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.J VOLUME xn. ' SIDNEY SUGGS. PROP.,' ARDMOIili. INI). TEH.. Mil DAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2, 1906 SUBSCRIPTION 50C PER MONTH j NUMBER 277 TO DISPOSE OF GOAL LANDS DELEGATION FROM INDIAN TER RITORY VISITS WASHINGTON. Sheppard of South McAlester Tosses Buoquets at Indian Territory's Ru ler Proposed Amendments. In Hands of the Senate. Washington. Fob. 1. (SpuclHl) There nro three Individuals at the national capital from Indian Territo ry that are demanding ihore than or dinary attention nnd Identified with thorn Is the fnte of 410.000 ncros of so-called coal and asphalt lands In the Choctuw and Chickasaw nations. These three gontlomcn In question arc Hon. .1. H. Sheppard of South McAles ter, Dr. 13. N. Wright of Olney and Delegate D. C. McCurtaln of the Choc taw nation, son of the present gover nor of the Choctaws. Tho former Is representing In Washington the eigh teen cities of the coal belt. Dr. Wright Is representing tho Indians of Uint section and tho Inttcr Is representing tho Choctaw council of tho nation. All threo are In the city to confer with the secretary of Interior as to what the future status of these lands shall be. When the coal lands of the terri tory were put up at auction last year, but $3,000,000 was offered for them and the bids were so low that It was seen fit to teject all of them. As a matter of fact tho bids received In al most a majority of Instnnces were be low tho agricultural worth of tho lands to bo sold. For It must bo re membered that the coal In this vicin ity Is not of tho variety found on tho surface, but considerably below the surface. In almost every Instance the wurface of these coal lands Is fit for farming and promise good returns to the industrious. Of tho total area of coal lands In tho Choctaw and Chlcknsaw nations, 109,000 ncro-i are under lease and be ing developed us coal properties. And it so happens that these very lands are tho pivot upon which the fate of th0 remainder rests, for the tlmo be ing at lenst. Choctaw and Chlcknsaw politicians look upon them as a good graft and worthy of exploitation. It was not long ago when tho Choc taw council proposed for Governor McCurtaln to sell tho lands and pock t ten per cent of tho proceeds. The governor, It Is alleged, had a party In Hlght who was willing to pay $15,000, 000 for the lands and ten per cent of which Is quite a tidy sum. Tho gover nor, should tho deal have gono through, would have woke up tho next morning and found himself a million aire, nnd probably tho richest man In tho territory. Hut, fortunately for tho people of tho territory In general, nothing became of tho deal. Should tho peoplo have submitted to the coal trust, the Indians would probably have gotten plenty of money, but in stead of farmers and tillers of tho ooll and homes, etc., minors would bavo come In, and Instead of bundled wheat nnd corn, mounds of coal dust and unsightly huts, etc., would hnvo hecn tho ro3ult That tho deal between tho two na tions and tho coal trust was not con summated was tho fault of Secretary Hitchcock, for It was that official who vetoed tho act passed by tho Choctaw legislature, clothing Govornor McCur taln with tho power to dispose of tho Indian coal lands nnd at tho snmo tlmo allowing him a commission of ten per cent on tho transaction. All of this happened after tho failure .of the secretary to got doocnt bids for tho lnnds at public sale. Eevr since, ho has been giving tho futuro of theso lands the Krcntost consideration. Ho la now dofermlned more than ver that tho unloasod portions and un commercial tracts bo sold to bona fldo settlers, farmers, In 1C0 aero lotg. What Indian Territory noeds most, ho bclloves, Is farmers, tillers of tho soil; men wTio will como Into a country to build homes and not tn oxplon. tho country. In this ho hns tho support of both Judge Sheppard, who roprcsonts thn cities of tho vicinity, and Dr. Wright, who represents tho Indians. . Delegato McCurtaln has given tho sec rotary only lukewarm support In tho matter nnd recently boforo tho sen ato commlttoo on Indian affairs, ad vocatcd that Undo Sam buy tho lands In question nnd turn tho proceeds over to tho now stato of Oklahoma as n school fund. It may bo added hero that the committee dismissed the sugges tion without consideration. The Curtl? bill which provides for the final disposition of tribal affairs in the Indian Territory nnd which re cently passed tho House contains a provision which postpones tho salo of the Choctaw nnd Chickasaw coal and nsphalt lands until tho expiration of the exiting leases, which as already stated, would postpone the salo of these lnnds anywhere from 18 to 27 years. It is this featuro of the bill that the Indians nnd whites of tho two nations want changed nnd for which purpose Secretary Hitchcock hun drafted two amendments; ono providing for tho salo of tho lands in TOO ncro tracts to actual settlers, and the other for the appraisement and snle of tho leased lands to tho pres ent occupants. .ludge Sheppard thinks that the sen ato will adopt tho secretary's amend ments and that Secretary Hitchcock deserves a oto of thanks from tho people of tli? territory for his stnnd in this matter. Mr. Sheppard Is a great admirer of the secretary and thinks him a very much maligned and outraged man. "His being In constant contact with schemers and unscrupu lous men," continued Mr. Sheppard, "perhaps has mndo hlra a llttlo suspi cious of overybody, but that Is only human nature with him, nnd I for ono am willing to say that tho tlmo will come when Indian Territory, no long er prejudiced, will look upon tho man from Missouri as the greatest friend they ever hnd In the Interior department." LONG IS A HUMORIST SEQUOYAH DELEGATE TO WASH INGTON WRITES HOME. Wewoka Man Entst and Leaves Cap ital Building Without Attracting Attention Nothing Doing In His Line of Business. C. K Long, of Wowokn, was ono of the three men elected "to congress" In tho lato Sequoyah campaign, lis Is In Washington and hns been slnco the session commenced. Writing to a friend bnck home the "congressman" says: "You will observe that I do not ue congressional letter heads and en velopes nor do 1 frank ray mall. Tho majority of tho members of congress nro so stupid that I have thus fnr failed to convlnco them or perhaps a better way to put It Is to say impress them with my importance, and tho consideration duo mo as a representa tive of tho stato of Sequoyah. "My entrance Into tho Capitol build ing, so far as I can discern, attracts no special notice, although I some times fancy that the policeman, door keeper nnd other ofllclnls aro dispos ed to observo somewhat as I pass. My Imposing and lofty bearing, to gether with my clolhes, nccounts for tills I presume, nnd yet, If this bo so, I can not understand why peoplo gen erally should not manifest nn Interest. "They don't though with tho pos sible exception of my landlord, who Inquires Into my welfaro at the end of each week being sollcltlous ns to whether I hnvo tho whoro-wlth-all to pny the keep ot my wife and srir, I suppose. "You of course, read In tho papers nil about tho Oklahoma delegation. They nro hero about 150 strong and had two or three days hearing beforo tho commlttoo on territories and when I sought to bo heard, whllo thoro was no positive refusal, I could not get them to fix a tlmo. "Chairman Hamilton would say now I want to bo fair about this matter, but tang, Tvhat Is tho uso, tho thing Is fixed and although I Enow how you havo somo "spollblndors" down thoro, thoy can't chango tho Deacon." Chickasaw Legislature. Last Monday was tho day to whfch tho Chickasaw legislature had ad Journed, but up to tho present time thoro has boon no quorum of tho sen ato prosont. Thoro Is a quorum ot tho house, but until tho scnato gets quorum tho houso can do no business. Chlcknsaw Capital. (Thursday.) First Gun In Campaign. Tulsa, I. T., Fob. 2. Tho democratic mass meting held at tho opera houso last night was tho first big gun of tho party In tho spring campaign. largo crowd attonded tho mooting which was addroased by Hon. John Turner, a well known attornoy of yinlta. , NEW ATTORNEY ASSUMES OFFICIE JUDGE GEORGE R. WALKER BECOMES ATTORNEY OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT, His Assistants Have Not Yet Been Announced Is Man of StriKing Appearance and Energy and a Protege of Secretary Taft. Judge George It. Walker recently appointed district attorney was In ducted Into omco yesterday In an un nstentatlous manner. Tito oathof of- flco was administered by Chief Clorki McCoy, In tho presence of a few. Tho usual formalities wero gone through without Incident, and In a perfunctory manner. With yesterday Judgo Wal ker began to draw pay. He enters tho servlco of tho government, his first official office, unhampered by political obligations nnd with a rigid determin ation to enforce tho law as far as It DISTRICT ATTORNEY is within ids power to do so. Al though unexperienced In public olllco tho fact that ho hns practiced law for many years, eminently qnal- j of Secretary Tnft whom ho know, back Ides him for the position ho now . in Ohio' nnd It wns Taft who was ro holds. Tho Indian Territory proco- sponsible for tho political success of dure may bo new to him, but havl..g tho ability ho will doubtless make a splendid official. Judgo Walker is a native of Ohio. He Is 17 yenrs of ago and haB a wife nnd two children. For tho past 22 years ho has resided In Chicago where he has boon engaged In the practice. As attorney for a corporation ho had occasion to visit Indian Territory. Tho stpry has been told that, having becomo greatly Impressed with the possibilities nnd capabilities of pro duction of this country, he longed to locnto hero. It was stated that ho wns a candidate for Judge Raymond's NO "ROUGH RIDER" GIFT. Frantz Discouraged Oklahoma and In - dlan Territory Veterans' Plan Guthrio, Ok., Feb. 1. Tho "Hough Rider" veterans of Oklahoma and In dian Territory will not purchase a wedding present for Miss Alice Roose velt, n. 11. Colbert, former United States marshal for tho Southern dis trict of Indian Territory at Ardmore, suggested tho purchase of a present and askked for contributions from "Rough Riders" In tho" two territories. Fifty dollnrs had been raised at Guth rio when Governor Frnntz heard of tho plan nnd promptly opposed It ns wholly Improper and out of plnce. No further attempt was mado to raise wonpy nmong "Rough Riders' Gov ernor Frantz was a captain of a "Rough Rider" troop under Colonel Roosevelt. FOR NEW DISTRICT. BUI to Separate Wllburton From South McAlester. Washington, Feb. 1. Senator Mc Cumber's bill to mako a new record ing district In Indlnn Territory, which promotes tho nmbltlon of Wllburt-.m to bo a county scat In the now stale,, wns roported favorably to tho senat'J today. Wllburton Is In tho samo re cording district as Is South McAles ter, and as tho county boundaries aro to coincide with thoso ot tho record ing districts, Wllburton thought It had no chanco ot success In rivalry with South McAJeator. Of course this Is inero rumor. Ills Impressions of tho territory found favor In an artlclo ho wroto la Sturms' niagailno entitled the "Hush- tlo ot ,n,llail Territory." If Judco Walker should do nothing out of tho ordinary In his position to attract at tention this artlclo Is of sufficient merit to win him the lasting friend ship of tho residents. His description in which he uses the phraso "Tho Indian Territory U a Jowel in nature's open hand" challenges admiration. Ho is a man of lltcrnry ability. GEORGE R. WALKER. Indeed, it Is said that this article won for him the district attorneyship. Judge Walker Is a personal friend tho appolnttee. Although Judgo Wal ker Is practically a now comer to tho territory, ho dlscuBses conditions with nn Intimate knowledge. In his eyes shlno a kindly light. Ho has a friendly grasp and an air that Im presses ono that sincerity is ono ot his characteristics. Ho may bo termed striking In appearance, having a he.iv' dark mustacho nnd dark eyes, but a sympathetic faco nnd massive head. Ho Is well built and moves with energy. As yet he hns made no appointments and ho will deeply consider tho mat ter beforo selecting his assistants. SEVERE COLD WAVE. 1 Rapid Fall In Temperature Over East- ern States. Pinttsburg. N. Y., Fob. 2. In the Anillrondack regions yesterday It was almost like April, whllo today' tho thermometer registered from twelve to twenty degrees below zero Now York. Feb. 2. Thoro Is a so- voro cold wnvo hero today. Tho torn peraturo Is fifteen degrees abovo zero Plttficld, Mass., Feb. 2. Tho tcm peraturo hero Is two abovo this morn ing, a fall of forty degrees in sixteen hours. PITTSBURG BROKERS FAIL. Firm's Liabilities Estimated at Ope Hundred Thousand. Pittsburg, Pa., Fred L. Past & Co., brokers, mado a voluntary assignment hero today. Tho liabilities nro given as ono hundred thousand dollars. Tho nssets are said to bo equal to this nmount. Wrapped In Confederate Flags. Now York, Feb. 1. A special to tho Trlhuno from' Unltlmorp says Rev. Mntthow O'Keofo was burled yester day, under tho chancel of tho Catholic church, which ho had built nt Weson. In nccordanco with n request mado long boforo ho died, throo Confedor- ato flaga wero wrannfd jiwut his cof fin. Ho was chaplain ot Mason's brig ade. Ignition when he was under fire, HALE WILL LAND. Will Succeed. Fllson as National Bank Examiner. Guthrie, O. T Jan. 31.--John Hale, banker of Chnndlor, who will succeed Chns, H. Fllson as uatlonnl bank ex aminer, If McGulrc enn controf tho appointment again, is In Guthrie to day. Several bankers of tho territory nave npplleants tor this position, but It Is understood that Halo has tho nec essary cndornomonts. Govornor Frantz while In Washington, will. It Is said, urge his nppolntmont. When asked this afternoon It he had any nBSitrnnco ot landing th0 of lice, Mr. Hale said; "I havo received no definite information to that effect. Numerous friends havo been kind enoiiKli to recommend me. I cprtalnly would not rofuse the olllco If I should get the appointment." Don't Like Head Line Writers. Muskogee, I. T., Feb. 1. Carrie Na tion arrived hero this afternoon from Guthrie, to tho newspaper mon sho said: "Thoro Is no truth In tho roport that I had sold my property nt Guth rie and it lias fallen Into hands ot tho brewers, I hnve Instituted suit agalnBt them for llblo." Sho asked how many reporters wero In tho crowd saying. "I am going to give each of you a hat chet" and opened hor satchel and dis tribute mlnaturo hatchets to them all. Mrs. Nation said: "T havo n great deal of sympathy for tho reporters; I don't lll(o tho men who wrlto tho head lines." Mrs. Nation will lecture here tonight. EULOCY ON ROOSEVELT SENATOR PATTERSON OF COLO RADO SPRINGS A SURPRISE. Indorses President's Policies and Says He is Now Engaged in a Struggle With Money Powers Demo crats Leave Chamber. Washington, I). O., Feb. 1. Senator Thomas Patterson, Democrat of Colo rado, startled the scnato today by de livering nn olaborato eulogy of Pres ident Roosevelt, defending ills prin cipal policies and ranking him as a statesman with Washington, Jeffer son and Jackson. Tho action of tho Colorado senator lias precipitated much blttcr.'y hostllo criticism by many ot his Democratic colleagues. As soon ns tho drift ot his speech was discovered, almost all ot tho minority members of tho senate left their scats and adjourned to tho Democratic clonk-rooms, whero, It Is learned, they discussed tho question of adopting rigorous methods to on- force harmonious Demorntic notion. It wns notnblo also that smnll heed was- paid to M'r. Patterson on tho Republican side. Apparently, tho Re publican senators wero ns llttlo In sympathy with him ns tho Democrats. Whon ho had concluded, tho scnato was almost ompty. Not n mombor congratulated tho Colorado senator, nn omission quite unusual nfterthodo livery of a sot speech. Most of tho Democratic senators aro moro convinced than over that a caucus should bo held on the Impor tant ponding Issues, particularly on the San Domingo treaty. Thoy bellovo that the members of tho party who vote" against policies declared by tho large majority ot tholr membership In tho sonato should bo formally oxclud ed from a party causus. Early develop ments along this lino are now expect ed. Senator Patterson's remarks follow ed his appointment to servo on tho Committee on Privileges and Elections In placo of Senntor Clark of Arkansas, who today asked to be relieved from duty. MANDATE TO PEASANTRY. Russian Emperor Appeals to People to Prevent Disorders. St. Petersburg, Fob. 2. In view of tho profound conviction that Spring will witness a revival of tho agrarian disorders on a more deplorablo scale than over before, tho emperor has ad dressed an outspokon manduto to tho peasantry, setting forth that tho rights ot proporty aro sacred and that tho peasants will bo violating his will If thoy attempt to enter Into posses slon ot prlvato lands. At tho samo tlmo his majesty has assured tho peasants that ho will tustltuto meas ures for their relief.' Do tho right thing by all of your friend and you haven't anything but the core of tho' apple loft NORTH MUST TELL SECRET HOUSE ORDERED DIRECTOR TO DIVULGE COTTON STATISTICS. President Jordan Offers Criticism and Says He Will Tell More When '(he Occasion Arises It It Said that North Is Sorry. Washington, Feb. l.-The houso this morning authorized Director North to dlsburdon himself of his secret con cerning the cotton. It wns movod somewhnt by compassion for tho dir ector, but moro by tho reflection that such Information ns ho has gathorod is dangerous whon kept socrot. Mr. Crumpaker, tho chairman of tho committee which roportod tho res olution, said In urging Its ndoptlon, tho director had gathered tho Information as a matter ot economy, but that ho was sorry. Mr. Burleson, who advocated tho ndoptlon of tho resolution, also said tho director was heartily sorry, and that ho would not do It ngnln. "It wa. never Intended," ho said, "thnt the Census Bureau should gather Informa tion In which any clement of estima tion entered, but now that theso esti mates had been collected, thoy should bo given out at once, nnd In tho reg ular way." Tho statement that Mr. North Is sorry thnt ho gathered tho Information Is no exaggeration. Ho hns been har rassod every slnco ho got It, and would gladly havo mado It public oxcepl tw ills reluctnnco to nBsumo tho respon sibility for what might happen to tho market. Tho most significant feature of tho discussion which attended tho ndon t Ion of tho resolution today wan a general expression of Impatlenco be- caue of the bickerings nmong thovj interested in tho cotton trade. Con gress Is coming to think that the In formation which tho government gath ers Is being used largely to promoto speculation, nnd It Is also coming to doubt If It bo posslblo to satlfy all tho organizations which concern them selves with cotton. Tho re Is a suspi cion that somo ot theso organizations which profess n mission to foster thu welfaro of cotton growers aro, In fac leeches upon them, nnd that thoy ara moro Intent on prlvnto proQt than nn conserving the Interest of tho grow ers. President Jordan's Criticism. Atlantn, Ga., Fob. 1. President Harvlo Jordnn of tho Southern Cot ton Association today replied to tho statement at Census Director North, which nppenred yesterday. Mr. Jordan said: "If tho law of tho census offlco pro- vents tho Dlroctor from gathering es timates as to tho amounts ot cotton remnlnlng to bo ginned for public uso, then the law clearly docs not contem plate thnt tho Director should bo per mitted to gather theso estimates from tho glnncrs for tho Director's private uso. I criticized tho Director for re quiring detailed, dcfinlto Information from tho glnnors regarding tholr estl mnto of tho porcontngo of cotton re maining to bo ginned In their respoc tlvo localities nftor Jan. 16, 19CXS. Ho could Just as well havo asked 'Is gin ning over?' and secured all tho Infor mation ho claims to havo wanted. FIGHT NEAR SIMON. Reported Conflict at House of Farmer. Results Unknown. Simon, I. T., Feb. 1. (8pocial) Word was received hero yesterday that a considerable mob ot unknown men surounded the rosldenco ot W. S. Adcrhqlt, about four miles north of Simon, and engaged in considerable promlscous shooting. M'r. Adorhoit armed htmsclt and returned tho fire, with tho result thnt ho has a dead horso and Is a hot wlnnor. The horso was ldontlfled as belong ing to a young man of tho Oswalt neighborhood. It Is rumored that tho .young man was sorlously wounded, but tho roport lacks confirmation. Kicked by a Mule. Simon, I. T., Fob. 1. (Special) U. U Mitchell had tho mtsfortunp to get his log brokon and anklo dislocated by being kicked by a mulo yestorday. Negro Murderer Hanged. Washington, D. C, Fob. 2. William Waltor Hamilton, a nogro, was hang ed In tho Jail hero today for tho mur der ot his common-law wife.