[From Wednesday, March 18, 1885, through April 22, 1885.]

H. P. STANDLEY, Editor and Proprietor until April 8, 1885.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.

Winfield=s House of Refuge.

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

SECTION 1. That the sum of $25,000, or so much as is necessary, is hereby appropriated out of any money now in the state treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the erection and equipment of suitable buildings for the AKansas State Asylum for Idiotic and Imbecile Youth.@

SECTION 2. The board of trustees of state charitable institutions shall select a suitable site for such buildings, which site for such building shall be within two miles of the corporate limits of the city of Winfield in Cowley County, Provided, That a tract of land of not less than forty or more than 80 acres be donated and secured to the state in fee simple by said city of Winfield, as a site for such asylum, in such location as said board may select, within the limits proscribed in this section, and within six months from the passage of this act.

SECTION 3. Immediately upon the selection of such site as provided for in Sec. 2 of this act, the board of trustees of state charitable institutions shall proceed to adopt plans, engage suitable architects and superintendents, and erect such buildings and act in all matters pertaining thereto as in law provided in other cases.

SECTION 4. The auditor of state is hereby authorized to draw the warrants on the treasurer of state for the payment of vouchers issued for the purposes contemplated by this act; said vouchers to be accompanied by itemized statements, verified by affidavits, of the party furnishing the material or doing the work, and to be approved by the president and attested by the secretary of said board.

SECTION 5. Upon the completion of the building herein provided for, the building now being occupied as said Kansas state asylum for idiotic and imbecile youth, near Lawrence, in Douglas County, shall be deemed condemned for the purposes of such asylum.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.

Dr. Mary Walker and the Cattlemen.

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 26, 1885.

The Western cattlemen were sitting in Mr. Teller=s ante-room today, waiting for an audience with the secretary of the Interior, when Dr. Mary Walker entered on some errand. The doctor abhors tobacco smoke. Just as she came in, Col. N. D. Hunter, of St. Louis, had found a comfortable position and was puffing away contentedly on a cigar. APoison! Poison! Ejaculated Dr. Mary, lifting her cambric handkerchief to her nose and commencing to cough. It was Col. Hunter=s first meeting with the Washington celebrity. He sat bolt upright and put his cigar out of sight. The Doctor saw she had made an impression, and she hastened to follow it up. Glaring savagely at Col. Hunter, she opened a tirade like this: AI thought this was a room where ladies could come without being insulted by gentlemen smoking in their presence.@ Col. Hunter stared at the speaker and then at her trousers, whereat Denman, Kerens, Fenlon, and the other cattlemen began to say ANo.@ AI don=t mean gentlemen,@ continued the Doctor, ANo gentleman will smoke in a lady=s presence.@ Col. Hunter got up and walked out of the room amid snickering. Dr. Mary rushed around the room raising all the windows and continuing her denunciations of the weed. While she was in the midst of her lecture, in walked the venerable ex-Senator Thayer, of Nebraska, with a cigar in his mouth. Dr. Mary, in spiteful tone, renewed her objections. Gen. Thayer laughed and smoked on. The doctor became furious. AAn old gray-headed man who will do that is a man I would expect to beat his children and abuse his wife,@ she snapped out. Then Mr. Teller=s colored messenger came in and insisted on shutting the windows. Dr. Mary delivered a piece of her mind on Aniggers@ and departed. In the course of fifteen minutes Col. Hunter looked in at the door cautiously, and seeing the coast was clear, re-entered. AKerens,@ said he in an awe-striken voice, Awhat was it?@ Globe-Democrat.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.

Indiana cattle are reported to be suffering seriously from Aa peculiar swelling in the hind quarters, which becomes feverish and looks bruised.@ There is reason to say that Mr. Cleveland=s manner of disposing of office-seekers is likely to send a good many Democrats home from Washington with an impression that they have also caught something of that kind.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.

A recent Washington dispatch says the senate committee on Indian affairs, which recently investigated the leasing of lands by Indians to cattlemen will make a partial report in a few days. The committee will advise that a sub-committee be appointed to visit the Indian Territory and Montana during the summer to investigate the policy of Indians leasing their lands. It is also reported that officials in the Interior department, except certain Indian agents and traders, have not been guilty of improper conduct in connection with leases of Indian lands.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.

The Barb Wire War.

The discomfiture and helplessness of the Washburn & Moen barbed wire sharks shows what the people can do with a monopoly if they set about it. This company claims the exclusive right to manufacture barbed wire, and for a long time enforced its business claim to the injury of our farmers to the extent of millions of dollars. Finally there was a determined opposition to this preposterous claim, and it is now acknowledged that it cannot be sustained. Finding itself left as to its patents on the wire itself, it sought to gobble up all the patents on the machinery that is used in the manufacture of the wire; and it now owns so many of these patents, and so many of them are of doubtful legality, that Washburn & Moen are utterly unable to tell where they do stand. As a result the licensees of the firm, in considerable numbers, are refusing to pay royalty, and free wire factories are running in defiance of the edicts and threats of the New England sharks. The business is thoroughly demoralized, and those who are licensed say that Washburn & Moen furnish them no protection whatever, and are utterly unable to close up the free factories. They say that a seller of unlicensed wire may open right alongside of a licensed dealer, and so far undersell him that he will be compelled to get out of the business.

Now this state of things is the result of vigorous methods on the part of the public, a result of knowing our rights and maintaining them. It is a very good time, too, to congratulate ourselves, as farmers, upon what farmers may do if they have the mind. It was farmers who led the revolt against Washburn & Moen, and who have made it possible to buy free wire. The Farmers= Protective Association of Iowa organized and began the manufacture of free wire. Washburn & Moen pounced down upon them with a herd of lawyers and unbroken yards of injunctions and other legal documents. But the farmers were undismayed, and the factory of the association kept turning out wire, while the officers of the association dared Washburn & Moen to meet them in court. The leeches, however, appeared to have no stomach for this sort of comparatively cheap diet, and resorted to the more expensive luxury of bribery. They found a purchasable creature in the factory, and bought him up for $20,000. This crippled the association for weeks, but the association soon put other machinery in the place of that which Washburn & Moen had got hold of, and the manufacture of wire has gone steadily on ever since, to the consternation of the New England fellows and all who are licensed by them. It is a gloomy time with this old monopoly. Its back is broken and its head aches. There is soon to be a meeting in St. Louis to devise means to bolster up the old thing; but some of the most prominent licensees acknowledge that they see no hope.

Farmers have a clear duty to perform, and that is to buy no wire that is licensed if it is possible to get unlicensed wire. All licensed wire has the stamp upon it. Look for the stamp whenever you buy wire. If you find it, tell the dealer that you are not buying that kind of wire unless you are forced to, and that you will look about and see if you can find wire that is not licensed. Of course, they will tell you that you are in danger of prosecution, but do not get frightened. Slap the old monopoly in the face whenever an opportunity offers, and now that we have it on the run, let us keep it running until it runs against a stone wall and dashes its brains out. Western Rural.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.


Oklahoma Resolutions Passed by the Colony and Sent to the President.

The following resolutions were made and unanimously passed by Couch=s Colony last Saturday after receiving the President=s proclamation. They are now awaiting word in answer, and a number of them are leaving, giving up the hope of entering until Congress acts.

WHEREAS, Payne=s Oklahoma colony, in camp at Arkansas City, have received with surprise and astonishment the full text of the proclamation issued by President Cleveland on the 13th inst., wherein it is asserted that we have organized for a forcible entrance upon the said Oklahoma lands within the Indian Territory, and,

WHEREAS, The laws of the United States which provide for the removal of persons residing upon Indian lands cannot in any way apply to the Oklahoma lands; and,

WHEREAS, At the present time a large number of cattlemen and cattle syndicates are occupying these lands, with permanent improvements, for grazing and farming purposes, among whom might be mentioned Berry Bros.; Burke & Martin; Fitzgerald Bros.; McClelland Cattle Company; Wyeth Cattle Company; Hewins & Titus; Williams Bros.; Standard Oil Company;

B. H. Campbell; J. Sanderson; Belle Plaine Cattle Company; John Purcell, Butler County; Ben Keith; Quartermaster Clerk Hauser; and the same are not now nor have they been disturbed or ejected from the lands. We can see no justice or reason for the enforcement of the order in the case of actual settlers, which is not also enforced upon the cattlemen, who continue to hold thousands of cattle upon these lands; therefore, be it

Resolved, That in our opinion President Clevland has not been made acquainted with the full status of the situation, which we had hoped and believed would be done before he made any public utterance and we yet demand a thorough and speedy investigation and explanation as to why the settlers are ejected and the rich syndicates allowed to remain; and further, we condemn the misrepresentation of General Hatch in stating to the secretary of war that there were no trespassers now in the Indian Territory. To our knowledge and also that of Gen. Hatch, the above named cattlemen are holding large herds upon these lands; be it further

Resolved, That we demand of President Cleveland an explanation of the laws and treaties governing said Oklahoma lands by which he claims said lands are Indian lands, and we impatiently await a most speedy reply, and we instruct our president to forward these resolutions by telegraph to President Cleveland.

These resolutions were forwarded immediately to President Cleveland. Capt. Couch said it was to be hoped that every man would remain until an answer could be received.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.


Law is Law with Some Democrats as With Republicans.

As the TRAVELER has stated at different times, Cleveland is compelled to issue a proclamation to the same effect as those issued by Ex-President Arthur. As long as the law stands as it now does, no executive can do otherwise. We produce the proclamation in full for the benefit of our readers.


By the President of the United States of America.

WHEREAS, It is alleged that certain individuals, associations, persons, and corporations are in unauthorized possession of portions of the territory known as the Oklahoma lands, within the Indian Territory, which are designated, described, and recognized by the treaties and laws of the United States and by the executive authority thereof as Indian lands, and

WHEREAS, It is further alleged that certain other persons or associations within the territory and jurisdiction of the United States have begun and set on foot preparations for an organized and forcible entry and settlement upon the aforesaid land and are now threatening such entry and occupation; and

WHEREAS, The laws of the United States provide for the removal of persons residing on or being found upon such Indian lands and territory without permission expressly and legally obtained of the Interior department; now, therefore, for the purpose of protecting the public interests as well as the interests of the Indian nations and tribes and to the end that no person or persons may be induced to enter upon said territory where they will not be allowed to remain without permission of the authority aforesaid, I, Grover Cleveland, president of the United States, do hereby warn and admonish all and every person or persons as are intending, preparing, or threatening to enter in or settle upon the same, that they will not be permitted to enter upon said territory, or if already therein, not to be allowed to remain thereon, and that if due regard for and voluntary obedience to the laws and treaties of the United States and this admonition and warning be not sufficient to effect the purposes and intentions of the government, herein it is declared that the military power of the United States will be invoked to abate all such unauthorized possession and to prevent any such threatened entry and occupation and to remove all such intruders from said Indian lands.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.


Signed: By the President;

T. F. BAYARD, Secretary of State.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 18, 1885.


In view of the proclamation of the president relating to the Oklahoma country, Gen. James B. Weaver, congressman-elect from Iowa, and ex-congressman, Sidney Clarke, of Kansas, representing the Oklahoma settlers, have sent the following telegram.

WASHINGTON, March 14, 1885.

Capt. W. L. Couch, Arkansas City, Kansas:

The president is of the opinion that a further negotiation with the Creeks and Seminoles, as contemplated by the recent action of Congress, is necessary to authorize the settlement of Oklahoma. His proclamation yesterday is intended to eject the cattle syndicate on the one hand and suspend on the other the settlement of the country pending negotiations. We have earnestly urged upon the secretary of the Interior, in view of the exigencies of the situation, to proceed at once to conclude negotiations and to place upon the commission a representative of settlers. We deem it best for all parties to await the contemplated action. It must be understood that the corrupt conspiracy by which the lands in the Oklahoma country and the whole Indian Territory has been illegally occupied by cattle kings is strongly defended here by powerful financial influences. The conspiracy has been for years, and is now represented here, by persons holding high positions in the government, these men having access to the avenues of public opinion, and the privilege of constant communications with all departments of the government, are persistent in their misrepresentations. They who attack here any of the great wrongs which have fastened themselves upon the government, undertake a task of great magnitude, but we shall continue to urge with confidence upon President Cleveland=s administration a reversal of the bad policy of former years. The only safety for the people is a sharply defined public opinion, arising above all party distinctions, and demanding that the public domain shall be held sacred as a heritage for actual settlers.




Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Register if you wish to vote; and register soon.

J. W. Miller, of Caldwell, perambulated out streets Friday.

Quincy A. Glass, of Winfield, was in the city Wednesday.

L. M. Williams, of Winfield, visited the metroplis Wednesday.

Neff & Henderson shipped two carlods of hogs this week.

Miss Addie Hamilton visited Mrs. Ed. Cole, in Winfield, Saturday.

E. M. Mathews, of Osage Agency, was in the city last Wednesday.

Dr. G. [?] H. J. Hart is now located in Room 6 of the Hasie Block.

Ira Barnett shipped three carloads of hogs last week to Kansas City.

W. P. Wilkinson, of Winfield, was in the city Thursday on business.

E. D. McLaughlin, of Paola, arrived in the city, Saturday, to visit friends.

Kendall F. Smith, of Ponca Agency, was up Wednesday and Thursday.

Supt. H. R. Nickerson, of the Santa Fe R. R., was in the city Thursday.

C. W. Terwilliger is clerking for Kroenert & Austin, in their new store.

Henry Brown, of Winfield, made a business trip to the Canal City Wednesday.

Do not fail to attend the chicken pie supper at the Baptist Church Friday night.

We received a telegram from Kingman for some job work, and filled it for the next train north.

Snyder & Hutchison have just placed $35,000 insurance for Hemphill A. Woy, of Darlington, Indian Territory.

[Hemphill A. Woy...??? That is what they had!]

C. R. Sipes returned to the city yesterday, after a three weeks trip to New Orleans, St. Louis, and Chicago.

A. W. Patterson returned Thursday night from Missouri, bringing with him a carload of very fine mules.

Rev. Fleming held memorial services at the Chilocco schools Monday last in honor of Maj. J. M. Haworth.

Do not forget the meeting at Judge Kreamer=s office March 25th, for the purpose of organizing a militia company.

Rev. Lundy occupied the M. E. Pulpit Sabbath last, in the absence of Rev. Buckner, who is attending conference.

Dr. Marsh, of Winfield, an old citizen of Arkansas City, called on us Thursday. He reports good success in his practice and is accordingly happy.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. Harkness, of the cattle firm of Wiley & Harkness, returned Saturday from the East, where he has been spending the winter with his family.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. C. G. Furry, of the Geuda Springs Herald, called on us Monday. He reports things dull in his town, but hopes for a revival during the summer.

Rev. Fleming preached an excellent sermon on the appearance of Evil, last Sunday, at the Presbyterian Church. The house was crowded to its utmost capacity.

We publish on our second page an article on the Barb Wire War, that was handed us for publication. Let all read it, as it is of immense importance to the state.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will hold their weekly prayer meeting with Mrs. S. B. Reed, Friday afternoon, at 3 o=clock. All are cordially invited to attend.

R. B. Ferguson and family, of Boulder, Colorado, a brother of Hubert Ferguson, of Bolton, is visiting relatives and friends here. He will stay here for several weeks and may conclude to locate.

The Wellington Standard notifies its readers that in a couple of weeks it will increase its size from a four page paper to a six page paper, and if that wilol not tive them room enough, to go to an eight page. Good for the Standard.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

B. E. Butterfield & Co., have purchased the Drug Store of T. C. McMahon, on 5th Avenue, and will hereafter cater to the wants of the public in their line. These gentlemen are men of experience in this business and we welcome them to our midst.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We received a letter Monday from J. S. Reber, of the Kansas City Sunday Graphic, addressed to the TRAVELER, but saying Mr. C. M. McIntire, publisher of the TRAVELER. This Reber is evidently not acquainted with Charlie, or has never seen a copy of this paper.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Kroenert & Austin have opened up their branch store in Highland Hall block; and Frank, Joe, and C. W. Terwilliger now stand ready to compete with John, George, and Andrew, of the old Diamond Front Store. Their new store looks neat and nice, and will draw trade.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We strolled into Geo. W. Cunningham=s Agricultural Implement Warehouse Monday, and were surprised at the immense amount of machinery of all kinds stored there. Anything from a ball of twine to a steam threshing machine can be found. We found George and four clerks, all busy, and in response to the question, AHow=s trade?@ was told to ALook and see.@ We looked and saw a rush not at all in accordance with the hard times cry. George is prepared to meet all competition, not by a foolish slashing of prices, but by the superiority of his goods.




Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Our whilom good and ever watchful night watch, G. W. White, had an Aexperience@ meeting last Saturday morning with our marshal. This said White received a call from two female Acousins@ Friday evening, and he conducted them to his house, of which he occupies the upstairs and rents the lower part. There they spent the night, much to the discomfiture and disgust of the renter. Early Saturday morning the marshal surprised the festive G. W. and his two Acousins,@ hardly prepared to receive visitors. A shawl and a quilt made a hastily improvised toilet, elegant in its severe simplicity, and they submitted to the inevitable and a fine by his honor, Judge Kreamer. The way of the transgressor is hard (about $5 and costs), and Aditto@ a pure and gentle night watch, sometimes.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

A little over one week more and the registration books close.

Mr. J. R. Perry still lingers on in great pain, but is slowly sinking each day.

Chas. Hatton, a prominent businessman of Wichita, was in the city Friday.

Mr. L. C. Woodson returned to the city Saturday to spend a few days visiting friends.

The Arkansas City Coal Co., have always on hand all kinds of coal, and wood, to which fact the attention of our people is called.

Next Sabbath has been set aside for the baptism of children at the Presbyterian Church. All persons who have children should take notice.

Owen Shepard, of Oaktown, Indiana, a cousin of Sam Gould, arrived in the city Saturday. Mr. Shepard will assist Sam in the City Book Store this summer.

The latest addition to the daily press comes to our table this week. The Daily Wellingtonian, a five-column, bright and newsy, well edited papers. May its shadow never grow less.

Rev. J. P. Witt, pastor of the Christian Church, is meeting with great encouragement in his revival work. He baptized two ladies, Mrs. W. W. Brown and Mrs. Estell, Sunday last, in the Walnut River. A large crowd attended the ceremony.

The ladies of the Baptist Society will hold a social gathering with music, etc., at their church next Friday evening, March 20th, to which all are cordially invited. An old lady will sing an old-fashioned song. For those wishing refreshments, a chicken pie supper will be served, also ice cream and cake will be served in an adjoining room.

Our merchants are making extensive preparations for a large spring trade. The farmers are expecting to plant and reap more plentifully than ever. The carpenter is sharpening his saw and hatchet. The hotel men are laying in a supply of Ainsect exterminator.@ And all this under a Democratic administration. Truly, Kansas cannot be Adowned.@


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Sam Gould is one of our bashful unmarried men, and his confusion may be imagined when the folowing scene transpired. Sam was gallantly escorting a young lady friend down the street Saturday evening, the lady in charge of her sister=s child. Sam=s cousin, just arrived in the city, met Sam and his entourage in surprise. AWhy, Sam, I didn=t know you were married and as far along as that.@


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The patrons of the telephone service of this city, after having been stood off with promises of a connection with the towns of the lower valley, have been in consultation for a day or two and the chances are now that they will resolve unitedly to order the instruments removed from their respective houses. It is very certain that a number of the leading houses will do this unless the company takes prompt steps to make the connections desired. Wichita Eagle.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Miss Fannie Cunningham met with a very painful accident Saturday afternoon. A party of young people were going horse-back riding, and just after she mounted, the horse having on a curbed bit, a sudden jerk caused it to rear up. This frightened her and instead of slackening the rein, she pulled the harder, the horse falling backwards, and in the fall, her right arm was broken just below the elbow. Dr. Chapel dressed it, and the lady is slowly improving.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Our attention was called to an alarming state of affairs in our city Tuesday, the cause of the trouble being the rapid spread of a very contagious disease, which had during Monday and Tuesday, and before investigation could be made, spread almost over the entire city. But at present we are happy to state that the worst is passed and by proper care the malady can be controlled and those afflicted have hopes of recovery. We believe the board of health pronounce the disease ASpring Fever.@ We=ve all got it.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We made another tour through the Commercial and Hasie Blocks Monday, and the conviction was forced upon us stronger than ever that if the second and third stories of these buildings are not secured by some party for a hotel, a great chance will be missed. It is the best arranged, best lighted, and best ventilated building we ever saw. There is not a room, or a poor one, in the building. The man who secures this for a hotel will have the whole first-class trade, and this is large here. It will make the finest hotel without any exception in southern Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We have refrained from commenting on the outrageous scandal exciting the people of Winfield, simply because we had no way of getting at the facts of the case. The circumstances are as follows.

Lyda Vandermark, the young woman sentenced to the county jail from this city for desecrating the M. E. Church, was taken pity on by some of the elderly ladies of Winfield, who paid her fine and took her to one of their number to be taken care of for awhile. Here she was clothed and fed and had a doctor called to attend her. This was done in the most christian-like spirit, and was a most commendable act.

But the woman in whose charge she was placed, caring more for a rich morsel of scandal to roll under her tongue and talk over with other familiar scandal mongers than the salvation of the poor girl, endeavored to get the girl to give the names of those she had seen at the house of ill fame run by Mollie Burke. The girl did not know any names, and the old woman took her around town, up and down the streets, into the stores, offices, etc., and had her point out those she had seen at the house mentioned. Seeing the delight it gave her to thus point out certain ones, she, to please her, went at it wholesale and placed her dirty smirch on nearly every inhabitant of Winfield. Men whose private lives are as pure and unsullied as that of any man could be, who never were near the house, were accused in this wholesale defamation. Such an action was and is condemned by all. No person but one whose mind is specially adapted by long practice to lewd and lascivious thoughts and conversations would have undertaken it. It is worthy of remark that only one of the ladies who took her out of the jail had anything to do with it or any knowledge of it. And the names of pure and Christian women have been coupled with this act of vandalism as unjustly as were many men by the depraved and diseased woman of easy virtue. The young woman, thanks to the genuine kindness of a christian lady, a member of the Episcopal Church of Winfield, who paid her expenses and saw her safely consigned to the home for unfortunates at Leavenworth, was responsible for placing Miss Vandermark in the way of better things, if she is so minded.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS, March 14. About 12:30 o=clock, last night, about 75 masked men surrounded the county jail in this city, and called deputy sheriff, Shadley, to his door and covered him with revolvers. A portion of the mob then proceeded to break the lock of the jail, and taking Frank Bonham, who murdered his mother, brother, and sister, on the evening of February 4, near Radical [? That is the name given ?], marched him to the railroad trestle north of the city and hung him. He pleaded innocence to the last. He was granted a change of venue to Cherokee County, in the district court yesterday, and the indignation caused by the grant, resulted as above stated. Excitement in this city runs high. Winfield Daily News.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

This is what poor old Caldwell has to say about the new prohibition law. The late legislature must have had a special grudge against that village, to thus take away Aat one fell swoop@ the formation of their prosperity.

AIt=s comical to watch Mr. Geo. Fletcher of a morning, hunting his morning dram. After peeping into all the Tigers, he finally makes a straight shoot for the public well, where he can fill up at the Lord=s expense.

ALittle groups of men on every corner are discussing the >damnable= law that cut their morning drams off so short.@



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. Murray, Sumner County=s young county attorney, is making it exceedingly warm for violaters of the prohibition law. Last week, among others, he arrested M. David, of Geuda Springs, who languished in Cowley=s jail for several months last year, and also was the guest of Sumner County for awhile, on like charges. This fellow has been constantly violating the law ever since it has been a law; even his children peddling the stuff while he was in jail. No punishment can be too severe for him, and a light sentence would be an injustice.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

DIED. Bert Priest, the six-year-old son of S. C. Priest, met with a fatal accident last Tuesday. The little one was on a hay stack and was sliding down. Just before he reached the ground he struck a pitch fork, which was standing up against the stack. One prong of the fork entered under the chin and penetrated to the roof of the mouth. Dr. Reed was called, and did all in his power for the sufferer, but it was of no avail. He passed away Friday morning at 3 o=clock, and was buried at Tannehill Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Tramps abound in the city now. At least twenty make their headquarters at the roundhouse, and from there send out squads to collect eatables. One man who needed laborers offered the whole of them 75 cents a day until they could find something better. His offer was indignantly refused and he was cursed for his Aimperdence.@ Our citizens should refrain giving them anything, when they so haughtily refused work offered them. They are tramps from choice.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. S. Rowell, of Silverdale, a subscriber of the TRAVELER, who has been taking it for fourteen years, made us a pleasant call Saturday. He informs us that, to a great extent, wheat is killed in his section, and will largely be plowed up and put in corn and oats. More oats and millet will be planted there this year than ever before. He paid us three dollars and left us happy and contented. [HE CAME IN 1871...??]


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

J. M. Hale, of Hale & McCague, traders at Osage Agency, called on the TRAVELER Tuesday and left a large order for job work, and also the TRAVELER for a year. These gentlemen are just starting in business for themselves at that point, but have been in the trade for a number of years, and are men of energy and will merit success.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The I. O. O. F.=s, A. O. U. W.=s, A. O. R. M.=s, and K. of L.=s, have purchased the Endicott Building on North Summit Street and will convert it into a lodge hall. They are preparing to file a charter, and they will then either make some extensive repairs or build a stone building, two stories, with a large hall above and a store room below.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The Baptist people will give a chicken pie supper at the Baptist Church, Friday night, for the benefit of their excellent pastor, Rev.

F. L. Walker. The entertainment will be something out of the usual line and will undoubtedly be very enjoyable. All should attend.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mrs. E. A. Barron left for an extended trip in the East Saturday. She will visit her friends and relatives in Peekshill, New York, for a month or so, and then spend some time with her husband=s family in Wisconsin. Ed=s face is two inches longer in consequence.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

I. O. Wilkinson, Chas. Murphy, Chas. Ellcoutt, L. Chase, M. Chase, James Ormsbee, and M. Ayers, of the R. R., are here repairing bridges and doing considerable work on the branch.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The job department of this paper turned out a complete set of job work for Berry Bros., of Ashland, Clarke County, Kansas. They knew where to come for good work.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The claims of Archie Dunn as a member of the next council is being forcibly presented to the voters of the second ward. It will be very hard to find a better man.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Jim Jones cast his sunny grin on the Canal City=s fair ones Sunday. Jim has an aching void which can only be filled by the smiles of Jim=s lady friends here.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mr. Samuel Hoyt, of Magog, Canada, called on us Saturday last and left the necessary for another year of the TRAVELER to follow him to his cold home.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We are sorry to learn that Mrs. E. N. Wilson is somewhat indisposed.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Hotel Registers.

The Leland shows the following arrivals.

MONDAY: G. W. Schmidt, City; Parker & Waters, Denver, Colorado; J. A. Bradfield, Kansas City; F. Hufffman, Wellington; Jack Dunckell, Kansas City; Gus Denstelhorst, Saint Joe; G. D. Baker, Topeka;

H. Morrill, Topeka; C. A. Duncan and wife, Chicago; J. C. Wilkinson, St. Paul; Geo. C. Lockwood, Topeka; Mrs. F. Wright, Winfield; J. H. Lyon, Kansas City; I. E. Kincaid, St. Louis; W. L. Finley, U. S. A.; L. C. Woodson, City; Joel Hamilton, Jr., Newton; O. E. Ferguson, Little Rock; Edward Hatch, U. S. A; Walter Inman, R. R.; Wright Moore, Eureka; Moses Waters, Ft. Riley; Jno. Power, Atchison; G. Revolon, St. Joe; Miss Whete, Kansas City; Geo. Noble, Lawrence; Jno. W. Parks, Indian Territory; E. N. Wilson, City; W. L. Norman, Indian Territory; I. O. Wilkinson, Thos. Murphy, Chas. Elloutt, Newton; John A Griffith, Wichita; J. M. Riddle, Rothwell, Missouri; W. W. Riddell, Rothwell, Missouri; C. G. Furry, Geuda; B. F. Butterfield, Kansas City.

TUESDAY: Dr. J. D. Love, City; Wm. D. Mitchell, Cincinnati; R. E. Howe, Maple city; A. Gilkey, Maple City; E. C. Fancis, Chicago; R. Wenderoft, Chicago; S. L. Reckman, St. Joe; L. White, St. Joe; M. H. McAfee, Litttle Rock; C. L. Freeman, St. Louis; J. M. Weil, Buffalo;

D. D. Knapp, Utica, New York; S. S. Bennicht, Hartford; Joe V. Hilger, Cincinnati; Chas. L. W. Campbell, Kansas City; T. S. Morehead, City;

E. Hull, City; Jno. M. Hale, Osage Agency; W. H. Phelps, Ft. Worth;

R. H. Colson, St. Louis; Mrs. J. G. Bullene and niece, Winfield.

The Windsor shows the following arrivals.

MONDAY: C. M. Smith, Chicago; S. M. Van Cleave, Kansas City;

C. R. Lane, St. Louis; W. C. Metter, Lawrence; J. A. Stafford, City;

F. C. Baur, Lancaster, Missouri; Will Van Allen, City; Wm. Camery, Winfield; W. H. Moyengo, Douglass; M. Chase, I. Chase, J. Ormsbeer, M. Ayers, Newton; G. F. Kuhns, St. Joe; D. W. Swup, Kansas City; Wm. Mitchell, Wichita; L. A. Millspaugh, St. Joe; L. Byrington, State Journal; Jno. S. Pamyes, Kansas City; A. Walton, City.

TUESDAY: S. D. Oliphant, Sell, Missouri; John Covingless, Buffalo; C. M. Sheldon, Burlingame; T. W. Reinhart, Cincinnati; Edward J. Fitch, Winfield; F. H. Hawkins, D. C.; C. Ferguson, Winfield; L. F. Sugg, Winfield.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Notice, Militia Men!

There will be a meeting of the Arkansas Valley Guards in Judge Kreamer=s office on the 25th of March at 7 o=clock p.m., under our new Militia law and to enlist new members into the company. Rally around the Flag, boys, and let us get up a rousing good company, as we have something to work for. By order of C. G. THOMPSON,

Capt. Com. Co.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We saw a map man paralyzing our businessmen yesterday on the question of advertising this city on a map of Oklahoma. He wanted to put an advertisement about three by five inches on the inside of the cover, and expected to get $5 each from about forty businessmen, a neat little sum of $200, for a $2 advertisement. We are glad to say that the most of our businessmen had the good judgment to sit down on the fellow. The idea of that man who has never done, and never will do, anything for the City, carrying away $200, which ought to stay here, is somewhat ridiculous. A two line local in any one of the three papers here would do more good.





Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Our readers will notice the call for a meeting in Kreamer=s office at 7 o=clock p.m., March 25th. The late law passed by the legislature is the most liberal in terms of any before passed here. Some of its leading provisions are as follows: The militia are to be uniformed by the state, will have $100 a year for armory rent allowed, and the members will receive $1 a day and be allowed 5 cents a mile to and from the Annual Reviews and Musters. These inducements, if no other, should induce a large turnout on the day mentioned and insure a good organization at this place.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

The party who played that cruel bottle trick on the unsophisticated drummer, is spotted, and for family reasons, suppressed. He had a blue bottle about one-third full of water, and handed it to the drummer to look through at the eclipse. The drummer put the mouth of the bottle to his eye and elevated the bottle toward the sun, and was consequently inundated by a small flood, and there was a scatteration of the crowd as well as of fire and brimstone.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

A special artist for Frank Leslie=s Popular Monthly was here Monday, making sketches of camps of the boomers, and of the soldiers, and of the leading characters of each side. In their next issue of the magazine, a full description of the incidents and vicissitudes of camplife and under march will be given together with personal history and mention. S. P. Gould has ordered a large number of them. They will be out in about two weeks.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Snyder & Hutchison have been doing some little work this year. They have placed over $60,000 of insurance, sold nearly $27,000 worth of real estate, and loaned $12,000 for eastern parties. These gentlemen are a great advertisement for our city and lose no chance to expatiate on its charms and advantages.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Stockmen and farmers will find a specially fine line of Saddles and Harness for their spring=s work, at Ancrews & Swain=s store. This firm pays special attention to the wants of Territory men, and the liberal patronage they receive proves them to be in the front rank in this line.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

There has been a slight change in the firm of Ware & Pickering. Mr. W. F. Adams, late of Texas, son of our old citizen, S. B. Adams, has purchased an interest. They are now invoicing. The style of the firm has not as yet been determined upon.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

John Barnes, of Newton, who purchased a tract of land south of the Canal last fall, is here to make improvements on the land. He is now engaged in fencing it. He is very much pleased with the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Trafflick & Blizzard, of Indiana, have purchased the grocery stock of A. E. Kirkpatrick, and are now ready to accommodate the public. These men are gentlemen and will prove quite an addition to our business circle.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Mrs. J. G. Bullene and niece, who have been spending some time in Geuda Springs, trying the curative powers of that famous watering place, passed through the city Tuesday on their way home.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Andrews & Swain received an invoice of fine stockmen=s saddles last Saturday, and on Monday had sold one $40 and one $50 saddle; besides, several lower priced ones to their Territory patrons.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We acknowledge the receipt of a Territory map showing Oklahoma, issued by the Kansas State Journal.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.


This city was startled Friday with intelligence of the death of Maj. J. M. Haworth, which occurred at Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thursday, March 12, 1885. Maj. Haworth has been long and favorably known by many of our citizens. He was a man of exceptionally great ideas, pure motives, and earnestness in the work he was engaged in. He threw his whole soul into it, and made it the sleeping and waking thought and study of his life. Major Haworth has been in the Indian service since 1873, and in that time, no breath of suspicion has ever been raised in regard to his honesty of purpose or administration. In 1873, he was recommended by the Quakers, of which body he is a member, to the Government and was appointed agent of the Kiowas and Commanches, then just located in the Territory, and in a very wild and savage state, not having been subjected in the least to civilizing influences. He remained in charge of them for six or seven years, meeting with most gratifying success in their control. No agent since has been enabled to do so much for them. At the end of the year 1879, he offered his resignation, and was appointed Inspector of the Agencies in the Territory, and in 1882 to General Superintendent of all the Indian Schools in the U. S. In this position, he has labored faithfully and well. It was at his suggestion and influence that the Chilocco Schools were placed where they are, and it was by his untiring and ceaseless labors that so many Indian children are now enabled to receive the benefits of perfect training schools, learning the arts of civilization and the benefits of peace.

Major Haworth was contemplating a removal to our city upon his release from his present position, and expected to engage in business. His loss will be greatly felt in this community, whose true friend he had proved himself; and we venture to say that he had more friends here than any other man not a resident.

We print below the resolution adopted by the Presbyterian Church of this city and the citizens generally, as they voice our feelings and sentiments.


WHEREAS, God in his inscrutable providence, has called to Himself, in the flower of manhood, Maj. J. M. Haworth, general government inspector of Indian Schools in the U. S., and

WHEREAS, The citizens of Arkansas City, who have known him more or less intimately, have learned to look upon him as one among the few who are worthy of entire and implied confidence so often manifested in his daily dealings and acts among us; and

WHEREAS, Our city owes so much of her prosperity to his generous and just recognition; and

WHEREAS, That while placed in many and severe trials and difficulties, he has so nobly and uprightly conducted himself, both as a government official and a private citizen, that those of us who knew him most intimately, desire to record our appreciation of his kind, generous, christian spirit manifested in motives and deeds that betokened the abiding presence of the almighty with him, and reveals a great, generous heart, whose noblest impulses were enlisted for the elevation and salvation of the Indian race, in whose interests he labored so assiduously.

Therefore be it resolved,

1st. That we, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, and members of the Presbyterian Church, in congregation assembled, while bowing in humble submission to the orderings of His will, who Adoeth all things well,@ record with greatful memory, the life and labors and eminent christian spirit of our departed friend.

2nd. That we are assured this great change means to him nothing less than the fulfillment of a life-long desire to hear the Awill done@ of the master, for which his life, public and private, in business or in social converse, has so eminently filled him.

3rd. That we express our grief and sorrow at the great loss sustained by the government service, and his family, and that we hereby extend to the stricken wife and children, our most heartfelt sympathies in this their great bereavement.

4th. That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the President of the U. S.--to the Indian Industrial School at Chilocco--to the family of our brother, and that they be published in the papers of this city.

Signed by Committee.



March 15, 1885.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

Bolton No. 89.

Mahlin Arnett is on the sick list.

Uncle Sam=s men scared some of the wood haulers pretty badly. Some are glad to get off by leaving their wood, contented to talk fight, but, Abarking dogs scarce ever bite.@

Charlie Longfeldt says he was not crying at all when the soldiers caught him. A cold in his eyes is what made the tears flow so freely.

That Washington to whom we referred last week was not Washington, the father of his country, but George Washington, who is about to celebrate his twenty-first birthday. Geo. is a good boy and should have something of that kind, because his mother=s baby is now a man.

Mr. Klingman undertook to move his new house, but on account of bad weather and muddy roads, was compelled to wait; so he has concluded to have a sale and get on the iron horse.

Mr. Elmer Beeman is going to leave our immediate vicinity and is going to work for a man in Creswell Township.

Mr. James Whitney is going to work for Mr. Weatherholt the coming summer. Arthur Whitney is gong to work for Mr. Hamilton. They are both good boys and should have good places, which of course they have. Boys who work out know what this world is.

We were invited to attend a social at Mr. Marshals a few evenings since. Music was furnished by Will Arnett and Alfred Wing. A good time was enjoyed by all. Supper was served at 12 o=clock. The party was numbered and filled two large tables, all good looking folks except Peter. The supper consisted of oysters and many other delicious things, too numerous to mention here. At 2 o=clock they bade good morning, all glad they had attended.

Mr. S. F. Wing purchased a very fine pony of W. O. Beason a few days ago.

Prairie chickens are beginning to holloa these mornings. This indicates the coming of spring.

Some farmers are beginning their spring work by turning the sod that was broke last fall.

Mr. Chinn has removed most of his cattle from J. Gilberts to the ranch in the Territory.

A good time was enjoyed at our Lyceum last Thursday evening. After the programme came the election of officers. The Lyceum lasts two nights longer and then adjourns until the second Thursday of October.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.




Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.

We call the attention of our readers to the card of J. Anderson in an adjoining column. He has opened up a bakery on 5th Avenue, just east of the U. P. Church, where he will [REST ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ.]

AD. Home Made Bread.

I have started a Bakery on Fifth Avenue, just east of U. P. Church.

Bread, Pies, Cakes, Etc.

Delivered at the door in any part of the city.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.


Owing to our rapidly increasing business we have been forced to seek more commodious quarters, and can be found at our former stand, and directly across the street, where we will be glad to see our former customers.

Our store is now the largest in the county, and with our increased facility, we can accommodate all demands.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.

Kansas Quarantine.

Provision of the Law Passed March 7, and Approved by the Governor.

Below will be found the bill in full, as it passed the Legislature on the 7th inst., and which was on the same day approved by the Governor. By referewnce to the diagram inserted in the bill, it will be seen that the cattlemen in the Cherokee Strip and the Texas Panhandle have been favored, as well as those west of the Panhandle in the same latitude . . . .

Sec. 1. No person or persons shall, between the first day of March and the first day of December of any year, drive or cause to be driven into or through any county or part thereof in this State, or turn upon or caused to be turned, or kept upon any highway, range, common, or uninclosed pasture within this State, any cattle capable of communicating or liable to impart what is known as Texas, splenic, or Spanish fever. Any person violating any provision of this act shall upon conviction thereof be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall for each offense be fined not less than one hundred dollars and not more than two thousand dollars, or be imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty days and not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


14 SUBURBAN Residence Lots, containing 5 Acres each, in DUNCAN=S ADDITION, North Arkansas City. These are very desirable lots, and will be sold very cheap and on easy terms.

TEN ACRES of good land only one half mile from City; splendid place for a small fruit farm. Will sell for $700; $400 cash, balance in one year at 10 percent.

Five acres south of Arkansas City; good new frame house; good well, and lots all improved and fenced.

TWO LOTS and a fair house and barn on North Summit Street. Good location for business house.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, from 9:30 to 12 m.

For the Ladies and Children Only.

Open every afternoon from 2:30 to 5 for Ladies and Gentlemen.

Open each night from 7:20 to 10. General Skating.

An efficient Instructor Contantly on the Floor, for the Benefit of Ladies and Children, Free oc Charge.

GRAND FREE MATINEE Thursday, March 26, FOR LADIES, 2:30 to 5 P.M.

No Smoking Allowed in the Rink.

The Rink Manager reserves the right to exclude all objectionable characters.

WILL VAN ALLEN, Proprietor and Manager.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


Election Proclamation.



I, Franklin P. Schiffbauer, Mayor of the City of Arkansas City, County of Cowley, and State of Kansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by law do proclaim and make known that there will be an annual election held in the said city of Arkansas City, on the 7th day of April, A. D., 1885, for the purpose of electing a mayor, city treasurer, police judge, and justice of the peace, treasurer of the board of education, 2 constables, one councilman for the term of two years from each of the wards of said city, viz: ward No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4, one councilman for the term of one year from each of the aforesaid wards of the said city of Arkansas City. One member of the board of education for the term of two years from each of the aforementioned wards, and 1 member of the board of education for the term of one year from each of the aforementioned wards. The place for voting at said election will be, First ward at the office of Will L. Aldridge, North Summit Street, Second ward, at the office of Thompson & Woodin=s Star Livery Stable, East 5th Avenue, Third ward at the office of J. H. Hilliard=s, 5th Avenue Livery Stable, west 5th Avenue, Fourth ward at William Blakeney=s New store room, West 7th Avenue, and hereby designate Will L. Aldridge and Timothy McIntire, judges, and M. B. Vawter, A. C. Gould, and C. Grimes as clerks of said election in the first ward; and Uriah Spray and William Gibby, judges, and I. H. Bonsall, J. J. Clark, and Oscar Titus, Clerks of said election in the second ward; and L. E. Woodin, Sr., and John Love, judges, and James Benedict, R. C. Hess, and H. S. Lundy as clerks of said election in the third ward; and H. S. Duncan and Allan [?] Harnley [?], judges, and Alexander Wilson, Wm. Blakeney, and C. L. Thompson, clerks of said election in the fourth ward. The polls will be opened at 9 o=clock a.m., and closed at 6 o=clock p.m.

In witness whereof, I have herewith set my hand this 21st day of March, 1885.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


Have just opened up an immense stock of

Ladies=, Misses=, and Children=s SHOES.

Also Men=s Boots and Fine Shoes.

Bought at Bed Rock Prices, and will be Sold Cheap for Cash.

Call and examine our New Spring Goods.

Very Respectfully,



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


If Not Scared, then Utterly Contemptible.

The Kansas City and Southwestern railroad is now endeavoring to make such terms with the people of this county as will enable them to build their road. They had a meeting in Winfield last week and submitted a proposition for county bonds to the amount of $160,000. The meeting was enthusiastically in favor of the road. They were also equally enthusiastic in preventing Arkansas City from receiving any benefit from its erection. This spirit has been cropping out more or less during the last two years. Previous to that time Arkansas City was not a stumbling block in the way of their prosperity. No great efforts were made to circumvent us in our little schemes. In these last two years, though, the Canal City has made wonderful strides. She has doubled in population, and now has 3,500 bona fide inhabitants within the city limits. Winfield has only 4,000, unless she takes in Walnut Township, which belongs to the city as much as Mexico belongs to the United States--and no more. The effect of these facts on Winfield is very apparent. Her geniality and loving kindness has outwardly suffered no change. She readily agrees to work with us, as much so as ever. She commends our progress, rejoices with us in our success--when talking to us. But the iron has entered her soul, rancor and hatred is in her secret thoughts, and, like the cowardly Italian, seeks to plunge a dagger in our back when we sleep. Every new building erected in our city now, sets like a twist of a thumb screw and she is compelled to squirm many times in consequence. Winfield has learned that when the Canal City proposes to do anything it is generally done, and any project likely to help this city is an additional torture.

We are not relating these things out of any prejudice against the city in the bottom, for we are secure in our might. We are simply taking the acts of Winfield and holding them up, reading them to our patrons. We make no forced comments, we stretch no fact, we seek to make no capital out of it. But when we see the people of Winfield, in the person of her leading businessmen, assembled to act on a proposition for the benefit of the whole county at large, descend to secret schemes, hidden intrigues, and all for the purpose of what? Depriving Arkansas City of any prospect of securing the K. C. & S. W. R. R.; when we see this, we are compelled to speak as we have. In the matter of the road, the Winfield scheme is to oppose the county bonds if the road is to come here; to use their utmost endeavors to run the road to Geuda Springs, or, failing in that, to the west of us from three to five miles. Why? Because that would be a better plan for the railroad? Because that would be of more benefit to the county? Evidently not. Because and only for this reason, that if the road comes here, it will be of as much importance to us as to them. It is, then, their object to juggle us out of this road. We are forewarned. It is barely possible that we are forearmed. Has Arkansas City ever taken a back seat in any undertaking? Neither will she in this. When the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad is built and equipped, the last station on the route will be Arkansas City. This much can be counted on. We hope that one of the stations will be Winfield. Of this we are not so sure.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


The Law Relating to the Taking of the Census.

The following letter to County Clerk Berry, of Sumner, explains itself.


TOPEKA, KANSAS, March 16, 1885.

M. H. BERRY, County Clerk.

DEAR SIR: The third decennial census, now being taken by township and city assessors, under your direction, on rolls furnished by this Board, through your office, will, as you are no doubt aware, be very important, as the apportionment of the state into senatorial and representative districts (for which purpose an extra session of the legislature will, no doubt, be called next winter) will be based upon the enumeration now being taken. You can therefore readily understand the importance of a full and complete census, as contemplated by the blanks furnished.

The propriety of taking the information asked for in our blanks as to soldiers, having been questioned by some assessors, I send by this mail [?] extracts of the law relating thereto.

Every item in the rolls furnished from this office, is directed or authorized by law and necessity to a complete census, and I trust you will not receive the return of any assessor who may fail to do his duty fully.

Very respectfully, WM. SIMS, Secretary.

The extract referred to reads as follows.

ASECTION 1. That in addition to the statistics required to be taken by section 3 of chapter 67 of the Session Laws of 1875, there shall be an enumeration of honorably discharged volunteer Union soldiers; showing state in which enlisted, term of service, and number of command to which attached, also in what prison confined, if a prisoner of war.@

The census above referred to is of much more importance than appears at first sight. This census fixes the salary of country officials, though it will not effect those of this county, as the salaries of Cowley County officers have reached their maximum, as well as the number of senators and representatives that will be reapportioned next January. Several of our eastern counties will be forced to surrender some of their representatives, the number being added to the west. Finney, Rawlins, and Comanche are already numbered among the counties to be provided for. Clark county has sent in a petition for organization, signed by 250 freeholders, and Meade county will follow within a few weeks. Here will be five representatives, in addition to an increased number of older counties. This number must necessarily come from the eastern portion of the state, and Leavenworth, Douglass, Atchison, and Johnson counties will, in all probability, lose. Although these counties have increased in population, they have not kept pace with the western counties. The assessors of this county should be very careful in taking the census or they will be required to do their work all over.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 25, 1885.


The Banner Prohibition County and How She Stands.

We received the 4th Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture from Wm. Sims, Secretary, from which we extract the following.

Cowley County is one of the southern tier of counties on the Indian territory, and lies east of the center of the southern line. It ranks as the eighth county in populaion, and has, to each square mile, 23.51 inhabitants. The county was organized in 1870, and has an area of 1,112 square miles. The city of Winfield is the county seat, its population being 3,617, making it the eighth city in the state in number of inhabitants. Arkansas City has a population of 2,828, ranking as the twenty-sixth city in the state in size.

Bottom lands on the Arkansas River are very wide, averaging about 5 miles, and on the Walnut, two miles, the proportion of bottom lands in the county being 15 percent. Timber is found in narrow belts along the rivers and creeks. Good springs are plentiful in all sections and well water is obtained at a depth of twenty feet, and twenty-five feet west of that river. The county is well supplied with water courses.

Table showing population by townships and cities for 1883 and 1884, as taken by assessors and returned by the county clerks.


Beaver 780 814

Bolton 1,184 1,228

Cedar 677 983

Creswell 763 879

Dexter 924 1,129

Fairview 512 634 {?]

Harvey 788 698

Liberty 716 758

Maple 636 719

Ninnescah 700 776

Omnia 347 458

Otter 463 471

Pleasant Valley 860 986

Richland 921 905

Rock 706 648

Sheridan 622 701

Silver Creek 928 1,311

Silver Dale 744 790

Spring Creek 449 586

Tisdale 876 938

Vernon 920 965

Walnut 896 1,285

Windsor 936 1,097

Arkansas City 1,882 2,828

Winfield City 3,284 3,617

TOTAL 1883: 22,516

TOTAL 1884: 26,149

We make the following COMPARISONS.

The population of the county increased 16.13 percent during the year 1883.

Winfield increased in 1883 10.14%

Arkansas City increased in 1883 50.26%

Creswell Township increased in 1883 15.20%

Winfield & Walnut together inc. 1883 17.27%

Arkansas City & Creswell together inc. 1883 40.16%

The total increase of Winfield in 1883 was 333; in Arkansas City 946; in Winfield and Walnut Township, 722; in Arkansas City and Creswell Township, 1,062.

The manufacturing interests are as follows.

Dexter Township, water-power grist mill, capital $4,000, product $10,000.

Pleasant Valley, two water power flour mills, combined capital, $10,000; product not given.

Winfield, steam grist mill, capital, $3,000, product $3,000; two carriage factories, combined capital $4,000, product $10,000; brick, stone, and tile works, capital $10,000, product $20,000.

Creswell Township, water and steam flour mill, capital $60,000, product $150,000; three water power flour mills, combined capital $130,000, product $440,000. The four flour mills in Creswell Township, all situated near Arkansas City, have a total capital invested of $190,000, employ average force of 61 hands, and have a combined annual product valued at $490,000. The water power at this point will admit of a still larger manufacturing interest.

Coal is found in small quantities. A fine quality of magnesian limestone is found in all portions of the country, except in the extreme western portion, some of it having a state reputation as excellent building material. The stone used in the manufacture of the superstructure of the Government building at Topeka was obtained from quarries near Winfield. A limestone thought to be superior to the Winfield stone is quarried nine miles east of Arkansas City, the Cowley Co. Bank building of this city being constructed of it. This stone is very soft when first quarried, but hardens rapidly from exposure. Gravel is taken largely from the Walnut River, near Arkansas City, and is sold largely to the A. T. & S. F. R. R. for ballast. A capital of $5,000 is invested in this enterprise, twenty hands are employed, and an annual product valued at $35,000 obtained.

Out of 711,680 acres, 237,115 were in cultivation in 1883, on which $1,712,723.30 [? BROKEN PRINT ?] worth was produced. In 1884, 265,281 acres cultivated; product $2,427,276.81.

Cowley County stands first in number of sheep raised, second in swine, fifth in horses and mules, sixth in cows, ninth in wheat, corn and acreage cultivated and sixteenth in cattle.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Friday is the last day to register.

H. E. Asp was in the city Wednesday.

C. V. Pollock, of Ponda, Sundayed in the city.

W. R. Little, of Sac & Fox, was in the city Tuesday.

E. A. Henthorn, of Burden, was in the city Saturday.

Jas. Hill is building a large dwelling in the Second ward.

J. M. McNutt, of Winfield, was in the citty Thursday.

O. J. Dougherty, of Winfield was in the city Thursday on business.

Tom L. Saunders, of Dodge City, was in our bustling city Friday.

R. F. Freeland, of Winfield, was in the city Saturday on business.

Mr. J. L. Huey was confined to he house a couple of days this week.

W. A. Johnson, of Winfield, came down Monday to spend a day or so.

A. E. Sweet, a banker from Cheney, was in the city Monday prospecting.

Rev. Fleming visited the Nez Perce Agency for a couple of days last week.

Rev. N. S. Buckner was reelected conference trustee Saturday, at El Dorado.

Sam P. Metcalf, of Olathe, was in the city Monday looking for bargains in real estate.

W. A. Lee, of Winfield, was in the city Wednesday, looking after his business at this point.

Mrs. Dr. Chapel is very ill we are sorry to learn. Her many friends hope for a speedy recovery.

L. C. Deets, of Valisca, Iowa, a brother of H. C., will spend a couple of weeks here visiting friends.

O. P. Houghton returned from his Eastern trip last week and his new spring stock is now arriving.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Meigs & Howard announce, in this issue, their willingness and ability, to make prompt loans of any amount.

Ad. If you have property to rent or sell, apply to Meigs & Howard, under Cowley County Bank.

Ad. The savings of a lifetime may be destroyed if you neglect to insure your property with Meigs & Howard.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Rev. S. B. Fleming left Monday for Emporia to attend the Moody Convention. He will return Thursday.

Dr. C. S. Acker, of Chicago, visited the city Monday with a view of locating here in the practice of his profession.

The night prowling of our foreman and devil is rewarded ay Awell done@ from the Democrat and TRAVELER offices.

P. F. McKinney, of Cherry Vale, came over Monday to verify the wonderful things he had heard of the Canal City.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A. P. Hutchison resigned his position of superintendent of the Arapahoe Indian School, and returned to the city last week to reside permanently.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Hon. Ed. Greer, of Winfield, distributed his expansive smile over the city Thursday, and did not forget us. He made us a very pleasant call.

Prof. Teney [?], of Halstead, Kansas, a successful musical director, will arrive in our city today in the interest of the Beethoven Club just organized.

R. J. Stevenson of Los Angeles, California, arrived in the city Monday, to make a visit of a few weeks to his father, Mr. O. Stevenson, and other relatives.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The Santa Fe company have equipped all their through cars with air brakes. Five hundred cars have been painted yellow for the through freight service.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

E. H. Nixon called on us Thursday. Ez. is going to Medicine Lodge, next week, to start a loan and abstract office at that place. May success go with him.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The daily Walnut Valley Times (El Dorado), Vol. 1, No. 17, reached our table Saturday last. It is a five-column folio, bright, newsy, and edited by a rustler, Alvah Shelden. Success go with it.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We understand that some of the boys are under indictment for drunkness and disorderly conduct at the Mowry Literary last Thursday night. How is that, Frank, Charley, John, and all the rest of you daisies?


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Miss Edith Gillman, the lady skater, gave a very interesting exhibition at the skating rink last Saturday evening. She skates with rare grace and executes some of the most difficult and intricate movements with perfect ease.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The Arkansas City Coal Company have made arrangements for the sale of corn in large or small quantities, but will make special figures on carload lots. Highest cash price paid for hides.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The reason we advise our readers to buy plants of the Bristol Sisters, is that they are reliable, have a very large assortment of flowers, and the flowers were all grown in this state, and are acclimated. Monday, April 6th, at Eddy=s Drug Store.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The skating rink, under the management of Will Van Allen, of the West Side Skating Rink, of Chicago, is gaining renewed popularity. One of the attractions is the Grand Free Matinee next Thursday afternoon--for ladies and children. Mr. Van Allen will keep good order and so conduct the rink that ladies may visit it at all hours. See ad, in this issue. [ALREADY TYPED.]


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A. B. Adams, of Ponca Agency, was in the city Friday.

M. G. Troup made a flying trip to the Canal City, Tuesday.

Asa Burrr is making an extensive addition to his residence in the Second ward.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We call attention to the ad. of H. F. Friend, McBee & Co., of Wichita, in another column.


Invest in town lots at bottom prices in the new city of Englewood, just started in section 26, township 35, range 25 west, Clarke County, Kansas. WILL GROWN FAST. WHY? Becuase it is handsomely located in one of the richest regions in wonderful Kansas, among an intelligent and enterprising class of settlers. It is on the proposed extension of the Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern railroad. It will be the county seat of Clarke County.


Ordinary business lots ...... $ 60.00

Corner business logs ........ 120.00

Ordinary residence lots ..... 15.00

Corner residence lots ....... 20.00

A discount of 10 percent will be allowed on each purchased. Time purchases--one-third in advance, balance in 6 months and one year, with interest. These liberal terms will be continued for a few weeks.

BUY BEFORE THE ADVANCE IN PRICES. In 1878 Wichita business lots sold for $300; now they sell for $5,000. The history of Topeka, Lawrence, Emporia, and other Kansas towns, is the same.

BUY AT ONCE OR YOU WILL REGRET THE LOST OPPORTUNITY. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. Every day you hear someone regretting that he did not buy lots in such and such towns, when they could have been purchased at a fraction of their present value. DELAYS ARE DANGEROUS.

Address M. L. Munn, P. M., Englewood, Kansas, or H. P. Friend, McBee & Co., Wichita, Kansas.


Everybody goes to Englewood, Western Kansas. Thunderbolt stage line, runs daily from Dodge City to Englewood. Supper at Wichita, dinner at Cooper=s Hotel, Englewood, 100 miles in 18 hours, by way of Dodge City to Englewood.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Wm. W. Anderson, of the Great Bend Democrat, was in the Canal City, Saturday, on business.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Mrs. A. H. Moore, mother of Will, arrived Thursday, and will make a two week=s visit in the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A number of large trades for cattle in Texas are declared off in consequence of the Kansas Quarantine law.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

W. P. Hackney was on our streets Friday. W. P. is going to open an office in Wellington in the near future.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Herman Trafflick, of the new grocery firm, is somewhat under the weather, and consequently out of the store for a few days.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The latest dodge in Caldwell is to go into a drug store and call for a blacking brush, and he gets a bottle of it done up in paper. It is stronger than cider.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

B. E. Butterfield & Co., of the 5th Avenue Drug Store, call the attention of our citizens in this issue, to their large and complete stock of drugs, medicines, etc.


[Note: Article said R. E. Butterfield...but ad said B. E., so I changed to go along with ad. MAW]


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Stockmen should remember the meeting of the Osage Live Stock Association at Osage Agency, Friday morning at 9 o=clock, to transact important business.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We received a pleasant call Friday from Messrs. Wiley and Harkness, in company with Mr. Constable, of Hunnewell. We are glad to receive a call any time from our friends.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The sheriff of Wayne County, Ohio, arrived Tuesday and relieved Cowley=s bastille of Bob. Dowty, the Wayne County murderer recently arrested in Arkansas City by Sheriff McIntire. Winfield Courier.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Mr. Fred. Lyman, who travels this western country over, making a specialty of writing descriptive articles, is in the city and broaching the subject of writing some descriptive articles on the city and surroundings, for general distribution.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Miss E. R. Bristol, of Bristol Sisters, florists, Topeka, will be in the city Monday, April 6th, and will make her headquarters at Eddy=s Drug Store. An elegant line of plants of every kind and description for our ladies to select from.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We were not able to change the ad. of Ware & Pickering, on the outside, to the name of the new firm, this week, but groceries will be just as cheap, and fresh, and you will be just as courteously treated as though we had. Ware, Pickering & Co., are ready to meet you.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Judge H. T. Summer has resolved on removing to Arkansas City and building up a large practice there. Many well wishers here hope to hear of his sharing in the prosperity of that booming town on the southern border. El Dorado Daily Times.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The poor little Dexter Eye sheds heaps of weeps over the prospect of our city obtaining the K. C. & S. W. R. R. The little fellow declares it will use its influence now and forever against the scheme. This ought to make it a success, but then 0 taken from 1 still leaves 1.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

See the ad. Of Geo. E. Hasie & Co., in this issue. These gentlemen will shortly receive a very large stock of goods, bought in the East at cash prices, and shipped in bulk, brining the cost to a minimum, and expect to compete for their share of patronage. They have a most beautiful room, a good location, and everything points to a good trade.


GEORGE E. HASIE & CO. -Will Open Their-

Large and Well Assorted -STOCK OF- GROCERIES

In their Store in Hasie Block, About April 1st.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We saw in a letter from an old miner who has made a careful examination of the New Mexico mine of Ex-Governor St. John and Major

I. O. Pickering of this city, in which he says it is worth, and be sold for $3,000,000. Olathe Mirror Gazette.

I. O. is a brother of our J. C. Pickering, and is also well known by many of our citizens.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

MARRIED. Frank Freeland and Miss Minnie Kirtley were married at Arkansas City, yesterday. Frank is the son of our F. M. Freeland, the genial landlord of the Commercial Hoel, and the charming bride is a daughter of one of Arkansas City=s prominent citizens. We wish the happy pair all the bliss that can be gleaned from their future journey across the sea of time. Winfield Courier.



Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A Scotchman named Cullartson arrived here a day or two ago direct from the old country. He bought a ticket at Glasgow, Scotland, for Wellington, Kansas. It costs a little over $30. Wellington seems to be recognized in Scotland as one of the leading towns. Wellington Press.

That man has been an actioneer in his country for many years, and made up his mind to seek a place of absolute and undisturbed tranquility and quiet to spend the balance of his years. Therefore, Wellington, of course, recommended itself to him unanimously.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Mr. A. P. Hutchison left here on Monday to join his family at Arkansas City, he having resigned his position as superintendent of the Arapahoe boarding school. Mr. Hutchison has been over two years in the employ of the government at this Agency, during which time he has proved himself to be thoroughly qualified to all positions of trust, and only leaves the service that he might be with his family. While in charge of the Arapahoe school (almost two years), his labors with the Indian children had good effect, the enrollment of pupils also being larger than it has usually been. While the loss of Mr. Hutchison is regretted, it is to be hoped that the school under its new superintendent will retain its full quota of pupils and that the interesting work will go on at the same old ratio. He goes to Arkansas City, his former residence, and will there embark in business. Cheyenne Transporter.

[Note: Article stated AHutchinson@...but believe his name was really AHutchison@...which I used in article. MAW]


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The Oklahoma boomers are gradually dispersing to their homes.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.


An Enthusiastic Electing in the Interest of the Kansas City and Southwestern Railroad, and Steps Taken For Securing It.

Mr. James Hill called a meeting of the citizens of Arkansas City at Highland Hall, Saturday last, to take steps toward securing this projected road for this part of the county. Mr. Hill called the meeting to order and stated the result of its meeting in Winfield several days before; which was, in effect, that the people of that city wanted the road very badly, and wanted equally as badly that Arkansas City should not have it. They wanted the Company to locate their machine shops there, run the road to Geuda Springs or near there, and bind themselves to leave Arkansas City severely alone. Such a proposition the company could not and would not accept.

After considerable discussion as to ways and means, a committee of seven was appointed to look over the ground relative to leaving Winfield out in the cold if she persisted in her insane efforts to boycott the Canal City, and make their report today. The action of Winfield in this matter was severely dwelt upon, and excited the just ridicule of the speakers.

They then adjourned to meet on call of the Chairman of said committee.

Monday afternoon another meeting of our citizens was called at the office of Judge Pyburn. The purpose of this meeting was to meet and confer with a delegation of Burden=s leading businessmen. The committee from Burden consisted of Messrs. Henthorn, Walton, Snow, Cunningham, Zimmerman, and one or two others, whose names we did not learn. The proposition these gentlemen came to make was in effect that as Winfield was attempting to take the bit in her teeth and walk off with the whole bakery, it was manifestly the duty of Arkansas City and Burden to combine their efforts and thus guide the unruly animal of the porcine species out of harm=s way. Their argument was to the effect that if Burden was given the go-by so would Arkansas City and vice versa. Arkansas City and Burden combined could compel Winfield to come down from her pedestal of egotism and self-glory; as she could have no hopes of carrying county bonds. This would also cut off the hope of her getting sufficient bonds from the townships. The way to the Territory line is just as near and over better country from Burden via Winfield to Arkansas City as by any other proposed route. In short, their proposal was to enter into such an agreement as would forbid the acceptance of any proposition not altogether favorable to both Burden and Arkansas City.

During this conversation a delegate from Winfield, who had become alarmed at the visiting of Burden=s diplomats, of which they were aware, called out a member of the meeting, and notified him that Winfield was ready to agree to any terms that might be offered by Arkansas City, and that it was altogether unnecessary to call in Burden to our assistance, as their intentions were fair and just toward us.

After this trivial interruption of child=s play, the discussion and consideration of the proposition was resumed. It was the opinion of the majority that this was the only way to obtain our just recognition, and it was accordingly adopted as the sense of the meeting.

The status of the affairs now is, Arkansas City and Burden hold the key to the situation. Winfield alone cannot carry county bonds nor se-cure sufficient township aid. When she learns this, and learns it well, she will doubtless listen to reason. If not, then there is still one way and we believe it can be made successful. Arkansas City and Burden, we believe, can secure sufficient township aid. Burden stands ready to vote $35,000, Creswell is enthusiastic on the subject. Sheridan is all right, Liberty=s heart beats accord, Silverdale is wise enough to grasp the opportunity, Bolton wants a switch. Omnia, we presume, can be carried. It is a desperate game; but when it is necessary, the Canal City will be found with flying colors on the top wave. Remember 1882.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.


Initial steps were taken a week ago last Wednesday for the formation of a musical society, and culminated last Wednesday in the formation of the Beethoven Club. The officers elected are as follows.

Geo. E. Hasie, President.

Mrs. Frank Beall, Vice President.

Mrs. Geo. W. Cunningham, Treasurer.

Stacy Matlack, Secretary.

R. W. Campbell, Librarian.

The following is the constitution and by-laws adopted.


1. The name of the society shall be the Beethoven Club, and be limited to 40 members.

2. The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Librarian, all of whom shall be elected annually by a majority of the members in good standing. There shall also be appointed by the officers of the Club an Executive Committee, which shall serve for one year, unless removed before such time by a majority vote of said officers.

3. The President shall preside at all the deliberations of the society. The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Society. The Treasurer shall take charge of all the funds and pay out same only on bills approved by chairman of Executive Committee. The Librarian shall take charge and safely keep music books and music belonging to the society and have them when needed at the places of rehearsal. The Executive Committee shall have general management of the affairs of the society, and constitute a board of directors with the President and Vice President, who shall be ex-officio members thereof.


1. Any member of the Executive Committee shall receive applications for membership from singers only; and, if approved by a majority of said committee, shall present same at the next meeting of the Club for its action; and it will require a majority of the members present and in good standing to elect anyone to the privileges of the society.

2. The membership fee shall be $1.00, payable in advance, with quarterly dues of 25 cents.

3. Rehearsals will be held from 7:30 to 10.

4. Order of Business: Reading and approval of minutes of last Meeting.

New Business.


5. Members absent for two regular meetings without excuse from Executive Committee will be fined 25 cents; and for an absence extending over four meetings, will be dropped from the roll unless otherwise determined by a vote of the directors.

6. Members two quarterly dues in arrears will be suspended until they can present the Treasurer=s receipt for said dues paid in full.

7. Fifteen members will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

8. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Club.

The executive committee appointed are S. B. Fleming, C. L. Swarts, F. K. Grosscup, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. E. D. Eddy.

The charter members are:

Wm. M. Sleeth.

F. K. Grosscup.

Mrs. Geo. Cunningham.

J. O. Campbell.

Mrs. C. H. Searing.

Mrs. E. A. Barron.

Miss Rosa Morse.

C. L. Swarts.

S. Matlack.

R. W. Campbell.

Mrs. Morse.

Allen Ayres.

Miss Peterson.

S. B. Fleming.

W. D. Mowry.

Ella Love.

Mrs. Allen Ayres.

Mrs. Chas. Howard.

Mrs. N. T. Snyder.

Mrs. E. D. Eddy.

F. B. Hutchison.

Mrs. W. E. Gooch.

Mrs. A. A. Newman.

Mrs. H. P. Farrar.

Mrs. N. S. Martin.

Geo. E. Hasie.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A New Lumber Yard.

Mr. O. C. Rogers, Business manager of the G. B. Shaw & Co., Lumber and Grain dealers, was in our city last Monday, and secured a location for a lumber yard. Mr. Rogers tells us he intends putting in a large stock of lumber, sash, doors, blinds, lime, etc., and what will be more pleasing to the Arkansas City people to know, they propose selling it for the same money that this same company are selling lumber for in Winfield or Wellington. Those intending to build will do well to wait a few days and get G. B. Shaw & Co.=s price. Their lumber will begin to arrive this week. Their yard will be located on Summit Street, one block north of Central Avenue.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The Buckskin Border Band practice regularly twice a week, and are now rendering some choice music.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.


To Have Water and Gas Works, and that Soon.

A Proud Day for our City and the Council to be Commended for its Prompt Grasping of the Opportunity.

Yesterday our Council convened in the room of the Mayor to consider the adoption of ordinances conveying to such company as might be deemed advisable franchises for the erection of water and gas works. After due consideration, the following propositions, in brief, were accepted and ordered printed.


J. A. O=Neil, his heirs or assigns, agree to buy not less than two miles of street mains, to light and extinguish the street lamps, not to charge more than two dollars and seventy-five cents per thousand cubic feet, to lay all pipes to the sidewalks, free of charge, to commence work in sixty days and have them completed and in working order by November 24th, 1885, and to furnish gas to the city, free of charge, for eight months.

In consideration of all which, the city agrees to give them an exclusive franchise for 21 years, to take thirty street lamps at an annual rental of $30, and to pay this price for all lamps used by the city until 100 are in use, then to pay $28 [?] until 200 are in use, and $25 each from that on.


The contract for water works was let to the same man and the provisions in very short term are:

J. A. O=Neil agrees to put in perfect and complete works in every particular, the Stand Pipe System, to their Dean [?] Duplex Pump, to have all the water used filtered, and have the spring or cistern cemented up the sides and avoid all surface water, to furnish such a power that from any hydrant five streams of water may be thrown through a 2-1/8 [? COULD NOT READ WELL...COULD BE 2-1/4 OR 2-1/2 ALSO ?] inch pipe with a 1-1/2 inch discharge, 80 feet perpendicular from the hydrant, and in case of fire, to shut off the water from the stand pipe and put pressure direct onto the main.

The city agrees to take 35 hydrants at $60 per year; and to furnish 10-horsepower at the spring, or, in the event of a failure of that, to give $15,000 in bonds.

It is further mutually agreed that if the city is left without water for ten days at any one time, the franchise shall be revoked and forfeited.

The charges for private consumption vary greatly as applied to the different classes, running from $3 per annum, the lowest, for an aquarium, to $100 for a certain class of laundries.

As these ordinances were passed Tuesday afternoon at 5 o=clock and the TRAVELER goes to press at 6 o=clock, we are unable to give the full text of the bills; the main features, however, we produce. We are not fully prepared to say that these are the best propositions to be obtained, as we have been unable to examine them closely; but it is worthy of remark that while Winfield pays $75 per hydrant, we pay $60, and while they pay $50 for each street lamp we pay $30. This is an event in the history of our city.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Tribute of Respect.

Major Haworth=s life has been an inspiration to me. His friendliness made friends. The zeal and love reflected from his noble character entered into the hearts of others, subduing the savage spirit, and turning bitter enemies into warm friends. He is dead, but in the hearts of thousands his memory will live; and as we think of his untiring energy, his unselfish endeavors, and his unbounded faith, we will be encouraged and strengthened to greater efforts, more unselfish endeavors, and firmer faith.

Death and sorrow are closely linked together. We cannot think of loved ones gone even though we know they have passed through the gates into the City and are forever with the Lord, without feeling sad. It is our loss we mourn.

Major Haworth=s life was beautiful, his death:

AThis is no death

That seems so in transition,

This life of mortal breath

Is but the suburbs of the life system

Whose Portals we call death.@


In behalf of the employees and children of Chilocco Industrial School.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Why Don=t You Register?

It is the plain duty of every voter to preserve inviolate his right as a free man. Under the laws of Kansas this right--the power of casting a vote--may be lost by negligence. The citizen who has the interests of Arkansas City at heart should not by failure to register, abridge his right of participating in the election of city officers. After the 27th inst., the right to register is lost. In order that the

election shall be an expression of the will of the people, it is necessary that every voter discharge his duty by registering before that date. It is not right for any man to neglect that important precaution, and thereby disqualify himself from saying who shall control municipal affairs. It is important that the people rule, that nothing stifles the popular voice. The way to punish abuses as well as to select an able corps of public servants is for the people to be vigilant. Register at once.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

A Call.

Arkansas City now being a city of the second class, it is accordingly desirable that representative men should be placed in nomination, and elected for municipal offices. In view of this fact, a public meeting of the citizens is called to meet at Highland Hall, Friday evening, at 8-1/2 o=clock, to nominate candidates for municipal offices. Signed, MANY CITIZENS.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

We visited the new quarters of Ochs & Nicholson this week, and must confess that no better arranged and selected stock has it ever been our fortune to see. We saw costly and fine goods in profusion on all sides, staple goods, even agate buttons, pins, etc., all so beautifully arranged as to attract the eye, and from that the pocket book of the casual observer. These gentlemen are exceedingly tasty, and have displayed the best of judgment in arranging and displaying their large stock.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

The Kansas City & Southwestern railway is an assured fact.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.




Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Strayed or Stolen, From Arkansas City, on Monday night the 22nd of March, one three-year-old bay Gelding, black mane and tail. No brands, small handsome head, short neck, and in good order. $20 for information leading to recovery of the horse, and Cowley County will pay $50 for conviction of thief.



Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

To Whom It May Concern.

The firm known as Landes, Beall & Co., has been dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Beall retiring. The business will be continued and known as the Arkansas City Roller Mills Co., to whom all accounts must be paid.


JAMES HILL, President.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Ad. We wish to call the attention of Traders and agents in the Indian Territory that we are now writing insurance in the Territory, and any application for Insurance through us will receive prompt attention and your Insurance placed in good companies. Snyder & Hutchison, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Ad. HEAD STANDS. A line of head stands from an eastern factory, all hard wood, superior finish, at bedrock prices at P. Pearson.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Ad. Blooded Fowls.

Several male Partridge Cockin fowls. Apply at this office.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 1, 1885.

Is It a Mistake?

We notice that several of our contemporaries, discussing the President=s proclamation forbidding raids on the Oklahoma lands, use this line of argument. AMr. Cleveland made a mistake when he wrote his silver letter to Mr. Warner and the hundred congressmen, he has now, made a greater mistake in booming against the boomers.@

We unwittingly spoke of this as argument; but the reader will see it as the barest assertion. Who will undertake to prove that President Cleveland made a mistake in writing his silver letter? While he was preparing his inaugural, it got mooted around that he intended to recommend a suspension of the silver coinage. This would never do for the advocates of a depreciated currency; and they wrote to Mr. Cleveland, to the number of a hundred, begging him if he could say nothing good of a short-weight dollar, to say no harm of the coin. His response to this appeal was the much talked of Asilver letter,@ which quite a number of newspaper men assume to say was a mistake.


....Ends up with final paragraph...

We do not pronounce any opinion upon the merits of Mr. Cleveland=s proclamation to the Oklahoma boomers, we merely desire to remind those among newspaper writers who think they are piling up cumulative evidence against him, that their premise is radically in fault, and all the conclusions they draw from it necessarily fall to the ground.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

J. C. Topliff visited his ranche Sunday.

Eli Youngheim, of Winfield, visited Joe Sunday.

Dr. Curtis, of Wichita, visited the city Wednesday.

D. Brunswick, of Wellington, was in the city Sunday.

Henry E. Asp was in the city on business Saturday last.

F. S. Jennings of Winfield perambulated our streets Saturday.

Bristol Sisters, Florists, at Eddy=s Drug Store Monday and Tuesday.

A number of cattlemen went to Caldwell last week to attend the stock meeting.

J. O. Caldwell and J. H. Berkey, of Geuda Springs, called on the Canal City Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Cal Dean returned from quite an extensive trip to Ohio, last Thursday.

Revs. Fleming, Campbell, and Walker attended the Moody convention at Emporia last week.

L. A. Weisenmeyer [?] and J. M. Hale, Indian traders from Osage Agency, came up to the city Friday.

B. W. Matlack, of Winfield, was in the city Thursday, Ben is engaged in making a new set of abstract books for this county.

A payment of ten percent was made last week to the creditors of the defunct firm of Conway Bros., by J. W. Oldham, assignee.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Mr. Hill reports that the boat for the Arkansas River will be completed in two weeks, and will be brought here immediately after.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

We call attention to the special of Mrs. M. L. Terrill, in another column. She wishes to obtain a few day boarders, and can be found on the corner south of the post office.

Ad. Day Boarders. Mrs. M. L. Terrill, on the corner south of the post office, will take a few day boarders at reasonable rates. Meals served at all hours of the day.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

S. E. Steinberger hs erected a handsome glass sign in front of his North Summit Street Drug Store, and all may read it as they run by: Ahere is the place to buy drugs.@

A number of our young people visited Geuda Springs Sunday, among which we noticed S. P. Gould and Anna Meigs, DeWitt McDowell and Maggie Sample, and Frank B. Hutchison and Ella Love.

The Y. P. S. C., met with Frank K. Grosscup and sister, last night, in their rooms in the Hasie Block. The club now numbers 30 members, and being the young people they are, never fail having an enjoyable and instructive time.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Notice the change in the ad. of Uriah Spray & Co. The firm now is Uriah Spray and J. P. Musselman. Mr. Musselman, the new member, is too well known to our citizens to need any recommendation from our hands. We wish them success.

AD. NOTICE! If you wish to buy or sell Land or City Property, Call and see Uriah Spray and J. J. Musselman. Office Over Post Office, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Mr. James Jordan, special agent of the Cherokees, will be in the city April 15th, for the purpose of hearing any complaints that may be made by members of the Cherokee Live Stock Association and take steps to remove all intruders from the range in their control. The gentleman=s visit is for the purpose of protecting the members who have paid their licenses as against those who are occupying the strip without authority.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

A horse, without the love of life in his heart, nor any regard for the feelings of the proprietor of the Windsor, wondered onto the sidewalk in front of the Windsor Hotel, Saturday, and fell into the cellar. After a brave fight, in which he upset a barrel of pickles, the syrup barrel, and did other damage, he succumbed to the inevitable and a broken neck. No papers were found on its person, and no means of identification could be found. It is not thought that he is a victim of foul play, and all evidences of suicide are lacking. Peace to his ashes.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

A. H. Limerick and wife, Misses Cora Reynolds, Lois Williams, Fannie Stretch, Mattie Gibson, Mary Hamill, Mary Bryant, Flo Campbell, Kate Rodgers, Jessie Stretch, Allie Dickle, Sada Davis, Retta Gridley, Davenport, Mrs. C. M. Leavitt, Mr. C. W. Barnes, and A. Gridley and wife, prominent teachers of Winfield, were in the citty last Wednesdday for the purpose of visiting our excellent schools. Unfortunately, our schools had dismissed in order to allow our teachers to attend a meeting at El Dorado. Failing in this, they visited the Chilocco schools.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

We beg pardon of our readers for again endeavoring to set the Winfield Tribune aright. We have come to the conclusion that to undertake the tutorship of this youthful prodigy is a government contract, a mule contract at that. This time it is not an error of the head, ignorance in short, but a lack of ripeness, a pulled-too-soonness.

We have reference to a squib that appeared in last week=s paper, in reference to a tramp and his Atouching@ meeting with a relative in the county jail. The writer of the local, of course, knows a tramp when he sees him, smells him from afar, as it were. But the aforesaid manipulator of that which is mightier than the sword, like our mutual but somewhat distantly removed relative, Eve, is liable to err. He observed the rough exterior, the coarse clothing, and the unshaven features of the stranger, and he immediately proceeded to knock the dust from off his feet and apply his perfumed kerchief to his nose, crying Aunclean, unclean.@ From this it was but a step for the mighty brain of the aforementioned moulder of public opinion to evolve, with painful contortion of the mouth and many sharpenings of pencil, the word Atramp.@ He wot not that in the deep recesses of the stranger=s nether garments, vulgarly called pants pockets, there then reposed sufficient filthy lucre to have purchased not only the entire worldly effects of the writer but also his brother=s whole office; and having paid off the mortgages, to have loaned him enough to start the best daily paper in Southern Kansas. Because the stranger, who had traveled from California, and is a railroad conductor, and, consequently, frequently rode on the engine and other places subject to the dust annd cinders of a train, in order to spend a few minutes with old friends, and was somewhat dust begrimed and otherwise unfit to attend a parlor matinee, because the stranger was thus unfit to associate with the before alluded to dudelike youngster, he was called a Atramp.@ As he is the son of one of our prominent citizens, a man of means, a gentleman and an old citizen returning after an absence of eight or nine years, we mention the above gentle hint to the Tribune quill shover, in order to convince him that sometimes Aappearances are deceitful,@ and that an ass occasionally brays when a canary would sound as sweet.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Ira Barnett shipped three carloads of hogs this week to Kansas City.


Miss Mamie Steinman went to Wichita Saturday, to take a position in a music store.

Douglass is to have a building and loan association. One step ahead of Arkansas City.

Mrs. Fred Barrett and child will leave for Brooklyn, New York, in a few days to spend the summer with friends and relatives.

Rev. S. B. Fleming and T. V. McConn start tomorrow for Emporia, to attend the spring meeting of the Emporia Presbytery. They will return Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Delzell have resigned their respective positions as matron and industrial teacher at the Pawnee Industrial school, and will vacate the first of April. [Name could be Deizell...hard to read.]

Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Frederick Lockly, of Bute, Montana, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne=s father, arrived Saturday to make a visit to friends and relatives in this vicinity. Mr. Lockly is an old subscriber of the TRAVELER and made us a welcome call.

The Newton Republican says T. S. Moorhead has returned from Florida. He spent yesterday in this city and this morning went to Butler County where he will make a survey on the proposed line of road from Kansas City to Arkansas City.

We learn that the Arcade Clothing Store has changed management, Sam Wile retiring and Abe Rosenfield taking charge. We are glad to welcome Abe and think he will add greatly to its popularity, being gentlemanly and obliging and withal a good fellow.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

The roads to the Territory over which the most of the freighting is done are now in a fearful condition. No load can possibly swim through, and as a consequence teams are laying up all along the line waiting better roads, and freighting is at a standstill.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

DIED. Died Friday, March 20, 1885, Jessie L. Moore, aged nine months, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Moore, of this city, after an illness of several months. The remains were buried in Riverview Cemetery. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved parents.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Jas. H. McQuiston and John A. Foster, of Gerlew, Illinois, have been in the city for several days visiting Dr. J. A. Mitchell. Mr. Foster is the Dr.=s stepfather. These gentlemen were exceedingly well pleased with our city and country and we have hopes of their investing in property here. They returned Monday to theirr home.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Abe Sommers, one of our Cheyenne apprentices in the tailor shop, made a pair of jeans trowsers in three and one-half hours on March 9th; on the 10th, he made another pair in three hours, and on the 11th, he made a pair in two and a half hours. If any other industrial school can beat this, we shall be glad to publish it. Arlisle Industrial School Morning Star.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. James Beatty go to Arkansas City tomorrow, where Mr. Beatty will go into a meat market with his brother, D. R., for the summer. We understand the arrangement is a temporary one and are glad to know that Mr. and Mrs. Beatty will soon resume their residence in Iola. Iola Register.

Mr. and Mrs. Beatty arrived in the city Saturday, and we hope to stay.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

The course of twenty lessons in music for advance work, by Prof. Tracy, under the auspices of the Beethoven Club, which was to have been commenced last Monday evening at the Presbyterian Church, has, on account of revival meetings, been postponed until next Monday evening. The charge for full course is $1. The class for children and beginners will commence Monday afternoon at 4:30 to 5:30. The charge will be 75 cents for 15 lessons.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

We have a number of lovers of piscatorial pursuits in our city. Every day those who have time may be seen with tackle and bait and Aaccompanaments,@ wending their way to one of the two rivers. It has been ascertained, also, that a large number of bass can be found among the myriad fishes, and those who are acquainted with fishing in its highest perfection are all agog in consequence. To our surprise we find a number of the disciples of Isaac Walton who are capable of anging for bass, and quite a number have been caught.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

MARRIED. Married March 31, at 2 o=clock, p.m., at the residence of Ira Barnett, Mrs. Mary J. Cypher and Geo. S. Howard, Rev. S. B. Fleming officiating.

The mystery of the long issued marriage license is now explained, and Frank Hutchison accordingly rejoiceth. Notwitstanding all the worry of deferred curiosity, we join heartily in the congratulations awaiting a chance to be poured upon their heads.

Geo. is one of our most popular young businessmen, and it has long been a matter of surprise that the matrimonial noose has so long missed him. Mrs. Cypher, it is needless to say in this community, deserves the best to be found here below. She has been among us for several years, and no lady is more highly respected or more generally liked.

The newly married couple left on the 3 o=clock train for an extended tour in the East.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

In another column of this issue, we publish a communication in reference to the proposed water and gas works proposition recently adopted by our city council. While not concurring in every particular with the points presented by our correspondent, we cannot help but think that a great lack of business foresight and judgment was displayed in the hasty manner of closing the contract, and while we would be sorry to impute anything but pure motives for the action taken, nevertheless appearances certainly warrant some of the conclusions drawn by Aobserver.@ We bespeak a careful perusal for the article, as none but good effects can arrive from a thorough and perfect understanding of the subject treated of.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

The Water Works Question.


The action of the council of which you published an account last week has been viewed with surprise [? Cannot read word ?] by our citizens. While there is no doubt that our city wants both gas and water works, there is something about the means employed to adopt this scheme, and manner of working, that is viewed with suspicion. We do not wish to imply wrong motives to any man, but appearances look bad, and it is only from appearances we are able to judge at present. Appearances such as this presents carry the conviction of facts, and conclusions may as readily be drawn.

The history of the water and gas work=s question is this. Some three or four weeks ago, the parties who held the present contract came to this city and interviewed the council on the question of a franchise for both water and gas; and left to send a definite proposition. When the proposition came, it was in such shape nothing could be made of it, and it was laid on the table. There was present at that meeting Col. Whitney, of Winfield, who came to say to the people of Arkansas City that if they wanted gas works, he would make them a proposition. He was asked some questions by the Council and Mayor relative to the matter of laying water and gas pipes in the same ditch. He presented a very short, concise, reasonable statement of the reasons why this should not be done. The arguments had before the meeting been gone over by some of them in detail with the Colonel. The Mayor, F. P. Schiffbauer, and one or two of the Council professed belief in the arguments presented, and did so unequivocally. The meeting adjourned until two weeks from that night when the Council expected to receive propositions from O=Neil, Col. Whiting, and several others.

The time for the other meeting approaches, and one of our ciitizens asked a member of the council if they expected to accept any proposition at that meeting relative to either water or gas works. The answer was that they did not expect to do so, because they could not equally do so, being council for a city of the third class. This answer was telephoned Col. Whiting at Winfield, and he immediately stopped work on his proposition with that understanding. The meeting is held, Mr. J. A. O=Neil is present with his proposition, submits it, and it is immediately accepted. Notwithstanding their before expressed belief that the ordinance would not be legal, it is passed, ordered to be published immediately, and work commenced within sixty days.

These are the facts, and their bearing remains to be seen. It has been told that the offering of a right amount of stock to the proper parties would account for this sudden and incomprehensible act. We do not credit this explanation. But the April election is approaching, the sugar plum, office, is dangling enticingly in the air, and everything is sacrificed to the end of gaining popularity. Our citizens wanted something of this kind badly; and, perhaps, it looks reasonable, but caring so much for the effect of the ordinance on the city as on the citizens, the result was as it is known. We venture this suggestion believing it to be the right solution, hoping at least that it is instead of the other one presented, the only two to be arrived at from careful notice of the history.

Mr. O=Neil is losing not a minute; the moment the ordinance was passed, he telegraphed for material, for which he will have no use for in a month or so. He has employed laborers, and is doing everything he can while the old council is in power. By this means he will secure a hold on the city most difficult to release. A well played part of the general plan.

We submit to the common sense of the people if it would not have been better to have taken a reasonable time to examine into the comparative merits of different systems of water works, to have received several propositions and compare them. This is a question of such importance that the citizens of the city should have been consulted, the matter submitted to a vote, or at least to a public meeting. But, no time was short, the few days remaning before election must be improved--and we have the ordinance. It is illegal, so declared by the city attorney, and believed by all; it is lacking in detail, it is imperfect. It is dear, it is, in short, a bid for popularity which ought to meet with the decided disapproval of all sensible people. Not only because it is thus a bid, but because the men who originated it sacrified the city=s good for personal aggrandisement. OBSERVER.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

[Account of the Death of Joseph R. Perry...father of the adopted girl who was killed at Wellington during July 4th celebration by a drunken cowboy.]

DIED. Died March 31, 1885, at the residence of his father-in-law, Uriah Spray, Mr. Joseph R. Perry, aged 37 years. Mr. Perry was taken sick at Wellington four months ago, and has been through all the torments possible from that time. Such agony as no one could see without suffering, he endured. Early in February he was brought here, and has been growing weaker ever since, which culminated at 1:20 Tuesday morning in death. The funeral services will be held today at 10 o=clock in the M. E. Church, Revs. Buckner and Harris, conductors.

A man respected by all who knew him, a christian and a gentleman, his loss will be greatly felt among his many friends and acquaintances. The most heartfelt sympathy is extended to the now doubly striken wife in her terrible affliction.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Messrs. James Hill and H. W. Young, representing the Kansas City and South Western railroad, called on us Saturday last. They gave it as their impression that the county aid could easily be secured for their road if we all pulled together as we should. If, however, we began fighting among ourselves, and only give them a divided support, the road would be compelled to seek other routes. It will need the total vote of the citizens along the proposed line of road, the earnest support and cooperation of every lover of our county=s prosperity. To urge local reasons, it will be worth more to Arkansas City than the cost of the whole road. Our boom, now assuming such proportions, will out boom and boom over booms here. Our prophecy for 1896, will contain but a shadow of the reality. We need the road, not only for the competition it will give us, which will amount to thousands of dollars a year, but for the increased advertisement. All petty differences should be merged into the one grand aim of the general good.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

City Officers.

On another page will be found the names of the nominees of a public meeting held in Highland Hall last Friday evening. We invite a careful scrutiny of the names, and a thoughtful consideration of the following facts.

Arkansas City is now in the most critical period of her existence. Her present actions will either make or mar her future prosperity. It is incumbent on those who are in charge of her welfare that no error be made, no mistake allowed to mar our success. A mistep, a misdirected error, may mean very serious results to our future.

In view of this accepted fact, certain things must be looked at closely. The first among these is, that the officers to be elected this spring should be men of unerring judgment, practical, energetic, successful businessmen. This is imperative. Men who have made a success for themselves may be trusted to look after the affairs of the city in which their interest is. With two or, at farthest, three exceptions, this cannot be said of the ticket nominated last Friday. We are sorry to see that, in fact, the reverse is the case. No intelligent man who has the city=s best interests at heart and who allows his judgment to predominate over his prejudices can support the ticket in entirety.

We have refrained from expressing any particular choice; the individual makes no difference to us. We care not who he or they may be. But it is absolutely necessary, and if we fall short, the damage cannot be estimated, that thorough-going, business-like men, men with sound judgment, great discernment, and administrative ability be placed at the helm. Can we honestly and candidly look at the names on this ticket and declare it to be the one which will answer these requirements? We are compelled to answer NO!!!

Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Citizen=s Meeting.

Pursuant to call, the citizens of the city met in Highland Hall, Friday night, at 8-1/2 o=clock. The meeting was called to order and Prof. C. T. Atkinson elected chairman, R. E. Howard, secretary, and

J. P. Musselman, assistant secretary. The following nominations were made ffor Mayor: Frank P. Schiffbauer, A. V. Alexander, Chas. Bryant, and Geo. E. Hasie.

The informal ballot resulted.

F. P. Schiffbauer: 198

A. V. Alexander: 45

C. Bryant: 4

A. J. Pyburn: 6

L. E. Woodin: 3

James Hill: 1

J. J. Breene: 1

W. D. Kreamer: 1

Col. E. Neff: 1

Under suspension of rules, F. P. Schiffbauer was nominated by acclamation, which was made unanimous.

C. R. Sipes was nominated and by acclamation, without a single dissenting voice, elected as the nominee of the convention for City Treasurer.

For Police Judge, Chas. Bryant and W. D. Kreamer were candidates, resulting in the election of the latter by a vote of 97 to 67.

James L. Huey was unanimously nominated as candidate for Treasurer for Board of Education.

S. C. Lindsay was nominated for Justice of the Peace without any opposition.

For Constables, J. J. Breene and J. R. Lewis walked off with the bread basket, no one dissenting.

The several gentlemen made short speeches after their nomination.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

At a meeting held by the Fish club about a week ago, a committee was appointed to investigate the fishway in the dam on the Little River. The committee visited the dam Wednesday and reported favorably on the fishway, believing it to be in accordance with the laws of the state. At a meeting of the club last evening another committee was appointed to visit the dams at Oxford and Arkansas City to ascertain if any fishways are placed in said dams, and if so, in what condition. If not satisfactory, the owners of the property will be notified to construct proper ways immediately. The club means business.

Wichita Beacon.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.


An Enthusiastic Meeting Held at Highland Hall Sunday Night and Proposition of the Company Accepted.

Now, All Pulling Together, Aa Long Pull, a Strong Pull, a Pull Altogether;@ and Cowley County will Double in Population and Wealth in the Next Two Years.

A meeting of our citizens was called Monday night to hear the proposition of the K. C. & S. W. Ry. Co. J. Q. Ashton was elected chairman and Wm. Jenkins, secretary. The proposition, as read by the secretary, was submitted in the form of a petition to the board of county commissioners, and tenor of it was as follows.

The undersigned resident tax payers respectfully petition for a special election to be called for the purpose of accepting a proposition to subscribe $160,000 to the capital stock of the K. C. & S. W. R. R. Co., and to issue bonds to that amount, to aid in securing said road to be constructed from Kansas City, in the state of Missouri, to the south line of the state of Kansas, through said county, the Co. first promising to construct that portion from the St. L. & S. F. R. R. north or northeast from said Cowley county into and through said county by the way of the City of Winfield and the city of Arkansas City to the south line of the state.

The bonds to be issued to be of the denomination of $1,000 each, to run 30 years (redeemable at the expiration of 10 years at the will of the county), to bear 6 percent interest, the interest payable semi-annually at the fiscal agency of the state of Kansas to the city of New York.

The said railroad shall enter the said Cowley county on the north side thereof, annd extend through said county in a southwesterly direction, and through the townships of Omnia, Richland, Fairview, and Walnut, to Winfield, and thence by the most practicable route to Arkansas City, and touching its corporate limits, and thence to the south or west line of said Cowley county, with suitable passenger and freight depots located--one in Omnia Township, two in Richland Township, one within 3/4 of a mile by an air line from the crossing of Main Street and Ninth Avenue in the city of Winfield; one in Pleasant Valley Township; one within 3/4 of a mile of the intersection of Central Avenue and Summit Street, in Arkansas City; and one in Bolton Township.

The railroad to be of standard gauge, to be a first-class road, and to be built and completed and have cars running thereon, for the transaction of business to Arkansas City on or before six months from date of election, and to the south or west line of Bolton Township, on or before nine months.

Provided, That before any election shall be called, the said company shall give security either by depositing with the county treasurer a sum sufficient to defray the expenses of said election or by executing a bond to the State of Kansas for the benefit of said county to pay the costs of such election, in case the said company fails to build said road.

When the company shall have built 10 miles of road and fully equipped the same, bonds to the amount of $30,000 are to be issued to them; when they reach Winfield, bonds to the amount of $30,000 more shall be issued; when they shall reach Arkansas City, $40,000 more, and the balance when completed.

The form of the ballots to be AFor the railroad stock and bonds of the K. C. & S. W. R. R. Co.,@ and AAgainst the railroad stock and bonds of the K. C. & S. W. R. R. Co.@

With very little discussion the proposition was adopted. The following committee was appointed to work in the interest of the road to the outlying townships: Maj. W. M. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, J. L. Huey, C. Mead, Rev. S. B. Fleming, J. Q. Ashton, Wm. Jenkins, S. Matlack, N. T. Snyder, Maj. M. S. Hasie, Judge T. McIntire; and they were empowered to add others to the committee at their discretion.

The first steps have now been taken toward securing this road, a good beginning made. But our people must realize that it is only a beginning, a small one at that. Before us lies a great deal of hard, persistent work. The eastern portion of this county, through the mistaken idea that if the road does not traverse their townships, it will be of no benefit to them, will oppose the bonds to a man. The northwest will go equally as strong the same way. We take the following statistics from the last report of the Board of Agriculture, because we have not the vote of the townships at hand.

The population of concerned townships in 1884.

Omnia Township: 458

Richland Township: 905

Walnut Township: 1,285

Pleasant Valley: 936

Creswell Township: 879

Bolton Township: 1,228

Winfield, City: 3,617

Arkansas City: 2,838

TOTAL: 12,186

Population of county in 1884, 26,149.

Difference: 14,018

Leaving a majority against us in 1884 of 1,977. This, of course, is allowing that everyone is in favor of the road in the townships named and all the rest against us. We presume that this relation between the total population and the number of voters remains the same relatively all over the county.

The additional fact must also be kept in mind that while Winfield and Arkansas City have increased in population at from 25 to 40 percent since the above census was taken, the rest of the county has in a very small percent. Looking at it in this light, the most favorable we can allow, the total population of the townships mentioned above is less than the balance of the county, and the voters in proportion. The difference and a sufficient number more must be obtained by hard work. Not by the holding of an occasional meeting in the outlying townships, but by meeting six nights in the week, and twelve hours a day. If this road will be of any benefit to us, it will be of thousands of dollars in benefit. This will take time, money, and dogged persistence. If our city wants to do this work, or its share of it, well and good. If not, then the county bonds can be counted on as defeated from the beginning.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Fifth Grade Exercise.

We are indebted to Miss Florence Patterson, teacher, for the following exercises from Monday of last week=s lesson. The work required was a description of a picture--Mt. Aetna.


Mt. Aetna is situated on Sicily, an island in the Mediterranean sea. It is two miles high and ninety miles in circumference. From what I have heard, I suppose there are several buried under it. I don=t see why people want to live near that mountain. I don=t believe I would want to. Sometimes it is not in action and then it will start up in a single night and throw up balls of fire, rock, ashes, and lava. The people in that country build very low houses on account of earthquakes. They had a high wall built around a city once. It was built to keep the lava and rocks from burning it, but an explosion occurred and the lava went over the walls and buried the city. Once there was a town at the foot of this mountain. One morning the people were busy, some selling, and doing one thing and another. All at once lava came from the mountain. Some people ran into the street, but only to be killed, for the stones and lava were coming down everywhere. The people were running here and there, some crying for their children, others trying to get out of town; but it was of no use, for all at once the mountain exploded and the lava covered the town in a little while.



On the island of Sicily, which is in the Mediterranean sea, is a volcanic mountain called Mt. Aetna. Many beautiful cities have been destroyed by it. Once a city was built on the banks of the Mediterranean sea, near this mountain, which is a beautiful place, looking so peaceful, like nothing could disturb it. But one day the people were startled by a quantity of stone, sparks, etc., coming down upon them. They guessed what it was and gathering their children, money, and other things they valued, flew for their lives. But alas! They were too late; the fire and stones had overwhelmed them; the city was in ruins; the people killed and completely covered up. All this was a great many years ago, and it is said that men have dug [TWO LINES ZAPPED OUT] as they were, trying to rescue their children, or get their money; and even found bread in the oven where they had put it to bake. The jewelry which many people had are also found, and other things too numerous to name.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.


For The Traveler.

ABolton 89.@

The idiotic, conceited ass that sends the dishwater slush from ABolton 89,@ is too soft-headed to known whether a man is crying or laughing. He hires a nigger soldier to write his silly nothings that white people are expected to read, and pays him in cold victuals.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Bolton No. 89.

Wheat is coming out wonderfully.

Farmers are sowing oats.

School closed at the Bland, last Saturday. Quite a number of the neighbors came out bringing with them their baskets filled with many kinds of cake and pie and other delicious eatables. After having a general neighborhood visit, we left, all happy that we came out, and sorry that school closed.

Mr. T. J. Willis has been on the sick list for some time past, but we are informed that he is on the mend.

We understand that there has been a brass band started in Bolton, also a brick-bat band, consisting of four mouth harps.

Many of the militia are asking for spring poetry, but I say wait, desist until old Boreas= howls have calmed down into a gentle zephyr and until his icy breath no longer shrieks and hisses through every crevice, seemingly [TWO LINES CHOPPED OUT] loose boards and opening barn doors and carrying snow to the wrong places and endeavoring to bring the mercury down to visit and be sociable with zero. I am compelled to say, go away Abeautiful snow,@ I can never read you again; you have lost all your charms for me.

Chas. Longfeldt has lost his dog--a real dog. Had a red sash on his tail when last seen, and hair cut bias. Chas. will reward any person giving information leading to his recovery.

Our Lyceum has closed until the second Thursday of October, 1885.

The daisy party of the season was given the other night at Captain Pettit=s. Quite a number of the young folks were out, and as Peter was not asked, we are compelled to say it was a packed crowd.

School has closed for the year in the new district on account of a little trouble concerning bonds. It is said, and is a fact, that some of the school patrons voted for the house, and now as the house is built, vote against it. Such people we term cranks, or idiots, in short, any man that will vote against the education of the rising generation, don=t know enough to cast his vote for dog shelter; and, furthermore, if all the property that these cranks have was to be taxed twenty-five percent, their tax which would go for school purposes would not exceed seventeen cents per year. That shows the interest some people have in the rising generation. We only hope that these aforesaid persons could realize the harm that they have done to the neighborhood by casting their vote as they did.

Irresistible as the title, old boreas, as it rolls heavily toward the beach; unrelenting as the devastating bread of old Time as he strides from shore to shore, across the cornfield and potato patches of life, irresponsible as the unfledged writer, Chas. S____, whose insatiable desire for public notice and applause, uncontrollable as the wickedly perverse, the stubbornly crooked, long eared, high healed, lantern jawed species of the horse family--are there circumstances which have called forth the attention of our readers on this great occasion.

Our henpecked husband who lives in a stone house in the neighborhood of the Stony Lonesome schoolhouse, called us a conceited ass, and he himself, claims to be ten times smarter than that sandy complexioned crank which is about to leave Bolton. Perhaps he is, but he will go and partially dictate, and the two together will get up a happy production concerning somebody=s conceited ass, (meaning, of course, a mule.) I would not write at all if I could not write of something worse, of which I am endeavoring to describe in this article.



You are right, we do expect white people to read the news, and we were surprised when we heard that you and your crank ever read Bolton news.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

Osage Live Stock Association.

Pursuant to call the above association met at Osage Agency on March 17th, 1885, with the following members of the association present or represented: G. M. Carpenter, L. C. Wait, Wm. Larimer, Virgil Herard, J. H. Pugh, Julian Trimbly, John Soderstrum, T. J. Gilbert, J. N. Florer, H. N. Hampton, P. Revard, P. M. Matthews, Gus Chouteau, W. J. Pollock, A. C. Stitch, E. M. Hewins, R. T. Hampton, T. L. Rogers.

In the absence of the president and secretary, L. C. Wait was elected to the chair, pro tem, and H. P. Standley, acting secretary pro tem.

Meeting called to order and minutes of previous meeting read and approved.

The report of committee on by-laws received and action taken upon the same section as read, after which they were adopted unanimously as a whole.

In accordance with section 3 of the by-laws, the presidennt appointed the following gentlemen as the Executive Committee for the transaction of the general business of the association until its regular meeting Sept. 30th: W. J. Pollock, G. M. Carpenter, H. H. Crane,

Julian Trimbly, Virgil Herard, Judge Rogers, and E. M. Hewins.

On motion the acting secretary was elected as honorary member of the Association.

On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, it was decided for the purposes of the spring round up, that the Osage reservation should be divided into five districts, and the Kaw reservation into one, and each district send one man, each leaseholder on the reservation to send one man, and Messrs. Brown and Herard each to furnish four men for the round up, to meet at Osage Agency on Monday, May 18th, 1885.

On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, that the Arkansas City TRAVELER be the official paper of the Osage Live Stock Association. Carried.

After the transaction of some other minor business, the meeting adjourned.

Below we append, by request, the names and addresses of the members of the association at this writing.

Florer, Gould & Ayres, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

Col. W. J. Pollock, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

T. J. Gilbert & Co., Arkansas City, Kansas.

Mrs. Jane Beivnue [?], Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

B. F. Childs, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Virgil Herard, Elgin, Kansas.

Elgin Cattle Co., Elgin, Kansas.

Wait, King & Pugh, Elgin, Kansas.

Gus Chouteau, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Louis Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

E. M. Matthews, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

C. H. Brudom, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Pat Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.

Hewins & Titus, Cedar Vale, Kansas.

W. S. Brown & Sons, Independence, Kansas.

Crane & Larrimer, Independence, Kansas.

Hy Roberts, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

Harrison H. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.

J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

C. M. McClellan, Otoe Agency, Indian Territory.

R. T. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.

Drury Warren, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Peter Revard, Elgin, Kansas.

Harkleroad & Irons, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Jos. Greenlee, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.

John Soderstrom, Farm Creek P. O., Kansas.

C. W. & W. W. Sholes, Fredonia, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.


JAMES HILL, President. JOHN LANDIS, Manager.


THE FINEST BRANDS OF FLOUR constantly on hand in car lots for shipment. Also, Corn Meal, Bran, and Chop.

The Highest Market Price Paid for Wheat and Corn.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.

AD. J. C. Johnson -AT- Skating Rink TO-NIGHT.


This is an entertainment that no one can afford to miss.

ADMISSION: 25 cents.

SEATS: 10 cents.


Reserved Especially For Ladies, and Gentlemen Accompanied by Ladies. WILL VAN ALLEN, Proprietor and Manager.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 8, 1885.

Editorial Change.

With this issue I close my proprietory connection with the TRAVELER. During a period of five years, I have owned and edited this paper, and have spared no effort to promote the growing interests of the people of Arkansas City and Cowley County. That my labors have been acceptable is evidenced by the prosperous condition of my business, and the good will manifested towards the TRAVELER by all our citizens. But the time has now come when more labor must be devoted to the editorial care of the journal than I have been able to bestow, and accordingly I resign that duty to Mr. Frederic Lockley, an experienced journalist, whose past labors in this state and the western Territories are a guaranty of his fitness for the position he now assumes. That gentleman has purchased my entire interest in the TRAVELER and I cheerfully commend him to the confidences of many patrons. In retiring from the control of these columns, I desire to return my sincere thanks for the friendly support that has been extended to me.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 8, 1885.

The announcement made above renders incumbent on me the statement that I enter upon the duties of editor and publisher of the TRAVELER with the feelings of an old Kansan, as I have never lost my residence in this state, although I have spent the last twelve years in the Territories. Kansas has tripled in population since I wielded the pen redactorial [?] in its principle city, and this southern portion of the state has grown from a sparsely settled frontier region, to a prosperous and well settled country, distinguished for the enterprise and intelligence of its citizens, and their devotion to law and morality.

My predecessor, in retiring from the proprietary control of the TRAVELER, will still be retained as business agent. The patrons of this journal will thus have dealings with one whose methods have won their approval, and this division of labor will admit of more care and labor being bestowed upon the preparation of the paper, and the endeavor will be made to furnish its readers a weekly journal which shall be surpassed by none other in Cowley County.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 8, 1885.

The Oklahoma Land.

A Aboomer,@ who signs himself A. D. Marble, and writes from this city, appears with a letter in the Toledo Blade, in which he ventilates the grievances of himself and fellows. He makes a general arraignment of the government for its hostility to the settler in excluding him from the Oklahoma lands, and condemns its injustice in allowing ATexas steers@ to enjoy a home withheld from the American citizen. A sufficient answer is found to this charge in the fact that cattle owners with their live stock have been expelled from the land in question, and it is now held unoccupied and without lien, to be disposed of by the secretary of the interior, as soon as Congress shall have declared its status. The writer makes the following statement of fact.

AIt seems strange that a shadow of title should remain, when the facts are that the same Congress that bought the lands from the Indians, some at 15 cents per acre and some at 30 cents per acre, donated a strip 40 miles wide (each alternate section), to the Atlantic & Pacific railroad, immediately after obtaining possession of it, and the same act of Congress says the even sections shall be held for preemption, for actual settlers.@

If Mr. Marble supposes he is stating his case correctly, he is badly fooled. The treaties made with most of the Indian tribes, and ratified and confirmed by acts of Congress, whereby they surrendered their homes in the Southern States and removed to the country they now occupy, provided for the passage of two railways through the Indian Territory, one running east and west, and the other north and south. But no land grant is provided for in the treaties. They merely concede a strip of ground 200 feet wide for the construction of the road, with a quarter section of land where a passenger station is placed, and a section at the end of each division, for workshops, round houses, and to provide room for the houses of employees of the road. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas road has no grant of land, beyond that specified above, and the Atlantic and Pacific charter is no more liberal in its provisions.

The Toledo Blade writer has his facts badly mixed. It is true that during the Secession war, when the seceding states were not represented in Congress, and Republican members were profuse in partitioning out the public domain, that a number of railroad bills were passed granting the right of way through the Territory, and endowing the companies with land subsidies as liberal as that mentioned by our authority. But these grants were conditioned upon the voluntary abandonment of their homes by the Indians, or the dissolution of their tribal relations. Congress, affected as it was at that time with the mania for giving up all the land that lay out of doors to intangible railway corporations, was still duly impressed with the fact that the Indian title to the lands occupied by the treaty tribes stood in the way of its summary disposal of their possessions. It therefore imposed a condition upon the diversion of their homes; and this condition, the boomers would do well to bear in mind, is not yet complied with.

Upon what legal grounds the government holds that portion of the Indian Territory known as the AOklahoma lands,@ we are not sufficiently informed to warrant the expression of an opinion; and the same lack of information is admitted by the United States Senate. In order that the matter may be thoroughly inquired into, a commission has been appointed from the members of that body, who will probably make due inquisition during the coming summer and make its report when Congress meets next December. With this information before it, that body can act; and if it shall be found that no entanglement stands in the way of the tract in question being thrown open to settlement, we may then look to see the Secretary of the Interior declare it public domain. But until these forms are gone through with, occupation of the lands will not be allowed by the administration, and the proclamation of President Cleveland forbidding invasion of the Territory may be taken by all parties concerned as an effectual bar to their entrance and occupation. It would be money in the boomers= pockets to lay these facts to heart.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 8, 1885.

BIG AD. FORGEY AND PITTS, The champion team skaters of Southern Kansas, at the Skating Rink TO-NIGHT. This is an Entertainment no one can afford to miss.

ADMISSIONS: 35 cents.

SKATES: 10 cents.

Music by Buckskin Border Band.

The south side of the Rink has been Remodeled for a Gallery.

Reserved Especially for Ladies, and Gentlemen Accompanied by Ladies. Will Van Allen, Proprietor and Manager.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Read Andrews & Swain=s special this week.

Ad. Messrs. Andrews & Swain are constantly increasing their stock of Harness and Saddles to meet the demands of their numerous customers.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

J. N. Florer, of Kaw, paid us a pleasant call yesterday.

C. McClellan of the B. I. T., was in the city last week.

J. A. McIntyre is renovating and thoroughly cleaning the Windsor Hotel.

Mr. B. Aushaman [?], the farmer at Otoe Agency, was in our citty last Monday.

C. A. Sitings [?] and J. N. Miller, of Caldwell, visited the Queen of the Border Sunday.

Mr. E. D. Hillyer, of Valley Falls, arrived in our city yesterday for a several days visit.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

The City Meat Market comes out with a new ad this week, which our readers will do well to read.


AD. Something New. What=s New? THE CITY MEAT MARKET.

Has better facilities for furnishing the people of Arkansas City with Fresh and Salt Meats, Game, Etc., in season, than any other market in Southern Kansas. The proprietors are experienced butchers, know their business, keep nothing but the very best on hand at all times; in fact, it is the only first-class meat market in the city. Give us a trial and be convinced. Respectfully, BEATTY BROS.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

We add to our list of brand notices, that of W. B. Roberts & Son, well known and extensive stock raisers.


J. A. McCORMICK, Manager.


UNDERNEATH ILLUSTRATION: (Anywhere on animal.)


P. O. Darlington, Indian Territory. Range: Willow Springs, on Duck and Bodock creeks, and Cottonwood & Campbell creeks, south of Cimarron, Indian Territory.

Ear marks: grub right ear. Road brands: [looks like 0 above bar] left shoulder; L on left loin; [looks like P inserted above bar that connects to it] on left loin.

Remarks: No stock sold in this brand.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Our old friend and subscriber, J. I. Hight, paid our sanctum a visit last week, and made himself solid for another year.

J. H. Hilliard is dangerously ill, threatened with an attack of paralysis. It is the hope of his many friends that he may speedily recover.

H. D. Brunswick was in town on Monday, and reports his clothing business, in this city and in Wellington, active with the spring demand.

A. A. Newman returned from the East last Saturday, whee he has been laying in his usual mammoth stock of spring and summer dry goods, etc.

Rev. S. B. Fleming was elected commissioner to the General Assembly which meets in Cincinnati next month to represent the Emporia Presbytery.

Bert. McCormick, that jolliest of jolly fellows, paid the TRAVELER an appreciated call while in the city last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

The Emporia Republican cautions the voters of that city against Avoting for the ring that wants to sell its water works to itself.@ Is this water trouble becoming epidemical?


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

BIRTH. Another banker was added to the city population on Sunday, the 5th inst., in the shape of a bouncing boy, who made his appearance in the household of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Huey.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

At the meeting on Monday night no resolutions were adopted or considered. The audience was treated to nearly three hours of talk, but the movers in the rally showed no desire to put themselves on record.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Mr. Joe Sherburne, the trader at Ponca Agency, accompanied by his wife and child, visited the city last week, and spent a few days with his sister, Mrs. Carrie Morse. He reports everything flourishing at the Agency.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Mrs. A. L. Edwards, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois, has purchased the City Millinery, and is now ready to furnish her patrons with the latest spring styles. She has opened an elegant stock of goods, and her superior taste will afford satisfaction to all customers.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Judge H. T. Sumner, from El Dorado, has opened a law office in this city, under the Cowley County Bank, and inserts his card in the TRAVELER. The judge is an old-time Kansan, and has been admitted to practice in all the State and Federal courts. We welcome his removal to this city.


Attorney at Law, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Will Practice in all State and Federal Courts.

Office: Under Cowley County Bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

L. Hay, of Wichita, registered at the Windsor Monday.

J. M. Nutt, of Wichita, visited the Canal City Monday.

Miss Julia Smith, of Winfield, visited friends in the city last week.

C. L. Harter and wife, of Winfield, registered at the Leland Wednesday.

J. N. Florer left yesterday for Chicago, intending to return in about two weeks.

E. Garrard, of the United Telephone Company, was tinkering phones in the city last week.

The Leland Hotel has made quite an addition to the looks of its office, in the way of fine, new paper.

C. R. Mitchell, the genial Geuda Springs man, was in town on Saturday, with a pleasant word for his many friends.

Capt. Nipp, our popular County Treasurer, and W. P. Hackney were in from Winfield a few days ago, and favored the TRAVELER with a call.

BIRTH. The wife of S. Gamble, in West Bolton, the latter an old time subscriber to the TRAVELER, added a fine boy to the family on Saturday morning. Good enough.

Riley Rogers has purchased a half interest in a grocery store in Belle Plaine, and has located in that thriving burg permanently. His family will join him soon.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

G. B. Shaw & Co., announces their large and well imported stock of lumber for farm and city use, and offer it at prices which defy competition. See their notices.

Ad. G. B. Shaw & Co. Call at our lumber yard, see our Lumber, get our prices, and compare them with what you have been paying for lumber in the past.

Ad. We want every farmer to call on us next Saturday. We want to give you ourr prices for good lumber. G. B. SHAW & CO.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Judge T. D. Griffith, of Lawrence, special agent for the Commercial Union Insurance Co., was in the city Thursday, looking aftewr the interests of his company.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

H. Godehard has moved his old building from the lot south of his store and will soon commence the erection of a new one in its place. Thus, one by one, the old land marks disappear to make room for permanent improvements.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

DIED. Died at Col. Pollock=s ranche in the Indian Territory, on Monday, March 30th, at 3:15 a.m., of gastritis, Nevins Belle Pollock, daughter of Escar [? Looks more like his name should have been Oscar ?] E. and Emma Pollock, aged two years, nine months, and twenty-eight days.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Bixler=s drug store was struck by lightning last Wednesday night, but injured no one excepting Frank Mutke, who was stunned and considerably shaken up. The floor was torn and splintered up and a frying pan near the stove was melted. Geuda Springs Herald.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Dr. Minthorn and family made a brief stay in town last week, on their return from a visit to the Osage Agency. He reports 200 acres of oats sown by the pupils in the Chilocco school, which is doing well and promises a good yield. This is training up the young aborigine in the way he should go.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

A Sedgwick dispatch, dated last Friday, reports the shooting of a tramp, named John Richards, who was put off the Frisco passenger tain at that place. He got into an altercation with Section Boss Stewart, and the latter shot him, the ball entering the left cheek and coming out at the back of the neck.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

T. J. Buckley, the enterprising manager of the Chicago Lumber Co., is adding to our city improvements by building a tasteful residence on lots 15 and 16, block 36, in the southeast part of town. Rev. Witt and Edward Grady are also building dwelling houses in the same ward.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Cattle men in this section are now inquiring where to go with their herds. A number have already been turned out of the territory, and more are likely to follow. The great Northwest, with its wide stretches of pasture land, they now regard with interest, and Montana and Dakota are likely to receive considerable accessions to their grazing population.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

MARRIED. ANDERSON - FINLEY. Hiawatha, Kansas. At the residence of the bride=s parents, March 18th, 1885, by the Rev. W. A. Findley, assisted by Rev. J. A. Shannon, David Anderson and Flora N. Finley were married.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

In conversation with J. W. Strohm, the manager of the new lumber yard of G. B. Shaw & Co., and comparing the different towns in Southern Kansas, Mr. Strohm informed us that he knew no town of nearly our size which had such excellent business houses. Far better than Independence, which has always made such brags in this direction. Arkansas City stands without a peer in this line. So we boom.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Now that grass is becoming sufficient to feed a horse on the prairie, horse thieves are plying their trade with unusual energy. At Caldwell last week three were stolen, and horses are missing all around us. The stock protective unions should combine and work systematically, and when a horse is missing each one be at his post at once. The county now offers $50 reward for the capture and conviction of thieves, and where an animal is taken from a member of the Cherokee Live Stock Association, $500 reward is offered.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.



The Citizens Elect Their Ticket and the Reformers Gat Scooped.

[At least that is what it looks like....???]

Our city election yesterday hinged upon the question of sustaining Mayor Schiffbauer and the council in their water and gas ordinances. The matter has been discussed at some length in the newspapers, and voters have talked the matter over with more or less warmth. The meeting on Monday night was held for the purpose of more fully informing the people of the merits of the case, it being the belief of those who called the meeting that when the action of our city fathers was fully rehearsed, the popular verdict at the polls would be given in their condemnations. Mr. Hill, as an expert, denounced the method for supplying our city with water, as ineffective and obsolete; the contract which binds our citizens to pay for the work he showed to be so loosely worded that no security was afforded the public interest; and the haste with which the business was transacted, he said, naturally begot the suspicion that some secret influence had been at work which the people would do well to rebuke. Judge Pyburn dwelt more especially upon the law governing the case. He declared that since the proclamation of the Governor changing Arkansas City from a city of the third to the second class, no legislative action of the city government had been valid, except the ordinance dividing the city into four wards. This dictum relegated the water and gas ordinance to the region of informality.

This brought Mayor Schiffbauer to his feet, who explained the action of himself and council, and in the brief vindications made some telling points. Mr. Porch also arose to declare that he had money at his command to fulfill the contracts, be the cost what it may; and Mr. O=Neil mde the further assertion that gas and water would be furnished our citizens no matter what might be said in opposition.

This exposition, it is to be supposed, was duly considered by the voters, and how it affected their judgment is best shown by the result of the polls. The Citizens= ticket elected in most the wards, but owing to the late hour of receiving the returns, we can only give the majorities, which are as follows.


For Mayor, F. P. Schiffbauer [C] 117.

Treasurer, C. R. Sipes [C & R] 578.

Treasurer, Board of Education, James L. Huey [C & R] 643.

Police Judge, Chas. Bryant [R] 35.

Justice of the Peace, S. C. Lindsay [C] 100.

Constables, Frank Thompson [C & R] 641. J. J. Breen [C & R] 641.


For council: Jacob High [C & R] long term, 57.

James Hill [C * R] short term, 57.

For school board: J. W. Ruby [C] long term, 57.

S. J. Rice [C] short term, 57.


For council: Calvin Dean [R] long term, 2.

Archie Dunn [C & R] short term, 134.

For school board: Rev. J. P. Witt, 68; John Landes, 68.



For Council: O. S. Rarick [C] long term, 1; M. C. Copple [R] 66;

C. G. Thompson [C] 66. [A tie between the two latter.]

For school board: H. D. Kellogg [C], long term, 1.

John Love [C], short term, 1.


For Council: A. N. Davis [C], long term, 44.

H. George Bailey [C], short term, 45.

For school board: Alex. Wilson [C], long term, 67.

J. C. Duncan [C], short term, 58.

The initials in the above statement stand AC@ for Citizens= ticket, and AR@ for Reform candidate.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Bossed the Meeting.

Judge McIntire presided at the mass meeting held in Highland Hall, on Monday evening, but the citizens who attended had no voice in his selection. He opened the meeting with a weak attempt to explain the purpose for which the people were gathered, and then, without any organization by the election of officers, called upon Mr. Hill for a talk; which that gentleman responded to by occupying the attention of the meeting for an hour and a half. The flow of oratory was kept up till eleven o=clock, and people were leaving the hall, then he declared the meeting adjourned, without any motion to that effect. This is a species of bossism which saves the people the necessity of acting for themselves.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

A large number of fine residences are being erected in the Second ward, among which we note those of O. Ingersol [? Thought his name was Ingersoll ?], $2,900; Elder Grady, $2,500; Rev. Witt, $1,000; Frank J. Hess, $2,500; Rev. J. O. Campbell, $2,000; H. H. Buckley, $1,500; Jas. Hill, $1,500; Mr. Stretch, $500; and several others, whose owners we do not know. The Second ward is rather taking precedence this spring.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Messrs. Pitts & Forgey, engaged for tonight at the skating rink, gave an entertainment at the same place last evening, which was eminently a success and was most liberally patronized. Mr. Van Allen, the proprietor, is sparing no efforts to make skating a popular amusement. [ALREADY TYPED UP AD.]


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

E. L. McDowell, the live jeweler in the No. 33, Drug Store, comes before our people in the columns of the TRAVELER this week, and as his stock of goods is extensive, elegant, and of the latest styles, we solicit for him a visit from all needing anything in his line.


Dealer in Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Silverware, Spectacles, Etc. WATCH REPAIRING A SPECIALTY. ALL WORK GUARANTEED.


[Am puzzled! Thought in an earlier issue, it was stated that McDowell was going into Newman=s new store...???]


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

W. T. Finney, of Kaw Agency, accompanied by his wife and child and Mrs. Florer, left on yesterday=s train for Lawrence. We are sorry to learn Mrs. Florer has been ill for several weeks past, but hope the trip may result in a speedy convalescence.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

E. N. Andrews, of the firm of Andrews & Swain, was in the city looking after his business interests, yesterday, and found time to make the TRAVELER a pleasant call.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

George Bailey purchased the billiard hall of Geo. Childer=s last week and moved it into the basement under the Hasie Block.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Craig, traveling freight agent of the A. T. & S. F. R. R., while in our city yesterday.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Messrs. McDowell Brothers are well known in our city and will we doubt not receive their full share of patronage.


Have always on hand Fresh, Salt, and Smoked Meats, Poultry, Game, and Fish in season. We furnish nothing but the best and ask a trial.

Cash paid for hides. SOUTH SUMMIT STREET.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Pete Brogan, clerk at the traders= store, Ponca Agency, favored the TRAVELER with a call yesterday.

The Y. P. S. C., met with Miss Edith Heitkam last night, and spena a most enjoyable evening.

J. A. Mentch, Winfield=s rustling fruit tree man, buttonholed our cittizens last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

School Examination.

The public schools of our city were engaged last week in a term examination. The questions submitted to the pupils embraced the work performed during the term, and were designed to test their thoroughness in the stuides they had pursued. These examination questions are prepared by the teachers of the respective classes, it being the belief of School Principal Weir that they are best informed on the standing of their children, and are best adapted to draw out what the latter know. In this he may be correct; although some school authorities contend that an examination should put to the test the efficiency of the teacher as well as the knowledge of the pupil, and hence the examination should be conducted by the principal, who is not likely to show tenderness for any weak spots that may be latent. It will be satisfactory to parents and the friends of our public school system to be informed that the young folks acquitted themselves creditably; their correct answers and intelligent statements of fact giving evidence to tedious work on the part of the teachers and commendable diligence used by the scholars. Each study comprised in the curriculum was carefully analyzed by the questions propounded, and a comparison of the examination papers furnished by each school shows a satisfactory average of merit.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

News Flashes.


Many of our citizens are setting out shade trees.

Wheat that is not winter-killed, is coming out finely.

Our farmers are getting their corn ground ready for the planter.

We were pleased to see Mr. T. C. Littler out from Arkansas City, Sunday last.


Felix Cooley and George Jones have contracted to work the hills known as the Harkleroad and Endicott hills. This will be a grand convenience to our farmers and the traveling public.

S. L. Williams, one of Arkansas City=s best fancy carpenters, being unable to obtain work in the city, has repaired to Silverdale Township to build wire fences.

Mr. Ed. Haight was down from Winfield last week satisfying some of the disputes contracted between some of our land owners with regard to their corner stones.

Our spring school is progressing finely under the supervision of C. T. Perkins.

Mr. Beeson has put quite an ornament on his premises in the way of a house.

Messrs. Warren and Eli Harvey are going to start their flocks to Arizona soon. We are sorry to lose two of our best farmers and citizens, even if they are Democrats. P. Q.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Card of Thanks.

I desire to return my heartfelt thanks to the people of Arkansas City for the kindness and sympathy shown to me during the sickness and death of my husband and can assure them that they will ever be remembered with love and good wishes. MRS. PHAMA H. PERRY.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Church Fair.

The ladies of the Episcopal Church society, will hold their fair and church festival in the front rooms of the Hasie block, this (Wednesday) evening. They have made extensive preparations for the entertainment of their visitors, and among the amusements provided will be an art booth, fancy table, fish pond, post office, and a display of art works. These ladies are engaged in a laudable work, and we hope to see them liberally patronized.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Osage Live Stock Association.

All parties desiring to have their brands inserted in the Brand book of the above association to be published for use on the spring round up, will please send them to this office not later than Saturday, April 18, or they will be too late for insertion.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Overstocking Ranges.

At the council of the Western Kansas Stockgrowers= Association, held in Dodge City last week, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted.

WHEREAS, In view of the crowded condition of our ranges and from the fact that there is no provision made to restrain any member of this association overstocking his range, thereby imperiling his neighbor=s as well as his own cattle, be it hereby

Resolved, That any member of this association having positive knowledge of the overstocking of his neighbor=s range, thereby having good cause for complaint, will place the matter before the arbitrating committee, when if such complaint is verified through examination by the committee, the said committee are hereby authorized to impose such penalty as shall be deemed expedient, with the proviso that the party so accused may appeal to the executive committee for their final verdict.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.


A Visit to This Home of the Red Men Described.

A visit to the Ponca Agency shows matters progressing there with customary quiet. The Indians number 586, and many of them are now busy preparing their farms for summer crops. The patches of winter wheat seem to have sustained but slight injury, and present indications favor the expectation of a fair yield. During our brief stay at the Agency, Chief Joseph came in from the Nez Perces camp with his wife. The once haughty chief maintains his intelligent look and robust proportions, but his adoption of white men=s ways is evidently a humiliation, and he still holds to the aboriginal belief that he and his people have been deprived of their former homes by pale face usurpation. When questioned as to the impending removal of himself and followers to the great Northwest, he merely remarked that it would have been more reasonable in Washington to have first consulted the Nez Perces in the selection of a future home. Chief Joseph is a man of solid sense, but the rapid spread of the white race over the hereditary hunting grounds of the red man evidently confuses him, and he is unable to keep up with the march of events. The fate of poor Lo is a sad one, but like Napoleon at Marengo, when informed of the death of Desalx [? Could not read it ?], we have not time to weep for him.


Cos. F and L, of the 2nd [? 22nd ?] U. S. Infantry, are still stationed at the Ponca Agency. The command is under charge of Capt. Clark, of Company F [? E ?]; the other officers are Lieuts. Rice and Root, and Assistant Surgeon McCaw [?]. The force consists of 100 men, all told, sixty of whom are in camp; thirty others are picketed at neighboring points, and the remainder are on detailed duty. Private Gray deserted during our stay at the Agency, carrying with him his musket and accoutrements, he also took a watch borrowed from a comrade. He has been three years in the service, but bears rather a hard name. Should he be arrested, he stands a good chance of serving several years in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. The compound is remarkably healthy, and officers and men express satisfaction with their pleasant location. Returning, we called at the cavalry camp at Chilocco, and received a cordial greeting from Captain Rucker, Lieuts. Hughes and Parker, and some others. The force is stationed on a fine piece of meadow land, affording ample room for drill and other evolutions, and the whole camp is as neat as a pin.

The school enrollment is sixty; 36 boys and 24 girls; their ages ranging from 5 years to 25. The adult pupils are 7 in number. There are 26 other scholars in the Lawrence school, 18 in the school at Chilocco, and one at Carlisle, making 105 attending school in all. The young people of school age number 129; but a portion of these are engaged in farm work. Mr. and Mrs. Holmes have charge of the Ponca school as principal and matron respectively, the assistant teacher is Miss Ellis. The duty of administering this school is faithfully performed; the sanitary condition of the inmates being well looked after, and their studies diligently prosecuted.

We regret to record the death of little Belle Pollock (notice of which is published elsewhere in our columns), an exceptionally bright child, the light of the household, and beloved by all at the Agency. She was a long and patient sufferer, and when this promising human bud finally closed her eyes in death, a gloom was spread over all who had witnessed her sweet young life. The body was laid to rest in a meadow contiguous to the dwelling-house, and the last sad rites were participated in by a large number of sorrowing friends and neighbors. The presence of a group of stalwart Osage braves gave picturesqueness to the solemn scene.

Agent Scott and the government employees keep busy in promoting the well being of their dusky charge, and Joe Sherburne, the popular trader, has his customary number of irons in the fire, but by his address and celerity keeps all from burning. F. L.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

The Saints in Arizona.

Mr. Samuel Wood, one of the earliest residents of this city, has two sons settled in Arizona; and yesterday he showed us some letters from those young men, in which some information is given in regard to the Mormons in that Territory. One of the sons writes that quite a number of that sect have been sent to the penitentiary for polygamy, and many more are indicted for the same offense. This alarms others who have violated the law against plural marriage, and they are fleeing by scores into Mexico. The other son, who is in the cattle business, talks of the trouble caused by Mormon cattle thieves; these elect people of the Lord professing a belief that the earth belongs to the Saints and they are the Saints. But the arrest of two or three of these operators, and the sentence of one of the number, against whom proof of guilt was established, to twelve years= confinement, had the effect of restraining their activity. He says the border Mexicans are a lawless crowd, but the followers of Joe Smith can discount them at their worst games.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Geuda Officers.

The following officers were elected in Geuda Springs Monday.

Dr. L. W. B. Long. Mayor

L. M. Bixler. Police Judge.

C. G. Ferry, B. F. Hall, F. P. Sallade, H. C. Sproggs, and Wm. Trimble: Councilmen.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

McDowell Bros. have reopened in the old Star Meat Market, having bought out Garris.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Notice to Contractors.

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals will be received at the office of the County Clerk, of Cowley County, Kansas, untill Friday, April 17, 1885, to furnish material, build, and complete a two-story house, thirty (30) by fifty (50) feet, on the Poor Farm of said county, agreeable to and in uniformity with plans and specifications on file in said County Clerk=s office. The board of County Commissioners reserving the right to reject any and all gids.

Done by order of the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.

J. S. HUNT, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

AD. CITY MILLINERY. MRS. A. L. EDWARDS Desires to inform the Ladies of Arkansas City and Vicinity that, having enlarged her store, she is now prepared to sell her Extensive Stock of MILLINERY GOODS At the lowest prices ever made in the city. A specialty is made of the HAIR GOODS AND WORK, To which attention is called. Our price cannot be beat. CALL AND EXAMINE.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.

Ad. Found! A small sum of money which the owner can have by proving property and paying for this notice. C. MEAD.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.




Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.


We Have to go Away From Home to Hear the News.

The Wellington Press of the 6th inst., publishes the following boomer news.

The members of the Oklahoma colony had a large meeting in the old court room Saturday night, at which time several resolutions were passed, the main one being an agreement that no member of the colony should trade or patronize a merchant or other party who slurred or tried to cast odium upon the colony or any of its members because they were agitating the Oklahoma question. Reports were received showing that during the past week permanent Oklahoma colonies were organized as follows: Chicago membership, 1,500; Indianapolis, 400; Cincinnati, 300; St. Louis, 600; Kansas City, 100; and Omaha, 100.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.

The following stirring dispatch is dated from Lawrence.

An Osage Indian student, of the United States Indian school here, is just up from the Osage Agency, Indian Territory, and reports that the Poncas and Pawnees are threatening to go on the war path. It is an open secret that the wild tribes located in the Territory are growing restless and perturbed. The constant excitement and threatened collision between the boomers and the troops arouse the wild passions of the Indians, and if the present unsettled condition of affairs long continues, it will be difficult to restrain the savages. So long as the cattlemen and settlers were kept out of the country, quiet was easily maintained; but the Indian smells blood from afar, and no music is so sweet as his old war songs.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.

There is a pressing demand upon Congress to open up a portion of the Indian Territory for settlement. Something will be done to that end.

The natural and correct thing to do is to remove the cloud which the Cherokee Nation have upon the title to the ACherokee Strip,@ or Aoutlet,@ as it is known in treaty vocabulary. Their title is slight at the best.

Then attach this Aoutlet@ with the ANo Man=s Land,@ between the panhandle of Texas and the southwestern portion of Kansas, both to Kansas. Mr. Ryan, at one time, had a bill before Congress to attach the latter strip to Kansas. Let that be revived with the Astrip@ included. This would give Kansas eight or ten more counties, which would rapidly fill up.

This plan, if carried out, would relieve all pressure for a considerable period for the opening of what is more definitely known as Oklahoma, south of the strip. What do our Kansas delegation at Washington think of this? Topeka Commonwealth.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.

WINFIELD can now boast of a daily paper, which may be regarded as another step towards metropolitanism. The initial number of the Winfield Daily Courier appeared on our table last week, a neat six column sheet, with press dispatches taken from the morning journals, and a good make up of news. Whether the town is far enough advanced to support such a journalistic enterprise will be a problem for the publishers to determine. We wish our neighbor success.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.


The Boomer camp here is still made the subject of newspaper talk, the associated press agent finding something new to say about them daily. A Lawrence report, which we give in another column, tells, on the authority of Osage students attending school there, that the Ponca and Pawnees are disturbed at the agitation kept up, and are threatening to go on the war path. Perhaps this is stating the case rather strongly. The agency people report these two tribes quietly at work, and no threats of a rising are made. But among the Comanches a more uneasy feeling prevails. A knowledge of the attempts made by the boomers to occupy the Indian lands begets suspicion as to the results; and the fact that crowds of these people are hovering on the border of their country watching the chance to enter and take possession, inspires them with the belief that the time is at hand when they will have to defend their homes with their lives. The great father at Washington has guaranteed the Indian tribes undisturbed possession of their homes Aas long as grass grows and water runs,@ and they want to see his power exerted in dispersing all bands of men who threaten to violate this compact. Should the need arise for further intervention by the President, it is probable he will by proclamation command these boomers to disperse, and if they refuse to comply with this command, they can be arrested by the authorities and punished as insurgents against the peace of the country.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.


The intercessions of Sidney Clarke and Gen. Weaver with the President and Secretary of the Interior in the interest of the Oklahoma colonists do not seem to have been satisfactory; and now Capt. Couch has gone to the National Capital to try his hand at negotiation. But what good can be accomplished by their efforts is not visible to an outsider. The Senate has appointed a commission to inquire into the legal status of the land coveted by the colonists, and it is not likely the administration will take steps until the report of this commission is received and acted on by Congress. Every once in awhile the boomers are encouraged by a message from their champions in Washington telling of something said or done; but the fact remains that the military are here to keep them out of their coveted homes, and President Cleveland has warned them against making any attempt to enter the Indian grounds. What can Capt. Couch do that Clarke and Weaver have not already done? The Justice and Interior Departments will not take any interpretations of law from him, and for statements of fact the Government relies upon Gen. Hatch. The colonist chief will be admitted to an audience with the President, and he can tell his story to all the administration officers, who have time to listen to him. But this will not help the case any. The Government is guided solely by the reports of its own agents, and all the stories told by interested parties are referred to them for consideration. The boomers have now determined to wait till their leader returns; but it is apparent in advance he can do no good. In the meantime the spring season is passing by, and what is being done to raise crops to support them during the coming year?


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.


There is a question among stockraisers in regard to the future price of cattle. Some express the belief that the stimulus imparted to the stock-raising industry will so increase the product that prices will fall and their profits be pared down to a narrow margin. Others, on the contrary, hold that the population of our country is increasing so rapidly that communi-cation will fully keep up with the supply, and a decrease in prices is not to be feared.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 15, 1885.

A Long Standing Claim Recognized.

Congress has ordered the payment of ABob@ Stevens= claim for $100,000, which has been pending upward of a score of years. He procured the contract for building a number of stone houses for the Shawnees, on the Kaw reservation; but after the dwellngs were built, the Indians used them as stables for their ponies, while they preferred to live in their tepees. Mr. Stevens is now a member of Congress from New York, and being on the inside, has managed to get his claim recognized. He is said to have made a good thing out of his contract, and his mode of dealing with the Osages and other tribes of Indians, when building the M. K. And T. Road would warrant the belief that he would not be over scrupulous in his dealings with the Government. While laying track through the Osage reservation, in Southern Kansas, his genius suggested to him that a wholesale land operation with that tribe might be a profitable enterprise. Accordingly he gathered the chief men together, plied them plentifully with fire water, and gained their consent to a proposition to buy up their reservation, comprising upwards of 7,000,000 acres, for 18-3/4 cents an acre. This coming to the knowledge of Enoch Hoag, then Indian Superintendent for the tribes in Kansas and the Indian Territory, he procured authority from the Interior Department to act as a commission with General Hazen, then in command at Fort Gibson, and one other, to treat with the Osages for the disposal of their lands. The action of this commission resulted in the magnificent domain of that tribe being taken in trust by the government, and sold to settlers, thousands of whom had already squatted on their domain. The result of this intervention was a fund stored up by the government, as trustee for the Osages, exceding $8,000,000, which has since increased to $10,000,000, and which constitutes them the richest tribe of the red race.

In cutting timber for ties, bridges, and other purposes, he made most prodigal use of the timber lands in the Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw nations, and refused to pay any indemnity. Superintendent Hoag again intervened, and succeeded in exacting meagre pay, and restrained the tie cutters to a more economical use of the forests. Mr. Stevens won a hard name as builder and subsequent manager of the road, but he has had time to reform since then, and we trust that as Representative in Congress from the Empire State, he has a decent regard for the public interest.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

W. A. Kuhns, of Winfield, Sundayed in the city.

S. W. Phoenix, of Winfield, was in the city Wednesday.

Joe H. Lindsay, of Wichita, was in the city Wednesday.

Chas. A. Miller, of Geuda Springs, was in the city Wednesday.

B. [?] F. Hall, of Geuda Springs, was in the city Thursday.

C. F. Nelson, of Geuda, ws in the city a few hours Sunday.


The printed copies of the railroad petition lying in our city banks are receiving numerous signatures.

For Sale. Three beautiful residence lots. Corner facing south and east. Inquire at the Diamond Front.

Ben Windham of Hunnewell gazed once more upon civilization as manifested in this neck of the woods Saturday.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Herman Godehard is digging the foundation for a two-story business building just south of the post office.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

The two inch pipe used as a railing in front of the stores in the Hasie block has been decorated with sharp spikes for the benefit of loungers.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

We call attention to Geo. E. Hasie & Co.=s ad., announcing their new grocery house. They have an extensive and well selected stock, and other goods at the lowest prices.

BIG AD. New Grocery!

George E. Hasie & Co.

Have opened in their new building, A GENERAL GROCERY STORE!

With special reference to the wants of Families, Farmers, and Stockmen. Their Goods are of the Best Quality, and Have been carefully selected for this section.

Every Line is Complete And Purchasers will find it to their interest to give them a call. THE LOWEST PRICES. Prompt attention paid to orders, and free delivery within city limits.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Frank H. Greer, the lively and irrepressible quill-driver of the Winfield Daily Courier, took in the city Sunday, in company with Geo. D. Headrick and Frank Schofield.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Robt. Hudson, Jr., and Miss Rose Bransfield, J. A. Cairns and Miss Sarah Kelley, all of Winfield, took advantage of the beautiful day and made an overland trip to our city Sunday.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

John Thornton gazed on our Aditch@ Sunday and tried to imagine one in his sleepy village--the Hub. The effect was most too much for him, and he fled to his quiet home, to sleep, to dream, oh--yes!


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

A short visit to Belle Plaine last week found Riley Rogers in his element, behind the grocery counter, and busy handing goods right and left. Riley seems to have stepped into a good trade, and we know he is capable of holding it.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

T. H. McLaughlin=s colt, finding himself untied in front of the store Saturday, took French leave and created quite an excitement on the street; he was stopped in his mad career before any damage was done to the buggy.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

W. B. Hagins informed us that on his return from Indiana, next June, he expects to bring here the two hay presses in which he is interested, and go into the business here extensively. Each machine is capable of pressing 40 tons per day and runs twenty-two men. W. B. is a rustler, and will no doubt make it a success.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

As an evidence that the Osages are on the path of progress, we mention the fact that the TRAVELER office has just printed some marriage certificates for that nation, to be issued by the Chief Justice. The sanctity of the marital relation is the corner stone of our civilization, and our red brothers show an edifying disposition to establish a secure standing ground.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

The Caldwell Journal comments as follows on horse stealing.

ALock up your stable, cut your dogs loose, and load your double barreled shot guns. The horse stealing mania has struck the itinerant aristocracy of the country and a few of the gang are loafing in these parts. Some of the boys think a little piece of rope properly used would tend to stop horse stealing in these parts for a few days. May be it would.@


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

On Thursday evening just as the performances had closed at Highland Hall, the retiring spectators were treated to a free exhibition on the sidewalk. Two or three of our city guardians had a refractory prisoner in charge, and as he refused to be taken to jail, they were carrying him thither by their united efforts. The voice of the prisoner attracted a crowd, and the Leland Hotel was emptied of its guests as the stormy procession passed by. The offender was a colored teamster in the service of the quartermaster, and the next morning he was fined $2 and costs for too free indulgence in the ardent.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

John A. Eaton, of Winfield, was in the city Thursday.

Sam Harris, of Caldwell, made us a flying visit Wednesday.

C. F. Peeler, of Wichita, made a flying trip to the city Wednesday.

W. T. Wise, of Wichita, spent a day in the Border Metropolis, Friday.

Ed. Youngheim is spending a few days in town, looking up his business interests.

J. W. Hutchison spent two or three days in Great Bend last week on business.

Neff & Henderson started nine cars of stock for Kansas City, Friday morning, three each of cattle, hogs, and sheep.

Col. E. Neff and W. B. Hagins left Friday for a two months= sojourn in the jungles of Indiana among old friends and relatives.

F. T. Williams, of Wichita, member of the Chicago Lumber Co., was in the citty Saturday, looking after the business interests of his company.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Mrs. C. Berger, matron of the Industrial School, at Darlington, Indian Territory, is in town, spending a vacation with her friends.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Two of the children of T. M. Sayman were baptized Sunday by the Rev. McKay, in the hall of the Commercial block. Chas. Hutchins stood as godfather. These are the first baptisms in the city under the Episcopal ritual.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

C. H. Searing left between the 7th inst., for Topeka, Kansas City, and other places, returning on Friday last. We understand that the purchase of gravel for ballasting the A. T. & S. F. Road will not be delayed in consequence.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Fifteen Pawnee Indians returned from New Orleans last Thursday. They had been there nearly six months, and formed one of the many attractions. The leader of the band, in talking of the Exposition, said it was a Aheap big show.@


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

A new enterprise has been entered on at Geuda Springs to carbonize, bottle, and place upon the general market the mineral waters of that place. Mr. J. B. Dickey, of Newton, has undertaken the business, and he has expended $2,500 in the necessary apparatus.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

In accordance with the provisions of the last Indian appropriation bill, Commissioner Atkins has ordered the removal of Joseph=s band of Nez Perce Indians from the Territory. Of the 282 Indians composing this band, 112 will be sent to the Colville reservation, Washington Territory, and the remainder to the Lapwai Reservation, Idaho Territory.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Growth of Southern Kansas.

Wichita correspondent of the Kansas City Live Stock Indicator, writes as follows.

The immigration to southern Kansas is tremendous. They come in droves, by prairie schooner and railroad, from near and far, with families and grub baskets, dogs, farm implements, and mules. The Southern Kansas and Santa Fe passenger trains leave Kansas City daily with scarcely standing room in the coaches, while the tracks are mostly blockaded with long trains of freight cars containing horses, wagons, household goods, and farming outfits. The Calebs and Joshuas sent to spy out the prospect, have returned with samples of corn and wheat and are now leading the children to the promised land. Here and there is seen a solitary prairie schooner, dilapidated and weather-worn, wending its weary way eastward with the touching legend, ABusted,@ scrawled on its canvas cover.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Fully 50 percent is a very low estimate of the actual loss, and it is the general belief that not more than one-third of the wheat sown will be harvested. The observation and investigation extended over Allen, Montgomery, Cowley, Sumner, Sedgwick, and Harvey counties, together with reliable reports from McPherson, Butler, and Harvey counties. Farmers are putting in oats on their wheat fields, and a large crop of that cereal will likely be raised.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Proposed Building Association.

On Saturday evening, a meeting was held in Judge Pyburn=s office, to consider the question of starting a building association in this city, to enable working men and others without means, to build themselves houses to avoid the burden of rent. Arkansas City is increasing in population rapidly, and many who would settle among us are forced to go elsewhere through want of houses to dwell in. This proposed association is designed to meet the want. There was but a small gathering of men interested in the enterprise, but most of these had had experience in building societies in other places, and they explained the various methods used. After an informal discussion, it was resolved to incorporate and obtain a charter, and Judge Pyburn was entrusted with the duty. When the articles of incorporation are obtained, another meeting will be called, when an opportunity will be afforded our citizens of enrolling themselves as members and subscribing for stock.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Ponca Agency.

Ponca Agency has been well represented in town the past week. Joe Sherburne, the trader, put in an appearance on Thursday, accompanied by his boss herder, Geo. Reed, and a cowboy, to remove a bunch of cattle that have been wintering on Murphy=s ranch. Kendall F. Smith, the blacksmith at Ponca, also came in with the party, to look after the dwelling house he is building on Central Avenue, which he proposes moving into as soon as it is finished. J. W. French, carpenter at the same agency, spent a day or two in town on a similar errand. We understand there is to be a general exodus of the governnment employees from Ponca, the agent, Dr. Scott, being among the retiring party, and hence their interest in the building improvements of this city.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

A Good Woman Gone.

DIED. We regret to announce the death of Mrs. A. W. Patterson, who died at her home in this city on Thursday afternoon. Her remains were buried from the Presbyterian Church the following morning. The deceased was a worthy, unassuming lady, devoted to her family and her home. A bereaved husband and three infant daughters are left to mourn her loss. Her severe sufferings were born with Christian resignation, and she departed this life with the hope of an eternal reward.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Stock Raisers=


The members of the Bolton Stock Protective Union are requested to meet at the Bland Schoolhouse, Saturday evening, April 18th, promptly at seven o=clock, to elect officers and transact other important business. By order of the company. R. M. TURNER, Secretary.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.


A Defeated Candidate Makes War on his Editor.

No sooner had our paper appeared on the street last week than an indignant subscriber presented himself in our sanctum to order his paper stopped and his business card taken out of our columns.

AI stay by my friends,@ said he contemptuously, Abut I punish my enemies.@

This was an inauspicious start for a journalist who had just made his bow to the good people of this city, and as soon as he recovered breath, he ventured to ask who in his modest utterings had given offense. Our visitor was not forward to state his grievance, but it eventually came out that a light paragraph on the local page, poking good natured fun at Judge McIntire, for his peculiar mode of conducting a political meeting, had done the business with our offended patron.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Episcopal Fair.

Last Wednesday night the ladies of the Episcopal Guild Society held the most successful and enjoyable entertainment of the season, in Highland Hall. For many days the ladies had been making extensive preparations, and the result of their labors was most surprising. Certainly, never before, were so many tasty and beautiful articles of fancy work, art, and culinary skill arranged in so small a space. The principal attractions were the candy booth, presided over by Mrs. R. E. Grubbs and Amy Landes; the Gipsy tent, Miss Grosscup, soothsayer; the fancy booth, with Mrs. F. J. Hess and Miss Ora Farrar; the art booth, Mrs. H. P. Farrar and Mrs. W. E. Gooch controlling; the post office, Miss Mame Steinman, postmistress; and many other things altogether too numerous to mention. The $100 silk, hand-painted quilt was drawn by Mrs. Will V. McConn; the cake was awarded to Dr. S. B. Parsons; the dressing gown to W. E. Gooch, and to all a grand, glorious good time. The net proceeds were something near $200.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Speaking Enigmas.

Ourr super-sensitive neighbor, the Democrat, takes exception to this journal, for its good natured comments on the reform meeting held the evening before the election. Two or three articles are devoted to discussing the offending paragraph. It is pronounced Aa gross misrepresentation of the facts,@ and the Boss Tweedian query is propounded, Awhat has he (this editor) got to do about it?@ In one place we are told that Aa meeting of this kind needs organization, and an unorganized meeting needs no notice to adjourn,@ which strikes us as a new sequiter; and in another article the information is vouchsafed that Athe meeting was not called as a mass meeting, but a meeting of the reform party, called by its committee for the purpose of presenting the facts to all that wishes to hear in relation to the city matters.@ Both of these attempts to explain are blundering and confusing to common sense, and we are willing to give the sorely exercised writers an opportunity to explain again.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Sumner County Items.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.


They are Waiting the Return of Capt. Couch Before They Move.

Our reporter visited the Boomer camp on Saturday afternoon, and seeing a group of people assembled, found that divine services were being held, the pastor being an English rustic who was listened to with reverent attention. When the preaching was over the reporter repaired to a tent, where half a dozen boomers were lounging, discussing the situation. The man of items listened awhile and then interjected the remark, AI suppose you people will not make any movement until Capt. Couch returns from Washington.@

AThat won=t be many days,@ returned one of the party, Aand then you=ll see a movement that means something.@

AYou don=t expect Couch can accomplish anything in Washington after Sidney Clarke and Dr. Weaver have failed?

The reply was promptly made, ACapt. Couch has more influence than any other man we can send, and as he goes in the interest of the great American people and in a righteous cause, we don=t see how they can stand him off.@

The reporter here remarked that any representations made to the President or other members of the administration would be referred to Gen. Hatch, and thus the colonists came back to military rule at last.

ADoes Gen. Hatch run this government?@ was demanded.

ANot exactly. But he is the agent of the government, and will naturally be referred to in regard to statements of fact.@

AWell, Capt. Couch is worth a dozen Generals Hatch, any way yer can fix it. Didn=t he lie when he said there was no cattlemen on the Oklahoma land, after he had stayed with cattlemen on his visit there?@

The reporter suggested that he had himself seen more than one herd of cattle put out of Oklahoma, and the owners seeking fresh pasture.

AYes,@ was the reply, Aand they went back there after the military had left, and are now living in tents. That=s the way these cattle corporations obey the law.@

Our faber pusher here ventured the remark that aa the Senate had appointed a commission from its own members to investigate the matter, it was not likely that anything would be done by the government till next winter. He wished to know if they thought there was any use going on to the land until it had been declared open to settlement.

This led to a general arraignment of Congress as being composed of cattle kings and moneyed corporations who perverted law and defrauded the honest laborer to their own interests. We are the government, was declared with some emphasis, and the men in Washington are our agents, who are conspiring to rob us. We propose to assert our rights and act for ourselves.

The newspaper man suggested they were undertaking a pretty big job. A handful of men in revolt against 55,000,000 people would stand a slim chance of success.

AThe boomers now number 80,000 men,@ he was told, Aand more are coming in daily. The men in Washington know we have right on our side, and that=s why they make the farce they do in pretending to keep us off. If we are violating law, why don=t the courts punish some of those men that have been indicted? But they know they have no case against us. In Nebraska some time ago prosecution was begun against thirteen men for unlawful entry of Indian lands, but the court quashed the indictments.@

One fluent talker declared that no past age had a right to mortgage succeeding generations. Air, earth, and water are the Athree elements@ by which we live. So far no means have been applied of shutting us off from the air we breathe; but the water is seized upon as a proprietary right, and the laboring man is everywhere shut off from the soil.

Another boomer, an elderly man, told his experience. He had farmed a piece of land on shares, agreeing to give up on the 1st of March. He had some stock and considerable of corn, and, having no help, the day came round before he was ready to vacate. But the owner of the land wanted him off, and he applied to a neighboring farmer for leave to use a field till he could find a place to go. It was refused, and being hard pressed, he put his stock on a cattle range in the Territory. The boss herder soon discovered his cattle and again he was ordered to move out.

This incident gave point to the argument in use that all men have a right to the soil, and any laws that conflict with this are in violation of human right and should be resisted. The French revolution of the time of Louis XVI, and the English revolution which brought Cromwell to the protectorate, were cited as precedents of what the American people will soon be driven to.

Notwithstanding their revolutionary talk, these boomers are an orderly, intelligent, and earnest body of men. They believe the land they have set their minds on to be public domain, and they charge the government with dishonesty in withholding it from occupation by the settler. They are waiting the return of their leader from his visit to Washington, and then they say they will set out for the promised land at all hazards.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.

Ad. Wheat Wanted. We will pay the highest cash market price for wheat. Arkansas City Roller Mills Co., Arkansas City, Kansas.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 22, 1885.


Secretary Lamar Tells Him that Settlers Cannot Occupy Indian Lands.

WASHINGTON, D. C., April 15. The Post tomorrow morning will print an interview between Captain Couch, the leader of the Oklahoma boomers, and the secretary of the interior, with regard to the Oklahoma lands, in the course of which Secretary Lamar said:

AWhat is it you wish?@

AI wish to know what cause the administration has determined to pursue with reference to Oklahoma and the soldiers,@ replied Couch.

[Paper used the word Acause@....wonder if it should be Acourse@??]

AWell sir, I will state to you the policy of this administration with regard to the Oklahoma country,@ said the secretary. AIt considers the Oklahoma territory, on which the persons you represent are proposing to make settlements, as within and part of the Indian territory. The administration regards it as not a part of the public domain, open to entry and settlement, and acquisition of title under the land laws of the United States. Being Indian country, that is a territory organized and reserved for Indian occupancy; the government is pledged to the protection of it and the security of the Indians from intruders. No white persons have the right to go there, and without a permit, and when they do go they are intruders who are acting illegally and wrongfully. The policy of the president is to execute the pledge of the government and to protect this territory from the intrusion of white persons, who claim that they have the right to enter it and that it was public domain, subject to pre-emption and homestead settlement.@

AIs that the final decision?@ asked Captain Couch.

AIt is, and will be enforced,@ said Mr. Lamar.

In reply to a further question, Secretary Lamar said the administration was determined that the cattlemen in the Oklahoma reservation should leave. They will not be permitted to graze their cattle within the limits of that territory. He repeated this declaration with emphasis.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 22, 1885.


This City Receives a First-Rate Notice from a Newspaper Writer.

The Emporia Republican, in a recent issue, contained a letter from a correspondent on a visit to this city, describing his impressions as he surveyed the evidences of our progress. He says this is no Apigeon hole town, but a real live business one, of great growth and greater expectations.@ He is struck by the elegance and solidity of such buildings as the Hasie block, Highland Hall, and the Cowley County Bank, and awards due praise to the enterprise of our citizens in digging the canal to turn the water power to manufacturing uses. A people who perform such labors, he says, Aare not Micawbers or Rip Van Winkels, but wide-awake, enterprising, public-spirited men, who invest their money for the public good, willing to wait for paying margins in the future.@ It is pleasing to have this assurance of the favorable impression produced upon the mind of an intelligent observer who takes note of our achievements and natural advantages, and it is the more gratifying to the sound businessman because he believes that solid facts warrant such judgment.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 22, 1885.

AD. EMPIRE LAUNDRY, One Door North of Avenue Hotel,

Arkansas City, Kansas.

Work done in first-class style and on short notice.

Repairs done when ordered.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 22, 1885.

AD. ARKANSAS CITY COAL CO., -DEALERS IN COAL AND WOOD, HIDES AND GRAIN, IVAN A. ROBINSON, MANAGER. Canon City, Anthracite, Pittsburg, Trinidad, and Osage Coal. Highest cash price paid for hides. Corn always on hand in large or small lots.

Office, Corner Summit St. and Central Avenue.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 22, 1885.

AD: 1,000,000 POUNDS -OF- WOOL WANTED, For which the highest market price will be paid in cash. Sacks furnished or exchanged, by applying to GALE & WILBER. Post office address: Winfield or Rock, Cowley Co., Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Oats are scarce at 45 cents a bushel.

J. N. T. Gooch, of Otoe, was in the citty yesterday.

Conductor H. C. Wilcox spent a day on our streets last week.

C. M. McClellan was in town on Monday from the territory.

Capt. T. C. Bird left for his ranch in Chatauqua Co., Monday.

Joe Sherburne, the live trader at Ponca, shipped a carload of hides last week.

Capt. C. G. Thompson spent several days of the past week in the State Capitol.

County Treasurer Nipp and County Attorney Asp were on our streets last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Loveland Sundayed in our city. The lady will spend a week or two visiting with her sister, Mrs. Alma Swarts.

H. G. Chipchase, manager of the telephone at Wellington, was on a visit to our city last week.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

The front of the Commercial block has received a new coat of paint, and is handsomely dressed for the season.

J. N. Florer was in the city Saturday on his return from Chicago. He started for the Kaw Agency Sunday morning.

E. L. Smith, of Kansas City, assistant general superintendent of the United States Telephone Co., was in the city on Thursday.

The Arkansas City Bank is making an addition to its building 25 by 30 feet. This is another evidence of the growth of the business of the city.

Mr. Gale, of Gale & Wilber, wool dealers at Winfield, was in town last week, and left an Aad.@ with us which will be of interest to sheep raisers. [AD ALREADY TYPED.]

Joe Sherburne, the Ponca trader, came to town on Sunday with his wife and child, and visited a day or two at the house of Mr. and Mrs.

E. D. Eddy.

The headquarters for Wells Fargo Express has been transferred to Eddy=s Drug Store, where all having express matter either to ship or receive will please call.

A collection for the Board of Foreign Missions was taken up in the Presbyterian Church (Rev. S. B. Fleming) on Sunday morning, and the sum of $32.79 was contributed.

Dr. Shephard [thought his name was Shepherd ?] left on the Monday train for New Orleans, to attend the annual meeting of the National Medical Association held in that city. He will also take in the Exposition.

Beatty Bros., of the City Meat Market, have just completed the repainting and refitting of their place of business, which now presents a neat, business-like, and attractive appearance.

We were pleased to see our old friend, Jack Hilliard, on our streets Saturday last, after his protracted spell of sickness. Jack said Ahe was getting hungry as a hunter,@ which is a decided sign of improvement.

Mr. John Davis, editor of the Junction City Tribune, with his son, B. F. Davis, publishers of the Winfield Tribune, were in town last Saturday, taking notes of our canal, with a view to start upon a similar work at the county seat.

Dr. C. S. Acker, formerly of Chicago, has come to locate in this city, and will attend to Dr. Shephard=s practice during his absence in the South. The doctor is a graduate from the Rush Medical College, and is a very affable gentleman.

BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hollowell, of West Bolton, on Friday, April 17, 1885, twin sons. The mother and children are doing well and the happy father is the picture of content and says Kansas has two more straight voters.

The Odd Fellows at Geuda Springs will give a Calico Ball next Monday, the 26th inst., in celebration of the 66th anniversary of the order. The committee of arrangements are sparing no pains to insure the enjoyment of their guests.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Mrs. Chas. Howard left for the East last Monday, where it is her intention to spend the summer months in the cool latitude of her Maine home. We wish the lady a pleasant trip and a safe return to her home and many friends in our thriving city.

We received a pleasant call from Dr. C. R. Fowler, who returned to this city on Saturday, bringing his family with him. The doctor pronounces this the most thriving burg he has seen on his travels, and proposes to cast in his lot with the community.

BIRTH. Born on the 13th inst., to the wife of Eugene Pollock, Ponca Agency, a son. This wellspring of pleasure has been sent to relieve the parents of the gloom cast over their household by the death of their daughter, Belle, a few weeks ago. We hope the child may be preserved to them.

Our friend, J. M. Phillips, of the A. T. & S. F., living in the southeast part of town, is bound to keep up with the march of improvement, and therefore will grade up around his residence, plant shade and fruit trees, and thoroughly overhaul and repaint his house, which will then be one of the cosiest little houses on the townsite.

Our genial friend, Knapp, of Iola, Kansas, made us a pleasant call last week. The gentleman was in our city accompanied by his wife and son, and were cordially welcomed by friends in this city, with whom they visited the Chilocco schools and the military camp in the Indian Territory, to say nothing of the suburban attractions of the Canal City.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Maj. C. C. Rainwater and Mr. Bradford, of St. Louis, have been sojourning in this city the past few days. The major was temporary chairman of the meeting of the National Stock Association, held in St. Louis last fall, ahd in conjunction with the other gentleman named, has purchased an interest in C. M. McClellan=s cattle ranch.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

The site for the public building provided for by the last congress, to be erected in Fort Scott, was located last week by the unanimous agreement of the government commission, composed of five businessmen of that city. This lot is situated on the corner of Scott avenue and Locust st., is 100 by 120 feet, and was donated for the purpose. The value of the lot is estimated at $6,500.



Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

L. D. Davis, of Pawnee Agency, was on our streets yesterday.

Eli Youngheim was in the city yesterday, looking up Aclodings.@

Dr. James Vawter will still remain in his offices over Matlack=s store.

Charles Bahntge, of Winfield, spent his Sunday in town, visiting with Ivan Robinson.

Sheriff McIntire was in the city yesterday, with a couple of reputed law breakers in charge.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Read G. W. Miller & Co.=s New Hardware advertisement in this issue. It contains good news for all.


For Tin Roofing, Guttering, and Spouting, they take the cake.

Call on them and be convinced.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Hon. Sidney Clarke arrived in town yesterday, to spend a day or two in conference with the boomers.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

County Attorney Asp was in town yesterday, on business of a legal nature connected with the prohibition law.

DIED. Died in this city, on Tuesday, April 21, 1885, Mrs. Crocker, of dropsy. The funeral services were held the following day.

Dr. M. B. Vawter is now occupying room No. 1 in the Commercial block as a Dentist=s office, where he invites his patrons to call upon him.

Geo. W. Miller & Co., are making arrangements looking to the erection of a two-story brick and stone store room, 90 feet deep, for their hardware establishment.

Charley Schiffbauer returned from Chicago last Friday, where he purchased a large assortment of general merchandise for the trading post of Schiffbauer & Finney, on the Osage reservation.

Attention is called to the new Aad.@ of the Arkansas City Coal Co., which appears in this week=s issue. Ivan A Robinson is manager, than whom a more courteous or thorough businessman cannot be found in the city. [AD ALREADY TYPED.]


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Attention is called to the card of Mr. J. L. Howard, which appears in this issue, and from which it will be seen he is fitting up offices over Matlack=s store. Mr. Howard is a live businessman and is bound to make a boom in whatever he undertakes.

A CARD. I desire to inform the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity that I have removed my land broker=s office to the front room over Matlack=s store. Thanking my patrons for past facors, I invite them to call on me in the future. My aim will always be to do a straight legitimate business, and a share of your patronage is solicited. J. L. HOWARD.


ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS, April 15, 1885.

Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between H. O. Meigs and J. L. Howard under the firm name of Meigs & Howard is this day dissolved by mutual consent. The business of said firm will be settled by J. L. Howard.




Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Will V. McConn, who has been engaged for some time past on the TRAVELER reportorial force left last Monday for Belle Plaine, where he goes to engage in the Real Estate, Loan, and Insurance business. We wish him all possible success in his new venture.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Our old friend, George Howard, put in an appearance with the boys last evening in the most approved style, after quite an absence on his wedding trip. Mrs. Howard is visiting with friends at Wichita, but will return to her home in this city the latter part of the week, from which time on dear George will behave himself.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Mr. Samuel Newell, of New York, president of the Arkansas City Bank, spent several days of the past week in our midst trying to catch up with the growth of our city, since his last visit, six months since. The gentleman expressed himself more pleased than ever with the Canal City, and so say all of us.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

On Thursday, Ross Merrick, living north of town, sent a hired man to the city in charge of two loads of wheat, one of the wagons being driven by a lad. The wheat was sold and the man absconded with the money. Toward evening Mr. Merrick came to look after the missing man, and found his wagon and team standing unhitched in the street, but the man was non est.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Baptismal Services.

Baptismal services were held at the Walnut River on Sunday last at 1 o=clock, p.m., by Rev. Walker, assisted by Rev. W. H. Hurlbutt, at which Mrs. Balcom, Mrs. Matlack, Wm. Gray, Mr. Hine, and a little daughter of Rev. Walker were formally admitted to membership in the Baptist Church, of this city, in the presence of quite a concourse of interested spectators.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

The Commercial Bank.

While our city government is deliberating on the means of supplying our city with water, the owners of the Commercial block are providing a water system of their own. Its completeness reflects credit in their judgment, and the outlay involved bears ample testimony to their enterprise. A tour through the building made by our reporter, with Major Hasie as guide, gave him a knowledge of the details which may, perhaps, be interesting to the reader. The roof surface contains 18,000 feet, and the rain caught on this is carried through four down pipes, and thence through an eight inch stone pipe to a cistern holding 2,000 barrels. A well has also been sunk 112 feet, which has for power a 14 foot windmill with a 62 foot tower. An iron supply pipe 1-1/2 inches in diameter connects the cistern with the mill, and another pipe of similar size, connected with the windmill, raises the water in that receptacle to the tank on the roof. Two surface pumps, directly below the windmill and the operating shaft of the same, can be connected or disconnected at pleasure, so that water can be drawn from the cistern or the well as occasion requires.

On the roof two tanks, with a capacity of 100 barrels each, are placed, connected directly with a 2-1/2 inch pipe (interior diameter), which serves as a distributing main. The service pipes fed by this main pipe supply the bath rooms, water closets, and sinks. A boiler connected with the distributing pipe, heats 200 gallons of water per hour. Hot and cold water pipes thus traverse the building.

On the basement and store floors and on the second story, hose bibs are provided to which hose will be attached in case of fire. A hose reel with 250 feet of hose, is kept adjacent to the elevator, to be hoisted or lowered as required, and run through the corridors to any part of the building. The young men employed in the building will be trained in the use of the hose, and should their services be demanded, they will be competent to deal with a fire without flurry or confusion. The plumbers and other tradesmen are still employed on these preparations, and when the work is completed, the occupants of the building will have as complete a water service as could be furnished in any of the eastern cities.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.


There will be a baptizing of candidates for admission to the Baptist Church of Arkansas City, held at the Walnut River, at one o=clock tomorrow, at which quite a number of baptisms are expected to be solemnized.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Stock Raisers= Meeting.

The Stock Protective Union of Bolton Township will meet at the Bland Schoolhouse, Monday evening, at 8 o=clock, April 27th. All members not present at that time will be dropped from the roll. We mean business. By order of the captain. J. R. RAMSAY.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Church Benefit.

The ladies of the Christian Church, of Arkansas City, on Friday, the 24th inst., will furnish a dinner and supper, to which they invite all their friends. The meals will be spread in Highland Hall, and no pains have been spared to promote the enjoyment of their guests. The proceeds will be devoted to the interest of the Church, and an appeal is made to our citizens to render the enterprise a success.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

MARRIED. Married at New Brighton, Pennsylvania, April 15, 1885, James C. Topliff and Miss Virginia Walton. At home, after May 21, 1885, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Such are the facts we glean from an elegant missive which reached us on Monday last, and in connection with which we can only say that the high contracting parties in the ceremony are well known and universally esteemed in this community and their hosts of friends will unite most heartily in welcoming them upon their return and also in desiring that life=s troublous tide in their case may never be ruffled by the winds of adversity.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

The Boomers Booming.

The Boomers are full of excitement. Capt. Couch returned from his mission to Washington Monday, and reported to his followers the result of his interview with Secretary Lamar. The substance of the conversation has been given as a press dispatch, and it certainly affords no encouragement to the Oklahoma colonists. After the matter was discussed at some length, a committee of thirteen (as we understood the number) was appointed to draft resolutions, and report to an adjourned meeting to be held at 10 a.m. yesterday. But it rained heavily all forenoon and no meeting was held. At noon the train brought in Hon. Sidney Clarke, who put up at the Leland House, and was instantly beset by boomers. A general talk over the situation was held, the outcome of which was an informal extension of the committee appointed the day previously to thirty-two--that being the number of states represented in the colony--and a postponement of the meeting till 9:30 o=clock this (Wednesday) morning. As the TRAVELER goes to press before the hour set for the meeting, we are unable to give a report of the proceedings. It is believed, however, that the present hopelessness of the case will be recognized, and that the colony will disperse to seek some way of living.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.


One Hundred and Thirty Dollars in Special Premiums by the Cowley County Fair Association.

At the last meeting of the directors of the Cowley County Fair Association, the following special premiums were offered, and the county papers requested to publish the same in advance of regular premium list, in order that the farmers of Cowley county may, if they choose, plant and get in readiness for the exhibits. The articles comprised in each of these displays cannot compete for any other premium, and must be grown by the exhibitor during the agricultural year, except when noted.

Best display of products from a single farm in Cowley county. Test to be: 1st, quantity of exhibit; 2nd, quality of exhibit; 3rd, taste in the arrangement of the exhibit. Premium divided as follows: $25.00 to 1st; $15.00 to 2nd; $10.00 to 3rd; $5.00 to 4th.

Best display of grains and grasses on the stalk from a single farm in Cowley county; $10 1st; $5 2nd.

Best display of garden vegetables from a single garden in Cowley county: $10 1st; $5 2nd.

Best display of Cowley county grown clover seed: $2 1st; $1 2nd.

Best display of Coley county grown timothy seed: 1st $; 2nd $1.

Best display of Cowley county grown orchard grass seed: 1st $2; 2nd $1.

Best display of Cowley county grown blue grass seed: 1st $2; 2nd $1.

Best display of Cowley county grown English blue grass seed: 1st $2; 2nd $1.

Best display of fruits from any orchard in Cowley county: 1st $10; 2nd $5.

Best display of fruits grown during this year, open to all: 1st $10; 2nd $5.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Wanted a Hotel.

The influx of strangers into Arkansas City is increasing; the cars every day being crowded with passengers. This may result partly from the publicity given to our burg by the Boomers, whose doings and sayings have ben heralded to the world in daily associated press dispatches during the last two months. Some cities go to a heavy expense to procure a trifle of this amount of advertising. Shakespeare reminds us that some are born great, and some have greatness thrust upon them. The first resort of these visitors is to a hotel, and when an omnibus load is discharged at the door of a city hostelry, beside the stream of pedestrians who struggle in, gripsack in hand, mine host is put to his wit=s ends to provide for so many guests, and before all have a chance to inscribe their autographs on the register, he paralyzes the remainder with Macbeth=s exclamation, AHold! Enough!@ The truth is our meagre hotels are quite inadequate to meet the demands made on their resources. Our people take just credit to themseelves for their enterprise, and point with a feeling of pride to their schoolhouses, churches, and business blocks. But in hotel accommodations the city is sadly lacking. Would it not be a good movement for a company to be founded for the purpose of supplying this need, and furnishing accommodations to persons visiting the city that is in keeping with our prosperous condition? To delay this undertaking much longer, would render it more difficult to procure an eligible site, and thus increase the necessary outlay. As our city attains increased proportions, the demands upon our businessmen grow in corresponding ratio.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

Cheyennes and Arapahoes.

We mentioned last week that Mrs. Berger was in the city, spending a vacation with her friends. We have since learned from that lady that she has resigned her position as matron in the Arapahoe school, and will remain here permanently.

The Cheyennes number 4,000, and have always been a warlike tribe; but the influence of the schools and the extermination of their savage prey, the buffalo, are having a civilizing effect. These are affiliated with the Arapahoes, 2,000 strong, or rather are placed on the same reservation and are under the same agent; but although less apt in taking on white man=s ways than the tribe last named, they regard themselves as of higher caste, and do not allow their children to mix with those of the other tribes.

Some years ago, during the early days of John D. Miles= agency, a schoolhouse was built for the children of the two tribes, and it opened with sixty scholars. A few acres of land were fenced in, and plowed for the boys to learn gardening, and the girls were introduced to the art of housekeeping. But the repulsion between the two tribes soon manifested itself in the scholars, the Cheyenne children refusing to eat at the same table or sleep in the same dormitory with the young Arapahoes. As a consequence, the building had to be partitioned off, and the dining room and dormitory divided.

The subject of schools suggests an amusing incident in Arapahoe history. Some contraband whiskey dealers being caught selling liquor to the Indians, they were indicted and put on trial in Topeka. Agent Miles was present with half a dozen Arapahoe chiefs as witnesses for the government. He then took them to Leavenworth, to show them the world, and on the suggestion of this writer, showed them over the Morris school. As the wondering red men were taken from room to room, beginning with the primary grade and ending with the high school, and remarked the quiet that prevailed and the careful classification of the young people, the head chief, Big Mouth, was moved to oratory, and throwing off his blanket, giving to view his brawny muscles, spoke through an interpreter as follows.

AI come with the agent to see the places where the pole faced dwell. This man who writes (making a rude imitation with his hands) brings me here. The pale face children learn in these rooms all that the white man knows. I have wandered with my people many years; have fought soldiers and seen many of my braves killed. I like this better than fighting. The white man outwits the Indian every time, and this because he has schools. I will go home and counsel with my people and ask Washington to build me a school just like it. I have no more words to say.@

This visit to the Leavenworth high school was probably not without effect, for the interest in schools among the Cheyennes and Arapahoes has greatly increased of late, and we have the assurance of Mrs. Berger that the young people are making satisfactory progress. The present superintendent of the Arapahoe school is Prof. McLane, appointed April 1st, vice Mr. A. P. Hutchison, of this city, resigned. His assistant teachers are Miss Lamond, of Washington, D. C., and Miss Hamilton, of Illinois. One hundred scholars are enrolled, but the building is hardly adequate to the requirements. Two young Arapahoes who spent three years in the Carlisle school are at the Agency, one engaged as commissary clerk. The pay of the teachers is $60 a month, and they are paid for the summer vacation of two months, if they re-engage. Mr. Whiting is superintendent of the Cheyenne school, which has an enrollment of ninety scholars.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.


A Friend to the Enterprise Offers Some Useful Suggestions.

ED. TRAVELER: In your issue last week you have a brief report of a meeting held in Judge Pyburn=s office the preceding Saturday evening, to consider the question of organizing a building association. Your report says, Athere was but a small gathering of men interested in the enterprise.@ This slim attendance was caused by some failure to connect. The meeting was called for 8 o=clock, and at 15 minutes past that hour, the hall of the building was filled with men drawn there to take part. But the judge=s door was locked and his office unlit. After waiting awhile I, with others, left for our homes, supposing the meeting would not be held. This, however, made no material difference, as I see the few present resolved to incorporate and procure a charter, and then give those who desire to take stock, a chance to subscribe for shares.

I think the movement timely, as homes for working-men are hard to obtain in our city, and many people are driven away who would stay amongst us if they could procure houses to live in. Seeing that the growth of Arkansas City is so steady, and the confidence felt in our future prosperity is so general, I am surprised that some of our moneyed men do not, in combination or individually, build a number of inexpensive dwelling houses to rent to those seeking homes. Such an investment would pay a big interest, and it would be a public benefit in aiding the growth of the city.

Since men of capital do not put their means to such a use, this building society scheme is projected that the poorer class may help themselves. I, for one, favor it, and if the method of conducting it meets my approval, shall want to buy a few shares. But those who go into such an enterprise, and who, like the writer of this letter, depend upon their labor for their living, must not expect to acquire a home without making a sacrifice, and running some danger of losing their money. As an instance, I can mention the case of a fellow workman (a carpenter) in Northern Kansas, who built himself a house by means of a loan obtained from a building society, and, who fell into evil fortune while he was paying his monthly dues. He had sickness in his family, he cut his leg with an axe, and during the winter he was idle two months. The by-laws of the society provided that the member who fell behind three months in his dues, should forfeit his stock; or more properly speaking, it was sold, the claims of the society deducted from the proceeds, and the balance, if any, handed to the delinquent member. This man saved his home, but it was by putting his family on a diet of corn-meal and potatoes, the neighbors helping them out through their winter=s privation.

Let me give another instance. In an Indiana town I took ten shares each in two building societies--twenty shares in all. I thought to buy a lot with the money obtained from one society, and to build a house with a loan from the other. My dues were twenty dollars a month, which added to the rent I was paying ($15 a month), were beyond my means. I was desirous to build a house, and thus deliver myself from the burden of rent. But others were like myself, probably, the competition was keen, and I had to pay a premium of 50 percent to obtain my loan. With this I bought a building lot, but when I sought to obtain money from the other society to put up my house, it was refused me on the ground that the mortgage on my first lot, held by the first society, if foreclosed, would sweep in all improvements. Seeing that this way of procuring a home did not help me, I tried to dispose of my lot, but purchasers refused to deal with me because I could not guarantee when the payments to the building society would come. When I finally got clear, I found myself $107 out by the venture.

I mention these incidents, and they could be multiplied by the score, to put those who may take part in framing the rules of the proposed building association on their guard. This is an effort on the part of the working-class to procure themselves homes without paying tribute to capital. Let your rules be stringent enough to protect the interest of all, but don=t make them so unyielding as to crush out a member who happens to be down. Working-men should stand by one another. I would modify the penalty article, by providing for a board of equity or counsel, who should inquire into the cause of the delinquency in a member, and if it is found to proceed from causes over which he had no control, to submit his case to a regular meeting of the members, on a motion that an extension of time (a sort of dispensation of grace) be granted. This selling out the house of a poor fellow under a mortgage held by a building society, when he is unable to help himself, is an ugly feature in the association business.

By writing thus, Mr. Editor, I do not seek to throw any difficulty in the way of organizing the proposed building society. I am a friend to all associations for useful purposes. In union there is strength. But let us allow proper regard for the weak. The tendency of our social life is to trample upon the defenseless ones in our eager effort to come out ahead. When we combine for mutual aid, let this selfish instinct be restrained. I find in my days= talks and walks quite a number of our citizens who take an interest in this building enterprise. Let another public meeting be incorporated, and the sound judgment of the members may be trusted to frame safe and humane rules.


Arkansas City, Kansas, April 20, 1885.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

A building association has been formed in Douglass, Butler County, and will begin business the 12th of May.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

From Our Exchanges.

The Udall Sentinel notes as evidences of growth during the past year, a good elevator, several new business houses, a fine stone block, a municipal incorporation, a fine stone quarry, a $20,000 flouring mill, an additional lumber yard, two more church buildings, and a chance of getting the D. M. and A. Road.

Winfield Courier: All over Cowley=s fair domain farmers are erecting new and substantial residences, some of which are very handsome and valuable.

The same journal says: The rise in Timber Creek, Thursday morning, caught one hundred head of sheep belonging to John Andrews, near Floral. Henry Dickens also lost twenty-five head. They were corraled near the creek, and the water came up before anyone was aware of it.

C. M. Magill, late of the Conway Springs Star, has moved his printing office to Wellington, and will soon begin publishing the Clarke County Chief.

The Catholics of Caldwell will at once begin the erection of a church building. They have the lots bought and paid for, as well as money enough on hand to pay for the building of the foundation.

The installment of Rev. T. R. Anderson as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell, will take place tomorrow.

A deluging rain storm fell in Burden last week, and two horses, owned by William Elliott, were killed by lightning. S. J. Day=s residence, in the northeast part of the city was struck, but no serious damage was done.

Indian Chieftain: A move is on foot in the southeastern part of Kansas to arrange for securing homes on the Quapaw strip. The plan is to organize and quietly await until congress opens that country for settlement, when the members propose to move over and stake out their claims. The tract embraces 96,000 acres.

The Southern Kansas Railway Company are building a depot at Cherryvale, which will be the largest and finest on the line of that road. The building is two stories in height.

The Winfield Courier man visited the Boomer camp in this city a few days ago, and his Acollections@ are thus recorded: ATo witness the spectacle of strong, able-bodied men with families, patiently and indolently sitting down with a spectre that shows no signs whatever of leading them to anything but poverty and ruin, lessons faith in humanity, and elicits the wonder that the fool killer don=t attend more strictly to his business.@

An election was held in Kingman County a week ago on the proposition to vote $125,000 county bonds to aid in the construction of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railroad. An unusually heavy vote was cast, which resulted in a majority of 287 for the issue of the bonds.

The St. Joseph Herald has learned that the contract for fifty miles of rail for the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railroad has been let to the Joliet Iron Company, of Joliet, Illinois, and that the contract for grading will be signed this week. This work will be commenced at Baxter Springs and completed to Coffeyville at an early day, a distance of fifty miles. In addition to this it is the intention to endeavor to complete one hundred miles this season, making one hundred and fifty miles in operation. The project was put on foot in November of 1883, and in 1884 a survey was completed to Kingman City. Starting at Baxter Springs, the line passes entirely across the state through the counties of Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery, Chautauqua, Cowley, Sumner, Kingman, Pratt, Stafford, Pawnee, Ness, Lane, Scott, Wichita, Greely, thence direct to Denver, Colorado. The people along the proposed route are bent upon having the road, and almost every city, town, village, township, and county has voted most liberal aid. At Chetopa the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic connects with the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, and at Baxter Springs with the Fort Scott & Gulf railroad. The country through which the line passes is as fair as any under the sun, and is selling up rapidly, with a most prosperous future before it.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.

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