WAGNER & HOWARD, Editors and Publishers.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.


Tendered the Hon. James Hill Thursday Evening By The

Businessmen of Arkansas City.

He Was Also Watched.

Last Thursday evening between the hours of 7 and 8 o=clock, the businessmen began to assemble at the Leland Hotel. When a fair representation had congregated, the crowd repaired to the Leland parlors, where everyone was treated to cigars. By the time the smokers had reduced their Havanas to ashes and indulged in a sociable and animated conversation, the feast was announced ready for devourment. At this moment 47 businessmen of Arkansas City showed an inclination to move towards the spacious dining halls of the Leland. The march was commenced, and when we entered, ye gods! What a sight was presented to the vision of 47 hungry businessmen of Arkansas City. A long table, the entire length of the dining room, was loaded to its uttermost capacity with refreshments for the inner man. Mine Host Perry undoubtedly acquired great fame as a caterer on this occasion. The invited guests filled the long rows of chairs on either side of the table, with Maj. W. M. Sleeth presiding and Jas. Hill occupying a seat at the opposite end of the table. Henry E. Asp and Contractor Moore were present and enjoyed the hospitality of the sturdy businessmen. It was an interesting study to the writer to note the faces present. Here and there among the assembly we recognized faces of the old land-marks. There were thirteen who came to the city on the sand hill in 1870--fifteen years ago. What a mammoth municipality has been constructed upon that small foundation which was laid fifteen years ago. All honor to that noble thirteen who were then present, for the many able efforts they have set forth to build up Arkansas City within the last fifteen years. We will call them the corner stones of the municipality. Then, again, in other places there were faces that have appeared upon the scene later, and by untiring zeal and hard work have aided very materially in the advancement of Arkansas City. They were here when the sunflower was rank in the streets, and the stalks grew so large that they were used for hitching posts, and the festival raccoon climbed up them and hid his carcass in the branches. They came later on, having heard of the many natural advantages here for making a city. From far-off climes they came, and they came to stay. Behold, what a city has grown! But to return to the banquet. In the language of the immortal poet, AThe big, the small, the lean, the tall, ate a half ton each and all.@ And yet the half of it remains to be told. When the Atask@ of feasting was over, Maj. Sleeth arose and, in one of the most able and touching addresses we have ever heard, handed to Hon. James Hill a handsome gold watch and chain. It was a gift from those there assembled as a token of appreciation for the efforts Mr. Hill put forth in bringing the

K. C. & S. W. Railroad here, and also, in behalf of what he has done for the prosperity of Arkansas City. Mr. Hill responded in a very neat speech. Henry E. Asp, being called for, arose and made an excellent little speech. He was followed by Judge A. J. Pyburn, who toasted in behalf of Arkansas City; and kind readers, let it suffice for us to say that the Judge did his subject justice. Judge McIntire, also, made a few interesting and telling remarks very suitable to the occasion. By motion it was unanimously declared that it was the will of those present to adjourn to the parlors once more and Aschmoke.@

As we have stated above, the banquet was given in honor of Hon. James Hill. Mr. Hill has done much for Arkansas City. We will not attempt to enumerate what he has done, for our readers have known the honorable gentleman many years more than the writer. But we believe he is deserving of the honor conferred upon him last Thursday evening. Long may he live to do good to our thriving little city.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.


The Leland Hotel Set on Fire Wednesday Night;

and Jerry McGee Arrested for the Deed.

Last Wednesday evening, at about 10 o=clock, the alarm of fire was given. It proved to be in the Leland Hotel, and from the testimony offered in the preliminary examination yesterday, of the man who is accused of the deed, we glean the following information.

Shortly after the Santa Fe train came in Wednesday night, the fire was discovered under the stairway by a chambermaid going to a closet after bed clothing. She screamed for Landlord Perry, who came with a pitcher of water, followed by a drummer with a bucket of water. They both dashed it on the flames and extinguished them. While this scene was transpiring, upon the outside two girls employed in the hotel were coming into the house from the laundry, when they met a man, who appeared to be trying to hide from them. They recognized him as Jerry McGee, and one of them, Ruth Bowls, caught hold of his coat collar and asked what he was doing there. No answer was made to her inquiry, and the girl held on to him for a short distance as he moved away trying to obtain an answer from him. She finally let loose and upon going in the house learned what had occurred there. She told Mr. Perry of her experience outside and he immediately had Billy Gray to go over to the Occidental where McGee worked, and see if he was there. Marshal Gray found him there and arrested him. He was kept under guard all night. Thursday the preliminary trial was to have come off, but it was postponed until yesterday. Landlord Perry tells us a man by the name of Hill saw the prisoner in the hallway of the Leland just before the fire occurred, but this witness strangely disappeared before the trial began. DeWitt McDowell, proprietor of the Occidental Hotel, testified that McGee was in his hotel at the time the fire occurred. The girl who caught the man by the coat collar is positive that it was McGee and McDowell was equally positive that the prisoner was in the Occidental at that moment. But Judge Kreamer wisely gave his decision to hold Mcree, and he was bound over in the sum of $2,500.

The Leland Hotel was chock full of lodgers and if the fire had gotten under headway, no doubt some of them would have been cremated. The fire was under the only stairway in the hotel and if it had burned, all egress would have been cut off except through the windows. Whoever it was, it was intended to make a sure job, as everything in the place where the fire was started was saturated with coal oil.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

New Plans For The Indians.

Both Lieut. Gen. Sheridan and Brig. Gen. Miles discuss at length, in their annual reports, the Government=s policy, and the most important suggestions made by the former officer relate to this subject.

Their views do not entirely agree, Gen. Miles being more sanguine than Gen. Sheridan as to the brevity of the time within which the Indians will become self-supporting. The Lieutenant General also pointedly disapproves of Gen. Miles= plan for promptly throwing open the Indian Territory to settlement. He has, however, a project of his own for purchasing the surplus land in all Indian reservations, which is worth consideration. His formal recommendation on this subject merely paraphrases the language used by him in conversation, as reported in the Sun a week ago.

He would give to each family of a tribe of Indians the 320 acres now provided by law in case of actual settlement, and place the family on this plot. Then he would have the Government condemn and buy all the rest of the reservation, good and bad, at the average price of $1.25 per acre. The proceeds should be invested in Government bonds held in trust by the Interior Department, the Indians receiving annually the whole of the interest.

This scheme is among the best of those which are based on awarding to Indians homesteads in severalty under individual deeds. It might require modification in detail. For example, there is no reason for leaving the Indians wholly without land owned in common. A community of the white race has, besides its individual lots of real estate, large reserves for common enjoyment or for future sale. The Indians, with roaming tendencies greater than the white men, and all their traditions and instincts in favor of holding the soil in common, should apparently be permitted to have such a reserve. Nevertheless, after setting aside a liberal number of acres for this purpose, in each case proportioned to the number of the tribe, there would be still left an enormous surplus of unused lands on most reservations.

It has long been evident that the Indians cannot always hold their great reservations without making some use of them. Employing Gen. Sheridan=s illustration, in the Crow reservation there are 4,800,000 acres and but 3,200 or 3,300 Indians. This allows an average of about 1,500 acres for every man, woman, and child. The Cheyennes and Arapahoes have 4,300,00 acres; the Utes, 5,100,000. The surplus of unused lands has been the origin of the grass leases that have given so much trouble and the real reason why the Indian Office connived at these leases doubtless was that instead of seeing the Indian grazing lands going to waste generation after generation, it seemed wiser to have them doing some good, not only fattening thousands of cattle and enriching the stockmen, but producing $50,000 or $60,000 a year, in some instances, for the tribe giving the leases. The wrong done by the Government officials was in conniving at violations of the law forbidding such conveyances. But had the Interior Department gone to congress with a comprehensive, statesmanlike policy, explaining that the original prohibition of Indian leases was made under a different condition of settlement and of industrial interests at the West from that which now exists, congress might have modified the law.

Instead of doing this, the Government allowed private lessees and cattle corporations to unlawfully drive their bargains with the Indians for grazing privileges, whereas under any system of leasing the Government should not vacate its position and responsibilities, as guardians of the red men, but should superintend their important business transactions. Indeed, the best imaginable policy would be that in which the Government should manage the surplus real estate of the red men as a faithful guardian does that of his ward, getting the best immediate income out of it, and holding it for him until he is competent to handle it for himself.

There are undoubtedly practical difficulties, however, in this solution of the question. Gen. Sheridan=s plan of disposing outright of surplus Indian lands at least deserves attention from its liberal valuation of really valuable property. It proposes twice as great a severalty allotment for a family of Indians ten times as high a price per acre as under the Ute bargain, consummated by the Hayes administration. Indeed, in comparison, that enforced Ute trade was spoilation. Existing agreements with the Indians would require the consent of the Indians to Gen. Sheridan=s plan before it could be carried into effect, and whether that consent could be obtained or not is, of course, now only a matter of conjecture. It is very sure, however, that the Government could eventually redispose of the land thus purchased at more than $1.25 an acre, since some of it is now worth $3. The Indians, nevertheless, would derive from their sales a permanent annual income exceeding the entire amount now appropriated by the government for their support. Thus, where the present appropriations are legally due under existing agreements, the annual income of tribes would be more than doubled, and improvements and comforts of many sorts could be made common.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

In accordance with a notice to that effect, a meeting was held in Masonic Hall Wednesday evening for the purpose of instituting a Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Grand Master, Wm. Cowgill, presiding. Mrs. Linnie A. Thompson was chosen Worthy Matron; Jas. Ridenour, Worthy Patron; Mrs. Matilda Bird, Worthy Associate Matron; Mrs. Mary Hess, Secretary; and Mrs. Hattie Gooch, Treasurer. After several votes on a name, it was decided to cal it AMyrtle Chapter.@

The Worthy Matron then appointed the following officers.

Conductor, Cornelius Chapel.

Associate Conductor, Etta Kingsbury.

Warden, Minnie Huey.

Laura Chinn, Adah.

Olive Mantor, Ruth.

Eva Woodin, Esther.

May Newman, Martha.

Elected, Maggie Pickering.

Sentinel, H. Endicott.

On motion it was decided to hold the regular meetings of this chapter on the second Wednesday of each month. There were 62 charter members. After remarks by Bros. Cowgill and Bonsall, the chapter was closed to meet on Wednesday.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

M. C. Copple had a smash-up Saturday evening as he was coming in from the K. C. & S. W. Depot. In the morning he had crossed 13th street in safety, but during that time and evening the graders had been at work and made a large cut at the intersection of an avenue. No danger signal or light was out to warn travelers of the change to the street and the driver of Mr. Copple=s cab drove right into the cut. The front springs and door were broken. Fortunately, the team was going in a walk but even as it was, the driver was thrown from his seat several feet. M. C., who was in the cab, was unceremoniously pitched out of the door. The team was kept from running away by the driver having the presence of mind to hang on to the lines. The railroad company foots the bill.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

The Winfield Tribune substantiates our item of last week in its last issue, as follows.

AJust as we go to press, we were shown a letter from the Santa Fe Railroad company regarding the extension of the Douglass line to Winfield. The company accepts the terms of a conditional proposition made by some of our leading citizens, and now it remains to be seen whether our people will continue to manifest that same liberality toward this line as has been shown to others.@


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

A scheme to break jail the first of the week was failed by one Ollie Richardson giving it away. From the Courier we learn the facts.

Richardson is a boy who has been lately sentenced to go to the State Reform school, and Sheriff McIntire was taking him up last Friday when he gave up the scheme. There are two large slop buckets, with lids; one is taken out each evening and the other, after an all day airing, is brought in by two prisoners under guard. An outside pal was to put two loaded revolvers in this outside slop pail, the prisoners expecting, as usual, that the pail would be carried back without examination. They were to watch a time when Jailor Finch took a meal in without an official guard at the door. Two were to grab him, while others, with the revolvers, paralyzed the guard. Finch and the guard were then to be slapped into the cooler, the iron doors clamped, and the birds would fly. McIntire immediately wrote Jailor Finch to be on his guard, and the scheme was clipped in the bud. The bastile contains a dozen or more prisoners, some of them very tough cases.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Nearly all printers and compositors swear--editors rarely. The profanity of the former is no doubt caused by the many trials and vexations to which all who handle type are subjected. The Adevil@ in the REPUBLICAN office is no exception; on the contrary, he makes things fairly blue around this office occasionally. In order to break him of the habit, a fine of five cents has been of late imposed upon him, which, by the way, has left him in debt. Prompted by an ad. he chanced to see in one of our exchanges, he lately sent fifty cents to a New York firm to learn Ahow to keep from swearing.@ The reply came back: ADon=t open your mouth.@ He has sworn ever since.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Stockholder=s Meeting.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Maine Cattle Company for the election of directors will be held at the First National Bank, Tuesday, January 5th, 1886, at 7 o=clock p.m.

H. P. FARRAR, Sec.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Stockholder=s Meeting.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Commercial Building Association, for the election of directors, will be held at the First National Bank Thursday, January 7th, 1886, at 8 o=clock p.m.

H. P. FARRAR, Sec.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

The first shipment over the K. C. & S. W. Railroad from Arkansas City occurred last Saturday night. It was made by the Arkansas City Roller Mill Co. The cargo was a load of flour and its destination was Latham.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

MARRIED. Our co-temporaries have each contained notices of the marrtiage of our highly respected citizens, R. G. Norton and Miss Mary A. Beall, of Northville, Michigan. Some two weeks ago Mr. Norton went away on a purported visit to relatives, and lo! he returns with a smiling happy bride, which he captured on Thanksgiving day. As our mention of the affair comes in rather late in the day, all there ap-pears for us to do is to wish the new couple a happy wedded life. They arrived in Arkansas City Monday, and are now furnishing their elegant residence in the First Ward. Mr. Norton is a frank and pleasant gen-tleman and from this fact we are sure he has made a wise selection for a helpmate. They will be Aat home@ after December 15.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Glover Algin, a hunter, met with a severe mishap last Friday while down upon the Cimarron in the Territory. He had his hat full of gunpower, pouring it into a can, when he smelled something burning. Turning hastily around he saw that his game bag had caught on fire from being too close to some dying embers. He grabbed the bag with one hand while he held the hat full of gunpowder in the other. The consequence was the powder exploded, and Mr. Algin was knocked almost senseless as well as being severely burned in the face. He came home and has been confined to his bed ever since receiving treatment from a physician for his injuries.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

BIRTH. At last J. W. Henthorn of the Burden Eagle, has become the father of a bran new baby. Over at Burden there is a host of Henthorn=s and every time a baby has been born to any of them, the REPUBLICAN has laid it at the door of J. W. All the babies we have had J. W. the father of heretofore are not his. Bro. Henthorn calls his baby his little eaglet. No doubt it is appropriately named. Anyway, Bro. Henthorn, we wish you no worse luck than the never getting up out of a warm bed this winter and falling downstairs hunting for the Aparegoric@ bottle. May your Alittle eaglet@ scream as loud as your other bird of freedom.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Searing & Mead are in receipt of a letter from Wichita parties stating that the streets which have been graveled in that city are excellent, much better than the most sanguine anticipated. Arkansas City can gravel her streets two-thirds cheaper than Wichita, and we should now improve the opportunity. With graveled streets and stone sidewalks, Arkansas City would be the most beautiful city in Kansas. Let this matter be agitated.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Gospel meetings are being held at the Christian chapel by M. Ingells and J. P. Witt, each evening. They began November 18th, and will continue over Lord=s day. This series of sermons in the main have been preached by Mr. Ingells, who is a great lover and defender of Apostolic teaching, while they have been plain and practicable and delivered in the spirit of love. The Gospel has been the line and the hewing has been close. There has been an awakening and confesions are being made. The interest has grown from the first. Services at 7:15 p.m., each evening, and 11 a.m., on Lord=s day.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

One of the best entertainments to which we have ever listened in this city was given at the Baptist Church last Monday evening, by the Stewart Concert company, formerly known as the Wilberforce Stewart Concert company. The performers evidently possess superior talent, and merit the most liberal patronage wherever they go. For four years they traveled for the Wilberforce University--an institution having for its object the education of the Negro race. Last year their engagement with that university was closed and since then they have allied their interests with those of the church.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

By the burning of the skating rink, John Landes= barn was scorched considerably. The company in which it was insured was notified of the fact by their agents, Snyder & Hutchison, and it immediately gave instructions to have the barn repaired and repainted. The name of the company in which the policy was held by Mr. Landes, was the Orient.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Billy Gray and a drunken Paddy had a disagreement Monday. Billy arrested him, but Paddy did not want to go, so our marshal threw him down and sat upon him. Paddy was put in a wagon and taken to the cooler, where he sobered up. He was taken before Judge Bryant Tuesday and liquidated for his misdemeanor to the amount of $8.65.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Meigs & Nelson made a Aduplex@ trade Thursday, as Geo. Allen expressed it. They traded S. B. Pickle=s two houses and lots for Samuel Hoyt=s farm just northeast of town, and then traded the farm to A. A. Newman for a business lot on South Summit street. Mr. Pickle intends building a business house on his new purchase.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Last Saturday evening the Mechanics Cornet band, accompanied by Judge McIntire and Judge Sumner, went down to serenade Jas. Hill. The band furnished the music and the judges went along to make the speeches. Mr. Hill thanked the visitors for the honor they did him, and presented them with a box of choice cigars.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

The Telegram says that not a minister in the city of Winfield, in his sermons or prayers last Sunday, mentioned the name of the dead vice-president. The REPUBLICAN would add that but one Democrat paper in Kansas so far as we have seen, appeared in mourning. Even the astute Telegram neglected this token of respect.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

The Farmers= Milling Exchange will commence work next week. Men have commenced to quarry the stone for the building, we are told by D. P. Marshall. In order that everything may move along smoothly, it is quite necessary that the stockholders should be prepared to meet all assessments levied.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

Meigs & Nelson traded the property belonging to M. A. Thompson, lately owned by T. D. Richardson, to Chas. Bryant, Wednesday, for Mr. Bryant=s resident property in the second ward. Judge Bryant will reside in his first ward property.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

ANecessity is the mother of invention,@ soliloquized Geo. Cunningham as his house blew over yesterday morning, door groundward, and he was compelled to crawl through a small aperture, kindly provided by the carpenters in the erection of the building.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

One of the chimneys on Highland Opera House blew off yesterday and fell on some barrels of salt piled at the rear of the Diamond Front. Twenty-five barrels of salt were demolished.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.


Wheat is now worth 90 cents in Arkansas City.

Go the Green Front for the best bolts. O. P. Has them.

35 cent all wool red flannel, very heavy, for 23 cents. O. P. Houghton.

Steinberger has Gasoline; also the Perfection coal oil, the best in market.

The second month of the Arkansas City Select School begins Monday, Dec. 7.

For Rent. Good stabling for horses, with hay loft. Inquire of Dr. Alexander at his residence on north Summit street.

Thursday of last week the K. C. & S. W. Railroad claimed their bonds--$50,000--and obtained them. $30,000 was county bonds and $20,000 city.

Domestic, imported, and California fruits at Geo. E. Hasie & Co.=s.

Some sneak-thief entered J. F. Hoffman=s stable Tuesday night and stole a brand new set of single harness.

The Young People=s society of the U. P. Church will meet next Monday evening instead of Tuesday as heretofore.

The largest stock of canned goods in Southern Kansas just received by Geo. E. Hasie & Co., especially for the holidays.

The postmaster closed the office Tuesday afternoon as a token of respect for the late lamented Thos. Hendricks.

At the wholesale and retail grocery establishment of Geo. E. Hasie & Co., you will find 20 different kinds of dried fruits.

J. L. Howard traded Widow Finney=s town property for a farm belonging to Capt. Owens, near Maple City, the first of the week.

W. F. Klopf bought 15 wagon-loads of wheat and 14 of corn, Tuesday, within a space of 15 minutes. 90 cents was paid for the wheat and 30 for the corn.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.


At the Baptist Church, preaching at 11 a.m., Sunday school at 12:15 p.m., Dec. 6th. At 7:30 p.m., sermon illustrated with paintings. All are cordially invited.

Arkansas City is now more deserving of the title of Terminus than ever. She is at the end of two roads as well as being the division for both.

Searing & Mead are working like Trojans to get in the curbing and guttering. One block on Summit street is about completed. The four crossings at the bank corner are in.

The Inter-state gas company have not yet signified their intention of accepting the proposition of putting in water works here. They have until the 10th in which to accept.

The young men composing the Y. M. C. A., have rented room No. 4, in the Commercial block, and will hold services there every Sunday afternoon at 3 o=clock. All are cordially invited to attend.

Jno. E. Bruner is a practical tuner and repairer of pianos and organs. Mr. Bruner is a resident of our city and should be patronized. He guaranteed perfect satisfaction. Send orders through the post office.

Oysters, fish, and celery received daily at Geo. E. Hasie & Co.=s. When you buy your oysters ask for their celebrated cracker meal. Fresh poultry, live or dressed, always ready for their customers at Geo. E. Hasie & Co.

Huey & Co., the millers, are putting in more new machinery in their flouring mill. They will be at it most all winter. The Richmond City Mill Works furnish the machinery per their agent, J. W. Heck, of this city.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

The following are the officers elected by the Knights of Pythias last Tuesday night.

T. H. McLaughlin, C. C.

Thos. Van Flut, V. C. [NOT SURE ABOUT THE FLUT!]

C. C. Sollitt, P.

John Landes, Trustee.

J. J. Clark, K. R.

F. W. Farrar, M. F. And M. E.

This organization has grown to number about 45.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

The Discovery of Coal.

Drury Warren, who resides in Silverdale Township, on his farm, near the mouth of Grouse Creek, about nine miles east of here, was in the city Wednesday, and informed a representative of the REPUBLICAN that an employee on his farm had found an 18 inch vein of coal, but refused to divulge its whereabouts unless well paid. Mr. Warren refused to credit the story and thought it was only a scheme to extort money. Waldon, the name of the employee, made the discovery while Mr. Warren was in Arizona looking after his cattle interests, and it was only last week that he learned of it. Waldon was so positive in his assertions and made them in such a way concerning the discovery, that later on, Mr. Warren was induced to take some stock in the matter. While in the city Wednesday, he met an ex-coal miner, with whom he made arrangements to have him visit his farm and search for the black diamonds. Waldon has left Mr. Warren=s employ, but says he is ready at any time to go and show the whereabouts of the vein, provided he receives the sum of money he asks. If it is not just as he represents it, he asks no pay. We were shown samples of the coal by Mr. Warren, which was furnished him by Waldon, and they in appearance resemble the Canon City coal. It was very hard and the black would not rub off. The miner whom Mr. Warren engaged to visit his farm and make the research, tested the coal, and pronounced it of a better quality than any soft coal we are burning in this vicinity. The REPUBLICAN has always held that there was coal lying imbedded in the hills east of the Walnut, and at different times advocated the boring for it. It was only a few days since that some quarrymen north of town struck a small deposit and brought samples, which are now on exhibition at Ridenour & Thompson=s jewelry store and Snyder & Hutchison=s real estate agency. Should the discovery on Mr. Warren=s farm prove to be a realism, the future destiny of Arkansas City is fixed. With her grand water power facilities, aided by cheap fuel being obtained right here in our midst, there would be no bounds to our growth. We would suggest that the board of trade take steps to assist Mr. Warren in bringing this discovery to light, for the question of getting a cheaper fuel here has long been one of vast importance. Coal is known to exist plentifully in the Indian Territory, and this fact alone is good evidence that there is coal in this vicinity.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.


MARRIED. A matrimonial wave has indeed struck the young people of Arkansas City. The latest marriage which comes to our reportorial ears is that of John G. Danks and Miss Rebecca Burton, of Cumberland, Maryland. It occurred on Thanksgiving day. For about 10 days we have missed the face of our genial friend, John, from its daily appearance upon our streets, and we wondered whither he had gone. Upon inquiry we learned that about two weeks since he stole silently down to the depot, boarded the Santa Fe train, and hied to the far off clime of his lady love, and there the two lives were merged into one. Although we were cognizant of the fact that Mr. Danks knew it was not well that man should not dwell alone, we never dreamed of him plucking up the necessary courage to commit the deed, so suddenly and without warning. The REPUBLICAN congratulates the new couple and wishes them a happy life.

Mr. and Mrs. Danks will arrive here today and will commence house-keeping immediately in property in the second ward.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

K. C. & S. W. Jottings.

L. H. Northey was in town the first of the week in the interest of the K. C. & S. W. R. R., and also showing W. H. Upton, the new agent, around. Mr. Northey is now an employee of the K. C. & S. W. From him we learn that work has been commenced on the telegraph line. It will be the Western Union. The Adams express company commenced operations on the road Tuesday. The passenger leaves here at 8:15 in the morning and returns at 6:50 p.m. The freight goes out at 7:30 p.m., and returns at 5:30 a.m. We are informed that the travel to the city is almost double what it was, since the advent of the K. C. & S. W. You can visit the county seat now at 8:30, return at 12:15 via the Santa Fe; or come down on the 6:50 train on the K. C. & S. W., or the Santa Fe accommodation.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

A dispatch from Little Rock of Saturday says the following.

Articles of association of the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railroad company were filed in the secretary of the state=s office, capital stock $8,000,000. It is proposed to build a railroad from the western terminus of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad near Van Buren, Arkansas, through the Indian Territory to a point near Arkansas City, Kansas, on the Arkansas river, the main line and branch to be 320 miles. Among the incorporators are: Elisha Atkins, F. Gordon Dexter, C. W. Huntington, Boston; E. H. Winchester, New Hampshire; R. T. Wilson, New York; Jno. G. Fletcher, Jno. D. Adams, Geo. W. Hughes, and Henry Wood, Little Rock.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.


Maj. Sleeth went up to Topeka the latter part of the week on a business trip.

H. W. Stuart and family have again returned to live in their suburban residence.

Frank Hutchison is assisting Geo. E. Hasie & Co., in their wholesale and retail grocery.

S. F. Steinberger drew the gold watch Saturday night, at the drawing at the Occidental.

Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Mantor went up to El Dorado and spent last week in visiting relatives.

A. A. Wiley and his new wife have gone to house-keeping in the residence in the 1st ward.

S. C. Pollock, who has been having an attack of malarial fever, is able to be around once more.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

In a half column ad., E. D. Eddy tells our readers where to buy their holiday presents. Read it and find out.



Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.


Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Coombs have gone to house-keeping, in their resident property in the fourth ward.

Dr. C. R. Fowler went to Atchison, Thursday, on a business trip. He will be home again the first of the week.

J. C. Armstrong, the real estate rustler, went over to Sedan Tuesday to consummate some trades he had on his hands.

Mowry & Sollitt have received the appointment of express agents for the Adams Express Company on the K. C. & S. W.

Mrs. H. H. Perry, accompanied by her brother, Johnnie Hill, is visiting relatives and friends back in old Missouri, this week.

C. M. Scott invested $50 in blue grass seed. He intends to sow it on his ranch east of the city. Others should follow C. M.=s example.

Ora Gould, son of A. C. Gould, has secured the position of passenger brakeman on the K. C. & S. W. His run is from here to Beaumont and return.

Wm. Brown and family no longer reside in the Commercial block. He has rented a residence. Miss Flora Patterson now occupies the rooms vacated by him.

Rev. S. B. Fleming goes to Belle Plaine today, to assist in communion services to be held there tomorrow. Rev. W. W. Harris will occupy Rev. Fleming=s pulpit.

Our friend, Chas. Longfeldt, of Bolton, was in town Thursday after the services of Dr. Carlisle. Mr. Longfeld=t little four-year old daughter was taken very sick, but she is now improving.

MARRIED ??? We are told by his nieces that Sam. P. Gould, since he went to Illinois, has been united in marriage, but we can=t believe it, because we deem Sam. too shy to commit such a depredation.

Geo. C. Hitchcock, of Parsons, Kansas, was in the city the first of the week prospecting. Before leaving he concluded to come to Arkansas City and make it his future home. Mr. Hitchcock will open a boot and shoe shop.

W. H. Upton and wife arrived in the city Saturday evening from Murphysborough, Illinois. Mr. Upton is the new agent of the

K. C. & S. W., and is an experienced railroad man. As soon as the telegraph loine is up to here, an operator will be employed also.

DIED. Wes. Williams died last week from lung fever. For some two years he was an employee of C. R. Sipes= hardware establishment. He leaves a wife and two children, who reside in the First Ward. The remains were interrred in Riverview Cemetery.

Dr. J. H. Griffith and family, accompanied by Will Griffith and wife, will move to Higley, Florida, next Tuesday. The REPUBLICAN is extremely sorry that these most estimable citizens should move tto other Aports;@ but we predict that they will all return again.

Henry Gallagher, the 12-year-old son of William Gallagher, while out riding Tuesday evening, fell from his pony and broke his arm at the elbow. Dr. Fowler was summoned to repair the fractured bones and he reports his patient as doing well.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Bob Maxey swears vengeance againt the poor unsophisticated Lo. Bob lives in the 2nd Ward in close proximity to where the Indians camp when they come to town. Bob has a cow and last week he was unable to obtain any milk from her. He thought that a rather strange occurrence. But the matter was fully explained when on last Friday morning he arose earlier than usual and going out saw an Indian just leaving the side of his cow with a bucket of milk.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

MARRIED. The REPUBLICAN acknowledges a bountiful supply of wedding cake from Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Wing, of Bolton Township. Last Wednesday Mr. Wing and Miss Libbie Davis were united in marriage. A reception was given them at the home of the father of the groom last Friday night and a host of friends assembled to greet the couple. Numerous and fine were the presents given them. The newly wedded pair will reside in Bolton Township on the farm of Benj. Wing.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Last Thursday noon Will Griffith left the employ of Chas. R. Sipes. For seven years he labored in the tin shop of Mr. Sipes, and it was with a sad heart that he bid farewell to the scenes and faces he had grown accustomed to see in his daily walk of life. Mr. Sipes has found Will to be a faithful and conscientious workman and no doubt the hearts of both gentlemen were moved when their final settlement came. Will and wife will move to Higley, Florida, next Tuesday.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

On Wednesday evening of last week, the schoolmate friends of Miss Nettie Mundweiler gave her a most pleasant surprise party. It was gotten up under the supervision of Misses Thomas and Wilson. The crowd first assembled at the residence of Mr. Pearson, and from there they went to the home of Miss Nettie. As a token of their friendship, a pair of gold bracelets was presented to her, Miss Thomas making the presentation speech. After some two hours of mirthful entertainment, the visitors beat a retreat, all feeling happy to have been a participant in the amusement of the evening.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

DIED. Died at her late residence, in Winfield, on November 27th, Mrs. Margie Abrams, wife of Joseph Abrams, who is well known to the citizens of our city. Until a few months ago Mr. Abrams was a resident of Beaver Township. He moved to Winfield for the purpose of giving his children an education. The funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church, in Winfield, on last Sabbath, at 3 p.m. The sermon was preached by Rev. Reider, pastor of the church, by her request, and Rev. Kelly, of the M. E. Church, assisted.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Stockholders= Meeting.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Highland Hall company for the election of officers, will be held at the First National Bank, Tuesday, January 6th, 1886, at 8 o=clock p.m.

H. P. FARRAR, Sec.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Our Esteemed Co-temporary as Seen Away from Home.

Last Wednesday evening the Eagle received a card from the postmaster at Arkansas City, stating that the Eagle addressed to the Traveler was not taken out of the office, but was Arefused.@ This is a serious matter. The scholar with pale intellectual features, who sits at the head of that paper, must have been stricken very severely. This is the first time in my newspaper experience that we have known a newspaper to refuse to take an exchange from the office. Why is this thusly? Simply because we said that the Arkansas City Republican was a good paper and had downed the Traveler, which everybody knows who has been reading both papers. The Traveler man has evidently been in the business but a short time, but conceived the idea that age lent unto him a second sight, and knowledge that need not be acquired by experience. We saw at a glance that he was childish, but did not dream that he was so pettish in his childishness. Now, Bro. Lockley, after spending three sleepness nights on account of your intended insult--and one no newspaper man would attempt--we have concluded we cannot do without the Traveler. We certainly do not like to pay cash for it, but if you will send it to our address for six months, we will upon receipt of first copy forward to your address fifty-two numbers of a child=s paper called AWillie=s Lessons.@ It will serve to soothe your ruffled feelings when Dick Howard scoops the Traveler.

Burden Eagle.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

W. S. Prettyman, of Philadelphia, and W. McFarland, of Ohio, are the new artists who have recently located in our city. They have their art gallery in room No. 20 in the Commercial Block. Yesterday morning we paid the gentlemen a visit and were considerably surprised at the elegant style in which they have furnished their suite of rooms. The reception room is handsomely carpeted and is furnished with a beautiful parlor set. On the walls hang designs of their workmanship, which, in our judgment, we unhesitatingly pronounce first-class. The paraphernalia for pictures is all bran new, as are the backgrounds, accessories, etc. They are purchased in Chicago, and shipped directly here. All of their goods, scenery, etc., have not yet arrived. In a talk with the gentlemen, they informed us that they would make a specialty of copying and enlarging pictures. They also take pictures any size you may desire. From a photo card they can go to a picture 17 x 20 inches. This is a new departure in the art of picture making in Arkansas City. We would advise everyone to call on Prettyman & McFarland if they are desirous of anything in this line.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

The K. C. & S. W. Railway company have purchased 10 acres of land of John Love over adjoining the Jack Oaks. The consideration was $1,300. The company will locate their depot and roundhouse on the land. The depot will be erected at the foot of Fifth Avenue. Pipes and specifications have been drawn for a five stall roundhouse. The depot will be two stories high, the first floor being used to transact the local business of the company and the second floor as the general offices. The grading is completed almost to the river. About one half of the piling for the large trestle work has been driven and the grading is almost ready to receive the iron from the 13th street depot south to their lately purchased depot grounds. The citizens of Arkansas City raised the money out of their own pockets and purchased the grounds, giving them to the company.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

John A. Scott, of Bolton Township, got taken in Wednesday for $102. Auctioneer Bailey was employed to sell a fine four-year-old horse on that day by a man claiming to be from Chautauqua County. Mr. Scott bid the horse in, and paid the stranger the money. Thursday another man appeared upon the scene making inquiries for a horse and thief that answered the description of the animal bought, and the man who sold it to Mr. Scott. He stated that the horse had been stolen from his barn near Cedarvale a day or so before and went out Thursday afternoon to Mr. Scott=s farm to obtain and identify his property. We have not heard how the matter was settled between Mr. Scott and the horse-owner, but suppose the latter took possession of his horse.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Items from 32.

After a silence for some time, we again commence our news column and will try to give some news from this part.

Most of the farmers have finished gathering corn.

School in District 32 is progressing finely.

Mr. Beaver has returned from his visit to New Jersey. He says there is no place like Kansas.

There will be a temperance lecture in District 32, Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 o=clock p.m., by Judge Gans.

Wednesday morning Mr. Gee found a cap lying by his granary. From appearance it would see that someone had come to borrow a sack of corn without Mr. Gee=s consent, and, in taking his departure left behind his cap. There have been a number of articles appropriated in this part of the world by unknown parties, and if the farmer can only get the rascals, woe unto them. Mr. Gee says the owner of the cap can have the same by proving property and paying charges.

MARRIED. Married Thursday, November 26, at the residence of Rev. Harris, R. P. Henderson and Miss Jennie Gillis, both of East Creswell. Their many friends join in wishing them a long and happy life. Saturday night the boys called at the residence of Porter Henderson and treated him to a regular old-fashioned chivari. A noisy time was had. The music was rendered by the Creswell string band, seconded by cow bells and shotguns. Porter would like to know a sure cure for the headache.

WANTED. To trade 100 head of cattle for as many or fewer cats. The cats must be guaranteed to be Adeath on mice,@ and must be brought by responsible parties. S. J. Endicott.

The boys from over the river have been causing a considerable disturbance at a certain church in the city. The preacher let down rather heavily on them Sunday night. Better look out, boys, or you may get a chance to visit the Acooler.@

The Aristatolean still exists, but if you could see the audience every Friday night, you would think if it ever should die, there would be a lively funeral.



Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Since its organization, the board of trade has taken upon itself the duty of flooring the west Arkansas River bridge. Last week the lumber was sent for. This week one car-load arrived and another is expected daily. About half of the bridge flooring has been laid. The board of trade is an excellent institution to do good for a town.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Geo. Washington at Murphysboro.

November 27, 1885.

Mr. Editor, as you seldom hear from this remote locality, I will send you in a few lines for the REPUBLICAN. Our town has had quite a business-like appearance for several days. The boomers and soldiers arrived here from Oklahoma, and since that time it has been their main stopping place. Everything has been booming. We boast of having the greatest variety of scenery of any place for its size on earth, and its future for a thrifty trading point looks very flattering. That your readers may know just where our little town is located, we will say that it may be found on the territory line, 5 miles south of the city. The first store was established here September 1, 1885, by J. M. Murphy, who, since that time, has succeeded in building up a fair trade.

Holland Whitaker, our genial sheep man, left yesterday for Russell County, where he has an interest in a large herd of sheep.

Hay and wood-haulers are again busy hauling out of the Territory since the patrol was removed.

Miss Clara Massy visited in our village on Wednesday. Miss Massy is a niece of Benj. Wing. She is, we venture to say, much the largest girl of her age in Kansas. She is 12 years old and weighs 199 pounds; is far ahead of her years in intelligence, and is a wonder in both size and brightness.

Al. Christy, who is in the doctor=s care at Kansas City, is said to be improving in health.

Our town is somewhat Afluctuating,@ but hope to hold our own until a railroad reaches us.



Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Attention, G. A. R.

All members of the post are requested to be in attendance at the regular meeting, next Saturday, the 12th, as the election of officers will occur.


C. R. FOWLER, Adjutant.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Pure buckwheat flour in packages or bulk, prepared flours for cakes and biscuits, Maple Syrup, Oatine, British American Oats, prepared by patent process--cooks in five minutes. Labador Split Herrings, Mackerel, and Pitted Plumbs for sale by Geo. E. Hasie & Co. Their stock is as complete and well-assorted as can be found in the state.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Sheriff McIntire telegraphed Wednesday that he had arrived at Pinnal, Arizona, and that the man arrested was Frank Graham, the man who A. V. Alexander & Co., are desirous of seeing so badly, and that he would start home as soon as possible with his prisoner.


Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

Hides, furs, and game purchased at the family grocery of Geo. E. Hasie & Co.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Accidental Shooting.

DIED. Last Saturday Wm. McCosh, Geo. McDonal, Jas. Reddick, Walter Cox, and Wm. Aikman went to the Territory on a hunting expedition. They had gotten down to where what is known as the big bend in the Arkansas river, some 25 miles from here, and were making preparations to camp for the night. McDonal, Reddick, and Aikman busied themselves in putting up the tent and building the fire. Walter Cox, a boy, watched the teams. McCosh betook himself to the unloading of the wagons. He caught hold of the muzzle of a gun laying at the bottom of the wagon bed and commenced pulling it toward him from the rear end of the wagon. The gun was discharged, the entire contents entering McCosh=s right side just above the hip, and killed him almost instantly.

We are told that the deceased supposed the gun to be unloaded, when he attempted to remove it. The hunting party remained in camp Saturday night and Sunday morning bright and early the sorrowful crowd commenced their journey to Arkansas City, bringing the corpse with them. They arrived here at 4 o=clock Sunday afternoon and the proper authorities were notified of the accident. The coroner was summoned and the inquest was held Tuesday; the verdict returned by the jury was that Wm. McCosh came to his death by accidental shooting, with the gun in his own hands.

The deceased has a brother at Winfield, who was notified of what had occurred. He came down to this city and while the inqurest was being held, got gloriously drunk and raised such a disturbance that Constable Thompson had to remove him from the room to the calaboose. In going down the stairs from Judge Kreamer=s office, the drunken McCosh turned upon the Constable and showed fight. This spirit was soon subdued, however, by Frank, who gave him a lesson in the manly art, a la Sullivan style. What a disgrace the live McCosh was to the cold, dead body of his brother. The man whose heart is so dead that he cannot refrain from drinking intoxicants during the hour of death is indeed in a miserable condition, and so low that he deserves nothing but the scorn of men.

The deceased McCosh was a stonemason and had been working at his trade here for some time. He was a Scotchman by birth and leaves a wife and three children in Scotland. The remains were buried in Riverview Cemetery by order of the Coroner.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The Winfield Courier gives off this bit of information.

The worst case of cold-blooded murder in the history of this section occurred at Caldwell Monday night. Frank Noyes, a tough case, was the leader among the whiskeyites. Last August he was in jail at Wellington for violating the prohibitory law. At one o=clock Monday night Noyes was roused by some parties who said they had a warrant for him and he must go with them to Wellington at once. His wife, supposing he had been taken to Wellington, boarded the early morning train and went to that place. At 10 o=clock she got a telephone message that Noyes= body had been found at daylight hanging stiff and cold from a beam in the depot stockyards. Nobody seems to know who did it or why it was done. Some think the law-breakers spotted him as giving them away; others think he was suspected to have been at the head of the house burning business that has recently been inflicted on Caldwell prohibitionists. The war on the whiskey question is getting terribly hot at Caldwell. Mr. Glendening, an employee of the Free Press, a radical prohibition paper, has repeatedly received warnings to resign from that sheet. He paid no attention to these anonymous notes till Tuesday morning, when he got another: AThis is the last warning. Beware!@ He quit the Press and will move to Mulvane. There is great indignation over the murder of Noyes.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

A big fire occurred in the Territory Friday night, caused by the high wind. It burned Tomlin and Webb=s ranch, and all the buildings except the dwelling house; also all the hay, and is thought from four to six hundred head of cattle. Hill and Allen, Dick Best, Beach, and Pickins, and the ranch known as Botts Ranch lost everything.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Christmas is not far away, and by purchasing your presents early you will have a large assortment to select from. It will also allow your jeweler more time for engraving, packing, shipping, etc. Go and examine E. L. McDowell=s stock of holiday goods.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Winfield=s Enterprise Association was called to meet Thursday night for the purpose of considering the extension of the Santa Fe=s Douglass branch to Winfield and on to Fort Smith, Arkansas. They also talked about the Santa Fe locating shops and everything else there. We never thought Winfield would get down to child=s play. She seems to forget that the Santa Fe owns 30 acres of land in the townsite of Arkansas City and 36 acres adjoining the corporate limits on which the great railroad company will erect their machine shops. Their roundhouse is already here, you know, and the machine shops will come later on and be located on the canal, where they can obtain cheap power. The land which the Santa Fe owns in Arkansas City today is worth over $50,000. All they possess in Winfield, outside of the track, will not amount to $2,000. Winfield owes too much now to lend any aid to anything else. She has bonded indebtedness now of over $75,000 besides the well-to-do citizens having a $90,000 mortgage on their soul for the building of the Methodist college. It won=t be long until that town will be sold to pay taxes.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Last Tuesday rain fell and during the day the weather changed, getting very cold; consequently, the ground became quite slippery. Walking was a difficulty. Several parties received falls, but Mrs. Elizabeth Mantor was the only person who was in any wise injured. Mrs. Mantor went out in the yard on an errand, and when she was but a short distance from the door, her feet slipped from under her. She fell and struck the back of her head on the frozen ground. She was knocked senseless and remained unconscious about 30 minutes. No men folks were at home in the neighborhood and, as soon as the women folks discovered the unfortunate lady, they carried her in the house and summoned Dr. Chapel. At last report Mrs. Mantor was recovering, and in a few days will be around alright.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The site for the K. C. & S. W. Depot has been located at the foot of 3rd Avenue across the canal. Site for the building of the roundhouse has also been selected nearby. Surveyors were busy Thursday laying off the ground for switches.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.


Christmas Presents, NOW IS The Time to Select.





Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

A corps of engineers, indirectly in the employ of the Santa Fe railroad, have been running one or more lines of survey from the Chanute to the Verdigris river, in Wilson County, for the purpose of ascertaining where the easiest grade may be for the Chanute, Fredonia and Longton cut-off for the Southern Kansas.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The Indian Problem.

There can be no doubt but that Gen. Sheridan=s plan for solving the Indian question is the correct one. He would give each family three hundred and fifty acres, have the government buy the remainder of the reservation, and pay for the land in bonds, the interest on which would go to the Indians. This would be sufficient to support, educate, and civilize them, buy cattle, agricultural implements, and put them on an independent footing. The Indians are now, according to the General, the richest land owners in the country; but the property does them no good as it is not productive. Government action, such as he suggests, is necessary to bring to them the benefits which they should derive from their valuable possessions. General Sheridan=s plan deserves the attention of congress.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

More Truth than Taffy.

Dick Howard, the smiling young editor of the Arkansas City REPUBLICAN, illuminated our sanctum Monday. Dick felt very uncomfortable in the Queen City. He is accustomed to plenty of room--a rural street aspect. Here he was constantly bumped and knocked around by the surging crowds. He didn=t stay long. Dazed with wonder at the gigantic boom and general life of Cowley=s metropolis, he returned to his village home at 11:51. Dick, we will parenthetically remark, is one of the brightest young journalists in the state and is making a big success of his paper. As a boomer of Arkansas City=s interests, he is immense. Come often, Richard. We are always glad to view your happy phiz. You must come frequently to be able to recognize our city--it=s getting bigger and bigger, and a common villager is very liable to get lost. Winfield Courier.

The beloved Courier is correct when it says we visited their sanctum Monday; and we do not deny that during our brief stay, in the county seat, we were somewhat uncomfortable. We will tell you why, Mr. Courier. We longed to get back to the metropolis of the Arkansas Valley, where there is business going on, you know. We wanted to get back to the city at the head of navigation on the Arkansas. We were pining for that familiar toot of the foggy steamboat whistle. We wanted to hurry home and see the five Santa Fe engines and the five

K. C. & S. W. engines run into their roundhouses. We wanted to return and take a breath of the air arising from the Aragin@ canal--and hear the low swift murmuring of its waters as it flowed onward to furnish the power for making 1,000 barrels of flour per day. We wanted to get back and see what progress had been made on the 12 new brick and stone blocks in course of erection. We can=t get along without the twang of the mason=s trowel, the buzz of the rip saw, the clash of the hammer, and the cry for more mortar and brick. We wanted to get back and see caravan after caravan of Indians returning to their home in the Territory with almost train loads of our merchants= produce. We wanted to get back to the Kansas City of Kansas, for fear our Aclaim@ would be jumped during our absence and above all we desired once more to return to good society. These are only a few of the wants that made us uncomfortable, and when you have illustrated these, we will publish more. True, we were dumped around considerable, but the surging crowd which bumped us consisted of the individuals who went down main street, locked arm style, on billowy legs. Of all the sights presented in Winfield, there was only one in anywise reminding us of a city. It was the one at the Courier printing office. This print shop has lately added new machinery, type, etc., and in getting out the daily, employs about 12 printers. Their most valuable acquisition is their new gas engine, which furnishes the motor for the presses. (We do not allude to Frank Greer.) The other scenes presented in Winfield are familiar on the streets of Dexter. Thanks, neighbor, we can=t come often, but when we want to drown our sorrows in quietude, we will visit Winfield. And, as for the Ahub@ ever growing beyond recognition, it would be an impossibility. We painted the town red. We took precaution to mark it for fear a new stable might be erected. We procured a piece of red flannel, which we obtained from that portion of our underwear that we usually sit upon, and tied it around the city. There she will stand, never expanding or increasing; but always the same little way station of Winfield at the cross roads.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The Fort Smith Road.

The Kansas and Arkansas Valley railroad is to be an extension of the Arkansas Valley Route through the Cherokee, Creek, and Osage nations into Kansas. The articles of association state that it is proposed for the road to begin at the most suitable point where connection can be made with the line of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad in Van Buren, and run thence by the most feasible route through Craford County to the western boundary line of the state, near Fort Smith, thence through the Indian Territory in a northwesterly direction to such a point on the northern boundary line at or near Arkansas City. Also, that a branch line will be built from some suitable point on the main line for making connection with the Southern Kansas railroad company now terminating near Coffeyville, Kansas. The main line to be about 246 miles long, and the branch about 75 miles long. The capital stock of the company is to be $8,000,000, and the money is already arranged for and work will commence at Van Buren as soon as the right of way has been granted by Congress, which we have no doubt will be done this winter as a bill to that effect has already been introduced.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Bowers & Henderson, the new proprietors of the City Meat Market, are selling meat now to suit the times. These enterprising gentlemen are always on the alert, ready and willing to supply their customers with clean, tender, and good meats. They also buy hides, hogs, and cattle, paying the highest market prices therefor. Farmers, you will find it a pleasure as well as very profitable to call upon Bowers & Henderson when in the city and dispose of your fat beeves to them.

J. F. Henderson makes his headquarters at the market and devotes his whole time to the buying. Fred Bowers nobly awaits the wants of customers. Times are somewhat hard and Fred will sell you meat at hard time prices.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The Knights of Pythias will give a ball next Friday evening, Dec. 18, in Highland Opera House. Without any hesitancy the REPUBLICAN makes the assertion that this will be the best and most fashionable entertainment of the year of 1885. First-class music from Wichita and a prompter that dancers can understand will be in attendance to enliven the occasion. In connection with the ball, a grand supper will be given at the Leland Hotel. Mine Host Perry promises to excel the bill-of-fare at the Hill Banquet, if such could be possible. Invitations will be issued next week, and of course printed at the REPUBLICAN job printing office.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The contract for building the new K. C. & S. W. Depot has been let to Jacob Hight. It will be 20 x 78 feet surrounded by 250 feet of platform. The waiting room will be 20 x 24 feet, and the remainder of the depot will be utilized for freight, baggage, and an office. The building will be the best one on the line between here and Beaumont. It will contain dormer-windows and the waiting room bay windows. The company was so well pleased with Mr. Hight=s other depot job that they awarded him the contract of putting up the new one. By the way, Jake is obtaining quite an enviable reputation as a carpenter and joiner.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Wm. H. Vanderbilt, the railroad magnate, is dead. He died Tuesday. His death was the result of a sudden stroke of paralysis due to the bursting of a large blood vessel at the base of the brain, of that kind that are absolutely fatal at the moment. At the time of his death Mr. Vanderbilt was engaged in conversation with Mr. Robt. Garrett, an intimate friend. He fell forward on his face on the floor, while speaking.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

A New Railroad

Will soon be built to Arkansas City to enable people to more readily avail themselves of the great benefit to be derived by purchasing goods from Geo. E. Hasie & Co.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Cowley County contains the gross of school teachers--144 even.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The most handsome dressing cases in the city for sale at the Eagle drug store.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Work on the buildings in the burned district has ceased for a few days. Too much cold weather.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Searing & Mead stopped work on the curbing and guttering on Summit street Wednesday because of the cold weather.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

The windstorm of last Friday blew Geo. Whitney=s windmill on his farm down, completely demolishing it. Damages $200.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

This week the REPUBLICAN issues a supplement of 12 columns. In it will be found President Cleveland=s message. The REPUBLICAN as usual scooped its cotemporaries and was the first paper in Arkansas City to give the message to its readers.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Fine Oil Paintings.

An eastern artist has sent Mrs. A. D. Prescott some fine paintings of eastern scenery. These pictures are for sale at a moderate price. They can be seen at the residence of A. D. PRESCOTT.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.

Cattle Men in the Territory say the average loss on shrinkage in prices on cattle this year will be very much lessened by the money saved in purchasing goods at Geo. E. Hasie & Co.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.


Room No. 30, Commercial Block.

The undersigned are prepared to do all kinds of work, from a card to a LIFE SIZE PICTURE.

We also make a specialty of Copying and Enlarging. By the new process we are able to take pictures on cloudy days. All work guaranteed. An elegant line of Picture frames always kept in stock.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.


Stamping, Imported Saxony, Germantown, Shetland, Spanish yarn, Camels, Embroidery materials, Ornaments, Water sets, Cake standards, Pitchers, China cups, Oil paintings, Chromos, Albums, Plush frames, Dolls, Express Wagons, Folding Tables

GO TO C. W. RANSOMS, Chapel Building, Opposite Central Ave. Hotel.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


A lot of ladies= and misses= skirts will be closed out for less than cost of manufacturing them at O. P. Houghton=s.

Ware & Pickering buy game. Highest market price paid therefor.

The trial of Henry Mowry for the murder of James Smith comes up next Tuesady.

C. M. Scott received 1,000 bushels more of corn from Mulvane and Belle Plaine Tuesday evening and 1,000 last night.

Chas. Schiffbauer came home from St. Louis on the new railroad in 24 hours, a distance of more than 500 miles.

Cleveland=s message is so lengthy that no one will hardly take the trouble to read it. Smart man is that Cleveland.

Gov. Martin has issued his proclamation convening the legislature in extra session at 12 o=clock on Tuesday, January 19, 1886.

Last Saturday night Barney McAuley presented his AMessenger from Jarvis Section,@ to a small audience. Barney and his support are first-class.

Over 100 lots in View Hill addition. These lots are 50 x 132 feet and are the choicest in the city for suburban residences. For prices and terms call on Snyder & Hutchison.

Jerry McGee, the supposed incendiary of the Leland Hotel, secured bondsmen after his trial of last Friday. Dewitt McDowell, Hayes Love, and Judge Sumner went on his bond as sureties.

One week from tonight, the A. F. & A. M. Crescent Lodge, No. 133, will hold their regular annual election of officers for the coming year. All brothers are especially invited to be in attendance.

The first large shipment of freight over the K. C. & S. W., came in Tuesday morning. It was six car-loads of lumber from Chicago for A. V. Alexander & Co., and $787 was the price paid to have the lumber brought here.

On the 19th day of January, 1886, the state of Kansas will be twenty-five years of age; will have completed her first quarter of a century of existence as a member of a Federal Union. In many of our public schools, the 29th of January has been observed for several years as AKansas Day.@

As an evidence that the REPUBLICAN is the best paper in the city, we would state that there are now four ex-editors of the Traveler, who have enrolled their names on our subscription list. Think of it, friends, four editors retiring from the staff of the journal across the way in order that they might subscribe for the REPUBLICAN. We still have hopes of adding one more to our list.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Mechanics and Laborers in large numbers are locating in Arkansas City for the winter, because they can save money by buying their groceries of Geo. E. Hasie & Co.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Some Plain Facts.

We are informed that there is an ordinance prohibiting agents from coming here from other towns and soliciting work from samples or selling goods without first having paid a certain license into the city treasury. The ordinance provides that these agents or salesmen who come here shall pay $5 per week for the privilege. These cheap John persons have been coming to Arkansas City regularly and paying nothing for carrying on their business to the detriment of our merchants. First, it was the dry goods men whose trade was injured badly. A bankrupt auction firm came here from Wichita last spring and made life to the dry goods merchant not worth the living. Now, it is the jewelry fiend who has invaded the sacred limits of our city. Last Thursday Miss Kate Smedley was arrested for taking orders for jewelry from a circular without paying the necessary tax. She acknowledged that she was guilty of what she was charged with, but said rather than pay the fine of $10, she would squander $100 in fighting the ordinance, boasting that she had Ascooped@ Winfield on the same question. Judge Bryant was so captivated by Miss Smedley=s becoming demeanor that he allowed her to go free upon giving a bond of $10. Poor, unsophisticated man. The trial is to come off next Wednesday and during that time Miss Smedley will ramble the country over, out on a $10 bond. Great heavens! What is this country coming to? Now, it is right in this connection, we wish to make a few remarks. The REPUBLICAN has always entered its protest against allowing cheap John agents coming ito our town demoralizing trade. Our readers will remember that we put ourself on record on the question when Matthews, of Wichita, came here and ruined the dry goods business for one season. There is another business, of which no mention has ever been made, which is injured more than any other. That is the printing. There is hardly a week which passes over our head but what the Wichita Eagle has a man here soliciting job printing. He never pays a cent towards the support of our city and never will unless forced to. The consequence of this is that job printing is considerably demoralized in Arkansas City. Of course, we can do printing just as cheap as the Eagle, but in doing so it makes the business somewhat unprofitable. The REPUBLICAN, the Traveler, and Democrat all pay occupation taxes besides taxes on real estate and personal property. The Wichita Eagle pays nothing of the kind in this city. Now, don=t the businessmen of Arkansas City think it is as just to protect one citizen as another? When they have job printing to do, let them bring it to the REPUBLICAN office and not send it away from home. Aid the printer and he will aid you. Let justice be meted out to one and all of the businessmen of Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The AMystic Five@ organization has been resurrected; in fact, has risen from the ashes of last winter. The first assembling of this charmed body occurred last Tuesday evening in Dr. Chapel=s parlors, where a taffy pulling was held. None but male members belonged last season; but this, as the charmed circle has been broken, it was unanimously decided to take in ladies as honorary Aper-quisites.@


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The High School pupils have at last purchased their piano. It arrived the first of the week and was placed in the schoolroom Tuesday. The cost of the instrument was $400, and it was purchased in Leavenworth. The Arkansas City High School is the only one that can boast of having a piano in its rooms in the state.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The Coterie is a society formed by the ladies of the city for the purpose of giving amusements and entertainments the coming winter. The officers elected are as follows.

President: Mrs. Ed. L. Kingsbury.

Vice President: Miss Linda Christian.

Secretary: Miss Emily Grosscup.

Treasurer: Miss Abbie Hamilton.



Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

A handsome compliment was bestowed upon the REPUBLICAN of last Saturday. A physician and an impartial reader of all the papers in the county pronounced last week=s issue of the REPUBLICAN the best local newspaper ever gotten out in Cowley County.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church, assisted by friends, are going to give an entertainment next Tuesday evening in Highland Opera House. It will consist of vocal and instrumental music and the recitation of Ingelow=s [? NOT CERTAIN OF NAME] famous poem, AThe Song of Seven.@ Everybody should attend.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Call on Dresser, the photographer, and have some cabinet photos of yourself and make your friends a present. Cabinets $5.00 per doze. He is displaying some elegant work. You are invited to call in and look around.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


John G. Danks and wife arrived home Tuesday last.

BIRTH. Born to Ed. Hutchison and wife, a girl baby, last Sunday.

L. W. Currier is convalescing from a threatened attack of typho malaria.

Geo. Allen will occupy Kendall Smith=s property as soon as the latter moves west.

Dr. J. A. Mitchell, instead of being at his office at night, will be found at the residence of O. Ingersoll.

Mrs. J. F. Shindel, of Belle Plaine, visited in the city this week. She was the guest of Mrs. O. Ingersoll.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


Chas. Stanton bought the Stedman property across the canal Tuesday. Howard & Owens made the sale.

Fred Farrar and J. L. Howard made a purchase of a house and one lot down on main street the first of the week.

N. U. Hinkley, of Portland, Maine, is visiting in the city, the guest of H. P. Farrar and his other numerous Maine friends.

W. F. Adams has retired from the firm of Ware, Pickering & Co., and the firm name is changed back to Ware & Pickering.

Kendall Smith and family moved to Fowler City, Mead County, Thursday. Mr. Smith has taken a claim in that county.

T. D. Richardson, since selling his first ward residence, has purchased other lots in the same ward and commenced the erection of a residence.

Mr. Sanders, U. S. National Bank examiner, was in the city last Saturday and inspected the condition of the First National Bank of Arkansas City.

Mayor Schiffbauer went down to Little Rock Friday last in the interest of the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railroad, which runs from here to Fort Scott.

E. D. Eddy, the old reliable druggist, became tired of seeing his counters covered with wrapping paper, so he purchased a wrapping paper cabinet. It is a unique invention.

J. W. French and Hank Nelson have entered into partnership. They will contract and build all the houses in Arkansas City, for the next half century to come, if the people so will it.

J. G. Bugbee, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is visiting in the city this week. He is a guest at the residence of A. D. Prescott, and is an old time friend of the gentleman.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


MARRIED. Our friend and subscriber, Patrick Somers, of Bolton Township, was united last Friday in marriage to Miss Jennie Dally, by Judge Gans at the probate judge=s office. May they live long and prosper.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Howard & Owens sold the Woodcock farm east of town to J. W. Ruby, the first of the week. Consideration: $2,900.

Howard & Owens traded the Widow Finney property in the 3rd ward for a residence in the 4th ward, and then turned around and traded their last purchase for Dr. J. Vawter=s five acre lot, adjoining the townsite on the northwest.

J. L. Howard sold a half interest in his real estate agency to Capt. Owens from near Maple City. Mr. Owens will move to town in a few days and devote his entire attention to the real estate business. The firm is now Howard & Owens.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

M. A. Thompson and family will move here from Harper next week and occupy their recent resident property, purchased of Chas. Bryant. Mr. Thompson is the father of Miss Nellie, with whom our citizens have become acquainted in the six months just gone by.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

W. M. O=Gilva did a job of paper hanging and graining for us that we deem worthy of especial praise. Mr. O=Gilva is a first-class workman and does everything per agreement. A job on which Mr. O=Gilva tries himself has to be seen to be appreciated. His Walnut grain is superb.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Ed. G. Gray came down from Winfield, Saturday night, preferring to witness Barney McAuley=s presentation of the AMessenger from Jarvis Section@ to Jansuychek=s Macbeth. Ed. always did have an eye for attending theatrical performances in large cities, hence his frequent visits to the Terminus, you know.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Mrs. Miller, lately of Chicago, arrived in the city last week. Mrs. Miller is a dressmaker and a sister of Mrs. W. M. Henderson. Mrs. Miller before coming to Arkansas City was employed in a large dressmaking establishment on State Street. Any orders left with Mrs. W. M. Henderson will receive prompt attention.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Dr. Griffith and wife, Emma Chennoworth, and Will Griffith and wife departed for their Florida home Tuesday morning. They all chartered a car and shipped their household effects. The party went on the K. C. & S. W., to Beaumont, and there took the Frisco. The Doctor, in order to have the news, came in and lined our pockets with the necessary to obtain the REPUBLICAN for one year.



Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Last Tuesday was Mrs. T. D. Richardson=s 45th birthday and her neighbors and friends planned a pleasant surprise for her. They all clubbed together and purchased an elegant silver castor of Ridenour & Thompson, and repaired to the home of the lady mentioned above in the evening and presented her with the token of their friendship. Rev. J. P. Witt made the presentation speech and responded to by Mrs. Richardson.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

AMaj.@ Chas. Schiffbauer returned Tuesday night from a trip back east. During last week he was in Indianapolis and witnessed the funeral procession of Thomas A. Hendricks. From Indianapolis the AMajor@ visited Washington, D. C., and saw President Cleveland. Unfortunately, for the latter he had his head turned aside when the former was feasting his eyes on the August body of the last Democratic president. The AMajor@ is now as happy as a clam at high tide.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

G. M. Leavitt, the Daily Courier=s subscription rustler, was in the city Tuesday getting subscribers. By the way, the Courier is the best local daily published in Kansas, outside of Wichita and the other larger cities. In the Weekly Courier, there is more original local matter than any paper in the county, and the local contents of the paper--both daily and weekly--eminate principally from one mind: that of Frank Greer. Mr. Greer is a newspaper prodigy beyond a doubt.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

A. G. Lowe was called to El Dorado last week to attend at the bedside of a sick uncle, Rev. W. D. Phillips. Rev. Phillips has been confined to his bed for the past ten days, suffering with severe pains in the head, bordering onto seriousness. The doctor=s friends and physicians have advised him to give up his work for the present and take rest, or he cannot recover. This he has finally consented to do, and as soon as he has sufficiently recovered, he will travel. Mr. Lowe came home Monday last.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.



Keep on hand a Full Line of Harness Saddles, Bridles, spurs, Whips, Robes, Etc., at T. R. HOUGHTON=S.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Sheriff McIntire arrived in Winfield from Arizona Wednesday with his prisoner, Frank Graham, Alexander & Co.=s check-raising bookkeeper. Mac. found his prisoner in jail at Florence, Arizona, and when our Sheriff confronted Graham, he made no denial but confessed that he had gotten away with $168 instead of $160 as charged. In his confession he implicated Frank Freeland, the ex-Democrat printer. Freeland and Graham both wanted to go west, but neither had the money. Freeland suggested the idea of Graham tapping his employer=s till. (The REPUBLICAN wonders why Graham did not put Freeland up to tapping his employer=s till.) Graham drew the raised check, presented it at the bank, received the money, and turned it over to Freeland, so if the former was searched he would be found moneyless. They purchased tickets for Arizona and by the time they had got there, they were both without money. They both secured situations at a mining town by the name of Pinal in a printing office. As McIntire did not have a warrant for Freeland, he left him there; but it is quite likely he will be brought back and suffer the penalty of the law for what part he took in the crooked business. Graham has respectable parents residing at Eskridge, his father being a leading attorney there. The guilty boy requested that he be sent to the penitentiary without his parents= knowledge.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

There will be a grand marshal entertainment given in Highland Hall next Tuesday evening, December 15th, under the auspices of the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church. The vast musical talent of the city will aid them in Concert. The programme will consist of solos, duets, trios, quartet, etc., besides oratorical exercises of some very beautiful poems. AThe Story of Seven@ will be rendered by as many speakers, and an effective tableau will illustrate the story told by each speaker. The ladies of the choir, who have immediate supervision of this concert, have spared no pains to make this entertainment of very high order; and it promises to surpass anything ever given by home talent and will challenge comparison with any entertainment ever given in our city. It is to be hoped that this effort of home talent will be duly appreciated by the public and receive hearty recognition. Tickets for sale by Ridenour & Thompson at the Post Office. Admission 25 cents; reserved seats 25 cents; children 15 cents.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The telephone line connecting Arkansas City with Wichita, Mulvane, Belle Plaine, Wellington, Caldwell, Hunnewell, and Oxford is finished to Winfield, and as we were already connected to the county seat by Ahello,@ we now have communication with all the above named cities. The Courier says the sound is as distinct as with any connection in the city; with the voice at a low ebb, you can hear anything distinctly. This telephone line will be a vast convenience, especially to the newspapers, who will act as each other=s special agents and have, speedily, all important events in this circuit. This is another big step in the Queen City; advancement. H. G. Chipchase, superintendent, says the line is first-class in every respect. It is the hard-drawn copper wireCthe best in the world.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The Walnut River contains an immense gravel bed. The gravel is being removed and shipped to other towns for street purposes and is also being largely utilized by railroads in ballasting. The Arkansas City gravel pit has brought thousands of dollars, nay millions, into our city. This is one of Arkansas City=s industries bestowed upon her by nature. In the Arkansas River there are oceans of fine building sand; and since the advent of the K. C. & S. W. Railroad, parties are making arrangements to operate a sand pit, shipping the sand to interior towns, which are so unfortunate as not to possess that building requisite. And it is thus we boom.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Swept By Fire.

Kansas never saw a whole day to equal Friday in general Acussedness.@ Real estate sailed around in the air communing with angels and turkey buzzards. Down here on earth the wind played the ADickens,@ with an illuminated D. All over Cowley damage is reported. The biggest damage was done in northeast Cowley. At eight o=clock in the morning a prairie fire broke out this side of Beaumont, caused by some flying engine spark, it is thought. With such a terrific gale to fan it on, it swept south with appalling destruction. Nothing impeded its awful gaitCover roads, hedges, everywhere where the least combustible matter could be caught. Many farmers had their all swept away. W. H. Hill, near Box City, had two thousand bushels of corn, all his hay, his stable, and his horses burnedCall but his house. In fighting the fire his face and hands were horribly burned, his eyes so badly that recovery of sight is doubtful. Other farmers whose places were rather new, without much firebreak, suffered the same fate. Those who saw the flames of this fire say it was a thrilling sight. No horse could keep pace with it. When in heavy grass the flames rolled twenty feet in the air, and the sparks flew wildly, continually setting the prairie distances before the main fire.

This same section has been recently invaded by the hog cholera, many farmers losing every hog. R. F. Burden lost 120 head, and others in proportion. It leaves northeast Cowley in bad shape to start into the winterCno pork, no hay, and some no corn or anything else on which to winter their stock. All swept away by a cruel fire.

Winfield Courier.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The coal prospecting committee is having a prospecting hole dug, but not on the site selected by the meeting. After due deliberation and consultation with a number of the citizens, and experts who have visited Mulvane during the past week, it was thought best to prospect farther south, as that is more in the direction in which the coal appeared to extend from where it was found. A four foot hole is being dug on the west side of First Avenue, one block south of Main street. Fred Webber has contracted to put the hole down to where the rock becomes too hard to pick, for 10 cents per foot, the committee to furnish lumber for curbing. The committee has two offers to do the drilling from where Webber quits. One of the offers comes from parties in Wellington, the other from Winfield. The committee has not yet decided which offer it will accept, or whether it will accept either. Money enough has already been subscribed to put the hole down about 250 feet, at the prices offered. When that depth is reached, if coal is not found, and if the indications are encouraging, more money can easily be raised. Mulvane Record.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The directors of Geuda Springs, Caldwell, Harper, and Northwestern railroad met in their office at Winfield, Kansas, and organized by electing Alonzo Stevens, of Chicago, President; Jos. Munger, of Harper, Vice-President; J. L. Huey, of Arkansas City, Treasurer; W. M. [?] Forrey, of Harper, Secretary; and Henry E. Asp, of Winfield, Attorney. Immediate steps will be taken to procure the right of way from Harper to Caldwell and vote the aid along the line necessary to secure the building of the road. The directors expect and desire the hearty co-operation of the people of Harper and the people along the line. Harper Graphic.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Vice President Hendricks was buried with due honors in Indianapolis on Tuesday, by the side of his only son. As to his political ideas there is a wide difference of opinion, but as to his private life and personal qualities, there is not a blemish upon his character, not stain upon his record. His party would have made him its national leader had not the need to carry New York placed New York men before him.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

AD. JUST RETURNED From the East with a Full Line of the Finest and Best Assortment of Implements ever brought to Arkansas City, which we will sell at Lowest Possible Figure.

If you want a first-class windmill, wagon, sheller, or feedmill, don=t fail to see our new stock.

Old stock closed out at cost.



Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Council Proceedings.

Council met in regular session last Monday evening and as Mayor Schiffbauer was away, A. D. Prescott was chosen to preside.

After the action upon some minor bills, the council proceeded to take up and discuss the business coming before it.

A telegram from Mayor Schiffbauer, who stopped in St. Louis while enroute to Little Rock, was read, stating that the Inter-State Gas company had accepted the franchise for putting in water works in Arkansas City, but asked that the time for acceptance be extended until the next regular meeting of the council. The council granted the request.

Edward Grady was granted permission to put up an office on third avenue in connection with his coal scales.

The petition asking that stone crossings be laid on Summit street at Central and 5th [?] avenue was not allowed.

The city marshal was instructed to open up a sidewalk along the burned district where buildings are going up upon the complaint of G. W. Miller.

Jas. Ridenour and E. L. McDowell made a statement to the effect that traveling salesmen were in the city soliciting trade from circulars, which was very detrimental to the jewelry business. These persons hhad not contributed a cent to the city treasury as provided for per ordinance and the city marshal was instructed to look after such violations.

On motion the council adjourned.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Dr. George Emerson, health officer of Cowley County, forwards the following circular to Dr. Baker, of this city.

As it is of interest to a great many of our readers, the REPUBLICAN publishes it.

AAs County Health Officer, through this circular, or your county papers, or both, you will please notify every physician and midwife in your county, that they are required by the State Board of Health Law to return all certificates of births, still-births, and deaths to the County Health Officer, instead of the County Clerk; and notify every minister, judge, and justice of the peace in your county, that the law requires them to return all marriage certificates to the County Health officer, instead of the County Clerk. All of said certificates must be returned as above directed from and after the date this notice is received.

Very truly,


Secretary, State Board of Health.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

A gentleman residing in Burlington, Kansas, wrote to R. L. Kingsbury, news-dealer, for a copy of the REPUBLICAN last week. Burlington is organizing a board of trade. He had learned of our board of trade organization, and wanted the REPUBLICAN to read its constitution and by-laws, which we published a short time ago. Thus does the REPUBLICAN and Arkansas City=s enterprises move along hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

The programme prepared for the entertainment next Tuesday evening in Highland Opera House is a most excellent one and will be carried out in detail. The ladies, may heaven=s greatest blessings be showered on them, are making strenuous efforts to make this entertainment the best ever given in Arkansas City, and the REPUBLICAN is sure they will give an entertainment which will be worthy of the patronage of all.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

A letter from a prominent attorney of Little Rock, Arkansas, in regard to the Fort Smith road, says that a bill was to be presented to congress this session asking the right of way through the Indian Territory. By the telegraphic report of the bills introduced, we see that Senator Berry, of Arkansas, presented the bill on Wednesday last. And thus does the Fort Smith road progress.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Miss Kate Smedley, the lady who was arrested for selling jewelry without license from the city, says she took orders while in this city for goods amounting to over $1,000. This must have given our jewelry men the cramp [? COULD NOT MAKE OUT THIS WORD ?] colic, and made them wish they were not bloated bond-holders, but printers.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Last Wednesday Capt. A. J. Burrell filed a complaint against Finney Marsh for the killing of a squirrel on the former=s farm, before Judge Kreamer. The case came to trial and the Judge dismissed the suit because the complaint was made under the wrong section of law.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

J. W. Birdsell, who resides on his farm near Duncan=s mill on the Walnut, desires to inform cattlemen that he is prepared to winter about 200 head of cattle. Anyone desiring their stock wintered will do well to see Mr. Birdsell.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Lost. An Arkansas City Bank deposit book. Finder will please return the same to D. L. Means, the owner, and he will reward you.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.



Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


A. T. & S. F. Depot.

Arkansas City Coal Co.

Arkansas City Bank.

Arkansas City Roller Mills.

Arkansas City Roller Mills Office.

Blakeney & Upp.

Cunningham, G. W., Office.

Cunningham, G. W., Residence.

Democrat Editorial Rooms.

Democrat Printing Office.

Eddy, E. D., Store.

Eddy, E. D., Residence.

Farrar, H. P., Residence.

First National Bank.

Geuda Springs.

Hess, Frank J., Office.

Hess, Frank J., Residence.

Hasie, Geo E. & Co., Store.

Huey, James, Residence.

Kellogg & Coombs, Store.

Kelloggg, H. D., Residence.

Kroenert & Austin.

Leland Hotel.

Landes, John, Residence.

Mowry & Sollitt, Store.

Mowry, W. D., Residence.

Meigs & Nelson.

Newman, A. A. & Co., Store.

Newman, A. A., Residence.

Occidental Hotel.

Pyburn, A. J. Office.

Post Office.


Rogers= Mill.

Searing & Mead, Mill.

Searing & Mead, Residence.

Sollitt, C. C., Residence.

Snyder, N. T., Residence.

Swarts, C. L., Office.

Steinberger, S. F., Drug Store.

Steinberger, S. F. Residence.

Traveler Office.

Vawter, Dr., Residence.


Connections also with Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Hunnewell, Mulvane, Oxford, South Haven, Wellington, and Wichita.

N. T. SNYDER, Manager.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Ad. Wine for Churches--Pure unfermented grape wine at Dr. John Alexanders=, North Summit Street, Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

AD. GIFTS FOR HOLIDAYS! Of Every Description, SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES. Fine Books, Vases, Dressing Cases, Picture Frames, Looking-Glasses, Dictionaries & Holders, Writing Desks, Fancy Ink Wells, Work-Boxes, Papeteries, Games, Card Cases & Card Tambourines, Jewel Cases, Poems, Dolls, Whisk Broom Holders, Bisque Figures, Bibles, Match Safes, Autograph Albums, Photograph Albums, Collar & Cuff Cases in all Styles, Imported Leather Odor Cases, Paints and Artists= Studies, AND EVERYTHING SUITABLE FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, Including an Elegant Line of Christmas Cards from 10 cents up to $6.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Knights of Pythias Ball.

Last night, December 18, 1885, will long be remembered in Arkansas City by the lovers of the terpsichorean art. It was the occasion of the Knights of Pythias ball. For two weeks past the committees have been at work making elaborate preparations and last night we beheld the fruits of their labor. To say the ball was the event of the season does not express it. The affair was simply grand. Youth and beauty were there to Atrip the light fantastic toe@ to the best music ever introduced into Arkansas City. Delegations were present from Winfield, Wellington, and Wichita, and were treated so handsomely by the K. of P.=s in this city and enjoyed the occasion so hugely that they were wont to linger lovingly and long and while away the time in the mazy, dreamy waltz. The floor managers were assiduous in the performance of their duties. No one was allowed to linger as a wall-flower. All present were made to feel welcome and at home. The reception committee were on duty and met everyone at the door, showing the ladies to their wrap room, as well as the gentlemen, where attendants were stationed to attend to their wants. We wish to say here that all the committees discharged their duties exceptionally well, allowing nothing to be a drawback on the enjoyment and comfort of those present. Between the hours of 11 and 12 o=clock, the guests began to flock to the Leland Hotel to participate at the banquet. There were over 100 couples in attendance; and as a consequence, they were made up into three divisions. Thus, the dancing was kept up all the evening. Our space is so limited that it forbids a detailed mention of the scene at the banquet. Suffice be it for us to say that such a feast was never before prepared in Arkansas City. After the banquet was over, dancing was resumed by all and kept up till a late hour--or rather an early hour. Everyone was delighted with the pleasant evening spent and after one and all had wished Triumph Lodge No. 116, Knights of Pythias, many happy returns, they all returned to Ahome, sweet home.@


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Moon Shiners Failed.

Tuesday warrants came down from Winfield for the arrest of John Phillips, Louis Tournier, and Chas. Sanford for selling whiskey. They have been carrying on this business down upon an island in the Arkansas River, about 8 miles southeast of Arkansas City. As soon as the warrants were received, officers went down to the island and made the arrests. The prisoners were brought here and taken before Judge Kreamer, who placed Phillips and Tournier under a bond of $750 each and Sanford was turned loose under a bond of $250 to appear as a witness today in the preliminary examination. Tournier admits the selling of whiskey, but will fight the case on the grounds that he has a government license and made the sales upon government land; therefore, he has violated no law. The case will be an important one and will no doubt be settled in higher courts than exist in Arkansas City. Tournier and Phillips were unable to give bond so they were taken to Winfield and confined in the county jail. Tournier has the appearance of a real genuine moonshiner. He is a cripple, a low, heavy-set man, face covered over with a tangled growth of beard; and has a nose on him about 3 inches long. He is quite an old man.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

D. P. Marshall came into our office yesterday morning and reported seeing for the first time in this section the occurrence of a mirage. Mr. Marshall resides on a farm in West Bolton Township. Several miles to the northwest of his home lies the town of Geuda, down in a valley. While standing in his doorway yesterday morning and looking in the direction of Geuda, he was astonished very much by beholding the entire town of Geuda Springs and Salt City. He could not believe his eyes at first, so he called his wife, who saw and proclaimed the same as he. He says the outline of the town, buildings, etc., was plainly visible.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The Ladies of the AAid Society@ of the Presbyterian Church desire to express their most hearty thanks to the members of the choir and mechanics band and the many friends who so kindly contributed to the success of the entertainment on Tuesday evening at Highland Hall. It has been clearly demonstrated that the home talent is capable of giving entertainments of a high order and it is to be hoped that this is but the first of many equally as good.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

For Christmas Stockings.

Florida Sweet Oranges, Pecans,

Apples, Filberts,

Maple Sugar, Almonds,

Brazil Nuts, English Walnuts.

Our own Roasted Peanuts, Choice Royal Mixed Candy at 12-1/2 cents per pound.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

East Bolton Items.

Albert Hinkle, of Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio, has beewn visiting his old friend, R. A. Boys. Mr. Hinkle is looking at the country with the view to locate, and says he has left six young ones in Ohio who also desire to locate if he finds a satisfactory location.

Will Ray and Charles Roberts are in the Territory on a hunt. Mrs. Ray says the widow is coming along finely.

The schools in East Bolton are all progressing finely under the tutorship of efficient teachers.

A Lyceum was organized in District 80 three weeks ago, which is putting in some good work. A Christmas tree will be erected on Christmas eve for the benefit of the children.

We hope the Murphysboro correspondent will continue to report the news from that thriving little village.

O. Brown has rented the Henry Henden farm for the coming season. Mr. Hendon will move to the city and work at his trade--house-building.

T. Hull and family, whom we reported some time ago as having moved to California, reports hard times there. There surely is no better place than Kansas, and no better place than Cowley County.

Mrs. Peter Myers, who has been quite sick for some time, is convalescing.

Thomas Armstrong was pretty badly used up by being thrown between the box and wheels of a buggy while the horse was running away, it being the first time the horse had been hitched single.

We report a new subscriber for the REPUBLICAN from East Bolton, again, and yet there are some who are not taking any paper. We could not do without the REPUBLICAN--the best paper printed in Arkansas City.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Winfield citizens are now trying to gull the taxpayers of Walnut, Rock, and Fairview Townships into bonding themselves to the tune of about $50,000, in order that Winfield may get the Santa Fe=s Douglass branch extended. These townships have just voted aid to the D. M. A., and it is quite likely that they will again bond themselves to accommodate the city of Winfield when they themselves will derive no benefit.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The country newspaper man, of fifty years ago, aspired to be a Aliterary feller,@ wore his hair long and unkempt, and wrote long editorials upon profound and abstruse subjects. The country editor of today is a businessman, wears his hair and editorials short, and is a success in proportion as he has snap, push, and business capacity in him. Brevity, conciseness, incisiveness--quality not quantity--is now the rule in all well regulated newspapers. And the mission to occupy the field--publish all the news and reflect the daily life of the community in which your lot is cast. If a large city, cover it. Do this thoroughly and there will be no need to fear old or new rivals.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

N. T. Snyder, manager of the telephone exchange, is taking steps to establish night service at the exchange. We are now connected by telephone with Wichita, Wellington, Winfield, Caldwell, Hunnewell, Mulvane, Geuda Springs, and Belle Plaine. A night operator would be of great service to our citizens. Service of our Doctors are now connected with the exchange and by this arrangement, parties having telephones in their residence can get connected with any of the Doctors= offices anytime during the night.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Dinner, Christmas.

Celery, California Honey,

Maple Syrup, Buckwheat four,

Mincemeat, Choice N. O. Syrup,

Pigs Feet, Sweet Cider,

Assorted Cakes and Jumbles.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. No invoice of those custom made Fitch Boots. Every pair warranted. O. P. HOUGHTON.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. CHEAP MONEY; $200 to $10,000 to loan. MEIGS & NELSON.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Snow in Southern Kansas.

The oldest inhabitant has his inning once more and comes up smiling with the information that the present snow fall is the heaviest ever known in southern Kansas at one sitting. He had about the same to say of last winter, and the winter before last furnished him with a subject to dilate upon.

As a matter of fact, the snow fall in sympathy with the rain fall has increased in southern Kansas, and there are good reasons for the conclusion that the tendency will continue to be towards a larger snow fall as it is in the case of rain. The same conditions are as likely to produce the one as the other. Increased vegetation and foilage tend to draw moisture. It is well known that the more heavily timbered countries have the deepest snows. This is clearly illustrated in Canada and Russia. In the thickly wooded districts of Ontario and Quebec, the snow fall is immense. While on a hunting expedition in the wilds of Ontario, Canada, the writer once saw the snow begin on the 5th of November and continue without a stop until it was four feet deep on the level, while in the older settled portions where the timber was mostly cleared off, it did not exceed a foot in depth. In the prairie regions of Manitoba and the Northwest, although much further north than Ontario, the snow fall during the winter is not more than half as deep as in the latter province.

In view of these facts, as vegetation increases and timber grows, the people of southwest Kansas will probably have to prepare for heavier snow falls and save hay and build shelter for stock. Snow is said to be the poor man=s manure, and the inhabitants of northern countries are glad to have the ground covered from November to March, but such a condition, although it would help winter wheat, would not be beneficial on the whole in southern Kansas. The laborer would suffer because of no work. In timbered countries there is an abundance of employment in the lumber woods. Deep snow continuing in Kansas would be disastrous to our stockmen. If the present snow should lay on the ground a month, millions of dollars worth of stock would perish upon the ranges. If such should happen to be the case, those who were forced to sell their stock on account of being driven from the Territory will discover that they had been benefitted rather than injured by the president=s action.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Plumb=s Oklahoma Bill.

Senator Plumb is taking hold of the Oklahoma matter promptly. It is a good move. That matter must be disposed of soon, and there is only one kind of disposition that will suit the people of the country generally. The legal status of Indian Territory is such as to make it a barrier to both commerce and settlement. This will not be permitted to remain long. The mistakes of our fathers cannot be held to bind us in this matter. Indian rights are no more sacred than the rights of other people. They are largely mere matters of sentiment. White men have as good right on this continent or on any other continent as red men or men of any other color. They ask equal rights and privileges, only, and they are entitled to them. White men pay for their homes, and they are satisfied with homesteads of 160 acres of land. They are willing to allow that much and as much more to Indians, not only to heads of families, but to every individual Indian, old or young, and of either sex. After that much is done, then they want the rest of the public lands for other citizens in homesteads of 160 acres each. There is nothing unfair about this, no matter what theories have been made in the past, unless we are prepared to advocate the proposition that the North American Continent belongs exclusively to Indians, and that white people have no right here.

It is time this matter is settled, we repeat. The subject has been debated long enough, and a conclusion has been reached. The white man is making use of his part of the lands, is producing means to support an active and progressive civilization. The average farm contains but 134 acres. Every white man is willing that every Indian, man, woman, or child, may have and keep forever 320 acres apiece for their farms. But the rest must be surrendered for common use.

Topeka Capital.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Mr. Hendricks is the fifth vice-president that has died in office. George Clinton died in Madison=s first term. Eldridge Gerry died in Madison=s second term. Henry B. King, of Alabama, died during Pierce=s term, six weeks after he took the oath of office. (He took the oath in Havana, Cuba, and never presided over the senate.) Henry Wilson died in the second term of General Grant.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. Shepard & Acker, Physicians and Surgeons.

Office Commercial Block, Room 2. Office open day and night.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. FOR SALE, PEDIGREED HOGS, Male and Female.

Call on D. H. Millis, Arkansas City, Kansas.

These hogs are all thoroughbred Poland China.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. J. H. HILLIARD, Proprietor of the 5th Av. Livery & Sale Stable. Stock Sold on Commission. Money Advanced on Stock Left for Sale. Best of Accommodations for Teams.

5th Ave., West of Summit, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. MONEY! MONEY! I have perfected arrangements by which I can loan money at as LOW RATES as can be obtained in the state, either upon Farm or City Security, -or upon- Chattles. I have bargains in Farm and City Property. Call on J. C. ARMSTRONG, REAL ESTATE and LOAN AGENT. Office over Postoffice, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. If You Want Oysters,

If You Want a Good Meal,

If You Want a Lunch,

If You Want Fruits, Oranges, Lemons, Bananas, Nuts, Candies, Tobaccos, or Cigars, Call at The NEW ENGLAND KITCHEN, Just Opened by

R. E. GRUBBS. Good Bakery in Connection.

4th Door North First National Bank.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.


Arkansas City, Kansas.

Office on Central Avenue. Highest Market price paid for hogs, cattle, and sheep.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. A. F. HUSE, Dealer In COAL.

Canon City, Anthracite, Osage City, Weir City, and Pittsburg.

ALSO Wood, Flour, and Feed.

Office first door north of Skating Rink.

Give me a Call.

Satisfaction Guaranteed.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.


Cleanest, whitest, and best work in the city.

No chloride of lime or acids used; therefore no destruction of clothing. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

H. B. CALEF, Proprietor.

Office: Youngheim & Co=s store.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.


Will be glad to GREET YOU!

Highest market price paid for Fat Cattle, Hogs, and Sheep.


Call and see us.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. European Restaurant, Geo. A. Druit, Proprietor,

Five Doors South of Postoffice, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Regular Meals 25 cents and at all Hours.

Headquarters for ICE CREAM, Lemonade, Cigars, Tobacco, Confections, etc.

Best of accommodations furnished customers.

Give us a call.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. For the best assortment and finest line of HOLIDAY GOODS,


Books of Fiction, Histories, Books of Poems of the leading authors, Photo and Autograph Albums, Toilet Sets, Card cases, Vases, Bisque, Toys, Dolls, etc., etc.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Ad. Established 1870

C. R. SIPES, Dealer in General Hardware, GREAT WESTERN STOVES. The most popular stove sold in Kansas and I keep the largest stock and best assortment in the city.

TINWARE! Our own manufacture; and sold very cheap.

BARB WIRE AND STEEL NAILS. You will never use iron nails after using steel.

GASOLINE STOVES. See ours before buying.

CLOTHES WRINGERS! All kinds kept in stock and sold cheap.

STEEL SINKS! Neatest thing out for the kitchen.

Bird Cages, Water Coolers, Step Ladders, Lanterns, Cartridges, Powder, Shot, etc.

I would like to do your Guttering, Spouting, Roofing, etc., and you will find that I am doing this class of work very cheap.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Still Subscribing.

Winfield wants another branch or extension of the Santa Fe system, of which that town has already two. That people held a meeting in the subject the other night at which time it was announced that General Manager Robinson had notified that city that if $3,000 per mile was subscribed as a subsidy, that the Douglas branch would be extended to Winfield. The meeting decided that Winfield had gone into debt about as far as the law would permit, but a cash subscription was gotten up and some six hundred dollars of the necessary sixty thousand were subscribed. Our neighbor is plucky when it comes to subscription papers however they may be when pay day comes. They can beat Wichita subscribing, but Wichita, under the law, can vote yet about four hundred thousand dollars in additional subsidies, without exhausting her limit according to the last assessment roll, but she don=t propose to do it. Wichita didn=t get the so-called Methodists College, but she has got the hill it was to have been located on, as also the exorbitant sum of money that she was asked to subscribe, but which she didn=t. If Winfield really wants another connection with the Santa Fe, we hope she may get it, but the six hundred in cash subscribed ought to be enough to secure it. Wichita Eagle.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Trouble at Dodge.

DODGE CITY, KANSAS, December 14. Hon. M. M. Wright, mayor of Dodge City, was arrested today on the complaint of Wm. Tilgham, city marshal, on a charge of felonious assault upon M. M. Sutton. The warrant was issued by Judge Strong, and the examination is fixed to take place in this city January 4. While his friends know that there is no evidence against Mr. Wright, yet as it has been widely circulated throughout the state that he was guilty and that a preliminary examination could not be held in the city, his friends regard this as a mere pretext for bringing a baseless charge that was being used for unworthy motives before the courts, and have determined that it shall be fully investigated in a court which has the power to compel a complete disclosure; and in this city, all witnesses who have pretended to know anything about the matter, including Sutton, have been subpoenaed. The defendant is represented by Jones & Whitlaw, of this city, and Hon. John Ady, of Newton.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

A circular from J. H. Lawhead, state school superintendent, informs us that a one-third rate has been secured to parties who attend State Teachers= Association, the tickets good from Dec. 29 to Jan. 4. He requests that the city superintendents see that the agents have advice from headquarters in reference to the matter. Hotel rates will be from $1 to $2 per day. Any parties who desire to have rooms engaged for them can be accommodated by addressing H. G. Larimer, Topeka. Ample arrangements have been made to accommodate all who attend.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Prof. Ned Parker has been in town this week. He gave entertainments at the opera house Wednesday and Thursday evening. He advertised to loan money for 99 years without interest. This feature caught the eye of Frank Hess, A. B. Johnson, Fred Farrar, and George Howard. Instead of borrowing money of Prof. Ned, each of the above individuals loaned him $1.20 for 99 years and in return the professor donated a small box of the celebrated brass pen which he is selling.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Cattlemen who do not belong to the Cherokee Strip Association are removing their herds from the Territory by order of the soldiers stationed in the Territory. Cattlemen who have their leases paid up in full are not being molested, but it is the opinion that by spring they will have to go. Love Bros., brought up their cattle Thursday; also Beech Wethers, and several other cattle owners.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Miss High=s dancing class will have their masquerade at Burroughs= hall next Wednesday evening. All holding invitations to the first reception given in Highland Opera House a short time since are cordially invited to be in attendance. Tickets 50 cents per couple.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Jerome Steele has purchased the drug store of Jamison Vawter and moved it into the north half of Mrs. C. W. Ransom=s room in the Chapel block. Mr. Steele has secured the services of James Schully, a competent pharmacist, and will conduct his new enterprise in a first-class style.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Miss Kate Smedley, the jewelry woman, after consideration, was not so anxious to fight the city=s ordinance when the time came for trial Wednesday as she was when she was first arrested. She did not appear Wednesday before Judge Bryant, but her bondsmen did, and paid the $10 bond.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The K. C. & S. W. Railroad company have purchased the Jos. Garris farm of 155 [? COULD BE 165] acres down on the state line, directly south of Arkansas City. We are told that it is to be used for depot and stockyard purposes at the new town of Gabe, which is to be started soon.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The piling for the K. C. & S. W. trestle work over in the Jack Oaks is driven, and the pile driver has been moved to the Arkansas River and work is commenced on the bridge. The piling was driven Thursday.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

For Sale. My entire stock of millinery goods cheap, if sold before Christmas. Also store fixtures.

MRS. A. L. EDWARDS, City Millinery.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The first of the week Senator Plumb introduced a bill in congress in regard to the opening of Oklahoma. The bill is a literal copy of the one introduced in the last congress and passed during the closing hours of the session. By that bill the president was authorized (and Senator Plumb thought the word Aauthorized@ meant required) to open negotiations with the Indians for the purpose of securing a cessation of the land. It has been expected that that would be done during last summer, and that the results would be reported to congress at this session. No steps, however, were taken in that direction by the president.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Rev. S. B. Fleming has received a call from Wichita to come to that city and take charge of a preparatory school and academy. He was given 10 days in which to decide whether he accept the offer or not. The REPUBLICAN hopes the reverend gentleman will decide to stay here as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church or that his congregation will not let him take his departure to other fields of labor.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Arkansas City will soon have but two papers--the REPUBLICAN and Democrat, unless signs are no criterion. They are good papers and enough for that city. The REPUBLICAN, with the bright young editor, Dick Howard, at the head, is able to head off any kind of mossback opposition. He is not the kind of a man to work against a paper that has any claim on fraternal endurance. Burden Eagle.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

The select dance given by the Coterie club last Friday evening in Burrough=s block was a very enjoyable one. The Coterie will give a masquerade ball in Highland Opera House, January 1, 1886. The REPUBLICAN will print this society some handsome invitations.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Last week our neighbor was for discrimination in favor of home merchants. This week he is not. Last week the man who furnishes the ideas for that paper was away from home. He came back in time for Wednesday=s issue.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Jas. Lisle, of Belmont County, who has been visiting in the city for a couple of weeks past, returned to the Buckeye state Thursday. Mr. Lisle is a relative of Maj. Sleeth and John Love. He will most likely return and locate in this vicinity in the spring.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

A large assortment of stationery at the Eagle drugstore; also, Christmas and New Year=s cards.

Dolls of all sizes and descriptions at Eddy=s drug-store.

PIANO FOR RENT: Inquire at this office.

At the Eagle drugstore you will find everything nice in the holiday line.

Take notice that each registered voter in Arkansas City is assessed one dollar special. Don=t overlook this; duplicate tax roll at Frank J. Hess= office.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.



Down, Down, Down!

Cash! Cash! Cash!

Our cash prices for holidays are lower than ever offered to the Citizens of Arkansas City and Vicinity before.

We are reducing our immense stock preparatory to moving into our new quarters.

These prices we offer for a period of 30 days only. Come at once before you are too late.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

AD. Closing Out Sale still continues at the Bee-Hive Store!

IT IS NOT A DECEMBER CLEARING SALE To get rid of Shelf-Worn or certain lines of unsalable Goods at 30 to 40 percent discount, but



It is easy for our neighbors to say that they will meet all competition. BUT PRICES WILL TELL. Remember that the Bee-Hive is the only place in the city where goods are being sold AT COST.

Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots & Shoes, Hats, Caps & Furnishing Goods. OUR STOCK IS STILL LARGE. Please call and examine goods and see if we are not selling goods as we advertise. Thanking the public for their generous support so far and hoping it will continue to increase, we are




Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


Edward Grady has opened up his coal business again.

California canned goods, 3 pound cans, any variety at 25 cents.


Mechanics and Laborers, in large numbers, are locating in Arkansas City for the winter, because they can save money by buying their groceries of Geo. E. Hasie & Co.


For Sale. Team of heavy horses, harness, and wagon. Inquire of Wm. Henderson.

Arbuckles Coffee during holidays, 15 cents per pound.

Granulated sugar during holidays, 12 pounds for $1.00.



Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


The district court convened last Tuesday morning with Judge Torrance presiding. There is an exceedingly long docket this term, being 212 cases ready for trial.

Mr. McAllister, the man mentioned in another column as being sent to jail, has been released. The citizens of Winfield made up a purse with which all costs were paid and John McAllister was made a free man.

The snow is fast disappearing. The best time to sow blue grass is on top of snow, so when it melts the tiny seeds become imbedded in the earth and take root. If all the blue grass comes up and flourishes that has been sown lately, there will be some handsome lawns in Arkansas City next year.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

A Magazine and Review Club was organized at Mrs. Childs= Wednesday evening. The magazines and reviews taken are Harper=s Weekly, Century Magazine of American History, North American Review, St. Nicholas, The Decorator, Lippencott=s Eclectic, Art Journal, and Atlantic. Members are Mr. and Mrs. Childs, Dr. and Mrs. Parsons, Maj. and Mrs. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Ingersoll, Miss Thompson, Prof. and Mrs. Weir, Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell. Mr. Childs was elected secretary and treasurer.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Whenever a bonus is to be raised to secure an enterprise in Arkansas City, when there is a fund to be secured for the planking of our numerous bridges, to whom is the paper presented for subscription or donation? The REPUBLICAN answers, AThe merchants.@ No auction firm ever donated a cent for the up-building of Arkansas City. All that have come to this city have paid a smaller sum of money as occupation tax than any dry goods firm in the city, and yet the Traveler says this is only an unavoidable incident to trade. Will our merchants support a paper that strives to up-build foreign bankrupt auction firms to their detriment when they are the cause of its existence? We think not.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

To the Catholics of Arkansas City and Vicinity.

We take pleasure in announcing to you that mass will be celebrated in Arkansas City New Year=s day at 10 a.m., over Herman Godehard=s store. The pastor, Father M. C. Duggan, will be at the residence of Wm. Klopf on the evening previous, where he will be prepared to meet all desiring to see him.



Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

An Outrage.

From the Daily Courier we learn of a most damnable outrage which occurred in the city school of Winfield a short time since and was perpetrated by Miss Maud Pearson, a teacher, and W. J. Visey, the janitor, upon a pupil by the name of Frankie McAllister. Frankie was a good boy, but one day he grew refractory and Miss Pearson attempted to whip him with a piece of board 18 inches in length and seven-eighths of an inch thick. Frankie objected very obstinately to being licked with such a club and the teacher called in the janitor to assist. He refused to lend a helping hand, but went and told Prof. Gridley, the principal of the schools, of the condition of things. The Professor sent back word he was busy and instructed the janitor to stand by and see fair play. As he went back to the scene of war, he picked up a hard dry stick 20 inches in length and about the size of a large finger. This is the club with which the boy was licked, and he was licked most unmercifully too. On the boy=s body there were found twenty-seven big welts caused by as many licks from the club, and he was confined to his bed for over a week in consequence of the severe punishment. The father, John McAllister, had the teacher and janitor arrested for asssault and battery and the trial came off last Friday and Saturday. All the above facts were clearly proven and yet in the face of them the teacher and janitor were acquitted by the jury and cost shoved on the prosecuting witness, John McAllister. Mr. McAllister is a poor man and in cases of this kind the law provides that costs must be paid, if in no other way, by imprisonment. Mr. McAllister is as poor as a church mouse and can no more pay the costs

--over $100--than he can fly. Consequently, he has to go to jail.


The REPUBLICAN would like to ask is there no justice or redress in cases of the above nature? Do parents have to stand by with their hands folded and allow their children to be brutally beaten, or go to jail, when they ask the courts to lead what redress they can? By the rendition of a verdict against the teacher, the jury thought it would have a bad effect upon the schools. By the verdict rendered, the jury has licensed brutal punishment; placed the crime of assault and battery preferable to the usual mode of punishment. The teacher retains her position in the school and the father of the brutally beaten boy goes to jail because he asked for justice. As long as Miss Pearson is retained in the Winfield schools, justice will be a mockery. Her services should be dispensed with. The REPUBLICAN does not uphold the boy in his misdemeanor. He should have been punished, but not in the brutal manner he was.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

In last Saturday=s issue of the REPUBLICAN, we took occasion to remark that it was very unjust to our home businessmen to allow auction firms to come into our city and sell goods without first paying a license; that our businessmen paid a heavy occupation tax, and agents of cheap John institutions should be treated likewise. We never made any statements to the effect as to what kind of businessmen should be allowed here. We simply asked that all representatives of foreign institutions and auction firms coming here be made to pay liberally to the support of our city government the same as our home merchants for carrying on their business. Can any man with common sense take exceptions to such a request? Is there anything unjust about it? Is it setting one=s self up, as a censor, as to who shall come here and go into business? Is it working against one=s town where we asked that all businessmen be treated equitably? Is it detrimental to our home interests to advocate that our home merchants have a slight preference over bankrupt auction firms? No; we say a thousand times, No. None! But the foolish would say differently.

In Wednesday=s issue of the Traveler, the editor took exceptions to what we said, garbled our statements somewhat, and tried very hard in his weak way to make them appear in a very different light. Of course, that journal came out in behalf of the auction firms. Will the merchants of Arkansas City support a paper that antagonizes their interests? Will they support this journal in its mad career when it says that a bankrupt firm should have the right to come here and demoralize business without paying a reasonable tax and then Afold their tent and move away.@ It also adds, in a jocular way, in explanation that it is only an unavoidable incident to trade. We pause for them to reply.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church gave their concert Tuesday evening in Highland Opera House. A large audience was in attendance and thus in every respect the entertainment was made a success. The performances bespeak well of the musical talent of Arkansas City. Our space this week is quite limited, therefore, we cannot mention the performers individually in detail. Little Miss Bertha Eddy and Master Geo. Fairclo rendered the song of the ALittle Milkmaid@ so charmingly that they captivated the audience. ACome where the Lillies Bloom,@ by the quartette (Messrs. Hutchison and Meeker and Mesdames Eddy and Newman) was especially well rendered. Mrs. J. O. Campbell sang the beautiful solo, AWhen the Tide Comes In,@ superbly and pleased the audience so well that they would not allow her to retire without favoring them with another song. The ASong of Seven@ was well rendered by Misses Pearl Newman, Mary Love, Mary Theaker, Abbie Hamilton, Flora Gould, Nellie Thompson, and Belle Everett. The recitation of Miss Lillie Cunningham was pleasing and the lady was long and loudly applauded. All the performers received frequent and hearty encores.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


This space reserved for the NO. 33 Drug Store in Newman=s corner block.

KELLOGG & COOMBS, Proprietors.

Who are opening up a large stock of New Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, and Everything pertaining to the Drug Business.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


Mrs. Charles Coombs is visiting relatives in the city this week.

Mrs. J. P. Smith, of Kansas City, is visiting in the city this week.

The west bridge across the Arkansas has been entirely floored.

About 60 persons went up to Winfield Wednesday to attend court.

Dr. M. B. Vawter, the dentist, has returned home from his Florida trip.

DIED. Mrs. Beny Stuble, of Bolton Township, died Thursday night from an attack of pneumonia.

Cyrus Miller, brother-in-law of the junior editor, arrived in the city yesterday on a visit.

Master Charles Miller, the youngest typo in the state, was on the sick list this week: malaria.

Rock and Fairview Townships are asked by Winfield to build the Douglas branch through them.

The businessmen will close up their business establishments on Christmas day and take a holiday.

Chief Engineer Wingate, of the K. C. & S. W. Road, has moved his office to this city from Winfield.

A. A. Graham, the father of Frank Graham, has arrived in Winfield to see what can be done for his son.

Dr. J. A. Vawter, assisted by Drs. Mitchell and Reed, extirpated an eye for John W. Brown Thursday.

The case of state vs. Henry Mowry came up Wednesday afternoon and was postponed until next term.

Arkansas City is what no other town in the state is or ever was, viz., AThe terminus of two railroads.@


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


Wm. Curtis is assisting at the books in the Diamond Front, owing to the grand rush which this firm is enjoying.

The case of state vs. W. R. Smith was called Monday and he was discharged. No prosecution was entered against him.

Kingsbury & Barnett=s stock of children=s toys went to Arkansas, so I am going to wait till Monday as they will be in then.

Mrs. Gertrude Fowler returned to her Iowa home at Waterloo Tuesday. We understand she will return here next week.

Kingsbury & Barnett have fitted up their show window in elegant style by a display of a portion of their large holiday stock.

The last issue of the Burden Eagle announced that it was just one year old. Bro. Henthorn is editing the best paper in Burden.

Spence Miner, whom quite a number of our citizens know, has moved to Garden City and will enter into the mercantile business.

The foundations for the K. C. & S. W. Depot is completed and Jacob Hight, and his force of hands, have begun on the carpenter work.

Tyner & Craig have moved their paint shop over Parker & Rarrick=s blacksmith shop and are now prepared to do carriage work.

Judge Gans will preach at the Christian Church next Lord=s Day at 11 o=clock a.m., and 7:15 p.m. All are corrdially invited to hear him.

MARRIED. Married December 10, 1885, at the residence of Frank Baker, of this city, by Rev. J. P. Witt, Miss Jennie Baker and Joseph G. Calvin, of Floral.

W. H. Upton, the K. C. & S. W. Agent, has been indisposed for several days past. He has now convalesced sufficiently to resume his duties as agent.

Wednesday Florence Patterson received a telegram summoning her to the sick bedside of her sister at Beatty, Kansas. Miss Patterson left on the afternoon train.

A Christmas ball will be given in the Burrough building Thursday, December 24, 1885. Committee on arrangements: J. E. Bruner, J. M. Godfrey, and Wm. Logan.

Miss Rose Wagner is again down with malaria. Miss Rose is indeed having a severe tussle with malaria and her friends will regret to hear of her relapse.

MARRIED [?] The Courier says Al Mowry and wife were up in Winfield Wednesday. Come, Al, what does this mean? We never knew you were married. When did it occur?

The relatives of Ephraim Carder, who resides north of town, held a reunion at his house yesterday, assisted by his many friends. He was the receiver of several nice presents.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Godfrey arrived in Winfield Monday from Chicago to appear as witnesses in the Mowry trial. They came down to Arkansas City Thursday on a short visit.

The fourth quarterly meeting at the M. E. Church next Sunday. Sacramental services after preaching Sunday morning. Quarterly conference Monday morning at 9 o=clock.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Searing entertained the teachers of Arkansas City Thursday evening. From reports we gather we should judge there was a Aflow of wit and feast of reason.@

Fredonia Chronicle: A. B. Johnson, of Arkansas City, Kansas, general manager of the Johnson Loan and Trust Co., was in the city on Monday on business pertaining to the company.

The report has been circulated around that the Arkansas City Roller Mill Company has been stopped. This is a falsehood. The Roller Mill Company have kept their mill grinding all the time.

The Mechanics Band rendered excellent music at the Presbyterian concert last Tuesday evening. It played well. W. F. McKee is the leader since W. E. Griffith is no longer here to hold that position.

Santa Claus in all his grandeur will be at the U. P. Church Christmas eve. A regular old-fashioned Christmas tree will be had, with Santa Claus coming down the chimney to distribute the presents among the good folks.

The M. E. Church will have a Christmas ship loaded with presents Christmas eve, instead of a Christmas tree. This is a new departure. Literary exercises will also be given for the entertainment of the audience during the evening.

Since we visited Winfield last week and placed that piece of red flannel around the town, trains have ceased to stop at the way station. Passengers think small-pox is prevalent and they make the conductor run the train through the village limits at lightning speed.

Kingsbury & Barnett will have a complete line of satin, paper, dominoes, gentlemen=s, young men=s, old ladies=, young ladies= caricature masks, devils=, clowns, Pierrots, Nationaties and character masks, animal heads, Sandal Lace, Stars, Bullion Tassels, Bells, and everything for masque balls. [??? Nationaties???]


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

We hoped to never again be drawn into controversy with the editor of the Traveler. That journal this week contains five columns of reading matter. Three of them are devoted to the REPUBLICAN, one to miscellany, and the other to the banquet of Jas. Hill, which occurred more than two weeks ago. The Traveler is the poorest edited newspaper in the United States. Since the present management assumed control, it has sunk to a nonentity, and the editor--well, he reminds us of a being in the last stage of childishness.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Winfield had a big blow out last Friday night a week, and succeeded in raising $350 less toward building a railroad than we raised to plank a bridge, and it wasn=t a good day to plank bridges either.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.


To chewers--Horse Shoe, Star, Climax, and all the best brands of Plug Tobacco, during holidays 45 cents per pound.



Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

The boomers will remain in Arkansas City in order to purchase their holiday presents at F. E. Balyeat & Co.=s drugstore.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

By referring to the real estate transfer record of Dec. 9, 1885, we find that in Arkansas City alone the actual amount of property sold netted $27,756. In the remainder of the county, only $7,705. This will show the people where the boom is.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Gone Home.

DIED. The death of John C. Duncan occurred last Monday morning at 2 o=clock. The deceased had been suffering for a long time from consumption and his death was not unexpected.

Mr. Duncan was an old and respected citizen of Arkansas City, and his death creates a void in the hearts of his numerous friends. He was an old soldier and served his country well during the rebellion. He was a member of the G. A. R. Post and his comrades turned out en masse to accompany the remains to their last resting place.

The funeral services occurred Monday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church and were conducted by Rev. S. B. Fleming. The deceased was 47 years of age and leaves five orphan children to mourn his death.

The session of the Presbyterian Church at a meeting on Monday evening, December 14th, adopted the following resolutions relative to his death.

WHEREAS, It has pleased Our Heavenly Father to remove from his place in this session our beloved brother, J. C. Duncan, by death.

Resolved, That we humbly bow to the will of Him who knows what is best for His people, and with reverence say AThy will be done.@

That we record with gratitude the abundance of grace manifested to our brother as he went down into the Adark valley,@ and bear record to our high appreciation of his piety, wisdom, and timely counsel, as a member of this session.

That we extend to the children so badly bereft of a father=s counsel and a mother=s love, our most heartily sympathies; and commend them to the care of a covenant keeping God, who is the father of the fatherless; and who has promised to be the guide of youth.

That these resolutions be spread upon the records of the session; and copies of them furnished the family of the bereaved and our city papers for publication.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Paper racks, odor sets, etc., handsome and as pretty as a picture on a wall, at F. E. Balyeat & Co.=s drugstore.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Ira Barnett went down to St. Louis last week and returned Saturday last. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat tells of his debut into St. Louis as follows.

AWednesday evening at about dusk, a seedy, farmer-looking individual was walking down 3rd street, a place not safe for the welfare of strangers. Behind him about 50 yards were three men following. Glancing around he saw the men coming and the seedy farmer knew they were sand-baggers. His first impulse was to run. But a second thought struck him; he wheeled around, marched straight for the approaching sand-baggers and when he met them, he stopped the gang and entreated them to give him 10 cents to buy a Aschooner@ of lager beer. This dumbfounded the sand-baggers and they glided away into the shadows of the night, leaving the countryman the monarch of all he surveyed.@


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Will Thompson, the jeweler, imagined that he was put up on the Tom Thumb style the other morning. He is in the habit of building fires without first having donned his clothing, and on this special morning the weather was so chilly that he became quite frisky ere the fire began to burn. No sooner had it begun to blaze than Will made for his warm couch on a dead run. On arriving he made a gigantic leap aligned in the center of his bed with a downward stroke of 200 pounds to a square inch. My countrymen, what a crash there was. It was a fall of mangled humanity and bed together, with cries of fire from his neighbors to lend spice to the occasion. Kind readers, the enactment of this scene in that neighborhood was an Aepoch@ long to be remembered and we quietly pull down the blinds.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Last week a traveling jeweler agent in his rounds in the city visited the residence of Mrs. C. R. Sipes. The lady of the house informed the peddler that she wished nothing in his line. He grew indignant and impudent at the same time when told this, and it was only upon the threat of calling for aid that the itinerant jewelry man was expelled. Such audacity as this alone should cause any journal as well as the community to be down on such shysters.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Our neighbor did not like it because we scooped him on the president=s message. He says the supplement was printed from Courier plates. That is a fact, friends. We employed the Courier to print the supplement for us. The editor of the Traveler tried to borrow these same plates to run in his sheet, but the Courier man couldn=t see it in the same light.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

The Border Dancing Club will hold a holiday carnival in Highland Opera House, December 31, 1885. The old year will be danced away with its sorrows, and the new one in with its joys. The REPUBLICAN job printing office furnishes the invitations.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

The ladies of the U. P. Church will give a turkey supper with oysters Christmas night. A choice selection of fancy articles will be exhibited for sale, value received guaranteed to patrons for what they pay. Don=t make engagements for dinner or supper elsewhere.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.



No. 1. 215 acres, 100 in cultivation, 4 acre hog lot, fended on west side; all second bottom land, good corn and wheat land, one log house 20 x 18. Anotther house 10 x 12, shed 8 x 10, good well of water, good peach orchard, small apple orchard and other fruit, good stock water. Price $18 per acre; part on time at 10 percent; terms to suit purchaser.


No. 1. House, 6 rooms, 16 x 24, ell 14 x 16, 1-1/2 story, good cellar, well finished. Price, $1,400.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Kansas, at the date of the last report of the railroad commissioners, had 4,100 miles of railroad traversing the state. Since that time no less than six new railroad charters have been filed, aggregating an additional mileage of in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 3,500 miles, one of the new roads alone having with its various branches, nearly 2,400 miles, making over 7,000 miles of railroad, including the roads in contemplation, against 930 miles in 1870 and 3,351 miles in 1880. The area of the state is 52,288,000 acres, having in 1870 38,802 farms, while in 1880 there were 138,561 farms under cultivation, an increase of 99,759 farms in ten years, and an increase in railroads during the same period of 2,421 miles.


Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

Great stories of gold discovery come from Alaska, and that bleak region, after all, may prove worth far more than the $7,200,000, which was paid to Russia for it. Should the tales of gold be realized, Alaska, by bringing down the value of gold, may greatly contribute to a solution of the currency question.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

There is None.

When the REPUBLICAN makes the assertion that Arkansas City enjoys more natural advantages favorable to becoming the metropolis of the Arkansas Valley, it is not an idle waste of words, but a fact that cannot be denied. For where is there another city in Kansas that is the terminus of two competing lines of railway? Where is there another city in Kansas that has a water power second to none in the United States, excepting that afforded at Minneapolis by the AFather of Waters@--the Mississippi river? Where is there another city in Kansas that has four large stone flouring mills with an average capacity of 1,000 barrels every 24 hours? It is in the memory of the writer when the mills of Minneapolis turned out a less quantity. Look at them today and see what their products are. The capacity has been increased a hundred fold. Where is there another city in Kansas that is surrounded by the broad, rich, and fertile valleys of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers? Where is there another city in Kansas that is but 60 miles from that much talked of country--Oklahoma? Where is there another city in Kansas that lies but five miles from the Indian Territory and enjoys the extensive commercial intercourse that we do? (This alone would make any city great.) Where is there another city in Kansas that is situated similar to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, namely at the confluence of two rivers? Where is there another city in Kansas that has an unlimited supply of gravel for railroad and grading purposes, supplying, as we do, railroads in a large portion of the western states with ballast? Where is there another city in Kansas that supplies our noble commonwealth with building sand taken from our vast sand banks of the Arkansas? Where is there another city in Kansas that has a railroad projected, chartered, and a portion of the right-of-way secured connecting it with the iron and coal fields and the extensive lumber regions of the state of Arkansas? Where is there another city in Kansas that has, since January 1, 1885, erected more than 30 handsome two-story stone and brick business houses? Where is there another city in Kansas that has put up the innumerable residences we have? Where is there a city in Kansas that has increased 3,500 in population inside of two years? Where is there another city in Kansas that is making the public improvements we are, such as putting in water works, guttering, grading, and curbing the streets? Where is the only and exclusive foundry and machine shop located in Cowley County? In answer to the above interrogatives the sages of this region after a thorough research on the distant hills of thought, will say there is no city in Kansas that enjoys the natural advantages that Arkansas City does, and in making as good use of them as she is. The wise men of Winfield when in the privacy of their chamber will say, AThere is none; alas, there is not one.@ Therefore, the REPUBLICAN heralds these glad tidings to the four corners of the earth, that all may know; that all may pass through the land of nod into the land of Canaan, and there dwell in peace and harmony, living on the milk and honey which flows from the land.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.


SLAUGHTER SALE OF CLOTHING, Hats, Caps, Gent=s Goods, Etc.

We Are Overstocked, Must Sell in Order To Make Room for Other Goods. Nothing But Bargains Can We Offer to the Public.

Some of our Goods We will Sell At Cost, And Some Below Cost.

We mean every word we say. Prices no Object.

Come One, Come Everybody.

We Always will stick up to what we say.


3 doors south of Post Office.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

D. M. & A. Injunction Suit.

The injunction suit against the D. M. & A., enjoining Kingman County from delivering the bonds voted to that road, came up before Judge Wall, at Kingman, last week. The case was ably argued on both sides. Judge Wall took the case under advisement and Saturday last delivered his opinion granting a temporary injunction against the delivery of one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars of bonds voted by Kingman County to the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railroad. The court decided that the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railroad was chartered as a narrow gauge railroad and had no power to build and operate a standard gauge, and with its contract with the county to build and operate a standard gauge was ultra vires, and that the bonds issued and in escrow with the Bank of Kingman were null and void. This decision, if sustained, will overthrow all bonds issued to the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic railroad in this state by various cities, townships, and counties, amounting in the aggregate to about a million dollars. The Company will appeal the case at once to the Supreme Court. Courier.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

Mrs. Conditt and Miss Ida and Bessie Conditt, of Fredonia, Kansas, are here spending Holidays at the residence of W. D. Kreamer.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

John Clendenin=s Christmas Gift.

MARRIED. John Clendenin, of Pratt Center, received a most substantial present Christmas eve. It was given him by Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Meigs at their residence at 8 o=clock. The presentation ceremony was performed by Rev. S. B. Fleming before a small audience of relatives and intimate friends of the family. Mr. Clendenin with his Christmas present will depart today for Pratt Center, where they will make their future home. The present bestowed upon Mr. Clendenin was a happy blushing bride, Miss Mary Meigs, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Meigs. Miss Mary is a lady worthy the love and admiration of any man and will make Mr. Clendenin=s home a happy one by her presence.

Mr. Clendenin is a leading businessman of Pratt Center. The REPUBLICAN extends congratulations to the happy couple.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

W. B. Thomas and wife returned from a week=s visit to relatives back in Illinois Monday. While in that state Mr. Thomas visited his father. The Senior Thomas receives the three Arkansas City papers, which W. B. forwards to him after he has perused them himself. Of the lot the Senior Thomas pronounces the REPUBLICAN as the one he wanted to get in order to know what was going on in Arkansas City, and he is a Democrat at that.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

The Winfield visitors to the K. of P. Ball last Friday evening were completely carried away with the treatment and enjoyment they received. The fact is evinced by the elegant write-up which the Courier gave of the affair and which we reproduce in another column.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

Prof. Andela will give dancing lessons to the juvenile class Monday and Saturday nights, in Burrough=s hall. Thos desiring private lessons will please call at the Leland Hotel. All the latest round dances will be taught. He has given satisfaction to all his pupils.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

MARRIED. Married at the residence of the bride=s father, O. F. Ball, December 24, R. M. Orr, of Enfield, Illinois, and Miss Addie M. Ball, of Arkansas City, by Rev. J. P. Witt.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

Jerry McGee, the would be incendiary of the Leland Hotel, was acquittted.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

Considerable dissatisfaction exists among the large cattle owners in the city on account of a telegram received from Congressman Warner yesterday to the effect that Secretary Lamar has reconsidered his decision to allow the cattle, at present wintering in Oklahoma, to remain there. If, as the dispatch states, Secretary Lamar insists on their removal, the result, it is claimed, will be very disastrous to the cattlemen, as they have no place to drive them to, and there is no alternative but to let them perish from exposure and want of food.

The telegram was considerable of a surprise for dispatches received a few days ago in response to a telegram sent from this city by W. B. Grimes, served to reassure the cattlemen and led them to think that a hasty removal of their cattle would not be insisted upon.

Kansas City Journal.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

A town is best shown up to the public outside of itself, by the newspaper. A paper that contains no advertisements but those of patent medicines or foreign advertising, shows a dead or dying town. People all over the country will look over the columns and conclude that the town where it is published lacks enterprise and good substantial business houses. A paper full of home advertisements shows thrift, push, enterprise, and is truly indicative of a thriving town. No paper in Cowley County receives a larger proportion of home advertising than the REPUBLICAN. Each of our business houses is well advertised by a display card and local notices, and this is an index to the character of the town. Our merchants have been convinced that advertising pays well, and act accordingly, so that now, but very few unimportant branches of business are left out of our columns. The REPUBLICAN goes to all parts of the country each week, and places in a thousand homes, a business directory of Arkansas City, from Maine and New York to California and Washington Territory, and from Minnesota to Mexico, it is read, and wherever seen the business portion of our town is placed in a good light. This is good for the REPUBLICAN and good for the town.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

A prominent real estate man the other day criticised somewhat severely the course the REPUBLICAN had pursued in regard to its free and hearty condemnations of the crimes which had come to light through the courts of Arkansas City. Among other things he said that it would injure the town, and that it was just as well left unsaid. While our real estate friend may be right, we beg leave to differ. We would cite him to the Wichita Eagle, which he said made Wichita what she is. Let a crime be committed in Wichita of any nature and the Eagle is the first to give the criminal sheol. The REPUBLICAN is trying to walk in the footsteps of that respected bird of freedom at the Asquaw city.@ We were greatly surprised that any honest man would demand that any newspaper should shut its mouth against crime.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 26, 1885.

Don=t Take Your Girl=s Medicine.

A few evenings ago one of our popular young men called on his best girl. The young lady has been wrestling with malaria, and the latest remedy prescribed is about the most disagreeable and nauseating ever compounded. Medicine hour came, and the young lady lamented the necessity of taking such disagreeable medicine. The young man=s sympathy was aroused, and to prove that her extreme dislike of the medicine was merely notional, gallantly offered to take a dose to prove his position. A regulation dose was prepared, which he swallowed and looked his happiest for as much as two seconds. He struggled bravely to look and act natural, but it was no use. His smile became very ghastly, conversation lagged; he cast furtive glances around the room (presumably for a spittoon), coughed unconcernedly, and crossed the room to the coal bucket to expectorate. Again, he tried to smile, but it was a failure; he was sick, and he kept getting Ano better fast.@ He now took a sudden interest in the weather and left the room; he grabbed a porch column, and commenced yelling ANew York@ and ANew Orleans@ with such vehemence that the young lady became frightened and offered him sympathy, camphor, etc., and even went so far as to call in consultation Mrs. A.--a lady of great experience in treating such ailments, but his stomach was too much disgusted, and rebelled again with more vigor than before. Passers-by took in the situation, and took occasion to disclaim against the inefficiency of Kansas prohibition. By vows never to do so again, and a promise of a big Christmas dinner, he finally compromised with his stomach, and the rebellion was over. The next morning it was noticed that a certain clerk looked pale and dejected, and all knowing him to be a person of regular habits did not inquire the cause.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.



Everyone is familiar with the Episcopalian Guild of our city and their inimitable entertainments. ACoterie@ is the name of the society organized by the young people of the Guild for the purpose of giving the entertainments hereafter; and, as they are under the supervision of the Guild, we can expect a most enjoyable time. The society is composed of about 20 couples and meet regularly once a week. They intend giving an entertainment of some description on every other Friday and to be first class. The Bal Masque on New Year=s Night will be given by them and everything is being done to make it a success. Coffee and sandwiches will be served on the stage without charge and not interfere with the dancing.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

MARRIED. Last Thursday evening at the residence of R. A. Houghton, Miss Angie R. Mantor was united in marriage to Loronzo [?] Goff. Rev. S. B. Fleming performed the ceremony. The wedding was a quiet one, none but relatives being in attendance. Miss Mantor is one of Arkansas City=s most estimable, and christian ladies. Mr. Goff is a well-to-do farmer residing four miles northeast of town. As soon as married, the couple departed for the home of Mr. Goff and the future home of Mrs. Goff. The REPUBLICAN congratulates this most worthy couple and hopes their married life will be nothing but pleasure and joy. [THEY HAD LORONZO...SHOULD THIS NOT BE LORENZO??]


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Parker & Rarick, since getting into their new quarters on north Summit street, have gotten down to business and the ring of the hammers and anvils are heard all day long six days out of the week. They are doing an excellent business and they deserve to. There is nothing which these two gentlemen cannot hammer out and shape up in workman-like style that pertains to the blacksmith trade. They are thorough workmen; understand their business; and charge a reasonable price for their work. Farmers, you should call on Parker & Rarick if you want your horses shod, wagons, buggies, or farming implements repaired.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

BIRTH. A. V. Alexander reports that his residence was entered last Monday night sometime about the hour of midnight. The prowler was not a murderer seeking Alex=s life blood, nor was it a bookkeeper hunting a position; neither was it a burglar, but on careful investigation it proved to be a handsome little 8-pound girl, which came to gladden the inmates of the Alexander mansion. We saw Alex uptown next morning bright and early hunting Christmas presents for his new heiress. The mother and babe are getting along nicely.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

The printing for the K. of P. Ball last Friday evening cost the boys almost $35. They got elegant invitations, programmes, etc., and the consequences was the affair was a grand success. Anyone could tell by a glance at the printing that the ball was to be select and nobby. $51 was the sum netted above expenses. Expenses $250. The Knights have put themselves on record for getting up enjoyable entertainments.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

The weather of this week has been simply immense. Monday and Tuesday the temperature was warm, but a slight rain fell each day. Wednesday was a most elegant day; indeed, and the sun shone out bright and warm, reminding us very much of spring. All we lacked was the chirp of the robin. Tuesday was a facsimile of the day before.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Last Saturday was the day for the election of W. R. S. C. Officers, but owing to not enough members being present, it was postponed until next Saturday. The president asks us to notify members that next Saturday was also the day to pay dues and for each and everyone to come prepared.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

To the friends who so kindly remembered us in a surprise Tuesday night and on Christmas eve, we wish to express our thanks and best wishes. F. L. & M. C. WALKER.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Fire the Debauche.

It is getting to be a patent fact that a great deal of crime is going on in Arkansas City. There generally is in a city of the size of Arkansas City. But there is more occurring right here in our midst than there is any necessity of, and it should not be permitted. One thing we wish to mention in particular is the keeping of a house of ill-fame by two girls somewhere in the 3rd ward. The city marshal informed us that he had told them to leave town, but they are still here, and we are further informed that they intend renting a house outside of the city limits in one of the additions and there run their mansion of notorious resort. The REPUBLICAN thinks it is high time that these fallen women should be removed from this precinct. The time has come and gone when such nuisances are to be tolerated. Arkansas City long ago cast off her frontier garb and donned one of civilization. In consequence, every trace of borderism and ruffianism should now be removed. Our people in general are a moral set, but there is always a gang of sinners who infest every community, forcing their depredations upon the good people until they are eradicated.

The county attorney of Cowley informed one of our most prominent citizens that in Arkansas City there was an establishment where young girls were enticed and started upon a life of shame and debauchery. Just how much truth there is in the above assertion, we are not prepared to answer. But if the county attorney has knowledge of such a fact, it is about time that he take some steps toward bringing the guilty parties to justice. Hanging is none too good for them. In our opinion, the crime is as great as murder. The man, woman, or set of individuals, who destroys the chastity of a maiden, nips the pleasures of her life in the bud, kills her future happiness, and in time makes her an outcast.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

The Water Works.

Last Monday night the council passed ordinance No. 27. The ordinance provides for the erection of water works in Arkansas City by the Inter-State gas company of St. Louis and repeals ordinance No. 26, which the council passed about a month since and forwarded to the company for acceptance. It was supposed by all that this ordinance had been accepted by the company; but instead of so doing, they drew up another document and forwarded it here for endorsement. The council took action last Monday evening, there being four for and three against the new ordinance. The new system to be put in does not come up to their former one, and yet they receive the same pay. The size of the pipe has been cut down. Three miles of pipe are to be laid; the company agreeing to put in two supply pipes of 10 inch capacity from the works to the main on Summit street. Then they agree to lay 1,700 feet of 8 inch pipe, 2,280 feet of 6 inch pipe, and the remainder not to be less than 4 inch.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Last Sunday Rev. Fleming announced his intention of leaving his charge here and accepting the call at Wichita, which we made mention of last week. Since this announcement, petitions have been circulated and signed up very largely by members of the church and citizens in general. The members of the congregation signed a petition increasing his salary to $1,500 per annum. It appears to the REPUBLICAN that our citizens cannot afford to lose Rev. Fleming. Having been here something over 10 years, he has become perfectly identified with the interests of Arkansas City, and in all projects of a beneficiary aspect for the town, he has always raised a voice in their behalf. Besides, he is a minister worthy to have charge of so large a congregation as we have here. We hope the strenuous efforts which our citizens are making to retain Rev. Fleming will be crowned with success.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Geo. W. Miller went up to Wichita, Monday, on business. While in the city he visited the K. of P. Lodge while in session. He informs us that although that lodge was instituted several months before our lodge here, our members are a great deal more proficient in the work. By visiting Knights to our lodge from afar we learn that Triumph Lodge, No. 116, Arkansas City, ranks among the first in proficiency of work. This speaks well for the K. of P. boys here. The lodge was instituted not quite one year ago and has a membership of almost 50. The uniform rank is to be taken soon by the entire organization.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Geo. E. Hasie received, Wednesday, several samples of rich ore from the mines in Gunnison County, Colorado, in which he and his brother, M. S. Hasie, are largely interested. The ore was taken from the Silver Necklack mines in the Elk range and the Cape Breton in the Sheep range. A ton of the quartz rock similar to what was shown to us we were informed contains a gold deposit to the value of about $500. Mr. Hasie is higly elated with the success he is meeting in his mining interests. [NOT SURE: $500 COULD BE $300.]


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

MARRIED. Married on Christmas eve at the residence of the bride=s parents, by Rev. F. L. Walker, John M. Rodcap and Miss Mary Wood, all of this city. [MARRIAGE COVERED AGAIN IN LATER ITEM.]


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.


Christmas has come and gone.

The Johnson Loan & Trust company have purchased a typewriter.

The Border Club=s masquerade dance will come off New Year=s eve.

Mrs. J. Q. Ashton is suffering from bone erysipelas in her left hand.

Mike Harkins was in tthe city the first of the week from Kingman on business.

Guy Sparks is assisting in Mowry & Sollitt=s drug store during the rush for holiday goods.

Frank Austin, wife, and baby went up to Leavenworth Tuesday to visit over Christmas.

The Coterie bal masque occurs on the evening of January 1, 1886, in Highland Opera House.

Kingsbury & Barnett have commenced the handling of Hamilton & Pentecost=s candies.

Capt. Owens and family from near Maple City have moved to town and taken up their abode.

A. B. Johnson has been up to Marion this week in the interest of the Johnson Loan & Trust company.

The REPUBLICAN wishes one and all a happy New Year and hopes they spent a Merry Christmas.

S. S. Lambert, of Lime Spring, Iowa, is visiting in the city at the residence of his son-in-law, A. D. Prescott.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.


Misses Abbie Hamilton and Minnie Stewart are assisting in A. A. Newman & Co.=s store during the holidays.

Arkansas City Business School, rooms under Hoyt=s hall. New classes formed the first week in January.

Board and furnished rooms for two more gentlemen at Dr. Alexander=s, on North Summit street. Terms reasonable.

Archie Dunn is putting up an ice house on the banks of the placid Walnut with a capacity for holding 100,000 tons of ice.

The grand bal masque is coming, girls, and we are just dying to go. N. B. Our wife has gone home to spend the holidays.

J. W. Brown has a span of mules for sale, which he will sell very cheaply for cash or on one year=s time with approved security.

Miss Susie Ames is now in the employ of Meigs & Nelson, and will doubtless give satisfaction in keeping their abstract books.

Our friend and subscriber, Wm. Gooch, from over near Otto P. O., has moved to Latham on the K. C. & S. W. Road up in Butler County.

Wyckoff & Son have two rooms above their grocery establishment which they desire to rent. Rental for the two rooms, $8 per month. Front room alone, $5.

Mrs. R. C. Howard went to Fredonia Wednesday. Dick had neither eaten nor slept from then till Christmas; when to save his life we reluctantly consented to spare him a few days. He started on the run; if he kept up that same gait, he surely arrived in time for the Christmas dinner.

J. E. Hitchcock and family moved here from Parsons. Mr. Hitchcock has entered into a partnership with W. W. Brown in the boot and shoe business.

Kroenert & Austin rigged up a handsome Christmas tree in their show-window for Christmas, as did also J. Frank Smith. Both trees were handsomely decorated.

W. J. Abbott and several other farmers residing across the Walnut River have commenced plowing for next season=s crop. Plowing during the holidays in Kansas. Think of it!

Alex Wood will enter into partnership with Fred Bowers in the City Meat Market after January 1, 1886. Alex is one of the best men in the city since he got married.

For more than 10 days past we have again been unable to obtain postal cards at the post office. It is a mighty poor administration that can=t keep the country in postal cards.

The A. T. & S. F. Railway will sell round trip tickets for one and one-third fare for round trips to all points not over 200 miles distant, commencing December 24th and ending January 4, 1886.

MARRIED. John M. Rodcap, a harness maker employed by Andrews & Swain, was united in marriage to Miss Mary Woods, last Thursday evening, by Rev. Walker at the residence of the bride=s mother.

Crescent Lodge, No. 113, A. F. & A. M., held an election of officers last Saturday night. Chas. Hutchins was elected W. M.;

C. Mead, S. W.; A. D. Hawk, J. W.; Calvin Dean, Treasurer; and

S. C. Lindsay, secretary.

Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.


Last Sunday night a fire occurred south of town. It was on the farm of L. L. Holt. About $1,600 damage was done. Mr. Holt=s house, furniture, etc., were entirely consumed. It originated from a defective flue.

Frank Balyeat went up to Sunday in Winfield last Saturday--and see his Acousin.@ Frank is a K. of P., and met several of the Winfield lady visitors at the ball last Friday evening. This is all the explanation that is needed.

The family of Frederic Lockley, editor of the Traveler, arrived in the city, Monday, from Butte, Montana. Mr. Lockley has rented the Godfrey house and he and his family have gone to housekeeping. We congratulate Bro. Lockley.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

We are informed by a citizen of the town that he is in receipt of a letter from Senator J. J. Ingalls at Washington, who says that he will lend all his aid to the bill granting the right-of-way through the Indian Territory for the Kansas & Arkansas Valley railroad. He also says the bill will not come up until after the holidays.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Bennett Chapter No. 41 elected the following officers last Wednesday night. J. Ridenour, H. P.; O. P. Houghton, K.; L. McLaughlin, S.; J. L. Huey, Treasurer; C. Hutchins, Secretary; W. D. Mowry, C. of H.; J. Benedictt, P. S.; George Russel, R. A. C.;

J. C. Pickering, 3rd Vail; J. P. Johnson, 2nd Vail; J. T. Shepard, 1st Vail; H. P. Standley, G.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Excursion tickets on the K. C. & S. W. Road will be sold to all stations as follows: On Dec. 23, 24, and 25, at one fare for the round trip. Limit good to return not later than Dec. 28, 1885; also on Dec. 30, 31, and Jan. 1, at one fare for the round trip. Limit good to return not later than January 3rd, 1886. These excursions will be run on account of the holidays.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

A delegation of Silverdale Township=s best men called on the REPUBLICAN Wednesday and desired us to state that those parties who have been carrying on petty thieving, and committing other depredations, such as stealing hay and hunting on farms, lately, will be prosecuted unless the above mentioned misdemeanors are abated.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Mrs. F. M. Vaughn, accompanied by her son, Horace, is visiting up in Anderson County during the holidays. F. M. Vaughn, when he came to town to see them safely off on the journey, grew so excited that he forgot all about his horses and walked back home, leaving the animals hitched at the rack in town overnight.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Last Sunday evening one of our most prominent businessmen, who indulges quite frequently in the luxury of smoking, attended church. He had just gotten comfortably seated ready for his evening nap when an old member came in and took a seat beside the prominent businessman. He sat there but a few moments when he leaned over and remarked to the prominent businessman that he wished he would not scent himself up so badly with tobacco as to make himself very disagreeable to those in the audience, and then got up and took a seat upon the opposite side of the house of worship. This made the businessman mad, raving mad. He grabbed his hat, rushed from the house, and went tearing down the street, frothing at the mouth like a rabid person. He met some ladies in his flight; he halted them and startled them by demanding of them if he emitted an offensive odor similar to an individual who had been soaked in limberger cheese for years; or if he had been an envoy extraordinary sent out to capture a skunk. Their reply that he smelt as sweetly as a morning rose finally smoothed his turbulent feelings into repose and he sought his home, his wife, and the cause of his scent, and puffed his trouble away in smoking.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

A petition, asking that a tax of $25 per day be placed upon auction firms who visit this city and carry on their business, was circulated the first of the week, and was signed by every businessman in the city. Last Monday evening it was presented to the city council, but that body took no action upon the matter excepting to appoint a committee to investigate. It seems to us some action might have been taken. The wishes of businessmen should have recognition once in a while. Councilman Prescott wanted the petition settled by placing a tax of from $5 to $10 per day upon such transient firms.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

We wonder not at our merchants kicking against these cheap John auction firms coming here and ruining their business. Our merchants pay taxes on their stock and buildings, and special tax to keep the city government going. Yet they have no protection at all. Our merchants carry legitimate stocks and not bankrupt stock. Our dry goods merchants pay from $30 to $50 per annum occupation tax. The auction firms, if Mathews was a sample, $10 for 6 months. Where is there any justice in such legislation?


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

The county commissioners have assessed the following damages against the K. C. & S. W. Railroad for farmers thrugh whose land the road passes in going to the state line: C. J. Beck, $600.50;

W. J. Conway, $133; John Myrtle, $350; A. C. Williams, $525;

H. J. Donnelly, $307; Alfred Hurst, $150; Chas. Cypher, $410;

Wm. Pike, $433; H. B. Hollowell, $258; Will Mowry, $227.20; and

Jack Gilbert, $400. The farmers are kicking and say the assessments are much too low.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Latest patents granted Kansas inventors.

Railway tie, L. M. Clark, of Harper.

Sugar cane harvester, Charles H. Lee, of Centralia.

Ice machine, Thomas L. Rankin, of Quenemo.

Machine for cleaning clothes, J. M. Chamberlain, of Winfield.

Rotary engine, John Harrington, of Caldwell.

Aggregate cube, Henry Keeler, of Oklahoma.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

An Indian Territory special to the Kansas City Times says:

The Cheyennes and Arapahoes are becoming very restless and trouble is imminent. The cause of the discontent is the loss of the money derived from the cattle leases. This money had been distributed per capita among the tribes and was the source of pleasure to the Indians and profit to the traders.

When the leases were abrogated and the cattle driven off the reservation, payment of course ceased, and the Indians who were loudest in denouncing the cattlemen and urging expulsion are now complaining about the changed conditions.

Reports from Ft. Reno say that no outbreak is likely to occur in that vicinity, but other parts of the reservation are far from being quiet. The issue of annuity goods, which was made recently at Darlington for the first time in three years, was expected to have a soothing effect; but on the contrary, led to much ill feeling among the members of the two tribes.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

The Mulvane Record of the 12th last says:

Since the discovery of coal in Mulvane, it appears to have become fashionable for other folks to find coal also. The Arkansas City REPUBLICAN gives an account of an eighteen inch vein of extra good coal being found near the mouth of Grouse Creek, about nine miles east of Arkansas City. The man, who claims to have made the discovery, refuses to make known the locality without a certain sum of money. It is said that the quality of the coal is equal to the Canon City coal.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

How Whiskey Men Suffer in Cowley County.

Last week the REPUBLICAN reported that one John Phillips, Louis Tournier, and Charles Sanford were arrested for the manufacturing of and selling of whiskey down upon an island in the Arkansas River south of Arkansas City. They had no preliminary. Sanford was put under and gave bond to appear as a witness. The other two were sent to jail at Winfield in default of the bond. The preliminary trial was put off until last Saturday, by request of the county attorney, when it was to have come off before Judge Kreamer. John Phillips= bond was fixed at $500 and Tournier=s at $250. Last Saturday Judge Kreamer issued an order to have the prisoners brought before him for trial, but the order was countermanded by the county attorney, who asked that the case be dismissed. Accordingly Judge Kreamer sent the order of dismissal to the jailor and the prisoners were released. A short time thereafter the county attorney filed a new complaint in the district court against Tournier, allowing John Phillips, the man most guilty, to go scott free. Phillips purchased the whiskey in Arkansas, brought it to the island home of Tournier, and there the twain sold it. As soon as Phillips secured his release, he skipped for his Arkansas home. Tournier=s trial came up in the district court Tuesday and he was fined $100 and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment. By the action of the county attorney in this case, Cowley County had costs amounting to $20 piled up against her, on account of the dismissal of the first case against the defendants. The preliminary trial should have come off before Judge Kreamer as was agreed upon by the county attorney. He should have demanded that the case be tried first in the district court, causing all the witnesses from here to go up to Winfield. The law provides that the attorney shall go to the court instead of the court coming to him. The case was dismissed because the county attorney was so busy that he could not come, as he stated. Why did he not appoint a deputy if he was too busy to tend to the matter, instead of dismissing the case and allowing one very guilty man to escape? We publish these facts to show wherein a fault lies and to let our readers know of how one man is made to pay the penalty of his crime while another goes to Arkansas.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Council Proceedings.

The council convened in regular session last Monday evening. All members were present except Capt. C. G. Thompson.

The action upon some minor bills was first on the programme.

A petition signed by the businessmen of the city, asking that an occupation tax of $25 per day be placed upon certain callings, was read. (This petition was in regard to auction firms.) On motion the mayor appointed Councilmen Hight, Prescott, and Dunn as a committee to investigate the matter and report at the next regular meeting.

A petition of certain residents to have a bridge placed across the canal at the crossing of the canal and Central Avenue and street graded to correspond, was read and referred on motion to the committee on streets and alleys.

On motion Mr. Mead was instructed to put in crossings at the corner of Summit street and Central avenue and the corner of 4th Avenue and Summit Street. The crossings are to be the same as those put in at the crossings on Summit Street and 5th Avenue.

Mr. Hight asked that the present fire limits as set forth in ordinance No. 12, be cut down to the blocks mentioned, and that the council can extend them to said blocks at their option. Referred to ordinance committee.

Ordinance No. 27, repealing ordinance 26 relative to water works, was then read and adopted. The vote on the final passage was as follows: Nays--Prescott, Dean, and Dunn; Yeas--Hill, Davis, Hight, and Bailey.

On motion the council adjourned.


Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Hackney Harpings.

A Christmas tree is in course of preparation at the Pleasant Valley M. E. Church. The Irwin chapel members will assist.

Will Beach returned last week from his Florida trip. His brother, George, will remain till next June in the hopes that the balmy climate will prove a sufficient panacea to ward off a consumptive attack. Will says that country may be all right for persons of weak lungs and delicate constitution, but he could not be hired to live among those pine-clad hills and swampy valleys.

The K. C. & S. W. R. R. Company are working a gang of one hundred men surfacing their track through the section.

A. M. Mitchell of Chautauqua County, who has been holding down a claim in Finney County the past few months, is stopping off for several days in our community for the purpose of organizing a class in penmanship. From freshly executed specimens of this work which the writer has seen, it is no flattery to say that he is an excellent penman.

The literary at Centennial schoolhouse, Dist. No. 4, is a booming success. Last Tuesday evening, which was only the third meeting, the house was crowded to its utmost capacity: standing room was at a premium. Next Tuesday evening the question, AResolved that the use of intoxicating beverages has caused more misery than war,@ will be discussed by Messrs. Moses Teter, M. H. Markum, and Ed. Garrett on the affirmative, and C. S. Byers, Ed. Byers, and Sim Beach on the negative. Besides the debate the exercises consist of vocal and instrumental music, two papers, query box, declamations, select reading, and dialogues. Mrs. Ella Beach and Ed. Byers are the editors and presented very interesting papers at the last meeting.

Our four days of splendid sleighing is now a thing of the past. The young folks enjoyed themselves hugely however, while it lasted.

Our blacksmith, John Breedin, has his shop opened up in good shape and being a skillful workman is fast attracting patronage.

The temperance society at Irwin chapel continues to progress. Last Sunday evening Messrs. Fuquay, Fisher, and West Holland favored the society with practical addresses containing valuable suggestions for the course of prohibition.

[They had West Holland...thought it was Wes Holland???]