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Attend The Big Labor Day Picnic at Ellinwood, Monday September 1st
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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.
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.
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.
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r - -res.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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

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