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'hi !'rt R. ft J' VOLUME X. (SIDNEY BUaOB.X PRorKIBTOR, J ARDMORE, IND. TER.. WEDNESDAY EVENING, PRIL 15, 1903. SUBSCRIPTION. J5 1 YEAR. NUMBER 186 mm Jit i in? ular VII ft ile. MCB tmtrr f ,etots I vour 9 your i the . SL ks is best, o., City od you 9-5 III IS CALLED $ INDIANS WILL MEET AT EUFAULA MAY 20. Green McCurtaln Call Indian Gover nor together Friend of Double ''statehood Have Their Sentl , mcnts Voiced by Indian. South McAlestei. April II. The In dian constitutional convention Is as sured. RcBponBes from all the goV- nmn.n nf lm flvo tribes havo been rccolvcd by Gov. McCurtaln and there is no longer any doubt 'of the position nf iho Indian on statohood ho wants his own country preserved; ho wants congress to carry out Its promise mado In many treaties and legislative acts that promise Is for a state to bo com posed of the five tribes when their tribal government Is extinguished. Gov. McCurtaln Is n broad minded Indian. Ho was first In tho Terltory to rccognlro tho Inevitable and plead with tho tribesmen to listen to tho Dawes commission when congress cre ated tho commission for tho purposo of extinguishing tho tribal rule. It took a bravo man to say and do what McCurtaln did. At times his advlco was resented to such a degree that his Ufo Was In danger. Tlmo proved that ho was right. Now comes tho socond and last cri sis that the Indian must meet. Politi cal Influence threatens to absorb tho domain that is as yet his own, and fasten him unwillingly to Oklahoma, a process that means lost Identification of tho Indian, retarded development of the flvo natjons through demorali zation and unjust discrimination by tho older, more experienced and blood less" political forces In Oklahoma. Gov. McCurtaln wants his peoplo to retain their Identity. Ho wants congress to fulfill past promises and orect from tho flvo tribes a govern ment to Itself. Again this great In dian has taken, the initiative. But this tlmo there Is no hesitancy among his tribesmen or danger to Ills life. Like a great army, tho Indians of all tribes nro getting ready to mako their first fight for statehood. Gov. McCurtaln has received re sponses from tho leading men of tho Territory, besldos tho governors, and is well pleased at tho prospect. In calling a mooting of tho governors ho has ovcry assurances that ho Is backed by Indian sentiment and a largo per cont of tho white peoplo who favor a L. P. ANDERSON, President. B. F. FRENSLEY, Vice-President. FIRST NATIONAL BANK. Ardmorc, Indian Territory Designated Depository for Bankruptcy Funds m Chickasaw Nation. Capital paid in Surplus Funds Total The oldest bank in Indian Territory. i solicited upon tho most liberal torms consistent with good banking. ROBERTS, POLAND & BRUCE INSURANCE. REAL ESTATE. soparato atatc. Tho call Is as follows : Dear Governor: I would respect fully suggest that a meeting of tuo governors of Uio five tribes take placo at Eufaula, Indian Territory. May 20, 1003,, for tho purposo of discussing tho proposed plan of statehood for the Indian Territory. Hoping tho tlmo and placo suitable, and that you will not fall to lend your porsonal prcaenco on that occasion, with such frlonds aa you dcslro to In vito. I am, respectfully, giusen Mccurtain, Principal Chief, Choctaw. Nation Good luck will attond you on your first day's outing If you nro armed with tho kind of fishing tacklo that comes from our store. WILLIAMS, OORHN & CO. TERRITORY ODD FELLOWS. Home at Checotah Is to Be Dedicated Today. Qhecotah, I. T., April 11. Tho 200 representatives and visitors aro assenv bled hero for tho olovonth annual con ventlon of tho Indian Territory grand lodgo I. O. O. P. tomorrow. The or phans' homo, built In Checotah tho past year at a cost of $1G,000 will bo dedicated with lmprcsslvo ceromonlcs. A publlo reception will bo given In honor of Grand Slro John D. Goodwin of Atlanta, Ga., who is a distinguished guest. It Is expected that at least GOO visitors will bo hero tomorrow. Tho only puro lco cream mado can bo had at Spleglo's bakery and confee tlonery at 25c per quart or fl per gallon. - 3tf Good for Children. Tho ploasant to tako and harmless Ono Minute Cough Curo gives immo- dlato rcllof in all cases of cough, croup and la grlppo bocauso it does not pass immediately into tho stom ach, but takes effect right at tho seat of tho trouble. It draws out tno in flammatlon, heals and soothes and cures permanently by enabling tho lungs to contrlbuto puro life giving and llfo sustaining oxygen to tho blood and tissues. City Drug Store. TERRITORIAL BUILDINGS. Alaska and Indian Terltory Will Both be Represented. 8L Louis, Mo., April 14. E. M Dawson, chief clerk of the stato de partment, and mombor of tho govorn ment board, conferrod with Mr. Tay lor, director of works, and Mr. Skiff, director of exhibits, on April 10, con corning tho displays' to be mado by Alaska and tho Indian Territory Doth territories will mako exhibits In tho largo oxhiblt buildings, and each will also havo a building, located prob ably west of tho agricultural building. Alaska, and Indian Torrltory will each havo $50,000 to spend on Its display C. L. ANDERSON, Cashier. $ 60,000.00 165,000.00 $225,000.00 Accounts of firms nnd Individuals J'i IBONDS. n You Feel Secure A Rood reliable insurance pol icy makes you feel secure rests your nerves, and makes slumber a possibility, even in the midst of dancer. Insur ance is comparatively ' cheap much cheaper than restless anxiety. 1 ' W:S. Wolverton & Sor. I SCHEME TO MOVE MISSISSIPPI CHOCTAWS TO TERRITORY. Promoters Get Half of all AlotmenU Other Indians Drought to Ter ritory on Similar Contract Syndicate Claims a Cinch. Washington, April 14... A Boston syndlcnto aha beon formed to locato tho Mississippi Choctaw Indians on their allotments In tho Indian Terri tory and has applied to tho department of the Interior for permission to car ry on tho work. Tho syndlcato agrees to transport tho Indians from Miss- sslppl to tho Indian Trritory and furnish thorn a living until thoy can lmprovo their homesteads and can soil tholr surplus lands. Tills will re qulro from ono to flvo years. In re turn tho syndlcato domands half of tho land each Indian locates through It. It offers to enter Into such a con tract and agrees to put up bond for tho faithful performance of Its duties under tho contract. Tho department has written to Chairman Dixby of tho Dawes Commission at ..luskogeo, I. T., for an opinion as to tho advlsabll ltv of granting a llconso to operate tho scheme. Muskogeo, I. T.. April 14. When sounded today In regard to tho propo sition of tho Boston syndlcato to lo cato tho Mississippi Choctaws an oOl clal of the Dawes Commission said that tho commission had been asked about tho matter, but that all Infor matlon In regard to tho matter would havo to come from Washington. Of many games evolved to soparato tho Indian from his monoy and nron orty thoso now being worked on tho Mississippi Choctaws tako the nrlze In tho early part of Uio last century tho Choctaws wcro located In Miss lsslppl. Tho government wanted tc mctvo thorn west, and treaty was mado In 1830 whereby tho Choctaws came to tho Indian Territory. At .that tlm thoy owned moBt of what Is now tho Territory. Thoy havo sold off sov oral reservations, but still havo a big ono left. Somo of Uio Choctaws ro fused to loavo Mississippi. When the government opened negotiations few years aco looklnc townrd tho breaking up of tribal relations, pro visions woro mado for tho Mississippi Choctaws. In tho agreement It was provided that tho Mississippi Choc taws should sharo In tho allotments of tho Choctaw nation,., provided thoy would prao nnd enroll and resldo on tholr allotments." Tho most of them woro nsp.Kjr as Job's turkey and not ablo to lget hero and enroll. Tho Dawes Commission wont to Mississ ippi to enroll them. It was a most dif ficult Job. Tho Choctaws had married Globe-Wernicke "Elastic" BOOKCASES. We can furnish your office out of our stock as we carry a full assortment. Furniture, Carpa's, Lace Curtains. C. L IB Security for Depositor, Borrower and Bank Our Motto Ardmore, 1. 1 ilal Stock d Additional Liabilify . . Largest olany Bank Id WE acceptsmallnndlargenccountsnndconducta General Banking Business for You. Farmers, stockmen and othor businessmen mako our offlco their headquarters when in Ardmore. OUR bank is a public institution and we advance the best interests of the people and Rive their buiiues3 our' personal attention and extend to them evory facility consistent with safety to bank and cus tomer. . Directors. 0. II. Smith, President. 0. M. Campbell, Vice-Pres. Lee Oruce,-Cashier. . :i v Q, W. Young, 8tockmab &0.TndMPSON, Aitorriey'i . nnd Intermarried with whites and ne groes until It was almost Impossible to toll who woro and who woro not en titled to allotments. More than 30,000 Mississippi Choctaws, or alleged do- scendnnts. applied for enrollment. Thousands of pages of testimony woro taken to establish tholr claims. It required a separata hearing In each case. Of tho 30.000 claimants all woro turned down except nbout 1,500. Theso were enrolled, Many of thoso whoso claims woro rejected havo nppealod to tho Interior department, and tholr cases are still ponding. As a result tho rotU aro still open. Hut no now applications will bo considered. Tho rolls will bo hold opon until tho de partment Anally rules on the cases ap pealed. ' Tho syndlcatos havo been laying their plans for a long time. For months thoy have been going to Mississippi and gottlng dontracts with tho Choc taws hcre. Thoy would agreo to bring mo inuians out hero, sustnln thorn nnd locr.tci their allotments providing tho the Imlluns would each gtvo them $100 and n contract for tho Icaso of tho land for a period of flvo years. If tho Indian did not havo tho $100 cosh they would tako his noto for It. Then thoy would fix up tho contract to suit themselves. In most all tho contracts they would Insert a clause giving thorn tho fight to purchase at a stipulated prlco Uio Indian's allotment except his homestead. As stated, tho Missis sippi Choctaws aro poor and Ignorant nnd 'a smooth man could got them to sign most any kind of a contract. Tho Indians aro now being brought Into tho Torrltory In carload lots by Uieso syndicates. Thoy aro bolng horded at Ardmorc, Atoka and othor towns In Uio Choctaw and Chickasaw nations awaiting Uio opening of tho land of fices. Tho speculators arc" putting consld orablo monoy Into tho scheme Thoy stand to mako millions becauso Uio Choctaw and Chickasaw country is heavily timbered and Is good farm country besides. They stand no great danger of losing out entirely. Thoy aro smooth enough to manlpulato tilings. Their only dangor Is In Uio department stopping In and taking a hand and wiping out all contracts mado by tho Mississippi Choctaws, But this will not likely bo done. Had tho Mississippi Choctaws been loft to shufllo for thcmsolvea scarcely any of them would havo beon ablo to como to tho Indian country at nil to tako their allotments on account of their poverty. Tho government has novcr mado any provision to transport the: hero. Tholr only show whatovor was to sign up with tho syndicates. Tho government, therofor, can not with good graco stop tho gamo. Whatovor olso a Choctaw Indian Is guilty of, ho has novor beon charged with t roach cry. lie Is as faithful to a friend as a dog is to its master. Ho will, there foro, stick to tho man or outfit of men who put up tho monoy to onablo him to tako his allotment oven though In Uio end his land is taken from him We Pay Freight Wllhln One Hundred Miles cl Ardkiore. . . mm the Chleiaaaw Ration. C. 11. Jones, Wholesale and Retail Furniture. Ham Noble, Wholesale Hardware, J. R. Pennington " Qrocer.iJ R. WdRA'NDOL, llftrcbsTitjvvj; .- o ft 1 1 1 ill 10 OFFICE OPENED THI8 MORNINQ AT TI8H- OMINQO. Grounds Around tho Capitol Crowded. .Gov. Palmer S. Moieley Accepts First Number. Great Crowds are In Attendance, Speclnl 'Phono to tho Ardmorclto. Tishomingo, I. T., April 15. Tho Chickasaw land offlco opened at tho cnpltol building this morning At 8.30 o'clock with Fred T. Marr in charge. Ex Oov. Stanloy, ns an act of cour tesy, Invited Oov. Palmor S. Mosely of tho Chickasaw nation to accept tho first number. Oov. Mosoly receiv ed a card eonUiuing tno following: "Roll, Chick., No. 2020, No 1, Com mission to tho Flvo Civilized Tribes, Chlcknsaw Land Office. This admits Palmor S. Mosely to tho Chickasaw Land Offlco. Signed Fred T. Mnrr, Clork In Charge Tarns Iilxby, In Charge" Goorgo D. Rcnnlo rocclved tho sec ond numbor. Tho only citizens who can bo allot ted at present aro citizens by blood, frecdmon and Mississippi Choctaws Tho Intermarrlod rolls aro' bxpectcd shortly. Whllo Uio crowd Is a largo ono and composed of whites, Indians and no- groes, ovory ono aooms to bo on his good bohatlor. Tho entire land offlco Is composed of pleasant and courteous 'gentlemen. From 8:30 to 10 o'clock this morn Ing fifty numbers had been given out. Tho partlos recolvlng their num hers woro told to roturn on Monday or Tuesday noxt to rocoivo their al lotments. Tho young peoplo of Tishomingo gavo a ball lost night in honor of tho land . ofMco clorks and visitors. Ev ery citizen of Tishomingo is trying to mako everything pleasant tor tho vis ltors. INDIANS AT ATOKA. Gov. Green McCurtaln and Official 8taff Present. Special to tho Ardmorclto. Atoka, I. T., April 11. Tho town is full of pooplo awaiting tho open ing of tho land offlco tomorrow morn lng nt 0 o'clock. ' Gov. Green McCurtaln of tho Choc taw nation and his official staff aro ho re. Every hotel is full and It Is with difficulty that tho Immonso crowds, aro being housed and fqd. Col. Robt. h. Owen, attache of tho land offlco, oxpresscd It as his jopln ion that tho work won't) bo dispatched with-consldofablo hae'v Tho following Ardmoro pooplo aro J. A. BIVENS, President. A. H. PALMER, Cashier. W. A. WOLVERTON, Asst. Cashier, THE CITY NATIONAL BANK Capital and Surplus AnciAiuisof Arms and Individuals Accorded usePLANSIFTER HIGH PATENT FLOUR It Is the Best WHALEY MILL & ELEVATOR CO. Car Cane Seed J Orange and 'Early Amber. Bananas, Orauces, Lemons, Potutoes, Cabbage, Onions, Evaporated Fruits and Cauned Meats. S WHITEMAN BROS., $ Wholesale Commission Merchants, here. Dr. J V. Young, Dr. J. F. 8on, Hugh M. Hnynes. Cant., J. IU Pulllam nnd C. H HaynesS, as Kingman cultivators, Kingman Btalk cutters. King tnlddlo busters; ' Kingman combination corn and cot ton chock rowors, all at Williams, Corhn & Co. 'a. CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. Gcv. McCurtaln Calls Meeting at Eufaula May 20. ASou'lh McAlestor, I. T April 14. Having rocclved favorablo ropllos lo his lettor to tho other governors in behalf of a constitutional convention o frnmo a constitution and ask for ad mission of tho Indian Torrltory as a soparato stato at tho dissolution of tho tribal government. Governor Mc Curtaln of tho Choctaw nation has ta iled a call for such a convention at Stifauln Wednesday, May 20. ELDOI ELDOll ELDOIll 161m Dlds Wanted. Soalod bids for each and all' nrlvl. leges for tho Odd Follows' picnic at tholr park near Provenco, Monday, April 27, will bo received until nooa Monday, April 20, 1903. Addross W. T. GARDNER, 7 Ardmoro, I. T. Ettmyed April. 4. . Ono bay pony, about UV, hands high, too old to work, dim smoothing Iron brand on right shouldor. Will pay for troublo of flndor. K. CARLTON, d2wl. Caro ArdmoroU Go to Mrs. VnnDonbcrg's Thursday afternoon, but a klmona nnd enjoy "tho good old summor tlmo." 12-4 Tho Kingman make of fanning Im plements havo takon pro'codonco brer evory othor mako. Thoy roprets&t porfocUon In farming tools. Sold by Williams, Corhn & Co. STOP Paying rent and own a nico home. Frame cottage 5 room, hall and bath room, nice BoutheaBt corner lot. Close in at corner 4th Ave. and A Btreet N. E., worth $1500. Owner has Jeft and is making: a special price of $850.00. This is also a Una opportunity for invest ment as it rents y the year for $150, and is worth 40 per cent. more than is qskeu. Pasture For Rent, 700 acres, Rood fence, living water, 8 miles went of Ardmorc. Business Lots. If you want a location for busi- , nes8 house, factory or shop we have it. The Rodfield Agency, Real Estate, Rents, Loans. Photic i3i Ardmorc, Ind. Tcr. DON LACY, Vice-President. "T'J $100,000.00. Bollultod. Courteous treatment all allkb.