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Railroads In Indian Territory

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Ia the New Vork Tribune of a. recent (late is u loiifi and ntercstiug letter on the above subject. Two coinpanies are anxiou8 to connect by raihoad Kort Smith, Ark., and Paris, Texas. Sueh a line would run throujfli tlie of the Choelaw Nation. The Indians do not look with favor upou the introduction of more railroads in their territoiy until they are piovided with better mt-aiif Of pteteetiAg thenist hes from the opprewloo of nota companies. They have 110 ïneans of reilress of wrongs, save through the central nvernment, and tlnit, as every one knows, is a tardy nicans of redress. At a recent meeting of the Choctaw council these two companies, armed with pennlfltion oí the Interior Department to negotiate for such right of way and backcd by au immense amount of eapital, were present to urge the passage of a bilí to allow itMh a road to be built. The bilí passed one house, but failed to pa-s the other. The central government will probably be called opon to eonsider the question thU winter. If the lawü are sueh that ÜMSI natious can not protett tlienibelves against oppresslon more extended freedom sIkhiIiI be allowed them or else the government sbuuld not allow such a line of railroad to be built. We, as a people, have not been too enthusiastic in attemptinjr to protect the Indian, m touch can be said without appearing to o wild over the cause of the "noble red man." Whcn the Indian is trtring to become civilized, as is the case with the (Jhoctaw Nktioo, it ibould be given the ]rotection of civilization.


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