The Watts Case
transactions and then bcgining at THERE HAVE been no new devel- the first we propose to give our opmcnts in regard to the Oklahoma readers the benefit of the investigti- bill during the past week. The con- tions—let the shoe fit whom it may, sideration of this measure has been and evidently from what we have crowded out of the house to give already learned the shoe will pinch room for the World's Fair bill, the toes of several parties. We are After the disposition of the latter thankful to our friends in the Choc- the Oklahoma hill was again taken taw Nation who hhvc so promptly up and argued. That part of the forwarded us communications and bill which proposes to include the "notes," Let the good work con- Cherokee Strip in the Territorial tinue. We want all the truth we Government of Oklahoma meets can get about the gigantic swindle. with considerable opposition and the bill will likely have to be shorn "^"^ WATTS CASE, of this feature before it can even special to the PIIOEKIX. pass the house. With this part TAHLEQUAH , I. T., Feb. 24,-90— righted the Oklahoma part of the ^1°"' p^^'^X" Special U.S. ,.„, , , , „ , , Agent, sent to thisfplace by the In- biU would undoubtedly pass both jg^ior Department at Washington to house and senate. To that part of re-investigate the Watts case fo the bill which provides for a judicia- citizenship, is now here and his ry system for the five civilized court has been in session in the ^ ^, t- • • T capitol building Since the 30th inst. tribes, there are objections raised Q.'.ite an interest is being manifested by the Indian delegates now in on both sides. The Watts family Washington. They protest against is reported to be quite numerous that part of the bill which provides a"d occupy the largest and best for the Arkansas code of laws to be farms on the A/kaiisas river, and , ^ , , . ,, It is alleged by the Cherokee autho- adopted for this country as well as ^-^^-^^^ ^^^^^ they have been in this against the clause that provides for nation in violation ot all laws of the trial in the U. S. courts of all cases Cherokee nation since 1S71. On arising in which either party is less t^^c other hand, the Wattses allege than a half-blood Indian, This ^^^^ '""J^^ .^^"^ Cherokee . , . , nation in 1071 and in compliance feature they say will virtually do .^ith th- laws at that time, were ad- away with Indian courts. In all mittcd to citizenship by the then probability the bill with additional acting chief justice, John S. Vann, amendments will pass the house and subsequent thereto the national this week council declared them to be intruders. intruders. It will be remembered that the THE INVESTIGATION in the ccle- Interior Department has held this brated WATTS case, involving the family, with many others, here in right of Cherokee citizenship of [J'^ '^\>'^»'' '^7^- I" r , the meantmie there has been a great the WATTS family and numerous deal of legislation on the part of the other claimants, which has been Cherokee nation, but nothing has pending for nearly twenty years, brought about their removal. has been concluded at Tahlequah', 'i^he investigiition going on, as I , . , , AT T3 understand it, is to tind the facts as nnd the special agent, Mr. PARKER, ^^^^^ ^^e Watts family came into who was recently sent out, will re- the nation, and when the claitii for turn and make his report. The citizenship was filed; if a decision decision of the department will be was reached by Judge Vann in 1871; anxiously watched for as upon this if the record was lost; if lost, how Z , . , . and by whom, and any other legis- case hangs to a great extent laUon that has been had touching the hopes of some four or five the status of the Watts family. The thousand claimants to citizenship Watts family closed their testimony in the Cherokee Nation. If there on Saturd.iy evening last. The is one thing more than another that testimony on the part ol the nation , , . . IS- now being taken. Ihe nation is needs to be settled it is this citizen- ^y^n represented by W. P. Boudi- ship question. In the Cherokee not and Judge Wiley, the Watlses Nation there arc six thousand claim- have W, J, Watts and Col, H, H. ants to citizenship, in the Chocttiw Hubbard representing them. It is T .T ,. . ..u ? • a now thought that the investigation Nation some two thousand, in the ° . . " are many who really are Indians bv '^7' ^"^^ fed their claim 1 ...... ,'1 ...-.^l.... iK_ 1 e . .• mp No doubt this investigation will finally settle the long contested Watts case. In justice to both par, par, rp, , , ties it might be well to say, while .settled. I hose who ought to have the Cherokee authorities have tried a right should be giveii it and those so long to secure the removal of the the Indian country. In justice to the Indian as well as to ilie bona fide claimant tho matter should be who do not have a right siiould be declared intruders and dealt with as the treaties provide; :ind the matter matter should be ended, .^s tilings stand now any one can claim to be an Indian and the Government ot" the United States refuses to allow the Indian govcrninent to disturb the /•d.timant until the matter is settled. 'IJ^be new court bill jirovidcs that I t1>e citizenship cases shall be tried I iu; thcU. .S. courts to be established. This is. one 'g<MA fcataie of the bill as this citizenship and claimant ^ question needs to be settled badly. Watts family by the U, S, Government, Government, and the Watts family have so ably defended themselves, both parties believing that they were right—if this investigation proves them to be entitled to citizenship, the lomaliawk should be bijried, and the Watts family henceforth recognized recognized as Cherokee citizens, and on the other hiind, we aje satisfied that in due time tJje government will remove them if they are found not to be Chciokees. I.\U'AKT (Ar, CUICUOKBB, In Tiger Brand J"'"!' f , . ^ , brated canned fruits for sale at Moss v'v Co's. world, llt-st in the the e.