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OXFORD VEEKIY, K.F.WIDXEU, PUBLISH KH. columu, one year, 6ft 00 -one year, 90 00 one vear, -15 00 c'ard, 1 inch one year. TO 00 A paper for the People devotetl to the Interests of Oxford, its its surrounding nud Sumner country also, its Publisher. lejjiil advertisements at legal rates, Displayed locals, 10 cents per line for first insertion, and 0 cents per line for each suWijueut insertion. Local notices, plain type, 5 cents per line for each insertion.

nnd literary notices will be inserted gratis." i All bills will be collected monthly. TEKMS OF SUBSCRIPTION, One Copy, one year, six 11 three months, Single Oopy, $1 50 75 40 5 NUMBER 4. OXFORD, KANSAS, JANUARY 6, 1881. VOL. 1.

History of Oxford. GENERAL- NEWS. OFFICIAL DIRECTORY. London, January 3. A scheme to blow up the iron clad, Lord Wordeh, of the Firth of Forth, is supposed to have existed for the past week.

A torpedo has been found beneath the vessel. A large torpedo net has consequently been buoj'ed around the ship to keep boats or torpedoes off, and other precautions have- been ta- GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. President llutherford B. TIayes. Vice Wm.

A. Wheeler. Chief Justice M. R. Waite.

Secretary of State W. M. Evarts. Sec'y of the Treasury John Sherman. Sec'y of War- G.

W. McCrary. Sec'y ot the It. M. Thompson.

Sec'y of the Sehurz. Attorney General Charles Deveus. Postmaster General David M. Key, Speaker of the S. J.

Randall. STAl-A)KFICKItS: Mr. Lincoln on the Study of Law. Tn the heat of the presidential election canvass of -1860, 3Ir. Lincoln wrote the following letter to 31r.

J. 31. Broekman, now of Humboldt, Springfield, Sept. 25, 'CO. J.

31. BnociuiAN, Dear Sir Yours of the 24, asking "the best mode of obtaining a thorough knowledge of the law," is received. The modo is very simple, though laborious and tedious. It is only to get the books and read and study them carefully. Begin with Blackstone's "Comentarics," and after reading it carefully through, say, twice, take up Chitty's "Pleadings," Greetileaf's "Evidence," arid Story's "Equity," in succession.

Work, work, work is the main thing. Yours very truly, A. Lincoln. location. Tho caso was taken under advisement.

Col. Israel Vodges, First Artillery, has been retired at his own request, having served over forty consecutive years as a commissioned officer. Washington, January 3. Total public debt, debt, less cash in the decrease, since June 30, 1880, 990,559. St.

Petersburg, January 3. The German colonists on the Volga, usually the most thriving agriculturists in Russia, are represented in a half starving condition. In one settlement of sevon thousand people there are only about six families whose members are not obliged to ask for aim. ADVERTISING. Governor John P.

St John. Lieutenant U. Humphrey. (Secretary of State- James Smith. State Treasurer.

John Frauds. Attorney General. Willard Davis. State Auditor Bonehrake. Snpt.

Pub. Instruction A. IJ. Leimnou. 4 ed ihe organization and installed thd officers.

Oxford hat always taken the lead in educational matters this county. It was the first organized district and has ever since sustained a good school for nine months in the year. In the winter of '73-74 a largo two-story stone building was built which reflects credit upon our people and has been the admiration of all visitors. We have before mentioned the fact that on tho Arkansas river at this point we have an excellent water power, unsurpassed by any other in the southwest. With the expenditure of capital tho power could be utilized so that it would drive a largo number of mill stones and thousands of spindles.

There is nothing in which our citizens should take a greater interest than the improvement of this power. There are parties in the east at present contemplating coming hero for the purpose of erecting mills, but if they como there is room for more. We are informed by a surveyor who has examined the river, that there is a fall of about eight feet from the bend north "of the bridge to the railroad bridge With the volume of water which can be controlled there can be sufficient power obtained to run three or four mills, and all would find business that would prove lucrative. COUNTY OFFICEKS A. B.

Mayhcw. District W. P. Campbell. Probate Judge- E.

Evans. County Chas. Willsie. Supt. Pub.

Instruction J. I. Deck. M. li.

Keagy Register of T. Hickman. Sheriff. J.M.Thralls. Clerk of District Court C.

V. Morse. County Clerk wSta Douglass. Surveyor. S.

T. Wood. Oklahoma is Really Like. Wichita Eagle. We give place to a lengthy com munication on the Oklahoma ques-.

Coroner jonn u. tones. ken. i tie Jjoro. warden is an armor plated steamship of 7,800 tors, and carries 18 guns.

She is on the coast guard service. London, January 3.: The Times, commenting on the increase of population in the United States, as shown by the recent census, says: These eleven and a half millions of people are a poor, indigent and untaught mass, such as would be produced in any European Stato by so great and rapid an accession to their population they arc well fed and clothed, we.ll to do, and as a rule are well ed ucated. There is room and to spare for them all, and for as many more during the next ten years. Wo can not but look with some envy on a nation whose easy lot is to gather up the good things which fortune casts to the United States. The Washington correspondent of the Xew Orleans Times, who is usually well informed about Southern political intrigues, telegraphs that Senator Muhonc is preparing to organize a party the South which shall be independent during the next J.

T. Jewett. Samuel Bain. H. T.

Simmons CITY OFFICERS Mayor. 'Police Judge City Attorney Treasurer II. Barrett. W. Cole.

J.L.Abbott. A. Gridley. Geo. T.

Walton. A. Hlake. Clerk Marshal U. F.

Smith. A. Uarnard. J.T.Coldwell. I).

L. Stump. W. II. Smith.

Coiincilmen tion this week from the pen of a gentleman who has lived in the Territory among the Indians in an official capacity. He treats the question at some length from a legal stand point. But the question reaches back of all mere treaties and enactments. The settlement of the Territory means the extinction of the Indian race. That is a point that needs no argument.

The Indian is not civilized, and all experience has shown that tho enforcement of civilization simply means his destruction his extinction. Secretary Schurz's "lands in severalty" scheme means also the pauperism first, followed speedily by extinction. If extinction is the game then the most, humane, as the most The "Oak Hall" Man of Boston and His Bold Methods, Boston Commonwealtlu Speaking of newspapers leads me to say that tho extended advertisement, as we know it, originated with George W. Simmons, after he started his dc Hall," and it is now fully forty years since it appeared. That enterprising and "original" merchant wrote a lengthy story of his establishment's wares and sent it to the Post, with directions that it should make a column in length.

The announcement was a revelation in the counting-room. Xo such enormous advertisement was ever heard ot in that office. Mr. Deals wiped his spectacles and looked at the order a second time. He sent Mr.

Slack, the quarter of a century collector of that ofiice, down to Ann street to see if a mistake had not been maiJe. Xo," said Mr. Simmons ''that is what I want a column of space. Put it in AVhile the growth of. Oxford has township officers: Trustee Chas.

G. Tiltoni B. V. Smith. Clerk S.

Miller. not been so rapid asthat of somo of Joseph Sleigh. T. K. Reed.

Justices of the Peace T. W. Cole. Ed. Sleigh.

Constables four years, but support Garfield's ad In tho fall of 1870 the first white settlers came to tho present location of Oxford and "pitched their tents." Among the earliest settlers were John Burnett and family, Wm, Burnett, John Horton, Lafe, John and Perry Binkley, A. Morrill, J. M. Buf-fington and theSleigh and Bussard families. In January, 1871, a company was formed to lay out a town-site.

Four blocks were survej ed on the west bank of the Arkansas river, and the town was named Xeptawa, in honor of an Osage Chief. In March, 1871, a company from Oswego, Kansas, bought put the founders of Xeptawa and laid out a town site, naming it Oxford. The first white women living west of tho Arkansas river were Mrs. John J. Burnett and her grandmother.

The first child born in the vicinity of oxford was Willard Binkley, son of George Binkley, who was born in March, 1871. First marriage, Mr. Lafe Binkley and Miss Josephine Bowe, ceremony performed by Bev. Perkins, April, 1871. First religious meetings were held by A.

Morrill. Tho first sermon was preached by The first store was owned by John and Lafe Binkley, and located in tho deep ravine cast of town. The first school was taught by Miss Yv'haley, afterwards wife of Frank Maddox. The first public school was taught by 3Ir. G.

T. Mason. Tho first Sunday 'school was organized in the spring of 1871, with A. Morrill superintendent. They met from "house to house" until a school house was built.

The first skiff on tho Arkansas at this point was a while ash "dug out," 1-i feet long, built by Binkley brothers and A. Morrill. With the settlement of the town and surrounding country, church societies, schools and secret societies were promptly organized. The charter of the Preslytcrian church was secured May 20th, 1S72. The first directors were Bev.

W. K. Boggs, J. A. Maggard, W.

P. Hall, B.F.ea-cock, W. F. Stanton, L. J.

Goddard and W. E. Austin. On the 10th ol June, 1872, tho church was organized by Bev. W.

K. Boggs, the first minister cf this church. In the summer of 1873 Messrs. llosick and Eichmond took the contract and built the first church west of the Arkansas river. The first marriage in this church was that of J.

T. Coldwell and Miss M. Lou Malaby, by diev. J. E.

Platter, of Winfield. The M. E. church was organized in 1871. This society has sustained a minister ever since iis organization.

In 1877 a charter was secured and steps taken to erect a church. The stone walls were partially reared when for lack of funds the work stopped. The church is now being completed the lumber having been purchased and contract let. This will be a neat and attractive building being of stone 30x50, with side tow our sister towns that lune sprung up as if by magic, yet we have one advantage in the fact that the growth has been slow. The country around Oxford and tributary thereto, has ministration in national affairs.

lie CliCEClI DIUEOi'URY. M. E. Church. Services every Sahhath.

Sunday School o'cioek p. in. Prayer meeting every Thursd.iv tveiimg. J. Pastor.

been making wonderful progress hi the way of permanent improvements ind in no section of Southwestern Kansas can be found so large a scopo Christian Church. Social Meeting each Lord's day at 11 ocloek a. in. Pn-achiug first Lord's day in each month 11 o'clock a. in.

ami evening. Rev. J. li. Cain, Pastor.

ofasgood farming'. land, under as just as marked, and come down for your money." It was accordingly done as directed, and there was a thinks that an address will soon be issued from Richmond embodying and elucidating a liberal position ol political right of negroes in public wiioois, the ballot and other questions of state and national interest. In another forthcoming document, prepared by Gen. Mahone, "causes which have kept the South solid will be fully discussed and elaborated, and remedies whereby t'ueso can be by a new Southern policy oi the incoming aUniitiistiation will be suggested." Xew York Tribune. Washington, Jouuary 3.

In view inexpensive method would bo to sboot him down hi his lodge. To destroy tho tribal relation of the Indian is but a species of slow murder. To allow while settlements to encroach upon' his reservation means the same thing. The opening up to settlement of any portion of the Indian Territory is the knell of the red man. It is tho last spot left to him on a continent which was his own in There-is no other place to send him.

liaptist. Church. Services at School House on first Sabbath of each mouth. Rsv. Grkoouv.

Pastor. high state of cultivation, as in tho country immediately surrounding Oxford and while this is so we may reasonably expect that this will be one of the leading grain and stock FUATERNmES" markets of the southwest. We do not build our hopes on rail I. O. O.

P. Oxford Lodge, No. l(Sj. Meets every Tuesday evening, at Chr.nd-ler's Hall. All members in good standing are cordially invited to attend.

W. 11. Cole, N'. G. J.

T. M. Ooi.mvKi.L, Sec. As to the charac ter of lands of the road excitement, which is ephemeral in its nature, but on the rich products of the soil of our valley, which uf the decision reached at the last Indian Territoiy for agricultural pur-pososj especially of that portion now with greatly increased shipping fa sought to be settled by the so-called cilities, will yield our farmers a rich reward for their labors. boomers, the picture has been not i on lv trrcauy overurawn uut exagger A.

F. A. M. Oxford Lodge. Xo.

Meets at Chandler's Hall on Saturday evening, on or lielore eaeh full moon two weeks thereafter. All members in good standing are invited to attend. J. G. Oliver, W.

M. A. Corbix. Sec'y. Kuights of Honor.

Oxford Lodge. Xo. 4S1. Meets every Monday evening at handler's Hall. Members in good Handing arc invited.

('. G. Tiltox, Dictator. W. W.

Wyatt, Reporter. It has been tho history of every town in Kansas which was built on merely the excitement of a railroad cabinet meeting, that the President has no authority under the law to niako another assignment for ten days for members of the cabinet to act as Secretary of the Xavy, that department will remain in statu quo as regards a head until Wednesday, vhcn President Hayes will send to the Senate for continuation the name of some gentleman to fill the unexpired term till March 4th. Washington. January 3. The enterprise, to take a "back-set" after sensalion.

When Mr. lkals handled the first check in payment ho was about as much astonished at the ease with" which it was disiwn aa lie was-when tho advertisement came in. Everybody talked of the rashness of the proprietor of Oak Hall." The street was full ot clothing stores, from Union street to Center street. The crowd began to assemble at "Oak Hull," and often, by 10 o'clock, the store would be so full that Mr. Simmons had to lock -the outside door from inability to let in any more.

Then the crowd loitered on the sidewalk, and made even more commotion for that usually quiet neighborhood. Simmons' Jneighbors in the trade held at one of their stores a meeting, over which Xut Gale, now of Chelsea, presided, to see what they would do about this extraordinary state of tiling. They concluded that they couldn't do anything if Simmons kept on in the way he began, except to wait and see him "burst tip" before long. The longer 3Ir. Simmons kept doirg it the longer was' postponed his explosion.

The fact was, he made an immense trade and reaped a profit correspondingly. ated to an infinite degree. Thc west half of the Indian Territory or, in fact, all west of tho 98th meridian holds but a poor comparison to tire settled portion of Kansas for cither stock raising or agricultural purposes. Outside of a few little narrow vallevs and the Canadian, nine out often of the boomers would starve the fever had passed over. While railroads are indispensably necessary to the development of a country, yet BUSINESS CARDS.

alone they do not ordinarily make towns. There must be some natural advantages in the way of fertile soil, to death if forced to subsist on the ATTORXEY AT LAW, Notary Public, and Real Estate Broker, OXFORD. KANSAS. City Property for sale, rent or trade. Office East side Sumner Avenue, one door south of the post-ottiee.

products of the country. The soil of the prairies is thin and alkalied with a subsoil of gumbo or hardpan. Doing contiguous to the lands of Xorlhwcstem Texas they are much like them fit only for grazing pur 31. II. EVAXS, M.

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. OXFORD, KAS. Cheyenne and Sioux delegation started homeward this evening. In taking leave of Secretary Sehurz they expressed great lvgret at his approaching retirement from the interior Department. They said that they had advanced furthvr in the white man's way and had been more prosperous during the last four years than ever before, and that they regarded him as the best friend they ever had.

The Brule and Yankton-naseo Sioux will remain several days longer, the Secretary having granted a request to these Indians that thev should bo allowed to see Con poses and not very good for thuf. All or nearly all of the desirable lands in the Indian Territory are er, built in gothic style. Office In east room Oxlord House, fl'rst lloor. good water and water power, all of which we possess. It docs not tako a very vivid imagination to foresee (he possibilities which lay out before us.

It is our prediction that our town will be increased one hundred per cent, in population and in the number of buildings during the coming season. If the present expectations in regard to. the coming wheat hurvest are realized, there will be an immense amount of grain marketed at this point, as also there will bo thousands of cattle and hogs shipped from this station. "a Folxd A pair of Misses' Arctic over-shoes which the owner can have by calling at this ofiice, or at X'. W.

Perry's furniture store, and paying for this advertisement. comprised in tho eastern portion and 1 1 Tho christian church was in tho spring of 1870. Elder I. O. O.

F. SUPPER. II. STOCKIXGER, 31. Office one door north of Mr.

Blake's resideuee, cast side of Sumner Avenue, Oxford, Kaxs. Craig was engaged as pastor and served nearly a year. Ever since cession, JKSSpeclal nttontion given to the treatment of chronic diseases. the organization the soc iety has been in a flourishing condition. Tho Baptist church has an organized society.

They havo lots lor a had the pleasure of being in attendance at a social, and supper on Wednesday night given by the above order at their hall. After tho articles for the table were all in place and ready to serve, the assembly was called to order by W. H. Cole, X. then an opening hymn was sung, followed b' prayer, after which commenced the repast.

The tables were loaded down with good things of almost every description, to which full church' and expect soon to bo able to erect a building for their use. they lie within the boundaries of Indian I'eserves. The truth as every body who has travcrescd them knows, that even tho last half has been extolled beyond merit or tho facts. The whole scheme of settlement is one of speculation and not one of bona fide intent. There is but a very small per cent, of the lands of the western half of tho Territory that will compare with the lands of Harper, Kingman, and Barbour counties, or with tens of thousands us homesteads yet to bo taken in Kansas.

The claim that the boomers consist of men who have been starving in Kansas and are hunting permanent homes is too thin to deny. We personally know four out of five of the leading spirits and we run no risk of libel when we assert that they neither own farms in Kansas' or anywhere else, that they have nor can command neither money nor influence, and that notonu in five of (hem ever expects to do a legitimate day's farm work in their lives. Tho Masonic Lodge, Xo. 155, was organized on the 17th of December, 1875, and ofileers installed by Depu-iy Grand Master, L. J.

Webb, ol Winfield, Kansas. The Lodge of Odd Fellows, Xo. 13(1, was organized in the fall of 1870, justice was done by the guests. The A CKI.F.BltATED CASK. A hearing of the arguments in the celebrated Chauvin case, involving the title to 255 acres of valuable lands, largely located in the central part of the City of St.

Louis, by what is known us the Solomon survey, took place before the Secretary of the Interior this afternoon. Messrs. Chas. Owing and S. S.

Rurdelte appeared us representatives of John F. Perry, assignee of the Ciiattvin claimants, in advocacy of the Soloiiuui survey, and D. J). Jewell, ami City Attorney IJell, of St. Louis, made arguments against it and in favor of the Eiler survey, which throws the grant outside the city.

Mayor Overstolx. was also present in opposition to tho Solomon E. C. GALLOUP, PRACTICAL Boot SL3 MAKER AND Eeaiiei. OXFORD, KAXS.

WATCHES, CLOCKS AXI) VA'F. LEY Kepalrcd and warrrantcd. Jt5yAll work will receive prompt attention and imperial care. First-class work In every particular, lour patronage solicited. cake prepared by 3Irs.

W. W. Wyatt was a very fine one, nicely ieed and by Coi. Hunter, '-of South Haven, who The election notice4, which appears on the 4lh page, our readers are requested to peruse carefully, and then they can form nn opinion as to how they with to vote. It is our opinion that the price now offered is more than will ever be offered again, and if it is desirable to sell, now is the time.

One thing is certain, by retaining this stock your taxes on tho bonds are not decreased one cent; on tho other hand, it' the slock is sold your taxes will be lessened nt least 75 per cent. Think well before, you cast your vote against tho proposition. ornamcnU'd, and tho initials of the order on the top. It was a handsome cake. At the close it was presented also installed the ollleers elect.

The lodge of I. O. G. T. was or gnnized in June, 1877, by Dr.

V. Kimball. te the lodge and sold for the benefit of tho lodge. Another cake, not Tho Knights of Honor effected on the 22d of February, quite so large, was donated to the 18(7. Deputy Supremo Dictator, A order.

The evening passed olf pleas nntly and all were happy. E. Keyes, of Woosfer, Ohio, perfect 1 '1.

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