Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 23, 1909 Page: 3 of 8

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Irs. John I'. St. John, wife of kansas ex-Governor (o tfll the story of II<
Indian Cousin in a Hook.
Kansas City Star.
A remarkable and little known chap-
ter of border history will be the nuc-
leus of a book now being written by
Mrs. John P. St. John of Olathe, Kans.,
wife of the Kansas ex-Governor, in
which her Indian cousin. Quanah Park-
er, head chief of the Comanches, will
play the central part.
Few know that the fighting brave is
half white; fewer than the wife of an
ex-governor of the Sunflower State is
his cousin, and even fewer there are
who will recall the strange and tragic
romance tangled about Quanah Park-
er's fair pale-face mother. These
things are to be told of authentically
for the first time in Mrs. St. John's
Seen at her home in Oiathe a few
days ago Mrs. St. John said with ref-
erence to her book:
"It will not be a big book, just a few
hundred pages of family history of the
Parkers for private circulation. You
know my maiden name was Parker.
".Not the least interesting part of
the book will be th« story of my cous-
in, Quanah Parker, head chief of the
Comanches, and his mother, Cynthia
Ann Parker.
I "Cynthia Ann Parker, Quanah's moth-
er, was the daughter of my uncle,
tion the name of "Cynthia Ann," she
said "Me Cynthia Ann."
That was all the English she rem-
emeberrd. With her baby Cynthia Ann
was taken to the home of her uncle.
William Parker, whpse widow, now
lives in Westport with her daughter.
Mrs. Homer Howard. The little girl
lived only a lew years. At first Cyn-
thia Ann longed to return to her
boys with the Comanches: but. after
a while, became contented and remain-
ed until her death with her white re-
Cynthia Ann when she grew up and
became the wife of the great Com-
manche chief, Nocona, and had by him
three children, one girl and two boys,
of whom Quanah is the only survivor.
Among his most treasured possessions
is the life sized painting of his moth-
er, which hangs on the wall of his
Quanah grew up with bis tribe, a
wild Indian, helping to fight and scalp
whites. He got his "baptism of lire''
at the battle of "Adobe Walls," an ac-
count of which lias been written by
Col. Ed. C. Little. The battle took
place in the Panhandle of Texas in
1874, between a party of Kansas buf-
falo hunters and a mixed band of
NON A WOM \\ TO COMiltKSS all young men should make a study of
i his career. His father was a Mexican,
"The lody from Colorado" may Suon his mother an Indian woman. It was
be a F act. ' the Intention to make a priest of him,
! and he served a brief course in school
Colorado is in the midst of a hot' but when he was sixteen years of age
political battle that is making the air j his country became involved in a war
sizzle, even at this early day. It is ( with the United States, and he volun-
all over who Is going to represent teered to beat back the "invaders."
many bright women politicians in both
tin* republican and democratic par-
ties. Of course there will be a "lady
congressman" from Colorado next
time. That is now practically conced-
ed by the wise men in both parties.
Mrs. Sarah Piatt Decker is sugested
as one who might win the honor. Con-
gressman Rueker is known to have
announced that he is ready and will-
ing to step down and out to make
room for .Mrs. Decker whenever called
upon to do so. It is understood that
the democratic party of the state is
perfectly satisfied to have Mrs. Deck-
er succeed Mr. Rucker, and whether
it is or not will make little difference
twenty years. It was he that made
Maximillion surrender; he then link-
ed fortunes with Juarez and remained
steadfast to him until his death. Then
came some more years of upheaval,
but finally he became president of
Mexico. That was thirty years ago,
and he has been president ever since.
But with the presidency he has like-
wise been virtually a dictator. Not
for the love of power, but to redeem
his country. And what he has done
amounts to a transformation. When
he began four-fifths of his country-
men were peons, densly ignorant,
without ambition, and wrapped in the
mantle of hereditary laziness. His
to Mrs. Decker, for she will more than j country too was bankrupt and in dis-
likely enter the race. She is conceded grace before the world. What could
to be a brilliant woman, well versed
in parliamentary usages, posted as to
a degree on economic ami political
questions and an orator of consider-
able note—all combining to equip her
for the duties of a "congressman."
With her are all the democratic suf-
fragists in Colorado.
Mrs. Decker has served two terms
as president of the General Federat-
Comanches, Cheyenne*. Kiowa, inJ j lion o£ WomeI1.£ CIubs she has lived
Arapahoes. With the hunters werelln Denver s!ace ,88; aii(] lg tbe wUlGVV
of Judge Decker. She is one of the
noted frontiersmen like William Bart-1
Bat" Atactorcnn 11m TInnrnhnit I
Silas Parker, and so an own cousin,
not only to myself, but M. V. B. Park- j ley. "Bat" Masterson. Jim Hanrahan j leadlng c,ab women'of the country
er of Olathe, Dr. B. P. Parker of In-j and Billy Dixon. In the first charge and is aa ar(Jent a,u.ocat(, Qf ,
dependence, Mo., and f. A. Parker of; Quanah rode at the head of his Com- snffrage Mrg Dsckcr wag bon] ,n
Charleston, 111., and I can tell you.; anches and received a wound in the n0]y0j;e Mass., and lived for a num-
- - - • 1 breast which put him out of the fight. ber of years ou ^ Is,and before
j but his daring in that fight was the moving tQ Denyer she hag serve(J as
but! beginning of that supremacy among
the Comanches which he still main-
A Friend of Civilization.
When peace was restore! the gov-
ernment recognizing Quanah's ability,
employed him to induce his people to
come in and be good. He soon saw the
advantage of civilization, and, being a
born diplomat and administrator, he
I soon brought his people to an accep-
tance of the new conditions. He is an
earnest advocate of schools and edu-
we are all just proud of Quanah
Te tell the True Story.
"The story has been written
never accurately. I have spent a great
deal of time and money gathering ma-
terials for a 'true story'—an authen-
tic history of Cynthia Anu Parker and
her distinguished son. I visited Quan-
ah at his home near Cache, Okla., not
long ago, in company with a woman
friend. Quanah came to meet us with
his noted Oxford coach, drawn by four
mules, and there he sat on the top be- j
side his coachman, holding the line:
himself and driving the mules at top
speed. He stopped them in front of the i cation- He preaches religion to his Mrs. Ruth Bryan Leavltt, daughter of
hotel jumped down and came in. Qu- j Pe°P,e and is as public spirited a citi- Wiliiam jennings Bryan, and Mrs.
anah'ls a man worth looking at. He is a« tllerc is in the state of Oklaho" Alma Latterly, now a member of the
a magnificent looking man and his ™ He Is a great friend and admirer I Seventeenth fienera, Assemljly as a
bearing and manner is that of a cava- j«°f Mr Roosevelt and they have hunted , representative from Denver county.
latest | together. gbe js hadtpj |,y members of the Wo-
vice-president of the National Federa-
tion and has also been att he head of
the federation in Colorado. She is
described as ample and hearty, and
with a direct, positive way of saying
what she thinks—a typical western
woman, with a jolly laugh and a firm
grasp—a woman who naturally would
expect to take the short cut of com-
monsense to any conclusion.
Other democratic women in the
state who are mentioned in connec-
tion with congressional honors are
There is a delicious bit of Indian
egotism in Quanah's story of his meet-
ing with ex-president Roosevelt at
Frederick, Okla.. as he told it last
year in a speech at Cashe:
"Quanah go to Frederick to see
Roosevelt. There big crowd. Quanah ! {ort b
no could get to Roosevelt. Roosevelt | S,rs
look over crowd and see Quanah. He!
say, 'Why. Qua-nah!' and crowd open I
to let Quanah through, and there two j
Her. He was dressed
style of civilization, and. as he strode
into the hotel, I was just proud of
him. As I came forward to meet him
he stopped for a moment and stood
looking at me. He afterwards told me
that he was struck by my resemblance
to his mother. Then he said:
"'Is this my cousin?'
"I said. This is the cousin.* Then
he took my hand and kised me as
cousinly and gently as if he had learn- cb|efs shake hands—Roosevelt, big
ed the art In some finishing school for (.b|pf Qf white man. and Quanah big
gentlemen. And only to think of it, cjjief of tbP Comanches."
not so many years ago this man was These things are the merest outline
a bloodthirsty, scalping wild Indian. 1 ()f (be interesting and romatie story ;
"When the greetings were over. wj1ic.j, >[rg. st. John will tell in her'
Quanah put us in his coach and show- book
fd us the town, and I suspect also.
coupled it with the gratification of his
own wish to show the 'cousin to the
The Romance of His Mother.
Col. Nathaniel Parker, Mrs. St.
John's granfather, was a Georgian with
a large family of sons and daughters,
who, in the early years of the last
century, located In Southern Illinois,
and there formed a community of
"Hard Shell Baptists,"1' of which he be-
came a prophet. In the "10s Nathaniel
Parker, most of his sons and his
congregation left Illinois and settled in
what is now Parker County, Texas,
and he took a leading part in the strug-
gles with the Mexicans and the In-
dians. They had not been in Texas
long when the Comanches raided the
settlement, killed two of the sons and
carried off Rachel Plummer, the mar-
ried daughter of James Parker, and lit-
tle Cynthia Ann Parker, the 8-year-
old daughter of Silas Parker.
Rachel Plummer was sold by the
Comanches to another tribe and car-
ried off to New Mexico and Arizona,
where a few years later, she was pur-
chased from the Indians by traders
and brought to Independence, Mo..
whence she was returned to her family
in Texas.
Of Cynthia Ann 110 trace was found
for twenty-three years. One day
about Christmans, 1SG0, a party of
rangers and soldiers ran into a small
body of Comanches in Northwestern
Texas and killed or captured all of
them. Among the captured was a
squaw and a papoose—a little girl.
It was found that the squaw was a
white woman. She was sullen and
would not talk. She was taken to Ft.
Cooper, and some one remembering
the incident of the Parker massacre,
twenty-three years before, sent for one
of the Parker brothers.
"My Xa me Cynthia Anu."
When he came she still would not
talk, but some one happening to tnen-
Near Death in His fond.
It was a thrilling experience to Airs.
Ida Soper to face death. "For years a
severe lung trouble gave me intense
suffering," she writes, and several
times nearly caused my death. All
remedies failed and doctors said I was
Incurabel. Then Dr. King's New Dis-
covery brought quick relief and a cure
so permanent that that I have not been
troubled in twelve years." Mrs. Soper
lives in Big Pond, Pa. It works won-
ders in Coughs and Colds, Sore Lungs,
Hemorrhages, I>a Grippe. Asthma,
Croup, Whooping Cough and all Bron-1
chial affections. 50c and $1.00. Trial
bottle free. Guaranteed by C. O. Boe. I
men's Club of Colorado and has a very
strong following. Another woman in
democratic councils in this state who
is talked of is Airs. Helen Ring Rob-
inson, a Denver newspaper writer.
She has also many friends to boom her
place. Mrs. J. B. Hunter and
Martha Cramer are also heing
Not only are the democratic wo-
men politicians active in entering the
congressional race, but several re-
publican women, widely known in
Colorado, are to take a hand in the
contest when the time arrives. It is
learned here that the Jane Jefferson
(democratic) Club of Denver is be-
j hind the candidacy of Mrs. T/eavitt and
J will aid her should she consent to be-
i come a candidate.
be made of such a race? He called to
his capital the chief of the brigands
that infested the mountain fastness of
his country, promising that if lie would
come, he should have safe conduct
coming and going. The robber re-
sponded. Diaz asked him how much
he was making by his irregular life.
Then he told him that if he would
bring his band in and join the army,
thov would have good clothes and
board and shelter, and salary, and
hold an honorable place among men
as soldiers of the republic. If he de-
clined then Diaz promised that the
last one of them would be run down
and killed like dogs. Then he dismis-
sed him, giving him safe conduct back,
and telling him how long he would
wait for his reply. The chief brought
in his band and joined the army, and
Mexico was made safe for travelers.
Then Diaz invited the young and the
strong of the world to come to Mexico
and help develop it, promising protec-
tion to life and property. In the same
way he began the construction of rail-
ways, the building of factories and
school houses. He has paid his coun-
try's debts; the land is gridironed by
railways: he has a great surplus in
the treasury, and from the first he has
commanded order and peace.
We know of no like record in all the
world; no such record of achievement
with means so slender. He is yet hale
and strong, and is going to be again
candidate for president, and is going to
be elected. This life of ours is but a
brief one, but it is long enough for
some men to write their names 011
that scroll, the letters of which are
gold, and that quality of gold that all
the abrasions of time cannot dim nor
wear away. And Diaz has written
his name 011 that scroll and it is up
close to the line o fthe most glorified
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The mother of Captain Gridley dieil
on Wednesday last aged eighty-four.
The account says she was obliged to
work to the last. That is a reproach
on our government and country.
Captain Gridley was fleet captain
of Admiral Dewey's little fleet. He
was the executive officer of the Olym-
pia: it was to him that Admiral Dewey
said on that fateful Sunday morning,
in Manila Bay: "When you are ready.
Captain, you may open fire." During
Waukomis Hornet.
Mr. McGuire was at Enid several
days recently and called in a number
of his trusted lieutenants to see how
the land lay'-I. It is said that the ses-
sion was a stormy one. and that one
of the heretofore ardents read the riot
act to his honor, going so far as to
dare him to again be a candidate, that
he was under no obligations to Mc
Guire and would openly oppose liim
for nomination. At the close of the
conference it was announced that Mc
Guire would not stand for re-nomina-
tion but would seek the appointment
of IT. S. District Attorney. A truce
was fixed up with one of his heretofore
enemies to let McGuire down as easily
as possible. Something was also said
about the Enid Postoflice. The de-
claration. which has not been challen-
ged. that McGuire is out of the race
El Iteno, Okla., Sep. 13.—Resolut-
ions were adopted during the semi-
annual session of the German-Ameri-
can Society of Oklahoma here today
favoring a resubmission of the prohibi-
tion ordinance of the state constitu-
tion and declaring that the Germans
of Oklahoma desire to be unfettered iu
their personal affairs. They do not
think that either morality or commer-
ce is helped by the present condition
of the liquor traffic. They consider
a law against the sale of liquor that
is not upheld by public sentiment,
worse than saloons under local option
and high license, where enforcement
of the law obtains.
The officers elected are Henry
Braun, Guthrie, president; II. Steele,
of Shawnee, vice-president; Henry
Schaffer of El Reno, delegate to Na-
tional Bank; Henry Schultz, El Reno,
secretary; Henry Dalle, Edmond,
Two hundred members of the so-
ciety were present. The principal
speaker was Henry Braun of Guthrie.
The Resolutions.
Whereas, prohibition continues to
arouse the interest and discontent of a
majority of the citizens of our state,
and where as, The efforts of the au-
thorities to enforce the prohibitory
laws have proven a complete failure
and have added to the criminality of
the people and
Where as: We contend that, first,
prohibition is an outrageous lnfring-
ment of fundamental human rights and
a fraud on the people, since the ques-
tion whether the use of liquors is
right or wrong is one of individual
Second. That prohibition is a huge
joke, a fad, an illusion, leading to in-
temperance and contempt of laws,
causing higher taxation, stagnation of
public and private enterprises, denun-
ciation. treachery, secrecy and crime.
"Breeder of Hypocrisy."
Third. That prohibition is a prolific
breeder of hyprocrisy and perjury and
no remedy for the evils of liquor traffic
Fourth. That prohibition works a
hardship on the poorer classes, who
can not afford to buy their beer by the
barrel, or their whiskey by the jug
and are deprived of their rights and
priviledges to procure what they may-
need and desire except from illegal
joints or bootleggers at double prices
Fifth. That in place of the limited
number of saloons formerly operated
in Oklahoma, from which the public
funds received a large revenue,
there are now thousands of illegal
joints and bootleggers, on roofs, iu
cellars, back rooms, stables and all
sorts of secreted places liquors are
sold and consumed. The states, coun-
ties and towns have no revenue there-
from and must burden the citizen*
with higher taxes. Thousands of
men respecting evei'y other law, do not
hesitate to violate the prohibition law.
being an iniquitious imposition upon
their personal rights.
Sixth. That tbe violation of this law
will lead to the violation of others.
Seventh. That the state has the
duty to guard a citizen against aggres-
sion in his life, liberty, and prosperi-
ty, but uo right to regulate directly or
indirectly his personal habits.
Eighth, l.aws depend for their en-
forcement on public opinion. I.aws in-
tended to fetter all citizens of a state,
because a small percentage can not
control itself are unjust, tyranical, re-
volting and arouse human nature to
rebel at their enforcement.
Ninth. That prohibition has utter-
ly failed to pronounce temperance.
Tenth. The promotion of true tem-
perance can only be brought about h
education. The virtue of temperance
should be taught in the home, not by
prohibiting the use of alcoholic drinks
but by teaching the moderate use
Therefore, be it resolved:
That we are perfectly able to ad-
minister our own individual affairs anc>
object to have self appointed guardians
meddle with our personal rights.
We have give hearty support ti
the "Sons of Washington" in their ef-
forts to remove from the constitution
of our state the outrageous disgrace
called prohibition, and thereby break
the fetters imposed upon the free peo-
ple of this great state under the guise
of improving their morals.
Comparison is all wi as kon our
work, shoes, price and quality will cir
the rest—$1.50 to $3.00 all styles and
leathers. Robinson's.
A good reputation is a fair estate.-
He that hath a trade, hath a
Tell me my faults,
own.- Franklin.
j that battle he was so injured by the., leaves the field open to aspiring gen-
fall of a box of amunition that he was Clemen.
disabled, and a few months later died. |
After that record his aged mother | Wp havp nftpn rea(, of thosp cases
I should have been a ward of this a- ( where a woman ran a needle into her
| tion. After that we would have ex- j finder and about twenty years latpr it
I pected that the citv of Erie, where ! w^rkpd itself out of her hip; toe. Well,
, , , , here's a more wonderful case still: An
Did mend your ,hr OrMley home is and where ( «l>-10hio school teacher three years ago
tail) Gridley s body is buried, won' t made the mistake of pinning her belt
have seen that her dec lining years ; with a needle and the needle ran into
were sheltered against care and want. | ber and could not be found; just the
,, , . ,, . , , . other day it was discovered coming
Her son in lus youth consecrated Ins ', , , ,, , ,
out of the arm of one of the local
life to the defense of his country. He ROilno| officials who was keeping com-
wore out his life In its service. Hisjpany with her at the time of the aeci-
naine is Indissoluble linked with one dent. We don't konw bow the needle
was recognized as the same one unless
„ bv the expression of its eye. How it
company inn a specialty. Reference* v and on that memorable day lie re- \
lVsition Wanted.
Graduate Emerson College of Ora-
tory, Boston, Mass., five years experi-
ence in teaching and recital work, de-
sires to go to Oklahoma. Piano ac- j one of the chiefest glories of our na
'enees | vy, and on
givea Address 51, Louis a, Va,
Kills Woiild-lte Slajer.
A merciless murderer is Appendi-
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King's New Life Pills kill it by pre-
vention. They gently stimulate stom-
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Chills, Malaria, Headache and
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got from the young lady's waist into
cieved the injuries from which he a the man's arm is a secret which baf-
little later, died.
Was it well, then, to see his aged
moth- ! at eighty-four years of age
obliglcrl to earn her bread by dally
toil? It seemst o us that it was a
disgrti ■, and that a statute should
fles sc ience.—Ex.
s .d ma king
a repetition of such
10 per cent discount on mi
and misses Tan Oxfords a*
■nlwit'8 Weekly.
i dst. VedDmday was the seventy-
iTb'.h anniversary of the birth of
■ dent Diaz of Mexico. His birth-
iUj should he noted by the world and
"Excuse me, can I speak to
, pewriter a moment?"
"You cannot; she's engaged."
"That's all right;
she's engaged to."
I'm the fellow
ftrt my rate and terms aud yon will
get tour farm loan nf me. Don't for.
get. T. A. BAGWETT
Children Cry
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Oct. 15
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