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GREAT BEND, KANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 5, 1887.
THE NORMAL SCHOOL!
In Splendor it Shall
AN ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING
OF THE CITIZENS OF
They decide to build a Normal Col
I lege $23,000 already sub-
scribed, and the amount
will soon reach
No Such Word as Fail.
Notwithstanding the rain last night
the court house was packed at an early
hour with enthusiastic citizens who hail
assembled for the purpose of taking
some steps in regard to founding a
Normal College at this place. Owing
to the rain there were but few ladies
out, but they are taking a lively inter
est in the matter.
D. N. Ileizer called the meeting to
order, and nominated Mayor A. J.
I Uuckland for permanent chairman of
the meeting. The motion being put
was unanimously carried. Mayor Buck
land o,n taking the chair made a short
speech setting forth the wonderful ad
vance made by the city in tire last two
years. On motion and second C. W.
Murphy was elected secretary. The
chairman then called on Mr. Ileizer to
explain the object of the meeting.
, Mr. Ileizei took the floor and made a
short speech setting forth the object of
the meeting. He explained by what
method it was proposed to raise this
money. The plan was siinj'ar to that
adopted to build the College. Mr.
Ileizer read and fully explained the
agreement. He also took occasion to
say that he had seen W. F. White, of
the A., T. & 8. F. railroad, and he
(White) had assured him that when
Great Bend wanted an excursion we
could have as many cars as we needed.
After this the meeting was addressed
by the llev. liosworth and a number of
other gentlemen. The tenor of all the
speeches made was that Great Bend
should go ahead in this matter and to
build the Normal.
ft was moved and seconded that the
chair, appoint a committee of three to
solicit subscription from the audience.
This wits carried and the chair ap
pointed llev. Bosworth, Messrs. Ileizer
and Langford as such committee. The
committee in a few minutes reported
that the amount raised was something
over $3,000, which makes the total sum
subrcribed at present $23, 000.
It was moved and carried that the
chair appoint a committee of three to
solicit subscription from the people
generally. The chair then announced
that the same committee would be con
tinued. It was also moved and carried
that three ladies be added to the com
mittee. The chair named the follow
ing ladies: Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Dr. Mc
Cormack and Mrs. Bell.
Mr-Ileizer then introduced the fol
l lowing resolution which was carried
with great enthusiasm: "He-solved,
that it iis hereby publicly declared
that the Great Bend Normal school
man ie a success. Alter which a
motion to- adjourn prevailed and the
people separated after a very harmoni
I. have had my dog killed for the
reason we believed him mad. While
it may not lie a case of genuine
hydrophobia, the indications are such
as to cause the greatest of caution, as
he has been fighting several other
dogs. The old dog owned by Gains
fords was effected in the same way
and died in a fit a week ago. But as
he was so old, we did not think much
of it at the time; but think, now,
that he bit our dog, as they had l?en
fighting. The authorities should take
immediate action to prevent any seri
ous accidents. W. L Bolixger.
Hon. Wta. E. Fuller, member of
congress from the fourth Iowa district,
came into the city last Saturday even
ing, and is the guest of his kinsmau,
D. N. Ileizer. He is highly pleased
with Great Bend and its prospects,
and will make some investments be
The revenue derived by the Johnson
City World from land office notices is
over $250 a month.
The Wichita papers are still full of
the sewerage question. This is a knotty
question to be considered, and one
that is liable to be so for some time to
come in Wichita.
While real estate is not so lively in
most Kansas towns as it was six weeks
ago, yet the boom is undiminished.
The fact is, when the farming season
comes, the Kansan goes to work and
nothing will induce him to sell out his
homestead. This of course has de
creased the sale of farms. As to town
lots, they are still active.
The latest arrival to our sanctum
table is the McCmcken Enterprise. It
is one of the most creditable country
papers in this part of the state, and de
serves to succeed. Mr. Newton "we
know personally; and we can testify
that he is a good newspaper man. Most
of our readers -will remember that he
was proprietor of the Pawnee Bock
Hereafter the editorial sanctum
of the Graphic and also the Demo
crat will be upstairs in the Opera
House block. Persons having business
with that department, can call up
there. But the business department of
both papers will still be in the base
ment where all persons having busi
ness with either office in regard to ads.,
subscription, etc., should call. This
move was made necessary by the
crowded condition of our office down
There will always be found in every
community some prophets of evil
some who prefer to look at the gloomy,
rather than the bright side. Only a
week or two since this school of proph
ets were predicting that Kansas was
surely to be visited by a drouth this
year. But the rain came, and our peo
ple were made glad. Now since there
is no further fear of drouth, these men
are declaring that Kansas is growing
at a pace too rapid for permanency.
But in this they are as far wrong as in
their first predictions.
The rains of late have almost in
sured bountiful crops in western and
central Kansas this year. In fact there
was never a more confident and cheer
ful people than those inhabiting the
country from here to the eastern line
of Colorado. Their faith in the coun
try, in its possibilities, is unbounded.
The fear that what in our western par
lance is called a ''boom1" will die is not
well founded. The prospects of west
ern Kansas are blighter to-day than
ever before the army of immigrants
is larger than ever before the towns
are building as never before. We as
sure our friends in the east that this
boom is no transient affair, but will
continue until every foot of these fertile
plains is under cultivation.
It must afford the Republican lead
ers the most exquisit pain when they
contemplate the present prosperity of
a country under a Democratic adminis
tration. It is fresh in the memory of
every voter in this country that they
foretold the most direful consequences
in case Cleveland was elected in "S4.
But Cleveland was elected and we are
having a general prosperity that is as
surprising as it is gratifying. The
Democratic party does not propose to
follow the lead of the Republicans and
try to rob the Deity of the credit of
seasonable years and a fertile soil.
But we do propose to say that the fin
ances of this country have been man
aged with a consummate skill and un
impeachable integrity since Mr. Cleve
land was installed. We are tirmly
persuaded that the Republican leaders
were never doubtful of Mr. Cleveland
or his ability, and the result shows that
they were only trying to dupe their
more ignorant followers. How long
will the rank and file of that party be
led by men who will thus deliberately
concoct and preach what they know is
false? We read the signs amiss if the
Kansas republicans are to be duped in
'8S as they were in "Si. We are not
prepared to say that Cleveland will be
our next candidate; but whether he is
or is not, the Democratic party win be,
n the future as in the past, committed
to the principle of governmental re
form. No rebel war debts have been
paid as predicted, and the Republican
prophets, who were loud in proclaim
ing that such would be the policy of a
Democratic administration, are put to
shame. Since the Civil war, Ave have
had no administration that has given
such universal satisfaction as the pres
ent, and we are forward to predict that
American people will reward the party
that has been true to its pledges.
ATCHISON AIR LINE.
The Santa Fe Engineers Enter
The Proposed new Main Line From To
peka to Denver Vast Quantities
of Construction Material1 on
Hand Preparing to Build
ExtcutioiiM on the Coast.
One week ago yesterday several par
ties of civil engineers arrived in this
city from the southwestern part of the
state, where they had been for some
time engaged in running lines for the
Santa Fe. They remained for a few
days resting and awaiting orders and
on Thursday were again sent into the
A Commonwealth reporter interviw
ed one of the members while here and
was informed that this time they go
out to make a preliminary survey for
what is eventually to be the main line
of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa IV
road, one party beginning at Topeka
and working west, the other starting
near Marion. According to the en
gineer's story, the Santa Fe is about to
begin active work on the construction
of a shorter line to Denver, the route
to be followed taking in Fskridge,
Council Grove, Marion, McPherson,
Great Bend, Rush Center, Ness City,
Dighton, Scott City and Horace, Gree
ley county. The line would thus pass
through the counties of Shawnee, Wa
baunsee, Lyon, Marion, McPherson,
Rice, Barton, Rush, Ness, Lane, Scott,
Wichita and Greeley.
An examination of the map will
show that a road built through the
points named would be very nearly an
air line between the eastern terminus
of the Santa Fe, Atchison, and the
capital of Colorado. It would be an
air line irom Atchison to Marion and
from Marion to Denver. The object
is, apparently, to shorten distances and
save time, to cut off the zig-zigs and
meanderings of the old main line and
to enable the company to still more suc
cessfully compete with its many would
be rivals. To be sure it would para
lel its own road from Marion to Ness
City, but that would amount to little
in view of the end sought.
The engineer stated further that an
enormous amount of material had been
massed along the line at various places
and especially between Great Bend and
Rush Center, where he says there are
ties enough piled up to build a road
clear through to Denver. He seemed
positive in the belief that the mission
upon which the parties were set out
from Topeka on Thursday was the ac
complishment of this object, and in
view of the schemes now being act
ively prosecuted by the dozen or more
companies in Kansas, it is possible that
he is right. At all events, it is certain
that the old reliable Kansas line, which
has held its own for so long, will not
submit to being outdone by any other
road that invades or disputes its terri
When the people of Great Bend
are fully aroused to the importance of
a subject, no people are more harmo
nious or persevering. They will sub
scribe money, they will donate their
time, they will spare no exertion in
order to further anything that they
are lully convinced will benefit the
town. But they must first be con
vinced that the enterprise will bene
fit the town. We are now working
to establish an institution that will
be a most important factor in our
future growth, namely, a normal
school. In order to make it a success
we must have the hearty co-opration
of every citizen. But the people
should understand the whole matter
and the good that will result from it.
It is therefore incumbent on every
patriotic citizen to resolve himself into
a committee of one anil set to work to
make the plan and provisions of this
enterprise clearly understood. This
will greatly facilitate the work of the
soliciting committee and thereby en
able them to make an early report.
Topeka is again bewailing her fate.
This time the grievance is that their
associate press agent does not manage
to send out their bank clearances, as
Murdock of Wichita does for the latter
city. We see no way out of the troub
le only by transplanting Murdock from
Immense new stock, the largest in the country.
NEW and ELEGANT DESIGNS
If you are in need of any kind of dishes from the common to the more
costly, you can hardly fail to be suited by calling at my place.
77 SE. ZEST. ZEZrSIESiTIE!".
J. V. BRIMKftlAN c CO.,
ESTABLISHED IN 1874.
DOES .A. GENERAL EAISTKIlSrO
On long time, with the privilege ol
paying at any time.
WU ALLEH-BQB3ABD BLOCK: W- Tfl. IRELillffD-
AND DEALERS IN
Real Estate, Deeded Farms, Govern
In all parts of Barton County. Final Proof and other Government Land papers
executed with dispatch. Deeds and Mortgages mado aad acknowledged.
CITY PROPERTY FOR SALE OR RENT.
KANSAS PACIFIC .3 RAILROAD LANDS.
Come and Sec Us, or
Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas.
ZEa-in-c; a,ra.d. Stsuple G-rocsries.
A Large and Well Assorted St. k of yUKIiXMVAItE, GLA.vs and WOOMCNWAKK.
Also, Dealer io all tiii'li
Hard, and Soft Coal.
BLACKSMITH AND ANTHRACITE COAL A SPECIALTY.
ALL KIKUS OK
C3-IOXJ2SriD JLlTTD CHOP jEEIEO
OPPOSITE NEW GRAND ARMY HALL ON MAIN ST.
Groceries, Queensware, Dry Good?, Clothing, Hats and
Baps, Boots and Shoes.
Goods in excliange for produce.
ALBERT, - - - Barton County, - - KANSAS.
Send for Circulars.
FULL LINE OF
TUEO. C. COLE. LLKICK.C. COLE
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Office In Court House.
eSCounsel i" German by Tbeo. C. Cole.
MA1IER & OSMOND,
Rooms 4 and 5 in Allen's DIock,
GREAT BEND - - KAN.
IL T. ICW ALT.
J. II. BEMENT.
EW ALT & BEHEST,
Attorneys at Real Estate
and Lean Agents,
Qollecting a Specialty,
Rent Property and Pay Taxes.
C. F. MFFEXBACHEir,
. A. BANTA.
OIFFESS&CBEK I SANTA,
Attorneys at Law
Ollu in AlliMi-lIuMiard Jilock, rooiuy ami 11.
J. IL JEXXLSOX,
Ri:h:rceli k Jennis:n,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW,
Collection and Loan Airents. Farm
Loans Made at Lowest Kates. Of-
lice over First National 1 taint.
CHEAT JiEXI, - - KAS.
Physician & Surgeon.
Headquarters at Allen's Druj? Store
A. Y. McCOfiKIl'K, M. D.,
Physician & Surgeon.
Offlc. over Dodjre & Co.' a Hardware 6 tor,
Korthwet Corner fcuuare.
PHY5ICIAKS AND SUR&SQXS.
IIKAIKJUAKTEIW. AT "
Wilscn k Shaw's Drug Store
DR. "Vr. H. WHITE,
Oilice in the Willner JMoc-k. opposite
the Postodiee. Nijjht calls promptly
attended to, lamp lnminj at oilice door
GKi:AT JJKXI), - - K'AS.
HOTELS AND RESTAURANT.
Terms Reasonable. Cood SampI
EAST BIDS O? B QUAKE,
Great Bend - - - Kansas.
Near the Depot. Dest accommodations In
the city for the money. Transient, f L&0 per
day. Day board per week, $4-00. A good
feed tabic attached.
IS. I. HOLMES,
Restaurant and Confectionery, day board
and lodging. Fine cfgars and tobacco, can
dies, etc., always on hand. All kinds of
drinks in their season. Oysters in every
Forert Avenue, first door west of the Post-
PROVISIONS AHD PR0DUC3.
A new and splendid" line of goods,
which I am selling at the very
lowest figures?. When you need any
thing n lns line give him a caJi.
First door north of Robinson & Ster
ett'b hardware etore.