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ROCK ISLAND. MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 18, 189S.
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S00NERS IN FIRST.
Sequel of the Rush for Cherokee
WEAEY B00MEKS ON BACK TRACK.
Tlielr Labor ami Money Gone for Nothing
A Thousand of Them Fans Through Kan
sas City rerry a Town of 10,000 Inhabitants-One
Ri.ler Killed by a Soldier
List of Those Who Were Hurt In the
Rush for Trains.
Kansas City, Sept. 18. Over 1,000 ex
boomers passed through Kansas City en
route to their homes in all parts of the
country from the Cherokee strip. A more
tired and disgusted lot of men was never
seen together. They had gore to the
opening unprepared for such a tremen
dous rush as occurred and were mainly
those who had depended on the trains to
take them into the strip; but the trains
were out-distanced by the horsemen and
wheelmen and they got to the heart of the
promised land only to find every claim
pre-empted and every town lot gone.
The first great contingent of these dis
appointed men arrived on a special Santa
Fe train too late for eastern connection.
They at once took possession of the wait
ing rooms at the Union station and turned
them into a barracks, where they slept on
the haid floors. Several women were in
the company, one with a babe which was
desperately ill, but all seemed too tired to
note anything that went on about them.
Many of the men were from Illinois, Iowa
and Indiana, but there seemed a sprink
ling from all the states. They told pitiful
stories of waiting in the Hue for days for a
certificate and then going in on packed
trains only totfind everything gobbled.
Feature of the Cireat Rnsh.
But the Cherokee Scrip is open, and
those disappointed ones were too much
taken r. with their own disappointment
to be able to tell the story of the rush. To
day, where for centuries untold the Indi
an and he. wild beast has had complete
dominioA, the camptlros of the settlers are
sending the smoke of Caucasiau civiliza
tion skyward. It is estimated that the tT
tal number that made the rush was 95,000.
And such a rash as it was! The Oklahoma
race was "nok in it"' with that which at
noon Saturday swept across the line of the
The Volley That Said "Go."
As the hands of the clock pointed to
noon a villey of riile fire ran along the
border from end to end, and before it echo
had died away a cloud of dust was all that
remained of the t hrongs which stnrted
into the promised land from Arkansas
City, Orlando, and the other points of de
parture. As the cracks of the rifles were
heard the wildest yell imaginable broke
out from the invading hoet.-Ttie regulation
prohibiting Che taking of arms into the
territory was i nullity. Before the puffs
of white siuoka which shot upward into
the air, announcing that the supreme hour
had come, had been blown away by the
west wind there was a gh-am and glitter
of steel above the heads of hundreds of
riders in the line. A roar as of artillery
came from 1,000 pistols, discharged almost
instantaneous-, followed by a smoky pHll
which almost covered from sight the mov
ing ranks, iin(l4hi-n chaos.
Faith, Fortitude or Whisky Needed.
The scene vus calculated to strike ter
ror into the heitrt of any boomer not well
fortified with faith, fortitude or whisky.
It was doubt !t-s prearranged to have that
effect, for Cattle King Jim Hewing had a
small army of cowboys running for claims
to be taken in adjoining quarter sections,
enough to constitute a township, and
transferred to him after proof at the land
office. Others of the cattle barons were
similarly supplied with fast horses and
reckless riders, for these were the last of
the great grazing grounds outside of the
Osage and Otoe reservations, where sev
eral thousand head of cattle are now
quartered. There is no place for the
stockmen to go.
Men lieekless With Waiting.
But there were more reckless riders in
the column. There were men there made
desperate by months and years of weary
waiting and watching. There were men
there who had lain in dugouts during the
vain and drought, who shivered under the
icy tempest of the north and the sting
ing bite of desert winds. There were
others whose families had endured long
privations and suffering in the anxious
waiting for a home and before whose over
wrought imagination the appealing facts
of wife and children were ever present in
this mad chase, hike Kichard at Bos
worth their lives were cast upon a stake
and they were ready to stand the ha.aid.
RACE BETWEEN TRAIN AND HORSE.
The "Soimrr," However, Had a Kittle
Scheme otitis Ow us.
Long before the firinvr bud ceased the
column hud moved. There were race
horses trained to speed in the line. They
could be distinguished by the outstand
ing neck, the tension of the muscles, and
the stretching out of every cord. At the
very instant of departure they darted out
ahead of the mass. Those animals were
ridden by men cither iu the employ o!
town site companies or cattle companies.
The home Keekers relied upon their best
stock; the faithful animals which had
given dust to all comers in the race to or
from singing school, or meeting, or who
may have taken red ribbons at country
Iu competition with these were the
trains which started at the same signal.
They were packed inside aud outside and
many accidents ranging from ludicrous to
fatal were the results. How many is not
known at this writing. Following these
were the wagons, and the chancejof break
ing down was ignored, for every team was
pushed to its utmost over the prairie.
When the rush across the lorder was com
pleted there was nothing left of the vast
army but a cloud of dust which obscured
everything. One tragedy was the result
of the few minutes' confusion before the
signal was given. One of the boomers'
horses got restive, took the bit in his teeth
and started across the line. The soldier
on guard at that point ordered a halt, and
not being olieyed shot the Ixiomer dead.
JTis name was J. K. Hill, of New Jersey.
The soldier's commander says that he
simply oDeyea orders, ana wonia not give
But it was the"soonei" who got the
choice lots. Ke had bidden himself in the
gratis, in the bush, aud in one instance in the
sand, and when the fastest riders arrived
at the town sites they found him in pos
session of nearly all the choice lots. The
question of whether or no he will keep
what he got will have to be settled in the
courts. Of course wi:h 05,000 people want
ing land and not near enough land for
eacn man to get anything there Is deep
seated disappointment in many hearts.and
the "sooner" comes in for many hearty
curses. In many cases two men are claim
ing the same town lot, and if the matter
is not settled with the "gun" it will go to
swell the court records. So it may be said
that lawyers will find profitable employ
ment before anybody else gets much profit
out of the invasion.
THE SETTLEMENT OF PERRY.
Discomforts of the Land-Hunters Hun
dreds Leaving on Kvery Train.
The following statement of the situa
tion at Perry will do for every town site
in die territory: Sunday in a new town
especially a town made on Saturday after
noonis never a very enjoyable day, and
it was less so than usual in the little city
of Terry. The great majority of tents and
supply wagons did not arrive until late
in the night and everybody was busy put
ting up tents or shanties or trying to get
away from the gale blowing from the
south, filling eyes, noses and mouths with
sand and making it impossible to see
farther away than forty feet. A few min
isters tried to preach, but could not make
much headway against the wind and sand
and the anxiety of people to get np some
sort of shelter.
So terrible was the day and so great the
discomfort of the people that hundreds are
leaving on every train. Still there are
enough left in Perry to make it the biggest
city in the territory. Thieves and gamblers
are thick, and people are robbed right and
left. Two men were badly hurt and one
was killed by the thieves. The number of
fatalities will be much greater than at first
supposed, but nine-tenths of the killed or
injured were the victims of accidents.
Thomas Mcliride, of Oklahoma City, had
his skull crushed by a stake in a quarrel
over a lot. One unknown man was shot
but not kiih-d in lied Rock creek. Jesse
Strong was cut iu the head and neck in a
quarrel over a pony, and an unknown man
was shot near Turkey creek.
Among those hurt or killed by accident
were Mrs. Charles T. Barnes, of Eldorado,
Kas., run over and killed; Mrs. Sarah
Hughes, fatally crushed while getting on
a train; Miss Sallie Freeman, of Louis
ville, Ky., leg broken; George Gillett, foot
bruised by train; John Wheatley, shot in
leg by accidental discharge of his own pis
tol; William Browning, of Texas, fatally
crushed under his horse; John Mealy, leg
crushed by train; Carl Byers, of Atchison,
Kas., thrown from horse and killed; Henry
Pointer, of Ohio, skull crushed by falling
from horse; Harvey Cheney and Harvey
Matthews, killed by riding over a bluff.
Many riderless horses are coming in and
it is feared that other persons are badly
It wns at Perry where the "sooner" got
in his most notable work. When the peo
ple from outside got there they found hun
dreds of claimants already on the land.
At 12:C7 o'clock this was a fact, and it took
half an hour for the fastest riders to reach
Perry from the line. The fraud was pal
pable. Most of the sooners rode into the
town site. As they came in all of them
bore down upon the new one-story frame
building which is to serve as one of the
two land offices for this district. It was
around that as a center that the new town
was formed. It was apparently taken as
the center of the future city, for to it all
the earliest riders came and around it all
of them staked their horses aud claims.
Within the next half hour of the opening
200 horsemen aud their horses stood on as
many different claims.
The legitimate settlers arrived later and
took what they could get. Perry is now a
city of 10,000 people. . Everything is wide
open, and saloons and dance houses
abound. There are seven hotels already.
Dead horses are frequent along the road.
They had been ridden to death. The horse
of one man stumbled and broke his leg a
few hundred yards across the line. The
settler shot his horse, and making the best
of his misfortune staked out a claim right
there as the others swept past him.
TRUTH OF HOLY SCRIPTURES
Discussed by Speakers at the World's Re
Chicago, Sept. 18 Prof. Charles A.
Briggs, wlioe numerous combats
with the general assembly of the
Presbyterian church have tend
ed toward making his name a
household word, was one of the principal
figures at the World's Tarl anient of Re
ligion aud he was accorded a welcome
that was enthusiastic. Speaking of the
truthfulness of the Holy Scriptures he
took the ground that it was impossible to
opppse criticism and science with faith.
The faith that shrank from criticism
thus demonstrated its own weakness. In
asmuch as the intention of the sacred his
torians was to giv a history of God's re
demption dates were not esseutial.
No matter how many mistakas were
discovered in the sacred writings the les
sons that were taught were not affected.
These writings, he held, were subject to
errors of grammar aud of style the same
as those of ordinary men. It was true
that the question might be put whether
the divine truth could be transcribed in
imperfect words and sentences. To this
it might be replied that all that could be
claimed for the divine spirit was the sug
gestion that m.tde the lesson. God had
ueees.nrily to limit himself when he im
parted anything to mortal, and it was
sutticieut if the Scriptures taught the re
li gious lesson.
Mgr. Set on, Roman Catholic, of Newark,
X. J., said that the relations of the Roman
Catholic church to the Scriptures formed
an important part of dogmatic theology.
The church wns a living society commis
sioned by Jesus Christ to preserve the
word of God pure and undented. The
Scriptures as gathered by the Catholic
church might be described as holy writ,
inspired by the Holy Ghost, and accepted
as the word of God. This the church
maintained, anJ the Catholic church also
maintained that to it, and to it alone, was
given the power of interpreting these
THE M. E. APPOINTMENTS.
Those for the Rock Island and Moline
Geneseo, Sept. 18. The appoint
ments were made to day by the Rock
Island District M. E. conference . in
session here, those pertaining to Rock
Island and Moline being as follows:
Roclc Island First church, F. V.
Merrell; Ninth street, V. C. Smith.
Moline First church. Dr. Cum
mines; Second church, Fletcher D.
THE BASE BALL RECORD.
Clubs Stand Nearly the Same In the Mat
ter of Position.
Chicago, Sept. 18. There was but one
change ia the base ball situation as the
result of last week's playing. Chicago
climbed over St. Louis and now stands
ninth. The following table shows the
Played. Won. Lost. Cent.
Boston 118 83 36 .695
Pittsburg 118 73 46 .610
Philadelphia 117 OS 49 .681
Cleveland 11 64 53 .553
New York 119 64 55 .538
Brooklyn 118 61 57 .517
Cincinnati 117 55 63 .474
Baltimore 1.0 55 65 .458
Chicago .120 53 68 .433
!St. Louis 13,) 51 09 .425
Louisville 113 45 68 .898
Washington 130 39 81 .825
Following are the League scores: At
Chicago Philadelphia 4, Chicago 8; at
Pittsburg Boston 7, Pittsburg 3; at St.
Louis Washington 6, SL Louis 7; at
Louisville (two games) Brooklyn 11,
Louisville 5; Brooklyn 9, Louisville 12; at
Cleveland a difference of opinion between
Captain Robinson, of the Baltimore club,
and Umpire Hurst gave the game to
Cleveland, 9 to 0. Robinson said it was
too dark to play any longer and Hurst
thought not. The score: Baltimore 11,
Cleveland 15 eight and a half innings.
At Cincinnati New York 11, Cincinnati
7. (Sunday) at Cincinnati Baltimore 7,
Cincinnati ; at St. Louis (two games)
Washington 5, St. Louis 0; Washington 1,
St. Louis 5; at Chicago Brooklyn 2, Chi
IN THE FOREST FIRE REGION.
Rain Saves Marshfield and Other Places-
Loss of Life Reported.
Milwaukee, Sept. is. Rains about
Merrill, Marshfield and Stevens Point
have greatly quenched the forest fires in
the region where they have thus far been
most dangerous, but despatches from
Ashland say the fires in the extreme
northern part of the state have assumed
most threatening proportions. All flay
settlers have been pouring into Ashland
from all directions, flying from the ad
vancing flames which have devoured their
homes and all their belongings. AlcMil
lan has been saved by hard work.
Three families are reported to have per
ished near Marengo. At Parishville a
large ii on plant was burned. Settlers ar
riving in Ashland tell pitiful stories and
many fell exhausted when they reached
the city. The fire now covers about 200
square miles of territory and is goinj
northward. The damage to standing tim
ber is enormous.
ONE MORE MILLION WEEK.
That Many Paid Their Way into the
World's Fair Last Week.
Chicago, Sept. IS. Steam won in the
tug-of-war between it and electricity at
the World's fair. Steam, however, had
the advantage in weight, that locomotive
being five tons heavier than its competitor.
A meeting of railway men was held in Fes
tival hall where President Ingalls, of the
Big Four, made a speech.
lotal paid admissions Saturday were
199,321; for the week, 1,079,343; Sunday.
Franz Ferdinand d Este, heir apparent
to the Austrian crown, will be here
This week Nevada, Iowa and Montana
hold celebrations. Also the fishermen,
state commissioners, Knights of Honor
Ttae Loral Markets.
New osts S5c.
Hay Timotly.tS 002,S9.00:nnland.S n(V!j.nn
Bloui,lfi. O03.J7. 00; baled, $10.0039.00.
Bntter Fair to choice, 82ii3c ;creamery,35c
Eec Fresh. 13c.
Poultry Chickens, 13c; turkejs V. U : ducks
l-'Hc; geese. 10c. s'
TKVTT 1SB VEOBTABI Eg
Apples f 3 (HKfi Sti.OO per bbl.
Potatoes 1( !cQ,T0c.
Onions tiOo per hu.
Turnips 4Jc per biu
II VI STOCK-
Cattle Butchers uav for corn led ,.... r
4'&4S4c: cows and neifeis. !tsi.r riv.
LESS THANH A LFJHB
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