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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 9
Feb 9, 1900 (pages 1-4)

Abstracted/transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport

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The Passing Throng
      T W Shackle went to Coweta today.
      The Republican Club met Monday night.
      H C Davis has returned from St. Louis.
      J R Cummings has moved to Web City, Mo.
      Fresh bread, seven loaves for a quarter at city Bakery.
      Attorney Fred Pfendler is reported sick with typhoid fever.
      Fresh meats of the best quality at the Tulsa Meat Market. Wallace & Co.
      The Mandolin club has the thanks of The Democrat force for a delightful serenade one night this week.
      As I have accepted a position with Boyd & Antle at the City Meat Market, I would like my friends to give me their patronage. J H Davis.
      Wednesday night at ten o'clock little Ethel, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L N Mitchell breathed her last, pneumonia being the cause of death. The remains were taken to Fort Gibson for interment Thursday.
      George M Kilcoyne has sold his meat business to Wallace & Co., and the two shops have been consolidated. The Kilcoyne meat market was moved to the building of Wallace & Co., and Mr. Kilcoyne was employed to look after the company's business in the house. He can be found there by his friends, ready to please them as heretofore.
      The fire pump and hose, were subjected to a test on the streets Tuesday. The pump was operated at the well at A C Archer's and the hose lead up the hill to the Shackle Drug Company's store. The force was sufficient to throw a stream quite as high as any building in the city. The pump proved to be about what was expected, and will doubtless e a great help in case of another fire.
      On last Monday United States Marshals James Freeman and Wiley Haynes shot and killed two men by the names of Henry Myers and Arthur Brockshire. It is reported that six horses had been stolen from some fullbloods, and the Indians were with the marshals when the killing was done. The two men were found in possession of the stolen horses, and it is supposed the shooting came about over their resistance to the officers.
      The stockholders of the First National bank of this city held their annual meeting at the office of the bank last night and re-elected all the old directors. They examined carefully into the bank's condition and found everything satisfactory. The business of the bank is increasing very rapidly, and the institution is now one of the best and most conservative in the Territory. J O Hall, Oliver Bagby and W E Halsell were in attendance from Vinita. Immediately after the stockholder's meeting the directors met and re-elected W E Halsell, president; B F Colley, cashier
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and James McBirney assistant cashier. The business qualifications of these gentlemen are well known, and the future of the bank will be safe in their hands.

Red Fork Items
      C U Dorman returned Wednesday from a visit to Neosho.
      Mrs. Melissa McIntosh returned Monday from a short visit to Chelsea.
      Miss Lena Hall spent Saturday and Sunday in Red Fork, the guest of Miss Ora Turner.
      J I Yargee, wife and daughter, Lorene, returned Sunday from Muskogee, where they visited Mrs.. Yargee's brother, Gen. Pleasant Porter.
      Miss Lauretta Morrison of Taneha is quite will with pneumonia.
      The wind of Wednesday night did quite a little damage to the weaker buildings. Some of the tents were roofless next morning.
      We never were unsold. We offer for this week true High Patent Flour, every sack guaranteed at $1.70 per hundred at Brady's.
      Owing to an accident to one of the printers in this office we are unable to give the usual amount of local news this week, not having time in which to set it.

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      Mrs. Lizzie Geddes McAllister died at her home in this city last Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock.
      Mrs. McAllister had been very sick for several weeks, but was thought to be on the road to final recovery, when heart trouble suddenly developed and carried her away in a few minutes. She was the wife of John H McAllister, and the mother of six children. She was a devoted Christian, and an earnest worker in the Presbyterian church.
      The funeral was held at the church on Tuesday morning, and the body was followed to the grave by a large procession of mourning friends.
      She was beloved by all who knew her for her amiable disposition and gentle manners. The bereaved have the sympathy of every one.

[ad] Vegetables and meats of all kinds at the Tulsa Meat Market. Wallace & Co.

Rev Kerr and wife arrived from Edmond, Oklahoma, Tuesday. Mr. Kerr is the new pastor of the Presbyterian church of this city. He will fill the pulpit next Sunday morning and evening. The services will be held in the new church building, and a cordial welcome is extended to all. The building has been seated, and will be warmed by a furnace which is expected to keep all portions of the house comfortable. Sunday school will also be held in the new house and an interesting hour is expected.

Arthur Antle, the well known feed man, has sold his feed store to Wm Vahn of Bristow and has bought an interest in the butcher and stock business of J H Boyd & Co, and this firm will be known in the future as Boyd & Antle. They will deal in fish and salted meats, and buy stock of all kinds.

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Dr. J S McAllister of Sapulpa attended the funeral of Mrs. J H McAllister at this place last Tuesday.

Wanted Fat Hogs and Cattle.
      Highest market price paid for all first-class butcher stock. We are also in the market for shipping stock, and will pay full value for all you have to sell, at City Meat Market. J H Boyd, Prop. A. Antle, Buyer

      I have taken up at my place one sow marked in each ear; and swallow fork and under-bit in left ear. The same will be found at my place in the north-east part of town and the owner can have same by paying for the keeping and feeding of the hog and cost of this notice. J S Nelson.

[boxed ad] The cleanest and cheapest place for Groceries at Famous.

Next Wednesday will be St Valentine's day. The editor expects to get his full share of that variety usually characterized by a head big enough for nine able bodied men, with a diminutive body, feet about the size of bales of hay and having pretty much the same symmetrical outlines, and a verse of poetry which is not altogether flattering to one's self esteem. So far we have not seen any Valentines on display, but they will doubtless be found at the right time.

[boxed ad] The Best $2.00 Shoe on earth at the Famous.

Warning Order
      In the United States District court for the Northern District of the Indian Territory, sitting at Wagoner, March term 1900, Maggie E. Feeback, Pltf. Vs Gilbert Feeback, Dft. The defendant, Gilbert Feeback is warned to appear in this court within thirty days and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, Maggie E Feeback. Geo. C. Beidleman, Atty. For Plaintiff. A R Querry, Atty for non-res. Defendant.

[boxed ad] New Line of Dry goods at Famous

Miss Estill Won.
      Miss Lelia Estill won the prize offered in last week's Democrat for the correct answers to the list of questions found below. Miss Estill lives at Tipton, Mo., and is in Tulsa on a visit to her sister Mrs.. Harry Campbell. Following is the list and answers:
1. Question - What century do you live in? Ans. 19th.
2. Question - What is the City of Brotherly love? Ans. Philadelphia, Pa.
3. The Railsplitter. Ans. Abe Lincoln.
4. Nutmeg State. Ans. Connecticut.
5. The Plumed Knight. Ans. Jas. G. Blaine.
6. The Jayhawker State. Ans. Kansas.
7. City of Spindles or Manchester of American. Ans. Lowell, Mass.
8: Insurance City. Ans. Hartford.
9. Sweet Swan of Avon. Ans. Wm. Shakespeare.
10. Wizard of Menlo Park. Ans. Thos. A. Edison.
11. Swedish Nightingale. Ans. Jenny Lind.
12. Old Hickory. Ans. Andrew Jackson.
13. Sucker State. Ans. Illinois
14. Mound City. Ans. St. Louis, Mo.

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[boxed ads]

Boyd & Antle; City Meat Market.; Strictly First-Class Meats of all Kinds. Prices as Low as the Lowest.

Rollman's Barber Shop; Nelson & Rollman, Props.; All kinds of barber's work neatly done. Your patronage solicited.; Truittman Building

Ladies of the Cherokee Metropolis Know How to Use the Rifle.
      The Muskogee Phoenix: -
A little out of the usual is the shooting club of the ladies of Vinita, and it is worthy [of] a good place in the Phoenix.
      Capt. John swain provided five turkeys for the ladies to shoot for. Some eight or ten used the target rifle, but only three won the turkeys. Mrs.. Swain got three, while Mrs.. S J Burns and R O'Shea one each.
      After the ladies had finished, Capt Swain remarked, "Now let us boys take a shot, just for fun." Four of them took a hand. Capt Swain, S J Burns, Ples. Thompson and I B Hitchcock. The latter being the oldest "boy" - 75, was declared by Capt Swain to have made the best shot of the day, as his bullet hit center, knocking out the nail. Of course it was only an accident (?) as he does not profess to be an expert, but he got there all the same.

National Banks Exempt.
      The Secretary of the Interior has rendered a decision of the effect that national banks in Indian Territory are not subject to the license or privilege tax imposed by the laws of the Territory upon non-residents doing business within the Territory. There are sixteen national banks in Indian Tetritory, and theretofore some of them have paid the tax referred to under, protest, while others refused to pay, claiming that under the national bank act, the only license a national bank requires to do business in any state or territory is the certificate of the comptroller of the currency. This view of the case, it is understood, having been sustained by United States district attorney for the Territory, the matter was appealed to the Secretary of the Interior with the result above indicated.

A Severe Blow.
      Courier: -
Yes, we have been quarantined against. Just a few. Coffeyville first put us under the ban of her displeasure, then Lenapah and Nowata took fright. To make the burden heavier, Oolagah turned against us and compelled our citizens to drive around (for no one wanted to stop there) in their journeys to the country about us. Just as
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every town from Wagoner to Coffeyville had recovered consciousness and lifted, their respective embargoes, which only hurt themselves and benefitted no one, the Vinita board of health, with all the impressiveness of a Punch and Judy show, gravely announced a quarantine against Claremore. Its awful. We may recover from such a blow, but can never hope to look like anything again.

Last Day of Grace.
      Cherokee Air: -
January 28th was the last day of grace for the payment of the tribal tax in the Chickasaw Nation <torn> under the command of Captain Jack Ellis, is in Chickasaw towns to enforce payment. These men are working under orders from the Indian agent and their instructions are said to be to enforce the payment of the one per cent and permit taxes.
      The Chickasaw Nation requires all white people living within its borders to pay a tax of $1 per year for the privilege of staying and helping to reclaim the aforesaid Chickasaw Nation. In addition to this, for every cow and calf, each steer or other bovine, the farmer must yield twenty-five cents each year, and their merchant must pay one per cent of the value of his goods as a tax to the Chickasaw Nation.

Current Jokes.
      Chieftain: -
"This smallpox you are afraid of," said a Grand river farmer one day last week, "ain't smallpox at all. Its nothing but celluloid and they ain't no use to canteen the whole town for that."

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[boxed ads]

Wheat Wanted!; The Rea-Read Milling Co.,; Tulsa, Ind. Ter.; Highest Market Prices Paid.; Be Sure and See Me Before Selling Your Wheat.; W. J. Babbr, Gen'l Mgr.

The Shops.; Blacksmithing, Wagonmaking, Horseshoeing and General Repairing.; C. W. Robertson, Prop.

The Club Hotel; Is being cleaned and refurnished and will be run first class.; Rates Very Reasonable!; W. T. Allen, Manager,; Mrs. W. T. Allen, Prop'r'ss.

Wanted! We will pay the highest market price in Cash for Poultry, Eggs, Hides, Furs, Bee's Wax, Feathers and all kinds of Country Produce. South side of railroad on Broadway, North of depot.; J. E. Mills

Best Rigs in the City; At The City Livery Barn; J. S. Kallam, Prop.; Careful drivers, Comfortable Robes and Courteous Treatment.

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

W. E. Halsell, Pres.; B. F. Colley, Cashier; First National Bank; General Banking Business Transacted.; Directors: W. E. Halsell; L. Appleby; B. F. Colley; Jay Forsythe; Oliver Hagby; C. W. Brown; J. O. Hall; Accounts of Merchants, Cattlemen and Farmers Solicited.; Business entrusted to us will receive prompt attention.; Correspondence Solicited.

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[boxed Professional ads]

C. L. Reeder, M,D.; Physician - and - Surgeon. Office: Second Street Between Main and Broadway.; Tulsa, Indian Territory.

Dr. F. L. Brewer, Physician & Surgeon; Physician & Surgeon; All calls promptly attended day or night.; Office in Shackles Drug store.

Dr. J. E. Webb,; Physician & Surgeon,; Tulsa, Ind. Ter.

F. G. Seaman, Dentist.; Crown and Bridge Work a Specialty.; Office over Price's Harness Store.

L. M. Poe, Harry Campbell,; Poe & Campbell,; Attorneys at Law,; Tulsa, Indian Territory.

A. R. Querry,; Lawyer; Tulsa, I. T.; Kennedy Building

Jas. L. Carlisle, Ex-Postmaster; St. Louis, Mo.; R. F. Walker, Ex-Att'y General,; State of Missouri.; Carlisle & Walker, Lawyers.; All Legal Business Carefully Attended to.; Rooms 924-926-928; Rialto Bld'g,; Fourth and Olive Sts.; St. Louis, Mo.

Auctioneer.; S. P. Brooks, the city auctioneer cries auctions of all kinds. Many years of actual experience makes his services the more to be desired; His Experience,; Your Gain ...; Cries sale of all kinds. Special attention given to stock sales.; Satisfaction Guaranteed.; S. P. Brooks.; Office with Poe & Campbell.

Some; Special; Bargains; In Business Property.; Also best residence property in the city - the Crowell Addition - for sale by; J. A. Friend.

George C. Beidleman; Attorney and; Counselor at Law.; Practice in all the courts. Special attention to collections. Your business solicited.; Tulsa, I. T.

J. N. Bacon,; Architect.; Plans, Specifications and Estimates furnished on short notice. Charges reasonable.; Old, experienced builder - fifteen years experience as an Architect. I hold a diploma from an Architect School which has no superior. Office with Willits Lumber Co.

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[boxed Ad] Men Die of Smallpox; When their lives could be saved with fresh, pure drugs. Nothing is so essential in the treatment of a case as the quality of the drugs used by the patient. If the medicines prescribed by the doctor are old and stale the effect is so weakened that many men die when their lives could be saved by the use pure drugs bought of the - Shackle Drug Co.

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The Two Boys of Nancy Brown Flee From Her.
Woman Accused of Murdering Her Husband Has
Lost Affections of Her Boys
      Muskogee Times: -
"It is the order of the court that the mother be allowed to see and speak to her children," said Judge Thomas from the bench yesterday afternoon about 4:30.
      The mother was Nan Brown, who is on trial charged with being an accessory before the fact of the murder of her husband. The children were two boys aged eleven and eight years respectively.
      The boys were down below the court room in the hall. Near them was their grandmother, the mother of their murdered father; and their aunt, his sister. Nancy Brown was brought down from the court room by an officer. Another officer, seeing the boys, went and got them and brought them toward their mother. When the children saw what the officer was doing they began to cry and hang back, then their cries gave way to shrieks of horror when they saw their mother was coming to meet them. The older boy is a beautiful child. Black eyes and hair, cheeks rosy with health and teeth like pearls - a manly boy if ever there were any; the same description suffices for the younger child, only he was more timid. When the mother reached out her arms and was about to enfold the older child, was about to clasp him to her breast while tears streamed from her eyes and her frame shivered with emotion - there are only two beings in the world that quiver profoundly - the mother who recovers her child and the tiger that finds its prey again - Nan Brown was about to recover her child if only for the moment, but to her that moment was the sublimation of <torn> if the next were the <torn> perdition. But the child shrank back into himself. Horror filled his eyes and seemed to cover him, spread over him <torn> nvelope him; fear was <torn> with this horror and he
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writhed and twisted in the arms of the officer just as the priest of Neptune by his altar by the sea. The woman reached down and tried to kiss her first-born, but ere she placed her lips on his head he had escaped.
      The other child, shielded by someone near, managed to get away from his mother's embrace, and with streaming eyes he ran to his grandmother and implored her to take him away.
      Both children were taken to a room adjoining the scene and the mother was taken into another room, weeping and moaning and crooning like a drivelling idiot.
      Men were there who are strong; who have passed through the stormy scenes of life unflinchingly; who have seen the saddest of sad spectacles - to them it was terrible, awful and pathetic. Tears were in their eyes, but wherefore, who can tell? But in that one supreme moment it was not Nan Brown charged with crime, but Nan Brown, the mother, the holiest of all holy relations on earth.
      The children have always refused to see their mother when she was in jail at Tahlequah, she sent for them but they would not go. Yesterday the older boy was put on the stand. After he had testified he came down out of the stand and in passing to the rear of the court room almost brushed his mother's dress; she reached out for him, but he eluded her grasp and passed on, never looking at the woman whom he believes to have had a part in the death of his father.

Big Days at the Land Office.
      Muskogee Times: -
The standing room' sign could have appropriately been hanged on the wall of the land office yesterday and today, for the boys played to larger houses than since last fall. The attendance was large and interesting. The majority of the citizens came down about Holdenville and were mostly fullbloods. They came overland and their wagons and tents are scattered on the outskirts of town. They are of all ages and conditions and color. Mrs. Sue Rogers stated to the Times scribe that she had notified them to come and make their selections, and that it was in response to this notification that they are here.

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Many Filing on Land Swear There are No Improvements.
Whether Ignorant or Not of the Meaning of an Oath
the Penalty is the Same.
      Muskogee Times: - <hole> Perryman was yesterday
<hole> the charge of perjury. It is claimed that at the land office when he filed on a certain piece of land he swore that it was not improved, that it was nothing but timber and prairie land. It was afterwards discovered, so it is alleged, that Perryman had filed on land that had improvements thereon. That the land had been improved by Marshal Bennett for his children and that Perryman knew of this at the time he made his sworn statement. Perryman's case is set for the 9th of this month.
      In getting at the above statement the Times scribe called on Commission Sanson and made inquiry, and asked if this was the only case filed. "Why, I have hundreds of them," said the commissioner. "They come almost daily, but I do not know when I will get to them. These cases come from those who want to select improved land and they think that all they have to do is swear that it is unimproved to get it."
      Most of the cases come from the freedmen. They either do it wilfully or they don't know what it means to swear a falsehood, and its penalty. When these cases will be reached and when they will be disposed of no one knows, but if each case that has filed has to grind its way in the courts it will be a long time before the matter is settled.

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<tear> Auditor Touched, <tear>
      Muskogee Times: -
Hon. Henry Fisher, auditor for the Creek Nation, went to his room at a hotel in this city last night to sleep the sleep of the just. Some time during the night it is charged that John Buckner, a colored song and dance artist, entered his room and stole $17, take the money out of his pockets. Buckner was arrested and will be held for examination.

Territorial G.A.R.
      On account of the smallpox rumors and the existence of the disease at various points, Department Commander White, of Indian Territory, has decided to change the date of the annual meeting which was to have been held in Ardmore, from February 22 to March 28, 1900. It is hoped that there will be a full attendance at that date.

Pertinent Query
     Vinita Chieftain: -
While Chief Buffington is wiring appointments from Washington to people of Indian Territory the friends of Assistant Chief Swimmer are wondering how it is that Swimmer is not chief in the absence of Buffington, and therefore the proper one to make appoints.

A Roast.
     Checotah Enquirer: -
A great to do is being made over that man up at Nowata who has lived several weeks after losing a spoonful of his brains. That's nothing. We have men right here in Checotah who have lived for years who never had any brains.

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Columns of Interesting Items Gathered From the Three Nations
Scissors, Pen, Ink and Paste Pot
Brought Into Use for Readers of The Democrat.
      Claremore Courier: - The Cherokee Air
has almost precipitated a crisis in the town of Nowata by advising the people to clean up their back yards enough so the city scavenger can stand it to drive through the alleys.
      Chieftain: - The equalization board is listening to complaints of taxpayers whose assessments have been raised today. The raise, in the aggregate, amounts to about $100,000.
      Vinita Chieftain: - The artesian well company is discussing the proposition of turning the well over to the city at net cost, which is about $1850. Most everyone seems to be in favor of the proposition and of if it is done the city will build a system of public waterworks. The advantages of an abundant supply of water in Vinita cannot be measure.
      Stamp and money order sales at the Claremore postoffice during the past month than any month in the previous history of the office. Strange as it may appear the money order sales of the two weeks during which quarantine existed, were greater than any previous two weeks since the office has been established.
      Claremore Courier: - It is hoped that the farce entitled "The Coon-Buffington Contest," has had its last appearance on the boards. The people are tired of it and it is suspected that those who have been putting up will soon get tired of it also.
      The Cherokee Advocate has almost caught up with the times, having finished council proceedings up to and including December 20, 1899.
      There is a rumor that the Santa Fe will extend the Hutchinson & Southern into the Osage country.

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[boxed Ad] An Epidemic In Tulsa. Would be a most awful scourge if the proper drugs could not be bought but, during the Coming Seasons we will still be in the Drug Business with the largest stock of drugs in Tulsa, where we can supply your wants with all Standard Preparations; fill your Prescriptions accurately and wait on you promptly. I remain yours for 1900, J. M. Morrow

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Enthusiastic Meeting at Wagoner - Convention Sought.
Strong Resolutions Adopted
Other Towns in <tear.
<tear> vited to Help
      Wagoner Record: -
The mass meeting called by Mayor Hall to convene at his office Saturday night for the purpose of considering the suggestion of Judge Lewis, that the towns of the Territory organize and co-operate together in preparing a memorial to congress setting forth the needs of the country in the way of legislation, was attended by quite a number of Wagoner's leading citizens and every one present was enthusiastic and anxious for active work to begin by the people of every town in Indian Territory.
      On motion Capt. Jackson was elected chairman of the meeting and Chas. G. Watts secretary.
      Several speeches were made in which the great injustice imposed on the people of Indian Territory was given some attention; the suggestions of Judge Lewis highly commended, and the great need of immediate action on the part of all the people was brought to the attention of the audience.
      A resolution was passed as follows:
      Resolved, That it is the sense of this meeting that we favor a Territorial convention, to be held in Indian Territory at an early date memorializing congress to pass immediate legislation for the Territory; that we invite Judge Yancey Lewis to address us at some time to be selected by himself, that we invite said convention to meet at Wagoner, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to Judge Lewis.
      Motion made by C. W. Hatfield that the chairman appoint a committee of five for the purpose of drafting an outline of all the
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      legislation we desire was unanimously carried.
      The committee appointed was C. W. Hatfield, J. W. Wallace, E. Corpeny, H. C. Dunlap, J. H. Thigpen and Wm. Jackson.
      The Sayings wishes to state that not only the people of this community are unanimous in wanting something done by congress, but all the people of the entire Territory are in hearty accord with this important move. It is <tear. Unquestionably a move in the right direction and it is sincerely hoped that active work will be immediately taken up by every town in Indian Territory and that a convention will be held without delay.

Influence Wanted:
      Muskogee Times:
- [article about bribing Creek Indians to secure land ownership - only name mentioned in the article is J. T. Barbour, as one of the promoters. The bribe offered was $1,200.]

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Newsy Items Gathered for Business Men -
He Who Runs May Read.
Territorial Topics of Interest Compiled by Various Papers -
Stolen by The Democrat
      Claremore Progress:
- Chief Porter of the Creek Nation has expressed the opinion that both the Creeks and Cherokees will succeed in making a treaty arrangement with the government and that within a short time allotment will be an assured fact.
      A dispatch from Austin, TX dated the 2nd says: Advice was received by the State Health Officer from the United States Marine Hospital Service that the smallpox epidemic in the Indian Territory will be taken in charge by the Federal authorities.
      Progress: - Added to their confinement the prisoners in the Muskogee jail are given two baths a week and fumigated. Of the 271 prisoners only three are sick, there being two cases of pneumonia and one of consumption.
      Sallisaw Star: - The postoffice department has been perfecting a plan for putting postage stamps in a book from convenient for the pocket. It's highly probable that this will be started at once, and two-cent stamps offered for sale in books of twelve stamps each at a cost of twenty-five cents. The stamps are to have waxed paper between the gummed sides and the cover printed with postage rates.
     The Magnet says the Knights of Pythias lodges are soon to be organized at Dewy and Bartlesville.
     Tahlequah Arrow: - It is suspected, and Chief Buffington is said to hold to the belief, that Indian Territory legislation, which is to come from the present congress, will be along the lines mapped out by the Curtis bill and that radical changes in
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Indian Territory may be expected at an early day.
      Phoenix: - Tom Massey, a colored man, exhibited this week a model of a gate upon which be has secured a patent which appears to be an extraordinarily good thing in that class of gates which may be opened and closed without dismounting. The peculiar merit of his patent is that the gate may be opened and closed from either side at will and the gate is automatically locked or fastened by the same mechanism that operates the opening. He says he can make and sell them at a moderate cost and expects soon to go into the manufacture here.
      Claremore Progress: - Crone, who was, shot through the head near Nowata, has so far recovered that be was down town one day this week and was shaved by the barber. He has brought suit against Greathouse for 25,000 damages, and Greathouse been restrained from disposing of any of his property.
      Sallisaw Star: - Schools, townsite commissions, allotment, tribal tax and leases are occupying the attention of those interested in Territorial affairs, but we have not heard anything about good roads.
      Durant Eagle: - Indian Territory boys always show up well no matter what the circumstance may be. Ward Seis, of Sugden, I.T. captured prizes in both the roping and rifling contests at the Fort Worth cattle convention.
      The Purcell Register is now talking up a street car line to connect that town with Lexington, Oklahoma.
      Eufala Journal: - Muskogee postmaster had to put up $25 the other day to make up for negligent people who had failed to pay their box rent in advance to Jan. 10. Every postmaster catches it the same way. People ought to remember that the postmaster has to stand between them and the government.
      Muldrow Press: - Capt John Hightower has a powder horn which is 185 years old and has been handed down through 3 generations of the Hightower family. Mrs.. Hightower has a counterpane which has reached the venerable age of 120 years, and is still in good state of preservation. The aged couple value the relics quite highly and take the best of care of them.

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The Kansas City Commercial Club Interested.
Allotment is Favored and Congress is
Asked to Make a Speedy Settlement.
      Wagoner Record:-
D. W. Rider offered a resolution at a recent meeting of the Commercial club of Kansas City, favoring the speedy allotment of lands among the Cherokees in Indian Territory. The resolution which is addressed to congress, says that the completion of the allotment proposed by the Curtis act is of great importance to the entire western country and the United States, as it would make an enormous increase in the productive power of this fertile section. It calls attention to the fact that two years have elapsed and not an allotment has been made and that by the present system ten years will be required to accomplish what should be done in two years.
      Gardiner Lathrop also introduced a resolution bearing on Indian Territory affairs. It state that it was impossible for the white in the Territory to tax real estate except in a few incorporated towns, or personal property for the maintenance of the public schools, and as there are tens of thousands of white children that are thus deprived of an education of any sort the Commercial club was asked to petition congress to establish a system of free public schools in Indian Territory until conditions shall have changed so that taxes may be collected to maintain a regular system of schools in the states.
     Both resolutions were referred to the committee on stat<tear> national legislation.
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