February 14, 1902
New Indian Territory Plan
Washington, Feb. 11- P. L. Soper, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indian Territory has a new plan for a form of government for the Territory. He has drawn the bill after a conference with a number of members of the House and Senate committees on Indian affairs and it will soon be introduced in other branches of congress. Mr. Soper’s bill provides for the appointment of a ___commissioner who shall be ex-officio a member of the Dawes commission, and an attorney general who shall be legal advisor of that body. Bill provides for the appointment of a county judge in each of thirty-eight counties in which the Territory is divided by his bill. The county judge shall have full jurisdiction in probate matters and jurisdiction in misdemeanors and in civil cases of certain classes. It provides for the appointment of a recorder in each county and extends Mansfield’s digest chapter on conveyances over the Territory. At each county seat there is a deputy United States marshal who shall have and exercise the power of a sheriff. It also provides for a delegate in congress. Mr. Soper urges in support of his plan that the government would not cause a burden of taxation upon the citizens of the Territory as all of the county officers are to be paid in fees.