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Officials at Washington Say Work
Cannot be Completed 8hort of a
Decade May Interfere With State
hood Probabilities
WASHINGTON: It 13 now becom
ing apparent that the promises made
by the D,awes commission last winter
to the effect that the work of the
commission would be concluded by
Juno 30. 1905, will not be realized. In
deed, it is improbable that the work
of the commission will be completed
within many years from that time,
and it is certain that a great number
of the disputed citizenship cases
will not be disposed of lor several
Reports received at the department
of the interior indicate that the work
of the commission is progressing
more rapidly than ever before, but
whilo this is true, to use the words
of a prominent official of the Indian
oflicc, "it is apparent the work can
not be concluded wlthin the allotted
time." The candid opinion of the of
ficial in question is thaMt will take
nearly ten years longer for the com
mission to clear up the work origi
nally assigned to it.
What effect this conflition will have
upon the statehood bill now pending
before congress is problematical.
The chances are, however, that it will
defer legislation until a future date
beyond that contemplated in the bill
which passed the house last winter.
As that bill provided for the admis
sion of the new states into the union
rpn March 4, 1900, the probabilities
are that the date of the admission
will be further postponed, even If leg
islation should be secured.
It is apparent that the statehood
fight will be renewed at tho conven
ing of congress with more vigor than
;evor Deiore. it is tlie Intention of
the 'advocates of sinelo Ktathnnri for
idgOklahoma and Indian Territory to
ftftry to force a vote in the senato on
the statehood bill ai an early date
juluring the coming short session.
Whether they will be successful or
piot depends entirely upon the advo-
Fcafes of doable statehood. The lead-
Ting exponent of this theory is Senator
jjfiailey of Texas. Senator Bailey,
W.owever, is not a prognostlcator. Ho
jyMieves In expressing his views, and
gtgnen permitting-the senate to act. ir
u uuici uuvuuuwb oi uouoie state
iod pursue a similar course, a vote
fan be reached during the short ses-
ion. If they adopt the other tac-
ics, of opposing the passage-of the
Ingle statehood bill, there is little
likelihood of legislation this winter.
With tl.e great omnibus anoronri-
tlon bills before congress for action,
ith only seventy-live aays in which
Jr lb act unnn thpm nml with cavomii
X pleasures of national importance be-
m. wiv l nullum inr linmGtliain rnnsld.
tatlon, little, timo can be given to
o consideration ot tho statohood
wll. Therefore, tho probable action
jjL' congress on this measure is woolly
aponaont upon the attitude of tho
Ivocates of double statohood.
If Marshal Ben Colbert of the
juthern judicial district of Indian
territory intends to resign his post-
m as United States marshal and ac-
ppt a position a3 member of the
loctaw and Chickasaw coal commlr-
)n under Governor Johnson, as has
Von recently reported, he has not
Ivised tho department of his lnten-
)0. On the contrary, the lmnrps.
u prevails in Washington ofticlal
ircles that Mr. Colbert intends to
live OUt hi3 full term as marshal
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jjuu oAyiivo lit Xovl,
Condition of Crop Much Better in the
Washita Valley
ARDMORE: Within tho past low
days there has been a marked improve'
ment in the condition of the cotton
crop. Many sections report better
prospects for a largo yield than was
anticipated some two weeks ago.
Probably tho greatest Improvement
has been in the Washlla valley. Ac
cording to a statement made by Frank
M. Gates of Pauls Valley, who has ob
served tho crop In that section, there
will be a third mor& cotton produced
this year than last season He attri
butes the favorable improvement and
condition to' timely rains which have
fallen in tho valley country dining
the past fortnight. Mr. Gateo tald:
"Two weeks ago mevenants and farm
ers were anything but enthused over
prospects. Tho drouth was having a
disastrous 'effect on the fleecy staple,
and farmers were growing very much
discouraged over the outlook. It was
apparent that there would be o big
shortage in production, but tho tecent
rains have greatly improved the con
dition of cotton, antf that the valley
country will make the largest crop in
its history."
In the Red river valley the rains
havo improved cctton to a great ex
tent, although the drouth, it is said,
will cut the crop considerable.
Mr. Carter, an experienced cotton
raiser who lives hear Paoil, says tho
drouth -lias cut the crop one-half of
what was estimated some timo ago.
The general oondition of the crop
is reported as being'only fair, but the
yield will be larger :i Indian territory,
because of the increased acreage.
The cotton picking season has
opened in earnest and the fields pre
sent a busy scene.
Judge Dickerson Says Leases in Fu
ture Are to be More Reasonable
ARDMORE: Jucge Dickerson, of
the United States court for the south
ern district, has recently made two
important decisions. fn refusing to
confirm a land case wherein a minor
figured, Judge Dickerson used vigor
ous language. "Such a lease." ho
said, "will never be confirmed in my
court. I'll agree to furnish a lessee
who will take the tand for ten years
at $150 a year. The-e investments
must hereafter bo made for tho bone
fit of the Indian minor, and this
court will confirm no lease which
raises a presumption of dishonesty
by its ridiculously low rates or an
unreasonably long time."
Heretofore hundreds of land leases
have been confirmed upon the appli
cation of the guardians. Judge Dick
erson instructed the clerk of the
United States court to furnish film a
certilied copy of ail land leases. Al
though there are about 1,000 pending,
ho promised to personally Investigate
each one.
Judge Dickerson has hold that tho
Indian Territory Is under tho Arkan
sas statute on the question of usury.
In instrutcing a jury to discharge a
defendant for selling' mortgaged prop
erty he ruled that there can be no
crme when a usurious rate of interest
was charged.
Will Drive Catte Out
MUSKOGEE: Capt. John West,
chiof of the Indian police, accompanlo"
by one of his officers. left for tho Ar
kansas line, wlore they will drive a
herd of about 100 cattle out of Indian
Territory into Arkansas. Capt West
also had orders to take the owner of
tho cattle out of tho country if ho did
not a?reo to keep his cattle up in the
future. Several parties, living on the
lino of Arkansas and Kansas havo been
allowitig their cattlo to run at large,
and they have bee:-, destroying the
crops of formers living in their neigh
borhood. Many complaints have been
made to Indian Agent ShoenfRit, and
that official has issued orders that if
must bo stopped.
Frult and Souvenirs to be Distributed
by Some of the Towns Both Terri
tories to be Represented In the Ex
ere! ses
ARDMORE: Tho official program
for Indian Territory day, Ocfober 1. at
the World's fair, is announced from
St. Louis by Frank C. Hubbard, execu
tive commissioner, and will voo partici
pated in by both the representatives
of Oklahoma and Indian Territory.
A program will be given at 11
o'clock in the morning, to bo followed
in the afternoon by informal vocal and
instrumental musical selections, nd
dresses and readings, which will be
given in the Indian Torritory building.
Several of the towns aro arrang
ing for special features for tho day.
Fruits and souvenirs will also be dis
tributed by some of the torritory
towns, and in the evening from 9 to 11
o'clock a reception and dance will be
hold in tho territorial pavilion par
lors. Tho program for the day is as
Invocation; address of welcome. Da
vid R. Francis; music by Indian band;
response on behalf of Indian Territory,
General Pleasant Porter, principal
chief of tho Creek Indians; musical
selection; address, Charles B. Stuart,
South McAlester; music by Indian
band; address, T. B. Ferguson, gover
nor of Oklahoma; musical selection.
Several of the Indian Territory
towns are arranging to "have special
features, and the program for such ex
ercises will be arranged and given out
on tho morning of territory day.
Arrangements are also being made
whereby certain territory towns will
give away souvenirs, distribute terri
tory fruits, 'etc.
In the evening of tho same 'day, be
tween the hours of 8 and 11 o'clock, a
reception will, be held in the parlors
of tho Indian Territory building.
Must Take Oath Not to Deal in In
dian Territory Lands
MUSKOGEE: J. D. Benedict, super
intendent of schools in tho Indian Ter
ritory, has been notified, by thb- In
terior department that all teachers
in schools which havo received a share
of the $100,000 appropriated by con
gress will be compelled to take the
same oath that Is required of tho em
ployees of tho Union Indian agency
and the Dawes commission. Mr.
Benedict has received a large num
ber of printed copies of this oath,
which he will send out to teachers at
once, as they will bo required to sign
them on their next pny day.
Tho oath bars the teacher from hav
ing any interest directly or indirectly
in nny Indian lands in the torritory,
and forbids his owning any stock o"
having nny Interest In such lands. A
few of tho teachers now havo inter
ests in Indian Territory realty, but
these will bo compelled to sell their
property or resign their positions. Tho
nraw oath will work a hardship on
many persons who have no property
interests in tho territory, but who are
teaching in districts far remote from
a notary public. The teachers will be
compelled to take a long trip each
month to swear to the oath before
they can enter upon another four
weeks' work.
Thd City Bank and Trust company
of Tulsa has been Incorporated, with
a capita! stock of ZO,000.
An Order by the President Affecting
the Russian Transport
WASHINGTON: Acting Secretary
of Stnto Adoe has given out tho fol
lowing statement regarding tho Rus
sian ship Lena, now at San Francisco:
"Tho president Issued nn ordor
through the acting secretary of stato
directing that tho Russian armed
transport Lena, now at oan Francisco,
bo taken In custody by tho nnval au
thorities of tho United States and dis
armed. "Tho main features of tho con
ditions prescribed slro that the Lena
1)0 taken to tho Marc Island navy
yard and there disarmed by removal
of small guns, breech locks of largo
guns, small nrms ammunition and
ordnance stores nna such other dis
mantlement ns may bo prescribed by
tho commnndment of the navy ynrd3;
that tho captain bo given a written
guarantee Hint the Lena shall not
leave San Francisco until peace shall
have been concluded; that the offi
cers and crew shall be paroled and
not to leave San Francisco until some
other understanding ns to their dis
posal may bo reached between tho
United States government and both
belllgorenfs; that after disarmament
tho vessel may be removed to a pri
vate dock for such reasonable repairs
as will mnko her soaworthy and pro
serve her in good condition during her
detention, or may bo so repaired at
the navy yard If the Russian com
mander should so elect; that while at
private dock the cominandnnt of the
navy yard at Marc Island shall havo
custody of the ship and tho repairs
shall Le overseen by tho engineer of
ficer to bo detailed by the command
ant and that, When so ropaired, if
pcaco shall not then have been con
cluded, the vessel shall bo taken back
to Mare Island navy yard and bo
there held In custody until the end of
the year."
This action has been taken on the
written roquost of the commander of
tho Lena, addressed to Rear Admiral
Goodrich, setting forth that the vessel
is incapable of putting to sea without
neodful repairs, she must disarm, and
asking that needful repairs bo permit
ted after disarmament.
Live Stock Officials Begin a Campaign
of Cleansing ' "
GUTHRIE: An active campaign 'has.
commenced by both tho federal and
terrltoiial live stock odichls to clean
up the tenitory in good shapo for the
open season, which will again begin
on December 1 nnd continue two
Both Dr. Allen, the radoral Inspector'
and R. H. Hahn, the territorial inspec
tor, aro in Canadian county this week,
examining tho quarantined pastures
and ascertalnlg If there are any herds
that may be released from quarantine.
Special orders have been issued for
the cattlemen to thoroughly cleanse
their herds and pastures, and wherove1'
this order has not been obeyed, the In
spectors will compel Its oboyance.
Secrstary Tom Morris said that tho
territorial live stock Tjoard has rocom
mended that the open . reason will
begin this year, as usual, on December
1, and that in all probability that date
will mark tho oponlng. Ilo says, al?o,
that the department's ordor lifting
the special quantatino against Custer
county will result In groat good to tho
There ara still some herds under
quarantine In Gils anc Noblo counties
as a icsult of tho outbreak of Texas,
or splenetic fever last month; those
pastures will In all probability remain
undar quarantlno for several wooks,
or until tho Inspectors are certain
that' no ticks remain thereon. Every
effort Is being made to keep tho terri
tory clean of Infection.
Ardmore schools opened with nearly
1,500 pupils in attendance.
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