[Beginning Wednesday, January 21, 1880.]




On Tuesday morning we went out to the grounds that have recently attracted considerable attention on account of the gold and silver formation said to exist there. This locality is about three miles northwest of town in a sandy region covered with a growth of black oaks. We publish in this number of the TRAVELER two assays of specimens taken from these grounds, and while we do not pretend to say whether the ore is rich enough to justify the expense of smelting, we know to a certainty that the supply is almost unlimited of both the black and red formation. If the mineral should justify the expense of smelting, it will soon revolutionize this part of the country and it is a gross fabrication to deny its existence.


San Francisco County, Missouri,

January 11, 1880.

Mr. Eddy: The two samples of sand stone you sent me each carried 18 ounces of silver to the ton. I say about 18 oz. because with the scales I used I could only determine that it was more than 15 oz. and less than 20 oz.

I would have answered sooner but the package was delayed on the road and I did not receive it until two days ago. Yours,

D. McK.


A. T. & S. F. Railroad Company,

Engineering Department,

Topeka, Kansas.

December 15, 1879.

I. H. Bonsall, Esq.

Dear Sir: Enclosed another assay. This is also from a careful and reliable assayist, and looks well.

Truly Yours,



Office of Assayer,

Father DeSmet Consolidated Gold Mining Company

Golden Gate, Dakota Territory.

November 22, 1879.

H. B. Alexander, Esq.

Dear Sir: The Sample of ore pulverized and received by mail has been assayed by fire, and the return shows

Gold .............. $10.34

Silver ............ 1.93

Per ton of 2,000 pounds: $12.27

Yours truly,





The Territory of Oklahoma.

Washington, Jan. 15. The Senate Committee on Territories, some days ago, referred to a sub-committee, composed of Senators Vest, Butler, and Logan, the question of the organization of the Indian Territory into a Territorial Government. The sub-committee, after several sessions, directed Senator Vest to prepare a bill providing for the establishment of the Territory of Oklahoma, and the appointment by the President of the usual Territorial officers. The legislative branch of the proposed Territorial Government is to consist of the Council of thirteen members and the house of twenty-six. Representatives are appointed among the several tribes according to the number of qualified voters. Any male Indian twenty-one years of age, who has adopted the customs of civilized life, will be entitled to vote. Lands are to be surveyed, and each person who is a member of a tribe occupying a reservation within the limits of the Territory is entitled to a homestead of 160 acres. Adults can select their own homesteads, and minors by their guardians. The alienation of homesteads is prohibited for twenty years. For an Indian to become a citizen he must be a resident of the United States for five years, a resident of the Territory, and have a good moral character for two years. Such Indians are to be paid the cash value in proportion of the funds of the tribe held in trust by the United States, and the bill also repeals all acts granting lands in the Territory to railroads upon the extinguishment of the Indian title, and sections 16 and 36 are reserved for school purposes. The sub-committee, and, in fact, the full committee, are very doubtful as to the right of Congress to dispossess the Indians of their lands, and they will so frame their bill as to prevent those objections which the Indian tribes within the Territory have hitherto made against the organization of a Territorial form of government, and will endeavor to protect them in their rights by every means within the power of Congress.




Editor Traveler:

In tramping over Cowley county, where I propose, when the trumpet blows, to rest my weary bones, as per promise, I will give you my impression of the several townships as I pass them.


The first point I struck after leaving the Territory was what is called East Bolton, and at the point where the Arkansas river enters the Territory. There lives Mathew Chambers on a rich first and second bottom farm of two hundred and forty acres, and one has only to partake of his fluid and substantial hospitality; view his one hundred head of brood cows and two hundred stock hogs, to pronounce him a prosperous and successful farmer. He is building a stone barn, 30 x 46, with a two foot Wall. On his farm is located a saw mill, and the yard is filled with oak, walnut, elm, and cottonwood logs, and I was told that it kept four teams constantly running to keep the mill supplied.

East Bolton is a narrow strip south of the river, six miles long and three in width, and yet in that small strip, that has only been settled seven years, there is now in wheat over two thousand acres, and more than one-third of the township.


And when one sees in so new a country as this the corn cribs of Wm. Kay, with his six thousand bushels of corn and about two hundred hogs, or W. J. Hamilton's eight thousand bushels, and hogs till you can't rest, one is led to inquire where did all this corn come from or are we in the land of Egypt. Nor have they neglected good stone barns and dwelling houses, fine, young orchards and hedges. All point to this as a good "hog and harmony" region, which is the only sure basis of successful farming.

Wm. Kay is now building a large, fine stone dwelling that would be a credit to a country fifty years old.

Many of the citizens are in debt, and good improved farms can be bought at, or about, ten dollars per acre.


In the west part of East Bolton such farms and buildings as Buggy's, Harkins', and others would do credit to Iowa or Illinois. With good schools, good water, and timber convenient, I predict for East Bolton a prosperous future.






Fifth Avenue, West side of Summit Street. Meals at all hours.

R. HOFFMASTER, Proprietor.



Tenders his professional service to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Surgical dressings, and diseases of the Eye, Ear, Throat and Nose (Nasal Catarrh) a specialty. Office over L. McLaughlin's Store. Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.



On Wednesday, February 11th, 1880, I will offer for sale, at public auction, the following described property: Span of good mules, 5 head of work horses, 2 colts, 2 milk cows, 1 heifer, 2 calves, 100 head of hogs, 6 dozen chickens, 1 dozen ducks, 1,000 bushels of corn, 100 bushels of potatoes, 50 bushels of oats, 2 good farm wagons, 1 spring wagon, 1 self-binding harvester, in use one year, grass mower and sulky rake, 1 sulky plow with breaker, 2 stirring plows, 1 cultivator, 2 harrows, 1 2-horse corn planter, 300 posts, 200 rails, 3 pairs harness, 1 saddle, 4 ricks hay, etc. Sale will commence at 9 o'clock a.m., at my residence on the Arkansas River, in Beaver township, 10-1/2 miles southwest of Winfield.

TERMS: Sums under $10 cash, over $10 and under $100, 9 months time, over $100 1 year's time, with approved security.




We are now prepared to sell Osage Shaft Coal, Trinidad Coal, and Blacksmith Coal selected from the mines near Trinidad.



Try our "MONOGRAM" cigars, best 5 cent cigar in town at the GREEN FRONT.



If the ladies and children want woolen sacks and hoods they can find all styles at Matlack's.

A word to the wise! Cold weather is coming. Ladies, purchase your wraps, cloaks, shawls, sacks, and hoods of Matlack.

All kinds of blankets at Matlack's.

New fringes and laces for winter dresses at Matlack's.

Ladies, call at Matlack's and look through the assortment of cloaks, both "Beaver" and "Metalasse" cut and made in latest styles. Very handsome!

Largest stock of gloves to be found in this market at Matlack's.

Merino union suits for children's underwear can be had at Matlack's.

A case of new prints, chintzes, and ginghams just received at Matlack's.

Ladies and gents Castor gloves at Matlack's.

A complete line of Ladies, Misses, and Children's shoes at Matlacks.


Ladies call and examine my bedspreads. S. MATLACK.

Ladies who desire fine woolen hose, regular made, for themselves and children will find them at Matlack's.

A handsome line of winter dress goods including cashmeres, alapacas, gaonic, corgola, and cordrette cloths, clarendon and princess cloths, and many cheaper grades at Matlack's.

New Ruchings, A complete line of Swiss Embroideries, Frilling, Guipure, Yak, and Valencainnes Laces in large variety. Cotton, Linen, and Silk Handkerchiefs and Ladies, Misses, and Children's Hosiery a Specialty. S. MATLACK.

Good Dried Apples, 5 cents per pound. S. MATLACK.

TABLE COVERS and Bedspreads, at MATLACK'S.

Children must have shoes and you can find all kinds at


Cracked Pearl wheat at S. Matlack's.


TAKE NOTICE. All persons indebted to us for Drugs and Medicines must call and settle before February 1st, 1880, and save cost.



The best Livery Barn in the city for sale. Also a good dwelling house and town lots for sale in a desirable part of the city. Inquire of JAMES L. HUEY.


J. L. Huey has tax roll for 1879, in the office lately occupied by Channell & McLaughlin. Tax receipts given when money is paid. Fee 50 cents.




Mr. Bishop is erecting the boss dwelling in the city.

Mr. Wm. Burkey, of Salt City, was in town last Saturday.

Thanks to Charley Hollaway for a very handsome pen holder.

Boon Hartsock is on the street with a nobby transfer wagon.

January 20, shipped 111 hogs, weight 30,419, $3.50, Cox & Nichols.

The engineer of the Santa Fe railroad is finishing a very neat cottage on the east side of town.

James Benedict is building a storehouse on Central Avenue for the Agricultural Implement trade.

The Department has notified the railroad officers to extend mail service from Winfield to Arkansas City.

Mr. James Wilson is building an addition of about 20 feet to his store, and intends to increase his stock of goods.

MARRIED. By Elder Broadbent, at his residence, January 13th, 1880, T. J. Lewis and Laura Edds, both of Sumner county.

Mr. O'Harrow, of Albion, New York, cousin of C. R. Sipes, is here on a visit of inspection, and expresses himself as well pleased with the new West.

Mr. Dandy, of Texas, and formerly of Chicago, arrived here last night. We understand Mr. Dandy will engage in the sale of musical instruments at this place.


FOOTBALL. Last Saturday afternoon was so warm and nice that the fun-loving citizens of our city participted in a game of football, and seemed to enjoy themselves hugely.


DIED. Mr. Israel Swickard, on Friday, January 16th, 1880, at his residence about five miles northwest of Arkansas City. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.


The demand for Post Office boxes exceeds the supply, and those who wish to retain their boxes must pay the rent promptly or their mail will be placed in the General Delivery.


Business has increased so rapidly since the arrival of the railroad that our merchants have either to build additions to the old stores or build new ones to supply the increase of trade.


Mr. A. J. Ash, late of Ash & Payne, proposes to go into the stock business in Cowley county. We hope Mr. Ash may find wealth in pursuing the bounding steer over the plains of Cowley.

Atchison Champion.



MARRIED. George Walker, of Winfield, and Miss Jennie Sleigh, of Oxford, were married in Winfield last week. George kept the matter very quiet; although he was around town for several days, his marriage will be news to the public.


Last Saturday the horses ran away with the omnibus, and threw the driver off. As one of the lead horses was a little faster than the rest, they ran around in a circle until they were caught. No damage was done, and no one was hurt.


A very destructive fire has been raging in the Territory near the Salt Fork, south of this city, by which seven horses belonging to Capt. Nipp, and several for the Dean boys, were burned to death. No further damage has yet been heard of.


Mr. Shivley, a German from Texas, is here prospecting with a view of purchasing property if pleased with our country. If Mr. Shivley settles here, some fifteen other families will join him. Come along, lots of room and no better country or people under the sun.


The school room for the infant classes will be opened on Monday next. We would suggest to the teacher of this department to look well to the ventilation of the room. Frail constitutions and the germs of disease that follow the victim through life often have their origin in the school room.


Mr. Hoffmaster is making preparations to build an addition on the west side of his restaurant on Fifth Avenue, as the building he has now is not large enough to accommodate his boarders. It will be completed in a couple of weeks, and then he will be able to room about 25 boarders.


Notice is hereby given to the citizens of Bolton township that there will be a meeting held at the Bland school house on Saturday, January 31st, at 2 o'clock p.m., for the purpose of nominating township officers for the ensuing year.


Trustee of Bolton Township.


The law licensing the killing of quail expired on the 31st of December, 1879, and hereafter any person killing, having in possession, or exposing quail for sale is liable to a fine of ten dollars, and further makes any express or railroad company liable for handling the same. One-half this penalty goes to the party complaining, or giving the necessary information.



L. C. Wood has sold his livery stock and leased his stable to Furgason & McIntire of Wichita. Mr. Wood will improve his vacant lots on Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue draws, don't it? With little or no improvement on that street it more than holds its own against all odds, and now that the mail will come up from the depot on that street it will continue the boss Avenue in town.


Mahlon Stubbs came up from the Kaw Indian Agency last Friday. He says that but three hundred and fifty members of the Kaw tribe are now alive, and that they are on the decrease very fast--fifty having died since his late connection with the agency. Mr. Stubbs reports Arkansas City booming--and says he bought the second railroad ticket ever sold at that point.

Emporia Ledger.


Mr. Frank Hutchinson gave a party to his many friends last Friday evening, in honor of his twenty-first birthday. The crowd in attendance was very large and a splendid time was had by all who participated. They separated at a late hour, thinking that it was the party of the season. Pea-nuts served for



A new town has been laid out on the Grouse where the railroad crosses the same, and the prospect is that it will become a point of considerable importance. We have not yet heard the name of the town, though it is located in range 7, on Ballon's land. It is surrounded by a good country, and will control a large trade in that part of the county that was formerly tributary to Winfield. Burden and Lazette will be merged in the new town.


What are the citizens thinking of that they do not burn around the town? It is now nearing spring, when prairie fires will be set out all over the country to burn up the old grass, and the fire is more than likely to run in on us. The northeast part of the city, especially, is in need of a safe-guard against the fire, as there is no protection except a narrow wagon road, and there is a large number of new dwellings in that part that, if a fire should once get under headway, could not be saved. Will not someone take steps in this direction before it is too late?



The readers of the TRAVELER who reside on the border will read with interest the status of the bill introduced in Congress for the organization of the Territory of Oklahoma. Several of our exchanges from more northern localities question the wisdom of opening the Indian Territory to settlement, though in this opinion we do not share. With the Territory organized for settlement, our farmers would find an excellent market for their produce, and our towns on the border would receive trade and activity that nothing else can supply. We think it a very selfish view that excludes from settlement a Territory simply because it may drain from localities some of its population. Senator Vest, who introduced this bill, is a Missouri Democrat, and if his party, in Congress, thinks they can gain any political advantage by organizing the Territory for settlement, we feel certain that it will be done before the first day of June. As a party measure it must be utilized before the fall campaign or it will be forever lost to the Democratic party. Momento mori.


There was a public installation of the officers of South Bend Grange (No. 1036) last Saturday night at their hall in Pleasant Valley township. The room was tastefully decorated; a good audience was in attendance, and an interesting meeting was held. The following is a list of the officers for the year 1880.

Master: S. H. Parks.

Overseer: J. W. Adams.

Lecturer: E. F. Green.

Stewart: S. O. Hunt.

Assistant Stewart: T. Hughes.

Chaplain: R. L. Wright.

Treasurer: T. B. McCollom.

Secretary: S. H. Tolles.

Gate-keeper: Joshua Birdzell.

Cres: Miss Eva Birdzell.

Pomona: Mrs. Hunt.

Flora: Mrs. Adams.

Stewardess: Mrs. Campbell.


Mr. Smith, who resides in the Centennial school district, reports that quite an excitement exists in that neighborhood, arising from Mr. James Mann being bitten by a rabid dog on Saturday last. Several head of stock were also bitten by the same dog. Mr. Mann is now en route to Paola in quest of that notorious mad stone, and God knows we hope his faith will make him whole.




The School Library.

The following is a list of the books at present in the High School Library.



History of Greece, Smith, No. 9.

History of Rome, Smith, No. 25.

Fifteen Decisive Battles, Creasy, No. 10.

Knickerbocker New York, Irving, No. 1

Child's England, Dickens, No. 11.

History of Chivalry, James, No. 14.

Conquest of Granada, Irving, No. 56.




Wm. the Conqueror, Abbott, No. 3.

Madame Roland, Abbott, No. 4.

Julius Caesar, Abbott, No. 5.

Hernando Cortez, Abbott, No. 6.

Emperor Nero, Abbott, No. 45.

Mary Queen of Scots, Abbott, No. 46.

Alexander the Great, Abbott, No. 47.

Queen Hortense, Abbott, No. 48.

Romulus, Abbott, No. 49.

Richard III, Abbott, No. 50.

Walter Scott, Hutton, No. 13.

Life of Washington, Bancroft, No. 15.




Alhambra, Irving, No. 5.

Siam, Bacon, No. 38.

Central Asia, Taylor, No. 39.

Arabia, Taylor, No. 40.

Japan, Taylor, No. 42.

Wild Men & Wild Beasts, Cuming, No. 41.

Yellowstone Park, Richardson, No. 43.

A Kansas Abroad, Prentis, No. 27.




Complete Works of Tennyson, No. 18.

Compete Works of Longfellow, No. 55.

Complete Works of Scott, No. 52.

Complete Works of Burns, No. 51.

Lucile, Owen Meredith, No. 22.

Kathrina, Holland, No. 44.




Northern Lands, Optic, No. 32.

John Halifax, Muloch, No. 16.

Victor of Wakefield, Goldsmith, No. 17.

Dombey & Son, Dickens, No. 21.

Nicholas Nickleby, Dickens, No. 23.

David Copperfield, Dickens, No. 58.

Undine, etc., Fouque, No. 24.

Twice Told Takes, I, II, Hawthorne, Nos. 53 and 54.

Jane Eyre, Bronte, No. 57.

Romola, Eliot, No. 59.

Swiss Family Robinson, No. 60.

Ivanhoe, Scott, No. 61.

Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, No. 62.




Politics for Young Americans, Nordhoff, No. 7.

Natural History, Wood, No. 8.

Juvenile Speaker, Russell, No. 12.

Recollections of a Literary Life, Mitford, No. 19.

Four Georges, Thackeray, No. 20.

Good Morals & Manners, Gow, No. 26.

Earth and Man, Guyot, No. 28.

Rhetoric, Hill, No. 29.

Sketches of Creation, Winchell, No. 30.

Story on the Constitution, No. 31.

Ag. Rep. Kan., 1877-1878, No. 33.

Cyclopedia Com. Things, Champlin, No. 34.

Words, Use and Abuse, Mathews, No. 35.

Hours with Men & Books, Mathews, No. 36.

The Great Conversers, Mathews, No. 37.


The Library is open from four till five p.m. of every Friday.

Books are loaned at the rate of ten cents per volume. This entitles the person paying to keep the book two weeks. Fines are assessed according to Rules, which will be found in each volume.

It is hoped that the town's people will take an interest in this. Donations of money, or books of standard value, can be handed to Librarian or any of the Teachers. Make this a success. Give the aid of your purse liberally. It will advance the interests of education and progress materially.

C. H. SYLVESTER, Librarian.





Highest cash prices paid for all kinds of grain by


At Schiffbauer Bro.


Arkansas City Market Report.

Wheat, 85 cents.

Corn, 20 cents.

Hogs, choice, $3.50

Kansas City Market.

Wheat, No. 2, $1.04-1/2

Corn, 28-3/4 cents

Hogs, choice, $4.10 @ $4.25

Medium to fair, $3.80 @ $4.00

Stockers, $2.25 @ $3.50


Retail Market Report.

Flour, per 100, $2.50 to $3.25

Corn, per bushel, 25 cents

Corn Meal per 100, $1.00

Oat Meal per 100, 30 cents

Potatoes, $1.00 to $1.25

Sweet potatoes, per lb., 3 to 4 cents

Dressed turkeys, per lb., 10 cents

Dressed chickens, per lb., 8 cents

Hominey, per lb., 5 cents

Michigan Apples, per bbl., $6.50

Michigan apples, per peck, 70 cents to 80 cents

Onions, per peck, 75 cents

Cabbage, per head, 5 to 15 cents

Turnips, per peck, 15 cents

Beans, per lb., 6-1/4 cents

Cranberries, per lb., 15 cents

Coffee, per lb., 22 to 35 cents

Sugar, per lb., 10 to 12-1/2 cents

Rice, per lb., 10 to 12-1/2 cents

Prunes, per lb., 12-1/2 cents

Tea, per lb., 25 cents to $1.00

Crackers, per lb., 10 to 15 cents

Cheese, per lb., 20 cents

Bacon, per lb., 12 cents

Ham, per lb., 10 to 15 cents

Shoulders, per lb., 8 cents

Steak, beef, per lb., 8 to 10 cents

Roast, beef, per lb., 8 cents

Ribs, pork, per lb., 3 to 5 cents

Sides, pork, per lb., 10 cents

Pickled pork, per lb., 10 cents

Sausage, per lb., 8 to 10 cents

Soap, per bar, 5 to 10 cents

White Fish, per lb., 10 cents

Mackerel, per lb., 10 cents

Rope, per lb., 15 cents

Cider, per gal., 50 to 60 cents

Dried Fruits, per lb., 12-1/2 to 20 cents

Salt, per lb., 2 cents

Peanuts, per bu., $1.00

Dried Sweet Corn, per lb., 15 cents

Cracked Wheat, per lb., 10 cents

January 19, 1880.





Selling Arms to Indians.

Congressman Beltzhoover has introduced a bill in the House to prevent and punish the sale of arms and ammunition to uncivilized Indians. The measure should be passed without any opposition. More than half of our Indian troubles may be directly attributed to the fact that the Government has heretofore taken no effective steps to prevent the sale of arms and fixed ammunition to savage tribes. The law as it stands prohibits the sale of rifles and cartridges upon the reservations and to hostile tribes while waging war; but even this vague and unsatisfactory law is not executed. In the neighborhood of every reservation there are dealers in arms at all times ready to supply the largest demands of the Indians. The trade is exceedingly profitable, the purchasers usually paying enormous prices in valuable furs for their guns and ammunition.

The officers of the Interior Department know that this traffic is being carried on continually, and it is not unlikely that some of them are permitted to share in its profits as a reward for permitting sales on the reservations. Secretary Schurz maintains that he has no sufficient authority to drive the traders off, and we do not doubt that he is right, though we are far from certain that he would interfere if he could.

The army has no power to meddle with the business. It is inconceivable why this condition of affairs should have been permitted to continue so long; to permit it to continue longer would be little less than criminal. In one sense it is rather late in the day to interfere, because there is hardly an able-bodied savage Indian in the West who is not at present supplied with a small arsenal of the most destructive arms known to modern science.

During the Sioux war two years ago, the red warriors were better armed than the soldiers sent against them. The Utes engaged in the Thornburgh massacre all carried long-range Winchester rifles and an endless supply of metallic cartridges; while the soldiers had only carbines--good arms at close range, but no match for the superior rifles in the hands of their savage foes. It would not be easy to take their trusty breech-loaders away from the Indians, but they might be rendered practically harmless by the enactment and strict enforcement of a well-digested law to prevent and punish the sale of any more fixed ammunition to the uncivilized tribes, either on or off their reservations. Of course, the sale of arms should also be prevented in the same manner.

No civilized Government would think for a moment of permitting the inmates of its penitentiaries and insane asylums to arm themselves with repeating rifles. The savages of the West are even more dangerous to the peace and safety of their civilized neighbors than the same number of convicts and lunatics would be, and the risk of permitting them to be armed with the most approved weapons of modern warfare is far greater.

The Indian traders and sentimentalists of the East will reply that the savages maintain themselves largely by hunting and that they must have arms or die of starvation. This argument should have no weight with any person possessed of common sense. No hunter, either white or red, needs a Winchester rifle in pursuit of game. White hunters do not use that arm at all. It is made for war and not for sport. If the Indians must be permitted to equip themselves for the hunting field, they should be limited in their choice of arms to the shot-gun and the ordinary hunting rifle of small caliber and short range. Their fathers got along very well with bows and arrows, and we have yet to learn that game is more difficult to kill now than it was 50 or 100 years ago. As a matter of fact, the Indians do not buy Winchesters and fixed ammuntion for the chase. They do buy both for the purpose of making war upon their white neighbors and the army. They never think of taking the war path until they have purchased a sufficient supply of rifles and cartridges to enable them to carry on a long campaign. For months before the last Ute outbreak the traders who deal with that tribe did a rushing business in the sale of arms and ammunition. They made a great deal of money, and, of course, they will use what influence they have at Washington to prevent the passage of Mr. Beltzhoover's bill. In this they will be aided by the traders who deal with other tribes, but they ought not to have any weight with Congress. Surely if the Government is able to prevent the sale of liquor to the Indians, it can also stop the traffic in arms and ammunition. Globe-Democrat.




We have been informed since our last issue that Congressman Ryan has a bill already before Congress for a general right-of-way through the Indian Territory, not giving it to any particular company or any particular set of men, and we learn further that the Memphis, Little Rock and Fort Smith road belongs to a Boston company, same as also the A. T. & S. F., and whenever the right-of-way is granted the two companies stand ready to commence at both sides of the Territory and push a road rapidly through it.





We have a long list of subscribers to a petition asking Congress to create for the Indian Territory an organized government; and all who believe that the Territory should be open to the actual settler, and have not already signed the petition, we hope will come forward promptly and do so.

We wish to return the petition to the committee which drafted it, in a very few days, and right now is just the time to sign it.

Dispatches from Washington report that large parties in Southwestern Kansas are now organized with a view to invade the Territory without the authority of law. Now, while we are emphatic in our opinion that this Territory should be organized for white settlement, and that the question cannot long remain in suspense, we are equally positive that it is unpolitic and unwise to attempt to force the question by squatter sovereignty. We hope that no reader of the TRAVELER will take it upon himself to organize the Territory for his particular benefit.

Await the action of Congress and do nothing but what the law will sanction. This is the only wise course, and those who pursue it will always be found on the right side.

We have also a petition to Congress asking for the right-of-way to a railway company from Arkansas City to Fort Smith, and we hope our people will give it their endorsement.

If Congress declines to give the Territory an organized government, then the right-of-way to a railroad from here to Fort Smith is the next best outlook, and will add greatly to the general prosperity.

The view promulgated by some that "as this is now the terminus, we should do everything possible to keep it so," is too narrow for a progressive age and, we believe, will fail to receive general endorsement.

A grand trunk line spanning the Territory and connecting Arkansas City with a southern outlet is the aim indispensable to a bright future. We can't remain a town on a bob tail while we see before us the prospect of a live city on a Grand Trunk, reaching from the Pacific into all parts of the South. Let's sign the petition.




A Magnificent Water Power.

It is not generally known by our people that a magnificent water power is within the limits of our city, and yet such is the fact. Practical engineers have already made an estimate of the amount of fall between the Arkansas and Walnut rivers, and find it to be seventeen feet. They also state that in proportion to the benefit derived, the outlay for diverting the Arkansas and taking it by a raceway on the north line of the city to the Walnut, would be small.

Starting in near the bluff on the Max Faucett place the cut would be light, and after a short distance, there would be an incline until the race would reach the Walnut.

They have demonstrated at Oxford that the Arkansas river can be turned and held with less expense than almost any other river in the West. They have also demonstrated that the sand can be so managed as not to fill the raceway and choke it up.

They have also demonstrated at Wichita that the river can be carried one mile by a race and furnish a splendid water power.

The amount of water here being much larger and the facilities ________ [OBSCURED WORDS IN NEXT TWO LINES], it can be seen at a glance that it needs only attention and a little energy to start an enterprise which will be of more value to the city than even the cattle trade.

A matter of this kind will make our city the chief manufacturing city of the Southwest. To show that there is something practical in this matter, we will say that a practical businessman of capital has already signified his willingness to put $15,000 into such an enterprise whenever the balance of the capital can be furnished by practical man. We do heartily hope that enterprises of this character that reach out to the future of our city and give promise of permanency may advance and be successful.




Our Silver Carbonates.

It is proper that each week, without advancing any positive opinion in regard to the future of the discoveries north of our city, that we should give the public any reliable facts in regard to the matter.

In the first place, we will say, as one of the Winfield papers has pronounced it a humbug, similar to the gold ore humbug near that place, that it lacks one feature of an intention to humbug, and that is concealment. The deposit is open to everybody's inspection. Anybody that feels any desire to know, can use any specimens of the ore in any way that they see fit to test its value. Five assays have been made: four of them showing silver in sufficient quantities to pay for smelting. This, and the opinion of many practical miners upon view of the deposit, are the grounds for belief that the mineral exists in paying quantities. It is the intention to test the matter in sufficient quantity to make the present hope a certainty. There are no claims or lands to sell, and there is no speculation going on in the vicinity.




[Published January 28th, 1880.]

Ordinance No. 73.

Entitled an ordinance calling an election to vote bonds to be issued to fund the city indebtedness of the city of Arkansas City.

Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the city of Arkansas City.

SECTION FIRST. That an election of the qualified voters of the city of Arkansas City shall be held on Tuesday, the twenty-fourth (24) day of February, A. D., 1880, at the office of the city clerk of said city of Arkansas City, for the purpose of voting for or against instructing the city council of said city of Arkansas City, in the State of Kansas, to issue the bonds of said city of Arkansas City in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for the purpose of funding the present indebtedness of the said city of Arkansas City.

SECTION SECOND. The manner of conducting said election shall be the same as that of general elections in this State.

SECTION THIRD. Said bonds shall, if voted, be issued in denomination of not less than five hundred dollars ($500) each, bearing annual interest at the rate of eight (8) per centum per annum, payable in ten years from the date of their issuance.

SECTION FOUR. The form of the ballots used at said election shall be as follows, to-wit: Those voting in favor of issuing said bonds shall have written or printed thereon the following words: "For issuing bonds to fund city indebtedness," and those voting against the same shall have written or printed thereon, "Against issuing bonds to fund city indebtedness."

SECTION FIVE. That ordinance No. 73 shall be in force on and after its publication three times in the Arkansas City TRAVELER and the Arkansas Valley Democrat.

Approved January 22nd, 1880.


Attest: I. H. BONSALL, City Clerk.




C. M. Scott lost his railroad ticket on his return from Wichita.

Two new buildings are pushing upwards on Central Avenue.

Mr. Welch and his little son, Manford, have returned from Santa Fe.

Mrs. Kidder, of Emporia, is visiting the family of Al. Newman.

Capt. Walton, Douglas county, is here visiting his son, Amos Walton.

Will Yowell was down from Emporia on a visit among the boys last week.

The farmers in Bolton and Cresswell townships are plowing for corn and oats.

Why don't Charley Schiffbauer put that pile of brick into a neat residence?

Herbert Thompson is quite sick with pneumonia, at his home in Bolton township.


We would call the attention of the readers of the TRAVELER to the card of S. W. Scott, contractor, architect, and builder.


Contractor, Architect & Builder.

Plans and Estimates for all kinds of Buildings or Mechnical Work, Houses, Stores, etc. Contracted for and built at short notice. All work guaranteed first class and at low prices.

Arkansas City, Kansas.


Mr. Ben Parker is lying dangerously ill at the residence of

O. P. Houghton with pneumonia.


The ladies' temperance society will meet at Rev. Thompson's residence next Thursday afternoon.


Mrs. Berkey, of Winfield, spent a few days of last week with her parents, Judge Christian and wife.



Mr. Ingersoll, the new agent at the depot, arrived last week, and is ready to serve the traveling public.


BORN: On Wednesday, January 21st, 1880, at Arkansas City, to Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Godehard, a daughter.


The probabilities are that our enterprising young druggist, W. D. M., will purchase his new stock of drugs in Kansas City.



DIED. At the residence of the late Israel Swickard in Cresswell township, January 23, 1880, Mrs. Pruett, aged 50 years.


Three U. S. Marshals were in town on Monday last, hunting for parties to put in an appearance at the Fort Smith Federal Court.


Large quantities of hay have been compressed in several counties in Kansas and shipped to Leadville and other points west.


Mr. Matlack's new brick building is pushing upwards, and the indications are that it will be the boss building in Cowley county.


Charles Evans has removed his headquarters from the depot and located directly opposite the Arkansas City House on Summit Street.


Mr. Searing shipped a carload of flour to New Mexico last week. We hope this trade will increase and become profitable to those who engage in it.


If you want money at low rates, you can find the same by calling on E. A. Clisbee, at the Central Drug Store. Read local in another column.

AD: If you want Money at low rates call on E. A. CLISBEE,

At the Central Drug Store.


Jake Beal is reported as lying at the point of death at Hot Springs, Arkansas. We hope this is a mistake. Jake was a very clever man and a good citizen.



Report says that Al. Burton, who formerly resided here, was murdered at Avery, last week. Burton had led a hard life, and while here, engaged in some very dark transactions that called forth revenge on the part of those whom he had victimized. "The way of the transgressor is hard."


Mr. Shilby has purchased a four acre lot of S. P. Channel south of town.


The cold blast on Tuesday morning will do good in retarding the growth of the fruit buds.


Charles Hutchins is teaching the school in Stony Point District, and giving good satisfaction.


A little son of E. C. Manning, Winfield, made a bon fire of the stable Tuesday afternoon, and the flames destroyed his pony.


Ham. Carder has been passing a few weeks among the mountains in Southwest Missouri. He returned a few days ago and looks all the better for his trip.


A two-year old son of Thomas Kimmel, residing east of the Walnut, fell into a bucket of hot water last Monday and scalded him from the hips down so badly that he is not expected to live.


Two boys about 16 years old were so beastly drunk on Sunday afternoon as to be objects of pity and disgrace. Whoever is furnishing these miners whiskey should be made an example to evil doers.


One of the leading mechanics of our city proposes to put in a steam engine for running saws and cutting out wood work for cornices, furniture, etc. This means business. Manufacture at home.


The Berry Bros., accompanied by Miss Susie Berry, came up from Pawnee Agency last Monday en route for Lawrence, where George, Robert, and Miss Susie will attend school the coming year.



The leap year party at the residence of L. C. Norton, on Friday night, was represented by the elite of the city, and the ladies pronounce the social event of the season.


Several children in town with the measles. Capt. Sanford's granddaughter, Josie Skidmore, was taken with this illness several days ago and has been seriously ill from pulmonary complication.


Mr. Tomes, of the Santa Fe Engineer Corps, and C. M. Scott, of this city, left here on Sunday last on a tour of observation through the Territory to Fort Smith in the interest of the railroad company.


Dr. Leonard has surveyed the north part of his farm adjoining town into town lots, and will offer them for sale so low that those who want a good sized lot, handsome location, and perfect title will be induced to purchase.


EXPLOSION. Yesterday morning a lamp was upset in this office by one of the compositors, which exploded, and sent the flames running over the floor. There happened to be some bed quilts in the office and the boys extinguished the fire before much damage was done.


A pleasant surprise was given last Saturday night in honor of Miss Chamberlain, of Kansas City, who was here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. Charles Schiffbauer. A party of friends captured the house, and music and dancing and good cheer were the order of the evening.


"Are there any new features of the proposition this year?"

"Yes; there are about six million acres of land lying along the north line of the Territory, west of the Arkansas river, which tract was ceded to the government by the Indians years ago. This is government land, and what we want to do is to have it opened for settlement."



Wm. Berkey gave the TRAVELER a call last week and reports everything lively at Salt City. The bath house is being erected and will be ready for service in a few weeks. A new hotel will be erected and every accommodation offered the public. We are glad to see these springs improved, and with the cars at Arkansas City, those in search of pleasure or health will find the springs readily reached and a visit to them will more than repay for the time and expense.


The hotels in town are crowded. We called at one the other night and found the guests piled on the floor about like cord wood. One unfortunate who retired (?) in peaceable and lawful possession of two hundred and twenty-five (avoirdupois) was flattened into a spread representing a government wall map, while the perspiration that flowed from his hide might be the victim of a tan vat. He spoke our views when he declared that, "What this town needs is hotels with more elbow room."


Mr. Charles P. Dandy desires to say to the public through the TRAVELER that he will open up a stock of musical instruments and accessories; also sewing machines and attachments, and, in fact, everything pertaining to this class of goods, and will be ready for business next week at LeClair's Palace Jewelry Store. Mr. Dandy has been engaged in the sale of machines and all kinds of musical instruments for several years, and feels confident that he can give entire satisfaction to those in want of any article in his line.


The Santa Fe Company exhibits better judgment than some towns in seeking to protect its property from destruction by fire. This company forces the water from the Walnut river, by wind power, into the water tank for the use of their engines, and it can also be carried through hose to the depot whenever required.


This city is neglecting a very important duty in making no provision for protection against fire. With wells and cisterns about empty, and practically no supply of water, no steps are taken to meet the necessity. We have frequently referred to this subject in the columns of the TRAVELER, and when somebody is scorched, then attention may possibly be paid the subject.



An Indian was in town last Monday exhibiting the scalps of white women who had fallen his victims in Minnesota. He drew his knife and, with fiendish delight, flourished it around his head, as if to say, "This is the way I did it!" Talk about the advancement such devils are making towards civilization and christianity. Why, hell is crowded with such saints and the life of our white women is worth more than all that Territory!




A Fair Appeal.

Would it not be fair and generous considering the length of time that Judge Christian has been with us, and the many efforts that he has made to build and uphold the city, now as he has grown blind in the service to give something towards restoring his sight? In making the journey for this purpose, he will necessarily have to take his daughter along, and the expenses will be heavy--more than he can do at present. But not more than this whole-souled generous community can do if they try.




Fort Reno, Indian Territory, January 18, 1880. Paymaster Broodhead, U. S. A., arrived here on the 15th inst. On the 16th a circular was issued from post headquarters announcing that the troops would be paid on the 17th, commencing at 9 o'clock a.m. Promptly at the hour one of these companies was marched to the Adjutant's office, but after waiting some time, was marched back without being paid, and it was whispered that "something was wrong." Soon the rumors flew thick and fast that "the paymaster had been robbed." The amount was variously stated at from $500 to $26,000. No payment was made, and it was evident that something indeed was very much wrong. The telegraph was soon flashing the news to department headquarters at Fort Leavenworth; but none, of course, of the outsiders knew just what was the matter. This morning it is stated by those who are presumed to know that the paymaster's safe was robbed of something over $20,000 while in transit from Leavenworth to this place.

It is stated that a board of officers was assembled yesterday, by authority of the Post Commander, Col. Beaumont, to take such measures as were necessary. The aid of our photographer was also invoked, and a number of negatives of the unlucky safe were taken.

There is a general feeling of sympathy for Major Broodhead; but we of the rank and file suppose that he will not be required to make any part of the loss good. Nevertheless, it must result in great and vexatious inconvenience to him. Times.




We have received information that Patterson & Bros. will drive nineteen thousand head of cattle from Western Texas to Arkansas City for shipment the coming season. The country south and southwest of this has an unlimited range of excellent grass, while the supply of good, fresh water is ample. We are satisfied that if the cattlemen in Western Texas examine the route to Arkansas City, and the many advantages it has over other points, that the large herds will be driven to these stock yards. The railroad company have looked at this matter closely, and have built on the banks of the Arkansas large and substantial yards for the accommodation of the stock men.




The result of Tuesday's election is a very small majority for Timothy McIntire for Trustee. Every voter who could be persuaded to favor this ticket was at the election, while a large number who were known to oppose the second volume of Timothy neglected to come to the polls. If the bottle had been passed around at election with the same freedom that the cigars were distributed on that day, the condemnation would have been very general; yet it appeared to some no moral wrong to tempt a voter with a vice that ranks next to the bottle for its pernicious influence. What the people of Cresswell have done to arouse the wrath of the Almighty to vengeance, and to provoke Him to scourge them with a punishment worse then the sores of Lazarus, is a hidden mystery. The whole transaction is a job that required the severest efforts of men who should have been engaged in better things, and we predict that many who cast their votes for a cigar will soon feel more anxious to get rid of their choice than they were to vote it.




Mr. Hayt, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, has been invited by the Secretary of the Interior to step down and out, and Chief Clerk Lockwood is in charge of the office.

The office of commissioner of Indian Affairs has a salary of three thousand dollars per year, though Mr. Hayt has managed to amass a colossal fortune.

Before Mr. Hayt was appointed commissioner, he served under Grant's administration as President of the Purchasing Board, but not with satisfaction.

While he has had the commissionership he has been connected with many transactions of purchase and sale, in which to say the least, he has not sustained any financial loss, and if he could have held the field until the close of this administration and accomplished the work that he had laid out, he would have been one of the rich men of the nation. His difficulty does not solely arise from the fact that he has been engaged in dark transactions, but he was selfish and cold hearted and refused to share the spoils with those who claimed their part of the plunder. The old adage that "When thieves fall out, honest men get their dues," is as true today as in the days of the First Advent, and many who have had business with the commissioner will not regret his decapitation.

If we review the actual working of the Indian Bureau for the last ten years, it seems more like a hoax than history. Grant's first term was marked by a change in the Indian policy that promised much but accomplished little. The society of Friends was given the guardian care of the Indians and the people were told that their noble work was the natural outgrowth of love and charity that sprang from the good old days of William Penn, and that their work would be gratuitous. It was an easy matter for an Agent appointed from this society to take the iron clad oath and affirm that he never voluntarily bore arms against the Government and he could have said with equal emphasis, that he never bore arms to support the Government. Soon the practical workings of the Indian Policy was befogged with ignorance and sectarian prejudice that plunged it into the depths of disgrace. Grant has lived to see the folly of this policy and acknowledge it, while the Indian has lost faith in sectarian dogmas. In our judgment, there is solely one practical solution to this Indian problem, and that is to assign him a homestead and with the Indian appropriation, supply him with livestock and accessions for a beginning, and then teach him that the Indian is no better than the white man, and that he must work or die.

While the policy of feeding the Indians and paying them annuities is pursued, just so long they will hang upon the Government to be fed and clothed. It is an unjust and cruel polity that holds a race in idleness and places a bounty upon their indolence.

We read with profound interest the last report of ex-

commissioner Hayt on the "Civilization and general advancement of the red man," and were amazed at the monstrous conclusions he drew. His proposition that "The advancement of the Indian has been so rapid during the last three years that it is fair to presume that at the end of the next decade his general intelligence and ability to care for himself will be equal to the average white man" is met by the fact that only a few months ago we saw at the roadside in the Indian Territory an Indian couple, who for years had attended the Agency school, and at that moment were devouring the entrails from the carcass before them. This may be civilization, but we confess we dislike the smell of it.




The water tank at the depot is nearly completed.

The mail will be transported on the cars on and after February 16, 1880.

W. W. Brown has moved his shoe shop into Peed's harness shop.

Miss May Deming, of Wichita, is in the city visiting her many friends.

There was a lyceum at the Guthrie school house last Tuesday evening.

Mr. Ben Parker is recovering from a severe attack of double pneumonia.

Will the new trustee cover the holes in the floor of the Arkansas bridge?

Mr. A. C. Williams has opened a real estate office in the room with Mr. Huey.

The lumber yard office of Mr. [? Alrichs ? WORD REALLY WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO READ ?] at the north end of Summit street is finished.

Parker & Canfield have got moved into their new carpenter shop on Central avenue.

Loomis & Hollaway will get moved into their new building by the last of next week.

Prof. Mowry's new brick building is nearly completed, and does great credit to Summit street.



What a grand opportunity for Congress to turn the Indian Bureau over to the War Department.


Read the new ad of R. Hoffmaster, at the Star Restaurant, and give him a call whenever you want a square meal.

AD: STAR RESTAURANT, Fifth Avenue, West side of Summit

Street. Meals at all hours.

R. HOFFMASTER, Proprietor.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.

Sheriff Shenneman passed through town last Friday Morning with a prisoner he had captured on Grouse Creek.


Miss Mattie Mitchell has given up her school at the Guthrie school house in West Bolton on account of the measles.


There were a good many Indians in town the first of the week selling ponies and doing a general "swapping" business.


The stone block on the east side of Summit street is nearly completed and will give a good appearance to that part of town.


Two trappers came in from the Territory, sold their traps to Schiffbauer Bros., and started east on Tuesday morning's train.


A new clothing store has been opened by Mr. J. Lindauer, of St. Louis, in the building north of Loomis & Hollaway's drug store.


James Wilson filled the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church on Sabbath last and report says that he made quite a respectable parson.


Mr. McConn and family arrived last week and will become citizens of our town. Mr. McConn intends to act as salesman in O. P. Houghton's store.


E. I. Thompson is clearking for the Chicago Lumber company.


Independent ticket in Bolton township was elected by two majority.



Mr. Chamberlain, of Kansas City, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Charles Schiffbauer.


The Stock Protective Union of Bolton township will meet at the Bland school house on Wednesday night, February 4th, at early candle light. By order of



W. H. Walker and family returned from a visit in Kentucky last week. We are informed that Mr. Walker, while absent, purchased a farm near Independence, Missouri, and will shortly go there to reside.


As John Nichols unhitched his horse to drive out of town last Monday, a mule kicked at the horse, breaking a shaft, and nearly caused a runaway. Better be careful when near mules, John, as they are dangerous "critters."


Miss DeGrass and T. A. Wilkinson have very kindly offered to come down and give a concert for the benefit of Judge Christian. The bar of Winfield have responded to the wants of the Judge with alacrity and generosity, and we hope our people will not remain behind in the good work.


TOO LOFTY. Ed Bird started from the depot one day last week with a load of stoves, and feeling ambitious to do a little more than others in his line, he elevated a large and costly stove upon what was already more than a fair load. The load passed through the streets to its place of delivery, and as Ed.

attempted to back the team, the top stove made a low bow and went to the ground with a crash. Cast-iron flew around in every direction, and someone's pocket has a hole in it.


Mr. Felton, who resides east of the Walnut in Cresswell township, sent us last week a number of the Ulster County (N. Y.) Gazette, published December 1779, containing an account of the death of President Washington, also a proclamation of John Adams, the next President of the United States, and other matters of interest in those by-gone days. Mr. Felton prizes the paper very highly, but we hope he will find it in his heart to present it to the State Historical Society.



MARRIED. McINTIRE - GREGG. At the residence of the bride's parents on Tuesday morning, February 3rd, 1880, at 9 o'clock, Mr. Chas. M. McIntire and Miss Laura Gregg, by the Rev. L. F. Laverty, all of Arkansas City.

The above was a very quiet affair, none being present except the relatives of the bride and bridegroom. After the ceremony the happy couple took the 9:30 train for a wedding tour through the East. When the honeymoon is spent, they will return to battle in partnership against life's rough waves at Arkansas City. May peace, happiness, and prosperity abide with them now and forever is the wish of the TRAVELER force.




Wedding Bells.

GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.

The groom and bride have resided in this city for several years, and have a large circle of friends. Mrs. A. A. Newman held a reception at her residence from 9:30 to 11:30, receiving a large number of friends from this city, Wichita, and Emporia. An elegant repast was served during the evening, and friends were coming and going until after midnight. This was one of the largest receptions ever held in this city, and was enjoyed by all.

The bride was beautifully attired in silver brocade, white satin, point lace, customery veil of Tule, orange blossoms, and creatu [?] roses, six button kids, jewelry, and orange buds.

Groom: Customary black, button-hole bouquet, white kids.

First Bridesmaid: Miss Angie Mantor, pink silk and combined with Tarlton and Breton lace, six-button kids.

Second Bridesmaid: Miss Clara Finley, blue silk combined with white Tarlton and Breton lace, six-button kids.

Groomsmen: Will Mowry and Mr. C. Swarts, customary black, white kids.

Ushers: Mr. Sylvester and Mr. F. Farrar.


Father and mother of the bride, Weld, Maine, a dozen silver knives and forks, 1 dozen teaspoons, 1 dozen tablespoons, 1 dozen dessert spoons, and butter knife.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Newman, Weld, Maine, 2 silver dessert spoons.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Newman, elegant family Bible.

Mr. and Mrs. George Newman, Emporia, silver cake basket.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Newman, Emporia, silver pickle castor.

Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Haywood, beautiful cut glass and silver berry dish.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Houghton, silver service.

Mrs. Kidder and Miss Nellie Jones, Emporia, silver pickle castor.

John Gooch, oil painting, clock, bracket.

Pearl and Earl Newman, 1 dozen solid silver teaspoons.

Miss Nellie Jones, Emporia, a set of glove, handkerchief, and jewel box, velvet and stain hand painted, hand painted locket.

Mrs. Storts, Emporia, Gypsy kettle.

Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, pair chromos.

Mr. and Mrs. T. McLaughlin, castor.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddy, pearl card case, bottle cologne, silver nut cracker. Bridesmaid and Groomsmen chromo.

Dr. and Mrs. Hughes, chess table.

J. C. Topliff, hanging lamp.

Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell, plant stand.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Benedict, satin lined case with pickle fork, butter knife, and sugar shell.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Benedict, silver pickle castor.

Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg and Mr. and Mrs. Sipes, silver cake and pie knife.

Dr. and Mrs. Shepard and Maj. Sleeth and wife, willow chair.

Mr. and Mrs. Huey, willow work basket.

Mrs. Farrar, hand painted necklace.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, bronze vases.

Miss Deming, Wichita, bronze bracket, 2 vases.

Mr. and Mrs. T. Mantor, hanging book case.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, beautiful cut flowers.

From the Ushers, silver card case.

Mrs. Watson, bracket.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard, server.

Mrs. L. Finley, spatter-work tidies.

Miss Chamberlain, Kansas City, vases.

W. Mowry, carving knife and fork.

Miss Kate Hawkins, toilet mat.

Mrs. Campbell, real Irish lace. Dust pan, with this inscription, "Cleanliness is akin to Godliness."

A whip, an unknown friend.

Broom, with this inscription:

"And I hold, when on the land,

That a broomstick in the hand,

A remarkable conciliating tone implants,

And so do his sisters and his kuss-ins and his aunts."

Compliments of C. M. S.




The following is a list of letters remaining uncalled for in the post office at Arkansas City, Cowley county, Kansas, February 2nd, 1880.

Andes, A. T.; Belcom, Wm.; Beaham, J. S.; Chamberlain,

G. W.; Curn, Ida; DeCamp, J.; Dougherty, Arel E.; Fairrel, M.; Furguson, V.; Gibbs, T.; Ginder, George H.; Gibbs, Alexander (3); Graham, William P.; Hutchings, George; Hubbard, James B.; Hamilton, Thomas; Hager, Ada, Mrs.; Hanson, J. P.; Jones, E. L.; Kelly, Maurice; Louis, James; Mitchell, Judith; McCoy, Noah; Mitchell, John; McDowell, W.; McCormac, Bert (2); Morton, J. J.; McDavitt, Samuel; Norris, Annie; Perkins, Jerimiah; Parker, Sylvester; Peterxon, D. H.; Poteet, George; Park, H. F.; Rector, M. C.; Park, Dan (2); Roberts, Celesta; Rich, Wm.; Robinson,

E. W.; Simpson, Wm. F. (2); Stevens, R. N.; Stone, Albert; Smith, J. C.; Southworth, Wm.; Sholes, Henrietta; Surber, David M.; Stanton, G. T.; Straight, Mr.; Thurston, Clara A.; Tommas, Wm.; Tolles, John; Freenbley, W. J. (2); Van Toy, Mary; Tyner,

Edwin H.; Watts, Lizzie.

N. B. HUGHES, Postmaster.




James Christian Blind.

The following from the Arkansas City TRAVELER is the first intimation we have had of the fact stated.

"Would it not be fair and generous, considering the length of time that Judge Christian has been with us, and the many efforts that he has made to build and uphold the city, now as he has grown blind in the service, to give something toward restoring his sight? In making the journey for this purpose, he will necessarily have to take his daughter along, and his expenses will be heavy--more than he can do at the present, but not more than this whole-souled, generous community can do, if they try."

"Jimmy" Christian used to live in Lawrence, and is well known in Eastern Kansas. We believe that if an effort was made the lawyers of this part of the State would add to the fund proposed. Commonwealth.

A subscription is in circulation for the benefit of Judge Christian, and we hope the public will respond generously to the call.



Geo. W. Cunningham, formerly with S. H. Myton, Winfield, has opened an Agricultural Implement House in this city, and will sell plows, cultivators, and all other farm implements, from the well known manufactories of the Weir Plow Co.; John Deere Plow Company; Furs & Bradly manufactoring company; Champier, Wood, and Adams & French harvesting machines; Nichols & Shepherd threshers; Bain and Mitchell farm and spring wagons. Repairs for all kinds of machines. Office with Howard, Rexford & Howard.


Mr. A. A. Newman designs to bring to Arkansas City this spring the largest stock of dry goods that has yet been brought into the Southwest. The brick store now occupied by Mr. Houghton will be crowded with goods by Mr. Newman and the rooms in the basement in the rear of the TRAVELER office will be the sales room for carpets.


O. P. Houghton is building a large addition to the "Green Front," and will order a mammoth stock of dry goods and groceries from the East. The heavy stocks of dry goods and groceries that will be brought to this city this spring will enable our merchants to compete with any trade in the Southwest.



Mr. George Newman, the Merchant Prince of Emporia, and family arrived on last Tuesday morning's train to attend the wedding of Mr. W. Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton.


The TRAVELER office was made the recipient of a bountiful supply of wedding cake from Mrs. A. A. Newman, and the office boys would like to see a wedding every evening.


Mr. and Mrs. Gooch departed on the three o'clock train for a visit in Texas.





Our business having greatly increased during the last year, and finding it absolutely necessary to have more elbow-room, we have added twenty feet to our present premises, making it much more convenient and attractive, with plenty of light to examine our large and elegant stock of goods, Dry Goods, Fancy Goods, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, Hats and Caps, at the lowest cash prices. We are very modest, or we would say thhey are the handsomest and cheapest goods in Cowley county. Come and look at them anyhow, and if you don't buy them you will be sorry.



Something New. PIANOS of any make or style you want.

Sewing Machines: American, Wilson, Stewart, Williams, or any machine you may wish, and also all kinds of needles, attachments, repairs and pure gold sperm oil.

ORGANS: Smith, American, W. W. Kimball, Thomas Bros., and Pelton & Pomeroy. Also all kinds of Musical Merchandise.

If you need andy of the above or want to see some superior goods, call on

Chas. P. Dandy,

Office and Salesroom at E. D. LeClare's Palace Jewelry Store, next to the bank.


If you want a first-class organ, buy the justly celebrated MASON & HAMLIN. If you want to RENT an Organ, and let the rent pay for the Organ, rent a MASON & HAMLIN, and I will give you TWENTY-SEVEN MONTHS time to do it in.

Office and sales-room at Loomis & Hollaway's Drug Store, Arkansas City, Kansas.





An Exhibit of the Transactions of the Board of

Cresswell Township for the Year 1879.

To the Citizens of Cresswell Township:

Your township officers having completed their duties for the past year, and having been relieved from further service deem it their duty to make a full and complete report of the state of your township at the time they entered upon the duties assigned them, and also the status at the expiration of their term of office.

The debt of the township at the time we entered the office was in bonds as follows:

Bonds for building Walnut river bridge, $5,000.

Bonds for building Arkansas river bridge, $7,500.

In scrip as follows:

Issue of Chamberlin: $ 171.00

Issue of T. McIntire: 1,724.00

Issue of Jas. L. Huey: 406.71

Total: $2,301.71

Having published a statement of the indebtedness of Cresswell township after our first meeting, we had reason to expect that the public would want to know in what manner the debts were contracted, and whether public officers had a right to create debts to such an amount, and involve the township for years to come.

The debts were created in the usual manner for the requirements of the township up to the election of Mr. T. McIntire. We give the following figures in regard to the amount of debt created during that administration.

$1,955 was issued for building a bridge across the Walnut river at Newman's mill, and on the approaches thereto as follows:

To the Missouri Valley Bridge Company, 4 orders, $50 each, 200; 4 orders, $125 each, $500, due in one year; 4 orders, $700, due in two years.

Same company, payable out of delinquent road tax fund, 3 orders, amount $100.

Same company, payable out of same fund, 7 orders, amount $275.

To A. A. Newman, for extra work on Walnut river pier, 7 orders, $100.

To Cap. Nipp for filling approach on the east to the Walnut river bridge, $50.

To A. A. Newman, extra work on the Walnut river bridge, $5.

To Cap. Nipp, filling approach to Walnut river bridge, $25.

In regard to the building of the Walnut river bridge, the facts are that a vote was taken for the purpose of issuing bonds to build a bridge over the Walnut river, at Newman's mill. The vote carried, but it was discovered by the parties interested that the township could not legally issue over $500 in bonds. The contract which had been previously made to build a bridge was then changed so as to pay $500 in bonds and the balance in township orders, and said change recorded in township books. The township board taking the vote on bonds as authority to them to build a bridge, certain parties agreeing to take part of the orders at par for cash of the Bridge Company.

The present board finding these transactions on the books deemed the last contract entirely illegal; that the township board had no right whatever to make such a contract, or to bind the citizens in payment of such contract, or to issue any township orders in payment of such a debt so contracted, and believing that the parties knew such a contract and payment in orders to be illegal from the fact that they made a previous legal contract in the manner prescribed by law for the purpose named.

In view of these facts the present board considered it their duty to refuse payment of this scrip until it was made a legal debt under a decision of law.

It having been confidently asserted that our action was repudiation, and morally wrong, we are perfectly willing to leave it with the citizens of the township to say whether the parties who knowingly, and because it suited their own purpose, entered into an illegal contract, or the parties who have sworn to do their duty and to pay only legal debts, are most in the wrong.

Report for the past year as follows:

Amount of scrip issued by board, A. Walton, trustee, $864.32.

Scrip paid off as follows:

Issue of A. W. Berkey, Principal $4.15; Interest $.80. Total: $4.95.

Issue of Chamberlin, Principal $170.00, Interest $35.55. Total: $205.55.

Issue of T. McIntire, Principal $404.20, Interest $38.11.

Total: $442.31.

Issue of Jas. L. Huey, Principal $387.21, Interest $21.03.

Total: $408.24.

Issue of Amos Walton, $864.32, all paid.

There was a portion of indebtedness, acquired under Chamberlain, not fully shown in the books and interest on bonds not figured. With these exceptions we have made a fair exhibit of the books paying every dollar of indebtedness created by ourselves and $1,060.95, made by others.

By order of the board.

A. WALTON, Trustee.

R. J. MAXWELL, Clerk.




The Railway Route to Fort Smith.

Editor Traveler:

I have been repeatedly asked since my return regarding the practicability of a railroad route from Arkansas City to Fort Smith, Arkansas, the present terminus of the Little Rock and Ft. Smith railway.

On the 25th of January in company with Mr. John E. Thomes, civil engineer of the A. T. & S. F. railway, we proceeded on horseback to Kaw Agency, a distance of about twenty-five miles, following the Arkansas river to within three miles of the Agency, then crossing through a draw from the Arkansas to Beaver creek; thence down Salt creek about fifteen miles, and up another draw into Hominy creek, then down the latter stream to where it empties into Bird creek, then down Bird creek to the Verdigris river, and down to the Arkansas to Ft. Gibson, a distance of one hundred and ninety miles. On Bird creek and the Verdigris river many bends of the streams were cut off, passing over smooth, high prairie, at an elevation of not more than thirteen hundred feet above the level of the sea, and not to exceed a fifty foot grade.

Along the route was some of the finest farming lands we ever saw; especially in the Verdigris valley, which is frequently more than three miles in width.

The people of Fort Gibson were very anxious to have the road built, and manifested great willingness to take hold of the matter.

Along Bird creek walnut lumber was being cut and sawed to ship to Chicago, for which the contractors were paying $1 per thousand feet in the tree. They could load on about 7,000 feet on one car, and it is said they receive $80 per thousand in Chicago for it. Corn was $1 per bushel at Gibson and it was expected to be $1.50 before corn time next year.

Some of the Cherokees and Creeks were in favor of a railroad while the majority were opposed to it.

Another very good route could be made crossing the Arkansas at this place, then cross back near Kaw Agency, and down from the head of Bird creek by way of Osage Agency. This would necessitate two bridges across the Arkansas at a cost of $20,000, and following the Bird creek valley would make the road a crooked one.





From Maple Township.

Editor Traveler:

The open, spring-like weather which we have enjoyed almost without cessation during the winter has caused wheat to take a vigorous and healthy growth; consequently, our prospects for an abundant harvest next season could not be more promising. Stock have wintered well and are coming through free of disease and in fine condition.

Many of our farmers have a part, and some most all of their spring plowing done, and are now only awaiting the proper time for seeding.

Health is good; however, some few cases of scarlet fever are reported over near the Walnut river, which has somewhat retarded the attendance at the schools in the vicinity.

I suppose Arkansas City is on the "boom" since the completion of the railroad to your place, and the reported discovery of rich gold and silver mines in the vicinity, which, if proven to be a bonanza, we hope you will not be selfish, but send us, of the north side, a few tons of precious ore.


Red Bud, Feb. 8, 1880.




S. P. Channell and family intend to pass the coming season in Colorado.

We are glad to see Ben. Parker up and around again after his severe sickness.

The water tank at the depot is completed and is the largest one in Southern Kansas.

Mr. Shipley has erected a neat little residence just south of the city limits on his land recently purchased of Dr. Kellogg.



Mrs. Whiteman is up from the Ponca Agency to meet the Col., who is expected this evening on his return from Washington City.


On and after next Monday the mail will come on the cars to this place. H. Tisdale has the contract for carrying the mail from the depot to the Post Office.


We hereby acknowledge the receipt of and tender our thanks for forty-five dollars received at the donation last Friday night.



We call attention of our readers to the ad of Mr. Dandy. Mr. Dandy has come here to remain as a citizen and asks a share of the public patronage. GAVE AD IN LAST ISSUE.


Marshal Gray collected for the benefit of James Christian and paid over to him, taking his receipt therefor, the sum of one hundred and sixty-five dollars and twenty-five cents.


A small band of Indians from Nebraska passed through town last week on their way to the Ponca Agency. About four hundred are to follow in the spring and be incorporated into the Ponca tribe.


We are informed that Maj. Shreeve, of Gov. St. John's staff, has been solicited to teach the nimbletoes in this city how to dance, and we hope his services will be secured as he ranks high as a professor of the art.


Judge Christian and daughter left here last Monday for Pittsburg, where he expects an operation for the removal of cataract from his eyes. He requests us to state that during his absence his address will be Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, care Duquesue [?] Bank.


The following is one among many of the different syles of addressing letters at the Post Office:

Sebastian county Arkansaw

Send this letter through bloodraw

At Wichervill let it remain

Till A. A. Furry calls again.



We understand Indians are in the habit of watching the houses and when they are satisfied there are ladies alone, go to the door and abuse them in a shameful manner. Ladies, treat them as you would an insulting tramp, to a little cold lead, and they will stay where they belong, in the Territory.


The passengers on the incoming train last Saturday night witnessed a beautiful sight just before entering the city. Some parties had set fire to the prairie grass adjoining the railroad, and as the cars came dashing down the valley, the whole train was lighted up as if by magic, and the scene for a few minutes was grand and beautiful.


McMahan, one of the prisoners who broke jail in Winfield a few days since, passed through this place last Monday in charge of one of the vigilante committee of Grouse Creek, who was returning with him to Winfield. He was retaken at South Haven, Sumner county, having stolen a horse after making his escape from jail and had been closely followed by the party in charge until captured.


While at Winfield last Monday we were invited by Dr. Davis to a seat in his buggy and went out to witness the method of track laying on the East Road. The track is laid with the use of the tramway, the same as adopted by other Roads, and the skill of the workmen demonstrated that Rail Road building has been brought to nearly perfection. Winfield now has two Roads and many of the citizens think they are ready for the second boom.


One John Bums, who has been at work on the stone block on Summit street, became very noisy and abusive last Monday; and as the city officials attempted to arrest him, he fought furiously and refused to obey the officers. He was finally captured and taken before acting Police Judge Bonsall, who assessed his fines on three charges, viz. For disorderly conduct, for resisting the officers, and for setting fire to the city prison. Total amount: $19.50. S. B. Pickle went his security that the amount would be paid before the expiration of ten days.



Remember the concert at the M. E. Church on Friday night for the benefit of Judge Christian. Prof. Wilkinson and Miss DeGrasse of Winfield, assisted by the world renowned Prof. Hoyt, will make it entertaining to all lovers of music, and as the cause for which they labor is for the relief of suffering humanity we hope the public will give them a full house. These distinguished musicians offer their services gratis and the M. E. denomination, resolved not to be outdone, make no charges for the use of their church. The people of Arkansas City are renowned for their kindness of heart and readiness to assist the unfortunate. Go "Cast thy bread upon the waters and it shall return unto thee after many days."


Chief Justice Stanton will qualify in a few days and will hold forth for the administration of justice in the room beside Judge Bonsall.


Master Philip Huff was thrown from a horse last week and his upper lip lacerated. Philip is well liked by his playmates and they all express a wish that he may soon recover from his injury.


Loomis & Hollaway have moved into their new drug store, one door north of the post office. The internal arrangement of this store is a new departure from what is generally seen in this latitude, while it makes a good display of goods.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1880.

A. T. Shenneman, Sheriff elect of Cowley county, as an officer is giving universal satisfaction, and as a citizen his character stands irreproachable. While in every community there is to be found a certain class of individual ever ready to criticize the acts of our best citizens and officials, it is a satisfaction to know that criticism from such a source only adds to the popularity of the party in question. We predict for Mr. Shenneman a bright and useful career as an official of this county, and for evil doers and law breakers a hard road to travel.


MARRIED. At the residence of the bride's sister, by Elder Broadbent, February 7th, 1880, Mr. James Lobdell and Miss Hattie Ward.

Both parties are members of the Christian church at Salt City, are well known and highly respected, and although they have stepped from the circle of the young and taken upon themselves the responsibilities of married life yet we hope still to have their society. May they long remain among us and the Lord bless them on the journey of life.





School Report.

The following Report of the Public Schools of the city for the school month ending February 6th.


The best scholar of each grade is determined by examination and recitations.


A. Class: Jerry Adams (one examination) 100.

B. Class: Charlie Chapel 97.

C. Class: Sam Swarts 93; nearly equaled by Mary McClung

and Ella Bowers.


A. Class: Frank Theaker 90.

B. Class: Iddie Shields 88; nearly equaled by Maggie Ford

and Hattie Hand.

C. Class: Wyatt Hutchison 80.


A. Class: Frank Peek.

B. Class: Grace Houghton.

C. Class: Newton Lancaster.


A. Class: Alvan Ray.

B. Class: Willie Kellogg.

C. Class: Marion Gilbert.

D. Class: Hattie Sipes.

Perfect attendance and punctuality.



Jerry Adams, S. B. Reed, Henry Smith, Sadie Pickering, Fred McLaughlin, Charlie Randall, Mollie Christian, Alice Kintigh, Alice Warren, Robert Hutchison, George Endicott, Jacob Endicott, Martin Warren, Frank Randall, May Hughes, Jessey Finley, Ella Bowers, Mary McClung.


Frank Sheaker, Jay Fairclo, Maggie Ford, Hattie Hand, Perley McCutere, Wyatt Hutchison, Perry Fullerlove, Schuyler Hand.


Grace McClung, Nina Pickering, Charlie Rarick, Walter Wintin, Phillip Huff, Frank Peek, Otis Endicott, Clara Ford, Lizzie Garris, Susie Fullerlove, Frank Leonard, Willie Peek, Newton Lancaster, Howard Warren, Etta McMahon, Frank Nowe.


Ida Wagstaff, Lillie Rarick, Ross Garris, Charlie Peek, Frank Parsons, Willie Fullerlove, Clifford Rife, Howard McIntire.

The number of pupils enrolled in each depeartment is as follows:

High School, 49.

Intermediate, 42.

Second Primary, 43.

First Primary, 50.

Total: 184.

C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.



C. M. Scott has returned from his trip to Ft. Gibson. He reports that a practical route for a railway through the Territory was found, and now the chief difficulty that exists in the way of connecting us with Ft. Smith is the want of proper legislation in Congress on the subject.


A fatal stabbing affair took place near the north line of the county on Monday last between Hedges and Small, in which the latter was almost instantly killed. The instrument used was a knife. Hedges was promptly arrested and taken to Douglass. The bloody affair had its origin in a drunken row.


Mr. Trask, a mechanic at work on the Matlack building, fell from the upper story today and narrowly escaped severe injury. A casting that the men had elevated with a rope and pully came tumbling down and the rope struck the head of Mr. Trask, producing a concussion. We trust he will soon recover his normal



We call the attention of the readers of the TRAVELER to the new ad. of M. R. Leonard, offering for sale his addition to Arkansas City. These lots are very desirable, being located convenient to the central part of the City, while they are double the size of the lots in the City proper and are free from the objections arising to tax titles and other defects. If you wish to locate, examine them, and you will be pretty certain to invest.


12 Half Blocks, each 300 by 131 feet. Price for Half Blocks

$125 to $150.

My Lots are 50 feet front, by 131 deep.

Will sell as low as $20 per lot.

I have other LOTS & BLOCKS for sale Cheap.

My Addition joins Arkansas City on the South and is situated but three to four blocks from business on Summit Street and about the same distance from the Depot.

To those wishing larger HOMES, I will sell 5, 10, 20, or 40 acres at $50 per acre.

These prices are only good for 30 days.


Arkansas City, February 10, 1880.




Oklahoma Again.

The Kansas City Journal says: Our Washington specials yesterday gave the information that the President had been informed that another "invasion" of the Indian Territory was contemplated in the spring, and that they were assured the military would receive orders to guard against it. Of course, the Executive cannot do otherwise, for as long as the law is there, it must be enforced.

We do not know on what grounds this complaint is made, but we see in the circumstance only additional reasons for the speedy passage of the bill organizing a territorial government. Affairs have reached that point when troops will have to be sent every year until bye and bye it will assume such dimensions that military interference will be impractical.

We notice petitions circulating praying for the passage of a law organizing the Territory. This is a better way than by raids, for it is perfectly legal and proper. Public policy cannot always be based upon abstract ideas of right and wrong in practical affairs--and that is the state of the Indian Territory question. The practical thing in this case is that all our history from the time of the Puritans and Penn to the Ute troubles, the white man and his methods have come in conflict with the red man and his modes of life. And it is whether one shall stop at an imaginary line, or the other shall conform to the inevitable. It is but one illustration of the law of the survival of the fittest--strongest.

The government cannot afford to maintain this uneasy and lawless condition of affairs. It is lawless in one sense, but then it arises from a perfectly legitimate impulse--the subduing of the earth and cultivating it--which is the fundamental duty of civilization. John Quincy Adams laid down the rule that the earth was given in usufruct to man, and he who tilled it had the right to it, and we have never seen a better title urged.

The Indian Territory has a history that few men today, even our best statesmen, know of or think of. It is one of the earliest fruits of the old slavery question, or the struggle between North and South, and is the fruit of northern victory.

When the Indians were to be removed west of the Mississippi, it was proposed to locate them further north, and had Mr. Calhoun and his partisans succeeded, Iowa and Nebraska would have been dedicated "to the pupilage of the red man," and appropriated to the use of an Indian museum. But he was defeated, and the Indian Territory was the result.

One of the most remarkable and far-seeing speeches in view of subsequent events that we ever read was delivered on this subject by Samuel F. Vinton, of Ohio, in which it was discussed as a sectional movement on the part of Calhoun to shut out the growth of the free States to the west, and secure the outlet clear for the slave States. It is more than thirty years since we read that speech, but its position and its foresight have been remarkably vindicated.

And now the question returns again, but in a form in which freedom alone is interested--in the work of opening it up to the natural forces of free labor and as homes for men who want to plant there the foundation of a great free State. Congress cannot much longer ignore it, for it is not now a mere question of aboriginal rights, but whether it is to be a barrier to the healthy progress to natural development, in which the legitimate outgrowth of civilization is to be checked and restrained by mere military force--for practically that is the situation today.




Vest's Oklahoma Bill.

[Special to the Kansas City Times.]

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4. Congressman Frost thinks the House Committee on Territories, of which he is a member, will adopt the Vest Oklahoma bill.




Haworth's Appointment.

[Special to the Kansas City Times.]

Washington, Feb. 4. James M. Haworth, of Kansas City, ws today appointed Indian inspector.





Last part of his correspondence only...

"The proceedings of the House were only important in showing the weakness of the report of the Committee on Rules before the House and the disposition of its members to deprove the Appropriation Committee of the immense power it now exercises in shaping the legislation of the House, and that Committee decided not to perfect any more appropriation bills until the House finally agreed and adopted the new rules, which will set at rest the disputed question of jurisdiction of the appropriation Committee. During the early part of the day, the bill for converting the National gold banks into National banks was taken from the Speaker's desk and passed.

"Mr. Ryan (Kansas) presented the petition of 1,000 citizens of the State, in favor of granting the right of way to RAILWAYS THROUGH THE INDIAN TERRITORY.

"The petitioners, he stated, were willing the territory should remain a home for the Indians; but they asked that it should no longer be an obstruction to commerce between the different States and Territories. The petition was referred to the Committee on Railways and Canals. Several other unimportant bills were introduced, but the debate on the "rules" occupied the most of the time with the least to show for it. . . ."



"The House Committee on Indian affairs have agreed upon the terms of the bill to provide for the punishment of crime in the Indian Territory. At the meeting of the Committee on Friday morning Chairman Scales was instructed to report it to the House. It provides that the laws of the respective States and Territories in which are located Indian reservations, relating to the crimes of murder, manslaughter, arson, rape, burglary, and robbery, shall be deemed and taken to be the law and in force within such reservations; and the district courts of the United States within and for the respective districts in which such reservations may be located in any State, and the territorial courts of the respective territories in which such reservations may be located shall have original jurisdiction over all such offenses which may be committed within such reservations.

"In respect to all that portion of the Indian Territory not set apart and occupied by the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole Indian Tribes, the provisions of the laws of the State of Kansas relating to the crimes of murder, manslaughter, arson, rape, burglary, and robbery shall be deemed and taken to be the law and in force therein; and the United States district court for the western district of the State of Kansas, at Fort Scott, shall have exclusive original jurisdiction over all such offenses arising in said portion of the Indian Territory. The place of punishment of any and all said offenses shall be the same as for other like offenses arising within the jurisdiction of said respective courts."




Dispatches from Washington report that bills have been introduced into both branches of Congress, and favorably reported by sub-committee, to open the Indian Territory to settlement. Both bills are similar and free from the objections that arose to Senator Vest's measure.




One of our exchanges states that a colony is formed at Wichita and Arkansas City to invade the Territory. We have made considerable enquiry on this subject and fail to find that any organization exists for this purpose. While hundreds along the border would rejoice to see Congress take action favorable to the settlement of that boundless waste, we do not believe that a respectable sprinkle of responsible men in this section will be found to invade the Territory in violation of law.




Our neighbors on the south, the Poncas, are kicking up a dust before the Senate Committee at Washington that means business. They declare that they never signed treaty stipulations selling their northern reservation, and granting assent to their removal into the Indian Territory, and that all the documents they did sign were explained to them as simply expressing satisfaction with their reservation in Dakota. They now ask that redress be made them by an appropriation of $40,000 to secure them lands from the Cherokees, and we believe that their request will receive favorable consideration.




Mr. Ryan, in the early part of last week, presented a petition to Congress from one thousand citizens of this State in favor of granting the great lines of railways which are constructed or may be hereafter constructed near the Indian

Territory, the right of way through that country. The petition favors the Territory remaining the home of the Indians, but asks that it should no longer be an obstruction to the commerce between the different States and Territories. The petition was referred to the committee on railroads and canals.

Mr. Ryan, of Kansas. "Mr. Speaker, I desire to present a memorial of 1,000 citizens of my State, asking that these great lines of commerce which are already constructed to the border of the Indian country shall be granted the right to traverse that Territory. In other words, they ask that that Territory shall be no longer an obstruction to the commerce between the different States and Territories.

"Although that Indian country is the paradise of America, and would make happy homes for millions of people in the east who are homeless, they do not ask to have that Territory opened to settlement, but simply that it shall no longer be allowed to remain an impassable barrier to commerce. They are willing that it shall remain the home for the Indians, and they believe the opening of the lines of commerce will in no wise injure any interest of the Indians, but, on the contrary, will prove a civilizing agency.

"I therefore ask that this memorial be referred to the committee on railways and canals; and I beg to say to that honorable committee that I hope they will give this petition prompt, early, and favorable consideration."

The Speaker. "The chair hears no objection to the request of this gentleman from Kansas, and the petition will be referred to the committee on railways and canals."




They Will Not Warrant Their Wagons.

The National Wagon Manufacturers' Association refuse to warrant their work in future, and they who purchase wagons from the agents of this Association must take their own risk. This is placing the wagon trade before the public to a great disadvantage for those in need of wagons will naturally conclude that poor material will force out of market a better article, and leave the local mechanic the only safe avenue of furnishing a wagon that will justify a warranty. The following are the proceedings of the Association.

The National Wagon Manufacturers' Associatiom met at the Palmer House [Chicago] yesterday morning. Vice President Studebaker presided.

The following report was presented.

"Your committee, to whom was referred the subject of some uniform warranty to be given on wagons would report that, on and after this date, we would withdraw all warranty on wagons."

The tenor of the report was not pleasing to Mr. Caldwell of the Kansas Manufacturing Company. He desired to give his customers a suitable warranty. If he refused to do so, his customers would leave him. The giving of a warranty was especially useful to a new firm in gaining the confidence of the public.

Mr. C. Hotz favored a modification of the report, while

W. T. Louis favored the adoption of the report.

A substitute was offered by Mr. Hotz, that all written and printed guarantees be abolished.

The report was adopted, however, after considerable discussion.

The meeting then adjourned.




Township Treasurer's Report.

Mr. Editor: My term of office as Township Treasurer having expired, I deem it my duty to make a full statement of all the business transacted by me during my term of office, which is as follows:

Cash received of W. E. Gooch, former Treasurer: $ 113.86

Cash and vouchers received of T. R. Bryant,

County Treasurer: 1,772.65

Cash received of A. Walton on sale of house: 48.85

Total amount received: $1,935.36


Cash paid on scrip issued by Berkey: $ 4.15

Interest on same: .80

$ 4.95


Cash paid on scrip issued by Chamberlain: $ 170.00

Interest on same: 35.55

$ 205.55


Cash paid on scrip issued by T. McIntire: $ 404.20

Interest on same: 38.11

$ 442.31


Cash paid on scrip issued by J. L. Huey: $ 397.21

Interest on same: 20.93

$ 418.14


Cash paid on scrip issued by A. Walton: $ 858.44

Interest on same: 1.90

$ 860.34





As there has been a great deal said about repudiation and my refusing to pay certain scrip issued to the Missouri Valley Bridge Company, now in answer to which I will say if my refusing to pay said scrip for the lack of funds is repudiation, then I will have to plead guilty to the charge. The record will show that there has never been any levy made for the payment of said scrip; therefore, I deemed it to be my duty to pay the debts for which the levy was made, and have paid all the debts contracted by said Board amounting to the sum of $860.34 as follows:

$230.40 for material and work done on the Arkansas river


$154.74 for material and work done on the Walnut river


$475.20 for the incidental expense of the Township.

$1,070.95 for scrip issued by former Trustees that remained

unpaid, including $428.16 issued to the Missouri

Valley Bridge Company.

All of this is cheerfully submitted for the consideration of the taxpayers of Cresswell Township, Cowley County, Kansas.

S. B. ADAMS, Treasurer.

February 16, 1880.




An Emigrant Information.

A. J. Carden, of Marion, Illinois, writes one of our townsmen about coming to Kansas, and we publish his reply.

"Send me a copy of your paper and answer the following questions."

($150 will send you a paper a whole year, Dr. N. B. Hughes is the editor.)



1. "Is there any Government land in your country with timber and water on that can be homesteaded?"

No. There never was any homestead land here; but there is some within 15 miles of here that can be bought or pre-empted at $1.25 per acre. The time for timbered and watered claims was about ten years ago.


2. "Is the land good?"

The best the world affords.


3. "Can the Osage lands be homesteaded?"

They can only be bought by actual settlers at $1.25 per acre.


4. "How far are you from the railroad?"

One quarter of a mile from this office.


5. "What is pine and native lumber worth?"

Pine is $30 per 1000 feet. Native lumber $20.


6. "Can I rent a farm for one year?"

There are a number of good farms for rent to enterprising men.


7. "What is corn and wheat worth?"

Corn 20 cents per bushel; wheat 80 cents per bushel.


8. "Please send information that would be favorable to an emigrant."

Come on at once with a good team, $500, a wife, and plenty of children if you have them. Bring your neighbors, and leave your old machinery and household goods. You can buy them cheaper here than you can move them. Come with the determination to stay, and your mind made up to work and take the hard knocks a few years. Be honest and straight-forward; work hard, and in three years you'll not leave Kansas for another place in the world, but will growl when they send for you to go to the next one.






The right of way for a road through the Indian country, west from Fort Smith to Arkansas City, Kansas, is being asked for and should be granted. No one would be damaged by a railroad through the Nation. The houses could be reversed, so as to have the doors in front, and permit a little gleam of civilization to enter into the hearts of the people. Could this road be built at once, the rising generation, in the nations, along the line would be greatly pleased and benefited.

Ft. Smith Elevator.




The high winds, of late, are very disagreeable.

And now the mail comes with regularity on the train.

Tell Walton is thinking of starting a paper at Grouse City.

Mr. Stevenson is building a tenant house in the east part of town.

Quite a number of Indians were in town last Saturday and Sunday.

Capt. Hoffmaster went to Silverdale this week to form a Stock Protective Union.


Yellow Bull, second chief of the Nez Perces, was on the streets last Saturday evening.


A gravel crossing has been put down over Summit street in front of O. P. Houghton's.


More public wells should be dug in town, as water is scarce and very inconvenient to obtain.


Go to the school house and hear the Pardey troupe Thursday night, for the benefit of the library.


The attention of our readers is called to the advertisement of McLaughlin Bros. in our special columns today.

AD: McLaughlin Bros., Successors to L. McLaughlin, have just received a carload of stoneware, which they will sell by the one gallon or by the 500 gallons. Also a carload of salt for sale. They also will receive in a few days a carload of early rose and peach blow potatoes. Also red and yellow onion setts.

McLaughlin Bros., Successors to L. McLaughlin, have a full line of fresh groceries on hand which they will sell at the very lowest price by the penny's worth or by the carload.


We are informed that Mr. Dayton has sold his house and lot in town to Mr. McConn, and will locate in Chautauqua county.


Col. W. R. Judson, whom the Kansas soldiers will recall as Colonel of the fifth cavalry, died at Elmira, New York, on the 5th inst.



The Literary at the Stony Point school house in Bolton township enjoys the reputation of being the best south of the Arkansas river.


Messrs. Howard, Rexford & Howard have the excavation made for putting in a wagon scale in front of their new store building on Summit street.


The A., T. & S. F. Company last week brought in a number of flat cars loaded with dirt which they used for ballasting and filling in around the depot.


Edwin T. Horn has been commissioned by Marshal Simpson as Deputy. Horn is acquainted with all parts of the Territory and will make a useful officer.


A LITTLE MIXED. How is this, O. P.? The Emporia Journal says that "A number of Emporia people went down to Arkansas City to attend the marriage, on the 4th inst., of Miss Hattie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, formerly of Emporia, to Mr. Hyatt Gooch."


Work on the new business houses in town is nearing completion, and should the weather continue favorable will soon be under roof and ready for the inside finish.


The regular meeting of the ladies' temperance society will be held at the residence of Mrs. Williams, on North Summit street, February 19th, at 3 o'clock p.m. A good attendance is desired.


Mr. Robinson, who played the violin at the Christian concert, has the skill to call forth to the melody from that instrument that falls to the lot of but few to reach. To hear him is to drive dull care away.


The Valentine social, postponed from last week, will be held Friday evening at the residence of Dr. Shepard.


Why doesn't the city council publish an exhibit of monies received and disbursed, as required by law? We have a communication from a taxpayer on this subject, and as this question embraces his desire, we call the attention of the council to this local.











The County Commissioners met in session in Winfield last week. In addition to canvassing the vote of the various townships, as cast on the third inst., the jail was rented by the county, at the stipulated price of ten dollars per month. A change in the boundry line of Vernon and Ninnescah townships was also made.


About 800 pitchforks were sent out by the Indian Department to the Santee Sioux. Enough to give every man, woman, and child, born and unborn, an implement to make hay with. On the same plan, a wagon load of candle moulds were sent to the Poncas. What they will do with them is a mystery, unless they tear them apart and make quirt handles of them, for surely they don't get tallow enough from the beef to grease their stomachs, let alone lighting their paths in the darkness of night.


A small band of Tonkawa Indians from Texas with their chiefs, Sam. Houston, Johnston, Texas Bill, Apache John, and Bazante, were in town on Monday last, in charge of a Lieutenant, on their way to Ponca Agency, where they will be incorporated into that tribe. They were cannibals during the war of the rebellion, and freely indulged in the luxury of feasting on white men.


The concert for the benefit of Judge Christian, that was given through the kindness of Prof. Wilkinson and Mrs. DeGrasse, took place at the school house last Friday and Saturday evenings. A fusion was formed with a comedy troupe that arrived on Thursday, as it was the opinion of the committee that one house well filled would be better than to risk the chance of a slim audience at the church.


Henry Standley, formerly of this place but at present connected with the Wellington Democrat, arrived in the city last Saturday for a few days' visit with the boys. Henry has been having a severe spell of sickness, but is now recovering.



James Benedict announces to the public through the columns of the TRAVELER that he has just embarked in the agricultural and native lumber business. Mr. Benedict, being one of the early settlers of this part of Kansas, is a thorough, practical businessman and closely identified with the growth and development of our city. We bespeak for him a liberal share of public


AD: JAMES BENEDICT has just received the largest and best stock

of Agricultural Implements ever shipped to Arkansas City.


I also handle Native Lumber and Shingles.

Wareroom and yard on Central Avenue rear of Benedict Building.

Arkansas City, Feb. 16, 1880.


Late Monday afternoon as James Hadley was leaving town in his wagon, he met a team coming down Summit street; and in turning aside to pass, his wagon ran upon a bank, upsetting it, throwing Mr. Hadley to the ground, the wagon falling on top of him, injuring him quite severely. He was brought back to the Arkansas City House where he received medical attention.


In this number of the TRAVELER appears an exhibit of the monies received and disbursed by the Treasurer of Cresswell township, for the year 1879. As considerable criticism has been made of the action of the board, Mr. Adams invites the closest scrutinizing of his stewardship and submits it to the consideration of the taypayers of the township.


The energy, push, get-up and get, of Prof. Wilkinson is known to everybody, and this is what brought him to Arkansas City last week to lend a hand to the James Christian concert. Wilkinson has energy enough for several men, and though he may not have amassed a colossal fortune, our little friend, Joe Porter, says he will bet "Wilkinson has seen lots of fun."




WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 1880.


"The Indian Bureau remains without a chief, and Secretary Schurz is moving with much deliberation in putting a head on it. This is, perhaps, wise. The Secretary having listened to the captivating wiles of the Board of Indian Commissioners, as he intimates, until he has been betrayed into serious trouble through their recommendation, it is presumable that he does not feel like rushing like a horse to battle with fresh ills.

"He seems to be exercising a very wise precaution in regard to the future, and it is to be hoped that the result will be the appointment of some true philanthropist, an honest man and a wise official, to the charge of the Indian Bureau; one whose highest ambition it will be to deal justly with the Indian and judiciously by the Government. It is desirable--indeed it is indispensable, that the Indian Bureau shall be so organized that the Indians shall be honestly dealt with in the future. If this cannot be accomplished by the Interior Department, let an experiment be tried in some other direction. . . ."





While we have advocated the opening of the Indian Territory to settlement, we have always been and still are opposed to any invasion of said Territory, until the proper time or in other words not until Congress has by proper action opened the Territory to settlement. There are at this time several bills and amendments pending before that body which have been partially acted upon. In our opinion it is only a question of time when this far famed and much coveted country will be settled by white men and be made to blossom like the rose, an end to which we believe it was originally created.

We herewith append that part of a proclamation recently issued by the President relative to intruding upon said Territory, which may be of some interest to our readers.

"I, Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, do admonish and warn all such persons so intending or preparing to remove upon said lands or into said Territory, without the permission of the proper agents of the Indians, against any attempt to remove or settle on the lands of said Territory; and I do further warn any and all such persons who may so offend, that they will be speedily and immediately removed therefrom by the agent, according to the laws made, and no effort will be spared to prevent an invasion of said Territory, rumors spread by evil disposed persons to the contrary notwithstanding, and, if necessary, the aid and assistance of the military forces of the United States will be invoked to carry into proper execution the laws of the United States herein referred to. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be fixed.

"Done at the city of Washington on this, the 12th day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty, and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and fourth.

"By the President: R. B. HAYES.





The Postmaster General will, after the first day of March, next, discontinue all service on star routes, except weekly service, allowing contractors one months pay. This will confine us to a weekly mail through the Indian Territory.





Hon. Rowland Trowbridge of Detroit has been appointed by the President, commissioner of Indian affairs. Mr. Trowbridge has served several terms in Congress and is an able man. If he shakes off the old Indian rings and makes a square deal, he will prove himself a good commissioner and receive the thanks of the people.





Pittsburg Pa. Feb. 18, 1880.


Dr. Nathan Hughes:

On leaving home I promised to keep you and my friends posted in regard to our movements.

I arrived here on Sunday the 15th about noon, and soon found our friends, all well and hearty.

We were very much fatigued from our long journey, but after a days rest we were both all right again.

On yesterday I called upon the most eminent oculist in the City, and after a consultation with him, and an examination of my eyes, he informed me in case of an absolute necessity an operation could be performed now with safety, but that in his judgment the cataract was not ripe enough to perform the operation with perfect safety; and that it would be much better to wait six or eight weeks longer, until the cataract would become quite ripe.

I am not in a situation to take any risks in the matter, as almost my life is at stake on the success of the operation. He gave me good encouragement and had no doubt that when the cataract became ripe and no unforeseen impediment he could give me the sight of one eye as good as ever--under no circumstances would he operate upon both of them at the same time, nor indeed would he operate upon the second eye, if the first was an entire success, that one good eye was better than two impaired eyes, he never advised an operation upon the other eye, if a man had one good one.

He also informed me that generally there is no more difficulty to be apprehended from the removal of the cataract, properly ripe, by a skillful operation than there was in drawing a tooth.

Under these circumstances I will be detained longer than I expected, and as the distance is too great and the expenses too heavy to return home and then return and make another trip.

I am enjoying myself as well as could be expected under the circumstances, owing to the dark atmosphere and smoky clouds that overhang Pittsburg. I do not see as clearly as I did at home, in the pure clear atmosphere of Arkansas City.

Pittsburg is now booming; her foundries and manufactories are all running on full time, and have orders on hand that it will take them months ahead to fill. Everybody here seems busy and contented. Pittsburg has improved most wonderfully in the past few years. Streets that, on my last visit, some fifteen years ago, were lined with little, dingy, one-story frame buildings, are now hemmed in by five- and six-story buildings whose architectural beauty and magnificent adornment absolutely astonish a frontiersman, like your humble servant, but enough for the present.

Thanking you and the many friends in Cowley county for the kindness and generosity exhibited in my behalf, I remain yours truly,






From the North Side.

Mr. Editor:

On Saturday last we boarded the train at the A., T. & S. F. depot, at Arkansas City, bound for the north line of Cowley county. Passing up the Walnut valley from your city out over the divide into Pleasant, or Posey Valley, we find as beautiful farming lands as it has ever been our privilege to look upon. This valley has an area of some six or eight miles, being almost level in the center, but rising with a gentle and very gradual slope to the north, south, and west. Farms here are well improved, the land rich, and very productive, the citizens apparently being of the true stamp to make a success of life.

The road passes through this valley diagonally from southwest to northeast, injuring farms on its line pretty badly.

A run of one hour and five minutes brought us to the depot at Winfield, where the trains are detained until 12:30 p.m. We found Winfield, like all other Western towns on Saturdays, full of life and business, the rural class setting aside the last day of the week to visit town and do their shopping.

The S. K. & W. railroad is completed to this place, the company having erected here the model depot of the West. A large number of cars were on the side track near the depot, many of them being fitted up and used by the road hands as quarters and are moved forward as the track is laid.

North from Winfield the country is more rolling, however there are some good farming lands to be seen, especially in the valley of the Walnut.

Leaving the train at Barstow we proceeded directly north to our destination.

We are not given to flattery, however we can truthfully say that the southern half of Cowley county excels by far the northern half, both in improvements and fine lands. While our attention was attracted to the fine appearance of the growing wheat through the entire county, we could not help noticing the superior appearance of that in the vicinity of and south of Winfield. Whether the fact is attributable to the difference in the soil, time of seeding, or both.

However, to take all things into consideration we think that Cowley county, as a whole, is the banner county of southern Kansas, and we feel safe in saying that the large number of annual accessions to our population from the other States will bear us out in this assertion.


Feb. 22nd, 1880.





A few cases of measles reported in town.

Dr. Charles H. Hollaway has returned from the east--Cherryvale.


DIED. At Salt City, Feb. 22nd, 1880, an infant child of A. H. Acton.


Wyatt Gooch and bride returned to the terminus on Sunday last.


James I. Mitchell is about to transplant himself to the soil of Colorado.


Miss Mattie Mitchell will close her school in Bolton township this week.


BORN. In Bolton township on Monday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Al. Pruden, a son.


Prof. Mowry has taken a run up to Kansas City, and-and-well, how is it Will?


Mr. Fitch, senior partner of the firm of Fitch & Barron, is in the city for a few days.


C. M. Scott, Esq., is off on a trip east and will take in Washington City before his return.


Mrs. G. W. Miller arrived last Friday night, and will make Arkansas City her future home.


Mr. A. A. Newman is in the east purchasing a mammoth stock of goods and will be absent several days.




Mrs. Williams, residing in the north part of town, is, at this time, lying dangerously ill with pneumonia.


D. S. Rose, the hardware merchant of North Summit street, is absent on a business visit to Douglass, Butler county.


Mr. Fuller, residing a few miles northwest of this city, met with a severe loss last week in having his house and contents burned.


Will Alexander and wife have returned to Arkansas City from the Territory, and will in all probability remain residents here.


Mrs. Dr. Z. Carlisle, and son, left yesterday morning for Gambier, Ohio, where they will spend a few months visiting relatives.


BORN. At Arkansas City on Thursday last, to Mr. and Mrs. Manly Capron, a daughter. Weight, 8 pounds, 15 ounces, 7 dracha, 3 scruples.


Rumor says the citizens of Arkansas City have chartered a car in which to visit Winfield tonight to witness the play of the Union Spy.


The regular meeting of the S. P. U. will be held at the Bland school house in Bolton township the first Thursday in March next, at early candle light, and every member is expected to be present.



Notice is hereby given that on and after this date owners of dogs within the city limits are requested to pay the tax required by city ordinance promptly, as a violation of such ordinance will necessitate the killing of all dogs on which taxes are not paid.

J. I. MITCHELL, Mayor.


K. F. Smith, of this place, starts today for Ponca Agency where he takes the place off Ed. Horn as government blacksmith.




J. H. McGuire has opened an auction stand for the sale of stock, farming implements, etc., in town. See his ad in another column.


I will offer for sale every Saturday by public Auction all kinds of property such as Horses, Mules, and all kinds of Farming Implements and parties having property they wish to dispose of will do well to come and see me as I intend to sell for a very light commission. Headquarters at Walkers old livery stand.


Licensed Auctioneer.


We received a very pleasant call from Mrs. Carrie E. Hull, a few days since, and found her to be a lady of superior intelligence and refinement.


We met Mr. Worrel, of Larnard, on Friday last. Mr. Worrel is a brother-in-law of Rev. McClung, and is a social intelligent gentleman. Come again.


MARRIED. At the residence of the bride's parents, in Salt City, Feb. 11th, 1880, by Elder Broadbent, Mr. George Hood to Miss Julia Wetzler.


Two car loads of cattle were shipped by Bud Beck on Sunday last. Everything points to a busy season for shipping cattle from the stock yards at this place.


As our mails are now carried by rail, it has necessitated a change in the hour of arrival and departure of them, a corrected time table of which appears in this issue. SKIPPED TIME TABLE.


The paymaster of the Santa Fe railroad company put in an appearance on Sunday last. He came, as usual, with a special train and returned the following morning.


O. P. is giving the building opposite his present place of business the finishing touch, preparatory to moving over. The arrangements in the new house are neat and tasty.


Inspector Pallock of the Indian service came up from the Territory on Saturday last. Sunday brought a department disptach and Mr. Pallock fell back in good order on the line of duty.




Salt City is plagued with mad dogs. A number of hogs were bitten by a mad dog last week, and now there are a few less of the canine race in that city to care for and keep people awake at nights.


On Thursday and Friday next O. P. Houghton will move into his new quarters at the Old Reliable Green Front, where he will be pleased to see and enterain his friends and many customers on Saturday.


The cannibal chiefs from Texas returned to their happy hunting grounds last Monday. They seemed to like the appearance of their Ponca brethren, and looked upon them with more favor than they would a turkey dinner.


Rev. J. J. Broadbent, of Salt City, was in town last week, and showed his appreciation of the TRAVELER by dropping into the office and depositing two dollars with our foreman, and ordered his paper sent right along. Thanks.


The S. P. U. held a private meeting at Capt. Hoffmaster's in this city last Saturday afternoon. We are not informed of the character of the proceedings, but understand this association is rapidly increasing in numbers and importance.


Two new residences are now under course of completion at the foot of Central Avenue. Mr. Stevenson is erecting and and A. W. Patterson the other. Both are neat and substantial buildings and will add materially to the appearance of that portion of town.


One would infer from the new drays that are almost weekly being added to the number already in the city that the transfer business is on the boom, but we opine that if the profits be equally divided, it leaves but a small amount to each of our knights of the whip.


We had a perfect jam in town last Saturday, our streets being literally crowded from early morn till late in the afternoon with all kinds of vehicles. It was a lively day for our businessmen who were not slow in supplying the wants of the great crowd of customers.


Our city embarked in a new enterprise last week. Parties residing west of the river have found it very inconvenient to come around by way of the bridge when desiring to visit town. They have been relieved of this trouble by the city last Saturday putting a ferry board in the Arkansas City just west of town.




We call the attention of the public to the new card of Pryor & Kinne in this number of the TRAVELER. One of the firm can be found every Thursday at the office of C. R. Mitchell, and as they have been favorably known for many years throughout the country we have the best reasons for believing they will receive a liberal patronage.





References given if required. Office over Winfield Bank.

One of the firm will be in Arkansas City on Thursday of each week, at the office of C. R. Mitchell.


On Thursday evening a man by the name of Williams was up before our police court charged with assaulting a boy, Ben Dixon, over the head with a revolver. Williams was requested to anty up to the tune of eleven dollars fine and costs, and admonished to be more cautious of his conduct in the future.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1880.

AWe are informed that the grand military display at Winfield, on Monday last, was rather a slim affair. Gov. St. John failed to put in an appearance, but H. X. Devendorf, private secretary of the Governor, together with Gen. Noble, were in attendance. Extensive preparations were in progress for the play of the >Union Spy,= at the Opera House, which will continue for three nights.@


Lieut. R. N. Getty, 22nd U. S. Infantry, of Fort Griffin, Texas, who has been here for some days past with a detachment of his command as an escort to the Tonkawa Indians, mentioned in our last issue, left on the train Monday morning to join their command at Fort Griffin. The Indians were not pleased with the Territory as a future home, remarking: "Much cold, no game."


Rev. Dr. Dandy, of Chicago, and father of Charles P. Dandy of our town, has been on a visit to his son for the last few days. We had the pleasure of spending an evening at the residence of Rev. Laverty in company with Dr. Dandy and found him not only a gentleman of extensive travels, but possessing a large fund of general information. Without drawing invidious comparisons, in our opinion Dr. Dandy is the ablest clergyman that has graced this religious field.




Quite a disgraceful affair occurred out east on Grouse Creek one day last week. Religious services were being held in a school house when some of the participants became involved in a quarrel, which resulted in a rough and tumble fight. The belligerents were finally ejected from the house of worship. They continued the fray outside until exhausted at which time hostilities ceased. It would be better for the good name of the township to have the parties engaged in this shameful and disgraceful affair prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


There will be a meeting of the teachers of the Fifth Association District, at the school house, Arkansas City, March 6th, at 1 o'clock p.m. Programme as follows:


Q. C. D. and L. C. M.: Miss Wright, H. Blount, and C. H. Sylvester.

Common Fractions: Miss Norton, R. Gilstrap, and C. L. Swarts.


Principles and Infinitives: Charles Hutchins, T. B. Hall, and Mr. Marshall.

Practical Exercises: Miss Maxwell, L. E. Norton, and Mr. Perisho.

General Discussion.

A full attendance requested.

By order of Committee.


PLAYING INDIAN. While the Tonkawa braves were here, a colored man named Albert Bass, who could speak Spanish, approached them at the hotel and addressed them in the Spanish tongue, telling them he was an Indian. They readily inquired of him as to what tribe he belonged. He answered Comanche. Almost in a twinkling they nabbed him, whipped out their long knives, and were in the act of making mince meat of his carcass, saying they would cut out his heart and eat it, when the Lieutenant in charge appeared on the scene and succeeded at length in quieting the Indians. As the Comanches are the deadly enemies of the Tonkawas, they would be gratified of an opportunity to send a few of their enemies to the happy hunting grounds. Guess Bass will not relish playing Indian soon again.




Arkansas City Market Report.

Wheat, No. 3: 75 @ 80 cents.

Corn, 18 cents.

Hogs, choice, $3.00.



Wheat, No. 3: $1.03

Corn, 27 cents.



CATTLE: Extra native shippers $4.50 @ $4.90; medium steers in fair flesh, $3.90 @ $.15.

HOGS: Choice packers, $3.90 @ $4.05.


Retail Market Report.

Flour, per 100, $2.75 to $3.25

Corn per bushel, 25 cents.

Corn Meal per 100, $1.00

Oat Meal per 100, 30 cents

Potatoes, $1.00 to $1.25

Sweet potatoes, per lb., 3 to 4 cents

Dressed turkeys, per lb., 10 cents

Dressed chickens per lb., 8 cents

Hominey per lb., 5 cents

Michigan Apples per bbl., $7.00

Michigan apples per peck, 80 cents

Onions per peck, $1.00

Cabbage per head, [PRICE LEFT OUT]

Turnips per peck, 15 cents

Beans per lb., 6-1/2 cents

Cranberries per lb., 15 cents

Coffee per lb., 22 to 35 cents

Sugar per lb., 10 to 12-1/2 cents

Rice per lb., 12-1/2 cents

Prunes per lb., 12-1/2 cents

Tea per lb., 25 cents to $1.00

Crackers per lb., 10 to 15 cents

Cheese per lb., 20 cents

Bacon per lb., 12 cents

Ham per lb., 12 to 15 cents

Shoulders per lb., 8 to 10 cents

Roast, beef, per lb., 8 to 10 cents

Boiling pieces, beef, 5 to 7 cents

Steak, pork, per lb., 10 cents

Roast, pork, per lb., 8 cents

Ribs, pork, per lb., 4 to 5 cents

Sides, pork, per lb., 8 cents

Pickled pork per lb., 10 cents

Sausage per lb., 8 to 10 cents

Soap per bar, 5 to 10 cents

White Fish per lb., 10 cents

Mackerel per lb., 10 cents

Rope per lb., 15 cents

Cider per gal., 60 cents

Dried Fruits per lb., 12-1/2 to 50 cents

Salt, per lb., 2 cents

Peanuts, per bu., $1.00

Dried Sweet Corn per lb., 15 cents

Cracked Wheat per lb., 10 cents

February 23, 1880.






A reporter was yesterday shone a specimen of the finest quality of magnesian limestone, which was brought from a quarry in Cowley county, about two miles east of Winfield. Mr. Charles Schmidt, of this city, has recently purchased the quarry, and will endeavor to introduce the stone in the various cities in the State. The stone, when first taken out of the ground, is soft, but on exposure to the air it becomes quite hard, and grows more so the longer it is exposed. The specimen seen was a piece of sculpture which was made several years ago by an Indian, and presented lately to Mr. Schmidt by A. H. Green, Esq., of Winfield. It will be on exhibition in E. T. Carr's office for some time. Mr. Schmidt is an experienced stone cutter, and says he never saw a finer quality of magnesian limestone in his life.







The bill introduced into Congress by Hon. Thomas Ryan, granting the right of way to a railway company through the Indian Territory, is a just and equitable measure. As the Territory is situated today, it is a great blockade to the commerce between the States as well as a refuge for fugitives from justice. Throughout the States and Territories, with the exception of this Indian Country, companies desiring to build railroads can easily secure the right of way, and the commerce between the States is increased and protected; but when railroads reach the boundary lines of the Indian Territory they are brought to a halt that the Indian may preserve more rights than the white race. If we recall the legislation of Congress for the last twenty-five years, enacted in the interest of the Indian tribes, it reads like a legislative body making natural rights of the white race subservient to a bigoted Indian policy. We hope that Mr. Ryan will press this bill at every opportunity, until the right of way to our Railroads is secured, and civilization, law and order will soon follow. Push the iron horse into the wilderness and the problem how to govern the Indian will be as simple as how to govern the white man.






At a meeting of the assessors of Cowley county, held at Winfield, March 1, 1880, the following basis of assessment was agreed upon for the year 1880.

Stallions and fast horses: $100 to $300

First-class work horses, span: $75 to $150

Second-class work horses, span: $35 to $75

Ponies and colts: $10 to $55

Cattle, 4 years and upwards, including bulls: $25 to $40

Same age, second grade: $18 to $25

First grade work cattle: $60 to $90

Second grade work cattle: $40 to $60

Domestic cows--1st grade: $20 to $30

Domestic cows--2nd grade: $10 to $20

Three-year-old steers: $15 to $25

2-yr-old steers and heifers: $8 to $15

Yearlings: $3 to $10

(Texas cattle 20% off)

Mules--per span, first class: $200 to $250

Mules--per span, 2nd class: $75 to $200

Mules--per span, 3rd class: $30 to $75

Asses: $10 to $200

Sheep-1st class: $2 to $10

Sheep-2nd class: 72 cents to $2

Hogs, $1 to $15

Goats, $1 to $3

Corn, 8 to 15 cents per bushel.

Wheat, 30 to 75 cents per bushel.

Pork, 4 cents per pound.

Land, per acre, from $1.25 to $30.00

Small tracts, well improved, left to the discretion of assessors.


First-class threshers: 50% off.

First-class hafvesters: 50% off.

First-class headers: 50% off.

First-class reapers & mowers combined, 40% off.

First-class wagons & carriages: 30% off.

All other machinery left to the discretion of the asessors.

Gold and silver watches, plate and jewelry, pianos and all other musical instruments at their cash value.

By "first-class" in either of the above named kinds of stock is meant such as would be considered generally throught the State as first-class.

WM. WHITE, Chairman.

W. H. CLAY, Secretary.





A number of Indian teamsters came up from the Territory last Sunday night.

Mrs. Pickle came very near getting into a pickle last Sabbath by being thrown from a horse.

The ladies' sewing social meets at Mrs. Alexander's next Friday afternoon. A full attendance is requested.

Mrs. Sanford will entertain the ladies' social this evening at her residence.

A team ran off with a wagon, and a lady thrown from a horse were about the only local events of note which transpired on Sunday evening.

Report says that the L. L. & G. R. R. Co. is determined to lay a branch to the north line of the Territory, and have

selected a point at or near South Haven for that purpose.




The ladies' society of the First Presbyterian church will meet at Mrs. Newman's Friday afternoon at three o'clock.

After paying the railroad company for the excursion to Winfield, there remains in the hands of the committee a surplus of eight dollars, which was paid over to Mr. Sylvester for the benefit of the School Library.


O. P. Houghton, the Old Reliable at the Green Front, is out with a mammoth new ad. this week. Having inspected the large stock and perfect assortment of goods displayed at the Green Front, we can truthfully say that the different lines of goods represented are large, the quality good, and the prices to suit the most "picayunish."


We have Enlarged and Refilled the Old Green Front, making the largest and most commodious Room in the City in which to display our Mammoth Stock of Dry Goods which will be complete in all lines. Our HAT AND CAP Department is by far the largest and best, "and of course the Cheapest," of any House in the County.


Of Shoes is now mostly in and can safely say is the finest and largest ever offered in the Burg. We have all Grades and Syles in BOOTS AND SHOES With prices to suit the pocket.


Well just come and see and be convinced that we have the largest and most elegant line and cheapest in the country. We have a separate department for our Clothing. Are also Agents for the well known House of Wanamaker & Brown, Philadelphia, for custom work, we guarantee a fit or no sale, we have over fifty samples to select from.

CARPETS: We will always keep a full line from the cheapest to the best, in the very latest designs.

Latest style in DRESS BUTTONS at the Green Front.

Choice line of Hamburg Edge and Laces of all kinds, and in fact everything you want can be found at the Green Front.

Remember we allow no Town or House to undersell us.

Call at the Green Front, inspect our Goods and get our prices.






DIED. We are pained to hear of the death of Mrs. Thomas Gilbert, at the Kaw Agency, on the morning of the 28th ultimo. Her remains were brought to this city last Sunday and shipped to Emporia for interment.


The brick work on Matlack's new business house on Summit street is about completed, and the carpenters will soon put on the inside finish. When completed this will be one among the neatest business houses in the city.


Mr. Hugh Campbell, of Topeka, came down last Friday night to visit his daughters, Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. Hughes. Mr. Campbell is one of the oldest residents in that city, having settled there when Topeka was a small village, in 1859.


Last Thursday morning we were invited by General Manager Strong to board his special train and take a trip to Winfield. This train is a model of beauty, and he has brought the management of the great Santa Fe corporation to a high degree of



Rev. Laverty, of the M. E. church in this city, has gone to Ottawa to attend the conference. Since Mr. Laverty's labors commenced in this vineyard he has gathered to the fold thirty-eight accessions, and we believe more are on the stool of repentancy. We hope Rev. Laverty will be returned here to finish the good work he has commenced.


One of the numerous Cowboys who infest the Territory South of this place visited the city one day last week. After imbibing freely of tanglefoot, he proceeded to the City Hotel, where he gave a free and unsolicited exhibition of his skill in the use of firearms by discharging the contents of his revolver through the office floor. A night in the cooler took all the crookedness out of him, when he went on his way rejoicing.

A late report reaches us, which however lacks confirmation, that the same party was shot and killed by the Marshal at or in the vicinity of Caldwell the day following his visit here. He gave his name as Billy Simms.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.

ASeveral members of the Winfield Rifles and St. John's Battery were in this city last Friday. The military organizations of Winfield represent some of her most intelligent and enterprising citizens, of which she may well be proud, either as soldier or civilian, or both.@




Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.

AOn Saturday night the people of our little city secured a special train and went to Winfield to witness the renowned Military drama, >Union Spy,= under the auspices of the Winfield Military. Although the night was quite cold, some eighty-five citizens gathered at the depot; and boarding the train at 6:20 o'clock, were in Winfield in twenty-four minutes. So far as we have been able to learn, everyone was well pleased with the drama, and we say most emphatically that great credit is due all who participated in the play. The drill of the Winfield Militia was universally applauded and considering the short time this company has mustered, they have reached a higher grade of perfection than many in other parts of the State. The young men who have come upon the stage of action since the close of the rebellion, and consequently could have taken no part in that bloody conflict, should witness the drama of the >Union Spy,= for though a miniature of those awful events it will bring to the thoughtful the power to distinguish who were enemies of the Government. With Parson McCabe to lecture and sing his war songs and the people of Winfield to play the >Union Spy,= we would almost take the contract to beat the Democracy in South Carolina.@


Last week we overlooked the fact that Howard, Rexford & Howard have erected the finest platform scales in the city. Farmers, when you come to town with hay, corn, pork, wheat, or produce, try the new scales and you will find they will balance to the weight of a hair; besides the firm is one of the best west of the Great Father of Waters.


We hear, almost daily, parties inquiring for farms to rent. We are informed, though the season for renting is far advanced, that there are farms in this part of the county unrented for the coming season. Would it not be wise on the part of the owners to advertise in the local press their wants. We offer this only as a suggestion to facilitate business.


The carpenters are busily engaged on the stone block on South Summit street, which will ere long be ready for its



Early grass is beginning to put forth in our valleys. We noticed a flock of sheep leisurely nipping the green blades on the city commons last Sunday.


The School Library Association acknowledges the receipt from Messrs. Bonsall and Hughes of $8, the excess of fares collected on the excursion to Winfield.





We visited O. P. Houghton in his new quarters on West Summit street last Saturday, and found the arrangements very neat and tasty, and all hands busy waiting upon customers.


Hon. Rowland Trowbridge of Detroit has been confirmed by the Senate as Commissioner of Indian Affairs.


A train of wagons loaded with supplies for the Wichita Agency, Indian Territory, left this place on Tuesday morning.


Major Smith, Agent at Pawnee Agency, is in the city for a few days in the interest of that tribe of Indians.


Messrs. Thompson & Rexford are having a neat picket fence placed around their property on West Fifth Avenue.


Mr. W. T. Ekel, the lumber merchant of South Summit Street, has a neat wooden sidewalk laid in front of his lumber yard.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.

Mowry & Kellogg's new business house on Summit Street is nearing completion, and will in a few days be ready for occupancy.


The Chicago Lumber Company are getting their yard in the southern part of town in ship shape, a number of hands being engaged on the work.


The addition to Mr. Stevenson's neat and cozy dwelling on South Summit is about completed, and in its design is displayed good taste on the part of Mr. Stevenson.


The plasterers are giving the finishing touch to Mr. Bishop's brick residence in the west part of town. This, when finished, will be one of the neatest residences in the city.


AAt the closing scene in the drama of the >Union Spy= last Saturday night, Hon. L. J. Webb was made the recipient of a handsome gold headed cane, by the Winfield Militia as a testimonial for the service he rendered in their behalf.@


A family of Germans, originally from Iowa, but more recently from Texas, have rented a farm near the railroad two miles north of town. They do not speak very favorably of Northwestern Texas as a farming country, but say that this is the best country they have found in the west.




Rev. McClung of this place has been visiting Oxford recently with a view of locating there. We would be very sorry to lose Mr. McClung from our social circle, but could be better reconciled by the conviction that what would be our loss in this case would be a gain to others in his new field.


Arkansas City continues to boom. To be convinced of this fact one has but to take a stroll through the city and around the outskirts and see the number and elegance of the buildings that are under contract, and recently completed. If improvements continue at this rate much longer, the city dads will be compelled to add more territory to the city proper.


One Brown, who was formerly a roustabout in this city, went to the Territory and played the desperado. He joined three affinities in that "neglected spot" and together they made a raid on Walker's Store in the Chickasaw Nation about the 21st ultimo. There chanced to be present at the time several citizens and a lad who were in the store. He took in the situation at a glance and unnoticed dropped out of the crowd. He went to the neighbors and rallied a force that attacked the robbers, killing two, and capturing the other two. "A little more grape, Capt. Bragg," will wind up this kind of business.


MARRIED. At the residence of the bride's parents, on the evening of Feb. 25th, 1880, by Rev. W. H. Harris, Mr. Russel L. Cowles and Miss R. E. Purdy.

MARRIED. Also, at the same time and place as noted above, Mr. Delamer P. Francisco and Miss Mary K. Purdy.

Early in the afternoon a large number of friends and acquaintances of the happy contracting parties assembled at the family residence of Wm. Purdy to congratulate the young people upon their pleasant venture in the more real vicissitudes of useful life. A sumptuous repast was set, to which the guests done ample justice. The festivities of the evening passed without anything to mar the pleasures of the occasion. The TRAVELER force were not forgotten, as a bounteous supply of delicious cake bore testimony to that fact.





Sealed bids will be received at the office of the City Clerk until March 6th at 12 o'clock m., for the construction of the sidewalks provided for in Ordinance No. 70. Said sidewalks shall be constructed of walnut, oak, or pine lumber, not less than one and a half inches thick, or more than six inches wide, or of stone blocks not less than two feet wide and four feet long and six inches thick. Each sidewalk shall be four feet wide and placed four feet from the front line of the lots along the whole length thereof. All stringers to be of oak or pine two by four and not less than three stringers to be used on said sidewalks of four feet in width excepting all sidewalks constructed on Summit Street, and they to be twelve feet wide and not less than five stringers to be used, in all sidewalks of twelve feet in width.

The right to reject any or all bids is hereby reserved.


Attest: I. H. BONSALL, City Clerk.


One of the greatest wants of our little city is a public hall. We believe that if an enterprising man would take hold of the matter, several hundred dollars would be subscribed to aid him in this work. As our town is at present the people are deprived of lectures and other advantages a good hall would afford. Who will push the enterprise?


The writer of this spent a few hours very pleasantly at the residence of the Messrs. Green, on Sunday last. These gentlemen are old settlers, have the model stock farm of Southern Kansas, and are making stock raising a financial success. Their farm is located three miles northeast of the city on the Walnut, and embraces 720 acres, the greater part of which is enclosed by a stone and board fence. We have met but few more generous and hospitable men in the State than the Messrs. Green.




The following is a list of letters remaining uncalled for in the Post Office at Arkansas City, Cowley county, Kansas, March 1st, 1880.

Atkinson, Elmer; Backus, Jessie (2); Bryant, Addie;

Butler, D.; Carey, Jacob; Cammell, R. V.; Cahill, John W. (2); Catherine, Ernst; Clark, George; Coly, Maggie; Clarke, C. L.; Cooley, George B.; Clarke, Charles A.; Cortney, E. B.; Cogner, Verlinda; Castor, Addie; Daily, A. H.; Debruler, Charles; Emerson, John; Ernst, H. W.; Feanel, Amanda; Flock, Ela; Harvy, D. N.; Hart, Henry; Hobden, Wm. W.; Honard, James; Hauing, E. W. (3); Hamilton, Thomas; Kinney, John P.; Hamilton, T. A.; Kuyler, Walter; Kubick, Mary; Kennedy, M. M.; Mrs. Lewis; John F.; Lewis, N.; Minick, Henry F.; Michael, C. R.; Michael, Bob;

Miller, A. W.; Millen, Wm. D.; Martin, G. N.; Morton, Jason I.; Mellen, Clark; Moore, James H.; McFarlin, John; McCormic, D. M.;

McFaddin, Hugh; McDowell, W.; Neer, Emery; Phelps, Harlow W.; Parr, George W.; Richmond, Etham A.; Rhodes, Harry; Rose, C. M.;

Reynolds, Jasper; Rogers, Isaac; Rector, W. C.; Stafford, J. B.; Snyder, C. F.; Scott, Sarah Jane; Sanford, F. M.; Spurlin,

C. W.; Stratton, Hiram H.; Standaford, Abram; Tunnelson, John;

Tuttle, John; Tatton, Robert; Woodrow, Henry; Zeller, O. C.;

Wilson, G. D.; Whipple, J.; Wahlenmiaer, George; Wilson, G. T.; Bigbee, A. C.

Persons calling for any of the above letters will please state that they were advertised.

N. P. HUGHES, Postmaster.






Farmers busy plowing. Oats about all sown. Health good. Simon S. Martin closed his school house last Friday. Mr. Martin has taught several terms in this district, all of which have given general satisfaction. As he now signs J. P. to the other end of his name, it is more than probable that he will abandon the arduous task of learning the young ideas how to shoot, and devote his time to the cultivation of his farm and to the duties of his office.

Mr. Whipple, who was the owner of the best improved upland quarter section farm in the township, has just sold the same to John Walek, of Ohio, for $2,850. Mr. Walek is here with his family to take possession. Mr. Whipple will visit Little Rhody, his native State.

James Walker, son of George Walker who resides near the east line of the township, met with a sad disappointment recently. He was engaged to be married, license procured, furniture purchased, day set for the happy event, wedding dinner prepared, and the squire engaged to tie the hymeneal knot, when lo, and behold! on going for the bride, she had skipped the country and gone west in search of an old flame. Jim says its all right, as the world is wide and plenty left to select from.

O. T. Gunsaulus and Miss Ella Keeley were united in bonds of wedlock by squire Norman on Wednesday last.

Mr. A. Williamson lost a little son, by death, last week.

The Republican outlook in this township is promising. All that is necessary to roll up a majority for the party, candidates at the fall election is for each one to exert himself a little.

Capt. Sivar's family have moved to Winfield, the Capt. holds the position of jailor under our present Sheriff. [NOTE: NAME MUST BE SPELLED WRONG...THIS MUST BE CAPTAIN SIVERD...RIGHT!]

Dr. Tomlinson of Rock, who has been in Philadelphia attending a course of lectures during the winter, has returned to his adopted State, Sunny Kansas.


March 7th, 1880.





Dr. Leonard left for Topeka this morning.

New houses are springing up in every direction.

S. P. Channell has sold his residence to Samuel Hoyt.

Lots in Leonard's addition are going off like hot cakes.

L. A. Mantor is building a neat addition to his dwelling.

Mr. Walker and family have departed for their new home in Missouri.

Mr. R. R. Conklin now occupies the position of associate editor on the Monitor staff.

The S. K. & W. road was last week completed to Oxford, and is still following Greeley's advice, "to go West."

Mr. S. D. Clark, of Port Huron, Michigan, is here looking at the country and is favorably impressed with both the country and climate.

The Mission at the Catholic church in Winfield, which was in progress last week, conducted by Rev. C. H. Filling, closed on Sunday last.




Dr. J. H. Griffith tenders his professional services to the public through a card in the TRAVELER. Call and see him at Eddy's drug store.


Tenders his professional services to the citizens of Arkansas City, Cowley and Sumner counties. Chronic diseases and diseases of women and children a specialty. Office at Eddy's Drug Store or at his residence in the northwest part of the city, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Prof. Fero, of Topeka, has organized a dancing class in this city, and is now teaching the young folks how "to trip the light fantastic."


The Ladies Society of the First Presbyterian Church will meet at Mrs. Searing's residence Saturday afternoon at three o'clock. A large attendance is desired.


The attention of our readers is called to the card of Garrett & Stevens, house, sign, and ornamental painters, which appeared in the TRAVELER for the first time last week.





Graining and Sign Writing a Specialty. Paper Hanging and Calamining done to order. All work guaranteed to give



Last Monday the School Library Association were the recipients of a number of beautiful little fish taken from the Walnut and presented to the association for their aquarium.


The three associations of the S. P. U. will have a grand review at Arkansas City on Saturday week at one o'clock. As this is one of the institutions of Southern Kansas, we look for a big parade.


The store room in the Newman building has been undergoing repairs and a thorough cleaning up, preparatory to the arrival of a new stock of goods which are being purchased in the East by Mr. Newman.




The City Marshal, after having given due notice to owners of dogs, has commenced in earnest a war of extermination upon the canine tribe that infest the city. Owners of pet poodels and bench legged curs must alike pony up or have their dogs forever hushed up.


One night last week some petty thief removed a pane of glass from the front window of D. S. Rose's hardware store and appropriated from a shelf immediately on the inside of the window two $15 revolvers.


On Wednesday of last week Messrs. McNicol & Cox shipped one hundred and eleven hogs from the stock yards at this place which weighed in the aggregate 28,008. The price paid for this lot of porkers averaged $3.40 per hundred.


Texas Frank, a resident of this place, has just returned from an overland trip to the State capital. He made the journey on horse back, reaching Topeka, two hundred and fifty miles, in the remarkable short time of four days. This is lively horseback traveling and that too, on a little Texas pony.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.

Messrs. Kellogg & Mowry have a new ad. in this issue. This firm will occupy their new building on west side of Summit Street with a brand new stock of all kinds of goods usually kept in their line, and having just purchased their supplies in the East, can give their customers the advantage of low prices and new goods. Give them a call.



Will be ready for business next week.

Take Due Notice and Govern Yourselves Accordingly.


MARRIED. On Wednesday, March 3rd, 1880, at the residence of the bride's step-father in Maple township, by Squire W. B. Norman, Mr. O. T. Gunsaulus and Miss Ella Keeley, all of Cowley county, Kansas.

The young couple have the congratulations of their friends upon their change in life, and their best wishes for a pleasant and prosperous future.




Now that the walls of Matlack's new building are completed, we can truthfully say without fear of successful contradiction that it ranks with the finest buildings in southern Kansas, reflects credit upon its owner, and is an ornament to the city. However many more such may be looked for to arise along our streets ere the season is over. Who says the terminus hasn't the boom!


Salt City is expecting the boom in the near future. Considerable improvements are underway, among which is the new hotel building of Messrs. Mitchell & Newman, of this city. These gentlemen are making extensive preparations for the accommodation of a large number of guests who annually visit the mineral springs at that place to partake of the health restoring qualities of those wonderful waters.


J. M. McGuire, the city auctioneer, met with a serious accident last Sunday, which will lay him up for some time to come, and probably disable him for life. He was in town in the forenoon and mounting his horse to return home, the horse shied, throwing him to the ground. In the fall his foot caught in the stirrup, breaking his leg near the ankle. He was removed to the Arkansas City House, when medical aid was procured and the broken limb set.


On Monday evening Prof. Fero opened his dancing school at the Central Avenue in this city with fifteen or sixteen couples in attendance. This is the first of a series of like entertainments which will be given weekly until the close of the term. The evening entertainiment over, all returned home delighted with the amusement. His next instructions will be given on Wednesday evening of next week. The absence of a suitable hall that could be had during the afternoon will prevent many of the more youthful from attending, as the hours under the present arrangement are too large for their health and comfort.


The Winfield Militia are ordered into camp south of this city, so the report says.


A. Fullerlove was brought before U. S. Commissioner Hughes today charged with furnishing Indians with liquor.


The M. E. Conference has returned Mr. Laverty to Arkansas City, and Mr. J. B. Herbert to Arkansas City Circuit. Mr. Swarts is assigned to Douglas.




POLICE COURT. Monday was quite a busy day with our police court, three cases being disposed of by his Honor Judge Bonsall.

First case was that of Barney Sullivan, charged with being drunk on the streets on Sunday 7th inst. Found guilty and fined two dollars and costs, amounting in aggregate to six dollars and fifty cents.

Case No. 2, George Winter; same charge and fine.

Case No. 3, S. B. Pickle, charged with violation of City Ordinance No. 32. Plead guilty to the charge, and fine assessed at fifty dollars and costs, amounting in the aggregate to fifty-four dollars and fifty cents.


Some two weeks since D. F. Feagins, a resident of Bolton township, thought he would go into the Territory and bring out a load of bones. The weather being unfavorable at the appointed time for starting, he hired a neighbor known as "Texas John" to drive the team down for him. After a reasonable time had passed and John failed to return, Feagins became suspicious that all was not right, and went in search of his missing team and driver. The search proved fruitless as he failed to find the lost

property, and has concluded that Texas John didn't go bone hunting at all, but on the contrary has stolen his team, wagon, and harness. He is offering a liberal reward for the recovery of property and apprehension of the thief.


SCHOOL REPORT. For the month ending March 5, 1880.



HIGH SCHOOL: Charlie Chapel and Sam Swarts.

INTERMEDIATE: Frank Theaker, Harvey Roberson, Perry Fullerlove.

SECOND PRIMARY: Grace McClung, Lizzie Garris, Newton Lancaster.

FIRST PRIMARY: Jennie DeBruce, Willie Kellogg, Howard McIntire, Eva Anderson.


HIGH SCHOOL: Jerry Adams, Henry Smith, Mary Theaker, Charlie Chapel, Charlie Randall, Sarah Randall, Emma Theaker, Jacob Endicott, Frank Randall, Sam Swarts, Martin Warren, Jessie Finley, Minnie McIntire.

INTERMEDIATE: Frank Theaker, Walter Pickering, Maggie Ford, Hattie Hand, John Garris, Wyatt Hutchison, Schuyler Hand.

SECOND PRIMARY: Bert Hughes, Howard Warren, Newton Lancaster, Charlie Nelson, Annie Wagstaff, Nina Pickering, Grace McClung, Lizzie Garris, Clara Ford, Otis Endicott, Belle Johnson.

FIRST PRIMARY: Willie Stanton, Geo. Hoffmaster, Frank Noll, Hettie Milks, Rosie Garris, Arthur Howey, Fred Evans, Frank Parsons, Clifford Rife, Alvin Bowers, Willie Fullerlove, Ottie Bowers.

C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.






By an oversight we failed to publish the proceedings in last issue, but give the same below.

March 1st, 1880.

Council met in regular session. Present: J. I. Mitchell, Mayor; W. H. Speers, George Allen, J. T. Shepard, and I. H. Bonsall, Councilmen. Bills were presented and disposed of as follows:

D. Berger, $3.90, allowed.

C. M. McIntire, $12.50, allowed, and Clerk instructed

to pay said bill.

Arkansas Valley Democrat for printing Election Ordinance No. 73, three times, and proposals for bids on sidewalk once, $5.25, on motion allowed and ordered paid.

Schiffbauer Bros. for merchandise, $5.30, referred to Finance Committee.

Daniel Grant, $1.30, on motion allowed and ordered paid.

D. S. Rose for merchandise, $6.40, referred to Finance Committee.

C. U. France for board for pauper three weeks at $6.00 a week, $18.00, referred to Finance Committee.

Howard, Rexford & Howard for merchandise, $6.49, received, read, and on motion ordered paid.

Amos Walton for making collections as per order of council, $5.00; making special road tax, $6.00; total $11.00. Referred to Finance Committee.

Shepard & Maxwell for drugs and medicines for 3 paupers, $24.50. Laid over.

Gardner Mott for use of plow, $5, allowed and ordered paid.

Drs. Shepard & Dobyns for medical attendance on 3 paupers, $14.50. Laid on table.

On motion, council adjourned.





A Rare Chance to Make Money!

I have a few choice city lots, several good farms, and some suburban property that I will sell below the market price for the next thirty days. Time given if required. I will also sell very cheap my household furniture, stoves, etc., for cash or on time. Do not fail to see me before purchasing.


Arkansas City, Kansas.

March 9th, 1880.


GET T. B. BEAL to try that little Washer. He'll astonish the natives.



Loan, Insurance & Real Estate.

Money to loan at 8, 9, and 10 per cent on Real Estate.

You can get money equally as cheap from me as you can at any other place if your securities are first class.


I have a large number of town lots for sale. Parties wishing to purchase will do well to call and examine my list before buying elsewhere. Block 43, the only entire block to be had, 350 feet by 280 feet, centrally situated and all laid out in fruit trees, grapes, and all kinds of small fruits. Call at my office over McLaughlin's grocery store, or address me through the Post Office.

Agent for the British America Insurance Company.




Good rooted layers. Price $3 per hundred at


Arkansas City, March 1, 1880.


I will pay the highest market price for all kinds of old iron. CHAS. PARKER.