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gstm&tfv&x flailu gagte: Ifridatj piorttitifl, geczmbet 17. 1886.
JL. M. MURDOCH, Editor.
FRIDAY MORNING. DEC. 17, 1888.
ABOUT THE SIZE OP IT.
From tho Lawrence Daily Journal.
The "Wichita Eagle has a larger circula
tion than any paper in Kansas, and a larg
er circulation in the state than either of the
Kansas City papers. Its growth as a daily
has heen even more stupendous and phe
nomenal than that of the magical and
wonder -working city in which it is pub
lished. This coming from one of the oldest editors
of the state, who is undoubtedly one of the
most competent judges of the relative
standing of the various dailies to -which he
alludes, is a little astonishing, but probably
not more astonishing than true. It is very
certain that the Eagle's circulation by
news dealers in the towns of the south
west and by train boys, is phe
nomenal, and it is a circulation that
has grown in and of itself, and not through
agents or solicitors. The news men simply
telegraph their orders and they are filled at
the train or by express. The Eagle has
made no blow about this, for the simple
reason that its proprietors have not believ
ed that there was any profit in the "circu
lation racket." But as the subject is up,
without affirming or denying the Daily
Journal's assertion as to general circula
tion, we will say and declare that there are
a greater number of Eagles distributed by
carrier in the city of Wichita than there is
of any other daily in any other city in the
state of Kansas. The Eagle's circulation
in this city is in charge of a circulator, an
assistant and nine boys.
MUST BE OPENED.
THE INDIAN TERRITORY AND
What Our Regular Correspondent
Finds Down There in the Way
of Country, Boomers and
THE UPPER NILE.
Among the many distinguished men who
have visited this part of the state within
the past few months, we d not remember
to have seen the lion. M. M. Murdock, of
the Wichita Eagle. Will the gentleman
who in the near future is to come before
the people of the state as a candidate for
governor please explain this neglect? No
man should even pretend to be a Kansan
unless he has visited the upper Arkansas
Valley, and enjoyed the advantage of kick
ing against the people who have reclaimed
the country and made the desert bloom
with the harvest of wheat and corn. Gar
den City Daily Sentinel.
Brother Coutant has thrown into the
above brief paragraph subject matter
enough for a two column reply. But we
dodge the two column job by admitting (1)
that we do not rank among the distinguish
ed, (2) that we are not a candidate, (3) that
any explanation we might ofler would not
suffice, (1) that we are out of kicks and
have nothing but praise left for the people
who have caused that country to "bloom
with the harvest of wheat and corn."
ELIAS S. STOVER.
Major E. S. Stover, formerly lieutenant
governor of Kansas, but for several .years
past a resident of Albuquerque, New Mex
ico, had a hand so badly shattered by tho
discharge of a gun while out hunting the
other day that amputation was necessary.
Major Stover represented Sedgwick
county and this entire portion of the state,
including what is now Harvey county and
all southwest in the state senate in 1870 and
in 1871, at which time he lived in Council
Grove, Morris county. His district reached
within thirty-five miles of Topeka and was
125 miles wide by 300 miles long on an
average, a district which today contains
more than one-fourth of the entire inhabi
tants of the state. He was afterwards
elected lieutenant governor of the state and
was also afterwards a candidate for the
United States senate. His many old friends
will be sorry to hear of his serious mishap.
The threatened panic of Wednesday, on
Wall street, New York, has happily been
Senator Iugalls has already introduced
three bills relating to pensions. One is to
increase the pension for the loss of an eye
to $30 per month; another to increase it to
$40 for the loss of a hand or foot.
Before Representative Price, of Wiscon
sin, died on Monday, he requested that the
usiiul congressional ceremonies at his fu
neral be omitted. Accordingly the com
mittee named to attend his funeral did not
Somebody has been imposing on this in
nocent Democratic administration again,
by .securing tho appointment of one Albert
Gcppert to be postmaster in northern Da
kota. Geppeit was arrested in Racine in
1861 for stealing 51,000, and he confessed
Tiie Rev. Alexander Mackay-Smith,
who was elected assistant bishop of Kan
sas has written to the Rev. Dr. Beattv. of
L.iwreuce, that lie cannot sec his way to
accept the office to which he has been elect
ed. Tliis is a great disappointment to the
members of the Episcopal church in Kansas.
The husbands of Washington lerritorv
ate beginning to kick against their wives
going on juries. One of them u rites :is
tt.ilwus to iiis local paper. "My wife lia
been gone away on the jury foiir days. 1
have not had a square meal since she left.
M children are cring for bread ami
e on thing goes wrong."" I am hungry,
angn and all out of sorts in every respect.
1 write this jo warn that persons who ad
vocate woman's ri-rhts in mv presence
an to be a very lan
Last Monday for the first time a regular
train was made up at Arkansas City to run
over the completed portion of the line
which the Santa Fe railway company is ex
tending into the Indian Territory. Over
eleven years ago during the floods of 1875,
the writer traveled over the territory
traversed by this line on horseback, swim
ming nearly every creek and river between
Fort Sill and the state line. This was be
fore Payne's boomers had made the Terri
tory famous by their futile attemps to open
it to settlement. Under the circumstances
I was not prepared to appreciate the rich
soil and beautiful scenery. The only view-
that possessed any attractions for me at that
time was the trail that led by the most
direct route to Kansas.
Wednesday morning I boarded the train
at Arkansas City with the purpose of grati
fying a curiosity to see a portion of the
same territory from the car window that I
had seen years before under much less ad
The first three and one-half miles of the
route lies in Kansas, naif a mile south of
the depot the Arkansas river is crossed.
Then for three miles the train runs through
fine farms, which the farmers of Bolton
township, in Cowley, have by fifteen j-cars
of careful industry transformed into a
garden. These improvements continue up
to the state line, then comes a change that
is almost startling. The improvements
cease and an uncultivated plain as wild as
Kansas was in the days of Coronado,
stretches away to the south. To the south
west the Cholocco Indian school can be
seen. Surrounding it is several square
miles of land enclosed with a barbed wire
fence. The school is conducted on about
the same plan as the a.ricultural college at
Three miles south of the line at a cross
ing of Chilocco creek, a company of United
States soldiers belonging to the
8th cavalry, are stationed. Their
instructions are to allow no boomers to en
ter the Territory, or hunters without a per
mit to carry game out. On the banks of
the creek is a fine stone quarry. The rail
road company on the hundred feet included
in its right of way, has secured an immense
quantity of stone for bridging.
About ten miles south of Chilocco
creek west of the railroad, is the ranch of
the Standard Oil Cattle company. Their
range includes ten miles square, or 100 sec
tions, equivalent to 04,000 acres, as rich
land as can be found in the Arkansas
valley. The ranch has good houses
barn, sheds, corrals and other improve
ments of a permanent character, which
afford ample eyidence that the occupants
are there to stay.
A short distance south of this ranch is
Willows, the first station in the Territory.
It is about eighteen miles south of Arkan
sas City. South of this station the road
enters the Ponca reservation. Most of the
families composing the tribe are located
near the agency. Their settlement makes
about the same showing, in the way of im
provements, that a new community in Kan
sas will make in a single season.Thc agency
buildings which are located on high ground
on the east bank of Salt Fork present a
good appearance from the railroad, which
runs within about two miles of the Ponca
capital. The second station known as
Ponca is two or three miles north of the
agency, and about thirty miles south of the
state line. From Ponca the road bears
southwest, crossing the Salt Fork and fol
lowing the valley on the right side of the
stream for two or three miles. This stream
is somewhat larger than Little river which
it resembles in its general features.
The road so far as passenger traffic is con
cerned terminates at the crossing of Red
Rock Creek, over forty miles from where
the road enters the Territory. The track
is laid five miles further. Work on the
grade has extended nearly to the Texas
line. The work on the road is being con
ducted with that consummate skill and
energy that has made the Santa Fe the
pride of Kansas and one of the
most powerful corporations of the country.
Of the nature of the soil and natural re
sources of the country tributary to the road
is is only necessary to say that it is simiiar
to the territory comprising Sedgwick and
Sumner counties, slightly more robing per
haps, and possessing the advantage of rich
coal deposits. Beyond the present termi
nus of the road the country becomes more
broken with more timber and water and
more waste lands.
The present terminus of the completed
portion of the road is now in the Otoe
reservation. Beyond this reservation the
survey has been changed so as to run
through Oklahoma instead of through the
lands of the Iowas. Kickapoos and Potta
wotaniies. In answer to tlie oft-repeated
question, when will the lands in the Indian
CONFESSIONS OP A SMART ALECK
To the Editor of the Eagle.
This city of Wichita is tho boomingist
city that I have ever seen from any stand
point you view her. And I have seen
Houston, San Antonio, El Paso. Los An
geles, Portland, Oregon, and Omaha. I
saw all these towns at their best. In none
of them were there such constant throngs
of human beings on the move for so many
hours every day as we have here on Main
street and Douglas avenue from early
morn till late at night.
Two years and six months ago on any
day except Saturday, one could stand in a
wagon on Douglas avenue or Main street
and count every soul on both sides of the
street for one block with ease in one or two
minutes. All us old fogies then
thought that the town was badly overdone.
Everyone, I except none that I saw then,
thought then was the time to sell our lots.
I recollect that I "downed" a fellow about
then for $1,000. I made $200. For this I
was sort of looked up to. That fellow sold
that property in two years for $4,500. I
laid another greeney out for upwards of
$5,000, and made about $1,200 on it. I
met the knowing smarties, of whom I used
to be one. Some said I was a second
Rothschild; others, who knew me better,
said a fool for luck and a nigger for gourds.
You made a note then of these great big
transactions. Well, I have lately sneaked
around to that man that I downed so badly
and just whined to him to take $12,000 for
the littlest end of that property.
But he met me with a cold,
calm, "no." He is worth a hundred thou
sand or so outside of Kansas. I used to
own 52 feet of our "via 1 Dorado." I
parted with it for about enough money to
have bought one block of the street three
years ago. I now mourn for that $25,000
worth of property as only could the whang
doodle for its young. Lo! I am banished
from Douglas avenue for ever! I downed
some of these eastern greenies handsomely,
on other of our worthless ovcrblained
property. I used to think that mv track
in this city was strewn with the w reck of
the blighted hopes of fresh speculators. I
used then to congratulate myself on being
a very smart aleck. I am now singing
very low, like Maud Muller, "Alas, it
might have been" a quarter of a million
if I had had sense enough to catch on to
the difference between inflated cities
on a superficial boom and a
mighty commercial giant just moving
majestically along fooling the old settlers,
the smarties; and just making rich men
out of the poor devils who could not get
sold out like a nimble fellow could, and so
were overtaking blind fortune because no
one would swap places with them.
Well, the time that all us fellows, who
knew it all, predicted for the crash to come
is passed now. It did crash, though,
crashed right through our prophecies. I
took a long look today, in the cold wind,
up and down Douglas and Main tianip,
tramp, tramp, hum, hum. urn, uin, uiu,
a ceaseless stream of humanity. I could
not count them as they pased by me. A
thousand strange faces parsed me by be
fore I wa even recognized by a bill col
lector. 100,000 dollars transfers of real
estate every day and night huie at the
end of the year. Aud you of the Eagle
are said to be over-zealous in this matter.
But you do not get all the tran-feis. I
think your reporters have overlooked
$100,000 this summer aud tall I had a
$0,000 sain a few weeks back and you
never published it in the transfer. I am
not near as much disappointed at ur
omission as that I sold that property at. all.
There are two individuals that I am now
showing, i. e., the fool-killer and a greeney
trom the east who wants what little prop-
I will admit that we ate
that we will
be downed by ever' malign influence this
side of Bheol, but I want to j.ist keep a
litth property In see if I can't catch up
partially with a streak of liglnnr.ig that
struck near me. I dedicate this to the
prophets whom I consorted with
sorrow if they are alive.
AGAIN TO THE FRONT,
And will present to each person who buys a suit or an
overcoat between now and December 25th, a great, fat,
S. GOLDSTEIN & CO.
422 E. DOUGLAS AVENUE.
N". B. In addition to the above handsome present
we have marked our Heavy Weight Clothing 25 per
cent under our usual low prices, as we are determined - o
carry over ao heavy weights if jobbers prices will take
them off our hands. 2 l-2t
In Looking For
See our line of Seal caps from $1 to $20, fine flannel, jersey and
vi hite and percale dress shirts. Plain and fancy night shirts in mus
lin, canton fianneland flannel from 75c to $4. Silk and cashmere
mufflers, 3 ;0 different patterns, silk and linen handkerchief a, wool
scarfs and wri:-tlets, fine merino, silk and lisle hosiery. Endless
variety of neck ear, smoking caps and jackets, Russia leather col
lar and cuff boxes, kid gloves and mits and everything for thecom
plete dressing of men and boye. Men's boy's and children's clothing
department very complete. Prices marked way down, j;
Temporary Quarters 216 Douglas Avenue.
Prevailing all over the House.
$25,ooo Worth ok New
Staple and Fancy Dry Goods,
Dress Goods, Trimmings, Holiday Goods,
Flannels, Blankets, Yarns, etc, etc., at lower
Prices than first class goods
have ever been offered in this market.
Come and participate in the great sensation
Caused by ourlow prices. We
have the goods and are going to sell them.
COME AND SEE US.
Larimer & Stinson,
132 Main Street.
Just What You Want
! it r el ir I1 place to do your tradiujr. Where goods are just as repre
sented. U In-n- jr-Mid oofis are kept, ami where you ran ret good value for
your iiioim . We invite everybody to come in and look at our -tock of
-tHple and fimej rcss goods, look at our cloaks, look at our ircntlemen's.
Indies' and children' underwear. Ask all the question you waut to in
regird 'o nu iiiing yuii see or dou't sgc Wc -hall do our best to please you.
It i not our aim to sell shoddy goods, but we1 hope by square dealing and
low pi i-e- to win ' our enfideuce.
C. F. & H. C. Stearns,
No. 521 West Douglas avenue.
W. O. Riddell & Co.
Real : Estate x Agents
City Property and Farms For Sale.
Rent Collected and Taxes Paid. Business Promptly Attended to.
OFFICE Over Kansas National bank,
erty I have left.
all going to bust on this Ij.joiii;
TALKS RIGHT OUT.
From tho Barber ( uuut ! ilex.
The ichiia As Tiuiulai! iailrad i in no
way connected with ihu Kock l.sl.ud load.
.Mr. Lowe, of the latter lo.ni, .-..-n &., and
he knows. Our people all hoped that it
was a Hock Islmul scheme, foi that is one
road we are anxious to have come hi ic 1 1
is not known now what MMem. it an, the
Wichita & Tiiuidad eoiupan is cmiui-rhd
with. The liumliers of the com pan,)
are considerably M-alteied; -me
of them living iu Wichita, ihe ecntai in
Anthoin and the irea-un-i m EiD.n'idu
Certain it is, however, that i.. m nilile
route have heen adopted lnm iehna to
this place one direct l . . uli auoone
to Harper and then " - this place.
Now, if some good conip.ui;. anxious to
get into this county, would liny and adopt
the survey made by the Wi hi'ta & Trini
dad people, it would be a good tiling tm
man. and if ever Terriinrv h nn..ii...1 f.w o.iii.,., t ;....
I... -I.. :,V ... - . r " '" --""vui-iii, uiai
mi.- ;-ii i ui i iimcs ai'ei mi woe atram ne
nan oiuer tiring a pos-e w un nun, ioi mv
slnt ivn is loaded and I will not hesitate to
Use n '
be answered that it is already opened to a
vertam class. The member of the rich
cattle syndicates tin and come or remain on
the land at their pleasure and subject onh
to their own rules and regulations. Th
pa ties in this scheme a're tie
LEJiJ & VEUb.
HOUSE & SIGN PAINTERS,
Ami IViler- In filii-., rnluliu i 1 in Mr - ctmtt-
lu. il.l s. uih -Maw. irvt ortl. i It. m-w
The Gateway to
No Man's Land"
Bunnell & Morehouse,
Real Estate and Exchange,
We take pleasure in showing the city and
our list of INSIDE and OUTSIDE property
to investors. Also
In the leading AMERICAN and
OSCAB Z. SMITH,
H. A. OZANNE.
The committee appointed by ihcuoanlof
tradt to vi-it Wichita, in the intercut of a
thru t railroad" connection between that
place and this last Fridav, and had a mo
airn table and vntNfactory con
Tlt-tt I'ltV 1-. ml.n tit tin. itiitinT-tuK
connei lion with eierv Mih-i.-om'.il i.mn in ! im Ji,,cipt
southirn Kanv.v and .Mcdieinc Lodge N i l'truis; to
regarded a- one of the best. 1 he commit-1 lands elaime
o.lirul. 1 resolution, to co-operate: . .-,,,. , . , ?
uith .Mdieine Lodge iu auv moe "S"" nt ,,,t; Indwu. the are -imply, pr.. j
mint that ha for its obiect the i tectintr the wealthv occuiMtit who now
hold lame t racts 0:1 Ikhhis leases withoti;
l a mo-t J government and the cattlemen. The poor
teretice. t Ituiian i- onh a fhrmv-liead 2o ixKmer '
ce of a , .. .."-", , , , . . d '
eu loimauea huh 01 iaihl - V ,
the hiding. It N only thej A ' j (' V
i'd by the cattle baron- that i- in ! ' ' .' !v -
The Great Supply Point For No
Man's Land and Panhandle.
The exit from Kansas of the extension of the
Givut Rock Island Railroad at
the 101 parallel.
y is also in the direct line of the
Fexas & Southwestern Ry. via
Ca den City, The Kansas, Colorado
via chra, and the Frisco extension of the
"Border Line" All reaching for the new
coal fields 20 miles Southwest of .
In1 i'i!iril Srio or No Mao's Lane
Ha vniii . . - een t pet ed up for settlement offers superior induce
tuentb to those seeking homes.
Abstractors, Real Estate and Loan Brokers
Special Attention Given to
Examination -:- of -:- Titles.
Particular Caro Given to
Investments for Eastern Parties.
Masonic Building, First St. bet. Main St. and P. O.
Wicliita, - - Kans.
B, D. ALLEN. Xotary Public
C. E. JO.VKS, SHatj JuWI."
Alien, Graham & Jones,
BUY AND SELL
Make Loans on Farm and Chattel Security.
OFFICE 414 DOUGLAS AVENUE, ROOM 1
Special Bargains on College HH1 In lots of any eArzo. 2 1-2 io f
acre tracts I or Platting North. Sjath, 3a taixl Woat Of fclto otty
Choice bargains in business and lnskle residence lotc.
I if mil iViili-r. Wood and Coali Correspondence Solicited.
liimmiiiiot votne (vtinniinv in hmlil .1 lino
Intuitu the l wo points, they alo marie
MVi-ml valuable sHSst.ti,'m!." to our com
mittee that have already been acted on. ami
whieh we Iiatv ?:reat hope of brimiim;
forth fruits. .Messrs. y. Cook. T A
Mi-Nt-al, O C. Ewart ami K i Carmher,
went up from this city ami at Wichita
met Jas A. Blair, who came dowu from
Kansas City br the purpose of co-operating
w ith them. Barber Index.
color of title.
Mayor Ames, of Minneapolis propose
to contest the election of Gvernor-eloct
MrGill, and on the day of the latters in
auguration will invade St. Paul, headed by
a dm m corps, march to tho f'apitol, ami
take the oath of office.
These lots are desirably
located two blocks irora torse ,
cars. Si--rhtor ten fine res- ;
rieuo go nj up. i
Special iudu : uen- to tnose
wishing ro i uild l i-2 miles
from DoiiiZla? av e s .uh or Har-
rv s r'or sJf y f. j
STRONG anu lHurin rsi. r-state
- agents I
For prire of lots and other information write to
The Neutral City Town Company,
Neutral City, Kan.
Or A E. Diekerman. Pres Peabody, Kan.!
OH CALL ON" OR ADDRESS
THOMAS & CO.,
114 Main St. - WICHITA, KAR
VIELE & SHEPARD,
Largk And Small
311 E. Douglas Ave. Rooms 1 and