Friday, January 29, 1875
Sheridan still holds New Orleans.
Arkansas is still legislating.
Meals at all hours at Jimmy Clinton’s restaurant.
At The Red House, 1000 sacks choice flour and everything else good and cheap for cash.
Business, since the weather moderated, has resumed its usual liveliness.
Our streets are now dry, but before this goes to press they may be all slush again.
Remember the X mark and send in your $1.25 for one year’s subscription to The Star.
Dr. E. J. Lemon left Tuesday for Limestone Gap to remain for the winter.
A bill has passed congress fixing the 1st of January 1879 for the resumption of special payments.
The tax on tea and coffee will likely be revived: fifteen cents a pound on the former and three cents on the latter.
Gen. Miles arrived at Ft. Sill last week under orders to patrol the country between Red River and the Canadian.
We had a horse race Tuesday, one or the other best, but like the old woman about her indigo we have really forgotten which.
Jim Fenlon, of the well known firm of Marchand & Fenlon, returned last week from quite a long trip to the North.
This morning (Wednesday the weather is warm and spring like. It rained slowly all last night and looks like continuing today.
Gen. Cockrell, an ex-Confederate, has been elected to the United States Senate from Missouri, in place of Mr. Schurz, whose term expires on the 4th of March.
Dr. J. B. Jones and his young bride returned on Monday evening’s train from the South. The doctor is looking as nice as if he had just made his escape from a band box.
Mr. O. W. Brown has secured the services of a good miller and will soon have his whole establishment thoroughly organized and in good running order.
The court room in which the Bercher-Tilton trial is going on has been decorated with flowers. This we think very appropriate as it will cast a perfume over the rotten scandal.
February will soon be here and the famers should begin to prepare their ground for a crop. Corn ground should all be broken up in February and the planting done early in March. This is the only way to insure a crop in this country.
We have received the Public Ledger Almanac for 1875 together with the complimentary card of George W. Childs, one of the leading newspaper men of the age. The Almanac contains many valuable statistics.
Ben Carter says the excessive cold weather has somewhat interfered with the working of his mill, but with that exception everything is getting along well. The weather has now moderated and we hope he will be able to furnish Caddo with a bountiful supply of lumber.
NOTICE- The Sheriff of Blue County, C. N. is hereby notified to summon the hands to work the road leading from Caddo to David A. Folsom’s bridge on Blue River, Choctaw Nation, Monday February 1, 1875. G. McPherson, Road Master.
Logan’s remarks in the Senate last week on the Louisiana question were more bitter and clamorous for war than never fell from the lips of Toembs during the stormiest days of sessions. He is evidently in favor of placing four or five of the Southern States under military rule. The question is will such an outrage be permitted? We think it more than likely. The administration is playing a desperate game and will resort to anything to win.
On the 20th inst. the president sent a special message to Congress strongly recommending an appropriation for national defenses; especially for coast defenses and an improvement in our naval armament. This looks ominous for the new government of Alfonso!
Last week the Indian appropriation bill was rejected and with it the “Net Proceeds” and Chickasaw claims. What may be their ultimate fate or whether they will be brought up again this session is difficult to tell. Of course there will be an Indian appropriation bill of some kind passed, but those particular claims may be left out cold as usual.
We are pleased to see our National authorities waking up to the necessity of road working and as they have honored us with an appointment as Road Master we will endeavor to discharge the duties of that position to the best of our ability. Our roads are sadly in need of improvements and we hope to see every one promptly respond to the summons of the Sheriff.
There is a great deal of corn being freighted form this point to Ft. Sill. The Pauls Valley farmers have over done the thing by putting their corn up to unreasonable figures. It is cheaper to buy in St. Louis and haul from here to Sill than to pay the Pauls Valley prices. At all events this is being done and it is reasonable to suppose the contractors are actuated by a mere matter of dollars and cents.
Monday morning early we very unceremoniously stepped into the house of our friend and nearest neighbor, Mr. O. W. Brown and with a smile on his face nearly as broad as a breach in the canal, he turned down the bed cover and exultingly pointed to a bright little babe, fresh from the hands of its maker. It and the mother both doing well.
Mr. Sherman Williams, a colporteur, who has been traveling in this country for the last four years, called to see us Monday. Mr. Williams went from here to Pauls Valley and will extend his trip still further up the Washita. When he leaves the territory this time he expects to return to it no more as his advanced age makes it necessary for him to abandon a business in which there is so much exposure. He has become attached to the country and its people and reluctantly bids them farewell.
We have just received the following communication from Washington City and take pleasure in laying it before our readers. The order referred to was unjust and should never have been issued.
The order issued by Hon. E. P. Smith, Commissioner of Indian affairs, July 5, 1873, in accordance with a communication from the Hon. Secretary of the Interior, dated May 3, 1873, founded on charges of fraud preferred by Mr. J. P. C. Shawles(?) of Indiana, dated April 23rd, 1873 against Douglas H. Cooper and Charles E. Mix, debarring the said Douglas H. Cooper and each individual member of the late firm of Charles E. Mix & Co. from practicing as claim agents before the office of Indian Affairs and from visiting it or conferring with its clerks was by direction of the Hon. Secretary of the Interior, rescinded yesterday the 22 inst.