The Caddo Oklahoma Star
January 25, 1876
E. C. in Denison Daily News says “Night’s dreary spells were round him shed.” Mercy on us! Did any of them hit you? In the next verse “the spell” turns to witches. Ghosts of Salem! What’s the matter with night now?
“Life, love, death- the mysterious trinity of human destiny. The heart that has not known the second has only negatively realized the first and comes to the last as an ox to the slaughter.
Agent Ingalls at his Post and Walner & Welch have just received the largest shipment of TOBACCO ever brought to this market, direct from the manufacturer at prices to ____ at St. Louis prices, fright added. Also in a few days one car load of early Ross potatoes, onion sets, onion seeds, and a full stock of garden seeds of all kinds at very low prices.
Ouchalatta, the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, has been ordained a Baptist missionary. Three of the four Judges of the nation are Baptists, as are also the Superintendent of the Public Instruction and the National Treasurer.”
“You’ve planed it back,” he cried with grief.
Much further than you’d orter.
Your front stands out in bold relief.
My darter! Oh, my darter!”
The STAR received a call on Wednesday from a sweet, dainty young lady- daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Susie Jones. The poet says, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” So the Dr. and his Lady have perpetual source of joy at hand, which will doubtless increase with years. Call her Musetta and we will remember her once a year till she is sixteen.
“Peace on earth and good will to man.”
A beautiful legend has it that Sandalphan, the angel of prayer, standing at the gate of heaven, listens to the sounds that ascend from earth and gathering the prayers and entreaties as they are wafted from sorrowing humanity, they change to flowers in his hand and the perfume is borne in to the city of God.
W. H. McCurdy Esq. Agt. M. K. & T. has gone on a visit to Parsons Kansas, for a few days; look out Mac, this is leap year, those auburn curls may tempt some grasshopper sufferer to go for you. “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Jan. 22nd, 1876}
Responsive to bland air, warm rain, and sunshine, Nature has begun to unfold the bright and aromatic treasures of her generous heart. A vase of wild flowers fresh from the unsheltered prairie is the chief ornament of our table today and we are glad.
Mr. Star: You told a dad bomb L__ in your ‘tother paper: you said the “white trash left the pole-cats” but that is another villainous attempt to “destroy my people”. KENO
The lodge of Good Templars has been organized at Little Rock; and Temperance organizations are now at work in the Indian country. Ft. Smith Herald.
Good! That is the right kind of work in the right place. Make Bacchus dance to the tune. I’m going away to stay a while.
‘Tis sweet to sit at eventide
Some willin’ female form beside,
And love-like purr and snicker;
To feel, whatever devlish arts
Are sund’ring other kindred hearts,
You two are growing thicker.
Go forth in haste, with bills and paste,
Proclaime to all creation:
The men are wise who advertise
In the present generation.
In the column of “Star Lights” in our Caddo contemporary, it is stated that “moonlight walking is all the rage.”- Now as the staid and guarded editor of the Star is absent, the boys in the office must be enjoying the moonlight walks. It may be that all the citizens between extreme youth and age are promenading by the sweet silver light. This is all very proper and commendable. -Mem. -At the date of the issue of the Sat the moon rose after midnight. Indian Progress.
Ah! Only a slight mistake gentlemen. It was star light, I presume, as the people here say the last week’s STAR was the bright ever seen in Caddo.
If the gift or propensity of exaggeration and misrepresentation were one of the cardinal virtues, the Oklahoma Star would certainly be entitled to a medal, for it possesses the merit in the superlative degree. It characterizes the Indian Territory from center to circumference as a Pandemonium where all the citizens are fiends incarnate and with a glowing pen pictures them in one grand melee, holding high carnival over crime. Byron’s poem of “Darkness” is as nothing in comparison and Sodom and Gomorrah of the Bible pale before the descriptions and yet we are met with the startling affirmation “that half has never been told.”- Vindicator
If exaggeration were one of the cardinal virtues and the practice of that one virtue would secure a corner in the land of fadeless beauty, surely the editor of the Vindicator could now safely throw down his pen, shave, wash, and put on his Sunday clothes and rest till Gabriel calls him to receive the reward of exaggeration after writing the above. No more exaggeration in ours please!
Ed. Star: Unsolicited by any one from the Territory, Maj. Bond, the Receivers of the M. K. & T. has issued his order to reduce the fare thought the Indian country to five cents per mile. This reduction makes the tariff the same as it is in Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. You know how often I have discussed this matter with you, and how well we agreed that we would when the proper time came, urge upon the company this act of simple justice. I tell you, Mc, the present management does not intend to oppress the people: they intend to encourage the development of the country by the people lawfully residents in the Territory and are not deposed to ride ruff shod over any one. With a proper understanding between the railroad and your people, a great civilizing radiance will be felt all over the country. Mutual forbearance and kindly sympathy is what we all most need in this life. No man, community or corporation is entirely independent of each other. It is folly to argue that associated capitol for great enterprise can be entirely independent of the public.
I am glad that no discrimination in fares of freight is hereafter to be made against you people. The citizens of the Indian Territory should be encouraged to produce all that their soil and splendid climate is so well adapted to produce.
You have a great work to perform in encouraging the people to educate themselves for the high destiny that awaits them. Mean and disputable is the man who will pander to the prejudices and passions of the people for his own personal and political ends. The man whose name will be written highest in the history of Oklahoma is the one who will do most for the education and elevation of the people and soonest prepare them for American citizenship. Geo. A. Reynolds