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0 "doty, tbmvrtilt VOLUME X. f BIDNKV 8UC1(J8,1 I PauraiBTon, J TERRITORY FRAUDS CANNOT BE IGNORED BY HITCHCOCK. it Stllwell H. Russell Talks of Territory Frauds and Grafting In General. Indians, He Says, Are Bought and Sold Like Slaves. Tho Kansas City Journal of Friday contains tho following: Colonel Stllwoll II. Ruseoll of Ard more, I. T., ono of the most prominent and successful lawyors of the territory, and. a leading Democratic politician, was In tho city yesterday on legal business. "It la not leasing tribal lands, cither," remarked the colonel at tho Coatos house yostorday. "I am of the belief that the secre tary of tho Interior will he forced by tho rccont oxposuros of frauds and hold-ups In tho Indian Territory with referonco to the Indian lands to call off all existing leasos and start anew with tho Indian land problem. Tho report of Broslus, tho agent nf the In dian Rights Association, does not half tell tho story of fraud and corruption and graft that has been worked In the Indian Territory. There Is just ono .branch of tho Fcdoral machinery tlioro that I am positive Is not affected by the taint of fraud. There may be othoV branches that are free from any frauds upon tho Indians. The estimation that Is duo tho people of the territory will dlsoloso that. Hut the Judiciary of tho Indian Territory Is abovo suspicion. "Why, they buy and sell Indians like slaves In tho Indian Torrltory now. Ir a common storv there. Tho JW Jarks who aro operating under 11 ioenso of tho bureau and with the tacit onscnt of the department secure an Indian to allot certain lands. They pay him for the uso of his name, and lloforo tho allotment Is filed upon by 'ko Indian ho Is mado to sign a con- ract for u laso of the lond for five 'years and attach a clause providing for tho salo of tho land at tho expira tion of tho lease. Tho buying and selling Is this way: Tho man who wants tho land goes to a land agent and securos an ngont for tho uso of his name say $100 for a qunrtor sec tion of tho land for flvo years. Ho, pays tho procurer a feo for furnishing tho Indian. frho power of abrogating all Io.iscb eft In the secretary of the Inter- I believe that no Is nonost l.ough that when confronted by facts itch as Ihoso prosonted by tho In dian Rights Association ho Will de clare all leasos In tho torrltory void. Ho will probably go farther and sus- tpend tho olllclals who aro under sus picion thero ponding a cleaning up of ho cases against them. "When I think of tho Philippines, Hawaii, Porto Itlco and the other In- ular possessions and compnro thorn vlth tho Indian Torrltory sco thorn oil governed and with a voice In tho overnment and representation in ongrcss In some Instances I am Ihagrlned and shocked. The citizen- hip of tho , Iii'll.-n T-jrr'l-.t-y tho N'hlto people aro among tho most cul- ured and refined ':i the United States. CUcy havo education brcodlng and no sensibilities. An I I hoy aro with out local government, tho toys of n grafting burcauooracy, the playthings f adverse conditions brought about ly unwlso legislation nnd corrupt ad nlnlstratlnn. The Indians aro worm treated tran ho whites in tint tho aro being -Je- rauded of the am of thclt lands nnd indotho ox'.use fo. prolonging c.-nCI- Ions that aro to thotr dlHn.1autcgc- nd look to their ulUm.i'.o undoing, I bcllovo that llu chug'.- mado' by 10 agent of the Indian Rights Asso- latlon will bear f.-'ft The secretary f tho Interior has i'i power to rem ly the evil. It Is all In his hands. Ho 111 hardly refuse to tako action In jho face of such a demonstration as las been made. It would bo charlta- lo to him to bcllovo that ho has been complete Ignorance of tho methods fiat havo prevailed In tho Indian Ter ritory. Ho may havo been. It Is os8lblo for him to havo acted as tho idmlnlstrator of tho estate of his rother who was vice-president of ono f tho big coal companies who have pases In the territory and to have pntlnued to remain Ignorant of tho fothods by which the leases were ob inetl and the profit accumulated. "Hut tho methods devised of dis posing of tho millions of dollars' worth of Choctaw and Chickasaw coal lands thoro will bear Investigation by the secrotnry as will tho methods of leas ing lands of tho allottees, and of granting concessions by those ngents 01 wo. department who are In npwotfto do those things. "Tho peoplo of the Indian Torrl tory aro anxious to loam what ac tion la to bo taken by tho depart ment In tho promises. Thoy do not for an Instant bcllovo that tho secre tary f tho interior will nllow tho mat tor i ovor for long without action. They boliovo that thoro will bo n bet terment of conditions In tho Tor rltory as a result of tho Investigation which ho will undoubtedly niako: Colonel Ilussoll statod that 95 per cont of tho people of tho Indlnn Tor rltory .regardless of race or sox, wore for slnglo statohood for Oklahoma. "Thoro Is not a line In tho nowspapors looking to any other end," said he, "nnd It Is almost treason for a man thore to hint at anything but a slnglo statohood, at tho earllost moment." GOOD JOE OH ft DETECTIVE PRISONER TRADES PLACES WITH HIM ON TRAIN. Detective's Pockets Are Picked While He Is Asleep He Is Shackled to the Steam Pipes Prisoner Leaves the Train. ..A daring story comos from Chey enne, Wyo., that Albert- Ecklund, alias Georgo Johnson, who wns captured nt-ltawllns and was being taken back to Chicago to answer to the charge of grand larceny-, effected a remarkable cscnpo from Detective Wllllnm Mars den. Marsdcn left Rawlins last night with Ecklund, nnd, to make sure ot bis man. shackled him to a seat In the smoking compartment of a chair car. While Marsdcn wns sleeping bo side his prisoner. Ecklund went through tho detective's pockets, se cured tho koys to tho shackles, re leased himself and then shncklcd tho officer to the steam plpos. Having rc Uoved tho ofllcor of his weapons and other property, Ecklund left the train at Laramie. Marsdon was not await oncd by tho conductor until Choyonnc was reached, when he called for as sistance. As Marsden had nothing absolutely on his person to provo that ho was not a prisoner, tLo train-, mon would not roleaso him. Tho ralf road-authorities toloeraphei to Chica go for Instructions and when the train reached Sydnoy, Mnrsden' was finally released from his predicament. Tonight ho passed through Choyenue on routo to lxramlo to try to offect tho recapture of his prUomr. Killed by Unknown. Caddo, I. T., Aug. 20. While sit ting In his shop tonight at 9:30 play ing with a big dog, n. T. Lynch, a barber well known In Texas and hero, was shot from behind with a bhotgun, eight shot taking effect In his head, killing him Instantly. No one wn? In tho shop at tho time, but a number of peoplo woro In front, and barely escaped part of the load. Tho porson approached from tho al loy anJ coming to the rear of tho shop, fired through tho screen door with two loads of buckshot. Sovon took effect In n store directly across tho ctrcot. No clow can bo obtained as to who committed the deed. Lynch was about thirty years of ago and. mar ried. Ho hub lived In Caddo Mills, Texas, but originally, came from Chrbnlclo, N. C. "'. . . ; Miles Being Grooirieci. UuUon, Aug. 20. -Tho Globe, a P'jmoirallc newspaper, says thnt Gen eral Nolson A. Miles, who Is a naMvo of this Ftate, has been suggested by son.e ol tho politicians In tho oary as a ;wB8lble nominee for governor of Musr.McmiEetts on tho Democratic tloli-Jl' Should ho bo chosen governor It Is claimed ho would bo a 'iiglcal enndidato for tho presidency. The Globe adds that Miles' friends jiy hq would ntcopt the nomination for gov ernor. All aboard for Wapanucka Sundiy morning. If you have never seen the tpwn, here's your chance. If you have seen it, you want to see It agtste. ARDMORE. IND. TER., SUNDAY Ilf'S I ID fill 8TATE OF KANSAS WILL BE MS It.)--!-- Ill A 1 & Railway Company Claim Every Alter nate Section of Land Within Ten -Miles of Iti Road Through the Indian Territory. A Topoka, Kan., speclnl says: Another original proceeding Is shortly to bo Instituted In tho Unit od Statos supromo court In which lite stnto of Kansas will bo tho plaintiff. This will bo tho first timo any slato In tho Union hns instituted two orig inal proceedings In tho United Statos supreme court In tho ono hundred nnd thirty years tho court has been es tablished. This timo tho suit Is. for tho benefit of tho Missouri, Kansas and Toxns Railway company. Tho" railway company claims ovory alter nato section of land within ton miles of Its road through tho Indian Torrl. tor)- nnd wants to bring suit for this liyul on tho rotation of tho stato of Kansas. , Attorneys T. N, Sedgwick of Par sons and James Hagerman of St. Louis woro In Topoka today to obtain permission from Governor llalley and Attomoy-Gouoral Coleman to uso tho namo ot Kansas as plaintiff In tho suit. Tho attornoy-goneral has taken tho case under advisement and, after reading tho brlof submitted to him by the attornoys, will render his opin ion. It Is alleged by Attornoys Hager man and Sod wick that tho net of con gress ot 1866, by which tho railway company was given every altcrnato section of land within ton miles of Its right-of-way In Kansas, also gavo It such sections of lnnd through tho In dian Territory. Tho land In tho In dian Territory was given tho railway company subject to tho Indian title an-' was to Bo held In trust for the mpany by tho stato of Kansas. Tho law provided that tho company should receive every altcrnato section with in ton miles of Its road when tho said land In tho Indian Torrltory shall be como a part of tho public lands of tho United States." It Is contended by tho nttornoys fc tho railway company that by tho dis integration of tho Indian lnnds In the territory tho land again becomes aj part of tho public lands of tho United Stntca and that tho company Is nd' ontltlod to Its lnnd. It Is proposed that tho railway, company uso tho nnmo and authority of Kansas to bi-lng an action In the United States supremo court to obtain tltlo to tho Indlnn lands. In roturn tho attorneys for tho railroads propose to amply In demnify Kansas against financlat loss In caso tho supremo court decided against tho stato. It la argued that tho Missouri, Kansas and Texas Is a Kansas company and should havo tho protection of tho state. Only$1.10 to Wapanucka and rMun'. Choctaw oxcurslon this morning. McCALL FOR ROOT'S PLACE. . Rumored That He Has Been Asked to Become Secretary of War. Washington, D. C, Auk. 22. It Is rumorqd at tho war department and at tho Metropolitan Club among mon close to Secretary Root that Colonel John -A. McCall, president of the New York LIfo Insurance company, has been asked to accept th-j port folio of secretary of war, nnd that he has tho matter under consideration. Colonel McCall ha made several visits to Oyster Bay to sco President Roosevelt. It Is argued by thoso familiar with Iho situation that tho resignation of' Secretary Root leaves tho president handicapped by tho New York finan cial powers, which aro beginning to oppose Roosovott for president. Mr. Roosevelt, It Is said. Is anxious to show that ho Is not antagonistic to representatives of these Interests and thnt ho recognizes tho fitness of placing a captH.i ot ludnstrv at the head of tho war department.' Only?1.10 to Wapanucka nnd return. Choctaw excursion this morning. Mrs. W. P. Bedford, daughter of W. A. Watts, who was roported quite 111 at her homo In Fort Worth, has been brought to her father's home In Ardmore and Is reported Improving MORNING, AUGUST 23, WII1IS ARMED FLEETS RUSSIAN SQUADRON WILL SOON LEAVE TURKISH WATERS. Much Talk of the United Operation By Powers Turkish Minister Makes Protest to Legations Against Demonstrations. omolal advices say that the Rus sian squadron off Turkoy Ir llkoly to lenvo Turkish waters In tho noxt few days, as tho Turkish government lids glvon adequate assurance Uiat It will meet tho Russian demands .Tho with drawal of tho war ships will bo chief ly duo to Turkey's o&surnncos, a stop which might tpptar antagonistic to Bulgaria. Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug. 81.. Ilusla: naval demonstrations In Turkish wat ers is doclarod hero to bo an en couragement ot tho revolutionists In Mnccdonla. Thoro Is Increasing alarm In re gard to tho situation. London, Aug. 22. Tho Turkish am bassador called at tho foreign offlco today to mako Inquiries regarding tho report that It was tho Intention ot tho powors to mako a Joint naval demon stration In Turkish waters and to en ter a protest If anything of tho kind was contemplated. Tho foreign ofllco officials mado It cloar to him that Oreat Britain has taken no action of this character, and It appears as If Italy will also rofrain from carrying out her decision to send war ships to Turkoy, as tho Italian embassy to indicate that there have been developments making tho step Inndvlsnbla or unnecessary at the present moment, perhaps duo to tho Turkish acceptanco of tho Russian de mands, which was confirmed at tho Turkish embassy. Tho negotiations respecting Mace donia are conducted on tho continent, Forolgn Secretary Landsdowne being away from London. Tho Turkish ambassador leaves London tomorrow for tho country, whoro ho will remain for sovoral days. Tho diplomats point out that the Bchomo for n. sottlomont of tho Mace donian question outlined by tho Inde pendence Bolgo yostorday could not bo approved by tho powors, as It Is ovidont Turkoy would never submit to a quiot, peacoful occupation of the Uosphorous and tho Dardanelles. A Turkish ofilclal said this could only be dono nftor fighting. CHOCTAW SCHOOLS. Parents Urged to Keep Their Chil dren In Attendance. South McAloslor, I. T., Aug 22.- School Supervisors Ilallard and Mitch ell havo Issued tho T Slowing circular addressed to the pa.'-ii's of Choctaw school children: Parents aro urged to , havo tholr children ready for the opening ot schools and to send thorn regularly throughout tho year. Tho national school will open Tuesday, Sop.t 1, 1903. Children who cnlor the acaJeralos i-h'iuld rcceivo certificates of admis sion fron, tho county jt: Igus. It Is doslrcd thnt all the schools open with a full attendance. HITCHCOCK'S DENIAL, Secretary Says He Has No Kowledge of Serious Charges Against Him.., A Washington special Bays: Secretary Hitchcock donles tho sto ry haji serious charges rgalnst him havo been mado to President Roose velt. Tho chargos, which woro said to bo signed by the mayor of an'Okla- homa town, wcro that Mr. Hitchcock had caused two million dollars, ' de rived from tho salo ot public lands at Lawton, Anadarko and Hobart, Okla., to bo deposited with St. Louis finan cial concerns In which his frnend: Were Interested and had refused to allow this monoy to bo expended for public Improvements. "Thoso chargos aro absolutely false," said Secretary Hitchcock to day. "Tho monoy In question has been in tho United States sub-treas ury at St Louis ovor slnco It was collected." "Tho reason Uiat tho department has disapproved certain contracts for public Improvements in Oklahoma Is becausa tho contractors wero not do ing thaUwork properly and were not 1903. SOBSGfllPIIOS, entitled to pay. Ono contractor fled tho country whoa wo began to Ijm tlgato his work. "Agents of tho department aro going through Oklahoma planning the pub- lie Improvements neeld. and thoso will bo always mado where there Is assuranco that tho expenditures will bo properly conducted " I do not kt.ow whethor tho ohargey against mo havo been mado to the president If thoy have I have nevor boon told of thorn. Excursion to Wapanucka. On Sunday, the 23rd, the Choctnw peoplo will run an oxourstca train from Ardmore to Wapanuck to wit new a ball game between tho Ar.l rnoro team aul that ot Wapanuoka, The faro will bo $1.10 and n 'rge crowd Is sxrw-leu to go. Somo parents rejoice In the strength of their children, but lose sight of the strength of don't mrnJ. You'll hnve to hurry If you win that library, Laldlaw has plenty c-f lumber and lots ot votes. ie reliance ring HE WEATHER VAS PROPITIOUS FOR GOOD RACING. Shamrock III Was Fairly Outclassed by the American Boat. Which Won the Race by Twelve Min utes Time and Two Miles. Special to tho Ardmoroltc. New York. Aug. 22. Tho Reliance. tho American yacht, won tho race to day by twelve minutes time. Tho wcathbr was good for tho racing. Tho Shamrock got away In tho lead by fifty seconds. Tho start was made at 11:40 a. m. At 12:30 p. ra. tho Rollanco had cut down, the Shamrock's lead and the yachts wero'on even tertas. From this timo to tho finish tho American yacht pullod away from tho British and was nearly two miles In tho lead at the finish. Tho American yacht at all features Of the race showed to bo tho superior vessel. Special Bulletins. Highland 10:15 a.m. Off, shorothe wind is about ten knots whlto Reliance was In tow. Capt Barr ordored an Intermediate club top sail to be sot aloft whllo the wind did not seem to threaten danger to top hanu'ors. Com mittee boat passed the Hook mid bound for Ushtshlp, shamrock with wind across hr starboard quar ter. 10:26. Yachts have reached the lightship; wind. .southowest ten miles. Prospects for an excellent race. Heavy wind shifted to southweit. Boats have moved to starting lino five miles off Long Beach. A new starling lino is bolng established. Impossible to &ay exact course will tako, owing to .light haze. 11:42 a. m. Reliance has como up In tho wind and taken In her small tap sail. Sho will sot a large one. Dense haze off shore and starting line obscures view. Committee has slgnallod course fit toen mlloa to windward and run home wind northwest. 11:45.02 Start. Shamrook 11:45.02; Reliance 11:15.21. 12:08 p. m. Reliance overlaps Shamrock and Is now leading. 1:05 p. ra. Shamrock was simply bluffing, and as Reliance -has como about Capt. Wring flung tho challen ger about to starboarf asaln. Reli ance continued on the port tack. 1:10 p. m. tRuIIancd gaining fast. Rollanco twonty-ftvo seconds ahead and gaining. 2:09 p. m. Reliance ha"3 tho lead. Now to overcomo tho time allowance against her. . Ardmore Boys Honored. A telegram was received yesterday morning by Lieut E. II. Golden from Capt. B, V. Honson at Camp Mabry, Austin, Toxas, requesting that ho and ethers visit tho encampment thcro by Sunday morning. Tho telegram also stated that tho sender had been as signed as aldo to tho staff of tho in spector gcinoral, and A. O. Gafford had been assigned as battalion adju tant Mr. Golden and others left last evening and will arrive In Austin this morning. Wapanucka eyerybody's going. 15 i mi NUMBER 247 OF THE NEXT DEMOCRATIC NA TIONAL COMMITTEE. His Name Is Mentioned In Connection With the Position and Democratic Leaders Are Receiving It With Much Satlsfaclon. A late Washington dispatch has this to say ot Sonator Balloy: "The mention of Uio namo of Sec tor Battel In connection with the chairmanship ot tho noxt Democratic national commltto Is bolng recolvcd among tho Domocrntiu leadcri with much satisfaction. Tho retirement of Senator Jonoe of Arkansas, who re tired from tho senate last March, Is a foregone conclusion, and 11 Is gen erally tho case for tho chairman to be chosen from tho ranks ot tho senate. Sonator Balloy, It Is report od, would not bo adverse to accepting tho position, and his Independent tor tuno Is said to bo a factor which makes tho suggestion so satisfactory to tho lenders. Tho Toxas senator Is ranked high among tho senators for sagacious political foresight, and his selection would guarantco tho Demo cratic party of tho nation being welt led, and also that tho campaign would bo a clean one, so far as ho was con cerned, and fought entirely cu Iho na tional Issues. Of courao, much do- ponds on tho nomlneo for president. as to whom will be tho chairman, as tho nomlneo Is allowed to select his own chairman. If Gorman Is nomin ated, as It now seems likely, ho will bo, It Is said to bo moro than likely that Balloy would bo selected. Gor man is a close friend of tho Texas senator. It Is reported." GRAND ARMY VETERANS. 1 Elected Officers and Selected Boston as Next Meeting Place In 1904. San Francisco, Aug. 22. The Grand Army vctorans and ladles ot the auxiliary bodlos will comploto tholr business today nnd tho remained of tholr timo In this stato will bo do voted to sight-seeing. Tho national encampment mot In cxecutlvo session today to recolvo tho report of tho commlttco on resolutions and trans act final business. Tonight thcro will bo a big camp 11 ro at Mechanics' pa vilion. Tho Grand Army of tho Ropubllc selected Boston as tho placo In which, tho encampment for 1904 .will bo held and olectod tho following o Ulcers: Commander-in-chief Genoral John O. Black of Illinois. Sonlor VlcoCommander Col, C. Mason Ken n u of California. Junior Vlco-Commandur Col, Harry C. Kossler of Montana. Surgoon-ln-Chlef Geprgo A. Har mon ot Ohio. ChapIaln-ln Chief Win field Scott ot Arizona. DAVE O'CONNOR DEAD. The Man Who Collided With His Son op Horseback. Dave O'Connor, aged EG, who lived six miles southwest of tho city, died of concussion of tho brain. It will bo remembered by the Ard- morolto readers that about ton days ago Mr. O'Connor and his son, Ben nett, woro In their pasturo rounding up somo cattlo when by somo unfore seen accident they ran together, throwing each other violently to tho ground. Both fatbor and son were unconsolous for about four hours when the son awoke, and has been getting along very nicely over since. Not so with tho father. When be fell his head struck on a rock, cutting a gash over tho eyo and caused con cussion of tho brain. After, a lapso of about twenty-four hours the unfor tunate man awoko for a few min utes, and after partaking of somo water ho lapsed into unconsciousness again, and only talked at, random occa sionally slnco then. A fow days ago It was discovered that tho patient vs getting worse and his 'skull was trephined, releas ing a great quantity ot pus a ad watery matter from tho brain. Tho trot bio seemed to bo deop- seated, howovor, and oxtonded arou and under tho' brain, from tho ottecU of which tho patient died af, 9 o'clock; Friday night . ', , Tho funeral took placo at f o'clock Saturday afternoon and Interment at Rose Hill cemetery.