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Six Indies of Rain in 3 weeks! Not so bad for a dry state after all, Is It?
HAYS, ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS, JUNE 13, 1908.
Printer's DevQ Saves the Day.
Tuesday evening's Topeka State Jour
nal hands a nice little bunch of posie3
to Hoisington on their reception of J.
L. Bristow last Monday. A State Jour
nal reporter went clear to Hoisington to
get the speech and when he arrived ho
found that the residents lived so far
"in the backwoods" that they hadn't
even heard of Bristow's coming.4 Thi3
seemed rather aueer to the reporter, as
Mr. Bristow is a man of considerable
prominence politically throughout the
United States having served as fourth
assistant postmaster general and com
missoner of Panama as well as being a
very promising candidate for the United'
On finding his meeting had not been
advertised Mr. Bristow was much in
censed, but, being a newspaper man
himself, he at once looked up Hoising-
ton's only print shop to get some dod
gers struck. The reporter writes it up
in this graphic style:
"When they went up to the sole
printing office of the town, they found
that the "boss" had gone over to "the
Bend," which is the county seat, to
get a marriage license. A ten-year
old devil was in charge of the office.
"Can you set up a job?" asked Mr.
"I never did," replied the boy, "but
I think I can. I'll try."
"Good," said Bristow, as he wrote
out half a dozen lines of "copy" for
the dodger. The boy did nobly. In
fact, it might be said he saved the day.
Had the boy pied his form, or failed in
his manly efforts to lock it up in the
the chase, or not known what to do
when the aper stuck to the type and
rolled off into the ink rollers, Mr.
Bristow might have been unable to
speak after all. The boy printed 250
handbills without wrecking the office."
County Assessor Makes Report.
The county assessor has now summa
rized his work in his report to the tax
commission at Topeka and we get the
following figures which are official:
Total amount of Real Estate, exclu
sive of town lots. $7,689,375.
Total amount of town lots....l,071,720.
Personal Property .. ..2. 930, 989.
This amount represents a little over
five and one-half times last years as
sesment. The county assessor has had
the best opportunity to study taxation
at close range and came to the conclu
sion that the new tax law is a make
shift, having but a few redeeming fea
tures. While aware of the fact, that
"something had to be done," he is
convinced that there will be no uni
formity of taxaction until the law is so
ammended that a county assessor will
be empowered to fix values all over
the county instead of leaving this work
to from five to twenty deputies, every
one of whom although strictly honest,
may have his own standard of fixing
values. If left in full charge the coun
ty assessor could proceed to do his
work on business principles rather than
work along political lines or allow any
friendly considerations to interfere
with this most important work. The
county assessor should be put under a
heavy bond for the faithful perform
ance of his duty.
Before buying your fireworks for
July 4 see our stock and get our prices.
J. H. Spratt. . 31-tf
If you want some good horses or
cattle attend the Ed. L. Wood sale
$75,(D)OT TO LOAN
Farmers if you need any money
don't fail to call on the . .
CITIZENS' STATE BANK,
A New One.
An Irishman was walking along the
street,, when a man fell at his feet. It
turned out to be his friend, Pat O' Hen
nessey. "What's the trouble, Pat?" the
Irishman inquired. "I was up in the
sixth story, playing poker with five fel
lows, fat replied and when l won
their money, they threw me out. You
keep count and see that I get all of
them." Pat hurried away, and his
friend waited. Presently a man fell at
the watcher's feet. "One" said the
watcher "Don't count that," replied
Pat; "that's me again." Downs
Verdict Against Palmer.
The first of the week the Court and
jury were busv trviner the case of
George Palmer against the U. P. Ry.Co.
for damages for four horses killed on
the track. On motion of the attorney
for the railroad company the case was
taken from the hands of the jury and
the judge gave verdict for the defend
ant, the railroad company, against Mr.
Saline Valley Mineral Leases.
This week the district court ordered
cancelled the mineral leases given by
farmers King, Hopper, Russell, Thurs
ton and Gunther on their farms ten
years ago to Stegner & Chapman.
These leases were given these men
under a promise to prospect for miner
als and if not found then the leases
would be cancelled. Instead the leases
were recorded and as they run ninety
nine years became a perpetual lein on
the farms and clouded the title. About
twenty-five more farms along the Sa
line valley have their titles still cloud
ed by these mineral leases.
Court. Preceedings at Hays.
In the whiskey case against Alois
Staab he was found guilty on two
counts for selling liquor and was fined
$200 and costs and given three months
in jail on one case and six months on
the other and given a $500 peace bond
to stop selling liquor for two years.
In the Saline river mineral lease
cases in our court, the court cancelled
the leases sued on, as having been ob
tained under fraudulent pretenses.
on Thursday till
Gard of Thanhs.
To the kind friends neighbors and
citizens, generally who were so tireless
in their efforts to assist us in the sick
ness and death of our beloved father,
George Bannister, with loving words
of comfort, kindly spoken and also for
the many beautiful flowers, we return
our heartfelt thanks. It is by actions
like these on occassions of grief and
sorrow that we realize that all the
world is akin. The Family. 31-lt
Harkness' for Fireworks.
Miss Dottie Graham returned to her
home near Russell Friday morning.
Mrs. Alex Philip visited friends in
Bunker Hill the fore part of the week.
Public sale at Early's farm, 2 miles
north and 4 miles west of Hays, Mon
day June 22. 31-2tx
The least said about the Messick
Bros, entertainment Thursday evening,
the better. Only three or four selec
tions in the entire concert were of a
Institute Notes. Bryan on Advertising.
The civics class was disappointed I It is the lot of the wise man to be
Wednesday as all were prepared for j asked fool questions. In fact, the ask
courting and had "to wallc right in and ing is an acknowledgment of the wis-
turn around and walk right out again."
They then stepped into Mr. Grabbe's
office and were told the story of the
ittle chickens who were going to roost
and the "old hen with them." He then
took his departure after this broad hint
and by the "process of deduction,'
we are of the opinion that socially the
civics class is a failure. We are young
however and for most of us it was our
first "courting." (HoDe vou will not
Mrs. Clarence Kinerslev visited us
A large majority of the students
wanted to recite on the same subject
during News Report Wednesday morn
ing. Four out every five wanted to
tell about "Not Prepared."
Does Mr. Christiansen need an ear
trumpet? Nelle can tell you.
Miss Simpson is with us representing
Flanagan & Co. She wishes also to
organize an afternoon class in paper
folding, weaving and cutting.
Mr. Light says we "hadn't ought
to" say "abbrooft."
A number of the ladies wish to in
quire of what nationality Mr. Schmidt
Miss Dottie Graham of Russell and
Miss Grace Tobin of Wilson who are
visiting the Johnsons were at the in
stitute Tuesday and were so impressed
with the good looks of the members
that Miss Tobin took a snap-shot of all
who could etand still.
The enrollment of Miss Anna Reed,
Mr. Louis Christiansen and Etta J.
Simpson swells our ranks to eighty
three. Quite a number missed some of their
classes Monday on account of high water
The students were entertained at the
general hour last Thursday by a talk
from Mr. Swisher ex-president of the
Salina Normal University.
Miss Susie Kippes was so well pleased
with the Normal Tuesday that she re
turned Wednesday. -
Supt. Grabbe is a visitor every day
(nearly) and has kindly condescended
to pose for a picture in the same group
as all the rest of us.
Ex-county Supt. Meier visited us a
short time on Monday.
Miss Anngel Carl has had to learn
to distinguish between 34 and 43 espcial
ly for roll call.
Mr. Ford is not as considerate about
warning the folks to wear their heavy
shoes as is Mr. Light consequently
some have very sore toes the last few
Mrs. Wilson of Hill City, a candidate
for county' superintendent of Graham
county, was with us a short time on
Mr. Light was in darkness as to the
situation on the stairs but he heroically
came to the rescue "O Joy!"
If you borrow a rain-coat let Mr.
Ford return it.
We were glad to see Misses Ellen
Erumitt and Belle Sutton Wednesday.
To go the "horse story" of last week
one better a buggy was frightened this
week and broke away from its garage.
The literature class is four lessons
John Brumitt brought his illuminat
ing smile to Normal Tuesday.
One Huber Threshing Machine; 18
horse-power engine and 36-60 Separa
tor. Run one season. At ranch ten
miles nortwest of Ellis. Call on Jos.
Runyon, Hays, Kansas. 31-2tx
Many of our stores are already dis
playing their stock of fireworks.
If you want a good grade of lumber
see Shrenkler. His prices are right.
Walker, Kansas. 31-2tx
R. B. Thomas i3 building a house to
rent on his lots in the south part of
Frank Payne and Frank Moore had
windmills put up on their farms this
A precipitation of one-fourth inch
was registered at the Station this Fri
d L- Wood will hold a public sale at
his farm next Tuesday, June 16. All
horses, cattle and farm implements
will be sold at auction. 31-lt
Farmers meeting at court house
Wednesday June 17 at ten o'clock a. m
All farmers interested in securing for
the farmers the new gram elevator
should attend, 31-lt
dom of the man of whom the inquiry is
made. Nobody ever asks a fool ques
tion of a fool, for a fool answers a fool
according to his folly, and there is no
question whereto the asker so honestly
wants a wise answer as a fool ques
tion. This being so, the man who asked
William Jennings Bryan whether he
really believed in advertising paid Mr.
Bryan a compliment. It happened in
Reading, Pennsylvania, last winter, and
the modern Commoner indeed showed
that he was a wise man bv the reDlv he
made. It was:
J. he fellow who tries to attract
business without advertising is like the
i ii .t
ienow wno mrows nis sweetneart a si
lent kiss in the dark.' He knows what
he is doing but nobody else does."
The Saturday Evening Post.
The ladies of the Presbyterian church
will hold an exchange at Nickles store
Harkness' for Fireworks.
Don't forget E. L. Wood's
al 3 next Tuesday.
wm. scnrenKier or walker was a
Hays visitor on Tuesday
Attend the farmers' meeting at the
court house Wednesday at 10 o'clock
Lawrence Cole arrived safely in Sil
verton, Colorado and found it snowing
Prof. R. J. Kinzer of the State Agri
cultural College spent Sunday on the
Experiment Station here inspecting the
No meat being shipped in from Kan
sas City our butchers have been forced
to go out among the farmers to buy
George Bear, the Normal baseball
pitcher, returned to his home in Russell
Friday morning. He was accompanied
by his sister from Collyer.
Roscoe Stubbs of Lawrence, candi
date for governor, arrived in Hays this
Friday morning and speaks this after
noon in the G. A. R. Hall.
Mrs. B. E. Ford and daughter came
down from Ellis this Friday morning
to viait with Prof. Ford who is con
ducting the Ellis Co. Institute.
Mrs. George Hubbard will return to
her home at Kansas Gity this Saturday
morning. She will be accompanied by
Miss Retta Freese who will visit for a
Mr. C. W. Miller and son John leave
for Illinois this Saturday morning." Mr.
Miller will attend the convention at
Chicago and John will visit with bis
aunt at Sycamore.
Word comes that Gove county south
of Grinnell had a heavy hail storm this
week and many wheat farms were
hailed out among them Mrs. Geo. Wil
son, formerly of this city.
The cement mill at Yocemento has
been forced to shut down temporarily as
they ran out of fuel. Crude oil is being
used for this durpose and as freight
traffic has deen blocked this week on
account of high water at Manhattan
and Topeka, it will probably be some
days before operations continue.
Mrs. John Schlyer was taken to Buf
falo, New York, on Monday morning to
undergo hospital treatment there. Mrs.
Schlyer has been in very poor health for
the past year and during the last couple
weeks she has been worse than usual.
Her sister is also in the Buffalo hospital
with a similar complaint. She was ac
companied by Mr. Schlyer and daughter
With the heavy rains and growing
wheat our farmers are claiming this
county will need 2500 good outside men
to help harvest.the crop this year there
being an average of three to each
farm while many will require six.
Smokey Hill in neighborhood of Fresh
our's will need full 100, Buckeye over
300. The first wheat will be ready to
cut about the 25th of June and harvest
will be in full blast by July 1.
The Luray Herald says: "There is
some talk that there will be a great
deal of challenging this year in central
Kansas at the primary election to test
the right to vote on part of young men
who were born in Europe and whose
fathers have never been fully, finally
and completely naturalized." The
Russians and Austrians in our county
who have not been naturalized should
make their applications for first papers
Call and see my
Hot Weather Suitings.
Coat and Pants to order from $13.00 up.
Single Goat made of Drap D'ete, only
Single Coat made of Sicilian, only
PHONE NO. 90
Go to Schrenkler for lumber, shin
gles, lime, cement and coal. 31-2tx
Tuesday evening's rainfall registered
one-half inch at the Experiment Sta
tion. For a bargain in farm implements
attend the E. L. Wood public sale next
Henry Schultz and George King will
go to Cnicago. , to-day and stop witn
Miss Lucy Snyder returned home
Tuesday morning from her school work
The. picnic at Victoria on Monday
drew a big crowd and those present re
port a good time.
The floods in eastern Kansas this week
badly demoralized the train service on
the U. P. railway.
John Troth left Wednesday morning
for Quinter where he will work in the
interest of the A. O. U. W.
Parties from many different parts of
the United States are writing in to se
cure employment through the harvest.
Eastern Kansas is suffering dis
astrous floods again, in Topeka their
U. P. depot and city park is under
Word has been received from Chat
Picken that he has secured employment
in New Mexico and will not go to Cali
fornia for some time yet.
Miss Anna Keller, who is teaching
the model district school at the Normal
this summer reports the attendance
at thirty. This is the full number
which can be enrolled.
On Wednesday the Co. Commisoners
received the bids for the new iron brid
ges to be erected in this county and
gave the contract to the lowest bidder,
the Illinois Bridge Co.
Johnny Wright who has been employ
ed in Bach's restaurant has made a con
tract with Geo. Mcintosh of Bantam,
whereby John will do the cooking for
the harvester next month.
Misses Hubbard of Luray came up
Tuesday evening and have enrolled at
the summer term of Normal. They
are sisters of Clarence Hubbard, form
er cather of the baseball team.
Miss Alice Freese returned to Hays
City Tuesday evening after a visit of
several days with Mrs. Queenie Wilson.
Miss Freese and Mrs. Wilson were
childhood chums. Grinnell Record.
Ed Wood who lives ten miles west of
the Experiment Station will have a pub
lic sale of all his farm property next
Tuesday. Mr. Wood expects to move
back to Hays and will buy property
Miss Presson and Mis3 Stella Kelley
arrived Monday morning and are guests
at the home of the former's sister Mrs.
J. L. Pelham on east Normal Avenue.
Miss Pre s sen will spend . the , summer
with her sister.
AH trains are way behind their
schedules this week on account of the
Hooded condition of eastern Kansas.
No freight whatever has been received
from Kansas City or other points east
of the flooded district.
The Christian Endeavor Society
the Luthern church have arranged with
the Red Cross Pharmacy whereby the
young ladies of the society will have
charge of their soda fountain next
Wedaesday. They desire the people
of Hays to patronize them as much as
THE HAYS TAILOR
Go to Sprattt's book store for your
fireworks. . 81-tf
Wheat has had a decline in price and
now brings 82 and 83 in this market.
The Annual school meeting comes off
this year Thursday June 16 at 2 p. m
Ed Yost had the bad luck to step on
a nail Monday and now walks on
Miss Hazel Rea visited friends in
Wakeeney the first of the week, return
ing Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Molly Glathardt of Lawrence
came up Wednesday morning to visit
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Mad
den. Conductor B. E. Ford of the County
Institute says this year's institute is
the largest and best Ellis county has
If you intend to build granary, hou
ses, barns, header boxes see Schrenk
ler. He is making prices that you
can't help but notice. 31-2tx
"The Russian boys went down to Vic
toria Monday morning where they play
ed the college team of that place.
The Victoria boys took an easy victory
19 to 4.
The Eastern Star will entertain in a
social way in their rooms this Satur
day evening. Each member has the
privilege of asking in one outsider for
the social part of the program.
Dave Nickles returned last Thursday
from a five weeks' tour of the west.
He saw the battleship fleet in San Fran
cisco harbor and also visited several
days with Fred and Frank Havemann
Tuesday evening's storm is reported
to have taken off the roof of the mill
and turned over several small buildings
at Russell; No other damage was done.
A small "twister" was responsible for
All horses, cattle and farm imple
ments of E. L. Wood will be sold at
public auction at his farm ten miles
west of the Experiment Station next
Tuesday the 16th. Attend this sale if
you wan't to get some good property
Mrs. G. A. Lester has been up from
Russell this week visiting her parents
Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Yost at Yocemento.
An epidemic of scarlet fever which
struck Wilson a few weeks ago has
practically subsided and Mrs. Lester
will return to her home.
Fred Stadter was here this week
shaking hand3 with old friends. Fred
is now located in Chicago with the
United States Civil Service. He says
the ten years has made a great improv
ment in Hays. He will leave the last
part of this week for Denver to visit
his brother Ed..
C. M. Wann, H. J. Penney and C.
W. Miller are among the staunch re
publicans who will represent Hays City
at the National Conventien at Chicago
next week. They expect to leave this
Saturday morning. Mr. Penney and
Mr. Miller bothhave appointments as
Mrs. H. E. Scannell and daughter
Miss Hattie of St. Francis, Cheyenne
Co. , are here attending the summer
school at the Normal. Mrs. Scannell
is quite well acquainted in Hays, hav
ing attended the first county institute
ever held here, twenty-nine years ago.
i She taught in the Brosius district the
following winter and received therefor
the stupendous amount of $12 per
month and "boarded around." She is
still a very successful teacher and has
had her salary increased many times.
Her daughter is also a school teacher
of no email ability.
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