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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 5-8)

Abstracted/transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport

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Page 5
[boxed quarter page Ad spanning all columns - Gamble's, Ind. Ter.]

Page 5, column 1-2

Judge Yancey Lewis, of Muskogee,
Favors a Big Meeting.
Upon their Replies Will
Depend the Calling of
A Great Convention
      Muskogee Times:
- Last week the Times stated that Judge Yancey Lewis had written a circular letter to many of the representative business men of the Territory suggesting the advisability of calling a Territorial convention for the purpose of discussing the problems confronting the people of this Territory.
      An impromptu meeting was held at Wagoner last Saturday night, anent this question, the proceedings of which were published on Monday. [Judge Lewis' letter follows, dated Jan 23, 1900, then a discussion of what could be accomplished.]

Page 5, column 3-4

E. G. Tollett, Formerly of
Tulsa, the Author.
Also Fixes Salaries of the
Commissioners at $1500 Plus $100 of Fees
      Vinita Leader:
- [article describing the bill, includes the items in the bill.]

Page 5, column 4

A New Bill.
      Pawnee County Courier:
- [article about compelling Indians and whites who commit a crime in the Osage Nation be tried in Pawhuska.]

Creek Payment.
      Muskogee Times:
- School ma'ms and school masters can have their money if they send or come for it, as the payment was begun this morning.
      Hon. H. Clay Fisher, auditor of the Creek Nation, came up from Checotah this morning and was busy all day auditing and signing warrants contemplated in this payment.
      Gov. Porter put in part of yesterday and today affixing his signature. Indian Agent Shoenfelt also took his pen in hand and wrote his name on the warrants, which are further embellished by the lithograph of the great Spieche.
      About $60,000 will be paid out, a considerable part of this will go to holder of warrants outside of school warrants.

[Ad] Dentistry. The located dentist is in Forsythe hall. All work guaranteed. Painless extracting and filling. Dr. W. M. Wilson

Page 5, column 5

The Alarm of Some As to
Conditions is Not Founded.
Prosperity is Surely in Store
for the Indian Country After Allotment
- There is no ground for the alarm sought to be given that hard times for Indian Territory this year is inevitable on account of the scarcity of farmers. This cry comes invariably from the big land holder and from the large cattle owners in the Creek and Cherokee Nations. No complaint is heard from the rank and file of farmers and citizens throughout the country. [Article continues to expand on this]

[Ad] J.M. Hall & Co. have a full line of men's Duck coats and men's Overcoats which will go regardless of values, as they must be closed out.

Page 6 [quarter page Ad spanning columns 1-5 by William Bros. Grocery advertising Squirrel Brand Food Products. Ad lists individual grocery items and its price.]

Page 6, column 1

Important Happenings Among People Little Known.
Osage Readers Will Find News of Their Nation
in the
Tulsa Democrat.
      Osage Journal: - ... It is the gravest wrong that has been committed in years and is a license to misstatements, false claims and corrupt elections. ... [Reporting on the Secretary of the Interior's decision in favor of the Bigheart fraction rather than the Progressive element.]
      Osage Journal: - A great deal has been said from time to time in regard to the wealth of the Osage Nation, but very few people, even few members of the tribe, know anything of the exact amount of funds belonging to the tribe and held in trust by the United States. The following are the latest figures: Fulfilling Osage treaty, $69,120.00; Osage fund, $8,255,706.00; Osage school fund, $119,911.53; grazing fund, $105,444.00. This does not include the moneys received for permits, which amounts to quite
Page 6, column 2
a near sum, nor the accrued interest on the funds.
      A rigid quarantine has been established in the Osage Indian reservation against all outside Territory, says a Guthrie special to the Kansas City Star and is being enforced by the Indian policemen. Smallpox was discovered in an Indian camp, and before the Indians could be isolated they ran away, but were afterwards quarantined at the house of one Pretty Hair.

To Authorize Water Works.
      A Washington special to the Globe Democrat dated the 1st. says: Senator Jones, of Arkansas, today presented to the senate a memorial of the incorporated town of Muskogee, I.T., praying the passage of an act by congress authorizing the construction of water works and the issuance of bonds therefor. The memorial recites the losses occasioned by fires in Muskogee in the last decade have reached nearly $1,000,000 and the losses in other Indian Territory towns have been proportionately large. In order to stop the devastation of the towns by fires water works are necessary, and to build water works would require an issuance of bonds. There has been some question as to the authority of the towns in Indian Territory to issue bonds for public improvements. The memorialists ask that such authority be expressly given by congress to all the town councils of incorporated towns in Indian Territory. A bill granting the authority asked was introduced in the senate by Senator Jones and a similar bill was introduced in the house by Delegate Flynn.

Somewhat Fishy.
- It is said that a minister in the Northern district wisely declined an addition to his salary on the ground that the hardest part of his work during the past year has been the collection of the same and it would kill him to undertake to collect $100 more.

[Ad] Dentistry. The located dentist is in Forsythe hall. All work guaranteed. Painless extracting and filling. Dr. W. M. Wilson

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He is Much Encouraged At the Present Prospects.
The Chief Believes the Creeks
Will Have the Minerals With Their Allotments.
- [article reporting on Chief Porter's visit to Washington]

Page 6, column 4

When the Yoke is Removed Capital Will
Flow Into the Territory.
      Wagoner Record:
- [article discussing the capital to be invested by outsiders for public utilities]

[Boxed Ad] Up to Date Clothing at Famous, cheap.

Go to Gamble's for Shoes.
The best Shoes, at Gamble's.
Turner is giving away a phonograph

Page 6, column 5

Creek and Cherokee Delegates are to be Received
McKinley Now is Willing to Consult With the
Indian Representatives
      Muskogee Times:
- [article reviewing the delay in the return of delegates to Washington due to mix-up in how the trip would be paid for and solution]

Texas Cattle Coming.
      A dispatch from Checotah, I.T., dated January 30th, says "Since the filing of the secretary of the Interior in favor of the lease holders of the Indian Territory, arrangements have been made to bring in thousands of cattle from Texas. Pasturing lands have been secured around Checotah and the railroads will soon bring in cattle hole ... by the train load.

Page 7
quarter page ad spanning columns 1-5 - R N Bynum

Page 7, column 1

R. L. Lunsford, Editor.
Published Every Friday
Rates One Dollar a Year in Advance
Entered at the Post Office at Tulsa, Ind Ter.., as second class matter.

      The Indian Republican
has a contributor by the name of Jaw; at any rate he signs himself J.A.W., and from the effusion in least week's paper the initials are suggestive to say the least.
      This man was trying to enlighten newcomers in general in regard to the exceptionally good qualities of one Mr. Bennett, whom his party, both here and elsewhere, is proceeding to sit upon with a dull sickening thud, in favor of Mr. Mellette. However, if Mr. Bennett is such a "big and good Injun" in the Republican wigwam, why does he permit the fattest office in the whole Territory to remain the hands of a mean and selfish Democrat? Can it be that a Republican can not be found that is willing to feed the prisoners at Muskogee? This is by far the biggest boarding house in the Territory, and good pay, too. When Mr. Pettigrew took the job he was penniless, but after feeding 275 prisoners for a few years he is a heavy stockholder in the Commercial National bank and the Muskogee Drug Company, and has considerable other visible means. [the rest of the article continues to berate "Mr. Jaw"]

Page 7, column 2

The Osage Journal, a little sheet that always reaches us looking like it was printed with tacks and inked with apple butter smeared on with a paddle, accuses The Democrat of using some of its matter without due credit. ... [remainder of the article is in much the same vein]

The Fairland Bee has been removed from Fairland on account
Page 7, column 3
of lack of support. No sooner was the Bee discontinued than Mr. J. Hale Swindler started a new paper to go buzzing around and occasionally stinging somebody who gets too close to the business portion of its anatomy, in place of the Bee. A Swindler ought to be able to make his way at Fairland either by hook or crook, and it is thought the new paper will survive.

The Democrat has received final notice that the Creek tax must be paid. A ruling from the Postoffice Department, which authorizes us to do business here, has been asked for and refused. The Treasury Department has authorized National Banks, and the Interior Department has held that from them the tax can not be collected; the Postoffice Department has authorized the newspapers, but the Interior Department enforces collection. Could the newspapers unite in an effort to get a ruling?

A Negro Shot.
      John Roe, colored fired a load of No. 6 shot into the shoulder of Geo. Clark, also colored, a few nights ago.
      Roe, lives about two miles from Owasso. Clark called at Roe's house shortly after dark one night, and while trying to settle up they had a disagreement, Clark stepped out of the room when hot words ensued, and while yet standing near the door Roe fired upon him with his shotgun. Roe was within a few feet of Clark and the shoulder was badly lascerated.
      Dr. Sands of Owasso was called and dressed the wound. The doctor had much trouble in removing so many of the small missiles, and he says the bone of the shoulder is badly shattered, but that with good care he thinks
Page 7, column 3
the result will be favorable. Something over a year ago Clark received a wound from a winchester which resulted in the loss of his left arm.
      No arrest has yet been made. Roe says the shot was fired in self-defense.

Correspondence From Owasso.
      The social dance given at the residence of Mr. Brock, Monday night we consider as a model of orderly decorum. At the waning of the day the young people from the surrounding country began to gather, and although the Brock residence is quite large, it would not hold the crowds. The enjoyment was unmarred by any unpleasantness.
      Mr. Young was in town Monday, and remarked that Owasso's prospect of obtaining the end of division, was better than ever before. Mr. Young is one of the original projectors of this town, and although a young man, is well posted upon matters pertaining to the Territory and Owasso's interests.
      Sidewalks are being discussed by our business men. This is a move in the right direction and should receive the countenance of all our people. While Owasso from the nature of the soil and drainage does not need sidewalks, yet they improve and advance a town a wonderful degree.
      E. B. Dunaway our esteemed general merchant, informs us that his sales were about $50 per day all last week. This taken together with the fact of the short time our town has been established, and that there are already nearly a dozen other large stores in Owasso, would seem to indicate that this will make a fine business point. In fact, the most casual observer, would note
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the thrift and stir our streets present from nine a.m. to four p.m. every day. Owasso is not large enough yet, nor has she had sufficient advertising, to obtain the trade from a distance, but we predict that the next thirty days will see our merchants doing business with people who live twenty-five to forty miles away.
      Postmaster Ballard received notice from the Postmaster General this week that the name of this office has been changed from Elm Creek to Owasso.
      Dr. Sumner Burton, from Collinsville, will establish a first class drug store at Owasso next week.

Notice of Administrator
For Final Settlement of Estate. Probate No. 145.

      Notice is hereby given that the undersigned administrator of the estate of John H. Tabor, deceased, who was duly appointed said administrator by Honorable William M. Springer, judge of the United States court within and for the Northern District of the Indian Territory, sitting at Vinita under date of April 1, 1899, will on the 21st day of February, A.D. 1900, at Vinita, Indian Territory, file his final report and ask for a final settlement of said estate, and at the same time said administrator will ask that he be finally discharged from the further duties of administrator of said estate, and all persons desiring to file any objections to the final settlement and discharge of said administrator will do so at that time, or be forever barred from so doing.
     Witness my hand this 2nd day of February, A.D., 1900.
          Robert H. Hall, Adm'r by A.R. Querry, his attorney.

Page 8
[half page ad spanning columns 1-5 - Turner's]

Page 8, column 1

An Evening With the Poets.
      Following is the program of the Epworth Literary Society of the M.E. church for February 13, 1900:
      Recitation from Longfellow, "The Day is Done," Frank Ryan.
      Reading from Bryant, T. J. Smith
      Recitation from Whittier, Miss Kate Hopkins
      Recitation from Carlton, Miss Mary Watson
      Reading from Byron, A. E. Ryan
      Recitation from Holmes, Miss May Hughes
      Reading from Riley, Jacob Moran
      Recitation from Mrs. Heamens, Miss Mary Moran
      Reading from Burns, Arthur Bynum
      Recitation from Gray, Miss Mamie Pender
      Reading from Scott, W. H. Mosher
      Recitation from Moore, Richard Goumes
      Reading from Pope, John Moody
      Recitation from Hay, Frank Seaman
      Reading from Bret Harte, Mrs. A.E. Ryan

      A.C. Archer for undertaking and undertaker's supplies.
      M.E. Church - On Feb. 17 and 18 Rev. J.T. Riley, D.D., presiding elder of this district, will preach at Tulsa Saturday evening and hold quarterly conference and on Sunday will preach at 11 o'clock and administer the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper at the close of the service.
Page 8, column 2
      M.E. Church - Subjects for Sunday, Feb. 11, 1900: Morning, Our Daily Bread, or Life's Routine; evening; The Militant Church. A.E. Ryan.

Notice For Mass Meeting.
      Whereas, a convention having been called to meet at South McAlester, Indian Territory, on Washington's birthday, February 22, 1900, for the purpose of organizing the people of Indian Territory, and there agree upon the proper remedies for the evils and ills which prevail, and perfect arrangements for a concerted and systematic effort from the present distressing conditions.
      Therefore, a mass meeting of the people of Tulsa will be held in the Forsythe hall on Thursday night, February 15th, for the purpose of selecting delegates to represent the people of Tulsa at the above mentioned convention. J.M. Hall, Ben Colley, H.J. Collins Committee.

The Smallpox Situation.
To the Public from the Board of Health of Tulsa, I.T.
      Inasmuch as numerous reports have been circulated, and for the satisfaction of the public in general the Board of Health make the following report in regard to the smallpox condition in Tulsa, Indian Territory.
      We have had one and only one case of smallpox in Tulsa, the patient being John Taylor, who came from Claremore. This case
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      has been strictly isolated since the eruption and at present is recovering rapidly, and in a few days will be discharged. The house with its occupants where the case broke out has been under quarantine ever since the case was discovered.
      There are no indications of any new cases in the city. General vaccination has been ordered and practiced. The City Council and the Board of Health are working in unison for the best interest of the town and public. There is no excitement at present and no danger of being exposed upon the streets of our own.
      Very truly, The Board of Health

From Dawson.
Special Correspondence from Dawson.
      Deputy Marshal A.M. Lewis visited relatives here Monday.
      Hon. John Bullette, of Claremore, was in Dawson Saturday looking after his coal business.
      Harlow & Co. are putting a nice new stock of groceries in the store formally occupied by J.H. Foster & Son.
      Geo. Bullette, of Tulsa, is feeding 400 head of cattle on the Lewis farm.
      B. Mellow, an ex-deputy marshal of Coweta, visited old friends here Monday.
      Quite a crowd of Dawsonites went to Claremore on the 27th January to attend the United States commissioner's court, and one young man of the party, after a short interview with Commissioner
Page 8, column 4
Jennings, came home $50 poorer, but a wiser boy.
      John Foster has "racked out."
      John McBride came in from Wichita Friday.
      Chas. Haas, the genial salesman of Neosho, was in Dawson this week.
      John McBride went to Sapulpa this week.
      Lee Foster and family were the guests of J.W. Corwin Monday.
      G.P. Hefflinger has spent part of this week in Collinsville.
      The Frisco depot is completed and is quite an ornament to the town.
      The coal business is improving.
      There is some talk of quarantining Dawson against neighboring villages.
      Report says that W.W. Foster will go on the road to represent the Barber Medicine Co., as a commercial tourist.
      The Ladies' Aid Society met with Mrs. Jas. Wooley last week.
      Robert Ballard is doing some work for the Santa Fe at Owasso this week.
      S.V. Abercrombie has been in Vinita part of this week on business.
      Sebastain Raise was unfortunate enough to get one of his eyes burned this week by applying the wrong end of a lighted cigar to it.
      Tommy, a wee little body, the infant son of Jas. H. Foster and wife, of this place, after an illness of nearly two weeks with measles, "passed into that dreamless sleep that kisses down his eyelids still," and was laid to rest in the Tulsa cemetery Wednesday
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last. We, who have little "tots" of our own, tender to these people our heartfelt sympathy. "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord."
      Born, Tuesday, Feb. 6th, to Brack Finnell and wife, a girl. Brack thought he might be able to be down town by Saturday or Sunday.

Exchange: - ... Unless something is done soon to change the condition of affairs in the Chickasaw Nation, the entire country will be entailed in law suits in the United States court. Suits for possession of certain lands held by non-citizen lease holders are being filed daily, almost hourly. ...
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