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Sallisaw Star (Newspaper) - July 17, 1903, Sallisaw, Oklahoma VOL. VIII. SALLISAW, INDIAlf iBRRITORY, FRIDAY EVENING, JUL* 17, i908 NO. 42. I won't have my bald head tickled all summer wlien I cart buy screen doors so cheap at Kobels; A HADING QUESTION- ,;; ' ~"~~ �' ^.r- What HA* the Downing Party Done a* What Can They Expeot. iln 1893 the Cherokecm had in 'the neighborhood* pf 14,000,000 acres of land, an invested-fund amounting to $3,000,000 drawing ifive per cent interest, a very small, it any, indebtedness, and a citizen roll of only about $28,-.000. .Inil898, when the federal con-igress'passed what is known as the Curtis Act, there was left of �land, out of the 18,000,000 acrts �less than 5,000,000 acres, the roll of citizens had increased to nearly 40,000 and the $3,000,000 of invested funds had been squandered until nearly $1,000,000 had to : go to pay a public debt. Had the Curtis bill been delayed just five years longer it is very doubtful if there had been left one foot of land or one dollar of money to be divided among the Cherokee .people. Now who are responsible for the above mentioned conditions? The Downing Party has furnished us with chiefs since 1893 and it is their signature to the different acts passed by the National council and. their executive ability which has come so near �reducing our people to beggary. For an example, the negro compromise bill, more -familiary known, perhaps, as the $126,000 steal. This appeal was taken under the administration of C. J, Harris, by the advise of "W. W. Hastings, E. C. Boudiriot and �others, and under the administration of S. H. Mayes the act known as the negro compromise bill was passed. By this act there was appropriated the sum of $400,000 for the purpose of paying to each freed-man a sum equal to that'plrhl onjt per,capita to the other citizens. And it was further stipulated that the lawyers' fees were to be paid out of that sum, not mentioning the amount of the fees: $126,000 were paid to Kerns, the attorney for the negroes, and if the affidavits appearing in the McConhell report are true, the advisors and counselors of the Cherokee peo-' pie were traitore to . their - trusts and caused the Cherokees,by this dne act, and for .-.their' 6 ,n indi- vidual gain, to lose about $1,000,-OOOinlands and moneys. Frank J: Boudinot names both the Downing chiefs as parties to this $126,000 transaction and also W. W.i-Bastings, one of our most brainy men, who has held and still holds a responsible position for the Cherokee people and in whom the chiefs have placed a great deal bf confidence. Boudinot was the trusted council of the Cherokee nation at Washington before the court of claims and the United States court. His wife was with him and in her testimony she shows up the $126,000 steal in all of its stigma and names the parties to the transaction. If any of the parties she named has ever denied sharing in the $126,000 fee, the writer has never seen the denial in print except the statement made'by S. H. Mayes and he admits that-the money was wrongfully used. By this same compromise there were' about 1,000 fraudulent names placed on the Cherokee rolls by the Clifton court and many citizen's names were left off. Louis T. Brown makes affidavit that J. Milton Turner shared bis fees in cases he had before the courts with R. H. Kerns, one of the commissioners. We repeat, that this one act of the National council, by the advice of the heads-of the Downing party, cost the Cherokee people about $1,000,000., Then again, under Downing rule was the bond swindle enacted which amounted to about hall a "million dollars, and if the truth has been told, this was right under the very eyes of the Downing chief, and by some of his appointees, his trusted lieutenants. Just who shared in this "boodle" gain of half a million it is hard to tell, but suspicion rests on some of the $126,000 fellowB- men well soaked with corruption, The very same men who advised the people and their council then, the�'very same men who shared in the $126,000 and bond "boodle" are Wday the very men whp brought about the nomina tlon of W. Qi Rogers for chief and by their influence and'money ex peut to elect and, of course, con trol him. Men,-' who if-Ahe truth has been tojd, have robbed their neighbors, their friends and their own children, and in time their crime will grow greater. ..Itwillever.be to them what Banquo's ghost was to his murderers-it will never down. Time nor reason will never mitigate the crime committed by the trusted servants of the people when they willfully betray their trusts for a few paltry dollars. Can we afford to trust W. O. Rogers in the hands of such advisors? . W. C. Rogers, they say, is an honest man. We know that Levi Cookson is. In opposing the treaty he was honest in his convictions. After this act of Congress proposing the settlement was ratified by a large majority of the people, Cookson said in a speech in the Senate that he bowed to the -will of the majority and that hence forth the act just ratified should have his support. David Faulkner, the nominee of the Downing Party for second chief voted for the treaty in the senate and against it and at the polls. In the face of all this are you unable to see why the government of the United States has said you. are incapable' of self-government and gave ns "carpetbag" rule ? In the face of. all this can you see how the Downing party could have the effrontery to say that.it typifies- or in any way represents a party so gtond in its principles as the democratic party of the U nlted Statesf Gookton is the man to be trust-Iby hfa^people tor' a fair, just ancfWeasd^able finishing up Of our unsettled estate. He has manhood enough to have his own convictions, and backbone enough to stand by them.-Red Roy in Vinita Chieftain. COOKSON AND COON; smash it up Nations. Logers don't know how it fnllblood liv and don't care if he do. He want 4t I * Correspondent ,*rom Petti Write* A Letter From Indian Springi. Edytor Sallsaw Star:-I lite it you letter from destrict and. tell it me what you know. May be so it gojVbasket and go it waist. Dis distict*all ^Nationals. Al it time vote against nigger steal an vote it for Cookson and Coon dis time heap it more^an ever. Logers he liv it way up olos uat-v|Cansas, what all-time play da debbeVand steal it sumtin'qv office so he git it. dem steal, nig gers gobd job and rob it fullblood just like it nigger. Me old 'omans smart like it seminary gals and read it papers all time. He eay.WoocheeOchee, you fool Injun you vote it for chief dat have it Brut on staff, fin Ivey cling it ,to every ting in sight, an old intruder "Socks" fill it up Chelokee shoes. Den old 'omans got it mad and pinted brpom way over shoulder an Bay Woochee Ochee if you do, it be it wns dan dat battle uv Hastings-dey'11 toll it dat Bells. Heap it cute man dis Anderson, may be so her go it Flint and pay it fullblood gals marry her till lection over. Den he be it all right tell it white man who married it ingun long time ago how she vote. bis election got it more votes dan dat Sallsaw Gazoot. She owned by white mans and edited by dat Oust Iveya dat take it school money an- by ginger. He tell it lie jub lik truth an truth he tell it vicer wurser. Don't lik it much dat man. He too smart-fool it poor injun all time. Who's dat mans Bruton '* dat edits dat Pressto paper at Mul-drow. Helikithav blanket in secutive office and draw money and do it heaj� of-nothings. - He all tltne wants soft-snap an mak it caudate on Downer ticket pay him to Bit" in editor objiir and watch white man write-hfr Root- hog-er-die man dat all time write it dat paper all Mine before and bug it gal. Mr. edytur, me close it dis let ter light,: now, fore me say something-and make you edy turs feel badder-for you never said it anything yet. . WOOCHEE OCHEg it of Their Bright Protpeota There.are lota of men in - this: neck of the woods who, are Nationals and Downings "and vobe^' for the late treaty who ar^noy, going to vote' for Cookson .an$I?& Coon for our next Chiefs or ad* , mlniatrators. Whyt Beoause; we know them to be honest and -v true. - We've tried them. W.ej: know. Never have they betrayed or mistreated one of their party; ^ friends.* Never have they betrayed �r miBtreated their entire people and country. Never, never, have they been accused of "i mean .or dishonest act in private or public life. These are : the men for our next and iask.;::i cheifs of the-noble and'generous :$ Cherokee people. ' j The voice of the people every- i: where is pleading for honest men. \:& Yes,its the people, not partyism. ;A The North and South back in the-sixties fought hard andHKeroe for . what they thought .was right,y.si| The north was victorious. Peace -n was made, all have joined hands. There : were good men on both sides. - So there are good men who worked and voted .hard' againgffthe late treaty* They are all right men. They only lost, the cause, icookson admitted it. Also stated since the fight was oyer he w,asvyilling-and ready to assist U:^�^g^n^.about,'avfa|| setUimentof our.affairs with the U. -S. goverme'nt,- * m y*Tepea(;, Cookson 1b an honest and true xo&tti � "Has. been" tried and found to be so. Vote "for him. Doublet Gus Ivey's wind blow you off.., A Voter.; . Peggs, I. T., July 11,1903. The voice of the people Gookson and Coon. sayp The National Party of Mul-drow precinct met on the ilth day of July,"^^'^ Andrew Rus-sell was chosen is chairman and Williaia P. Fanlklaer, secretary. D. M. Lee was nominated for Senator by acclimation. C. C. Seabolt was then chosen as Councilor on the National-ticket. The; two men are. both good strong men and y^ill add lots of Btrength to ^i.e;ticket; Old Sequoyah will roll up her -old time National majority-on August 3rd. Vote for: Cookson andCoonand' save what little is left of. this once vast estate. Cookson and Gook. for Chief/ with siic^mep as Ellis Starr aridr j D. M. Lee eleqted to'the Senate, you may expeot an honest admjtn^ " istration,of onr^6liaofno^rr. (J> Z
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