The Reporter. (Chelsea, Indian Terr.), Vol. 9, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, December 18, 1903 Page: 3 of 8
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I Indian Territory News.
Trouble Ovrr llu>nl«u TimviidIIp
The title to th.e townslte of Boynton,
worth about. $1,000,000, depends upon
the Identity of a child Haid to have
been Walter Grayson. Boynton waH
laid out in August, 1902. It watt then
Impossible to acquire titlo to land In
the Creek nation. Tho alleged allot
tee to which was given the land where
the town was built wan a frccdman's
four-year-old child who died before
tho townslte was laid out. "Pomp"
Grayson and hla wife were supposed
to be the parents of the child and
therefore its heirs. The townslte com-
pany claimed that a quit claim deed
from them was good, and on this as-
sumption the town lots were sold and
a town of 700 people grew. Curtain
changes were made In the laws cover-
ing the passing of title. The citizens
of the town bocame uneasy p.s to their
titles and applied to the Dawes com-
mission to have the allotment, set aside
and make the ICO acres which had
been allotted to the dead child a
government townslte. At this juncture
the Creek nation stepped in. Through
its national attorney It dcnlel the
right of i he Dawes commission to set
aside any allotment once made. This
was done in spite of the fact that in
case the allotment is' set aside the
proceeds from the sale of the townsite
revert to the Creek nation.
For More JiidKra.
Congressman Stephens, of Texas,
has asked for a bill for the relief of
the judiciary of Indian territory which
he proposes to pass at the present ses-
sion of congress. A bill has been
drawn and will be submitted which
will make radical changes in the ju-
dicial work in Indian territory and
Oklahoma. It is based on the elemen-
tal construction of a bill that was
drawn a few years ago by Judge Clay-
ton, Judge Townsend and Judge Spoon-
cr and William T. Hitchings. The
row bill provides for an additional
judge in each of the districts in In-
' dian territory The civil and probate
business would then be given to one
judge and the criminal to the other.
There is also provision for a new court
of appeals that would have jurisdiction
over both Indian territory and Okla-
homa. This court Is to consist of three
judges, other than federal judges, and
sit semi-annually in South McAlester,
in Indian territory, and in Guthrie, in
Bill to Aocinlrr Imllr.ii Lnmli.
Mr. Hitchcock, secretary of the inte-
rior, transmitted to congress a draft
of a bill in relation to the cession to
the United States of surplus lands in
the Quapaw Indian agency in the In-
dian territory. Inspector Beede sub-
mitted an agreement signed June 11
last, in which the Indians relinquish
all interest in all their unallotted
lands, amounting to 1,587 acres, for $5
an acre within 'j0 days after the rati-
fication of the agreement by congress.
Provision is made that the cession
shall in no way affect the status or
ownership of lands theretofore set
aside by the tribe for church purposes
in the Ottawa reservation, The appro-
priation carried is 57,936.75.
SO Per Cent, lo He Pnicl.
The Loyal Creek claim, $100,000, is
to be paid. Maj. James McLaughlin,
Indian inspector, received instructions
from Washington to send the rolls
there for approval. This request was
in response to a recommendation sent,
by him in which he suggested that such
•claims as had been proven might as
well be paid as the people were in
need. Up to date there lias been 1,-
200 claims proven and including the
heirs this makes fully 0.000 beneficia-
ries. There are but 318 more claims to
followed up so that at. least 80 per
•cent, of the $510,000, of which tho
aw#rd by congress now consists, will
To SeitreKHte Deinivnre I.nnd.
The Dawes commission concluded to
segregate Delaware Indian land in the
Cherokee nation under three provi-
sions. The first will allow to each liv-
ing registered Delaware 100 acres of
land, selected and occupied by him in
accordance with the treaty of 1807, be-
tween the Cherokee and Delaware
tribes. The second allows the same
amount of land to the descendants of
•one of the Delawares participating in
the treaty when it is shown this land
■was selected and occupied in accord-
ance with the treaty. Other land from
the public domain, sufficient to make a
total of 157,000 acres, also will be seg-
■Seeretnry Hitchcock Mont Approve.
Information has been received at
Durant from the attorney general that
no deeds to allotments in the Choctaw
and Chickasaw nations must bo filed
•without first the approval of such deeds
by the secretary of the interior. This
decision will not only prevent the sale
•of dead claims, but will shut out the
land "sharks" now invading the In-
Niilijcet lo Itouil I.mm.
Tho Indian officials at Muskogee re-
ceived word from the department of
tho Interior and the department of Jus-
tice suylng that a decision had been
reached In the caSo of Minnie It. Kane
vs. tho Missouri Pacific railroad, In
which It was held that railroads were
subject to tho road laws of tho terri-
tory, which provide that roads shall
be opened on all section lines. The
railroads asserted that they had a
vested right and that they were to bo
tho solo judges as to where section
lines were to be opened for roads
across their right-of-way and to be the
judges of all damages. The Indian
officials held that they had only an
casement of the land through which
they bullded and were subject to the
road laws. In this they were upheld
by tho attorney general and the comp-
troller of the currency has notified the
Indian agent that the tribal funds can
be used to open roads. The Indian po-
lice have been ordered to open the
roads on all section lines where citi-
zens have demanded It. This order ap-
plies to both the Creek and Cherokee
Olaleal I.lvlnu Seminole.
Clatho Hargo, or Crazy Fish, whose
age is 109 years, is the oldest, member
of the Seminole tribe of Indians. He
came to the territory years ago when
his tribe was moved from the Florida
everglades. Uncle Fish, as he is
named by his friends, is still in posses-
sion of his faculties and is probably
one of the most interesting characters
nmong the Indians of the five civilized
tribes. His still active memory re-
calls the Incidents of the Seminole war,
when, with his people, he was driven
from pillar to post by Uncle Sam's
troops, lie resides with relatives
about half way between Wewoka and
Sasakwa, in the Seminole nation. Ex-
Go v. John F. Urown, of the Seminole,
and Treasurer A. J. Brown, of that na-
tion, are nephews of the aged man.
Mntvliooil Ion Obliterated.
The supporters of the project to give
the Indian territory delegate repre-
sentation in congress are preparing to
make a hard fight for favorable action
by the house early in this session. The
bill giving the territory a delegate,
which was introduced by Representa-
tive Curtis, was referred by Speaker
Cannon to the committee on territo-
ries. Mr. Curtis had a section insert-
ed in order that, the demand for a dele-
gate should not become complicated
with the statehood question. This sec-
tion provides that: Nothing in thi3
act shall be construed to prohibit th
government of Uie United States from
annexing the Indian territory to Ok-
lahoma or from giving the territory a
complete form of government.
Knll HIooiIn to Wnwlilntrton.
The Seminole national council will
meet in extraordinary session Monday
to make an appropriation to defray
expenses of sending a delegation con-
sisting of three members of the coun-
cil and an interpreter to Washington.
The delegation will ask congress to
make an appropriation sufficiently
large to pay to the tribe one-third of
the tribal fund now held in trust by
the government of the United States.
This fund amounts to about $2,000,000.
If the delegation succeeds in its mis-
sion. about $(>00,000 will be distributed
next spring among the 3,000 members
of the Seminole tribe. The delegates
are: Chief Hulputta Micco, Ockchan
Harjo and W. L. Joseph, all of whom
are full-bloods and none of whom can
Start Rntllenii Chain AxitiitIon.
The executive committee of the live
civilized tribes has started a separate
statehood campaign in Indian territory
by an endless chain of personal let-
ters to the president, the secretary of
the interior and the chairman of the
committee on Indian affairs. Each
member of the committee has selected
100 men in the territory and has asked
them to write personal letters to the
three officials named, setting forth
their reasons for desiring a separate
HITCHCOCK MAKES REPORT.
I)oe* MoGuire Fnvor Iff
The whites of the Seminole nation
are Interested in the proposed plan ot
Senator Beveridge to admit Oklahoma
with the Creek and Seminole nations.
It is contended by republicans In both
territories that this would make th?
new state republican, as the party in
power would have a majority in these
two nations of at least 10,000. It is
also said that Delegate MeGuire wiil
not object to this amendment to his
Inanne on Rellfflon.
Marion Rosby was placed in jail at
Muskogee on a charge of insanity and
attempted murder. Rosby became In-
sane on the subject of religion a short
time ago. November 29 he became en-
raged at his wife because she was nol
so enthusiastic as he and tried lo kill
her. She escaped and testified againsl
• l' Population of Indian Territory
I* Mtutlonuo— Miirked I'roitrena
Toward CI villain Ian %oteil.
Washington, Doc. 14.—The annual
report of tbo secretary of the Interior,
Mr. Hitchcock, was mado public yes-
terday. It dealtt largely with the abuse
of existing laws, such as those In re-
gard to homostoads and the fencing of
public lands. The Dewey ranch feud
In Kansas Is given a conspicuous place
In the report. The work of the Dawes
commission should bo finished by the
close of 1904, when, Mr. Hitchcock
says, "It Is believed the time will bo
ripe for the establishment of a state
or territorial form of government
Concerning Indian affairs tho secretary
"The total Indian population of the
United States remains about the same
aa last year, approximately about 270,
000, of which the five civilized trlbea
and New York Indians embrace about
90,000, leaving about 180,000 occupying
156 reservations, containing 55,127,000
acres outside of the Indian territory
and the state of New York.
< "One thousand six hundred and nine-
teen allotments were made during the
year, the area thereof being approxi-
mately 211,320 acres.. Allotments In
severalty aggregating 8,823,000 acres
have been made since the passage of
tho general allotment act to approxi-
mately 73,040 Indians.
"General conditions among the ln>
dlans have beon satisfactory during
the year, no serious trouble having
occurred. The marked progress toward
civilization noted in recent, years still
continues, more Indians than ever be-
fore having engaged in industrial pur-
suits and in earning a livelihood for
themselves and families.
"In pursuance of the policy adopted
by the department under authority of
law, the abolishment of Indian agen
cies and tho devolving of the duties
appertaining thereto upon bonded su-
perintendents in charge of Indian
training schools located at such agen-
cies, has been continued, with the re-
sult that the number of agencies pro-
vided for in the appropriation for the
present fiscal year Is 33, as against 43
for the past year.
"Great emphasis is placed upon this
policy by the Indian department, and
It is claimed that It meets the condl
tions which will best enable the In-
dian to break away from ancient tribal
traditions and influences and to be-
"The policy of requiring Indian al-
lottees to work portions of the allot-
ments has been continued during the
year, thus, by their industry, largely
contributing to their support.
"In August last an attack was made
in the public press by the representa-
tive in this city of the Indian Rights'
association, of Philadelphia, upon cer-
tain presidential appointees confirmed
by the senate and located in the In-
dian territory, affecting their integrity
in tlie discharge of their public duties.
No previous charges had been made
against the gentlemen, nor an oppor-
tunity for reply given to them, ndr to
the department before such publica-
"Upon the demand of these officials
and in justice to them thus publicly
accused, a thorough and impartial in-
vestigation is now being made under
the direction of Hon. Charles J. Bona-
parte, of Baltimore, and Mr. C. R.
Woodruff, of the firm of Neilson &
Woodruff, of Philadelphia, whose duty
It will also be to investigate the mo-
tives and methods of the accuser in or-
der that full justice may be done in
prosecuting the Inquiry, the result of
which will be made known in due
Of Oklahoma Secretary Hitchcock
"In the 14 years since the first land
was opened to settlement the wealth
of the Inhabitants has steadily in-
creased until at the present time it ap-
proximates $400,000,000. There has
been a steady increase in population,
the immigration ranging from 35,000
to 143.000 each year. The enumeration
this year was incomplete, but the gain
in population sh6wn in those coun-
ties and townships from whiqh returns
have been received evidences a growth
of about 25 per cent, during the past
year. A conservative estimate of the
population of Oklahoma at the present
time is 050,000. The number of for-
eign-born is not over five per cent, and
the percentage of illiteracy is less than
that. The Indian population is only
about 12,000 and gradually decreasing.
The colored population is most numer-
ous in the southeast portion, having
immigrated from neighboring states.
In some counties there are no repre-
sentatives of the race."
VsJIey City, N). flak.. Dec. 14.—Two ynrs
ago Mi'*. M.itibia M. Boucher of thin plat'#
differed a great deal with n di/./.ine n in Iter
head. She was cured.of th in by u remedy
called Dodd's Kidney Pills, and lias not been
Shortly afterward* alie had a bad bilious
attack and for tliia she u*'d Diamond Din-
ner Pill* and wai completely cured in a
In Jan nary, 1003 ihe had an attack ©I
Sciatica of which ilio say*:
• "1 was iilnumt helplemt with the Sciatica,
but remembering what Dodd'a Kidney
Pills arid Diamond Dinner Pills had done for
me before, I commenced a treatment ol
these medicines and in three weeks I was
completely rentored to health. I have
treat faith in these medicines for they, havt
been of ao much benefit to me."
Dodd'a Kidney Pills are very popular in
Barnes County, having made a great many
splendid cures of Sciatica, Rheumatism and
Kidney Troubles. Many families uta bo
Champloa Mar Found.
The Manila American haa discovered "the
champion circulation liar." He ia acting as
editor of the Thundering Dawn, a Buddiii.t
organ just started in Tokyo. Here ia bis
greeting to the public:
"This paper has come from eternity. It
starts its circulation with milliona and mil-
lions of numbers. The rays of the sun, the
beams of the stars, the leave* of the trees,
the blades of grass, the graina of aand, the
hearts of tigers, elephants, lions, ants, men
and women are its subscribers. This journal
will henceforth flow in the universe ss the
rivers flow and the ocean* aurge."
Off THE "DUDE" TRAIff.
Johnny Drominer, Who la aide-
Tracked to let the Limited so by,
eipresaes hla aentlmenta resard-
las that Superb Train.
"It has been my dream of joy supreme
To ride in plush and velvet splendor
Parlor car for a swell tailender
Platform fenced with a swell brasa fender
Oa the Regular Limited Train
Elcctric bell right under your nose
Porter to come and brush your clothes
Grub in the diner the best that grows
A downy bunk for a night'* repose
Oa the Regular Limited Train
Biff! Bang! a mile a minute
No other method of travel is in it
1 want to go ripping, skipping and zipping
Away on the Limited Train?'
These lines are not original with me. They
are taken from a tuneful little ditty rung
in George Ade's comedy "Peggy from Paris.
The jingle danced through my brain the
other day as we lay on the siding at Prairie
Junction, or some scch place, to let the
Santa Fe's west bound California Limited
go by. It was a gorgeous train of palace
cars, and behind the plate glass observation
windows beauty and fashion and youth and
old age were lolling among the luxuriant
cushions, some visiting, some reading, some
pleasantly dozing, some making wreaths of
cigar smoke, some gazing dreamily through
the windows at 'the passing cities, and
fields, and forests and l ivers.
I stood on tiie rear platform of the last
car of our train and watched the California
Limited as she faded away toward the gold-
en west. And 1 thought of the difference
between travel now and travel in the day*
.of '49, when it took the gold-?eeker lialf a
"long, weary year, tilled with all kinds of
hardships, to travel the distance that is now
covered in three days. I thought of the
slowly moving wagons, the dust, the stones,
the jolting, the thrist, the hunger, the
homesickness, the snail-like crossing of
plains, the laborious climbing of mountains,
the weary dragging weeks, the never ending
In these palaces that had just glided by
were people going to the same place to
spend the winter months where the climate
is perpetual summer. And thev were not
to endure a single hardship on the journey.
When night came they were to lie in beds
whose soft embrace makes sleep a luxury—
and in the day time the velvet cushions of
their seats were to be made deeper still by
pillows—and thy were to spend a delightful
part of their time in the gilded and glittering
dining car, where every county that ever
tickled the palate is enticingly served—in
6hort, they were to have on the trip all the
comforts of home—and of the best kind of
I stood there and watched them pass out
of sight while my soul was consumed with
envy. But I derived some consolation out
of resolving that sometime I. too, would
gee California, and I promised myself that
if I ever did go there it would be over the
Santa Fe. "JOHNNY DRUMMER."
Provided the collar of servitude is thor-
oughly modish and up to date, it doesn't
chafe the average man very much.—Puck.
To responsible men, we will give terri-
tory covering two counties, furnish all
;oods without charge, pay all expenses,
fou must have a good team and wagon.
It is a good and permanent business. Ad-
dress, Iowa Medicine Co., Manufacturers
of Dr. Machin's Famous K K K Remedies,
A man cannot have an idea of perfection
in another which he was never sensible of
■topa the Const
and works off the cold. Laxative Brom#
Quinine Tablet*, Price 28 cents.
Nobility of character manifeit* itnelf al
loophole* when it i« not provided with lam
door*.—Mary K, Wilkin..
Piso's Cure for Consumption is an in fall*
ble medicine for cough* and colds.—N. W,
Samuel, Ocean Grove, N. J., Feb. 17,1900.
"Did the return your affection?" "Yssl
unopened."—Detroit Free Press.
Putnam Fadeless Dyes cost but 10 centi
They who court fame never wla
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est child or oldest suf-
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life becomes one long- measure of irritability and despondency
and bad feeling.
Plenty of Oil.
Another splendid oil well was devel
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was drilled to the depth of 600 feet,'
having passed through'66 feet of tight
sand. The casing was pulled out and
the well shot with 75 quarts of nltro-
glycerine. On the following morning
the well had filled up with oil. Fifty
barrels of oil were baled out and did
not lower the oil in the well. Thia
well proves the field to he more ex-
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It has proven the fact that there U
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