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Tulsa Democrat Newspaper
Tulsa, Indian Territory
Vol. 6 No. 5
January 26, 1900 Issue (Pages 1-4)

Abstracted/transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport

When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all

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Monday Night's Council Meeting Got Down to Business.
A Lame Place in the Ordinances is Healed by a
New Law - Power to Jail.
      A very important ordinance was passed and approved, with an emergency clause, at the city council meeting Monday night. It will be found in another place in this paper. The ordinance provides that the Mayor may commit to jail any one convicted of disorderly conduct of any kind. Heretofore there has been a lame place in the ordinances covering various offenses, on account of a lack of prescribed penalty, and all the authorities could do was to impose a fine for their infraction. If the convicted party did not pay the fine and nothing could be found to make it out of the party went unpunished as there as no law to incarcerate him in jail. The new ordinance strengthens these weak places and provides that the Mayor may commit to jail until the law is satisfied all offenders who refuse to pay the fine imposed.
      This was a much needed amendment to the city laws, and violaters in the future had better pay promptly all fines assessed.

The McKinley Club.
      The McKinley club met in the opera house Wednesday night and adopted a constitution and by-laws. The Indian Republican was named as the official organ of the club, and commended to Republicans everywhere. A number of new names were placed on the roster of membership.
      There being no further business the club invited Mr. W. M. Mellette, of Vinita, to address those present. Mr. Mellette made a pleasing speech, which was historical rather than upon the prevailing issues. This gentleman aspires to be the Republican national committeman from the Territory, and received an indorsement of the club under a resolution introduced by Col. Querry.

Smallpox Regulations.
Tulsa. I. T., Jan 25, 1900.
      To the Public: - Considering the smallpox situation in Indian Territory and Oklahoma, we feel that the citizens of Tulsa should prepare early to avoid the disease, and we make the following suggestions:
      1st. General Vaccination. - Our schools should require from each pupil a certificate of "successful vaccination" within the past <hole> years.
      2nd. <...> people discontinue unnecessary visits to their sick friends and neighbors - especially in <...> active fever.
      3rd. <...> all suspicable cases
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be promptly reported to the Board of Health for diagnosis and care, for the benefit of the patient and protection of our town.
      The theory of vaccination is so well established, that it is considered unnecessary to mention it here, but the duration of immunity from a successful vaccination is very uncertain and for that reason he would advise a general vaccination in Tulsa.
      The physicians of our town have kindly consented to reduce the fee for vaccination and are doing so to aid the town in avoiding the epidemic of smallpox, and we urge every citizen of Tulsa to insist upon a general vaccination, bearing in mind that all persons successfully vaccinated are considered free from the danger of smallpox. - Respectfully. Tulsa Board of Health.

The Democrat listened to a serenade over the telephone by the orchestra as it played for the ball in Forsythe hall last night. The music was excellent, and each note was faithfully reproduced by the phone.

[boxed ad] center of page spanning 3 columns - J. M. Hall & Co.

Red Fork News
      Mr. Paul Clinton, of Red Fork, left Thursday for Demorest, Georgia, where he will enter school. The good wishes of his friends attend him in his search for knowledge.
      Mr. Lee Clinton with his wife and children returned Thursday from Georgia. A hearty welcome is extended to them.
      Mr. Stockings, a nephew of Col. Robinson, who has been visiting here for several weeks, left Wednesday for his home in Kansas.
      Mr. Nathan Brown, who has been ill for some time, died last Monday afternoon. His home was with Mr. Bailey.
      Miss Blauche Gilbert returned Tuesday from a short visit to Sapulpa.
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      Mr. Christie and Vannie Yargee spent Sunday in Sapulpa.
      Messrs. J McBirney and Hugh Hall, appreciating the fine weather for wheeling, took a spin over to our city last Monday afternoon.
      Mrs. Louise Clinton has been spending the week in Tulsa at the bedside of Mrs. Dr. Clinton.
      The Presbyterian church has decided to postpone the purchase of pews for their new church building and set it with chairs. It would require about three months for the pews to be manufactured, and the congregation is anxious to get into the new building. The Sunday school has subscribed about fifty chairs. It
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is desired and expected that the new building will be occupied within a week from next Sunday and that the new pastor will begin his ministry to the church in the new house.

Strayed or Stolen.
      From my place two miles west of Catoosa, Jan 15th, twenty-seven head of shoats; weight 50-150 pounds; marked crop left under bit right. Three light yellow ones in the bunch. Any information leading to their recovery will be rewarded. Address, Wm. A. Cummins, Catoosa, I.T.

That department of the public school heretofore conducted in the Lindsay building, will close today.

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Bob Childers, Who Broke Jail at Tulsa Has Been Captured.
While on the Way to Jail With Him The Marshal
Makes Quick Work of Another Capture.
Special correspondence to The Democrat from Dawson.
      Bob Childers, the well known Creek Indian outlaw, who broke jail at Tulsa, last February, was arrested by Deputy Lewis last Thursday and was taken to Muskogee jail Friday. Deputy Lewis says that while en route to Muskogee with Childers he was sitting in the passenger coach at Wagoner, and on hearing firing outside ran out just in time to see a negro shooting at another negro with a pistol,
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but he missed the man he was shooting at and hit a white man in the head, inflicting a very serious wound. Lewis threw his Winchester down on the negro and disarmed him and twenty-five minutes later landed him Muskogee jail

Rev Kerr will be here some time next week from Edmond, Okla. After more mature deliberation, and upon urgent personal solicitations from members and friends of the Presbyterian church at this place, he has decided to recall his decision to not accept the care of the church. He will move his family here and become the pastor of the church early in February. He preached two strong sermons for the church in December and since that time the membership has been at work on him to persuade him to take the work. He has finally consented to do so. There is no doubt that he will be a strong support to the gospel influences in Tulsa, and with a hearty second to his efforts will do much to strengthen the church.

Ed Morgan came in from Coffeyville Wednesday.
Mrs. Dr. C. L. Reeder is visiting in Oklahoma City.
Dr. P. E. Reeder was over from Sinnett the first of the week.

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There is Dissatisfaction at the Department.
The Work Cost Nearly Three Times as Much as Was First Expected.

[article on how long and how much the townsite surveys are costing]

Meeting of Stockholders.
To the Shareholders of the First National Bank of Tulsa, I. T.
      A meeting of the shareholders of the 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. Colley, Cashier.

To all citizens of Tulsa, Indian Territory.
      By virtue of authority vested in me as Mayor of the Incorporated Town of Tulsa, it becomes my duty to call to your attention the fact that there now prevails throughout the Territory an epidemic of smallpox, which, if permitted to spread among us, threatens to destroy our lives, paralyze our business and mar the progress and development of our city. Under such conditions it behooves us all to act with judgement and foresight, and I, therefore, request all citizens to take the necessary precautions to prevent the ravages of the disease in Tulsa. And I call upon you all to be vaccinated, and especially parents that they see that their children are vaccinated at an early date, and thus let us lend a helping hand in stamping out one of the most loathsome diseases.
      In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this 25th day of January, A. D. 1900. - R. N. Bynum, Mayor.

Spelling Bee.
      There will be an old fashioned spelling bee at the M. E. church next Thursday evening. It will be given under the direction of the Epworth League Literary Society, and all are invited to attend and take part. There will be a prize for the best speller.

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[boxed ad] spanning all columns - J. M. Morrow

The Passing Throng
     Smoke Little Bouguet [repeated 5 times] Small but elegant - try one.
      The best Shoes at Gamble's.
      Turner is giving away a phonograph.
      A. C. Archer's for barb wire.
      Scott & Amos have bought the Vinita Leader.
      Fruits, Cakes and Confections at City Bakery.
      Elegant footwear at Gamble's.
      J. W. Corwin was up from Dawson Saturday.
      Latest shapes in Shoes can be found at Gamble's
      Dr. F. L. Brewer was in the city several days last week.
      New line of first quality Shoes at Gamble's.
      Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Turner have returned from a visit to Fort Smith.
      Shoes that will stand the weather and the mud at Gamble's.
      Fresh meats at the best quality at the Tulsa Meat Market. Wallace & Co.
      The improvements are progressing nicely at the Shackle Drug Co's store.
      Buy your fine Cakes at City Bakery - Cheaper than baking them.
      A. C. Goldair, of the Goldair Commission Co., of St. Louis was in the city Monday.
      We have put the knife in deep on all winter goods. They must go at some price. J M Hall & Co.
      Osage Smith was down from Sapulpa yesterday. The Democrat acknowledges favors at his hands.
      Wallace & Co. will buy your fat cattle and hogs - pay you the highest market price - you deliver them.
      Col. Bringham and Dr. Manes have rented offices in the Famous building and have handsomely furnished and equipped them with law and medical libraries. They can be found there in the future.
      Miss Edna Albert won the prize for the best looking lady examined by the blind phrenologist at the
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hall Monday night. Harry Campbell won the prize for the politest man to the ladies. Mr. Campbell is now a firm believer in the science of phrenology.
      The latest in Shoes - Gamble's
      M.E. Church - Subjects Sunday, Jan 28, 1900: Morning, The Wisdom of Fools; evening, A Guide to Character. - A E Ryan.
      Go to Gamble's for Shoes.
      John McBride of Dawson and W. P. Hall of this city lost saddles Monday night. Ab Perryman and Mose Perryman lost the horses. A good many thefts of this nature are being reported in the papers. Some means for the capture and punishment of the criminals should be adopted.

Wanted - Fat Hogs and Cattle.
      Highest market prices 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., J. S. Price, Buyer.

Sixty-eight names have been enrolled on the list of members of the Democratic Club.
A. C. Archer for undertaking and undertaker's supplies.

      The located dentist is in Forsythe hall. All work guaranteed. Painless extracting and fitting. Dr W M Wilson

Epworth League.
      Last Sunday evening at Forsythe hall, the Epworth League held a most interesting service. Nearly 200 people were present. From prominent persons, during the week, we have heard flattering compliments upon the music, especially Miss Albert's singing.
      Let all the people encourage this noble work: There is no telling the amount of good we may do in this line of work.
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      We expect another interesting meeting next Sunday evening.
      Mr. A. C. Amerine is to speak and the music will be good.
      Come out to the services: Sunday School at 10 o'clock a.m.; preaching at 11 a.m.; Epworth League at night. - A. S. J. Haygood.

The Democratic Club.
      The William Jennings Bryan club met Monday night in the city hall, being crowded out of the opera house by another engagement.
      The program for the evening was not carried out for the reason that the by-laws and platform were up for consideration. On Monday night, however, at the Forsythe hall, this excellent program will be given, and a cordial invitation is extended to all to attend. Mr. Nelson and Mr. Collins will both deliver addresses, and a good musical program will be rendered. The ladies are requested to be present, and are assured that they will be entertained. There will be nothing that will offend in the least, so come out to the meeting.

Christians Never Commit Suicide.
By Our Dawson correspondent.
[article explaining why Christians don't commit suicide]

[Banner spanning all columns at bottom of page]
THE DEMOCRAT gives the news without regard to political preference

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Baby Antle.
      Little Baby Antle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Antle, of Tulsa, I.T., was born on the 10th of January 1900 and died on the 19th of January.
      The little life was brief, but it was long enough to win completely the tenderest love of its fond parents. It seems a pity to see the sweet little body laid away so soon, but God knows best and He makes no mistakes.
      To the parents we should say, live to meet that sweet child at the feet of Jesus. God had a purpose in taking it away, it may be to make heaven dearer to you. The little baby hands are beckoning you to come. <poem follows>
      The parents have the prayers of those who pray, and the sympathies of all in their behalf. -A. S. J. Haygood, Tulsa, I.T., January 24, 1900.

Dawson Items.
Special correspondence to The Democrat.
      Coal business is dull at present.
      John McBride has gone to Neosho, Wichita and intermediate points on business this week.
      Dawson has a new barber shop, Henry Gibson is knight of the razor.
      S. V. Abercrombie made a business trip to Sapulpa Monday.
      Sidney McBride, one of Mingo's rustling farmers, was in town Tuesday.
      J. W. Corwin manipulates his new typewriter like an experienced office man.
      Alex X. Lewis returned from Vinita on Saturday.
      Sebastian Reise is on the sick list this week.
      Wm. Smith has taken a large shipping contract from John McBride.
      Some of our enterprising farmers are taking advantage of the fine weather and are breaking land for spring planting.

[boxed ad] Ladies shoes in all sizes at J M Hall & Co.

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The Scene of Death and Disaster for Two Years.
Mysterious Chain of Crimes Committed at the Rowe Home
- An Unfortunate Locality.
      On last Thursday evening John Rowe, colored, shot and wounded George Clark, another negro, at Rowe's home on Bird creek. The two men had some misunderstanding about some money Rowe owed Clark. It is said that Clark flourished a razor and threatened to kill Rowe, when the latter fired a load of heavy shot at a distance of ten feet, the charge taking effect in Clark's right shoulder. Some wadding and several pieces of bone were removed, leaving a hole in the shoulder two inches in diameter.
      On the 20th of last March Clark participated in an all-round fight at Elgin, Kas., in which he received injuries that caused the amputation of his left arm above the elbow. His body is covered with old scars.
      The shooting of George Clark occurred at the former home of Lewis Wright, colored, who was shot and killed on February 20th, 1898, by Lewis Scott also colored, over a dispute about a claim. Wright was chopping wood about a mile and half from his home on land claimed by Scott, when he was shot from ambush. His body was found next day. Evidence pointed to the guilt of Scott, who after some delay, was tried and acquitted upon some technicality. On the 25th of last May, Rowe's mother, an aged negress, died in the same house.

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[boxed ad] spanning all columns - Many Men Die. Shackle Drug

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McKinley would Not Sign the Creek Nation Ordinance.
Bill appropriating Money for Expenses of Delegation Vetoed.
Delay Allotments.

[article on Creek Nation ordinance]

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Renters Have Gone.
      There are a great many vacant farms in the country south of Coffeyville. A disposition in some quarters to "fire" the renters led to an emigration of considerable magnitude, many of the latter class preferring to get out rather than go to the expense and trouble of entering the courts and defending any equities they might have in the places they occupied.

A Job For Springer.
      It is reported that Judge Springer has been retained as counsel by the city of Chicago in the drainage ditch affair which is to be fought in the halls of congress and the courts of St. Louis.

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New Court Decision Will Save Choctaws and Chickasaws a Fortune.
Over a Hundred and Thirty Names
Have Been Stricken From the Rolls.
      An Ardmore dispatch says: - In 1898 a large number of claimants were admitted to citizenship in the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations by Judge Hosea Townsend, of the Southern district, in the cases which had been appealed from the Dawes Commission.
      A year ago P. P. Hopkins, representing the Dawes Commission, made a report in which a large number of errors, discrepancies and frauds, in the judgement of the court, were pointed out. Judge Townsend reopened many of the cases last March, with the result that Mr. Hopkins' report was fully sustained, and enough people excluded from the court judgements to save the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations more than $1,000,000 in land and money.
      These cases which continued last March were called for final hearing today before Judge Townsend. The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations were represented by their attorney. About 130 persons were stricken off the Dawes Commission rolls.

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Medical Fees.
      The Cherokee Medical Association met at Sallisaw last week and adopted the following fee bill to govern the practice of medicine in the country.
      Prescriptions, from 50c to $2; Day visits, city, $1.50; night visits, city, $2.50; day visits, country, per mile extra, 75c; night visits, country, extra, $2.00; day visits, less than one mile outside the city limits, $2; detention, per hour $1; consultations, $10; obstetrics, $10-$50; fractures, $10 to $50; dislocations, $5 to $25; vaccination, 50c. - R. T. Kellram, President; S. B. Jones, Secretary.

Now a City.
     South McAlester is now a full fledged city of the first class, duly presented with its magna charta by Judge Clayton and so declared.

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Every Precaution Has Been Taken to Prevent Spreading.
      Times: -
Three weeks ago Lula Meredith, colored, came here from Hartshorne. She stopped with a colored family of the name of Johnson, south of Col. Owen's place. The Meredith woman was hired by Frank Berry as a cook and to take care of the children. Thursday the woman left for South McAlester. There it was discovered that she had the small pox and she was promptly arrested and sent to the detention camp.
      Yesterday the five-year-old daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Frank [rest of article is missing]

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[boxed ad] R. N. Bynum

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The Dawes Commission throws Bouquets at Itself.
The Impudent Secretary Thinks the Commission
Should do Something.
      The Dawes Commission is well pleased with its work. This is especially the case with Mr. Dawes himself, who lives in Washington and draws a commission pension of $5,000 a year. But Secretary of the Interior Hitchcock doesn't seem so well satisfied and he wants to know what the country is getting for the money which the Dawes people are spending. He has called them to Washington and they are now there to explain matters. ... [article complaining about the Dawes Commission and the townsite problem - bottom part of article is missing]

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Reminiscenses of George Scraper, An Old Fullblood
Strong Protestant Inclination Have Suppressed
Their Once Great Dances.
      Territory Exchange:
- In 1894 I asked Mr. George Scraper, a prominent and intelligent fullblood Cherokee, if he could tell me anything about the aboriginal dances of the Cherokees. Mr. Scarper had early in life seen the necessity of an English education and improved the opportunity given him by his progressive parents, learning many of the rudiments by attending a mission school located six miles away from his home. To be on time for opening of school it was necessary for him to start before sunrise.
      After thinking a few moments he told me that among the most prominent dances indulged in by the Cherokees were the green corn, war, medicine and eagle dances. The latter had fallen into disuse, even in his early boyhood, along in the '20s. It was not as most of the dances - a set festival - but was occasioned by the killing of an American eagle by any warrior. This, on the account of the habits of the birds and the primitive arms ... [left side of article is missing]
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     ... in 1842 ... it became the duty of the Cherokees to exhibit their national dances, in common with the visiting tribes. Then it became known that only one man in the whole Cherokee Nation was able to direct and explain the meaning of the war, medicine and green corn dances, and even he had forgotten or never knew the routine and formula of any others. That was Hair Conrad.
      The last green corn dance of the Cherokees was held July 1847, in Delaware district, at a point now supposed to be in section seventeen, township twenty-four, range twenty-three of the late survey, near Honey creek, east of Grand river. In the latter part of September, 1861, war dances were executed at Fort Gibson by members of three companies of Drew's regiment, sent by Chief Ross as escort to Albert Pike, representative of the Confederate states, but this was more as evidence of the passing frenzy - war. Formulas forgotten, conditions changed and the deep hold of the Protestant Christian belief of the Cherokees have entirely eradicated their ancient religion, on which were based the several ceremonies now called "dances." - E. S.

Choctaws are Shrewd.
      Claremore Progress: -
In the Choctaw Nation all persons who rent land to non-citizens are required to pay a permit tax of $5 for each renter. Within sixty days after the contract is made between a non-citizen and the citizen, the citizen must make application for this permit <torn> the tax, or be prosecuted. This unjust tax is one of the causes which made many white farmers leave that nation recently and seek homes in Oklahoma and not elsewhere. Naturally, unless you know better, it is understood that the citizen pays this tax, for he does pay over the money and retains the tax receipt himself, but the money in nine cases out of ten comes from the renters. It is a cunning piece of Choctaw legislation to raise revenues from an illegitimate source.

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Dawes Commission and Indian Agent Flooded with Petitions
Non-Citizens Have Made Valuable Improvements
Worth Thousands of Dollars.

[article about the Leasehold problem]

Burned to Death.
      A special from Bartlesville, I. T., brings the harrowing information that an aged insane Indian woman named Mrs. Patyak was burned to death on Hominy creek, twenty-five miles west of that place. She lived with her son, and the latter went to Pawhuska and left her alone. During his absence it is suppose <...> set fire to the hut in which <...> lived. When he returned <...> found the hut reduced to ashes and his mother burned to death.
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