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CmcrTAiK Pcehsuiko CowrANT.
I). M. MAKES, Editor.
X.E. XILFORD, Manager
Vjjtta, Ikd. Teb., Sept. 22, 189S
PEOVTDE JOE A COMMISSION.
Tqe proposition for the regular
session of the national council to
provide for another commission to
treat with the Dawes commission,
is being discussed pretty generally
throughout the Cherokee nation at
""The present time. The Curtis law
aken as a whole, is a very unsatis.
aclury measure, and were it en
orced would bring, if possible, a
trorse state of affairs than already
ixists among the Cherokees.
The only grounds for hesitancy
in the part of the masses of Cher
ikeea, is whether to again trust a
Commission of their own people
nrith a matter so vital to their in
terests'. In considering this ques
tion, the citizens of the Cherokee
' nation should not lese sight of the
fact that the government will not
again permit a repetition " of the
disgraceful acts of some of the
Cherokee leaders in the past. The
administration of government is
forever out of their hands, and
henceforth not a dollar of tribal
, money will be allowed to nass
i through the hands of a Cherokee
jJ,a--i official unaccounted for. Hence
there can, in our opinion be no
dtnger in again attempting an
' agreement with the Dawes com
mission, and if possible securing
more favorable terms than are em
bodied in the Curtis law.
The Curtis act has been thor
oughly digested and analyzed
Bince its enactment last June, and
there is no doubt but what it is as
unsatisfactory to the United States
government as it is to the Indians,
and the government is just as anx
ious to recede from it. But some
thing better must be provided in
lieu of it; something that will meet
the exigency of the case must be
presented, and there can be no
more feasible -way of doing it than
by a commission appointed to co
operate with the Dawes commie
Bion in bringing it about.
Such a commission would be
able to act more intelligently now
than ever before. The Curtis law
has developed the weaknesses of
existing conditions, and that act,
inconsistent and incongruous as it
is, will prove to be a blessing in
disguise, and the real entering
wedge that will break asunder the
tangled and chaotic conditions
that exist in this territory. In the
light of eyentB, we say by all
means let the Cherokee national
council provide at its earliest con
venience for a commission com
posed of intelligent Cherokee citi
zens who really understand the
whole question, and give them au
thority to settle the whole matter,
subject of course, always, to a vote
of the people.
EBEOLLUSTQ THE CHICKASAWS.
The Dawes commission is in
the Chickasaw nation taking a cen
sus of the citizens of that tribe.
From the Pauls Valley Enterprise
of last week we clip the following:
By far the larger part of the
crowd was made up of colored peo
ple, and many of the oldest in
habitants profess never before to
have seen such an immense num
ber of "niggers." It was no un
common thing for two parents to
present fifteen or twenty children
for enrollment, and one colored
Abraham presented the claim of
ninety descendants, each of whom
he claimed were entitled to enroll
ment as freedmen.
The enrollment takes place in
two booths, one for the Indian
claimants and the other for the
freedmen. Each person as he pre
sents himself is given a numbered
ticket entitling him to a hearing in
order, and these numbers, while
not negotiable on their face, are
in many cases,sold for a good
Lawyers are making the best of
the occasion and are reaping quite
Wholesalers and retailers of
lemonade, peanuts and the luxu
ries of picnic life, are doing plenty
of business on the ground, and the
west end presents quite a city unto
The members of the commission,
with their assistants, have formed
many acquaintances in the city
and all who know them speak of
them as being all-round gentle
men, always pleasant and court
eous. Mr. Needles is not with the
commission at present. Mr. Bixby
has charge of enrolling the In
dians, while Major McKenn'on pre
sides over the work of enrolling
the freedmen and also of enrolling
the Indians whose cases have been
passed upon by the courts. Over
1100 persons had been enrolled at
both booths up to yesterday at
It is not very likely that any
action by the Cherokee national
council looking to a modification
of the Curtis law will be effective,
unless it bo to submit the whole
plan to the Cherokee people for a
vote to ratify or reject. The aver
age Cherokee citizen is not willing
to trust the leaders of the tribe
with the formation of a treaty.
They have been plundered so of
ten by representatives of their own
blood that they are like the burnt
child, they dread the fire. If
something better than the Curtis
law were submitted to a vote of
the whole Cherokee people it
would doubtless be easily ratified
The failure of the wheat crop
this season has greatly discouraged
farmers from raising that hitherto
important cereal, and principal
money crop of the prairie country.
We doubt the wisdom of so soon
turning from wheat on account of
a single failure. Taken all in all
the wheat crop is a good deal
surer than the corn crop, for we
generally suffer more or les3 with
drouth, and none but the very
earliest planting of early maturing
varieties is anything like a sure
crop. i?armers who stick to wheat
with a diversity of other crons
will, in the end, be better off.
The best thing about the Curtis
law is that it forever stops officials
from plundering the treasury, and
of appropriating the common
funds of the Indians. If the Cur
tis law had been in force two years
ago the $400,000 stolen in the
noted freedmen compromise act of
council would never have been
attempted. The funds of the tribe
are safe, and the lands are safe
from those who have been so
prodigal with them heretofore.
The common Indians ought to set a
day of thanksgiving for deliver
ance from the oppressive hands of
some of their own leaders.
Attorney W. F. Hulching3 re
turned from Washington a week
or two ago and says the president
vetoed the bill passed at the called
session of the national council ap
propriating $S,000 with which to
fight the Delaware claim. Mr.
Hutchings etates that the author
ities at Washington are giving out
but little information regarding
the probable enforcement of the
Curtis law from the fact that they
are unable themselves to unravel
many of its intricacies. He thinks
the Delaware case will be reached
in the court of claims sometime
this winter. Mr. Hutchings be
lieves that the Curtis act will bo
amended early in the next session
Generally the individual who
espouses the cause of the working
man with so much eclat has
scarcely a speaking acquaintance
with work himself. There are
kings in the financial, commercial
and industrial world, but the real
workingman is king of them all.
.iu no uuuniry in me worm are
there opportunities offered to la
bor to be compared to America,
and in no other country is its re
ward so certain or so generous.
The man who howls about the op
pression of American workingmen,
nine times out of ten is no friend
to the laboring classes, but does so
from socialistic tendencies.
While the United Stales gov
ernment is inspecting the work
ings of the Cherokee tribal gov
vernment, and curtailing expenses
generally, it should not overlook
the Cherokee Advocate, kept up
at an enormous public expense,
and absolutely worthless to the
Cherokee people. It should be
ordered sold to the highest bidder
for cash, and thus stop fooling
away money on a worthless insti
tution that has never been any
thing other than a political sine
cure. There seems to be a mistaken
idea prevalent in some sections,
that land held by Cherokee citi
zens over and above their pro rata
share is jumpable, and that the
quarter of a mile limit as held un
der Cherokee law does not now
hold good. For the present at
least there has been no change in
the method of holding land in the
Cherokee nation, and it is not safe
just yet to jump other peopled
TnE proverbial honesty of the
Indian has recently sustained a
very severe shock. Of a large
number of Indian coflVicts'recently
sentenced by Judge Thomas at
Muskogee, nine of every ten of
them were convicted of theit. But
still back of appropriating other
peoples property, we believe if the
facts were known, whiskey would
be found to -be the cause of the
downfall of nearly every one of
An observing Kansas boy who is
at Manila writes home that he has
noticed one peculiar but unusual
custom among the women there
they do not hold up their skirts
when they cross the streets, be
cause me .Manna women wear
bkirts, and the men don't look
The halo of glory that has
hitherto hung around the Chero
kee national campaigns will be
entirely dispelled next summer.
Uncle Sam has removed nearly all
the stools away from the Cherokee
pie counter, and effectually locked
the treasury against the looters.
Robert Davis has sold out his
interest in the Wagoner Sayings,
daily and weekly, to Mr. Tullis, an
experienced newspaper man, who
with Mr. Lindsey, will continue
the publication of the same.
Captain Allyn Capron, father
of Captain Capron ot the rough
riders, died at his home at Fort
Meyer, Va., Sunday, from the ef
fects of the Santiago campaign.
A Missouri man proved in a
justice court that he was not a
vagrant by showing a receipt for a
year-in-advance payment for sub
scription to a newspaper.
A sweet girl at Fort Scott bad
an unsightly birth mark on her
cheek. It was cut out and skin
from her leg grafted in its place.
Cherokee Bill's Gnn
United States Deputy Marshal
Dobson, of Muskogee, was iii town
last Saturday, when a representa
tive of The Post had a talk with
him. Mr. Dobson is the man who
lead the party that recenty captur
ed the outlaw, Bill Nail, in the
Greenleaf mountains east of this
place. It was supposed that Mil
ler and Nail were hiding out to
gether, and as they were known to
be desperate characters and dead
shots, hiding in their own strong
holds, it was neccessary to take
the utmost precaution in hunting
As the story of Bill Nail's death
and capture has already appeared
it is not neccessary to go into de
tails here. Marshal Dobson had
a close call from Nail's Winchester
bullets, marks of which may still
be seen on his face. When Nail
fell Dobson took possession of his
Winchester, it had the name
"Cherokee Bill," with date 1S94,
cut on the stock. It is not claimed
that this is the gun that Cherokee
Bill gave Ed Reed before his
execution in Fort Smith, and with
which Reed afterwards killed the
to Crittendens at Wagoner.
Will Van once owned this gun
and sold it to Shoot Starr, who let
Nail have it. It is a 45-70 caliber
and a wicked shooter. Cherokee
Bill's gun "Dolly," which he gave
Ed Reed, was bought by Deputy
Marshal Ike Rogers after Reed was
killed at Claremore. Ike Rogers
carried the same gun, when he got
off the train during the freedmen
A free ticket to Ringling Bros'. Big
' Circus with groceries to amount
of $10.00 purchased at my
store before Oct. 14th.
YOU WILL DO WELL TO
We pay the highest price in cash.
Our Prices on Groceries are
the lowest. & & $ &
Best granulated sugar, 18 pounds for
Hand picked navy beans, 12 pounds for
Good Rio coffee, 3 pounds for
Jelly glasses, per dozen -Ciarette
Soap, 10 bars for
Everybody trades at
payment at Fort Gibson last sum
mer. When Clarence Goldsby,
Cherokee Bill's brother, shot Ike
Rogers on the depot platform hero,
he picked up bib brother's gun
when it fell from the hand of Rog
and escaged to the woods midst
a fulsilade of ballets fired by sev
eral deputy marshals who were
present Clarence Golsby still
keeps that gun, the Winchester
captured by Marshal Dobson be
ing another one. Ft. ' Gibson
A Good Suggestion.
Now that we are really and truly
citizens of the United States would
it not be better to quit grumbling
and try to make the best of it?
It may be a good thing for us,
oven tho' we didn't want it. We
had best try and Jive up to our
high privileges. Why not petition
congress for modifications and
changes in the objectional parts of
the Curtis bill; as, in the allotment
of the surface of the soil? Instead,
let each person get an absolute
title to his or her portion; not the
surface only, but all above and be
low. "Too-qua-stee," come up
out of the "low land of sorrow;"
don't grieve over "spilt milk."
You may find a better cow in this
great big pasture; one that can't
run over you; get on your horse
and hunt her up, but for pity sake,
don't get on a "high horse;" a
common one will do better.
This is from, Big Injun.
Oar Nary And Hawaii.
Every American is interested
in the result of our conflict with
Spain and should familarize him
self with the wonderful achieve
ments and possibilities of our new
American navy of our modern
natucsnips, those terrible engines
of war which accomplished the
complete destruction of the Span
ish fleets at Manila and Santiago.
It may also be of interest to in
form yourselves relative to the
newly acquired territory of the
United States, the Hawaiian Is
lands; learn something of nativity,
occupations, etc., of the people.
A handsome Art Portfolio, com
posed of ten books, containing
beautifull photogravures of the
American navy, Cuba and Hawaii,
together with a brief but compre
hensive description of each view,
can be obtained from any ticket
agent of the Frisco Line for the
nominal sum of ten cents each,
or a complete set for one dollar.
If your child has thin, pale checks,
uncertain appetite and unrcstful
sleep, it has worms, and curing with
strong medicines only makes condi
tions worse by irritating its delicate
stomach. "White's Cream Vermifuge
is mild but certain in effect, and is a
superior tonic as well as a po-itive
worm destroyer. P. Shanahan. .1 5
A LITTLE NONSENSE.
nicks "Which do you think is likely
to get married first, a homely girl or
n. smart glrl7" Wicks "The one that
is asked firsC Bomerville (Muss.)
Xone Bat the Urave, "Oould you
love a man who "was cowardly, Julia?"
"Well, I should want him to hare courage-
enough to propoao. Chicago
Anxious if other "Howls it that you
hare so much trouble with your house
keeping? You told me your wife could
cook." Adult Son "She can. "Then
what is the matter?" "She vronV
N. Y. Weekly.
"Arrah, go 'way wid yurolittloLong
Oiland p'raties," Bald the newly-arrived
Mr. Murphy to his nephew.
"Shure, th!m we raise at home do be
so big that half a bushel o' thim ud
fill a bushel basket-." Judge.
Granby ''lie said that people eat
'too much flour bread; that there Is
nothing so wholesome or so nutritious
as corn meal. What do you think of
that?" Dandy "Think he Is in the
corn meal business." Boston Trans
cript. In Doubt. "Is that your baby?"
asked the interested party. "What a
cute little child. What Is he saying
now?" "I don't know," replied the
perplexed father. "You see, his moth
er carries tho code book." Philadel
phia Xorth. American.
A Missed Chance. She "Have you
evcr.formed nny idea of what an angel
really looks like? He (nfter some de
liberation) "Xo, I don't believe 1
have." no foundlloltcring on her rich
papa's porch unpleasant after that-.
Thrift. Parker ''My wife has the
most extravagant ideas of economy."
Harkcr "How so1?" "She sent me n
telegram last wce3c while I was In Phil
adelphia that cost me a dollar and
a hf, just because there were only
three of my stamped envelopes left."
The great ship reeled; clearly she
Lad got her death blow. "Lostl"
shrieked mnnylof the passengers. But
there were a few who remained calm
'and set about oVerpawerlng the crew
and took other measures looking to
the preservation of life. Detroit
SAVED AN AMERICAN ARMY.
The DcKcenilnntH of a New England
Heroine 3tect Annually to Tc-
t If - U Her Ilrnverr.
The memory of a woman who pre
vented the command of Gen. Sullivan
from being massacred by Indians in
1799 hns just been honored by a cele
bration in the towa of Colesville, near
fiinghnmton, X. Y-. by her defendants.
On the farm of Thomas Taylor, in the
town of Cotesville, stands a tumble
down log coWn. The cabin originally
was the property ofZedekiuh Hamlin,
who, with hi? family, came to this
section from Connecticut before the
breaking out of the revolution. The
valley was a meeting place forthe In
dians, and, while the tribes were all
friendly, Mr, Hamlin, with an eye to
the necessity lor possible future de
fense, buDt his" house like a miniature
fort. One daihter, Dorothy, was
known far and wide among the red
inhabitant of the vnlluy as "Wachita,"
the song bird. If n papoose was ill
she woukl visit tho lodge, sometimes
traveling milos on foot or horseback
to administer simple remedies and
croon it to sleep. Thus 6he gained the
good will of the red men and was safe
at any time of the day or nighjt in the
depths of the ftyest.
This was the state of things when,
in 1799, the news was flashed among
the tribes in this section thnt Gen,
Sullivan, with troops, was comip
down the valley to avenge the Cher rv
alley massacre, and, though thy' jn.
cians in uus vacinuy una no nojj jn
it, ail would ba slain. "N'ight er .w the
hills in and around Binghanton j
with signal fires summonln g tribes
from all quarters to a con erence at
the junction of the two rf vers. Miss
iiamlin had a brother 1 t Sullivan's
army, and this was know n to a squaw
whose baby the girl had. saved by care
ful nursing. At dusk '.he second day
after the "big talk" ?,ho squaw crept
to the threshold of 'the Iiamlin cabin
and whispered to M Ss Dorothy thnt if
she wished to sat e her brother she
should warn the, white Holdiers to
ovoid the main rcf ad at a spot between
this city and tty don, os a large body
of Indians was ln ambush there. In
order to find hj m Miss Dorothy must
50 alone. The brave girl did not hesi
tate for a mcjjent, but, hastily pre
paring, she stl jrtcd out with only the
stars for a guJdc. Iler trawls through
the country tf.nd contact with the In.
dians had g-Jrcn her an insight into'
wood lore triat now proved valuable.
After 54 hojrs of continuous trwvel
she, reached, the outpost of Gen. SuDI
van's camp nodnlelivered her message.
A compnny of 'soldiers was detailed to
moke a fla'nk'Jnovement ou tb enemy
and drive tlem from nmburfi. The
attack was such a complete surprise to
the Indians that they retreated in
Xow once a year on the anniver
sary of this dtyy the descendants of
Miss Ilnmlin nmd a few invited neigh
bors commerrfornte the event by a pic
uic in the "woods near the log cnbln,
and at each gathering the history of
the brave not is read. The picnic has
been a family tradition among the
Ilainlhrs of "Binghamton far ytars, and
each member of the famliy considers
it a sacked duty to attend the annual
gathering. Chicago Chronicle.
Dcllrnc)' of Monkey JlcnL
Tin.' Kuropean residents here (in
Manila) complain of a tendency to
scruff, which develops after a lort
stay in this climate, but they arc gen
erally loth to adopt the national pre
venthe. In the foreits of Luzon are a
great many monkeys, and there is a
belief among the natives that stewed
monkey is an unfailing cure for all
cutaneous diseases. To the stranger
in these islands the ideivof eating mon
key flesh may be very revolting, but
there are few dishes more delicate
than the young monkey stuffed and
baked, though it does look iery much
like a small brown baby. X. Y. Manila
TnuKlu Hinv to Ivlnille 1'lrcx.
Up in Oregon they aie teaching in
the special schools a number of sim
ple household duties. For instance,
one of these is how to kindle n fire.
Xow, at first blush, it would seem to be
trilling with time to tench n boy or
girl how to start a fire in a stove or on
a hearth. Hut ns a mn-tter of fact the
mass of children grow up without un
derstanding thnt art. It 'requires a
certain skill and knowledge, which it
is found the many do no't have. I'ire
mismanagement by girls hns been a
prolific source of woe. It menus ill
cooked food, wnste of fuel, loss of time
and danger to life and property. Hut,
then, why should pnrents by neglect
ofhomcdui force this new task upon
een a special school system? Sac
Queen City Fair.
Remember the Dates, Sept. 26th to Oct. 1st, 1898.
Every Variety of Racing and Turf Sport Daily.
$6,500 in Purses
flehl liavo the people taken such an active,
Springfield. n.nd If wo disappoint you we will
expense. Tfc Is Is authentic.
1 ou win una
rnvmonf nf Dfmiiime Purses and Stakes guaranteed by tho Holland
1 ayrnent OI rremiliniS, Banking Company, the Contral National Bank,
tho National ExichanRO Hank and the Individual stockholders. This fact alone assures
tucccss and jjnan intces to visitors that no fake entertainment will bo tolerated because
banks, asyoru know, only permit thrlr guarantees to bo heralded by those whose Individ
ual liability and personal Integrity Js unquestioned.
Sioo in "Wheat IVemlums,
SlOO In Cnm Prxn iiumc.
$75 in Clover and Timothy
$35 In Oaty premiums.
1 5-Sjr sii-fiSJ5;-essa-5SSig
i. . h fwn -v -- ---- -
PLACE TO DO YOUR 1 'RADING IS
WHERE YOU CAN GiST GOOD
GOODS, THE BEST GOGDS AND
MOST GOODS FOR YOUR iMONEY.
So don't lose any time looking: for that place,
just go down to Gray's, where you wOi find the
best selected stock of goods ever handled by
Dress Goods Dept.
ThiQ HinnH-mnfr ic rnmnlpf-p in frfT7 flP-
tail; if you want to see the Prettiest Patterns; ever
in Vinita you should not fail to look through
this, department. A well assorted line of iprin,ts
always found in this store.
A Special Offer.
For two weeks I will have a Bargain Coun
ter in Dress Goods; don't miss this opportunity
of buying the best goods for the least money
ever offered in Vinita.
Do you want .1 pair of Blankets or Comforts? I
lirive them at all prices ; see my 50c Blankets.
My stock of Ladies' and Cliildren's- Underwear is
cpiftplctc and well selected.
Kid Gloves in black, tan, "brown chocolate and white.
Yes, I have hair nets.
It will soon be time to buy 3-our winter supply of
Cotton and "Wool Flannels and" Domestic ; don't fail to
see my line.
Shoe Department. '
m My line of heavy and medium shoes ior
ladies, gents and children was never T.iore com
plete; the best line in the west.
Also rubbers for men, women and children.
Gent's Staple Goods.
This department is complete in Underwear,
Jeans Pants, Overalls, Duck Coats, Hats, Caps,
Gloves and Shirts.
This department receives careful attention
and is always full of the freshest Groceries to be
found on the market. For a delicious driuk try
Cupid Coffee, the leading brand.
Yours to please,
J. C. GRAY
TO. 1G. IJBafcQetfs
H?ou are corbiallE invfteb
to attenb our opening of .
Butumn flMIUnerg, Tbies
ba evening, September
27tb, front 7 to 9 o'clock.
ma. 1R. 3Ba6gett.
for Trottlnc. Paclnc ana Runnlnz races. Tho
largest purses and stakes ever offered In south
west Missouri. Never In tho history of SDrlnc-
cnercetlc Interest 'In tho fair. Come to
refund your railroad transportation and
ours mo r aires ot too r air.
-FRANK JAMES, Starting Judge in Racing Events.
I Grand Flower Parade, SSS2ife
'given by tho Commercial Travelers as a compliment
( to the Queen City Fair Association. You cannot af-
luru 10 miss u. ijiijiai wutii:.. irc,... miw. wu..
to Springfield snd spend the entire week. Drop a
postal card for l'remlm List to W. A. DENNIS, Sec.
The following kinds of approved form,
on sale at
Office, or sent by mall at prices named:
Chattel mortgages, perdoz 2V:
Cherokee deed. .., 33c
Farm contracts. ' 3oo
Chattel Slort. sales .25c
f'!?.n notcs ( mortgage) perdoz 3c
Hills sale. .280
Bill Sale (Cherokee Mort) perdoz )
mils Sale, thort form Mc
Kcncw.U aJltlaTlts. 23c
Prommlsaory note, per M 2Sc
THELVE STOCK MARKEr
OF ST. LOUIS.
The St. Louis National
Located at East St. Louis, ill.
Directly opposite the city of St. Louis. Bay
era Tor alt description or tare Stock always in
attendance, and within the crnnods of the
Stock Tarda Is a Beef Canning Company, with
a capacity for alanshtlrlna; 3.000 bead of cattle
dally, and Pork Packing establishments have
a capacity for slaughtering 12,060 hogs dally.
C. C. KNOX, Vlce-Pres.
CHAS. T. JONES, Supt.
JUNE I TO
Tfje Grandest Exposition
(except the World's Fair) ever
pianned in the United States. Lo
cated within cheap and quick
access of the entire
Missouri and Mis
Biesippi valeys, at
your own doors.
beyond Omaha allow stop stop-
ov5r8. Take the Burlington
Route, Jho old and firmly estab
lished line to and through Omaha
in any directiod.
1.. W WaHciey, Q. P. .
Hovr&rd Elliott, Cr). fzr
St. Uouly, fo.
Chicago and Alton
Only Stone Ballasted Track.
St. Louis & Chicago
St. Louis and -Kansas
Kansas City and
Palace reclining: chair cars
free. Pullman compart
Ask your own home ticket agent
for tickets via the Chicago & Alton
.Railroad, or write to
James Charlton, General Pas
senger and Ticket Agent, Chicago,
D. Bowes, General Western Pas
feeouer Agent, 21G N. Broadway.
fit. Louis, Mo. aug 31
Tablcr's Buckeye Pile Ointmeut
gives instant relief. It allays inflam
mation and ncaui. it is prompt in its
action an;' positive In its effect. It is
the kind tltut cures without nam or
discomfort. It is for piles; only 50c
tubes .. I. fanananan. i o