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Entered thts Postofllce nt Dnrlington, Indi
an Territory, us second class matter.
MAIL TIME TAHLK.
Caldwell & Ft. Sill Line.
From South TO a. m
From North 11 n. m.
Stages', same time, gointf S. Tuesdays
Thursdays & Saturdays; going N. Mondays,
Wednestlays & Fridays.
Vanlta & Las Vegas Line.
Arrive going east, fi p. m , Sundays, Wcdnes.
days & Fridays: going west, 7 a. m.r Mondays,
Thursdays & Saturdays.
One laundress has been discharg
ed from each school and the places
supplied by 'Indian labor.
Caspar Keller and John Murphy
each bought a horse at Reno on the
In. the absence of Dr. Hodge, Dr.
Hall of Reno, makes regular visits
to the Agency to look after the sick
Agent Miles. Dr. TTodge, J. F. Will
iams and J. A. Covington came in
Tuesdav from Fort Smith, where
they had been attending court.
There will be a sale at Tno on the
27th in (... at which 4.000 bushels of
oats will be sold, also stoves, ITar
nrs". s'iddV, el i clcv bits,, spades,
Woodard and Stuart moved their
effects to the commissary last Sat
urdav, and thev now contemplate
with unfeigned satisfaction their el
evation above the rest of us.
Jssn. aVi Arapahoe boy, sold $lo0
worth of cattle a few days ago. These
cattle were a part of a herd which
this young man has gathered togeth
er in the past five years.
The Agency people are building
an ice house on the bank of the riv
er opposite the Agent's house. This
will supply a want lonir fell when
summer heat makes ice a luxury.
The commissary has at last been
inspected, Joi-md' to be all right and
received. The contractors have been
paid off and the mechanics who
worked on the building are happy,
The arrival of a daughter at his
house one day Inst week, was tie
reason Caspar Keller had for setting
ii) the ei stars and making merry
with his friends..
Hen lerson, an Arapahoe bov now
at Carlisle, writes that he has iron
ed two wagons' and wants them
brought to the Agency, so that the
Indians here may sec the progress
the Carlisle boys are making.
It is difficult to-tell of which the
"proprietor,, of the Cheyenne Howe
is prouder, his budding mustache
or that boy of his. Both are new
things to him, and his enjoyment is
only limited" by his capacity.
W. 0. Williams and J. S. Morri
son insert their cattle brands in. this
issue. . These gentlemen- show their
appreciation of the benefits of' hav
ing their brands well known, and
we are' quite sure they will profit bv
their liberality. The cost of insert
ing a brand for ai year in the Thans
j'ortkk is only fix dollars, includ
ing a year's subscription to the pa
per, which is a very small item com
pared to the recovery of even one
We note with pleasure the prog
ress made by the Indian children at
the schools here in speaking En
glish. Many of them speak the lan
guage quite well considering the ad
vantages they have had.
Dr. Banister, of Reno, performed
an operation on the eyes of one of
'he Arapahoe school boys one day
last week, but as we are not famil
iar with surgical terms we forbear
raying more than that the boy is do
ing well since the operation.
The Medicine Lodge Cresset says
cattle 7iien seem to think the pros
pect for cattle wintering through in
good shape is very fine. The snow
coming so early will start the wili
er grass much sooner than it other
wise would start.
Tony Robinson, the horse mcr
hant of this place, bought four
horrcs and four mules at the milita
ry sale, at Reno on the 30th ultimo.
Tonv kno.vs aU about a horse, and
I'hcn he bus an animal it is cer
ain he will make some money out
of the transaction.
y Nine years ago there was not a
Cheyenne or Arapahoe child m
school. Now there arc 250 in school
1 e e and seventy in the Training
School at Carlisle, Pennsylvania,
and hundreds of others who would
be in school were accommodations
Woodoud eame in from the hunt
pretty badly dilapidated. lie hadn't
killed more game than two or three
hunters should, had chased a jack
rabbit f6r two hours without catch
ing it and looked as completely de
moralized as was the "busted" gun
he brought back with him,
Mr. Charles Campbell started for
New York last Monday, having rc
ceived word that his inothcr, who
resided1 in that city, was dying. A
letter has since been received bv Mr..
Campbell's wife stating that his
m fier died on the 3d inst. Mr.
Campbell has the sympathy of a host
of friends in his bereavement.
y The ladies of the Cheyenne school
came down en masse last Sunday
evening, to give the folks at the
Arapahoe Mission a grand surprise.
They succeeded admirably but the
laugh is on the- other side, and we
hope it will be a long time before
these ladies will undertake another
On the night of Nov. 12th, the
men at Ciwtfcr ranch, on the mail
line between this place and Mobce
tie, Texas, heard the mules in the
corral maMng a noise as if all was
not right" Albert Armstrong went
to see what was the matter and
while ru aiug between two haystacks
found himself confronted by two
huge cougars. Being unarmed he
heat a hasty retreat, calling to his
comrade, doe Mandell, to bring the
gun, which he did firing two shots.
The gun being loaded with lino shot,
the effect was only to frighten the
animals away, and before the boys
could re-load these disturbers of the
We publish in this issue a call, for
a meeting of the stockmen of the
Pan Handle at Mobeolic, Wheeler
county, Texas, on the 1 5th of De
cember. The time has come when
the stockmen of Texas should have
some recognition at the hands of the
legislature and we hope they will be
successful in their cfibrts in that
Quite a new order of things has
been instituted at the Arapahoe Mis
sion since the first of July, most not
ably the organization of a choir com
posed of the following Indian chil
dren : Sergts. Kiser, Lee, Burchard
and Debet, Corporals Paul and Dick.
Benajah, Fieldy and Matthew, and
Misses Neock, Belle, Lena and
Othea, Miss Neock being organist.
The success of the enterprise reflects
much credit on Miss Laminond, who
is the prime mover of the scheme.
Mr. Marion Blair, u presenting
the cattle men holding cattle on the
Cherokee Strip, has been appointed
inspector for this and the Kiowa
Agency, in connection with the is
sues of beef cattle to the Indians.
Mr. Blair comes highly recommend
ed and we trust will succeed in de
tecting any attempted fraudulent de
livery of cattle belonging to parties
he represents. We believe, howev
er, his duties would be materially
simplified and detection and proof
of property rendered vastly more se
cure were his brands properly adver
tised in that department of thi
The Commercial of the 2"th ult.,
in talking of the fracas here last
August gets humorous, and says
that our escape from Indian ven
geance was not due to the coolness
of Maj. Randall or the firmness of
Agent Miles, but to the fact that two
men stopped to eat a water-melon
in full view of the hosliles as they
were drawn up in front of the Agen
cy. We do not wish to say the Com
mercial intentionally misrepresents,
but we do not believe a word of that
story, in fact, we do not think there
was a melon in the neighborhood at
that time. Another fact, there was
nut a person about here, except our
sclf, who was so ignorant of the na
ture of the demonstration as to be
able to see a water-melon, even
though it had been as big as a bar
rel. And, sad to relate, ve did not
get a smell of that historic melon,
nor even so much as hear of the
same till the Commercial grow it.
Representatives f the Press will
be at Caldwell and Ilunnewell next
Monday to see the Oklahoma boom
ers set out on their happy journey.
Sumner Co. Press.
Yes ; and so will Lieut. Mason and
Company II, of the 4th Covalry, be
here, and Capt Robinson at Ilunne
well, to see them set out on their
j orrwy.- Caldwell Post.
hid p Commercial will proba
b lyatp n page or two to '-'plain''
J- .IHlifi!idl, and the hopeless de-
p if Jffi the United Slateh Gov-
The Caldwell Commercial is just
now the happiest sheet in America.
In its issue of the 25th ult., it pitch
es into the U. S. Government, the
War Department, the Interior De
partment, and three newspapers, and
conies near annihilating the whole
outfit. Why shouldn't it feel hap
py over such achievements? The
further fact that this paper has been
languishing in almost hopeless de
spondency for several months (hav
ing located in the dominion of the
peaceful Post) makes its condition
such, mentally and otherwise, that it
is capable of enjoying a general up
roar immensely. A home rumpus
is decidedly the best, but if that can
not be had, the Government, the
newspapers of the country and the
Indians must take the consequences.
But for the present, the triumph is
sufficient, and if the material holds
out, the editor of thi t paper will
continue to gently stroke his whis
kers and warble, "Oh why shouldn't
the spirit of 'small fry' be proud?"
AN IMPORTANT DECISION.
Touching the question of the
rights of white men married to In
dian women, the following decision
of the U. P. Circuit Court, for the
Western District of Arkansas, May
term of 1S70, is important." The
casein question was one of jurisdic- .
tion in the ease of a young half
blood Choctaw, the son of a white
man by a Choctaw woman, who, be
ing brought to trial before the U. S.
Court at Fort Smith for murder, de
nied the jurisdiction of the U. S.
Court-, claiming that he was only
amenable before a Nation court.
The presiding judge held that "In
all eases where a white man married
to a Choctaw or Chickasaw woman
and had died before the adoption of
the treaty of 186G, he was a citizen
of the United States, because being
dead and not in existence at the
time of the adoption of that treaty,
he could not throw off his allegiance
to the United States, and as the
child partakes of the political status
of the father, he is now what his fa
ther was at the time of his death."
It is claimed by the authorities
that the present status of the Chey
ennes and Arapahocs is precisely
similar to that of the Choctaws and
Chickasaws prior to the adoption of
the treaty of 186G, and in this view
of the case, the marriage of a white
man to a woman of either of these
tribes, carries with it no rights other
than those possessed by him previ
ous to such marriage, because there
is no law of Congress, treaty stipu
lations, or regulations affecting such
cases. Moreover, the children of
such marriages have no riglife other
than those possessed by their fathers
as citizens of the United States.
Accepting this theory as correct,
the inference is irresistible that the
claims for rights, contended for by
parties having Indian wives, by rea
son of being member's of these tribes
by marriage, are fallacious, and that
neither they nor their children can
lav claim to property, nor to trade,
without first complying with exist
ing laws regulating those points, the
same (us other citizens of the United