[Beginning April 26, 1876.]




Decision of the United States Supreme Court.

[From the Chicago Inter-Ocean.]

WASHINGTON, April 10. The Supreme Court today rendered a very important decision in the Osage land case, in which is involved the title to 960,000 acres of land in Kansas. This is the largest and perhaps most important land case ever presented for adjudication. Under certain acts of Congress passed in March, 1863, and July, 1866, grants of land in Kansas were made in the usual form in aid of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, and the Leavenworth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad Companies. At the time these grants were made, the Osage Indians held a large tract of rich and valuable land in Kansas known as the Osage Reservation. The Osages


by a treaty proclaimed Jan. 21, 1866, the Government undertaking to sell that portion known as the Osage treaty land, about 960,000 acres, the proceeds to be applied to the general civilization of the Indians. Another portion of the land was called the Osage trust land, and this was to be sold for the benefit of the Osages themselves. A third portion was called the diminished reservation, which remained in possession of the Osages until recently, when, by an arrangement with the tribe, this diminished portion was also sold, and the Osages went to the Indian Territory. On April 10, 1869, Congress passed an act authorizing the sale of the Osage ceded lands to actual settlers at $1.25 per acre, and under this act settlers entered the ceded lands. The railroad then set up a claim that these lands belonged to them by virtue of the act of March, 1863, and July 1866. They claim that, although when the acts were passed these lands did not pass under the grant, that the grant attached when the Indian title was extinguished. Attorney General Williams, at the instance of Congressman Lawrence, of Ohio,


in the name of the United States against the railroad companies, to adjudge that they were not entitled to the lands.

The case was decided by Justice Miller, of the Supreme Court, and Judge Dillon, of the Kansas District Court, January, 1874, the decision being against the railroad and in favor of the settlers, to protect whom the suit was brought by the Government. The railroads appealed the case to the Supreme Court, before which it was argued last October by Judge Black and Mr. Lawrence for the settlers and Colonel Phillips and Senator Edmunds for the railroad companies.

There are on these ceded lands a population of at least 15,000 people, possessing schools, churches, and various industrial establishments. The decision, which was read by Justice Davis, affirmed the judgment of the lower court in favor of the settlers. Politicians say Judge Davis' opinion in this case is a good campaign argument for him as a Presidential candidate.




I, Frederick Brown, was born in Vermillion county, Illinois, in the year 1827. My mother died when I was very young. My father's name was William. I had two brothers: one by the name of Eli, and one by the name of Washington. As near as my recollection serves me, I also had two sisters: the name of one, I think, was Elizabeth, though I was so young I may be mistaken in the names given.

My father gave me away to Robert Osborn and his wife, Mary, four years after the death of my mother, and moved East with the other four children. Robert Osborn moved to Bates county, Missouri, in 1838, where he now sleeps. There I lived thirty-four years, and finally moved to Cowley county, Kansas, where I now live.

If any person has any record or knowledge of the above named people, they would confer a favor by giving me notice. My address is Winfield, Cowley county, Kansas. All papers in this and other States are requested to copy this notice once, and oblige





Dear Traveler:

We were up before the dawn yesterday, to spend a day in the mountains among the trout. There were four of us, including two businessmen of San Francisco. We had driven fifteen miles before 8 o'clock, and found ourselves at the opening of a mountain gorge, out of which flowed a foaming torrent. Here we left our team, and started on foot up the pass.

It was a wild landscape: Our path was along the stream, under the granite cliffs which rose abruptly one and two thousand feet above. In every available spot the great pines and redwoods were growing. The largest standing trees were inaccessible, and I was unable to get exact measurements; but I stood by new stumps more than ten feet in diameter, and was assured that many of the trees in sight upon the slopes were over two hundred feet high. However, such are not "big trees" according to California standards. There was a wonderful variety of ferns and flowering plants, and, all in all, it was a landscape hard to describe by one accustomed only to the plains of Kansas. The great clouds were pouring over the mountains from the Pacific, wrapping and hiding the tops of the cliffs. At their foot flowed such a stream as I have sometimes dreamed of, but hardly expected ever to see: a clear, cold, crystal torrent, whirling around great boulders, pouring in waterfalls over granite ledges, sometimes forming deep pools where great salmon were lying.

We clambered some miles up the pass, in orthodox sportsman's rig, the most important feature of which was the leg long rubber boot for wading. We at last stepped into the water, and began our work, fishing as we waded down stream. I had soon stepped into the deep water, and was carrying several gallons of the icy fluid in my huge boots. The fish lay in the swift, shallow waters; not a bite could we get in the deep pools. The salmon gave no heed to our bait, and the trout were all on the "riffles." The rain soon came down heavily, but couldn't make us any wetter; so we fished on philosophically. It was hard, chilly, exciting work, but we had soon bagged over a hundred trout: each one a live jewel. Above and below us, men were killing fifteen pound salmon with spears, but we stuck to our little trout, and were content.

Lunch, dry clothing, and the drive home followed in due course. I am sorry to add to this a bad cold and stiff joints for a few days; nevertheless, it was a novel and pleasing experience, which I feel like repeating before long.

Deer are still numerous in the Coast Range, and our sportsmen are occasionally hunted by grizzles. The amount of redwood and pine in these inaccessible mountains is enormous, but there is little or no grass, and the soil is rocky and sterile.

All goes well with me, and mine. My life is very busy, but health and prospects are good. With kind remembrance,


SAN JOSE, CAL., April 8, 1876.





ARKANSAS CITY, April 19, 1876.

Called meeting. Present, S. P. Channell, Mayor; H. D. Kellogg, J. A. Loomis, J. I. Mitchell, Councilmen.

Moved and seconded that Dr. J. A. Loomis be elected President of the Council; carried.

I. H. Bonsall was recommended as City Clerk by S. P. Channell, and confirmed by unanimous vote of Council.

E. D. Eddy was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote.

The following committees were appointed.

Finance Committee: T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth.

Committee on Ways and Means: Dr. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell, J. A. Loomis.

Committee on Public Improvements: T. H. McLaughlin, Dr.

H. D. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell.

Adjourned to meet at 8 o'clock Thursday evening, April 20th, to receive report on sidewalks from Committee on Public Improvements, and all other business of a general nature that may be brought forward.




Why Franklin Used Simple Language.

[American Bibliopolist.]

Tradition has it that years ago, when Benjamin Franklin was a lad, he began to study philosophy, and soon became fond of applying technical names to common objects.

One evening when he mentioned to his father that he had swallowed some acephalous mollusks, the old man was much alarmed, and suddenly seizing him called loudly for help. Mrs. Franklin came with warm water, and the hired man rushed in with the garden pump. They forced half a gallon down Benjamin's throat, then held him over the edge of the porch and shook him, while the old man said: "If we don't get them out of Benny, he will be pizened, sure."

When they were out, and Benjamin explained that the articles alluded to were oysters, his father fondled him for an hour with a trunk strap for scaring the family. After this Franklin's language was simple.




A man will not see in Paris a raving drunkard on the streets once a week. It may be from better police relations--so much the better that the ruinous example is restrained; but we believe that while drinking is more general, weaker stimulants are taken, and less of them. Certainly no such shocking exhibitions are seen, unless it be in Britain. But we are in a fair way to lose all sense of decency here. The city of the centennial teems with it; the park is literally girdled by run houses; and there seems no one to speak or act for the weak when tempted. Our statute books are loaded with enactments, which are of no more restraining power than a dam of straws. We blush for our national jubilee when we think of the shocking exhibit of our servitude.




Mr. Hoyt writes from Plainfield, Ohio, to C. R. Mitchell that the Arkansas River boat will be completed and landed at this place by the first of June.


Judge Waters, attorney for the A. T. & S. F. Railroad, in a recent conversation with Rev. B. C. Swarts, said that it was the intention of the Santa Fe Company to extend their line down the Arkansas to this place within the next eighteen months.


Nothing of much importance has occurred in Congress during the last ten days, except the investigations of defrauding parties.

The bill to open the Indian Territory meets with considerable favor in the House, but could not pass the Senate.

In reference to the Black Hills, Senator Morrill, of Maine, submitted a resolution directing the Secretary of the Interior to communicate to the Senate any information in relation to the situation and disturbances on the Sioux reservation; and whether the military forces have been interposed therein, and if so, if it was by the authority of the Department of the Interior, and the reason for such interposition, which was agreed to. Much time has been consumed on the question of transferring the Indians to the War Department, and it is believed the motion will finally prevail. It is said they could be maintained at an expense of one and one half million less than the present plan.


So much sugar has been sent through the mails from Vermont since the opening of the season that the department has had to issue an order directing postmasters to refuse to receive any more.




Wichita District Conference, held at Arkansas City, Kansas, April 19, A. D. 1876, was opened by Brother Wrenn by reading and prayer. Brother Wingar, at 10-1/2 o'clock, moved that, in the absence of Rev. Buckner, Brother Oakly be appointed temporary chairman, and M. C. Green, secretary; carried.

Rev. S. B. Fleming, of the First Presbyterian Church; Rev. David Thompson, of United Presbyterian Church; C. M. Scott, and Rev. P. W. Matthew were introduced to the Conference.


There are but two organized classes on the Dexter charge: one at Dexter, and one at Maple from Rev. R. R. Brady. There are 68 names on the two class books, about 18 of which will be stricken off, as they have already left the county.

This will leave 50 members, some 8 or 10 of whom are still on probation.


WHEREAS, It is the sence of this Conference that the interests of Methodism in Arkansas City demand the practical sympathy and cooperation of the Presiding Elder and ministers of the Wichita District; therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Conference Board of Church Extension be earnestly requested to use its influence toward promptly securing from the Parent Board a donation of $200 and a loan of $400 towards building a Methodist church in this city.

Resolved, That the members of the District Conference of the Wichita District, now in session at Arkansas City, do hereby tender their thanks to Mr. C. M. Scott, editor and publisher of the Arkansas City TRAVELER, for favors shown to the members of this conference in publishing notices of this assembly, offering them free use of his sanctum during their stay, and his efforts generally to make their sojourn pleasant. May he ever prosper in his useful enterprise.

Resolved, That we appreciate the Christian courtesy of Rev. Mr. Fleming, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, in granting this Conference the use of their church in which to hold its sessions, and we heartily thank him for the same.

Resolved, That we are laid under renewed obligation to Rev. J. J. Wingar for the courteous manner in which he has received and provided for us during the Conference sessions.

Resolved, That we present our thanks to the choir for the excellent music rendered during the Conference.

Resolved, That we, the members of the Wichita District Conference, do return our hearty thanks to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity for their kindness in caring for our temporal wants during our sojourn among them.

M. C. GREEN, Secretary.




PLEASANT VALLEY, April 24, 1876.

The Union Sabbath School was reorganized at the Holland school house Sunday, April 16. Rev. Mason was chosen to act in the capacity of Superintendent; Mr. Al. Hon was elected

librarian, and Mrs. Amy Chapin, treasurer.

Mr. W. R. Constant met with a severe loss last Thursday morning--the destruction of his house and nearly the entire contents by fire. A defective stove pipe was the cause of the fire, which was not perceived until too late to stay the flames.

Peter Retherford and Samuel Waugh have purchased a two-thirds interest in the Vibrator threshing machine owned and run last season by Messrs. Frederick and Hays. Art Holland has ordered a Battle Creek Vibrator from Kansas City, and intends to try the virtue of the machine on Mr. T. A. Wilkinson's farm about the 15th of June. Mr. Holtby, Mr. White, and Mr. Huff talk of buying harvesters this season.

Last Friday evening, about 7 o'clock, our township was visited by a severe hail storm, but on account of the mild wind which accompanied it, there was no great damage done.

Mr. Frank Chapin is building a very good residence one mile south of Holland school house. It is to be 16 x 20 feet, and made of pine lumber.

It is understood that 'Squire Forbes, on Sunday, April 22, at his residence, bound in the bonds of matrimony Miss Maizie Smalley, of Beaver township, and Mr. William Eckles, of Pleasant Valley. The happy couple have the congratulations of a host of friends.

Will. Hostetler and Will. Seeley contemplate starting to Washington Territory in a few days. Success to them. C. C. H.




Washington, April 19. The Committee on Expenditures in tthe War Department today heard A. E. Reynolds, of the firm of Lee & Reynolds, post-traders at Camp Supply, Indian Territory. Reynolds testified that he secured the appointment through Gen. Hedrick, and paid him $4,500. Witness never paid a dollar to General Babcock or his brother.

Mr. Geo. W. Bregs, of Geo. W. Cowles & Co., read a statement in regard to their processes for the preservation of tents and clothing for the War Department. Gen. Meags favored the process, but the Secretary of War opposed it. They had paid nobody to work for them except Col. Don Piatt, editor of the Washington Capitol. Witness thinks the contract with Piatt was for 5 percent of gross proceeds of the work in 1874. Col. Piatt put in a claim against Cowles & Co. for $11,000 or $12,000, but the company refused to pay him on the ground that he had been paid in full for his services. Piatt then threatened to have their work stopped. Piatt has been employed to use his influence with the Secretary of War. The 19th July, 1874, work of Cowles & Co. was stopped through Piatt's efforts. Witness went to see the Secretary of War and asked for a copy of the charges against Cowles & Co.; the Secretary gave him no satisfaction and said that he would be d_____d if he would gratify his request; witness then went to Long Branch to see the President; was not acquainted with either the President or General Babcock; saw General Babcock and told his story; witness was told that there must be some mistake, that the Secretary of War would be there in a few days, and he had better wait till Gen. Belknap came before going to see the President. Witness did wait, and a few days afterward received a copy of the charges through Gen. Babcock. The amount of money paid to the company was about $400,000. The company put in an answer to the charges.




Omaha, April 19. An official telegram to Gen. Crook from Fort Laramie yesterday, conveys that no Indians have left either Red Cloud or Spotted Tail agencies with their families. Some fighting with Crazy Horse on Powder river. A few men went out to bring in their own people and some of them have returned accompanied by northern Sioux. The Cheyennes at Red Cloud are alarmed and talk of going south. Indications are that the thrashing given Crazy Horse has affected the Ogallahs so favorably that they will likely keep quiet. Maj. Jordan is of the opinion that three hundred Ogallahs would go with the expedition against the northern Indians, if they were allowed to keep what they captured. The Northern Sioux have stolen their stock lately. The Indians at the agencies are remarkably docile. A few miners have been killed near Hill's lately.




Trees in bloom.

Cherry trees are in bloom.

Plows are going on almost every farm.

Township Assessors are busy with their reports.

HENRY WORK is assisting the barber at Winfield.

Strangers and new faces appear on our streets every day.

JAMES I. MITCHELL received a new lot of oak tan leather last week.

BORN. Saturday, April 22, to Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Andrews, a 9 lb. girl.

Only printed matter can be sent in open envelopes for one cent postage.

JOHN BROWN has a field of barley headed out, and will be ready to cut in three weeks.

PURCHASED. Dr. Houston has purchased D. J. Bright's farm on the Arkansas 1-1/2 miles from town for $2,800.

An arrangement has been made for the mail to go out Monday morning now. There will be no mail Sunday evening.

HAIL. On Friday evening at 7-1/2 o'clock a shower of rain fell at this place, accompanied with hail as large as hazel nuts.

ENTERPRISE. A new burying ground has been laid out on the east side of the Walnut which will be known as "Prairie View Cemetery."

We publish a communication from Prof. Norton, of California.

HAND STAMPS. Mr. Wm. R. Sheen, is taking orders today for rubber hand stamps. They are not the old gum stamp, but of a qaulity that will last.

We noticed two wagon loads of new furniture coming in last Saturday for L. McLaughlin. He can furnish a full outfit of parlor and kitchen furniture.

A. O. PORTER sold his blacksmith shop to Mr. Henry Franklin, late of Muscatine, Iowa. Mr. Franklin comes well recommended as a workman and shoer.

BURNED OUT. Last Thursday Mr. H. Constant, living about six miles north of town, lost his house and property by fire. The fire originated from the stove pipe.

A SUNDAY SCHOOL was organized on Sunday last in School District 32, which will meet every Sabbath hereafter in the Parker school house at 3 o'clock p.m. C. M. Henshaw was elected Superintendent.

MR. T. C. BIRD has some rye on his farm east of town that is eighteen inches in height and completely headed out. He also has several apple trees that are in full blossom notwithstanding the recent storms.

SALE. Mr. D. J. Bright, having sold his farm on the Arkansas, will dispose of the following property at auction May 6, 1876, at his residence: 1 cow, 2 yearlings, farming implements, and household furniture. Terms, one year with approved security.



NEW FIRM: Messrs. Hoffmaster and Franklin have bought out Mr. A. O. Porter's blacksmith shop, which they will hereafter run as a blacksmith, wagon, and shoeing shop. The above are practical workmen and guarantee satisfaction. See their ad in this issued.



Are prepared to do all kinds of BLACKSMITH, WAGON & PLOW WORK. Special attention paid to Machiner. -ALSO-

HORSESHOEING. All work warranted to give satisfaction before leaving the shop.

At K. F. Smith's Old Stand.


NEW HOUSES. More new houses are under construction in this place now than we have seen since the second year of its settlement.

NEWMAN and CHANNELL & HAYWOOD are building two two-story store rooms, with fifty feet front by 100 feet deep, of brick.

S. C. WINTIN: A two-story cut stone house.

J. W. HUTCHINSON: A brick residence.

REV. FLEMING: A two-story brick dwelling.

O. P. HOUGHTON: A two-story brick.

Thompson and Rexford, a commodious frame dwelling.

A. C. WELLS: small frame.

P. J. DAVIS: a small frame.



HAIL STORM. One of the heaviest hail storms ever known in this section passed over a portion of this county last Friday evening, doing considerable damage to windows.

Near Salt City, Henry and Alfred Pruden had over fifty glasses broken out, and many of the neighbors suffered similar losses. One man lost six calves, and others pigs and chickens. Quite often prairie chickens and small birds were found dead. All agree the hail stones to be as large as walnuts.

At this place the fall was huch lighter, and few stones were found to exceed a hazelnut in size.

The roaring of the storm could be heard some distance; yet the wind was not so very strong.



CALLED. We were pleased to entertain a call from Mr. Beede, Agent of the Osage and Kaw Indians, and Mr. Gay, of Osage Agency. Many persons of this place were happy to meet Mr. Beeded, whom they found to be a practical, sensible, and efficient man. He assumed control of the affairs of the Agency under embarrassing circumstances, caused by the blunders of the former Agnet; yet beneath all has proven himself a man equal to the responsible position he has been appointed to fill. The wives of Mr. Beede and Mr. Gay accompanied them to this place.


Most members of the Conference made many friends while at this place that will cherish their memory. Everything passed off very pleasantly, and we believe from the expression of many of the ministers that they were well entertained and favorably impressed with our people and the community. After the adjournment of the Conference, a visit to the Kaw Agency was partici-pated in to the general enjoyment of all who attended it.


MRS. FITCH wishes to inform the ladies of Arkansas City and vicinity that she has just opened a large stock of millinery goods at her old stand, at the north end of Summit street. She wishes the ladies to call and examine them.


The ladies of the First Presbyterian Social Society will meet at the house of O. P. Houghton, at 2 o'clock p.m., today. All are invited to attend.


THE BAND BOYS are requested to meet at Pearson's Hall, Thursday evening at 7 o'clock, as business of importance is to be transacted.


See the card of Hoffmaster & Franklin, blacksmith's. They can be found at the shop at east Summit Street, always ready for work.




A letter was received at the Governor's office yesterday from residents of Sappa, Decatur county. A delegation was sent from that place to Leota, Norton county, to meet Gov. Osborn, but he had left that place before they reached there; and so they made out a statement and forwarded in here. They state that a number of parties of Indians are prowling about the country, and evince no desire to communicate with the whites, and that the settlers are uneasy. They wish to be furnished with arms and ammunition. Decatur is an unorganized county lying west of Norton county.




Harness for Breaking. I have four or five sets of new harness I will trade for breaking. JAS. I. MITCHELL.


NOTICE TO CARPENTERS. The contract for laying the plank on the north half of the Arkansas River Bridge, will be let to the lowest bidder. Bids received until May 15th. WILL MOWRY, Clerk.


HOUSE TO RENT, and one acre of ground. A. A. DAVIS.




The President has signed the bill authorizing the sale of the Pawnee reservation.

Cowley county has twenty church organizations or one to every 480 inhabitants.

Extending the railroad west from Independence to Arkansas City is being much talked of by those interested.

The United States Treasury order for the exchange of the fractional paper currency for silver coin was issued on Monday last.

Bushels of silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars are being shipped out from Washington daily, to take the place of the fractional currency now in circulation.




Mr. Milligan, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, who arrived at Fort Laramie, April 20, says that while coming in on the morning of the 16th, his party were attacked by Indians in the Rio Canon, near the Cheyenne river ranche, about fifty miles from Custer. A few of the party escaped to the ranche. Mr. and Mrs. Metz, of Laramie City, were killed; a colored woman was taken prisoner; a man named Simpson was also killed. The bodies were buried next day. Mrs. Metz had been ravished. Three men were wounded: Grisham, from Missouri, mortally; Felton, from Missouri, and C. W. Bergesser, from Virginia City, Nevada, seriously wounded. The men are at Cheyenne river ranche.

A party from the Black Hills today says that about five days ago three wagons were found at the entrance to Buffalo Gap on the Yankton road destroyed and the stock gone. Signs of a fight were numerous. Indians had undoubtedly attacked and destroyed the entire outfit.




Proceedings of a Railroad Meeting Held

At Canola, April, 1876.

The meeting was organized by the election of Mr. Fleming, of Arkansas City, Chairman.

The object of the meeting having been stated, a committee of three was appointed, consisting of N. B. Cartmell and M. S. Manwell, of Elk county, and Mr. Platter, of Cowley, to examine credentials of directors.

The following directors were present.

Longton: N. B. Cartmell and J. C. Pinney.

Elk City: Mr. Wm. Wright.

Elk Falls: R. R. Roberts and L. J. Johnson.

Wild Cat: H. E. Hitchinson.

Greenfield: A. A. Toby.

Lazette: Mr. Fall.

Tisdale: Mr. Young.

Winfield: Messrs Robinson and Platter.

Arkansas City: Messrs. Fleming and Sleeth.

On motion, a committee of three was appointed to draft a charter. The committee consisted of N. B. Cartmell, L. J. Johnson, and Mr. Platter.

After careful consideration the charter as reported was adopted and signed by the directors and forwarded to the Secretary of State for record.

The company is to be known as the "Parsons, Walnut Valley & South-Western Railway Company." The points to be traversed in Elk county are the townships of Longton, Elk Falls, Wild Cat and Greenfield. The objective points are Arkansas City, via Lazette, Tisdale, and Winfield in Cowley county.

The prospects for the early construction of the road are considered by the directors to be very flattering.

We are indebted to Mr. L. J. Johnson for the above. We shall probably have a more lengthy report from the Secretary for plublication next week. Elk County Ledger.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

MAJOR SLEETH and Rev. Fleming attended a meeting of the Parsons, Elk River and Walnut Valley railroad Co. at Tisdale yesterday.


The Centennial Exhibition opens May 10th. A space has been assigned in the pavillion for Newspaper Exhibition, and each paper is placed on file, as it is received, and given a number. The number given the TRAVELER is 2,228. Parties in the city desiring to see the paper will have to give the number.



Are we going to the Centennial? You bet! You won't find a Buckeye newspaper man in Kansas but what intends going. It was the custom, among the clay hills of Ohio, for boys to get up at three o'clock in the morning, walk five miles to the highest hill, climb the highest tree, and look for the elephant, when a show was coming to town; and the same desire lingers with them still, and will cause them to seek Philadelphia and the big



We did not make a report of ar recent trip to the Territory, as Rev. Green promises to write it for our next. We found everything about as we expected, except the additions that had been made of a mill and a large stone barn. The Indians too, were doing more work on their farms, and have taken claims up the Arkansas, almost to the State line. The school is progressing under the directorship of Barclay Ratcliff, and matters generally about the Agency evince a spirit of enterprise. Our company was cordially entertained, and partook of the hospitality by Dr. Hunt and his good wife. It is a pleasant place to visit and generally attended with considerable information.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

We notice with pleasure the proceedings of a meeting held at Lawrence a few days ago, by the friends of the L., L. & G. railroad, with a view to the extension of that road westward. There can be no doubt but the movement of the people of Arkansas City and Cowley county, to have an outlet for our surplus grain and produce, opened the eyes of the managers and operators of the L., L. & G. R. R. to the necessity of extending their line from Independence westward to this place. We are pleased to see such an unanimity of response from the editors and publishers all along the road in favor of the new movement. Although not at present on the line of that road, we hope soon to be able to give the movement our hearty support, and should the company be able to complete the gap between Independence and Arkansas City this fall, we would insure them a million bushels of wheat alone for transportation east. There are now three roads aiming to tap this place: one from the east, one from the north, and one from the northwest. It does not require a philosopher to tell which of the three is our best outlet; but an outlet we must and will have, and ere long. So railroad managers, take due notice. C.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

DEXTER, April 27, 1876.

Dexter is going in on her muscle more than usual, now having three good stores here. Mr. John Harden has just set up a new stock of goods in Will Merydith's building; McDorman is fitting up the Dexter House in grand style, and will be ready to move his stock in within ten days. F. Henrion has just received a large supply of dry goods, clothing, etc., from New York and Boston, and by the way he is having his store repaired and painted up, one would think he meant business.

Service and Darts have bought the Dexter mills, and those who have been fasting so long, on account of not getting their grists ground, have assumed more cheerful countenances. When such substantial businessmen as Service & Darst take hold of such an enterprise, we have room to rejoice. They will commence grinding on Monday. Come on, farmers; you needn't be afraid of losing your sacks now.

The new blacksmith shop is running two fires. Mr. Day, the proprietor, says he has more work than he can do, while Johnnie, the old reliable, is as busy as ever. We haven't got the spreading chestnut tree, but Oh, my! how the anvils ring and the bellows roar!

J. A. Bryan is building an addition to his dwelling, and several others are preparing to build.

The wheat looks splendidly, both on the bottom and upland. The year will decide the question whether the uplands will be valuable or not. Some of the lowlanders tuck their heads a little when they cast their eyes over the broad acres of the splendid wheat of the highlanders. Some of the farmers are a little behind with corn planting, because of the west spring.

Our worthy citizen, Mr. T. Henrion, has started on a trip to Europe. We just received the intelligence that the steamer had arrived safe at Plymouth. He will return in July. Mrs. Darst started yesterday to visit her friends in Illinois. H. S.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

I find while visiting other portions of the country that many have a great antipathy towards Caldwell, on account of its being, as they say, a den of thieves.

A few weeks ago a couple of gentlemen were on their way to this place with the intention of engaging in the cattle business, but before reaching here they were accosted by a man who lives not far from Wichita, who said it would be impossible for them to keep horses or cattle with any safety in the vicinity of Caldwell, as the town was infested with thieves who were always on the alert for an opportunity to steal.

This so startled and discouraged the emigrants that the next morning they left to seek a location elsewhere.

Now, while I do not deny the fact that in Caldwell two saloons are daily blazing with the flames of vice and corruption, which scorch and wither the hopes and prospects of many who once bid fair to become useful members of society, I do claim that Caldwell is not by any means a rendezvous of thieves and robbers. I have been living in this vicinity about four years, during which time I have heard of only four horses and two mules being stolen within twenty miles of Caldwell, and they were all recovered but one. And I have not heard of any cattle being stolen, with the exception of a few head which were run off by the Indians. I have traveled much through this region on horse back--not only through the State, but along the border of the Territory--and have often left my horse during the night in the most suspicious looking places, more than once tied to a sun-flower stalk; and at the present time, I consider my horse as safe at or near Caldwell as in any other part of Southern Kansas. I have no idea that a gang of horse thieves would be harbored or tolerated in this place any more than in Arkansas City or Wellington, and if the time ever was when horse thieves had their headquarters at Caldwell, that time has most assuredly passed. R.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.


Our township was favored with a copious shower last night, which was very acceptable among our farmers. The prospects for a good wheat crop are so favorable that our farmers expect to harvest forty bushels per acre.

The summer term of school in District No. 10 was called to order this morning by Miss Moore, who bears the reputation of being a well qualified and energetic teacher.

I had the pleasure of attending a neck-tie Sociable, at Odessa school house, given by the Sabbath school of that vicinity. It was well attended and conducted in such a manner that all who were present enjoyed themselves splendidly. The proceeds of the evening were about $23, which are to be expended for a Sabbath school library.

Rev. Wingar delivered an eloquent sermon to a large and attentive congregation last Sabbath evening. Mr. Wingar has been preaching to us more than a year, in which time he has gained the confidence of many friends. Revs. Reece and McDonald, the ministers who were to preach for us some time ago, passed the neighborhood last week, on their way to Sumner county. They said they would be back and hold a protracted meeting with us in two or three weeks. We would rather see them than to hear from them.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

Andres Eising, the Indian scout and interpreter, who loafed around the saloons of Wichita during the winter, was arrested on the 12th inst. at Fort Reno, Indian Territory, and will be here in the course of a day or so to appear and answer to the charge of stealing a horse. He stole the horse in the upper end of town some six weeks since, and a saddle and bridle belonging to Sheriff Dunning, then started for that thief harbor, the Territory. He traded the horse for a pony, in Wellington, and was recognized by some of the citizens who had some suspicion that the horse was stolen. J. O. Kincaid has been on his track and captured his man on the above date. Beacon.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

The Iola well is 736 feet deep.

Arkansas City folks are eating new potatoes.

Three feet of snow fell during the month of March.

One Cherokee outfit sold 1,603 kegs of beer last year.

Kansas wheat crop this year will be worth $9,500,000.

There are thirty-three lodges of colored Masons in Kansas.

Independence is bored with a lot of dirty, sneaking, begging, stealing Indians.

Wirt W. Walton, of the Winfield Courier, and Dornblaster will make a match of it yet.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

Chicago, April 27. A dispatch was received by Gen. Sheridan from Gen. Cook, which says: The Indians at Red Cloud are on the verge of starving, owing to neglect in forwarding supplies. Unless immediate steps are taken to supply them, they will all leave the reservation. Fears are entertained that in their present temper, they will make a raid on the whites.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.


Blacksmith and Wagon Shop.

On south end of Summit Street. The first building on the east side of the street as you enter town from the Arkansas River bridge. Work warranted.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.




Are on hand with the Largest Stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries, Provisions, Stoneware, etc., you have seen in the City.

Tobaccos and Teas a Specialty!

Our stock of Teas is the largest ever brought to this market, and will be sold lower than ever before, and cheaper than any house in the Valley. Drop in and see us. Store at J. H. Sherburne's old stand, one door south of City Hotel, and opposite the Cowley County Bank.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

Three fully grown centipedes were found under the carpet at Agent Beede's residence the other day.

Indian Odd Fellows will have a public demonstration at Caddo, Indian Territory, on the 26th inst.

The Osage Indian doctor never makes a charge for his professional services, but accepts whatever is given him.

Judge Murdock, a student of Indian antiquities, will construct facsimilies of the work of mound builders at the Centennial.

On Thusrday of last week friend Larson, the shoemaker, mistook poke root for parsnip and came near losing his life in consequence.

Osage men of physic never treat a case for a longer time than four days. The patient, if not cured, is then left to wrestle with death unaided.

Agent Beede was out looking over the Agency wheat field Thursday morning. R. W. Hopkins, his clerk, was out on the same occasion.

The Pawnees and Osages are now on friendly terms with each other, and Pawnees are frequently visitors here. They talk with Osages by signs.

The House passed the bill to transfer the Indian Bureau to the War Department, on the 21st inst., by the large vote of 139 yeas to 64 nays.

The stipulated fees for the lawyers employed by the Osage settlers in that great land suit were $40,000, and of this sum Governor Shannon will receive $13,000.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.


The bill to transfer the Indian Bureau to the War Department was then taken up.

Mr. Hunton moved an amendment allowing officers on the retired list to be employed as Indian agents. Adopted.

Mr. Sparks offered an additional section providing for the admission to the United States citizenship of any Indian who may prove to the satisfaction of any court nearest to the reservation of his tribe or nation, that he is sufficiently intelligent and prudent to conduct his own affairs and interests, and that he has adopted the habits of civilization, and has for five years been able to support himself and family; but such Indian shall not, on that account, forfeit his interest in the property of the tribe. Adopted.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.


An Indian massacre took place on the flat between the Prairie Dog and the north fork of the Solomon, some time last winter. Last November Newton Lyle [? Lite ?], of Jewell Centre, camped on the spot, which by the way, is an old camping ground for buffalo hunters, and there was no evidence of any trouble ever having taken place there. Two weeks ago he camped on the same ground with a gentleman by the name of George Beauchamp from Jewell Centre, and they found the skeletons of ten men and the charred remains of two wagons. Besides these there were quite a number of carbine cartridge shells scattered all around over the ground, the barrels of two carbines, several frying pans and skillets, and two mules running loose over the prairie with rope halters or lariats attached to their necks, and every indication that a bloody conflict of some kind had taken place there. The bodies were perfectly nude, and there were no books or papers to be found to indicate who the unfortunate men were or where they were from. This story, as improbable as it may seem, can be substantiated by David Blank and George Beauchamp, of Jewell Centre, Kansas; and yet some folks say it is all nonsense and buncombe to arm the frontier settlers against the Indians.



TRAVELER, MAY 3, 1876.

The Kansas City Price Current publishes further advices regarding the coming season's drive of Texas cattle. Seventy seven thousand head are added to the number previously reported, making a total of 335,000 head. Probably one fourth of these cattle will stop in northern Texas, some for shipping, but the largest portion will go to stock the new ranches. The other three fourths will go to Wichita, Dodge City, Hays City, and the Platte river. The bulk of this vast herd is composed of cows, yearlings, two-year old steers, and heifers. The proportion of the three and four year old steers is excessively small.




SIDNEY, April 29, 1876.

Old Traveler:

Here we are at last at the last railroad point. We have been expecting to leave the railroad at every point since leaving Plum Creek. Everything is lovely, "and the goose hangs high" in camp. Every day we meet Black Hillers on the return, and everyone "busted." One man will call you aside and tell you of the trials and difficulties of life in the Hills--telling you not to go; while another will button-hole you, and with apparently as much sincerity tell you what he knows, and advise you to go on. It is needless to say we always take the latter advice, because it suits us. Indian stories are all the go here, but "we boys" have seen one or two "Injuns."

From six men and one wagon, our crowd has grown to sixteen wagons and forty-eight men. We have had a very pleasant trip, with but two stormy days in all. It is 169 miles from this point to Custer City. Everything in the outfitting line is cheap here: flour, $2.90 for the best; bacon, 50 cents, etc. Our old friend Berkey has been elected Captain of this outfit. Joe Reckle shot himself through the hand, but is all O. K. now. In two weeks we will be in the Hills, there to try for ourselves if there is any gold.

The boys all bid me say they are "mighty worse," and bound for the Hills.

I am, truly, etc.






April 28, 1876.

Editor Traveler:

DEAR SIR: Thinking that perhaps the readers of your paper would like to hear from this section, I send the following.

Last Fall, Mayberry, Drirkill, and Lackeridge, Texas cattle men, went into camp near me with 6,100 cattle, where they were wintered. Day before yesterday they left their winter quarters and started for Kansas. At their count on the morning of starting, they were "out" but about 300 head, dead and missing. Perhaps 100 of the strays may yet be found. They consider it a small loss. These are the first cattle that have passed up the trail. Through cattle will be at this place tomorrow. It is estimated the drive will be a large one.

Have you seen spring yet? Here the woods and prairies are green; countless millions of wild flowers are in bloom, and birds whose colors are as varied as--as--as, I don't know what, are singing, and I suppose are happy.

Can everybody go to the Centennial, and who runs the concern? What if Bill Hackney did thresh Folks? A lot of us boys used to get black eyes every few weeks, over there in Wellington, but they never called us bullies through the papers.

Success to the R. R. and boat.

Will write again if anything is invented.




TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1870.

Omaha, April 29. Governor Thayer, of Wyoming, has arrived to confer with General Cook, relative to military protection to be afforded to the Black Hill stage line. He wants some of the stations on the route thoroughly protected, especially Red Canon and Hot Creek. The former is very deep, and when travelers pass through it, the Indians crawl up its sides and shoot down or throw down rocks upon them. The General has promised all the protection possible, and an order has been issued today to that effect.

A traveler from the west today says it is currently reported about Cheyenne that H. E. Brown was not shot by Indians, but by some persons he had put out of the train, and who revenged themselves by ambushing and shooting at the train, which resulted in the killing of Brown.




Marriageable parties have but little to say, and in fact, not half of those who marry ever converse with each other previous to the performance of the marriage ceremony. Osage parents raise their children with great care, and feel that no member of the tribe can upon just grounds object to the union of his daughter to another's son, or his son to another's daughter. Such being the case, the parents, or whoever else may have the care of children, feel it obligatory upon them to make selections most desirable and without regard to the feelings of the parties to be united.

The girls are brought up with the same care that is given their brothers, and the selections of husbands are nearly as frequent as the selections of wives, and the rule that governs the one regulates the other.

After the parents have determined upon the woman who shall be a wife of their son, a large quantity of the choicest buffalo, elk, antelope, bear, or other fresh meat--food for the savage--is prepared after their most inviting manner and asked to the wigwam of the girl's parents where the object of the visit is made known and if it meets their approbation they are feasted upon the richest and most sought articles of food which nourishes the aboriginal race. But if the girl has a brother or sister who is absent, or some valued friend in the distance, the food is not accepted, but the projectors of the marriage scheme are advised to return home, where the food is kept until the girl's most intimate friends have arrived at her residence, when and where the before mentioned delicacies, in conjunction with a number of ponies are again presented, and if the proposed marriage meets the approbation of the parties, the food is then accepted and the feast enjoyed.


After the feast is over a distribution of the ponies among the woman's relatives and friends takes place. This occurrence is invariably in the latter part of the day. The proceedings now stop until the afternoon of the following day when she is attired in all the gaudy colors of which they have commanded, and placed upon the finest steed of which her brother may be possessed. Her father's sister, we-che-me in the Osage language, acts the part of bride's maid, and by the lariat leads the pony from the home of her childhood. Her brother accompanies them with a loaded rifle a distance from the lodge and fires a signal, when the young man's mother and sisters advance and upon a new red blanket stretched from its four corners, receive the woman from the back of the proud buffalo horse.

While the young woman's soon-to-be father-in-law takes possession of the horse and rifle, she is carried into the young man's lodge, where she is redressed. After the rearrangements in her costume are announced, the "Town crier" or "Kettle-tender" calls the young man from a neighboring bush or lodge, and is seated beside her in the presence of two or more clans of their people assembled for the occasion.

They now partake of luxuries prepared for the occasion and then comes a performance on the part of the elders of clans assembled, and the exercises for the day now close.

Early in the morning of the next day all the goods owned by the young husband are packed and transported to the lodge of the bride's father, where they are distributed by her mother among those of her friends who failed to get horses in the beginning of the ceremony. The young couple are also mounted upon a pair of the best horses to be commanded and escorted to the home of the bride by clans that participated in the ceremonies of the day before. The bridegroom is now redressed, and this lodge is made the home of the newly married warrior. He is accorded privileges that no other of the family is allowed to enjoy. If his newly made wife has sisters, they too, become wives of him as they arrive at the age of maturity. Osage New Year's Gift.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

A general cry is now made for the County to put up and sustain bridges across the Walnut, Dutch, and Grouse creeks.


Thousands of acres of land can be had in Cowley county by actual settlement, and paying the Government $1.25 per acre.


The Railroad Meeting held at Tisdale, last week, was well attended, and the delegates entertained by the people without charge. Tisdale will become noted for its hospitality.


We have just received word from Hon. W. R. Brown, saying that he expects to get the Cherokee Strip lands brought into market, to actual settlers only, soon. We shall hear from him again, and will know the result before many weeks. They will probably be brought in as before, at $1.50 and $1.25 per acre.


Many papers of the State express surprise at the border people speaking in high terms of Indian Agent Beede. The people of the border are always fair in their expressions, and had the former Agent treated them with half-way civility and respect, they would never have acquired the hatred heretofore manifested.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

The following questions are asked us by a young lawyer, just graduated, at Lebanon, Tennessee, and may prove beneficial to others.

1. How many lawyers are there in your place? Three.

2. Is there much litigation in your county? A great deal more than there should be.

3. Is the place healthy? Emphatically, yes. We have less sickness in Arkansas City than in any other town we know of, of the same size.

4. Is the price of living cheap or high? Board can be obtained at first-class hotels for $5 per week. If you are a married man your living expenses need not exceed $5 per week for two persons.

5. If you do not think Arkansas City and Cowley county a good place to locate at, can you direct me to a better place where the prospects are better? We have, like most printers, traveled over the greater portion of the United States and Territories, and a portion of Canada; over Kansas from the north line of the State to the Indian Territory, and from the east line to Colorado--and are free to say that if a working man cannot find a location to suit him here, he will be ready to complain if he ever reaches the golden shore.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

Pursuant to adjournment, the Directors of the above road met at Tisdale on the 2nd inst. All present but Mr. Platter and Mr. Posten. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Fleming, and proceeded to perfect the organization by the election of officers. An informal ballot was taken, after which the following were unanimously elected: President, James E. Platter; Vice President, S. B. Fleming; Secretary, W. D. Wright; Treasurer,

S. M. Fall. The officers were then sworn in by Judge Gans, and provision made for procuring the necessary company books. The President, Secretary, and Judge Cartmell were then appointed a committee to visit Kansas City, and interview railroad men in the interest of this road, and report. The local organization is now completed, and ready to accept or make propositions relative to the building and operating of the proposed line.

The meeting was harmonious and enthusiastic, and from the interest manifested by those along the line of the road, it is fair to infer that they are in earnest on the railroad question, and when an opportunity is offered they will contribute their support to the speedy construction of a road through this rich and, as yet, untraversed region of Southern Kansas W. M. S.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

The Grand Jury of the District of Columbia have agreed to return an indictment against Belknap for bribery. When Mrs. Marsh was looked for to give her testimony she was non est.


Six men, Arrow Wilson, a full blooded negro; Gibson Ishladubkee, Isham Sealy, and McGhee, full blooded Choctaws; O. Sanders, full blooded Cherokee, and W. Leach, a white man, were hung at Fort Smith on the 21st of April. They were all sentenced at the late term of the United States Court for the Western District of Arkansas, on the 3rd of September last. Six others were hung there and these six were executed on the same scaffold.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

Plant your Centennial tree.

Where are the May parties?

JOHN GOOCH lost one of his horses this week by colic.

WIND or rain don't stop the work on the new brick block.

A very heavy rain fall took place here on last Saturday morning.

A small boat has been constructed at the Water Mills to cross the Walnut.

NEW GOODS this week at Houghton & McLaughlin's and A. A. Newman's.

The big show will be in town tomorrow. Be careful how yhou bet, boys.

The water at Winfield took the board walk between the courthouse and town.

The Beethoven meets at the First Church next Saturday evening. Bear it in mind.

WATER one foot in depth flowed in the streets of Winfield during the late flood.

BENEDICT & CO., make the new patent colt and calf weaning bit. It is a success.

The M. E. social was held at the parsonage, last Monday evening, and was well attended.

THOMPSON'S and Rexford's new house is almost completed. It is large and commodious.

DOGS that are taken up on account of the tax not being paid are put in the calaboose.

The demand for horses and mules is growing more and more. Wichita is the only market.

The Delegate Convention for this Representative District will be held at Dexter next Saturday.

L. J. WEBB, of Winfield, is a prominent officer in the Good Templar's Lodge and member of church.

The Ladies' Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet at Mr. A. A. Newman's this afternoon at 2 o'clock.

R. HOFFMASTER announces himself ready to feed, care for, and hire stock at his stable on West Central Avenue.

We measured a twelve-inch growth of a sprig of a maple tree, and a twenty-inch growth of this year's alfalfa.

We saw on the town site, last Monday evening, five jack rabbits. The lowlands were probably too moist for them.

MR. ELDRIDGE, of Coffeyville, passed through this place last Saturday, on his way to the San Juan mines of Colorado.

SPECIMENS of grain, root crops, fruit, etc., left at this office will be forwarded to the Centennial. Bring them in, friends.

The west wing of the mill dam on the Walnut near this place was partially washed away. It was only that portion that was built of logs.

An additional feature of the show on Thursday will be a number off Kaw and Pawnee Indians, who will be on hand with bows and arrows to sell.

REV. SWARTS and part of his family departed for Hutchinson this week. Cal. and Charley will remain to work the farm. The best wishes of the community go with him.

VACCINATION. By request of several parties, Dr. Hughes obtained some new virus, and has innoculated a number of persons. Parties visiting the Centennial should take the precaution.

MASTER WILLIAM SCOTT, of Melissa, Collin county, Texas, son of Col. Thomas A. Scott, has passed a successful examination and been admitted as a cadet to West Point Military Academy. We congratulate the parents on the progress of their son. [COULD THIS FAMILY BE RELATED TO EDITOR SCOTT?]

MISS MATTIE H. THOMPSON, daughter of Rev. David Thompson, has arrived from Ohio, with the design of residing with her parents. His son, Rev. R. J. Thompson, of Halsey, Oregon, has lately found a helpmeet for himself. May this prove a happy union.

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. The house of Dr. Alexander, of this place, was struck by lightning during the storm last Friday night. The flash followed down the stove pipe, passing through the floor into the cellar, and set fire to an old umbrella. No material damage was done.

The post office of Walnut, Butler county, has been discontinued; also, Park City, Sedgwick county. Peace, in Rice county, has had its name changed to Sterling. They lost the county seat and want something more than Peace, now. Mrs. Mahala T. Covert, of this county, has been appointed postmistress of Little Dutch.

WHETHER the report is true or not, we cannot say, but it is generally reported that houses for half a mile on each side of Rock Creek, this county, were swept away by the late flood. The amount of water was fearful. On the bottom lands east of town on Harmon's farm, in some places, it compelled cattle to swim.

As most are aware, Castello's Double Circus and Zoological Aggregation will give two exhibitions at this place tomorrow, at 1 o'clock p.m., and at 7 in the evening. The troupe is recommended as a first-class circus, with a collection of wild animals accompanying it. The price of admission is 50 cents for adults, and 25 cents for children.


MR. JAMES E. FOSTER, a commercial traveling man, who was at this place but a short time ago, was thrown from his buggy and killed, near Eureka, not long since. Mr. J. C. Bennett was with him at the time, and both had stopped and got out of their buggies to kill a snake. Upon entering the buggy, Mr. Foster cracked his whip, at which the horses took fright and ran before he was thoroughly seated, throwing him out, his head striking a fence, and fracturing his skull. He lingered a few hours, unconscious, and died. The Traveling Association of St. Joseph, of which he was a member, passed a number of resolutions upon his tragic death.























JIBBER JABBER. It raineth as the farmer wishesth.

A. O. Hoyt and wife board at the Central Avenue.

Cuss the Marshal, now, and put in a cut at the Police Judge, for the dorg tax must be paid. [He said "dorg".]

No one drunk for a coon's age.

The boys go swimming now.

Marriages slacking up.

Work on the brick block is lively.

One man in Arkansas City paints. It's George Allen.

Frank Speer is going to have a running horse.

Fresh ingins now.

H. P. Standley has a "farm" near Grouse.

There will be animals at the show, so that church members can go. They needn't stay for the funny part. [ANOTHER ARTICLE, WHICH I SKIPPED, PLAYED UP THE ELEPHANT...MENTIONED LION AND WILD KANGAROO.]



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.



The Crops Under Water.

The greatest rise of the Walnut river ever known by the residents of this place was last Saturday afternoon and night. It is asserted by those who watched it that the river rose four feet in one hour, and the amount of drift wood, saw logs, rails, etc., carried down was immense. Not until late in the day was any danger apprehended to the bridge at the Water Mills, but Sunday morning brought the news that the bridge had been washed away. The loss will be greatly felt, as it is doubtful whether another will replace it soon. It cost this township $4,500 only three years ago, besides the additional expense of repairs since and interest on the bonds. The abutments remain, however, and to replace it now would not cost more than one-half what it did before.

Particles of the structure lodged on Callahan's farm and on the island at the mouth of the Walnut, but we do not know what condition they are in. The bottoms from the east edge of the town site nearly to the river are under water, and the water in the woods at the mill would swim a horse. In many places large patches of wheat are entirely submerged, and fences, wood, and lumber have been washed away.

At Winfield we learn the lower bridge across the Walnut was taken down the stream; also, the bridge across Dutch creek. The fall of rain at this place was but three and one-half inches, but it had the appearance of being much more up the Walnut.

Near Salt City they experienced another hail storm, entirely destroying two fields of wheat. We have not heard from Grouse creek and other localities, but expect the damage will be considerable. It seems as though the bridge across the Walnut at this place cannot be dispensed with, as nearly one-fourth of the year the river is not fordable, yet there is a strong prejudice against bonding the township for any purpose.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

The United States Courtroom was filled this morning to witness the trial of the lottery cases. Five of the Atchison Lottery men have been indicted, among whom are Hon. J. M. Price, Hon. G. W. Glick, S. M. Strickler, and Luther Challiss. There are three counts in the indictment. The first alleges substantially that the defendants sent letters and advertisements of an illegal lottery through the U. S. mail. The second, that they sent letters, circulars, etc., of a certain Gift Enterprise, similar to an illegal lottery through the mails. The third, that they advertised through the U. S. mails, a scheme to distribute certain real estate purporting to belong to the Kansas Land and Immigration Association, of which they were managers, while said association did not own a foot of land.




TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

For Sale or Trade Cheap. A good second-hand reaper and mower. J. T. SHEPARD.


Strayed or Stolen. One blazed-face, spotted horse pony, 2 years old; white feet and white eyes. Also one spotted mare pony, blazed-faced; white feet; supposed to be about 6 years old; lump on back, caused by saddle. Anyone returning the same, or giving information that will lead to their recovery, will be liberally rewarded. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN, Arkansas City.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

Lewis Grayblanket, a young full blood Osage, was arrested in this place on Tuesday last. He was charged with theft, and, though for some time after his arrest his manner was somewhat defiant, he at last comprehended an odd reality, when he confessed having stolen a jacket, a smoothing iron, shoes, etc., from the school, and a revolver, leather, whetstone, etc., from the shoe-shop. These confessions gave his troubled heart so much relief that it was hard for him to resist the temptation to tell more, so he acknowledged having stolen a $10 note from a Mexican in the tribe, John Twogiver, which he said had been spent at the stores, excepting fifty cents, which he claimed had been returned. He next put on a coat, when at the school, and wore it away; but he says the Osage boys took it from him, thus showing that others of the tribe may at times enjoy a nature similar to his own.

He says that he also stole a comb, but inasmuch as he had nothing but a "roach" on his head it was of but little use to him, so he lost it. When speaking of his last theft, he said that he went into the mill building through the "saw-dust hole" and got Hard Rope's flour, and that it was natural for him to lie, and that it accorded with no one's advice, which facts leave Louis lone responsible for this much-to-be deplored habit. The young man was before a jury of Osage chiefs and counselors, who realize that in matters of this kind it is folly to be Indians any longer. From the subjoined paragraph the reader will learn how hard these Indians are trying to imitate their white brothers in the execution of a civil custom of law, and this, too, be it remembered, is not being done within a hundred miles of a soldier of the United States.


April 18, 1876.

Resolved, That the chiefs and counselors of the Osage Nation earnestly pray our Agent, Cyrus Beede, to sentence Louis Grayblanket to thirty days' hard labor, and not to exeed thirty days unless he, our Agent, in his judgment, thinks that justice demands it. Blackhorse will have charge of prisoner, and will be paid one dollar per day for his service as guard.

A. CAPTAIN, Chairman.

Indian Herald.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

The Creeks constitute one of the largest tribes in the Territory, and are located south and contiguous to the Osages. Nearly twenty-five years ago a missionary, a Mr. Lockridge, succeeded in writing their language and ours, together and at the same time, in twenty-four districts and two high schools. About seven hundred are now in school, and about one hundred and sixty, males and females, attend the two academies. Many of the district schools are conducted by Indians themselves, though one language is not taught to the exclusion of the other, and when a Creek pupil can read one language, he is expected to be able to read the other also. About one half of the tribe talk English, and one-third read the same, with their own, though a child brought up and familiarized alike with both languages will, if left to itself, read Creek first.

About one half of the tribe are now members of some religious nomination, and they have about fifty itinerant preachers who superintend the various "camp meetings" for religious worship, in the autumn of each year. A goodly number of Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists may here be found, and from the manner in which the Lord's praises are shouted, white visitors would believe most of the tribe to be religiously inclined.

The three religious denominations above mentioned are so enthusiastic in the christianizing of these people that their missionary laborers are yet kept in the field, and kept, too, at the expense of the churches, instead of making it an expense to be paid out of Indian funds. Indian Herald.



TRAVELER, MAY 10, 1876.

The Governor, yesterday, commissioned J. N. Campbell, captain, P. E. Bacon, first lieutenant, and G. W. Watson second lieutenant of the Norton county militia.


John Roe, the young man who stole Samuel Endicot's mare, was convicted and sentenced to one year's imprisonment in the

penitentiary. Winfield Courier.





The storm on Friday night was the most terrific ever known in this place. The constant flash of lightning, together with the successive peals of thunder, made the night one long to be remembered. About 2 o'clock the air was so full of water that to one looking out of a window it resembled an old fashioned snow storm. At daylight the little branch east of town in many places was more than a quarter of a mile wide. It was a grand old sight to see the water flowing through the green branches of large cottonwood trees. Gardens and fields were several feet under water, and in some cases are very much damaged. Several families were compelled to leave their houses, which fortunately were not swept away, but the floors were washed without mop or brush. How is that for drouthy Kansas?

Sain's new drug store is a great imprrovement to Caldwell.

J. A. Blair & Co. have purchased the old log store formerly occupied by C. H. Stone. The old logs have become new, except the roof and floor.

Several claims have been taken recently, and still there is room; plenty of vacant land within three miles of town. R.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

May 8, 1876.

We have a surplus of rain here. The ground will be too wet to plow for several days. Very little corn planted; wheat and oats doing finely; clover and grass the same.

A good deal of hedging and forest tree planting has been done, and several large peach and apple orchards set out.

Several breaking teams are running, and have all the work engaged they can do this season. According to present indications, the area of wheat in this township will be increased one half this fall. An early harvest is certain, and some farmers are already engaging help. Harvest hands will be in demand at good wages.

The school house in District No. 72, which has hung fire so long, is in process of construction, and will probably be completed in time to be named Centennial. Prof. T. A. Wilkinson has the contract, and is putting it through with a rush.

The general health is good.

The population of this township was increased one recently. Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Gould are happy in entertaining the new comer. It is a girl. RED BUD.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

Judge Foster, of the U. S. District Court, in a case tried before him last week at Topeka, has decided that it is no violation of the United States law to sell liquor to Indians when off their reservations. This is quite an important decision, and will shut out nearly all the Indian whiskey cases which consumes so much of the time in the court, as nearly all of them are prosecutions for selling to Indians when off their reservations.




A Ride Outside the United States.

On the morning of the 24th day of April last, the Arkansas City session of the Wichita District Conference of the M. E. Church having closed, its members, accompanied by a hospitable and intelligent company of citizens, started on a trip to the Kaw Agency, taking the ridge road.

The citizens consisted of Rev. J. J. Wingar, Rev. B. C. Swarts and lady, Rev. Rawson, C. M. Scott, Miss Eva Swarts, Mrs. C. R. Mitchell, Mrs. Jas. I. Mitchell, and Miss T. Bowers--all comfortably seated in buggies, with a number of well filled baskets. The first eight miles of the way presented to the eye the most delightful landscape scenery I ever beheld, comprising hills and vales, and the rock edged ravines of the Arkansas River. Reaching Grouse creek at noon, we halted and partook of an excellent dinner, such as only the Arkansas City ladies can prepare, and which was decidedly the best meal I ever enjoyed upon the banks of the Grouse.

We gathered up the fragments that remained, and after climbing a limestone hill some 75 feet above the river bed, we soon reached the Indian country, passing over, as a general thing, a very good quality of land, with small ravines and running water, and occasionally a high narrow ridge or peak, covered with magnesian limestone. Mile after mile we passed along, with the "TRAVELER" disappearing in the distance, doubtlessly feeling that

"_______ I am the chief of Uliva's Isle,

And this Lord Ullin's daughter."

Reaching the last summit, we unexpectedly beheld three stone buildings, surrounded by beautiful oak timber. My companion, Miss B_____, upon having her attention called to the fact that we were fast nearing our destination, manifested considerable "surprise" (not to say timidity). Discovering the "daughter" at the first building, we halted, and being informed by her that our lodging had been engaged there, we alighted, the Indian boys assisting in caring for our teams. Someone placed a "nickel" in the bark off a tree and told a little four-year-old to shoot for it. He began to shoot, when they would put him nearer and nearer, until he finally conceived the idea of certainty, and placing his drawn arrow upon the money, let go, to his own joy and the entertainment of the company.

Dr. Hunt called us to supper, where we were as well entertained as in the States. At 7 o'clock the collection bell called the Indian children to a room in the Industrial Mission boarding house, where also were Cyrus Beede and lady, Mr. Spray, Jr., and lady, of Indianapolis, and our own party. Mr. Beede is Agent for the Kaws and Osages. The Superintendent, Mr. Spray, Sr., read a part of the fifth chapter of Matthew, including the Lord's Prayer, which the children repeated with him, when they sang "Hold the Fort." The Superintendent then invited us to talk to the children. Rev. J. J. Wingar talked with them to the edification of all present, when they sang "All to Christ I owe." The Superintendent made a few remarks, after which the services were closed with a prayer by Mrs. Spray. The children filed into the hall and then upstairs to their sleeping rooms. We were invited into the parlor, where we spent the evening very pleasantly, conversing and singing.

The morning dawned brightly, and partaking of a good breakfast, we were ready to pay our bills, after which we visited some of the villages. It was amusing to see with what nicety and precision the ladies of our party adjusted each ribbon before entering those wigwams. Returning, we visited the school of nine girls and eighteen boys, from four to sixteen years of age. Upon being asked if they ever felt like fighting, they blushed and said it was wrong.

One of our party asked them if they had heard of Jesus, and received a quiet "Yes, sir," for an answer. The "TRAVELER" also made a good speech. Most of the school can read and write. Quite a number aspire to teach school, to make money, and do good. In their opinion, the Bible is a good book, and good children go to heaven and vice versa. Mr. Barclay Ratliff, the teacher, understands the peculiarities of his scholars, and has good control over them in every respect. In their out-door amusements he makes himself one of them, but in the school room preserves law and order. After the usual Quaker farewell salutations, we started for our mother country, with many kindly remembrances, and hoping to meet again.

The buildings of this Agency are located on second bottom land, about one mile north of the Arkansas river, on the west bank of a small branch. Approaching from the north, the first building is the sub-Agent's, a two-story stone, occupied by Dr. Hunt and lady. The Doctor's duties are to issue the provisions to the various Indian families about once each week, and superintend their farming. The tribe is divided into different lodges, each having their chief and wigwam village. Each lodge, or collection of families, farms together, but separate from other lodges. They have 1,200 acres in cultivation, 550 of which were broken last year. They have 27 breaking plows and teams, and $1,700 of available appropriation for the year 1876. Everyone wants a team, but there is not a sufficient number of teams to cultivate the broken ground, hence some will have no corn. It looks as though the Kaws would do some good if they could have money and supervision a few years.

The broken lands are generally fenced with rails, of which they have 75,000, all split by themselves. They have a mill, and grind corn for bread. Some of the squaws have white husbands, and live in log houses. Most of the Indians are dressed in shirts, muslin pants, and moccasins, with a large blanket thrown around them, while some adopt the white man's uniform. Some speak our language, and will greet you with a "How!" if they meet you on foot anywhere near the buildings; they need no introduction. A furnishing store, council room, and blacksmith shop are also here.

The Mission comprises three stone buildings, the first being the Mission boarding house, three stories high besides the basement. It is occupied by the Superintendent, Uriah Spray, by whom the children are boarded and lodged, and called together every evening for Bible reading and worship. The second is a school room, some 30 x 40 feet, well seated.

The third building is the barn, three stories high, and built upon a side hill. The stables are in the basement, five horse stalls and ten cow troughs, where the Indian boys tie the cows every evening and milk them. There are three sheet iron lined grain bins, with a capacity of 2,000 bushels each; hay shoots and pulleys for filling the mows; in fact, all the modern improvements, making the best barn I ever say.

The Mission has separate farming lands: 100 acres fenced as a pasture, besides cultivating lands; has twenty head of cattle, and about the same of hogs.

We left the Agency at about half past 10, taking the river road. The gradually rising uplands are covered with a variety of oak timber, 12 to 24 inches in diameter, and one to three rail cuts in length. The river timber is black walnut, hickory, sycamore, ash, hackberry, and cottonwood, some of the trees being three feet in diameter. Sometimes the upland makes a near approach to the river, and presents a 150 feet perpendicular rock face, near the top of which are to be seen beautiful cedars, and underneath, the water gushing forth in the western sunlight, following its mossy, rock covered course to the river.

As the other teams drove on, our individual party, consisting of Miss B_____, Revs. Wingar and Rawson, and myself, was gradually left in the rear. Presently, we passed into a wood, through which a stream ran with steep banks on either side. We passed down the hill into a narrow channel, and turned abruptly to the right upon the sideling of the river bank. The left bolt in the spring bar being broken, and the seat not being fastened to the bed, I was in consequence thereof gently deposited head foremost into two feet of water, while Miss B____ and Rev. Rawson quickly fell into line. Bro. Wingar was lost: said he didn't know where he was. Miss B. gasped for breath, and looked as disconsolate as one well could look. Bro. Wingar had by this time found himself, and promptly came to the rescue by leading the team out of the way. Bro. Rawson now came up with the relics, and seeing the result to be only a good ducking, and that no one was hurt, his exuberant spirits found vent in a succession of shouts, in which we were disposed to join. Bro. Swarts' acute ear having caught our notes of joy, returned to learn the cause of this unseemly levity. No one knew, but our dripping garments betrayed us, and while we hung ourselves up to dry, he made a fire from the only match in the company, it, too, having shared our fate in being dipped. After administering to the wants of our inner selves, we were much refreshed, and hitching up were again on our way, passing over the timber covered upland, adapted to the pasturage of all kinds of stock.

We were soon passing along the banks of Osage creek, which have a height of some fifteen feet until we reached the almost bankless, rock bottom ford, just below which is a fall of about six feet over and under huge rocks of several tons weight. They doubtless once formed the bed of the river, until the water moved the earth beneath, leaving them edged one upon another, forming various little lakes or pools. These, with the twenty-feet projection of the unfallen bed from several points below, present quite a novel and interesting view. We spent some time in gathering petrified moss, shells, ferns, etc.

Feeling rested, we pursued our homeward way, arriving in the evening, and feeling well paid for our time. And I wish to take this opportunity to tender my kindest regards to my acquaintances in Arkansas City for their most generous hospitality.




TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

C. M. McIntire has assumed entire control of the Cowley County Democrat, and will be alone responsible for its action hereafter.


The delegates from Creswell, Pleasant Valley, and other townships, were prevented from attending the Convention at Dexter, on account of high water, and no bridge across the Walnut.


STEAMBOAT. W. M. Sleeth received a letter from Mr. Hoyt, written at Zanesville, Ohio, in which he stated he had been detained longer than he expected, and would not be ready to start again before two weeks. The boat was built at Plainfield, and had to be taken to Zanesville for final completion. It is 90 feet long, 30 feet beam, and has 19 feet deck, and three foot hole. It draws from eight to nine inches of water, and is capable of carrying fifty tons on two feet of water. The first cargo brought up will probably be salt and lumber.


Coal in Cowley County.

Mr. Todd, formerly of this city, but for some years a resident of Wichita, has been boring for coal at Salt City, Cowley county, for about eighteen months. Week before last, at the depth of four hundred feet, he struck a good vein. This is within four feet of the depth that geologists have stated that coal would be found in that region. It is supposed that the vein struck is the same as the one discovered on the Canadian river in the Indian Territory. If so, it will be about four feet six inches.

Mr. Todd keeps the thickness of the vein to himself. He has shut up the hole and is at Wichita making arrangements for mining. It is said that he is offered a large price for an interest in the mine. If it proves that there is such a vein, it is of great importance. It is in the immediate vicinity of the salt wells. It is also in a section of the State that has no coal, except this. Every month seems to open up something new and rich for southwestern Kansas. What helps one part of the State helps all parts. Commonwealth.

The above cannot be altogether credited. The hole has been drilled; but our information is they have not struck coal yet.


Notice of Equalization.

Notice is hereby given that the board of Commissioners of Cowley county, Kansas, will meet at the office of the County Clerk in the city of Winfield on Monday the 5th day of June, 1876, as a county Board of Equalization, at which time and place all persons feeling themselves aggrieved can appear and have all errors in the assessors' returns corrected.

M. G. TROUP, County Clerk.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

PLEASANT VALLEY, May 15, 1876.

Revs. McDonald and Reece have arrived, and have been holding a series of meetings at the Holland school house.

The Union Sabbath School is progressing finely, being composed of one superintendent, five teachers, and about eighty students.

Mr. R. Holcomb sold to J. L. Hon 80 acres of land for $350. Judging from the arrangements now being made, it looks as if Jim was to be the next lucky man.

Mr. Frank Bott, late of Iowa, is having the sod turned at a rapid rate. Mr. Bott is an energetic man, and says he is going to have his whole farm broken and sown in wheat this fall.

Mr. Teeters has built an addition to his house, which is evidence of his being tired of living in close quarters.

The school in District No. 10 is progressing finely under the supervision of Miss Moore.

The circus at Winfield last Saturday was a grand humbug, with two gambling side shows connected with it. C. C. H.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

ARKANSAS CITY, COWLEY CO., April 29th, 1876.

DEAR STANDARD: Of late I have been somewhat remiss in giving you items from this section of the State. In fact, there was but little to write about, and items of news are like cat feathers, few and far between.

Our town is decidedly dull; you can scarcely see a farmer in town, and when they do come, all the talk is about wheat harvesters, reapers, droppers, headers, and such like.

Our merchants are doing little, except Channell & Haywood, and the Benedict Brothers, agricultural implement dealers. They seem busy putting up machinery for the farmers. Our streets are blocked up with great big things that look like walking wind mills, but there will be a demand for them all. You can have no conception of the enormous amount of whet to be cut in this county, besides rye and barley. I have no doubt but that hundreds of men and machines from the northern parts of the State could find profitable employment during the harvest in this county. There must and will be a scarcity of hands and machines, there is so much to cut and so little time to do it in.

Our weather is now very warm and grain coming on rapidly. Rye, barley, and wheat are now heading out. The rye and barley will be ready to cut in three weeks from this time, and wheat from the 1st to the 10th of June. In riding over the country, you will see wheat in all stages of height, from eighteen inches to four feet. A better prospect for a full crop was never seen in Southern Kansas than at present.

I meet a farmer, asking him how much wheat he has in this year, his answer is, "Well, I have only about 120 acres myself, but my neighbor A has 170 acres, and B., just east of me, 150 acres, and a man across the creek has over 200 acres all looking splendid."

One man on the Walnut has 430 acres in wheat, old Mr. Holmes. How is that for high in a five year old county?




TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

Corn four inches high.

Wanted. Harvest hands.

D. J. BRIGHT starts for the Centennial this week.

HARVESTING will be in full vogue in three weeks.

There are three Grangers in the Cherokee Nation.

E. P. KINNE and wife paid this place a visit last week.

Rev. Fleming has probably seen Philadelphia by this time.

The Zoological Aggravation did not come last Thursday.

The Centennial pins at H. & Mc. are the pride and comfort of all the ladies.

J. L. STUBBS and Miss Amelia Mowry returned last week from their visits.

JOURNEYMEN saddlers could find employment at the shops in this county.

One man broke 23 acres of sod in five days with a Deere gang plow. Who can beat it?

MR. AND MRS. CHANNELL will rusticate this summer in the East. Also, Mrs. Newman.

The show fulfilled its appointment at Winfield last Saturday, and dodged its bills here.

Now the question arises shall the bridge be built east of town or put up on the old piers?

FOOT BALL has broken out again. It makes fun for the boys and work for the shoemakers.

We noticed some volunteer corn eight inches in length from the ground to the tip of the blade.

THE CITY MEAT MARKET at this place will keep fresh meat on hand at all times during the summer.

In Iowa they have just sown their spring wheat. Capt. Bird expects to cut his in two weeks.

W. W. WALTON has been taking his bed and board at the Central Avenue for two or three days past.

JUDGE GANS will preach at the Parker school house next Saturday night, "at early candle light."

NEARLY fifty prairie hens' nests were burned on one acre of ground, across the Arkansas, last week.

A $2.50 glass was knocked out of H. & Mc's window by the foot ball on "show day," by the small boys.

CARPENTERS must be growing scarce. We noticed two ladies nailing the boards on an addition last week.

GROUSE Creek post office, in this county, has been discontinued. It was in the northern part of the county.

BORN to Mr. and Mrs. J. Clark, Saturday, May 13th, a daughter. Dr. Alexander took charge of the situation.

The members of the Stock Protective Union will meet at Benedict's Hall, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.

HARVEST hands will be in great demand in this county. Fully 1,000 men could find employment during the season.

DR. HOUSTON and son, Milt., have located at their new home, on the farm recently purchased of David Bright.

Rev. John Blevins is to start a paper at Oxford. Will Leonard will have charge of the mechanical part of the work.

A mouse got into a drawer at this office, in which was kept some currency, and came near destroying ten dollars' worth.

A. F. & A. M. Members of Crescent Lodgew, No. 133, will find entertainment at the Lodge room every evening this week.

The enlarged edition of the Indian Herald, published at the Osage Agency, has reached us. It has grown in interest as well as size.

See the card of the "Old Reliable" Blacksmith shop, K. F. Smith, proprietor. It is hardly worth while to introduce him, as everybody knows Kendall.


E. F. SMITH, Proprietor.

Shop opposite the Central Avenue Hote..

Come along friends. I am ready for you again, with new tools, new forge, and new shop.


RELIGIOUS INTEREST AT SALT CITY. For several weeks past one Rev. McDonald, of Chanute, Kansas, has been holding religious exercises at the Salt City school house, with an interested audience. Mr. McDonald belongs to the denomination calling themselves "Followers of Christ," and believes in and preaches miracles. If our informant has told the truth, Mr. McDonald claims to be ordained to preach the gospel; has raised one person from the dead, and can cure the sick and heal the afflicted. Several persons are to be baptized by him at Salt City next Sunday.


BOUND TO GO. A young girl of sweet sixteen was seen running up and down the banks of the Walnut in a frantic manner last Saturday, exclaiming "I'd give five dollars to see that show." The river was up and the bridge down; she on one side of the raging Walnut while her sweetness was on the other. Her efforts were finally crowned with success by securing the aid of a boat, but lo, when they arrived in town to their moral horror they found the show as at Winfield, and again she gave vent to: "I'd give five dollars to see that show."


The store room of A. A. Newman is crowded to overflowing with his new stock of goods, and the tongues and heels of the proprietor and three clerks are almost constantly in motion. They have everything in the dry goods line, at prices lower than ever, new hats, new shoes, new dress patterns, new clothing, and all the new spring and summer goods are piled up to the ceiling. Call in before the goods are put on the shelves or stowed under the counter if you want to see a model stock.


We had the pleasure of listening to an ably written sermon, last Sunday evening, from Rev. Rideout, of Caldwell, who filled Rev. Fleming's place. Mr. Rideout delivered his sermon laboring under the disadvantage of extreme poor health, yet it was listened to with eagerness, and generally appreciated. Our readers have all been familiar with the gentleman's writings, as he has been a correspondent of the TRAVELER for many months, under the signature of "R."


LAUDWICK MARICLE, of Webster county, Iowa, recently purchased 1,040 acres of land west of the Arkansas River, and intends breaking 800 acres of it. He purchased Wm. Gross' farm, horses, hogs, and everything, except part of his furniture, an old horse, and his chickens. Gross is working for Maricle now, after receiving $4,600 for his place. Mr. Maricle was one of the first settlers of Iowa.


FURTHER reports from the flood are to the effect that whole fields of corn were washed away on the Walnut and Grouse, and the loss of 300 bushels of old wheat by one man on Grouse. The wheat was in a bin, which the water surrounded, and in twenty-four hours it had sprouted. Other parties were compelled to move out of their houses, and in two or three instances the houses were carried from their foundations.


HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN's new goods have been coming in for the past week by the wagon load, and they now have their counters and shelves full of the late styles of prints, calicoes, and fine dress goods; with an elaborate display of fancy laces, trimmings, and notions. Their stock of clothing, boots and shoes, hats and caps, as usual is very large and will be sold at fair prices.


The following is the Centennial style of announcing one's self for matrimony:

"Notice to Women of Means, of any Pedigree! Charles Harry Augustus Mellowtongue, Esquire, at Louisville, bachelor and gentleman, the pride and delight of fashionable tailors, offers himself to the highest bidder, spinster or widow, under fifty years."


HON. W. P. HACKNEY returned from Topeka this week, where he attended a meeting of the A. T. & S. F. Co. He says if the people of Cowley want a road, and are willing to go to work, they can have one before the next snow falls. All we want to know now is what work do you want performed.


See the card of R. Hoffmaster, proprietor of the City Livery, Feed and Sale Stable. Mr. Hoffmaster has put in a new stock of horses, purchased buggies, and is prepared to turn out good conveyances on short notice and reasonable rates. Stable one block west of the Central Avenue Hotel.








We received a friendly note from Mr. A. H. Barnard, of the Valley House, of Wellington, stating that since his return to his old home he has been doing exceedingly well. Barnard is a popular hotel man in the Southwest, and when you go to Wellington, give him a call.


See the card of Mr. Silas Parker, carpenter and builder, late of Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Parker is a good workman, and will work to suit the times. He can erect a claim shanty or a fine mansion as quick and reasonable as anyone in the county. Try him.


Houses, graineries, bridges, and all kinds of carpenter's work done on short notice and reasonable terms. Leave orders at the Central Avenue Hotel.


MR. CARDER has some wheat on his place four feet high. Wheat will be taller this year than many have thought. The rule is that it will lengthen one-third after it has headed. If this rule holds good, it will be a good length, after all.


HARRINGTON and Pat Curry, the boys who were with old Mr. Campbell from this county to the Black Hills, have returned. They thought the gold inducement would not justify the risk of losing their lives by Indians.


The band boys expect to make the night air melodious this summer, and be ready to attend all calls for music from political meetings and public gatherings. They understand themselves.


We have heard it reported that Billy Anderson, formerly of Winfield, was hung in Texas last winter, for being found with some parties that had stolen cattle. We have nothing positive to substantiate the rumor.


Considerable lumber and iron belonging to the Walnut bridge has been found along the stream. Probably one-third of the lumber. The piers remain permanent.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

REAPER FOR SALE. I will sell or trade a new improved 4-horse McCormick reaper, good as new and capable of cutting 20 acres per day, on time, with security. FRANK LORRY.


GO TO JACKSON & CO., WICHITA, for the Champion Machine. The best in the market, and will be sold cheaper for cash or good notes than any other machine.



TRAVELER, MAY 17, 1876.

Butter scarce at 25 cents a pound.

W. P. Hackney has gone to Topeka.

Walter Demen has been appointed marshal.

Our public school closes next Friday.

Wirt W. Walton, of the Courier, has returned.

The Union Sabbath School has a $250 library.

The saloons have again been granted license for another year.

Wheat harvest will commence by the first of next month.

We understand T. H. Henderson, formerly of the Lagonda House, is very low with pneumonia.

James Kelly is fitting up the post office building, and intends putting in a large stock of stationery.

Mrs. Rev. Platter and mother have gone to Philadelphia to spend the summer.

Died. Thursday, May 4th, an infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Foults.

The bridge at Bliss' mill is said to be in a bad condition. The abutments on both sides of the river are cracked.

Dr. W. Q. Mansfield, of the Winfield drug store, desires the papers to say that he and his son, Marold [? Harold ?] have gone to Europe.

We learn from the Elk County Ledger, that Messrs. Allen and Livingstone of Elk Falls intend starting a picture gallery in Dexter this county.

The salt works at Salt City are now turning out salt at the rate of a thousand pounds a day. May it soon be able to supply the whole county.

A Sad Accident. A little girl of John Easton's, aged about three years, was playing around a wagon with some other children, and climbed upon the wheel, when the team started, throwing her underneath and running over her chest, crushing her lungs and ribs badly. She got up and walked home, about a hundred yards distant, and told her mother she was hurt and wanted to go to bed. Her mother put her in bed and Dr. Black was immediately summoned, but there was no help for her. She died in about one hour. We hope this may be a warning to some of those little boys who play around wagons on the street.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

The iron bridge across the Elk at Elk City got its back broke and fell into the river.

Geo. F. Howell has been appointed post master at the Pawnee Agency, and Miss Lizzie L. Hiatt, daughter of J. M. Hiatt, has been appointed postmistress at Osage Agency.




THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE WROTE AN ARTICLE ABOUT STREAMS IN KANSAS, MENTIONING ONLY THE KANSAS, NEOSHO, REPUBLICAN, SOLOMON, SMOKY HILL, AND THE SALINE. "Kansas can be made one of our foremost manufacturing States. Not one west of Massachusetts equals it in permanent and valuable water powers, and in addition to its water power it has a soil of unsurpassed fertility, a salubrious climate, and railroads stretching far out in all directions."


Is it not strange that a paper of the general intelligence of the New York Tribune should overlook the fact that the Arkansas River (with many of its chief tributaries) is also one of the rivers of Kansas, and the largest in the State? It affords at this point, Arkansas City, more water than all the above mentioned streams put together. The main Arkansas River at this place could be made one of the finest water powers in the western country. The Little Arkansas, the Walnut, Grouse, Shawkaska, and Nennescah--all offer excellent water privileges, if the capital was here to utilize them. I look for the day when 20 mills will be run by the water power of the Big Arkansas. Arkansas City is bound to be the great flour manufacturing city of the Western States. She has the wheat producing country and the water power; time will bring the capital and enterprise. During the late freshet, when the Walnut overflowed its banks and the low bottoms looked like a large lake, you could stand on Summit street and see the water in the Arkansas river, three fourths of a mile west, apparently but about ten or twelve feet below you; but the Walnut, three-fourths of a mile east, seemed at least forty feet beneath you--so that there must be at least a fall of twenty feet from the one river to the other. That, one mile and a half of canal could effect. I make the prediction that some day it will be accomplished.




TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

The Governor offers $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the Baxter Springs bank robbers.


Contracts are to be let at Fort Leavenworth, on the 10th day of June, for wagon transportation from Caddo to Fort Sill, Indian Territory; Wichita, Kansas, to Fort Reno, I. T.; Dodge City, or Fort Dodge, Kansas, to Camp Supply, I. T.; Dodge City, or Fort Doge, Kansas, to Fort Elliot, Texas, and a number of other points farther west.


In regard to the scheme for navigating the Arkansas river, the Chautauqua News of the 29th, ult., says: Mr. Graverock passed through here last week on his way to St. Louis for the purpose of securing boats to run on the Arkansas river from its mouth as far up as Wichita or Arkansas City at least. If this can be accomplished, it will be a grand thing for all the country bordering upon that river. The immense amount of wheat growing in that country would then have a cheap outlet to the best markets in the world, and build up a trade rarely equalled anywhere. This would make Arkansas City an important, and soon a very large city. Elk Ledger.


Indian Territory News.

[From the Commonwealth.]


This place was thrown into considerable excitement on Sunday evening, by the arrival of a courier with word that some six armed white men had collected together some 200 head of cattle at the ranch of John Whisker, some 15 miles south of this place and driven them off, in defiance of the herder's protest and what little resistance he could offer.

What few whites live here, some nine in number, armed themselves and started in pursuit. About 8 o'clock Monday morning, they came upon the supposed cattle thieves and found some 60 or 70 head of cows and ponies, being driven by an Indian, a squaw, and some children, said Indian said he knew nothing of any more cattle, but on close observtion, a fresh trail was discovered ahead, which was followed for some six or eight miles, when a herd of some 80 or 100 head of steers were found, being driven on a run by an Indian and two white men. The parties were called upon to surrender, but the white men fled and left the Indian with the cattle. The Indian got down from his horse and made for Francis Olsmith, one of the parties in pursuit from this place, with a butcher knife, and inflicted some serious wounds, but none of them fatal, he would have killed him however, had not help been close. The Indian was killed outright by a timely shot or two from the pursuers.

Papers found on the dead man go to show that the Indian's name was David Blue or Ballou, a noted Cherokee outlaw and cattle thief, and the murderer of some six or eight men. The two escaped white men, from the description, are supposed to be Charlie Willetts, and Long John, two desperate characters and the terror of the Nation. The cattle were brought to this place and await an owner, as they do not belong to Whisker as at first supposed. The brands and marks answer the description of some cattle stolen from Childers in February last, by Charlie Willetts and Long John.

The Territory at this time, is infested with a desperate set of cutthroats and horse thieves and the people, both Indians and white, have to rely on themselves for protection, and in the future, summary justice be meted out to such that come this way, by Col. Colt.

It is only a few weeks ago, that the store at this place, owned by Rankin & Gibbs, was robbed in the presence of the clerks, by three armed desperadoes, while the United States Marshall's deputies are lounging around such places as Muscogee and Vinita. OCCASIONAL.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

The Republican Convention of the 89th Representative District assembled at Dexter, May 24th, 1876, and organized by electing J. B. Callison, of Spring Creek township, temporary chairman, and T. H. Aley, of Otter township, temporary secretary.

On motion, the following committees were appointed: On credentials, L. Lippmann, T. H. Aley, and James McDermott. On permanent organization, Jas. McDermott, James England, and A. A. Wiley.

The committe on permanent organization reported the name of Hon. Thos. R. Bryan for permanent chairman and T. H. Aley for permanent secretary.

The Convention then proceeded to the election of two delegates and two alternates to represent the 89th Representative District in the State Convention to be held at Topeka May 24th, with the following result. Delegates, S. M. Fall, of Windsor; and S. P. Channell, of Creswell. Alternates, A. A. Wiley, of Spring Creek, and F. Brown, of Beaver.

Central committee for the district: Jas. McDermott, of Dexter; C. R. Mitchell, of Creswell; C. W. Jones, of Windsor;

T. H. Aley, of Otter, and C. J. Brane, of Pleasant Valley.

THOS. R. BRYAN, Chairman.

T. H. ALEY, Secretary.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

Pursuant to call the Republican delegates from the townships of the 88th Representative District met in convention at the Courthouse in Winfield last Saturday.

On motion, W. B. Norman, of Maple, was chosen chairman, and Wm. White, Secretary of the meeting.

After the usual formalities were disposed of, the delegates present proceeded to vote for two delegates and two alternates to represent this district in the State Convention May 24, 1876. The choice fell upon D. A. Millington and E. P. Kinne, with respective alternates, as follows: Charles Eagen, of Rock, and J. M. Alexander, of Winfield.

District Republican central committee chosen: L. J. Webb, B. Shriver, and W. B. Norman. Winfield Courier.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

LAZETTE, KAS., May 19, 1876.

Our farmers of the Grouse valley are just finishing planting their corn, as the flood of the 6th inst. washed up their first planting. On that morning Old Grouse was seen to be on a general "high," the water rising five feet higher than it was evern knwon by the earliest white settlers, and carrying everything with it to a general destruction. The water in many places extended from bluff to bluff, and washed away the soil as deep as it was plowed, together with a great deal of fencing.

H. D. Wilkins suffered some considerable loss, as the turbid waters carried off his fencing, stables, corn cribs, graineries, etc. B. H. Clover was damaged to the extent of nearly $1,000. Many were compelled to abandon their houses, and seek more secure positions on higher ground with their little ones. The fencing and out buildings of Mr. Wilkins were carried on Mr. Clover's place, and Mr. Wilkins was only allowed to remove the lumber of his out buildings. Benderville was entirely submerged, women and children being compelled to seek the second stories of their dwellings.

Costello's great circus exhibited here on the 15th. The animals failed to put in an appearance, and the circus performance was barely tolerable. The side shows seemed to be made up of blacklegs, cutthroats, and dead beats. A more rascally set of swindlers never entered our town. Some of our citizens took considerable stock in the three card monte bank, making deposits of $20, $30, and even $70. It was trying to see how some of the stockholders in the bank would make deposits without a possibility of even getting their interest.

Yesterday the Directors of the Parsons & Walnut Valley Railroad met here, but nothing definite was learned.




TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

Government Troops for Decatur County,

Kansas. Gen. Pope's Orders.

In answer to the petition of the settlers in Decatur county, asking for a small Military Post to be established on the head waters of Sappa creek, General Pope has issued the following order.




Commanding Officer, Fort Hays, Kansas.

SIR: The Department Commander directs that you send out as soon as possible one company of cavalry equipped for field service, to scout slowly by the way of the Saline and Solomon rivers to the head of Sappa creeks, following these streams down to their mouths and visiting all the settlements along them.

This expedition is for the purpose of observing the movements of Indians and affording any necessary assistance of the settlers.

When the first company returns, you are to send another one out for the same purpose, and, in short, are to keep one company out scouting through the region named during the summer.

If you think proper you may send supplies (forage and rations) to Buffalo station under the charge of an officer or suitable non commissioned officer, and a small detachment for the use of the company in the field, which can send its wagons to that point from the Sappa creeks.

This sub depot at Buffalo is to be kept up as long as scouting is going on.

A medical officer should accompany the scouting company.

At several times within the last two weeks, reports have come in from various sources, of the presence of roving bands of Indians in the section of country referred to. So far these bands have seemed to be peaceful, but their presence is a cause of alarm to the settlers who cannot be sure but they may at any time commit depredations.

In case any of these bands are met, they must be warned to leave the country, as their presence there is in violation of their treaty stipulations, and while away from their reservations they are liable to be considered hostile, and to be attacked at any time.

If anything important occurs, it can be telegraphed from Buffalo station.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant.

(Signed) E. R. PLATT,

Assistant Adjutant General.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

On the Trail.

[Special to the Price Current.]


I met the first cattle May 5, eight miles north of Salt Fork.

D. R. Fant, two herds, containing 1,850 each. Destination Ellis, Kansas.

Capt. Millett, 850 wintered cattle. Destination Russell Kas.

At Salt Fork I have met:

J. L. Driskill 2,500 wintered cattle. Destination Russell, Kas.

Benj. Sheidley, 1,850 through cattle. Destination Ellis, Kas.

G. W. Littlefield, 1,650 through cattle. Destination Ellis, Kas.

Bennett & Adana, 1,150 through cattle. Destination Ellis, Kas.

Millett's, Mabry's, Driskill's & Sheidley's are all beeves; Fant's, Littlefields and Bennett & Adana's cattle are mixed. Grass is good and the through cattle are coming up in fine fix.

Wintered cattle are not looking so well. The bulk of the drive is coming the old trail. Some herds are striking west at Salt Fork and others at Bluff Creek. They seem to be undecided as to which is the best route for this western trail, as no pilot has been furnished them through.




TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

The newspapers are making war on railroad fares to the centennial. Let the war grow hotter till reason prevails, and half fare is reached.

The Republicans of Silver Dale township selected for central committee the following gentlemen: L. Lippman, chairman; John Tipton, secretary, and William Herber, treasurer--all good, active men.

An incident of the high water in the Grouse valley, near Dexter, was the refuge taken by fifteen persons, two mules, and three horses upon a straw stack, to which they were driven, the water rising four feet 'round the base.

Sheridan township comes to the front with 2,500 acres of wheat, 2,575 acres of corn. These "figures won't lie," as they were taken from the returns of Hank Clay, the "worthy and well qualified" township assessor. This is pretty good for Sheridan, considering the fact that it is one of the smallest townships in the county.

The farmers of Grouse valley suffered a great deal of damage by the flood two weeks ago. The principal harm arises from the loss of plowed soil and planted corn. In many cases the current of high water swept across farms and carried away whole fields of soil down to unplowed soil.

BIG GAINS. The assessment rolls are not all in, but we have seen a few of them. A very marked increase in the development of the county is shown over last year, however. In the matter of winter wheat breadth the largest gain is shown.

In Rock, 4,435 against 2,051 in 1875.

In Richland, 1,728 against 764 in 1875.

In Otter, 1,519 against 904 in 1875.

In Beaver, 2,333 against 1,434 in 1875.


On last Thursday evening Mrs. Amos Smith, of Pleasant Valley township, lost one thousand bushels of corn, a cheap stable, and a lot of rails by fire. The fire originated by a lighted match that a young child put in the hay nearby. It is a serious loss and comes at a trying time with her. The next day we met Capt. Nipp on his way to her house with a load of corn as a present.


What might have been a serious accident, but fortunately did not, happened last night to J. B. Lynn, of this city, and Dick Wilson and Mr. Huffman, two well known "drummers," as they were crossing the Walnut on their return from Arkansas City. It seems that the west side of the ford is in bad condition, having been washed out by the late flood, and in the effort to avoid the bad place, drove into a worse, upsetting the buggy right on top of the party, in some three feet of water. There was no help near, and but for the fact that the current was strong and swift, our friends must surely have drowned, but the force of the water turned the buggy off of them and they scrambled out, little the worse for their narrow escape.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

Fine rains.

Delightful showers.

Strawberries are ripe.

E. D. Eddy returned Saturday.

Many farmers are plowing their corn.

Immigrants are coming in by colonies.

John Brown will cut his barley this week.

MATTERS in the Black Hills are quiet lately.

THOMAS BAKER has returned and will open a barber shop.

The Swiss Bell Ringers are to be at Emporia June 10th.

NEWMAN & CO. sold $500 dollars worth of goods last Saturday.

ARMY officers are at Emporia, buying horses for the cavalry service.

FRANK LORRY expects to harvest 3,000 bushels of wheat this summer.

A ditch is to be dug to run the water from the road east of Dr. Hughes.

A number of teams from the Pawnee Agency were up last week after corn.

The whites and Osages are to have a picnic at Osage Agency, on the 24th inst.

We have a specimen of wheat from J. C. Topliff's farm four feet and nine inches high.

MRS. SMALL received a severe fall as she was getting out of a wagon, last week, while in town.

We have blue grass in some gardens on the town site ten inches high, and several plats of clover.

The Ladies' Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet at Prof. Hulse's this afternoon at 2 o'clock.

The ford near the Walnut bridge has washed out so much that teams have to cross at Harmon's ford.

There will be a social of the M. E. Society this evening at the residence of A. Davis. All are invited.

MR. CARDER will burn two kilns of brick this summer, of 150,000 each. They are busy at work on them now.

A breaking plow was sold at auction on the street, last Saturday, for eight dollars, and a bird dog for one dollar.

MR. G. W. HAMER, of Marion, Indiana, was here yesterday, looking out a location for several Indiana families.

The report of Mr. Hamilton being married last week was entirely false, and without any foundation whatever.

The back water east of town will be drained off by Saturday, when enough fish will be caught to supply the town for a week.

C. R. MITCHELL is at Topeka, attending the narrow gauge railroad meeting. He is also a delegate to the State Delegate Convention.

MASTODON. It is claimed that the bones of a mastodon have been discovered near South Haven, one tooth of which weighs five pounds.

The time is drawing near when preparations for the celebration of the 4th of July should be made, if we expect to celebrate it.

PRAYER meeting at the M. E. Church, Thursday evening. Social at Mr. A. A. Davis' tonight, one door south of the City Bakery.

BRIDGE. Mr. Chamberlain, Trustee of Creswell township, informs us he has recovered two-thirds of the Walnut river bridge timber.

CLOCKS. Houghton & Mc. have a fine assortment of wooded and metal frame clocks, which are curiosities as well as ornaments and valuable time pieces.

CLAIM TAKING on the Cherokee Strip continues with its usual activity. Good farming land at $1.25 per acre cannot always be had in this county, and now is the time to take advantage of the opportunity.

GRANGERS' PICNIC. A picnic will be held at Pruden's Grove, near Salt City, on the first Saturday in June, by the Grangers of Bolton township and vicinity. All are requested to come with well filled baskets.

JUDGE CHRISTIAN has rented the "Norton Store" building opposite the Central Avenue Hotel, and will remove his office thereto this week. He has improved the property considerably by putting in south doors and windows.


Y. P. C. A. The Young People's Christian Association have the following programme for next Friday evening. All are invi-

ted. Music, prayer, roll call and response, minutes of previous

meeting, song, essay, recitation, duet. Discussion: "Resolved, That the work of the teacher affords a better field for usefulness than the work of the preacher." Affirmative, J. C. McMullen, W. H. Harrison; negative, J. T. Shepard, F. B. Hutchinson. Volunteers will then be invited to speak, after which there will be a quartette, select reading, declamation, followed by

adjournment. E. W. HULSE, Pres.


BASE BALL. At the game of base ball, last Saturday afternoon, Prof. Hulse's nine proved too much for their opponents, defeating them by a score of twelve to nine. Some good playing was done on both sides, and with a little practice a nine can be formed that will equal the "Racks" of 1873. Another game is expected next Saturday afternoon, at 4 o'clock. All lovers of the game are requested to be on hand.


SHERIFF WALKER, J. P. Short, Cliff Wood, Burt Covert, and Mr. Tansey stopped at the Central Avenue last Monday, and ate enough to fill a bed tick. Dick's health is improving since he is married. J. P. Short enjoys a clear conscience and ruddy countenance. Cliff is as portly as usual. Burt still backs that charming moustache, and Mr. Tansey retains his natural good




We took a ride over Bolton township last Monday with a gentleman who had come out to see the country, and had the pleasure of seeing the best land we ever saw, and crops growing in splendid condition. Many farmers have built new houses, planted hedges, and now and then have good stables. All seemed well satisfied and in high spirits.


THE DAM AT NEWMAN'S MILL has been washed around on the west side so that the whole current of the river passes through the break. They are at work on it, and expect to have it repaired soon. With the bridge being gone, things look desolate about the mill at present.


A meeting of the Stock Protective Union was held at Benedict's Hall last Saturday, and resolutions adopted. Considerable thieving has been going on lately in other parts, and some right at home, and it would be policy to be prepared to follow the thieves.


W. E. C. LYONS, formerly of Baxter Springs, and editor of the Cherokee Sentinel is stopping a short time with Mr. Logan. Mr. Lyons is a Kansas man, but at present is serving the good people of Centralia, Illinois, as City Attorney.


The steamboat for this place leaves Zanesville, Ohio, June 29th. It will take three weeks or more to make the trip. Preparations are being made to ship corn and potatoes during the summer, and hay and flour in the fall.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

Mr. Withington says that a late census of the Kaw Indians shows but 482. In the fall of 1848 they numbered 1,534. The Sac & Foxes came to Kansas in 1846, two thousand seven hundred and thirty strong. They now number a little over six hundred. Civilization and bad whiskey have been fatal to these once powerful and warlike tribes.


Hon. W. P. Hackney, of Winfield, was at the Occidental last Sunday. He seems to be enjoying health and peace of mind notwithstanding the terrible "racket" he received from the indignant press of the State. Before we became acquainted we imagined him a giant about eight feet high and weighing something less than a thousand pounds. Beacon.


A News' special from Browneville says: Capt. McNelly, who has been stationed for some time with a command of Texas rangers at Santa Maria, forty miles from here, on yesterday broke camp and left, it is said, with orders to report at Laredo, Texas. Last night, while near Edinburg, he struck a band of cattle thieves, as they were in the act of crossing the Rio Grande with some stolen cattle, killed two and wounded one, also captured some horses and cattle.


Our Oxford correspondent, writing on the 8th says: Friday night and Saturday morning the big rain fell. It was between six and eight inches on the level. Usually quiet little ravines arose to a depth of fifteen feet in a few hours and swept bridges, culverts, and roads. Lightning killed two horses for Mr. Houser, two miles south of town. Two mules standing in the stable at the same time escaped unhurt. The stable, with fifteen bushels of wheat, also plows, harrows, and other farming implements, were consumed by the fire. Mr. Kelly, living two miles southwest of town, had a mule killed by lightning. The wheat is not injured to any extent. Corn will be late in consequence of the heavy rain. Winfield Courier.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

Half breed Pawnees wear long hair.

W. S. Marsden has been confirmed Agent of the "Five civilized tribes."

The Chickasaw Nation has corn enough on hand to do another year without making any at all this season. Star.

W. L. Boyd is a candidate for the office of governor in the Chickasaw Nation.

The Post Office at Caddo, Chickasaw Nation, is soon to be a money order office.

Editor Scott, of the Arkansas Traveler, has our thanks for a supply of roller composition.

R. W. Hopkins has our thanks for the head of a fish, probably a gar, that is so long that in the hands of an infuriated savage, it would render efficient service as a war club.

W. W. Burgess, our Nebraska printer, can write editorials for a daily before breakfast, stand at the news case until sunset, and, with melody from the king of instruments, break your heart before midnight.

Osages have manuscript written in Spanish on parchment that is one hundred and thirty-nine years old, and it is now in a fair state of preservation. Several of their ancient documents were dated at New Orleans.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

IF YOU WANT a reaper or mower repaired, call on K. F. Smith.


STRAYED, STOLE, or vas gone avay mit hisself--von plack cow mit a proken horn vat vas about 7 or 6 years olt, und hat a vhite shpot on the hint side mit her vest ear. Uf the gow vas find somepody, und he vas pring itself py my house, I vould trade him a good McGormick reaper for a yoke of oxen vat I vas not run more ash 6 year. Enquire mit Sleitzenhimeer, apout 5 or 4 miles to the Bost Office. Uf the gow vat somepody fint haf one eye proke out, dat is my gow.


THREE PONIES FOR SALE. One 5-year old, $35; one 6-year old, $35; one 3-year old horse, $30--all in good condition. Inquire of C. M. Scott.



TRAVELER, MAY 24, 1876.

The bridge over the North Platte river, between Sidney, Nebraska, and Custar [?] City, was completed and opened for travel on the 13th. This throws open what is claimed to be the shortest road to the Black Hills.





SOUTH HAVEN, May 20, 1876.

Editor Traveler:

One of the "world's wonders has just been unearthed at South Haven, in the shape of a gigantic skeleton, which is supposed to have once supported the body of one of those pre-historic monsters that roamed over the plains and through the forests long before there was a man to till the ground.

The thing was exhumed from its ancient sepulture [?] on last Friday, in the presence of a large number of spectators, who unanimously pronounced it a "mastodon;" but the name did not convey to my mind any idea of the immensity of its size until after I had seen and handled the several ponderous masses of its bony structure. How shall I describe what I saw without presuming upon the credulity of your readers? To say that it was huge, would only mean that it was larger than that stupid elephant that could not cross the Walnut to get to our "big show." In fact, the world does not afford any living organism with which to compare this fossilated relic of antiquity.

However, you may form some faint conception of its magnitude when I tell you that one of its teeth, the smallest organs of the skeleton, weighed just five pounds! Now take one of the large grinders from the mouth of an adult horse, and if it weighs one ounce, you will have an exact proportion, the ratio of which will be as one to eighty, and which may be reduced to this startling equation: the South Haven "what is it?" equal to eighty horses! What an engine he would be to break prairie with! Why, sir, Walker's livery stable "chuck full" of elephants would be but a side show compared with this pre-Adamite quadruped. His legs resemble four inverted pyramids swinging pendulous from a bony-arched sky. Do you suppose a little shower up the Walnut would stop him? He could drink down the gushing Grouse at a single gulp, wade the Winfield marshes, and leap the "unbridgable" Walnut at a bound. But if you will pardon this digression, I will return to the bones.

They are in a semi-petrified condition, though in a tolerably good state of preservation. The petrifying process seems to have been prematurely arrested, with slight decomposition at the articulations as a result. The shafts of the "long bones" are solid stone, and as heavy as iron. The dentive or ivory of the teeth is the hardest and heaviest portion of the skeleton.

Mr. Sain, of Caldwell, informed me that one of the teeth weighed five pounds. Now if the number corresponds with that of man, the whol dental composition would weigh 160 pounds--equal to the weight of an average sized man. . . .

But to "the bones." If anyone doubts the bona fide existence of these relics, let him, or her, go to South Haven and see the bones. They are, for the most part, distributed among the citizens, who prize them very highly. Through the kindness of Mr. Musgrove, the merchant of South Haven, I procured a small fragment of one of the "flat bones." It shows the vast thickness of the bones of this class, and can be seen at my office at any time. But-- "Cui Bono."



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

There is no material question of more importance to the people of this valley than that of cheap fuel. "Have you discovered coal yet?" is the stereotyped question of a majority of prospectors. Upon the satisfactory settlement of this question depends much. Without cheap fuel the manufacturing interest of this valley will never attan to that importance that they otherwise would. Our water powers, for the most part, remain undeveloped and untested.

But two or three systematic efforts have ever been made in this vicinity to settle the question. One of them was abandoned when the drill had reached only 150 feet. Another, the McCampbell shaft, which we have often noticed, and which is being sunk five miles east of town [Wichita], is still being put down.

Messrs. Todd & Royal, formerly merchants of this city, both of whom yet reside and do business here, and who are the proprietors of Salt City, Sumner county, have been boring for coal at the latter point for over a year back. Word was received here the other day that the "black diamonds" had been struck sure enough, at a depth of four hundred feet. The shaft is within a few rods of the famous salt springs and the deposit found only varied four feet in depth from the estimate made by the geologist. It is supposed to be the same vein discovered on the Canadian river in the Indian Territory, which has over four feet of a workable face. The Commonwealth in speaking of it says, truly, that "every month seems to open up something new and rich for Southwestern Kansas." We talked with Mr. Todd the other day about the matter and he assured us that as soon as he could he would give us a reliable data connected with this important discovery, when we will gladly lay the facts before our readers. There is one thing certain, if a paying vein of coal exists at Salt City, it exists here also, for the geological formations are identical. If such vein is the Canadian vein, and it does not dip at a greater angle to the north between this point and that, then it is just as certain that we can reach it at Wichita at a depth of from 600 to 700 feet. Upon the other hand, if the dip should be to the south, that is, if the deposit should rise faster than the surface of the country, then less than 400 feet would reach the same vein here. We shall await, anxiously, further developments touching the Salt City vein. . . . Wichita Eagle.




Cheyenne, May 19. The last two companies of the Second Cavalry for Crook's expedition left Fort Russell this forenoon. They will cross the river at Laramie City, marching up the north side to Fetterman, to be joined by troops which leave the railroad at Medicine Bow, the whole force reaching Fetterman Wednesday forenoon. At this point, Col. Royal, of the 3rd Cavalry, will take command, under Gen. Crook, of the entire force.

At the halting place last night some five desertions occurred, the men taking their horses and equipments with them.

The latest arrivals from the Black Hills, Elderrman Neal and J. D. Way, of this city, report that they met Raymond's outfit on Indian Creek. They were then engaged in a hot fight with the Indians, and succeeded in capturing about thirty-five head of stock, and driving off the red skins.

They also met about four hundred people with eighty wagons, northward bound, at Hot creek. They rode into Fort Laramie unmolested.

These gentlemen are reliable authority, and state that on White Wood and Dead Wood creeks, claims are being successfully worked, yielding ten to twenty dollars to the man; but beyond this district, the hostility and oft repeated attacks of the Indians on prospectors have almost paralyzed the efforts of the miners.

Gov. Thayer departed eastward today, to secure, if possible, additional troops to protect the frontier during the absence of the garrison forces in the Big Horn country; or, failing in this, at least to procure arms and ammunition for a militia


A fire today on Green river, Wyoming, destroyed $7,000 worth of property.




We see by Elk Falls Ledger that I. C. Pinney, of Longton township, had his house and all that was in it burned last week, his loss being fully $3,000. The house was a large two-story building and had just been completed. Mr. Pinney served three years in the army in the same company with us, and we are certainly sorry to learn of his misfortune. He was the best "square holt" wrestler we ever saw, and in 1863 he threw the champion of Colorado, the best three in five, for quite a sum of money. During that year the Colorado 2nd Cavalry was ordered from Denver to Fort Hallock, where we were stationed. They brought all the fast horses, the best jumper, the best wrestler, the fastest foot racer, and fifteen or twenty of the best gamblers they could rake and scrape up with them, knowing that we had been in the mountains two years and had plenty of money. John Pearson, off Lawrence, owned the horse that got away with their Denver horse. C. C. Watson, a merchant in Cottonwood Falls, jumped a foot further at a standing jump than their champion. J. C. Pinney [this time "J. C." instead of "I. C." ... ???] dusted the backs of their square hold wrestlers. We "bust" their monte banks. Lieutenant Rab Madden of Bazaar, Chase county, drank all their officers drunk and put them to bed, and at the end of two days the Colorado 2nd hadn't enough money left to buy a whiskey cocktail. They didn't get away with the Kansas outfit worth a cent. All this is brought to our mind by reading the account of Mr. Pinney's loss of property. Walnut Valley Times.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

What Cowley county is to the State, Bolton township is to Cowley county, the banner wheat raising district. Unless a farmer has over sixty acres of wheat in his field, it is called a "patch." A. A. Newman & Co. will harvest 200 acres; Reuben Bowers, 187; Henry Pruden, 165; Frank Lorry, 150; E. B. Kager, 150; Oscar Palmer, 150; the Beard Bros., 100; and we don't know how many farmers 50 and 75 acre fields of the best wheat in the State. The majority of the farmers will use "Headers," thus saving the expense of binding and shocking the grain. Of course, Bolton wants a railroad. We were told by one of her leading citizens that the township would not cast three dissenting votes to any railroad bond proposition that the Commissioners might submit, whether east, west, north, or south, it matters not to them, they all want a railroad. Courier.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

From Capt. Thomas Scott, of Texas, we learn that unbroken mules of a good size can be purchased for $70 ech; also that the wheat crop of Texas this year is only about half a crop. All other crops are remarkably good.


Last Monday was the day for the Arkansas City boat to leave Zanesville, Ohio. It will probably take four weeks to make the trip, going via the Ohio to Cairo, then down the Mississippi to the mouth of the Arkansas, then up the Arkansas: a total distance of probably 3,000 miles.


The offer the L., L. & G. company has to make to Elk and Cowley counties is, in a nutshell: "You grade, bridge, tie, and iron the road, and we will put on the rolling stock and operate it." That day has gone by, gentlemen. We don't propose to build a mill race to give you the use of the water.


A meeting was held in District No. 33 (east of the Walnut), last week, at which it was resolved that the people of that section were opposed to voting bonds for bridges, and calling on the county to erect one. There is no denying that the townships east and west reap a great benefit from the bridges of this township, yet if the county refuses to build the bridge, do the people propose to do without it? We could not ask the county to bridge the Walnut at this place without favoring the one or both, at Winfield; and if they build these, then Lazette and Silverdale will want the Grouse bridged. If the distribution could be made equal throughout the county, we should favor county bridges.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.


"If all our newcomers and citizens would take as active a part in writing to their friends east, north, and south, and in circulating the TRAVELER, our population would double itself within the next twelve months." EDITOR SCOTT THANKED JUDGE CHRISTIAN FOR HIS LETTERS.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.


WICHITA, KAN., May 27, 1876.

C. M. Scott, Esq.:

SIR: In reply to your letter of the 25th inst., would say I wrote to the Commissioner for an abstract of Cherokee lands sold under sealed bids, and received his reply under recent date, that he would forward list as soon as one could be made up. I will try to remember your request, and send you a list as soon as received from the Department.

Very Respectfully,

H. L. TAYLOR, Register.

We will endeavor to obtain a list of all the land sold, and give what information we can to have the vacant tracts settled, and the land brought into market to actual settlers as soon as possible. Scott.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

The blacksmiths are all busy.

Commissioners meet next Monday.

Beautiful flowers all over the prairies.

Dog slaying began Monday morning by the Marshal.

H. P. Farrar seen Kansas City this week on business.

Mr. Bowers caught a forty-pound cat fish in the Arkansas.

Mrs. Sherburne and daughter are to go East in two weeks, on a visit.

A ferry across the Walnut at Newman's Mill or Harmon's ford would pay.

Mrs. Williams, of Winfield, has a $10 per week boarding house at Philadelphia.

We have a sprig of a peach tree measuring twenty-one inches, grown this spring.

If all go that expect to, there will be twenty-five citizens absent this summer.

The Ladies' Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet at Mr. Wm. Newton's, June 7th, at 2 o'clock.

R. C. Haywood has been wrestling with an attack of rheumatism, or something similar thereto.

A number of persons leave Winfield next week to attend the Centennial. Rev. Platter, among others.

Geo. Allen has painted the Peoples Drug Store sign, and made a new one for Kendall Smith annd Hoffmaster's livery.

A petition for the opening of the Cherokee Strip to actual settlers has been left at the Post Office, and all interested are requested to sign it.

How about that Walnut bridge? We should like to have the farmers express themselves, as they are in the majority, and will determine any proposition.

REMOVED. The barber shop of Prof. Harrison has been removed to the first building south of E. D. Eddy's, where he will be glad to shave anyone who comes in.

The boat started from Zanesville, Ohio, last Monday, if nothing interfered. The types made us say the start was to be in June, last week, when it should have been May.

HOLLOWAY contracted to move a house for E. B. Kager for eight dollars. We saw him, and a half dozen helping him, at work a day and a half, with three teams, and during the time broke several timbers and the axle of one wagon.


THAT HOLE. There is a hole back of the TRAVELER building. It don't belong to, neither has it any claims upon the property; nevertheless, it is there. It should not be. If we could, we'd blame it on Jim Allen. He is generally accountable for this. Mowry's pig, Joe Sherburn's dog, and finally our favorite and cherished $35 pony, know that hole is there. The last mentioned saw the bottom of it on Monday, May the 29th, A. D. 1876--the Centennial year of American independence. It was too bad, but it couldn't be helped, and for consolation we now sit with the back door open waiting to see the next poor being interred without ceremony.


CONSIDERABLE confusion has been made on the Cherokee Strip Lands by parties settling on land that has been sold by the Government under sealed bids. We expect to have in a few days a complete list of all that was sold and will give what information we can. A petition should be circulated and sent to our Representatives urging them to re-open the lands to actual settlement. It is their choice to have them opened to the settlers, but a good petition would show the spirit of the people and encourage the movement.



LETTERS remaining in the P. O. at Arkansas City, June 1st, 1876: Castello, Geo. Dild, John. Francis, Mrs. Elijah. Golleo, S. H. Thompson, Mrs. P. A. Thorpe, Robert.

Stevenson, Geo. W.

Persons calling for any of the above will please say

advertised. C. M. SCOTT, Postmaster.


The back water on Harmon's ford will not be off before Saturday. A deep ditch has been made from tthe river, and it will take several days for the water to run off. Some of the largest fish from the Walnut have been seen in the pond, and a jolly time is expected when the water is low enough to catch them.


MARE STOLEN. Someone stole a white faced, black mare, with two or three white feet, from J. B. Callerson, of Dexter, last Sunday night. The mare was a seven-year old, and was traced toward this place. Keep a lookout.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

The House Committee on Indian Affairs reviewed the Indian appropriation bill, and decided to report amendments increasing its amount by $600,000. It appears that Randall took the bill in hand and reduced it on his own responsibility about $1,500,000 below the estimates. He then submitted it to the committee as being substantially in accordance with the view of the Indian Bureau, and on this assurance it was passed. When the real facts became known, the committee gave the bill a closer inspection, with the result above stated.



TRAVELER, MAY 31, 1876.

FOR RENT. 100 acres of wheat ground; 1/2 old gground, 1/2 broken this season. Will rent for cash, or a share of the crops. Inquire of J. H. Sherburne.


2 yoke of Work Cattle for sale by Thos. Parvin. Inquire at the Post Office.


If you want a first-class job of stairs or house carpenter work, go to A. H. HYDE.




We regret to learn that a mourning party of Osage young men who still cling to their ancient religion, under what the conceive to be strong provocations, have crossed the Arkansas river, and are heading toward the Salt Plains. This movement was in open opposition to the earnest entreaties of the chiefs and headmen of the tribe. We will say more of this next week.

[Later: They have returned.]

The above is taken from the Indian Herald, and is the first intimation we have ever heard from that quarter of any approaching danger. Before the information, all intentions of depredations were as closely concealed by the whites as by the Indians, and that, in a great measure, was the cause of the greater part of the trouble on the border.




Omaha, Neb., May 29. A citizen of this place, just arrived from Custer City, says that on the 19th, that place was attacked by Indians, who burned the ammunition house, in the center of the city, which, in blowing up, destroyed several houses. His party, numbering 96 persons, left at daylight on the next morning, and cannot give the particulars. He buried John Shenck, of Yankton, who had been shot eight miles from Buffalo Gap, on the north side of the Platte, between Red Cloud and Sidney. He found the body of T. P. Hermann, of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, who had $7,500 in checks and $21 in greenbacks with him. The Indians left these, but stripped him of everything else and ran off his stock. He took the body to Sidney, and from there forwarded it home. The money was placed in the hands of Mr. Moore, a citizen of Sidney.

On the 17th, the Indians attacked a miner's cabin at midnight, at Rose Bud, between Custer and Dead Wood, and surprised and killed all the occupants, literally hacking them to pieces.

About four thousand people are in Custer in twelve hundred houses. Nothing can be done on account of the Indians. If a man goes a mile from camp alone, he loses his scalp.




Mr. Frank Chapin has moved into his new residence on the Winfield and Arkansas City road, and is enrolled among many others as a "bull whacker."

Mr. Crouch has just completed a fifty-five acre job of breaking for Mr. Bott.

The sound of J. L. Hon's whip and "whoa! haw!" are heard from morning until night on his farm, where he is expected soon to reside with a "better half."

The wheat harvest is near at hand. Mr. Beech expects to harvest his wheat this week.

Mr. Fowler is having 160 acres of prairie broken this season, and is going to have it sown in wheat this fall. D. Holland, John Hawkins, Woods Retherford, and others are still turning the sod.

Rev. Wingar preaches at the Holland schoolhouse every alternate Sabbath. The Union Sabbath school is one of the best and most interesting schools in Cowley county. Mr. Mason is determined to have a library, which will add greatly to the interest of the school.

A party of youngsters met at Mr. Ed. Chapin's last Sunday evening for a social sing.

The bewitching features of the fair sex in this community have so completely charmed Mike Markchum that he has abandoned the idea of going to the Centennial this year. He thinks he will be ready to attend the next one with me.

Russ. Cowles got stuck in the mud in Posey creek last week, while coming from Wichitta with a load of hardware. Where is our road supervisor? C. C. H.




We have a bunch of wheat measuring five feet and seven inches from the Kaw Agency farm. The Indian boys helped to plant it, and will do their share of eating it when it is served up as bread.


We have received information from Hon. W. R. Brown, stating that the bill to bring in the Cherokee Strip Lands is now before the Committee, and has every indication of being carried through.




CEDAR TP., June 3, 1876.

Weather cloudy and cool. Wheat looks well, and harvest is near at hand. In traveling from Otto to Winfield on the 29th of last month, I counted twenty-one teams turning over the prairie sod. Corn looks well in general. Health good, and prospects flattering for better times, "and still we have no railroad."





On last Wednesday while J. W. McDonald and family were passing from Wellington to Winfield, in crossing one of the tributaries of the Avon, thinking to lighten the load, he gave the lines to his wife and got out to walk. When the horses found the place to be rather deep and muddy, they gave a lunge, breaking the buggy, and throwing out Mrs. McDonald and child. The horses became frightened and ran away, dragging Mrs. McDonald and child some twenty-five rods, bruising them up considerably, but otherwise they were uninjured.

The buggy was broken all to pieces. Mr. McDonald succeeded in getting a wagon and team and came on to Oxford, obtained a buggy from Mr. Hoosick's stable, and passed on to Winfield. This verifies what we said last week, that somebody would get hurt unless those bridges were fixed. We ask again that they may be repaired. Oxford Independent.




[Special Correspondence of the Price Current.]

RED FORK IND. TER., May 24, 1876.

The following herds have passed since my last.

May 16. Capt. King, four herds, 7,400 mixed. Destination, Ellis, Kansas.

May 20. Kingsbery & Holmsley, 1,577 mixed. Destination, Dodge City, Kan. Quinlan & Shepard, 1,200 mixed. Destination undecided. Hughes & Hood, four herds, 7,000 mixed. Destination undecided.

May 21. J. L. Driskill, two herds, 4,200 mixed. Destination, Ellis, Kan.

May 22. J. W. L. Slavens, 2,100 mixed. Destination, River Bend, Colorado.

The Hughes & Hood cattle started to drive through on the western trail, but were ordered to the old trail below this point by the commandant at Fort Sill.







The following herds have passed since May 4.

A. M. Walker, 1,815; A. R. Adair, 1,100; H. C. Boyce, 1,850; D. J. McKinney, 1,810; Lyon & Jennings, 1,500. The destination of these herds is Dodge City, Kansas.

Sam. Vance, 1,500; W. Humphreys, 1,650; Destination, Ellis, Kansas.

Caruthers & Taylor, 2,800 for Plum Creek, Kansas.

C. R. Walker, 2,500 for the Red Cloud Agency.

J. B. Blocker, 1,430 for Hays City, Kansas.

W. J. Wishard, 1,750; King, 7,400; Hughes & Hood, 7,100; Kingsbery & Holmsley, 1,700; C. C. Quinland, 1,190. Destination not known.





The States of Missouri and Arkansas were once territory belonging to the Osages, and some of the tribe who lived in 1847 were born where now is the city of Jefferson, and also along the Osage River, Missouri. They had a school near Pappinsville, in Bates county. In 1847 several half-breeds of the tribe had still farms on Mormento River, near Fort Scott. The tribe had now come to Kansas, and numbered 5,500, where whiskey did much harm among all classes. The Great George White Hair had a double log house for a dwelling place on a large farm, and owned a saw and grist mill five miles from Missiontown. This property the Osages destroyed by fire as it did not pay expenses. The White Hair band was kept within a few miles of the Mission school, and during the summer months the young men were always ready to work on the farm, and to split rails or firewood in the winter. Clammoretown was then where now is the town of Coffeyville, on the Verdigris River. Black Dog and Wolf towns were only three miles distant. The Big Hills were located ten or more miles away, sometimes north and at other times south of the Verdigris.

The Little Osages came formerly from Missouri and had joined the Great Osages and in 1874 were living south of the Neosho River. The owl family, however, pushed a few miles away and up Big Creek. In 1850 the number of Osage children began greatly to increase, and in 1852 fell victims to disease and 800 died of measles. Scurvey, a disease which is more generally thought to belong to sailors and those whose lives are spent upon the seas, then appeared with its train of alarming effects, and of the 400 who lived near the Mission, forty died of this disease within one month. The tribe was also visited by small pox, some even suffering the third attack. In 1860 health and hope again prevailed; the Little Osages commenced raising corn and beans. The White Hair band fenced large fields, built houses, and raised cattle and hogs. The civil war that followed so soon destroyed their fields, houses, cattle, and other stock, and blasted even their hopes.




Mr. J. P. Woodyard, of the Arkansas City Water Mills, lost last Saturday on the road from the mouth of Grouse to Winfield, a large pocket book containing some valuable papers. The finder will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at this office.

The ford across the Walnut near Moore's Mill is in a very bad condition, and should be attended to immediately. It is unsafe for loaded teams to cross, and quite a number of buggies have already been upset and the occupants thrown into the river by attempting to cross.

There are two families of Gipsies camped across the Walnut near Bliss' Mill. They are in town every day, going from house to house and telling fortunes. They have come all the way from Texas through the Indian Territory by wagon, and are going from here to Arizona.

A. J. Pyburn, our county attorney, met with quite a sad accident last Sunday. He was opening a bottle when the neck of the bottle broke off, and a piece of the glass cut a gash in his right hand almost to the bone. Dr. Davis dressed the wound, and it is getting along as well as could be expected, but he will probably be unable to use his hand for several weeks.

He should call in a friend when he wants to open a bottle, or send it down to Wirt Walton, if he wants it neatly opened.




More furniture at L. Mc's.

TEN-CENT-ENIAL cigars at Eddy's.

DR. HUGHES' sod wheat is in the shock.

The County Commissioners have adjourned.

JAMES HEADLEY has corn three feet high on his farm.

Iron kettles, big enough to boil a hog in, at Benedict's.

The Grange met at Benedict's Hall Thursday evening.

MR. MARICLE is prospecting for coal on Capt. Nipp's farm.

260 POUNDS is what Currier's two months' calf weighs.

There is a package of seeds at the post office for Mrs.

C. C. Turner.

A crib has been put in at Newman's mill, and they will grind soon.

The crossing is bad and dangerous at the ford at Newman's mill. We know it.

C. R. SIPES makes a tasty flower put out of oyster cans, for the reasonable recompense of ten cents each.

C. J. BECK is ahead on tall wheat. He left some measuring five feet seven inches in height.

THREE stony claims, five miles northeast of this place, were taken and settled upon last Sunday.



The invitations to the marriage of Guy L. Kennedy and Miss Lillian Norton were given for this evening.

HON. T. R. BRYAN came down with his wife to buy goods at a low price, last week. He got what he wanted.

REV. CROCO delivered his first sermon at this place, last Sunday to a good audience. It was well received.

PROF. HULSE, wife, and babies go to Wisconsin soon, to make a comparison with Southern Kansas. They expect to remain four months.

EXTENSIVE preparations are being made to celebrate the fourth of July at Winfield, and a general invitation has been extended to the whole county.


A. O. PORTER publishes a card this week, announcing himself ready for the work on machines and general repairing. His shop on Summit street is very neat and commodious.


Corner of Summit Street and Second Avenue.

I am now prepared to do all kinds of work in my line. Thankful for past patronage I hope, by strict attention to business and fair dealing, to merit a continuance of the same. If your machines want repairing, try me. A. O. PORTER.


NEW LEGS. James L. Huey has just returned from St. Louis, where he has been to purchase a set of new legs. Jim could generally get away with most any one with his old ones.


Six games of billiards for one dollar at the Southwestern Billiard Hall, by buying a dollar ticket. If you want to entertain a friend, you will find an orderly and well conducted house at Currier's.


ACCIDENT. An accident which might have been serious if not fatal in its results happened to Messrs. Gifford and Hamilton, of Parsons, and C. M. Scott, of this place, while out buggy riding on Monday last. The trio had been on a tour of inspection to Cave Springs, and upon their return, as they were coming down the river bank in order to cross the ford at Newman's mill, the team shied, bringing the buggy wheel in contact with a stump, and capsizing the entire outfit, passengers, buggy, and horses, down the bank, a distance of about ten feet. Mr. Hamilton, however, stuck to the horses, and though knocked down twice by the buggy, held them in check, while Gifford was testing the depth of water in the Walnut, and C. M. Scott was trying to regain his breath, which had been knocked out of him in consequence of his attempt to force a passage through a rock.

Luckily, however, no serious damage was done, and a few bruises, coupled with a feeling of general "shookupedness," are the only souvenirs of their adventure that the gentlemen retain.


MARRIED. On Sunday, June 4, 1876, at the residence of the bride's father, by Rev. J. B. Herbert, Mr. Edgar M. Bird to Miss E. A. Small.


The Oxford Independent is fortunate in having secured the services of Will. Leonard, an accomplished printer, a graduate of the Arkansas City TRAVELER office, and a good fellow generally. Wellington Press.

We'll bet on the TRAVELER office boys every time.


SUNDAY, June 18th, a basket picnic will be held near Gassoway's, on the west side of the Arkansas. Revs. Gans and Irvin will conduct the religious exercises. In the evening of the same day a meeting will be held at Parker's school house.


The hide of a double headed calf was brought in town last week from Grouse creek. It had two mouths, three ears, and was otherwise perfectly formed. The owner killed it because its head was so heavy it could not hold it up.




Cowley county has 60,864 bearing peach trees.

The returns show 362 acres of flax growing in Cowley county.

It is time something was being done about replcing the bridges across the Walnut river and Timber creek.

Cowley county has over 400,000 fruit trees set out into orchards. Somebody has been busy during the past five years.

S. M. Fall and P. M. Pickering walked into the Courier ranche to chat over what "might have been" on railroads, and to say that Windsor was red hot for anything to break the present


GONE TO P. Quite a delegation from Winfield this week for the Centennial. On Wednesday M. L. Read and wife, M. L. Robinson and wife, Frank Williams, Mrs. Maris and granddaughter, Mrs. Powers, Mrs. Boyer, Mrs. Mullin, and J. C. Franklin lit out.




Omaha, June 5. Three herders were killed by Indians 25 miles south of Sidney, in this State, on Saturday last.

A dispatch received at headquarters today, dated the 4th, states that a courier arrived from Red Cloud this morning, says Yellow Robe arrived at the agency six days ago from a hostile camp of 1,806 lodges, on the Rose, but they were about to leave for Powder river, below the point of Crazy Horse's fight. The Indians say they will fight, and have three thousand warriors.


Topeka, Kansas, June 5. News was received in this city, today, that a courier came into Fort Hays, last night, from a detachment of the Fifth U. S. Cavalry, from which he had been scouting up the Solomon for the past two weeks.

The courier brings a report from Company D, to the commander at Fort Hays, for reinforcements.

The company had met and skirmished sometime with 200 Indians at a point 75 miles northwest of Hays, but had not enough troops to hold or capture them. Times.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

FROM THE STEAMBOAT. Major Sleeth has just heard from Mr. Hoyt again, on the steamboat question. The letter was dated Parkersburg, West Virginia, June 5th, and stated they were coming along all right, until near Gallipolis, Ohio, where the wheel received some injury, and they were compelled to stop six days for repairs. They expect to reach Little Rock, Arkansas, by July 1st, or within the next two weeks. Boats run to Little Rock and Fort Smith, without difficulty, and the only experiment will be from those points to this place, during low waters. When the river is full, a boat of any ordinary size could run on the Arkansas. This enterprise offers the only outlet for our immense grain crop, and is looked forward to with great anxiety by all.


Crab Creek.

We had occasion to make a flying trip to Crab Creek one day this week, and felt well paid for the journey. For the benefit of those who are not familiar with its locality, we will state that it is a small stream emptying into the Grouse, from the east, about seven miles below Dexter. The bottom lands average one-half mile wide, and timber now and then skirts the stream. It is a good locality, especially for those who desire to farm and raise stock, as wide ranges remain unoccupied both east and west of the stream.

Dexter and Cabin Valley are the nearest post offices; the former being three miles distant, and the latter within a mile of the mouth of the creek, on the west side of Grouse.

About half way from the mouth to the head of the creek, a beautiful little school house has been erected and named Fairview. It is in school district No. 54.

Going up the creek we noticed a number of new settlers since our former visit. Among others, Mr. Bleakmore, a thorough farmer, and respected resident, from Henry Co., Iowa. On the bluff west of Mr. Elliott's house, we could see the wheat fields of Wm. Moore, who has 40 acres; Mr. Hightower, 20 acres; Mr. Elliott, 80 acres; Mr. Bleakmore, 20 acres; Hamel & Harrison, 100 acres. The wheat was looking fine, but the sod wheat is light. All in all, Crab Creek is a desirable place to locate; but however fond we might be of the locality, it would take some time to become reconciled to the name of Crab.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

From Ellis.

[Special Dispatch to the Commonwealth.]

ELLIS, June 7, 1876.

Captain Price has just returned from a twenty days' scout on the head waters of the Solomon and Sappa. He authorizes me to say that there is no truth in the dispatch about his being attacked by two hundred Indians, and sending a courier to Hays for reinforcemnts. He was out three weeks, marched three hundred miles, and never saw or heard of any Indians, except about one hundred and fifty women and children, who were en route for the Cheyenne Agency. His company, D of the Fifth Cavalry, are in their quarters at Fort Hays waiting orders. Four other companies of the same regiment are en route for the Black Hills. Pioneer.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

PHILADELPHIA, June 1, 1876.

Editor Traveler:

This letter must begin, progress, and end in "Centennial," and yet say but little more than a lady I saw and heard on the Centennial grounds today. As the beauties and wonders of one little annexation of the Art Gallery burst upon her, she raised her hands aloft, and with an awful depth of meaning, ejaculated: "Oh, my!" So I can say little more with regard to the Centennial than, Oh, my! It is said that it will require five months to go over the grounds and view every article, spending one-half a minute in surveying each article, and I believe it to be true.

This being the case, you need not expect my descriptive powers to enlighten you much on the Centennial.


This was a great day in Philadelphia. Between 7,000 and 10,000 Knights Templar paraded the streets in grand procession. I never saw anything so imposing in all my life. All were dressed in black broadcloth, with suitable regalia. There were at least fifty brass bands in the procession. You can imagine the rest.


The first requisite in visiting the Exposition is to have either a half dollar in silver or currency: nothing else will be taken at the entrance. The object is to avoid the necessity of making change. The next thing is to provide yourself with a guide book, of which there is an abundance. After this get on the steam cars and ride around the grounds, and see what is before you--what you have to go through before you see the elephant. If the outside alone does not discourage you, then,--then go inside. As I have but a short time to stay, I expect to spend most of my time in the Art Gallery. This is beyond all question the largest, best, and most wonderful collection of art the world has ever seen. The very best productions of the best artists in the world are on exhibition here. For me to begin to enumerate, would be folly. There are so many, and of such a variety, that a volume would be required to tell half.

Come and see if you want to know, is all I can say.




TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

Those who are interested in attracting emigrants to the Black Hills are again sending out their big stories about the "rich diggings" just discovered in some district by a company of prospectors from somewhere, and the enormous sums that have been washed out "to the pan." Let all these yarns be received with the customary degree of allowance, and let all those who may be tempted to go, consider the chances of losing their scalps as well as the chances of finding bags full of gold--and there are a great many more chances of the former than of the latter.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

Denver, June 6. Eight companies of the Fifth cavalry, under command of Lieutenant Colonel Carr, passed through here today, en route to join General Crook's expedition.

Hunters from the headquarters of the Republican say that the Cheyennes and Arrapahoes are leaving in large numbers, bound north. It is supposed they are going to join the Sioux.




The Grangers have new potatoes.

A Sunday school picnic will be held at this place July 4th.

MR. VANSTON and Jim Alexander are back to their old homes.

The ponies didn't get away from Mr. Mott with the new wagon.

The water of the Walnut river is warm and delightful for swimming.

A great many harvest hands have come into this section. No more are needed.

Only one solitary Pawnee Indian wandered in from the Territory this week.

A. H. BARNARD, one of Southern Kansas' live hotel men, graced our abode last Monday.

HON. M. M. MURDOCK bade his friends "good bye" and left for the Centennial last week.

The name of Osage Agency has been changed to Paw-hus-ka, and means "White Hair."

The click of the reaping machines can be heard in every neighborhood in this land of wheat and plenty.

The heavy wind storm of Saturday evening took off the roof of L. H. Gardner's house, north of town.

GONE EAST. Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Haywood, and S. P. Channell and wife left for oriental quarters this week.

A light hail storm fell at this place on last Wednesday night. On Grouse creek it caused considerable damage.

A. A. DAVIS received a severe kick on the arm and in the face from his horse, when he was looking at its foot.

One Leavenworth commercial man hung out at a private residence on the divide, Wednesday night, during the storm.

A wagon load of fish was left on dry land when the bank washed out from the dam at Newman's mill, last Sunday.

MRS. MARY PEED, of Saybrook, Illinois, with her son, has come out to live with her sons, C. R. and James I. Mitchell.

HEAVY damages are reported, in different sections of the county, of the destruction of wheat by the recent hail storm.

IMMIGRANTS are arriving every day, and yet there are thousands of acres of unoccupied lands ten miles east of this place.



G. S. MANSOR, the well known real estate agent at Winfield, came down last week with two men from Guernsey county, Ohio.

MR. NEWMAN has charge of the Water Mills on the Walnut once more, and will see that all who come with grists are


JUDGE CHRISTIAN will take charge of the express matter after July 1st, and the office will be at his law office, opposite the Central Avenue.

L. H. GARDNER's house was struck by lightning last Wednesday night, making a six-foot sweep through the roof and woodwork. No one hurt.

The annual commencement exercises of the Emporia Normal School begin today. Addiston Stubbs is to make the oration. We acknowledge an invitation.

The fishermen "lariat" their fish in the Arkansas when they catch more than they want to use at one time, thereby keeping them alive until they want them.

We call the attention of the Road Overseer to the small bridge north of town near L. C. Norton's. Col. McMullen's horse got one leg through it last week, and others are complaining.


The steamboat for this place left Zanesville, Ohio, June 3rd, and is now on the way. The name of the boat is "Gen. G. F. Wiles," named for a prominent boat builder of Zanesville.


MR. BURGESS, Agent of the Pawnee Indians, made this place a short visit last week. By his genial manner and cordial treatment, Mr. Burgess has made many friends along the border.


The next regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners will be held the first Monday in July. The meeting of last week was only to equalize taxation. No other business was attended to.


REV. FLEMING returned last Thursday evening from the Brooklyn Synod and the "big show" of Philadelphia. He was accompanied by Miss McCoy, of Pennsylvania, who expects to remain a few months on a visit for her health.


S. P. CHANNEL left last Monday in charge of his wife and baby, two ladies, one child, four Saratoga trunks, three band-

boxes and baskets, besides parasols, shawls, etc. We sympathize with him at the times of changing cars, and when the demands for cold tea, hot coffe, and the numerous little wants are made known.



SCHOOL MEETING. A meeting of the voters of School District No. 2 will be held at the school house in Arkansas City, Tuesday, June 20th, at 4-1/2 o'clock, for the purpose of determining the Principalship of the school for the coming year. The Directors have endeavored to secure the best teacher for the least money, and will have several propositions for the meeting to act on, and there should be a full attendance. We believe in reducing our taxes as much as possible, yet, in the choice of a teacher, careful discretion should be used, and no experiments resorted to. We have had occasion to visit the school several times during the past year, and several times expressed ourselves well pleased with its management.


The marriage ceremony of Mr. Kennedy and Miss Norton was performed by Rev. J. E. Platter, last Wednesday evening, at the residence of Mr. L. C. Norton, and was highly complimented by the competent judges who were in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. Haywood, Mr. and Mrs. Loomis, E. D. Eddy, Miss Sherburne, Mr. Kennedy's brother, J. H. Sherburne, Mr. and Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Sherburne, and Mr. Burgess, constituted the party, with the parents and members of the family of the bride.


MARRIED. On Sunday, June 10th, by Rev. Fleming, at the residence of L. McLaughlin, in Arkansas City, MR. HENRY PETERS and MISS HATTIE CLIFTON.


JUDGE McINTIRE has the tax list for Creswell, Bolton, Beaver, Pleasant Valley, and Silverdale townships. He will receive and pay taxes for anyone in the above townships.


The Ladies' Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet at Dr. Kellogg's, Wednesday, June 21st, at 2 o'clock.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

A young man by the name of Perry Barnhart, who formerly lived at Dexter, but of late has been running a saloon at Wichita, sold out some time ago, and it is thought run through with his money. At any rate, he came back to Dexter last week and acted very strangely. He secreted himself in the canons about there, and remained for several days undiscovered, but at last he was seen by one of the citizens prowling around after night near some horses. In a few days several horses were found to be missing. They were diligently searched for but to no avail.

This Barnhart was finally believed to have something to do with the taking of the horses, and a few of the citizens got together and started in search of him. After several hours of diligent search, he was finally found in a canon near Crab creek. He was ordered to surrender; instead of giving himself up, he drew his revolver, and commenced firing at the party, who finally returned the fire and shot him through the leg, and after a few more shots were exchanged, he gave himself up, and was taken to Dexter and turned over to the authorities. We failed to learn what was done with him afterwards, but probably he will be taken care of.




TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

A vein of coal crops out on the banks of a stream near the Pawnee Agency. The coal is said to be good.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

The Osages oppose the bill before Congress making a new provision for the sale of their Kansas lands.



TRAVELER, JUNE 14, 1876.

It may not be generally known, but it is nevertheless true that the oldest son of Black Hawk, the famous Indian Chief, is buried on the banks of the Walnut, a short distance south of Eldorado.




STEAMBOAT. The damage to the wheel was repaired at Gallipolis, and the boat is on the way again. Mr. Samuel Hoyt is the Captain, and is determined to bring it through if it takes all summer. At Gallipolis he was arrested and fined $55 for not registering the boat, according to law. Being new men at the business, they were not aware of the rules. July 15th is the time set for the arrival of the "Gen. G. F. Wiles" at this place. It should be renamed "Samuel Hoyt," "Arkansas Traveler,"

"Wash-a-wa ha" (the Osage meaning for "brave white man,") or the "Relief," from the fact that the boat is to relieve us of the burden of hauling our products fifty miles to market. The present name has no meaning to us.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

ARKANSAS CITY, June 17, 1876.

A railroad meeting was called at E. B. Kager's office to receive the members of the Kansas City Board of Trade and friends accompanying them. Judge Christian was elected Chairman and I. H. Bonsall, Secretary.

Col. Hunt addressed the meeting in a few pointed remarks, showing the great need of railroad facilities for the farmers of Cowley county, and also the importance of securing connection with Kansas City as a shipping point, and expressed surprise and pleasure with our country, promouncing it the best winter wheat country in the United States.

Mr. Reynolds, of Kansas City, addressed the meeting and advocated the interests of Kansas City as a shipping point for our products, as wheat and corn were shipped from Kansas City to the pineries of Maine direct, and as wheat there was worth $1.33 per bushel, our interests were identical. He also stated that $4,000 per mile would undoubtedly secure the road to Independence.

Mr. N. B. Cartmell, of Longton, Elk county, followed with remarks of the same tenor.

E. B. Kager moved that we pledge ourselves to raise money enough to pay our share of a preliminary survey. The survey would cost about $600. Motion amended and seconded by C. M. Scott, provided the local company deemed the survey best. Amendment accepted by E. B. Kager, and motion as amended carried.

Moved by C. M. Scott that a vote of thanks be returned to the members of the Board of Trade of Kansas City and friends accompanying them; seconded and carried unanimously.

On motion, adjourned.


I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.


OLD TRAVELER: As today is my lay-off day, and times are dull without any company, I will write you a few notes in regard to the land of gold. On the 16th we arrived in Custer City, and found a thriving town, nearly all the houses being of logs. On the 17th we started for this place, and now we are located on Castle creek, forty miles from Custer.

The weather is warm, and we all have good health. The miners' law allows 300 feet for a claim, but we have claimed only 100 feet each. We have prospected but very little, but found gold at every pan. Today we start a ditch for a sluice. This creek is quite large, and has a fall of 55 feet to the mile. There are now but two sluices on Castle creek.

It will, in my opinion, take quite a time to develop this part, but when it does come, it will be all right. As in all new places, provisions are high. Flour is worth $15 to $20 per 100; bacon, 35 cents; potatoes, 15 to 20 cents per pound, and everything else in proportion.

Grass is good, and horses doing finely. Woolsey, Reckle, and Purdy have gone to Dead Wood; also Gard Kennedy and Jake Cregor, from Sumner county, and Ellert Hedrick, formerly of Winfield.

Gold taken from this gulch is worth twenty dollars per ounce, while that from Dead Wood brings fifteen to eighteen dollars only.

I would not advise anyone to come to the Hills with the expectation of finding gold on every bush, but I do say that I think there is a fair prospect. Send us a TRAVELER and we will be happy.

Truly, etc. CHARLIE.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

Exposition Matters.

DEAR TRAVELER: When I wrote my last letter to you, I was on the Centennial grounds, and feeling very tired, consequently I made it briefer than I otherwise would have done. I shall write of the Centennial in general terms in this letter, promising next week to give you a short description of what Kansas is doing to uphold her credit there.

Philadelphia is all Centennial--from Independence Hall, Girard College, and the U. S. Mint, down to the dram shops and baby's toy balloon. The U. S. flag either floats over or is wrapt around everything, and the streets are gay with flags. The stores have "Centennial" marked on their goods; street cars, omnibusses, and all manner of vehicles, are also very old: i.e., centenarians. On the grounds you see a flowing tide of very intelligent, substantial looking people; there is not much display of fashion. The wealthy do not display their good clothes and fine carriages as they do in Central Park, New York. In fact, it is no place to make obeisance to the goddess of fashion. Almost all the ladies on the ground are dressed in neat and comfortable traveling suits, which are much better adapted to the heat, dust, and throng of the grounds than silks and satins. With the gentlemen, "Ulsters" are above par.



These pests of the civil community are reaping a rich harvest. Many a poor and honest man loses his hard earned money because of the delicate fingers of these gentlemen. Especially do they ply their craft in the street cars, as they pass to the grounds in the morning and from them in the evening, each car being thronged by those who visit the grounds. One conductor told me that he frequently crowded over one hundred people into his car, which ought under no circumstances contain more than fifty. The safest plan to pursue is to not carry any money with you more than is necessary to bear the expenses of the day. Make a deposit of it in a secure place, and do not risk depending upon your own vigilance for its safe keeping.


There does not seem to be any great difficulty in securing proper food and lodging. Most of the hotels charge ordinary rates, and boarding house people are willing to afford accommodations on reasonable terms. In a day or two after the opening they learned exorbitant rates would not win, and good accommodations can be had at from $1.00 to $2.00 per day and upward. For a quiet and pleasant retreat, I could recommend anyone to a family residing at 4007 Haverford St., West Philadelpha, within ten minutes' walk of the exhibition buildings.


I hope no one will be so foolish as to think, when I speak of the Centennial buildings, I expect to give anything like a detailed account of them or their contents. I simply want to give those who do not intend visiting the Exposition something like an outline of the principal buildings.

The Main Building is 1,880 feet long by 464 wide, and cost $1,600,000. Machinery Hall is 402 x 360 feet, and cost $792,000. The United States Building covers two acres of ground, and cost $62,000. Horticultural Hall is 383 x 193 feet, and cost $251,937. Agricultural Hall is 820 x 540 feet, and cost $300,000. Memorial Hall is 365 x 193 feet, and cost $1,500,000. Besides these, there are numerous State buildings and those erected by foreign countries. In these main buildings are collected the finest specimens of the mechanism, the art, the science, the minerals, the agricultural and horticultural productions, and of all the varied industries of all lands, arranged in the most attractive style. The United States and England lead off. France and Germany fall below the general expectation, while Spain, Italy, Portugal, Canada, Australia, Egypt, Norway, Sweden, Brazil and all the South American States are far in advance of what was anticipated. Let me say to any of your readers who expect to attend the Exposition that one very inviting field for exploration is the Government building, where the Patent Office and Smithsonian Institute are on exhibition.

Somewhat of Kansas showing next. S. B. F.

Arkansas City, June 19.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

The Arkansas City Silver Cornet Band has been engaged for the Fourth at Wellington, for both day and evening. This is one of the best bands in the State, and we congratulate the committee upon having secured its services for the occasion.

Wellington Press.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

Rev. Fleming and John Curns, the two delegates to the recent Presbyterian Assembly from this locality, parted in Brooklyn, New York, agreeing to meet at the gate of the Centennial Exhibition and view the show together. It happened that there were 161 gates and they never got together. Courier.


The attendance of foreigners at the Centennial has not been large enough to effect total of steamship travel.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

Everybody busy.

Half the boys in town possess "flippers."

CHRISTY and Stevens have a new steam threshing machine.

AGENT SPRAY'S son got his thumb cut off while setting a saw.

The ladies of the M. E. Society meet at Mrs. Alexander's Thursday afternoon.

I. H. BONSALL has corn "in the silk," and will have "roasting ears" next Sunday.

Rev. Fleming has been requested to deliver the 4th of July oration at Winfield.

HOUGHTON & Mc. want the man who borrowed their scoop shovel to bring it back.

YESTERDAY was the last day to pay tax before the second five percent penalty was added.

GAUDILY attired nomads of aborigine origin prop up the sign posts about town lately.

J. A. STAFFORD, of Wichita Agency, is here, fat and happy. The Territory agrees with him.

Rev. Croco will fill the place of Rev. Platter at Winfield during his absence at the Centennial.

The stage boys bring astounding tales of the new animals they are to have at the El Paso stable.

COUNTY warrants are paid every three months by the County Treasurer, dollar for dollar. Do not sell them at a discount.

A number of Pawnee Indians passed through this place on horseback, last Saturday, going north, to work as harvesters.

DIED. On Tuesday morning, June 20th, George Frederick, son of James A. and Martha Ann Penton. Aged six months and twenty-five days. Cause: diarrhea.

MRS. SHERBURNE and daughter took their departure for Phillips, Maine, last Monday, where they expect to remain some time. They leave many warm friends at this place, who regret their absence.


We take pleasure in calling the attention of the people of this vicinity to the set of Abstract Records kept at the Arkansas City Bank. We have personally examined these books, and find the simplicity and thoroughness of the system commend them to the judgement of all businessmen. They are kept up at an expense of not less than one dollar per day, and should be patronized by all having this kind of business to do, instead of paying their money elsewhere for someone to hastily look through twenty sets of larger books at the county seat, which necessarily must be very imperfect, unless time and great pains are taken. But in the set of books referred to, the history of each quarter section and town lot has a certain place devoted to it, hence at a glance all the transfers may be seen. A set of books of this kind is indispensable in a town so far from the Registrar's office, and parties interested in this town and vicinity should obtain abstracts of all lands bought and sold, and show that they appreciate a home institution.


Mr. J. A. Stafford left Wichita Agency on the 15th and arrived here on the evening of the 19th, the entire distance being 180 miles, as follows: from the Agency to Fort Reno, on the south side of North Fork Canadian, 40 miles; to Dan Jones' Ranche, on the Cimaron, 40 miles; to Skeleton Creek, 35 miles, to Caldwell, 46 miles, to Arkansas City, 35 miles. Mr. Stafford says the trail is almost continually flocked with cattle. Agent Miles succeeded in capturing the Arrapahoe Indian who murdered Dr. Hollaway's son, two years ago, also Big Mouth, chief of the Arrapahoes, who was implicated in the murder. Buffalo are very numerous on the plains, and can be found as near as twenty-five miles west of the Salt Fork, feeding southwest. The Pawnees were out last week and killed a number. Dan Jones is doing well and making money.



From Mr. Reynolds, who was here last Saturday, we learn that old Mr. Sweet, formerly of this place, is comfortably situated with him, and says he is happy as he ever was in his life. This will be gratifying to his many friends here. The history of the old gentleman would make a volume worth reading. Beginning as a poor boy, he worked his way up until he became one of the substantial and wealthy men of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at one time was a heavy contractor with the Government. He is comparatively a well read man, and one of extended experience. Some months ago we expected to write his obituary as a poor, deserted father, left to die alone, but the friendship shown to Mr. Reynolds when he was a boy was not forgotten, and now, when he most needs it, comes to his relief and makes him a happy home.


There is a beautiful "spring cave," on the road from the west bridge of Winfield to this place. A German lives close by in a stone house, who takes pleasure in showing strangers through it. To add to the beauty of it, a billy goat, and other attractions are kept there. We have heard it said that most of the residents of this place make it a point to call as they go by, and always enjoy it. If you have any hops or barley to sell, you can find a purchaser there, also.


A gentleman riding by Harbough's place, on the road to Winfield, asked "What will that man take for this place?" The driver told him $4,000. "He had better not say $4,000 to me." Just then they saw Harbough, and the stranger hailed him. "What will you take for your farm?" "$4,000." "I'll take it." The next day he came down to pay the money, but Harbough had to back water. It is one of the neatest and best farms in the county.


LAMPHEAR H. SCOTT, son of J. W. Scott, Esq., of this city, started Monday for Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is to enter as a student that ancient and celebrated institution of learning, Harvard College. Cadiz Sentinel.

We predict for "Tobe" a successful course, as he has always been a hard student and apt scholar.


LARGE EGGS. Mr. Reuben Bowers brought to our office three eggs, laid by a very large hen, the largest weighing four and one-half ounces, measuring eight and one-fourth inches around the end, and seven inches in circumference. The next largest weighed four and one-fourth, and the smallest four ounces.


QUITE an animated discussion was held at the school house yesterday afternoon, to determine who should be employed to teach during the coming year. The motion to make a change of the principality was lost, and the meeting adjourned. Prof. Hulse has since withdrawn his application altogether, and will teach elsewhere.


At a meeting of the County Central Committee, held Monday, June 19th, Prof. Lemmon was chosen Chairman of the District Judicial Committee. Present: Esquire Morris, of Beaver, L. J. Webb, of Winfield, R. L. Walker, of Nenescah, A. B. Lemmon, of Winfield, C. M. Scott, of Creswell.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

WANTED. A No. 1 Miller, and a man with team to haul logs, at Steam Flouring Mill, Arkansas City. W. H. SPEERS.


WE WISH TO STATE to the public that we have thoroughly revised and corrected the set of Abstract Books prepared by Messrs. Meigs & Kinne. We have carefully compared each Instrument on record in the Recorder's office twice, each time by a different person, and know our books to be correct. We have also prepared, at much cost and labor, a complete list of all lands sold for taxes since the county was organized. Parties procuring abstracts of us get the benefit of this history of tax sales in this county. Our system of Abstracting is as thorough and complete as the system of book-keeping; mistakes are almost impossible. These books are in charge of Mr. A. W. Berkey, who will devote all his time in the future to the Real Estate business. Any parties having land for sale can leave the same with him, and parties wishing to purchase will do well to give him a call before purchasing elsewhere.


FOR SALE. Four thoroughbred and grade Devon and Short-horn bulls, yearlings, and two-year-olds, fit for service, at Dean's farm on the Walnut, 5 miles north of town. Young cattle taken in exchange.



TRAVELER, JUNE 21, 1876.

A Car Load of Choice Horses Burned Alive

On a Freight Train.

For more than a month past the government has been purchasing cavalry horses in Kansas City for use in the Crook Expedition against the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.

A few days ago a number of these fine, fat animals were shipped westward over the Kansas Pacific, destined for Cheyenne and the military posts further north. The horses fared well, and were being rapidly borne westward over the plains in cattle cars at the rate of at least 15 miles per hour, when on Tuesday morning the accident below described occurred.

The train had just left Wild Horse Station, when a fire broke out in the loose hay in or near a car load of horses. The alarm was given at once, and the train stopped on the main track and an attempt made to get the now frantic and suffering horses out of their fiery prison. But this was impossible. The car soon became one mass of fire, flame, and smoke. The cries and screams of the struggling animals are described as harrowing and horrible in the extreme. Kansas City Times.