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bikw OFFICIAL PAPER OF DICKINSON COUNTY- TWELVE PAGES VOL. XXVII Attorney General Gave Opinion on Commission jlayor Rice's letter to Attorney General, March 24. Attorney General's letter to Bice written, March SB. ' i Attorney General'! letter to Rice reeetrea, March 2fl. ..' ' Mayor'! statement lie had not "seen" attorney general, March 81. City attorney's statement "we have Knot 1 consulted" attorney general, I htmreh 81. Last week the Reflector was the object of a food deal of abuse from - .J l.lotHflnn hAIMMIRA It tao city numiuiDnoi.'" stated that th mayor and city at torney Hkd been In consultation with a. .ii..hai Hanoral over the leeality ue Biwiunj 6ci,.. - of the commission election and held .-lulu . ' that the taxpayers were enuum consideration. The mayor printed a Tenement letter In which he stated that he did not "see" the attorney general. City Attorney Crawford Is sued a long communication stating: "We did not consult the attorney gen eral." Following this was a bitter per sonal attack on the editor of the Reflector evidently instigated by the tame source in which was said that It was preposterous to . "assail the inegrlty of an hon orable state official !llke our. attorney general. If they had a case with merit would it be at all probable that the attor- ' ney general would give the mat ter hearing no difference who , went to see him." j 1 All this was Intended utterly to ' uh tul! HtflecUr..;Uut, this paper j refused to be crushed. It always considers the source of such articles and values them accordingly. To Fool the People. - The object of all the abuse of the Reflector was to prevent any test of the legality of the election for rea sons personal to theadmlnistratlon. Because of this were printed the statements which led the voters and taxpayers to think no information had come from the attorney general and that everything was all right. The loud protestations, the assertion that the attorney general would give no opinion, etc., the abuse of the Reflector for asking that every step taken be legal were Intended to keep the taxpayers from knowing . the truth. Tliev Had the Opinion. All the time thla was going on M.vor Rice and City Attorney Craw fnrd had In their possession a letter from Attorney General Jackson re Every Depositor Back of his deposit is : First: The entire resources of the bank, amounting to more than Half a Million Second: Every Depositor has his deposit with us insured b the Bankers' Deposit Guaranty and Surety Co. for which we have paid a premium as is paid for any other kind of insurance, absolutely guaranteeing every depositor. When you deposit your money with us you know that it is ABSOLUTELY SAFE. ABILENE IJATIOUAL BANK Abilene, Kansas . Mat. Mortgage t Bod yo. formation. plying to their inquiry which gives a plain suggestion that tne election was probably illegal. The letter fol lows In full and shows that "an honorable state official like our at torney general" did "give the mat ter a hearing." STATE OF KANSAS Office of Attorney General, To peka, Kwisae, March 25, 1910. Hon. A. W. Rice, Mayor, Abilene, Kansas, Dear Sir: Answering your letter of March 24th In which you say: "Prior to October 12, 1909, a petition signed by more than forty per cent of the voters of this city was presented to the council praying for an election to be called for the purpose of voting upon the adoption o' the act providing for the commis sion form of government. "On October 12th the council passed an ordinance calling a special election for the purpose of voting upon the proposition and fixed the date of the elec , tlon on March 3. 1910. The ordinance was duly published in the official paper October 21, 1909, and took effect after that date. Section 36 ot enapier a of the' Laws of 1909. provides that notice of the election shall be published in the official cu mmer for three weeks and that the last of euch( publications shall be twenty days before such ' iinn nv on oversight the . first publication was not made until February 10th and the oth er two followed on the 17th and , 9.4th. It will t seen that the ' last jmblieaMJilt-wa within five days of the election Instead of twenty days as required by law. "The election was duly held and the proposition was adopted by a vote of four to one. At the next meeting of the council the vote was canvassed and the result announced. In your opin ion Is the election void?" I beg to advise: You do not state how many of the electors of your city voted on the nrnnnsltlon at the election. But as suming the further fact that a ma jority of the electors ellglhie to vow fh nronosltlon voted In favor. thereof, it la quite clear that the election would not be void on ac count of the failure to give the sta tutory notice. As a general propo sition when special elections are re quired to be called the full time specified by the statute must be giv en; but if the electorate generally go to the polls and cast their vote, I in our bank has his de posit doubly protected. Dollars. toe dMlre a sal Investment la Real axe InrtU U call e4 .Wat. fall 1- ABILENE, KANSAS, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 7, 1910 am of tha opinion that the election would be valid notwithstanding the failure to give the twenty days' no tice between the last publication and the date of the election. If the date of the election was generally known throuehout the city and the quea Hons were canvassed pro and con, In my Judgment the election would be legal, even though a majority of the electors did not favor the proposition submitted, providing a large number of the electors, more than a majority voted thereon. See authorities cited in Grove v. Haskell, 104 Pac. pages 56-60. Very truly yours, (Signed) F. 8. JACKSON, . Attorney General. Their Varying Statements. It will be noticed that in Mayor Rice's letter quoted above and which probably was prepared by the city attorney it states that all three pub lications were made less than 20 days before election as the Reflector has said. Yet, Mr. Crawford pub lished a signed statement in which he said "the last publication" was too late, Indicating that the others were all right. We mention this not to criticize the city attorney for he has the privilege of Issuing confusing statements if he wishes, but to show that the articles published last week were not In good faith. What tne We Was. it unit hfl noted that the letter to i the attorney general was so worded as to lead him to think a large ma jority of the qualified voters voted for the commission government ! another lack of frankness, and which I was calculated to get an opinion fav orable to the came, but did not. The attorney general says that tne election may possibly be held legal if "a majority of the electors eligi ble to vote" did vote for the commls in irnvernment. If they did not, he Mntlv thinks It was Illegal. The number of votes cast was 653; tor i. Hi- atalnit 112. The registra tion at the 1909 election was 1867. The registration is probably not so large this year though there wai a heavy vote In April, 1909, (1438) and all these are properly registered with whatever have come in since. So at least 1600 names re on the books. Of these 441 voted for com mission government nowhere near "a majority of the electors eligible to vote." Why Not Be Fair? The Reflector has no personal nrrel with either Mayor Rice or City Attorney Crawford. It would not allow In Its columns, over any signature or without one, concerning them or any other Abilene citizen personal abuse such as appeared In tho rhronlr.le last week. As a tax payer and a business Interest of the city for 25 years It believes inat m ffoir. of Abilene should ne cou ducted aboveboard, with all the cards face up on the table, and that there should be an honest effort to trans ..... k..ainAea lpmllv and if a act ciij "u"utu" j .i, h. miiA to correct It prompt ly. It called attention to the illegal ity of the commission election beiore i held though requested oy a leading supporter of the admlnls- tr.tinn in "whnoD 'er up that every thing is all right." It preferred to tell the fftUs and believes that Iran fairness and ttrstghtforw-d' ntbs'are esen'Jal to gcod government and the Interojtit of the city. New City Directory i v. Prewltt arrived In town this morning to begin the delivery of the new city directory for Abilene ana nirkluon county. We find the tn h thorough. We are not m the habit of recommending pat nf .verrthlnc that comes to Abilene but the directory such as Prewltt gets out should be In every ffi. nH nlace of business In the city. Mr. Prewltt says he will be with us at the proper time two years from now for the next directory. Take it all In all Prewltt gets out a first class publication. Card of Thank. We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly helped na In many ways In the hours or our .. bereavement. These acts of kindness can never be forgotten. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Frlediey and family. Manchester Sew Paper. A bright and interesting paper, tre Motor, has been established at Manchester by Frank Pattee. Its first number is a food one and It to a credit to the county's Jonraallatle I HOW TO USB A DRAG. The Maker of King Drag dives Ad vice Concerning Same. Many farmers have drags now and realize the usefulness ot them. D. Ward. King, inventor of the road drag was In Hutchinson a few days ago and the story he told there about making the drag, will be interesting, especial ly at this time: "When I pulled an old contraption made of a frost bitten pump stock and a few sticks, over the muddy roads along my farm, nobody was more surprised than I myself at the results.'V , This was the explanation ot D. Ward King, the man who Invented the King road drag, of how he came to do it. "I didn't ksow that it would bene fit' the road as it did,' added Mr. King. "I experimented, and the result Is that road Improvements work has been revolutionised." Mr. King was in Hutchinson, at tending the good roads conference. His home is is northwestern Missouri, near the town of Maltland. It Was in March, 1896, that I first used the drag," said Mr. King. I bad So thought that my action that day would bring about a revolu tion In read improvement methods." Mr. Kl(ig gave the follow'ng expla in of how to make oue of the drags: 'Make it of light timber, as light as possible. It is better to only uso two horses asd go over the rond twice than to use four horses. Make It not over seven feet losg, thirty inches be tween the slats and twelve inches up and down, The drag should be pulled at an angjle of 45 decrees. And here is Mr. K'ng's recipe of how to make a good dirt road without money:' ' "Pirai 'make a good drag. Then at : ... . ,in mhsn the anil is II iiurn " fmlafcF.cettokT' drive with one horse ou, each side ol me rigui uuu wheel track, and go the length of tne stretch to be dragged. Return on the other side. "After the next rain go over it niriiln tha same way. and keep it up for six dragglngs after six different rains or wet spells. At the lounn, fifth or sixth dragging you will find the road higher in the middle than any other part you have araggeo. That gives you the drainage. "If there Is sod In the road, go on the sod with a sharp disc, at a sharp anile and cut it up, then after three or four days under the hot sun you nan hnnritft It. But don't ever use a grader nerore dragging. The drag alone is tne oesi thing. Once after every rain win uo tha hiiatness. And the little road drag is so sim ple, can be put together so cheaply, .nH h nroven so effective, that It has, as Mr. King remarked, revolu tionized road Improvement, mea. within the past few years. WHEN THE WIND GOES DOWN. men tl Alr-Shlp Will at l4t Go Up. The I'arker airship is waiting for the wind to subside. An aueiupv " made at a flight Saturday evening but the ground of the field where the trial was made was too son tor a start. It will be stanea on -way when the wind goes down. Mnr (tor In Town. i-v... rnion Auto Co. has received nl louring car, lslO.model ..j . iinrf.i 10 Bulck in royal blue v.. ia .! mtractlve. Bert Schader of South Dickinson bought a nupmo hii. runabout of this company w day. A parade of new cars wb" BBlurun. .j.. .n.rn,rfin that mau andsome showing. MIIIm- Hrhool Report. Renort of Miller school for tha month ending Aprl 1. Enrollment for month, boys 10. gins s. average daily attendance 17. Those neither absent nor tardy: Amos WIdler, Pat rick Tsgler, Jesse WIdler, Arthur Wld'ler. Pearl Tagler. Laura Tagler, Gladys Hesselbarth, Erwln Hessel- barth, Iva Leonard. Fern nerra.-., ...... Brown. Ralnta Brown, Em- Lett Poister, Myron Polster, Myron Polster. Enrollment for enure bovs IS. flrls II. total 31. Average dally attendance 24. Those neither absent nor tardy for me art: Gladys HetseiDann, 'r Browa. Tioae Urdy but not absent: Assos WIdler, Jesse Wldier. r,. Sterner, teacher. Parker's Show Will x Be Here April 12-14 liucl to f-)i!Ji.aiii tuw.ii o lo ,1 JAPANESE TROUP COMING RIVER BRETHREN HELD SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE Interesting Program by Leading Members of Church. ( Belle Springs, April G. The River Brethren annual Sunday school con ference held here was a successful one with a large attendance, me old officers were elected, J. R. Herr, chairman; P. G. Hoffman, secretary; J. Emery Bowers, these making the committee. Mr. Herr presided at the meetings. Those taking part in the morning session were Wm, Page, Edith Hoffman, WInton Hlnkle. In the afternoon Mrs. Amanda Musser, Mrs. Sarah Engle, Reuben Cllmen- haga, M. O. Enkle, B. P. Jury, P. O. Hoffman, Hedwlg Btjimutz, Mary ShAnts. Oeorae Lenhert," Sadie Book, Raymond Eshelman, John G. Engle, Beulah Zook, Mrs. Annie Esheiman, D. L. Grayblll, Abram Breechblll, J. H. Engle. In the evening a song service con ducted bv G. A. Kauffman, a praise period led by Homer Engle and an excellent address, "The supreme Art" by State Secretary J. H. Engle. TALKED ABOUT PAVING. Oty Council Had Long Session to Discusa Plans. Thn cltv council held a long ses. inn Monday to discuss the plans .aerifications for paving. The sewage disposal eastward matter of sewage disposal eastward and other matters were talked over. Much of the general plan Is ready for adoption. Fourteen foot side walks in the business part ot town will Btand. Another meeting will be held tonight to finish the work. HAD CHURCH REUNION. Methodist Enjoyed Good Music By Enterprise Artists. a church reunion and social was .in t the Methodist church Tues day evening with large attendance of members. Lunch was servea. m fnt.rnriae Concert company, rroi. Stelnlnger, Miss Ruby Norman, Clara nermann. Ruth Stelnlnger, gave - of Treiient music that was J)l Uftl " highly appreciated by all and showed much talent. It was a piea.am u. caslon. TEACHERS WILL MEET. Hupt. Hruaner ef Junction to Address Them Saturday. The county teachers association will meet at the high school auditor ium next Saturday. At the morning session, 11 a. m., Supt. W. 8. Heus- ner of Junction City win oeiiver .o address on "The Teacher ano n Mission." The afternoon program commence. at 2 p. m. and is: Paper, "School Efficiency.- oupv. 4 i lie All ster. neringuju; Miss Tanner; Discussion. "Spelling and Penmanship In the Hign bcuu. Prof A. E. Davidson, Hope; rap, Consolidation," Prof. W. O. Steen, Beading. Miss Nellie Crnm; Discussion. "The Standard of Pro motion." Miss Donica, vnap... iwih at Hope- Hope, April I. Miss William Hln kle, one of the well mows, n.- kere, died this morning NO. 29. WITH PARKER SHOWS CHARMING SONG RECITAL. Mount St. Joseph Academy Has Pleaswit Evening. Mondar evening Mrs. Julia France Short gave a song recital to the stu dent body ot the Institution ana many Invited guests. The program was up to the usual high standard. In the first group there were the Indian melodies. wlerd and strangely fascinating. They recall such characters as Longfellow: has .given us In "Hiawatha" and H. H. Jackson In "Ramona." In the sec ond group was "The Lullaby" from Ermlnle interpreted in a style tna. was at once unique and charming. "Mother and Child" a composition ot Mrs, Short's abounding M hob nar. monies, soft, low and full of rever ence, was taken In dulcet tones u sped aephyr-llke o ent(t ere-. scendo. Her own effective accom paniment shows what is unfortu nately too rare, a perfectly, accom plished accompanist. The most val uable of her musical gifts Is thai oi (Amnerament which Is a curious com bination of ingenlousness and subt lety of poetic Insight and oi cnnaiiaw simplicity. The choruses brought out the mer ry faces ot twenty young ladles. The "Vine Gatherers" and "The Blue Dan ube," so piquant and gay, were given with vim. After these In strong contract came the "Inflammatus" unslnl's Stabat Mater. The canto was taken by Miss McDonald who shows remarkable talent, wnen her voice Is strengthened by more culture she will take her place la cioi nmnni its favored cantatrices. The orchestra was composed of H. V Miller, Miss L. Pankee, Dr. mcin ernev and Miss Patton, beautifully accompanied the chorus. Union Central News Dividend record of W. 8. Stam baugh, policy wljb the Union Central Life: Ordinary Life. 5,000. Age 46. No. 177,992 Prem. $197.90 Issued, 1898. , WINFIELD 8. STAMBAUGH Fargo, N. D. D v dends nn w 1197 90 1898. 197 90 .25 20 1" S , 32 86 15 05 . 36 15 I" . 38 90 15 40 1899. 1900. 1901. 1902. 1903. 1904 41 80.. 151 10 152 IS 1905 4 96 1906 48 25 149 IS 145 85 141 C5 1907 62 26 1908 54 25 58 SO 4 1QO0. . i: the older cliltens of DUk.nson county will remember "Stam" who lived in this county lor upw. thirty years. Union Central life Ins. Co. C.C. Wyndt,Gen.Agt ABILENE, KANSAS.