[STARTING WITH MICROFILM ... COURANT ... JANUARY 5, 1882.]
[MORE ABOUT ESCAPED COWBOYS - CALDWELL.]
COURANT, JANURY 5, 1882.
We clip the following from the Caldwell Commercial, which has some connection with the escaped cowboys, but more particularly to a W. J. Keffer, who, if we mistake not, resides in this county and is well known to many of our citizens.
Last Sunday about dusk W. J. Keffer, a freighter between Caldwell and Cantonment, arrived at Gilmore's stable with the five horses which the Talbot gang had taken from the Harmons on the night of the 12th [? 13th ?] inst. Early on Monday morning we sought Mr. Keffer for the purpose of interviewing him as to where and how he obtained possession of the stock. Keffer at first declined to be interviewed, but a vigorous pressure of the reportorial thumb-screws finally extorted his version of the affair which we condense as closely as possible.
According to Keffer's story, he had lost three head of horses on the Friday night previous to the shooting in town. The next day he started on a hunt for them. On Monday or Tuesday of last week, he heard of the loss sustained by the Harmons, and obtained a description of their stock. Last Friday afternoon, while riding on the bluffs on the other side of Big Turkey creek, north of the Cantonment trail, he saw a party of men riding towards the creek, and having several horses besides those they rode. They entered the timber and disappeared from sight. He then crossed the creek, and in the brush he discovered three of the horses taken from the freighters, and one gray and one black horse, all tied up. There were other loose horses around, but he did not care to stop and examine them at that time. About a mile and a half from where the horses were tied, he met two men riding two of Harmon's large bay horses. He describes one of them as a tall, dark man, with black whiskers, and a little bald on the front part of his head; the other appeared to be a medium sized man light complection, and face shaved with the exception of whiskers and mustache.
Keffer says he did not appear to notice them, but went on to his camp. Keffer says when he met the men, one of them, whom he thinks was Talbot from the description he had of him, dropped behind and asked if he was looking for horses. Keffer answered that he was. The men then rode on without saying anything further. On Saturday morning about 3 o'clock, Keffer says he went to where he had seen the horses tied, and found all five of them, including the two he had seen the two men riding the day before. These five he untied, led out, and started for town. Reached Pond creek ranch on Saturday evening, where he met one of the Harmons, and came into Caldwell on Sunday evening as before stated.
Two freighters who passed Wilson's camp on Turkey Saturday, arriving here on Sunday night, say that Wilson told them the desperadoes stayed at his place on Friday night, and on Saturday morning. They sent the horses back, saying they intended to keep their word, if they did get into a shooting scrape.
This, of course, contradicts Keffer's story; but as the latter is an old resident of Cowley County, and has been engaged for a number of years in freighting, he may have told the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding the manner of obtaining possession of the stock.
Since the above was written, facts have come to our knowledge which go to show that Keffer lied, wholesale and retail, when he made his statement to us. We are informed that the ruffians went to the stage station on the Cantonment road, last Thursday, and stated that they wanted to find a man by whom they could send back the horses they had taken from the freighters. Not finding anyone, they left, and on Friday returned, and finding Keffer there, they turned the horses over to him with instructions to take them to Caldwell. This, we believe to be the bottom facts. Keffer sought to make it appear that he was a great hero and a brave man; hence he invented the yarn about stealing the horses from under the noses of the desperadoes. As a picturesque liar, Keffer has failed miserably.
COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
Caldwell has closed her saloons.
Charlie Payson, Opera house, Monday night.
It is ruumored that the A. T. & S. F. R. R. assumed control of the K. C. L. & S. R. R. last Monday.
P. H. Albright's new business relations will call him almost exclusively to Winfield. Sedan will thus lose an excellent citizen. Sedan Times.
Mrs. W. M. Boyer has arrived from Colorado and will spend the winter here. She is stopping with her sister, Mrs. W. C. Root, and will be welcomed by many old acquaintances.
In the Probate Court, claim of Dr. G. Black for $37.75, filed against the estate of Henry Shaver, deceased, allowed for $11.25. Sale bill filed in the estate of Sarah D. Johnson, deceased.
Recent cases have been commenced in tthe District Court as follows: Riggs vs. Stansbury, suit for payment of note; Cotttingham vs. Barnes, appeal.
Tomorrow Mr. Trump goes down to the Ponca Agency, where he has the contract for roofing the large government building erected there.
County Surveyor Haight is engaged in platting Riverside Park. Ed. can do it, if anyone can.
COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
Quincy A. Glass went to Chicago today for a week's visit.
F. M. Friend has removed his tock of goods to the Page building, and is ready to welcome his old customers.
The trustees of the townships once composing old Winfield township met at the County Clerk's office today for the purpose of pro-rating the expense which will accrue in contesting the suit which has been brought against the township for the payment of certain township warrants. The trustees have secured the services of Hon. H. C. Sluss, of Wichita, as counsel, and they feel confident that they will prove the issuance of said warrants to have been invalid.
Mr. S. Clarke has removed his machine works from the South Western Foundry to the first building east of the Santa Fe depot, where he will be pleased to meet all his old customers. His new business place will be known as the Winfield Machine Works. We trust Mr. Clarke will prosper and make money in his new location, as he surely deserves.
Mr. A. Gridley, Sr., late of Oxford, but now of Winfield, made us a pleasant call yesterday, for old acquaintance sake. Mr. Gridley had been in Hunnewell closing out a claim on the Independent office. He sold the office to Mr. A. J. Browers, of that city. Joe Carter will continue in the editorial chair.
Dan Miller has moved back into his old quarters, and now holds forth at the Mater shop on South Main street, where his patrons will find him ever ready to serve them.
C. H. Payson will lecture at the opera house next Monday evening on "Crimes and Criminals." Admission 50 cents; no extra charge for reserved seats.
Chas. W. Long, a farm laborer 19 years old, residing four miles north of the city, was brought into town today by Sheriff Shenneman and adjudged insane before a probate court jury. His sister and two brothers accompanied him and testified at the trial. He was first affected the 24th of December by a pain in his head and went violently insane the evening of that day and has had no rational moment since. He is very vicious, tearing his clothes off when his hands are free, and curses, spits, and endeavors to strike those who are near him. His sister testified that he talked a good deal of religion before he was attacked. He has no father, and his mother is supported by his brother. The family is in poor circumstances, and unable to care for him. Dr. Emmerson has been attending him and pronounces it a very severe case.
Ex-Governor S. J. Crawford writes from Washington to Geo. Cutler, at Hunnewell, that the grazing lands in the Territory, known as the Cherokee Strip, is not the property of the Cherokees; that it was merely set apart by the government for their use as an outlet, and that the Cherokees have no right to collect a tax for grazing cattle on it. Gov. Sam. is undoubtedly mis-taken in this. The strip is part of the Cherokee domain, has been so regarded by the General Government, and was conditionally purchased from the Cherokees. When the government pays for it, the Cherokees will have no right to collect taxes for its use. Until that time, they have full control over it, and authority to make every man pay who occupies it as a grazing ground.
Capt. D. P. Marshall, formerly a resident of Bolton township, but who is now engaged in the schools at Pawnee Agency, is up from the Territory on a short furlough, and was in town today. Mr. Marshall reports the schools at the agency are in a flourishing condition, and that the young Pawnee idea is shooting with a tolerably good shoot.
Marriage licenses have been issued to John A. Boylan and Nannie Scott, Matthias Wolfla and Estella Mabey, Charles E. Metzger and Jennie E. Page.
It was not our Jim Hill who was shot at Socorro, New Mexico, and mentioned in our Saturday's issue. It was a man named Charley Hill, who was the proprietor of a dance house. Of course, all will see at a glance that this could not be Jim.
Died. Near New Salem, in this county, on the morning of December 28th, 1881, Mrs. Gledhill, wife of Mr. Benjamin W. Gledhill, aged about 40 years. Mr. and Mrs. Gledhill were among the pioneers of Cowley county, and have long been known and recognized as among our best citizens. For a number of years past Mrs. Gledhill has been afflicted with organic heart disease, and it was of this she died. Her remains will be transported to Jacksonville, Illinois. Childless, she and her faithful husband had consecrated their lives to each other.
PRAIRIE GROVE, KANSAS, Dec. 30, 1881.
Ed. COURANT: Please announce that there will be a grand circle wolf hunt in this locality Thursday, January 12th, 1882. Everybody and their dogs are invited to meet at 9 o'clock at following places.
South division will meet at Fairview school house near Limbarker's, and will be under command of Capt. George Stalter.
The west division will meet at the Walnut Valley Center school house, commanded by Uncle Jimmie Hanlen.
The north division will meet at the Green Valley school house, commanded by Capt. John Stalter.
East division, commanded by James O. Vanorsdal, will meet at Mr. Hendricks' place.
Each company will move promptly at 10 o'clock and endeavor to arrive at the center about 12 o'clock. The Prairie Grove school house is designated as the center and place for forming a complete ring. No party will be allowed to break the ring or fire any gun or revolver in the ring. Let the dogs finish the work. By order JAMES O. VANORSDAL, Major Commanding.
The teacher's circulating library, which was gotten up three years ago, now contains about two hundred volumes of standard works. Any teacher of the county can become a member of the library association by contributing one dollar in money or two dollars worth of standard books, and can secure the use of any book in tthe library for thirty days. The library is kept in the office of the county superintendent.
Charley Long, the young man who was declared insane, has been ordered committed to the State Insane Asylum by the Probate Judge, and an application has been sent up for his admission. Pending the result of the application, the young man is in thhe hands of his friends.
Last Wednesday morning the conductor of the east bound passenger train informed us that above Pierceville they ran into a lot of railroad ties piled up on the track. No one was seen about the track, the night being quite dark, but the supposition is that it was the work of train wreckers. Fiends who would thus endanger numbers of human lives, whether they succeed or not, ought to hang for their terrible intentions, and some law meting out such punishment ought to be enacted. Train robbing is growing too common. Arkansas Valley Democrat.
Superintendent Story, Prof. Trimble and wife, and Miss Clute have returned from the State Teachers' Association.
J. B. Moore, of Hartford, Connecticut, came in Saturday evening, and will make Winfield heardquarters again for awhile. He occupies the bridal chamber at the Brettun, but then it would require a close search to find any bride lingering there. James is still on the single list, and the apartments given him have not particular significance, except that he was introduced at the Brettun by the illustrious statesman who pens this item.
P. H. Albright, formerly of Sedan, has taken up his residence in Winfield and will become one of us. Albright is one of Chautauqua's steadiest and brightest young men, and we are glad to welcome him among Winfield's army of energetic young men. He will engage in the money loaning business in Cowley and adjoining counties. We trust his fondest anticipations may be fully realized.
[REPORT FROM "WILLIAM" - NORTH FAIRVIEW.]
COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
Mr. Geo. White, of Greenwood county, is stopping at J. Q. Pember's while dipping his flock of 1,650 sheep.
J. C. Page has lost five head of colts from some unknown cause, some claiming it to be the pink eye, while others claim it is the effects of feeding corn fodder with chinch bugs in it.
The Misses Hanlen started today for Kansas City to make that place their permanent home.
Messrs Beaumont and Pratt are running a steam saw in Deacon Harris' timber, while W. F. Lacy keeps the books and does the heavy setting.
Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Bert have settled in our vicinity as permanent residents. Another newcomer: Miss Johnson, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a sister of Mrs. J. C. McKibben.
Miss Ella Sandford expects to start for Newton in a few days to be gone until Spring.
There is strong talk of arresting some of the boys for riding fast and shooting on Sunday evenings, when leaving the
W. V. P. Church. Boys, you had better look oud a leetle.
A series of meetings commence at the W. V. P. Church on tthe 2nd of January, Revs. C. P. Graham and W. H. Rose holding forth.
About twenty of the young folks met at the residence of Mr. Calvin Coon last evening for an oyster supper, but when sending to our accommodating merchant, Geo. H. Williams, for the oysters, lo, and behold! He had had such a run that the last oyster was gone. The boys were bound to have a good time, however, and turned it into a candy pulling. About 10 o'clock Mrs. Coon spread a bountiful repast, which was enjoyed hugely, by all present.
WILLIAM. ROCK, KANSAS, Dec. 29, 1881.
[COUNTY COMMISSIONERS - SESSION.]
COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
The County Commissioners have been in session since Monday afternoon. Among other proceedings they appointed S. M. Fall and R. F. Burden viewers on the L. M. Brown road petition.
A remonstrance against the granting of the L. M. Brown road petition was presented, signed by 89 petitioners.
The viewers' report in the John Chitwood road petition was adopted and the road ordered opened.
Damages were allowed to O. P. Phelps for $15.
Tax was remitted to J. Houser, of Maple township, to the amount of $3.60.
John Stockdale, F. M. Bray, and Lorenzo Barnes were ap-pointed appraisers to appraise some school land in Otter township.
The bond of George Buckman, as Justice of the Peace of this city, was approved.
The committee appointed to examine and count the County Treasurer's funds found in his possession $32,263.99.
Constitutional exemption was allowed to John Simmons, of Dexter township, and portionate taxes remitted to him.
The county refunded to Samuel Hoyt the amount of a certain erroneous tax sale certificate. The county also refunded to T. D. Lewis the amount of a certain tax sale certificate, on which an erroneous tax deed had been issued. Several claims have also been allowed.
COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
George Bloomhart, of Vernon township, was brought in town today, alleged to be insane, and was tried in the Probate Court and found to be insane. The evidence showed that financial reverses and the unfaithfulness of his wife was the cause. He is thirty-three years of age, with a family, and was separated from his wife in 1879. He was attacked with melancholy about one year ago, and has gradually been getting worse, though he has had some irregular rational moments. He is not very vicious, but sits very still most of the time, occasionally uttering unintelligible sounds. Application will be made for his admission in the asylum. There seems to be some crazy influence in the air now a days.
Commissioners Gale and Harbaugh are doing the work in the commissioner's court, Mr. Bullington not yet having put in an appearance. Mr. Gale has been suffering severely for some time with the rheumatism, and is not looking as well as we usually see him. Business is being pushed right along, but there will probably be a three or four days session.
Judge Gans has issued an order confirming the insane Charley Long, he having become terribly vicious, striking and biting all who came within his reach, and requiring the constant watch of three or four men.
The much expected and long _______ [part of article missing] of masquerade came off Friday evening and was a grand and perfect ________. There were at least one hundred ________ on the floor and the reart seats of the hall were crowded with visitors __________ jolier and happier crowd has never assembled in Winfield since the first country hoe-down in the "old log store." The beauty and chivalry of the city were there, the lights were good, the music was excellent, everybody was good natured, the ushers were obliging, the door-keepers were careful, the floor managers were watchful and active, and the whole hall was conducted without clash or discord, and fully met the expectations of those who had anticipated a first-class ball, and a lively, happy time. There were many rich and beautiful costumes, and many ludicrous representations that kept the visitors continually interested and overflowing with laughter.
The general march commenced at 8:30 o'clock with 41 couples on the floor, and formed a brilliant procession striking in its comic efect. Beautiful and rich costumes glittering with gold and silver trimmings, dukes and kings, knights and ladies, Indians, negroes, harlequins, grotesque figures, all commingled in one sttrange and startling crowd.
At 11 o'clock the command was given to form in procession for a march, a grand circle was formed in the hall, the order to face in was given, followed by the order to unmask, and for the first time the parties knew each other, face to face. The ejaculations of surprise, the mutual exclamations of "Well, I declare! Is that you?" attested the excellent manner in which the disguises were gotten up.
At twelve o'clock the hall was deserted for supper, after which tthe dancing was resumed until the--well, that is--the wee--or rather--oh, what's the difference?--"until the wee sma' hours," according to Hoyle, when everybody went home, rather broke up for the next day, but having had a glorious, happy time. The names and characters of those participating we give as follows as near as we could find out, with running comments.
Miss Libby Mansfield, pink and blue domino, very pretty.
Mrs. Frank Sydal, Mary Stuart.
Mrs. Fred D. Whitney, domino.
Mrs. I. W. Randall, flower girl; neat and pretty.
Miss May Benedict, Maud Muller, rake and all, kept a sharp eye out, no doubt wished the Judge would come again.
Miss Jennie Lowry, highland lass, very neat and pretty costume.
John McGuire, Texas Bill.
John Hudson, Texas Jack.
Miss S. French, as Spanish girl, was very attracttive, and tastily costumned.
Miss Florence Beeny, daughter of the regiment, one of the most brilliant costumes on the floor.
Miss Carrie Garvey, of Topeka, as Undine, a most beautiful costume of pale green, and unexcelled.
Miss Jessie Millington, queen of hearts, very pretty.
Mrs. J. E. Saint, Mother Hubbard, unique and a perfect disguise.
Miss Weitzel, sailor girl, pretty.
Miss May Roland, frost, a beautiful costume.
Miss Cora Berkey, Winfield Daily COURANT, dark red paper dress, trimmed with COURANT heads. Very unique, neat, and pretty, of course, and takes our individual cake.
Miss Jennie Hane, snow, clear white canton flannel, very pretty.
Miss Margie Wallis, flower girl, very pretty, indeed.
Miss Jessie Butler, fancy costume.
Miss Lizzy Wallis, skating girl, pretty.
Miss Mamie Tipton, country maiden, surprised her firends.
Mrs. Geo. A. Rhodes, butterfly, one of the daintiest and prettiest costumes on the floor.
Mr. G. H. Allen, country girl.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, country girl.
Mrs. A. H. Doane, country girl.
Miss Amanda Scothorn, "My retty red rose," very pretty.
Miss L. Bank, of Oxford, as light [?], looked very nice.
Miss Alice Herring ________ [SOME OF THIS MISSING/MESSED UP]
Beatrice Carruth __________REST ALL GARBLED.
SOME OF THE NAMES MENTIONED AMONG MEN [BUT CANNOT TELL WHAT THEIR COSTUMES WERE!
James Lorton, C. E. Fuller, Fred Whitney, Sam. E. Davis.
THEN PAPER GOT BACK ON TRACK:
Chas. Black, as a slant eyed heathen (John Chinaman) was one of the best characters, and was well acted out, few penetrating his disguise.
Jos. O'Hare, Robinson Crusoe.
Henry Noble and H. N. Jones, as Uncle Josh and Aunt Polly on stilts, brought down the hose (these two characters were first rate).
T. R. Timme, as a merry boy, got the drop on the boys by padding himself.
W. P. Griffeth, gentleman.
Lou Zenor, Spaniard.
Geo. Rhodes, as a rooster, was cock of the walk, and presented a grotesque appearance.
James Vance, base ballist.
Eli Youngheim, dandy, first rate.
Dave Harter, as a Dutch boy, with top, in our estimation, took the prize cake among the male masks. Dave stood them all off until he danced, when some of the boys caught on.
Abe Steinberger threw a gloom over the occasion as a huge, over-fed Dutch boy.
Frank Finch, as the "choice flour of the family," was evidently kneaded at the ball.
Though these are not all the maskers, the list is as complete as we could make it. A good many did not give in their names and characters and among them several visitors from adjoining cities, whose names we would like to have published.
Charley Payson's lecture at the Opera House next Monday night promises to be well worthy of a good audience. His subject is one he is familiar with on account of his association and observations in and about the penitentiary of Kansas for eighteen months. No doubt his subject will be new to many of our people. Mr. Payson is a very pleasant talker, and will find all there is in his subject.
MORE ITEMS: COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.
The Winfield Building and Loan Association sports a handsome goldleaf sign.
Mr. Kennedy, the Santa Fe agent, sold $2,000 worth of railroad tickets to one man today.
Miss Carrie Stewart, of Bloomingburg, Ohio, is visiting in the city for a short time with her friend, Mrs. John Swain.
Mr. Ben Goe and Miss Ballou, of Torrance, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. Burden Enterprise.
J. W. Curns is putting down a fine stone pavement across the front of his residence lots, the paving stones being among the best that have ever been put down.
We are hearing a good deal of complaint of the telegraphic communications between this place and Arkansas City. Messages are delayed an unreasonable length of time, causing inconvenience, and often, expense. Where the fault is we cannot say, but we hope it will be remedied, wherever it is.
In the Probate Court a report has been made of the sale of real estate of Thos. J. Harris for $1,000 to M. L. Read and M. L. Robinson. Sale confirmed and deed made.
Petition filed for the sale of the real estate of J. L. Cottingham, deceased, and set for hearing Jan. 13, 1882.
E. W. Haning appointed guardian of Flora Passmore, Ida M. Haning, and Ada Mable, Haning minors.
Demand of M. L. Robinson for $1,281.06 allowed against the estate of Thos. Harris, deceased.
James E. Miller appointed guardian of Fannie R. Forrester, minor.
Final settlement made in the estate of Geo. L. Moore, deceased, and administrator discharged.
W. M. Sleeth appointed administrator of the estate of Thos. Hart, deceased.
Martha A. Barr appointed administratrix of the estate of Richard A. Winn, deceased.
Calling attention to the excellence of the water-power at Arkansas City, and suggesting ways in which it may be utilized, the Democrat of that place says: "There is another branch of industry that could be made more profitable here than farther east; it is the manufacture of furniture from black walnut lumber. The material is abundant here, and is shipped east and made into furniture and shipped back west. With the cheap power and raw matgerial, furniture can be made at this city as cheap as any place in the United States."
Charles Painter, brother of W. W. Painter, of Vernon township, and who will be remembered by our citizens as being shot at Cherryvale, is in the city giving exhibitions in horse training and endeavoring to form a class of those who are interested in this subject.
Mrs. J. P. Short was the recipient of a beautiful Christmas present in the shape of a fine majolica jar of foliage plants, for window ornament. Mr. Frank Manny was the generous donor, and kindly gave Mrs. Short a first choice from his well-stocked greenhouse.]
W. M. Allison is now happy. He has succeeded in having himself arrested for criminal libel by Willsie, the County Attorney of Sumner county. Will promises to make Willsie awful sick if he brings the case to trial.
Marriage licenses have been issued by Judge Gans lately as follows:
J. W. Sargent and Jane Lewis.
W. S. Hunt and M. A. Snodgrass.
I. L. Worde and Sarah E. Carder.
J. W. Yount and Louisa F. Medkiff.
The Winfield Library has lately made a new addition to their shelves of about fifty dollars' worth of books, purchased through Henry Goldsmith, and which consist of miscellaneous novels and biographies. We are glad to note every addition of this kind, and encourage in every way the persevering women who have this enterprise in hand. The COURANT would like much to see this organization furnished with a large and convenient room, centrally located, and fitted up thoroughly, and to be used as a reading room. We would like to see the city furnish a regular support, enough to make it an assured and a permanent success. But the city has now slim source of revenue outside of taxation, and to keep such an institution up as it should be, would cause considerable expense. We hope, though, the ladies will be not discouraged, but hold on to what they have; for if this city grows intellectually, a first-class reading room will be its chief attraction.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 5, 1882.]
Fish commissioner D. H. Long, at the request of Senator Hackney, has forwarded to the care of James Foster, of Vernon township, eighty young carp, and which arrived here today in fine conditi9on. James Foster and N. C. Clark will take forty of the fish and will stock some natural ponds that are on the farms.
C. A. Bliss will place twenty of the number in the Walnut river near the mill, and Frank Manny will place the remaining twenty in Dutch creek.
Messrs. Foster and Clark have made a wise move. In one year these fish will be eighteen inches long, and if they are successful in the propagation of the fish, it will not be long befopre they will be able to keep their table supplied with fresh fish of a choice variety.
A COURANT item snatcher went to the train Tuesday at eleven o'clock to meet the other end of his household, and failing to find her there, jumped aboard and went to Arkansas City just for the fun of the thing. Not having been there for about eight years, we felt a lurking desire to once more get a little sand in our off ear, and see a number of the old-time Cowley County boys who were still swinging to the ragged edge. Some people sneer and snarl at Arkansas City, but usually it is someone like Ed. Greer, who don't know any better.
There are not so many changes in that town as have been made here in eight years, perhaps, because there was not so much of it to change; but then it is a pretty good town for all, and we are glad it is located in Cowley County. If it does draw some trade from Winfield, and has enterprising businessmen who reach out for trade, and two newspapers which tend to weaken the 2,700 circulation of our esteemed contemporary, it is one benefit to Winfield, which, perhaps, some of our people have not discovered.
It is the trading point for the struggling Indians from the Territory just below, and being able to steal a little there occasionally, the yellow complected gentry are apparently satisfied, and do not often frequent our city, as they undoubtedly would had Arkansas City been bursted [? busted ?] up in the town business in an early day. The existence of this state of affairs cause our people to entertain a loving regard for their neighbors fourteen miles south.
John Pryor and T. H. Soward escorted us to the city, on account of our modesty, and strange as it may seem, we were met at the depot and conveyed uptown in one of the finest turnouts ever drawn by horses in Arkansas City. It was an elegant new bus, ordered, no doubt, for our special benefit, and whether it is believed or not, we were only charged twenty-five cents each for that magnificent ride. The band had intended to meet us, but some of the members had engagements with the dusky maidens of Kaw extraction, and failed to put in an appearance.
Soward and Pryor seemed very much disappointed on account of the non-arrival of the band, but we are used to disappointments, and passed the slight by wihout a word or thought. We never did like to ask anyone to give up fun for the purpose of contributing to our amusement.
Arriving at the hotel we were amply repaid for the trip by gentlemanly treatment and a splendid dinner, carried to us by a young lady so handsome that the sight of her black eyes almost took John Pryor's breath away. There was another girl in the dining room, ugly enough to stop a clock, but then she is kept there for the purpose of waiting on Arkansas City fellows, like C. M. Scott, Henry Peter Standley, and Charley McIntire. That hotel man understands his business, and well knows it would never do to let a pretty girl carry eatables to these gentlemen. It would take away her charms and wear her out.
There is an opinion prevalent here in Winfield that Judge Soward is not very healthy from midship to the ground, but anyone who will go with him to Arkansas City and follow him over the hills and hollows, through the sand, and over the uneven sidewalks two or three hours, as we did, will pronounce him possessed of more "cupricancy and intrepidity" than any professional gentleman in this section. Soward is modest, or we would tell something sweet on him.
On the train coming back, all the experiences of the day were made to appear small and insignificant, by the appearance on the train of a happy young couple coming up to Winfield after a Christmas present in the shape of a marriage license. When they stood up on the platform at the City about fifteen feet apart, their faces turned in opposite directions, and a far off expression in their mild eyes, we knew at once there was something going to happen before the blue bird season could arrive, but not until H. S. Silver, who we also met there, nudged us under the short rib, did we think the affliction so near at hand. Conductor Miller, who by the way is especially adapted to the task of caring for wedding excursion parties, seemed to take in the situation as soon as the young couple walked aboard the train, and beckoned them to a seat in the rear end of the car. We couldn't imagine what he did this for, unless he tought the other passengers would have to turn around in their seats in order to see the performances of the happy, restless pair.
The train had only started when the young groom began to edge up, that is slide over a little, as it were, toward the window, between him and which was seated the blushing bride. Now, that girl was just as pretty as a peach, and her lips looked as though they had been bathed in a bottle of red ink.
It may not have been noticeable to everyone, but the amount of time Miller squandered in taking up the tickets from about half a dozen passengers, would lead any close observer to swear that he was looking at any moment for a cow to run into the train from the rear.
The groom had either bribed Miller, or else they were old friends, as the young couple had the most terrible time imaginable keeping a light shawl over the bride's shoulders, and when, finally the young man found the thing would slip down efvery minute, he actually fixed it close about the pearly neck and proceeded to hold it there with his arm.
It was really heart "rendering" to see the blush on Conductor Miller's face, and having been a widower for many days, yours truly slid sown into a seat and slept until the fiendish brakeman yelled loud enough to be heard a mile, "Winfield." The next time we go to Arkansas City, we intend to take second-class passage on the canal.
Jake Goldsmith is often upset by American customs. Jake had filled up a table in the center of the store room with a fine display of books; and to aid in their sale, had displayed over them the sign, "Any book on this table for one dollar." In some manner a Webster's unabridged dictionary had been misplaced and found its way to the table, and some person wishing to shake Jake up a little, placed the twelve dollar dictionary under his arm, handed Jake a dollar, and walked off. Jake broke for the man and informed him that one dollar wasn't a flea bite toward paying for that dictionary. The gentleman appealed to the sign and to the place where he found the book; and Jake had to take it all back with what grace he could. Jake heaved a mighty sigh of relief when he gained possession of the book, and now he watches that table with the glance of an eagle. Jake says: "These Americans vas funny fellers anyhow."
James Jordan and C. H. Cornell have been appointed notaries public for Cowley County.
J. S. Hunt, A. T. Shenneman, Jacob Nixon, and S. C. Smith, county officers elect, have filed their official bonds. The sureties are good.
[THE NEW COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: EDITORIAL.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
The newly organized Board of County Commissioners now in session is one in which, we think, the county may place unlimited confidence, and rest assured that the interests of the entire county will be subserved in a high degree. We will be pardoned if we speak individually of the members of the board.
Mr. Henry Harbaugh, in accordance with the old-time precedent in favor of seniority, was elected chairman, and we believe the action was one of wisdom as well as courtesy.
When Mr. Harbaugh came on the board, he was known to few of the county besides thos of his own neighborhood; and the manner in which his neighbors urged his name for the office, without his individual efforts, and vouched for his ability and integrity, showed a confidence in what they claimed that is now, we think, shared by the county at large. Known among his neighbors as an excellent businessman and a model farmer, he has, we can confidently state, given to the discharge of his duties as com-
missioner the same careful but energetic attention which he has shown in the management of his private affairs. Possessed of no egotism, or an overestimation of his opinions, he has been firm in the discharge of what he has honestly considered his official duties, and has watched carefully over the interests of his district and the more general ones of the county at large. The additional duties and responsibilities which the chairmanship will devolve upon him will be discharged with ability and sustained with integrity.
Mr. L. B. Bullington has served one year as commissioner, and has been absent from the State a portion of that time. What we have observed of his official acts leads us to believe that he is qualified for the office he holds, and will, besides a desire to work within the law, be governed by a strong and healthy element of common sense.
Mr. S. C. Smith, the newly elected member, is too well known in this city to require any comments or recommendations. Representing considerable property interests himself, he is ripe in business experience, and is well known among our citizens as possessing ability of the first order, and is respected for inflexible adherence to what is right, regardless of personal or political considerations. He has often been requested to accept important offices, but has as often declined, and his present position was thrust upon him while he was out of the State. There is, in our mind, no questin but that the interests of this city will be carefully watched over, nor any doubt that all sections of the county will receive a like attention, unmised with prejudice or partiality. These considerations lead us, as said, to think that the new board will justify all expections.
In this connection we cannot help but speak of the retiring member, G. L. Gale. For the last two years we have been intimately acquainted with his acts as commissioner, and do not hesitate to accord to him a full measure of praise for honest and conscientious service, etc.
THE COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
The mumps are on the rampage at Arkansas City.
Dr. Wells has removed his office from the Page building to rooms over the post office.
Charles Payson intends lecturing in Arkansas City on "Crimes and Criminals."
Joseph Sherbourne, of Arkansas City, has received the appointment of trader at the Otoe Agency.
P. H. Albright is putting up a fine sign and proposes advertising his loan business to the people.
Henry Asp has removed his law office into the first floor in the Hackney and McDonald building on 9th avenue.
Born January 8th, 1882, to Mr. and Mrs. P. Sipe, of this city, a son. The first fruit of 1882 in the city of Winfield. May he become a great man.
From the number of dray loads of collars he has received, we should say that Wm. Newton proposed to collar the horse collar trade and take it in.
Mr. Wm. McGinnis has purchased Ed. Weitzel's interest in the Ninth Avenue house, and will endeavor to make it in every way worthy of the patronage of the public.
Dr. F. E. Allen, of Thornton, Indiana, has located in our city, and thinks of opening a dental office in the McDugal building. The doctor is an old acquaintance of the Holmes.
R. A. O'Neil has been through quite a severe spell of sickness, and is out on the streets today for the first time. A loss of twenty-two pounds of flesh makes R. A. look rather weak.
W. H. Nelson, one of the early settlers of Pleasant Valley township, but who has been living in the Territory for the last two years, was in town today shaking hands with old friends.
One by one the grangers are getting even with the hog buyers, on a lumping guess. T. A. Venable, of Richland township, received nearly seven cents per pound for his bunch of hogs.
Our corn crop produced the last year was estimated to be worth $867,770,172 or $267,000,000 more than the year previous. The wheat crop was worth $560,000,000, being $160,000,000 more than the value of the crop of 1880. We produce 30,000,000 barrles of petroleum, double that the of the previous year. We produce 212,000,000 pounds of sugar, and the slaughter of swine and cattle astonish the world.
The charter for the "Church of Christ," Vernon township, Cowley, County, was filed Wednesday in the office of the Secretary of State. Turstees: A. J. Worden, J. T. Pruitt, H. C. Hawkins, E. C. Martin, D. S. Beadle.
W. B. Caton has purchased a lot on Ninth Avenue, east of Stout's blacksmith shop, and today moved his building up from South Main Street to his new location.
James B. Moore of this city has approved and paid the money on over $17,000 in loans since the first day of the year 1882.
We are informed that parties from Winfield intend starting a tin shop in Arkansas City soon. Arkansas Valley Democrat.
On Tuesday a vestry meeting of Grace church was held at the office of Judge McDonald, to hear the report of the treasures for the past year. All things were found to be in a healthy condition and excellent for the future prospects of the church. A building committee was appointed for the work of the new church to be erected this coming year.
We noticed on a rosebush in the yard at the residence of
J. L. Horning, a genuine rose bud. It looked awful scared, and we think it was pretty sneaky to come out in mid-winter.
DEDICATION. Mt. Zion church, United Brethren in Christ, situated six miles from Winfield, will be dedicated January 29th. Services at 11 A.M., by Bishop E. B. Kephart, D. D. All interested are most cordially invited to attend.
Joseph E. Conklin, formerly of the Winfield Monitor, was in town on Saturday last. Mr. Conklin is now special agent for the Home Insurance company, of New York, and came here to establish an agency. Anthony Republican.
A petition signed by a large number of Winfield citizens has been presented to Charlie Payson, asking him to again deliver his lecture on "Crimes and Criminals" at the Opera House, some evening soon, and he will probably do so.
Curns & Manser have sold the W. M. Boyer property, in block 147, to M. Hahn, for $1,250. This sale was made in a very short time by a special advertisement in THE COURANT.
An accident occurred last Thursday morning by which one young lady was very severely bruised, several other persons badly shaken, and two buggies totally demolished. A dance had been held the previous night at Salt City, which was attended by Mr. A. Davis and lady, and Horace McConn and Miss Tate. It was on the return therefrom that the accident occurred about 8 o'clock a.m. Mr. Davis' buggy was ahead and McConn following close behind, when in turning the corner to enter the timber the other side of the Arkansas river, McConn's buggy upset, throwing out the occupants and scaring the team so that they literally ran over the team in advance, and it was little short of a miracle that the parties occupying it escaped instant death. As it was, Miss Tate was the only one seriously bruised while all were more or less shaken up. The horses were uninjured, but the buggies were in about the condition of the "one horse-shay" on its one hundredith anniversary. At this writing we are glad to state that under the care of Dr. Shepard, the injured young lady is progressing favorably and no permanent ill effects are feared.
We clip the following startling intelligence from the Courier of the 5th inst.: " W. E. Graham was arrested today on the charge of murdering his uncle, Phil. Ogley, in this county on December 28. He confessed having committed the murder, and about 9 o'clock tonight a party of about 300 men gathered at the jail, overpowered the sheriff and his guards, took Graham from his cell, and hung him to a telegraph pole in front of the courthouse. Great excitement prevails. It is thought that Rose, the murderer of the Weirs, and his son, who is now in jail, will be hung before morning."
This is terrible, if true, but it is quite new to us! The strangest thing, however, is the telegraph pole in front of the courthouse. We could stand the hanging and all that, but the telegraph pole, that gets away with us.
A party recently arrived in Winfield, hailing from the east, and made a purchase of a small bill of furniture from Johnston & Hill. After a short sojourn in the city, they concluded to return to their former home. The lady went to the above named firm to sell back the furniture, and was informed that they could not take it back as they did not deal in second hand goods, and directed where she could sell it, as there were several second hand stores in ttown. On Saturday evening the lady informed Mr. J. W. Johnston that she was doing all she could to injure his business; that she kept several from purchasing goods from him and she would try and keep more. If there are any states composed of this kind of people who do business in this manner, we don't sigh for any emigration from those states; not much.
Sam Clarke, proprietor of the Winfield Machine Works, is now in full blast, and ready for all kinds of machine work. With improved machinery and the best machinits to be found, he is confident he can give entire satisfaction to all who may need his services. To those in need of castings of any character, go and see him.
The county commissioners were in session Tuesday and among other things, the following proceedings were had.
Dr. Emerson was appointed physician to the poor at a salary of $100, per year.
The bond of the county treasurer elect was fixed at $200,000.
The contract for keeping the poor was awarded to S. E. Burger.
The county printing was awarded to the Courier at legal rates.
The board went out to S. E. Burger's where the poor are kept, and found everything in good shape.
The board adjourned this evening.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.]
The Traveler says the suit that was carried to the Supreme Court, in reference to taxing cattle in the Territory, was decided in favor of the cattle men.
George Green owned and held cattle in Kansas on the first day of March, and then drove and kept them in the Indian Territory for two years thereafter. The cattle were assessed during the three years, as Mr. Green still held his residence in Kansas. The court ruled that the cattle were subject to taxation for the first year, as they were in the State on the first day of March and the tax could be collected of him, but for the two years following, they were not legally taxable in Kansas.
This has long been a vexed question, and having been de-
cided, will put money in the pockets of the cattle men, yet deplete the treasury of the townships. It is expected that suits will now be instituted against the county and townships to recover taxes paid in years previous.
J. H. McBeth, who has for a long time been conductor on the Western Division of the K. C., L. & S., has accepted a similar position on the Gulf road, and left for Kansas City, Wednesday morning. His family will remain here for some time yet. "Mac" was one of the most popular conductors on the road, and everyone regrets to see him leave it. Cherryvale Gloge.
Charley McClain, who was arrested a few days ago for the stealing of a lot of goods from his employer's store at Arkansas City, was arraigned before Judge Torrance this afternoon at the adjourned session of the District Court. The defendant plead guilty to the charge of grand larceny, and was sentenced to the penitentiary for the term of one year.
The establishment of the firm of P. H. Albrright & Company in this city promises our farmers a better and quicker method of obtaining money when they want it, than they have heretofore had. This firm keeps money sufficient on hand to supply all who may borrow of them, as soon as the papers are signed. They inform us that they now have $50,000, which must be loaned at once, and consequently they will offer it at the lowest rates. They also have a reasonable amount of capital which they wish to invest in securities and town property.
All the business connected with the loans heretofore made for Geo. W. Moore & Co., and the Traveler's Insurance, of Hartford, Connecticut, by Gilbert, Jarvis & Company, and Jarvis, Conklin & Company, will hereafter be under the exclusive control of P. H. Albright & Company, which latter named firm will receipt for interest on all said loans.
Mr. Jas. B. Moore, of Hartford, will remain here during the winter, in the office with P. H. Albright & Company, and will be a valuable assistant in getting the business of the new firm under full headway.
Mr. Albright, the senior member of the firm, is well known in Southern Kansas, and has perhaps the best financial backing in the east of any young man in our state. We predict for the new firm a nice run of business.
We are sorry to note the failure of Daniel Read, of Floral, who has made an assignment of his stock of goods to H. D. Gans. The liabilities are upward of $4,000, and the assets are esti-mated at $1,500. We believe that Mr. Read has made this assignment as a last resort, and that it has come about through no desire whatever to defraud his creditors. It will be remembered that Mr. Read was a heavy sufferer in the cyclone last June, and though his store was blown down, and many of his goods ruined, in the face of the most disheartening prospects, he went to work to retrieve his losses, working with a faith and energy that was highly commendable, and gained for him the confidence and sympathy of all. Believing he could recuperate, he was led to purchase additional goods, and to contract obligations which he has been unable to meet. Mr. Read is one of the most respected citizens of Richland township, and his friends and neighbors generally will be sorry for his misfortune.
There was filed in the Register of Deeds office last Monday a deed from Edwin C. Manning of Rio Arriba, New Mexico, to Lennia Hall, of the same place, to the following described property: Lots 10, 11, and 12 in block 108, of the city of Winfield, better known as Manning's Opera House, and including the postoffice building. The consideration paid was $10,000, besides assuming a mortgage of $7,500.
Read & Robinson have lately been making some convenient improvements in their bank arrangements. A new addition has been built on the rear of the bank, which has been fitted up in excellent shape for a private office. The old partition has been taken down and the counter run the entire length of the room, affording more room in the working room and much more convenient arrangements. One of the best and most valuable improvements, however, is a new time lock on the second door of their five ton safe. This is to protect the silver coin that cannot be placed in the burglar box. The new time lock has the improvement over old style locks, for its capacity of being put in operation in an instant, at any time, by a touch of the bolt on the door.
A bank robber, if he ever gave the cashier time to reach the door, would have to "turn him bootless home again," as neither he nor the cashier could gain access to the funds until the time set for the action of the time lock. The bank vault is one of the most commodious in the state, and is well arranged with pigeon hole and book apartments. The bank is now one of the best protected and most conveniently arranged of any in the west.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.]
There were lively times at the corner of Main and Ninth avenue today. One man was selling notions, talking like the man at the side-show, interspersing his remarks with cat calls, pig squealing, and imitating the songs of birds. Another man was running an opposition notion stand and pouring floods of eloquence all over the country, while at the same time a woman running a kind of wheel of fortune and describing in glowing colors the independent fortune that awaited those who invested in her concern. Sometimes the three would take a turn about and then they would all get down to business at once. We noticed men paying almost as much for a lot of all but worthless cheap trash as they could buy good goods for from our own merchants. One man, patronizing the wheel, had the pleasure of paying ten cents for a tiny piece of soap and another worthless article. Thinking the soap was something good to eat, he put it in his mouth and proceeded to masticate, and it wasn't long before he was spitting around there like a safety valve. We would like to see these traveling humbugs let severely alone, and our people buy legitimate goods from legitimate merchants.
[REPORT FROM "WILL" - NORTH FAIRVIEW.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
Mentions marriage of Charles E. Metzger and Jennie C. Page, January 1, 1882, at the residence of James H. Page. W. H. Rose, of Douglas, officiated. On Wednesday evening the young couple celebrated with an oyster supper given by Mrs. J. Colen Page.
W. M. Harper and his sister, Mary, have gone to Harper county to visit their brother, Charles.
Dr. A. V. Polk is feeding quite a number of cattle on Dutch Creek, and reports them doing well.
W. H. Grow has the finest lot of hogs that we have seen for some time.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.]
A new schedule of rates has been adopted by the Western Union telegraph company, taking effect January 1. The new rates are somewhat lower for day messages but night messages instead of being "half rate" as heretofore will cost about two-thirds of day rate. Messages which are charged twenty-five, thirty, and thirty-five cents during the day for the first ten words and two cents for each additional word, will be charged for at the rate of twenty-five cents for the first ten words at night, and one cent for each additional word. ETC. SKIPPED THE REST.
We are glad to note the starting of a new enterprise in our city: the Kansas Tannery, owned and managed by E. D. Thorpe, and situated on South Main Street. Mr. Thorpe has erected a building 25 x 50 feet, and is fitting it out in complete shape for a first-class tannery.
The property, when in running shape, will represent a capital of about $7,000, and will be provided with first-class machinery, which is now ordered from Boston, and will be at work in about ten days.
Mr. Thorpe uses the most improved methods, using bark extract without any acid. He is experienced in the business, and thorouughly conversant with all its details, having formerly operated in New York State. The tannery will handle all kinds of skins, from that of a cockroach to an elephant. Mr. Thorpe has associated with him his brother, Mr. R. L. Thorpe, who has lately been in the Montana and Wyoming territories. The two gentlemen are young and social, and, besides, the industry they will establish here will be a good acquisition to our society. We certainly wish Mr. Thorpe success in his venture, and bespeak for him the hearty support of the people of the county. The tannery will be able to turn out about sixty sides of leather per week, and will be enabled to purchase a large quantity of hides from our farmers. We are glad to welcome every such enterprise to this county.
The trustees of townships comprising old Winfield township have met and apportioned the expense of contesting the payment of the township scrip issued by the officers of the old township for bridge building. The apportionment between the townships based on their property valuation is as follows:
Pleasant Valley, $7.40.
Winfield City, $91.33.
This makes a total of $150.00.
The Courier has stated that the Hon. H. C. Sluss has given a written opinion that the scrip was legally issued. We think the statement of the Courier contained a typographical error, as we saw the written opinion of Mr. Sluss, in which he confidently states that the scrip was not legally issued and that he had no idea that the old territory could be justly held for its payment.
The Courier also misstated in saying that Mr. Sluss demanded $300 for contesting the case. Mr. Sluss has agreed to contest for $150, three hundred dollars to be paid him if he wins the suit.
Mr. W. M. Hibbler, late of Carthage, Missouri, has purchased of A. H. Green of this city, the John Board farm, a mile and a half south of town, and will soon become a resident of Cowley.
The gentleman who is furnishing food for the lawyers and Judge Buckman's court this week, gives his name as Charles McClain, who has been clerking in a store at Arkansas City for the past few weeks for a man named S. Mattock. When he was paid off a few days ago, Mattock discovered that a lot of fine gloves were missing, and notified the officers here where Charley was having a social drunk on account of Christmas coming but once a year. The youth of about thirty summers was promptly arrested Thursday afternoon, and held for trial the next morning at 10 o'clock. The officers searched his boarding house and found two valises and a large paper bag, in which he had stored away about $80 worth of various kinds of goods, such as laces, gloves, neckties, satins, etc., many of the articles bearing the cost mark of Mr. Mattock. When the prisoner was arraigned Thursday evening and asked by the court what he had to say for himself, he replied that they would find out he had not stolen anything; that he had been drunk for a couple of days, to which offense he would plead guilty. He was informed that he was not on trial for drunkenness, but theft. It was suggested to the prisoner by a bystander that he had better plead guilty to the charge of larceny, and take back the insertion that he had been drunk.
[REPORT FROM "GREEN" - VALLEY VIEW, VERNON TOWNSHIP.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
VALLEY VIEW, VERNON TOWNSHIP, January 1st, 1882.
There was a social hop December 18th at the residence of Mr. T. A. Blanchard, at which we noticed the faces of several Winfieldites who seemed to enjoy the country dance most hugely, especially the supper prepared by Mrs. Blanchard, who has few equals in the culinary art. On the 28th Valley View Sunday school held a social for the purpose of raising money to purchase an organ. Miss Emma Martin presided at the organ. Near the close of the exercises Mr. Jennings and Greer of Winfield were each presented with a handsomely ornamented cake by Mr. Blanchard, in behalf of the Sunday school. The social was a financial success. Sufficient funds to purchase the organ were realized with a surplus in the treasury. Great praise is due Mr. Martin, the superintendeqnt, as he is one of those energetic workers who spare neither time nor money to interest and benefit his school.
[INTERVIEW WITH THORP, BROTHER OF OWNER OF TANNERY.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
We recently had the pleasure of an interview with Mr. Thorpe, a brother of the gentleman who owns the Kansas tannery, in which we were given the history of some thrilling incidents.
For the past few years Mr. Thorpe has been in Wyoming and Montana Territories, engaged in the Indian service, and his life in that time has been crowned with startling scenes and stirring events. What makes his conversation of more than common interest is the fact that he was with Reno at the time of the Custer massacre, and passed through scenes calculated to try the bravest heart. He was acquainted with Custer, and helped to bury him after the saddest and most terrible tragedy of modern times. He heard Custer tell Reno when they separated to go forward, cross the Little Horn river, and attack the Indians, and he did not see Custer again until he helped to bury him in his lonely grave. He says Reno did not know of Custer's danger until two days after the massacre, when he was informed by the reinforcements under Terry, who saved Reno's own men from a like terrible fate. Reno has been severely handled for cowardice and neglect of a comrade in danger, but Mr. Thorp says the accusations are unjust and that Reno exhibited no sign of a coward. Reno was in a desperate straight himself; hemmed in on a bluff by five or six thousand Indians, he was exposed to a merciless fire, certain massacre stared himself and his men in the face, and if Terry had not arrived, their fate would have been the same as the brave three hundred under Custer. Mr. Thorp's experiences are well worth listening to, and we shall endeavor to call upon him often.
An official copy, made in 1878, was made of a petition to promote Reno and Benteen. That copy shows Rollins Thorpe, a private in company M of the 7th Calvary under the command of Capt. Thomas H. French was under the command of Major Marcus A. Reno during the battle of the Little Big Horn. This petition was reprinted in the book "The Custer Myth" written by Colonel W. A. Graham and published in 1953.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.]
Mr. Will. White, of Cowley county, formerly an employee of this office, has been visiting friends and relatives in Oswego this week. Oswego Democrat.
EMPORIA STATE NORMAL SCHOOL. Miss Hila Smith, of Winfield, has been unable to attend school for some time on account of ill health, and contemplates returning home.
We clip the following from the Salt City correspondent to the Arkansas Valley Democrat, which is good.
And in those days came Warner, the "Jocky" saying unto the "Moss-backs and Hoosiers," (the citizens of Salt City). Bet ye! bet ye! for the race is now at hand, and the "Moss-backs" did hear, and many wondered at the words spake by the man of the turf, and they did get sore afraid, except Samuel, of Salt City, who is a descendant of the house of Axley, a man of much knowledge. He sayeth unto the stranger, "I'm your huckleberry."
There also came John, of the house of Berkey, whom the people round about calls the wise, and he calls unto them that he had sheckles of gold and of silver, and also greenbacks, even five dollars, to bet on the horse; and then there came unto John a Moss-back saying unto him, "Beware ye, you will lose your substance." Straightway did John, the wise, make answer, saying "The court knows herself," and John did bet his money on the horse, and forthwith the race came off, and the horse got left. Then did John go down to the city saying, "Woe unto Warner, he played me false." I bet my money for a sham, and the disciple of the turf refuses to give me my ducats," and then he straightway took a deadly weapon, and every Mossback was struck with fear, even so much they dare not hinder "John the wise" from his deadly intent, and they did follow from afar off with fear and trembling, lest in his wrath he would tear things to a fuzz.
John did go down unto the camp of the wicked man of the turf, and he then did discover the man of the turf armed with bows and spears and swords, and there came a great fear over John the wise, yea, even so much that his knees smote together, and then says he unto him, "Give me back my hard earned sheckles, yea, my greenbacks, which I did earn by the sweat of my brow, my hard earned ducats which I had saved for my poor widowed mother." Then spoke the man of the turf, "Depart, ye worker of shams, go and get it out of the Moss-backs;" and John did return to the city much cast down, and with mourning, and refuses to be
GATHER THIS MUST HAVE BEEN SOME SORT OF INSIDE JOKE!
[ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING: BAPTIST CHURCH.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1822.
The annual business meeting of the Baptist Church was held at the Courthouse on Saturday evening, December 31, 1881. The report of the officers show the following facts.
Total membership: 192.
Additions during the year: 30.
Money collected and paid out during the year for general expenses, including pastor's salry: $1,063.88.
For the new building over $3,000 has been collected and expended, and over $300 of this amount by the ladies' society.
The Sunday School has 19 officers and teachers, and 214 scholars, and had an average attendance of 141.
There was collected and expended for the Sunday School about $78.
The following officers were elected for the next year:
Clerk, J. C. Rowland.
Treasurer, James McDermott.
Trustees, C. A. Bliss, A. P. Johnson, J. S. Mann. B. F. Wood, and A. B. Arment.
Organist, Miss Lola Silliman.
Chorister, Geo. Cairns.
The church and Sunday School starts the new year under favorable circumstances, and it is hoped that beginning with next Sunday, they will be able to occupy their new house of worship, now nearly completed.
[NEWS ABOUT HOG THEFT, ETC.]
COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.
We clip the following from the Arkansas Valley Democrat, which is a very similar incident to one which happened near Osage City.
"Last Tuesday two men, whose names are unknown, stole twenty-one head of fat hogs from a pasture four miles west of Dexter and drove them to Cedar Vale, Chautauqua County, put them in a yard about one mile from that place, and went into town for the purpose of selling them. While these fellows were trying to sell the hogs, they discovered that the owner of the stolen property was in town in pursuit of them, and jumping into a two-horse wagon, fled. After driving a short distance, they unhitched the horses from the wagon, and mounted them and rode about five miles to a farm house between Dexter and Cedar Vale, where they attempted to exchange horses, but were prevented by the timely interference of the owner of the horses. As nearly as we can learn, the thieves had a start of the posse in pursuit, by from one half to an hour and yet strange to tell, after getting close enough to exchange shots, they were permitted to escape, and up to the present writing are at large. We gather the above information from Mr. James Walters of Dexter, and the story can be relied upon as correct."
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, JANUARY 12, 1882.]
Mrs. L. J. Webb is very sick at Topeka, of typhoid fever.
Harold Mansfield is running Quincy Glass' drug store during his absence to Chicago.
A Mr. Ticer, living on the Arkansas river, lost his house and its contents by fire last Monday. The origin of the fire is not known.
W. G. Webster, late of Logan county, Illinois, has bought a farm in Maple township, this county, and will go into the stock business.
James B. Moore, of the firm of G. W. Moore & Co., of Hartford, Connecticut, will remain here in the office with P. H. Albright & Co. most of the winter.
They don't propose to have any more smoking done in the post office at Arkansas City. This is right, and the same rule should be adopted in every business house where ladies are compelled to go.
Judge Gans has issued an order confirming the insane Charley Long, he having become terribly vicious, striking and biting all who came within his reach, and requiring the constant watch of three or four men.
We learn through the Arkansas City Traveler that Judge Christian was made happy on Christmas by the receipt of a draft of $50 from his old friends and fellow citizens of Lawrence, Kansas. It was a tribute well merited.
The Traveler says the chronic grumbler will find a germ of comfort in the following items which speak pretty well for the financiering ability of those having the affairs of Cowley County in charge. "The total indebtedness of the county is nearly a hundred and ninety-two thousand dollars. The assessed value of the county is neraly three and one-tenth millions of dollars. Therefore, if our creditors had the power and took a notion to foreclose on us, we could pay them off and have about ninety-three and one-fifth percent of our property left to start anew on."
News reached us of the recent death of Ed. Lemon, at Independence. We had noticed that he had been lying very sick for some time and now we learn with pain of his death. Ed. resided here for some time and was well known among our young folks, and made many friends who will learn with deep regret that he has ceased to walk among them. The blow will fall very heavy upon his mother, brothers, and sisters, who have before felt the pangs of a broken family circle.
The libel suit, brought against W. M. Allison, of the Wellingtonian, by the County Attorney of Sumner County, was heard before Judge Torrance at Chambers yesterday. Mr. Allison's attorney moved to dissolve the attachment on the ground of the insufficiency of the plaintiff's affidavits, which motion the Judge sustained. Mr. Willsie, the plaintiff, will now have to commence a new action of attachment.
A. F. Morey and family, old acquaintances of W. C. Robinson, have arrived in this city from Avon, Illinois, and will probably make this city their permanent residence. Mr. Morey is a gentleman of considerable means, bears an excellent reputation, and will be an acquisition to our society. He is at present occupying the John Allen property.
Miller & Wood seem to lead Southern Kansas in the purchase of hogs for shipment. They shipped Wednesday five carloads from Oxford, one from Winfield, one from Cambridge, and one from Burden. They have, during the past thirty days, shipped about forty carloads. While Miller remains in our city looking after the business here, Cliff Wood is out in the country buying all the hogs he can find.
COURANT, JANUARY 19, 1882.
Marriage license issued to John F. Stedman and Lydia J. Pureingten Saturday.
A demand of S. C. Smith for $90.41, has been allowed against the estate of Elias Beaver.
Col. J. M. Alexander left this morning for Florida, where he will remain during the winter.
A claim of Dr. C. Perry, for $395.30, has been allowed by Judge Gans against the estate of Joshua Jones.
W. E. Campbell, the man who was desperately wounded during the cowboy fracas, is rapidly recovering. [CALDWELL SHOOTING]
We are pleased to learn that Mrs. L. J. Webb, of Topeka, who has been very ill with typhoid fever, is convalescent.
Married, January 12th, 1882, by Rev. E. P. Hickok, Mr. Charles C. Doan and Miss Mary Cochran, all of Winfield.
Ira Allison and Adella Weddell, both of Dexter, were married in this city by Judge Gans Saturday, January 14th, 1882.
Mrs. C. J. Hydes arrived in the city last evening from Lancaster, Wisconsin, to visit her mother and sister, Mrs. Rinker, wife of our townsman.
Miss Jessie Millington takes a position on the Courier staff this week, and will hereafter be the bookkeeper and assistant local. Miss Jessie is one of Winfield's brightest young ladies, well acquainted with everyone, and will prove an able and useful assistant to our neighbors.
Dr. Hawkins, of Dexter, well known in Winfield, is lying very low with the lung fever. Dr. Emerson was sent for today, and has gone over to render the professional brother what assistance he can.
Theodore H. Heineken and Mary L. McPherson, both of Richland township, were authorized by the Probate Judge Saturday, to hitch.
A report of sale of real estate in the Elias Beaver estate has been filed, and the sale was confirmed by the Probate Court last Saturday.
Tell Walton, among others, has been sued by Danford for $10,000. As Tell lost some money in the bank failure, he is sitting up nights trying to figure the thing out. Can't you do it, Tell?
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TO THE VOTERS OF WALNUT TOWNSHIP. There will be a people's convention held Saturday evening, January 21st, 1882, at Olive school house, three-fourths of a mile north of John Mentche's, for the purpose of putting in nomination township officers, and selecting a people's ticket, independent of party politics.
C. A. ROBERTS.
His Honor, Judge Torrance, in company with Messrs. Campbell, Hackney, and Henderson, took dinner at Chautauqua Springs last Sunday, in consequence of which Ginn, the popular hotel man of that place, has been compelled to make an assignment to his creditors. They ate him "clean out." Sedan Times.
The Wichita correspondent of the Kansas City Times says Captain David Payne [PAINE] has the papers prepared and will bring suit in the District Court of Sedgwick County against General Pope for his arrest and ejectment from Oklahoma
Territory. This suit will involve the question of the right of settlement in that territory.
Mr. W. G. Webster, the well known young lawyer of this city, has moved to Winfield, Kansas, where he will no doubt make his mark. Lincoln (Illinois) Sentinel.
Judge Buckman has moved into the back rooms over Read's bank, and Jennings & Troup occupy the front rooms. Excellent loafing quarters up there now.
Claim of W. T. Wright against the estate of J. I. Cottingham for $60.00 has been allowed by Judge Gans.
Dr. Southard, of Elk City, father of "Tuck" Southard, who used to live here, and of Mrs. R. H. Vermilye of this city, died at his home last Saturday, from the effects of injuries received by a corn-crib falling upon him several weeks ago. He was about sixty years old, and has been a resident of Kansas for twenty years or more. Next to the death of our own father, we know of none whose death we would be more sorely painted to hear, as the Doctor and his estimable wife have, for eight years, been like a father and mother to us. Mr. Southard leaves a host of friends over Kansas, who will with sorrow learn of his demise.
P. H. Albright & Co. have moved into the rooms recently vacated by Gilbert & Fuller, over the post-office, and are fixed up in fine shape. Mr. S. L. Gilbert will remain in the office with the new firm and assist them with their business.
Mrs. Holloway, widow of the late W. H. Holloway, who died here two months since, has been appointed administratrix of the estate and guardian of the children, by the Probate Court of Elk County.
An order has been made for the sale of real property belonging to the estate of J. I. Cottingham, deceased, for the payment of debts.
Mr. G. A. Rhodes has purchased the Champion Furniture House, on South Main street, and will open out for business one day this week.
Last week J. F. Graham sold his Pleasant Valley farm five miles south of town to a gentleman from Illinois. Consideration $3,000 cash.
On the 10th day of January, B. F. Cox was appointed administrator of the estate of R. L. Winn, deceased. On the 12th he filed an inventory of said estate as such administrator, and on the 13th his resignation was accepted, and Martha A. Barr was appointed administratrix vice Cox.
Andrew R. Lee made annual settlement as guardian of the estate of the minor heirs of Isreal Swickard, deceased, and Lee's resignation as to one of siad heirs accepted, and J. L. Huey appointed in his stead.
F. M. Cooper, M. D., Winfield, Kansas. Chronic diseases a specialty. Office South Main street.
The Merchants' and Business Men's Protection Association met Thursday evening at the office of A. H. Doane & Co., president Spotswood presiding. The committee on constitution and by-laws tendered their report, which was received and taken up for action by sections, after which it was adopted as a whole, and the secretary instructed to have the same printed and furnish each member with a copy. The following firms became members of the association.
A. T. Spotswood & Wco.
J. P. Baden
B. F. Cox.
Wallis & Wallis.
J. S. Mann.
Hendricks & Wilson.
Hughes & Cooper.
Miller & Dix.
J. L. Hodges.
A. H. Doane & Co.
S. H. Myton.
W. B. Pixley.
E. A. Baird.
Shreves & Powers.
The by-laws provide that any firm in the city may become members by complying with the by-laws, rules, and regulations, and that each member will be furnished with a pass book containing a list of doubtful and bad paying customers, professional beats, etc. From the reading of the constitution and by-laws of the organization, it is evident that the business men are in earnest, and that they propose to protect cash and prompt paying customers and to give doubtful and bad paying customers, and especially dead beats, a wide berth. The mmethod adopted by the association for equal and mutual protection is sound and reasonable, and will bring to its membership every business firm in the city. The result will surely prove satisfactory to both buyer and seller.
PRAIRIE GROVE, KANSAS, JANUARY 12, 1882. Owing to bad weather the grand wolf hunt was postponed until Thursday, January 26, 1882, commanded as follows:
1st division, Captain Frank Limbarker, meets on the hill at Curpman's [? Name sounds funny ?].
2nd division, Captain R. B. Pratt, meets at his house.
3rd division, Captain Jimmie Hanlin, Valley Center school house.
4th division, Captain E. Rogers, meets at Darlan.
5th division, Captain John Stalter, Green Valley school house.
6th division, Captain L. Hardy, at his house.
7th division, Captain T. Carson, Richland school house.
8th division, Captain R. Stevens, at Dikens' cross roads.
9th division, Captain Conrad, meets at S. Stevens.
10th division, Captain Henry Curns, at his house.
11th division, Captain P. McIntire, at his house.
All commands will meet as above designated at 9 o'clock, and march at 10 o'clock, sharp. The ring will be formed at Prairie Grove, and a color line, designated by eleven stand of colors, will also be formed. All captains will halt when they arrive at the colors, and advance at a signal given by the Major commanding, said signal being two shots, one following the other. At the signal, all will advance in good order to the center, which will be designated by a large flag. No shooting will be allowed in the ring, and everybody is expected to be at the center by noon. All officers should see that the above orders are carried out. By order of JAMES O. VANORSDAL, Commanding.
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The old established and well known law firm of Jennings & Buckman has been dissolved. This firm came here a few years ago, and had steadily increased its law practice, and won the highest respect of all who had business transactions with it. Messrs. Jennings and Troup have formed a law partnership, and have fitted up the rooms over Read's Bank, that were formerly occupied by the old firm. Mr. Buckman occupies the rooms in the rear, over the same building, where he still continues to dispense justice to unfortunate litigants. While we thought Messrs. Jennings and Buckman were wedded in the law practice, we believe the new firm will meet with the success that two such capable men as our worthy Mayor and County Attorney must bring. We wish the new firm and Mr. Buckman success.
We are only too happy to correct the item published in Friday's daily announcing the death of our old and respected friend, Dr. Southard, of Elk City. We learn from his son-in-law, R. H. Vermilye, of this city, that the old gentleman is still alive, and when last heard from strong hopes were entertained of his recovery. We sincrely trust that Mr. Southard may get well, and ere long be able to come over and kick the stuffin' out of us for writing him up in such glowing colors.
Mr. Stafford, who drives a dray in our city, met with a painful accident yesterday. His team ran away and he was thrown under the wagon and the flesh torn nearly off from one arm, nearly from the wrist to the elbow. When found the tongue of the wagon was lying under the bed, it having completely changed ends. Mr. Stafford is old and poor, and will probably need assistance. We hope he will receive necessary attention.
On Tuesday the Adams express carried from this market 37 cases of egss, 150 pounds of butter, and 2 barrels of poultry, all consigned to Leadville parties. Pretty good shipment for a winter's day. Wellingtonian.
That is a fair day's showing for a small town like Wellington, and is about the average of Pete Baden's daily shipments. Saturday the Adams express company here [Winfield] sent out 54 cases (1,620 dozen) of eggs, 276 pounds of butter, and a quantity of game and poultry. The produce shipments of the two express companies on that day amounted to 54 cases of eggs, 585 pounds of butter, 117 of poultry, and 212 of game. In addition to the above there were several packages of poultry, etc., for the eating houses on the Santa Fe road which were not expressed.
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STARTS OUT WITH "SQUAN CREEK"...THINK IT SHOULD BE "SWAN CREEK"...BUT I REALLY DO NOT KNOW.
SQUAN CREEK, January 14th, 1882.
ED. COURANT: There has been so much said about the old Winfield township scrip business, that I, as the township trustee when said scrip was issued, feel called upon to say a word. In the first place, I am no repudiator, the activing part I took in discouraging the old township being for another purpose altogether. The old township board used due caution in all of their actions, and no contracts were made or scrip issued except under and with the advice of, not only the county attorney, but also two of Winfield's best lawyers. There are two sides to this scrip question, as will be developed in time.
C. C. PIERCE.
I want twenty thousand pounds of poultry and will pay the following prices: Choice turkey, dressed, nine cents per pound; live, six and and a half per pound. Live chickens, $1.50 to $2.00 per dozen; dressed, six cents per pound. J. P. BADEN.
TOWNSHIP MEETING. A meeting of the Republican voters of Walnut township will be held at Frank Manny's Saturday, January 28th, at 2 o'clock, p.m., for the purpose of nominating candidates for township offices.
S. CURE, Chairman, Township Committee.
[REPORT FROM "GRANGER" - BEAVER TOWNSHIP.]
COURANT, JANUARY 19, 1882.
BEAVER TOWNSHIP, January 11, 1882.
Mr. W. D. Lester is improving somewhat in health.
We learn that three brothers of William Boardner, all wealthy farmers, one of them from Illinois and the other two from Ohio, are all well pleased with the county and will no doubt emigrate to this county if they can sell their farms.
Died: At the residence of her father, Mr. R. S. Tannehill, Mrs. Milen Byers, wife of William Byers, of Winfield, on Christmas day, at 2 o'clock. Mrs. Byers was the subject of consumption, that dread disease, from which there seems to be no recovery. Her husband moved her to the South some time ago, thinking, perhaps, it would be advantageous to his wife's health, but alas! to no purpose. They returned to their home some two months since and stopped at her father's and there remained till death relieved her of her suffering. Judge Gans preached a very appropriate sermon on the funeral occasion to a large congregation of friends and relatives.
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W. A. Lee received three carloads of implements today, January 14th, and expects another car in a few days. Mr. Lee says it is not his intention to sell the cheapest goods, but the best goods that can be had. Being a careful buyer and buying in immense lots, he can make prices on the best goods made almost equal to that of the poorest goods made.
Speed's henchman, the German youth who has been making fun for the boys and girls too, has gone away and his absence is felt by many. He did not stay here long. Ed. (we do not know his last name) is about 18 years old; and has been in this country about seven weeks, and during that time has learned to converse freely in the English language, though when he has become ex-
cited, or was obliged to swear, always relied upon his mother tongue; and in either case, it never failed him.
The boy is a wandering wonder and his written life would read like an overdrawn story. Perfectly unfamiliar with American manners and ideas, seemingly oblivious to all restraint, but not particularly vicious or mean, he has since he has been here, wandered as free as air, guided by nothing but a devil in him as big as a house. There has been nothing desperate, daring, or great in his doings, but the multiplicity of the scrapes he has gotten into is astonishing, and when his character is appre-
ciated, are ludicrous in the extreme.
The boy is by no means bad looking; he is full of animal spirrits, joking and cutting up with everybody he knows. Though young he is a musical genius, and plays on any instrument on which he can get his ffingers. In Germany he must have been the same devilish boy, for his usual method of extorting money from his mother was by threatening to hang himself if it was not forthcoming. About two months ago he sailed from his fatherland for the home of the brave. He departed with a mother's blessing, an accordion, a violin, a mouth organ, and a gun, and one hundred dollars in money.
A few weeks ago he found himself here with Mr. Manny, who endeavored to make something out of him. About work time he was generally conspicuous by his absence, and with any dog he could make friends with--and that was any dog he could find--he would wander off on a hunting expedition. He was forever getting into scrapes, but never into work, and his last demonstration was leaving a man all day to hold stopped the bung hole of a large vat. It would have been all right, but he and the dog got interested in each other and went off after rabbits. That was the last straw, and he took his gun and musical instruments and came uptown.
He agreed with Speed to clean the horses if dinner would be furnished him at the restaurant. This was done, but after dinner, the youth was nowhere to be found. Sometime after that he was found in the Brettun House parlor playing the piano. For some time he furnished lots of fun for the boys. His passion for dogs knew no bounds, and one day one of the boys gave him a dog and told him to go hunting.
There wouldn't have been anything funny about that if the fellow who presented him with the dog hadn't presented the dog with some turpentine as only wicked boys know how, and the dog's attention was too distracted to do any hunging, so Ed. broke the gun over the dog's back. The gun was then traded for a four-chambered pistol and the dog was laid up for repairs. Some of his other dog adventures we have already given.
Speed then offered the fellow fifty cents to thrash one of the stable boys, and he undertook the job. After he was hauled out of the manure pile and straightened up some, he gathered up his musical instruments and departed for a short time. But he soon returned and spent a good deal of his time hunting dogs and making a band of himself for the benefit of the boys. He was pestered a good deal without showing much desire to retaliate, but he got his Dutch up at last and commenced to flourish his pistol around rather promiscuously when it was taken away from him, the loads removed, and the pistol thrown in the stove. He watched the last of his little German gun ascend in smoke with considerable ire, and drawing a box of cartridges from his pocket, he attempted to throw them after the pistol, remarking, "Vell, God tam! go wid 'em." His hand was stayed in time or, it is needless to say, there would have been fun around that stove.
At last one of our farmers living in the north part of the county took an interest in the boy and took him home to make something of him. He set him at work sawing wood and about the first thing he did wa to break the saw blade. He was then handed an ax and would probably have amputed a foot if it hadn't been taken away from him. To give him something he could do, he was told to drive in the hogs. As he was already on splendid terms with the dog, he took his bosom friend along to assist him, and in about a half an hour the two had managed to kill the best hog in the drove. As he wasn't earning any money at this kind of work, he was given the gun which he had longed for ever since he had set his eyes on it, and it wasn't long before he came back radiant with six fine tame ducks, the pride of the farmer's wife, and which he had taken in out of the wet on one grand pot shot. When told that the ducks were tame, he held them up and pointed at their heads triumphantly. He said, "Hell! green head, gren head! wild, wild!" All this could have been forgiven if he hadn't fallen in love with the farmer's daughter. He was going in with his accustomed energy when his bright dreams were dispelled and he was again given the grand bounce.
He came back to town and immediately wrote two letters to the light of his soul, and failing to get a response, he offered Speed a hundred dollars for a horse to ride to that home where he had spent a few happy days. The offer was not taken, but he wasn't discouraged. He knew how to love a dog, but when it came to loving a girl, his soul ran clear away with him. He gathered up his accordion and violin, and the first wagon he found going north he climbed in and went along. The man with whom he rode took him about five miles from the goal of his desire, showed hm the rest of the way, and he struck out. There was a creek between him and his desires, but across he went, with no further damage than the loss of his loved accordion. With undaunted courage, like another Leander, he pressed on, and reached the farmer's house about eleven o'clock at night, and he proceeded to wake the folks up, and informed them that he had returned to stay.
There was a slight scene, and the next morning he returned to town. Day before yesterday, James Fahey returned to New Mexico, and with him went the young, the brave, the talented, the devilish fair-haired Teuton. What will become of him now, the Lord only knows. He is restless as the wind, and his caprices will lead him to glory or the grave. We are sorry he has gone, and we have laughed till we have cried, over the doings of this meteor of humanity.
Speed's henchman has departed and the shadow of a sorrow rests upon the livery stable. The boys all miss him, and the dogs are bathed in gloom. Somebody will try to make something of him, and there's no telling what will happen then. When the trumpet of Gabriel will sound, we believe he will come up smiling, bearing his accordion, violin, and French harp, and at the feet of the first meek eyed angel he sees, will be laid his treasures. Until then, au revoir.
E. S. Bedilion, Clerk of the District Court, is in receipt of the following definite letter of inquiry, and not having been acquainted with the man himself, he gave us the letter to answer.
"FORT WORTH, Jan. 13, 1882. Clerk C. C. Was there such a man lived about ten or twelve years ago in your county and did he marry there the reports are here that he has a wie somewhere in Kansas or in The Nation. He has given my family a great deal of trouble. I should like to know something about him.
There was. We knew him well. He lived in Bean-blossom Hollow, and used to catch skunks for a living. He was the only resident in the county at that time, and everybody knew him well. He was a brass-mounted son of a gun on wheels, wore a mutton-chop coat with bean-soup lining, and was known as the "bad man of the border."
The last thing we heard of him he stole a sore-eyed dog and had to leave the country. We forget the dog's name, but think it was "Hunty." Hunty is dead now, or was a few years ago. He was a great rabbit dog. He never caught any rabbits, but would if he had continued to run. Yes, he was married to an Indian widow
with twelve small Indians, and we supposed he was at some agency beating the Government. They had to get up and dust when Hunty got after them. He would make them hunt their holes and then he would smell at the hole and bark. He used to bark, too, whenever he heard the bark of a tree. He is a bad man, and we would advise you not to have anything to do with him.
NOTE: I DO BELIEVE THAT THE EDITOR OF THE COURANT GAVE THE LAST
TWO STORIES MERELY TO FILL SPACE. I REFUSE TO PRINT ANY
OF LIKE MANNER.
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Although this has been a dull, rainy day, an important real estate transfer has been made, John M. Keck having sold his six hundred acre farm to a gentleman of Brooklyn, New York, for $9.000. This is the Cook place, and is located nine miles down the river. Lem sold it just before the railroad came, for $4,500. Mr. Keck has had it about two years, and doubles his money. While considering the price paid, it is a good sale, yet we consider it a bargain for the man who will occupy it and go in to the stock business.
Some enterprising and reckless parties cut, and ran down the Arkansas river, fifteen hundred cedar poles in one raft, last spring, and sold them at three dollars each, making $4,500 on the transaction. The poles were cut at the mouth of the Cimaron river, where they have as many more cut, ready for the rise next spring. The United States troops and Indian police are keeping a close watch on them, however. Arkansas City Traveler.
Salt City is growing like an evil weed this pleasant
weather. About fourteen houses are nearing completion, among which is the infirmary: a large, substantial, stone building. Besides these the foundations are laying for eight or ten more and still the boom goes on. Soon we shall expect to see these springs assume the respectable proprotion and patronage which they deserve.
A charter has been filed with the Secretary of State for the Winfield Loan and Trust Company. Capital stock, $10.000. Charter members: J. C. McMullen, J. D. Leland, H. G. Fuller,
A. B. Lemmon, and C. E. Fuller.
THE COURANT, JANUARY 26, 1882.
The post office at Burden is to be made a money order office, sometime during the year.
Arkansas City is going to revel in a Young Men's Christian Association. We suppose H. P. Standley will be president.
James B. Moore is riding every day now, cold as it is, approving loans and issuing drafts for P. H. Albright & Co., the new loan agents.
AD: P. H. ALBRIGHT & CO. (One of the most reliable loaning companies in the West.) Have now opened an office in Winfield.
OFFICE, FRONT ROOMS OVER THE POSTOFFICE. Ad sez more...Skipped.
ANOTHER AD: SMITH BROS., THIRD DOOR NORTH OF POST OFFICE, WINFIELD.
NOTE: THE ISSUE HAD NEXT TO NO NEWS IN IT!
[ON EDITORIAL PAGE: COURANT, FEBRUARY 2, 1882.]
D. L. Payne, of Oklahoma notoriety, filed suit in the district court against Gen. H. Pope, commander of the department of the Missouri, for ejecting him from Oklahoma, in the Indian Territory, on the 15th of June and 7th of August, 1881. In his petition Payne alleges that Oklahoma is United States land subject to settlement, and which he had a right to occupy as a citizen and a bona fide settler. The plaintiff asks $25,000 for ejectment. This suit will determine in the court the status of Oklahoma, and whether it is subject to settlement as government land or not.
[PAPER DOES NOT STATE WHERE THIS ITEM CAME FROM...RECKON THEY SHOULD HAVE SAID DISTRICT COURT IN SEDGWICK COUNTY...NOT SURE???]
COURANT, FEBRUARY 2, 1882.
James Caskey, of Winfield, darked our sanctum door with his frame Monday. Grenola Argus.
Will Ferguson, son of Cal. Ferguson, has returned from Emporia where he has been going to school.
Oklahoma boomers are still outfitting at Wichita, and a few of them have already started for the Indian Territory.
Rinker & Hodges, of the Hoosier grocery, are fixing up a handsome show window.
T. H. Soward has a beautiful new gold lettered sign in front of his office. The work ws done by T. J. Jones, Winfield's boss sign writer.
Train men on the M. K. & T. on the Indian Territory run are greatly alarmed at the frequent attempts to derail trains. An engineer was shot at the other day, and there are daily evidences that the outlaws, so numerous there, mean mischief to the trains.
E. R. Hickman, late cashier of the defunct Merchant and Drover's Bank, of Medicine Lodge, was arrested Thursday at Wellington on the charge of embezzling $450. He was held to bond in the sum of $1.000.
Coal dealers in this city, when they have a carload of coal stand out overnight on the track, have to estimate stealages of from 500 to 1,000 pounds. We would moralize on this if we had time.
WANTED. A partner with from $3,000 to $5,000 capital in a money making business, which will yield a profit of $6,000 yearly. Investment fully secured. Address "Monopoly" COURANT office.
Billy Leffingwell, of Winfield, spent several days of this week in this city visiting his mother. He made this office a pleasant call Tuesday. Moline Signal.
We learn that a child of the Rev. Tucker is lying very ill with brain fever, and fears are entertained that it will not recover.
J. B. Lynn has opened up his store and is running under a full head of steam. J. B. will not let things rust around him.
Johnny Emerson, son of Dr. Emerson, met with quite an accident this forenoon. He undertook to ride the Speed and Schofield's goat down to the stable from uptown when some thoughtless person set a dog on his goatship and he commenced to goat down the street at a lively rate, throwing the boy off and bruising his face up in a severe manner.
We are sorrry to note the removal from the city of Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney. Mr. Whitney goest to Wichita today where he has accepted a position in the telegraph office, and Mrs. Whitney will follow next Saturdy.
I. F. Moore, late of the Arkansas City House, was arrested yesterday, charged on two counts with selling liquor contrary to law. The trial came off before Judge Bonsall and the prisoner plead guilty, was fined $100 on one count and sentenced to sixty days imprisonment on the other. The County Attorney prosecuted. Traveler.
M. G. Troup, James McDermott, and J. R. Bryan have been chosen arbitraters to adjust the Tunnel Mills difficulty between Harter and Harris. No better men could have been chosen for this work.
Mr. Root, engaged in the boot and shoe business at Winfield, is here visiting his father, of the firm of Kincaid & Root. He and Mayor Kincaid called in upon us yesterday, and passed an hour or so in pleasant chat. Cherryvale News.
We are glad to note that Forest Rowland, the gentlemanly clerk in the postoffice, as able to be around after his severe sickness. Forest has had a pretty hard time with the lung fever.
The little child of Mrs. Casky, who lives on the corner south of the Brettun, died during last Thursday night. The child when put to bed was apparently in good health, but in the morning was found lifeless.
In our issue of yesterday we noticed the arrival of the first car of Cana Valley coal. Our limited space at the time forbid a more extended notice of the coal or a more liberal mention of the parties who are interested in the company. The COURANT is ever ready to advance the interest of Winfield and Winfield men. It will be remembered that this company, consisting of Messrs. Hodges, Myton, Silvers, Jennings, Asp, and others, was organized in October last, since which time the company have expended over $5,000 in the purchase of land leases, mining tools, and the development of the mines which are located eight miles south of Grenola in the Cana Valley. Like all new organizations they have had everything to contend against, and at times failure seemed to stare them in the face, and but for the indomitable pluck of Messrs. Hodges and Myton, the Cana Valley Coal Company would long since have been numbered with the dead. Today the company is on a solid basis with a bright and glorious prospect ahead.
From a scant vein of 14 inches, the show is now 20 inches, and a much better grade of coal. From a wagon load a day, their capacity has increased to 500 bushels. They are now able to supply the retail demand at the mines and ship from five to ten cars per week. Since the arrival of the Cana Valley coal to this market, our people have had time and opportunity to test its quality. It is pronounced by many that the Cana coal is far superior to any other grade of soft coal mined in the southwest. The coal is free from rock and slate, burns clean, and leaves only a white ash. There is no offensive gas which escapes from the stove; and no accumulation of soot in the pipe or flue. The company have very wisely made the reliable coal firm of A. H. Doane & Company their agents in Winfield, and will keep them supplied at all times with Cana coal, putting it in the market at the price of other soft coal.
The Walnut township Republican convention met according to published notice at Frank Manny's stone building. Ezra Meech was appointed chairman and F. S. Jennings, secretary. The following nominations were made: For Trustee: J. C. Roberts. For Clerk: T. A. Blanchard. Treasurer: Joel Mack. Justice of the Peace: S. E. Burger. Constables: Henry Perry, colored, and Jethro Cochran. Road Overseers: District No. 1, George Brown; District No. 2, Perry Hill.
We are sorry to chronicle the death of T. G. Ticer, who died last Saturday night of that relentless disease, consumption. Mr. Ticer moved here some time ago and engaged in the loan business. He left that business and commenced traveling for an eastern printing and binding house when, his health failing him, he returned to our city where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a good citizen and a good Mason. His funeral was held today at the Presbyterian Church, the sermon being preached by the Rev. J. E. Platter. Mrs. Ticer and family have the sympathy of all.
PUBLIC SALE. We will sell at the Andy Dawson farm, one mile and a half south of Rock postoffice, on Thursday, February 9th, 1882, the following personal property: Four head of work horses, one stallion, two brood mares, and two yearling colts; thirty head of stock hogs, two milk cows, and four head of young cattle. One farm wagon, one spring wagon, one Randolph header, one grain drill, one sulky plow, two corn plows, one stirring plow, and a lot of houseshold furniture. Terms of sale: On all sums under $10: cash. Sjmos over $10: a credit of nine months will be given for bankable notes at ten percent interest. G. W. Baily, Andy Dawson.
NOTICE. This means you. Having made private notice to all parties indebted to me on over due notes and bad accounts, that I must have a sttlement by January 1st, 1882, I now notify you that unless settlement be made at once your account and note will be left with a justice for collection. S. H. MYTON.
Buy your coal of A. G. Wilson, at the transfer office.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 2, 1882.]
Forty-six Sumner County people are defendants in the suit instituted by J. S. Danford, the Osage City banker, for $100,000 damages.
The county treasurer has collected taxes for this year on a valuation of $1,902,119, including that of the railroads, as both roads have paid in full.
We received a pleasant call from Mr. N. Peters, an old time resident of Tisdale township.
J. H. Baggs of Pleasant Valley township died this morning of pneumonia, age sixty-two years. Mr. Baggs was an old resident of Pleasant Valley township and respected by all.
The reading club met last evening at Miss Beeny's, there being a good attendance. After the installation of officers for the ensuing year, the program was given by Mr. Smith, Miss Scothorn, Miss K. Millington, and Miss Lizzie Wallis. The program for the next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club will consist of selections by Mr. Connell, Mr. C. Bahntge, Mr. Lovell H. Webb, Mrs. Fred Hunt, Miss Allie Klingman, and Miss Jennie Haine.
H. Goldsmith and C. H. Connell were admitted to membership in the club.
Now that there is nothing in particular going on, Salt City is endeavoring to make things lively. Two of her citizens got into a fracas over a horse race and pounded each other a little, and now they are carrying arms, and there is every indication of a first-class tragedy on the boards.
The first carload of coal shipped by the Cana Valley Coal & Mining Company came in last evening and was taken by A. H. Doane & Company. It is claimed that this coal is of better quality than the Osage.
Samuel Clarke of the Winfield Machine Works has secured the contract for furnishing all the shafting, bearing, boxes, and gudgeons, in fact, a complete outfit for W. H. Spears' new mill at Arkansas City, and has already sent orders east for the material for the same, and in his new location is now prepared to take orders for a complete outfit for Mills including engines, boilers, etc. At the present time he has work on hand to the amount of about $1,500 and his intention is to put the profits on his work in new machinery, tools, etc., and hopes to persevere until he makes his works one of the finest, complete establishments in the west.
The new Baptist church of this city is rapidly approaching completion, and when finished, will be one of the most conveniently arranged and attractive churches in the state. The lecture room is already completed and is a very pleasant room. The main and lecture rooms are divided by three heavy doors which slide down out of sight into a permanent partition which is almost the same heighth of the seats. There are three entrances to the building and two to the lecture room. One entrance, the main one, is on the south. There is one on the west, and a private entrance at the southwest corner. In the rear of the preacher's stand are two private rooms for the preacher and for candidates for baptism, and in the stand is a fair sized baptistry.
The ceiling on the main room is formed of diagonally finished squares and heavy brackets with pendant ornaments, all of pine, which will make an excellent impression. Mr. Craine informs us that all the plastering will be completed inside of three weeks and the finishing of the wood work will quickly follow, when Winfield will have a church she may well be proud of. The Baptist organization of this city, though one of the first established, used for a long time a modest stone building which long since became inadequate for the congregation, and the services have for the last year or two been conducted in the Opera House. The new church will be appreciated by the Baptist people who can soon, in a well appointed sanctuary, worship with pleasure and welcome all who come.
[MORE ABOUT CALDWELL COWBOYS.]
COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.
To the Kansas City Sunday Times:
We have noticed through the columns of your paper the account of the so-called cut-throats. You are aware of the fact that every story has two sides, so we wish to inform the readers of the Times that we have been very basely misrepresented. In the first plce, we were not drunk at the time of the fight. In the next place, we never rode into the city of Caldwell. We had been in town about one month and had always abided by its laws, and as far as helping ourselves to anything, it is false. We never molested anything that was not our own.
As for Meagher, when he was killed, we were not mounted. He had two six shooters in his hands at the time he was shot; and more, he went to Hubbell's store and borrowed the pistols. It seems to be the general opinion that Meagher was a leading man in Caldwell. Do you know his business? He was nothing more than a saloon keeper and ran a keno table. Just a few days before the row, he was arrested and had to give bond for selling whiskey in Caldwell.
It has been published that the row grew out of the killing of George Flat, this is also false. It never entered our minds. The very reason that the row came up was that the honorable Marshal of Caldwell, John Wilson, was on a protracted drunk and stationed a posse of men in the Exchange saloon and told them to shoot every man that moved: that is, cow boys. Then arming himself with two pistols and throwing them down on everyone of the cow boys, telling them to throw up their hands, which they refused to do. He then withdrew his weapons and proceeded to organize a mob to take or kill us. We went and got our guns and marched to the front and engaged in a fight, which lasted about an hour. We then went and got our horses and started to leave the town, and then we were fired on from every and all concealed places imaginable.
The second skirmish lasted about thirty minutes and then we were forced to ride. We were pursued by about 100 armed men. They at length got us rounded up in a washout and there we stayed until night; then we got together and left. After the mob had dispersed Wilson turned to shoot one of the boys in the back, and this is why the row came up. George Spears was shot by the town mob. He was a friend to the cow boys and that was the cause of his death. He was just as honorable a citizen as Caldwell had. The assistant marshal acknowledged that Wilson was drunk, and that if he (Wilson) had let things alone, everything would have been all right and there would have been no row.
We did take the freighters' horses and told them that we would return their horses in six or eight days, and on the seventh day we took them back. They told us that if they were situated in the same position that they would do the same thing and did not blame us. Caldwell citizens seem to think that Talbot was one of Billy the Kid's gang. This is a bare falsehood, as he has never seen the kid and has never had any acquaintance with him whatever. We notice that it was stated we had a fight at a ranch on Wagon creek; this is a mistake. We never was at Wagon creek and took any horses and saddles. We never took any horses but the freighters'. We are willing to go and stand our trial if we thought we could get justice, but this we know we cannot get. This is the true facts of the row.
THE COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.
Jas. H. Hill has been appointed administrator of the estate of John H. Boggs, deceased.
An inventory has been filed in the Probate Court, of the estate of John Brooks, deceased.
Brotherton & Silver have removed their stock of goods two doors south of their old stand.
Judge Gans has appointed F. M. Savage administrator of the estate of W. H. H. Baum, deceased.
Beach & Denning sport a new sign again and propose to go into the real estate business in earnest.
Judge Gans performed the marriage ceremony yesterday for Joseph May and Leoti L. Parsons.
Frank H. White and Meda Bordner have received the license from Judge Gans to live in double blessedness.
Wm. M. Sleeth, administrator of the estate of Calvin W. Drennan, deceased, has filed an inventory of the effects.
The first child baptized in the Episcopal Church in Kansas was a daughter of James Christian, now of Arkansas City.
James H. Hamilton has filed an inventory as guardian of the estate of the minor heirs of C. W. Drennan, deceased, in the Probate Court.
Mrs. M. A. Olds has taken possession of her boarding house on Eighth Avenue and the boarders are happy as larks in
We notice that I. W. Randall is improving his residence by putting on some blinds, and otherwise beautifying and making an attractive home.
Hambric Brothers will close ot their second hand stock at auction. They are interested in the Pool and Severy hedge layer in the State of Iowa, and will go to that state and work their territory.
The boys should begin to console Charlie Harter. He seems to be losing his grip and is fading away as a dream since his wife has left him for a visit to her old home. Rouse up, Charlie, you shall be comforted.
Tom Wright was badly bitten on the shoulder by Judge McDonald's horse while dressing the animal's leg. The horse has not a vicious disposition, but does not take kindly to strangers.
M. L. Sutton, formerly in the employ of Wm. Dawson, has returned from Winfield, where he has been residing, and will now make this city his home. Independence Reporter.
Deacon Harris, we are glad to hear, is improving somewhat under the careful and skillful treatment of Dr. Green.
M. C. Headrich, an administrator of the estate of Wm. Lewis, deceased, has filed his first annual account showing a cash balance of $783,04, after payment of all debts.
[HEADRICH??? THOUGHT IT WAS HEADRICK!]
Application for the appointment of an administrator of the estate of E. Bowen, deceased, late of Bolton township, has been filed in the Probate Court.
Capt. Evans, of snag boat, "Wichita," was in the city last week. The Captain says his arrival at Arkansas City with the "Wichita" is certain. Traveler.
The Hoosier Grocery has secured the room formerly occupied by Brotherton & Silver, and is putting in a large stock of feed, flour, seeds, and goods of that description. As the room adjoins their present store room, they cut an archway between the two rooms and will run the feed and seed store in connection with their grocery.
A young man from the country named Doyle, was caught pilfering by Mr. Bourdette, in his lunch room, and brought before Justice Buckman and fined three dollars and costs, and lodged in the calaboose overnight. The young man is rather simple, we guess, and not entitled to much censure.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.]
Mr. B. S. Turner, of Winfield, this state, brother-in-law to O. F. Carson, and S. A. Sweet, uncle and his family, from Bloomington, Illinois, who will locate here, are the guests of O. F. Carson in this city. Cherryvale News.
A little girl aged about twelve years, daughter of T. J. Hughes, had the misfortune to get her arm broken by falling against a tree while driving cattle last Saturday. Mr. Hughes is in Colorado, and his family seem to be having a hard time of it, one of the boys having been down for some time with pneumonia.
A. J. McCollum, one of Cowley county's staunchest farmers, came in for a visit yesterday.
Sheriff Shenneman has returned from an extended trip to Kentucky, and he has not been on a play spell. He brought back with him a carload of thoroughbred stock, consisting of twelve pedigreed, short horn bulls, one fine jack, the largest ever brought into this country, together with a fine thoroughbred stallion. The stock is in great condition and stood the journey well. We are glad to see Mr. Shenneman turning his attention to this line of business as we do not doubt that he will make it a success and considerable benefit to this county. A. T. is around shaking hands with the boys, and we expectt the criminals of Kentucky fled to the mountains when they heard of our sheriff's presence.
[QUESTIONS!!! DURNED IF I UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE ARTICLE!]
The Pleasant Valley township held their primary last Friday and made nominations as follows. For Trustee: A. B. Myers. Treasurer: Daniel Graham [? or Granum ?]. Clerk: Alfred
Bookwalter. Justice of the Peace: D. S. Sherrard and W. A. Ela.
Constables: Adair Post and J. A. Miller.
A wedding in high (colored) life was perpetrated at the office of 'Squire Buckman, last night. Besides being a high-toned, it was a very sombre affair. The high contracting parties were Henry E. Keys, Esq., and Miss Alice Banks, eldest daughter of Mr. Anderson Banks, the well-known hostler. The party put in an appearance at precisely 7:30 o'clock p.m. Louie Zenor, who gave the bride away, was dressed in the conventional swallow-tailed coat and vest reaching to his knees. Jim Kelly, who gave the groom away (badly), was also dressed regardless of expense (to his tailor). 'Squire Buckman was in his best mood, and in anticipation of the three dollar fee, pronounced the "man and wife" with an unction most beautiful to behold. The happy pair took the Santa Fe train this morning for a short wedding trip, and will return to the city in a short time. May shadows increase periodically.
Col. J. M. Alexander writes a glowing letter from Jacksonville, Florida, full of "splendis! oranges! bananas! bocoanuts! strawberries! watermelons! beautifuls!" etc., praising the climate, inhabitants, and fruits of Florida to the skies, but those who have known the Colonel for many years prefer to wait until he has been there a year and hear what he then says, before following his example and traipsing off to the land of Alligators and Seminoles.
NOTE: I DID NOT PRINT A PREVIOUS ARTICLE THAT COURANT EDITOR WROTE ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE TWO LUMBER YARDS IN WINFIELD WERE OWNED BY FOREIGN INTERESTS AND WERE CHARGING OUTRAGEOUS PRICES! HE OF COURSE WAS ADVOCATING FOR A HOME LUMBER YARD.
Our young friend, Smith, agent of the Chicago Lumber Com-
pany in this city, comes forward in the last issue of the Courier and has several good words for his company and the hardships it has undergone for poor suffering Winfield, which little city, according to friend Smith's theory, does not justify his company to keep their yard here, but then we are inclined to think that Mr. Smith has made an error of some kind in footing up his balance sheet, because the yard is doing a splendid business, and we know they are too well schooled in the arts of business to sell lumber at a loss. The point we wished to make in a previous item was that lumber could be sold cheaper here by a company organized for the purpose of furnishing cheap lumber to those wishing to build than it is being furnished by the yards here, who are selling lumber as a matter of business. We did not intend any fight upon those companies, because they are running their own affair, and we have no ground to question their right to do as they like. We claim they charge more for lumber than it can be sold for by a town company, and are able to prove it. For instance, a gentleman at the Winfield Bank is supplying those who want lumber in carload lots, from Chicago. He sent for a carload a few days ago for a gentleman who wished to build here, and we are creditably informed that he saved his customer $150 on the carload as compared with Winfield prices. Whether these large companies can afford to sell cheaper or not, we do not know; but it is a fact that were the people enabled to buy cheaper lumber, there would be much more improving made in the city and county.
Some people in this city would like to know the whereabouts of John Witherspoon. We are informed that yesterday noon he procured a two-seated rig from Majors & Vance and informed Jim that he was going out in the country about seven miles and would be back in two hours, since which time he has been conspicuous by his absence, and several persons are interested in his welfare. It seems that he told a party to tell Vance not to be uneasy about his team as he would be back today at noon.
It is also discovered that he has mortgaged his billiard room outfit to the firm from whom he purchased his goods, sold a half-interest in the stock to E. Dunbar for a house and lot which he sold to E. C. Seward for cash. He took with him his family and it is supposed that he went north. E. Dunbar is perhaps out a house and lot and the loss will be severe for him. We hope Mr. Witherspoon will turn up all right, as there are several here on the anxious seat.
Jim Vance returned from his trip after his team and wagon last Saturday evening. He met the team about five miles this side of Douglass driven by a boy from Augusta, from which place John Witherspoon started it. Jim congratulates himself on the recovery of his horses and wagon, even if he didn't get any pay for the use of it. Witherspoon told the boy that he was going to Wichita, and go around on the train.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.]
J. W. Hamilton seems to be up to his tricks yet. He was in Douglass the other day trying to get whiskey from a drug store man and got elegantly pounded. It seems that he and a Douglass man had slept together in another town when Hamilton told him that "he was a detective, hunting up whiskey cases." When Hamilton appeared in Douglass, the man went around among the citizens and told them of it, and when the "detective" tried to get whiskey, he met with a warm reception. Of all the liars and dead-beats that ever lived, Hamilton is the most towering success. He is about the only man we ever knew who made lying a profession. The last time we saw him he was deaf and dumb and carried a little slate on which he wrote lines. Courier.
If we are not badly mistaken, Hamilton was for a long time circulation liar, canvasser, special correspondent, and representative of the Courier. Are we not correct, Ed?
James Kelly is going to the city of Mexico and wander through the "Halls of the Montezumas" and find some of that gold and precious jewels which the soldiers of Cortez lost on that fatal noche triste when they had to leave Mexico in a hurry. James could write home some interesting letters from that old country.
[REPORT FROM "E. Mc." - WILMOT.]
COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.
WILMOT, February 7th, 1882.
The winter so far has continued to be a pleasant one.
Mr. Phoenix grinds every Thursday and gives the farmers a square deal.
Corn is high, so get it ground if you wqant to get the substance out of it. Two bushels of ground corn is worth three in the ear, fed to horses, sheep, cattle, or hogs.
Miss Lizzie Palmer's term of school at Summit, closed last Friday, February 3rd. Miss Lizzy has given entire satisfaction as a teacher in our school.
David and Sarah McPherson's oldest daughter, Mary McPherson, was married to Theadore Heniken, January 17th, and now are living on Timber Creek enjoying the happiness of a newly married couple.
Jones and Lewis of Polo have dissolved partnership. The old firm is still running Jones & Co.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 9, 1882.]
Rev. McClung has ceased his work here in the Presbyterian revival meetings, and returned to his charge at Wellington.
Danford has succeeded in getting the attachments on his property at Caldwell discharged.
Miss Mansfield has moved her millinery stock one door south of her old stand and is fitted up in excellent shape.
Hunnewell is to have another bank. Byron Bowers, the late cashier of Danford's bank, at that place, is the banker.
Messrs. Beech & Deming, of this city, have gone into the real estate business. They are energetic businessmen and will make things happen lively.
We have recently turned out for Henry E. Asp a law brief which we claim is a beauty. We wish to call attention of our lawyers to this class of work.
John Witherspoon has removed his billiard room furniture to the room on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Main Street, at the place formerly occupied by F. M. Friend.
[NOTE: SEE EARLIER STORIES ABOUT WITHERSPOON! EVIDENTLY HE CAME BACK TO WINFIELD!]
It is with the deepest regret that we receive the sad intelligence of the death of Dr. Southard, who breathed his last at his home in Elk City, Tuesday, January 31st, after battling so manfully at death's door for three months.
Mrs. Bi. Terrill arrived in this city from Joplin, Missouri, last night. She was intending to visit Geuda Springs for her health when she received a telegram which will require her to return to Joplin.
Dr. Gunn, who has formerly been in partnership with Dr. VanDoren in the dental business, left for Ohio last Wednesday. We are sorry to see Doc go. He is a gentlemanly fellow, can take a joke with the best of grace, is a first-class dentist, and has other good qualities too numerous to mention.
Mr. Chas. Painter, who has been mentioned in these columns in articles from the Independence Star and Cherryvale Globe in anything but flattering terms, called to see us this afternoon.
[NOTE: I SKIPPED PREVIOUS ARTICLES...NOT CLEAR IF THE MAN WAS A SCOUNDREL OR A SAINT!]
Mr. Painter gave us this side of the story, which we are glad to publish. He says there is no ground for the reports published except this: That a man is now waiting trial at Independence for shooting him [Painter] some time ago, and that the attorneys who are defending this fellow caused these publications in order to prejudice any proof that may be brought against their client. We are inclined to believe Mr. Painter's story as he evidently talks straight, and gave us several respectable Cowley County citizens as references.
We have purchased and tried a set of the Twin bed springs, being manufactured by Messrs. Conkrite & Lemon, and without any hesitancy pronounce it the best spring we have ever used. Those needing anything of this kind will do well to call and see these gentlemen at the Bourdette boarding house, on 9th Avenue.
Messrs. Bryan & Harris have just consummated the sale of the old Bartlow farm, in Ninnescah township, which was owned by W. D. Crawford, to John W. Gibson; for $2.200. Mr. Gibson is from Virginia, and his father is living in this city. He is a solid farmer and businessman, and will be a good acquisition to Ninnescah township.
Curns & Manser have recently sold the O. F. Maxon tract of land in Maple township, consisting of 200 acres, to T. O. Daniels, for the sum of $1,200. The have also sold the W. F. Smith farm, in Vernon township, to W. P. Crawford for $1,200. Considerable real estate is changing hands now, and the prospect for a good spring immigration was never better.
[ITEMS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY.]
COURANT, FEBRUARY 16, 1882.
THINK THE EDITOR WAS BEING FUNNY!
The Third House in New Mexico is considering a bill to prevent husbands from staying out at night after 9 o'clock.
E. C. Manning is "dead agin" it.
COURANT, FEBRUARY 16, 1882.
Married by Judge Gans at his residence Feb. 9th, 1882, Robert Hogue and Mrs. Emerline Files, all of Cowley County.
We received a pleasant call from S. W. Phenix, of Richland township. He reported wheat in fine condition and no signs of chinch bugs.
An Arkansas City man has the contract for furnishing 400,000 cords of stone for the Santa Fe road, and it will be quarried just north of the town.
Treasurer Harden is in receipt of a letter from State Treasurer Francis stating that our county 7 percent railroad bonds cannot be purchased in the east at less than $1.10 and it might be difficult to secure them at that price.
Dr. R. P. Jennings, from Delaban, Ill., is here visiting his brothers, F. S. and S. H. Jennings.
J. L. Horning is adding a valuable improvement to his residence property, in the shape of a windmill, which will be completed before long. This is one of the best improvements a householder can make who does anything towards gardening.
Marriage licenses have been issed by Judge Gans to the following: Joseph H. Sutton and Mary M. Martinez; Oscar Crane and Mollie L. Bahntge [??? NOT SURE OF LAST NAME AT ALL ???];
T. E. Braggins and Ella E. Mann.
A row of trees on each side of the walk leading from the depot to Riverside Park has been set out, and in time the walk will be the most pleasant and beautiful thing connected with the city.
It is again our duty to record the death of a prominent and respected citizen, J. H. Harris, familiarly called "Deacon." He died at his residence on Tenth Avenue at 8:40 o'clock last evening, passing away as peacefully as if he had fallen asleep. His disease was pleuro-pneumonia and he suffered considerable during his sickness. Mr. Harris moved here from his farm in Fairview township last September on account of his health, but a hunting expedition induced the aggravated form of the disease and he succumed to the great leveler of all. His present family consists only of a wife and he himself was the last of his father's family. He was attended by Drs. Green and Emerson. The funeral services will be held tomorrow.
D. L. Payne is again in the Territory with a party of Oklahoma boomers. He went in last week, and is probably on the North Fork by this time. We wouldn't advise anyone to rush into the Territory on the strength of this announcement as the probability is that Payne and his party will be bounced as soon as the military are aware of his presence upon the forbidden ground.
IN THE PROBATE COURT. Ezekel Rogers and Mary J. Rogers, his wife, adopted Genella G. Kistler, minor child of Jesse B. Kistler.
Order of sale made of the personal property of the estate of R. D. Winn, deceased.
Petition filed for the sale of the real estate belonging to George Naylor, deceased. Order of publication made and petition set for hearing March 2nd, at 10 a.m.
Affidavit of death filed and petition for appointment of administrator of estate of J. N. Harris; and William White appointed administrator.
LONG ARTICLE WHICH I COULD NOT READ ABOUT A MAN BY THE NAME OF HOLTBY, PLEASANT VALLEY, ON A WITNESS STAND BEFORE PROBATE JUDGE, BEING DECLARED INSANE.
Ed. Bedilion, our clerk of the District Court, is in possession of quite a curiosity in the shape of an old glass fruit dish having a silver American coin of the date of 1827 moulded in the stem. Though this dish has been in Mr. Bedilion's family for ten years, the coin had never been discovered until recently when one of his little girls happened to catch a glimpse of it while playing with the dish. It was an old dish when it came into Mr. Bedilion's possession and as the coin looks bright and new the dish must be, perhaps, fifty years old.
Suits have lately been commenced in the District Court as follows.
Mary A. Loomis vs. E. P. Greer, et al, foreclosure of mortgage.
James Biggs vs. Sarah J. Biggs, divorce.
M. L. Robinson vs. C. C. Pierce et al, for collection of warrants issued by old Winfield township.
M. L. Read vs. Floro E. Covert et al, foreclosure of
W. M. Haskett vs. J. S. Hawkins, promissory note.
L. C. Harter vs. Harriet A. Pratt et al.
Capt. C. M. Scott, founder of the Arkansas City Traveler, and postmaster there for many years, was in town several days this week, and made us a pleasant call. Mr. Scott has abandoned his first love, and taken to stock. He owns 1,000 sheep, near Anthony, and was looking after them. The Captain is one of the cleverest gentlemen we have met in many a day, and we were pleased to make his acquaintance. Anthony Republican.
[MORE PERSONALS: THE COURANT, FEBURARY 16, 1882.]
John Smith had his arm broken at Burden recently.
James M. Blair has been appointed Postmaster at Floral, Cowley county.
Caldwell saloons are running again in full blast. This time openly and in defiance of law.
Mr. Dever has moved the Star Bakery to the building three doors north of Whiting Bros. meat market.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Douglass, of New Salem, were captured by their friends without a struggle, who celebrated the tenth anniversary of their wedding day.
Miss Flora Beeny, of Winfield, organized a class in instrumental music at this place last Friday. She comes well recommended. Burden Enterprise.
Married at the residence of Rev. J. E. Platter, the officiating minister, on Thursday, February 8th, Mr. Frank H. White, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Miss Meda Bordner, of this vicinity. Mr. White returns to Michigan immediately with his bride.
The township election in Pleasant Valley resulted as follows. For trustee, J. S. Hill received 44 votes; treasurer, Daniel Gramm, 42; clerk, Alfred Bookwalter, 40; justice of the peace, W. A. Ela, 41; justice of the peace, D. S. Sherrard, 39; constables, Adin Post, 42, and J. A. Miller, 37. The ticket elected was straight Republican with the exception of the office for trustee, the Greenbackers saving a brother out of the wreck.
Mr. Sam Clarke, of the Winfield Machine Works, has just finished and turned out for Mr. O'Brien of this office, recently of the United States, one of the finest and most accurate pieces of mechanism we have seen anywhere. They are known among the craft as "slug moulds," for the moulding of slugs, a necessary appendage to every well regulated print shop. They were constructed after a new pattern of Mr. O'Brien's. Mr. Clarke in carrying out Mr. O'Brien's idea used the very finest of steel and called into play his wonderful skill as a worker in iron. The result is one of the most accurate and best finished moulds extant. Mr. O'Brien will immediately work up two hundred pounds of metal for this office. Printers having old metal or cuts which they would like to convert into slugs, can obtain all information they may desire in regard to it by addressing Mr. O'Brien at the COURANT office.
NOTE: THROUGHOUT...THE NAME USED WAS O'BREIN...I CHANGED IT TO O'BRIEN...COULD O'BREIN BE CORRECT??? CAN'T BELIEVE IT!
THE COURANT, FEBRUARY 23, 1882.
Miss Alice Johnson, daughter of J. J. Johnson of Tisdale township, is visiting with Mrs. John Swain this week.
Admission for Hilary Holtby at the Ossowattomie Insane Asylym has been obtained and he will we sent up in a day or two. Hilary's condition remains about the same, neither seeming to improve or grow worse.
We received a pleasant visit from T. J. Rude, who is at present teaching in Vernon township. Mr. Rude is well known in the county and is a rising young man and a first-rate fellow.
W. B. Caton has just turned out at his works a pair of handsome monuments for Mr. A. J. Kimmel of Bolton township, to be erected over the graves of a son and daughter, who died last fall. The monuments are fine pieces of workmanship, and a credit to the designer.
The Supreme Court has affirmed the ruling of Judge Torrance in the case of G. P. Aikman vs. School District o. 16, Butler County, tht teachers cannot be hired except at regularly called meetings of the board.
There was considerable excitement yesterday over the disappearance of Dr. Wells for sometime, some even thinking that the doctor had gotten scared at something and purposely absented himself. The truth of it is that Dr. Wells was busy, and the result is that Charley Foultz is the father of twins.
Capt. Tansey, our efficient police judge, stepped out of his office today and gazing around at the beautiful, whitened landscape, prepared to descend the stairs. Through some manner, the Captain's feet failed to stay where he put them, and he went downstairs like a bale of hay. The judge has invested in a quart of arnica and will be able to charge up his costs on the docket with his usual energetic dignity.
NOTE: GOVERNOR ST. JOHN WAS IN WINFIELD ABOUT THIS TIME.
THE COURANT DID NOT LIKE HIM, AND TOOK A NUMBER OF SWIPES AT HIM.
I DID NOT BOTHER TO COPY.
We are in receipt of a dainty invitation to attend the grand ball and banquet in honor of the meeting of the stockmen of the Cherokee Strip, to be given by the citizens of Caldwell, March 2nd. We have no doubt but that Caldwell will give the stockmen a "square deal" such as the boys appreciate, and make lots of friends in doing it. Stockmen make the best friends in the world and are never guilty of ingratitude. We hope Caldwell will treat the boys royally.
The city counsel of Hunnewell have passed a series of resolutions declaring that $16,000 worth of bonds, which Danford manipulated, illegal, and issued without authority of law, and that the public be notified through advertisement in the N. Y. Herald that said bonds are illegal and held by Donnell, Lawson & Co., without consideration.
It isn't often that the property description of chattel mortgage is written up with regard to the proprieties, but one has recently come to light in the Register of Deeds office. The description is as follows: "One black he mule 5 years old about 15 hands high and one sorrel mule 5 years old and 15 hands high, masculine sex."
Charlie Payson, who was sent to the penitentiary from Winfield for crookedness in real estate transactions, and pardoned by Gov. St. John, was recently announced to lecture in Florence. He delivered his lecture and failed to pay his hotel and other bills. Augusta Gazette.
V. B. Becket, well known to some of our citizens, and who in the "long ago" livened up the Courier with his versatile genius, came in from Robinson, New Mexico, today. Mr. Becket is the partner of Jim Hill, formerly of this city, in the grocery business of Robinson, but of course Vin couldn't exist any length of time without a paper and he will soon start one at that place. The sign of "Spike" is like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land to his friends who always wish for his prosperity wherever he may be. Mr. Becket has been so foolish as to possess himself with twenty or thirty gold mines, each one an elephant on his hands and supposed to contain millions. Of course, Vin sees himself in the future the Croesus of the world if someone doesn't run away with his holes in the ground, but while he has piles of wealth in his mind, he contents himself for the present by jingling an old bunch of keys in his pantaloons pocket.
Information was filed in the District Court yesterday charging John Flemming with unlawfully selling intoxicating liquors. Also charging said Flemming and Drs. H. L. Wells, David V. Cole, and John Headrick for unlawfully prescribing intoxicating liquors. The cases will be tried at the April term. We have no comments to make. The gentlemen are in the hands of the court and entitled to hearing without prejudice anyway. Dr. Cole has given bond and retained J. P. McMullen as attorney. We understand each of the others have also given bond except it may be Dr. Wells.
J. H. Archer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, representative of the American Railway and Commercial Advertising Co., is in the city, working up a list of cards to be placed in a large and elegantly finished mirror writing desk, which he will soon put in the Brettun main office. The desk when put up will be the finest piece of furniture in the city and an ornament well worthy of containing any businessman's card. Of course, THE COURANT got first choice, and the nicest located card.
Dr. George Black has sold his residence property to John Keck for $2,000.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 23, 1882.]
George Headrick now occupies the position of clerk in the clothing store of Eli Youngheim.
Mr. McDonald, of the firm of McDonald & Walton, has purchased the Jochem's property for $2,500.
Mr. Gibson, from Virginia, who has purchased several farms in this county, has purchased the Pregsley property, two blocks south of G. S. Manser's, for $1,600.
A CARD OF THANKS. I return my most sincere thanks to all who aided me in any way to make my fair a success. The amount cleared up to date is $165.50. REV. FATHER KELLY.
Cowley County has the two oldest living members of the Supreme Court of Kansas. Judge James Christian, of Arkansas City, is the oldest member. J. Marion Alexander, of Winfield, is the second. They were both admitted at Lecompton, the same day in December, 1855, the first day the court was organized. Samuel D. LeCompt was Chief Justice, Rush, Elmore, Saunders, and W. Johnson, Associate Justices; Noel Eccleson, Clerk; and Andrew J. Isaacs, United States Attorney. On the same day was admitted
R. R. Reed, Marcus J. Parrott, and Edmund Brierley. But three of the above named gentlemen are living: Judge Christian, Judge LeCompt, and Col. Alexander. Traveler.
Cowley County has 118 teachers employed the present winter, and but three cases of unpleasantness have come to our hearing. One of these: the teacher was dismissed for whipping a scholar. Another teacher was dismissed because he would not agree to whip his scholars. His patrons were evidently from Posey County, Indiana, and doubtless related to the Means family, who thought that where there was "no lickin' ther was no larning." The third district must have some Irish settlers in it, as they had a little "Donney-Brook Fair," growing out of a love affair.
Mr. L. C. Fortner and his estimable wife are doing their utmost to entertain their guest. A young lady weighing nine pounds and two ounces slipped out of the gates away from old St. Peter and came down to live with Mr. and Mrs. Fortner. As this is their first, L. C. if flying around like a boot jack in a hurricane, so to speak, and is just too happy for any use.
The trustees of the Presbyterian church, on behalf of the members, return thanks to the Hudson Bros. for donating and placing in the church building a beautiful calendar clock. The one that has been there the last three years has been claimed by the party that caused it to be put there as private property.
At a school meeting held last Monday, it was decided to erect another permanent school building. Messrs. J. T. Shepard, T. H. McLaughlin, and L. Finley were appointed a committee to make estimates, select site, etc., to report at an adjourned meeting to be held Feb. 28th, 1882, at 7 p.m. Arkansas City Traveler.
M. L. Robinson is adding a valuable improvement to his residence property in the shape of a windmill. We are glad to see this improvement adapted by our citizens.
The Courier in this week's issue seems to take exceptions to an editorial recently appearing in this paper, relating to the sale of liquor in this city; but as none of our statements were contradicted, we don't know that we have anything in particular to say in reply. There are some things though that are possibly deserving of mention. Since writing the article referred to by the Courier, we have been voluntarily informed by many that every word of it was true and that our estimates of the amount of liquor sold and used were only too low. We made our estimates at the minimum, but we think the figures we gave surprised some of our people. The Courier says: "From this it squeezes out the conclusion that whiskey has flowed in this town like water." We "squeezed out" nothing. We stated what we know to be true, and what many others know to be true. Can the Courier or any person cast their eyes around and think of any whiskey drinker in this city who has stopped drinking on account of the prohibitory law, no matter how low the man has been? The Courier also said that we carried the idea "that more liquor is drank and more drunken men seen now than before the enactment of the law." We said nothing of the kind and insinuated nothing of the kind.
NOTE: I MUST HAVE MISSED THE EDITORIAL REFERRED TO!
I WENT LOOKING AGAIN! ARTICLE WAS PRINTED BY THE COURANT ON FEBRUARY 16, 1882...I AM PUTTING IT IN AFTER THE NEXT ARTICLE!
[COURANT, FEBRUARY 23, 1882: ARTICLE FOLLOWING ONE ABOUT COURIER REACTION TO FEB. 16 EDITORIAL BY COURANT.]
The son-in-law who edits the Newton Republican with a gigantic intellect that reaches out all over the state, and who leans up against his father-in-law occasionally for unusual support, copies a recent article in this paper, and precedes it with the following: "Under the head of 'A Sick Coummunity,' the editor of the Winfield COURANT utters a doleful wail in regard to the way the prohibitory law is enforced in Winfield. We give the COURANT article so that our people may learn what the recognized opponent of the law at that place has to say in regard to the matter. It is just possible that the next Winfield Courier will contain a reply to this article."
This is the bright genius, who in the House, when the opponents of the prohibitory law were endeavoring to kill it by putting on an amendment, voted, as the representative of the people of this county, to amend the present prohibitory law by excepting wine and beer from its provisions.
When he became inspired with the idea that we were the "recognized opponent of the law," we are unable to say; but probably it was about the time he became the recognized prevaricator of his section of country.
NOW: HEREWITH IS THE EDITORIAL THAT CAUSED SO MUCH COMMOTION!
[THE COURANT, FEBRUARY 16, 1882.]
A SICK COMMUNITY.
For several months last past we have heard continuously by contemporary newspapers and enthusiastic temperance workers of the effective manner in which the prohibitory law has stopped the sale of liquor in this city; and the people have been congratulating themselves upon the revolution that has been wrought in their midst. The curse of intemperance to them, has passed away like a terrible dream, their boys are no longer within reach of its deadly influences, and the tears of wives and mothers have been changed to smiles of joy and gladness. They have folded their hands and are waiting for the wreath of the victor and the coming of their beloved prince, Saint John.
We are sick and tired of this attitude. The people have been hugging a delusion and covering from sight a grinning skeleton. We have no fight to make against the prohibitory law. We say as we always said, enforce it, but we are tired of people and papers covering up the truth, deceiving the people, and laying the flattering unction to their souls that the temperance millenneum has come. We know it is not true. Whiskey has flowed in this town like water, young men have gone home drunk, and parents have passed sleepless nights with aching hearts and tearful eyes. The drunken brute has gone home and beaten his wife, and we have seen him reeling past us with cursing tongue and reeking breath. It is true that there are no places of business called saloons where the sale of liquor is open, but is the stream of the cursed stuff less poisonous to society because it is covered from view? During the month of December there was sold in the drug stores of this city, according to the druggist's own books, over seven hundred dollars worth of whiskey and brandy, "for medical purposes." This did not include the sale of beer which must have amounted to $150 or $200. It does not include the beer and liquor shipped in by express by private parties by the case, keg, and gallon. The doctors during that month said that there was little sickness and little doing in their business, but we believe that at least a thousand dollars was spent in intoxicating liquors for "medical purposes."
Isn't that a sick community? The sales of the druggists were made on prescription according to the letter of the law, every man that went to a physician was "sick," and still the people were enjoying excellent health. "Behold! I show you a wonder!" We do not write this to attack the prohibitory law or bring it in disrepute, but we are tired of this hollow mockery! If that law is enforced in this city, God help the communities where it is violated! Is the law enforced in this city? Dare any man or paper say so? What is the law for? To stop the sale of liquor, or the drinking of it? If all the liquor that was sold was poured on the ground, this country would be blessed. Men drink! There is the evil. The prohibitory law is on the statue book and it is the duty of every citizen to abide by the laws. If the law is bad and is enforced, nothing will repeal it quicker; if the law is good, society will reap the rewards the enforcement of the law will bring.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, FEBRUARY 23, 1882.]
I want to give a note of warning, through your columns, to my brother farmers in this section, to organize for a raid on the green army of chinch bugs, which is already in the field preparing for a general raid on everything grand except perhaps the greenbackers. Yes, they are here, and in numbers sufficient, with their natural spring increase, to lay waste all our fail fields. Of this fact, anyone with good eyes can satisfy himself by an examination of the stools of the prairie grass, and of these warm days. Correspondent to Burden Enterprise.
For some time it has been suspicioned that certain boys in our city [Arkansas City] were pilfering for a living, but who they were, and where to place the hand of correction was not fully settled until about a week ago, when Wyckoff & Son's store window was broken in and a number of small articles taken out, that could be easily reached through the hole in the glass, and followed in a night or two by the taking of a few dollars from Godfrey's billiard hall, which stamped George Rice, a boy about seventeen years of age, as leader of the gang.
Constable McIntire and Marshal Sinnott were informed of these facts, and kept a strict watch of nights for nearly a week, and finally, last Tuesday night, captured the lad. They mistrusted by movements during the day that he intended making a raid on the billiard hall that night, and as soon as it was closed, concealed themselves in close proximity to the money drawer and awaited developments.
But they did not have long to wait, for in a few minutes they heard a pane of glass shatter and soon steps were heard approaching the place where they were concealed, and in another moment George Rice loomed up from behind the counter, but before he had time to gobble any of the coveted wealth, he was con-fronted by a dark lantern and "British bull dog," and compelled to give in. Wednesday he was brought before the 'Squire, who placed his bond at $500; but not being able to give the required bail, George Rice was committed to the county jail to await his trial at the next term of the District Court. We believe George was the leader, but that there are other boys in our city who are as deep in the mire as he, and will come to grief if they do not carry themselves straight in the future. Arkansas City Democrat.
We are sorry to say it, but there are about a half dozen boys in this city [Winfield] whose natural guardians are educating them for the penitentiary in a remarkably rapid manner. These boys go to school only when they can't think of any other place to go to, and spend their evenings into the middle of the night "bumming" around over the streets, cutting up all sorts of deviltry, starting "fires," and conducting themselves as industrious candidates for the penitentiary do. These boys are from twelve to sixteen years of age and are classed with that American production called "hoodlums." The older they grow the worse they become. Their parents have abandoned all government of them and left them to run at large like wild beasts. When these parents see their darling sons with steel bracelets on their wrists and in company with the sheriff, or see them the central figures in some public hanging exhibition with black caps on their heads and rope knots under their ears, they may wonder why providence allowed their sons to become so hardened. The names of these boys are known and they are watched. There is a strong suspicion that the fire last night was caused by these examples of a certain parental education, and in all kindness, we would advise these boys to lead respectable lives, be gentlemanly, brave, and manly, and if they have never learned at home what those qualities are, if they will call at the COURANT office we will, in all humility, try and explain to them what a beautiful thing a young "gentleman" is.
We again call the attention of our people to the propriety of establishing an arbor day for the purpose of tree planting. Let us have one this spring, and let every citizen make it a point to put out shade or evergreen trees. Other counties have profited largely by this business, and the county ought not to neglect such an opportunity. Plenty of shade and evergreens always make a town attractive, whatever else may be their surroundings. Winfield is a beautiful city, and it should be ornamented with trees.
THE COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
THE COURANT has contended all along that the noise made about Saint John and prohibition did not mean prohibition at all, but was simply tacked to this name in order to boom His Excellency for a third term as Governor. A good many have endeavored to misunderstand our position, and the champion of the Governor in this city, Postmaster Millington, is ever ready to call us anti-prohibition, traitor, or anthing mean, in fact, because we dare have the "atrocity" to offer anything in opposition to his lord and master. The Courier has boasted for a long time of its power and influence in Cowley County, never tiring of the assumption that as Mr. Millington points his finger, the unsophisticated granger walks without asking any questions. This may all be true, but there are yet some doubts in our mind about it. Be this as it may, the public shall know, if they will, how these things are run by the scheming politicians like our worthy P.M., who are willing to blow anyone'ws horn that will but protect them and hold the public teat up to their mouths. There are a large number of people in Kansas who favor the enforcement of the prohibitory law; but who honestly belive the Governor, in the course he is pursuing, is damaging rather than benefitting the cause of temperance. ARTICLE GOES ON AND ON! I SKIPPED THE REST....NOTE: HE CALLS MILLINGTON THE GOVERNOR'S WINFIELD HENCHMAN!
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
OLD WINFIELD SCRIP.
We have heard considerable comment among our citizens in relation to the payment of the city's share of the scrip issued by old Winfield township, for which the city of Winfield has been sued by the King Bridge Company and by Carpenter and Reed.
The city's proportion to pay, should the courts decide the debt legal, would be considerable, and the people of this city would certainly wish to know that the debt was lawful before they are called upon to tax themselves for two or three thousand dollars. The city council at a meeting resolved to contest, if all the other townships would join, in testing the legality of this large amount of scrip.
Since then we have learned that Pleasant Valley township has refused to contest, but we suppose of course, the city council will take steps to protect the interests of the people and see that they pay only such debts as are legal. This scrip has not a very good name, and is thought by many to have been illegally issued.
Though Mayor Troup is attorney for the parties bringing the suit, we suppose he will guard the interests of the people as well as those of his clients, and the citizens of this city will look to him and to the city council for full protection of their rights. If these claims are legal, the city will not hesitate a moment or protest an instant over their payment, but a decision of the courts should certainly be obtained.
[AND YET ANOTHER EDITORIAL!]
THE COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
Not content with the false statements made by Saint John, the Courier must, of course, do as its candidate does and indulbe in some lightning calculating on its own account. In last week's issue in a short editorial under the head of "Whisky vs. Schools" and speaking of the recent distribution of the county school fund, the following appeared in the Courier. "The amount of county fund is 20 cents for each pupil in the county. This county fund is composed principally of the fines assessed against violators of the prohibitory law. Under local option the school fund received no benefit from the liquor business. Each pupil in Cowley County can consider that it has received twenty cents worth of schooling out of the refractory liquor dealers."
It would be hard to crowd into another article of that space as many false statements. For the sake of the common cause of truth and honesty, we will state the facts. The county school fund apportioned was 20 cents for each pupil and amounted to $1,438.80. Of course, this comes from fines. The fines in this amount, assessed under thee prohibitory law, amounts to just exactly $300. ($200 paid by Fleming and $100 paid by Manny.) The number of pupils under which the apportionment was made was 7,194. This would make to each pupil between four and five cents.
"Each pupil in Cowley County can consider that it has received twenty cents worth of scholling out of the refractory liquor dealers." They may consider as the Courier states, but they will consider one of the most monumental pieces of ignorance we ever had brought to our notice. The statement that "under the local option law the school fund received no benefit from the liquor business" is fully as true as the other. Of the school fund apportioned about $187 was for fines under the old local option law. This county school fund consisted of fines for gambling arising out of the action of the last grand jury.
It may be that ignorance caused the Courier to make this awful break, but such ignorance is more criminal than deliberate prevarication. No person who would spend five minutes investigating the matter would make such statements and a newspaper that shows so little care in its utterances and such a disregard for any approach toward facts isn't to be given common credence.
The Courier, intoxicated with vanity, and straining every nerve like a man pulling himself up by his boot straps, sees nothing but its own glorification and sacrifices nothing to secure the object of its sight.
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
Charley Harter has just received a handsome top buggy from Springfield, Ohio. It's a daisy of the first water.
Hambric Brothers have sold the remainder of their second hand stock to W. H. Shearer, proprietor of the shooting gallery.
The mother and sister of Mrs. C. C. Black are visiting her in this city. Many of our people are acquainted with Mrs. Braidwood and Mrs. Allison and will be glad to meet them.
F. S. Jennings, the Cowley County prosecuting attorney, in in the city. He is the man who makes it hot for ye whiskey men of the temperance town of Winfield. Wichita Times.
J. H. Kinney has rented the corner lot opposite A. H. Doane & Co.'s office, and will move his livery barn from near the Santa Fe depot to the new location. Fred Crop is doing the moving.
Hundreds of boys sent out west by Whitelaw Reid and the New York Children's Aid Society have been adopted by the farmers of Kansas, and in the main no trouble whatever has been experienced with them.
Tell Walton, of the Caldwell Post, is the most unlucky publisher we know of. During the past ten days one pair of twins and six other children have been born in the same block Tell lives in, and now Mrs. Tell is having a three-strand barb wire fence put up around their home to keep Tell in at night. Tell went through this city today, making a little trip to Arkansas City.
Jack Hyden is one of our most business like young men. He is having a rattling trade in the garden and flower seed line, and with more patience than old Job ever dreamed of, he awaits the time for settlement. Jack says that will be early pea time, and as that will soon be here, we expect to see him begin tto swell up like a bloated bond-holder.
The half forgotten excitement incident to the Caldwell bank failure, in which Danford so conspicuously figured, has been revived by the arrest of W. D. C. Smith, late bookkeeper of the bank, at Fort Worth, Texas, upon a charge of grand larceny.
A charter has been filed with Secretary of State organizing the first church of the United Brethren in Christ, of Kansas, capital stock $10,000. Trustees: P. R. Lee, J. H. Snyder, Daniel Mater, Joseph Barrickson, and Samuel Garver.
A. B. Steinberger, of the Winfield Courant, and V. B. Becket, of the Black Range, Robinson, New Mexico, are in the city. Both are born newspaper men, and as good fellows as the country affords. Newton Kansan.
We were in Topeka yesterday, and so was Governor St. John, the pride and idol of one or two of our aspiring Winfield statesmen. But, dear people of Cowley County, much as we regret to say it, and happy as we would feel to see it otherwise, right there in the prided capital of our state, and immediately under His Excellency's nose, saloons were thrown wide open and men walked in, called for, and got, whiskey and beer. They do not go around to the back door there, but openly ask for what they want, and get it, notwithstanding the Governor's assertions that they don't.
BULLS FOR SALE. Eight thoroughbred bulls for sale from 15 to 23 months old. All good calves and first class pedigrees. All calved in Indiana, and brought to Kansas last spring. Farmers and stock men will please take notice. You will never have a better opportunity to buy fine stock. The bulls will be found at Bobbitt's Feed Stable on 9th Avenue from the 14th to the 18th of March, 1882. All admirers of fine stock are invited to call and see my bulls. W. A. Forsyth.
W. A. Forsyth, sone of J. P. Forsyth, the well known fine stock breeder of Franklin, Indiana, is in Winfield with a view to introducing some of their famous short horns in Cowley County. Mr. Forsyth, Jr., has a farm in Elk County where he keeps a lot of these fine cattle and there is no question but he has as fine, if not the finest, stock in the west. Our stock men should not fail to see him.
Mr. William Moore, the proprietor of the Cowley County flag stone quarries, worked by Moore & Hodges, came over to this city last week and spent three days among our people. He succeeded in selling some stone and will, we hope, succeed in selling more, as he is a reliable gentleman and honorable dealer. He returned home Saturday evening. Wellingtonian.
Mrs. Millspaugh, wife of the Mr. Millspaugh who died here about a year ago, is in the city stopping at the residence of Mrs. C. A. Bliss. She will return with the remains of her husband.
We are in receipt of a communication from Miss Josie Mansfield requesting us to inform her friends that she will be in St. Louis and Chicago the first week in March to select her spring stock of millinery goods.
We received a pleasant call from A. S. Tripp and wife, of Vernon township, who strolled through the office and took in what few sights there were. Mr. Tripp is the owner of a large sand bank, from which a great deal of our building sand is secured. Mr. Tripp is also handling sheep, and has induced some friends to come to this county and go into the sheep business.
We understand the telephone company have the greater portion of their material in the city, and that the instruments and wires will be put up as soon as possible. Those who fal to have a telephone of their own will be disconnected with their neighbors, as it were, or so to speak.
Ezra Nixon left this afternoon for a jaunt to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to be gone an indefinite length of time. We wish Exra a fine trip and a safe return, and commend him to the denizens of New Mexico as a fine young man, but innocent of the evil ways of the wide world and peculiarly susceptible to female influence. Treat him gently and return him right side up with care.
We call the attention of our citizens to the communication from Mr. Thorpe in this issue, and we are glad to see them investigating the matter. The prospect of such a manufactory is decidedly pleasant to us, and we would like to see the matter given full attention. We don't think there is any danger of Winfield becoming a "way station," but we would nott lose an opportunity to build up this city or advance her interests. Winfield is flourishing now, and we want it to continue in so doing and we think all our businessmen are with us in that desire.
EDITOR COURANT: I find that there are some people who feel rather dubious as to the success of the enterprise which I suggested in the COURANT the other day. To these people I would kindly offer this explanation of the "modus operandi" of such an enterprise. All of the eastern manufactories of a like nature have to buy their leather, paying four profits for it, namely, the manufacturers, commissioners, wholesalers, and retailers. Now in my suggestion I propose manufacturing my own leather, and thereby combining all of the aforesaid profits with the profits derived from the manufacture of boots and shoes.
In regard to competition, we invite it, for in a country like this, where there is alawys a plentiful supply of hides at lower rates than can be procured at any point in the east; we candidly say we invite and defy competition.
The town of Winfield has about reached its limits as regards the population, and is allowing other adjacent towns, much smaller than she is, to out-rival her by the intrepidity of their citizens. What will be the consequences? The result will be that she will awake one day to find that during her slumber she has allowed her once inferior neighboring towns to become large manufacturing cities, while she receives the flattering title of a "way station." Now the question is, are the citizens of Winfield going to allow this opportunity to pass by without the slightest effort on their part to save it from the four winds. If for one, am willing to risk all I have towards the furtherance of such an enterprise. Most every man, woman, and child in Kansas wears boots or shoes at some period of the year, and as Kansas gives great encouragement to home industry, the chances of disposing of goods would be great. I am speaking of Kansas as the home market. Such an enterprise would not alone fill the pockets of the stock holders, but would give employment to many men and women.
The following are some of the well known citizens who fully endorse my proposition and who also agree to take shares in the corporation.
J. C. McMullen.
J. C. Fuller.
Messrs. S. D. Pryor & Bro.
J. P. Baden.
J. S. Mann.
Messrs. Hendricks & Wilson.
W. H. Albro.
M. L. Reed.
C. C. Black.
J. B. Lynn.
J. A. Earnest.
Messrs. Hughes & Cooper.
Quincy A. Glass.
Messrs. Smith & Bro.
A. H. Doane & Co.
C. A. Bliss.
Messrs. Johnston & Hill.
A. T. Spotswood.
James E. Platter.
J. H. Bullen
J. L. Horning.
Trusting that others as well as the above citizens will endorse and subscribe to it, I remain
Respectfully Yours, EDWARD F. THORPE, Winfield, February 2, 1882.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.]
WINFIELD EVIDENTLY PROGRESSED DUE TO FRANK BARCLAY...
For a long time it was Winfield's proud boast that it was the best sidewalked town of its size in the West; and for the past year, she has claimed without dispute, to have more miles of flag stone sidewalk than any town in the state, regardless of size or age. And now we come forward with the claim that Winfield has more steam, water, gas pipe, and general plumbing than any town of equal population in the state, and back our claim with the following figures.
On the first of January, 1882, there were in the public and private buildings of the city in round numbers:
13,000 feet of steam pipe;
11,400 feet of water pipe;
8,000 feet of gas; and
1,600 feet of sewer pipe.
TOTAL: 34,000 FEET OF PIPING.
Of this amount the Brettun House has over 15,000 feet.
The principal business houses on Main Street and several private houses are lighted with gas, by machines with from fifteen to one hundred burners.
In addition to the public buildings, there are ten residences supplied with hot and cold water throughout, with copper or galvanized iron water tanks, stationary washbowls, bath tubs, waste pipes, etc.
Among these fixtures there are all told, nearly one hundred marble slab basins, costing from fifteen to thirty-five dollars each.
The Brettun House, COURANT office, and the residences of M. L. Read and J. L. Horning are heated by steam, the two former by high-pressure boilers and the latter by low-pressure boilers.
For such a large amount of plumbing for a town, without gas or water-works, Winfield is principally indebted to Mr. Frank Barclay, who came here about four years ago, and under whose supervision nine-tenths of all the above work has been done.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.]
Attention is directed today to the new advertisement and new departure of A. T. Spotswood & Co. This is one of the largest grocery houses in Southern Kansas, it not in fact the largest, and their trade has been very large, necessitating a considerable loss while doing a partial credit business, hence they have determined to stop this leakage, sell at a still smaller margin, and get cash or its equivalent for everything they sell. This is the only true way of doing business and Mr. Spotswood says he will adhere strictly to the new departure.
There can be no question but this change will insure for this well known house a much larger profit at the end of the year as well as an increased trade, as the reductions they will be able to make in their prices will permit them to have the use of their money instead of having it standing out in small sums all over the country. Consequently, it will add largely to their list of patrons. People who have money always go where they can buy the cheapest, and have a large and complete stock to select from. Mr. Spotswood has just returned from St. Louis, where he purchased the largest, finest, and the best selected stock ever brought to this part of the state, and he extends a cordial invitation to everybody to call and see him. Remember, he is going to give much lower prices than ever before, and he starts in with the first Spring month with business in his eye, goods in his store, and only wants money in his till.
AD: COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882 - A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO.
MARCH 1, 1882. NO EXTRA CHARGE TO COVER CREDIT LOSSES.
SPOTSWOOD'S NEW DEPARTURE!
An experience of years in retailing goods under the credit system has convinced us beyond a doubt that the method, as practiced, is unprofitable to both buyer and seller, by losses entailed upon the latter, by frequent failures to charge goods, and the making of occasional bad accounts, which is unavoidable, as well as the increased expense of conducting a business upon this plan. It must be patent to everybody in and out of trade that these unnecessary expenses (which must be met by the men who pay) form a very considerable item, amounting in the aggregate to many hundreds of dollars, which amount we shall, in the future, divide impartially with our patrons. To do this we did, on the First day of MARCH, 1882, Change
From a Credit to a Cash Business!
Trusting that we shall lose none of our old customers by this departure, but rather gain many new ones, proving to them by reduced prices and close attention to their wants that the change will be entire mutual, WE BUY FOR CASH, And personally know, from long study and observation, by selling for cash, WE CAN DISCOUNT ANY PRICES Heretofore made in this locality for the same quality of goods. We can prove this if you will give us a trial.
We have had this movement in contemplation for some time, and prepared for it during our recent trip to the Eastern cities, by purchasing a larger and better stock of goods than we have heretofore carried, and at prices lower than ever. We shall have, when these goods arrive, a stock second to none in the large cities for variety and quality of goods; and we can and will sell them cheaper for cash or produce than we could possibly afford to do on credit. All we aks is a trial to convince you that this move is made in your interest as well as our own.
For the accommodation of those for whom it may be inconvenient to pay cash every time they wish to send to the store, we will sell credit checks in any sum they may wish.
We extend a special invitation to all country merchants to an examination of our goods and prices.
A. T. SPOTSWOOD & CO.
Produce is just as good as cash.
MARCH 1, 1882. MARCH 1, 1882.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1882.]
Through a painful oversight, which will sometimes happen, we failed to mention the death of Thomas Benning in Monday's issue, who succumbed to the attacks of consumption on Monday morning. Tom Benning, as he was familiarly called by his friends, was one of the oldest residents of Winfield, and well known to many of our people, who have heard with sorrow of his death. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church this afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by the Rev. Canfield and assisted by the Rev. Platter. Many of our citizens attended the services and followed the remains to the grave. Mrs. Benning has the sympathy of the community.
NOTE: REFERENCE TO MONDAY'S ISSUE TELLS US THAT
THEY MUST HAVE BEEN PRINTING A "DAILY"
AND "WEEKLY" AT THIS TIME.
[ITEMS FROM BETHEL.]
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Monfort, of Maple Grove, are visiting friends in Bethel.
Mr. Searcy, of South Bethel, has built himself a fine house and moved into the same, and is now quite at home.
Charles F. Wilson has been housed up the past seven weeks with a felon on his finger. He is getting better and is able to get out and sun himself.
Jas. Burger has sold his farm to some eastern parties and bought another southeast of town.
Mr. Lou Bryant is visiting friends at Caldwell.
M. Howard has built four hundred rods of fine stone fence and made other improvements this winter.
S. A. Blanchard will start in a few days for Durango, Colorado, where he has accepted a position in a leading dry goods store.
Judge Thomas, of Olive, is reported on the sick bed.
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
The following applicants were in attendance at the examination for teachers' certificates Friday and Saturday.
F. H. Burton, J. A. Hilsback, L. P. King, A. D. Stuber,
Miss Villa M. Combs, Jennie Davy, Clara Green, Fannie Harden,
Anna Hunt, Allie L. Keyes, Maggie R. Linn, Mattie M. Linn,
Lutie Newman, Fannie McKinlay, Lizzie Lawson, Lilly Perin,
Rose A. Rounds, Anna E. Rowland, Haidre A. Trezise, and
Nettie O. Wanzer.
[REPORT FROM "OMNIA" - SOME OF IT OBSCURED!]
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
Within the past two years probably seven eighths of the land has been entered, much the largest part of it by a good class of settlers, who hve come to stay. The four districts who are in the township have each a school house...but district 121 has just completed the best finished and most comfortable house in the township, furnished to its full capacity from the Novelty works of Sterling, Illinois, and will have a school commenced as soon as they can engage a competent teacher. Number 121, the last district organized in the township, occupying the northeast corner, has now in course of construction a house 18 x 24 feet, which is to be finished in the best and most substantial manner, including three coats of paint outside and inside, and think when finished they will be entitled to the banner for the best house of its size in the county. They propose to have it ready for occupancy in time to get in a sufficient term to enable them to share in the next allotment of the school fund. By the way, Mr. Editor, don't you think the policy forbidding, the apportionment of the state fund among the new districts until they have paid the expense of a three months term out of their own pockets, a short sighted and narrow one? Of course, it is law and constitution and all that, but it is withholding the helping hand from those most in need of assistance, a sort of going by on the other side, not consistent with my ideas of generosity or justice. A newly organized district, composed almost entirely of new comers, most of whom have come here because they were too poor to stay anywhere else, who have struggled to organize and build and propose to give their children the benefits of a school, it seems to me they should be encouraged in their undertaking, instead of being treated as though they were the citizens of another state or a foreign country.
[CONTINUED...I THINK...ON NEXT PAGE.]
I have another item--you will think me as full of inspirations as the arch assassin himself--which is this: The people of Cowley County have voted a large amount of bonds for the two lines of railroad running through its territory, on which, from the County seat to the uttermost limits of the County, they are taxed to pay the interest, and will ultimately be more heavily taxed to pay the principal. Now should not every child in the county share equally in the benefits of those roads; or should the few townships and school districts through which the roads are located, absorb all the benefits of an assessment of several thousand dollars per mile, and leave us with only the satisfaction of seeing them enjoy the dance and assisting them to pay the fiddler? It strikes me that there is a radical wrong in this state of affairs, that should be corrected.
To come back to Omnia, the spring emigration has commenced, and several families have already arrived and located on the head of Dutch Creek. A large proportion of the plowing is done and the ground ready for the seed, and all signs are favorable for early planting and a consequent crop boom, that will make those who have been in the habit of sneezing at Kansas as an agricultural state open their eyes.
[The law keeping new districts from a portion of the school fund until they have had three months of school is intended to encourage school districts to maintain a school. It is not the policy or intention to make school districts dependent on the school fund for their life. Each district should be strong enough in itself to educate its children and the law contemplates this. The correspondent's suggestions in relation to the school tax on railroad property are pertinent and have been mentioned often, and are evidently reasonable. There are arguments however that could be used to sustain the law. While there seems to be injustice in the law, it would be difficult to obtain a remedy as it would materially alter our laws of taxation. ED.]
[ARTICLE RE REV. TUCKER.]
COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.
We have to express our obligation to the Rev. Tucker, a leading theologaster of this city, for some free advertising given us on last Sunday evening. We cherish no deep animosity toward the reverend gentleman and forgive him freely as he hopes to be forgiven. What we have to say, we say with calmness and with no desire to fight him or stir up unpleasant feelings. We would treat Mr. Tucker as any other public man. If we really thought him deserving of criticism, we shouldn't hesitate to criticize.
We have no respect for preachers because they are preachers anymore than for lawyers because they are lawyers or doctors because they are doctors. We respect men for their virtues and not for their positions. If this were not the principle to be followed, rogues and hypocrites would stand secure in high places and society would be dominated by unworthy men.
The reason Mr. Tucker gets out of tune with his surroundings is that he is possessed of too belligerent a nature for the position he occupies. It has never been considered in orthodox circles hardly an exhibition of a christian virtue to call a man a liar from the pulpit or accuse a number of citizens of being on a par with the denizens of Five Points, New York. Such statements, even though true, aren't in accord with the ideas which are insensibly formed respecting the apostles of a great religion, the chief feature of which is the humility it teaches.
This nature, perhaps, is Mr. Tucker's misfortune and not his fault, though self-training is often capable of remedying defects of nature. It has in other places than this brought the Rev. into disgraceful newspaper squabbles, and we doubt not has robbed him of the greater part of his influence for the good of society.
Such exhibitions of character among men of such professions always lead to the detriment of the cause for which they are laboring, will always cast more or less disrepute upon the efficacy of their teachings, will create disagreeable reflections in the minds of the majority of the people, will detract from the prosperity and support of their churches, and create discord among the members.
There are other disadvantages under which Mr. Tucker labors. A highly developed trait of vanity and a strong taint of bigotry adds much to the disagreeable complexion of his character; and while they add greatly to his individuality, they create equally strong impressions of dislike which end in active opposition and which cannot be overcome by men of such disposition.
All this we say without the least desire to maliciously attack the gentleman. We would not for a moment insinuate that he has not the average number of good qualities, but we say again, in all honesty, that his influence is not favorable for him or his profession. He has in the past, as we said, been engaged in the bitterest newspaper fights on account of the peculiar construction of his character, and he is liable to be so as long as he takes an active part in public life.
We are sorry that we have occupied so much space, but we have had something to say before in relation to this matter, and we wish to sustain our position and remove any ideas that we say what we have through a base desire to assail for notoriety's sake.
ABOUT THE LONG DISCOURSE ON REV. TUCKER ON PREVIOUS TWO PAGES.
NOTE: I SKIPPED PREVIOUS ITEMS...I GATHER MINISTER WAS MAD BECAUSE THE NEWSPAPER WOULD NOT CATER TO HIM ABOUT CHURCH ACTIVITIES. HE EXPECTED THE NEWSPAPER TO COME TO HIM FOR ITEMS...AND THEY DID NOT HAVE THE TIME TO SPARE.
[MORE PERSONALS: COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.]
Arkansas City is pining away for a woolen mill.
Hon. C. R. Mitchell is about to sell his residence at Arkansas City together with twelve acres of land, to a Winfield man, for $1,300.
The main supply pipe at the Brettun that supplies the tank and the entire house with water froze up and required considerable labor to thaw it out.
Mr. E. J. Fitch, of Winfield, has been in the city the past week looking after his interests here. He says he shall move back to Arkansas City in the spring. Democrat.
Mr. H. H. Horner, one of Cowley county's staunch farmers, came in today and renewed his subscription.
W. J. Hodges during the slippery time, undertook to step up a sort of a mound at his house, when his feet went out from under him and he slid clear across the lot into the fence. W. J. presented a beautiful appearance.
The Arkansas City Democrat first accuses Winfield of having the small-pox and then states that there are here a hundred dwelling houses to rent and a large number of business houses standing empty. Considering the fact that Charley McIntire occasionally visits this city and solicits for and obtains from businessmen subscriptions and advertising, we will call his attention to the fact that his remarks are not calculated to secure from this city the support he might otherwise obtain.
The snow on the roofs made several of our citizens considerable trouble. It being frozen down so solidly with sleet, it was nearly impossible to shovel it from the roof. Capt. Myers was on the roof of the Opera House with a pick and was going at it miner fashion. The snow leaked through the ceiling of the hall and also the upper ceilings of S. H. Mytons' buildings. We would suggest that giant powder be tried.
James B. Moore is sad and refuses to be comforted. You can almost imagine at times that he is weeping, but such is not the case. His grief is too severe to be trifled with, too. No one should ask him the casue of his trouble for he has lost a "congenial spirit" and is lonesome. D. E. Guerney, his sworn friend, was hopelessly taken from his side today at the arrival of Mrs. D. E. Guerney from Chicago.
Mr. H. Smith, formerly from Kokomo, Indiana, and recently from Missouri, called at our office. Mr. Smith has located here and is waiting the arrival of some household goods.
A gay and festive young couple from near Winfield were down visiting the Canal City Friday, and having their "picture took" at Mrs. Steven's gallery. They were so sweet on ech other that the flies peeped out from their winter quarters to take a look at them. A. C. Democrat. Stand up, you fellows! Who has been to Arkansas City?
Arkansas City is contemplating putting a small boat on the Arkansas river, to ply between that city and Geuda Springs. That would be a pretty nice scheme, and would proably be as satisfactory as a steamer running from Little Rock.
Rumors are afloat to the effect that our old townsman, James I. Mitchell, has "struck it rich" in the mining country of Colorado. While such reports, as a rule, are far from reliable, we sincerely hope in this case that they are founded on facts. Traveler.
S. S. Gentry, contractor and builder on 10th avenue, has just made for the COURANT office an improved mitre box, which proclaims Mr. Gentry as a first-class workman. Anyone in need of good work in his line at reasonable prices should call on him.
The township assessors will meet at the Courthouse March 6th to agree on a basis of valuation of personal property required to be listed. This is the year in which real estate is listed and every assessor in the county should attend the meeting. The larger number of assessors were re-elected this year and the list of the township trustees of the county is one of the best, we think, the county has had since its formation.
The wire and other fixtures of the telephone system have arrived and the work of putting up the wires and placing the instruments will be commenced immediately. The company was fortunate in securing the services of Mr. Fred Whitney to conduct their business here. Mr. Whitney is one of the best of fellows, gentlemanly and obliging.
ED. COURANT: If there are any enterprising men that would like to see Winfield "booming" in the way of a manufacturing city, and at the same time make money, I would suggest that there is not a better or more remunerative way than to organize a "Boot and Shoe Stock Company" in connection with my Tannery. The proposition I offer is to issue 150 shares of $100 each, dividends to be paid quarterly. The inducements I offer in starting such an enterprise are, large profits, converting the town of Winfield into a city of great importance, inducing other parties to start like enterprises, such as "woolen mills," etc., and last, but not least, increasing the value of the above parties. I would like to meet them at the Tannery or communicate with them further upon the subject.
Winfield, Kas., Feb. 23, 1882. E. E. THORPE.
[AD: THE COURANT, MARCH 2, 1882.]
BROTHERTON & SILVER
Have Removed, and are Located
TWO DOORS NORTH OF J. B. LYNN'S.