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Judge J. Wade McDonald

             [Note: Pressed for time. Missed some items. Concentrated on Courier.]

Winfield Courier, July 17, 1874.
DIXON - BOUCHER. At the Moreland House in this city, on the morning of the 4th inst., by Judge J. Wade McDonald, John G. Dixon and Miss Adida V. Boucher, all of this county. Sumner County Press.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1874.
We are happy to welcome to our town Mr. Wm. P. Hackney, who has removed his family to this place, which he will hereafter make his home. Mr. Hackney has always acquitted himself credit­ably in whatever position he has been placed, whether as a representative or lawyer, and himself and lady will prove valu­able acquisitions to our list of citizens. On our first page will be found his card in connection with J. Wade McDonald, of Wellington, who will attend to the business of the firm at that place.
CARD: W. P. HACKNEY,                                                                                                                 J. WADE McDONALD,
                 Winfield, Kas.                                                                                                                           Wellington, Kas.
                                                 HACKNEY & McDONALD.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Will practice in all the Courts of the State. W. P. Hackney’s office is at Winfield. J. Wade McDonald’s at Wellington, Kansas. Office one door west of Alexander & Saffold’s law office. Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
Court convened last Monday, the following lawyers in attendance: Webb & Millington, Pryor & Kager, Fairbank, Torrance & Green, Alexander & Saffold, Suits & Wood, E. C. Manning, W. P. Hackney, T. H. Johnson, and John E. Allen, of Winfield. J. Wade McDonald, of Wellington. M. S. Adams and Chas. Hatton, of Wichita. James McDermott, of Dexter; and C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg, of Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
The District Court is in full blast, Hon. W. P. Campbell presiding. The following attorneys are in attendance: Webb & Millington, Hackney & McDonald, E. C. Manning, J. B. Fairbank, Pryor & Kager, T. H. Suits, John E. Allen, A. H. Green, Alexander & Saffold, T. H. Johnson, M. S. Adams of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg of Arkansas City, James McDermott of Dexter, and A. J. Pyburn, County Attorney.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1875.
J. Wade McDonald, law partner of Hon. W. P. Hackney, of this place, was nominated for Representative by the Democracy of Sumner County, at Wellington last Monday. He is the present County Attorney of that county. Being the only good timber they have in their party there, they run him for some office every fall.

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876. Special Notice. Judge McDonald can be found in my office on Tuesday, Wednes­day, and Thursday of each week after January 15th, 1876.
                                                         W. P. HACKNEY.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
Judge McDonald, of Wellington, gave us a call of a few minutes last week.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.
JUDGE McDONALD is felicitous over the result of the Oxford Bridge bond suit. The Supreme Court sustained the side of the case represented by Hackney & McDonald, and the township of Oxford is let out of any further indebtedness in the matter.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1876.
We predict for Judge McDonald, of the firm of Hackney & McDonald, the reputation within three years of being the best advocate at the bar of Kansas.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.
Judge McDonald is going to locate in Winfield.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876.
We understand that Messrs. Hackney and McDonald have pur­chased of Col. Alexander the beautiful and sightly mound at the head of Ninth Avenue, just east of town.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
JUDGE McDONALD arrived from Sumner County yesterday with his family and household effects. On the way over, and about six miles this side of Wellington, he alighted from his buggy to lessen the weight in passing a bad crossing while Mrs. McDonald and son remained in the buggy. The team leaped over the bad place in the road and pitched the vehicle forward with such force as to break the coupling, and frighten the team, which ran away dragging the broken buggy and frightened occupants behind them. In some unexplained way, Mrs. McDonald and son, after being carried quite a distance, slipped out to the ground without serious injury. The team ran until disengaged from the buggy, which had become quite a wreck.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1876.
On last Wednesday while J. W. McDonald and family were passing from Wellington to Winfield, in crossing one of the tributaries of the Avon, thinking to lighten the load, he gave the lines to his wife and got out to walk. When the horses found the place to be rather deep and muddy, they gave a lunge, break­ing the buggy, and throwing out Mrs. McDonald and child. The horses became frightened and ran away, dragging Mrs. McDonald and child some twenty-five rods, bruising them up considerably, but otherwise they were uninjured.
The buggy was broken all to pieces. Mr. McDonald succeeded in getting a wagon and team and came on to Oxford, obtained a buggy from Mr. Hoosick’s stable, and passed on to Winfield. This verifies what we said last week, that somebody would get hurt unless those bridges were fixed. We ask again that they may be repaired. Oxford Independent.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.

Messrs. Hackney & McDonald opened their law office in this city June 27th, 1876. Their gross receipts for professional services rendered from that time until the first of this month amounted to $8,075.31, when, on balancing their books, it was found that the difference between them was but $3.69. We call this a good business showing for eighteen months, and an even race for the fees.


Winfield Courier, June 29, 1876.
                                                         Saint John’s Day.
In company with J. Ex. Saint, we drove over to Wellington last Saturday and attended the “Masonic Fourth of July,” or the anniversary of St. John’s Day. The celebration was held in a beautiful grove, about a mile south of town, to which the Wel­lington Masonry, accompanied by visiting brethren, marched in regalia from their lodge. Arriving at the grove Judge M. S. Adams, of Wichita, was introduced as the orator of the day. He came forward and delivered a fine oration, giving in detail the history of the time-honored institution of which he is a worthy member. His speech was well received. After the oration, which lasted about an hour, the brethren, sisters, and everybody else were called from—speeches to refreshment—a call that was gladly responded to by the hungry multitude. Dinner being over, order was once more restored, whereupon the Master introduced our fellow townsman, L. J. Webb, who delivered an address well worth listening to. It was a brilliant and succinct history of the rise and progress of the mysterious brotherhood, and contained many useful and valuable lessons. The address closed the public exercises. The members repaired to the lodge, where Winfield was again honored by having three of our shining lights chosen to conduct in due form the closing proceedings of the day.
The persons in attendance from Winfield were W. P. Hackney and wife, Judge McDonald and wife, Prof. Lemmon and wife, L. J. Webb and wife, J. Ex. Saint, and the writer hereof. A part of our delegation remained and took part in the “light fantastic toe” performance, which began at the courthouse at “early candle light” and was kept up till the near appearance of Sunday. Everybody seemed gay and happy, in spite of the thunder storm, which was raging without, and all went home well pleased.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.
JUDGE WADE McDONALD made the eagle scream in English, Latin, and French at Wellington on the 4th. Of course, he did it up in Centennial style.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                                       The Tisdale Hurrah!
EDITOR COURIER: Last week the Tilden and Hendricks club, of Tisdale, challenged the Hayes and Wheeler club of that place to a joint discussion of the political questions of the day. The Democrats selected for their champion J. Wade McDonald, and the Republicans the Hon. James McDermott. Last night the discussion took place in the schoolhouse at Tisdale. The house was crowded and there were enough people outside to fill another house of the same size.

The Hayes and Wheeler club of this place attended the meeting in uniform. McDermott opened the ball, and from the time he commenced until the time he ended, every sentence was a “red-hot” shot into the camp of the enemy. The history of the Demo­cratic party, its frauds and corruptions, were completely shown up. McDonald, who, as everybody knows, is the orator of Cowley County’s Democracy, followed, but there was no “discussion.” He did not answer a single statement made by McDermott, but simply said, “I deny, where’s your proof?” The old worn-out story of “Grant’s frauds,” “Caesarism,” “Military interference and bayonet rule,” and a heart-rending appeal for the rights of the “Sover­eign States” of the South, closing with a denunciation of the removal of T. K. Johnston from the Winfield post office and the appointment of Kelly in his stead constituted his speech.
McDermott, in replying, reminded him that he had forgotten about the removal of the maimed Union soldiers by the rebel House and putting in their places rebel soldiers, and gave proof of all his assertions to be matters of record in the archives of the Nation­al Capitol, and known by the American people to be true. In fact, McDermott, instead of being “skinned,” as was anticipat­ed by the Democrats, was the party who performed the operation, and his opponent was the victim.
The Democrats of Tisdale are not likely to want any more discussions.
                                                          SCALPER NO. 2.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
H. T. FORD, who has been in the mercantile business here for two years, was arrested last Saturday and lodged in jail on the charge of disposing of his property with intent to defraud his creditors. A. G. Wilson, an endorser of one of his notes, made the affidavit and Ford was committed. Monday morning Webb & Torrance applied to Judge Gans for a writ of habeas corpus, which was not granted. Mr. Torrance is now in Chautauqua County before his honor, Judge Campbell, on the same business. Hackney & McDonald are attorneys for the creditors.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.
The committee on credentials reported the following as delegates.
Winfield: J. W. McDonald, J. B. Lynn, J. D. Cochran, J. W. Curns, N. W. Holmes, C. C. Black, A. J. Thompson, Wm. Dunn, T. B. Ross, G. W. Yount.
The following townships were reported not represented: Bolton, Silverdale, Spring Creek, Otter, Cedar, Harvey, Liberty, and Rock, whereupon H. S. Libby arose and presented his creden­tials as a delegate from Spring Creek. On motion the reports were adopted.
Judge McDonald moved that if there were any persons present from those townships not represented, they might be admitted as delegates from said townships—carried.
On motion of Judge McDonald, John McAllister was admitted from Liberty, W. H. Grow and A. D. Lee from Rock; J. W. Ledlie from Cedar; and Geo. Harris and T. J. Jackson, from Harvey.
On motion of P. W. Smith, delegates present were entitled to cast the full vote of their townships. The convention then proceeded to nominate a county ticket. Judge McDonald nominated A. J. Pyburn as a candidate for State Senator and moved that he be chosen by acclamation. The motion prevailed.
Judge McIntire nominated James Christian for County Attor­ney. He was chosen by acclamation.

For Superintendent of Public Instruction, W. E. Meredith, P. W. Smith, and Mrs. Ida Brown were placed in nomination. Judge McDonald moved that two tellers be appointed—carried. Result of 1st ballot, Meredith 11, Smith 27, Brown 21, no choice. Second ballot, Meredith 17, Smith 21, Brown 22. The candidates were then called out and required to explain their positions. Smith, among other things, said he was a Democrat but that he would vote for Hudson for Governor. Meredith said he was a Democrat, a straight out Democrat, a Tilden and Hendricks Democrat. Mr. Krow said that Mrs. Brown’s husband was a Democrat. The convention then proceeded to a third ballot, which resulted as follows:
Meredith 28, Brown 19, Smith 14. Mr. Smith withdrew in favor of Meredith. The fourth ballot resulted, Meredith 39, Brown 20. On motion Meredith’s nomination was made unanimous.
Judge McDonald moved that a county central committee be appointed consisting of one from each township and also a cam­paign committee consisting of five members who should be centrally located. The following gentlemen comprise the central committee: T. McIntire, W. D. Lester, N. J. Thompson, W. R. Bedell, J. P. Eckels, Wm. Moon, Adam Walk, Jos. Howard, C. C. Krow, J. B. Lynn, K. McClung, J. W. Ledlie, P. W. Smith, Wm. Morrow, Jno. Smiley, Geo. Harris, Jno. McAllister, Wm. Grow, Jno. Bobbitt, Dennis Harkins, and Wm. Anderson.
Campaign Committee: J. Wade McDonald, H. S. Silver, C. C. Black, Jas. Benedict and J. G. Young. On motion the convention adjourned.
The delegates from the 88th representative district orga­nized by electing J. W. Curns chairman and C. C. Black secretary. Nominations for Representative being in order, Messrs. Wm. Martin, C. C. Krow, and J. G. Young were put in nomination. Mr. Young withdrew. A ballot was taken which resulted as follows: Krow 11, Martin 23. On motion of J. H. Land the nomination was made unanimous. A few remarks were made by Messrs. Pyburn and McDonald and the convention adjourned.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.
The following attorneys are in attendance at the present term of court: M. S. Adams, of Wichita; L. B. Kellogg, of Emporia; C. R. Mitchell, A. Walton, and James Christian, of Arkansas City; James McDermott, Dexter; Webb & Torrance, Hackney & McDonald, Pyburn & Seward, D. A. Millington, J. M. Alexander, Jennings & Buckman, A. H. Green,
Pryor, Kager & Pryor, A. B. Lemmon, and John E. Allen, of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.
Frank Gallotti was appointed a committee of one on bylaws. Balloting was then had on the following candidates, resulting in their election to full membership: J. Wade McDonald, James Hill, Bert Crapster, Wilbur Dever, O. M. Seward, Fred Hunt, and Chas. Harter. The Club met last evening but we have not learned what additional business it transacted. We wish the association unlimited success, in its hitherto unoccupied field.
Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.
The Democratic meeting at Dexter last Monday night was addressed by those old “wah-hosses” of the party, Messrs. McDon­ald, Christian, Meredith, Hackney, and Green.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
Gus. Minor, of the law firm of McDonald & Minor of Welling­ton, paid our city a visit last Saturday.

Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
The Democratic jollification last night, over the election of one man out of the thirty-one on the ticket, was a huge affair. At an early hour sundry dry goods boxes, barrels, etc., were fired at the crossing of Main and 9th, the band was brought out, and the unterrified proceeded to get together. They met to rejoice over the election of Mr. Pyburn for fear that they wouldn’t have anything else to rejoice over. Mr. Pyburn was called out and in a few words thanked the Democrats for his election, which cooled the ardor of the bushwhacking Republicans, who were hanging on the outskirts expecting to get a comforting crumb.
Mr. McDonald followed him, of course, and put on the finish­ing touches. By insinuating remarks he cast reproach upon the name of the defeated candidate for State Senator.
This was more than his hearers could stand, and the only applause he received at its close was loud and repeated cries for “Manning!” “Man­ning!!” Mr. Manning climbed halfway up the stairway that led to the speakers stand and stopped, remarking that it was a time for “the Republican flag of Cowley County to stand at half mast.” From this stand he gave the “bushwhacking” enemy in his own party such a raking as they will remember for years. He had no feeling against the honest Democrats, who voted their honest sentiments, but against the men who had been nursed and petted by the Repub­lican party until they thought they owned the entire thing.
Mr. Hackney, late of California, was then called out and tried to explain why he was furnished with a “sleeping car” to ride free from Topeka to Galveston last winter, while his con­stituents were holding mass conventions at home to persuade the same road to build them a line down this valley. He then spoke a few kind words to “my friends,” the Democrats and Republicans, whereupon a full fledged “Dymocrat,” about half “set up,” yelled out, “Which side yer on?” This brought our friend Hackney down, and after more music the next Democratic (?) orator took the stand.
The crowd was good humored and everything passed off harmo­niously. The funniest thing is to find where the Democratic jollification came in. The meeting was captured by Republicans, and seven speakers out of ten were “true blue Republicans.”
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
                                              WINFIELD WILD WITH JOY!
                         A Grand Ovation to the Successful Senatorial Candidate.
                                              Bonfires, Music and Speeches!
                                            [From the Cowley County Telegram.]
One of the grandest ovations ever tendered any man in Southwestern Kansas was upon Wednesday night of this week, given the Hon. A. J. Pyburn. Hundreds of citizens proceeded en masse to the office of Mr. Pyburn on the corner of Main Street and Ninth Avenue, and headed by the silver cornet band, serenaded Mr. Pyburn. Bonfires were kindled and the city was wild with enthu­siasm over the result of the Senatorial contest.

When Mr. Pyburn appeared upon the balcony in acknowledgment of the serenading party, he was greeted with prolonged cheers, and it was many minutes before the crowd could be quieted so as to hear him. He made a few remarks acknowledging the “honor conferred upon him,” and thanking the citizens for their support in the contest, and “promising a faithful representation of the interests of the County.” After him Judge McDonald was called for and made a neat little speech which was received with wild enthusiasm, especially when mention was made of the favorite candidate for Senator.
Seeing the enthusiasm which prevailed and being so complete­ly filled with bitterness that he could not hold himself, Manning sneaked across the street; and having had it arranged before hand with “backers” to call him, he passed half way up the stairs and there stopped, exclaiming that “he thought it was about time the Republican flag was run up at half-mast” and gave vent to his feelings in a bitter denunciation of his political opponents, denouncing those Republicans who voted against him as “Renegades,” and declaring that if it had not been for that “sink hole of Infamy, Arkansas City” that he would have received a majority of the votes cast,” which was utterly false, for with every Republican vote cast in Creswell Township, there would still have been a clear majority against him.
After considerable more blubbering of the same sort in which he showed his deep chagrin at his defeat, he attacked Hon. W. P. Hackney, and then he subsided; and the crowd called on Mr. Hackney, who in a few minutes speech completely upset everything that Manning had said, and again filled the crowd with enthusiasm for Pyburn and reform.
Manning and his friends, still wishing to turn the meeting into his favor, called for several of his backers—Walker, Kelly, Webb, and McDermott—who in turn pronounced a requiem over the corpse of Manning, which brought tears to the eyes of their hearers—tears of joy that the County had been saved the dis­grace of electing such a man as Manning to the State Senate.
Taking all in all there was on that evening a greater display of wild enthusiasm than we have ever before witnessed in the State, and a greater display of petty spite, malice, and chagrin by the friends of Manning, than we have ever dared think they could be guilty of. A display of good feeling on one side and a display of despair and hopelessness on the other, which prompted them to make complete asses of themselves, thereby losing the respect of the honorable minded citizens who were present at the demonstration.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.
                                                            From Winfield.
                                            WINFIELD, KAN., Dec. 23, 1876.
Our Christmas tree on Saturday evening, the 23rd, was a success; the most remarkable feature was the very large number of books distributed from it.
At the last regular communication of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. and A. M., the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: W. M., Wm. G. Graham; Sen. W., J. E. Saint; Jun. W., M. G. Troup; Sec., James Kelly; Treas., R. F. Baldwin; Sen. D., C. C. Black; Jun. D., J. C. Roberts; Sen. S., Jas. A. Simpson; Jun. S., N. C. McCulloch; Tyler, W. W. Walton.

They were installed at the Courthouse on the eve of the 27th, St. John’s Day, by Past High Priest, M. L. Read; at the close of the installation ceremonies, the retiring Master Hunt was directed to face the “East” when Bro. McDonald requested “permission to address Bro. J. S. Hunt,” which being granted, he advanced, while he held in his hand a beautiful casket, and proceeded to deliver a presentation address and invest Bro. Hunt with one of the most elegant and modest P. M. jewels that it has ever been our fortune to behold, and the speech and response was in such beautiful harmony with the present and the occasion, it was a surprise token of regard from the Lodge. After this all were called from “labor to refreshments,” and we turned to the tables where we found that the power and beauty of the culinary art had been exhausted to please the appetite and refresh the inner man.
On the evening of the 29th we had a Rail Road meeting at the M. E. Church, which was largely attended by the businessmen of this city, which proceeded as follows. Dr. Davis was chosen chairman and B. F. Baldwin, Secretary. On motion a committee of three was appointed on resolutions, namely M. S. Robinson, E. C. Manning, and Judge McDonald, who reported a set of resolutions in favor of making an earnest effort to secure R. R. communication and recommending the appointment of a committee of five, whose duty it should be to devise some feasible R. R. project and report on or before Feb. 1st, 1877. D. A. Millington, J. E. Platter, M. S. Robinson, Judge McDonald, and J. B. Lynn on said committee, when meeting adjourned to the call of the committee.
Don’t fret the “Wah Hoss’s” but give them peas and let us have a rest. Yours, C.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.
HACKNEY & McDONALD will soon be in their new rooms in the corner brick.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
Hackney & McDonald have moved their law office upstairs into the corner brick.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
The suit of Seely vs. Kirk is compromised. It created considerable interest. Seely was the owner of a horse in Septem­ber last which Kirk shod. Shortly afterward the horse’s feet became useless. Seely claimed that the hoofs had been burned by Kirk’s shoeing and brought suit for damage. A jury trail was had before Squire Boyer. The jury were out thirty-six hours and failed to agree. The costs in the case ran up to over one hundred dollars, and then the parties compromised. Hackney & McDonald for plaintiff, and E. S. Torrance for defendant.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
Dr. J. L. Williams. With pleasure we announce the arrival in our city of the above named gentleman with his family. He comes to stay, and has already formed a partnership with Dr. W. R. Davis in the practice of medicine and surgery. Dr. Wil­liams comes highly recommended, being a graduate of the Kansas City Medical College, also of the Sterling Medical College of Columbus, Ohio. The latter is one of the oldest and most cele­brated medical universities in the country. The Dr.’s wife is the daughter of Dr. Conley, one of the faculty of the Kansas City  Medical College, and joint proprietor of the Kansas City Surgical Institute. Drs. Davis and Williams have their offices in the corner brick block, upstairs, and the finest rooms in the city, where they will be pleased to see their friends and patrons at all times. The Dr.’s family is stopping temporarily with his cousin, Judge McDonald, where he can be found when not profes­sionally engaged.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.      
                                                     RAILROAD MEETING.
The taxpayers of Winfield Township are requested to meet at the Courthouse in Winfield on Saturday, February 17th, at 2 o’clock, p.m., to discuss and vote upon the following resolution.

Resolved, That the taxpayers of Winfield Township who are in the meeting assembled, request the members of the State Legisla­ture from this county to use all honorable means to so amend Section 5, of Chapter 107, of the laws of 1876, that counties having no railroad indebtedness may avail themselves of the provisions of that act by a majority vote.
Also, to take such other action to promote the railroad interests of this county as the meeting shall deem advisable.
Members of Railroad Committee.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1877.
Judge McDonald made the insane speech of the present term of court. He plead “insanity” for his client, Foster, the forger.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1877.
The following attorneys were in attendance upon the present term of the District Court: Hon. Alfred L. Redden, of Eldorado; Mr. White, Howard City; Judge M. S. Adams, Wichita; Mr. McBryan, Sedan; Hon. C. R. Mitchell, Amos Walton, Judge Christian, E. B. Kager and Col. McMullen, of Arkansas City; and Messrs. Hackney & McDonald, Pryor & Pryor, Jennings & Buckman, Pyburn & Seward, Jas. McDermott, Henry E. Asp, E. S. Torrance, J. E. Allen, L. J. & Linus Webb, D. A. Millington, A. H. Green, W. M. Boyer, J. M. Alexander, of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1877.
Mrs. Judge McDonald has a sister visiting with her and admiring Winfield.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1877.
The commissioners of Sumner County have been enjoined from issuing the bonds thereof to the Emporia Narrow Gauge and the Solomon Valley Narrow Gauge railroads. The suit is brought at the instance of parties in Sumner and not Cowley County, as has been represented. Hackney & McDonald are attorneys for plaintiff.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1877.
Judge McDonald’s wife is visiting relatives in Denver.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1877.
NOTICE. All parties knowing themselves indebted to the old Democrat firm for subscription or advertising, will please call immediately at Hackney & McDonald’s Law Office and settle up, and thereby save cost and trouble. I need the money and must have it.                                               C. M. McINTIRE.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.

The District Court commenced its session on Monday with a light docket, and it is to be hoped that it will be cleared up this week. The following members of the bar present: Hon. W. P. Campbell, Judge; E. S. Bedilion, Clerk; R. L. Walker, Sheriff; M. S. Adams, of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell, E. B. Kager, and A. Walton, of Arkansas City; J. McDermott, County Attorney, J. E. Allen, A. J. Pyburn, O. M. Seward, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, W. P. Hackney, J. W. McDonald, E. S. Torrance, H. E. Asp, D. A. Millington, S. D. Pryor, J. D. Pryor, F. S. Jennings, G. H. Buckman, and A. H. Green, of Winfield, attorneys.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1877.
The Winfield Silver Cornet Band serenaded Judge W. P. Campbell last Monday night, at the residence of Judge McDonald, whose guest Judge Campbell had been during the term of court just closed. The boys played a few beautiful airs, when they were invited in to partake of the good things set out by the clever host, Judge McDonald. Quite a sprinkling of the members of the bar were present and, of course, an impromptu meeting was organized. Remarks were made by several gentlemen present, complimenting Judge Campbell as a judge and a man, to which his Honor responded feelingly and gracefully. The party broke up about 11 o’clock satisfied that it was one of the most pleasant affairs which has happened for a long time.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.
EDITOR COURIER: I observe in the Telegram a call for an independent county convention, signed “C. C. Black, Secretary,” and purporting to be by order of some commit-tee. It is a well-known fact that Mr. Black is secretary of the Democratic committee, but this call does not come from that source, else it would be signed by the chairman of that committee, J. Wade McDonald. Mr. Black has been absent for more than two weeks, and never saw or even heard of this call to which his name appeared. I am informed by Mr. McDonald, the chairman of the Democratic central committee, that there is nothing Democratic about this independent call, but that it was gotten up in the interest of a few sore-head Republicans. The last clause of the call shows the source from which it emanates. Here it is:
“Come Democrats; come Republicans; come all who are dissatisfied with the Republican nominees and want to see a square fight.”
Republicans read this, look at the Republican ticket. It is worthy of your hearty support. Let us not be misled by those who are “dissatisfied” with the nominees. If such men are to rule, we had better turn over the party to them and let them run it. L. J. WEBB.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.
RECAP: Judge McDonald elected Chairman; Amos Walton, Secretary. Present: 38 delegates. For Sheriff: Chas. L. Harter; W. A. Freeman; John R. Smith—Harter won.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
WASH-PON-E-KA, king of the Kaws, “deposed and said,” in Hackney & McDonald’s office last Thursday, in relation to the marriage laws of his kingdom, for use in the U. S. court.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
                                                   The Race in South Bend.

“Jack Rabbit,” owned by Dan Phaler, of Dutch Creek, is a gray horse, six years old, weighing 860 pounds, and remarkably well muscled. He is the same horse formerly owned by Hackney & McDonald, for which Phaler paid $360, and mortgaged his farm to pay for. The horse, to our eye, was not in good order for running. The horse was poorly handled and made the race as though he had been overworked or strained.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1877.
Part of a long article:
“. . . from a score of lawyers I select as the probable leaders of the profession here Hon. W. P. Hackney, Hon. L. J. Webb, the present representative from this district, Messrs. McDonald, Jennings & Buckman, and E. S. Torrance. Mr. Henry E. Asp is a young limb of the law, just admitted to practice in the district court, and gives promise of a successful career.”
Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1877.
The case of L. J. Webb vs. Sarah Requa occupied the whole of Tuesday in court, in which he sued the defendant for a balance of $72 on his fees as attorney in the suit of Requa vs. Requa, for divorce and alimony, tried in 1876—she having paid him $429, or rather attorney of record, W. P. Hackney, paid him the $429 out of her means. In this case she put in the defense that she did not employ him, but that she employed Hackney & McDonald, and that Hackney employed Webb to assist them, as he (Hackney) must of necessity be absent to attend the Legislature at Topeka.
J. W. McDonald and Judge Coldwell were retained for the plaintiff, and Torrance for the defense.
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.
A. J. THOMPSON, of Denver, Colorado, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Judge McDonald, of this city. He thinks that Winfield is neither as large or as handsome as Denver. We entertain the same opinion but do not dare give it expression.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1877.
At a stated communication of Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M., held last week (Tuesday evening), the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: M. G. Troup, W. M.; C. C. Black, S. W.; James McDermott, J. W.; B. F. Baldwin, Treas.; L. J. Webb, Sec.; J. S. Hunt, S. D.; J. Wade McDonald, J. D.; W. G. Graham, Chaplain; Perry Hill, S. S.; J. H. Land, J. S.; S. E. Burger, Tyler.
Repeat of article showing when McDonald & Hackney started as partners...
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald opened their law office in this city June 27th, 1876. Their gross receipts for professional services rendered from that time until the first of this month amounted to $8,075.31, when, on balancing their books, it was found that the difference between them was but $3.69. We call this a good business showing for eighteen months, and an even race for the fees.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1878.
                                                 [From the Wichita Beacon.]
Court will in all probability close the latter part of this week. A great deal of business has been transacted and the docket pretty well cleared. Judge Campbell, without hurry, permits no dilatoriness, and a reasonable amount of expeditiousness characterizes his sittings.

H. G. Sims was the recipient of a valuable gold watch—an Elgin, and one of the best of that factory. It’s a stem winder, half open face, and the cases elegantly enclosed. On the inside of the case is engraved the following legend: “Presented to H. C. Sims, of the Wichita Bar, 1878, by Hackney & McDonald.” This is an expression of their high appreciation of the personal character and legal ability of the leading lawyer of the southwest. We always thought that Sims needed “watching.”
        [Note: They had “H. G. Sims” and “H. C. Sims.” Also case/cases referring to watch.]
R. L. Walker was the Cowley County Sheriff in 1878. On February 28, 1878, the Winfield Courier printed the following “Real Estate Transfer.”
                         R. L. Walker to David J. Bright, sw 6, 34, 3, 160 acres, $585.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
David Bright and wife to Hackney & McDonald, sw. 6, 34, 3; 159½ acres, $290.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.
                                                            District Court.
                         CIVIL DOCKET: Hackney & McDonald v. W. W. Andrews.
Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.
                                                  District Court Proceedings.
Monday, May 6th, 10 o’clock a.m. His Honor, W. P. Campbell, on the bench. Present: C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, clerk; Jas. McDermott, prosecuting attorney; attorneys C. Coldwell, W. F. Hackney, Henry E. Asp, J. E. Allen, D. C. Beach, E. S. Torrance, J. M. Alexander, A. J. Pyburn, N. C. Coldwell, Jas. Christian, G. H. Buckman, S. D. Pryor, J. Wade McDonald, C. R. Mitchell, J. D. Pryor, C. C. Black, R. C. Story, L. J. Webb, W. M. Boyer, F. S. Jennings, and D. A. Millington.
Judgment for plaintiff by default was ordered in the following:
                                       Hackney & McDonald vs. W. W. Andrews.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
                                                        Court Proceedings.
                                           [From the Cowley County Telegram.]
The following is a report of the disposal of the cases which have come up so far during this term.
                               Hackney & McDonald vs. W. W. Andrews, judgment.
                                                  District Court Proceedings.
Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
The addresses delivered to the jury in the case of Harris versus Day et al., by Hon. Jas. McDermott, Frank S. Jennings, and J. Wade McDonald are all spoken of as forensic oratory of a high order. But few cases have been tried in so thorough and exhaustive a manner as was this.
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
                                                REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
For the week ending May 27, 1878.
Charles Wilsie and wife to J. Wade McDonald, lots 5 and 6 and e. ½ sw. 31-32-3; $1.

Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
                                                         Publication Notice.
In the District Court of said county.
Mercy M. Funk, Plaintiff, vs. Cynthia Clark, Mary Bacon, Rhoda Stubbs, and Almyra B. Stubbs, a minor, Defendants.
To Cynthia Clark, Mary Bacon, and Rhoda Stubbs, defendants in the above entitled cause, and non-residents of the State of Kansas, Greeting:
You and each of you are hereby notified that you have been sued by the plaintiff, Mercy M. Funk, in the district court of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, and that unless you answer the petition of the plaintiff on or before the 13th day of July, A. D. 1878, the same will be taken as confessed by you; and judgment will be rendered by said court in favor of the said plaintiff and against you and each of you for the partition of the following described real estate, situated in the said County of Cowley, to wit: The east half of the southeast quarter of section No. nineteen and the west half of the southwest quarter of section No. twenty, all in township No. thirty south, of range No. four east; and for the adjustment and apportionment of certain liens, claimed by the plaintiff, upon the whole of said tract of land, for and on account of moneys by her expended in the purchase and improvement of the same.
                                HACKNEY & McDONALD, Attorneys for Plaintiff.
Attest: E. S. BEDILION, Clerk.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
The parties from Winfield who attended the Masonic picnic at Dexter were J. McDermott, Rev. Randall, J. Wade McDonald, C. C. Harris, B. F. Baldwin, and A. D. Speed with the Misses Coldwell, and Ed. Clisbee and S. Suss with the Misses Finney. The Dexter people gave them a splendid dinner and the most distinguished treatment as guests, and they enjoyed the occasion “hugely.” Capt. McDermott and Judge McDonald were the orators, and the music was from a choir under the leadership of F. A. Cregor. The attendance was large and the picnic was a success.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
Judge Coldwell soars the eagle at Wellington on the Fourth. Judge McDonald exhibits the same bird at Sedan.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
                                                  Salt City Mineral Springs.
Salt City, fourteen miles southwest of Winfield, on the line between Cowley and Sumner counties, promises to become the Saratoga of Kansas. It has four mineral springs that will become famous. We have known before this that these springs possessed very curious mineral properties, but have paid little attention to the claim that they had medicinal and curative properties of the highest order. But recently events have proved all that has been claimed for them. Several persons seriously afflicted with erysipelas, rheumatism, eruptions, and various cutaneous diseases have visited these springs and by drinking their waters and bathing in them have experienced rapid and wonderful relief.

Among these cases we will mention that of Judge McDonald. He has had a most terrible eruption covering his face, head, and neck with sores, scabs, and pustules, and his face was bleeding in many places. On the 28th ult., he visited the springs and drank and bathed freely. In less than three hours the scabs came off his face and his appearance was wonderfully improved. He has since, for three days, continued to use this water, and now looks and feels like a very different man and has every prospect of a speedy and perfect case.
Robert Mills was very seriously afflicted with erysipelas. He has been using these waters for three weeks and is now entirely recovered. It is claimed that these waters are a sure cure for every species of cutaneous diseases and impurities of the blood. So far as they have been tried, the claim has been sustained. The water is clear and cool, but we are not very partial to its taste; in fact, we have tasted very many kinds of drink that we liked better. The day is not far distant when Salt City will rival Hot Springs as a resort for invalids.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
W. P. Hackney and J. Wade McDonald and wives to James Fitzgerald, ne. 29-31-6; 80 acres, $200.
Melissa A. Holmes to W. P. Hackney and J. Wade McDonald, lots 11 and 12, block 110, Winfield; $500.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
W. P. Hackney and wife, and J. Wade McDonald and wife, to John Fitzgerald w. ½ of ne. ¼ 29-31-6; $260.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
The Wichita Beacon proposes the name of J. Wade McDonald, of Winfield, as the Democratic candidate for Congress from the Third District. Mr. McDonald would be a very popular candidate and in this section at least, would poll a vote far ahead of his ticket. If Tom Ryan was to be beaten by a Democrat, we would wish that Democrat to be J. Wade McDonald; but we think J. Wade will prefer some other man as the Democratic candidate.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
                                                                Trial List.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.
                                                              SALT CITY.
                                                  Salt City Mineral Springs.
                                              [From Green’s Real Estate News.]
About fifteen miles southwest of Winfield, in Cowley County, and one half mile north of the little village of Salt City in Sumner County, are situated the famous salt and mineral springs now owned by Messrs. Hackney & McDonald, attorneys of Winfield.
The following item is confusing to me. Same land that Hackney & McDonald purchased from Bright...
Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
M. G. Troup, county clerk, to J. Wade McDonald, sw. 6, 34, 3.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

                                                      Democratic Convention.
This body met in the office of C. C. Black, in Winfield, on Saturday last, at 11 o’clock a.m. E. P. Young was chosen temporary chairman and C. C. Black secretary.
A committee on credentials was appointed consisting of Williams, Lester, and Yount; and as committee on permanent organization, McIntire, Howard, and Pratt; also a committee to confer with a similar committee from the National Convention to report a fusion ticket, consisting of Judge McDonald, Sol. Smith, and Amos Walton.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.
Judge McDonald attended the Schiffbauer-Eckles trial last Friday as attorney for Schiffbauer Bros. & Co.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.
The trial of Schiffbauer Bros. against Eckles, for attempt­ing to abscond to defraud creditors, resulted in a verdict for the plaintiff. Judge McDonald appeared for the Messrs. Schiffbauer, and Mitchell and Walton were attorneys for the defendant.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1878.
                                             MANNING’S OPERA HOUSE.
                                                          Opening Benefit.
The citizens of Winfield and vicinity purpose giving an entertainment benefit on
                                         TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 17, 1878
at Manning’s Opera House, to show their appreciation of the enterprise of a citizen who has erected a magnificent hall in our city.
                        Address (welcome and congratulatory), J. W. McDonald, 8:30.
Winfield Courier, December 19, 1878.
Mrs. Thompson, of Denver, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Judge McDonald, in this city.
Winfield Courier, December 19, 1878.
The oration delivered by J. Wade McDonald at the opening of Manning’s Opera House on Tuesday evening was peculiarly fine, and was delivered in the happy manner so characteristic of the orator.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
J. Wade McDonald, addition, residence, frame: $300.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.
We are informed that Oxford Township in Sumner County has employed Hackney & McDonald to enjoin the issuing of the Cowley, Sumner & Fort Smith R. R. bonds in that county.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.
BIRTH. Judge and Mrs. J. W. McDonald were made happy on last Wednes­day morning, Feb. 19th, by the arrival of a little 9½  pound daughter.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1879.
                             FRANCIS SMALL MURDERS J. E. STARBUCK.

                                                    The Starbuck Homicide.
Justice Buckman then recognized the witness to appear and testify at the next term of court, and the case was argued by E. S. Torrance, county attorney, for the prosecution and J. Wade McDonald for the defense.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald and E. S. Torrance have received another lot of choice law books which is quite an addition to their already valuable libraries.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
Mr. Hackney made an excellent speech. It was the finest effort thus far in Will’s professional life. The same may be said of Judge McDonald’s argument, while Torrance simply did nobly. The arguments of all the gentlemen were first class. A gentleman outside said, “When Asp made his speech, it looked plain that Small was guilty of a cold-blooded murder; when Hackney had finished, he thought it was awful doubtful; by the time McDonald had finished, he thought Small ought to be acquit­ted. But Torrance began to make the thing look dark again for Small, and before he closed his talk he made up his mind again that Small was guilty as h__l.”
The jury came in Saturday evening with a verdict of guilty of manslaughter in the second degree.
Motion for a new trial was overruled. Judge Campbell reviewed the testimony and made his criticisms freely and plain­ly. His review was remarkable. He said the defendant ought to have been convicted of murder in the first degree, and declined to entertain the plea of clemency interposed by Judge McDonald for the defendant. He sentenced Small to confinement at hard labor in the penitentiary for the longest term that he could under the verdict—five years.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
F. M. Small and wife to W. P. Hackney and J. W. McDonald, n 1/2 of nw 1/4 8, 32, 6.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1879.
To the People of Bolton and Cresswell Townships:
Your officers having refused to pay for the lumber used in repairing your bridge across the Arkansas river, we have pur­chased lot No. 1, in section No. 1, upon which the South end of your bridge rests, and there never having been any road laid out across said lot No. 1, to your bridge, we have closed up our land at the end of the bridge, and, after next Monday, no person will be allowed to cross said land; and all persons crossing said land will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, unless the said lumber, and all expenses, shall be fully paid us in the meantime. Respectfully, HACKNEY & McDONALD.
June 3rd, 1879.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1879.

The Sumner County Vidette will please bear in mind when reference is made to the far famed Medicinal Springs, at Salt City, owned by Hackney & McDonald, that their locality is in Cowley County.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879 - Front Page.
                                          SALT CITY, KANS., JUNE 10, 1879.
This is the famous salt region of Sumner County. It was laid out by Messrs. Mills and Foster in 1874. It is situated in the southeastern part of the county near the Arkansas River. It is surrounded by some of the best lands of the valley. The farms show that their owners understand their business, as they are well improved and cultivated. The population at the present time is only about fifty. It has a weekly mail, which arrives on Friday. It is very unjust to the people, as it arrives just at the right time to prevent them from receiving the weekly papers until they are at least ten days old. If the date of arrival was on Monday or Tuesday, it would be a vast advantage to them. Something ought to be done for them by the postmaster officials.
The large thing for this place is its mineral springs. There are a great many of them, and they are already known to contain medicinal properties of the highest order.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald, of Winfield, own the largest of the springs. They have sent water out of the springs to two or three different parties for analysis.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
Judge McDonald will be one of the orators at the coming celebration. The Judge is acknowledged to be one of the best speakers in the State, and his oration on the Fourth will be one of the best features of that occasion.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
The order of exercises at the grounds will be: First, Reading of the declaration of Independence by Mr. D. C. Beach, orations by Hon. J. H. Richey, of Lawrence, and of J. Wade McDonald, of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
The speech of the occasion, which was delivered by Judge McDonald, was pronounced by all to be one of his most brilliant efforts, and was as creditable to himself as it was pleasing to the audience.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
Yesterday Hackney & McDonald perfected the sale of their Salt Springs land. The farm consisted of 159 acres of land, on which are situated the famous mineral springs, and was sold to C. R. Mitchell, of Arkansas City, for the sum of $4,000. Messrs. Hackney & McDonald have held the lands some eighteen months, and make a clear profit of $3,500 on the sale. We congratulate them upon their good fortune. Telegram.
These famous springs are now owned in partnership by C. R. Mitchell and A. A. Newman, of this place. They are both shrewd businessmen, have plenty of capital at their command, and if they don’t make three or four times $3,500 out of this venture, you may have our hat. Bob and Al. seldom make much noise, but they know a good thing when they see it.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.

The editors of the New Enterprise enjoyed a pleasant visit to the beautiful and prosperous city of Winfield, last Monday. Mr. Eagin formerly lived there, but we had never before seen Winfield, and were surprised to find such a live, enterprising, and prosperous city.
While there we made the acquaintance of some of Winfield’s leading citizens: among them Hon. E. C. Manning, Hon. W. P. Hackney, Hon. J. Wade McDonald, Hon. J. M. Alexander, Gen. A. H. Green, Frank S. Jennings, attorneys, and Baird Bros., Lynn & Gillelen, Spotswood & Co., C. A. Bliss & Co., and S. H. Myton, merchants. We also made the acquaintance of the county officers who are all affable gentlemen.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald have sold the Salt Springs property to C. R. Mitchell, of Arkansas City, for $4,000. These springs are gaining a wide reputation and are becoming a very valuable property.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
A. A. Newman and C. R. Mitchell have purchased the Mineral Springs at Salt City, of Hackney and McDonald. They gave the neat little sum of $4,000 for the quarter section. These gentle­men intend erecting a large hotel and bath-house thereon, and as they are live businessmen, we doubt not will make it a success. The healing properties of these springs cannot be excelled if equaled in the Union.—Democrat.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1879.
Judge McDonald’s “teaser” will scarcely be able to get into Congress through editorial work of the character he has been doing on the semi-occasionally for the past few weeks. Something else will be required to rescue him from the political oblivion to which the people have consigned him on account of his foolish and disgraceful course when last in the State Legislature. His political activity abroad will hereafter be limited to lying around the State Capital, at his own expense, full of beer during the sessions of the Legislature, for the purpose of “controlling Manning’s vote.”
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.
                                              CONGRATULATORY SPEECH
                                       By Hon. J. Wade McDonald, at 10:45 a.m.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1879.
                               Sedgwick and Sumner Counties Enthuse With Us.

Tuesday was a day long to be remembered by our citizens. Long before the time advertised for the arrival of the excursion train, the ground around the depot was crowded with Cowley’s people waiting to welcome the people of Sumner and Sedgwick who were coming to celebrate with us the completion of our first railroad. The city officials were there marshaling their commit­tees to take charge of the ladies, every available vehicle in town being pressed into service to accommodate them. All were on the tip-toe of expectation when the news flashed over the wires that the Wichita train had passed Mulvane, and that there were four hundred ladies and twelve hundred men on board, with the Wellington train just behind with as many more. Then it was that our people realized the full extent of the inundation about to take place. Arrangements had been made to accommodate about five hundred people, but when they began to drop down on us one and two thousand at a time, all these arrangements were upset, and a majority of the people had to get off the train and make their way to town the best way they could.
The procession was formed at the depot, headed by the Wichita Guards and the Wichita Fire Company, followed by a carriage containing the orator of the day, then the city authori­ties of Wichita, Wellington, and Winfield, followed by the Wichita cornet band and ladies in carriages. The procession was fully a mile long. At the grounds Judge McDonald delivered a speech of welcome, which was highly spoken of by all who heard it, and fully sustained the high reputation which he has won as an orator.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.
The Telegram shows that Judge McDonald is opposed to the election of C. L. Harter for sheriff. Everybody who knows J. Wade McDonald knows that his opposition to Harter or any other man on a democratic ticket cannot be from personal motives. He always supports heartily every democratic nominee except in case of one who is totally unfit for the office, and he has had as good opportunities to judge of Harter’s fitness as any man.
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880.
Hon. J. W. McDonald, and family, and Miss Emma Thompson, spent several days last week in Wichita as guests of Judge and Mrs. Campbell.
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880.
Mrs. J. W. McDonald, corner Sixth and Manning Sts., assisted by Miss Emma Thompson.
Winfield Courier, January 15, 1880.
Court convened Monday, and Judge Campbell not being able to be present until Wednesday, the members of the bar elected J. Wade McDonald Judge pro tem, and proceeded with business.
Winfield Courier, January 15, 1880.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald on last Monday purchased Col. Alexander’s office property on Ninth avenue. They will fit the upper story up for their office. They have also purchased Dan. Miller’s property on South Main street.
Winfield Courier, January 15, 1880.
The District Court convened on Tuesday. Judge Campbell was detained at Wichita to finish up a criminal case on trial in that city, and had not arrived, therefore, the members of the bar elected J. Wade McDonald, Judge pro tem., who proceeded to try the case of the State vs. Isaac J. Henry, known as the North End Meat Market case. Torrance appeared for the prosecution and C. H. Payson for the defense. The case was ably conducted and resulted in the acquittal of the defendant. Mr. Payson’s plea before the jury is spoken of as a very able argument and one of the finest oratorical efforts that have been presented in our courts.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.

Judge Campbell has returned to Wichita, but Judge McDonald will keep right on with the court, trying all cases in which he has not been interested as counsel.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.
Married. Monday evening Mr. A. D. Speed and Miss Thompson were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Judge McDonald, by Rev. J. E. Platter. Only a few friends of the family were present.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.
The court has been occupied for most of the past week in the trial of Shock for the assault with dangerous weapon on Foster. J. Wade McDonald has occupied the bench, Torrance has managed the prosecution, and W. W. Perkins the defense. The testimony closed Saturday night. On Monday Judge McDonald gave a long and able charge to the jury and Torrance opened the argument for the prosecution, closing a very able effort with the session for the day. Tuesday the argument for the defense was given by W. W. Perkins, and was a powerful forensic effort.
The case was submitted to the jury on Tuesday and on Wednes­day morning they brought in a verdict of guilty of assault with intent to kill. This will subject Shock to a sentence of impris­onment for a term not exceeding seven years.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
Judge McDonald started for New York Saturday morning on business. He will be absent about two weeks.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
Judge J. Wade McDonald, of the law firm of Hackney & McDon­ald, of Winfield, made us a pleasant call last Saturday evening. For about two hours in his usual free and eloquent manner, he entertained us in most pleasant conversation and with a minute description and location of the many substantial improvements in his city during the past two years. Judge is one of the ablest and most successful attorneys in Southern Kansas, as well as one of the best orators in the State. He wished us success and gave us good advice, all of which was appreciated. Elk Falls Signal
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1880.
Judges Torrance and McDonald are attending court this week at Howard, both being called to look after important cases. Our neighbors know the value of good legal talent.
Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.
Timme, the tailor, is gaining a wide reputation by the excellence of the work he is daily turning out. He will soon occupy the two front rooms in the Manning building, now being occupied by Hackney & McDonald.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.

A meeting of prominent citizens was held in the office of Hackney & McDonald, Monday evening, to consider the advisability of forming a stock company for the erection of a large, three-story, brick hotel in Winfield. About $9,000 was subscribed, and committees were appointed to look up a location and solicit subscription to stock. The matter is in good hands, is being warmly advocated by most of our leading citizens, and we may expect ere long to see erected here one of the finest hotels in southern Kansas. The need of such a hotel is felt by all.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Last Thursday night, between 11 and 3 o’clock, Winfield was visited by the most disastrous conflagration yet happening within her borders. The fire started in the old log store, one of the landmarks of the town, and for years occupied by the COURIER, but was now being used by F. Leuschen as a cabinet shop. The fire is supposed to have originated from the old rags, oil, and varnish in the shop. The alarm was given before the fire was thoroughly underway, and had those first on the ground been furnished with decent appliances, it might have been controlled, saving thou­sands of dollars worth of property. The old log building was like a tinder box and made a very hot fire. Next to it on the east were two buildings, one belonging to C. L. Harter and occupied by the moulder at the foundry, the other owned and occupied by Robert Hudson. These buildings were both destroyed, but the contents were saved.
Immediately west of the log building, across the alley, was an old livery barn belonging to Hackney & McDonald, which was the next to go.
From this the fire was communicated to the Central and Lindell hotels. As soon as it was evident that the hotels must go, the work of getting out the furniture began. Carpets, bedding, crockery ware, and furniture of all descriptions were tumbled promiscuously out of windows and doors into the street, much of it being broken and smashed. The hotels being dry, pine buildings, burned rapidly, sending up large cinders which fell in different parts of the city, making the utmost vigilance neces­sary to keep them from igniting buildings three blocks from the fire.
The following is a list of the losses and insurance.
Hackney & McDonald, livery stable occupied by Buckhart, loss $800; no insurance.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.
The Telegram insinuates that there was a ring of lawyers prosecuting the late case against Payson. It probably had in view the fact that Hackney and McDonald were counsel against Payson in other cases, but we are informed by persons who know that neither Hackney and McDonald nor any other attorney assisted Mr. Torrance in any way in the case just tried.
Winfield Courier, May 27, 1880.
Hackney & McDonald are moving into their own office, next to the stone livery stable. They will occupy the second story.
Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Hackney & McDonald have moved their law office into the building on 9th Avenue, formerly occupied by Col. J. M. Alexander as a law office. They have fitted up the new office in the best style.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.
J. Wade McDonald opened his Congressional canvas at Caldwell last Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

At the Democratic congressional convention of the third district held at Wichita, August 12, Hon. J. Wade McDonald was nominated on the first ballot. He accepted the nomination in an eloquent speech before the convention. There was a big ratifi­cation meeting in the evening. A hickory pole was raised, and a flag was presented by the ladies to the Hancock and English club. There was a fine torchlight procession, good music, good speak­ing, and lots of enthusiasm. There will come a time in November when votes will fall “like snow flakes on the sod” and J. Wade will disappear. A drift of 15,000 majority will appear, and beneath it will be heard J. Wade begging Elder Mitchell to pray for both.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Some of the Democrats suppose that Gen. McDonald, who has recently demoralized the Republican party by publishing a book of what he knows about whiskey frauds, is the same McDonald who is running for Congress in this district. Because we do not want them to vote for the nominee, we will state he is J. Wade McDonald, and of an entirely different breed from Gen. John McDonald, the prison bird. The latter can tell more lies in a few minutes than J. Wade will tell in a whole campaign.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
It is said that in the Wichita convention someone stated that J. Wade McDonald was a soldier in the rebel army, and that in response one delegate stated that he would vote for a rebel soldier full as soon as for a union soldier, and another said that he questioned the democracy of any man who would oppose a man because he wore the grey.
Now, we do not propose that his friends shall be allowed to make capital for him among Democrats by making them believe he was a rebel soldier and killed Republicans. We boldly assert that such is not the case, but that J. Wade McDonald was a soldier in the Twentieth Illinois infantry, a regiment whose preserved banner is emblazoned with the names of Fredericktown, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg; that he killed Democrats, that he was discharged from service on account of wounds received, and that he still carries rebel lead in his thigh. We don’t believe he will be a popular candidate with his party.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.
The safest political team we know of is the legal firm of Hackney & McDonald, of Winfield, Kansas. Mr. Hackney is a Republican, and is a candidate for the State Senate. Mr. McDon­ald is a Democrat, and is a candidate for Congress. At the game of “Heads I win—tails you lose,” these gifted young men have few equals and no superiors.
Kansas City Times.
Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.
It is said that J. Wade McDonald will be withdrawn from the race for Congress by the Democratic committee to carry out a plan for general fusion of the Democratic and Greenback parties.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.
While attending the State Convention at Topeka, we met the Hon. W. P. Hackney, of Winfield, Cowley County, the Republican candidate for State Senator from the 25th district.

Cowley County alone constitutes the district, and while it had about 500 Republican majority, still owing to jealousies heretofore existing in the ranks of the party, the district enjoys the proud (?) distinction of being represented in the senate by a Democrat. We are glad to be able to say to the Republicans of the state that there will certainly be a gain of our Republican Senator at the next session of the legislature, for W. P. Hackney will as certainly be elected as that an elec­tion is held.
Mr. Hackney is a man far above the average in ability; is a fine lawyer, and is the law partner of Mr. McDonald, the Demo­cratic candidate for Congress, in the Third Congressional Dis­trict, and right here, it may be pertinent to say that Mr. Hackney will as surely be elected as Mr. McDonald will be defeated.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
J. Wade McDonald is home for a short rest.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
Mrs. J. Wade McDonald returned last week from a long visit to her mother in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. A. D. Speed, her sister, preceded her about a week. The two ladies are looking well and seem to have enjoyed their visit.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
With the earliest settlers of Winfield, came Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, since which time their hospitable home has been a favorite with our society people.
At their reception last evening an unusually happy and enjoyable time was had. Mr. and Mrs. Millington, assisted by their daughters, Misses Kate and Jessie, were truly at home in the manner and method of receiving their friends, with a smile and a pleasant word for all. No wonder the hours passed so quickly by. All restraint and formality was laid aside for an evening of genuine good feeling and pleasure.
Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Dr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. Shreves, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Millington, Mrs. Huston, Miss McCommon, Wirt W. Walton, and J. R. Conklin.
Refreshments were served to the satisfaction and praise of all, and not until a late hour came the “good nights” and the departure of friends for their homes, each of whom will not soon forget the pleasant evening with Mr. and Mrs. Millington. Daily Telegram.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1881.

Last night about nine o’clock the home of W. C. Carruthers was the scene of a terrible event. C. C. Harris and Joe O’Hare were visiting at the house and they heard screams from the dining room. They rushed to the door and a living mass of flames burst into the room and ran screaming through the parlor and into the bedroom. It was the colored servant girl who had set fire to herself from the stove. After reaching the bedroom, she jumped on to the bed, but before any relief could be given her, she jumped up and ran through the rooms into the kitchen and jumped into a tub of water. By this time, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, who had gone to bed, came rushing to the scene. Mrs. Carruthers commenced tearing the clothes from her, and she and her husband pressed her into the water and extinguished the flames. Judge McDonald, from his residence on the opposite side of the street, heard the screams, saw the flames, and reached the unfortunate girl about the same time Mrs. Carruthers did. He gave what assistance was possible. Doctor Davis was called, and he says the girl was literally roasted alive, and will die as a result of her injuries. The rooms were set fire to in several places, but the flames were extinguished without any serious damage. The authorities took the case in hand, and have removed the girl to the poor house, which is the best under the circumstances. Her name is Ann Garr, and of large and strong build. She came here last summer with a party of “exodusters.” Her present sufferings are frightful and death will be a relief.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
The Ladies’ Library Association met at the library rooms on Tuesday, January 25th, and elected the following members as directors. Mesdames D. A. Millington, T. R. Bryan, T. G. Ticer, W. R. Davis, W. O. Scovill, J. C. Fuller, J. Swain,          Eastman, J. P. Butler, George E. Raymond, W. P. Hackney,           Wallis, A. E. Baird, M. L. Read, E. S. Bedilion, A. H. Doane, G. Emerson, J. A. Hyden, A. T. Spotswood, C. S. Van Doren, J. W. McDonald, J. S. Mann, J. S. Loose, J. A. Earnest. The six last hold over under the constitution. The three first are re-elected.
Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.
On last Thursday evening was gathered in the magnificent salons of M. L. Robinson one of the largest parties which have assembled in Winfield this past season. The honors of the occasion were conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood in the most graceful and pleasing manner, making each of the guests feel delighted and happy. A new departure was made in the hour for reception which we cannot too highly commend, that of substituting 7 o’clock for the late hours which usually prevail, but the habits of some were so confirmed that they could not get around until nine o’clock. The banquet was excellent beyond our power of description. Nothing was wanting to render it perfect in all its appointments. At a reasonable hour the guests retired, expressing the warmest thanks to their kind hostesses and hosts for the pleasures of the evening. The following are the names of the guests as we now remember them.
Miss Nettie McCoy, Mrs. Huston, Mrs. S. H. Myton, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs. Ticer, Mr. M. G. Hodges, Mr. C. A. Bliss, Mr. W. C. Robinson, Mr. W. A. Smith, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Loose, Mrs. Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Platter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Dever, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, Mrs. W. F. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. F. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Baird, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.

Hackney & McDonald sold their 3,140 acres of Cherokee strip of land in Spring Creek township last Tuesday for $2.50 per acre, spot cash. It was purchased by Illinois bankers, who will probably hold it for speculative purposes. Messrs. Hackney & McDonald purchased the land over a year ago at Government sale for $1.00 per acre.
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Messrs. Wiley & Libby, of Red Rock creek, Indian Territory, bring a suit to determine whether citizens of Kansas are obliged to pay a tax on cattle that are kept in the Territory. The case is in the hands of Hackney & McDonald, and the decision will be looked for with great interest by the people of border counties. The present interests are immense and will grow greater each year. Monitor.
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald have been employed for the defense in the abortion case that is causing so much excitement in and around Oxford. Winfield Monitor.
That settles it. The accused might just as well be dis­charged without the farce of a trial for they will not be con­victed. We judge thus because it was Judge McDonald, a member of this firm, who came over here and in three days time proved the prosecuting attorney clear out of court in the case of the State vs. Capps, charged with the murder of Waggoner. He did it with the state’s witnesses, too, and that in face of the fact that the said prosecutor had had since the 10th day of last August in which to make up the case. Wellingtonian.
The above looks as if Brother Allison was after scalps, or something of that sort.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
Judge J. Wade McDonald and family are doing Colorado, with headquarters at Denver.
Winfield Courier, September 8, 1881.
Judge J. Wade McDonald returned from Colorado last week. He looks sunburned and rugged and has enjoyed the summer immensely.
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
Judge McDonald returned to Colorado Monday to look to his mining interests.
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
Judge McDonald tells a good one on Capt. Siverd. The Captain was advocating Chase for sheriff last Thursday, when the judge asked him how it was going? “Oh, I don’t know,” says Capt. Siverd, “Our fellows don’t work very hard.” The judge asked: “How is it with Shenneman? Is he at work or does he repose on his reputation?” The Captain answered: “Shenneman don’t repose worth a ______ cent.”
Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.
Judge Wade McDonald came home from the mines Friday and spent several days with his family. He returned Tuesday. He seems to grow more rugged and healthy looking as his residence in Colorado is prolonged. His mines are being worked rapidly and the developments are satisfactory.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 2, 1881.
Messrs. Hackney & McDonald, one day last week, disposed of 3,154 acres of land in Spring Creek Township for the neat consid­eration of $7,569.60.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.

HACKNEY & McDONALD, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. North side of 9th avenue, between Main and Millington streets, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, December 1, 1881.
Judge McDonald returned to the snowy mountains of Colorado Monday after a sojourn of one week with his family.
Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.
Lovell H. Webb has taken a position with the firm of Hackney & McDonald, and will be found hereafter helping with the immense law business of the firm. Lovell has one of the best legal minds of our bar and will do valuable service for Messrs. Hackney & McDonald.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Judge McDonald is home again for a few days.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
Henry Asp has removed his law office into the first floor in the Hackney and McDonald building on 9th avenue.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
This is the tenth year for the firm of Hackney & McDonald, which is something unusual for a law firm. Law firms generally die young.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Judge McDonald is in town again. He will hereafter make this his mining as well as legal headquarters.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Hackney & McDonald sold the Jake Keffer farm in Pleasant Valley Township to Kyle McClung for $2,500.
Cowley County Courant, March 23, 1882.
Newton Hager, who went from Rock township, this county, to New Mexico, something over a year ago, seems to have struck it rich. He has some fine mines in the Pecos Mining district, about twenty miles from Glorietta. He sent recently to Judge McDonald a lot of specimens of silver bearing ore taken from his mines, which will assay from 100 to 500 ounces of silver to the ton. The quartz can be seen at Hackney & McDonald’s law office.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
Judge McDonald has returned home from Wellington, where he lay very sick several days last week. We are glad to see that he is able to be up and around again.
Cowley County Courant, May 4, 1882.
Judge McDonald’s brief to the Supreme Court in the Payson and McNeil case is one of the strongest legal documents we have ever seen. It covers twenty-seven pages of printed matter and the citations embrace the law in every phase of the case. The document was printed by our job department, and we flatter ourselves that it compares favorably with any work of the kind ever laid before the Supreme Court. Courier.
We have no doubt but that Judge McDonald’s brief is a good and strong one. We judge wholly from the gentleman’s ability. But when it is considered that the Courier has about as much idea of law as the running gears of a last year’s crow’s nest, the compliment is somewhat doubtful.
Cowley County Courant, May 18, 1882.

The law firm of Hackney & McDonald has been dissolved by mutual consent.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
The law firm of Hackney & McDonald has been dissolved by mutual consent.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
Dissolution Notice. WINFIELD, KANSAS, May 16, 1882. The partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned, under the firm name of Hackney & McDonald has this day been dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. McDonald succeeds to the business of every kind and character of the late firm, and assumed all the liabilities and duties resting on said late firm. All persons interested will take notice and govern themselves accordingly.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
John Allison and wife, of Illinois, conveyed the old Hackney & McDonald Cherokee Strip lands, comprising 3,154 acres, to D. W. Fuller, of Ohio, and Henry V. Louie, H. L. Bennion, and Alexander Fuller, of Grundy Co., Illinois. Consideration: $8,460. The purchasers will fence the track for stock-raising.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.
Judge McDonald received a pressing invitation last week to deliver the occasional address at the reunion of his old regiment, the 10th Illinois Infantry, on the 13th of June. Owing to important business before the U. S. Court, which meets at Leavenworth about that time, he was compelled to decline the honor.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.
Mrs. Judge McDonald was taken very ill Sunday afternoon, but is now improving.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
Judge McDonald returned from Colorado Springs Monday evening, where he accompanied his wife and left her for a season of rest and recreation.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Judge J. Wade McDonald left for Colorado Tuesday. He has been called there to defend a murderer. The reputation of our attorney is far reaching.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
W. P. Hackney has purchased the lot next to Judge McDonald’s, and on Tuesday pulled down the old blacksmith shop preparatory to erecting an office.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
Mrs. J. Wade McDonald and sister left for Denver Tuesday. Mrs. McDonald will spend the balance of the winter there.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Judge McDonald spent Christmas with his family and Mrs. McDonald’s mother in Denver.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.

Last week we went over east with Joe. E. Conklin on business in the interest of Winfield and her citizens, and in our absence the water works question came up before the city council on Monday evening, and as we expected, was not concluded by the passage of an ordinance. We further expected that the matter would go over to the next regular meeting, by which time it could probably be determined whether a better proposition could be obtained than either of the two propositions before the council. Contrary to our expectations the council adjourned to Tuesday and then to Wednesday evening and rushed the matter along, finally passing an ordinance substantially that offered by Ed. Greer with his amendments, but giving the contract to the originators of the Barclay ordinance, contrary to all rules of justice and fair dealing. Instead of giving the contract to the lowest responsible bidder, it was given to the highest bidder on the condition that he should accept the terms proposed by the lowest bidder.
This was an outrage which admits of no excuse, and we believe that no one pretends there was any excuse for it. Ed. had the backing of at least as much Winfield capital and character as had the parties to whom the job was awarded, and in addition he had the indorsement of one of the strongest water works builders in the country who promised to build the works if Greer’s proposition passed; while the parties to whom the award was made, had no outside backing at all, and now boast that their pretended backing, John Worthington, has been dead two years.

Such an outrage could not have been perpetrated by councilmen Read and Mayor Troup alone. One other councilman was necessary to complete the job. Councilmen Wilson and McMullen could never have been inveigled into such a measure. Councilman Gary was their only chance. He had been the most stubborn opponent to the Barclay job and held that the city could not afford to go into any plan of water works which had been presented or was likely to be presented. Wilson and McMullen were in favor of water works on the best terms the city could get. Read and Troup were as certainly in favor of giving as big a job as possible to Barclay’s assigns, viz., Read’s Bank. How they managed to win Gary to their side is a matter on which our citizens will all have an opinion, but we need not state ours. Some circumstances, however, will not be overlooked. In the first place, it seems that only Read’s Bank was in the scheme. It becoming necessary to have a good talker and a lawyer, Hackney was enlisted, either on a fee or with a share in the job. We have too much regard for his shrewdness to suppose he went in without either. The job did not rush through as suddenly as was expected and Hackney had to go to Topeka. Several outsiders tumbled to their racket, probably without pay or shares, but simply because their souls belonged to Read’s Bank. But they did not count for much. Greer had put in an ordinance that would favor the city at least $55,000 over the other ordinance and something had to be done or the original job would be beaten. They must have a lawyer and a shrewd talker. They selected J. Wade McDonald, probably on similar terms to those on which Hackney was engaged, and because it was claimed that Wade had Gary in his vest pocket. But somehow Gary did not tumble at once. He promised Ed. that he would vote for his ordinance unless the other fellows should present something a great deal better, that he would never vote to allow any other to take the job on Ed’s bid. There was still a hitch in the matter and other arguments had to be used on Gary. Other parties were taken into the ring to help out. We did not hear the new argument which was presented to Gary, but whatever it was it brought him down. On the first test vote, Gary went over to the enemy. He even refused to support Wilson’s motion to reduce the rents on additional hydrants from $75 to $65, according to Greer’s offer. This showed that Ed’s ordinance would certainly be passed and given to the other fellows, and Ed. wilted and gave up the fight. Believing that it was necessary to have water works and that the matter was reduced to the best terms the city could get, Ed. urged Wilson to vote for the measure with Read and Gary and thus settle the question. Had we been present we would have continued the fight for two weeks longer if possible, with the expectation of getting, within that time, a much better proposition for the city than that which is now saddled upon us.
We consider that Ed. has succeeded in his main point, that of saving the city a large sum of money by compelling Robinson & Co., to accept a franchise not worth one-half as much as that which they would have got but for his efforts.
Under the original ordinance, which would certainly have passed but for him, the City would have had to pay rents on at least eighty hydrants after two years at most at $75 per hydrant per year to the end of the 99 years, amounting to $6,000 a year, and if the City should require 20 more, or 100 hydrants in all, it would cost the city $7,500 a year.
Under the ordinance as passed, it will cost the city $3,000 a year for the first 40 hydrants, $65 each per year for perhaps 20 more, and the other 40 hydrants to make up 100 may be free of rent to the city, thus possibly costing the city only $4,300 a year rent for 100 hydrants, a possible saving to the city of $3,200 a year. As this sum is simply interest on the franchise, it reduces the value of the franchise by a sum which would produce $3,200 a year at 6 percent interest.
But we hold that this ordinance ought not to have passed, simply because the city cannot afford it, and because the city could have established and maintained the same kind of works with less than half of the expense, and possibly with no expense at all after two or three years; by issuing $50,000 six percent bonds and letting the individual water-rents pay the running expenses, repairs, and interest on the bonds and creating sinking fund to extinguish the bonds. Because too, as we are now informed, a proposition would soon have been made, on the same basis as the one passed, in all respects except that no hydrant should cost the city more than $60 per year, which would be a further saving to the city of about $700 a year.
But we have not got altogether a sure thing on the savings of $3,200 a year on the ordinance as passed, over the first ordinance as presented. It depends upon the structure of our future city governments. If the persons who own this franchise should be allowed to control the city legislation as in the past, they will make their stock pay, “you bet.”
The only way to preserve what we have gained is to always elect mayors and councilmen who are not interested in this stock. Even with the closest care we are liable to elect persons who are secretly stockholders or who may be bought.
The grand objection which was urged against the City building its own water works, was, that it would make a big hubbub and quarrel at every city election in the struggle between parties and individuals to get control of the water works offices. We have got the same troubles or worse ones fastened on us with this ordinance. At every city election there will be a struggle and bad blood to determine whether water works men or other citizens shall fill the city offices.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

SECTION 1. That the right of way along the streets and alleys, and the privilege to construct, operate, and maintain a system of Water Works within the corporate limits of the City of Winfield, for supplying the City and citizens with water for domestic, sanitary, and other purposes, as well as for the better protection of the City against disaster from fires, be and is hereby granted to Frank Barclay, J. L. Horning, J. Wade McDonald, W. C. Robinson, J. B. Lynn, W. P. Hackney, and M. L. Robinson, of the City of Winfield, Cowley County and State of Kansas, their successors and assigns for the term of ninety-nine (99) years from the passage of this ordinance.
SECTION 2. That the right of way as held by the City of Winfield be granted to said Frank Barclay, J. L. Horning, J. Wade McDonald, W. C. Robinson, J. B. Lynn, W. P. Hackney, and M. L. Robinson and their successors and assigns for the term of ninety-nine (99) years to lay pipes in any and all streets, lanes, alleys, roads, or other public places within the corporate limits of said City, and to extend the pipes, and to place, construct, and erect hydrants, fountains, conduits or such other useful and ornamental structures as may be necessary for the successful operation of the said water works.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
J. Wade McDonald returned from Colorado last Thursday, bringing with him his family, who have sojourned there for the past six months.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Judge McDonald is sowing a lot of blue grass on his thousand acre farm.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
Judge McDonald, having fenced his ranche on Silver Creek, has made his first purchases, which arrived Saturday. The Judge proposes to do in stock as in law—put in his best licks. He has bought something over 100 head of grade short-horn heifers and a registered 3 year old short-horn bull, but the cream of his purchase, we understand, is his 2 year Galloway bull. The Judge wants to double the number of heifers if he can get those of a right grade at a fair price.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
[At City Council Meeting.] J. Wade McDonald, attorney for the Winfield Water Company, appeared and filed and presented to the mayor and councilmen a notification and request from said Water Company, in the words and figures following, to-wit:
Office of the Winfield Water Company, Winfield, Kansas, May 7th, 1883.
To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the City of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas:
GENTLEMEN: You are hereby notified and requested to proceed with all practicable dispatch to have condemned in the name of the City of Winfield, the right to perpetually divest from the Walnut River, at a point thereon northwest of the north end of Walton Street, of said city, all such quantity or quantities of water as may be necessary to enable the Winfield Water Company, its successors or assigns, to supply the said City of Winfield and the inhabitants thereof, with water, in pursuance with the provisions of ordinance numbered 167, of said city.
This notification and request is made in pursuance with and under and by virtue of the provisions of section 14 of said ordinance, numbered 167.
                       The Winfield Water Company by M. L. ROBINSON, President.
Attest: CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Secretary.

Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
Proceedings have been inaugurated by J. Wade McDonald, attorney, to condemn the water in the river above the Winfield Mills for the purposes of the City Waterworks, and Judge Torrance has appointed to appraise the damages R. F. Burden, G. L. Gale, and W. M. Sleeth.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
McDonald, Jarvis & Co., have $1,000,000 of Eastern money to loan on improved farms in Cowley, Butler, Sedgwick, and Sumner counties at SIX PERCENT, per annum. Loans will be made at my office in Winfield, and the interest can be paid to me as it matures, and the borrower will receive the coupons at the time he makes his payments, and thus all mistakes and trouble be avoided. All loans will be made on five years time with the privilege  to the borrower to pay it off at any time after one year. We mean business and can and will loan money cheaper than any other person or firm in Kansas. Come and see us before borrowing elsewhere. J. WADE McDONALD, Attorney and General Manager.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.
The firm of McDonald, Jarvis & Co., on last Saturday filed in the office of the Register of Deeds the first six percent mortgages ever placed in this county. The firm is doing a rushing business. With money at six percent, most anyone can afford to borrow.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.
The new loan broking firm of McDonald, Jarvis & Co., is creating a big stir in the loan market, with their six percent money. The senior member of the firm is J. Wade McDonald.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
The most delightful entertainment of the season was given by Dr. & Mrs. Geo. Emerson on Tuesday evening of this week. The guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. J. Wade McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs.
M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mrs. F. Mendell of Texas, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield of Burden, Mrs. Perkins, late of Australia, Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mrs. C. L. Harter; Misses Lizzie Wallis, Margie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Florence Beeney, Nettie R. McCoy, Huldah Goldsmith, Clara Brass, Sadie French, Julia Smith, Jessie Meech, Caro Meech, Jesse Millington; Messrs. M. J. O’Meara, D. L. Kretsinger, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. H. Nixon, L. D. Zenor, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, E. Wallis, G. Headrick, F. F. Leland, H. Bahntge, E. Meech, Jr. It was an exceedingly lively party and the host and hostess had omitted nothing which could add to the general enjoyment. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson stand at the head of the list of those in Winfield who know how to entertain their friends.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
The following resolution, accepting the Water-works system, was presented by J. Wade McDonald, attorney of the Water-works Company, and passed by the Council after considerable discussion.

Be it resolved, by the Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield, That the system of Water-works constructed in and adjacent to the city, by the Winfield Water Company, in pursuance with provisions of Ordinance No. 167, be, and the same are, hereby accepted; and the contract embodied in said Ordinance is hereby ratified and confirmed unto the said Winfield Water Company as the successor in interest and assignee of the rights of Frank Barclay, J. L. Horning, W. P. Hackney, J. B. Lynn, W. C. Robinson, J. Wade McDonald, and M. L. Robinson, the grantees named in and by said Ordinance No. 167 of the said city; and that the hydrant rentals mentioned and provided for in and by said Ordinance shall accrue from said city to said Water Company from and after the 17th day of December, A. D., 1883. This acceptance is subject to all the requirements on the part of said Water Company, in said Ordinance contained.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884. [Court Notes.]
Bliss & Wood brought action against the Water Company to have it restrained from taking water from their Mill pond. The demurrer was argued at last before the court last week, by McDermott & Johnson for plaintiff and Wade McDonald for defendant. On Monday the Court rendered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. The Case will go to the Supreme Court.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
                                           THE WATER WORKS DECISION.
Following is the full text of the decision of Judge Torrance in the water works case, in which Bliss & Wood are plaintiffs, and the Winfield Water Company is defendant.
                                                    STATEMENT OF CASE.

The decision of this case arises upon a general demurrer interposed by the plaintiffs to the defendant’s answer. The petition in the case, in substance, alleges that the plaintiffs are owners of a mill pond on the Walnut River, in this county, and of lands adjacent thereto, upon which they have constructed a valuable flouring and grist mill, which they are operating by means of the water power furnished by said mill pond; that the defendant is a private corporation created under the laws of this State, and that it has constructed and is operating a system of water works in the city of Winfield, for the purpose of supplying said city with water, and for that purpose is diverting large quantities of water from the plaintiffs’ said mill pond. The petition prays for a perpetual injunction. By way of defense to the cause of action stated in plaintiffs’ petition, the defendant in its answer, alleges that it is a private corporation, duly incorporated under the laws of this State, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining, adjacent to and within the city of Winfield, a system of water works for the purpose of supplying said city with water; that said city of Winfield is a city of the second class, duly incorporated as such under the laws of this State; that the Mayor and Councilmen of said city duly passed an ordinance granting to Frank Barclay, J. L. Horning, J. Wade McDonald, W. C. Robinson, J. B. Lynn, W. P. Hackney, and M. L. Robinson, and their assigns, the privilege of constructing, operating, and maintaining, for the period of ninety-nine years, a system of water works within the corporate limits of said city, for the purpose of supplying its inhabitants with water, and for the better protection of said city against disaster from fires. This ordinance invests the grantees named therein with full power, for the period of ninety-nine years, to lay pipes in the streets, alleys, and other public places within said city, and to extend such pipes, and to erect hydrants, fountains, conduits, or such other useful and ornamental structures as may be necessary for the successful operation of such works. The ordinance further provides that at the expiration of certain specified periods, after the completion of the works, the city shall have the right to purchase the works from the grantees named in the ordinance, or their assigns, upon terms and conditions expressed in the ordinance. The ordinance in terms provides that it shall constitute a contract between the city and the grantees named therein, and their assigns, and shall be binding on all parties upon the acceptance of its provisions by the grantees named therein, or their assigns. In section 14 of the ordinance, the city expressly agrees as a part of the franchise and contract embraced in the ordinance, that it will, upon the request in writing of the grantees named therein, or their assigns, proceed without delay to exercise its right of eminent domain in the condemnation of any lots, parcels, or pieces of ground, or of water or any water privilege, that may be necessary to the proper and convenient construction and maintenance of the system of water works provided for in the ordinance, provided the said grantees, or their assigns, shall pay all costs and expenses incident to such condemnation proceedings, including the cost of all property so condemned. This section also provides that the right to the free and exclusive use and enjoyment of all property so condemned shall vest and remain in said grantees, and their assigns, so long as the franchise and contract provided for in the ordinance shall remain in force and effect. The answer of the defendant further alleges that, after the passage, and due publication of said ordinance, the grantees therein named duly assigned to the defendant corporation all the right, title, and interest granted to and vested in them, under the provisions of said ordinance; that afterwards the defendant notified said city of the fact of such assignment, and that as such assignee it accepted the franchise and contract granted by and embodied in said ordinance, and that the city of Winfield thereupon assented to such assignment, and accepted the defendant in the place and stead of the original grantees named in the ordinance; that afterwards, and in pursuance of section 14 of said ordinance, the City Council of said city proceeded to condemn, and did condemn in its own name, the right to forever divert from the said mill pond of the plaintiffs, sufficient quantities of water to operate and maintain a system of water works, and to supply the inhabitants of the city of Winfield with water therefrom. These condemnation proceedings were had under the provisions of an act of the Legislature of the State entitled, “An act authorizing cities to construct water works,” approved February 27th, 1872, and a subsequent act of the Legislature, amendatory thereof, approved March 8, 1883, and the proceedings seem upon their face to be regular and valid. The answer further alleges that the defendant corporation afterwards constructed the system of water works provided for in said ordinance, and that it is now operating the same, and is diverting from the plaintiffs’ mill pond, by virtue of such condemnation proceedings, only such quantities of water as are necessary for the operation of its works in the supplying of the city of Winfield with water.
                                                 OPINION OF THE COURT.


The power of eminent domain, or the right of the public to appropriate private property to public uses, is one of the attributes of political sovereignty. This power remains dormant, and is unavailable even to the State itself, until legislative action is had, pointing out the occasions, the modes, and conditions under which it may be exercised. The Legislature may at once by direct legislative enactment, appropriate property; or it may delegate such authority to some public or private agency to be exercised by it upon the occasions, and in the mode and under the conditions specified in the act conferring the right. But no person nor corporation, either public or private, however pressing may be the public necessity therefor, is competent to employ the power of eminent domain unless such power has been expressly vested in said person or corporation by an act of the Legislature; and then only in the mode and under the conditions and for the uses expressed in the act. This legislative delegation of the right of eminent domain partakes of the nature of a personal appointment or trust, and the authority thus conferred cannot be delegated to another, or in any manner transferred or assigned, by the person or corporation clothed with the power by the act of the legislature. It seems to me that the principles of law thus far stated are clearly supported by the text writers upon the subject, and by the adjudged cases. The question now arises whether a city of the second class, empowered to exercise this right by the act of the legislature above referred to, for the purpose of supplying its inhabitants with water, has the power to contract with a private corporation, organized under the laws of this state for the purpose of supplying such city with water, to condemn the necessary lands and water privileges to enable such private corporation to construct and operate its waterworks, and in pursuance of such contract lawfully condemn the lands or water privileges of third persons for the benefit of such private corporation. It seems to me that this is a correct statement of the question of law raised by the demurrer to the defendant’s answer. It is true the city of Winfield may in one sense be benefitted by the use of the water proposed to be furnished by the defendant corporation. It is also true that when a private corporation is duly empowered by the legislature to take private property for the construction of works of public utility, the fact that it has a pecuniary interest in the construction of such works does not preclude it from being regarded as a proper agency in respect to the public good which is sought to be promoted. Under our statutes, however, a private water corporation has no authority delegated to it by the legislature to exercise the right of eminent domain. So it seems to me that the contract of the city of Winfield to secure the necessary condemnation proceedings was primarily, and in the just sense of the term, for the benefit of the defendant corporation. The ordinance itself provides that the exclusive use and enjoyment of the property condemned by the city shall vest and remain in the grantees therein named, and their assigns. The act of our legislature under which the condemnation proceedings were had in this case is entitled, “An act authorizing cities to construct waterworks.” This act grants to cities of the second class full power and authority, on behalf of such cities, to contract for and procure the construction of waterworks for the purpose of supplying the inhabitants of such cities with water for domestic use, the extinguishment of fires, and for manufacturing and other purposes. It provides that the city council shall have power and authority to condemn and appropriate, in the name and for the use of the city, any such lands or water privileges, located in or out of the corporate limits thereof, as may be necessary for the construction and operation of such waterworks. It further provides that when the council shall determine to condemn any land or water privilege for the purpose aforesaid, it shall cause a petition to be presented in the name of the city to the judge of the district court of the county in which said city is situated, setting forth the necessity of the appropriation of lands or water privileges for the erection and operation of waterworks, and requesting the appointment of three commissioners to lay off and condemn such lands or water privileges as may be necessary for such purpose, and to make an appraisement and assessment of damages. The act provides that the subsequent proceedings shall be governed by the provisions of the statute relative to the condemnation of lands by railroad corporations (with but one exception), so far as the same are applicable. It also provides that upon the completion of the condemnation proceedings the city shall be vested with the right to perpetually use the property condemned for the purpose of such water works. The act also empowers the council to issue the bonds of the city to defray the cost of such water works, after the question of their issue has been determined in the affirmative by a majority of the electors of such city. The act further empowers and makes it the duty of the council to fix the rate of water rents to be paid by consumers, and to ordain such rules and regulations, with appropriate penalties for the violation of the same, as the council may deem proper for the regulation and protection of such water works, and, lastly, the act authorizes the council to appoint such engineers and other officers to superintend and operate such water works, both during and after the construction of the same, as may be necessary, and to do all acts and things for the erection, operation, alteration, and repair of such water works as may from time to time, in the judgment of the council, be necessary. It is evident, both from the title and body of this act, that it was the intention of the legislature to empower cities of the second class to construct water works for their own benefit and at their own expense, and to have the exclusive control and management of the same. And to this end the act authorizes the city council to exercise the right of eminent domain in the condemnation and appropriation of such lands and water privileges as may be necessary for that purpose, in the name and for the perpetual use of the city in the maintenance and operation of such water works. The only warrant which the city has is to be found in this act; and the only authority conferred by the act is the appropriation of property for the benefit of the city alone. When the property of an individual is sought to be divested against his will by authority of law, courts should not permit the authority conferred to be extended by intendment beyond the fair import of the language used, and should require a strict compliance with the provisions of the law by which the authority is delegated. If the legislature had intended that the power of eminent domain should be invoked in aid of water works to be constructed by private water corporations, it would have delegated the right to exercise such power to such corporations themselves, or to some other agency empowered to act on their behalf. The fact that the legislature has omitted to do so is satisfactory evidence to my mind that it did not intend to delegate the power in such cases. I have had but little time to examine the law bearing upon the point involved in this demurrer, and I would be very loth to thus hastily decide this case if I thought there was any probability that my decision would finally determine the rights of the parties. I thought it proper however, as the matter to be determined was of some general interest to the citizens of this city, to reduce the reasons for my decision to writing. In my present view of the law I am of the opinion the demurrer should be sustained, and it is so ordered.
E. S. TORRANCE, Judge.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.

Petitions came from H. C. McDorman, J. Wade McDonald. The railroad company named J. J. Burns, 1st Vice President and Acting President. Affidavit attested to by M. L. Read, Secretary of the D. M. & A. R R. Asking for County to subscribe for 200 shares of five hundred dollars each of the capital stock of company...amount $4,000 per mile constructed in said county, interest 6 percent per annum, payable semi-annually. Depots: Freight and passenger depots at Winfield, to be located on the east side of the Walnut River and on the south side of Timber Creek within ½ mile of the crossing of Main Street and Ninth Avenue. Other depots not mentioned.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
Judge J. Wade McDonald went up to Topeka Monday to instruct the U. S. District Court on some legal matters.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
More Fine Stock. Cowley is making rapid strides this spring in fine stock matters. We have recently been noting in every issue of the COURIER, the advent of blooded stock  into the county, and now comes J. Wade McDonald with one of the finest bred stallion colts ever brought to Cowley. It is twenty months old and is pronounced by horsemen to be perfect in every point. He is a son of the famous trotter, Gov. Sprague, and of the purest trotting blood on both sides. He also brought in last week a pure blood Durham bull, whose grandmother took first premium at the Centennial. He will be placed on the Judge’s ranch in the southeastern part of the county. Stock raising in Cowley County is rapidly taking equal rank with agriculture, and her natural superiority for both makes her the best county on the globe for permanent investment—a fact which is drawing many wealthy and influential families.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
A WORD FOR THE SOUTHWEST. It is supposed that Gov. Glick will appoint a Democrat to fill the vacancy on the Supreme bench of this state and some suppose it will be his late law partner, Judge Otis of Atchison. Several prominent Democrats have been mentioned, among whom is J. Wade McDonald of this City. It would be a graceful thing and an appointment which would reflect credit upon the governor if he could extend his vision beyond the limits of the northeast corner of the state and appoint so accomplished a jurist as J. Wade McDonald.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
In turning the corner back of Lynn’s store, the first thing which met our gaze was a lawn sprinkler throwing the silver-sprayed water from our water works system on the beautiful blue grass in the grounds of J. P. Baden’s residence. Mr. Baden’s home and surroundings are being made very attractive—in fact, that whole street north is noted for its neat homes. The grounds of D. Berkey, H. Brotherton, J. Wade McDonald, and others exhibit taste rarely excelled.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.

Judge J. Wade McDonald has rewarded the long, faithful, and efficient services of Lovell H. Webb by a partnership, and the legal firm of McDonald & Webb is now one of our institutions, dating from May 1st. Mr. Webb has grown to be one of the best lawyers in the county, a distinction won by hard work coupled with the natural legal talent conspicuous in his family.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
One of Judge McDonald’s fine trotting horses got frightened Tuesday, kicked Mr. Subble off the Sulky, ran away and tore things all to pieces. He could have been easily managed had he kept his heels still.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
Judge J. Wade McDonald delivered the memorial address at Wellington last Friday.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
MARRIED. Mr. Lovell H. Webb and Miss Florence A. Beeney were married Tuesday evening. The union is a most happy one. Lovell is one of our most promising young lawyers, the junior member of the firm of McDonald & Webb. Of the bride we cannot speak too highly. She is a lovely and accomplished lady and her circle of friends and admirers is limited only to those who have enjoyed the pleasure of her acquaintance. Many friends wish the young couple unlimited joy and happiness.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
The “Glorious Fourth.” From all over the county comes the news that everyone, with their cousins and their aunts are coming to Winfield on the Fourth. Wichita, Wellington, Independence, and other towns will come on special trains and enthuse with us. The Burden band will assist in furnishing the music. The oration of the day will be delivered by Judge J. Wade McDonald, which means that it will be one of the most polished and eloquent addresses ever listened to by our people. Immediately after dinner an address will be delivered by Helen M. Gougar, the famous lady orator of Indiana. During the afternoon will occur the amusements, which will be first class, including three races for purses. A number of horses to go in these races are now on the grounds. In the evening the committee on Fire Works will set things to going with a line of fire-works heretofore unsurpassed. After the fire-works comes the Firemen’s Ball in the Opera House, to which all are invited.
At daylight on the morning of the Fourth the battery will begin to play from Alexander’s Mound at the east end of Ninth Avenue.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
The Fair Association have allowed J. Wade McDonald the privilege of pasturing his fine colts on the Bluegrass inside the ring on the grounds.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Judge J. Wade McDonald has been retained by the Oklahoma Boomers to present their case to the United States Court. The Judge made a ringing speech on the subject before a very large audience in Wichita Friday. It was copied in full in the Wichita Beacon of Saturday, and is not only eloquent, but a very clear exposition of the merits of the case.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
Dissolution Notice. WINFIELD, KANSAS, September 30th, 1884. The firm of McDonald, Jarvis & Co., is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Jarvis, Conklin & Co., of Kansas City, Missouri, will assume all business obligations of the old firm, and continue the business at Winfield. J. WADE McDONALD, J. E. JARVIS, McDONALD, JARVIS & CO.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.

The firm of McDonald, Jarvis & Co. was dissolved Monday, Judge McDonald retiring. His increasing law practice together with his stock interests made this necessary. The firm will hereafter be Jarvis, Conklin & Co.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
“Executor,” the pretty racer in charge of F. M. Harlan, of Parsons, was the lion of the free for all speed ring events, roping in first money. He is a half brother of Judge McDonald’s stallion colt.
The noted sorrel, “Caroline,” who won first money in the 2:40 pacing race, making the mile in 2:39½, and also took first premium in sweepstakes for best mare any age or breed, was purchased soon after her victories by Judge J. Wade McDonald, for $1,000. The Judge is a great admirer of fancy horse flesh, and in “Caroline” has a daisy.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
There not being sufficient names on sidewalk petition of J. Wade McDonald, an adverse report was made.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Petition of J. Wade McDonald et al for sidewalk on west side of block 100 was referred to proper committee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.
“A certain gentleman of this city informs us that he was in Winfield just before Couch left with his party for the Oklahoma country,” says the Wellington Press, and that J. Wade McDonald, the attorney for the colonists, instructed Couch to go ahead, settle upon the Oklahoma strip, and if the soldiers undertook to drive them off, to pay no attention to them, let them fire shells or rifle balls over and about them, and to remain passive; but as soon as one of the colonists was injured by said soldiers, open fire upon them and kill every mother’s son of them. Couch, we understand, intends to carry out these instructions; hence we may look for some interesting news from that land before a great while.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
The city “Dads” met in adjourned session Monday evening last, Mayor and all Councilmen present.
The bill of Winfield Gas Company, $853.15 for lamp post rental to January 15, 1885, was ordered paid with a deduction of $345.10, for lights not furnished as per contract. Regarding this deduction, the City Attorney was instructed to agree upon a case with the Gas Company, if after investigation he sees no objectionable features, and submit the matter to this term of the district court for determination. Written opinions of City Attorney O’Hare and J. Wade McDonald, setting forth that the city was not liable to the Gas Company for lights furnished on moonlight nights—for which the above deduction was made—were filed. The Council reconsidered its action in ordering the sidewalk on north side of block 129 widened, and the petition was rejected for the reason that it was insufficient in form.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.

Hon. J. Wade McDonald, attorney of the Oklahoma boomers, went to Wichita Monday to defend W. L. Couch and his associate boomers, whose preliminary hearing on the charge of resisting Uncle Sam’s army occurred there on Tuesday before U. S. Commissioner Shearman.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
For Sale. On the Fair Grounds, Winfield, Kansas, 20 head of fine cross-bred yearling Galloway bulls. J. Wade McDonald.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
                                        WINFIELD, COWLEY CO., KANSAS.
[This was a very long ad covering the history of stallions owned by McDonald. I skipped details. Stallions mentioned: Mastiff, sired by Administrator—2:29½; Malcom Sprague, sired by Governor Sprague—2:20¼.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
Capt. W. S. Tough, of Leavenworth, one of the foremost horsemen of America, called on the COURIER Tuesday, in company with Judge J. Wade McDonald. Captain Tough owned, at one time, “Smuggler,” the famous Johnson County trotter, which he sold to a New Yorker for $40,000, and at present owns much fine horse-flesh. He will probably have a representation at our Speed Fair in May.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Judge McDonald met Capt. Couch on the train this afternoon to consult with him regarding his visit to Washington. The Captain will beard President Cleveland at the White House.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Last winter a year ago Judge J. Wade McDonald seeded about twelve acres of prairie in the bottom on his Liberty township cattle ranch, in Kentucky blue grass. He fed his large herd on this ground during that winter, feeding mostly corn fodder. Last summer but a few spears of the blue grass appeared here and there and the prairie grass had mostly been tramped out. The past winter he again fed his stock on this land, expecting, of course, that his experiment was no go. In February last the cattle were removed. The Judge hadn’t been on the ground since, till last Sunday when, to his astonishment, he found twelve acres of beautiful, luxuriant, and nicely-matted blue grass. This experiment means that blue grass should be well pastured, and that when sown on prairie and thoroughly pastured, the prairie grass is tamped out and the blue grass properly set. This result can also be verified by others who have tried it. The idea that ground before receiving blue grass seed should be thoroughly cultivated is clearly shown to be a fallacy.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
The Cowley County Driving Park Association have joined the Southern Kansas Trotting Circuit and will give the first meeting May 21 to 23. At a recent meeting of the Directory, Messrs. Kretsinger, Spotswood, and Smith, for the Directory, and Messrs. J. Wade McDonald and Jas. Vance, for the delegates, were appointed to arrange and conduct the meeting. The Circuit embraces the following cities and dates, as follows.
Parsons: May 13, 14, and 15.

Winfield: May 21, 22, and 23.
Harper: May 28, 29, and 30.
Wichita: June 4, 5, and 6.
Each Association hang up $1,500 in purses—aggregating $6,000 for the circuit. From information so far received, all the meetings will be attended by a large field of horses. Among the lot will be some of the fastest flyers in the State, with records down in the “twenties.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
J. Wade McDonald, legal services, $15.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
In the case of the State vs. Alice Jeffries, charged with being an accomplice in the Smith & Zook safe robbery last January, she appeared through her attorneys, McDonald & Webb, and the former forfeiture of recognizance was set aside and the case continued to next term, with bond of $700.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
WHEREAS, on the 5th day of May, A. D. 1885, at a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, the following, among other proceedings, were had by and before said Board of Commissioners and duly entered of record on the journal of their proceedings of that day, to-wit;
“In the matter of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Railway:
Now on this 5th day of May, A. D. 1885, at a session of the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, duly holden at the Court House in the City of Winfield, in said county, present, S. C. Smith, chairman, Amos Walton and J. A. Irwin, members of said Board, and J. S. Hunt, county clerk, comes J. Wade McDonald, attorney for the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic railway; and presents to the said Board the petition of J. M. Barrick and seventy-eight other resident tax payers of the municipal township of Fairview, of said county of Cowley, praying that a special election be called for the purpose of submitting to the voters of said township a proposition for said township to subscribe to the capital stock of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic railway, to the amount of ten thousand (10,000) dollars, and to issue the bonds of said township in the sum of ten thousand (10,000) dollars in payment for said stock upon the terms and conditions in said petition mentioned and provided for; said petition being in the words and figures following, to-wit;
To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.
We, the undersigned petitioners, resident taxpayers of Fairview township, in Cowley County, respectfully ask that you submit to the qualified electors of said township, at a special election to be called for that purpose, the following proposition, to-wit;

Shall the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County order the County Clerk, for and in behalf of said township, to subscribe for twenty shares of $500 each of the capital stock of the Denver, Memphis and Atlantic Railway, in accordance with the laws of the State of Kansas, and in payment therefor issue the bonds of said township, running thirty years, bearing six percent interest, payable semi-annually, redeemable after ten years, at the will of said township, provided said township shall give one year’s notice to the Fiscal Agency of the State of Kansas at New York City, of their election to call any of said bonds, upon the following conditions, namely;
When the roadbed of said railway is built and track laid, of standard gauge, and cars running thereon, from a connection with the Missouri Pacific, or the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf, or the St. Louis, Fort Scott & Wichita Railroad, through said township, with a suitable depot and side track sufficient to accommodate the business, located at the most convenient and practicable point in said township, the bonds of said township, to the amount of $10,000 shall be delivered to said railway, upon the delivery by said railway to the County Treasurer of twenty shares, of five hundred dollars each, of the full paid capital stock of the said railway, issued for and in the name of said township.
Unless said road shall be completed as aforesaid, within two years from the time of voting said bonds, said railway shall forfeit all right to said township bonds.
The form of ballot to be used at such election shall be as follows: “For the subscription to stock and issue of bonds to the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway;” and “Against the subscription to stock and issue of bonds to the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
Judge McDonald has put a telephone in the Secretary’s office at the Fair Grounds, through which to hello to his horsemen, caring for his fine lay out of blooded stock.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Judge J. Wade McDonald has exhibited in this office a six foot clump of meadow oats taken from an eight acre patch on his Liberty township farm. The Judge thinks it equal to any tame grass for stock pasture. Last year he put out two acres, as an experiment. It was heavily pastured all winter and spring and its growth this season has been immense. The Judge increased the acreage last spring to eight acres and will yet increase it largely.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Judge McDonald, M. L. Robinson, and N. R. Wilson left Sunday to attend the U. S. Court at Leavenworth, in the case of Frank Barclay against the Winfield Water Company.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
Judge McDonald is getting to be quite a horseman. He now has $8,000 in horse flesh. He has some good ones.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
Capt. Couch, chief of the Oklahoma boomers, was here Friday to join Colonel Crocker in consultation with Judge McDonald, attorney of the Colony.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.

Deputy U. S. Marshal O. S. Rarick brought in Col. Samuel Crocker this morning and lodged him in our bastille. Capt. Rarick arrested the Colonel at Caldwell, where the War-Chief is published, last Friday, on indictments by the Topeka U. S. Grand Jury, in May. The indictment, dated May 10th, is for “Inciting Insurrection and Rebellion against the U. S. government.” The Captain was put in possession of 136 warrants for the arrest of boomers under these same grand jury indictments. He ran in about twenty of them at Caldwell. They at first held a caucus and decided to all go to jail. But, in consultation with the attorney for the colony, Judge J. Wade McDonald, of our city, the twenty gave bond. Colonel Crocker declared that the prosecution was false and malicious, and refused to give bond—preferred to stick it out behind the iron bars, a martyr to the cause. Our reporter had an interview with the Colonel at the jail this morning. We found him writing the particulars of the arrest and charge to General Ben Butler, who is now in Kansas City on legal business, and whom the colonel has secured as counsel. The trial is set for Oct. 12th, before the U. S. court at Leavenworth. Col. Crocker was for years editor of The Columbus Junction, Iowa, Herald, a warm Democratic sheet, but of latter years fell into the labor and anti-monopoly party and stumped Iowa for Ben Butler. He is president of the Butler National Lecture Bureau. He also supported Gen. Weaver during his presidential campaign. He was chairman of the committee of boomers who, at Arkansas City in April, passed resolutions to abide by President Cleveland’s Oklahoma proclamation and aid the administration, since when no attempt has been made to enter the Territory. But he has zealously advocated through his paper the Oklahoma cause, and says that if the Democratic government allows this malicious prosecution of the boomers, he means to turn loose on them with a withering pen. He will edit his paper from his cell here unless the government shuts him off, in which event he will employ an able editor. He will probably try a habeas corpus as a means of release, which will have to go before a U. S. Judge and will take some time. He is a fine looking, rotund gentleman of thirty-five or forty years of age, and converses very fluently. He knows the Oklahoma business from top to bottom. He says that the 3,000,000 acres of Oklahoma land has been treated for, paid for, and surveyed by the United States government, and is as lawfully open for settlement as any land Uncle Sam ever had, and he proposes to see it settled by honest, worthy people if it takes his wool off. He says it is now occupied by cattle men who lease, in direct violation of the law, from the Indians, who commit a penitentiary offense by leasing lands they have no ownership of whatever.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
Judge J. Wade McDonald left last Sunday for Washington, D. C., on business before the Presidential Executive relating to the recent arrest of the Oklahoma boomers and the Oklahoma question generally. He will be gone several weeks.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Friday the President appointed Geo. C. Rembaugh postmaster at Winfield, Kansas, vice D. A. Millington, resigned. The resignation was voluntary and was sent in by J. Wade McDonald, who left Winfield for Washington last Sunday evening. He would not have presented the resignation to the President unless assured that Mr. Rembaugh would be appointed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Judge J. Wade McDonald, of Winfield, will be surprised to hear that he is a possible candidate for Judge of the 19th District. We had always supposed that Winfield was in the 13th, until the Harper County Times informed us better. Wellingtonian.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Judge McDonald returned from Washington, D. C., Saturday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
We find the following in the Washington correspondence of the Kansas City Journal of the 29th.

“J. Wade McDonald, of Winfield, Kansas, disappointed aspirant for the post office at that place, is still here and his signature has been sought by several Kansans among their endorsers for place.”
We saw a statement in the same paper, and probably by the same correspondent, when J. W. McDonald first arrived at Washington, that he was an aspirant for the Winfield post office. Now we understand that he went to Washington on legal business for the Oklahoma boomers, whose counsel he is, and that just before he started, Geo. C. Rembaugh employed him to secure his (Rembaugh’s) appointment as postmaster. Now how did the K. C. J. correspondent find out that J. Wade “went back on George” and “put in” for himself, is what we want to know. How did George get the appointment against the only Kansas politician in Washington at the time? But there is another suspicious circumstance about it. We have heard of nothing from J. Wade to George or anybody else about the glorious victory of pulling George through against the combined fight of Buford, Glick, the whole Kentucky delegation, and other great influences thrown in, no congratulations, nothing about his great influence with the president, as is the regulation way. What is the matter, J. Wade? Have you lost your grip on politics?
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller bought, last week, a little herd of seventeen hundred head of two and three year old steers of Allen & Gibson, Pacus, [?Pecos] Texas, at sixteen and twenty-five dollars per head, delivered at Mr. Miller’s ranch in the Territory. Messrs. Allen & Gibson spent last Sunday here with Mr. Miller. They came up to buy Judge McDonald’s Polled Angus cattle, not knowing they were sold.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Judge McDonald’s flyers won several fine races at the Caldwell Fair, the latter part of last week. Rebecca won first money in three straight heats in the three minute trot, four entries; Caroline got second money in the free for all pace or trot, the first money being won by Black Tom, a 2:28 horse. Mastiff got second money in the “green” trot—for horses that had never before appeared in the ring. The Judge’s horses are now at the Anthony Fair, where some good victories are expected for them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The closest speed ring contest yesterday was in the 2:40 trot, 1½ mile best three in five. Judge McDonald’s “Rebecca,” A. E. Gibson’s “Brown Bird,” Emeline and Frank N. Strong’s “Nellie Mac.” The full five heats were run, the first two won by Nellie Mac and the last three by Rebecca, giving the latter first money and Gray Bird second and Nellie Mac third. Purse $100. Time 2:40. Rebecca is a beautiful traveler, a stretcher from the word go; but when she breaks on a heat, she is mighty hard to get down to business.

The show of roadsters was very fine. Jim Vance, Joe Harter, Capt. Nipp, Gene Wilber, Billy Hands, Arthur Bangs, Joe Moore, and Judge McDonald were in the ring with their steeds. The driving was very fine and resulted in Joe Harter capturing the blue ribbon and Gene Wilber the red. In double roadster teams, Billy Hands, Gene Wilber, C. C. Pierce, and John Hahn competed. The teams were as fine as any one could wish to see. Billy Hands took first premium and Gene Wilber second. The teams were very evenly matched and the decision hard to make. In the roadster stallion class, Capt. Lyon captured first premium for 4 year-olds. For 3 year-olds, Judge McDonald’s “Malcomb Spray” took first.
The first race yesterday was the free for all pace, mile heats, best three in five, three entries—Budweiser, by E. J. Wood, Coffeyville; Caroline, by Judge McDonald, Winfield; Harry Phelps, by W. J. Kinchler, Equity. Caroline made the first half-mile heat in 1:14—a 2.28 gait—the best time ever made on our track. She won the three straight heats, followed by Budweiser. Harry Phelps was withdrawn after the first heat. Time, 2:23¼, 2:35¾, and 2:42. Purse $37.50 to first and $22.50 to second.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The list given below shows money premiums only. Checks for same will be ready after October 1st, and must be claimed by November 1st, 1885, or forfeit to the association. (See rule 12.) Diplomas for exhibits having no competition may be had by calling at the Secretary’s office.
                                                           Lot 6. Roadsters.
Stallion over 1 year. A. J. Lyon 1st, S. Allison 2nd.
Stallion under 4 years. J. W. McDonald 1st.
Mare or gelding over 4 years. J. N. Harter 1st, E. J. Wilber 2nd.
Mare or gelding under 4 years. A. J. Lyon 1st.
Span mares or geldings over four years. Hand and Gary 1st, E. J. Wilber 2nd.
Span mares or geldings, any age. F. Schwantes 1st.
Family carriage, mare or gelding, any age. F. P. Harriott 1st, J. W. McDonald 2nd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
A telegram from J. Wade McDonald, Washington, announces to Mr. S. L. Gilbert that his commission is signed. He has been a little blue of late while awaiting his expected appointment as Receiver of the U. S. Land Office at Wichita, but he changed color immediately when the telegram was put into his hand. He will make a first rate officer and we congratulated him heartily.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
Judge McDonald has evidently sometime snubbed the Washington correspondent of the Kansas City Journal who is trying “to get even.” The following is the latest “dig” at our townsman.
“J. Wade McDonald, of Oswego, Kansas, who has been here some weeks in the interest of several applicants for place, was himself defeated for postmaster, and one or two of his friends have gone under since.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Judge McDonald’s Caroline took first money in the big pacing race at the Hutchinson Fair this week, making the mile in 2:28.This is the fastest time made in this circuit of fairs.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Judge McDonald arrived Monday from Washington. He looks sleek and contented.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

Judge McDonald did not return from Washington without a trophy. While there he attended to business as well as pleasure, and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the U. S., being recommended by Attorney General Garland. He has had a beautiful bronze frame put around it.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Judge McDonald went over to Harper Thursday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
Judge McDonald has bought a fine bull and two cows from J. J. Carson’s Jersey herd, an investment of a thousand or more. Judge Soward has also bought one of the little Jersey cows, and will cream himself hereafter.
The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Among gifts: Silver jewel case, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wade McDonald.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
We are informed that Judge McDonald, while in Chicago a short time ago, called on the Sweet family, who were quite extensive property holders in this city at one time, but allowed their property to be sold for taxes, and offered them $1,000 for their right to all property in Arkansas City, which they accepted, and made him a deed to that effect. If this be a fact, we shall look for some lively rackets in the real estate line, as the Sweets owned some valuable property here. This change in ownership may make it uncomfortable for some of our citizens who are holding tax titles. A. C. Democrat.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The bus racket still waxeth. Al Terrill, one of Bangs’ drivers, backed into Hoyland’s bus the other day, skinning the legs of the latter’s horses and making him exceedingly hot. Hoyland then had Terrill arrested. Harrod also ruffled the quiet and peace of Hoyland and was arrested. Both cases were passed in Snow’s court today, till the attorneys are ready to take them up. McDonald & Webb are attorneys for the defendants.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.

When the written proposition was received by M. L. Robinson from the general manager of the Santa Fe railroad, offering to build from Douglass to Winfield, if sixty thousand dollars in bonds were voted as aid, a meeting was called at McDougall Hall, of a number of the prominent citizens of the townships of Rock, Fairview, Walnut, and the city of Winfield. The sentiment at that time was well nigh unanimous that the townships would not vote such an amount of aid, but a promise was obtained from those present that the effort should be made, by hard work, to enlist a sufficient number of electors. The opposition then commenced their work and two weeks ago the prospect for carrying the bonds was dark indeed. Then those who saw the grand possibilities and appreciated how tremendous was the stake for which we were striving, got down to their work. Local committees were organized, every voter was seen, meetings were held in every district, which were addressed by speakers who thoroughly believed what they advocated, and the result was that the bonds began to gain friends hourly; the opposition weakened, and in the last two days preceding the election, the revolution in the sentiment of the electors was something marvelous. Good men who believed that the practice of voting bonds was both wrong and dangerous, went to the polls undecided; but, when they saw how life-long friends and neighbors were talking and how they felt, the pressure was greater than they could stand, and they joined the procession and voted the aid asked. All glory to the noble citizens of these townships; they will never regret their action, and the opposition as well as those who were friends and advocates of the proposition will have cause to rejoice that Wednesday’s vote was the best day’s work ever done in this county. The official vote stands as follows.
ROCK TOWNSHIP: For, 140. Against: 40. Majority for: 100.
FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP: For, 163. Against: 73. Majority for: 90.
WALNUT TOWNSHIP: For, 175. Against: 46. Majority for: 129.
First Ward: For, 194. Against, 3.
Second Ward: For, 121. Against, 2.
Third Ward: For, 133. Against, 0.
Fourth Ward: For, 98. Against, 0.
Total: For, 546. Against, 5.
Wednesday night, with the bonds for the Santa Fe extension carried beyond a doubt, by splendid majorities, was the time for jollification. Representative men from Rock, Fairview, and Walnut congregated at THE COURIER office, where they were received by prominent Winfield men and taken to Axtell’s for banquet and toasts—a general lively time in celebration of one of the weightiest victories Cowley has ever scored. All filled with oysters, etc., the toasts began. J. E. Conklin proposed a toast on “Rock,” to be answered by Judge Soward. The Judge was in his element and paid an eloquent and glowing tribute to Rock township and her enterprising citizens. He explained his spider map with Winfield as the spider’s body and her system of railroads as the legs, sprawling in every direction. “Fairview” was responded to by Capt. McDermott, who finely complimented the handsome majority this township rolled up in favor of the bonds. The Captain made a number of telling points. Judge McDonald was assigned “Walnut.” The Judge, in his keen, smooth way, did the fine victory scored in this township full justice—the big licks put in by the old war horses, and the gratifying results, with the benefits thus secured for Walnut. M. L. Robinson proposed “Winfield and Cowley County,” to be responded to by J. E. Conklin. Mr. Conklin pictured our city with its splendid net-work of railroads, ends of divisions, round houses, and machine shops, with thirty thousand inhabitants in five years; with our rich coal beds opened, a woolen factory, a canning factory, and many other manufactories that cheap fuel and transportation will draw—the manufacturing, railroad, commercial, and educational metropolis of the great southwest. Mr. Conklin called on Rev. Kelly, who has done as much for Winfield, since his residence here, as any man within her borders, to respond to “Cowley County.” And the Reverend did it nobly, with his most enthusiastic vim. He cited our beautiful and fertile valleys, with their vast developed and undeveloped resources; the energetic, intelligent, moral, and enterprising people of both city and country; the wonderful and magic achievements of the past and the bright and now assured promises for the future. This gathering was composed of most of the leading workers in this important movement: men who fully felt the great benefits secured by this victory; the roseate future it clinched for Winfield; and the great advantage it gives our city and county over any others of all fair Kansas.

This election teaches us an important lesson, that we believe we will forever hereafter heed and be wise. Seven years ago Cowley County was the leading county of the southwest; but there were divided counsels and discord in our ranks; and the result was that Sedgwick County and Wichita forged ahead, then followed Sumner and Wellington, and this gain on the part of these rivals was the result of our own wretched mistakes. We, by proper efforts, could and should have maintained the lead. Two years ago it appeared as if our glory was departed. The very emergency of the situation awoke us from our lethargy. We inaugurated a system of public improvements, which resulted in the burying of discord and a complete restoration of harmony with a determination and vim on the part of our people to make a large city in the Walnut valley whose first name is Winfield, and whose glory is Cowley County. In this election we see what town and country when united can do—the two together are a great power, which if used intelligently, will in ten years give Cowley County a population of one hundred thousand people.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Judge McDonald has been on the sick list for several days, but is now out.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Mrs. J. Wade McDonald and little daughter left Tuesday to attend the dangerous illness of her aged father at Denver, Colorado.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
The preliminary examination of John Marshall for the murder of Jack Snyder, at Maple City, on the 27th ult., was concluded at 10 o’clock Tuesday, before Judge Buckman. County Attorney Asp conducted the prosecution and McDonald & Webb the defense. Very few facts were deducted—mostly held back for the District Court trial. The evidence was merely a reiteration of that at the Coroner’s inquest and published in THE COURIER. The fact that Marshall was twenty feet away from Snyder when the fatal shot was fired and that Snyder had actually turned around and had taken one step toward retreating, were proven by several witnesses. About thirty witnesses were examined. It was proven also that Dr. Hart had bought a whip and had threatened to horse-whip Marshall, but afterward took it all back and said that nothing of the kind would be done. Marshall was bound over with bond at $5,000. He will languish. Dr. Hart, the principal witness, was put under $200 bond for his appearance and the other witnesses under bonds of $100 each. A large number of Maple City people attended the trial, the court room being a jam.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
The preliminary examination of John Marshall for the murder of Jack Snyder, at Maple City, the 27th ult., began at 10 o’clock Monday before Judge Buckman, at the Court House. McDonald & Webb are conducting the defense and County Attorney Asp the prosecution. J. H. Fazel, the stenographer, was appointed to report the case. There are about thirty witnesses to be examined, only one or two of whom have yet been on the stand, developing no facts that haven’t already appeared in THE COURIER. A large number of Maple City people are here, to take in the trial. The court room is crowded. It will take several days to conclude the examination.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

Still the bus war rages. Now a woman has got into it, Dora M. Bean. She had Will Beck and Arthur Bangs up Friday before Judge Buckman in a replevin suit. The Paris bus appears as Dora’s champion. She came up from Arkansas City the other day. At the depot Beck and Paris were standing close together when she came up, asked the fare, and was hustled off to a bus. She handed Beck her satchel. He had too much faith in the power of a grip. The woman got into the Paris bus and before any explanation could be made, was whirling up town. Beck had a valise and didn’t know what to do with it. It was late that night before he found where it belonged, when he delivered it. But Dora was wrathy, whether on her own account or not is unknown, at the retention of her baggage, filed a replevin suit for her grip and a damage suit, asking $50 as remuneration for the great inconvenience she sustained in the delay of her baggage. The evidence was presented Saturday and the case will be argued Thursday. There are some points of law to look up. The delivery of the goods was made simultaneous with the replevin suit. Beck paid $15 on the charge of disturbing Dora’s peace and quiet, at the depot, rather than oppose a gentle woman, but he kicks seriously on the $50 business. Madden & Forsyth are for Dora, and Judge McDonald for Beck and Bangs.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
If Senator Ingalls’s bill dividing Kansas into two judicial districts becomes a law, there will be lively skirmishing among the Democrats to fill the judgeships. The president will appoint them. Our J. Wade McDonald will stand to the front.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mr. S. W. Thompson, father of Mrs. J. Wade McDonald and Mrs. A. D. Speed, died last Tuesday evening in Denver, his home. Mrs. McDonald got there five days before his death.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
Miss Anna Hunt is writing in the law office of McDonald & Webb, where she will remain permanently.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
Judge J. Wade McDonald left Saturday for Denver to join his wife, who was called there a few weeks ago by the death of her father. The Judge, probably accompanied by Mrs. McDonald, will return in about ten days.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Judge J. W. McDonald returned Tuesday from Denver. His wife will remain there some time yet.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.

With the court room crowded with anxious spectators, Judge Snow called, yesterday afternoon, the case of the Great State of Kansas vs. C. C. Sullivan and George McCurry, charging them with stealing one chicken of the value of 25 cents, from the henery of Joseph Bucher, in Rock township. The jury men were: W. B. Little, W. E. Augerman, G. D. Headrick, Bennett Pugh, S. Allison, H. C. Buford, Jno. Bobbitt, Wm. Hudson, C. McClung, Jno. Gill, Jas. Williams, and T. J. Harris. County Attorneys, Webb & Swarts, were there for the prosecution, and Judge McDonald and O. Seward for the defense. Judge McDonald, with becoming dignity, demurred to the charge; it was not specific enough—it didn’t state whether the chicken was a rooster, a hen, or a maiden pullet. His objection was overruled and Mr. Bucher took the stand and swore positively that he saw McCurry make a fowl attack on his hen roost under the bright rays of the beautiful moon, that he saw him walk off with a chicken, age, color, or sex unknown, under his left arm, and said chicken did squawk and make diverse other noises, and that the said C. C. Sullivan kept watch while the thievery was going on. Then the court took a rest to this morning, when the case went on. A dozen or two witnesses were examined on both sides, among them three or four women.
Just before noon today the case went to the jury, which discharged the prisoners, on the ground that there was no evidence proving that the chicken was carried off the place; nobody saw this part of the thievery. The main object of the whole suit was to stop numerous petit thieving that has been going on in that neighborhood and laid pretty surely at the door of these boys, who live in a dugout on the banks of the Walnut. This case will make a memorable record.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
The preliminary examination, before Judge Buckman, of Alfred B. Elliott for the murder of Wilborn M. Chastain, at Dexter, on the 22nd, closed at five o’clock last evening. The defendant was granted bail in the sum of $10,000, which was promptly given. The court room was thronged with anxious listeners. The interest was intense and when the case was declared bailable, signs of approbation were noticeable all around.
The examination of Alfred B. Elliott for the murder of Wilborn M. Chastain was begun Tuesday at 10 o’clock at the courthouse before Judge Buckman. The court room was crowded, Dexter being over en masse. Next to the defendant sat his wife; near her was Mrs. Rev. Elliott, from Missouri. Laura Elliott, of Torrance, a niece, and William Moses, a son-in-law, included the relatives present. Mr. Elliott listened to the testimony attentively and without the least nervous agitation visible. County Attorneys Swarts & Webb conducted the prosecution and Judge McDonald, Henry E. Asp, and James McDermott represented the defense. There was little cross examination. The witnesses sworn were: Lee Richardson, G. M. Hawkins, J. D. Ward, W. H. Culp, J. V. Hines, Joseph Church, G. P. Wagoner, H. L. Wells, L. C. Pattison, Geo. W. Dunlap, Geo. Callison, Frank Ross, and J. B. Nicholson.
The Judge said the evidence warranted the charge of murder in the first degree and the prisoner would be held. “I believe the prisoner is entitled to bail and as he is able to give sufficient bond, I will place his bond at $10,000.”
The crowded audience arose and the preliminary was over. Mr. Elliott was warmly congratulated at his fortune in getting bond. All over the audience and especially among the Dexterites, could be seen a strong leaning in favor of Elliott. The attorneys for the defense immediately prepared the bond. Plenty of men were on hand to sign the bond. The bondsmen are: Alfred B. Elliott, Rowland C. Maurer, John B. Harden, S. G. Elliott, John R. Smith, Azro O. Elliott, Isaac H. Penis, Tully G. Hoyt, George M. Hawkins, John M. Reynolds, J. Wade McDonald, James McDermott, H. R. Branson, and J. M. Jackson—fourteen names. The bond was approved. The bondsmen were not required to qualify. The bond aggregates big wealth.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.

Joseph Akers, the south Main lunch counter man, was before Judge Turner Thursday for unlawfully dispensing the ardent. There were fifteen witnesses in the case, three or four of whom, on the part of the prosecution, swore positively that they were intoxicated by the stuff he sold them. Furthermore, they swore it was the vilest kind of truck, bought for cider, but supposed to be a mixture of cider, alcohol, and arsenic. City Attorney O’Hare conducted the prosecution and Judge McDonald and Judge Snow the defense. Akers was found guilty on the count charged and fined $100 and costs. Under the city ordinance, imprisonment don’t apply in the first count. This conviction is well. It breaks up a hole that has become a blasted nuisance. This alleged lunch counter has turned more drunks onto the streets in the last few weeks than were seen before in six months. Marshal McFadden may not be through with Akers yet. He has good evidence for two or three more counts and can easily wind up the business, if necessary. The wages of sin is cash and the luxuries of the bastille. The total cost of this first whirl is $121.50.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
J. E. Carson, brother of our J. J. Carson, is in the city. He is of the Willow Grove Jersey Farm, of Carson Bros., Lincoln County, Kentucky, and comes on to close out the Jersey herd brought here last winter. There are fifteen left, and can be seen at the livery barn on Riverside avenue. No finer stock was ever brought into this county. Those left are beautiful young heifers, from one to two years old. Six of them are bred to “Signal Lad,” at the head of the Willow Grove herd, and “Alphea Robbin,” at the head of the herd here, and will be fresh in sixty days. Yesterday one of these fine heifers was bought for $100 by E. Mosley, of Lawrence, and shipped to that place. This fine stock should be kept here. Among those who have bought from this herd, and now have fresh Jersey cows, are Col. McMullen, Henry Brown, Judge McDonald, J. N. Young, Frank W. Finch, and others, all proclaiming them the best milkers they ever saw. The prices are very reasonable, and when people examine the stock, Mr. Carson should find no need of removing them to find ready sale.
To be added to file...[concerns time period beginning in 1880/1881]...
                                                  AARON C. THOMPSON.
                        [Brother of Mrs. Judge McDonald and Mrs. A. D. Speed.]
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
Obituary. Died at Denver, Colorado, January 14th, 1883, AARON C. THOMPSON, aged thirty-eight years.
Mr. Thompson was the brother of Mrs. Judge McDonald and Mrs. A. D. Speed, of this city, and resided here for nearly a year in 1880 and 1881, during which time he was employed in the law office of Judge McDonald, and by his gentlemanly deportment made for himself a large circle of friends who will sincerely mourn his loss. The deceased was a man of most genial and kindly nature, and of fine abilities, and had held many positions of honor and trust in the United States Civil Service. Failing health at length compelled him to leave Alabama, where he had resided for some fifteen years, and he came westward hoping that our salubrious climate might check the insidious advance of that fell malady, consumption, which had already fastened upon him. He seemed to improve for the first six months of his residence here, but ultimately grew worse, and as a last resort sought the dry, bracing atmosphere of Colorado. But in vain. The destroyer had acquired too firm a lodgment; and so he passed away ere yet his sun had reached the zenith. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of all who ever knew him, for it can truly be said of him as Col. Ingersoll said of his brother Eben: “He contributed to the sum of human happiness, and if each one to whom he had said a kindly word, for whom he had performed some generous and loving service, were to come and cast but a single leaf upon his grave, he would sleep tonight beneath a wilderness of flowers.”

                                        Miss Thompson Marries A. D. Speed.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.
Married. Monday evening Mr. A. D. Speed and Miss Thompson were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony. The ceremony was performed at the residence of the bride’s sister, Mrs. Judge McDonald, by Rev. J. E. Platter. Only a few friends of the family were present.
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