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0, 'All governments derive their Just powers from the consent of the governed." .4 M "All men are created free and Equal." , THK nFKlHU OltGAN OF' THR PKOPLK'P PARTY OP RKNO COUNTY. . , . HUTCHINSON, IIGXO COUNTY, KANSAS, TIIUItSIM V, FKIJHUAHY 0, 1902. VOL 12. NO. 22 A. if if IM4...I in I tL THE WATERWORKS DEAL, Commltlo Hnvo fuimd About What tho Com piny will Do and It I Up to the People. "Mcssm Lewis mid llnmcr, of t he, . viifer works company lmvo Hlmkcn Hutchinson hiiow from tliclr l'ccf and ' taken tliclr departure fur their cast i'rn homes. They were not hero so very lontf lmt they did a heap of netful liitlinr In a short spaco of time. After Kntfl jioer Hviins made his report tho water and lltflit committee liud sev eral sessions with t hese eminent tfen tlemen, "dickering" .jivit a proposi tion for tho city to buy. Tho eom mltteo will not make, any report, or rather will not make, any rornminon ilutlons as to what the council should do in the premises. Personally, however they think an opportunity Is open for the city to buy at udviui- talons terms, The. committee llrst mitftfcxlcdu price of 27.",ooo for the plant, but tho eminent gentlemen Hpiirned It quickly. Ho then they dickered soino more and the outcome was that whllo they refused to set any knock down price, tbey nave such an Intimation that tho committee feel sure that they would accept, three hundred thousand dollars. Tho plan upon which the deal was to bo thus consummated was also elaborated upon considerably. Tho plan Is about as follows: Tho plant Is now bonded for 521,000 and these bonds draw four percent Inter est. This Is a rate below wbat the city could now float its bonds for. Tho company will sell tho plant to tho city subject to those bonds, and take the city's four percent bonds for the balance amount Inn to K.r,000. Hut this s:.(l.00 will Includo ?2(),0(I0 t.t. ... imiL'n thn Imnvnvn Willi ttllll II murk. b.aw .... ments in tho plant recommended by tho engineer. Thus it would make tho purchase price of the plant in its present condition about fclso.OOO. The whole quest Ion rests upon the proposition whether this Is a reason ablo price and of tills thoaverajro cit izen Is mighty poorly ablo to Judge. According to Evans report, It Is not an unreasonable price. It Is to be Hure some $i:i,0(K) moro than the ap praised valuo of tho plant alone, but considering that tho company has a contract giving them a franchise which does not explro yet for about fifteen years w'hlch has a value based upon its earning capacity, of some thing llko a hundred thousand dol lars, this J3,000 may be considered a very reasonable compromise of a controversy which if carried Into court in au attempt, to prove, the con tract void would only bo terminated after years of expensive litigation. The. water and light committee, or at least some of the members, figure thiu tho city might purchase the plant on the. above terms and even on the present basis of expense of operating and the present Income, It would pay for "Its keep" and furnish the city water free. This hydrant rental Is now running Into miiHi a year. Hut II, Is only reasonable that with the city owning the plant and chaugh'g some, of the expensive and oppressive rules which allow no accommodation to the patrons, tho patronage and therefore the Income would he very materially Increased. With the Improvements which would he made with the o.ouo al lowed as above II Is also llgured that the expense of operating could be very materially lessened. Of this twenty thousand dollars it is proposed to spend lift ceo of It In putting In another process for mak ing gas and hringng that part of the plant up to date, and also eliminat ing the. contamination of the water from the gas. The remaining live thousand would be used in putting In new up-to-date dynamos for the me lights, which according to Evans' estimate would save about fifteen hundred dollars per year. There Is a suspicion among some of 1 he people that, the report of Evans makes too rosy a showing; that old. Inferior machinery Is classed as the best, and llgured not the estimate at twice or three times Its proper value. Such suspicions are always to he expected, but that neither proves nor disproves the I'acls. It Is under stood that a man who Is well versed in boiler works has expressed I lie opinion that the boilers are Inferior, will not stand the pressure of one hundred pounds of steam, and never cist originally more than a small part of what they were listed for by the engineer In his published report. JStich statements confuse the common man who has no technical knowledge of such things, to say the least, Hut this stateiiicnt is offset, by one from the othersldo which certainly sounds plausible enough.. They Kay that only about a year ago the company had these hollers Insured In a company that does that business, and that this coinnanv sent, au expert here to ex amine tho boilers carefully and make suro of their condition. Ills report was satisfactory and the water and light company now holds their cer tificate and insurance. Jt is quite safo to say that tho plant may be mado to pay well If purchased for" the figures above stated, whether It, is an exorbitant price for tho plant or not, when estimated on the cost of the material. MORE TOWNSHIP BONDS. Thi Commluloneri Are In Dilemma What to do With Sinking Fund. Tho county commissioners on Tues day had up for consideration another proposition involving township bonds. It was Haven township that was Interested this time. They sold bonds several years ago for some pur pose, presumably railroad aid. and In duo coin,Bo of lime, as tho law pre scripts,' have levied a sinking fund. This sinking fund of course conies into tho county treasury, and the commissioners have tho problem be fore them, of Its disposal, lhe way tho law stands at present they say they arc compelled to violate the law oneway or the other. The law pro vides that tbey cannot take up their own bonds unless they can get Iheiu at par. The bonds are not yet due and they cannot get them without paying a good round premium. On the other band if they do not invest In the bori1th-moncy must bo deposited in the banks to amounts way above t heir bonds, which Is nlso forbidden by law. So the commis sioners were in a dilemma. Kesldcs violating the law, the money If left in the banks, Is not altogether safe as the county has already learned by dire experience, COMES TO HUTCHINSON. Republican Congressional Convontlon Will Be Held In this City. Tho Seventh district congressional eommltteo of the republican party met in this city last Thursday and decided on tho time and place for holding tho convention for t he renom Inatlon of Chester I. Long for Con gress. A nearly full committee is reported, by the republican papers, but It Is not stated just what they were full of. Tho time was fixed for March Mb and the place will he In Hutchin son. The peculiar tiling about, it is that the decision for Hutchinson as t he place for holding the convent ion was unanimous. The politicians were eager and are so hot on the chase of the oillc.es that they are anxious to be known as workers. There Is no doubt but that the Hutchinson crowd are the big wheels In Chetty's ma chine. Ora Morse, John and Frank Vin cent. Hilly Morgan, Andynlas Itieli ards of Wellington and frank Har low of Kingman, are about all the really important cogs in the old thing. The apportionment is such as o make a convention of about two hun dred delegates. If tbey are all pres ent It. will make a nice little crowd for Hutchinson to take care of. ALREADY HERE. An Automobile In the City Walrlng to Be Set up tor Wakefield 4. Oatlln. It really appears as though the rail roads were to have formidable rivals in the matter of badllng tho passen ger business of the traveling men. The automobiles are coming and in fact are already here. Wakefield & (iatlln the drug men located In the Penny block, have one. already here and will be set up In a short time and used by their traveling salseim 11 the road. The machine Is of the (lids make and uses gasoline for fuel ti furnish power. .1. S. I hike, the cattle dealer, also has one of the same make ordered and will soon be here, to be used by him in making his trips over the country. This will make two aulos for Hutchinson, which will be a pretty good showing for a city of our pretensions. M' KNIGHT CONVICTED, Ont Tlrnu Hutchinson Citizen Has 1 Oood J Show for tho Pen. During boom times or a lit tie after, ten or fifteen years ago the district of western Kansas was Infested by n United States bank examiner, by tho I name of J, U. McKulght, who iiiikJo his homo and was well known In thta . city. If current reports are t rue anil If many other national bank exmalri 'ers are like him It Is no wonder Kad sas banks that failed never paid their j depositors anylblng. H is said that 'almost every bank I lmt failed held his note for u thousad or more, which was presumably taken as u re ceipt for money given him to secure his good graces and prevent a prerna ture closing of the bank, lie" latfar went to Kentucky and became pres ident of a national hank which ht course In due time "busted." Sev en)'! years ago it was announced Hint ho had been arrested on criminal charges In connection with the maty ugenient of the bank, lie was a shot time ago found guilty of eiiibev.llUK the hank money on two counts, one of which was through the medium of loans mado to tho city uldermen Cf Louisville, " f FOR COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT. CandlUatos tor this Partloular Office Are Bo coming Thick. Thero aro now at least four avowed candidates for tho republican nomin ation for county superintendent for the next term. Those so far an nounced are Professor Austin .Jen kins, who was teaching on his sec ond term at Plevna as principal when the school house burned down; Pro fessor J. 11. .Jackson, who has been a resident of Iteno county from boy hood, member of the faculty of the Nlckerson normal college ever' since It was established, and conductor of the lieno county normal Institutes for the past six or seven years; Pro fessor Cole who has been principal of the South Hutchinson schools this winter, and Miss Helen M. Wlllnrd, principal of a ward school of this city. There aro among these good, thorough and competent school meu and sonic closo personal friends of tho writer. For the good of Ileno . . ... . 1.. 1 . 1.. . .. 1 .i . county scnoois u, is 10 111: iwin-u uic convention will make a wise select Ion, THAT BOND DEAL. Somo Corrections of last Week's Statement of the Lllllo Rlvor Cace, This paper never will intentionally misrepresent any matter of news in Its eolunis, but like everyone else, It Is subject to error. The article printed last week concerning the Lit He lilver lownship bond deal, Is found In he defective in many particulars. Not that, anything was described or told that, was not true, but the whole was not told and some times half Hie truth is said to be as bad as a whole lie. Since the article was written some facts have been learned that put (iille a different face on the county's part in lhe deal. The fact is that the commissioners only made a contract with Mr. Pigger for the purchase of twenty year bonds and no particular bonds were stipulated. When the purchases had 1 11 made these Little lilver bonds turned up among the lot taken up by the treas urer. This being lhe case therefore, the county commissioners are not. to blame. They now claim that the county having contracted for twenty year bonds, if these are not twenty year bonds they can hold Digger re sponsible for the money paid to him as his margin for consiiinating the deal, which amounts to something more than two thousand dollars, and is really the amount In controversy. The county commissioners have con sulted counsel outside the county at lorney as well as that eminent oMlcer and thev are Informed that under these circumstances Mr. lilggcr will be liable In the county for the amount ', ir. has paid him aseomnikslon. They I expect the soil now In progress to de velop this fuel, and this Is the prin ciple object they hope to accomplish ; In lighting the case. It does seem if hat If he contracted with the county to furnish twenty year bonds and 1 then did not do it he would be bound j In pay back his compensation. The trouble Is that he has Hie money and II would seem that a suit should be directed at him without, fighting it. out 011 iiiinllier line, However of that the lawyers must. Judge, for the ways of tin1 law are fearful and won-ciful, WARNING, Man Disguised m a Und Buyer It Dead b:nlln2 KIs Way Among Farmers, The latest Is a man going over tho country pretending to lie a land buyer working the farmers for board and lodging. Ho has worked t his game on several of the Valley township, ltcno county, farmers, also of lhe Harvey and Sedg wick county people, This man has been giving his name as Charley Kent. He Is about fifty years of age, has light brown hair hut Is turning gray. He has blue-gray eyes, badly crossed, wears gold framed spectacles, lie wears a black hat au under coat of light reddish brown, which fits rather tight, with an outside coat of brown duel; pretty badly worn, black pants fringed at the bottoms, shoes worn out at the heels. We feel that It Is our duty to pro tect the fanners ami people at large, and to expose such fakes. Other pa pers please copy. T. J. Priebelhls, Jlurrlon, Kansas. HIGH PRICED STEERS. Wm. Nuckolls Sells a Carload ol tho Highest Prloed Beef Steers Ever Sold In Reno County. The first of the week Voleott& Splckard made a purchase of some of tho best cattle, at some of tho best prices that were ever known In this county. They bought eighteen head ,f -couilug four yearold uteers from William Nuckols 'of North lieno township and paid to.HO . per hundred for them. It Is not so tin common to bear of steers selling at these llgures in the eastern markets, but it Is a very uncommon tiling to bear of such prices on the Hutchin son market. More tuan inai me steers made a very remarkable record In the ualn of flesh. This gain Is re- ported at four hundred and fifteen pounds in one hundred and twenty davs. This Is a gain of almost three pounds per day for each steer. They were fed on alfalfa hay anil ground corn. Thev wclirhod upward of llfteen hundred pounds each and brought their owner In the neighborhood or JiiO.OO per head. This Is something that doesn't indicato that Kansas Is Inn starving condition even If the "craps" were some of them cut short last, summer. Harry Scott Hurt. Harry Scott, the editor of the. Dem ocrat., met with a very serious acci dent while In Kansas City, Saturday. He went to that place on Friday ex peel I ng to return Sunday. He has some distant relatives there and In tended to call upon them while In the city. Hut while walking over a sidewaik that was covered with Ice, he slipped and fell In such a way as to break one of his legs. ISoth bones were broken below the knee, lie was taken to Aguew hospital and bis wife left Sunday night to takecareof him till he recovers sulllclenlly to be brought home. Harry Is a cordial, whole hearted sort of fellow who has many friends here by whom his acci dent will lie greatly regretted. A lamontntile Case. Probably lhe most lamentable ease of this or any recent term of lhe dis trict court, came up Tuesday for hearing before .lugde Simpson. If was the case wherein Mrs. John Sut ton, an old lady of more than eighty years of age, brought suit against her husband, who Is eighty three years old, for a divorce and alimony. The nil couple have lived together about llfty years and have had thirteen chil dren." of whom nine or ten are now living. The children are divided, some supporting their father and some their mother. In the contro versy. During the pendency of the suit at one time every bit of the household furniture used by the old lady and her son who lived with her was taken away by a writ of replevin. She was anxious to have the case come to trial. Tuseda.v, bbul bis at torneys asked for a tiniiance 011 the ground that he was not able phys ically to be present. If you are going to have a sale liills to thlsollleo to plrnt. 1 Let us llgure on your Job work. Our RIBBON DEPT In 1 omiili'tn f i.m , in , JCnliimry Fresh from Market Hew Silk WrfscppnHl i.p Yt-HtHrusy The new Rhmlea no l pnpu!r elrlpee for the co ulng "emon urn niwcii in evidence iu llils lot THE New Nrru lUt'ZK ltiuiiuna me xolng to make a hit A thin mason A h inlMiiiiH variety of color . 0'i Hie Hlliho.i Cmnti-r OCQtlU 7uC WlDU IiONUON WiuIi Itituons. In Imppy coloring combl " litttlohr; ulroiii? 111 iifr.Hl unit J.int itm tniiiK for servle- Hhle. neik illitiui s On thn Rlbtinii Cimuler-yiti'il ,.25C 'E IIAVEiH'liiil.iHlotol'KDi.ilwhltti Silk Wash Ribbons, In " d.ilni, hlm.ii'H, tlint wt will run . ' On the Uititmn O muter, per vhrd OC s()f) PIHCliS TOitCIION LACK, to m.iko j..ur nslcotlon from- At tho Luc Depitiiiiicnt, per nl OC i;V Va I A "K 'I'ndHy, Bsmirtment nncl prices of these Vttla tnw Hrfopen for your criticism . At the Lhcb Dcpmi merit, per yard SC2C tO 25C MMtOlDEUIKS in Swiss and Cimbrlo, a very attractive lot lj Helling At Hie Luce Department, per yard OC tO OOC Pi ATTP V A I Undorwear Lacos, m delicate and 8BnortJ ii" mi'i Uninvliti(l'li liittrninn Bffl Luce to nmtcli) selling At, urn Lace Dept. yd , OC TO 20C Al'PI lAlllV IN WilITE.CRLAM or BLACK, bought of f.io- fit 1 i.iyui..i intone w lure a cowplnto knowlednti of work ninriHlilp of the niiikitur of thi sn goods ol . . hrc required. At Lace Depitituient O2C 10 S 1 .OO We Have all P, MARTIN DRY GOODS GO. ; AVatcli our Show Windows. TDK ONLY HUTCHINSON, Tlp hon 107. American Steam Laundry. HUTT0N A OSWALD, PROPS. Laundry 125 and 127 West Sherman HUTCHINSON, KANSAS Wc malic At LOWEST RATES with payments TO SUIT Borrower. Moore & Chti&tman, $500-00 CHALLENGE Dentists VVORSTER DENTAL PARLORS in Workmanship or Painless Methods. We have tho excltmive right for our methods which are admitted by noted doctors and dentlats to be the beBt and aafeat ever discovered SPECIAL CUT PRICE LIST I Present This Ad. Set of Teeth $4.00 up. Teeth extracted "h "o i,i,1,cd 25c Crowns $3.00 up. Fillings 25c to 75c. Written Riiurantee t?lven. others don't. Lady assistant. Why tuba chunnnR with nLhiTg? Worker's olllce. locatod for years, and if your work don't prove rlht, call and here to stay. Raudra and RnnM ba DeCfilvad Uy professional Jealousy, tempor ueware ana uon 1 ua ubbbiyou Bry chepiy put uo offices, with small "traveling outfits" uhder a biff name, with nothing but "hot air' to back It, with nitilcadmn advertlneiuents to humbug the people. WORSTER DENTAL PARLORS Lnrff6t Dontal Concern In Kansas. Established for Years. itEKEEXmiB Y. . rw u itY-n K I The n w,V A Hlltl llft of HTiT y t ti 1 1. f row. from MA It'll S H. (I, llill'J Case Lot of Wash Ribbons Kinds of Braids. We Refund our Mon ONK-ritlUK CASH IIOt.SB IN . - KANS. ey If ynu Want It. UtJ-Tovvn-Oftloo. No. 6 North Main ntreat For any Dentist looatod to Com pete With of ths liavo It attended to free. We are '