Geary Bulletin. (Geary, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 46, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 7, 1903 Page: 3 of 16
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BRAGG'S RACE WAR
Federal Offioere' Appearance Hat i
A RECTO KILLED-WHITE MAN WOUNDED
fwo Man Returning from iPenltentlery
Causa Troubla—Women and Children
Compelled to Lost* the Plane and Meek
Safety ' 1 ,.
Moakogee: There yu racefrouble at
Braggs, eighteen miles northeast of
this place, and one negro, John Silk, and
John McBloom, a white man, have
been Wonuded. Six deputies have been
tent to the scene, but have not yet re-
“Jim” Taylor and “Sam” Roach re-
turned to Braggs recently from the pen-
itentiary, and when they arrived in
Braggs announced that there would be
trouble. Negroes began to gather at
Braggs, all of them armed, and the race
feeling that existod ever since the Val-
ley road was built, and has resulted in
the murder of many men in the past
oix years, broke out afresh.
John McBloom was ambushed from
his own corn crib and John Silk was
(shot in the back with a load of buck-
shot. Reports from three messengers
10 alamring that the marshal sent six
deputies to the scene to arrest and
bring in twenty-three men who took
part in the last riot at BraggB and all
others who are participating in the
present one. He frankly admits this is
the most serious situation that has ever
arisen at Braggs. Telephone com-
munication has been cut off. The two
men shot lived in ther river bottom
four miles west of Braggs.
Later reports brought by a messenger
from Braggs states that the presence of
officers has had a quieting effect, and
no further fightiug has been done.
John Silk is dangerously wounded, but
it is believed that John McBloom m not
The officers have not heard from the
deputies in the field, bnt this is taken
as a good sign, for in case of trouble re
inforcements would have to be sent for.
Every man and boy, black and white
alike, is carrying a winchester and six-
shopters, Thirty negroes gathered at a
negro church in the river bottom. They
were armed and looked dangerous, but
the presence of the offioers held them in
oheck. They remained in the church
all night. All the white women and
children in Braggs were taken out to a
place of safety and guarded. A band
of armed whites were on guard all
night. The negroes had threatened to
burn the town. It is believed that if
the officers had not reached the scene
there would have been a bloody conflict.
YOUNG SOLDIER SHOT
fieiB»ani Well*#* Aeoldeattr
Shot Uluiself Ik Ross*
Oklahoma Gitt ; -SArgoout Jsass 0.
Moffett, of tbs United States army, was
found in his rosin in the coloord build-
ing with an ugly looking ballet wound
just above the left breast, by officer
(■toucher of the polios, who had been
telephoned by two women whose room
is next to Moffatt’s, and who heard the
ihot and the man’s groans, but wera
afraid to open the door. Gouoher found
the door nnlooked and Moffatt lying on
the floor. On the dresser was an.empty
41-oaliber Remington derringer. Mof-
fatt was oopseions and believed himself
• to be ‘dying. He said he went to get the
revolver out of the drawer when it oc-
oidentally went off. His ooatwas badly
powdey-burned and the flesh about the
Wound was also burned, showing that
the gun was Tery close to the body
when fired. ! ■
pr. Oampoell, the first physician to
i rrive, found that the bullet had oome
out in the left armpit, and that no vital
parts of the body had been injured. Dr.
Dewey inter found the bulletin Moffatt's
clothing; its perfect shape showed that
it had touched no bones. Dr. Dewey
stated that the wound, while painful,
was not at all serious. In Moffat’s
room were numerous beer bottles and
the remains of a luncheon for four,
of which Bomo of his fellow soldiers had
partaken only a short' time before the
accident. Ths young man’s home is at
Wollston. • ■ ,
MusJCoaxx: To all intents and pur-
poses ths Indian Territory now has its
oouaty lines and county seats establish-
ed, congress performed thut task at its
last sssaion. The bill was approved on
February 19th. It was a very smooth
pleoe of work and few people yet realize
the situation, One of the most serious
problems to solve in the formation of a
new territory or state is the establish-
ment of ooanty seats aud county lines.
Usually the task is left to the new terri-
tory or state. More blood has been shed
ewer oonnty seat and county line flghta
In the west than over any other one
thing, oongress decided to preveut this,
if possible, in opeuing up the Indian
Territory, and it has virutally settled
the matter without any friction. This
may be dot, possibly, to the fact that
the people were not aware of it but it
has besn done and done so smoothly
that all danger is past.
Those interested in the matter know
that it wonld not do to oome straight
out and pass a law establishing, iu so
WORLD'S FAIR DEDICATED
Considering Btate of Weather, Everything
Passed Off Smoothly
St. Louis: The buildings -of the
Louisiana Fnrchase Exposition were
formally dedicated for the uses for
which they were intended, with due
ceremony amid a vast throng gathered
from all parts of the United States. The
day was very disagreeable. A high
wind, accompanied by a low thermome-
ter made it very unpleasant.. Aside from
the weather the ceremonies passed off
without a break. The speeches of Presi-
Isnt Roosevelt and Ex-President Oleve-
,ru(1 were good, bnt were scaroely audi-
ble on account of the wind and the
Listeners had to satisfy themselves with
the comforting thought that they would
Appear in the morning papers.
Oklahoma was very mnch in evidenoe
throughout. All eyes appeared to be upon
her representatives, and thsy all made
i creditable showing too. The Frisco
‘‘Oklahoma Speoial” was by far the
handsomest train pulled into the city.
Governor Ferguson and staff oocupied a
prominent place in the president’s re-
viewing stand. Iu the parade no state
made a better showing than Oklahoma
territory. President Roosevelt recog-
nized among the guards several of his
rough riders and heartily sainted them.
More attention was paid to the “next
itar” by Mr. Roosevelt than any state
represented than New York,
J ^ snij wtujrr
H I C K A S
INTERCOLLEGIATE MEET FROST DID SOME DAMAGE
Some Very Llbarnl Prises To Be Held Up
—A Groat Time Anticipated
Oklahoma City: The intercollegiate
oratorical and athletic association will
have their annual meeting in Oklaho-
ma City, May 21 and 22. The chamber
of commerce of this place furnishes
fifteen gold medals and fourteen other
prizes, the-wl o’.e to cost from $150 to
$200. The frat. boys of the city, of
which there are ^hout seventy-five,
have agreed to give a silver trophy cup
to be Avon three times iu succession be-
fore it becomes the property of any one
school or college. The business men of
Oklahoma City propose to make this
the most interesting and enjoyable meet
that the intercollegiate oratorical and
athletic association have ever had.
They are sparing neither time nor ex-,
pense and expect to have the largest at-
tendance at any similar gathering,
They have secured a rate on all rail:
roads of one and one-third fare, selling
dates May 20, 21 and 22 good to return
How Sound Travels.
In dry air sound travels 1.442 feet
a secqnd. In water 4,900 feet aud
through iron 17,500 feet.
Governor Ferguson Hus Sent Invitation*
to Men of National Prominence
Guthrie: Secretary Hitchcock has
accepted the invitation of Gov. Fergu-
son to visit Oklahoma, and will either
be here this wcok or nest, accompanied
by Congressman Joe Cannon of Illinois
and Congressman Sherman of "New
Yoik. Several days will be spent fn
Oklahoma, two of them in Guthrie as
the guests of Governor Ftrgusqn. The
trip is taken to become better acquaint-
ed with Oklahoma conditions. Con-
gressmen Cannon and Sherman will
look up statehood matters. It is Mr.
Hitchcock’s special desire to view the
progress of the Comauche-Kiowa
country, opened nearly two years ago
under his direction. Every city of
prominence in the the territory will be
visited. It is expected that Congress-
nyin Flynn will also be here at that
To Hold Court at yniutob
Eufacla: The United States com
missioner at this place has been ordered
by ths judge of western district to hold
•onrt at Quinton the first Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday of each month.
President Taylor Say* the Recent Freeae
Mas Hurt Fruit Considerable
Wynnewood: J. A. Taylor, presi
lent of the Indian and Oklahoma Ter-
ritory Horticultural Association, re
ports as follows: “I have just return
sd from a trip north and find the frost
damage has been very severe on ths
fruit crop. Peaches are 90 per cejtf
tilled; apples on high land about 50
per cent, lowland about 95 per cent.
Pears, plums and cherries are nearly all
killed. Grapes are a total loss. Straw-
berries 25 per cent killed. Blackberri^
dewberries and raspberries all killed.
What cotton was up was killed, bu!
fortunately, there was only about 10
per cent of it up. Corn is bitten to thte
ground in places, but will come out.
Wheat and oats not hurt.
“Still dry in this section and needing
Rare and Costly Gold Fish.
One of the rarest and most expen-
sive of Chinese gold fishes la the
brushtai’, a pair of which sells for
$1,000. Probably there Is no other
living thing Of its size and weight that
is worth so much money.
LOCAL OIL INSPECTOR
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Oil Inspector Ashton Preparing tp Tak*
UP Oii'Inspe.ctto* again
Guthrie: F. H. Ashton, territorial
oil inspector, is preparing to appoint
local tank station inspectors in Okla
homa and resume the inspection of arils
I in Oklahoma which was abandoned
about March 1,:when the present law
was enacted. There are twenty-seven
tank stations in Oklahoma, bnt one in-
spector will be assigned to two or mors
stations. Mr. Ashton has decided to
make thfse appointments! Geo.
Fahr, Oklahoma City; J. 3t. BartoD,
Ponca City; J. E. Bock. Jefferson. The
quality of oil sold in Oklahoma in ths
ast two months, according to Mr. Ash-
ton, was as good as the oil sold when
| there was inspection.
Destroying Brown-Tail Moths.
The offer of rewards by a newspapet
in Salem, Mass., for the collection oi
nests of the brown-tail moths was so
-ffective that within two weeks 140,-
215 nests were brought in. One lad
collected 19,314 nests and won the first
prize. $25. The next largest numbei
was 18,344, for which the second prizes
$15, was paid.
many words, county seats and county
lines, so they clothed the bill in decep-
tive language. They made it resd:
“An act providing for reoord of deeds
and other conveyances and instruments
of writing in Indian Territory, and for
other purposes.” The bill provides that
chapter 27 of the digest of the statutes
of Arkansas, known as Mansfield di-
gest of 1884 he extended to the Indian
Territory, so far os the same may be
applicable and not inconsistent with
any laws of congress.
The bill provided that wherever in said
chapter the word “county” occurs there
shall be substituted therefor the word
“distriot” and wherever the word
“state” or “state of Arkansas” oc-
curs there shall be substituted therefor
the word “Indian Territory,” and
wherever the word “clerk” or “re-
corder” occurs there shall be substituted
the words “c’.erk or deputy district
clerk of the United States court.”
The bill establishes twenty-five
‘recording” districts and describes
them by metes aud bounds. “Record-
ing districts” is simply a mild term for
“county.” Each district must have a
recorder. The deputy clerk of the
United States court is the recorder.
Under the present status of affairs
about the only county office neces-
sary now is a recording office. All the
dther work is handled by federal of-
The following shows the “recording
towns” and other towns in each district:
First—Miami, recording town; Wyan-
dottee and Peoria.
Second—Vinita, recording town; Blue
Jacket, Welch, Aftori, Big Cabin, Fair-
land, Grove, Centralia and Chelsea.
Third—Nowata, recording town; Law-
ton, Ruby, Lenapah, Bartlesville, Och-
elta and Watova.
Fourth—Claremore, ’recording town;
Tatola, Catoova, Owasso and North
Fifth—Proyor Creek, recording town;
Choteau, Kansas, Spavinow, Adair and
Sixth—Talequah, recording town;
Stillwell, Westville and Peggs.
Seventh—Wagoner, recording town;
Inola, Coweta, Clarkesville and Gibson
Eighth—Sapulpa, recording town,
Bristow, Kellyville, Bixby, Mounds,
Red Fork, Tulsa and Weleetka.
Ninth—Okmulgee, recording town;
Henryetta and Winoheli.
Tenth— Muskogee, recording town;
Fort Gibson, Braggs, McLain, Webbers
Falls, Banner, Cheootah, Wild Cat, Lee
Eleventh—Sallisaw, recording town;
Campbell, Yain Long, Maple, Hanson,
Muldrow, Guns and Redland.
Twelfth—Eufaula, recording town;
Bower Brooken, Hoyt, Whitefleld, Tex-
anna, Briarstown, Enterprise, Cana-
dian, Crowder and Sansbois.
Alabama, Foster, Wetumka, Holden-
ville, and sasaka.
Fourteenth—Poteau, recording town:
Red Oak, Bengal, Tainoha, Blaine, Gar-
land, Cowlington, Star, Braden, Oak
Lodge, Carterville, Shady Point Mc-
Cnrtain, Cameron, Monroe, Kennedy,
Muse, Fanshowe, Talihina, Howe, Sum-
merfleld, Heavner and Wister.
^Fifteenth—South McAlester, recording
town; Wilberton, Hartshorne, Hailey -
ville, Kiowa, Owl, Citra, Allen, Calvin.
New, Burg, Go wen, Gertie, McAlester
Sixteenth—Ada, recording town;
Francis, Maxwell, Bebee, Oakman,
Hiro, Center, Dolburg, Hart, Midland,
Roff, Fitzhugh, Stonewall, Hickory.
Scullln, Jesse, Tyrola, Hunto and Pon-
Seventeenth—Paul’s Valley, recording
town; McGee, Palmer, Doyle, Erin
Springs, Purdy, Wallville, Whitehead,
Paoll, Elmore, Brady, Robberson, Iona,
Wynne wood, Lindsay, and Ara.
Eighteenth—Pnroell, reoqnUng town I
Chism, Johnson, Okra, Wayne «*t
town; Mineo, Ninnekok, Rush Springe,
Bailey and Marlow.
Twentieth*—Ryan, recording town?
Duncan, Harrisburg, Velme, Tossy,
Tatums, Alma, Comanche, Loco, Fox,
Woolsey, Addington, Heraldfcon, Corn-
ish, Reob, Orr, Atlee and Sugden.
Twenty-first — Ardmore, recording
town; Hennepin, Qavie, Sulphur, Elk,
Homer, Dougherty, Drake, Graham,
Woodford, Springer, Glenn Berwyn,
Sneed, Newport, Keller, Lonegrove,
Hewitt, Overbrook, Marsden, Holder,
Marietta, Pike Leon, Burneyrille, East-
man, Thaekerville Brook, McMillan.
Durwood and Providenoe.
ing town; Mill Creek, Viola, Regam
Troy, Wiley, Rava, Milburn, Earl, Tel-
ler, Bee, Oakland, Madill, Cumberland,
Aylesworth, Tyler, Lebannon, Powell,
Woodville, Cliff, Emet and Oornervllle.
Twenty-third—Atoka, recording townj
Stringtown, Ooalgate, Ocenee, Phillips,
Lehigh, Byrne, Wapanuoka, Ego and
town; Dexter, Tushahoma, Kosoma,
Spoer, Hugo, Gilbert, Grant, Fort Taw-
son, Gervid, Parnell aad Harrington.
Twenty-fifth—Du r ant, recording
town; Folsom, Caney, Jackson, Caddo,
Silo, Mead, Boswell Platter, Colber*.
Kemp, Blue, Sterrett, Utica, Roberts,
Albany, Bokchito and Bennington.
Indian Territory Take* Part In lie Dedl-
■ calory Service* at St. I.oui*
St. Louis: Dedication ceremonies
formally accepting the sites allotted for
building were held by delegations from
many of the states, the different cere-
monies taking place throughout the day
at the convenience of the delegations.
Iowa and Oklahoma led off with the
dedicatory ceremonies during the fore-
noon, the several other states following
in the afternoon immediately after the
conclusion of the proceedings in the
liberal arts building.
The territory division was perhaps
the most unique of any in the parade.
It was formed by the men from Indian
Territory and Oklahoma. The Frisco
cowboy band clad in characteristic
costumes, led the division, and behind
them came fifty cowboys, forty Indians
and 300 additional representatives of
the two territories. As they rode
along the cowboys and Indians gave
exhibitions of daring horsemanship
which rivaled anything seen in any
circus. The delight of the spectators
was extreme and the passage of the
division was a continuous ovarian.
President Itoo»evelt Addressed the Con-
vention at St, Louis
St. Louis: The National and Inter-
national Good Roads conventian closed
a three days’ session aud adjourned
sine die. Just before adjourning Presi-
sident Roosevelt made an address to the
delegates on the subject of “Good
Roads.” He was received with enthus-
iasm aud his remarks were cheered to
the echo. Resolutions were adopted
favoring the co-operation of national
and local governments in highway im-
provements. The following officers were
re-elected: W. H. Moore, Chicago,
president; R. W. Richardson, secretary,
and Chas. H. Huttig, president of the
Third National bank of St. Louis, treas
urer. Vice presidents for all the states
will be selected lately The time and
place of holding the next convention
will be decided by the executive com-
mittee. St. Louis will probably be
A university diploma is a printed and
written testimonial that its possessor
now is ready to do something—if he is
Miller bf 101 Ranch Saild Ha Knew
Nothing of Montgomery Murder
Ponca City: George W. Miller,
president of the famous “101” Ranch
company, one of the first men to trail a
herd of cattle from Mexico to the inter-
ior of the United States whose death
has recently been announced, made a
statement to the sheriff of the county
denying any knowledge of the murderer
of George Montgomery, a Santa Fo
railway detective, who was assassinated
at his home at Winfield, Kan., two yenrs
»?o, and with which crinu he and J. M«
Coffelt were charged. Miller also de-
clared that Cotfeit who was tried three
times without conviction, knew nothing
of the murderer.
Another Negro Town Established
Weleetka : Lincoln is the name of
a new town established on the Fort
Smith and Western, railroad between
here and Oklahoma on May 1st. I
will be a negro town exclusively. N
whites will be allowed to purchas
property or locate in the town. 1 his »
the second negro town to be establish^
in this country, the other being Wi
Cat, in the Creek natipn.
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