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OU. H. BEAULIEU
Indian claims against the Unit-
ed States a speciality.
K. S. MURCHISON,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
LATE LAW CLERK,
DIVISION, INDIAN OFFICE.
White Earth Agency, Minn.
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WHITE EARTH, MINN.
100,000 acres of first class farm
lands on White Earth Reservation, in
tracts of 80 acres and more, by
ALLOTTEES. INDIAN PROTECTIVE Association
200 Bond Building
Washington D. C.
Dan'l 6. Henderson, Att'y.
LOAN AND TRUST BLD'G.
W. F. CAMPBELL
Attorney at Law,
Department practice a specialty.
White Earth, Minn.
White Earth, Minn.
The Largest and Host
Commodious Hotel on
Table always bountifully supplied
With everything that the market
affords, including game and
fish in season.
A large and comfortable,lTeed and
Livery stable in connection
Secretary Hitchcock Belives Gus is Stirring
lip the Indians through His Editorials.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17.
Ethan A. Hitchcock, secretary of
the interior, is very much exer
cised over editorials attacking the
Morris law in Gus. Beaulieu's
paper, THE TOMAHAWK, published
at White Earth, Minn., and it is
understood that he has, or will,
seek legal advice a to whether its
publication cannot be suppressed.
It was learned from an official of
the interior department today that
the secretary has been consider
ing these editorials in the light of
a special provision of the law
which penalizes heavily any one
who attempts to incite the Indians
to rebellion and insurrection.
Beaulieu has great influence
with the Indians and his paper has
been widely circulated among
them. His editorials has been
rather hot in tone, and it is under
stood Secretary Hitchcock believes
they are largely responsible for
the excitement and unrest among
the red men which has been re
ported by Major Scott, Indian
agent at Leech Lake. Certain
officials of the department, with
whom the secretary has talked,are
of the opinion that he can do noth
ing with Beaulieu or his paper,but
he is determined, so it is reported,
to get rid of the paper if possible.
Secretary Hitchcock's Ire.
The secretary of the interior is
hot under the collar, so to speak,
according to a Washington .special
to the Minneapolis Journal, be
cause our editorials regarding the
Morris act do not meet with his
views, and for this reason he is
going to suppress the TOMVHAWK
it is alleged.
For the information of the sec-
press the "PKOUKriNS'" when v\e
first entered the field of journal
ism, but the United States circuit
court said nay,and the "PROGmoss*'
was published several years or
until it died a natural death.
"We doubt, howe\ er, if the sec
retary will repeat such a high
handed outrage as to attempt to
suppress a newspaper merely be
cause its policy does not suit him,
and also, because of our criticisms
of a law that is, in our opinion, an
outrage to the interests of our
We claim to have a sufficient
knowledge of law to keep within
its pale, and we also know our
rights under it.
Whether the secretary likes it
or not, we will continue to call
public attention to any injustice
which may be done to the Chip
pewa Indians of Minnesota under
the Morris act or any other law.
This is a privelege granted to
every newspaper by the Constitu
tion of the United States, arid we
intend to use it whenever we deem
it necessary, and especially when
the Chippewa Indian interests are
It seems inconsistent with the
liberal republican principles of the
day to believe that the threat of
"suppressing" or "muzzling" the
TOMAHAWK and of bringing heap
lots of trouble on the devoted head
of its publisher should have eman
ated from so high an official source
as the Hon. Stcretary of the In
terior and, because the TOMAHAWK
ventured to advocate, on rational
grounds, what it thought to be
retary, we will say that a similar cient sense or knowledge to cease
attempt was made in 1886, to sur-j their discordant braying, especial-!
ly about matters that does
t'Truth before Favor.'
VOL. 1. WHITE EARTH, BECKER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY, NOV. 27, 1903. NO. 35.
right and wrong in certain legis
lation affecting the interests of the
Chippewas, and this on the lines
of truth and justice.
It is gratifying to learn, judg
ing from the many congratulatory
letters received and the tone of
the public press "ally, that
any attempt to abridge me liberty
of a free press and free speech
will find no responsive chord in
public sentiment and convinue^ us
that the policy of the TOMAHAWK
and the cause it advocates is far
from being a forlorn hope.
It would bo a grave error for
the interior department to sup
press Gus. Beaulieu's paper, the
TOMAHWK, at White Eearth res
ervation. Of course it may be
necessary to take the Indians down
and hold them, while robbing
them, but they ought to be allowed
a mouth-piece for protests.An
We have not red the "hot stuff'1
that Gus has been putting out, but
this is suppose to be a free country
and it does not seem probable that
the department will attempt to put
a curb upon the TOMAHAWK'S
concern them and of which the.\
know absolutely nothing. And
that's what is the matter with tin
egotistic charlatans who seem pos
sessed with a morbid anxiety of
airing the insignificant contents
of their rattling pates in the in
dulgence of deprecative vitupera
tion against the Indian, his friends
and his cause.
If the knowing editor of the
dozen and I towns had taken the
pains to have informed himself be
fore he proceeded with his "'mud
slinging" against the TOMAHAWK
and its publisher, he would have
discovered that the Progress,
which he alludes to as having been
"squelched," was not suppressed.
On the other hand in a suit in the
district court of fiennippen Coun
ty Minn., we beat the Depart
ment and secured a judgement
against the then agent of the res
ervation. After this the Progress
continued to do a glorious work,
for the Indian (Chippewa), for up
wards of two years and thereby
establishing, beyond question,
that the White Earth reservation
was a part of the United States,
that its people were human beings.
American citizens and entitled to
the repect, immunity and protec
tion of the laws thereof!
A N I S li For first class
dentistry, call on Dr. R. H. Phalon.
Teeth extracted without pain
Crown and Bridge work a special
ty. Office over First State
Bank, Detroit, Minn.
utterances. We are living in the
United Statesnot in Cssar ridden the interior in putting the Morris
CHORD FOR CHORD.
Secretary Hitchcock is after Gus
Beaulieu and his "TOMAHAWK," pub
lished at White Earth, on account ol
his vigorous attack upon the Mori is
law, blaming this action of Beaulieu's.
to a great extent for the present clir
affection among the Chippewas. This
is not the tirst time that Gus has
made trouble for himself in a news
paper way, for about twehe years age
the government squelched anothn
journalistic enterpiise of his launched
at the same place and likewise
branded a nuisance.
Some individuals, like Baalenfs
ass, never seem to acquire sufti-
ATTACK MORRIS LAW.
Indians Wili Bring a Test Case Against
Washington, Nov, 24.Chippewa
Indians now in Washinton, will
enter suit late today or tomorrow
to restrain the secretary of the in
terior from selling timber on the
reserved portion of Leech Lake
reservation. This action on their
part will cortainly delay the sale
of timber advertised for December
28, and it may cause a postpone*
ment of all logging operations on
the ceded portions of reserves as
the suit involves the construction
of the whole Morris law.
The particular point made in bill
of complaints is that the Indians
have been deprived of a
portion of their land and timber
by the act passed last year without
the consent of the Indians and in
violation of the Nelson act of 1889,
in which the ownership of the In
dians was recognized and to which
they had consented. Other minor
causes for declaring the law in
operative are assigned in the bill,
The actions of the secretary of
act into operation before the In
dians gave their assent to it may
be illegalat least this has been
our impression, and it is quite
probable that the question of the
validity of the secretary's action
may yet get into the courts.
The Nelson act, which the Mor
ris law amends, provides that two
thirds of the male adult members
of the Chippewa bands of Minne
sota to the former aokisjoficessauy
before it can become a law. This
provision is still a part of the law,
and the Morris act did not effect
it. In view of this it would seem
necessary that the assent of the
Chippewas to the
ments would be necessary before
they become operative, and on
this ground we believe the matter
wiTl be submitted to the United
States courts before any sale of
rhe Indian Kight and Wrong.
flggr "We hold ttie.se tiutlis to be
evident that ALL THEN
A report from Leech Lake
brings the information that Agent
Scott caused the arrest of William
Lyons, a member of the Missis
ippi reservation by Indian police,
for the alleged forging of Indian
names to a petition which he was
circulating among the Indians
against the Morri.s act.
Lyons, in an affidavit, sets forth
that the arrest was made simply
for the purpose of preventing him
from going to Washington with
the petition, and that the agent,
who favors the act, made threats
against him which lead him to
abandon his purpose of going to
One of the privileges of a people,
guaranteed by law, is the right to
gather together and petition the
government for a redress of
wrongs or for any other purpose,
and if Agent Scott has interefered
with this privilege, Lyons should
hold him to accout.
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Lumbermen Score inthe Mat
ter of Refuse Lumber.
Washington, Nov. 20 The con
test over the question of the re
quirements to be insisted upon in
connection with the lumber oper
ations on the ceiled lands of the
Chippewa reservation has ended
in a decision b.v Acting Commis
sioner Fimple of the general land
valuablelpfficc favorable to the contention
of the lumbermen, and materially
modifying the regulations gov
erning the burning ol' debris.
The importance ol' this decision
rests in the fact tnatthc claim was
made not only by lumbermen who
arc expecting to bid on several
hundred million feet of Indian
timber at the t\ro sales on Dec. 5
and 7, are eominced, as are also
the department officials, that by
insisting upon the absolute and
immediate destruction of all rof
sueh as tops, limbs, stumps and
rejected logs, \liic result from
the operation of removing the tim
ber, would have the effect to cause
the timber to he sold at probably
an average of ^4 per thousand less
price than it will bring under the
The claim was made b.v the lum
bermen and the experts of the de
j)%rJLmeut that it would b* practi
cally impossible, without great
expense, to destroy immediately
anything except the smaller ref
use and tops, and that the destruc
tion of stumps and rejected logs,
Morris amend-! the requirements were for im
mediate destruction, would neces
sitate the using of dynamite and
oil to make a complete job of the
destruction of the trees.
The regulations are in conform
ity with the fori'str.\ policy of the
government, and arc intended, to
so completely reiiio\c the debris,
following lumbering operations,
that there would be less danger
of the spread of forest fires in tin
dry season of the foil wing
equal that thej aie endowed by their
Creator with eeilain unalienable
lights: that among these, are LIFE,
LrHBRTV, AMI) THE PL USUIT O HAP
PINESS" Declarationot Independence
July 4th, 177(5.
In his decision rend red to-day
the acting commissioner says that
the removing and burning of ref
use will be reasonably constructed
and liberally administered by the
department and no further re
movals or burnings will be re
quired than are actually necessary
to prevent forest (ires.St. Paul I
The above article is one of the
early Washington specials, but
since the above date it seems that
the whole of the Morris law is to
a halt, and at this time we cannot
very definately tell the outcome of
the fight and opposition which the
Indians are making.
"T he Tomahawk
3 months 40 Cents
months 75 Cents
General Land Office Sends a Word That
No Hardships Will Be Imposed in theLumbermen
Matter of Removing Qebr-s From Ceded
Indian Lands When Sold and Cleared.
will be mailed
to any address in the United States,
Canada, Cuba and the Philipines.
Market price paid for Ginsing
Snffke Root and Furs.
Orders for pure Maple-Syrup,
and wild rice promptly attended
to. BEAULIEU MINN,
ALL KINDS OF BLACKSMITH WORK
Poxrc IN FIRST CLASS SHAP.
HOKSK-SIIOKINO A SPWALTY.
George Berry Prop
Louis Brisbois Prop.
The tables are
with Kish, Game
in their season.
lean rooms and good board.
Good Barn in Connection
Hoard by the Day or Week.
White Earth Minn.
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