The Oklahoma Star
Tuesday, December 7, 1875
Colbert’s Station, I. T.
November 30th, 1875
Friend Mac: On the 4th inst. in company with Mr. Jas. A Maupin, I left home for the city of Ft. Smith. After five and a half days riding we reached the place where so many of the citizens of this country have to make their unwilling appearance every year. I must say that it is the very best conducted United Sates court that is has ever been my misfortune to have to attend. The Hon. Judge Parker fills his seat with all dignity, but with a very pleasant, smiling countenanced. I think that he is the only Judge of that court who has ever invited the officials of the Indian Nation to a seat within the bar. In fact all the officers of the court were very pleasant and agreeable gentlemen; and the gentlemanly U. S. Marshal, Gen. Fagan, is as pleasant and as agreeable as a bright May morning, and will never disgrace the position which he holds, nor allow it to be done by his officers under him if he knows it.
After leaving my horse in the care of the worthy Sheriff of Tishomingo County, that prince of clever fellows, Pete Morrison and myself made tracks for the house of the noble, kind, and hospitable Jim McAlester and took a look at the hotel that he is having built.
I noticed in the STAR about 12 months ago that a U. S. official had asked the price of postal cards in Caddo. Perhaps that gentleman had also purchased postal cards in Fort Smith, three for five cents.
The Chickasaw Law Commissioners met at Tishomingo last Monday where I expect to be in a few days.
Had winter yesterday and it is cold enough today.
Yours truly, C.