Arkansas City Traveler 10/19/1918 to 04/17/19



Arkansas City Traveler, October 19, 1918.

Dr. E. F. Day is now on the sick list. The doctor has been answering calls day and night and refusing to take the rest he has so badly needed, that at last he was forced to go to bed himself. It is not the influenza, but he is forced to take a rest so that he will be able to leave for camp within the next fifteen days to assume his duties as a captain in the medical corps.



The marble flooring for the remodeled Security National bank has been received and will be laid as soon as the workmen can get to it. All the copper for the marquese has arrived and it will be placed as soon as that part of the work is gotten to. The new bank is going to be a beauty in every particular and will be in keeping with the splendid advancement the institution is making under the capable and popular management of President William Stryker and Cashier Ralph Dixon.




Bradley Reported Loan Drive.

Investigation today resulted that R. H. Bradley, of Winfield, chairman of the fourth Liberty loan campaign in Cowley county, wired a report of the drive in this county to the district chairman at Wichita Friday, October 18, announcing that when all the reports were in from the various precincts in the county, the total quota of Cowley would be oversubscribed. Mr. Bradley deeply regretted the false impression created by the article in the Wichita Eagle. Indications are the report from Mr. Bradley was lost in the Wichita office, resulting in the announcement in the Eagle that this county failed to go "over the top" in the allotted time.




Merchandise Amounting to About $100 Was Stolen Last Night

Merchandise amounting to between $75 and $100, roughly estimated this morning, was stolen from the Peoples store last night. Entrance was gained through a window in the rear of the basement on the north side of the building, and departure was taken through the side door of the basement, which was found unlocked this morning.

The burglar helped himself to a couple of sweaters, two pairs of shoes, one suit of clothes, some odd pants, socks, underwear, and between $10 and $12 in silver, which was hidden in a box beneath a counter. He used a candle to find his way about, tallow spots leaving a trail of progress through the basement and in the shoe department upstairs. These spots on the floor in front of the mirror in the basement revealed the fact that he fitted himself out in a suit. Everything was left in a very orderly fashion, denoting that he took his time in making a selection of the things he wanted.

Officers are working on the case, but it was reported they had no tangible clue early this morning.




Only a Few People Knew That He Was Sick


His Death Removes Nationally Known Miller.


In Milling Business Here for 20 Years; Leaves Besides His Family, Legion Of Friends.

Announcement of the death of A. J. Hunt, president of the New Era Milling company, at 11:10 o'clock, last night, produced a community wide shock, for only the members of the family, a few close friends, and business associates knew that he was seriously ill. Everywhere the news was received with the exclamation: "I didn't know he was sick." Cirrhosis of liver caused death.

The funeral services will be held for immediate members of the family and a few close friends, by order of the health department, at the Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Frederick Busch, rector, officiating. Interment will be made in the Mausoleum at Riverview Cemetery. His friends may attend the services at the cemetery as the quarantine against influenza does not apply to gatherings in the open air. The committal service will be held ouside the mausoleum if the weather permits.

The death of Mr. Hunt removed one of Arkansas City's biggest assets and ended one of the most successful business careers of the southwest. He was a national figure in milling circles, having attained considerable prominence and recognition for his broad vision in matters affecting that industry. At the state and national conventions, his counsel was sought and his advice contributed largely toward the shaping of policies adopted by the millers.

Mr. Hunt was born in Omaha, Nebraska, November 7, 1861. He and Mrs. Hunt were married in that city on November 6, 1884, and they came to Arkansas City in 1898. They have one daughter, Mrs. P. M. Clarke.

Mr. Hunt became identified with the Texas Grain company, which occupied the present site of the New Era Milling plant in 1898. In 1899 he built the present stone building of the New Era Milling company, the Texas Grain company being swallowed up in the new organization of which Mr. Hunt became the president.

Evidence of his far sightedness at that time was shown in the size building that was constructed, allowing big latitude for future growth. At that time the capacity of the mill was about 400 barrels. It is 1,200 barrels today and he saw his industry develop into a $500,000 institution before he died. Only re-cently an improvement that he had been planning for a long time took shape in the form of the eight big grain tanks that are now under construction, having a capacity for 250,000 bushels of wheat. He was always planning big things and continued working until they were consumated.

In the early days Mr. Hunt had mighty hard sledding, and numerous times he paced the floor of his office figuring out a way to meet the payroll. Those were stormy times, but he managed to get over all the breakers and his splendid institution today is as solid as the rock of Gibralter.

Mr. Hunt had a genius for organization, and he had surrounded himself with as capable and loyal men as can be found anywhere. About 70 employees are on the payroll of the New Era Milling company and every man was 100 percent loyal to Mr. Hunt. He possessed a broad and sympathetic understanding of human nature and every man on the works knew Mr. Hunt intimately and had access to him at all times to discuss either business or private troubles. Few men ever become as good a mixer as he was, and this popularized him to a great extent, especially among the young men who liked him immensely because he entered into their amusements with them with an exuberance akin more to their age than to his own.

His ability as a directing head was recognized by the government in making him the chairman of the milling division of the food administration for Kansas City district, and the strenuous work of this office undoubtedly hastened his end. He hid his suffering from even the members of his family, and his cheerful disposition was maintained until his death.

Mr. Hunt was chosen as the secretary of the Kansas Flour Mills Company, an amalgamation of various mills in the southwest. His office was at Wichita and he served in that capacity for three years, 1911 to 1914.

Mr. Hunt was a junior warden of the Episcopal church, and one of its most staunch supporters in Arkansas City.

Mr. Hunt was a great friend of Arkansas City. He was one of the most ardent boosters for the city, and he has always been a prominent member of the Chamber of Commerce. He has been president and a director of the organization at various times, and he was responsible for the reorganization of the old Commercial club a number of years ago. He was never too busy to give his time to any proposition for the advancement of the city.

His business affairs were left in excellent shape, and the operation of the New Era Milling company will continue along the same lines planned ahead by the deceased president. His son-in-law, P. M. Clarke, has been identified with the mill for the last several years and is learning the business from the ground up in the same manner that his father-in-law did. Besides the stock owned in the mill by Mr. Hunt, his other investments included a large amount of stock in the Home National bank. His estate is probably valued at $200,000 or $250,000.

Besides his wife and daughter, and a half-brother, C. G. Hunt of Omaha, Nebraska, he leaves a multitude of friends who mourn his death.

The New Era Milling plant and offices are closed until after the funeral.




R. F. Fitzpatrick Sells C. M. Johnson Block for $15,000.

A deal was consummated late yesterday whereby the local Eagle lodge, No. 909, becomes the owner of the Johnson building on North Summit street, which the lodge proposes to use as a permanent home. Recently the Moose lodge purchased the opera house block, where the Eagles have been located for several years; and so the Eagles cast about for a new home, finally deciding on the building named. R. F. Fitzpatrick, of the Bunnell Investment Co., carried the deal through for C. M. Johnson, owner of the building on North Summit street. Mr. Johnson has owned the block for several years and he purchased it when property was at a low figure here. Therefore, he has made a neat profit on account of the recent deal, which he deserves as he is one of the city's best citizens.

Mr. Fitzpatrick had the papers signed up yesterday evening and the building will be turned over to the Eagles at once.

The building in question was formerly known as the T. H. McLaughlin block and was erected in 1885. It faces the west and is two stories with brick front, and 50 feet wide. The two ground floor rooms are at present occupied by the Sallee Motor Co., and C. B. Dye's auto paint shop. Mr. Dye is there temporarily, as he is erecting a modern fire proof building on South Summit street. The second floor is used for dwelling rooms by several different families. The Eagle lodge will convert the second floor of the building into a modern lodge hall and home. The local Eagle lodge is one of the largest and most prosperous in this section of the state.




Material and Labor Donated For This Splendid Cause

Next Monday morning the ladies of the Arkansas City canteen committee will occupy their new hut, located on East Central Avenue near the Santa Fe, from which they will dispense the needed articles to U. S. army boys who pass through the city over the Santa Fe. The plans for the new hut have been in mind for some time, and as they have now been completed, the hut is to be erected at once. The cause being such a splendid one, it has been decided to erect the hut on Sunday. The idea of doing all the work on Sunday is that the men who have donated their services will not lose any time. The labor, materials, and hut furnishings are all being donated.

Local businessmen, including the lumber dealers, have subscribed liberally to the fund used in purchasing the lumber and other materials. The hut will cost $250 and it is already about paid for, according to the members of the canteen club who have the building matter in charge. The building will be 16 x 24 feet.

Lee Bigs, one of the well known local contractors, with his force of carpenters, will erect the building free of charge, commencing early tomorrow morning.

The Security National bank will pay for the plastering of the hut and the Home National bank will furnish the building. The ladies of the canteen club will have the place fixed up in ship shape very soon and will then have splendid quarters in which to prepare food and the other things that are given to the soldiers who are traveling this way over the Santa Fe.





Discovery Made By Former Arkansas City Boy

Years ago the Traveler was owned and run by Frederick Lockley. At that time the present editor, R. C. Howard, was running the Republican. Those were the days before Arkansas City had a daily paper. Mr. Lockley was here two or three years and had a son also named Fred Lockley. The Traveler and Republican were consolidated later on and the Lockleys moved to Oregon, where young Lockley, like his father, became a newspaper man. At the time of the war, he was connected with the Oregon Sunday Journal, published at Portland. In a recent issue of the Portland Journal, Fred Lockley had the following splendid communication from somewhere in France.


(That the world is very small after all is made plain to Mr. Lockley, who meets an Oregon man in the Australian army.)


Somewhere in France:CWhen this war is over, I can travel all over the world and find friends wherever I happen to be. I have found warm friends who will welcome me to their homes in Egypt, New Zealand, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Africa, England, Scotland, South America, and many a tiny village or hamlet at the back of the beyond. For example, among the soldiers I have met during the past month or so who will welcome me at their homes, if we get back home, are Arthur J. Gould of Bung Bong, Lockhart, New South Wales; William Pender of South Pender Island, B. C.; E. M. Bennett of Leongatha, South Kyogle, New South Wales; F. Parks of East Rynd, Transvaal, South Africa; Marquis Grimaldi of Mentone, from whom I have had two pleasant letters since I visited him at his home at the Villa Labath, at Garavan, Monaco; Raymond Miollis, at Punto Arenas, Chili; and scores of others. Hardly a day goes by but what someone from some far corner of the earth steps up and greets me. For example, at the crossroads near the foot of a crucifix in a village of Northern France, in sound of the big guns, I made a 25 or 30 minute talk to a group of American, British, and Australian soldiers on abolishing Prussianism, not only in Germany, but in our own country, city, family, and selvesCfor Germany is not the only place where harshness, arrogance, and a domineering spirit exist.

The Australian boys can't do enough for me. We fit together, like hand and glove. When they tell me of Henry Hawkins, the champion bareback rider of Australia, I tell them of Sundown, the Nez Perce Indian, or Lee Caldwell, and Nigger George. When they tell me of riding the range in Australia, I tell them about the Round-Up. They are men of courage, initiative, out-of-door men C generous, warm-hearted, and friendly. One of the Australians came up and said, "Shake." I shook hands and said, "What is your name, and where do you hail from?" He said, "My name is Frank McGraw. I belong to the Twenty-sixth battalion of the Australian infantry. We came here from service in Egypt. We were the first Australians in the line in France. Our organization of 1,000 men has been recruited time after time to fill our ranks after being cut up. We have over 7,000 names on our rolls, which that three or four years of war has killed, wounded, or tendered unfit for service 6,000 men out of the 7,000. I was wounded at Pozieres twice and again at Flers."

"Where were you born?" I asked.

"I was born at Arkansas City, Kansas." he answered.

"Did you know A. A. Newman, J. H. Sherburne, or E. D. Eddy ? Did you use to go swimming in the Walnut river ?" I asked.

He was tremendously interested and shook hands again with me as he inquired how I knew so much about Arkansas City. I told him that I lived there for two or three years when I was a boy, that my father owned the Arkansas City Traveler and that I had gone to high school there.

He said, "My mother's people, the Partlows, still live there. So do the Stringhams. I went back there in 1907 to visit my birthplace. I found the old frame house I was born in still standing."

"Where did you go to from Arkansas City ?" I asked.

"I went to Portland, Oregon," he said.

I said, "Portland is my home." He looked rather incredulous, so I handed him my card.

He asked me a few questions, and said, "You have been in Portland, all right. I went to school in St. Johns. My stepfather, C. B. Stroud, ran a lumber camp at Kelso, Washington. About the time I was old enough to vote, I ran cattle between Goldendale and Manton."

"Did you drive them in by the way of Cleveland and Blue Light?" I asked.

He said, "How did you ever hear of Blue Light?" I told him I had been there.

"Later I did teaming at Cascade Locks," he said, "and then I worked at a copper camp in Chile. From there I went to New Zealand, then to Australia. When I enlisted, I was ranching in Queensland. The folks over there are cut out of the same block as the boys in Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. Shift the stockmen of the Inland Empire to Australia and they would feel very much at home among the people there, or vice versa. The Australians are wonderful fighters. Man for man they can outfight the best soldiers in the German army. Their spirit is not broken by discipline. They have no caste as is the case in the British army. Most of their officers have risen from the ranks. They don't in the least mind being killed. They will hop over the top and calmly walk to certain death, and do it cheerfully and as a matter of course."

Before leaving he said, "Say, give me your address. "I'll come over and see you after this blooming bloody war is over. Well, cheer, I must pull my freight."



Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Howard have moved from their former home over the Traveler office to 104 North B street, which has recently been remodeled and made into a modern residence.




That is the Way it is Baked in France.

American Advance Zone, France.

Nov. 12.CBread for the Yankee soldiers in France is baked, not in the dainty one pound loaves used at home, but in loaves that weigh twelve pounds each. They are so big as to be inconvenient and the size now is being changed to a uniform square loaf of four pounds.

All the baking is on a huge scale. Asked for the receipt by which American bread has attained its superiority among all the allied armies, the chief baker gave it as follows:

Flour, 160 pounds; Sugar, salt, yeast, lard, and water, 56 pounds; total 216 pounds. He did not define the amount of the various ingredients, possibly from fear of giving information to the bakers of the German army.

The huge quantities of dough always on hand "agin" or rising under the influence of the yeast look like a giant battery of snowballs. Each dough is a huge mass weighing 480 pounds, which two men handle with difficulty. Over it the soldiers bend, naked to the waist, kneeding and mixing. Then the huge mass rolls along to the next table, where it is drawn into long thick strings, which the soldiers deftly chop off in 12-pound loaves, never varying an ounce, ready for the ovens.

There is but one standard of army bread, for officers and men alike, and General Pershing eats exactly the same kind of 4-pound loaf as the soldier in the ranks. In fact, the American army bread is so superior to the civilian bread commmonly on sale in France, that it is regarded as a great luxury. Officers and men are besieged by civilians to get them some of the fine, white American bread, and American officers at hotels are the envy of other guests for the army bread they are able to eat.

It was suggested to the head baker that tradition gave women the first place as bread makers, and he was asked if women could not be utilized in making this army bread, thus relieving 2,000 men for service on the fighting lines.

"Women wouldn't last one day in this kind of hard work," he said. "This is bread making by the ton, and by millions of loaves, and it takes physical strength to handle the huge quantities of material. It would be impossible for women, and it is the hardest kind of work for men."

At the ovens a baking had just started. There are seven of these bakings each day, and seven each night, for the work goes on night and day, with two shifts of men, one going at 6 a.m. and the other at 6 p.m. There are 20 companies, and each company of 100 men has 15 ovens. Each baking takes about an hour and 35 minutes, which yields an average of 14 bakings through the 24 hours.

Thousands of loaves of hot bread, fresh from the ovens, were being stacked in the tent warehouse, where for two days the bread is being allowed to cool, dry, and season, before being shipped to the front. Hot bread, the escort explained, cannot be shipped as it steams in the cars and begins to get musty and moldy. There has been some complaint of this from the front of late, due to shipping the bread soon after baking so the soldiers could have it crisp and fesh, and so the regulation has been fixed of holding it two days before shipment.

It is a huge process, this bread making for a whole army; and like all the American undertakings, it is an object of

admiration and wonder to the foreigners for the smoothness and perfection with which the gigantic field establishment is carried on.



Lightless Nights are Gone

Washington, Nov. 12.CAll lighting restrictions, except where current is generated by domestic sizes of anthracite, were lifted today by Fuel Administrator Garfield, until midnight November 18, to permit free illumination for the United War Work campaign.



Reports of Last Sunday's Campaign Not Very Encouraging

The captains of the local war work teams, which started on the United War Work drive last Sunday afternoon, held their first meeting at noon today in the Y. W. C. A. rooms, at which place they were served with lunch. Albert Newman, who is at the head of the local campaign committee, reported that the subscriptions up to date were not very encouraging and that only a little over $6,000 of the $20,000 which must be raised in Arkansas City had been reported up to date. It was decided to resume the drive, beginning next Thursday morning, and it was also decided to secure a speaker for the union church service to be held Wednesday night in the Methodist church. Mrs. R. W. Oldroyd has this part of the affair in hand and this afternoon she was in communication with the state board at Topeka in an effort to secure a speaker who has been abroad and seen active service. It was also decided that the heads of the committees should meet again on Thursday evening at the chamber of commerce rooms for the purpose of reporting on the day's drive.

It was reported that the school districts, so far reported, have done splendidly and several have already notified V. E. Creighton, chairman of the Cowley County War Work Committee, that they had oversubscribed the amount allotted to them. The total amount required of the southern half of Cowley County is $26,000; and Arkansas City is expected to give $20,000 of that amount.

The drive which started on Sunday was not very successful for the reason that the people did not remain home to see the committee and for the further reason that a great many have stated to members of the committee that they did not think it was necessary to subscribe to this fund now for the reason that peace has been declared, and the boys would not need all things provided for them heretofore. It was stated along this line, however, that many boys would be in camp for some time to come and that they will need recreations probably more than in the past as they may not be so busy as though they were preparing to go overseas.

R. T. Keefe will make a short address on the subject at the Rex theatre tonight and Mrs. R. W. Oldroyd will speak at the Strand. Other speakers for the drive will be provided for the picture shows each night during the remainder of the week.

Mrs. Oldroyd reported late this afternoon that she had been in telephone communication with the state board at Topeka, and she is promised one of two excellent overseas speakers for the meeting tomorrow night at the M. E. church. Those interested are requested to come out at that time and learn what the boys over there really need from now on. The local drive will begin anew on Thursday morning by the regular committees.




State Fuel Administrator Advises Local Man, W. H. Lightstone, Jr.

Beginning tonight the lightless night order, which has been in effect for many months, is declared off. Tonight the white way in Arkansas City will be bright. The order issued today cancels the former order, but no waste of light or fuel will be permitted. The order from Emerson Carey, of Hutchinson, federal fuel administrator for Kansas, sent to W. H. Lightstone, Jr., local administrator, is as follows.

Hutchinson, Kansas, Nov. 13, 1918

County Chairmen and Committeemen: Effective at once Lightless Night order as covered by Circular 46 of July 22nd relating to the use and maintenance of lights in cities, villages, and towns is hereby cancelled, and in lieu thereof the following regulations restricting the use in cities, villages and towns of light generated or produced by the use of fuel is established.

Section 1CThe extravagant or wasteful use of light generated or produced by the use or consumption of coal, oil, gas, or other fuel for illuminating purposes, in the streets, parks, or other public places of any city, village, or town, or for other outdoor illumination, public or private, is hereby prohibited.

Any person violating or refusing to conform to this regulation will be liable to the penalties prescribed in the Act of Congress approved August 10, 1917.CEmerson Carey, Federal Fuel Administrator for Kansas.





The United War Work Campaigners Met Last Night

The United War Work campaign in Arkansas City is progressing nicely according to all reports and the heads of the various local teams met last night at the chamber of commerce rooms to report on the work and make suggestions. It was learned that about $10,000 has been subscribed up to that time, with several large subscriptions yet to be added. The committees, composed of both men and women, were busy all day yesterday and most of the time today. There were some very important matters discussed at last night's meeting and it was decided to continue the drive until the amount allotted to Arkansas City, which is $26,000, is secured. The heads of all the committees except four, were on hand; and three of those not present had submitted reports on their work. The fourth was R. J. Murray, city commissioner of finance, who had not made any report whatever. It was unani-mously voted to dishonorably discharge Mr. Murray from the committee on the charge that he had refused to work and had given unpatriotic reasons for not assisting, and the secretary of the meeting, John B. Heffelfinger, was so instructed by the vote.

The local teams will continue the drive at least until Saturday night. Reports from the rural districts are to the effect that only a few have so far reported, but they are ex-pected to show up some substantial subscriptions very soon.



The Other Side.

Bob Murray, who was deposed as captain of one of the War Work teams at a meeting yesterday, claims the charge made against him at that meeting is untrue. He says he told the manager of the committee that he was too busy attending to his own business to help in the present drive; and Mr. Murray says he and wife subscribed $15 to the combined War Work.


Dr. Farnsworth Returns.

Dr. A. D. Farnsworth, of 417 North Fourth street, has returned from the east, where he has been engaged in the public health service of the Red Cross department for the government during the past two months. He has recently been in Ohio and says he has enjoyed the work. The doctor is again engaged in his regular practice here.




Services of One Are Badly Needed Says Commissioner Murrray

Services of a city attorney to succeed John Parman, deceased, are urgently needed at the city hall, declared Commissioner Murray, this morning, demanding to know what objection the mayor has in naming one immediately. Mayor Hunt replied that a new city attorney will be selected by next Monday. Commissioner Clay agreed to wait until then, but Commissioner Murray insisted an attorney was needed at once to draft some important ordinances and look after the legal interests of the city. First, he put a motion to employ L. C. Brown temporarily. It failed. The mayor advised him to hire any attorney he wanted to look after matters in his department, but Murray claimed no one commissioner had the authority to employ an attorney. It had to be done by the entire commission, he asserted. He put a motion giving him authority to hire a lawyer to draft paving bonds and health ordinances. It was passed.

Meanwhile, speculation is rife, with H. S. Brown, recent candidate for county attorney on the democratic ticket, who pulled a big vote in Arkansas City, being mentioned as a possible choice by the mayor.

Mrs. C. R. Spain and Mrs. A. J. Hunt visited the city hall to report the success of the community market. Mrs. Spain read a very interesting report, declaring the market had succeeded despite its undesirable environment in the old Central hotel building. At first, the report said, the market was viewed with suspicion by both the producer and consumer, but it had resulted in bringing them closer together for their mutual profit. The total receipts from May 4th to November 1st amounted to $3,876.38. Commissions and sale of supplies yielded $223.95. Disbursements totalled $89.63. The balance is $134.32. Mrs. Spain could not say whether the market will be conducted by the women next year. Commissioner Murray said a market ought to be established on the city hall block facing Chestnut avenue, where the producers could rent booths and sell their own products.

The government has removed all restrictions on paving, and G. W. Thurston, Secretary of the Western Paving Brick Manufacturers' association, declared paving was being promoted more vigorously than ordinarily to give employment to men returning from the ammunition plants, cantonments, and from France. It was encouraged by the government, he said, and property owners contemplating asking for paving are urged to get their petitions in at this time or at least before next June.

Mr. Thurston said he had inspected the paving in this city laid by both Chas. Besler and Jim Stanton, and he pronounced it as good and in some instances better than any paving he had seen in the middle west. Mr. Stanton is laying a lot of brick paving in the city at present, and he expressed the desire to acquire some new contracts. Mr. Thurston said Kansas would be the best paved state in the union in five years.

Commissioner Murray asked action be taken in regard to junking and selling the old pumps owned by the city and the installation of a generator to furnish the juice for the pumps now in operation. He also asked for an ordinance making the Kansas Gas & Electric company assume the entire responsibility for the maintenance of all the bridges on the canal. He said the war was over now and there was no reason to delay this action longer. The mayor said it would be taken up later.

H. R. Branstetter has been released as inspector of the construction of the new $50,000 city building, his six months contract having expired. It was announced this new building will be completed in six weeks. The plastering and insulation are in progress now.




A. C. Physician Met With Accident When Horse Fell On Him.

He is Now on 24 Days Sick Leave and Will Undergo a Surgical Operation in the Near Future.

Captain R. Claude Young, U. S. A. medical corps, better known in Arkansas City as Dr. Young, arrived in the city last night from the base hospital at Atlanta, Georgia. He is on a 24 days sick leave at present and will, in the near future, submit to a surgical operation on account of internal injuries received while in the service of the army in France. Dr. Young was injured 50 days ago when his horse fell upon him. The extent of the injuries are not fully known, but it is certain that the victim will be compelled to undergo an operation soon. The accident occurred in the Toul sector when Dr. Young's horse became entangled in barbed wire, and then the animal reared up and fell backward. Dr. Young was brought to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he has been for the past two weeks. At first, after landing here, he was ordered to Des Moines, Iowa, for an operation; but later orders were received not to go there as the hospitals at that place were over-crowded. Then he received a sick leave and came home last night, accompanied by Mrs. Young, who joined him at Atlantic City ten days ago. They arrived in Wichita last night too late to catch a train for Arkansas City, and Jay Young, a brother of the doctor, brought Dr. Young and his wife here from that place by auto.

When seen this morning at the Arkansas City hospital, which Dr. Young closed up when he joined the forces a year and a half ago, the doctor said he felt very good considering the circumstances. He is not able to be up and about all of the time, but he expects to get out and come uptown to see his many friends very soon. It is probable that he will be placed on the inactive list soon, but he does not expect to secure a discharge for some time or until he fully recovers from the internal injuries.

Dr. Young saw active service in the Toul sector, out of Paris, and he could tell some thrilling and wonderful stories if he were permitted to do so. However, he is still in the service and there are many things of interest to the general public which a soldier is not allowed to divulge.

At the time he was injured he was in the Toul sector with the 90th division and was first sent back to the evacuation hospital at Sabastapool. Later he was sent to Bordeaux. Dr. Young went to France last June and saw active service until the time he was injured. Just before sailing for home he was in the base hospital at Brest.

Dr. Young speaks very highly of the services rendered to the soldiers by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. He saw some of the members of our old Company H., and remembers in particular of seeing Henry Newcomb, an Arkansas City boy. The division to which Co. H. belongs was at the left flank of the 90th division for some time, he says, on the Toul sector.

Dr. Young says the Germans had the allies beaten and could have won the war, on three different occasions, but the Boche did not realize it; therefore, they were soon beaten back again each time. The Boche is deathly afraid of the bayonet, he says, and they cannot hit the side of a barn with a rifle. They do, however, excel in using the deadly machine gun. The Australian soldiers are excellent fighters, he says, and they sure love the American boys.

When Dr. Young's leave is up, he probably will be ordered to a general hospital somewhere in the U. S. for an operation. While he is sorry to be compelled to leave the active service on account of an accident, he is glad to be home again and to see his wife and little children.

He expects to go to Blackwell, Oklahoma, to visit his brother and to Lyons, Kansas, to get some of "mother's good cooking" in a very few days.

The doctor says he never saw his own fine riding horse, which he purchased here, after he got to France. Dr. Young brought home with him a number of war relics, in the way of shells, German helmets, trinkets made from shells and bullets, French money, and other things which he is now exhibiting to his friends here. Most of these relics are from Chateau Thierry and Verdun battlefields.

Dr. Young has last fifty pounds in weight since the accident occurred.



Canteen Committee Busy

The canteen hut, which is located near the Santa Fe depot, is now completed and the ladies in charge served breakfast to ten soldiers there this morning. From now on this will be a most complete place for the soldiers to spend their extra time between trains while in Arkansas City. There are twenty-one members of the local canteen committee, all of whom enjoy their work immensely. During each day three of these ladies are on hand to prepare and serve food to the soldiers who pass through the city on the Santa Fe.

One lady will act as chairman of the day and will remain in the hut, while the other two meet the trains and escort the soldiers to the hut where all three ladies will serve them hot eats. These ladies have spent the summer in Red Cross work and served in any capacity where needed. When this canteen was organized, these same ladies gladly took up this line of work and have been very faithful to their duties.

The members of the canteen are always in uniform when on duty, and the visiting soldiers know they will be royally

treated. In this canteen committee there is a motor corps, whose members see that the ones who are on duty each day are provided a way to be taken to and from the hut.

A meeting of the committee was held yesterday afternoon in the hut for the purpose of making clear to every member everything connected with their work. During this time many other interesting plans were discussed for their future work. These ladies are preparing themselves for work on a larger scale, especially when the boys are released from the camps, but nevertheless they are capable of doing all that will be required of them at any and all times.




Policeman Ed Pauley Works Out Clue to Store Robbery

Policeman Ed Pauley, who recently started out to work upon a clue in connection with the Peoples store robbery, which occurred on the night of October 15, has been rewarded by the arrest of two young men charged with the burglary, and against whom he has convicting evidence, as he found each of them in possession of some of the stolen articles. Mr. Pauley returned yesterday from Vinita, Oklahoma, where he arrested Winnie Davis, who is charged with the robbery. Another young man, George Seery, who resides on South Sixth street, was arrested several days ago. Both men are now in the county jail awaiting preliminary hearing on the burglary charge. Justice E. H. Addington held them both under bond, and the bonds could not be furnished. The trial is set for tomorrow. On the above named date the Peoples store was broken into and robbed of two suits of clothes, two pairs of shoes, two sweaters, two mackinaws, four shirts, and a number of pairs of silk hose. Policeman Pauley saw one of the boys wearing one of the mackinaws while on the street and then went to work, ending the chase in the arrest of the young men. Some time ago Mr. Pauley secured a confession from one of these boys that he had stolen a ladies purse and money from a taxicab here, and he returned the stolen property to the owner. There was no prosecution of this case at the time.



To Entertain Cato Sells

The directors of the Chamber of Commerce will entertain Cato Sells, Indian commissioner, at dinner at the Fifth Avenue hotel this evening at 6 o'clock. Mr. Sells has been to Chilocco for an inspection and conference with the official in charge, looking to the expansion of this institution.



Laborers in the employ of the city today tore down and moved the old city scale office, located back of the Security National Bank building. The city scales have been taken out on account of the new brick paving on Washington Avenue, and have been stored at the city building lots.



W. M. Stryker has accepted the local agency of the National Surety company, of New York, to arrange the execution of fidelity, court, contract, public official, and other surety bonds, and burglary insurance policies, protected by the company's $8,000,000 capital and surplus.



Acting under orders of the secretary of war, Lieutenant Percy E. Hunt left this morning for the United States military academy at West Point, where he will report to the commandant. He does not know yet what his assignment will be. Lieutenant Hunt, who is a graduate of West Point, has been spending a several weeks' furlough with his parents, Mayor and Mrs. C. N. Hunt, of this city.



Bound Over to District Court

This morning in Judge E. H. Addington's court the preliminary hearing of Winnie Davis and George Seery, charged with robbing the Peoples store, was called. The hearing resulted in the court binding the two young men over for trial in the district court. They could not furnish bond in the sum of $500 each and were taken to the county jail at Winfield by Constable Fred Eaton. The robbery of the Peoples store occurred on the night of October 25 and the management has recovered most of the stolen articles. The two boys have admitted the theft and will no doubt plead guilty in district court.




The Establishment is Located In Its Splendid New Home.

The J. C. Penney store is holding a grand opening in its commodious and beautiful new home in the building recently remodeled for its occupancy in the 200 block South Summit street. A great amount of new merchandise has been received and is attractively displayed throughout the store, and in the beautiful show windows. It is a very big improvement to Summit street and is a store that the people of the city can point to with justifiable pride.

In a two-page advertisement in the Traveler today, the Penney store is offering a multitude of articles at prices that will appeal strongly to Christmas shoppers, and also giving some very interesting information about the chain of Penney stores, numbering 197 in 25 states. The J. C. Penney company sold twenty million dollars worth of merchandise this year, it is announced.

Throngs of buyers will flock to the new Penney store grand opening Monday and their admiration over the convenient and attractive arrangement of the large stocks will be unrestrained.



German should not be taught in the schools in this country. German text books are German propaganda of the worst type.

The huns believe in the good intentions of President Wilson, but they fear his program will not be accepted at the peace conference.

The Germans fail to find any comfort in the address of President Wilson to the American congress, but for that matter it was not comforting to many people on this side of the ocean.


The possibility that a large number of the American troops will get to see Berlin is growing, but they were denied the pleasure of wiping that place off the map by the signing of the armistice terms before they had time to get there.


The war department admits there are about 16,000 names of dead American soldiers that have not been reported to relatives, and it was our impression that the clerical force engaged in this work was about three or four times larger than necessary to do the work. The senate recently conducted a popular investigation to ascertain what is causing the inexcusable delay in reporting casualties to the next of kin.




The Former Penny Store to be Occupied by a Tire and Supply Co.

Arkansas City has a new firm on Summit street, which is going to occupy the store formerly used by the J. C. Penney store, and which has been fixed up for the Arkansas City Tire & Motor Supply company, which is to open for business January 15th at that location.

The proprietors of the new business enterprise are G. O. Moody, manager, and S. A. Ransom, district sales manager, both highly experienced young men in this line in Oklahoma.

The choice of Arkansas City for their venture was made because it is growing rapidly, and account of the adjacent oil fields this is a lucrative spot for automobile sales and accessory business. They will handle a big stock of tires and tubes and all the things that go to make an automobile fully equipped.




Stranger Entered Carlton Home While Miss Ethel Was Alone

Miss Ethel Carlton, daughter of Anthony Carlton, of 805 South A street, had the experience of being attacked by a negro about 8 o'clock Saturday night while at her home, at which time she was alone in the house, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton having gone to Fairfax to attend the funeral of Mr. Carlton's half-brother, Chat. Donavon.

The colored man entered the home by the back door of the Carlton house. He obtained a plain gold band ring and something over a dollar in money from Miss Carlton before she could spread the alarm. The man escaped leaving no clue to his identity. The police were called to the scene later and are now employed on the case. Miss Carlton was not in any way injured by the intruder, it is said, and she escaped from the house under the ruse of going into another room to secure money, which the negro demanded. From all reports of the case, the negro did not mean to do any serious crime, but he wanted money or other valuables.




Confirmation of His Death in Action Is Received by Mother.

Confirmation of the death of Angus W. Ralston, who served with such valor in the medical corps in action in France, that he was recommended for the Croix du Guerre, has been received by his mother, Mrs. A. W. Ralston, by telephone from her sister, Mrs.

O. K. Benedict at Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was advised by message from a congressman that Angus was buried October 12th, having been killed by a German sniper October 6th. The telephone message was received at the home of Mrs. Harry D. Howard, daughter of Mrs. Ralston, where she has been visiting, last night. Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Howard went to Oklahoma City this morning to visit the former's parents.

Over two months have elapsed since the death of young Ralston and still his mother has received no news from the war department. All her information in this great trial of her life has come to her from friends outside the war department, but it has come from sources whose reliability are not questioned.

Mrs. Ralston and Mrs. Howard are grief stricken, but their memory of the splendid record achieved by their gallant son and brother before he paid the supreme sacrifice is consolation to their aching hearts that kind words of friends cannot avail.



O. S. Gibson, who was ousted from the mayor's office by the supreme court of Kansas a couple of years ago, has announced that he is going to be a candidate for the office of mayor at the spring election. He claims he wants to be vindicated. Just how his being a candidate will vindicate him when the supreme court of the state found him guilty as charged, a man with average intelligence will fail to see.

The court ousted Mr. Gibson from office on the charge of bribery and made him pay what salary he had collected as mayor to the successful contestant, C. N. Hunt, present mayor.

If all the people in Arkansas City voted for Mr. Gibson, it would not vindicate him. No one can blot out the decision of the supreme court.

All Mr. Gibson's candidacy will do will be to continue the Hunt-Gibson town row. If Arkansas City is wise, it will not permit this to happen.




The Thornburg House Is Then Ransacked.


The Screams of Florence Thornburg Failed To Bring Help Until the Black Man Fled.

Florence Thornburg, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo E. Thornburg, of 620 North C Street, was the victim of a peculiar, though fortunately not a serious attack, by a negro, while alone at her home this morning about 10:30 o'clock. The negro in question entered the house in broad daylight about the hour named, and after tying the girl in a chair, securing her hands and feet with an apron and two tea towels, he ransacked the house from cellar to garret, hunting for money. He did not get any money, however, nor anything else of value, according to Mrs. Thornburg, who stated that everything in the house was torn up except a portion of the linen closet, in which her purse was hid and which contained a large quantity of money.

The negro left the house by way of the bath room window, and Miss Thornburg was released from her position in the chair by Clara Lytal, who resides across the street from the Thornburg home, and who went over to her neighbor's to visit Miss Florence. The Thornburg girl had screamed herself almost hoarse, but no one happened to hear her.

Mrs. Thornburg states that she went uptown, taking the little boy with her, and that the girl was doing up the work in the house. The negro grabbed her from behind, before she knew there was anyone in the house. He did not say a word while in the house. He first tied her to a chair with an apron which she had on. Then he went to the kitchen and secured two tea towels, with which he tied her hands and feet. He did not gag her nor harm her in any way.

Policeman Ed Pauley was at work on the case this afternoon and he took one colored man to the Thornburg home for identification. The girl said he was not the man. She is positive that she can identify the man as he wore no mask.

T. E. Thornburg is employed as wire chief at the Santa Fe office building.




J. O. McQuairk Used Strenuous Method to Frighten Stranger

A stranger who was caught prowling around the home of J. O. McQuairk, at 404 North D street, last night, probably is carrying a load of buckshot today, as Mr. McQuairk fired on the intruder with his shotgun. He does not know whether the stranger was a white or black man, as he did not let him have a chance to get into the house, although he had reason to believe the man in-tended to enter. The reason that Mr. McQuairk fired only once was that his shotgun missed fire on the second barrel.

The recent cases where a negro entered the Carlton home at night and a negro entered the T. E. Thornburg home at 620 North C street yesterday morning in daylight have aroused some indignation and Mr. McQuairk decided to take no chances when he saw a strange man about his place last night. There are no new developments in the Thornburg case, although the police have been busy rounding up the strange negroes here and several have been taken to the Thornburg home for identification by the 12 year old girl who was attacked and tied to a chair by a colored man who ransacked the house. The girl has not yet identified the man, but she says she would recognize him again, should she see him.




Walter Hopkins Uses a Shotgun on Burglar.


Entrance Gained Through Kitchen Window.CMr. Hopkins Heard Him In Dining Room.

Walter L. Hopkins, of 209 South Second Street, who was at home alone last night, had his turn with the mysterious night prowler, and like J. O. McQuairk, of 404 North D Street, the night before, he took several shots at the would be robber. Unfortunately, however, he failed to hit the mark, but he did damage several of the bricks on the south side of the Methodist church, as his home is directly south of that building. Mr. Hopkins was awakened from his sleep about 1:30 o'clock by some noise downstairs, as he was on the second floor, and he at once procured his shotgun, going downstairs, where at the foot of the stairway he slipped on a rug, thus slackening his pace somewhat. Upon regaining his footing he heard the man in the dining room and the intruder made a rush for the back door, slamming the screen after him. Mr. Hopkins followed the man out and took three shots at him while the stranger was in the back yard and was going over the rear wall into the alley. If any of the shots took effect in the other fellow's body, Mr. Hopkins does not know it. The first two shots he fired were with bird shot, but the third was buckshot. Mr. Hopkins retired about 12 o'clock, and before he went downstairs after being awakened by a noise, he thought he heard something unusual. The shots he fired aroused the neighborhood and some of the neighbors reported that the man ran south down the alley, but Walter was of the opinion that he ran north. Only the outline of the man's body could be seen in the dark and he weighed 170 pounds, as near as Walter could make out, during his hasty inspection of the man. It is not known whether he was black or white. The stranger jumped off the stone wall, about 10 feet high, at the alley. He had entered the house by a kitchen window, having torn the screen off the window. The noise made by this prowler was probaby what awakened Mr. Hopkins. At least he thinks so. The intruder had gotten only so far with the ransacking to pull one drawer. He took nothing from the house, for he hadn't had time enough. Mrs. Hopkins is visiting in Texas at present; therefore, Walter was alone in the home last night. The police were called and made a thorough search for the intruder.




Base Hospital, U. S. Army, Camp Bowie, Texas, Dec. 9, 1918.

Mrs. A. F. Morrison, secretary, Arkansas City Chapter A.R.C.

Dear Mrs. Morrison:CFrom the Arkansas City Daily Traveler received yesterday, I learn of the personnel of the Red Cross Executive committee. I think the people of the city are to be congratulated on having made such a wise selection and feel certain that under the supervision of such a well balanced committee, the work will be carried on vigorously.

I hope, now that the war is over, people will not lose their enthusiasm for such a wonderful organization of mercy as the Red Cross, and I do not feel that in the recent emergency their work is nearly done. From conversations I have had with men recently returned from the desolated districts of Belgium and France, it is evident that a vast amount of refugee work must be done. Then we will have thousands of our own fighting boys in reconstruction hospitals that will need, and most certainly deserve, every attention possible until they can adjust themselves to new conditions.

Being especially interested in Red Cross work, I have endeavored in our hospital to learn just what good had been done, and as I know you all like to know results of your work, will tell you just a few things your work and money have accomplished.

First of all, we have in Major Connor and Capt. Edwards, the directors, two very wonderful men. Their cheering personality have been a big factor in making our sick boys happy. They visit the sick, ascertain their needs and wants, write their letters, advise them, and in fact are indispensable.

I remember when our chapter was making pajamas. I wondered why they needed so many, but when I saw 2,400 in the hospital whose pajamas were changed every few days, I could understand. I always looked for one with an A. C. label, but never have seen one; and I wish you could see what a comfort the bath robes are. The boys wear them until they are able to be returned to duty.

In the Base hospital we have one large Red Cross recreation hall and library. The building is nicely furnished and "comfy." The reading rooms are crowded with boys when off duty or convalescent, and nearly every night there is given an entertainment for these men. These range from boxing matches to high class musical entertainments. There is also a very nifty recreation hall for the nurses, and they most certainly enjoy and appreciate it. I could write you pages about the work you have done here, but I want you all to know your work has not been in vain and that the men very greatly appreciate your efforts.

There is one other organization whose work I greatly admire, and that is the Knights of Columbus. They have done a surprisingly lot of good work and it is not by any means confined to boys of their own religious faith, and Jew and the Protestant receiving exactly as much attention as the Catholic. Their workers here are fine fellows and most energetic for the welfare of the soldiers.

With very best wishes for the success of the Arkansas City Red Cross, I am, Very truly,CCapt. Ernest F. Day, Base Hospital, Camp Bowie, Texas.




The Army Officer Will Undergo a Surgical Operation There.

Capt. R. Claude Young, M.D., who has been visiting in the city with his family on a furlough on account of an injury received in a fall from a horse in France, is going to depart for Atlanta, Georgia, this evening where he will undergo a surgical operation at the base hospital No. 6 for correction of the injury he received when his horse fell upon him.

Prior to his enlistment in the medical corps at the beginning of the war, Captain Young was one of the most prominent physicians and surgeons in this city, having an exceedinly large practice here. Since the fighting in France ceased, his numerous friends have been eager for him to return and resume his practice; but he will not be mustered out of service until he is restored to health. That is a rule in the army. His friends fervently hope the operation is a success and that he will soon be back in his office and his hospital in operation again.




To Build an Auditorium Costing $100,000.


Special Election Will be Held To Vote Bonds


Names of Men Will be Insribed on Tablets in Useful Building Adjoining City Hall.

At a meeting of the memorial hall committee held last evening in the city building, it was unanimously decided to call an election to vote $100,000 in bonds to erect a memorial hall on the quarter block north and adjoining the present city building. Many cities all over the country are preparing to erect a monument or a memorial hall in honor of the allied soldiers and Arkansas City is not going to be behind any city in demonstrating her patriotism. It will erect a memorial hall.

Some time ago Mayor Hunt appointed a memorial committee, consisting of Dr. Geo. Frank, A. A. Newman, Dr. B. C. Geeslin, W. J. Hill, William Powers, W. T. Bloomheart, Vern Thompson, J. W. Boyd, Ralph Oldroyd, Pat Somerfield, Chas. Spencer, Lewis Logan, Charles Swarts, Norman Musselman, E. J. Stahl, and R. C. Howard. Last evening Mayor Hunt called a meeting of the committee and there was almost a full attendance. The committee was organized by making Mayor Hunt, chairman, and Dr. Frank, secretary. The mayor explained that the object of the meeting was for the purpose of providing ways and means for the erection of a memo-rial in honor of the soldiers of the various wars in which our country had been engaged, dating back to the civil war. He then asked for an expression of those present as to what would be a befitting memorial for Arkansas City to erect.

Pat Somerfield suggested that each end of Summit Street be made into a boulevard, have the street paved, trees set out and grown, and slabs containing the names of the dead heroes of war placed thereCor anything similar along that line.

Chas. Spencer thought the best plan would be to erect a memorial hall as had been suggested in the Traveler.

Lewis Logan announced that he had no definite idea, but thought the movement was all right, and that something befitting the memory of the soldier should be erected in Arkansas City.

C. M. Swarts made the statement that he had not decided what would be the best and most fitting memorial just at this time.

A. Dorner [??? Not mentioned as a committee member] thought a memorial hall would be a splendid thing and would be not only a credit to the city but to the departed heroes.

N. Musselman was of a similar opinion and J. W. Boyd thought there ought to be a memorial hall with a place for entertaining the returning soldiers and that could be used for other purposes.

Dr. Frank was of the opinion that we should erect a memorial hall and raise the money by private subscriptions.

Mr. Stahl favored a memorial hall and Ralph Oldroyd thought a memorial hall would be all right for the purposes intended.

Chairman Hunt then addressed the committee and said he thought the most appropriate thing would be to erect a memorial monument containing bronze statues representing the soldiers of the civil war, Spanish-American, and allied war. He said that in larger cities many monuments of this nature were erected and were most appropriate.

Voted For Memorial Hall

R. C. Howard suggested that the quarter block north of the city building be used for the purpose of erecting a memorial hall, one that would seat at least 3,000 people. In the walls of this hall let there be placed tablets of stone with the names of each soldier carved therein. It would not only be a befitting and lasting memorial, but it would be a historical one. There could be nothing nicer or more appropriate than a memorial hall containing a list of our heroes, carved in stone, and placed in the wall where all generations could read it. Also, there should be a provision for the display of war relics. There should be some place in or on the building where bronze statues representing the soldiers and sailors of the Civil war, Spanish-American, and the Allied war would be displayed. At the conclusion of his remarks, Mr. Howard made a motion that the city vote $100,000 for the purpose of erecting a memorial hall and the motion prevailed.

Dr. Frank, the secretary, was instructed to write the proper authorities at Washington to see if they would furnish plans for a memorial hall for this city, as it is understood that the government is doing this. It was also the sense of the committee that an early election be called on the bond proposition.

The matter was discussed at considerable length and the longer it was talked over the more enthusiastic the committee became upon the proposition. It is the intention to enlarge the committee as the work progresses and get everyone interested in the proposition if possible to do so.

Arkansas City is in need of a municipal auditorium; and by making the municipal auditorium and memorial hall, it will serve the double purpose for the city, a meeting place for large crowds and also be a fitting monument to our soldiers.

It was also decided to ask any adjacent townships to the city if they desired to get in on the memorial hall, to join in with the city and vote bonds sufficient to place the names of their soldiers in tablets of stone in the wall of memorial hall, the same as those of Arkansas City, in order that their soldier boys may be properly honored and remembered.

At the conclusion of the discussion, the committee adjourned, subject to the call of the chairman.




Friends have received work from Captain R. Claude Young, who went to Atlanta, Ga., several days ago to undergo a surgical operation at the base hospital there to correct the injury he received when his horse fell on him in France, stating that he was on his way back to Arkansas City.

An extension of sixty days on his furlough has been granted through the efforts of John Mowatt, who took the matter up by telegraph with Senator Curtis. Senator Curtis and Mr. Mowatt have been warm friends for a number of years, and Mr. Mowatt explained the situation by wire to Senator Curtis, resulting in the furlough of Capt. Young being extended.

The captain was opposed to undergoing an operation at this time because he did not believe he was ready to have it done. Being a surgeon himself, he knew his own condition better or at least as well as anyone else could know it. He will be home in a day or two.





It is the town with a vision that becomes a city. The town without a vision always remains a whistling station. The editor of the Traveler has lived in Arkansas City for 35 years, a half a life time. It has been our observance that a great many of our citizens have the proper vision for the building of a city on the most sightly site in the southwest. But then on the other hand, there are a big lot of people who are so short-sighted that they have no vision. A dollar in front of them obstructs their view entirely of the future. It is the nature of man to progress and he naturally will if he does not let prejudice and selfishness prevent him. Man should progress in everything and the rule of progression should apply to town building as well as to all of his handiwork. There is only one reason that Arkansas City is not many times larger than it is and that is its people have lacked the proper vision and the effort to carry it into effect. There is only one way to build a city, and that is to build it, and to build it you have to dig deep into your pockets.

A few evenings since several citizens of this city held a meeting for the purpose of taking the necessary preliminary steps to erect a memorial of some kind to honor the memory of our soldiers. At this meeting it was decided to build a memorial hall and municipal auditorium in order to perpetuate the memory of America's defenders. At this meeting it was proposed to vote a hundred thousand dollars for the purpose outlined by the committee.

Of course, the action of the committee was expected to create some criticism from those who do not possess the city building vision; but in time we hope all will see alike on this proposition.

But now comes a temporary stoppage in proceedings with the proposed improvement. A Kansas law says cities can vote bonds to build auditoriums, but cannot vote bonds to build memorial halls. But this stop in the wheels of progress will be of short duration. Cities and counties that want to memorialize the American soldiers will find a way to do so and when that way is open, Arkansas City will not be behind any other community. It will then build a memorial hall that will be a credit to any community in Kansas. Mark the prediction.




Returning Soldiers Allege They Were Overcharged In Overseas Canteens.

Matter Referred to the War Department for Investigation

Dr. Mott Says Association Would Know Short Comings.

New York, Dec. 24.CWidespread complaints by home coming soldiers of exorbitant charges for services in Y. M. C. A. canteens overseas will be referred to the war department for investigation.

Declaring that the association "wanted to know all its shortcomings" and that "if we are not 'delivering the goods' after the way the people of the country have supported us, we ought to be made to do so." John R. Mott, head of the war work council, announced today that all specific complaints would be placed before Third Assistant Secretary of War Keppel, in charge of army morale, with the request that they be made the subject of an inquiry by the inspection general's office of the American expeditionary forces.

Dr. Mott said that his decision to turn the inquiry over to the war department was based upon a report to him by P. T. Edrop, a Y. M. C. A. chaplain, who made a preliminary investigation by examining written complaints regarding association service and who had interviewed returned soldiers.

Summarizing specific complaints, Mr. Edrop stated that the soldiers charged that in certain sectors canteen charges were excessive; in others, there was a lack of supplies for free distribution near the firing lines and in some cases for sale as well; and that there was a congregation of secretaries in large cities and a noticeable lack of workers near the front at some points, and that some secretaries alienated the sympathies of the troops through an assumption that their mode of living was demoralizing and that workers did their tasks grudgingly and idled whenever possible.

On the other hand, Mr. Edrop said, evidence was abundant,

including official citations by American and allied commanders, of the heroism and devotion to duty of many Y. M. C. A. workers.




Past Year Has Shown Abundant Prosperity.

In Spite of War Activities Prospects are Bright in Arkansas City Says Secretary Heffelfinger.

Arkansas City is on the up-grade, and has no fear of the future, as is shown by the following letter from John B. Heffelfinger, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of that city, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Mr. Heffelfinger says:

"Nineteen eighteen has been Arkansas City's most prosperous year in spite of the war and war activities.

"The city has met all its obligations in all the drives, exceeding the Fourth Liberty Loan quota by 60 percent. Nevertheless, the present bank deposits are over four million dollars, the highest figures in their history. Although this city has sent to France and to training camps more than 600 of its young men, it has allowed no industries or community activities to suffer because of labor shortage. Patriotically this community has felt that farm production must be kept up to normal and that the output of factories and mills must meet government demands. To some extent women have taken men's places in offfices and stores and new labor has moved in. The population has been increased by more than 3,000 as married men with families have come in to replace single men, and to take care of the necessary extension which has been made to industries already existing.

"During the year it has spent $100,000 in modernizing store and office buildings, has completed the largest and best Junior High school in the state at a cost of $185,000; has built a city hall at a cost of $60,000. Up to and including June 1918 there was issued building permits for residences at the rate of $70,000 per month. The four refineries are now sending out nearly 1,500 car loads of oil per month or two train loads per day. The school district's assessed valuation has been increased by three million dollars. Wholesale and retail trade, in spite of all restrictions, has never been better. Community enterprise and citizens' cooperation in connection with all war drives and activities are fixed habits off doing things, making a great potential force in city building that cannot be measured.

"Who's afraid of 1919? Nobody in Arkansas City. We know that the problems of reconstruction will be great, but we will meet them confidently and earnestly.

"The city has made adequate plans to take back at once into immediate remunerative labor all our returning soldiers. There will be a great increase in paving in this city during the coming year. It expects to develop and extend a system of good roads for this community, connecting with the surrounding agricultural districts and extending into the oil-producing regions of which Arkansas City is the center. Adequate housing conditions will be provided for the rapidly increasing population. We will erect suitable public and private buildings, such as a Memorial and auditorium, hotels, store rooms, office buildings, etc. City pride will see to it that the civic plans and ideals of a city beautiful will be realized.

"Strategically located, between Wichita and Oklahoma City, with railroads radiating in all directions and tapping great regions of natural wealth with large possibilities. Arkansas City expects a much better year even in 1919, and a further extension of wholesale and retail trade. It will reap the prosperity which comes from the agricultural and commercial pursuits of peace as normal pre-war conditions again obtain; and it will experience that satisfaction and pride which result from things achieved."



Y. W. C. A. Board Meets

There was a called meeting of the Y. W. C. A. board of directors yesterday afternoon for the purpose of transacting some important business. There was a goodly number present during the afternoon and several plans and discussions were entered into. One of the most important items of this meeting was to secure a secretary. Some time ago these ladies thought they had a secretary engaged to fill this place, but later they received word that she could not accept the place on account of illness in her family. Now a secretary is needed badly and every effort is being made to secure one to fill the office soon. There will be a Y. W. C. A. conference held in Denver, Colorado, January 6 and 7, and two delegates from this city hope to obtain a secretary during this conference.

The gymnasium room will be opened tonight and Miss Davis will have charge of this department. All women and girls of the city are welcome to join. The Bible study class will begin Thursday in charge of Mrs. Gardner. Prof. Betz has kindly consented to help the ladies with equipment for the gymnasium, as he is very anxious to have some place for his young lady students to spend their evenings. These ladies who are so concerned in the Y. W. C. A. appreciate every act of kindness from anyone who cares to help them make this a success and benefit our girls.

Those who were present at this meeting report a most profitable and pleasant one. The gym will be comfortably heated and all who wish to attend may enroll tonight.




A Pioneer Business Man Becomes an Asset To Traders State Bank.

In making the announcement this morning that E. L. McDowell, a pioneer business man of this city, was elected as a director of the Traders State bank, President Creighton said in Mr. McDowell was represented the type of men that are sought for the pillars of this institution. His election as a director fills the vacancy caused by the death of E. G. Osen, of Lyons, who died in the service of the country in France shortly before the armistice was signed.

Mr. McDowell is considered one of the most enterprising and squarest businessmen in Arkansas City. His jewelry store is pointed to with pride by the people of the city, because it is as progressive as any store of its kind in the southwest. He has been in business here since 1884 and he is held in the highest esteem by everyone in Arkansas City. Mr. McDowell, as a successful businesman with mature judgement, will prove a big asset to the Traders State bank.

The directors of the bank were exceedingly pleased with the big advancement it has made, and the active officers, V. E. Creighton and J. R. Hayden, were showered with praise for the remarkable growth of the institution during the last year, the steady stream of customers having grown to such large proportions that the spacious lobby is hardly big enough to accommodate them. The bank is contemplating making the lobby larger in the near future, and other improvements in keeping with the demands and growth of this splendid institution.



Canteen Ladies Busy

The ladies of the local canteen committee are working under difficulties during the present cold weather, but nevertheless each day those who are on duty are prompt and meet every train that comes and goes on the Santa Fe. In the last month over 4,000 soldiers have been served by these ladies here. They thoroughly enjoy the work and delight in making the soldier boys happy. The water in the hut has been frozen and other difficulties have arisen, but have been freely met by the ladies who are in charge each day. These ladies feel fully repaid for their efforts for they know the soldiers appreciate what they are doing for them when they visit Arkansas City.




Ralph Sowden Is Chosen as the Successor to Late A. J. Hunt.

At the annual meeting of the board of directors and stockholders of the New Era Milling company this morning, Ralph Sowden was elected president to succeed the late A. J. Hunt, founder of the mill; N. Sowden was reelected vice president; and Phil Clark, a son-in-law of the late Mr. Hunt, was made secretary and treasurer. The mill for the last year or two operated under government restrictions, but it has been splendidly managed and has prospered. A $50,000 improvement was made during the last year, comprising the construction of eight grain tanks with combined capacity of 250,000 bushels. The last of these tanks are being completed now.

Ralph Sowden and Phil Clark are two young men who have been taught the mill business by the late Mr. Hunt, and both are progressive and exceedingly capable youngg business men with glowing prospects before them.




Reports of Conference Given and New Secretary Received

The board of directors of the local Y. W. C. A. held its regular meeting yesterday afternoon in the Y. W. rooms, with a goodly number of directors present and a very interesting session. The usual business was discussed and transacted and at this time the delegates who attended the conference which was held a short time ago in Denver, Colo., gave a splendid report of the meeting. These ladies stated that at this conference Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas were well represented. These states comprise the west central field of the Y. W. work. The local ladies had the pleasure of hearing from Mrs. Charles Huffman, wife of the lieutenant governor of our state, as she reported on the war work of Kansas. Each of these states mentioned was represented by one delegate to report on this same work. These reports were splendid and will help greatly with the Y. W. work of our city.

The gymnasium classes will now start with a vim as the room is now furnished with the necessary fixtures. Basketball will also be one of the feature sports of this gym. Also, the French and Bible study classes are now ready to begin their work.

Miss Vern Rodger, the new secretary, was present during the afternoon and she is anxious to begin her duties. The directors now feel that a great load has been lifted from their shoulders, now that they have secured a secretary, and one who will be a great help for the girls who make the Y. W. their home.

The rooms are now all filled to their capacity and more ladies are calling each day for rooms. Mrs. Laura Love, the matron, would be pleased to have anyone call her if they know where she can place those people who cannot be accommodated in the Y. W. On account of the absence of the president, Mrs. R. W. Oldroyd, the vice president, Mrs. Walker, presided at this meeting. The directors report a very profitable meeting and state that the Y. W. is now meeting with splendid success.

The newly chosen secretary, Miss Rodger, is a charming young woman and she has already made many friends among the girls of the city. She will hereafter be engaged in the Y. W. headquarters here and she is desirous of meeting all those interested in this work.




Classes of Various Kinds Are Now Being Organized.

The City Young Women's Christian Association is ready for real work at last. Miss Rodger, the general secretary, is here and is already hard at work planning many interesting things for the girls and women of the city.

A French class has already been organized, and has begun work under the direction of Mrs. Stella Yengst. This class is for women who are at leisure on Tuesday and Friday mornings from ten to eleven o'clock. Evening classes will be organized if a sufficient number wish to join.

Gymnasium classes are to meet on Tuesday evenings from seven to eight. This work will be given under the direction of Miss Edith Davis, director of physical work for girls in the high school.

Miss Rodger will conduct a class in folk dancing and will also organize a glee club. An evening each week is to be set aside as recreation evening, at which time the house girls and any members may have practice in basketball and other games.

Miss Roxanna Oldroyd will have charge of the mission study class. Mrs. Gardner has already organized the Bible class, which meets on Thursdays. At six-thirty the members of this class take supper together at the cafeteria and later have their study hour.

It is hoped that a sewing class may be organized in the near future. Another interesting plan, which may soon be in operation, is that of giving noonday entertainments to those who care to attend them after having dinner at the cafeteria.

Miss Rodger will be greatly welcomed in Y. W. C. A. circles. Already the Y. W. C. A. home and cafeteria has had wonderful success; and with the able assistance of the new general secretary, our local Y. W. C. A. will come to the front.



W. H. Cummins of Arkansas City asks for a divorce from Ruth Cummins on the grounds of gross neglect of duty. They were married in Cushing, Oklahoma, August 20, 1916. The plaintiff is an employee of the A. T. & S. F.CCourier.




Local Physician Will Wear Two Bars For Army Service.

Captain E. H. Clayton returned last night from the U. S. army service in Vancouver, B. C., where he has been engaged in the medical service of the forestry department work for nearly a year and a half.

He has received his discharge and will again take up his practice of medicine in Arkansas City. He served a year and 6 months, lacking about three weeks. He will wear two bars on his sleeve for a year's service. Dr. Clayton was at his office today getting a line-up on his work there. During his absence from the city, his wife, Dr. Ione Clayton, has handled his splendid practice in a very capable manner. Besides this she has also cared for their two small children during that time. Dr. Clayton volunteered for service and has seen some real army service in the hospital work, although he did not get to go abroad. His many Arkansas City friends will be pleased to learn that he is again one of us in the best city of the southwest.




George Kelley Came From Joplin, Now in County Jail

Constable Fred Eaton and Policeman Ed Pauley captured George Kelley and a case of pink bottles of whiskey late Saturday afternoon and in less than an hour's time after that Kelley was on the road to the constable's locker. Before Judge Addington Kelley pleaded guilty to having liquor in his possession and was fined $100 and the costs of the action and also received a jail sentence of 30 days. Constable Eaton took him to Winfield. Kelley claimed to be an oil field worker and told the court and officers he had been to Joplin and while there decided to get enough whiskey for his own use to last a while. But he didn't get it home. He was captured at the Frisco station here and was said to be intending to transfer it to the Midland Valley. The bottles which got him into trouble were packed in a grip and a suitcase. Kelley said his home was in Texas, but he had been employed in the Augusta field. He had $21 in money when arrested. He is a man probably 40 years of age and was well dressed. When the officers asked him if he carried any shooting irons and searched him, he said "No," and commented that he had no use for such weapons. He had no weapon of any kind on his person.

In these "bone dry" days the way of the transgressor is hard. If a man is caught who has intoxicating liquor in his possession, he is "blowed up," so to speak.

Immediately after being sentenced Kelley asked if it would be possible for him to secure a parole. He was told by Deputy County Attorney C. L. Swarts that he could not get a parole and that he was not entitled to one. The court told him the parole matter was up to the county attorney, Ellis Fink, of Winfield.

The court probably will issue an order to destroy the goods soon.




But He is Still a Class A Man, Says Captain Day.

In a letter to William Stryker, president of the Security National bank, from Captain E. F. Day, stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas, congratulating the bank for electing R. H. Rhodes as a director, he says in examination of men back from the front at France before they are discharged he found one American soldier who had been wounded twenty-seven times and was still a Class A man.

Captain Day, who was reelected as a director of the Security National bank, says that he doesn't know when he will be




The local Eagle lodge is preparing to move its quarters from the Fifth Avenue theatre building to the building they recently purchased on North Summit street. The Moose lodge has purchased the opera house block. The Eagles will move on Friday.




Women Armed With Pledge Cards Are Out Today.

There Was Great Enthusiasm at the Meeting of the Team Members Held On Saturday Night.

Armed with enthusiasm and a pledge card, some of the most prominent women of the city are visiting the business and residence districts today asking support for the girls of the city in the campaign which the Young Women's Christian Association is making to raise $7,000 in order to enlarge its sleeping accommodations and make other improvements in the building.

Saturday night at the Y. W. C. A. the captains and workers gathered to receive final instructions from the chairman of the campaign, Mrs. W. M. Gardner.

Mrs. Gardner said that the workers were like soldiers enlisted in the army of service to mankind and that they were there to get their marching orders from their commanding officers, Miss Amy G. Bruce of Denver, executive secretary for the West Central Field of the Y. W. C. A., and Miss Vera Rodger, secretary in charge of the Arkansas City branch.

Mrs. Gardner spoke of the pressing need for a rest room at the Y. W. C. A. where weary women and girls could find a haven for a few hours and where the young girls in the gymnasium classes could rest after their exertions. She said that often women in the city between trains came up and begged to be permitted to lie down and rest, and that some provision should be made to care for them.

Miss Bruce spoke on the awakening all over the country to the need for caring for the girls if the nation is to progress and work toward the great ideals for which America stands all over the world.

"This week," she said, "I am sure Arkansas City is thinking in terms of girls. I find that all over Kansas they are thinking in the same terms. I was amazed to get a call the other day from El Dorado. El Dorado has thought so long in terms of oil that we thought they were going to continue so thinking forever. But, behold! They are thinking in terms of girls. They wrote me and said that they were in despair over the situation of their girls. There was nothing for them to do. They wanted the girls interested. 'We must do something,' they wrote, 'to keep the girls off from the streets.'

"All towns in Kansas the size of yours are waking up and thinking in terms of the youth of their communities. And you splendid women who are willing to go out next week and beg not for yourselves but for somebody else, you who believe in your cause and believe in girls, are going to have a very special joy when you see this humble center grow and develop year by year into a wonderful club for girls that shall solve so many problems for you."

Prof. E. G. Betz was also one of the speakers.

He said: "People on the outside do not know what comes to us of the business world. It means so much to people who send their daughters in here to have them cared for. If you enlarge your sleeping accommodations, I want to help. It really gave me a pang when I heard that girls knocked on the door of the Y. W. C. A. and knocked in vain. We cannot afford as a town to feel disgraced because we cannot take care of the girls who come to us."

The captains and their teams are:

First WardCCaptains, Mrs. C. N. Hunt and Mrs. Charles Cusac; Lieutenants, Mesdames B. C. Geeslin, F. M. Taylor, Fred Jepson, Tom Stewart, R. L. Rhoads.

Second WardCCaptains, Mrs. Frank Bryant and Mrs. A. Carlton; Lieutenants, Mesdames George Norris, W. B. Conrad, J. O. Campbell, M. W. Roloson, J. C. Nix, J. Slater, C. M. Pitt, W. T. Bloomheart, J. Bienfang, A. H. Dohrer, M. Ruf, F. Watson, M. C. McIntire, Mary Humes, S. A. Brown, Clarence Bryant.

Third WardCCaptain, Mrs. John Probst; Lieutenants, Mesdames Chester Harris, Raymond Finnefrock, Hartley, Alfred Sowden, Phillip Clark, Stickelmire, Will Becker, Bert Houston, Will Rector, R. L. Baker, and Miss Hazel Smith.

Fourth WardCCaptains, Mrs. Albert Denton and Mrs. George Wheeler; Lieutenants, Mesdames Arthur Bly, J. Funk, Joseph Cooper, William Moore, W. W. Mathews, M. D. Haney, M. C. Crouse, A. H. Dohrer, Charles Spencer, J. S. Mowatt, Jack Ogren, Fred Lewis, and Miss Lulu Hunter.

Enterprise AdditionCCaptain, Mrs. A. F. Morrison.

Sleeth AdditionCCaptain, Mrs. Burns.

County DistrictsCCaptains, Mesdames Will Seyfer, Moore, Abrams, Fred D. Mott, G. Smallfield, J. W. Nelson, Charles Baird, J. A. Ramsey, L. Guthrie, and Miss Mary Bossi.

SchoolsCCaptain, Miss Bella Smith.




Women Armed With Pledge Cards Are Out Today.

There Was Great Enthusiasm at the Meeting of the Team Members Held On Saturday Night.

Armed with enthusiasm and a pledge card, some of the most prominent women of the city are visiting the business and residence districts today asking support for the girls of the city in the campaign which the Young Women's Christian Association is making to raise $7,000 in order to enlarge its sleeping accommodations and make other improvements in the building.

Saturday night at the Y. W. C. A. the captains and workers gathered to receive final instructions from the chairman of the campaign, Mrs. W. M. Gardner.

Mrs. Gardner said that the workers were like soldiers enlisted in the army of service to mankind and that they were there to get their marching orders from their commanding officers, Miss Amy G. Bruce of Denver, executive secretary for the West Central Field of the Y. W. C. A., and Miss Vera Rodger, secretary in charge of the Arkansas City branch.

Mrs. Gardner spoke of the pressing need for a rest room at the Y. W. C. A. where weary women and girls could find a haven for a few hours and where the young girls in the gymnasium classes could rest after their exertions. She said that often women in the city between trains came up and begged to be permitted to lie down and rest, and that some provision should be made to care for them.

Miss Bruce spoke on the awakening all over the country to the need for caring for the girls if the nation is to progress and work toward the great ideals for which America stands all over the world.

"This week," she said, "I am sure Arkansas City is thinking in terms of girls. I find that all over Kansas they are thinking in the same terms. I was amazed to get a call the other day from El Dorado. El Dorado has thought so long in terms of oil that we thought they were going to continue so thinking forever. But, behold! They are thinking in terms of girls. They wrote me and said that they were in despair over the situation of their girls. There was nothing for them to do. They wanted the girls interested. 'We must do something,' they wrote, 'to keep the girls off from the streets.'

"All towns in Kansas the size of yours are waking up and thinking in terms of the youth of their communities. And you splendid women who are willing to go out next week and beg not for yourselves but for somebody else, you who believe in your cause and believe in girls, are going to have a very special joy when you see this humble center grow and develop year by year into a wonderful club for girls that shall solve so many problems for you."

Prof. E. G. Betz was also one of the speakers.

He said: "People on the outside do not know what comes to us of the business world. It means so much to people who send their daughters in here to have them cared for. If you enlarge your sleeping accommodations, I want to help. It really gave me a pang when I heard that girls knocked on the door of the

Y. W. C. A. and knocked in vain. We cannot afford as a town to feel disgraced because we cannot take care of the girls who come to us."

The captains and their teams are:

First WardCCaptains, Mrs. C. N. Hunt and Mrs. Charles Cusac; Lieutenants, Mesdames B. C. Geeslin, F. M. Taylor, Fred Jepson, Tom Stewart, R. L. Rhoads.

Second WardCCaptains, Mrs. Frank Bryant and Mrs. A. Carlton; Lieutenants, Mesdames George Norris, W. B. Conrad, J. O. Campbell, M. W. Roloson, J. C. Nix, J. Slater, C. M. Pitt, W. T. Bloomheart, J. Bienfang, A. H. Dohrer, M. Ruf, F. Watson, M. C. McIntire, Mary Humes, S. A. Brown, Clarence Bryant.

Third WardCCaptain, Mrs. John Probst; Lieutenants, Mesdames Chester Harris, Raymond Finnefrock, Hartley, Alfred Sowden, Phillip Clark, Stickelmire, Will Becker, Bert Houston, Will Rector, R. L. Baker, and Miss Hazel Smith.

Fourth WardCCaptains, Mrs. Albert Denton and Mrs. George Wheeler; Lieutenants, Mesdames Arthur Bly, J. Funk, Joseph Cooper, William Moore, W. W. Mathews, M. D. Haney, M. C. Crouse, A. H. Dohrer, Charles Spencer, J. S. Mowatt, Jack Ogren, Fred Lewis, and Miss Lulu Hunter.

Enterprise AdditionCCaptain, Mrs. A. F. Morrison.

Sleeth AdditionCCaptain, Mrs. Burns.

County DistrictsCCaptains, Mesdames Will Seyfer, Moore, Abrams, Fred D. Mott, G. Smallfield, J. W. Nelson, Charles Baird, J. A. Ramsey, L. Guthrie, and Miss Mary Bossi.

SchoolsCCaptain, Miss Bella Smith.


The First Vesper Service.

The first of a series of vesper teas given at the Y. W. C. A. Sunday afternoon proved a very attractive affair. The Y. W. C. A. orchestra gave some brilliant numbers and the High School Glee club proved its right to the splendid reputation it has made for itself. It is under the direction of Miss Sleeth and the members include Miss Bertha Butler, Miss Vera Pickett, Miss Marguerite Brown, and Miss Ramona Abrams. Mrs. W. M. Gardner presided at the meeting, with Mrs. George Wheeler as hostess of the afternoon. Miss Amy Gordon Bruce made a most interesting talk. About 50 people were present at this service.



First Day's Work is Very Gratifying to the Women.

The Workers Are Busy Today Canvassing Residence Section of City in Behalf of the Girls.

The widow's mite proved mightyCmighty in sympathy, mighty in generosity, and mighty in the qualities of the spirit.

She is a woman who is educating her boy and helping out her slender store by keeping roomers. The women in her ward who approached her to give in the campaign which the Y. W. C. A. is making to raise $7,000 did so rather timidly, wondering if it was just right to ask her to give away what she so plainly needed for herself. The widow heard them through and then said quietly that she was so glad they had come to her, that she had not much to give but that she wanted to help the girls of the city; and then she made a donation that would have put to shame many leisurely people, could they have been there.

But the first thousand dollars has been raised, although several teams only just organized yesterday and started out today for the first subscription, and other teams did not report yesterday.

That the public conscience of Arkansas City is growing by leaps and boundsCand by public conscience one really means the sum of individual consciousnessCwas shown by the attitude of many of the citizens. Some of them increased their last year's subscription over three times; others doubled it; and still others made it twenty times as great. Mrs. M. C. Crouse, who last year gave but five dollars, having been a visitor at the Y. W. C. A. daily and seeing the many splendid things that are accomplished for the girls, decided that she wanted to aid it materially so she presented the worker who asked for her subcription with a check for $100.

Today a huge thermometer swung on wires across the street in front of the Y. W. C. A. As the public interest increases and the fund grows, the thermometer will go up.

Watch it rise!

The few teams reporting yesterday were:

Mrs. C. N. Hunt and Mrs. Charles Cusac..$365.00

Mrs. Frank Bryant and Mrs. A. Carlton.$197.00

Mrs. John Probst.$188.00

Mrs. W. M. Gardner, chairman.$162.50

The Kanotex Refining Co. .$108.00

The largest subscriptions were:

Harry Bayliss and Mrs. Elizabeth Bayliss.$ 50.00

Mayor and Mrs. C. N. Hunt................$ 25.00

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goodrich...............$ 40.00

Mrs. A. V. Franklin......................$ 25.00

Mrs. F. L. Richey........................$ 24.00

Mr. and Mrs. Foss Farrar.................$ 24.00

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Brown.................$ 25.00

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dixon.................$ 24.00

Mrs. J. P. Johnson.......................$ 25.00

Mrs. E. L. McDowell......................$ 25.00

Doane & Jarvis...........................$ 25.00

Prof. E. G. Betz.........................$ 40.00

Mrs. M. C.Crouse.........................$100.00




Richard C. Howard, Editor-Publisher

J. Max Coulter, Assistant Editor

Harry D. Howard, Business Manager





When the Huns were making gigantic efforts to break through the French lines at Verdun in 1916, the heroic Frenchmen adopted the slogan: "They Shall Not Pass." And they did not pass, because this historic watchword kept the French soldiers' spirit aflame.

Arkansas City is the battleground of one of the most important campaigns in its history. The Young Women's Christian Association is asking for $7,000 to sustain itself. Let us adopt a twin slogan to the one used so effectively by the French. We suggest the watchword: "They Shall Not Fail," for this campaign.

The Y. W. C. A. has already proved its worth to the commun-ity. It is asking for a very modest sum to "carry on." Arkansas City couldn't make a better investment than $7,000 to sustain this splendid and indispensable organization.

O. Henry, whose broad understanding of human nature enabled him to write the greatest human interest stories of his time, said: "The shop girl must use the street corner for her parlor, the park is her drawing room and the avenue is her garden walk."

Temptations beset the girl on the street and in the park that are not so frequently encountered by her if she has an attractive and home-like place where she can entertain her beaux. It is impossible for the working girl to take a young man to her room in a flat or rooming house and seldom is a parlor available in those places. The Y. W. C. A. has solved this problem for the shop girl, the factory girl, or the school girl. It has a very spacious parlor where the girls may receive their friends and entertain them in wholesome surroundings. There is a piano and a phonograph in this parlor. The girls are not allowed to stay up too late at nights, but there are no mean restrictions placed upon them. It is their home and all the influences of any good home are at work there. The Y. W. C. A. is next to mother to the young woman who is away from her own home.

Argument is advanced that if there was a Y. M. C. A. for the young men they wouldn't frequent pool halls. But there's where the young man has it on the young woman. He has a place to go at least where he can find amusement, and the young woman has no place to go. It's up to Arkansas City to provide a place where she will have amusements and where she can live at prices that do not consume all her wages.

The present Y. W. C. A. is not large enough. Instead of asking for $7,000, it ought to be asking for several times that amount to build a new Y. W. C. A. home; at the same time the campaign should include a Y. M. C. A. building. A site should be secured and the two buildings constructed upon it with a park between them. Arkansas City will some day recognize the need for them, but the present drive by the Y. W. C. A. for $7,000 is sure to go "over the top," if the people will respond in the measure the cause deserves.




Y. W. C. A. Workers Are Still Very Busy Soliciting

Women Who Are Engaged in This Work Will Meet Tonight to Make Their First Report.

The Y. W. C. A. campaign for funds for the local association's yearly budget of $7,000 is now going merrily on and the women who are doing the soliciting are very much encouraged on account of the manner in which they are being treated. Funds are coming in quite rapidly, as the report of the second day's canvass shows. Women workers are making a house to house canvass and they are meeting with great success at present.

Tonight the members of the various teams, headed by their respective captains, will meet in the Y. W. C. A. dining hall for dinner and to make their first official reports on the canvass for funds. The women are going to complete the work of soliciting the funds this week, at least that is the plan today.

Mrs. Russell, the publicity manager, has gone to Wichita on Y. W. work, but she is expected to return on Friday. At present the work is being carried on under the supervision of Mrs. W. M. Gardner and Miss Rodger, the local secretary.

Following is the report of the finances subscribed on Tuesday:

First wardCMrs. C. N. Hunt and Mrs. Chas. Cusac, captains. Total $179. Large subscriptions:

$100CNewman Family.

$ 24CDr. L. D. Mitchell.

$ 25CMr. and Mrs. Chas. Cusac.

Second wardCMrs. Frank Bryant and Mrs. Anthony Carlton, captains. Total $90. Large subscription:

$ 25CDr. Young.

Third wardCMrs. John Probst, captain. Total $164.65. Large subscription:

$ 50CUnion State Bank.

Fourth wardCMrs. Denton, Mrs. Geo. Wheeler, and Mrs. Jack Ogren, captains. Total $376.05. Large subscriptions:

$ 50CMrs. A. H. Denton.

$ 25CMrs. Edith Haney.

Industries C Mrs. Gardner, captain. Total $175. Large subscription:

$100CNew Era Milling Co.




Subscriptions Today Are Nearing the $3,000 Mark

Reports of Team Captains Given at Meeting Last Night and Several Men Give Talks to the Women.

Last night at six o'clock the women who are serving as captains of the Y. W. C. A. campaign now in progress in this city met in the Y. W. rooms for supper and to give reports for the day's work. All of the captains were not present on this occasion, however.

Therefore, the report was not complete. The ladies are working very faithfully and taking a great interest in this worthy cause. After the supper was served, Rev. Gardner made the first address in behalf of the Y. W. C. A. and its influence upon the young women. His address follows:

"When I first came to this town and for a considerable time thereafter, I was known as the Rev. W. M. Gardner, pastor of the First Presbyterian church; but I am now known as the husband of Mrs. Gardner. In our bedroom there is a desk and an old fashioned commode and large bureau. When we first came to Arkansas City, it was thought the desk would be large enough for Mrs. Gardner's needs; but she has the desk full to overflowing, every drawer and even the top of the desk covered with Y. W. C. A. material. Then she moved to the commode and filled the drawer where I kept my collars; now she has finally moved over to the large bureau; and if the campaign kept up much longer, I am sure we would all have to move out of the house to make room for the Y. W.

"I can't imbue you with any more pep and enthusiasm than you now have. You are doing well. Getting $1,000 a day is good, but you will have to beat that if you are going to get $7,000.

"Personally, I believe after living in Arkansas City and knowing the spirit of the people, there is $7,000 in Arkansas City for this work and you are going to get it. Some people know and believe in the splendid work the Y. W. C. A. is doing. But some people do not know. You must acquaint them with it and some day your work will have far outgrown your present quarters and you will have a building of your own. Your task ought to be easy. With a fine year of accomplishment behind you, you should not feel faint hearted. I have no doubt there are hundreds of people waiting to be asked to give. You may be a little timid, a little worried as to the reception you will get when you ask for subscriptions; but with the work the association has done in the past year and the influence it is wielding, the workers in this campaign ought to be able to approach every man and woman in this community with confidence because you are doing a mighty work. If you can prove to this community that you are doing, not a good, but a necessary work, you need not be afraid to go out and ask for money to continue it. The experience of the young girls you have helped is an argument sufficient and you can go forth armed with your pledge cards and ask, "What are you going to do for the Y. W. C. A.?", secure and confident that through grace and grit this community is going to do the right thing by you."

Secretary John B. Heffelfinger of the Chamber of Commerce also made a few timely remarks to the women in regard to the work that these ladies have started out to do and he gave them some very much appreciated advice. Mr. Heffelfinger is very much enthused over this proposition and would like to see the amount needed to make this a success be subscribed by the people of this city. Mr. Heffelfinger told of three things to be considered and his remarks were addressed to the ladies on the soliciting committees. He believes this to be a very important work and that the proposition should be made clear to the people; and when they understand it, they will open their hearts and then their pocketbooks and give liberally. Mr. Heffelfinger offered many good suggestions which will help the ladies greatly in their work in completing this campaign.

Mrs. Gardner told of several people who had subscribed, raising their subscriptions when they thoroughly understood the proposition. Mr. Heffelfinger offered his services in any way he could be of any help to the ladies in their great work.

Prof. St. John was called upon to address the ladies in regard to their work and also offered many very good suggestions to be used in the raising of the amount designated. While Prof. St. John is somewhat of a stranger in our city, at the same time he is very much interested in this work for our young ladies and hopes to see this Y. W. a real success. He is in a position where he would like to see a Y. W. that would accommodate all teachers and girl students who care to make this their home for at the present time this association has not been able to do this. He puts special emphasis on the need of an extension and would be greatly pleased to see it a real success, of which he has no doubt. Prof. St. John states that our girls must be protected and this Y. W. is the proper place to protect them. Perseverence is the only thing and do not stop, he advised the women, until you put the quota across.

Following are some of the large sums subscribed for the day yesterday:

$ 50CMrs. George Wheeler.

$100CA. C. Mill.

$100CKroenert Bros.

$ 50CRobert Cox.

$ 30CMr. and Mrs. Anthony Carlton.

$ 36CGilbreath & Calvert.

$ 50CMrs. Denton.

One case was cited wherein a young man raised his subscription from $12.50 to $20.00 after he had learned how splendidly the association is caring for the young women at the present quarters.

Report From Wednesday

First wardCMrs. Hunt and Mrs. Cusac. Total $61.29.

Second wardCMrs. Frank Bryant; Mrs. Carlton. Total $228.75.

Third wardCMrs. John Probst. Total $82.40.

Fourth wardCMrs. Denton, Mrs. Wheeler, and Mrs. Ogren. Total $206.60.

IndustriesCMrs. Gardner. Total $290.50.

SchoolsCMrs. Belle Smith. Total $21.00.

Total for day: $890.54


Total for the three days:

First ward ------------ $ 605.23

Second ward ----------- 515.75

Third ward ------------ 435.65

Fourth ward ----------- 582.65

Industries ------------ 628.00

Schools --------------- 21.00


Grand Total: $2,788.28




F. F. Fitzpatrick and Frank McDowell Form Partnership

A new real estate firm has been formed in this city, to be known as the Fitzpatrick & McDowell firm. The owners are R. F. Fitzpatrick and Frank McDowell, both well known to the residents of this community. Their office is located at 104 West Fifth avenue, in the basement of the Union State bank, Fifth avenue entrance. The firm will be a general real estate, insurance, rental, and farm loan business.

Their formal announcement will appear in Friday's issue of the Traveler.

Mr. McDowell has been in business alone for a short time at this location, and Mr. Fitzpatrick has just entered the firm. These two men are among our most substantial and well known business men. They have friends not only in Arkansas City but in all the surrounding county as well. Mr. Fitzpatrick is an expert accountant and a former city clerk of this city. Mr. McDowell has handled live stock and has been engaged in other business affairs here for many years. Each of them is a gentleman in the truest sense of the word, and that they will secure their portion of the real estate and insurance business of this city goes without saying.




Y. W. C. A. Gives Financial Report of Its Condition

Subscriptions Up to Date on Campaign For Funds Have Passed the $3,000 Mark Today.

In order to answer the many questions that have arisen during the campaign which the Y. W. C. A. is making for $7,000 to see them through the coming year, to explain what the money raised last year, and which amounted to $4,000, was used for and what the money which they are collecting this year will be spent for, the Y. W. C. A. is publishing its yearly report for the information of the public.

The following sums were expended:

$ 475.00 - for rent.

$2,418.00 - for furnishings and equipment.

[$ 354.25 used for house furnishings;

$ 804.70 for equipment of the cafeteria;

$1,259.05 for furnishing the dormitories.]

$1,312.19 - salaries.

$ 407.86 - upkeep, repairs, light, insurance, fuel, water, tax,

telephone, laundry.

$ 21.10 - office supplies, printing, postage.

$ 56.20 - conference expenses.

$2,577.40 - food supplies for cafeteria and license.

$ 2.75 - refund.


$7,270.50 - total expenditures.


The receipts from the cafeteria were $4,800, from which the running expenses of this department were paid.

The organization has asked for $7,000 this year. Of this sum $3,500 will be required for rent, gas, and electric light, heat, laundry, telephone, insurance, office supplies, water, tax, salariesCincluding a salary for a general secretary, an assistant secretary, a cafeteria director, a chief cook, three kitchen helpers, and a janitress. In addition, there are conference expenses, religious and educational work, work among girls, social, physical training, and printing and advertising. Out of the fund collected, $2,000 will be used for expansion since class rooms are needed badly; extra sleeping apartments could be filled since girls are turned away every week; and in addition, the summer campCwhich is so popular elsewhereCshould be established; and some money is required to expand the indoor and outdoor recreational work.




Arkansas City Is Picked For Location and Railroad Facilities

Arkansas City is picked for a branch office and supply center by the Cosden Oil company of Tulsa, by reason of its central location in the Mid-continent field and unexcelled railroad facilities, W. C. Brockton, representative of the company, stated to the Traveler this morning.

Mr. Brockton said the district offices for El Dorado, Augusta, Covington, and Arkansas City fields will be established in this city at once. He was here today to find suitable

offices. The superintendent of the operations in this district will come here with his office force.

The location of this city and the splendid railroad connections made a forcible impression on Mr. Brockton, who declared the widespread advertisement of these tremendous advantages could not be used too profusely.




Arkansas City Is Picked For Location and Railroad Facilities

Arkansas City is picked for a branch office and supply center by the Cosden Oil company of Tulsa, by reason of its central location in the Mid-continent field and unexcelled railroad facilities, W. C. Brockton, representative of the company, stated to the Traveler this morning.

Mr. Brockton said the district offices for El Dorado, Augusta, Covington, and Arkansas City fields will be established in this city at once. He was here today to find suitable

offices. The superintendent of the operations in this district will come here with his office force.

The location of this city and the splendid railroad connections made a forcible impression on Mr. Brockton, who declared the widespread advertisement of these tremendous advantages could not be used too profusely.



The Y. W. C. A. is still plodding towards its goal of $7,000 that must be subscribed by this community toward support of this splendid organization. Some prejudice has been created against the Y. M. C. A. by adverse reports on its activities in France, as related by soldiers, but this should not be extended to the Y. W. C. A., which is a distinctly separate institution. The latter has earned the financial backing it is asking by the splendid service it has rendered to the community for the last year.





Bill Against Pro-Germans Still in Committee, He Finds.

Is the house committee on educational affairs afraid to make a favorable report upon Representative "Dick" Howard's bill?

Mr. Howard, of Cowley, thinks so because the committee notified him last night that it had killed his bill.

As previously related (when the Howard bill was first introduced) the bill is "agin" the teaching of German and has particularly drastic provisions concerning teachers who were German sympathizers. It provides that an investigation shall be made and if it is found that any teacher holding any sort of a certificate is a sympathizer of Germany or Austria, that the certificate shall be revoked.

Having published and edited a Kansas daily newspaper for thirty odd years, the gentleman from Cowley has learned a few things about legislatures, even though he never served as a member before. One of those things is that a nice, safe way of squelching a bill is to let it be killed in committee.CTopeka Capital.




Some Nice Subscriptions Are Still Being Turned In.

The directors of the local Y. W. C. A. have decided not to finish the campaign for funds until the solicitors have seen all the people who are willing to give. One of the plans of the committee for this year is to fit up the large flat roof outside the dormitory as a roof garden, where the girls can be comfortable in summer. It is planned to have lumber placed on the roof, with canvas overhead and with cots there to be kept that way all during the hot summer. Another plan is a summer camp at the Green ranch, or somewhere else near the city, where the girls may spend a few days vacation.

The directors want to extend a welcome to all the girls of the city, irrespective of religious belief, to the rooms, cafeteria, club recreation, classes, and club supper, every Thursday at 6 o'clock. The price of the club is 25 cents.

The directors sincerely thank all donors to the Y. W. for their noble assistance.

Miss Laura Pollock, of Brownsville, Texas, formerly of this city, writes the following encouraging letter to the committee:

"I just heard of the Y. W. C. A. drive that is being carried on there and would like to be permitted to do a very small part in a cause that has always interested me so much. Am only sorry that I am not there to be of personal service, but am sure that you have plenty of good help. Hope you may soon reach your goal."

Names of contributors giving $24 and upwards are made public in this campaign and the following large subscriptions are reported for yesterday:

John Perl, Milliken refinery ---------------- $24.00

A. E. LeStourgeon, A. C. Ice Co. ------------ $40.00

C. G. Wright, Geuda Springs ----------------- $25.00

Kansas Gas & Electric Co. ------------------- $50.00

If anyone has been overlooked in the publishing of names in this connection, please notify Miss Rodger, local secretary, or phone 195.


MONDAY, MARCH 10, 1919


Monarch Pool Hall and Jason Williams' Harness Shop Robbed.

This city seems still to be infested with burglars, and petty thieves; and this time two well known business houses were entered and robbed of money and other valuables. Last night some party or parties broke into the Monarch pool hall and cigar store, located at 206 South Summit street, by breaking out a window pane in the rear of the store and then breaking a staple off the inside door, thus gaining entrance to the main floor of the building. The cash register was broken open and $37 in silver money, mostly small change, was taken. The officers are at work on this case today.

Last Friday night someone entered the Jason L. Williams harness and saddlery shop, located at 104 South Summit street, and stole about $160 in money and a valuable diamond ring, which was the property of the wife of Mr. Williams, now deceased. In this robbery the safe door, which was not locked, was opened and the money drawer inside the safe was pried open with a file. The sum of $150 and the diamond ring were taken from the safe. The cash register was opened and the sum of $10 was taken from it. In this case, the robbers closed the safe door and also closed the cash register so that the theft was not discovered until these were opened by Mr. Williams on Saturday morning. The police kept this robbery a secret on Saturday and Sunday in the hope of securing some clue to the parties who did the job. No arrests have been made as yet in either this or the Monarch case.

Last night the night policemen called Mr. Williams out of bed and notified him that a window in the rear of the basement had been broken out. Mr. Williams got up and made an investigation of the affair, and found that someone had broken a window and gained entrance to the basement. The would be robbers, however, did not get to the main floor this time. Mr. Williams is of the opinion that the same parties who did the job Friday night made the second attempt last night.




Two Business Houses Broken Into and Ransacked Last Night.

The night prowlers and pilferers were busy here again last night, and on this occasion at least two stores were broken into and ransacked. The Peoples store, located at the southeast corner of Summit street and Washington avenue, was entered by way of a basement window on the north side of the building, and the place was ransacked to some extent. The lock on the inside of the window was broken off, perhaps by prying it loose with some iron instrument, and the lock was found lying on the floor inside the basement room, which is in charge of Hugh Ford. Mr. Smith, one of the managers of the Peoples store, told a Traveler representative this morning that the robbers did not secure any money from the store and so far there were no goods missing. However, he admits that they might have taken goods from the shelves, which could not now be missed. The cash register in the basement department was left open by Mr. Ford and there was no money left in it last night.

The United Millinery Co. store, located at Summit street and Adams avenue in the old St. Charles hotel building, was the second place entered and torn up by the burglars. At this place entrance was gained to the building by prying a rear window open with an iron bar. The piece of iron was left lying outside the window. In this store the burglars went through the money drawer at the desk, but found no money. They left a gold watch and pair of diamond ear bobs, which Miss Andrey Durrill, the manager, had placed in the money drawer. She says she had $100 hid away in the store. It looks as though the party or parties who entered this store knew that she left the money there for they ransacked the place thoroughly but failed to find the cash. Hats were thrown all about the place in an effort to locate the money, evidently. It is safe to say that the money will not be left in the store at night again. Miss Durrill is at a loss to know why they did not take her watch and valuable ear bobs.

One of the parties who was robbed of some money in this manner very recently remarked today that should the robbers be captured, they would no doubt be dealt with very severely.

Smith Bros., the clothiers, discovered this morning upon entering the store that their back door was standing open. As the place showed no signs of having been ransacked, they concluded that they had left the door open last night themselves.



Humor in the Ranks

Sergeant Major Roy Fitzpatrick, in writing home frequently mentions bits of humorous occurrences of his everyday life at Camp Kearney, San Diego, California. In his last letter he relates this one:

"Sitting in my office where I am most of the time now, making out discharge papers, and doing such other work as the demobilizing of a regiment brings up, my old colonel from the 82nd came around today and actually shook hands before leaving for Seattle, where he goes to a new post. It certainly surprised me when he came up to my desk and said, "Well, good bye, sergeant major." I jerked the cigar I was puffing away on out of my mouth, kicked the chair out from under me in getting up, and snapped to attention. He has always been ever so nice and easy to talk to, but I never felt like relaxing in my military attitude on that account. That was my first experience of the kind and is an unusual oneChaving a regular army colonel shake hands with a mere sergeant major."


MARCH 14, 1919


Association Members Will Hold Session Next Tuesday Night.

The annual meeting of the Young Women's Christian Association will be held next Wednesday evening, March 18th, at 8 o'clock in the Y. W. C. A. rooms. This is a very important meeting. Every member of the association is invited and expected to be present. Reports of the past year's work from all departments will be given at this time. The constitution of the Y. W. C. A. reads, "The management of this association shall be vested in a board of directors of not less than eighteen women, who shall have supervision over all work", etc. "These directors shall be elected by ballot of the electors at the annual meeting." "At the organization of the association one-third to be elected for one year, one-third for two years, and one-third for three years. Thereafter, one-third of the full board shall be annually elected for a term of three years."

The following ladies' terms expire at this time: Mrs. Geo. Wheeler, Mrs. H. S. Gibson, Mrs. F. W. Deane, Mrs. W. C. Ireton, Mrs. A. H. Moore, Mrs. F. M. Taylor. These women have been very efficient and faithful in their service and merit the thanks of the entire association. Let there be a full attendance at the meeting Tuesday night.

If our association is worth preserving, it is worth the time and effort necessary to make it function well.

If it is worth keeping alive at all, it is worth the interest and enthusiasm that will make it glowingly vital. The life of the Young Women's Christian Association in Arkansas City, in large measure, will be determined by our coming year's work.

So let us go forth with a rapture in our hearts, with no sense of our own importance; but with quiet gratitude for the privilege of working toward the goal, which is nothing less than the high purpose of our association leading and directing our young women and girls in loyalty to Jesus Christ.



FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 1919


W. R. Ranney Will Use Old Overall Factory For New Plant

W. R. Ranney, president of the Ranney-Davis Mercantile company, has enlarged the original plan for a candy factory. At first it was going to be placed in the big concrete building, used as a garage by the company on South First street, but the plan has been changed by Mr. Ranney, and the new candy factory will occupy the old overall factory building in Enterprise addition. It will be considerably larger than planned at first. The machinery is arriving daily and is being placed now. The new factory will be in operation by April 1st and twenty people will be employed at the start. Tom Henry, one of the best candy makers in the United States, has been hired to manage the plant. All kinds of candies will be manufactured and distributed in several states.

Mr. Henry was formerly in the candy making business here, and his ability is recognized in this part of the country. He has been an expert candy maker for many years, and with his large experience in the making of candy linked with the progressive business spirit of W. R. Ranney, the new plant is expected to not only be successful at the start but that it will grow and additions have to be made from time to time.


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 1919

The Ormiston shoe store of 216 South Summit Street was robbed of $80 in bank notes and a small amount of silver money last night when someone entered the store by way of the basement door. The safe was left unlocked unintentionally and the bills were taken from the safe. There was $5.00 in silver in the cash register and only $1.50 of that was taken. The robbery was reported to Mr. Ormiston by the merchant's night watchman, that night.




Winfield Boys Enroute to Arkansas City, When Car Overturned

While traveling at a rapid speed on the rock road north of Arkansas City, a Ford coupe with Harry and Leslie McBeth and Forest Booton of Winfield, as occupants, overturned Sunday evening. They struck a pile of rocks on the road, turning the car over, completely demolishing it, and injuring the three young men. The car was owned by Forest Booton. Harry McBeth received severe cuts on the head and a badly sprained wrist. Leslie McBeth sustained painful cuts about the face. Booton was only slightly injured and was able to resume his position with the Winfield Ice company, Monday.

The McBeth boys are employed by the merchants delivery. The injured men were taken to Arkansas City, where they were given emergency treatment, returning to Winfield later. They were reported to be racing with the Santa Fe train No. 405 when the accident occurred.CCourier.



Buys a Business Block.

Miss Ethel Duvall, owner of the Duvall Pharmacy, 200 block South Summit street, has purchased the building in the 300 block South Summit, occupied by the Stagg barber shop and Vaughan shoe shop, from R. W. Anderson, farmer, residing north of Arkansas City. Miss Duvall will not do anything with the block at present, but she is contemplating making some extensive improvements in it later. She owns 25 feet front.




Business Session Last Night Was Very Successful Affair.

Last night the annual meeting of the Y. W. C. A. was held in the Y. W. rooms with a large number of ladies present and a most interesting session. Many very fine reports were given and should have been heard by more of the members of the Y. W. This is a grand work and all women of the city should have a part in making it a success. Those who have been instrumental in making the local Y. W. a success are pleased to know that their efforts have not been in vain.

Mrs. Oldroyd, chairman of the Y. W. C. A. board, presided at this time. Mrs. Gardner conducted the devotionals, after which the reports were given. Mrs. Clark, secretary of the board of directors, gave a splendid report. During the year eleven regular meetings have been held, fifteen called meetings, and an average attendance of eleven or more at these meetings. Mrs. Denton, treasurer, also gave her report, which was published a few days ago in the daily papers. Mrs. Gibson, chairman of the cafeteria committee, told of the successful year this department has had and stated that on the first day 17 meals had been served and on Feb. 28, 85 meals were served, showing an increase of 20 percent in nine months. Mrs. Gibson says the success of this department in the past nine months is due largely to the able manager and director, Mrs. Love. Credit is also due the ladies who untiringly and willingly assisted in this work. The ladies wish to thank everyone who has assisted in this department. Mrs. Andrews, chairman of house furnishings, gave a good report. She states that ten rooms have been furnished throughout at a cost of about $135 a room. Some of the rooms were furnished by individuals and clubs. There are nineteen girls now known as regular roomers. Mrs. Gardner reported that $5,200 had been received from the recent drive and she extended a word of thanks to the people of the city for this sum of money which will be used in extending this work.

During this meeting six ladies were elected to fill the six places made vacant by those retiring from the board. Those who retired were Mrs. George Wheeler, Mrs. H. S. Gibson, Mrs. Frank Doane, Mrs. A. H. Moore, Mrs. W. C. Ireton, and Mrs. F. M. Taylor.

There were nineteen names placed on the board; and of these Mrs. Geo. Wheeler, Mrs. H. S. Gibson, Mrs. J. O. Campbell, Mrs. Frank Bryant, Mrs. A. H. Abrams, and Mrs. Edwin Tufts were elected. The association is in splendid condition and the new year is starting off with fine prospects.

Mrs. J. O. Brown stated that there were 318 paid members up to date. Miss Rodger, the general secretary, reported for the three months that she has been in charge. She found some very interesting facts connected with the survey that she took; namely that 100 girls were attending business college and that 65 of these were from out of town, 25 girls were employed in laundries with an average wage of $8.00 per week, 32 girls were working in the telephone office and the majority of these were living in the city, 37 young ladies were employed in the Santa Fe offices with an average wage of $85.00 per month.

Miss Rodger has organized Bible study classes, French classes, business, English, folk games, and an orchestra. The organization of the business girls will be perfected on Friday of this week. Miss Rodger states that one of the biggest things the Y. W. stands for in any community is the "Big Sister" movement. We are here to give a friendly hand to any girl who comes to us, no matter what her religion or the condition of her pocket book. We want our Y. W. C. A. to really stand for home to the girl who is away from home, Miss Rodger stated.




Doors at Hill-Howard Motor Company Found Open.

The Hill-Howard Motor Company's place of business, located in their new building on South Summit Street, was entered and robbed last night for the third time inside of a month. The first time, which was several weeks ago, the robbers secured $8, the second time they got $17, and the third time, last night, they got $20 from the safe by working the combination on the door of the safe and then opening the money drawer with a screw driver. That instrument was left lying near the safe last night.

An attempt had also been made to open the fire proof safe, which contains valuable papers, but the robbers failed in this attempt.

The first two times the place was entered, the robbers only ransacked the work shop in the basement of the building. Last night, however, they got onto the main floor and robbed the safes described above.

D. R. McWilliams, who is employed by the Hill-Howard company, stated this morning that he and his wife had attended the picture theater last night and that he went to the place of business at 10:15 o'clock to put his car away. After he had opened the side doors on the south of the building to put the car in, the merchants' night policeman, Will Shaw, appeared on the scene and told Mr. McWilliams that he had found those doors open a short time before and had closed them. Shaw also said that some of the officers had found the side doors open once before, during the night.

The large number of robberies and burglaries in the city during the past several months has created much uneasiness among the businessmen and the police have, so far, been unable to secure any definite clue. In nearly every case, the intruders have left some signs of having been acquainted with the lay of the ground where they worked, which is a puzzling feature to the officers. Chief Peek has instructed his assistants to arrest any and all suspects in an effort to gain some knowledge as to who the guilty parties are.



Young Woman's Club

Friday evening at Y. W. C. A., a Young Woman's Business club was organized. Fifty young women were present and everyone felt that such a club would be of great benefit. The Young Woman's Business club extends a cordial invitation to every business girl in this community, both in a social and instructive way. The club will meet at 6:30 for supper at the Y. W. C. A. on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Membership to the club will be by application and the club extends a cordial invitation to the business girls.




Doors at Hill-Howard Motor Company Found Open.

The Hill-Howard Motor Company's place of business, located in their new building on South Summit Street, was entered and robbed last night for the third time inside of a month. The first time, which was several weeks ago, the robbers secured $8, the second time they got $17, and the third time, last night, they got $20 from the safe by working the combination on the door of the safe and then opening the money drawer with a screw driver. That instrument was left lying near the safe last night.

An attempt had also been made to open the fire proof safe, which contains valuable papers, but the robbers failed in this attempt.

The first two times the place was entered, the robbers only ransacked the work shop in the basement of the building. Last night, however, they got onto the main floor and robbed the safes described above.

D. R. McWilliams, who is employed by the Hill-Howard company, stated this morning that he and his wife had attended the picture theater last night and that he went to the place of business at 10:15 o'clock to put his car away. After he had opened the side doors on the south of the building to put the car in, the merchants' night policeman, Will Shaw, appeared on the scene and told Mr. McWilliams that he had found those doors open a short time before and had closed them. Shaw also said that some of the officers had found the side doors open once before, during the night.

The large number of robberies and burglaries in the city during the past several months has created much uneasiness among the businessmen and the police have, so far, been unable to secure any definite clue. In nearly every case, the intruders have left some signs of having been acquainted with the lay of the ground where they worked, which is a puzzling feature to the officers. Chief Peek has instructed his assistants to arrest any and all suspects in an effort to gain some knowledge as to who the guilty parties are.





Italy is criticized by the administration bought and paid for organ at Wichita because it is threatening to withdraw from the peace conference because the allies won't give her Flume. It was understood when Italy entered the war that old possessions would be restored in the event the allies won. Alsace-Lorraine is going back to France, and Italy demands the fulfillment of promises made to her. Italy entered the war May 23, 1915, two years before the United States joined the allies, and only by the entry of Italy were the allies able to hold back the Huns until President Wilson finally discarded his "too proud to fight" slogan and asked the United States senate to declare a state of war against Germany April 2, 1917. War was declared April 6, 1917. The facts are if Italy had not entered the war when it did, the United States might not be participating in a peace conference today, but it might be getting ready to save its own "bacon" from the Germans. Italy is simply looking out for its own interests instead of blindly following the president of the United States in its efforts to set up a visionary peace for the world. Some old scores against the Germans and Austrians will have to be settled before permanent peace is secured.



Dread for the future condition of mankind fills the heart of every advocate of the Wilsonian scheme for world unity. A league of nations must at once be formed to protect the members thereof from themselves or bolshevism will walk red handed over the face of the earth shrieking death and ruin to mankind; chaos will reign; murder will be rife; and outrage the rule. These are the predictions of the insane advocates of the league of nations. That there will be a return to barbarism by civilized peoples is what these visionaries threaten. This condition is already in existence in Russia and is spreading to some extent in Germany. It, however, is making no progress elsewhere that is at all dangerous. But for the lusty howls sent forth by the alarmists, not much notice would be taken of it. It barks too loudly.

The world would stamp bolshevism and all kindred evils out of existence in short order if world leadership were not at present in control of idealists and theorists. It has dealt with such things before, and knows the proper rremedy.

Civilization will in proper time and in spite of all the efforts by the jawsmiths, "swat" bolshevism with a big stick. Then the aforesaid jawsmiths will clothe themselves in sackcloth until such time as they can find another scare.





Representative Howard Made an Excellent Showing in Legislature



R. C. Howard and wife returned home last evening from Topeka, and today R. C. was shaking hands with friends and getting a line on the progress of the city during his absence.

Mr. Howard has made exceptionally good as a legislator and comes back knowing he has accomplished something of real value, not only for the state but likewise for this community.

He says he had the hearty cooperation and valuable help of Representative McDermott, who was a big man in the legislature, and also of Senator Smith in the upper house; and that he likewise cooperated with them on legislation they desired.

Some of the things for which we must thank our mutual friend Dick for are the sprinkling and garbage bill, which makes it possible to have a clean town the year around and distribute the cost of this work proportionately among the taxpayers. This city will now be able to raise a fund of $4,500 for this work, whereas it has been done heretofore by begging for the funds. The paving bill which makes it possible to pave streets to five-eights of a mile in the country is a most necessary piece of legislation, and is more than emphasized with conditions locally. The county pays for thirty percent; city for thirty percent; and forty percent is charged to the property abutting. The city commissioners and county commissioners may do this work on proper resolution. The mechanics lien law is also another of Mr. Howard's bills. Now the poor cuss who works with a team can procure a lien for the amount of his hire and that of the team, whereas heretofore he could not enforce the collection of the wage for the team by the lien route. The memorial bill was another good measure. It provides an easy and economical way to construct suitable memorials for soldiers. In case of this city, if the people vote it, a suitable levy may be made to provide for the construction of a memorial hall, voting bonds in much the same way as that provided now for public works or buildings.

One of the greatest needs of the entire county now is that of the bridge bill, which makes it possible to construct a $50,000 bridge without a vote, whereas before the amount was so low that a bridge across any of the larger streams could not be constructed without manipulating so as to provide for some improvements which might not be considered necessary.

Mr. Howard lost out on the provision for a refund for state guard uniforms. The bill passed the house, but it failed of passage in the senate.

Mr. Howard speaks in highest terms of the Cowley County delegation, or that part from Winfield, and said they worked hand in hand on all measures of importance and that there was not a hitch anywhere with them. He said one could not tell whether he was a resident of Winfield or Arkansas City from his demeanor on legislation, and the same conditions prevailed with the other members from Cowley. One very significant feature Mr. Howard noted in the legislature was that there was no predominating organization such as has ruled the legislatures heretofore. It was a free hand with all of them and measures had to show merit to get by with them.CArkansas City Daily News.

The above splendid notice of the efforts of the editor of the Traveler as a legislator makes us feel as if we had eaten a box of dried apples and drank a barrel of hot waterCall swelled up. When one's neighbors and competitors brag on him, it gives him a feeling that he has done his duty and fills his heart with unexpressible emotions. We certainly appreciate the kind words bestowed on us for the work done in the legislature.




Hard Surfaced Highway Across the County Approved by Them.

Petitions Will be Circulated in the Benefit Disttrict by Teams From Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. D. U. Walker of north of Arkansas City seemed to hit the nail on the head at the noonday good roads luncheon in the Y. W. C. A. rooms today when she declared there was no longer any argument against good roads, because all that kind of argument had been killed by the impassable condition of the roads this winter.

All the farmers present who spoke lined up for the hard surfaced road across Cowley County.

Representative R. C. Howard was the first speaker. He said the main object in the legislature this year was good roads because they improved every community that had them. He also expressed the desire to see good roads running east and west as well as north and south.

Secretary Heffelfinger of the Chamber of Commerce explained the facts about the hard surfaced road for this county to the farmers. He said other parts of the state are taking immediate advantage of the federal and state aid in road building, and that unless this county got busy at once the federal aid might become exhausted before it had a definite program for a new road. Federal and state aid amounts to three-fourths of the cost of the road. The first come will be the first served. The state highway commission said Federal aid is only obtained for the state system of highways already existing, which means that the hard surfaced road across this county will have to be the rock road. The cost of a hard surfaced road is as follows: Gravel road per mile $8,000 [NOT REALLY SURE OF AMOUNT...OBSCURED]; concrete road per mile $34,000; brick road per mile $48,000. The width of the road is figured at 18 feet wide and these figures on the cost are the minimum.

Secretry Heffelfinger said a hard surfaced road from one end of the county to the other and 125 miles additional good roads would cost less than a million dollars. The valuation of this county is $63,000,000 and its taxes last year amounted to $900,000. A large amount of this money was spent on temporary improvements of roads as dirt roads cannot be permanently improved. They are continual expense. The cost of a hard surfaced road figured by the acre would amount to 4-1/4 cents per acre for concrete, 6 cents per acre for brick, and one cent per acre for gravel for twenty years, making the cost of a gravel road per year $1.60, a concrete road a little over $7.00, and a brick road about $10.00.

The petition for the road to be valid must represent 35 percent of the landowners and 51 percent of the land and 51 percent of the landowners, or 60 percent of the land alone. Open bids would be advertised for, and the preference of the people in the benefitted district considered, in the type of roads they want. The plans and specifications would have to be approved by an expert of the department of agriculture at Washington. The benefit area will be two miles east and west of the hard surfaced roads. The state highway commissioner has already approved of this road, which will go through as soon as the petitions are submitted to him.

Neal Pickett said that 70 percent of the money spent on the road would remain in this district, only the cost of the brick or cement going away from here.

Mr. Markham said he is in favor of the hard surfaced road. He said the state grange this year would be held in Ft. Scott on account of the system of good roads there which the farmers wanted to see. He said the roads in this county this year had been worse than he could remember during his 40 years residence in the county.

Ira J. L. Allison said the only opposition to the road would be from those who do not live on the road, which he characterized as selfishness. He said it would be foolish for this county to lag behind when other counties are going ahead building good roads and getting the benefit of the federal aid.

Mr. Holman, Mr. Snell, and Mr. Murat said they were in favor of the road and so did R. B. Baird, who is also anxious to have the scenic highway made into a permanent road. Mr. Rambo said the hard surfaced road was what he wanted if it cost 15 cents per acre.

Secretary Heffelfinger explained that the government was giving federal aid to road building because it wanted to see a system of hard surfaced highways established between all the county seats of the union.

The petitions will be circulated during the next few days and it was believed from the universal sentiment that prevailed among the farmers at the luncheon for the hard surfaced road from the Butler County line to the state line south of Arkansas City, there would be very little opposition.


March 22, 1919


Former Arkansas Cityan Opens New Up-to-Date Plumbing Shop.

Arkansas City is having another new business to add to its many bustling enterprises. C. A. Bahruth will open up a new and up-to-date plumbing and heating shop Monday morning. Mr. Bahruth has rented the building formerly occupied by Cafe Grand, located at the corner of Central Avenue and Summit Street. His bathroom and plumbing fixtures are already here and he will have a complete plumbing and heating shop.

C. A. Bahruth is a former Arkansas City young man. He worked as a plumber here for seven years and left here about four years ago for Pittsburg, Kansas, where he worked for some time and recently has been associated with the Winfield Plumbing company of Winfield, Kansas. He stated today that Arkansas City looked so good to him that he could not resist the temptation to come back here and go into business. Mr. Bahruth has moved his family here and has moved into his own home at 425 South Second street. He will have in his employ only expert plumbers and his slogan will be "Better plumbing with the highest efficiency." Mr. Bahruth takes a large space in the Daily Traveler today telling you all about his plumbing facilities. Read it for full particulars.




Jason Williams Store and Monarch Billiard Parlors Visited Last Night.

After several weeks' let-up of robberies of the business houses in Arkansas City, the robber or robbers broke loose again last night. The Monarch billiard parlor was entered last night, entrance being gained by breaking out a window in the basement of the building. The robber opened the cash register at the Monarch and took all the change within, which amounted to about $4. This is the second time the Monarch has been robbed in the past few weeks. The first time $37 was stolen from the cash register.

Jason Williams stated that when he opened his cash register this morning he discovered it had been "touched." Mr. Williams does not know whether his place was entered Saturday night or Sunday night, as he was not in his place of business all day yesterday and did not discover the robbery until this morning. The robber or robbers gained entrance into the Jason Williams harness shop by breaking out a glass in the rear of the store and pulling out a couple of nails that the window was nailed down by, after which they raised the window and entered into the store. Mr. Williams stated that the robbery of his store must have taken place before the rain as the glass taken from his window was laid on a bench near the window, and it showed where the rain hit it last night. After gaining entrance the robber or robbers opened the cash register and took all the money in it, which amounted to $10. Nothing else was molested. This is the second time the Williams store has been robbed in the past few weeks. The first time the robbers secured $150 in money and two diamond rings, which were kept in the safe. The robbers did not molest the safe the last time. Right after the first robbery, Mr. Williams' store was broken into through the basement, but the thieves could not get to the first floor as the door leading from the basement was barred.

It is thought that the robberies are being committed by someone who is well acquainted with the surroundings about Arkansas City because for the past two weeks several plain clothes men have been stationed about the different parts of the business section trying to catch the thief or thieves. Friday evening they were dismissed from duty and Saturday or Sunday night the two store robberies took place.



Y. W. C. A. Elects Officers

The board of directors of the Y. W. C. A. held a business meeting Saturday afternoon in the Y. W. rooms for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year. This was only a short session of the board, and today the regular business meeting was held. Miss Davis resigned from her duties in the Y. W., as being a teacher in the city schools made it impossible for her to attend to any other work besides the school duties. At the meeting today Mrs. Oldroyd assigned the various committees to their regular work.

The officers are as follows: Mrs. Oldroyd, president; Mrs. Walker, reelected vice presidentCbut owing to other duties could not serve at this timeCMrs. Gardner was then chosen to take this office; Mrs. Clark, secretary; and Mrs. Denton, treasurer.





Filming of Play at 101 Ranch Open to Public Tomorrow

Arkansas City people, who have been wishing that they could see a real moving picture made, will have the opportunity of doing so tomorrow if they care to drive to Bliss, Oklahoma. Tom Mix and company, which include more than fifty others, have been working on a film playlet called "The Making of a State" at Miller Brothers 101 Ranch; and on Sunday, which is the last day, the ranch will be open to the public from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Besides seeing the filming of the picture, the spectators may also witness exhibition of bronco busting, cattle roping, and other cowboy stunts. It is said that a moving picture of the crowd will also be taken. A small admission will be charged spectators; and the entire receipts, it is said, will be given to the funds for a new church in Bliss. A number of Arkansas City people will probably go to Bliss tomorrow to attend the entertainment.



OCTOBER 31, 1919

Home From the West

A. H. Denton, president of the Home National bank, returned last night from a six weeks visit with his wife and son, Frank, in Los Angeles, Calif. He reports a fine time and a pleasant visit in the west. His wife and son are doing nicely and enjoying splendid health at present. Mrs. T. W. Eckert, formerly of this city, came home with Mr. Denton to visit her grandson, W. H. Smith, assistant cashier of the Home National bank.

Virginia and William McCormick of Los Angeles also accompanied Mr. Denton and Mrs. Eckert here to visit their aunts. Mrs. V. E. Creighton and Mrs. J. S. Mowatt.



OCTOBER 31, 1919

Kirk Dale returned from Topeka this morning, where he went as assistant city attorney to attend the telephone rate hearing. It was continued until next Monday. Mr. Dale learned from the general manager of the company, while he was there, that the proposed $65,000 improvements, including new underground cable and switch board extensions, are going to be held up until it is determined whether the proposed mutual telephone company is going to enter the field here in competition with the local company.



OCTOBER 31, 1919


Jack Kantzer Picks a Site South of Paint Factory Building

Construction of a new $15,000 or $20,000 planing mill just south of the Midland Valley railroad track on South Summit street will be started at once by Jack Kantzer, who recently disposed of his planing mill and site on North Summit street. The new building will be 60 x 90 feet and it will be built of concrete or brick. Mr. Kantzer has not decided which as yet. He bought twelve lots south of the American Paint & Color company's building.

The offices and bench room will occupy the first floor, and all the machinery will be located on the second floor. Mr. Kantzer received temporary offers to go elsewhere after he sold out, but he has prospered in Arkansas City and he has decided to remain here.





Roy Burford and Associates to make $150,000 Improvement

The deal for the purchase of the Highland Hall block has been practically completed by J. R. Burford and associates. The owner, Mrs. Katherine McKittrick, receives $30,000.

By the purchase of the Highland Hall Block, Mr. Burford and those associated with him in the deal have consumated their plans for a moving picture palace in the heart of the business district on Summit Street. Recently they purchased the building occupied by the Saddle Rock Cafe and the Kinslow-Day Motor Co. for $30,000 from George Chaney. Their plan now is to build a theatre in the rear of these buildings 60 by 125 feet. The Saddle Rock cafe building will probably be converted into a soft drink and cigar store in conjunction with a lobby for the picture house. The entire enterprise will cost in the neighborhood of $150,000, and the improvement will begin within the next four months. The seating capacity of the theatre will be 1200.




Athletic Field at Paris Park

Ol Paris, accompanied by Ivan Trusler, physical director of the city schools, and a large class of students filled the commissioners' room. Mr. Paris said they wanted an athletic field in the south part of the park, which could be secured by extending the tile pipe about 390 feet and filling in. Mr. Trusler said a track field was not available in the city, and that a sand dune west of the city had to be used last year. Despite this handicap the local school won second place in the state meet. He said athletics would have to be cut out in the local schools unless a suitable place can be found for practice.

Mayor Hunt stated that he had instructed the city engineer a month ago to take a complete survey of Paris park for the purpose of scheming big improvements for next spring when a levy of $5,000 will be available. Mr. Hunt demanded to know why the school board did not join hands with the commission and help provide a playground for the school pupils. The city engineer said he had been instructed by the mayor to plan proper drainage for the park, and that it was an engineering problem which would have to be worked out in detail and not piecemeal. Mr. Paris said all they wanted just now was the pipe, but he was informed the whole improvement would have to be made at one time. Mayor Hunt also stated that it was planned to dredge the lake and sand the bottom and that a pump to keep the water fresh had already been purchased. He said all the available park money was going to be spent on Paris park next spring.

Commissioner Murray said Mr. Paris was entitled to seek improvements for Paris park because it had always been a secondary consideration to Wilson park for the last two years and under previous administrations.

The students gave their high school yell for the city in the hall as they left.





Nila Mac, an Arkansas City Girl, Playing Lead on Broadway.

The New York Morning Telegraph published November 16th, contained a quarter page picture of Nila Mac, an Arkansas City girl. She is starring in "Where's Your Wife."

The ambition of Nila Mac has always been to be a leading lady on Broadway, and her ambition is now realized. When she first entered on her stage career, she informed the editor of the Traveler that she would never be content until she was playing leads on Broadway. She has been plugging away at the actor game for several years and it has only been by her extraordinary talent and perseverance that she has landed at the top. Nila has the leading role in the farce called "Where's Your Wife" and she is playing at the Punch and Judy theatre, Broadway, and is meeting with the greatest of success.

Many in this community who knew Carl Mac, Santa Fe engineer who met his death at his post of duty several years ago, and also know his estimable wife and talented daughter, will join the Traveler in extending congratulations to Nila and continue to wish her further advancement. When she lived in Arkansas City, Nila was the kid that everyone liked and now that she has gone from us and made good, everyone will admire her all the more.



Dr. Day; Dick Keefe; Jim Gilliland; Ol Paris; Albert Newman; etc.



The Local Rotary Club Hold First Luncheon

An Enjoyable AffairCAdopted Two Amendments to BylawsCMembers Tell of Their Vacations During Summer.

The Rotary Luncheon last evening at the Newman tea room was one of the most successful affairs the local Rotary has held in a long time. It was the first luncheon the Rotary has held after a summer's vacation. President E. L. McDowell presided and did so with great dignity and at the same time emanated the proper Rotary pep and spirit during the session. Secretary John Heffelfinger read two amendments to the bylaws of the local order, which were unanimously adopted. One was in effect that any Rotarian missing two meetings was suspended; the other was that all members shall pay five dinner dues in advance beginning Sept. 22.

He also announced that the Rotary club of Blackwell would be here at the next meeting. He invited every member to be present filled with enthusiasm. The Blackwell club has been having a difficult time to arouse proper Rotary spirit and was coming up here to absorb some of the Arkansas City Rotary pep; and a very big meeting is expected at the next luncheon.

At the luncheon last night there were 10 members absent, there being 37 present. The 10 members who were absent were nearly all out of town or were detained away for some good reason.

At the conclusion of the excellent luncheon, which was one of the best ever served at a Rotary meeting in this city, President McDowell announced that a large number of the members of the Rotary club had been away to spend their vacations and he would ask a number of them to tell about their trip, what kind of a time they had, who went with them, who they were with while away, and how much money they spent; and in fact, tell about anything that made them have a good time.

Dr. Day

Dr. Day told about his army experience in a very brief, but interesting style, claiming he was treated fine and enjoyed his experience except those that he had with a Presbyterian parson. He said that the parson was a cross-eyed man; and that every day the army compelled him to put on a boxing bout, it was impossible for him to tell just which way the cross-eyed parson was going to hit. Dr. Day frequently got the worst of the practice.

Dr. Day told other incidents which were interesting; and finally said that he had often heard it remarked that Arkansas City was the best town on earth and contained the best people. After his nine months experience in the army in Texas, he was positive that both of these assertions were absolutely true.

Dick Keefe told of his vacation and said that he and his two boys went on their trip, leaving Mrs. Keefe at home, and of course they had a real vacation. They first went to Wichita, Kansas City, and Chicago where they took in all the sights. He visited his old home at Ottumwa, Iowa, and Burlington, Iowa, then St. Louis, Kansas City, and back home. He claimed the trip only cost him $125.11. All who believed this part of the story were invited to stand on their heads at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Summit Street at noon tomorrow. Keefe said it was great sport to go on a vacation and take his boys. He stated: "Not only do they make you see everything that is to be seen, but they ask so many questions that there were no questions left to be asked. Thus consequently when the trip was over, they had seen everything and talked about everything."

Albert Newman told of his trip to Maine by automobile, and his experience in driving the 6,700 miles. When they started they had no prearranged plan, but they had all agreed to meet at a certain date at Weld, Maine, and do so. Mr. Newman said that after leaving Arkansas City he had no trouble until he got to Augusta, where a knock in the engine developed. He discovered that the trouble was due to two loose bolts, which had not been tightened in a service station here. After repairing the car he went on to Kansas City and St. Louis. In crossing Missouri he broke a couple of springs, but otherwise he had but very little trouble. On the entire trip he said that he had but three punctures. He found the worst piece of roads in Illinois. One peculiar thing about Illinois was that instead of having bridges across rivers, he had to be ferried over. He had to be ferried over the Illinois river. There were no bridges across the Illinois closer than 100 miles of each other. He passed on through Indiana, Ohio, and into New York, Massachusetts, then to Maine, having a fine time and but little trouble. He claims he made the whole trip without a radiator, which is correct because of the fact that his car is not equipped with a radiator.

Ralph Dixon, in telling of his summer's vacation, made the wittiest talk of the evening. It seems that Dr. McKay, Ralph Brown, Foss Farrar, and Albert Faulconer all went to Colorado Springs in their automobiles and they had an unusual amount of trouble, but had a good time. Brown, McKay, and Faulconer had a great deal of radiator trouble; and they had to buy new radiators before coming back. In telling of the radiator trouble and other incidents, Mr. Dixon related them in a very interesting style and kept his hearers in laughter. He stated that the bunch spent all the money they had and came home thoroughly tired out, but were refreshed in spirit.

Dr. McKay, Ralph Brown, and Albert Faulconer gave their vacation experiences, which were along the same line as Dixon's. Mr. Faulconer said that he had two vacations, one to Colorado and one to California. He said he thought California was an undesirable place to live, because of the undesirable population. There were so many Chinese and Japanese there, and they were in all classes of business, and the stores there had Chinese signs on their windows to attract trade. The same was true of other foreigners. He called California a place of beautiful spots. In one place there would be one of the most sightly and beautiful spots to see and then adjoining it there would be 10,000 acres of mesquite and sand that did not appear to be worth a cent.

Charlie Masters said that he went to Geuda Springs on his vacation and took treatment from Dr. Holt a day or so; and after getting a supply of medicine, went to Bartlesville and joined his brother, Jim, and they went to St. Joe and St. Louis on a buying trip. Charlie claims one of the instructions of the doctor was not to drink any beer, and he followed the doctor's orders. Notwithstanding that he said he had a nice time, he was glad to get back home.

Jim Gilliland

Jim Gilliland told of his vacation by saying that he went to Sterling for a several days visit. He had no sooner landed in town than every man he met insisted on him going to the harvest field to work. He told everyone of them that if they did not get anyone else, he would help them. Finally the last man he told came to him in the morning and told him that he could not get anyone else, and that he would have to go. Jim said he went to the harvest field and worked several days and got along very well. He had the satisfaction of earning more than he spent on his vacation and also the pleasure of aiding a farmer who was sorely in need of help.

Ol Paris

Ol Paris, Alla Moore, Parson Gardner, Foss Farrar, Dr. Mitchell, C. E. Beck, C. G. Roseberry, Prof. C. E. St. John, and Phil Fitzgerald told of their summers experience while away on their vacations.

Ol Paris told of his drive with Mrs. Paris to the west visiting Colorado, Utah, Montana, and other places of interest to be seen. They did not visit the National park in Colorado for the reason it was so dry and dusty and all the hotel accommodations were taken.

Alla Moore went to Colorado Springs and he had a most delightful time; and Foss Farrar and Ralph Dixon, Ralph Brown, and the Arkansas City contingent spent all the money he had, he claimed.

"Parson" Gardner said he went to St. Louis. He and his two boys started from Arkansas City in their old Haynes car, while the women went on the train. The best feature of the trip was that he sold his old Haynes car in a community where neither he nor the car were known; consequently, he expected no trouble from the sale.

Dr. Mitchell spent two weeks in Canada and had a most delightful time hunting and fishing. The lake he was at contained 1,600 islands; and at no time on this lake could a man be more than one-half a mile from land. He caught a great many fish and came home greatly improved in health.

Foss Farrar testified along the same lines that McKay, Brown, et al did. He claimed that most of his trouble was due to the fact of his associates.

C. E. Beck and his wife went to Detroit to attend a credit men's meeting and had a most delightful time. From Detroit they went to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and other eastern cities and came home very much pleased with their outing.

C. G. Roseberry said his vacation was a trip to Detroit to get Dodge cars for a number of his customers, some of who went along to drive them home. He had a good time and was glad that he had combined pleasure with business.

Claude St. John told about being a Lawrence, where he spent his forenoons at the university and the afternoons at the Santa Fe station trying to see any Arkansas City people who might be passing through.

Phil Fitzgerald said he made a trip to Kansas City and that pleasure and business were combined, but he had a good time.

F. E. Goodrich said he had not taken his vacation trip yet, but pretty soon he was going to roll up $500, put it in an inside pocket, and start away on that trip. His intentions were to have a good time and he did not think there was anything that would stop him.

There were several others there who had been away on vacations; but as the time was getting late, President McDowell adjourned the club to meet when the Blackwell visitors come to our city.





The city commissioners met in regular session this morning at the city building and after the routine work, the first business taken up was the proposition that Mr. Southard of North Eighth street had to offer...wants Eighth street opened, grade, straightened, and a two-way concrete bridge put in on Chestnut avenue across the canal...also wanted the water mains extended to take care of that street...later on expected the property owners there would ask for some kind of paving. Matter discussed: no money to handle at present time in street fund.

A petition was presented asking that the alley be paved in the block in which is located the Presbyterian church. A majority of the property owners signed the petition. The petition was referred to the city engineer. Another petition asking for paving from Central avenue to Cedar avenue on Fifth street was ready. It was signed by 26 property owners. This was also referred to the city engineer...this paving was to be of brick.

Claude Vaughan, city treasurer, presented his resignation to take effect October 2...resigning because his private business has grown to such an extent that he cannot afford to give his time to city work...resignation successor selected at meeting.

Mayor Hunt made the statement that he had a petition signed by ten Mexican residents of this city, who while not living in the city, asked that they be given permission and assistance in building a school house to which Mexican children could be sent and taught Spanish. After a considerable discussion it was decided to refer the petition to the school board as the site selected and petitioners were out of the city limits. It was also brought out at the meeting there was possibly a law passed during the 1919 legislature preventing the teaching of foreign language in elementary schools.

City Attorney Kirk Dale reported on the ex-City Engineer Alford claim. Mr. Alford asked for $200 in payment for gasoline used in his automobile while he was city engineer. Mr. Dale recommended that the bill be rejected.

The gas company served notice on the city that after the next reading of the meter, gas used at the municipal pump house would cost 17-1/2 cents per thousand increase of 5 cents per thousand feet.

The question of the franchise given to the Arkansas River Gas company was brought up and it was announced that the ordinance as passed had been accepted by the company. It was also stated that Mr. Shyrock, president of the company, was quite sick at Tulsa and was unable to be here to look after business matters at present.

Mr. Murray took the floor and made a talk in regard to the city establishing a municipal electric light plant. Mr. Murray said Arkansas City was talking about voting $150,000 in bonds for a memorial hall and he said that it would be much better if this money was voted for a city electric light plant. He said the plant at Winfield was a money maker for the city of Winfield and the profits from the plant were assisting very materially in paying the expenses of that city. Mr. Murray claimed that Winfield's taxes were 25 per cent cheaper than those of Arkansas City and he thought it might possibly be the light plant was the cause of the reduction.

Mayor Hunt asked Mr. Murray if he would like to change towns. Mr. Murray said "No," and stated "if a municipal electric light plant made money for Winfield, it might do the same for Arkansas City." City Clerk Sinnott said that it was only re-cently that Winfield had issued $40,000 refunding moneys to pay outstanding warrants. Mr. Murray replied that this would not necessarily have anything to do with the electric plant business and that on the other hand it might have had to issue more than $40,000 bonds if it were not for the electric light plant.

Mayor Hunt then took the floor and said that he objected to the statement made by Mr. Murray that our taxes were higher than other towns. It would indicate that this city was extravagant. He claimed that the reason the taxes were higher was due to the many improvements that had been made. He went on to say that the water plant was a good investment for Arkansas City and that all of the old indebtedness and a part of the new improvement indebtedness had been paid out of the water receipts and that there was now remaining in the neighborhood of $100,000 still to be paid on the water plant. This included the $190,000 that was originally paid for the water works and the $98,000 that was voted for the water works extension under the Reed administration. Mayor Hunt said that the water works had not only been self-sustaining, but that two supply wells had been paid for out of water receipts, and that all of the extensions that had been put in and water works improvements had also been paid out of the water receipts. The municipal water plant was the only thing for several years until this year that a tax levy had not been made to assist in keeping up. The levy this year was due to the fact that so many water extensions had been made and it was thought best to levy 2/10 of a mill for hydrant rental to help out.

At this time City Attorney Kirk Dale brought up the matter of the paving maintenance bonds. He said that on South First street while there had been a contract bond filed, the maintenance bond had not been filed. He understood the bond was ready to be filed; but as the bond was in the Lion Bonding company, he recommended that the bond be not approved by the city. H. O. Beaty, agency supervisor of the Lion Bonding company, was present and he said that the city would have to accept the bond offered by Mr. Stanton, contractor, for the reason that there was no law permitting the city to refuse a bond in a company that was good. He claimed that the bond was good and that because a controversy existed between the city and the bonding company over other bonds which were being adjudicated was no cause for refusing another maintenance bond from the Lion company. Further discussion of the matter was postponed until this afternoon when Mr. Beaty will meet with the city commissioners at 2 o'clock.


Kirk Dale asked permission of the commissioners to use the commissioners room for American Legion meetings. Permission was granted.


Mr. Murray took the floor once more and asked when the memorial hall election was to be pulled off. The mayor replied Oct. 21. He stated from what he heard of the conversation that occurred at a recent committee meeting that the members of the committee were expecting much more than they would possibly receive. Some of them talked like it was to be a community center affair with Y.M.C.A. and swimming pool, etc. He said that such a building as was talked over by the memorial committee could not be built for less than $200,000 or $250,000. He said he was opposed to the memorial building at this time; and Commissioner Clay joined in and said that he was opposed to voting any bonds for anything for the reason that it was going to make taxes so much higher. He also stated that Arkansas City had done a big lot of improving and it had all cost a lot of money. Mr. Murray continued his talk and said that if the city was figuring on building a memorial hall with auditorium that it could possibly be done for $150,000; but it would be a small affair and would not satisfy the city.

Mr. Hunt said that this was the opportune time to vote bonds for the memorial hall as later on the people would forget all about the soldier boys being overseas and as time elapsed would lose much of their patriotism. This could hardly be possible when there are cities building memorials to the veterans of the civil war. Mr. Hunt said that the matter was up to the people; and if they vote $150,000 for a memorial building, he was willing they should have it. He said that he had corresponded with the new hotel architect and he said that he could guarantee a building to be erected for the bonds voted and that was about the only concrete proposition they had to offer with the election.





I. E. Cornell Branching Out in Business in Arkansas City

I. E. Cornell, manager of the Saddle Rock cafe, is a thorough believer in Arkansas City. Only a few months ago he purchased an interest in the Saddle Rock cafe from Frank Axley. Mr. Cornell has been managing the Saddle Rock; and under his management, it has developed into one of the finest eating places in the southwest.

Mr. Cornell's new business venture is a modern bakery. He has leased the lower floor of the building at 115 West Fifth avenue. This building was formerly occupied by the A. V. Gas company. Mr. Cornell has had the building remodeled and redecorated all in white. New linoleum has been laid on the floor and today workmen are installing the machinery for the new bakery. Mr. Cornell has named his place "The Sanitary Bakery." This bakery is new and modern in every detail. Its system of baking bread has been a great success in the east. In fact, it is a new "wrinkle" in the bakery business and nothing like it has ever been in Arkansas City before.

Mr. Cornell is having installed the Meek Reel oven in the large display window of his bakery. It is a sort of a see what you are getting bakery. People can stand in front of the window, see the mixing of the dough, the baking of the bread in the oven, and how evenly the bread is baked by the revolving ovens. The oven has a capacity of turning out 112 one-pound loaves of bread in 40 minutes, or 96 pound and one-half loaves in the same length of time. The Sanitary Bakery will be a strictly retail store on the cash and carry plan, and its one big feature is assuring the customers of hot bread, well and evenly baked at all times. Mr. Cornell will continue to manage the Saddle Rock, but has employed an experienced baker from Kansas City to run the bakery.





Harry Derry Spares No Expense To Give City The Best

Arkansas City has a number of progressive young business men who are forging ahead by reason of their faith in the future of the city; but none of them has any more enterprise than Harry Derry, who has just completed the installation of some new equipment and enlarged his bakery until it can invite comparison with any similar institution in Kansas.

The Derry sales room has been located in half of one room in the 100 block on South Summit Street, but the entire room in the building has been leased for the entire Derry bakery plant. It has been remodeled and redecorated in white, and it presents a very attractive and sanitary appearance. The equipment in the building used by Derry's Bakery on South A street has been moved to this new location on Summit street.

The new Meek reel oven will be installed in the front window, and hot bread may be served from it to the consumer continuously. Fancy pastries will be baked in the large oven formerly used for bread. A large new oven will be installed also. Everything will be fresh all the time and the operation of the entire plant will be visible to the public. Mr. Derry has spared no expense to make his new bakery as sanitary as it is possible to make it. He is making a good sized bet on the future of Arkansas City; and his success in the past has been large enough to assure him that Derry's products are popular with the people in this city, and this popularity is multiplying as the population increases.

One corner of the room has been leased from Mr. Derry by the A. & H. coffee roasting firm. It will install a big Royal coffee roaster, which will turn out fresh coffee daily; and in addition, the firm will handle tea, peanuts, and peanut butter.

The new bakery and coffee roasting plant makes a big improvement on Summit street, and contributes in large measure to the ever increasing metropolitan appearance Arkansas City is assuming.





Derry's Bakery and A. & H. Coffee Shop Have Fine Place

Harry Derry and the A. & H. coffee roasting shop held their opening today in their new quarters in the 100 block of South Summit street in the room that was formerly occupied by Derry's uptown bakery and Woolf & Steinman's millinery shop. The entire room is now occupied by the bakery plant and coffee store.

Hot coffee and peanut butter and doughnuts were served to the visitors, and they certainly tasted fine, especially on a day like today.

Mr. Derry has moved all his equipment into this room, and besides all his machinery for making bread and fancy pastries, including two large ovens in the rear, he has installed a Meek reel oven in the north front window where he will have fesh, warm bread all the time. Derry's famous bread is well known in this community. He has built up an enormous trade in his bakery products and it is increasing daily. His entire work shop is visible to the public and it is as sanitary as it is possible to make it.

Chas. Allen of Winfield and Victor Hilderbran of this city own the coffee roasting and peanut plant, which is managed by Hilton Sidle. Mr. Hilderban is with the Gilbreath-Calvert store, and is well known here. All the green coffee comes from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is the finest that can be obtained from a country celebrated for this product. The coffee is roasted in the big Royal No. 5 roasting machine, which sets in the south window. It cools the coffee and also separates the chaff from it. Peanuts are also roasted in this machine. In another Royal machine the peanut butter is made and the coffee ground. Fresh peanut butter is made continuously. High grade teas, spices, and extracts are also handled.





H. H. Allen and Forrest Kuhns Will Enlarge The Plant.

Negotiations are underway between J. A. Ward, proprietor of the A. C. Bottling Works, and H. H. Allen and Forrest Kuhns for the purchase of the plant by the latter. The bottling works is located in the basement of the building on West Fifth Avenue which is occupied by the Fifth Avenue Electric Shoe Repairing shop and Western Union offices. Mr. Ward has been operating the plant in this city for a number of years and he is going to retire from business.

The new owners will greatly enlarge the capacity of the bottling works by the installation of more modern machinery. They expect to increase the demand for the pop that is manufactured by the plant in Arkansas City and to get considerable more out-of-town business.

Mr. Allen conducted a grocery store in this city for many years and he is well known to the people of the city. He is a splendid citizen and his friends are legion.

Mr. Kuhns has been employed at the bottling works since he returned from overseas service with the American expeditionary forces, where he distinguished himself like all the other fighting Yanks did. He is a very popular young man in this city. The new business partnership will undoubtedly prove to be a big success.




Explosion at Kanotex Refinery

Two stills were put out of commission at the Kanotex refinery temporarily, last night, by an explosion in a tower on one still, which collapsed and fell against another tower causing the collapse of it also. The two towers have to be reconstructed; and until that is done, the two stills are idle. One of them is expected to be in operation again by this evening and the other one by Monday. The damage is estimated at about two or three hundred dollars. No one was hurt by the explosion.





Traders State Bank Takes a Very Progressive Step

Improvements Upon a Large Scale Are Contemplated by This Markedly Successful Banking House

Big deals are popping in this city so fast here lately that it gives an aspect like the rapid growth Oklahoma City enjoyed a few years back, and makes Arkansas City become tremendously attractive to anyone looking for business opportunities or an ideal place to live.

Simultaneously with the announcement that the new $200,000 hotel project had gained its objective, comes the news that the Traders State has purchased the Johnson building on the corner of Summit Street and Fifth Avenue, comprising three stories and basement, and which is 25 x 132 feet. The bank had faith in the future of the city before the hotel was suggested however. The purchase was consumated sometime ago and announcement withheld until today.

None is in a better position than a bank to know the future potentialities of the city. By reason of the confidence it has reposed in it by depositors, it knows the ups and downs of the people. Prosperity and adversity are bared alike to the bank, and when a community is prospering the bank knows the inside particulars and can see further into the future than anyone else.

Said V. E. Creighton, president of the Traders State bank: "I recommended that the directors buy the Johnson building because it was essential to the progress of the Traders State bank that it retain its choice location permanently, and chiefly because Arkansas City is destined to continue the healthy and substantial growth that it has registered for the last few years. Never has the future looked brighter for Arkansas City, and we are grateful to the public for the share of prosperity that has come to us through a very liberal patronage. We hope before long to make some big improvements in the building and in the bank probably embracing the remodeling of the floors above into more modern offices and the installation of new bank equipment, an elevator, and extension of the banking rooms to the rear of the building. It will take some time to complete these improvements. The purchase of the building left a good sized void in our pocketbook, and we must take a step at a time in the improvements that are contemplated by us; but we appreciate living in a wide awake community which is steadily progressing and we do not fail to realize our own obligation in helping to promote the growth of the city by keeping a pace with this general progress."

The growth of the Traders State bank has been remarkable. It started a few years ago with less than a fourth of the deposits that have grown with unusual rapidity. The patrons of the bank have multiplied until the space it uses is becoming cramped. The personal service rendered by the bank is being taken advantage of in increasing numbers daily, for President Creighton and Cashier Hayden have a broad and sympathetic understanding of human nature, and every worthy appeal to them is responded to in full measure both by extension of financial assistance and sympathetic interest and advice in perplexing business problems of the customers of the bank.

That the Traders State bank will grow and prosper as Arkansas City grows and prospers is assured by reason of the success it has achieved in the past and the preparations it has made to mount the ladder of success rung by rung.

Congratulations are extended to the Traders State bank for the purchase of this substantial home and for the deserved success that has made it possible to take this progressive step.





John Parker and Harry Long Took Possession This Morning

New Proprietors Were Old Employees of the Store and Both Young Men Are Registered Pharmacists.

One of the oldest firms in Arkansas City changed hands this morning when John Parker and Harry Long assumed charge of the Sollitt & Swarts' drug store, buying out C. C. Sollitt and the Swarts' estate. It will continue to be known as the Sollitt & Swarts Drug company, permission to use the name having been granted by the former owners because they desired to perpetuate the name, and the new proprietors were glad to avail themselves of the privilege.

Sollitt & Swarts' drug store is known all over the state. It has occupied the present building for 17 years. Mr. Sollitt and the late C. M. Swarts formed a partnership in November 1886, Mr. Swarts buying in with Mr. Sollitt, who had started in the drug business in this city March 12, 1884. They occupied the building where the Sanitary lunch room is on South Summit street and the corner of the old Colorado building, where the store is located now, at different times. The firm is so well known and has enjoyed such a prosperous business that the name will prove to be a big asset to the successors. At one time five registered pharmacists were employed by Sollitt & Swarts, which gives some idea of the volume of business done by this store. It is the only drug firm in Kansas that has had that many prescription clerks at one time.

Both Mr. Parker and Mr. Long are registered pharmacists. The former was employed by Sollitt & Swarts for 17 years. Harry Long has worked in the store for 12 years.

It will undoubtedly be an ideal partnership for the reason that they are the warmest of friends. Mr. Parker said he had never worked with anyone he liked better than Harry or with whom he had gotten along aith any more agreeably. Harry said the same thing about John, so they are launching into business for themselves under the most auspicious circumstances and with glowing prospects for enjoying continuation of the success that has been built up by their predecessors.

The new proprietors are numbered among the most highly respected and substantial young men of the city. Their habits are above reproach, and people like to deal with them because they are unfailingly polite and courteous to everyone. Sollitt & Swarts possessed the faculty of surrounding themselves with an exceptionally efficient corps of workers; and John Parker and Harry Long have performed well in all the responsibilities imposed upon them by their employers. All they need to do to reap the same success as their predecessors is to follow the splendid example of industry and honesty set before them by Mr. Sollitt and the late Mr. Swarts. They've got the "pep" and the friends to succeed. They've got a firm name that is recognized all over the country for honest service and square dealing wwith the public for the last thirty-five years.

Mr. Sollitt is retiring from active business to enjoy the fruits of his labors; and while his scads of friends will greatly miss him from the old stand, they will extend their best wishes for his future good health and full enjoyment of life that he has earned. Arkansas City cannot boast of any finer business man or citizen than Mr. Sollitt. It is not necessary for the Traveler to sing his praises for he has lived here about 40 years and he is personally known by as many people as any man in town, and he enjoys as many friendships as any man in Arkansas City. Today was the first time since he quit school that he has not been working for pay. He has observed the golden rule in life and made it pay. Now he is entitled to play.

The best wish the Traveler or the friends of Mr. Parker and Mr. Long can make for them is that they succeed as well as their predecessors did.