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ON COUNTY DEMOCRAT- .VOLUME XXX. . GREAT BEND, KASSiS, FBIDAI, AUGUST 29, 19I& XUMBEB 25 '. Attend The Big Labor Day Picnic at Ellinwood, Monday September 1st 4 , . . C- . t e I 'I NOT THE LOCK-STEP GANG. Street Gangs Today Not Working Out Their Poll Tax, Either. If perchance you run across a num ber of the prominent citizens of the c5$j today industriously working with anoAAA no n-mi.KKAno1 linen fflV71ir thfi streets or In the alleys, do not form J an opiploQ too hastily that tmey nave been, viola ting any of the manifold ordinances of the city, or that they Lave been minus 'the price oof their poll tax and are forced to work out tte amount on the streets. Nothing of the kind. This is Russian, Thistle Day. So designated by special proc-. -tarnation of Mayor Luee, and every public spirited citizen of the city j printers always excepted are suppos ed 'to be out with their favorite im-j plement of warfare helping to erad-( icate the pest, which has been appear ng in such numbers the past year or two as to become a serious men-j ace to the agricultural interests of . the country. , Scoff not if you should happen to see Ora Dawson, clothed in prespira t&oa and a red bandana handkerchief, down on his knees in the bToiltag fcun Industriously digging out thistles with his wife's carving kndfe, or Judge Lobdell engaged in the same pastime, using an olive fork as an instrument of destruction. Rather give them a cooling drink of buttermilk or other like stimulant and cheer them along in the good work. It's a good move. LEO DRESSEN GOES UP. Ellinwood Boy' Has Second Chance In the Big Leagues . .Leo Dressen, the Ellinwood boy who has been, the main stay of the Salt Lake City Club in the Union Association for the past three years , has been purchased by the St Louis club of the National League and has already reported' to that club. This , is Leo's second Initiation into thee (big leagues and his many friends all through th is section of the state are Loping that he will make good and are confident that this will be the case. Two years ago Dressen was given. a try-out as a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs; but lacked the neces sary control and was sent back to Salt Lake. This year he has been olaying first base all of the time with the, exception of a few weeks when the regular pitchers were all to the bad, and has been playing a sensational game all season. PAYING OFF BONDS. Monday of this week seemed to be bond paying day at the court house here,, for a number of bonds of the various school districts and town ship were taken up that day. lib erty township took up $500 worth of her bridge bonds; Grant township 42,000 worth of hailroad bonds, and School Districts No. 11, 38, and 44 42,00a worth of railroad bonds, and District No. 2, reduced its bonded indebtedness to the amount of $1500. 7 Kg ; K wr- vg r - -res. -JCopyrffht) HORACE SELLERS DEAD. Well Known Colored Man, Stricken By the Intense Heat. Horace Sellers, one of tie best known colored men of the city, was overcome by the teat while working in the yard at the Cqngregatlonal parsonage shortly before, noon Satur- fiome of the exceedingly stringent or- medical aid could reach Mm. He bad been in good health, but had com plained of the excessive heat, but had been &teadily at work. He was seen to stagger and fall and was at once removed to the shade and med ical help summoned, but he died in a few minutes without regaining con sciousness. Mr. Sellers came to Great Bend in 1876 with his father and family, te-jbest to cater to the popular demand, ing but ten years of age at that time, and last week it was announced that and has been a resident cf the com- the pool would not again be opened munity ever since that time. He wa6to the public on. Sunday, but that on a steady industrious worker and was this day the pool would be cleaned respected by all who knew him. Hejout and refilled in order that no was prominent in the affairs of his people, and his many friends will re gret his untimely death. He leaves to mourn his death six children and two brothers, besides other relatives. His wife died about two years ago. Funeral services were held from the A. M. E. church in this city on Monday afternoon and interment In the Great Bend cemetery. ON MOTORCYCLE TO PORTLAND. J. M. Karns, a young man of Bar- tlesville, Okla., passed through the city Monday morning via the motor cycle route on his way to Portland, Oregon. Mr. Karns believes that If he successfully completes the trip he will have been the first motorcyclist to ever complete so hard a Journey, but believes that the nine horse pow er Tale machine he is riding will be found equal to all the difficult roads and mountain climbing through the Rockies which he will have to en counter on the trip. He made his start on the trip from Hutchinson and is securing the signature of the may ors of all the cities through which he passes. He will go by way of Gar den City, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Beaver Canon, Idaho; Chey enne, Wyoming, Yellowstone Park, Condon, Ore., and thence to Portland. He does not expect to make any very fast time, and will take about cne month for the trip. On his trip up from BartlesviUe to Hutchinson Sat urday he averaged better than 30 miles per hour for the entire dis tance. Mr. Karns is an intimate ac quaintance of J. G. Pelton and fam ily, of north of Heizer, and on a trip up from Bartlesville to visit with them about a month ago he nego tiated the entire distance in one day. He expects to make his expenses on the trip by distributing advertis ing matter for various business hous es along the way. Joe Brown is visiting with friends in Rogers, Arkansas. PA'S NEW CAR BLUE LAWS NOT WORKING. Sabbath Observance Not Strong Point With City Officials. Great Bend inaugurated what prom ises to be a right lively town" scrap last Sunday evening when the Elite theatre was permitted to put on a Sunday evening show, the first giv en in- the dty in many years. When the swimming pool project wag per mitted to run on Sunday, Fred Sav age, owner of the theater announc ed that he intended to put on San- day shows, and he made good with his statement by putting on the show Sunday evening. Sentiment against the swimming pool being operated on the Sabbath was so strong that the management decided that it was time would be lost during the week. It was supposed that Judging from some of the eceedtagxly stringent or dinances recently passed by the city administration that they were start ing out to make Great Bend the mor al example for the state, but it is evident that the supply of morality either was exhausted or else runs in different streaks. DISMISSED CITY CASE. Charley Melldes was up from Elliin wood Monday morning in response to an invitation tendered him one evening last week by one of the guardians of the peace and sanctity of this village, in order that Mr. Mel lies might explain to "Hissonhor" ex actly how he came to be running his auto amid the sacred precincts of the city without having his rear lamp trimmed and burning as admonished to do in the Holy Writ and still lat er in the ordinances of the city of Great Bend. in his winniing way ChaTley x- Dlained to the 1udw the whereness fff ha 1-hr t tha nns.s.ifn. 4p'tne how the ordinance in question was famous even as far as the limits of Ellinwood, and how with due regard for the observance of the same h had taken extra precaution to see that he erred not in compliance with the same, but that in driving over some of the crossing infested thor oughfares of the city, the aforesaid crossings, some, of which protrude in much the same manner as the hump on a camel's back, his rear light had been Jolted out, and he had driven the sum total of about two blocks be fore the same was noticed and re lighted. Evidently it was not the first com plaint of this kind that the Judge had heard, for he dismissed the case against Mr. Mellies with the admon ition to "Go and sin no more." Lonnde Guthrie, of the Seward bar ber shop, is taking a vacation which he is spending in Colorado. MATTIE J. COMPTON. Early nay Settler Passes Away After An Illness of Many Weeks. Mattie J. Bird was bora la Bedford county, Virginia, September 4th, 1851, and departed this life August 26th, 1913, at the age of sixty-one years, eleven months end twenty-three days. On the 14th day of March, 1872, she was united In marriage to Jasper W. Compton, and in March, 1878, in com pany; 'with her husband she came to Batok county, Kansas, settling on a farm in Clarence township whlre they livedor many years, until on July 9th, 1891, her beloved husband, after several years of confinement to the house and great suffering, parsed on. For twenty-two years Sister Comp ton had lived in widowhood, for the greater part of the time du this city. About ten years ago another great sorrow came into her life when her son. W. B. ComDton. was killed bv lightning when only 27 years and 3 months of age. About eight months ago Mrs. Comp ton became seriously afflicted with rheumatism to such an extent that she was confined to her home. A lit tle later sihe was 'taken to the St. Rose hasptafl in this city, where for Cne past eix months she has 'been a pattent and where she died Tuesday nni'ag. She made a brave ftoht for iife, but slowly and surely the disease lasiduou&ly wasted her bodily form, causing intense pain, which 6he bore with great fortitude. When it be came apparent to her that she could not I recover she was fully resigned. Wkn so many interests here, in her children and grand-children, she crav ed life; with a beautiful home erect ed under her own direction, life of fered! much, but it was. not to be. Many times during her sickness, as her pastor, I had the privilege of be ing winh her, and the last time,, Just a day or two before her death, I found her alone. I knew then that I should not see her for long, and no oris knew k better thrj sine, for she soemed to be glad that we might be there fcr a few moments, and quiet ly she said, "I want you to pray with me." I read her the promises, pray ed, looked into her face and said, Sister Compton, this is a beautiful world we are Ming 4a now, and it is God's world," to which she replied by 6ay4ng, "Yes, I have found It so myself." I spoke again and said, "There is a far better and brighter world than thi6," to, this she replied, "Far better, yes. far brighter." I spoke again and said, "Yes, a world where all of us- have very great in terests, greater than we can possibly have here." To this she replied with great assurance, and 'now today anticipation has been turned into real ization for her. Mrs. Compton was devoted to the church. Regular in attendance when health permitted and consistent Jn all her life. She was geatly devoted to her family of seven children. Ida Frances, her little daughter, passed into the unseen world at the early age of seven years. Her son, W. B., was taken at the. age of 27 years. The five children who are left are John S., George W,. and D. Lee, of Rozel, Mrs. Minnie Zlmmer and Mrs. Rosie Button, of Barton county. In these who were spared to her she had a Just pride. One day one of our church visitors found her in tears holding in her hands a letter from one of her boys. Upon inquiry cus to the cause of her weeping, she re- nlied. "Oh. I was Just crying for Joy because I have such good boys, and for the beautiful tetters they eend me.' ' It was a great comfort to .her la her suffering that she couH have the care bestowed upon, her by her daughters, who in, addition to their nam hnmf. dutte were wKh her so much of the time. So she has gone. In the ranks of church membership there come these breaks caused by the failing of our comrades of tie cross. One after an other they go down. Some one must step in and take up their work. It becomes a solemn injunction upon those of us who are left that we con tinue the good work begun by oth ere. The sympathy of the many friends goes out to these sons and daughters who have met with uch a great loss in the death of their dear mother The funeral services were held at the Great Bend Methodist church of which she was a member, conducted bj her pastor, H. J. CookerilL Inter- unit was made m evereu cem etery, west of town, beside the body rt hr Kw&flfut KB Slid d&UgUtr. THEY TALKED GOOD ROADS. Now the; Next Thing is to Get Busy And Do the Real Work. A meeting largely attended by peo ple from both the town and the coun try was held in the Commercial Club rooms here last Friday evening to discuss the good road situation, how to get them to the best shape end how to keep them that way, and var ious and sundry other matters per taining to the highways of this sec tion of the country. The meeting was called to order by Charles Allison, who had tested the call for the same. He stated.Jwt the automobile owners dsirt.' to de rive some benefit from the mcney they had paid in as state Uprise and tn-3 main object of the meeting was to talk over how this could best be (fine, and on what roads cf the coun ty it would be of the greatest bene. fit to the most people. Commissioner Mat Dick was on of those present from Ellin wood and he was called on for a few remarks, aa to how this money could be ob tained for road work and how It could be used. He stated that this money could not be used for the building of roads, but only for the maintenance of the same. The county commissioners can designate a road, preferably between trads centers, as a county road after it has beem put in good shape by the townships through which it runs, and after that this road will be maintain ed at county expense out of the fund created out of the tax cn autcs and other motor vehicles, but that be fore any road could be so designat ed it would have to be graded and properly worked. One of the main objects of the meeting was to have the road from east of EllLnwood on the Rice coun ty line to Pawnee Rock, following the Santa Fe Trail, designated as a county road, and, the trustees of the various townships through which this road Das&ea who were brat nt e. the meeting, were called upon forj talks about what they thought of the project and in what condition the roads in their respective communities was. John Doherty, of Lakin, Albert Allison, of Great Bend, and Joe Mc Mullen, of Liberty, were present and all expressed themsleves as heartily to favor of the project and were will ing to put all of their highways in the very best shape possible in or der that this main thoroughfare east and west across the county might be a popular highway and an incentive to better roads all through the coun ty. The roads in both Lakin and Lib erty township are always among the very best in, this part of the state, as are also the roads in Great Bend township, with the exception of a few bad places which it seems al most Impossible to keep In the prop er shape, chief of which is the road east of town to the creek, and the stretch around the bend of the creek. This brought the matter of straight ening this piece of road up for dis cussion. This Is a question which has long been agitated, but so far the com missioners have not felt Justified In taking action in the matter on ac count of the expense, but Mr. Alli son made a proposition which should do away with considerable of this hes itancy. He informed the representa tive of the board of commissioners, that if the county would straighten out this stretch of road, make the cut to take out the big bend in the creek and put in a cement bridge at this point, he would guarantee to clear the road, take out all the trees, roots and all, and make the fill at both places In the creek entirely free of cost to the county. This means a big lot of work to clear the trees fcrm the road site and move several hun dred yards of earth, and would mean a saving to the county of about $1800. Short talks on this subject ware made by Mr. Dick, Dr. Spiers and Dr. Robison, of Ellinwood, as well as a number from this dty and vicinity, and all expressed themselves as in favor of the road being changed and on mc0oa of Dr. Spiers a committee consisting of the trustees of Lakin, Great Bend, liberty, Buffalo and Paw nee Rock townships, together with C. L. Moses, D. C. Luse and Dr. Spiers, the latter three being appoint ed by Chairman. Allison, wait on the Besides the children, she leaves to mourn two brothers and two sisters, D. G. Bid, of thfe county, and Geo. T. Bird, Mrs. Fannie Keigley and Mrs. Louise Newberry, of Virginia. H, J,Cl RIGGS TO PENITENTIARY; Sheriff W. M. Brown, who retura- ed Sunday from taking Can Riggs, t rawnee Rock, to the state peaHet- tlar at Lansing, reports that WartHa Jerry is taking hold of his new duties to a very able manner and will with out doubt make aa excellent head far the Institution. Mr. Brown reports that the new twine plan for the la- stiuion is practically completed and; the machinery h now being install. ed. The membership at the peniten tiary is now only a little over 800 the. smallest number of Inmates there for a long time. Mr. Brown made I thorough Inspection or the place white . oa the trip and &ayg that the prison ers are universally treated with kind- ' ness and consideration. None of the extreme measures of cruelty that were formerly in vogue are employ ed in the maintenance of discipline. and as a result conditions and order in the institution are much better than formerly and better work in all departments is being done by the la mates. Contrary to all the reports b ing published In the Bull-Moose mews- ; papers of the country, neither Gov- ernor Hodges or Warden Botkin are. firing Republican officials imply to make places for Democrats, but are keeping all those old officials who are efficient regardless of their polit ical affiliation. An instance of this policy is in the case of 'Will Menden hall, formerly a resident of this city, and a strong Republican worker who was holding down a Job under, the previous administration, will is one of the real dyed-in-the-wool Republi cans, and would not pretend to be ' anything else no matter how good aa appointment was offered him, but be is an official who has made good and in consequence will hold onto his Job. He Is la charge of the east eell house and has about three hundred . prisoners under his control. While there Mr. Brown witnessed a game of , baseball between some of the prison jcams Saturday afwnoon, andays they have some cueksrjack oofc ball players there. Buck Weaver, a former famous bail player. who was sent up from Lamed a few years ago to serve a ten yeir sentence for Im proper relations with an adopted daughter, is in charge of one of the Insane wards and is a member of one of the prison t.-ams, as is also ft player by the name of Campbell, a former member of the Newton team. Logan, the fellow who brutally mur dered Will Mil?r south of town a few years ago, Is trying to get a pat- don or pare!.', but Brown thinks his . , chances are justly poor in this line. It is certain that he is deserving of no clemency. While in Lansing Mr. Brown was entertained at the headquarters - of Warden and Mrs. Botkin and says he was most royally treated. He says that Riggs gave him no trouble whiie oa the trip, but that It is his opinion that the man is craxj and will be in the insane ward be fore long. At present he will be em-" ployed in the coal mines. Harve Fletcher was a business vis itor from southeast of town Wednep. day. commissioners at their regular meet ing next week and see if some ac tion cannot be taken la the matter, together with the proposition of es tablishing a couuity road from east to west through here. If the route as planced Is desig nated by the ccmmissior.ers fcr a county road, it is planned to hava a big roadmaking day, when everyone all along tiie route will get out and lend their muscular as well as moral assistance to the enterprise so that the road through Barton coucy will be the very bett cn the whole San-' ta, Fe Trail. The people cf El'inwcod and vi cinity are particularly, good boosters for better public highways, and they are especially interested in having the dangerous curve in the read at the Walnut creek elminated. One of the prominent citizens of that city hat offered to guarantee the Bervfc-.' es of forty men and teams for one day free of charge to help in making f the fills If the commissioners decide to accept the offer made by Mr. Al lison, so it will be seen that they are in earnest in the matter. Just what action, it any, that the commissioners will take at the meet ing next week Is problematical, but talks with the individual member, would toad one to the belief that the project will at least receive serfta consideration.