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 - HE KlffS ALL W. E. Thornton of the Department...
HE KlffS ALL W. E. Thornton of the Department Indian Police Must 0. K. All Checks. W. E. Thornton, Indian policeman in the field division of the government Indian service, probably has the largest circle of acquaintances of any man in the service. Nearly all checks that are paid by the government to Indians individually must be o. k.'d by Mr. Thornton. Practically all checks made and delivered delivered to all of the Indians of the Cherokee tribe and part of the Creeks must be endorsed' by "Mr. Thornton before the right Indian can draw' his money. Banks here refuse to cosh the checks unless his signature Is on the back. • / Consequently Mr. Thornton personally personally knows 32,000 Indians by their full names.. Many of these Indians have the same name and it Is very likely that a-good deal of trouble would be encountered- It there was not somebody somebody in the Indian service that knew these Indians personally. i Mr. Thornton has been In the government's government's service since June 23, 1912, and during that entire time has never identified the wrong Indian, although her,handles the checks for 30,000 of th#m each year. Friends of Mr. Thornv <;on declare he has never used liquor nor. tobacco in any form and is a man of-model habits. They are boosting boosting him for the position of chief of Indian police. The- Indian pollice - department has local offices In Vinlta, Jay, Nowata, Sapulpa, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Tahlequah, Tahlequah, SalUsaw, PoteaU, Idabel, Hugo. McAlester, Holdenyllle, Atoka, ModlU, Ardmore, -Chlckasha .and Pallia Valley,

Clipped from Muskogee County Democrat04 Nov 1915, ThuPage 5

Muskogee County Democrat (Muskogee, Oklahoma)04 Nov 1915, ThuPage 5
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