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J. W. Sawyer's "Homq Destroyed by
Fir Saturday Evening.
The borne cf J. W, 6awyer; who
9trd jitst aoutb cf Jas. Sloaiger to
the southwest part of town, was
totally destroyed by fire Saturday
owning about 8 o'clock, together"
ith all Its contents. . ...
No one was in due house at the
time the. tire started, but it la
posed to have been started fby the
xplo&iaa of a lamp. Air. Sawyer was
Out at the- ham, attending .to Mb
borses when be beard a sound lie
a dOot stemming and looked out to
free what ' it was, and Just at that
time the flames burst out of the
windows and roof of the house. A
'boy who was passing turned in, the
alarm and helped RIT. Sawyer get a,
couple of trucks out of the house, as to the advertiser 's identity and
tat by this time the fire had gained J showing that the man who was sup
such headway that it was impels imposed, to have been dead for twelve
Mi save anytning else, and by the
time the fire department arrived
the building was so near gone that
al they could do was to throw
water on the embers - to protect the
adjoining properties.
Mr. Sawyer, who is a hard work
ing teamster, seems to be having
his full share of misfortune. He
moved to tjhis place a few years I
. ago for the benefit of his wife's
health, who was a sufferer from tu:
berouloisis. . Some months ago she
died, leaving him with a family of
six small children, the youngest be
( bg only about three years of age.
The father has been sending the
cMer ' children to school regularly,
and has been taking care of the lit
" tie one as best he could himself, tak-
fag it on the wagon with him when
the weather would permit and at oth-
mes staying ex. nome ana car-
fee it. and has certain been do-
ug remareaiMy weu w aep,
family together. He had some to
Buraoce on his household goods but
.this wyi opt to very far as all the
slothing earept what . they - wore was
destroyed. ' At the time of the fire
. AV - .1 l ... . l I
v enmuren were an up rowar
lng some shopping. Mr. Sawyer la
not a person who wonia est for
help in amy way, but it 19 certainiy
a case clothing and furniture are
Ibaiily needed and would be appre
ciated. The house where Mr. Saw-
yer -lived was the property of Waltjtne chrb vm twQ plano
We desire to pubKcljy express our
sincere thanks and appreciation to
tke many friends who so kindily as
sisted and sympathized with us' at
Vie death and burial of our father,
Calvin Reeder. We especially desire
to thank the Knights Templar.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Reeder.
Miss Hazel Marsh has returned froi
.a visit with relatives and friends in
Wichita and Kingman,
Man Supposed To Be Depd Breaks
Into Print
Advertising, has teen proven to he
a good thing for the'people who are
really living, and now it Is being
tried out by a man? who is dead at
least legally so.
About twelve years ago. James D.
Duffy was shot end kilted in Ellin
wood, at which pkco he was conduct
ing a shoe repair shop. At least he
was supposed to hare been, killed for
the person who fined the shot served
a term in the penitentiary for his
death. He left four children, and in
the Kansas City Star of .last Sunday
appeared an advertisement signed
by James D. Duffy, inquiring about
giving facts which leave mo doubt
years was very much alive. Kow,
the question arises as to who. was
killed. It is said that Duffy had a
brother, who resembled him greatly,
and it Is presumed that he wa
either the man killed by mistake or
that he is at thfo time attempting
to masquerade, as his - brother for
some unknown reason.
The case has been attracting con-
slderable local Interest, but there is
no necessity for making further de
tails public, as some of the princi
pals in the case have already suffer
ed greatly and probably unjustly in
the past regarding the same.
The Progress Club spent am In
teretslng afternoon Monday at the
home of Airs. D. Glen' Martin,
Dr. O. W. Holm' "AwtnPTait f
m Breakfast TaM" ut h ,,k
ject of study and discussion nder
ftM. Mrft kAASwn
Kendall, assisted by Mrs. Torrey atd
Mrs. Oox.
Mrs. Kendall gave some fnterest-
ing prebmlnary remarks, injtrodiuc--
tory to the work of the afternoon.
after which Mrs. Cox and Mrs. Tor-
Wy m readings from the Auta
cra Thu mm i,, ,.,-
tlons which were read by the mem'
bera present, taken from Dr. Holmes
work. At the close of the program.
Mrs. Dr. Russell very kindly favored
The Club meets with Mrs. Barry op
nert Monday.
The Democrat man has been one
lone widower the past week and ex
pects to be for some days yet to
come. Last Friday the physician
tacked a scarlet fever sign on the
house, and since, that time we have
been 'locked out in the cold world
and have done our visiting with the
family over the telephone or through
a closed door, and hove had an oppcr
tunlty to do some "mooching" off
our relations. The baby girl has the
disease but is getting along, nicely.
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Commissioners Complete; Their Tour
of Investigation
The board of county commissioner!
completed their tour of investigation
of the roads last week which wCl
in all probability be designated at
county , roads, and will be taken orer
as such by the board as soon as they
bare aB been, graded and put tax the
proper condition. I
The route will be practically as
was stated in the Democrat of tast
week. There will be an east and
west road running through the conn-
ty from the Rice county line, east of
Ellinwood, through to Pawnee Rock,
following the Santa Fe Trail most
of the way. Also another east and
west road running from the county
line east of Claflin, going by way of
Claflin, Redwing, Hoisington, Boyd
and OhnHi, and connecting with
Otis. Rice county will establish of
ficial county roads to. join with us
on the east, and . Pawnee and Rush
wiU do the same on the west. Hie
road running from Gaiatla south by
way of Ohnrtj, Albert and Hedzer to
Pawnee Rock wi'i also be establish
ed, and also connecting roads be
tween Hoislngton and Great Bend
and Claflm and EUlnwood. Altcgeth-
er, the proposed county roads figure
up over 100. miles, and a good part
of the stretch is already in fine con
dition and but little work in most
places will bring the road up to the
standard required. Other stretches
will need considerable work besides
putting in some new or addlMcn&l
culverts and other work of this kind.
During the time the board was in
specting the roads they traveled -a
kittle over 300 miles, and they were
unanimously of the opinion that the
very worst roads found on the en
tire trip were right here in Great
Bend, so it looks like we ought to
get. right down to business end fix
up our streets here at borne before
we make too much ot a holler about
the poor roads elsewhere.' ' Possibly
th reasoa that to . much, good roads
talk eminates from this place is the
fact that the , people here have an
abundant opportunity to find out jus:
how .disagree&bte and inconvendent
poor roads and streets can be.
As shown by the proposed routes,
the commissioners are aiming to cov
er as much of the county as pcssible
and to say out the roads so that they
will accommodate the greatest num
ber of people. They are not play
lng favorites in the matter, end are
trying to give everyone a square
deal, and when they will have finish
ed the work and the roads are ac
cepted, Barton county will have one
of the most complete and bfst bjS'
bems of county roads in the state.
Do not fail to visit Riley's Mil'i
nery Shop this week and all next
week. Any hat in the shop goes at
Half Price. Mrs. J. D. RQey, at the
old Keith stand.
fTo be held- at Topeka, Kam., Nor.
$thand 7th, 14U. .
' W. S. Heusner, la co-oper-tfcp
with the? other oKfcera of the
State Teachers Association, has ar
ranged a . oa- inspiring- nrogra
for teachers of every class. Somecf
tae country's leading educators, such
ea Dean J. . Russell, of the Teach
ers, College, Columbia University; Dr.
Lotus D. Coffmann, University of B
limate; and Dr. C. Alpfaonso Smith, of
the University of Virginia, wil ap
pear on the general and section pro
grams of the Association.
Some features will be 'esneciajiy
emphasiied, and which will be of In
terest to all teachers are:
Musical recital, givn by Toceka
Commercial Club.
Revision of the Constitution of the
Association, providing for a perma
nent secretary.
Better preparation c rural school
Discussion of rural educational
DiscusslcQ of the famous Batavla
School bey morality and sex
Medical inspection in the schools,
improvement cf oral and written
Sewing and cooking in the rural
Better Sunday School music
Co-operative teachers' employment
Parental schemes for increasing
the wages of teachers.
Conrad Gehrer, aged 69 years, 3
months and 14 days, died at his
home to this city Sunday evening at
:4o o clock after suffering several
months with throat trouble.
He was born in Germany in 1S44,
and at the age of 26 years came to
America, locating in St. Louis .where
in 1874 he was united in marriage
to Mfca Catherine Huffman. Five
children were born to them. Two of
them, died in infancy. Frank W.
died several vears ago as the result
of injuries received while braking
between Holsingtoo and Horace, c
F., of Herington, and John, of Spear
vltte, survive their parents, Mrs. Geh
rer died July 23, 1885, while the fam
lly stIU Uved to St. Louis.
In 1885 Mr. Gehrer came to Kan
sas with the children, and located at
Hoisington, The following year, on
June 21, 1887, he was united in mar-
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tiosv w aistfy nunman, a sis-
v.. - .v .
ter of his first. w4fe. To them
son, Henry, was bom.
Mr. Gehrer followed the trade of
plastering, and there were but few
who could excel him. He wcb a hard
working man who gave little care to
his health, but withal he lived to a
ripe old age.
Funeral services were held at St
John's church yesterday morning at
9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. T. J.
O'Sulllvan, and interment made in
the Odin cemetery.
To the mother and sons we join
in extending sympathy in the loss of
husband and father. Dispatch.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stuky of Wheat
land township, were given a very
pleasant ' surprise Tuesday in (he
form of a tin wedding, this being
their tenth anniversary. About 11 o'
clock the crowd gathered at the heme
of Ed Bradshaw and then preceded
over to Stukey's, aH bringing well
filled baskets cf good things to eat,
and in a few minutes there was a big
spread fit for a king. They receiv
ed many useful and valuable pres
ents. .
Those invited were' Messhs. and
Mesdames Joe Riddle. John Jonas,
J. P. Harrington, M. A. Stickney, I.
G. Reidl, A. W. Larkin, H. B. Jonas,
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Bradshaw. F. R. Budig. Art Boyle, Ed
Finn, Mano Stukey, end Miss Etta
Shetoon. AM left wishing Mr. and
Mrs. Stukey many happy returns of
the day. Stickney Correspondent in
the Dispatch.
Mr. and Mrs. Stegel Bock and the
Misses Emma and Hettle Koeisch,
sisteni of Mrs. Bock, were up from
ESinwood Saturday on a ' shopping
trip and for a visit with friends.
Mr. Bock reports having out about
400 acres of wheat tills year, and
says he has never seen a better crop
prospect tham there is this fall. ,
At Least That Is The Opinion Of
senator frnqmpson.
Topeka, Oct 2J With the avow-
ed purpose of looking over the an-
plicants for appointment, to, the .To-
peka -postoffice, Senator Wtfiiam H.
tnompsoa spent the day tn Topeka,
tearing late this afternoon for Wash-
uwubmcu ui nuBw ci
the. three Jeadiiig candidates mSght
4WC," l arooinuneot.
Senator Thompson was not averse
to discussing the political situation
in the Big Seventh, his own con-
iCrssstonal district. George A. Neeley
ww mace ue race for senator next
year, rrhompson- thinks. That wiM
mean two candidates from the Big
Seventh, and a Seventh distrkt man
already occupying one of Kant as' sen
atonal seats.
"Neeley has the democratic nomina
tkm for the congress without even
a fight," Thompson said. "He also
is practically, eyre of election if he
aso for It The only question is
. i
whether It would be wis? to pass up I
a sure thing - for a baer cossibUitT
w - w
- wotu in we eracmou ami
hy-r"5 jncrUInt7 the Primary."
Th uancln. Ar !, J . I
r-.u w.iiTu cvJKrEB cw-i
oouoteary would pass the new cur-
row &u oMore u stops considering
it He expects dt to be passed be-
lore the special session adjourns for
hm regular session tue first of next
uuu. ne oecmnea to tali about
Kansas politics except to say that he
uu "wa oux very mctie unxa-or
atie comment on the administration,
ana naiieves the Democrats will all
be elected next year.
"You might sar (hat everrbrdv is
Washington, and everywhere else,
loves the president," he saod," "he Is
making a fine showing."
Fern Sipes entertained about six
ty young people of the neighborhood
n- Friday evening with a ghost and
at the ate bv a whit.
at the gate by a white sheeted ghost
whnH y a.
they were met bv a witch uh
corted them to th wtaAr ri .1
anothP vhmu r,
them the t JW, ffl4r
weird nois and groans another
gnost appeared and assisted them in
removing their wraps. They were
thsn fthrfTO'n fho, vBv Asnrn
where they watched the fun of seel
ing the next couple arrive, until all
had arrived, then the fun of the ev-
enine began bv measurHur am mUe
of each one. nrizes beta to
iV ' "
the one having the broadest and
booby prize to the narrowest, which
were won by Chester Rote and Blva
McDonald; first prize being a small ' U v' tJreM' U B' wlkox.W
cart and horse, and the second oner Jai Damm. w 5Iert, Mr.
a small whistle. Each prize wfcnerl
was caJfled on to make a sneech and
. .. ...
DOtn au aa with nwat ivs ir. I
ter this' fortunes were told by the
. . . .....
whcq anc games indulged, in until a
late hour when refreshments were
nuts, cider, bananas and candy. Mrs.
Sipes was assisted - in serving by
Mrs. Charles Sipes, Mrs. Nat Walker,
and Mrs. Elmer Keller. At about
1:30 all departed and as each guest
left they were told they would be
riven a goodnight kiss; which corf-
slated of a candy kiss with a for
tune wrapped in each one, to dream
of ghosts and witches for severe
nights. One Who Was There.
The Athenian Club met with Mrs.
Stauffer. Interesting tatta were giv
en cn the following subjects:
The Government of Egypt in An
cient Times, by Mrs. Lobdell.
The Castes or Classes Among the
Peopie, by Mrs. Gunn.
The Origin of the Alphabet and
Egpytian System of Writing, by Mrs.
Vida Morrison.
At the close of the regular progran:
a number Cil ftorwwil ovanta Mr
to a Ivery discussion
On next Monday, Nor. 3rd., the
Club wilt meet with Mrs. Castle.
While engaged in loading feed on
a header box last Saturday momsng
Ralph Murphy, of west cf town, suf
re red a broken anile, when a part
of the load slipped from the rack.
throwing him to the gorund. The
injury was attended to at once and
Ralph is getting around with the aid
of a. pair cf crutches, bu he will
be laid up from work for some time.
Mike Daily was on the sick list i
couple of days tha first of the week
Wae a Newspaper Man Well KnaWe
m Great Bend
John C Kettr.
and a snecial ait
has been a resident a prt rf C
time for the last year or mow,
found in a dying condition oa
third floor of a rconlnc hon& t. '
urana Avenue, Jq Kansas Cfi3w
test Friday momtog. H had stiC-'
lowed a iarre doaa d mnmh.rn Ws
suicidal Intent, rvwr- w
General Hospital worked for tM
hours with th witaow fh. .
revive him but without sucoise. H
died shortly after noon, The foCw
tag note was found n th xi-
his room:
I have bean a newsDawr n
In Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas,
and Nebraska. The game as I
Played k can't te won. I tried,
but failed..
John C. Kelly.
Kelly was weH known ta Barton
county and all over this section at
the state. He had worked for Tar-
loua d
r wuv. VM1UT u
setang out specUl editions ua& Aw
ins snecial advertista avJirUtr.
k. J .. . ... .
"u also wonted m U s
porter. He was a rood writer van
wu liked and made frirf.
but his disposition and habiu vara
such that he did not remain at on
Job for any leneth of dm. DoHm
It be camnaifin of two war.
acted as Congressman Neeley 'a press
agent for a short time.
air. sod Mn, Fred Miaer englca
d and successfully carried at anxfil
pleasant and aggreeabie surprise on
Mr. and Mrs, Fred Hemker, the ne
casion being ia honor ot their l'JX
wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mm.
Hemker sera enticed to the Miller
home on some pretext in the earfy
"e emM fluHn
home wtlB
th'r return. The evening was most
D"7 same, and socW
a wwww
Jof a refreshments, and the party
I wa one of the most ett
l"7 m ta toe c for 4
The following guests were presets:
Messrs. and Mesdamee J. R. Hayes;
Cox' Cha8' LwKll,axte- H7
Mw Moore- Henry. Wm
K0Dm Harr
- 3ierrKl- s- ". Tay
WT' MoW Dr- otlnteoji, Louis
Zutavem T r inao svif it
uwve. D. C. Luse, Fritz Hager-
" ru n
?tte Milter' 1x11 L?0M'
,trkt Wltt ftnd daughter of Car-
Mn- 3I" aieT.
I IV. A 4i-o MN ftn Vmt 1t.m
Gnce Ha?e' Lblte Braodt' A-
Bran!t Parma uiiT nn.M
Brandt Penna, Wirtz, Rogers, and
Messrs. Dan, Alefs, Ernest, Robert as
Will Miller, Wdil Essmiller, Elmer Et
nvurJ wwt JT Jofln Trat-
la oitwI lltrl.
The marriage of Miss Louise Has
erman to Mr. Frank Wege took place.
at noon Wednesdar m Ha
the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs,
Henry Wege, near Heirer and was
pa-formed by Rev. Weatwcod In the
pnesence of about fifty of the rela
tives and friends of the con-'ratf r
Parties. Followfcg the ceremctry a
tv .aAA ji. .
- wiiuci man reu eVfl
a fine time enjoyed during the day.
nr. wege is one cf the prominent
young farmers of the county. He it
a steady, Industrious young man and
isveryWgbly thought of by al) vbo
know Wm. His bride W one of tba
popular young ladies of Ford com
ty, who has visited here on 'several
occasions and is htehrv esbwtiMa
and le popular with all her acquain
With their many other friends the
Democrat joins in wishing for the
nappy young couple much Joy and:
prosperity In their wedded life.
Clyde Sterling and August Meyers.
of Helzct have returned from the Da
kotas where they had been assisting
in the wheat harvest The bova do.
not speak very flatteringlY . of
country or methods of farming' cj
tnere, and one would Judge that thay
are. mighty glad to get back horn
again, although they had a good time
and managed to see . cocfiderr-ll
country on the trip.

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