Fire completely destroyed the barn, granary, and other outbuildings on the Frank Bryant farm two and a half miles east of the city, early yesterday morning. The blaze started from lightning, which struck the barn, and in the high wind which accompanied the rain storm occurring at that time soon spread to the other buildings. The house was also threatened for a time, but a change of direction of the wind enabled John Webb, who is the tenant on the place, to save it. Neither the buildings nor contents were covered by insurance. Mr. Webb lost several sets of nearly new harness, and some grain. Fortunately, his horses were not in the barn at the time and there was no loss of stock.

Fire, starting from a flash of lightning, almost gutted the two story office building of the Arkansas City Milling Co., southeast of the city, early Sunday morning, with damage of several thousand dollars. "The loss is covered by insurance," said Major C. H. Searing, this morning.

The blaze started at about 4:30 a.m., during the severe storm and lightning struck the building, Night Watchman L. H. Dwen said. About the time the fire started, the light wires and the phone wires in that vicinity went out of commission and there was no way in which to get the alarm to the fire station.

Mr. Hawk, of the electric light plant, drove in his car to the fire station.The blaze was soon put under control by the firemen, who worked there until after daylight The fire was mostly confined to the southwest second story room, where there was a lot of bill files and other office supplies stored. Three typewriters and two office desks, also other office furniture, were among the goods destroyed. The building was damaged by smoke and water and it was vacated yesterday. Work was begun on repairing today. The office force is working on the ground floor of the warehouse, near the office building, to which place their office fixtures not destroyed were moved Sunday afternoon.




At 3:30 o'clock this afternoon the third witness, Frank Hensy, was on the stand in the case of the state versus V. E. Creighton, which is up for preliminary hearing in the justice court of W. T. Ham. E. H. Armstrong was the first witness and he was on the stand from 11 o'clock this morning until 3 this afternoon. He was asked many questions in regard to the entries of certain bonds in the bank, and there was nearly a wagon load of books of the banks in the courtroom, which were referred to in connection with the testimony in the case. The bone of contention is the Letha Creighton note, in regard to which the former president of the bank is charged with making the false entry.

Mr. Armstrong testified that there were six different notes showing on the books which were said to be used in taking up the Letha Creighton note, of over $5,000. The witness also testified as to certain "scratches" on the books, but he stated in answer to the question by the attorney for the defendant, that he did not mean to say the books had been changed. He was asked if the borrowed bonds in a certain transaction had been sent to the Commerce Trust Co., at Kansas City, and he said the books showed that they had been sent there. He stated on cross examination that anyone familiar with the books of the bank could tell this, on examination of the books.

He was asked in regard to the entries of the Bella Smothers note for $3,675, the J. N. Day Note for $6,600, the Creighton note for $5,000, and the Creighton estate note for the same sum.

Walter Olson was the second witness and he testified as to the sending of the Farmers Union bonds for the sum of $4,150 to the Commerce Trust Co., at Kansas City. Hensey testified to the same transaction. Olson said that Creighton told him, when he asked in regard to the Farmers Union bonds, that they were held by the bank as collateral to the Farmers Union bonds, that they were held by the bank as collateral to the Farmers Union note, and that he had a right to handle them in that manner. The receipts given by the bank to Mr. Allard, of the Farmers Union, for the bonds, were identified by Olson and Hensey.

Mrs. Ream and J. N. Day were called as witnesses, but were not placed on the stand up to four o'clock this afternoon.

The case was called at about 10:30 o'clock this morning for a continuation of the preliminary hearing, which was postponed several weeks ago and Judge McDermott for the state, made the opening statement. He related the different points of the new complaint, which was read in court before Judge W. T. Ham this morning, and in the presence of the defendant. E. H. Armstrong, for the state banking department, who is the assistant to Re-

ceiver B. V. Curry, was the first witness called. He testified as to the items described in the new, or amended complaint. He was on the witness stand until the noon recess and the taking of his testimony was renewed at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon.

There was quite an array of attorneys for the state in attendance at the hearing this morning, and Hon. W. L. Cunningham, of this city, was the only one on hand representing the defendant. There did not seem to be as great an interest in the hearing as there was at the first sitting, there being none others but the attorneys, witnesses, officers, and one or two disinterested lawyers in the courtroom. Judge J. A. McDermott, of the state industrial court, County Attorney Ellis Fink, and Deputy C. H. Quier, were all on the side of the table represented by the state. Witnesses on hand and who were sworn at the outset of the hearing today were Hugh H. Wright, of the state banking department, E. H. Armstrong, Walter Olson, one of the directors of the bank and at this time in the employ of the receiver, and A. A. McFall, cashier of the failed Citizens bank of Geuda Springs.

McDermott related to the court what the state intended to prove in the hearing, which is now in progress, and gave item for item, the matter contained in the new complaint, which sets forth that the defendant made a false statement to the bank com-

missioner, in the publication of the statement of the bank on December 31, 1921.

There are four diffferent charges placed against the former president of the bank, the one wherein he is charged with making the false statement to the bank commissioner, in the matter of the Letha Creighton note for a little over $5,000; and on the same complaint, one in relation to a note of his own, for the sum of $5,000, both of which he failed to show in the alleged false statement.

The other cases are one signed by Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth, wherein she alleges she was sold $600 worth of stock in the bank, without her knowledge; one wherein C. G. Holmsten, a Santa Fe employee, made complaint in regard to a note for $350; and one by the Farmers Union, involving the sum of $1,150, which the manager of the union stated at the time the case was filed had been misappropriated by the banker.
























That the said false report and statements so made by the said V. E. Creighton in manner and form aforesaid, were with the intent and for the purpose of deceiving the said F. H. Foster, bank commissioner, and the above named deputy bank commissioners, as to the true financial condition of said bank at such time.



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

The U. S. Federal court has authorized John Heard, of the Eagle Jewelry company, to take charge of the bankrupt stock of the Shank-Dweelaard jewelry store. He will probably dispose of the stock for the court by putting on a bankrupt sale in a few days.



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

Arthur Walker is home from Topeka, where he passed the state bar examination last week. He has not yet decided where he will locate for the practice of law.



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

Two carloads of battery equipment came in Saturday, consisting of cassions and limbers. The equipment is largely here now, excepting the big guns, rifles, revolvers, ammunition, and horses. This latter equipment is necessary to make a proper showing of the battery in a parade, but it is feared it will not arrive in time for the Fourth, in which event a novel feature of the Fourth program will be eliminated, but will in no way interfere with the main program.



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

The work of starting the refinery is making good progress, but the indications are it will be late summer before all departments are going full blast. The lubricating plant will be the last to start. Half of battery one is running, and the indications are that some of the stills on battery two will be started next. Cosden & Company have a force of men removing towers from the stills on battery 3, and new towers are being placed on all the stills of this battery. The Cosden company has a contract for this work and has sent men here from Tulsa.



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

Following letter to the Traveler from Edna Worthley Underwood, former Arkansas City girl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Worthley of this city, indicates the wonderful success she is meeting with in the literary world.


Box 54, Hamilton Grange Station, New York City, June 22, 1922.

Editor Traveler:CI am writing to tell you that the first volume of my long trilogyCthree novels of some five hundred pages each, picturing the crumbling of the great civilization of the pastCis in the press and it will be upon the market about September first. It will head the fiction list of one of America's most important publishing houses. It will come out at the same time in England and Australia. Arrangements have already been made for publishing it in Holland, Germany, and France. Critics who have read it in manuscript say it compares favorably with Zola's famous "Trilogy of Cities."

Very soon too, I am publishing the first collection of the short story writers who use the old Flemish tongue to appear in English. Each writer has selected and sent to me what he considers to be his greatest story and given me alone the permission to use it. There are about twenty seven of these writers. In each case, the writer's judgment has been reenforced by Holland's leading critics. The book will be brought out under powerful patronage in Holland. In April and May of this year, Holland writers give me in their magazine what they termed "A Thanksgiving Tribute."

I have just been asked to write a monthly letter on prose and verse in America for one of the great French reviews, and invited to become a "Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of England."



MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

The Sanitary Bakery has moved from West Fifth Avenue to 610 South Summit Street, the move having been made on Saturday night and Sunday. The new location is in the Waldschmith building.





MONDAY, JUNE 26, 1922

Two feet of water that had been run into Paris Lake from the city wells was saved early yesterday morning by the timely action of City Commissioner F. L. Thompson.

A dyke that had been built at a certain point to keep the water in the lake started to break through yesterday morning and was caught about 8 o'clock by the city commissioner, who immediately got a force of men busy with the result that the water was prevented from breaking through into the canal, and which, if not stopped, would have lowered the level of the lake two feet in a very short time.

The commissioner said: "The water in the lake is now in good condition. The water being run in is clear, pure water, the same as is used for drinking purposes. The water is prevented from becoming stagnant by a constant flow of fresh water, which at the present water level, drains off as fast as it flows in."




Topeka, June 27.CPlans for a new $12,000,000 corporation were out today in an application filed with Attorney General Hopkins for a charter for the Empire Natural Gas company for a proposed merger of Empire interests in Kansas. The Kansas Natural Gas company and the Empire Gas & Fuel company holding millions of dollars worth of properties in the state are now operating independently.

Under the proposed merger, the Wichita Natural Gas company, the Wichita Pipe Line company, the Quapaw Gas company, and perhaps the Marnett mining company will be consolidated in Kansas as the Empire Natural Gas Company. The corporations named, it was said, have resources aggregating nearly $20,000,000. Their combined capitalizations total $12,000,000.

The plan of the company is to work out the consolidation program for Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Under the plan, the subsidiary companies will do business as a single corporation and operate independent of the Kansas Natural and the Empire Gas and Fuel company, although general headquarters for the whole enterprise will be at Bartlesville.




V. E. Creighton, president of the failed Traders State Bank of this city, which was closed by the state bank commissioner March 15, 1922, was bound over for trial in the district court of Cowley County at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing on the charge of making a false statement to the state bank commissioner in regard to the financial condition of the bank on December 31, 1922, before Judge W. T. Ham in the state court here this afternoon. Bond was fixed at $7,500, the same as it was before the hearing, and the bond was furnished soon after the hearing was ended.

Immediately following the conclusion of the case in regard to the false statement charge, Judge McDermott, for the state, announced that the case wherein Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth was the complaining witness, and in which she charges fraud in the matter of the alleged purchase off capital stock in the bank in the amount of $600, would be heard. W. L. Cunningham, for the defense, suggested that there be a rest from the taking of further testimony as the first case has been on most of the time since ten o'clock Monday morning, and to this McDermott stated that "we shall go right on with the other cases now and clean them all up."

When this announcement was made, Deputy Sheriff F. A. Eaton was instructed to bring Mrs. Farnsworth into court.

There are yet two other charges to be heard in the now famous bank failure, one of the complaints having been made by C. G. Holmsten and the other by the Farmers Union Elevator Co. The two latter were brought before Judge J. W. Martin some time ago. The defendant has been under a total bond of $11,000 for several weeks past.

The first preliminary was begun several weeks ago and was continued from time to time until yesterday, when the special prosecutor for the state, Judge J. A. McDermott, of Topeka, announced that the state was going to bat in this matter. The state showed its full hand, in the false statement case, and the court immediately announced that the defendant would be bound over for trial in the district court. With Judge McDermott, on the side of the state, were County Attorney Ellis Fink and Deputy C. H. Quier, all during the case just completed. W. L. Cunningham, alone, is defending Creighton.

When the case was called at 2 o'clock today, Attorney Cunningham announced that the defense would not introduce any testimony. Then the state recalled E. H. Armstrong, assistant to the receiver of the bank, who is in charge of the affairs now and he testified in regard to the stockholders fund, and the new capital stock, which it is alleged the bank was selling just prior to the time of the closing of the institution. Armstrong testified that "nearly" all of the new stock certificates were signed by V. E. Creighton. He said in this regard: "I found the accounts of the stockholders fund and made notations thereon. I found a number of subscribers for new stock, but nothing to show the authorization to increase the capital stock. The origin of these items I found in two accounts, 'special No. 2' and 'stockholders.'"

Many of the stock subscriptions were then offered in evidence and were read into the records of the trial. Among the names in this regard were the following: F. C. Fox, five shares, marked "Received by Creighton;" Mrs. A. W. Farnsworth, four shares; A. A. McFall, twenty shares; Mary C. Morris, three shares; V. E. Creighton, ten shares; Walter Olson, five shares; John Keller, four and one half shares; J. V. McMahon, five shares; C. A. Ames, three shares; W. L. Cunningham, ten shares; Stella Adams, one and one half shares; Dessie Adams, one and one half shares; H. S. Collinson, five shares; H. H. Harrington, six shares; R. T. Keefe, five shares; C. G. Holmsten two shares; Ellen Miller, ten shares; Mrs. M. C. Crouse, fifteen shares; Allen Wakefield, fourteen and fifteen shares.

On cross examination Armstrong stated that the state bank commissioner had advised the bank not to take steps to increase the stock at that time, which was in the month of December, 1921. He said he had found a letter to that effect.

Here the case closed and the charge made by Mrs. Farnsworth was under discussion by the attorneys late in the day.

The sum and substance of the testimony at the hearing Monday afternoon, was as follows.

The feature of the evidence was the cross examination of A. A. McFall, former cashier of the defunct Citizens State bank of Geuda Springs by W. L. Cunningham, for the defense. Mr. McFall was subject to a "close-up" and very trying questioning, but he answered all the questions in an emphatic manner. When the attorney asked him if he had not pleaded guilty to the charge of embezzlement, or had waived hearing on that charge, Attorney H. S. Hines, who was present as McFall's lawyer, quickly spoke up and advised his client not to answer. Asked if he desired not to answer, on the grounds that his testimony might tend to incriminate himself, he answered in the affirmative and was excused from giving answers to such questions. At the close of the re-cross examination of this witness, the state rested, but Attorney McDermott reserved the right to have the testimony of Mrs. Belle Smothers, today, provided the defense was going to put witnesses on the stand. Cunningham declined at this time to state whether or not he would put on evidence for the defense today, stating that he preferred to have a talk with his client, V. E. Creighton, before making that decision.

Both Creighton and his wife were in the courtroom all day yesterday, but neither of them spoke to his attorney nor made suggestions of any sort as to the cross examination of any of the witnesses by Cunningham.

The cross examination of Hugh H. Wright, of the state bank commissioner's office, was taken up immediately after the lunch hour yesterday.

There were no new developments in this testimony, the sum of which was the same as that given at the former preliminary. In regard to an entry on the books, where there was a certain sum of $2,000 charged off, witness said that Creighton had told him this was secured by real estate. In answer to questions by Attorney McDermott, witness said the Letha Creighton note was not listed in the assets of the bank at one time when he made an examination of the bank, and that he did not know where it was at that time. He stated that Creighton said it had been paid. Witness said Creighton said it had been paid by the substitution of other notes, from the Geuda bank. There was one note for $250, he said, signed by Mrs. M. C. Crouse, which he was told had been paid. Wright said he did not know at that time whether or not the Crouse alimony had been paid. He said the McFall personal notes had been sent to the bank here, and charged to him.

Mrs. Flora Ream, bookkeeper at the bank, was the next witness. She testified as to a certain conversation between Creighton and Mrs. Smothers, in the bank last November, and said Creighton made the statement that evening that he had made $2,000 for the bank that day, that he was tired, and was going home. On cross examination she stated she did not know if anyone else in the bank heard the statement of Creighton and that she did not see the entry of the $2,000 on the books of the bank.

A. A. McFall said: "I had seen the Letha Creighton note and think it was made payable to V. E. Creighton, and the amount was $5,251.92. I came in possession of the note at my bank; it was sent to me through the mail. I had the Ed. Conley note for $1,137.10 and the W. L. Hower note for $3,982.36. I remitted them to the Traders bank and made a memorandum on the journal. They were sent here for credit, and to take up an overdraft of mine in the Geuda bank. After this the Letha Creighton note was mailed to me with a letter, which I left in the files of the bank. Mr. Wright said he did not want to handle the note in that manner and he did not list it as an asset of the Geuda bank. I afterwards exchanged it to Creighton for his personal note. Mr. and Mrs. Creighton came to my bank and in their auto outside the bank we discussed the affairs of the two banks. I demurred to give up the Letha Creighton note and Creighton said, 'You know it is a fake note and is of no value.' I finally gave it up as they out-talked me. Creighton told me we must get the note out of the way and said, 'You know the way we handled those bonds was illegal.' Creighton tore up the note and dropped the pieces in the bottom of the car. (Here the witness identified one of the Letha Creighton notes.) I received two insurance policies as security."

On cross examination witness said: "I did not credit $100 given me by Mrs. Creighton, on the back of the note. I had had an overdraft to the Traders bank for several months. I have been arrested." Here McFall's attorney told him not to answer questions relating to his case in the state court.

Walter Olson, assistant cashier of the Traders bank, testified: "I recall the Ed. Conley and the W. L. Hower notes, the writing on them is that of Creighton."

E. H. Armstrong was recalled to the stand. Asked about a certain document, he stated: "I found this on the floor of the bank as it dropped from the box of personal effects of Creighton." Can you explain how the Letha Creighton note was taken out and its place filled by other notes, he was asked. "It was credited out of the loans and discounts and replaced by the Conley, Hower, and Crouse notes, totaling the same amount as the Letha Creighton note."

P. T. Wimer of the state bank at South Haven, who is the assistant to the receiver of the Citizens State bank at Geuda, was the next witness. He was asked in regard to certain entries on the books of the Geuda bank and read the credit of the $5,000 on the books, on March 2, 1922. He testified that, "There is $5,000 difference in the two accounts, of the Traders and the Citizens banks, according to the books." On cross examination he said some of the handwriting on the books was different from others and that McFall had two girls at work in the bank at different times, which might account for that. He said he had not found the leter in regard to the Letha Creighton note, in the files of the Geuda bank.

J. N. Day, of Arkansas City, was a witness and he testified as to a note for the sum of $6,600, in the Traders bank, signed by him, and which had been renewed several times. "I signed that note. It was in regard to the Sanitary Bakery deal. I was to operate the bakery for 60 days, and with the understanding I could purchase it if I found it a paying business. It was not a paying affair, and I would not buy it. I signed that contract, as did J. R. Hayden, and with the understanding that it was not to stand unless I decided to buy the place. I renewed the note on Oct. 31, 1921, and again on January 17, 1922. I never made any payments on the note and I was not asked for any interest. I was told the notes were of no value and was later sued on these notes, and judgment was rendered in my favor in the district court of this county."

On cross examination by Cunningham, Day said: "I did not get a bill of sale for the bakery. Hayden gave me a list of the goods in the place and I understood my note was not to draw interest. The bank closed while I owed the third note in question."

Armstrong was recalled and testified as to a conversation with Creighton and McFall, in regard to the Letha Creighton note. He said he was never able to find any letter on the matter.

Here the state rested and the case was put over until today for further hearing, as stated above.



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TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

Topeka, Kan., June 27.CKansas road officials are working on another idea intended to make vehicle travel within the confines of this state more pleasant to cross country travelers as well as Kansas themselves.

This plan, State Highway Engineer Watson explained, is to mark every state highway at convenient distances with a simple, inexpensive design, which he declares will mean much less confusion and consequently much added pleasure to travelers in Kansas. These markers, Mr. Watson said, would be numbers painted on some plain design, the even numbers to be posted on north and south roads and the odd numbers on east and west highways, the same numbers to be used in adjacent states. Highway officials of Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska have assured him of their cooperation in carrying out this plan, Mr. Watson added.

The Santa Fe Trail will be No. 11, retaining the same number it bears in Illinois. This road, a combination of the old and new Santa Fe trails, runs through Ottawa, Emporia, Florence, Hutchinson, and Dodge City and on through Colorado and the west over the old route. "By this system," Mr. Watson asserted, "a tourist would be able to traverse Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas merely following No. 11 markers."

"The central idea of the whole scheme," he continued, "is to mark roads through Kansas and adjoining states in such a manner that once a motorist chooses and takes the road he intends to traverse, he will not have to dig out his pocket map at every crossroad to ascertain which way to turn, but can follow the numbered markers straight through."

Many suggestions for marker designs have been received at the state highway commission office and all ideas are welcome, the highway engineer said. One suggestion is for an outline of Kansas with the road number placed in the middle. This is used in Illinois and Iowa, Mr. Watson said. Another design which has received much favorable comment, is the outline of the sunflower, Kansas' emblem, with the number painted in some conspicuous position. Wisconsin uses a triangle around the number and Michigan uses a square, Mr. Watson said.

As soon as the design is chosen, Mr. Watson said, all Kansas county engineers will be asked to have them made and posted out of county funds until the highway commission can obtain funds for their reimbursement.


[J. N. DAY...AGAIN!]

TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

J. N. Day, of this city, who is actively interested in the test well to be drilled near the Dunkard mill, stated this morning that the rigging material is all on the ground and it is expected drilling will be started by Friday or Saturday of this week.

Mr. Day is also interested in the proposed helium plant in the eastern Cowley County field. He says there is no definite information in regard to the late report that the plant is to be located in Dexter.

He thinks if Arkansas City industries would arrange to use the gas after the helium has been extracted from it, there would be little difficulty in getting the plant located here. In Mr. Day's opinion, it is a matter that should be kept close tab on, and when it is shown that the company means business, this city should get busy.

Mr. Day went to Winfield today to straighten out some abstracts in connection with his oil dealings.



TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

O. B. Seyster, secretary of the chamber of commerce, called a special meeting of the board of directors for last evening, at which time Mr. Seyster announced his intention to resign the secretaryship of the chamber to take effect July 8. He takes this step in order to accept a place with the Empire Refining company, with which company he expects to begin his services July 15.

"I am not resigning on account of any dissatisfaction with my present job." stated the secretary. "My relations with the businessmen of Arkansas City have been very pleasant and I have had a wonderful experience. I am absolutely sold on Arkansas City and expect to keep my family here although my official headquarters will be in Bartlesville, Oklahoma."

Mr. Seyster's announcement will be a great surprise to his many friends here. He came to this city to take his present position in February, 1920, having come from Leavenworth, where he was principal of the city high school. Just previous to that, he had served four years in the state department of education, and prior to that had got his start in the school work at Concordia, Kansas, where he stepped up to the principalship of the city schools. He has also served as expert for the International Harvester company as a machinist.



TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

Delay in getting steel beams is holding back the construction of the Dutch Creek bridge at the Deichman place two miles north of Wilmot, it was stated in the county engineer's office today, according to the Winfield Courier. In the slump in steel prices after the war, stocks of steel beams were allowed to run low. Now the demand for structural steel is again in big and there is difficulty in getting beams of the size wanted. Mills are four months behind with their orders, it is said.

The Deichman bridge was formerly concrete. The gravel used in the concrete turned out bad and the bridge got in such a condition the commissioners had the floor taken out. The concrete girders are to be replaced with steel "I" beams, twenty inches from the bottom. Six beams are required to make the width required. Each beam is forty-two feet long, giving a bearing of one foot on the pier at each end. The concrete slabs carrying the eighteen-foot roadway will be built on the beams. The ridge consists of one main span of forty feet between piers, and one approach span of twenty feet.



TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

The party giving his name as Roy Smith, who had been arrested by Officer Charles, who charged him with having corn whiskey in his possession, forfeited his bond of $75 in the city court last evening. The officer had picked up Smith in a most unexpected way. In hiding in the weeds near the edge of Paris Park, so as not to be seen, the officer accidentally stumbled on to a bottle of corn whiskey. He stationed himself close to the spot and waited for the owner to come after his property. He did not have to wait long when the party came and as soon as he had picked up the bottle, Officer Charles made the arrest.

Roy E. Smith of the Britt hotel called up the Traveler last evening, and requested the "Howdy Judge" reporter to state that he was not the Roy Smith who had been arrested. The party arrested was not known by the police. They do not know whether he gave his right name, whether it was an "alias", or whether he deliberately substituted the name of the Britt Hotel proprietor. Anyway, the party arrested was not Roy Smith, of the Britt Hotel.




TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

Petty thieves are reported to be operating in West Bolton township. Complaints are numerous about the theft of chickens, binding twine, and auto parts. The residents of that section are considerably aroused over this matter and are organizing to get the thieves. They propose to make it dangerous for thieves to continue their operations in that section. Some purloiner of the other fellow's property is going to get in trouble if he doesn't watch out, is the word given out.



TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

Damage to a car for which claim against the county to the amount of forty dollars was made Saturday was not done at the break in the road near Tisdale, County Commissioner Crotsley and County Engineer Ruggles decided after an investigation at the place of the alleged accident Saturday. An eyewitness stated that the car in question came to a stop a safe distance away from the obstruction, turned around, and went back to the detour, with its light going and without delay.

The claim for damages was made by W. S. McGee, an insurance solicitor, of 13 South Monroe street, Hutchinson. He asserted that he ran his Buick six roadster against the barrier on which there was no red lantern, bending the front fender of the car, demolishing one of the lamps, and warping the frame of the auto. Commissioner Crotsley, after investigating, rejected the claim.

The injury to the car is alleged to have taken place at the new culvert being built in the Tisdale road five miles east of Winfield, at the corner of the J. A. Priest place. A pile of gravel, the concrete mixer, and other equipment stand in the road east of the culbert, forming an effective barrier.

Mr. Priest, from his place close by, told the officials that he saw McGee approach the barrier. Both lights on McGee's car were shining good, Priest said. McGee slowed down when his lights picked up the barrier. A short distance from the barrier the car stopped, turned, and went back to the detour. There was no crash or a collision, and both lamps were going when the car turned, Priest said. The officials concluded that the car met with its damage somewhere else.



TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1922

The Kanotex Refining Company is moving its offices today from the Home National bank building to the company's plant southeast of the city, where all business will be taken care of in the future, it was announced this morning.




V. E. Creighton, president of the defunct Traders State Bank, of this city, which was closed on March 15, 1922, was bound over for trial in the district court of Cowley County on four different charges, at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing in the state courts of this city, late Tuesday afternoon. Bond to the amount of $10,000 on all charges was made soon after the hearings were ended and the defense introduced no testimony in any of the four cases. The bond was signed by J. S. Mowatt and A. E. LeStourgeon.

In one of the cases, that of A. E. Allard, manager of the Farmers Union Cooperative Association, there was no testimony given. The defense agreed to take the evidence in this connection, and introduced in the alleged false statement case, as the record on this particular charge, and the defendant waived preliminary. In all of the other cases, the state put on a number of witnesses and the hearings took up most of two days, Monday and Tuesday. The bonds in all of the cases, before the hearings, amounted to $11,000, but were reduced to $10,000 after the trials were ended. The attorneys in the cases agreed to the reduction of the bond, but E. H. Armstrong, who is now in charge of the bank's affairs, was of the opinion that the bond should be increased, rather than decreased, in the face of the fact that the defendant was held on all of the charges placed against him by the state. Judge James McDermott conducted the cases for the state, with the exception of the one wherein C. G. Holmsten, was the complaining witness, and in this the county attorney asked the questions of the witnesses.

Two of the cases were heard in Judge Ham's court, these being the false statement action and the case of the Farmers Union. The other two were in the court of J. W. Martin. W. L. Cunningham, alone conducted the defense and gave some of the state's witnesses a real cross examination.

The contention of the state in the Holmsten case was that the bank, through its president, had issued new stock as late as December 31, 1921, and after the state bank commissioner had advised the bank officials not to issue any new stock. Holmsten testified that he purchased of Creighton two shares of the new stock, paying for the same with two, one hundred dollar liberty bonds, one fifty dollar bond, and his personal check for $50. This he did, he stated, after the president of the bank told him he had the authority from the state bank commissioner to do so. Holmsten said he believed in Creighton and took his word for the statements he made at the time. The date of this transaction was December 31, 1921.

Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth, a widow, testified that she was asked by Creighton to purchase some stock and she told him she had no money to invest at that time. She said he told her they would pay dividents later and after the bank had been closed, a receipt showed up which was said to have been signed by Mrs. Farnsworth, transferring $600 of her money to new stock. She swore she never signed the paper and Walter Olson, assistant cashier of the bank, testified that the hand writing on the receipt in question was that of Creighton.

A. E. Allard, of the Farmers Union Co-operative association, alleges in his complaint that the bank disposed of $1,150 of bonds of his company without his knowledge or consent. This was one of the first cases filed against the former bank president after the institution was closed in March.

The bank's affairs are still in the hands of the state bank department, and B. V. Curry is the receiver. He is represented here by E. H. Armstrong, but Mr. Armstrong is expecting orders to go somewhere else at any time now and then it is possible that the affairs will be in the hands of Walter Olson, Ralph Wickliffe, and Frank Hensy, who are still on duty there. A number of the claimants have not yet called at the bank to sign up for their deposits and make claim to what is coming to them although it has been over three months since the first request was made of the bank's patrons, to call and settle with the receiver.




Floyd V. Kennedy will leave Saturday on a sign painting tour down through Oklahoma, where he has a contract for painting U. S. tire boards. The boards represent a large book and are in the nature of historical bulletins, familiar to travelers in all parts of the country. After making this trip he will then go to Colorado line painting like signs in western Kansas. He will then return to this city to remain. Mr. Kennedy has no intentions of leaving Arkansas City, he states.




A. H. Harnley, horticulturist and gardener, today presented the Traveler with a box of as fine raspberries as has been grown in this section. These berries were raised without irrigation and were set out this year. Mr. Harnley has a substantial crop of berries, and thoroughly understands growing them.




Swan Sandstrum of Dexter was in the city today on business. He is now an Arkansas City property owner, having recently purchased the old Gladstone building. Mr. Sandstrum is trying to find a party to lease the building and operate it as a hotel, and has a number of prospects on the string. In case he does not get a tenant immediately, he stated that he thought he and his son would come to this city and operate the hotel themselves. He is a farmer near Dexter, and owns considerable land and city property in this county and is quite well known here.




The fires have been started under stills of battery one, and that battery is now running at capacity, with the following stillmen on the job: Dan Hadley, Ben Hadley, Dan Forbes.

The work of dismantling battery six is making good progress, and the foreman there says it will all be removed in sixty days.

There is a large force at work on battery three, taking off the towers on the condensers. New towers are to be placed on the ten stills of this battery. Cosden & Company of Tulsa is doing the work.


The Empire Gas company furnishes the Kanotex refinery about 2300 barrels of crude daily from its pipe, which passes through the city. The Lesh company also draws on the Empire for 1700 barrels of crude daily. Both the Kanotex and Lesh refineries are making improvements and increasing the capacities of their refineries.




Executive E. K. Kraul of the boy scouts has issued a circular giving all details with reference to the coming summer camp of the local council. The camp is to be known as Camp Bishop, named after the president of the council, and will be open for twelve days, from July 17 to July 25. The place is ten miles east of Arkansas City, or about one and one-half miles southeast of Silverdale.





Effective at once, Philip Fitzgerald, who has been manager of the local Western Union Telegraph office since February 7, 1907, goes to Hutchinson, Kansas, as commercial manager. Mr. Fitzgerald came to this city from Newton, Kansas. Since his arrival here the business of the office has increased many fold. In 1907, the time service department boasted of 17 clocks, and now has 107. It is said in Western Union circles that Arkansas City holds the championship of the Central Division in this branch of the service. Fitz's unvailing good nature is bound to put him across wherever he goes.

Earl Lytal, manager of the Winfield office, will take charge of the local office. Mr. Lytal's parents are residents of this city and he formerly lived here.




The city commissioners met in adjourned session yesterday afternoon and awarded the contract on the construction of a storage building for the city to Lee M. Biggs, he being the lowest bidder. His bid was $3,491.63. The other bids were as follows: E. S. Berry, $4,100; Chas. Harrison and R. A. Waychoff jointly, $3,815.01; H. A. Fowler $3,854.

The building is to be of cement block construction, 50 x 100 feet, and when completed, will be used as a storage room for city implements and tools.




Two hustling young men of the city, who are making good, are Boyd Mohler and Forrest Kuhn, of the A. C. Bottling Works. A few days ago they received a carload of Anheuser-Busch near beer, and found it necessary to order another carload in order to take care of the trade over the Fourth. The carload just ordered is the third for this season. This beer has all been sold locally. In addition, they are doing a big soda pop business. The products they are handling are very popular with the local trade, and they are doing a tremendous business.




Winfield, June 28.CTranscript of the appealed case of Ralph Tubbe, convicted on charges of manufacturing liquor and of having liquor in his possession, was filed in district court this afternoon. Tubbe and Harve Eastin were arrested together by Undersheriff Don Goldsmith and Deputy Sheriff Charles Goforth early in May in a wooded canyon near Silverdale, with a big copper still in their possession. After many postponements, Tubbe was tried before Justice O'Hare on June 19. He was found guilty and given sixty days in jail and a fine of two hundred dollars.





Order to Shopmen Effective Saturday, Unless Terms are Reached, B. M. Jewell Says.

One hundred and twenty-five railway workers in this city will be affected by the strike orders which have been issued for next Saturday at 10 o'clock, a.m., according to local Santa Fe officials and officers of the various unions.

So far as known only one of the crafts here has received the strike orders, that being the boilermakers and there are 25 boilermakers and helpers employed at the local shops.

The machinists and the carmen have not yet received the strike orders, but they have voted nearly one hundred percent to strike, it is said. The vote of the carmen here was said to be 99 percent for the walkout, there being only one man of the force here who voted no. The machinists and their helpers will all go out, according to reports.

NOTE: ARTICLE THEN GOES INTO NATIONAL PICTURE WITH AP NOTICE FROM CHICAGO. The impending walkout makes Saturday a momentous day in the railroad world. On that date the $400,000,000 cut in freight rates ordered by the I.C.C. becomes effective simultaneously with a slash of $135,000,000 from the wages of railway workers ordered by the United States Labor board. The pay of the shopmen was cut $60,000,000. The shopmen's strike is in protest against the wage reductions, the abolishment of rules by the railroad labor board, and the farming out of shop work to contractors. Maintenance of way men balloted solely on the wage reduction. In addition to the shopmen, whose strike order already has been issued, the four other unions cited, now taking a strike vote, are the clerks, maintenance of way, stationary firemen and oilers, and signal men. The meeting of the railway executives and heads of the ten unions was set for two o'clock tomorrow by the labor board, when the formal notice of the strike call was received from the shopmen, announcing the date for the walkout as next Saturday at 10 a.m.




George N. Moore, of Chicago, president of the Moore Refining Company, is at present in Arkansas City. He made the following statements.

"So far, I am well pleased with Arkansas City and the attitude of her people in regard to the reopening of the big refinery here, now the Moore Refining company, and I think this is a fine city. It is splendidly located for attracting business from all directions and is without doubt, a thriving city, which can readily be seen in going over the town and forming acquaintances among the local citizens. We appreciate the attitude of the people of Arkansas City in regard to the refinery business here and are fully aware that the citizens will cooperate with us in the opening of this industry, which already has in its employ about one hundred men. The businessmen and all others of the city seem to be accommodating in every way and we are glad to be counted among the citizens of this rapidly growing city.

"By August first the plant here will be operating in full blast and then there will be at least 125 men in the employ of the refinery. By about the seventh of July, the refinery will be using 5000 barrels of oil a day. At the present time we are running about 3000 barrels a day. All of the machinery of the plant is being put in first class shape, which naturally takes time, and everything is being rounded out for the operation of the plant just as rapidly as possible. When the plant is run at full capacity, about August first, we will be refining at least 8000 barrels of oil a day."

Mr. Moore expects to leave for Tulsa tomorrow and from there will return to Chicago, which is his home. A little later on, or during the coming month, he will return to this city and then after that time, he intends to spend the greater part of his time here, looking after the interests of the plant personally. This fall he will bring his family here, he stated today, and the entire family may decide later to locate her permanently.

By the 15th day of July the plant will have in its employ at least 75 expert operators. At present there are 54 experts on the payroll here, besides the stillmen and the common laborers now on the job. According to Mr. Moore, the refinery will bring still more families to this city, the heads of which will be employed here, and who will be compelled to rent or purchase residence property.

The Moore refinery was a place of real activity this morning and the office was very busy, as was everyone else about the place, demonstrating the fact that this large industry will soon be a thriving little city of its own.




Winfield, June 29.CJohn W. Kastle, serving a sentence in the state penitentiary for manslaughter, was denied clemency by Governor Henry J. Allen Monday, County Attorney Fink was advised today. Kastle had applied for a pardon or parole.

Kastle was convicted of manslaughter here following the killing of his wife at Arkansas City. He has served less than a year at Lansing, the county attorney said today.

Since being checked in Kastle has been running the prison store and has greatly built up the business.




The Williamsport (Pa.) Wire Rope Distributing Company with headquarters at Tulsa for the mid-continent oil territory, has just served notice to the secretary of the local chamber of commerce that this company will renew the lease of the building which it occupies in this city, for another year.

This building is located on the Midland Valley team track near the depot, and was secured for the company through the activities of the local chamber of commerce. "This indicates that Arkansas City looks good to this oil well supply company," stated Secretary Seyster, when he handed out the news this morning.




J. H. McElhinney was arrested on two charges. On charge was for fighting and the other was for illegal cohabitation. The bond in each case was fixed at $25, which he gave, for appearance in the city court at 5 p.m., June 30. C. C. Hoenehs was also arrested on a chrage of fighting and gave bond of $25 for his appearance at the same time. The name of Mrs. Lizzie Hoenehs was included in the arrests, on a charge of illegal cohabitation, on complaint of C. C. Hoenehs. Her bond was fixed at $25, which she gave. Mr. and Mrs. Hoenehs are said to be separated, but not divorced. He is an oil driller of this city. These cases were all set for 5 p.m., June 30, in the city court.




The residential property at 112 North A street has been converted into a beautiful funeral home and will be operated as such by C. D. Grant, formerly of the firm of Smith & Grant, funeral directors.

This funeral home is provided with all the conveniences incident to modern residential funeral homes, such as a reception hall, reception room, parlors, room for use of bereaved families, blue room, and a room where the body is laid out.

W. Bryson Smith has retired from the undertaking business in this city, while Mr. Grant will continue at the above location as sole proprietor, and there will also be a lady attendant at the new funeral home.




R. L. Walker, yard laborer, suffered a bad cut on the arm yesterday afternoon while helping to remove the lock box from the receiving station of battery two. Dr. Tufts attended the injury and said Walker would not be able to work for several days.

Batteries two and three are being given a general overhauling. Number two will be the next to be fired up. Three insurance underwriters inspected the plant this morning.

Two car loads of Fuller's earth have been received and unloaded at the lubricating plant. A team and sprinkler wagon have been to work sprinkling the grounds with oil to keep down the dust. W. A. Ray is back in his old place as chief carpenter. He was general yard foreman the last year under the Mid-Co management. A small improvement is being made near the entrance, in the form of a housing for the time clock.




J. C. Pack is opening a new eating house at 116 North Summit Street, which building is being remodeled for the purpose. The north half of the room is being equipped for restaurant purposes, and will be well supplied with wall fans and ceiling fans to keep the place cool. Regular meals and short orders will be served.

Mr. Pack needs no introduction to the public. He has been in this city for the past 23 years, and for several years was proprietor of Pack's Royal Cafe, in conjunction with his sons, and has always enjoyed a nice business.

His new place will be known as Pack's All American Cafe, and he will adopt the same class of efficient service that has characterized his business in this city during past years.

The south half of the building at the above location will be occupied by the Stacy Transfer Company.




Marion Clayton has leased a stand located at the entrance leading into Paris Park, and will operate it as a general refreshment stand, supplying all kinds of cold drinks, ice cream, and delicacies.




Winfield, June 29.CTwo United States treasury certificates of a thousand dollars each now in the hands of the receiver of the failed Traders State Bank of Arkansas City belong to William Rowan and Guy W. French, of that place, according to petitions filed in district court this morning by the receiver of the bank. The receiver is asking permission of the court to turn these certificates over to their alleged owners.

It is recited in the petitions that these men bought the certificates through the bank last October, giving their checks on their accounts in the bank for payment. By mistake in the United States treasury, the certificates were made payable to the Traders State bank. The records of the bank show, the receiver declares, that the certificates are actually the property of Rowan and French.




Plays up Kelly-Springfield Tires....comments from customers:

Grover Chambers, 1226 North First Street

R. W. Beeks (farmer), 5-1/2 miles northwest.

George Spruill (grocer), 419 North D Street

Chas. Morrow, 402 North Fifth Street.



FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 1922

It will not be a great while until the Huey lumber yard, under the management of Hawkins Huey, will be open for business. The office is now under construction at the site at the junction of the Midland Valley and Summit street. Hawkins Huey, the manager, was born in Arkansas City. His father was one of the first bankers in the city.



FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 1922

Mrs. W. O. Reid, of north of the city, has opened a suburban tea room, at the Martha Washington school, located four miles north of here on the rock road. Lunches and dinners will be served to clubs and organizations when desired.



The following message from Governor Allen was received this morning by Mayor Geo. R. McIntosh: I am advised that a suspension of work by railway shop crafts is to occur this morning at 10 o'clock. The provisions of section 17, chapter 29, laws of 1920, must be enforced against picketing in any form, intimidation, abuse, or threats. The streets leading to and the surrounding places of work must be free from strikers or other persons whose presence may tend to embarrass or deter men desiring to work. Cooperation of all officers is required from the start. Mayors, attorneys, and police of cities, sheriffs, county attorneys, and county commissioners must take immediate steps to see that men desiring to work are given this opportunity without molestation. Please reply.CHenry J. Allen, governor.

The mayor's reply is as follows:CI do not anticipate any trouble here. Should any arise we will enforce the law.CGeo. R. McIntosh, mayor.


Three hundred railway workers, including all of the shop crafts in Arkansas City, walked out of the Santa Fe shops at 10 o'clock this morning, under the recent strike orders, and the officials of the local unions declare that the walkout was one hundred percent effective.

E. B. Breene, who was the chairman of the meeting held in the central labor hall, immediately following the walkout here this morning, made the following statement.

"The strike in this city was one hundred percent on all of the shop crafts and the men walked out of the shops at the appointed hour, in an orderly manner, and came direct to the labor hall, where the strike situation was discussed. The striking men include all of the machinists, apprentices, and helpers; boilermakers, apprentices, and helpers; carmen and helpers; sheet metal workers; blacksmiths and helpers; electrical workers and helpers. A number of the day laborers and the water service men also walked out soon after the shopment left their posts, in sympathy with the machinists, boilermakers, the carmen and the electricians."

Continuing, he stated that the striking workers included the following: machinists, apprentices, and helpers 110, boilermakers, apprentices, and helpers 52, electricians 3; blacksmiths 2; sheet metal workers 29; painters 5; carmen 66; total 267. The water service men and the day laborers who walked out in sympathy increased the figures to about 300.




Winfield, July 1.CRelease of one of the biggest single mortgages ever recorded in Cowley County was filed in the office of the register of deeds yesterday, to bring about the cancellation and satisfaction, fully paid, of an instrument upon which thirty million dollars was borrowed by the Missouri Pacific railway in 1880. The Missouri Pacific has had a lot of ups and downs, according to the report, in the forty-two years since that mortgage was recorded, but it appears that the company has succeeded in some way in financing and discharging the bonded indebtedness then incurred. No new mortgage has been filed to cover borrowing on sales of bonds to swing the deal.

The release is from Edward D. Adams, trustee, and covers all the properties of the Missouri Pacific in Kansas and Missouri as they existed at the date of the mortgage, November 1, 1880. Several subsequent additional mortgages filed at different times between 1800 and 1889 are included in this release. The instrument has to be recorded in every county in Kansas and Missouri in which the road has property effected by the mortgage. As far as Cowley County is concerned, the right of way, grounds, buildings, and equipment of the Missouri Pacific from Cedarvale to Oxford, and from Dexter to Arkansas City, are involved.




The first car of gasoline sold by the new company is being loaded today. The Frisco is putting on an extra switch engine, extra switch crew, and an extra clerk at the depot to take care of the refinery business. The machinery in the wax plant is being run today to test it out. There is a force of men at work today repairing the insulation on the tall towers on Battery one and one of the agitators. James Knight, of Chanute, has arrived and has entered upon his duties as the treater. Geo. Phau, of Jeffersonville, Ind., arrived today and has entered upon his duties as head chemist for the Moore refinery.




The cases of J. H. McElhinney, charged with fighting and illegal cohabitation, C. C. Hoenehs, charged with fighting, and Lizzie Hoenehs, arrested on complaint of C. C. Hoenehs, charging her with illegal cohabitation, were continued until Monday at 5 p.m. These cases were continued because the complaining witness in the illegal cohabitation cases was employed as driller on the Dunkard mill well, which was spudding in yesterday, making it impossible for him to be present in court, the judge having been previously notified to this effect.




The local police officers framed up a big joke yesterday on W. P. Boggs, salesman for the Geuda Springs bottling works, with Arkansas City offices at 224 North Summit street. They planned to arrest him, but had to have a charge on which to make the arrest. They hit upon the proposition of making the arrest on the charge of driving his truck up and down Summit street at a late hour of the night.

Accordingly, they arranged with Police Judge Harry S. Brown to know if it would be all right to fine him a case of soda pop for each police officer, the police judge, and mayor. Judge Brrown said this was not entirely in accordance with court practice, but under the circumstances he thought it would be all right to establish a new precedent, but did not want the precedent to apply to anything stronger than soda pop.

The manager and force at the bottling works office were put wise and the arrest was made at the office. Boggs' face suddenly lengthened until it was nearly a yard long. "What do you want me for?" he asked, "I haven't done anything to be arrested for."

But the police had the goods on him. He had driven his truck containing cases of soda pop on the street at night when Christian men were supposed to be in bed snoring. The police were very sober and serious, but the force at the office couldn't keep a straight face and Boggs "tumbled" to the joke.

The result was that he promised to deliver a case of pop to each of the policemen, the police judge, and the mayor. True to his word he delivered several cases last evening and promised to delivery the rest of them this morning.

In this manner the city administration is exceptionally well supplied with this favorite hot weather beverage. Boggs claims it was very funny to everybody but himself, until he saw the joke.




The N. H. Huey Lumber company has a new Ford truck on the streets today. This new lumber company will soon be doing business at the location on South Summit street, near the canal bridge and the Midland Valley tracks.




"When I came to this town forty-five years ago, shooting, hollering, and yelling were heard on the street." said M. Hunter, 514 North Second street, who celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday. He continued:

"There were no railroads in the town then, and our wagons got stuck in the mud just as autos continue to do, which doesn't show improvement in the road system that one might expect.

"My wife and I came to Kansas in 1887 and have resided in or near Arkansas City ever since. Since my wife's death I have been living with my daughter.

"I went to the army when I was 18. The old soldiers who are now living are the boys who were young when they went into the army. I served over three years with Company 117, Indiana Infantry.

"I am like an old horse that has been turned out to pasture. I thank God that he permits me to live and enjoy life."

At 81 Mr. Hunter finds himself a sound and well preserved man, who doesn't look any older than many men at 60.






Several Hundred Will Be Initiated North of City At 10 P.M.

Announcement was issued today that the Ku Klux Klan will stage a big parade on Summit street at 9:00 o'clock, Friday night, preceding a demonstration north of the city in connection with the initiation of several hundred members.

In the full regalia of the Klan, mounted horsemen will lead the procession. They will be garbed in the usual white hooded costumes.

It will be the first demonstration held in Kansas, local officials of the klan claim. Klansmen will attend from various points in Kansas and Oklahoma, swelling the crowd to several thousand.

The initiation will be conducted probably on the hill north of the city under the supervision of high officials of the order. It is whispered around that the Imperial Wizard Simmons himself may attend. There will at least be Grand Goblins, Kleagles, and other executives in large numbers present.

Fiery Cross to Point Way

A large fiery cross, symbol of the order, will be erected at the point where the ceremonies are to be staged, where it can be plainly seen from the city to point the way for spectators, several thousand of whom are expected to bank the outer circle of the klansmen assembled there. Guards will be thrown around this circle to preserve order. Possession of firearms by any member of the klan has been forbidden.

It is said that Arkansas City has about 500 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Deputy Sheriff Goforth said today that he did not know whether Sheriff Goldsmith would take action to prevent the demonstration or not. The sheriff could not be reached as he was out of his office.

Views of Major McIntosh

Mayor McIntosh said: "I know of no law against it. I have heard nothing of the meeting. I suppose they will ask permission of the mayor and commissioners to parade here. I do not think we would have any right to prevent them, and I think the commissioners would have this opinion about it. I think any society or organization would have a right to parade on the streets of the city provided they did it in a decent manner. It would be foolish to butt into trouble by attempting to prevent it. If a large number of them congregate, they probably would parade in the face of any order to the contrary. I see no reason at this time for taking any steps to prevent them from parading in this city if they wanted to do so."

According to the announcement made by the klan, its membership includes men from every walk of life, business and professional, everyone of whom was vouched f r at the time of his election by several members, to whom he was personally known. Only men of the very highest standing, morally and mentally, are eligible for membership in this organization, and every member must believe in the following: the tenets of the Christian religion; white supremacy; just laws and liberty; closer relationship of pure Americanism; separation of church and state, and law enforcement.

The following is extracted from a folder sent out by the local organization to the general public a few days ago, and its publication requested.

The people of this community may rest assured that the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan are not a menace to any of its interests, that its purposes are beneficient, that it has not sinister aspects and no methods of dealing with problems or persons which would not meet with the approval and command the assistance of any Christian gentleman.

This organization does not assume to enforce the law or to force any sort of code of morals upon this community. It does not usurp any governmental authority, but it is tireless in the assistance of the suppression of vice and crime and violence and in upholding the hands of civil authorities in preserving peace and order.

Its membership in this community is such as to inspire complete confidence in its methods and processes. Only men of clean moral character, the best to be had in every walk of life, are to be found in this order.

The Fiery Cross

The Fiery Cross shines forth to illustrate the Stars and Stripes from Maine to California and from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, one Country, one flag, and one People, and will forever hold sacred the traditions, ideals, and precepts of our forefathers who fought to place Old Glorry where she now stands, at the head of the procession.

The Ku Klux Klan is not trying to run your community, but it is doing its best to assist in the upbuilding of the law and American institutions and helping you to get rid of the evil things that are here.

The Ku Klux Klan owes allegiance to no foreign power civil or ecclesiastical. Its sole allegiance is to the United States of America, its constitution, and laws as they are written. That is one of the chief reasons why they are called 100 percent





Late this afternoon it was reported from the office of the master mechanic of the Santa Fe shops here, that seventeen men had been hired there to take the place of some of the strikers who walked out last Saturday morning. These men were put to work last night and today, according to reports, and they have not been molested in any manner. Some of them went on the night shift in the shops and some on the day shift today. There is said to be no trouble of any kind at the south yards on account of the strike and business there is being carried on as before.

From the office of the superintendent of the Oklahoma division, comes the report this afternoon that everything is quiet and that there has been no trouble experienced on account of the recent strike. So far as known there has been no picketing here by the strikers. The Santa Fe is at present running notices in the daily papers all over the state, advertising for men to take the places of the strikers in all departments.


Everything in connection with the shop crafts' strike in this city was very quiet over Sunday as the Santa Fe shops were vacated, as usual on that day. Today the shops were manned by but few hands, as the men who walked out Saturday morning are still out.




MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

The Moore Refining company today broke ground for batteries 5 and 6 upon a large scale. This is going to be a big improvement and will add largely to the production of the plant. The company also began converting the pump house and old battery 5 building into an office building.


AD: MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922.



On account of strike, The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company will receive applications for positions as follows: Mechanics, Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Sheet Metal Workers, Electrical Workers, Car Men and Helpers; Apply to Superintendent Shops Topeka, Kans., and Master Mechanics at Chicago, Shopton, Ia., Kansas City, Kansas, (Argeintine Station), Chanute, Newton and Arkansas City, Kansas.



MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

Ed Pauley, formerly a member of the city police force, has taken a position on the special officer force for the Santa Fe, on the Oklahoma division, with headquarters in this city.



MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

The C. H. Devlin stock and fixtures were sold this afternoon at 2 o'clock here, by the referee in bankruptcy, M. E. Garrison, of Wichita; and the purchaser was E. M. Barnard, of the M. B. Kerr store at Winfield. E. M. Barnard represents his father, L. C. Barnard, owner and manager of the Kerr ladies ready to wear store, and he paid $6,000 for the stock, the fixtures, and the leases on the building here. He stated this afternoon that he and his father would open the store here in the near future and operate it. "I am pretty well acquainted in Arkansas City and like the city fine, and we are of the opinion that the store here can be operated successfully; therefore, we will open for business in the near future." Mr. Barnard said.

There were several other bidders for the store here, at the sale this afternoon, but Mr. Barnard was the successful bidder.



MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

"Shall a police matron be appointed in this city?" is the question that has been put squarely to the mayor and city commissioners for their decision in the near future.

Four ladies from the Y. W. C. A. appeared before the board this morning at their regular weekly session, and presented a petition asking that a police matron be appointed to watch the parks, dances, joy riding, etc., from 3:30 in the afternoon until midnight. The petition contained the names of 273 signers, although the matter had not been worked with a view to getting a large number of signers, it was explained. One of the ladies stated that the plan had received the endorsement of the Community Service Council and the churches, as well as everybody who had been approached on the subject. Another member of the committee suggested that an outside party who was experienced as a social worker be secured to be police matron.

The mayor took exceptions to the latter proposition. He thought it better to secure a home party, who was conversant with the town and social conditions. The mayor explained: "There would be no more justification in sending out of town for a person to act as police matron than there would be to go out of town for men to act as policemen of the city." The commissioners agreed with the mayor in the matter. The mayor further stated that he laid the blame largely on the parents for allowing their children to be out late at night and in many cases not knowing where they were.

The mayor said: "Only recently a young girl was picked up by the police at 1:30 in the morning. I instructed that she be taken home to her parents, and the parents became real indignant at this action on the part of the officers of the law."

On motion the petition was received and placed on file to be taken under advisement. Informally the mayor and commissioners all agreed that the appointment of a police matron would be a good thing, and such action will no doubt be taken at an early date.

Dancing To Be Stopped at 11 P.M.

Secretary Seyster of the chamber of commerce asked permission to stop traffic on Summit Street between Chestnut Avenue and Madison Avenue between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on July fourth on account of the automobile parade; also the closing of Central Avenue between Summit and First Streets from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. His requests were granted. It was also requested that the street at the latter location be swept if possible as the street dance is to be held here. The chamber secretary expressed his desire that the dancing be stopped at 11 o'clock, which was acquiesced in by the mayor and commissioners.

"Sunday Closing" Up Again

The city attorney made his report on the state law with reference to Sunday closing of grocery stores. According to the law, all places must be kept closed except for the sale of necessities. The crux of the local situation is brought to light in the fact that the suburban stores have been running wide open on Sundays, while the stores on the street have been closing in accordance with the law.

After considerable discussion it was agreed that the Retailers' Association would endeavor to get the cooperation of the suburban dealers to take care of the situation on a basis of equity to all parties, and in case of failure to come to an agreement, then to allow the law to take its course.

Contract for Storage Barn

The contract between the city and Lee M. Biggs for the construction of a storage building for the city on West Central Avenue between Fifth and Sixth Streets, at a cost of $3,543.63, as drawn up by the city attorney, was accepted, and the mayor and clerk were authorized to sign same after contracting party had put up bond.



MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

Lafe Osborne has resigned his position with the Beard foundry and machine shops and will open a tire and radiator works at 413 South Summit street the last of this week. Lafe is well known here and no doubt will make a success of the new




MONDAY, JULY 3, 1922

Steve and Deacon Wilson have taken a lease on the basement of the building occupied by the Hill-Howard Motor Co., on South Summit street and have opened a garage there. They have moved their business and equipment from the Kininmonth Produce plant to the Hill-Howard location and have also taken over the Hill-Howard machinery for the garage work there. These two men are well known mechanics and they are now in readiness to do all kinds of work on all makes of cars. They will appreciate a call from anyone at the new location, the basement of the Hill-Howard Motor Co.




Mrs. Neal Pickett and daughter, Miss Vera, who left last week on an overland trip to Yellowstone Park and California, equipped their car with Hood Tires, etc.

Mr. and Mrs. Musselman and son, "Beachy," left for Chicago and eastern points with their car equipped with Hood Tires, etc.

Virgil La Sarge, who holds the record of driving from Arkansas City to Los Angeles, Calif., in four days, equipped his car with Hood and Star Tires last week before leaving for the west.

"Dusty" Rhoads, past exalter ruler of the Elks, leaves tomorrow morning for Atlantic City for the National Elks Convention. His car is equipped with Star Tires.

W. L. Callahan leaves tomorrow morning for Little Rock, Ark. His car is being equipped with Hood Tires.

Leo Bellieu left for his summer camp near Denver, Colo., Friday. His car was equipped with Hood Tires.

Owen Cooper leaves this week for the west...Star tires.

H. Tyler left last week for Texas...Hood tires.

Morris Wheeler, ranchman in the Osage country...Hood tires.

The Ol Paris Taxi Service Line equipped all their cars completely today with Hood tires.






Officials Get Orders to Stop Demonstration Friday Night.

In answer to a letter addressed to private box 30, Arkansas City post office by Deputy Sheriff Fred Eaton, notifying the Ku Klux Klan that the governor would consider it menacing to the peace of the community if the Klan staged a parade here, especially during the strike, and that government troops would be ordered out if necessary to stop it, the following was received by him.

"Your letter of today addressed to this, Arkansas City Klan at hand, and in reply will say that the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan believe in the principles of law observance, and upholding the law enforcement officers.

"You can inform the Honorable Governor Henry Allen, that if it is his wish, we will not hold a parade in Arkansas City at this time.CRespectfully yours, Arkansas City, Klan No. 3CKnights of the Ku Klux Klan. By the Exalted Cyclops."


"They shall not pass."

That seems to be the order issued to the Ku Klux Klan in Arkansas City with reference to their announced parade at 9 o'clock Friday night, followed by a spectacular demonstration north of the city, where it is intended to erect a large fiery cross to mark the scene of the initiation of several hundred candidates from all over Kansas and points in northern Oklahoma.

What Allen Says

The Traveler received the following statement from Governor Allen by telephone today.

"I have directed the attorney general to instruct the sheriff and the county attorney of Cowley county not to allow any demonstration by masked men in Cowley county. I have instructed the mayor of Arkansas City to cooperate with the sheriff and county attorney, insofar as the matter concerns Arkansas City.

"The only purpose of a parade of masked men at this time would be to add to the disorder of the difficulty you are already having in Arkansas City, and the parade will be regarded as an effort of intimidation.

"I notice your newspapers say that the best citizens of Arkansas City are in this organization. If the best citizens of Arkansas City, at an hour like this, disguise themselves and parade the streets of Arkansas City, then I shall be much ashamed of the best citizens of Arkansas City.

Will Stop Demonstration

"I am not a member of the Ku Klux Klan," said Sheriff Goldsmith, "and I will do all in my power to prevent any demonstration being stated in the county, although I do not believe the klan will carry out its proposed program."

At 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, Mayor McIntosh said he had received no word from Gov. Allen in regard to calling off the parade of the K. K. K. Friday night, and he stated that he knew of no law whereby he could stop the parade. Asked if he were a member of the Klan, he said: "I know of no way in which I could become a member as I am not acquainted with any of the local officials or members of the Klan."


State Probes Klan Here

Major William F. Thompson, representative of the adjutant general's office, was here today to investigate the strike situation and take a survey on the Ku Klux Klan proposed festivities advertised for Friday night.

"I delivered the instructions given to me by the governor to Mayor McIntosh," he said. "They were to the effect that the klan parade and festivities planned for Friday night are not to be allowed by orders of the chief executive of the state. Governor Allen told me that if 'there was a parade of the klansmen, there would be a parde of troops.'

"The mayor told me he had not arranged to prohibit the parade, and spread before me some of the advertising circulars of the order, remarking, 'I don't see anything wrong with their platform. I don't know how to stop them if they decide to march.'

"Sheriff Goldsmith assured me that there would be no klan demonstration if he could prevent it," continued Major Thompson. "The sheriff appears to be a strong man, and I believe he will take any action necessary to obey the orders from the governor."

Troops Called If Necessary

Major Thompson made his report by phone to Adjutant General Martin, who laid the matter before Governor Allen. The major hinted that if the klan attempted to disregard the command of the governor, the local battery, a unit of the national guard, under command of Captain Oliverson, will be ordered to stop the parade in event the local officials are not able to cope with the situation.

The major made an investigation of the private box of the klan at the post office, where mail is received addressed to the "American Club," to ascertain who are members of the organization here. It was his intention to interview some of them, he said, but did not divulge what the trend of his conversation with them would follow.




From both the office of the division superintendent and the office of the master mechanic of the Santa Fe here, comes the report today that everything in connection with the local strike situation is very quiet and that the business of the road in this city and all over the Oklahoma division was moving along about as usual.

It was learned here today that a report had come from Topeka that there was picketing being carried on in this city and in Newton and that the governor's office had been informed that some of the special deputies put on the force here were members of the shop crafts that are on strike. This was investigated here this morning by Major W. S. Thompson of Topeka, who came here as a special representative of Governor Allen and Adjutant General Martin, to look over the local situation. He reported he had learned that there had been names of several of the strikers included in the list of special officers, by mistake, and that they had been stricken from the list.

The following local men have been deputized by the sheriff of this county to act as guards in this city, about the railway property and all over the city, in connection with the railway strike situation, and they are working here under the supervision of Deputy Sheriff F. A. Eaton: J. E. Pauley, Chas. Millard, Jasper Faulkner, Ivan W. Mole, John C. Skidmore, Levi Leaf, Rupert Potts, Chas. H. Foster, James Ramsey, Harold Skidmore, Lloyd Johnson, John Johnson, Ray Weigland, Albert Briggs, Alfred Dawson, Charley Foster, John Foiles, Jim Kindred, Howard Hilbert, and Bill Colberd.

Meets the Mayor

Major Thompson also held a conference with Mayor McIntosh this morning, in regard to the local situation, and to see to it that the city and state laws will be obeyed here. Mr. Thompson was also assured by the local strikers committee that there would be no picketing here and that the union men are desirous of obeying the law to the letter in this regard. Mr. Thompson is of the opinion that the situation here is very quiet and he so reported to the governor's office today.

McDermott Represents Governor

Judge James McDermott came to Winfield from Topeka last night on the same train as did A. H. Denton of this city. Judge McDermott informed Mr. Denton that he represented Governor Allen in this part of the state in regard to the railroad situation. He also told Mr. Denton that the governor was not fully satisfied with the attitude of the mayor of this city towards the strike, and he desired to find out definitely what would be the policy of the mayor if any trouble developed here.

Mr. Denton said there was considerable excitement in Topeka in regard to the strike situation here, caused principally by the report that the sheriff had appointed a number of the strikers here as deputies. He was also told that W. K. Etter, formerly superintendent but now general manager of the eastern lines, had heard the report and had gone to the governor asking for protection, which it is stated, has been assured him, provided the report was correct and protection needed.

Sheriff Goldsmith informed the Traveler today that Judge McDermott, since his arrival in Winfield, had called on him and after telling the sheriff what was expected of him from the governor, the sheriff informed Judge McDermott that at present he had the matter well in hand and would uphold the law insofar as possible.




Winfield, Kan., July 5.CSheriff C. N. Goldsmith and his force were today scouring the country for some trace of "Doc" O'Brien and Jack Burgess, who made their escape from the county jail here last night. The two men were awaiting trial in district court, on the charge of stealing an auto belonging to J. H. Tyberendt at Arkansas City several weeks ago. They sawed their way out last night, having cut through a bar on one of the jail windows that had been sawed before and had been patched. At daybreak they were missed and no trace of them had been found late today. The sheriff and his son were in Arkansas City and the southern part of the county this morning, endeavoring to locate the men. It is the supposition that they have fled into Oklahoma.




This was pay-day at the Moore plant and several thousand dollars were handed out in pay checks. The engineering department is being quartered in office building No. 2. The stillmen on battery two are Cristoleer, Baker, and Harris. Fullers earth is being burned in the earth retort building preparatory to starting the lubricating plant. Ground was broken Monday for construction work on a big scale south of battery five of the Moore plant. This proposed improvement will cost a half million dollars. The pump house of battery five is being converted into an office. Furniture for this building was purchased in this city. Twelve new men were employed this morning and put to work immediately. The new improvement being made at the Moore refinery for which ground has been broken is for high pressure stills. There are about 150 men now on the Moore refinery payroll.




The board of education met in regular monthly session Monday night, and at this meeting there was a resolution adopted by a unanimous vote of that body, to ask the city commissioners to call a special election for the purpose of voting on the junior college course, for this city....provided the proposition carries, the junior college course can be carried on the coming school year in the new high school building, which will have plenty of room for this method, according to the school authorities. ALSO: bids for light fixtures opened. The contract was awarded to the Empire Electric Co., of Muskogee, Okla., for $1,326. Three local companies submitted bids: Hall Electric, Schwartz Electric, and KG&E.




Mrs. Chas. Devlin has leased the Ethel Duval building located in the 300 block on South Summit street, and will open a ladies ready to wear store there some time next month. The Duvall building has recently been remodeled and put in first class shape.




A new, important wildcat test is announced for Cowley county. The Trees interests and the Temple Syndicate, composed of J. Moncrief and associates, will drill a deep test on the Frank Esch farm in the southwest corner of section 33-33-6. They have blocked 5,000 acres, on the geology of Everett Carpenter. In the belief of Paul Trees, the structure is on the trend of the El Dorado Fox Bush pools.

The Watson Well, being drilled in the northwest quarter of 30-31-4 by Trees Brothers is so far a dry hole. Drilling at 2400 feet today the drillers had found no showing of oil, the 2200 foot sand, thought to be a producer, turned out completely dry, Clyde Trees reported today. The well will be drilled to the Clarke sand at 2800 feet.




A watery feature of July Fourth, which took place on Paris Lake, was the tilt between Floyd Lennon and Ernest King, spearmen, and Richard Meade and Gerard Spohn, boatsmen. The contest required skill not only on the part of the spearmen, but also by the boys handling the canoes. Lennon and Meade won the contest, putting the spearman in the opposing canoe, Ernest King, in the water. It afforded the crowd much amusement.




Winfield, Kans., July 5.CThe supreme court mandate setting aside the judgment of the district court in the case of J. B. Lantz of Arkansas City, against the county treasurer and other officials of Cowley County, in relation to the assessment of money invested by Lantz in United States bonds in 1919, was received by the district clerk Monday.

The mandate states that the assessment of money invested in government bonds, when money invested in all other kinds of securities are exempt. "Violate the constitutional principle of effectuality and uniformity in prosperity taxation in this state denies purchasers of government bonds the equal protection of laws guaranteed by the federal constitution and violates the federal statute exempting bonds of the federal government from state taxation."



Lantz did not have this money March 1, 1919. He received it in August from a sale of property in Texas, and immediately invested in government bonds, to the amount of a million. In 1920 the assessor assessed him on an amount equal to the million dollars divided by twelve, the months in the year, and multiplied by five, the number of months elapsed since March 1, 1919. That was as provided by a Kansas statute of 1876.

The decision of the supreme court holds this statute to be unconstitutional.






Topeka, July 6.CThe Arkansas City-Winfield railway company capitalized at $300,000 today was granted a charter to operate an electric interurban line between Arkansas City and Winfield, a distance of about 15 miles.

It is planned ultimately to extend the line over several short roads in Cowley, Sumner, and Sedgwick counties and form connections for service from Salina to Oklahoma City. The company also will operate the car system in Arkansas City and Winfield. Although a separate corporation, the new company is owned largely by the same persons who control the Arkansas Valley Interurban company, according to R. B. Campbell of the Valley company. He said the immediate plans are to spend about $150,000 to rebuild and reequip the Arkansas City and Winfield properties.


(Special to The Traveler)

Wichita, July 6.CGeorge N. Theis, president of the Arkansas Valley Interurban system, said today he would go to Arkansas City and Winfield tomorrow with the view of completing his plans with the city officials of both towns with reference to new franchises, or amended franchises, before he closes the deal for the Interurban line between the two points and for the two local systems.

"I am going over a few minor details with the officials at Arkansas City and Winfield on franchises, but expect to have no difficulty in arriving at a satisfactory conclusion on both sides," he said. "I have already completed my plans for taking over the lines and they will be called the Arkansas City-Winfield Motors' company. We secured a charter today to be ready for immediate operation of the system under the new name as soon as the purchase is completed.

"Ultimately it is our plan to extend the interurban south from Arkansas City to the Osage country and perhaps to Oklahoma City. Both Oklahoma City and Ponca City representatives have met with me on the proposed extension of the service to those points. We are also arranging for interurban service to Wichita and Hutchinson from Arkansas City by using the Midland Valley and Missouri Pacific tracks with the operation of a light car....."





Attorney General Hopkins Coming Here To Probe Ku Klux Klan

Topeka, July 6.CGovernor Allen received a telegram today from Mayor G. R. McIntosh of Arkansas City, informing him that the Ku Klux Klan parade and demonstration scheduled there for Friday night, has been called off. Attorney General Hopkins left today to investigate the Arkansas City situation.

Gov. H. J. Allen turned the job of arresting alleged pickets in the shopmen's strike to Tinkham Veale, county attorney, yesterday, and turned his own attention to the Ku Klux Klan at Arkansas City. The Klan has advertised largely in the Arkansas City newspapers in the past few days that it would stage a parade, masks, and hobgoblins, and imperial gobling and all, Friday night of this week.

The governor has notified the mayor of Arkansas City, the county attorney of Cowley county, and the sheriff, that there is to be no meeting of the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas. Also that he intends to hold the local officials responsible that no meeting is held.

"We'll have no such foolishness in Kansas," the governor declared. "We haven't any place in our Kansas codes for such organizations as the Ku Klux Klan. At best it replaces alleged lack of law with more lawlessness."

Richard J. Hopkins, attorney general, will include Arkansas City in his itinerary this week, at the governor's suggestion. Hopkins left yesterday afternoon for Pittsburg, Arkansas City, and Parsons. Parsons gets attention because the mayor has appointed fifty striking shopment special policemen to protect railroad property and workmen when the Parsons shops are opened.

"More foolishness," Governor Allen said. "The idea of setting striking shopmen to protect workers from other strikers. He can't get away with that."

What with striking coal miners, striking shopmen, and the Ku Klux Klan, Governor Allen is putting in a busy week. So is the attorney general. The governor is keeping Hopkins on the run. Gen. Charles I. Martin, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, also is in for a share of the work. Under the governor's orders, General Martin has men at Arkansas City and Parsons, as well as at several other points where trouble might break out.


Office of the mayor G. R. McIntosh

Arkansas City, Kan., July 5, 1922

To P. O. Box No. 30.

Arkansas City, Kansas.

Dear Sir:CGov. H. J. Allen has requested me by Major W. S. Thompson, who represents the Adj. General's office, that the city officials of Arkansas City and the county officials of Cowley county, prevent the Ku Klux Klan from staging the parade that is advertised to take place at Arkansas City on the night of July 7th, 1922. His objection seems to be that it might ferment trouble, due to the strike of the shop men at this time. Yours truly,CG. R. McIntosh, mayor.


The Klan sent a similar reply to the mayor that it sent to Deputy Sheriff Eaton before the mayor took action in the matter; to the effect that the wishes of the governor would be respected, and no parade or demonstration staged.




Winfield, Ks., July 6.CFour Winfield men have acquired the C. H. Devlin stock and store at Arkansas City, by purchase at the bankruptcy sale at that place Monday afternoon, L. C. Barnard, Dean Herlocker, D. L. Pontious, and Elliott M. Barnard, being the successful bidders. Elliott Barnard will become the active manager of the store, moving from Des Moines to take charge at an early date. The price paid for the stock, fixtures, and leases is said to have been six thousand dollars.

Elliott Barnard is a son of L. C. Barnard, head of the M. B. Kerr ready-to-wear store at Winfield. He has had experience as a retail salesman and as a traveling salesman in the lines handled in such a store. L. C. Barnard and Dean Herlocker will not participate actively in management of the store. D. L. Pontious, who has charge of window and store decorating and advertising in the M. B. Kerr store, will extend his supervision in these lines to the new store, serving both places.




Bids for the resurfacing of Second street from Washington avenue to Birch avenue were opened at the adjourned session of the city commissioners this morning. There were seven bids.

J. B. Watts, Concordia, Kansas. No bid on brick. Oil asphalt, $1.00 per square yard. Natural lake asphalt, $1.12 per square yard.

Tom L. Green, Oklahoma City. Brick $2.13, oil asphalt, $1.25. Lake asphalt, $1.35.

A. L. Cook, Ottawa, Kansas. Brick $2.30. Oil asphalt, $1.49. Lake asphalt, $1.49.

Barbour Asphalt Co., Philadelphia, Pa. No bid on brick. No bid on oil asphalt. Lake asphalt, $1.43.

Ammerman Construction Co., of Wichita. No bid on brick. No bid on oil. Lake asphalt, $1.39.

Stanton & Wallace, Arkansas City. Brick $1.94. No bid on asphalt.

C. S. Beekman, Arkansas City. Brick, $2.15. Oil asphalt, $1.30. Lake asphalt, $1.38.

Before the bids were opened two petitions from residents of Second street were read. The first petition read was for brick surfacing, and contained the names of 15 signers. The second petition had been previously received, having been filed June 2. It was for sheet asphalt resurfacing and was signed by 50 resident owners.

The majority of the property owners having thus expressed themselves as desiring asphalt paving, Mayor McIntosh called for an explanation of the two kinds of asphalt specified in the bids. The parties to the discussion which followed were Mr. Pratt, representing the Texaco Sheet Asphalt company. The product of the Barbour company is known as natural lake asphalt.

The discussion was pretty lively between these two gentlemen, each setting forth the merits of his particular product. Each was ready to substantiate his claims with official documents and figures. Letters were read and figures quoted, and each put up a good selling talk for their respective products.

The difference between the two products under discussion would require a technical knowledge to understand, and would be rather difficult to present so that the public would understand it in a last minute report. It was quite interesting and illuminating in regard to asphalt paving. It was quite evident that the present alleged asphalt paving on Second street could not properly be called asphalt at all. As brought out in the discussion the principal paving in the large cities is not brick but asphalt. Fifth Avenue in New York is asphalt from one end to the other. State Street in Chicago is all asphalt.

Arkansas City was referred to as the best paved town in the world. It was evident that the big cities do not go to brick paving on account of its expense.

Second Street property owners who spoke were: J. B. Heffelfinger, C. G. Roseberry, Dr. Brenz, W. M. Cochran, S. M. Curry, Dr. Noble T. McCall, Fred Gould, and E. C. Mierau. They all agreed that they wanted asphalt paving. E. C. Mierau stood up for oil asphalt, the lowest bid on which was 12 cents per square yard less than the low bid on lake asphalt.

While the specifications called for a ten-year maintenance bond, the bids mostly specified a five-year bond. It appears the bonding companies do not want a ten-year period without a cash deposit by the contractor.

At the noon hour adjournment was taken till 2 o'clock. The afternoon session opened with a statement by the mayor that the commissioners would take the bids under advisement until the regular meeting next Monday. He explained that they wanted to get more information in the matter, and that the contract would be awarded next Monday. All bidders except the three lowest men, were permitted to withdraw their bids and submit new bids next Monday. On motion the ten-year maintenance provision in the specifications was changed to five years, to correspond with current practice in this matter.


The city attorney was authorized to confer with the county commissioners to secure a double counting board for both the primary and general election, this being deemed advisable owing to the great number of votes that will be cast this fall on account of woman suffrage.




Six more men were put to work this morning. The refinery is paying 45 cents per hour for common labor, and better wages generally than were paid by the Mid-Co company. The cars of gasoline are being loaded today. Batteries five and six are to be entirely removed and replaced with up-to-date high pressure stills. This improvement, it is said, will cost something like a half million dollars. A large force of men, probably fifty or sixty, is now at work dismantling these batteries. An idea of the immensity of this construction work may be had from the fact that a capacity truck load of wheelbarrows was sent to the site yesterday. The Comley Lumber company trucks have been busy all day today hauling lumber and material for the improvement.




Santa Fe passenger train No. 406 north bound, was forty minutes late in reaching this city this morning. The cause of the delay was not learned at the local station. This train is due here at 8:40 and stops here for breakfast at the Harvey house.





Local Railroad Conductor Tells Interesting Story About Them.

"Just how intelligent are bees?" is the question that is puzzling D. U. Walker, Missouri Pacific conductor.

Last evening, while waiting on his son, who is working in the law office of W. L. Cunningham, Mr. Walker said he thought that bees were about the smartest of all bugs. Quite a long time ago an old time friend of his presented him with a hive of bees. He made a place for them in the edge of a plum thicket near his farm house. They stayed there all fall and winter, but just about the time for flowers to bloom, they died. Some time after that he made an examination in the plum thicket and to his surprise found another swarm of bees that had located in the little home without looking up the title. These bees also lived through the fall and winter and likewise died this spring.

Mr. Walker, becoming suspicious, kept a watch on the plum thicket, and to his great surprise he now has another swarm. He has become interested in them and says he is going to take care of this swarm.

What are the habits of bees and how did two different swarms happen to light in his bee home? are questions that Mr. Walker, not being a bee man, is unable to answer.

"Do they travel, seeking out desirable stopping places as they go? If so, they are pretty smart critters," concluded Mr. Walker.




John Bolton, the genial chef at the Harvey eating house here, returned last night from a several days pleasure trip to Kansas City. He has been on a two weeks vacation and will resume his duties at the local Harvey House next Saturday.




The new tailor shop of Nick Tesnakis, located at 108 South Summit street, the former Jones stand, will be opened for business next Saturday, July 8, according to present plans. The store room at that location has been remodeled and refurnished and all new fixtures have been put in place. The store presents a very neat appearance and will be operated in an up-to-date fashion, according to Mr. Tesnakis, who is well known here. He has been employed at his trade here for the past three years and prior to that time was in the tailoring business at Manchester, N. H., for a period of six years.




Topeka, July 7.CFurther reports of contemplated demonstrations by the Ku Klux Klan at Kansas points where industrial controversies exist were received by Governor Allen during the day, it became known this afternoon. It is understood the governor will direct a public warning to the K. K. K. later in the day. It was not made known what places the reports came from.


Topeka, July 7.CAn investigation of the Ku Klux Klan meeting last night near Liberty, Montgomery County, Kansas, at which 100 candidates are reported to have been initiated, was ordered today by Governor Allen in telephone conversation with the county attorney at Independence.

"I just want to find out what sort of a party it was," said Governor Allen. "I know of no state law prohibiting that sort of foolishness. A man may stick his head in a pillow case and parade around as long as he bothers no one. The reason I forbid such a gathering at Arkansas City was because it would menace a local situation created by the strike."



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

The O, K. Cleaners and Tailors, at 114 East Central avenue, have just added a fine new pressing machine to their equipment. It is a Prosperity Garment Press and is the latest word in pressing machines.

"We put this machine in for the higher class of work," stated Harry Green, the proprietor. "It is the kind used in the manufacturing establishments for pressing fancy silks and the more particular kinds of pressing. It is a unit machine including boiler and all attachments. The cloth in the presser can be taken off, exposing a nickel finished surface which performs the function of an iron to be used on certain kinds of materials. The machine is equipped with devices to meet all requirements. All kinds of work can be done without developing a shiny effect. "There is no part of fancy work that cannot be reached and properly ironed. It is the most complete pressing machine yet devised to meet all requirements in pressing. It will do a silk dress so you cannot tell it from new."



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

A very peculiar accident happened in the alley at the rear of 826 South C Street yesterday afternoon. H. Winchester was driving his wagon through the alley, gathering the slop. Sud-denly his horse tramped upon an electric light wire, which caused him to jump very high. When the animal came down, a leg was broken and he fell across the wire.

Mr. Winchester grabbed the wire, which was a live one of 2300 volts, and pulled it from under his horse. The horse had to be killed because of its broken leg, but strange to say, Mr. Winchester never felt the slightest shock of electricity. This is thought to have been due to the fact that he happened to stand upon very dry ground when he caught hold of the wire and pulled it from beneath the horse.

The accident was caused by the wire rubbing on a tree limb, setting the tree on fire and burning the wire in two, permitting both ends to fall to the ground. C. B. Tingley, district manager of the electric light company, settled with Mr. Winchester for the killing of his horse, by payment of $40.00. The accident occurred about two o'clock yesterday afternoon.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

James W. Bennett, better known as "Jim," has opened a grocery store in the west room of the Fifth Avenue Hotel, facing on Fifth Avenue, where he will carry a stock of groceries, vegetables, and everything usual to a grocery store. Mrs. Bennett will assist him.

Mr. Bennett is an old-time resident here and has been water superintendent here and at Fredonia, Oklahoma City, and Roswell, N. M., for fifteen years, but has always maintained his Arkansas City residence.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

J. K. Codding, former warden of the state penitentiary at Lansing, was in the city this afternoon for several hours and was a guest at the Osage. He had been at Foraker, Okla., for a visit with his son, who is in the banking business there, and came this way on the Midland Valley. This evening he will go north on the Santa Fe to Topeka, he stated to a Traveler reporter, who called upon him at the Osage late in the day. Mr. Codding is quite well known here and he has a number of friends in this section of the state. He complimented Arkansas City on her present prosperous appearance.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

A warrant was served on Allie Moore by the motorcycle officer this afternoon, charging him with speeding on the occasion some time ago when, with three others in the car with him, he was going north on North Summit street and the car was overturned. Moore was confined in a local hospital for a week or two after the accident, while the others escaped with slight injuries. The case is set for hearing in the city court next Monday morning at 9 o'clock.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

Ten more men were put on this morning, among them Carl Williams and Herbert Olson. The number on the payroll is nearing the 200 mark at the Moore plant. The lubricating plant was started up this morning. It has practically the same force as under the Mid-Co management.

Fires have been lighted under two more stills of battery two, which makes approximately one third of the stills in the plant in operation. The wax plant and casing head plant have not yet been started, but are about ready.

Five car loads of material for the construction at the south end of the ground have arrived. Some changes in officing the various departments has been made: the superintendent's office is now in a room in the shipping department; and the assistant superintendent is now located in the laboratory.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

The city engineer and his assistant were today staking off the ground at the location on West Central Avenue, between Fifth and Sixth streets, for the new storage barn to be built for the city's use. The barn will be 50 by 100 feet, with the walls constructed of cement blocks. The contract was let by the city commissioners to Lee M. Biggs. The purpose of the building is to store tools and implements belonging to the city.



FRIDAY, JULY 7, 1922

E. K. Kraul, the local scout executive, together with Scouts Leroy Plumley, Junior Paris, and Raymond Smith, went to Camp Bishop this morning to fix the grounds up for the summer camp which will open for twelve days beginning July 17. The camp is located a mile and one-half southeast of Silverdale, about ten miles east of Arkansas City. The enrollment for the camp is in progress this week and is to be completed by Saturday evening. The preparation of the grounds includes putting down piping for a water well. The boys think if they are lucky they will miss oil and strike water in the first test.




Topeka, July 8.CGov. Allen has issued a proclamation addressed to county attorneys, sheriffs, mayors, and other peace officers, prohibiting the gathering or parading within the sate of bands of men in masks.

The proclamation follows.

"It is the history of industrial strikes that many devices are employed to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. My attention has been called to the fact that in some of the communities in Kansas at this time bodies of masked men assemble for the purpose of parading and holding so-called ceremonies.

"In Kansas the mask heretofore has been worn exclusively by those who sought to cloak their identity while robbing banks, railroad trains, houses, and individuals upon public highways. The idea of masking is associated in this state inseparable with violence and the inescapable effect of it is to create fear and terror in the mind of the citizen who has no occasion to employ disguise.

"It is my judgment that any society of men wearing either white or black masks is against the peace, safety, and welfare of the public at this particular time. Especially is this menace serious in those communities where industrial quarrels are now going on. The privilege of men to employ disguises gives to those who might become foes to government and to law an opportunity to cloak their identity and to work mischief.

"For the purpose of protecting the peace and welfare of the communities and securing the faithful obedience to law on the part of individuals and organizations, it has been deemed proper to prohibit any further public assembling or parading of men in masks.

"The appearance of masked men in any community constitutes a disturbance of the peace in that neighborhood and is a violation of section 2659 of the general statutes of 1915."




Five thousand acres in one block of leases, forecasting the coming of another big venture of Pittsburg capital in oil developments in Cowley County, closing the deal for which leases was announced Friday. This newly leased land comprises all but a half section of Albert I. Adams ranch, on the extreme east line of the county. If the Tisdale road was continued to the county line, it would pass through the middle of the ranch, which extends fully across the north end of Otter township. The lease of this large tract in Cowley is by John L. Ache, of Pittsburg, said to be one of the big operators or representatives of a group of big operators. The transaction involves ten separate leases, from the authorized agents of Albert I. Adams estate. These leases, it has been stated, will be filed for record within a few days at the most. The Cowley County report for Friday shows that there were 21 leases, three assignments, and one release filed that day. The 21 leases are in the name of J. N. Day, of this city, and they are all said to be in the eastern part of the county, where the big wildcatting is now going on. Some of these leases are dated several months back, while a few of them are dated as late as the month of June.




Quiet prevails in the local railway strike situation today, the end of the first week of the walkout here, according to railway officials and neither the superintendent's office nor the master mechanic's office had anything to report in this line. Things are said to be moving along in about the same quiet and businesslike manner, as before the strike, the officials say.

Today there were several more deputies placed on duty here and were sworn in to be in the employ of the railway company, guarding its property, under supervision of the sheriff of this county. Up to date there has been no trouble of any sort here on account of the strike.




E. B. Barnes and Geo. Mounts are putting in considerable time just at present logging the country for oil locations. Mr. Barnes lives a short distance east of the city water well and Mr. Barnes lives in Bolton township. They say they have logged the land from the Barnes place almost to Madison Avenue, a block or so west of the New Era mill. "There is oil to be found there at a location of 75 feet west of where a company once put down a nine hundred foot well for gas, but which did not turn out to be a producer," says Mr. Barnes.

Mr. Barnes further says the oil strata runs southeast from his place across the Arkansas river, and the further it goes south, the wider it gets. He and Mr. Mounts have logged the Osbourne farm, the Murray farm, and others to the southeast. According to their survey with Mr. Mounts' device, oil is to be found there in bigg quantities.




The case against Mrs. Lizzie Hoenehs, charged with illegal cohabitation, was dismissed in the city court yesterday. The arrest had been made on complaint of C. C. Hoenehs, her husband. The couple are said to be parted but not divorced. Hoenehs withdrew his charge against his wife, and the case was dismissed.

There was also a charge of fighting entered against C. C. Hoenehs and J. H. McElhinney, in connection with the above case. The fighting case against the two men is set for hearing in the city court July 12 at 5 p.m.




"We will have open house some evening next week, according to present plans," stated Capt. W. B. Oliverson of Battery F, this morning, in speaking of the new armory building, which is now almost completed.

The armory is an imposing building, with a white stucco finish, located just across from the Missouri Pacific tracks on South First street, formerly the site of the old ice plant. The front faces east on First Street. On each side of this entrance is an office, one the caretaker's room and the other the orderly's room. The entrance is direct into the drill hall, which is 40 by 90 feet. The hall will have a specially finished concrete floor and will be smooth. Extending straight back from the drill hall is the large stable, 40 x 90 feet, with stalls and other accommodations for taking care of the 32 horses that constitute a part of the battery equipment. To the south the drill room is a series of smaller rooms, the largest of which is 40 x 40 feet, faces on First Street, and is the supply room for wheeled equipment such as guns and limbers. Back of this are three rooms, each 40 x 20 feet, the first being the clothing room, the second the locker room which is equipped with a shower bath, and the third the harness supply room. Just back of this and adjacent to the stable are special box stalls. To the south and separated a short distance from the armory is a blacksmith shop and wagon shed.

"Practically all of the equipment, except the horses, is here," Capt. Oliverson stated.




Fred Stevens, one of the well known automobile mechanics of the city, has taken his first step toward getting into business for himself. He is now in charge of the Motor Inn at 409 South Summit Street, of which well known automobile hostelry D. O. Dorrance, who is connected with the Kanotex refinery, is the principle proprietor.

Mr. Stevens has worked as mechanic in various garages in this city, having for the past year or two been employed at the Hill garage on North Summit Street.




A thousand dollars each will be given to William Rowan and Guy French, of Arkansas City, by the action of the district court today in sustaining the motion of the receiver of the Traders' State Bank to endorse and turn over to them United States treasury certificates said to have been bought by them through the bank just before the failure in March. It was shown that the purchasers had given the bank their checks on their funds in the bank previous to the closing of the bank.




Attorney W. L. Cunningham returned this morning from a professional trip to Topeka. "I went up to see the wheels go round and to talk to the governor on the Ku Klux Klan situation," stated Mr. Cunningham upon his arrival home. He did not give out any definite information.




Joe Taylor, of 508 North Sixth Street, pipe fitter's foreman at the Moore Refinery, received a threatening letter yesterday signed K. K. K. The letter is as follows.

Joe Taylor:CWe see you are hiring all new men at the Moore refinery and leaving out the old men that used to work there who have hungry wives and children. Before you hire any more strangers, be sure to get all the old men back or we will get you. Remember we'll get you.CK. K. K.

The letter was written to Mr. Taylor, Yard Foreman, on a plain piece of stationery. It bore the Arkansas City post office mark of having been mailed in June and was addressed to Mr. Taylor at the Moore refinery. The letter was delivered to Mr. Taylor at his street address yesterday, as he does not get his mail at the refinery. The letter called Mr. Taylor yard foreman, when he is the pipe fitters foreman.

The letter was not written by the Ku Klux Klan, as it was indicated by the signing of K. K. K., as this organization has advertised broadcast that any communication from a klan to be official must bear the official klan stationery and seal.

Ninety percent of the present employees are home men. No one has been brought here except officials and a few refinery experts. It is the feeling of the men who work at the plant that the Moore company has been absolutely fair in this respect.




Winfield, Kans., July 8.CTwo new state cases appeared on the criminal docket in the district court today with the filing of the transcripts from justice court at Arkansas City in the cases of Victor Creighton and C. H. Easley.

Creighton is held to district court on four counts of fraud and misrepresentation in connection with the failure of the Traders State bank at Arkansas City.

Easley is held on a charge of arson in connection with a fire in his restaurant about two months ago. It is said the firemen, on arrival at the restaurant after the alarm of fire, found a tub of gasoline in the middle of the floor, which they had to pull out with a rake fastened to a long pole before they could make any headway in fighting the fire.




After going into executive session for a few minutes at the meeting of the commissioners this morning, Mayor George R. McIntosh announced that the board would award the contract for resurfacing Second Street to Tom L. Green of Oklahoma City for Trinidad lake asphalt, at $1.35 per square yard, from Birch to Washington Avenues.

Today a brick representative was present and put in a strong plea for his kind of paving, but he was practically put out of the consideration by the petitions of the residents on the street to be paved.

In awarding the contract today, both Commissioners Sturtz and Thompson wanted it understood that they were for brick. "I believe the residents on Second street are making a mistake," said Commissioner Thompson. "When you get brick you know what you are getting, but when you get asphalt what you get depends upon various contingencies." Commissioner Sturtz also stated he was for brick. "While I want it understood that I am for brick, yet I wish to state that since a majority of the property owners have said they want asphalt, we are going to see that they get asphalt. We are not going to leave this matter up to the company or their chemists, but we are going to have a man of our own on the job in addition to see that the residents of Second Street get just what they have asked forCTrinidad lake asphalt."

The bid of Tom L. Green was not the low bid. J. B. Watts of Concordia, Kansas, had the low bid, which was $1.12 per square yard. He had also bid $1 per square yard on oil asphalt.



A resolution from the board of education was read, asking that the commissioners authorize the mayor to call an election to vote upon the proposition of providing for an extension to the high school course consisting of a two years' college course, the same to entitle those taking the course to the same credits as if taken in an accredited college already established. This resolution by the school board was adopted by the unanimous vote of its members. The petition of the school board was granted.




The Santa Fe reports that there has been no trouble of any sort on the Oklahoma division . . . .

The Missouri Pacific agent, M. A. Spencer, announced this morning that one of the trains operating between this city and Dexter, had been taken off for the time being, but this was not done, the agent says, on account of the strike situation. The trains have been annulled on account of the coal shortage, he said.

The Frisco agent at this point, H. R. Swyer, stated this morning that his line through this city, which is on the Beaumont and Enid branch, was experiencing no trouble at all, except a late train once in a while. So far that have been no orders issued in regard to the annullment of any of the trains on this branch, he said.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Winfield, Ks., July 10.CMrs. Pearl Fielder, who was shot by her husband, Ralph H. Fielder, on the morning of Sunday, June 4, is so far improved that she will be able to leave St. Mary's hospital in a short time and return home, it was stated by her physician today. Practically all that is delaying her going home now is a plate which is being made for holding her fractured jaw in place. When it arrives and is properly adjusted, she will be almost as sound as she was before the shooting, it is stated.

Partial paralysis of the left forearm is about the only remaining effect of the wound made by the bullet which passed through her brain and is lodged in the back of the skull. She is able to walk without any indication of her leg being affected by the paralysis which rendered the left hand and arm of little use at this time. The action of this arm at the shoulder and elbow is normal apparently, but is not controlled below the elbow. This, however, may gradually change for the better.

Mrs. Fielder was shot three times. One bullet struck her in the forehead, one in the cheek, the third on the chin. The last one shattered the jaw, making it necessary for a plate to hold the bones properly in place.

The shooting was at the end of a quarrel which Fielder had started with his wife Saturday night at the carnival at the fair grounds. After shooting Mrs. Fielder, the man put the pistol to his own temple and fired. He died in a short time.




MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Attorney Kirke Dale, who has been retained by the city in the case brought in the state supreme court to compel the city commissioners to deliver to the Brown-Crummer Co., a bond issue of $79,000 on sewer construction and in which case the city, through its attorney, had filed a motion to quash, received notification today that the motion to quash had been sustained.

The Brown-Crummer people had furnished the money for the C. H. Everett Construction company to build the sewer, and the city commissioners in permitting these bonds to be assigned to the Brown-Crummer company reserved the right to either deliver the bonds or pay cash. As the bonds went to a premium, it became desirable to pay the cash; and for this reason also, the bond company wanted the bonds instead of the cash.

It means a saving of something like $1,800.00 directly to the city to say nothing of the interest on the bonds for a period of twenty years.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Word was received in the city today that the body of James Hennessey, who was killed in action in France, would arrive at the home, near Dilworth, this evening. The relatives of the dead boy have arranged for the funeral services to be held at the residence, near the oil town of Dilworth, in Kay County, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

The speeding charge against Allie Moore, whose Cole 8 was overturned on North Summit Street, some time ago, spilling a party of four, came up in the city court this morning. He was fined $20.00. Moore acknowledged that he was driving too fast and promised to watch his speed in the future and keep it within the prescribed limits.

This was a case of fast driving that resulted rather disastrously to the car owner. He just got his car out of the shop a few days ago and remarked when he paid this fine today that it would be the last bill he has had to settle due to fast driving, including a hospital and doctor's bill.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Word was received in this city Saturday night from Denver that Mrs. R. C. Sowden and Mrs. L. E. Brenz, with their children, were the victims of an auto accident in that city Saturday morning, and while none of the party were seriously injured, the Sowden Franklin sedan was badly damaged. [Another car hit the Sowden car in middle of the intersection.]


Mrs. Ralph Sowden, driver of the car, severe cuts about her head and face.

James Sowden, 7 years old, badly cut and bruised.

Katherine Sowden, 4 years old, cut, bruised, and shocked.

Mrs. L. E. Brenz, severe cut over eye.

Edward Brenz, 5 years old, cut and bruised.

Betty Brenz, 3 years old, cut and bruised.

Miss Irene Shurtz, 20 years old, arm sprained and internal injuries.

The party were enroute through Denver to Boulder to spend the summer when the collision occurred.

According to Mrs. Sowden, she was driving north on Federal boulevard and had slowed down at Twenty-ninth avenue at the approach of a street car.

"I saw the street car would come to a full stop and started to cross," she said. "When in the middle of the street our car was hit in the middle and overturned by a machine traveling west on Twenty-ninth avenue."

The impact turned Mrs. Sowden's car completely over and pinned the seven occupants beneath it. For a time it was believed several of the persons under the car were fatally hurt.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

According to a report published in this morning's Wichita Eagle, Alfred and Ashley DeBard, of this city, are in trouble there on the charge of larceny, assault, and attempt to break into a house. The boys were captured Saturday evening, west of that city, according to the story in that paper after they had been caught at the O. B. Clark farm house and after they had been accosted by Mrs. Clark, who stopped them with an empty shot gun. The outcome of the case has not been learned here. Mr. and Mrs. A. DeBard went to Wichita this morning to look after the interests of their sons. Members of the family left at home claimed to know nothing about the case today.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ecroyd will leave the city next Sunday for a new and novel trip, while on a two weeks vacation from the Newman store. They have purchased a row boat and will go down the Arkansas river, until they get tired of rowing and camping, and will then ship the boat back to the city. They have no particular destination in view, but may go as far downstream as Fort Smith, Arkansas. They are fitting up the boat with a canvass top to keep off the hot sun and also will take along camping apparatus, as they intend to camp out along the stream at night, while en route.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

The Osage Hotel is to be adorned with a new electric sign received today from the Federal Sign Company at Chicago. It is a very attractive sign with the word "Osage" reading across the top and "Hotel" reading downward. It will be placed high up on the Summit Street and Central Avenue corner, where it will be conspicuous from four street approaches. Up to the present this popular hostelry has been without a sign, and it will be a very nice as well as a much needed improvement.



MONDAY, JULY 10, 1922

Elliot Barnard of Des Moines, Iowa, who with associates recently purchased the Devlin store, arrived in the city today. Mr. Barnard was invoicing the Devlin stock preparatory to opening the store within the next ten days. Mr. Barnard is president and manager of the company, and the store will be known as Barnard's. He has purchased a splendid line of new merchandise and as soon as it arrives, he will open the store to the public. Mr. Barnard is now looking for a home in this city so he can move his family here as soon as possible.




Topeka, July 11.CPicketing has been resumed by strikers at Arkansas City, W. K. Etter, general manager of the Santa Fe railroad, reported to Governor H. J. Allen, today. A representative of the attorney general's office was sent to Arkansas City to investigate conditions. Following the governor's conference with other state officials this morning, it was admitted that there was a strong probability that troops will be sent to Goodland. A meeting of Rock Island strikers at Horton called for tonight and conditions at Ellis are under state surveilance. Ellis is a division point on the Union Pacific.


Marshall Denies Report

Ed Marshall, chairman of the publicity committee for the striking shopmen, when asked in regard to the above report, made the statement that "immediately after the strike started, the shopmen assembled in labor hall and passed a resolution to the effect that the strike in this community would be conducted peacefully, and that there would be no picketing or destruction of property, insofar as they were concerned." [THIS REFERS TO ARKANSAS CITY.]

Mr. Marshall further said that so far as he knows all the striking men were staying away from the railroad's property, and not interfering with anyone engaged in the work of the Santa Fe.

"The men tell me," said Mr. Marshall, "that they are absolutely living up to the resolution adopted by the men at their first meeting, and it is their intention to do so as they con-sider that the only way to win the strike, is through peaceful methods."

"No Picketing Done"

"We are holding meetings almost daily in labor hall and frequently railroad men come to these meetings, as they have a right to do, and advise with us, but we are using no undue influence on them. At these meetings there is nothing done that I believe can be called picketing. Monday three stationary engineers quit work, and today three fire builders did the same thing. These men did not quit upon the advice of the striking shopmen, but because of orders from the headquarters of their union, so I was informed."

Know Nothing of Picketing

Local Santa Fe officials and employees claim to know nothing in regard to the reports from Topeka on the matter of picketing being carried on here by the striking shop and car men. From the office of the superintendent of the Oklahoma division, comes the report that D. S. Farley, assistant general manager of the company, was in the city today from Topeka, but it was said his visit here had nothing whatever to do with the strike situation. He came here simply for the usual inspection trip.

However, it is known that he visited at the south yards this morning and late today both he and Supt. McMahon were out of the office and could not be found. The office of the master mechanic at the south yards claims to know nothing in regard to the reports of picketing, which come from Topeka.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

Winfield, Kan., July 11.CBurning a livery stable and destroying thirty-three horses in order to make a getaway with a stolen horse was a crime committed in Winfield thirty years ago, the remainder of which is the report of the death Saturday of J. M. McCampbell, owner of the livery stable which was burned and from which the horse was stolen. The stable was one of the early day landmarks in Winfield, standing next to the alley back of the State Bank on West Ninth. It was burned to the ground one night in the summer of 1891, or thereabout.

Thirty-four horses were in the stable that night. When the dead horses were counted next morning, only thirty-three were found. The place where had been the stall of a fine driving horse, a racer, belonging to A. B. Taylor, a well known character in the city at that time, was empty.

There were no rural telephones in those days, so it took hurrying on horseback and in buckboards in all directions. A trail was quickly found and late in the afternoon following the fire, the horse was picked up at Derby, together with "the guilty chap who carried one end of the halter strap." The thief confessed to having stolen the horse and to setting the barn on fire, thinking it would cover up the crime. He was sent to the penitentiary for a long term of years.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

Winfield, Kan., July 11.CNinth Avenue Bridge will be open for traffic Wednesday, if the county commissioners can get teams to do the necessary work on the fill at the east end, it was stated in the county engineer's office this morning. The bridge has been closed since May for the purpose of construction of a new concrete span to take the place of the old wooden trestle which formed part of the approach. Traffic has been going by way of the Riverside bridge for all parts west and northwest since the work began. This has been a very great inconvenience, not only because of increased distance, but also because the road along Riverside to the bridge and from the bridge to the Country Club road is not very good, especially when it rains. All the people who have occasion to take the road toward the west will welcome the opening of the bridge.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

Notice is hereby given that B. V. Curry, receiver of The Traders State Bank of Arkansas City, Kansas, insolvent, offers for sale as a portion of the assets of the said, The Traders State Bank, in his hands as such Receiver, the lot and three-story brick building standing thereon, formerly used and occupied as the banking house of the said The Traders State Bank, in Arkansas City, Kansas, which property is described as

Lot 1 in Block 69, in the City of Arkansas City, Kansas, according to the recorded plat thereof.

Such sale shall be for cash; and the Receiver purposes, in case of a sale, to furnish the purchaser a valid conveyance of said property together with an abstract showing a marketable title at the time such sale is consumated.

Sealed bids for said property are invited by said Receiver and such bids will be received by him at his office in said banking building in Arkansas City, Kansas, from this date up to and including the 11th day of August, 1922. Each bid shall be accompanied by a certified check payable to the order of said Receiver, for the sum of $5,000.00; and in case any bid is accepted by the Receiver, such check will be applied upon the purchase price of such bidder; and all other certified checks will be promptly returned when such sealed bids are opened as hereinafter stated.




TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

The Moore refinery is running 5,000 barrels of crude daily. This oil is coming from Burbank and Tonkawa. Ninety cars of gasoline have been shipped out since July 1, and 15 are being loaded today.

Battery three is being given a general overhauling and the indications are it will be sometime before any of the stills of this battery are put into operation. Messrs. Lee and Hollingsworth have completed removing the towers from the condensors of this battery, and these are being repaired and remodeled by the boilermakers. These towers will be put back into place and new towers have arrived for the stills of this battery, which did not have towers.

The main scene of action is at the south end of the Moore plant where a new set of high pressure stills will be built. Battery six, known as the Smith stills, are about half removed and a big force of men is hurrying the work of removing this battery.

Between this battery and battery five, known as the Jenkins stills, ground is broken for a vast amount of construction. A big force is at work here starting this construction. A building about 30 feet long has been built for housing cement. Engineers are surveying and settling stakes. Gangs of workers are digging foundations and the whole scene is one of hustle and bustle. It is said that the Jenkins stills will be removed also.

Batteries 5 and 6 were not used during the Mid-Co. days and it is claimed that they are out of date and no good.

Watchmen have been placed at the entrance to the Moore plant. W. L. Curtiss is on duty there from 12 p.m. till 12 a.m., and Charles Metcalf from 12 a.m. till 12 p.m. Messrs. Baker and Prince have been retained as watchmen, carrying clocks through the plant.

W. A. Palan, former assistant superintendent, was a visitor at the plant today. At present Mr. Palan is treater for the Kanotex refinery here.

George M. Moore, president of the Moore refinery, is at the plant today after an absence of a few days.

L. O. Beahm, assistant superintendent, was absent yesterday and today on account of moving his family to this city.

Ed Rowe has been called back to the plant and given a job as yard cleaner. He worked for the Milliken company for four years and seems like a natural fixture at the plant.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

The receiver of the Traders State Bank of this city, B. V. Curry, is made the defendant in a suit filed in the district court at Winfield yesterday, in which Allen Wakefield of this city, a stockholder in the bank, and one of the parties who contracted orally with the president of the bank to purchase new stock, shortly before the bank closed on March 15, this year, is the plaintiff. The suit is to replevy the sum of $6,700 in notes which Wakefield turned over to the bank officials in part payment for 50 shares of new stock No. 2. The total amount of the alleged new stock, according to the petition filed yesterday, was $7,500. Wakefield alleges that he had made demand on the re-ceiver of the bank for these notes and that they have not been returned to him.

L. C. Brown is the attorney for Wakefield and Albert Faulconer is the attorney for the bank receiver, in this case. It was stated some days ago, in connection with this action, that it was to be a "friendly" suit; but the attorney for Wakefield now says it probably will not be tried on the "friendly" basis. The case will be heard in the district court at an early date, it was stated by the attorneys today.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

Fire in Derry's bakery, at 109 South Summit Street, damaged the bakery property last night to the amount of $600.00 to $700.00 as estimated by the proprietor, Harry A. Derry, this morning.

Kenneth Gladman, an employee at the bakery, was the first to report the fire to the department. He belonged to the night force, going on at 9 o'clock, and when he arrived at the bakery five minutes before nine, the room was full of smoke.

This morning Mr. Derry accounted for the fire in the following manner: The large brick oven located towards the rear of the building has two gas burners on the west end. "Evidently the strong wind at that time caused the burners to back fire, sending a blaze out into the room, directly under a table, which was first to catch fire," Mr. Derry stated. "The fire extended from this table to another table and from there to the wall to the ceiling. In addition to the fire, there was also an explosion. One burner had been left open and sufficient gas escaped into the room after the fire had been extinguished to cause an explosion when a match was lit to start the other burner. This danger might have been more serious, but as it was, not enough gas had escaped to cause a serious explosion."

The evidence this morning showed that it was very hot and in a few more minutes the entire building would have been gutted. The fire department made a quick response and operated from the rear entrance to the building. The smoke was very dense, an electric light near the ceiling over the oven being barely visible. A big lot of pans used for baking were destroyed by the heat. Much of the damage was to the finished product in the front of the building, which was made unfit for use by the smoke.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

J. H. Tyberendt's Chevrolet car was stolen last night from the grounds of the Country Club. According to the report to the police, the car was taken about 9 o'clock. Several weeks ago Mr. Tyberendt lost a Studebaker car by theft, but the car was recovered and two men were charged with the theft. These two men while awaiting trial in the county jail made their escape from the jail on the night of July 4. Since the theft last night, no trace of the car or thief has been found.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

Frank Kelly, arrested for disturbing the peace on complaint of Mrs. Dora Barcelow, 1203 South G Street, appeared for trial in the city court last evening. According to Kelly's statement, he formerly worked for the gas company until he got sick and for some months past had been rooming and boarding at Mrs. Barcelow's place and working about the place, building chicken coops, fixing sidewalks, and making himself generally useful.

On the occasion of the arrest, he and Mrs. Barcelow had engaged in argument about the railroad laborers' strike, the defendant stated, she taking the side of the strikers while he upheld the railroads. Kelly stated that she ordered him to take his personal belongings and leave the house. She also claimed a board bill due her, while Kelly claimed a credit for the work he had done.

The prosecuting witness having failed to put in an appearance, Judge Harry S. Brown dismissed the case. Kelly signified his intention of paying the board bill claimed by Mrs. Barcelow.



TUESDAY, JULY 11, 1922

John Thomas, the negro arrested on a charge of threatening the life of Henry Clay, testified in the city court last evening that Clay and a party of three others had visited his place in a drunken condition, and that he got out his trusty Winchester and ordered them off the place. Thomas had just returned from church. He had put up a $25 bond, which a businessman had promptly signed. He gave evidence of being a decent negro. Henry Clay, who swore out the warrant against Thomas, failed to put in his appearance; and on Thomas' testimony, the case was dismissed.




RECAP: Rain, hail, high winds, and electrical storms visited this part of the state...worst storm of the season here. Over three inches of rain fell...Walnut was out of its banks. A barn was struck by lightning and its contents were destroyed by the fire which followed. KG&E had a large transmission line, between Arkansas City and Wichita plant, burned in two, forcing local plant to run under its own power, using oil as fuel.

The Boy Scouts in camp at Camp Bishop near Silverdale got some adventure not on the published program. The water from Grouse Creek arose very rapidly and backed up into the camp, although the river's bank at this point was at least twenty feet higher than the ordinary water level.

Scout Executive Kraul got stuck in the mud and in order to get the boys to safety he had to abandon the car, and he together with the boys came to town this morning with Jack Barkley, of the Collinson Auto company, who had remained overnight at Silverdale. The Boy Scouts with Kraul were Leroy Plumley, Junior Paris, Clifford Christolear, and Raymond Smith.

Executive Kraul reported Grouse Creek on such a tear as has never been equaled where they were camped. "The water rose a foot or two every ten to fifteen minutes," said the scout executive. "We had to tramp through back water to get away from the camp. The high water was doing much damage. Shocks of wheat and oats were going down the stream in regular squads, and in one instance a whole stack of hay was carried down the surging stream."

Mr. Kraul further stated that piling from the Midland Valley bridge at Silverdale was being washed out. He also reported that J. E. Warren had 90 acres of corn under water. At the time the boys left, the camp was not entirely under water, as it was on comparatively high land, and under any ordinary circumstances would be considered safe for camping purposes, the executive stated. In citing his luck with his new Buick car, he said at first it was stolen, then at Salina it was run into by another car, and now it is caught in the flood waters.

Executive Kraul and the boy scouts above named had gone to Camp Bishop to make preparations for the regular summer camp, which is to open July 17 and continue for twelve days. The work will be halted till the water subsides and the ground dries so as to permit resumption of the preparations.

Limbs were broken off of shade and fruit trees and small buildings were blown over. The streets were overflowing with water and many of the driveways which are made up of inclines were badly washed. Telephone lines were greatly damaged ty lightning and rain. Some 50 to 75 phones were out of business on account of water in the cables; most of the toll lines were out east of the city.

A portion of the roof over the ice plant at the Henneberry packing company caved in: estimated damage $200 or $300.

Railroad traffic delayed. Santa Fe was about the only road here which was operating trains anywhere near on time. At Winfield the trains were tied up for a time on account of the overflowing of Timber Creek. East of the city portions of the track of the Missouri Pacific, which is used by that road and the Midland Valley, in the vicinity of Silverdale were under water, and it was reported that several small bridges near Dexter and Cedarvale had been washed out. On account of high water in Grouse Creek, the Missouri Pacific train got no further east than Silverdale.

Jack Murphy started to motor to Winfield, but had to turn back when he came to the creek which crosses the east and west road, about halfway between Winfield and this city. He reported that some cars were being towed across. Wheat had been washed down and lodged in and alongside of the road, in some places where the roadway had been cleared the wheat was piled up eight or ten feet high.

Winfield experienced one of the heaviest rains in its history last night when the precipitation amounted to 7.06 inches in seven hours. The lower part of the city was flooded from the waters of Timber Creek and the Walnut River. Many tourists camped along the river were warned by the officers to move just in time to save them and their property from being taken downstream. The crops in the lowlands suffered. The Walnut was 14 feet on the dam here at the highest point this morning. It was reported that 100 families were homeless as a result of the storm and the overflow of the lowlands at Winfield. Island Park was flooded. The tourist camp was under four feet of water.




RECAP: Arkansas River still on rise: now stands at 9 feet, 11 inches above low water mark. It is within two feet of the high mark reached during the March flood and the low lands are being flooded. Walnut River is rising...standing at 14 feet. East of the city there are several bridges out and others badly damaged. Grouse Creek was higher than ever known before according to old timers there. Silverdale bridge is out and turned completely over in the creek. The water was three feet over the floor of the bridge when at the highest point. The approaches to the Sterling stone arch bridge are out and it will take at least a week to repair this damage. On the Cedarvale road a part of the Wilson bridge is out. There is also a large cement culvert on the north Geuda road that is out--this is on the Yoder road, northwest of this city.




Rescued by two men in a row boat from an island which was formed by the high waters in the Walnut River, southeast of the city last night, was the experience of Jay Thompson and his sister, Mrs. Lula Wilson, after the wife of Mr. Thompson had become uneasy in regard to the safety of her husband. He had gone to that location to work his farm land, and not having returned at a late hour, she had reported the matter to some of her neighbors, who in turn reported to the police station.

Chief Dailey sent the night desk sergeant, Frank Ketch, together with Deputy Sheriff F. A. Eaton, Judge W. T. Ham, Dwight Moody, and A. E. LeStourgeon, Jr., to the location where the man and woman were said to be in danger from the flood waters and Moody and Sam Smock, a resident of that locality, went in the boat across the several hundred feet of back water which was in some places ten to twelve feet deep, and brought Thompson and his sister to safety out of the dangerous zone. They were not harmed, but the water was dangerously near the house where Mrs. Wilson resides and they could not otherwise have got to the main shore that night.

The alarm was given to the neighbors by Mrs. Wilson, who with her husband resides in the extreme northeast part of the city. The water rose so rapidly that Thompson was marooned with his sister, who resides in the house which is now located on the island. They would have been compelled to remain there overnight, had not the rescuing party been formed late at night. They could not reach any of the neighbors by phone, as there was no phone at the Wilson home.

Judge Ham, being a former resident of that vicinity and having knowledge of the surroundings, was called and he in turn called Eaton and Moody, the latter securing the boat. Today the water is receding there. The house is not in danger, but Thompson will lose most of his melon crop. Thompson and Mrs. Wilson were cared for at the Smock residence last night, following the rescue, which was effected about midnight.

Word was received in the city today that Mr. and Mrs. Merle Matthews of near Cameron, in the vicinity of Grouse Creek, which was higher Monday night and yesterday than ever known before, were rescued from their home Monday night by relatives, who went there in a boat and took them from the house. At the time, there was a foot of water in the house and it was rising. Following the rescue of Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, they discovered that they had lost 500 small chickens in the flood of that night.

From Silverdale comes the report that Jim Gibson, of near that place, lost 150 head of hogs in the flood; and George Brown, of the same neighborhood, lost 100 head. It was reported here this afternoon that the north end of the Cameron Bridge, over Grouse Creek, was out and some of the county authorities are there today looking after the repair work.






Late Today Sheriff Began Serving Papers On Men

In This City.

Late today Sheriff C. N. Goldsmith swooped upon Arkansas City with state warrants for the arrest of seven local strikers, charged with picketing.

The men on whom the warrants were to be served, the sheriff said, are: Rudolph Burt, Thadden Tinsley, F. M. Touchstone, Harry Ray, D. N. R. Brown, G. H. Scott and son, whose given name was not entered in the complaint and warrant.

Sheriff Goldsmith and Undersheriff Don Goldsmith arrived in the city soon after the noon hour and carried state warrants for the men named herein and issued out of the district court at Winfield. The sheriff stated that all of these men, who reside in Arkansas City, would be placed under arrest before the day ended and would be taken direct to Winfield where they would be required to furnish bond for appearance at a later date. Deputy Fred Eaton assisted the sheriff in serving the warrants. County Attorney Kink stated that he would make the bonds from $500 to $700 in each case. [KINK??? THOUGHT IT WAS KLINK!]

The warrants in the case charge the men with "picketing," to-wit:C"that they attempted to persuade said William J. Seaman, W. J. Barber, David Brewster, Keith Harrover, and others whose names are unknown to the county attorney, to quit the employ of the railroad company."

The warrants in these cases are issued under section 17, of the industrial court act, and the names were furnished to him from the office of Attorney General R. J. Hopkins of Topeka, the county attorney told the Traveler this afternoon.

This section provides a fine not in excess of $1,000 and sentence up to one year in the county jail for individuals and a fine up to $5,000 and not to exceed two years in the county jail for officials of the union. Both the fine and sentence can be imposed in the case of conviction.

D. R. N. Brown, better known as Dave Brown, was in the harvest field in the country near the city when the sheriff called at his home to serve the warrant; and Lafe Linn, father-in-law of Brown, stated that he would notify Brown of the warrant at once and would see to it that Brown reported to the district court this evening.

One of the men whose names are written in these warrants, Thad Tinsley, is the president of the carmen's union of this city.

Ed. Marshall, chairman of the publicity committee of the local unions, whose members are on strike, had no comment to make this afternoon when told of the action taken against the local men. He said, however, that he would make a statement in this regard tomorrow.




Stepping out of a financial situation represented by the wages received by a garage porter and assistant mechanic into the receipt of $150,000 in a lump sum and an eighth royalty in fourteen producing oil wells is the good fortune which seems to have overtaken William Wright, who for the past six months has been employed in the Collinson Auto Company's shops in this city.

Wright said this morning: "On June 29 I received a letter from my mother at Okmulgee, Okla., which informed me of an offer on land near the city, into the possession of which I came because of my headrights, due to the adoption of my parents into the Creek tribe."

According to Wright's story, the land was put in his name when he was an infant, and his guardian in 1906 sold the land for $8,000.00, but never accounted for the money. The party who bought it sold it soon after to S. H. Swine, who is now the head of the Swine Oil company, according to Wright's story.

The present status of the matter it seems developed from the fact that the oil company, knowing they had not a good title to the land, took steps through their legal representative to get the matter straightened out.

"The company at first offered $80,000 if I would sign a deed and turn the land over to them," continued Wright. "Through the negotiations of Lawyer J. S. Jones of Muskogee, the company agreed to pay me $150,000 for the land and allow me a one-eighth royalty from the oil, and a contract was entered into and signed by the company and myself whereby the deal is to be closed August 1st, at which time I am to receive $150,000 cash payment for the land, and come into my royalty rights on the oil production."

Wright is a negro and he with his wife and one child reside at 220 North E street. He explained that all the negroes where he resided were adopted into the Creek Indian tribe and had headrights the same as the Indians.

According to his statement his father and mother are still living and are the parents of 23 children, 14 boys and 9 girls. The father is 87 years old and the mother 72. Wright is 30.

The land in question is located one mile south and six miles west of Okmulgee. It has fourteen producing wells, drilling operations having developed with the past ten years. The land with the oil on it is said to be worth more than a million dollars, but the garage porter is satisfied to accept $150,000 and royalty rights.

Bill says he never saw a white man till he was twelve years old.

Wright was asked, "What are you going to do with your money when you receive it?" He replied, "I think I will invest $100,000 of it in liberty bonds. I expect to buy a Cadillac car."

"Are you going to stay on your present job?"

"I hardly think I will. I will probably start a little business of my own in some branch of the automobile business. I have lived in this city about five years and expect to remain here. I worked for the Paige people, then after that I worked for Carl Kinslow for three and a half years, and have been with Mr. Collinson for about six months."

With reference to the large family of his parents, he gave out the further information that all of the children were living. The oldest is 47 and the youngest about 12. He said the royalty from the fourteen producing wells would amount from $1,000 to $2,000 a month.



$1,000 REWARD

One Thousand Dollars Reward is offered by the Midland Valley Railroad Company for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons guilty of damaging its track and Engine No. 16, caused by said engine No. 16, while standing at the engine pit in Arkansas City, Kansas, being started and abandoned, causing it to run away and jump the track about two miles northwest of Arkansas City.

Midland Valley Railroad Company






Roy Bense has opened a "jitney" hamburger stand on East Washington Avenue. He is occupying a new building, which he built for the purpose, and has new fixtures throughout. He is well prepared to serve hamburgers, cold drinks, and coffee. Mr. Bense has lived here for 20 years and is well known. Up to the present he has lived on a farm near the east edge of town.




Fred Beeson made a business trip to Cushing this morning. Fred and Claude Beeson will go to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in a few days and will take part in the roundup and roping contests there, on July 25.






Gather ad is about tire tubes...WENSTONE INNER TUBES played up!




A new $30,000 residence for Arkansas City has been planned by George H. Gassman, contractor, whose location in this city is the outgrowth of his stay here as contractor on the high school building now near completion.

Mr. Gassman's home heretofore has been at Charleston, Mo., but he has been so well pleased with this city that he decided not only to locate here but to build for himself and his family a beautiful home.

The site of the new residence is at the corner of Third Street and Birch Avenue and is a very desirable site. Mr. Gassman has purchased five lots here, which gives him a frontage of 125 feet on Third street. The lots are 134 feet deep with the south side running along Birch Avenue.

The house will be two stories high and the exterior will have a brick veneer finish with tile roof. There will be eleven rooms including sleeping porch and sun parlor. The house will face the east while the sun parlor and sleeping porch will be on the south.

The interior finish of the house will be hardwood flooring except the sun porch and kitchen, where Armstrong cork flooring will be used. The floors in the toilets and bathrooms will be of tile and the walls will have tile wainscoating. A shower bath will be provided in the basement. The interior trim will be of red gum. The veranda in front will have a tarrazzo floor. The outside trim will be in stone.

The exterior dimensions of the bilding will be 53 x 36. It will be an ornament to the residence section in the northwest part of the city and a credit to the town.

On the rear of the lots there will be built a two-story garage which is in harmony with the residence, having an outside finish of brick veneer and tile roof. Mr. Gassman will establish his office in the garage building. For this purpose he is having it connected up for heat and water.

The design for the premises provides for a fancy hedge border, trees around the outer edge, and on the street parking and a fountain on the south side. In every respect it will be one of the most complete residence properties in the city.

Mr. Gassman's work as contractor extends over a large territory and he chose to make his residence here on account of the city's central location with respect to his work and also for the many other advantages offered by this city, and further because he has been strongly impressed with the city and its people.




J. H. Tyberendt's Chevrolet car, reported yesterday morning at police headquarters to have been stolen, was found yesterday afternoon at the foot of an embankment near the Country Club, from which place the car had disappeared. The supposition is that the wind blew the car over the embankment.

The car had been parked near the club house facing west. The embankment is some two hundred yards from where the car was parked, the land running on a gradual slope downward. The embankment is thirty to forty feet high. The car was evidently blown in a southwesterly direction, and went down the steep incline head first. The radiator was smashed and a fender damaged, but no further harm was done.




The failed banks at Arkansas City and Geuda Springs are parties in two new cases on the docket of the district court Tuesday, each as plaintiffs, and one as defendant.

The Citizens State Bank, Geuda Springs, is suing J. H. Stallard and others; the Traders' State Bank, Arkansas City, is suing Thomas Sallee and others.

Thomas Sallee and Lulu Sallee, of Arkansas City, are alleged to have given their note for $10,000, secured by mortgage, of date October 1, 1920, on lots 1 and 2, block 29, Arkansas City, on which there remains due unpaid $7,190, with interest. Other defendants are alleged to have some claim against the property, inferior to the claim of the bank.

J. H. Stallard and his wife are alleged to have given two notes of $320.04 each on October 16, 1919, payable in installments of $26.67 a month. On one of the notes half of the required number of installments have been endorsed; on the other no payments have been credited. The Citizens' bank asks for judgment for $194.96, including interest due, on one note; and for $373.90 on the other. Faulconer, Dale, and Swarts filed the cases for the bank receiver.




The cases of J. H. McElhinney and C. C. Hoenehs, charged with fighting, came up in the city court last evening. McElhinney pleaded not guilty and was represented by Attorney H. S. Hines. Officer Sims, who made the arrests, about two weeks ago, testified that he heard them from the street, in the Butler rooms, 2112 South Summit Street, about 11 p.m., and made investigation and found them clinched together on the bed, struggling, and angry.

Hoenehs, who is an oil driller, testified that when he came home, he found McElhinney on the bed in his wife's room. He pleaded guilty to the charge of fighting. McElhinney's plea of not guilty is based on the theory that he was attacked, and that under the circumstances in the case he had a right under the law to defend himself, according to his attorney.

Judge Hary S. Brown fined each of the defendants $25.00. Attorney Hines gave notice of appeal for McElhinney, and put up an appeal bond of $250.00.




When J. W. Masters, who visited the Masters-Fuhrman store and shook hands with old-time acquaintances in this city last week, returned to his home at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, by auto, he was accompanied by Joe Tighe, the oil man, who was going to look after his oil interests in that section.

On this side of Cedarvale, the driver of the can ran over a bump or ditch in the road, which threw the two men in the back seat up against the top. Mr. Tighe's head struck on the bow and cut an artery in his head, and he almost bled to death before they could get to a doctor at Cedarvale. After having his head dressed, the party was able to continue their journey. Mr. Tighe returned to this city Monday and had his injury further attended to in a local hospital. He has not been confined to his bed on account of the accident, although it was very serious, and he is getting along nicely.




The new Trimper building, corner of A Street and Washington Avenue, is being equipped with the latest model awnings, for which Mr. Trimper sent to Chicago. Mr. Trimper states that he intends making this building the most attractive and modern in the southwest.




Miss Arolin Shearer has sold her beauty parlor in Winfield to Miss Blanche Prichard. Miss Shearer will operate in the Rexall beauty parlor here, with her mother, Mrs. Ollie Shearer.

Mrs. J. B. Anglin, of Guthrie, Oklahhoma, is the new operator in the Rexall beauty shop. Her husband is a brakeman on the Santa Fe railroad. They will make their future home here.




Miss Mary Reynolds is at present occupying the position of secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Retailers association, as these two offices are vacant at this time. O. B. Seyster has left the city and his successor has not yet been appointed.




Since the resignation of O. B. Seyster as secretary of the chamber of commerce, arrangements have been tentatively agreed upon between the board of directors and Ross H. Rhoads, proprietor of the Palace Grocery, that if he can dispose of his grocery store, he will assume the secretaryship of the chamber.

Mr. Rhoads has been an active chamber member and is at the present time president of the retailers' association and is quite generally regarded as a good man for the place.

In the meantime the office of the chamber is in the hands of Miss Mary Reynolds, the efficient stenographer for both the chamber and retailers' association.




Wichita, Kan., July 12.CWhen Mrs. Myrtle DeBard, Arkansas City, talked with her oldest son, Alfred, over long distance telephone from Wichita last Friday, she had a premonition just after she hung up the receiver that there was serious trouble in store.

Alfred, aged 17, and Ashley, aged 15, according to the mother's statement, were arrested Saturday afternoon six miles west of Wichita, on a charge of stealing chickens. It was alleged by Mrs. O. B. Clark, who was surprised, that when she drew an empty shot gun on the boys, they wrested the gun from her grasp and after she had snatched the key from the car and thrown it away, the pair ran.

Mrs. DeBard, reading in Sunday's Eagle of the plight of her sons, came with her husband, Alfred DeBard, to Wichita. The younger of the two, Ashley, she says is but 15 years old, while the older brother, Alfred, is 17. Ashley was in probate court and was released on bond for his appearance next Monday morning.

The mother was stricken with grief as she emerged from the office of Probate Judge G. W. C. Jones. She had pleaded for leniency for her minor son, whose offense had been transferred from the city to the probate court on account of his minority.

"I have five boys and one daughter," sobbed Mrs. DeBard. "We are all members of the Christian church and we have tried so hard to raise each of them properly. Our girl is teaching in Pittsburg and this news will nearly kill her, as she already is almost a nervous wreck."

Mrs. DeBard said she believes her boys when they declared at their arraignment in city court Monday that they thought it was not so much harm to steal chickens; that other men had done it and gotten away with it. The boys explained their tussle with Mrs. Clark over possession of the shot gun by asserting that each one thought the other was in danger when Mrs. Clark drew the gun.

The lads, according to the mother, left home to work in the harvest fields because the elder of the two wanted to earn money to help finish his senior year in high school next year.

Mr. and Mrs. DeBard supplied bond for the youngest son, Ashley, who came under supervision of Judge Jones because of his minor age; but Albert, the older, had to remain in the county jail overnight Monday.




The flood situation in and about this city this afternoon was appalling due to the high waters in both the Arkansas City and the Walnut rivers and at 2 o'clock the Arkansas River lacked only two feet of being at the point where it was in 1904, at which time it was higher here than ever known before. It is about twelve feet above the low water mark, which is considered a very dangerous point here.

The city wells located in the Third Ward near the Arkansas River were in great danger of being inundated this afternoon and the water on the west side of the Sixth Street driveway was about two feet above the level of the street. A large gang of men with teams was at work there all last night and today, building a dike on the west side of Sixth Street in order to keep the water from breaking through at this point. It is said that the motors at the city wells are located higher than the water could possibly reach, in case of a breakover there, but should the wells be overflowed by the water from the river, they would be put of commission for some time.

City Commissioner F. L. Thompson and Street Foreman John Post are in charge of the work of building the dike on South Sixth Street. The South Sixth Street Bridge has been damaged by the high water and it will be closed until further notice, according to County Commissioner Dees. All other bridges here are o.k., he says.

The Arkansas was overflowing the West Chestnut Avenue Road west of the river this afternoon and several houses in that locality were surrounded by water. The homes of Messrs. Payne and Morgan, in that locality, were in danger of being flooded provided the water comes much higher. The residence of H. S. Benshoof, located near the river and north of Chestnut Avenue on the east side of the stream, has a foot and one half of water in it today and the family moved out of the house last night. The land on which Benshoof lives, and a part of which he is farming, is entirely submerged.

On South Summit Street, the water is overflowing the road on the north side of the river, at which place it cut a new channel during the flood of 1904. The water in the street there was more than a foot deep at two o'clock.

The Walnut River stood at 15 feet, 5 1/2 inches, at two o'clock this afternoon, the gauge at the Arkansas City mill showed, and the water was still on the rise. It is higher now than for a number of years past.

Another large bunch of grief, due to the high waters in the Arkansas River, is reported by the Kansas Gas and Electric Company at the new head gates under construction near the head of the canal just north of the big river dam, three miles north of the city. The water broke through from the river between the dam and the canal inlet, and washed away the canal embankment on the upper side of the piling where the headgates are being built, and rushed across the canal with such volume and force that it washed down two boilers and two tool houses and left nothing but the derrick standing. Practically all the equipment, tools, and material went down with the flood waters, which extended east of the canal to the Midland Valley railroad. Just how far down the current the boilers and engines were carried could not be determined because of the deep water, being hidden from view.

The company had constructed a temporary dam at the canal inlet and another dam of sheet metal piling where the headgates are being constructed, the purpose of both these dams being to make the canal bed dry so as to permit work on the headgates. Both these dams stood all right but it was the canal embankment between them that the flood waters from the river hit with such force as to wash it away and havoc was wrought with the construction equipment. The heavy stuff will probably not be washed far downstream, but one of the tool houses was reported to have been seen lodged at the old headgates.

No estimate of the loss has been given out, but it will be hundreds of dollars. This is the third big loss the company has sustained on the canal due to high waters, this season. The first resulted from the high waters of two months ago, when a large section of the canal embankment at this place, which was about seventy-five feet in length, was completed. This new work was all washed out and had to be reconstructed using heavy rock that could not be washed away. The work on the new headgates was progressing in good shape when this last disaster happened, meaning another serious setback and much additional expense.




The seven Arkansas City men arrested late in the day yesterday, on the charge of "picketing," in connection with the local railway strike situation, were arraigned in the district court at Winfield at 5 o'clock that evening. Sheriff Goldsmith and Deputy Don Goldsmith accompanied the men to court and each of the alleged law violators gave bond for appearance in court at a later date. The clerk of the court stated today that the cases probably would not be tried until the regular term of court in September.

Plenty of Bondsmen

When the men were required to give appearance bonds, there seemed to be plenty of their friends in the courtroom, ready and willing to sign the bonds and they were made out and signed up within a short time, after which the Arkansas City men were freed and all returned to their homes here. The bonds on three of them, G. H. Scott, O. H. Scott, and Rudolph Burt, who have two counts each against them, was fixed at $750 each. The other four, Thad Tinsley, F. M. Touchstone, Dave Brown, and Harry Ray, gave bond for $500 each.

Scabs Not Wanted

G. H. Scott and his son, O. H. Scott, are each charged with placing a sign in front of their store located near the Santa Fe shops here, which read: "No scabs wanted, govern yourselves accordingly," the complaint in the case recites. They are also charged with attempting to persuade strike breakers to quit the employ of the company. Rudolph Burt also has two counts against him and the other four men, have but one charge, or one count each. They are charged with attempting to persuade men who took the place of strikers to quit their jobs with the Santa Fe.

There was no unusual demonstration in the courtroom at Winfield, when the men were arraigned, and they left the courthouse and the city of Winfield in a very orderly manner after the proceedings of the court, according to reports received here from the county seat.

In regard to the matter of dealing with storekeepers in this state, who refuse to sell goods to strike breakers, the Topeka Capital of this morning, contains the following.

General Charles I. Martin, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, has found a shorter method of dealing with storekeepers who refuse to sell to workmen in railroad shops than the governor and attorney general and county attorneys have worked out. The general explained his plan at a meeting in Parsons and has directed Col. Charles H. Browne, in command of the troops at Herington, to use the same plan.

"Any storekeeper who refuses to sell supplies to a man or his family because he is working for the railroad here," was the substance of General Martin's announcement at Parsons, "will find himself out of business. We will simply close up his place of business."

Martin In Full Charge

While martial law has not been proclaimed in Parsons or Herington, General Martin's executive orders from the governor gives him full power to handle the situation as he thinks best.

Randall Harvey, attorney for the industrial court, went to Arkansas City yesterday to start proceedings against George H. Scott & Son, restaurant proprietors, who have been carrying a big sign, "Scabs not wanted here," at the entrance to their restaurant on the edge of the shop district. In small type it was advertised that other persons of reputable character would be served to the best ability of the proprietors.

Clamp Down On Proprietors

The county attorney of Harvey County also was instructed to clamp down on some Newton storekeepers who were reported to have refused supplies to workmen. He was also instructed that shopmen committees visiting grocerymen with warnings against selling to workmen in the shops were violating the anti-picketing provision of the industrial court act, and to proceed accordingly.

Reports from all fronts received yesterday by Governor Allen were that quiet prevailed. The situation at Goodland still does not demand troops, it is believed. Pittsburg also is being watched closely, although Sheriff Milt Gould is believed equal to the occasion.




Both the Midland Valley and the Missouri Pacific railways are still tied up here on account of the condition of the track near Silverdale, which was damaged by the flood in Grouse Creek several days ago. Tomorrow morning the Midland Valley will hire about 50 men to work on the section east of the city and will pay $4 a day, it was reported this afternoon.




Winfield, Kans., July 13.CDamage running to many thousands of dollars will be done in Winfield if the Walnut and Timber Creek continue to rise. Two or three hundred homes will be affected by the high water, and several important industries will suffer from the overflow.

The training quarters at the fair ground are now in the way of the tide coming down the Walnut. The fair management is transferring the horses to other parts of the city, to wherever stable room can be rented. People of the city are doing their best to accommodate the horse men with their charges. Stables, such as have not been turned into garages, are usually old and out of repair or are used as storage places for all kinds of junk. These have to be cleared out before they can be used for stabling well cared for race horses.

The ice plant and packing house industries are also in the way to be hard hit by the flood. The cold storage houses are probably safe themselves, but a few feet more of a rise in the Walnut will put out the fires in the ice plant and stop the refrigeration of the cold storage. Nearly a hundred car loads of perishable stuff will be hurriedly gotten into cars and sent elsewhere.

The Santa Fe switch yards have been filled in considerably since the high water of 1904, but the company is clearing out the yard as rapidly as possible, getting the cars out of the sidings, which are above the high water mark of eighteen years ago.




Bridges are out in several places as a result of high water according to reports to the county engineer's office at Winfield. Those reported with some degree of verification are:

East bridge over Grouse Creek at Silverdale. There are three other bridges on Grouse at Silverdale, all of them south of town. These are said to be standing.

Bridge at George Steel place on Silver Creek. All approaches to this bridge are out, leaving the concrete structure standing. It was overflowed and water and driftwood knocked off the railing on both sides.

Bridge at Dick Chase's place on Badger Creek.

Limbocker bridge on Timber Creek north of state school.

The culvert and causeway at Glackin's place a mile east of town on the Tisdale road was partly washed away, leaving only a single trackway for a considerable distance.




The city commission is thinking seriously of putting on a police matron in this city at the request of members of the women's clubs. Arkansas City already has ten policemen, which is a larger number, we are told, than any other city has in the state, size considered. If the commission is to employ a police matron, in the interest of the taxpayers, we would suggest that the number of policeman be reduced at least one. These are times that retrenchment is needed in city expenses as well as in individual expenses, and when a city government increases the payroll unnecessarily, it increases taxes.




Lee M. Biggs, who has the contract on the new school building in the I. X. L. district, about three miles south of town, reports that the building is now ready for plastering. The building replaces one of the oldest school houses in the county. The new building is what is known as a standard school house for country districts, and has accommodations for use as a community center, including a good sized auditorium, and all modern conveniences for school purposes. Bonds for the building were voted in the sum of $5,000.




Topeka, July 13.CMore troubles are ahead for the Ku Klux Klan in Kansas. Governor Allen received a copy of an advertisement yesterday in which "citizenship" in the Klan was offered to reputable citizens. In the advertisement it was stated that the Klan is incorporated. Memberships were listed at $10.

Now under the Kansas law, a foreign corporation has to get permission to do business in Kansas. The governor sent for the secretary of state. No record of the Ku Klux Klan ever getting a charter or permit in Kansas. The governor is having the matter investigated, with a view of getting action on the organizers.

The probable legal action, it is understood, will be to institute quo warranto proceedings in the supreme court. Then organizers and officers of the Klan who proceeded to organize or take in new members could be haled before the supreme court for contempt.

The Wichita women's republican federation is opposed to the Ku Klux Klan. It has denounced it as an "organization without room in Kansas."




L. O. Beahm, assistant superintendent of the Moore refinery, was on duty again today after an absence of several days, during which time he was busy moving his family from Chanute to this city. Of the three officials of the company who have been at the plant for some time, George Moore, president, will leave for Chicago tonight, while Joe Purcell, secretary-treasurers, and J. C. Lytle, superintendent of pipe lines, will remain here for several days yet.

The Moore plant is now running 5,000 barrels of oil daily, and it is predicted that by the first of August it will be running 8,000 barrels. A force of men went to work this morning at the task of dismantling the Jenkins still. Sixteen more men were taken on this morning for construction work.

The high water in the Arkansas River chocked up the sewer outlets, causing the water in the condenser pans to overflow at the plant, and putting the treating plant out of commission this morning. It is thought it will be gotten ready to go again by this evening.




E. C. Overholt, secretary of the Hill Investment Company, has begun the construction of a fine new dwelling house, which he and his family will occupy upon its completion. The work is in charge of Fred Ball, a well known local contractor. The specified cost of the house is $6,000.

It will be a two-story, seven-room house, located at 407 North Second Street. The plans and specifications call for a reception hall, living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom on the first floor, and three bedrooms and bath upstairs. There will also be a toilet and lavatory on the first floor. There will be a basement equipped for a wash room.




P. V. Curry, as receiver for the failed Traders State Bank of this city, yesterday filed in the district court of Kay County, at Newkirk, a suit against R. E. Chapman and Addie Chapman, residents of that county, the suit being for the recovery of money and the foreclosure on a chattle mortgage, held by that bank. The case was filed by Faulconer, Dale, and Swarts, as attorneys for the bank receiver, according to the Kay County report of that day.




The case of W. J. Barber, who is in the employ of the Santa Fe in the shops at the roundhouse, and who was charged with having liquor in his possession at his residence, 1206 South E street, came up for trial in the city court before Judge Harry S. Brown at 9 o'clock this morning.

The police had made a raid on the Barber residence on the night of July 3 and found a gallon jar containing some corn liquor, which had been chemically tested and found to be almost 50 percent alcohol, and which was on exhibit in the courtroom.

The first witness was Frank Nichols, city salesman for the Jewell Tea company, who testified that on the night of July 3 he went to the residence of Mr. Barber and bought a jar of wine. It was a quart jar and was full of liquid, and was also submitted as evidence. Nichols testified that he was to pay 50 cents for the wine, and that Mr. Barber was to take it out in coffee. Nichols brought the wine to the police station and turned it over to the desk sergeant, Frank Ketch, who locked it in a cell in the jail used for that purpose. Chief Dailey appeared at the station about 11 o'clock that night. Ketch delivered the liquor to him and he (Dailey) locked it up in the safe. This liquor had also been chemically tested and shown to have contained about 11 percent alcohol.

Attorney J. E. Torrance, retained by the defendant, cross questioned Nichols at length. The questions and answers brought out the statements by Nichols that he had been employed by the police department, that he was working for Chief Dailey, and that according to an understanding with Mayor McIntosh, he was to receive a percent of the fines, he supposed, for his services.

Nichols testified that he had not been instructed to go to the Barber residence, and that he was prompted to go there by what he had seen in making sales to the family. He said he was not working for the money but to help make Arkansas City a safe place for his family.

The attorney for the defense attempted to bring out the testimony by Nichols that he had tried to persuade Barber to quit his job with the Santa Fe, but to all of these questions Nichols answered in the negative. Nichols stated in this regard: "Barber told me he was an old man and was so situated that he had to work. I told him that was too bad and said that I did not blame him for working."

The testimony showed that the raid was made by Officers Atteberry, Charles, and Walter Gray. The latter was not a regular officer, but had been deputized as a special officer for the Fourth of July.

Each witness was questioned as to whether he was now employed or ever had been employed by the Santa Fe, and most of the witnesses were questioned as to whether they had made any overtures toward Barber to try to induce him to quit work on the grounds that he would have more friends than if he stayed on the job. There was no testimony on the part of any witness to establish this point, each witness so questioned declaring that he had not tried to induce Barber to quit his job.

Testimony was taken from Officers Charles, Atteberry, and Ketch, in addition to Nichols' testimony. The testimony of the officers corroborated that of Nichols.

Promptly, as soon as both sides had rested, Judge Harry S. Brown announced that he would fine the defendant $100.00 and sentence him to 30 days in the city jail. Attorney Torrance gave notice of appeal to the district court, and the defendant gave bond of $300.00. Mr. Torrance is Santa Fe attorney in Cowley County and lives at Winfield.

No witnesses were put on the stand for the defense. There is every indication that the defense is going to fight this case to a finish.




E. K. Kraul, the boy scout executive, and Del Lawhe, assistant city engineer, went to Silverdale yesterday to get Mr. Kraul's new Buick four, which was inundated when the waters from Grouse Creek overflowed the boy scout's camp grounds.

After the waters had receded sufficiently, Bernard Smith, a garage man of Silverdale, had pulled the car out with a team of mules and taken it to his garage, where the water was drained from the motor. Messrs. Kraul and Lawhe then towed the car to this city and it is now in the Motor Inn for repairs.

Mr. Kraul stated that the water rose clear over the top of the car, but said that the damage would not be very great. The padding in the car top would have to be replaced, and a general cleaning up would, he thought, put the car back in good shape again.

Mr. Kraul had undertaken to get the car off the camp grounds while the water was just beginning to reach the grounds, but got it stuck in the mud and the rapidly rising water prevented him from getting it out.




C. W. Wooding, of Enid, Oklahoma, having decided to make Arkansas City his permanent residence, has purchased a bungalow home that was built complete by Contractor Lee M. Biggs for any buyer that might happen along. It is in the 1300 block on North Second Street. Not only was the house built complete, but the premises were fixed up in nice shape; in fact, it was made a fine modern home just as if it had been built to order of its owner.

Mr. Wooding is a traveling salesman, representing a metal casket company of Oklahoma City.

Contractor Biggs met with such good success in disposing of this residence property that he decided to build another bungalow home in the same neighborhood, which he will place on the market in the same manner.




J. F. McVey, a carpenter working for Lee M. Biggs, fell from the second deck of the office building of the Huey Lumber Com-

pany, on South Summit street, yesterday afternoon. He fell head first and struck his shoulder on a beam in his descent, breaking his collar bone and knocking his arm out of place. He was given all due medical attention and is said to be resting comparatively easy today.




A. C. Mitchell, local Santa Fe agent, announced this afternoon that all pay checks for striking shopmen will be at the Santa Fe freight office July 14, for delivery during office hours.




Winfield, Kan., July 13.CPeople are being kept off West Ninth Avenue Bridge this afternoon by two deputy sheriffs, sent there for the purpose by County Commissioner Crotsley on advice from the county engineer's office. The engineer regards the bridge as perfectly safe so long as some structural defect does not develop. Should that happen the pile of drift lodged against the east spandiel of the main arch might crush the bridge. If this should happen with people on the bridge, much loss of life would likely take place.

The bridge was thronged with spectators until the deputies came. The people were warned that an accident might happen at any time, but as is usual with crowds, the warning went unheeded. The commissioner then ordered the deputies to the scene. If this precaution had not been taken and if a loss of life had occurred there, the county officials would have been criticized for their neglect. As it is, no accident may take place; but there will be no loss of life if it does.

The Baden Bridge is also closed. It was boarded up Monday on account of the rotten condition of part of the flooring. Fir running boards have been laid on the original oak floor, the oak having become badly worn and warped after years of use. This oak has decayed under the fir planks so that a car broke through on one side there Monday. No damage was done, but it was thought best to have no more of that. A new floor will be laid as soon as possible.






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Persistent efforts on the part of the Traveler to ascertain the real facts in regard to the local strike situation from the officials of the Oklahoma division for the past several days have met with no success and today the officials still refuse to give out any information in this regard.

A reporter for the Traveler this afternoon called the office of the superintendent of the Santa Fe and asked for news in regard to the number of men at work in the shops here. He was told by the chief clerk that the office had no information along that line, and that the proper person to ask was the master mechanic. The master mechanic, J. K. Nimmo, was called on the phone and the following conversation took place between that official and the reporter.

"Any news today in regard to the strike situation?"

"Everything is all right and we are having no trouble whatever."

"Can you tell me how many men are employed in the shops here at the present time?"

"No, I am too busy and have not had time to count them."

"Are you working two shifts at this time?"

"Yes. No. I have nothing to give out and nothing more to say. I am too busy at present."

At this stage of the conversation, the master mechanic hung up the receiver of the telephone and the conversation ended. The reporter did not receive any official information on the subject of interest to the readers from this source. Before the above conversation took place, the master mechanic stated that the reporter might call the office of the superintendent for the information desired. He was then told that that office had been called and that the reply there was that they had nothing in that line and that the proper place to call was the office of the master mechanic.

It has been reported to the Traveler from other sources that the Santa Fe had a number of men at work in the local shops, but the exact number is not known at this time. It is said that men have been brought here from other cities to take the place of the strikers, but as stated above, the Traveler has been unable so far to secure any official information on the subject.

There was nothing new here today in the recent arrest of the seven men charged with picketing, as all of them have been before the district court at Winfield, and all have given bond to appear in court at the regular term in September to answer to the charges named in the complaint and warrants.

Several of the local carmen who are carpenters and who are on strike at present are now employed at the Moore refinery in the erection of some new stills there and some of the shop men are at work in the harvest fields in the country near this city. Others are remaining at the labor headquarters here to learn the strike news from Chicago and other cities.

It was stated this afternoon that there were about 350 men out on strike here, as a number of the Mexican laborers on the Oklahoma division have recently joined the local strike forces and quit their work.

Assistant General Manager Farley of the Santa Fe, who has been in the city for the past several days, left this morning for the south in his private business car.

W. K. Etter of Topeka, acting general manager of the eastern lines, says the strike is not interfering in any way with the operating department and that all trains are being moved without delay, according to a report from that city today.

In regard to the lack of information given to the press in this city by the railroads, it is noted that there is a daily report from the shops at Topeka on how many men are working and any other news relative to the strike situation there.




Chicago, July 14.CRailway stationary firemen and oilers, numbering 8,000 men, today received the sanction of their president, Timothy Healy, to join the striking railway shopmen next Monday, while E. F. Grable, head of the maintenance of way brotherhood was making strenuous efforts to hold his 400,000 men in line and prevent further defection, which if a general walkout of his men resulted, would withdraw more than half of the nation's rail workers from service.

Topeka, July 14.CWarning that union officials who transmit or post strike notices for the proposed strike of railway stationary engineers, firemen and oilers, will be prosecuted under the industrial court act, was announced today by Governor Allen upon being advised that the strike call for next Monday had been issued by the union president in Chicago. "If the men really go out," the governor said, "the industrial court and the state will afford every possible protection to men who work, and will lend every possible aid to keeping the lines of transportation open. If the strike notice is posted in Kansas, the men who post it will be prosecuted. And additional strikes will be dealt with just as we dealt with the shop crafts. The law applies to all of them." The president and secretary of the local federated shop crafts union are now under bond to appear for trial on charges of violation of the anti-strike provision of the industrial court act, for posting the July 1 strike notice here.




Topeka, July 14.CAn open Ku Klux Klan meeting will be held at Liberty, near Independence, tonight, the county attorney of Montgomery County notified Governor Allen today. However, no masks are to be worn by those attending and indications today were that the gathering will be lawful in every respect, the attorney said.




The flood conditions in and around Arkansas City, occasioned by the recent rise in the Arkansas and Walnut rivers, were more encouraging today than yesterday, as the Arkansas is at present on a standstill and the Walnut has fallen nine inches in the past 24 hours.

The force of men and teams at work on the dike on South Sixth Street were on the job all night and all day today, and in spite of the fact that there has been tons and tons of earth piled up on the west side of the road, the city wells have been in great danger for the past 48 hours. This morning the water had seeped under the street at that location and also through the sand dike there and water was standing in the alfalfa field near the city wells. In the street there the ground was very soft and there have been no cars or other vehicles allowed in the street at that location since last night. Foreman John Post stated this morning at nine o'clock that the Arkansas was at least five inches higher than it was last evening. This afternoon it was reported by those who should know the facts, that the Arkansas was on a standstill and that it should be falling by night.

The young apple orchard belonging to Albert Faulconer and R. C. Dixon, located on the north side of the road on West Chestnut Avenue, and west of the river, was inundated last night and there is about a half a mile of back water in the road at that location. The water has not damaged the orchard, it was stated this afternoon and will not be likely to do so, unless it should stand there for a number of days, which is not likely at this time.

County Commissioner Dees stated today that the West Madison Avenue Bridge had been damaged at the west end by drift wood and that it would have to be closed for several days at least, for repairs. Two of the piling there have been washed away.

The South Sixth Street Bridge is also damaged a great deal and will be closed for a month, it is said.

The plant of the Arkansas City Sand Co., on the Arkansas River west of the city, has met with a heavy loss on account of the present flood, but that plant will be in operation as soon as the water recedes, it was said today.

Hi Benshoof stated this afternoon that the Arkansas had fallen an inch and a half today and that in his opinion it would continue to fall. Hi says that he is 59 years of age and that last night was the first time he had been able to say he could not go home to sleep. His home has several feet of water in it and Mrs. Benshoof is staying with her daughter, Mrs. Ed. Reed, in the city at present, while Hi is staying at the camp of the force, which is at work on the new headgates up the river, and is sleeping with one eye open, when he has the opportunity to sleep at all. "But things will be brighter some day," he says.




J. W. McEwen, a farmer living ten miles southwest of this city, had a narrow escape from drowning this forenoon at about 10 o'clock while attempting to ford the flood waters just west of the West Chestnut Avenue Bridge on the Arkansas River.

He got into a low place that had been washed out in the road and the current of swift water caught his phaeton, overturning it and throwing him out in deep water. Both he and the team were in danger of drowning. The first man to reach Mr. McEwen was Ernie Wilson, who lives on the north and south road a mile west of town. Through Wilson's unaided efforts he got the drowning man out of the deep water into the road where the water's depth was but two feet. Several men were on the bank, but refused to respond to the call for help. About this time Charles Betts, the garage man, and John Floyd, of Sollitt & Swarts drug store, happened along. Floyd was on his way to Drury Park for a vacation. Betts immediately assisted Wilson and the two men got McEwen to dry land and safety, and succeeded in getting the horses out, but the buggy still remains at the roadside turned upside down. Mr. McEwen's home was reached by telephone and some of his people came after him and took him home. Word from his house late this afternoon stated that he had not been hurt. However, when the men got him out of the water, they rolled him in the road in order to resuscitate him.

Mr. McEwen is 73 years old and was coming to town to market some chickens and eggs. He had about three dozen chickens and a case of eggs. All of the chickens were drowned with the exception of three or four. The eggs were destroyed.

Up to the time that this near-drowning took place, the road had been kept open to public travel, but was then immediately closed and guards put at both sides of the flooded area, which extended from the bridge to the Midland Valley railroad, a distance of nearly half a mile.

The first word of the near-drowning was brought to town by two small boys, who had gone out to the bridge on their wheels. They were Harry Collinson's nine-year-old boy and W. E. Olin's little boy of about the same age.

At three o'clock this afternoon the river at this point had fallen one inch below the crest line.

Just north of the half-mile-stretch of road here is Dixon Valley Orchard, which is an orchard of comparatively young trees. The water all over this orchard would swim a horse, according to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cutler, who have all the Dixon orchards in charge.

In close proximity to danger, there is always the humorous or comedy element. While the reporter was getting the thrilling escape of McEwen from drowning, Mrs. W. B. Harwell and daughter were attempting to wade from the road to their house in water that was about two and a half feet deep. They got into a good-natured water fight of three rounds, which resulted in a draw, both parties having been thoroughly soused in the water.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Thirty-seven years ago today R. F. Fitzpatrick, of the real estate firm of Fitzpatrick & McDowell, landed in Arkansas City. He came from Emporia where he had been doing station work for the Santa Fe, having been sent here as cashier.

Four years after his arrival here he built the house at 915 North Third Street, which he and his family have occupied ever since. After working for the Santa Fe about two years, he resigned to engage in the real estate business.

"When I arrived here in 1885, I stopped at the Leland Hotel, which was a wooden building on the corner where the Traders' State Bank is now located," said Mr. Fitzpatrick. "There were plenty of rats in the building. There was just one negro here at that time, and he worked in the hotel. He married a white girl and I don't know where he is now."


[COLUMN PRINTED DURING STRIKE: The Local Strike Situation.]

NOTE: THIS COLUMN WAS SIGNED "By Executive Committee".

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

The men served recently with warrants of arrest for "picketing" are all reputable citizens. All bear good records for decency, integrity, and honesty. Most of them own their homes, and make their living by physical toilCsomething to be proud of these times.

The venerable "Thad" Tinsley, over sixty years of age, early settler, prominent lodge and church man, first arrest; restaurant keeper, G. H. Scott, over sixty years of age, honored and respected by all, first arrest; Foreman "Ted" Touchstone and Inspector D. N. R. Brown were both born in Cowley County and have spent their lives of usefulness in this community of their birth, first arrest; Inspector Harry Ray, the sterling old bachelor, first arrest. And so we might go on down the list.

Of the seven arrested only three are identified with unions on strike. Two are not railroaders but restaurant keepers. Several of them have stood the test for decency, law and order for a period of twenty-five years, being old timers here. Isn't it wonderful how quickly the corporations can lariat peaceable and industrious citizens into the meshes of the lawCwhile the communities where they live, pay taxes, support business, raise respected families, can't get anything on them for a quarter of a century? The public will please note that they are arrested, not convicted. That is a different matter.

Regarding the general subject of picketing, it was prohibited in our first general meeting. It is entirely unnecessary at this point. The industrial court law is very ambiguous to a layman, as we certainly have tried to keep within the law, and we believe the court will decide we did.

Public opinion wins every battle. The railroad managements miscalculated; they thought the men would not go out, and they considered themselves smooth enough still to "hoo-doo" the dear people. They were badly fooled on the first proposition, and they are finding out to their sorrow that the public is fed up on their misleading "dope" and does not fall for it any longer. The unreasonably high passenger and freight rates make believers out of the people that they are at least not philanthropic institutions. The overcharge is the best demonstration in the world. The sympathy of the people is with us.

Things are quiet as usual in the union camp. Headquarters at labor hall resembles more a Sunday school than a strike. Yesterday and today large numbers of the men volunteered to help the city fight the rising flood. It seems whenever anybody wants any work done, he comes to labor hall. We are glad such an estimate is placed upon us.

So we are having a good time, taking a much needed vacation, making fun of our oppressors, most of us keeping out of jail. One of the boys enlightened us with the statement that the railroads were already whipped, but Henry Allen was still on the warpath.

To show you how newspaper reports differ from ours concerning the nation-wide strike, a part of our last report is hereby given.

"Chicago, Ill.: All roads out 100 percent.

"Hutchinson: All out and standing pat. The public with us.

"Amarillo, Texas: Same.

"Brownwood and Sweetwater, Texas: Same.

"Emporia, Kansas: All carmen and boilermakers out but four. All others out except eight machinists.

"La Junta, Colorado: Everything going fine. Twelve scabs quit yesterday.

"Guthrie, Bakersfield, Deming, Chanute, Gainsville: 95 percent out.

"Pueblo: Most of the men are out; several foremen have joined the strikers."

General Chairman Norris, of the machinists, is with us today, and delivered an address at two o'clock. Coming directly from Topeka, he made this personal report concerning the walkout there, where the newspapers assert so many have stayed on the job.

"Last Monday morning in the locomotive shops where 1,987 men are employed, there reported for duty that morning 299 men. One hundred of these were under eighteen years of age, being apprentices, helpers, etc."



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

The Midland Valley railway today employed and sent out of this city a gang of about fifty men to work on the track in the vicinity of Silverdale, where there was a bad washout several days ago on account of the high water in Grouse Creek. Both the Midland Valley and the Missouri Pacific use this track and both roads are still tied up east of this city, for the reason that the flood caused a large amount of damage. The railway bridge at Silverdale was damaged and there was several hundred feet of track washed out there. A large gang of men with the M. V. ditcher and other machinery came from the east and with this gang of section men from this city, are on the job there now.

The M. V. and Mo. Pac. local officials have hopes of restoring train service within a few days at the least.

The interurban line between this city and Winfield is still out of commission on account of a washout at the Hackney bridge. Today there was a gang of 20 men on the job there repairing the damage to the bridge and the track in that vicinity.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

The cases of the state versus Alfred and Ashley DeBard of this city, which were begun in the courts at Wichita several days ago, have been continued for trial until a later date. The boys are now under bond and are at their home, west of the city. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. DeBard and several other local people who went to Wichita as witnesses for the lads, have returned to this city.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

A veritable army of inquiries have besieged William Wright, the negro porter at Collinson's garage, since the publication of the story in the Traveler telling about the wealth that is about to be thrust upon him, in the shape of $150,000 for his land and one-eighth royalty in fourteen producing oil wells.

"I have been kept so busy answering questions that I have not been able to attend to my work," said Wright this afternoon, "and you may tell the people that within the next twenty-four hours, I am going to leave the city for a couple of months."

Mr. Wright stated positively that he was going away for a time, but just the exact time he will leave and when he is going is being kept a strict secret. People of all kinds and varied purposes, people wanting to borrow money, and what-not, are taking the negro porter right into their arms, according to the reports that are being circulated on the streets.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922 [STORY NO. 1]

Pat Somerfield and John Floyd were the only two members of the Country Club who braved the high waters of the Walnut River last evening to reach the club grounds. They made the trip in Somerfield's whopee and went out on the Madison Avenue road. On the east side of the Madison Street Bridge, the water came up into the car about a foot and they had to be towed through, but the car reached dry land and the motor was started. It ran like it had been just newly tuned up.



Speaking of golf bugs, Ralph Dixon and John Floyd were so determined to play a match yesterday that they braved the Walnut flood waters on East Madison Avenue, in a whoopie with C. Somerfield to reach the course. The car got stalled in deep water and was towed to the other side by a team. Somerfield gave it one crank and the engine whirred again. They got back the same way. Dixon won Floyd's silver buckle.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

At a special session of the city commissioners yesterday afternoon, the mayor and the city clerk were authorized to sign a contract with Tom L. Green of Oklahoma City, for resurfacing Second Street between Washington and Birch Avenues, with natural asphalt at $1.35 per square yard.

According to the city engineer's estimate, there will be 17,700 square yards of paving on this job. This will make the total cost $23,895. On the low bid the total amount would have been $19,824 or $4,071 less than the successful bid.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Word has been received here that J. B. Hunt, reported unconscious in a hospital at Seattle, Washington, died at 4:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He is a brother of Frank Hunt of the Osage Sweet Shop. Information on the matter is meagre, being confined to the contents of a telegram received by Chief of Police Dailey late yesterday afternoon, stating that Hunt had a fractured skull, the result of being knocked down, and that his assailant was being held in custody of the officers.

A telegram was immediately sent to his brother, Frank Hunt, who is absent from the city, having tone to Bella Vista, the summer resort of the Ozarks, for a few day's outing. Mr. Hunt is supposed to be on his way home, traveling by automobile, and up to noon today had not been located. His partner, Quinn Terrill, who is in charge at the Sweet Shop, stated that he expected Mr. Hunt home at any time, having been due yesterday, but he anticipated he had been delayed by high water and road conditions.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

J. M. Campbell, 715 South Sixth Street, went to work this morning, after an 18 months' absence from that plant. W. E. Lewis, 525 North D Street, who has been employed with the pipe fitting crew, suffered a badly bruised knee this morning when a heavy wrench, with the weight of six men on top of it, slipped and came down on his leg. He was attended by Dr. E. A. Tufts, who said he would not be able to resume his work for several days.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

R. Otis Fowler, of the Lesh Oil Products Co. office, was the victim of a very painful accident last evening, when he was kicked on the right wrist by the crank on his auto, while attempting to start the engine in that manner. The battery in his Maxwell car had run down and therefore he was compelled to crank. One of the bones in the wrist was fractured and the injury, while very painful, is not of a serious nature. The fracture was reduced by a local surgeon and today Mr. Fowler was on duty at his office, as usual. The accident occurred in front of the Fowler home in Third ward last night at 6 o'clock and at the time Mr. and Mrs. Fowler were preparing to make a drive to the rivers to view the stage of the high waters. Otis advises all auto owners to keep their batteries and the self-starters alive.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Yesterday morning the men at work on the building of the dike for the city on South Sixth Street, in order to keep the water from the Arkansas River away from the city wells, were treated to a nice warm breakfast by women of that neighborhood. Headed by Mrs. S. F. Wing, of 1900 South Fourth Street, the women called on the force of men there early that morning and treated them to hot coffee and sandwiches. To say that the men appreciated the lunch, is but telling the plain truth. Last night the force of men on the job there worked all night long, as they did the night before, as the water came up steadily all that night. It was still being held in check this morning, however.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Harry Wallace was in the city this morning from East Bolton and he reports the Walnut River on a standstill in that vicinity today. In that locality there were many fields of corn in the low lands overflowed by the waters of this stream, and great damage was done to growing crops. He came into the city from the south, crossing the Summit Street Bridge. Mr. Wallace is now the oldest resident of East Bolton and he has resided there since March 1871, at which time he took up a claim there. One of his sons, Arthur Wallace, a graduate of the Arkansas City high school, who is now a resident of Pawhuska, Okla., was here a few days ago for a visit with home folks. He is in the employ of the Gypsy Oil Co. at Pawhuska, as a scout in the Osage field.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Hawkins Huey, proprietor of the Huey Lumber Co., has purchased a building site on North B street and Vine avenue. He will have a two story, nine room home constructed there, completely modern in every respect. Mr. Huey and family recently moved to Arkansas City from Chicago and he has launched upon the lumber business here. However, Mr. Huey is an old Arkansas City boy, having been reared in this city, and lived here for a long time before he moved away. He has a large number of friends in this city.



FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1922

Winfield, July 14.CMore definite reports on damage to bridges in this county by the high water of the past few days was to be had at the office of the county engineer this morning.

This modifies earlier reports, both for better and for worse. Commissioner Robert Goforth reported that all the bridges in his district, the northeast part of the county, came through all right and are standing, though roads have suffered badly from the wash.

Loss at the Limbocker bridge, on Timber Creek, due north of the state school, is reported as partial. The bridge proper, it is stated, is standing, though yesterday's report had it that the bridge was gone. Only the wooden approach at the south end went out, it is stated today.

Overthrow of the steel bridge on Grouse Creek east of Silverdale is confirmed. The water got over the bridge and the rush of drift carried away the structure. On the other hand, the report that the three bridges south of Silverdale were intact is said to be incorrect as to one of them. This is a stone arch bridge which was badly wrecked, when the water and drift went entirely over it. The top part of this stone bridge is practically all washed away, leaving only the "ring" of the arch, except at one end. The "spandrel" at one end, that part of the structure which fills over the lower part of the arch and supports the road at the level of the top of the bridge, was torn out by the force of the flood. Part of the spandrel at the other end remains.

The George Steele bridge on Silver Creek, reported yesterday as a concrete bridge, is a stone arch bridge. It too, has been stripped by the flood.

Approaches to nearly all bridges in the county were damaged by the high water. And all over the county, particularly in the heavy rain zone, roads have been badly cut across in many places.