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A RDM QUE. IND. TEH.. FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 10, 1900 SUBSCRIPTION 50G PER HCNIH " NUMBER 28f
CONTEST OVER DISPOSITION 18
CAUSING 'MUCH COMMENT.
Gnat Bellevt Speculators Ara Trying
to Secure Possession of Thess
Lands t Cheap Price Bill
Comos Up Nsxt Weak.
Washington. Feb. IB. The ront. at.
over the manuer In which the mineral
lands belonging to the Indians nrc to
be disposed of Is beginning tn excite
a great (lent of attention in Washing
ton. Eastern newspapers have Just
awakened to the fact that property,
whose value la variously estimated at
between $20,000,000 and $60,000,000,
Is to ho disposed of and they see Im
mense opportunities for speculation.
And, Indeed, there are. it la equal
ly true, too, that Interests are at work
In the effort to get theso lands as
cheaply ns possible.
As the bill stands now before the
senate committco on Indian affairs, it
provides that tho present lessees of
the coal lands shall lmvo n preferen
tial right of purchase at n prlco to be
fixed by threo appraisers'. Slnco tho
lessees havo made improvements on
tho lands, thoro is not much opposi
tion to tho proposition to give them
this preferential right of purchase,
hut there Is vigorous opposition to
the plan for the ascertainment of the
value of these lands.
The bill as it stands provide! that
one of these appraisers shall be an ap
pointed by the secretary of the Inte
rior, ouo by tho lessees and tho third
by these two, or in tho ovont of their
failure to agieo on the third, by the
United Stntos courts In Indian Terri
tory. Why tho leasees should bnve the
privilege of naming one of tho men
who are to fix tho value of Uio land
which they havo a preferential right
to buy Is a question which lias been
asked by several senators, among
them Senator Ti Follctto. It was
Senator La Toilette who at yefitor
day's meeting of tho commltteo mov
ed as a substitute for this provision
of the bill, that tho Bale should bo
left to the president, rather than to
the secretary of tho Interior. The
committee was ovenly dlvlde'd on tills
motion, and it will probably bo decid
ed at a meeting to bo held toni.ir
Senator Ciapp, chairman of tho
committee, favors tho proposition to
allow tho lessees to name one of the
appraisers and to give them n prefer
ential right of purchase at the ap
praised valuo .
The Chickasaw legislature, shortl.r
boforo its dissolution, patted nn ne
authorizing Chief Johnston to dlo
pose, of the coal lands and provid
ing as his remuneration 10 per feet
of tho purchase price. This act uivds
tho approval of the presld'uu. howev
er, to make It ."n!M, and so fir ho has
not approve i it
Tho Intorests covetous of the Indian
coal lands are largo ones and tho con
tost proportionately vigorous. The bill
will probably bo reported to tho sen
a to this week, and taken up for consid
eration next week.
PREACHER ROBBED WIFE.
Cave Her Forged Notes for $9,000 She
Had When She Married.
Peoria, 111., Feb. 15. Sensational
developments in tho case of George
H. Simmons ,tho banker-preacher, who
killed hlmse'f a wcok ago, woro made
wlien the jsvi'do.w asked tho coiirt to
appoint nn administrator of the. es
tate. .Her statement showou" tllnt her
husbanil had dissipated $9,000 she
held at the time of their marriage,
giving her worthless notes represent
ing the amount. Slnco his death in
vestigation, conducted by tho sheriff
showed theso notes to bo forgeries.
Mrs. Simmons further said hor hus
band had destroyed nil his private
papers, will, etc., a few hours boforo
ho committed suicide.
Bringing the Murderers.
Tuesday Marshal A. W. Holden of
Ft. Towson passed through Durant on
his wny to Ardmoro with Bud Halo
nnd Kid Parkor, two of tho murders
of Charles Chesher, who was killed
near Tishomingo last November.
.The five men who' were concerned In
the murder aro now In. Jail with ovcry
prospect that they will pay tho pen
alty of "a life Tor tlfo for their crime.".
PAULS VALLEY DEMOCRATS.
Primary Will be Held There to Nom
inate Ticket for April Election.
Paula Valley, I. T., Fob. 1C (Spo
( iul.) The Democrats of this city
hive railed a primary elect Inn of the
Democrats to b held here on March
3id to nominal n ticket for tho nlty
election to b held on April 3rd. All
.c Democrats of the city are being
urged to tijke part In the primary.
The Ytfttig Men' Detnocitte Club
has been revived aud will i ' i an im
portant part in future elections here.
Officers for the enculng yrar have
been elected as follows: It. K.
Burkes, president; A. V. Goodpasture,
vice-president; O. A. Jones, second
vice-president; G. n. Haines, secre
tary: Jesse Chlpman, treasurer; J. D.
Mitchell, Hall Pnrlinm and -I... u
Barnes, executive committee. An
effort will bo made to materially in
crease the membership of this club.
. Davis Waterworks.
Davis, I. T., Feb. 1C (Special)
Five carload? of material for tho Da
vis waterworks system have arrived
and vork will bo commenced in a fov
days. Messrs. Cook and Sons, who
hold the contract to build the wafer
system, arrived bore today. The wat
er supply will bo tnkon from tho sand
and gravel bed 30 feet balow tho sur
face, and will be perfectly pure. A
stand plpo 125 fe.t high will furnish
fire protection and will give property
owns a reduction of ,10 per cent in In
COON SONGS IS ONLY HOPE OF
AMERICAN MUSIC SCHOOLS.
Thirty Colored Students Given Recep
tion at White House Presencc.l
by Booker T. Washington. GU
cn a Corriltl Reception.
Washington, Feb. 15. Itov. Dr. Ed
ward Kverett Hale, tho venerable
chaplain of the senate, and Booker T.
Washington, urosldent of Tuskegae
institute, presented to the president
in the east room of the White Hour.
today nbout thirty students of tho in
stltutlon located at Manassas Va. The
students sang two w threo. songs fc-r
tho president, who afterward grfotf-1
each ono personally. President P.ooso
v It addressed them, saying In part
"It Is a pccukttr pleasure to me :o
greot you and no body of jour fellow
citizens can have a greater claim M
bo received at tho White Hump, than
u body like this which stands for the
fundamental duty of American citi
zenship tho duty or self-ediKKtlon.
"Tho only way In which any ac
tion of our citizens, no mntterofwlinc
color, can be permanently lu.-efltod
is by teaching them to pull their owa
weight, to do tholr own duly, their
duty to themselves, their duty to their
neighbors, their duty to the state at
After listening to the c-ngs, the
president mndo the following rc
"The other day a great French lit
orary man who was peculiarly Inter
ested In popul ir songs, In tho music
written by the different people of the
old world, camo hero and happened to
mention to mo thnt as far as he could
seo thoro woro but two chances for
the development of schools of Amer
ican music of American staging, and
these would come, ono from tho col
ored peoplo nnd one from tho vanltfi
Ing Indian, especially In tho South
west. I want all of you to realize the
importanco apd dignity of your musi
cal work. I foel that thqro Is a vpr?
strong chancp ftu'at gradually out of
tho capacity of melody, thnt your race
has wo. shall doyelop pomo school .1
Father at Eighty-Five.
Agra, Okla., Fob. 15. "Hy Dad"
Smith, a farmer living a fow nilles
northwest of this place, who was
olghty-flvo yonrs old on his last birth
day, is the proud and happy father
of a bouncing boy born December
last. Ho Is an old lino Democrat and
when a young man studied medicine
but abandoned tho practlco for the
more congonlnl pursuit of agriculture.
He was ono of tho "boys" who mado
"the run" for a homo and hy h!a thrift
has surrounded It wltrrtnodorn con
veniences and comforts for old ago.
Thoro probably wouldn't bo any
work to do in tho world If we.!!;-cd
CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE RECOVEft
ED BY LEGAL SUITS. i
Which Will be Instituted Against the
Nsw York Life Special Counsel
Will be Retained and the' ?
Matter Taktn Up.
New York. Fob. 15. ltecotumenda
lions that legal proceedings be Insti
tuted to recover certain contributions
made by the Now York Life Insurance
company were submitted fo the trus
tees of that company today by the
special Investigating committee head
ed by Thomas P. Fowter. It Is recom
mended that the money be recovered
from such officers nnd trustees as
co.uisel shall decide are liable there
for. The report states that thero Is
no record on the books of the com
pany to show that campaign contribu
tions were given, but that Informa
tion was obtained from the testimony
of President McCnll and Vice Pres
ident G. W. Perkins on the stand be
fore the Armstrong committee.
The following recommendation t.
"Your committee therefore recom
mends thnt special "counsel be re
tained forthwith to Institute such pro
ceedings ns mny be- necessary to ro
cover the suing so contributed from
such olllcers aud trustees of the com
pnny as In the judgment of the coun
sel are liable therefor."
The campaign contributions referr
ed to were made for Republican cam
paign purposes and aggregated $14$,
702, divided as follows: Fifty thousnpd
dollars In 1S90, $50,000 In 1900 and
$1S,"02 in 1001. No other campaign
contributions, tho committee declare,
had hern disclosed by the Investiga
tions. Concluding, the report says;
"The commltteo Is rdv)ed Unit JJ?,
Minus oi mo company coniu not do
legally used for tho purpose to which,
theso funds were applied or for any
polltlcnl purpose to which these funds
were applied or for any political pur
pose at any time or under any clr
eumstnnces. The use of tho funds for
any political party is foreign to tho
trust which such funds are Im
Medical Board at Durant.
The" Hoard of Medical Examiners
of tho Central District of Indian Ter
ritory .will meel at' tho court house on
Feb. 23-21 to hold examinations for
applicants to practice medicine In the
The gentlemen who comprise the
board are: Dr. A. Griffith, of South
MeAlostcr, president, Dr. J. U. Smith,
of Durant, secretary and W. B.
Jones of Poteau, I. T.
Tho board has up io this time re
ceived fifteen applications. Duraut
YOUTH IS ARRESTED.
Young Boy Held at South McAlester
on Federal Charge.
South McAlester I. T Fub. 13.
Wayne Pratt, a neatly attired youth,
12 years of age. was Jailed here to
night to answer to the chnrgo of rob
bing tho malls. A registered letter,
containing, deeds to land nnd other
vi-Iuablo papers were ecnre'd from
tho postofflce at Kiowa, a small town
south of this city. The papers were
turned over to the offlcors. Ho is an
orphan and makes his homo wlfli the
cashier of n bank at Kiowa.
Depositors Want Money.
Chicago, 111b. Feb. 10. A crowd oi
doposltors gathered u'r'ound tlio door
of tho Bank of America early today
In a hopo of securing their money.
B. If. Howe, assistant cashier, ad
dressing the depositors, said, "Within
n week you will receive thirty-five or
.forty per cent of your money; the"
balance within a few days after that.
AH depositors will bo paid Ju full.
Howe said tho cause of tho trouble
was Injudicious loans.
ms RESIGNATION ACCEPTED.
President Allows Jewett to Quit Naval
Service, After His Conviction.
Washington. D. C., Feb. 1C Presi
dent Itoosoveil today accepted the
resignation of Paymaster Henry K.
Jewett (Mio XT. S., Navy. Ho was
recouMy tried hy court martial at
Washlr-ct -n chair-i wllh irregulari
ties lu lu tc 'icutu,
WILL GET BUSY
IF THE STATEHOOD P'LL FAIL3
Their Plan Is to H.rve .j.vi of Q'-la'
homa Extended Over Indian Ter
ritory and a Complete County
A specal to the Kansas Ci Jour
If the plana of Republican leaders
in Oklahoma can be put Into offect,
Indian Territory will be given a form
of local government and a measure of
relief from the present intolerable
"(ndltlons. even If the statehood bill
should not pass. Their plan in case
of the failure of statehood Is to have
the laws of Oklahoma extended over
Indian Territory and n complete coun
ly organization effected presumably
along tho lines of the present record
The statehood feeling Is still optimis
tic, but li Is realised that If it does
fall some sen i of legislation is neces
sary for Indian Territory. Oklahoma
could get along thu way It Is for a
while longor, but Indian Territory can
not. Kvon the shadowy tribal govern
ments, little as they amount to In ac
tual fact, expire March 4, and there
l nothing to take 'their place. On the
legal wide, Indian Torrltory Is now
handicapped by having to conform to
tho Arkansas code, much of which Is
out of date and in which thoro Is ab
solutely no provision for many of tho
conditions which havo to ' o met.
It is recognized that 'wo terrl
lories will bo admlttr 0 state
eventually, If not at nnd It
Is therefore regar tho logi
cal thing that their organization
should be brought liuu harmony, es
pecially In vlow of tho fact that thoro
is no organization nt all in Indnn Tor
rtory at the prosont time.
""Thep!nn as proposed would Include
the appointment by Governor Frantz
of tho county offlcors for tho now
counties, with the assistance of tho
Republican political organization In
oach dlstrlcL It tho present lines of
the recording districts aro followed
there would bo twonty-flve counties,
nnd twelve officers for oach would
mean a total of 300 appointments to
make, Governor Frantz' visit to Indian
Territory this week when ho spoko nt
South McAloster and Atoka, has help
ed to gel him acquainted with Indlnn
Torrltory people, and has put him In
a. position wliero ho would bo bettor
enabled to handle tho pronloms with
which ho would havo to deal wore tho
Oklahoma laws extended over tho
MAY OPPOSE LOCK CANAL.
Senate Expected to Oppose White
Washington D. C, Feb. 15. Thoro
Is a prospect of sharp division of
opinion between tho house and sen
ate over tho typo of canal to bo built
through Panama. It Is believed tho
senate la likely to favor a sea-lovol
canal while tho house mny want tho
lock typo. Tho question Is to bo fi
nally settled by congress, on engi
neering commission reports, with rec
ommendations from Iloosovelt and
By opposing the' president on the
lock plan tho sonato would secure
ono more argument with which to
enforce tho demand that ho moderate
his lnslstonpn on a particular sort ot
Was Executed, tn County Jail at Chi
'. cago Today.
Chicago, ill's.. Feb. 1C Robert New
comb, colored, was executed In tho
county Jail here today. Ho wan hang
ed for the murdor of Police Sergeant
John P. Shlno. Nowcomb killed two
other persons before shooting tho of
ficer. AMENDMENTS GO OVER.
Owing to Tillman's Illness, Action on
Railroad Bill Is Deferred.
Washington, D. C, Fob. 1C Tho all
Important amendments to tho railroad
bill pending In tho interstnto com
merce committee, will go over until
next Friday. Senator Tillman Berit a
letter to the committee, saying that
owing to threatened pneumonia, ho
cannot attend tor soverai days.
Dally Ardnorelto GO 'eta. per month.
BIG FIRE AT HASTINGS.
Half of Business Section of Oklahoma
Lnwtnn, Okla., Feb. 16. Practically
halt tho business section of Hastings,
n town of one thousand peoplo thirty
miles south of here, was destroyed by
a fire starting nt 4:30 this morning.
Losses Bre estimated nt about six
thousand dollars. The buildings burn
ed, with practically all their contents,
were one hotel, one rooming house,
Odd Fellows' hall, two meat markets,
one restaurant, and one saloon. The
Fanners Exchange bank suffered n
heavy lose and the telephone lines
were seriously damaged.
Tho flro orlgnaled lu ono of the
meat markets and cannot bo account
ed for. The buildings were on the
south side of Main street and a strong
north wind provented destruction of
tho entire business section.
NO REAL DANGER.
Senator Hale Says Differences With
China Will be Settled.
Washington, D. C, Fob. 1G. It has
developed since tho stnlotnent was
mado by Secrotry Taft, boforo the
committee on npproprinlons that
there have been sovoral conferences
regarding the situation In China. Sen
ator Hale, says ho foels assured that
there Is no renl danger of a clash with
Chlnn nnd that the present difficulties
will be settled by diplomatic nego
WOMAN ONCE A FOUNDLING
While Working as a General House
Servant Her Extreme Beauty At
tracted a Duke Who After
wards Married Her.
Homo, Fub. 1C. A forttim of more
than $1,000,000 Is awaiting the right
ful heirs of tho l.Vo Duches Fc1icltnt
Bovllacqua do la M'tsa, widow of the
Duke do la Masa, ot ( GarlbalJl's
generals, who died without issue. The
story of the deco.i.'td oinn real,
llko a romance. A founuHii?, she wi.
adopted by a childless ccupbi nr Vald
ngno named D-il.tcriuu, In v'nse
house she wis a gnie-al strv.int vn
til her beauty nttracted tho attention
of tho duke, who nftorwards married
her nt Venice In 1848. Much excite
ment reigns nt Valdagno, wliero sev
eral families bearing tho namo of Bov
lacqua, mostly belonging to tho work
ing classes, aro still living. Though a
maniago with tho duke was known
to hnve taken placo ,no certificate In
proper legal form could bo found, and
so tho claims of the distant relatives
must for tho present remain In abey
ance. Renewed searches nro now bo
Ing mado In tho parish regiotors in
Venlco to discov3r Uio nil-Important
The Castellane Divorce.
Paris, Feb. 1C An "urgent" writ
was served today on Count Castel
lane, making him dofendant in separa
tion proceedings with his wife. Tho
count nccopted the service
The. bill of complaint mentions no
names, but particularizes certain Inci
dents In which tho count Is nllcgod to
linvo participated. It asks n decree for
what tho French Inw terms "separa
tion of body and property," meaning
complete material separation without
dissolution of tho bonds of matri
mony. Tho count will not contest the
granting of tho docrco.
The Miner's Committee.
New York, Feb. 1 C -TH6 Anthracite
Miners 8ub-cominitte6 "appolhtod yes
terday began the w'ork of 'formulating
In detail tho propositiona which al
ready havo been prosohieil In general
form to employers. It will probably
bo a week beforo the commltteo havo
tho report ready In tho meantime no
developments nro likely,
THE PACKERS TRIAL.
Armour's Superintendent Makes State
ment About Garfield.
Chicago, Ills., Feb. 1C In the
packers trial today, Arthur Meeker,
gonoral superintendent of tho Armour
Pkg., Co.. declared thnt Garfield hud
told hlra, beforo his report was pub
lished, that ho would permit tho
packers to look over it lo seo whether
thero waa anything containod that, was
Injurious to tho packers.
INDIAN TERHITORY MEN DOING
GOOD WORK FOR COUNTRY.
Sidney Suggs Who Has Returnee
From Capital, Tells What We May
Expect an He Views It Wo
Have Friends There.
"Ki-niv minim tnntt uIy.i i . u.ait,-
inuian Territory nnd Oklahoma am
uiumj wiiu iihtu Riuuieii inn "''oranm
auu resources or this en mtry d clarc
themselves In favor of itr !- stato
Sidney StiSSS who ha 1-ist returnee
from a trip of several w. ,i YViVh
iiigion, wuere lie went m in" interest
or legislation Tor Ardmorc and tho tcr
iiiuij. iiu nityH i imi. nn comniiTCia
bodies of the terrltorj ere hringinr
Hirnnip nrnasnro tn lir.it nn m-iirrAet
to grant statehood. The outcome ol
the statehood bill Is doubtful -?ayB Mr
Suggs. "If we do not get statehood.'
he said, " a territorial form ot gov
eminent similar to that In Oklnhomn
H" M I Im rr I l-n M ..a -Till.. It t .4 ttnntrnA
ed. will glvo Indian Territory a
chnnco to organize for Btntohood. It
i ..it n. li. .1.
ik run ii v inn lirniinininrv wnru nni
inn nv tnlm Mifa vlmv nf It In Ylfnaltf tifv
ton. T tin tint Ron limv i-nntrrnnu onn
HOHHlon. The pressure ) tromondmis
hi it in 1 1 .
tsl ttftlfot riincnrj i"n I sl 1 1 noVt
1 11. I .1 i - it.
II ttrtAfl nl n nlv fitut 1n1iniliimlii tn 4 li a In
aro roprosontatlvo men who nro not
in tno pay or corporations, Tho pro
. . . I 1 i I 1 1
iuaaioii.il luiiifvisi im a nn.ru nrnnciTio-i
-if.. C..m .1.1.. J1..1 11.. t II
mi. taubti" muui.'b 111.11 mi lu.iiiir.t;
statehood ndvooatcs nro very hou
ful ot Jha.pnssago of n bill proyldlnz
for stntehnn.! for tlin Trull. f orrltnrv
and Oklahoma wiioso interests are
Identical. With tho projected single
...... n ...... - -
aula mnllTil Im fulli ilnifftlnnAcI iPlinii
sands would Invade tho now statJ
which would bo ono of the greatest lu
tho Union. "With the elimination of
t ..I .1 , ii..
..r.i I 1 i ii o
of tho opinion Uiat inero would bo no
.1 1 n i i t . i i a .
Ho says that of tho territory delo
gntlon none tro working with more
effort .than A. C. Cruco nnd S, T. Bled-
ii.... ll..,n. Y" I - I lilt 1 L 111
iur urn enoris in uennu or rxamoro
find flirt Ini-cl t tv Mavs-ii V r1
ed a delegation of mayors that went
w n uaiuii,iuii iu aumiu iiiu I'UDmibv
fir n mil IflYlnr- rnllrnnfla In llio f n !-
tory nnu tno Arumoro man mado a
strong argumont in fnvor of tho ques
tion and incidentally did good work
for tho proposed new stato.
..... oi.ii.-a mui uvuuiui ijiupy,
Congressmen Curtis and Sheppard are
great friends of Indian Torrltory.
Tama Blxby desorvos great credit for
his work in behalf of tho territory
and tho peoplo should never forget
Senator Clapp whoso chief Interest
Room a tfi n xiro rnrw" In frt irnrs Vil a
"- vw WW niMIIUVfU VI It SIS At 1 VJ1 UUIU
lnr.l,1nlnn rV.. IV. 1...U u. r..-
pard of South McAloster Is also in
Wnshlnrnon worklnr In thn Intnrmil nt
a bill providing for tho sale of the
allffunn mlhA.nl tnn.lrf . . .1 ..
uro will probably pass. W. I. Gilbert
of Duncan Is also on hand and doing
"Whatever, happens, Ardmoro will
bo ono of tho court towns or the new
stato," sald'kr. Suggs, "Tho Terrl
torj Is being" well advertised," ad
RECEIVE8 HIS COMMISSION.
U. S. Marshal G. A. Porter Will Leave
For Ardmore Saturday.
Oroavenor A. Portor, United State
marshal for tho southern district of
Indian Territory, received word from
Tishomingo Tuosday that his com-
mlsson had arrived. It Is tho Inten
tion of Mr. Porter and his chief dep
uty, Clarenco McKoln. to leave M"us-
kogco Saturday for Ardmoro. The
marshal will probably bo sworn In
Monday. Mr. Porter's ofllco forco la as
follows: .Chief Deputy, Clarenco Mc
Koln, salary $2500: A. n. Cottle, $1300
Jack lilloy, $1300; J. S. Hammer, Jr.,
$1100; Tt. Horz, $1200; B. O. n,udaon,
$1000. Tho throo latter appointees
aro from Ardmoro tqd tho othora from