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128 The Indian Advocate.
The Secretary of the Potato Growers' Association of Pottawatomie County is authority for the statement that there are now planted in Irish potatoes over 5,000 acres in said county. Last season 165 car-loads of early potatoes were shipped to Chicago from Shawnee alone. According to the Catholic Directory for 1902, the Catholic population of this Vicariate, including Indian and Oklahoma Territories, is 20,455, an increase of 1,410 over last year. They have 1 college for boys, 8 acade mies for young ladies, two industrial schools; 22 schools for whites, 12 for Indians, 2 for negroes and 26 parish schools. The total school population is 2,878. Last month, Rev. Fr. Constantine, O.. S. B., of El Reno, Okla., laid the corner-stone of a new church, which, according to public reports, is to be the finest in the Vicariate of Indian Territory. He was assisted by Rev. Fr. I. Ricklin, O. S. B., of Anadarko, Okla., and Rev. Fr. de Hasque, of Chickasha, I. T. Rev. Fr. Ricklin was the orator of the day, and we are told that he kept his audience spell-bound for over half an hour. A new bell, to cost $400, has been ordered to adorn the elegant belfry. May it (the bell), by its sweet sounds, recall many a wandering sheep back to the fold. The atmosphere of Oklahoma at present is so charged with "railroad building" that the average citizen has to dodge the falling cinders, while the towns and villages are' recklessly voting bonds, bonuses and subsidies with a lavishness that would startle "Coal Oil Johnny." The latest meteor to shoot athwart our horizon is the Denver & Atlantic. This line proposes to run from Denver to New Orleans, via Oklahoma City, Shreveport, La., and any other place that will put up the necessary collateral. As usual, Asher proposes to throw out its drag net for the new road, and advises its citizens to "stop worrying over the Choctaw and hustle for the D., K. & A." A dispatch from Ft. Sill states that Geronimo, the Apache Indian chief, has petitioned the authorities at Washington that he be released from captivity. For the last fourteen years Geronimo has been a military pris oner at Ft. Sill, Okla. Now, at the age of eighty, he has signified his wish to become a docile subject of the Great Father at Washington. Gen. Frank Armstrong, of the regular army, has been looking into the question, and has recommended that Geronimo be paroled and made a citizen. He has been practically free for several years now, or ever since his removal from cap tivity in the Florida everglades to the barracks of Ft. Sill. Although under constant surveillance, he has a small farm and receives $35 a month as a government scout. With Geronimo are 298 Apaches. The remnant of the Chiricaus will probably be released.