SETTJLliU3 IN THE STHIP. All'Che Good Claims in the CltorokeeStrif Have IIceii'Tnkcn. •ARKANSAS CITY, Kan., March 8. —Ro liable reports received here indicate tha the threatened invasion of the Cherokee Strip by home seeberaias already beeti 'bepnn. A dianatnh received from tbe Pawnee nctenoy says: , "The settlers made-a raid nn this parl otthe Cherokee Strip last Saturday am: Sunday and now every quarter section .along Black Bear creek has a settler on it. In fact all of ttw good claims are taken by the people." ••All the available troops at Forts Supply, Sill and Reno have been ordered out by Colonel Wade of Fort Reno to patrol the northern lines of the Cherokee Strip to .repel a threatened invasion by. boomers. The Cherokee Settler association has issued the following: ARKANSAS CITY, March 3. To'Whom it May Concern: Unfortunately the settlers' meeting held some days ago at Gale has placed the in- ten-ded settlers in an unfavorable light in the eyes of many. We .are not a mob. We are not a band of outlaws, we ,'tre milking no demand not in the 'line of justice and •fair, honest dealing. We are a band of men entitled to fair anfl honorable treatment from all. We beliyve we have rights as American citizens, and we have the courage to speak our convictions. A misconstruction of facts as Ao the intentions of-the prospective settlers in and about Arkansas City has caused the occupation of the Cherokee Strip Ijy settlers. We have-nothing to say further than this: Inithe event of a failure Of action on the part-of congress before adjournment, believing such failure to meaoi a neglect of fluty'.toward the honest settlers and a refusal to recognize their title to the Cherokee Strip, we say to the 'Settlers on the south, high noon on the sixth of March, will find homeseekers on the north with you inibody and spirit.