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Great Excitement
In Ensley
Monster Parasite Removed From Lady.
Is a Very Grateful Woman.
Visitors to Averyt's Pharmacy. Ensley,
last Sunday were electrified at the ex
hibition of an enormous parasite that
had been removed from a lady residing
in that district. The lady in question
proved to be Mrs. Ida B. Fitts, the esti
mable wife of H. B. Fitts, a machinist,
in the employ of the Tennessee Coal,
Iron and Railroad company, who resides
at 1415 Avenue F, Ensley.
in an interview with a representative
of the press, Mrs. Fitts said:
*X have been a sufferer for several
years, and have never known what was
the matter with me. I felt tired all the
time and could not sleep nights. 1 had
a very weak back and used to have dizzy
spells and would see spots before my
eyes if I stooped to pick up anything.
I felt blue and discouraged and did not
•eem to have any energy. My stomach
troubled me a great deal and had a very
irregular appetite. I suspected that a
great deal of my trouble came from a
disordered stomach, and heard so much
about Dilingham’s Plant Juice medicine
and what It was doing for other people
that I purchased a bottle of it. I have
taken several doses of the medicine, and
this morning the thing I have in this tin
pail passed from my system.”
. rs. Fitts, as she spoke, removed the
cover from a small tin bucket, which
contained an enormous tapeworm, which,
upon being measured, proved to be over
thirty feet in length. The great parasite
was placed in a glass bowl and allowed
to remain in the show window of Averyt’s
drug store where It excited a great deal
of attention from callers for the rest of
the afternoon. Speaking about the mat
ter somewhat later, Mrs. Fitts said:
i am very grateful for what Plant
Juice has done for me, as I might have
gone on for years, suffering terribly, and
never suspewted what was wrong with
me. I have consulted a number of phy
sicians who either said I had stomach
trouble or nervous* trouble, but never told
me what was the matter. Colonel Dilling
ham is a wonderful man and he has ac- i
complished a great deal of good In this
The following sworn testimonial best
tells the story of Mrs. Fitts’ troubles,
an. the subsequent relief afforded by
Plant Juice:
Publicity Permitted.
Ensley, May 12, 1907. j
To Whom it May Concern:
This is to certify that on Thursday,
May 9, 1907, I procured from Averyt’s
Pharmacy, a bottle of Dillingham’s Plant
Juice, as I have been suffering for ten
years by a general breaking down of
my health, coupled with swimming at the
head, pains and palpitation around the
heart. My back has been very lame and
weak, bearing down pains below the waist
and dragging sensation below the hips.
Stomach did not seem to digest my food
and have suffered with eick headaches
and constipation. Have been aware that
I was troubled with a tape worm and on
three different occasions have taken med
icine to cause the same to pass from
my system, but without success. This
morning, however, at 11:20 a. m., I passed
an enormous parasite, the neck, head
and body being complete, and the same
measuring thirty-six feet in length. T
cannot say too much in praise of Plant
Juice, and even now three hours after
getting rid of the monster, feel like an
entirely different woman and have en
joyed a hearty dinner.
My husband is H. B. Fitts 'and is em
ployed as machinist by the Tennessee
Coal, Iron and Railroad company, and
we reside at No. 1415 Avenue F, Ensley,
A la.
(Signed). MRS. IDA B. FITTS.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this
13th day of May, A. D. 1907.
(Seal). Notary Public.
Didn't Spill the Beer.
Bloomfield (N. J.) Cor. New York Sun.
John Kltchell, employed on the new
county bridge over the Morris canal In
James street, Bloomfield, felt dry today
and he visited a nearby saloon, where
he got a pint of beer in a pall.
Kitchell was walking across one of the
girders, pall in hand, when he lost his
balance. He could have saved himself
from falling by letting the beer go, but
he was not so Inclined. Down he shot
feet foremost, and as he did so he raised
the hand in which he held the pall up in
such a way that not a drop was spilled.
Into the water with a splash went Kltch
ell, but he still held the pall aloft. His
head sank from view, but not the pall.
Kltchell arose to the surface and his
fellow workmen hurried to the towpath
and threw him a rope.
“We will save you," they shouted.
“Never mind me, save the beer,” he
replied. Kltchell, after a struggle, reached
the bank. The beer was unspllled.
“Yfhat do you think of that?" he said
triumphantly. "Never spilled a drop. Hero
is luck!”
You should be careful in
the purchase of a diamond
and only buy from dealers
who are reliable, and un
derstand the diamond bus
iness. We understand all
about diamonds because
of our long experience in
selling them, and we tell
you right about them.
We are making some
special prices on some
special rings for quick
Pretty single stone dia
mond ring, worth $20 for
$12.50. Larger size, single
stone diamond ring, worth
$40 for $30. There are
other diamonds shown
here of the larger and
more expensive sorts, but
at moderate prices.
1921 Second Avenue.
Rich Inheritance of Indian Pa
poase Prisoners at foil Sill
Will Uncle Sam Let Them Have This
Land? It is Needed For Military
Reservation—Answer With
Twenty thousand acres or the most
fertile land in Oklahoma belong to the
children of the conquered Apache horde
who have been born In captivity at Fort
SU1, where their fathers and kinsmen, i
together with their notorious Chief Ger
onimo are held as prisoners of war. Will
the government let them have the land?
The problem bids fair to be as compli
cated in Its judicial aspects as It is
romantic and picturesquely dramatic in
human Interest. Born in captivity—many
of them the second generation thus born,
for the captivity of the Apaches dates
back more than a score of years—and
to all intenets and purposes just as ver
itably prisoners of war as their once
fierce but now broken spirited sires, these
hundred-and-odd little children may or
may not be adjudged the lawful posses
sors of one of the finest domains in all
the great south west. It is a beautifully
■wooded and watered strip lying in> the
very heart of that choice area of country
circumscribed by the Rock Island and
Frisco robroads find immediately adjacent
to th' - ort Sill military reservation,
. In recent years and pending the
..mate settlement of the matter, has
appropriated and absorbed it, for pur
poses of its own.
, y of the Apache children come
to claim this estate is one of the most
beautiful example of race love and race
charity which the history of the Ameri
can Indian records. It was set aside
for their especial benefit by the Coman
ches when, some sixteen or seventeen
years ago, the vanquished Apaches were
tronsferrd from the military prison in
expressed on the occasion of his recent
visit of investigation to the Fort Sill res
ervation. The government, it is argued
by Uncle Sam. needs this land for the
purpose of building up a great military
reservation for the practice of sham- war
fare on the part of the savalry sta
tioned at Fort Sill. The Fort Sill reser
vation is today the finest of all our army
posts for cavalry practice, and It is the
hope of the department of war and mili
tary authorities generally to make it a
regimental post. To do tills will necessi
tate enlarging, rather than lessening its
area, and consequently the war depart
ment is preparing to vigorously defend
Its appropriation of the territory under
“But we need it,” cry the Apache chil
dren, “We need it for a better reason.
We need it because it is our only hope
against starvation when our fathers and
our mothers shall have set out upon their
last long trail to the happy hunting
grounds of the dead, far and away from
your bristling garrisons.”
It was to obtain some information re
garding the economic and social status
of these children that the writer visited
several of the Apache camps on the day
following the visit of the Secretary of
A light |now had fallen the night before
—the first snow seen in Oklahoma, for two
years—and all along the whitened trail
over which crunched our ponies' hoofs,
were the Imprints of small mocaslns. Of
Indian, child or man, there was in all
the wide landscape, neither sight, nor
sound. nqr suggestion save the tiny
mocasin footprints. For the Indian in
captivity has this in common, with his
wild brother; he is a stealthy, elusive
creature, and you never know just where
you are going to find him. And since our
Apache prisoners are given the privi
leges usually accorded to prisoners of
war, and are allowed to wander unre
strictedly within tlie confines of the Fort
Sill reservation, it is like hunting for a
needle in a haystack to attempt to lo
cate any particular Indian at any par
ticular time or place. Twenty years of
captivity have not modified his nomadic
instincts, and though the government
provides each householder with a com
fortable dwelling and outbuildings for
ills cattle, he usually prefers to live In
a teepee or a tent in some secluded creek
bottom or woody ravine, just as far away
from his house as he can get. He might
be persuaded to live in the white man's
house, lie will tell you, were It not for
tlie inevitable facts of death and dis
ease, either of which occurlng in an abid
ing place makes it, according to Ids
tribal superstitions, unclean and unfit for
habitation. When such misfortunes over
take them In their rude teepees, all they
need to do is to tear them down and
move on until they reach some spot un- i
spirit of the country in which his lot has '
been cast; It is impossible even for an
Indian to live long in Oklahoma and not
absorb a certain amount of the wonderful
spirit and energy taht has in seventeen
years transferred a vast uninhabited
frontier territory into a populous state.
For it must not be surmised that the
Apache child Is a poverty-stricken child,
even though he has been born in captiv
ity, the offspring of a race themselves
doomed to end their lives as prisoners of
war. On the contrary the little captives
have been since their birth the most for
tunate of mortals economically. The per
capita wealth of the Apache band for
every man, woman, boy, girl and tiny
papoose, today is a trifle more than $1700.
Every dollar of it lias been earned by
themselves, through the most primitive
culture of their little cornfields and their
cattle, which graze untended all over the
In comparison with the percapita wealth
of our cities, or inded of any other com
munity In the country, save the Osage
Indians of northern Oklahoma, that of the
little Apaches Is fabuloufe. The per capita
wealth of the Osages is $30,000 for every
main, woman and child—a fact which
makes them the richest people by far
in all the world. But the Osages have
cultivated their reservation under the
modern, system of agriculture, and the
Apaches have practically just allowed
things to grow, with /just as little work
and care as possible. The fact that In
spite of their lazy, shiftless habits they
should have made themselves in captlv
I ity the second richest people In the world
| is a striking commentary upon the al
! most inconceivable possibilities of this
new country.
Under the system enforced by the mill- I
tary authorities at Fort Sill, the Apache
captives have been simply obliged to work
the land alloted to them for their own
maintenance. Under the direct supervi
sion of Liieutenant Purlngton, U. S. A.,
the officer responsible for the conduct of
the prisoners, they have been literally
forced to become rich, though the origi
nal object was merely to force them to
become self-supporting. But, as the sol
diers at Fort Sill say, "A man cannot
cultivate land in Oklahoma and remain
merely self-supporting; he‘s bound to
grow rich whether he wants to or not.”
At the camp mentioned two young girl*
were pointed out as destined for Carlisle.
They were the daughters or one of Ger
onlmo’s lieutenants, a grizzled, low
browed old sinner who sat before his tee
pee door making a bow and arrow for
his great grandchild, a boy of 4.
They might have been Indian princesses,
so imperial did they look astride their
fat white ponies, their long black braids
hanging below the barbaric beaded belts
that girdled their riding hablts? of ecru
buckskin. Their beauty was all their
own; It Is comparable to the beauty of
Alabama to their present quarters at
Fort Sill. The spectacle of the conquered
warroirs being driven with their wives
and their young children Into the garri
son of their conquerors, made a deep Im
pression upon the Comanches who, by
reason of their nearness to the Foft Sill
reservation, could stand by and view It
all. Their warlike hearts wrere particu
larly touched by what seemed to them
the direst of calamities—the disinheriting
of the innocent Apache papooses who
under the stern laws of war were by the
captivity of their parents debarred from
participation in the rights and privileges
which the United States government ac
cords every other land in Indian territory,
the allotment running anywhere from lt>J
acres to four times that amount, ac
cording to fertility and location. As the
offspring of a conquered enemy the young
Apaches were in reality as much outlawed
as was Geronimo himself witli his long
record of massacre and pillage, but how
ever unjust it was admitted by every
body to be at that time, there seemed
no alternative. The Apaches were our
prisoners of war, and we had spent too
many years trying to capture them to
justify us in running any risks of letting
them escape merely because of our sen
timental feelings towards their children
or our prejudices against bringing up non
offending young Indians in prison camps.
And so the kindly Comanches, under
their able chief, ♦uanah Parker, took
justice in their own hands by ceding a
portion of their holdings to the disquali
fied little captives, with a provision for
its future allotment in 160 acre tracts as
each ciyid came of age; thus putting the
children of the unfortunate parents upon
the same footing of economic equality as
their own freeborn papooses.
That Uncle Sam will refuse to give up
his possession, of the contested land. Is
the opinion of no less an authority than
Secretary of War Taft, an opinion he
contaminated by the spirit of the dead
| and there erect a new home.
The banks of the beautiful Medicine
i Bluff creek was, according to tile cavalry
officers at the fort, a favorite rendezvous,
and following the course of that romantic
stream for some four crooked miles, we
at last came upon a picturesque vista at a
sudden bend of the creek—a vista long
and broad and framed with cotton wood
and pecan trees, in, the high tops of which
garlands of mistletoe swung to the wind,
and at the foot of which nestled a minia
ture Indian village.
Regarding the children, there is not the
slightest occasion for the prevalent appre
hension as regards the early extermina
tion of the Indian*. Race suicide is in
no danger of decimating the ranks of
the Red man. Whereas some years ago
he showed a terrible decrease in the
birth rate, he is today on the increase.
This is true, according to authoritative
statistics, of all the Indians in lnflian
Territory and Oklahoma, and it is con
spicuously true of the Apaches, and the
Comanches. Since he has been put into
an environment where he has forced upon
him the benefits of scientific medical care
during sickness and a certain amount
of sanitation and hygiene while he is well,
infant mortality has been cut down 76
per cen.t. Contrary to the popular opinion
of the sentimentalists who bewail his
plight, the Apaches have multiplied in
captivity as they have never before done
in all the traditions of their race.
Whatever one’s opinion may be as re
gards the grown Indian and Ids limi
tations, there can be no two opinions
about the charm and wild in.notenae of
the Indian child. Like the young of all
savage race* he is more precocious up to
a certain age than are the cuddren of
the more highly organized peoples. The
Apache child is unusually precocious, due,
perhaps, to Ids intimate contact with the
white man and the progressive and alert
no other people and so,' too, were their
matchless dignified grace and quiet maid
enly charm. A squaw, who was later
discovered to be their mother, the fourth
wife of the old man In the doorway, came
out of her teepee and passed up into their
little brown hands some pieces of bead
work with gutteral directions about its
barter at the store. The difference be
tween the mother and daughters wan
shocking. Dirty, unkempt, her flat
features prematurely seamed and
wrinkled, her squat figure enveloped In a
blue calico wrapper, and about her should
* era to protect the young papoose at hqr
breast, a scarlet blanket she was typical
of the Indian woman who has passed her
first youth.
The pleas of the Apache children that
they be allowed to profit by the Co
manches' generosity seems a reasonable
one. The Indian cannot live In towns;
unlike the negro, he has thus far not
been able to adapt himself suffciently to
urban environment to do even the least
exacting and lightest of labor. His chief
hope of survival, therefore, lies In his
following some sort of agricultural or
other outdoor pursuit.
True, the contested territory consists
of only 20,000 acres, and but for the wig
wams and cornfields contains no Improve
ments. Why, then, do the Apaches and
the Comanches steadfastly refuse to con
sider any overtures regarding an exchange
of this tract of land for one of equal
size and richness of soil somewhere else
in Oklahoma? Such a proposition would
seem feasible and Just enough to one
who does not take Into consideration
the location of the lard with relation to
the railroads. This thing the cunning
Apache is, however, cognizant of. He Is
thoroughly well posted in real estate |
values In that part of Oklahoma and he
knows that the 20.000 acres his children
claim Is worth vastly more than any other
20,000 acres the government would sub
Caheen Bros.
Second Stvenue Near 20th Street.
is)e «Sell “May Manton * paper patterns JOc—None jfigher
Ohe continued cold weather and rain FORCES US to
make radical and forceful reductions on &Veru Class
of Merchandise—“Ohe Bargain Mart” of Second
Avenue offers you in addition the greatest stock “on
the avenue” to make selections from.
Great Clearence %$ale of Jfigh Grade Jif dineru
Almost every liat in the department is subject to a reduction,
and the following price list shows how radical the reductions
are. The latest and exclusive styles are included:
All $10 to $12 Ao rj/\ All $15 to $18 A/m ✓)/)
hats will be 0O.v4/ hats will be
All $22 to $28 a/o f\r\
hats will be 0/0.4/4/
Bonnets, toques, turbans, round hats, dress has—pracieally all
the hats in the department are reduced for this special sale to
Special purchase black and white plumes.
15- inch, 3.95 lH'/j-inch, 5.95
16- incli, 4.95 19-inch, 7.4o
An Unusually Attractive Qroup of bargains
J)n Women’s Spring Apparel
Splendid display of those ultra smart Taffeta Silk Jumper
Dresses, black and white checks in assorted patterns. The
jumper is finely tucked, ornament and strap trimmed; the
skirt is a combination box and side plaited; all JZ.OQ
sizes, excellent $16.50 values, special value at.
White Princess Dresses, soft white lawns, button in back,
waist and skirt elaborately trimmed with Val. laco inser
tion and dainty patterns of embroidery; skirt finely tucked
around bottom, all sizes; B Q £>
$7.50 values, at. *
Commencement fabrics
We have a large and well assorted stock
of sheer materials for Graduating Dresses.
In fact, we have never shown such a
large assortment before. Sheer Lawns,
Cotton Chiffon, Mercerized Mulls, embroid
ered Swisses and numbers of other mate
rials not mentioned are suitable for dresses
for this occasion. Beginning Monday spe
cial prices on entire stock of White Goods
—for all the week.
48-inch Sheer French Lawn; a bn
35c quality.
48-inch Sheer Cotton Chiffon;
40c quality.
48-inch Sheer Cotton Chiffon; 9 A/>
50c quality.0*7G
48-inch Sheer cream and white yg B/y
Mercerized Mull."47G
28-inch Embroidered Swiss; m
35c quality.«0G
30-inch Embroidered Swiss; *3 B/y
50c quality.057G
34-inch White Madras for Shirts; I B/y
20c quality./47G
27-inch White Mercerized 9 B/y
household furnishings.
11-4 Hemmed Crochet $ # /l/I
11-4 Hemmed and fringed */
Crochet Spread .0/«"*/
314-yard Nottingham Lace Cur- 9A
tains; $1.00 value.0/««*7
3-yard Bobinet Curtain; Qf ao
$2.50 value.0/.47Q
914-vard Bobinet Curtain; 9 b
$3.98 value.0A.<S*7
3-yard Bobinet Curtain; nicely mq
trimmed; $6 value.0*3*»9*i7
36-inch Curtain Swisses; /£?/>
special, 10c and.#471#
Slack French Voile Skirts
Immense assortment of styles and by far
the greatest values ever shown for the price.
Plain box and side plaited or with taffeta
and braid trimmings around bottom; these
dressy styles in all lengths for women and
misses, $10 valors /» ft o
prices at .©••/O
White Xinen Walking Skirts $1.25
Two new styles in neat designs, one 17 gore,
plain plaited, the other fancy foot plaited,
headed with strappings and buttons; all
lengths; positivelv worth # 9 £7
$1.50, at . /•«©
Ribbons for J'ummer Use.
Beautiful heavy all silk Satin Taffeta Rib
bon, brilliant luster, excellent quality;
suitable for sashes and bows; black, white
and all colors—
5-in., 30c yd.—6-in,, 40c yd.
Notion Department Offerings
Children’s Skeleton Waists; 9CZs+
50c value for.G
A pretty line of Purses and Hand Bags,
browu and black, gold and gun metal trim
med. $1.25 value 0 f /)/>
Shell Hair Pins, dark and m
amber, 6 for.
The Hook-On Hose Supporter, lisle web
and felt button; «b
all colors .
A new line of Pearl Buttons, plain '
and carved; 20 and 25c value, for... .*9G
Children’s “Peter Pan” Belt;
colors black, brown, red and white.. ©Ir%0
Linen Tape, 31 {-yard bunches, m*
all widths, for.Ww
Ladies’ Wash Belts, gold and
metal Buckles ,for./UC
stltutc. He knows that farm land values
depend entirely upon proximity to rail
roads. and the fact that this 2b,000 aeres
lies In the heart of small quadrilateral
circumscribed, c ross-cut and eatercornered
by the trunks and branches of the Roclt
Island and Frisco systems gives It an
unusual advantage. He Knows full well
that upon these railroads there have
sprung up In Oklahoma within the last
ten years a score or more of flourishing
cities, the locations of which at the time
were not nearly so promising for a town
site os Is this tract.
For the same reason they are not In
clined to look with favor upon the sug
gestion that the government buy this
land and put the money In trust for their
children. It is estimated that the land
valued originally at $0 per acre Is worth
today at least $20 per aerp. but even tho
tempting sum of $1100,000 gold Is not suffi
cient to move Its quasi owners to a com
promise on those generoups terms.
For the gist of the matter la that the
Indian does not want to move uwuy from
the railroad. The railroad Is a fetish
with him—a fetish before which he stands
In admiring Hive not only for mercenary,
but. one might almost say, religious, mo
tives. Next to a top buggy, the Joy of the
modern Indian's heart, comes the plush
and nic kel spltmlor of the day coach, In
which he and hi* squaw and papoose* ride
with a delight which even their savage
reticence can scarce contain. The long
railroad Journeys which the Apaches have
been obliged to take their transporta
tion (from Arizona* hither and thither
to the various military prisons where they
have since been held, remains to thJs day
a subject for wondrous fireside tale*.
To the free and prosperous Indian* on
the surrounding reservations railroad
travel ha.-; become a matter of course. He
not only likes the railroad as a comfort
able and quick way of getting hack and
forth on his visits to ids friends In the
various surrounding nations, but he likes
it for more subtle reasons. The shrill,
treble of a locomotive whistle, the flash
of the headlight, the glare of the white
hot tender as the monster tears Its \vay
over the Oklahoma landscape, through the
Oklahoma night, have a fascinating, awe
some effect upon the Indian psychology.
This is true of all Indians who have lived
for any time in a railroad country. It
is especially true of the Apache cap
tives at Fort Sill, to whom there has
been no escape from the Inevitable apell
exercised by the Rock Island and tlie
Frisco, the iron-ribbed trails of which
actually stretch through his own bit of
tilled field, past hia own teepee door.
And so the Apache fathers, backed by
the Oomanches, are preparing to defend
the interests of their children when the
matter is introduced in Congress. They
will ask that these L'O.OOO acres and none
other be their hapless children’s portion,
and that the original plans of the Co
manche donors be carried out to the let
ter; 1. e., that the land be subdivided,
and allotted in 160 acre tracts to each ami
every child born in captivity—his to have
and to hold and to bequeath to his heirs
For, shall the sins of the fathers be
visited upon the children?" they will plead
in their highly colored idiom. "Because
we, the sires, have In our forwardness
burned and pillaged and slaughtered, shall
you visit your vengeance for our mis
deed upon our papooses? Are the penal
ties of exile and imprisonment not
enough? Must our children, and our chil
dren’s children also suffer a penalty?
Must they needs be disinherited and out
lawed of those privileges vouchsafed to
the offspring of other and less unhappy
The answer rests with Congress.
Hood's Sarsaparilla is peculiar to it
self In merit and curative powtr. Tako
only Hood’d,

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