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COLBY, THOMAS' COUNTY, KANSAS, THURSDAY, MARCH u, 1886.
VOL. II. NO. i.
$1.50 PER YEAR.
THE THOMAS COUNTY CAT.
Colby Union Sunday School meets e.r
Sunday at 10 a.m.
PrenehWK.it 11 M.
Sminnj, t uV) i m.
Vreaclimir .it 8 i M.
Servu-e liHd 1" Mr- Bean s Trail. All aie
inritcl. Vluwxjcrwill nm come."
T A. CHOUSE, Pastor.
I. O. O. F. r J
ci-tWvto J.odrc",i.SWincots reciiluijv overj
"vVruednv oenlns at ltfiin?ttll. ai 7 q. clock i
s in. Allmetuloisof,lnv'0rnerure curuiauj
invited to attend. , '
lerk Jainc X. Pike.
TmiMiioi ?f. D. IJt'im.
Roister inet?d John W . Irwin.
Supcriniviideut Vulihc In-'t-W . W . W ulker
Roiirrentnti-t.' V. II. Copeland.
Attorin-J -W. O. Portor.
J.hpiitT-W. H. Kinjxery.
Probate .lue M. 1.. Laec,
Clerk District Couit L. J. PJinc.
Stir r mi T. P. Chuuiljen.
Coi mihi M. Mc(i i eevy.
f Fmnk PJnirrc. Ch'n.
Conimi-Hioiieis - M.V Witlmm.
( R. T.Hrinmjr.
U. E. WELD,
Attorney & Counselor
Will unctice Ix-rore V. P. Lund Ollici at
21 liii?or l-cdou- llu.iren.-ml l.ni.1 1 olbce u
Was . mill " all State u"V" "
20urts. Real estate u.ul c ininieicuil law a
Olhee. est blilc, o or Central Dm Ptoie.
Law, Loan and Land Office of
WULC0X0N & IIOVEY,
Do usrener.il la..- toiiMno-s. Deed, d uiid
eiioolland lo.-ul. Monc in .loan
tl or leil eMule wcuiitj. ( onosponumt-t
liliiee. for. Pn.nl.lin Aw arid 3d St.
Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Rearr.tatcbonirht nrd bold. Monev
loaiifd on e'uttcl ii.nl it.nl e-ta(e b. euiuy.
Onia i t-r. allx. . ?o.ns' vrortr.
3'itiNK Pimjhi ', Notiuj PuWie. Colby, Kan
JL.. W. . Colleuiot. Colby, Kun?a-.
lMNiillEE vi CUX.
We Inwcchoite fartn and .Id land" In Ne
Liakn. nKo i chool and deeded lands in 1 hoin
jieount. Kan-av. I.oeatint,'done in Thomas
junl Sheridan ou..t:e prouiptlj and uccu
ALLLVG & CASE,.
Real Estate Agents,
Locating done in Thoma5 and bhennan
counties School ami deeded land for s-ulc.
Office at Coiaine.cul Hou&c.
"A rANUKATrUEK OF BOOTS &- SIIOUs..
All the latent etleinpeKKrcd and owed
VI -hoe- and boot,. Repatrinjr liromptl
XTXand neuth executed. Havi.iir had -ever-al
jear- eioi lom-o in thebi.sine , I eaiale
ly gnarantoe satNfuetlon.
Pir-t Door Ua-tof A. J. Allen'-, ( olbv.
. JOHN BRUCE.
Contractor & Builder,
coi by kaxsas.
Jobs -olieited. etiniate fnrn.-hed for all
kinds of hnildintf-. 1 have now not nsy -hop
in running- order. Sorole saw mjr and bracket
work a speeiaitj.
City Meat Market !
T. 1. FEE1IAX.
Fresh aiul curel meats for sale at all
OSBOItX & MOXROE,
Real estate Ag'ts
' l ' Wa-Kekxey, Kansas.
Real Estate Agents,
;-friiie claim lor -ale. Locatin;,' done.
All kiiitli ol land bUM.iesS promptly atteuded.
Money To Loan n Real Estate.
W. (J. POUTER,
Attorney at Law--
"" Notary Public? "
CSAJl land biislnc- promptly and accurate
l done and satisl action Kiiarifnted.
J. 1. SEARS & SONS,
Real Estate Agents,
OAKLEY. ST. JOHN' CO.
St. John eountv, U.P. It. R.. wherp all trams
-top. Weiuetloinjf a freneial land bnme.-s.
Locating- in Thomas and St. John counties
made a -petlnlty. All kinds of land business
JOHN A. WALKEIl,
Livery SFeed Stable
Ciootl riirs and plenty of
Stabling and Feed.
Grocery Store !
W. IL AltCLTEK.
ZjS-A cood sel. ction of fresh groceries, also
cany -ome clothing and dry goods.
Coal for sale at Reasonable
OTfERKorUNG, - KANSAS.
W. R. SMITH;
The best grades always on
hand at the lowest prices.
Sf-coud door north of Cat Office. Colby. Kan.
RAWLINS - COUNTY BANK.
II. A. II END RICKS.
Xegoriates loan-, on real e-tnte in Thomas,
Ran hnan.l Ciiej wine counties.
iEa-y term- and ipiick letui iw.
A. S, BEYMER,
St. John County, Kansas.
Does a general alK business in
St. John and Thomas counties.
Attends to contests and other besi
ness be fore the C. S. Land Oilice.
Will loeatc settlers on government
J. A. CASTOR,
Contractor & builder.
Estimates furnished and satisfation
triiarantced. Parties desiring to build
will do well by calling on me bofore
letting the contract. 1
Shop first door north of the Cat
office. General blaeksmithing done.
Rreaking plows put up. If you want a rood
breaker call and see the Kansas Chpier man
utacturedbv VANCE 1JR0S. at Colby. Knns.
Hor-e shoeing done, Xewlfl) made. Ion
that luio old plows to be repaired shnuid
come in at once. All work guaranteed to give
-atisfaction r money refunded.
Give us a call.
W. R. SMITH,
ALL KINDS OF WAGON WORK
DONE PROMPTLY. -.
Materia! Always on Hand
Ad Astra Per Aspera.
Step by step civilization has ad
vanced until the great stretch of
country west of the Missouri river,
"which a few years ago was a wild
w:iste occupied by the daring savage
as his undisputed hunting ground, is
now transformed into a veritable gar
den. There ne er were braver or more
patriotic men thaiv the .early settlers
who, leaving the older sections of the
east, 'turned their steps westward and
located along the eastern border of
The events which soon followed
their coining to this, then the territory
of Kansas, proved that they were
men whose hearts were filled withyi
love of liberty and universal freedom".
Well do the old settlers of Kansas,
as well as the people of the Nation,
remember their devotion to their
country and to the principles of huj
man liberty when war against th
government was declared by thd
enemies of free institutions. l
And when the attempt was made tci
fasten on this territory human
slavery, and blight and blacken its
fair name with that accursed institu
tion, the early pioneers rose ia their
might as one man, determined to
crush out and prevent it and the dis
grace it would bring upon the land
they loved so well. They were joined
by such men as Charles Sumner and
others, and human bondage did not
find an abiding place in Kansas.
This is the class of people that
founded a state that is today the ad
miration of the oild. They repre
sented the best families of the older
sections. They were imbued with the
spirit of enterprise and progress.
They accomplished Jiiat -which wul
hold their names in greatful lem'em
bnincc by the people of Kansas, who
arc today enjoying the fruits from
the tree planted in a critical period, and
nurtured in the years of doubt and de
vastation, grown into full maturity un
til storms cannot sway or plagues or
1 he broad prairies of Kansas, on
which has grown the tall rank grasses
ripening and decaying, enriching and
fertilizing the soil for ages, has yield
ed to the plowman who has transform
ed it from a wild state into a garden,
upon whose bioad bosom is grown
grain sullicient to feed the millions.
Close upon the heels of advancing
civilization, the school house adorns
the hillside and valley, and church
spires pointing heavenword from hill
and dale stand as a monument to the
character of this people.
The greatest of all civilizers the
roilroad, has penetrated every section
of Kansas, and the bands of steel girdle
her prairies until the map of the state
is allmost defaced showing the location
of these various thoroughfares.
Cities have sprung up as if by magic.
Beautiful and costly homes and mag
nificent business blocks', built of brick
and native stone are true monuments
to the business energy and enterprise
Of our people.
The hum of busy manufactures is
heard. Especially is this applicable to
Leavenworth, the metropolis of Kan
sas. Here are manufacturing establish
ments reflecting credit upon the city
and suite, while in other cities these
enterprises are being encouraged and
are meeting with great success.
High schools, universities, seminaries
and colleges have been provided, that
the young may have every advantage
of a thorough education.
These and hundreds of other matters
might be referred to. Kansas within a
quarter of a seusury has emerged from
a barren wast, and has been transform
ed into an empire of itself. The priva
tions, trials, toils and hardships endur
ed by her pioneer settlers while found
ing this commonwealth has resulted
to the good of a million and a quarter
of people, who to-day are leading
prosperous lives in a state whose
praises are wafted from ocean to ocean
and whose future is as bright as the
noonday sun. Leaven woith Times.
"As the horison of next fall's cam
paign begins to faintly emerge
through the distant mists, the hum of
the congressional bee is buzzing in
the bonnets of several gentlemen of
the Sixth district. Hon. David Heron,
of Jewell county, is an open candidate
for the position, and being a man of
sterling "integrity, steady habits and
ability; he will have a strong fighting
clianco.- - .-
Hon. Lewis "llanback will, in all
probability, be a candidate for re-election,
and being a good wire-puller,
together with the
already in, he will
prestige of being
be quite sure to
make a hard fight.
Hon. A. L. Patchin has already
been named for the place, and will
be quite likely to scratch up several
delegates on the frontier.
It is currently rumored that Hon.
W.' II. Barnes, of Stockton, would
not throw congressional honors over
his left shoulder, nor would it be nec
essary for him to do so on account of
lack of qualifications, especially
should the comparison be made with
several present incumbents.
Just now, while we write, the south
breeze, rustling through our open
window, murmurs the name of W. S.
Tilton, of Wa-Keeney. Was it an in
tuition, or a real inspiration, that
zephric combination of vowels and
consonants which formed the nomen
clature of Trego's vigorous quill
shover ? Who can tell ? Yet, -coming
events cast their shadows before,"
and the phantasy may not be alto-
;ether an illusion.
Hon. J. J.' A. T. Dixon, of Russell.
county. Avill loom up lustly. in tne
fray, and his clarion tones will not be
the least sonoious in the approching
contest. - - - -
Willi calm and dignified mem,
Capt. Mc Dowell, of Smith county,
poises on the threshold of the race
cource, waiting with bated breath for
tlw signal to start. And, not the
leait Uoinan or tnem an. is uic vi-j
tain, by any means; a well-bread gen
tleman, courteous to all and beloved
by his neighbors and friends, his sup
port will he au earnest one. And
should there be a possibility of the
Captain not beiug a candidate, yet in
that case Smith county would not be
entirely destitute, for the irrepressi
ble Web McNall stands "like a gray
hound in the slips ready for the
start," while Senator Picklcr is already
perched upon the trap only waiting
for some one to touch him off. We
have not heard as yet whether or
not Mitchell county will trot out a
candidate; but should they present
the name of Senator I. D. Young
they would indeed have a fonnidaole
man, and one hard to beat. During
his short service in the state senate he
has won an enviable reputation for
earnestness, untireing industry, and
clear-sighted ability. Physically and
intellectually he would fill the meas
ure of a statesman which would be
an honor to the district.
But, gentlemen, while speculating
utfou the possible congressional con
tingencies which may arise, it might
be well to remark, right here, that
Phillip- county may yet shy her cas
tor fn:o the ring with such a velocity
that its hum will be heard from cen
ter to circumference. Phillipsburg
We understand the mew school land
law, land can be purchased by settle
ment, the settler beiug required to
live on the land six montlis anti make
over one hundred dollars worth of im
provements. Land can be purchased
in this way in unorganized counties
as well as organized. The law reads:
"That no lands granted by act of Con
gress for school purposes, lying and
being in any unorganized county of
this state, shall be subject to sale un
til three years after such county shall
have been organized." Thomas coun
.ty was organized before this law was
p'assed, consequently the land can be
brought in market and sold the same
ENNIS & NEIL'S CHEAP CASH STORE.
MONUMENT SIDING, St. John County, Kan.
Seven ; Miles Nearer tnan ;ClevelaM
Down prices go.
Groceries, provisions, hardware, stoves, tinware, queensware,
boots, shoes, hats, dry goods, blankets, comforts, etc.
LUMBER, LIME AND FEED.
Best lump coal from $6.00 to $6.50.
Rock Spring Coal Constantly on Hand,
Good Stabling for teams.
A car load of splendid Iowa potatoes. We are sole agents
for the celebrated Star windmill, tubular well supplies and
deep well pumps.
Iron, nails, steel, wagon stock barb wire,
Harness and Harness
jjgT'Eveythingsold at bottom prices. Harness shop and tin shop i
connection. Repairing promptly and neatly done. Call and examine go4i
HOWELL LUMBER CO.
Have opened a yard in Colby and keep constant
ly on hand a full and complete stock of
Give us a call and be convinced that our
prices are the lowest. .
Central Drug Store.
MAKES A SPECIALTY 0
Pure Drugs and Medicines
Everything in our line of the best obtainable.
When you are in need of paints, oils, per
fumes, stationery and all kinds of fancy no
tions. Don't fororet to rive our house a call.
A. WJPatchin, Manager.
Save money by
Goods, Robes, Etc
M.'T. Rowland, Prop,