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VINITA, INDIAN TERRITORY, THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 1901.
VOL. XIXr NO 32
An Unsuccessful Effort Sun
day to Injure Lod-better.
SCHEME FRAMED UP
Tu Make it Appear Thai the Kill
cient MarMinl Had Ileen Col
lecting More Taxes Than Ho
Turned in Dut Ho Confronted
I Sunday tliero was considerable
electioneering dono and 'lots of
button-holing and quiet, mysteri
0U8 talk by the "wiBo" polilioinno
of more or lues influence.
Tlio brunt of the tight was cen.
tered on Bud Ledhetter, and those
opposed to his candidacy sprung
what they considered were certain
"knock-out" drops. Their scheme
was too far fetched, however, and
Monday it acted as a boomerang
and Instead of hurting the efiiclent
marshal it gained htm votcB. The
turned into the treasury. Hh de
fled Maddux to present tho re
ceipt for any Bum over that
amount and very clearly stated
that "any man who said that ho
collected more than he turned In
wnB a liar." Maddux either did
not or would not show the receipt
Ledhetter gvo him at the time he
collected the 85.70, and even to
Mr. LaJhetter denied that he had
told n tingle person about the
As it Is, the scheuio fell Hat and
because of It, several cillzenB who
wero going to vote for Mr. Gil
strap Btated today they would voto
for Ledhetter because they do not
approve of "tho dirty in politics."
When all tho books were ex
amined in the case of Moddox it
wnB shown that Ledhetter had col
lected only 85 70 but had erred in
entering a credit to Maddox of
$7.70. When all tho credits were
added Mr. Ledhetter turned ovor
tho amount and it shows clearly
that liiBtead of "holding out" two
dollars, lie is jual outthatamount.
FROM Jilt. MADDOX
Editor Chieftain In explana
tion of a story circulated in town
that Marshal Ldbttter has col
lucird mure money than was as
sessed against me is not correct.
Tho book showed that I had paid
t'vo dollars more than I was as-
The Growing City of Vinlta
and What It Means
YIELD IN PRODUCE.
Former Waste Prairies Around
Vinlta Aro Now Uiing Made to
Yield Thousands of Dollars
Worth of Corn and Other Grain
The Pros on which The Chieftain is Printed.
Chieftain tins not been able to
ascertain whether Mr. Qilstrap
waB n party to the "spiinging ol
the mine," but from an acquain
tance with that gentleman wo are
forced to believe it was done with
out his knowledge hecausn it trap
such a biiifcfactd fiiluthiind, and s.i
foolishly inuniigHil that it bore
every hull-mink of a set o( ninuieur
politicians. It wa a case whrru
Mr. Gilslrap could ct tntnly cry
with react n, "riavu mo from my
A')) at u i on tho?.' men who op
posed Ledhetter fur one reusou and
another, hut mostly because lie
had maintained order and enf rot d
the law in Vinilii, tcitlcred about
town asking tvery man they met
if they had heard the news. Then
they very promptly gavo the
' information" that Ltdbetter had
been holding out on the taxpayors
w hen collecting taxes and that it
had just been discovered by the
board of equalization that he had
been crooked in his financial deal
ings. Then (hoy told, with suoh
exaggerations as seemed tn meot
tho case, that Marion Maddoc had
the documentary proof.
As a matter of fact, Maddox
met Ledhetter and took him to the
sessed but the receipt Mr. Ledbot
lergavfrmo ehowed that I bald
just the amount 85.70.
M. 0. Maddox.
During the nearly nineteen
years of its oxistonce, tho Indian
Chieftain has printed numerous
special editions, an i m v:.y in
stance sucti ventures havo been
highly satisfactory from a business
standpoint, and exceedingly so
from a disinterested advantogo of
Buch publications to its town and
country. So at this Eistertime
we print an eight-pago edition of
some iniinireud moro linn our
usual weekly publication.
The Chieftain never tires of
sproad'pg tho fame of Vinlta, and
the north country, and it is al
ways a fruitful topic, and each re
curring year there aro new glories
to describe, and froah enterprises
to tell the world about.
A few short years ago those prai
ries were nature's great pasture
lands tho greatest on tho conli
nent, and unbroken stretches of
prairie grass met tho eye in every
direction. There wero no coz
firm liouves, no hanpy huninc, tin
Be'tlt-meuls, save i.i widely scat
tered localities. No music to
cheer the desolate waste save the
howl of the coyote, the drumming
el prairie chickens, the yolp of
tho turkey and the roar of the
The Ihnds of this great territory
then embraced old Oklahoma, and
tho "Strip, ArftT No-Man'a Land,
and wero largely vacint and had
hours' run by rail of Kansas City
and St. Lulls.
When tho great worlds fafr in
1003 at St. Louis, celebrating tho
Louisiana purchase, comes on wo
oxpect to show th:i tho Cherokee
nation, and especially tho northern
part of it, Is the EJen of America,
by making an exhibit that will do
credit to any slate in the union.
This Ib the opportunity the people
of the Indlin territory hnvo been
looking for, and it will bo used
not only to show oiTlhe marvelous
resources of the country but to
clear away some of the false im
pressions given us by space writers
in the nowspapers of the states.
Tho Indian territory and its people
have beon libeled by these literary
cormorants and it will take just
such an exhibit as wo aro going lo
make to clear it up and place us
right before the eyes of the world.
Vin t is the principal town in
tho Cherokee nation, larger and
better located than any other. It
is the only town in tho Indian ter
ritory that has artesian wells, and
it has a boundless supply of fine
water, and can increase the num
bei of wells without limit. It line
two great trunk lines of railway,
and ts fist building up a jobbing
business that a city of rainy times
its size would be proud ol. It is the
home of the United States court
officials for the northern district
and the seat of the greatest court
in the torritory. Tho ability of
tho Vinita bar is among the beet
in the territory, And wo havo a
number of legal lights that would
take high rank in any slate of the
Indians better treatment, and it is
sufficient to causo one to lose faith
in the integrity of congress when
such a measuro is proposed and
submitted for their acceptance.
The Cherokees aro anxious to
make a final treaty with the gov
srnment and will ngreo lo any
thing that in fair, but will never
submit t't open robbery.
THE DELAWARE CASE.
FAVORS THE TREATY.
John Hullett is out in a lung
article in the Clareinore Progress
in favor of the nllficitlon of tho
treaty. It wero more hecjming
and in bettor taste for Hullett to
keep quiet on this question. The
Cherokee voter would as soon hoar
an argument from the Standard
oil oompany as from Mr. Hullett
He has large mining i .tcrests in
It was confidently expected that
tho suit of the Delawares against
tho Cherokees in the United Stales
court of claims would havo been
decided before this. The case in
volves chiefly the question of the
rights, or claims ol deceased Del
awares of the number of those
originally admitted to citizenship
in the Cherokee nation. The con
tention is that under the agree
ment with the Delawares in 1867,
the Cherokees Bold thorn 160 acres
of land per head to bo set aside for
them in tho event of allotment.
This was no doubt the intention
oi tho agreement, but the Chero
kees balked at the proposition to
consider these individual shares
as perpetual. Under the time
honored Ibwb of tho tribe when a
member dies, his share in tho
tribal properly goes back into the
tribe and is not considered a sep-
ar-f estate. The case involves
157 600 acres of land and A. C.
Ad una and others in conjunction
with a firm of Washington lawyers
have arranged for the absorption
of nearly tho entire amount of
land. The Cherokoeo havo made
a vigorous fight against the case
and will consider it the climax of
a long lino of injustices inflicted
upon upon them it it is decided in
fayor of the plaintifls.
tho treaty ratified.
wfiy ho wants
There is a growing demand
every win re for house and kitchen
help, and the same is each year
harder and lianl.r to Mi ply
Tune is a re.t in f.ir this shortage
in female help. For a pour g rl to
accept fuel) a position inn na deep
sooial relegation to a phmr be
no illi ihat whiih her vir ilea mid
training jtmly entitle her. This
U u phase of human society which
perhap" will nut soon be rectified;
which is so pilpably wrong us to
need no demonstration. Tliero is
no g iod reason for this cruel social
diriiincliuu, and in it the dignity
of labor is made secondary. With
men and boys no such a condition
exists, and the humblest boy may
work his way to the highest posi
Ono month from Saturday qual
ified voters of tho Cherokee na
tion will go through the formality
of holding an election to vole upon
tho treaty. It is conceded every
where that it will be rn-cted and
it is only a matter of majorities
AT THE POLLS.
Mayorality Candidates Ex
KNIFE IN EVIDENCE.
Well Defined Humor that a Cer
eain Cliquo, Defeated at tho
Primary, are Boiling Daven
port Because They are Dis
Porhapi tho most important
einglti thing connected with the
Cherokee tribal government ii the
question of citizenship, Under
our tribal autonomy the tetra
'oitizen' defines the status of those
who will share in the final allot
ment of lands belonging to tho
and in the common
the western part of the nation inrTlfiuadj belonging to it whenrtlreai'
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Dr Baghy's Residence
AN UNFAIR TBEATY.
M E Church South.
rooms of the board and ahowod
him an entry where Maddox had
paid $7.70 where 65.70 was duo as
taxes. Maddox claimed that Bud
colleoted $7.70, Bud frankly
staled thai ho did not know how
the entry came but if Mr. Maddox
had paid 67.70 he w uld bet that
he turned that sum in. Tho totals
on tho book ehowod that $5 70 was
due. In another column was
credited $7.70, a simple mistake,
but oho that caused Bud to pay to
the city $2 moro than lie collected.
Then the opposition workers
scattered upon that faot lo pro
claim Mr. Lodbetler'a dishonesty.
Bud went home, got his receipt
book and (lie stub ehowed that
Muddox had paid 85,59, two dol
litra less than the amount Bud
Tliero seems to bo n mistaken
idea in many quarters that the
Curtis law makes it a penalty for
a Cherokee citizen to hold more
than 80 acres of land. There is no
such provision In the Curtis bill,
it is tho rule of tho secretary of
the interior that fixes the stand
ard of allotments at'BO cores,
J. C. Starr is being prominently
monlioned as tho Downing noml
nee for the Cherokeo senate from
Delaware district, for the west
sido of the river. Starr Is a ca
pable young Cherokoe and de
serves the honor.
l'he people of Vinlta will insist
on wholesome laws, well executed
during the coming year, and will
got both or elao know the reaton
for not getting them,
little or no value. Tho Cherokee
Bottlers lived In the timber along
tho streams and about tho edge of
tho timber, near tbo prairie front,
and thought the prairie land bar
ren and worthless. Now and then
aomo venturous man would push
out on lo the prairie and witli a
pony learn try lo tame tho stub
The settler after battling with
the "green heads" and the
drouth, (which, by the wsy, wnB
much more prevalent than now)
would turn the "peslle tails" out
to graze qud pick up the old rifle
and amuse himself in the usual
way. At last it was discovered
that the prairies would produce,
end the great corn piles along all
the railroads and at every station
now ovldences the fact that this
is a country of wonderful fertility
and boundloss productiveness.
JBvery year develops new resources
and "the half has neyer been
Theso beautiful lands have
slept on through tho deoades ol
transformation, and their devel
opment has been gradual though
constant, until tho railroads a gen
eration ago crept down from Mis
souri and Kansas whon a new and
fresh impetus waB given the cat
tle Industry and all other enter
prises, and in their wako the
strong, brawny arm of thv farmer,
"the man with the hoe," and the
country has bcoome populous and
Tho great states of Missouri,
Kansas and Arkansas, are our
boundary lines on tho east and
north, and tho country is full ol
tholr energetio and progressive
citizens, and we are within a. (nw
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There is no necessity for making
an argument to the Ciierokee peo
ple for or against the pending
agreement. The great majority of
Cherokee voters have already
spoken against il It does not
measure up to what they conceive
lo be a fair treaty, and they have
rejected il on general principles.
There is nothing to cause a ohango
of eentimenl in its favor, and m
suoh change will come. To say
that no more agreements will be
attempted if this one fails is non
sense, and the threat lo enforce
tho Curtis law, that legislative
bastard that has already been in
lorco over this country nearly
threo years is a piece of folly.
Tho Cherokees will never yield up
without compensation so many
property rights as are asked for In
tho agroement. The members of
congrces who were instrumental in
amending the treaty know fullwoll
the reasons for Kb rejection by the
Ohorokee people, and they knew,
when at the l;st moment they
lugged In tho lease section, that
they were jopardlzlng its ratifica
tion. Those who essay to speak
for the government at this time,
either do bo from sordid motives
or else they aro hopelessly Ignor
ant of tho range of that ingenuous
document. The Cherokees don't
want to make that kind of a treaty,
and tho voto on the 29th inat., will
provo tho assertion that they will
not bo cooroed into so foolish and a
far-reaching s'ep, The oongress
of tho United States ought to pro
tect these people from so unjtut a
measuro Instead of being a party
to It. 'l be government owes th
vision comes. It is also uacd to
designate those who have enjoyed
the privileges accruing heretofore
to the Cherokee Indian?.
Those who are accorded tho
rights of citizenship aro A Tlioso
having Cherokee blood and rec
ognized by the tribe as having tho
righta of citizenship; B Shawnee
Indians adopted into the tribe by
agreement. These Shawnees
bought into the tribe in 1867,
and by agreement wore given "all
the rich t s nf native Cherokees."
C Delaware Indians wiio bought
into the tribe like the Shawnees,
only with some special rights not
accorded the Shawnees. D Whites
adopted into the tribe by the inter
marriage laws ol tho Cherokee na
tion and, E Cherokeo freedmen,
who onoe belonged to tho Chero
kees as slaves, and who by tho
treaty of July 10, 1866 were given
These constitute tho five differ'
ent clashes oi Cherokee citizens.
The roll of tlio6e citizens has large
ly been finished by the Dawes
commission, with the exception of
tho freedmen, and the work of en
rolling them begun this week at
Fort Gibson and will continue for
ti.o next throe months. As all
nhoso names appear upon the roll
now being made by the Dawes
cummieainn will come in for a
Blare of tribal properly, the im
parlance uf that roll is apparont.
The oliief drawback to holding
laud in oommon has always been
the great difficulty of ascertaining
who ro and who are not entitled
to the privileges ol tribal citizen
ship. Sume years ago. the Chero
kees bfcatno convinced that the
only way to get rid of "intruderd,"
claiming to he Cherokees, was to
divide the land per capita and ob
tain Individual title.
The polls wero opened Tuesday
morning and, even at the early
hour, a number of enthusiastic
and interested citizens were stand
ing about deeply engaged in a dis
cussion as to the relative merits of
the several candidates.
Of course the "wise politician"
with plenty of gab and no influ
ence other than their own voto
"butted in" with their usual per
sistency and told how it would
happen. The majority of the
workers, however, were men of
property and influence.
Jim Leforce served as challenger
for the Citizens ticket while there
were several democrats, Pryor
I Farley, Sam Frailer, candidate
Davenport and several others on
hand to seo that no illegal votes
Billy Simms, J. P. Soott and
J. J. Spencer Borved as judges.
and Bill Ward and John Thoma
son acted as clerks Deput" Mar
shal Mike Gahberl was present in
his official capacity.
J. L. Shcrer, candidate for ald
erman, deposited the first billot,
a straight ticket.
On the Citizens ticket the
name of Mr. Raines was tho only
one appearing as a oandldate for
alderman. Wherever a straight
tloket was voted it helped Ra'
bewuso tMennrtra im una--itr ui-
vide the vote, the five having the
largest number of voles to be de
Eirlv in the day candidates
Shanahan and Davenport good
natured';' dialled rcili other and
it was noted that Mr. Davenport
voted his ticket straight with the
exception of crossing out his own
name and substituting that of Mr.
Shanahan. When the latter voted
his suffrage was oust for Mr. Dav
enport. A concerted tfiurt was made all
day to trade against Marshal Led
better but a cartful watch at the
voting place disclo-ed the faot that
Ledhetter votes were going in
Before noun there was a well
defined rumor that a certain ele
ment defeated at the democratic
primary were vonting their Bpleen
by cowardly knifing tho mayor
ality candidate of their party be
cause they are disgruntled. If
the rumor be true they aro work
ing in the dark, too cowardly to
come out in the open and make an
honorable political fight.
E. N. Williamson, the defeated
primary candidate for marshal,
worked all day for the primary
candidates of his party. Dr.
Cllnkscalea voted early and, aB he
That Laid The Golden
Egg Has Made Her
You can buy your Collars, Whips, Lap Robes and
Harness of Lee Barrett now, because he is at present
selling at prices that speak their lowncss in loud tones.
oee nis new line or
Your horses will look fine in one of his swell sets'of
harness. Go and judge for yourself. You will find
Lee Barrett and a First-Class Shoemaker alwaj'j at
home, and ready for business.
In 00 I
Mb. 1 I 'if
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?ljj Arc two of the best watches made 111 America. I ahvays have
L4-j these in stock in all grades those with seven jewels
as wen as mote Willi twenty-one Jewels.
I Guarantee Every Watch I Sell jtjt
And you can depend upon it being just as I tell you it ii. When
jouwant a watch call a.id see my line. I'tneaml
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MOTTO ,t the Ckeaf til il the BEST nvik at all timti S Wilw SI
AUQUST SCHLlECKER, Jeweler and Optician.
Oliver Dauby, 1'rcs.
J. O. Hall, V-Fres.
W. P. rhllltps, Cashio
VINITA, INDIAN TERIUTOltY.
Capilall$100,000 Surplus 20,(XX
gOldest and Strongest National Bank in
Kortncr. E. Il.'.Prnjrior.
J. O.ll nil. O.
A. L Churchill.
W. U. Krfri
W t. Ualiefl
Does a Safe General iBanking Business
Vinita "i feet.
Frank Harmon, Prop'r.
Everything That Is Krpt In an
Up-to-date Meat Market..... Nice Fifth Lice of
Canned Goods, Fruits, Con-
fections, Cigars and nobacco.
Fresh Bread.JCakes, Pies. Prompt Delivery.
FEET OF LUMBER
Now in transit which will arrive in a very few days. Our sheds are
not sufficient to hold it, therefore wo are going to make prices that
will sell it. Phone 42. Don't forget that it is
Williamson & Company,
participated in the primary, was
not adverse to letting those stand
ing about soe that lie voted the
ticket straight from top to bottom.
A core and preveilatlvo fur Cutxin
Itoh can be fuuud In the famous
Hunts Ouui the remedy for ull Bkln
Plant Thoroughly up to The
Being Built by Air. Coley.
Saved Two From Death.
"Our little daughter had an almost
fatal attack of whooping coigh and
bronchitis," writes Mrs. W. K. HavU
land, of Armonk, N. , "but, when all
other remediea failed, we saved her life
with Dr. King's New Discovery. Our
niece, who had consumption lu an ad
vanced stage, also used tltis wonderful
medicine and today she is perfectly
well." Desperato throat and lung dis
eases ield to Dr. King's New Discovery
as to 110 other mtdiciue on earth. Infal
lible for coughs and colds. W and ti
bottle guaranteed by Teople's ami I'orc
man's drug stores. Crial bottles flee, dw
If the interior department
would Inspire confidence in the
Uherokeo poople in the honesty ol
tho great work of making tho
freedmen roll now in progress,
Hoollo Bell and Bob Kern would
both bo barred from appearing be
fore tho Dawes oammlBslon In the
Itv ol attorne
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Four Good Mule and
mm Horse Teams.
O- T. ISr&swm suoLn 'Vixxi'teL.
Thouuh tho business cnturprlto and
commercial ox(anslon of W. I). Culoy,
Vinlta Is uolui; to havo a modern
laundry fully tho equal In all applian
ce of any city In tho country trohlo
tbo slxo and population uf our town.
llr. Coley Is looking to the future and
for trial reason u uiiIIiIIdk moro ex
tensively than the present business of
tho town watranls.
He Is now constructlm; u bullillni;
36x100 rest on tho hit east of the hnl
tlinu' works fuclnf tho Katy 1 racks and
will Install a plant ot new laundry
machinery that will Inclmlo all tho
latest putoaU uud Improvements.
Tbo now Inundry will bo started on
tho tint of May mid will bo slightly
over doubli the capacity of tho pies
ent lixuoblur ltundry. Poolo &
Nickels aro tho contractors and wutcr
will be piped directly from thodeop
Mr (dey will luttall new delivery
wagons the same us used by luetropol
Uvu cities. Ills concern now rccolvo
much out-of town wirK und when tho
tiew plant lin iteration a thorough)
canvas u n: ur by towns win l tnauo
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