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VOLUME XXX. GREAT BEND, KANSAS, FEttDAT, JULY 11 1913, NUMBER li This Is Special Bargain Week With Great Bend's Leading Merchants. Read Their Offerings In This Issue. PEATH OF JOSEPH BROWN. Oae of. the, meet distressing occur .fences in the history of Barton, coun ty was he discovery or the dead body of Joseph "Brown, an old resident of Beaver township, ,011 Thursday, July 2, death having occurred six days . previous to this date, as near as can be ascertained. . He was last seen alive during the forenoon of the -26th of June, when he had assisted Jhe wife and children of a neighbor to pick some cherries from trees in his yard. He was not seen alive after this date and the fact that mail re mained in bis box on and after this day helps to establish the time of bis death. He was a bachelor and lived alome in a place slightty remote from his neighbors and as everyone la the vicinity was busy in harvest Lis absence was not noted until the body had lain, in the boiling hot sun for presumably six days. . On July 2 a neighbor, Will Cornell, ' had occasion to go to Brown's house on an errand and. found the body ly ing as it had fallen. An. examination revealed no evidence of foul play or accident, death being due, presuma bly, to heart failure. It had been known for some years that he was afflicted with a weak heart. The pos ition of the body indicated that death was instantaneous. He was an old resident of the nortl ... side of the county, having settled in 1877 on the farm where he resided till his death. He was a quiet man who attended strictly to hia own af -fairs and was willing to grant the, . wor1d the (privilege of doing as it i pleased so long ae it accorded hltn joourteoua trentmt uch as he per sonally rendered to everyone. He 'twas highly respected by all who iknew 11m and his death is a sad Mow to his neighbors. He had no relatives in the, com- enmity, but Is survived by several ' brothers and sisters who reside in Missouri. The body was turned oyer to Undertaker Fred Charles of Hois lngton to be prepared for burial &horfTiHifiraT services' were held on Thursday, July 3, and the body inter- ed in the local cemetery. MRS. MARGARET McGANN. The death of Mrs. Margaret Mc . Ganri occurred at the family home, . . 637 Souti Main, street", July 9. De t ceased was 73 years of age and has $ been in failing health for some time. t9 She was a devout Catholic, a lady 6 , of many admirable qualities, and , while not a woman who either cater 8 ed to the demands of society or de sired a large circle of acquaintances, was popular and respected among those who knew her best. Funeral service was conducted by Father Hull at the Cahtolic church in this city and the remains taken to Westphalia for burial. She is sur vived1 by four children. C. C. Jackson was here from Hutch '.' iason on business Wednesday. (Copyright) 1 , ' - ; i i DEATH OF ADAM GEIL. The death of George Adam Cell occurred at the family home in, Clar ence township Thursday morning, July 10, after a lingering illness from cancer during which time he had suf fered a thousand deaths. Tula ail ment had' been gradually getting worse for the, past five yean , and for several months past he had been trying in vain with many noted spe cialists of the country to obtain re lief. Deceased was a native, of Iowa, having been born near Martinsburg, in that state, Aug. 27, 1857, and be ing at the time of his death 54 years, 11 months and 13 days of age. Mr. Geil came to. Barton county a poor boy in 1878 and has encountered many of the trials and hardships which beset the early residents of Kansas, but has, by industry and square dealing, acquired a compe tence far beyond that of the average of the wealthy farmers of Barton county and at the 6ame time firmly established himself as one of. the staunch, dependable men of his com munity and enjoyed the same dis tinction through this and other coun ties in this section of the state. He is survived by a wife, three small sons, one brother, Andrew Geil, two sisters, Mrs. Phil Leroy and Mrs Henry Scbroeter,, and by hia , aged mother who made her home with him. Funeral services will occur at the home at 2 p. m. Saturday, July 12, further services to occur at the Ger man Lutheran church after which lw tcrment will be made at the. Ger man Lutheran cemetery. FLORIDA SHERIFF HERE. Sheriff H. A. BoweH.'of Mariana, Jackson county, Fla., arrived here on Thursday of last week, with requisi tion papers, for Clifford Box who was under arrest here for a crime commit bad in Florida and departed on Mon day with his prisoner for the South land. Som little delay was occa sioned in establishing die Identity of the prsoner but the sheriff left with no doubt in his mind that he had the right man, , , . , ; ; BARN BURNED. The barn on the farm of Mrs. J. T. Morrison, four miles northwest of Galatia, was completely destroyed by fire last Tuesday afternoon. It was a frame structure, 20x50 feet, with a large hay mow. Some harness, a buggy and some chickens were all that was lost, except the building. There was no insurance and the ori gin of the blaze is unknown. Hugh Newkirk and Wm. Auschutz were among the farmers'in the coun ty seat on Thursday. They say 1 a "cinch" hat we must have rain at once or we will have no corn and not much feed. Some of the corn on hard spots is falling over now, from lack of moisture. THE SWIMFtllN' HOLE DEATH OF LAFAYETTE WELLS. Lafayette, Wells, of this place, was struck by train No. 31 in, the Hutch inson yards, opposite' the depot, on last Thursday night, and received In juries from which he died without re gaining consciousness. He had gone to Hutchinson on the plug that even ing and while there had informed rel atives that he, expected to return to Great Bend on No. 11 to spend the Fourth with his parents. So far as can be ascertained there was no wit ness to the accident and no' one knows precisely how ' It occurred certainly cot from trying to "hop" a train going at 25 miles an hour, as was stated in the Hutchinson papers. He had sufficient money in his pock ets to care for him over night in Hutchinson and bring him home In the morning as was his intention. One of his legs was crushed and nearly severed from the body and he died from the shock and loss of blood within about 15 minutes after being removed to the hospital, which was not done for nearly an hour after he was hurt. Deceased was born October IS, 1880, at Dennison, Iowa. His parents removed to Great Bend in 1897 and he followed in 1900. He had been, in hia earlier manhood, possessed of many Vaults, but was popular and square with his friends, possessed of a jovial disposition and a very com panionable fellow. In later years he had broken away to a great extent from his bad habits, had worked steadily and was making good. Thru hia period of sowing wild oats he had been largely the victim of his own unfortunate selection of associ ates rathe; than any. evil intent on his own part. There are left to mourn his death his parents, two brothers and three' sisters, one of whom is at home. Fu neral services were, held here on the morning of July 5. Mrs. Huntoon of Nortonville, Kas., is visiting the D. G. Martin fam ily, enroute home from. an,extended visit with relatives on the . Paci fic coast and in Colorado. Mrs. Herman and little son went to Kinsley Sunday night for a brief visit With relatives. , , . , , , . : . Fred Hagerman is back in towil again after spending harvest time with the boys. Fred has several farms in this and Rush counties and while he has not pretended to claes himself as a harvest hand for several years he can not resist the tempta tion to go out and superintend the job. Miss Sara Hammond of this office, and her sister, Miss Grace, left Sun day morning for a vacation, of a cou ple of weeks, half of which they will spend with their sister, Mrs. Croting er, in Syracuse. The latter portion of the time they will spend visiting their friends in Stafford and Hutchinson. CONCERNING BRIDGE MATTERS .After Putting -op with dillatory tac tics until forbearance ceased to be virtue, the county commissioners have given the construction company having the contract for the work on theGreat Bend river, tridg a week 'a time to which to demonatarte that they are capable of going ahead with the .work and pushing the matter to completion, at the end of which time, a showing has- not been made which is suffkent evidence to the county board that the company is ready to do business right, the con tract under which they are operating will be declared violated and the Job ill be relet. The county is fully protected by the bond which was furnished by the company and will not be loser In any ay by the failure of those in charge of the work to make good. The only serious matter in this connection is the- inconvenience experienced by the traveling public and particularly y the south side farmers in cross ing on the temporary bridge, which is far from being what might rea onably be expected. The work which has been attempt ed up to this time is clearly the work of incompetents and has never been in any way satisfactory to our ex cellent board cf commissioners, who have spent much time and made every possible effort to make this job a success. Kent Merry, agent, and Attorney Brubaker for the bridge com pan were here Wednseday to consult with the commissioners. Also the. state engineer, W. S. Gearhart, was here, ,and the company has given good. Evidence that the work will be pushed with all passible, effort, from nOW. i .-iii,;;'! esfonlhaver hfla &Aftiff-arf the sub-coWact to place all the coffer dams In the river and to drive ' all piling. Mr. Westenhaver says that business will move. He has had a great ideal of experience in work of this nature and he says that some thing will be doing as socn as the sheet piling is here. In the mean time they will be busy with .work preparatory to the placing of the cof ferdams, , t I : I ' I 1 " . ! 1 M. W. Titus is the hew foreman1 for the company and he coines highlv recOmii6fifledf The company states that every thuig Will be done that can be done to complete the work by the time specified. ' Contractor Jenkins has forfeited on his bridge contracts near Claflin and bids will soon be received for the completion of this work. It is the expectation of the coun ty board that all bridge work in the county will be completed before cold weather ocmes, which is considera bly short of what was expected when the contracts were let but is as good as seems possible at the present stage of the game. As stated above, the coufity is futly protected against loss of any kind and has merely to put up with the inconvenience of getting along with temporary struc tures longer than was expected. "SHORT CRASS" MOTOR CYCLE TOUR. Members of the &hort Grass, Motor cycle Association, on the annual tour, this time to Denver and the Rocky Mountains, will be here Monday, July 14, about 200 strong. This Is an event of considerable importance, al though it has not as yet disturbed the equilibrium of things locally to any marked degree. Three local members of the club, Selle, Holmes and Myers, will join here and com plete the Journey with the bunch. Dinner will be served the tourists in the -spacious dining rooms in the basement of the Congregational church. It is the desire of the local poppop riders that as many as possi bly can will meet here on, the morn ing of the Uth and ride out to meet the club about the Walnut creek bridge east of town. Also that the local riders will do all they can to en tertain the strangers while here. To have the club leave here with a good impression of the town and a good word for it Is advertising worth while. On the other band, if no attempt is made to make their short stay with us a pleasant one, we may rest assur ed that "knocks" will be forthcom ing, which will produce undesirable results so far as our popularity with auto and motor cycle tourists is con cerned. The city can well afford to make some effort to entertain this club. CHANGE REGARDING PARCELS , POST STAMPS. There Is now in effect a new order Just received 'at' the loca pofefibflce to the effect that ordinary stamps may be used in sending packages by parcels post In mailing parcels post packages persons need make no discrimination as to the kind of stamps used. This order will save a lot of trouble, ' and .work in the post off Ice department here and will make it easier for per sons to mail their packages. .They wll no longer have to walk to the postoffice to buy their parcels post stamps. The issuance of parcel post stamps to postmasters will be discontinued after the stock now on hand In the bureau cf engraving and printing In Washington is exhausted. The reason for the printing of distinct parcel post stamps was to enable the department to keep track of the volume of busi ness done by the new system, and now the department does not care to keep a special account The, regu lar issue of due stamps and parcel post due stamps shall be valid for collection of unpaid postage on all classes of mall, the instructions to postmasters say. A change has also been made by the postoffice authorities In the insur ance of packages. Packages, fully prepaid may be insured against loss in an amount equivalent to its actual value, but not to exceed $25, on pay ment of a 5-cent fee, and not to, ex ceed JjO for a payment of a 10-cent fee. . Heretofore, the insurance fee for packages has been a straight rate of 10 cents (for the actual value of the package up to $50.. The report says that the amount of Insurance fee shall be placed on the receipt given the sender and on the coupon retained at the mailing office. Rejept Sunday Closing Law. The City Commissioners of Hutch inson on Tuesday turned down a pro posed ordinance providing for 'tie Sunday closing cf all theaters 'and other public places of amusement by a vote of 2 to 3. The new ordinance, fathered by the ministerial alliance, or at least members of th Offlanliatjon, was introduced at the last meeting of the commissioners held last week, and 'it was confidently expected that It would become a law on final pass age, i However, the Sunday closing con tlngent had reckoned without their host. The ministers had taken tfhe stand that Bob Flrnn, commissioner of streets and public buildings, would vote with Commissioners Smith and Winans in favor of the new law; however, Flyna followed the will of the majority of the people who have expressed themselves on one of the other of the two petitions that have been circulated and when he cast his vote the death blow was sounded. It is an admitted fact that the or dinance was directed indirectly at Riverside Park, although this pleasure resort was not specifically mentioned. Mayor Fontron tad previously ex pressed his -views along this line, making it plain that he believes con tinuation of the Sunday park is a distinct benefit to the city. There fore his position in the controversy wag unmistakable. A scrap has been on in Hutchin son for several weeks and several arrests have been made. The matter was made a show-down so far as mu nicipal law was concerned by bring ing the ordinance above referred to before the commission. The verdict against the measure seems to be in accord with the wish es of 'a majority of the citizens of the city,- they being free in assert ing the belief that Sunday amuse ments under proper regulations are not only popular but necessary with a city the size' of Hutchinson where practically all the population work all the week with little or oq time for recreation with the exception of Sun days. They evidently Incline to the belief which is fast becoming popu lar that The Sabbath, was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." The M. E. church people, finding the weather indoors too hot for en durance on Sunday evening, adjourn ed to a body to the park where regu lar Sunday evening services "Were held. Why not open air meetings every Sunday evening till the cessa tion of this reign of super-heated at mosphere. A LITTLE HEROINE. On Wednesday night of last week. about ( o'clock, the. home of Mr. ta& Mrs. N. J. Stride was destroyed bj fire. Mr. and Mrs. Stride were a. from home at the time and little MlM Bertha, age 10, was left with the tw younger children and was out in th yard at the time she discovered the. fire. The fire had gained such head. way that it was impossible to sav any of the furniture or clothing. Lit tie Bertha rushed into the boost where the baby was sleeping sjnd brought it out to safety, then return ed to the house for a smaller broth 1 er who had fallen asleep on the floor. By this time the flames had gained, such headway that retreat was im possible' and the only chance for es cape was through a door in the north end of the house which was ' seldom used and had been nailed shut Quick as a flash she broke down the door and saved the brother and herself, coming out of the burn ing house with her eyebrows and hair singed. If there ever was a he roine who deserved a Carnegie medal ' little Bertha is surely entitled to one. When asked by a reporter for the Democrat Sunday evening Jf she was not afraid to go back into the house, she said: ""I never thought of that. I knew I had to get brother out 'of there and that was all." How many- children of her age would not have lost their mind in a case of this kind which would have resulted in the lost of two little lives? The house in which they lived was the property of K. R. Mohn and was covered by insurance, but the loss of furniture and clothing la heavy one for Mr. and Mrs. Stride, as it was not insured and is a total It's Now A Four Town League. Manager Moore on Tuesday even- J log after the game received a mee t sage from the Manhattan manage- 1 meet, insructlnf him to come, home and bring the uniforms, also stating "There is no money for anyon. This message w? s tie first Inti mation of any serious financial dlf- ficulty in the MsnUttnt canp, ard . came as a great ura.U'io tUlafs over the circuit. Moore and the whole team "beat it" for headqua! lt tl.e a;.3 even-, . in, determined to get a f$f:lT.nt : if such were p:sijl. Mai.ittan started this seatcr. wi:h tppar.ctly flattering prospers frui a financial , standpoint, and wl.it tlav ti-otght was a winning te.i.ii. T..e r w;y to the top of the perce.:iige cun n hes . been beset with aauy dirfkuliies, however, and 'it is no s?crat now that their expenses of last year la ; trying to grab the pennant wjre out of proportion to that of other teams ' " of the league and so decidedly in ex- , ' cess of their revenue that over half r of what was subscribed this season was used to pay Indebtedness from . last year, hence the financial diffl- v cuKies. ' '. " Junction City "blew up" on the same day that Manhattan ceased fc ' be, which was not much of a ear . prise as It had been well known Cor some time that; they were threateatt with this calamity. Following the announcement that these two teams would cease to. a factor in the league, a meeting was arranged at Salina for Wednesday at which time a schedule was adopted , for a four town league to finish tb t season, and in accordance with the . new schedule our team and the S&&. na team which was playing here Ait week, left for Salina on Wednesday evening to open there on the new " schedule on Thursday. This new arrangement will not in- ' terfere with the high class baseball . of the Kansas State League nor ies en the enthusiasm of the supportera of the national game. CONGREGATIONAL FOLKS ENJOY PICNIC. On Tuesday afternoon a goodly number of the Congregational peo ple Journeyed via the auto route te. Walnut creek, where ihey enjoyed the shade and cool breezes to the ut termost, to say nothing of the deli- scfous luncheon at supper time. The weather in town that day was the hottest of the season, but the picnic erg report that it was decidedly agreeable on the creek. Mrs. Val Kramer and daughter, of Claflin, were here Tuesday enrouta to Spearville for a visit with their son and brother, who lives at that place. f t