as Hominy and Gray Horse. News of Indian affairs was printed in the form of an irregular "Washington Letter."
On July 1, 1894, the newspaper became the property of Sylvester J. Soldani and Leahy, with the latter acting as editor. Soldani, born in Kansas, came to the Indian Territory in 1871 with his mother, who was Osage. He grew up near Pawhuska, was educated in the Osage schools and at Osage Mission, Kansas, and studied law. His main interest in the 1890s was ranching. 3 Soldani and Leahy continued to publish the same kinds of local materials but reduced the amount of it to two pages. They were strongly Democratic in politics but claimed that they stood for the good of the Osage people.
In March, 1895, Leahy relinquished his interest in the paper to Soldani, and George E. Tinker returned as editor. The paper still carried local items as it had formerly: news from outlying towns such as Blackburn, reports of council proceedings, and items on tribal politics. But the tone was decidedly harsh. Tinker attacked the projected income tax, drunkenness, management of the Indian school at Pawhuska, and Indian Agent H. B. Freeman. In the process, The Wah-shah- she News incurred the wrath of not only Freeman but the local traders as well. Whether that had anything to do with the paper's reorganization the following June is uncertain. Soldani's name was dropped from the paper, which became the property of the News Publishing Company. Tinker remained as editor and took on J. F. Palmer, another Osage, as associate editor. Born in Dakota Territory on April 5, 1862, Palmer had been educated at Osage Mission, Kansas. He had come to the Indian Territory in 1876. 4 The paper's motto had been "Speak the truth and you will shame the devil." In keeping with that idea, Palmer promised to speak out. He continued the editorial attacks on Agent Freeman until August, when Freeman, in his official capacity as Indian agent, ordered him to stop criticizing the direction of agency affairs. Bowing to the pressure, Palmer published his resignation in the issue of August 10, 1895.
It is uncertain whether the paper continued. That the agent had the power to silence the editors is clear; it is likely that he also had the power to squelch the paper. Whatever the case, The Wah-shah-she News was not George E. Tinker's last journalistic venture. In 1909, he was one of the founders of the Osage Magazine.*