Cherokee Strip

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Cherokee Strip - NOVEL- INTO TEE ROMISED LAND 5E1ELY 100,000...
NOVEL- INTO TEE ROMISED LAND 5E1ELY 100,000 PEOPLE IN A MAD HOME BITES, EAOE rOEl Tralma Jammed tj th Platform., Roof, sad Ttadtrt, V hlelea of AU Kiada In EombUn Caiavaa, aad Horaaa laa; Through Clonda of DdiI Carried tha MuIUtad I tflthia th Charakaa Strip "When thl Blraal Waa Give to Lt Dowa tha Para. Arkansas CiTT.IArk.. Sapt la At 13 o'clock to-day the I bare that have ao Ions inclosed 6,000,000 seres of publio land were let down sod over 100,000 men and women joined in the mad rmh for land. lien who had thfc fastest horses rode from the border only to find other men with sorry-looking: animals ahead of them. Fast teams carrying ankioas hstne-seekers were driven at break-seek speed only to find men on the land prho had gone in afoot. Every precaution bad been taken to keep oat the "sooner ' element, and yet that element, profiting by former experiences, had captured the land. All night the ramble of teams eonld bs heard as they mo ed ont to the Strip. At the railway static ds men stood in-line at the ticket offices awaiting the slow movements of ticket sc Hers, who conld not sell over 2,000 tickets an hour. The great jam, however, was at Orlando, where there gathered 20,000 1 erry citizens, all snxioas for the time to co: ae when they could start on their ten-mile race. Promptly at noon the start was made. For an boor bef Jre, the borders of the Strip were black witnl men, horses, and teams. From the elevation at Orlando the line eonld be seen for k distance of eight miles east and ten milei west. In each direction the line was crow Jed nntil there appeared bat s black ribb n outlined on the gray surf ace abont the m. Half a dozen times some one wonld shout tha hour of noon. and 50 to 100 horsemen wduld draw ont of the line, only to lie driven back by the cav alrymen who weije patrolling the Strip in front of the impaftient throng. At last a puff of smoke rose ont on the plains to the nortjh, and soon a dull report of a cannon was ' leard. A dozen carbines along the line spi ike ont in response to the signal and the lit e was broken. Darting out . X breakneck speed, the racers soon dott d the plains in every direction. Following them came lisbt vehicles driven wit x a madness that disregarded every instruction, the drivers yelling and urgit g their horses with whip as well as voice. Then followed heavier wagons envelop & in clouds of dust, the noise made by th ir wheels resembling long-coutinoed rolls o E thunder. Behind these came anxious fo tmen carrying blankets, water, and stake s, heedless of the heat and dust. The train, filli d rapidly. At first there was an attempt to examine the registration certificates but this was soon given up as the rusliiuk thousands pushed those ahead of them, the trainmen giving all their time to col lectins tickets. The first train of twelve ars pulled across the line at noon, crowded as trains never were before. Platforms and roots of cars were as black with huii n life as were the interior.. Following this train at intervals of only two or three n inutes, went another and another until t ie last, consisting of 11 at and coal cars, all crowded, had pulled across the line, fallowed by at least 3,(XX disappointed, p inting ineu who were determined not to be deprived of their chances to get i i. The ran to Perry was made in three-qi isrters of an hour. Before the train stonpe I men began climbing out of the window i and jumping from the platform. in their haste to secure the claims, ahead of the train wer at least l.OOO horsemen, who had come t ie ten miles from the line in unprecedented! short time, and claimed all the lots immediately about the land office and the pdblic welL They were robbing down tueiij weary horses as the trains were unloaaiug. oon the last of the trains pulled inland the scramble for land about the town Icon tinued with increased vigor. The quarter sections about the town had all been taken, but in every di rection lines wLre being run and addi tional towns laid out. to be callttd North Perry, South Psrry, .Last Perry, and West rerry. i By 2 o'clock jfully 20.000 men and women of all nationalities and colors were on the site of whit all hope will be a great eity, without fJd and without water. The scenes at Enid were but a repetition of those at Perry.l Many aocidents were re ported, but so thr none of a serious nature. The south line of Cowley County, with Arkansas City hs the centre, presented scene almost as animated and exciting as that at Orlandi i. Last night the lOO-foot strip for a disti nee of more than twenty miles was tiller with straggling, expectant humanity. All night long additions were made to the ere wd, and at 10 o'clock this morning east and wen of the Chllocco School there wis a long black line. Occasionally men would start out, but threats not to be diare carded soon brought them back. When t ie signal was given, away they all went, i nd the scenes on the south line were repeated. There was a jam at Chilocco Creek. which, owing tb the steep north bank, was passable at onlr a few points. In many instance men lebped their horaea down the eignteen-ioot tonbaukment, lauding in the water and naitiiy scrambling ont agaiu. Others were sii unfortunate as to cripple their nome., add, abandoning them, started on foot. J ukt east of the school a heavy wagon loaded I with six men was driven over the bankl which was concealed by the cloud, of dust thut came up lrotu the burned prairio.1 As the horses went over the men jumped, and all escaped unhurt nut one man, wjho bad his leg broken. i ne trains last uigbt tor tbe South car ried .OOO people, ostensibly to Orlando. All tbe way t owu, however, the boomers kept dropping uti the trains as they moved and when the,- stopped at stations. At l'onca, which 1 iu tin; reservation, but two miles lrom the line, fully 5UO uien left the traiu. defying i he leoble e!lorts of tbe two soldiers who hi d been placed there to see that no one lei ; the traiu. These wen w uld not become "sooners" nntil they cr .sed the Hue, and, though their entrance from the reservation had been forbiddei by the Secretary of the Interior, thvy i o-day went out on the public domain fro n that point, every one of them carrying a certificate of registration as credentials. Some of these iihmi were town-site spec- ilalois. while others were intending farn ers. (Juthrie. Oklahoma, Sept 16. Long before daylight ibis morning thousands of people had a in bled about the Sauta Fe station here, ;.nd train alter train was speedily packet and pulled out for Orlando. 'J he rush for gi od places on the train was hard, and aeveral persous were crushed and injured. Arriving at rlando, all were compelled to leave the 'ars 'and take thnir places with the 15.H i puoplo who had suent the night there upiu tho railway right of way Worl.". Fair E.ear.lan via Erl Lno. perMoalir coO'ti.iod ox.ur.loa 1m. Hw. 1 or., l Diawn 9u. acrlvma l lnr 10:16 A. . VV rtlu.lav. Mot. iko4:!5 K U. i ti BVnt V1 ?own- A thousand or so Pf P wno hd ot regiatered were speedily accommodated, and then began a elbowi excited PMbing, crowding, and .Over 15.000 peonle wanted to a?o In on if. fT,inwhicn hd scapaoityfor ltllmS At 11 o'clock the first ..u puiiou up to the line and the others CtnhX b"nd - There were at least s half-dozen trains, but everybody wanted to ride on the first one, and as far forward in that as possible. a wlId Vi?ut tne crowd rushed for- W aru. loe soldiera nn tk, minn1 w- swept from their feet, and for a moment it seemed as though the mob wonld capture j .i cu "na women were around and over the engine and tender, upon and under the platforms, and even upon the roofs of tbe coaches. The bluecoats soon mastered the aituation, and with faxed bayonets cleared the train and compelled everybody to show s certificate before entering. But on every side people fought and struggled to get near the cars. Women bad their elothes torn on and men war Vnnrii,i Hnwn -r.,i trampled upon. Scores of people were in-J"ed' Te tbe struggle kept np until mo wu.ii! was nued. it was repeated on smaller scale at each succeeding train. Every train was jammed not only in respect to seats, aisles, and platforms, bnt also on the roofs and tenders and in the baggage cars. In every conceivable nook, on every Imaginable perching Doint, was a human being. At the noon signal a mighty shout went up and the race began. Thirty thousand certificates were issued at the Orlando booth, 33.000 at Hesnessy, and UO.OOO at Stillwater. Everybody was registered, but It was necessary for the Government to employ fifty clerks at some points instead of the three it started with. The day opened cloudy, with every indication of rain before night, but tbe dust was flying in great clouds this morning before the rising wind. Guthrie was deserted. All the banks and stores were closed, and it was more qniet than Sunday. Every other city near the Strip was in the same condition. All the men and half of tbe women had gone to take part in the race. The registration booths at Orlando were robbed oi certificates and the official stamp last night, and thousands of forged certificates were on the market to-day. Four "sooners" were shot by soldiers north of Stillwater. Just Craig of Indiana was accidentally shot in camp and Tom Jatdeson, colored, was burned to death ins prairie tire. One soldier was shot by a cowboy " sooner " near Kildare. Kansas City, Sept 16. Careful. estimates show that the rash into the Cherokee Strip from various principal points at noon to-day, was made as follows: From Kansas City. 8,000 by train, 22.000 by other conveyances; from Caldwell, Kan., 10.000; from Orlanda. Oklahoma. 25.OO0: from Stillwater. Oklahoma 10.O0O; front Uennessy, Oklahoma, 8.000; from other points, 12.0UO; making in all a total of U5, 000. Wasuixgtox. . Sept 16. Official tele-grams from the Cherokee Outlet show that every homeseeker who presented himself at the booths has been registered, and everything is now in readiness for the ran. The registrations have far exceeded in number the highest estimates. AkkaX8as CiTT, Kan., Sept 16 A very large percentage of the persons who went upon the strip to-day came from Kansas towns, from which they emigrated in the hope of bettering their condition. They accumulated nothing where they were, and for f ally a year they must trust to luck for s living. It is estimated that tbeir exodus will cost tlie Populists 50,000 votes in Kansas. Kansas is not the only field sending out thette land and lot seekers, "strippers, as they are known here. They come from every Western aud Eastern State. Adventurous spirits, whom fortune has baffled in all parts of the world, have come oat to the Strip ready to begin life over again. One of the most interesting characters among the "Strippers" is a full-blooded Osage Indian, widely known in this section as ' Billy " Connors, lie served in an Indian regiment in tbe war and returned to the plains with all his former habits intensified by the vices he had learned during army life. To-day he is a practicing lawyer, having been admitted to the bar at Oklohoma City. In conversation with The New-York Times's representative to-day Connors said, referring to his own history: "There are plenty of men here who have seen me riding the plains dressed only in breech-clout. Many times have I come into this city painted, with my hair trimmed down to a scalp-lock, and have filled np. as people here can testify. 1 was in a fair way to become a worthless, drunken vagabond, as too many of my people are. 1 determined to chance my life and be a man. realizing as 1 did that the id ay of tbe (Indian was gene. I had found out that 1 was a good Indian when I had money, and that I was only a poor drunken devil when I was broke, which was the greater part of the time. I was receiving a pension as a soldier and an annuity as an Osage, and owned then, as 1 do now, one of the best farms in my country. " When I determined to change my life, ten years ago, I settled down on my place, put on tho clothiug of civilization, and began reading. 1 had been at one of the mission schools when a boy, and knew some of the simpler branches of education. It was hard work, but I staid with it "Five years ago I married a white girl, and from her I obtained the idea of read ing law. Before that time I had read any and everything that came in my way. I read at home for two years, assisted only by my wife. I then went into a law office in Oklahoma City, and at tbe end of a year was admitted to practice. I have since been attorney for Indians, have visited Washington several times, and have a lucrative practice. But 1 desire to settle down and be at home. I have therefore decided to locate in one of the new towns. Connors is intelligent and shrewd. While he gives much of the credit to his white wife, who is a charming woman, his reformation and civilization were begun by Liuiself. Anuette Daisy, the woman who took an active part in tbe three former openings, is again on hand. Sh has organized a colony of aingle women, widowa, and spinsters, and proposes to baild up a litt'e community, across tbe sacred borders of which no man shall pass. Up to noon today thirty-four women had signed their names aud signified their purpose to make their permaueut residence with the colonists. H Heretofore Miss Daisy has had an ambition to be a ' bounrr." This time she proposes to comply with the law. In company withthteeof tbe women .elected for that purpose, she started iu the race. Tbeir ambition is to poasess but 4 hi) acres. Miss Daisy has exhausted her homestead rights, posaoasing a claim in Oklahoma. This ehe intenda to sell and set apart the proceeds for the improvement of this modern pur-chabe. which they designate by the modest title of " home." Apropos of the Cherokee Strip opening the Manhattan Single-Tax Club adopted the following yesterday : Khrreat, Tba opening of the Cherokee Strip almplj furoi.oe oilier evidence of tha luaoillty or too preaent law. to protect tke rlgate of ta. lioaioseaker. H hrreat. The corrupting- power of land apeaa-Utloo wnloli L.bldil- n Iu orsaDized oemniaolUre .bow. Itself on the Indian border In all It. n.kadneaa aa th. matter of fraud, robberr, laulno, and luurdar. ii Anrni, Tba prHeot land law. beaelt bat a faw land .peculator., and eoudeina thou.aada f hune.t borne hooter, to failure and de.palr. Ic.oirnl. That tho Manballou blD(r-Tax CI oh declare lt opialou tbat tba eemanJa of civilization call for tba abolition of the lawa sow covornloc Indian laud up.oiB.a. whleh pravaot the t. ve rnuiant from inaugurating a policy that will give all uomeaeekers an equal ebanue. fblraao and 'Wot era

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 17 Sep 1893, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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