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HAYS, ELLIS CO., KANSAS, JUNE 6, 1908.
The fifth annual banquet of the West
tern Kansas State Normal was held in
the Brunswick Annex Monday evening.
Contrary to the custom of former
years, the banquet was not public, the
members of the board of regents pre
sent and the graduating class being the
guests of the facnlty of the school. No
others were in attendance.
After a most excellent repast, served
under the direction of Mrs. Frank
Fields, the following toasts were re
"No Day Without its Line," W. S.
Picken. Mr. Picken, who has been
with our school from its beginning,
briefly reviewed its history and spoke
of some of the early "trials and cares"
of teachers and students. He believes
that the Western State Normal will
ultimately become the "big" school of
western Kansas, and if his successors
put forth one-half the effort he has, if
they carry on the work he has planned,
there is little doubt but that his pre
diction will come true.
"The Leader" was responded to by
Miss Mabel Rowlison. Mips Rowlison
is the first editor-in-chief of the first
school paper of tne Western Normal,
and therefore doubly qualified to speak
on this subject.
"The Booster" was responded to by
Prof. Boodine, head of philosophy at
the state university. Mr. Boodine be
lieves we should have a graduate school
in the state. He is also of the opinion
that teachers are paid too little. It is
needless to say his views in this respect
are shared by all others in his profes
sion. He paid fine tribute to the Nor
mal and is a firm believer in its suc
cess. "As the Regents See Us" was re
sponded to by Judge Kellogg. Mr.
Kellogg doesn't sugar-coat things and
when he says a thing we know he
means it. He said he always felt more
at home in Hays than in any other town
where there is a state institution. Mr.
Kellogg was the first president of the
"Quien Sabe" the subject of the last
toast by Miss Ida Solomon, gave oppor
tunity for the. "last word", which is
woman's eternal right. Miss Solomon
took advantage of it and several of the
seniors were "receivers general" for
J. S. Bird presided as toastmaster.
His mode of introducing the toasters
was as much appreciated as the toasts
themselves. Mr. Bird should be elect
ed toastmaster for life.
The annual banquet is looked forward
to as the crowning event of each year's
work, and the banquet of '08 will be
sure to last long in the memories of
those who were so fortunate as to be
At the State Normal last Friday eve
ning the play of Hamlet was given by
by the class of oratory and was well
rendered, pleasing the large audience
assembled, every seat, over 400, in the
Gymnasium being occupied, and many
were compelled to stand. The new
ecenery was quite city-like and appro
priate, while the receipts were pleas
ing to the management and they feel
gratified at so liberal an attendance.
If possible, some play will be given by
the students in the new auditorium dur
ing the summer term so our citizens can
see it when finished.
It has always been our endeavor and always will
be our endeavor to so conduct our store in every part
of it, that each and every customer who comes here to
trade will experience nothing but the utmost satisfac
tion. Satisfaction in the way our service is conducted.
Satisfaction in the courtesy extended.
Satisfaction in the quality and style of goods.
If there is one thing above another that we exert
ourselves over it is to secure from the manufacturers
only such goods as we know will give our customers
It is on such lines, as these on the one motto of
absolute satisfaction in every deal that we solicit business.
The members of the Essex Club of
this city are arranging to hold a public
reception and dance in their new club
house on the afternoon and evening of
July 4. This will give the people of
Ellis county and their friend3 an oppor
tunity to visit the largest and finest
equipped private club house in Kansas.
The formal opening of the new club
house will be celebrated on the even
ing of July 3 with a banquet and dance
for the benefit of the club members
and their lady friends. We uuderstand
Springer's orchestra of Salina has been
engaged for both occasions.
4 'Presidi ng Elder" No More.
Baltimore, Md., June 1 The time
honored title "presiding elder" was
abolished by the adoption of a minority
report from the revision committee of
the Methodist general conference to
day, recommending that the name be
changed to "district superintendent,"
by a vote of 322 ayes to 210 noes. This
radical change of terms is the out
growth of a desire to denote the office
more correctly. It has been said for a
long while that the presiding elder to
day is, in reality, a superintendent,
that this term should be given him since
his office is no longer merely sacrament
al, but administrative.
Found "Not, Cuilty."
District Court is in session at Hays
this week and liquor cases have con
sumed most of the court's time. Jake
and Ambrose Staab charged with sel
ling liquors were found not guilty by
the jury. The case against Alois Staab
on the same charge is now being tried.
Attendence at court has been rather
Tae Normal Commencement.
The sixth annual commencement ex
ercises of the Western Normal School
located at this city were held in the
new auditorium last Monday morning.
Nearly every seat in the large auditor
ium was taken and the audience were
well repaid . for their attendance. - J .
W. Gleed of Topeka who was to make
the principal address of the day was
unexpectedly called to New York City
on business, but he sent a very able
substitute in Prof. J. E. Boodine of
the chair of philosophy in Kansas Uni
versity. The professor took for his
subject a very appropriate topic, "The
Value of an Education." Many pleas
ing little anecdotes served xto enliven
one of the best addresses ever heard at
any commencemeet exercises in this
city. The Valedictory by H. E. Pearce,
president of the class of 1908 was well
prepared and in well framed words the
speaker thanked the regents, the fac
ulty and the citizens. The musical
numbers by Mrs. Shively, Mrs. Wiest,
Miss Carrick and Miss Pestana were
especially fine and received hearty ap
plause at the conclusion of each num
ber. The new grand piano, which was
used for fhe first time at the exercises
Sunday and Monday, is a very beauti
ful and sweet-toned instrument. L. B.
Kellogg, secretary of the board of re
gents, presented the diplomas to the
twenty-nine graduates with few well
The. auditorium was filled Sunday
morning to hear the Baccalaureate
sermon by Dean Kaye of Topeka.
Decoration Day was well observed in
our city, the post-office, banks and
stores closing part of the day. The
Odd Fellows and citizens accompanied
the G. A. R. to the cemetery, where
the graves were decorated and appro
priate service held. In the afternoon
the hall was crowded and the services
were very interesting and appropriate.
It was a beautiful day, the cemetery
was visited by nearly everybody, and
the floral decorations were beautiful.
This year many of the graves of those
whose families live elsewhere were
decorated by loving friends.
! The cemetery has been very nicely
fixed up by the directors and presented
a very pleasing effect to the many visi
tors. Last year there was much stealing of
flowers at the cemetery after Decora
tion. This year the managrers hired
Andrew Maska to watch and not a flow
er was taken.
The Sunday School Convention.
The Ellis County Sunday School As
sociation met in annual convention in
the Methodist Episcopal Church at
Hays on Tuesday and Wednesday of
this week. The convention was called
to order by the president A. W. Wilde
and Rev. Brown conducted the first
hour of devotion. Rev. Wiest welcom
ed the convention and Rev. Smith gave
a short talk on the subject, "The Real
Purpose of the Sunday School. The
convention quartette composed of the
Misses Brown, Dickinson, Swires and
Westbrook rendered a most beautiful
selection. Prof. Light gave a most
interesting address on, "The Teacher's
Responsibility" and Miss Abbie West
brook read a carefully prepared paper
on, "The Scholar's Responsibility."
Rev. Wiest introduced the subject of
"The Teacher's Highest Aim for His
Class." On Tuesday evening the state
secretary J. H. Engle occupied the ses
sion with an entertaining and instruc
tive address. The male chorus render
ed a number of selections. Rev. Bow
en of Ellis conducted devotional exer
cises Wednesday morning and. many
interesting; discussions took place.
The paper of Mr. Frankenberger
was very appropriate and the discus
sion of the topic of "Home Depart
ment." E. R. Cole, the delegate to
the state convention, gave a report of
his trip. Wednesday afternoon after
devotions by Rev. Goodman the various
schools of the county were repcrted.
Mrs. Warren read a paper on, "The
Use of the Bible in the Home" follow
ed by Mrs. Pestana on "The Use of
the Bible in the School." At the busi
ness session A. ,W. Wilde was elected
president; Rev. Wiest, secretary; E.
R. Cole, vice president; Mrs. Wiest,
asst. sec'y. Rev. Childress conducted
a devotional hour in the afternoon and
the Misses Westbrook and Dickinson
sang a duet. The evening session was
occupied with an address by Judge
Ruppenthal and music by the male
George Bannister Dead.
We are sorry to record the death on
Tuesday night, June 2, of George Ban
nister, Sr. at the home of his daughter
Mrs. Isaac Zeigler. He was 73 years old,
came here from Ohio in Aug. 1874 and
is well known to everybody in our com
munity. He leaves five children, his wife
having died here in March 1898. The
funeral was held at St. Joseph's church
Friday morning and was largely attend
ed, file was buried in our cemetery be
side his wife. Several of the children
came home to attend the funeral and
they and those here have the sympathy
of their many friends.
Stubbs Speaks Here Friday.
W. R. Stubbs, republican candidate
lor governor, will speak in the G. A.
R. Hall next Friday at 2 p. m. Every
one should come out and hear Mr.
Stubbs speech as he is one of the most
prominent members of the Kansas
legislature. No admission will be char
Notices is hereby given that sealed
bid3 will be received at the office of the
city clerk of Hays City, Kansas, until
noon of June 10, 1908 for the furnish
ing of all materials, erection and con
struction of cement crossings in said
city, at places to be designated by the
street commissioner of said city. Plans
and specifications for same will be
found on file with the city clerk of said
A proper bond will be required of
contractor, and the mayor and council
reserve the right to reject any and all
bids. C. A. Harkness, 29-2t
Ellis County WHi Have a Good Crop.
i The rains have made it certain of an
J immense wheat crop in Ellis county
1 this year and our farmers will need
several hundred good harvest hands,
but wheat will not be ripe until July 1
and the hands should not come here
before that time and be at the expense
of boarding or camping out. Good
hands will get $2.50 a day and man
with team $3.50 and board.
The institute is the largest, most
wide-awake, finest, and yes, it has
been said, the best looking in years.
Why some of the erirls went down the
street recently and frightened a horse.
Miss Basgall, Miss Horton and Geo.
Johnson visited us Wednesday.
Enrollment has reached seventy-nine.
Mr. Jantzen's ardor for institute
work seems to have been easily cooled.
It lasted only through the first week.
Work was suspended Monday at 10:10
and the institute went in a body to the
commencement exercises of the W. K.
Three of our members have with
drawn. Steve was kept in a state of physical
and mental excitement last week until
he learned that "O joy!" was just a
by-word mong the girls.
If Mr. Christiansen should apply for
a position as bell-boy he could not even
get the cord.
Although Mr. Light is the instructor
in Theory and Practice he has had one
time-honored theory overturned since
the beginning of Normal. He has dis
covered that the placisg of girls on the
front seats does not necessarily keep
Georgia Ross of Ellis is one of the
The wise girls have learned that the
physiology class is the best for first
Mr. Grabbe was an institute visitor
Tuesday. Mrs. Light and Peter John
son were visitors, Monday.
The candidates for county superin
tendent are cordially invited to attend.
Supt." Grabbe has imported a great
deal of "common sense" but will have
to send for another supply as it is very
much in demand.
Wednesday morning Mr. Ford ap
pointed Miss Humphries, Mr. Valen
tine Weigle and Miss Ramsey as the
reportorial staff of the institute.
Thirty copies of "current events"
were distributed Wednesday morning
and a news report will be a feature of
the general exercises Friday.
The masculine portion of the insti
tute will be seriously handicapped if
the socials are instituted. A suggest
ion for a motto, if one is needed, would
be "16 to 1."
Taxes Tire Due.
The second installment of taxes are
due and must be paid by June 20 or
the penalty will be added.
Dolly Varden Chocolates at Hark
ness'. .10, .35 and .65. ' 28-tf
The city water is being extended into
the Yost elevator for fire protection.'
Millard Kirkman is delivering lots of
sand now-a-days for building purposes.
Alfalfa fields are being cut for the
first crop this week and the yield is
Miss Olive Westbrook, W. K. S. N.
'08, is learning typography in the Free
Mrs. Jordan accompanied Miss Mary
Ryan to her home in Jackson county
Get good seats for the Messick Bros,
musical entertainment next Thursday.
The program will be fine.
The brick sidewalk is now being laid
by the railroad company on their track
approaches on Fort street.
Rev. Childress, Rev. Chambers and
Mrs. S. J. Holman were attending the
convention here Wednesday.
Lawrence Cole left Thursday even- i
ing for a summer's visit with his sis
ter Alice at Silverton, Colorado.
Rev. Bowen, Mrs. Wm. Martin and
Ruth Rippey of Ellis drove down Wed
nesday for the Sunday School Conven
tion. Flowers are now in bloom beautifully
all over our city. Mrs. W. W. Paul
has a lovely display of rose3 in her
Chris Wise ha3 bought the two lots
formerly owned by J as. Carter, adjoin
ing McKee's residence, and intends
building this f all.
I Call and see my
i Hot Weather ouitmes.
Coat and Pants to order from $13.00 up.
I VERY SPECIAL
K Single Coat made of Drap D'ete, only - $6.00
j Single Coat made of Sicilian, only - -
PHONE NO. 90
Miss Neva Bell visited in Ellis from
Friday until Sunday.
Out at Al RopkV horre in Buckeye
they report a big baby boy.
George Bear went to Collyer Tuesday
night to visit with his sister, returning
The flag was floated Decoration day
on the top of the new Catholic school
Tony Jacobs and Chris Wise have
another job as store masons in the
Keagy house at Ellis.
Tuesday morning the Normal stu
dents held their first chapel exercises
in their new auditorium room.
The heavy wind Sunday night moved
from its foundation the big barn of M.
R. Moore in Lookout township.
Anas McGuire and family, who have
been visiting here, returned to their
home at Kanopolis on Wednesday.
Prin. W. S. Picken of the Normal
School left Monday night for Emporia
to attend a meeting of the board of
Another Eglishman has settled in
Ellis county. John Mulvey of Ellis had
his nephew from London to help him
in his furniture store.
For several years Mrs. Jennie Martin
of Ellis has been trying for a pension
and'it has come at last, getting her back
pay and $12 a month hereafter.
Assessor R. C. Hall of Ellis and Ass
essor Philip Jacobs of Hays City turned
in their books last week ready for the
Equalization board which meets this
Louis Johnson has bought out his
brother Will's interest in the meat
market and hereafter will be sole pro
prietor. Max Switzer of Ellis is assist
Fred Rea, brother of Attorney E. A.
Rea, began work Monday morning in
the electric light plant. He is an elec
trical engineering student at Kansas
University and will return to complete
his studies in the fall.
Miss Mildred Pestana left Wednesday
morning for Topeka where she will
spend a month visiting friends'. She
stopped off at Russell and attended the
Laing Hill wedding Wednesday even
ing. A stroke of lighting Sunday night
after midnight set fire to the residence
of Paul Pfannestiel in the nortneastpart
of town, entirely destroying the house
and all its contents. Fortunately he
carried some insurance.
The Annual Catalogue of the State
University is out and contains about 200
pages. It shows that Ellis county had
12 students there part of the year.
Their total enrollment reached 2063.
Their summer term begins June 11
and fall term September 16.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Downing left
Tuesday night on a month's vacation.
Mr. Downing went to Excelsior Springs
where he will attend his old friend Jos.
Clark and Mrs. Downing will visit in
Kansas City until Mr. Downing's re
turn, when they will both go to Sioux
City for a few weeks visit.
Charles A. Miller, Jr. of Hays car
ried off many honors this week at the
commencement of the St. John's Mili
tary Academy at Salina, viz: General
Military Efficiency Medal, Capt. Mil
ler; Prize to winning team at wall scal
ing and a diploma from Bishop Gris
wold, D. D. Springer's Orchestra fur
nished music the exercises.
THE HAYS TAILOR.
J. P. Roth visited friends in Victoria
and Herzog last Sunday.
Jacob Ortb and family spent last
Sunday with her folks at Gorham.
Go to S pratt's Book Store for the cel
ebrated floor and carpet cleaner. 30-tf
Mr. McVey and family left Tuesday
for their farm home in Graham county.
A brother of Henry Schechster from
Minnesota is here on a visit to his rela
tives. Another very heavy rain, about one
and one-half inches, fell here during
Brownlow Hopper will leave June 9
for Cascades. Colo., where he will at.
tend the national convention of the Y.
M. C. A.
I. M. Yost received a car of three
large automobiles Tuesday. One of
them is a very handsome tourist car
for C. A. Isaacson.
Mr. Steinlie of Dorrance came up
; from Dorrance. Monday, bringing with
; him his daughter who will attend the
! summer term of Normal.
Regents Altswager, Kellogg and
Harry Grass attended the commence
ment exerercises this week at the
Western State Normal School.
The rain last Sunday proved a cloud
burst in Buckeye, raising the North
Fork out of its banks. In parts of the
county heavy hail destroyed some wheat
Among the Hays guests on Decora
tion Day was Will Robinson of Law
rence who brought a trunk full of hand
some flowers to scatter over his lot in
Mrs. A. S. Hall, mother of Mrs. S.
Motz of this city, left Tuesday night
for Jasper, Mo. where she will visit a
short time before returning to her home
in Toledo, Ohio.
On Decoration day evening John J.
Desantas of Quinter, (brother-in-law of
George Spencr) was married to Lola
Bayer, now of Hays, Probate Judge
T. M. Carney of the Union Pacific
Ry. and Frank Etter of the Mifwaukie
railroad were here Tuesday night looking
after the excursion to the Chicago and
The hail of last Sunday afternoon
badly damaged the crops of Bellman,
Lafe Stout, Early, Royer, Ed Blender,
Robert Morris, Goetz and several oth
ers in west Buckeye.
Louis Hiss was called to Great Bend
Thursday morning by the death of his
brother Herman. He was twenty-one
years old and died of consumption.
Mrs. Hiss is also in Great Bend.
Work on the new Yost Elevator prog
resses, the foundation is in and the heavy
base timbers are in position. Many
stand around inspecting the work and
are glad to see the improvement.
Word comes that Justus Bissing and
wife have finished their visit in sunny
Italy and Rome and are now visiting
relatives in Russia and having a good
time and will likely be home in July.
Will J. Drum, the state agent and
adjustor of the German-American In
surance company was here Monday and
adjusted, through Shutts & Miller, the
ftre loss of Thomas O'Laughlin, paying
the loss in full.
Only a couple weeks more and the
nominations for the official ballot will
be closed. If you want a to wnship office
you must get a petition of the County
Clerk and have it signed. Otherwise
it i3 a '.'free for all" on Primary day,
and one or two votes may give you an
undesirable Trustee, or maybe Road-Overseer.