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Ranch and Range from Coffeyville, Kansas • 1

Ranch and Range from Coffeyville, Kansas • 1

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Coffeyville, Kansas
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Hi Imp Devoted to Stock, Fanii and Home Interests. vol i. no. 6. COFFEYVILLE, KANSAS, JHUHSDAY, FEB.

9, 1893. will s. irvin, Publisher Long Time Ago. ALL OVER THE TERRITORY. THE FAMILY CIKCLE.

oue who is waiting to enter the Strip or one who has entered tbe Strip and already made improvements. Still a in tbe East believe that an in Picked up From all Souroes and Prepared for msers. HOW THANKSOIV1NQ SHOULD BE OBSERVED. truder is a person who has gone into the Nation and rented or leased for a term of years. They have made It Iheold' Not Be Merely a Fesit bvt Day of Thankig lvlng to God for the Blessing of the Harveatn- improvements in good faith and now the Cherokees want to seize the im proved farms and re-rent at a higher wij iii tu mi HAS BECOME figure.

This view is not only errone ous but criminal in this that it cre ates prejudice against the Cherokees and delays the consummation of the treaty between the United States com more or less the custom of late to speak of our celebration of a special Thanksgiving clay with some disdain as a great oblation of roast turkey and cranberry sauce, mince-pie and nuts and raisins, and all missioners and Cherokees. The Cher okees have always white renters and have no questions to settle with them. Their relations have been and are, harmonious. As to the first idea, it is of no impor tance to the Cherokees how many people are now on the Strip nor how many enter provided the sale is made. But an intruder as the term is used in the West is one who claims to be a citizen by blood but has never proven his citizenship.

He has entered the Territory protest and contrary to law. He has Forty years ago John Ross was Principal Chief and Lewis Robs was Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation; thirty-five years ago Colonels Adair, Clem Vann, W. P. Ross and W. P.

Boudinot were young law Btudents, and Brothers Harrell, Young Ewing, Flea Smith, Bertholf and Worcester, were in their prime, and among the best preachers we ever had. Thirty-fiye years ago we only had three or four regular graduate physicians in the Nation, and among them Drs, J. L. Thompson, Evans, father of Walter, and before that time Red Watt Adair and Dobson Reese had been superintendent of publio schools; thirty-five years ago Mr. Worcester had published the first almanac ever printed in the West, at Park Hill, and our Capitol buildings, consisted of four little log huts, one in each corner of the Publio Square.

Forty years ago, Joe Lynch, Jack Bell, Bill Holt, Tom Ryder, Joe Martin, Jas. Martin, George Starr, Tom. Starr, Tom Taylor, Allen Ross and tbe Albertys were in the prime of their manhood, and Borne of them owned some of the fastest borses west of the Mississippi. Forty years ago we used to haul our goods by mule team from Van Bureu. and Jefferson City, Mo.

Forty years ago, Wm. Shory Coody died in Washington City, while the Nation's Delegate; and Richard Fields and Alex Foreman were among the leading lawjers in the Nation. Thirty years ago, most of the publio men of today had not been thought of, and those that were living, were either in petticoats, or hunting 'possums and coons with the negro boys, and the bigger part of the time, grunting around with a big stone bruise on their heel. Advocate. The Muldrow register last week says: "The outlook for the members of the Cherokee Citizenship Association is good and that no one with a just claim needs to be discouraged or alarmed." We are glad to note that the Register is now demanding citizenship for those with "just claims" only.

But this speaking from the most reliable information will debar the greater part of the Cherokee Citizenship Association. The Cherokee people are not working to defraud anyone but to protect them selves. Does Muskogee want the Earth? If so she will certainly stipulate for the style of fence to be placed around it. In every Territorial exchange we pick up, some of her favorite sons are mentioned for official honors. They have a man for every office in the Territory.

If their proverbial modesty is not checked, many new offices must necessarily be cre ide; from North and South' on the crossing at interlacing lines, brothel's ad sisters and friends hasten to each other's houses this one season in the year, perhaps this one year out of many; mothers are speeding back, if Utey have been away, and fathers, whose errands have taken them into distant regions, make all haste to be at home again. What a wonderful human net-work is it thus stretched over the land, all pulsing and eager and expectant of joy, heaat-beats running along each line, love radiating rom home to home, till one might think the very air above them would be electrified and vitalized with the human warmth! And what precious freight it has borne thus the pearls and silks and teas and spices of the Orient far less so precious with all that makes life dear, for wealth may go and health may go, but those we love are not to be spared, and their price is above rubies. And should disaster befall any of these Thanksgiving trains that go thus loaded, greeted at every station by glad faces of those that give some welcome and others godspeed, delayed at every station, too, by entering and departing groups, what heart-break and what ruin follows! Thanksgiving day, then, is a day that stands for home and humanity more than any one day of the round year. Into the other great annual festivals, with the exception of those that are purely political, the divine element enters into a much stronger degree than into this day, which is not of divine appointment, nor of the recognition of any deific event, but only of our own gratitude to heaven and need of expressing it. It might bo thought by any disinterested and unprejudiced observer, say, from another planet or another universe, were such thigs to be conjectured, that loaded tables, good appetite, sufficient digestion, friendly faces and all that sort of thing which might be described in Sir Lucius 0' Trigger's graphic words, "I hope there is no dissatisfied person here but what is content," were subjects deserving instant and spontaneous thanks without waiting to reason upon them; although the fact is we are too prone to think that what we have is our own, won and deserved by our efforts, and due not at all to kindly Providence or heavenly permission.

But if not for special providences and detailed blessings, thanks must by any intelligent mind be held due for the great laws and their operations by which these blessings have been brought into being. And in this view, let us all accept the day as another gift from heaven, and offer thanks not alone for all our separate happiness, but for Thanksgiving day itself. The Mother's Love. Mrs. Mooney of Cleveland had just finished her household duties the other morning and was doing some fancy work in the sitting-room, when she heard a loud explosion followed by the screams of one of her children who was playing in the dining-room.

She hurriedly opened the door leading to the dining-room and was horrified to find the room a mass of flames. The child was lying on the floor prostrated. Covering her face with a table-spread, the brave woman dashed into the room and dragged out the child. In so doing she was seriously burned about her hands and head. The child was also burned, although not seriously.

Torn to Piece. Engineer Chewnlng met a horrible Court convened at Ardmore last Tuesday. A big revival is still progressing at Claremore, Tbe Claremore Lumber Company has established a yard at Oolagah. This company iB hustling for trade. Everybody wants the Territory sectionized.

This is needed in the establishing of roads and making improvements. The Register is authority for the information that farmers about Mul-drow are plowing and the ground is in good condition. Many herds of cattle have been badly stampeded in the recent storms causing the boys no end of trouble to round them up. W. Miller of Vinita, spent several days in Kansas City recently arranging for an implement campaign in the Cherokee Nation.

It is no argument for the Mul-drow Register to call everyone who defends the rights of the Cherokee people "big Ingun." The Creek Orphan Asylum is about completed at Okmulgee, and will soon be opened under the super-intendency of Hon. G. Tiger. W. P.

Brown, a hustling lumberman of Coffeyville, had cases in Commissioner.Mason's court recently and was awarded judgement in each case. In the Creek Nation there are about 800,000 acres enclosed in large pastures. The Nation gets a tax of 5 cents per acre for this land which amounts to about $40,000 per annum. The K. of P.

anniversary occurs on the 19 inst. tind on that occasion the local lodge at Vinita will conduct a public memorial service in memory of their deceased brother, Dr. S. J. Thompson.

The postoflice building at Vinita caught on lire last week but the timely discovery of the flames prevented serious damage. Rats had carried parlor matches and by this means the fire originated. Homeless canines whose paternal and maternal ancestors have doubtless succumbed to the inevitable and shuffled of this mortal coil are attacking and killing numbers of the bovine species near Muskogee. In other words dogs are killing some cattle but the festive politicians are left to encumber the earth. The Masons are talking of building a hall in the spring, and we hope to see them push the enterprise fore-ward, for we believe the order would flourish here.

There are already about twelve members in Wagoner and vicinity and doubtless more would soon join should they build a hall and organize. Record. Farmers should bear in mind that the rise in the price of cotton is the result of a shortage in the cotton crop of the year 1892, and that a big crop or a large acreage rather, would lower the price below the remunerative point. They should lesBen the acreage in cotton and turn their attention to cereals and the meat supply. Record "What is an intruder?" is a question that is more frequently propounded now-a-days than answered.

There are two ideas, an Eastern and a Western, the former iB fostered in the hot-bed of cheap literature and romantic imagination and the latter is learned in Bchool of experience by a knowledge of the situation. Tbe people in the East imagine that an intruder is what we term in this section, a "boomer" or a "sooner," the rest, instead of as an offering: of thanks which we ought to be glad to make, if only with pulse and water. Those who have grown to have this feeling about the day speak of it as a day of gormandizing, reproach it with the manner of its observation, connect its existence in thjir minds with a responsibility for gluttony, and are in danger of losing ail lofty or sacred as-lociation with it. As a clay of real thanks to a sourca of all beauty and Joy and life they do not give It any peculiar regard. They call it Thanksgiving day because that is its name, always has been and always will be.

They do not fail to observe it, because they are conservative and want to break in on no established order of things. They sometimes go to hear a sermon in which thanks are apt to figure but little, and politics are apt to figure a good deal; but on tho Whole, they think of it as a remarkably good dinner day. Yet in the relations'of life with one another, if from any hand one received such a blessing as life, as love, as freedom from want, as friends. as family, as the roof that shelters, the food that loads the table, to sny nothing of more personal gifts or the minor myriad of blessings, it would be a matter of the most glaring incivility if any due rendering of thanks were omitted, and of ingratitude if one even desired to evade acknowledgment. The person who has been entertained over night in a dull country house sends a note of thanks to the host or hostess afterward; the beggar on the street, to whom a half-dime has been tossed, Ittcrs a modest word or makes a gesture of obligation, but those who enter into noneo of the interior reality oi Thanksgiving day, who keep it as a matter of form and because others do.

because it ikes one more hoi i-day, and who in return for sunlight, sleep, waking joy, all the innumerable pleasures of existence, for the early and the latter rain, harvest, health, happiness, see no occasion for a season of special thank-offering, and in observing the day observe it rather in a Chinese commemoration of the ancestors who appointed it than from the force of an Irresistible motion of gratitude in their own hearts, those people are less civil than the chance guest, less decent than the sidewalk beggar, and are really almost as much to be pitied as if they had nothing at all to be thankful for. Yet tne idea of the day is something so beautiful, that it is a shame the day itself should not always and everywhere be kept with such warmth and freshness gf feeling a it would be if it were but just newly instituted every year. It is a day that Christian and Jew and Gentile, Mohammedan and heathen, may observe with tenucrness; for each and all of these have one great benignant source of blessing beyond the world of the senses, from whom they recognize that ihey receive all, to whom they know is due a worship which includes thanks. And how beautiful might be the offering of this worship and these thanks when compared with the offerings of old; not smoke of sacrifice or dripping altars or curling incense, but the viewless joyous uplifting of the heart's capture, of spirit seeking spirit. And with those, and they are still a multitude, who make a real festival of the day, the return to the home and hearth of the family the patriarch's hearth, from which the new families have gone out is like the going up of the tribes to bo numbered at their great city.

All over the land what glad confusion they make, what journeying, what hurryinf eastward and westward, to the North, to the Southt From the Paolflc shores the trains are hastening, laden with travelers, sons and daughters coming back to the old home; from the Atlantic they go, carrying the older peqple to see the new boats Chat the jwf kre made improvements knowing that he was not a lawful citizen and consequently must blame himself. We believe that there are cases where Cherokees by blood are unable to prove their right to citizenship. These of course must suffer with the others because there is no place to draw the line except upon legal citizenship. There are yet many and difficult questions to be solved before the vexed "Indian affairs" are settled. It will take wisdom, unprejudice and justice all com bined to adjust the Strip sale ana questions involved.

A convention of Cherokee Citizens was held a Vinita January 28th at which D. W. Buffington was elected president and W. Adair, secretary. The object of the gathering was to prepare a petition to Congress.

Praying that body: First, to organize the five civilized tribes into a territory looking to admition into the Union independent of Oklahoma; second, to survey and allot in accordance with the 20th article of the treaty of 18G6; and third, to ratify the Strip agreement and pay the price direct per capita to the Citizens of the Cherokee Nation. All citizens who favor these measures should forward their names to J. W. Adair, secretary, Vinita, I. T.

This petition will be forwarded to Congress after the 15th inst. and whatever you wish to do must be done quickly, Indian Policeman, Wm. Foreman, arrested two whiskey peddlers the first of the week and took them to Ft. Smith. They gave their names as Chas.

Ford and John Johnson, the former claiming to be from Kansas and the latter from Missouri. Their age is about 23. and from their actions, one would judge them to be new in the business. Both say they will plead guilty, which will be best for them as the evidence is so strong that they are sure to be convicted, Record, We have talked with many intelligent Cherokees and find them almost unanimously in favor of allotment, claiming that this is the most feasible manner of settling the "intruder" question. These parties inform us that if the question of allotment was left to a vote of the citizens it would carry not only in the Cherokee Nation but also in the other four civilized tribes.

i The business men of Yinita propose to try for natural gas and other products of mother earth. A mass convention was held there recently and steps taken which will doubtless terminate in a deep well. P. Mc-Bride who did the work in that line in Coffeyville will be in charge. ated.

We'll gladly testify to the intelligence of the Muskogee people but pass the honors around. The "Athens of the Territory" must be limited if merely for the sake of preserving exolusiveness. A young lady from Nowata was in the city doing some shopping on Saturday, during the course of which Bhe dropped into one of our leading dry goods stores and asked for a pair of stockings. The clerk politely asked her what number she wore. "Why, two, you fool; do you death at the Rockdale flouring mills at Dubuque the other morning.

While applying resin to the belting he was oaught and drawn up to the low ceiling, against which his body was pro pelled feet foremost until his legs were completely smashed and hung from the knees by shreds, while his right arm was torn off at the shoulder, his left arm thrust into his liver and lungs, and his body denuded. One foot was found twenty feet away, and frag ments of flesh and! clqthiqg were al. ovor the ceiling and floor. suppose I'm a centipede or have a wooden leg, Coffeyville Journal. The above is not given as an item of news but to illustrate the wonderful genius inventive genius of our local contemporary.

He knows as much about the people of the Terri tory as the ordinary hog knows about the "intruder" question. "But your sins have found you out," Colo Vegetable and It-Strawberries are fruit; so are tomatoes, melons and cucumbers. One. suggested distinction between a vegetable and a fruit that the latter may be eaten raw, while the former must be cooked, but that doesn't hold always. Technically, a fruit Incloses the seeds of the plant and is matured overground; plant growth matured underground la a vegetable.

nel, and the people south of this city in the "God forsaken country" you continually rant about, have with you and your fly trap.

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