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OUBINE, nBALER IN § SHOKS. KAN. short nollofl, guaranlcelnp ft dt In c\ory iiiid nddrcstes und wo will lorwnrJ you u foot. satlHriictlon In this bnalnnnn thnn nny mnti In tlio yours with good HUCCOBS. School, I. T. Sept. 4th, 1S93. Full corps D. N. CRANE, Principal. That Cliootaw Deal. 10. WASIIINOTON, D. C ), Sept. 15.— The lobby iintl the lawyers got $692,956.50 of the Choctaw money. This is what is shown by Secretary Csulisle's reply to Senator Phitt's resolution of inquiry. The facts are worse than the most extravagant predictions about the outside interests in this claim. Secretary Carlisle has sent to the Senate the checks and entries of cash payments. The books of the Treasury show that the Choctaw appropriation amounted to $3 ,206,987.50. Of this amount the Treasury has disbursed to those who helped to get the claim through Congress the enormous sum of $693 ,956.50. The Indians have re- ceivecl $1,514,031, and the account is closed, so far as the Treasury is concerned. The next step by the .Senate will be the investigating committee to trace the disbursement of this lobby and legal fund through middlemen to its real destination. The cjiecks and their endorsements furnish quite a list of witnesses to begin with. Secretary Carlisle shows that two checks for $200,000 each were made out in favor of James S. Standley. One was on the Sub- Treasurer at St. Louis. The other was on the Sub-Treasurer a New York. Both of these checks were indorsed by Standley to Harvey W. Salmon, of Missouri, furtiierly State Treasurer. Mr. Salmon drew the $400,000 through the Third National Bank of .St. Louis. Further than that Secretary Carlisle says he is unable to trace the disbursement of the $.100 ,000. The first of the $200,000 checks is as follows : (No. lOiS.) TREASURY OFTiiE UNITED STATES. WASHINGTON, D. C, June 6, 1S93.—As­ sistant Treasurer of the United|Slates, St. I.ouis, Mo.: I'ay to the order of James Standley two liuudred thousand dollars (200,000.) I. F. Mlil.INK, (Signed) Ass'l. Treas. United States. (Acror.s face) United States Treasury, St. Louis, Mo. Paid June 8, 1S93. (Indorsed) I'ay to the order of II. W. Salnion, J.imes S, Standley, II, W. Salniou, T. A, SiocUlard. The secoiul of the .'}),{oo,ooo, made I out Oil the Sub-Treasurer at New i . , , ii . , • i!. • ; 1 orU, W!1S also collecteil in Saint i Louis, and through the Third Na- | tionaliSaiik, It IS as follows : (No. S7S3) TliKASURV OF THE U.N'ITED' .SPATES. WASHISCTON, June 6, 1S93.—The Assistant Treasurer of the United States al New York: r .iy to James S. Standley, or order, two hundred thousand dollars ($200,00.) (Signed) J. 1^ Mi.:i.lNK. ,\s!>i.itant Treasurer United .States. (.\cros3 face) VM June to, 1.S93. New York. (Indorsed) I'ay to the order of If. \V. Salmon, James S. Standley, U, W. Salmon, Received pavment. NEII.SON OI.IJO|T. Pay W. C. Duvall, Cashier, or order, (or collection, accounts Nos. 261, 106, Third National Hank of St. Louis. T. A. STODDAUT, Cashier. J. y, SllARl'E, A. C. Received payment. National Bank of Comir.erce in New York. \V. C. DuVAi.1,, Cashier. Mr. .Salmon will be one of the first and most important witnesses before .Senator Piatt's investigating comn)ittce. The Treasurer of the j Choctaw nation made out one check to Jas. S. Standley for $441,397.50. Mr. Standley|took the two checks for $200,000 each, which he turned one for $110,349.37, This Mr. Standley cashed at the Treasury the day he received it. The Treasurer of the Choctaw nation is required to write on his checks the "object for which drawn.'' On these two checks to Standley he wrote "settlement of amount ,due delegation of 18S9 by Choctaw nation." On the next check the Treasurer wrote, "Attorney fees per contract." This check was for the sum ot $66,209.60. It was made payable to John C. Onick or bearer. The record shows that Mr. Orrick took $10,209.60 in cash and a draft on St Louis for $56,000. The draft was cashed in St. Louis a few days later. It was well understood during the time the claiiVi was pending that Col. Orrick appeared as counsel for the Choctaws, and prepared briefs in support of it. One more check completes the list of tlisbursements. Opposite that is written "Attorney fees per contract." The check was made payable to ID. M. Ross. Where he came in is one of the chief mysteries of the remarkable case. At the time Mr. Salmon was here directing the Choctaw forces there wfis a man who was pointed out as Mr. D. M- Ross, but no one seemed to know just, what his relation was to the claim. Mr. Ross, it now appears, received $75,000 of this money for some purpose. The whole record of the transaction with Mr. Ross is furnished by Secretary Carlisle, as follows: [No. 58,500] June 3,1893.—Treasurer of the United States,'WashiuRton, D. C.; Pay to O. M. Ross, Washington, I). C, or order, sevcniy-hve thousand dollars ($75,000). (Sicned) GREEN MCCURTAIN, Treasurer of Choctaw Nation. [Across fiice] Paid June 6, 1S93, by Treasurer United .States. [Indorsed] D. M. Ross. Identified by .Samuel Uonelson, residence 14fS (I streel, N. \V.; Charles, Dunlap, Chicago. Check, $50,oco, cash $25,000. [No. 4915] Treasurer of the United States, Washingtony»jHne 6, 1S93.—Assist­ ant Treasurer of the United Stated, Chicago, Ills.; Pay to the order of D. M. Koss, litly-thousand dollars (50,000). (Signed) J. K. MELINE, Assistant Treasurer United States. [Across face] P.-vid August 14, 1893, by Assistant Treasurer United States, Chicago 111. [Indorsed] D. M, Koss, Michigan and Wisconsin Hotel. (Signed) O. K. CllAS. CATLIN. R. J. Street, Cashier. Anui Uenneti. It will be observed that Mr. Ross held his Chicago draft until the mid- die of August before ctshitig it. Mr. Donelsoti, who identified Mr. Ross, was formerly a doorkeeper of the House of Representatives. The checks to James S. Standley and Harvey VV. Salmon, John C. Orrick and D. M. Ross foot up to the total of $692,956.50, a very little less than one-third'ot the entire appropriation for the Choctaws. Not since the days of Pacilic Mail has there been such greasing of legislative machinery. Senator platt is determined to get to the bottom of the scandal and find who were the beneficiaries, and what services they rendered in getting the claim through Congress. the National Bank of Dcnison was g iven the use of .$50,000. Two ays later McCurtain, by check on the Sub-Treasury, put $250,000, a quarter of a millian, into the Kan- sas State Bank. formation, These checks will open the eyes of Southwestern bankers to some things which they could not under- stand during the late financial crisis, It will be remembered that thtj re- port was telegraphed everywhere one day that McCurtain had failed, and that the Choctaws would never get their money. The next day this was denied. ' But On the 30th of June the First National Bank of Port .Smith got $100,000 in a lump. Then the First National Bank of Paris, Tex., got .$50,000. tobacconist MR. OKBICK'S KXPLANATION . Colonel John C. Orrick gave the following rather guarded explana- tion of his connection of the affair: "I was employed as counsel by the Choctaw commissioners, spent a good part of four years working in their interest and received my fee .. ...^ for that work. The amount was in nil $66,209.60." and Colonel Orrick was pressed for a history of the affair, and claimed to have unbosomed hlmselt when he recited the following facts: The government wished to add to the original Oklahoma Strip the Land surrounding owned by the Choctaws, Chdrokees and other Indian tribes. A commission was appointed by the president. The commission consisted of Gen. Fairchild W. G. Sayre and A. M. Wilson. The Choctaws appointed a committee of three to confer with the commission, bnt in November, 1S89, the Governor of the Choctaw NfUion received the following letter: UNITEI) .STATES COMMISSION, TAHLE - QUAH, I. T., Nov. 26.—DEARSIR: Referr- ing to your letter of the 15th inst. and Judge W.Ison's reply of the 29th, I have the honor l:;^.^r intimated. r ":jifb; " meet the Commissioners on pending negoli- atibns with ilie present Cherokee councils, The commission has been unoiricially in- formed that the Choctaw and Chicasaw com- mission is authorized to negotiate regarding the lands west of the ninety-eighth meridian only. It Is proper to say to yuu that the United States claims that it has now full ti- tletothatlatul and thatwearenotanthor- \iea to negotiate for such lands. Ihe com- mission hopes that the commission we arc meet will be authorized to open negotiations lor the occasion to the United Stales o ^tlie land west of Ihe ninety -sixth and east ot the witro ^^ver, ht ^r'^^- fhrt"Time" wharelTr your commission wish to present regarding lands west of the ninety-eighth degree You will be notified at the earliest possible day of the date of the arrival of this commis- sion at Atoka. I have the honor to be respectfully yours. Lucius FAIRCHILD, Chairman United States Commission. To Hon. B. F. Smallwood, Principal Chief Choctaw Nation, Lehigh, Ind. Ter. AT THE UOTTOM OF IT ALL. That letter,'.' said Mr. Orrick, "is at the bottom of this outrageous expenditure of .$692,000. The Choc- taws were frightened and bulldozed by the intimation that Ihoy had title to certain lands and were will- itig to make liberal terms with any- one who would help them out The over to Harvev W. Salmon, lie ut , , l>.il.m,-.. r.f * 1 i "n" co frnm itUCW tne D.ll.lllCL Ot 1,39/.50 Iiom ^j^^ ^ .0 ^'""'''p- "Pl^''"''^ iiom the entry Besides the big check, Mr. Stand- nesiuci, i ic u.g mi .oL,, U- the , ig,. received a secontl and smaller M "ci :itTAlN 's .Mr.l'IIODS. Every check which conveyed to the Choctaw lobby and lawyers their money was signed here simultaneously with the issue of the warrant. Every check for the Indians' money w :is drawn some time ai'lei- ward at .Saii.,l'oiR, in the Choctitw Nation. There is :iii interesting phase of tlie Choctaw tlisl)ursemeiu which (iocs not hear directly on the Wasli- ingtoii ami Missouri lobby. Tliu .$1,514,031.03 put to Treasurer Mc- Cuitain's credit at the .St. I^ouis Sub-Treasury melted away with astonishing rapidity, as is evident from check dates Secretary Carlisle lias furnished. On the Stii of June the money was put to McCurtain's credit at the .Sul)-Treasury. On the loth of June, two tlays later, he reached .San Bois, in the Indian TerritL'iy, itiul began to check against the credit. He drew six checks the day he got home, June 10. They took $400,000 out of the Sub-Treasury and divided the amount between two banks. The Merchants' Bank of Fort Smith, got $150,000, and the Islerchants and Planters' Bank, of .Sherman, Tex., got $250,000. One week later, the i7lh of June, McCurtain gave out more checks .m the Sub-Treasury at .St. Louis. He gave tlie American National Bank at Fort Smith $50,000. At the same time he put $50,000 in the State National Bank at Dcnison, The Merchants and Planters' of Sherman, which a week befon- had received $250,000, got twci more checks—one for $25,000, the other I for $50,000 whole thing was an outrage. A short time alter this written, James .Standley, Choctaw negotiatetl the contracts which the amounts, aggregating nearly $700,000, were jiiiid. What these contracts were, otlior lliaii own, I do not know. Mr Standley indorsed the two $200,000 checks to Major Harvey Salmon of Clinton, Mo. Though I cannot s.-iy for tain, I conjecture that this amount was divideil between Standley Salmon. 1). M. Ross I do not know, I heard that he had .some connection with the negotiations, but I never have seen him. Nor do I know what part he look in the case. "I appeared before the commission and bled briefs, argued the case thc Choctaws, and looked after legal interests in gejieral. Nothing came of it. The Choctaws memorialized Congress, and four years the purchase was ordered. The terms approved $1.25 per acre. The government took possession of the lands, but did not pay the purchase price considerable of the Strip had sold. "Last week at the Southern the Indian Commission met proposed to buy the balance of Choctaw lands tor $1,750,000—the same lands to which, in the Fairchild letter, it is claimed the Choctaws have no title." Mr. Orrickf while admitting he had received $66,200.60, maintained that he knew nothing of disposition of the balance of $692,956.50. ^ A New Jersey man afflicted On tlfe 24th of June j hiccoughs died in great agony.

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  1. Muskogee Phoenix,
  2. 21 Sep 1893, Thu,
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