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(TO Iff VI U U M VOLUME IV. GREAT BEND, KANSAS, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1887. NUMBER 16. ATTORNEYS. TllEjJ. C. COLE. ELRICK.C. COLE County Attorney. COLE BROTHEKS, ATTORNEYS AT LAW Office in Court House. "Counsel In German by Tbeo. C. Cole. MAHER & OSMOND, ATTORN E YS-AT- L AW. . Rooms 4 and 5 in Allen's Block, GREAT BEND - - KAN. K. T. EWALT. Notary J. II. BEMENT. EWALT & BEMENT. Attorneys at Law, Real Estate and Loan Agents, Qollecting a Specialty, Rent Property and Pay Taxes, C. K. LUFFENBACHEK, D. A. BANTA. DIFFENBiCREil & BAKU, . Attorneys at Law "Office In Allen-Hubbard Block, rooiusj!) and 11. J. KIC1ICKKEK, J. II. J EN N I SON Notary Public. Richcreek & Jennison, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Farm and City Loans at lowest rates. Otlice in Opera House block. GREAT BEND, - - KAS. PHYSICIANS. F. LIGHTFOOT, Physician & Surgeon. Headquarters at Allen's Drug Store. A. Y. McCormick, M. D. V. L. Chester, M. D. McCORMICK & CHESTER, Physicians and Surgeons. Office over Dodge's Hardware store, northwest cor. La Fayette Park. GREAT BEND, KANSAS. PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS, HEADQUARTERS AT Wilson k Shav's Drug Store DR. W. H. WHITE, Homeopathic Physician. Office in the Willner Block, opposite the Fostoffice. Night calls promptly attended to, lamp burning at office door all night. GREAT BEND, - - KAS. HOTELS AND RESTAURANT. TYPER HOUSE. Terms Reasonable. Good Sampl Rooms. - EAST SIDE OF SQUABS, Great Bend - - - Kansas. VAIXEYHOUSE, Kev the Depot. Best accommodations la tb. city for the money. Transient, f 1.50 per day. Day board per week, $4.00. A goo4 feed .table attached. 3N. DR. HOLMES, Proprietor. J. TROUiIiETT, Restaurant and Confectionery, day board and lodging. Fine cigars and tobacco, can dies, etc., always on hand. All kind, of drink, in their Mason. Oysters in every style. Forest Avenue, first door west of the Poat offloa, CHAS. BEE, DEALER IX GROCERIES, PROVISIONS AND PRODUCE. A new and splendid lfne of goods, which I am selling at the very lowest figures. When you need any thing n his line give him a call. First door north of Robinson & Ster ett's hardware store. Let all our citizens unite to push to a successful issue the gas well projc ct. You will never regret it. We commence in this week's issi le of the De3iocrat, a serrial story en titled "Adventures of Tad," vhich will prove a delight to our young read ers. It is said that it cost Jake Sharp $77,000 to pay his expenses, lawyer's fees, etc., in trying to keep out of Sing Sing. But Jacob had to go, and the country will be none the looser. The use of "cuss words" is a very bad habit and entirely out of place anywhere, unless it be in a newspaper office, where it is often found handy in making up the forms, reading proof, or deciphering poor manuscript. A wniNiNG exchange says the demo crats are trying to disorganize the Grand Army of the Republic. It looks more like the Grunting Army of Re publicans were trying it, and succeed ing very well, too. If the Grand Army is to be a political factor, as a Grand Army, we think the sooner it is disorganized the better it will be for our present form of government. The publisher of this paper does not believe the G. A. 11. will submit to being manipulated by the republican party and used as a cat's paw with which to gather in the presidential chestnuts. Intense, warm weather, such as we generally have tliis time of the year, is generally followed by a great deal of sickness, so say the medical fraternity. With this fact in view it is best to take all necessary precaution in order to avoid or lessen the danger impending. Great care should be taken that the sanitary condition of your houses and surroundings is in as perfect order as possible. Also, every person should look to their diet. The excessive use of ice water and other cold drinks is dangerous, as is also the taking of too much heavy food. If proper care is taken Great Bend shouM not have any unusual amount of illness. Dewey Langford, of the Democrat, has sold his interest in the Graphic and Democrat to his partner, Mr. Stoke. Mr. Langford will retain his position, we understand, as editor of the Demo crat for some months yet. e shall be sorry t see him retire permanently from journalism m Great Bend, but at the same time congratulate Mr. Stoke on being proprietor of two good news papers. Register. We are under obligations to the Reg ister for many favors in the past, and hope in the future to merit the es teem of its publisher. While the re quirements of a publisher are not un known to us, we feel that we can profit greatly by the experience of older heads, and, with the assistance of our friends and patrons, succeed in mak ing the Graphic and Democrat valu able publications. Now that the general rains through out this part of the state have assured the corn crop beyond a doubt, and our people have discovered that there is no possible chance of money being scarce the real estate market is beginning to pick up again. There could not be a better time than right now to push to it finish the proj'ect of boring for nat ural gas. What this vicinity needs more than anything else is cheap fuel. Xo prospecting has ever been done in this part of the country for coal or gas, ami no one knows wnai underlies these broad, rich lands. The farmers of Barton county have perseveringly plowed and dug upon the surface of the land until they have developed the fact that anything, almost, in the vege table kingdom can be produced with the proper manipulation. In doing this they have risked their money and their muscle, and we now think the citizens of Great Bend should come willingly to the front and subscribe a sufficient fund to test thoroughly the question of whether or not we can get anything better than meat or drink out of this country. Think of what we gain should we get gas, or coal, or oil! With fuel, we would get large manu factories; with manufactories we would get the necessaries of life at a cheaper price and could sell the products of the soil at a better price. "With an assured cheap fuel, we would draw into our midst millions and millions of dollars of eastern capital that now has no safe place of investment. Certainly there is a chance that what money we thus expend will be doubled, and doubled again and again. Xo great benefit has ever been attained with risk being taken by someone. The gas fund has now reached a good round sum. Let us rush it right along and make an ef fort to increase our present prosperity. GO A STEP FARTHER. Some Reasons Why We Should Vote Bonds to the Midland fc Western. a In procuring of this road, which is in fact, the Frisco road, we get the benefit of competition between it, the Santa Fe and Missouri Tacific. It will bring us thousands of dollars worth of taxable property. It will pay enough taxes in every township 'to almost run our public schools through the county. It will make Barton one of the most favored counties in the state for rail road facilities. It will assist in building up a city of such proportions that the citizens of this city will consume the greater amount of the crop products of the county, and thus afford a near market and a sure one. It will increase the value of every acre of land in Barton county, and will add only a small amount to the taxes. It will pay in taxes half the amount of the bonds we issue, besides paying a large amount of school, general, con tingent, bridge, and other county and township taxes. Some short-sighted people are mak ing a fight against the bonds, claiming that the road will be only a benefit to the towns and not to the fanners. They fail to understand the fact that only through the success of the far mers can the town hope to be prosper ous, and that if the voting of bonds to this railroad would be an injury, or a detriment to the farmer, the citizens of the town would be the first to see it. The great trouble among those who are fighting the bonds is, that they appear to hold the idea that the citizens of the towns are always trying to ruin the farmers. ' Anyone who will look at both sides of the question calmly will certainly see that in any agricultural country the best interests of the far mer are the best interests ot the town people. Shall we Have a Fair? It has been suggested by a number of our people that we have a Barton County Agricultural exhibit and a speed exhibition this fall. As we un derstand it, the county commissioners are empowered to appropriate at least $500 out of the county general fund for agricultural fair purposes. With this amount as a starter an organization could be easily formed, a catalogue gotten out. and we believe ' every citi zen in the co'tinty would contribute a mite to making a good exhibit. There are a number of men throughout the county who have valuable blooded stock which we believe they would be glad to exhibit, even though the premiums of fered might be merely nominal. In the matter of the speed ring, we know of several gentlemen in this city, and doubtless there are others through the county, who have horses which would make a good record. L. P.Aber and ,1. Chappel have a team and D. X. Ileizer has a team, these two teams being handled by Mr. Aber. Henry Moss and John Teskey each have young horses under the skillful man agement of Mr, D. II. McCord; Jake Miller and Thomas Moore each have horses which they handle themselves. It would be well for our people to dis cuss this matter and see if it will not be profitable to the city and county to organize and hold a fair this fall. A gentleman friend tells us of having seen, on last Saturday night, or rather about 3 o'clock Saturday morn ing, something curious about the appearance of the moon. A descrip tion of this phenomenon, as near as we can give it without a diagram is as follows: There were two pretty staight bars of light crossing at right angles j'ust at the lower edge of the moon. The perpendicular bar ran up from the upper point of the moon to a distance of what looked to be some 300 yards while the lower end extended to the horizon. The horizontal bar extended to a long distance on each side, cross ing the other on the face of the moon just about the middle of the curve made by the outer line of the moon. We are curious to get a solusion of this phenomenon. There is one thing we think should be looked after that appears has not had proper attention. We refer to the putting down of stone walks on Main street. The grade"should be observed in all cases, and instead of having two or three "jogs" or offsets in a block the walk shoidd present an even, un broken surface. This may appear a small matter to speak of, but it is one of the Bmall things that add to or de tract from the attractions of a city. Is Kansas making a record in the financial world which we can to look to with pride? We should say she is. The total value of the gold and silver products of the mines in this coun try for the year 1886 was $89,000,000. The total value of Kansas farm pro ducts for the same year, $120,000,000, or 40 per cent, more than the total mine products for the whole United States for the same period. The large-headed farmers who had faith in Kansas and went steadily on with, their corn planting and brier cutting, are now receiving their re ward, while the fellows who squirted tobacco juice through their teeth, and cursed the sand storms; will probably wear linen pants next winter and visit some of our prosperous cities for the purpose of learning free lunch routes. Sunday's News in Brief. The train carrying the President's party from Clayton to Alden Creek, X. Y., barely escaped disaster. A driv ing rod broke on the engine, killing the engineer, but not derailing the train. Three men were nearly roasted alive in the Union Steel works, Chicago, by pouring hot metal into a wet mould. Jean P. Soqueet, at Milwaukee, was sentenced to life imprisonment for mnrdering his wife fourteen years ago. A scheme by the Hungarian strikers at Greenburg, Pa., to murder the Pinkerton detectives and compel new men to quit work, was given away by one of the Hungarians who weakened. The number killed at the St. Thom as, Out., railroad disaster is placed at 19, and the seriously injured over 40. The bursting of an oil tank set fire to numerous buildings, entailing a loss of some $500,000. Down at Peabody last week a stroke of lightning gave 6,000 silk worms the cramp colic to such an extent that they "struck" and refused to eat. The mortality has been great. " Our folks in the South," said Rep resentative Crisp, of Georgia, "are all for Cleveland and the old flag. Xot these battle flags, but the old flag of the Union. God knows we don't want the battle flags. We are too busy to waste time in old issues of that sort." Since "the rascals" were turned out, March 4, 1885, and honest democrats put in charge of the government , the public debt has been reduced, to J uly 1st, $263,884,946 55. . That's the kind of "ruination" the people of this country like and they will decree for more of it. Mrs. Morgan Caraway is visiting her parents at Greensburg, Ind. The walls of the Fair block are now completed to the first story. A train-dispatcher's office is now being erected just east of the Santa Fe depot. Dr. G. G. Davidson has moved into the front office over G. N.& E R. Moses' store. We learn that one of Mr. C. C. Wolfs children is very ill, at Chicago, where they were compelled to stop on their way to Mansfield, Ohio. General Richard Rowett, who dropped dead on a Chicago race cource a day or so ago, upon one of his horses being beaten in a race, is well known to a great number of our G. A. R. boys here. All voters who have not registered since the 1st of January, or who have changed wards since the last election, should call at the county superinten dent's office where deputy city clerk Ed. Buckland can be found, and proceed to register. A report has gained circulation that an old gentleman named Gardin ier, who recently came here from the east, had some $1,200 taken from under his wife's pillow one night a week or so since. The affair has been kept quiet probably in the hope of catching the thief. $800 of the money was in $100 bills and the balance in $20 bills. - The Kingman Courier says: "The rustler will play on a golden harp and wear a laurel, too, while the kicker will hang on a butcher's hook, and kick in the blazes blue." We will add: The advertiser will climb on high, and walk the streets of gold, while the chump who don't advertise will fry in that place where it don't I grow cold. The less a man eats the better he feels this sort of weather. Major Stanton and wife, of Center ville, Iowa, are visiting with the fam ly of J. R. Hays. M. L. Mcintosh will shortly start a branch store at the new town of Seward, Stafford county. Mrs. Jessie C. Smith, au accom plished music teacher, of Pueblo, Col., is visiting in our city. Persons wanting to take boarders daring the normal institute should leave word at the county superinten dent's office. Messrs. Edwin Tyler and John W. Brown have formed a partnership in the loan business, with office over the New York store. Mr. Parltn has had his hedge trim med and the weeds cut from about his premises, which adds greatly to the neatness of hU home. The boy stood on the burning deck, all dressed in navy blue, while his girl, who hung on his willing neck, said: "Is it hot enough for you?" An exchange says a man who would suicide in this sort of weather would be very foolish indeed, for he would be simply jumping from the frying pan into the fire. We will give, as a premium for the largest watermelon brought to this office between now and the 1st of September, one year's subscription to the Barton County Democrat. County Superintendent Wolffe and family are on a visit to Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Wolffe will attend the National Educational Association and Exhibit at Chicago, before returning home. Police-Judge Odell has been giving particular attention to the lawless el ement recently. His latest act of merit was the ridding the city of a house of questionable repute, which has been open to the public down near the depot. Jos. Ripkin was bound over by 'Squire Whiteman, of Fairview town ship, in the sum of $1,000, to answer to the charge of shooting with intent to kill one Grant Chrisman. It ap- that the man, Chrisman, was go ing across the fields with a gun in his hands, when Pipkin came out of his house with a gun also, and when Chrisman ran Pipkin shot at him, the shot, as Chaisman claims, scattering all around him. We did not learn what neighborhood trouble brought about the shooting. The subscription of stock to the gas-well enterprise is coming on nicely. Let every enterprising, public-spirited person in Great Bend and vicinity join in and push to successful issue this project. Success in this will bring a boom to our town and county to which other Kansas booms are but mere bubbles. Our chances are even, at least, for striking it rich, and if so, share-holders in the com pany will have a bonanza scarcely less valuable than California's gold and silver mines. The following from an exchange we think will have a local application, and is respectfully referred to all whom it may concern: 'The day is approaching, oh, kick ers, beware! When the scalps of the croakers will fly in the air, and this chump ridden country will rise like a wave and brush from its bosom the howler and knave; then the man who arises to hinder a boom, will be wrapped in a coffin and laid in the tomb." Boys, loosen up the puckering strings of your pantaloons, rustle around and gather in a few nickles ; get a job of cutting weeds for some public spirited citizen and prepare for the coming feast. The returns now coming from the rural precincts point to an immense watermelon crop this year. We heard one farmer say to-day that he had some melons already as large as a wooden pail. No, boys, we won't tell you where this farmer lives, besides he keeps a bull-dog and a shot gun loaded with salt. Mrs. Mahala Allison is reported as quite ill. Mrs. T. J. Flint returned to Nesa " City Saturday, after a visit of a week to relatives here. We are informed that theve will be another first-class dry-goods Btore opened out here shortly. The Kingman Courier says they are going to have gas if they have to go through to China for it. W. F. Moore, of the firm of Pal mer & Moore, has the frame up fbr a neat cottage on West Broadway. J. Frank Smith, wife and family, of Arkansas City, are in the city visiting the families of S. IL Moss and A. S. Allen. Mrried By Probate Judge Ogle, at his office, on Thursday, July 14tL, 1887, Mr. Orrin Reynolds to Miss Ida Cutler, both of this county. Every store room iu town that is in condition for occupancy is now either occupied or already leased, and demands are constantly made for more. Mrs. W. II. Meachani-and her daughter, Mrs. Maud Clayton, left Saturday on a hasty visit to relatives in Illinois, they being called there upon information of the illness of Mrs. Meacham'8 mother. Are you going to build? If so, the quicker you get at it the tatter. If there is a demand for buildings now, at the dullest season of the year, how are we going to meet the de mand in the fall, when the usual rush commences? The rush this fall will not be a "usual" one, but an unusual m one. We make the prediction that ' there will be a greater demand fbr houses this fall than ever before in the history of Barton county. . Would it not be a good plau to es tablish a market place at, some on- venient point in the city, where all kinds of produce that is brought into the city could be exhibited. It would result in a benefit to farmers by en abling them to sell to the citizens di rect, and would be a great conveni ence to the city in keeping our main streets free from wagons, and in gath ering all kinds of market produce into one spot, so that when we wished to buy direct from the fanner we would not have to run all over the town to hunt up what we wanted. Mr. C. M. Smith, who is home on a short visit, tells of a collision uii the Missouri Pacific at Hoisington Saturday evening. It appears the passenger train had just pulled in. when a freight engine ran squarely into the passenger engine, demolish ing both engins, but doing no harm to anyone beside a general shake-up and a few bruises. Mr. Smith had just arisen from his seat and was thrown forward onto the seat iu frout, a striking with 'force as to mash out of usefulness a silver spectacle-case which he had in his breast Kcket, and which, doubtless, saved him from getting a broken rib. We buried limi gladly iu broad daylight,, the sods with our spades upturning; and our voices were glad and our faces were bright, though the summer suu was burning. He had been a good father, he bad !ecn a good friend, he had done no neigh bor a wrong; if you wanted a dollar he had it to lend, and his help to the weak was strong. He talked for. his town and worked for it too, and swore . by it when the need came, he had stood by his country, its Red White and Blue, and defended it through blood and lame. No man in the city beloved more than he when the blaak winds of winter swept by, fbr storms could not daunt him nor cause him to flee from the path where he saw duty lie. But when summer came and made life a task to endure the sun's withering ray, he could not resist the temptation to say, "Is it hot enough for you to-day?" We do not know where his bright spirit may dwell since we slugged him and laid him away; perhaps he's in heaven; perhaps he's in well, perhaps ite hot enough for him to-day! Paola Times.