Wednesday, May 11, 1904

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Fort Gibson Post (Newspaper) - May 11, 1904, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma VOL. XL FORT GIBSON, INDIAN TJERMIIOUTf TBVH8DAY* MAY 11. 1004. No.m Indian Maiden's Lament. by william harper. By a beautiful stream in the Nation I slowly wended ray way ; 'Twas during my summer vacation, At tbe eve of a pleasant day. There I spied an Indian maiden - The loveliest I hud ever Seen; Her form whs comely and perfect, And her age about seventeen. She leaned 'ga'inst a lovely cedar- The murmuring brook ran near; Tho', her looks bespoke sorrow Arid her eyes weredimed with a teat I said t'was a good pla'".e. for pleasure, She replied: "there's none for mi'; For the onlv one who loved rue Lies buried beyond the sea. "He was an American soldier, 1 know be was true and brave, For he fought the erne. Spaniards To free the .Oubian slave. "But he fell in the dreadful battle, To bleach in the torrid sun - Like many brave soldiers he perished Before the victory was won. ' 'The whole Spanish army surrendered. And Cuba to-day is free, VVbich brings j->y and ( eace to mai>y But a life lime of sorrow to me," Then she quietly departed homeward, \s I gave her a word o* farewell. And thought of so many others Whom ji similar story might teii Fo\il, Ind. Ter. The map of Fort Gibson is at hand and is a sight to study-such er,oo<*, turns, angles and intricate, connections reminds one of an Egyptian labyrentb. But here it is, and let us make the best of it. , Appropriation For Schools. The Secretary of the Interi.r ha ordered JV-lin'D. Benedict, superintendent of schools for Indian Terr/ tory, to draft rules "for tbe expdituri $100,000 appropriated by congres for the purpose of strengthing tl < tribal schools in the territory anr arranging for white children to a'-tend the tribal schools. It is understood that the recomen-dations of Frank C. Churchill, who was sent to this1 country by Secretary Hitchcock and remained three years, coincide largely with the ideas of fh<~: superintendent of schools, and that/the recomendati np will be made ..'.long this line, although they wjll bo submitted to the secretary. " The plan is to^use the money to establish new schools in the remote districts "here there - are onlv n small, number of Indians/ and white children. There are not^Cnongh Indian children to justify a 'School in many of the9e districts, and the whites have not been allowed to attend. The superintendent proposes to establish these , schools, allowing both Tndian and wKite children, to itte~nd. The tribes and the TJnited States government will bear the ex-nense in oroporHon to the number of Indian and white children in attendance. This is the first time congress has ever appropriated monev for school^ for the whPes in Indian Territory There are now 100.000 school children in Indian Territory JSeduoyah, Inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet. THE AMERIUAN CADMUS." What a Cherokee Citizen Says of This Great Man. tion of the accent b;ing responsible for ihe/iteviulion. The prevailing idea among the Indian*! was that the while man cotrj- EoiTOR Jr*< ST:-There is now uiuiiicu<<- *#' v Where Stanley Taught School in Ft. Gibson. STANLEY IS DEAD. There was a man by the name of ! Stanley who taught inthe hou�e oo Tbe Great African Explorer Dies' t.,e 0Orner of North A and Fifth at His Home in London. !8 reets, the homestead of Oapt Frank Henry M. Stanley, the great African explorer, died at his home in London, Tuesday, the 10th insi. The above is a good picture of the old Presbyterian church, still stanbing in Fort Gibson, where he taught school The following from the Fort Smith, Arkansas, News Record, is of interest in this conned �n : "The death of the noted explorer revives the question ot the truth of the radation t hat Henry M. Stanley taught school in F >rt Smith in the days immediately preceding the war. Fciike, who went iito the Conieder-a'e army and later joined the Union forces. James H. Reed, of South McAlester, John C. Keed, J. Frank Weaver and many of the other boys of that day are very positive in their declarations that the explorer is the school teacher. J amea H. Reed picked out the first photograph received hereof the explorer, after bis return from finding Liviogston, out of a large pile of photographs, with the remark; "Here's my old school-teaober." �okee Nation, a full-blood Cherokee Indian, The Rev Rope Camell, who is'now 112 3'ears old, having been ,horn in the old nation-n'�w the .-"late of Georgia-in 1792. He was a near relative and boy hood friend of Sequoyah, inventor of the (Jhnrp-kee alphabet, and was - among the .firs,'' to learn to read and write in his own language, Sequoyah being his teacher. I am well acquaited with Mr. Camell and he talked interestingly of the times, luoideuta and people of three generations ago. Tho* in feeble, health, �as'may. be expected of so old a man, his mental faculties are remarkable, and to those who understand his lauguage he talks entertainingly, having a faculty for dasenption, and an appreciation of honor. He says that Sequoyah was a few years younger than himself and grew up as the ordinary Indian boy of that period, and was an expert with the bow and i arrow when quite young, and later excelled in such manly sports as wrestling, swimming, climbing and foot racing. He ''toils me that Sequoyah's father was an Irish peddler, who had a Cherokee woman-K itie . L.iwery, for a wife. KHie Lowery was a niece of our informants, mother. Sequoyah's father was called by tbe Indians by the name of "Guist" and Sequoyah's English name was George Guess, Gbiat, or Guest, the corrup- to comprehend the true ideas, and when be showed and explained the same lo his people, many of whom at once realized its importance and set themselve.- to 'work .'mastering' the details, Stfq'ioyah acting as teacher. Our Informant wj>.s one of the first pupils, and to-day he persues the Cherkoee Advocate with as much-interest as the ordinary person does the favorite home paper. The Indian mind is remarkable for its association of ideas and the idea of writing by Sequoyah's method was at once associated with .the ilea of branding cattle, and to this day the words writing, printing'or branding is expressed in the CberoKee tongue bv the same word:-"Dd-Gah-la Tali-Naah." Sequoj'ah, the Ameticun.Cadmus, was a benefactor to his race. The only abongiual American tribe that possess a'written language, and 95 per cent of the Cbeiokee-people today read and write either the English lauguage or tbe Cherotcee, a record which will compare favorably any nationality in the world. Rev. Rope Camell says that Sequoyah des>erv b r88qAT. Dh r(m rh�f htvvvn �srA�Bu �eyi& aj� t*. D h&.t4M> hq �a^y�vpOt| Grrr�fZ owva mit, *" w ,\ . ,, K. P. Grand Officers. Officers of the K. and P. Grand Lodge of the Indian Territory have been chosen, as follows: W. M. Murray, Poteau, grand chancellor. 1). L. Lmnebaugli, Atoka, grand vice chancellor. PI. Long, Duncan, grand prelate Jerry McKenna, Poteau, grand .master exchequer. L. Hi JSauders,. Webbers /Kails, grand Keeper of record* aod' seal. W. W. Rues t^teAoab,. Oldster �t arms. - :. n ) t i�dvi- 1,50 1,50 1,50 1,50 1,50 2,00 Minors Can Not Sell Lands. JL�.'F. Parker, Jr., general attorney for the Cherokee Nation, says that under the provisions of the new Indian Approppriatioa bill, while intermarried citizens and freedmen may dispose of their lands without restrictions, and adult Indians of -full blood may sell their holdings with the approval of the Interior, the minor children of both classes are prohibited from " selling their lands ucder any consideration. While a more liberal measure was hoped for the restricted bill is looked upon as being all that eould be expected, all things considered. "The Stolen Empire." T. W. Gulick, of the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce, and Alex Posey, the Creek humerous writer, are to write a drama of the, Indian Territory entitled "The Stolen fifm-piret" which will be j>t*yed;jtoj$e n�w Jla^Dfiae, ^1^$

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