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COLBY, THOMAS COUNTY, KANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1886.
1.50 PER YEAR.
THE THOMAS COUNTY CAT.
golby Union SunJay School meets
Sundny at 10 . m.
Preaclunjr at 11 a. m.
glnt'inj. at 7:30 I', si.
Preiicljnis' at b . ;t.
Service held m ?Ir. Ilcan's Hall.
invited. "Whosou'ver wjjl mavcorrc.'
i:. A. CKOUSE, Pastor.
!. O. O. F.
Cualijtht Lo lure Xo. 273, meet regularly every
- .Tuesday evening at llcun's II.ill. at 7 o'clock
p.m. AUino'iiberaof thoorderare cordially
lavited to attend.
' 1t Jsi'nos X. Fike,
Treamer X D. Iieun.
Iieju-ter of Deeds Joan W. Irwin.
SuperirU'iiileiit Public lut, t W. W. Walker.
Kepn-ciitativc W. II. t'opeland.
Atton W. G. Poiter.
Shcnfl V.'. H. Klngery.
Probate .liulire M. L.'l.accv,
Clerk District Com t 15. .1. Paine.
Survcjor T. P. Chambers.
Coronir M. McGieevy.
( Pnitik Pinreo, Ch'n.
Commissioners J. M. W. '.Vitliain.
Our paper for the past four weeks
has failed to maleralize, After lan-
sacking the town. v,e found enoughs
wrapping paper at 31. Dor.elan's for
this issue. If the trains don't run
next v.eok our reader; may expect an
edition on linen.
Mill please remember that unless
the money, accompanies the notices
they WILL XOT be published. This
is fkial. Fare the trouble and stamps
by keeping te notices, rather than
sending the no'.ices without the cash.
Sto much oss forces us to adopt this
plan. A land in m that will not hand
oer the fees paid him by the client
for publisher's fees, ought to be de
burred fiom. practicing before the
. .Rallies are all the go.
Pr. Dunn is down at Topeka.
Trusses at Smith &. Walker's.
Bullers had to pay for the honey.
E. C. Achen has gone to Alma,
Goodsoe loans money on chattel
Mr. Allison lost a valuable mare
Fred Greene is living on his
claim this week.
John Broderick has been at Ober
Jin the past week.
The veiy creditable Wallace Reg
ister is on oMr table.
Loavenv.orth Times and Cat cue
year for two dollars.
S. C. Mills' team died the first of
the week fiom colic.
Chas. Cop el and was up to Ober
lin the first of the week.
Remember the Cat. office can do
you fat class Job printing.
Examine those flexible iron
trusses at Smith & Walker's.
A new preset iption case has been
put in the Central drug stoi'e. v
Frank Pingree lias a few desira
ble claims for sale very cheap.
M. Braschear is in the land busi
ness at Voltaire. Sherman comity.
The Leavenworth Weekly Times
and the Cat one year for to dollars.
The thermometer has ranged from
,t35 above to 32 below the past week.
Rock Spring. Wyoming, coal, the
best ccal in the market, at Smith S.
- Caps, gloves and mittens at
knock down prices at" J. W. Allen &
Eighteen 'sjine-riders" in Wal
lace county are reported frozen to
The "mild and mellow" climate
peculiar to Kansas, has gone south on
Duck overcoats and Slickers just
the thing to stand a blizzard at J. W.
Allen & Sons',
I have more town lots than any-
one. nememoer tne piace opposite
- , ., ..,.. ?i-
She Oat office. .
A. Chitwood is down at Oakley,
Sends word back that he will return - hen
the snow melts. "
At J. TV. Allen & Sons' knocked
prices on caps, mittens, gloves and all
heavy woolen goods, cloaks, etc., 23
If you -Rant to sell your deeded
land or school land Frank Pingree
has a customer for you.
'A. D. Straiten and Al. Hotz had
their feet badly frozen on the way
from Oakley Wednesday.
The enterprisiug citizens of Vol
taire semi a man to Colby three times
a week with and for mail.
The roads are almost impassable,
and the coal supply is short. "What
is to be done? Coal we must have.
C. E. Corporan and X. D. Bean
are contemplating building residence
houses as soon as the -weather will per
mit. Thos. Reed informs us that Mr.
Bulger, in the south part of the coun
ty, lost his entire herd of cattle last
Overcoats, cloaks, dolmans and
all heavy goods at your own prices for
the' next 30 days at J. y Allen &
Another car load of the old re
liable "Horse Shoe," Standard and
Etcry Day Hour at J. AV. Allen &
Sam ITarvey and Fred Bamme
have returned from lien lins county,
where they have been holding down
Several stock men report seeing
Platte liver brands on range cattle in
this county. These cattle drifted down
with the slonn.
Thos. Reed, of Randall twp., and
J. "W. Gilmore, of Rovohl two., are
the luoky stock men, each losing only
Dr. Campbell, of Orainfield, who
has cattle in the south part of the
county, lost over one-half of them
E. J. Paine, clerk of the district
court, is now empowered to hear
proofs, he being vested with that
authority by th laud officers.
The body of Samuel Stewardson
has not yet been found. The first
pleasant weather, every able bodied
man in Colby should turn out and help
J. B. Wheeler i3 making a parlor
out of his office at the Howell lumber
vara. xy tue way, me uoweu com
pany have one of the best arranged
yards at this point, in the west..i
me time is pasi.ior range cauie
in western Kansas. Tho late storm
destroyed the profit of the last five
years to stockmen. With proper
shelter for stock, the loss would have
X. D. Bean is going to put up an
addition to his hardware store as soon
as spring opens. He has purchased
an immense amount of hardware for
the spring trade and will also handle
-Ed. Paine got the buffalo robe,
M. D. Lessenger the rifle and chain,
Tom Sutton the watch chain and writ
ing desk. Lou Carv the sleigh, and
now the question is, what did Geo.
Some mischevious or malicious
cuss from Oberlin, sent G. Webb Ber
trams' picture to the Police Gazette
as L. G. Parker, and the wood en
graving appears in the last issue of
that depraved publication.
An anniversary party will be
given, at Beau's JIall on the 20th
that day being the 25th anniversary
of the admission of Kansas to the
Union. Elegant programmes have
been printed at this office for the oc
casion. On supposition that two of the men
frozen to death in Sherman count'
were under the influence of liqv.or,
. . . . . . ....
the citizens of Voltaire raided the
drug store and spilled all the liquor
i that could be found, also all the pri-
vate jugs in the neighborhood suffer -
j ed. A club prohibits at Voltaire.
The Leavenworth Times, daily,
the brightest dud best daily in the
State, and the Cat one year for five
Remember we have the exclusive
sale of the "Horse Shoe"- Standard
"Every day" and 'Olonarch" flours.
J. W. Allen & Sons.
The editors of the Cat stand by
every word that has appeared in these
columns, (communications excepted)
and are ready to prove any and all of
the statements made, and even more.
Kenneth Sentinel please copy.
County Clerk Stevens, of Sheridan
count', hired a man in this county to
circulate a remonstrance against the
organization of Thomas county.
Stevens is the ideal man over there.
The Voltaire Adviser reports the
county treasuier of Thomas frozen to
death. This is a mistake. Newt.
Bean eats three times a day the same
as usual. The boys read the aiticle
to Landlord Lent, and tried to make
him refund the meal ticket. Lent
says Newt's spirit has a horribly large
appetite for stewed jack rabbit.
It will be seen by refeiriug to the
commiss:oners' proceedings of their
last meeting given iu full in last
week's Cat that the County Clerk is
allowed a salary of -$023, which would
amount to in cash, yearly, the sum of
fiO'3.75 or 39.06 per month, the
highest amount paid for warrants
being 75 per cent. The salary of
Count Treasurer being fixed at $500,
would be in actual cash at 75 per
cent, the sum of A375 or 31.25 per
month. The salary of the County
Attorney being fixed at 300 would
loe in actual cash at 75 per cant 'the
sum of $225 or-$lS.75p.T month. We
dare say that there is no clerk in any
of our stoics but what receive greater
compensation and no lespoiisibility
attached. But we do not wibh to crit
icise any of the commissi6ners' acts
whatever, wiien trying to do their du
ty to the county.
Vekdox, Neb., Jan. 1G, 1SSG.
Ed. Iom Cat, Colby, Kan.
Dear Sik. Enclosed find subscrip
tion for w hich please send me your
I wish to keep track of my timber
claim in the most beautiful county in
Kansas. I hope you may scon be
favored with a railroad.
E O. Lewis.
Don't ask any of the boys to take
Dout kick any man when he's down.
Don't charge any mau two prices
for coal if you can spare it at all.
Don't make any extra efforts to
drive away trade from Colby.
Don't ask Kenly to take a seat
Don't inquire how Andy's twins
are getting along.
Don't ask why we are three days
late this week.
Don't hit any man with a sour
Don't ask Fred Greene abut the
The hard snow storm which we
have just experienced teaches us a
very valuable lesson. The whole de
mand in life is "Be prepared." The
dilatory and procrastinators were bad
ly caught. Many a terrible lesson
was learned at a heavy cost The
tender foot now knows this country,
and the lesson he has learned may be
summed up as follows: Have good
shelter with proper doors. Lay in
coal and feed ahead of time and so
prepare yourself that when such
storms come you can withdraw to
your own snug quarters and feel that
everything around you is safe and
snug for a few days at least And
above all dont gather stock of any
kind around you unless you are fully
prefared to feed and shtlter them. It
is criminal to do otherwise, Jetmore
The late storm was the severest ever
known throughout the south. In
Florida the thermometer indicated
from 12 to 15 above zero, while in
Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky
it indicated below zero. At G alveston,
Texas, two men were frozen to death.
Through western Kansas the cases of
freezing to death were numerous, and
the loss of stock larger than ever be
The Kenneth papers call us tramps,
etc . but still fail to talk sense. The
question is not whether we are tramps,
etc., bat whether Stevens did not
feloneously keep the order stopping
the sale of land, from beiug filed in
the proper office. Was not Brooks
knowing to this, as well as the in
nocent Capt. Ward? Tell us why
this was done, and then we'll ask you
The number of people who emigrat
ed from England to the Uuited States
in 18S5 shows a decrease, as compared
with 1884, of 10,000, and a decrease
of 9,000 in the number who emigrat
ed to Canada, and an increase of 9,
000 in the emigration from Ireland to
the United States and of 2,00f from
Troland to Canada.
The number of
bank cashiers who have emigrated to a teim of court, or should attach
Canada during 1SS5 is not innumerat- Thomas to Sheiidau, or some other
eel in the above list-Lcavenworth organized comity for judicial purposes
and such tilings have been done, what
J-imes 'position would the kingdom occupy
The first white marriage iu Thomas then? Sentinel,
county occurred on New Year's day.! Yes suppose. Suppose the earth
at Colby. As there was no one in , 3 a ''huak" of "Srceu cheese." Sup
the burg who had authority to officiate, ! 1)0S0 C"l)t:- Ward WJW b:ick at the cob-
and as the coupli threatened to go
Uuernn and have the ceremony per
formed ulIuss the citizens would pro
duce a man qualified to legalize the
rite in a binding manner. A
calamity of this kind was quickly
avoided by a subscription to defiavi
tin fisiwiisfi of siMulinir for ths nro-
u,. ,-,i, .,i..,4 f,.f,-m,i;D)f .
IS.lkU juvijt;, .luuia LKCIIlj JUJ1VO UU.i Ul.
The Tiiomas Cat, true to its calling,
is said to have issued a supplement
announcing the event. The bride
weighed 2C0 pounds and the groom
1-10. Such is life iu the far we3t.
Rawlins Co. Democrat
Sparks proposes; to fight the news-
paper men because tlioy made it hot ' officerSj particularly others than regis
for him in Washington, notwithstand- ter3 aud ieceivei,iiavc exercised their
iug the generally cool weather pre- functions msfcQ a necessary that the
vailing elsewheie. A reporter of a J following directions be carefully corn
daily piper in Washington which ' had ' pj jec wjtu .
commented uniavorawy upon nis acts 1
was told by Sparks that he could nev
er have a piece of news out of his
bureau so long as he remained at its
head. He also dismissed Marshall II.
Parks, a clerk in the land office, be
cause he is a lelative of A. A. Thom
as, the editor 01 a paper aevotea 10 to them or tult their identity is satis
laud leporting, who had criticised factorily established. Tho names of
Sparks' course iu severe terms. When I persons vouching to identity must be
a boy at school can't "luk" a bigger j stated identifying affidavits should
boy, he "makes faces" at that ooy's ( be required ia all cases here neces-
sister. And fo with bparks. lie
must have some kind
Thsy Want the Earth.
Week before last Mr. W. G. Porter, 4
county attorney of Thomas county, at-1 prooi questions must he thoroughly
tempted to bring suit in the name of ' explained, so that there can be no
Attorney General Bradford, to restrain possibility that the parties will mis
the&uleof the Sherman county school derstM;d thg t of theiraf
lmuf, without so mucil as saJiaS to fil - , , .1
4. ' . ., ..i... ifln,. c: fidavits or the full meaning of the
111. -IJI Il "1M I! IV 1JL11 ILMlWi Cll I
Of course he got left; and whereupon
the irresponsible tramp printer, who
edits the Thomas county Cat, fills the
columns of his last week's issue with
a mess of falsehoods and misrepresen
tations, concerning the county officers
of Sheridan county, couched in lang
uage that would put to blush the cele
brated fish mongers of Billings-gate.
mi.- 1. : V..- n fo! cnxrirlo rf
iuis, nowoLi, 7 - "" --rr ; proofs must test the accuracy and xe-
the tactics resorted to b the tools of J
the Thomas county land ring to cover j lability of the statements of apph-
up aud shift the responsibility of ( cants and claimants and the credibili
their infamous scheme inaugurated j ty and means of information of wit
last oummer to gobble school lands nesgeg b tnorough cross-examina-and
defraud the State school fund of J .
uuuuuiauuiutc , - t nm tion. Questions and answers in such
thousands of dollars, in whicn pro- ... . ,
ceediussthey were defeated by the cross-examinations will be reduced to
officers of Sheridan county. Ken- writing and the costs thereof includ
neth Sentinel. ed in the costs of writing out the
Jude Pratt granted the injunction j proofs
stopping the sale of Sherman county 4 Cross-examinations should be
lands, at Ellis. The papers were sent! directed to a verification of the' ma
te Kenneth and by mistake were g""-' terial facts alleged in the case, and
en to county clerk Stevens. If he especially to the actual facts of resi-
'had been an honest mau, he would
have turned them over to the party
they were directed to. But no. He
went to the country; played off sick
for two days, and when he returned
to town, refused to give them up. Was
not this defeating the ends of justice,
and playing the sneak thief game?
State. Superintendent Lavdiead wasj
with County Attorney Porter iu Sher
man county procuring the necessary
affidavits, aud Porter acted under his
iustructtons. Every man that has
done business at Kenneth knows that
a few dollars would bring about al
most any result. 1
Their game now is to charge others
with meanness, and so distract the
odium that rests upon them. They
do not try to explain away or deny
one single charge, but simply make
reckless charges at mythical circles.
The Sheridan ollicers, after selling
all 'but a few quarters of land in
Thomas county, uow cry, because
Thomas wants t3 sell her own land,
"They Want the Earth."
Our Thomas comity friends claim
that their county is detached from
Sheridan for judicial purposes by vir
tue of its organization. But sunnosc
the legislatuie should fail to provide
unug nencn. fcuppose a halt dozen.
. moie times, and then set down and
think it over. Thomas county has
one thousand more people to-day than
su-'"u"i &uu uubLmsmy ouu iiuiuiruu
. moie votes at the last election. Win-
not attach Sheridan to Thomas for
Jluiai ' purposes
have been done."
General Land Ori'icE,
Waahin"ton. D. C. Dec. 15.
To Registers and Reccncrc, Ktc:
Gentlemen: The large number of
defective, irregular and insufficient
proofs presented in public land cases,
and the i00ScUess with which attesting
j Ju case of finai pr00fs auL Qr
entry applications the parties, whether
applicants, claimants, or witnesses,
must be properly identified before you.
Attesting officers (including Registers
and Receivers) must certify that the
pai ties appearing aie personally known
2. Each questioa in final proofs
must be orally asked and answered
in presence of the 'attesting officer.
Applications, affidavits, and final
questions asked or the effect of their
answers. Ready made proofs picsent
ed merely for pro forma acknowledge
ment without verification, cross-examination,
or evidence of identity will
not be considered such proofs as are
required by law.
o. Officers taking affidavits and
deuce and other requirements, the uso
of the land and purpose of the CDtry,
and whether the entry is made or
sought to be perfected for claimants
own use and occupation, or for the use
and benefit of "others.
5. Registers and Receivers, and
other ollicers must carefully see that
parties and vUhpsess vc swearing to
actual facts and not to coustructions
of law as to what constitutes facts.
This requirement will be particularly
observed in respect to ficts of alleged,
G. Proofs must be taken on ths
day aud before the officer named iu
the adveitisement, and it his office,
aud between the hours of 8 a. m. and
G p. m. Proofs taken privately or
in. secret, or otherwise in substenee
inegularly, will not tye accepted.
7. Proofs must in all cases bs
made to the satis faction of Registers
and Receivcis. Proofs that are not
satisfactory must be rejected. Regis
ters and Receivers aie authorized to
avail "themseh es of all means of ia
formation iu respect to validity of er-
tries and the interest in which thej
are made, and will uot allow entries
which they have good reason to be
lieve collusive, speculative, or other
S. Registers and Receivers must
thoroughly scrutinize all proofs taken,
before ollicers other than themselves.
They will not accept pioofs ho taken,
that are defective or insufficient, and
they must see that all papers arc coin-,
plete andj'perfect before an entry is
allowed or the papers transmitted to
thi& office. This lule will be impera
tively insisted upon.
9. Registers aud Receiver will
piomptly call to the attention oi.
special agents, and leporfc to this oJ-
1 lice, all cases which iu their opinion
10. Should officers ("other than
Registers awl Receivcis) taking allida-
vits or proofs uot know or have 00-
icasion to suspect the existance of
fraud in connection with any case,
they should at once report all the facts
to the Register and Receiver.
11. Officers takiug affidavits and
testimony should call attention of
parties and wituesses,to the laws ro
specting false 'swearing and the pen
alties therefoie, aud .inform them of
the purpose of the Go eminent to
hold all peisou3 to a strict accounta
bility for any statements made by
12. In no case are papers authoriz
ed to be executed in blank. Papens
so signed or falsely authenticated will
be treated as fraudulent, and the acts
of an officer misusing his official
signatuie and seal will not be respect
ed by this office, but the attention of
the proper authorities will be called
to his misconduct.
13. Officers taking applications,
affidavits or final proofs, will not h
permitted to act as attorneys in ths
14. Attorneys at law appearing ia
land office proceedings at local ollicas
must file n appearances fctatinc
specifically whom they represent At
torneys in fact must file the written
authority of their principals.
W31. A. J. Spakks, Commissioner.
Approved: L. Q. C. Lajiak, See'y.
Colby School Report.
Taking: it for granted that the patrons of
B2hcol district No. 4, are intorcutedin tbo weV
lure of its attendants, I berenith otter a Urtaf
report for the month ending January 8th.
Number of puplla attonillnfr fcchooL C3.
Average attendance, 47.
Number of pupUs present every day, J.
whoso names are as follows:
Anna Colby, John Colby.
Slay Donelaa, Alfred Colby,
Mary Scott, Miles Miller,
Lily Scott, Ja:ces Donelan.
Edith Hutchinson, Julius H 03 kin.
John Cu ler, "Don Devot?,
Willie Cuylcr, Dollie Hutchlnsoa
All patrons are cordially Invited to visit vs.
COAL! COAL! COAL!
"Wo have our coal house well filled
with the well known Cherokee Nat
and Lump coal, which we will sell at
bottom prices. Call and see us just
north of the Oat office.
Smith & Go. .