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    The following material is provided by Mary Ann Wortman of Arkansas City, Ks

1873 in Winfield

Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873. [Editorial.]

A home in the west more attractive than this in its location and offering a wider scope to the ambitious businessman and mechanic with a limited capital to commence a growth in business, remains as yet undiscovered.

Winfield is most favorably located along the eastern skirt of the Walnut Valley (remarkable for its fertility of soil and the abundance of fine timber lining its shores and tributaries) and presents to the weary traveler in search of a place with which to anchor his hopes of a fortune in the west a most inviting prospect.

The church and school advantages are superior to most towns of its size.

The Baptist church is a handsome stone edifice, neatly furnished with all the necessaries calculated to adore the interior of the building to make it in keeping with the exterior.

The house built by the Methodist fraternity is also a model of taste and an ornament though not yet completed. Services are held regularly every Sabbath.

A thoroughly graded school, under the supervision of Rev. Parmelee and assistant, is being taught in the elegant two-story stone school-house. Citizens point with no small degree of pride to their facilities for giving the young a foundation on which to build a useful knowledge.

Sections sixteen and thirty-six of every congressional township are set aside for school purposes and when sold to settlers, creates a fund to aid in the advancement of the school interests of the state.

The manufacturing business is fast being developed in our midst, that will invite to our town the sturdy farmers of some of the western counties that are now unknown to us.

A three and one-half story stone mill is rapidly approaching completion, built by Messrs. Bliss & Blandon, with an expenditure of twenty thousand dollars, and before it will be entirely completed will absorb at least five thousand more. This company are now introducing their superior machinery into the building and will have all in operation before the first of March. When the time arrives that will demand additions, they will be promptly made.

Andrew Koehler, a miller of experience, has a frame structure underway to be used also for milling purposes. The design to secure power by tunneling through a neck of land to gain a fall of water without damaging the stream was an original idea and will prove a flattering success.

These mills will both be run by water power, the economy of which in a country where fuel is an object, as it is here, will be realized when the profits of a year's business will be


The COURIER is read weekly by two hundred families to whom it is mailed regularly.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

A KANSAS DOMICILE. Eyes were opened in wonder and mouths distended in merriment at the introduction of a portable house, fully equipped with sleeping and culinary departments, moving gracefully up Main Street, drawn by sneezing horses, on Tuesday last. The foundation was laid on the running gear of a wagon, was framed in the most approved style, while the architecture of the building would shame those best versed in ancient and modern styles. We think it was propelled by steam, though the smoke from the pipe protruding from the roof may have emanated from the kitchen. Rents are high, and if one could be had large enough to accommodate our wife and numerous children, together with the print shop, we think she could be induced to invest a dollar.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

Removal. A. A. Jackson succeeded in moving the gallery building from the north end of town on the lot south of the livery stable.

The lower room will soon be occupied by Geo. Tapley as a saloon and billiard hall. The upper room will be used as a public hall.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.

Still the work of improvement goes along, and will until some other street is commenced, for at present the vacant lots on Main street in the business portion of town are limited to a half dozen.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 25, 1873.

Careless Shooting. A gentleman, while walking along Ninth avenue, was startled by the singing of a ball in close proximity to his face; the same instant came the report of a pistol from the north part of town, giving the direction of the ball.

If you are shooting cats, have respect enough for your neighbors to chase them to the roof of a house and not shoot while they are running the top of a fence.

Serious accidents might arise from too free a use of fire-arms after night.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, February 1, 1873.

Severe Storm. We hear from all quarters of stock perishing from exposure to the inclement weather. Farmers have generally cared well for their stock, but a snow-storm such as we had last Monday, accompanied by the winds, would interfere seriously with stock having the best of comforts provided them.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, February 1, 1873.

Cold. From observations made by several citizens on Wednesday morning, we find that the thermometer indicated 22 degrees below zero at daylight and 18 below at sunrise.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, February 1, 1873.

Fresh Arrivals. Messrs. Close & Greer received large invoices of furniture this week and are stocking their handsome rooms on Main street with a well assorted supply for furniture for this market. A heavy shipment has been made them via Wichita, and teams will start in a few days for that point to freight them over.


Winfield Courier, February 15, 1873.


The Wichita Land Office received about a half million dollars last year.

Fort Scott has struck oil.

Cowley County has better water and more tillable land than any county in the state.

Buffalo hunters have suffered severely this winter from the heavy storms, but the plains are dotted all over with teams.

Winfield has a more substantial growth than any town in the southwest.

The streets in Arkansas City have been named.


Winfield Courier, February 15, 1873.

Facilities for Telegraphing. Through the energy of Postmaster Johnston, our citizens can now receive and send messages without a trip to Wichita. The Telegraph Company has furnished Mr. Johnston a schedule with authority to receive and transmit dispatches from this office to Wichita. A message placed in his hands in the morning will be forwarded promptly from Wichita the same evening.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 20, 1873.

Building. John Smiley, contractor and builder, informs us he has contracts ahead for six dwelling and business houses and a prospect for others as soon as the weather moderates sufficiently to commence active work.

There will be more building in Winfield the coming summer than in any town in Southern Kansas.

J. M. Boyer, Esq., will build a commodious dwelling next month.

Businessmen expecting to locate in Winfield should secure their location before all the desirable stands are monopolized.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.


J. M. REED, PAINTER, Winfield, Kansas.

All orders for House or Carriage Painting, Sign-writing, Graining, Glazing And all work in the line, attended to promptly. Shop over Rice and Ray's carpenter shop, north Main street.

B. CONOVER, PAINTER, Winfield, Kansas.

Painting, Sign-writing, Kalsomining, Paper hanging, and all kinds of work in the painting line. Leave orders at the store of L. B. Paul, Main St., one door south of Lagonda House.

T. J. JONES & CO.,

House, Sign and Ornamental Painters,


Paper-hangers, Kalsominers, and Gilders. Work warranted.

Office and paint rooms two doors south of Winfield Bank, Main Street.


Attorneys and Counsellors at Law,

Winfield, Kansas.

Will practice in all the courts of the State, U. S. District and Circuit Courts and U. S. Land Office.


Bank building located at corner 9th Ave. and Main St.,

Winfield, Kansas.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

Fairbank, Torrance & Green have removed to their new office.

Work on the new bank building is being pushed ahead rapidly.

Charley Baker has opened a very neat billiard hall and saloon on Main street.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

Read and reflect over Hitchcock & Boyle's advertisement, new this week.

AD: HITCHCOCK & BOYLE, Proprietors of the OLD RELIABLE General Store. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL Dealers in EVERYTHING. AN EXAMINATION of our stock and prices will convince the closest buyer that we are selling goods at BOTTOM PRICES for cash.

SPECIALTY: Fair dealing with all.

[No street address given.]


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

Capt. Folks of the Oxford Press called on the COURIER this week.

Maj. Durrow, of Junction City, and Judge Aiken of Augusta, interviewed us this week on railroad matters.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

Capt. R. S. Walker called on us. He has lately returned from a trip to Texas.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

100 bushels large Peach Blow Potatoes for $1.00 per bushel at C. C. Stevens.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

McMillen & Shields, at Old Log Store, are now prepared to supply Dealers with Flour at Wichita prices. They have just received a nice and large lot of Dried Fruits.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.

28,000 lbs. Graded Flour at Old Log Store.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.


LAGONDA HOUSE...S. A. WEIR & CO., Proprietors.

Corner of Main and Eighth.




Southwest Corner Main and Eighth.








West Side of Main Street.



Office on Main Street.





D. N. EGBERT, Jr., M. D.

Office in Smith's Building, first door north of the Post-office, second story, front room.














No address given.








[J. W. SMILEY / I. W. RANDALL] Address not given.


Office in Boyer's News Depot, Main St.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.

FLORAL, Cowley Co., Mar. 10, 1873.

Last October the undersigned landed in Cowley county, and took a claim in Richland township, twelve miles northeast of Winfield.

Before coming here I had been induced to believe that this part of Kansas had been settled, to a very great extent, with a rough class of western pioneers, such as generally follow in the wake of the retreating Red man and buffalo. But never was a man possessed of a more erroneous idea. I have had unusual facilities this winter of observing the character and habits of the citizens of a good portion of the county, and I am compelled to say that I have never met with a more agreeable, honest, sober, and intelligent class of people in any country, old or new. And considering the length of time that the country has been open for settlement, the progress made in improvements is entirely beyond precedent. Why, in many places, especially in the valleys, it begins to look like an old country; good houses, barns, and farms.

But the most commendable feature in the line of improvements is the splendid school houses being erected, or already completed, all over the country. Old Fogy may dwell among such an enterprising people, but he must of necessity occupy a back seat.

I had the pleasure of being present at two exhibitions given at the Darien school house on the Walnut Valley, Feb. 28th and March 5thCat the close of the first term taught in the house.
L. Reed, teacher.

The house although an unusually large one, was crowded early the first evening to overflowing, and quite a number came who were unable to gain admittance. The exhibition was an entire success in every particular. The selections were good and well performed. The essays, and a newspaper gotten up by the students, were such as would do credit to any community. We could not help noticing throughout the performance a tendency among the young lady performers to give the old bachelors a thrust at every available opportunity; that's a commendable spirit. In fact, I think it would be a good thing for the community to put all the old bachelors up at auction and sell them to the highest maiden bidder, such a proceeding might be a benefit to your humble servant.

But to resume my narrative. Perhaps the most noticeable feature in the entertainment was the music which consisted of both vocal and instrumental; the instruments were an organ, and one tenor and one bass viol. The violin was played by a musician from the vicinity of Dutch Creek, the bass by Mr. Palmer of Winfield. The accompaniment was played by Miss Emma Leffingwell, a member of the school. Miss Leffingwell certainly possesses rare musical talents, and is in a fair way of becoming a great organist.

The second exhibition was given in aid of the school, 20 cents admission, and consisted of almost an entirely new programme. The house was well filled but not so badly crowded as at the first, if not more so. Instrumental music same except that Mr. Palmer was not present. Had some excellent songs sung by Mrs. C. L. Reed, Miss E. Leffingwell, Miss Ida Davis, and Miss Mary Akers. But the feature of the last exhibition was the "String-bean-Band"; we think that Barnum would do well to employ that set of minstrels to travel with his new show next summer. Mr. C. L. Reed is certainly entitled to great praise for the able manner in which he conducted the exhibitions.

I cannot help expressing here my sincere thanks for the kind and hospitable manner in which your correspondent, though a total stranger, was entertained during the exhibitions by Mr. Wm. Grow and his amiable mother, who live in the vicinity of the schoolhouse. Mr. Grow possesses a fine farm and residence, and how he can live a bachelor life among all those blooming maidens that about in the Walnut Valley, is entirely beyond our comprehension.

W. H. S.










Today we close our interests and associations with the

WINFIELD COURIER, and bid adieu to an extensive circle of true and warm hearted friends.

For our course as editor and publisher of a newspaper devoted to politics, the general interests of Cowley county, etc., we refer to our files; there they are, our record, we are proud of them; they suit us exactly; we shall feel gratified if they have suited our readers; but, whether they have or not, there are no erasures to be made, nothing said that we wish to retract.

While submitting our views for the criticisms of the public, we have been no tool for any person, faction, or clique; have always said and done just what we thought was best, and just as we shall do hereafter in whatever position we may be placed.

For our successor, James Kelly, we bespeak success. He enters here with our kindest wishes in every respect: that he is a reliable man, and a Republican, no one will question. May he be rewarded according to his merit.

To all our friends we say most respectful and heart felt adieu.






Having assumed control of the COURIER, a word from me now may pave the way for a quicker and better understanding


Without being advised or solicited to do so, without a word of encouragement, or a promise of help from anybody; without one dollar of aid or the pledge of one dollar from anyone, I have purchased the entire Winfield COURIER outfit, and shall settle down to publishing a newspaper in Winfield in good earnest.

I have no friends to reward or enemies to punish; I have no alliances, and seek none; but with steady faith and honest purpose, I hope to win the respect and confidence of all.

The COURIER will support no unworthy measures or men knowingly. Its highest and first aim will be to establish a reputation for reliability; then the highway to usefulness to the reader and profit to the publishers will be opened.

The COURIER will be the friend of the best interests of Cowley county.

In party matters this paper will be Republican and especially solicits the support of the Republicans of the county.

Its columns will be open to a respectable discussion of all local questions or matters of general interest.

Hoping for a generous welcome to this new sphere, from the people of Cowley, and craving a charitable construction for whatever of censurable character may appear in the paper, I am hopefully and timorously, JAMES KELLY.


Mr. Kelly will fill all the subscriptions for the COURIER as shown by the books.

R. S. W. & Co.






One Man Killed and Another Wounded.

From Mr. Gilstrap of Silverdale we learn the following.

On Saturday morning last four men traveling horseback were in camp at Hilton's crossing of Grouse creek below Silverdale in this county, and about daylight four men in a spring wagon rode up to the horseback party, and enquired for stolen horses, whereupon one of the horseback party drew a revolver and discharged two shots at Van Orm, a deputy U. S. Marshal, one of the party in search of horses, and at the third shot killed Parker, another of Van Orm's party, the ball passing clear through his body. At the time Parker was shot he was scuffling with one John Stroup for the possession of a shot gun, and which Stroup obtained when Parker fell, and turning it upon Van Orm, fired without effect; whereupon Van Orm shot Stroup in the shoulder. He now lies at the house of Mr. Gilstrap in a critical condition under arrest. Parker's body was taken back to Elgin, in Howard county, by his friends.

It appears that the horse thieves passed through Elgin Thursday or Friday last, coming west, and that the evening mail brought a poster that advertised some stolen horses and thieves that answered the description of the party, whereupon Van Orm, Parker, and two other men, citizens of Elgin, started in pursuit of the thieves with the result as above related.




Mr. Collins of Arkansas City passed through town this week on his way to his home from Washington where he has been spending the winter in the interest of the Cattle Trail, Post Road, etc., across the Indian Territory.

He reports his bill status quo, and says he has the assurance that our present delegation will give all their influence for its passage. Mr. Phillips, whose opposition to any and every measure affecting the Indians is so much feared, says that a trail road not quite so wide as that heretofore proposed would receive his support.

It will be remembered that it was Mr. Collins' effort to induce Congress to neutralize a strip 5 or 10 miles in width southward from the mouth of the Walnut for a post and commercial road connecting our state direct with Texas.

When this is accomplished, and a Rail Road built up the Walnut Valley for carrying the herds of Texas cattle, which would come up this trail, we may hope that money will be more plenty and business lively in our county.





Railroad Bonds.


Talking the other day with an old friend of mine, who lives in Vernon township, about Railroads; he made this objection: "My farm is now worth five dollars per acre; in a few years Railroads will make it worth fifty dollars; it yields just as many bushels now as it will then, but it will be assessed more then than now; therefore, I am opposed to Railroads." My friend has 160 acres, at five dollars. It is worth eight hundred dollars; at fifty dollars it will be worth eight thousand dollars. When it reaches fifty dollars, let him sell; put the eight thousand dollars in bonds at ten percent, or loan it to his neighbor on good security at one, or one and a half percent per month. His income will be eight hundred, nine hundred and sixty, or one thousand four hundred and forty dollars. Does his farm pay him now? An acre garden will furnish him all the vegetables he now raises, and his income will support him. Farming is hard work. Living on an income is easy. Or he can go West, buy cheap lands, build Railroads, and do the same thing over again. Every additional competing Railroad reduces freights. Five years ago I lived in Davis county, and after the building of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, the grain dealers in Junction City paid for wheat what it was worth in St. Louis, less the cost of shipment. Before the building of the M. K. and T., it cost forty-seven cents a bushel to carry wheat to St. Louis; after being built, twenty-one, making a direct saving to the producer of twenty-six cents.

Assuring the average yield to be twenty-five bushels per acre, every acre brought with the produces six dollars and fifty cents more than it would have done, had the M. K. and T. Railroad not been built. [? SENTENCE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE ?] How many acres will it take to pay the additional tax placed on our land to Cowley county by the building of the Kansas and Nebraska Railway?

There will be enough saved on salt and groceries alone in Cowley county to more than pay the tax; for goods can and will de delivered in the Walnut Valley for less than they are now in Wichita. When land in Cowley county arises to fifty dollars per acre, taxes will not be as burdensome as they are now, for there will be ten times the taxable property to pay it. Many hands make light work. Many dollars make light taxes. It is the duty of every man who has the prosperity and development of our county at heart to vote for the bonds. R. J. S.


John Stroup, the horse thief who was shot in the shoulder in the affray on Grouse Creek some weeks since, was taken possession of by a party from Howard county, who said they were going to take him back for trial. It is supposed that he never got to



The City Election passed off quietly, the "fusionists" winning by a large majority. We hope our Mayor elect will now go to work to settle the Town Site difficulty, and not blast the expectations of his friends and supporters.


The Township Trustees, twenty-one in number, in this county, should have made an annual settlement with the County Board at its last meeting. At such time all the business affairs of the township are passed upon and approved or disapproved by the board. No such settlement was made except by two or three.


An event transpired in Judge T. H. Johnson's family last Monday night that deserves mention. The Judge has a very fine Magee hog of the female persuasion that has been the charm of the neighborhood and pet of the household from infancy. Its winsome ways and docile nature drew many friends to its side, and was particularly drawing on the Judge. Under his tender care and yearning solicitude she has waxed from tender pighood to matronly hoghood. As time sped apace she manifested signs of more than maidenly proportions; whereupon the Judge's anxiety grew with the budding promise of his idol.

In the cold and snow of Monday night a path was beaten between the couch of the Judge and that of the pet in his watch for events that had "cast their shadows before." The morning dawned upon a mother and eight spotted children and joy reigned in all the household. During the day the newly elected Mayor and City Council waited upon the Judge and showered their congratulations upon him. The mother is doing as well as could be expected and is to have a lot deeded her when they get flying round loose.





[For the Winfield COURIER.]

The Late Indian Massacre.

On the 19th of March, a band of Cheyenne Indians attacked, and killed a party of surveyors, consisting of four men, of which party Mr. Edgar N. Demming, son of Mr. A. N. Demming of Arkansas City, was the compassman. Mr. Demming, being the leader of the surveying party, is supposed to be the reason why he was the only one of the party who was scalped by the Indians. Mr. Demming was a promising young man, 19 years and 4 months of age. Immediately upon the report of this sad occurrence reaching Arkansas City, a company of 32 men, well armed, went out to recover, if possible, the bodies of those who were killed, and bring them home for interment. The company found all the bodies near together, where they had fallen. The brought the remains of E. N. Demming home today, and he was buried here at one o'clock p.m., April 7th. There others were so mutilated to render removal impossible, and they gave them a Christian burial where they had fallen. This was on the Cimaron river, about 150 miles southwest from Arkansas City. Captain Turner's surveying party, who were near the same place, and the mule supply teams have all come in safely without any loss. I was present at the burial off E. N. Demming. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, a very large number was in attendance.









The Bonds Carried by 300 Majority!!


The latest returns from the various precincts assure us that the bonds in favor of the Kansas and Nebraska Railroad have been voted by about three hundred majority. The company proposes to go to work at once, and expect to have the grading all done to Winfield before the ground freezes next winter. The company is perfectly able to push things, since they are backed by all the capital necessary to complete so vast an enterprise. Maj. Durrow, the energetic and whole-souled chief engineer of the road, will return to Junction City and put men at work upon the line as soon as the votes are canvassed, and ere long the iron horse will wake the echoes of the Walnut Valley.




Town Site Suit Settled.

The following glorious news for the people of Winfield was received by the Clerk of the District court of Cowley county last Saturday.



To the District Court within and for the 13th Judicial District, Cowley county, Kansas, Greeting:

WHEREAS, In a certain civil action lately pending before you, wherein Enoch Maris et al were Plaintiffs and the Winfield Town Co. were Defendants, a Judgment was rendered by you in favor of the said E. Maris et als on a transcript of which Judgment and record said Winfield Town Company prosecuted a petition in error in the Supreme Court within and for the state of Kansas.

AND WHEREAS, At the January term of said Supreme Court,

A. D 1873, on consideration of the said petition in error, it was ordered and adjudged by the said Supreme Court, that the said Judgment of the court below be reversed with cost, and the cause remanded for further proceedings, you are therefore commanded, that without delay, you cause execution to be had of the said Judgment of the Supreme Court, according to Law the said petition in error to the contrary notwithstanding.

WITNESS my hand and the seal of said Supreme Court, affixed at my office in the City of Topeka on the 9th day of April A. D. 1873.

A. HAMMATT, Clerk.


Thus the vexed suit to set aside the deeds made by the Probate Judge to the Winfield Town Company is now settled and everybody can take hold in earnest to make Winfield what it ought to be--the queen of the Walnut Valley. We have never taken sides in this controversy because it was in the Courts and different persons had different views. Now that Mr. Maris is out of court with his suit, there is nothing in the way of making a prosperous town of Winfield. The town company is also now in a position where it can afford to be generous and pursue a policy that shall contribute largely to the fullest development of the town.




Courier Office Removed.

THE COURIER OFFICE will be removed next week into the room heretofore used by the county as Court room and county offices. Remember the place--second floor of Old Log Store building. Our friends are requested to call and see us in our new quarters.


All of the city ordinances enacted by the old council took effect on the 15th inst.


School will begin again next Monday. Rev. Parmelee and Miss Tucker, teachers.


Dr. Egbert his removed his office to his new building on Ninth Avenue, opposite Alexander & Saffold's law office.


The Social at C. A. Bliss is postponed due to inclement weather.


J. C. Fuller has removed the old town company building on the lot south of Maris & Baldwin. He proposes to finish it up in neat style, suitable for a store room.


The County Officers will take up their beds and walk--from the Old Log Store building to the second story of the old town company building.


One McCullough, a horse thief who was caught in the act of selling a stolen horse in Wichita, was taken out into the brush along the Arkansas and lost. He ne'er will steal a horse again.


The King Wrought Iron Bridge Manufactory and iron works, located at Topeka with a capital of $1,000,000, the largest and completest bridge manufactory on the continent, are preparing to furnish and erect all kinds of bridges. The King Wrought Iron Bridge and Railroad Bridges are specialties. They also manufacture store fronts, window sills and caps, and columns.


Last Monday, Mr. Bellmire, the beer manufacturer, sent us a full eight gallon keg of beer. To say the least of it, is to pronounce it good, and we have been happy ever since--salubriously happy. Mr. Bellmire is now manufacturing a very good article of beer, and he keeps on hand a sufficient quantity to accommodate his patrons at any time. We also learn that he has rented the large stone building situated half a mile south of the brewery, and that he will hereafter give a social hop on every Thursday evening.




Col. J. M. Alexander started for Leavenworth last Sunday.

The bricklayers are putting the finishing touch to the walls of the new bank building.

Friend Kirk is doing a brisk business at blacksmithing since moving his shop nearer the center of business.

Judge Jackson has moved the county clerk's office into the upper story of his building next door south of Davis' livery stable.

W. W. Walton has moved his office upstairs in the District Clerk's office over the old log store.




Burt Covert after a two weeks' illness, is again perambulating the streets. We are glad to see you around again, Burrt.


Several noted dogs have left town, not having the necessary one dollar to pay their tax under the late ruling of our City administration.


The many new houses just erected on Meanor addition add much to the appearance to the south side of our young City.


Mr. W. W. Andrews tells us he intends burning 500,000 brick this season. We hope he will have good luck for there will be a demand for all of them.


Fire! Fire! was the horrible cry that smote our ear last Tuesday morning and all hands from the Editor to the "Devil" went pell, mell, down the street to assist, if need be, in extinguishing the flames, but fortunately the fire was put out before it could do any damage. The house is occupied by Mr. Suit, Esq., and is a one story stone building. Our citizens cannot be too careful in guarding against fires in this windy country.


The Baptist Sociable was held at the residence of C. A. Bliss last Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, Mrs. Jennie Tousey, and Spencer Bliss constituted a reception committee. The church will gain by $17.75.


Quite a little breeze occurred at the Thomasville dance on Monday night last, in which there were several heads cracked and some wild shooting done. It seems that a young man from up about Nennescah came down there with the intention of running the dance, to which some of the boys objected, causing quite a disturbance. The proprietors of the Winfield brewery had hauled over a few kegs of lager to sell to the thirsty and having taken sides with the belligerents during the melee, the victors demolished their entire outfit and sent them home in sorrow. Several of our young folks from town were in attendance but none were seriously injured, only a little frightened.



KILLED. Frank Triplett, a brother of Goldie Triplett, once a resident of this place, was killed in a duel near Salina in this State. An exchange says:

"Both were young gentlemen of good family, and with every prospect of long and happy lives before them. At the second fire Triplett fell dead, shot through the heart, and lived but a moment. Bates was shot through the shoulder the first fire, and through the lungs the second, and cannot possibly recover. Triplett was a young man of unusual promise, being something of a poet, an artist, and we believe was a graduate of law and medicine. Thus are two young lives cut off to satisfy a point of honor.


Parlor Saloon and Billiard Hall. At an expense of upward $3,000, Mance Pickering has furnished and fitted out complete the finest saloon and Billiard Hall in this part of the state. He has leased the property known as the Town Company building for one year, and the interior as well as the exterior improvements made on the building surpasses any like improvements in the city. The second floor will be exclusively a billiard hall while the saloon and one billiard table will be kept on the first floor. Mance proposes to open out tonight, in best style, and tomorrow evening he will give "Free Lunch," with music, etc. The thirsty are specially invited to call and partake of anything in the line of drink, and consequently feel happy.




Quite a number of strangers in town this week, among others we had the pleasure of a call from Judge M. S. Adams of Leavenworth.

The opening of Manse's last week was a very fine affair; the music was by Kirby, Parmer, and Steinbarger.

G. W. Martin's house is now ready for occupancy. We may expect soon to see a bird in that martin box.







Wishes to inform the Citizens of Winfield and surrounding country

that he has fitted up a

Fine Photography Callery


Where they can get any kind of a picture that is taken in the East or West, and on the shortest notice. Pictures of absent or deceased friends copied to any size, and colored up if desired. Pictures taken equally as well in cloudy as clear

weather. After an experience of over sixteen years and the largest side and sky-light in Southern Kansas, he feels no hesitancy in saying he can please all. Pictures taken in from two three three seconds. Bring on your babies and have them taken while they are in health.

Rooms East side of Main street in Jackson's building.

Instructions given in the Art on reasonable terms.








To Whom It May Concern.

Know ye, that by the payment of three hundred dollars, I am permitted to retail intoxicating liquors at my saloon.

To the wife who has a drunken husband, or a friend who is unfortunately dissipated, I say emphatically, give me notice in person of such case or cases in which you are interested, and all such shall be excluded from my bar. Let mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers do likewise and their request will be regarded; this is simply the sum and substance of the whole matter. I am licensed to sell whiskey and liquors, and I want it distinctly understood that I have no desire to sell to drunkards and minors, or the poor and destitute. I much prefer that they save their money, and apply it where it legitimately belongs, to their families. There are gentlemen, men of honor and money, who sport, and who can afford it, and with such and such only do I desire to exchange.

To this class my bar is open--none others need apply. For gentleman of such style, I have fitted up a splendid saloon, and keep constantly on hand a full stock of all kinds of the best Wines and Liquors; including Milwaukee Ales and beers, California Catawba extra fine, and unanimously acknowledged as healthy and good for the promotion of health. To those who wish to trade with me and can afford it, come and I will treat you gentlemanly and courteously. Pay your cash, choose your drinks, go about your business, and it is nobody's business but your own.


Winfield, May 8, 1873.





From the Atchison Champion.

Cowley County-Splendid Location-Excellent Water-Populous-Educational Interests-Mills, Bridges, Fair Grounds-New School Buildings and Churches-$10,000 Court House, and $2,500 School House on foot, etc.

WINFIELD, KAS., April 24, 1873.

Cowley county, Kansas, is the fifth from the east line of the State, in the southern tier of counties. It is situated mainly on the northern side of the Arkansas river, that stream flowing through the southwest portion for a distance of twenty-five or thirty miles. Walnut creek flows through the central part of the western half, from north to south, emptying into the Arkansas about two miles below Arkansas City. Grouse creek flows in the same direction through the east half, and empties into the Arkansas within the "Cherokee strip." The country is otherwise watered by Big Dutch creek, Little Dutch creek, and numerous other streams, fed by springs of excellent water; so that it is abundantly supplied with water, and is quite populous. It contains about twenty-five hundred voters. We were not a little surprised to find so many and such an excellent class of people in this border county, blooming and beautiful as these bottoms are. There is also a thick growth of timber along the streams. The soil is excellent and all kinds of crops that are raised in this climate are raised here. The county contains 4,320 quarter sections of land, all of which is suitable either for culture or


The city of Winfield--for it was recently incorporated as such--and the surrounding country is settled up by an enlightened and intelligent as well as enterprising people. It is much here as it is in the older settled States.

Some idea of the interest they take in educational matters may be obtained from the number of school houses they have built within three or four years. Thirty-five are finished, and three are in course of construction; of these thirty-eight, thirty-seven have been and will be--as soon as completed--furnished with the patent gothic desks, and seats to correspond. There are also to be from thirty to forty additional houses built in the county the present season.

A rock school building, forty feet square and two stories, with basement, has been erected by the good people of Winfield. The furniture is of the best manufacture and latest improvements. The building will be heated by a furnace. The structure was finished in October last, at a cost of $5,000. The Teachers' Association of the Thirteenth Judicial District--embracing six counties--was held in this building last week, closing on Friday the 18th inst. Assistant State Superintendent Felter was in attendance and greatly pleased the people, and all who attended were delighted with the exercises.

An unusual degree of enterprise on the part of these people for so new a county, has been manifested in their arrangements for County Fairs. Near town, on the south, they have enclosed about twenty acres of beautiful ground with a good board fence, and furnished it with suitable buildings. The half mile track is one of the finest we have seen anywhere. It is beautifully level and smooth. Last year they furnished two fairs, an agricultural and a horse fair. At the latter there was some of the finest trotting stock in the country in attendance, including the famous Goldsmith Maid.

Two very fine bridges of Baker's patent have been built by Hobson, of Wichita, across the Walnut, one a quarter of a mile west of town, and the other three-quarters south.

We had the pleasure of a little drive around in company with Hon. L. J. Webb, to see the Fair Grounds and the two new mills, one just below the bridge on the west of town, and the other on a narrow peninsula a half mile south. The former is built of rock, three stories high. Two run of burrs have been put in, and it is the intention to add two more. It is run by water power. There is a splendid rock dam attached. Messrs. Bliss & Blandin, proprietors.

The building of the latter has been attended by a marked degree of enterprise, in the construction of a tunnel one hundred and thirty feet in length, from the Walnut above to the same stream around a bench, at a cost thus far of $5,000 or $7,000, and it will cost to complete it about as much more. The building is a three story frame, 24 x 36, and will have a basement in addition. One burr has already been put in, and it is the intention to add three more. Messrs. Koehler & Covert are the proprietors. So that this community will have no want of good mills, as well as school facilities.

Churches also are not wanting. The Baptists and Methodists have each a neat church in Winfield. The former is stone and the latter frame. There are also organizations of the Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Christian societies.

Besides, the County Commissioners have advertised for bids for the purpose of erecting a $10,000 courthouse. The proposition was first made on condition the city would build a $2,500 jail, which the City Council has accepted. We saw the plans and specifications of the courthouse, which is to be a two story brick, 40 x 50, with stone finish. The first floor will contain eight offices and a hall eight feet wide. The courtroom will occupy the entire upper story, except space for the stairways. The bonds have been negotiated; and the City Council have appointed a committee to perfect plans and specifications for the erection of a jail at once.

The Kansas Nebraska Railroad, which is to intercept the C. B. U. P. Road, is to pass through Winfield. Subsidies to the amount of $150,000 have been voted by this county takes that amount of the railroad stock.

At present daily stages of the Southwestern Stage and Omnibus Company run north and south from Arkansas City to Wichita. A tri-weekly line is also run to Independence (east) and the same to Oxford and Wellington, west.

Winfield polls about 170 votes, which would give it a population of 700 to 800.

Two newspapers are very well sustained, viz, the Winfield COURIER and the Cowley County Telegram. The former has just removed into more convenient quarters--over the "Old Log Store"--and has a very fine office. This office does the county printing for L. J. Webb, to whom it was awarded. Jas. Kelley is the editor and proprietor. Allison & Steinbarger are editors and proprietors of the Telegram, which is a well printed, seven-column weekly, and has a good circulation.

Society here is excellent. It is like society in the old States. Last evening, through the kindness of Maj. Davis, we enjoyed the pleasure of attending an exceedingly pleasant social party at Major and Mrs. Davis' furnished suit of rooms in the Lagonda House. Mrs. Peyton, the landlady, from the old Buckeye State, was present; and Mrs. Davis, formerly of St. Joseph, and Miss Eudailey, from Kentucky. Messrs. Black and Byler entertained the company with very agreeable and beautiful, comical and sentimental songs and music, the latter upon the guitar, violin, and banjo. The music was highly appreciated by all, as well as the excellent lemonade and cake. To Mrs. Sprague, a genuine Massachusetts Yankee, the party is indebted for many a good hearty laugh.

R. A. H.





It is disgusting to see the Eastern papers crowding in everything they can get hold of about "Wild Bill." If they only knew the real character of the man they are so want to worship, we doubt if their names would ever appear again. "Wild Bill," or Bill Hickok, is nothing more "than a drunken, reckless, murderous coward, who is treated with contempt by true border men, and who should have been hung years ago for murder of innocent men. The shooting of the "old teamster" in the back, for a small provocation, while crossing the plains in 1859, is one fact that Harper's correspondent failed to mention, and being booted out of a Leavenworth saloon by a boy bartender is another; and we might name many other similar examples of his bravery. In one or two instances he did the U. S. Government good service, but his shameful and cowardly conduct more than overbalances the good.

"Buffalo Bill" is a facsimile of the former. We have men on the border today whose names never have been glorified in print, who would not disgrace themselves with this hero of Harper,--"Wild Bill."

Arkansas City Traveler.





J. P. Short is away visiting his friends at Topeka.

Dr. Black, hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, publishes his professional card in this issue.

AD: DR. BLACK (late of Des Moines, Iowa), PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.

Office in Jackson's Building.

Special attention given to all female diseases.

A team belonging to Mr. Culbertson ran away last Sunday--ran into Mr. Martin's wagon while he was on his way to church with his family. The wagon was upset and a horse was thrown down. Nobody was hurt.

We are under obligation to our enterprising townsman, H. P. Lacey, for a chunk of ice for the COURIER office. The boys say that Mr. Lacey is a brick, whatever that may mean.

When we said that Marshal Sheneman had all the boys in town helping him corral the dogs, we had no reference to the "handsomest Editor in Winfield." If we had meant to include him, we would have said "Curr," instead of dogs.

The story started about Frank Triplett and another man fighting a duel and both being killed is, we are informed by Goldie Triplett, without foundation. No duel was fought and nobody was killed.


Winfield Courier, May 15, 1873.

The mason work on the new bank building is finished, and we venture to say that it is one of the finest buildings in this part of the state. We hope more of our businessmen will manifest the confidence in our town shown by Messrs. Read & Robinson.

Mr. Concannon showed us a patent stove pipe the other day of which he owns the right of sale. The joints screw together securely, and the general construction of the pipe proves a decided advantage over the old style in use. He offers to sell the right of sale to anyone wanting the agency.

We saw last week one of the largest hen eggs we ever saw, larger even than our boyish Easter-Sunday appetite would crave. We saw the egg at the drug store of A. H. Green. It is the property of Dr. Headrick. The egg weighed just one pound.

Mr. McMillan, of the firm of McMillan & Shields, who has been east about six week, returned home last Sunday evening. While in St. Louis and Chicago, he made large purchases of dry goods and general merchandise for his house in this place.




A serious accident might have occurred on Main street last Friday night. A horse running at full speed carrying Master Ben Bartlow came down 9th street from the east and turned up Main and run bolt against a hitching post and rail, breaking it square off, and throwing the horse to the ground. The boy was unhurt.

C. C. Harris, Esq., one of thhe farmer boys of school district No. 21, and a member of the recently organized"Grange" of that district, came in Tuesday morning and subscribed for the COURIER.

We were shown a set of seats and desks for Schoolhouse No. 48, that were the neatest and most complete we have seen yet. They are stronger and much more convenient than the other patents we have seen, and the officers of Schools should look at them before they purchase any other as they are much cheaper. Messrs. Rice & Ray are the builders, and are worthy of the patronage of the public as they are good workmen and will give satisfaction.


Oxford Items. Mr. Tell W. Walton of this place started for Stevenson, Barbour County, last Saturday. He has been appointed Surveyor of that county.

Arrangements are being made to have a ground Sunday school picnic at this place. The sabbath schools of Winfield, Wellington, Belle Plain, Arkansas City, and Salt Springs will have invitations to attend.

The Press occupies the only stone building in this state West of the Arkansas River.

The farmers of this vicinity are still planting large fields of cotton; they purchase the seed of Caldwell & Smith, who ship from Memphis.

Mr. Knapp, late Rev. of this place, lectured to a full house last Sunday evening. Although the late M. E. Conference, held at Arkansas City, decapitaged his sacredotal cognomen, which prevents him from preaching, but does not prevent him from drawing a full house whenever he delivers one of his interesting lectures.


The Ladies of the Congregational church will hold an Ice Cream Sociable at the residence of Capt. John Lowrey, Wednesday evening, May 21st, 1873. A cordial invitation is extended to all.




MARRIED. All hands were made happy last Tuesday morning when we found two splendid large cakes on our table, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meanor, who departed this life a few days ago and launched their bark on the boisterous and tempestuous sea of matrimony. We heartily wish our friend Meanor much joy in his "new addition to Winfield."


We had the pleasure of attending the Baptist Sociable last Tuesday evening at the residence of E. P. Hickok, Esq. [Held out in the country...several wagon loads from Winfield went.] The afternoon was spent in games of croquet and long walks through the shady groves "by the riverside."


We clip the following local items from the Arkansas City Traveler.

Last week we saw some of the best salt we have seen in this State, manufactured by Goff & Marshall, of Salt Springs, this county. These gentlemen have their vats in working order, from which they manufacture thirty barrels of salt per week, by evaporation only. As many more vats are being made, and they will soon be able to turn out twice as much salt as at present.

Mr. Goff brought into this market yesterday 1,000 pounds of beautiful crystallized salt. All the salt needed in this locality will be furnished from the Salt Springs.

Adley Davis shot a pelican on the Arkansas river last week, that measured 8 feet 8 inches from tip to tip of wing. It was left with Mrs. L. McLaughlin to be stuffed.



At the City Bakery and Dining room. Tarrant's is the place to get a good square meal. Fresh bread, pies, and cakes always on hand. He has also fitted up a Parlor. Call and see him and bring your friends.



All aboard to see those nice new goods at the Old Log Store.

McMillan & Shields at the Old Log Store defy competition in nice goods and cheap goods. Be sure and see them--no trouble to show goods.

Double Rubber Bustles with which you can blow yourself up to the Double Grecian Bend size, or let yourself down to the common Russian Crook, at Old Log Store.




Shooting Scrape and Fighting Whiskey.

For some time past, one Henry House, residing on the strip, about five miles south of this place, who was formerly a resident of Kentucky, in company with some others, engaged in the manufacture of sod corn whiskey. To evade the law, these gentlemen placed the distillery just over the Kansas line, in the Indian Territory. For several weeks, corn-meal was transported to the still and made into liquor of various kinds, rot-gut, 40 rod, fighting whiskey, etc., and all went on very pleasantly and satisfactory until on or about the 7th of April, when Wm. Magee, one of the parties, came after some of the fluid and found House drunk and abusing his wife. Magee requested House to go to bed and behave himself, to which he declined. Magee then insisted upon the latter retiring, when House, without any further argument or ceremony, brought the bottle he held in his hand in contact with Magee's jaw, thereby breaking it, whereupon Magee proceeded to chastise House in a very severe, yet scientific manner.

On the following morning young House proceeded to the cabin of Magee, for purposes known only to himself, and finding no one but Magee's brother at home, began to make hostile demonstrations on the property. Magee's brother, not exactly sanctioning his actions, let him know how disagreeable he was by letting off four or five shots from his pistol, in the direction of House's person. One ball struck House in the breast, making but a slight wound.

As soon as House was convinced that he was not welcome, he started straightaway for home, apparently as though he had pressing business. He was not scared, as his friends told us he said he was not. He probably was not accustomed to the climate.

Almost one month the matter was kept a secret, until last Monday. Magee had House arrested for assault and battery. House plead guilty and was fined $5 and costs. Arkansas City Traveler.





Capt. E. Davis started to St. Joseph on a business trip last Tuesday.

W. M. Allison has gone to Atchison to attend the editorial convention.

S. D. Pryor, Esq., has gone to Illinois on account of his health, where he hopes to regain it in a short time, provided "she's" willing.

O. N. Morris, successor to S. Darrah in the livery business, has gone to Topeka after a complete stock of livery.

E. B. Kager of Arkansas City is here assisting Mr. Sheather in the County Treasurer's office. He makes a No. 1 clerk.

Capt. Davis, the prince of liverymen, has sold an interest in his stable and stock to Mr. S. H. Fargo. Mr. Fargo seems to take hold like he had "been there" before.

The M. E. Church will meet on next Sabbath at half past 9 o'clock, for the purpose of completing the organization of a Sabbath School.

Mr. McMillan of Old Log Store notoriety, is now receiving his household furniture preparatory to making this his permanent place of residence.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 22, 1873.

W. C. Robinson, brother of M. L. Robinson, Esq., was in the city the past week visiting his friends. Mr. Robinson is one of the busy merchants of Independence, Kansas.

If you want nice fresh cocoa-nuts go to Ellis & Black's for them. "We know how it is ourself," for through the kindness of Mr. Ellis we tried them to our own satisfaction.

We had a call last Tuesday from Mr. J. S. Wooley, of Vernon township, an old acquaintance of ours and one of nature's noblemen--a good farmer.

The Real Estate Record published monthly by Walton & Meigs, of Arkansas City, is a very neat record indeed. We hope it may continue to visit us regularly.

We notice neighbor T. B. Myers on the street distributing "tracts," prior to the assessment of annual taxes. Beware, T. B., don't come this way, for we have a double barrel shot gun loaded with Vinegar Bitters for you, the moment you put your foot across our door sill.




Found. A satchel was found by me about the 15th of May, 1873, on the Wichita road, between Lazette and Timber creek. The owner can have the same by calling at my residence on Timber creek, near the Omnia post office. F. W. BALDWIN.


The coolest thing we know of is Allison & Steinberger attempting to get the City Council to allow their bill of $5.00 for printing tickets for the last city election. But thanks to the good sense of our city fathers, for not allowing the "little bill."


Our worthy and enterprising townsman, J. C. Blandin, has just returned from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he has been to purchase the machinery necessary for the completion of his mill. Oh, for at least one dozen more Blandin's in Winfield.


To Claim Jumpers. Our efficient Surveyor. W. W. Walton, started yesterday to Floral to lay out a cemetery for the good people of that locality. Those who want claims of that kind can jump one without risk of contest.


We were favored with a call yesterday from Messrs. Scull & Michner, attorneys-at-law from Brookville, Indiana. These gentlemen are looking for a location and were favorably impressed with Winfield.


Mr. Everleth, the popular salesman of the Old Log Store, expressed from this place on last Monday to Portland, Maine, a live rattlesnake, measuring twenty-four inches in length and having five rattles and a button. Mr. Everleth was solicited by a friend in Portland to send him a specimen of the rattlesnake from this State, and we presume he has expressed the first production of the season.


Our genial friend, M. L. Read, told us one of the "fishiest" stories the other day we have heard since the days of Jonah. He drew a bucket of water from the well for his horses, and in the water was discovered a member of the finny family quite two inches in length. It was as bright as a new made dollar, and had a striking resemblance of the sun perch. Mrs. Read gave it a cozy little home in a glass jar filled with water, where it was kept for two days and then set at liberty again in the bottom of the well. Mr. Read. indulges the belief that he has just discovered a specimen of the "first run of shad" from a subterranean outlet, which if properly attended to during the season, will establish a first-class fishery.



Farewell Dear Bob. It is with overflowing sorrow of heart that we make this faint attempt to bid a last adieu to our staid friend and old boon companion, C. R. Mitchell, who fearless of all future conflicts and uncertainties, has rashly dashed his "little canoe" upon the surging waters of matrimony, and took unto himself for the remainder of his earthly days an amiable spouse.


A Bloody "Mill" was fought one day last week between two of our most prominent attorneys, while conducting a "case" before his Honor, D. A. Millington. First, the lie was given--then the d__n lie, and so on ad infinitum. That style of fight was dropped, and books were gently handed from one to the other. Tiring of books, as many do, they took not to their heels, but to their fists. The "big un" let fly his left "manly," when it was handsomely stopped, and the "little un" handed him one on the left peeper. This seemed to demoralize the "giant" some, but he came up smilingly for round No. 2. This round was something like the first, except that it put a "head" on the fight. Unfortunately we were not present, and of course have to draw a little on our imagination, however, it is in the main correct.


A splendid set of light buggy harness and one saddle for sale by J. C. Fuller, cheap for cash.


SUDDEN DEATH. We learn of one of those very sudden and mysterious deaths of which once in a great while we see mention made through the press of the country. Mr. Beaver, a very aged gentleman, living with Robt. Rogers of Beaver township, retired to his bed on last Friday night apparently in the enjoyment of perfect health, and was in a short while afterward discovered by some member of the family to be dead. He made no complaint whatever before retiring, and certainly must have died from some mysterious, though fatal attack, without a struggle.

And however strange it may appear, this incident is also coupled with the sad story of the above: The deceased had owned with pride for many long years a faithful old horse, and was keeping him in his latter days from pure kindness of heart for the good service he had done in the past. The good old horse ate his corn and hay in the evening as usual, and lay himself down to rise no more. Upon opening the stable door next morning, he too, was found cold and stiff, having died apparently without a struggle.

A more singular or mysterious death than is recorded in this short notice, it has never befell us to chronicle.





Wheat is heading rapidly in this vicinity.

All of the varieties of vegetables are now coming into market.

We learn there is a movement on foot to organize a farmers' "Grange" in Beaver Township.

Major Durrow gave us a friendly call Monday last. He reports our railroad prospects away above par.

Capt. McDermott, our worthy representative, paid us a visit this week. Also, Dempsey Elliot, Esq., Mac's partner in law and real estate business.

Lew. Jewett was in the city this week, representing the wholesale grocery house of Long Bros. in Kansas City.

Our genial friend, A. H. Green, has received at his drug store a very fine Soda fountain, and is now dealing out the cooling beverage to the thirsty.


The dam of Messrs. Bliss & Blandin's fine flouring mills at this place was washed out last Sunday. This was one of the finest pieces of masonry in the country, and built at an enormous cost. The cause of its giving way is no doubt owing to the fact that the west end of the dam was not completed in its circle as it was intended to be finished.

The high waters of the Walnut for the past ten days have done considerable damage to crops on the bottom lands, and if it continues to rise another week as it has the past, it will be decidedly disastrous to farming prospects.

P.S. Since writing the above the Walnut has risen several feet and it is believed by the oldest settlers to be higher than ever seen before. Messrs. Bliss & Blandin will, as soon as the waters fall, begin the work of rebuilding their dam.




Captain Davis will have the finest residence in the city when completed.

The high waters are still on the rampage--more rain every other day.

There will be services at the Baptist Church Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Preaching by the Rev. Mr. Platter, Presbyterian Minister.

L. J. Webb has just received a new lot of the choicest Havana cigars.

The ladies of the Congregational Church will give an Ice Cream Sociable next Wednesday evening at the Lagonda House.

The many friends of Mrs. L. J. Webb will be pleased to learn of her return to Winfield. Her eastern visit must have been of a very pleasant nature, as she is now the picture of perfect health.

We had the pleasure of a call from Dr. Walmsley of Ninescah, accompanied by John Guyman [? Gayman ?] and John B. Noffinger. These gentlemen are old citizens of Cowley, genuine Republicans, and good fellows.

O. N. Morris, the Liveryman, has returned from Topeka. He brings with him some fine livery stock for his stables in this place. He also brought his family back with him and will make this his future place of residence.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 5, 1873.

The glass for the front of M. L. Reed's Bank have been received and when they are put in, the finishing touches will be about completed. The glass are six feet ten inches high by four feet five inches wide. There are few buildings in this part of the state that presents the general appearance or that have cost more than this.


A chase after a buffalo will come off at Belle Plaine on the Fourth of July. A buffalo cow recently captured at that place will be offered as the prize to the first man who can catch her with horse and lariat. This will be a splendid opportunity for the "fast" riders of Winfield to try their hand.


We were shown a copy of the Coffeyville Courier, published by White & Chatham, Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., Kansas. The latter gentleman is a nephew of our esteemed fellow citizen, Judge T. B. Ross. [NOTE: BOTH TIMES THEY HAD "COFFEEVILLE".]




J. H. Miller, Esq., of Richland township, brought to our office last Saturday either the petrified neck and head of an antelope or the most perfect formation of rock representing an antelope, we have ever seen. Fifty cents will admit anyone to our "what is it" show.


We had the pleasure of a drive with our friend, John Farris, the gentlemanly and accomplished clerk of the Bradish House, last Monday evening across the "divide" to the Arkansas river. John drove a pair of superb sorrels belonging to the extensive stables of Davis & Fargo.


Returning. Parties who went from this portion of country to Texas have mostly returned. Their object in going was to obtain employment and make money more rapidly than here. They failed in both, and are content to stay at home in future "and see the thing through." Those who still remain are complaining of miserable water and hot weather. We know that some of them consider Kansas a more pleasant place to live in than Texas.


We received a correspondence from Upper Dutch giving in detail the results of the recent storm up there, but in some way it has become misplaced and we are deprived of its use.

We learn, however, that Edward Deland was the principal sufferer in that vicinity, his house being blown to pieces and his wife seriously injured by a falling timber. The other members of the family escaped with but slight bruises. A great many out-houses were blown down, and some stock injured, but aside from this, we have heard of nothing more serious.


The County Commissioners last Saturday acted upon the county building matter, and designated the square in the east part of the city, which was tendered the county by the Town Company, as the block upon which shall be erected the county buildings. Messrs. Bailey and Sloan were awarded the contract for the building of the courthouse, and steps will be taken by them immediately to begin the work.




The other day a saloon keeper of this place pounced upon and severely mangled and bruised an inoffensive man while quietly transacting business in a law office, then rushed before a magistrate, was complained of by a friend for assault and battery. The plea is guilty. The Justice of the peace without any knowledge of the aggravation of the offense, and possibly desirous of knowing nothing, imposes a fine of $2.50. Here is an offense, perhaps meriting a year of imprisonment, that is atoned by a fine of $2.50. We don't know which to condemn most; the assault of the man on Bihlmair, or the outrage of the magistrate upon law and order.

How long shall these things be.




Deputy U. S. Marshal S. S. Peterson, of Parker, Montgomery County, Kansas, has just made official return of the State Warrant issued against James Stewart, one of the horse thieves who killed U. S. Marshal Parker on Grouse Creek last winter.

It will be remembered that the last heard of Stewart was when he broke jail in Missouri, and from there no trace of him could be found until Mr. Peterson, with his four years active experience on Kansas borders, took the matter in hand and traced him through, found and captured him in Iroquois County, Illinois, on the 21st day of May, ultimo. Steward is now lodged in jail at Emporia awaiting his trial at the July term of our court.

John Stroup, the horse thief that was wounded at the same time Parker was killed, was taken from the officers by a posse of armed men and hung in Howard County, a few days after the fight occurred.

Thos. Davis and John Tussey have not yet been caught, but with Marshal Peterson like a blood hound on their trail, they may yet expect a speedy capture and the just retribution that so surely awaits them.





C. L. Rood, of Darien, gave us a friendly call. Mr. Rood stands second to none in the role of school teachers in our county.

Rev. Mr. Platter, our new Presbyterian minister, preached a very able sermon at the stone church last Sabbath.


Work on Bliss & Blandin's mill dam is going ahead rapidly, and but a short while is required to complete the job. They have not lost half a days' grinding by the high waters.


Our genial friend, McMillan, of the old log store, was made happy one day last week by the arrival of his family from Ohio. Mac makes this his future place of residence.


The Masons of Arkansas City will hold a basket picnic at Endicott's grove the 24th. All Masons in good standing are invited, with their friends.



Mr. Yule, living one mile north of town, while getting corn out of his crip to feed his horses on last Friday night, was bitten on the left wrist by a rattlesnake. Mr. Yule immediately jumped upon a horse and came into town, and had his hand treated by a physician. He is now doing well, although his arm is considerably swollen yet.


Wheat. W. W. Walton brought into the office on last Tuesday some of the finest wheat we have seen in the county. He plucked the heads from a forty acre field belonging to Mr. C. S. Smith, who lives seven miles west of town in the Arkansas river bottom. Mr. Smith has 22 acres of May wheat and 18 of Mediterranean, besides quite a large field of spring wheat. The winter wheat was sown on corn stubble and plowed in with a turning plow last September, and the yield from present indications will not be less than thirty bushels per acre.




Prairie chickens are reported to be more abundant this season than for many years.

"Richard himself again." The Parlor Bar, which, owing to a "little unpleasantness," was for a short time closed, has opened up once more, and Manse is again prepared to wait upon his numerous customers with anything in the drinking line.


Mr. J. W. Johnson, the popular furniture manufacturer, has built him a new shop, and moved into it, on the east side of Main St., three doors south of the Post Office, where he will be pleased to greet old and new customers, and fill all orders in his line of business.


Our efficient County Recorder, Mr. J. F. Paul, and his lady, returned to Winfield this week. Mr. Paul has been in St. Louis about two months under the treatment of skilled physicians for the recovery of his eye-sight, and we are pleased to note the improvement effected.




S. D. Pryor, Esq., has returned from his eastern visit and certainly bears evidence of kind treatment while away.


New Law Firm. It will be seen by reference to the law card of L. J. Webb, Esq., that he has associated with him in the practice of the profession Mr. J. C. Bigger of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Bigger brings with him the highest testimonials of his proficiency as a well read and enterprising young lawyer, and the new firm under its two wise heads, will no doubt share a large portion of the public patronage.


The Winfield Cemetery Association have purchased grounds about one mile northeast of Winfield and have laid the same out for a cemetery. The lots are now ready for sale. Mr. J. H. Lund and Mr. J. D. Cochran constitute a committee for selling them. The matter of a proper place where the "dust shall return to the earth as it was," is one of great interest to every community. It is hoped that the people of this town and vicinity will, without delay, take steps for beautifying and ornamenting these grounds.


The County Agricultural Society have their premium list completed. The time for holding the exhibition has been fixed for Sept. 16, 17, and 18. No effort will be spared to make the fair a complete success. The premiums are liberal and cover every department of industry. The president of the society,

M. A. T. Stewart, would like to make some arrangement with some person or persons to repair the fence around the grounds.


A regular "old time" Celebration of the Fourth of July will be the order of the day in Winfield. Speakers for the occasion have accepted invitations to be present, and Sumner, Howard, and Butler counties are invited to be present and participate with us in the grandest celebration ever witnessed in the county. We expect to see five thousand people on the grounds. The fair ground will be properly arranged by building a rostrum for the speakers, and an arbor with seats for the audience. Not the least attraction of the day will be the grand races of the afternoon. Messrs. Davis & Fargo have several blooded horses that will fly around the track to the amusement of everybody, while there are several other persons preparing horses for the occasion. A basket dinner will be spread at noon, and eating, drinking, and merriment will sway the hour.



That "Old White Hat" is here again. It is not the one worn by the illustrious philosopher, but the same old hat that M. B. Mathews wears, who is the founder of the popular Independence Commercial Nursery. This nursery has long felt the need of a good agent in Winfield, and Mr. Mathews has succeeded in securing the right man in the right place to take charge, as agent, at this place. Alonzo Howland, the well known and popular clerk at the store of C. A. Bliss, where he will take orders for all kinds of nursery stock, and warrant their delivery in health and good order. Call on Mr. Howland and leave your orders.


Mr. J. G. Titus, having bought the meat shop of Myers & Miller, has fitted it up in the best of style and he is now prepared to supply Winfield with the best beef the county affords. He has a large farm south of town on which he keeps his stock, and thus he is enabled to sell cheaper than the cheapest. Give him a call.





Cliff. Wood has harvested his wheat.

The races on the Fourth are all the talk just now.

J. C. Fuller is now on a visit to his friends in New York.

Joseph C. Blandin has purchased a half interest in the mill of Koeler & Covert.

We are under many obligations to Mr. C. A. Bliss for bringing our ink from Wichita last week. Mr. Bliss will please accept our thanks.

The work on the County buildings have begun in earnest. The excavating preparatory to laying the foundation is just about completed, and the work will go rapidly on.

The "Parlor Bar" is sailing under new colors with Triplet "at the wheel." Lovers of billiards should visit his pleasant rooms where they can have a quiet game and get any style of fluid comfort in the business.



MARRIED. W. L. Mullen has at last went and got married. Finding in Winfield no congenial spirit, he remembered the object of his youthful affection away off in Illinois. Thither he hasted on the wings of love, and now they are in Winfield smiling lovingly hand-in-hand across the boisterous matrimonial sea.


Our wide awake friend, L. P. Paul, has moved his stock of groceries, Queensware, etc., into the new store room on the corner of Main and 9th Avenue. Paul is not only scriptural by name but by precept, and his many friends and customers will now find him at his new store very pleasantly situated, and prepared to sell, as usual--very cheap for cash.


The following is an invitation sent to one of our best young men, from Shoo Fly, this week.

SOUTH HAVEN, June 23, 1873.

Mr. Ned Perkins: The company off yourself and lady are respectfully invited to attend a hugging "bee" to be given at the Poodle House tomorrow evening.

There is surely a mistake somewhere, for Ned ain't that kind of a boy!


Palpable Negligence. More palpable negligence of duty of office we have never seen than that of Marshal Shinnman [WAY THEY SPELLED IT], allowing a regular round of assault and battery to be witnessed upon our streets without the least interference upon his part. The enraged mother absolutely jerked the little vixon clear of mother soil and spanked its "gibs sheet" in the gentle breeze, and there sat our moody Marshal chuckling at the scene. Oh! for a change.


A picnic was held at Stanberry's Grove on the Walnut river last Friday by the patrons and School of the Blanchard district. This is the school taught by Mrs. Mina Hawkins, who as a teacher, has few superiors in the county.


The citizens of Winfield, in pursuance to a previous call, met at the Methodist church this evening to take into consideration the subject of appropriately celebrating the 4th of July, 1873. Col. J. T. Quarles was chosen chairman, and J. C. Lillie Secretary. The various committees appointed by a former meeting were read and approved. The only principal question before the meeting was the selection of appropriate grounds upon which to hold the celebration.

It was resolved to prepare an arbor with seats and rostrum for speakers, in the nearest and best adapted grove for the purpose. The races, as heretofore advertised, to come off at 3 o'clock p.m. upon the Fair Grounds of the Cowley County Agricultural Society.

Officers of the day were chosen as follows: Chaplains, Rev. J. B. Parmelee and Lowry. Reader of the Declaration of Independence, Byron A. Snow. Marshal, Col. J. T. Quarles. Orators,

J. B. Fairbanks, Hon. Jas. McDermott, J. W. Scull, Esq.

It was ordered by the meeting to prepare grounds for the accommodation of 5,000 people.

COL. J. T. QUARLES, Chairman.

J. C. LILLIE, Secretary.


Go to Con.'s Gallery for pictures of the Kaws. He succeeded in taking several of them as the noble red men passed through here. For sale cheap. Send them to your friends east.


Diaries for 1873, for sale at Webb's for less than cost.




We need a number of good crossings on Main Street.

Marshall Sinnaman had plenty of business on hand last Saturday.

Our County Superintendent has the finest barrouche in the county.

E. B. Kager has gone to Topeka to make his annual settlement with the State Treasurer.

Scull & Michener have removed their law office into one of the rooms in Read's new Bank Building.

We return thanks to Mrs. John Curns for some of the finest red beets we have seen this season, raised in her garden.

The Silver Cornet Band of Winfield have recently greatly improved in several pieces of new music they are preparing to play on the 4th.

T. N. Concannon, Esq., was made extremely happy the other day by the arrival of his wife and little boy, who have been East during the spring. Con. has been wearing a "grin" on his face ever since, broader than a Georgia flap-jack, and can walk faster and straighter than any other man in town.

Manse Pickering is surely indomitable. He has purchased another entire new outfit of bar fixtures, billiard tables, liquors, cigars, etc., and opened out in regal style in his old stand on East Main Street. He has had an extra choice lot of wines and liquors, and extends a cordial invitation to his old friends and patrons to call and "take a smile" with him.


The high winds of last Monday night blew down and completely demolished the houses on the Fair Grounds of the Cowley County Agricultural Society. The storm raged here for about three hours, and considerable damage was sustained in different parts of the county by the blowing to pieces of out houses and breaking and throwing down of corn and wheat.




RECAP: Grand march at 11 a.m., with at least 2,500 in march to the speakers' stand. Rev. Lowery invoked blessing; Byron A. Snow read Declaration of American Independence; John B. Fairbank, Esq., delivered oration. After lunch: address by D. C. Scull, speech by Hon. James McDermott, benediction by Rev. J. B. Parmalee. [? Parmelee ?]. March again taken up. Late in the evening a balloon ascension took place.

Funny thing: fireworks not mentioned.



Our city was visited on Monday by C. I. Scofield, Esq.,

U. S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, and W. H. Rossington, Editor of the Commonwealth. Mr. Scofield is on a tour of inspection of the southern part of the state, the object being to give greater efficiency to the administration of justice in sections where hitherto infractions of the United States laws have been of alarmingly frequent occurrence, while arrests and convictions have been the exception not the rule. Mr. Scofield deserves the thanks of the people along the border for his energetic effort to establish security for person and property. Mr. Rossington is traveling for recreation.


The ball given at the Lagonda House on the night of the Fourth by Messrs. Webb & Jackson was a very brilliant affair. There were fifty or sixty couples present. The supper was furnished by Mr. Peyton, proprietor of the Lagonda.


The Silver Cornet Band of Arkansas City, composed of as genial a set of boys as ever lived, came dashing into Winfield on the 4th, fully equipped with their instruments, and with willing hearts and hands to assist "our boys" of the Winfield band in carrying out the programme of the day.


RECAP. Thanks are given to the efficient officers and various committees appointed to carry out the programme on the Fourth. Col. J. T. Quarles was Marshal of the day, assisted by James Kelly, Esq., and W. M. Allison.


We take pleasure in noting the completion of M. L. Read's new bank building. The contractors, Messrs. Stewart & Simpson, deserve every credit as experienced mechanics, as this piece of their work will fully testify. The material used in the construction is an extra quality of limestone rock for the foundation, and also used in the walls of the basement. The main building is of brick structure, and exhibits as fine an appearance exteriorly, as any brick block in the eastern States. The front has iron columns to support it, and the window sills are of white limestone rock and are capped with the same. The folding doors at the entrance are magnificently constructed of fine material, and grained and finished in modern style; while the large windows on each side of the door will be one solid glass, French plate, 4-1/2 feet in width and 9-1/2 feet in height.

The appointments of the building consists of basement full size of building, which is now occupied by Messrs. Miller & Meyers in the restaurant business. The second floor is exclusively occupied by the bank, and has attached every convenience desired in a banking house. The third floor is cut into rooms for office purposes, and is occupied by Messrs. Scull & Michener, attorneys; Messrs. Pryor & Kager, attorneys; J. F. Paul, Esq., County Recorder; John Curns, City Clerk; T. A. Wilkinson, County Superintendent; and E. B. Kager, Esq., County Treasurer. The building is completely occupied, and its interior, in point of finish and adaption to the business for which it is used, is not excelled by a like structure in any city.

The business energy and willing disposition so liberally manifested by Mr. Read to invest money in our town since he became a citizen, endows him with the respect and confidence of the whole public.


Miss Mary Stewart desires to give instruction on the Piano. Whe will give lessons at her place of residence or at the residence of the pupil, if desired.


The St. Nicholas Restaurant is just now the greatest attraction in the hotel line in the city. It is no doubt one of the best appointed Restaurants in the State, and fills a want long felt in our city. Messrs. Miller & Myers, the gentlemanly proprietors, do everything up in splendid order, and their style of keeping a well supplied table will draw them all the patronage they want.




Removed. Messrs. Requa & Bing, Winfield's popular clothing merchants, have removed their extensive stock of clothing from their old stand on lower Main street into the store room one door north of the Post Office. They look very comfortable in their new quarters, and their stock of goods show off to much better advantage than they could be made to appear in the old store room. Their old friends and patrons are rueqested to call at the new store room, and take a peep at things as they now exist.


Those fine specimens of fruit that we saw the other day were from H. M. Swasey's Home Nursery, where he propagates and has for sale all varieties of Orchards, Small Fruits, Forest and Ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Evergreens, Hedge Plants, etc., which he will sell as low as the lowest. He has appointed G. C. Swasey, of Vernon Township, as his special agent for Cowley and Sumner Co.'s. With the unlimited experience G. C. has had in the Fruit Department, we are satisfied he will give entire satisfaction.




Bert Covert has returned from Emporia.

We are sorry to learn that Judge R. B. Saffold is quite sick at the Bradish House.

A land office receipt belonging to Emma F. Hall was found on the street. The owner can have the same by calling at this office.

Old Wilson Shannon is speechifying for the settlers on the Osage and Cherokee lands. If the settlers had a poor case heretofore, they have a hard case now.

Republicans of Omnia township: Wm. H. Gillard was elected Chairman, and J. M. Jenkins, Secretary.



The St. Nicholas, under the new bank building, is now in full blast, and if you happen to be hungry that is the place to fill up, as Miller and Myers fully understand the art of catering to the wants of the hungry.

We are made happy this week with the presence of our jolly friend, E. S. Bedilion, in this office. He is filling the place of the Deputy District Clerk, W. W. Walton, who is in the east part of the county this week on a surveying expedition.

The Catalogue at the old log store under the control of Mr. Everleth has added one more cat to the list. McMillen Jr. has started a dog-main opposition. They both deserve the support of their friends.


Our ice wagon has changed hands. Our former driver has given out. Mr. Stewart now holds the reins, and is prepared to deliver ice to any part of the city every morning, as will be seen by his advertisement in another column.

AD: ICE! Keep cool. From and after this date MR. STEWART will deliver ice every morning in any part of the city.


The County Clerk canceled some $1,700 worth of School district Bonds, last week. Cowley County School District bonds command the very highest price in the eastern markets. This speaks well for the school management of our County.


Several enterprising boys had the public well cleaned out the other day, but not a day before it needed it. They took out old hats, boots, cats, rabbits, rats, hoopskirts, bottles, buffalo robes, ague, billious fever, cholera, dysentery, and a variety of other diseases too numerous to mention.


Lewis Jones, who was confined at this place for the past 5 or 6 months for the killing of M. Donnelly, at a picnic near the double-beech, in July last, was released last Monday on giving bonds in the sum of $5,000, for his appearance at the September term of the Criminal Court. His sister, Mrs. Susan Turner, is surety. Kentucky paper.

It will be remembered that this is the same Lewis Jones who shot and killed Frank Bilaland at the Lagonda House last winter and who by some defect in the law could not be punished here.




Charley Black has come home again.

Mrs. Concannon has been very ill for several days, but is now convalescent.

Charley Hays has bought the lumber yard formerly owned by E. W. Perkins.

We notice the return of E. B. Kager, who for the past few weeks has been visiting old friends in Illinois.

BIRTH. Bedilion was made happy the other day, by a little "incident" that happened in his family. It is a girl.

A water mill is now being erected on the Grouse near the mouth of Plum Creek 2 miles north of Dexter.

The people of Sumner and Cowley are agitating the erection of a free bridge across the Arkansas three miles below Oxford.

We were pleased to meet John Farris on the street the other day. He is now in Wellington, Sumner County, assisting in the Southwestern HOtel.

Rev. J. B. Parmelee is lying quite low with Cerebro Spinal Meningitis at Arkansas City. At last accounts he was considered out of danger.



A Petition, signed by 91 citizens, voters of Winfield, has been presented to the Township Board, petitioning them to call an election for the purpose of voting $2,500 for erecting a bridge over Timber creek just north of town.


A great many of the farmers living near the State line on the Southeast part of the county, have gone down into the Territory to break prairie for the Kaw Indians on their reservation. They think Uncle Sam is a good paymaster.


Mr. J. C. Blandin has returned from Cincinnati, where he has been to order complete machinery for his new Tunnel Mills. As he had verything fitted up at the foundry, it will require but a few days after the machinery gets here to grind wheat.



E. P. Young, late of Pennsylvania, is building one of the finest stone residences in the county a quarter of a mile west of Tisdale. He is using the fine white magnesia limestone from the quarry of G. W. Foughty, near that place. His barn of the same material is nearly completed and presents a fine appearance when viewed from the Winfield and Tisdale road.



Mr. E. B. Johnson, of Beaver township, is preparing to exhibit at the Fair this fall some of the finest stock that has been seen in the county. He has an imported thoroughbred Black Hawk Morgan horse, four years old, that would make the fingers of the Winfield horsemen clutch nervously to even see. He expects to carry off the blue ribbon on his fine Durham bull this fall.


Seven families with all their stock and household goods have just arrived, and are temporarily located on the farm of Mr. Tyrell, 2-1/2 miles east of Tisdale, in Sheridan township. They have rented a house in which they are having a school taught for the benefit of their own children, by one of their number. They expect to take claims in that neighborhood, and seem well satisfied with the uplands of Cowley.


T. B. Myers has resigned his office as Trustee of this township. J. P. Short was appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to fill the vacancy.



We have heretofore called the attention of our City Fathers to the fact that our city needed a thorough cleaning in view of the near approach of the Cholera. That dreadful scourge is in Kansas and it is the duty of everybody to prepare for it in time, and especially is it the duty of our City Council to see to it that the lives of our citizens are not imperiled through their neglect. Our streets and alleys should be thoroughly raked and scraped, and the rubbish burned. This matter should be attended to at once.


Mrs. N. T. Tucker would respectfully solicit the patronage of all who desire sewing done, of any kind. She has a first class machine and will do stitching (when ready prepared) for one cent per yard. Tailoring will be made a specialty. Dry Goods and Groceries taken for work.




W. W. Walton and E. S. Bedilion are helping do the clerical work at this term of Court.

Billy Anderson is soon to start a livery stable at the old Dunlap stand on Main street.

Hon. William P. Hackney and Hon. James McDermott called on us yesterday evening.



The inimitable Con. has just returned from Independence with something new of course. He brought back a large photograph of the "Scene of the Bender murder."

Read this week's correspondence from "Our Home," also one from the pen of a new correspondent, Thos. A. Walton, uncle of our Surveyor Walton), of Lawrence County, Ohio.

The ladies of the Congregational church and society will give an Ice Cream Social at the residence of Mrs. J. G. Bullene Wednesday evening Aug. 6th, 1873.

The July number of Meigs and Walton's Real Estate Record, published monthly at Arkansas City, in the Traveler office, is upon our table. It is neat in appearance, ably and spicily edited, and does credit to the office from which it emanates.


The New Stone Culvert at the head of Main Street and the one on Tenth Avenue, are a decided improvement over those old "mud-holes" that have been standing there since we came to the country. This speaks well for our Road Overseer.


At a meeting of the Building Committee of the Presbyterian Church, it was resolved to take steps immediately toward building a brick church which will seat over 300 people. Very encouraging subscriptions toward this object have been already received.


Deputy Sheriff L. M. Carter of Emporia, Lyon County, who conveyed the prisoners James Steward and Frank Miller to this place for trial, expressed considerable surprise on entering the town of the Walnut Valley. He says that Winfield will vie with Emporia for business and location.


The long talked of injunction suit to restrain the Board of County Commissioners from issuing the orders of the county to pay for the Courthouse has been commenced by Baily & Sloan. We are sorry that lack of space forbids comment this week but will pay our respects to it in our next issue.


Last Sunday Messrs. Anderson, Hays, Houx, and Walton accepted an invitation to dine with the "Surveyor boys," at Arkansas City, where they have just arrived after completing their long and tedious contract in the Indian Territory. They say that they were well entertained and had a pleasant time, and will, we understand, soon give the boys' a complimentary supper and dance at this place.



Wanted. Boarders, at W. W. Howard's. Two doors est of the Meat Market.

The Old Log Store is termed by some to be a bee hive, from the fact that they are most always busy.

Triplett has just received some fine California Wines, Imported Gin and Brandy, and bottled "Belfast Ginger Ale." All nice for family use.

Choice of coffee and the best of teas always on hand at the old log store.

Archie Stewart, Stone Cuttter, Mason, Bricklayer, and Plasterer is prepared to fill all orders in his line. Mr. Stewart is a good workman and guarantees to give entire satisfaction. Give him a call.

All kinds of legal blanks at Webb's.

Deeds, Bonds for deeds, Real estate Mortgages, Chattel Mortgages, etc., for sale at Webb's.

Don't fail to call at the Diamond corner as Paul wants to see you.

Diamond Corner is selling the best New Orleans flour at prices to suit the times.

Do not fail to go to the Old Log Store and see those shoes made by hand. Whole stock doubled soled and sewed, $2.00 a pair.

Great variety of cheap hosiery and notions at McMillen & Shields' old log store.

The Old Log Store (kept by McMillen & Shields) is establishing a very large trade, owing to their bringing on good goods and selling them at very reasonable rates.




[From the Bolivar Free Press.]

Notes of a Trip to Kansas.

On a lovely morning in May, A. D., 1873, might have been seen a social and hilarious trio of "Border Ruffians," wending their way to "Bleeding Kansas." To recount all the striking incidents of this, to us, eventful journey; our hair-breadth 'scapes by land and flood; our peril and happy deliverance from the demonical Bender family; how frequently we lost our equilibrium, our dog, and our way; how many rattlesnaeks we killed; how many buffalo (bones) and Indians we did not see, would not only occupy much space in your valuable paper, to the exclusion of more interesting matter and useful advertisments, but

"Would be a task as vain

As to count the drops of an April rain."

Passing through Greenfield, Carthage, Minersville, we were soon traveling the broad prairies of Kansas. Thence, westwardly, we passed through Columbus, Oswego, Independence, and Elk Falls, besides several other towns of lesser importance, and arrived at Winfield, Cowley County, May 10, 1873, after a pleasant drive of six days, having accomplished forty-five to fifty miles a day, on and over those delightful level roads in Kansas.

Our young friend and traveling companion, A. C. Goff, having left our company at Oswego, the Doctor and I were heartily welcomed and hospitably entertained at Winfield, by C. A. Bliss, Esq., and family.

Winfield, the county town of Cowley county, only three years old and counting a population of fifteen hundred souls, is beautifully and healthfully located on a gradually slping plateau, or plain, near to Walnut Creek, a stream about as large as our Sac river. The water of this stream is clear, pure, and cool, being supplied by springs, and affords an abundance of water for milling purposes throughout the year.

The flouring mill of C. A. Bliss & Co., at Winfield, is a large stone structure three or four stories high, running two pair of burrs, with power and room for six to seven more. There are one or two other water mills near to Winfield. The crops of Kansas were looking finely, and the wheat crop promised to be large, and will be especially of great benefit to the people of the state as it is their first wheat crop, and will make money for the mills.

The town of Winfield, in point of business, character, and style of its buildings, will compare favorably with most of our towns in Missouri of the same population and many more year's growth. Many of the private residences are stylish, and expensive; among the best of these is that of the home of our friend and entertainer, C. A. Bliss.

While enjoying the comforts of this pleasant house, we could hardly realize that only four years ago this county was a wild, uncultivated region, inhabited only by the roving Indian, and the buffalo roamed and grazed at will over these streets, and where blocks of costly edifices now stand, a monument to the energy, perseverance, and pioneering disposition of the people who have wrought in so short a time such a wonderful change, and who by the magic art of united efforts in will and do, have made the waste places of earth to blossom, and bring forth her richest treasures.

The title to the lands in this part of the state is derived from the United States. These lands are held in ttrust for the Indians, and are subject to entry only by actual settlers, for the purpose of improvement and cultivation at $1.25 per acre. The citizen, man or woman, may claim and enter not exceeding 160 acres. The appropriation of land for the purpose of town sites is regulated by an act of Congress, and also by the local law of the State.

The town lots in Winfield are owned by a town company, and while this company, some of the occupants have had some misunderstanding, out of which have grown one or two lawsuits in reference to their rights, happily for all parties interested and for the prosperity and welfare of the town, a basis of settlement was agreed upon while we were yet there. The company and contesting citizens were as rapidly as possible closing up their differences, and we were informed just before leaving that there only remained some two or three cases of this character unsettled, and it was confidently expected and believed that these would come in during that week, and by accepting the terms of the company, settle the whole difficulty.

Good claims for farm lands in Cowley and adjoining counties can be purchased at a very reasonable rate. There is a class of people (few in number in that country) who begin to feel crowded, and who desire to emigrate further west. Their places will be filled by a permanent population. Town lots in Winfield are held at from $35 to $200 per lot.

The ordinary method pursued in that country in locating and settling lands is as follows: First, make your selection of an unoccupied tract, stick down a pole at one corner with a piece of cloth on the end. Upon this paste or fasten a written or printed notice that you, the claimant, by name, have entered upon and claim that quarter section of land. Within six months you go to the land office (now located at Wichita) and file your claim, making oath that you will support the constitution, etc.; that you have entered for the purpose of actual settlement and cultivation, for your own benefit, not for speculation, nor for any other person, directly or indirectly. Within twelve months and after six months' occupancy, you can go to the land office, pay for your land, receive a duplicate, and in due course of time, a patent from Uncle Sam. If you purchase a claim right, from some man who has not the money to pay for his land, or who wants to go west, he relinquishes his claim and you file yourself on top of it, and the same course is pursued as though you were the first to enter.

Persons who have made a good selection of land, and who have not the money to pay for it, find no difficulty in borrowing or getting the money from the local banks or private individuals, securing payment by a lien on the land.

Some of the first claimants have received patents for their lands, and these, of course, can sell to whoever pleases to purchase. Good deeded or patented lands can be bought from three to fifteen dollars per acre, the price depending upon location, timber, water, quality, etc. There are creeks and other streams of water every five to eight miles, upon which there is more or less timber, amply sufficient for all necessary purposes. In traveling over Southern Kanss for nearly two weeks, we were hardly ever out of sight of timber, and then only when we were in a low place and could have a view of the country only for a short distance.

Cowley county is traversed by several streams of clear, pure water, on and near the banks and bottoms of which there is usually more or less timber. Indeed, you can hardly travel six or seven miles in an east and west direction, without crossing one or more of these delightful streams. The timber in that county is sufficient for building purposes and fuel. As they have in Kansas, what is called a "herd law," there is no necessity at present for fences around the cultivated fields. Many farmes who live in the creek bottoms have large pasture lots fenced with a stock or open post and rail fence, thereby avoiding the trouble and expense of herding stock.

We traveled at one time eight miles on the section line from east to west. On each side of us were cultivated fields--wheat on this, waving and bending under the soft or strong prairie breeze like waves of the sea; oats or barley on that, and here again the bright golden corn dotting the open fields like the squares on a chess board. On rising a slight eminence, the summit of this lovely spot of earth, we see behind, beside, and before us, as far as our limited vision can travel, straight lines of young and thrifty hedges of osage orange, here and there interspersed with lines of young forest trees. Now we skim over the dry level road at a rapid trot, passing farm houses, gardens, orchards, nurseries, and a school house every two miles. How singular it is that nearly all the "school maam's" are named Miss Smith; but then Shakespeare says, "What's in the name?" It is a good and ancient name, and I have no doubt they are all very efficient in their profession. I believe the state or counties pay a premium of $2 for every acre of fruit trees set out, either in line, square, or what not; hence every farmer sets out fruit trees.

Going westwardly, and after leaving Cherokee county, we find good water almost universally, and especially so in Howard and Cowley counties. We crossed Elk River, a lovely stream of clear, pure water, at, and in plain view of Elk Falls, a picturesque Niagara in miniature, having a perpendicular fall of nine feet, over a rocky precipice.









The Murder Trial.

The most important case tried at this session of the District Court was the case of James Stewart, charged with the murder of Marcus L. Parker, Deputy United States Marshal, last spring on Grouse Creek in this county.

The prosecution was ably and faithfully conducted by the County Attorney, E. S. Torrance, and Captain James McDermott, while the prisoner was defended by Hon. W. P. Hackney, of Wellington, Sumner county; and ______ Putman, of the firm of Case & Putman, Topeka.

Nothing was left undone by these gentlemen to acquit their client. They contested manfully every inch of ground, and Mr. Hackney maintained his reputation of being one of the best criminal lawyers in the state. That Stewart was guilty as an accessory to the killing of Parker, there can be no doubt in the minds of those who heard the testimony on the trial. The jury taking into consideration Stewart's youth and hitherto good character brought in a verdict of manslaughter in the third degree, for which he was sentenced to the Penitentiary, there to remain at hard labor for the period of three years.

We cannot close this article without making allusion to the witnesses for the prosecution: Joseph W. Vannoy, F. M. Watkins, and G. M. Carpenter. These gentlemen were the posse with Marcus L. Parker when he was killed. Joseph W. Vannoy tracked this man Stewart through Missouri, and finally arrested him in Iriquois county, Illinois. Mr. Vannoy has been in the business of hunting criminals for several years, and Marcus L. Parker is the tenth man that has been murdered by his side while attempting to arrest criminals and although, in early every case he has been the target for the first shot, strange to say that he has never yet received a scratch. We wish Mr. Vannoy all the success he deserves in bringing the guilty to justice.




McMillen is convalescent.

The parlor bar is booming again.

Watermelons cheap and plenty.

Sam Myton is digging him a well.

Farmers' grand mass meeting Saturday.

Another shanty is being stuck up on Main Street.

Among the well matched teams on our street yesterday, we noticed a dun horse and a brindle ox harnessed to a wagon.


Our New Courthouse is rapidly "looming up." The walls are now one story high, and the contractors expect to have the building ready for use at the Fall term of Court.


Lew Bannester in suddenly assuming a horizontal position sprained his knees and tore his pants. He says he don't mind limping, but it does worry him to wear patched clothes.


Winfield Courier, August 21, 1873.

Marshal Sheneman is out of luck and business, he looks inconsolable and lazy, he hasn't had a job in a long time. Won't somebody raise a row, start a fight, do anything, only give that marshal something to do.



Grand farmers meeting Sept 16th, 17th, and 18th, 1873, on the grounds of the Cowley Co. Agricultural Society.


The Fair grounds of the Agricultural society have been put in complete and thorough repair for the coming exhibition Sept. 16th, 17th, and 18th. The directors are manifesting the same enterprise and energy that resulted so successfully last year and we expect that their efforts will be crowned with even greater



We desire to call attention to the announcement of A. T. Shenneman, who appears as a candidate for Sheriff. We are glad to see such men asking for the suffrage of the people. Mr. Shenneman has been our city marshal for some time past, and we are glad to say has given entire satisfaction, and if elected will make an honest, sober, and impartial officer.


A. H. Green, Esq., of the law firm of Fairbank, Torrance & Green, has received the appointment of Deputy U. S. District Attorney. This is a good appointment, and we have no doubt will give our people entire satisfaction. Mr. Green is a young lawyer of considerable ability, and wrong doers, violators of the U. S. laws, need expect no favors at his hands.


We received a call Tuesday morning from Mr. P. T. Walton, a brother of our surveyor. He is a resident of Parsons near which place he has 200 acres of broom corn growing. He likes this country very much and thinks some of locating here, and entering largely into hog raising business.


MARRIED. STEINBARGER - MANN. Married on Saturday evening, the 16th inst., in this city by Probate Judge Johnson, Mr.

A. B. C Steinbarger to Miss Ida R. Mann.


MARRIED. BENNING - ENDELAY. Married at the Lagonda House, on Sunday evening, the 17th inst., by Probate Judge Johnson, Mr. T. H. Benning to Miss Mollie Endaley, both of this city.


The suit of Chas. A. Bliss vs. Joseph C. Blandin that has been pending in the District Court for some months has at last been amicably settled, Mr. Bliss purchasing Mr. Blandin's interest in the mill. We speak for the entire community when we say that everybody will be pleased to learn this fact. The mill will now be splendly repaired, and ere long we will again hear the pleasant hum of the burrs as they grind into flour Cowley county's first crop of wheat.



Prof. Henry B. Norton will deliver a course of Scientific Lectures on the evening of the 28th, 29th, and 30th insts., in the Arkansas City School House, commencing at 7-1/2 o'clock p.m. Subjects: Suns and Planets; the Nebula Hypothesis and the six days of creation; The earth and man. Tickets for the entire course 50 cents. The Lectures will treat of the most recent discoveries concerning the structure of the Universe; the plurality of worlds; the spectroscope, and its recent wonderful revelations; the antiquity of man; air and ocean currents; and the complete harmony of science and revelation. The entire proceeds will go to aid in the erection of a parsonage for the use of the pastors of the M. E. church of Arkansas City. We earnestly solicit the patronage of the community.




On the 30th inst., the residents of Bolton township will vote on the proposition to buy and make free the bridge across the Arkanss River. Since the price has been reduced to $4,000, it has many substantial men to support it. The tax as it is, is a great burden, and falls very heavy upon men of small means. Winter is coming on, the river will be unsafe, cold, and damgerous for the health of horses, and it does look practicable that to purchase the bridge would be best. Traveler.




We need rain.

Much sickness is reported.

Large crowd in town on Saturday.

Thermometer has ascended out of sight.

The Grand mass meeting last Saturday broke up in a row.

Come to the Fair on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of next month.

A son of H. B. Lacy carries his arm in a sling since he rode under that clothes-line and dropped from his horse's back upon the ground breaking his arm.


While Al Headrick was putting the harness upon his mules, one of them in a playful manner elevated his hind feet and planted them firmly in the region of his stomach. Although his injuries are not fatal, they were not pleasant, and Al. don't care about trying it ever again.


At the election of Tuesday, for the purpose of deciding whether the township should give bonds to the amount of $2,500 for the purpose of building a bridge across Dutch Creek at the point where the road crosses said creek north of Winfield, there were polled, in all, 177 votes, and the bonds carried by a majority of 45.


We visited Arkansas City last Tuesday and had the pleasure of dining with those affable gentlemen, Emerson & Galotti, at the City Hotel. They keep a good house and treat their guests just right. In company with C. M. Scott of the Traveler, we visited the vineyard of Mr. Max Fawcett, where we filled ourselves with delicious grapes. Mr. Fawcett has one of the finest vineyards in Southern Kansas.



We learn that the little folks in the vicinity of Dexter had a very pleasant time at their Sunday School picnic last Thursday. About 200 persons were present, the majority of whom were children. Short speeches were made to the children by Rev. J. Jones and P. G. Smith.


Captain Foos sold his entire lot of fine dairy cows last Monday. It was without a doubt the largest lot of domestic cows ever sold in Cowley County. The sale amounted to something like $1,200 Cash, and the Captain attributes his success to judicious advertising.


At a meeting held by the children of Winfield on Wednesday of last week in the Methodist Church it was decided to have a picnic in Mr. Andrew's grove on Friday Sept. 5th. The following committees were appointed.

To obtain the grove: E. Freeland and Cora Andrews.

To invite Brass Band: Callie Blandin and Nettie Quarles.

To attend to the dinner: Mrs. Tousey, Mrs. Wm. Marris, McClellan, Blandin, McMaster, Hill, Mrs. M. W. Palmer, Miss M. Bryant.

To attend to the refreshments: Messrs. Quarles, Hill, Baldwin, Ellis, Kelly, Allison, Torrance, Freeland, and Newlin.

To arrange seats, stand, etc.: J. Swain, Jas. Hill, Dever, Saint, Ray, and Smiley.

To arrange the swing, croquet, etc.: J. D. Cochran, Spencer Bliss, Mrs. Flint, Miss Mary Stewart, Rev. Lowry, and T. A. Rice.


Winfield Courier, August 28, 1873.

Committee to see that the trees are not injured in any way: A. T. Shenneman, Sheriff Parker, M. L. Robinson.

On invitation: Mrs. E. P. Hickok, O. Lowry, M. Dever, Laura McMillen.

Chief Marshal: E. P. Hickok.

The children of the town and vicinity will meet in the Methodist church on that morning so as to start for the grove at 9 A.M. Outside districts are cordially invited to come and joint with us in enjoying the day.

Per order of the committee.

Winfield, August 27, 1873.



The result of having work executed away from home is plainly visible in the Premium list for the coming fair. The mechanical part of the work looks very well, but the typographical errors, and misspelled names are amusing. We don't wonder that the office that turned out the books was ashamed to acknowledge the work and printed Cowley County Telegram on the title page to convey the impression that they were printed at that "shop."


The members of the Republican Central Committee of Cowley County are hereby requested to meet at Winfield on Saturday, September 6th, 1873, at 10 o'clock A.M. for the transaction of such business as may come before the meeting.

N. C. McCULLOCH, President.

C. L. Roon, Secretary.




Day Boarders taken at the Bradish House at $4.00 per week.



Concannon has some of the finest pictures we have seen in Kansas of scenery in and about Winfield. It will pay any man to go and buy some to send them to their friends East, to show what a beautiful country we have got here.


Bank Notice.

On and after September 1st, 1873, our Banks will open for business at 9 o'clock A. M., and close at 4 o'clock, P. M.





All persons who wish to be furnished with good fresh milk will please notify Mike McDonald, or leave orders at





Cooler. Quite breezy. 107 degrees in the shade last Friday.

Refreshing shower last Monday.

The stone mill of C. A. Bliss & Co. will be in full operation the first of next week. [STONE MILL ???]

Rev. James E. Platter will preach in the Methodist church at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on next Sabbath.

Mr. W. H. H. Maris has moved into his new house one half mile east of town, where he has a beautiful home.

The dwelling house of S. R. Sayers, three miles north of town, was last Saturday totally destroyed. A defective flue was the trouble.

Our enterprising butcher, J. G. Titus, has ninety head of young cattle which he is fattening for this market. He is also ready to buy hides, hogs, cattle, sheep, etc.


Our space will not permit an extended notice of the beautiful Photographs, etc., at Concannon's. He has been taking views of the whole town. Go up and see them.


BIRTH. "What is it that makes Judge T. H. Johnson look so pleasant and patronizingly at all the old bachelors?" It is a girl, and she weighed just seven pounds. Do you know now?


We had the pleasure of attending a dance at Thomasville, the evening of the 27th ult., which, as usual, was a success.


A literary and musical entertainment will be given a week from next Thursday and Friday in aid of the Congregational Church building fund under the directorship of Messrs. Ed. Johnson and

T. A. Wilkinson.



The Board of school officers of the Winfield School Districts have decided to admit no children to the School except those living in this district. This action is rendered necessary on account of want of room, teaching, etc.

D. N. EGBERT, Clerk.


Directors, Stockholders, and every able bodied man are invited to meet with the officers of the Cowley County Agricultural Society on the fair grounds of the Society on Saturday, September 13th, to prepare the grounds, stalls, etc., for the reception of stock, etc., which will be the last week before our fair begins.



The Board of County Commissioners at their meeting on the 3rd inst., changed the plan of the Courthouse, so as to have a double gable instead of a single gable roof. They have also increased the height of the walls of the upper story two feet, and made provision for the building of a handsome tower upon the centre of the roof.


Last week we accidentally omitted the announcement of Mr. Lippman of Grouse Creek. We hope, however, that the delay will work him no injury. Mr. Lippman is a farmer, a Republican, and an honest man, and should he receive the support of the Republicans, will make Cowley County an able and energetic Sheriff.


Where is the gunsmith in want of a good location? If the number of hunters in and about Winfield, and the epithets used by the aforesaid hunters against our innocent city for not having a smithy to mend their broken firearms ia anything to judge by, we should say that this is a capital place for a gunsmith to hang out his shingle.


DIED. Died in this city on the 28th ult., Mrs. Sarah Hudson, wife of Robert Hudson, aged 47 years. The deceased with her husband removed to this county from Upper Canada in 1871. She will be long remembered by those who knew her as a quiet, unassuming, christian woman, who died as she had lived, in full reliance of the power of Christ.


The directors of the Agricultural Society will meet at the Fair Grounds, Saturday, Sept. 6th, 1873, at 2 o'clock P. M. They earnestly desire that the Superintendents of all the departments meet with them to acquaint themselves with their duties. The following are the names of the various Superintendents.

Capt. E. Davis; A. Walton; J. H. Churchill; J. P. Short; John R. Smith; E. B. Johnson; W. K. Davis; A. S. Williams; Will S. Voris; S. H. Myton; Samuel Darrah; James Stewart; Jas. H. Land; T. B. Myers; Geo. W. Martin; W. M. Boyer; Max Shoeb; John Swain; S. C. Smith, Mrs. L. H. Howard; Mrs. J. D. Cochran; Mrs. E. Davis; Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mrs. C. A. Bliss; Mrs. Fitch; Max Fawcett; J. O. Matthewson; H. B. Norton; D. A. Millington; E. B. Kager, C. M. Wood; T. A. Wilkinson.

The Superintendents are desired to study carefully the rules and regulations of the society and they may be able to render assistance to exhibitors.




Fine rain last week. Corn is being harvested. Democrats are on their ear. More job work than anybody. Considerable sickness this season. Dance in town Tuesday night next.

It is said we are to have three bands of music at our Fair.

There are several petitions in circulation calling for a soldiers' re-union which we will publish as soon as the time is decided upon.


During the storm last Saturday morning the lightning dropped upon a house occupied by Mr. D. Rodocker, tearing things up pretty well, but fortunately not hurting anyone.


Have you seen the beautiful Silver Pitcher from Jaggard's, St. Louis, that the Agricultural Society offers as a first premium for lady equestrians? If not, just peep into Mr. Fairbank's office and feast your eyes. We wonder who will be the lucky rider.


Sam Mullen, who has dug more well than any other man in Winfield, while digging a well on the farm of R. B. Saffold, Esq., last Saturday, had a blast go off prematurely, and a fragment of rock struck him on the head severely, but it did not seriously injure him.


The ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society will hold a festival on Wednesday evening Sept. 17 (the second day of the fair) in Mr. Hudson's building, one door south of the Lagonda House. A supper and other refreshments will be furnished.


Will S. Voris, Superintendent of Poultry, at our fair next week, offers one of his fine Magee pigs, which he raises and sells at ten dollars apiece, to the person making the largest and best exhibition in his department.


The children's picnic last Friday bid fair to be a success when the clouds that had been shadowing the earth since sunrise burst, and their contents came pouring down, rather dampening proceedings. Wagons were brought into the service, and the merry picnicers were speedily hurried from the scene of the late festivities to the more congenial clime of home, to ponder over the freaks of nature while putting on dry clothes.



Last Saturday we were shown some of the first flour ever ground in Winfield out of Cowley county wheat. It was from Blandin's mills. The flour was of the first quality, and we think we are safe in saying that when Mr. Bliss gets his mill in operation (which will be soon) the people of this county will no longer need to import their flour.


Let Allison tell if the COURIER has the ablest editorial corps of any paper in the Southwest: J. B. Fairbank, E. C. Manning, T. H. Johnson, and until recently, L. J. Webb. We expect before long to add two or three more to our staff. And, by the way, it accounts for the Telegram's editorial being so thin. Allison's friends have all forsaken him, and he tries to write them himself.


J. W. Curns, of this place, and G. S. Manser, of Arkansas City, have formed a co-partnership to do a general land office business. We have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Manser, but we speak for John W. Curns, to those who may have business with him. They will find him ever ready, courteous, and kind. This is a business the want of which has been felt for some time and we hope these gentlemen (Curns & Manser) will receive a good support. Their office will be on the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue, just south of the store of C. A. Bliss & Co.






[From the Arkansas City Traveler.]

There are twenty-two pupils enrolled on the school records now.

City Scrip is selling for 80 cents, County Scrip 80 cents, and School Bonds at 90 cents.

Our Township Trustee declines to sign the Arkansas River Bridge bonds on account of the decrease of the value of the bridge since the bonds were voted.

SHOT. Adley Davis accidently shot himself in the calf of the leg while handling a revolver last Wednesday. It is only a flesh wound, and will not prove serious.






We, the undersigned citizens of Illiopolis, Illinois, seeing the name of Mr. A. T. Sheneman announced in your paper as a candidate for the office of Sheriff of Cowley county, take this method of saying a word in favor of our former neighbor. We have known Mr. Sheneman intimately for many years, and know him to be a man whose character for honesty, veracity, sobriety, and industry to the time he removed from our midst to Kansas, was without a blemish, and we believe that should the people of Cowley county select him as their Sheriff, they will not have any cause to regret their selection. Mr. Sheneman in politics is a life long Republican and served creditably to himself in the army of the Union, in our late civil war.













S. K. SKEEN AGT. T. W. & W. RY.



























Cool nights.

Oxford to have a band.

Richland township wants a threshing machine.

The Dramatic musical Association will give two entertainments Wednesday and Thursday evenings September 24th and 25th.

The best watermelon we have seen this season was presented to this office by E. B. Johnston.

Mr. A. T. Sheneman has resigned his position as City Marshal. He is succeeded by John Young. Mr. Sheneman expects to embark in some more lucrative business unless the people see fit to make him their next Sheriff.



Owing to the revival meeting in progress in Silver Dale township, Rev. J. McQuiston will hold the quarterly meeting at Silver Place next Saturday and Sunday, instead of at Thomasville as previously announced.


Good tenantable tenement houses are very scarce in Winfield, and we think it would be a paying investment for the owners of the wrecks that disgrace the city to put up inhabitable dwellings in their stead. They could then rent them, and at the same time improve the looks of our city. If there were fifty empty houses here today, we are confident that they would all be occupied inside of a month.


Wheat in this section of the county is an excellent crop this season. Mr. Menor threshed 380 bushels from 12 acres and 30 rods besides a lot that was spoiled by bad stacking which he estimates at 40 bu., so that the crop averages about 84 bu. per acre. Mr. Stewart's winter wheat averaged 31, and the spring wheat 25 bu. per acre, not considering the damage caused by poor stacking, which was considerable.




Murder Will Out.

INCENDIARY. Miss Jones, of South Haven, has been arrested for attempting to burn the school house, and making threats that she would burn the whole town. She is comparatively young and considered handsome. The cause of the disturbance originated from the young woman being excluded from the school house during an entertainment on account of her character. The school house was fired, but the flames were extinguished before much damage was done.

Since writing the above we learn that Miss Jones was not arrested, but had eluded the officers. In investigating this matter another deed was brought to light which, for the past six months, has been a mystery. Last fall Mrs. Jones, the mother of Miss Mattie Jones (whom some of our citizens will remember arrived at this place in the fall of 1872, and stopped at the City Hotel for several days, and being unable to pay for her stage fare, left her trunk for security.), died very myster-

iously, and the facts have leaked out as follows.

Mrs. Jones and Mattie, becoming tired of Mr. Jones, who had separated from his wife once and then returned, laid a plan by which they should rid themselves of him by poisoning the eatables which he would partake of on his return from Wichita, where he had gone after freight. Before the return of Mr. Jones, however, Mrs. Jones became delirious from the effects of ague, and in her delirium called to her son for some coffee. The young man, aged about 14 years, had overheard the plans of the women but in the absence of the boy's sister, who was then working at the hotel in South Haven, he gave his mother the coffee, thinking she had not poisoned it, or she would not have called for it. Shortly after taking the coffee, the old woman died. Mr. Jones returned at noon the next day; but when the neighbors set his dinner before him, his son told him what he had overheard and warned him not to eat. This caused some suspicion, but nothing was said of the matter until the school house was fired and the general character of Mattie Jones brought before the public, when it was exposed by one party who had received the whole story from Mr. Jones and his son. Traveler.




The Walnut river has been very low for several weeks.

The Doctors report the health of the community quite good.

A heavy rain visited this locality last Sabbath. Those farmers who have their wheat sown are happy.

C. M. Scott, of the Traveler, was among the dancers at the ball given by the band last Thursday evening.

Mr. John Moore of Rock township has sown 160 acres of wheat, and intends putting in 40 acres more.

S. H. Myton drew the valuable wax fruit made and exhibited at the fair by Mrs. H. P. Mansfield.

Capt. Hunt of South Haven was in town last Saturday purchasing seed wheat for his farm. He is a granger now.

Work has commenced on the Paola, Garnett & Fall River Railroad. It will ultimtely enter the Walnut Valley at this point.

The finest job in stone-cutting yet out is a chimney for Capt. Lowrey's new house. The stone are solid hollow joints; being put together with cement joints.



Squire G. C. Swasey of Vernon township left at our office for trial a gallon of the best sorgum molasses that we ever tasted. The Squire is making a large quantity of it.


Foughty, the would-be candidate for county treasurer on the farmers' ticket says he is a self-made man. Our respect for an All-wise Creator confirms the statement. It was a nasty job that no one else covets.


Last Saturday an election was held in the several townships in the county to elect delegates to the Republican Nominating Convention, to be held at Tisdale next Saturday, the 27th inst. The following delegates from Winfield township were elected:

B. F. Baldwin, G. W. Prater, S. H. Myton, W. E. Bostwick, James Dever, Frank Weakly, and Dr. W. G. Graham. The whole number of votes polled was 182.


Delegates at Dexter were chosen: L. R. Bryan, J. H. Reynolds, and J. H. Serviss [?], all farmers. The following alternates were chosen: R. T. Wells, Wm. Hobit, and Dr. G. P. Wagner; all farmers except Wagner. The following township committee was elected: T. R. Bryan, chairman; J. D. Maurer, F. A. Creager; all farmers. Dexter is taking hold of the farmer question in earnest.




We give this week a cursory report of the 3rd annual fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, held last week. Notwithstanding the dust which at times was almost stifling, the fair was quite successful and the managers are entitled to much credit for the energy and good judgment they used. We are informed by the secretary that there were over 400 entries, and more than 1,000 different articles on exhibition. We report some of the premiums as furnished us. The race horse and fast trotter had to take a back place this year, while the horse for service came to the front. The "pure agricultural horse trot" gave way to the tests of strength, and excellence was not measured by the short time required to run 300 yards. We were glad to notice some very good young stock in this department. The premiums were awarded as follows.



Thorough bred stallion, H. C. Fisher.

Stallions for general purposes, over 4 years old, H. C. Fisher; over 3 years old, R. Richards, under 3 years old, James Renfro.

Brood mares with colts by their side--1st pr. J. Stewart; 2d pr. J. Renfro.

Mares and fillys 2 years old: 1st pr. D. Miles; 2d A. P. Forbs.

Spring colts: 1st pr. J. Stewart, 2d, John Renfro.

Draft horses, spans: 1st pr. J. H. Davis; 2d, J. E. Willis. Single horse J. Mak.

Saddle horses: 1st pr. R. B. Saffold; 2d Jas. Stewart.

Spans for general purposes: 1st pr. C. C. Price; 2d, J. Mooso.


Best Jack: 1st pr. T. H. Wright.

Span mules: 1st pr. H. Shaver; 2d W. K. Davis.


In this department there was a fair exhibition of grades in all lots, but it might have been largely increased if people would have brought out their stock.

The premiums were:

Bulls, three years and over: 1st pr. John R. Smith;

2d E. B. Johnson.

Bulls 2 years old and under 3: 1st pr. W. K. Davis. Yearling: 1st pr. A. P. Foabs; 2d J. A. Churchill.

Best cow: 1st pr. W. H. McArthur; 2d T. H. Johnson.

Calves: 1st pr. J. A. Churchill; 2d, W. H. McArthur.

Working oxen: 1st pr. A. J. Thompson; 2d Wm. Bartlow.


The exhibition here was worthy the attention of every farmer. We never saw a larger or better collection at any fair, and we are glad to attest the fact that the county is so largely stocked with fine blooded stock.

There were 77 swine on exhibition. The premiums were awarded as follows.

Poland China, Magee, and other large breeds.

Boar, 1 year old and over: 1st pr. C. C. Pierce; 2d W. K. Davis.

Sows 1 year old and over: 1st W. K. Davis; 2d C. C. Pierce.

Boars under 2 years old: 1st pr. F. W. Schwantes; 2d C. Duen.

Sows under 1 year old: 1st p. F. W. Schwantes, 2d H. B. Lacy.

Pigs best lot under 6 months old shown with dam: 1st pr.

C. C. Price; 2d the same.

Sows 1 year and over: 1st pr. L. Cottingham; 2d the same.

Boar under 1 year: 1st pr M. B. Keagy; 2d H. J. Page.

Sows under 1 year old: 1st pr. M. B. Keagy, 2d A. Meaner.

Pigs best lot thrown with dam: 1st pr. L. Cottingham, 2d the same.

Best Boar pig any age or breed: C. C. Pierce.

Best sow pig any age or breed: M. B. Keagy.

Best litter of pigs and age or breed: W. S. Voris.


The exhibition in this department was a remarkably large one. All the most approved breeds were on exhibition in great numbers and pure blood. Premiums were awarded to E. B. Johnson, Mrs. J. Magness, Thos. F. Wright, and J. A. Churchill. Mr. Voris' special premium to J. A. Churchill.


We took great interest in this department for the future wealth of the county is assured if the soil and climat e are well adapted to corn and other small grains. The exhibition in this department was quite full, and the quality of the samples


The premiums were awarded on corn to J. G. Titus, R. L. Cowles, F. W. Schwantes. On wheat, white, A. Meaner; red, J. H. Curfman, spring wheat, J. Lowery.


The collection was good. We remember the time when vegetables were as rare and as great a luxury in this county as the rarest tropical fruits. Now most every kind is abundant and the quality excellent. There were some forty entries in this


The premiums were awarded to J. H. Land, J. Lowery, H. H. Johnson, C. M. Wood, J. H. Currfman, J. A. Churchill, Jno. Irwin, and Mrs. J. H. Curfman.

The exhibition in the Floral Hall was not as extensive as last year, yet there were some very fine articles shown.

We were pleased to find excellent fruit trees from nurseries in this county.

Premiums were awarded to J. O. Mathewson of Winfield and

H. D. Gans of Lazette, for house plants, and cut flowers to Mrs. McLaughlin and Mrs. W. K. Davis.

In the department of fine arts were some splendid articles. The oil paintings of Miss Foos and Miss Stewart, the crayons of Mrs. Howard, and the collections of photographs of Mr. Bonsall were deserved of the premiums they received.

We call attention to a rose made by Mr. Max Fawcett, the beautiful wax work of Mrs. Mansfield, which excited a great deal of admiration.

In the department of needle and fancy work, there were many beautiful articles. We have not time to specify but give a list of those to whom premiums were awarded.

Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. McLaughlin, Misses Deming, Mary Stewart, Foos, Porter, Jane Stewart, Lakosky, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Bostwick, and Mrs. Shepherd.

In the department of millinery, premiums were awarded to Mrs. Howard, for the finest collections.

In the class of textile fabrics, domestic products, etc., premiums were awarded to Mrs. Curfman, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Voris, Mrs. Shepherd, and J. Irwin.




The son of J. N. Flehart was severely cut on the leg with the cutter bar of a mowing machine last week.

The school house in Bowen's district, south of the Arkansas river, was struck by lightning last Saturday night and damaged considerable.

The Arkansas River Bridge was made free last Saturday.

The storm of last Sunday night impeded Cass. Endicott's cattle and two were killed by lightning.

A. H. Hane, of the Telegram, roosted at our office last Sunday night.

C. R. Sipes' cotton wedding took place at his pleasant home on last Wednesday evening. A few friends gathered in and an pleasant evening was spent.





A number of Winfield sporting men have started west on a buffalo hunt.

Maris & Baldwin's new building on Main street is fast being completed.

The Rev. J. E. Platter will preach in Hudson's building on Main Street next Sunday at 11 o'clock a.m. and 7 p.m.

Mr. Holmes on the Martin farm just south of town is preparing to build a fine large brick house. The foundation is in, and the brick and other material are being put upon the ground.

Next Tuesday the farmers of Cowley county meet at Tisdale to nominate a Farmers' Ticket, whereon none but the names of farmers and laboring men shall have a place, which leaves farmers Allison and Paul out in the cold.

The United Brethren will hold a Quarterly meeting at the Braine School House in District No. 14, Pleasant Valley township, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th. The Rev. D. Wenrick will preside.


MARRIED. LOCKWOOD - GRAHAM. Married at Dexter, Kansas, Wednesday evening, October 1st, 1873, by the Rev. Joshua Jones, Mr. Eugene Lockwood of Winthrop, Missouri, to Miss Augusta Graham, of Dexter, Kansas.



Tonight and tomorrow night our citizens will be favored with an entertainment to be given by the Musical and Dramatic Club of Winfield, which will eclipse all other entertainments of the kind, ever given in this place. There will be an interesting Drama in connection with the regular entertainment. An entire change of programme each evening.


Mr. C. P. Spaulding's store at Tisdale was burned to the ground last Monday night. The loss was estimated at $1,560. Insurance $2,500. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. The back window was found open which was evidently entered by somebody. A shot was fired at Mr. Spaulding, which grazed his temple. An attempt was also made to fire his hay stacks, it is supposed by the same person.


The ball given by the United States Surveying Corps, at Arkansas City, was a grand affair. It was no doubt the best conducted, and in every way the finest affair of the kind ever witnessed in Southern Kansas. The music was splendid and the supper was such that the varient epicure could have found no fault, either in the variety or quality of the eatables. Great credit is due the managers for the taste and ability displayed in every feature of the entertainment.





Soldiers Reunion.

We, the undersigned, late Soldiers of the Union Army, take this method of calling a meeting of the Soldiers of Cowley and adjoining counties to meet at Winfield, October 18th, 1873, for the purpose of getting acquainted and having a good social time.

W. M. Boyer, Co. 9, 15 N. Y. Vol. Cav.

J. C. Bigger, Co. F, 92 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

J. P. Short, Co. M, 8 N. Y. Artillery.

J. B. Fairbank, 36 Mass. Infantry.

Enoch Maris, Co. F, 4 U. S. Cav.

Reuben Rogers, 25 Ky. Infantry.

A. A. Jackson, 12 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

P. Himrod, 105 Ohio Vol. Infantry.

A. H. Green, 9 Ind. Vol. Infantry.

D. C. Scull, Co. C, 13 Ind. Vol. Infantry.

James F. Paul, Army frontier.

E. S. Torrance, Co. G, 135 Pa. Vol. Infantry.

W. M. Berky, 25 Iowa Vol. Infantry.

J. B. Nipp, Co. C, 49 Ky. Infantry.

Frank Cox, Co. F, 61 In. Vol. Infantry.

Max Shoeb, Co. D, 24 In. Vol. Infantry.

E. Davis, Co. C, 4 Mo. Vol. Cav.

W. T. Dougherty, 45 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

L. B. Paul, Co. G, 126 Ohio Vol. Infantry.

C. M. Wood, Co. C, 96 Ohio Vol. Infantry.

Sam Darrah, Co. K. 1 Ohio Cav.

W. B. Doty, Co. F, 2 Kan. Cav.

W. Q. Mansfield, 92 N. Y. Vol. Infantry.

James Kelly, Co. A, 84 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

Burt Covert, Co. H, 21 N. Y. Cav.

Jack Swigart, Co. D, 124 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

M. W. Everleth, Co. F, 1 Maine Cav.

W. F. M. Lacey, Co. K, 33rd Ill. Vet. [?] Infantry.

W. E. Doud, Co. F, 151st Ind. Vol. Infantry.




Marris & Baldwin have moved into their new store room.

Two or three of the cells of the jail are now in readiness to receive and retain any of our citizens who can't behave themselves outside.

The disappointed candidates at the "farmers'" convention, now console themselves with the declaration that the convention was run by Amos Walton and Col. Manning.

There will be a dance at Thomasville tomorrow (Friday) evening, which everybody is cordially invited to attend. Tickets fifty cents, and supper the same.

The photograph artist, Concannon, intends to emigrate to Wellington, where he will stay two or three weeks and give the people of the wilderness a chance to have their visages transferred to cardboard for a reasonable consideration.


We understand that our county attorney made his mark as the prince of wire-pullers by the manner in which he handled the wires attached to the curtains at the entertainment given by the Winfield Literary and Dramatic Club, last week. Wire-pulling is getting popular.


The Literary and Dramatic club gave two entertainments last week, which, we understand, showed very fair ability in our young people, although not having been present we are unable to "write it up."


Many of the citizens of Tisdale are highly incensed at the manner in which the Traveler of last week alluded to them as being instrumental in the recent burning of Spaulding's building. The citizens referred to by Scott--those who had opposed Mr. Spaulding in town matters--are among the most respectable of the many estimable citizens of the rural burg of Tisdale, and strongly object to having so serious a matter charged to them. We understand that a considerable sum of money has been offered by the aforesaid citizens for the apprehension of the incendiary. We sincerely hope that the perpetrator of the crime may be discovered, as this event would remove certain unpleasant suspicions concerning the origin of the conflagration, caused by the insurance so far exceeding the loss.




The courthouse is enclosed.

Stone pavements are all the go.

Blandin's mill is running steadily.

Covered wagons constantly dot the prairies.

Capt. Braidwood left for New York this week.

The Winfield sports have returned from their Buffalo hunt.

The teacher's institue at Arkansas City commenced last


A large number of buffalo hunters are passing east and west daily.

Not a single billiard saloon is open in this city and the billiardists are all disconsolate.

Owing to the illness of Mrs. E. P. Hickok there will be no school until Monday next.

Capt. McDermott and the republican candidates left on the grand rounds of the county last Monday.



The Catholics of our city are notified that Paul M. Ponziglione of Osage Mission will hold mass next Sunday the 19th inst.


The U. S. Survey corps left Arkansas City on the 4th inst. for their field of labor in the Indian Territory. They expect to be gone two years.


Rev. Parmelee and J. B. Fairbank, Esq., returned this week from Eureka, where they have been as delegates to a Congrega-tional Church Association.


The drug store of Marris and Baldwin is, we think, without exception the finest room of the kind in this part of the state. These gentlemen have taken great pains, and show excellent taste in the fitting up of their room and when their new stone walk is finished, everything will be complete.


The COURIER office was honored with a call from Captain Stubblefield of Sheridan Township and A. J. Truesdall of Tisdale, both old soldiers, and neither taking any stock in the bogus farmers ticket.


J. C. Fuller wants it distinctly understood by those persons in the east part of the county who think all the banks in the county have suspended, that the Winfield Bank of J. C. Fuller has been opened for business every day at regular hours, has paid all demands and checks in cash, has continued to loan to its regular customers, and is prepared to do the same in future. The bank is not buying eastern drafts, but takes them for collection.


A semi-barbarian with a cut-throat countenance, who sails under the name of Gamble since he came to this country, has threatened to spoil the countenance of the COURIER's editor if he don't quit abusing rebels. Gamble is a rebel soldier who unfortunately escaped the minnie balls of the boys in blue to be broken upon the wheel, or submitted to a more deserved torture if he attempts any of his old games in this free country.


A new Boot & Shoe store has just been opened at Marris & Baldwin's old stand, by Mr. T. E. Gilliland from Independence. His stock is composed exclusively of Boots and Shoes, and is the most complete in every respect of anything of this kind in the Southwest. Mr. Gilliland relieves a want long felt by our citizens and we hope he will succeed in establishing a flourishing business.




A Soldier of 1812 Gone.

From the Syracuse (New York) Standard, we learn that Mr. John Crocker, the father of Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield, died on the 29th ult., at Bristol, New York. He was an old man and his vigorous days were spent in our nation's morn. He was born in 1789. In 1807 he drove team, carrying merchandise from Albany to the then "far west," in Genessee Valley and the Holland Purchase. Canals and railroads were not then dreamed of. In 1807 he first visited Syracuse with a large potash kettle to exchange for salt, and after transporting the salt to Augusta, he sold it for five dollars per barrel. When war was declared in 1812, he volunteered in a rifle company and marched to Sackets Harbor, and peformed military duty there at Ogdensburg. He was engaged on board the schooner Julia in the engagement with the British vessels Earl Morta and Duke of Gloucester. In 1812, he married Miss Typhena Butler, of Paris, Oneida county, who bore him eight children, four of whom are still living. In 1831, deceased went to Albany and became a contractor on the Mohawk and Hudson railroad, and with his men laid the first rail that was ever laid in the state of New York, in June, 1831. He remained there until the road was completed in 1833, and was afterwards engaged under Governor Bouck as a contractor on important portions of the Chenango canal. He died universally esteemed. Mrs. Mansfield has the sympathy of many friends in this affliction.




The jail will be dedicated by a dance tomorrow night.

C. M. Scott, of the Traveler, was out to the reunion Saturday last.

George Miller is butchering and Goldie Triplett is running the St. Nicholas.

A. T. Sheneman left town last Tuesday for the western plains where he expects to locate for the winter, hunting bison, etc.

Thos. B. Adams, Esq., a prominent attorney of Southeastern Indiana, is in town on a visit to his son-in-law, Louis T. Michener, Esq.

Chas. A. Roberts has just ten days in which to substantiate his charges against the Grand Mogul of the COURIER, or suffer the consequences.

The Teacher's Institute at Arkansas City was a great success, lasting from Monday night until the Thursday evening ensuing, ending with a select dance on Friday evening.

LOST. On Tuesday last, on the Oxford road a few miles from Winfield, a small case of surgical instruments belonging to Dr. Mansfield. The finder is offered a reward of two dollars by the owner.

S. S. Dickinson, the gentlemanly agent of the Humboldt Bridge Manufacturing Company, gave us a call last Monday. He has been in this and neighboring counties working up the bridge question.



A few days ago Mr. Higginbottom brought to our office a sackfull of some of the handsomest turnips we have seen anywhere. They were sent us by our old genuine Republican friend Lit Cottingham. Uncle Lit, besides raising some of the finest blooded hogs in the county, also raises some of the largest



MARRIED. Mr. J. N. Yerger, our enterprising jeweler, returned last Saturday from the east, bringing with him his newly wedded, young and handsome wife. He has resumed business just as though nothing had happened. The band boys gave him a serenade Monday night and found him bountifully supplied with beer and limberger cheese. Long and happily may they live.


As it is the rule for bankers to make statements to the public in vindication of their management of the business during the recent "currency flurry" for the benefit of those who were so fearfully anxious for fear Read's Bank would not be forced to close its doors (the cusomers and depositors of the Bank need no statement as they have manifested no anxiety about the matter) and to correct any erroneous impressions tha may have been created in the minds of the readers of a small paid local, that appeared in the last issue of the COURIER and Telegram. Read's Bank "wants it distinctly understood by those parties in the eastern part of this county, who think all the banks in the county have suspended," and by all parties everywhere, that all the banks in Cowley county have sustained themselves during the recent "money panic," in a manner that should be a matter of pride to every good citizen of our county, that Read's Bank has been open for business at all business hours during the "panic," that we have conducted our business as usual, excpet as a matter of prudence and a decent respect for the interests of our customers and depositors, we did not loan freely to parties who had never been customers of the bank and had no claim on us for accommodations, but to our customers, we have made the usual amount of loans and renewals. We have taken eastern drafts at all times, and placed them to the credit of our customers as usual, and in many cases have allowed our customers to draw against their drafts in currency when we could not get a dollar in currency from eastern banks, on them. The bank has paid every demand against it in currency as desired, and in many cases have allowed overdrafts to accommodate our customers, when the same was propertly secured.

We would say further that we are abundantly able to take care of ourselves and our customers despite the assiduous carpings of some of our jealous enemies, that our capital which is ample for our business in unimpaired by any losses during the "panic"--and our judgment perhaps improved--and we hope to serve our many citizens, in the future as we have in the past, and afford them every customary facility. We propose to do a safe Banking business and nothing else--offering a safe place for deposits, a place that shall always [REST OF THIS ARTICLE IS COMPLETELY OBSCURED].


The many friends of D. C. Scull, the pleasant and talented lawyer of the firm of Scull & Michener, will learn with sincere regret that he takes his departure from our beautiful city for the Southeastern states in one of which he expects to make his future residence. Mr. Scull has been but a short time among us, but during that time has made many warm friends. His household furniture will be sold at auction next Saturday the 25th inst., at 1 o'clock p.m. The furniture is all new and will doubtless go cheap.




Meeting of the Veterans.

At half past 2 o'clock the soldiers, to the number of about 150, fell into line at the tap of the drum, and preceeded by the Winfield Martial band, marched to the Methodist Church, which had been kindly tendered for their use. The meeting was called to order by T. A. Blanchard. L. J. Webb was chosen Chairman, and James Kelly, Secretary.

The chairman stated the object of the meeting to be to organize a permanent Soldiers' Union.

On motion a committee consisting of A. A. Jackson, A. D. Keith, Capt. Wm. H. H. McArthur, Capt. Henry Barker, and Col.

E. C. Manning were appointed on permanent organization.

During the absence of the committee, D. C. Scull entertained the meeting with a few appropriate remarks.

The committee on permanent organization reported as follows.

Mr. Chairman: Your committee on permanent organization, rrecommend the following as a permanent organization for Cowley county, of the Union Soldiers of the late war.

1st. The association of all soldiers into an organization to be known as the Cowley County Soldiers' Association.

2nd. That said association elect a president, 3 vice presidents, secretary, and assistant secretary, and treasurer, and adopt a constitution.

3rd. That said association request its members to subscribe the constitution as an evidence of membership, giving the required company or battalion to which each belonged, and to attend the meetings of the association.

4th. That said association meet semi-annually for celebrations, and as much oftener as business requires.

A. A. JACKSON, Chairman.

The above was unanimously adopted. The roll being called; the following "Boys in Blue," answered to their names.


C. J. Duncan, Co. B, 1st Bat., 16th U. S. Cav.

Enoch Maris, Co. F, 4 U. S. Cav.


J. A. Barr, Co. C, 2nd Ill. light Art.

James Renfro, Co. K, 98th Ill. Inf.

J. P. Carter, Co. K, 80th Ill. Inf.

Z. T. Swigart, Co. D, 124 Ill. In.

W. F. M. Lacey, Co. K, 33rd Ill. Vet. In.

James Kelly, Co. A, 84 Ill. Vol. In.

A. T. Sheneman, Co. I, 7 Ill. Cav.

W. T. Dougherty, 45 Ill. Vol. In.

Frank Cox, Co. F, 61 Ill. Vol. In.

Max Shoeb, Co. D, 24 Ill. Vol. In.

A. A. Jackson, 12 Ill. Vol. In.

J. C. Bigger, Co. F, 92 Ill. Vol. Infantry.

Curtis Wilson, Co. D, 119th Ill. Inf.

Stephen Johnson, Co. E, 92nd Ill. Inf.

Jas. Benbroke, Co. K. 20th Ill. Inf.

J. L. Shaw, Co. K. 17th Ill. Inf.

H. H. Causey, Co. F, 11th Ill Inf.

Thomas Chappin, Co. I, 83 Ill. Inf.


T. W. Morris, Co. E, 92nd O Cav.

Sam Darrah, Co. K. 1 Ohio Cav.

L. B. Paul, Co. G, 125 Ohio Vol. In.

C. M. Wood, Co. C, 96 Ohio Vol. In.

P. Himrrod, 105 Ohio Vol. In.

G. W. Foughty, Co. B, 57 Ohio Inff.

B. B. Dougherty, Co. A, 59th Ohio Inf.

Samuel Harvey, Co. K, 55 Ohio Inf.

Joseph Smith, Co. B, 1st Ohio Art.

John W. Millspaugh, Co. B, 19th Ohio Inf.

David S. Beadie, Co. G, 14th Ohio Inf.

W. H. H. McArthur, Co. G, 31st Ohio Inf.


Harry Smith, Co. Co. R, 14th Ind. Inf.

S. H. Wells, Co. G, 7th Ind. Cav.

W. E. Doud, Co. F, 151st Ind. Vol. In.

D. C. Scull, Co. C, 13 Ind. Vol. In.

A. H. Green, 9 Ind. Vol. In.

H. Parks, Co. H, 1st Ind. Inf.

A. B. Odell, Co. C, 86th Ind. Inf.

B. F. Harrod, Co. H, 57th Ind. Inf.

L. K. Barnewell, Co. K. 13th Ind. Inf.

H. S. Geer, Co. I, 53rd Ind. Inf.


W. B. Doty, Co. F, 2 Kan. Cav.

E. C. Manning, Co. H, 3 Kas Cav.

I. D. Newton, Co. D, 6th Kas. Cav.

H. L. Barker, Co. G, 15th Kansas Inf.

G. H. McIntyre, Co. C, 11th Kan. Inf.


Burt Covert, Co. H, 12 N. Y. Cav.

W. Q. Mansfield, 92 N. Y. Vol. In.

J. P. Short, Co. M, 8 N. Y. Artillery.

W. M. Boyer, Co. G, 15 N. Y. Vol. Cav.

Joel Mack, Co. M, 12th N. Y. Cav.

E. P. Hickock, Co. E, 2nd N. Y. Inf.


T. A. Blanchard, Co. K, 7th Mo. Cav.

E. Davis, Co. C, 4 Mo. Vol. Cav.

G. W. Robinson, Co. C, 3rd Mo. Cav.

I. N. Breman, Co. K, 1st Mo. Cav.

S. C. Cunningham, Co. D, 8th Mo. Inf.

B. E. Murphy, Co, I, 8th Mo. Cav.



T. C. Bird, Co. C, 31st Ia. Inf.

W. M. Berky, 23 Iowa Vol. In.

C. A. Seward, Co. C, 2nd Iowa light Art.

Wm. Seucaney, Co. D, 13th Iowa Inf.


J. B. Nipp, Co. C, 40 Ky. In.

Reuben Rogers, 25 Ky. In.

W. K. Falar, Co. B, 26 Ky. Inf.


C. L. Rood, Co. A, 1st Mich. Cav.

W. H. Melville, Co. C, 4th Mich. Inft.

Oliver Decker, Co. H, 12th Mich. Inf.


John McClay, Co. E, 55th Penn. Inf.

E. S. Torrance, Co. G, 135 Pa. Vol. In.

D. N. Egbert, Philadephia Union League Bat.


James Stewart, Co. F, 1st Col. Cav.

A. D. Keith, Co. G, 2nd Col. Inf.


M. L. Brooks, Co. H, 1st Tenn. Cav.

John Brooks, Co. C, 4th Tenn. Cav.


Archie Stewart, Co. G, 5th Vermont Inft.

H. H. Stewart, 2d Vermont light Art.


M. W. Everleth, Co. F, 1 Maine Cav.


J. B. Fairbank, 36 Mass. In.


L. J. Webb, Co. E, 16th Wis. Inf.


A. J. Truesdale, Co. K. 1st Minn. Inf.


The following were elected to hold the respective offices until the next meeting.

C. M. WOOD, President.

Wm. H. H. McARTHUR, 1st Vice President.

A. D. KEITH, 2nd Vice President.

BEN F. HARROD, 3rd Vice President.

JAMES KELLY, Secretary.

T. A. BLANCHARD, Assistant Secretary.

Dr. W. Q. MANSFIELD, Treasurer.

J. W. MILLSPAUGH, Color bearer.


Mr. Wood, on assuming the chair, made a few brief appropriate remarks.

The following were appointed a committee to make arrangements for the next meeting.

A. A. Jackson, L. J. Webb, J. P. Short, E. S. Torrance, and James Kelly.

A committee to draft constitution and by-laws to be submitted at the next meeting was appointed as follows.

Col. E. C. Manning, Capt. H. S. Barker, A. D. Keith, John W. Millspaugh, and Capt. Wm. H. H. McArthur.

Several anecdotes and reminiscences of army life were told by Capt. Carker, Enoch Maris, D. C. Scull, and E. C. Manning.

"Rally Round the Flag Boys," "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching," and other old songs were splendidly rendered by Miss Emma Leffingwell, organist, Dr. Egbert, John Swain, A. A. Jackson, and Capt. McArthur; the entire assembly joining in the chorus.

A rising vote of thanks was tendered to Miss Leffingwell for the music, which was given with a will. The following resolution was offered by L. J. Webb, and unanimously adopted.

Resolved, That we extend a cordial invitation to the soldiers of the Union Army in Cowley county, to meet with us at our next meeting, and to become members of the society; and that the papers of the county publish this resolution and the proceedings of this meeting.

On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at Winfield on the 29th day of November, 1873.

C. M. WOOD, Chairman.

JAMES KELLY, Secretary.







NOTICE. Owing to the impossibility of negotiating bonds of any kind at present, the Township Board have decided to let the building of the bridge across Timber Creek rest for the present.

J. P. SHORT, Trustee.


S. H. Myton takes this opportunity to inform the public that he will sell plows and other farming implements on notes payable April 1st, 1874.


McMillen & Shields will not be undersold, but they want the cash.


Maris, Carson & Baldwin, at the City Drug Store, are now in their new store rooms, prepared to accommodate their many customers with PURE DRUGS of all kinds, Notions, Toilet soaps, etc.




Go to the Old Fellows' sociable in the Courthouse on the 6th of November.

Judge Campbell deals out justice with his usual energy and promptness.

Hackney looks as innocent as if he did not intend going to the legislature this winter.

The award for seating the Courthouse was let to the Kansas School Furniture Company of Iola.

S. H. Myton was awarded the contract for furnishing the stoves, pipe, etc., for the Courthouse.


The Secretary of the Treasury has resumed specie payments and gold and silver will soon be plenty.



Frank Williams has added a full stock of groceries to his business. He will be found at his old stand ready to receive and oblige all his customers as usual.


Let every voter see that his ballot contains the following words before depositing it: "For Amendment to section two, article two of the Constitution." If it is not printed on your ticket, write it.


There will be a public examination of teachers held at Tisdale, Monday, November 10, for all those who were unable by reason of sickness or absence from the county to attend the Teachers Institute held at Arkansas City, Oct. 13, 1873.

T. A. WILKINSON, Co. Superintendent.


Last week Curns & Manser sold 40 acres off the east side of G. W. Thompson's farm to Cyrus M. Perrine at $60 per acre; also David A. Crawford's farm to Nancy Linscott for $1,400; also W. E. Bostwick's farm to Chas. Hayes for $900. Mr. Perrine will have 50,000 grafts set out on his place by the first of April. This nursery will be a fine addition to the town.


Mr. Chas. A. Roberts came in yesterday, and made such explanations and apologies as to warrant Mr. Kelly in suspending hostilities as far as Mr. Roberts is concerned. But from what we could "nose" out of the affair, there is somebody else in the "fence," we look for interesting developments soon, as our grand mogul though one of the kindest most reasonable men alive, when he does start, maketh it warm for somebody.


Among the lawyers in attendance at the District Court from abroad, we notice Col. J. M. Alexander of Leavenworth; Hon. Wm. P. Hackney, of Wellington; Gen Rogers of Eureka, and Judge M. L. Adams of Wichita. From Arkansas City are C. R. Mitchell and A. J. Pyburrn. From Dexter, Hon. James McDermott. Our own bar is, as usualy, ably represented by Fairbank, Torrance & Green, Webb & Bigger, Manning & Johnson, Louis T. Michener, Pryor & Kager, and T. H. Suits.



Our friends, T. A. Blanchard and E. S. Bedilion, thinking perhaps that the bushel of turnips left us last week, would be devoured by this time, and not willing to see the printers starve before their very eyes, brought us each a peck of the finest potatoes we have seen this year. Mr. Blanchard has some four or five acres of potatoes which netted him here in Winfield about $65 per acre.


Last Monday night as Capt. McDermott and W. W. Walton were returning from Tisdale, where they had been speaking, the buggy overturned and they were emptied carelessly into the road. W. W. landed upon his head and therefore his injuries were very slight, but the Captain, less fortunate, struck on his face with such force as to lose consciousness for a time. His injuries were not serious, however, although his proboscis is somewhat the worse for wear, and looks as though somebody had been putting a head on him. On the same night E. B. Kager came into town balancing on a single spring.


The jail dedication dance of last week was a grand affair. The jail was illuminated. The two Cranes were perched upon stools in the corner, scraping sweet strains on the entrails of some defunct feline, a single set was formed upon the floor in the shape of a hollow square walking through the changes of a quadrille; a solitary lady sat upon one of the benches which were ranged along the wall, a few of the gents were practicing some choice jig and clog steps in the corner, while the remainder of the assembly (fifteen military "stags") gathered in a knot near the door gazing at and enjoying the scene almost as much as the participants. C. L. Rood was acting officer of the day and chief spokesman, which positions he filled with the dignity becoming the occasion. Owing to the wonderful success of this effort, Rood thinks he will give another entertainment of the same character some time.




Fine rain last Saturday night.

Beautiful Indian summer weather.

L. T. Michener has removed his law office to Fuller's Bank.

Mr. Anderson killed two panthers at the mouth of Silver creek last week.

Only about half the usual number of votes were polled at the election in this county.

Ned Perkins is back again. He thinks herding cattle isn't what it is cracked up to be.

Capt. Davis and lady started last Friday for New Orleans, where they will spend the winter.

Capt. Folks and Dr. Maggard gave us a call Monday. One of them has lost a hat on the section in their county. Which one wa it!

McDermott says he does not so much object to a trip up salt creek as he does to the shabby crew with whom he is compelled to make it.

Mr. Silver undertook to burn around his stacks last week when a few sparks reached them and in a short time they were totally destroyed.

The Republicans elected their entire ticket with the exception of Representative and commissioner for the second district, who were defeated by small majorities.

The foundation of Mr. Andrew's new brick house is rapidly being laid. He has some of the finest building stone on the ground that we have ever seen in this vicinity.

Vernon township was subjected to a severe conflagration last week which swept over nearly the entire township, burning stacks and hedge rows, causing considerable damage.

W. H. Parks has recently bought the wagon shop of the Robinson Brothers. He is also a producer. This year he produced some fine California russet potatoes.

Judge Wilkins of Garnett, agent of the line of the Missouri Pacific road now building between Paola and Garnett is in this county for the purpose of securing aid in the extension of that road to Arkansas City by way of Eldorado and this city. If he succeeds in effecting his purpose, it will give us a direct route to Kansas City and St. Louis by a trunk line.

The Odd Fellows' sociable last night was one of the finest affairs of the season. The large cake was voted to Mrs. Sam Darrah, as the handsomest lady in the room, despite the strenuous efforts of some of the young men in behalf of Miss Blandin. After the sociable, the festivities were continued by the young folks.




WILEY - DIGGENS. Married at the residence of Geo. B. Green in Silverdale township, on the 2nd day of November, 1873, by Elder Joshua Jones, Mr. Amos A. Wiley to Miss Ellen E. Diggins. All of Cowley County.


SMITH - RICE. Married at Dexter, Kansas, on the evening of Oct. 25, 1873, by T. R. Bryan, Esq., Mr. C. T. Smith to Miss Lucy Rice. All of Dexter.




A porcupine was captured near Wellington, Sumner county, last week.

Col. H. C. Loomis, the best old bachelor in market, returned in fine condition last week, from a six months' visit down east.

From the Arkansas City Traveler, we learn that the Pimos Indians, 10,000 strong, are to be located in the Territory south of us.



Mr. McMillen, of McMillen & Shields, has about completed a comfortable looking two-story stone dwelling house in the south part of town.


The Presbyterian church (Rev. Mr. Platter, pastor) will hold service next Sabbath in Mr. Jackson's building three doors south of Lagonda House.


The Winfield Silver Cornet Band held a meeting last week and took in enough new members to fill the heretofore vacant instruments. The band now contains twelve wide-awake members.


S. B. Littell has built himself a new residence on his place in Beaver township.


C. C. Stevens, for two years an apparently honest and thrifty grocery merchant of Winfield, recently sold out, pocketed the cash, and left his creditors and wife to mourn his unknown



Mr. Allison, the editor of the Telegram, was arrested last week, on complaint of J. W. Hamilton, upon the charge of disturbing the peace (heafty peace). Upon a hearing before Squire Millington, he was acquitted.


We return our thanks to Mrs. Darrah for a taste of the big twenty-seven dollar cake which was voted to her at the Odd Fellows' social last week. The cake was the work of Mrs. Darrah and showed that she understands the art of cake baking to



An intellectual and musical entertainment will be given by the citizens of Arkansas City, for the benefit of the free church, on Thursday evening, Nov. 13, 1873. Ministers and their ladies are respectfully invited free. Admission fee: 25 cents.


Tuesday morning E. S. Torrance, ourr County Attorney, started for his home in Pennsylvania to visit his parents, and two sisters, who have returned on a visit from their residence in South America. He was escorted to Wichita by M. L. Read and the Grand Mogul of the COURIER.



In another column we give the official vote of the county at the late election. The vote of Bolton township is not counted on account of the poll books not being returned to the County Clerk within the time required by law. Those of Silvercreek were not properly certified to. Several scattering votes in each township are not enumerated.



Last Saturday C. L. Rood gave Fin. Graham a 25 cent cigar, and a wheelbarrow ride the distance of two squares and back on Main street, on the loss of a bet on the election. The procession was composed of numerous boys of divers ages with the wheelbarrow in the centre and headed by Johnny Reed, who hammered the death march on a bass drum.


Festival Notice. There will be a Public Installation of the officers of Adelphi Lodge No. 110 A. F. and A. M. at their hall Thursday evening, Dec. 21st, A. D. 1873. All are cordially invited to attend. By order of Committee.


Soldiers' Re-union on Thanksgiving Day. At a meeting of the committee of arrangements held at Dr. Mansfield's, the following reception committee was appointed. Enoch Marris, A. H. Green,

J. C. Bigger, E. C. Manning, Mrs. C. M. Wood, and Mrs. Flint. Soldiers arriving in the city will please report as early in the day as possible to the above committee at the city council room in the jail building just north of the courthouse, register their names, and receive their tickets for dinner. A full programme will be published next week.

C. M. WOOD, President.

J. P. SHORT, Secretary, pro tem.


We welcome to our midst Dr. Andrews, who comes among us to stay. The Dr. is a polished gentleman of culture. He speaks several languages, knows his profession, has traveled four years in Europe, and is altogether a very interesting man. We hope to see him reconciled to his new home, and that pleasure and prosperity may be his.

LATER. Since writing the above we learn that the above gentlemen has "lit out" leaving a disconsolate landlord.



Here is what the Traveler says of a little fellow that once flourished in our neighboring town as a partner of A. Walton, and left with a few hundred dollars of another man's money.

Lawyer Stewart, who absconded from this place some months ago with considerable money belonging to parties here, was recently met at Fort Collins, Colorado, by one of our citizens. After leaving this place he went to Newton, where he became drunk, and then went to Los Angelos; from there to Denver, and then to Fort Collins, where he had a good practice and large income. While there he became acquainted with the daughter of a wealthy miner, whom he afterwards married and started for Salt Lake City, where he is at present. After leaving Newton, Stewart assumed the name of Frank Conroy, and is familiarly known by that name at his last place of residence. When met by our townsman, he said he did not know him, but afterwards owned all, told his story, and begged for secrecy."




RICH. Amos Walton exploded as follows the night following the election, when information was received in Arkansas City that the farmers had elected the whole of their ticket. "I became aware two years ago that Manning was running the republican party of Cowley county and I swore then that I would bust it, and by G___d I have done it!" The official returns do not make so much noise as Walton did, but they read a good deal better than his bombast. Apropos to the above is the story told by a bedfellow of Walton's the night following the farmers speaking meeting at this place during the canvass. Walton had made a rambling speech and among other foolish things said: "I am opposed to sending smart men to the Legislature and I believe the people feel a good deal so." Whereupon Manning asked Walton if he contemplated ever being a candidate for the Legislature himself, and if that was the reason why he opposed the rule of sending smart men there. The audience saw the point and laughed heartily, but Walton showed the white of his eyes along the lower lids and looked toward heaven in a mental effort, and said: "There may be a point to that but I can't see it." That night at 2 a.m., his bedfellow was awakened by two or three vigorous thrusts and shouts from the aforesaid Walton, who sat bolt upright in bed and was cursing Manning, and among other things said: "Why, d___n him, he insulted me, didn't he?" He had evidently been all that time finding the point.




County Commissioners' Proceedings.

The Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County met in the County Clerk's office November 7th, 1873. Present: Frank Cox and O. C. Smith.

Proceeded to canvass the votes of the election held Nov. 4th, 1873, which resulted in the election of the following officers who were declared duly elected.

For representative of 75th district: William Martin.

For County Clerk: M. G. Troup.

For County Treasurer: E. B. Kager.

For Register of Deeds: N. C. McDulloch.

For Sheriff: R. L. Walker.

For Coroner: Same Moore.

For County Surveyor: W. W. Walton.

For Commissioner, first district, John Manly.

For Commissioner, second district. M. S. [?] Roseberry.

For Commissioner, third district, R. F. Burden.




Best brands of flour and good table butter at the new grocery the sign of the Red Flag. Frank Williams.


Houghton & McLaughlin at the Green Front, Arkansas City, are turning out goods to the amount of $5,000 per week. And why is it? Simply because they sell cheap, and keep everything anyone wants.


Triplett now has charge of the St. Nicholas Restaurant. His city and country friends will find the best the market affords at the St. Nicholas. He will keep constantly on hand fresh oysters which will be served in any required manner. Give him a call.


The meat market of Miller and Davis is in full blast and anybody wishing fresh meat can get it by calling upon them at their place of business on Main Street.


KNOW all men by these presents, that the co-partnership heretofore existing between Frank Gallotti and Joseph Bossi, under the name of Gallotti & Bossi is this day dissolved by mutual consent.



Arkansas City, Oct. 4th, 1873.





Mr. A. C. Williams, of Leavenworth county, Kansas, has been appointed special agent for the Mexican Kickapoo Indians, to be located at the junction of Bitter creek and the Sha-kas-ka river, twenty-five miles southwest of this place. A portion of the tribe, consisting of one man, fourteen women, and twenty-two children, passed through here last Monday, accompanied by the agent, teamsters, and O. P. Johnson--the guide. The people were all looking hearty and in good spirits, although they really are prisoners of the United States, having been captured by Gen. Mckenzie last spring, while raiding into Mexico, and held as prisoners at Fort Gibson, until the 6th of this montth, when they were placed under charge of the agent and started for their reserve. One hundred Kickapoo warriors are on the road to their reserve, and will arrive in about three weeks. Mr. Williams leaves for Fort Sill today, to meet them. They are mounted, and own a number of ponies, although they are poorly clad. The balance of the tribe, numbering some six or seven hundred, will come up in the spring. Their supplies will be purchased at this place, as far as possible. O. P. Johnson has the contract for building two log houses--a commissary store and a dwelling house. The remainder of the buildings will not be commenced until next summer. Arkansas City Traveler.




Killed by a Tarantula.

This week we are called upon to record the first case of death by the bite of the most deadly poison species of insect, in this section of the southwest. Sunday last, about 12 o'clock, while Mr. Samuel Vallier, Chief of the Quapaw Indians, living three miles south of Baxter, was going about his farm, he was bitten on the toe of one foot by a large tarantula. He immediately started for the house, but a short distance, and by the time he reached it the pain from the bite was so severe that he was unable to sit up, and threw himself across the bed, not thinking that his deadly foe had followed up his victim, to repeat the bite in a more vital place. But such was the case, the insect had crawled up his clothing, and soon after he lay down it gave him the second bite in the small of the back. This, with the former bite, charged his sytem with the poison almost as quick as if by electricity. Medical aid was immediately summoned, but before it reached him, he was too near gone for it to do any good. And in the most intense agony he lingered until about 10 o'clock that night, when death relieved his sufferings.

NOTE: THEY SPELLED IT "tarentula."




An untruthful report has been started in some sections of the country that the settlers are abandoning their homes in the Arkansas Valley on account of the failure of crops, etc. Such reports are wholly false, the settlers all being satisfied with the abundant yield of their crops, and instead of being discouraged, are inducing their friends to join them by thousands, in this, the best country in America. We learn from the Wichita Beacon that the sales at the land offices in the valley amounted to $240,000 in the months of October and September last, exclusive of railroad land sales during the same period of $215,000.

It is no fault of the country if a settler ever left the Arkansas Valley. Oxford Enterprise.




Fresh pork by the dressed whole hog sells at from four to five cents per pound.

Last Tuesday night was the coldest of the season. Ice formed to the thickness of half an inch.

The sixty feet of sidewalk just put down in front of our office is an improvement worth mentioning.

A herd of cattle numbering about 1,400 passed through this place on their way to Howard county, where they belong.

Mr. Troup, the newly elected County Clerk, has sold his store in Tisdale, and is going to move to Winfield to take charge of his office.

One of our citizens was arrested last week for refusing to build flues to his house in accordance with a city ordinance. His trial takes place next Monday.

The citizens of Arkansas City will give a ball this evening for the benefit of the Liberal church of that place. It promises to be an elegant affair.

The fact that our new supply of paper has been delayed somewhere between here and St. Louis is our excuse for finishing out this issue with yellow paper. [PAPER EASIER TO READ THAN MOST ISSUES!]

The Odd Fellows and Mason have rented the upper story of the building next north of Myton's hardware store, and are going to occupy it for their lodge room.



Terrible prairie fires rage all around us. One ran down the divide between the Walnut and Arkansas rivers before that heavy wind Monday night, doing considerable damage.


Read George Brown's new wagon shop ad., in another column. Mr. Brown is a first-class workman and keeps a full stock of the best seasoned wagon timber to be found in the country.



IN HIS LINE Put up Promptly, in the Best of Style, and on

Reasonable Tersm. Repairing made a Specialty.







A CORDIAL INVITATION To participate in the festivities of the day is hereby extended to all the soldiers residing in the county. The following PROGRAMME will be observed.

AT 10, A.M. THE Reception Committee will commence to make up the Roster and distribute tickets for DINNER To all whose names are entered thereon.

AT 11, A.M. SOLDIERS will fall into line, in marching order, on Main Street, the right resting on Ninth Avenue, under the direction of the officer of the day, CAPT. McARTHUR, And march to the COURTHOUSE Where an address of welcome will be delivered by Captain S. C. Smith, The Mayor of Winfield, and the organization of the Soldiers' Union completed.

AT 1, P.M. SOLDIERS will fall in for dinner.

AT 3, P.M. THERE will be a meeting in the Courthouse, and addresses will be delivered by the following soldiers: Chaplain E. P. Hickock, Maj. J. B. Fairbank, Capt. James McDermott, A. D. Keith, S. M. Fall, Maj. T. B. Ross, Rev. N. L. Rigby, J. C. Bigger, Esq., and other soldiers present.



And dancing will be in order, to conclude the festivities of the day.

The proceedings of the day will be enlivened with appropriate music by the Winfield and Arkansas City

Cornet Bands.


Chairman Committee on Arrangements.

J. P. SHORT, Secretary.


T. A. Wilkinson, Chairman, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Miss Emma Leffingwell, L. J. Webb and John Kirby.



The timetable of the trains arriving at and leaving Wichita is changed, arriving late at night and departing at 2 a.m. The mail now arrives here at 6 p.m. and leaves for the north at about 8 a.m.


Judge G. H. Hilton, of Lincoln City, Nebraska, will read from Shakespeare, at the M. E. Church, Friday evening. The judge is eloquent and fascinating. Our citizens will enjoy a rich literary feast. Admittance free.


We are under many obligations to M. L. Read of this city for courtesies during our late trip to Wichita. Those who have business with Mr. Read will find him a gentleman in every sense of the word.


John Land, a son of J. H. Land, while carelessly handling a gun, last week, was forcibly reminded of tunnels by having one dug in his side by a bullet. His wound, although anything but pleasant, is not serious.


Mr. Wm. Slaughter gave us a call last week. He had just returned from a buffalo hunt with a goodly number of skins and some meat. He also captured a bullet from one of his companion's guns, and wore a mocassin. The bullet split, one piece striking him in the arm and the other in the leg.


We are pleased to see the good natured countenance of Judge R. B. Saffold on our streets once more. The Judge has been for the last month recuperating and pleasure seeking among friends in the balmy air of old Kentucky. It is compliment enough to any man to know that his friends missed him when absent and were glad to welcome him back.


There will be a public examination of teachers held at Winfield on Saturday, November 30th. All teachers desiring certificates for the winter term, will be present as this will be the last public examination until the one following the county institute in the spring. T. A. WILKINSON, Supt.



There is a man confined in the county jail for the offense of stealing a corn knife. He was committed for the period of about seventy days. Squire Gans, of Windsor township, a reformer in the late election, and an advocate of economy in county expenses, was the justice who rendered this ridiculous judgment.


Since it became known that the senior editor of the COURIER signed Allison's bond to keep him from going to jail last week, all the criminals and scalawags in the county have applied to him as surety. He desires to give notice that he is not doing a general bail business and only consents to bail such fellows as are of more use to him outside than inside the walls of a cell.


Oyster Supper. The Ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society will give an Oyster supper on New Year's eve., for the benefit of the Presbyterian church.


Our local in the last issue concerning the dance at friend Horneman's on Little Dutch creek, created something of a sensation. It was not intended as a reflection upon Mr. Horneman or his worthy spouse, who did all they could to make the dance a pleasant and agreeable afffair. No more hospitable people can be found in the county than they are. It was persons who came there and brought their whiskey with them that made the dance a "rough" one.


By an oversight, a note we had made of a call from Mr. I. N. Ripley of the firm of Gilbert, Hedge, & Co., wholesale lumber merchants of Burlington, Iowa, was omitted in our issue of last week. Mr. Ripley came down to look after the lumber trade of Southern Kansas. He met with success far beyond his most sanguine expectation. He found Cowley county one of the best places in the state, off the railroad, to sell lumber. We hope to see the firm which Mr. Ripley represents open up a trade in Winfield at no distant day.


Soldiers' Re-union on Thanksgiving Day. At a meeting of the committee of arrangements held at Dr. Mansfield's, the following reception committee was appointed. Enoch Marris, A. H. Green,

J. C. Bigger, E. C. Manning, Mrs. C. M. Wood, and Mrs. Flint. Soldiers arriving in the city will please report as early in the day as possible to the above committtee at the city council room in the jail building just north of the courthouse, register their names, and receive their tickets for dinner.



The charge against the editor of the COURIER has been clearly and satisfactorily explained and proven false. The only doubt left is whether the editor ever had a $10 bill which he offered in payment for the $2.00. Traveler.

Right, brother Scott! All the charges ever made against the editor of the COURIER have been proven false. As to that $10 bill, it was a great mistake of his to have made it so large, as everyone to whom he owed a nickel (and their name is legion) have been haunting the COURIER office ever since hoping to get their "little bill."


A. Walton is out again in the Telegram crowing over the defeat of James McDermott. Walton has labored for the last two years to destroy the Republican party, and boasts that he has succeeded. What a giant Walton is, to succeed in breaking up a party his friends failed in a four years' war to break up. He has also tried, the same length of time, to make the people of Cowley believe that they did not want to send smart men to the Legislature. Knowing that if the people conclude to drop smart men and take up ignoramus, there would be a good chance for A. Walton.


Fine Stock. He who spends his time and money to improve the stock of this country is a public benefactor. We were led to this thought while looking at the splendid bull calf imported from Kentucky by Judge Saffold. The animal is a pure short horn Durham, five months old, weighs five hundred pounds, and cost five hundred dollars, or one dollar per pound. He will be kept at Mr. Saffold's fine dairy farm near town where the Judge will be happy to exhibit his pet to anyone who wishes to see him. Judge Saffold has now one of the most complete herds of fine Durhams in the county. The energy and public spirit evinced by him in this line entitles Judge Saffold to the thanks of every lover of good stock.


Thanksgiving. There will be a Thanksgiving service at the Baptist Church Thursday (Thanksgiving) at 11 o'clock a.m. The following programme will be observed as near as possible.

SKIPPED PROGRAMME....PARTICIPANTS: Rev. Mr. Lowry, Rev. Mr. Platter, Rev. Mr. Parmalee, Rev. Mr. Rigby....choir.


MARRIED. ENGLAND - WELLS. Married at the residence of the bride's father in Dexter township, November 8th, 1873, by Elder G. W. Bell, Mr. James England, to Miss Amelia F. Wells, all of Cowley county.





The fatted calf was bought of John Davis.

The Parlor Bar has been re-opened in grand style.

Donation partyh at Rev. Mr. Lowery's last night.

Remember the Masons public installation on Christmas eve.

George Miller grins and says the young Miller must always wear dresses. [QUESTION: DOES THIS MEAN HE JUST HAD A DAUGHTER BORN TO HIM????]

Over fifty characters in full costumes will appear in the tableaux of Pilgrim's Progress.

Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress in tableaux viviants [?], at the new courthouse Dec. 9th and 10th.

Capt. McDermott called upon us Wednesday. He looks fat and hearty since the race.

The Party at Mooso's last night was a splendid affair. Lots of gay girls and brave boys were present.

Rev. J. E. Platter will preach next Sabbath in Mr. Jackson's building, three doors south of the Lagonda house, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Grading has commenced upon the Paola and Fall River railroad this side of Garnett. Rush it through, gentlemen.

We are under obligations to Nate Robinson, the gentlemanly and obliging state agent at this place, for bringing our new supply of paper from Wichita.

The sociable of the M. E. Church will meet next Wednesday evening, Dec. 3rd, at H. Brothertons, with refreshments.

The grand ball at Arkansas City last Thursday night was a very nice affair. We enjoyed ourselves hugely. There are so many pretty girls at the City, it is a pity there isn't some good looking young men there too.


Tuesday night being a "calm still night" was improved by some of the more sensible citizens by burning the grass from around the town to guard against the possibility of having the fire swoop down upon us before a whirlwind. They deserve credit for their energy and forethought.



The members of the Winfield Dancing Club are hereby notified that a meeting will be held at Webb & Bigger's law office tomorrow (Friday) evening. All the members are earnestly requested to be present. By order of the committee.


Readings, tableaux, and songs representing Pilgrim's Progress will be given at the new courthouse Dec. 9th and 10th, 1873, under the auspices of the Baptist Church. Single tickets, 50 cents; season tickets 75 cents. Children under 12 years 25 cents.


Judge Hilton's reading in Hamlet's Ghost last Friday evening was complimented by a full house comprising the best citizens in the place. The Judge was very entertaining in his reading and was applauded at the close of the exercises.


We are preparing a history and description of Winfield and Cowley county, which will be ready we think next week. It will be well worth reading and those who have friends "back east" should make it a point to send them copies containing it in order that others may see what kind of a country we have got. Send in your orders early.


Judge C. C. Quinlin, R. F. Crawford, and Sim Holstein have made arrangements for the wintering of 14,000 head of cattle in this, Sumner, and Cowley counties. These gentlemen are in co-partnership, and have shipped largely during the season. The wintering of the cattle belong to this single firm is money to the amount of $70,000 to the people of the counties named. From information at hand we estimate that not less than 35,000 head of Texas cattle will be wintered in the counties of Sumner, Cowley, Butler, and Sedgwick. Eagle.


The contractors on the Paola, Garnett and Fall river railroad say they will probably commence laying the iron on the first of next month. The line is graded out beyond Ossowatomie nearly to Lane. The work is substantially and permanently done.


The above is the same road represented by Judge Wilkins, and proposed to be built down through Butler and Cowley counties.



Last Thursday night a terrible fire swept over the country east of town doing considerable damage. The following is a note from one of the sufferers, who lives four miles southeast of Tisdale, who lost nearly everything he had, leaving him in a destitute condition.

MR. EDITOR: Last night a terrible fire swept over the prairie, carried by a powerful whirlwind, completely destroying all my corn, hay, barn, one pair of the horses, chickens, two set of harness, one new wagon and a buggy, plows, corn crib, and a great deal of fencing, and some small articles, leaving me in rather a destitute condition, with nothing but my hands to do with.


November 21st, 1873.




A DUEL WITHOUT BLOOD. The dispute about the location of a cornerstone on section 25 near Tisdale culminatged in a sanguinary (?) affair last Monday. The parties, Jim Moses and Will Beard, have, it seems, been at "outs" for some time; they met after the closing exercies of the Tisdale Lyceum, on Wednesday eve. of last week, exchanged a few angry words, appointed the following Monday at 10 A.M. to try the effect of cold lead upon the human system. Seconds were engaged who made all the necessary arrangements for the coming duel. At precisely 10 o'clock A. M. the combatants appeared upon the ground on the high divide between Silver and Spring creeks where the seconds and a large crowd of spectators awaited their arrival. There they shook hands with their friends, sent tender messages to their mothers, sister, and sweethearts, gave a last fond squint at the sun, the sky, the earth, and took their positions. Back to back they stood with their formidable six-shooters in their hands, eager for the command "to march three paces to the front, wheel, and fire." The second gave the word, "Forward march."

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If those fellows kept the gait and direction they started, one of them is now crossing the Mississippi, while the other is fording the Rio Grande.




Re-opening of the Parlor Bar. Messrs. Barnes & Wright desire to inform the public that they have re-opened the Parlor Bar saloon, and will be pleased to see their customers at all times.


How to sleep warm these cold nights. Go to Ellis & Black's and get a pair of those nice warm, soft blankets they are selling so cheap.


If you want a fine boot put up by a workman who understands his business, go to G. W. Martin. He can fit you to a T.


Oats! Oats!! Oats!!!

A bankrupt stock of oats for sale at panic prices at S. H. Myton's. The cheapest and best feed you can buy. Go right off and lay in a supply.


S. Varner has just received the finest lot of whips ever brought to Southern Kansas, which he sells cheap for cash.


Buy an overcoat from Requa & Bing.


The finest Glass sets to be found anywhere in the city will be found at the blue front of the Weathers Brothers.


Miller & Davis, having fitted up their shop anew are now prepared to sell to the people of Winfield the very choicest beef to be had in any market, and at the lowest figures. Their plan is to sell a great deal on the lowest possible margin.


NOTICE. Notice is hereby given to all persons not to purchase a certain promissory note executed by Michael Miller to Hiram Brotherton for $500, on the 1st day of November, 1873, due sixty days after date with interest at the rate of ten percent per annum after maturity, as payment thereof has been stopped by the creditors of said Brotherton.

WEBB & BIGGER, Att'ys for creditors.

Winfield, Nov. 25th, 1873.




The Soldier's Association met at Winfield Nov. 27th, 1873. After falling into line under command of Capt. Wm. H. H. McArthur and preceded by the Winfield Silver Cornet Band, they were marched to Hudson's Hall, the place designated for the business meeting. The Association was called to order by C. M. Wood, President of the Association, who introduced Capt. S. C. Smith, Mayor of Winfield, who in a few happy remarks bade the heroes welcome to Winfield. The Secretary read the minutes of the meeting of October 18th. Col. E. C. Manning, chairman of the Committee to draft Constitution and By-Laws then submitted the following, which was read by sections and articles and after some amendments was adopted.



ARTICLE I. This Association of Union Soldiers living in Cowley County, Kansas, shall be known as the Cowley County Soldiers Association.

ARTICLE II. Every union soldier or sailor who served with honor and was honorably discharged from the United States service, and now living in Cowley County may become a member of this association by subscribing to the constitution and paying the fees proscribed by the by-laws of the same.

ARTICLE III. The object of this Association shall be the perpetuation of memories of military achievements of the armies to which the members of this association belonged and to promote confidence and good fellowship among late comrades in arms, and protect and relieve as far as possible the needy families of those members of this society who may hereafter be called hence. And the welfare of the soldiers' widows and orphans shall ever be a holy trust with this association.

ARTICLE IV. The officers of this association shall be designated as President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and shall consist of one President, two Vice Presidents, one Secretary, and one Assistant Secretary and one Treasurer, and the aforesaid officers shall be elected by ballot with a majority vote immediately upon the adoption of this constitution and by-laws, and said officers shall hold their office for one year, or until their successors are elected. All vacancies in the aforesaid offices shall be filled by election.


SECTION I. The regular meeting of this association shall be held on the 4th day of July and on Thanksgiving day in each year.

SECTION 2. All regular meetings of the Association shall be opened by prayer to Almighty God, offered by the Chaplain or a minister of the Gospel to be designated by the President.

SECTION 3. All meetings shall be presided over by the chief presiding officer present and the usual duties incumbent upon such officers shall be performed by the respective officers herein named.

SECTION 4. In all deliberations of the society unless otherwise specially provided, parliamentary law shall govern.

SECTION 5. Every person desiring to become a member of this association may do so by signing the constitution and paying to the treasurer such amount as annual dues as the Association shall designate.

SECTION 6. All money expended by the Treasurer shall be paid out on the order of the secretary, countersigned by the president. At each annual meeting the treasurer shall make a report showing all receipts and expenditures for the preceeding year.

SECTION 7. No member of the society shall speak more than twice upon any question nor longer than five minutes without the consent of the association.

SECTION 8. The association shall select from its members a person to deliver each annual address before the association.

SECTION 9. Any member in arrears for dues for one year shall be dropped from the rolls, and can only be reinstated by a vote of the society. A member may be expelled from the association for disorderly or dishonorable conduct by a vote of the association.

SECTION 10. Special meetings of the Association can be called by the president and secretary, and any meeting may adjourn from time to time.

SECTION 11. No discussion of a political character shall be allowed.

The meeting then adjourned to meet at the courthouse for dinner.

The soldiers then formed into line and the entire association marched to the courthouse, where a beautiful dinner was spread.

After dinner, Major John B. Fairbank, J. C. Bigger, Col.

E. C. Manning, and Judge Hilton addressed the association.

On motion the old officers were elected to hold over until the 4th of July 1874.

A vote of thanks was unanimously tendered to the ladies of Winfield for their interest in behalf of the soldiers.

A vote of thanks was also tendered to the Winfield Silver Cornet Band [REST OF PARAGRAPH OBSCURED IN THIS COLUMN OF PAPER]

services and also to Messrs. Stewart and Simpson, contractors, ffor the use of the courtroom.

After singing the old soul stirring song "Tramp, Tramp" the association adjourned to meet July 4th, 1874.

C. M. WOOD, Pres.








ONCE FOR ALL. We have received several communications this week, some of which we would be glad to publish, especially one from Arkansas City. But we will take no notice of any such, no matter how meritorious, without the writer's signature. He or she may adopt any Nom de Plume they see fit, but we must know who are contributors are.


Auction store, at Bing's old stand.

Unknown parties got away with numerous overcoats at the Soldiers' ball Thanksgiving eve.

A. T. Shenneman has returned from his buffalo hunt. He reports game rather scarce on Cimmeron.

Mrs. Tarrant, of the City Bakery, cooked the meat and bread for the soldiers on thanksgiving day.

A unanimous vote of thanks was given by the soldiers to the ladies and the band of Winfield for their services at the re-union. It was right--they deserved it.



Ex-farmer Jackson is preparing for the expiration of his term of office. He is fitting up his rooms preparatory to going into the restaurant business.


Owing to the pressure of other matter, the history of Cowley County, as advertised to appear this week, is crowded out of this issue. It will appear next week without fail.


The members of the Winfield Dancing Club are notifed that a special meeting will be held next Monday night at Webb & Bigger's law office for the transaction of important business.

By order of the President.


Allison is up to Topeka making preparations for the meeting of the legislature. He expects to have things ready for it to meet by the middle of next month. He has not yet decided how long the session shall be this winter.


Take Notice. Those taking a part in the play of the Pilgrim's Progress will meet at the Baptist church for rehearsal tonight (Thursday). This is intended for those who take part the first night, only. Those for the second night, will meet tomorrow (Friday) night.

Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress will be represented by readings, tableau, and songs, at the Courthouse Dec. 9 and 10, under the auspices of the Baptist church. Doors open at 6 p.m. Exercises begin at 7. Single tickets 50 cents, season tickets 75 cents, children, under fourteen years, 25 cents, season tickets 35 cents. Tickets for sale at the post office.

Some of the scenes given at the Courthouse Dec. 9 and 10, are "Crossing the slough of Despond," "Christian fight with Appolyon," "Faithful burnt at the stake," "In the castle, Giant Dispair," "Crossing the river of death," "Christian borne through the gates by a legion of angels," "Christian's dream," "Mercy's courtship with Mr. Brisk," "Jacob's ladder," and "Pillar of salt."


The Soldiers' ball Thursday evening was well attended, about 90 couples being present, and was acknowledged by all as being the finest affair of the season. The courtroom makes a splendid dancing-hall, and everybody seemed to appreciate it. Messrs. Webb and Jackson deserve praise for the interest manifested by them to make the ball pleasant and enjoyable.



The soldiers' re-union on Thanksgiving day was an entire success. The weather, which was very disagreeable, prevented a large number from attending, but, notwithstanding, there were about five hundred names enrolled upon the roster. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, dinner was eaten, speaking and music were listened to and the dance in the evening finished the order of the day. Everybody appeared to be satisfied with the entertainment and we expect there will be an immense crowd at the next re-union.


MARRIAGE LICENSES. The following is a list of marriage licenses issued by the Probate Judge during the month of November, 1873.

R. B. Corkins to Amanda Wright.

Benjamin A. Lombard to Ellen Wiston.

Chas. A. Craine to Maggie J. Foster.

James A. Bryan to Sarah E. Nicholson.

S. H. Wells to Mary Pennix.

Albert G. Covert to Flora E. Tansy.

T. H. JOHNSON, Probate Judge.


Some parties, on the evening of Nov. 26th, enticed the Pastor of the M. E. church and his family away from home and in their absence took entire possession of the parsonage, talking, laughing, singing, eating cake, apples, etc., to the comfort of said parties and numerous others, all of which was a "surprise" to the said minister and family. Then on leaving, these parties failed to take with them numerous sacks of flour, potatoes, with groceries, dry goods, and greenbacks, supplementing the whole with a copy of Lange's Commentary, which they had brought, to the amount of $75.00. Dear friends, you didn't spite us. Come again--always welcome. The latch string is out. Accept the thanks of self and fmaily for these tokens of regard and





Some time since, a couple of officers passed through our city upon the track of some thieves who had robbed a jewelry store at Wichita. A couple of accomplices were discovered to have stopped at this place, and the officers after pointing them out to Marshal Young with injunctions for him to keep his eye upon them kept on upon the track of the gang. Last Saturday Mr. Young arrested them upon suspicion of their being the persons who got away with a number of overcoats which mysteriously disappeared at the soldiers' dance. The prisoners were thoroughly searched and a watch and chain was found upon the person of one of them, which was supposed to belong to the Wichita jeweler. They were lodged in jail while a man was dispatched to Wichita for instructions as to their disposition. In the meantime their lodging places (hay-stacks) were searched, as was also every other place upon which the slightest suspicion rested, but without success. The messenger returning from Wichita without the necessary evidence to hold them, they were released from custody, and immediately made themselves scarce. The watch and chain were retained by the Marshal.


MARRIED. Married at the residence of the bride's father in Sheridan township on the 29th [?] of November, 1873, by __ [?] R. Bryan, Esq., Mr. Samuel H. Wells to Miss Mary Pinnix, all of Cowley county.


MARRIED. COVERT - TANSY. Married in the City of Winfield on the 27th day of November, by the Rev. J. E. Platter, Mr. Albert G. Covert to Miss Flora E. Tansy, both of this city.




A new auction store in town--will only remain a few days, and now is the time for everybody to get cheap dry goods. They sell goods fifty percent lower than any wholesale house in Kansas. Everybody should rally to Bing's old stand and see for themselves. Their goods are not old damaged good goods, as you usually find in a traveling store, but are all of the best assortments and latest styles. Now is the time to buy.





The Courthouse is now completed, and the county officers assigned to their respective places. We think that a description of this beautiful structure will not be altogether unintersting, at least, to the tax payers of the county; although we may say right here, that no pen picutre can give more than a crude idea of this splendid building.

The main building is 40 x 50 ft. The foundation is of stone, ruble worked, cut-stone water-table, door, and window sills. The walls are 16 in. thick, and are of the best quality of brick. The first story is 11 ft. high, and the second 15 ft. The roof is what is commonly denominated double gable truss and heavily iron strapped, and bolted, with a tower 22 ft. high, the foundation posts of which are 12 x 12 inch oak timbers extending clear across the entire width of the building, the whole surmounted by a beautiful weather-vane, constructed by Mr. C. R. Sipes of Arkansas City, and we believe, a present to the county. A hall 8 ft. wide runs through the building, from South to North, with heavy double pannel doors at each end. The offices are arranged on each side of the hall, six in number, and are 13 x 15 ft. sq. [??? hard to read...could be 18 x 15 ft. sq. ???] with two large 10 light windows in each room. The Courtroom proper is on the second floor, and is 37 x 38 ft. in the clear. On the north end, and on either side of the stair landing, are two jury rooms each 12 ft. square, which open into the courtroom by folding doors. The inside is painted both inside, and out, with three coats, and has three coats of plaster, the last a plaster paris finish; and is, on the whole, one of the best, prettiest, and most substantial buildings, of the kind--and certainly the best for the money--in the state. Of the contractors,







OFFICE on the Corner of Main Street and Tenth Avenue,

WINFIELD, Cowley County, Kansas.

Below will be found a partial list of lands that we have for sale, and which is changed each week. To parties wishing to examine or purchase lands, we will furnish a conveyance free of charge. All property purchased for parties at a distance, carefully selected and personally examined. In connection with the Real Estate business, we have an Abstract of Title office, showing all transfers by deed or mortgage, liens, judgments, or defects in title to any lands or lots in Cowley County, and therefore guaranty the title to any property purchased through this office.

Collecting rents and paying taxes attended to promptly.

108 Acres, adjoining the City of Winfield, on the E. Price from $55 to $60 per acre.

No. 63. 112 acres, all bottom lands, 5 miles south of Winfield on Walnut River. Good well, pasture fenced of about 50 acres, part timber and part prairie. 50 acres timber. Stock water on place. Price $1,200.

No. 77. 160 acres, No. 1 upland, 2-1/2 miles northwest of Winfield, S E 1/4 Sec. 19 Tp. 32 S of R 4 east. Price $1,000.

No. 82. 80 acres, S 1/2 of N W 1/4 sec. 10 Tp. 33 R 4 all bottom land, about 2 acres of timber. 2-3/4 miles south of Winfield on section line road to Arkansas City. Price $1,000.

No. 56. 140 acres, 5 miles west of Winfield. No. 1 stock farm, about 80 acres bottom, balance good upland. Beaver creek runs through north 80 which is well supplied with springs of clear running water. Hedge rows broken, 125 fruit trees, about 30 acres in cultivation. Price $850.

No. 29. 79 acres bottom land 3/4 of a mile southeast of Winfield. Frame house 13 x 25, 1 story 4 rooms, front room 12 x 12, kitchen 9 x 12 with pantry and closet, all plastered and painted, cellar 13 x 13 feet; good stables and other out buildings; good well, spring on place, 35 acres under cultivation. 20 acres pasture fenced; 30 bearing fruit trees. Price $3,000.

No. 50. 480 acres N E 1/4 S E 1/4 and S W 1/4 sec 31 Tp. 33, R 5 east; 80 acres of breaking, 35 acres timber; Walnut river runs through place; splendid stock farm. Price $4,200.



No. 6. Lots 7 and 8 in block 167; house 18 x 24, 3 rooms plastered, good cellar, well of good water. Price 600 dollars.

No. 82. Business house on Main street in a central location: House 18 x 60 with back room and cellar. Price 1,200 dollars.




W. M. Boyer has a big stock of Christmas toys.

The County officers will move their offices to the Courthouse next Monday.

J. M. Reed will give his first writing lesson at the school house next Monday eve.

We understand the Masons have engaged a hundred fat turkeys for their Christmas dinner.



B. F. Baldwin has returned from his trip to Cherryvale looking "as happy as a big sunflower."

Mr. J. T. Shields of Wooster, Ohio, and of the firm of McMillen & Shields of this place, is here on a visit to his friends.

The Masons have issued three hundred invitations on postal cards for their grand ball on the evening of the 25th inst.

Our patrons will take notice that our day of publication is changed from Thursday to Friday. The change was made on account of the mails.

The Union Sunday School, and Congregational services by Rev. Mr. Parmelee will be held next Sabbath at the Courthouse at the usual hour.

The County Commissioners have accepted the new Courthouse and took it off the contractor's hands, allowing them their last payment, at the recent meeting of the Board.

The man of the corn-knife notoriety, who occupied a lower room in the "little brick" was restored to his home on the Grouse, on Sunday last. Marshal Young was his escort. How are you reformers!

The continuation of the sublime allegory Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress has been postponed on account of the inclemency of the weather, and will be concluded next Tuesday evening at the


Parsons is rejoicing over the first cotton gin and press in the state. Several bales of cotton have been ginned and pressed there. Several farmers in Cowley county have sent their raw cotton over there to be ginned. Mr. Levi Harrison raised eighteen hundred pounds this season, and says it pays better than corn raising.

Our old legal friend, "Judge" M. S. Adams, who removed to Wichita in order to run for Congress, and came down to Winfield to enjoin the building of our Courthouse, we notice by the Wichita Eagle has succeeded in having himself employed on one (1) case out of eighty (80) on the Docket of the Sedgwick County District Court.


We would call the attention of the public to the new ad. of Curns & Manser. These gentlemen have been in business but a short time, but during this time have succeeded in working up the best real estate business ever established in this county. The success that has attended them thus far is but an index to the business that will be done by them in the future. Anybody wishing to dispose of a piece of land quickly will do well to place it in their hands.




The Co. Commissioners at their last meeting accepted the Courthouse. And the contractors, Messrs. Stewart & Simpson, take this method to return thanks to their bondsmen, S. C. Smith, Charley Black, R. B. Saffold, Hiram Silver, S. H. Myton, Rice & Ray, J. J. Ellis, J. D. Cochran, M. L. Read, J. C. Blandin, John Lowry, and C. A. Bliss, for the confidence reposed in them when they were entire strangers, and to say that they are honorably discharged from any further obligation on account of the



The Tableaux. Listing participants mentioned by editor only. Mr. Michener, Mr. Howland, Mr. Mansfield, Mr. Bedilion, Mr. Saffold, and Mr. C. A. Bliss; Misses Parmelee and Leffingwell also mentioned. The spacious new Winfield Courtroom was filled to overflowing with an orderly and appreciative audience, number at least 500 persons to watch John Bunyan's splendid conceptions of "Pilgrim's Progress" for the exhibition given under the auspices of the Baptist church of Winfield.


MARRIED. BRYAN - NICHOLSON. Married at the residence of the bride's father, in Dexter township, on Thursday, November 27, 1873, by Elder Joshua Jones, Mr. James A. Bryan to Miss Sallie E. Nicholsen [? FIRST TIME THEY HAD NICHOLSON ?].




GRAND MASONIC FESTIVAL! To be given for the benefit of Adelphi Lodge, A. F. & A. M. At the Court Room, Winfield, Kanss, Dec. 25th, 1873.


There will be a public installation of officers of the Lodge at the Baptist church at one o'clock P.M. After the Installation there will be a few short addresses by members of the order.

Dinner will take place at the courtroom at five o'clock P.M.

A cordial invitation is extended to the public.


After dinner a grand ball will be given at the court room. Good music will be in attendance. A cordial invitation is extended to the fraternity to be present. Special invitations will be given by the Committee to those not members of the order.

The following is the list of the committees appointed for the occasion.

COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS. A. A. Jackson, T. A. Rice, J. E. Saint, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, J. C. Fuller.


SOLICITING COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, S. H. Myton, I. Bing, A. T. Shenneman, J. A. Simpson, J. Swain, T. A. Blanchard, R. B. Saffold, John Rhodes; Mrs. Flint, Mrs. McMasters, Mrs. A. H. Green, Mrs. Brotherton, Mrs. Tousey, Mrs. Limbocker; Miss Jennie Stewart, Miss Lowry, W. W. Limbocker.

RECEPTION COMMITTEE. Dr. Graham, M. L. Read, A. Howland, P. Hill, J. P. Short, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mrs. P. Hill, Mrs. Robinson, Miss Ella Quarles, J. L. M. Hill.

TABLE COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. E. Saint, J. D. Cochran, J. C. Fuller, John Swain, J. A. Simpson, A. T. Shenneman, A. S. Williams, J. P. Short, Mrs. J. P. Short, Miss Read, Miss Mary Stewart, Mrs. Geo. Oakes, Mrs. J. F. Paul, Mrs. E. Maris, Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mrs. W. M. Boyer, Mrs. L. R. Paul, Mrs. L. J. Webb, Mrs. J. C. Weathers, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Howland, Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. W. G. Graham, Mrs. J. D. Cochran, Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Miss Parmelee, Miss Lizzie Graham, Miss Yount.

VOCAL MUSIC COMMITTEE. Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. Brotherton, John Swain, H. Brotherton, Mrs. Green, Miss Newman, Miss Parmelee, Miss Bryant.

TICKET AGENTS. C. A. Bliss, J. Newman, J. C. Weathers.

COMMITTEE ON INVITATION. L. J. Webb, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. C. Fuller.

FLOOR MANAGERS. A. A. Jackson, L. J. Webb.

Instrumental Music for the Day: J. W. Johnston, J. A. Simpson, J. E. Saint.





Mr. J. M. Reed wishes to inform the citizens of Winfield and the surrounding country that he will commence a writing school at the school house next Monday evening. Mr. Reed is well known to our citizens, both as a writer and a gentleman, and needs no recommendation from us.


T. G. Peyton, Proprietor LAGONDA HOUSE, The only First Class House in the City. Stages arive and depart daily from all points north, east, and west. Corner of Main and Eighth Streets, Winfield, Kansas.


We need say but little: their work speaks for them. The brick bank building of M. L. Read, and now the courthouse, will stand as monuments of the skill, honesty, and integrity of Messrs. Stewart & Simpson, long after they will have passed away. The sub-contractors, Messrs. Rice & Ray, carpenters, also deserve special mention. But our space will not permit us to say further than that they have shown themselves to be master workmen, and have done the county a good, honest job.

We cannot close this imperfect sketch without saying a word for our county Board, Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and John D. Maurer. They early saw that the building of good substantial buildings would be a saving to the county every year. The history of our neighboring county, Howard, is just now a case in point. Election after election has been held, the county seat moved, to use a homely phrase, "from pillar to post." Thousands of dollars annually squandered in vain attempts to settle it. They, in common, with all right thinking men, saw that in a short time the history of Cowley would furnish but a parallel to the history of Howard, and that so long as the county had no buildings of her own, the county seat was simply a bone of contention, to be pulled hither and thither at the whim or caprice of any who might take it into their heads to move it.

The Board of County Commissioners of Cowley county have built a better courthouse, for less money, than can be found in any other county in the state. No stealing, no jobbing, no trickery, of any kind whatever, but honesty, faithfulness, a desire to do the very best for the public have marked the history of the enterprise in an uncommon degree. The Board of County Commissioners deserve the thanks of every taxpayer in Cowley county.



[Beginning with Friday, December 19, 1873.]



J. B. Burkey, one of Arkansas City's soldier boys, was in town last Tuesday.

The Masonic fraternity are preparing to have a grand time on Christmas.

We noticed the good natured face of M. M. Jewett, the most extensive farmer in Cowley county, in town the other day.

Arrangements are being made to have a Christmas tree on Christmas eve. This will bring gladness to the hearts of the little folks.

The splendid stone mill of C. A. Bliss is now in running order, has plenty of water, and grinds day and night. Their flour is said to be the best manufactured in the county.


The members of the "Winfield Dancing club" are particularly requested to attend a meeting of the club at Webb & Bigger's law office on Wednesday eve Dec. 24th at 7 o'clock.


J. B. Sweet, successor to Close & Greer, has removed his furniture and cabinet store to the room formerly occupied by Mr. Isaac Ring, opposite Hitchcock & Boyle's. His many friends will find him there in future ready to sell them anything in his line.


Manning says that since the Telegram charges him with trying to get away with $150,000 of the county bonds, it is also re-ported that he is to pay Allison the one hundred dollars that Maj. Durrow owes him for supporting the bonds, as soon as the bonds are cashed and that consequently Allison's landlord, washerwoman, barber, and other creditors have asked that he retain enough of the one hundred dollars in his hands to satisfy their claims.


In our description of the Courthouse last week, we made a misstatement in regard to the weathervane which embellishes the cupulo of said building. We had understood and so stated that C. R. Sipes, of Arkansas City, made and presented the weather indicator to the county. We have since been informed that the aforementioned article was purchased of Mr. Sipes by T. A. Rice, who made the donation.



MARRIED. NICHOLS - STEVENS. Married at the home of the bride, Nov. 5th, by Rev. F. Calkins, Mr. Enos G. Nichols and Miss Mattie Stevens, both of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.

Wellsboro, (Pa.) Agitater.

The early settlers of Winfield will all recollect "Nick," and his many friends will join with us in wishing the happy couple joy, and a prosperous journey through life, hoping that the only thing they may find to make the way rough will be now and then a little "Nick."


A FRAUD. There is a petition in circulation in town asking the city council to purchase the present cemetery. Spot it! Don't sign it! And those who have signed it should erase their names therefrom. Winfield and vicinity needs a cemetery, but it don't wany any stock or interest in the one under consideration. Graves cannot be dug in it without striking solid rock. The land slopes to the west and south, and bodies buried as they are with their feet to the east have the appearance of laying with their hands down hill. The enterprise was started as a private speculation, and failing in this, they seek to have the public take it off their hands. It is to be hoped that the Council will not heed their petition.


A CARD. Allow me to extend the cordial thanks of the Baptist church to all the friends who have so kindly assisted us in the representation, just given, of Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, hoping, at the same time, that each participant has been amply repaid by good derived from the exercises themselves. As Pastor of the church, I would assure them also that their earnest sympathy and co-operation will ever be remembered with grateful

pleasure. N. L. RIGBY.


A. A. Jackson and Geo. Miller have formed a co-partnership to engage in the restaurant business. A. A. Jackson has, for the past two years, been the County Clerk of this county, is a kind, sociable gentleman, and with Geo. Miller for an associate, will make the restaurant business--what it has failed to be so far in Winfield--a success. Everybody in need of a good square meal, or fresh oysters any way they wish them served, should call on

Jackson & Miller.



The representation of the Pilgrim's Progress was concluded last Tuesday evening and the size of the audience warrants the belief that the first night had been fully appreciated. We have neither time or space to notice each participant separately as we would much like to do. Mrs. Dr. Andrews, as Christiana, entered into the spirit of her part in a manner entirely creditable, and Mrs. James F. Paul, as a Pillar of Salt, was indeed beautiful and fully sustained her reputation of the evening before. The music, if possible, excelled that of the previous evening. Rev. N. L. Rigby, the projector, brains, and manager of the entertainment, assisted by Mrs. Jennie Tousey, worked with an energy truly refreshing. It is no small matter to manage one hundred and fifteen persons, big and little, and raw material at that. Mr. Rigby and Mrs. Tousey are certainly entitled to the thanks of every lover of the beautiful and good for giving them so excellent a representation of the production of John Bunyan's fertile brain while in jail at Bedford. Everyone connected with it did nobly, and gave the good people of Winfield such an entertainment as they have never seen before. May we soon have another.


The following ladies and gentlemen were appointed as committees to make preparation for the Oyster supper to be given by the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian church on New Year's eve.

COMMITTEE ON MUSIC. Mrs. Roberts, Miss Leffingwell, Mr. John Swain.

COMMITTEE ON OYSTERS, ETC. Mr. F. Williams, Dr. Egbert.

COMMITTEE ON TABLES, STOVE, AND LIGHTS. Mr. O. F. Boyle, H. Silver, Mr. Saint, Mr. Badlwin.

COMMITTEE ON COOKING OYSTERS. Mrs. Dr. Black, Mr. S. Darrah, Mrs. Curns.

COMMITTEE ON COFFEE. Mrs. Hane, Mrs. McMillen, Mrs. F. Williams.

COMMITTEE ON DISHES, ETC. Mrs. Houston, Mrs. Darrah, Mr. Marris, W. Doty.

COMMITTEE ON TICKETS. Dr. Black, Mr. J. F. Paul.




Mr. C. A. Bliss desires to inform the farmers of Southwestern Kansas that his mill southwest of Winfield is now in running order and he is prepared to accommodate all who will give him a call. His flour has been pronounced by good judges to be



To who what a good flouring mill does for a place, we notice that teams from near Wichita come to the mill of C. A. Bliss to get their grinding done.





The grave yard petition is a corpse.

Bliss has four run of stone in operation steady. That must be bliss for somebody.

Concannon has his new photograph rooms fixed up in good style and is now ready for business.

We lodged two tramps from Arkansas City in this office last night, and now we are afraid to use that bed.



DIED. Dec. 23, 1873, at the residence of Mr. H. B. Lacy, James Bishop, aged 15 years. Funeral services conducted by Rev. N. L. Rigby.


Mr. James Land, living near town, has a sow that is a success as a producer. During eleven months and seven days just past she gave birth to forty pigs in three litters. If any other hog can beat this, "shell 'em out."


Mrs. Nancy Valkus, the much respected mother of the COURIER's imp, better known to the craft as the "devil," pre-sented the office with a splendid hickory nut cake, which was undoubtedly the best cake of the kind ever demolished in this office. Thanks.


We are under many obligations to Mr. J. F. Newland for a splendid cake to us this morning. Mr. Newland has plenty of such to sell at his bakery as well as anything else a person may wish to eat. For particulars see his new advertisement in another column.




That school land sale that operated so seriously on the spleen of Mr. Nixon as to cause him to give Mr. Wilkinson a punch when he thought Hopkins had him down, is so throughly explained by the State Superintendent and Attorney General, that we hope Nixon will take the dose quietly, go to bed and sweat it off.

RECAP: Wilkinson obtained affidavit from David M. Hopkins, stating: "David M. Hopkins, being first duly sworn, deposes and says, that he is a resident of Vernon township, in said county of Cowley and state of Kansas. That he is acquainted with the northeast quarter of section sixteen in township thirty-two south of range three the best of his knowledge and belief said quarter section belonged to the state of Kansas as school land prior to May 13, 1873, and that on the said day, one Charles Tilton made an application before the Probate Judge of said county to enter the same and did enter the said land upon complying with the Statute made and provided for the entry of school land, and that said entry, he believes, was fraudulent and void." H. D. McCARTY, STATE SUPERINTENDENT, responded to Wilkinson, who sent him Hopkins' affidavit: "I have submitted the affidavit to the Attorney General. He says the affidavit amounts to nothing--no decision can be given--the question is open to the courts."



The agony of the individual who has become worried about the money raised two years ago for a school bell will now be over, since its deep tones are heard from the belfry of the Courthouse, where it will remain until a suitable place is prepared on the school house. For further particulars, inquire of the school directors. MRS. MANSFIELD.


The following granges were organized recently in our county. (We would be pleased to receive, for publication, anything that our farmer friends wish to have published in connection with the movement in the county.)

Floral Grange, Dec, 8, 1873, 28 members. James Vandersdol, Master, Dr. Phelps, Sec.

Richland Grange, Dec. 19. 26 members. S. W. Phoenix, Master.

New Salem Grange, Dec. 9. 16 members. J. J. Johnson, Master.


Last Tuesday evening a party of the very elite of the city met at the residence of Squire Millington to the number of about fifteen couples and until sometime after midnight made the Squire's splendid double parlor floor ring with the heel and toe. A splendid impromptu supper was served at 12 o'clock to which the guests did ample justice, especially those hungry spongers Allison, of the Telegram, and the Editor of the celebrated COURIER. No better place than Squire Millington's can be found to chase a few hours with flying feet. As hostess Mrs. Millington and her four charming daughters cannot be surpassed. Everyone who had the good fortune to be present came away highly pleased with the evening's past time.


The Christmas tree at the school house Christmas eve was a very fine affair, and the distribution of presents afforded the adults as well as the children considerable merriment. John Swain, as Santa Claus, assisted by Messrs. Fairbank and Michener and numerous ladies handled gifts inspirringly. Several songs were sung and pieces spoken by the little people, among them one by Master Harold H. Mansfield entitled "Annie and Willie's Prayer." This beautiful poem was well rendered by Harrold. Several persons, especially "men about town," received snapping turtles, jumping jack, and other highly useful toys. The editor of this paper was presented with a fine plug hat, he fondly thinks, for his good looks, also a splendid cake with the compliments of the donors.


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