Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: Oklahoma Historical Society
Newspaper Page Text
rr1WtP' tig mrTFx-rTrjv
Th Muskogee Cimeter. V- un. ... . Volume 6. Muskogee, Indian Territory, Thursday December 29 194 Number j 2 IWftp A Matter of Achievement. In all fields jof human, activity;, pa-,' Utlcal and otherwise, the questions j propounded puay are: wnat can you do? and what have you done: The day seems to have passed into a non-reoccurring eternity wh,en the mere promise of ability to do some thing was accepted as an assured recommendation. In aerial naviga tion Santos Dumont's declaration it - f that he was going to sail an airship over the. world's fair course, was eclipsed by Knabenshue's actual per formance with Baldwin's "Meteor." The world of man toasts his shins by a warm fire while enjoying a peru sal of the vicissitudes endured by the explorer seeking the north pole, but that same world of man will leave the warmth of his hearth to go out and embrace with acclaim him who succeeds in planting some coun try's Hag in the center of the Arctic circle. , It Is now a question or, achieve ment. He who is successful in deeds Is the man that is assuredly certain to accomplish others. This must be the criterion In political affairs, and in looking over the field for candi dates upon whose shoulders shall oe placed. t the burden of working out the future of the negro in the' Ter ritory, this high requirement cannot be safely overlooked. The time is not opportune for ex periments. We cannot risk the suc cess of the negro upon Inexperi enced and unascertained leadership. We are in position 'today to profit vlselv by the errors made In our earlier political history, when the 1 question qi ausuiutcfutiiY wo -shadowed by -our zeal, In obtaining pollt'lcal .recognition. It is unfortu nately too true that many negro of fice holders In carpet bag times were incapable, unfaithful and dishonest. We cannot afford to have history re vpeat itself in any of these particu lars. We are of the opinion that ne groes of the highest ability and in tegrity negroes whose works and deeds speak for them are Indeed available, and they can wield the strength of a Sampson in overcoming obstacles In. the pathway of prog ress over which Indian Territory, ne groes have already made long strides. A Loss to Our School. ..Among, the many changgs which, January 1, 1905, brings Is'to trans fer. ,01, the 'field of eminent sarv'ces of, Miss Alice Robertson from tho terri torial department of education to the nostpffice department. While yv congratulate Miss Robertson upon this well deserved promotion to the postmastershlp of Muskogee, we me none the less conscious that the ne gro schools are losing an earnest ad vocate and supporter. Her interest in the cause ol negro education ex tends beyond the time when schools were first thrown open for negroes. In fact, she gave in-the early days to a number of negro young women :heir first training in the rudiments'. From that day to thjs no work has been more pleasing to her than to labor to Increase the nurilber and el evate the standard of teachers of our schools. This labor merits the esteem of this journal and all friends of educational progress. It is our earnest hope that her successor may prove equally as interested in de veloping facilities for the training of our negro boys and girls. The new year of 1906 promises a number of metropolitan innova- I tions, among them bejng electric nw uu wuier power wonts on Grand river. A long suffering hmd lic would be very greatly gratified if our restaurant keepers would take the hint and buy a boter grade of cof fee, and exhibit 15-cent meal signs. Coffee like "your mother made" and a meal without going broke are not to be found here, like in Chicago, St. Louis and other places. Notice. Clarksvllle and Porter are each in need of a first-class colored shoemak er. For information write H. B. TYLER, , Porter, I. T. I Thn rloRO nf Min vmu mnvlrM n splendid and profitable period in tho history of our business men, and tho prospects for the future are much brighter than , ever. Great Musko gee is moving to tho front with rap id strides. THAT BOYNTON RIOT The Boynton riot cases turn out to bo simply a disturbance of the peace and that a few drunkeni white and black menralsed hell on Christ mas Eve in that locality. The Baptist college board met this week, but we are no't informed as to j what was done. We presume tho brethren got in shape to settle theTr debts. As we go to press the case of Dr. Sims et aL is. on trial, with a strong probability of ,the doctor being re leased, as up to this time there is not one bit of testimony against him, and we feel certain that the doctor will not be detained further from his family nd his business. v-itr Z&?&X"!''l'&X?'&':' - TV Jvr 'MiTMHgagggwHgj I fh'1xxixxK"-"M' i' j22BWSBgrv.?c$'C?WISglggggl I JMttf '' ' - MMS?- tBKm jgggFJKTi!ilLrMhVgHl ItfgmlPEJvwjfli'ViflBlSgnV ' Vgglil 2!gfl ftgflt I $ggKgS1gf SflgSH ggiBE3'$&BgMFngSgggMm ' Higgv gSvK'iIggn XggMgggggsHBlggfl gflggaMflgSSggflgflRflP'K? 'vglPv 'RvKaaiggguiggggflggBflBggggV wCAm&MEBdW.IXLrjlLMQ3T W THhJ M AN'OF THE HOUR. We insert the above ste-otpye ofjthfe -great man and his latest acquisition tb his world famed in stitution; Tt&keegee. '.. - Swear off, and don't swear "on again. Don't sign any more notes as sure ty and you won't have them to pay. r!gggggiW rJ0r 7gggv JW WW Mi-KidXmmm V O ''fmBgfPgW nj i w .ggKr gflSigglLliMrwgggfir ooqkzb rtoswNe7iw Do all In' your power to make the ensuing year a more profitable one than the past year.1 keep up the fight the ensuing year. Court convenes in January, and the docket is loaded, with hot stuff. There are many anxious ones waiting for the results. 5 Jones has begun his campaign and Doug, is backing him up. Jones will not reach the constitutional conven tion nor s Doug, a seat in congress. Watch and see. As statehood approaches the ambi tious statesmen get more and more anxious as to who shall control tho new state. Some of them go to the national capital and impress the leg islators with their Importance, and thenr return home and Impress tho common people with their greatness. ik ais iarau The Cimeter har put in the last twelve months battling f6r't'he nq gro and 'erigouraglng him to' come to the Territory; We -have'1 met with some degree of success, and we shall If we have negroes to represent us in the constitutional convention, let, it be one who is competent and wlfo is a property owner. , We. are tired of the tramp office seeker, the non-taxpaying political papsucker forcing himself on the people as their representative. The race must not and shall not be mlsreprestened by these cuBses. Prohibition. The present laws in regard to tho liquor traffic in the ImUnn Tciritory aro the worst that were over imposed nion nny, state or territory In tlio United States. They aro intolerablo and an Injury to the middle and low er class of people of thl'j territory. And no state- or territory can make permanent and rapid advancement if the laws of that territory oppress this class, of its citizens. It is the duty of the delegates to be sent to the con stitutional convention to see to it that the present laws aro not drafted into the new state constitution. The presept Jaws work great hardships upon many of the most-desirable citi zens of the territory. In the name of, justice I ask, Is it not a crime In the slghfof God to send a young man to the penitentiary for five years be cause he indulges in n social glass with his friend or a Judas, and place a stain upon his character, associate him with criminals of the 'worst class, blight his life and darken his future forever. Again I ask, Is It a just law that separates a father from his wife and children, .sends him to a felon's cell" and lenves her on the cold charity of ' a heartless world for the same supposed o"en8e, while the more'' prosperous cLi.enn have their sideboards and collars stocked with liquor of the choicest brand, and firms situated just over the line grow rich by the 'illicit sale of bad whisky? Is thic justice justly administered? I leave the' question to be answered by a just public. The people should instruct their delegates to fight the 'proposed amendment which would place the sale of liquor in the hands of the druggists of the Territory, for a drug gist and a barkeeper are a dangerous combination. Prohibition in every instance has done more harm than good for the reason that It alms to not only en tirely restrict the salo of liquor, but prohibit all mon from uslng.it. In the city of Boston nine-tenths of the drunk cases tried In tho polici court are from near-by prohibition towns and cities. Again, proITlb'ltldn will rob the city treasury of thousands of dollnrs which is much needed for public improvements, and in conse quence will keep the tax rale high, and- high tax rates are a burden to the rich and the poor alike. Would It not be better to sell liquor under reasonable legal restrictions; In the way of high license than to continue the present state of affairs, send num bers of our best citizens to the peni tentiary and saddle the rest of us with high and unreasonable rates of taxation? As long as there is whis ky and men that like it, the two will get together in spite of unjust laws enforced by a misguided govern ment. WM. L. JOHNSON. , j H"'