The Norman Transcript. (Norman, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 25, 1904 Page: 2 of 8
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NEW STATE NEWS.
Cleo now has
a broom factory In
Ravia organized a commercial club
The Central Baptist association of
Oklahoma met in Yukon iast week.
Ground ha9 been broken for the
new $10,000 opera house at Mus-
Hobart Is securing ft new hotel,
and when completed will bo the larg-
est in that city.
The Postal Telegraph company will
open an office in Chickasha about the
first of September.
The construction of a line of rail-
road by the Santa Fe is announced
from Owasso to Tulsa. Work is to
begin at once.
The Caddo National bank has been
organized, and will begin business
about September 1st.
stock will be $50,000.
LAND MEN MAD
NEW UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS AT NORMAN.
AGENT SHOENFELT IS SPOILING
MANY RESTRICTIONS NOT TO BE REMOVED
Herbert H. Black of Oklahoma
City. Otis S. Russell of Lookeba,
Thomas A. Ball of Renfrow have been
appointed railway mail clerks.
A. C. Adams, master mechanic of
the Rock Island shops at Chickasha,
has been transferred to Trenton, Mo,
His successor at Chickasha has not
yet been appointed.
Miss Bessie Brown of South Mc-
Alester, daughter of Assistant United
States Attorney Brown, has been se-
lected to represent her town on Okla-
homa day at the World's fair.
Postofllces at Fair, Corum, Dia-
mond. Okla., have been ordered dis-
Work on the new tio.ono railroad
Y. M. C. A building at Sapulpa has
begun. This is being bull". by the
Frisco system and citizens of that
James Beryl, aged 89 years, died
at Stroud last week. He had lived
the life of a hermit for years, being
a persistent pioneer, hunter and trap-
A meeting of the business men ol
Altus (formerly Leger) and the farm
ers residing nenr that place, was held
last week to consider ways and means
of securing help to handle the im-
mense cotton crop this fall. Efforts
will be made to got all the help pos-
The Investigation of the lard of-
fice at Tishomingo has been complet-
ed, and no further dismissals than
that of G. R. McDavitt, who, it Is al-
leged, furnished attornoys with Infor-
mation that they were no: entitled to.
John Gr- 'n. arrested last wselt In
the Chickasaw nation upon th6
charge of horse stealing, has been
bound over In the sum of $500. D.
Butler, charged with receiving stolen
horses, was bound over and his bond
was fixed at $200.
A special United States revenue
collector at Chickasha last week
seized four hundred cases of "Peo-
ples' Food," a soft drink that has been
sold extensively. The goods are a
brewery production and labeled un-
der a name to conceal what it really
Mr. Shoenfelt is Standing Between In
dians and Land Shark*—Many Ap-
plications Will Not Receive His
MUSKOGEE: The attitude of
the Indian agent, Mr. Shoenfelt, in re-
gard to the removal of restrictions
upon the sale of lands by allottees of
Indian blood is proving a great disap-
pointment to the land sharks. Dur-
ing tho past week the agent has done
practically nothing but sign his name
to recommendations to t'ie interior
department in reference to applica-
tions already passed upon, and it 1b
reported upon good authority that
less thana3 per cent have met with
his approval. One day 152 recom-
mendations were transmitted through
the mall, and 147 of these bore the
stamp of the agent's disapproval.
The land men are furious. They
have gone to considerable expense to
herd the Indians into line, and get
their applications before the depart-
ment early. With the freedmen they
had experienced an easy conquest,
and had anticipated a similar success
In case of the Indians of blood. But
the Indian agent has forestalled them,
and has brought upon himself the
brunt of their indignation. Up to
date there are 1,100 applications pend-
ing, but unless there is a change of
policy not more than thirty of these
will be approved.
Colonel Shoanfelt has given out
"I do not feel at liberty to state
just what has been done. I can only
recommend to the department, and
therefore my action is not necessarily
final. However, I can say that the
class of citizens that the land sharks
are running in here will never have
their restrictions removed with my
approval. Why, in the Choctaw na-
tion they have gone into the moun-
tains and bargained with the full-
bloods who have always secluded
themselves from' civilization, and
then brought their applications into
this office, apparently with the pre-
sumption that favorable action would
be taken. To turu these Indians
loose to be fleeced by these unscrupu-
lous dealers would bo the greatest
outrage of the century. And in the
ottier nations the situation is little
better. Of course, however, there are
a few applicants who are really intel-
ligent and other whose interests de-
mand that some of their land be dis-
posed of, but these will be treated in
a different light."
Any Indian is permitted to sell his
land under the sealed bid system, au-
thorized by act of congress July 10,
1903, and the agency seems to think
this the proper method. In this case
the vendor is certain to receive a
good price for his land, and he is sub-
ject to no embarrassment. If the
land is valuable there will be bids in
plenty, and if non© arw liigh enough
to suit he can reject all and readver-
But Colonel Shoenfelt seems to be
of the opinion that it is not at all
necessary for all of tho Indians to sell
now. He thinks that, with the pres-
ent outlook in the mineral fields, they
will profit by holdnig onto their pos-
sessions awhile longer. That is, ex-
cept in a few rare cases, such as the
ones mentioned above.
A postofflce has been established at
Black Rock, district sixteen, Indian
Territory, with Mintre A. Woolverton
CREEK LAND SALE3
Tho new Science Hall is a gray pressed brick structure, 63x125 feet, with limestone trimmings and of the Roman-
style of architecture. More particular descriptions of it will lie found under the descriptions of the labora-
cl chemistry, biology and geology. Formal occupation of this building will take place in September, 1004.
A two days' reunion of the confed-
erate veterans will be held at Altus
on the 9th and 10th of September.
This is the brigade embracing Greer
and four other counties in its com-
mand. An extensive program will
be prepared for the entertainment of
the old soldiers and visitors.
The board of regents for the Okla
homa preparatory university at
Tonkawa have selected Captain D. H
Clark. U. S. A., retired as military
instructor to succeed Captain Ira
Reeves of Muskogee, resigned. Cap
tain Clark has filled like positions in
the state universities of Kentucky,
Florida and Pennsylvania.
Clyde Murphy, under imminent at
Oklahoma City for assault on Lor-
rine Orr, said to be under age, was
released under bond of $3,000. His
companion in the alleged assault,
CJarence Jacobs, Is still in jail. Mur-
phy is well connected.
A teachers' institute, which
continue two weeks, began in
Laborers on the new water works
at Lawton struck last week for high
er wages. An agreement was arrived
at and the men returned to work in
a few hours.
Caddo has four large gins that are
getting ready for the big cotton crop.
The combined capacity of the gins li
said to be three hundred baleB per
Ths Library building, which is to cost $30,000, is the gift of Mr. Andrew Carnegie. It has two stories and a base-
ment and is built of limestone and gray brick after the Doric order o£ architecture. The reading room aud offices
are on tho first floor, seminary rooms on the scoond and for tho present the women's gytnunsium ir. the basement.
Tho construction is well uuder way and the building will be ready for occupaucy by the beginning of the 1904-5
NATIONAL IRRIGATION CONGRESS j
TO OUST THE GRAFTERS
RIOT IN CHICAGO
Called to Meet in El Paso, Tex., Nov.! Choctaw Nation's Governor Will Pro- One Man Killed Instantly and a Num-
15 to 18 J tect Ignorant Indians j ber Were Injured
CHICAGO,: The official call for the SOUTH MCALESTER: Governor CHICAGO: During a riot in the
meeting of the twelfth National Irriga- McCurtain of the Choctaw nation.! stock yards one man was shot and
tion Congress, to be held at El Paso, has announced that he will begin a killed instantly and three other men
Tex., Nov. 15 to 18, has been issued by campaign at once to oust the men were injured by bullets.
C. B. Boothe. chairman of the execu- who have contracted for and obtained A crowd of men and women strike
tlve committee. An invitation to at- possession of Indian allotments with- sympathizers had' gathered at
tend the congress is extended to "all j out adequate compensation. The j Fortieth street and Emerald avenue,
who are interested in conserving the , treaty gave the Choctaw Indians the | where, according to the rules of the
great national resources of the coun-! right to lease their lands, for adequate railroad company, it is necessary for
try extending the habitable area, in- compensation, for periods of five all trains leaving the stok yards to
creasing the products of the land, in- j years, but the question as to who ] stop. A long train filled with Greeks
suring greater stability of prosperous j should pass upon the adequacy was j and negrces from the yards stopped
conditions, making occupations upon not settled. Consequently, all leases and when the strike sympathizers ba-
the land attractive, the extension of; have been made between individuals,1 gan to hoot and jeer the non-union
international trade and commerce I without consulting the Choctaw gov- j men and press closer to the sides of
and a wider knowledge of a great econ- ernment, or the interior department, j the cars the men inside opened fire.
Governor McCurtain says that he has Andrew Nebroutski was killed at al
jurisdiction, and will spend every dol-1 most the first shot. Harry Hanson
lar in thte Choctaw treasury, if neces- who was standing close by him, was
sary, to oust the grafters. He says | wounded a second later, and a man
Nearly Half a Million Dollars Ha«
Been Paid Allottees
MUSKOGEE: On the 10th ol
May, 1903, the rules and regulations
for the sale of Oreek allotted land
through the Union agency in this city
were promulgated by Secretary
Hitchcock, and a short time there-
after were put into effect by Mr.
Jones, the United States commission-
er of Indian affairs. A careful exam-
ination of tho sales that have been
made since that time brings out some
Interesting facts in regard to the
first year's progress under tho sys>
tem now in vogue. Up to July 1,
1904, the total amount of money paid
through the agency to allottees for
land was $488,150. The total num-
ber of tracts on which bids were ac-
cepted was 4C5. The total number
of tracts on which petitions to sell
were filed and advertised were 1,439.
On 137 of these no bids were received.
On 207 the petitions were withdrawn
because they were filed by freedmen
and r. provision of the Indian appro,
priatlon bill permits them to sell
without restriction, and they cannot
sell through the agency. Tho num.
ber of deeds approved by the depart,
ment and delivered to the purchasers
was 259, and the number disapproved
was nine, tho remainder being under
consideration at that time. The bids
for the latter amounted to $31,037.
The allottees rejected bids on forty,
three tracts, and the agency rejected
all bids on 280 because they were be-
low the appraisement. Tho total
acreage offered for sale was 121,900
Total acreage bought out and paid
for was 40,500. Total acrcage re-
jected, being below the appraisement,
23,500. Total acreage rejected by al-
lottees, 4,000. Total acreage on which
there were no bids, 11,500.
From the above it will be seen
that almost half a million dollars was!
paid to Creek citizens for lands dur.
ing the time stated, and that mora
than 40,000 acres of Creek land
changed hands. The present fiscai
year will no doubt show a largo in-
crease over 1903, and it is confidently
expected that by July 1, 1905, moro
than 10,000 acres will have been sold
and paid for. The sales consum-
mated amount to a trifle less than
23 1-3 per cent of the land listed, and
the average price per acre is $12.20.
omic movement which has for its ul-
timate object the upbuilding of an em-
pire within the borders of a great na-
The work of the congress has so
greatly enlarged, through matters per-
taining to irrigation, that the execu-
tive committee has decided to system-
ize the work—divide it Into sections—
"Save the Forests," "Store the
Floods," "Reclaim the Deserts" and
"Homes on the Land."
Each section will be conducted by a
chairman recognized as an eminent
authority in his line.
"Information will be dispensed re-
garding the increasing of production
by irrigation in the Atlantic states, as
well as in the Pacific sections; forest-
ry problems in New England and
along the Appalachian chain, as well
as along the Rockies and Sierras; en-
gineering applied to protect from de-
vastation by flood; drainage, clima-
tology and rural settlement will also
New Creek Nation Schools
MUSKOGEE: At a meeting of the
supervisors of the schools of the
Creek nation several more new
schools were ordered established in
the Creek nation as follows: Thle-
wartley, J. B. Fike, teacher; Fish
Pond, B. I. Hill, teacher; Bond, M. J.
Berryhlll, teacher; Mlddletonlai
Nevermore Trainor, teacher: Minton,
Myrtle Johnson teacher. There arc
other new schools to be established
and teachers appointed, but there was
a row between the supervisors in tho
office of Miss Alice Robertson, one
of the members of the Creek board,
and It will probably be some time be-
fore the board will get together again
on t 'rms sufficiently amicable to at-
tend to business.
May Die from Wound
SOUTH MCALESTER: Judge Ham-
ilton of Indianola, who was accident-
ally shot by City Marshal Montgomery
at Crowder City, recently, is no bet-
ter, and will likely die. The bullet
passed through the skull, causing a
part of the brain to ooze out. He has
not regained consciousness since being
shot and his left side is paralyzed.
KILLED BY FRIENDS
that hundreds of acres have been
leased from ignorant Indians for
periods of five years for as low as
$50, the same land being sub-leased
for $3 an acre for each season.
DR. LIGHTLE SURRENDERS
He Is Charged With Grave Robbery
LITTLE ROCK ARK.: -i special
dispatch to the Little Rock Gazette
from Searcy, Ark., says:
"Dr. R. G. Lightle, who was sup-
posed to have been burned to death
In his barn here during the night of
May 22 last, and upon whose life vari-
ous insurance companies have paid
policies amounting to about $20,000,
returned here and surrendered to the
"Dr. Lightle says that he was en-
gaged in dissecting a human body in
his barn when he discovered the fire
in the building and he fled from
Searcy because he feared taht the
Searcy because he feared that the
might be prosecuted for grave rob-
"He is in jail in default of $5,000
bonds. The charge against him are
those of arson and grave robbery.
Wynnewood Will Build Bridges
The Wynnewood Commercil calub
has raised $2,000 to build bridges on
tho roads leading to that town. The
territory has no road law, and the
matter of repairing roads devolves
upon the merchants In the different
The postoffice at Gregg, Comanche
county, baa been discontinued.
LAWTON: The authorities of
Comanche county are determined that
cattle stealing near Cache, in the cat-
tle grazing district, shall : >p.
Charles Poole and Knox Bealoo of
Cache were arrested and are being
held on the chrage of receiving stolen
property, which, it Is alleged, they
knew had been stolen. The property
are the cattle that Jasper Banks and
One Member of Officers' Party Mis-
taken for a Thief
TEXANNA: Columbus Wiley,
prominent farmer living near this
place, was shot and killed by two of
his friends while they were out on a
hunt for a thief. Some property had
been slolen from a neighbor and the
anti-horsethief men were out after the
thieves. They located the stolen prop-
erty, and Mr. Wiley, King Turpin and
W. Lowimer were watching it through
the night thinking that the thieves
would return. Just before daylight
Mr. Wiley left the other two men to
reconnoiter a bit. He came up from
the opposite direction and the men in
the darkness mistook him for the
thief and fired. He was killed al-
most instantly. The men who killed
bim were his neighbors and belonged
to the same lodge.
Dora Byrd of Ardmore, was so ser-
iously burned while lighting a fire
with kerosene oil that she died with-
in a few hours.
Tulsa Weterworks Being Pushed
TULSA: George G. Baird of Jop-
Iln, Mo., is on the ground putting in
the waterworks. A large force of men
is at work and the work is progressing
rapidly. Mr. Baird says the entire
system will be completed in ninety
days from date.
The machinery and all the material
is here and on the road to complete
James Herrold are charged with hav- j - w The Btan(1pipe, which will
Banks gave bond and „„
Herrold waived a hearing and his
bonds on four charges were fixed at
be 125 feet high, will be erected on
In 300 feet above the level of the
named Ryan and another named
O'Mara were hit as the crowd ran
away from the cars.
A riot call was turned in and forty
policemen, headed by Inspector Hunt,
Captain Clancy and Lieutenantt Dow
ney, hurried to the scene. The po
lice ordered that every door and win
dow of the train be closed, and a doz-
officers, headed by Lieutenant
Downey, passed through each coach
in search of weapons, while the re-
maining force beat back the grea)
crowd that had come up.
TORNADO AT ST. LOUIS
Ready for Heavy Cotton Sales
MUSKOGEE: This town has been
full of cotton buyers for the past few
days. They all agree that there will
be the largest cotton crop marketed
here this fall that the town has ever
seen, and they are laying their plans
accordingly. The compress is getting
ready for operation and will start the
beginning of the season. The buyers
estimate that there will be 15,000
bales marketed here this year. Last
year the total was 4,000. The buyers
say they are preparing to open the
market at nine cfents, but that it is
likely to go down to six before tho
first of the year.
Two Killed by Train
POTEAU: Jim Crenshaw, who has
a wife living in Howe, and Florence
Shennell, who has a husband living
in the same place, were run over and
cut to pieces by the northbound pas-
senger train on the Kansas City South-
ern. The engineer stated that he saw
the bulk of some object on the track,
but before he could adjust bis brakes
the bodies were mangled. No explana-
tion is given as to how the parties
came upon the track, nor as to the
length of time they had been there.
Mrs. Shennell has been separated
from her husband for some time. The
killing occurred about 100 yards south
of the station in Howe.
SEA WALL COMPLETED
The Event Was the Occasion for Cele-
bration at Galveston
GALVESTON: The completion of
the Galveston Bea wall was celebrated
by running excursions from different
parts of the state to Gaiveston. Gov-
ernor Lanham was resent and made
an eulogistic address, commenting on
the work which has been accom-
New Phase of the O. R. T. Strike
SOUTH MCALESTER: The lat-
est phase of the telegraphers' strike
on the "Katy" was the abrupt order
to close and lock the South Mc-
Alester office, which was done, de-
spite the joint agreement between
the Missouri, Kansas & Texas and
the Choctaw compnnles here. The
closing was without the knowledge
of tho Choctaw officials Since the
Inauguration of th strike the local
operators have refused to handle
"Katy" business, but have continued
to work for the Choctaw.
FIRE AT FREDERICK
Three Most Substantial Firms Com
pletely Wipod Out
LAWTON: The town of Frederick,
in the southwest part of Comanche
county, was again visited by a very
disastrous fire. Three of the most
substantial business firms were com-
pletely wiped out, with a total loss
amounting to $20,000, of which about
one-half was covered by insurance.
The losers were as follows: W. W.
Rogers and E. E. Rogers, loss $0,000,
insurance $4,000; J. L. Lair, building
$1,500, insurance $1,000; T. E. Bell,
store, W. A. Stinson and Edison Car-
ter, proprietors,$12,000 stock, insured
for $7,000. This building also belong-
ed to J. L. Lair, and was valued at
$1,500. It was insured for $1,000. Dr.
Lawthorn, L. J. Massie & Co., and
many others were slight losers.
World's Fair Grounds Visited by a
ST. LOUIS: A terrific thunder
storm broke over St. Louis Friday
night, and rain fell in torrents, accom-
panied by heavy wind. Within ten
minutes .07 of an inch of rain fell.
Tho velocity of the wind was fifty-
two miles an hour.
The storm blew in the north win-
dows of the Utah state building at
the World's fair grounds and rain
did damage to carpets and draperies
estimated at from $150 to $200.
A concert was in progress in Festi-
val hall in the exposition during the
heavy thunderstorm, when suddenly
there was a flash of lightning and
immediately all the lights went out.
The audience became panic-stricken.
An actual panic was only prevented
by a woman's voice taking up tho
strains of "America," in which others
joined. The audience left the build-
ing singing, but without, excitement.
In the Chineco villag: on the Pike
3G0 Chinamen, just arrived, were be-
ing watched over by immigration of-
ficials temporarily when the storm
struck. The celestials became panic-
stricken, and the officers wtre torced
to draw revolvers to subduo them.
Lightning struck near bv, and one
Chinaman was severely shocked,
while another jumped frj..i the rool
of the building and broke his arm.
The band stand In the Plaza of St.
Louis was struck by lightning and
the roof was slightly burne 1.
A tornado of extreme fury swept
down upon the residence portion ol
North St. Louis, resulting in the
death of one person, injury to prob-
ably fifty and damage to property es-
timated at $100,000.
The third attempt, which was suc-
cessful, was made to blow up the res-
taurant owned by Elijah O'Neil, col-
ored, at Pawnee. The building was
completely wrecked and several per-
sons narrowly escaped injury.
Still Refusing Allotments
MUSKOGEE:' Many of the Creek
fullbloods, for whom the Dawes com-
mission arbitrarily selected allotments
of land, are refusing to accept their
certificates when presented by the
town kings. In one day twelve refused
certificates were returned to the com-
mission. Among them were six belong-
ing to one family, and representing
nearly 1,000 acres. This, however,
will not prevent the government from
issuing patents to these Indians, who
appear still to be under a spell of Chit-
to Harjo's wild doctrines.
APPORTIONMENT TOO HIGH
Town Lots in Hugo Found No Buyers
in Spite of Terms
HUGO: The Choctaw town sits
commission attempted to sell vacant
lots in Hugo recently. The sale had
been extensively advertised, and a
large number of prospective purchas-
ers was here from' a distance. No
lots could be sold for less than the ap-
praised value, and none were sold at
all. The consensus of opinion is that
the appraisement is higher than tha
actual value of the lots. The govern-
ment allows four years In which pur-
chasers may pay for the lots bought
at auction. The commission drove
from lot to lot for half a day trying to
make a sale, but failed. Thi3 is the
town which made such vigorous pro-
test against the appraisement by the
A Tfst Case Decided
GUTHRIE: Judge Burford, in
chambers, decided that County Clerk
Burns of Kingfisher county must
spread on the tax rolls the levy made
by tho territorial board of equallza-
tlon of 5% mills, an increase over the
levy made by the county board ol
equalization. The case was made a
test to decide a similar condition in
Miss Minnie S. Vroonian of Ana-
darko has been appointed a skilled la,
borer in the agricultural department.
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