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Em :A Official County Paper Wa-KEENEY, KANS., JULY 1, 1911 33rd .Year Number 18 WEST Ffn w u ; , Invaluable Public Service Iu many of our counties where officials are retained generally during . good service, there are "old public functionaries," as the term was. ap- preciatingly applied to valued federal officials before the civil war. Such men have learned by heart the thread of their county's business and become familiar not only with the duties and past of their offices, but also of nearly all others in the court house. They are invaluable to the public and all other officials. Russell county had such in Ira S. Fleck and has in F. J. Smith; Trego county has A. S. Peacock; Logan county had J. F. Light; Wallace county had O. F. Thorene. This post goes usually to the dean in public service, but re quires also excellent memory of facts and persons, knowledge of law and business, also industry, ability and willingness to take pains to accommo date and inform every applicant for information, or person having to do with public business. We reprint the above paragraph by Judge J. C. Ruppenthal in the Luray Herald as tending to show " that "prophets are not without honor, save In their own country,'1 and also because it shows that Judge Ruppen thal keeps pretty well informed as to matters of publie interest in each of the six counties comprising his judi cial district. The Judge might have added that the valuable and practical extra-service rendered by public spirited men of experience is given to the public without money and with out price; almost without thanks. The public is so accustomed to re ceiving this service gratis that it is accepted as a matter of course, and sometimes demanded as a matter of - right. It would appear that men who uncomplainingly perform this extra service year after year should be given at least the full compensa tion allowed by law whenever and wherever they may be called to serve in an official capacity. Many of them are not, and partly so because that class of men are not expert at push ing themselves or their claims, nor at "working"-the powers that be". Such work is distasteful to sucn men. They pay their taxes year after year and take potluck with their neigh bors who stay by the country. It is the smooth, designing schemer with a penchant for pelf who lands the "dough" and then hies himself away for greener pastures as soon as the picking gets short. Will Drill Deep WeU Goodland, Kan., June 16 The county commissioners of Sherman county awarded a contract for the drilling of a well, in which they are attempting to find artesian water, this week to T. A. Staneliff & Co., of Lake Arthur, New Mexico. The commissioners some time ago passed a resolution to expend $10,000 for the sinking of a deep well to find artes ian water, after a petition had been filed with them signed by a majority of the taxpayers in the county. The well will be put down about a quart er mile west of the corporate limits of this city, and on 10 acres of land donated to the county by G. L. Cal vert and T. P. Leonard. The well will be started within 60 days. Capi tal. Get bargains in fly nets, collars, pads, etc. Ross & Waldo, Ogallah. - ' , Union Pacific New and Direct Route TO Yellowstone VIA Denver and Salt Lake I iO"w Pares 3 Fast Trains Daily Denver, and the "Rockies' Electric L.igHted Observation Trains H. G. KAILL, A. G. P. A. 901 Walnut Street, KANSAS CITY, MO. Phone Bell-Main 6530 Phone-Home-Main 1109 c Weather Report ' Maximum and minimum tempera ture according to the government thermometer at War-Keeney for the week ending Wednesday noon, j -Max. Min. Thursday 92 62 Friday 101 65 Saturday 105. 68 Sunday -. 110.. 57 Monday ....97 ....61 Tuesday 93 56 Wednesday 98 65 Last Sunday was the hottest day we have had for several years, and probably the hottest since July 31, 1890. According to the record kept by the late Ben C. Rich the tempera? ture about one o'clock on that day was 117 in the shade. The rainfall in the year 1890 was 14.11 inches, and more than one-third of it fell in the two months of July and August. The rainfall for this year to datesis 5.32 inches and for the' last twelve months it is only 12.44 inches, which is more than eight inches below the average. Cheer up! We have some thing a-comin' to us, other than hot winds and dust although it may take both to bring it. This 'tank WiU Last You can make an everlasting water- tank of cement at a' comparatively low cost. Frost will not injure it if it is made right. A tank 6x16 and three ieet deep is large enough to hold water for 60 cows. Qn one farm in Kansas such a tank has given good service for years. Three men can make this kind of a tank in one day, after the sand and cement have been hauled. Excavate about four inches deep for the foun dation; put one or two inches of crushed rock in the bottom. The frame for the side may be made from old lumber; the better this fits togeth er the more it will improve the ap pearance of the tank when finished. It must be braced firmly inside and outside; then put in the mixture of sand and cement in the .proportion of three of sand to one of cement; use Portland cement. - ' - - The sand need not be screened if it is not too coarse. For a tank of this size it takes about twenty sacks of cement and four loads of sand: wire netting mades very good reinforce ments, but gas pipes or iron rods would be better. The sides may be tamped a little to make them fill out the frame well. The sides of the tank should be about six inches wide at the bottom and four inches at the top; this will keep the cement from cracking when the water freezes. After the sides have been made, fix the bottom; this should be made two inches thick without the crushed rock. Coat the tank with pure, ce ment, making it more impervious to water. The tank should be made in one day, so that it will join together well. Make it a little -lower at one end and put a two-inch pipe through the wall at the bottom; this will be a help in cleaning. The overflow should also be placed at this end. Storage tanks are good also as a scource from which to irrigate gar dens. A - tank 10x16x4 will hold enough water to irrigate a good sized garden. vThis would require about thirty sacks of cement. It could be made in one day by four men-In-dustrialist. National Park Salt Lake J Warning to City Voters Our attention has been directed - to a misleading feature of the city clerk's statement which- was-published last week, and to a- dishonor able use being made of it. It is being told to voters that the "old city council paid themselves out of the city funds and failed or refused to pay other creditors of the city; that they "got in their graftt filled their pockets and left the other fellow to hold the sack". The fact is that the old council did issue salary warrants and other warrants, all of them In lawful order.- These warrants, were presented, numbered ana registered, ana endorsed "uo- -paid for want of funds," as provided by law. It is a further fact that the city lias not paid -one cent on the salary of the mayor, councilmen, clerk or treasurer for the last year. Their warrants are a part of the "total indebtedness" of the city and should have been listed and publish ed with other outstanding warrants. It is a further fact that the old council has not asked and is not ask ing the city to bond itself ' to pay their salaries, or any -others, or any other claims. - Kansas City Market Report Kansas City Stock Yards, June 27, 1911. A new high figure for beef steers was paid here today for thisTnonth and for May, when a nine car drove brought $6.40, nothing since April selling so high. The market today is called steady, run 12,000 head here, including 1,500 calves, which puts values on good to choice fed cattle 15 to 30 cents higher than a week ago, considering the advance of 10 to 15 cents yesterday. Rains have been rather general in Kansas. City - terri tory since the middle of last week, and pressure of dry weather is tem porarily removed. Chicago had a good runof cattle yesterday, and re ports say half of the supply could be classed as coming from the rainless districts, the same of inferior quality, and selling mean. ' Locally the-price range is widening in every class, na tive beef steers ranging from $5 to $6.40, quarantine steers $3.60 to $5.25, western steers - $4.50 to $6. . Some Greenwood county grass steers are moving this week, quotable from $5 to $6, actual sales of these steers here today at $5.15 to $5.70. Cows ; range from $3 to $4.50, odd head up to $5, canners down to $2.25, quarantine cows $3 to $4, native heifers $4 to $6.20, bulls $3 to $4.50, calves $4 to $7. Asking prices for stockers and feeders are higher this week, but bids were around steady yesterday and today, at the advance of 25 to 40 cents made last week. Bulk of the business is in stock steers, which sell at $3.75 to $4.40 mostly, a few choice ones up to $5, feeders $4.25 to $5, stock cows and heifers $3 to $3.90. Hog run today is 20,000 head here, market 5 higher,-top $6.40, bulk $6.25 to $6.35. The early market was best, speculators and shippers taking hold freely, but the big buyers held aloof till after the first round, and after that had something to say in the price making. The hog market is said to be hanging in the balance, big operators having diverse inter ests at stake in the speculative pro visions market. An attempt of either faction to even up matters will result in some sharp price changes in provisions. These will be reflected in the hog market, and are the expectation of astute traders. Sheep and lambs are firm today, after a long spell of bad weather. Run is 5,000 head, mostly natives, best lambs worth $6.60, yearlings $4.60, wethers $3.75, ewes $3.15. Stock stuff is selling at ruinous rates to owners, which are bargain rates to anj-one who can take care of the stuff. Breeding ewes may be had around $2.50, good goats at the same figures. J. A. Rick art, ' Market Correspondent. Surprised Mr. and Mrs. C. Ahl Friends and relatives to the num ber of forty gave Mr. and Mrs. C. A ill a grand surprise last Wednesday evening, knowing that Thursday was Mrs. Ahl's birthday and we thought it would be more of a surprise if we went the evening before. Though Mr. and Mrs. Ahl were both greatly surprised they soon rallied and made everybody feel at home. , The evening was spent in dancing and games. A fine supper that the ladies had : taken with them was served during the evening. The guests all departed at a late hour wishing Mrs. Ahl many happy returns of her birthday. : Pure home made lard at Baker's. ' Ceo. Higgins Killed About 3 o'clock, Tuesday&fternoon, June 20th, news came to town over the telephone from: .Tony Fannell's farm, 10 miles norths asking that a physician be hurried out and stating that a motor cycle accident had tak en place. The writer happened to be on the street just as the news came in and in company with Pete Jorgen- sen hurried to the spot, on the lat ter's motor cycle. We were the first from town to reach the scene. WS found that the accident had taken place on the main At wood and Colby road just west of James Campbell's house. A wire had been stretched across the : highway, angling from northeast to southwest, for the pur pose of guiding the stock from one pasture across the public highway to another pasture. Mr. Quick was en route to Atwood and was carrying George Higgins on the front of his motor cycle. The two men were run ning along at a reasonable gait, chatt ing together when they hit the wire. Neither saw it. It was just high enough to strike Mr. Higgins under the chin. The wire Jroke loose on west side of the road, but before the wheel could be stopped its momen tum carried them with sufficient force to break down the corner post of the fence." Mr. Higgins, who was sitting on the machine in front of Mr. Quick, was killed instantly. His throat was cut from ear to ear, sever ing his jugular vein and windpipe. Mr. Quick was cut about the neck, a gash running from the back around to the front, coming very close to his jugular. . He was slashed across the left arm and bruised about the shoul ders. He was dazed by the fall for a few moments. As soon as he regain ed his senses he mounted the motor cycle which was uninjured except for a broken pedal, and rode a mile to the Fannell home and phoned to town. Mr. Quick says Mr. Higgins made only a few struggles before life was extinct. Coroner Lewis ordered the body" brought to town as soon as lie. reached the scene.; Ko inquest wfc deemed .necessary as the cause of t-death was evident. This is the-first motor cycle accident of any conse quence to happen in the county and it is a deplorable one.' Mr. Higgins being on the machine is undoubtedly all that saved Mr. Quick's life. Mr. Campbell says it was their custom to stretch this wire across the road so that the little boy, a mere lad, could drive the stock from one pasture to the other. The wire, he says, was always taken down after the stock had been driven through and that the little boy had just driven i the stock through the gate and in a few moments would have had the wire down. .To " say the least it seems a careless thing to have done to place any obstruction across the public road traveled, probably, more than any thoroughfare of the county. - Of course it was un though ted. A wife and son are left to mourn the death of a husband and father and a second life came witfafh an ace of being snuffed out. Mr. Quick's injuries, while severe, will not prove fatal. The burial of Mr. Higgins takes place today. Colby Tribune. Notice to Contractors The school board of District No. 6 will receive sealed bids up to noon of Saturday, July 15, 1911, for . the erec tion of a school house, plans of which can be seen at the office of the coun ty superintendent at Wa-Keeney, Kansas. By order of the Board. 18-2t There is complaint in many Kansas towns that motorcycle and automo bile drivers violate the ordinance against fast driving. Drivers of ma chines go along at twenty to thirty miles an hour and evidently depend in case of arrest on the inability of citizens to prove the speed at which they were Traveling. And right here the supreme court has lately come to a decision founded on good common sense. It has held that a man of or dinary intelligence can tell at about what rate a veliicle is traveling arid his testimony in a case must stand. Therefore if a man " goes into court and swears that an auto was travel ing at a greater speed than the law allows, iiis testimony is competent' and will stand up in any court in the land Osborne Farmer. Look out for 'em: Grafters working ia Nebraska are playing this game: One of them calls on a farmer and of fers to put in a fence for 8 cents per foot, and the farmer signs the con tract. Later on, another grafter comes along, puts in the fence,- and then the farmer learns, to his sur prise, that he has signed a contract to pay 8 cents per foot for each wire in the fence. Osborne Farmer. Money to loan. See E. D. Wheeler. Lapiudlry We will have our laundry installed and - ready for business on or about July 1st Every thing will be strictly first class and all work" strictly guaranteed. Only the best material and methods used. A specialty of family washing rough dry or ironed. . . CHAS. J. MABEN CEMENT COTTAGE ON EAST SIDE SQUARE For Coed Roads State Highway Inspector Gearhart has sent out instructions to all town ship officers in regard " to dragging roads. The following are some of them: The first essential to keeping a good dirt road in cases in which the road is already made is the use of the drag, a very inexpensive method of keeping the road in repair. - " ; ; Make a light drag, which is hauled over the road at an angle of about 45 degrees, so that a small amount of earth is pushed to the center of the road. - y Drive the team at a walk. Ride on the drag.' Do not walk along the side. - Begin at one ide of the road or wheel track, returning on the oppo site side. -. Drag the road as soon after every rain as possible but not when the mud is in such condition as to stick to the drag. Do not drag a dry road. Drag whenever possible at all sea sons of the year. - If a road is drag ged immediately before a cold spell it will freeze in a smooth condition. The width of the traveled road to be maintained by the drag should be from sixteen to twenty feet. First drag a little more than the width of a -single ' tracit, - then gradually-lln.-" crease until the desired width is ob tained. - ? .Always drag a little earth to, the center of the road until it is raised from ten to twelve inches above the traveled way. If the drag cuts too much shorten the hitch. The amount of earth that the drag will carry along can be very consider ably controlled by the driver accord ingly as he stands near the cutting edge or away from it. When tha roads are first dragged after a very muddy spell the wagon should drive if possible to one side until the road has a chance to freeze or partially dry out. Dragging reduces the mud in wet weather and the dust in dry weather. The best results from dragging are obtained only by repeated applica tions. Remember that constant at tention is necessary' to maintain an earth road in its best condition. It costs $4 to $10 a mile per year to drag a road, depending upon thevpar ticular road, the soil and rainfall, and the amount of traffic. "Mound City Paints go farthest, wear longest, look best. ;Verbeck Lumber. Co. Correct Abstracts W. H. Swiggett. GRAND CELEBRATION July Fourth This celebration is given under the auspices ' of the Ellis Commercial spared to make the day . an enjoyable one. This celebra tion is entirely on us come and 'sDend the day with us and visit with old neighbors and have All Amusements Free ! ! . " No admission will be charged to the ball game or race track Base Ball Game Hays vs. Collyer There will be several horse races and a number of other amusement features which will be worth while witnessing,, there being over $400 given in prizes. At night there will be a good fireworks display. Motice ' - Bond Election The difference between 5 per cent and 6 per cent is 1 per cent. One per ceftt on $7,000 for two years is $140, which is just about the cost of hold ing a bond election and getting out an issue of bonds. , Ness City Mill Burns Word" was received - this morning that the mill plant at Ness City had been burned, the fire starting at about 4 o'clock. The ice plant and the electric lighting plant, which were operated in connection with the mill, were also destroyed. Several other buildings close by caught on Are a time or two but were saved. No details other than the fact of the fire were learned, and it appears that the origin of the lire has not been de termined. The mill building was a large, well built, three-story stone structure, and was one of the surviv ing landmarks of boom days that was coming into . its own again. Yesps ago this hope and ride of the ea y days swamped the Borthwicks and though they made repeated efforts they were never able to get on their feet again. For a number of years the property lay idle, an occasional effort being made to operate it, and being subject to intermittent spells of agitating on the subject. Nine years ago a company was formed .to take over the property -arid put , it in operation, but it proved a losing ven ture and a couple years later was temporarily closed; a re-organization was effected and operations resumed. A lighting plant had been added the previous year but did not give very satisfactory service; this lias been very much . improved and the town had come to place a" good deal of de pendence on it. The' lce plant is a development of the past five or six years; and had grown into a very good business; and taken all together the property had been put on a good paying basis and had become an in stitution of benefit and convenience to the town. , Its loss will be quite a serious loss to Ness City. . It is not probable that the mill will ever be rebuilt, and it is a question if they will feel justified ' in building and equipping an ice and lighting plant right at this time, though possibly they may, and no doubt the citizens of the town will feel inclined to en courage them to do so tTtica Enter prise. Dyspepsia is America's curse. Bur dock Blood Bitters conquers dyspep sia every time. It drives out impur ities, tones the stomach, restores per fect digestion, normal weight, and good health. Ellis, Kansas Club and no pains will be - a good old fashioned time.