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VOL. XL. NO. 50
One of the Most Brutal and Uncalled
for Killings That ever Occurred
in Ellis County
Last Tuesday night between ten
and eleven o'clock, Andrew Miller,
the City Marshal of Ellis, was shot
and killed in Ellis, by John Green
wood, a notorious character of Ellis
county, who lives in Ellis.
It seems that the Greenwood resi
dence is and has been a notorious
hold-out where violators of the law
were in the habit of congregating and
creating more or less disturbance. On
Tuesday night the crowd of toughs
were making more noise and disturb
ance than eVer, and the Marshal went
to the house and told them to be
quiet or he would have to afrest
them, which the Greenwood gang
promised to do. But the Marshal had
not got cuross the street until the dis
turbance commenced again. Mr. Mil
ler went back with the intension of
quieting them and perhaps arresting
some or all of them. When he got
within thirty or forty feet of the
house, Greenwood opened the ' door
and told him to stop. Greenwood
had a high-powered rifle in his hands
a 43-70. When ordered to stop the
Marshal stopped and held up his hands
in obedience to the order, Greenwood
immediately fired and the Marshal
fell dead, the ball having passed
through his neck and it is supposed,
severed the spinal cord.
Greenwood was brought to Hays
and lodged in the jail by Sheriff Lore
Iitsch and Deputy Alex Weltz, and at
the next term of court will undoubt
edly be sent to the penitentiary for a
long term.
Andrew Miller came to this coun
try when a mere boy, from Russia.
Just as soon as he could, he enlisted in
the U. S. Army and was stationed part
of the time at old Fort Wallace. After
being discharged from the army, he
lived in this cityand for several years
was city marshal. Then he moved to
Financially, Hays Catholic College
is sick, very sick. It is a condition
found in all small colleges, regard
less of by whom they are owned or
Five years
scribing your quota easy. Pay one
fifth each year.
We Can Do It We Must Do It
Ellis, where he became City Marshal
and acted in that capacity until elect
ed Sheriff of Ellis county, which office
he held four years from 1911 to
1915. He moved back to Ellis and
was again appointed City Marshal.
"Andy" as he was known by his
friends, was fearless in the enforce
ment of the law and knew no friends
when a law was broken. The I. W.
W.'s shunned him and passed up the
town. Other lawbreakers did not care
to parley with him.
Mr. Miller leaves a large family of
sons and daughters to mourn his loss,
and also scores of warm friends in
both Ellis and Hays.
The funeral services will be from
St. Joseph's church, this city, Friday
morning at 10 o'clock, with interment
in the Catholic cemetery.
The K. C. Star, replying to a corre
spondent, took occasion to vaunt its
independence and rightly so for the
Star usually is a dependable paper;
but individuals and newspapers are
all independent as each for itself
estimates independence. The press
in this country has advanced beyond
the point of obsequious slavery to
party as obtained fifty years ago. As
a rule our daily papers assert editorial
opinion without fear or favor. The
New York Tribune, for instance, is a
partisan newspaper of eminent abil
ity, but is thoroughly independent in
its comment upon current events. The
New York World is of a different
political bias, but we have observed
with satisfaction that it frequently
asserts itself in direct opposition to
what its friends believe to be the
correct point of view. It is too late
to make a slave of conscience in the
realm of Uncle Sam; some dregs,
howevei", ;remain. We still have
country papers, as in higher editorial
altitudes where for filthy lucre they
hide their real faith and pose on the
top rail of the fence afraid to jump
either way; but a rotten conscience
such as that deceives nobody. Hays
took notice long ago.
Miss Eva Wood's class of the Jun-
ior Department of the Presbyterian'
Sunday School, will hold a Cake Sale
at Nickles' store, Saturday, Novem-'
ber 19, at 1:00 p. m. j
to pay" makes sub
(By mTh. J.)
. China is the Samson among the na
tionsthe Samson after Delilah gave
him a hair-cut.
At the finish will he pull the temple
of civilization down upon our ears?
China has lost the art of fighting;
she has nothing much better now for
an army than a sort of undisciplined
constabulary force which is a burden
and a curse to her.
Within the memory of living men
China went to war such was her
crude method with a stink-pot in
one hand and a bird cage in the
That stink-pot seems to have sug
gested to Bill Hohenzollern the mus
tard and other gasses with which he
tried to overcome the Allies in France.
In discussing China we must take into
account a number of peculiar and re
pugnant things, one or two only we
can refer to here.
The western nations burglariously
invaded China and at this late day we
have got them in hock at Washington
with the stolen goods.
Japan is the last to break in upon
her; now, with what sort of face can
the western powers ask her to get
Can we feel surprise if the Jap
makes up his mind to fight rather
than surrender Shantung and the rail
road line which she holds and the
other spheres of influence which he
has acquired.
China and the Jap are consan
guineous; they are yellow, essentially
one. and in the last analysis China
prefers the Jap to-the "silver face,
who is a 'foreign devil'," and in my
opinion, at the last roundup, the yel
low races will stand together.
Now, who is wise enough to fore
cast the result of the Washington
Among those who attended the
Armistice Day Program at WaKeen
eyey, Friday, were: Mr. and Mrs.
Leonard Bell, C. M. Holmquist, Anna
Dreese, Frank Bissing, Joe G. Jacobs,
Maurice Zeigler, Kenneth Kirkman,
Miss Anna Burgardt, and Rose Was-inger.
$300,000 is not as big a task for ELLIS
COUNTY to do as was the construction of
the churches at Victoria and Pfeifer. These
two properties could not be replaced for
$300,000 and were Built by Parishes.
In common with the majority of
cities and towns of the U. S. A., Hays
fittingly celebrated Armistice Day
last Friday, November 11.
The parade was formed at the Nor
mal, with the Hays American Legion1
heading the procession, with the Nor
mal Band furnishing the music; next
in the procession was the Normal stu-j
dents. They marched north to the'
Catholic College where the College
students joined. the procession, follow
ed by the Catholic High School and
the parochial school. Next in line
was the Hays High School, followed
by the Public School. Then came the
autos, fioatst, etc. The procession
then marched along Chestnut street
and back to Sheridan Coliseum by
the way of Normal avenue, where
a fitting program was held, consisting
of speeches and music.
Several nice floats were in evi
dence the Normal Y.'M. C. A. and
Y. W. C. A., the Normal Campfire
Girls. Cars appropriately decorated
carried the veterans- of the Civil war.
H. W. Chittenden, Hays' new post
master, dressed as Uncle Sam, also
was one of the first in the procession.
In the afternoon, a football game
was played between the Hays Normal
Tigers' and Southwestern, which -resulted
in a victory for the Normal,
with a score of 14 to 7.
It was a gala day. Most of the
business men closed their places of
business and were present at the
It was also Homecoming Day for
the Fort Hays Normal, and a large
number of former Normal students
were spending the day in Hays, and
attended the banquet at the Normal
in the, evening.
The business houses and a great
number of the homes in the city were
decorated with flags and bunting.
George Philip, Sr., owing to his
superior ability as chauffjtur, was
chosen to head the long line of auto
mobiles which were' in the procession.
George, Senior, never does any jay
driving or jay walking while travers
ing the streets of Hays.
Sunday, Rev. Snyder, pastor of the
Church of the Redeemer, Chicago,
Illinois, conducted the services in the
Lutheran Church. He had been in-;
vited by the official board to occupy'
the pulpit. It is hoped that he will I
consider favorably a call to this
church. His text Sunday, was "Christ I
Uied to bave Sinners." The thought
was developed that other thinges may
help for a moment but it is only
Christ who saves. Rev. Snyder cited
several incidents of "uplift" work he
had seen while doing missionary work
m Chicago to the effect that clothing
and food do not alone satisfy the man
or woman who is down and out peo
ple crave for what only Christ has to
The Russell "Informer," in old days
"The Reformer," of Russell, run by
J. W. Morphy for several years, has
been taken under the wing, absorbed,
by the old "Russell Record," and
Editor Morphy will work on the
paper until he finds a job elsewhere.
With Nate Turner in the State Audit
or's office another term, Editor Daw
son will pilot the old "Record" for
vears to come.
The Plainville Gazette last week,
paid this compliment to Hays as an
educational, center : "Announcement
was made recently that one million
dollars will ba expended for the erec
tion of a new Cathoic College which
will be located at Hays. The an
nouncement is of great importance as
the college will be a large one. There
will be about six buidings, including
an administration building, gymnas
um, dormitory and class rooms. With
a State Normal School already there
and a new Catholic College soon to be
erected there, Hays wjll have unsur
passed educational facilities."
The fatal accident which occurred
at Oakley, last week, on a grade
crossing is liable to happen any day
on the streets of Hays, warning bell
or no bell notwithstanding. There is
no absolute safety on a grade cross
ing; but the mothers on the south side
would feel greatly relieved if a public
school building was erected, fronting
the Treat Playground, and their chil
dren freed of the necessity of cross
ing the railroad track to get to school.
The south side is entitled to a fair
share of the city treasury. The Treat
Playground is there ready to hand,
The cure is a Diocesan Fund-Raising
Campaign of $1,000,000. Of
which the quota for Ellis County is
$300,000. Is it a big project?- Yes;
but we have done big things.
"Do You Know"
that to
"Get It Done"
' you must
and the day is close' at hand when a
beautiful park will be a city posses
sion at old Fort Hays, and the south
side will grow and increase rapidly, in.
population. The. parks, playgrounds
and a fine school house will be on the
south side.
Nature has indicated the direction
of growth, and the city should take
its cue and build a south side school
house in 1922 without fail. More
than that, the Free Press talks for the
interests of the city at large, having
no city lots to ell and no axe to
Impressions of a Hays Visitor
"This is a day that I shall never
forget. It has been a pleasant and
agraeable surprise the whole day."
That is what Frank Montgomery,
Oswego, Kansas, generalissimo of the
Grand Commandery of the State, said
Monday night, after concluding the
inspection of Aleppo Commandery.
He said further that this was his first
visit to Hays and to the Knights
Templar here. He expressed him
self freely in stating that the work
was well 'done and that this Com
mandery ranks among the highest in
the state. "You," he continued,
"have every reason in the world to be
proud of your town. I have been
taken around to see your institutions
and industries and it makes one wish
to come back." The inspection com
menced at eight o'clock. The hall
was well filled with Knights from La
Crosse, Russell, Plainville, Ellis and
WaKeeney. Rev. Mr. Wilson, an M.
E. pastor of Osborne, was present and
responded when called upon for a
speech. He was a chaplain during the
war, with the A. E. F. After the
work and speaking was over, all en
joyed some goofl eats in the banquet
C. W. Miller is having established
a State Game Preserve on his eighty
acres adjoining Hays. The State of
Kansas will stock the farm with game
and protect them by Game Wardens
employed by the State of Kansas, and.
will arrest any men or boys going on
the farm with guns or dogs. The
Preserve will be protected by the
State Game Warden and a Deputy
stationed on the farm, if necessary.

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