The Indian Chieftain. (Vinita, Indian Terr.), Vol. 18, No. 11, Ed. 1, Thursday, November 9, 1899 Page: 4 of 6
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Pay you to visit our store daily from now until the first day of January. Our buyer purchased many grand bargains.
Y911 will get the benefit
Xabtes (Bolt Malking
We purchased from one of the largest St.
Louis millinery houses 342 golf street hats all
;. some of them badly crushed up others
in good shape. We will sell them at an average
price of 10c on the dollar.
Xot 1. Consists of the best of the lot you can
scarcely tell they have been samples. Good
styles that would sell regularly from Q p
$1.00 to $3.00 each go at ..uuu
Xot 2. Consists of just as good hats as good
styles as lot one only they are crushed up
more. You never saw such value. 9Rr
We will sell them at LxJKj
Xot 3. You will see at a glance in this lot hats
that were sold for $2.50 and $3.09 each
they are broken up some but listen 10
minutes time a damp cloth and a hot iron
you can make them as good as new. 1 fip
We will sell them at ' uu
Misses and childrens golf hats all in good shape
they are worth 50 cents to $1.50. Go in ORp
this sale at LOKj
218 Pairs Ladies Cashmere Gloves sam-
ples every pair worth 25c go at
300 Sample pairs Ladies and Misses Astrachan
and Fur Gloves with kid palms absolutely
every pair worth 50 cents to $1.00. We will
sell them at per pair 25 and 50c
A Dealers in Vpra
.SnPB High Grade ML
IfiSoots anb Sboes
Are Boots and Shoes at the Jumbo Store. We
don't guarantee everyone we sell Oh! no but
every one we do guarantee we make our guaran-
tee good. Ever look at our line? See it.
4 cases Men's Boss Boots heavy kip extra good
wearer sold in Yinita for $2.00. You Cj 1 OQ
can buy them this week from us at P ' vju
Xabies' 5Reav Jfleeceb
We are selling one this week that has sold
in Vinita"all fall for 50 cents our price 0 Rn
this week ujj
2000 yards light colored outing flannels in
checks and plaids beautiful styles. Think
what good warm night robes they make.
See them in our show window. ou
never bought as good for 8 cents; Kq
going to sell them per yard
to every purchaser of $25.00 toDecem-
ber 1st a handsome set Opal Ware.
See the Hats and Outing Flannels in our window.
You only get this week one-half or 171 of the hats
purchased. Hats on sale
Saturba anb ilbonba nl
Visit our store you will save money.
The one price close price store.
"Bno now will son be
All linen 18 inch bleach crash no merchant
can buy it in the market for less than 6
cents today. We are going ts sell it this JJq
Clotting 3Bners Hook
In our last purchase of men's suits we have
about ioo all wool and handsome made;
to this lot we will add ioo suits from our
' regular $5 to 7.50 suits and put them in
the greatest clothing slaughter of all JO kf)
at the low price of 4U.UV
Inspect these suits they are beauties.
Men's heavy underwear 39 cents per suit.
A few Doeskin Jeans pants left large sizes only-
at 50 cents per pair.
Boys' 25 cent caps at 15 cents.
Men's Klondike hats at 25 cents.
See our $6.50 and $7.50 suits displayed in our
clothing window the greatest suit bargains
Dinita IT. ZC.
CHEROKEE. TOWN LOTS.
The Situation in the Nation
as to Townsites
The commissioner states that no
townsite commission had been ap-
pointed for the Cherokee nation
and takes occasion to point out the
situation in the nation as- 10 town
sites. This nation is the only one
of the five civilized tribe which
has ever attempted to regulate by
law the laying out of town sites
and under the laws of the nation
most ol the towns of any import-
ance had been laid out by commis-
sions .appointed for the purpose
and the town lots had been sold
by these commissioners to citizens
of the nation. Many of the per-
sons who have purchased these
town lots have written to
the commissioner stating that they
have not paid to the nation all
that was due and asking advice as
to whether or not they should
make further payments. Tbelndian
office has advised the agent to col-
lect these and other payments un-
der protest from the parties mak-
ing the payments with a view ot
protecting the parties when the
towns come to be purchased and
sold. Under the Curtis law sec-
tion 15 all unimproved lands are
to be sold at not less than their
appraised' value at public auction.
Now in the Cherokee nation these
unimproved lands have been pur-
chased from the nation and the
purchase money has gone into the
treasury of the nation and the
nation received the benefit. The
commissioner expressed the opin-
ion that justice to the parties who
have purchased demands that sec-
tion 15 of the Curtis law shall be
amended so that they shall not be
required to pay more for a fee
simple title than would be a fair
and reasonable difference between
the occupancy title of purchase
from the nation and such fee sim-
ple: in other words eo that the
nation shall not be enriched at the
expense of the citizens who pur-
chase in good faith under the laws.
Little is said in the annual re-
port about the work of the Dawes
commission On this subject the
report begins with the statement
that the Indian office was without
information as to what was done
by the Dawes commission prior to
the passage of the CurtiB law ex-
cept what had come to the office
in an informal way. Since the
passage of the Curtis law the de
partment having adopted the poli-
cy of having the Indian Territory
matters reported through the In-
dian office important information
has been received as to the work
of the commission.
Ifust JHmkogee be Omitted!
It is now the opinion of the best
informed that the proposed new
railroad which Vinita thinks it
will get will not go there at all.
The latest plan is to construct the
line on a slight zigzag to Fairland
thence on an air line to Wagoner
and from there on to Coweta and
Okmulgee. The idea seems to be
to head off a couple of Canup's
roads which are to parallel each
other and wiggle through the bills
from some northern point. Clare-
At no time in the history of the
Cherokee people has there ever
been a time when it was more
iminently necessary for them to
stand together and make their
cause a common one with the gov-
ernment. The time for partisan
prejudice has passed and the coun-
cil which will now be organized
should look the situation squarely
in the face and act promptly in
the interest of a speedy settlement
of the affairs of the tribe.
With reference to educational
matters in the Creek and Cherokee
nations Commissioner W. A.
Jones in his annual report says
that one objectionable feature is the
practice in vogue whereby the ed-
ucational authorities not only draw
large salaries themselves but also
have all their relatives of suf-
ficient age upon the school pay
rolls irrespective of their qual-
ifications Liberal advertisers are always
liberal men and deserve your pa-
tronage. Aside from making their
bargains known they draw custom
to a town and others as well as
themselves receive benefits.
It will be a shock to the delicate
sensibilities of the interior depait-
ment to learn of the number of na-
tive cattle that have grazed in the
territory since June 28 189S.
Up to the hour of going to press
the boom of cannon at Tahlequah
bad not been beard notwithstand
the dispatches in the city papers
last night that an Indian war to-
day was inevitable.
The court gave judgment Satur-
day against a number of claimants
holdingimprovements in the Cher-
okee nation who bad been sued by
A Successful Session Next
Year at Vinita.
Rev. J. S. Lamar was eent to
Afton and Fairland.
The next session of conference
will meet in Vinita.
Conference raised S'2875 on the
"20th Century Fund."
There were over three thousand
additions to the church this year.
Rev. M. A. Clark was appointed
presiding elder of the Choctaw dis-
trict. J. M. Porter was elected editor
of the conference minutes for four
Fifteen bright educated young
men were admitted into the con-
ference. It was the most pleasant session
of the Indian Mission conference
J. J. Methvin and M. L. Butler
were appointed delegates to the
national Anti-Saloon League con-
vention which meets in Chicago in
Rev. Butler was returned to the
church at Vinita and Rev. D. P.
Hicks appointed presiding elder.
This is the preacher from Guthrie
who assisted Bro. Butler in meet-
ings held here some months ago.
Twenty-one preachers were or-
dained deacons Sunday morning.
Bishop Key said it was the largest
number he had ever ordained at
any one time. Eight were ordain-
ed elders Sunday afternoon.
Rev. J. H. Stone was appointed
educational secretary. He will
devote his time to traveling in
the interest of our three colleges.
He is expected to raise $50000 to
be divided equally between Willie
Halsell Hargrove and Spaulding.
The news from Tahlequah indi-
cates that the two houses of coun-
cil organized without incident or
disturbance of any kind. As has
been predicted all along the lead-
ers in the talk of contesting T. M.
Buffington's seat wore irrespon-
sible and were not able to rally
any strength or to interest the
United Sates government in their
The revenue inspectors for the
Cherokee nation report that the
revenues are flowing now from all
sources at a rapid rate.
There is an election being held
in many slates today but the cen-
ter of interest is in Kentucky
Nebraska and Ohio.
DIED NEAR KELSO.
In His Young Life Wm.
Wm. Wheeler aged eighteen
died November 1st. Willie"
had been in this country not quite
a year; was born and raised in
Green county Mo. The short time
he had been with us had endeared
him to Ub all. Being of a genia!
nature he made many friends and
was trusted anil respected -by all
who knew him. Few j-oung men
had a more promising future but
when stricken by disease he
meekly bowed to fate saying he
was willing to die meeting death
as bravely as he had lived. He
was a loving son and a good
brother. All the young people
are stricken with grief at his lose
yet God called him and we know
He doeth all things well. May the
family learn to look for the silver
lining in the dark cloud and live
so they may all meet Willie on the
other shoro. M. G. I.
The prospects tor the early col-
lection of the 54000000 due the
Cherokee nation from the govern-
ment are not flattering. This con-
gress will be swayed largety by
politics and will make just as few
appropriations as possible. The
claim is undoubtedly a valid one
and will ultimately be paid. The
Cherokees have already signed an
agreement to pay Senator Butler
five per cent for the collection.
The contract is so worded as to
make it obligatory upon the Cher-
okee nation to pay that amount
whenever the money is appropri-
ated. Senator Butler has done
nothing so far as is known to
bring the money a day sooner than
congress would appropriate it in
the regular order of business. To
enter into another agreement now
without first cancelling the Butler
contract would certainly be the
sheerest lolly. It ie generally con-
ceded that it WH1 Co.t something
to get it through but we don't
want to get tangled up with too
many contracts or we are liable to
get tied up in long drawn litiga-
tion. The average Cherokee cit-
izen would like to have the money
distributed and would be willing
to pay a liberal fee.
BROUGHT DOWN TO TESTIFY.
There are 78 cases on the Wag-
oner criminal docket. Larceny
leads with 2G closely followed by
liquor 22. There are S murder
cases. Notwithstanding the fact
that the B. I. T. is a good place
live there is an appallinc amou
of crime prevalent. Cluremo
Miami Then Wagoner Little Civil
Judge Springer opened court at
Miami Monday and will continue
through the week. Next Monday
he will open the regular fall term
of the Wagoner court at which
place there iue already on the
docket about 75 criminal cases.and
the work of the grand jury will
doubtless make as many more.
The prospect for civil business in
the Northern district tiiis year is
Some "Firing' to Ije I'onc.
In line with a request of Chief
Mayes the United States Indian
agent J. Blair Shoenfelt of Mus-
kogee has undertaken to enforce
the law requiring physicians to be
examined before practicing medi-
cine in this nation. This law ap-
plies to citizens and non-citizens
alike and will be strictly enorced.
On the one hand it will give the
pec pie a better service protection
from ''quacks" .-end on the other
hand competent physicians will
also be protected. The board will
hold examination from time" io
time and all physicians who detiire
to comply with the Kaw will be
given ample opportunity andof
couise all others will be removed
from the territory.
The next Bession of the Medical
Board will be held at Vjnita No-
vember 4th to 7th inclusive and
all p'aysicians who can poetibly do
so should be in attendance or re
port the reason why their absence
The compensation to the board
shall not exceed $10 for each ap-
plicant. The examination will be
conducted in writing. The board
cannot grant a license to other
than a graduate pf a respectable
Section 74S of the compiled
Cherokee etatntes of 1S92 miy&:
"Any itineran t vender of any drug
nostrum oni tment or appliance if
any kind intended for treatment
of disease or injury or who shall
by writing or an' other method
publicly profess to cure or treat
disease injuries or deformities by
any Stvf nostrum manipulation
or other expedient for a considera-
tioseh all pay to the Cherokee na-
tico a license ol 850 a month."
Tbrbovo section also we un-
and is to he enfonecl and
give the people of this section
h .ie' leu i- ....
Q""";k9 --Now it "4-rdld.
$4 ' ip
Alust Then Return to the Penitentiary
at Jefferson City.
Captain White went to Jefierson
City Saturday night after Ellis
B. Childers who is serving a sen-
tence in the penitentiary there con-
victed of issuing fraudulent Creek
warrants. Childers was taken to
Muskogee yesterday where he is
expected to testify against C. H.
Warth and others indicted jointly
with him. He has seven months
of his sentence yet to serve and
will be returned to the penitentiary
when his testimony is given in the
Special Agent Zeverly of the
Interior Department has been
sent to the Osage Nation Okla.
to investigate the charges against
Agent Pollock and is expected to
reach there within the next few
days. B. G. Pray of the Indian
office has also been eent there
and is now engaged in making sur-
veys of the pastures which have
been fenced in this spring amount-
ing it is said to 100 square miles.
I The cbject is to determine the
number of square miles wnicn are
legally or illegally grazd by cattle-
men. Among the charges on file
is one that 1S3.000 head of
cattle are grazing in the Osage
reservation in excess of the num-
ber legitimately accounted and
paid for .representing a loss to the
Osages according to tbe represen-
tations made by those desirous of
securing the removal of Agent Pol-
lock. The penalty for illegal gra-
zinc of cattle on Indian lauds is SI
Th Checotah Enquirer wants to
keep on criticising District Attor-
ney Soper when he is good and
don't need it. Soper and his as-
sistant Parker have left nothing
to be desired in the way of en-
forcing the law recently and what-
ever may have heretofore been
charged against them tbey cer-
tainly deserve no censure now.
Everv ma" ought to be allowed
the privilege and opportunity of
reformation and wLen an officer
is doing his duty heought to have
full credit for it and vice versa.
A good many people will visit
Tahlequah this council very much
they take one last long farewell
of the old homestead before leav-
ing for all time. It's hardly so
grave as that. There will yet be
several sessions" of the Cherokee
The price of Jamaica ginger baB
-t".j the Cherokeo council
About Bank Tax.
The First National Bank of
Mut-kogee has refused to pay the
Creek royalty tax and the officers
of the interior department threaten
to close it up. As a national bank
does business under a charter
from thecomptrollerof the treasury
we fail to see how it can be inter-
fered with. As the proceedings
were about to bring on a clash be
tween the interior and the treasury
departments action was deferred
until further advices could be had
from Washington. Purcell Regis-
ter. Occupation taxed are resorted to
more or less in every state in the
union and national banks are not
exempt any more than private
ones or grocery stores.
It is hoped that council will not
delay to pass an act providing for
another Cherokee teacher for the
public school at Vinita. There
are about 200 Cherokee children
in reach of the school and at pres-
ent only one teacher is provided
by the Cherokee nation and theie-
fore a number of Cherokee children
are excluded from the school. If
the national council would act
promptly in this matter it would
be a great relief to at least a por-
tion of the community.
Whatever is done with reference
to allotment of land by the pres-
ent council at Tahlequah it should
be distinctly understood that the
Curtis bill does not provide for
the kind of allotment the citizens
of the Cherokee nation want viz:
allotment of the surface without
title. Complete and absolute ti-
tle vested in the individual with
no restrictions unon adult mem
bers of the tribe is what is wanted.
The chief anxiety now is that it be
done with just as little delay as
Tulsa and Vinita will play a
foot ball match. Better order out
the military. Complaints
are made by the Tulsa Re-
publican and Claremore Courier
that the price of town lots in the
Northern district is kept so high
as to retard the growth of the
towns. We are inclined to the be-
lief that this evil is not confined to
We do not understand that the
Curtis bill will necessarily drive
white farmers from the country as
is claimed by some of our contem-
poraries. As a matter of fact all
leases made heietofore were illegal
and would never have stood the
test of tbe courts. The Curtis bill
provides for leasing the allotments
of the Indians when made and for
tbe renting of proportionate shares
of individual Indians prior to al-
lotment. Farmers may legally
lease allotments now whereas be-
fore the enactment of the Curtis
act no legal contract could be
There is a growing sentiment
among Cherokee citizens to allow
the Cherokee treaty to sleep and
to let the United States authorities
wind up the business in its own
way. Many Cherokee3 are fully '
persuaded that the U. S. could
allot the land independent of all
commissions and treaties better
and fairer than if hampered by -partisan
members of the tribe .who
care nothing for the masses. Jbe-
proper arrangement for transfer
of title from the nation to the
individual could be made by
act of council.
John Coker pf Nowata cams
over Friday and established poker
rooms. His place of business did
not meet with the approval of the
city so Mayor Overlees ordered
his goods confiscated and burned.
Marshal Powell complied and
goods to the amount of S25 includ-
ing tables chips etc. went up in
flames. Coker promised to bit'
the high places and not again
show himself around here so was
allowed to drill out of town wilh-
o u t molestation. Bartlesvills
From the tone of Commissioner
Jones' report there is little
ground for uneasiness as to the
appraisement and disposition of
town lots in the Cherokee nation.
iHe recognizes the equity of the
present owners in any subsequent
appraisment that may be made in
the final sale of them. The Che-
rokee nation sold all it had to sell
and the money went into the treas-
ury for the benefit of the whole
tribe No high appraisement will
ne lair or equitable.
Judge Townsend read the riot
act to a jury at Pauls Valley Sat
urday for acquitting a man charged
wim murder ihe judge saidr
"This verdict is a great surDrlsl
to me. It is utterly impossible to
enforce the criminal laws of this
country so long as juries bring in
verdicts ot this kind." They were
summarily discharged for the term
On Monday a Kansas girl waved
her handkerchief at a strangerand
on Tuesday they were married.
On Wednesday she waved a roll-
ing pin at her husband and on
Thursday he applied for a divorce.
1 hat's what the wild waves are nnd toid never to ghow lhem8etve B
'n that court again.
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