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otate JtUnumotJ tiooiety IOPISKA. Vol. XXV. PHILLIPSBURG, KANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1903. No. 11. V TSm HILLIPSBURG HER AUB. 0 ) 4 V Hustling Contest. The Woodmen at their meeting Saturday evening adopted a plan whereby the membership of the camp Is expected to be materially Increased' In the next two months. C. M. Cote andS.,E. Flelsher were selected as captains to choose sides from the members of the camp, all to be select ed on cue side or the other. These sides beginning with the new year are to engage In a bustling contest for a period of sixty days to secure new members. The losing side will be called upon to stand for the expense of a banquet for the lodge and Its prospective members. Ogly forty five to a side were chosen that evening bub the rest will be selected later. m chosen are: 51. COLE. HI, KLKISIIEK. S. v. Spriitlin, W. H. Boughton, C. J. Fleming, G. B. Tracy, Jim Smitb, Jim Woods. G. II. Tucker, Bill Francis, W. N. Moore, Elmer Phillips, . Rufe Churchill, Bolla Bougbton, Will Churchill, Wm. Hardman, C. B. Lane, CW.SUnker, F. A. Smith, Wm. Klngery, C. E. Sterns, Clarence Kendrew, R.l. Larkla, Joe. Gebhart, J. E. Jones, M. S. Couch. J. D. Ileacock, C M. Arnold, J. L. McCormick, John Gebhart, Geo. Bump, Ed Bissell, M. A. Spauldlng, J. McClure, John Jacobs, J. Higby, Geo. Smith, I. S. Hodge, Lee Judd, J. VV. Kibgcry, L.E.Countryman, Frank Strain, C. M. Poe, W. G. Bissell, O. T. Gates, L. W. Matteson, Judge Pratt, Geo. Townsend, E. E. Whitney, Geo. Colo, Morris Goddard, Morris Eason, Billy Smith, Carl LaRue, Joe Lee, Byroti Boughton, - Weston A. S. Harwood, Wm.Kite, Carry Touker, Ed Fallon, L. J. Herzog, Wm.SwIm, G. W. King, Ollle Higby, J. S. Morse, Ed Page, J. Q. Royce, ' Frank Crlder, W. C. Mayers, W. W. Reynolds, . G. E. Uutter, C. D. Smitb, Jos. Ellis, c tl S. La Rue, I jARoy Taylor, JA. w. Robertson, M. Furguson, John Crider, W. Green, Wm. Jacobs, M. P. Cannon, Jas. Patterson, Wm. Wilson, Frank Nelson, ' E.P.King, Dr. Pope, C. A. Lewis, II.R.WIntersteen, Frank Haines, Wm. Bradley. Signs of the Times. OtTlcial returns from, manufacturers show that 154,808 railway cars have been constructed this year. Of the total number 2,007 were passengerand 152,801 ' freight cars. Of the whole number 153,495 cars were sold for use at home, and 1,013 built for export. I Nearly a thousand more locomotives tuyere built in American locomotive works this year than last year, and most of them were hurrlec to cumple- Ion to meet the home demand, which or two years has been urgent. The new cars and locomotives are in i use and there Is a persistent demand for more. WKh due allowance for the old cars that have become unser vlca 1 , the reports Indicate that there are now more locomotives and more cars particularly more freight cars In use on American railways than ever before. This shows that In spite of the business depression, which a few months ago seemed to be afore bodlng of disaster, there is abiding strength at the foundations of our In dustrial fabric. Business Is not as it was two years ago. The events of tho last few months have not been promising. But Signs like that of railway construction and the construction of railway cars and locomotives show that again the tendency Is In the right direction. Last spring and summer the affairs of the industrial and business world were unsettled; we had lost the mo mentum of our prosperity of two years ago. But there came the abundant crops of the season, and there was al most immediate Improvement all along the line of in lustrial and hust ings activity. We have not recovr red the ground lost, but tho Indications are making Meady prjgres toward recovery, and that we shall go higher before we go lower. Inter Ocean. Th'eshhg Muhlne. Altman an1 Ta) lor, Iixle separator 30x44, In good conditlop. J. I. C. 14 liorse power with macl Ine, every thing i eady for busioei V 111 I e old at a bargain. Eail Larktr, v. alnut town ship B, R. 'o. 1, PI lllipsburg, Kansas. About Taxes. So much has been said about t!e taxes that Commissioner Veeh has taken tho trouble to investigate the matter for his own satisfaction. While it is a fact that county and dis trict taxes are higher as a rule, than last year, this raise ho finds, must be attributed lo the Increase in the valu ation of property (20 per cent.) by the state board of equalization. .The levy for state purposes was also increased so that state taxes are increased In two ways, by the" levy and the valufr tion. Regarding the assessment, he finds that property was assessed fur 1902 in the following townships on I he basis uf the equalization by the state board In 1900 which made an increase of 181 per cent in the valuatiou of the pro perty of this county; . Arcade, Bow Creek, Belmont, Gran ite, Glenwood, Greenwood, Kirwlu, Plum, Plalnview, Prairie View, Rush ville, Sumner, Solomon, Towancla. Of these Bow Creek, was reduced 10 per cent and Belmont 4 per ceut by the county board of equalization. The following, he states, were as sessed for 1902 on the same basis as for 1000 less the 181 per cent Increase by the state board; Beaver, Crystal, Deer Creek, Dayton, Freedom, Logan Mound, Pnillipsburg, Long Ialand, Valley, Walnut. Of these Dayton was Increased 121 per cent. Freedom 8t and Walnut 5 per cent, by the county board. These facts lead Mr. Veeh to con clude that there are slight lnequall ties In the assessment which may effect taxes as well as the levies, some of the township really being on a ba sis 181 per cent less than the others as fixed by the county and state board lu 1900. The question of taxrs ls,cnmpl leafed It varies in every township and In every school district. All arc affected by by the state and county taxes ,n the same manner and it must be ad mitted that theso are higher. In some cases the local taxes may bi low er so that the sura total of taxes paid for 1903 may be the same or even low er than for 1902, but this Is doubtful. It might have been true In many In stances had' not it been fur the 20 per cent increase In the valuation of real estate which township or district officials did nt take Into consideration when making their levies As it Is the surplus, If any be raised necessarily have to be used be carried over for next year. dues not but may Gregory-Savage. Mr. Arthur Savaue. and Miss Ettle Gregory were married at the home, of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Gregory, near Long Island, Kansas J.S. Runitin, justice, of the peace, of ficiating, In the presence of a la rue circle of relatives and friends, on De cember 23d. Following the ceremony a sumptious wedding dinner was served. Tho following is a list, of the presents received by the happy couple: Cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregery; lamp, Mr. and Mrs. VanSiIre; bread plate, David Gregery; salt and pepper shakers, B. S. Webber; water pitcher, Georgo Shields: cake fork, Mr. and Mrs. Dole; table cloth, Miss Elvle Gregery; pair of towels, Mrs. U. Web ber; pair of towels, Mrs. E.. B. Curtis; pair of towels; MKs Anna Hah; pair of 'owels, Mr. and Mrs. Orcgery: bed spread. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartzog; tablecloth, Mrs. Shields; tablu cloth, Mrs. G. U. Greg ry; sofa top, Miss Elva Gregery; cake plate, Mr. and Mrs. Groves; table cloth, Charley Savage; three towels, Mrs. .Savaue; set of napkins, A. Savage; towels, Mrs. Bovea; bureau fccarf, Mr. and Mrs. Groves. A guest. flessenger Changes Hands. The Messenger, the paper owned by Crabb & Danenbarger of this city, has been sold to Joe Wr'ght, of Lebanon, possession to be given nxt week. It is the paper founded by Jack Stewart, many years ago, and during this time was called Stewart's Bazoo. Since Stewart left the paper, It has been la several hands, 'nit D inenbaiver Is the only one since Stewart to make It pay. Dannie will now move up a peg and tackle bigger game. The new' editor Joe Wright, has long been known to newspaper f.ime, In Smith county at least, as a vlgorou- writer, whose lonif suit is politic. He stands for princi ple and is a Pipocrat. The Pop party Is dead but Jo ) don, t know It, and he will sail In to '.educate the masses" after the school has been closed Aside from YU political dream, Joe Is notolal. We weico D' hltn to the seethln, billowy, foanlu ea of Smith Ccuter uvwyv. life. If you stand on the hurricane deck you can begiq to hear the breakers roar among the allied forces of reform, for Joseph Is the stormy petrel of Smith county polit ics. The Great Red Dragon has awoKe rrom slumber and the great crime of '73 cannot be forgotten while Joseph wields his pen. Smith County Pioneer. Installation Serveces. Pnillipsburg Post No. 77 G. A. R. and the Woman's Relief Corps No. 221 of this city, will hold a joint installa tion In the Gebhart Hall on the even ing of January 2d, 1904. All members of said organizat ions are earnestly re quest ed to be present. All ex-unlon soldiers and tbelr wives are cordlalli Invited to attend. Committee New fleat Market. We are now located In our new building on the south-west corner oi the square, with a full supply ol Meats, Oysters and all goods usually found in a first-class Meat Market. We carry and sell only the best, and respectfully solicit your patronage. Phone No. 12. Daum & Townsand. Breaking Up an Industry. - And now Omaha proposes to have a graftjnvestigation. The way this fad li spreading is actually ruining poll tics as a business, and there is appre hendon In some places that lifelong politicians may yet have to go to work Indianapolis News." , Before you buy REAL ESTATE you should write aad inquire about the bar gains that I have to offer you. Sevoral of the best farms in the north eastern part of the county may pe had at low figures. This is the jt jt Best Farming Region in Phillips county ' and prices are no higher than else where. Lands cared for for non-residents. S. A. MATTESON, Dana, Kansas. Some may believe that "levies tell the story about the Increase In taxes but those who do are ones who never pay taxes, or if at all, pay in very small suras. Take any old farmer who has paid Taxes for years, and he will pull out the receipts and count the dollars he has had to pay. If the tax es on his home which formerly used to run about $10 to 115 a year, are now running 815 to $20 he knows they are higher no matter what the levies may be. Now that Is Just the condition In Phillips county. Hundredsof farmers are talking and examining receipt and inquiring about the cause. No writer is clever enough to expaln a fact so clear as this, away from the mind of the mind of practical farmer. Everyone recognizes the fact and seeks the cause. When discovered and many now understand-these practl cal men will exerolse the same careful Judgment to overcome the evil In pub lic economy that they would In their private affairs. Here is where the tlie trouble In political circles wll' arise, for practical nvn believe In practical politics, and not in the "re ward or Kpoilssysietn" for party's sake The practical men are numerous and and tbelr number Is continually be coming greater. Their Increase must of necessity Injure Die sway of poli ticians but th; g verninnt will profit by it. A prominent farmer win owns land i adjoining In both Kansn and Ne-j braska, states that taxes of the Kansas j quarter Tor thU vf are over 111' while to Nebraska quarter U only a little over $11. The Improvements are on the K tnsis quarter but there Is Iltle dlfT irenc in the value f the land and th I npr ivemems re not sufficient to n-cmmi f r t h difference. Stibscrltc for the Hera! A DEATH OF MRS. KEELER. Found Lifeless In Bed This Horning After Slight Illness. This morning when Mrs. J. M. Mc Nay went to call her mother, Mrs. Mary Jane Keeler, she found her dead iu bed, lying In a comfortable position and with a peaceful expression, which Indicated the end had been a peaceful ono. She had been feeble of late, but not helpless, so that her death was a i surprise. At two o'clock In the night I she called to Mr. McNay that she wanted water, and after he had given her a drink she urged him to return, to his bed as she did not need atten tion. She seemed cheerful and com fortable, aud that was the last time she spoke to anyoue. I Mrs. Keeler was 73 years old. She ind her husband were pioneers at Clay ! Center, where they settled on a farm o years ago. Only a few months ago uer husband died and she came here to live with her onlv child. Mrs. McNay. She was a woman of lovely character and highly esteemed. The remalns'wili be taken this evening to Ciay Center for interment. Columbus Advocate of December 25th. New Wheat Market. Kansas City Is realizing that she is losing her prestige as a wheat market. Reports show that there have been marketed in Kansas City several thou sand cars of wheat less In the past tdx mouths, orslnce the movement of this year'B wheat crop began, than in a cor responding time six years ago with a crop then only little more than half as large as the one this year. In 1897 Kansas raised 61,020,504 bushels of wheat. From July 1st to December 31st of that year there was marketed in Kansas City 37,227 cars of wheat. This year the wheat crop was 94,041,002 bushels, and from July 1st to December 1st, Kansas City re ceived only 29,171 cars. This Is a lit tle less than 0,000 cars a month, and if the receipts for December are up to this average, the receipts would still be 2,100 carp under what they were In 1897, whereaslKansas City could natu rally have expected half as many more, considering the size of the crop. Kansas City Is laying the blame for this condition of affairs to the rail roads. It Is quite likely that they have had something to do with divert ing the grain from the Kansas City mariet. The Missouri Pacific would naturally prefer to make sure of a longer haul to St. Louis or New Orleans than the short haul to Kan sas City, and the Santa Fe and Rock Island would also doubtless prefer tho longer hauls to Chicago, but the rail roads are not entirely responsible for the fact that Kansas City is not getting as much wheat as lormeily. The development of the milling inter ests all over Kansas has been an Im portant factor In bringing about this result. And this is as it should be. It would bo far better for Kansas If practically the entire wheat crop were milled on Kansas soil and sent out in th shape of fl iur Instead of wheat. This would make work at heme for thousands of men, and nunufacturlng Industries is one thing that Kansas needs. Better flour car. be made from tho wheat before It goes through the big mixing elevators and the good wheat mixed with poorer, than after wards, so better flo"r can be mado right In Kansas than unywl ere else from Kansas wheat, aud the woild Is finding it out. Kansas flour Is de manding recognition in Europe as never before, and there aro to-day dozens of Kansas mills which export car after car of flour, where a few years ano only a few mills did this sort uf business. It would, of course, be Impractica ble for Kansas to build sufficient mills to grind ninety four million bushels of wheat, the amount produced this year because there will often be years when Kansas will not produce that much wheat. But it Is not likely that at present the mills of Kansas utilize more than one-third of the wheat In the state,' while Kausitcmld probably furnish sixty mililon rmsliels of wheat lo her Ilium mills neatly every year. state Journal. Hippy Nw Year. Tf -x i I N YMr ifr.'ellnjs Vi i m I'll i p' I h; c-i nhw it, , f ; '! i -1 in '"s-. il in. ('''! or 1 .. M !'' in- r ill" I JOUr DvVl'll Uiurf. Christmas Exercises Appropriate Christmas exercises were held at three of the churches In this city on Christmas eve. Each was quite well attended and afforded a pleasing commemoration of the com ing of Christ. Nothing startling or unusual was attempted by any of the churches, yet each prepared a good program and decorated trees as cus tomary with a bounteous supply of gifts. At the Methodist church, there was a merry time indeed as the following contributed by one who was there will attest: A Cantata was rendered under Mrs. Cljde Bickford's training and skill. We would like to say that we cannot extol Mrs. Bickford too highly for the patience in drllllnif the children for their different parts. Santa Claus and family were pres-1 ent in full costume. Mrs. Santa looked so youthful that no one would think she had passed more than her fortieth milestone. She gave a fine solo and her quivering and broken voice is In harmony with the olaslcal muslo at the present time. The class of fairies also gave us a song and their sweet voices Excelled by far others .more noted. The Brownits camo in for their share of praise with a fine selection, Last but nut least the Christmas tree caused the young hearts to rejoice and wish that Christmas came more than once a year. At the Baptist church three trees were fillod with presents and the us ual decorations. A program was pre pared and well rendered. S. A. Per rlno Impersonated Santa Claus and amused the little ones by his peculiar appearance aud pleasen them In tho distribution of prescntF.Tho program was fully up lo the standard or former years. The Presbyterians celebrated In the usual manner, having a pretty tr e and a good program. Cal Bauin was Santa and played his partqulto well. A pleasant entertainment Is reported. Announcement. . With the coming Issue of the Cour ier, beginning the new year, the name of Charles . Mann will appear as ono of Its editors. Tills will not edd ma terially to tho duties Mr. Maun litis performed, and performed well, dur ing toe three years ho has been, an employe of this paper. Nor will It especially alter the work of the writer. It Is Intended as a partial recognition of faithful service, which we regard as merited, and can give in no hotter way tban to accord tho recognition In a publio way. It Is well known to nearly all our patrons that a great deal of the editorial work has oeen turned over to him, and we believe It no more than fair that Mr. Mann be placed In a position to receive due credit. Gering (Nebraska) Courier. Charlie used to bo tho Herald fore man, is a good printer and a clear writer. He has many friends here who will be glad lo learn of bis pro gress. An announcement has been sent out by Senator Ilanna's friends to the effect that he will be a candidate be fore the republican convention for president In 1904 A formal announce ment from the senator himself Is ex pected soon. ThlsiiClion on the part of Senator Hanna Is to be reyr tted. He, the very head of the national par ty organization should s ck to unify and strengthen the party. His action in becoming a candidate will divide and weaken it. Roosevelt is undoubt edly one of tho most popular of tho presidents. He Is a friend of the riMt co m in ji i poople, ev:n tho.igh himself a ihild o f rlchei and luxury. He is a truestatesm in and a Hhrewd politic! in bu; hit phenomenal rise has been due to the ipiHitlon of politicians. He isan hc cideut a.s pnsldeiil, aulas frlind of tee people, In preference to the politi cians, the fight Is being wazed against him. The only hope of the democrat ic party at the present time Is In republican division, and it seems that the head of the party, has Viken the first step leaditiKto It. Hanna should have better Judgement and more patriotism. Let ui d our little part for Roosevelt. A fight h is n iw d'-velope l against Ohairnnt) Alhauh. Many republicans w ,ie m is' l" di'P"vd and a man lim an N rnslO'l put In his place. I l,i ( Male Ilia! tin v unhid like to I I II it II" Ir rri'.i'pv Is nut used to r,."im ri against lrrpitilicans i it , u sure ofit until a ucw cualiiiuu is ci wen. I GREAT NEWSPAPER BARQAIn! The Semi-Weekly Capital and the Pnillipsburg Herald One Year For $ 50. The Semi-Weekly Capital, published at Topcka, Is one of the best farm newspapers published anywhere. Real lzing that a good market report Is one of the most valuable features of a farm newspaper, the Capital prints twice a week a full report of all the markets of tho world, Including To peka aud the report Is absolutely' reliable. It prints all the news of the civilized world fresh from tho wires of the As sociated Press, covering the field more thoroughly than any of the metropoli tan weeklies. But la the matter of Kansas news, It has no competitor. our largo corps of special correspond-, ents enabling us to cover the field thoroughly. Outside from your own home paper you can get more local news from the Capital than from any other paper published. Editorially It labors unceasingly for the State's moral and material welfare While strongly republican la politics Its editorials are ralrand unprejudiced and Its news columns are open alike to the doings of all political parties. It Is printed twice a week for only $1.00 per year. Order It in connection with the Phllllpsburg Herald for only $1.60 per year. , $390 For Letters to Encourage Emigration. The Rock island System offers twenty prizes, of the aggregate value of $.'100, for letters relative to the Ter ritory, along Its lines in Arkansas, Kansas, Indian Territory, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Letters should deal with the writer., experi ences since he settled In the Southwest. They should tell how much money he had when ho arrived, what he did when he first came, what measure ot success has since rewarded bfs efforts, and what ho thinks of that portion of IU nit... Ir. ...Wtlr.1. I I.. 1 i . J buu tuuuilj ail vtmiuu mo id lUU&bCU,. Letters should not be less than 300 nor more than 1,500 words in length, and will be used for tho purpose of advertising the Southwest. Letters aro desired, not only from farmers and farmers' wives, but also from merchants, school-teachers, clergymen; from everyone, In brief, who has a1 story to toll and who kuows how to tell II. ; For circular giving details write John Skiiastian, Passenger Traffic Manager Rock Island System, Chicago, 111. ,v . Manager Wnted. " ' Trustworthy lady or gentlomah to manage business in this county and adjoining territory for well and favor ably known House of solid financial standing. $20.00 straight cash salary and expenses, paid each Monday by check direct from headquarters. Ex pense money advanced; position per manent. Address, MANAGER, 010 Motion Bldif., Chicago, 111. 48-18 School Rt port, ' Report of school district No, 111 for the month jndlng December 24, 4003. Number of days taught, 10. . Number of schollars enrolled, 30. Average attendance, 22. Names of the pupils neither absent nor tardy during month: Anna, Loy ahd'Carl Tannahlll, Florence SkeJton, Est a Poyser, Tllllo Gregory, Ashley Hunter, George and Clarence Mous ley. Louise Skelton, Teacher. ro:k ISLAND SVSTEfl Holiday Excursion Rtter , Usual holiday excursion rates will he In effect between Kock Island Na tions not more than 200 miles apart, Derember, 24, 2" and 31 and January 1. Return limit, January 4. 1904. Full particulars at all Ruck Island ticket oillces. Opposition to the machine Is not opposition to the republican party. It Is a known fact of political history that polltlcil machines can endure only for a time, else party defeat and dissolution ensues. Tbii ! the con dition I hat confront the republican party of Kansas at the present time and those who are honestly opposing 1 1 Recourse of machine must be consid ered true friends of ihi partf. Somo of the anil tnnchlne rren may like members (f tl.e oilier fi ctloi have selfish motlvrp, It is true but as a whole the movrreit h pushed by those who c it slstenily exp;ci abetter puty and a belt -r g ve.-n ut nt.