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Tulsa Democrat Newspaper
Tulsa, Indian Territory
Vol. 6 No. 4
January 26, 1900 Issue (Pages 5-8)

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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Page 5, column 1-4

Important Happenings Among a People Little Known.
Osage Readers Will Find New of Their Nation
in The Tulsa Democrat.

[I will only transcribe the sections that include people's names]
      The report of Inspector Zeveley on the investigation of the administration of W. J. Pollock, agent of the Osage Indian agency, is still before Secretary Hitchcock. While the report makes an unfavorable showing for Pollock, it is understood that no charges showing maladministration of a criminal character have been sustained. The conclusion of the special inspector tend to show Pollock's lack of proper qualifications for the place rather than any direct and willful violation of law. It is not improbable that Secretary Hitchcock may not consider the evidence against Pollock as sufficent to justify his removal.
     At the last payment there were 1793 names upon the Osage roll. Of these 891 were fullbloods and 902 were mixed bloods, making a majority of eleven mixed bloods at the payment. During the past quarter there have been twenty-seven births in the tribe, fourteen being fullbloods and thirteen mixed bloods. The deaths have been twenty-five making an actual increase of two in the membership of the tribe. The deaths among the fullbloods were twenty-three in number, while only two were mixed bloods. <...> decrease of twenty-one
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more fullbloods than mixed bloods. After payment the names of those who have died during the quarter are stricken from the rolls. This process has been completed at the agency and it leaves 1768 on the rolls on the first of January. Of this number 868 are fullbloods and 900 mixed bloods.

Sedan Lance: - R. W. Black and Eugene Hayes, of Elgin came into Sedan Wednesday on the Missouri Pacific from the west and drove to Elgin that evening. R. W. Black is the head of the R. W. Black Mercantile Co., at Elgin, and Eugene Hayes is in the commission business there. Mr. Hays says there are about 120,000 cattle being "roughed" through in the Osage country this winter. The largest holder of cattle, he says, is John Clair, who has something like 12,800 heard. He says the cattle are doing well so far this winter and that the stock interests are in fine shape; that the feeling of security is good among the cattlemen and the men who hold the cattle paper. He says there will be considerably more cattle to go on the market from the Osage country this year than ever was known on account of more cattle being wintered there. He thinks the prospects are good for cattlemen.

Word was received here this week that the Secretary of the Interior had decided that the children of white fathers, who were dropped from the rolls several years ago, were entitled to back annuities. ... In 1888 a law as passed in congress to the effect that children born of white fathers and Indian mothers should not be entitled to any of the tribal annuities, but should be citizens of the United States. ... enforcement occurred in December, 1894. In June 1897, a law was passed placing them on the rolls again.

[end of the Osage articles]

Page 5, columns 3 & 4
[long article reporting Horace Speed, U.S. district attorney's reason for wanting to open the Osage Nation for settlement]

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The Insurance Question.
      Claremore Courier: -
The insurance question is quite a problem in the Territory, and the persons who pay the high premiums are not the only one who are figuring. The entire receipts of all companies doing business in the Territory for the year of 1899 were less than $100,000. To say they lost money is putting it mildly. One company lost 5,000 per cent of what they took in. The year of 1900 starts in with no brighter outlook than the previous year. The first week in January records three fires in which the loss aggregates more than $50,000, fully half what was paid the previous year in premiums. Ardmore, Tulsa and Nowata have been the suffers so far. What the year will be, December 31, 1900, alone can tell.

A Clear Conscience.
      We have closed our inventory and are more than pleased at the results of the year's trade. 1899 was a good year at our store. We appreciate the liberal patronage given us, and will try to show what we think of it by the extremely low prices and courteous treatment at our store in the future. We have a clear conscience at the close of the year, for we know that we have sold good goods at a small price, and have had no complaint.
      We are grateful for the favor of the public, and shall appreciate all the patronage we receive in the future. J. M. Hall & Co.

It Was A Fake.
      Fairland Bee: -
The great sale of the eldest daughter of Chief Corndropper - twice a widow - a fullblood Osage, on the block to the highest bidder in poinies, is a myth, and the chief with a freshly sharpened tomahawk and scalping knife is seeking the hair of the man who started the fairy tale on the rounds of the press. We trembled for the curly locks of the Muskogee Times man, but our fears were allied on seeing it credited to the Bartlesville Magnet.

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.

To Prevent Fires.
      Afton city council has passed an ordinance <section missing> owners to b <section missing> mortar <rest missing>

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[business card ads] already transcribed in Jan 19th issue.

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[boxed ads] already transcribed in Jan 19th issue.

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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.
      It is said that Judge Gill will reside at Muskogee.
      The Muskogee Times wants the houses in its town numbered.
      A fire at Daugherty Friday night did about $10,000 damage.
      Marshals spilled 300 gallons of wine at South McAlester last week.
      S. L. Johnson is putting in a $15,000 private bank at South McAlester.
      Poteau has been made the end of a division on the Pee Gee and is correspondingly happy.
      A small boy with an air gun broke a $250 plate glass front for the First National bank at South McAlester.
      The Bartlesville Magnet says a new Christian denomination, the Church of God, will shortly establish a school at Bartlesville.
      A Purcell dispatch, dated the 20th, says: G. W. Collier, of Erin Springs was shot and instantly killed at that place yesterday.
      Ex-Indian Agent Dew M. Wisdom and Capt. Bob Toomer, formerly of Dardanelle, Ark., have formed a partnership in the law business with offices at Muskogee.
      Claremore Progress - Word comes from Collinsville that the town may have to take another move unto itself, as it is rumored that the Interior Department will not allow towns to be built on mineral lands.
      A Vinita dispatch, dated the 20th says: Ben Shrum, charged with horse stealing, escaped from the United States jail here last night by climbing the outer wall of the inclosure and running away from the guards. He was held for trial.
      Muskogee Times - There was a little clash between Judge Thomas and a jury yesterday. The judge scored the jury when it brought in a verdict against the instructions, hence the coolness. The affair passed off without any unpleasant reciminations.
      The United State court at Vinita was adjourned by Judge <paper is torn and overlaps - one line is missing> ... covery that there was a case of smallpox in the jail there. No more criminal cases will be tried until fall. When it reconvenes the court will take up the civil docket.
      Poteau News - It is predicted by those who pretend to know whereof they speak, that the Devlin-Wear Coal Co. will be employing 500 men in their Poteau and Witteville mines inside of ninety days, and 1000 by the middle of next summer. We hope the prediction may prove to be correct.
      South McAlester Capital - The six inches of snow which covered the wheat fields of the Cherokee Nation for ten days has been of incalculable benefit to the coming crop, the outlook for <hole in paper>
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usually promising at this season. For two years the wheat crop of this section has been almost a complete failure, and another miss would be ruinous, but happily, unless something unforeseen should happen, the Territory wheat growers will be saved that calamity this season.
      Fort Gibson Post: - Wild flowers are blooming almost like spring time in the national cemetery near town, where repose over 2,500 of the "nation's honored dead." Great country where wild flowers bloom out of doors in January.
      Poteau News: - The report comes from railroad men on the Pee Gee that the survey has been made for the location of the Pee Gee shops at this place, and it is given as the opinion of railroad men that this will be a general division before many months.
      South McAlester Capital: - All the mines in this section report steadily increasing outputs of coal; numerous new shafts are being sunk, and additional tracks and spurs laid. The output for 1900 promises to far eclipse that of last year.
      A Washington special dated the 20th, says: The bill of Representative Stephens, opening the Comanche and Kiowa reservations, was put on the Indian appropriation bill by a unanimous vote of the house committee on Indian affairs. Mr. Stephens thinks this will insure the passage of the bill at this session.
      Denison Herald: - The board of health of the Choctaw Nation has ordered that no public meetings, operas, balls, political meetings or churches shall congregate people together at points in the Choctaw Nation infected by smallpox. Churches have been closed until such time as the board of health will again permit them to open and no opera houses or places of amusement or entertainment, where people are likely to be gathered together in numbers will be permitted.

Mrs. Nellie Dills Dies by Her Own Hand.
      Chieftain: -
Mrs. Nellie Dills died early last night from an overdoes of chloroform at the home of her uncle, L J Fish, across the street from the Western hotel. She came from Afton on the train yesterday morning, where she had been living with her husband, Sam Dills. Late yesterday afternoon she purchased a quantity of chloroform at the People's Drug Store and the presumption is that she went home and drank an overdose of it immediately, as she was <paper is torn and overlaps - one line is missing> ... dead at about nine o'clock last night.
      Mrs. Dills was about twenty-five years old, and well known in this city, having resided here much of the time for several years. Her husband was telegraphed for at Afton this morning; a message was also sent to her brother at Thayer, Missouri. The interment takes place at the cemetery tomorrow.

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Another Effort to Burn the Building and Destroy Auditor's Books.
Guilty Parties Being Hard Pressed by the Investigation,
Buffington too Smart for Them.
- Another attempt was made a few days ago to break into the auditor's office at Tahlequah. Someone broke the transom above the door of the office and climbed in, using an old chair for the purpose. Inside numerous matches had been struck and thrown upon the floor in the vain search for the record books of Cherokee national tickets. Governor Buffington, as a wise precaution, had moved the records to the bank vault for safe keeping immediately after the burglary during the session of council, and so the desperate burglars were thwarted in their designs. There have been two attempts to burn the capitol building at Tahlequah, and the governor is determined to preserve the most valuable records. The thought of an investigation is driving some guilty parties to desperation.

City Ordinance No. 30
An ordinance amendatory to Ordinances No. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 23 of the Incorporated Town of Tulsa.
     Be it ordained by the Town Council of the Incorporated Town of Tulsa:
     [different sections of the ordinances listed] are hereby amended by adding to each and everyone of said ordinances in addition to the punishment therein imposed, the following: And in case the fine and costs are not paid, the offender shall be committed to jail until the same are fully paid and satisfied, which imprisonment shall not exceed one day for each seventy-five cents in fines and costs. ... Signed by: R N Bynum, Mayor of Tulsa and W J Baber Act. Town Recorder. Effective Jan 22, 1900

Cherokee Contest.
      It is said the contest of Wolf Coon for T. M. Buffington's seat as chief of the Cherokee nation is to be heard by Inspector J George Wright. The Interior department has decided to go into the case fully.

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[boxed ad] Annual Clean-Up - Gamble's Cash Store.

Page 7, columns 1-3

AN UNJUST WAR (Contributed by H. J. H. Catoosa, January 23)
      [article about the Philippine war]

THE MONEY QUESTION IS THE ISSUE. (Contributed by H. J. H. Catoosa, January 23)
     [article about the national bank trust bill.]

Page 7, columns 3-4

Republican Paper Denounces McKinley's Carpetbag Appoints.
A Sad Commentary on the Party in the Territory.
Why Should the Party Play Traitor?

      [article reprinted from the Sapulpa Light]

      Spiro Gazette: -
Col. Thomas B. Needles, of the Dawes Commission, is holding the fort here while the other three members are in Washington, including the venerable chairman, Mr. Dawes. Colon Needles preferred to remain in the Territory and take care of work ... [rest of article about what Needles is doing]

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Claremore Falls Into Line With Fifteen Cases.
      Vinita Chieftain: -
For some time there has been an eruptive disorder prevailing at Claremore which Dr. Duckworth and another physician, both of whom had served in a smallpox hospital pronounced chickenpox. Dr. Bushyhead said it was smallpox and yesterday Dr. Fortner, of this city, went out and made an investigation and so pronounced it. Nobody has been very sick though an unusual amount of scratching has been observed among the school children. A preacher is the principal sufferer from the malady.

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The Passing Throng
      Smoke Cuban Star [repeated 5 times] Best 5c Cigar on the market.
      The Famous shipped two bales of cotton this week.
      Rocking chairs in endless varieties at Archer's.'
      Men's Duck and Men's Overcoats will be sacrificed at J M Hall & Co.
      Mrs. Belstead and Miss Sarah Fordner returned Wednesday from a visit to Texas.
      We are closing out all winter goods at the best price we can get for them. Come early. J M Hall & Co.
      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.
      Nathan Brown died Monday at three p.m., of typhoid-pneumonia fever. He was a young man of much promise, and was known to almost everyone in the city. He lived on the other side of the river.
      We have too many ladies' shoes in small sizes, and they are going to be sold at almost any price. Ladies with small feet can step into a bargain at J M Hall & Co's.
      James McBirney won the prize in The Democrat's Love Tale contest, which appeared in last week's paper. He had supplied each author's name before eight o'clock the next morning. He will receive The Democrat for one year for his labor.
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      By mutual consent the firm of Collins & Calkins has dissolved partnership. Col. Calkins has opened an office in the building between J. M. Hall & Co's and R. N. Bynum's, on Main street, and Mr. Collins has engaged rooms in the Forsythe building, and can be found there by those seeking legal advice.

From Dawson.
      J. W. McBride, had a fine saddle stolen from his barn, Monday night.
      Harvey Snayberry of Claremore was visiting J. W. Corwin, last week.
      Elder E. J. Booth preached here Sunday evening to an appreciative audience.
      Jas. Wooley returned Sunday from a business trip to Missouri and Kansas.
      The Mingo school house has been moved from its former site and converted into a dwelling.
      The Frisco carpenters are encamped on the grounds for the construction of a depot at this place.
      There is no coal famine here. Tuesday morning found forty cars on the track and not an order for a bushel.
      Rev. J. E. Murphy did not fill his appointment here Sunday on account of being engaged in a protracted meeting at Catoosa.
      Joel Rider, a one legged soldier went to church Sunday night to hear his old friend Booth, who he had not heard preach for over thirty-three years.
      On last Friday the officials of the Santa Fe visited Owasso and surveyed a reservoir and accepted
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plans for other contemplated work at that place. It is said that work will be resumed on the extension, February 1st. It is also stated that a division will be made at that town.
      Some months since, Mr. Stonebraker, a cattleman, bought two cribs of corn from a man who formerly resided in this vicinity. The corn was measured in a crib and amounted to nearly two thousand bushes. But when the workmen began to haul the corn away they found inbedded in the center of the cribs, two ten-bushel boxes turned upside down, and an old manger from a stable near by, and hay and other things.
      The statement has been circulated and generally accepted as true, that the Creek Coal Banks were soon to have a postoffice. But this is not the case. The department at Washington has failed to establish the office on the ground that it will chiefly benefit the <black smudges> company, a corporation doing business at the <black smudges> demanded by sufficient number of bona fide residents to justify the <black smudges> ...

Our Motto.
      The Phoenix takes us to task about our motto. Not so much about the motto per see, as about what was said about it. Hereafter we will try to accompany our bon mots with some kind of foot notes or explanatory remarks, that the Phoenix may be able to detect the joke. There was perhaps no other paper in the Territory dull enough to misconstrue what was said about that motto.
      Now, the meaning of this wonderful motto is simply this: Often
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times we republish from the columns of the Phoenix and other good papers, items of importance which in the next issue of the same papers is totally contradicted by some other item which is in exact opposition to the former one, as in the case of the leases expiring January 1. This necessitates a correction of the false information disseminated the previous week. Several instances of this kind have happened recently, and in more than one case we have been asked for further information as to which report was correct.
      In order to educate some of our patrons in the knowledge that we publish news of this character as it is reported without waiting for absolute information as to its correctness, we adopted this motto.
      The Phoenix need not be alarmed about The Democrat indulging in libelous statements with the expectation of taking refuge behind as thin a veil as a motto. The present management is not altogether a novice at the business of pushing a <black smudges> ... be certain to pursue that course that <black smudges> ... channel and away from all breakers that have been mapped and charted by other navigators ahead of us.

W. J. Bryan May Speak at Tulsa.
      The effort to get Wm. J. Bryan to make a short talk in February may not be unsuccessful after all. A letter has been received from his brother, who represents him at Lincoln during his absence, stating that his itinerary for February has not yet been mapped out, and that he will finish his engagements in the east
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and then go to Austin, Texas, to join his family, who are spending the winter at that place.
      From there it is thought he will return to St. Louis to fill an engagement. It was on this trip from Austin to St. Louis he was expected to pass through Tulsa, and if these plans are carried out we may hear him yet.
     Below we publish a letter to Mr. Mosher from his uncle a resident of Lincoln. This letter shows the esteem in which Mr. Bryan is held by his neighbors, and is published for that purpose. [letter to W. H. Moser of Tulsa from Sam S. Whit<missing> - Letter follows]
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