[From Wednesday, December 15, 1886, through December 29, 1886.]

FREDERIC LOCKLEY, Editor and Proprietor.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

BIG AD. CHRISTMAS IS COMING and you will find the following

Holiday List useful in choosing your presents:

Lacile [?] and other works in Seal Alligator binding, each $1.00.

The Red Line edition of the Poets, per volume, $1.00.

Carleton=s works, per volume, $1.00.

And many other desirable works. In albums the prices range from 50 cents to $10.00 each. We call your attention to our $1.25 album as being a beautiful book. The

Christmas Cards

are more beautiful than ever this year, and the elegance and variety far surpass anything before seen in this line. They are also very cheap. We quote prices ranging from 10 cents up to $6.00. Nothing would be more desirable for a present. We have added to our stock a line of

Beautiful Paintings

(Not cheap chromos) but works of art which we believe to be the largest and most choice collection yet shown in the city. What would be more suitable as a present than a painting in Oil or Pastel?

We wish to remind you that we have the largest stock of


Dolls, blocks, games, and juvenile books ever brought to the city, and can suit you in that line. Remember the place,




Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.


Youngheim & Co.

The oldest established Clothing House in Arkansas City, wholesale and retail, are now in receipt of an entire new


Which we will place on the market at such low figures as to astonish everybody. Goods will be sold according to our Golden Rule: AQuick Sales and Small Profits.@

Come, price and inspect our stock and if we can=t save you money, we don=t want your trade. Wide-awake and on the alert to benefit the public. Respectfully,


Three Doors South of P. O.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

BID AD. HOLIDAY GOODS -AND- TOYS! -AT- E. D. Eddy=s Drug Store.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.


The Agent of the New York syndicate who has been in Tahlequah some weeks past, with an offer to buy up the entire Cherokee strip for $3 an acre, the purchase involving an outlay of upwards of $12,000,000, left for home about two weeks ago, but before starting submitted to an interview with a correspondent of the Indian Chieftain, published at Vinita. In answer to questions the agent (named Wallace) said that Chief Bushyhead had refused to submit his proposition to the council until convinced that the parties he was dealing with had the ability to carry out the undertaking. AThe amount in the aggregate,@ he said, Ais no small one, and it will require some arrangements that will be forthcoming when signed.@ This is mixed and indefinite, but such is the language attributed by the correspondent to his interview. AYour council will be convened in extra session,@ Mr. Wallace added, Aand I justify your chief in doing so, and the necessary expense incurred. It is nothing but right that we satisfy all concerned that our offer is made in good faith, and that we are able to pay so large a sum to the last cent.@

The Cherokee journals have been discussing this extensive land transaction, and have given the views of a number of the leading men of the nation. Indian irresolution and obstructiveness crop out from this discussion, a belief being generally expressed that the land should not be parted with at a less price than $10 an acre. But we have the assurance from Senator Plumb that no sale of Indian land can be made without the authority and concurrence of congress, and as the sentiment of the country is irreversibly antagonistic to any extension of land monopoly, there is but slight prospect of this gigantic land deal being carried out. If sold to this eastern syndicate, it would be parceled out at extraordinary prices to needy settlers, whose homes and industry would be mortgaged for a long term of years to a set of greedy money bags who have never seen the soil. The proper way to put this tract of land to use would be for the government to take it in trust for the Cherokees, and sell it in parcels of a quarter of a section or less, at double minimum prices if thought just, or $1.50 per acre. This would return a good sum of money to the Indians ($10,000,000 and upwards) and also give homes to tens of thousands of industrious men who are now homeless. Mr. Wallace may have seen how hopeless is the errand he is engaged in and takes this easy way of withdrawing from a false position. Let it be understood that the gigantic land speculator is your true agrarian, because his greed and usurpation are incentives to violence.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.


It will be remembered that a few weeks ago we mentioned the presence in this city of Mr. Paul, private secretary to Senator Platt, of Connecticut, whose business was to hear the statements of the ex-Indian traders to be found here who have been put to severe loss, and in some cases to utter ruin, by being broken up in business by our democratic administration.

The committee appointed by the senate to take this testimony had been hindered from presenting the task because of their summer=s labors in Washington and the fall elections, hence Mr. Paul was sent to inquire into the matter, and ascertain what methods had been used in dealing with these men and how severe the losses inflicted upon them. Mr. Paul made a thorough investigation, hearing at Wichita the statement of W. R. Little, former trader to the Sac and Foxes, and in this city taking down the testimony of Messrs. Bishop & Matlack, ex-traders at the Pawnee Agency; of T. M. Finney, who was trader among the Kaws; of J. L. Wey, of the late extensive firm of Hemphill & Wey, traders with the Cheyennes and Arapahoes; and of Joseph H. Sherburne, former trader with the Poncas.

This investigation produced testimony showing such glaring misrule in the Indian bureau and such a gross abuse of power, that Mr. Paul pronounced the case a strong one. It has been laid before the special committee, and what step will next be taken is shown in the following dispatch from the Globe-Democrat correspondent in Washington.

ASenator Platt=s special committee will shortly resume the investigation of the Indian tradership scandals. Whether to send for persons and papers, or go West during the holiday recess, is a question yet to be settled. Senator Platt is inclined to think the most economical method will be to have a sub-committee visit Wichita, Arkansas City, and one or two other places near the border, and take the testimony there. Five cases, all of them aggravated, will receive attention first. They are the Sac and Fox tradership, of which W. R. Little was dispossessed; the Cheyenne and Arapahoe license taken from Hemphill & Wey; the Ponca agency privilege, which Jos. H. Sherburne had to relinquish; the Bishop & Matlack license for the Pawnee reservation; and the case of T. M. Finney, who was trader among the Kaws.

AThe grievances in all these cases are much the same, varying somewhat in detail and in the amounts sacrificed. These men all had stores, improvements, and established trade on their respective reservations. Along came democrats with new licenses in their pockets, and with propositions more or less peculiar to make to these traders whose places they were to take. These supporters of the reform administration were for the most part without capital, and frankly admitted the situation. What some of them wanted was to put up their license as capital and be taken into partnership with as large a share in the profits as the old traders could be forced to give up. In some cases the revocation of the old license preceded the arrival of the new trader, and thus the old trader was in a frame of mind to make a compromise, if he could. Instead of the bald-headed proposition to be taken into partnership without putting in money, some of the new traders made offers on the stocks of goods and the improvements, putting the figures down so as to let the old trader out with only a loss of 30 or 40 percent. At one way or other a squeeze was attempted. The losses of the dispossessed traders, through the questionable tactics which the Indian Bureau made possible, ranged from $5,000 to $10,000.@


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

We accept the rebuke administered to us by AA Constant Reader,@ in mute acquiescence. It is true the violations of the prohibition law in this city, and the flagrant defiance of public decency by the illicit dealers and their midnight customers, have been long continued, and have now grown beyond the bounds of toleration. It is high time that a stop was put to this disgraceful traffic. If the mayor is remiss in his duty in ordering the law enforced, the city council should see to it. Our public officers are negligent in arresting offenders because they see a public indifference to the evil, and they naturally avoid an unpleasant duty. But these officials must be stirred up to a realizing sense of what is expected of them, and we commend our correspondent for his wholesome censure bestowed upon all who have shown themselves derelict.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

AD. Bargains! Bargains!

I am still offering BARGAINS -at the-

Ten Cent Store,

and purchasers are casting off their goods which are almost given away. Sales will continue during the Holidays, so now is the time to buy. G. F. WILSON.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.

Choice Cutlery. H. S. Heap has received a large invoice of

A. J. Jordan=s fine pocket and table cutlery. This is the best manufacture, made of the best tempered steel and every article is warranted. Among the useful novelties in this invoice is a traveler=s razor, which is packed away in a small receptacle no bigger than a pocket match safe, and the blade so guarded that it cannot cut the face. A pocket knife that will keep its edge and wear down to the handle is the desire of all, and such an article for all uses, Mr. Hemp how offers for sale.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 15, 1886.



In the Stevens block, and an immense variety of goods selling at prices away below cost. Harness, saddles, lariats, blankets, hats, clothing, boots and shoes, slickers, Chinaware, glassware, beads, dry goods, and a general assortment to meet all wants.

This stock of goods must be sold without delay, and bargains are offered worthy the attention of all.

Come and Convince Yourselves.

Summit Street and Fourth Avenue, Arkansas City.


Assignee for Hemphill & Wey.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Toys, toys, toys, at Finney=s book store.

To rent furnished room; apply at the TRAVELER office.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Christmas Candies at H. Godehard & Co.=s.

At Fitch=s music store is the place to buy Christmas goods.

[Note: Now calling it a music store!]

A. H. Fitch is selling Ladies= underwear at less than cost.

Go to Fitch=s music store for Holiday goods and notions.

Farmers, if you want the best barbed wire made, buy the Baker from G. W. Miller.

We will sell you carpets cheaper than any house in the county.


Have you seen the writing desks, dressing cases, and albums at Fitch=s music store?

T. R. Houghton & Co., have just received twenty-five dozen collars.

Wanted. A willing man or boy to help in the kitchen. Apply at Star Restaurant, South Summit Street.

The nicest mixed candies of Arkansas City make, for 10 cents a pound, at R. Rosenberg=s.

Barton & Reed=s quadruple silver plated ware at the Fifth Avenue Jewelry Store.

Transient day board with rooms at the Star Restaurant. A nice talbe set. South Summit Street.

Wise=s Axle Grease is warranted to run further than castor oil.


Gold and silver watches in every variety at Ridenour & Beechers, Fifth Avenue Jewelry Store.

The place to get bargains in Hats is at Green Front, No. 553.

Fresh fish, and spring chickens at the City Meat Market.

8 percent money at Lowe, Hoffman & Barron=s.

If you want to borrow money on city property, call on Meigs & Nelson.

Abstracts furnished by Lowe, Hoffman & Barron.

The 5, 10, and 25 cent counters are an attractive feature at Fitch=s music store.

$1,000 worth of fine Jewelry will be closed out at the Green Front at 25 percent discount. AWe mean what we say.@


A fine line of chemicals and drugs always kept in stock by Steinberger & Morris.

Wanted. Horses to winter--full feed with grain and hay. Price $2 per month. Apply at Smith & Crocker=s stable.



Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

R. Rosenberg is around again after a severe tassle with typho-malaria.

T. R. Houghton & Co., are building a commodious brick workshop in the rear of their harness store.

This pleasant open weather greatly facilitates building operations in the city, and every workman is employed.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Mowry & Sollitt, in another column, invite all who owe them to walk up to the captain=s office and settle.


All persons knowing themselves indebted to the late firm of Mowry & Sollitt, are hereby requested to call at their old stand and settle, and thus save the costs of collection.



Arkansas City, Dec. 14, 1886.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

W. D. Hagins is again on the street after a severe illness which confined him several weeks to his rooms.

Every customer gets a chance in the Toilet Case to be given away at Dent=s Pharmacy.

Mrs. George A. Druitt, after a long and dangerous illness, we are pleased to announce is now convalescing.

J. M. Griffith, national bank examiner, was in town last week, looking over the accounts of the First National Bank.

M. E. Services are held every Sabbath evening in the brick schoolhouse. Rev. Sullivan Clark, pastor. All are invited.

Any young man with perfect qualifications, 18 years of age, who has a good home in the city, and wishes to learn a trade, call on G. W. Miller.

Rev. S. B. Fleming will close his series of discourses to the various trades next Sabbath evening by giving a talk to printers.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

H. Godehard & Co., have filled their handsome store with an endless variety of glass, china, and other fancy wares, and we call attention to their advertisement.

BIG AD. Before Purchasing Your Presents for the Holidays,

It will be to your interest to call at


and examine their stock of GLASS, CHINA, AND FANCY WARES,

At prices you never heard such goods sold at.

LIBRARY LAMPS at prices to defy competition.

Candies by the ton. Choice Florida Oranges. California Dates, Figs. Nuts, we have from 12-1/2 to 50 cts. Per lb. Raisins, we have enough for a Wholesale House.

Don=t forget we sell BALTIMORE FRESH OYSTERS at wholesale or retail.



Yours Respectfully,


P.S. Since writing the above our last importation of Fancy China and Glassware has arrived and will be opened up by next Saturday. Call early before the stock is broken.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Hose Company No. 1, of this city, will give a fireman=s ball on Christmas Eve, and they invite all new members of the hose companies and their ladies to be present.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

A. C. Smith, the tinner on South Summit Street, has lately moved to more extensive premises and advertises a new and improved chimney cap, with other articles in his line.



Tools and brass for repousse work or hammered brass.


South Summit Street, one block north of the Cracker Factory.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Neff & Punshon have been appointed agents in the cannel coal recently introduced in this city. It is mixed in Booneville, Missouri, and is a clean and excellent fuel.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Col. W. J. Pollock, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Eugene Pollock, returned from their Illinois trip on Wednesday last, and on Friday took the Southern Kansas cars for their home on the Salt Fork.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

C. D. Borroughs [? Burroughs ?] left here last week to spend the winter with his family in Chicago. He says he has to visit here spring and fall to keep pace with the growth of the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

H. H. Perry, our former genial host of the Leland Hotel, spent a few days in town last week. He is now fattening beeves for the use of other hotel keepers, but expresses a preference for his former occupation.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

W. H. [? B. ? R. ?] Savage and wife, of Wellington, kinsfolk of B. Davidson, last week spent a few days visiting with their relatives. Mr. Savage maintains that his own is a good town, but he admits that Arkansas City is ahead.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Advertisers rather crowd upon our reading space today; but as most of them offer holiday goods for sale, and such merchandise is in demand by all, perhaps their announcements will be more acceptable to the reader than the best brain work of the editor.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Jerome Steele, O. S. Rarick, N. V. Cutter, and E. J. Hoyt have bought Probasco=s farm at the mouth of the Grouse, thus circumventing the Winfield operators, and taking the reported gold diggings out of their hands. It was a neat piece of strategy.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

J. Frank Smith comes to the front, a veritable Santa Claus, dispensing necessaries to his patrons and no end of good things to the juveniles. His store is filled with Christmas goods, and he is distributing them far and wide.


SANTA CLAUS Has Made Arrangements With



Through the Holidays With a full Line of

Candies, Nuts & Fruits.

Come and see me.



Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Amos Walton is busy taking subscribers for his forthcoming democratic organ. His list shows a big string of names, but he does not say how many are paid up subscribers. The astute ex-commissioner has a great deal to learn in the business of journalism.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Ladies= Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet this afternoon at 3 o=clock with Mrs. Shepard. An invitation to all the members of the society and of the congregation to be present, as this is to make final arrangements for a New Year=s entertainment.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Samuel Danks arrived in the city last week, from Cincinnati, to assist his brothers in their foundry and machine business. He is an experienced workman and will be a valuable addition to the working force of that growing and prosperous establishment. His wife accompanies him.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The people having refused the proffered services of Thomas Moonlight for governor of Kansas, and of Frank Bacon for congress, the president comes to the rescue of those disappointed politicians by appointing the first named governor of Wyoming and making the other register of the land office at Oberlin, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The old wooden water pipes which remain in the ground have taken to the bad habit of leaking. On Monday Herman Godehard found his cellar being flooded by their discharge, and yesterday there was an out-flow in front of the Bittle building. It would be well to disconnect these relics of a past era from their former water supply, and allow them to rest without further disturbance.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Winfield Courier: AWinfield must have factories which will give employment to men and boys, and to girls and women. Let the board of trade wake up to this [COULD NOT READ WORD GIVEN IN ITALICS].@ Frank Greer should confine himself to the use of plain English; his readers cannot follow him when he has resort to the Choctaw lexicon for his vocabulary.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

A man named B. Russell, whose relatives live at Cave Spring, Missouri, was run over on the Frisco track between Grand River and Prairie City, in the territory. He had been drinking the day before and had some money in his possession, and it is believed that his boon companions had robbed him while intoxicated and placed him on the track to conceal their crime.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Courier is agitating for the immediate construction of thirty 50 feet front business houses, as a more efficient means of establishing confidence and drawing in foreign capital than all of Winfield=s railroad projects. But it will be hard to find moneyed men now ready to risk their money in an experiment that may fail of its purpose. Winfield now has more business houses than there is need for, and what use is adding to the number? By the way, where are those fifteen business houses whose erection was determined on during the fall?


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

A happy party of veterans of the G. A. R. Post, accompanied by some members of the Women=s Relief Corps, drove out to Creswell on Monday morning to celebrate the birthday of Mrs. D. R. Cooper. Neighbors gathered with the town visitors until the guests numbered nearly two score. The visit was unexpected by the hostess (although her husband was in collusion), but she did the honors acceptably and the company was royally entertained. Sundry presents were offered as a fitting memorial, and the occasion will be pleasurably remembered by all.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Jacob Hight, our first ward councilman, came in on Friday, his contract to build passenger stations and division houses on the Geuda Springs and Caldwell railroad being nearly completed. He has built the Geuda Springs, South Haven, Hampton, Hunnewell, Falls station, and Caldwell passenger stations and division houses at the three places first named. These division houses are two story buildings, 16 x 32 feet, with a kitchen 14 x 18. The passenger station of the Frisco road (also built by Mr. Hight), is admired for its excellent finish, and the other stations along the line to Caldwell are of a similar character. Mr. Hight will finish his contract during the present week, then he will come to stay awhile and renew acquaintance with his family.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

H. C. Dent keeps Rose Geranium Jelly for chapped hands and faces.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Oklahoma Movement.

Capt. Couch, we learn, is in Washington, but he is not making himself so conspicuous as on some former occasions. He spent a good portion of his time with Congressman Weaver, of Iowa, formulating a plan relative to the settlement of Oklahoma, which will soon be submitted to Congress. The irresolute annd uncertain course of the administration offered no satisfaction to the boomers, so now they are willing to try their chances with congress. One of Capt. Couch=s sympathizers, in the national capital, remarked to a press correspondent: AWe would like to have the matter settled right away. The administration has not kept its pledges with us, and we are going to appeal to a higher power. I believe that we will be able to do something, and that Oklahoma will yet be for the people.@

We may remark in this connection that the report published lately in all the papers in this section that the Commissioner of Indian affairs had announced his intention of placing the blanket tribes living in the western portion of the territory on the Oklahoma lands, is denied by that offical. Mr. Atkins, we are told, recently declared to the friends of the Oklahoma bill, now on the calendar of the house, that the report was unauthorized and without foundation, it being the intension of the department to leave the whole matter to the determination of Congress. The passage of this bill, however, will not be likely to advance the settlement of the territory by whites to any alarming extent, as it makes this movement dependent on the assent of the Cherokees, and the talk prevailing among that people does not warrant the belief that their assent will ever be given. But the enactment of the bill will stimulate the desire of the American people to go in and possess the land, and this may prove such a wholesale invasion by men who are reckless of consequences, that the law will give way to necessity and history will repeat itself. The issue is now between Indian obstructiveness and the need of homes by our increasing population, and when this shall be brought to trial no spirit of prophesy is needed to tell how it will result.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.


ED. TRAVELER: I regard you as a man disposed to good order and an honest advocate of the best interests of society, and with this idea of your character in my mind, I have looked for some weeks past to hear your voice raised, through your newspaper columns, in reprobation of the lawlessness that prevails in our city. This is called a prohibition state; that is, we have a state law to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors, and a city ordinance also to empower our municipal officers to enforce the law. But all this legislative and judicial machinery is of no effect, as liquor is sold openly and defiantly in our city, and the drunkenness and debauchery to be seen on our streets are a scandal to a Christian community. By daylight the revels of the large class of inebriates in our midst are offensive to decency; but at night, while quiet citizens are in bed, all restraint is thrown off, and night is made hideous with debauchery. This state of things is known to our mayor and police officers, and should be within the knowledge of our city fathers.

Is there no public opinion prevailing here to condemn such sinful excess, and no regard for wholesome law, which is daily and hourly violated? Surely the power of the press should be exerted to vindicate law and defend public morality. I submit this matter to your sense of duty, Mr. Editor, and will intrude no further on your space.


Arkansas City, Dec. 13.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Not As Bad As He Seems.

The news item published in the TRAVELER last week of the death, in the first ward, of a poor woman from neglect and exposure, seems to have been written from insufficient information. We gave at the time our authority, but have since learned that our informant was himself mislead. The husband of the poor woman, Charles Parker, is represented to us by B. F. Childs and others as an industrious deserving man, who is employed by B. L. Means and George Gray in their quarry. The cause of her living in a cellar without windows is explained by the fact that Mr. Gray was moving his house at the time. The basement in the new site was built, and Mrs. Parker was carried there with her two infant children, as the best provision that could be made for her. There was a fire in the room, food was provided for her, and the open window frames were filled in with cloth. Proper provision was not made for a woman in her delicate condition; but Parker is a poor man, earning low wages, and he had done the best he could for his wife. During November he worked nineteen days, there were four Sundays in the month, the rest of his lost time was devoted to his sick wife.

This correction is cheerfully made, because unintentional injustice was done to a deserving and grief stricken man in our report, and also because it relieves our city of the reproach of allowing a wife and mother to die of suffering and neglect.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Caution to Sportsmen.

Tom Nicholson and Eugene Bogardus, of Dexter (the latter a son of the great shootist), returned to this city on Thursday from a hunting trip into the territory, bringing with them seven deer and a number of wild turkeys. They were adroit enough to avoid the military patrols, and thus got away with their spoils. This game preserve has become famed throughout the country as a sportsman=s resort, and we have hunting parties fitted out in distant states, who come here with the most improved fire-arms and depopulate the country wherever they penetrate. This is a gross injustice to the Indian tribes, whose dependence has been largely on the chase for sport, and who now find that the paleface has rendered their sportsmanship fruitless. The military stationed in the territory have instructions to capture all the hunting parties they encountered, and a number of luckless Nimrods have been overhauled, whose game was confiscated and themselves detained. Popular sentiment condemns the support of the red men by the government, and yet they are ruthlessly deprived of the means nature has placed in their way for sustenance.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Cause of the Delay.

Mr. Burch, principal of the engineering house of L. D. Burch & Co., of Chicago, arrived in town on Wednesday, and spent several days here circulating among his friends and patrons. This gentleman during his stay here last summer had a large number of photographic views taken of the principal buildings in our city and vicinity with a view to publishing an illustrated pamphlet of Arkansas City for advertising purposes; he also took a few orders from our businessmen to execute cuts of their stores wherewith to adorn their stationery. Several months have since elapsed and still their orders are unfilled, and some have become a little uneasy over the delay. But the Major explains that his house is rushed with work, and it being difficult to increase his corps of artists to meet an emergency, delay has been unavoidable. But we have his assurance that the pictorial work is in hand, and will be completed with all possible dispatch.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Election of Officers.

At an election of officers of Arkansas City Post, No. 158, G. A. R., on Saturday evening, the following were elected.

Post Commander, M. N. Sinnott.

Senior Vice Commander, John R. Nelson.

Junior Vice Commander, Jacob Dunkle.

Quarter Master, G. W. Miller.

Surgeon, Capt. C. G. Thompson.

Chaplain, Jacob Crites.

Officer of the day, Dr. Kellogg.

Officer of the guard, John Lewis.

Inside guard, I. N. Dodd.

Outside guard, Amos Walton.

Comrades Frederic Lockley and Amos Walton were elected delegates to the next department encampment to be held in Abilene, Kansas, and Comrades H. T. Sumner and G. W. Miller alternates.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

The Morning Star, published at the Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, comes to us enlarged and greatly improved, which is an evidence that our dusky brethren are progressing with the times.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

From Our Exchanges.

WINFIELD COURIER: Col. Scott, Judge Soward, Judge Parks, S. Manser, Capt. Hoffman and J. W. Curns go to Kellogg tonight to hold a meeting relative to the voting of $15,000 in bonds by Vernon to the Wichita and Winfield railrod.


CALDWELL JOURNAL: A man raised a patch of cotton near Medicine Lodge, in Barber County. He sent it south to have it ginned to test its quality. Experts pronounced it first class, and say that if Kansas can produce that grade of cotton, she will become a strong rival of the south. The natural resources of Kansas are not half developed yet.

WINFIELD VISITOR: The County Commissioners met in special session yesterday (Thursday) and called an election to vote on the Ft. Smith railroad project, in Silverdale and Creswell Townships. The former is asked $10,000 and the latter for $15,000. The election is set for January 10th, 1887. In the meantime, Arkansas City emissaries will be busy working for the scheme.

WINFIELD TELEGRAM: Our old friend Myers, the Southern Kansas passenger agent at Wellington, accompanied by his family, passed through on the S. K. last night on a two months visit to his old home in the Keystone State. We know no one more faithful to the company=s interest nor one more deserving of a vacation than Mr. Myers.

CEDAR VALE STAR: Hon. Ed. Hewins is sick, we are sorry to state. Dr. Donelson was summond on Wednesday and found him suffering treatly and threatened with pneumonia. He was some better at last reports.

WINFIELD VISITOR: A general order from the Union Pacific road is now said to be in the hands of the printer authorizing the change of all time pieces of the road from twelve hour clocks to those of twenty four hours. This change on the Union Pacific will probably have the effect to cause similar changes on other roads.

STAR & KANSAN: The D. M. & A. Railroad has got to do some lively work to obtain the ninety thousand dollars voted by Chautauqua County to aid in its construction. The terms of the contract require that the road be built to the west end of the county by January 1st; and as it is now only completed to Sedan, it seems very doubtful if the remaining twenty miles can be finished in time.

WINFIELD COURIER: Kansas has been a state twenty six years. Not one of her Governors has died and all are living within the state except ex-Governor Harvey, who lives in Virginia. Efforts have been made to have all these Governors present at Topeka next month at the inauguration of the state officers.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

If you want your boots or shoes neatly repaired, call on J. D. Oliver at his new shops on North Summit Street in the Eldridge room.

Ladies, if you want a fine shoe made to order, go to J. D. Oliver=s on Norrth Summit Street in Eldridge room near Gladstone Hotel.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Brown, the Boot Maker.

W. W. Brown, the boot maker, is now to be found in the Bonsall building, where he is turning out first-class work at reduced prices. Repairing neatly done.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 22, 1886.



Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 22, 1886.


Several of our exchanges are discussing the declaration made by Mr. Ingalls in the senate that no law passed by congress opening the Indian lands in the territory to white settlement will be valid, unless the consent of the Indians is first obtained. This is regarded by all as an estoppal to progress and settlement. Such a condition is an inevitable defeat to the object wrought. The tribes to be affected by such legislation will certainly not accept a plan so diametrically opposed to their habits of thought and action within any reasonable time; and it seems a dictate of common sense, that the government, being charged with their maintenance, has the right to say that they must do so at once, for in this way only can the change be accomplished.

If a way is not open to white settlement by legislative means, it will certainly be done by mob law. The building of railroads through that coveted country will afford easy access to all parts, and the desirable lands lying unoccupied and unimproved there, will, assuredly attract squatters, as the newly discovered mineral lands in the Black Hills brought it a tumultuary horde of gold seekers. All the desirable portions of the public domain are taken up, and still there remain many thousands of our fellow citizens seeking homes. There is clearly no justice in retaining the many millions of acres of Indian lands in a primitive condition, as an allotment in severalty and the sale of the surplus would result advantageously to both races. The Indian would have a farm left to till or keep in pasture, and the proceeds of the sale of what is left over would furnish him and succeeding generations with necesaries, beside stimulating the energies in the direction of self-support. This is so clearly dictated by public policy that the courts must approve it on that ground, and thus disprove the sentimental theory of the inviolability of Indian rights.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 22, 1886.

To Hunters in the Territory.

A correspondent of the Courier, having returned from a hunting trip into the territory, and interviewed Capt. Forbush, in command of a cavalry troop, stationed on the Bodoc, the writer says he was requested by that officer to publish in the county papers that hunting in the Indian Territory will no longer be allowed. He says further:

He granted our party a pass for that purpose and referred the matter to department headquarters for their approval, which, under the circumstances, they did, but ordered him to do so no more and also instructed him that passes for hunting would only be regarded by him when issued by the department at Washington. We found Capt. Forbush a very obliging and gentlemanly officer, but his orders in regard to persons in the territory are very positive.

He said, ATell the people that no one will be allowed in the territory on foot or horseback unless they have proper passes and for lawful purposes, and I have no discretion in the matter.@

These orders were issued about December 1st, 1886. Capt. Forbush said that he was very sorry that the impression had got out that he personally had anything to say in the matter, and mentioned the fact of having to arrest the Messrs. Brooks and party, of Burden, and the confiscation of their game and guns, and he said he was obliged to have warrants issued against them as his instructions were positive in the matter.

We were detained at the picket post on Chilocco and went with an escort to Camp Martin before we were allowed to come out, as our pass did not say that we could hunt, but we were allowed so to do and the Captain said that the decision was made on the pass granted us.

Parties who are contemplating a trip in the territory for hunting will be obliged to give it up for they will not be allowed to bring any game out, and their chances of missing the guard are small as there is a complete line of picket posts and a patrol from post to post, with scouting parties out all the time. The Captain said his orders were to put out all intruders and allow no unauthorized persons to pass in, and that his reports of arrests were followed by orders to be more diligent and severe.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 22, 1886.

A bill passed the lower house of congress on the 11th inst., Aextending the laws of the United States over certain unorganized territory south of the state of Kansas, known as the public land strip, providing that this land be subject to entry by actual settlers under the homestead law.@ This shows that the outside pressure of public opinion is producing some wholesome effect on the law making body.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 22, 1886.


A Slight Overhauling of the Social Abominations in our City.


The violation of the prohibition law and the demoralization that is spreading through our community in consequence of the flagrant disregard of law are topics that engage every tongue. Some of our citizens who profess to speak from personal knowledge, declare that we have dives now open in our city, which are the centres of dissipation and debauchery, as unblushing and menacing to the public welfare as ever existed in the border towns of this state during their palmy days. The evil has long existed; it has been recognized as a public scandal; it has been cited in other localities as a reproach to our city. But these lawbreakers have been allowed to pursue their unholy callings unchecked; they have derived their support from lawless characters who naturally gravitate to such sinks of iniquity, until this dangerous element has acquired force and cohesion; and now the better class of our citizens have a work of purification on their hands, which will require resolution and unity of purpose to consummate.

The question is naturally asked, what is our city government about that this bad state of things is not corrected? Our mayor is not lacking in enterprise and astuteness; our police force has been strengthened lately in order to deal efficiently with the hard cases who make this city their resort; and the machinery of the courts is certainly competent to deal out justice to offenders. But complaint is made that Mayor Schiffbauer is remiss in the performance of his duty; that he is unreserved in his condemnation of the prohibition law--believing it the legislative work of purists and fanatics--and openly scoffs at all attempts to provide for the efficient administration of our city affairs. He is naturally interested in the method of raising a sufficient revenue, and meeting all demands on the city exchequer. His talk to all his friends is that the income to be derived from high license far exceeds the amount that can be raised by the occupation tax; the use of liquors as a beverage cannot be abolished, and it is the sheerest absurdity to close the saloons and yet allow the traffic to go on under gauzy disguises. With this feeling in his mind the mayor seems to forget that he is merely an executive officer; that the laws are made by another power, and that it is his duty to administer them fairly.

The members of the council appear to be affected with a similar indifference. In a recent meeting of that body, Councilman Hill called attention to the lax manner in which offenders were dealt with by the city magistrate, trifling fines being imposed where heavy penalties are prescribed in the city ordinance. Judge Bryant, being present in the council chamber, explained that he was acting under orders from some of our municipal officers, and felt himself hampered in the performance of duty by some sort of circular combination closed around him. This officer seems to forget that he is elected by the people, and that his responsibility is solely due to them. Of this fact he was admonished by the councilman from the first ward, who to strengthen the magistrate=s hands, offered a resolution that when dealing with habitual offenders against certain city ordinances, the police just be instructed to impose the full penalty prescribed. But not a second could be obatined to the resolution.

In another column briefly reporting the trial of a jointist, named Gant, in Justice Lindsay=s court, a whole array of suggestive developments was made which our citizens may peruse with profit. This young man had been keeping a clandestine bar on an upper floor on Summit Street for five months, and during this time he had given in the way of fines (or hush money) $512. Councilman Thompson visited his saloon every month, with the regularity of a landlord receiving his rent, collected his little bill ($100 it appears in this case), and the saloonist supposed this gave immunity to his illicit trade. Nine joints are reported in the city, which pay a monthly bonus or divy of $50 to Capt. Thompson. These transactions are entered in no book, but we have Judge Bryant=s statement that the $50 fine is paid over to him in each case, and by him covered into the city treasury; the odd $2 being divided between himself and the collector as a sort of balm to the conscience.

How many houses of ill fame (under their various disguises) are running in this city, we have no official record. These scurvy establishments are under the management of Marshal Gray, who also makes his monthly rounds, and collects $10 from every courtesan he meets. This, we are also to suppose, finds its way into the city treasury, through the hands of the police justice.

It will be remembered that when Judge Bryant entered on his duties nearly two years ago, he incurred the severe displeasure of the mayor and our city council because he failed to make his collections pay the expenses of his office. Swashbuckler bravos might incarnadine the town, and in the mere exuberance of imbibed spirits, fire their revolvers at random. Judge Bryant=s mulct would be a dollar and costs. Young men of a sportive turn of mind could have lots of fun at a very trifling expense. His judgement was impugned by his censors, but his friends urged in defense that he had a heart as big as a quarter of beef. Councilman Davis, having less regard for sentiment than the speedy redemption of outstanding city scrip, put his sole foot down on Athis monkey business,@ as he termed it, and peremptorily ordered the police judge to cinch every mother=s son that came before him.

Sources of city revenue are more abundant now, and Judge Bryant=s office pays a snug little subsidy to the city. But what assurance have we that all the fines professedly paid, into his hands, find their way into the city treasury? The jointists, the prostitutes, and the gamblers, an immaculate class of which the city may be proud, are all willing to pay liberal charges if this will secure them immunity from disturbance. Such an arrangement seems like compounding a felony; but if the wages of sin are to be paid in coin, certainly it should be honestly applied to public uses.

But this whole method of dealing with law breakers stands condemned on the face of it. It is too much like a family arrangement. Our city officers are not paid to encourage evil doers by dividing profit with them, and evidently they are ashamed of the business by their endeavors to hide their dealings from the public view. The effect is baleful and is daily growing worse. It is the duty of the city council to make diligent quest into this matter, to inform themselves why these contraband liquor dealers, these lewd women, and these festive spirits on the green are not rigorously hunted up, effectually rooted out, and their charnal houses abolished. Let the city be purged of its present infamy. According to our understanding of the matter, every member of the city government owes it to his good report to deliver himself from this disgraceful condition of things.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

A Jointist Property Dealt With.

Justice S. C. Lindsay, on Monday, disposed of the state case against Frank Gant, by fining him $300 and costs and sending him to the county jail for 60 days. This very stylish young man has been keeping a joint over the old Occidental Hotel for the last four months, during which time he claims he has paid upwards of $400 to the city in the way of fines, or hush money. Capt. Thompson would visit him every month, and collect a contribution, for which no receipt was given, but it was understood that it protected him from arrest. His crooked business becoming known to County Attorney Swarts, this official, on the 14th inst., made complaint to >Squire Lindsay, and the following day he was arrested by the Sheriff. The trial came off on Saturday, a jury being summoned to try the case. By arrangement with the prosecuting officer, two of the four counts were withdrawn and the accused pleaded guilty to the other two. What made the case dead against him, was his dispensing his contraband beverages to Sheriff McIntire, he not knowing his customer. His confession of guilt rendered the services of the jury unnecessary, and the long string of witnesses subpoenaed by the prosecution were not called on to testify. And another annoying circumstance in the case, he had paid his monthly fine to Capt. Thompson the very morning he was taken in. Justice Lindsay dealt out to him the cold letter of the law. The young man seemed to be flush with money, and made light of the fine and the $70 costs; but going to jail for two months was repugnant to his delicate susceptibilities, and he protested vehemently against the severity of the court.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

AD. [WITH PICTURE OF BUILDING...appears there is a date on it.]



[CANNOT READ FIRST PART OF AD...???] Ends up saying: Thus making this the HEADQUARTERS for BARBED WIRE.

Hardware, Stoves, Tinware. With capacious shop. With mechanics to do Tin Roofing, Guttering, and [THREE WORDS...???]

Please call and make yourself at home when in the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.


N. W. Corner of Summit Street and Fourth Avenue.

(Stevens corner.) Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.


DENTISTS. Over First National Bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

LOOSE AD...HEADED ASupplement.@

Before Purchasing Your Presents for the Holidays

It will be to your interest to call at


and examine their stock of GLASS, CHINA, AND FANCY WARES,

At prices you never heard such goods sold at.

LIBRARY LAMPS at prices to defy competition.

Candies by the ton. Choice Florida Oranges. Californai Dates, Figs. Nuts, we have from 12-1/2 to 50 cts. Per lb. Raisins, we have enough for a Wholesale House.

Don=t forget we sell BALTIMORE FRESH OYSTERS at wholesale or retail.


Wishing you a Merry CHRISTMAS and a Happy NEW YEAR, we remain

Yours Respectfully,


P.S. Since writing the above our last importation of Fancy China and Glassware has arrived and will be opened up by next Saturday. Call early before the stock is broken.






Practices in all courts--State and Federal.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.



A Full Line of Stoves and Shelf HARDWARE In every variety; choice table and pocket cutlery. Tinware for all uses.

Mixed paints at manufacturers= prices.

Public patronage solicited.


Hasie Block, Arkansas City, Kansas.


AD # 2: New Goods Constantly Arriving at

The Chicago Dry Goods Store.

Stock Always Full and Complete.

Prices as low as the lowest. Fair treatment and prompt attention. Everybody invited by

B. DAVIDSON, Proprietor.

Houghton Block, 2 doors south of George E. Hasie, Arkansas City, Kansas.



and buy your

Drugs, Medicines, Notions, Cigars.

Central Block, Arkansas City.


Arkanss City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

C. M. Scott has been furnishing the railroad contractors with bailed hay.

Mrs. E. C. Osborne and sister came to town on Saturday, and returned to Ponca on the Monday train.

DIED. John Ely, a carpenter, lately from Winfield, died suddenly in this city, on Wednesday night last, of heart disease.

An endless variety of House Goods at prices that will make you happy, at Sollitt & Swarts=.

The railroad commissioners are to be here January 17th, to condemn the right of way for the Fort Smith railroad.

Joseph H. Sherburne is plotting [?] his ten acre purchase of Campbell Duncan, lying just north of town, with a view to putting the lots on the market.

John A. Gibson, of Butler, Montana, arrived here on Friday. He will spend Christmas in this city, a guest of Mrs. Lockley.

It is our painful duty to call the attention of the citizens of the Canal City to the crowds of people in Sollitt & Swarts= store.

DIED. Frank Lockwood, the gay Lothario, who was shot in the Brettun House by his betrayed victim, died of his wounds in Kansas City yesterday.

Leavenworth has furnished two governors for the territories under this administration: Ross in New Mexico, and Moonlight in Wyoming.

The Masonic Lodge of this city will give an oyster supper on Monday evening the 27th inst., at the opera house, at 7 o=clock. All Masons are cordailly invited.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Col. E. B. Townsend arrived in the city on Saturday, after a summer=s sojourn in Washington. He left on Monday for his cattle ranch in the territory.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

S. C. Smith, Jr., editor of the Caldwell News, was in town last Saturday. He reports business good in that city, and active exploration being made for coal.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

T. R. Houghton & Co., moved into their new workshop yesterday. This affords ample accommodation for twenty men.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

BIRTH. Mrs. John Kroenert last week presented her husband with a bouncing daughter. The happy father is now the proudest man in the city.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The Ladies= Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church will meet with Mrs. A. A. Newman, at 3 o=clock this (Wednesday) p.m. All members are urgently requested to be in attendance.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Fred Ellsworth, brother to Mrs. Chas. Howard, N. U. Hickley, and William French, all of Philips, Maine, arrived in Arkansas City last week, to study the real estate situation.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The Winfield Hose Company will visit this city on Christmas day, to match their wind in running against Hose Company No. 1, of this city. This friendly joust will be watched by our citizens with lively interest.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Frank Patton, Hammond, and R. Z. Marshall, and county surveyor, W. H. Haight, viewed and surveyed the Gee road east of the Walnut last Friday. It is a one mile road from C. M. Scott=s house north.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Florence B. Holden, M. D., who has successfully practiced medicine in this city for several months, announces in our columns that her office is in the new Johnson block, and offers her services to suffering humanity.


A graduate in medicine at Ann Arbor, Michigan, brings to her practice the experience of several years in the profession, during two of which she lectured in medical college in St. Louis. Give her your patronage, especially in cases of illness among women and children. Calls answered day or night. Office in Johnson Loan & Trust Co. Building, Arkansas City, Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The holiday sheet for the Christmas trade, printed in the TRAVELER office, and folded in this issue, is a very tasteful publication, and may be taken as a reminder by those who want a neat and handsome job executed that in this office they can get their wants supplied. [NOT SURE THIS WAS ON MICROFILM...ALL WE GOT WAS TWO ADS IN SO-CALLED SUPPLEMENT.]


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Mrs. W. E. McDowell returned on Saturday from a two months= sojourn with her parents in Ohio. The cold weather she experienced (the mercury falling 10 degrees below zero at one time) drove her back to the more genial climate of Southern Kansas.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Mild weather and March winds which scatter the dust about profusely cannot be considered seasonable at Christmas. On Monday afternoon House Co. No. 1 brought their cart and abated the dust nuisance by well sprinkling two blocks on Summit Street.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

C. M. Scott purchased 320 acres of Richard King, in Silverdale Township, last week for $4,000 cash down. The land joins Mr. Scott=s ranch on the north and will be used in connection with it. This gives C. M. Scott 4,000 acres all fenced and 300 acres in cultivation.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

People accustomed to the bustle on our streets and the crowded condition of our stores, who pay a chance visit to Winfield, are unimpressed with the contrast afforded by that city, that they return here with a feeling of relief. They wonder how the tradesmen in our neighboring burg live, and feel devoutly grateful that their lives are cast in pleasanter places.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

DIED. James Irwin, a wandering, friendless stone mason, whose last stopping place was in Wichita, came to this city a few weeks ago, and put up at the European Restaurant. He was far gone in consumption, and soon after his arrival here, took to his bed. Medical attendance was procured for him and proper care bestowed; but his disease was past the doctor=s aid and on Friday evening he died. Peter Pearson took charge of the remains, and he was buried the following day. The deceased was of Scotch birth and aged about fifty years.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The four Brookses, David, Nathan, John, and Arthur, who were held to answer before Commissioner Bonsall to the charge of trespass and killing game in the territory, were dismissed when they appeared for trial. The commissioner dismisses all such cases when brought before him for want of jurisdiction. Hunting and trapping on Indian grounds are offenses against congressional law, but there seems to be a technical nicety in determining what cases should go to the district court and what to the circuit court. Commissioner Bonsall seems to have made up his mind that men arrested for taking wood and shooting game in the territory are not his meat, and accordingly he discharges all offenders of that class when brought before him.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The Gladstone Hotel is receiving its finishing touches. The staircase which starts from the office is nearly completed, being broad, massive, and elegant. The wainscoting in both office and dining hall is of grooved (or fluted) cherry in the latter apartment, and of grooved oak in the office; the walls set off in panels with tasteful moulding, which will be finished in fresco. The counter is in place, along the south side of the office, running east and west, and is in keeping with the rest of the appointments in its elaborateness and solidity. The chairs are of rustic design, cane seated and backed, and are the very embodiment of comfort. The kitchen arrangements are all completed, and the furniture for the parlor, sleeping rooms, and various offices properly bestowed. The store room, to the north of the hotel office, is being fitted up for a drug store, and will be finished up with an elegance corresponding with the rest of the building. We may look to see the much needed hostelry opened to the public in a few days.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

DIED. Miss Edna Barnett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. R. Barnett, living in the third ward, died in Creswell Township on Saturday last. The young lady was engaged as teacher in the Parker schoolhouse, and boarded with the family of Mr. Fred Wahlenmaier. She was taken sick on Wednesday, and although all possible care was taken to avert the evil effects of the malady, death ensued on the day mentioned. The deceased was eighteen years of age, and greatly loved for her estimable qualities. Funeral services were held on Monday, Revs. Fleming and Witt officiating, and the body was interred in Parker=s Cemetery. The TRAVELER condoles with the bereaved family in their affliction.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

From Our Exchanges.

GEUDA HERALD: Dave Leahy of the Caldwell Times, A. M. Anderson of the Conway Star, and J. H. Berkey, representing the former Geuda Crank, met in this city Tuesday as a committee from the editors of Sumner County to appoint time and place for holding the county editorial convention. They decided to recommend January 11th and 12th as the time and Wellington as the place of meeting.

WINFIELD COURIER: Dr. M. [? H] D. Cooper, of Maple City, in the recent death of an aunt, in Philadelphia, has fallen heir to $22,000. He will receive his share of the estate as soon as it can be settled, in a month or two. This is a snug fortune for the doctor.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Christmas in the Churches.

The collecting committee of the First Presbyterian Church has gathered $75, which will be distributed to children of the poor outside of the Sabbath School of that church.

The ladies who have undertaken the decoration of the First Presbyterian Church for the Christmas festival began their labors last evening, and will complete their work tonight.

The Christian Church Sabbath School holds its festival on Friday evening, and ample preparations have been made by the superintendent and the ladies associated with him in the work, to secure a happy time for the young folks.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Election of Officers.

At the last regular meeting of the W. R. C. Of Arkansas City, Kansas, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.

President, Mrrs. Guthrie; S. V. Pres., Mrs. Neff; J. V., Mrs. Stanford; Treasurer, Mrs. Blakeney; Chaplain, Mrs. A. A. Davis; Conductor, Mrs. Taylor; Guard, Mrs. Barick; Delegate to Dept. Convention, Mrs. Ruby; Alternate, Mrs. Blakeney.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

A Handsome Prize.

Newton & Vaughan, in the Eagle Block, display a handsome castor on their show case, which will be given to the person who comes nearest to guessing the number of beans in a jar. Every purchaser of $1 worth of groceries is presented with a ticket, and the number of guesses allowed will correspond with the number of tickets held. The prize will be awarded Monday, January 3rd.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Every customer gets a chance in the Toilet Case to be given away at Dent=s Pharmacy.

H. C. Dent keeps Rose Geranium Jelly for chapped hands and faces.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.



Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

The Southern Kansas Grade.

Charley Hale came to town last week from the Chickasaw country (where he and his brother, Frank, are working on the Southern Kansas grade) to purchase a good team of horses and procure supplies. The Hale Bros., have a sub-contract from Price and Bell, their engagement being to grade miles 141 and 142, of this firm=s contract of 21 miles. Their work is along a bend in the Canadian River, which runs due south, past the former negro settlement, and on this side of the river, in the Chickasaw nation. The grade is completed 182 miles, Price & Bell=s contract begins at that point. This is a rich farming country, being well watered with creeks, the soil fertile, and the climate mild and salubrious. A few miles south is the famous Paul=s Valley, one of the finest tracts of bottom land to be found anywhere. The Chickasaws number about 2,500 and are largely intermixed with white blood. Their reservation adjoins the Choctaw nation on the west, and the two tribes hold their national councils together. The Choctaws outnumber their more progressive brothers five to one, and restrain their revolutionary tendencies by a negative vote. A large number of whites have found homes in the Chickasaw nation, a portion being adopted into the tribe by their marriage with squaws, and others being professed by hired to work for Chickasaw citizens. But this invasion has been carried to such a length that even the easy going Chickasaws have become alarmed, and a recent act of the council ordered the explusion of all those persons who have no marital affiliation or official employment to warrant their residence.

A number of boomers, also, have found their way into this inhibited land, but two troops of cavalry keep them on the move, and this advance guard of incoming civilization is having a hard time. The Hale Bros., have six teams employed on their sub-contract, the men have a pleasant camp, are favored with nice open weather, and enjoy abounding health. The Canadian at this point has a wide sandy bed, and the bridge that spans it will require to be heavy and durable and fully a mile in length. The Southern Kansas road runs to Gainesville, Texas, and there is yet a hundred miles of the grade to be completed.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Quite the Thing. Anyone buying one dollar=s worth of groceries of Newton & Vaughan, gets a chance to draw an elegant silver castor. To be given away Monday after New Years.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

A chance for twenty-one prizes will be given at the drawing at T. R. Houghton & Co.=s, for only $1. This is a good opportunity.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.


Suit in a Mortgage Deed Between Thomas J. Sweeney and J. Frank Smith.



I, the undersigned referee, having been first duly sworn, according to law, to faithfully and to the best of my ability, try the issue joined in the above entitled action, and to report my findings of fact and conclusions of law to said court, on or before the first day of December 1866 term thereof, that said referee proceeded to hear this case on the 30th day of November, 1886, at 9 o=clock a.m., and concluded the hearing thereof on the 10th day of December, 1886.

I find the facts in the case to be as follows.

1st. That on the 1st day of October, 1881, Thomas J. Sweeney and J. Frank Smith formed a co-partnership for the transaction of the retail grocery business in Arkansas City, Kansas, and that they were equal partners therein.

2nd. That the stock of groceries belonging to the firm of Sweeney & Smith, was after the formation of said co-partnership, about $2,500.

3rd. That said partnership was dissolved on the 29th day of January, 1885, and that the stock of goods was then worth about $3,500, cash on hand $100, and debts due to the firm $700, and that the firm indebtedness was about $2,200.

4th. That on the 5th day of January, 1885, Thomas J. Sweeney borrowed of J. Frank Smith the sum of $200, and to secure the repayment of said sum of money and interest, Thomas J. Sweeney and Belle C. Sweeney, his wife, executed and delivered to J. Frank Smith, a deed to lots three (3) and four (4) in block forty-nine (49); and lots six (6), seven (7), and eight (8), in block seventy-six (76), in the city of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas. The consideration named in the deed was five hundred dollars.

5th. That said deed was absolute upon its face, but was at the time of execution and delivery, a mortgage, and so understood and intended by all the parties to the transaction.

6th. That the said Thomas J. Sweeney and Belle C. Sweeney, his wife, nor either of them never executed and delivered, to said J. Frank Smith, any other deed or conveyance of any kind in writing, purporting to convey said property to said Smith, except the mortgage deed given to secure said $200.

7th. That on the 29th day of January, 1855, Thomas J. Sweeney was pressed for the payment of various claims held by different parties, amounting to some eleven hundred or twelve hundred dollars. The firm indebtedness was at that time, as stated, about $2,200.

8th. That it was agreed by and between the said Thomas J. Sweeney and J. Frank Smith, that J. Frank Smith should assume and pay the firm as well as the individual debts of Thomas J. Sweeney, for which J. Frank Smith was to have Sweeney=s interest in the stock of firm goods and the lots in question.

9th. That J. Frank Smith did pay the indebtedness.

10th. The amount assumed and actually payed out by Smith for Sweeney over and above the debts of the firm, was between fifteen hundred and sixteen hundred dollars.

11th. That the said lots were, on the 29th day of January, worth $500.

12th. That in the settlement of the partnership affairs, J. Frank Smith paid Thomas J. Sweeney what the lots in question were reasonably worth, at the time of the dissolution of their partnership.

13th. That it was verbally agreed by and between the parties that the mortgage deed above referred to should be a deed in fact, and that the lots should become Smith=s property.

14th. That the said plaintiff, Thomas J. Sweeney, on the 10th day of November, 1885, and before the commencement of this suit, tendered unto the defendant, J. Frank Smith, in legal tender money, the sum of $222, the amount of principal and legal interest thereon accrued and then and there made demand upon the said J. Frank Smith, that he deed the said property to the said Thomas J. Sweeney. That said defendant refused to accept said money, and refused to re-deed said property to the said Sweeney.

My conclusions of law are:

1st. That said deed was a mortgage with all the incidents of such an instrument and that the rights and obligations of the parties were the same as though the deed had been subject to a defeasance expressed in the body of the paper. That the mortgagor=s legal estate in fee could only be divested by some instrument valid under the statute of frauds.

2nd. That the plaintiff, Thomas J. Sweeney is entitled to redeem, under said mortgage.

C. P. JEFFRIES, Referee.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

City Ordinance No. 27.

At the request of City Clerk Benedict and of Mr. Quigley, president of the Arkansas City Water Co., we publish a second time city ordinance No. 27, adopted just one year ago, granting the franchise to the Inter-State Gas Co., of St. Louis, to build a system of water works in this city. The few copies of the TRAVELER containing this ordinance that were left over were soon disposed of, and since then there have been frequent calls for the ordinance. Both gentlemen named are often asked by parties in other cities for a copy of the ordinance, which request they are unable to comply with. The copy furnished by the city clerk for republication is so thumbed and worn with constant use, that in places it is hardly legible. Water consumers will be interested in refreshing their memories with the conditions imposed on the city and water company by this municipal law, and hence we consider that the space it occupies in our columns today is by no means misapplied.



Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Prize Drawing.

A prize drawing will take place in T. R. Houghton & Co.=s harness store on New Year=s day, at which the following articles will be drawn.

1st prize, saddle worth $75.00

2nd prize, Single harness worth $75.00

3rd prize, Team harness worth $40.00

4th prize, Single harness worth $30.00

5th prize, Lap robe worth $20.00

6th prize, Side saddle worth $20.00

7th prize, Cow boy bridle worth $6.00

8th prize, Boys= saddle worth $5.00

9th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

10th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

11th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

12th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

13th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

14th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

15th prize, Brush and comb worth $3.00

16th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

17th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

18th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

19th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

20th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

TOTAL VALUE: $301.00

Three hundred tickets will be issued at $1 each, which can be procured of John Roatcup, manager, at Ridenour & Beecher=s jewelry store and at T. R. Houghton & Co.=s harness shop. Drawing to take place at 1 o=clock, and there will be no postponement. This is a good opportunity to procure a valuable prize at trifling cost. The business to be strictly square.


[Note: Name looked like Roatcup!]


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 29, 1886.

Not local history, but a very interesting story about Lincoln. Felt compelled to copy it!


He Answers Secretary Chase in Telling a Tale of a Leaky Ship.

Amasa Walker, a distinguished financier of New England, had a thought that was new. He suggested that the notes issued directly from the Government to the people as currency should bear interest. This, for the purpose not only of making the notes popular, but for the purpose of preventing inflation by inducing the people to hoard the notes as an investment when the demands of trade failed to call them into circulation as currency. The idea, says Don Platt in the North American Review, struck Mr. David Taylor, of Ohio, with such force that he sought Mr. Lincoln and urged him to get the project into immediate execution. The President listened patiently, and at the end said: AThat is a good idea, Taylor, but you must go to Chase; he is running that end of the machine, and has time to consider your proposition.@

Taylor sought the Secretary of the Treasury and laid before him Amasa Walker=s plan. Chase heard him through in a cold, unpleasant manner, and then said: AThat=s all very well, Mr. Taylor, but there is one little obstacle in the way that makes the plan impracticable, and that is the Constitution.@ Saying this he turned to his desk as if dismissing both Mr. Taylor and his proposition at the same moment. The poor enthusiast felt rebuked and humiliated. He returned to the President, however, and reported his defeat. Mr. Lincoln looked at the would-be financier, with the expression at times so peculiar to his homely face that left one in doubt as to whether he was jesting or in earnest. ATaylor,@ he exclaimed, Ago back to Chase and tell him not to bother himself about the Constitution. Say that I have that sacred instrument here at the White House, and am guarding it with great care.@ Mr. David Taylor demurred at this, on the ground that Mr. Chase showed by his manner that he knew all about it, and that he didn=t wish to be bored by any suggestion. AWe=ll see about that,@ exclaimed the President, and, taking a card from the table, he wrote upon it:

AThe Secretary of the Treasury will please consider Mr. Taylor=s proposition. We must have money, and I think that is a good way to get it. A. LINCOLN.@

Armed with this, the real father of the greenbacks again sought the Secretary. He was received more politely than before, but was cut short in his advocacy of the measure by a proposition for both of them to see the President. They did so, and Mr. Chase made a long and elaborate constitutional argument against the proposed measure.

AChase,@ said Mr. Lincoln after the Secretary had concluded, Adown in Illinois I was held to be a pretty good lawyer, and I believe I could answer every point you have made, but I don=t feel called upon to do it. This thing reminds me of a story I read in a newspaper the other day. It was of an Italian captain who ran his vessel against a rock and knocked a hole in the bottom. He set his men to pumping and he went to prayers before a figure of the Virgin in the bow of the ship. The leak gained on them. It looked at last as though the vessel would go down with all on board. The captain, at length, in a fit of rage at not having his prayers answered, seized the figure of the Virgin and threw it overboard. Suddenly the leak stopped, the water was pumped out, and the vessel got safely into port. When docked for repairs, the statue of the Virgin Mary was found stuck headforemost in the hole.@

AI don=t see, Mr. President, the precise application of your story,@ said Mr. Chase.

AWhy, Chase, I don=t intend precisely to throw the Virgin Mary overboardCand by that I mean the ConstitutionCbut I will stick it in the hole if I can. Those rebels are violating the Constitution to destroy the Union; I will violate the Constitution, if necessary, to save the Union; and I suspect, Chase, that our Constitution is going to have a rough time of it before we get done with this row. Now what I want to know is whether, Constitution aside, this project of issuing interest bearing notes is a good one.@

AI must say,@ responded Mr. Chase, Athat, with the exception you make, it is not only a good one but the only way open to us to raise money. If you say so, I will do my best to put it into immediate and practical operation, and you will never hear from me, any opposition on this subject.@


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 29, 1886.

The Last Sad Rite.

[DEATH OF A WINFIELD RESIDENT.] This morning=s S. K. Train brought in all that was left of Frank E. Lockwood. Quite a number of friends were there to sympathize with the afflicted mother, brother, wife, and sister, Mrs. J. L. Barnes, who, heart broken, followed the remains to their resting place. Frank was 32 years old at the time of his death. He had not reached the prime of his life. He started out with the brightest prospects. If a young man in the world ever had bright anticipations before him that young man was Frank E. Lockwood, but like many others of great capability, big hearted and generous to a fault, he fell by the wayside in his young days, and leaves a broken hearted family to mourn over what might have been. Courier the 21.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 29, 1886.


AIt does seem strange to fair and liberal minded men of our thriving city that there is a few in our midst finding fault with our honorable mayor and city council, when they are doing all they can for the interest and welfare of our booming city (and how we do boom). Never in the history of Arkansas City could you find the improvements going on and the business transacted by our merchants, with real estate doubled and trebled in value as under our present administration; and yet we have to tolerate these growlers and back-biters, who are making money and getting rich among us. My advice to these would be to move to the little village of Winfield, where they may get their whiskey straight in the drug stores, take it home, or to some hotel, and get a dining room girl to your room and have her shoot you. That does away with joints and houses of prostitution. Brother Lockley or any others whose minds are worried over the city finances derived from joints and houses of prostitution, are respectfully referred to Judge Bryant, who will show them the police docket, and for any further information you can desire on the subject, please call on me at the Security Investment Office, which is now open for business. Respectfully, C. O. THOMPSON.@

The above is copied from the Democrat, and being signed by the president of the city council, we regard it worthy of comment. It is addressed to Agrumblers,@ (which heading we have removed), the grumblers being citizens and taxpayers who object to the loose and irregular manner in which justice in this city is administered. The city is prosperous without question; real estate is increasing in value, the building industry is active even at this inclement season of the year, and population flowing in faster than it can be accommodated. But is this relevant to the writer=s argument? Does he assume that because joints are fostered in the city, and loose women allowed to ply their illicit vocation, that our business prosperity is brought about? He cannot delude himself so egregiously; or if he is himself misled, he cannot thus mislead others.

Law abiding citizens who take becoming pride in the growth of their city, and desire to make a desirable place for others who are seeking homes to adopt are scouted as growlers or backbiters, whom the Democrat writer invites to get up and leave! Does Capt. Thompson know how large a portion of his constituency is included in this insulting dismissal? He will remember that as councilman from the second ward, he is sworn to execute the laws; his own sense of what is right and expedient in the state statutes not being allowed to govern.

The Agrowlers and backbiters@ aforesaid have raised their voices in condemnation of the collusion of our city government with law-breakers. The constitution prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, and an ordinance of the city imposes a fine of $50 to $150 for violation of this provision. What does this ordinance mean? Are we to understand that the people of Arkansas City, acting through their municipal officers, have declared their acceptance and acquiescence in the prohibitary clause, and show their will to enforce it by clothing their local officers with the proper powers? Or was the ordinance passed as a blind? To save the appearance of loyalty to the state constitution and the laws, but with no intention of enforcing it? A Pickwickian price of municipal legislation, to place our city government square on the record, but not intended to kill at forty rods or any greater distance?

Our second ward councilman makes a clumsy attempt at humor. His proffered advice to the editor of this paper and to every moral and law abiding citizen in sympathy with him, is to remove to our neighbor city, get their whiskey straight in drug stores, take it to some hotel room and have the dining room girl shoot them. Our censor carries a bitter wit. We are to understand that the clergy of the city, the parents who wish to preserve their sons from the contamination of evil surroundings, every man in short who believes the liquor traffic a monster evil which should be suppressed, are all surreptitious tipplers, whose pharisaical austerity is assumed to hide the sin of the libertine and the indulgence of the reveler. Does Capt. Thompson include his own constituents in this unsparing and injurious innuendo?

We would respectfully inform the gentleman from the second ward that Brother Lockley of the TRAVELER is not worried about the joints and loses no rest over the city finances. He has simply performed his duty as a public journalist in calling the attention of the council to the irregular way in which the city marshal and the police magistrate are performing their duties, and he leaves the writer of the article quoted above, to account to his constituents for the bad taste and worse morality he has displayed.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 29, 1886.


The first need to this end will be cheap homes for the working class. It is a rule in political economy that a correlation exists between the rate of wage and the cost of living. When rents are high, fuel expensive, and other staples in proportion, it is clear that the wages paid must be sufficient to meet these demands. But men who embark in industries that may be regarded as natural to this localityCsuch as cotton and woolen manufactories, for instance; fruit canning, pork packing, beef refrigeration, and sundry othersCmust not be burdened with adventitious expense. Cost is described as the friction that retards material progress, and excessive friction prevents the rolling of the machine.

Our object in entering into this argument and setting forth truths that have long since been demonstrated, is to submit to our leading businessmen and most extensive real estate owners, whether it would not be a wise policy in them to aid and encourage the building of houses adapted to the working man=s wants and which can be rented at a price that he can afford to pay. Compact and weather tight tenements, containing from three to five rooms, and the rent not to exceed $8 to $12 a month. Money devoted to this use would not be directly profitable. It would pay a low rate of interest, and money is in demand for other purposes. But how is the town to grow, and industry to be diversified and thrive, if we do not provide homes for the poor? The present prices of real estate are based on a prospective population of three or more times our present number. If this increase is not obtained, how are real estate values to be preserved?

We submit these questions for our wiser heads to ponder. Talking in such a strain to one heavy real estate operator, he jauntily remarked, let the workingmen build their own houses. Others of the same class will say, AIt is your business as a newspaper man to boom the town. Keep up the racket about building still going on, and property daily changing hands, and business and manufactures will grow up and extend as a necessary incident.@ This may be all so, but we have an historic incident in our mind, which it may be well to mention here. When the Spanish adventurers overran South America and sent home ship loads of treasure captured from the defenseless natives, the people at home thought their happiness was secured, and they closed their ports against foreign commerce to prevent this golden current flowing from their shores. The nation regarded itself as immensely wealthy, extravagance was indulged, industry neglected, and the fields left untilled. Soon a scarcity of provision was felt, and food must be imported or the people would starve. The result is known. The treasure brought in from abroad flowed outward by an irresistible impulse, and the people were left in a shiftless and bankrupt condition from which they have never since recovered. They made the mistake of supposing that gold would insure national prosperity, while it is merely the agent by which arts and industry are stimulated.

It is the same with real estate values. Quadrupling the price of a whole townsite, and the farm lands adjoining for a wide area, makes times prosperous. Scores of persons are lifted into affluence, and hundreds of others are placed in easy circumstances. But, it must be remembered, this is merely nominal value. The land appraised at $50 an acre will produce as much corn or wheat as though valued at $1,000. The city lot that sells for $200 can be utilized for as comfortable a home as if sold for ten times that amount. To maintain high prices, we must have commercial prosperity, growing industry, increasing population, good roads, and evidences of thrift and improvement on all hands. A re-adjustment of values, corresponding with our improved condition and prospects is right enough; but this done, the next is to sustain the high standard.


Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 29, 1886.

For Register of Deeds.

E. L. Johnson, of Sheridan Township, was in town last week, looking up the columns for success in his candidacy for register of deeds. Mr. Johnson has been ten years a resident of Cowley County, teaching school a portion of the time, and quitting it because it was unsuited to his health, and becoming an honest farmer. He has a number of friends in town who favor his candidacy . . . . [NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO READ ANY OF THIS ARTICLE...GOT WHAT I COULD!]

Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.




Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Means & LeFevre have received a car load of millet seed.

W. M. Jenkins has removed into new chambers in the Johnson block.

Geo. A. Sutton and wife were in from Meade County on Monday, and partook of the hospitality of the Masons that evening. They returned home yesterday.

Dr. Mitchell has telephone connections with his house, and as there is night services over the wires now, night calls will be promptly attended to.

That bridge three miles east of town near F. M. Vaughan=s place is a dangerous place to cross after night or even in the day, and should be repaired for the accommodation of the traveling public.


A soldier at the camp on the Bodoc was shot in the leg by the accidental discharge of his carbine, while mounting, last week. Dr. C. D. Brown, the post surgeon, is attending him.

Cad Allard, editor of the Winfield Tribune, spent Christmas in this city, and favored the TRAVELER with a friendly call. He has moved his office into more commodious quarters, and is publishing a really handsome sheet.

E. Gage and R. W. Campbell were the recipients of a gold watch from the First National Bank. Both of these gentlemen are competent and faithful, and the mark of favor bestowed upon them is deserved.

Miss Burton, sister of Mrs. John Danks, who has been an inmate of that household for some months past, left on Monday for her home in Maryland.

Hose Company No. 2 will give a ball in Highland Hall on New Year=s eve. These fire laddies have laid out to give a nice entertainment, and the committees who have the arrangements in charge are working with zeal and discrimination.

E. L. McDowell did some extensive advertising during Christmas tide, and the amount of business it brought to his door amply repaid his outlay. The TRAVELER did his printing, and many commendations have been received for its excellence.

The city prisoners have been removed from the old calaboose, where there was danger of their freezing to death of a cold night, and are now confined in the unfinished jail in the new city hall building. A good stove set up therein conduces to their comfort.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Rev. S. B. Fleming, in the First Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, made the violation of the prohibition law in this city the subject of his discourse, and condemned the irregular and inefficient way to which offenders against the law are dealt with by the authorities. He recommended some active effort by the people to restrain the lawlessness in our midst, and said that the correction lay at the polls if our city officers fail in the proper performance of duty.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

The laundry business thrives. Wm. D. Lesdernier, of the Empire Laundry, finding the old washee method will not keep up with his requirements, has sent east for steam machinery to rid off his work, and it will reach here by New Year=s. It consists of an eight horsepower engine and boiler, and 400 feet of pipe for his drying room. When this new plant is in working order, he says he will be able to wash, dry, and iron a shirt in 40 minutes. The world do move.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

The plumage of the Wichita Eagle has been ruffled by an audacious assault from the Winfield Courier. The Courier editor has lost temper over some disagreeable saying in the Eagle, and he retorts by calling Marsh Murrdock, Aa bombastic, egotistic ass.@ Hard words break no bones, but the aquiline editor loses his self-possession at this ungracious attack, and is cudgeling his brains to make out how an ordinarily level headed old gentleman should abandon himself to such vituperative rage.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

The Security Investment Co., chartered under the state laws, has commenced business in this city. Its office is on Fifth Avenue, in the rear of Kellogg & Chapel=s drug store. Following are the directors: C. G. Thompson, James Benedict, H. D. Kellogg, B. F. Childs, and Frank P. Schiffbauer. They loan money, buy securities, deal in real estate, and take life and fire insurance. The officers and directors are well known in our midst, have ripe business experience, and are sure to win success.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

W. Ward=s residence in the Third ward, near the water works, was destroyed by fire on Thursday night, through a defective flue. An alarm was given and two of our hose companies were promptly on hand, but not having hose enough to extend from the nearest fire plug to the burning building, they could render no assistance. The house and contents were destroyed, save a few articles of furniture carried out of the front room. Loss $500, insured. We sincerely condole with our neighbor Ward, as his home had been purchased at the expense of a year=s savings.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

The entertainment given at the Chilocco Indian school on Christmas day was but lightly attended by our citizens, the cold weather probably keeping many back. The exercises consisted of songs, recitations, and dialogues, which were well given and favorably received. A Christmas tree finished the entertainment, which bore a gift for every scholar present. Superintendent Branham very successfully took the part of Santa Claus and made the distribution. The occasion was heartily enjoyed by the scholars.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Mayor Schiffbauer returned to town on Sunday evening from his trip to Gray Horse, accompanied by his brother Charles and wife. Charles was assocated with Mr. Branham in a tradership at Osage agency, and himself kept a branch store at Gray Horse. But some changes have recently taken place. Mr. Brenner, recent trader at Kaw, having sold his interest to D. R. Puckett, bought out Branham & Schiffbauer. Charles accordingly gave up his Gray Horse store and came to town, preferring to take his chances in a more active and stirring field. He will rest awhile, however, before embarking in business.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Remembering the Poor.

We mentioned, a few weeks since, the misfortunes of a deserving family in the first ward, who lost their oldest son, a boy twelve years old, from typho-malaria, and their next boy, eighteen months younger, down with the same disease. They have since moved into the second ward somewhere near the Santa Fe track, the young sufferer still prostrate with this malady and the family suffering from extreme poverty. They do not belong to that class who are forward to make their wants known, and the ladies of the different church societies overlooked them while going about doing good. On Christmas eve, however, their condition became known to Capt. Rarick, who has a big heart to feel for another=s woe, and accompanied by a neighbor, Capt. M. V. Caller [? NOT SURE OF LAST NAME], who is here from Colorado to spend the winter, the two in a short collecting tour, gathered up $19.80, sufficient to make their beneficiaries a Happy Christmas. They took the money to the Diamond store, where they bought a turkey and half a wagon load of useful provisions. The proprietor, John Kroenert, sold the goods at cost, and threw in a sack of flour as a Christmas gift. E. D. Eddy also gave proof of his liberality by dispensing medicines for the sick child at a nominal cost. Dr. Grimes was detailed to deliver the goods, and he presented himself to the delighted family, a veritable Santa Claus.

[Caller could be Cutler, Cullor, etc. Just could not tell.]


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.


At the M. E. Church on Sunday morning, Rev. Mr. Cline, the pastor, [THREE WORDS ILLEGIBLE] of his hearers to the statements made by the TRAVELER, and he expressed hearty condemnation of the corrupt administration of our city affairs set forth therein. He said a meeting of the city clergy had been held to consider the subject, at which it was determined to bring the aid of the pulpit to the secular press in arousing public attention to the misconduct of our city rulers, and thus crystalize a public sentiment that would bring about a reform. The article in question had filled him with surprise, as he had no previous idea that such a laxity of municipal rule existed. The collection of hush money every month from the joints and courtesans, he regarded as irregular and illegal. If the money was taken from these lawless classes in the way of a fine, it was mere extortion; because fines imposed by law can only be exacted after a trial and proof of guilt. If the money was taken as an easy way of supplying the city treasury, and the flagrant disregard of law was tolerated, together with the debasement of public morals, in order that funds might be raised to run the city government, he could only characterize such a proceeding as a condonation of crime, and it placed our city officers in collusion with criminals.

Our mayor and city council (with one creditable exception), he understood, were opposed to the enforcement of the prohibition law. As private citizens, he would accord them the unrestricted right to favor or oppose any law on the statute book. But as public officers, who have taken an oath in support of the laws of the state of Kansas, their placing themselves in antagonism to the law amounted to open rebellion. They must enforce the laws of the state by their municipal ordinances or they are guilty of perjury. This tampering with law breakers,

Compounding a sin they were inclined to,

that money might be raised, besides being a violation of all the rules of morality, was false economy. It encourages lawlessness, intemperance, and disorder, and bad characters will flock hitherward attracted by the indulgence offered them. Jails will need to be builtCone in every wardCand our police force enlarged, that our homes may be safe at night and our lives be protected from violence. The fair fame of our city, too, would be tarnished, and its people become a hissing and a reproach to other communities.

The preacher said his brother clergy with himself had drawn up a remonstrance to the city council, which would be presented to the people for signatures, wherein the present system of levying fines (or hush money) was condemned, and that body was requested to instruct the police magistrate to impose the full penalty prescribed by ordinance upon all persons brought before him charged with violating the prohibition law, of keeping disorderly houses.

The reverend gentleman was listened to attentively by a large audience.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

The Christmas Trade.

Ample preparations were made for the Christmas trade by our merchants generally, the prosperity enjoyed by our citizens leading them to expect unusually active sales. The holiday season was heralded by a rich display in the various jewelry stores, Ridenour & Beecher having a Christmas tree in their window which seemed to have been rooted in the famed mine of Golconda. The designs in toys made an immense display, every conceivable device to please the eye of childhood being on exhibition; with choice albums, articles for the boudoir, and bric-a-brac goods of all kinds, selected for more mature tastes. The dry goods counters and windows were bespread with their choicest attractions, and the grocery stores were heaped up with delicacies of the season. In the meat markets there was a profusion of fine meat upon which the slaughterman had exhibited his artistic taste in bedecking for the holiday occasion. Bower & Wood and McDowell Bros., had their markets filled with fine beeves fatted for the season, which were supplemented with choice sheep ornately dressed, and a display of poultry which showed the skill and care of the raiser. Sales during Christmas week were brisk and Christmas eve brought a jam which filled our streets, and kept the merchants driving from early morn till dewy eve. In the churches the Sunday schools were entertained with appropriate exercises, and Santa Claus appeared to send every juvenile home happy with a gift.

Christmas day was a general holiday, the stores being closed to admit of merchant and salesman enjoying the festive season. The weather was cold but pleasant, and out-of-door exercise was resorted to by many holiday makers. The hotels and restaurants spread their tables more profusely as a tribute to the festal day, and around the family board assembled many a happy circle, who discussed the good cheer provided, and spent the evening in appropriate games.

A friendly trial of speed had been announced between the Winfield firemen and our own hose companies, but the former failed to put in an appearance. Hose companies No. 1 and 2 of this city tried their wind and dexterity in running a block and connecting their hose with the hydrants; this work being accomplished by No. 1 in fifteen seconds, the other company taking three seconds longer.

Notwithstanding the crowds in the city and the general hilarity, there was but little intoxication. Order was preserved on the streets, and there was unrestrained enjoyment without indulgence in license.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Police Docket for November.


The docket of Police Judge Bryant for November shows the following fines and costs paid.

George Miner, drunk; Thos. O=Conner, drunk; James Hedley, drunk; James O=Neal, drunk; John Doe, disturbing the peace; J. Smith, drunk, fined $5; left his overcoat in pledge, which was sold for $6.

James O=Connor, selling liquor; Ed Fenstrock, selling liquor, fine $50, paid $10. John Stevenson, selling liquor, fine $50, paid $50. John Doe, selling liquor, fine $50, paid $50. Frank Long, selling liquor, fine $50, paid $50.

Thos. Conway, drunk; J. J. Bacon, drunk and committing nuisance.

John Doe, drunk; Barney McGinn, drunk; ____ Cline, drunk.

W. Waltz, disturbing the peace; John Moore, drunk and disorderly; Geo. Miner, drunk.


Rhoda Wood; Mollie York; Mollie Brown; Emma Dodge; Mary Sherwood; May Shirtz; May Carter; May Smith; Nell Tartar; Ed Day; Mat Jones; Jennie Pruitt; Lou Raymond; Emma Jackson.



TOTAL: $480.00

Paid to the city as per treasurer=s receipt: $430.76

Paid to same by city marshal: $16.50

TOTAL: $447.26


In addition to the above, twenty arrests were made from which no pay was derived, of which seven were drunks and five disorderlies, who had no money and served out their time in jail.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Ladies= Aid Society.

The Ladies= Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will hold a New Year=s reception in the Y. M. C. A. Rooms on North Summit Street, from 2 o=clock until 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the pleasure of the children. A cordial invitation is extended to all to come, and especially are strangers invited to attend this reception.

The Ladies= Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet today at 3 o=clock with Mrs. Lockley, on North Summit Street. All committees are expected to be present and report, that have been appointed for the New Year=s reception and other purposes.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Grandma Lorry.

Grandma Lorry was among the victims of the hail storm last summer. She went to bed with her potato patch and onion bed thrifty and growing, and giving promise of support for the winter, and when she arose in the morning, her potato vines and onion stalks had disappeared and a coating of jagged ice covered the ground. Her son Gus was in town in the morning to see what portion of the city remained. His lugubrious countenance provoked inquiry. AThis a rough deal, boys,@ he said to his friends. AMother and I have put in solid work getting our garden planted, and this morning I couldn=t tell where the vegetables stood. The hail has cut them down to the ground.@

But the good God provides for His helpless creatures, notwithstanding that He deals out afflictions in turn. Grandma Lorry and her small household have lived along, keeping the wolf from the door by useful industry and assisted by the kindness of their legion of friends. A withering hail storm may leave her an empty garner through the winter, but it cannot depress her inborn cheerfulness, it cannot extinguish her love for the human race, it cannot still her constant endeavor to make all happy.

Grandma Lorry visited the TRAVELER sanctum on Christmas eve, to give us a hearty greeting and to extend her thanks to her many friends. AThey call me Grandma Lorry,@ she said, Abecause I am getting old, and have grandchildren and great grandchildren of my own. I have lived here thirteen years, and for awhile knew everybody in the city, and well nigh all in the county. But you are growing past my knowledge now, and sometimes I wonder whether I myself am not getting to be a stranger in your streets. But, no, I have too many good friends to believe that. People who have prospered and grown rich, but who do not forget me and my husband, and who send me kind gifts when I am least expecting them. Will you thank all these excellent friends in your paper? Tell them that Grandma Lorry is made happy by their bounty, and that she wishes to return thanks and convey a kindly Christmas greeting to all. Put it strong in your paper, because my heart is grateful, and I wish all of my friends to know that I think much of their kindness.@

And the good old soul departed saying she had known the people so long, that she felt as though she was Grandma to the whole town.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.


A Friendly Talk with the Police Judge and City Marshal.

The Easiest Way to Get Money Into the Treasury.

There is some feeling in the minds of several of our city officers, aroused by the article reflecting on their doings, contained in our last issue. Judge Bryant, whom we will mention first, takes exception to the portion that he feels reflects upon his honesty. He has lived many years in this community, he says, filling various relations in life, and this is the first time that any suspicion has been cast on his up-right dealing.

Not intending to deal out reproach where wrong doing was not proved, we requested his honor to point out the passage in the offending article which he understood to do him injustice.

He produced a copy of the TRAVELER, and after a careful hunt through its columns, pointed out the following paragraph.

ASources of city revenue are more abundant now and Judge Bryant=s office pays a snug little revenue to the city. But what assurance have we that all the fines professedly paid into his hands, find their way into the city treasury?@

This he regarded as an allegation of dishonesty; an intimation that he might withhold to his own uses a portion of the money that came into his possession, and hence a gross and unwarranted injury.

We read the passage after the police justice, laying stress on the adverb Aprofessedly.@ AThere is no reflection in this,@ we remarked to the offended justice, Athe fines (or this hush money) are professedly paid into your hands, but does this money really come into your possession?@

This stirred up City Marshal Gray, who was standing by listening to the colloquy. AYou do not wish to intimate that I keep back any money, do you?@

AGentlemen,@ said the writer, Awe must understand one another before we go any further in this business. I intimate no wrong doing, I allege no offense. As a newspaper man speaking in the interest of the citizens, I inveigh against this loose and irregular way of punishing misdemeanants. The marshal has no right to collect fines, no member of the city council has a right to usurp the justice=s functions.@

Judge Bryant: ACan=t I delegate the city marshal to act as my deputy?@

The writer: ANo, sir; you are elected by the people to the office of police judge, and you cannot delegate your duties or responsibilities. If complaint is made to you that any man or woman is violating a city ordinance, it is your business to issue a warrant, have the offender brought into court; and if proved guilty, inflict a fine. The city marshal is not competent to convict an offender and assess a fine; and in all cases where this is done, he acts illegally and is liable to impeachment.@

Both Judge Bryant and Marshal Gray explained that they were under orders to collect money in this way, as the easiest method of dealing with offenders, and the most profitable to the city.

This writer (addressing the police justice): AJudge, from whom do you receive orders?@

His Honor hesitated, then candidly answered: AWell, the mayor.@

This writer: AYou recognize the mayor as your official chief?@

Judge Bryant: AWell, not exactly.@

This writer: ANeither do the people of Arkansas City. You are elected to perform your functions, as the mayor is elected to perform his duties; and any attempt at dictation by one officer to another, is an act of usurpation, which should be resisted. The marshal holds an appointive office, and is naturally ready to comply with the commands of the power that gives him life. But he is also responsible for his acts, and he is not justified in obeying an improper order.@

The above conversation occurred in the police courtroom, and a crowd of idlers gathered about the colloquists.

Said one, ADo you suppose you could root out all the loose girls, if you were to raid them every once in awhile?@

This writer admitted his belief that it could not be done. But he would use proper efforts to restrain the evil, and punish by trial and conviction and not by levying blackmail.

AIf you close the joints,@ said another, Ahow are you going to support the city?@

This is Mayor Schiffbauer=s very practical argument, and it is evident he has infused his views into all the members of our city government, and into the minds of those who lounge about the city offices.

The question cannot be answered by a sentiment. Salaries are to be paid, the use of the hydrants also paid, the interest on the city indebtedness met, and the sinking fund laid away; and those who are present at the reading of the bills against the city at every meeting of the council know that there are a thousand and one expenses to meet. Five hundred dollars a month turned in by the police magistrate to the city treasurer helps matters along wonderfully. Orders issued by the city clerk are promptly met by the treasurer; there is no kicking by unpaid claimants and the mayor and council have an easy time.

But the system is wrong; it is illegal and iniquitous, and we are sowing the wind to reap the whirlwind. By colluding with lawlessness and riot, we are fostering a class in our city that will entail more mischief and expense than the city magistrate can reimburse during his whole term of office.

The advance in real estate comes in most opportunely to help our city fathers out of their financial difficulty. In the spring of 1885 the assessor=s rolls (in round figures) showed taxable property to the amount of $325,000; last spring the valuation was increased to $655,000. The city taxation is as follows.

For general purposes ................... 12 mills

Bond fund ..................................... 9 mills

Bridges .......................................... 4 mills

Hydrants ........................................ 52 mills

Internal improvements .................. 4 mills

Sinking fund .................................. 2 mills

School district ............................... 12 mills

School bonds .................................. 5 mills


This ought to pay the salaries and meet all other incidental expenses, and we have no doubt would, the money being judiciously disbursed. With these figures before us, we say there is no need to continue the present unlawful and degrading practice of colluding with law-breakers, and the TRAVELER, in behalf of an indignant and scandalized people, demands that the mode of dealing with offenders be reformed.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

DIED. Death has visited the household of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Standley, bereaving them of their infant daughter, Cornelia Chapel, aged 17 months. The little sufferer was affected with a cold, which increased in severity, and laryngitis set in, which resulted fatally. The funeral services were held at the family residence of the parents on Wednesday, Rev. S. B. Fleming officiating. A large number of friends gathered to show their sympathy with the grief stricken parents, in which the TRAVELER sincerely joins.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.

Mayor Schiffbauer started for St. Louis on Monday, his errand there being to buy furniture for the new city hall. The building will hardly be finished before the middle of next month.