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Remember. . . jy That the News office is pre- J . pared to do all kinds of job 0 n work. Give ns a trial. K If you want all the news from Kj y all over . Ieaie County you - N should subscribe for o - r - iiutv .cj, Tun mciiro VOL.. I. MEADE, KANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 17, 1900. NO. 19.' J. W. BERRYMAN, President. W. S. BERRYMAN, Cashier. C. Q. CHANDLER. Vkx-Preaident. THE MEADESTATE BANK, MEADE, KANSAS. Designated Depository This bank is distinctively a cattlemen's and stockgrower's bank. "We solicit the business of the legitimate cattlemen and stockgrow ers of the southwest. Money on hand at all times for legitimate cattle loans with good margins. NO PURCHASE LOANS. i I "Bon Ton" Creamery. N The celebrated 'Bon Ton" a Ice Cream will be served ev- 9 3 ery Wednesday and Satur- day at Gray's. I 1 L Clothing, Gents' Furnishings. 1 Wl it)! f.RIIrt km (SHOE Esse etetiam MEADE. - - Xo B Sawyer Flour. We handle as good brands of Flour as will be found in the west. Try iti Satisfaction guaranteed. Butter and Esggs. . . . We pay the highest market price for clean butter and eggs. Bring your produce to us. IB I 111!! I have a complete stock of everything in the Grocery and Feed line. SDK IPfi Large Nothing but the best quality of goods kept m stock. Your Money's Worth, No more, No less at WILLIAMS' I WILL, SHELLEY, Irtistic Sign fainter of Meade County. WE HANDLE The Celebrated J. B. Stetson & Co. Hats. We carry the celebrated line of Hamilton Brown Shoes. A fine line of Cowboy' boots. Murphy Bros. Leading Tailors. Also handle a complete line of the Friend Bros. Celebrat. ed "Perfection Clothing." McDonald's "Red Seal" Overalls. Headquarters for the best Corduroy clothing, Model Steam Laundry, Hutchinson. Kans. vfderi Shirts. - - KANSAS. Carries a complete line of Grocerits, Flour, Feed, Provisions. Tinware, Notions etc. IS. . . ii Prof. Walter, of Fowler, was in Meade Saturday. J. B. Buck went east Monday morning on business. S. R. Peters left last Saturday for his home in Newton. D. P. Wysong returned Saturday morning from Arkalon. Chas. Talley went to Cimarron ast week on court business. Claud Blanchard, of Beaver, was in Meade Saturday and Sunday. Sheriff Judd went out west to the Beaty ranch Sunday on business. A. P. Cochran returned Saturday to his home at Cottonwood Falls!" Robt. Harper got home all o. k. Monday night after a two weeks visit east. R. P. Smith and wife contemplate a trip overland to Colorado in the near future. Ex-Judge Price went to Ashland Friday where he will remain and practice law. ' Cal Potter came in Monday night from Missouri, where he has been for the past year. Moses Black is absent this week doing some surveying in the south part of the county. Miss Sada Jenkins returned Satur day from Arkalon, where she had been visiting Miss Fox. Dr. Fee. made a professional trip to Minneola Saturday morning, re turning in the evening. J. C. Fry returned last Friday to his home in Larned, after ten days sojourn in Meade attending court. Pete Brown left Saturday for Bowling Green, Ohio, and will re turn in a few days with his mother and family. Mrs. Shamhart and two children arrived Thursday evening and are now located on the McLean place west of town. Miss Carrie White went to Hutch inson Monday morning to attend the jubilee and also to consult the eye specialists. Geo. DeCow and Louis Boehler left Tuesday morning to attend the Republican state convention which meets at Topeka, May 16. Alf Siegel was a visitor in town last week and part of this. Alf has been very busy at the ranch, which accounts for his non-appearance in the city. Rev. Parks preached at the Pres byterian church Sanday morning and at the Methodist in the evening, re turning to his home in Hutchinson Monday. Wm. Robert, of the XI ranch, left Wednesday morning for Preetz, Holstein, Germany, where he wil visit his two sons, John and Fred, who are attending1 school at that place. Mr. Robert will be absent about four months during which time he will also visit the World's fair at Paris. Expert Accountant W. J. Stagg left Saturday for his home in To peka. Mr. Stagg is an accountant of extraordinary ability, having had over twenty-five years experience and is recommended by the fore most men of the State. Mr. Stagg is a courteous, companionable gentleman, and has a host of friends in Meade who are always glad to welcome him. Hon. G. F. Gratton returned to his home in McPherson Saturday Mr. Gratton is a lawyer and a gentleman in every sense of the word. He practices law on a very high plane, assuming that all men are honest, and relies solely on the merits of his cases. Mr. Gratton was highly complimented for the gentlemanly and lawyer -like manner in which he conducted the prosecu tion of Mr. Wiley. This manner is an element of great strength and Mr. Gratton very favorably impressed everyone who met him and also those who heard his arguments to the jury, He has many friends among our citizens, and the more he becomes uocai mews. Saturday was a quiet day in Meade. Go to Gray's Place for Bon Ton ice cream. Children's hats a specialty at Mrs, Wehrle's. Rev. Gay is in attendance at the Baptist revival. For children's hats- see Mrs. Wehrle's stock. W. A. Custer was in Meade Sat urday, purchasing horses. Roy Taggart now holds the gun club medal for the best record. The was a nice shower of rain ast Sunday and Monday nights. Judge Selvidge is out in the country this week looking after his cattle. Several train loads of cattle went east from Liberal Sunday Monday. For novelties, lace, etc., Mrs. Wehrle can show you a complete ine. Sunday night was very windy and several persons lost their hats on go ing outside. S. C. Sumpter has our thanks for a beautiful boquet of roses which he brought us last week. John Cole and Wm. Bunyan prov ed up some school land last Satur day before Judge Truax. F. W. Fick has sold his farm north of Meade to Mr. Kobs, who will shortly take possession. Call and see Mrs. Wehrle's new ine of spring millinery, the best ever brought to Meade. Rev. Enyeart will preach the Memorial sermon at the Methodist church, Sunday May 27. R. W. Orr has our thanks for sub scription this week. Rube knows a good thing when he sees it. Ned Snyder is putting down a well for R. E. Steele out west. He is assisted by Earle Cherry. E. Senger was transacting business in Meade Saturday. He was ac companied by Henry Koster '" ' Capt. Osgood informed us that he is putting out a large spring crop and is preparing to farm 240 acres of land. P. J. Brown has purchased the residence property of R. P. Smith, and will remain part of the time in Meade county. Mrs. Adair, the Baptist evangel ist, arrived Tuesday and is holding meetings at the church. Rev. Rob inson is assisting. Tom Hotz has purchased the wel! machine recently owned by Wil! Shelley and is fully prepared to put down any kind of a well. The children are being drilled and the program is being arranged for Memorial Day. We will publish the program as soon as furnished. The Liberal delegation to the Christian Endeavor convention at Ashland, Kas., stopped in Meade Monday night, arriving here with the rain. It has been reported to us that several calves have been stolen late ly in this vicinity. We hope this will not continue, for if it does someone is liable to get into trouble Jake Heape, accompanied by his brother, were pleasant callers at this office Tuesday. Mr. Heape subscribed for the News for his father, ' who lives in Montgomery county, Kansas. We have received several copies of the Manila Times, from the Philippine Islands sent by Ed J Wehrle, who is with the 32 nd U. S V. Inf. We publish a letter from him in another column. We have been requested to cal attention to parties who are in the habit of rapping on people's doors at night. We were told that some body was liable to get hurt if it continued. We have been requested to ascer tain the place to get government vaccine for vaccinating cattle. By addressing Dr. Salmon, Chief of Animal Industry, Washington, D C, he will send you blank applica tions with full instructions. For syringes to use ' the vaccine address MEADB COUNTY EMBEZZLEMENT CASE. Tke Jury After Deliberating: For 36 Hoars Stood 7 For Cosvictloa to S For Acquittal on 3 Coants. The jury in the case of State of Kansas vs. Geo. W. Wiley for em bezzlement of county funds while county treasurer of Meade, county, after deliberating for over 36 hours could not agree, standing on the final ballot seven for conviction and five for acquittal on three counts. A number of ballots were taken and the vote on one count at one time stood ten for conviction and two for acquittal. There were fourteen counts in the information but the prosecution had withdrawn three, eaving eleven. The jurors were as follows: G. O. Vick, Crooked Creek twp. ohn Foster, " " Robt. Small, " " Sol Zortman, " " W. E. Carr, Fowler " . H. Low, " " Hugh Trober, " " R. Keith, Logan . " A. Bonner, Sand Creek " W. W. Ward, Mertilla " W. J. Harbit, West Plains " A. J. Blankenchip, Meade Center. Resulting as above stated the case goes over to the October term of the district court for re-trial, conse quently the News desires, as in the past, to refrain from any statement of facts that would in any wise prej udice anyone for or against Mr. Wiley, in this important case. Our statements in the past failed to dis qualify a single man from serving as a juror at the recent trial and we desire to have it remain the same in the future. ; About the first ques tion the defense would ask a juror, "Have you read the Meade County News?" We are glad it resulted in disqualifying no one, while there are a great many things about this case that we would like to give our readers, we do not for the reason, as we have repeatedly stated, that our only desire was to see Mr. Wiley have a fair, impartial trial and an opportunity to vindicate himself of the charges standing against him In this desire we are safe in assert ing that all the honest, law-abiding citizens of Meade county join us We do not want to see any man per secuted, but it might as well be un derstood now that we want to see laws of the State of Kansas rigidly enforced, and we will not lend our support to cover up or shield any man charged with crime. This is the stand that should be taken by every citizen of Meade county who desires the younger generation, now growing to manhood, to love and respect the . laws of our state and nation. The first move on the part of the defense was a motion to throw out the jury-box drawn by the various assessors under the supervision of the county clerk acting upon the authority of the county attorney and Judge Madison. This idea seemed to originate with Mr. Bone and the contention was that County Clerk Wehrle had used undue means etc in drawing the jury. After examin ing Mr. Wehrle the court stated that as nothing irregular had been shown the motion was overruled- The de fense also plead the statute of limi tation all through the case. They did not introduce a single witness The only logical ieason we can give is that there were none to introduce In the arguments for the defendant ex-Judge Price indulged to consid erable extent in an attack upon Mr. Frank Wehrle, who was a witness in the case and who, also, had assisted Mr. Stagg in the examination of Mr, Wiley's books while county treasur er, while Mr. Peters devoted most of his time in an attack upon Mr, Stagg. Mr. Gratton, in his closing argument, referred to both of their speeches as very unprofessional and stated that he would not pursue that course. The principal witness for the pros ecution was Expert Accountant W. J. Stagg who was on the witness stand on direct examination nearly two days and on cross-examination half a day, during which time Mr. Stagg conducted himself admirably showing that he. was thoroughly ac quainted with his account. We fail on cross-examination, so much talk ed of by Mr. Wiley." We also failed to detect the "tearing to pieces'" Af his account. Mr. Fry, the expert employed by Mr. Wiley, failed to go upon the witness stand and Mr: Stagg's account stands . practically undisputed. The prosecution was ably con ducted by County Atty. Bodle,' as sisted by Mr. G. F. Gratton, of McPherson, Kansas, and Judge' Sel vidge, of this place. These gentle man, in no manner, took any undue advantage of Mr. Wiley, treating him gentlemanly and courteously throughout the trial. There is no good reason, in our opinion why the jury could not have reached a verdict, save a couple of circumstances which seemed impos sible to avoid. The good people of this county should join hands with County At torney Bodle and the .Board of County Commissioners and push this case to a conclusion at the Oc tober term of the district court. This case is not a political persecu tion on Mr. Wiley, as he is so de sirous of making the political ma chinery of the state believe, for near- y all the people here know different, but it is a case growing out of an al- eged shortage of some $3,800 from an expert examination of his books found to exist by Expert Account ant W, J, Stagg, of Topeka, Kans. We had heard a rumor that a pe tition would be circulated asking that the case be dismissed. Every one should refuse to sign the same, but don't discuss the case as Coun ty Attorney Bodle and the Commis sioners informed us that Mr, Wiley would be more vigorously prosecut ed at the October term of court. Mr. Wiley's bond for appearance at the next term of court was left the same, $1,500. If you want all the news of the county you should subscribe for the News. 1 When You Want . . Staple and fancy Groceries, provisions, flour 2 and feed, you will save money by calling and 3 EE getting my prices. I will give you the lowest :5 rates on everything. When you want a large 3 S quantity I will offer you special inducements. :T5 We take great pleasure m filling large orders. ; SE Call and get my prices. :S I MEADE GROCERY, I g S. F. BUNCH. Proprietor. iiuiiiiuiiiiuiuiiuuiiiiuiuiiuuiiiiiaiiiiimiiimiiiiiiiiiiiil ninin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!!!?!!!!!!??!!!!! R R. Wells & Co. will sell you as good flour, feed, groceries, seeds, barley, cane, hardware and implements and as cheap as any house in southwest Kansas. Call and examine our stocic. ilillillilliliillilllllllllllUliliillUIUiiliiiUilUliiiiiliiilllilUiv I NEW SP New Dress Goods, Ladies' Ties, Lawns, Ladies' Belts and Buckles, New Embroideries, Children's Hats etc. at 8 WE HR Notice of Amusement.' There will be a grand Ball and supper the occasion at Plains' halt on' Friday evening,' May 25th.' A cordial invitatibri extended to all.' Come and enjoy the' eVening. Committee.' Irwin Bath Cabinet'. Irwin Hygienic Vapor Bath Cab inets are the' best in the market.' Regular $j cabinet for For fur-' thef particulars address Mrs. M. A. Busing,' Miles; Kas".,' or" Mrs." Addi- son, Meade," Ks." 5-24' Bulls For Sale." One carload of high grade Mis souri bred Hereford bulls thorough ly acclimated in this county. From1 18 to 24 months old. For prices by head of bunch address Taixey & Allen," Me'ade Kansas; This' is going to be the' best crop' year that Kansas' has been blest' with. All the weather prophets are: predicting a dry year, which is a guarantee that every month in the: year will have plenty of rain. Pea" body News. ' r On complaint of F. C. Tracy, county clerk, a warrant was issued' Tuesday for the arrest of the editor" of the Hardesty Herald; R. B." Quinn, who is charged with1 having- published libelous matter concerning- Mr. Tracy. Beaver Herald. "Kid" Hobs was landed in jaif last Friday by Sheriff Sughrue,' charged with the larceny of a horse the property of D. G. Fritzlen. We are not informed as to the particu-' lars of the charge or the crime. The"' .general reputation of "Kid" will be' against him, "as he is givin to filling: up on booze and has on several occasions "shot up the town" at Englewood in an earlier day. Ash land Clipper. Remember the News office is' prepared to do all kind of job work 1 8 acquainted the more admirers he P. Moore, 41 21 Whittimore St., St ed to witness the "annihilation" of MEADE KANSAS. makes. Louis, Mo. Mr. Stagg's figures, by Mr. Peters: AND DECORATOR.