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County. Representative A. Lawwn Conntv Clerk G. M. IT Word Treasurer T. K. Moore Register of Deeds G. W. Cross County Superintendent.. A. 8. Peacock Connty Attorney... ..8. M Hntzel Sheriff G. w. Lynn Probate Judge G. W. Tnnnell Olerk District Court ..W. H. Swtsrgett County Surveyor C. J Ferris Coroner Joshua Groft 1 1st District.. . J. F. Barclay Commissioners Second Dist A. P. Hinshaw I 3rd Dist. F. C. Swiggett City. Mayor E. C.Wilson f A. C. Lord John Sims Councilman F. 8. Dietaold I C. C. Bestor ( A. P. Lawrence Police Judge Joshua Groft Marshal J. H. Poffenberger Uaioa Pacific Tisse Table. BAST. 4 Eastern limited Due 6 :S5 a. m 5 Kansas City Fast Line Due 10:06 p. m WIST. 1 Fast Express Due 4:47 a. m 1 Denver A Pacific Coast lmt'd DueT:05 p. m Tickets sold and baggage checked to all points in United States and Canada. K. P. Bbadbhaw. Agent. MO. Pacific Time Table. At Ransom. BAST BOUND. NO. 8 8:12 Freight, No. 218 :17 a. m Freight, No. 220--- 7:28 p. m WEST BOUND. No. 3 11:17 p. m Freight, No. 217 11:40 a. m Freight No. 219 4:45 p. m "All trains run on mountain time and all trains carry passengers. VV. H. Bibb. Agent. PROFESSIONAL CARDS. A. B. JONES. PHYSICIAN AND SURG HON. WA-KEKVKT. - - KASBAS. vV. E. SAUM, ATTORNEY AT LAW. WA-KEENEY - 1 JOHN A. NELSON, ATTORNEY AND BEAL ESTATE AGENT. AGENT FOR CLOSE BROS LAND CO. - For choice bargains in lands give me a call. All kinds of business promptly attended to for non-resiaents. Do You Know Hanna (?) COAL is the best coal in the market for the money? Try it. Price reduced to $6.00 for lump size at Verbeck & Lucas'. C. C. BESTOR, Grocer. Thill ITS Quality outweighs all w otnerconsiaerationshere. Quality counts for what is the use of food if it Eat. isn't GOOD. C. C. Bestor, Do You Like Sharp Things? It Tickles the Nose It is Tea. Golden Stantos Coffee. Seal Brand Coffee GROCER. Pickles for instance. Come to think about it this is the season to use pickles. No house on earth puts up such pick les as ours. And delights the nalate. Its fragrance makes Tea Drinkers thirsty for a cup or 11. YouH like It because its right in price and quality. 5 0 c nts takes a pound. The price is 3 5 cents. Three pounds for any kind or a iuu cent aoi lar. In one and two pound cans 40 and 75 cents Der can. bounds high till you taste it then it seems low. C. C. BESTOR, Grocer. Local Happenings. Fresh pork at Baker's. Pickled pork at Baker's. Smoked hams at Baker's. Subscribe for the World. Good fresh beef at Baker's. Pickled pigs feet at Baker's. Court convene next Tuesday. Go to Diebold for your garden seeds. Fresh oysters at Baker's at 35 cents per quart. Rev. Hobbs revisited old' scenes in the county Thursday. a Lou Gleason received a car load of .potatoes on Thursday. . W. A. Eppler, the east side auction eer, was in town Tuesday. Good Early Ohio potatoes at Die- bald's at 55 cents per bushel. v F. S. Diebold received a car load of ' potatoes the fore part of the week Dr. Jones moved bis office Into the roomi over the ding store on Thurs day. Miss Ida Lawrence has a fine line of spring millinery on sale at George I Verbeck's store. 11 HcCullom, of Ogallan, and J. W. Smith, of the Saline, will move to Missouri shortly. Miss Cora Bradshaw has been quite ill this week. For tablets, books, writing paper, and everything in the stationery line at Cortrigbt's. W. E. Tilton shipped a car load of sheep to Kansas City, Tuesday morn ing for Walker Bros. A. Garner and a Miss Gibbons, of Ness county, were married in this city on last Thursday. C II. Aylworth will sell at public auction March 6. household goods, farm implements and horses. Hon. D. J. Hanna, of Hill City, was in town Tuesday evening. He left on the 10 o'clock train for Topeka. A goodly number of our people at tended the entertainment at the Rinker school house last Friday even ing. Geo. McKinley represented Wa- Keeney lodge A. O. TJ. W. at the Grand Lodge meeting at Salina this week. C. C. Bestor, C. J. Ferris and Joseph Escher hoisted the stars and stripes Monday in honor of Washington's birthday. Rev. Zimmerman, of Hays City, will occupy the pulpit at the Presbyterian church next Sunday. He ' is a good speaker. All are invited. Clara Law says she has the finest brood of chicks in the citv. They were hatched on the 25th of January, and they number a dozen. Grant Marshall met with a very painful accident one morning this week. While splitting kindling a piece hit him in the ball of the eye. Wi J. Skelton returned the latter part of last week from Nebraska, with the finest Hereford bull ever seen in Trego county. He weighs over a ton. Mr. Skelton, the extensive Here ford cattle breeder of -Trego county, remained over night in east Trego en route to Rush county the fore part of the week. McCarthy wants your cows to herd this spring and summer. One dollar per month for one head and $1.50 for two.. Give your cows to Mac he'll take good care of them. Mrs. Weekley writes from Bolton, Mo., that her family has good health; that the cold weather has killed the peach buds, and that the people have big times getting through the mud The man who so doubts his own statement of a trivial affair that he must rush into print with his sup porting affidavit only invitescriticism and raises doubts as to his sincerity. Dr. Jones moved the' house on his farm east of town on to his ranch on Big creek the first of the week. When completed the doctor will have one of the finest and largest farm houses in the county. Fred Egger loads a car at Ellis this week for his future home in Texas. He will ship ten head of very fine work horses. He will, as usual, en gage in the cattle business. He leaves his oldest son in Trego to carry on the farm here. Strayed or stolen From my home south of town Monday One black male stag hound; one brindle female stag hound about 6 months old. Lib eral reward will be paid for any infor mation leading to the recovery of these dogs. Wm. Hiber. Most of our readers will remember the family of D. P. Eversole who form erly lived on the Ness City road, eight miles south of town. They are now living in the southern part of Logan county. John Eversole has been vis iting former friends in this vicinity lately. . Trego Center school celebrated Washington's birthday with appropri ate exercises under the guidance of the estimable teacher, Miss Minnie Chapman. The county superintend ent and several of the patrons were present. The Center always has a good school and a good teacher. The people of the district will have it no other way. The record now shows that Henry Sherry, the adopted son of Joseph Runyon, (per testimony inferred by both of them in the recent contest eourf of Barclay-Musgrave) has caused him considerable trouble over a board bill, ,Mr. Runyon having compelled Mr. Sherry to give oill of sale of his only (conveyance to secure same. So mucl for the man that always in tended living in Trego county. . Aiitoagh leap year has passed last fTiauy ntgnt Madam asblon rather reversed the usual order of things whet a gentleman chaperoned by two fair young ladies walked three miles and a half to a school entertainment. The gentleman showed considerable courage to undertake such a walk, but com i og back bis fair protectors hailed a lumber wagon, thus saving him what would otherwise have been a seven mile walk. C. E. Peacock, of Sylvia, Kansas, has been visiting relatives in the Trego Center neighborhood recently. Doc" has grown to man's estate in seven years since nis lamiiy lert ; Trego. On Thursday evening Judge S. R. Cowick's family left for Lyndon, Kan sas, where they expect to permanent ly reside. The judge bad previously gone there where his family will join him. They left a host of warm friends In Wa-Keeney who -express deepest regret at the loss of so estimable family from their midst and who wish them success and pros perity in their new location. Mr. and Mrs. Patterson accompanied them as far as Salina. Mr. Blair has purchased the Cowick residence whither he will soon move his family. It gives us great pleasure to an nounce the transfer of Geo. I. Ver beck's grocery store to Lou Gleason. The sale was made Wednesday and Lou is now owner of a good paying business. He needs no introduction to the public as he has been in the employ of Mr. "Verbeck for a number of years, and is held in high esteem by his many friends. He is honest, up right and accommodating. We be speak for him a liberal share of your patronage. We wish him unbounded success in his new ventnre. The day of ghost lore has not yet passed. Not long ago a gentlemen and two ladies strolled out one dark misty night to what is commonly known as the "haunted house" to ex plore its ghostly-surroundings. On their arrival imagine their surprise on seeing two apparitions In white flitting around the house. The ladies were, of course, much frightened, but the gentleman maintained his com posure and gave chase to the ghostly couple. He captured them and found them to be of most too substantial material for ghosts, and removed the sheets in which they were enveloped and allowed them to make their es cape. Investigation throws some light on the story, and it seems that the ghosts had previously been hired by the gentleman just to have a little joke on the young ladies. The entertainment in commemora tion of Washington's birthday by the ladies of the M. E. church was in every respect a success. It was planned by the ladies as an appropri ate and enjoyable way to celebrate that event. The room was bright with flag decorations. A large audi ence was present. The quartette fur nished many beautiful patriotic songs. The "Floral Rainbow," a tableau by twenty-one little girls made a very pleasing effect, as did also the tab leaux, "The Doves," "Darlings of the Year," and "Washington's Courtship. Miss Katie Cowick rendered a select reading in a very pleasing manner. Misses Myrtle McVey and Bertha Holmes entertained the audience by a duet. Master Glen Jones distin guished himself as orator of the hour. Miss Kirby's solos were rendered in a most capable manner. After the pro gramme the ladies served ice cream and cake. The proceeds of the even- ing amounted to over $24 to be used for church purposes. According to the Independent Mr. J. P. Marquand states "in his frank and manly way" that it is a pity a real pity that Barclay allows himself to be the tool of political bosses who are responsible for all the litigation and the muddle it has placed our connty government in. Let us see how that is: On Wednesday, January 6, 1897, the old board of county com missioners were in regular session and Mr. Marquand was serving his last day as a member of that board. This was so well known and accepted as a fact by every member of the board that Commissioners Swiggett and Hinshaw gave Mr. Marquand the vote of thanks and respects customary upon the retirement of a member and which he accepted as a retiring offi cer. On Saturday, January 9, Mr. Barclay was declared the legally elected commissioner of the First dis trict and as such was Mr. Marquand's successor and that day filed his bond and took the oath of office. On Mon day, January 11, the new board met. Mr. Marquand appeared and claimed the right to sit as a member of the new board with the very men from whom he accepted final official adieu only five days previously and actually pretended to do business with one of them. That , was the beginning of the muddle. Who Is responsible for it? Who was the tool in this case? Who was the unscrupulous and de signing political boos that dictated Mr. Marquand indefensible interfer ence? Who sought to be benefitted by it? Whose defiance of law and the courts made further litigation neces sary in order to settle the muddle? Oh, yes, indeed! It is a tremendous pity that neither the Independent nor its tool, with all their "frank and manly" ways, can decieve any well-in formed person as to t he correct an swers to these questions. THE BI-EKNIAL ATTACK OH THE - STATS HOBHAL SCHOOL. For many years past an attempt has been made by members of the state legislature, influenced by par ties envious of the State Normal school, to discredit the work of that institution by refusing to issue to its graduates life diplomas to teach in the common schools of the state of Kansas. The same fight on the school has been renewed again this year br a proposition to require its graduates to take the state examination, before the State Board of Education, in five professional branches, the same . as graduates of other schools. We be lieve this Is an injustice to the stu dents who attend the State Normal, an injury to the cause of education which is the pride of every intelligent Kansan, and an insult to the thor ough, conscientious, painstaking work which the State Normal has been do ing for the teachers of Kansas for the past quarter century. The annual enrollment of the State Normal has been above fifteen bun dred students for a number of years, Every portion of the state is repre sented in the institution. All trans portation exceeding a limit of one hundred miles has been paid by the state thus placing the student living in a distant portion of the state at no greater expense in reaching the school than if he lived only a hundred miles away. Tuition is free. The instruc tion is thorough. The instructors are competent. The course of study is not excelled by any- similar school in the country. More than thirty states having similar institutions, grant life certificates to teach to those completing prescribed courses, The certificates of graduates of the State Normal school of Kansas are ac cepted and endorsed by New Mexico, Colorado, California, New York and several other states. Then why should graduates of the greatest and best teachers' school in the state not be given a diploma which is good in the state? It is agreed that other schools have longer courses of study and give a higher education. This is very true. The State University, the State Ag ricultural college and several other colleges give higher education, some of them, too, at the expense of the three R's and the King's English, but these schools do not have the professional studies, the training department, nor the facilities for developing teaching ability, which are the distinctive and characteristic features of ' the State Normal. , A man may be thorough' in Greek, familiar with theology; versed in veterinary science, and a marvel of information on mythological investi gations and yet be wholly ignorant of the elementary principles of teaching, such as a knowledge of temperament, mind development,' the order of studies making a good common school course, methods of punishment, pur pose of government, and many other things which it is the special prov ince of a teacher's training school to emphasize. Personal knowledge of the work be ing done by the State Normal School of Kansas, leads us to believe that the state legislature can make no bigger educational blunder than to pass House Bill, No. 675 and Senate Bill No. 440, requiring graduates of the State Normal to take the exami nation prepared by the State Board of Education. Graduates of recognized schools of pharmacy, schools of law, schools of medicine, etc., are not required to pass examinations after completing prescribed courses in schools designed for their respective education, then why make an exception of the gradu ates of the State Normal School in face of its excellent record and thor ough equipment? . Kill the bills! Waibiogton's Birthday. The celebration of Washington's birthbay at District 30 was grand and instructive. The program found in "The Teachers' World" was well ren dered, and the school room was beau tifully decorated with mottoes, flags, and a fine life-size portrait of Wash ington aJtistically drawn on the blackboard. A badge composed of tissue ribbon with a hatchet two inches long, pinned on It, with the date of February 22, 1732 was worn with pride by both children and par ents. "Patriotism and Honesty Reward ed" was the moral taught by cele brating this day. Stirring patriotic songs, after every selection, filled each heart with happiness, and all were glad they bad come; so they all resolved to visit District 30 (near Mr. Hoatt's) on the evening of March 6th, for it will be the leading literary en tertainment of 1897; because it is the combined efforts of the best talent of four schools. ' Admission 10 cents for adults, 5 cents for all under 12 years, except und,er 5 years, who are free. - Proceeds are to buv a library for the school. All are invited. I. B. Gray, Teacher. BBOWH'S C0NTESSI0X. Editor Would: I'm miffed. I was in Judge Tun- nell's office and you gave it away. 1 1 DUUUIU UAI C UlIWU It U UVtlllUK , 1 IU 1 1 I had not read "Smith's Confession" in the Independent last week and now I must 'fess up, loo, so" people can see how it looks from the other way. I will say that I felt allright, as I saw the county clerk and beard him swear. I saw a sixteen year old (teacher's) certificate on exhibition but don't know why it was there. I saw the gentleman who was not elected superintendent by the people of Tre go county. I saw one who edits the Independent and does not do the county printing by order of the Hon orable Board of County Commission ers. I saw another who holds a re sponsible position in the U. S. Land office, for the present only. So, under the circumstances, I feel all right. I wish to say that I do not write to insult or hurt the feelings of any one as the Independent and World both find a welcome place in my home. Respectfully, X. Y. Z. Brown. Write! to His Former Teaeher. Fairfield, 111., Feb. 20, '97. Mr. A. S. Peacock. Wa-Keeney, Kan. Dear Sir: I was looking through tne college directory to-day. and was somewhat surprised to find that you were county superintendent of Trego county. I am at present going to Hay ward college in Fairfield. Will you please write and tell me what brancues be sides the common branches are re quired to get a first grade certificate? in Illinois they are. Physics. Botanv and Zoology. What do they pay for teaching in Trego? Here they pay irom szu to per montn. ir 1 can get more in Kansas, than I can here, l am coming west. Yours respectfullv, Uabky Meneemeter. Many of our readers will remember the writer of the above letter which we are kindly allowed to publish Harry's father was at one time in business in Wa-Keeney. Supt. Peacock frequently receives letters from former pupils who have become teachers or are in colleges and universities preparing for lives of use fullness. It is needless to say that be is always glad to hear from them and give help and encouragement. Rseort of Big Crrek Softool. Report for month ending February 20: Number of days taught 21. Aver age daily attendance 7.92. Number of tardy marks 5. . Pupils neither ab sent nor tardy, Gilbert Morel, Eddie Morell. Absent but not tardy, Mar tha TetzloiT, Grace Stranahan, John O'Toole. Tardy once, not absent, John Larimer. Visitors: W. F. Stran ahan, J. W. Spena, John Stradal, Mrs. J. Tetzloff, Mrs. Jas. Yanda, Mrs. W, F. Stranahan, Miss C. A. Stradal. Millie Stradal, Teacher. ftotieo. . Only 10 cents will admit you into the grandest and most humorous, all round, up to date entertainment you ever attended, where experienced commedians will render the latest dramas on March 6th, at school in District 30. Bring some friend with you, for after such excessive laughter you may not be able to get home alone. Come one, come all. I. B. Gray, Teacher: NOTICE! All persons are warned, under pen alty of the law. not to hunt or fish on Section 19 and the north half of Sec tion 30, Township 12, Range 23 west. A. B. Jokes, W. S. Harrisox, Wilson & Blair. Growing Children One-third" of all the children die before they are five years old. Most of them die of some wasting; disease. They prow ery slowly; keep thin in flesh ; are fretful; food does not do them much good. You can't say they have-any disease, yet they never prosper. A slight cola, or some stomach and bowel trouble takes them away easocnrs emulsion of Cod-liver Oil with xiVpopbos phites is just the remedy for growing children. It makes nasd-ffcsht iqmbJ flesh; net soft, flabby fat. It makes strong bones, healthy nerves. It changes poor children to children rich in prosperity. Book about it free for the asfcinr. tWTfo aobstitaU for Scott's ErnuU sion will do for the children what we know Scott' FrmiHion will do. Get FarsmkW all JiufcgUU at 50c astd SIM. SCOTT BOWNE, New York. Our Neighbors. I Lone Star, Light ef Franklin. L. Haug, trustee of Franklin town ship, made a business trip to Wa-Kee ney inis weeK. The Question: Resolved. "That Kansas Common Schools Should Have " Free Text Books." Decided three for affirmative. There are some of our people who are in sympathy with Cuba, and are talking of going to assist in gaining her independence. Harvey Taylor is hauling corn from Graham county and delivering it in Ness county (a distance of sixty miles) lor 2d cents per bushel. Charley Rodgers would make a good soldier. He had a hand to hand bat tle with a skunk, and after several charges he captured it, and so claims the victory. But some of his friends think that his clothes smell like de feat. Chas. Rogers, of district 30. shot an eagle that measured seven feet four inches from tip to tip of wings, and weighed twelve pounds. He also caught five rabbits one day by slip ping up and springing on ttiem while they were sitting. This is a feat that none but a Kansas boy can do. In those days came John the Marcy saying, "repent ye people who tell my sad experience with a hog; for there Is one cometh after me who is might ier than I, who will doctor the man that telleth it, not many days hence." Well, the hog was loaded at Mr. Lud ters and the two gentlemen rode and chatted merrily for eight miles. On reaching home they put away the team, and when they came to unload, lo! they discovered that the hog was gone. They hitched the team again and retraced their steps, six long and hilly miles to Luther Garland's. Then they took a northeast course and in the Smoky river bluffs they beheld the swine once more afar off. Now, John being fleet on foot, left the team in care of the doctor and pursueth the swine like Jehu, and soon he overtak eth him, and bringeth him nigh the the team, and the swine squealeth, and squealeth, and while he loadeth him, lo! the team sniiffeth the air, and runneth away and leaveth John and the doctor who leteth the swine go and pursueth the team, and taketh the name of the Lord in vain, and if they have not stopped they pursueth it yet. (To be continued.) I Bid. Midway Scraps. Cool but pleasant. Grippe is the prevailing disease at present. The masquerade at Collyer last Fri day night is said to have oeen a suc cess. . - Mrs. Larimer, who has been sick for some time, is said to be slowly con valescing. Wm. Riggs is reported quite sick with the grippe. ' Has been confined to the house for two or three weeks. N. Redmond went to Wa-Keeney last Saturday for lumber for his house which he wants to occupy the first of next month. - There is a peculiar disease among the horses in this neck of the woods, and nearly all are affected with it. The only symptom is a very dry harsh cough. Quite a number of the young folks made a visit to Miss Blanche Mc Knight last Sabbath night and had a very pleasant time. Jack. Collyer Items. We are pleased to see Hugh Elliott and Emery Cass able to he around on our streets. Mrs. Harlan is visiting with her parents and friends near Wa-Keeney this week. Wm. Bower sold all his cattle ferty head calves, yearlings and cows at an average of about $19 per head. School not in session this week Prof. Harlan having gone to Salina t attend session of the Grand Lodge A. O. U. W. The boys did not wrestle very hard with the question for debate Satur day night. Don't be afraid boys, sail in and stand up for Kansas. The masquerade on Friday last was a hummer Ladies' Relief Corps tak ing in a clearance of about 612; exact amount not know to us yet. Wm. Bower left Sundar evening for a trip through Oklahoma and south eastern Kansas. His brother Fred, who was teacher here a few year since, lives in Oklahoma. - J. W. County Lin Notes. - Moderating somewhat again. Mrs. Herbert has been quite sick lately. , John Herbert is fencing himself a pasture. . Revival meeting closed at Ridgway Monday night. Report says Frank Furbcck expects to come home soon. - The Ellis joint keepers have come out of biding again.. Commissioner Barclay is quite siclc with catarrhal fever. The sick are all improving and some of them are up again. Geese and ducks in large numbers, have been going north lately. . - -" Henry Morton was taking contracts for millet seed Saturday at Ellis. Chas. Waklerman bas contracted to have considerable breaking done. Several Riverside citizens were on the streets of Ellis last Saturday tv ileal luair j uu tiie siuoujc ur trashy ground is in fair condition. Early wheat appears to be hurt but can't tell to what extent. Late wneat seems to be in good condition. Report says that Mr. Egger has traded for John Lofiin's wagon to take with him to Texas. Resident.