JULY 28, 1881.

Messrs. J. S. Lycan and J. W. Obrist, of Marshall, Illinois, have been in Winfield for the past few days, investigating the inducements to be found here for the establishment of a woolen factory. They have visited several towns in Southern Kansas with that view and prefer to locate at Winfield. They come with the best endorsements as to character, capital, and experience in the business.

They have the machinery of a new woolen mill complete in Illinois, which cost $20,000, but has been sold on erection. They propose to form a stock company here with a capital of $24,000, of which they will subscribe $12,000, paying up by the delivery of that outfit of machinery at Winfield, to the company for $12,000 in paid up stock. They ask the businessmen and citizens of Winfield, and the sheep men and farmers to subscribe the other $12,000, to be paid in on assessments, as the money shall be wanted to procure grounds, build a factory, purchase wool, etc. The machinery is almost entirely new, and embraces a 45 horse steam power. They prefer a steam power to a water power for their business. They say they will not go outside of business to get beside a water power, but want their factory in the business part of a live town. Their idea is to start the business with about 30 hands and increase the number as they find sales for their woolen yarn, flannels, blankets, jeans, etc.

They say that the building in which their machinery now is can be bought for a low sum and shipped here for less than it would cost to build a new building. It is 55 by 70 feet, two and a half stories high, built of framed timbers, siding, etc., in such a way as to be readily taken down and moved without damage. The stockholders here would determine whether this should be bought or a new stone building be put up. They want an iron roof in either case and careful construction to guard against fire and accidents.

We advise each of our citizens to subscribe from $100 to $1,000 to the capital stock, that these stockholders send a competent man at once to examine the machinery, and get information of its value. If it proves as represented, accept it as paid up capital for $12,000, elect J. S. Loose or some such well known, shrewd, sagacious, and careful businessman, as president and general manager, elect Lycan and Obrist to the places of foremen in the factory to oversee the work. Then go to work, get the most favorable location near the center of business that can be had at a reasonable price, and build of stone just such buildings as are wanted.






By going at it at once in a driving business way, we will before another sheep shearing have a factory ready to take the wool as fast as clipped, and work it up into the things we want most. It will pay the stockholders splendid dividends, furnish work for many of our people at good wages, and add largely to the property of our town and county. It will also be the entering wedge to the introduction of other manufactories. If we seize upon this opportunity, Winfield will be on the road to greatness. Let every man and woman who can raise $100 in six months





JULY 28, 1881.



The undivided one-half (1/2) lot number eight (8)

in block number one hundred and nine (109) in the

city of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.




[ADS: JULY 28, 1881.]




Has the most complete and freshest stock of DRUGS in the city. A Large Stock of White Lead and Prepared Paints. We have in stock all the latest School Books Adopted by the various Boards of the county. My stock of NOTIONS and STATIONERY is Complete.

We have complied with the provisins of the existing temperance laws and are the ONLY LICENSED DRUGGISTS in Winfield. My customers can be assured of the best goods at the Lowest Prices.










JULY 28, 1881.

Two farms to rent, by R. B. Waite.

By Terrell is in the hotel business at Joplin.

W. H. Smith left for Boston Friday afternoon.

Miss Clara Brass had gone home to Lawrence again.




Mr. Rhodes' stone store building is being pushed forward rapidly.

Will Stivers seems to put new life into the local page of the Telegram.

George Nixon sold wheat in Winfield at 93 cents. It was the finest wheat we have seen.

Hon. Timothy McIntire, editor of the Arkansas Valley Democrat, was in the city Friday.

Mr. M. West came in from Jackson County Saturday to look after his property interests here.

Jim Hill and E. L. Shinn have bought the 2,500 bushel crop in Vanorsdal's peach orchard.

Brown & Son are finishing their store room in a very artistic manner. John Craine is doing the work.

Col. J. C. McMullen and family were sniffing the breezes of Lake Erie at Put-in-bay at last accounts.

Lawyer Allen has purchased a linen duster against the next hot spell. This is a move in the right direction.

Hon. J. R. Hallowell came in Friday to look after the interests of the U. S. in the Riley and Woodruff cases.

Hon. W. P. Hackney left yesterday for Manitou Springs, Colorado, to see his wife. He will be gone about 15 days.


Peruvian Beer is the popular beverage nowadays. The dealers keep it setting around in old tea pots "on ice."

The trustees of the Baptist church are pushing the building forward rapidly. The frame work for the windows and doors are up.

E. A. Millard came in to see us last Tuesday with his hand in a sling and badly swollen. He had punctured it with a


What is the matter with the road overseer in Walnut township? The road in some places is in a bad condition for heavy loads.

D. L. Kretsinger has gone to Kansas City on business for himself. Mr. Will Stiver is localizing for the Telegram during his absence.

Sid Majors has gone into the hotel business at Cherryvale. He has traded for the Railroad hotel and will run it.

T. A. Blanchard brought us a lot of sample applies from his orchard. They were the largest, fairest, ripe apples we have seen this year.

S. S. Linn brings us samples of oats and flax both luxuriant. He raises flax for the seed, gets about ten bushels per acre, and sells at about $1.00 per bushel.

The Archery Club meets Friday afternoon at Riverside Park for their second shoot. Those desiring to witness the sport should be on hand at 3:00 o'clock.



Wallis & Wallis will have the finest grocery establishment in the country when their new building is finished. A part of the cellar is being floored with flagging.

Mrs. F. M. Rains will open her select school about September 5th. Mrs. Rains is a lady of rare culture and accomplishments.

Register Nixon, secretary of old soldiers organization, sent out Monday twenty muster rolls to the committeemen in the different townships for enrolling the old soldiers.

Mrs. Brettun and granddaughter, Miss Louise Crapster, have returned to Winfield to remain a year. They are stopping at the Olds House until the Brettun is in running order.

J. P. Short has gone to Salt Lake City "over the mountains to see what he can see." He will report to the COURIER such events and sights as appear to him out of the usual run.

Ezra Meech left Tuesday for Vermont on a visit to his old tramping grounds and will buy any sheep he finds there which will come up to the required standard for Cowley county.

Deacon Harris aside from being a boss farmer is a first class stock raiser. Last week he weighed one of his two year old colts, which stipped the beam at 1,120 pounds. This is something of a colt.


A merry party consisting of the gayest of her gay young people assembled at Miss Roland's on last Saturday evening and proceeded to the residence of Mrs. A. T. Spotswood for the purpose of a complee surprise party to Miss Nettie McCoy, who leaves this week for a visit to her home in New Jersey. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney, and Mr. and Mrs. Garvey; Misses Amelia and Clara Garvey of Topeka, Jennie Hane, May Roland, Allie Klingman, Sarah Hodges, Louie Crapster, Ida McDonald, Amanda Scothorn, Margie Wallis, and Jessie Millington; and Messrs. Davis, Dever, Hunt, Baldridge, Harris, W. A. Smith, W. C. Robinson, Dr. Gunn, and Bahntge.

Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

AA young man created a matinee in the south part of town Sunday afternoon. He got hold of a quart of whiskey somewhere and thereupon proceeded to fill his hide full. The whiskey seemed to be of a quality known as >fightin' liquor,= and no one else being present took it upon himself to lick his wife. In order to escape she fled to a neighbor and the festive citizen followed. She beat him in the race, and the neighbor objecting to any further proceedings on his part, he returned to the house and began carrying out the funiture and jugging off the children. Another neighbor came to the rescue, took the children away and knocked him down three or four times.

AHe then came off uptown where Sheriff Shenneman arrested him and lodged him in the jail. Monday morning he was brought before justice Tansey and fined $25. This is one of the most brutal and contemptible affairs we have yet been called upon to chronicle. A week or more ago about the same kind of a melee was engaged in, and as this is the second offense, we think it about time, in the interest of the defenseless woman whom he abuses, that thing should be stopped.@

Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

AA very funny incident happened at the jail Tuesday. Sheriff Shenneman wanted Lennix, the forger, to allow his picture to be taken. This Lennix refused to do, so the sheriff went for a blacksmith to have his irons taken off, intending to take him to the gallery and have the photo taken anyway. When the blacksmith arrived, he and the sheriff entered the cell, when lo, and behold, they found Lennix minus his flowing burnsides and clean shaven. Upon investigation it was found that he had broken the lamp chimney and had shaved himself with the pieces of glass. Shenneman took his picture anyway and got a fair likeness. The boys in the jail say that it made him grunt when grinding off his whiskers with the lamp chimney.@



That man, Jackson, who is confined to the county jail, is a tough one. It appears that he is the most industrious man the county ever had for a boarder. He breaks door hinges and handcuffs; gets a scrap of iron and picks away with it until he has cut off an iron bar, or worn off a hard timber bolt through a crack in the door; tears through a floor made of 2 x 6 set up edgeways and spiked together solid; and bucks at the solid foundations of the jail. If Shenneman manages to keep him until court time, it looks now as though the jail will be ground to splinters and all the shackles reduced to iron filings. He must have served a long apprenticeship in jail breaking. Last Friday he made a grand struggle for liberty but failed.


We are in receipt of the announcement of the marriage of Horace E. Powers and Miss Nettie B. Porter, on the 22nd of July at Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Powers is a young lawyer of Omaha and a recent graduate of the law college of Ann Arbor, Michigan, while Miss Porter was formerly a Winfield young lady and is well and favorably known to most of our young folks as she spent last summer here with her mother, Mrs. S. B. Bruner.


Monday morning Dr. Mendenhall assisted by Drs. Green, Davis, and Henry, amputated Daniel Sheel's leg just below the knee. This was the only chance to save his life, as the bone below the point of amputation was dead. He is now doing as well as could be expected. This is a sad ending of Dan's trip to the west.


John C. Roberts, of Walnut Township, will be a candidate for county commissioner for the first district. He is a first rate man for the place, full of vim and good sense, economical, and careful in his public duties, a sound republican, and was a brave soldier in the late war, in which he was seriously wounded.


The Winfield Archery Club met at Riverside Park Friday afternoon for their first shoot. The distance was 30 yards at four foot targets. For novices the shooting was excellent. Mr. Glass scored in fifty-two hits 135. It is the most exhilirating sport we have ever engaged in, and we do not remember of passing a pleasanter afternoon for years. [Greer was a member.]


Taylor Fitzgerald has been one of our valued and prompt paying customers. We have had accounts against him for job work and advertising to the amount of over $200, and he has always paid when due, and of course we cheerfully publish his letter of vindication which appears in this issue and are glad it is so complete.


Fred Hunt has purchased an archery outfit and will join the "successors of Robin Hood" in the wildwood about Riverside Park next Friday. As he has heretofore been a target for cupid's arrows, many will be anxious to know how he succeeds when handling the bow himself.


Ezra Meech, the great sheep man of this country, has concluded to co all his selling of bucks at once to save the bother of continual attention to the business. He has named October 12th as the day for the great sale for this year and persons wishing to improve their flocks had better be on hand.


Miss Minne Capps, of Wellington, and her cousin, Miss Manda Capps, of Mt. Pulaski, Illinois, spent last Sunday and Monday in the city, guests of Mrs. Dr. Mendenhall.



Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

ASheriff Shenneman, of Cowley county, arrived in this city on Thursday last from Water-town, Wisconsin, having in charge Jacob Gross, who with Haywood, was successful a year ago last April in forging drafts, and getting them cashed, each for $500, at the Winfield Bank, the Kohn Bros' Bank, Woodman's Bank.

ABoth were successful in getting away and since that time Mr. Shenneman has been working the case up, and some time last spring succeeded in arresting Haywood in Illinois: Chicago, we believe, but on his way back, Haywood gave him the slip on the cars.

AA second time he was more successful, and for some weeks, Haywood has been enjoying the hospitality of Cowley county, and Gross has gone to keep him company.

AThe successful arrests have given Mr. Shenneman a wide reputation as an efficient officer and a shrewd detective. Each forgery constitutes a separate offense and a conviction on all would put these >chevaliers d'in= out of the way for some years. Wichita Beacon.@

AThe Beacon is mistaken about the forgers getting a $500 forged draft cashed at the Winfield Bank. Both of our Banks here had tempting baits offered them, but they are a suspicious set and would not bite.@






JULY 28, 1881.

The weather has been intensely hot for the last few weeks. We had a shower a few days ago that cooled the air a little.

Wheat is turning out some better than people anticipated.

Corn is being cut short by the recent dry weather.

The watermelons are not doing as well as former seasons.

Leepers have friends visiting them from Ohio and Illinois.

Jo Disser had his house struck by lightning a short time ago, but no particular damage, only that it has taken some of loose change to put up lightning rods.

We have some chills and fever in the Bend, also sore eyes prevail among the children.

Wm. Bahruth is erecting himself a very fine dwelling house, which will add much to the beauty of the Big Bend.

Plums seem to be plenty from the amount of people you see entering the big pasture of Mr. H. [DOESN'T DEFINE WHO H IS.]

Frank Stansbury, of the Bend, and his mother and sister-in-law, of the east part of the State, are visiting friends in Illinois.

Mr. John Smalley has bargained to sell his farm for $2,000, though the papers are not made out yet. We are sorry to have John leave us. We fear that it is a bad move for him.

Stephen Marsh has accepted a position at Schiffbauer Bro., Arkansas City.




JULY 28, 1881.

Dr. F. M. Cooper, of this city, is not only an accomplished physician, but a scientist and artist. He has been experimenting with a splendid microscope worth $150, which magnifies eight hundred diameters, and shows up chiggers and such like cattle as the horrid monsters which they are, besides disclosing impurities of water and other fever producing circumstances. He has lately been illustrating some of his discoveries by wood and stone engraving and his first efforts are a complete success. He is a genius in his way and when we want to illustrate a paper, we know where to call for the work. We have a Nast in our midst.




JULY 28, 1881.

Bullington communicated about July 20th while on a visit to his old home at Edmonton, Kentucky, with his family.




JULY 28, 1881.

Mr. Shinn, representing the Fort Scott nursery, is with us this week, taking orders for a great many trees.

J. A. McGinnis' brother, William, is visiting him from Neosho County, Kansas.

Some talk of having a new store at Tisdale.

Solomon Smith and his family have moved back from Arkansas to his old home on Silver Creek. He is no better off physically, or financially.

Mrs. Rachel Beasley, of Chautauqua Co., is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Theadore Herrod.

David Sellers lost a valuable work horse last week, making the second one lost this year.

The merchant of Tisdale has been replenishing his stock, and is selling goods at very reasonable prices.

Ye Winfield boys fix up that doctored census and let's hear the whole of it.





JULY 28, 1881.

W. L. Burton has rebuilt his house, which was destroyed by the cyclone, and moved into it. He seems to take the result of the cyclone very cheerfully.

T. Larimer has sunk his well deeper and now has 15 feet of the best water in the country.

Mrs. Houston has gone to Harper Co. to spend a couple of months with her son, Mr. Charles Huston.

N. M. Darling has purchased a new wagon, rented the shuck house, and bought other things in proportion, this looks rather suspicious, we wish you to arise and explain yourself, my


Quite a number of young folks have gone to the Territory for plums; we look for them to bring back more melts than they do plums.




JULY 28, 1881.

James Riley, the Arkansas City druggist charged with violating the revenue law, had his trial Friday before commissioner Webb and was discharged. There is entirely too much activity among Deputy U. S. Marshals about here. They should have a case before making arrests.


Henry Goldsmith and W. C. Root left on Monday last for a trip to McPherson, Kansas. They went in a buggy and will take in all the towns lying between there and Winfield. Mr. Root will bring his wife home with him.


So thorough and systematic is the method by which hogs are now killed in Chicago, at the great packing houses, and so many are the uses to which every part of the animal is put, that it is claimed that his squeal is the only thing now wasted.



Shenneman went up to Wichita last Saturday as a witness in the examination of Haley. The prisoner had employed Judge Campbell for his defense and the judge did not want to proceed then. The preliminary examination was continued for next



Some unprincipled fellow has defaced M. Hahn & Co.'s sign, the one near the west bridge. Several letters have been scratched from the board with a knife. A man or a boy who will do this, will steal sheep.


Those farmers who happened in town with wheat last Saturday when the war among the buyers was raging were in luck. Ninety eight cents is some consolation to the seller for the cuss words he has to hear.


Simmons & Ott started last Thursday for Pueblo, Colorado, where they will open up in business. They take along a lot of hogs and horses. They are sound, reliable businessmen and we commend them to the Pueblans.


We peeped into the Brettun House Monday. Charley and Mrs. Harter, with a corps of lady assistants, are busy making the sheets, pillow cases, and linen for the establishment. It requires nearly a carload.


The mail will hereafter be carried regularly from Winfield to Salt City by way of Tannehill. Messrs. Burkhalter & Newcomb are the contractors. It leaves Tuesdays, Thursdays, and





JULY 28, 1881.

WASHINGTON, D. C. July 18, 1881.

EDS. COURIER: The miserable, cowardly assault made on me through the medium of the Telegram of recent date and copied in your issue of the 14th inst. is the result and outgrowth of jealousy and petty spite of a Mr. Kretsinger, who occupies the position of a subaltern on said paper.

The purport of the article referred to is that I left the city of Winfield, leaving behind numerous creditors with the intention of defrauding them and also that I took with me many valuable papers belonging to my clients. Both of these contemptible statements have no foundation in truth, and to exonerate myself from the guilt implied by this libel, I herewith apprehend a list of all those to whom I am indebted, and confidently refer my friends and enemies alike to them for corroboration.

A. T. Spotswood & Co., not exceeding ........ $ 6.00

The Telegram ................................ 30.00

McDonald & Walton ........................... 10.00

Mrr. Burkhalter ............................. 14.00

I called the day before leaving Winfield on Mr. Blair, Manager of the Telegram, and a perfect gentleman, informing him of my prospective removal and stated I would pay balance due Telegram if I could before I left. I also notified each of the other above named gentlemen, requesting as a favor their leniency in extending me time in consequence of expenses entailed in moving.

As to the second charge, my bringing away valuable papers belonging to clients, I answer that the charge shows his pitiable ignorance of the law in reference to an Attorney's rights in such matters.

My object in locating at the seat of government is that I may be able to better represent the interests of those whose business was entrusted to my care, and the papers in each case were brought to further enable me to do so. Instead of my removal to Washington resulting unfavorably to my clients, it will facilitate action on their claims necessary to settlement, as I will be adjacent to all the departments and can give per-sonal attention to business.

With these explanations I will rest my case and am willing to abide by the verdict rendered by the people of Cowley County, and your readers generally.





JULY 28, 1881.

A large number of the Soldiers met in the Hall Saturday afternoon to consider the ways and means of organization. Mr.

C. M. Wood was chosen President and Jacob Nixon, secretary.

The following motion was offered, and prevailed: "That townships and wards hold local meetings the 13th of August, and a committee meeting at the opera house August 10th at 10 o'clock a.m., to perfect arrangements for the 'Old Soldier Reunion to be held October 7th and 8th.'" It was then moved and carried that a committee of one from each township be appointed to make all necessary arrangements in the townships and wards. The following persons were appointed as said committee.

Sheridan: Jas. Henson.

Dexter: J. C. McDorman.

Bolton: Capt. Hoffmaster.

Otter: C. R. Myles.

Cedar: Jas. Utt.

Windsor: Jos. Reynolds.

Silver Creek: Harvey Smith.

Omnia: J. C. Stratton.

Rock: Wm. Farmer.

Fairview: E. Schofield.

Maple: Capt. Story.

Harvey: Capt. Strother.

Richland: Dan Maher.

Walnut: T. A. Blachard.

Ninnescah: J. P. Cook.

Vernon: J. W. Millspaugh.

Tisdale: W. R. Bradley.

Pleasant Valley: H. Harbaugh.

Liberty: Watt Williamson.

Beaver: Bert McMellon [?]

Spring Creek: Hiram Blenden.

Silverdale: Ben French.

Creswell: Capt. Nipp.

Arkansas City: C. R. Mitchell.

Winfield 2nd ward: C. M. Wood.

Winfield 1st Ward: W. E. Tansey.

On motion of comrade T. A. Blanchard, the committee from townships be requested to report at the county meeting, August 20th, the name, company, regiment or battery, rank of each old soldier in their respective township and ward, was approved with amendment that the Secretary prepare and furnish each with a blank roll.

Motion prevailed that the county papers be furnished with a copy of these proceedings with request to publish and secure the attention of all old comrades to this call.

Pending motion to adjourn, Judge Soward presented a resolution expressing to President Garfield through Hon. R. L. Lincoln, Secretary of War, "our sorrow as soldiers of the late war for his injuries at the hands of the assassin, and expressing the hope that he may live long to serve his country and people, and to cheer his brave wife is our sincere wish," with a request to the Secretary to forward, was unanimously adopted. The meeting then adjourned.

All present joined in singing "Old John Brown."








JULY 28, 1881.

Charlie McIntire, of the Democrat, and Frank Hess, a deputy U. S. Marshall, collided on the streets of Arkansas City last week. Mr. Hess was exercised over some strictures appearing in the Democrat, in which it was intimated that he possessed no "back-bone." This he objected to in language more forcible than elegant, assuring the trembling quill-driver that he had more back-bone in his anatomy than he (McIntire) had sand in his craw, whereupon the twain locked "horns." McIntire proceeded to "justify" his ** by practical demonstration. He _____ed at his opponent and in a moment their "forms were locked" in a deadly

_____, pencils and paper weights flashed in the air, column rules, and side sticks danced fantastic jobs about the head of his victim, and in the twinkle of an eye, all was over. The deputy U. S. Marshall had fled, and McIntire was master of the situation. "Bring in another horse."



JULY 28, 1881.

Prof. Trimble's class of last year consisted of 45 pupils. Forty of these earnestly petitioned the school board to reappoint him and three others have stated that they would have signed the petition had they the opportunity. The two others have not been heard from, but it is a fair presumption that the class is a unit for Trimble. It is idle to say that this petition does not amount to much. It is not only the spontaneous and warm expression of the confidence and esteem of his pupils, without which no teacher can be successful, but undoubltedly expresses the sentiments of the parents and guardians of nearly all of them. No member of the board can afford to discard such an endorsement from those best qualified to judge of the merits of the teacher.




JULY 28, 1881.


The population is returned now less than 20,000, but Hardin as treasurer gets salary of $4,000, under the law, amounting to $8,000 in two years. Out of this he pays $900 a year clerk hire amounting to $1,800 in the two years, and leaving him net $6,200 for two years work, which is $600 more than Bryan gets for his four years work. The law is all wrong and pays Hardin a great deal too much.


Bryan was county treasurer four years. The population of the county for these years was about 12,000, 14,500, 18,000, 21,500. He gets under the law $2,000 a year, amounting to $8,000. Out of this he paid clerk hire $600 a year, amounting to $2,400, leaving him $5,600, or $1,400 a year for his actual salary. Considering his risks and responsibilities, this was too little.




AUGUST 4, 1881.

James Harden will be a candidate for reelection to the office of county treasurer.

A. T. Shenneman is a candidate for reelection to the office of sheriff.

George L. Gale will accept a nomination for reelection to the office of county commissioner.

J. S. Hunt will be a candidate for reelection to the office of county clerk.

Jacob Nixon will be a candidate for reelection to the office of register of deeds.

John C. Roberts is a candidate for commissioner from the first district of Cowley County.



AUGUST 4, 1881.

Richard Longshore and E. P. Young have returned from Arkansas and are received with a welcome.

The young folks had a croquet party in McGuire's grove.

John Hall can boast of the largest crop of oats about Tisdale.

All praise to Henry Fry, the first man to put up a hitching post at the school house.

Andrew Hanney has the finest crop of corn on Silver Creek. He says that it is the Tucket corn, and he will have seed for sale.

W. H. Bradley is still pounding iron and working over mowing machines. He is a good workman.

John Bradley is the champion jumper of Tisdale.

Wm. McGuire talks of locating somewhere in this county. Some man having a good farm to exchange for land in Neosho county could make such a trade with Mr. McGuire.

Sandford Woodward boasts of having the earliest melons, and Mr. Conrad the first ripe apple.





Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.

Mr. Daniel Read's store will be completed this week. He then expects to go east for goods.

Mrs. L. B. Stone returned from Winfield last week, where she has been stopping for the past few weeks. Mr. Stone has his house nearly completed.

Mrs. Miller, of Pleasant Hill, has rented her farm to F. G. Yarbrough for the coming year. She will spend the winter with her father in Illinois.

Mr. Pallet of New Salem made Floral a short visit last week. We learn that he is succeeding finely with his patent fence.

Mr. Grover Cole sold his farm north of Floral to Mr. Daniel Read. Mr. Cole has moved to New Salem.

Archie Harlow is herding sheep for Mr. N. L. Yarbrough.

Mr. John Cox, who came out from Illinois a few weeks past to regain his health, having improved so much, has concluded to remain with Mr. Read. Mr. Cox is a steady, obliging young man, and we think Mr. Read has done well in securing so trusty a young man for his store.

Mr. Ed. Hall came out from Winfield and spent Sunday with our Read's. Ed says the normal is booming.

Mr. James Fraix, the young man who owns the mules that during the cyclone were carried a half mile and lodged in the top of an elm tree, is down from Butler County, the guest of Mr. Joe Furgeson.

August 1, 1881.



AUGUST 4, 1881.

Prof. Trimble was elected Monday evening.

Col. Hallowell came in to attend the Woodruff case.

Mr. J. C. Weathers, of Bolton, called Tuesday of last week.

Charley Roseberry of Beqaver made a call last week.

Siberian crabs, apples, oranges, and lemons at the Fruit House.

Watermelons are plenty. Six wagon loads on the streets Tuesday.

Harvey Smith came down from Burden Monday to view the Capitol.

C. W. Roseberry came up Tuesday to see if there was any danger from the flood.

Judge Gans is doing an excellent business in marriage licenses the past week.

Commissioner Webb's court has been doing an active business for the past few days.

Dr. John Alexander was up from the canal yesterday.

Register Nixon has purchased a lemon wood bow and will shoot with the shooters this afternoon.

Charlie Hodges has accepted a position with the

K. C. L. & S. railroad as baggage master at this station.

J. V. Hines, postmaster, and Justice of the Peace, of Dexter, called around yesterday to explain what he knew about daily mails.

Money to loan on first class real estate, security at very low rates by GILBERT & FULLER.

Mr. and Mrs. Noah Wilson had a nine pound girl this week.

Simeon Martin, of Maple township, left Wednesday for Indianapolis, Indiana, to remain for some time.

The commissioners met Monday to levy the tax; but owing to the school boards not having reported, adjourned over four weeks.

Daniel Sheel's leg was amputated a second time last week. He is now resting easy and getting along as well as could be expected.

Mr. Josiah Williams, living three miles east of town, had two valuable ponies stolen Tuesday night. Sheriff Shenneman is after them.

Dr. Knickerbocker will leave for the east within six weeks. Persons indebted to him for medical service will please call and settle at once.

Burt Coverts team ran away with him Tuesday, upsetting the water wagon and breaking Burt's legg. This is a hard blow on Burt. He may loose his leg.

The "dead-lock" in the school board was broken Monday evening by the election of Prof. Trimble as principal of the Winfield city schools for the coming year.


The managers of Riverside Park intend erecting a small house on the grounds for the use of the Archery Club in which to keep their targets and implements of war.

Winfield jail birds are most industrious fellows. They are at work continually trying to get out, and don't need many implements when they can shave themselves with lamp chimneys.

MARRIED: At the close of the evening services, July 31st, at Pleasant Grove, Vernon township, Preston G. Alexander and Miss Elzina Hare, were united in marriage. Rev. P. B. Lee officiated.

Mr. S. A. Cook kindly showed us the plans for the Caldwell school house Monday. The house will be a very fine one for Caldwell. The plans were as neat and perfect as any we have ever seen.

Mr. Jas. Rubens, a Nez Perces Indian, is attending the Normal. Mr. Rubens is a well educated, gentlemanly person, and is employed by the government as a teacher and interpreter at the Agency.

Mr. David Sillick, one of our old subscribers, comes to the front this week as smiling and pleasant as can be. He is the proud and happy dad of a nine pound girl, who will be just one week old Friday.

Tell Walton and many other admiring friends will regret to learn that Jim Shannon has been given the "grand bounce" by the K. C. L. & S. company and that his vinegar visage will no longer haunt travelers over that road.


The corn doctor came to grief last week. He was arrested Friday on a charge of stealing money from Mr. Al. Hughes. The circumstances were about as follows: Hughes had gone into the closet in the rear of the Commercial House, and while there, dropped his pocket book. Soon after he missed it and on searching found it in the vault. He went for it with a hay fork, but after fishing it out, found that the money which it contained, about fifty dollars, was gone. He then learned that the "corn doctor" had been the only man in the closet since he left it, and had him arrested for taking the money. The "Doctor" was searched and the officers were astonished to find not only fifty dollars, but near five hundred dollars on his person. He had rolls of bills in every pocket and was almost made of money. A preliminary hearing was had before Justice Tansey and he was bound over for his appearance at the district court in the sum of $100. He promptly put up the money and went on his way rejoicing.


L. C. Woodruff and Frank Woodruff, of Butler county, were on Tuesday brought before U. S. Commissioner Webb on a charge of stealing a steer in the Territory. The examination was adjourned until August 15, on account of the absence of Wm. Fisher, a witness for the prosecution, and defendants gave bond for their appearance. The U. S. was represented by District Attorney Hallowell, and the defense by Messrs. Hamilton and Stratford, of Eldorado.


Of all the nuisances that have ever been afflicted on our city, the condition of the public wells is the worst. Dogs wallow in the catch basin and the water runs back into the well and the people drink it. Something should be done at once to stop this. Either close the well against further use or invent some means of keeping the water pure. Some friend of humanity ought to knock the basin put under the pump to the middle of the street.


Little Robert, two year old sone of Mr. and Mrs. David Dix, died Saturday afternoon of cholera infantum. The funeral service was held on Sunday from the residence of the parents on the east side.


The commissioners are making arrangements to fence the courthouse square. A stone wall is to be built along the west side and dirt to be filled in above it. The ground will be plowed up, the old unsightly stable sheds and water tank will be removed, a temporary fence will be built around the balance of the block, and next spring trees will be set out.


Where is Judge Gans? Last Tuesday an ardent young man in a state of excitement was hunting all over town for Judge Gans. He wanted a marriage license and could not wait a minute. He demands that the people elect a judge who will stick by his office night and day with a full stock of licenses ready for instant delivery.


Wm. Coffey, of Tisdale township, brought us in three stocks of corn that eclipsed anything we have yet had. One was 14 feet high and had two ears on it eight feet from the butt.


Sportsmen should bear in mind that the last legislature amended the game law, making it unlawful to kill prairie chickens between the first days of September and December, and quails between November first and January 1st. Heretofore August first was the limit on prairie chickens.


Tuesday wheat took a jump from 90 cents to $1.00 per bushel.

This Wednesday morning two loads were sold, one for $1.10 and one for $1.15. This is the highest price yet paid and is higher, we think, than the market justifies. One of the prevailing causes of the high prices in wheat at present is that the crops in other states are about four weeks late while ours is rather early.

Other grains are not active. Corn sells for about 45 cents. Oats brings 20 cents. Hogs are $5.25 to $5.50 and $5.00 for stockers. The trade in produce is active with good prices. We quote: Peaches $1.00 to $1.50; potatoes 75 cents, tomatoes 70 cents to $1.00; cucumbers 5 cents per dozen; onions $1.00 per bushel; eggs 8-1/2 cents; butter 15 to 17-1/2 cents; chickens $1.50 for spring and $2.00 for old per dozen; grapes 5 to 8 cents per pound; sorghum 40 cents per gallon.


MARRIED. Mr. Calvin Coon and Miss Sarah J. Martin were married by Simeon Martin at his residence in Maple township July 29, 1881. According to custom they were greeted by the sudden appearance of the boys of the community who, with cow bells, conch shells, and such other instruments, as are usually used on such occasions, proceeded with their music for an hour or more, after which they were invited in to see the new married couple and expressed their wishes in their behalf. Joe Houser's horses took fright at the noise, and one of them left the premises and was not found till the following day. The happy couple expect to locate in Wellington at present.


I have 435 head of sheep for sale, will warrant them free from any disease whatever, never have had the scab. Price $3.00 per head. The lots consists of about 260 ewes from 1 to 6 years old, 55 wethers 1 year old, 15 ewe lambs, 50 wether lambs, 2 thoroughbred Merino Rams at $30 each, one 5 year old and one 10 year old from Mr. Uhl's flock of Douglass. My spring lambs are from the rams herein advertised, and were dropped between the 22nd of February and 1st of May, and are No. 1. My yearlings are a light grade Merino, the balance are good common stock, there are about 10 old sheep in the flock. My address is Sedan, Kas. My sheep are on Rock Creek, 7 miles southeast of Cedarvale.

H. H. Albright.


James Skees, of Torrance, is the champion apple producer of this county. He has 75 bearing trees about 10 years old. His trancendental crabs are beauties.


A meeting of businessmen of Winfield was held last Friday evening and again Tuesday evening at which a board of trade was formed and will be incorporated under the laws of the state. The objects are stated: For the purpose of promoting and encouraging manufactures and manufacturing interests in Cowley county. The charter will expire August 1, 1890. The board of trustees consists of J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read. W. C. Robinson, A. E. Baird, C. A. Bliss, Robt. E. Wallis, and J. S. Mann.


Mrs. A. Silliman and her daughter, Lola, returned last Saturday from Peoria, Illinois, where they had been making a long visit. The editor had the pleasure of their very entertaining company from Kansas City home. Miss Lola is the forty-fourth heard from of the 45 pupils of Prof. Trimble's class and she also is enthusiastic for the re-appointment of the Professor.


The Brettun House engines were started Tuesday, and the pumps set to work filling the mammoth water tank in the third story. A perfect army of painters, carpenters, stone masons, and plumbers are at work and things about there look lively. One carload of furniture has arrived and three more are on the way. They will perhaps open about August 12th.


Mrs. Sylvia Holmes, a cousin of the senior editor, is visiting in Winfield. Her husband is one of the leading sheep men of Russell county. They moved to Kansas from the Green Mountain state in 1876 and we think they made a mistake in not coming directly to Cowley. Guess they think so too.


The city marshal of the terminus and canal is "blind in one eye and cannot see a bit out of the other" so we should conclude from the fact that he cannot see a drunken man who raves around directly under his nose. The county attorney had to send down there to arrest men who disturb the peace by drunken rows.

Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.

Mr. M. L. Robinson and family left on the Santa Fe train Monday for the west. They went first to Kansas City, and from there will start west, Mrs. Robinson and family for California, while M. L. will join J. S. Horning and Dr. Davis in a ramble over the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.


Mr. W. E. Seaman and lady, of Maple township, made us a pleasant call Friday. Mr. Seaman left with us a sample of German millet which had attained a wonderful growth. The heads were from four to six inches in length and the growth of the stock was at least five feet.


Some friends of J. W. Weimer, of Richland township, are trying to get his consent to become a candidate for the office of county surveyor. They say he is a first class surveyor and has had two terms as county surveyor in another county. We know him as an intelligent republican.


Mrs. E. B. Bushey is getting up a class in vocal music. She teaches reading at sight and cultivation of the voice. The class is for children.




AUGUST 4, 1881.

Uncle Sol Smith and "the girls" have returned to Sheridan.

Mr. Mac Armstrong, who was stricken with a sudden and serious illness a few days since, is now said to be out of danger.

John Laurence started Monday morning on a trip to his old home in Kentucky We wish him a safe and pleasant journey.

Miss Meddie Hamilton of Winfield, who has been spending some time with her grandmother, has returned to the city much improved in health and strength.

R. B. Waite owns a good farm in this neighborhood, which, if it had a habitable house upon it, might soon have a good tenant also.

Mr. and Mrs. Davidson have returned home from Chase county. They arrived in time to spend a short time with, and then bid the last sad farewell to the former's beloved mother.




AUGUST 4, 1881.

A state camp meeting is to be held at Riverside Park, commencing August 10th and closing August 21st. It will be the first State Camp meeting ever held in southern Kansas. Eminent divines and laymen will be in attendance. Ample provision will be made for the comfort and enjoyment of all who come. Board and horse feed for all who may desire will be furnished on the grounds at reasonable rates. Persons having tents will be allowed to use them free of charge, and board themselves if they desire. Bring bibles and hymn books.

By order of committee,

S. S. HOLLOWAY, Sec'y.



AUGUST 4, 1881.

On the 25th ult., a little daughter of John Chittem, of Silverdale township, was bitten on the foot by a rattlesnake. She was some distance from her father's farm herding cattle, and before she reached home her foot was swollen quite badly. Alcohol was applied to the bite, and large doses administered internally, but it seemed to have no effect, and she rapidly grew worse, and died in about twelve hours from the time she was bitten.

Arkansas City Democrat.




AUGUST 4, 1881.

Mrs. Sarah C. Sifford, wife of Mr. D. M. Sifford of this city, died on last Thursday evening at her residence on the west side. Her death was caused by heart disease brought on probably by the intense heat. Mrs. Sifford was born and raised in Montgomery County, Illinois, where she was married. She had lived at Winfield and Arkansas City for several years and and had made for herself many warm friends in these places. She was a faithful helpmeet to her husband, and a devoted mother. There are left four motherless children, two of them, twin babies less than a week old. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. Her funeral took place from the church at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

The corps of teachers selected by our school board, for the coming year, are: Prof. C. T. Atkinson, as principal, with Miss Peterson, Miss Susan Hunt, and Mrs. Theaker, as assistants. Some of the above are strangers amongst us, but all come well recommended, and if the parents of scholars will do all they can to aid them in their arduous task, we feel sanguine that an era of prosperity will crown their efforts during the coming school year.

A small herd of Indian ponies, belonging to Mrs. Bears, ran into the barbed wire fence just opposite the Harmon ford on the Walnut, and four of the animals were fearfully cut. The wire wound around one and did not lack much of cutting it in two. This wire is directly across the old road and, having no board on top the wire, cannot be seen; making it extremely dangerous. We learn that a team near Searing's mill were frightfully cut last week by the horses becoming unmanageable. The owner hitched onto the wire afterwards and tore the fence to pieces.


Work upon the dam across the Arkansas river, in connection with the canal, is still in progress, and making rapid strides toward completion. The river took a slight rise last week, but did no damage to speak of to the work in progress. Many persons, both at home and abroad, are looking anxiously forward to the time when the water will be turned into the course made for it and our canal cease to be a problem.

Q. E. D.

Since writing the above quite considerable washout has been made in the bank of the river, at the side of the dam, but men and teams are actively engaged in repairing the damage done, and are taking the necessary precautions to prevent more.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

The board of trade of Winfield filed its charter yesterday. The trustees for the first year are J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read.

W. C. Robinson, A. E. Baird, C. A. Bliss, Robert E. Wallis, and

J. S. Mann.

Topeka Capital.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

The new township of Fairview, as the name indicates, is one of the fairest of the sisterhood. The outlook for the farmers in this township is ggood. Corn will make a good heavy crop; wheat is yielding from 5 to 25 bus. to the acre. Stock and grain are commanding good prices, and our citizens are correspondingly happy.

The affair of the season, socially, came off at the residence of Mr. J. S. Savage on last Wednesday, August 3rd. The two Misses Savage were united in wedlock with two of Fairview's brightest and best young men. Mr. N. E. Darling married Miss Sarah J. Savage; and Mr. E. E. Rogers married Miss Christeni Savage. Rev. Rose of Douglass officiated. Over sixty persons were present.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

The corn in this locality will not make over half a crop as an average. The wheat crop was a total failure, as the average will not be over 2 bushel to the acre. The peaches on the upland is turning off about half a crop.

Lafe Wells has the finest piece of corn on Silver Creek.

The Silver Creek Union Sabbath school, elected officers:

C. W. Bryan, Superintendent; Andrew Hensley, Assistant Supt.; Miss Fannie Mabee, Secretary; and Haney Thomas, Chorister.

The funeral discourse of mother Hall, cousin of Hendrix Hall, was delivered at the Silver Creek school house by Rev. James Hopkins on last Sabbath.

Esq. Smith, of Burden, had an interesting trial before his magistrate, one day last week, in the trial of Hicks, the editor, and French, the lawyer, in which the editor got badly beaten. The defendant was charged with striking a small boy with his buggy whip, as he drove through Torrance. It cost Hicks about $60. It is rather hard on the editor, but is the making of the boy.

Mr. Samuel Blakey is building him a new house, and we would say to the "fair sex" to look a little out, as a wise man always builds him a cage before he buys him a bird.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

Chinch bugs as thick as ever.

Lynn Davidson had the misfortune, the other day, while cutting brush, to be stung upon the back of the hand by a

scorpion, but by prompt treatment, he has recovered, suffering no other inconvenience than by having a badly swollen hand for a short time.

Chas. S. Smith has rented the "Hank Clay place." Glad to have Charley back in our midst once more.

We understand Uncle Sol Smith has taken up his abode at Burden.

Here is another item for boys. Some three years ago Master Ed Wilson, who then lived in Winfield, but now of Sheridan, found among some straw, thrown out from some crockery establishment, a cream pitcher; taking it home, he traded it for a hen. After a time he traded his hen and her increase for a little pig; this in time increased also, and about a week ago Master Ed traded his stock of pigs for a fine cow. How is that for a 15 year old boy? From a cream pitcher to a cow inside of three years. We think if he keeps on, the people will hear of him as president of a bank by the time he has doubled his age.

Messrs. J. and F. Guinn will have their case mill in working order, ready to turn off sorghum in the most approved style, by the beginning of next week.

Mr. Bill Darr's little boy had the misfortune to break his arm, a few days ago. How, we did not learn.

Barney Shrivers' little son, Allie, who broke his limb some weeks ago, while trying to manage an unruly cow, is now able to be out on crutches.



AUGUST 11, 1881.

Our postmaster tells us that after this we will have mail only three times a week instead of six times. The mail line has not been paying expenses for some time.

George Divenbliss has built a new barn, and addition to his house.

Mr. Rotheric is building a new house on his farm north of here.

Mrs. Dewey and Mrs. Sommerville have been ill for some time. Both are convalescent at this time.

Reuben Shorter and Milly McGuire were playing croquet the other evening. The handle slipped off of Reuben's mallet, striking Milly in the face, hurting her quite severely.

W. W. Brown is expected home from New Mexico every day. He has been out there for some time working at the carpenter trade.

M. M. Mull and Vane Watkins have returned from Arkansas.

Joseph Dunham is the champion jack-rabbit killer of this settlement.

There are about 1,000 head of cattle being herded in our part of the county. Sheep and hogs are very scarce, J. W. Thomas and George Brown being the only two men owning sheep in this vicinity.

Solomon Smith has sold his farm to Wm. Smith for $15 an acre.

J. A. McGuire talks of gong to Winfield and engaging in the grocery business there.

A doctor could make a good living if he would settle among us, the nearest doctor being eight miles from here. A good shoemaker is needed also.





AUGUST 11, 1881.

John Hyden is once more stopping in Winfield.

Frank Jennings is about to join the Archery club.

Wallis & Wallis have moved into their new store.

The camp meeting opened at Riverside Park yesterday.

Harry Bahntge runs the fine billiard rooms of the Brettun House.

George Buckman has invested in a bow and will join the Archers.

Nommsen and Steuven have taken possession of the tonsorial rooms of the Brettun House.

H. C. McDorman was over from Dexter on Monday.

Justin Porter came in Saturday. He is now a full fledged drummer.

The Brettun house will open for business Monday. It is the grandest and most beautiful hotel in the state, and "don't you forget it."


The Williams House will be changed into a men's clothing and furnishing goods house with J. S. Mann as lessee and proprietor of the stock.

AD: REMOVAL. I have leased the "Williams House" building, which I will remodel and fit up the finest Clothing House in Winfield, and will get possession this month; and until my removal I shall offer my stock of CLOTHING, BOOTS, SHOES, HATS, CAPS, SHIRTS, HOSIERY, GLOVES, UNDERWEAR, ETC. AT COST FOR CASH!

Calico Shirts, laundried, 37-1/2 cents; Knit Undershirts, 17-1/2 cents each; Scarlet Flannel undershirts (all wool), 78 cents. Other goods in proportion.

Remember this sale lasts only for the remainder of this month, and the goods must be sold in the time named.

This is the best chance you will have to lay in a stock of Clothing, Bots, etc., low. Respectfully, J. S. MANN.


The senior editor and his wife visit Independence today in company with their visitor, Mrs. Sylvia Holmes, who is returning to Cameron, Missouri.

Dan Miller has leased Max Shoeb's blacksmith shop. Dan's laugh and the cries of the victims of the forceps will keep that part of Ninth avenue lively.

Joe Houston, of Arkansas City, has been retained as counsel for the defense in the Lennox forgery case. Mr. Houston is one of the brightest young lawyers in the state.

Frank Williams has kept a good, first rate hotel for some years and made it pay; but now that the Brettun is ready to run, he gracefully steps out and gives the new hotel full swing.

Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.

Robert Thisk, of Richland township, was in town Monday and gave us a call. He says that Floral is not at all discouraged but is determined to regain all it lost by the cyclone and some more.

We hear that Mr. J. L. Foster of Fairview township has threshed his wheat and got 165 bushels off of five acres. Thirty-three bushels of good wheat per acre and $1.00 per bushel is not very unprofitable farming.

The Santa Fe was completed to Douglass in Butler county last week and the citizens indulged in a grand jubilee. The next thing in order is paying the interest on their bonds.

Miss Tirzah A. Hoyland of New Salem has been seriously ill for some time, suffering intensely with neuralgia of the heart. She is one of the most accomplished lady writers in the county and her ambition is such that she writes even while confined to her bed in great suffering.

Mr. Wm. Martin, of Vernon township, has been engaged by the Winfield marble works as traveling salesman.

We hope the two Charlies, Black and Harter, will not advertise the Brettun as a first class hotel. These are getting too common. Advertise it as the only second class hotel in the United States. This will be something new and the first fellows who have lived so long at first class hotels want a change.

J. E. Conklin is again in working harness. He is now associated with the popular loan firm of Jarvis, Conklin & Co., and will manage their large business in this city. With Mr. Conklin's extensive acquaintance and many friends in all parts of the county, he can ably represent this firm.

Mr. Peter Larson, one of the oldest residents of the county, died Friday, August 5th, of overheating. Mr. Larson came to this country in January, 1870, from Norway, and settled in Rock township. He has acquired a good deal of property and was an honest hard-working citizen. He had no family or relatives in the United States.

Mr. Chas. O. DeTurk and Miss Lena B. Huff were married by Rev. Rigby at the residence of the bride's father in Pleasant Valley township Sunday evening. The couple left for California, where they will in future reside.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

For a few days there has been "music in the air" and charges flying thick about that the Arkansas City Water Power Company was making an attempt to freeze out the city's interest and get full control of the canal property. The feeling seemed to be that there was a swindle out somewhere and for the past week we have been receiving communications and questions from subscribers at Arkansas City asking for information on the subject. We resolved at once to investigate and publish the facts.

Monday morning a reporter examined the records relating to the different transfers between the city, the canal company, and the stockholders.

We found that the principal instruments on file were: First, a deed from the City to the Arkansas City Water Power Company covering the right of way for the canal. The consideration named is $327.25 in cash, and 800 shares of $25 each, of stock in the company.

Second, a trust deed, executed in favor of Calvin Hood and Geo. A. Newman, of Emporia, covering the canal, right of way, and all the property pertaining thereto and improvements made in the future thereon.

The trust deed is executed for the purpose of securing fifty $1,000 first mortgage bonds, drawing seven percent interest and payable in twenty years. The deed also pledges the revenues derived from the property first to the payment of interest, and the residue to the creation of a sinking fund for the redemption of the bonds.

This trust deed, executed as it is, annihilates the stock, as it takes the dividend from the stock and applies it to the payment of, and interest on, the mortgage bonds. It is, in effect, collecting the revenue for years to come in advance.

After an examination of the records, it looked very much as if the city held $20,000 of worthless stock, which could in no event bring any revenue. At noon we took the train for the city to interview the parties interested and gather such facts as might be learned of the condition of affairs.

Upon arrival there we found much uneasiness among the people, and the city government and canal company at swords points. Every citizen we met had a different theory as to the "intentions and designs" of the canal company. One asserted that the company had built the canal with the citizens money and had enough left to pay handsomely for their trouble, and that now they had mortgaged the concern for $50,000 and pocketed the proceeds. The opinion of this calculating citizen was that the five members of the canal company had cleared about $10,500 each on the transaction. Another, a very vehement gentleman, who looked wise and talked "around the corner" told us, with a "wink and two nods," that the "scheme" was to let the interest payments go by default, the property be sold, and the company would buy it in for a song and thereby wipe out the city's interest.

We then approached Mr. Matlock, a member of the canal company. We found him to be a very pleasant gentleman. He referred us to Mr. Hill, the contractor, for any information we might wish, and stated that, although a member of the company, he knew little of the "inner workings" of the concern, and had taken hold of it purely as a public enterprise calculated to benefit the town and community.


was the next person approached. We found him alone in his drug store, introduced ourself, stated the object of our visit, and asked for such information as he might desire to give us for the benefit of the people. The gentleman surveyed us from head to foot for a moment, his lower jaw began to droop like the muzzle of a prize bull-dog, and while our eyes wandered toward the door, his euphonius voice came swelling across the counter like the low gurgling of a festive jackass, demanding by what right we presumed to interview him, and what business we had to interfere in a matter which should be settled by themselves.

We politely informed him that we were seeking information for the four hundred subscribers in the vicinity, part of whom had helped to elect him to the exalted position he now occupied, for the purpose of looking after their interests, and who look to us for information as to to whether he was doing his duty or not.

That we were there to get his story, and that if he hadn't any, we would make one for him. That the people demanded to know something of this matter and had a perfect right and privilege to do so. We talked to him like a preacher; and like a converted sinner, he began to see light in the distance, his heart and mouth opened, and he imparted to us the astounding information that "The canal was being built!"

We thanked him for this. He then said he thought the city's interests in the enterprise were safe enough, and when we asked him what in thunder he was howling about then, he grew restless and intimated that he wasn't quite so certain about the city's interests, as a "Winfield lawyer" had told him they were all right. We came to the conclusion that about all he knew about the "city's interests" was what someone else had told him, and our conclusions were confirmed by subsequent discoveries. One impression we received from the Mayor's discourse was that he fancied he had made a grand mistake, and allowed the city to be swindled, and that he would like to choke off the newspapers until he could get the matter in shape to go before the people. In fact, he told us that he thought the newspapers had no business "interfering" (as he called it) in the matter until it was settled, as it would excite the people and "set everyone to talking." He dwelt particularly on the point of "interference," and like Jeff Davis with secession: "All he wanted was to be let alone."


Another of the canal company, was found in his office. He greeted us cordially and talked frankly, fairly, and earnestly about the matter. He said that he had taken hold of the matter because he felt that it would be a benefit to the city; and that he had, aside from investing money of his own in the enterprise, entered into bonds and contracts for the creation of the water power. That he and other members of the company were perhaps as large property holders as any in the city, that a large share of the burden of taxation would fall upon them, and that they had every interest of the city as well as the enterprise at heart. He further said that he regretted the feeling of distrust existing in the community, that the canal must be made a success or everything would be lost, as the string of public credit and private subscription has been drawn to its fullest tension, and a recoil would snap it asunder. That under such circumstances, it behooved every citizen to put his shoulder to the wheel and help push, instead of throwing cold water on those who did. The major's talk was forcible and logical and convinced us that he, at least, was true to the public cause, which, if successful, will of lasting benefit to the city.


In the afternoon we drove with Mr. Sleeth to the works, and found Mr. Hill hard at work by the dam site, superintending the repairs being made on the structure. An appointment for the evening was made to talk over the situation.

Mr. Hill was on hand promptly at the appointed hour, and in a clear and vivid manner gave us a complete history of the scheme from the beginning. He said that he came to Arkansas City, not to work, but to rest. When he came the possible existence of water power was being talked of. Knowing that he had had experience in such work, he was asked to take the water level. He did so, and reported about a twenty feet fall from the Arkansas to the Walnut. An engineer was then brought from Kansas City, who again took the level, with the same result.

Mr. Hill, the engineer, thought a canal would be practicable and that 500 horse power could be secured. He then told the city that if they would issue $20,000 bonds, he would take them, furnish the balance of the funds needed, and enter into a contract, secured by a $20,000 bond to be approved by the city officers, to furnish 500 horse power. The bonds were voted, he took them, and commenced operations.

He approached the leading men of the town to take interest with him and they did so; a stock company was organized, the city receiving $20,000, and the company retaining $30,000, or a controlling interest.

Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Hill said that the total cost up to this time was about $40,000; $18,000 of which had been realized from the city's bonds.

The matter of the trust deed was then mentioned, when Mr. Hill said: "Herein lies the whole difficulty with the city. Although I have talked to the council for hours, I have failed to make them understand the necessity of issuing mortgage bonds.

"In the first place, we have yet to make a tail race before the power is available, which was not contemplated by the contract with the city. In the next place, mills must be got here to utilize the power or no revenue can be derived from it. Many of these enterprises will need assistance, and as the city is in no condition to do so, we must either do it ourselves and carry the city's stock, or let the enterprise go, with the revenue which might be derived from it.

"To get out of this difficulty, we resolved to issue mortgage bonds and hold them in the treasury to be used for this purpose. The mortgage would cover the city's interest in the canal as well as ours, and all would bear the burden alike. We have the bonds, all signed up, in the treasury, ready to be used whenever, and wherever, the interests of the project demands. Now this is all there is in this trust deed. It was certainly the best and only policy to pursue.

"The city's interests are as fully protected as those of any other stockholder. Twenty thousand of the fifty thousand bonds now in our safe belong, in a certain sense, to it, to be used for the purposes specified in this trust deed: namely, the improvement and embetterment of the property.

"The only trouble with the city officers and the people is, that they do not understand it. They seem to think that this mortgage business is a scheme to wipe out the city's interest in the canal; and this is about all the thanks we get for pushing the matter through.

"We have contracted to furnish 500 horse power, and we propose to do it. Already we have leased power to two mills for $3,100 per annum, and have 400 horse power left to be used as fast as we can get mills to use it. If we succeed in disposing of the full power, at say, fifty horse power to the mill, it will give us ten mills and an annual revenue of $15,000. This will pay interest on the bonds, provide for the sinking fund, and leave a handsome dividend on the stock. This is all there is of it. If the city acts fairly in this matter, all will be well. If it does not, I shall not answer for the consequences."

Mr. Hill's narrative throughout was fair, told in a straight forward manner, and is what we believe to be a plain statement of the case: with a few reservations.

In the first place, we find Mr. Hill to be a gentleman of shrewd business ability and farsightedness, an excellent judge of men and measures, and one whose personal magnetism and manner of expression is such as to convince a person in spite of himself. We realized all these things during his conversation, and wondered that he would give his talents, a summer's work, and the experience of years solely for the pleasure of building this canal. We believe that Mr. Hill is not doing this work for his health, nor because of any patriotic feeling that might arise within him for the over burdened tax-payers of Arkansas City--nor should any sensible man expect he would. We believe he has his own way of working the scheme in order to secure pecuniary benefit to himself. Whether it is by salary from the company, or by manipulating the stock and bonds, we have no means at present of knowing. According to his own statement, the money invested by the five persons who compose the company, is not in excess of $30,000, or $6,000 each. A man of his experience and ability should certainly be able to earn more during the summer without assuming any of the responsibility, than the dividends on $6,000, even though they be 300 percent. Mr. Hill has not spent six months time and hard work to create a profitable investment for $6,000 of his surplus cash. The city, by holding a minority of the stock is, in a business view, at the mercy of the company; and it is only the good faith of the gentlemen composing it, or the careful management of the city authorities, that will preserve such interest.

We believe that the power is there, and that the enterprise will be a success. That mills will be built and operated successfully, and that the projectors and the people will realize all that the most sanguine have hoped for.

The only difficulty now in the way seems to be the maintenance of a dam across the river. It has already proved a "white elephant" on the hands of the company. Mr. Hill says he can do it, and is doing it. As he knows more about dams than we do, we have put this down as settled. Otherwise, we see no obstacle in the way that the engineers have not fully provided for.

A fine dam is now being enclosed, the foundations are laid for another. They give employment for laborers, cause the expenditure of large sums of money for building materials, and the business of the city is already beginning to feel the impetus of the new life. With a friendly understanding between the company, the city, and the people, all will be well and success will at last crown their efforts. Without it the success of the enterprise cannot be very great, and it will simply be a bone of contention in the community.

Even should the city never receive a cent in return for the bonds voted, the investment is a good one.

We shall have more to say on the subject hereafter.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

Last Thursday evening was a meeting at the Presbyterian church conducted by ladies for the ostensible purpose of raising money for the heathen, or rather for foreign missionary work. The exercises had proceeded so far that a collection was about to be taken up when the fire bell rang violently, and the whole congregation rushed out to see the fire. A lamp has bursted at the Hoosier grocery and set fire to the inside of the building. Before the crowd arrived the fire was extinguished, and the funds intended for the heathen were either saved or invested in ice cream.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

The amount refunded by the county officers having received excessive salaries, principal, and interest, is as follows.

Story ........... $ 178.61

McDermott ....... 178.61

Bryan ........... 1,500.00

Troup ........... 595.37



Amount due and soon to be paid in:

Bryan ........... $ 728.00

Torrance ........ 222.00


250.00 _________

GRAND TOTAL: $3,402.59




AUGUST 11, 1881.

There is a great deal of sickness around here. Mr. Hamil has been lying very low, but is now better. His daughter, Mrs. H. C. Callison, has also been very sick; she expects to return to her home in Dodge City as soon as her health will permit.

Misses Eva and Addie Overman are attending normal in Winfield.

Mrs. Sinclair, who has been here on a visit, returned to her home in Leavenworth last Tuesday.

Mr. Columbus Overman is at home on a visit, and intends to stay about two months. He came from Carthage, Missouri.

Mr. Harrison has rented his farm.




AUGUST 11, 1881.

Mr. Osborn had an ox killed by lightning; and Mr. Gardner also lost one from hollow horn.

Mr. Kaywood and family, from Eureka Springs, visted Mrs. Crane a short time ago.

Miss Julia Bovee lately visited friends on Posey creek.

Miss Etta Johnson is attending the normal.

Everett Gates suffered intensely with a felon--on his hand.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hoyland, also Mrs. Watsonburger, have returned from the famous mineral springs at Salk City, the former parties much improved in appearance and health; but Mrs. Watsonburger is quite indisposed. They think that the springs bid fair to make quite a resort for invalids if there were more conveniences there.

Ned Crane is suffering with a boil on his knee.




Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.

Mr. Douglas Dalgarn is fixing a well for Mr. Stone.

Mr. Read is moving into his new store. His building is more convenient than the old one.

Mr. Bryant of New Salem has the building known as Casper's blacksmith shop.

Robert Thirsk intends to build on his farm near Winfield.

Last Thursday Mr. Yarbrough met with quite a loss while at a neighbors. Two small children, being the only ones at home, obtained matches and set the house on fire. The children escaped unharmed. Mrs. Yarbrough then returned; and in trying to save what she could, rushed into the fire. A can of kerosene oil exploded in her face, burning her face and lungs very badly. She is improving slowly although not out of danger.

Gully & Shive have just finished a fine job of plastering for Mr. Read.

Wesley McEwen with his washing machine made Floral a visit last Wednesday. It must be very discouraging to wash all day and then fail to sell a machine.

Mr. Hough of Baltimore is visiting at Rev. Goodwill's.




AUGUST 18, 1881.

There are more than 100 houses in the city at the present time that are occupied for business purposes. The majority of these are built of brick with stone foundations and stone fronts, some three and some two stories high.

There are in the city:

Eleven grocery stores, three fruit stores, four general stores, two boot shoe stores, seven drug stores, four hardware stores, two saddlery and harness stores, three clothing stores, two firm banking establishments, one foundry and machine shops, plans arranged to build a large woolen mill, two large flouring mills, two furniture factories, two retail furniture factories, one tailor shop, four millinery establishements, three agricultural depots three lumber yards, two jewelry stores, three elevators, four barber shops, one brewery (closed for two years or during the war), four vacant saloon buildings, one large limestone quarry, which is furnishing the stone for the Custom House in Topeka, and the Brettun Hotel in Winfield, two bakeries, four restaurants, four express offices who ship more fruits and eggs to Colorado than any other city in the State, three fine stables, four hotels, one vinegar factory, one pork packing house, three photograph galleries, two marble works, one carriage factory that turns out twelve buggies per week, two gunsmith shops, and five large land agencies.

This, together with two railroads, namely, Kansas City, Ft. Scott & Gulf, and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe branch from Newton to Wichita, makes a good showing. The city has also a free library, containing nearly 2,000 volumes.

There are two large school houses in the city with twelve rooms, one having eight and the other four. Two companies have been formed for the purpose of boring for coal at no distant day, and $25,000 stock for each has already been subscribed.

Among the new business houses that are being built are the following.

Brettun Hotel .................................. $35,000

H. Brown & Son's drug store .................... 4,000

Wallis & Wallis grocery store .................. 4,000

H. Gridley, business house ..................... 3,500

Curns & Manser (brick, stone front) ............ 10,000

G. L. Rhodes (brick, stone front) .............. 2,000

S. H. Myton will build a new house soon.

An addition is being built to the courthouse, and a heavy fire and burglar proof safe will be put in. The grounds are being planted with trees and will be ornamented with drives, grottoes, etc.



The Brettun House, just finished, will be in grand form next Monday when everybody, nearly, will be invited to be present. The house is built of native limestone, and has a porch on two sides, east and south. The building alone cost about $25,000, and when finished, its cost will not be less than $35,000.

It is heated by steam, has gas, has hot and cold water, and is furnished with the East Lake and Queen Anne styles of furniture, with different shades of carpet in every room. The building was designed by Mr. Brettun, from whence it takes its name, but his death prevented him from completing his plans, and his grandson, Mr. C. C. Black, has had them completed. Mr. Chas. Harter will manage the house.




AUGUST 18, 1881.

We have a new awning. One with iron posts and a wood top.

Frank Speers, ye Alderman of Arkansas City, was in town last week.

Rev. Hyden came in Tuesday to assist in the camp-meeting


Mr. R. B. Morton of Dexter has removed to Missouri.

J. B. Evans, of Vernon, brought us a 40 lb. watermelon.

Sim Moore is the longest, Sam P. Strong the fattest, and Parley Heath the handsomest man on the Republican Central


Probate Judge Stratford of Butler Co., and Mr. Hamilton, a lawyer of Eldorado, were in the city Monday, defending the Woodruff boys.

Mr. J. E. Conklin was taken quite sick on the camp ground Sunday night. He has removed his effects home again and is now getting better.

Irv Randall is forehanded. He has a new carpenter and joiner, and feels greatly elated over it. It's a boy.

Hon. J. R. Hallowell, U. S. District Attorney, was in town Monday and Tuesday, trying the Woodruff and Keffer cases before Commissioner Webb.

Another advertiser in luck. R. B. Waite came in Monday, left an ad for a lost horse, and in less than a half an hour had his property.

Dr. S. B. Stidger, of Cameron, West Virginia, is visiting with Mr. McDonald's family.

CATTLE SALE. Aug. 30th, 60 head of cattle and 125 head of hogs at public sale on the farm of J. W. Millspaugh, 5 miles northwest, on Oxford road.

Uncle John Wallace, of Dexter, visited here Saturday.

The Winfield carriage manufactory has changed hands. Mr. Meyer has retired, and Mr. Albro takes his place. They have all the work they can do and are turning out fine wagons.

Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

Daniel Read, of Floral, has his building completed, and is once more ready to furnish the people goods in exchange for produce or money. Chickens wanted; also butter and eggs, and everything else.

Max Shoeb has removed his blacksmithing material and household effects to Oxford. We regret to see him leave.

Conductor J. E. Miller is one of the most accommodating and courteous employees of the Santa Fe company. With Will Gavey at the ticket window and Conductor Miller wielding the punch, the Santa Fe is ably represented.

Mr. Ed Farringer has composed a piece of music called "Merry Strains," a copy of which lies on our table. It is published by Messrs. Balmer & Weber, of St. Louis. Ed is developing a good deal of musical talent, and is beginning early to compose.

Mr. Kane, living in the north of the county, was struck by lightning Saturday evening, and for a half hour his wife was certain she was a widow. He recovered in an hour after being struck, but the skin on one side of his body feels like he had been burned.

Mr. S. A. Cook, an architect from Winfield, who prepared the plans for our new school building, was in the city yesterday with the plans. They are gotten up in a good style, and show at a glance that Mr. Cook understands his business. Caldwell Post.

Mr. Nely Nelson lost his pocket book some days ago and came in to advertise it. In about ten minutes, he returned with his property. It had been found by M. Hahn & Co., who notifed him by postal to call and get it.

Fred Heisinger, family, and niece, of Silverdale township, were struck by lightning Saturday evening, but sustained no serious injury. Sol Smith and wife were present at the time, and report a lively scattering of dust and humanity. Fred is fortunate in escaping injury.

Spencer Bliss was severely bitten by Mr. Williams' bird dog last week. The dog was chained in Mr. Bliss' barn and not knowing the dog was there, Spencer went in; and the brute fastened its jaws in his leg just below the knee. The wound is a dangerous one and has almost crippled Spencer.

Mr. Jas. Topliff has leased the building lately vacated by the central drug store, and situated between the Cresswell Bank and Schiffbauer's grocery, and will remove the Post Office thereto sometime before the first of September. This will put the Post Office on East Summit Street again. Traveler.



Thos. J. Jordan, U. S. Indian agent, will be at Arkansas City Friday, August 19, "to purchase mares" for the Indian Service. He wants a large number. They must not be less than four, nor more than seven years old, must weigh not less than 925 pounds, and be sound, well broke to harness, and without

blemishes of any kind. Mares with colt will not be objected to.


Mr. Bartlett, grain buyer, attacked Mr. Wood, miller, last week. They had had some words over the purchase of a load of wheat. Mr. Wood was sitting in a chair in the front of Bartlett's office, when the latter came up behind and struck Mr. Wood on the head, knocking him off the chair to the sidewalk. We were standing across the street at the time and saw the brave and valiant Bartlett approach Mr. Wood from behind and strike him while in a sitting position. A few moments after we alluded to him as "warrior." He heard the remark, and thinking we meant it, invited us out in the backyard to fight it out. As he was tired and fatigued at the time, we concluded to wait until he had rested a couple of months, after which time, if his health continues good and bodily powers undiminished, we may be prevailed upon to consider this backyard proposition. We hope the gentleman will not take this as an acceptance of the challenge and go into training a la Joe Goss for the encounter. We still reserve the right to extend the time.


A little colored boy has immortalized himself. He got into a fight with Bertie Freeland Monday, and Bertie licked him. The Wells, Fargo express driver was passing at the time and proceeded to lick Bertie for licking the colored boy. Tom Wright came up then and immediately made demonstrations calculated to convey the idea that he was going to lick the man that licked the man that licked the boy that licked the colored boy. Just then Al Terrell and Al Russell took a hand, and for a few moments things were quite lively. The boys finally adjusted their difficulties by depositing $9.25 each with his Honor, Judge Tansey. They seemed to realize the necessity for action, as everyone was away at the camp meeting, and things were dull and local items scarce.


The markets this week are about the same as last. Wheat remains steady at $1.00 to $1.10. Alex. Kelly sold 250 bushels Tuesday for $1.13 per bushel, but his wheat was the finest yet put upon the market, and, indeed, the best we have ever seen. It was raised on E. P. Kinnie's farm across the river from South Bend.


Jake Keffer has again been grabbed by the law. This time Uncle Sam is the prosecutor, and the charge is for sending obscure literature through the mails. It seems that Mr. Keffer had been sued by someone and the summons served on him. He returned it to Justice Kelly with a letter in which he defied the law and lawyers; said he had not, and never would have, a dollars worth of property in the county, and for him to send on his summons. Jake's language was not copied from the classics, nor had there been any effort at elegance or diction. Brevity and force was what the writer wanted, and he got it. A man could retire to private life if he had all the money that Jake has spent in lawing.


The admission fee at the gate of the camp meeting is charged for the purpose of providing funds for lights, fuel, etc., and as a substitute for the manner of "taking up a collection." A gentleman asked us last week whether or not the managers of the Park had charged a fee for the use of the grounds. We would inform all questioners on this subject that they have not, and further, that the management has spent nearly four hundred dollars in improvements and preparations for the meeting. They believe in encouraging such meetings, and show their faith by their works.


The examination of the Woodruff brothers, charged with stealing a steer in the Territory, was had before U. S. Commissioner Webb on Monday, and consumed the entire afternoon, there being a dozen or more witnesses examined. It appears that the steer was with the cattle of the defendants from the territory to their home in Butler county, the Woodruff's saying they could not drive it back. It was put in the corrall with the other cattle, and has not been seen since. The Woodruff's were bound over in the sum of five hundred dollars each, to appear at the next term of the United States district court at Fort Smith, Arkansas, in November.


Haley, the accomplice of Lennox, broke jail at Wichita Friday. He worked the bars of a window out of their sockets and crawled out. He laid in a patch of sunflowers most of the day, but was caught as he came out in the evening. He was tried on habeas corpus Saturday and released, but was promptly re-arrested by Mr. Shenneman, who brought him down Monday, and has him here awaiting extradition papers from another state where he has committed other crimes and is wanted by the officers.


Sheriff Shenneman received a telegram Sunday from the Sheriff of Douglass County, stating that a boy had been captured under suspicious circumstances with a horse, which he said he had taken from a pasture north of Winfield. The sheriff investigated and found that the horse was one of Col. McMullen's, which had been in Mr. Williams' pasture. No one knew it had been taken.


It is understood that an excursion train from Topeka and Emporia will come down Sunday to the camp meeting.



AUGUST 18, 1881.

The camp meeting is proving a big success in the matter of attendance. Over forty tents are up and occupied, and more are coming in daily. The grounds seem fitted by nature for meeting purposes. The stand is formed of a single block of flat stone fourteen feet wide and twenty-two feet long, set on stone pillars with stone steps leading up to it and covered by a substantial awning. In front of it are seats for about five or six hundred, and back of the seats the land rises suddenly several feet forming a "bench" on which tents are pitched. The trees give abundant shade and the atmosphere is cool and comfortable. We do not know when we have enjoyed anything more than the evenings spent at the park. It is worth a dollar and a half to us to sit out among the trees in a big rocking chair, with nothing on earth to do but to watch the lamps glimmering among the trees, listen to the melodious voice of a deacon reaching out after sinners, and wish that Abe Steinbarger and the Newton Republican man could be brought under hallowed influence. Sunday morning three excursion trains came in from Wichita, Arkansas City, and Wellington, bringing about five or nine hundred strangers, and the country for miles around turned out en masse. The park was crowded all day long.

Services are held almost continuously throughout the day and evening. At five o'clock in the morning a pot-metal bell clangs dismally. From one tent emerges a man rubbing his eyes, who wends his way toward the mourners' bench, while from another (not the "religious editors,") comes a grunt and an imprecation on the man who rings in on a fellow's slumbers. Prayer meeting lasts an hour, then comes breakfast, and the bell rings again.

This means family prayers, and soon the Doxology is chanted in a dozen tents and everywhere voices are lifted up in prayer. From seven to eight is a season of rest. While the ladies take care of the breakfast dishes and make the beds, the gentlemen go out walking with the babies, or run over to borrow a neighbor's broom, or hold conversation with the redhot candy man. After this is preaching, which lasts from an hour to three, accorrding to who preaches. Then comes dinner and more preaching.

During the afternoon sermon the young people take recreation and ice cream, and go boating on the river. Some of them sit around on logs and eat taffy, but these are in the minority. After supper the lamps are lit, the people settle down to enjoy evening services and the season is one of enjoyment and beauty. After evening services a praise and prayer meeting is held, and then the multitude go away and the campers retire to their tents.

The meeting continues until next Monday. Ministers from all parts of the state are present and others are arriving daily. Next Sunday will be the biggest day of the meeing. Excursion trains will be run on all the roads and the local attendance promises to be large. After the meeting adjourns the temperance camp meeting holds three days during which time Gov. St. John, Geo. W. Blaine, and other eminent temperance workers will be present.






AUGUST 18, 1881.

The Republican Central Committee met in Winfield, at the office of O. M. Seward at 2 o'clock p.m. in accordance with the call of the chairman. The secretary called the roll and the following members answered to their names.

Beaver: C. W. Roseberry.

Liberty: Justus Fisher.

Maple: W. P. Heath.

Richland: L. S. Stone.

Silver Creek: S. S. Moore.

Tisdale: J. S. Baker.

Walnut: J. H. Mortan.

1st Ward Winfield: F. C. Hunt.

2nd Ward Winfield: O. M. Seward.

Pleasant Valley: Z. B. Myers.

On motion S. P. Strong was empowered to act in place of

S. C. Tomlinson, member from Rock township.

On motion, J. H. Curfman was admitted as member from Fairview township.

On motion, H. H. Martin was elected member from Ninnescah in place of D. Hopkins.

On motion, a committee of three, consisting of S. P. Strong, Justus Fisher, and C. W. Roseberry, was appointed to apportion the number of delegates for each township and report to the committee.





AUGUST 18, 1881.

This hotel, the finest in the state, was opened to the public last Wednesday by Messrs. Harter & Black. They have furnished the house elegantly from top to bottom. Last Thursday evening the gas in all the rooms was turned on and the barber shop and billiard rooms were lit up. The sight was an imposing one and the magnificent building looked like a marble palace. Here can be found every comfort that the traveling public could desire. Pleasant rooms, good beds, gas and water, bath rooms, billiard hall, barber shop, telegraph office, a splendidly set table, and promenades, parlors, and verandas in abundance. Harry Bahntge is running the billiard room and Nommsen & Stueven the barber shop and bath rooms. The bath rooms are cool and pleasant, and furnished in good style and fitted with hot and cold showers.




AUGUST 18, 1881.


A Warning.

As a warning to the public, I will be pleased to publish my complaint against Mrs. A. B. Knight, who some time ago solicited donations in my behalf as one of the cyclone sufferers and received a cast off suit from Mr. Timme which she never delivered, but told Timme she had delivered. I saw her husband wear a coat of same description.



FOUND: A pocket book containing money and papers. Owner can get same by calling on F. H. Burton, Beaver township, proving property and paying for this notice.



AUGUST 18, 1881.

The below named men have built for themselves corrals or pastures, and are trying to raise some stock. The rest of us live from hand to mouth and growl about hard times.

John Smith, Wm. Smith, John Hall, O. P. West, M. M. Mull, Levi Weimer, Arthur Emmerson, Charlie Eastman, Levi Fluke, Wm. Sommerville. Those few men have engaged themselves in raising hogs and cattle, and are all making some money out of the


Rev. McKee filled his appointment on last Sunday at this place. He will preach a year for the people if they want him to. The money is most all made up.

Mr. Morgan of Missouri is visiting Joseph Gry.

A lot of our citizens have gone over in Sumner county to Salt City for health and recreation.

We are blest with some as good springs of water as can be found in the county. The Moses spring has furnished water to cool the foot and quench the thirst of hundreds of people through the dry year past.

E. P. Young has the best house, Abe Conrad the best orchard, Mart Mull the best improved farm, and every man has the best boys and girls. Oh! Who do those bad boys belong to that we sometimes see?

The farmers have an alliance organized at the Tisdale school house. They meet once a week. All are invited to attend and unite themselves with the organization, and all work together for the good of the farming community.





AUGUST 18, 1881.

Vegetation is suffering for want of rain, many fields are badly injured; especially so in fields that were not properly cultivated.

New buildings are springing up in the neighborhood. They are generally built in the most substantial manner. A year hence scarcely a scar will be seen in the track of our late unwelcome visitor. Some of our people have actually increased their family representation since the cyclone. More help needed, you see. Messrs. Thirsk and Holloway are the fortunates.

The people of Richland are not particularly devoted to politics and have made few or no demands, but we think it about time that our identity is recognized. We heartily second the proposed nomination of Mr. L. B. Stone at this township, as made by your north Richland correspondent, by nominating him for County Treasurer.



AUGUST 18, 1881.

We normalities still "live, move, and have our being," notwithstanding the torrid heat that has prevailed the greater part of the time, much to the discomfort of all participants in our noble work: that of elevating humanity.


A few days previous to last--Thursday, August 11, 1881,--a gloomy, disconsolate feeling was creeping over ye reporter from the weary tread-mill duties which are incumbent on a Normalite, when an invitation to attend a wedding at Floral was received. Our spirits were soon on the ascendancy, regardless of the admonitions of the thermometer. Procuring one of Speed's best livery outfits, and remembering the divine injunction, "it is not well for man to be alone," secured the companionship of one of Eve's representatives, and soon whirled Floralward amid a cloud of dust. Arriving at our destination without any serious

casualty, we found the residents, who recently witnessed a panoramic scene of desolation, on tip toe with excitement. The center of attraction we soon discovered to be the residence of Mr. Wright, which was surrounded by cheerful friends of the high contracting parties.

The appointed hour, 6 o'clock p.m., having arrived, matters were abruptly brought to a focus by the appearance of the officiating minister, Rev. J. J. Goodwell, accompanied by the bride and bridegroom, Miss Helen Wright and Jas. P. Frakes. During the ceremony a solemn stillness reigned. The couple looked as pretty as a pair of turtle doves fondly cooing for each other, and when they were authorized to join hands, we imagined that we could hear their happy hearts fluttering in quadruple time: four beats to the measure, and measuring as often as was consistent with the condition of the temperature, which, at that particular crisis, had apparently lost its equilibrium.

After the ceremony, there was much joyous handshaking and such tender embraces by certain members of the party, that made ye reporter uncomfortably nervous and long for the old-time custom, when it was fashionable and admissible for all parties to kiss the bride.

The evening's entertainment closed with a most excellent supper which I shall not attempt to describe; but of such was the extensive variety and deliciousness of the tempting viands under which the table groaned, that the irrepressible John Cottingham, wished that weddings occurred three times a week in that vicinity and he was favored with an invitation to each one.

The parents of the bridegroom, who reside in Missouri, were telegraphed for, and they arrived on the evening train just in time to witness the ceremony.

After feasting until each was too full for utterance, all repaired to their respective homes feeling as "happy as a clam."

Aug. 12, 1881. HORATIUS.



AUGUST 18, 1881.

Mr. Denny Elliott has removed his herd from Otter Creek. Texas fever is reported to be in that section.

There is a greater amount of hay being put up in this part of the county than ever before.

Most of the corn in this vicinity is already engaged to parties contemplating wintering stock here, consequently corn cutting is the order of the day, and farmers find it difficult to get a sufficient force of hands, as the corn is rapidly drying up. Everything is needing rain; the parched earth is cracked and gasping for a drink.

Miss Kate Ward of Dexter has been visiting the past week.

Miss Eva Reynolds is visiting friends near Dexter.

F. M. Reynolds is visiting friends in Chase county, and will be absent some time.





Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.

Mrs. Read is looking forward to the time when she can use water out of their new cistern.

Daniel Mahar has his residence almost completed. He seems to stand the loss he sustained without a complaint and wears the same smile that he wore before the cyclone.

Daniel Read started for the east last Friday after goods which will be here this week.

Messrs. Banister & Irrwin, carpenters and joiners, are preparing to build the warehouse at the station on the R. R. south of here.

Mrs. Miller of New Salem, is visiting with her brother, Daniel Read.

Brella Read and Franky Miller have been spending a few days with Miss Ray Nawman, south of Winfield.

Capt. Stevens is improving his dwelling with a coat of paint.

Dr. Knickerbocker is preparing to go east for the winter, and will return in the spring and resume his practice.

Quite a number of our farmers are improving the moonlight nights by getting up their hay.

Mr. Floyd is working on the Burden Enterprise. He can sing now, "What shall the harvest be?"

Mr. Daniel Tildon Allen has sold a part of his farm to Mr. N. L. Yarbrough; also Mr. Wm. Irwin has sold his farm to Mr. Jack Yarbrough. This looks as if it paid to deal in sheep.

The people of Floral have decided to vote bonds for the purpose of building a school house.






Henry Vigus returned home last week from the Geuda Mineral Springs, forty miles below Wichita in the Arkansas Valley. We guess there remains no longer any doubts whatever touching the wonderful properties of these springs, which are right at home. Patients and medical men who have visited all the famous springs of the country, including Saratoga, of New York; White Sulphur, of Virginia; Eureka, of Arkansas; and many others, say that the springs in Sumner county excel them all.

Judge Campbell tells us that a bath in these waters is like dipping in water connected by a strong battery. Vigus says while he was there, a man crooked, bent, and helpless, was carried to the springs and that inside of two weeks he was sporting and dancing about on the prairies.

Ge-u-da is an Indian name and means healing. There are seven springs within a few yards of each other, no two of which taste alike, but the properties of which do not differ greatly. The famous salt springs are on the same plat of ground and a large amount of salt will be manufactured there this summer by the lessees, Messrs. Hill & Co.

To many the waters are at first very disagreeable to the taste, but that soon gives place to a positive like. Judge Campbell and Henry Vigus both declared that for ulcerations, and other skin diseases, the water is infallible, while others say that for diabetes, dyspepsia, rheumatism, female diseases, etc., they are equally infallible. There is as much difference in the taste of two of the springs as between rain water and vinegar, but a qualitive analysis of the Geuda Springs shows that they contain bi-carbonates of iron, soda, magnesia, and calcium; sulphate ammonia, and magnesia, chlorides of sodium and

potassium, sulphur and silica, and are strongly charged with carbonic gas.

Henry Vigus came back after only two weeks, looking like a new man. Let us make up a party of dyspeptic preachers, diabetic lawyers, diableric editors, and malaric doctors, and armed with beds, tents, and cooking pots, go down and spend a week or two discussing prohibition, and getting rid of our grunts.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

Jake Thomas and Adam Weimer are both very sick, and some others very near sick. The heat is getting away with us.

A trap door fell on one of W. Woodals' children, cutting through the upper lip, knocking out three teeth, making a dangerous wound.

New arrival at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar: a boy.

We can rejoice of one thing, from what men say that have been over the county. They say we have the best crops, as far as they have seen, in the county. Although the crops out here are badly damaged by dry weather and chinch bugs, yet let us be thankful that we are as well off as our neighbors, if not better.

A large amount of hay is being put up out here.

So many of the young men have left this settlement that it was a difficult job to get hands enough to take care of the harvest.

Some men let on like they don't know what the provisions of the game law are. You are only allowed to kill chickens from September first to December first of each year. The penalty for violating the same is a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than thirty dollars. The only months in which quail can be killed are November and December. The fine for violation of the same is as above stated. Keep this in your heads, boys, when you see quail fly up.





AUGUST 25, 1881.

A. D. Crowell has returned from his eastern visit.

Gov. St. John will be at the temperance camp meeting.

Henry Brown & Son's grand drug store is fast approaching completion and is an ornament to the city.

We met Sid Majors at Cherryvale the other day. He is keeping the Leland, the "crack hotel" of that place.

Mr. and Mrs. Dr. J. P. Emery, from near Cincinnati, Ohio, are visiting their daughter, Mrs. W. H. Parmer, southeast of town.

The St. John Battery will do the state fair in full uniform. Major Tom Anderson writes that their guns will be transported free.

McDonald, of McDonald and Walton, has gone to Colorado to see the hills and the holes in the ground and to get a breath of cool air.

Mrs. Wm. McCulloch and Mrs. Hughes, of Beaver township, visited us Tuesday. Call again ladies.

Will Wilson returned last Saturday evening from his summer vacation tour in the east. The region of the St. Lawrence river seems to agree with him.

We received copies of Salt Lake City, Utah, papers from Mr. J. P. Short, who is traveling in the west, last week.

We received a pleasant call ffrom Mr. W. F. Lacey, of Fairview township. He is one of Cowley's earliest settlers.

Mrs. Manley and son from near St. Joseph, Missouri, are visiting at Prof. Hickok's. She is his sister.

The McDougal building is looming up nicely. The towering zinc cornice is on and makes a good show. This building will rank among our finest architctural monuments.

W. R. McDonald, accompanied by Dr. Stidger, who has been visiting Mr. McDonald's family during the past week, started Monday for Pueblo, Colorado, on a trip of both pleasure and business.

Deputy Sheriff George McIntire returned from Emporia with Col. McMullen's horse and the thief. The thief's name is Joseph Best, and he says he had been lying sick near Burden for several weeks, felt bad, and thought he would steal a horse and get out of the country.

Col. J. C. McMullen and family returned from the east Saturday evening under sad affliction in the loss of their youngest child in their absence. They had been spending the heated term at Put-in-bay and Laeside in Ohio. The child took sick at the latter place and remained so under the care of excellent physicians without relief. Thinking it would be better for the child, they left for home, but arriving at Lafayette, Indiana, the child was much worse and they stopped off and gave it the best care possible, but without avail. The child died in a day or two, and on account of the extremely warm weather, the railroad people would not transport it to this city and they were obliged to deposit the remains in the Lafayette cemetery until colder weather.


A. H. Beck has returned from his summer tour in Mexico. He brought many specimens of the products of the country and left at this office a most beautiful and curious cactus melocactus or the great melon thistle, or Turk's cap. It appears like a green cantelope, with deep ribs, set all over with sharp thorns in starry spangles. It has on the top a discoid, villous cap, like the cap of a pepper box, from the top of which was a large central blossom and around which are buds which will soon blossom out in a circle. At the bottom it has a root like the root of an English turnip. Though this root has been out of the ground and away from moisture several days, yet when presented to us, it was in bloom. It is about the size of an ordinary cantelope, but this species sometimes grows to the diameter of three or four feet.


We call the attention of all old soldiers to the low rates made on the Santa Fe for attending the old soldiers' reunion at Topeka Sept. 15th. Mr. White, general ticket agent, has kindly made a rate of $3 to all the old soldiers on the main line or branches, provided that a muster roll of not less than ten names be forwarded to Mr. White by the 10th of September, stating name, company, and regiment of the soldier, upon the receipt of which, station agents will be authorized to sell tickets for the round trip at $6 to the parties named.

This is indeed liberal on the part of the Santa Fe, and we hope the old soldiers in this vicinity will take this opportunity of visiting our State Fair and attending the reunion at the same time. Muster rolls may be left with Mr. Garvey, agent at Winfield, or sent direct to Mr. W. P. White, Topeka, Kansas.


What has become of that beautiful flag belonging to the city of Winfield? After the 4th of July celebration of 1874, there was a surplus of funds in the hands of the finance committee. The committee met and ordered Mr. T. K. Johnson to purchase a flag for the use of the city, and also made him custodian of the same. We are reliably informed that that flag is now in Durango, Colorado. Can anyone tell by what authority and how it got there? Is Durango so poor that Winfield has to furnish it a flag? By Two of Finance Committee of 1874.


DIED: Aug. 21, 1881, at her residence ten miles northwest of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, Mrs. Elizabeth Walgomott, wife of Wm. Walgomott, aged 47 years, 4 months, and 21 days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lacey of the United Brethren church.


Mr. Henry Collier, who lives 12 miles southeast of this city on Silver Creek brought us half a dozen ears of corn last Tuesday to compare them with the boasted Cowskin, Sumner county corn. The Silver Creek is far superior to the Cowskin, and Cowley county is still ahead. "Bring in another horse."


Mr. A. E. Baird, successor to Baird Bros. New York Store, has gone to New York for a large and complete stock of fall and winter goods.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

Several days ago Peter Larson, a Norwegian living in Rock township, died suddenly in spasms. The funeral services were held and he was buried in that township. He was an elderly man in general good health and had no relatives in this country. He had a well cultivated and excellent farm, some fifty head of cattle, a large number of hogs, a great variety of farming implements, and was supposed to have large sums of money about his premises. He had two houses on his farm, in one of which he lived alone; and in the other lived one Harmon and his family, who was a tenant of his farm and had charge of his property to a considerable extent. After Larson's death Harmon took charge of the property and soon it was suspected that he was running it off and selling it. It was discovered that he had carried eight fat hogs up to Augusta in the night and sold them there. He was arrested for grand larceny and now languishes in the county jail.

A variety of suspicious circumstances put the idea into his neighbors that he had poisoned Larson with strichnine. County Attorney Jennings was consulted and he found where, a few days before Larson's death, Harmon had bought ten grains of strichnine in Douglass, and brought two persons from the drug store there to the jail in Winfield, who both identified Harmon as the person who made the purchase. The symptoms of Larson just before death were those of strichnine poison. On Tuesday Mr. Jennings had the body exhumed and called in Drs. Emerson, Graham, and others to make an analysis of the stomach, heart, and liver for poison. They have not reported as we go to press.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

The state temperance camp meeting commences Wednesday, August 31, 1881, at 2:30 p.m., at Riverside Park, Winfield,

and will continue through September 1st and 2nd, with a street parade [Band, Artillery, and citizens], followed by teams marching to the grove.


Welcome by Rev. Cairns.

Business session of the County Committee.

Evening session: Addressed by Hon. J. W. Ady of Newton, and others.

Thursday morning: firing of artillery. Address by Hon.

B. S. Henderson and others.

Thursday afternoon: Ladies Temperance League.

Thursday night: Addresses by Hon. J. A. Troutman, Col.

A. B. Jetmore, and others.

Friday morning: 9 a.m., various interesting exercises.

11 a.m., Reception of Gov. St. John at depot by City Council, band, artillery, and citizens, and march to the grove or Brettun House.

2 o'clock p.m., Address by Gov. St. John.

Let everyone turn out as this is the grand rally. Tents for three days in abundance will be on hand for one dollar a tent, large enough for two families. Bring baskets of provisions, bring the ladies, and have a good time. Mr. Geo. Cairns with his choir will furnish the finest vocal music. Every township should come in force with flags and banners. Come early and stay through.



AUGUST 25, 1881.

We are glad to say that Cowley County stone will be exhib-ited at our State Fair and also at the National Fair at Bismarck Grove. The Santa Fe road have granted free transportation for a carload to Topeka, and the Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern a carload to Bismarck Grove.

The owners of quarries, Messrs. Schmidt and Wm. Moore, have donated the stone necessary to load the cars. Subscription money is now being raised to meet the expenses of hauling this stone to the railroad and for transferring it to the grounds at Topeka and Bismarck Grove; and for putting the stone in proper shape for exhibition. The parties interested in the exhibition are energetic and wide awake, and our people may depend on a creditable show of Cowley County stone at Topeka and Bismarck Grove.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

The explanation of the Wichita Eagle's story of the omnibus to the brewery and the rattling machine to drown the noise of the boys while drinking beer is as follows: that Frank Manny has a large garden or park of flowers and plants, and in this dry weather along back he has been using a great deal of water to water his garden and keep things lively and fresh. At his brewery is a large tank and a pump, which is run by mule power to fill the tank from which he uses water for the above purpose, and to supply a fine fountain of spray. Last Sunday week was a hot, withering day, and Frank ran his mule pump and watered his flowers and worked his fountain.

There were a lot of Wichita fellows at the camp grounds and Al Requa had a kind of express wagon omnibus, which was standing idle. So he sang out to the Wichita chaps: "All aboard for the brewery." The said chaps piled in and rode up to the brewery, paying their little quarter apiece, but when they got there they could find no beer or ginger, and had to pay their way back. Of course, they would not admit to their friends that they were sold, so they told them that they got plenty of good beer, and this story was told in Wichita and there it became current that a buss was running from the camp meeting to the brewery.



AUGUST 25, 1881.

The receipts of wheat for the past week have been very large. Prices have ranged much higher than at any of our neighboring cities, ranging from 90 for rejected to $1.20 for No. 1, or choice milling wheat. These are the present prices. Corn is worth 50 cents on the street. Oats are scarce and will bring 30 cents, readily, choice lots might bring more. Hogs in demand at $5.00 to $5.60. Cattle range from $2.50 to $3.50. No change in butter, eggs, and similar products.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

Rev. Archie B. Lawyer, with his wife and baby, a wife of Chief Joseph, and three members of the session of Rev. Lawyer's church, all full blood Nez Perces Indians, were visiting in Winfield yesterday and were chaperoned by Rev. J. E. Platter. We were surprised at the fine, good looks, cleanliness, and excellent apparel of each of these Indians. They are quite well educated and appear well educated. Rev. Lawyer is thoroughly educated and quite a talented preacher among them.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

At a very largely attended Republican caucus held in Richland township on Tuesday, of which N. J. Larkin was chairman and J. W. Weimer was secretary, L. B. Stone was put forth as a candidate for the office of County Treasurer.

L. B. Stone is a native of New Hampshire, but has been a resident of Kansas ever since he was ten years old. He enlisted in the 2nd Kansas Cavalry at the age of 16 in the year 1862 and served until the close of the war. After the war was over he finished up his education at Lincoln College and then settled in Cowley County in January, 1870, where he has ever since been an honored citizen.





Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.

The meeting at Manning's hall on Saturday, August 20th, was well attended by the old soldiers. Capt. Haight with a section of his battery, put in a number of shots that sounded like old times to the boys. Messrs. Pixley, Requa, Woodruff, Roseberry, and others furnished old time martial music. At 11 a.m., the meeting was called to order with C. M. Wood in the chair, and Jake Nixon, secretary.

On motion a committee of seven was appointed as a permanent organization consisting of comrades Wells, Stueven, Stubblefield, Nixon, Waugh, Kretsinger, and Jennings. After some interesting remarks on the part of Capt. Stubblefield, J. W. Millspaugh, H. D. Catlin, and S. M. Jennings, the meeting adjourned until 2 p.m.

The afternoon meeting showed an increase of delegates and much more enthusiasm. The committee on permanent organization submitted the following report.

Your committee on permanent organization beg to submit the following.

For President: Col. J. C. McMullen, of Winfield; for Vice Presidents, we would recommend one from each township to be named by this meeting, and one from the city of Winfield. We submit the name of T. H. Soward. For recording secretary, Jake Nixon, of Vernon; corresponding secretary, A. H. Green, Winfield; treasurer, J. B. Lynn, Winfield.

Executive Committee: Col. McMullen, Capt. Stubblefield, Capt. Hunt, Capt. Tansey, T. R. Bryan, D. L. Kretsinger, and C. M. Wood.

Finance Committee: J. B. Lynn, Capt. Siverd, Capt. Myers, James Kelly, and Judge Bard.

Encampment: Dr. Wells, Capt. Steuven, and Capt. Haight.

Printing: E. E. Blair and Jake Nixon.

Invitation and speakers: Hon. W. P. Hackney, Gen. A. H. Green, D. L. Kretsinger, M. G. Troup, Capt. Chenoworth, Capt. Nipp, Major D. P. Marshall, N. W. Dresie, and C. H. Bing.

That the executive committee be entrusted with the general management of the reunion and are authorized to call to their assistance such help, and any subcommittee in their judgment which may seem best for the success of the reunion; and may fill all vacancies in committees that may occur; that the vice presidents are charged with responsibility of prompt organization of their respective townships, and shall muster and make due report of all old soldiers to the secretary as soon as possible.

On motion the report was adopted.

Vice President Soward was called to the chair, which he accepted in a stirring and patriotic speech.

On motion comrades present from the various townships were requested to name their vice presidents.

Vernon: P. M. Waite.

Walnut: Capt. Stubblefield.

Richland: Dan Maher.

Ninnescah: J. P. Cook.

Fairview: W. White.

Windsor: Henrry Wilkins.

Tisdale: W. R. Bradley.

Sheridan: R. E. Longshore.

Beaver: Chas. W. Roseberry.

Pleasant Valley: J. W. Feuqua.

Dexter: John Wallace.

Cresswell: Capt. Nipp.

Cedar: N. W. Dresie.

Bolton: Amos Walton.

Rock: J. M. Harcourt.

Liberty: S. F. Beck.

The following townships were referred to the Executive Committee for appointment of vice presidents, who appointed as follows.

Harvey: E. M. Annett.

Maple: Daniel Winn.

Omnia: J. C. Stratton.

Otter: C. R. Myles.

Silver Creek: Harvey Smith.

Spring Creek: Henry Sutliff.

Silverdale: H. N. Channcey.

The time for holding the reunion as published in the call for the 7th and 8th of October was then discussed. The sense of the meeting seemed to indicate that the farmers would not be through seeding at that time, and that a later date should be named. On motion the 21st and 22nd of October was fixed as the time for holding the reunion.

On motion all county papers were requested to publish the proceedings of this meeting. The meeting then adjourned.




The old soldiers of Walnut township will meet at Island Park on Friday, September 2nd, at 2 o'clock p.m., for the purpose of organizing to attend the Soldiers' reunion and State fair at Topeka. CAPT. STUBBLEFIELD, V. P.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

Owing to the dry weather corn is a failure in these parts, the yield ranging from 5 to 20 bushels per acre.

Peaches are plenty in this vicinity.

Health is very good in this community.

Jasper Taylor had the misfortune to loose a valuable mule, which was struck by lightning last Thursday evening.

Tom Covert is doing a good business in making sorghum. They are making forty to sixty gallons a day.

N. E. Darling and wife have gone to house-keeping.

Mr. McDorman of Dexter was here looking at his place Monday.

Rev. Rose did not fill his appointment on account of the camp meeting at Winfield.

Charlie Snyder started for Denver, Colorado, lately.

David Gillick intends to go to Colorado soon and find a situation in some school. I suppose he is going to fix it up for that nine pound girl.

R. P. Pratt has let his sheep out on the shares to Mr. Dawson of Rock township.




AUGUST 25, 1881.

August 12, 1881.

I would like to be heard in answer to the vindictive attack made upon me through the columns of your paper. I can't imagine why anyone who has received so many favors as the family of this man Burton has at my hands, should so degrade himself as to make such an uncalled for attack upon me. I was not aware that I had ever ill treated any of the family; on the other hand, they have always had free access to our house to use the sewing machine and privilaged to help themselves to anything in the house which they wished for in our absence; they have done work for us, and always received cash for what they did. I have also received favors from them in the way of riding to and from Winfield with them when their business called them at the time I wished to go. They were in the habit of calling upon me for anything they did not have even for weeks together, for flour, bread for the sick wife or baby; and I never refused them anything I could possibly grant. It is only a short time since I became Burton's security for a bill of groceries at one of the Winfield grocery houses. The family have been in the habit of receiving old clothing for more than a year past: donated by my patrons and friends in Winfield, and delivered by me often at great inconvenience to myself. I seek no revenge, but simply want justice. In regard to the missing goods, all I can say about them is that there were several packages put upon the wagon that evening, and I suppose it must have been lost off during the evening ride of eight miles. I told Mr. Burton I would try to ascertain the value of the lost package and if not too valuable, would pay for it. It will not be necessary for me, with the reputation I have built up in Winfield, to dispute with such an ungrateful man.

You will confer a favor and perform an act of justice by giving this publicity.





AUGUST 25, 1881.

A Partial List of our People Who are not at Home.

Miss Clara Brass is visiting her parents in Douglass county.

Miss Kate Millington is spending the summer at Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Miss Florence Beeny is visiting in Colorado.

Hon. W. P. and Mrs. Hackney are rusticating at Manitou Springs, Colorado. Mrs. Vandeventer, mother of Mrs. Hackney, is at Manitou Springs.

Judge J. Wade McDonald and family are doing Colorado, with headquarters at Denver.

Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.

Mrs. M. L. Robinson and children are in southern California for the summer.

Mrs. Albro is visiting in New York.

Ex Saint represents Ridenou, Baker & Co. in Colorado and New Mexico, with headquarters at Las Vegas, where his family is temporarily quartered.

M. L. Robinson, Dr. Davis, and 76 Horning are bracing up the wilds of New and Old Mexico.

T. B. Johnston is summering at Durango, Colorado.

Lafe and Charlie Pence are temporarily at Rico, Colorado.

Will Stevers is doing Chicago by gas light.

Bob O'Neil represents the Kansas Music House.

Col. McMullen and family were at the sea side, but the death of their baby brings them home this Saturday evening.

Capt. S. C. Smith is on the coast of Maine.

Ezra Meech, Sr., is in Vermont.

Frank Gallotti is at Durango, Colorado.

Col. Manning is looking after his interests in Colorado.





AUGUST 25, 1881.

A six foot vein of coal is announced as having been discovered in the vicinity of Elgin, Chautauqua county, some 45 miles east of this place. If true, it will materially affect the fuel problem of this section of country.

CRIMINAL CASES. Before Justice Bonsall, during the past week. Samuel N. Waldroup, of Silverdale township, arrested on August 9th, at the instance of Delmer Francisco, charged with assault and battery, with intent to kill, had his trial August 10th, and plead guilty to simple assault, which plea was accepted by the complaining witness, and he was fined by the court $5, and costs, amounting to $11.50. On August 11th, S. N. Waldroup caused Francisco's arrest on a charge of disturbing the peace. The case was tried before a jury on the 13th inst., resulting in a verdict of not guilty. The costs of the case amounting to $38.50, the court adjudged to be paid by the complaining witness, S. N. Waldroup.



SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Married at Winfield, Mr. Chas. Anthis and Miss Mollie Bowman.

There was an ice cream supper and dance at Mr. Henry's last Monday night; the boys got too much salt in the ice, and the cream wouldn't freeze.

Mr. Sandford is having all the corn in the country cut up; he is paying 9 cents per shock.

Mr. Morton has moved back to Missouri.

Mr. and Mrs. Callison, of Missouri, have been visiting friends in this section for some time. They returned home last week.

Mr. George Bralesson has bought Mr. Martin's place. He and his newly espoused will move on the farm and go to housekeeping.

Miss Emma Eliot is in Winfield attending the normal.

Buer & Harris will begin to make molasses soon.

Mr. Hamill has sold his cattle and place to Mr. Harrison, and is going to start to Arkansas in about two weeks.

Mr. Overman went down to the nation after a squaw last week, but his heart must have failed him, or they would not come with him, and he came back without any.

Mr. and Mrs. Hightmore and Miss Kate, their daughter, are going to Texas this fall on a visit.

Noah Bewyer is lying at the point of death. An infant son of Mr. Dykes is also very ill.

George Harris says he would have been a married man today if it had not been for C. W. Ridgway, but he says, "It's all right, it's a long road that has no turn."

Miss Ella Whiteside is in Carthage, Missouri, now, and is coming home in about a week.

Doug. Ward is coming home soon.




SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Commissioner G. L. Gale wishes to know what the people desire in relation to the purchase of a poor farm for the county. He has thought of submitting the question of buying such a property at the next election. It would be a good idea. The cost of keeping the poor of this county is about $2,000 a year and is likely to increase. This amount for one year applied in the purchase, and the second year in improvements, would be likely to make the institution pay subsequent expenses and save further taxation.







SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Sheriff A. T. Shenneman returned last Friday from Pennsylvania, where on the proper requisition, he delivered the boss forger Haley to the proper authorities to answer to two indictments of forgery. Haley was wanted in other places in the United States and Canada, where his skill in his profession had met with success. Many efforts had been made to capture him and eminent detectives had been after him. It was the mistake of his life when he came to Cowley, because it interested Shenneman in him and then his fate was sealed.

Franklin, Pa., August 20. Sheriff Shenneman of Winfield, Kansas, arrived here today having in charge George D. Haley, wanted in charge of having forged a draft on the Emlenton bank some months since. The bank offered a reward of one hundred dollars for the arrest. Haley and his partner, Lennox, shoved the forged papers on Mitchel's bank, in Oil City, in 1876, and were arrested, but escaped from the jail. In 1877 they were arrested and convicted for the same offense in Fulton county, Illinois, and served their sentence. Lennox is now in jail at Winfield, Kansas. At the time they scooped the Emlenton bank, they also passed forged papers on the Clarion county bank at Edenburg for five hundred dollars, and are wanted in New York City, and a dozen other places for similar offenses. Haley will be railroaded to the penitentiary. Pittsburgh Leader.

We copy the following from the Oil City (Pennsylvania)


This afternoon at two o'clock there arrived in this city

A. T. Shenneman, sheriff of Cowley county, Kansas, having in charge, heavily ironed, the notorious forger, George Haley. He was at once turned over to Sheriff Mark and placed in the county bastile. Haley is quite a notorious character, with almost as brilliant a record as "Billy the Kid," with the exception that he has never been known to stain his hands with human blood. He is a man of medium height, fair complexion, and genteel appearance, and during the war lost his left arm. He is reputed to be as mild a mannered man--as some of his operations will show.

He first made his appearance before the public in the oil regions in 1876 or 1877, when he was arrested for forging a draft on an eastern bank for a large amount, which was cashed by F. W. Mitchel and Co.'s bank at Rouseville. He shortly after made his escape from the county jail at Franklin and was subsequently arrested in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and brought back and again lodged in jail by Phil. W. Raymond, of this city, on a requisition from the governor. Soon, however, he succeeded in making his escape a second time; and eluding capture, dropped out of sight.

Sometime during the spring or summer of 1880, successful forgeries were perpetrated on the Emlenton and also on the Edenburg banks. Careful inquiries established the fact that the perpetrators were none other than George Haley and a man by the name of Lennox, also an old offender.

They escaped arrest, however, and left the country and went to the west. They were first heard of at Wichita, Kansas, at their old business. They commenced operations this way. Lennox passed himself off as a man of wealth and his companion as his brother, and gave out in a careless way that he was looking for a suitable location to establish his crippled brother in the stock business. Having plenty of money and spending it freely, they were not long in finding friends and making acquaintances, among whom were several drummers. They at first shoved several genuine drafts, which, being of course promptly paid, established them in the confidence of the public, the amount of course being small.

When sufficient time had elapsed for these drafts to be heard from, they at once commenced with larger amounts. One draft for $500 was cashed by Conn Bros. & Levi, and another for a similar amount by Woodman & Son. They did not wait this time to hear from the drafts, but skipped for parts unknown, after, however, getting another draft for $500 cashed at Arkansas City. This occurred in April, 1880.

Pictures of the parties wanted were sent to various points, one of which fell into the hands of George Lun, at Chicago, one of the drummers who had been entertained by the generous forgers in Cowley county, Kansas. Mr. Lun kept his eyes open, and in a short time found his man and knew him. He at once notified Sheriff Shenneman, who started to Chicago and arrested Lennox on March 27, 1881. The prisoner escaped by jumping from the car window when about one hundred miles from Kansas City, Missouri, with hand cuffs and shackles on, and made good his escape, although a large reward was offered and the country was scoured in every direction.

He was again arrested by Sheriff Shenneman, at Canton, Illinois, and this time safely landed at Winfield, Kansas. His partner, Haley, had in the meantime been arrested and is now in jail in Kansas. Haley procured counsel, and on some technicality was released, but was at once rearrested by Sheriff Shenneman on a requisition from Pennsylvania, furnished by the chief of police of Philadelphia, through the influence of Mr. Rowland, of the Emlenton bank, and others who had been watching for him, and at once started for Pennsylvania.

The sheriff traveled 1,350 miles bringing his prisoner from Wichita to this place. Sheriff Shenneman is a quiet, unassuming gentleman, and tells his story without any bravado.

These are only a few of the exploits of Haley and Lennox. Haley is reputed to be worth $50,000, and offered the sheriff $1,000 to let him off. Lennox is held for trial at Winfield. The sheriff certainly deserves a great deal of credit for the skill and zeal he displayed in working up the case. He is now stopping at the Exchange hotel, and leaves for his western home Monday morning.

There are some corrections which should be made in the above. It was some time after Shenneman captured Lennox the second time that he captured Haley in Wisconsin after having tracked him over a sinuous route in three states. He then delivered Haley up to the authorities at Wichita, where he escaped from the jail; but was recaptured and finally had his examination and was released and recaptured as stated.

Shenneman says it is incorrect to say that Haley offered him "$1,000 to let him off." The offer made amounted to $1,000, but it was to pay the amount swindled out of the complainants on the case in which he was held, the expenses, and the reward coming to the captor. It is true, however, that many efforts were made to buy Sheriff Shenneman off or effect Haley's release by a settlement, as witness the following telegrams, the latter having been received by Shenneman after he had left.

EMLENTON, PA, August 15, 1881.

To A. T. Shenneman:

If Haley will pay out claim in full about seven hundred and fifty dollars and all your expenses including one hundred due you we will settle with him, otherwise bring him here. We will give you one-fourth we get in addition as requested. See W. P. Campbell, he offers to settle. Answer.

J. W. ROLAND, Cash.


EMLENTON, PA, August 17, 1881.

To A. T. Shenneman, Sheriff:

Haley's attorney will see you today regarding settlement. Have asked J. C. Fuller, Cashier, to have a reliable attorney to assist you so it will be legal. Money must be deposited in the bank there and wire us. Advise us what you do.

P. O. HEASLEY, Ass't Cashier.

Shenneman refused to listen to any kind of compromise, but steadily pursued his determination to deliver him up to the proper authorities in Pennsylvania and receiving from them the $100 reward offered only. The statement which has been circu-lated in this county that Shenneman took him to Pennsylvania without a requisition is untrue. He had full authority from the governors of both states. We don't think it would have been very damaging to our Sheriff, however, to have secured such a scoundrel, papers or no papers.



SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Hon. R. F. Burden was in town Monday.

Sid Majors was over from Cherryvale yesterday.

McD. Stapleton ws over from Cambridge yesterday.

Col. Loomis is going east to New York on a visit to old friends.

Mr. Weitzelhas rented the Commercial Hotel to a Mr. La Motte. He retired from the proprietorship Monday.

Capt. Stueven will attend the State Fair with his company he is drilling them actively.

Captain Haight has the battery boys practicing for the State Fair. They have gone into camp at Riverside Park.

The City Mills started up their immense engine Friday, and everything worked like a charm. They can run now, water or no water.

The biggest peach that we have seen was presented to us by J. M. Barrick, of Little Dutch, last Saturday. It is nine inches in circumference.

Governor St. John will come in on the 11:15 train, Friday a.m. He will be met at the depot by carriages and conveyed to the Brettun House.

County Attorney Jennings went down to Arkansas City Tuesday to try the case against young Beard. A. H. Taylor appeared for the defense.

The Archery Club shot a shoot at Riverside Park, Friday. The Telegram man was on hand with a hickory club and carried off the leather medal.

Many are in doubt as to whether an admission fee is to be charged by the temperance camp meeting. No fee will be charged. It's free as air.

W. B. Caton is doing a fine business in the Cowley county Marble works on South Main street.

MARRIED. Clay Stewart and Miss Elizabeth Marshall, by Rev. P. B. Lee, at his residence in Vernon township, Cowley county, Kas., August 29, 1881.

Judge J. Jay Buck, of Emporia, is in the city, a guest of Col. McMullen. Judge Buck is booked for an address during the temperance camp meeting.

Brown & Son commenced moving into their elegant new drug store Tuesday. This is one of the most complete and nicely arranged buildings in the country.

Commissioner Bullington enjoyed his trip to the old home immensely. He was in his old seat at the Commissioner's table Tuesday, helping to levy the taxes.

Rev. David Thomas has been seriously ill of malarial fever for the last two weeks. We were glad to see him out again yesterday, though he looks quite emaciated.

Will Mowry came up to the "hub" Monday.

Warren Wood, of Beaver township, brought in a load of wheat Tuesday for which he received $65 spot cash. He had on 52 bushels and got $1.25 per bushel for it. And he has some more.

Al Requa moved one of our large job presses last week, almost as easily as one would move seventeen bushels of potatoes. Al is an expert in the transfer business and does his work promptly and satisfactorily.

J. S. Mann removed his large stock of goods to the Williams House building Tuesday. He will now have more room and can get the part of his stock that has heretofore been stowed away under the counters out where people can see them.


Arkansas City furnishes a third-class sensation this week in the way of a shooting scrape in which no one was shot. Young Mr. Beard, whose father lives on Dutch creek above Mr. Limbocker's, has been clerking at France's hotel, in the City, for two weeks past. Some days ago he fell out with a buss driver, named Baxter, over some girl business. Monday the buss driver bought a cigar of Mr. Beard, and some words were passed regarding the pay, when Beard went into another room, came out with a pistol, and opened fire on the buss driver. After two shots were fired, Jehu beat a retreat, deputy sheriff McIntire took the shooter in hand, Squire Bonsall sat upon him, and fixed a bail, which was promptly furnished.


J. E. Conklin was the hero of a runaway last Thursday. His team was hitched in front of J. D. Moffet's dwelling in this place, and after taking off the halter, and while getting into the buggy, the team started. Mr. Conklin ran and caught the near horse by the bridle and after being dragged for quite a distance, the team got away. The damage to the buggy was only a few dollars and neither Mr. Conklin nor horses were injured.



Mr. W. J. Hodges brought over samples of coal two feet thick from a new discovery in Chautauqua county. He, with S. H. Myton, and H. S. Silvers, have formed a company, bought the land, and are going to put their money in to win. When such men invest, it is a sure thing, you may depend. The coal has been tested by Mr. Legg in his forge and he says, "It gets away with the Rock Hill coal badly."


We are not much surprised to learn that Fred Hunt is married to a beautiful and accomplished young lady, that it was a gay and grand wedding, and that he is a nice young man; but we did not expect it would take place in Leavenworth nor that the bride would be Miss Mattie Carpenter, nor that he would claim to be a Leavenworth man.


At the preliminary examination of young Beard for "shooting to scare" at Arkansas City Tuesday, the defendant failed to appear, having evidently jumped his bail. His bail bond was $300, with his father as security, and county attorney Jennings will immediately collect the same. It looks as if the "scarer" is the worst one scared.


George Cunningham, agricultural implement man, and purveyor of patent churns and spring tooth harrows to the citizens of Arkansas City, paid us a flying visit Monday.


Capt. J. C. Monforte threshed his wheat last week. One field of 11 acres yielded 482 bushels, which is over 39 bushels to the acre. Other fields run 24 bushels to the acre.


Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald, aged 73 years, died at the residence of her nephew, Rev. Father Kelly, last Saturday. The funeral was held from the Catholic Church Saturday, and a large cortege of friends followed the remains to the Catholic Cemetery.




SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

We noticed in last week's issue the death of Peter Larson, supposed from poison administered by one Harmon, a tenant of Larson's. Since that time County Attorney Jennings has been thoroughly investigating the matter and has succeeded in bringing to light evidence that is very strong against Harmon. The facts, as near as can be gathered, are as follows.

Larson was a Norwegian by birth, without friends or relatives in this country; but an honest, hardworking man, much given to saving his dimes, and had accumulated considerable property. He owned a splendid farm in Rock township, had cattle, hogs, horses, and no one knows how much ready money, and was worth in all seven or eight thousand dollars. He had on his place the man Harmon and family and lived in a house near them.

One day a neighbor happened to pass Harmon's and saw Larson have a fit; and immediately went to his help, and had a physician brought. Larson soon recovered from it, and when the cause of his illness was questioned, Harmon suggested that perhaps it was hydrophobia, as the dog had died that morning. Larson stated that he hadn't been bitten by any dog and he seemed all right, so the neighbor left.

During the night he was taken with other fits and died before a physician arrived. He was buried next day, at Douglass. On the second day following, George Williams, one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Rock township, was appointed administrator by Judge Gans and instructed to immediately take possession of the property of the deceased.

George Williams soon discovered that some of the hogs were missing and found that during the previous night, Harmon had taken a load to Augusta and sold them. He immediately had Harmon arrested, stopped payment on the check, and recovered the hogs.

Harmon now lies in jail at this place. After the action on Harmon's part led to suspicions of foul play, Mr. Williams and Attorney Jennings began a careful investigation of the circumstances of Larson's death. The symptoms of the fits were found to be those of strichnine poisoning. It was ascertained that during the morning meal Larson had fed his dog from the food he was eating and that the dog ran to a pool of water, drank, and then stiffened dead. Mr. Jennings then went to Douglass, interviewed the druggists, and found that several days before one of them had sold a man a bottle of strichnine. The druggist described the man and his description answered to that of Harmon to a dot. He was then brought to Winfield, taken to the jail, and asked to point out from among the prisoners, if possible, the man to whom he had sold the poison. He immediately pointed out Harmon as the one.

The next day, Monday, the Probate Judge, County Attorney, and Drs. Emerson and Graham, went to Douglass, exhumed the body of Larson, took from it the stomach, heart, and liver, and returned with them to Winfield. The Doctors then made a comparative analysis of these organs and discovewred strychnine, and thus the matter stands at the present writing. The liver is so strongly poisoned that if a fly lights upon it, it tumbles off dead as a mackerel.

The impression seems to be that there was a scheme on foot to get the old man out of the way quietly and then get away with the property before anyone knew it. The preliminary trial will be held soon, the result of which will appear in next week's paper.




SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Some of our citizens are on the sick list.

M. M. Mull, A. Weimer, and Mr. Rounds and family have been bad off with the fever.

B. F. Harrod has moved to Winfield; Art Morse is getting ready to move to Illinois; John McMillen is going to move to Iowa in November; Sol and Will Smith have sold out and are going to move to Burden; John Johnson is moving to Missouri; John McGuire is moving to Winfield; O. J. Williams is moving to Butler county; Rube Shorter is moving into McGuire's house at Tisdale. Pretty good time for moving this fall.

Mrs. John Priest has been complaining of rheumatism for some time.

Any person wishing to buy a good team, or some good cows, can buy either of Art Moore.

As Mr. Hinaker was coming out from Winfield, his team took a quick start, throwing him out, his head striking the ground, hurting him severely but not fatally, except fever should set in.

George R. McClellan and Miss Belle Parmley were united in the holy bonds of matrimony last Thursday. Mr. McClellan is from Indiana and Miss Parmley from Kentucky.

Miss Mattie West has been attending the Normal at Winfield.





SEPTEMBER 1, 1881.

Mr. Bryan has sold his place.

Mr. Fuller has bought the farm known as the Wagner place.

There has been more corn cut up than usual. Some has sold for 50 cents a bushel.

G. B. H.




Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.

Please announce that I will donate to the Floral sufferers peaches free of charge, and to others I will exchange peaches for good stock or grain of any kind, or labor. Money orders preferable of course. Peaches now ready for market.

JAMES O. VANORSDOL, 10 miles north of Winfield.



SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Farmers are all as busy as bees, yet they hesitate about sowing wheat on account of the bugs and the dry season. Those that have corn for sale are happy, and Mr. Christopher is one of the lucky ones.

Mr. Jackson's daughter is gladdening the "old folks at home" by her presence.

Mr. Charles Pallett, from Illinois, is visiting his brother and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar spent a few days with friends in Grenola this week.

Mrs. Buck has been quite ill; but by the aid of medicine and an energetic will, was able to go to Sunday school.

Mrs. Miller is quite ill, but is under the treatment of Dr. Phillips and is now improving.

A little Osborn boy had the misfortune to lose the end of a finger while cutting corn by moonlight. Dr. Wright of Burden was called; he dressed the injured member and at last accounts, the boy is doing well.

Mr. Pixley is indisposed.

Mr. Brooking, Senior, is in town again, putting on Salem airs in the store of Mr. Root.

Mr. Hettrick is suffering from an injury received on his shin bone by striking it on the end of a board not long since.

Mr. Mee is preparing for leaving us. Salem does not seem so attractive as old Missouri.

Mrs. Bovee has gone to New York to visit her girlhood home.

Quite a number of young people gathered at Mr. Marlin's one eve last week to surprise his eldest son and celebrate his birthday. Two of the boys went dressed as ladies; but they could not preserve a smiling face and their incognito long, and the girls flew at them and divested them of their borrowed plumes and compelled them to appear in their own apparel minus coat and hat.

A few were invited to the home of Mr. Joe Hoyland on the 20th inst., to celebrate his and Miss Gardner's natal day; and all enjoyed the good dinner. We wish them both many happy returns.

Mr. Johnson has brought home his herd of cattle on account of the water failing where they were. We intend to go there and drink cream from their nicely arranged creamery.

Messrs. McMillen, Dalgarn, and others begin to think threshers promises all like pie crust.

Mr. Bruce made a pleasant call in Salem last Sunday.

The Salemites, or those living in the Prairie Home district, intend to build a large school house this fall.

Some of the Salemites are still making hay.

Mrs. Lena Thomas presented her parents (Mr. and Mrs. Hettrick) with their first grandchild a short time ago.

Salem was represented at camp meeting, but not largely.

August 29, 1881.




SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Health is good; there has been but little sickness. Mr. A. Haney and Mrs. Hoel were sick, but they are up and around again. Mr. H. Dening has broke up his herd; he is going to move to Arkansas.

Corn is drying fast, it will soon do to crib.

Mr. Newton Hall has rented the Smith place and intends to move his sheep and hogs there as soon as he can. We wonder why he did not take Ida with him, but never mind it's not too late yet.

We have one man in our township that tries to die because it don't rain.

Rev. Armstrong preaches every two weeks, and Rev. Frank Smith every 3 weeks.

Charles Frith has been drilling a well near his house, have no water.




SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Mr. Moore's son-in-law, Mr. Chance, from Phillips county, Kansas, is visiting him this week.

Harrison Herrod, the old gentleman that was married last spring, has set out to housekeeping. He says him and the old lady get along fine.

Mr. John Hutto has returned from Indiana.

Mr. Snow shipped a carload off hogs to Kansas City. They brought him $5.80 per hundred pounds.

George Divenbliss has lost three head of horses and the fourth one is sick; it is thought they died with the lung fever.

Bullington & Elliott, on Grouse creek, are putting an engine in their mill and will soon be ready to do all the custom work that they can get.

Corn is ripe enough to gather and the price is thirty-five cents in the field. Farmers will realize more money for their crops this fall than they ever have before.

The dry weather has blasted the peach crop; not half a crop that would have been if we could have had rain.





SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

John Moffitt moved east two months ago and Mr. Freeman resigns and moves out of the city this week; therefore, the first ward of this city is without a councilman. Consequently, the City Council have called an election to fill the two vacancies, and citizens of the first ward are considering whom they shall select to fill the vacancies.

A considerable number of them have suggested J. C. Fuller to succeed Moffitt, and Dr. W. S. Mendenhall to succeed Freeman. After carefully looking over the whole ground, we conclude that Fuller and Mendenhall will fill the bill exactly.

The second ward has had and still has a powerful representation in Read and Hodges, who have absolutely run the City government just as they pleased. What has ever been good in the city management, they will get credit for; and whatever has been bad, must rest on their shoulders.



SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

The opponents of the prohibition law are loud mouth in their charges that the law is not and cannot be enforced; and that there is more beer and whiskey now than ever before. When we ask them, "Who is violating the law? Who is selling beer and whiskey?, they tell us that Frank Manny is selling beer every day and that every Sunday dozens of men come from his place drunk, that one man keeps a kind of a 16th section club house with whiskey on ice where a few of his particular friends go and drink whiskey when they want it; that Dr. Fleming and some other druggists are selling right along as a beverage, first prescribing liquor in pints and quarts as a medicine and then filling such prescriptions; that the express companies are receiving orders for beer and whiskey immediately after receiving the order, that their trade is enormous; and that our City Marshal drinks liquor but does not expose the seller.

Now we do not believe all these things. We do not believe all that is said of Manny or the marshal or Fleming or the Express companies. There may be a kernel of truth in each and all of these charges; but in the main, we believe them to be gross exaggerations, because we do not see on the streets the evidences of these things, or one-tenth of the evidence of drinking that we used to see a year ago.

If there is any truth in these stories, it is time that they were inquired into. All these charges are of violating the law and everyone of the parties named should be investigated and prosecuted to the extent of the law if there is evidence found against them.





SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Somebody has invented and circulated a story that Shenneman had paid the COURIER five hundred dollars to advocate his claims for re-nomination for the office of sheriff. We suppose the inventor thought it would be necessary to state a rather large sum or it would not be believed.


We do not think there would be any occasion for the COURIER to take sides against any candidate yet announced in these columns. All are good ones.




SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Dr. Davis is home again from the west.

The tax sale went off in good shape Tuesday.

Mr. Frank Williams started west Tuesday.

D. F. Best has removed to the old Brown drug store.

Trustee Sandfort, of Richland, dropped in on us Tuesday.

Workmen are widening the platform at the Santa Fe depot.

Q. A. Glass has taken out a druggists license. So has E. W. Hovey.

The McDougall building is enclosed and is one of the finest buildings in the city.

The dust for the past few days has been almost intolerable. Give us a shower.

Capt. Scott and Mr. Farrar, of Arkansas City, came up to the "hub" Tuesday.

The splendid stone sidewalk from the Santa Fe depot to Riverside Park is completed.

Joe Bourdette is now going it alone in his lunch stand. Joe is a most popular young man.

J. S. Mann is selling a pile of goods in his new location, corner of Main street and 10th avenue, formerly the "Williams House."

Mr. A. Howland returned from Arizona Saturday. He looks much improved in health.

An immense amount of wheat is coming in daily. It is being marketed as fast as threshed.

J. P. Short will assist in the conduct of the State Fair, as assistant secretary. He went up Monday.

The bidding at the sale of land for taxes Tuesday was not very lively. It was mostly done by home parties.

August Kadau arrived home from the West Monday. He has rented a shop next to Stewart's restaurant.

"Krets" has severed his connection with the Telegram. Mr. Blair is presiding over the local columns at present.

The tower for the town clock on the McDougal building is going up. With a town clock we can put on more airs than anybody. [MOST OF THE TIME: McDOUGAL ... SOMETIMES McDOUGALL.]

J. A. McGuire has purchased an interest in T. M. McGuire's business, and will soon be a resident and a businessman of Winfield.

Mr. A. J. Truesdell, of Dexter, made us a pleasant call Thursday. He intends soon to add a stock of groceries to his business.

E. H. Bliss, salesman for B. H. Clarke & Co., spent several days in this city, visiting his wife. He left Monday and will return Saturday.

Judge J. Wade McDonald returned from Colorado last week. He looks sunburned and rugged and has enjoyed the summer immensely.

The Great National Fair is in progress at Bismarck this week. D. L. Kretsinger is in attendance.

O. F. Boyle returned from Colorado with J. P. Short last week. They will spend several days among friends here and then go east for his wife.

Wilber Dever returned to Kansas City Wednesday. He informs us that Jarvis, Conklin & Co., will soon move into roomy quarters on eighth street.

Mr. George York, of Cedar township, dropped in to see us Tuesday. George says his crop prospects for this season are excellent, and that but little wheat will be sown this fall in his vicinity.

Monsieur Standley, of the terminus, spent Tuesday in the city.

We counted 22 wagon loads of wheat on the streets at one time last Wednesday. Lots of it was going for $1.25 per bushel and all of it for more than $1.00, and everyone seemed as happy as clams.

The Brettun house proprietors have another problem for consideration. Their dry well is filled up and they find it necessary to construct a sewer. It takes thirty barrels of water a day to run the house.

Jay Floyd is now associated with E. A. Henthorn in the publication of the Burden Enterprise. Jay is a good writer, a good printer, and a good fellow.

About two hundred old soldiers will go from here to Topeka to attend the State Fair and reunion. They will likely start Tuesday afternoon. Upward of one hundred besides these will attend, making three hundred from Cowley.


The temperance camp meeting came to a close Sunday evening with a speech from Hon. W. P. Hackney. The speech was a strong and forcible one, and was throughout a plain statement of facts. The disappointment of the people at not hearing Gov. St. John was very great and made more so when they learned that it was en-tirely due to the excessive bad management of the party with whom the matter was left. The imposition practiced upon us was as great as that practiced upon the people. We were given to believe that the Governor would certainly be here on Friday. Subscribers from a distance came in to hear him and were disappointed and returned to their homes feeling as if they had been swindled. This thing of a committee advertising distinguished speakers on the mere supposition that they will come, without knowing anymore about it than a telegraph pole, does positive injury to the cause and to the town. When people go to a circus they expect to be humbugged. When they go to hear a distinguished speaker by authority of their home papers, they do not. The next time we are induced to advertise Gov. St. John, we will have private advices from the gentleman as to whether he will be on hand or not. We have no doubt but the Governor will be on hand when he agrees to.



The putting in of dry wells to receive the deposits of waste water about the city will soon be a problem for our city dads to wrestle with. These wells are walled up without mortar, the waste water and slopes turned in to seep through and poison all the ground in the neighborhood.


Besides this, some of these dry wells are put down to the gravel from which our water is obtained and mixes, without filtering, with the water we drink. The article and illustrations of Dr. Cooper, which appeared some weeks ago, has brought many to thinking of the water question and we think that about one more illustration of the animals that slide down our throats daily will influence someone to do something. We wish that everyone of our councilmen would swallow a crockodile while drinking at one of the public wells; perhaps they would do something with the garbage catchers under the pumps.



We saw a boy take two spittoons to one of our public wells the other day. He had taken a contract to clean them at five cents apiece. He was a smart boy, and having observed that the city had made splendid arrangements for cleaning spittoons, set it in the nice little square box under the pump, grabbed the handle, and began working up and down. After seeing that the stream of water from the pump struck the spittoon square in the center and that the drainage back into the well was perfect, he needed only to use one hand to pump while with the other he could throw brick bats at a dog or trade jack stones with Johnny McGree. We do not propose to tell which well this enterprising youth uses, as it might "rile" the stomach of one of our councilmen who holds forth nearby.


We notice from the Ashcroft Herald, published at Ashcroft, Colorado, that Robert McCullom has struck it rich out there. He and his partner sold last week two mines, one to Saunders & Co., for $65,000, and one to some Philadelphia parties for $15,000, making $80,000 in all. Robert is a son of A. J. McCullom, of Fairview township. We are glad to note the success of our Cowley county boys.


A young cyclone struck main street Saturday, raising clouds of dust and blowing down an old awning in front of one of the ancient buildings of the town. The falling awning came near catching two persons under it. There are too many crazy old awnings on Main street that are liable to tumble at the first gust of wind. They should be replaced by better ones.



SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

The present outlook for Cowley's farmers is certainly a bright one. We have a fair crop of wheat and will have an excellent crop of corn. Although the crop is not so large as that of 1876 and 1877, still the present prices compared with those paid for produce at that time are more than double for wheat and four times as much for corn with a probability of its being still higher. Thus the present crop, although a light one, is worth more than double that of any heretofore.

Another indicatin of our present prosperity is received from the banks. Mr. Fuller, cashier of the Winfield Bank, informs us that payments on notes and securities are more prompt than ever before in the history of the county, and that farmers come in promptly and take up their paper at maturity.

Mr. Isaac Beach, of Beaver township, has cashed his wheat crop of this year for $1,000. Mr. Joseph Hahn, of Vernon township, has 100 acres of corn, which neighbors say will yield 50 bushels per acre. At the present prices he will realize $2,500 for the crop, and he may get $1 per bushel, or $5,000 for this year's labor.




SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

Willie Fogg is in trouble again. Monday morning he at-

tempted to skip out via Oxford on a tie pass over the

K. C. L. & S. Sheriff Shenneman went after him and brought him back. And he once more languishes behind iron bars. The natural cussedness of this youth is beyond the comprehension of ordinary man. Without regard for friends, home, or family, he seems to have cut loose at this early age from everything that shows a tinge of respectability, or honor. It is fortunate for the community that he hasn't sense enough to escape after doing a mean thing. He will pass most of his life behind prison bars.




SEPTEMBER 8, 1881.

W. C. Ausbrooks, of this county, has been arrested and brought before L. H. Webb, U. S. Commissioner, charged with perjury in making a false affidavit in order to enter a tract of land. His examination was set for Thursday of this week.



SEPTEMBER 15, 1881.

J. W. Feagins and his brother, of Bolton township, don't care to sell their corn on their little 225 acre field for $5,000.

Now that the great State Camp meeting at Riverside Park is over, the sidewalk leading from the Santa Fe depot to the park has been completed. It may yet be useful next year, however.




SEPTEMBER 15, 1881.

Mr. L. B. Stone, the nominee for treasurer, is an intelligent gentleman. The fact that he was nominated over a tried officer in whom every man in the county had perfect confidence is proof of the strong faith which the people had in his


A. T. Shenneman has earned a wide fame by his efficiency during the current term and his popularity with the people rendered his reelection to the office of sheriff a foregone


No one had the hardihood to contest the nomination of Capt. J. S. Hunt for Clerk or Jacob Nixon for Register of deeds.

Capt. N. A. Haight has proved his capacity and efficiency as a surveyor by two terms of service and none would oppose him.

Dr. Wells is known as an accomplished physician and surgeon and probably no one would have been more acceptable as the nominee for Coroner.

S. C. Smith, it is felt, will keep the interests of the county safe in his hands as Commissioner.




SEPTEMBER 15, 1881.

Someone objects to J. C. Fuller for Councilman because he resists the sale of certain lots in this city for sidewalk taxes, from which it is inferred that he is opposed to making stone sidewalks in this city. Last year under the ordinances, about a thousand dollars worth of sidewalks at city contract rates were assessed against lots belonging to J. C. Fuller. He let the contracts to build all these sidewalks to two men at 7-1/2 cents per square foot. Moore & Hodges were also contracting for sidewalks, were competititors of Fuller's contractors, and succeeded in monopolizing so many of the workmen and so much material that Fuller's contractors failed to get all their work done before the council let a part of his work to Moore & Co., at 18 to 20 cents per square foot.

Fuller does not desire to avoid paying for the work, but objects to paying 70 cents for work worth only 7-1/2 cents per foot, and has taken steps to contest this matter in court, which is of no particular interest only to the parties affected by the action.

Fuller has paid vastly more money for sidewalks in this city than any other man, has done more to encourage the building of sidewalks, has signed more petitions to the council for sidewalks, and built more sidewalks without ordinances of the

council, than any other man. He signed the petition for the sidewalks in controversy.

It may be a habit of some to call him close and tight in money matters, and it is true to a certain extent. He is careful not to squander money on the thousand things of little or no use which come along, but when a matter of real benefit to the city is before him, no man is more liberal. It is this carefulness to save useless and unnecessary expenses, as well as his judicious liberality in matters of moment; which makes him specially wanted in the council at this time, and considering his clear cut sense, unfailing judgment, financial ability, and devotion to the interests of the city, many think it particularly desirable that he be elected as councilman. No one need imagine that he desires it. If he can be prevailed upon to accept it, is all that can be hoped.




SEPTEMBER 15, 1881.

R. B. Hunter goes to Star Valley to teach.

Miss Celina Bliss will teach this fall in district 9.

Hon. A. J. Pyburn has returned from Durango again.

Mrs. S. D. Pryor has returned from her eastern visit.

Miss Julia Deming was visiting in Winfield last week.

A. H. Limerick goes back to Rock, his old stamping ground.

S. A. Smith will swing the birch this fall and winter in Tisdale.

An infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Stafford died last Thursday.

Ed Weitzel and family have gone to Pueblo, Colorado, for the benefit of their child.

Mr. John O. Brist is on the way to Winfield to agitate the woolen factory again.

Judge McDonald returned to Colorado Monday to look to his mining interests.

Mr. Albert has retired from the firm of Axtel & Co. Mr. Axtel will continue the business.

August Kadau has returned from the mountains, improved in health, and will resume his old business.

McDonald, of McDonald & Walton, is home again and the promised goods are coming in endless variety.

Mrs. M. J. Manning started on Tuesday with some friends for an excursion to Colorado Springs and Denver.


Subscription papers for membership of the board of trade have been subscribed largely by our businessmen.

Mrs. T. K. Johnson is an accomplished druggist, and runs the business in perfect order all by herself with increasing trade.

F. W. Schwantes sells 70 acres of wheat of 20 bushels to the acre at $1.18 per bushel and still he wants more greenbacks.

Mrs. C. L. Harter got seriously hurt on the nose last Saturday by the falling of a cornice from a wardrobe in the Brettun House.

The clock tower on the McDougall building shows up well, but we have not yet got the hang of telling the time of the day by that clock.

Stealing beer on Sunday is one of the mean things we hear of. The cellar of Johnston & Lockwood was the scene. Scamps unknown at this writing.


The death of Daniel Sheels, which has been sometime ex-

pected, occurred last Sunday. The funeral was attended Monday under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. It will be recollected that some weeks ago he fell or was pushed from a car in motion near Hutchinson, fracturing his leg in two places. He was cared for by the Hutchinson Odd Fellows and brought to Winfield. Here his leg did so badly that amputation was resorted to as a last resort, and finally a second amputation became necessary, but all of no avail. He had the best of attention from the Odd Fellows, and particularly from his wife. His widow receives a benefit from that order of fifteen hundred dollars, he having taken out a life insurance with that order.


Messrs. Lycan and O'Brist [? EARLIER: JOHN O. BRIST ?], who were here from Illinois a few weeks ago to consider the matter of a woolen factory, are coming again soon. Mr. O'Brist has written to E. P. Kinne to the effect that Winfield suits them better than any place they have found; and if our citizens will render them the assistance they must have, they will establish a factory here. They will make a proposition on a different basis from that proposed before, and one which it has been thought will suit the businessmen of this city.


Judge McDonald tells a good one on Capt. Siverd. The Captain was advocating Chase for sheriff last Thursday, when the judge asked him how it was going? "Oh, I don't know," says Capt. Siverd, "Our fellows don't work very hard." The judge asked: "How is it with Shenneman? Is he at work or does he repose on his reputation?" The Captain answered: "Shenneman don't repose worth a ______ cent."


Geo. W. Smith, of Leavenworth, has contracted to put up a foundry and repair shop at Arkansas City to be run by the canal power.


A. J. Rex is mining in the vicinity of Socorro, N. M. Mrs. Rex will probably go out there before long. We think it the nicest place in New Mexico.


The Democrat says there is now slack water from Arkansas City to Geuda Springs, and recommends a Steamboat packet line between the two places.


Lew Knight, lawyer and stenographer, was one of the passengers on the C. & A. train at Blue Cut, and contributed half a dollar to the James gang.


We notice that Capt. James Christian has taken C. C. Rolland as a law partner. The latter must furnish the eyes, but the former can furnish a goodly amount of legal knowledge and experience. We wish them great success.


MARRIED. At the residence of Dr. Alexander, in Arkansas City, September 11, 1881, by Rev. J. Cairns, off Winfield, assisted by Rev. Mr. Lafferty, of Arkansas City, Mr. Henry H. Stewart and Mrrs. Sarah E. Combs, both of Arkansas City.


We have seen the plan of the bell tower on the Baptist Church, which as been adopted by the building committee, which is very fine as a work of art and will show well. It was drawn by Mr. Randall instead of Mr. Cook, as stated in the Telegram.


Mrs. O. F. Boyle returned to Winfield with her husband last Monday looking well and happy after her summer visit. They went to Topeka Tuesday to attend the fair, after which they will spend a week here and hie away to Durango and opulence.


During the past week Rev. H. A. Tucker attended the following funerals: child of Mr. and Mrs. Weaver, 14 months old, their only son; child of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, 13 months old, their only daughter; also the sad funera of Mr. Daniel Sheels. Mr. Sheels leaves a wife and five children, the oldest child 13 years.




SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

Andrew Hany says he cannot furnish seed corn for all the farmers; but if they will call on his partner, Mr. A. Weimer, he can furnish "tucket corn" for all.

Mr. A. Hoel has some of the best peaches we have tasted this year. He sells them at 50 cents per bushel.

Charles Frifth has finished his well and has plenty of good water.

Mr. George Fry is making molasses. Mr. Fry is an old hand at the business.

Mr. Rose of Illinois has been visiting his brother-in-law, J. E. Grove, and has bought the Scott Caster place. Mr. Rose is an intelligent young man and intends to engage in the cattle business.

John Moreland has repaired his old threshing machine, and is doing good work.

Wheat is very light in this locality.





SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

J. A. McGuire and Tom McGuire have gone in as partners in the grocery business at Winfield.

J. T. Johnston sold his crop for $260 and is going to move to Arkansas.

S. A. Smith has made application for the Tisdale school.

Miss Mattie West is going to teach school in Burden.

James Ruffin has broke up his herd. The grass got so short and dried up so bad the cattle were doing no good.

The potato crop was a failure at this place this year. None to be had at any price.

Good salable peaches are very scarce.

The merchant at Tisdale is closing out. Has some good bargains left yet.





SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

Mrs. W. M. Boyer left for Durango last week.

Mrs. Beach has been recuperating at Geuda Springs.

Hudson Brothers are preparing to build a brick business house.

Mr. Gibson has established a broom factory on south Main street.

Capt. Stueven is the finest looking officer in the State militia. He looked every inch a soldier.

Ed Weitzel has located in north Pueblo, Colorado.

Elder F. M. Bains closed a series of meetings at Floral last Friday, with 12 additions to the church.

D. F. Best has moved his stock of sewing machines into the building lately occupied by Brown & Son.

Forrest Rowland, our pleasant and popular postal clerk, has gone to Elmon, Illinois, for a two weeks visit.

Wm. H. Webb, a young man from Pennsylvania, is visiting his cousin, Lovell H. Webb, in this city.

The citizens of Burden agree to donate $1,000 to the man who builds a good flouring mill at that place.

The race track north of town is being fitted up for a pleasure drive. It is perhaps the best speed track in the state.

Theo. F. Miller, charged with larceny of a buggy, was taken on change of venue to Independence last week, tried, and


Allen B. Lemmon came down from Newton last Friday to attend to his wheat threshing. He sold his wheat to Bliss & Wood at $1.23.

We had recently the pleasure of meeting Mr. Morrill, a brother-in-law of A. D. Speed, who visits this place with a view of locating.

C. A. Bliss invests $1,600 in the new Baptist Church. About ten such Baptists could build a very respectable church.

Mr. Geo. Bryan has removed from Dexter township to Eureka, Greenwood county. We regret to see him go.

Mr. Ralstine Wright and Miss Lydia Heizer, of Beaver, were married last week. Rev. Lafferty officiated. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride's father.

Walter Stansbury, a boy about 18, shot himself through the thigh, while fooling with a rusty pistol, Sunday. The wound is a light one and will lay the boy up for a few days.

Mr. S. M. Roseberry, of Beaver dropped in on us. He is a brother of Charley's, and a nephew of ex-commissioner Roseberry.

The McDougall building presents an elegant appearance. The clock tower sets it off to good advantage. The magnificent gal-

vanized iron cornice was put on by Messrs. Horning, Robinson & Co.

Mr. C. W. Bailey, of Pleasant Valley, called on Monday.

Elbert L. Benbrook, from Fayetteville, Arkansas, called on us Monday. He is a bright young man and will remain as a salesman with Baird Bros.

Dr. Flemming was arrested Monday on three different charges for selling liquor. The trial is set for next Tuesday. The penalty for the conviction is $100 fine for first offense, $500 for second, and imprisonment for the third.

Mr. Al Requa was presented with an elegant pair of silver mounted drum sticks by the Topeka boys during his visit there last week.

Mr. Henry Karnes, of Cresswell township, brought us a sample of his wheat, raised on Major Sleeth's farm. He had 40 acres of Walker wheat, which yielded 32 bushels to the acre. The wheat was bright and plump, and as fine as any we have ever seen.

S. C. Smith returned from Maine last Friday, and when we told him what a job the Republican convention put up on him in nominating him for commissioner, he said it was a compliment for which he felt duly thankful, but had he been here, he would have declined. He is a public spirited man, however, and we guess he will stand it.

The old soldiers of Dexter township met and organized last Saturday preparatory to attending the reunion to be held here October 21st and 22nd. Over fifty enrolled. H. C. McDorman was elected captain; W. E. Megredy, 1st lieutenant; J. D. Maurer, 2nd lieutenant; and O. P. Darst, Sargeant. The boys are enthusiastic and will attend in a body.


A very destructive prairie fire swept over Dexter and Otter townships Sunday and Monday. It commenced on Crab creek, by a camper leaving fire on the road, and rushed at a terrific rate northeast through the township, burning a strip three or four miles wide and carrying destruction to everything in its path. Almost the whole township turned out to fight it, but succeeded in having little but their houses. We have been unable to get a complete list of losses, but have learned of the following. A. Huelsenbeck, 13 tons of hay, four wheat stacks, and some corn; Mr. Barber, 100 tons hay; J. D. Maurer, all of his hay, stable, and chicken house; Mr. Sanfort lost his hay; and Messrs. Bibler and Hite had much property burned. Our informant states that a report was current in Dexter that several houses were burned, but as yet no information to that effect has been received. The camper who let out the fire ran away, leaving six head of mules and horses, a wagon, and two cows, which the officers have. A boy and a girl were with the things, but the man had gone and has not been heard of since. The boy and girl state that the fire started from a pipe which the father was smoking.


At last the Cronk-Constant difficulty, which has so long disturbed the peace and quiet of the Posey Creek neighborhood, has been brought to a quietus by the conviction of Fogg and Cronk for assault and battery on the Constant boys; and Messrs. Fogg and young Cronk now languish in the County jail. This has been a most distressing affair from the beginning--a regular neighborhood row--and a neighborhood row is the worst row in the world. This is the third or fourth time the matter has been dragged into the courts, and we sincerely hope that it will be the last. If the thing goes on, someone will pass the remainder of their days in the penitentiary. Fogg and Cronk were fined $25 each and the costs, amounting in all to nearly $150. County Attorney Jennings did all he could to allay the feelings he foresaw would grow out of these bickerings; but finding it of no use, he determined to prosecute vigorously and to the fullest extent of the law every disturbance of the peace: and when our County Attorney clears the decks for action, someone is bound to get hurt.


DIED. At her residence in Sheridan township, on the 14th inst., Mrs. Ann, wife of William Whitted, at the age of 35 years. She died as she had lived, without an enemy. She united with the Christian Church 6 years ago, since which time the life she lived has been an exemplification of the faith she professed. Her husband and sons in their sad bereavement have the sympathy of all.


Col. N. C. Kenyon and Aaron Schofield, of Chatsworth, Illinois, have purchased four hundred and eighty acres of land of Mr. J. C. McMullen, and will hereafter make southern Kansas their home. They are most estimable gentlemen and we are glad to secure them as citizens. Col. Kenyon is an old friend and neighborr of Mr. N. C. Meyers.


August Kadau has opened business in the shop next to Stewart's restaurant. He has just received a large stock of the finest leather and is ready for orders for boots and shoes, which will be put up and guaranteed as to fit and quality.


A Bolton man was fined $25 and costs, $40, for kicking a boy that "cussed" him in his own doorway. The fine was based on the evidence of a boy showing a large tumor on his side where he received the kick. It turns out now that the damage was done last winter in a fight with some school boys. Ark. City



Several loads of wheat sold this Wednesday for $1.30 per bushel, and one or two loads for $1.32. Corn brings 50 cents to 56 cents. Hogs $6.00. Produce about the same except potatoes, which continue to go up.


We received a very pleasant call from Mr. A. Huelsenbeck, of Dexter township Tuesday. He was so unfortunate as to lose 13 tons of hay by the prairie fire Sunday.


Mr. Albert Stuber, one of our Cowley county teachers, returned from Illinois Sunday with a blooming bride. Albert seems to have gone about this rather suddenly.


Mrs. John Frazier has returned from her visit in Indiana, and is now stopping with the family of Capt. Stubblefield.


The following is a list of old soldiers in Pleasant Valley township as far as taken.

H. Harbaugh, Co. B, 14th Ill., infantry.

L. Holcomb, Co. A, 3rd Ill., light infantry.

Henry Forbes, Co. H, 41st Ill., infantry.

John Haney, Co. L, 7th Mo., cavalry.

Jeremiah Camp, Co. I, 83rd Ill., infantry.

Samuel Waugh, Co. B, 14th Ill., infantry.

R. W. Anderson, Co. K, 14th Ind., infantry.

G. W. Robinson, Co. G, 3rd Mo., cavalry.

J. W. Fouquay, Co. G, 6th Ind., cavalry.

J. S. Hill, Co. 1, 7th Kansas, cavalry.

Francis M. Wells, Co. D, 23rd Ind., infantry.

D. Charley Green, Co. B, 1st Cal., cavalry.

H. S. Hudsell, Co. I, 75th Ind., infantry.

S. G. Martin, Co. D, 51st Ill., infantry.

Wm. H. Melville, Co. C, 4th Michigan, infantry.

Chas. W. Baily, Co. A, 3rd Ill., cavalry.

Anson C. Toomes, Co. H, 13th U. S. infantry.

Edn. R. Chapin, Co. B, 4th Wis., inffantry.

Samuel Watt, Co. E, 7th Ill., infantry.

Sampson Johnson, Co. K, 7th Wis., infantry.

A. B. Arment, Co. G, 81st Ind., infantry.

W. McLaughlin, Co. L, 21st Penn., cavalry.

John Thomas, Co. E, 3rd Iowa, cavalry.

W. J. Keffer, Co. F, 55th Ill., infantry.

E. W. Pitenger, Co. F, 31st Ill., infantry.

Jas. P. Jordan, Co. I, 40th Ky., infantry.


MARRIED. At the residence of Mrs. S. B. Andrews in Winfield, September 16th, 1881, by Rev. J. Cairns, Mr. James B. George, of Cowley county, Kansas, and Miss Margaret Carlton, of the Indian Territory.

MARRIED. At the residence of Robert Weakley, Sept. 17th, 1881, by S. E. Burger, J. P., Mr. Jacob W. Weakley and Miss Elizabeth Dressell, all of Walnut township.




SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

The writer was among the hundreds of Cowley county people who spent last week at the Topeka State Fair, and unlike Cliff Wood and R. B. Pratt, he is glad of it. They had their pockets picked. He didn't. Topeka pickpockets have long ago learned to know newspapermen and respect them. They never try to get a nickel out of one.

The fair was of course a grand success: the Santa Fe railroad never helps anything that it does not make a success. Our first attention was given to the agricultural display. This occupied one wing of the main building and was one of the finest ever shown at any fair. That of the Santa Fe road occupied the north end of the building and was flanked on either side by county displays from the different counties along its line.

Above the Santa Fe display was arranged a railroad train made of different grains, under which was the motto "Through Kansas and Colorado to New Mexico." It was represented as running through an immense grain field of wheat, oats, and rye, while back in the distance gleamed the snow-capped peaks of Colorado and New Mexico. The effect was superb. This was supported by pillars made of corn stalks sixteen feet high, with ears ten feet from the bottom. On top of each of these pillars stood a large rooster made of grain, and between them just over a bin overflowing with corn stood a big Shanghae, crowing lustily with a motto "Hurrah for Kansas" around his neck. Then followed on each side the county displays behind arches set on glass pillars. The pillars were filled with different kinds of grain and beans and garden truck.

Sumner county occupied the end of the hall opposite the Santa Fe display. It was by long odds the finest county display in the hall and took the second premium. When we got around to this, it made us sick. Here was our neighbor county without half the chance to make a display that Cowley had, the admired of all admirers, and carrying off the second premium. We have had better corn and wheat, and oats, and pumpkins brought into our office all summer than Sumner had there. And there we stood hearing people praise the exhibit and tell about Sumner being "the next county west of Cowley" for two solid hours; and in fact, we might have been standing there yet had not an old gentleman, evidently from the east and looking for a location, who came along and after examining the display thoroughly, turned to us and said: "Young man, can you tell me where the Cowley county display can be found?" We told him that the Santa Fe display was a fair average of the state. "Yes," said he, "but where is the Cowley county display? I have heard that it was one of the finest counties in the state and I should like to see some of her products." "Sir," said we, "you at this moment have the honor of addressing a Cowley county man. We do not bring our magnificent products here to flaunt in the faces of our neighboring counties, who must be satisfied with raising such puny corn and cholicy pumpkins as you see yonder. You see that handsome gentleman there rubbbing his hands so complacently. That is Capt. Folks, a warm friend of ours; and should we roll one of our big pumpkins in here and cover up his whole display, he would feel bad about it, and therefore we don't do it. Just come down to Winfield some time and we will show you a whole state fair on every quarter section." He promised us that he would and passed on, while we wended our way to the nearest water tank and vowed a solemn vow, pledged in a cup of St. John's favorite beverage, that this ignominy should rest upon us no longer. Next year Cowley shall have a display if we have to tote a fat hog from here to Topeka.

One of the pleasantest features of the week was the soldiers reunion on the 15th. Over fifteen thousand old soldiers had gathered here to meet comrades with whom they had walked shoulder to shoulder through the leaden hail fo Lookout mountain, Chickamauga, and the wilderness--to fight over again the battles which they had fought sixteen years ago and to cheer again the same old flag they had cheered in days gone by when they risked their lives and their fortunes to preserve its honor.

Ah, this was a day for men to remember. Old gray haired, battle scarred veterans, with tears streaming down their faces as they brought to each others minds the exact spot "where Johnnie fell," or to see their faces light up with the old fire as they told of a gallant charge on the enemy's works almost "into the jaws of death," was worth ten years of one's life.

We were especially interested in one party, where a gallant fellow with both legs off below the knees and a frightful saber scar across the face, was surrounded by a half dozen of his comrades, two of whom had been wounded with him, and they had laid together on the battlefield among the dead and dying all night. He had fainted from loss of blood during the night and his comrades had thought him dead. They were taken away in the morning and had never heard of one another since. Gabriel himself couldn't have made a better reunion.

The militia were out in full force. There were twelve companies in all, commnded by Col. Woodcock. They had a sham battle on Saturday, which was one of the finest features of the fair. St. John's battery was captured, but the victors failed to spike the guns, which omission was noticed by the audience and severely criticized. The evening dress parades were witnessed by thousands of people and were clothed with all the pomp and circumstance of war.




SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

Mr. P. E. N. Decker, a York State man over sixty years of age, came to Kansas two years ago and settled on Beaver creek, Cowley county, Kansas, leaving a good home among the hills of New York. When he left, his friends told him he would starve to death in Kansas. All know that the last two years have not been favorable to farming; yet Mr. Decker worked 45 acres last year and cleared $500. He raised 250 bushels on one acre, which he sold for $1.00 per bushel, besides oats, millett, etc. This year, generally considered a failure, he worked 155 acres and sold the millett, corn, and oats to Frank Bates, a cattle man, for $1,000 down, and has left 350 bushels of potatoes, besides 5 acres of corn, hay, and other articles. That don't look much like starving. Traveler.



SEPTEMBER 22, 1881.

The cool weather has given all of us better health, and with renewed energy, we follow our routine of daily toils.

Mr. Jo Frye's daughter from Illinois is visiting him this week.

Mr. Art Morse starts for Illinois Thursday, and expects to make his home there. May he have a happy journey.

Henrry Denend has bought out J. Ruffin, and has moved on the Dr. Wright farm. Ruffin moves to Lynn county, Kansas.

The last old settler of Tisdale who has left us was J. A. McGuire. He lingered long and outlived his comrades and stood his part of the battle of settling up Cowley county. Many are the men who can think of the time when they had neither bread nor money, and Mac helped them through.

R. Shorter and family fill the vacancy of Mr. McGuire's family. Shorter is a whole-souled, jolly fellow, and calculated to make good feelings wherever present.

James L. Smith is moving to Winfield.

S. A. Smith has been employed to teach the Tisdale school. He will live on G. T. Wilson's farm while teaching the school.

Mr. Chance has been telling us that he has been feeling better than he has for a long time. We have found out the reason. It is this: By chance Mrs. Chance has presented to Mr. Chance a beautiful girl baby. So we don't blame him for felling well.

We miss the smiling faces of Millie McGuire and her little girls.

Our postmaster said that after the first day of October, there would be daily mails from Winfield to Dexter.





SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

The first ward election on last Saturday for councilmen to fill vacancies resulted in a draw game as follows:

For the long term, S. G. Gary, democrat, elected with 97 votes against 80 for J. C. Fuller, republican. For the short term, Dan Mater, republican, elected with 90 votes against 85 for H. Jochems, Democrat.




SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

Messrs. Shrieves & Powers have purchased the grocery stock of Lee & McKnight.

One of Al Requa's transfer teams hauled four and one-half tons at one load Monday.

The old Monitor office is being shelved and fitted up for a grocery store. We have not learned yet who will occupy it.

Mr. C. C. Holland, of the law firm of Holland & Christian, Arkansas City, shied his pasteboard across our table Thursday.

Joe Mack finished threshing his 75 acres of wheat yesterday and put up 1280 bushels machine measure. It is fully up to No. 2 grade. Twelve acres averaged about 25-1/2 bushels to the acre.

The old wooden sidewalk in front of the Winfield Jewelry house has been removed and workmen are putting down a stone one. This is about the last piece of wooden sidewalk in the city.

Mr. T. K. Johnson arrived home from Colorado last week. He has been kept busy posting the boys on mines and mining in the far west since his arrival. He will return to Durango in a few days.

Winfield Courier, September 29, 1881.

Daniel Reed is still on hand at the Floral store and is still selling six pounds of good coffee for $1.00 and other goods in proportion. Don't be afraid of the sign over the door, but go in and see him.

Bi Terrill came over from Joplin Wednesday and spent several days on his old stamping ground. His hotel is spoken of as one of the best in the country.

Mr. James Fahey returned from New Mexico and spent several days with his family. We have an idea from what we can hear that Jim is largely interested in the coal deposits of that territory.

The old Winfield drug store building at last found a resting place on Ninth Avenue next to Dr. Mendenhall's office, where it will duty as a grocery store. It is one of the oldest buildings in town, and was built by Dr. Mansfield in the summer of 1870.

We received a call from our old friend Wm. Whitted Saturday. He has lately been called upon to part with his wife, who left the bereaved husband and two motherless children.

The procedure against Dr. Fleming for violating the liquor law resulted in a plea of guilty in two cases and the payment of two fines of $100 each and the costs. One of the cases to which he plead guilty was brought under the nuisance act. His premises are therfore declared a nuisance and subject to be closed at any time by the constable. This Doctor is in a very close box and will find himself obliged to follow the straight and narrow path or shut up shop.


We are in receipt of a copy of the Garfield Banner, published at Tin Cup, Gunnison county, Colorado. It ws sent us by C. H. Way, whom many will remember as an old attache of the COURIER. Charley has been in Colorado for the past three years, and if all accounts are true, is the owner of a half interest in one of the richest mines in that county. We are certainly pleased to hear of his success, for a more honorable, whole-souled gentleman never lived. He is one of the few men whom riches can never corrupt.

Mr. Jared Fisher, an old resident of this county and trustee of Liberty township, leaves this week for a short visit to Indiana, after which he will go to Washington Territory, where he will in future make his home.


In the case of the State against Doc Holland of Beaver township, for being drunk, which was set for Monday, the Doctor failed to appear, having jumped the country, and thereby for-feited his bond. Mr. C. D. Bradbury was his bondsman and will have the bond, $100, to pay. This is a little meaner trick than we thought Doc Holland capable of.




SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

Mr. Louis Fitzsimmons sold his farm of 160 acres recently to Mr. John Wise, of Iowa, price $1,400, improvements, 140 acres under the plow, 3/4 of a mile of hedge, well, orchard, one story and a half frame house, a splendid location, dirt cheap.

Joseph V. Evans has returned after a year's absence in Missouri and is now suffering with chills and fever.

Charles South, from Missouri, has moved onto the farm lately owned by his brother, Henry, who moved back to Missouri one year ago. Charles' family are suffering with the chills.

Ira Stout, after a three years' absence in Texas and Missouri, returned to Cowley last spring and is satisfied that Southern Kansas is the place for him.

The hay crop in this township is good and more than usual has been cut. Corn on the upland is better than on the bottom. Some persons sold early at from $4 to $8 per acre, and are now repentant.

Wheat at threshing yields from 3 to 22 bushels the the acre, the lower figure prevailing. Not more than one half the usual amount will be sown this fall.

Mr. G. C. Edgar's infant took the prize at the Lincoln county, Illinois, fair, a valuable premium of silverware. Guess mamma's eyes sparkled when they tied on the blue ribbon. This places Cowley again ahead on productions, and the ladies are firmly resolved that no retrograde step shall e taken and that no faltering along the line shall be tolerated. In pursuance of this high resolve, Mrs. D. S. Haynes presented her devoted Daniel with a fine, well formed, healthy daughter. And Mrs. David Walk, not to be excelled, presented her dear "hubby" with a son and heir that the noblest man in the land might well be proud of. Mrs. Joseph Craft came to the front with a beautiful boy.



SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

Mr. Bovee watches the mails closely since the departure of his better half.

Mr. Gledhill had the misfortune to lose an excellent mule last week.

Mr. Cyrus Dalgrain, wife, and sister visited in Salem last Sunday.

Mr. Miller has a spirited team that can go at 2:40 or faster, and he is very nearly as high spirited as his steeds, for he is highly elated over a bright little stranger that came to stay with them, at the very night and hour that our beloved President left this world to try the joys that are lasting in the happy land. Mr. and Mrs. Miller have christened their son, Garfield.

We can see the light from the fires south of us that are doing so much damage. On Saturday eve the neighbors, section hands, and all who could, turned out and burned around our homes to protect them from the fire demon.

Mr. Brooking was off and purchased a flock of sheep


Mr. N. C. Peters has the nicest peaches in this vicinity.

Mr. Hetrick is improving slowly.

Mr. Scranton has moved into the house lately vacated by Dr. Butler.

September 26, 1881.




SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

The house on George Leirman's farm was burned down yesterday. There was nobody living in the house and no one could tell how it could have got on fire.

Mr. N. R. Jackson's wife had the misfortune to get her feet badly scalded. The family had just seated themselves at the dinner table when Mrs. Jackson got up, and as she turned around, her apron caught on the coffee pot, which had been set on the floor, turning it over and scalding her feet severely.

O. P. West is expecting his brother here in a short time. He comes to stay.

I. L. Bartlow is in Illinois on a visit.

P. Martin is selling out to move away.

A new and contagious disease has made its appearance, and is known as the brown fever. Two or three cases at this writing.

Mrs. Noble starts this week for her home in Kansas City, Mo.

A. Haney came very near being burnt out of house and home, had it not been for the timely arrival of his friends with water and wonderful courage . The fire would have burnt up his house, stable, and hay. Burnt so close that it took his wood pile in the door yard.

New stock of groceries at the Tisdale store.

Wm. Heisinger and George Leirman have gone on a visit to Carrall county, Missouri, their old home.

Mr. A. P. Johnson of Winfield is having a well drilled on his farm out here. Jim Barton has the contract for drilling it.





SEPTEMBER 29, 1881.

Quite an enjoyable affair took place at our school house on last Sabbath evening. After a master sermon, Rev. Lahr married Mr. George Stalter and Miss Mattie Baird.