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VlNtTA, I. T., MAnoii 18, 1002
STOP TUB SHAA1B.
The recent extra session or the
Cherokee national council emphn
sixes more strongly than ever the
fact that tho Oherokeo Indian
needs protection from his own
people far more than ho needs
It from the government, or from
outsido influence. Ho had been
plundered by his own kith and
kin evor since the nation was org
anized. The wond'.u is that ho
has any land or monoy left, and
he hain't much.
The Btory of robbery and theft,
open and concealed, would fill a
large book. The shAtne of the ad
ministration of Cherokee affairs Is
almost without parallel, and
strange as it may seem, no one line
ever been punished. It Is a sad
commentary upon the civilization
of the age that the very tribe thai
stands at the front in point of in
telligence and progress Bhould fall
a victim to thepeculations of its
The hope of the common Indian
citizen lies in the prompt inter
(entice of the United States gov
ernment. That government should
now lay a strong band upon tho
constituted authorities of the
Cherokeo nation. The adminis
tration of affairs is no longer safe
in the hands of tho horde of vam
pires who swarm in around the
council house ntTahlequab, eager
to get at tho little that remains in
in tbo tribal treasury. There is
no longer reason or excuse for al
lowing the wholesale debauchery
of a delenseleeB people. Allotment
and a final distribution of tribal
funds should bo conducted by re
sponsible officers of the United
States government and finished
without delay, so as to stop the
miserable farce of mock govern
ment. In view of the enactment of the
Moon bill, the enterprising city ol
South McAlester is about to
change its name to 'Montlcello"
in honor of the home of Thomas
mefferson, the author of the Declar
ation of Independence. The
change wll be a good one as South
McAlester is too long for easy ut
terance. But the Monn bill nor
any other measure will over make
a state of the Indian territory. It
is a temporary makeshift prepara
tory to ultimate annexation to
Oklahoma It is hoped the Moon
bill will pass, as it will bo n hap
py escape from a fur worse fate.
Those who have lefuaed to con
tribute to the relief of tbo full,
bloods are the firtt to discredit
tbo reports of destitution that
come from the hills. Reliable
people living in their midst assure
ub that they are on the veige of
starvation. Scores of families in
the south half of Delaware die
trict will have to be helped until
a crop can he made. The ghoul
who would circulate a report that
they were not in need would rob
a cripple of his crutches.
Gambling is one of the worst
forms of dissipation. The habit
once fastened on a man is hard to
shake off It ie the parent and
source of a long train of immoral
ities. The government, tho indi
vidual, and tho public put it under
the ban. The merchant and the
banker knows its power to destroy
business integrity when it layB
hold upon an employee; hence,
habitual gamblers are not wanted
in any of the business or indue
trial walks of life.
The next year will be a most
important one to Vinila. EventB
are transpiring rapidly in this In
dian country and no one can tell
what a.year will bring forth. The
city government should be placed
in the hands of men well qualified
to administer it, It is not the part
of wiBdom for Vinita business
men to remain silent and inert
and allow the election to come
and go without eflort to get good,
strong men into the offices.
The action of the national coun
cil in refusing to send an unin
sttucted delegation to Washington
with permission to amend ihe
Cherokee treaty is to be com
mended by the Cherokee people
To arm that delegation with un
limited power would have been
the utmost folly, and would have
placed a club in their bands that
might have been used to the ever
lasting harm of the Chiirokees,
Wank orders on Chief Buffing
ton by the thousand have already
been printed for the warrants
that are to be p&id to the des
titute fullbloods. The gov
uriiiuwnt Hliould not permit the
bread money payment to be paid
Ju warrants, and if it Is permitted,
uot one dollar hi fivs of the whole
Appropriation will ever resell
th j h't tv bom it U intended,
When an honorable ma" enters
a primary ho obligates himself to
abide by the result. Previous ex
perience has proven that all men
aro not honorable. The citizen
who is conscientious In the exer
else of his electoral privileges in
very careful about assuming such
an obligation, especially so, since
ho knows that if his selection of
candidates Is nominated that they
will bo knifed by tho partisans qf
the defeated ticket
Tho people of tho Indian terri
tory are capable of kindergarten
tenoning, to say the very least,
and this leads them to believe the
Moon bill, providing for a tempo
rary territorial form ol govern
ment would be far bottor than to
be bound and gagged four years
under the Soper county seal mot.
Atrocity. Tho Moon bill is the
best thing in sight and Is a step
toward settled, tangible govern
ment. The proposition to make the
bread money payment to the full
bloods in Cherokee warrants
smacks strongly of a job. If this
payment is made without a steal
it nil! bo the first one. Tbo gov
ernment can only protect tho full
bloods by arbitrary action and tho
sooner that is understood tho bet
tor it will bo for them. Beware
of a warrant payment. There is a
steal behind it.
A strong opposition to the revla
ion of the Delegation bill is now
anticipated in the national council
from those who are opposed to
sending a delegation to Washing
ton. From present rumblings the
extra session may offer another
evidence of the life strenuous for
the edification of Prince llenri and
ho should be invited to Tahlequah
before the fireworks are set off.
Tho executivo committee of the
Indian territory press association
will meet at South McAlester to.
morrow afternoon to fix the time
and place for the annual meeting
of the association. The commer
cial club of Claremoro has extend
ed an invitation to the association
to meet in that city. The meet
Ing will perhaps beheld sometime
during the month of May.
There is -a vast difference be
tween the man who owes allegi
ance to a party from principle and
the one who enlists under its ban
ner simply for plunder. The very
element which is now using the
name of a great party to further
their own selfish motives would
desert to the enemy at the first
offer ol personal advancement.
What has become of the Soper
county eeat bill? The doughty
colonel can at least say to about
five hundred prospective office
holders under that famous meas
ure: "See what I tried to do for
you." The very efiort to land
that many hungry Kansans ought
to be worth something hereafter
In the way of a pull.
Vinita is known throughout the
territory as a law and order town,
ft is not becauae thoro are no
hoodlums and tougliB residing
here, but is found in the restraint
which has been put upon them by
Marehal Ledbetter. The bone and
sinew of the opposition to his re
election Ib this same hoodlum ele
ment. Tho Indian territory Ib being
well advertised, and will during
the spring and summer be visited
by thousands of home seekers and
capitalists. We should select a
city administration that would
take pride in adding to the natur
al beauty of our city. Thrift,
beauty and cleanliness are irresist
ible. The Moon bill not only offers a
partial self-government to the ter
ritory, but it will prevent the ma
terialization of carpetbag dreams
of four more years of office. lis
passage, would as a consequence,
give temporary relief and prevent
rt worse political condition than
obtains at present.
It is one of the great privileges
ol the sovereign American citizen
to caBt his ballot for those candi
dates whom he thinks will best
subserve tho public interest. The
man who cringes under the lash of
the party whip, is an objeot of
both pity and oontemp',,
The eleotion this spring is to be
a free-for all fight. Every man
who wants office, or whose friends
can prevail upon him to accept
office has a right to enter the race.
The more who enter the greater
chance has the voter to pick those
he thinks the best.
The term "mugwump" as ap
plied to the intelligent citizen who
refuses to submit to the dictation
of a political ring as to the exer
0IB8 ol bis electoral privilege, Ib
s.e inevitable sneer of the poll,
uclan who is not fit to unloosen
hie shoe latchets.
The Moou bill provides a par.
tially satisfactory introduction to
future enfranchisement, Congress
evidently believes in acquainting
the people of the territory with
liberty in gradual doses, but the
little taBto will be very, very pol-uUble.
At tbo rate at whioh the Dawes
commission is now dispatching
work, the enrollment of the Cher
okecs will be completed by)Julylst,
the date set for the closing of the
rolls. Tho townsito appraisers
and Ihe opening of a land offico
will Boon bo in order.
Judgo Springor Ib authority for
tho statement that if the Lone
Wolf case was lost, the Indian
would not havo a single right left
which tho white man Is bound to
respeol. Tho case was lost and
tho logio of Springer's conclusion
All honor to those members of
the national council who opposed
the proposition to make paymentB
to destitute fullbloods in warrants,
W. L. Troll, member of the lower
house, deserves especial credit for
his manly stand against the meas
ure. Aa the science or art of adver
tising has advanced it seems that
less stress is being laid on posi
lion and more on making the ad
vertisement so effective that it
need not rely on such chance
help. Printors Ink.
There are many rumors of elates
being mado and smashed those
days. Tho strong oentiment
abroad in Vinita for a good clean
nnn partisan city government has
given the politicians free chances
iti a guessing contest.
Examine the stock of the home
merchants and you will find the
same article that you are think
ing of purchasing from tho "mail
department" store. Then put
your money in circulation in Vi
nita. It will pay you better.
Surrounded by the best farmers
working the best land in tho best
section of the best country on tho
face of tho earth, there will be
no resting place for any animalcu
lae on the municipal escutchion ol
Another batch ol names of re
jected Cherokee claimants is ox
pealed soon, and as soon aa the
list is available the names will be
printed. They will be pushed to
completeness by the commission.
The majority of the voters who
are depended upon to carry the
proposed democratic primaries,
have about the same intelligent
conception of the principles of the
democratic partv as a Chinaman
The obligations incurred at a
primary are of "secondary" con
sideration to the very element
which is so strenuously demand
ing one. To them it eimply offers
two shots at the same target.
When such men as H.B.Spauld
ing, of Muskogee, consent to run
for the office of mayor, it is a good
omen. Spaulding is one ol the
best business men and financiers
in the southwest.
To the prospective investor tho
march of progress which is being
sounded by the saw and hammer
in every seetion of ,Vmita is more
impressive than a train load of
Froin an ethioal standpoint, the
line is not discernible between the
mau who allows a politician to
vote him, on promises of patron
age, and the one who sells himeelf
outright lor a dram of whisky.
The only opposition to the So
per bill comes from the 400,000
residents of the Indian territory
who want to know, who gave him
authority to barter their liberties
for a carpetbag machine.
The progress of Vinita toward a
greater and better community
should bo directed by men who
oannot be turned from the path of
duty, by the first little temptation
of personal advancement.
The national principles of the
greut parlies are about as much at
issue in a municipal election as the
ancient teachings of Confucius.
The ory of "party organization" is
a frayed out bug a b io
One ol the questions of the hour
is how to make Vinita a "wide
open" town, the fi.st step of
whioh is to get Pud Ledbetter out
of the marshals office, and the
reel is easy.
Whatever the national council
proposes to do, it Ib to be hoped,
that Ihe misery and expense of a
long drawn out session will not be
inflicted upon the Cherokee peo
ple. Loyalty to party organization
under the conditions that obtain
in Vinita Ib more "honored in the
breach than in the observance.'.'
The Marconi system must have
been omployed last week between
Vinita and Tahlequah while the
tribal council was in 'session.
One unusually bright and clever
political scheme is to bond the
city and buy out all the publio
utilities. Now, by Guar.
Men, not parties, aro the brick
and mortar ol Ihe solid municipal
It is about lime fur the first im
portation of "primary" whiskey
Melbuen is the Cornwallie of
the South African revolution.
Secretary of Interior Says
All Long Torm Leases
In tho Creek Nation ate Borrow.
ing Trouble and Titles to
Property In That Section
aro Becoming Hope-
The land companies in the
Creek nation are still continuing
tho illegal leasing of landB,"aiid the
secretary of interior has juBt
Issued another nolo of warning
that they will Boon reap a bounti
ful harvest of trouble,
The following letter was recent
ly received by Senator Cockrell,
from a gentleman in Missouri who
had received ono of the illegal cir
culars, which have been spread
broadcast by the Muskogee com
panies: "My object in writing is to
know just exactly what contracts
would or would not be binding
with the Indians in leuBing their
lands for a torm of yoars, say 25
cents per. acre, and agreement with
them for the first privilego of pur
chase when the government grants
them their patents. Now, can
thry be held to their lease when as
yet they aro not In full ownership
ol thoir lands? If so, I want to
make some leases; if not, 1 do not
want to touch it."
Senator Cockrell sent tho letter
to Mr. Hitchcock, secretary of the
interior, whose reply makes it
plain that tbo land agents and
trust companies who are securing
long time leases on lands in the
creek nation with options of
purchasing them when the Creeks
secure Htle, aro going to have a
contest with the government when
the question comes up for final
settlement. In his reply Mr.
"The department has received
many communications similar to
that of Mr Johnson, and has uni
formly advised tho parties that
neither the Creek citizens nor their
heirs can sell or alienate their
lands prior to the dates of the
deeds to such citizens, and that
after deeds shall have been de
livered to the allottees they can
not be alienated at any time with
in five years except with tbo ap
ptovul of tiio secretary of the in
terior, and the land deeded aa a
homestead cannot be alienated for
a period of twenty-one years. The
department has also held that un
der the provisions of law prior
to the receipt of deeds for their
lands any leases attempted to be
made by Creek citizens exceeding
one year are illegal and will not
be recognized by the department."
The illegal operations of the
land sharks is rapidly putting a
cloud on every title in the Creek
Ulll Introduced Prohibiting; Leasing
ot Allneral Lands.
Senator RawlinB of Utah has in
troduced a bill prohibiting the
Ie sting of mineral lands on Indian
reservations. The bill provides
that no unalloted or tribal lands
wilhin any Indian reservation
shall be leased with or without
the approval of the Indians, and
that no such lease heretofore made
shall be approved by the secre
tary of the Interior.
Senator Rawlins's bill makes no
provision for the opening up and
development of these mineral
lands on Iddian reservations.
Most of the members of congress
from the mineral-bearing states
are opposed to the leasing of In
dian mineral glands. They tako
the position that the refusal of the
goernment to lease the lands will
haeten their opening to publio
settlement, r.s soon as the exist
ence of mineral values on tho res
ervctions is established.
Katy Trestle Uurned.
The Katy trestle No. 372, just
south of Atoka, waBgdiscovered on
fire about 0 o'clock Sunday morn
ing. The Rtructure was complete
ly destroyed, It was twenty feet
high and thirty-five feet long, The
fire was .discovered by Conductor
Tapp, whose freight train, No. 410
north bound, came un to the burn
Ing trestle. He backed bis train
into Smallwood and reported the
matter. A large force of bridge
men and material was sent out of
Dennison on a special train at
11 o'olock to make a new trestle,
Traffic was delayed about eight
hours. Tho origin of (be fire is
unknown, but it is supposed to
have been due to coals from pass
Northern grown garden iceds, both
In bulk uud package at llalcntloc'0.
Por Appropriation to' Stamp out
Smallpox In Territory.
The secretary ol Ihe Inlortir has
mado Boveral reoomroendalluns to
tho senate committee on Inrllmi
affairs as to Item, to be included
in the Indian appropriation bill,
which has been passed by the
homo and sent to the committee
for consideration. One of the HemB
the secrotary recommends is 815.
000 for Ihe suppression of small
pox In Indian territory. In his
letter accompanying the sugges
tion the secrotary stales that the
Indian .lnspeolor in charge of tho
territory his already spent 850,000
an amount appropriated at tho
last Besslon for the puriionui but
ho has a deficit of $15,000 to face
and It is for this Cho'approprla
tion is asked. The secretary has
also recommended that $15,000 bo
provide i for the maintenance of
the Whlltaker school for orphans.
It the Greatest Since .Records Have
The staticlan of the de part
ment of agriculture estimates the
reserve of corn in farmers' hands
on Maroh 1 at 20 per cent, or
394.000.000 bushels; wheat, 28 per
cent.or 105,000,000 buBhels; oats,
30 per cent, or 193,000,000 bush
els. The amount of tho oom re
serve is only one-half rs large as n
yoar ago and nearly 100.000.0C0
bushels less than shown at any
timo since records havo been kept,
As the crop was about 1.8U0,-
000,100 bushels, it appears that
950,000,000 bujhtls havo been con
sumed and exported in five
months, leaving not ovir one
third of the crop available for use
during the next seven months.
The quantity of wheat left on
the farms is 37,803,000 bushels
larger than hint year.
(Meaning Here nnd There.
One billion dollars for drink I
This In round numbers is what the
Americans spend annually for
drink. Think what a billion
moans. Over 1,000,000,000 dol
lars for drink, while but 5,000,000
dollars are given by all Christian
denominations in America for
foreign missions. One billion dol
lars spent to make heathens at
home, five and a half millions
given to convert lieatbenB nbroad.
Thero are 168,000 churches of all
denominations in America and
240,000 drink saloons
, During last year intoxicating
liquors sent to tbo grave, it .s es
timated, 100,000 victims.
In America there are two
schools of education. On one
teaching virtue, 8167,000,000 is
spont, on tho other leaching vice,
41,000,000,000 is spent.
In tho former 400,000 teachers
are employed, in the latter 2,200,
000 (barkeepers') are employed
In one year. 1898, Amerioa suit
to Alrlca 16 000,000 dollars worth
liquor-; 2,000 barrels eaoh day
and 250 miesiorarieo each year.
Each American missionary in
Africa and two-thirds of the mis
sionaiies are women must com
bat each year, beside deadly clim
ate and heathenism, 2,920 barrels
of American liquor.
The increase in drinking habile
among women is alarming. Dur
ing the last twenty years in Eng
land,, the ratio of mortality, from
alcoholic excess has increased -13
per cent amongst males and 101
por cent amongst females.
Verily both sense aud chivalry
are much needed at this period of
the world'fl progress. "Is it noth
ing to you all ye who pass by"
that "my people aro destroyod for
lack of knowledge?"
A leading Milwaukee brewer is
credited with saying that tho
country would have complete pro
hibition in five yoars if tho brew
ore did not subscribe bo handsome'
ly to all publio benevolences.
Tbo "policy" practice of the
liquor dealers might be overcome
by the united loyal labors of
What think you? M O. 8.
Killing: Near Sapulpa.
Sam Morgan was fatally stabbed
at Kellyville yesterday by Mex
Mexamnn, alleged member of band
of outlaws who have been holding
out for the past winter in tho hills
northwest of Kellyville, After the
Blabbing affair Mixam eBcaped to
the section house and there barrl
caded himself, Before Marshal
Faught, of Sapulpa, could arrive
to make the arrest, a band of men
rode into town and released
Cnpt. flcKlnnon Confident.
Capt. A. S. MoKinnou of South
McAlestPr, former raemlierjof the
Dawes commission, and now at
torney for the Seminole nation, is
confident that the Moon bill will
find passage at this session of con
gress, with but Blight amendment.
Capt. McKlnnon has been watch
ing the course of territory legisla
tion yeTy closely, and Is In a posi
tion to get a lino on probablo con
Reported to llavojUcen Absorbed tiy,
The Missouri Pacific. '
It is reported from South Mc
Alester that ihe ChoCUw, Okla
homa and Gulf railway, has pass
ed into tho hands of tho Missouri
It is said that tho Goulds havo a
majority of the stock and Rocka
feller a minority interest?
Fur somo time the Frisco, Rock
Island an.l Missouri Paoifio havo
all made efforts to absorb the sys
tem. The fight narrowed down to
tho Frisco and MfeBouri Pacific.
President Yoakum ol the Frieco,
went east with authority to close
tho deal. Tho Missouri Pacifio
was also represented. By mistake
of tho place of meeting Mr. Yoak
um went to Now York instead of
Philadelphia and wired to them
not to oIobo the trade until he ar
rived. The Choctaw wired hack
that the trade would be held open
two hours and for him to wire his
price. Mr. Yoakum was not
beard from and when tho time ex
pired the Missouri Paclfio's offer
was accepted. It cannot ho learned
what the purchase price was.
COAL AT WAGONER.
Another Discovery ot "Black Dia
monds" at n Depth ot 8o tect.
Wagoner Is rapidly developing
into a "black diamond" city. Sev
eral days ago a drill that was be
ing operated by tho Oreok-Chero-keo
Realty Co., in search of oil,
uncovored an eigthoen inch vein
of n good quality -of coal. Yester
day a 30 inch vein of much better
quality was Blruok. The company
aro continuing their operations in
searo!) of moro pleasant surprises,
Wor has commenced on the
construction of the Kiowa, Chic
kasha & Ft Smith railroad, build
ing from Cbickasha through Pauls
valley to Ft. Smith, Ark., a dis
tance of 200 miles.
The Lawlon, Wichita Mountain
fc Suburban railway has been
chartered with 8250,000 capital
stock to build a line through to
Ft. Sill military reservation. Tho
incorporators are J. W. Howard,
Samuel Huber and Llyod T. Reld,
all of Lewton.
Court House Sales.
Tho old district court houses
that were sold recently, brought
the following prices:
Flint, 819,'JO; Tahlequah, 812.
50; Sequoyah, 8100 00; Delawaro,
8100 50; Cooweesooowee, 8105.00;
Canadian, 812 00; Goingsuake,
8100,00; Saline, 875.00.
While thoir money value was
small, each of the old buildings
was rich in interesting associations.
the Scenic Route
It rail i penetrate the fertile Sttto ol
TEXAS and the
ALABAMA and the
it reaches the rich farming land! of Kanua
j Oklahoma, Hie mineral fieltla of Southern
Mlawarl aud Northern Aikaawi, the cotton
fieldaof the South ami Eouth-eat, the oil fleldi
of Kaaaai anil the Indian Territory, and hun
dred e( other taduttrlal placra of Iiitereatand
proSt to the boac-aeeker and invettor. And
(, bat uot bait. It will carry you to the timet
alalia roooitaef tbcOiarka,
Scad vow 'rttnd In toe old States ol
of our llfu-rttod ptmphkti, to be had by
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We are not mind
that you are studying at present "how"
to get the greatest value for those dollars
that are so very scarce this year
Everyone is studying that same question; c
were studying it months ago when we ordered our
buyer to go to St. Louis and pay cash for the
very best goods at the best prices that cash and
heavy orders could command. lie obeyed his
instructions to thd letter, and as a consequence we
have today on display in our store a stock of
(each piece in 1902 patterns) unequalled in beauty
in the southwest. Our method of buying is not
that of a country store as a consequence we do
not sell at country prices, which average from 15
to 50 per cent higher than city prices. We can
seii at Saint Louis Prices
and have thrown down the gauntlet to the big
"mail department" stores. Here at home you
have the advantage of
of the big city stores.
You want to know how?
Here is the
"HOW" of it.
the styles belonging to
stripes and plain colors, nothing nicer for child
ren's spring dress at
10 cents a yard.
indespensible shirt waist,
12 12 cents a yard.
Better quality of the same at 15 and 18c.
PERCALES. 32 and 36 inch widths, fast col
ors in all the new spring
St. Louis can't beat them at
10 and 12 i2 cents.
blue striped, a prettier
impossible, ranging in price from
10 to 15 cents a yard.
MERCERIZED CAMBRAYS. A new silk
finished cloth, strictly 1902 styles, plain pink and
blue, an elegant shirtwaist goods at
30 cents a yard.
LINEN .SUITINGS. Wide dress goods for
ladies suits, plain blu$, brown and gray
25 cents a yard.
DURBAN CLOTH. Neat designs and pretty
colors, you should see them.
10 cents a yard.
BEDFORD CORD. Plain red, b" lue and gray
suitable for ladiqs. dress skirts, at
20 cents a yard.
In our mammoth spring line now on display
you will also find the handsomest grenadines, the
pretty stylish foulards in 1902 colorings, and the
daintiest Egyptian tissues. It is simply an ex
quisite exposition of beauty.
We have received a full line of the best Japan
and China mattings 12 to 35c a ard.
Where a Visitor h a .
ppwmiwi i mini
readers but we know
the stock and prices'of n-5
What we mean by new;
the spring ot 1902; checks
36 inches wide, for the
plain colors and stripes
styles, plain and stripes,
soft; castor, green and
assortment of Colors were
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