Twenty colored women, who know how to wash and iron and do general house work, can find employment in this city. Leavenworth and Topeka papers please notice.




The colored people of this vicinity, together with a number from Winfield, participated in a social dance at Tivoli Hall Monday evening. The affair was managed by Messrs. Brown and Howard, and proved very successful, the dancing equaling any given by the whites. During the evening a drunken pup claiming to be a white man sprinkled cayenne pepper over the floor, much to the discomfort of the dancers. He is well known, and but for his utter worthlessness and insignificance his name would be given to the public.


Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.

Two or three hundred of our colored children and citizens will march as Freemen in the Fourth Celebration procession.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.

From Our Exchanges.

INDIAN CHIEFTAIN: Frank Dasher, a white man with a negro wife, and Aleck Scott, the wife=s brother, living at Post Oak, Creek Nation, have been arrested for cattle stealing. The cattlemen in the vicinity declare they are guilty and we presume they are.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 13, 1885.

Many intelligent colored people in the South object to the use of the word AFreedmen,@ as applied to them, since there are only about 3,000,000 AFreedmen@ among the 7,000,000 colored people in the United States.


Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.

The Telegram is all broke up because the REPUBLICAN used the word Acoon,@ in reference to a gentleman of color. We hope the Telegram will excuse our slang on this occasion and we will never do so again. We had no idea of casting any slurs upon the colored race.


Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.

A number of colored folks went to the home of Willie Wilson and bride Tuesday night for the purpose of serenading them. Willie got mad. He preferred solitude with his new bride to a rattling of tin cans. He became so enraged that he slapped Mrs. Ike Warner. This roused her ire and she knocked the groom down three times as fast as he could get up. This broke up the charivari. Wednesday morning Ike Warner, Mrs. Warner=s husband, and Willie Wilson met in front of the Chapel block. After a warm discussion of the topics of the night before, Ike and Willie engaged in a fistic encounter. The former worsted the latter considerably. The combatants were arraigned before Judge Kreamer Wednesday. Ike was fined $2 and Willie $5 and costs. Both paid.


Arkansas City Republican, July 3, 1886.

Mrs. John Carter was arrested yesterday and fined $2.50 and costs for disturbing the peace of Frazier, the colored barber. Frazier testified to something she did not like in regard to her character in the case of State vs. John Carter, and she threatened to remove his entrails with a razor. Mrs. Carter paid her fine.


Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.

The contractors on the C. K. & W. Road over in Chautauqua County are employing colored men to work in the rock-cut southwest of Havana. The heat is so intense in the cut that white men cannot stand it, and as colored men are able to bear it, they will be employed.


Arkansas City Republican, July 31, 1886.

The porter of the Occidental and Oscar Halsell, of the Territory, became involved in a dispute at noon today, which resulted in the latter breaking a chair over the former=s head. Halsell pulled his revolver to shoot, but the gentleman of color took refuge behind Ed. Hutchison and prevented his epidermis from being perforated with cold lead. Halsell was arrested and fined $5 and costs. By the way, the Occidental is coming into prominence very rapidly as a place of notorious resort. The city officials should investigate a Aleedle.@ The treasury would be greatly enhanced, we are sure.


Arkansas City Republican, July 31, 1886.

Willie Frazier, a colored boy, was grasped by the minions of law this morning. He was accused of stealing $1 of Master Cecil Pickard. The evidence was very conflicting, but Judge Bryant ordered young Frazier to pay back the dollar and costs of action.


Arkansas City Republican, July 31, 1886.

A Fredonia young lady was horrified at a social gathering in that city last week to learn that some of the big boys had stood a boot-black on his head and poured ice water down (or up) his pantaloons= legs, remarking in the most excited manner that if anybody served her that way, she would be mad. Doubtless. El Dorado Republican.


Arkansas City Republican, August 7, 1886.

J. Coombs, colored, was arrested this morning for disturbing the meeting at the colored church. Before Judge Bryant he plead guilty and was fined $5 and costs. He paid.


Arkansas City Republican, September 18, 1886.

Winfield has another sensation. One of her belles fell in love with a negro barber and when her folks remonstrated with her about her folly, she attempted to cut her throat with a razor. Per associations she seemed to have adopted one of the chief characteristics of the negro race, namely the use of the razor.


Arkansas City Republican, September 25, 1886.

Willie Lewis was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary. He was up for stealing a revolver and watch from Wm. McDowell=s trunk. Lewis is a colored youth about 16 years of age.

[Note: First time they had Lewis; later they had Louis...I changed to Lewis to make it consistent.]


Arkansas City Republican, September 25, 1886.


MARRIED. The social circles of Winfield are being greatly improved. A marriage in Ahigh life@ occurred there one day last week. Our readers will remember our mention of the Amash@ the colored barber, C. Alwell, had made on Lizzie Huffman, one of the reigning belles of the hub. Lizzie was so badly infatuated that she would rather die than go through life without her mascot. The marriage ceremony was performed by the colored minister of that city, after which the couple went to Eureka on the bridal tour. Considerable indignation was expressed by the whole population, but many of the colored folks thought it all right and so expressed themselves.


Arkansas City Republican, September 25, 1886.

The marriage of the white girl to the colored man at Winfield led to several revelations. The Visitor says: AWe know that at least five other white girls who are either nor or have been residents of this city within the last few weeks have been seen on the streets at night with none but negro escorts--promenading the streets arm in arm with them.@ A reading of the journals printed in Winfield would cause the outsider to think their girls were color blind and preferred negro society to white.


Arkansas City Republican, September 25, 1886.

Commenting upon the marriage of the young white girl to the mulatto at Winfield, the Visitor says: AGreat God, just think of it. Winfield with all her boasted morality, her magnificent churches and her healthy church influences, her general record as a town of goody, goody sort, marries two of her fair and respectable daughters to darkies, and has two or three others well on the same road! Just think of it! Not even immoral Wichita or wild and wicked Dodge City or the town of Caldwell in their worst days, when whiskey ruled and harlots and dance houses plied their trade in open day, can show such a record as this.@


Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.

The Winfield papers are holding a windy discussion of the question of mixed schools. To arrive at a proper understanding of the popular sentiment on the matter, the local of the Visitor devoted a day to asking the views of all he met. In three columns of answers, the pervading tone was indifference, while some few very emphatically pronounced themselves in favor of a separation of the white and colored races. But City School Superintendent Hayes comes forward to remind those desirous of a change, that, as our laws now stand, cities of the second class have no power to separate the races. Only cities of the first class have power to make the separation, and this does not extend to scholars in the high school. A discussion of the question at this present time is therefore an idle expenditure of effort.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.

Winfield is having no end of trouble. Two or three miscegenating marriages in that city have created quite a scandal, and the quarrel between two loan and insurance brokers in which two bank officers took a compromising part, led to columns of apologetic explanation in the papers. A heavy bank defalcation discovered two or three weeks ago was followed up by another default made in the payment of interest due on the city bonds. Now we learn that the subscribers to the Methodist college subsidy refuse to pay Athe sums set opposite their respective names.@ All this is bad for the credit of our thrasonical neighbors.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.

A Double Murder.

A correspondent of the Sedan Graphic, writing from Cascade, Chautauqua County, gives the following details of the double murder perpetrated in that village on Sunday morning, Sept. 26.

AThis community was thrown into intense excitement Sunday morning by a shooting affair that resulted in the killing of one of our most respected colored men, Ben Williams, and the fatal wounding of Wm. Andrews, by a dissolute tramp that lived in the nation, named Simon Smith. Smith and Andrews had a difficulty in the morning, what about is not known; but Smith left, saying as he went that he was going after his pistol. Andrews went over to the schoolhouse and shortly after Smith came up and called him out, having his hand on his pistol. Some words passed when Mr. Arbaugh and Uncle Ben Williams shut the door; Smith then ran to the window and commenced shooting. The first shot struck Ben Williams, penetrating the heart; the next shot grazed Mr. Arbaugh, when Andrews shot at Smith; the next shot Smith fired struck Andrews just above the abdomen, inflicting what is supposed to be a fatal wound. Sol Butler, colored, and the constable, with several other colored men, started to hunt for the murderer, who had fled, but late Sunday evening he went to Caneyville and surrendered to the officers. Smith and his father formerly lived here, but about four years ago their home was >deeded from under them,= it being a claim, since which time the boy Simon has been drifting about, mostly in the territory, and has grown up to be a >bad man.= Very few colored families respected him enough to invite him to their homes. His father and mother live on Mission Creek, in the nation, and are honest old people.@


Arkansas City Republican, October 23, 1886.

Tom Hernal and three other boys of color were taken in this morning for carrying concealed weapons. Hernal was fined $5 and costs. The other two were discharged. The trio were railroaders.


Arkansas City Republican, October 30, 1886.

Yesterday Marshal Gray received word from Quincy, Illinois, to be on the lookout for one Monroe Morgan, a colored man. At about six o=clock the marshal saw a colored man answering the description, and immediately arrested him. The negro protested his innocence and claimed that he had never been in Illinois, but it was proven that he had told his landlady that he had. He was taken into custody and is now held awaiting the action of the authorities of Quincy. Morgan is wanted for cutting a man with a knife. He came here about two weeks ago and is a blacksmith by trade.


Arkansas City Republican, November 6, 1886.

Nat. Banks, a colored farmer of Bolton Township, has proven that cotton can be grown successfully in this region. He planted about an acre last season, and has raised a crop fully as good as any he ever saw in the south.


Arkansas City Republican, November 6, 1886.

We had another jail delivery last night. Four prisoners made their escape; one remained. He was a negro up for drunkenness.


Arkansas City Republican, November 13, 1886.

The colored man can readily see, now that election is over, how poor a show one of their class has on the democratic ticket, and that the last candidate for state auditor was only put there for policy sake. Kelly ran 200 votes behind the ticket in Cowley County. He ran behind the ticket all over the state.


Arkansas City Republican, December 4, 1886.


Marshal Gray had a lively chase this morning after Sam Smith, a negro. Smith stole a pair of pants of Charley Milks Saturday night. He was seen with them on Sunday, and this morning Marshal Gray was informed of it. He caught sight of him up at Grady=s corner, and as soon as he saw the marshal coming, Smith broke on a dead run, and Marshal Gray started in pursuit. The chase was east on Third Avenue to Sixth Street, and then north to Fourth Avenue, and then east on that avenue across the railroad and around the roundhouse over into John Harmon=s field. The negro was surrounded here and taken prisoner. He refused to come, and had to be pushed along until Sheriff McIntire arrived on the scene with a buggy. He was hauled uptown and taken before Judge Kreamer and fined $10 and costs. He was taken to Winfield on the afternoon train. Smith had hidden the pants in a colored man=s house where he had been staying.


Arkansas City Republican, December 4, 1886.

David Wright, a colored citizen of Columbia City, Floria, is the father of twenty-five children, most of whom are living. His present wife is worthy of her third husband, for she has borne twenty-seven children, of whom nineteen are living.


Arkansas City Republican, December 11, 1886.

The Democratic press and politicians of Kansas have it demonstrated to their satisfaction that the colored voters cannot be alienated from the Republican party or won over to Democracy. The colored men have also had it clearly proven that one of their race can have no favor or earnest support from the Democratic party. Kelly. the negro candidate for State Auditor, runs 20,000 voters behind Moonlight.