The Vinita Daily Chieftain. (Vinita, Indian Terr.), Vol. 6, No. 146, Ed. 1 Friday, March 25, 1904 Page: 2 of 4
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Th- very Latest in Electric Lighting Meridian
J Lamps White Light High Candle Power Low :
I Current Consumption.
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We have ju-t received our Spring assortment and we are better stocked to satisfy
our trade than ever before in this line.
BASE BALL GOODS
The best assortment in the city of High Grade medium and cheap base ball goods.
We have Balls Bat? Mitts Gloves Masks Shoes etc. See us for Sporting Goods.
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J Outeu IUghv 1'res. J. O. Hall V-I'res. W. P. Phillips Cashier 1
I aftirst '(1'lattonal Bank
VINITA IND. TER.
! CAPITAL 9100000 BL'KPLUS S20.ooo W
S Oldest and Strongest National Bank in Cherokee Nation
E. B. Erayitr
S r. .4. OVsAaw I. O. Hall C. H'. Clark W. E. Ilahtll
A. L. Churchill ;. JV KaUhff
DOES A SAFE GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS
&fe Daily Chieftain.
D. M. MARKS. Editor
Dailv per Week by Carrier 10 Cents
DiiiV wr Month by Mail M Cents
VINITA IND. TER. MARCH 25 1901.
The fall of I'ort Arthur is almost as slow coming about
as the resignation of the Danes commission.
Muskogee republicans are led in tha municipal cam-
paign this year by that veteran army officer Gen. Ira L.
Sctssoreb anb Otherwise
The Indian appropriation bill passed the senate Thurs
day and with the amendments it carries will make it
necessary to fro to a conference committee of the two
President Roosevelt has just wasted an hour of valuable
time lecturing a bunch of Sioux Indians on the necessity
of abandoning horse racing and gambling and going to
work. It were perfectly safe to offer one hundred
thousand dollars reward to each one of them that heeds
the advice for a whole week.
The rumblings from Washington indicate that some
time we may have a constitutional convention and be
permitted to fo. in a state government. This would be
an important event in the history of this Indian country
and the opportunity must not be wasted to make some
wholesome laws with reference to the practice of law.
A number of fences have been cut by orders from the
Indian agent in this section recently. In many instances
it works a great hardship on the owners of the land who
are not financially able to purchase the necessary mate-
rial for the additional fencing. It is said some of the
section line being forced open passthrough fields when it
is but a short distance arnund
The delay in opening the Cherokee land office will it
is believed continue until toward the close of the pres-
ent .session of congress. Senator Quay and other attor-
neys for the Delawares have instituted tactics that can
mean nothing less than delay and that practically indef-
inite. The segregation o( . jds belonging to the living
registered Le!awares need not stop the work of allot-
ment as they are all in possession of the 100 acres due
them under the agreement.
The democratic diwmtion on account of the refusal of
the executive commit tee to allow a primary election held
Js a very natural result. The primary election originated
with the democratic party and is one of the tenets of its
political faith and cannot be dispensed with without
serious loss to the party. Much less than fifty per cent
of t he democratic voters spoke by their presence at the
ward meetings and therefore was not a fair expression
of the party. Take away the primary and the party is
The Negro Question in Indian Territory.
The platform of the Indian Territory republicans
adopted in convention at Claremore last week shows
that the republicans over there have studied the bill in-
troduced by Senator Quay and approve of it. There is a
declaration in the platform that no property or educa-
tional test shall ever be imposed upon the right of suf-
frage in the state to be formed. It is patently and
avowedly in the interest of the negro vote and is to an
extent an amplification of the Quay proposition which
was primarily directed to the interests of the Indian
and mixed blood with tribal rights. The plank adopted
at Claremore is as follows:
"In accord with the time honored doctrine of the re
publican party in favor of the enfranchisment of the
negro we ask of congress in granting statehood to Indian
Territory that it shall incorporate in the bill for that
purpose a provision that the new constitution tliat shall
be adopted by the new state shall contain a provision
granting equal suffrage to all 'citizens regardless of race
and forever prohibiting the legislature of the new state
from passing any law requiring any property or. educa-
tional qualification for a voter."
It is a bold step. It is particularly gratifying to the
negro leaders who have made the exploitation of the
Quay bill a study in the past few months. Among them
is E. P. McCabe of Oklahoma through whose efforts the
matter has been well presented to the people of the In-
There is unquestioned justice in the positionof the In-
dian Territory Republicans and in the struggle that will
come in the first campaign where the people will vote if
that plank shall remain it will be worse than a traversty
if every negro voter does not support the ticket and
make an effort to forget himself in the welfare of the
party. State Capital.
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You will no doubt need a few things for Spring and it will pay you to call at
our store before buying and examine the
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We Are Making on
Furniture Carpets Matting Rugs Linoleum Oil Cloth Window jr.
You Will Always Find Our Prices Right.
E. O. STEVENSON FURNITURE AND CARPET CO.
! Wilson Street Opposite Postoffice. Vinita Indian Territory
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I'oubt less Clarence B. Douglas feels elated over the
removal of Murphy who .in turn caused Douglas to be
fln-d bodily from the Indian agent's ot'ice but then it
doe-s not seem hardly necessary for Douglas to punish his
readers with poster tyj references to his Monte Cristo
ideas of reverse South McAlester Capital.
It Wai Suggested by the Phoenix.
From Washington by private wire comes the informa-
tion that not only has the salary of the Indian Agent
been increased but that his power has been materially
increased to that extent that he is no longer subject to
the order of the Inspector nor dots his corresponieiice
in the future pass under the supervision of a 1.') clerk
or even the Inspector. He is agent in fact as well as in
name and as a landed ollxial responsible on that bond
can now transact the duties of this most important
w ilhout being hampered by local officials as was
suggested by the Phoenix and recommended by Mr.
Bona i arte in his report. Muskogee Phoenix.
More About Sequoyah.
The Itev. Thomas Roberts a missionary of the Baptist
church to the Cherokees in 1-fJl in his autobiography
furnishes the following tribute to Sequoyah inventor of
the Cherokee alphaqet:
"I will refer to a wonderful interposition of Providence
which raised the Cherokee churches from barbarism to a
state of civilization and general knowledge of letters
so that the whole people could acquire the art of read
ing God's word in a few days. While we engaged day
and night in forming an alphabet of Roman letters
adapted to the language translating the Sunday school
spelling book into Cherokee there was al illiterate In
dian named George Guess busily engaged in the same
work. We were entirely ignorant of him and the object
which occupied his heart and hands. While we used
our slates and pencils Mr. Guess ( poor man:) had noth
ing better than a black coal f roir the hearth and a shin
gle to make the heaven-inspirec1 marks that in God's
providence were destined to remove in a very short
time the black marks of sin and ignorance from the
tribe and lead them by easy steps into the knowledge of
''The system consists of eighty-four characters each of
which represents a syllable and by their innumerable
combinations form one of the most beautiful and com-
prehensive languages uttered by the human tongue.
"An edition of our translated spelling book was pub-
lished in New York and hailed by the Indians as the day
star: but just then the new system was brought to the
notice of the council who rewarded Guess for the inven-
tion. It immediately superseded all the incipient at-
tempts of the missionaries and they gladly accepted the
syllabic alphabet in all their ensuing productions and
with Cream and Sugar
The Daily CHIEFTAIN
ioc a Week
Chieftain Job Work is Better
NORWAY SELECT MACKEREL
HOT BISCUITS BUTTER AND COFFEE
To prepare Salt Mackerel wash the fish and so.ik over nicrht in a gallon
of cold water skin side up; cover with cold water and brin to boiling; season
with butter and pepper and bake skin side down for five minutes; erve hot.
for Quaker Oats Bottled Cream Norway Mackerel and
J. T. RATCLIFF
South Wilson Street
Opposite Postoffice i
Joe Davis' Barber Shop
I have just furnished my shop
with new up-to-date furni-
ture and have refitted the bp'.'-
rooms making of this sho;
. one of the finest in the India::
Territory. Call and see us.
JOE DAVIS 'Proprietor.
Sotilb of P. O. Orp. Golden Rule.
The Cobb Hotel
Is now the Irridins shop in the
town. Kerytl.inkr is strict ly
first -c!as We are i npared
to do :invthii!Kr in ' Nit.viri.il
line. Oive us a call.
FINLEY and HAWKINS.
H. F. WATSON
Clothes Renovator 1
Cleaner and Dyer
Vinita !. T.
Ladles' 2ilkt and Stin Uent Wear
ol all kinds.
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Marrs, D. M. The Vinita Daily Chieftain. (Vinita, Indian Terr.), Vol. 6, No. 146, Ed. 1 Friday, March 25, 1904, newspaper, March 25, 1904; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc772916/m1/2/: accessed October 14, 2019), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.