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C- S. RATION, R Alter and Prop' , rTTATCTITE. - - KANSAS.1 KANSAS ITEMS OF INTEREST. , Kansas millers say that the quality (of this year's wheat is far better than 'the average for making flour. The man at El Dorado who spends the most time advising the people 'about finance hasn't enough to flag a ' bread- wagon. Two hundred and eighty-five men are now employed in the Santa Fe 1 shops at Ottawa and the pay roll has 1 reached 85,000 per month. The most prosperous spot on the :face of the earth to-day is Kansas. The people ought to squeeze the juice out of the situation while it is so plen tiful ! The Ilarvey county Poultry associa tion holds its second annual poultry and pet stock show at Sedgwick, De cember 11. A big priza list is to be provided. ; What has become of the Barton county man who sent out a story every day of the wheat on a farm paying the purchase price and buying the adjoin ing township. No man is true to Kansas when he does not mark the prosperity items of his home paper and send copies to his friends in the east This ought to part of every Kansan's religion. ; The Missouri & Kansas Telephone company will build a branch line from Wamego north into Nebraska, with stations at Louisville, Myers Valley or Broderick, Westmoreland and Blaine. ! Ex-Lieutenant Governor Percy Dan iels, of Kansas, has a startling propo sition to make at the irrigation con gress to be held in Nebraska. His plan is to tap the Missouri river at the mouth of Milk creek in Montana and turn its waters into a canal that will empty into the Red river of Texas. The length of the canal would be 1,700 miles. The cost of the canal, in his judgment, would be 8306,000,000. The building of it would give employment to the surplus labor of the nation, and it would giye the semi-arid of the west an inexhaustible supply of water for irrigation purposes. The Bush Center skimming station will be shut down until such time as the supply of milk will again justify in operating it. For the past month or two the milk supply has been fall ing ofE steadily until last month, sev eral days but about 360 pounds of milir were received. This does not justify the company in operating the plant, as it takes about two thousand pounds of milk to make the plant pay expen ses. The big wheat crop is undoubt edly more or less responsible for the shut down, as many quit hauling milk altogether that would have continued, had not the wheat crop proved such a Klondike to them. Chancellor Snow, bf the University of Kansas, has prepared a memorial to congrees, to be presented at its coming session, asking that an appropriation of 830,OCO be made to pay the claim still pending at Washington for the destruction of the old Free State hotel at Lawrence, on May 21, 1856, by order of United States Marshal Donaldson. This is the claim given to the univer sity by the New England Emigrant Aid society, of Boston, when that or ganization disbanded last spring. A vigorous effort will be made to secure the final payment of this claim, and, when secured to erect a memorial building with the gift A Salina man slept two days without waking up. John Lane, the singing preacher, writes from Abilene to DeWitt Tal mage, requesting him to deliver a short lecture to be reproduced by the vinti scope. He guarantees Mr. Talmage (10,000 for Kansas alone. I The year-old baby of Frank Hagen- doffer, a butcher at Everest, fell into a .bucket of soap suds last week and was drowned. The mother missed the child, and the town was searched be fore it was found dead. ' There are more dogs In Great Bend than are needed. Great Bend hasn't gone to the dogs by a good deal. The A. B. Clippinger slate fence factory, located in Centralia, is work ing full time, day and night It is used to a large extent in the west for cribb ing corn. He has orders ahead for 40 car loads, and orders coming in almost daily. The slat fence is getting to be popular wherever tried. His trade has grown so rapidly that he has ordered new machinery, and will double its present capacity. The dispatches a few days ago stated that the sheriff of Wilson county pour ed forty cases of beer and 110 gallons of drug store whisky into the creek, and now comes the news that thous ands of fish are now floating dead in the stream. The TO-yrar-old son of John Dodson, who lives near Stockdale, accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a pistol some days ago. A doctor was called and extracted the ball The wound la a dangerous one, though not necessarily fatal t . The political .clouds at Wichita have- not all rolled by. 1 The Odd Fellows had a grand jubilee at Clearwater last week. , . , The miner' strike at Weir City ended in favor of the miners. t ' j Muscotan claims to be the only "dry" town in Atchison county. 1 The old soldiers are having a good time at Stafford this week. After her festival Topeka discovers that she is 83,000 iu the hole. A Larned girl has compiled a song which is said to be a warm thing. Coyotes are numerous and doing much damage in Harvey county. An independent man at Wellington is wearing" his wife's shirt waists. Thirty head of early spring calves brought 818 apiece at a sale in Jewell county. The Btate Sunday School convention will be held at Newton, October 27, 28 and 29. Grading on the road from Parker to the Kansas state liuo was begun Octo ber 10th. The best looking young man in Hutchinson is soon to marry a widow in another town. The banks of Lawrence show on de posit over 8100,000 more than they had this time last year. A Seneca girl who earn 85 a week dresses well, pays her board and has saved 8300 in two years. The Rainhardt Cheese company in numboldt is building a factory which will consume the milk from 1,000 cows daily. The Emporia city council is consid ering a plan for more effectual fire protection. A department with half dozen employes is suggested. A Blue Rapids woman has alien with double joints in her knees and toes pointed both ways, so that she can walk forward or backward with equal case. Vincent & Scofield, real estate deal ers of Washington, have issued a small pamphlet, entitled "Banner Corn Coun ty of Kansas," in which they claim that Washington county will surpass all other counties in the state in the yield of corn for 1897. In round fig ures they claim that the county will yield ten million bushels. The hot, dry weather didn't hurt the corn as much in Washington county as it did in the corn producing counties of Re public, Jewell, Smith and Phillips. A Butler county farmer went to the bank and told the cashier that he wanted to pay off a 81500 mortgage on his farm. The cashier looked up the mortgage and finding that it was drawing 9 per cent, interest, and was not due till next February, he told the farmer that it would iiave to rim to that date. The farmer laid the 81500 on the counter, pulled out a bulldog revolver, laid it beside the money, and said he was going to pay that mort gage. The cashier delivered up the document and took the money. October 20th near Pleanonton a seri ous accident happened. Three young men of Fort Scott were on their way in a wagon to the Marals des Cygne timber to hunt While going up a hill one of them was walking behind the wagon when he saw one of their guns slipping out. He pushed it back when it was discharged, its contents of bird shot striking his left shoulder and tearing the flesh from the bone. He was immediately brought to Pleason ton and returned to his home on the afternoon passenger train. The injur ed young man's name is Beckner and while on his way to Pleanonton fainted three times from the loss of blood. It is 6aid that he thought the gun was uncapped. A load of wheat was stolen at Con way Springs and sold at Milan, Sum ner county. Newton is still having trouble with her waterworks system, notwithstand ing the recent extension. A new res orvoir to hold between 100,000 and 150,000 gallons will be built The Grand Island depot building to be erected at Seneca will be 00x24 feet The depot will be built where the for mer building was located unless the citizens proceed at once to secure a building site further down town. The citizens of Pratt have in the Farmers and Merchants bank of that city over 826,000 in cash deposits. D. B. Calhoun, one of the leading farmers southwest of Caldwell, experi mented with 125 acres of wheat this year, ne hired the ground powed, bought the seed and hired it sown, cut. threshed and had it ha ulad to market and even paid the board of his men' The expense was 8559.36. He sold the wheat at 74 cents, which cleared him 81018.89, after saving out enough wheat to sow again. Farmers of Western Kansas are be ginning to give their attention to re newing their seed wheat, as it is evi dent that the varieties being used are hosing their vitality. Copious rains have fallen throughout western and central Kansas and the drouth which threatened the wheat crop has been broken. Much of the wheat that was blown out by the high winds last week will be resown. The acreage sown to wheat in Pawnee county this fall will bo at least 10 per cent more than last year -The sugar beet experiments at E1J linwood are said to have turned out all, right ' i ' Topeka flour mills, when running at full capacity, handle 15,000 barrels of wheat a day. Voters of Reno county will decide the question of a new court house at the next election. The mayor of nutchinson prccla mates against thieves and in favor of a burglar alarm. On the Kansas prairio at night it is possible to hear the clatter of a farm wagon four miles. , A Methodist preacher at Sedgwick City is worthy. He found two dozen whisky bottles under the church steps. The Daughters of Rebecca at Galena give conundrum suppers. This is odd, but they can associate with Odd Fel lows. Lone Wolf, the converted Kiowa In dian chief, is trying to save Kansas City, Kansas. He has a mighty big contract The paper and 6trawboard factory will not go to Coffeyville, so it is said, but will locate either at Chanute or Cherry valo where they can get gas. Henry B. Brown, a member of home Company L, at Leavenworth, commit ted suicide by cutting his throat from ear to ear. He was a member of Com pany D, second Kentucky infantry. Ed Bailey, son of a prominent horti culturist living near Wellington, end ed a two days' spree for swallowing 25 grains of morphine. There is little hope for his recovery. His affianced spurned him. The soldiers' home at Leavenworth has not been 60 crowded in many years, the officials are using all available space to provide sleeping accommoda tions for members returning from fur lough and members newly admitted. The Glasco Sun says: Samuel Clegg's receipts from his eight acres of water melons has amounted to some over 8500; taking his car expenses and hired help out of this it has been about 8400; that is his net profits have been not far from 850 an acre. Danford Lake has done nearly as well on his 15 acre patch. The watermelon business is considerable of an industry For the week ending the 16th inst, J. G. McCoy, inspector for the state of Kansas, reports cattle shipped from the Topeka yards to interior points in the state 10,823 head; and driven out 725 head, making a total shipped and driven into Kansas from the yards 11, 547. Also permits were issued by Mr. McCoy during the week for shipping direct' from ranges into Kansas pas tures from Texas and Oklahoma, 3,475 head of cattle, making the grand total entering the state during the week by permits from the Kansas City inspec tor of 15,023 head of stock and feeding cattle. About fifteen years ago, N. D. Bea- thon of Cimarron, Kan., had difficulty with a man in his employ. The man became enraged and shot Beathon's arm, and amputation of the arm near the shoulder was necessary. The arm was buried in the local cemetery, the place of burial being unknown to Bea thon. The stump of the arm frequent ly pained the young man, and he could feel pains along "down the arm as though it existed in life. What in duced Beathon to go to the cemetery and disarrange tho arm we are not ad vised, but he did so, and found the spot where it was buried, though ho had no previous knowledge of it. He found the arm in a twisted position, and the fingers cramped, and on straightening it out the imaginary pain left him and he has felt no pecu liar sensations of pain since. A concert company is to be organ ized at Wellington and a movement will be made on defenseless Belle Plain e. The regents of the University of Kansas have appointed Prof. E. Miller to represent that institution at the formal opening of the new observa tory of the University of Chicago. The rush of Kansas farmers into the banks to pay off their mortgages gives people outside of the state a right idea of the integrity of Kansas people, and their readiness to pay when they can. Thirty head of early spring steer calves brought 818 apiece at a sale in Jewell county. Henry Blackford, a boy, shot another ad in Galena in a kid quarrel, and has been sentenced to jail for three months, lie seems proud of the sentence. He has the elements of a dime-novel hero. It has been several years since the price of wheat has been so high as it has been in ' the past month, and the indications seem to be that it will stay up at least for a time, owing to the shortage of crops in foreign countries. A thoughtful farmer figures it that wheat at 60 and 63 cents a bushel is about as profitable these days as it was at 81 50 twenty years ago. Not only is the expense of raising it much less but the cost of living is greatly reduced. It is reported that the gross earnings of the Burlington road for the month of October will be something over 84,000,000 or an Increase of 8000,000 over the same month of last year. Never before in the history of the Bur lington road has it had so much money from earnings as at the present time. TALM AGE'S SERMON; . , .-'.! "SINS OF THE TONGUE," SUN DAY'S SUBJECT. From the Textl Acts V. 110, as Fol low!! "A Certain Man Named Ana nlas, With Sapphira Uli Wife, Sold a Possession," Etc. WELL- MATCHED pair, alike in ambi tion and in false hood, Ananias and Sapphira. . They wanted a reputa tion for great ben eficence, and they sold all their prop erty, pretending to put the entire pro ceeds in the charity fund, while they put much of it in their own pocket. There was no necessity that they give all their property away, but they wanted the reputation of so doing. Ananias first lied about it and dropped down dead. Then Sapphira lied about It, and she dropped down dead. The two fatalities are a warn ing to all ages of the danger of sacri ficing the truth. There are thousands of ways of tell ing a He. A man's whole life may be a falsehood and yet never with his Hps may he falsify once. There is a way of uttering falsehood by look, by man ner, as well as by Hp. There are persons who are guilty of dishonesty of speech and then afterward say "may be," call ing it a white lie. when no lie is that color. The whitest lie ever told was as black as perdition. There are those so given to dishonesty of speech that they do not know when they are lying. With some it is an acquired sin, and with others it is a natural in firmity, There are those whom you will recognize as born liars. Their whole life, from cradle to grave, is filled up with vice of speech. Misrepresen tation and prevarication are as natural to them as the infantile diseases, and are a sort of moral croup and spiritual scarlatina. Then there are those who in after life have opportunities of de veloping this evil, and they go from de ception to deception, and from class to class, until they are regularly gradu ated liars. At times the air in our ci ties Is filled with falsehood, and lies cluster around the mechanic's hammer. blossom on the merchant's yardstick, and sometimes sit on the door of churches. They are called by some fabrication, and they are called by some fiction. You might call them subter fuge or deceit, or romance, or fable, or misrepresentation, or delusion; but as I know nothing to be gained by cover ing up a God-defying sin with a lexi cographer's blanket, I shall call them in plainest vernacular, lies. They may be divided into agricultural, commer cial, mechanical, social and eccleslasti- al. First of all, I speak of agricultural falsehoods. There is something in the presence of natural objects that has a tendency to make one pure. The trees never issue false stock. The wheat fields are always honest Rye and oats never move out in the night, not paying for the place they occupy. Corn shocks never make false assignment. Mountain brooks are always current The gold of the wheat fields is never counterfeit. But while the tendency of agricultural life is to make one hon est, honesty is not the characteristic of all who come to the city markets from the country districts. You hear the creaking of the dishonest farm wagon in almost every street of our great cities a farm wagon in which there Is not one honest spoke. or one truthful rivet, from tongue to tail-board. Again and again has domestic economy in our great cities foundered on the farmer's firkin. When New York and Washington sit down and weep over their sins, let Westchester county and the neighborhoods around this capital sit down and weep over theirs. The tendency in all rural districts is to suppose that sins and transgressions cluster in our great cities; but citizens and merchants long ago learned that it Is not safe to calculate from the character of the apples on the top of the farmer's barrel what is the char acter of the apples all the way down toward the bottom. Many of our citi zens and merchants have learned that It is always safe to see the farmer measure the barrel of beets. Milk cans are not always honest There are those, who in country life, seem to think they have a right to overreach erain dealers and merchants of all styles. They think it Is more honor able to raise corn than to deal in corn. The producer sometimes practically says to the mercnant, ou get your money easily, anyhow." Does he get It easily? While the farmer sleeps.and he may go to sleep, conscious of the fact that his corn and rye are all the time progressing and adding to his for tune or his livelihood, the merchant tries to sleep, while conscious of the fact that at that moment the ship may he driving on the rock, or a wave sweeping over the hurricane deck spoil ing his goods, or the speculators may be plotting a monetary revolution, or the burglars may be at that moment at his money safe, or the fire may havo kindled on the very block where his store stands. Easy, is it? Let those who get their living on the quiet farm and barn take the place of one of our city 'nerchants and see whether it is so easy. It is hard enough to have the hands blistered with outdoor work, but It U harder with mental anxieties to havo the brain consumed. God help the merchants And do not let those who live in country life come to th conclusion that all the dishonesties belong to city life. fif I pass on to consider commercial lies. There are those who apologize for deviations from the riht and for practical deception by saying it. is com mercial custom. In other words, a ne by multiplication becomes a virtue. There are large fortunes gathered in which there is not one drop of tho sweat of unrequited toil, and not one spark of bad temper flashes from the bronze bracket, Bnd there ia not one drop of needlewoman's heart blood on the crimson plush; white there are other fortunes about which it may be said that on every door knob and on every figure of the carpet, and on ev ery wall there is the mark of dishonor. What if the hand wrung by toll and blistered until the skin comes off should be placed on the ?xquIstlo wall paper, leaving its mark of blood four fingers and a thumb? or, if in tho night the man should be aroused from his slumber again and again by his own conscience, getting him self up on elbow and cry ing out Into the darkness, "Who Is there?" There are large fortunes upon which God's favor comes down, and It Is just as honest and just as Christian to be af fluent as it is to be poor. In many a house there Is a blessing on every pic tured wall and on every scroll, and on every tracerled window, and the joy that flashes in the lights, and that showers In the music and that dances in the quick feet of the children pat tering through the hall has In it the favor of God and the approval of man. And there are thousands and tens of thousands of merchants who, from the first day they sold a yard of tloth, cr firkin of butter, have maintained their integrity. They were horn honest, they will live honest, and they will die honest. But you and I know that there are in commercial life those who ore guilty of great dishonesties of speech. A merchant says, "I am selling these goods at less than cost." Is he getting for those goods a price Inferior to that which he paid for then? Then he has bpoke.i the truth. Is he getting more? The.i he lies. A merchint says: "I paid $25 for this article." Is that the price he paid for it? AH right. But suppose he paid for it $23 Instead of ?25? Then he lies. But thtre are Just as man faiee- hoods before the counter as there are behind the counter. A customer comes In and asks: "How much is this arti cle?" "It is five dollars." "I can get that for four somewhere else." Can he get it for four somewhere else, or did he say that Just for the purpose of getting It cheap by depreciating the value of the goods? If so, he lied. There are Just as many falsehoods be fore the counter as there are behind the counter. Social life is struck through with Insincerity. They apologize for the fact that the furnace Is out; they have not had any fire in It all winter. They apologize for the fare on their table; they never live any better. They de cry their most luxuriant entertainment to win a shower of approval from you. They point at a picture on the wall as a work of one of the old masters. They say It is an heirloom In the family. It hung on the wall of a castle. A duke gave it to their grandfather. People that will lie about nothing else will lie about a picture. On small income we want the world to believe we are affluent, and society today is struck through with cheat and counterfeit and sham. How few people are natural! Frigidity sails around. Iceberg grind ing against iceberg. You must not laugh outright; that Is vulgar. You must smile. You must not dash quick ly across the room; that Is vulgar. You must glide. Much of society Is a round of bows, and grins and grimaces and oh's and ah's and he, he's and slmperings and namby-pambylsm, a whole world of which is not worth one good honest round of laughter. From such a hollow scene the tortured guest retires at the close of the evening, as suring the host that be has enjoyed himself. Society Is become so contorted and deformed in this respect that a mountain cabin where the rustics gath er at a quilting or an apple-paring, has in it more good cheer than all the frescoed refrigerators of the metrop olis. I pass on to speak of ecclesiastical lies, those which are told for the ad vancement or retarding of a church or sect. It Is hardly worth your while to ask an extreme Calvlnlst what an Armtnian believes. He will tell you that an Armlnlan believes tnat man can save himself. An Armlnian be lieves no such thing. It is hardly worth vour while to ask an extreme Armlnlan what a Calvlnlst believes. He will tell you that a Calvlnlst believes that God made some men just to damn tnem. A Calvlnlst believes no such thing. It Is hardly worth your while to ask a Pe- do-Baptist what a Baptist believes. He will tell you a Baptist believes that immersion is necessary for salvation. A Baptist does not believe any such thing. It is hardly worth your whlje to ask a man, who very much hates Presbyterians, what a Presbyterian be lieves. He will tell you that a Pres byterian believes that there are In fants in hell a span long, and that very phraseology has come down from gen eratlon to generation in the Christian church. There never, was a PresDyte rian who believed that. "Oh," you say, "I heard some Presbyterian minister twenty years ago say so." You did not There never was a man who believed that, there never will be a man who will believe that And yet, from boy hood. I have heard that particular slan der against a Christian church going down through the community Then, how often it is that there are misrepresentations on the part of In dividual churches in regard to other churches especially If a church comes to great prosperity. As long as a church is in poverty, and the singing Is poor, and all the surroundings are decrepit, and the congregation are so . hardly bestead In life that their pastor; goes with elbows out, then there will always be Christian people in churches hn oair i'Wm( n nitv! what a pity! nut let the dav of prosperity come to a Christian church, and let the music be triumphant, and let there be vast assemblages, and then there will he even ministers of the Gospel critical . and denunciatory and full of misrepre sentation and falsification, giving the impression to the outside world that they do not like the corn because it ia not ground in their mill. Oh, my friends, let us in all departments of life stand back from deception. But some one says, "Tho deception that I practice is so small that it don't amount to anything." Ah, my friends, it does amount to a great deal. You say, "When I deceive, it layonly about a case of needles, or a box of buttons, or a row of pins." But the article may be so small you can put it in your vest pocket, but the sin is as big as the pyramids, and the echo of your dis honor will reverberate through the mountains of eternity. There is no such thing as a small sin.' They are all vast and stupendous, because they will all have to come under Inspection in the Day of Judgment. You may boast yourself of having made a flhe bargain a sharp bargain. You may carry out what the Bible says in re gard to that man who went in to make a purchase and depreciated the value of the goods, and then after he had got away boasted of the splendid bargain he had made. "It is naught, it is naught, salth the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth." It may seem to the world a sharp bar gain, but the recording angel wrote down in the ponderous tones of eter nity, "Mr. So-and-so, doing business on Pennsylvania Avenue, or Broadway, or Chestnut Street, or State Street, told one He." May God extirpate from society all the ecclesiastical lies, and all the social lies, and all the mechanical lies, and all the commercial lies, and all the ag ricultural lies, and make every man to speak the truth of his neighbor. My friends, let us make our life corre spond to what we are. Let us banish all deception from our behavior. Let us remember that the time comes when God will demonstrate before an ' as sembled universe Just what we are. The secret will come out. We may hide it, while we live, but we cannot hide it when we die. To many life Is a masquerade ball. As at such enter tainment gentlemen and ladles appear in garb of kings or queens, or moun tain bandits, or clowns, and then at the close of the dance put off their disguise, so many all through life are in mask. The masquerade ball goes on, and gemmed hand clasps gemmed hand, and dancing feet respond to dancing feet, and gleaming brow bends to gleaming brow, and the masquerade ball goes bravely on. But after a while languor comes and blurs the sight. Lights lower. Floor hollow with sepulchral echo. Music saddens into a wall. Lights lower. Now the masquerade Is hardly seen. The fra grance is exchanged for the sickening odor of garlands that have lain a long while in the damp of sepulchres. Lights lower. Mists fill the room. The scarf drops from the shoulder of beauty, a shroud. Llgnts lower. Torn leaves and withered garlands now hardly cov er up the ulcered feet. Stench of lamp wicks almost quenched. Choking damp ness. Chilliness. Feet still. Hands folded. Eyes shut. Voice hushed. Lights out. CROWING OLD. Oar Friends and Our Euemlei Of In terest to the Public at Large. Our enemies (when we are old) and who is without them? no longer an noy us. Indeed, they have ceased reviling; to them we are as dead men; "out of mind," to whom the proverb de mortuls applies, says the Nineteenth Century. And our friends are twice our friends. No one who is not "laid by." can understand the depths of hu man sympathy. Even our acquaint ances become our friends, and the least soft-hearted of visitors murmurs to himself: "Poor soul!" or perhaps (with equal commiseration) "Poor devil!" What is most curious is the interest, if we have in any way become known to the public at large, complete strangers take in our physical and mental condi tion. If prescriptions could cure us we should be in rude health Indeed. The materials are sometimes a little diffi cult to procure. I have seen a letter from New Zealand recommending an old gentleman suffering from rheu matic gout to bathe in whales.. In that island whales, it seems, are oc casionally thrown up on the seashore, when rheumatic patients hasten to lie In them during the progress of their evisceration for purposes of commerce. The extreme rarity of whales upon the Thames embankment seems to have been unknown to the writer. Some correspondents give most excellent sanitary advice, but too late for . its practical application. An aged poet, who had lost the use of his limbs, was exhorted by an admirer to dig, "even if it were but in his back garden," far an hour or two every morning before breakfast; all that was wanted, he was assured, for complete recovery, was "profuse perspiration followed by a healthy glow." Shakespeare's Daofhter. Shakespeare's daughter, Judith, who waa 32 when he died, survived him forty-six years and became a Puritan. So rigid was she that she would never go near a playhouse and was intolerant of everything theatrical. She "Did you see anything In New York that reminded you of Philadel phia?" He "Yes; the messenger boys." Harlem Life.