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VOLUME XI. (HIDNHY 8UOO8. 1 PHOrBIRTOIl, J AEDMOIIE. JN1). TEE.. MONDAY EVENING, DKCKMBER 21. 1903. SDBSCRIPTIOH. $5 A TEAR NUMBER 87 TIE SECRETARY'S REPORT HITCHCOCK REFERS TO EXISTING CONDITIONS IN TERRITORY. Submits Valuable Recommendations for Additional Legislation Refers to the Indian Commission and Their Dealings. Special to thu Ardmorolte. Washington, Doc. 20. In his annual report whlc'i lias Just boon made pub lic Secrotary Hitchcock rotors to oxtstlng conditions In Indian Territory and submit some valuable recom mendations for additional legislation. Referring to tho commission of tho llvo civilised tribes, lio says: This commission, commonly known an tho Dawes commission, was, during tho first flvo years of Its existence, snvo for a limited duty rolutliiR to tho determinate n of cltl.oiiBhl) rights, clothed oniy v Hh authority to ncgo tlato agreemontH with the flvo civil izod tribes, namely, tho ChoctawH, Chlckasaws. Chcrokoes, Crooks and Seminole, looking to the dlHSolutlon of tliolr tribal governments nnd tho establishment of a Btato or territorial government In their land. After llvo years of fruitless negotiations, how over, it was apparent that tho accom plishment of such a purposo by agree ment alono was practically Impossible, owing to tho unfavorable attitude of tho Indians. CongresB was therefore jonfronted with Uio alternative of abandoning its policy and abolishing tho commission, or else converting tho ecmmlsslon into an executive and semi-Judicial body and proceeding with tho work, regardless to a largo extent, of tho will of the tribes. The latter courso was adopted and by tho Curtis act, approved Juno 28, fS98. tho commission was charged with tho ad ministration of tho flvo great estates omhrnrod in Indian Territory, aggre gating nearly 20,000,000 acres Thn plan being to dissolve the sys tem oT tribal land tenure in vogue and vest the title to tho lands In the Indi vidual members or tho tribes, the great preliminary duties devolved upon tho commission. Tirst. to detormlno who were the bona lido citizens o. heirs entitled to share In tho distribution or tho tribal property; Second, to take an Inventory of tho properties to bo dis tributed Tho first invdved the hear ing and determination of the applica tions of more than 200,000 claimants. Tho second eonslslod In surveying, platting and appraising each -iO-noro tract embraced In the territory to bo allotted, making some fiOO.OOO separ ate Itomn of property to bo dealt with. Those preparatory steps having been taken It remained for tho commission to distribute tho property among the rightful heirs, approximately 00,000 in number. Tile territory to be al lotted was not a wild uncivilized and spaisoly inhabited country, but on tho contrary a populous domain, dotted with towns and cities, traversed by a network of railroads, and resounding with tho hum of industry. Tho under taking was therefore a vast and diffi cult one, unprecedented In the history or civilization. Hy recent legislation which gave L. P. ANDERSON, B. F. FR ENSLEY, c. L. ANDERSON, President. Vice-President. Cashier. F HXT MAT Ardmore, Indian Territory. Designated Depository for Bankrupt Funds ot Gickasaw Nation, Capital paid in $ 60,000.00 Surplus Funds 180.0Q0.00 Total $240,000.00 T"c ashram mar W. S. WOLVERTON & SON," 'Insurance, Bonds, Real Estate ARID ABSTRACTS. The Largest and Strongest Agency In the Two Territories. Managers, Ardmore Abstract Go. Gknehai. A0ENT8 j!1'!1 IoJranca Co., United States Fidelity nnd Gnnntntr Co. congressional approval to tho supple mental agreements with tho Crooks, Choctaws nnd Chlckasaws and the agreement with tho Chorokoes, the commission has been enabled to make rapid progress during tho past year In the execution of tho trust Imposed uKu It, and the work now begins to nssumo tho aspect of completion. The locntlon and valuation of the lands have been completed, and tho enroll ment work Is practically finished, only a few fragment remaining to bo dis posed of. In tho Seminole Nation al lotment has boon finished and tho Crook Nation allotment is practically finished. During the iist yoar allot mont olllcos liavo been established in the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nation and tho work of allotting tho lands of those tribes- I well under way. In Its report for the llscal yonr end ing Juno :io. 1003, the commissioner sets forth In dotnll the progress of Its work nnd recommends Unit the fol lowing legislation bo enacted: (I) The provision for tho sulo of surplus lands of tho Creek Nation under tho direction of tho secretary of tho In terior and for tho benefit of the tribe. (2) Provision for the sale. In a simi lar manner, of the surplus lands of the Scmlnolo Nation. (3) Provision re quiring that plats of lands sought to be acquired by railroads under tho provision of tho act of congress ap proved February 28, 1902, bo filed with tho Dawes commission. (I) Provis ion for tho sale, under sci' ; LiJs. of standing pine- timber In Uk Choc taw Nation horctoforo estimated nv tho commission. (5) Prcvisiem for the sale of coal and asphalt lanls In tho Ckoc'aw and Chl iafiW nations under 6calod bids, miher than at pub lie auction aa provided bj the agree ment now In forco with tlu Chvct.iws and Chlckasaws. (C) Provision for the recording of lease-i contracts and Instruments of conveyance- executed citizens of tho Chorokc-j and Creek nations affecting tho title, of their land. (7) Provision for public high wnys in tho Choctaw and Chickasaw nation. Segregated Coal and Aspha'i Land! Sections 5G to G3. incllial - of tho act of July 1, 1002, provido for tho hc gregatlon and sale of coal and asphalt deposits within tho limits o.v town doposits within tho HmlUs of town sites, principally valuable m at -unit of their deposits of coal and J.-'plKiH, and also for tho distribution "f the proceeds to bo paid out per capita to tho memborft of tho Chopti v and Chlcknsaw nations, except the freed men. An investigation was made by tlio Dawes commission by tho aid of an expert geologist of tho land coming wlthln.tho provision cf said net, and on March 21, 1003, nn order was mado designating by legal subdivision, tracts of land In said nation containing Hi, 0K3.03 acres, and resorvlng tho samo for ailotmont. Subsequently It was ascertained that there wero certain er rors In tho total footing of tho areas of tho particular tracts, and that tho exact number of acres should bo -nr.,- 052.23. Section 59 of said act requires that Uio lands segregated shall be sold at public auction :or cash undor tho di rection of tho p.-osldent by a commis sion composed of three porsons to be apioInted by the president, ono a Choctaw by blood, to bo recommended by the principal chief of tho Choctaw ANA. Nation, and ono a Chlckaaaw by blood. to be recommended by tho governor of Chickasaw Nation. Tho exiwrienco of the department In tho sale ot Creek lands has demon strated beyond nuostlon thnt It is much mont advantageous to dispose of the lands by healed bids, atlei . d- vortiscniont that tho particular t.acts nro listed for sale. Itcgulations on tills subject are hereto appended. It Is believed that "a slmlla- course should be taken In the sale rf "ie coal and asphalt lands and deposit In the Choctaw nnd Chickasaw nntio' Additional recommendations will hc recommended with a view of sec tnng a modification of said soctio.'. so that tho lands may be sold under the dlrec-' tlon of the department und.-ir settled I bids without entailing the large cxpotiFt necessary for the site or the lands by the commission, a provided by this act. Undor oxlsting kiw this i-.nriiint has no miitervlsory control over the relo or leasing for aur'oiilturil pur purposes of lands In tjio Choctaw nnd Chlcknsaw nations. Recommendations will bo mndo to congross for legisla tion conferring upon the sccretnry of tho Interior authority to supervise and control tho sales and tho leasing of lands In the Chcetnw and Chic'-nsaw nations. It Is estimated that in the i. .out no unforeseen obstacles nre encountered tho bulk of tho work will have been completed by the close of the year JOCK, and n cost or lltl iif.-c than 5 cents for each aoro of '.an 1 involved. It Is believed that whoa the . ommls slon's work Is finished .itfa.m in In dian Territory will bo w-jil.liap-M and the time rlpo for tho csVtblldbmcnt of a state or territorial form ot government. Tho commission refers U tno gteat loss it sustained by the 'Joath or. Feb ruary 5, 1903. of Hon. Henry U Dawes, Its honored chairman and the last In service of Its original members, aud transmits a copy of tho resolutions passed by tho commission expitMsivo of Ha Just appreciation of this voner ablo nnd distinguished officer. Tho scrcrctnr-' then reTers to the work of the Indian Inspector as fol lows: Tho Inspector has genoral super vision over matters within tho Juris diction of the department except ques tions or citizenship nnd allotment and other matters committed to the com mission to tho llvo civilized tribes. Ho transmits tho annual reports of tho Indian agent at Union Agency, tho superintendent or schools In Indian Territory, tho govern! school super visors, tho supervising engineer or townsltos nnd tho mining trustees or tho Chickasaw' and Choctaw nations, all of which olflclais are undor tho genoral direction of tho Inspector and report to tho department through him. Tho roport submitted by tho Inspec tor states tho conditions existing and tho work accomplished during tho year as shown by tho rcctrds of his olllce. During tho year the Inspector has not been required to givo particular atten tion to matters In the Semlnolo Na tion. The supplemental agreement with the Choctaw and Chickasaw unions ns ratified by the act or congress ap proved July 1, 1002, and by th tribes on September 5, 1902, made ra.Hcil o Slobe Elastic" Dookeascafc. R. A. JONES. Ardmore ARD.UORU, Capital Stock and Additional Liability. : : : : : $200,000,00 Largest of any Hank In the Chickasaw Nation, We accept small and large accounts and conduct a General Banking Business for you. DIRECTORS. C. U. Smith, President. C. M. CAMl'liKLLi. Vitm.Pi-pfi Lke Chuck, Cashier. Q. W. Younq, Stouhujun J C. Thompson. Attornur, changes In tho conditions with ror't to the leasing of minorrt lnt: t'rior to Uiat time the eon I and asphalt leow wore made by the mining trus tees under direction of and approved by the secretary or the In flor with n royalty on coal at 8 codt jo ton. mine run. nnd on asphalt nt in cents por ton on crud'i and 0 i conis per ton on the refluod I'interlnl. The supplemental agreomont with tho Choctaw rnd Chlclcww nations, ratified by the ac ur (jiigress ap ptoved July 1. 1U011, and by tho tilbos on September fi, 1902, mado nulleal changes In the conditions with respect to lousing nilnornl landb Prior lo Unit tlmfc the coal and nphalt Iookob wore mafle Ity the mining ImstioM under direction of and approved Ity tne -? retnry of tho Interior, with a royalty on coal of S cents per ton, inliio rut:, ami on asphalt of lo cents per ton on (rude umleiinl. Tin- supplement! uKroomont re ferred (o prevhled Hint such hi mis Including the deposit only whore un derlying towimlteM, nnd not to oxooed a total of fiOO.OOO acre, bo segregated and sold nt auction, undor tho direc tion or Ihe president, and further pro vided that no lease of any coal or asphalt land should bo mado after tint final ratlllcatlou of such supplemental agreement, which was on September 25, 1902. There wore on September 25, 1902, tho dato of the dual nUlllcatlon of such supplomontaryagroomont, 121 coal and nsphnlt lease lu effect IN coal nnd 10 asphalt. Fourteen new leases wore made during tho year. The amount of royalty from coal is reported to be $259,650.58 and from as phalt $2,2i:i.2G, making a total of ?2G1,929.S4 during the year. Tho existing agreements with tho Creek and Cherokee Nations provido that allotteoM may Ic.iko allotted lands for mineral purposes with tho approval of tho secretary of tho Interior, but no leases wefo approved during tho flacal year. There was collected from opera' tors mining coal under permits for locnl consumption In tho Creek Na tion,. $11,605.29. and lu the Cherokee Nation $2,813.60. Tho townsile surveys commenced during the previous years wero prac tically completed during tho past fis cal year, and would have been onllre ly completed had It not been necessa ry to furlough tho force In March, 1903 owing to lack of funds. A largo number of toiviin having a population or less than 200 persons worn surveyed The supplemental agreement with the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations provided that tho limits of such towns should bo denn ed not later than ninety day: alter tho llnal ratification of said ngivomont. which wan September 25. 1902. In those two nation'' Mi ore 'v,.ro about ."20 smnll towns unil p MtolllcoH. and It was necessary to visit each aad make a report as to tho conditions Upon these reports tho dopnrtmont directed that (IS towntt lu tho Chleka saw Nation and 32 In tho Choctaw Na tlon. a total or 100, bo surveyed and platted, which has been done, the con dltion at- oUier places not warranting the setting apart ot a townslte; such lands aro to be allotted. In tho Chero kee Nation 115 of thoso small towns and postofllces wero examined, ne.d up For X'mii tttrt your boy with a tow cllont, - Wernieke INI). TBR K. A. Jonkb, Wholesale and Hetail Furniture tf Ait Nohi.e, Wholesale Hardwaro. J. It. Pknni.noton, " Grocer. U. W. Ranp-ol. Mrrolunt. National Bank. 7 on tho report liwdt' tho i'.epnrt"ient limtructetl that 21 he snrveeil ami platted, the reumlttder to be nllotted After the coin plot km of the small town work, nearly all of tho larger towns having been a-iirvoyed. severnl survey ing parties wore relieved, and nt tho time of tho furlough ot the towntlto employe on March lit. 11103. hut three surveying parties wore In the field. Tho total niuiilter of regularly es tablished townsltos In the. territory Is 27!. Tho status of the hooka of sur veying Ih sdiown lo lie: Choctaw Na tion, surveyed, 81; to he surveyed, B; Chickasaw Nation, surveyed, 127; to be surveyed, 3; Creek Nation, survey- ed, 25, Cherokee Nation. Hurveyd, I-l; to bo snrvejed, 0; total, 207. Pour townslte fommimlonor were In the Held making appraisements of townslte. ono lu each of thv Chw tn. Chlekamiw. Creek and Chi'rokee NHllnnn. up to March IH. i!o:t, when work wiut sitspontled. The Choctaw commission nt tho clowo of the year had to towns lo nppralso, tho Chick asaw commission 80. tho Cherokee commimtlon -17, many of which were small towns. Tito appraisement work lit tho Crook Nation wns complete lu addition to the npprnlftomr nl work of I lie Choctaw and Chickasaw commissions thoy have nlso sold the vncant lots In practically all the larg er towns and tho Inspector, by dlrec tlon or I ho department, since the rur lough of the Creek commission lias sold tho vncant lots In thnt nation. Ah payment for lots are mado In full to tho Indian agent, deeds to tho same aro executed by tho tribal executives ot tho respective nations nnd titles. IKUS&Ctl. Tho tribal laws of the different na tions prescribed certain permit taxes to bo assessed against non-cltlzens rt1 sldlng nud doing business lu the In dian Territory. Since tho passago of the Indian appropriation act or May 27, 1902, prohibiting tho removal or any perwn who Is in lawful possess ion of any lot or parcol of land In any town or city In Uie Indian Terri tory which hn? been designated as a townslte, tho rl' Hl authorities have practically Ik, a unnblo to enforce the collection of revenues and permits as sessed against non-cltizeim. '. When an attempt was made to close stores In South McAlester. Choctaw Nation. I ho merchants applied to tho Judge of Uio United States court t the central district, who granted a temporary restraining order which was mado porpotual on August 10, 1003, hut tho case has neon appealed. An elTort was made by owners of entile In tho Chlcknsnw Nation to on Joln th i collection of tribal caltlo tax but tho applications wore denied by the courts lu tho District ot Columbia and also in tho southern district or Indian Territory. Tho amount or mon ey collected by tho Indian agent on account or live Mock Introduced Into the Chcknuaw Naton durng the year was. $30,511.65. Tho totnl amuint of revenue collect ed from all source In tho Creek Na tion, not including payments on town lots, was $20,350.10, tho largest Item being on account of pasture nnd cnttlo revenues. Tho total amount collected In tho Cherokeo Nation wa $37,531.48, not including paymontn on town lots. Attention i Invited to tho act np proTed January 31, 1003, amending tho tContlnuod onPago 2T) J. A. BIVENS, President A. H. PALMER, Cashier. Capital Surplus Funds Accounts af ttrmi and Individuals Accorded Albatros ALL GROCERS SELL IT. WHITEMAN BROS., WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS A BAD ACCIDENT NEAR MANNS VILLE TODAY. Thompson, Foreman of the Section Gang, Meets Instant Death Oth ers Injured and One May Die. Story ot Accident. Sl-eclnl IMNme to Uio Ardmoroito. l'rovoncot. T.. Iec 21. Tho oust iMiund Ohoctnw lconl UiIb morning at about m o'clock ran Into tho Provonco section crew on a hand-car ono tnllo wt of MumimvIHo. Tho men had Kwio to Miuwuvlllo after their time ehfeks. I 'pott tin- hand-car wore J. II T1ionimi. who Is tho foreman, and Oeorge I'oIHa together wlUi four oth er men. Thoninion won Instantly kill ed and Ceorgo Follls badly Injured urn', may die, Tho other four man on i with slight Injuries. Or. HaUm way of this plaro left at onco for Mannsvlllo u, suwlst lu giving modlcal attention to Tollls Tho body of Tliompton was taken charge of by iho Masonic fraternity of Miinnsllle, the deci-jised having boon a n" of that order. Tlio remains will bo brought hero on tcMlny'R train and given burial. DISTRICT COURT CONVENES. Grand Jury Sworn In Court Takes Recess Till January 4. Thin morning at 10 o'clock the dis trict court at Ardinoro convened. Tno court house was comfortably filled wltli Jurors, attorneys nnd other nt tondantH when tho oiwnuig hour arriv ed. Tho clerk called Uio Hat of grand Juroro and all arthVerod to their names. After lielng Bwom two of them gavo reasonable excuses why Uioy should not servo on tho grnnd Jury, and two of tlio altornateo wero placed In their Ktead. Tho grand Jury as it now slandH contains thin list C. I'. Van Uinlwrg, -foreman. C. C. WelUi, Anlmore. J. A. HutcliliiH, Vyatt. (5. W. Hall, Ilerwyn. (5. V. Dotson, Ilerwyn. J. W. Darnell, Marietta. I'. .1. SebeHtor, Lebanon. Krnnk M. Hill. Dob. I'. II. Arthur, Ixion. .1. II. Mnnsflohl, Anlmore. Sam WeekH, Ardmore. W. J. Crime, Ardmon-. Konnki Wolvorton, Ardinoro. S. O. Powers, Mariotta. H. M. SmiUi, Thackorvlllo. Jim Chancellor was made bailiff to nttond Uio grand Jury. Tho court Uien charged tho Jury an to their obligations and duty and Im proved uiioni them Uio Importance of bringing to Justico all violators of tho law, and that Uirough them alono thin might bo accomplished. After Uio Jury wan mvorn again thoy woro instructed to repair to Uiotr room and proceed wlUi their work. Tho court Uion took a reooss until Monday, January 1, 1003. Only tho choicest cuts In tho choic est meatH offered to tho homo tnido at (leorgo Tuckcr'B market. 20-3 DON LACY, Vice-President W. A. WOLVERTON, Ait CasViUf. $100,000.00 30,000.00 solicited:. all alike. Courtaoui treatment s Flour.