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E B AEBEE 1MDI VOL. XXIV. MEDICINE LODGE, KANSAS, JANUARY 11. 1905. NO. 35 COUNTY COUSTV COMMISSIONERS. The County Commissioners were in session all of lust week. Among the more important business trans acted was the following: S.S. Kincaid was allowed to con struct a cattle drive under the high way between the ne of 5-34-10 and sef 32-33-10. C. W. Smith of Lake City was allowed to place a gate across the road between sections 21. and 22 in township 31, range 13, one-fourth of a mile south of the north line of sections 21 and 22. W. C. Alford was appointed trustee of Hazelton township to fill the vacancy caused by the res ignation of J. F. Gamble. Walter Middleton and PearlRon ey were appointed constables of Kiowa township to fill vacancies. The Prothcroe road case was compromised. By common con- - I i.'i! 1 f aeiu uie new roau peuuoneu ior was not granted but the old road was legalized. Mr.Protheroe relin quished right of way and the road remains practically the same as it now is. The city gets the right to "repair the dam and enter upon the premises at any time, provided no plowed fields or crops are driven upon. Compromise assignments and re demptions were granted to N. W. Burnett, A. J. Ayers, J. P. Caudill, H. L. YVainscott, Hazelton Coal & Lumber Company, J. C. B. Hargis, T-,,- r:n...:4i. c u tni. c c v- caid, Hazelton; Jacob Begert, Mr. Linnville, A. B. Purdy and Chester Martin, Medicine Lodge; J. M. Mil ler, N. W. Hockett and V. C. Bot kin, Kiowa; Jas. Huffaker, Sharon, and O. J. Corliss, Sun City. Road petitions were granted on petition of V. C. Sleeper of Valley township andHugh Rankin of Shar on township. The viewers for the former are Hugh Rankin, D. H. Axliue and Ed. Boots; for the lat ter, Bert Evans, V. C. Sleeper and John Spriggs. The P. B. Cole road east of town was granted and Geo. T. Knight was given the privilege to con struct a cattle pass under it. The G. W. Purdy road near Lake City was ordered se -advertised. H. W. Skinner, W. K. Nichols and Ym. Roark were appointed. A petition to expose to sale the n oi 16-33-15: school land, was rejected. The following school lands were leased to parties as follows: L. D. Elliott, n- 16-31-12, 5 yrs. (?, $12.50 per year. W. K. !ichols, se 16-32-14, 5 years, (a, $6.25 per year. J. W. Burton, sw, 16-33-15, 5 J. R. Holmes, sc, 36-34-15, 5 years, (fi) $6.25. The J. W. Metz Mer. Company of Kiowa and Scott Buck of Lake City were relieved from a partial burden of their taxes on account of the fires recently sustained. Mr. Metz was alowed a rebate of $200 and Mr. Buck $141. Commission er Lake opposed the action very strongly, the same as he did a year ago when the Chase Hdw. Co. of this city was given like considera tion, and Commissioners Crouse and Wads worth favored it for the same reason that they favored the same proposition a year ago. Mr. Lake takes the position that a man . who loses his goods by fire is as . much obligated to pay his taxes as a farmer or a stockman who loses his cattle or any other busi ness man who meets with misfor tuqe. The other two commission ers, however, contend that there is a difference, that a man should not be compelled to pay full tax on stocks that do not exist. Mr. Metz Iaid a tax on $ 4,500.00. His stock probably would have invoiced at $40,000.00 or $50,000.00. It is said that 60 per cent of the invoice was covered by insurance. Ordi narily, it is a nice thing to go to the assistance of a man who meets with misfortune, but in this matter a bad precedent has been establish ed. It is now a fixed practice for every man who has a fire loss, to appeal to the county for relief. In our judgment Mr. Lake has' taken the proper stand. The Citizens State Bank of this city was again designated the coun ty depository. The Southwestern State Bank of Kiowa, through its cashier, C. D. Sample, asked for the use of the county funds and offered 3 per cent, on average daily bal ances. The Citizens Bank has been the depository for fifteen years and has always paid three per cent. Mr. Sample said if he secured the funds he would arrange to deposit a suf ficient amount with a Medicine Lodge bank to carry on local busi ness,for convenience. Commissioner Crouse took a decided stand in fav or of the Kiowa bank, but Com missioners Lake and Wadsworth took the stand that inasmuch as the Kiowa bank was anew institu tion, that it had not yet paid taxes, while the Citizens Bank had paid taxes for fnany years, and had paid three per cent for a long time when other counties were paying only two', and that if again agitated it might result in the county's not re ceiving any interest which at one time was the case, the small differ ence of one-fourth of one per cent was no inducement to make a change. The average deposits run between $40,000.00 and $60, 000.00 and a majority of the board considered it unwise to place such a great amount of money in new and strange hands when the profit to be derived is practically nothing, while a change would bring more trouble next year when all the banks would probably become disturbed and none could afford to pay as high as three per cent, on account of the uncertainty of get ting it. It is highly probable that if the matter were repeatedly sub mitted to bids no bank would offer three per cent, in a few years hence, at least that is an experi ence prior boards have had. J. B. Neal, L. C. Vandivier and J. R. Newsom were appointed ap praisers of the Wisner school quar ter in Sharon township. F. J. Cartan and Aug. Schmidt were appointed to assist the pro bate judge in making the next quar terly examination of the county treasurer's books. The Board purchased six lots from A. W. Smith, adjoining Capt. J.N. Titus' residence on Kansas Avenue east, on which to construct the courthouse cess pool. They paid $250 for the six lots, abstracts and warranty deed to be furnished. Captain Titus protests against the action of the Board and will fight it out in the courts. He does not want a cess pool near his residence and claims it will not only affect him in a sanitary way but it will also depreciate the value of his property. There is a great amount of what seems to us just indignation over an expense bill allowed to the county attorney of ncarh $150. It is money for lime and expense in resisting the Crawford pardon. Mr. Tinchcr made a number of trips to Lansing and Topeka and employed physicians to examine Oscar Craw ford, in resisting the pardon and he presented a bill. Commissioners Crouse and Wadsworth voted for it and Commissioner Lake opposed it. An opinion from an attorney of prominence was had and he held that the bill was not a legal one that the duties of the county ended when the man was convicted. To the average man it smacks of indi vidual junkets at the county's ex pense winch to say the least should not be encouraged. ' The new Board organized Mon day afternoon. Riley Lake was re-elected chairman.. Pat Flanna gan and B. E. Wadsworth voted for -Mr. Lake. Mr. Lake voted for Mr. Flannagan. The Cresset will probably not accuse Riley of voting for himself this time. The new Board adjourned with out transacting any -further business. RETIRES WITH A GOOD RECORD. On Saturday evening J.M. Crouse retired from the Board of County Commissioners of Barber county after having served four years with marked credit and- ability. Mr. Crouse, when he first took his place on the Board in January, 1901, took special pains to inquire into the county's financial standing , and especially its bonded indebtedness and accrued and maturing inter est. At that time the cdtraty's bonded indebtedness aggregated $424,225.00. It was a discourag ing state of affairs, considering the county's assessed valuation, but he went to work, with the assistance of his colleagues, to "do some thing" and after he had served a year and three months $ 208,695 bonds and coupons were surrender ed for cancellation. When he re tired from the Board the amount of redeemed bonds and coupons swelled to $261,725, leaving a bonded indebtedness of $162,500, These bonds were bought and compromised at a discount- The Board paid from 65 to 85 per cent for them. The tax levy for a few years was high but the Board saw the opportunity and they embraced it, and every citizen in the county has been benefited by it. The levy q! 1904 on the general fund has been again scaled down to two mills the place it was before the bond negotiations began. Mr. Crouse does not claim credit for all that has been accomplished, but he is entitled to a good. share of it. The bulk of the bonds which were lifted, were surrendered dur ing his administration and he has reason to feel some pride in the re sult. As a commissioner, it is to be presumed that he has made some enemies but his motives were al ways honest and his judgment gen erally good, and he has made fewer mistakes than most commissioners make. During all the time Mr. Crouse served on the Board two of the members were democrats. Hissuc cessor, Mr. Flannagan, is also a democrat, and the Board continues to be of the same political com plexion with every promise of a continuation of the same good rec ord. Chairman Lake who has just entered on his second term, is with out a superior as a business man and our new commissioner has also an A 1 reputation in that restiect. The. democratic party has certainly been very fortunate in and has every rea son to be proud of the men it has chosen to take care of the coun ty s business. .1. HARRY GAY CONING. Remember that J. Harry Gay, Ophthalmic Optician and eye sight specialist.will be'iu Medicine Lodge at Grand" Hotel on Tuesday morning, Feb. 7th, and will exam ine your eyes free of charge until Wednesday evening, Feb. 15. The lecture on South America by Rev. D. McGurk, last Monday evening, was well attended and all pronounced it one "of the finest and most instructive lectures ever deliv ered in this city. Mr. McGurk was formerly pastor of this charge but for the past five years has-been doing mission work in South America. Belleville Telescope. Rev. McGurk will lecture at the opera house in this city next Wed wj w'gui, Jrtuueiiy join. A J9INT INSTALLATION. The Knights of Pythias and Rathbone Sisters will hold joint installation at the new K. P. hall tomorrow (Thursday) night. After installation lunch and social amusement will be indulged. All Knights, Esquires and Pages and their wives are invited. The hall is nicely furnished. A special feature is a new "F. P." lighting system, like that in the Chase Hardware store. .G. A. R. INSTALLATION. Eldted Post G. A. R. of this city Will have a nnhlir installation their hall on Saturday of this week at 11 o'clock a. m. After installa tion the old veterans will repair to the Central hotel where thev will partake of a big dinner a genuine old soldiers bean bake, with all the delicacies of the season on the side. The dinner will be at i p. m. The old soldier who misses . this feast will always be sorry. By order of committee. IT SNOWS! One of the heaviest snows that ever fell on Kansas soil "fell gent ly down" yesterday, beginning at 3 o clock in the morning and con tinuing the greater part of the day. f me on the wheat. SOCIAL BALLS Jan. 27 and Feb. 14. - The next ball" will be by the Band Boys at the opera house on Friday nightjan. 27th. The usual good time assured to all who at tend. A general invitation ex tended. . On February 14th St. Valen tine's iay the JRathbone Sisters will give a ball suitable for the oc casion. The sisters have purchased a new piano for the K. P. Hall and they employ this method to raise part of the-funds to pay for it. . J. W. METZ WILL REBUILD. The J. W -Metz-"- Mercantile Company are preparing to rebuild in Kiowa. The new block will be the same dimensions as the one burned but it will be only one story high instead of two some thing similar to the Chandler block in this city. . NEXT LECTURE COURSE NUMBER. Dr. Daniel McGurk will enter tain the people pf Medicine Lodge with one of his celebrated lectures next Wednesday night, January 18. This will be the fourth number on the course and. the second lecture. Dr.JSIcGurk has flattering recom mendations from all over the coun- try and is certain to please all who hear him. Seats on sale at usual place. Better Southwest Mall Service. A new Eagle -Deer head mail route and schedule went into ef fect this week. It extends from Medicine Lodge southwest to. Ea gle and Deerhead, und the patrons along the route will have rural mail facilities. Heretofore the mail to Deerhead went by way Lake City and was very slow and late. Under the new arrangement the carrier on this route, leaves Medicine Lodge onTuesday .Thurs day and Saturday of each week at 6 o'clock a. m. It will make the postmaster and the carrier both cut their morning nap short these mornings. An effort is being made to make the leaving time a little later. . , ; V- . . -: , ; . A petition lias also been sent to Washington asking to discontinue the postoffice at Eagle and estab lish one at Lass well's store and call it Long, in honor of Senator Long. - Will South lias been appointed catrier. " ' Mrs. Emma Johnson and son, C. M., returned home from Missouri last Wednesday. -W. V. Stranathan was up from Moore township last Friday in com missioners court People say that the finest grocer ies in town are at H. T. Wood ward & Son's. Phone 38. Adam Jackson went to Kansas City on Monday to buy a stock of goods. He will also go to St. Lou is. Ed. Adams visited with J. M. Hellings and wife at Coats last and part of this week, returning on Monday. Reserved seats for the McGurk lecture will be on sale on Friday- night of this week, Jan. 13th. at 8 o clock. The Misses Bradlev of Attica visited Mrs. C. W. Wilson the lat ter part of last week and -tfte first of this week. - M. Cramer, through Samuel Stewart, sold his farm of 320 acres, the first of the week. He received $9,000. A few years ago he paid $4,000. White Rabbit Flour insures good eating. A. B. Wilkins & Co. han dle it. Call up phone 69 and get a sack today. Try it and you will use none other. Drs. Coleman and Moore were called upon to straighten up a dis located shoulder for D. M. Hough ton last Thursday morning. Mr. Houghton's home is in Woodward county, Oklahoma, but he is work ing at present for S. R. Willan west of town. The accident hap pened by Mr. Houghton's stum bling and falling violently to the ground while running down a steep hill. Rev. Daniel McGurk is a pleas ing, thoughtful and forcible speaker. He has unusual power as an orator. His lectures are full of thought but interspersed with humor. They bring new life to the hearers. I heartily recommend him as a safe and desirable lectur er. C. N. Poe, Principal Schools, Lincoln, Kansas. ' Hear him at - the opera house Wednesday night, January 18th. On Monday A. W. Smith retired from the office of clerk of the dis trict court and immediately took a place behind the countp..of ' V. S. Cook's Merc, house. Mr. Smith served as district clerk four years and leaves a record without a sin gle stain. He is the first clerk in our knowledge who came out without a shortage and who in stead of drawing on the county for financial aid, turned a surplus over and above his fees into the county treasury. During his four years he turned in $231.33 above his salary. This is not as much as other officers turn in, but it is a small fee office and it is the first time that the office has . been self sustaining. Allen has certainly made an excellent officer. He is painstaking, honest and trust worthy wherever you find him. While Riley Lake was at Tex ine a few Weeks ago he met Mr. and Mts. J. C. Swayne and her mother, irs. A. L. Freeman. Mrs. Swayne is the daughter of the late Capt. A. L. Freeman. She and her husband are operating a big hotel at Texline and her mother is living with them. They inquired about all old-timers in Medicine Lodge and sent their regards. They enjoyed very much lo meet Mr. Lake and through him learn of their old Medicine Lodge and Bar ber county friends, and- say they have a warm place in their hearts for Medicine Lodge and - her peo ple. Texline is oh - the division of the Denver ani Ft. Worth rail road aqdJiQtel Jbusiness there is good.' ' " JOHN T. JESSE DEAD. John T. Jesse died at his home in Mingona township, five mile3 northwest of this city on Sunday morning, January 9, 1905. For; years Mr. Jesse has suffered untold' misery from cancer. .One side of his face - had been almost eaten away and other parts of his body badlv affected. He had submitted tO Sever.il Slircriral nrvrat!nne Knt they only served to partially re lieve and eventually spread the dis-- ease. - .' A simple funeral .was held at the home on Monday and the remains interred on the homestead, at Mr. Jesse's request before his death. jonn 1 . Jesse was one of our pi oneer citizens. He came here when the country was new and hard ships were accepted by the settlers as one of the numerous inevitable conditions of the country. With the exception of a few years Tn Oklahoma, he ha 1ivfrl in TV-irKe - county ever since coming west. Mr. Jesse is survived by a wife. t 1 r.. j t a iviui swus.ctuu lour uausniers.- rie . was 65 years, 10 months and 24 ' days of age. " TEACHERS MEETING. - Thf Knrlipr fnimfv Tor-li rc A c- sociation will meet in Medicine Lodge on Saturday of this week, between the hours of 2:4. . to o.m. A lull attendance of the members is expected and visitors will be made heartily welcome. P. L. Lake, Co. Supt. A new stock of Dress Goods and a large variety to select from. They are on display at the new " store. A. B. Wilkins Phone 69. ArifiiOC in K11IL- nr fn)o f.-.,. S r r '"if - - v v.u.u W J per bushel. Best in town. . A. 13. Wilkins & Co."' Phone 69. Those suits for men and boys are the finest out. Woodward & Son ll'lliv mtrcru tor miibv ti'trrn . vnuoiio 1 uu riiLoi tin bit. The auestion is often raispr. hv people who do not understand the operation of our city water system, wnat causes .the milky appearance frequently observed in the water from the .mains.- The scientific American answers the question for a correspondent who describes a Mtuiiar conaiuon. it says: All natural water contains air. Un der more pressure it can hold more m j t. ... air than under ordinary pressure. So when the water of which you wrue nows irom the pipe and es- . capes from pressure the contained air expands and rises in bubbfes. No harm is done bv the air in ' thVi water." Serenaders Roasted. ' The editor of the Ashland Clipper was "serenaded", recently and this is the way he complimented them: "That company that stopped in front of the editor'ti den and" attempted 10 ainir, Saturday night, will probably nev er know what a narrow escape they had. Such noise aa that near tbts office has resulted In disaster. Don't take such chances." . NOTICE! REWARD. Strayed or stolen from my ranch 12 miles nortnwest of Kiowa, Kan sas, 4 head of cattle, one-year-olds last spring, branded (quarter circle V) on left hip, marked either half under-slope or lialf under-crop in each ear. I will pay a reasona ble reward for information or dc livery of same. 1 will alao pay a Re ward of 0260. 00 for the con viction of any person, stealing stock in any of above brands or marks. V. S. COOK.