The Peoples Voice (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 52, Ed. 1 Friday, July 23, 1897 Page: 2 of 8
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THE PEOPLE'S VOICE.
OKLAHOMA AMI INDIAN TEBKITOHT
Lincoln county has 00,000 aures
planted in cotton.
Old Camp Supply is becoming noted
as a summer resort
The fall term of the territorial uei-
varsity commences September 15.
A converted circus clown is preach-
ing on the streets of Wagoner, I. T.
Cattle shipments from Checotah de-
pot the past week run up to thirty-
Ten thousand dollars a year in pen-
sions are received by the old soldier*
of Lincoln county.
The Hennessey grain buyers light
down upon a load of wheat like vul-
tures on a dead <*arcaaa.
^>me one tried to destroy the Salli-
saw jail, and the citizens offer S' 0 re
ward for the miscreant.
The little girls of Yukon are respon-
sible for the putting up of a watering
trough at the public well in thai citf.
Senator Nishtyeot, alias Jeff Davis,
a Sac and Fox Indian, who lives in
Lincoln county, has three wives ami
Ardmore will entertain the Indian
Territory grand Lodge A. F. und A. M.
August 10, and that thriving city will
no doubt do justice to the occasion.
D. A. llook of Leavenworth and
Governor Barnes of Oklahoma are the
new vice presidents of the Republican
League for Kansas and Oklahoma, re-
A special meeting of the city council
of El Reno will l>e called for the pan
pose of considering a proposed long
distance telephone between Oklahoma
and El Reno.
Twenty Indians waddled into El
Reno the other day and fell on the edi-
tor of the Star's neck and begged liim
to help them retaiu n few of their
A large shipment of cotton was
made from Sapulpa last week, con-
sisting of •) bales from the Sac and
F\>x Agency and consigned to a St.
At the Oklahoma experiment station,
on upland prairie soil, an acre of al-
falfa gave 2975 pounds of hay from
first cutting, made May 10, and 2575
pounds from second cutting, made
Oklahoma's cotton crop for this year
is estimated at 150,000 bales. At last
year's prices, and the indications are
that prices will be even better than
then, the crop will bring over five mil-
George Thelss. the Kansas cattle
man, has brought 6uit in Custer coun-
ty, Ok., on some unbonded warrants.
This will be a test case that will it-
volve thousands of dollars to the vari-
ous counties of Oklahoma.
A movement is again being agitated
to put up a monument to Captain
Payne, the Oklahoma boomer, lie is
buried near Anthony, Kan., and the
pioneers of Oklahoma think his bones
should rest within the land he helped
to get for homes for all but himself.
A washing machine agent in Potta-
watomie county met a woman of nerve
recently. He sold her the machine for
110, five to be paid down and to be re-
turned if the machine did not suit. It
failed to suit, but the agent refused to
return the $">. The woman made the
igent "dig up*' the money at the muz-
lie of a Winchester.
Since September last the Northern
district of the Indian territorial court
has sentenced to Fort Leavenworth
penitentiary, 31 parsons, to Columbus,
D., penitentiary, 80 persons, 4 to re-
form school, and there now remains 57
persons to bo sentenced, but not yet
taken away. Making a total of 258
persons sentenced to the penitentiary
lince the above date. There are now
pending 35 indictments for felony in
this district, and 72 misdemeanor case?*
Nineteen of these are murder cases.
The board of regents of the terri-
torial normal school will meet at Ed-
mond on July 22 to receive bids for the
completion of the school building and
to employ teachers and order the con-
struction of the new normal at Alva.
The Edmond normal is in a flourishing
condition. The revenue this year will
be amply sufficient to pay the regular
running expenses, with the addition
af a new teacher, to complete the
building, and a new laboratory, and
expend nearly 83.000 for books. The
school is out of debt aud is conducted
an a cash basis.
Major Woodson's friends should not
jet excited about false reports of an
Indian uprising. The average news-
paper correspondent thinks there is
only one good reason for the Indian'^
existence—the news value of his up-
Harper Cunningham will soon visit
Major Woodson's Indians aud persuade
them that polygamy is wrong. But he
might better have a care. Old medi-
cine Horse is armed with a copy of the
BiMw and will spring a section of the
history of King Solomcn on him.
The grain buyers at Enid are flght-
ing the county scales and buy.ng
wheat weighed on tucir private scales
A Guthrie woman ivho is not ttlni:
along very well with her hu*butul. lias ,
j con tided her troubles to another inau.
I The devil likely will do the rest.
I Three hundred Indians are in council
in the Kickapoo reservation. They arc
making a big kick against Uncle Sam,
aud are desirious of going to Mexico
Sheriff Canon has returned from
Ozark, Ark., bringing with him llert
Schloaser, who escaped from the coun-
ty jail at El Reno in company with
Hill Nations al>out a month ago. The
prisoner was captured near Hlaine, 1.
Miss Sarnli Botworth who has been
one of the active candidates for terri-
torial superindent of public instruc-
tion, has withdrawn from the race and
will attempt to secure an appointment
A culo iy iron
oklahtiiv.'; farmer? rv\* nil building
The I'lalue County Salt Worfcs are
ootng u rushing
Secretary Jenkins, acting Governor,
bear* his honors gracefully.
The machinery for Guthrie's new
electric light plant is on the ground.
Ok lahoma farmcis are determined to
hold their wheat aud out* for a higher
Henry Niblett has l een arrested at
Ardmore on a charge of «-riminal as-
Rlack leg has put in an appearand
among the cattle near ( line, in Reaver
Treasurer Thompson has made the
Guthrie National bank the territorial
Lincoln county shipped 10,000 head
■ • DEVOUR THEIR KIND.
BLOODTHIRSTY HUMAN LEO-
PARDS OF AFRICA.
to one of the chairs iu the new terri- j of lu gs last year and will do even bet-
torial normal at Alva. . ter this year.
A man down near Edmond began ; The large vineyards of Oklahoma
cutting alfalfa last week and as he ; county will crush their grapes into
was leaving tlie field he noticed that w ine this year.
at the place where lie began the secon.l R1 Reno's pet alligator recently es-
crop was ready to cuL hoiks have to J catvd und the people are shedding
get up before they go to bed if the.v ! crocodile tears.
keep up with the growing crops in Ok- I
lahoma this year.
Ed Brown, of Girard, Kan., is mak-
ing a survey fcr an extension of the !
Sapulpa road through the territory.
Cloud Chief is proud of the fact that
she lias uo empty business rooms with-
in her borber.
About fifteen thousand dollars was
paid out of Claremore, 1. T., the past
His surveying outfit is located twenty ■ . ,
. • f . _ , * | week for wheat.
miles of Outline, and he was iu that ,
citv on the 17th ulkinjr up his tehem? j Thcre is ,alk of looatlnl' a lar*° <-°1'
Helm* been busy looking- up the tiro , OD? of Germans with various indus-
■orttyt mnile from Sapulpa to Guthrie ! Kildare.
last year, aud says he is backed by cap- j While stacking wheat nenr Omega,
talists who will build the Sapulpa ex- i>ed Gray was kicked by a mule and
tension to that poinL . j instantly killed.
Logan county's levy for 1807 lias , Every territory cowman and stock
been fixed at 17 mills. The board of i farmer should belong to the Oklahoma
commissioners met on the 17 aud took j Live stock association.
decisive action. Seventeen mills was
estimated as sufficient to cover the
actual expense of the county—a reduc-
tion of 11 mills from the estimate. In
18U6 the valuation of the county was
$2,730,512: this year the valuation has
increased to $3,033,320. The levy of 17
mills will save to the taxpayers of
Guthrie 513,000; to the taxpayer
The recent extra demand for lum-
ber to build granaries has swamped
the lumber yards at Garfield county.
Oil Springs. I. T . is becoming quite
noted as a health resort. The waters
possess wonderful curative properties.
The telegraph business of Ponca
?' j City has grown to such proportions
that a day operator cannot do all the
l>*aunlm- l-un*tir« of thr Jangle* Who
Kill and * i «rltlce Their l>ear«*«t l<«*la*
lt r« wlcli HalitnU- Atroetltoft In llliad
Obedience to Cruel Will of a Sorcerer
CURIOUS and ab-
norma !ly blood-
thirsty sect of West
has existed (or the
last two decades on
the island of Sher-
bo in the Sierra
Leone colony. Dr.
the celebrated ex-
plorer of the dark
continent, who next to I)r. Peters hr.s
contributed more than any other Her-
man-African traveler in shedding the
light of civilization on the still numer-
ous unknown regions bordering the
Atlantic ocean, furnishes the current
Berlin illustrated weekly Flier Alle
Welt, with an interesting description
of what are known as the "Human
Leopards." who abound back of the
The explorer asserts that despite the
efforts of the British government to
suppress this most fanatic of religious
sects these horrid, Satanic atrocities
continue as a curse on the earth,
from time to time news of their fiend-
ish murders and cannibalism has
reached European capitals, but the de-
piction of the way they mutilated the
bodies of their victims, which aey
subsequently devoured in their canni-
balistic feats appeared so incredible
that the European press treated these
accounts as untrustworthy exaggera-
tions. The "Human Leopards" were
tcft would be given possession of this
The fetich consists of the root of
Kassava brush and is called baflima
The root is hollowed out clean and
filled with vegetable and sticky matter,
the composition of which is known on-
ly to the sorcerer. The latter ordered
that tiie possessors of the god Bafli-
ma must pour goat fat over the fetich
In order to lnsu.~e the realization of
their fondest wishes.
As soon as the Imperi natives heard
of the wonderful Baflima they were
anxious to join the newly founded se-
cret sect, to the great delight of their
enemies, the Taiamanians, for the
leaders knew very well that the sor-
cerer had a plan of terrible revenge
in store for them. No sooner had the
sect worked its way successfully
among the Imperi when it was found
that the Baflima fetich did not always
giant the yearni'igs of its possessors.
Whenever the sorcerer was approach-
ed by these complaints he commanded
that human fat instead of goat fat
could alone act as propitiation to their
fetich. In order to procure the con-
tinued aid of the supernatural power
all the members of the sec; were com-
manded to bring their dearest friend
or relative as sacrifice. The sect had
already been divided into three parts
—the chiefs or kings, the executioners
and the lay members. The chiefs and
executioners were, of course, selected
mostly from the Taiamanians.
The name "Human Leopards," say
the natives was suggested to the sor-
ctreer by a real leopard, who had en-
dowed the wise man with the cunning
dexterity and strength to execute his
plan of revenge. That he had plenty
of craftiness was evidenced from the
fact that the presents of the applicants
for admission into the sect soon made
him the richest man among the na-
Their murderous atrocities are not
I relentless punishment which are belug
tried on the native* may, in course ot
time, tend to root out the evil. Many
have been brought to free Town of
late and sentenced to death.
This sect is totally different from
| the leopard-spotted youths of the I'm-
lata tribe of Southern Africa. Thesn
do not assume the skins of leopards,
nor is their vocation altogether mur-
derous. They are simply separated
from the V families for a year to harder
them for South African warriorsbip
During that time the Abakwetas, as
they are called, smear white c'.ay over
i their bodies, rubbing it on in spots to
\ give themselves the appearance ot
leopards. Long bands of straw are
| wrapped around their waists and heads,
weighing hundreds of pounds, ami us
they are sharp edged they inflict teiv
rible tortures during their ecstatic war
dances. Their efficiency for the army
is measured by the sang froid with
which they endure the tortures of the
dances during the year of probation,
(ilrl Carrie, the Mull.
Miss Eflie Crooker of Port Washing-
ton is the only woman mail carrier ol
whom Ixing Island can boast, says th«
New York Herald. She Is 23 years old,
plucky and pretty. Six days of th«
week she goes sturdily about from
Great Neck, L. I., around Manhasset to
Port Washington and return. Thli
does not mean the transportation of a
few letters, but the daily carriage of ;j
very considerable quantity of mail ol
all kinds. Miss Crooker's father is *an
oyster fisherman and works In thi
waters of Manhasset bay. When th
young mail carrier was a little git\
she learned the wisdom of being ablt
to care for one's self. When she wat
10 years old she could pull a boat a!
well as any boy that ever saw Grea
Neck. Her father taught her all h<
knew about oyster dredging and fish
Ing, and that was a good deal. Th<
section of Long Island around aboti
side of the city 20,000, saving the
An Oklahoma farmer says he has a
>-nake which swallowed au eight day
clock. Until the clock ran down it
; struck regular, ami the striking could
1 *e heart). A short time ago he found
some eggs which had been deposited I
in a hole by the reptile, and upon
; bre&lkiug them open found that each j Lawrence t,re
1 egjj contained an open face watch in ncar ' awnee, wa
| first class running order. He sold the '"st week by a copperhead snake. It
: watches at a big protit and has now (ook seventy ounces of whisky to con-
| feel the snake a post auger in hopes it ! l*ntr te the poi
will produce holes enough for ati
eighty rod fen eft The sentiment against allowing the
work required. The people are kick-
ing for a night operator.
Near Okarche a little child climbed
up on a well curbing. A yearling calf
saw an opportunity for a knock out
blow and butted her over the edge
from which she fell to the bottom. She
was rescued unharmed.
Lawrence Green, a farmer living
near Pawnee, was bitten on th' foot
Ilcnry Muntzing, who resides neer
Dale, in Pottawatomie county, com
eentrate the poison. Mr. Green would
like to try the treatment over again.
Indians admission to the Watonga,
. I OU., schools was worked up by the la-
plains to Governor liarnes that his life
I dies of the district The men were for
has been attempted on two occasions
the Indians, but thev sat on the stool
by enemies, and he has re
I sought their arrest by the county at-
torney, who refuses to act, giving a-
his reason that tiie county has no
money with which to prosecute the
men. Henry says if the governor or
local authorities do not take steps to
peatedlv | do-nothing and let the women down
t rop experts have figured out that
the farm products of Oklahoma this
year means $132 for every man, woman
and child in the territory. A great
many people would like to have their
protect him he will take the 14w in hi. : per capita at once and without further
own hands. The matter lias been re- | tiguriug.
ferrcd to the attorney general. Chlpon Kitto. a Creek Indian, who
The Oklahoma wheat crop for 1807 "ns lo have been sllot ilt ('omcta,1 T"
is far ahead of any crop yet grown in j c°°* 1,OU!f J ne 15th, for the murder
the territory. The farmers are right
now in the midst of a busy threshidg
season. Much of the grain is being
hauled right from the threshers to
I market, where a fair price is paid by
the numerous anxious grain buyers.
! Of course some of the farmers, who are
in better circumstances financially,
will hold their wheat for a higher
market. The oats this year is also
well filled and it is yielding better
than was expected. The corn all over
the territory is in very fair condition,
and it is said that there will be abund-
ant for home consumption.
of Baro Jacobs in May last, made his
escape and is still at laige. A reward i
of $350 is offered for his apprehension
Miss Grace Allen, of Fredonia, Kan.,
is under arrest in Lincoln county,
charged with poisoning a young lady
and her mother. The latter is dead*
Jealously prompted the deed, both
women being in love with the same
man. liefore being arrested Miss Al-
len attempted to commit suicide, but
was prevented. The rivals are school
The hardware dealers of Oklahoma
met in semi-annual session at Okla-
homa City for the discussion of trade
i prospects, and it was the general eon-
census of opinion that the outlook for
the fall trade was bright indeed. A.
The Cherokee intruders have been
t given a twist by Secretary Bliss, and
have again been ordered to leave the
Cherokee Nation It is no use, they
will not go. Watts has done wonders.
He has for years outwitted the shrewd- L Fri"k ">sijrned his Positloa aR s<"'r<"
est men of the Cherokee Nation, and ' ,ar-v of lhe association, and is succeed-
i he will continue to do so. Their claims by WW. Stone ot liuthrie. 1 lie
I to citizenship are before the appellate ! ncxt meeting wiu ho held December
court, and nobody knows when the * " Oklahoma i ity.
cases will be decided. Until they are ! The prevailing impression is that
disposed of they will remain where ■ cotton in Oklahoma is two weeks late,
they are, and when the Cherokee Na- This is a mistake. It is two weeks
f tiou proceeds to execute Secretary
Bliss' order, it will be confronted by
an order from Judge Springer's court.
' and there you are. Tribal authority
I may cease, ludiau courts may be abol-
ished, and even the Dawes commission
raa^ linger 110 longer, but the Wattses
will £0 forever.
The way in which Colonel Freeman
of the O?ages is keeping low and let-
ting everybotlv forget him is some-
thing wonderful to behold.
Mrs. W. P. Boss, of Fort Gibson, I.
T.. has. perhaps, the oldest piano in
the territory. It was brought there
by General Belknap, former com-
later than last year's crop, but last
year's crop was more than two weeks
earlier than the crop usually is at this
season. It got a back set, however.
The cotton crop is now as advanced as
usual at this season, and is having
perfect weather for cotton develop-
The Grant county Milling company
of Jefferson have issued a circular pro-
claiming that their 10()-barrel mill will
open August 1: an exchange mill ex-
clusively; farmers depositing their
w heat and taking their flour at will.
A gr itleman ef color at South McAl-
ester, 1. T., struck his wife a blow on
inander- of that post, and was pre- the forehead with the sharp edge of a
i seated to Mrs. Ross as a bridal present [ hatchet because she chided him for
j over fifty years ago. This was one o?1 lavishing his affections on another
the bekt instraments made in that dav woman. The blow felled her to the
HUMAN LEOPARD POUNCING UPON HIS PREY.
an d had ■ome narrou escapes during ground, but did not
the war. , tier.
simply regarded as a band of robbers,
murderers and cannibals. That they
are, however, a thoroughly organized
religious sect, who honestly believe
that they can appease the wrath of
their gods only by demoniacal deeds
of the most eccentric cruelty, is a rev-
elation to geographers and the public.
On May 7 came a report from the
American missionaries at Timpany,
Sierra- Leone, that the white inhabit-
ants of the district were wrought up
to 3uch a pitch of vengeance over a
series of outrages, that eleven natives
were burned alive in one day on the
charge of witchcraft.
As to the origin and superstitious
beliefs of this sect, Fuer Alle Welt
says: "Some twenty years ago the
village of Taiama sent its warriors to
overpower and destroy the army of a
neighboring enemy. On the way the
entire Taiama force was surprised by
the warriors of the village Imperi and
annihilated to a man. Deprived of
their defenders the Taiamanians sent
messengers to a famous sorcerer for
counsel as to the best way In which
they could revenge themselves on the
The sorcerer promised his counsel
and assistance on condition that they
would all join a sect which he would
found, and of which they would ap-
point him as the head and leader. He
Introduced a fetich, the possession of
which was supposed to grant the most
ardent desires of the individual and
the tribe. Only members of the secret
practiced on natives only. Unwary
travelers are frequently robbed and
killed. Though their vocation is first
of all murder, they will not hesitate
to steal and rob whenever the oppor-
tunity presents itself. The seci has
grown to such large proportions that
they have become a terror to the na-
tives and settlers, the latter until late-
ly not knowing their murders most-
ly were the exponent of their religious
This is the way the sorcerer com-
pelled th> bringing of human sacrifice.
On an appointed day the one who de-
sired to be or remain a member of the
secret sect was to decoy or bring by
force if necessary his dearest relative
to a certain lonely spot in the woods.
When he arrived there he himself was
to run away ard leave the v c'.lm to
the mercy of the executioners. These
are the "Human Leopards." the bold-
est and strongest men of the secret
ctganizatlon. They are dressed from
head to foot in the skin of a leopard,
their human features being barely vis-
ible. In each hand they hold a three-
pronged weapon. With fiendish ra-
pacity the human beasts spring on
the form of their helpless and un-
armed victim and almost tear him
limb from limb. Then they drag the
hcrribly mutilated and still quivering
body to the chief for further disposi-
tion. As a rule it is cut into small
piwes and divided among the villagers
who are all cannibals.
It is possible thai the examples of
Manhasset and Great Neck gets its maii
by means of a system of carrying tilt
mail in which the railroads take nc
part. Great section of the countrj
arc allotted to the lowest bidder by the
postoflire department. It was one o
these routes that Miss Crooker wantec
to travel over, and so she put iu a bic
to the contractor. When it came timi
to open the bids Miss Crooker's was
found to be the lowest, and tberefori
she was awarded the contract. Sin
took the necessary steps to giv, tiie re
quired bond for the faithful perform
ance of the duties, and April 1 wit
nessed the inaugural of the new niai
carrier. Some sixteen years :'go Miss
Susie Brunner secured the contract.
One night, when she was 011 i n- road
to Great Neck, a man sei ■ c| iv, i,
of her horse She jumped from her
buggy and clubbed liini with the han-
dle of her whip so seven* y that hu
Strangled Ity l.ighf(1)114*.
During an unusual thunder storm at
Walla Walla, Ore., Claude Clodius, 17
years old, returning from fishing, ivas
struck by lightning while climbing a
fence, knocked senseless, and seriously
injured, his body being burned in
streaks, as if by a hot gridiron, a pe-
culiar freak of the electric fluid is that
it wrapped tiie fish line around tUe
boy's neck in such a way as to choke
him, and it had to be cut to save bis
life. The boy was found, apparently
lifeless, partly paralyzed with his
clothes on fire.
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