ARDMORE, IND. TER.. WEDNESDAY EVENING, PRIL 15, 1903.
SUBSCRIPTION. J5 1 YEAR. NUMBER 186
$ INDIANS WILL MEET AT EUFAULA
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
B. F. FRENSLEY,
FIRST NATIONAL BANK.
Ardmorc, Indian Territory
Designated Depository for Bankruptcy Funds m Chickasaw Nation.
Capital paid in
The oldest bank in Indian Territory.
i solicited upon tho most liberal torms consistent with good banking.
ROBERTS, POLAND & BRUCE
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
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,
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
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.
Alaska and Indian Terltory Will Both
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,
Accounts of firms nnd Individuals
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
1 ' W:S. Wolverton & Sor.
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
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
We can furnish your office out of our
stock as we carry a full assortment.
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
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
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
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
Ham Noble, Wholesale Hardware,
J. R. Pennington " Qrocer.iJ
R. WdRA'NDOL, llftrcbsTitjvvj; .-
ft 1 1 1
ill 10 OFFICE
OPENED THI8 MORNINQ AT TI8H-
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
Goorgo D. Rcnnlo rocclved tho sec
Tho only citizens who can bo allot
ted at present aro citizens by blood,
frecdmon and Mississippi Choctaws
Tho Intermarrlod rolls aro' bxpectcd
Whllo Uio crowd Is a largo ono and
composed of whites, Indians and no-
groes, ovory ono aooms to bo on his
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
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
INDIANS AT ATOKA.
Gov. Green McCurtaln and Official
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
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
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
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,
Kingman Btalk cutters.
King tnlddlo busters; '
Kingman combination corn and cot
ton chock rowors, all at Williams,
Corhn & Co. 'a.
McCurtaln Calls Meeting
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
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.
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.
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.
If you want a location for busi- ,
nes8 house, factory or shop we
The Rodfield Agency,
Real Estate, Rents, Loans.
Photic i3i Ardmorc, Ind. Tcr.
DON LACY, Vice-President.
Bollultod. Courteous treatment
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