By Matthew Durkee

From the Pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, October 1947:

Del Norte Indians this week served notice that they would have nothing more to do with Frederick C. Collett, who for the last year and a half has represented them in Washington on claims against the federal government. They charged at a Klamath meeting last Sunday that Collett alone is responsible for all the confusion and delay in settlement of the California Indian claims.

Led by Mrs. Margaret Lara, a descendant of many generations of Indian leaders and president of the local Yurok Tribal Organization, they did not permit Collett to gain control of the meeting. Mrs. Lara, who presided at the meeting, told Collett to “Get out and stay out of Klamath.” Those who attended the meeting said that Collett was given an opportunity to speak “if what he had to say was the truth and of some benefit to Klamath Indians,” but that he refused to do so unless he could control the meeting. Collett then left the meeting. Following his exit the group discussed filing of claims.

The Klamath organization is the only group of California Indians who have filed claims with the Claims Commission, according to local tribal leaders. They maintain that other groups are still being led in circles by private attorneys who are trying to dominate the California Indian case.

The Del Norte Indians allege that Collett has an objectionable contract pending in Washington waiting approval of the Secretary of the Interior. They further allege in their meeting that Collett has collected thousands of dollars from local Indians without bringing them any beneficial results in the way of payment for lands taken by treaty (later broken) from their forefathers.

Fog horn doesn’t work when needed

The Crescent City Harbor Commission is seeking to establish a light on Round Rock and a horn out farther to aid mariners with their navigation in fog conditions. The commission is presently discussing the possibility of erecting the navigation aids with the Coast Guard. The harbor now has a fog horn, but it works mechanically by wave action. The device is inadequate because wave action is at a minimum during fog conditions.

Klamath Cedar Mill accident kills Keating

William Keating, 64, Klamath old-timer, died almost instantly when a log rolled on top of him in an accident at the Klamath Cedar Mill early Tuesday morning.

The tragic accident happened about 8:30 a.m. shortly after work had begun. Keating was a veteran sawyer and a well-loved Klamath figure.

He had lived in Klamath for the last 35 years. He was born in Elk River and worked in the mills of Humboldt and Del Norte counties all his life.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Keating.

Triplicate issues call for more staff writers

If you are a person who has always wanted to write, but who has never been given the opportunity to see your stuff in print, you are the one we want.

The Triplicate needs staff writers now. We need at least one writer to gather local notes and another to help with straight news copy.

Previous journalistic experience is not necessary. All you need is the desire to write and the ability to put facts together in story form.

Here is the chance you may be waiting for. Don’t delay; call at the Triplicate office today.

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Groups promote safe handling of war trophies

The Treasury, War and Navy Departments and the National Rifle Association are offering all available facilities to promote public safety in the handling of explosive-type war trophies, such as land mines, grenades, shells, projectiles, cartridges, semi-automatic pistols, machine guns and machine pistols, brought home from the battlefields by veterans. This program was necessitated in view of the many casualties to military personnel and civilians, especially children, resulting from handling war trophies.

Owners of war trophies desiring to have them examined and, with the owners’ permission, made harmless, if necessary, should communicate with Charles W. Glover, Sheriff, Del Norte County, or Viggo Hoyer, Chief of Police.

Reach Matthew Durkee at mdurkee@triplicate.com.

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