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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 4, No. 4
December, 1926

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Distinguished honor has come to Dr. E. E. Dale, head of the department of history of the University of Oklahoma and a valuable member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and contributor to the pages of the Chronicles.

Dr. Dale has been selected as a member of a commission to make a survey of, the Indians of the United States.

The Commission is sent out by the Institute for Government Research, and is composed of experts in, their various fields and consists of some of the most distinguished scholars of the country.

The survey will be a complete social and economic survey of all the Indian tribes in the, United States. A year’s time will be required to collect the information and Dr. Dale has been given a leave of absence for the purpose of performing this service.

The survey is made with the full approval and co-operaton of the Department of the Interior. The result of the survey will be published by the Institute for Government Research and will be invaluable for the student of Indian affairs and of great benefit to the departments of government having in charge legislation for the Indian tribes.

The Institute for Government Research could not have made a wiser selection than that of Dr. Dale, who is an outstanding authority on the history of, the Indians. Mr. Dale has been honored, the University of Oklahoma has been recognized, and the state of Oklahoma and the Historical Society feels a pride in the fact of his selection.

J. S. BUCHANAN, Dean of Oklahoma University.

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Present-day civilization is making it exceedingly hard for animals of all kinds to survive in their natural state. In fact the earth is so completely preempted; by highly developed nations, that even the inferior nations of man stand a poor show of ever coming to, that degree of advancement which the aggressive nations enjoy. In the life of nations it requires eons of time to make, possible advanced growth; there is nothing in the present environment of the Hottentot, or the inhabitants of darkest Africa that will ever lead them to advancement without help from the civilized world. They, with other forms of life, have been driven to dwell in a relatively fixed environment to which they have become adjusted, and where, for the most part, they must forever remain.

Many species have become extinct, because of the onward march of a civilization that has destroyed their onetime favorable environment, and many primitive forms which we have with us to-day, seem to be condemned to live forever unchanged in their original environment.

While man holds sway, what chance has the less order of creatures to take possession of the earth? In the days that great bulky creatures ruled the earth, they drove all lesser animals to new modes of life and to new lines of development; but man now drives everything hither and yon, and nothing survives long that he dooms to destruction. In our day the face of the American prairie has been swept clean of a population consisting of different tribes, and different animals, that in your life-time, were distressingly numerous. Man still needs the services of a variety of animals ranging from, the smallest to the largest; many of these he must look diligently after with the greatest care, this is necessary for his own preservation; while this is truer others have done their work and may well be left to perish, or made to perish, as man desires.


The story of the Great West is being told; and these stories carry wonderful information concerning Oklahoma. While this is the case, we feel like Chronicles of Oklahoma is

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not giving to the general public as much of Oklahoma’s past history as should be given. It is the desire of, those in charge of the magazine to make it just what it should be, an historical periodical of merit, as far as possible, above reproach, giving an accurate statement of things prehistoric, as well as those of more recent years. To do this we find ourselves helpless without the assistance of the men who know the past of this country.

Already we have lost for all time vast amounts of historical data, that would read like a romance, items of interest that would be instructive and civilizing, matter that would be worth while in our schools, that would acquaint our citizenship with the past with all it contained, enabling one to contrast the past with the present, giving us an appreciation for our day and civilization that we could not possibly have otherwise. What we wish to say is this: no one person knows this country in its entirety and in order to get as much as possible of the past, we can only get it by getting a little here and a little there from the many who have had to do with the past as it was given them by others, or as they have been able to discover them by association and research.

Oklahoma occupies a position that gives her importance in the history of the Great West, that is second to none; no state in the union is richer in things that go to make real history than she. As citizens we must give this information to the present and future generations, or be guilty of negligence to a trust committed to us.


Inasmuch as this office has repeatedly been called upon to give information touching the history of this country, from its many angles, we wish to say to all whom it may concern, that we send the Chronicles of Oklahoma to all the accredited schools of the state, free of cost to the schools, the state paying the cost. In these numbers of the Chronicles is to be found in the majority of instances, the information desired. We are not trying to shirk responsibility when we say this, but we are desirous that the student body have their attention called to this matter as a means of acquiring the information without delay. Nearly every mail brings a request for informa-

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tion that can be had by reference to the above mentioned periodical which will be found in the school library, or should be; if not, let us know, and we will undertake to furnish the missing copies. Do not hesitate to send to this office for historical data; it is our pleasure to supply you with anything we may be able to furnish.


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