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Seward County Courant from Springfield, Kansas • 5

Springfield, Kansas
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I P. Larabbb, THE COURANT, M'HISUt'l ltt ADVA T.Hi KS. Springfield to-day presents greater op SUBSCRIPTION RATES, t.50 PC VEAR. portunities to the honest, energetic poor man for securing a home than any other rMUACTvaea or city in this great and glorious State, It has recently lecn proclaimed the permanent county-seat of Seward county, is only a little over a year old. and has a get-up-nnd-getative jiopulation of fully Mii Stone five hundred souls, culled from some of 'HK fKlMK ATIOS.

Active preparations which have been carried on the past few weeks for the celebration of the one huudretli and eleventh anuivernnry of our national birthday, and the entertainment of those who were to celebrate at the county-seat, were continued until the morning of the Fourth. It was desired that nothing should be left undone which would add to the complete success of the undertaking, and the hard and earnest work of a portion of the committees was evidenced by the comfort and seeming enjoyment of those present. The day was ushered in by the firing ofguus, pop of fire-crnckers and other patriotic demonstrations. At the proper hour the procession was formed at the school-house, headed bv the Springfield telope and buffalo. A few were out yotidrr Vou can still perceive their trails leadtug to the waters of the Cimarron river, and even ere their track are effaced ty lime and the elements, while Indeed Ihey as alruu.t ftenn, we Cud here a prosperous city.

The transformation is Indeed wonderful. The howl of the coyote auil the bellow of the buflalo have given plnrc to the sound of the hammer am) the anvil; the desert has come to blossom like rne rose, happy home and welt tilled farms now 611 the place of dreary waste, and soon the shrill whistle of the locomotive will echo o'er these grassy slope, boon the iron track will connect us with tha trade centre of the east great artery of commerce will be constructed through tbisbeautifietd land and trains bearing to us the merchandise of the east, and from the products of the soil will rush with lightning speed to the Atlantic and Pacific coast. But I digress. I. fully iutended to talk only of the past, but 1 am so filled with wonder at this man-clous transformation that I find myself speaking of the present aad the future.

Think you that those heroic suuls who dared assert and nmlutaiu their rights, and whs shed their blood for the liberty of their could look through the dim mist of time and realize the future greatness of the land they freed from the tyrant' yoke. Probably not fully. Yet I think that It radiant splendor cast back through the darkness of that period that tried men' souls a few ray of prophetic light, for well and truly did the mighty 'patriot, Adam, characterize the Declaration of Independence the best families ot the older States, and the population is increasing with mnr-velous rapidity so rapidly in fact that by July 8th, 1888. we predict the city will contain 2,500 inhabitants. Situated, as our beautiful young city Flues and "Foundations put up on short notice.

Our exchanges in almost every county throughout western Kansas announce that home-seekers can yet procure government land in their several counties. This is not the situation in Scwur county. There is but little, if any. vacunt land in this county. There is not a sec-tion in the county but has from two to tour actual settlers upon it, and a very large majority of them are making homes where they can live in peace and contentment for all time to come.

Seward county is thickly settled by a live and energetic class of citizens, who are enjoying prosperity in a manner that is unmistakable. There is yet plenty of cheap lands in this county, a number who will sell their relinquishments for a mere trifle, but Seward county real estate is too valuable to yet be in the hands of the government. Generally, and in almost every instance, the quarter section that is yet open for settlement is inferior to the average wes-tern Kansas lands. However, the rare opportunities for investments in this section of the State were never better, and a man with but a smull amount of money, say from one to five hundred dollars, can easily become the possessor of a valuable quarter section of land that is equal, so lar as agricultural pursuits are concerned, to any in the Union. If there was is, right in the very midst of one of ALSO DKALtB It Local Happenings.

Doc.Wortham went up to Garden City on Monday. Ralstin Ward have the best five cent cigar in the city. For a dish of delicious ice cream call at 'Ralstin Ward's bakery. For lime, hair or cement call on II. P.

Larabce. Bottom prices. Corn in this county, this fall, will have to be gathered by a step-ladder. Harry Nelson took the stage on Monday for the dusty city, on business. W.

S. Gihson, the barber, won the 400-yards foot race on the Fourth. No accident, so far as we have been able to learn, occurred here on the Fourth. The buggy-box hurdy-gurdy whirl'em-a-gig did a rushing business on Monday last. W.J.Tipton and J.J.

Wilier returned from a business trip to Garden City on cornet band, followed by the Goddess of Lime.Hair,Stuccc and Cement. the finest agricultural regions of the universe, with a soil the like of which was never seen, she commands the admiration of her people and of those whom accident or chance have induced to visit this Eden of the prairies. On a direct line of the great trans-continental railway, (the Santa Fe), now being built and already having entered the county Liberty, school children and citizens. The march was continued around the square, and at about ten o'clock the crowd began to' gather at the pavillion erected for the occasion in the center of the square. The exercises were opened with prayer by Rev.

Bradley and a song by the choir; after which Charles North read the Declaration of Independence. on the east, and also directly on the line a the most memorable epoch In the'hUtory of of the projected and much-talked-of north Estimates on work carefully furnished. Call and see me. Washington street, north of public Square. America.

"I am apt to believe," said he, "that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations a the great aniversary festival. It ought to be commcmoruted as the day of deliverance by solemn act of devotion to Almighty God it ought to solemnized with pomp and parade; After another song and music by the Wednesday evening. and south railroad, running from Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, the bonds for which already having been voted in several of the northern counties of the State she possesses advantages and prospects that but few cities of the State or Nation are permitted to enjoy. She band, W. J.

Tipton introduced Hon. F. R. Gammon, orator of the day, who The dance in the Allen building on the with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and Illuminations from one end of this continent night of the 4th was a pleasant affair SPRINGFIELD, KANSAS. greatly enthused his hearers.

His add ess to the other, from this time forth forevermore, and was well patronized. was delivered in an impressive manner, and to say it was received with general is blessed with an exceptionally enter Mrs. G. W. Winn is confined to her bed with malaria fever, but it is to be hoped GEO- JAMES, CONTRACTOR BUILDER, The result has equalled the great patriot's wishes.

Tradition give a dramatic effect to its announcement. It was known throughout the city that the great event was to be detirmiued that day by the last formal acts, but the closed doors of congress excluded the populace from satisfaction is putting it mild. Mr. Gammon was not intending, nor did he pre prising, thrifty, liberal and progressive set of people. Though as yet without that she will soon recover.

railroad facilities, nevertheless scores of Fresh bread every day and the best hot buildings are being erected every day, KAN. SPRINGFIELD, witnessing the august assembly or it proceedings, though thousands of anxious citizens had the material' for which our contractors or cold lunch in western Kansas at Ralstin Ward's City Bakery. Nelson Davenport, of Garden City, as- ever an opportunity for the poor man to get a start in life without the hardships generally experienced in the settlement of a new country, that opportunity is offered in Seward county to-day. At a meeting of the members of the M. E.

church, of this pity, last Sunday, the following were elected as a board of directors John W. Wemple, John R. F. Miles, J. W.

Ewin, Mrs. Sarah Waggoner, Geo. W. Lemon, M. L.

Turner, W. J. Tipton, M. L. Trout and Rev.

J. B. Bradley. At a meeting of the directors yesterday it was decided to erect a church building. The charter for the organization ot the church will be forwarded to the secretary of state to-day, and every arrangement is rapidly being made for the early completion of the building.

Up to the time of going to press, six of our and builders are compelled to haul over gathered round the building eager to hear the words of national destiny soon to be officially proclaimed. From the hour when congress came together in the forenoon, all business is suspended throughout the city and the old bell sumes charge of the Santa Fe Champion Plans Specifications Drawn. land from Garden or Cimarron about fifty miles distant and these buildings go up, too, with the velocity that a professional circus outfit put up their tents while Brother Gore is in the east. man steadily remains at his post in the steeple, prepared to sound fourth to the waiting multi pare to deliver the oration of the day, but was only intending to make a few remarks, fully anticipating that other distinguished gentlemen would be present. Immediately after the close of Mr.

Gammon's address, the immense gathering of citizens were invited to the Allen building, on the east side of the square, where a dinner, consisting of all the good things to eat, had been prepared by the ladies of this city. The supply was sufficient to gratify the hunger of the large number present. The program of the day was closed with horse racing, foot races, a grand L. P. Larabee has just received a car load of lime, hair and cement, which he All work left to my charge will receive prompt Attention.

and properly arrange the paraphernalia tudes the expected glad tidings. He ha even stationed a boy at the door of the ball below to of "the greatest show on earth." Our will sell at the lowest cash prices. citizens have confidence in themselves and gine immediate signal of the turn of events. This bell, manufactured in England, bore upon its ample curve the now prophetic inscription in the future of our citj', and therefore A Fargo woman recently woke her "husband with "I do wish you would stop should and do bend every energy, strain Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, unto J. W.

Ewin, Contractor snoring, I want to hear it thunder." all the inhabitants thereof." Hourspass on and fear beginB to take the place of hope in many a W.J. Tipton has commenced the erec leading citizens had subscribed $475, and the pastor, Rev. Bradley, feels confident heart. Even the venerable and always cheerful bell man is overheard in hia despondent solilo ball at night and numerous other amuse every nerve, and use every honorable endeavor to place heron the topmost round of the ladder of first-class cities of the State. Little petty jealousies, unbecoming men, because any one side of the city is apparently advancing a little more rapidly than the other, and little snivel quy, "they will never do it they will never do that a sufficient amount can be raised to erect a building 30x50, and probably 40 x60, and 16 or 20 feet hirjh, which will ments.

it Finally, at about two o'clock in the after Barring a little over-zealousness on the AND BUILDER, part of one or two of those in charge, cost in the neighborhood of $2,500. Lynn Daugherty's two-story bust the celebration was indeed a success, and one long to be remembered by those in ling schemes of a few to hamper and thwart the plans and designs of those noon the door of the mysterious hall swings open, and a voice exclaims, "Passed It has passed The word is caught up by ten thousand glad mouths, and the watch boy now claps his hands and shouts, "Ring Ring Seizing the iron tongue of the bell in which he has long felt such a professional pride, the electrified old patriot rings forth such a joyous peal as was SPRINGFIELD, KANSAS. who have the very best interests of the ness house, when completed, will be one of the largest and most substantial in the city. Mr. Lynn returned to Wabash, attendance.

The following is mr. gammon's address: Ladies and Fellow-Citizens Your commute has invited me to address you to-day and city in view, should be thrown aside and be forever buried in oblivion, and all pull Indiana, Tuesday, where he will proba never heard before, nor ceaseth to hurl it back bly remain until early in September, together for the rapid advancement of ward and forward till every voice joins in its I do so fully realizing that you will be disap notes of gladness and triumph. The roar of Springfield, Seward county and the State. pointed in not being addressed by the distin- cannon and illuminations from every house and when he will again visit booming Springfield. He is largely interested in this city and will, no doubt, boom her among his In a word, we must get down to busi guished gentlemen who were expected here, but hill top, adds to these demonstrations of universal rejoicing and this was the type of that ex ness, put our shoulders to the wheel of who were unavoidably detained at their homes.

friends in the hoosier State. Mr. Daugh- the go-cart of prosperity that is not only However, if you will give me your attention for CITY BAKERY! AND RESTAURANT, RALSTIN WARD, Proprietors. Fresh Cakes Pies constantly on hand. West side of Square, SPRINGFIELD, KAS.

ultation which everywhere 'manifested itself, as the news spread with lightning rapidity from a few moments I promise you my address shall erty will remain in this city and superin- upon us but awaits our coming and push be brief. tend the buildings to be erected by these it along with all our might and main, and rush ahead with our thousand and one improvements, and our snccess is more gentlemen during the present season. city- to city and from state to state. Every American patriot regarded the declaration by Congress as the noble performance of an act which had become inevitable, and the paper Another year has passed away and again the American people are congregated to celebrate the anniversary of the birth-day of our great Work on Gammon Lemon's $10,000 republic. We, of Springfield, do not alone cele itself as the complete vindication of America than doubly assured.

The boom is on us and we must let 'er boom. brate this national anniversary for the dawn of hotel is being pushed rapidly along. The frame work is all up and the building will be inclosed and ready for the plasterers before the bar of public opinion throughout the world. When it was read by the magistrates and other functionaries, in the cities and towns this beautiful morning was ushered in by the roar of cannon and the ringing of bells throughout this broad land. Our familiarity with this anniversary has, I fear us of a portion of of the whole nation, it was greeted with shouts, bonfires and processions.

It was read to the troops drawn up under arms, and to the congre that reverence with which we ought to regard it, OVR RAILROAD PROSPECTS. We are informed, on good authority, that the Santa Fe railroad company have now on the ground, at West Plains, fifteen miles east of here, a large number gations in churches by ministers from the pul and the younger portion of this and every other community should be educated to reverence the pit. Washington himself hailed the declara tion of a convenient and handsome residence in the southwest part of the city. Miss RosaWemple has been confined to her' room for the past three or four days with bilious fever, but is slowly convalescing. Ed.

A. Watson returned from Forest county, Pennsylvania, Tuesday evening, after a three weeks' visit with relatives and friends. W. J. Tipton and Samuel Lemon have commenced work on a two-story business house, 48x50, just north of Gammon Lemon's hotel building.

Dr. Hutchison has let the contract for a two-story business house in the Santa Fe addition, 25x60, which he will occupy as soon as completed with a large and complete stock of dry goods, clothing, In the free-for-all horse race on. the fourth of July, only two entries were made, Ralstin Moore's bay horse Tom and a brown maie from Fargo. The former won first money by more than half a length. F.

R. Gammon returned to Culhsoa, Kansas, Wednesday. He will again visit this city in about ten days, accompanied by a syndicate of Kentuucky capitalists, whom he expects to interest largely in Springfield property. In the pony race on Monday, in which were three entries, Ralstin Moore's dun ponies "Mary" and 0. won first and second money.

Their competitor was a green pony taken out of a herd that was grazing near the track. The board of county commissioners, which were in session Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, adjourned to meet in special session July 30th, at which time the organization of Springfield as a city of the third-class will be acted upon. Mr. N. Powell, formerly editor of the Fredonia (Kas.) Democrat, was in the city last Friday, and paid the Courant office a pleasant call.

He says he has rented his office and is going west to by the close ot the present month. The great drawback to the present boom is the scarcity of mechanics. At least fifty good carpenters could find steady employment in this city at the present time. Quite a number of projected buildings are waiting mechanics to commence the work. memory of those brave patriots of the time that tr 4 tion with joy.

Such was the manner of our nation's birth, and I believe that on this, the anni tried men's souls the men to whom we owe CO CD td tr our liberty and this beautiful country. of men, grading tools and graders, hav versary' of that great day, every man, every wo Friends, to-day, more than sixty millions of people with us are celebrating the birth-day of man and every child throughout the length and breadth of this broad land should shout with 1 1 grateful tones and londest voice, "Praise God Edward Hosfner and Joseph A Wemple, 2 3 8 (ft Sf a 1 3 on Tuesday morning, jointly commenced the erection on the lots east of the post-office of a two-story, 48x60, business block. It will be pushed to completion ing concentrated its forces south of the Canadian river with those on the main line that is to come through Springfield, and will begin work on both sides of the former city immediately and push the road rapidly toward our city and the great west. Ere the waning of many moons our citizens can rest assured that they will hear the whistle of the locomotive on the great Santa Fe route. er a a.

5 as rapidly as thematerial, carpenters and other necessary mechanics can be pro bur glorious republic, and sixty millions of people should turn with reverence and grateful hearts to, the Great Creator because he has given us this beautiful land in which we live, and made it free. This is a day that should be sacred. Congress has made the 30th day of May a national holiday a day set apart and consecrated to the memory of our heroic dead. Processions of their surviving comrades march to the funeral notes of dirge-like music to decorate with garlands, and our country's flag, the resting places of our noble slain. Why should we not keep equally as sacred the memory of those few brave men who flung the gauntlet of defiance into the face of the proudest and most powerful nation on earth and declared with empha cured to do it.

When built it will add much to the appearance of the north side 5 Twelve miles a little south of east of 1 a of the square. 2 H. D. Merritt yesterday received the from whom all blessings flow." Glorious Architect eternal, Source of life and light and love, Hear us from our house supernal In the realms of bliss above, To celebrate our Nations birthday, Humbly we assemble here, Now, to bless our glorious country, Heavenly Father, be Thou near. May the beauty of our banner ever shine, With radiant light, And Thy blessings, we implore Thee Shower on our glorious State.

May the mighty bird of freedom FilJ the air with joyous cry, Strikihg terror to our foemen, As he soars through azure sky. When our pilgrimage is ended, And the fiat has gone forth That our bodies must be mingled With the dust of mother earth Then, great Architect eternal, Source of life and light and love, Save our country, we implore, And protect it from above. appointment, from Judge A. J. Abbott, of county attorney for this county to sis that they would forever cast off the yoke of ST 2 fill the vacancy caused by the removal from the county and resignation of Mr.

Traxler. This appointment is until the PS Springfield, a large force of graders are at work on the Rock Island, we are told by Capt. L. Aker, through whose farm the road passes, and is to be pushed to an early completion. This line runs across the southern part of the county and cars will be running on this road in a couple of months, and in all probability much sooner than on the Santa Fe.

Even the completion of this road through the county will be of incalculable benefit to Springfield, as it will save about thirty-eight miles of overland freigting, thus enabling our thrifty citizens to get lumber, coal and merchandise at something like reasonable figures. general election this fall, when the qualified electors will again be called upon to name the man of their choice for this im I 0. 4 ft 3 portant office. fx CO CO The Coolidge Citizen has change hands, a Knight Borders having sold the mate look up the country and for the benefit of rial and good will of the paper to W. A.

Merrill, a newspaper man of many years' F.J. FULTON, ATTORNEY AT LAW, SPRINGFIELD, KANSAS. bis health. The latest exchange is the Seward County Courant, published at Spring- "field. Seward countv.

Kansas. Th eAl. experience. The Citizen, always a good paper, has been improved under the new management, and now promises to be one of leading papers of western Kansas. Tenderfoot: "I'm new at the game, you know.

Can I open the jack-pot on O.K.' BARBER SHOP, W. S. GIBSON, Proprietor. For a neat, clean shave or hair-cut, call at the Barber Shop. Southwest corner square, Fulton block, the right bower and a lady card No land under the sun presents to the honest, thrifty poor man as many opportunities for securing a home of his own as does Kansas.

Here opportunities unlimited are offered to ey.ery young man to secure a part of this goodly heritage. And what better locality could he find for this purpose than our own young and beautiful city of Springfield and peerless agricultural county of the universe? Young married people and we have Springfield Hugh: "It has been done, CO 1 1 5Zt Tf the oppressor or sacrifice their lives on the altar of their country. The words "Give usliberty or give us death," old, stale and hackneyed though they may be, fully expressed the sentiment that pervaded their patriotic hearts. God be praised that they possessed the courage to perform the act that has made you and I free and given to us this glorious land. It is all ours.

No tyrant or despot governs or rules over us. From Lexington and Bunker Hill to Yorktown and the surrender of Cornwallis to Washington, our brave ancestors poorly armed, poorly clad, poorly fed and poorly disciplined fought against a well armed, well disciplined and outnumbering foe. And not only did they fight, but they conquered, and we now behold the result. Ours is the greatest nation, ours the grandest republic on the earth. Here the down-trodden and oppressed from every country find an asylum and a haven of rest.

Here the world's poor have found prosperous and happy homes on the fertile prairies of the west. Here they till the soil and the mother earth returns with interest very good thing committed to her charge, spreading their pathways with flowers, their tables with plenty and their barns with golden grain, The century just passed has witnessed a progress and growth that are unequalled and unparaljed in the history of the world a progress almost uninterrupted. "Almost 1" I say. Would to God that word "almost" were unnecessary. Many a home would be less sad and desolate for the chairs made vacant by the fratricidal struggle of twenty years ago have not yet been filled; the wounded hearts are not yet healed, nor will they be until this generation shall pass to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns.

But the civil war, its hatreds and its enmities, have passed away. To-day the North and South are celebrating the same anniversary and to-day, were a foreign foe to invade our land, swords that twenty years ago clashed one against the other in deadly conflict, would leap from their scabbards in common cause, and strong arms that twenty years ago were clad, some in blue and some in grey, would wield them in defence of our country's honor the blue and the grey, side by side and shoulder to shoulder, as did those a century ago, would hurl from our shores the invading foe. We are in an era of prosperity which is indeed wonderful. A few years ago and the spot where we now was the grazing ground of the an KANSAS. SPRINGFIELD, my friend but you want to be sitting right on the edge of an open grave, and have back slant besides, when you undertake to try it." tor and proprietor is our old friend, R.

E. Hicks, whose fame as a newspaper man is becoming widespread. We will place the Courant on our exchange list. Dodge City Democrat. It is to the interest of every property holder to work for the town, to encourage improvements in every locality, whether it be east, west, north or south.

The Ccue ant will encourage the upbuilding of any and every part of the city. "Were we the owner of property on the square, we would work for the upbuilding of the square, but would not feel that we were true to the best interests of the thousands of them in Kansas should An Ohio capitalist and banker, whose DR. J. W. HEMPSTID, Physician and Surgeon, Office in Fulton block, SPRINGFIELD, KANSAS name we failed to learn, has purchased start out in life with the fixed determination of putting a roof over their heads.

lots in the Santa Fe addition, just north of the buildings now in course of erection In these days of loan and building associations it is not a hard thing to do, you uy $0 HI pa Jno. r. F. Miles. Davio H.

Hapais by Tipton Lemon, and will commence at once the erection of a two-story business houee, 24x50. will find that your interest and taxes will be much less than the rent you will MILES HARRIS, Mrs. Elma Rager, our mother-in-law, ATTYS AT LAW be required to pay. It is difficult to define the feeling one experiences in a ho'ne of his own. It will make yon feel that of Wichita, Kansas, and Mrs." Maud A 1 mviim iu Bit MIC vJiatc III 19 Henry, also of Wichita, and Mrs.

Cot McDougald, of Wilmington, Delaware. and Washington. Collections a Ppecialty. you are Somebody, that you have something to live and to work for. out shade trees, plant rose bushes, make SPRINGFIELD, KANSAS.

aged building other portions of the city. We all enjoy the same privileges in this respect at least. If any one desires to build and enhance the value of property in other localities, he has the same rights. Build and enhance the value of the property you are most interested in. This is the rivalry that is to be desired.

Any other method is detrimental and should be discouraged. Build up your part of the town and allow no man to build more or better houses than you do. Dr. L. B.

OSTRANDER, flower beds. Then when the toils of the day are over, and the shades of night 2 a sisters of our worser half, are visiting in this city, guests of The Courant family. If you want anything in the way of a livery rig, call on Boyle Shelman. Horses boarded by the day or week. Ice cream every day and evening at Ralstin Ward's City Bakery.

Has permanently lqcated in Springfield. are gathering, take vour wife, the woman that is better than all others, to view your beautiful home, and she will be your loving queen. Chronic Cases a Specialty.

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