To him is confided the work of convincing the Washington authorities that Indian Territory would fall off the earth should the weight of the Dawes Commission be suddenly removed from it. He earns his salary by the sweat of his jaw. Of course, this paragraph is subject to the censorship of the Muskogee Times, which paper holds it to be "lese majestie" to speak in any other than flattering terms of any one connected with Indian affairs.

Page 6, column 3

Their Hired Help are White Men and Negroes.
Educated Ones are Won Back to Tribal Customs
When They Return From School.
      Osage Journal:
- The Osage Indians as a tribe are few in number and live in Oklahoma Territory. They are known as the richest Indian tribe, and that is true because every Osage Indian gets a certain sum (not less than $54) every three months. If they used it in the right way and were not so extravagant, they would be far ahead in civilization, but instead of that it goes to the Indian traders and saloon keepers and the rest they lose in gambling.
      They live in good frame houses which are richly furnished, and these are built by the Indian traders and they are generally charged much more than they really cost. They wear costly clothes, but in Indian costume. It seems funny, but the Osages have white hired help and also colored. I have many times seen a white man waiting on an Indian woman or carrying around an Indian papoose in his arms trying to make it go to sleep. These people are only too glad to wait on these rich Indians because they receive good pay.
      A common food with them is the persimmon bread. They have good farms and the soil itself is very rich if they would only till the ground and raise good crops, but they have so much money they buy all they eat.
      There is one very interesting thing about them and that is the way they bury their dead and mourn for them. Instead of digging a grave in the ground to bury the dead in they set them up straight and pile rocks around them and over their head till the body cannot be seen and then put a United States flag over them. They mourn and wail for three days or more, they dress in white and they tear off one sleeve of their dress and go around with earth or mud on their heads.
      They still have their old ways of marrying off their daughters by selling them for horses. Often the poor girl has to live with a man whom she does not love. Sometimes a young girl, say twelve years old, is compelled to marry her oldest sister's husband, he might be an old man, old enough to be her grandfather.
      I think the Osages as a tribe are backward; they seem to love their old customs and ways of dressing and even the returned students, who have been away to school five or six years, are influenced back to their old ways by their parents. This is a mistake and there is no excuse for it. We ought to have strength and courage enough to help our people toward civilization and Christianize them, instead of having them influence us.
      The greatest need of the Osages is to have some missionaries go out among them and convert them.

Page 6, column 4

Apache, Comanche and Kiowa Indians File a Protest
Allegation That the Indians Were Misled by Government Interpreters.

[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 transcribed in Jan 19 1900 issue]

Page 7, columns 1-5
[boxed ad] Epidemic In Tulsa .. J. M. Morrow

Page 7, column 1

The Passing Throng
      Did it take?
      Have you been exposed?
      How is your vaccination?
      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.
      [end of ads]
Page 7, column 2
      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.
Page 7, column 3
      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 assassination of William Goebel, the Democratic leader in Kentucky, just on the eve of the award of the governorship in the contest proceedings, in which at least one Republican voted to seat him, by a man in the employ of governor's office in the executive building, with a winchester loaded with smokeless powder, is at least a strange coincidence.
      For days the mountaineers have inhabited the executive building as an armed body, ready to fight for Taylor, who the Democrats believe to be holding the governor's office illegally, ... [article continues to denounce the assassination]

Page 8, columns 1-5
[boxed ad] Minnesota Potatoes at Turner's

Page 8, column 1

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 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.
Page 8, column 2
      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
Page 8, column 3
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, R. N., Bynum, Fred Pfendler, <torn> Scott, M B Baird, M Wr... <torn>, C A Owens, W L King, <torn> Hagler, E Calkins and O. <torn> Hayworth. The capacity of the plan will be ten tons a day.
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