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INDIAN’S HAVE OWN METHOD OF SPREADING NEWS. Speedy Communication Between Scat tered Points Is a Marvel to Whites —Creek Chief Tells of Instances In Point. The rapidity with which the news Of orders given out from the union In dian agency and the Dawes commis sion spreads to the remotest corners of the Creek nation is a continual source of w’onder to the federal offi cials. When, in October, the regula tion compelling Indians to accept the pay for their land in installments of $lO a month was announced it seemed that every Indian in the Creek coun try knew it at once, for the petitions for sale dropped off immediately. A few days ago. when the order was re voked and the Indian was allowed to pay for his land at the rate of SSO a month, practically everybody knew it the next day and business In the Creek land sales department suddenly became Jlvely again. When It is remembered that there are several thousand full-blood Indians in the Creek nation who can not speak or read a word of English and have no way of learning the news of the day except by word of mouth, the speed with which intelligence is com municated to them is most remark able. Most of the full-bloods live In the hlls and mountains, far from rail roads and in sections where daily or even weekly papers are seldom or nev er read. General Pleasant Porter, chief of the Creek nation and the best informed nan in his tribe, when asked to ex plain the phenomenon, said signifi cantly: “It may be mental telepathy. Let me ask you a question. How does the buzzard flying through the air learn that an animal has been killed and why are there hundreds of them on the scene in less time than It takes to tell about it? You may call It in stlnct, or anything else you please, but the Indians keep as well posted on new’s that interests them as the news paper-reading white people. “My people have formed the habit of communicating whatever Interests them to their neighbors and asking them to pass it on. Every train that leaves Muskogee is loaded with In dians who know personally of an or der. They pass the word along and It spreads like wildfire. In the early days the Creeks had regular couriers who carried the news. One of these would visit a town and at sundown the people would gather around him and hear the Information he had to Im part The town king would then de tail some one to pass it on to the members of the next town or tribe and the same method would be repeated. "I have known,” said the chief, growing reminiscent, “of foot carirers traveling 100 miles a day with Impor tant messages. One morning during the Creek rebellion I sent a messen ger out to get volunteers for my army and before the sun set 1,200 men came into my cgmp. “Warriors had away of announcing the approach of an enemy by giving warwhoops. If the yells followed closely one after another the enemy was near. One prolonged whoop indi cated that the enemy was many miles distant, with no danger of immediate attack.”—Kansas City Journal. THE STATESMAN, DENVER, COLORADO. Why "Ben Hur" Was Written. So many accounts have been print ed of Gen. Wallace’s reason for writ ing “Ben-Hur” that it may be well to ttate here, with the authority of his own word, that in a conversation with Col. Robert G. Ingersoll, whom he met on a railway journey in Indiana, Gen. Wallace was so astounded by the boldness of the infidel’s attacks on re ligion that he at once undertook to investigate the Christian claims for himself, beginning with the Bible and earning his reading through all acces sible authorities. His own mind was cleared of doubts, and he presently wrote a short story describing the meeting of the Wise Men. with no pur pose other than to offer it as a sketch for a Christmas number of a maga zine But the subject grew upon him, and the opportunities for a larger treatment of the theme led him to plan the romance on which his liter ary reputation largely rests. —Mere- dith Nicholson’s Sketch of Lew Wal lace In the Reader Magazine. Colorado’s Wealthiest Citizen. David Moffatt, of Denver, is the wealthiest man in Colorado, which outranks all other states In per capita wealth. Colorado has the further dis tinction that most of Its vast fortunes were made within its boundaries, not alone In mining, but in the cattle in dustry. in realty, speculation, in fruit, sugar beet culture, potato farming, and in manufacturing and other mer cantile pursuit. There are 108 resi dent millionaires in Colorado, their total wealth being about $200.000.0C0. Mr Moffatt Is worth from $25,000,000 to $30,000,000. About 100 men worth seven or more figures made thei' money In the state and reside c!ab where. CAUGHT IN WRONG BLUFF. Good Idea, but Unfortunately ths Cradle Wa» Empty. A clock In a nearby tower had Just tolled off the hour of 4 as he arose un steadily from the card table, where he had sat for three hours, stretched his weary limbs, bade his comrades good night and in the direction of his home. After a half-hour’s walk in which all the lamp posts and telegraph poles insisted on getting in his way, he ar rived at his home, took out his bunco of keys, at last found the elusive key hole and softly opening the door and discarding his shoes at the foot of the stairs, climbed heavenward on ail fours. With catlike footsteps he crept across the threshold of his bedroom and proceeded to undress. He heard his wife move restlessly, which made him hurry, and in doing so he up set a chair. Stepping quickly over to the cradle in the corner, he commenced to rock it violently. "Is that you, John?" came his wife’s voice from the bed. "Yes. dear," he replied. "Well, what in the world are you doing?" she asked. "Why 7 I’m rocking this blamed kid to sleep.” "How long have you been there?” "Since 11:30.” "Well, John, I think you had better get right Into bed. as I have the child In here beside me; and, moreover, I’ve had him here ever since 11 o’clock last night.”—Philadelphia Press. Always consider tha< no one ex cept yourself can ever do anything properly. Attention! ‘‘The Statesman” wank k0 ca " your attention *° our Job Printing Department. It Imprint on your « perfectly equipped to do ALL I your printing, and do it right. Job Printing We can print anything from a I calling card to a poster. Try us Is a sign of on your next order. Excellence. THE STATESMAN 1026 19th Street. 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Mine owners of South Africa, who aavo been Importing coolies from China to work underground, have dla covered hat there are great differ ences between the coolien from the south of China and those from the north of China. A very little expert ence sufficed to show that the men from the northern districts were of better physique and of belter kr.owl* v'./a of mining than those who came t:va *^.<r‘«oiifh and the treaty ports they are seeking now to get their ro entity solely from the northern sec* lions if the empire. A woman’s Idea of a hopeless Idiot is a man whom she has loved and lost. With the exception of vanity a woman may bo able to live down any folly. A Look Into the Future. This will show his occupstlon. Poor molten load through a symbolic bras* feey into clear, cold water. The shape assumed by the resultant metal mass Indicates the trade, business or pro fession of the longed-for knight. However, Nature It Only Human. 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