Purcell, Indian Territory: H.T. Miller, 1891. Large folio newspaper. pp. Previously folded, with some small separations along old fold lines. Several small chips and closed tears around edges. Tanned, but else clean. Nearly very good. A rare account of the second Oklahoma land rush in 1891, as reported by an important Indian Territory paper printed by American Indians. This second land run occurred on Sept. 22 and 23, 1891 in an attempt to claim lands from the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Potawatomi, and Shawnee reservations, as well as the area around the town of Tecumseh in what would become Pottawatomie County, that were being opened to settlement by the federal government. The paper contains reports from various locations across the newly available territory and also states: "The fact that thousands of 'sooners' have been on the ground for days is sure to cause trouble. Everyone will claim that everyone else is a 'sooner.' It will be a much worse condition of affairs than that which followed the opening of Oklahoma." THE TERRITORIAL TOPIC was established in 1889 by Henry T. Miller, who had brought his printing plant from Kansas to Purcell in Indian Territory. It was the third newspaper printed in the Chickasaw Nation. "The TERRITORIAL TOPIC espoused and was an ardent supporter of the interests of the intermarried disenfranchised citizens of the Chickasaw nation, and for this fact, and also because it was an excellent medium of news, the paper attained a wide and influential circulation" - Foreman. A very rare example of newspaper printing from Indian Territory. Copies of the TOPIC are recorded in only four institutions by OCLC, and none outside Oklahoma and Kansas. Not in Gilcrease-Hargrett. FOREMAN, pp.125-26. OCLC 13764429. (Inventory #: WRCAM51885)
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