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The Kansas Monthly from Lawrence, Kansas • 3

The Kansas Monthly from Lawrence, Kansas • 3

Lawrence, Kansas
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3, THE KANSAS? MONTHLY. great work of building' up a new State, and it is certainly a most interesting life. There is no humdrum about it. Every day brings something new, every month witnesses remarkable changes, and every year records a wonderful growth, and through it all there is a freshness that never looses its charm and a novelty always full of breezy, invigorating interest. Champion.

STATISTICS From the San Francisco Call, October '70. The funeral of Col. Richard Realf, who committed suicide at Oakland, on Monday night, will take place from this city on Saturday, un-der arrangements made by the Grand Army of. the Republic. It is clear enough that domestic troubles drove him to the act which ended his life.

The woman who arrived from the East on Saturday, and who claimed to be his lawful wife, says that Col. Realf deserted her over four years ago, since which time she has not lived with him. She heard at different times afterward, that he was living with another woman, and though she believed it, discredited the story that he had been again Of this marriage she claims to have no knowledge. She admits that shortly after the separation Col. Realf sued her for divorce, which was granted, but the case was appealed and the Superior Court reversed the judgment, and as the case was never reopened, it practically remained as though no suit had been instituted.

This statement agrees substantially with that of Realf's friends, who assert that, although he proved the allegations in his complaint and procured the divorce, the Superior Court set the verdict aside on the ground that the acts proven were general, whereas the statute required specific proof. Before the judgment was reversed, Col. Realf, his friends admit, again married, and by this latter wife he had one child. The following poem, found among the effects of the deceased, was written the day before he committed suicide, and indicates that he then contemplated death. "Be mortuis nil nisi bonum." When For me the end has come, and 1 am dead, And little voluble, chattering daws of men Peck at me curiously, let it then be said By some one brave enough to speak the truth, Here lies a great soul killed by cruel wrong.

Down all the balmy days of his fresh youth To his bleak, desolate noon, with sword and song, And speech that rushed up hotly from the heart, He wrought for liberty till his own wound, (He had been stabbed), concealed with painful ait Through wasting years, mastered him, anil he swooned, And sank there where you see him lying now "With that word Failure" written on Ins brow. But say that he succeeded. If he missed World's honors and world's plaudits and the wage Of the world's deft lackeys, still his lips were kissed Daily by those high angels who assauge The thirstings of the poets for he was Born unto singing and a burden lay Mightily on him, and he moaned because He could not rightly utter to this day What God taught in the night. Sometimes, nathless, Power fell upon him, and bright tongues of flame, And blessings reached him from poor souls in stress And benedictions from black pits of shame And little children's love and old men's prayers And a Great Hand that led him unawares. So he died rich.

And if his eyes were blurred With thick films silence he is in his grave. Greatly he suffered greatly, too, he erred Yet broke his heart in trying to be brave. Nor did he wait till Freedom had become The popular shibboleth of courtiers' lips But smote for her when God himself seemed dumb, And all his arching skies were in eclipse. He was aweary, but lie fought his fight, And stood tor simple manhood and was joyed To see the august broadening of the light, And new earths heading heavenward from the void. He loved his fellows, and their love was sweet Plant daisies at his head and at his feet.

IMMIGRATION. By every railroad train and along every highway leading to Kansas, immigrants are pouring into this State. Men looking for farms, men looking for locations in which to engage in mercantile, manufacturing or professional pursuits, are coming by hundreds and thousands. Men of capital and men of small means, men looking for homesteads and men seeking large improved farms, are coming. They are coming in colonies, in squads and singly.

They are coming in canvass covered wagons, with wife, children and household furniture, or by rail with their carpet-bags and certificates of deposit. It is an immense immigration, that now pouring into and over Kansas the largest known for at least four years. And it is swelling in volume every week, and bids fair to continue for a year or more to come. We are glad to welcome these new comers. We greet them as citizens, not as carpet-baggers." Nobody in this State will ever question their right to vote as they please, or to run for office as soon as they become voters, if they want to.

A genial, healthful climate, a rich, prolific soil, and a generous, large-hearted people will welcome them. They will find here every element of a prosperous civilization churches and schools equal to those they left behind them, enterprising, growing towns, abundant transportation facilities, excellent markets, refined and cordial society, and a country abounding in everything that is necessary to sustain a great, prosperous, populous commonwealth. Eich lands can be found in any part of the State. In the northwest and southwest' large bodies of excellent land are yet open to homestead and pre-emption settlement all of the leading railroad companies in the State have lands for sale, lying contiguous to their roads, and on easy terms while even in the Eastern and oldest counties of the State men of moderate means can purchase improved farms at very moderate figures. Thus a choice is afforded for a location on the frontier, amid the interesting phases attending a pioneer life, or with surroundings that equal the best life of New England or the Middle States in advanced improvements.

No more beautiful country, no richer soil, no more salubrious'climate, can be found on the continent than that of Kansas. And certainly there is no more attractive and interesting life than that "of the men and women who are building up the enduring fabric of a great and prosperous State. It is never dull or tame. The changes that go on from year to year, the wonderful development of country and town, the growth of agricultural, commercial and manufacturing industries, the building up of schools and churches, the shifting currents of social organization all this is as interesting as it is novel. It is worth something to have a part in the Gleaned from the Report of the State Hoard of Agriculture.

Kansas, it is shown, had a population, on the of March last, of 708,497 an increase of 180,169 in three years. The most populous county is Leavenworth, having second, Atchison, 20,000 third, Shawnee, 19,114 fourth, Douglas, 18,931 fifth, Johnson, sixth, Cherokee, and seventh, Bourbon, 17,741. Leavenworth and Atchison retain the same rank they held in 1875. Shawnee jumps from fourth to third, and Cherokee from eleventh to sixth. Bourbon county goes from faurth to seventh.

The largest increase in population since 1875 is reported in Sumner county, 7,153 next Sedgwick, 6,910 next Cowley, 6,427 next Reno, 6,416 next Barton, 6,152 next Cherokee, 5,547 next McPherson, 5,086. These are all that show an increase of over five thousand. Nineteen counties have more than doubled their population in three years, and many of them have four times the number of inhabitants now that they had three years ago. Barbour, Barton, Edwards, Pawnee, Rooks and Rush all have from four to six times as many inhabitants as they had in 1875 Ellis, Ford, Phillips, Rice, Russell and Sumner, nearly or quite three' times as many and Lincoln, McPherson, Osborne, Reno, Sedgwick and Smith have doubled their population. Sedgwick is the leading winter wheat cunty this year Marshall the leading spring wheat county Washington leads in its rye product Miami in corn Republic in barley; Sedgwick in oats; Neosho in castor beans Johnson in flax and McPherson in broom corn.

Sumner county, however, reports the largest increase in the area in winter wheat during the year, 31,093 acres; Republic the largest increase in the area in spring wheat, 18,843 acres; Brown the largest increase in rye, 3,098 acres Cherokee in corn, 5,789 acres Pawnee in barley, 1,928 acres and Sedgwick in oats, 11,605 acres. WHAT IS LIFE? Aristotle defined life as the cause of form in organisms." Herbert Spencer defines it as the definite combination of heterogeneous changes, both simultaneous and successive, in correspondence with external coexistences and We welcome to our exchange list Tha Kansas Monthly, published at Lawrence, by J. S. Bough-ton. The Monthly is a small three column quarto, very handsomely printed on tinted paper, and well edited.

It is devoted to the interests of Kansas. We heartily welcome such workers in building up our great State, and bid it God speed in its efforts. A SEED. "A wonderful thing is a seed 1 The one thing deathless forever Forever old and forever new, Utterly faithful, utterly true Fickle and faithless never. Plant lillies and lillies will bloom Plant roses and roses will grow Plant hate and hate to life will spring Plant love and love to you will bring The fruit of the seed you sow." If you want to know all about Kansas, purchase the Kansas Hand Book.

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