January 3, 1883 thru February 28, 1883.

H. B. Standley, Editor and Publisher.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Business Cards:

Frank J. Hess, Real

Estate & Insurance Agent.

Abstracts Furnished, Rents Collected. Collections Made, and Taxes Paid for Non-Residents. Correspondence Solicited. Arkansas City, Kansas.


A. J. Chapel, M. D. Office and Residence--Central Avenue House Parlors, Arkansas City, Kansas. Consultations Solicited. Orders may be left at Eddy=s Drug Store.

J. M. Wright, Physician and Surgeon. Special attention given to the treatment of Chronic Diseases. Office in Matlack=s Block, Arkansas City, Kansas. Residence in northwest part of town.

R. H. Reed, M. D. Tenders his professional services to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Special attention given to Surgical Diseases and Amputations. Office over Central Drug Store. Residence southwest side of city.

J. T. Shepard, Physician & Surgeon. Arkansas City, Kansas. Office in Central drug store, West Summit street.


Henry E. Asp, Attorney at Law. Winfield, Kansas. Office in Hackney & McDonald=s building, Ninth avenue.

Jennings & Troup. Attorneys at Law. Winfield, Kansas. Office in first rooms over Read=s Bank.

T. H. Soward. Attorney at Law. Winfield, Kansas. Office upstairs, over the Postoffice.

Mitchell & Swarts. Attorneys at Law. Arkansas City, Kansas.

Pryor & Pryor. Attorneys at Law And Notaries Public. Winfield, Kansas. Will practice in State and Federal Courts.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.


W. ROSE, Boot & Shoe Manufacturer. Shop on West Summit Street.

Sewed, pegged and cement work a specialty. Satisfaction guaranteed.

RARICK & PICKERING, BLACKSMITHS. All kinds of buggy and wagon work done in good style. Special attention given to Horse Shoeing and plow work. Shop in Foundry Building.

Ridenour & Thompson. Postoffice Building. Arkansas City, Kansas.

BEECHER & SON. Carpenters, Contractors, and Builders. Shop on East Central Avenue. Satisfaction guaranteed in every case.


CITY HOTEL, D. C. McINTIRE, Proprietor. Arkansas City, Kansas. A Good Sample Room. This house has been remodeled, and is now ready for business. Give us a call.

MRS. FREDERICK INNES, LICENSED ACCOUCHEUSE, desires to inform the Ladies of Arkansas City and Vicinity, that she will attend Calls at all times. Terms on application. Summit Street. Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

ENDICOTT & GIBBY, MEAT MARKET. Keep the best Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Meats, Poultry, Game, and Fish in season. Summit Street, Arkansas City. We take the greatest care in the selection of beeves and stock for market, and are prepared at all times to furnish our customers with the very best. Farmers who have CHOICE STOCK for sale please call on us. Cash Paid for Hides. ENDICOTT & GIBBY.

Arkansas City Transfer Co. The undersigned desire to inform the people of Arkansas City that they are prepared to do a General Transfer and jobbing Business, and solicit the patronage of the public. COPPLE & DUNN. Office in City Hotel.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 3, 1883.

AWilliam West, who was working with a threshing machine near Burden, fell against the cylinder. One knee cap was jerked off and his leg badly lacerated by the teeth of the cylinder. He extricated himself, and though he will probably be crippled for life, the physician thinks the limb will not have to be amputated.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Fight Between Indians.

St. Louis, Dec. 26. The Republican=s Muskogee, I. T., special says the first Aopen hostilities@ of the Creek Indian war occurred Sunday, fifteen miles west of Okmulgee. A band of Checote=s men, under Jim Larney, were going west, when about 7 o=clock in the evening they were attacked by some 200 of Splechee=s partisans, under the command of McKarochee. The fight raged for an hour, when Checote=s men fell back, but kept up a running fight for ten miles. Bob Carr, Dave Barrett and wife, and a man named Walsh are reported killed. The loss on the other side is unknown. The whole country is rushing to arms.

On receipt of the news, here, a detachment of forty United States soldiers were ordered to the scene, and this morning they overtook and disarmed one hundred and fifty of Checote=s men. This will be continued until all the men engaged on both sides are disarmed. Splechee=s men say they don=t want to fight, but do want their rights, and are anxious that the United States commission should investigate and decide the matter between them and the uprising party. United States Agent Tufts went to the scene of the trouble yesterday.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.






Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

MAIN AD I NOTICED: AEstablished 1872. Herman Godehard. Baker & Grocer, and Dealer in Queensware. My stock is full and complete in all its departments, and second to none in the County. Thanking you for past favors and hoping a continuance of your Patronage, I remain, Yours Truly, Herman Godehard, 1883.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Hon. C. R. Mitchell left for Topeka yesterday.

Irving French is now with S. Matlack.

Miss Mollie Christian is now attending school.

Mr. N. Haginnis [??? REALLY NOT CERTAIN] is now keeping books for V. M. Ayres.

Miss Maxwell now occupies the cashier=s desk at S. Matlack=s.

Mrs. Kendall F. Smith, of Ponca Agency, was in our city last week.

Several business changes have been made in our city during the past week.

DIED. On Thursday morning, of croup, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. P. Yont of this city.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

The new stone sidewalk that now adorns the front of the Old Reliable Green Front, was laid last week.

The foundations for the Highland Hall abutting [?] on Summit Street are now even with the surface of the street.

Capt. J. B. Nipp left the city for his ranch on the Cimarron last Friday and will return the latter part of this week.

W. T. Kirtley has much improved his home in the west part of town, both for looks and comfort, during the past week.

A lodge of the Independent Order of Good Templars has been organized at Geuda Springs, with a membership of about thirty.

The election to vote bonds for building a bridge across the Arkansas River west of town resulted in the bonds being carried by a small majority.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mr. T. R. Johns has the contract for furnishing the rock for the Chilocco Schools shortly to be erected in the Indian Territory south of this city.

Mr. W. F. Dickinson, one of the TRAVELER=s earliest subscribers, paid us an appreciated call on Friday last, and resumed his old place on our books.

The Annual Congregational meeting of the Presbyterian church will be held tomorrow night at the church at half past seven o=clock. A full attendance is requested.

The Kansas City Times is responsible for the statement that Secretary Teller has decided that the wire fencing now being put up in the Indian Territory is contrary to law and cannot stay.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mrs. G. W. Miller and children are now in St. Louis visiting relatives and will probably remain several months. Mr. Miller, we hope, will enjoy his season of bachelorhood, but we doubt it.

Chas. Schiffbauer will shortly commence upon the building of the Indian Schools on Chilocco for which he received the contract. Several contracts for supplying materials are already let.

Messrs. Hilliard, Patterson & Co., our live livery men, have been awarded the mail routes from this city to Geuda Springs and to Wellington. The former is a daily and the latter is a tri-weekly service, since January 1st, 1883.

Mr. J. L. Brown, of McLain Co., Illinois, is visiting his brother, Mr. T. L. Brown, and expects to stay several weeks. We had quite a pleasant chat with the gentleman, who expresses himself perfectly charmed with this section of the footstool.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

T. H. McLaughlin has sold a half interest in his grocery business to his brother, L. McLaughlin, and the firm will henceforth be known as McLaughlin Bros. This will be one of the strongest firms in town, and the prosperous business enjoyed in the past will no doubt be increased, by this new departure.

One of the choicest assortments of decorated queensware we have ever seen is now on view in the Queensware Department in Herman Godehard=s store. It will pay to go and see them.

We were glad to see Mr. D. C. McIntire, of the City Hotel, on our streets again last Friday. We hope his present convalescence may speedily give place to complete recovery from his sickness.

We acknowledge receipt of Mr. J. J. Ingall=s speech on the National Bankrupt Law. It is a masterly effort in favor of a reform in the laws governing bankruptcy as they now exist in the various States.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

A man named J. W. Marlon, who recently plead guilty to stealing a wagon near Chautauqua Springs, is wanted in Nebraska and the Indian Territory for murder. Marlon killed a boy in the Territory and a man in Nebraska.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mr. R. A. Houghton has severed his connection with the firm of Shelden, Houghton & Co., of this city and the business will be conducted in the future by Messrs. Shelden & Co. See notice of dissolution elsewhere in this issue.


Notice is hereby given that R. A. Houghton has this day sold out his interest in the firm of Shelden, Houghton & Co., and the business henceforth will be conducted by Messrs. Shelden & Speers, by whom all the accounts of the late firm will be settled.

Shelden, Houghton & Co.

Arkansas City, December 7th, 1882.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Manly Capron is now clerking for E. D. Eddy. Charley Swarts will no longer be found in town, he having tired of the dissipations of city life and concluded to go to the old standby--farming. Luck go with you Charles.

Miss Ida, and her brother, Fred Farrar, left for Portland, Maine, last week on account of the illness of the former. We trust that a speedy convalesence may result from the trip, and the fair patient be restored to her usual good health.

Capt. J. B. Nipp, on Thursday last, purchased of Mr. S. J. Rice, of Bolton township, two farms, one in Cowley and one in Sumner county, for which he paid $3,000. Capt. Nipp now owns one of the best improved farms in West Bolton and we congratulate him thereon.

BIRTH. Last Saturday e=re the busy hum of life was heard in our city, the editor of this paper was presented with a real live bouncing daughter. Our feelings can be better imagined than described, so please excuse further comments.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd, of Johnson Co., Kansas, are visiting with their relative, Mr. Jas. Huston, of Creswell township. Mr. Boyd expressed himself very much pleased with this part of the garden spot on this, his first trip, and says it reminds him forcibly of home.

The New Year=s dinner and reception held by the ladies of the First Presbyterian church at the Central Avenue last Monday was as usual a success in every particular, the amount netted for the church fund being upwards of forty dollars.

The ways of the whites are being learned fast by the reds, and especially by the Cherokees, who can put up a job in their legislative halls equal to Vanderbilt or Jay Gould. It is nearly time they rustled for themselves as they show sufficient ability to do it. Texas Live Stock Journal.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

At the reading club Tuesday evening there were thirty ladies and two gentlemen and at the dancing club on last Wednesday there were eighteen ladies and twenty-four gentlemen. The ladies evidently carry their brains in their heads and the gents in their heels. Query: Which sex is most likely to be fitted for suffrage? Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mr. S. J. Rice, erstwhile one of Bolton=s most energetic farmers, has sold out his farm and purchased Capt. J. B. Nipp=s residence in town, for a consideration of $2,000, and will shortly occupy it himself as a home. We understand Mr. Rice intends to engage in market gardening in this vicinity and make his home in Arkansas City. We heartily wish him success in this undertaking.

We have heard several parties vow vengeance on the man who ushered in the New Year by ringing the bell of the First Presbyterian church in the stilly night. In one of two instances, fire suggested itself to the awakened sleeper, who, in garments arranged with more regard to speed than comfort or elegance, perambulated the streets in search of the conflagration. We know him, and if he ever does it again, we=ll give him away.

The Cherokee Indians, as a nation, are in a very prosperous condition, much better than at any time for many years. Under the present administration a national debt of $127,000 has been paid off, their preferred warrants raised from 50 cents on the dollar to 100; scrip from 25 cents on the dollar to 90 cents. The national treasury has over $100,000 surplus cash in the vaults, and the Council just appropriated $63,000 to maintain 101 public schools, and a male and female seminary the coming year. X.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

A Washington special says that Capt. Scott, of Arkansas City, Kansas, is there to consult with the Interior Department respecting the conflicting leases of land in the Indian Territory made by the Cherokee authorities to various cattlemen in Kansas and Missouri for grazing purposes. This is the inauguration of a big fight between the original lessees, who are small cattle owners, and the large companies, who are striving to acquire control of these lands to their prejudice. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Our old friend, A. H. Broadwell, of South Bend, made us a pleasant call last week and helped us while away an hour in social chat. Mr. Broadwell owns one of the best, as well as best improved farms in the Bend, his last addition, now in course of erection, being a handsome 20 by 50 stone barn which will cost him not less than $600. He says that the number of houses and other improvements that have been made in the township the past year far exceeds any previous year and is convincing proof of the prosperity of its farmers.

We were favored last Tuesday with a call from Mr. H. H. Arthur, Agent=s Clerk at the Ponca Agency. Mr. Arthur is a son of T. S. Arthur, the famous author and editor of ATen Nights in a Bar Room.@ He is one of the most pleasant, intelligent gentlemen we have ever met. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

The following pupils were neither absent nor tardy, without an excuse, during the last school month. Willie Davis, Allie Davis, Robbie Gaskill, Lorenza Gilbert, Eddie Mott, Purley Clifton, Cliff Hardy, Willie Barnett, Carrie Fairclo, Altie Fairclo, Ida Gamel, Florence Warren, Lee Crebbs. SUSIE L. HUNT, Teacher.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

DIED. In this city, Dec. 28th, 1882, at 6 a.m., of consumption, Christina, wife of N. Arnett, in the 21st year of her age, after an illness of four years duration. The funeral was preached at the house by Rev. Morehead, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by sorrowing relatives. The deceased leaves a husband and three children to mourn her loss.

There are two mad stones in Kansas. One is the property of Miss Lizzie Dollar, of Paola; the other of Amos Durbin of Mound City. Leavenworth Times.

Add at least one more to the list. Thomas E. Reed, who lives four miles west of Oxford, in Sumner County, has a genuine mad stone, which has been handed down in his family for many generations, and traveled through and tarried in many states. It has always done its work well. S. C. Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

It would please us to hear of a nice little rebellion and uprising of the people along the line of the Territory on both sides. A company in Pennsylvania is fencing in large tracts of land already occupied by settlers, to the exclusion of any who may choose to cross the border. Barb wire fences twenty-five miles long are being stretched all along the line. One of the pastures south of Arkansas City contains 190,000 acres. This is being fenced by Col. Windsor, of Titusville, Pennsylvania, under cover of the names of two Cherokee Indians. Burden Enterprise.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Dan Smith, local agent for the Southwestern Stage Company, at Ft. Supply, Indian Territory, is missing and with him some $500 to $900 of the Company=s money and valuables. He left Supply one morning last week with a buck-board to go out a few miles to meet the incoming hack, which was a few hours late. The hack came into Supply soon after, and the driver reported finding Smith=s buck-board standing by the roadside with one of the mules tied to the wheels and the other one and Smith nowhere to be found. A company of soldiers, accompanied by Mr. Todd, have been on the hunt of Smith since that time. The other mule was found, but Smith has failed to show up. There are opinions expressed that he has been foully dealt with. Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

One way to solved the Indian question in the western part of the Indian Territory is to place the Indians upon smaller reservations and lease the remainder of the land for stock purposes, the proceeds to be devoted to the support of the Indians. If a plan of this kind could be put into good shape, and properly presented to Congress, there is not the least doubt but that it would be adopted. The benefit of its adoption would be incalculable to the Indians, while at the same time the money received from the rental of the lands for stock purposes would relieve the government of a heavy tax, and the Indian, at the same time, would be better fed and clothed than he is now. If our stockmen are wise, they will carefully consider this proposition, and after so doing, we are confident they will heartily approve of and support it. Caldwell Commercial.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

MARRIED. On Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 1882, at the residence of S. B. Reed in this city, Mr. W. V. McConn to Miss Emily Walker, Rev. S. B. Fleming officiating. The ceremony was witnessed by a few friends, and passed off very pleasantly. The TRAVELER office was remembered by a bountiful supply of delicious cake, for which we return thanks, and at the same time extend the happy couple our best wishes for their future happiness. The following is a partial list of the gifts presented.

Silver Knives and Forks, Teaspoons, Tablespoons, Sugar Spoon, Butter Knife, and Pickle Fork. Bride=s Father.

An elegant Silver Castor, Syrup Pitcher, and Spoon Holder. Groom=s Parents.

Silver Cologne Stand, also an elegant satin lined case containing Silver Sugar Spoon, Butter Knife, and Pickle Fork. O. H. Lent and Etta McConn.

Silver Butter Dish and Knife. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hutchinson.

Glove Stand Lamp. Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Reed.

Gold Necklace and Bracelets. Groom.

Silver Pickle Castor. Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Reed.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

A Surprise Wedding.

A genuine surprise, but of a very pleasant nature, fell to our experience last Saturday, when Ollie Stevenson handed us the following card, which will explain itself to our readers as it did to himself.

MARRIED, Wednesday evening, Dec. 27, 1882, At the Presbyterian Church, Ella L. Bowers to E. O. Stevenson, Arkansas City, Kansas.

The groom has been foreman of the TRAVELER office for the past two years, in which capacity he has proved himself a reliable hand and first-class printer, while the bride has been one of our city=s fairest and most respected ornaments for years. While congratulating the happy pair, we heartily wish them every joy that wedded life can bring marred by as few of sorrows darkening toneless [?] as the inevitable problem of life will admit of.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

A Gambling House Raided.

Last Friday Harry Bahntge, who has been for a long time running a gambling den in a room back of his billiard hall in the Brettun House, was arrested and brought before Justice Buckman. He plead guilty to running a gambling table, was fined one hundred dollars and costs, which he paid and went on his way rejoicing. In about an hour he was again arrested on another charge which he likewise settled up. But the majesty of the law was not satisfied, and he was immediately arrested the third time, on another charge, and after it was settled, he was again bounced upon for the fourth time by the sheriff. This was more than even Mr. Bahntge=s proud spirit could brook, and he prayed the Court for mercy. When it was intimated that the end was not yet, and that the next case was five hundred or the pen, he wilted like a cabbage plant at high noon, and swore by all that was good and great, that if they would but spare him the last dose, he would pay all the rest up, throw his room open, turn the gambling devices over to the officers, take the bars from the doors, and the blinds from the windows, and let the bright sun of heaven pour into its iniquitous recesses forever more, amen; and further that he would never do so anymore. Upon these conditions he was let off, after paying two hundred and fifty dollars in fines and costs, and turning over to the constable his gambling table and checks, which were, by order of the Court, destroyed in the public street. The execution of the table was witnessed by a large concourse of people.

Mayor Troup and his associate and assistant in breaking up this business, Frank W. Finch, are entitled to the thanks of the community, in addition to the knowledge of having done their whole duty to the premises. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

The Cherokee Troubles.

Washington, Dec. 20. Reports reached the Indian bureau from Cherokee country, Indian Territory, to the effect that white men were erecting buildings and fencing off pastures in the Cherokee outlet. Commissioner Price today addressed a letter to Agent Tufts, of Muskogee, to warn white herders to remove with stock from the reservation, allowing twenty days for the exit. If the herders fail to get out in that time, the agent is authorized to call on the military to eject them.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Frank Smith, living in the east part of town, had an experience with coal gas a few nights ago, which came near proving fatal. Just before retiring he filled the stove full of coal, leaving the stove door open, but neglected to open the damper in the pipe. About three o=clock in the morning his little girl woke up crying, and soon after the baby began to gasp and seemed to be going into spasms. Frank got up and started to strike a light, but before he got half way across the room he was overcome by the gas and sank down unable to move. His wife started up to help him and just as she reached the door she too fell, but was able to reach up, grasp the knob, and throw it open. As soon as the fresh air came in, Frank revived, picked his wife up and placed her in the bed, where she soon regained consciousness. The babies were almost gone, but revived on being carried out into the fresh air. Both Frank and wife suffered during the two succeeding days with sick headache, otherwise they appear to have sustained no serious injuries. Frank says had his wife fallen a foot further from the door, they would all certainly have died, as he was powerless to move a hand. This is the first instance of the kind we have known. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

SHERIFF=S SALE: S. E. Schermerhorn [?], Plaintiff, Against Samuel T. Endecott, Nellie D. Endecott, F. S. [?] Jennings, The Traveler=s Insurance Company, of Hartford, Connecticut, A. D. Wear [?] and Jarvis, Conklin & Co., Defendants. ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ ANY OF THIS. BUT WHAT PUZZLED ME WAS AENDECOTT@ RATHER THAN ENDICOTT....???


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Important. As we wish to close up our books for 1882, we desire all who are owing us, to call and settle at once. . . . Kellogg & Mowry.

Stray Notice. Taken up by the undersigned, at his place near Searing & Mead=s mill, on December 20th, 1882, one Bay Mare Suckling Colt, black feet, no mark or brands. W. H. HARRIS.

FARM FOR SALE. The best farm on the State line for sale, due south of Arkansas City. Plenty of water and grass adjoining the Indian Territory. Good spring, that neither freezes in winter nor goes dry in summer. Inquire on the premises. T. S. PARVIN.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Cambridge News: Capt. Shaw has disposed of his dogs, made peace with the wolves and wild cats, and in the future will give his attention exclusively to the stock business. Ca. Is Aa brick,@ anyway you take him, he knows how to make money and he does make it.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Real estate Teets is coming back. [???]

Russell Baird is back from New Mexico.

Dr. Leonard is at Silver City, New Mexico.

Chas. Holloway=s family has the measles.

A Baptist church is the next enterprise talked of.

John Gooch was up from Otoe Agency last Saturday.

Mr. McIntire, proprietor of the City Hotel, is still in bed.

The wife of Nathaniel Arnett died of consumption Dec. 28.

Efforts will be made to have the Salt Fork River bridged at Ponca Agency.

A. P. Johnson, of Winfield, was in town last Thursday on legal business.

The editor=s family have the measles as well as the help employed at his house.

Kellogg=s ice house is filled with solidified Arkansas water to keep cool next summer.

The colored troupe that are to sing at this place Friday evening are highly spoken of.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Charles Stedman, brother of our gunsmith, is visiting this place. His home is in Colorado.

The Matrimonial Aid Association has been declared a fraud by the Postmaster General.

John Walker, of Otoe, was in town last week. We are always glad to see the Territory boys.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

All work on the wire fence in the Territory has stopped, except the hauling off of posts by wood hunters.

Agent Woodin left for Washington last Saturday. He will visit his old home in Michigan before he returns.

The thermometer indicated five degrees below zero at 8 o=clock Monday morning. Very cold for sunny Kansas.

Indian Inspector Pollock has worked his way back into the Indian service again. He was suspended for several months.

A delegation of the A. O. U. W. From this city went to Winfield last Monday to attend an installation of officers at that place.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Mrs. Ira Barnett returned from her visit to Iowa last Saturday.

A flourishing lyceum is carried on at the Guthrie School House. It meets on Tuesday evening of each week, and is presided over by J. D. Guthrie.

Ed. Chapin, six miles north of this place, has two three-year-old steers advertised in the Kansas Farmer. One is a pale red and the other branded E on right hip.

M. B. Vawter has appeared again on our streets. He and his wife came in last Saturday. We are glad to see the Dr. back, as we would be loth to lose him and his estimable wife.

CHEROKEE STRIP STOCK ASSOCIATION. One thousand dollars for the arrest and conviction of any person or persons stealing stock of any kind from a member of the association.

NOTICE. The next regular meeting of the Library Association will be held at the High School Room at 3 o=clock p.m. on Monday, January 15th, 1883. HARRY FINLEY, Pres.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

How long, Oh, how long, will George Howard live? A. V. Democrat.

George still lives, and set up the cigars yesterday like a little man.

Chas. C. Black will report the House proceedings at the present Legislature to the K. C. Journal. The reports will be first-class, if we judge Mr. Black by his newspaper experience.

The High School department commenced last Monday with an attendance of twenty-eight. On account of the measles among the small fry, the primary schools will not resume labor for a week longer.

The Secretary of the Interior positively declined to approve the lease of the Standard Oil Company to the land they proposed to fence south of the State Line at this place. They were just one day behind C. M. Scott=s visit.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The Democrat wants the streets Anamed.@ If the Democrat would refer back a few years, it would see the streets are named. The first street on the east side is 1st Street, and the first avenue on the south side is 1st Avenue, making it very easy to understand just where they are.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The friends of Mr. S. P. Channell will be glad to learn that since his removal to Minneapolis, Minnesota, he has been very successful in real estate speculations, and has realized about enough to withdraw from the toils and turmoil of a busy life.

The Sheet and Pillow Case Party of last Friday evening, given to surprise Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Chapel, was one of the grandest affairs the people have enjoyed for some time. Major Searing and Mr. Matlack have the credit of conducting the amusement so successfully, and we hope they will try it again ere long.

MARRIED. Alex. Harvey and Katie Warren were married at the residence of the bride=s parents in this city on Sunday, Jan. 7th, 1883, by Rev. Catlin. A large number of the neighbors were present and witnessed the ceremony, besides partaking of a splendid dinner in honor of the event. The TRAVELER wishes the happy pair a pleasant voyage through life.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The Wilberforce Concert Company will give a concert in Arkansas City the evening of Friday, January 12th. The company is composed of ten colored persons, five ladies and five gentlemen, some of whom are graduates of Wilberforce University, Ohio, and some are professional singers. Mrs. Jennie Stewart and Frank Stewart were formerly first soprano and first tenor of Donovan=s Tennesseeans. Their entertainment rivals those given by the Tennesseeans and is somewhat of the same nature. They are now visiting our neighboring cities and the papers speak in the highest terms of their entertainment. Do not miss the opportunity of hearing them.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Capt. David Payne was here last week to make arrangements to go into the Territory February 1st, and to solicit stock for the Oklahoma colony. They will take a newspaper with them this time. We don=t believe Mr. Payne has any legal right in the Indian Territory, but there is no denying the fact that he has as much right as the parties who are now erecting houses south of this place at the present time. We fear such actions as the Standard Oil Co.=s and Capt. Payne=s will result in a general order to eject all parties, which will result in great hardships to the cattle men.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

I. O. O. F. At the last regular meeting of the Arkansas City Lodge, No. 169 [?], I. O. O. F., the following officers were installed for the ensuing year: George Russell, N. G.; J. W. Feagins, V. G.; Theodore Fairclo, Treas.; I. N. Adams, P. S.;p C. H. Hollaway, R. S.; J. W. Gamel, W.; F. M. Reek [?], C.; J. E. Cox, R. S. To N. G.; H. McIntire, L. S. To V. G.; Con Calvin [?], O. G.; J. W. Griffith, S. P. G.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Ranges in this country are beginning to be classed as valuable property, and cash values put on them in proportion to their usefulness and stock sustaining qualities. We have two or three unanswered letters in our office now asking for prices of ranges, and if there are any for sale. In a general way we can say that there=s not a located and stocked ranch within one hundred miles of Caldwell for sale at a price that an eastern man would consider reasonable, considering the title he could get to the ranch. The ranchman has no title whatever to the land on which he grazes the cattle nor any legal right to occupy the territory claimed and used by him. The facts are that there is not a vacant location suitable for a cow ranch on the Cherokee Strip, and it is useless for anyone to look for one. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

We have discovered the following in the Washington letter of the Kansas City Times.

ABy the Cherokee law each Indian has been allowed to appropriate a given quantity of land suitable for grazing purposes in the Indian Territory. It appears that the rich and powerful corporation known as the AStandard Oil Company,@ have gone into the speculation of cattle raising, and the better to serve a monopoly, have hired Cherokee Indians at nominal rates to take up grazing lands for the benefit of the company. Heretofore the people of Missouri, Kansas, and Texas have been able to graze their cattle in the Indian Territory by paying so much a head, but the plan of the Standard Oil Company is to drive out all those engaged in raising cattle in a small way. The leases or contracts made with these Indians by the Standard Oil Company have been submitted to Secretary Teller, and to his credit, be it said, he has peremptorily declined to approve them. This evidences the fact that the Secretary appreciates the interests and wants of the western people, and is not to be dragooned into injustice by even so powerful a corporation as the Standard Oil Company.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Mr. Malcolm Norton and wife, from Michigan, are in the city. Mr. Norton is a nephew of L. C. Norton, of this city. He came to Kansas for the benefit of his health, and finding the climate beneficial, has sold a large property in Michigan and will perhaps locate in this county. As he is a gentleman of superior business qualifications, we hope he will so do.

Johnny Rice, a boy aged sixteen, who committed burglary in this city about a year ago, and was sent to the reform school for five years, returned last Tuesday, in company with a boy about the same age. He said they were out on furlough and had come to visit his mother, but the next day Deputy Sheriff McIntire received a dispatch stating that they had run away, and he arrested them and took them to Winfield, and placed them in the county jail. Democrat.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The Indian Territory is a field towards which a good many railroad corporations are looking with longing eyes. The Little Rock and Ft. Smith company are talking of building west to intersect the Atlantic & Pacific on the Canadian in the Cherokee and Arrapahoe country; and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe only awaits government consent to build down the Arkansas River from Arkansas City to Fort Smith, through what will in a few years be the great wheat region of the southwest. Indian Chieftain.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

A. O. U. W. At the last regular meeting of the Creswell Lodge, No. 15 [?], Select Knights of A. O. U. W., the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: M. N. Sinnott, Select Com.; I. H. Bonsall, Vice Com.; O. S. Rarick, Lt. Com.; J. G. Shelden, Recorder; Archie Dunn, Ret. Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; W. P. Waite, Trustee.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Arkansas City Lodge, No. 89 [?], A. O. U. W.

Archie Dunn, Master Workman; W. J. Gamel, Foreman; I. H. Bonsall, Overseer; M. N. Sinnott, Recorder; Wm. Blakeney, Financier; C. R. Sipes, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; H. S. Ford, Guide; A. A. Davis, I. W.; Gardener Mott, O. W.; A. A. Davis, Trustee; O. S. Rarick, Rep. G. L.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The following is what Payne has to say.

WICHITA, Jan. 6, 1883.

It is utterly impossible to reply to all the letters and the many questions asked in them, and give each our personal attention. I, therefore, publish this letter. It contains the information generally required touching the questions at issue, namely, the settlement and occupancy of the Public Lands in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma), or, as called by the Indians themselves, ABeautiful Land.@

I will assert, without fear of contradiction, that there never was a tribe or an Indian that owned or had a title (in fee simple) to one acre of land west of 96. The only claim the Indians ever did possess was that of a Ahunting permit,@ or as was termed in the treaty of 1828 [? NOT SURE OF YEAR COULD BE 1878?], an outlet as far as the then possession of the United States west or to Mexico. Through the stupidity or oversight of the Interior Department, the United States government treated for certain lands claimed by the Chickasaws, Choctaws, Seminoles, and Creek Indians in March, 1866 [? AGAIN...YEAR HARD TO READ]. The Interior Department treated for the lands with a view to locate other Indians and freedmen thereon as stated in the treaties; but in after years (1876-78) Congress passed laws virtually prohibiting its use for that purpose.

The Indians own and have a title in fee simple to all lands east of 96, but not an acre of land west of 96. And the Interior Department, in treating for these lands, simply treated for a public domain, for soil that at the time belonged to the United States, and for which the government had a clear title.

But suppose the Indians did, at one time, own the country that we now seek to occupy, certain it is that they sold and transferred any claim or title they may have had by the treaties in March and July, 1866, and got the cash for it.

The act of September 20, 1841, granting pre-emption to actual settlers, provides that all lands, where the Indian title is, or shall hereafter become extinguished shall be subject to the provisions of this act. Here is an extinguished title. Section 2, A. & P. R. R. Charter, provides that the government of the United States shall extinguish as rapidly as may be consistent with the good policy of the government, and only by the voluntary session [?] of the Indians, the title to all Indian land lying along the line of said road. The United States acting in good faith, did extinguish the title to all lands (Indian) west of the Sac and Fox, Pottawatomie, and Chickasaw reservation, Red River on the south, and in the Pan Handle on the west.

Congress, in 1878, passed an act providing that wherever there was a land grant to any railroad, or for any other purpose (and it does not matter in what State or Territory) that the Pre-emption and Homestead laws of the United States should apply to all even sections of land within the limit of said grant. Take all other laws and treaties away and we can hold under the grant of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. This law is plain and emphatic. It makes no provisions to the treaties, reservations, or conditions. The wording of the law, Aall land where there is a grant, etc.@

In our suit against Gen. Pope, for unwarrantable expulsion from the Territory, that was to have been tried before the U. S. Circuit Court last December, the Government through its attorney, again dodged the issue, although we offered to go into court under any circumstances they would dictate. The case was, after several days parleying, once more postponed, but not until our attorneys secured a faithful promise from the U. S. Attorney that the Government would give the case a full hearing before Judge McCrary [? NOT SURE OF NAME], either at St. Louis, Rock Island, or Keokuk, Iowa, early this month. Here the matter rests for the present, but we have no doubt as to the final adjudication.

The decision that excludes from settlement the Oklahoma Lands and favors Gen. Pope, nullifies [?] the land grant of the A. & P. Railroad. They stand or fall together, as per the following section.

Section 6 [?], charter Atlantic and Pacific Railroad further provides that the President of the United States shall cause the land to be surveyed for forty miles in width on each side of the entire line of said railroad and that odd sections shall not be liable to sale or pre-emption, homestead or entry, before or after they are surveyed except by the said company; but the act of September 20, 1841 [?], granting pre-emptions to actual settlers, the act of July 16, 1862 [?], granting homesteads to actual settlers, and the acts amendatory thereof, shall be and the same ones hereby apply to all other lands, on the line of the said road, and hereby granted said railroad company.

No intoxicating liquors of any kind, will be allowed in the colony, and no camp followers, hangers on [?], or killers [?] will be allowed to accompany the colony, under any circumstances or on any pretext whatever. Our laws will be stringent for the preservation of order and good government, and there will be no tardiness in their execution. Being thorough believers in the power and order of the press, we have pleasure in stating that we have already secured a newspaper outfit for our colonies. This will be a great boon to our people and will aid very materially in popularizing our colony right from the start, and be sure to enhance the value of their property.

The Indian Territory, it is universally admitted, is capable of sustaining a population, in thrift and happy content, of ten million of people. It is the garden spot of this continent. Its latitude and longitude, its soil and nutritious grasses, the fine timber and grand prairies jeweled with garden flowers of every variety and color, its landscapes and clean, well trimmed parks offer inducements to settlers unequaled in the world.

There is no finer body of country in the United States. It is well watered, well timbered, abounds in coal material, and the Wichita Mountains are rich in gold and silver and other precious metals. For all agricultural purposes, stock, grain, cotton, tobacco, and fruit raising, it cannot be excelled by any other country between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The climate may be said to be like that of California, neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer. It is the only part of the public domain now open, within reach of the people this side of the Rocky Mountains that is considered worth the occupancy of the white man.

In full faith as to the outcome we take this occasion to announce our full determination to again start for the promised land, from Arkansas City, on the 1st day of February, 1883. All who are going with us should be there about two days before we start.

In view of the fact that we have heretofore protected all colonists, for four years, whether present or absent, we desire to state that the task has been irksome and thankless; by this last, and it will be a successful move, we proclaim that we will only protect those who help us, thereby protecting themselves; and we further urge on all who desire their interests cared for, or who can by any possibility accompany us, to be on hand as per announcement.

This is positively the last chance to get a choice, valuable, and beautiful home for nothing. Come and go with us to this beautiful land and secure for yourself and children homes in the richest, most beautiful, and best country that the Great Creator, in His Goodness, has made for man. To settle upon, occupy, and cultivate is the only course. [? LAST WORD IS TRULY GARBLED...REALLY LOOKS LIKE PRINTER MESSED UP WORD...I SAID >COURSE=...WHICH COULD WELL BE WRONG.

Do not write unless you intend to become a member of our colony. Correspondents expecting replies to their communications must, in all cases, enclose postage stamps. We mean business and are constantly at work day and night, with a view to the speedy occupancy of the territory, and trust to the active cooperation of our friends in every part of the country. For further particulars write,

D. L. PAYNE, President.

W. H. OSBURN, Secretary.

Wichita, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

The Wichita Judicial District.

Advices from Washington state that Col. William A. Phillips, an agent of the Cherokee Indians, has addressed the Secretary of the Interior, asking his assistance to secure a presidential veto on the bill which provides for the holding of a term of the United States court at Wichita, Kansas, and transfer to its judicial jurisdiction certain portions of the Indian Territory heretofore attached to the western district of Arkansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Cherokee Council on Fencing.

Frequent inquiries having been made as to what action was taken by the Cherokee Council relative to the fencing on the lands lying south of us, we publish that section of the bill passed by the Cherokee National Council, relating particularly to this matter. The bill, however, was vetoed by the principal chief, Bushyhead, and as the veto was sustained by council, the stockmen who have built fences in the Territory south of us may rest easy for the present. The following is a section of the bill, as originally passed by the council.

BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That all fencing, of whatever character, done or that may be hereafter done on the herein before mentioned lands for purpose of pasturage by citizens of the Cherokee Nation or persons claiming to be citizens of the same, or in the names or on account of such persons by citizens of the United States, under whatever pretense, are hereby declared to be illegal and unauthorized, and the owners and claimants of such fences, whether of wire and posts or of other material, are required to remove the same within six months from the date hereof, or the same shall become the public property of the Cherokee Nation, and be sold subject to removal by the Sheriff of Couweescouver [?] District or his lawful deputy, after he shall have publicly advertised the same in the Cherokee Advocate and one other newspaper, published in the town of Caldwell, Kansas, for the space of thirty days immediately preceding such sale.

PROVIDED, That wherein it may be made to appear that posts or other wooden material, used in the construction of said wire or other fences, have been obtained from the lands aforesaid of the Cherokee Nation--the same shall be taken possession of in the name and on the behalf of said Nation and sold in the manner above provided, in the first instance, and shall not be subject to sale or removal by owners or claimants.

PROVIDED FURTHER, That this act shall not be construed as to prevent licensed stockmen from constructing such lots of tracts used by Bradquarters, not exceeding twenty acres in extent, as may be necessity for the better management [?] of their stock. [THIS LAST PARAGRAPH WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ...AND BELIEVE THE TYPESETTER GOOFED UP AS WELL.]...YES! THEY USED THE WORD ABRADQUARTERS@...WHICH MAKES NO SENSE!


Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.

Wire Fence.

It will be seen by the following official order that all wire fence must go.



To Whom It May Concern:

I am directed by the Hon. Commissioner of Indian Affairs to notify all persons who have made improvements of any character on any part of the Cherokee country, in the Indian Territory, west of the Arkansas River, that all such improvements and material must be removed from the lands referred to before the first day of February, 1883, and that in the event of failure or neglect to remove the same before that date, the removal will be made by the military.

Parties interested will please take notice and govern themselves accordingly.

J. Q. TUFTS, U. S. Indian Agent.



Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The bill providing for the holding of U. S. District court at Wichita has passed both Houses of Congress, and will no doubt soon receive the President=s signature. It provides that there shall be a term of the U. S. District Court for the district of Kansas at Wichita, in each year on the first Monday in September. The city or county authorities are to provide a suitable building for the court, and its officers without expense to the United States. The bill provides that all that part of the Territory lying north of the Canadian River and east of the Panhandle of Texas and 100th [?] meridian not set apart and occupied by the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Indian tribes, shall, from and after the passage of this act, be annexed to and constitutes part of the United States Judicial District of Kansas, and the U. S. Courts at Wichita and Ft. Scott, in the district of Kansas, shall have exclusive original jurisdiction of all offenses committed within the limits of the Territory hereby annexed to the district of Kansas against any one of the United States, now, or that may hereafter be operative therein.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The Nation=s Wards.

The Indian Commissioner recently issued a circular to the various Indian Agents in which he illustrates the policy to be enforced in the management of the Nation=s wards. This circular contains a series of rules, the first of which provides for a court of Indian officers at each inspection agency, to consist of three men selected from the most intelligent, moral, and reliable of the tribe, who shall hold stated sessions and hear and adjudge offenses. The court is empowered to enforce their decisions, the only appeal being to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington. Each Judge is to be appointed for a term of one year, subject to removal at any time at the decision of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Each Judge is also to receive $20 a month salary. This Court is to have jurisdiction over all Indian Offenses enumerated in the new rules. The first of these offenses named are the sun dance, the calf dance, the war dance, and all other so-called sports assimilating thereto, the penalty for which, for the first offense, is the withholding of rations for fifteen days, and for the second offense, the withholding of rations for not less than ten days or more than thirty, or by incarceration in the agency prison not exceeding 30 days or both.

Another Indian offense designated is plural marriage, the penalty for which is a fine of $200 or work at hard labor for a period of twenty days or both. The proceeds of this penalty are to be devoted to the benefit of the tribe to which the offender belongs. Rations are also to be withheld from husbands who fail to support their wives.

Medicine men are also held to be offenders against the civilization of the agencies, and any attempt on their part to prevent the attendance of children at the agency schools, or to influence the tribe to continue their heathenish rites, are to be punishable by ten days= solitary confinement on bread and water.

The destruction of any tribal property is also to be punished by imprisonment for a term not exceeding thirty days, or until such time as evidence satisfactory to the Court is presented that the offense will not be repeated.

Each agent is instructed to present the new rules to the several tribes at once, and to send nominations for the judgeships as soon as possible, so that no time may be lost in the establishment of the new system.

Evidently the Secretary does not realize the situation in the Territory regarding the Indians if those rules are intended to be enforced. It is a decree against Indian rites and religion, which we believe cannot be enforced. The sun dance will be danced by the Cheyennes, Arapahoes, Kiowas, and Comanches, and polygamy will be indulged in until they are educated to abandon it, and the medicine man=s influence will rule supreme as the Pope=s. As to withholding rations, think this has been tried and failed. The Cheyennes will have their rations or fight. Nothing is said regarding disarming them. That has been tried and failed, too, and it will not be a healthy place for the Agents, or even healthy within the Territory if these orders are carried out.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Licenses to be Renewed.

We do not think the Secretary=s decision in this case will cause the cattlemen any particular trouble who have pasture enclosed on the Strip that do not conflict with the rights of other licensed stockmen from the fact that there is no one complaining of any injustice done them, nor objecting to the obstruction or maintaining of the fences. In this case there were twenty or thirty men who had paid their taxes every year and occupied their respective ranges without molestation, when in steps an individual Cherokee (by adoption only, as he is a Delaware in fact) and proposes to run a wire fence around all these range men without their consent, or even going so far as to consult their wishes in the matter. The nominal proprietor of this proposed fence applied to Major Lipe for a grazing permit for 5,000 head of cattle on this contested territory, and he positively refused to grant it, stating to the applicant, that those stockmen proposed to be taken in had paid their taxes and should not be fenced off their ranges, and further, that when anyone of them came forward next spring to renew his license, he proposed to accept the money and issue the permit. K. C. Live Stock Indicator.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Of Interest to Cattle Men.

Leavenworth, Dec. 28. John Volz, of this city, who has a cattle ranch in the Indian Territory, near the Cantonment, has just received information from there that a council has been called by the head chiefs of the Cheyennes. The propositions to be discussed are: 1. The organization of a government similar to a territorial one. 2. The election of a Governor and Council, or Legislature; and 3. The levying of taxes pro rata upon cattle ranges and herders. Mr. Volz favored the scheme, and thinks it will tend to shut out the larger cattle-dealers who are trying to freeze out the leaner ones, or at any rate give small herders a chance.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Some Ads.

WINE FOR SACRAMENTAL USE. The AFruit of the Grape,@ unfermented, for sale at DR. J. ALEXANDER=S, North Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kan.


M. J. STIMSON, Teacher of the PIANO ORGAN and Voice Culture, Also Singing and Sight Reading. Pianos and Organs tuned and repaired. Leave Orders with Frank J. Hess, at Creswell Bank.

T. E. BERRY, I. K. BERRY, H. A. BERRY...BERRY BROS., Brands as above; other brands, Bow & Arrow on left side, also 3 M on right side, Post Office, Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory.

THOS. E. BERRY, Jobber and dealer in HORSES, HOGS, CATTLE, AND GENERAL MERCHANDISE, etc. Will put up stock for drovers. Correspondence solicited. Shawnee-town, Indian Territory.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Mr. Bane, of Winfield, recently lost three children by diphtheria.

Lower as never was are Green & Snyder=s rates on money to loan.

The AInvisible Some People@ at McLaughlin=s Hall next Friday.

Mr. Bassett=s new house in the west part of town is being enclosed.

Hon. C. R. Mitchell arrived in the city from Topeka on Monday last.

R. F. Burden, our old County Commissioner, visited this place Friday last.

The Courier was awarded the county printing for the year 1883 at full legal rates.

Mrs. C. F. Stedman, we are sorry to state, has been seriously sick for several days.

C. L. Parker, of Sac & Fox, is visiting relatives and friends in this part of the moral vineyard.

DIED. Saturday, Jan. 13th, Sherman, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Colson, of this city.

BIRTH. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Breene rejoice in the possession of a new daughter since last Saturday morning.

The TRAVELER office, on Monday last, was favored by a pleasant call from Misses Eva and Nellie Swarts.

Mr. Sid Lindsay, of West Bolton, was in the city Saturday last.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Charley Thompson, of Arkansas City, is in the city. He took in the Masquerade ball last night. Wichita Times.

Green & Snyder are the men to call on if you want to buy or sell anything in the way of farms or city property.

A lecture will be delivered at McLaughlin=s Hall on next Friday evening by ex-Governor Cumback, of Indiana.

J. S. Soule has severed his connection with the Douglass Index, and Rev. J. B. Ives will conduct it in the future.

Mr. Little, of Sac & Fox Agency with his wife passed through town on their way to their Territory home last week.

C. M. Swarts has resumed his old situation with E. D. Eddy, and dispenses Adoctor=s stuff@ with his usual affability.

Mr. J. E. Miller met with an accident last Saturday by which his foot was injured, confining him to the house for a day or two.

Miss Eva Swarts arrived in the city from her home at Halstead, Kansas, and will spend several weeks in this vicinity visiting friends.

Senator Samuel S. Benedict, now U. S. Indian Inspector, returned from an extended trip through the Indian Territory last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Mr. G. A. Schneck, of Philadelphia, a cousin of F. J. Hess, is in the city upon a visit, and will probably spend several weeks in this vicinity.

Miss Stella Swarts, who has been visiting at this place and Geuda, for some time past, returned to her home in Halstead, Kansas, yesterday.

Mrs. Walton, of West Liberty, Iowa, arrived in the city on Saturday last and will remain for several weeks visiting her daughter, Mrs. S. Matlack.

BIRTH. On Thursday last, Jan. 11th, 1883, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Tucker was gladdened by the advent of a brand new son.

The Wichita Daily Times says A. W. Patterson and E. Y. Baker, of Arkansas City, and Bill Couch, of Douglass, are in the city. People had better lock their barns.

The Secretary of the Interior has called upon the Secretary of War for troops to tear down the wire fences in the Indian Territory, and the fence will have to go.

MARRIED. By Judge Bonsall, in this city, on Tuesday, Jan. 9th, Mr. Jay Wilkinson and Miss Lizzie Graves, and on Friday, the 12th, Mr. Hub Parsons and Miss Graves.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The First Presbyterian church of this city received a gift of 50 new hymn books from an Eastern friend a few days since. It was needed and will be gratefully appreciated.

News was received last week by Mrs. Mowry that her daughter, Mrs. Amelia Pruden, of Dayton, Ohio, was very sick. We trust that by this time the fair patient is convalescing.

We had quite a pleasant chat with Mr. A. J. Kimmel, one of Bolton=s solid farms.

Mr. R. J. Stevenson, one of East Bolton=s oldest and most progressive farmers, was in town last Monday.

The Stewart Hotel was opened up for business on Monday last, with Mr. A. Stewart as landlord. The house is a new one and is fitted up with every convenience and will be run in first-class style.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The S. P. U.=s, of Bolton Township, will meet on the last Saturday in January, at the Bland School House, for the election of officers. The meeting will be called to order at early candlelight. All members are requested to attend. AL. MOWRY, Capt.

A cowboy by the name of Elwood intimidated several of our citizens last week by flourishing around his six-shooter and making threats. He was taken care of and caused to whack up the fine and costs.

Mine host of the Brettun made application to the proper authorities for two gallons of whiskey for mechanical purposes last Monday. He proposed using it as a motive power in fitting his ice house. Telegram.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Levi Bullington, commissioner of the 3rd district, resigned last Saturday, and his brother-in-law, E. I. Johnson, of Sheridan Township, was appointed to fill the vacancy. He qualified and entered upon his duties Monday. Enterprise.

DIED. In this city, on Saturday last, Jan. 13, 1883, Susan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Endicott, of quick consumption, aged 12 years. The funeral took place on Sunday. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the community.

BIRTH. To Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, Indian Territory, on the evening of the 11th inst., a boy. Both mother and child are doing well. Tom is as light hearted and jubilant as a newly elected J. P., and challenges the world to produce the equal of that 10 pound lad.

Capt. S. C. Smith was elected chairman in the organization of the Board of County Commissioners, at the last meeting. Mr. Smith is eminently fitted for this important position, being the only member of the present Board who has had experience of the duties involved.

Mr. R. M. Patton, who recently sold his farm in West Bolton, to a Mr. Hollis, from Illinois, for $3,000, left for Hiawatha, Kansas, his former home. Mr. Patton has proven himself a desirable citizen in any community, and we are sorry to see such men as he leave Cowley.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Mr. Drury Warren purchased Mr. D. J. Coburn=s farm on Grouse Creek for $4,000. This in addition to the land he already owns will make a farm of over fifteen hundred acres of as good farming land as can be found anywhere. We congratulate Mr. Warren upon his acquisition.

Russel Lester went up from Muskogee, Indian Territory, to Vinita, Saturday, to kill a man named Rutledge, with whom he had quarreled. They met and Rutledge emptied the contents of a double-barreled shot gun into Lester=s body and he was taken home a corpse. Rutledge was arrested and taken to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

On the 24th of October, Frank L. Ide, of Nebraska, drove one thousand sheep through this place, on his way to Texas. A few weeks since he wrote to C. M. Scott, from Henrietta, Texas, that he got through with the flock in twenty-four days, and lost but three. He sold 100 Aculls@ in Henrietta at $4 per head. He says there have been 35,000 Mexican and half-breed sheep sold there last fall, and they have just commenced. He says it is as warm there now as in May in Nebraska.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

A sheep man in Throckmorton county, who had 3,000 sheep, visited Montague, 250 miles away. He telegraphed his herders to meet him there with the horses and Shep, a dog. The telegraph operator put an extra e in Shep and made it sheep, and the herders drove the entire herd the 250 miles just after lambing season, losing many of the stock. The sheep owner now sues the Western Union Telegraph Company for $20,000 damages, caused by putting the extra e in Shep. Texas Wool Grower.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Hon. C. R. Mitchell, of Cowley County, will introduce a bill into the lower House at an early day, providing for a county assessor; a county board of equalization; and a State board of equalization. This is a meritorious measure and one that should be supported by every Western and Southern member of both houses. As the law is, and under the present laws of assessment, the Western part of the State pays over fifty percent more in proportion to its wealth, in taxes, than the Eastern part does. We hope this bill will become a law. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Of Mr. Henry Harbaugh, late chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, whose term expired last week the Courier expresses our sentiments as follows: AMr. Harbaugh has been one of our best commissioners, and by his sound judgment and devotion to the interests of the county, been of great value to his constituents. He has won the confidence and respect of the people of this county and carries their good will with him. He is one of the best farmers in the county, and it is a real pleasure to take a look over his splendid farm.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The Cheyenne Indians are mourning over the death of one of their principal chiefs, who died on the 4th inst. His name was AWhite Shield,@ and he was a prominent man among his people. He also owned quite a herd of cattle and was a favorite among the white ranchmen as well as the Indians, as he was, (or claimed to be) Aon the white man=s road,@ and was doing everything in his power to convince his people that it would be profitable to them to do likewise. He was indeed an active Indian and his death caused sad bereavement among the Cheyennes generally.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Probably it is the fair thing to rob the poor Indian whenever opportunity offers, still we can=t help thinking that some steps should be taken toward stopping the wholesale stealing of timber from the Territory. Caldwell Post.

We don=t believe in Astopping@ men who have to toil from one year=s end to another to earn an honest living from hauling down decaying wood from the Beautiful Indian Territory, and then permit a lot of monied monopolies to destroy living timber by thousands of cords. If one has a right to cut post and rail timber, the other has an equal right, to say the least, of hauling off the tops for wood, and we think they will manifest that right and help themselves.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne arrived in our city last Saturday evening and remained in the city visiting relatives and friends until this morning when they started for their home at Ponca Agency.

We have heard of several cases in town of families being sick and unprovided with the actual necessities of life, I. E., feed and fuel. This should not be permitted in a country so bountifully blessed as this is.

We tender our thanks to Messrs. Cal Swarts, C. M. Scott, and other friends who kindly assisted in getting out last week=s issue of the TRAVELER which we were prevented from attending to by sickness in our family.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Large companies are fencing up the homestead and pre-emption land in Western Kansas to the exclusion of immigrants and settlers. We like to have capital come into the State, but at the same time we don=t like to see the settlers leave.

The Assessors returns for March 1st, 1883, show 1,223,583 hogs over six months old in Kansas. Cowley County takes the lead, as usual, and gives in 62,240, an increase of 32,000 over last year.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Major Lipe positively refused to grant the Oil Company any license on the country below us known by the Cherokee Strip Stock Protective Association, as Aquarantine grounds,@ and says, (speaking of those who have paid the tax): AWhen anyone of them comes forward next spring to renew their license, he proposes to accept the money and issue the permit.@

NOTICE. There will be a match spelling Friday evening, Jan. 19, 1883, at the High School room. Prize, a $2.50 volume of the winner=s selection. The match will be confined to the first 45 pages of Patterson=s Speller and Analyzer. Everyone is fraternally challenged. The school has confidence--it may be conceit--that it can defeat all competitors. The spellers are expected to give capitals and apostrophes. Admission 5 cents; proceeds for Library.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Vol. 1, No. 1, of the Oklahoma War Chief came to hand this week, and is chuck full of information relating to the Oklahoma question. Its editor, Mr. A. W. Harris, is a lawyer by profession, but has been connected with the Strong City Independent, and will no doubt make the War Chief a success. The first number was published at Wichita, but it is proposed to move the office of the Chief as soon as the colony receives marching orders, which will be about Feb. 1st, 1883. Long may it wave.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

No company or corporation has the legal or moral right to take away from an individual his rights and privileges granted by the only power recognized in the Territory concerning grazing rights, and we do not believe that anyone will today sit by and see it done. The Pennsylvania Oil Company is attempting this, or it appears so to an outsider. Yet they claim that they do not propose to interfere with the rights of the local stockmen enclosed by their fence. The columns of the Post are open for them to make a statement of the case if they wish to do so. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

The Invisible Some People. It is with pleasure we call attention to the fact that the second lecture of the Terminus Lecture Course will be delivered at McLaughlin=s Hall in this city on Friday evening, Jan. 19, when the popular and eloquent Hon. Wm. Cumback will deliver his lecture, AThe Invisible Some People.@ This lecture is well spoken of wherever it has been delivered, and we have no doubt our people will follow the rule and give it a full house.




Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Pawnee Agency Items. Everything quiet. General good health prevails. The employees have drawn their quarter=s salary and are happy. Various changes and improvements are being made in and around the school, which is rapidly assuming better shape and nearing its proper level. The Pawnees seem well pleased with their annual issue of goods, none of them are in very destitute circumstances, and general good feeling seems to exist among them.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

An Indian Territory Tragedy. The Republican=s Dallas special says: A story of a terrible tragedy comes from the Indian Territory. A shoemaker named Alexander Hampton got jealous of his wife and concluded to go to Texas. Accordingly, he hired a man named Smith to transport him and his effects. They traveled about thirty miles and stopped for dinner, but instead of eating it, Hampton blew Smith=s brains out, then mounted one of the dead man=s horses, returned to his wife, whom he shot and killed, and then killed himself.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Dan Smith Found. Mr. Tushans, Agent for the Stage Company, yesterday received a letter from Dan Smith, written at Ft. Worth. Dan returns the checks and transportation tickets, with a statement of his account with the company. He says that when he started out he was erased with liquor, and upon recovering from its effects, he felt ashamed and decided he would go to Mobcetie [?]. He therefore turned the buckboard team loose and started on foot in the direction of Fort Worth. Smith says he will make up any deficiency in his accounts as soon as he is able. Caldwell Commercial.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Arkansas City Council M.--National Union.

This lodge was organized with 22 members, last Monday night, by Dr. W. G. Graham and C. H. Wilson, of Winfield. This lodge is very similar to the Knights of Honor and A. O. U. W., save that they have a different and, it is claimed, much superior plan of insurance. The officers elected for the ensuing year are as follows: N. T. Snyder, P; W. V. McConn, F. S.; Maude E. McConn, S; Sarah E. Kellogg, T.; O. S. Rarick, V. P.; T. V. McConn, S. P.; H. D. Kellogg, E. P.; E. A. Barron, C.; Theo Fairclo, U.; W. E. Moore, S (al) A.; A. H. Fitch, D. K.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Examiner; R. C. Lent, T. V. McConn, O. S. Rarick, Trustees.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Oklahoma War Chief.

Capt. Walden, who is the head of the Kansas City colony will join Capt. Payne=s crowd at Arkansas City. No joking is intended by any of these people. All are good, law-abiding citizens, and in good earnest in this move.

Mr. G. F. Goodrich has been detailed for service at Arkansas City to look after the interests of the colonists at that place. Mr. Goodrich is an intelligent, thoroughly reliable gentleman, and works zealously in the cause.

Arkansas City, situated on the Arkansas not far from the border of the Indian Territory, is one of the most interesting and thriving towns in Kansas. The people there are very friendly to our colonists, and have no fears that the setting up of the country south of them will do them any harm.

Dr. C. G. Thompson, of Arkansas City, one of the very best men connected with our colony, informs us that he will, as early as practicable, commence running the Star Stage Line between Oklahoma and Arkansas City, and will carry the mail gratis. This gentleman has done a great deal for the colony, and deserves their hearty thanks for his labors in their interest.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Cherokee Claims.

One of the most important claims ever brought before the Department of the Interior has recently been presented by ex-Governor Crawford and Col. Gilpatrick, of Kansas, in behalf of the eastern band of the Cherokee Indians. The claim involves the rights of over 2,000 Cherokees residing in the State of North Carolina, known as the Eastern band of Cherokees, to a pro rata share and interest in about 15,000,000 acres of land situated in the Indian Territory and Southern Kansas. This large tract of land was given to the whole Cherokee people in exchange of lands east of the Mississippi, except the tract known as the Cherokee neutral lands, which was purchased by the Cherokees and paid for out of money belonging to the Nation.

When the greater portion of the tribe moved west under the leadership of one John Ross, that wily statesman, philosopher, and friend, together with his followers and those who had preceded him to the Indian Territory, resolved themselves into an Independent Nation, and appropriated in their own use all the lands, annuities, stocks, bonds, and monies, which belonged in common to the whole Cherokee people. Thus the eastern Cherokees, some 2,000 and more, were deliberately robbed by their brethren, and left among the pinehills of North Carolina and Georgia, and there they remained in a poverty-stricken condition for forty odd years, begging the government to intercede in their behalf. But until Gov. Crawford and Col. Gilpatrick, some six months since, were enlisted in their cause, their petitions and prayers were of no avail. The money that rightfully belonged to them has been from year to year taken by the Western Cherokees, and through their delegates at Washington, used to prevent the Eastern Cherokees from having even a hearing before the department or committees of Congress.

The Western Cherokees have heretofore sold some 3,386,000 acres of land in what is known as the Cherokee outlet, Cherokee strip, and Cherokee neutral lands, and appropriated the proceeds to their own use.

On the 7th of August last Congress passed an act providing for the full recognition of the rights of the Eastern Cherokees, and directed the Secretary of the Interior to investigate and report what, in his opinion, would be an equitable settlement between the two bands of the Cherokee Nation.

Secretary Teller is now preparing his report, and will soon forward his conclusions to Congress. Just what the report will be no one outside the department can tell; but it is fair to presume he will recommend exact and even-handed justice for the Eastern Cherokees.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

A Scoundrel at Large. The following in brief are the facts in the case of a recent attempted burglary in this city which luckily resulted without loss or hurt, the only thing to be regretted being that the scoundrel was not captured. The incident transpired several days since but was kept quiet in order to facilitate the officers in capturing the offender. The attempted robbery took place at the house of Dick Robinson while no one was at home but Mrs. Robinson, who, hearing someone trying to open the door shortly after supper, called Acome in,@ when she was forcibly taken hold of, and commended to give up what money there was in the house. She denied having any, when the villain gagged and tied her to a chair threatening to kill her if she moved. He then proceeded to go through the dwelling house, but hearing a noise, decamped, leaving Mrs. Robinson as above described in which position Dick found her upon his return home some half an hour later. No clue has been found at present, but we do not think it will prove a healthy business for anyone who may be caught in such practices hereabouts.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Western livestock men will be pleased to learn that the United States supreme court has decided that all animals imported for breeding purposes must be admitted free of duty, regardless of the treasury regulations that only animals of Asuperior stock will be admitted free.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.

A Card. I wish to say to my friends that I have returned to Arkansas City and can be found at Dr. Wright=s office and am prepared to do all kinds of work known to the dental profession. Having fitted my office with all the latest improvements in the way of implements, instruments, tools, and appliances. Thanking you for past patronage, I hope to share a part of your patronage hereafter. Respectfully,

M. B. Vawter.


Arkansas City Daily Traveler, January 17, 1883.

Kansas News.

Winfield is talking of water-works.

The cattle men at Caldwell are excited over the order from Washington to remove all white men from the Cherokee outlet.


Arkansas City Daily Traveler, January 24, 1883.


Arkansas City is the second city in size in Cowley County, and is the center of trade for the southwest portion of the county. The section of country tributary to her cannot be excelled in the State of Kansas, taking in, as it does, the valleys of the Arkansas, Walnut, and Grouse, with s portion of the valley between the Walnut and Arkansas, all first-class land. The surrounding country is now thickly settled with enterprising farmers, who are making permanent improvements. The three streams afford sufficient timber for all present use, and the country abounds in stone of every variety, from water-lime to limestone. Stone that is hard as flint and stone that can be cut with a common saw, but hardens sufficiently with exposure to make first-class building rock. This section has fully tested all the cereals with uncommon success. Small fruits and grapes ripen to perfection, and so far have been remarkably free from disease. Peaches, budded and seedlings, have known but few failures since the first beginning. The apple orchards have come into bearing to a sufficient extent to demonstrate that all the leading varieties that have been tested in the older settled portions of the State will succeed here. Such is the country surrounding the city, and from such a country, it is easy to predict that it will be a good feeder for steady and enduring trade.

The City is situated upon a divide which separates the Walnut and Arkansas Rivers, and no finer a town can be found in the state of Kansas. The land generally sloping to either river, the first rays of morning come gleaming over the Walnut, and the last rays of the setting sun dance in beauty over the waters and through the leafy trees on the banks of the Arkansas.

In addition to the beauty of the townsite, the city is so located (being only four and one-half miles from the Territory line) that the ranche trade and the trade of the agencies center here. The ranche trade alone amounts to over one hundred thousand dollars a year, while the agency trade is continually increasing. Not only in location, but in material for building, does the city excel. In every direction within one mile of the city are inexhaustible quarries of building stone. Brick of the finest quality are made on the townsite, lime is burned within a short distance of the city, and sand procured within one-half mile. The progress of the city has been steady from the beginning. One log hut in 1871; forty business houses and two hundred dwellings in 1882.

Churches. In churches Arkansas City is well represented: Presbyterians and Methodists having three fine church buildings and a large membership. The Baptist, Free Methodists, and Christians have organizations, and expect to build.

Schools. In schools and school buildings she has always taken the lead, having now the finest school building in Southern Kansas, and is making preparation to erect two more, when the larger building will be a first-class graded school, giving facilities for education found in but few cities in Kansas.

Business. All kinds of business is well represented and doing well, with room for more. Two banks. Three first-class dry goods establishments, in rooms twenty-five by one hundred feet, are doing a large business; eleven groceries, part of them carrying large stocks; two clothing; four drug stores; two jewelry establishments; four hardware; three restaurants; four livery stables; one bakery; two harness shops; two agricultural and implement stores; one real estate and two law offices, make up the business of the town. In addition to this are three mills with a capacity for grinding twelve hundred bushels of wheat per day, and a foundry and machine shop for casting and machinery repairs.

Railroads. The city is at present the terminus of the A. T. & S. F., and has now three trains a day. The A. T. & S. F. will move on down the river to Ft. Smith as soon as the right of way can be secured. It will be found by looking at the map that a straight line from this place strikes the mail line of the A. T. & S. F. at Ft. Dodge, which will shorten the main line fifty miles and will put Arkansas City on the main line from the Mississippi to the Pacific. Another line is projected and partially built which will follow the southern line of the State, and must strike this place as it moves west.

Manufacturers. In regards to manufactories the city rightfully claims first rank, having the finest improved water power in the State of Kansas. The improvement made by the Arkansas City Water Power Company has already involved an outlay of over one hundred thousand dollars, and consists of a race connecting the Arkansas River with the Walnut River, the race being three miles in length and sixteen feet at the bottom and thirty-two feet at the top in width, giving a fall of twenty-one and one-third feet, with present capacity for driving machinery to the amount of seven hundred horsepower, and provision made to enlarge to double the amount at any time it may be required.

The company have a well constructed dam over the Arkansas four feet in height, which has been sufficiently tried by the flood to give confidence in its permanency. The mason work at the head and tail gates is massive and solid, and constructed in a first-class manner. The company have secured the erection by experienced men of two fine mills--one operating with capacity of six hundred bushels of wheat per day and latest improvements for making fine flour--now known to the trade. This mill, built at a cost of over twenty-five thousand dollars, has been in constant operation ever since its completion. A first-class stone mill has also been erected and is now in operation. The company are also negotiating for the erection of a cotton mill by an eastern party of experience. As an additional attraction to the city, a company has been formed, the lots purchased, and the money raised for the construction of a public hall fifty feet by one hundred feet, eighteen foot story and two store rooms and basement beneath, to be finished in the latest style.

Health. Last, but not least, comes a question of great importance to all parties seeking a new location. Situated as Arkansas City is, upon a rolling knoll with constant breezes and no stagnant water in any direction, it accounts for the fact that her population claim an immunity from diseases that is found in very few localities in the State. Further than this, as a point favorable to the health of the city, is the fact that pure living water can be found at a reasonable depth in all parts of the city. In addition to this, the city has inaugurated a system of water-works, which can be increased with its growth, by which water is raised by machinery to the highest point on the townsite; and distributed by pipes throughout the city, making a plentiful supply of water for use and a complete safeguard against fire.

Strangers desiring to settle will find a pleasant, sociable people ready to extend the hand of friendship and make them perfectly at home. Green & Snyder=s Real Estate News.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

University Singers tomorrow night.

Winfield has decided to put in waterworks.

Skating has been the rage during the past week.

The Oklahoma boomers are coming in, but slowly.

It is said that Mrs. Langtry has already cleared $80,000.

Fresh vaccine virus has just been received by Dr. A. J. Chapel, of this city.

J. D. Guthrie was in the city Monday.

Mrs. Carrie Walker, of Otoe, who has been sick with the measles, is convalescing.

The A. O. U. W. Will hold a social at the Masonic Hall on the evening of Friday next.

The measles are breaking out among the Indians at the Agencies south of here in the Territory.

Mrs. D. B. Hartsoe [or Hartsoc ?] of Pueblo, Colorado, is in the city visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Adams.

John B. Splawn, one of the Grouse=s most aggressive farmers, called upon us Monday.

Peter Pearson, our live furniture dealer, last week wholesaled a large bill of goods for the Wellington trade.

Our friend, Cap. Nipp, this week, advertises a lot of fine horse and mule teams for sale. Farmers take notice.

Samuel Bone, who has been visiting in Iowa for several months past, has returned to his home in Cowley County.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

C. L. Parker, who has been in the city for several days past, has returned to his home at Sac & Fox Agency Saturday last.

Mrs. Frank Schiffbauer has been sick with the measles, but at the present time, we are glad to state, is recovering.

M. N. Sinnott has just returned from the Otoe Agency, where he has been fixing up a windmill for their water works.

The severe weather of the past week put a stop to out-door work from several new residences now in course of erection.

Parties needing hedge plants or spring nursery stock should read the notice of the Walnut Valley Nursery this week.

Ad: FARMER=S ATTENTION. S. E. Maxwell is nor prepared to make his fall delivery of trees and nursery stock generally at the Walnut Valley Nursery.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Mr. S. Matlack left for the Territory last Saturday morning on business connected with his trader=s store at Pawnee Agency.

We are glad to state that the little son of Mr. A. A. Newman, who has been dangerously sick for some days past, is now recovering.

DIED. In this city Jan. 22, 1883, of pneumonia, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. John Daniels. The funeral took place yesterday.

Mr. L. A. Millspaugh, late of Vernon Township, and now traveling for a boot and shoe firm, was in the city Monday, and favored us with a short call.

Major L. E. Woodin returned from Washington, D. C., on Friday last where he had been for two weeks on business connected with his Agencies.

Through cattle on the Cimarron range are reported as looking thin, and a few dying, though the prospects for the greater part going through the winter are good.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Dr. R. H. Reed has rented his farm on the west side of town, and moved into the business part of the city. He occupies the rooms over the Central Drug Store.

R. C. Story, ex-County Superintendent, has connected himself with the firm of Jarvis, Conklin & Co., of Winfield, and we wish him success in his new walk in life.

APrevention is better than cure,@ and all parties who desire to be vaccinated should call upon Dr. A. J. Chapel. The Doctor has just received some fresh cow pock vaccine virus.

Messrs. Shelden & Speers have removed their clothing and gents= furnishing stock from west to east Summit Street and will now be found one door south of Highland Hall.

Maj. L. E. Woodin left for the Territory last Saturday morning with $7,500 with which to pay the cash annuities of the Pawnee Indians. He was escorted by a mounted guard of Indian police.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

FIRE. One day last week the packing house of Bishop & Gaskill took fire and for some time it seemed that it must be consumed. By strenuous efforts, the fire was subdued before doing damage to any considerable extent.

Ad: Bishop & Gaskill, PORK PACKERS, Have constantly on hand at their Packing House, In the northwest part of town, CHOICE BACON, HAMS, LARD, SHOULDERS, TENDER LOINS, SPARE RIBS, SAUSAGE, etc.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

We printed the first one thousand shipping tags ever printed in Arkansas City last week. They were for Peter Pearson, and will be used in labeling furniture sold by him to the merchants of our sister cities.

Peter Pearson now has his AAlligator@ under full control, and says he (his Alligator) is now prepared to convey intending purchasers of furniture from the cellar to the roof with neatness and dispatch.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Measles in Bolton Township are quite the rage. School district 96, in that township, out of a school population of thirty-five, has had twenty down sick with them, and the school has been closed for two weeks past.

Widow Smith, of Grouse Creek, married a Mr. Brown, of Illinois, Monday evening, and it now turns up that Brown has a wife already. So the placid waters of the beautiful Grouse will be rippled once more.

A delegation of three colored men and one Indian have gone to Washington from the Chickasaw nation to have the Freedmen question settled. They want to be admitted as citizens and to enjoy all the rights, privileges, and annuities as such.

Bids were to be received Saturday, Jan. 13, at Fort Smith for pushing ahead with the AFrisco road@ through the Choctaw nation. The road has reached the military reservation at Fort Smith, the right of way through which has just been granted by Congress.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

At the time our Mr. Lane was reading the telegram from Agent Tufts on Wednesday evening of last week, stating that the order to remove improvements off the Strip had been rescinded, Agent Tufts was reading a telegram from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, telling him to execute the order, as it had not been rescinded. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

The number of the railway station at Arkansas City is AK 78.@ That of Kansas City, Missouri, is AA. O.@ In traveling just notice the number on the paste bound check on your trunk and satisfy yourself that it is directed to Arkansas City or Kansas City, a mistake that often occurs away from home.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Gov. Cumback, while in our city last week, favored the TRAVELER office with a call and in the course of conversation expressed his opinion that Southern Kansas and Cowley County was one of the best countries he had ever looked upon. The Governor intends to revisit this section next fall and take a hunt in the B. I. T.




Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

The amount of tax received by Cowley County from the railroads during 1881 was $13,662, This was for the right of way track, road-bed, rolling stock, tools, materials, etc., not counting railroad lands. Sumner County received $20,081. The Cowley, Sumner & Ft. Smith, from Wichita to this place, and from Mulvane to Caldwell, paid the State $18,773.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

The Farmers= Alliance met in Topeka last week and passed the following resolution: Resolved, That we denounce the railroad commissioner system, and believe the effort to embody it in a railroad law to be passed at this session of our legislature, is a miserable subterfuge, and creates fat places for a few men whom they control in their own interests.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Speaking of the waterworks question, which has been agitating Winfield for some time past, and in which Mr. H. E. Asp took a prominent part, the Courier remarks: ATo Henry E. Asp, who has worked indefatigably, and with powerful effect in securing these concessions, each and every citizen and tax-payer owes his thanks. Of the young men of Kansas whose power is felt when they take hold of a proposition, Henry E. Asp is peer of all.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Hon. S. S. Benedict, United States Indian Inspector, returned a few days ago from the Indian Territory, where he has just finished an examination of eight different agencies, and reported them all straight. The Osages, the last examined, are undoubtedly the wealthiest nation of people per capita in the world. There are only about 1,750 of them, and they have $4,000,000 with the government, and $3,000,000 yet in Kansas lands. Capital.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Gov. Cumback=s lecture, AThe Invisible Some People, delivered at McLaughlin=s Hall last Friday night, was brimfull of home truths, and afforded all present plenty of food for thought. . . .


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

We call attention to the new Aad.@ in this issue, of Messrs. Bishop & Gaskill, who are engaged in pork packing. Their packing house is in the northwest part of town where they always have on hand bacon, hams, shoulders, etc. [ALREADY TYPED UP AD!]


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Republican Caucus. The Republicans of Creswell Township will meet at C. L. Swarts= law office, over Newman=s store, in Arkansas City, at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 1883, for the nomination of a township ticket. J. B. NIPP, Chairman, Township Committee.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

The new five-cent piece, which the Secretary of the Treasury has ordered coined, weighs twenty-one millimetres (which is one millimetre more than the present coin) and is a little larger and thinner than the one now in circulation. On the face of the new coin is a female head surrounded with a fillet, upon which is inscribed the word ALiberty,@ the whole being surrounded by thirteen stars. The reverse side contains a wreath surrounding a Roman numeral representing the denomination of the coin.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Senator Hackney, with the lofty chivalry, which is prominent among his many pleasing characteristics, has again become sponsor for a measure looking toward the accomplishment of female suffrage. The ladies certainly could not have a more capable and energetic champion, and if the secret prerogative of whittling store boxes in connection with the discussion of plans for the salvation of the country, is not vouchsafed to them within the current year, it will not be the fault of the tenacious gentleman from Cowley. Emporia News.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

We hear considerable discontent expressed by our people with reference to the manner in which the Water Works of our city are managed. The tank, if kept filled, is fully adequate to meet all the requirements of the city, and we cannot, for the life of us, see why it should be allowed to run dry. Now that a steam engine has been put in to do the pumping when the windmill is unable to run, and a man receives pay from the city for attending to this matter, we think no excuse can be made for the inconvenience caused by the supply of water being allowed to run short. If this is permitted to happen, we cannot see how the city receives any benefit from the expense incurred in the purchase of a steam engine. We respectfully submit this grievance to the consideration of the City Council.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

From Over the Sea. We take the following from the Down (Ireland) Recorder, of Dec. 30, 1882, which pays a tribute of respect to our townsman, Judge Christian.

ASeeing the name of Hon. Judge Christian in the Down Recorder, I beg leave to say that Judge Christian is a parish of Bright man, and a Bright man. He was born in the townland of Balygilbert, went to America with his father and the family on the 25th of April, 1834, and his boast is that he is an Irishman. His defense of an Indian Chief is the most learned and eloquent that could possibly be delivered. He sent that defense in the pamphlet form to this country. I wish you could get it and let your readers see what an Irishman can do, and did do. Judge Christian is a first cousin to the late Mr. Alexander Napier, of Marlborough, his mother being Mary Napier, of Ballybranagh. Judge Christian never forgot his relatives here or his old neighbors, for he frequently sent newspapers, the ARKANSAS CITY TRAVELER. Yours sincerely, TRUTH.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Report of the Rose Valley School. The following scholars have been neither absent nor tardy during the month ending January 12th: Perry Grey, Chas. Harrader, George Locke, Newt. Kirkpatrick, William Purdy, John Drennan, Mabel Kirkpatrick, Emma Locke, Beasie Kirkpatrick, Nannie Maxwell, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Effie Rupert, Erta Kirkpatrick, Maggie Guyer, and Lillie Pardy. GEORGE E. WRIGHT, Teacher.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Another Spelling Match. A match-spelling will be held in the High School Room Friday evening, January 26th, 1883, to which all persons are cordially invited, and also fraternally challenged. A $2.50 prize will be awarded the successful contestant. The spellers will be expected to give postoffices and capitals. The match will positively take place at the above named time.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.

Republican Caucus. The Republicans of Bolton Township are requested to meet at the Bland School House at 2 o=clock p.m. on Saturday, February 3rd, for the purpose of nominating a township ticket. J. D. GUTHRIE, Chairman, Township Committee; P. A. LORRY, Secretary.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.




Upon Tuesday of last week occurred the terrible tragedy which has resulted in the death of one of the best officers and truest citizens that Cowley County has ever had. The chain of circumstances leading to the commission of the terrible crime will be found in the following lines.

The murderer, Charles Cobb, went to the house of Mr. Jacobus, of Maple Township, some six miles from Udall, about two weeks since, and inquired for work, giving his name as Smith, and stated that he had just come up from Texas with a herd of cattle to Fort Dodge, from whence he had ridden to Cowley, and desired to work >till spring, when he would return to his home in Pennsylvania. He was told no help was needed, when he offered to pay his board for a week, if they would let him stay that time and look around for work. The request was granted and the week had just expired, and he was hired to work upon the very morning of the shooting. It was noticed that he had a shot gun with him, and always wore a pistol, and slept with it under his pillow, but nothing particular was thought of this, it being attributed to his cowboy training. Mrs. Ruth Jacobus thus describes the shooting.

AAs we were all sitting at dinner someone drove up and called my husband out. He soon came back and said that Dr. Jones, of Udall, was out there and would stop for dinner. He then went out and soon returned with a man whom he introduced to me as Dr. Jones. The prisoner all this time sitting at the table. My husband and the man introduced as Dr. Jones passed through the kitchen, and I noticed the doctor look very sharply at the prisoner. They went into the room and the stranger pulled off his overcoat and threw it on a chair. About this time the prisoner got up from the table, took his hat and gloves, and started toward the door. Mr. Shenneman then sprang upon him from behind, when a scuffle ensued, during which time two shots were fired. My husband then ran in and took the pistol away from the prisoner and told him to give up or he=d kill him. The prisoner then cried out that he would give up, not to kill him. Mr. Shenneman then said, >hold him, he has killed me,= and went in and laid down on the bed. My husband and the school teacher then tied the prisoner.@

Drs. Emerson and Green were summoned with all speed to the scene of bloodshed, where they found the unfortunate man with two bullet wounds in his body, both close together in the lower right-hand side of the stomach. Mrs. Shenneman also was soon at her husband=s side, and, by her heroic calmness, under the terrible ordeal, did much to cheer and alleviate his sufferings. Sheriff Shenneman=s natural tenderness and regard for human life was doubtless the cause of his death, as will be seen by his own version of the arrest.

AI looked at him and thought that I wouldn=t put a revolver on such a mere boy, but would catch him and hold him while the other fellow disarmed him, but found after I got hold of him that he was a regular Hercules in strength, and I couldn=t handle him.@

The prisoner=s appearance corresponds exactly with the following description of a man received by Sheriff Shenneman about a week previous.

ACharles Cobb, about nineteen or twenty years old; light complexion; no whiskers or mustache; blue eyes; a scar over eye or cheek, don=t know which; height five to five feet three inches; weight 125 to 130 pounds; had black slouch hat, dark brown clothes, and wore large comforter; may have large white hat; was riding a black mare pony with roach mane, and carried a Winchester rifle and two revolvers; had downcast look.@

The man described was wanted for the killing of a constable in Jefferson County, a short time since, who was trying to arrest him for promiscuously flourishing deadly weapons at a country dance, and it was for this offense that Sheriff Shenneman attempted the arrest which cost him his life. As soon as the news reached Winfield, intense excitement prevailed, and had it not been for the fact that the officers having the prisoner in charge succeeded in keeping his whereabouts a secret, Judge Lynch would undoubtedly have claimed him as his own. At different times since the committal of the crime, the prisoner has been in charge of several different officers, part of the time being in the jail at Wichita, then at Winfield, and on Sunday last it was rumored that he was secreted somewhere in the Grouse country.

On Thursday night last, between the hours of nine and ten, the deadly bullet put the finishing touches to the ghastly work and A. T. Shenneman breathed his last. The body was taken to Winfield on Friday, and Saturday was placed in a casket and then laid in a room near the jail, where thousands of the friends of the deceased gazed upon the face of the brave dead. The funeral obsequies were solemnized at the Baptist Church, in Winfield, on Monday, commencing at 1 p.m., under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity, who were present in force, members from Wellington, Arkansas City, and other sister lodges assisting Winfield Lodge in paying the last sad rites to their departed brother. The services at the church were solemn and impressive to the last degree, and when at last the sad cortege had wended its way to the cemetery, and the body was lowered to its final resting place, the last rays of the setting sun shed its glory on the casket sinking from the sight of the sorrowing mourners into the gloom of the grave.

The following is the prisoner=s account of the shooting as narrated by himself to a Courier reporter.

AMy name is George Smith, and I am about eighteen years old. I came up to Dodge City from Texas with a herd of cattle, in the employ of W. Wilson. Have been on the trail about a year. My parents reside in Pennsylvania. I was paid sixty dollars when the cattle were shipped. I then rode east, intending to work my way back, and on a week from last Monday, it being too cold to ride, I stopped at Jacobus= and tried to get work or to board until I could look around. On Tuesday when I was eating dinner, a man came in, who was introduced as Dr. Jones. As I got up to go out, the Doctor jumped on me without saying a word. My first impression was that it was a conspiracy to rob me, and I wrestled to defend myself. I had a revolver on my person because I was among strangers, had some money, and was used to keeping it about me. If he had only told me he was an officer, and had put his gun on me as he ought to have done, if he believed I was the desperate character I am charged with being, this business would never have happened. I am no criminal, and I am not afraid if the law is allowed to take its course. If a mob attacks me all I ask is that the officers will do me the justice to allow me to defend myself. If they will take off these irons and put a six-shooter in my hand, I will take my chances against the kind of men who will come here to mob me. I am guilty only of defending myself, and I ask the law either to defend me or accord me the privilege of defending myself.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Al. Dean was in the city last week.

Work on the Highland Hall still progresses.

A good cattle ranch for sale by Green & Snyder.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Agent L. E. Woodin was in the city this week.

See notice of posts and wood for sale in this issue.

AD: 1,000 Posts for sale at Kimmel & Moore=s.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The old reliable Green Front has changed hands.



Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

No. 533 drew the Writing Desk at Fitch & Barron=s Jan. 1st.

D. A. McIntire, Geuda=s live livery man, was in our city Saturday.

G. H. Shearer=s farm, east of the Walnut, was sold for $3,000 last week.

Over twenty car loads of lumber have already arrived for the new lumber yard.

Remember Frank Hess= Real Estate and Insurance Office in the Creswell Bank.

We call attention to the new card of W. Ward=s Draying and Transfer Agency in this issue.

AD: W. WARD=S DRAYING & TRANSFER AGENCY, Office in Davis= Feed Store. Will do every description of general transfer and jobbing business on short notice.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Geuda Springs was all torn up last Monday night by a railroad meeting at the Mekeeche House.

A new lumber yard and livery stable are the latest acquisition to the business of Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Robert White, an old-time resident on the Walnut, sold his farm last week to a newcomer, for $4,000 cash.

We are glad to note that D. C. McIntire, the landlord of the City Hotel, is reported to be on the improve.

Mr. S. Matlack returned from his trip to the Pawnee Agency last Saturday night after an absence of ten days.

Capt. D. L. Payne arrived in our city on Monday last with several others connected with the Oklahoma colony.

DIED. January 12th, 1883, in the 49th year of her age, of lingering illness, Amanda Sankey, wife of A. H. Sankey.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca, were in our city last week, and attended the University singing concert.

DIED. It is with sorrow, we announce the death, on the 23rd instant, of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Endicott.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The AStewart Hotel@ is one of the best places to get a square meal in town over 64 having sat down to dinner there last Monday.


A. STEWART, PROPRIETOR, Afford First-Class Accommodations to the Traveling Public. Charges Reasonable.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The pistol has made sad havoc in this county during the past week, two deaths and one severe injury are on the record so far.

We understand that Messrs. Fitch & Barron have made arrangements for the purchase of the building they are now occupying.

There need be no excuse for a lack of ice next summer, the facilities for gathering in the crop the last two weeks having been tip top.

Charles Beech fell from a wagon load of wood, last week, and had his leg severely cut and bruised by the wheel, which passed over it.

We received a pleasant call last week from Mr. S. H. Rankin, and had the pleasure of enrolling his name upon our subscription book.

From the conduct of several of the Aboomers@ in our city last Monday, we should infer that a liberal allowance of Abudge@ had been indulged in.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We received an appreciated call from Rev. W. H. Harris and had the pleasure of numbering him among the readers of the TRAVELER for the coming year.

It was reported that Mr. Saunders lost fifteen hundred head of sheep last week during the storm. As near as we can ascertain, he only lost fifteen head.

Hon. James Christian will soon improve and occupy as a residence the Woodyard property in the southeast part of town lately purchased by him.

The Oklahoma boom still progresses, an office having been opened up on West Central Avenue, which glories in a large sign bearing this legend: AOklahoma Office.@


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

A bushel of corn makes ten pounds of pork, and pork sells at eight cents, by the hog, hence to feed corn to hogs brings the farmer eighty cents per bushel for his corn.

Our enterprising Postmaster now heats the Post Office Building by a furnace placed in the basement. The removal of the store adds much to the appearance and comfort of the office.

Mr. McAllister, who has been making his home in this city for several months past, removed to Sac & Fox last week where he goes to fill a government appointment.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. White and son, of Geuda Springs, were in the city Saturday last. Joe reports everything at Geuda as in a prospering condition which we are glad to hear.

Texas horses brought up last summer do not do well this winter in some parts of Kansas; especially where they are corralled. The first winter north is always the hardest for them.

Mr. Titus has now in course of erection in the southeast part of town a residence, main part 18 x 24 feet with an L 14 x 16 feet. W. T. Canfield has the contract for the carpenter work.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. Geo. Childers, of Cedarvale, paid us a short butt pleasant call last week. Mr. Childers informs us that he has bought property in the city, and will make this his future home.

We had the pleasure of an introduction to Mr. Edrington, of Kentucky, who has just arrived in this section. The gentleman is an old friend of Capt. Nipp, and informs us he will most likely stay with us.

We learn that the A. O. U. W. Social, last Friday evening, was a most enjoyable affair.

Dick Robinson met us the other morning and stated he was looking for a poor man upon whom to bestow a dollar. We plead guilty to the charge and gathered in the eagle bird forthwith.

Conductor J. E. Miller has been laying off the past ten days in consequence of injuries received while on his run a short time since. We trust he will soon resume his duties, for his pleasant face and genial manners are missed by the patrons of the Railroad.

The many friends of John Hyden will be glad to learn that instead of the boot and shoe business, he is now engaged in the restaurant north of the old Williams House, formerly conducted by Mr. Ledlie. We can recommend AJack@ to any and all from this section.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

DIED. In this city, on Saturday, January 27th, 1883, after a sickness of several weeks, Andrew Woods, in the nineteenth year of his age. The funeral took place on Monday. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of the community in this their hour of trial.

The census of 1880 will fill thirty volumes of 900 pages each. Ten thousand copies will be printed of the complete work, and 100,000 copies of a compendium in one volume, and an extra 10,000 of the volumes on agriculture and population. The printing will cost $1,000,000.

Special trains from Newton, Wichita, Wellington, Arkansas City, and intervening points were run on Sunday last to Winfield to enable friends of the late A. T. Shenneman to be present at the funeral ceremonies. The train from this point alone carried one hundred and twenty-five passengers.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. R. E. Grubbs, we are glad to learn is connected with the Stewart Hotel, and henceforth will be found behind the counter, where he has put in an excellent lot of choice cigars. R. E. Is an energetic businessman, and will make things hum if he has half a chance.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The Hutchinson Herald claims that the irrigation ditches at Garden City and elsewhere draw off so much water from the Arkansas River that the water powers below are seriously affected. The farmers along the river also complain that the scarcity of water in the river is affecting their crops. The matter will go into the courts.



Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We are informed our old friend and townsman, J. I. Mitchell, will shortly revisit Arkansas City. Our informant also stated that Mr. Mitchell had sold a part interest in his mines at good figures and was receiving a handsome salary for managing the same. We sincerely hope such is the case. We sincerely hope such is the case, for no one deserves success better than J. I.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We call attention to the Aad@ of the Stewart House, which appears in this issue. [ALREADY TYPED UP.] This house is entirely new throughout, and under the management of Mr. and Mrs. A. Stewart, will be second to none in the city. The accommodations are first-class in every respect, and nothing will be left undone that will lend to the comfort of guests patronizing this establishment.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. Lard returned from his trip to Arkansas last Thursday, bringing with him to Harper 94 head of yearlings, which he and Mr. Chapin will feed through the winter. Mr. Lard reports cattle in Arkansas beyond reason, in the matter of price; yearlings being contracted at $10 and $12 per head. When we hear of knotty little Arkansaws being contracted in the brush at $12 per head, we begin to think that men are crazy on the cattle business, sure enough. Cresset.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

It is with pleasure we note the fact that Capt. J. B. Nipp has now in course of erection on South Summit Street a large two-story frame building, 26 x 102, which, when completed, will be used by the Captain as a Livery and Feed Stable. Other buildings will be erected as needed for carriage houses, etc., and the whole fitted out with a stock of horses and vehicles second to none in the West. We congratulate Captain Nipp on this new departure; and if any man knows how to run a good stable, it is our friend J. B.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Charles Longfeldt, of East Bolton, swooped down upon as in his usual irrepressible manner on Saturday last, and forced into our unwilling palms the ducats that will secure him the TRAVELER as a weekly visitor during the current year. Charley was in first-class spirits, and says everything on his place is going Ashust righd,@ he having already sold a thousand bushels of corn and has nearly as much more left to sell. With more of such earnest workers as Charley Longfeldt in the country, the army of grumblers would be much reduced.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We had the pleasure last Saturday of an introduction to Mr. Snyder, of Peoria, Illinois, who is out in this section of country looking up a location for entering into the cattle business on a large scale. He was with his friend, Al. Dean, than whom no man better understands the stock business, and in his hands he will be shown the true inwardness of the stock interest in all its various branches. Mr. Snyder is also traveling correspondent of the National Democrat of Peoria, and as a brother editor is always welcome to our sanctum.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

MARRIED. Mr. Joseph Baldridge, a resident of Winfield two years ago and agent of W. T. Ekel=s lumberyard at that time, came up from Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week, where he has been in the lumber business since his removal from here. His mission was an important one, and in order to accomplish it, he deliberately walked up to the Probate Judge=s office and there procured the weapon with which to commit the matrimonial deed which would make Mr. Joseph C. Baldridge and Miss Clara Finley, of Arkansas City, man and wife. They were married Tuesday evening and will take up their residence in Albuquerque. Miss Finley has been one of the teachers in the public schools of Arkansas City for some time, while Mr. Baldridge is well known here and while among us took an active part in all society doings. His many friends in Winfield join with us in wishing he and his fair bride many years of happiness and prosperity. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Messrs. Wm. And Charles Steele, late of Richmond County, Ohio, are in the city. These gentlemen are cousins of our townsman, A. Harnly, and intend to make their future home in this section of the moral vineyard.

Quite a train of Oklahoma bound pilgrims arrived in the city yesterday with flags flying and every appearance of triumph. We hope they may experience no adverse blasts in the promised lands of the B. I. T.

We call attention to the new Aad@ of W. B. Kirkpatrick, who has bought Mr. O. P. Houghton=s store, and will open out a stock of dry goods, groceries, clothing, etc., at the old reliable Green Front on Saturday next, at prices that can=t be beat. Give him a call.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. O. P. Houghton, one of Arkansas City=s pioneer merchants, has just sold out his entire stock to Mr. W. B. Kirkpatrick, who will continue the business at the old stand. While regretting to lose Mr. Houghton, we cordially welcome Mr. Kirkpatrick to our city.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We had the pleasure yesterday of meeting Mr. Ed. Grady, late of Wichita, who is now putting in a lumberyard in this city. Over twenty car loads of lumber have already been received, and Mr. Grady hopes to be ready for business by the end of the present week. We heartily wish this enterprise success.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Shooting Iron Again. Two brothers by the name of Burt living east of the Walnut River were handling an old revolver on Saturday last and with the usual perverseness of such weapons it was accidentally discharged, the ball lodging in the groin of the elder of the two boys. Dr. Chapel was called in to dress the wound and under his skillful care we hear the young man is getting along as well as could be expected. It seems little short of a miracle that the boy escaped death.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

DIED. More Pistol. From Mr. J. F. White, of Geuda, we learn the following particulars of the fatal shooting of W. Drury, of that place on Friday night last. A dance was in progress at Geuda, in the course of which Mr. Drury stepped out of the room and went to the saloon, when for some reason he took out his pistol and in attempting to replace it, let it fall, when it struck the ground and exploded, lodging a ball in his body, from the effects of which he died in about half an hour. He had formerly been employed as a bar tender in Geuda but had his home some six miles west of that place.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Wedding Bells. We were agreeably surprised last week upon receipt of an elegant notice to the effect that on Wednesday, January 24th, 1883, at the residence of the bride=s parents, in this city, Mr. J. C. Baldridge, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Miss Clara Finley, of this city, were united in the bonds of matrimony by Rev. S. B. Fleming. Joe was one of our old time boys and had many friends in this city, while his fair young bride has been long one of Arkansas City=s most charming ornaments, and her leaving will cause a gap in the social circle that will be hard to fill. However, what is our loss is Joe=s gain and we but echo the sentiment of the community in wishing that the bride and groom may long be spared to enjoy each other=s love as they fight life=s battle side by side. The happy couple left for their distant home in New Mexico on the afternoon train Wednesday.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The Spelling. The spelling match at the High School Room, last Friday evening, was well attended. The spelling began at 8 o=clock. Only twelve persons entered the lists, and in fifteen minutes, none except Alice Lane and Horace Vaughn remained. Alice Lane is a bright, dignified girl, of thirteen years of age, with well cut and clearly defined features; intelligence beams out from every linen of her expressive countenance; she is one of the best scholars in school, a member of the Junior Class, and a great favorite of her teacher. Horace G. Vaughn is a noble, manly young gentleman, of sixteen years of age, with a discerning and thoughtful countenance. He is a diligent student, and has entirely won the regard of his fellow students by his respectful and courteous demeanor. After a contest of nearly an hour, Miss Alice failed to spell Aappellate@ correctly, and Horace Vaughn was declared the winner. He bore his honors very modestly and said he had not expected to win the prize. The contest was witnessed by a courteous and appreciative audience. It is to be hoped that another trial will soon be announced.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

From the Geuda Springs Herald.

It is rumored that we are to have another saloon.

The carpenters resumed work on our building Tuesday and it now begins to show up a little.

The Oklahoma boomers are gathering at Arkansas City. Meetings are being held all over this part of the State and the colony is rapidly increasing in numbers.

Hilliard, Patterson & Co. intend erecting a new livery stable here at once. It will be a frame building 30 x 60 feet in size, situated on First Street, opposite Musgrove=s store. This will make three good livery stables here.

R. C. Noble, of Todd=s Point, Illinois, subscribed twenty-five dollars towards the erection of a Methodist church here. The building will probably be commenced as soon as the weather opens favorable. Several hundred dollars have already been secured.

Mr. Ward expects to lay off four blocks of town lots on the northwest corner of his place next week. We understand that he has already been offered as high as two hundred dollars apiece for some of his lots. These lots are on the Cowley County side of Main Street just south of McCarty=s hotel.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Business Notices: Calf for Sale: At J. Alexander=s, North Summit Street.

Sheep, Ranch and Range. For Sale. 12 miles west of Arkansas City on the State line, a well improved farm and 850 head of sheep; will sell together or separate. For further particulars address C. M. Crocker, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Teams for Sale. Parties desiring to purchase good horse or mule teams should call upon Capt. J. B. Nipp, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Piece Dry Goods positively at cost at Fitch & Barron=s.

For Sale. 500,000 Hedge Plants, at the Walnut Valley Nursery.

If you want a good Farm on the State Line, or a good Stock Ranch, or a good Stone Quarry, inquire of Z. Carlisle.

To Cattle Men and others. We have on hand a full line of Wool Lined Duck suits and Overcoats. Cattlemen=s Hats in the J. B. Stetson and other standard brands, Blankets, etc. A. A. Newman & Co=s.

California Canned Jars at H. Godehard=s.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Stoves. Base Burners for hard or soft coal. Heating Stoves for wood and coal and combination Heaters burning, either wood or coal, just received at Howard Bro=s.

Won=t Rest. Peter Pearson says he won=t rest until he has put one of his elegant Bureaus in every house, shanty, and dug-out in Cowley, Sumner, and Harper Counties.

Ad: G. W. Miller, Practical Tinner, Carries in Stock Vapor, Wood, and Coal Stoves, Tinware of every Description, Buys and sells Second Hand Goods. Solicits your Patronage.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Kansas News.

A family of six died of diphtheria at Winfield, recently.

William Drury was accidentally shot and killed at a ball at Geuda Springs, Caldwell County. He dropped a revolver on the floor when it exploded, the ball passing through his stomach.

Sheriff Shenneman, of Cowley County, who was shot several days ago by Cobb, died last Thursday. Shot as he was in the abdomen in two places, there was scarcely a possibility for him to survive. The officers of Cowley have refused to surrender the prisoner (who was captured at the time of the shooting) to the Jefferson County folks, and he will be tried at Winfield. At present he is confined in jail at Wichita, where he was taken to prevent lynching.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

AT=was Ever Thus.@ On the bill for furnishing postage stamps to members of the Legislature, C. R. Mitchell, Republican Representative from the 67th district opposed, while J. J. Johnson, Democratic Representative from the 66th district, voted for $6 postage to each member. The bill finally passed, allowing $3 to each member. Mr. Johnson was elected on the reform retrenchment and anti-monopoly ticket, nevertheless he voted as above and rules on a R. R. Pass. Comments are unnecessary.

That Bubble. The Democrat, with its accustomed vindictiveness, attempts to make a point against our representative, Hon. C. R. Mitchell, in an article headed AA Bubble Bursted.@ We know Mr. Mitchell was asked to make inquiries as to the possibility and if possible to use all efforts to secure a pro rata division of the school tax paid by the railroad to the districts through which it passes amongst all the school districts of the county. Mr. Mitchell has fulfilled his promise and after consulting with prominent men, it is decided it could not be done constitutionally. This fact, however, to the Democrat is nothing, for with the usual policy of the party it would not let such a trifle as constitutionality stand in its way if it thought anything could be gained thereby. The law as it stands relating to this may not seem strictly in accordance with principles of equity, but it is undoubtedly law, and it would be a dangerous precedent even were it possible, to attempt the change desired.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Its Inwardness. The Courier gets after that ill fated petition and ruthlessly exposes its true inwardness to the glare of day thusly.

The original is drawn in the hand writing of M. L. Robinson, the originator and principal owner of the waterworks scheme. That measure entails a heavy tax on the citizens, of which its projectors will have their portion to pay, besides this tax is likely to create a prejudice against the originators. It is said that there are three men who are willing to pay three thousand dollars a year each for the privilege of opening and running saloons in this city. This three thousand dollars a year, with a probable increase after the first year, would be about enough to pay the water rents saddled on to the city. Besides, Read=s Bank is supposed to hold Frank Manny=s paper to a large amount, which would be largely enhanced in value if Frank could get to making money in selling intoxicating drinks.

So to help out the securities of the bank and to provide a fund for paying the water rents without taxation, these hitherto ultra prohibitionists have become the most ultra advocates of saloons and breweries we have. For the sake of paltry dollars, they are anxious to open up the flood gates of drunkenness and debauchery upon our city and county. Hackney has an interest in the waterworks stock, and judging him by themselves, they concluded by fortifying him with a tremendous petition, he might be won over to help them in their schemes. It was an insult to him, and he has duly resented it.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

A Petition and Its Reply.

The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.

WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.

Hon. W. P. Hackney, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas.

Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town--it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks--we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don=t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.

This petition was signed by 209 of the citizens of Winfield, many of whom have since stated that they signed under the explanation that the petition was to ask that laws be passed that would enforce the prohibitory law in the large cities of the State as effectively as it is enforced here--a construction which the ambiguity of the petition may well bear. Others say they never signed it or authorized their names to be attached. However that may be, the reception it received at the hands of Senator Hackney was warmer than the most sanguine of its originators dreamed of, and doubtless much surprised them. Here is the Senators=s reply.

GENTLEMEN: I am in receipt of the above and foregoing petition, and replying to those of the signers who are the sworn officers of the law, whose duty it is to enforce the same, I have to say: that were I to pay any attention to your petition, I would be as unworthy the confidence and support of the good people of Cowley County as you have shown yourselves to be, by signing such a paper as the above. You do not seem to know what your duty is, and I will try and enlighten you with the information that it is my duty under my oath to make laws, and it is yours to enforce them. What right have you to criticize laws and parcel out those to be enforced, and those to be ignored? Such petitions as you sent me will do more to give aid and comfort to the band of outlaws now seeking to subvert constitutional obligations and duties in the State, than anyone thing you can do. How is it your business, whether this or that law works well or not? You have taken an oath to see that all laws are enforced, and this coupled with your duty as men, should make you swift to throttle all infringements, and to punish all infractions. And I can assure you one and all, that I need hope of your counsel or advice, and did I need any, I should look to men who have some regard for their constitutional obligation and oaths. If you will devote your time to the performance of your duty as assiduously and vigorously as I do to mine, the discontent of the people at your pusillanimous duplicity and negligence of constitutional obligations would soon be among the things of the past. To that portion of the signers who make their living by the sweat of other men=s brows, and who have no particular principles save and except schemes to amass wealth, I will say, that while the question of constitutional prohibition was before the people, you were unanimous for prohibition; but when you came to adopt facts instead of theories, and for the first time you realized that under the old system the drunken debauchee paid your municipal taxes, and that under prohibition you pay your own, of course you at once there and then lost all faith in your prohibition laws, because such of you would rather the county would go to the demnition bow-wows if your taxes were thereby paid than to live in heaven on earth and pay your own taxes.

Under the old saloon system the people who drank liquor paid your taxes for you, be they residents of the city or county. Now you must pay your own, hence Athese fears.@ Under the former system families went hungry for bread that you might fatten. Under the new system you enjoy no such franchises. What do you care for betrayed trusts or broken promises, whether made by me or the officers of the law, so long as you escape what you have so often by fraud and perjury escaped: namely taxation. Hence your discontent, hence this petition. Winfield is not suffering from the saloon system or the want of it. What Winfield needs is more men of capital and less Shylock=s; men of large minds and fewer small ones; less money changers and more money makers. She wants manufactories, and business that will employ honest men at honest wages who have families to feed and support. That man who has money and will spend it in these enterprises is a public benefactor. You have none now and the prospect for getting such is not flattering. What Winfield wants is less such Christians as you fellows are, and more of the character patterned after Him who died on the cross; less cant, hypocrisy, and double dealing; more honesty and earnestness of purpose. With all this change brought about, Winfield will prosper. Without it, all the saloons outside of Hell will not add one iota to the prosperity of your town. Either walk up and rub the mildew from the prosperity of your town, or continue to swap dollars and sit upon your own prosperity.

Others of you signed this because you are devoid of the moral courage to say no. Others for fear thereby you would lose a nickel, while a very few of you favor a change hoping that you might better your condition thereby. There are a large number of you, who, I cannot believe, would have signed the petition knowing that it meant saloons in Winfield. I believe that many believed that it only meant strict enforcement in the large cities of the State. Its language would admit of such construction to one who was off his guard.

Now, in conclusion, permit me to say, that, until this Legislature adjourns, I shall continue to do all I can to make prohibition a success, though by so doing I Asacrifice Winfield on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.@ And all petitions asking for a change will only be that much wastepaper. The people who voted for prohibition two years ago, and whom I promised to help, will find me steadfast until my stewardship with them closes--which will close with this session of the Legislature, after which they may select someone else to serve them. Until then you may look for no change in my conduct on this question. I, after reading your senseless twaddle in this petition, know that I am better prepared to take care of the interests of Cowley County than are any of you.

Trusting that time will soften the poignancy of your grief, the result of contemplating the possibility of having to pay your taxes yourselves,

I remain your Senator,



Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.


RANCH IN THE INDIAN TERRITORY. Raiser and dealer in Fine Horses & Mules. Brands [shows a half moon ( over the letter N] or N on left shoulder. Parties finding strays of these brands will be liberally rewarded by giving information of the same to J. B. NIPP.


Ad: W. B. KIRKPATRICK, SUCCESSOR TO O. P. HOUGHTON. Having Purchased the Stock of O. P. Houghton, I wish to inform the Public that I propose to Sell Goods on the Cash System and will make it to your interest to call and get prices. We have no BAD DEBTS to make up, and propose to give our customers the benefit of our discounts, also wish to see all of O. P. Houghton=s OLD CUSTOMERS, AND ONE THOUSAND NEW ONES. Having once traded with me, I know you will come again. The Old Clerks Retained. Give me a Trial and see if I cannot do you Good. W. B. KIRKPATRICK.


Ad: CLOTHING SALE still continued at COST. Sweeping Reductions IN Flannels, Blankets, Comfortables, Dolmans, Cloaks, Dress Goods, Yarns, Underwear, etc. I AM OFFERING SPECIAL INDUCEMENTS IN ALL WINTER GOODS, in order to make room for spring stock. S. MATLACK.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Ad: WHAT WE HAVE TO SELL. DRY GOODS. We carry the largest, cheapest, and best assorted stock in Cowley County. Boots & Shoes. A very large stock of ladies=, gents=, boy=s, misses=, youth=s, and children=s ware in all grades and styles. A nice line of Hurt Bros. Shoes, ladies= fine Philadelphia made shoes in Cusacoa [?], Berlin, French & Kid, Pebble Goat, etc. CLOTHING. Men=s, boy=s, youth=s, and children=s suits and overcoats, at astonishingly low prices, wool lined suits, and overcoats lower than any other house in the South-West. Hats & Caps. A very large line in all the new and nobby shapes for men, boys, youths, and children, at extremely low prices. Cloaks, Dolmans & Ulsters. We invite special attention to our new stock in this line, which, for elegance of fit, durability, style, and price, surpasses anything to be found in this or any other town in the South-west. Carpets. A handsome line of extra super ingrain, tapestry, and other makes, at very low figures. Also a nice line in Floor Oil Cloth. A. A. NEWMAN & CO.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Ad: HOLLOWAY & FAIRCLO. AT THE CITY DRUG STORE, is the place to buy Reliable Goods at Low Prices. Drugs and Patent Medicines. Window Glass, Paints, and Paint Brushes, Toilet Articles, and Druggists= Sundries of all kinds. Pure Wines & Liquors Sold for Medicinal, Mechanical, and Scientific Purposes. West Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.












Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Ad: 1871 - 1883. P. Pearson, wholesale and retail dealer in all kinds of FURNITURE, MATTRESSES, CURTAINS, MIRRORS, etc. A large stock of metallic and wood caskets and cases always on hand. Prices as low as the lowest. Sign ABig Chair,@ East Summit Street, Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Frank J. Hess has a few good houses for sale.


Read W. A. Lee=s special notice in this issue.

Ad: For Sale. Parties who wish to buy a Sulky Plow and will give me a sale for Hapgood=s Celebrated Sulky, I will pay their fare to and from Arkansas City or Winfield. W. A. Lee.


Read the Farm notice of W. J. Stewart in this issue.

Ad: For Sale or Rent. A good Farm of 580 acres on south side of Arkansas River, 6 miles east of Arkansas City; 300 acres under cultivation; will sell part or all. Inquire on premises. W. J. STEWART.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

The foundation walls of the Highland Hall are about completed.

For bargains and no humbug, see J. W. Pugsley=s new Aad@ this week. [Already typed up...he is selling out!]

Mr. Grady, our new lumber dealer, spent several days of the past week in Wichita.

The doctors report a satisfactory improve in the general health during the past week.

W. J. Canfield is now occupying the stone blacksmith shop, on South Summit Street, as a carpenter shop.

The blizzard of the past week has retarded all improvements in the way of building now under way in the city.

We had the pleasure of meeting our old friend, G. S. Manser, of Winfield, while in our city yesterday on business.

At this writing we are sorry to say Conductor J. E. Miller is not sufficiently recovered from his accident to take charge of his train.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

W. J. Stewart, of East Bolton, called upon us yesterday, and left a notice which we would advise our patrons to hunt up and read. [Second time mentioned.]

It strikes us that there will be a scarcity of stock hogs about next fall, as everybody seems to contemplate selling in the June market.

Hunnewell is without a city marshal and the Aboys@ have things their own way with none to interfere or make them afraid. Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

We received a pleasant call from Hank Nelson, of Oakland Agency, Indian Territory, while he was in our city last week on Agency business. Call again.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

The Wellington Democrat learns from A. W. Berkey that a four foot vein of coal has been struck at Geuda Springs at a depth of twenty-three feet below the surface.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Mr. Frank Thompson, late of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a son of our Cap. Thompson, arrived in the city yesterday, and will make his future home with us. If he is a Achip off the old block,@ he will prove a valuable citizen.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

DIED. A son of Mrs. McCallum, of Pleasant Valley Township, was drowned last week by breaking through the ice on the Walnut River while sliding. The body was not recovered until life was extinct.

We interviewed Mr. Grady, of the new lumberyard, and as a result learn that he is using every effort to get in shape to do business. At present his large stock is not in for him to do business, but as soon as he is prepared, the public will be notified of that fact in our columns.

E. J. Bowers, one of the old pioneer residents of this place, but for the past three years of the Gunnison County, Colorado, returned to the city on Saturday last for the purpose of settling up his business here and paying a visit to his many friends and relatives in this vicinity. Elias reports the weather in his section as being rather cool, there being 12 feet of snow on the level and the thermometer standing at 38 degrees below zero.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

It is with pleasure we note the return last week to our city, of Miss Burrows, who has been spending several weeks visiting friends in Indiana and Iowa, her former home. During her absence, we hear, she participated in two weddings, besides heaps of other social good times too numerous to mention. Miss Burrows has charge of a grade in our public schools, and we are truly glad not only to note her return, but also the fact that she resumes her duties in the school room.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

We are in receipt of a pamphlet relating to the organization, by-laws, etc., of AThe Wabash Mining Co.,@ of Lafayette, Indiana, of which our former townsman, J. I. Mitchell, is one of the directors. The Company has a fully paid up capital of $1,500,000, and works properties in Sagunche County, Colorado. Mr. Mitchell is a managing director and superintendent with an office at Sedgwick, Colorado. This will be good news to Mr. Mitchell=s many friends in this city.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

W. D. Dean, living three miles west of Geuda Springs, will sell at auction on February 20, 1883, several head of cows, calves, hogs, horses, farm utensils, household furniture, etc. For further particulars see hand bills.

Capt. G. S. Gary has been appointed by the Governor Sheriff of Cowley County, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Shenneman. Mr. Gary has held the office of Councilman in our sister city, and is spoken well of in that capacity.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

We call attention to the new Aad@ of W. D. Kirkpatrick in this issue. Mr. Kirkpatrick will be found at O. P. Houghton=s old stand, and he invites all the old patrons of the Green Front and one thousand new ones to give him a call, and promises to do you good. Give him a trial.

WEATHER REPORT FOR JANUARY, 1883. Only two Januaries of our record were colder than the last, 1873 and 1875. Rainfall, including melted snow was but little more than half the average, while the cloudiness, humidity, wind velocity, and depth of snow were above the average.




Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

A gentleman received a letter from Cobb=s father last week in which he said he had heard the boy was hung, and seemed satisfied with the rumor, only wanting his body to be interred decently. His family is highly connected, and it has been rumored that he is a nephew of ex-Congressman Cobb. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

We call our readers= attention to the article AA Petition and Its Reply,@ which will be found elsewhere in this issue. If anyone doubts the standing of W. P. Hackney on the prohibition question, we think their doubts will take to themselves wings and hie unto the uttermost parts of the world.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Charles C. Black was down from Topeka this week and while here made an arrangement with Rembaugh by which Charles takes a hand again in conducting and editing the Telegram. This places that paper on a substantial foundation, and will make it one of the leading Democratic papers of the State. Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Indian horses have been dying from some unknown disease the last two weeks. News come in every day of horses dropping off in various camps, and the disease seems to prevail throughout the country--south and west. Oburn & Montgomery have lost some twenty head of their cow horses, and Wm. Frass reports four head dead at his camp. Transporter.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Gen. Pope sent Major Bennett, commander at Ft. Reno, Indian Territory, a special, ordering all available troops of the military post to the land known as Oklahoma immediately to await the arrival of Capt. Payne and his company and eject them from the Territory. In the meantime the Secretary of the Interior will endeavor to have Congress pass a law making the invasion of the Indian Territory a criminal offense.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

The Wellingtonian doesn=t like the idea of Peter Pearson=s wholesaling furniture to Wellington so it copies the following item and then kicks as below:

APeter Pearson, our live furniture dealer, last week, wholesaled a large bill of goods for the Wellington trade. ARKANSAS CITY TRAVELER.@

Ah! Yes, we noticed one of our second-hand men come in with an old mattress and wash-stand, and wondered then, where he had made the raise. It now seems that he wholesaled it at Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Last week several heavy eastern capitalists and stockmen gained the consent of the Cheyennes and Arapahoes to fence the western and southwestern portions of this reservation. The Indians have signed the leases, covering bodies of grazing land of about 500,000 acres each, with the privilege of fencing the same and erecting the necessary ranch buildings and improvements. The leases will have to be approved by the Secretary of the Interior before going into effect, but as the action of the Indians was unanimous, it is expected that he will not hesitate to approve the grass-rental. The matter will certainly receive prompt attention, as it ensures a yearly maintenance fund of nearly ten dollars per capita for every man, woman, and child on the reservation, and also makes of utility and value a portion of the reservation which yields no revenue toward the support of the Indians. Cheyenne Transporter.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

MARRIED. At the residence of the bride=s parents, in Valparaiso, Indiana, on the 31st ult., Mr. W. B. Hagin and Miss Genevie L. Cass. Immediately after the ceremony the happy pair left for Cambridge, Illinois, where a reception was held at the residence of the groom=s parents on Feb. 3, 1883. The newly married couple will make their future home in Arkansas City, but will remain a week or two visiting eastern friends before starting for Cowley. We extend them our hearty wishes for their lifelong happiness, and shall be truly glad to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Hagin to the social circles of our city.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Attempted Skip. A couple of parties by the name of Coe and Moore, who have been living in this vicinity for two years past, attempted to play it smart on their creditors by jumping the country last Monday night. Moore and his family left on the cars, leaving Coe to drive the team of mules and wagon and five head of horses out of the country. They had previously borrowed money on the property at the Creswell Bank, but their movements being known, Capt. Nipp and J. J. Breene went after Coe, overtaking him near Winfield and bringing both him and the stock back. Coe says that before leaving on the cars, Moore said he had paid all claims on the stock. If such is the case, Coe must be held blameless of evil intent.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Grand Army of the Republic. On Thursday evening, February 1, 1883, Arkansas City Post No. ___ G. A. R. was organized by Com. T. H. Soward, with the following officers for term: J. B. Nipp, Post Com.; O. S. Rarick, Sr. Vice Com.; Jas. Ridenour, Jr. Vice Com.; M. N. Sinnott, Adjutant; J. C. Topliff, Quartermaster; H. D. Kellogg, Office of Day; E. Y. Baker, Surgeon; W. S. Voris, Chaplain; J. W. Hackelman, O. Of Guard.; D. R. Cooper, I. G.; P. A. Lorry, O. G.; J. E. Miller, Q. M. Sergt.; Al. Mowry, Sergt. Major. Post meets second and fourth Saturday in each month.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

From The Geuda Springs Herald.

Geuda Springs has a dancing club.

Coal has been found in Guelph Township.

Geuda Springs now has two open saloons.

The I. O. G. T. Lodge here now numbers about forty members.

C. L. Swarts, of Arkansas City, was in town Saturday on legal business.

Quite a number of Ponca Indians have been in town trading during the past week.

There is considerable talk of a company being organized here to prospect for coal. There is very little doubt that coal exists here, judging from all indications.

Col. Jno. C. Carpenter, of Leavenworth, Revenue Collector for the State of Kansas, is sojourning at the Springs, and is stopping at the McKechee House. He was feeling under the weather a little, and was persuaded by Hon. C. R. Mitchell to come down here, and visit a few days.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.



We take the following from the Winfield Courier, of the 1st instant, and our readers may rely on its correctness.

The sad sequel to the awful tragedy of last week is enacted, and as we write young Cobb hangs stark and stiff from the K. C., L. & S. Railroad Bridge. He was brought in from Wichita Wednesday evening by Deputy Taylor and put in jail. Soon after Mrs. Shenneman went in and talked to him for a few moments. As she looked into his eyes, with her face bathed in tears, the prisoner broke down completely and wept like a child. Soon after the people began to gather, and many citizens were allowed to see him. About eleven o=clock he asked to see Mrs. Shenneman again, and when she went in he confessed to her that he was Chas. Cobb, and asked her to wrote to the wife of the constable whom he had killed in Jefferson County, and tell her he was sorry he had killed him. He asked her to keep his revolver. Afterwards, to Sheriff McIntire, he said he had been led off by reading the exploits of Jesse James and other desperadoes.

About 2 o=clock in the morning everything was quiet about the jail and on the streets. Soon some late pedestrians were startled by seeing a company of men, their faces covered with black masks and thoroughly organized, marching down Ninth Avenue toward the jail. They went on to Fuller Street, where the leader flashed a dark lantern. Then they turned back, filed into the courthouse yard, then into the Sheriff=s office in front of the jail. Here a short scuffle ensued and soon four of the black maskers came out with the prisoner between them. The company then filed out, surrounded the prisoner, and marched down Ninth Avenue to Main, thence north to 8th, then out west to the railroad bridge. By this time quite a crowd had gathered and were following. Two of the squad were detailed and sent back and with drawn revolvers ordered the crowd Ato keep their distance.@ When they had got to the railroad bridge, a rope which had evidently been prepared beforehand, was placed about his neck and tied to a bridge beam. The moon was just up and several boys who had followed along crept up in the brush on the river bank and saw the whole proceedings. When the rope was tied, he was asked by the leader, in a gruff voice, to say what he had to say quick. The boys in the brush heard him say, AOh, don=t boys!@ and AFather have mercy on me!@ Two of the maskers then took him up and dropped him through between the bridge railings. He fell about ten feet and rebounded half the distance. The black maskers then filed on across the bridge, leaving two of their number to guard. These stood until the others had gone on across, when they too retreated, and the crowd came up and looked at the victim. As we write he is still hanging to the bridge, and the scene is being visited by hundreds. The Coroner is empaneling a jury, after which the body will be taken down.

This ends the life of more than an ordinary bright, healthy, robust boy--one who might have done himself and his country honor. Instead, he dies like a dog, without friend or sympathizer to give him decent burial--his mind poisoned and his soul damned by the infernal thing known as Afiction.@ Let it be a lesson to all boys whose heroes live only between the leaves of a yellow-covered novel.

We have been unable to learn the result of the Coroner=s Inquest on the body of Cobb, but presume it was AFound Hanged.@ The remains have been forwarded to his parents in Jefferson County.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Agent Tuft=s Appointment. Agent Tufts has been appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to investigate the occupation of the Cherokee strip by cattlemen and the fence question. Mr. Tufts is general agent for the Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, Chickasaws, and Seminoles. While we believe he will act impartially in making his investigation, we are at the same time convinced that it would have been better for all concerned if the Secretary had selected someone in no wise connected with either side. No information is given as to when Agent Tufts will enter upon the discharge of his duties, but it is presumed that he will make his report in time for the Secretary of the Interior to lay the whole matter before Congress, should such a course be deemed necessary.

The Agent writes that he will be in Caldwell on the 7th of February to begin his investigation. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

From Capt. D. L. Payne. Mr. Briles, a special messenger to the TRAVELER, from Capt. Payne, reported yesterday, and said the colony was getting along finely. On Monday night they expected to camp on Edward=s Creek, some twenty miles from the Oklahoma Line, and by this time have probably entered the Apromised land.@ We hope they may be able to make a stick this time, but must acknowledge the signs are Ajuberous.@ They have our best wishes for their success in the same.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Riding on Passes. The boys have a huge joke on our respected representative, J. J. Johnson. He was elected as an anti-monopolist of the rankest kind and to be consistent he would not be subsidized by railroad passes. So when he started for Topeka on the 5th of January, though he had plenty of passes in his pocket, which had been furnished him by the railroads, he paid his fare in cash at full rates. Last Saturday he came down to spend a day or two with his family and, the boys say, he rode on passes both ways. A>Tis ever thus.@


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

The news is going the rounds that the Oklahoma boomers are gathering at Arkansas City preparatory to another excursion into the ABeautiful Indian Territory.@ Oklahoma is an Indian word and means AReno Rock Pile.@ Transporter.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Mr. Drury Warren, while returning from the Territory some two weeks since, had both ears severely frozen. We are glad to state that under the skillful care of Dr. J. T. Shepard, he is coming around all right.

Mr. John A. Scott, of Bolton, called upon us recently.




Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

At the Republican caucus held in this city last Saturday, the following gentlemen were put in nomination for township officers.

For Trustee: J. B. Nipp.

For Treasurer: W. M. Sleeth.

For Clerk: W. D. Mowry.

Constables: G. H. McIntire; J. J. Breene.

As we go to press we learn the ticket was elected.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 14, 1883.

Gen. Sheridan, who has recently been examining into the condition of the located Indians in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, has the following as his idea of what policy should be pursued towards those Indians, and we do not see what would prevent its being applied to all Indians in the United States.

AI should recommend that the government give eighty acres of land to the head of each family, buy the balance from the Indians, paying them, say half a dollar per acre, if thought proper, then purchase government bonds with the money, and each year use for their support, through the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and their agent, the interest upon the bonds, without touching the principal. This interest would be much more than is now appropriated yearly, and the Indians, by these means, would have a perpetual fund, the principal of which should never be touched except by act of Congress. In fact, if all Indians and their reservations were treated in this way a better system of government for the Indians could be obtained. It would also be a good bargain for the government, as the purchased land could be sold to actual settlers for an advance, and be occupied by people paying taxes, to say nothing of the opening up of the country.@


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Educational. The following is a brief review of the report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the past two years and will be found full of interesting facts on this question.

The volume consists of the usual summary of school statistics, the reports of the officers of the several State Institutions of learning, statistics of private academies and colleges, and the suggestions of the Superintendent closing with the conclusions given in the report of two years ago, of the National Convention of Superintendents in regard to AThe Best System of Schools for a State.@

The school population of the State is given at 357,020, the increase in two years being 17,573. This increase in school population shows an addition to the general population of the State of about sixty thousand in the same time.

A very gratifying increase is shown in the enrollment and average attendance of pupils but the average annual school term has been shortened from six months in 1880 to five and five-tenths in 1881 and five and seven-tenths in 1882. There is a decrease in the wages of teachers of about a dollar a month for both sexes, and yet with a shorter annual term and but few more schools, the expenditure for the compensation of teachers is reported as considerably more than it was two years ago. Evidently somebody has made a mistake in figuring.

The State school fund apportioned has been reduced from $302,864 in 1880 to $271,542, in 1882, and the school property of the State shows a contraction in value of about a quarter of a million dollars. The permanent school fund of the State is given at $2,508,644.23, about a half million dollars of which Mr. Speer says would be uninvested the first of this year. He and other State officers urge the adoption of measures that will enable the commissioners charged with the investment of this fund to keep the same from lying idle in the State treasury.

Supt. Speer gives a very intelligent discussion of many of the weak points in our common school system, and his recommendations are substantially those of several of his predecessors. Among his more important suggestions are the following.

(1) The State should extend such aid as will enable every school district to support a public school at least some portion of the year, there being 411 districts without any public school whatever in 1882.

(2) That county treasurers be ex-officio the treasurer of the several school districts of their respective counties.

(3) The adoption of a system of free elementary normal schools for teachers.

(4) The adoption of a more simple and less expensive plan for the management and sale of the school lands of the State.

(5) A change of time of holding district annual meetings to the third Wednesday in June.

Mr. Speer closes a very successful official term with a very interesting and creditable report. His suggestions are to the point and are valuable. Most of them should be enacted as laws before the adjournment of the present legislature.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

It is well known that the public lands of this country are passing into the possession not of actual settlers, but of speculators. We can already discern in the dim future a land monopoly as oppressive as that under which European nations are now groaning. Something should be done to divert the danger ahead. We are glad to be able to state that Senator Saunders, alive to the magnitude of the land question, offered the following preamble and resolutions in the United States Senate, which he declared to call up for consideration at an early day.

Whereas, It is, or should be the fundamental principle of the government of the United States that the public domain should be held for the use and benefit of actual settlers only; and, whereas, there are large tracts of land now withheld from settlement on the plea that they have heretofore been granted to certain railroads, but the right to it is believed to have been forfeited by non-compliance by the corporations with the terms of the grant; therefore,

Resolved, That the committee on public lands be directed to inquire into the subject and ascertain what steps, if any, are necessary to be taken to restore the lands so that they may be opened up for homestead settlement.

Resolved, further, That it is the sense of the Senate that the pre-emption law, that allows land to be tendered or purchased of the government at $1.25 per acre, without requiring permanent settlement, should be repealed, and that hereafter all government lands should be held and reserved for actual settlement only.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Ad. Willow Springs Sheep & Stock Ranch. PINK FOUTS, Proprietor. Horse Brand, F on left shoulder. Information given of strays of above brand will be rewarded. P. O. Address, ARKANSAS CITY, KS. Ranch at Willow Springs, Indian Territory.





Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Mr. Bassett=s new house is about enclosed.

Hon. C. R. Mitchell spent Sunday in the city.

We are glad to learn that Mrs. C. R. Mitchell is convalescing.

Major Gore [? Not sure of last name ?], one of our stockmen, returned to the city last week.

A few of the Aboomers@ have reached this town on the back track.

Work on P. F. Endicott=s new house progresses but slowly owing to the recent bad weather.

Major L. E. Woodin arrived in our city Sunday last from the Indian Territory; he returns to Ponca today.

Pink Fouts, of Willow Springs, was in the city Saturday last. He reports having lost but a few sheep in the late severe storms.

Walt Dolby has been under the weather for several days, but we are glad to see him getting around again at his usual gait.

The new office and yards of the Arkansas City Lumber Co., on South Summit St., adds much to the business appearance of that part of town.

Capt. Nipp=s new livery stable on Summit St. is now in good running order, all the improvements are not quite completed, but will be so shortly.

Mr. H. S. Davenport was in the city last Thursday. He reports stock in good shape in the vicinity of his ranch, southeast of Maple City on the line.

We acknowledge an appreciated call, on Monday last, from Mahlon Bond.

Don=t fail to attend the Valentine Dinner and Supper at the Central Avenue today. Have a good square meal, lots of fun, and help a good cause all to wunst.

Miss Ida McDonald, one of Winfield=s fairest and most accomplished young ladies, spent several days in our city last week visiting Miss Maggie Burrows.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

The annual meeting of those interested in the graveyard will be held at the Parker schoolhouse, Thursday, March 1, 1883, for the election of officers for the ensuing year.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Quite an excitement was caused in town the other day by a mad dog which was running loose and is reported to have bitten several other dogs some of which have been killed.

A. N. Deming, formerly landlord of our City Hotel, left Pierce City, Missouri, last week with his family for Little Rock, Arkansas, where he will open a hotel on the 15th of this month.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

It was a pleasant surprise to Mrs. R. C. Haywood=s many friends in this community last Sunday to see her occupy her old-time place in the choir of the First Presbyterian Church.

Our old friend and subscriber, Adam Newman, was in the city on Monday last and made his usual annual visit.

We understand that Rev. Moorhead intends shortly to enter the lecture field. From the evidence he has given us here of his abilities in that line, we prophecy for him a successful career.

An unknown and fatal disease has made its appearance among the horses in the western part of the Indian Territory, and is causing great alarm. The animals afflicted drop dead without warning.

We desire to call attention to the card of the Willow Springs Sheep and Stock Ranch, which appears in this issue. Mr. Fouts, the proprietor, has constantly on his range a large number of horses and fine sheep. [Already typed up.]


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Judge Christian, while attempting to lift a heavy weight last Sunday morning, strained himself. At first, it was feared he had seriously hurt himself as he fell to the ground in a faint. We are glad to say, however, no more than a passing inconvenience resulted.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Mr. And Mrs. R. C. Haywood and son, of Emporia, arrived in our city last week upon a visit to relatives here. Mr. Haywood returned home Saturday, while Mrs. Haywood and son will remain several days visiting her brother, Mr. A. A. Newman.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

As will be seen by the dissolution notice elsewhere in this issue, A. W. Patterson has retired from the livery firm of Hilliard, Patterson & Co. The firm will be continued under the name of J. H. Hilliard & Co., for whom we bespeak the patronage of our people.

DISSOLUTION NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the firm of Hilliard, Patterson & Co. Has this day been Dissolved by mutual consent, A. W. Patterson, retiring. The business will be conducted under the firm name of J. H. Hilliard & Co., by whom all debts against the late firm will be settled, and to whom all accounts due Hilliard, Patterson & Co. Must be paid. Thanking the public for their patronage, we hope to receive their patronage in the future.



Arkansas City, Kansas, February 6th, 1883.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Last Saturday morning John Harmon noticed his dog acting strangely, and as the brute finally snapped at him, John concluded something was up, and killed the dog by a blow from an ax. On Sunday a cow belonging to Mr. Harmon gave evidence of hydrophobia and later a hog, both of which animals have since died.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

From a perusal of the reports of the meeting last week in the Opera House at Winfield for the purpose of discussing prohibition, we conclude it was good to be there and only regret that we were not of the elect. As to whether Senator Hackney acted wisely in the premises only time will show, but just now he has the satisfaction of knowing that he has raised the bearest kind of a muss.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

E. J. Bowers, one of our former townsmen, but now of Gunnison County, Colorado, called upon us Monday last for a few minutes chat. He is engaged in the stock business and expresses himself as well pleased with Colorado and its stock facilities. He returned to his Colorado home yesterday where he will be visited weekly by the TRAVELER.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Conductor J. E. Miller took charge of his train last Saturday, after a lay-off of several weeks rendered necessary by an injured foot. We are glad to see AJim@ at the post of duty once more, and hope no more bad luck may fall to his share.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

The township election in Bolton Township resulted in the election of the following gentlemen as officers for the current year: P. A. Lorry, Trustee; A. J. Kimmel, Treasurer; Charles Snyder, Clerk; A. J. Gilbert, Justice of the Peace; and Messrs. Al. Ramsay and W. Feagins as Constables. [WONDER IF RAMSAY SHOULD BE RAMSEY???]


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

The Ladies of the M. E. Church will give a Valentine Festival at the Central Avenue House today by serving dinner from 12 until 3 p.m., and supper from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. As the ladies are making a special effort to meet all expenses incident to the close of the Pastoral year, it is hoped that all friends and well-wishers who can possibly be present will come and bring their friends. Tickets may be had at Ridenour & Thompson=s.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

We call attention to the new advertisement of J. B. Nipp=s Mammoth Livery and Feed Stable on South Summit Street, which is now open for business. Captain Nipp is one of Cowley=s oldest citizens, and is well and favorably known, which will ensure him a liberal patronage in his new business. His stables are stocked with good teams and a complete outfit of new buggies, and we know for certain that Cap. Will do the right thing by his patrons every time.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Col. M. Haworth, inspector of Indian Agencies, and Major John D. Miles of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Agencies, arrived on Tuesday, and went below on the stage yesterday. Col. Haworth and Major Miles have been engaged in selecting a site for the Indian school to be established at Lawrence, and the former is now on a trip to confer with the Indians regarding that school and investigate the situation of the Missions in the Territory. Caldwell Commercial.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

There is a scheme being worked up here to connect Wellington and Caldwell by telephone. The wires to be run on the telegraph poles. The company will then sell tickets, each ticket entitling the holder to a conversation of a given length of time with any person at the other end. A messenger boy will be kept at each terminus to rustle around, hunt up, and run in parties called for. Single tickets will cost twenty-five cents. The company asks a guarantee of $750,000 worth of tickets. The scheme appears to be a good one and we would like to see it carried out, not only in connection with Caldwell, but also with all the adjoining towns. Press.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Wellington. One day last week we took in our sister county=s chief city, Wellington, where it was our fortune to make our home in the fall and winter of 1879-80. When we first struck the town it could boast of but one brick building, Judge Woods= bank--no permanent church or school buildings, but was decidedly below the average of the towns in the adjoining counties of the same age, but now the scene has changed with most marvelous rapidity, until today Wellington can hold her own with any county seat in the State. It has two railroads, magnificent school buildings, three churches, an elegant and commodious opera house, capable of seating 700 persons, a first-class hotel, the Phillips House, with our old friend Ben Phillips as landlord, and our genial townsman of one year ago, C. U. France, as clerk, two gentlemen who are thoroughly conversant with the business they are engaged in. There is also another hotel in course of erection. The fires, which at different times have devastated the city, were indeed blessings in disguise, as out of the ashes of the burned district has sprung phoenix like a block of four story buildings that would be a credit to any city. The office of the Sumner County Press is one of the finest printing offices in the State, while Judge Woods= new bank and store room, with opera house over it on the second story, is a marvel of commodiousness and elegance. Thanks to the courtesy of Judge Woods, we were permitted to inspect the opera house, which we unhesitatingly pronounce a gem, and would suggest those having the construction of our Highland Hall in hand to visit and take pattern after. Its acoustic properties are said to be first-class, and the question of acoustics is one of the most important items in the construction of a public building of any kind. We were informed that the handsome three story brick and stone stores are contracted for, and will go up as soon as spring opens. In fact, the materials for several of them are already on the grounds. The new brick foundry, being put up by Messrs. Bishop & Fisher, is under way as well as many other new changes of importance, which, for lack of time, we failed to notice. This lack of time also worked a hardship on us in the matter of hunting up old acquaintances, as by the time Charley France had acquitted himself in his usual hospitable style, and we had called upon Dr. West. L. S. Campbell, Johnston, the watch tinker, the Press office, I. N. King, I. G. Reed, Will Quigley, et al, the train was due and we had to vamoose or get left. If we ever catch I. N. King or C. U. France over in Cowley, we=ll try and get even with them, if it takes all the money our friends have got.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Payne Heard From. Marion Fulhart, one of Payne=s followers, returned to this place Sunday, having been sent back for mail. He gives us the following account of the boomers.

AThey reached the promised land on Thursday morning, all in good health and no accidents occurring on the route. They were laid up one day on account of cold weather. At the time our informant left, they numbered over seven hundred, with the Kansas City colony to hear from and other small outfits strung all along the route. Upon arriving on the Oklahoma lands, they were greeted by about fifty soldiers; but no attempt had been made to remove them at the time Mr. Fulhart left, thirty-six hours after their arrival. Mr. Fulhart returned Monday as he did not believe that the colonists would be molested by the military.@

From another source we learn that upon arriving, Capt. Payne was ordered under arrest by the soldiers, but refused to consider himself arrested, whereupon, the military, not having orders to arrest at all hazards, were compelled to sit down and await further orders from headquarters and until the arrival of such orders the colonists and military quietly watch each other.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

The West and the Western Man. I. N. Moorhead delivered the lecture above named at the Coburn schoolhouse, Silverdale Township, last night to a large and appreciative assemblage and for upwards of an hour and a half kept his audience spell-bound by his eloquence, as he graphically pictured the advance of civilization from the earliest times as it traveled ever westward till he brought his hearers step by step from the cradle of the human race in Palestine, to the latest territory conquered by the ever moving star of empire in what is now the garden of the world. His delineation of the western man, his many novel peculiarities and resources, born of the needs of his everyday life, his unconquerable pluck and energy, his victories over the prejudices and ideas of ye olden time were peculiarly telling and as he lifted this ideal western man up to the gaze of his hearers, he still seemed to be reaching ever westward.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

That Mad Cow. Quite a number of our citizens visited John Harmon=s on Sunday last for the purpose of interviewing the AMad Cow,@ and among them was us uns, for which we have since repented in sackcloth and ashes. Of all the motley crew there gathered, Archie Dunn was the only one who expressed himself as satisfied with the show, while all the rest were willing to sell out below cost. There is a moral to this incident.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

The following are the Creswell Township Officers for the current year: J. B. Nipp, Trustee; W. M. Sleeth, Treasurer; W. D. Mowry, Clerk; G. H. McIntire and J. J. Breene, Constables.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

Our Schools. The following pupils of the First Intermediate Department were neither absent nor tardy, without an excuse during the past month: Dell Clifton, Howard Warren, Belle Johnson, Ella Hoyt, Ethel Clifton, Lulu Hamlin, Nettie Franey, Hattie Franey, Eddie Scott, Dean McIntire, Henry Mott, John Garris, Gertie Peterson, Rena Grubbs, Luna Ware, Helen Jordan.

The following pupils were imperfect in deportment during the past month: Charlie McConn, George McConn, Eddie Scott, Henry Mott, Porter Holloway, Perry Fullerlove, Schuyler Hand, Clara Delsell, Nettie Franey, Otis Endicott, Oscar Ball, Mary Kitch, Maud Benedict, Hattie Sipes, Rena Grubbs, Willie Kellogg, John Garris, Lulu Hamlin, George Snyder, Hattie Franey.



Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.

To Stockmen. The annual meeting of the Cherokee Stockmen=s Association will be held in the Danford Hall, Caldwell, Kansas, on Tuesday, March 6th, 1883, beginning at 11 o=clock a.m. It is earnestly requested that every member of the association be present. A general invitation for all stockmen to meet with us is cordially extended.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 21, 1883.

Wire Fence Again. Senator Roberts, of Pennsylvania, accompanied by Mr. Windsor, arrived at this place Tuesday of last week, and remained several days looking up their interests in the stock speculation they are about to engage in, in the Territory south of this place. It was the intention of these gentlemen to fence in all that country west of the Arkansas River, and north of the Ponca Reserve, as far west as the Shakaska River; but another Cherokee, Mr. Mills, laid claim to the range as far east as Bitter Creek, and that portion of it was abandoned. The original intention as suggested by Mr. Gore, superintendent of the company, was to run the fence on the divide between Deer Creek and Chilocco, leaving a strip about four miles wide on the State Line. After losing the Shakaska country, he was overruled in this and the posts were set about one mile below the line, cutting off the ranges of Mr. Chambers, Mr. Hill, Scott & Topliff, Mr. Fox, and Mr. Parvin along the State Line, who had paid the Cherokee tax, besides a number who hadn=t paid, and several in the Territory who had paid. This wanton overriding of the rights of these gentlemen naturally produced trouble and the Secretary of the Interior interfered and stopped it.

Mr. Roberts then came out to see what had been done, and returned with the conviction that the people had not been treated fairly, and with the determination that they should be, and the result is that the rights of all those who have paid the tax will be respected. C. M. Scott=s range will be left entirely out, as well as all of his neighbors, and the fence placed west of the Ponca road and south of Chilocco Creek.

There is a disposition with some to crush out the company entirely, which is wrong. These gentlemen have the same right to the unoccupied range as anyone when they have paid the tax imposed by the Cherokees, and as long as they hold themselves within the bounds of right, without infringing on others, we would rather have them there than not have them. That the Cherokees have a right to impose a tax is recognized by the Department of the Interior, and having that right, it is clearly a matter for them to decide the terms and the parties to whom the grazing permit is granted. Those having paid the Cherokee tax are protected, and we cannot well see what more could in justice be demanded.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

The Fort Smith Elevator says that the surveyors of the Atlantic and Pacific railroad have completed their survey from Reno to a point west on the Canadian, where it crosses said stream, and thence to Ft. Smith. The survey runs as practicable along the south bank of the Canadian River, through the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations until it nears the M. K. & T. Road, crossing it ten or twelve miles south of the Canadian River, near McCurtain=s store, crossing South Fork and the waters of Sans Bota, and, by Scullyville to Ft. Smith. Ft. Smith is nearly due east from Fort Reno, but the Canadian River bends southwardly about forty miles out of a direct line, and the distance from Fort Smith To Reno, where this branch of the road joins the road from Vinita to California, is near three hundred miles.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

MAILS. Arrive daily except Sunday at 12:20 p.m.; depart at 3:00 p.m. Mails going north close at 2:30 p.m. The post office will be open on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. J. C. TOPLIFF, P. M.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Corn 30 cents. Potatoes $1.20. Butter 25 cents. Eggs 25 cents and scarce.

Bird=s eye view of Arkansas City for sale by F. J. Hess for $1.

The last of the AOklahoma@ colonists drifted into town Monday last.

D. L. Payne when last heard from was in the guard house at Reno.

Mr. O. O. Glendenning is making headquarters at the Stewart Hotel.

The Valentine Social at the Central Avenue last Wednesday was a financial success.

Capt. Nipp has our thanks for toting us around behind his boss grey team last Monday. Do it some more, Cap.

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. White and son, of Geuda Springs, were in the city yesterday.

LOST. In this city one day last week near the City Hotel, a gold bracelet. The finder will be rewarded by leaving at this office.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

No material damage was done the Arkansas River dam during the rise except a little of the upper portion being forced off by the ice.

Pink Fouts was in the city Monday loading up supplies for his ranch. He reports no serious loss in his flocks from the last week=s spell of weather.

Newspapers going through the mail must be prepaid in full; 1 cent for every two ounces or they are not forwarded. Packages one cent per ounce.

Mr. John T. Gooch, of Otoe, was in the city several days of last week visiting friends and relatives, and returned to the Territory yesterday morning.

LOST. A warranty deed to a piece of Texas land from J. O. Connor to W. B. Hall. Finder will confer a favor by leaving at Dr. M. B. Vawter=s office.

It begins to look now as though the wire fence will be built in accordance with the wishes of stockmen and the usages of the country. Time will tell.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Mr. Charles Bryant has leased the Central Avenue House, so he informs us, and will open the same as a first-class hotel about the first of March next.

Our people were considerably exercised over the high waters last week, but fortunately no damage was done to the milling or bridge interests of this vicinity.

A corporation has been formed in Wichita to be known as the Wichita Prairie Dog Company (limited). The company will buy and ship live prairie dogs.

Mrs. Lily Kennedy and children, who have been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Norton, for the past three months, returned to her home, at St. Louis, last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Messrs. Searing & Mead=s dam was somewhat injured, during the recent high water, but not so much as to stop the mill from running. The repairs upon the dam will be made at once.

Mr. Nat Snyder has purchased three lots between W. D. Bishop=s and Geo. Cunningham=s residence on Ninth Street for $300 and will shortly put himself up a neat and commodious home.

We learn it has been decided to seat the First Presbyterian Church with opera chairs similar to those in the Baptist Church at Winfield. This will be a vast improvement upon the present seats.

King Berry, last Thursday, shipped to Kansas City 182 head of cattle and two car loads of hogs, which we see by the stock report he sold to good advantage. King has been feeding the above stock near Searing & Mead=s Mill, in this vicinity, and we are glad to hear of his success in the venture.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Judge Christian strained his back while attempting to lift a barrel of water that was frozen, last week, which laid him up for several days. Since then he has removed to his own house, under his own roof once more, to the south part of town, in the property known as the Woodyard house.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

The majority of the party who have invaded the Indian Territory have withdrawn of their own accord upon ascertaining that they were deceived as to the purpose of their expedition by the leaders. Several of the latter have been arrested by the military and will be turned over to the civil authorities.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

The House of Representatives at Topeka has decided to let the prohibition question alone awhile. After considerable discussion a vote was reached last Wednesday morning when the re-submission was defeated by a vote off 65 to 51. [NEXT SENTENCE OBSCURED.] It is evident that the law will remain the next two years about as it now is.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Quite a number of the many friends of Miss Maggie Gardiner took her by surprise on last Wednesday evening, it being her birthday, and spent a few hours in social enjoyment and dancing. The lady and her mother did all they could to make it pleasant, and everyone went away feeling that they had enjoyed one of the pleasantest affairs of the season, and wishing her many happy returns of the day.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

The approach to the Walnut River Bridge was swept away during the recent high water. But little inconvenience resulted, however, as the repairs were promptly made under the supervision of W. J. Canfield. The riprapping of the piers was also washed away, but the township board will see that all necessary work is promptly done. The total cost of the repairs will probably be about $300.00.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

N. T. Snyder, who has been sick for some time past, was on the streets again Monday, but looked much the worse for wear. We hope Nat will have no more backsets, but soon become his old self once more.

The M. E. Church Society, of Silverdale Township, will give a church social at the Coburn Schoolhouse, on Grouse, Saturday next, Feb. 24, 1883. A cordial invitation is extended to all to assist us having a good time.

There will be a meeting of the citizens of Bolton Township at 3 o=clock on Saturday, March 3, 1883, to take into consideration a subscription for a bridge over the Arkansas River. Meeting to be held at the Theaker Schoolhouse.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Messrs. Scott & Topliff were exceptionally fortunate in not losing any sheep during the last bad spell of weather. The reason, however, is not hard to find for these gentlemen had taken the necessary precaution to secure themselves from loss.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Lieut. Stevens with a detachment of the 6th U. S. Cavalry was in the city Monday, having escorted the colonists from the B. I. T. The Lieut. Left next morning for Hunnewell, where he will meet Capt. Carroll, from which point the military will return to Fort Reno.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

W. H. Colgate, who was tried and acquitted a short time ago, charged with burning Bliss & Wood=s Mill at Winfield, has been again arrested. He is charged this time with embezzlement and destroying the books of the firm. He was captured at Ottawa, leaving the country.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

And Capt. Nipp comes to the front again this week with a new 30 foot addition to the rear of his livery stable. This now makes the building 132 feet deep, and Cap. will have to bridge the alley and run on to the next block or else put on some wings to get more accommodations.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Judge Harris of the Oklahoma War Chief, was in the city Monday en route for Wichita. He says he has profited muchly by his trip, notwithstanding the hardships incident thereto; the only thing that worried him was the loss of his baggage, which he presumed the military had in charge.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

A large majority of the stockmen holding cattle southeast of Hunnewell and south of Arkansas City will be in attendance at our annual stock meeting, with the determination of becoming members of the Association and abiding by the rules of the same. One strong organization on the Strip can be of more benefit to the stock interests than half a dozen weak ones. AIn unity there is strength,@ or words to that effect. Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

We received a pleasant call from Mr. Robert, of Titusville, and Colonel Windsor, last Wednesday. These gentlemen are the parties who are fencing in the range south of town about which so much excitement has prevailed. From the way they expressed themselves, it is intended to do nothing that will in any way clash with the rights and privileges of any of our people. This being the case, we can gladly wish them success.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

SURPRISE PARTY. Mrs. R. C. Haywood was tendered a surprise party at the residence of Mrs. A. A. Newman on Monday evening last which was attended by many of the lady=s old-time friends. Though the affair was totally unexpected, the ladies were in no way disconcerted but rose to the occasion and made their guests heartily welcome. The evening was passed very agreeably with music, charades, and other pleasantries till near midnight when the company sought their homes by the light of the silvery moon.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Commissioner Price has received a long list containing 2,400 names, of parties who, it is claimed, are intruders upon the Indian Territory. The list is forwarded by the Indians, who ask that these intruders be removed. Some of these parties have been living in the Territory for nineteen years, and have made valuable improvements. In some instances, the land has been rented, and in other cases, the land has been taken without the consent of the Indians. The commissioner proposes to recommend that the present Congress appoint a commission of three to investigate the matter. Mr. Price believes that where these men have gained the permission of Indians to erect buildings and improve the land, they should be compensated before being put out of the Territory, but in cases where the invaders have gained no consent, they should be unceremoniously ejected. Caldwell Post.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

From the Transporter.

Another little Indian papoose was frozen to death upon a woman=s back last Sunday while going from the Agency to the Cheyenne school.

A Texas exchange says stockmen are complaining of the scarcity of water in their pastures. Those who have wind-mills in their pastures say there has not been wind enough to pump the water for some time, and most of the pumping has had to be done by hand.

The Osages lost their principal chief, Joseph Pawnee-no-pau-she, on the 18th inst., who died of pneumonia. Since the enrollment in June 1882, 160 of the AWa-sa-shies,@ as the Cheyennes term the Osages, have died. The death of ABig Joe@ caused mourning among his people, as he stood very highly among them.

Reports from various ranches in this vicinity, northern Texas, and the Panhandle, are to the effect that, although some losses, stock has sustained comparatively little injury from the recent storms. Although the snow was light, the sleet which preceded it was what played havoc with cattle in grazing. The storm was unquestionably unusually protracted, and severe, but the losses are confined almost entirely to elderly cows and yearlings that were in thin flesh at the commencement of winter.

The Journal says while a guard of soldiers were conveying some $20,000 belonging to the Creek Orphan Fund to Okmulgee, where it was to be distributed, they were fired upon from the brush by unknown persons. The troops returned the fire, but no casualties are reported. Ratilcaghala, a whiskey peddling Indian, was dragged from his home recently by a party of Indians, beaten, and shot to death. Dick Class, one of the leaders of the Spiechee party during the late troubles, and a noted desperado, marauding over the country to the terror of the inhabiting citizens, was not included in the recent amnesty arrangement, and both parties are advised to kill him.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.


We have received a copy of the decision of Judge I. C. Parker on the status of lands in the Indian Territory in the case of the United States vs. D. L. Payne, in the District Court of the United States for the Western District of Arkansas, at the May term 1881. This is a civil suit to recover a penalty of one thousand dollars for being in the Indian Country contrary to law. Payne denies that he was in the Indian Country, but claims that he settled on land belonging to the Government and subject to settlement. The following is the opinion of the court in regard to the title, and why it is not subject to settlement.

The lands in controversy are a part of those which were by the treaty of the 14th February, 1833, made with the Creeks, set apart to them. By the treaty of the 7th of August, 1856, made between the United States and the Creeks, they conveyed these lands to the Seminoles, provided, however, that the same should not be sold or otherwise disposed of without the consent of both tribes legally given. The Seminoles, by the 3rd article of the treaty made between them and the United States, March 21st, 1866, provided as follows: AIn compliance with a desire of the United States to locate other Indians and Freedmen thereon, the Seminoles cede and convey to the United States their entire domain, being the tract of land ceded to the Seminole Indians by the Creek Nation under the provisions of article 1st, treaty of the United States with the Creeks and Seminoles, made and conceded at Washington, D. C., August 7th, 1856.@

The Creeks, by the 7th article of the treaty of June, 1866, consented to this cession by the Seminoles.

To my mind this language used in the 3rd article of the Seminole treaty amounts to a conveyance of the title of land described to the United States. But the fact that the title of the land is in the United States does not necessarily make it that part of the public domain which is subject to settlement by citizens of the United States under the homestead and pre-emption laws, because these laws are explicit, and any lands which have been reserved by any treaty, law, or proclamation of the President, are not part of the public lands of the United States subject to these laws so long as such reservation continues, and when any part of the public lands have been once lawfully reserved, that reservation cannot be set aside except by a clear and explicit act of the lawful authority, showing thereby clearly a purpose to open to settlement, by the citizens, the land reserved.

It will be seen that Oklahoma is government land, and that no tribe of Indians have any interest in these lands, but that the government reserved them for the purpose of locating Indians and Freedmen thereon, and therefore the law has the same application to them that it does to Indian reserves. The court further says: ANow, in the estimation of many persons, it may be desirable to open this country to settlement. If so it must be done by the power that has a right under the constitution and laws of the country to do it.@


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Joseph=s Band of Nez Perces.

The following extract from the Report of the Secretary of the Interior for the year ending June, 1882, gives some facts relative to the Nez Perces Indians not generally known.

The number of this band now in the Indian Territory is 90 men, 146 women, 54 boys, and 33 girls, making a total of 323. Of those who surrendered at Bear Pan Mountain, Montana, in October, 1877, 451 were transferred to Fort Leavenworth at one time, and a few others, subsequently captured, were also taken to that post. In July, 1878, 410 were turned over to the Interior Department and taken to the Indian Territory. Notwithstanding the births since that time, the total number has decreased to that given above.

Believing that the war, which exiled these people from Idaho, was the result of a failure of the government to keep its plighted faith, as a member of the United States Senate, I opposed their removal against their will to the Indian Territory. I considered such removal a violation of the terms on which they had surrendered. They had been forced into war, and contending with an army far outnumbering them, had made a fight almost without a parallel in the annals of history, extending over a district of more than 1,300 miles, and then, though entrenched in the rocks where they could not have ben dislodged without great loss to the Army, as well as to themselves, surrendered. As Joseph says, because he did not want anymore lives sacrificed.

General Miles, the officer to whom the surrender was made, says, in a communication addressed to the President in February, 1881, that he informed them that it was the design of the government to place them upon what is known as the small Nez Perces reservation in Idaho, and he believes in due regard for his word, the good faith of the government, and every other consideration requires that his promise given the Nez Perces at that time be made good. He further speaks of the hardships suffered by the Nez Perces in consequence of their removal to the Indian Territory, and recommends that they be returned to Idaho.

I concur in these recommendations, and recommend that provisions be made to carry them out.

The Nez Perces have changed very much in manner of living and style of dress since going to the Indian Territory. Nearly or quite all have adopted citizens= clothing. They have an organized churchCPresbyterianCof over one hundred and fifty members; have been industrious, and ready to respond to any requirements of the department. Their advancement in civilization has been such that it is not believed any trouble would follow their return to Idaho. Their faith in the ultimate fulfilling of the promise made them of being returned to that country has been a strong incentive to them in the advancement they have made. Some assistance by the government would be necessary in helping them to make a commencement after reaching there, when they would be self-supporting, as those of the tribe now there are.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Indian Scrape.

Several ugly rumors regarding a reported Indian trouble and fatal shooting of two Indians in the Territory south of here have been current the past few days, but a careful investigation proves the rumor false, as at this writing no deaths have resulted. The facts are that as Wah-ne-he and another Iowa Indian were on their way to Otoe Agency with Otoe Sam upon a visit, all three riding in the wagon, and having on board more whiskey than was good for them, somehow a drunken squabble ensued, in the course of which Wah-ne-he was stabbed in the breast; receiving a serious but not necessarily fatal wound. He was conveyed to the Otoe Agency, where he was still alive on Monday last.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

[From the Geuda Springs Herald.]

Capt. J. B. Nipp was over from Arkansas City the first of the week on business connected with his new livery stable. He is a very pleasant and sociable gentleman, and we wish him success.

At the present writing it is almost impossible to give any definite information in regard to the new livery stable here. The carpenters received orders from Mr. Patterson to cease work for a few days, as he had sold out to Capt. Thompson. A day or two later Capt. Nipp bought a half interest in the stable, and now we are informed that he has sold out to Thompson.

The rain, the first of the week, raised all the streams in this part of the country very high. The ground being frozen, the water all ran off, which was the cause of them being so high for a small rain. On Tuesday Salt Creek overflowed and the water was from two to four feet deep all over the salt marsh, and stood at least two feet deep over the springs. The water went down during the night, and the next morning the Springs were as clear as ever.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Ad. Fish! Fish!! Fish!!! At Herman Godehard=s: Mackerel, White Fish, Salmon Trout, just in, and fat and nice. Try some.

Notice. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. This is to give notice to my friends and late patrons that I have sold out my business to W. B. KIRKPATRICK, for whom I solicit your patronage. Also, all those knowing themselves indebted to me, either my note or account, will greatly oblige by calling and settling the same at once, thereby showing an appreciation for favors received. Very Respectfully, O. C. [?P.?] HOUGHTON.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 28, 1883.

The newspaper men of the State have founded the State Historical Library, and through it have given the State, as a free gift, over two thousand of their newspaper files. Our Historical Library now contains over fourteen thousand books, pamphlets, and newspaper files. We have already made a far better miscellaneous and historical library than the State Library has done in all the years of its existence. And now the Topeka City Library Association has fastened its buildings on the State House grounds with a view to absorb all the library work of the State. If this library question is not settled now, it will cause endless trouble for the Historical Society, after all it has done for the State. It will never give up its just demands in this matter. It will be a shame to keep up two, and with another added, three conflicting libraries, and thus cripple and discourage the Historical Society in its work of contributing so much to the State. Of Cowley County newspapers, there are now 42 volumes in the Historical Library.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Terms of Court.

The following law changing the terms of the District courts in this judicial district was published and went into effect February 17, 1883.


Fixing terms of court in the Thirteenth Judicial district and repealing chapter 97 of the laws of 1881.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:

SECTION 1. The terms of the court for the Thirteenth Judicial district shall be held in the several counties therein as follows: In the county of Cowley on the first Tuesdays in January, May, and October of each year. In the county of Elk on the first Tuesdays in March, June, and November of each year. In the county of Chautauqua on the third Tuesdays in March, June, and November of each year. In the county of Sumner on the first Tuesdays in April, September, and December of each year.

SECTION 2. All bonds, recognizances, subpoenas, and other process now returnable to the term of court as now provided by law shall be returnable to the several terms of court as herein provided, the same as if this act had not been passed. Provided, That nothing herein shall interfere with the holding of the special term of court now ordered to be held in Sumner County by the Judge thereof.

SECTION 3. Chapter 97 of the laws of 1881 be and the same is hereby repealed as well as all other acts in conflict therewith.

SECTION 4. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its publication in the official State paper.

Approved February 16th, 1883.

I do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original enrolled bill, now on file in my office.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal. Done at Topeka, Kansas, this 8th day of February, A. D. 1883.

JAMES SMITH, Secretary of State.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

From the compiled statistics of railroads of the United States we find that the average rates of the roads are: fare 2.33 cents per mile; freight, 1.29 cents per ton per mile. The average cost of running, etc., is: fare, 1.71 cents per mile; freight, 76 cents per ton per mile. The average profits are: fare, 62 cents per mile; freight, 62 cents per ton per mile. The average rate of local freight is: 1.64 cents per ton per mile, through freight, 1.01 cents per ton per mile.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Oats 28 cents; Corn 32 cents; Potatoes $1.25; Wheat 80 cents.

M. E. Quarterly meeting next Sunday.

Rev. Moorhead lectured in Caldwell last night.

Capt. D. L. Payne is now making his home in our city. [Boomer]

Lonnie Lord every night this week at McLaughlin=s Hall.

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, of Ponca Agency, were in the city last week.

Burden has been incorporated as a city of the third class and is elated accordingly.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Read Shepard & Maxwell=s specials. [Central Drug Store, Shepard & Maxwell, Proprietors.]

Ad. Sheep Men will find it to their interest to call on Shepard & Maxwell before dipping.

Ad. Sure cure for scab in sheep at Shepard & Maxwell=s.

Ad. New Wall Paper just received at Shepard & Maxwell=s.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

N. B. Hagin and wife returned to this city on Monday last and will make their future home with us.

Frank Anderson, representing S. C. Moody & Company, paper dealers of Kansas City, was in the city last Friday.

The new schools in the Territory south of here will require over 500 cords of stone for their erection.

The small water mains have been taken up on Ninth Street and larger ones built in the place thereof.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mr. Ed. Grady has purchased lots in the southeast part of town and will put up a residence right away.

The engine employed to pump water for the city, it is claimed, can fill the tank in about fourteen hours pumping.

Capt. D. L. Payne was in the city Sunday last and looked none the worse for his recent Oklahoma experience.

Winfield votes today on the proposition to issue $5,000 bonds of that school district to pay the outstanding indebtedness.

V. M. Ayres, of the Canal Mills, has his office now on South Summit Street with G. W. Cunningham. See his new sign.

Regular services will be held at the U. P. Church, in this city, every Sabbath morning and evening by Rev. Riddle until further notice.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We call attention to the notice in this issue of a public sale of the property of A. Noelle, deceased, which will be held on March 19th, 1883.

Notice of Public Sale. I will at one o=clock p.m., on the 19th day of March, 1883, offer for sale at the residence of Antoine Noelle, deceased, one mile southeast of the Walnut Mills, all the property belonging to said estate consisting of one sorrel horse, corn in crib, corn in field, hay in stack, farming implements, household goods, and everything belonging to said estate. Terms cash. J. B. TUCKER, Administrator.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

It is reported Powell & McClennon have sold their stock and range, on Black Bear Creek. We hope these gentlemen will not leave us.

Mrs. R. C. Haywood and children returned last night from Arkansas City, where they have been visiting several days. Emporia Republican.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

The north part of Summit Street was slightly flooded one day last week by the bursting of a water main opposite the Cowley County Bank.

Mr. O. F. Godfrey has removed his club building from Central Avenue to Sixth Street and will shortly fit up and occupy the same as a residence.

During the past few days the work on new residences in this city has been vigorously prosecuted and a near approach to completion is the result.

Frank Hess is now prepared to write tornado policies in town as well as in the country at 50 cents on the hundred for one year and $1.50 on the hundred for five years.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

LOST. On Sunday last between the White church and J. L. Huey=s residence, a pair of spectacles in plain tin case. Finder will please return to Creswell Bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Frank Stedman and Ed. Parish have built a boat and intend making a business of fishing for the next three months. They intend shipping fish to foreign markets.

We understand that Mr. A. W. Patterson is now out of the livery business and intends making a business of buying and selling horses. We wish the gentleman success.

The Caldwell Commercial says Payne is not backed by any railroad corporation in his scheme for settling the Indian Territory, but that Payne is alone responsible for his movements.

Tell Walton, editor of the Caldwell Post, and Marion Blair were over last week as a committee of the Stock Association to confer with our stockmen here, regarding wire fences.

Quarterly meeting at the M. E. Church next Sunday. Rev. C. A. King will preach Saturday night, Sabbath morning at 11 and at 72 p.m. Communion after morning services.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mrs. C. R. Mitchell and Miss Eva Swarts left on yesterday=s train for the north. Miss Eva returns to her home in Halstead. Mrs. Mitchell will visit Topeka and Kansas City before returning.

Mrs. Geo. Miller, with her son and daughter, returned to her home in this city last week, after a lengthened visit to her relatives and friends in St. Louis, Missouri. George, we presume, is now happy.

TAKE NOTICE. That any party purchasing a check on the Cowley County Bank, of Arkansas City, given by J. F. Hoffman to L. Cheathain, or bearer, of two hundred and fifty dollars, dated Feb. 21, 1883, does it at their own risk as payment has been stopped on same and would be of no value to anyone L. CHEATHAIN.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Green & Snyder is the place to go for bargains in real estate.

Real estate has been changing hands pretty lively for the past few days.

Messrs. tom Finney and T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw, were in the city the past week.

Capt. Nipp has just purchased and brought to the city a fine stock horse. It is of the Normandy breed.

T. J. Gilbert will put up a $2,500 residence upon his lots on the corner of Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue.

Mr. Samuel Newall was in our city last week looking after his business interests.

Another business houseCboots and shoes we understandCwill be opened up shortly in the building now occupied by Bryant=s restaurant.

Fred McLaughlin, who has been visiting relatives and friends in the East for several months past, returned to his home in this city last Thursday.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mrs. R. C. Haywood and son returned to her Emporia home on Thursday of last week, after a two week=s visit to relatives and friends in our city.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

A telephone between the depot and some central point in the city is being talked and worked up by some of our people. It will be a great convenience.

Ira Barnett bought 5 head of fat cattle at $40 per head on Monday last and this morning started to Kansas City with two car loads, or 40 head of the same.

We call attention to the specials in this issue of the Creswell Bank offering money on real estate security at 7 percent interest. This needs no further comment.

Ad. 7 PERCENT MONEY. Money to Loan on good real estate security at the Creswell Bank at 7 percent.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mr. J. T. Stewart, of Salt City, paid us his annual visit yesterday, for which he has our thanks. Mr. Stewart is busy marketing his potatoes, of which he raised over 700 bushels last year.

Messrs. J. H. Hilliard & Co., of Wichita, will move their entire livery stock of fine horses and carriages to this place this month, which will then make their stables at this place and Geuda second to none in the State.

Mr. R. Ramsey, one of Bolton=s solid farmers and an old subscriber to the TRAVELER, called upon us last week and remembered the printer in good shape. The TRAVELER will henceforth visit his brother in Illinois. Thanks.

Dr. H. D. Kellogg, of Arkansas City, who was on his way home from Topeka, spent yesterday in the city and favored the Republican with a call. The doctor spent several years in Emporia, and is a brother of Judge Kellogg. Emporia Republican.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

John Q. Tufts, U. S. Indian Agent at Muscogee, Indian Territory, has written C. M. Scott, asking that the grievances of the several parties in the Indian Territory, south of Arkansas City, be written and sent to him as he was unable to meet the parties at this place.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Morton, late of Kentucky, an old friend of Capt. Nipp=s, who has arrived in the city, and will make his future home with us, having purchased the eighty acres of land north of town lately owned by Mr. L. Finley.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We call attention to the new advertisement and special notices of Messrs. Shelden & Speers which appears in this issue and would advise our readers to give the same careful consideration. This firm keep nothing but first-class goods and sell the same at prices to suit all. Call and see them.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Ad. Ladies Attention! We are now closing out our stock of Ladies=, Misses=, and Children=s Shoes at cost. Shelden & Speers.

Ad. STOCKMEN=S HEADQUARTERS. SHELDEN & SPEERS, SUCCESSORS TO SHELDEN, HOUGHTON AND CO. Desire to call attention to their line of 1883. SPRING STYLES IN CLOTHING. GENT=S FURNISHING GOODS, BOOTS AND SHOES, HATS, CAPS, etc. Special line of Stockmen=s Goods. Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Treasurer Gilfillan has received a postal card containing the following in regard to the new 5 cent pieces: AIf you add the >cents= to that new coin do not add common cents, and restore, also, that motto, >In God we Trust= that was stamped on our coinage in the darkest days of the war. Do not go back on the old record.@


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We are glad to learn that Manly Capron, who, for several years past, has been clerking in this city, has made arrangements with Mr. J. H. Sherburne to take charge of his trader=s store at Otoe Agency. Mr. Capron is a reliable and capable businessman and will, we hope, make a success of this new departure. He will remove to the Territory, with his family, about one month hence.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Last week, Wednesday, the House carried Hon. C. R. Mitchell=s motion to reject the joint resolution re-submitting the prohibitory amendment, by a vote of 65 to 51. In the roll call we find the names of Mitchell and Weimer for rejection, and Johnston against rejection. What do the prohibitionists who voted for J. J. Johnston think of that? Winfield Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

By recent rulings of the Postoffice Department, postmasters are prohibited from forwarding all matter in the mails after it has reached its original addressCthat is, the post office to which it is addressedCexcept letters, which have a full rate or three cents paid on them, and periodicals, which can be forwarded to subscribers from one post office to another in the same county. Drop-letters and postal cards can, under no circumstances, be forwarded to changed addresses.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Chester C. Harvey mysteriously disappeared from the farm of his father-in-law, John L. Morrow, on Lightning Creek, Cherokee County, Kansas, on December 14, 1879. Since that time, his mother, living near El Dorado, Kansas, has had no information of him whatever, though she has used every means to discover his whereabouts. Mrs. Harvey desires us to say to her son, AChester, your mother requests you to answer in person. Come to me.@ State papers and other exchanges please copy, and confer a favor to a distressed woman.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

The Social Reunion, held in McLaughlin=s Hall last Wednesday evening in honor of Mrs. R. C. Haywood, was well attended and much enjoyed. Dancing was the order of the evening, and was heartily entered into by all present until 11 p.m., when an adjournment took place for lunch, after which the festivities were resumed and kept up right royally till 1 a.m. We can safely say the occasion will long be remembered with pleasure, not only as a jolly good time, but for the occasion it afforded of meeting one so universally esteemed as the lady in whose honor it was given.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

To Stock Buyers. All non-citizens who contemplate buying stock in the Cherokee Nation are hereby notified that they must execute a bond to the U. S. Indian Agent, and pay the taxes required by law before engaging in said business.

All former U. S. Citizens who have become citizens of other Indian Nations by intermarriage, are considered non-citizens in this Nation, and are, hence, subject to taxation. (See laws of the Cherokee Nation.)

All non-citizens who have complied with the laws, and are buying stock legitimately, are expected to report the names of such as buying stock without license.

The law taxing stock buyers was passed as a protection to honest and well-intended stock buyers, and it is to their interest to see that no one competes with them except such as have paid their taxes.

Joshua Ross, of Muskogee, has been authorized to receive taxes from stock buyers, and receipt for the same in the name of the tax collector. The same will be attended to by addressing the undersigned at Okmulgee.

A. P. McKELLOP. National tax collector, M. N.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

No Back Down. Some two or three weeks since, we published an article headed an AAttempted Skip,@ and on Monday last, Mr. Coe, one of the parties named, came to our office and informed us Awe had to take it back@ to which we replied we would upon being convinced of any error committed. Inquiring into the facts prove what we said in the main to be correct, the only error being in the last paragraph, which somewhat excused Coe=s conduct. We are now satisfied he had a full hand in all the devilment intended.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Stockmen=s Meeting. A meeting of the stockmen of the Cherokee Strip is to be held at Caldwell on the 6th inst. And for the convenience of parties desiring to attend we will say that an excursion is being gotten up and reduced rates will doubtless be had with tickets good from the 5th to the 8th of March. All interested in stock should take in this meeting.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

ANOTHER BREAK. This time it is G. W. Miller, who informs us he has ordered a full and complete stock of Shelf Hardware, Cutlery, etc., which he intends to run in connection with his tin and stove shop. Mr. Miller has proven himself a thorough businessman, and we have no doubt will make this new departure a success. He will have the stock in shape in about a week, when we bespeak for him a share of our people=s patronage. Good.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Messrs. Beecher & Son have secured the contract for the erection of Mr. T. J. Gilbert=s new house in the South part of town. This house, when completed, will cost over $2,500, and will be an ornament to our town, and we have no doubt a credit to the contractors. Our building boom still booms.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

On last Saturday evening a surprise party was held at the residence of Mr. L. Finley in honor of Misses Jessie and Georgia and Mr. Harry Finley, which was participated in by a large number of their young associates. A general good time was had, after which the party repaired to their homes rejoicing.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

There will be an M. E. Church festival held in the schoolhouse at South Bend, on Friday next, for the purpose of raising funds to defray the church expenses for the past quarter. A cordial invitation is extended to all to be present and assist in having a good time.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

DIED. The remains of Mrs. E. Watson were taken to Kansas City for final interment, on Thursday of last week, in compliance with her expressed desire, and she now sleeps peacefully side by side with the husband who preceded her in the shadow land.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

During the recent high waters in the Territory, a sad disaster occurred at the crossing of Deep Fork on the mail route between Okmulgee and Sac & Fox Agency, resulting in the loss of a team and wagon and the drowning of the driver.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

P. F. Endicott=s new house is progressing finely and from its present appearance promises to be one of the best looking and most commodious houses in the city. W. P. Wolfe has the contract and is doing himself credit by the work done.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We acknowledge the receipt of an elegantly printed invitation to attend the Banquet and Ball to be given in Caldwell, on Wednesday evening, March 7th, 1883, in honor of the Cherokee Strip Stockmen=s Association. No preventing providence we=ll be there.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mr. James M. Beck, of Michigan, a brother of our A. A. Beck, was in the city last week, and purchased property with a view to permanently locating. We are glad to welcome such men as Mr. Beck to our town.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Mr. L. Finley has sold his residence to Mr. Geo. W. Morton, of Athens, Ohio, for the sum of $1,500. Mr. Morton has rented Mr. Finley=s eighty acres of farm land north of town and will cultivate the same.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Stockmen=s Meeting.

Pursuant to call a number of stockmen met at the office of C. M. Scott, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and organized by calling Mr. John H. Tomlin, of Winfield, to the chair and C. M. Scott, Secretary.

The following gentlemen were present: W. J. Hodges, John Mytle, James Love, _____ Love, Weathers, Tipton, Chinn, Wicks, D. Warren, Hugh Mcinn [?], J. H. Saunders, Moorehouse, Dr. Carlisle, and others.

On motion a committee of three was appointed to settle all claims of stockmen with the parties proposing to fence, or any other whose interests might conflict.

Committee: W. J. Hodges, Chairman; Drury Warren, and C. M. Scott.

Mr. Weathers thought the Oil Company had no right in the Territory, and did not believe in adjusting matters with them. Thought they should not be recognized in the meeting at all.

Mr. Hodges thought if they paid the tax and complied with the law, they had as much right as anyone to the unoccupied range, and that we should not expect the range to lay idle, and that it would not, and anyone claiming it and paying for it would be protected, whether they were of Kansas, Pennsylvania, or England.

Mr. Chinn said if a man paid, he had no protection against Texas cattle, to which Mr. Hodges replied; only through the Stock Association.

Mr. Warren didn=t see any harm in the Oil Company occupying the range as long as they interfered with the rights of no one legally there.

Mr. Love is on the west side of the range they propose to fence. He hasn=t paid his tax. When he stopped there, he did not expect to remain longCwas going farther west, but finally concluded to remain. He then rendered payment to the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, and his offer was refused, although he was first on the ground, and had conflicted with no one; and after they had refused, the grant and privilege was given to Mr. Gore. He did not believe in discriminating in favor of a monopoly, and that too, when they were not on the ground, and have not yet a hoof of stock on the range. He said there was no fairness in it, and that the Oil Company were only acting fair since they could do no better. That they had tried to shut out all alike and would have done it if they could, and he appealed to the stockmen to stand by him as he had stood by them.

Mr. Hodges thought Mr. Love=s case one of merit, and that his right would not be ignored.

On motion the meeting elected Mr. Tomlin, Mr. Love, and C. M. Scott a committee of three to forward the grievance to Major John Q. Tufts at Muscogee, Indian Territory.

On motion Drury Warren, Mr. Wicks, and Mr. Weathers were appointed a committee of three to attend the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stock Association, to be held at Caldwell March 6, 1883.

The following resolutions were introduced and passed.

Resolved, That it is the sense and desire of this meeting that no quarantine ground be established east of Bitter Creek.

Resolved, That no through Texas cattle be permitted to be driven along the State Line east of Bitter Creek, or within four miles of the line during the summer months and that we will use our best endeavors to prevent such doing.

Resolved, That each and everyone of us become a member of the Cherokee Strip Association, and that we stand by one another in the protection of our rights.

On motion the meeting adjourned.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Five Hundred Sheep Drowned.

From Mr. Ezra Meech we learn of a very strange disaster which occurred in Rock Creek last Tuesday week. Mr. Andrew Dawson was crossing a flock of seven hundred sheep over Rock Creek near his house. He had taken some wagons, removed the end gates from the beds, put them end to end, and was running the sheep through. They had been taken through to an island and the wagons were taken to the other side, placed in position, and the sheep started out across. About two hundred had got through when a roaring noise was heard and the men on the island looked up and saw a wall of ice and water about four feet high rushing down upon them. In an instant they were engulfed, with the five hundred sheep remaining upon the island. The two men, Mr. Dawson and his son, succeeded in getting out, but the sheep were swept away and not a vestige of them has since been seen. Mr. Meech owned about three hundred of the sheep and his loss is upwards of a thousand dollars. Mr. Dawson owned the balance. The parties had no thought of danger until the ice wall rushed upon them. It was probably the breaking up of an ice gorge further up the creek. Winfield Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Rose Valley Winks.

Farmers are still husking corn.

Ask Will Wright the price of potatoes and then run.

Our school expects to do some hard work on Arbor Day, March 9.

School is progressing finely under the guardianship of our efficient teacher, George Wright.

Will Kirkpatrick, we are sorry to say, has been quite ill for the past week, but is now improving fast.

Mr. Shirer, Sr., has been engaged in digging a well on his new farm, formerly known as the McCandless place.

Mr. Phillips, of Arkansas City, expects to move soon to the Kinne farm, which he bought some time ago. You are welcome, Mr. Phillips.

An oyster supper, for the young masters and misses of the Valley, was enjoyed at the residence of Mr. Lockes last Thursday evening. At the same place about two weeks ago the young folks had a surprise oyster supper, which was pronounced a decided success by all present.

Measles are packing to leave the country at last, and I can find time to say a few words to our faithful old TRAVELER. More anon. JETTA JAY.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.


The following is the gist of a preamble adopted at a meeting of the Oklahoma Colony on the 20th inst., in this city, and will explain itself. One thing is certain, the colonists either have a right or they have not to settle on the Oklahoma lands. If they have no right, they deserve and should be punished; but if they have the right, which the action of the government certainly seems to indicate, it is an outrage to eject them. We, as much as anyone, desire to see this question settled.

WHEREAS, The citizens of the several states having been forcibly ejected from the territory known as Oklahoma, by the U. S. Troops, we claim that if guilty of an offense, it is due that we be punished. And if not guilty, the removal is an outrage that no law abiding citizen of the United States should be subject to, and do hereby declare our intention to again locate on the Oklahoma lands and will give due notice of the time of starting. And unless the courts can and do show that by so doing we are acting in violation of law, we will defend ourselves in what we consider to be our rights. And will resist any attempt to remove us.

[Boomer article.]


Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

Worth a Thought.

The following from the Caldwell Commercial we submit to our millers as showing how they appear away from home. We must, however, call attention to the fact that W. H. Speers is an exception to the rule, as his Aad@ of the AEagle Mills@ has been in the TRAVELER for several months past.

AThe other day one of our merchants walked into the Commercial office and asked to look over our Arkansas City exchanges. We handed him the last issue of the TRAVELER and Democrat, both of which he looked over carefully, and then inquired the names of the mills in Arkansas City, as he couldn=t find an advertisement, nor any mention of a mill being in the town in the columns of either paper. We presume that the Arkansas City millers labor under the impression that >advertising don=t pay.= And that if their home papers do their full duty, they will state week after week for the >benefit of the town,= that John Jones, Bill Smith, et al, are running mills and have flour for sale. Of course, it don=t enter the heads of the aforesaid millers that they, as well as the newspaper publishers, are under any obligations to do anything for the town. They deem their Christian example and the enterprise they have shown in setting up a business, but of which they can make from 20 to 50 percent on the capital invested, a sufficient compensation for all the favors the local newspapers can shower upon them. They forget that in the live towns of the west there must first be newspapers and that newspapers, more than upon any other influence, make it possible for enterprises like the milling business to establish themselves in such towns. A business that won=t pay to advertise in this day and generation, ought not to exist. It don=t supply a want, and therefore it might just as well draw out of the contest, and the milling business is no exception.

Caldwell Commercial.