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L. J. Webb and Webb Family

                      [Note: Murder of Jay Page by L. J. Webb in separate file.]
To really understand COWLEY COUNTY HISTORY, you must read the following long article that appears in
Cowley County Democrat, Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, July 13, 1876.
                                                         [VOL. 2, NO. 34.]
                                                      COWLEY COUNTY.
                  Read at the Centennial Celebration, July 4th, 1876, at Winfield, Kansas.
                                                    BY WIRT W. WALTON
Walton’s History bears up under close scrutiny. Kay studied it very intensely and learned more from it about the early county history than from anywhere else. Walton did a lot of study to come up with this. By the way, he died a horrible death later on. He obtained permission from engineer [who had no right to give it] to ride in the cab with him. Walton died when a train wreck occurred from the hot engine steam. The engineer got sued for permitting him to ride in engine with him. Walton was the only fatality.
                                                       LELAND J. WEBB.
                                     PROMINENT WINFIELD ATTORNEY.
Before we get into the murder, it is necessary to get what background we have on Leland J. Webb and Jay Page. So here goes...MAW
Webb family explained...
W. C. Webb, Leland J. Webb’s father.
H. G. Webb, Leland J. Webb’s Uncle.
J. H. Webb, Leland J. Webb’s Uncle.
C. M. Webb, Leland J. Webb’s Uncle.
Leland J. Webb had a number of brothers and sisters...
Cowley County Censor, May 13, 1871.
Cowley County Censor, May 13, 1871.
We welcome to our place Mr. L. J. Webb, late of Columbus. He is a young lawyer of promise and comes from good legal stock, being the son of Judge Webb of Topeka and the nephew of the present Judge of this district. We extend the same to his brother, L. S. Webb, who also has arrived here for the purpose of going into business.
Leland J. Webb’s father, Judge Webb...
Walnut Valley Times, June 2, 1871.
Judge Webb has declared the Herd Law unconstitutional in Cowley County. It is claimed that two of the three judges of the Supreme Court of the State hold that it is Constitutional. This is all that we know about it.
Back to Leland J. Webb...

Walnut Valley Times, June 16, 1871.
L. J. Webb assumes the editorial chair of the Cowley County Censor, hereafter. Mr. Webb is an old typo, and an experienced newspaper man.
Cowley County Censor, Saturday, July 1, 1871. [Vol. 1, No. 44.]
                                                      L. J. WEBB, EDITOR.
                                                      NEW STAGE LINES.
Winfield is ahead, and now has three stage lines running to it from various points. The Southwestern Stage Company have just established a tri-weekly line from Independence to Winfield; it runs via Elk Falls and Canola, in Howard County, and crosses Grouse Creek at Jeffersonville, in this county. This gives us stage communication with railroad lines to the east and north.
Mr. Isaiah Burns also runs a semi-weekly hack from here to Oxford, Nenescah, and Belle Plaine. Arrangements are being made for a hack line to the east via Dexter, Cedarvale, and Belleview. Semi-weekly mail service has been put upon the last named route. These, with our daily stage line along the Walnut valley, give us ample mail and stage facilities. One more is needed, and we will have it: that is a stage line from here to Eureka via the valley of Timber Creek.
Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.
                                            FOURTH OF JULY PROGRAM.
A military salute will be fired at sunrise.
The procession will be formed on Main Street at 10 a.m., by the Marshal of the day, and march to the grove at 11 o’clock accompanied with a band of music under the management of Prof. Palmer.
On arriving at the Grove the following order of exercises will be observed.
1. Song: Star Spangled Banner, by the Winfield Quartette Club.
2. Prayer by Rev. Mr. Johnson, Chaplain of the day.
3. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mr. L. J. Webb.
4. Music by the Band.
5. Oration.
6. Song: “God Bless Columbia.”
7. Music by the Band.
8. Dinner. After which music by the Band.
1. “President of the United States.” Response by Mr. A. W. Tousey.
Song: American Flag Song.
3. “The Day We Celebrate.” Response by Judge Ross.
Song: “Firmly Stand.”
5. “Cowley County.” Response by the Rev. Mr. Inman.
Music by the Band.
7. “Lo!  the Poor Indian.” Response by Col. Alexander.
Song: Shout for the Banner.
8. “The Ladies of Cowley County.” Response by the Rev. E. P. Hickok.
      9. “Our Railroad Enterprises.” Response by Mr. D. A. Millington.

Song: “National Hymn.”
10. “The Rising Generation.” Response by Mr. Lemon.
Song: “Sweet Spirit hear my prayer.”
Music by the band.
Conclusion. Doxology.
N. B. — All are invited to join in the procession and march to the Grove.
Leland J. Webb...
Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.
When you want a Deed, Bond for a Deed, Mortgage, Contract or other instrument drawn, call on Webb & Coon.
Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.
Notice to Settlers. We will prepare and file Declaratory Statements for four dollars. This includes the fee at the Land Office. WEBB & COON, Attorneys at Law.
Walnut Valley Times, August 11, 1871.
The Cowley County Censor has changed hands, Patrick having sold out to Messrs. Webb & Doud.
Emporia News, August 18, 1871.
The Cowley County Censor has changed hands, Patrick having sold out to Messrs. Webb & Doud.
Walnut Valley Times, August 25, 1871.
                                                  ROUGH ON MANNING.
“Mr. E. C. Manning bought the Censor office about two weeks ago, and placed it in the hands of Mr. Webb to manage it, while he (Manning) will do the editing under the cover of Webb’s name.” Arkansas Traveler.
Of which, we most blandly say, it is a base falsehood, and our neighbor knew it before it published what it thought would work down deep in the minds of the people, and have a tendency to injure the reputation of the Censor, which is striving to establish among its many patrons. Kowley Kounty Censor.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
See dissolution notice of Webb & Coon. Mr. Coon remains at the Bank building of J. C. Fuller, where he is prepared to do all business in the legal line. Mr. Webb has moved his library to the CENSOR office.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
LELAND J. WEBB, ATTORNEY AT LAW -AND- NOTARY PUBLIC. WILL PRACTICE in all the Courts of the State. Office in the “Censor” office, Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.

Last Saturday the Republican Delegate Convention met at this place and, notwithstanding the day was stormy and disagreeable, all the townships were represented except Creswell. The follow­ing named gentlemen were the delegates.
Richland Township: James Kelly and Frank Cox.
Windsor Township: S. Wilkins, B. H. Clover, and John Dudley.
Vernon Township: Geo. Easterly, T. A. Blanchard, and F. A. Schwantes.
Beaver Township: T. W. Morris, B. Y. Hunt, and L. M. Kennedy.
Tisdale Township: G. W. Foughty and A. B. Lemmon.
Pleasant Valley Township: W. E. Cook, D. Hostetter, and S. W. Greer.
Rock Township: John Irwin, A. V. Polk, W. H. Grow, and J. Funk.
Dexter Township: Jas. McDermott, J. H. Reynolds, and G. P. Wagner.
Winfield: E. S. Torrance, I. H. Coon, J. W. Hornbeak, C. A. Bliss, J. A. Myton, Capt. Tansey, D. A. Millington, and Jno. Stannard.
The convention was called to order by J. McDermott, Chairman of the Central Committee.
E. S. Torrance was chosen temporary Chairman and L. H. Coon, Secretary.
Representatives: E. C. Manning and S. M. Fall.
Sheriff: T. A. Blanchard, Warren Ablen, J. M. Pattison and E. M. Conklin.
Register of Deeds: John Irwin, F. A. Hunt, G. C. Swasey, and J. W. Tull.
Treasurer: A. H. Green, W. H. Grow, and G. W. Bullene.
Coroner: G. P. Wagner.
Surveyor: W. W. Walton.
County Clerk: J. W. Hornbeak and J. A. Myton.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jno. Dudley and A. B. Lemmon.
Dexter township, James McDermott.
Creswell township, G. H. Norton.
Beaver township, L. M. Kennedy.
Rock township, John Irwin.
Winfield township, L. J. Webb.
Cowley County Censor, October 28, 1871.
TO PRINTERS. We have a good Smith Press for sale. Plates 24 x 28. This press is in good order, and only for sale because we have purchased a larger one. Price $100 cash. Address WEBB & NICHOLS, Publishers CENSOR.
Walnut Valley Times, Friday, January 12, 1872.
                                                           Cowley County.
                                             [From the Cowley County Censor.]
L. J. Webb and E. G. Nichols have sold the Winfield Censor printing office to W. H. Kerns, who will continue the publication of the same at Winfield.

We notice with pleasure the fact that the Quakers of this town and vicinity are the most enterprising class of our citi­zens. Their religion is not stowed away in some remote corner of their heart, never to be brought to light.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
A Convention of the Attorneys of the 13th Judicial District will be held at Winfield, in Cowley County, on the 25th day of July, A. D. 1872, for the purpose of recommending to the District Convention, or Conventions, to be held for that purpose, a Candidate for nomina-tion for Judge of said District to be voted for at the next general election.
W. S. TUCKER.                                        J. T. SHOWALTER.
M. W. SUTTON.                                      J. M. HOOVER.
D. F. BAYLESS.                                       J. B. FAIRBANK.
THOMAS MASON.                                 W. H. KERN.
J. M. McCOLLEN.                                   JOHN REED.
J. J. WINGAR.                                          E. B. KAGER.
R. B. SAFFOLD.                                       E. L. AKIN.
D. N. CALDWELL.                                  A. H. GREEN.
T. T. TILLOTSON.                                   D. S. HEISHEY [?HEISNEY].
L. J. WEBB.                                              JOHN G. TUCKER.
E. S. TORRANCE.                                    REUBEN RIGGS.
J. M. ALEXANDER.                                 S. D. PRYOR.
E. C. MANNING.                         T. H. JOHNSON.
H. D. LAMB.                                             G. P. GARLAND.
D. DODGE.                                               J. McDERMOTT.
and many others, attorneys of said district.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
A township convention was held at the courthouse last Saturday, and delegates were elected to the county convention. The delegates chosen were L. J. Webb, J. P. Short, and W. M. Boyer.
Winfield Messenger, July 19, 1872.
Committees of the different townships, met pursuant to call. On motion L. J. Webb was chosen chairman, and John Irwin, secre­tary. On motion, Messrs. Kelly and Lenney chosen committee on candidates. The committee on credentials, reported the following persons as members of the County Central Committee.
James R. Bryan, Dexter.
L. J. Webb, Winfield.
C. R. Mitchell, Creswell.
J. B. Nipp, Pleasant Valley.
L. B. Wamsley, Nenescah.
James Kelly, Richland.
John Irwin, Rock.
E. P. Kennie, Bolton.

The remaining townships were not represented. On motion, L. J. Webb was elected chairman of the County Central Committee. L. J. Webb resigned, and James Kelly, on motion, was duly elected chairman.
C. R. Mitchell was elected secretary of County Central Committee.
On motion, Messrs. Irwin and Kennie were elected as commit­tee to ascertain the number of persons on the tax roll in each township.
The committee to ascertain the number upon the tax rolls of the several townships reported as follows:
Vernon, 125.
Silver Dale, 66.
Creswell, 177.
Richland, 97.
Ninnescah, 87.
Pleasant Valley, 92.
Winfield, 560.
Cedar, 88.
Beaver, 83.
Bolton, 146.
Tisdale, 185.
Windsor, 170.
Rock, 230.
Report received, and committee discharged.
On motion, a Republican Convention was called, to meet on the 29th day of August, 1872, at Winfield, at 1 o’clock P.M., to elect delegates and alternates to the Republican State Convention at Topeka and Lawrence, on Wednesday, September 4th A. D. 1872. . . .
Winfield Messenger, July 26, 1872.         
                                                   LEGAL CONVENTION.
Convention met pursuant to call at 4 o’clock p.m., July 25th, 1872.
Col. Manning, of Cowley, called the convention to order and stated the object to be for the purpose of recommending a candi­date for the Judgeship of the 13th Judicial District to a nomi­nating convention.
Col. W. H. Knapp, of Sumner County, was chosen chairman, and L. J. Webb of Cowley County, secretary.
Committee on credentials were appointed, consisting of one member from each county represented.
Convention then adjourned until 7 o’clock p.m.
Convention met at 7 o’clock p.m., pursuant to adjournment. Committee on credentials reported, and the report was accepted, and the Committee discharged.
The following resolution was then unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That as two counties in this 13th Judicial Dis­trict are unrepresented in this Convention, we deem it impolite to recommend a candidate for the consideration of a nominating Convention.
Commission then adjourned, sine die. L. J. WEBB, Secy.
Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.
                                              GRANT AND WILSON CLUB.

The Republicans of Winfield and vicinity met at the court­house in this place on last Saturday evening for the purpose of organizing a Grant and Wilson Club. The organization of the club was perfected by the adoption of a constitution and by-laws, and the election of the following named persons as  permanent officers: L. J. Webb, president; E. B. Kager, Vice President; E. S. Torrance, secretary; H. Brotherton, Treasurer.
J. A. Myton, E. Davis, and E. P. Hickok were elected as members of the executive committee.
Winfield Messenger, August 30, 1872.
The Convention held at Winfield, Wednesday, August 20, for the purpose of nominating county officers, etc., was organized by electing J. B. Parmlee temporary Chairman, and J. P. Short temporary Secretary. A committee of one delegate from each Township was appointed on credentials; during their absence the Convention call was read by the secretary, and speeches were made by the different candidates notable among which was that of Capt. McDermott. Committee on credentials reported the names of sixty-six delegates entitled to vote, and at being present, or repre­sented by proxy. Report received and committee discharged. J. B. Parmlee was then unanimously elected permanent President of the Convention and J. P. Short was elected permanent Secretary. On motion L. J. Webb was elected Assistant Secretary.
A committee of three on resolutions was appointed consisting of the following named delegates.
P. G. SMITH, Dexter, Chairman.
C. A. EATON, Windsor, Chairman.
S. W. GREER, Winfield, Chairman.
On motion it was ordered that the nomination be made as in the published call.
Skipped all of the resolutions!
On motion the Convention proceeded to an informal ballot for Representative, with the following result.
JAMES McDERMOTT, 32; M. M. JEWETT, 16; S. M. BALL, 10; A. H. BECK, 4; J. B. BROWN, 3; J. B. FAIRBANK, 1. On motion the nomination of Mr. McDermott was made unanimous.
Convention proceeded to ballot for the following officers.
County Attorney:
E. S. Torrance 37; J. I. Mitchell 29.
District Clerk:
James Kelly 35, E. P. Hickok 19; W. W. Walton 12.
Probate Judge:
T. H. Johnson 52; _____ Millspaugh 13; J. B. Parmlee 1.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
T. A. Wilkinson 38, J. B. Parmlee 25; S. W. Greer 3.
The ballot for delegates to the Congressional Convention at Lawrence to nominate three members of Congress and State Presiden­tial electors, resulted as follows—four delegates: J. P. Short; F. E. Collins; and E. C. Manning and W. M. Pickering as alter­nates.

The ballot for delegates to the State Convention at Topeka to nominate State officers, etc., resulted in the election of J. A. Myton and H. O. Meigs as delegates, and Messrs. Webb and Bonnewell as alternates.
Winfield Messenger, August 30, 1872.
A dwelling house and two lots for sale. For particulars inquire of L. J. Webb.
Winfield Messenger, August 30, 1872.
We call attention to the card of Foster & Webb. Mr. Foster was one of the oldest attorneys of Missouri, and comes among us well recommended. We wish the new firm success.
Winfield Messenger, September 20, 1872.
L. J. Webb, of this place, is the member of the republican State Central Committee from this district.
Winfield Messenger, September 20, 1872.
James Foster has gone to Arkansas after a portion of his household furniture, which he was unable to bring with him. He will return in a week or so.
Next item puzzles me...were they referring to Leland J. Webb?
Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.
                              THE FAIR—LIST OF PREMIUMS AWARDED.
                                                                   Lot 40.
There were some very interesting specimens of Cowley County salt and coal, also gypsum, and some stalactites from a cave in Tisdale Township, exhibited by Mrs. Magness.
There were placed on exhibition, but no premiums awarded, a cane, a beautiful specimen of wood carving by Mr. Webb; two telescope rifles by Mr. Wigton, sewing machines by Mr. Boyer and Mr. Best, school desks by Mr. Boyer, Mr. Greer, Mr. Best, and Mr. Brower.
Winfield Messenger, October 11, 1872.
We notice a new building being erected near Mr. Webb’s residence.
Winfield Messenger, Friday, October 18, 1872. Front Page.
Convention temporary chairman: J. W. Custer.
     Convention temporary secretary: L. J. Webb.
Credential committee member: John Irwin, Cowley County.
Named as delegates from Cowley County: John Irwin, C. R. Mitchell, E. C. Manning, R. L. Walker, and L. J. Webb.
L. J. Webb was chosen permanent secretary.

On motion of T. B. Murdock, of Butler county, the convention proceeded to an informal ballot for Judge with the following result: S. P. Moore, of Howard Co., 5; J. M. Balderston, of Sedgwick, 5; W. P. Campbell, of Butler, 10; C. Rizer, of Green­wood, 5. Total votes cast: 30. On motion of Col. Manning of Cowley County, the convention decided that it required a majority of all the votes cast to nominate. On motion of Col. Manning, the convention proceeded to a formal ballot, with the following result: Moore, 5; Fairbank, 5; Campbell, 10; Rizer, 5; Balderston, 5. Convention continued to vote until 6 o’clock, when it adjourned for supper without making a nomination. After supper, the balloting continued till ten o’clock when W. P. Campbell, of Butler County, was nominated on the 63rd ballot. The following is the result of the ballot: Campbell 16; Rizer 12. Judge Campbell was then declared nominated, and in a few brief remarks, thanked the convention for the nomination.
Member of Judicial committee for District:
C. R. Mitchell, Cowley County.
W. P. Hackney, Sumner County.
Winfield Messenger, October 18, 1872.
Mr. Webb’s house is receiving a coat of paint.
Winfield Messenger, October 18, 1872.
L. J. Webb and family contemplate going to Pennsylvania to spend the winter. We wish them a pleasant visit with old friends.
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872. Front Page.
ATTORNEYS AT LAW AND NOTARIES PUBLIC. And will Practice in all the State and Federal Courts. Business at the U. S. Land Office made a specialty. Office on South Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Next item refers to Mart Robinson. MAW
Winfield Messenger, November 8, 1872.
Mr. Robinson, cashier of Read’s bank, has bought Mr. Webb’s residence.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1873.
                                                        LELAND J. WEBB,
                                                        NOTARY PUBLIC.
                           Office at Boyer’s News Depot, Main St., Winfield, Kansas.
Walnut Valley Times, February 21, 1873.
                                                      JUDGE H. G. WEBB.
The testimony in the case of the recent investigation of Judge H. G. Webb, who has resigned to avoid impeachment, is of a very damaging character. It shows that Webb sat as a judge in a case in which he had been previously employed as counsel for one of the parties, and that his rulings and decisions were all in favor of his former client; that he had improper communication with a juror in the case of Phillips vs. George in the Cherokee County district court; that in the cae of the State vs. Hopkins and Hopkins he drove a witness, Charles Butts, a Cincin­nati detective who had been employed to work up the case, from the stand, telling said witness that he was a professional liar and hypocrite, and “you cannot testify in my court.” That the books of one Wiggins, of Baxter Springs, contain entries proving that Wiggins paid him (Webb) $275 in money and goods for Mayor Boyd, of Baxter, who killed Taylor, the city marshal of that place, and who was acquitted before Webb when tried for the offense, etc.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
                                               REPUBLICANS ATTENTION.

There will be a meeting of the Republican voters of the several townships in the county, in which there are no Township Clubs, on Saturday, March 22, 1873, at 2 o’clock, p.m., for the purpose of electing a Township Club consisting of three members, the Chairman of which shall be a member of the Republican Central Committee of the county. By order of the Committee. L. J. WEBB, Chairman.
C. E. MITCHELL, Sec’y.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 10, 1873.
L. J. Webb, Esq., has purchased Wm. Boyer’s book store and news depot. Webb will make it a popular resort if anybody can. His enterprise and affability assure success.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 1, 1873.
                                                                  30 Days
Is as long as I can credit. Parties knowing themselves indebted to me will please settle now or their bills will be presented. I shall settle up the 1st of each month.
                                                              L. J. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.
                                                 From the Atchison Champion.
Cowley County-Splendid Location-Excellent Water-Populous-Educa­tional Interests-Mills, Bridges, Fair Grounds-New School Build­ings and Churches-$10,000 Court House, and $2,500 School House on foot, etc.
                                             WINFIELD, KAS., April 24, 1873.
Cowley County, Kansas, is the fifth from the east line of the State, in the southern tier of counties. It is situated mainly on the northern side of the Arkansas River, that stream flowing through the southwest portion for a distance of twenty-five or thirty miles. Walnut Creek flows through the central part of the western half, from north to south, emptying into the Arkansas about two miles below Arkansas City. Grouse Creek flows in the same direction through the east half, and empties into the Arkansas within the “Cherokee strip.” The country is otherwise watered by Big Dutch creek, Little Dutch creek, and numerous other streams, fed by springs of excellent water; so that it is abundantly supplied with water, and is quite populous. It contains about twenty-five hundred voters. We were not a little surprised to find so many and such an excellent class of people in this border county, blooming and beautiful as these bottoms are. There is also a thick growth of timber along the streams. The soil is excellent and all kinds of crops that are raised in this climate are raised here. The county contains 4,320 quarter sections of land, all of which is suitable either for culture or grazing.
The city of Winfield—for it was recently incorporated as such—and the surrounding country is settled up by an enlightened and intelligent as well as enterprising people. It is much here as it is in the older settled States.
Some idea of the interest they take in educational matters may be obtained from the number of schoolhouses they have built within three or four years. Thirty-five are finished, and three are in course of construction; of these thirty-eight, thirty-seven have been and will be—as soon as completed—furnished with the patent gothic desks, and seats to correspond. There are also to be from thirty to forty additional houses built in the county the present season.

A rock school building, forty feet square and two stories, with basement, has been erected by the good people of Winfield. The furniture is of the best manufacture and latest improve­ments. The building will be heated by a furnace. The structure was finished in October last, at a cost of $5,000. The Teachers’ Association of the Thirteenth Judicial District—embracing six counties—was held in this building last week, closing on Friday the 18th inst. Assistant State Superintendent Felter was in attendance and greatly pleased the people, and all who attended were delighted with the exercises.
An unusual degree of enterprise on the part of these people for so new a county, has been manifested in their arrangements for County Fairs. Near town, on the south, they have enclosed about twenty acres of beautiful ground with a good board fence, and furnished it with suitable buildings. The half mile track is one of the finest we have seen anywhere. It is beautifully level and smooth. Last year they furnished two fairs, an agricultural and a horse fair. At the latter there was some of the finest trotting stock in the country in attendance, including the famous Goldsmith Maid.
Two very fine bridges of Baker’s patent have been built by Hobson, of Wichita, across the Walnut, one a quarter of a mile west of town, and the other three-quarters south.
We had the pleasure of a little drive around in company with Hon. L. J. Webb, to see the Fair Grounds and the two new mills, one just below the bridge on the west of town, and the other on a narrow peninsula a half mile south. The former is built of rock, three stories high. Two run of burrs have been put in, and it is the intention to add two more. It is run by water power. There is a splendid rock dam attached. Messrs. Bliss & Blandin, proprietors.
The building of the latter has been attended by a marked degree of enterprise, in the construction of a tunnel one hundred and thirty feet in length, from the Walnut above to the same stream around a bench, at a cost thus far of $5,000 or $7,000, and it will cost to complete it about as much more. The building is a three story frame, 24 x 36, and will have a base­ment in addition. One burr has already been put in, and it is the intention to add three more. Messrs. Koehler & Covert are the proprietors. So that this community will have no want of good mills, as well as school facilities.
Churches also are not wanting. The Baptists and Methodists have each a neat church in Winfield. The former is stone and the latter frame. There are also organizations of the Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Christian societies.
Besides, the County Commissioners have advertised for bids for the purpose of erecting a $10,000 courthouse. The proposi­tion was first made on condition the city would build a $2,500 jail, which the City Council has accepted. We saw the plans and specifications of the courthouse, which is to be a two story brick, 40 x 50, with stone finish. The first floor will contain eight offices and a hall eight feet wide. The courtroom will occupy the entire upper story, except space for the stairways. The bonds have been negotiated; and the City Council have ap­pointed a committee to perfect plans and specifications for the erection of a jail at once.
The Kansas Nebraska Railroad, which is to intercept the C. B. U. P. Road, is to pass through Winfield. Subsidies to the amount of $150,000 have been voted by this county to take that amount of the railroad stock.

At present daily stages of the Southwestern Stage and Omnibus Company run north and south from Arkansas City to Wichita. A tri-weekly line is also run to Independence (east) and the same to Oxford and Wellington, west.
Winfield polls about 170 votes, which would give it a population of 700 to 800.
Two newspapers are very well sus­tained, viz, the Winfield COURIER and the Cowley County Telegram. The former has just removed into more convenient quarters—over the “Old Log Store”—and has a very fine office. This office does the county printing for L. J. Webb, to whom it was awarded. Jas. Kelly is the editor and proprietor. Allison & Steinbarger are editors and proprietors of the Telegram, which is a well printed, seven-column weekly, and has a good circulation.
Society here is excellent. It is like society in the old States. Last evening, through the kindness of Maj. Davis, we enjoyed the pleasure of attending an exceedingly pleasant social party at Major and Mrs. Davis’ furnished suit of rooms in the Lagonda House. Mrs. Peyton, the landlady, from the old Buckeye State, was present; and Mrs. Davis, formerly of St. Joseph, and Miss Eudailey, from Kentucky. Messrs. Black and Byler enter­tained the company with very agreeable and beautiful, comical and sentimental songs and music, the latter upon the guitar, violin, and banjo. The music was highly appreciated by all, as well as the excellent lemonade and cake. To Mrs. Sprague, a genuine Massachusetts Yankee, the party is indebted for many a good hearty laugh. R. A. H.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.
[Skipped: A long editorial attacking Allison of the Telegram.]
                                                  Answers to Correspondents.
JOHN MAC: Yes. It is generally understood that Allison, of the Telegram, did try to get a hundred dollars out of Major Durrow, by promising to support the railroad bond proposition.
EDITOR COURIER: I have heard it rumored that the editor of the Telegram offered to sell to Maj. Durrow for “one hundred dollars” the support and influence of his paper in the recent railroad bond election. I live in Winfield Township, am a farmer, and my name is not E. C. Manning, L. J. Webb, etc.; therefore, I do not want Mr. Allison to accuse any of those gentlemen of writing this inquiry. I simply make the inquiry in self-defense, as I always believed Mr. Allison to be the friend of my interest as well as of other farmers in the county. I did support the bonds and I know he did not through his paper, therefore if the compromise of principle was offered at a price to Maj. Durrow, I and many other readers of the COURIER and Telegram would be pleased to know it. T. M.
Winfield Township, May 10, 1873.
[T. M.:—Alas, for poor, weak humanity, and Mr. Allison of the Telegram in particular! We are afraid that it is too true. There can be no doubt that Mr. Allison did promise to support the bond proposition for a consideration, and that consideration was “one hundred dollars.” Major Durrow refused to pay him his price, and he then threatened to oppose the bonds.—EDITOR.]
Father of Leland J. Webb mentioned in next article.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 27, 1873.

W. C. Webb has filed in court a petition for a mandamus on the secretary of the interior to compel him to issue land patents for certain lands in Kansas. This land is a part of the Osage ceded land, and it is said that this case is a test one in which two or three hundred thousand acres are involved.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 5, 1873.
L. J. Webb has just received a new lot of the choicest Havana cigars.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 5, 1873.
The many friends of Mrs. L. J. Webb will be pleased to learn of her return to Winfield. Her eastern visit must have been of a very pleasant nature, as she is now the picture of perfect health.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 19, 1873.
New Law Firm. It will be seen by reference to the law card of L. J. Webb, Esq., that he has associated with him in the practice of the profession Mr. J. C. Bigger of St. Louis, Mo. Mr. Bigger brings with him the highest testimonials of his proficiency as a well read and enterprising young lawyer, and the new firm under its two wise heads, will no doubt share a large portion of the public patronage.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 26, 1873.
Diaries for 1873, for sale at Webb’s for less than cost.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 10, 1873.
The ball given at the Lagonda House on the night of the Fourth by Messrs. Webb & Jackson was a very brilliant affair. There were fifty or sixty couples present. The supper was furnished by Mr. Peyton, proprietor of the Lagonda.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 31, 1873.
Wanted. Boarders, at W. W. Howard’s. Two doors east of the Meat Market.
The Old Log Store is termed by some to be a bee hive, from the fact that they are most always busy.
Triplett has just received some fine California Wines, Imported Gin and Brandy, and bottled “Belfast Ginger Ale.” All nice for family use.
Choice of coffee and the best of teas always on hand at the old log store.
Archie Stewart, Stone Cutter, Mason, Bricklayer, and Plasterer is prepared to fill all orders in his line. Mr. Stewart is a good workman and guarantees to give entire satisfac­tion. Give him a call.
All kinds of legal blanks at Webb’s.
Deeds, Bonds for deeds, Real estate Mortgages, Chattel Mortgages, etc., for sale at Webb’s.
Don’t fail to call at the Diamond corner as Paul wants to see you.
Diamond Corner is selling the best New Orleans flour at prices to suit the times.
Do not fail to go to the Old Log Store and see those shoes made by hand. Whole stock doubled soled and sewed, $2.00 a pair.
Great variety of cheap hosiery and notions at McMillen & Shields’ old log store.
The Old Log Store (kept by McMillen & Shields) is establish­ing a very large trade, owing to their bringing on good goods and selling them at very reasonable rates.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 7, 1873.

W. M. Boyer has bought the book store and news office formerly owned by L. J. Webb, and will continue the business in his name. Boyer is a thorough businessman and all that is needed to find it out is to patronize him.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.
Let Allison tell if the COURIER has the ablest editorial corps of any paper in the Southwest: J. B. Fairbank, E. C. Manning, T. H. Johnson, and until recently, L. J. Webb. We expect before long to add two or three more to our staff. And, by the way, it accounts for the Telegram’s editorial being so thin. Allison’s friends have all forsaken him, and he tries to write them himself.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 23, 1873.
                                                   Meeting of the Veterans.
At half past 2 o’clock the soldiers, to the number of about 150, fell into line at the tap of the drum, and preceded by the Winfield Martial band, marched to the Methodist Church, which had been kindly tendered for their use. The meeting was called to order by T. A. Blanchard. L. J. Webb was chosen Chairman, and James Kelly, Secretary.
The chairman stated the object of the meeting to be to organize a permanent Soldiers’ Union.
On motion a committee consisting of A. A. Jackson, A. D. Keith, Capt. Wm. H. H. McArthur, Capt. Henry Barker, and Col. E. C. Manning were appointed on permanent organization.
During the absence of the committee, D. C. Scull entertained the meeting with a few appropriate remarks.
The committee on permanent organization reported as follows.
Mr. Chairman: Your committee on permanent organization, recommend the following as a permanent organization for Cowley County, of the Union Soldiers of the late war.
1st. The association of all soldiers into an organization to be known as the Cowley County Soldiers’ Association.
2nd. That said association elect a president, 3 vice presidents, secretary, and assistant secretary, and treasurer, and adopt a constitution.
3rd. That said association request its members to subscribe the constitution as an evidence of membership, giving the re­quired company or battalion to which each belonged, and to attend the meetings of the association.
4th. That said association meet semi-annually for celebra­tions, and as much oftener as business requires. A. A. JACKSON, Chairman.
The above was unanimously adopted. The roll being called; the following “Boys in Blue,” answered to their names.
                                                         UNITED STATES.
C. J. Duncan, Co. B, 1st Bat., 16th U. S. Cav.
Enoch Maris, Co. F, 4 U. S. Cav.
J. A. Barr, Co. C, 2nd Ill. light Art.
James Renfro, Co. K, 98th Ill. Inf.
J. P. Carter, Co. K, 80th Ill. Inf.

Z. T. Swigart, Co. D, 124 Ill. Inf.
W. F. M. Lacey, Co. K, 33rd Ill. Vet. Inf.
James Kelly, Co. A, 84 Ill. Vol. Inf.
A. T. Shenneman, Co. I, 7 Ill. Cav.
W. T. Dougherty, 45 Ill. Vol. Inf.
Frank Cox, Co. F, 61 Ill. Vol. Inf.
Max Shoeb, Co. D, 24 Ill. Vol. Inf.
A. A. Jackson, 12 Ill. Vol. Inf.
J. C. Bigger, Co. F, 92 Ill. Vol. Infantry.
Curtis Wilson, Co. D, 119th Ill. Inf.
Stephen Johnson, Co. E, 92nd Ill. Inf.
Jas. Benbroke, Co. K. 20th Ill. Inf.
J. L. Shaw, Co. K. 17th Ill. Inf.
H. H. Causey, Co. F, 11th Ill Inf.
Thomas Chappin, Co. I, 83 Ill. Inf.
T. W. Morris, Co. E, 92nd O Cav.
Sam Darrah, Co. K. 1 Ohio Cav.
L. B. Paul, Co. G, 125 Ohio Vol. Inf.
C. M. Wood, Co. C, 96 Ohio Vol. Inf.
P. Himrod, 105 Ohio Vol. Inf.
G. W. Foughty, Co. B, 57 Ohio Inf.
B. B. Dougherty, Co. A, 59th Ohio Inf.
Samuel Harvey, Co. K, 55 Ohio Inf.
Joseph Smith, Co. B, 1st Ohio Art.
John W. Millspaugh, Co. B, 19th Ohio Inf.
David S. Beadie, Co. G, 14th Ohio Inf.
W. H. H. McArthur, Co. G, 31st Ohio Inf.
Harry Smith, Co. Co. R, 14th Ind. Inf.
S. H. Wells, Co. G, 7th Ind. Cav.
W. E. Doud, Co. F, 151st Ind. Vol. Inf.
D. C. Scull, Co. C, 13 Ind. Vol. Inf.
A. H. Green, 9 Ind. Vol. Inf.
H. Parks, Co. H, 1st Ind. Inf.
A. B. Odell, Co. C, 86th Ind. Inf.
B. F. Harrod, Co. H, 57th Ind. Inf.
L. K. Barnewell, Co. K. 13th Ind. Inf.
H. S. Greer, Co. I, 53rd Ind. Inf.
W. B. Doty, Co. F, 2 Kan. Cav.
E. C. Manning, Co. H, 3 Kas Cav.
I. D. Newton, Co. D, 6th Kas. Cav.

H. L. Barker, Co. G, 15th Kansas Inf.
G. H. McIntyre, Co. C, 11th Kan. Inf.
                                                             NEW YORK.
Burt Covert, Co. H, 12 N. Y. Cav.
W. Q. Mansfield, 92 N. Y. Vol. In.
J. P. Short, Co. M, 8 N. Y. Artillery.
W. M. Boyer, Co. G, 15 N. Y. Vol. Cav.
Joel Mack, Co. M, 12th N. Y. Cav.
E. P. Hickock, Co. E, 2nd N. Y. Inf.
T. A. Blanchard, Co. K, 7th Mo. Cav.
E. Davis, Co. C, 4 Mo. Vol. Cav.
G. W. Robinson, Co. C, 3rd Mo. Cav.
I. N. Breman, Co. K, 1st Mo. Cav.
S. C. Cunningham, Co. D, 8th Mo. Inf.
B. E. Murphy, Co, I, 8th Mo. Cav.
T. C. Bird, Co. C, 31st Is. Inf.
W. M. Berky, 23 Iowa Vol. Inf.
C. A. Seward, Co. C, 2nd Iowa light Art.
Wm. Seucaney, Co. D, 13th Iowa Inf.
J. B. Nipp, Co. C, 40 Ky. Inf.
Reuben Rogers, 25 Ky. Inf.
W. K. Falar, Co. B, 26 Ky. Inf.
C. L. Rood, Co. A, 1st Mich. Cav.
W. H. Melville, Co. C, 4th Mich. Inf.
Oliver Decker, Co. H, 12th Mich. Inf.
John McClay, Co. E, 55th Penn. Inf.
E. S. Torrance, Co. G, 135 Pa. Vol. Inf.
D. N. Egbert, Philadelphia Union League Bat.
James Stewart, Co. F, 1st Col. Cav.
A. D. Keith, Co. G, 2nd Col. Inf.
M. L. Brooks, Co. H, 1st Tenn. Cav.
John Brooks, Co. C, 4th Tenn. Cav.
Archie Stewart, Co. G, 5th Vermont Inf.
H. H. Stewart, 2d Vermont light Art.

M. W. Everleth, Co. F, 1 Maine Cav.
J. B. Fairbank, 36 Mass. Inf.
L. J. Webb, Co. E, 16th Wis. Inf.
A. J. Truesdale, Co. K. 1st Minn. Inf.
The following were elected to hold the respective offices until the next meeting.
                                                    C. M. WOOD, President.
                                      Wm. H. H. McARTHUR, 1st Vice President.
                                              A. D. KEITH, 2nd Vice President.
                                          BEN F. HARROD, 3rd Vice President.
                                                   JAMES KELLY, Secretary.
                                        T. A. BLANCHARD, Assistant Secretary.
                                            Dr. W. Q. MANSFIELD, Treasurer.
                                            J. W. MILLSPAUGH, Color bearer.
Mr. Wood, on assuming the chair, made a few brief appropri­ate remarks.
The following were appointed a committee to make arrange­ments for the next meeting.
A. A. Jackson, L. J. Webb, J. P. Short, E. S. Torrance, and James Kelly.
A committee to draft constitution and by-laws to be submit­ted at the next meeting was appointed as follows: Col. E. C. Manning, Capt. H. S. Barker, A. D. Keith, John W. Mills-paugh, and Capt. Wm. H. H. McArthur.
Several anecdotes and reminiscences of army life were told by Capt. Carter, Enoch Maris, D. C. Scull, and E. C. Manning.
“Rally Round the Flag Boys,” “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp, the Boys are Marching,” and other old songs were splendidly rendered by Miss Emma Leffingwell, organist, Dr. Egbert, John Swain, A. A. Jackson, and Capt. McArthur; the entire assembly joining in the chorus.
A rising vote of thanks was tendered to Miss Leffingwell for the music, which was given with a will. The following resolution was offered by L. J. Webb, and unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That we extend a cordial invitation to the sol­diers of the Union Army in Cowley County, to meet with us at our next meeting, and to become members of the society; and that the papers of the county publish this resolution and the proceedings of this meeting.
On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at Winfield on the 29th day of November, 1873. C. M. WOOD, Chairman.
JAMES KELLY, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 30, 1873.
Among the lawyers in attendance at the District Court from abroad, we notice Col. J. M. Alexander of Leavenworth; Hon. Wm. P. Hackney, of Wellington; Gen. Rogers of Eureka, and Judge M. L. Adams of Wichita. From Arkansas City are C. R. Mitchell and A. J. Pyburn. From Dexter, Hon. James McDermott. Our own bar is, as usual, ably represented by Fairbank, Torrance & Green, Webb & Bigger, Manning & Johnson, Louis T. Michener, Pryor & Kager, and T. H. Suits.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 30, 1873.

The members of the Fraternity of Odd Fellows will give a Sociable on Wednesday evening, November 5th, in the large room at the Courthouse. Evening entertainments will be of a social character. Supper will be provided at an early hour.
                                                 SOLICITING COMMITTEE:
Mrs. M. L. Mullen, Mrs. J. J. Todd, Mrs. S. W. Greer, Mrs. Braidwood, Miss J. Stewart, Mrs. J. Bullene, Mrs. Jeffreys, L. J. Webb, T. A. Blanchard, A. S. Williams, G. W. Martin, Mrs. Fannie V. Curns, A. G. Jackson.
P. M. Shell, J. W. Curns, A. J. Thompson, Miss Ada Millington, Miss Quarles, Mrs. McMasters.   COMMITTEE ON KITCHEN.
J. J. Williams, P. M. Sholl, F. D. Davis.
                                                  COMMITTEE ON MUSIC.
Miss Lewelia Blandin, Miss Kate Lowery, Miss Kate Porter, Miss Braidwood, J. Swain.
                                             COMMITTEE ON RECEPTION.
Mrs. Flint, Miss J. Stewart, Mrs. Capt. Davis, J. J. Wil­liams, J. Swain, Dr. Houx.
By order of the general Committee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 30, 1873.
NOTICE. All persons indebted to C. C. Stevens are notified that their accounts have been left with the undersigned for collection, and they are requested to call and settle at once.
                                                         WEBB & BIGGER.
Winfield, Oct. 29th, 1873.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 13, 1873.
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
The Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County met in the County Clerk’s office November 7th, 1873. Present: Frank Cox and O. C. Smith.
Proceeded to canvass the votes of the election held Nov. 4th, 1873, which resulted in the election of the following officers who were declared duly elected.
For representative of 75th district: William Martin.
For County Clerk: M. G. Troup.
For County Treasurer: E. B. Kager.
For Register of Deeds: N. C. McCulloch.
For Sheriff: R. L. Walker.
For Coroner: Sam Moore.
For County Surveyor: W. W. Walton.
For Commissioner, first district, John Manly.
For Commissioner, second district. M. S. Roseberry.
For Commissioner, third district, R. F. Burden.
Petition of A. A. Mills for county road was granted with E. H. Boyer, James Utt, and G. W. Gordenhein appointed as viewers. Survey ordered Dec. 1st, 1873.
Time was extended on William Steel’s road to Nov. 26th, 1873.
Ordered that the contract with L. J. Webb for County print­ing, be declared void.

Ordered that the County printing be awarded to C. M. Scott, of the Arkansas City Traveler, and James Kelly of the Winfield COURIER as per agreement on file in the County Clerk’s office.
Bill of E. P. Hickok, rejected.
Bill of A. A. Jackson, County Clerk’s fee, allowed $218.20.
Bill of J. P. Short et al, road viewers, allowed $14.50.
Bill of A. H. Green, office rent, allowed $40.
Bill of W. W. Walton, surveyor, $4.00.
Bill of Judges and Clerks of election Nov. 4th, 1873, allowed $286.80.
Bill of Frank Cox County Commissioner allowed $12.40.
Bill of O. C. Smith County Commissioner allowed $8.00.
Board adjourned. FRANK COX, Chairman.
A. A. Jackson, Clerk.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 20, 1873.
                                                        “Another Swindle.”
The circumstances are just these: A short time ago, our readers will remember the Telegram was made by Mr. L. J. Webb the County printer, the official County Paper. Not liking the Telegram they laid their heads together to concoct some plan whereby they could vent their spite against the Telegram, and thereby deprive it of the County Printing. They agreed to annul the contract with Mr. Webb, but then came a little hitch between Cox and Smith. Cox wanted to award the printing to the “COURIER” and Smith wanted his pet, the “Traveler,” to get the benefit of the change.
The other Commissioner being absent, neither could carry his point without the assistance of the other, and consequently after a considerable amount of snapping and snarling over the bone, they agreed that both should have his way. As the sequel to this, an agreement was entered into with Kelly whereby he is to receive ALL THE COUNTY PRINTING for which he is to receive the fees allowed by law, and in addition to this five cents per line for all Commissioners’ Proceedings. Another contract with Scott of the “Traveler,” was also entered into whereby he is to be furnished ALL THE COUNTY PRINTING for which he is to receive the same fees allowed Kelly for the same services. This makes each the “official paper,” when the law provides for but one—and by this they pay two dollars where the law allows but one.
Now the contract between the county and Mr. Webb, was that ALL such work should be done FREE OF CHARGE. So you see by this contract being annulled and the Commissioners satisfying their feelings of spite, the county now pays two dollars for the same work which they were formerly having done free of charge.
Thus the people of the county are put to over $1,500.00 extra expense per year just because Manning and the Commissioners do not like the Telegram. This is economy with a vengeance. Out upon such economy and the men who so defraud the people. The jail is too good a place for such men—and indeed we think that hanging is nearly too good.

It makes not a cent’s difference to us. We were receiving no money for the services we were rendering the County, and consequently can lose no more in the change than any other taxpayer in the county, but we do despise to see any set of men so devilish mean as to gratify their hates at the expense of the people. As the editor of a peoples’ paper, we feel that it is our duty to show up all such frauds, and to not be “mealy mouthed” in our criticisms of such officials.
These same officials we had occasion to show up several times last winter, and since they have been pretty careful not to dive too deep into the trickery. But now that the election is over and their term of office has nearly run out, they make one grand grab so as to gain all for themselves and friends that it is possible to wrench from the people.
And then to enter into these contracts while already under one with Mr. Webb, whereby he can make them pay to him all moneys likely to come to him under such contract. This shows business tact, does it not? It certainly takes two to make a contract and just as certainly one party cannot of his own free will annul such contract—and so long as Mr. Webb holds himself in readiness to fulfill his part, just so long can he hold the county for the fees justly due him. If he had broken his contract, they had his bondsmen to go back on. But did they do this? Not much! His bondsmen were Kelly, Manning, and Johnson, and if they sued on the contract, these worthies would stand the loss. By their own action they clearly recognized the fact that Mr. Webb had in every way come up to his contract. Yet they make a show of annulling it, as if he had no right in the matter at all. This arbitrary way of doing things might have been appropriate for the dark ages, but is not to be borne by the people of this age, and these men should be made to pay the amount of extra expense, to which they have put the County. Telegram.
The foregoing tirade from the little boy is piteous. If the Telegram did not lie, it would be out of original matter for its readers. The first lie [We think it best to call things by their right names.] in the above, is the statement that the Commission­ers have by their action squandered $1,500.00 of the county money. The contract for publishing the proceedings of the board of Commissioners in both papers at five cents per line amounts to only regular rates for such advertisements in one paper, to-wit: Ten cents per line. The COURIER and the Traveler reach about every intelligent family in the county, and the County Board is desirous that the largest circulation shall be given to its proceedings, and did wisely by directing that the proceedings be published in both papers. And the publication of said proceed­ings will not amount to one fifth the amount stated by the Telegram. Just so many and no more blanks will be printed and used, and it will make no difference, so far as expense is concerned, whether the Traveler or COURIER does the work. This work will cost the same it always has, so that there is no additional expense here. The balance of the county printing does not amount to enough to speak of.
The second lie in the above article is the statement that Mr. Webb had made the Telegram the official paper of the county. Mr. Webb never had the authority to do this, and if he attempted to, he failed. If the county printing had been given to all three of the papers so as to include the Telegram, there would have been no howl.

Another lie is that “all the county printing is awarded to the Traveler and COURIER.” For the most expensive and extensive of the county printing is the blank work, and of course only so many blanks will be printed in any event no matter where done.
Another lie is the statement that this action of the Board causes “the county to pay two dollars where the law only allows one.” There are no legal rates for Commissioners’ proceedings, and the two papers charge just half regular rates and thereby put the reports of county business into twice as many readers’ hands as they would be if published in only one of them, and into four times as many hands as they would be if published in the Tele­gram. In fact, the Commissioners consider it a more acceptable policy to the people to pay regular rates for publishing the county business in papers having a large circulation and some character than it would be to have it published free in a paper without either circulation or character.
Mr. Webb did violate his agreement with the Board of County Commissioners. The assertion that the violation of the contract by Webb made his bondsmen responsible is rather hard on Webb, who is thereby admitted to be irresponsible individually. The Telegram had rendered the county no service, and of course was “receiving no money” for the said service.
The Commissioners have done in this matter what they consid­ered for the best interest of the whole county. The falsehoods and howls of the Telegram have not deterred them in the past from exercising their own judgment in such matters.
The Telegram would have the people believe that the County Board were bad men, but as one single evidence of their integrity and official ability, we call attention to the beautiful Court­house erected by them at less expense than any similar building in the state.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 20, 1873.
                                                           County Printing.
At the last meeting of the Commissioners, the award for the county printing was again let. For sometime past the county has had no official paper, and the proceedings of the Board, which the law requires to be published, was left undone. Knowing this to be the fact, we repaired to Winfield and put in the claims of the Traveler for the printing, as it has double the circulation of either of the other two, and is largely taken in parts of the county where the others are not.
Mr. Kelly then made his claims that the printing should be done at the county seat, and that the COURIER had a circulation where the Traveler had not, and in order to benefit the greater number of people, it was decided to award it to both, and divide the job work. This, we believe, will give greater satisfaction to all than any previous award, except to the Telegram, who will, more than likely, howl as usual, because he was not there to see that his claims were made known, and again the Traveler is the offi­cial paper of Cowley County.
Data that may be of interest:

Winfield Courier, November 20, 1873.
                                   ON THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 27, 1873.
A CORDIAL INVITATION To participate in the festivities of the day is hereby extended to all the soldiers residing in the county. The following PROGRAMME will be observed.
AT 10, A.M. THE Reception Committee will commence to make up the Roster and distribute tickets for DINNER To all whose names are entered thereon.
AT 11, A.M. SOLDIERS will fall into line, in marching order, on Main Street, the right resting on Ninth Avenue, under the direction of the officer of the day, CAPT. McARTHUR, And march to the COURTHOUSE Where an address of welcome will be delivered by Captain S. C. Smith, The Mayor of Winfield, and the organization of the Soldiers’ Union completed.
AT 1, P.M. SOLDIERS will fall in for dinner.
AT 3, P.M. THERE will be a meeting in the Courthouse, and addresses will be delivered by the following soldiers: Chaplain E. P. Hickock, Maj. J. B. Fairbank, Capt. James McDermott, A. D. Keith, S. M. Fall, Maj. T. B. Ross, Rev. N. L. Rigby, J. C. Bigger, Esq., and other soldiers present.
AT 7, P.M. THERE WILL BE A GRAND BALL! And dancing will be in order, to conclude the festivities of the day.
The proceedings of the day will be enlivened with appropri­ate music by the Winfield and Arkansas City Cornet Bands. A. A. JACKSON, Chairman Committee on Arrangements.
J. P. SHORT, Secretary.
Committee on Music. T. A. Wilkinson, Chairman, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Miss Emma Leffingwell, L. J. Webb and John Kirby.
Winfield Courier, November 27, 1873.
The members of the Winfield Dancing Club are hereby notified that a meeting will be held at Webb & Bigger’s law office tomor­row (Friday) evening. All the members are earnestly requested to be present. By order of the committee.
Winfield Courier, November 27, 1873.
Notice is hereby given to all persons not to purchase a certain promissory note executed by Michael Miller to Hiram Brotherton for $500, on the 1st day of November, 1873, due sixty days after date with interest at the rate of ten percent per annum after maturity, as payment thereof has been stopped by the creditors of said Brotherton.
                                         WEBB & BIGGER, Att’ys for creditors.
Winfield, Nov. 25th, 1873.

Winfield Courier, December 4, 1873.
The members of the Winfield Dancing Club are notified that a special meeting will be held next Monday night at Webb & Bigger’s law office for the transaction of important business. By order of the President.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1873.
The Soldiers’ ball Thursday evening was well attended, about 90 couples being present, and was acknowledged by all as being the finest affair of the season. The courtroom makes a splendid dancing-hall, and everybody seemed to appreciate it. Messrs. Webb and Jackson deserve praise for the interest manifested by them to make the ball pleasant and enjoyable.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
                                            GRAND MASONIC FESTIVAL!
To be given for the benefit of Adelphi Lodge, A. F. & A. M. At the Courtroom, Winfield, Kansas, Dec. 25th, 1873.
There will be a public installation of officers of the Lodge at the Baptist church at one o’clock P.M. After the Installation there will be a few short addresses by members of the order.
Dinner will take place at the courtroom at five o’clock P.M.
A cordial invitation is extended to the public.
After dinner a grand ball will be given at the courtroom. Good music will be in atten-dance. A cordial invitation is extended to the fraternity to be present. Special invitations will be given by the Committee to those not members of the order.
The following is the list of the committees appointed for the occasion.
COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS. A. A. Jackson, T. A. Rice, J. E. Saint, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, J. C. Fuller.
SOLICITING COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, S. H. Myton, I. Bing, A. T. Shenneman, J. A. Simpson, J. Swain, T. A. Blanchard, R. B. Saffold, John Rhodes; Mrs. Flint, Mrs. McMasters, Mrs. A. H. Green, Mrs. Brotherton, Mrs. Tousey, Mrs. Limbocker; Miss Jennie Stewart, Miss Lowry, W. W. Limbocker.
RECEPTION COMMITTEE. Dr. Graham, M. L. Read, A. Howland, P. Hill, J. P. Short, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mrs. P. Hill, Mrs. Robin­son, Miss Ella Quarles, J. L. M. Hill.
TABLE COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. E. Saint, J. D. Cochran, J. C. Fuller, John Swain, J. A. Simpson, A. T. Shenneman, A. S. Williams, J. P. Short, Mrs. J. P. Short, Miss Read, Miss Mary Stewart, Mrs. Geo. Oakes, Mrs. J. F. Paul, Mrs. E. Maris, Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mrs. W. M. Boyer, Mrs. L. R. Paul, Mrs. L. J. Webb, Mrs. J. C. Weathers, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Howland, Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. W. G. Graham, Mrs. J. D. Cochran, Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Miss Parmelee, Miss Lizzie Graham, Miss Yount.
VOCAL MUSIC COMMITTEE. Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. Brotherton, John Swain, H. Brotherton, Mrs. Green, Miss Newman, Miss Parmelee, Miss Bryant.
TICKET AGENTS. C. A. Bliss, J. Newman, J. C. Weathers.
COMMITTEE ON INVITATION. L. J. Webb, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. C. Fuller.

FLOOR MANAGERS. A. A. Jackson, L. J. Webb.
Instrumental Music for the Day: J. W. Johnston, J. A. Simpson, J. E. Saint.
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 19, 1873.
The members of the “Winfield Dancing club” are particularly requested to attend a meeting of the club at Webb & Bigger’s law office on Wednesday eve Dec. 24th at 7 o’clock.
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 19, 1873.
Board of County Commissioners met in Clerk’s office, Decem­ber 9, 1873. All present. After a thorough inspection of the work, the Courthouse was accepted from the contractors, and the bondsmen discharged.
L. J. Webb appeared for school district No. 45, asking to have one percent of the school tax remitted, it appearing that the same was taxed illegally. County Clerk was instructed to make the necessary change at the district’s expense. In the matter of dividing tracts of land on tax roll, clerk was also instructed to make the change when applied to by the Trea­surer.
Ordered that the County Treasurer be allowed to cancel $590.04 in county warrants.
Bond of Sheriff fixed at $10,000.
Petition of W. B. Norman for section line road was laid over under the rule, for want of affidavit.
Petition of James Stewart for change in road granted.
Time on Wm. Steeles’ county road extended at request of viewers to December 18.
Petition and affidavit of M. A. Graham on personal property laid on the table.
District Clerk authorized to procure blanks for his office.
Superintendent of Public Instruction was authorized to procure a black board and stationery for his office.
The county officers were assigned to the Courthouse on Monday, December 15, 1873. After that date no bills for office rent will be allowed.
James Kelly was directed to procure appropriate signs and place the same on the office doors of the Courthouse.
The County Clerk was directed to have the wood prepared for the stoves in the county offices.
The sheriff was ordered to set up the county stove that is in the District Clerk’s office in the courtroom of the Courthouse.
The following bills were audited and allowed.
A. A. Jackson, Co. clerk’s fees: $449.00
T. A. Wilkins, Co. Supt.: $27.00
E. B. Kager, for tax sale: $8.05
J. M. Young, jailor and sundries: $41.07
James Kelly, Co. printing: $19.50
W. W. Walton, Co. surveyor: $64.80
L. D. Jacobs attending’ prisoner Lyon Co. jail: $4.00
T. A. Wilkinson, stationery: $21.60
S. H. Myton, Co. wood: $45.00
S. H. Myton, stoves and pipe: $174.55

A. T. Stewart, ice bill: $6.00
O. C. Smith, gopher scalps: $2.40
E. C. Walton, gopher scalps: $4.20
James Parker, sheriff: $41.50
J. F. Paul, repairing seal: $2.05
Stewart & Simpson, last payment on Courthouse: $4,390.00
Stewart & Simpson, extra work: $131.00
Crain & Byron, books: $206.00
A. S. Williams, juror: $2.80
A. D. Keith, pauper bill: $20.75
W. S. Mullen, chamber for jail: $1.50
H. & Boyle, blankets for jail: $12.75
J. G. Bullene costs in case allowed.
Braden & Buford laid over.
McMillen & Shields paupers bill rejected.
C. M. Scott county printing laid over, not itemized.
A. J. Williams guarding prisoner rejected.
D. A. Byers juror rejected.
O. C. Smith, Commissioner: $12.00
J. D. Maurer, Commissioner: $12.40
Frank Cox, Com. and Supt. Courthouse: $49.40  A. A. JACKSON, Clerk.
Per J. P. SHORT, Deputy.
Description: Brilliancy of a Webb...
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
Captain Dick Walker, the new sheriff, is one of the most popular men in the county. Everybody that knows him bets on him. His personal appearance is strikingly favorable—
except to criminals. In form, tall, straight, and well proportioned; in motion, lithe, graceful, and dignified, and to those graces are added an intelligent countenance whose flashing eyes and strong, well turned features at once attract the attention of the observer. In repose grand, in action awful—his is a happy combi­nation of the powers, arts, faculties, graces, and acquirements of the remaining members of the “ring.” With the length of a Johnson, the sinews of a Green, the muscle of a Torrance, the nerve of a Kelly, the bearing of a Fuller, the decision of a Millington, the address of an Irwin, the brains of a McDermott, the brilliancy of a Webb, and the intuition of a Manning, Dick is calculated to get away with the baggage of all the passengers he goes for. Girls, he is not married, but wants to—well, you can guess the remainder. His mustache is so ticklish!
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.

RECAP: George D. Appleton, Nathan D. Noyes, John B. Maude, as partners trading under the firm name of Appleton, Noyes & Co., plaintiffs, versus Charles C. Stevens, defendant...Judgment on the first cause of action in said petition stated for the sum of $861.55 after the same shall have become due with interest thereon from and after January 1, 1874, and for the further sum of $246.00 as alleged in the second cause of action, with inter­est thereon from and after the 7th day of February, 1874, and for the further sum of $11.25 as in the third cause of action alleged in said petition, after the same shall have become due, with interest thereon from and after Feb. 11, 1874, together with the costs of said action, and that the said Chas. C. Stevens must answer the said petition by Feb. 9, 1874. Attachment: Sheriff seized defendant’s property: northwest quarter of Section 16, township 33, range 4 east, Cowley Co. Further, Sheriff garnished all bills, notes, accounts, goods, chattels, effects, and property of Charles C. Stevens in the possession or under the control of L. J. Webb and J. C. Bigger, partners as Webb & Bigger. Said property and effects will be sold and applied to the satisfaction of said judgment.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
RECAP: Adam Long and John Long as partners doing business in the name of Long Brothers, plaintiffs, versus Charles C. Stevens, Defendant. Judgment demanded in said petition for $445.74 (with interest from Oct 8, 1873, together with the costs of this action)...defendant must answer said petition by Feb. 9, 1874...Attachment has been issued...Sheriff directed to garnish­ee all bills, notes accounts, goods, chattels, effects, and property of defendant in the possession of L. J. Webb and J. C. Bigger, partners, as Webb & Bigger, on Nov. 11, 1873. Said property and effects will be sold and applied to the satisfaction of said judgment.
Winfield Courier, January 23, 1874.
Messrs. Webb and Manning tried skating on the mill pond the other day and broke through. The latter went down to his arm-pits several times in water over his head in depth, but caught on the edge of the ice each time and managed to keep from dying a “stiff cold water man,” until Mr. Webb by resolute daring got a board to him whereby he was enabled to get ashore.
Winfield Courier, January 23, 1874.
T. B. Stevenson, Esq., of Nebraska City, Nebraska, is in the city taking depositions of witnesses before L. J. Webb in a case pending in the District Court of Pawnee County wherein the people of the State of Nebraska are plaintiffs; and Ortigal N. Palmer, George W. Waldo, and Celesta Randall are defendants. The defen­dants are charged with the murder of George Randall, the husband of Celesta Randall, one of the defendants. The deceased was the son of a citizen of this county, and the witnesses whose testimo­ny is being taken are children of the deceased. The deceased was found dead some months since near his home in Nebraska.
Winfield Courier, February 6, 1874.
Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned and J. C. Bigger is this day dissolved, Mr. Bigger having opened an office in St. Louis, Missouri. I shall continue in the practice at my office hereto­fore occupied by the firm of Webb & Bigger. The firm business will be carried on by me, and I will collect all monies due the firm and pay its debts. L. J. WEBB.

Jan. 17, 1874.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1874.
                                                      District Court Docket.
The following are the cases which stand for trial at the March term A. D. 1874, of the Cowley County District Court, and have been placed on the docket in the following order.
Civil Docket, Seventh Day, 55. John F. Graham vs. Leland J. Webb.
Civil Docket, Ninth Day, 68. Leland J. Webb vs. Thos. T. Rucker.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
Owing to the fact that the District Court is in session this week, and the fact that he is engaged in quite a number of important cases, prevented L. J. Webb, Esq., member from this district, from attending the meeting of the Republican State Central Committee at Topeka last Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
The following are the Attorneys attending at the District Court: Hon. Wm. P. Hackney, Wellington; Hon. Jas. McDermott, Dexter; C. R. Mitchell, A. J. Pyburn, L. B. Kellogg, Arkansas City; Gen. Rogers, Eureka; M. S. Adams, Wichita; Fairbank, Torrance & Green, L. J. Webb, Manning & Johnson, Judge R. B. Saffold, Lewis T. Michener, Esq., Suits & Wood, D. A. Millington, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
We would call the attention of our readers to the new law firm of Webb & Millington, formed by the co-partnership of L. J. Webb and D. A. Millington. These gentlemen are too well known in this city to need any recommendation from us, but we will say for the benefit of strangers that they are both energetic business­men, and can be depended upon.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1874.
                                                  District Court Proceedings.
Graham vs. Webb & Bigger, dismissed and cost paid.
Webb vs. Rucker, Judgment for plaintiff and order of sale granted.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1874.
L. J. Webb, Esq., went to Dexter last night to assist in organizing a Masonic Lodge at that place.
Sadie Webb was a sister of Leland J. Webb...married Sheriff Walker.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Miss Sadie Webb was thrown from a horse last week and slightly injured.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
A complete organization of the first nine of the “Frontier” base ball club was effected last Saturday. The officers are E. C. Manning, President; W. W. Walton, Secretary; A. H. Hane, Treasurer; and L. J. Webb, Captain. The second nine should, and doubtless will, organize tomorrow.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
                           Proceedings of the Meeting held Monday, June 8th, to
                                   Provide for the Celebration of the 4th of July.

Public meeting of the citizens of Winfield, was held last Monday evening at the office of Curns & Manser for the purpose of preparing for a celebration of the 4th of July at Winfield.
On motion G. S. Manser was chosen chairman and L. J. Webb, Esq., Secretary.
C. M. Wood offered the following, which was adopted.
Resolved, By the citizens of Winfield and vicinity that we celebrate the 4th of July at this place, and that we extend a cordial invitation to the citizens of the county to participate with us in the celebration.
N. H. Wood, James Simpson, and J. T. Hall were appointed a committee to confer with the Soldier’s Association and invite them to take part in the celebration.
On motion it was resolved that the celebration be a basket picnic.
T. K. Johnston, Enoch Marrs, and C. M. Wood were appointed a finance committee.
M. L. Robinson, James Kelly, and J. T. Hall were appointed a committee to procure speakers.
A. T. Stewart, Max Shoeb, and H. B. Lacy were appointed a committee on grounds.
J. T. Hall, T. A. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. John Swain, Miss Mary Stewart, and Miss Baldwin were appointed a committee on music.
H. B. Lacy, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a committee on ice water.
J. P. McMillen, Wirt Walton, and L. J. Webb were appointed a committee on fantastics and amusements.
L. J. Webb and James Kelly were appointed a committee on artillery.
Captain R. L. Walker was appointed Marshal of the day.
James Kelly offered the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That we extend a cordial invitation to the several Granges of the county to attend and participate in the celebra­tion.
The meeting then adjourned to meet Monday evening June 15th at 8 o’clock P.M.
                                                   G. S. MANSER, Chairman.
L. J. WEBB, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
Citizens met Monday evening, June 15th, at Curns & Manser’s office, pursuant to adjournment.
Finance committee reported that the committee had received subscriptions to the amount of $180.50.
Committee on invitations reported that they have extended invitations to the several granges of the county and to the soldier’s society, and that the latter had accepted the invitation.
Committee to procure speakers reported progress.
Same report from committees on grounds and music. Prof. Wilkinson, of the latter, requested to be excused from serving on the committee on account of a previous engagement, and was excused.
L. J. Webb, L. T. Michener, J. B. Fairbank, W. M. Allison, and J. E. Allen were appointed committee on Toasts.

G. S. Manser, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed committee on programme.
Mayor Smith, Dr. Mansfield, and D. A. Millington were appointed reception committee.
T. K. Johnson, H. S. Silver, and W. W. Andrews were appoint­ed committee on fireworks.
On motion of H. B. Lacy, resolved that the ladies be invited to attend the next meeting.
Adjourned to meet Monday evening, June 22, at 8 o’clock p.m.
                                                   G. S. MANSER, Chairman.
L. J. Webb, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.
Capt. McDermott, of Dexter, was in to see us this week. He in company with L. J. Webb, Capt. Hunt, and T. A. Rice, visited Wellington on Tuesday on business connected with the Masonic Order.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                  THE 4TH AT WINFIELD!
                          The Biggest Gathering Ever Seen on the Walnut River.
                                       PROCESSION THREE MILES LONG.
                                  Five Thousand People Join in the Celebration.
The 98th anniversary of the declaration of American indepen­dence was ushered in at Winfield with a round of 37 guns. a more beautiful morning never dawned on the day made immortal by the heroes, who, to achieve the independence of the thirteen colo­nies, pledged their “fortunes, their lives, and their sacred honor.” Before 10 o’clock the city was a perfect jam of people. But Chief Marshal Walker, with his corps of able assistants, soon had the mass in motion headed for the grove. The Winfield Silver Cornet Band, closely followed by the car of freedom, containing 37 beautiful young ladies, and drawn by four horses driven by Mr. N. Roberson, headed the procession. Arrived at the grove every­thing was found to be in first-class order.
                                                      CALLED TO ORDER.
The meeting was called to order by G. S. Manser, president of the day. The Declaration of Independence was read by L. T. Michener, Esq. Speeches were then made by Col. John M. Alexander and Judge Ross. The “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by Mrs. A. H. Green, assisted by J. T. Hall, and a full chorus of young ladies, when a short recess was had for
Everybody seemed to have plenty and to spare as we can testify, for we sampled more than one dinner basket.
After dinner several toasts were proposed, and responded to, by Judge Ross, L. J. Webb, Col. Manning, Capt. S. C. Smith, and L. T. Michener.
3 o’clock, the hour announced for the races having arrived, the assembly adjourned to the Fair Grounds. (As the races formed no part of the celebration proper, we will treat of them in another place.)
The day was finished with a beautiful pyrotechnic display and a ball at the Courthouse where all went merry as a 4th of July belle, and everybody went home fully satisfied with them­selves and all mankind.

                                                 INCIDENTS OF THE DAY.
There were none. Any ordinary Saturday would have furnished a greater variety of incidents or accidents. Never has a more orderly day been passed in Winfield. Not a solitary case of drunkenness; no fights, no cursing or swearing, nothing of the sort.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
City Council met June 17th, at 4 p.m., in pursuance of adjournment. Present: Mayor S. C. Smith and Councilmen S. Darrah, H. S. Silver, R. B. Saffold, and J. P. McMillen. J. W. Curns, Clerk.
The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
The committee to whom was referred the petition of A. G. Vincent, for dram shop license, reported the petition not sufficient. L. J. Webb asked leave to withdraw the petition, which on motion was granted. L. T. Michener then asked leave to withdraw the remonstrance against issuing dram shop license, which on motion was granted.
The sealed bids to build sidewalks were opened and read. Mr. L. Lippmann having the lowest bid, the contract was awarded to him. On motion the committee on sidewalks were empowered to contract with Mr. Lippmann to build such sidewalks as are neces­sary to be built.
The bill of J. W. Curns for one month’s services as Clerk, allowed: $8.33.
The bill of J. W. Curns for dog tags, allowed: $9.75.
Mr. R. B. Saffold offered the following resolution, which on motion was adopted.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to procure for the city six ladders, to be placed at different business places along Main street, where the use of water buckets can be had, said ladders to be the property of the city and to be under the control of the City Marshal, to be used in case of fire. On motion R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, and H. S. Silver were appointed a committee to procure said ladders.
On motion adjourned to meet at the next regular meeting at Curns & Manser’s office.
                                                       S. C. SMITH, Mayor.
J. W. Curns, Clerk.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.
                                               HORSE THIEVES CAUGHT.
                               Fun for the Lawyers, But Death to the Tax-Payer.
                                                          A High Old Time.
Last Saturday three young men who had just returned home from Texas were arrested here on charge of horse stealing. They had been followed from the Indian Territory by the parties who owned the stock, and overtaken in this city just as they were trying to dispose of the stolen property. It being late Saturday evening the boys were lodged in jail to await examination Monday morning. However, late Saturday night, Brown, one of the number, with his attorney, L. J. Webb, Esq., appeared before Squire Boyer, waived examination, and in default of bail, was sent to jail to await the September term of the District Court.

The other two, Brocknell and Onstott, were brought up for examination on Monday morning. Squire Boyer, on the motion of the County attorney, and knowing that the U. S. Marshal was ready to re-arrest and take them before the Federal court at Arkansas City, discharged the prisoners. No sooner was this done and Hill, the U. S. Deputy Marshal, attempted to serve his warrant then revolvers were flashed in his face, by two or three deputy Sheriffs of the county. Of course, he was powerless, and the prisoners were immediately re-arrested by a warrant issued by Squire Wood.
Again they were locked up for the night, and Tuesday morning brought before N. H. Wood, Esq., where they plead guilty, and in default of $1,500 bail, each, they were again sent to board at the expense of the county, where all three now await their trial at the next term of the District Court.
This case certainly presents many curious and anomalous features. It is the only case we have ever seen where the accused insisted upon their own guilt, and retained three promi­nent lawyers to help them plead guilty. The County attorney was willing and even anxious to have them turned over to the U. S. Courts, and thereby avoid expense to the county. But, not their attorneys, Messrs. Webb, Hackney, and Johnson, who insisted that their clients were undoubtedly guilty, and should be held for trial here.
We have no wish to manufacture sentiment one way or the other—but of one thing we are sure, and that is, if the ends of Justice could be reached just as well (which in our opinion it could) by handing them over to the U. S. Commissioner Kellogg, at Arkansas City, and save this county considerable expense, that was just what should have been done. Cowley County has no desire to pay for anybody’s whistle but her own.
Don’t know which Webb is referred to in next article...
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1874.
                                                                Base Ball.
The Eldorado base ball club of Eldorado, played the Fron­tiers of this place a match game of ball on the grounds of the latter last Saturday, which resulted in the victory of the Frontier’s by a score of 35 to 38. Play was “called” at 3 o’clock p.m., and the game was called at 7, in the middle of the ninth inning, it being too dark to finish the game with safety. According to the rule, therefore, the score was counted at the end of the eighth inning.
The game was a very poor one, which was mainly owing to the strong wind which blew from the south, carrying the dust into the eyes of the catcher, and taking the ball whereso’er it listeth. The Winfield boys in none of their scrub games ever played so poorly. Not a whitewash was made on either side.
Bob Shethar of the Frontier’s, made the only home run, and put ten men out on first base, Cruden assisting six times. Walton caught two fouls and put two men out on 3 strikes, but at the fifth inning, having badly bruised his hand, he took second base and Cruden took his place behind the bat. Cruden caught one fair fly, five fouls, put one man out on second base, and one on three strikes. Hane put one man out on second base, and Morris one on third. Webb assisted once, Morris once, Walton once, Siemmons once, and Kenan twice.
On the side of the Eldorado’s, Gossard caught two fair flies, Shryer two, and Myers one. McIntire caught nine fouls, put one out on three strikes, and one out on home base, etc.
Walton, Kenan, Siemmons, Shethar, Cruden, Morris, Webb, Hane, and Stewart.
Scorers: Frontier—V. B. Beckett. Eldorado—J. C. Elliott.

The ball in the evening was not as great a success as it would have been if Sheriff Walker had allowed the use of the courthouse, which he refused to do, whereupon the Valley House was procured and used, and a select, though small crowd, was in attendance. But everything passed off pleasantly, and as far as we know, the boys were well pleased with the entertainment.
The third game will be played at Douglass, on one of the days of the fair, which will be held in the middle of September next.
Article sez L. J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1874.
                                                 Right Front in Line. March!
Pursuant to a call, the citizens of Winfield and vicinity met at the courthouse on Monday evening, the 24th, electing J. J. Williams as chairman, and W. W. Walton Secretary; E. B. Kager stated the object of the meeting to be the organization of a company of State Militia.
Capt. J. B. Nipp, being called upon, made some very good suggestions besides giving the latest news from the frontier. He thought that there was more danger of an invasion by the Indians now than there had ever been. The Osages demanded the return of the ponies and one thousand dollars each for the Indians killed in the recent engagement with the MilitiA. These terms will not be conceded by the Governor, and an open war on the extreme border this fall and winter is threatened.
A sufficient number having signed the necessary oath, they were sworn in by Capt. Nipp. They then proceeded to the election of officers, resulting as follows.
Capt., E. B. Kager; 1st Lieut., A. T. Shenneman; 2nd Lieut., L. J. Webb; Orderly Sergeant, W. W. Walton.
Recruiting has begun in earnest, and a large company will be formed here, the necessary arms and accouterments will be sent on immediately. Yesterday Capt. Kager received the following from Col. Norton which explains itself.
                                          ARKANSAS CITY, August 26, 1874.
CAPTAIN KAGER: Please report to me the number of effective men in your company that you can count on to go, both mounted and unmounted. This is by order of the Adjutant General. He says: “Have all the companies carefully inspected and accept none but first-class men for service.” Yours, G. H. NORTON, Lieut. Col. Kansas Militia.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1874.
Webb & Millington have moved their law office into Fuller’s bank building.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1874.
Quite a number of “the boys” of this city are serving in the Arkansas City militia: Wirt Walton, Bob Sheather, Billy Ander­son, and Douglas Hite, a former employee of this office. They are now doing their duty as soldiers. L. J. Webb went down to the City to enlist, but was taken sick and brought home. The militia brought the Kickapoo squaws up to Arkansas City for “protection” last week, and now they are patrolling the border and running down into the Territory occasionally.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.

L. J. Webb presided over the recent Senatorial Convention at Wichita with much credit to himself and honor to the county. For a young man he has few equals as a skilled parliamentarian or live criminal lawyer. Cowley County could do worse than to elect him County Attorney this fall.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.
Astronomers tell us that the planet Jupiter has four satellites, whose apparent motion is oscillatory. That is, they weave first one way from Jupiter, and his attraction being so great as to force them to return, they fly back with such veloci­ty as to carry them beyond when they are compelled to return again, and so continue. All but one are represented as being larger than Jupiter. Singular as it may appear we have an imitation of this wonder in the animal kingdom. Jupiter and his satellites—Manning and his delegates: Walton, Boyer, Kelly, and Webb. Telegram of Sept. 18th.
The curious orthography of the word “satellites” in two places in the above extract and the remarkable discovery that three of Jupiter’s satellites are each larger than Jupiter, are earmarks of such ample proportions as to convince us that none other than the celebrated “God bless the Grangers” Alexander could be its author. As that would-be candidate for Congress and the State Senate has a hankering for the office of County Attorney, we suppose that Webb must be the smaller satellite referred to.
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, October 9, 1874.
A large and enthusiastic meeting greeted our candidate for Congress. The Winfield Silver Cornet Band discoursed some of their delightful pieces.
James Kelly, secretary of the Republi­can Central Committee, conducted. Maj. J. B. Fairbanks was elected chairman, who, in a few happy remarks introduced Judge Brown. Next speaker was Hon. Ed. Russel, of Leavenworth. Col. H. C. St. Clair, the republican candidate for state senator was next, followed by L. J. Webb.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1874.
BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Leland J. Webb—a son—it weighed just 9-1/2 pounds.
Winfield Courier, October 15, 1874.
Brown, Brocknell, and Onstat, who have been resting here in jail for some months past, had a hearing before commissioner L. R. Kellogg last Monday, and Brown was discharged. Brocknell and Onstat were bound over to appear before the U. S. District court of Arkansas; E. S. Torrance appeared for the prosecution, and Hackney and Webb for the defense.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
                                          REPUBLICAN COUNTY TICKET.
For Representative: Thomas R. Bryan, of Dexter Township.
For Probate Judge: Sim S. Moore, of Tisdale Township.

For County Attorney: Leland J. Webb, of Winfield Township.
For Clerk of the District Court: Ed S. Bedilion, of Winfield Township.
For Superintendent of Public Instruction: Thomas A. Wilkinson, of Bolton Township.
For County Attorney we have LELAND J. WEBB, of Winfield. Every lawyer in the different counties in this Judicial district will bear testimony to Mr. Webb’s ability as an attorney. The county needs always a careful and correct adviser, and this we have in Mr. L. J. Webb.
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
                                                     THE WEBB FAMILY.
Judge W. C. Webb has been nominated for the legislature in the Fort Scott district, and we trust will be elected. Judge Webb is, today, in our judgment, the best practical legislator in Kansas. Even if nominated by the democratic party, we would be tempted to favor his election, for the highest practical reasons; because he is an honest, industrious, and thoroughly competent law maker, one who will save the state from the infliction of numerous foolish laws, and give it the benefit of his acute reasoning powers and his large and varied experience. He is a man of strong convictions, and a nervous, irritable temperament, not calculated to make him friends; but to those who have over­come prejudice against these surface indications of his character, and learned to respect his honesty and undoubted ability, there can be but one opinion, that Fort Scott would be doing herself credit and the whole state a favor by sending Judge Webb to the legislature the coming winter. Commonwealth.
Lowell H. Webb, of Fort Scott, son of W. C. Webb, has passed a successful examination and been admitted into the Naval Acade­my, at Annapolis, as a cadet midshipman. Emporia News.
The first named gentleman is the father, and the latter, the brother of L. J. Webb, of this city, who is the Republican candidate for County Attorney of Cowley County, and one of the ablest lawyers in the southwest.
[Note: When nominations were placed, C. R. Mitchell got 28; L. J. Webb 29.]
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
                                           THE TRAVELER’S DEFECTION.
The Arkansas City Traveler, refuses to support L. J. Webb for County Attorney, and Sim Moore for Probate Judge, and sup­ports Pyburn and Gans, of the pie bald ticket. In reference to Mr. Webb’s candidacy, the Traveler says: “L. J. Webb is one of the best criminal lawyers in Southern Kansas, and a personal friend of ours, but we consider A. J. Pyburn the most trustworthy.”
And further on it says: “As we said in our former issues, we shall vote for the best men, regardless of party, local prejudice, or personal ill-will. We are opposed to conventions but will be compelled to submit to them until the people are ready and willing to adopt a better plan. They are not essential in the election of county officers, where we all have the opportunity of knowing the men.”

It seems to us that it would be more manly for the Traveler to state its objections to Webb and Moore. So that should it appear to be anything serious, we could all drop them. We can see no difference between the Traveler’s course and that of any other self-styled reform paper. “We shall vote for the best man,” says the Traveler, “regardless of party, etc.” In this case, Mr. Scott had no more business in a republican convention than a Catholic Priest would have taking part in a Presbyterian General Assembly.
We are sorry the Traveler has seen fit to take the course it has in the present canvass. And until the Traveler shows wherein the two democrats, Pyburn and Gans, are in any respect better, or more worthy, than the republican nominees, Webb and Moore, the people will be of the opinion that there is something besides a desire for “best men,” that actuates the Traveler.
Some of us will still think that the old jealousy of Winfield, of Winfield men, and Winfield things, still rankles in the breasts of our brethren of Arkansas City. It will be hard for Scott to explain why he didn’t throw himself in the breach at the convention and have someone other than Webb and Moore nominated. Why didn’t Mr. Scott tell the convention that he couldn’t support these gentlemen if nominated. Why didn’t he nominate A. J. Pyburn and explain to the delegates that he thought him a “more trustworthy man” than Webb, instead of congratulating the latter gentleman on his nomination. We do not believe that Mr. Pyburn is as fit for County Attorney as L. J. Webb. Nor that H. D. Gans is as well qualified for Probate Judge as Sim. S. Moore.
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
Leland J. Webb has had 107 cases in the district court; 96 civil and 11 criminal. He won 85 out of the 96 civil and the entire 11 criminal. Can your “reform” candidate or any other Lawyer in the district best that? Webb was nominated because of his well known ability. And if the people of Cowley want a man who knows how, and will take care of their interests, they should vote for L. J. Webb for County Attorney.
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
                                                            Lazette News.
Judge Moore, L. J. Webb, and T. A. Wilkinson paid our village a short visit last week. The notices of the coming of these gentlemen were not received and the crowd was small which met with them here. But they thus got better acquainted with the citizens whom they did meet.
On Thursday morning the Independent candidates met at the schoolhouse and entertained a number of our people with speeches. Mr. Manly Hemenway, our postmaster, presided, and speeches were made by Messrs. Walton, Williams, and Gans, and Ben Clover, Julius Woollen, and R. C. Story responded to some toasts fur­nished by the preceding speakers.
A movement is on foot to put the parsonage in better and more comfortable condition, and our citizens without regard to church, are supporting the movement.
On the 22nd, Mr. John Cunningham brought suit before H. D. Gans against Eugene Millard for the sum of five dollars, money loaned the defendant by the plaintiff. Judgment for plaintiff.
Mr. Manly Hemenway has received his second lot of new goods for fall and winter trade.
Many wagons pass and repass daily, going to, or coming from the corn fields of Elk River, where corn is held at from fifty to sixty cents per bushel.
The public schools along the valley are reported to be in a flourishing condition.

On the 24th, the Grouse Creek Teachers’ Association was permanently organized. The officers elected are as follows: President, R. C. Story; Vice President, Miss Ida Daggett; Secre­tary, Julius Woollen; Assistant Secretary, Miss Belle Dudley; Critic, Miss Kate Fitzgerald. In the afternoon Mr. Story delivered an address on the subject of English words, and their etymology. Miss Daggett read an essay on the aims and ends of our association. Mr. Woollen gave an address on the true basis of teaching. The meeting was pleasant and profitable. The next session will be held November 14th.
The chicken cholera is rapidly thinning out our hen roosts. In times of trouble and calamity, deeds of heroism and self-sacrifice shine out all the more brilliantly from the darkness of their surroundings. One of our citizens had a hen whose devotion to duty was her “ruling passion strong in death,” for she was found dead in her nest with two eggs under her. Comments are unnecessary.
L. J. Webb defeated...
Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.
                                          COWLEY COUNTY REDEEMED!!
                           Osborn Goes Out with Nearly Five Hundred Majority.
                                               Brown the Choice of Cowley!!!
                              St. Clair Beats Saffold Fully Three Hundred Votes.
                           Tom Bryan elected by at least Two Hundred Majority.
The election in this county last Tuesday passed off quietly. No disturbance of any kind marred the good feeling which has prevailed during the election campaign. Owing to the fact that a great many voters stayed away from the polls a very light vote was cast, probably not over fourteen hundred in all.
The State Congressional and Senatorial tickets received handsome majorities.
The Republican Congressional and Senatorial tickets received handsome majorities.
The Republican county ticket was elected with two excep­tions, by majorities ranging all the way from 100 to 225.
What we consider an infamous combination defeated Webb and Moore. Creswell and Bolton Townships, voted almost solid for their own man Pyburn against Webb and the Democratic Gans against Moore. Surely neither Webb nor Moore has cause to be ashamed of their home vote. And notwithstanding the miserable stories set afloat concerning them just before the election each ran ahead of his ticket in their respective townships. Especially may L. J. Webb be proud of the vote given him here. His own home vindicates him from the foul charges of his enemies by seventy-five majority, while the reform candidates with that exception run ahead by small majorities. Never was a campaign conducted fairer than Mr. Webb conducted the one just closed and he has the consciousness that while he has lost the position to which he aspired he yet retains his honor.
Take it all in all, the Republican party of Cowley County have reason to be proud of that day’s work.
Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.

The reformers in Creswell and Bolton townships went solid against Webb for county attorney because they said Pyburn is a better man, while at Winfield the reformers voted for Webb because they say he is a better man than Pyburn. Alas, we have lost faith in these reformers.
Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.
A good girl who can do general housework, and take care of children, can find a good situation by applying at once at the residence of L. J. Webb.
Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.
                                                  TISDALE, Nov. 16th, 1874.
In the Traveler of the 11th inst., the editor speaking of the result of our county election, says:
“It has taught there is a power that effectually holds the balance of power, and speaks through the ballot box rather than through party politics. That power lies in the sense and judg­ment of intelligent reasoning men, who cherish principles rather than politics.”
Mr. Scott infers by this, the city in which he resides, alone of all our county contains intelligent reasoning men, and men who cherish principles. Now as Mr. Scott holds out to the people the idea that he is one of that number, let us notice briefly some of the principles which he cherishes.
When the Independent convention met at Tisdale on the 12th of October, Mr. Scott was there, endeavoring with might and main to secure the nomination of C. R. Mitchell as a candidate for  the office of County Attorney on the Independent ticket, saying to members of that convention that Mr. Mitchell was a straight out independent man. Failing to force his man upon the Indepen­dent ticket, he had the impudence to attempt to secure his nomination on the Republican ticket, claiming that his man was a straight Republican, and that he would not have accepted the nomination of the Independents if he had received it. But Mr. Scott’s pet was too well known to be acceptable to the republi­cans, and he failed there. After this failure Mr. Scott was one of the first to congratulate the successful candidate, Mr. Webb, and say, “I have been trying to beat you, but now I will help elect you.” In the next issue of his paper, he says that Webb is the best criminal lawyer in Southern Kansas, and yet he failed to support him.
In a former issue he said he would support the best man regardless of petty spite, local prejudice, or personal ill-will. Let us see.
The Creswell delegation claimed to favor the nomination of S. S. Moore for the office of Probate Judge, and attempted to secure the support of the Tisdale delegates to C. R. Mitchell thereby, but when they failed to get the Tisdaleites to support a man whom they deemed unworthy, the support of the Republican party, or the people, Scott bolted the ticket and claimed that Moore was incompetent. If Moore was incompetent after the convention, why wasn’t he incompetent before the convention? Why? Simply because he could not be induced by a political trickster to vote in a Republican convention contrary to the wishes of his constituents.

Mr. Moore has certainly reason to be proud of the vote he received outside of the immediate vicinity of the Traveler. In his own township, which gave a majority of 46 last fall against one of the best men in the county, at the late election gave Moore a majority of 21. a gain of 67 votes over Mr. Troup’s vote of last fall. Again, which I dare say, no other man could have obtained.
Then take for example the two precincts laying between him and his opponent, where both candidates were well known, and let them decide whether or not Scott’s support was “regardless of petty spite or personal ill-will.” It is a fact well known to every delegate in the Republican convention that the Traveler’s disaffection was caused wholly—as far as C. M. Scott was con­cerned—by local prejudice and personal ill-will. If these principles are the principles that “intelligent reasoning men” cherish, God deliver us from such principles.
Leland J. Webb’s sister...
Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.
Miss Sadie Webb started this morning for Topeka, where she expects to reside.
Winfield Courier, November 26, 1874.
                                                  Notice to take Deposition.
In Cowley County District Court 13th Judicial District, State of Kansas.
John A. Mimebaugh, Plaintiff, vs. Amos E. Mahaney, Martin L. Read, and Lizzie M. Martin, Defendants.
The defendant Amos E. Mahaney, will take notice that on Monday, the 25th day of January, A. D. 1875, the plaintiff above named will take the depositions of sundry witnesses to be used as evidence on the trial of the above cause at the office of Irving Howbert, at Colorado Springs, El Paso county, in the Territory of Colorado, between the hours of eight o’clock a.m. and six o’clock p.m. of said day, and that the taking of the same will be ad­journed from day to day between the said hours until said deposi­tions are completed.
                                  WEBB & MILLINGTON, Atty’s for Plaintiff.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1874.
                                                        Quarterly Meeting.
The third Quarterly meeting of the M. E. church will be held at Winfield December 12th and 13th. Preaching at 2 o’clock, on Saturday evening. Quarterly Conference service on Saturday night. J. McQUISTON.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1874.
At a stated communication of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, held last Tuesday evening, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
Leland J. Webb, W. M.
W. G. Graham, S. W.
J. E. Saint, J. W.
J. C. Fuller, Treas.
M. G. Troup, Sec.
J. Newman, Chaplain.
Perry Hill, S. D.
J. D. Cochran, J. D.
I. L. Comfort, Tyler.
Winfield Courier, December 17, 1874.

The Adelphi Lodge No. 110 will not hold a public installa­tion Christmas day but will have a private one at their hall. A cordial invitation is extended to the fraternity.
                                                          E. MARIS, W. M.
L. J. WEBB, Sec.
[LOST OR STOLEN: two pointer bird dogs...L. J. WEBB.]
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.
                                                            Lost or Stolen.
On or about the 10th or 11th day of January, 1875, two pointer bird dogs, one about 3 years old, white with several large cinnamon colored spots; also “double nose.” Had on a leather collar with an iron ring in it, and a round brass tax tag for 1874. The other, a pup about six months old, same color and spots, with single nose, no collar. Old dog answers to the name of “Jack” and young one “Dick.” Anyone giving information leading to the recovery of one or both of the dogs will be suitably rewarded. Call on or address
                                                       L. J. WEBB, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, January 21, 1875.
L. J. Webb and Mr. Bernard went hunting on Timber Creek Tuesday and slaughtered 49 rabbits.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
                                                         TOPEKA NEWS.
From Mr. L. J. Webb, who has recently returned from Topeka, where he has been attending to some suits in the Supreme Court, we learn that the bill for funding the indebted-ness of Cowley County has been introduced in the house.
It provides for issuing bonds to take up the indebtedness of the county, said bonds to be sold dollar for dollar. Representa­tive Bryan is industrious and keeps track of Legislation, always voting right, but saying little. Capt. Folks, as Secretary of the Senate, is very popular, and has great influence.
The bill to divide Howard County, having passed the House, has been report­ed favorably upon by the committee on counties and county lines in the Senate.
The bill allowing counties to issue relief bonds has passed both branches of the legislature.
The bill authoriz­ing the issue of $95,000 in state bonds to purchase wood and food for the destitute has passed the House and is likely to pass the Senate. Senator Peters from Marion County is the champion of the measure in the Senate. The democrats and opposition in the Senate are fighting the bill on political grounds, hoping to defeat it and then charge that a republican legislature refused aid to the needy.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
L. J. Webb has returned from Topeka.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
On the 19th day of January, E. S. Torrance was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of this state, and on the 8th inst., L. J. Webb was admitted.
Winfield Courier, February 18, 1875.

On Tuesday last, Charlie Black shot and killed a very large beaver. On examination, it was found to have but three legs, one of the fore ones being off at the first joint. The knowing ones say that some time or other this dam builder had been caught in a trap, and to secure freedom, had cut its own leg off. Charlie was accompanied by Capt. Hunt, Reuben Rogers, Jasper Cochran, and L. J. Webb. The party killed 51 rabbits and several ducks.
Winfield Courier, February 25, 1875.
                                              ADMINISTRATRIX NOTICE.
                                    STATE OF KANSAS, COWLEY COUNTY.
In the Probate Court in and for said county.
                              In the matter of the estate of Joseph Foos, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that letters of administration have been granted to the undersigned on the estate of Joseph Foos, late of said county, deceased, by the honorable the Probate court of the county and state aforesaid, dated the 25th day of February A. D. 1875. Now all persons having claims against the said estate are hereby notified that they must present the same to the undersigned for allowance within one year from the date of said letters, or they may be precluded from any benefit of such estate, and that if such claims be not exhibited within three years after the date of said letters, they shall be forever barred.
                                                         REBECCA FOOS.
Administratrix of the Estate of Joseph Foos, Deceased.
BY WEBB & MILLINGTON, her Attorneys, Winfield, Kansas, February 25, 1875.
Winfield Courier, March 4, 1875.
The dwelling house standing east of L. J. Webb’s, occupied by Mr. Fortner and owned by Mrs. Flint, caught fire this morning, but was put out without its doing much damage.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1875.
The members of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. and A. M., are hereby notified that there will be a special communication of said Lodge Tuesday evening March 16, 1875, at half past seven o’clock sharp, at which time the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Kansas will be present. L. J. WEBB, W. M.
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.
                                                      District Court Docket.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the March term, A. D., 1875, of the District Court of Cowley County, to be holden on and from the 22nd day, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.
Civil Docket, Sixth Day, No. 512. Jonathan Newman vs. L. J. Webb.
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, March 25, 1875.
                                           ELDORADO, KAN., Mar. 19, 1875.

ED. COURIER. Dear Sir: On the 9th of August, 1870, I printed and sent to your county 1,500 personal property state­ments (Assessors blanks) on the order of your county clerk. I sent down the bill with the blanks ($17.50). I have repeatedly made out my bill, sworn to it, and sent it to your county clerk, but your commissioners have never allowed the bill. Last year I sent the account to L. J. Webb, and asked him to see to it for me. He wrote back to me that it was outlawed, and that the commissioners refused to pay it.
I wish to ask your people a question or two through your columns:
In the first place, I printed the blanks in good faith for your county before you had a printing office to do it for you in your own county.
I have made no fuss about the bill, believing your commis­sioners would pay it.
I write to ask some gentleman in the county to appear before the commissioners at their next meeting and ask them if they will pay it, and inform me through your columns what they say.
The bill is just and right, and ought to be paid. I cannot afford to lose it.
My bill, $17.50, with interest at ten percent for four and a half years, will be $26.85.
The question arises, does your county pay its honest debts, or does it take advantage of the statute of limitations, and stand its creditors off from time to eternity? Will Mr. Kelly, Col. Manning, D. A. Millington, Mr. Webb, or some other gentleman present my claim to the commissioners? Yours for Justice. T. B. MURDOCK.
The bill mentioned in the above letter ought to have been paid long ago. Surely our county has no intention of pleading the statutes of limitations, the baby act, or anything else to avoid paying its honest debts. It strikes us that the bill is a reasonable one, at least, for those early days, and our county, instead of taking advantage of the lapse of time, ought to be thankful to Mr. Murdock for his leniency. Cowley County can’t afford to defraud her creditors in such a way.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Cemetery Association on Wednesday, March 31, 1875, at W. H. H. Maris’ store. All persons owning a lot in the Winfield Cemetery are stockholders, and entitled to vote at the meeting. A full attendance is requested. The following is a list of the said stockholders.
                                            JOHN B. FAIRBANKS, Secretary.
John Lowrey, C. A. Bliss, Mrs. Clara Flint, Robert Hudson, W. L. Fortner, W. H. Dunn,           Mallard, Dr. D. N. Egbert, J. H. Land, W. M. Boyer, A. Menor, S. J. Swanson, Mrs. Eliza Davis, M. L. Read. S. C. Smith,           Kenton,           Marshall, Henry Martin,  W. H. H. Maris, Mrs. K. Maris, E. Maris, J. Newman, L. J. Webb, J. W. Smiley, George W. Brown, John Rhoads, H. H. Lacy, L. T. Michner, George Gray, N. H. Holmes, John Mentch, M. Steward, J. J. Barrett, J. W. Johnson, J. Evans,           Cutting, W. G. Graham, S. W. Greer, Dr. W. Q. Mansfield, J. D. Cochran, C. C. Stephens, W. H. South, J. C. Weathers, Mrs. Joseph Foos, G. S. Manser, Mrs. Southworth, A. A. Jackson, J. F. Graham, Mrs. H. McMasters, S. H. Myton, S. H. Darrah, M. L. Robinson, D. H. Rodocker, R. H. Tucker, James Kelly, W. Dibble, D. F. Best, Z. T. Swigart, R. Rogers.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1875.

In the case of the State of Kansas vs. Sridler, for forgery, the jury failed to agree on a verdict. County Attorney Pyburn entered a nolle prosequi and the defendant went free. In the conduct of the suit for the defense, L. J. Webb, Esq., added new laurels to his already good reputation as a lawyer. His argument on the close was perhaps one of the best ever made to a jury in Cowley County, eliciting the highest encomiums from everyone present, and Sridler may thank his stars that L. J. Webb was his attorney.
Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.
                                                             Bar Meeting.
At a meeting of the Cowley County Bar held at the office of J. E. Allen, in the city of Winfield, April 26th, 1875, Judge R. B. Saffold was called to the chair and J. E. Allen appointed Secretary. The following were appointed a committee on resolu­tions: L. J. Webb, A. J. Pyburn, Amos Walton, and W. M. Boyer, who reported the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, The Hon. W. P. Hackney is about to remove from our midst, therefore it
Resolved, That we, the members of the bar of Cowley County, do most sincerely regret the loss we sustain in his removal.
Resolved, That in Mr. Hackney we recognize a true lawyer, and one who graces the profession to which he belongs.
Resolved, That we recommend him as one in whom the people wherever he may locate may repose implicit confidence, not only as a lawyer, but as a citizen and neighbor.
Resolved, That the Secretary furnish a copy of these resolu­tions to Mr. Hackney, and a copy to each of the county papers for publication. R. B. SAFFOLD, Chairman.
J. B. ALLEN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 27, 1875.
L. J. Webb, Burt Covert, A. D. Speed, and Will Doty started last Monday for Kansas City to attend a trial of Speed’s in regard to some Texas cattle. They went in a spring wagon across the country, emigrant style.
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1875.
Frank Gallotti wants another Indian war since he is Quarter­master Sergeant of company “G.”
At the meeting held by Company “G,” last Saturday night, A. T. Shenneman was elected Captain, W. M. Boyer, 1st Lieut.; and J. E. Saint, 1st Sergeant. 2nd Lieut. Webb gave notice of his intention to resign, and Wirt W. Walton was recommended to fill the vacancy.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1875.
                                                 Adelphi Lodge Resolutions.
                                  HALL OF ADELPHI LODGE, A. F. & A. M.,
                                                    August 13th, A. L. 5,875.
At a special Communication held on the 13th inst., the following was adopted.
WHEREAS, In the dispensation of an All-wise and Overruling Providence, the families of our worthy brothers, M. G. Troup and Perry Hill, have been afflicted by the death of each of their eldest children since our last Communication; and while we submit with becoming christian resignation to the decree of an All-wise God; yet had it been agreeable to His Divine Will, we would that they could have been spared this great trial.

Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved brethren and their families our sincere, christian and brotherly sympathy, and our humble and fervent prayers to God that they may be sustained in this, their hour of trial.
                  Committee: W. G. GRAHAM, ENOCH MARIS, J. W. JOHNSTON.
Note: A similar resolution was done by Lodge August 13, 1875, for Jonathan Newman, brother (and chaplain). They resolved to wear badges of mourning for 30 days.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1875.
Sadie and Mary Webb, sisters of L. J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1875.
Miss Sadie, and her sister, Mary Webb, of Topeka, are down visiting their brother, L. J. Webb, of this place.
Foos mentioned in Book 1 of Cowley County History...
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                                           PUBLIC SALE!
The undersigned will sell at public auction on
                                                  Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1875,
At her residence on the Walnut, 4 miles North of Winfield, the following personal property: Seven Cows, Five Calves, Two Heifers, Thirty-two Hogs and Pigs. One Span of Mares, One Wagon, One Sett Double Harness, Farming Implements, Household Furniture.
                                                200 BUSHELS OF WHEAT!!!
75 Bushels of Rye, 25 Bushels of Oats, Forty-five Acres of Corn in the Field, and a number of Turkeys, Chickens, and Ducks. The sale is to commence at 1 o’clock p.m.
                                                              Terms Cash!
The farm will be rented for a term of years. Early applica­tions required.
For further information, inquire of L. J. Webb.
                                                         REBECCA FOOS,
                                          Winfield, Kansas, September 16, 1875.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                               Cowley County District Court.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the September term of the District Court, to be holden on and from the 27th, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.
Civil Docket, Sixth Day. Leland J. Webb vs. Thompson H. Johnson.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
Wanted! A good girl to do general house work, and take care of children. None but a neat and competent one need apply. To such a one good wages will be given. For further information, call at the office or residence of L. J. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.

BUSINESS and Dwelling Houses to rent. Inquire of L. J. WEBB.
Sadie Webb, Leland J. Webb’s sister.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1875.
Miss Sadie Webb, late of Topeka, is writing in County Clerk Troup’s office, and Mrs. Clara Flint in Register McCulloch’s office at the Courthouse.
Winfield Courier, October 7, 1875.
                                                            THE TICKET.
The ticket nominated last Saturday by the Republican County Convention is, all things, considered, one of the strongest and best ever nominated in the county.
Of Col. Manning, whose name appears at the head of the ticket, we need say but little. As a representative of tact and ability he has few, if any, superior in the State of Kansas. Whatever he undertakes to do he does manfully and well. The poisoned barbs of cruel unscrupulous enemies has never yet turned him aside from the path of duty, honor, and integrity. We predict that the people of Cowley County, regardless of the malicious persecutions of malignant enemies, will prove their appreciation of Col. Manning’s worth as a man and his ability as a legislator by giving him a rousing majority next November.
Of Sheriff Walker and M. G. Troup we need say nothing; they have each served one term and their work speaks for them. The people of Cowley County believing in genuine reform, will see to it that these men who have served them so faithfully and well will still continue to serve them.
T. R. Bryan, of Dexter, E. P. Kinne, of Arkansas City, Wirt W. Walton, and Dr. John Hedrick, of Winfield, are gentlemen in every way worthy of the support of every voter in Cowley County, for the several offices for which they have been nominated.
The most important office by far is that of Commissioner. For this office we have three gentlemen in every respect perfect­ly capable of managing the affairs of the county.
William White, of Rock, although still young, is a man of mature judg­ment, good qualifications, and with a little experi­ence will make a splendid Commissioner.
Of Mr. Sleeth we know but little, but his friends in whom we have full confidence, assure us that he is a gentleman of ac­knowledged ability and experience, who will bring to the dis­charge of his duties that practical business knowledge which is so essential a requisite in a County Commis­sioner.
R. F. Burden is the present Chairman of the County Board, whose services are before the public. He is a gentleman of good heart and sound judgment, and with an experience of two years cannot fail to give entire satisfaction, at least as much so as mortal man could give on the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County.
We have neither the time nor space this week which we would like to devote to the different candidates, but will have more to say in the future.
As a whole the ticket is unusually strong. In its selection the Convention showed itself fully alive to the wants and wishes of its constituents, and we have no shadow of doubt but the good work will be fully ratified at the coming November election.

Since the above was put in type, we have been handed Col. Manning’s card declining the nomination for Representative. We are extremely sorry, as will be all his friends, that the Colonel sees fit to take this step. Believing as we do that he would be a representative of which not alone Cowley County, but the State of Kansas, would be proud, we most reluctantly consent to his withdrawal from the canvass.
E. C. MANNING, WM. P. HACKNEY, NATHAN HUGHES, AND WILLIAM WHITE. The first was an informal ballot, which resulted as follows: Manning 32, Hackney 11, White 5, Hughes, 12. After considerable sparing, Col. Manning, for the sake of harmony, declined the nomination. The names of L. J. Webb and James McDermott were placed before the Convention. The friends of Manning insisted on still voting for him and so declared their intention, whereupon the names of Webb and McDermott were withdrawn. The first ballot resulted as follows: Manning, 29 votes, Hackney, 22, Hughes, 9. No choice, Hughes withdrew his name in favor of W. P. Hackney. Second ballot resulted as follows: Manning, 32 votes; Hackney, 28. Manning declared nominated.
Winfield Courier, October 7, 1875.
Monday we surveyed the county road petitioned for by John Annis, et al, of Bolton Township. Beginning at the south end of the Arkansas River bridge and running northwest to the township line. This is one of the most important roads in the southern part of the county. The immense travel of Bolton, in this county, and Walton and other townships in Sumner County, as far west as Caldwell, has been compelled to go at least one mile out of a direct line in order to get to this bridge, the only cross­ing on the Arkansas south of Oxford. The aggrieved party in this case is Reuben Bowers, Esq., who owns the land near the bridge. His damage he assesses at one thousand dollars. The viewers, Thos. H. Henderson and Geo. W. Melville, awarded him one hundred and fifty dollars. The reports went before the Commissioners on Tuesday, and the attorneys in the case agreed to lay it over till the next session of the Board. L. J. Webb, of this city, has been employed by the defendant, and Amos Walton is advisor for the principal petitioner.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1875.
Hon. L. J. Webb has gone to Topeka on business.
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1875.
L. J. Webb has returned.
Winfield Courier, November 18, 1875.

                                                    Notice to Wood Thieves.
I know who steals my wood, having twice seen the party. When he comes again, I shall give him a load of buckshot. L. J. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.
L. J. Webb has taken up winter quarters in the neat law office of A. H. Green.
Winfield Courier, December 2, 1875.
There will be a stated Communication of Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M., Tuesday night, December 7th, at 7 o’clock. After the regular business the annual election of officers will take place. All members are expected to attend.
                                                         L. J. WEBB, W. M.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.
Last Tuesday evening the following officers were installed by Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, A. F. & A. M.
J. S. Hunt: W. M.
J. E. Saint: S. W.
A. B. Lemmon: J. W.
B. F. Baldwin: Treasurer.
Frank Gallotti: Secretary.
J. H. Land: Chaplain.
L. J. Webb: S. D.
C. C. Black: J. D.
W. W. Steinhour: Tyler.
Judging from the list of new officers we should say that Adelphi is in pretty good running order, and likely to be kept so.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.
Mr. Henry Asp, late student of the Commercial and Business College at Rock Island, Illinois, has commenced the study of law with our excellent legal light, L. J. Webb. Mr. Asp is a young man of good culture and pleasing address. He comes among us well recommended. May the enterprise he embarks in here be a success­ful one. “There is always room at the top.”
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                            [Covering Period January 6, 1876 - December 28, 1876.]
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
VOL. 4, NO. 1.
                                          HISTORY OF COWLEY COUNTY.

There are at present four newspapers published in this county, three of which, the COURIER, Plow and Anvil, and the Cowley County Telegram, are published at Winfield; and the fourth, the Arkansas City Traveler, is published at Arkansas City. The first paper published in the county was the Cowley County Censor, the first number of which was issued at Winfield, Aug. 13, 1870, by A. J. Patrick, who was the editor and proprietor. The Censor was a six column paper. The first two numbers were printed at Augusta, the type having been set up here and sent in galleys to Augusta. Number three was printed here on the historical press of Kansas, the history of which is given by S. S. Prouty as follows.
“Rev. Joseph Meeker brought the first press into Kansas Territory. This was in 1834. Mr. Meeker was a missionary to the Ottawa Indians. The Ottawa Mission was near where the town of Ottawa now stands. Mr. Meeker, a long time prior to the com­mencement of settlement by the whites, printed a book with that press.
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“The State of Kansas should recover that Meeker press and preserve it at the capital. Kansas will have a centennial some day. From Meeker the press passed into the hands of George W. Brown. In 1857 Brown sold it to S. S. Prouty. Prouty owned the press for years, and used it in the publication of the Freemen’s Champion and the Neosho Valley Register. Prouty sold it to S. Weaver, who used it at Lecompton. From thence it went to Cotton­wood Falls, and from thence to Cowley County. It is now supposed to be in the Indian Territory, on its march of conquest. It was a Seth Adams manufacture, oval at the top. There were twenty stars on it, indicating that at the time of its manufacture there were twenty states in the Union. This was in 1817, as the twenty-first State was admitted in 1818.”
Prouty’s supposition that the press was in the Indian Terri­tory was not correct. About eighteen months ago it was sold by S. C. Smith to W. H. Kerns, Smith having taken it under a chattel mortgage given by Kerns in January, 1873. Kerns took it to Missouri, where at last accounts he was publishing a paper with it.
Patrick was succeeded by L. J. Webb as editor of the Censor, June 3, 1871, and on the 5th of August following, Webb & Doud bought Patrick out and continued the publication of the paper until the 26th of the month, when E. G. Nichols succeeded Doud, and the firm became Webb & Nichols. In the month of September following the paper was enlarged to seven columns. January 6th, 1872, Webb and Nichols sold out to W. H. Kerns, when the Censor ceased to exist. January 13th Kerns commenced the publication of the Winfield Messenger, a seven column paper, and on the 4th of July, the same year, was succeeded by Yale Bro.’s, who published until the 5th of December, when they broke up and moved the office and material, except the old press, to McPherson County.
The next paper after the Censor was the Traveler, a six column paper, the first number of which was issued August 24, 1870. We believe it was the first paper printed in the county, coming out a few days before the third number of the Censor.
The Traveler was published by M. G. Mains, with H. B. Norton as editor and C. M. Scott as local. On the 15th of December, 1870, L. B. Kellogg succeeded Mains in the proprietor-ship and became the editor, with Norton special contributor and Scott local. On the first day of September, 1870, Scott bought Kellogg out, since which time he has carried on the paper alone.

Number 1, volume 1, of the Telegram, was published at Tisdale on the 12th day of September, 1872, by W. M. Allison. Five numbers were issued at Tisdale, and on the 28th of November No. 6 was published at Winfield by Allison. In the month of January, 1873, Allison associated with him A. H. Hane, under the firm name of Allison & Hane, who published the paper until the 20th of March, when Hane was succeeded by A. B. Steinberger (now of the Howard City Courant). Allison & Steinberger dissolved July 3, 1873, since which time Allison has published the Telegram. The press on which the Telegram is now published is of the same manufacture and age of the Meeker press. Allison has edited the paper since it started.
On the 11th day of January, 1873, R. S. Waddell & Co. started the COURIER at Winfield and continued its publication with R. S. Waddell editor and J. C. Lillie local editor until March 27th following, when James Kelly purchased the office. Kelly at once assumed the publication of the paper, editing it himself, with V. B. Beckett local. Beckett did the locals until March 4, 1875. Kelly conducted the paper alone from that time until July 1st, when Wirt W. Walton became and has ever since been local editor. On the 11th of November last E. C. Manning became editor and publisher.
On the 19th day of November, 1874, the Plow and Anvil made its first appearance, with Col. J. M. Alexander editor and proprietor. Col. Alexander was succeeded by Amos Walton and C. M. McIntire, the present editors and proprietors, April 22 last.
The Censor was, and the Traveler and COURIER are, republican in politics. The Messenger was, and the Telegram and Plow and Anvil are independent in politics.
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                            [Covering Period January 6, 1876 - December 28, 1876.]
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
VOL. 4, NO. 1.
On the 29th day of October, 1870, a dispensation was granted to J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, and eight others for a lodge at Winfield. J. S. Hunt was appointed W. M.; A. H. Green, S. W.; and Enoch Maris, J. W. On the 17th day of October, 1872, the lodge obtained a charter under the name of Adelphi, No. 119, with the following charter members: J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, C. A. Bliss, A. A. Jackson, W. M. Boyer, H. Shaughness, I. L. Comfort, E. Adams, Thomas Hart, W. S. Huff, S. H. Revis, T. A. Rice, and J. Traxler.
The same officers were installed under the charter and held their offices until Jan. 1st, 1873, when Enoch Maris was elected W. M.; W. M. Boyer, S. W.; and T. A. Rice, J. W.
January 1st, 1874, Enoch Maris was re-elected W. M.; T. A. Rice, S. W.; and W. G. Graham, S. W.
January 1st, 1875, L. J. Webb was elected W. M.; W. G. Graham, S. W.; and J. E. Saint, J. W.
For the present year J. S. Hunt was elected W. M.; J. E. Saint, S. W.; and A. B. Lemmon, J. W.
The lodge now has forty-six members and is in a healthy condition morally and financially.

About one year after the organization of Adelphi, a dispen­sation was granted to the craft at Arkansas City, and in due time they received a charter under the name of Crescent Lodge, No. 133, with O. S. Smith, W. M.; E. B. Kager, S. W. Dexter Lodge is spoken of elsewhere.
On the 15th of March, 1875, a dispensation was granted M. L. Read, H. P.; M. C. Baker, K.; John D. Pryor, Scribe; W. C. Robinson, C. H.; A. Howland, P. S.; W. G. Graham, R. A. C.; J. W. Johnston, M. 3rd V.; P. Hill, M. 1st V.; A. A. Newman, member. October 19th, a charter was issued to them under the name Winfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 31; and on the 26th of the same month the Chapter was instituted by J. C. Bennett, of Emporia. A list of the officers for this year was published last week. This branch of Masonry here is in good working order and in a healthy condition financially.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
WALKER - WEBB. Tuesday evening, January 4th, 1876, at the residence of the bride’s brother, L. J. Webb, by Rev. N. L. Rigby, Mr. R. L. Walker and Miss Sadie A. Webb.
Everybody in the county knows Dick Walker and no one has more friends than he. They all rejoice at his good sense and good fortune in selecting a companion for life. His new wife, though not one of the “old settlers,” has many friends in our midst and quietly captured the Captain that all the girls were going crazy after. “Still waters run deep.”
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
                                                     Our “Courier” Patrons.
In beginning the “Centennial year,” with an enterprise like the one we have engaged in this week, it is but right and proper that we make honorable mention of the men who, by giving us their patronage, have greatly helped us in the “financial” part there­of.
Alphabetically arranged, they appear as follows.
WEBB, L. J., the irrepressible, ex-newspaper editor; the jolly, hilarious, “one of ‘em” when among the boys; the solid businessman, when “it’s business,” and the acknowledged leading criminal lawyer in the district, still liveth. His origin, like “Topsy’s,” we know not. He has always been here and expects to remain here till he is—translated.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1876.
Lawyer Webb is having his hands full of practice. If Webb can’t win a suit, it cannot be won at all.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.
LINUS WEBB, brother of L. J., is now a law student in Winfield.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.
GRAND MASTER SHARP, A. F. & A. M., has appointed Leland J. Webb, of Adelphi Lodge, No. 110, an Assistant Lecturer. Adelphi now holds its stated communications on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and a school of instruction on the second and fourth Tuesdays, at seven o’clock p.m.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.
The undersigned, residents of Cowley County, cordially unite in inviting the citizens of said county to meet in mass meeting at Winfield, on Saturday at 2 P. M.,
                                                          FEBRUARY 5TH,

to take such action as shall seem advisable upon consultation to secure the construction of a railroad into Cowley County. We desire each paper in said county to publish this call, and we hope that every township will be fully represented at said meeting.
Dated January 25, 1876.
ROCK TOWNSHIP: John M. Harcourt, Robert F. Bailey, Andrew Dawson, John Foster, J. L. Foster, Jess. J. Tribby, H. D. Lee, W. B. Wimer.
BEAVER TOWNSHIP: William D. Lester, B. W. Jenkins, John A. McCulloch, W. A. Freeman.
VERNON TOWNSHIP: Wm. Martin, C. M. Denkin, R. L. Walker.
SPRING CREEK TOWNSHIP: R. P. Goodrich, Cyrus Wilson, F. W. Vance.
TISDALE TOWNSHIP: E. P. Young, D. H. Southworth.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP: Chas. W. Frith, J. L. H. Darnall.
OTTER TOWNSHIP: H. C. Fisher, R. R. Turner.
OMNIA TOWNSHIP: Elisha Harned.
DEXTER TOWNSHIP: T. W. Coats, J. D. Maurer, Mark Kenton Hull, Levi Quier, J. A. Bryan, George Bryan.
WINFIELD: M. L. Read, S. D. Pryor, N. M. Powers, N. W. Holmes, N. L. Rigby, Thomas McMillen, L. J. Webb, Charles C. Black, J. S. Hunt, W. M. Boyer, John W. Curns, G. S. Manser, B. F. Baldwin, J. H. Land, A. H. Green, W. Q. Mansfield, E. C. Manning, S. H. Myton, J. C. Fuller, A. B. Lemmon, James Kelly, W. H. H. Maris, T. H. Henderson, A. N. Deming, H. S. Silver, J. M. Alexander, Amos Walton, D. A. Millington, J. E. Platter, W. M. Allison, And one hundred others.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 3, 1876.
                                   THE RAILROAD MEETING SATURDAY.
On Saturday of this week the people of Cowley County will assemble at Winfield to give expression to their wishes upon the question of securing the construction of a railroad into Cowley County. If the day is fair the gathering promises to be large. We hope the citizens of Winfield will endeavor to make the occasion as pleasant and harmonious as possible. The desire for a road into the county is almost universal among its people. Without reference to particular routes or gauge let that desire be expressed in earnest and unequivocal terms.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.
                                                  MARRIAGE LICENSES.
The following is a list of Marriage Licenses issued by Probate Judge Gans, during the month of January.
Cyrus Watkins and Annie Wood.
George W. Arnold and Lorenia Zimmerman.
R. L. Walker and Sadie Webb.
Joseph Seeton and Mary Ann Smith.
M. L. Martin and J. Olmstead.
D. D. Jones and S. S. Trimble.

L. L. Newton and Malissa Dawson.
Chancy C. Robinson and Mary Wood.
M. H. G. Thomas and Vilenda W. Wood.
W. C. Webb...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1876.
The Apportionment Bill was worked at some in the Senate, and was turned over to a committee for the finishing touches and passed in the afternoon, 22 to 10. S. B. 104 prescribing how insurance policies shall be printed was recommended for passage in committee of the whole. S. B. 120, allowing railroads to build branches after having filed a notice in the office of the Secretary of State was also recommended. S. B. 71, exempting a years’ crops from taxation was also recommended. Senator Robinson’s bill in regard to the bonds to be given by county commissioners, was recommended subject to amendment. The S. B. giving the counsel for the prisoner at the bar the last speech. S. B. 202 occupied all the evening session. It is an able bodied bill of 69 pages, and is a codification of the school laws, but makes very few radical changes.
The House passed an exciting day over the appropriations for the Normal Schools. The appropriation ($10,348) for the Leavenworth school was the first to come up. Mr. Hackney led off in the fight on the appropriation. Mr. Taylor, of Leavenworth, made a good fight for the school. Most of the talk, however, came from the opposition, and finally Hackney’s motion to indefi­nitely postpone, was carried, 56 to 37. The Emporia appropriation ($13,667.50) came up next and a very bitter debate took place on Hackney’s motion to indefinitely postpone. Messrs. Eskridge, Cook, Elder and others spoke in favor of the institu­tion. Hackney’s motion was adopted, 53 to 43.
In the afternoon the State University appropriation came up. Mr. Waters offered an amendment appropriating $3,000 to establish a normal department in the University. Mr. Glick thought that the professors were paid too much, and moved that the bill be recommended to the Ways and Means committee with instructions to report a new bill providing for a normal department and giving an itemized statement of teacher’s wages. This motion prevailed.
Mr. Hackney rushed in with a motion to indefinitely postpone the bill appropriating $22,420.56 for the Agricultural College, but was voted down, 83 to 7. Some of the items were stricken out and the bill appropriating $15,300 passed, 65 to 7.
In the evening the House complied with a request of W. C. Webb, counsel for A. J. Mowry, and the order to publish the testimony in his case was rescinded. S. B. 182 passed. As amended it provides for the appointment of the three following institutions: the Blind Asylum and the Deaf and Dumb and Insane Asylums.
H. G. Webb...Uncle of Leland J. Webb.
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1876.
                                            MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1876.

The apportionment bill that passed the Senate last Friday giving Cowley County one Senator and two Representatives, still hangs fire. It went to the House Saturday morning and was a firebrand. All day Saturday was spent in its consideration. The House first disagreed to the Senate amend­ments. The bill went back to the Senate. That body then voted to postpone the consideration of the bill until Monday at 2 P.M. This frightened the House. It feared there would be no appor­tionment bill passed at all. The House then passed a resolution calling the bill back from the Senate. This soon brought the bill back into the House. It was then moved to concur in the Senate amendments and following this the previous question was ordered. This cut off all filibustering and the roll was called. Fifty votes were obtained for final passage or concur­rence, which was all that was necessary. The Chief Clerk did not announce the result, but gave the roll to his assistant to figure up while he went among the members and succeeded in having two or three votes changed from aye to no, and thus defeated the bill.
Then the bill was returned to the Senate with the informa­tion that the House would not concur in the Senate amendments. Sam Wood and H. G. Webb fought the bill in the house vigorously. What will be the final result I cannot tell. But it is of so much importance to Cowley County that I feel that I ought to remain here and help to save Cowley as a Senatorial District if possible.
The Committee on State affairs which has been hunting up the bogus school bond business have got trace of some fraudulent school district bonds from Cowley County. They interviewed me upon the subject and I ventured the statement that no County Clerk or Superintendent of Public Instruction in Cowley County ever lent his name or seal to any such swindle.
While I have not had the highest opinion of some of the aforesaid officers in our county, I cannot believe that they were bad enough to be parties to a bond swindle. I pronounced the bonds, if any such have been issued, to be forgeries in toto and do not believe the parties thereto ever lived in Cowley County.
The names are suppressed at present in the hope that the rascals can be caught. The reputation of Cowley County is excellent here. It is looked upon as a first-class agricultural county and as being filled with honest men, and the representa­tive men from that county command respect everywhere. Of course, we all hope that no citizen of our county will be found guilty of paying bonds of any kind, or of attempting a swindle of any character.
I have no railroad news to write.
Comments by Manning: “I am a looker on in the Legislative Halls. The session will close next week. It has been a boister­ous one in the House. Very few laws have been passed. Some very much needed Legislation has been neglected. Buncomb speeches and resolutions have been mainly indulged in.”
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1876.
L. J. Webb has moved his law offices upstairs over Mrs. Howard’s millinery store.
Winfield Courier, March 30, 1876.
                                                     Something About Jewels.

Jewels have been worn in all ages by all classes of human beings “without regard to race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” From the world’s infancy down to the present time, ornaments of precious stones, or other valuable material, have adorned the figures, enriched the costumes, and designated the honored among men. The ice-bound Laplander and the Hottentot, under a meridian sun, alike give to their chiefs the most pre­cious materials for their badges of office. Glittering diamonds always have and always will encircle the brows of eastern mon­archs. Europe, the cradle of liberty and civilization, will ever guard with zealous care the crown jewels of her Empires. Pendant from the ears of the Sandwich Island belle will ever rattle the ivory of the scuttle fish. The love-sick rural swain commemo­rates the birthday of his help-mate in passe by the present of, to her, a jewel, though it be but a circular band of polished brass. The same love, admiration, or whatever it may be, that prompts him to show this preference, finds an abiding place, controlled maybe by different circumstances, in the hearts of all men all over the world.
And this leads us to say that, at the regular meeting of Adelphia Lodge, No. 110, of A. F. & A. M., held at their hall on the 21st inst., our fellow townsman, and Past Master of Adelphia, Leland J. Webb, was made the happy recipient of the most beauti­ful “jewel” we have ever had the pleasure of seeing. It is an elaborately finished Past Master’s jewel, emblematical of that distinctive office in the ancient order above referred to. It was purchased by his brother members and presented him in open lodge as a token of their high appreciation of him whilst Master of their “work,” and further, as a milestone, as it were, to mark the era in his life when he publicly announced his intention to hope for brighter “jewels” in the world beyond. The ornament itself is a beautiful silver medal, six inches in circumference, filigreed with the traditional “square and compass.” On the engraved side is finely marked the “All-seeing-eye,” the “twenty-four inch gauge,” the “gavel,” “plummet,” “Ionian pillars,” and a host of we-don’t-know-whats. On the reverse side is engraved the words, “Leland J. Webb, P. M. of Adelphia Lodge, No. 110,” and, “Presented by the Members.” The jewel is suspended from a silver pin by a broad blue ribbon, which, in turn, is clasped by two silver cross-bars, and all encased in a handsomely silk-lined casket. The presentation speech, made by A. B. Lemmon, J. W., is said to have been a splendid effort, and only eclipsed in bril­liancy, by the light reflecting from the jewel in his hand.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
                                                 PROFESSIONAL CARDS.
LELAND J. WEBB, ATTORNEY AT LAW.—Two doors north of Myton’s Hardware Store, upstairs, Winfield, Kansas.
Linus S. Webb, Brother of Leland J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
The following is the result of the vote cast at the city election held in Winfield last Monday.
                                                    REPUBLICAN TICKET.
For Mayor, D. A. Millington: 81 votes.
For Police Judge, Linus S. Webb: 75 votes.
For Councilman, A. B. Lemmon: 86 votes.
For Councilman, C. A. Bliss: 81 votes.
For Councilman, T. B. Myers: 84 votes.
For Councilman, H. Brotherton: 88 votes.
For Councilman, M. G. Troup: 91 votes.
                                                     DEMOCRAT TICKET.
For Mayor, H. S. Silver: 86 votes.
For Police Judge, J. W. Curns: 81 votes.

For Councilman, N. Roberson: 71 votes.
For Councilman, A. G. Wilson: 76 votes.
For Councilman, N. M. Powers: 70 votes.
For Councilman, W. L. Mullen: 57 votes.
For Councilman, Frank Williams: 76 votes.
SCATTERING: J. P. McMillen received 20 votes, C. C. Black 1; and J. P. Short 3, for Councilmen; and J. D. Pryor 5 votes for Police Judge.
Linus Webb, brother of Leland J. Webb, lost to Curns!
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
The district court opened on Monday; Judge Campbell on the bench. Attorneys present: A. J. McDonald of Wellington; C. R. Mitchell and James Christian of Arkansas City; James McDermott of Dexter; Mr. Ruggles of Wichita; Byron Sherry of Leavenworth; J. M. Alexander, A. H. Green, L. J. Webb, D. A. Millington, A. J. Pyburn, T. H. Suits, W. P. Hackney, E. C. Manning, John Allen, Wm. Boyer, S. D. Pryor, W. M. Boyer, and Amos Walton of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1876.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
                                             WINFIELD, KAN., April 5, 1876.
City Council met in adjourned session, March 21st, A. D. 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.
The following bills were presented, read, and allowed, and on motion of M. G. Troup, the Clerk was ordered to draw a warrant on the Treasurer for the same.
J. M. Reed, clerk of city election, on April 3rd, A. D. 1876, $2.00; J. F. Miller, Judge of city election, $2.00; C. C. Black, Judge of city election, $2.00; M. Miller, padlock and nails for city, 85 cents; Simpson & Stewart, repairs on jail, $3.00.
Fee bill of W. M. Boyer, Police Judge, was read, and, on motion of C. C. Black, was laid over.
The Finance Committee made the following report on the cancellation of city warrants:
To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the city of Winfield, county of Cowley, and State of Kansas, we your Finance Committee beg leave to report that we have examined the enclosed package and find it to contain two hundred and forty-three vouchers of the value of $2,467.17, and that said vouchers have been duly canceled on the Winfield city warrant record, and recommend that they be destroyed.
M. G. Troup,          ) Finance Committee.
Chas. C. Black.      )
On motion of N. M. Powers the report was received and the vouchers destroyed.
On motion of N. M. Powers, the City Clerk was instructed to make out and present to the County Commissioners a bill of $8.00, amount paid to Simpson & Stewart for repairs on the jail.
The City Council proceeded to canvass the vote of Winfield city election, held on April 3rd, A. D., 1876, which resulted as follows:

Whole number of votes cast: 182.
For Mayor: D. A. Millington, 81; H. S. Silver, 80, E. S. Bedilion, 1.
For Police Judge: Linus S. Webb, 75; J. W. Curns, 81; J. D. Pryor, 5.
For Councilmen: A. B. Lemmon, 86; M. G. Troup, 91; C. A. Bliss, 81; T. B. Myers, 84; H. Brotherton, 88; N. Roberson, 71; Frank Williams, 76; N. M. Powers, 70; A. G. Wilson, 76; W. L. Mullin, 57; J. P. McMillen, 20; C. C. Black, 3; J. P. Short, 1.
D. A. Millington, having received the highest number of votes for Mayor, was declared elected. J. W. Curns, receiving the highest number of votes for Police Judge, was declared elected. A. B. Lemmon, M. G. Troup, T. B. Myers, C. A. Bliss, and H. Brotherton, receiving the highest number of votes for Councilmen, were declared elected.
On motion the Clerk was ordered to furnish each of the above named as elected with certificates of election.
On motion Council adjourned.
                                                 B. F. BALDWIN, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1876.
Mr. L. J. Webb had forty-two cases upon the trial docket of this term of Court.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.
L. J. Webb was elected to the office of Worthy Chief Templar, of Winfield Lodge, I. O. G. T., last Monday night.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.
On Monday evening last at the regular meeting of Winfield Lodge, No. 79, I. O. G. T., officers were elected as follows: L. J. Webb, W. C. T.; Miss Ella Walton, W. V. T.; T. C. Copeland, W. R. Sec.; Fred C. Hunt, W. F. Sec.; Miss Nellie Powers, W. Treas.; Henry E. Asp, W. Chap.; F. W. Finch, W. M.; Miss Ella Freeland, W. I. G.; George Gray, W. O. G.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.
L. J. WEBB, of Winfield, is a prominent officer in the Good Templar’s Lodge and member of church.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.
                                             Republican District Conventions.
Pursuant to call the Republican delegates from the townships of the 88th Representative District met in convention at the Courthouse in Winfield last Saturday.
On motion, W. B. Norman, of Maple, was chosen chairman, and Wm. White, secretary of the meeting.
After the usual formalities were disposed of, the delegates present proceeded to vote for two delegates and two alternates to represent this district in the State Convention, May 24, 1876. The choice fell upon D. A. Millington and E. P. Kinne, with respective alternates, as follows: Charles Eagen, of Rock, and J. M. Alexander, of Winfield.
All motions to adopt resolutions declaring for Presidential candidates were tabled, though the meeting was strongly Blaine in sentiment.
On motion the following District Republican central commit­tee was chosen: L. J. Webb, B. Shriver, and W. B. Norman.
On motion the convention adjourned sine die.

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary.
After deliberation as to what steps should be taken to appropriately celebrate the 4th of July of the Centennial year, the following committee was appointed to draft a plan of proce­dure and report to a meeting of citizens last night: James Kelly, J. P. Short, C. M. McIntire, W. B. Gibbs, and W. C. Robinson.
At the appointed hour, Wednesday evening, the meeting assembled at the Courthouse and organized by selecting C. A. Bliss, chairman, and J. E. Allen as secretary. The committee made a report which, after some amendments made by the meeting, was finally adopted.
Gen’l Supt.: Prof. A. B. Lemmon.
County Historian: W. W. Walton.
Committee of Arrangements: C. M. Wood, M. L. Bangs, W. B. Vandeventer, John Lowry, J. D. Cochran.
Committee on Programme: H. D. Gans, E. P. Kinne, James Kelly, B. F. Baldwin, W. M. Allison.
Committee on Speakers: E. C. Manning, L. J. Webb, Chas. McIntire.
Committee on Finance: W. C. Robinson, W. P. Hackney, O. F. Boyle, M. G. Troup, J. C. Fuller.
Committee on Music: J. D. Pryor, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Miss Mollie Bryant.
Committee on Toasts: A. J. Pyburn, J. E. Allen, J. P. Short, Dr. J. Hedrick.
Committee on Stand: W. E. Tansey, T. B. Myers, W. B. Gibbs.
Committee on Decoration: Frank Gallotti, John Swain, I. Randall, Mary Stewart, Jennie Greenlee, Ada Millington, Mrs. Rigby, Mrs. Mansfield.
Committee on Invitation: D. A. Millington, L. C. Harter, J. B. Lynn, C. A. Bliss, J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, A. H. Green, S. S. Majors, C. M. Scott, T. B. McIntire, R. C. Haywood, J. L. Abbott, John Blevins, T. R. Bryan, H. C. McDorman, Mc. D. Stapleton, S. M. Fall, J. Stalter, Wm. White, S. S. Moore, Jno. McGuire, H. P. Heath, J. O. Van Orsdol, G. B. Green, W. B. Skinner, J. W. Millspaw [Millspaugh].
Committee on Fireworks: G. S. Manser, T. K. Johnson, C. C. Haskins.
Meeting adjourned to meet at the call of the General Superintendent.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Attention is called to the card of the new law firm of Messrs. L. J. Webb and E. S. Torrance in this issue. These gentlemen are so well known in our county that it would be useless to say that they will command a good practice.
NOTICE SHOWED: Office upstairs, over Mrs. Howard’s Millinery Store, Winfield, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.
At a meeting of the County Central Committee, held Monday, June 19th, Prof. Lemmon was chosen Chairman of the District Judicial Committee. Present: Esquire Morris, of Beaver, L. J. Webb, of Winfield, R. L. Walker, of Nenescah, A. B. Lemmon, of Winfield, C. M. Scott, of Creswell.


Linus Webb, brother of Leland J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1876.
That is not a statue, representing a Knight of the 13th century, with lance at rest, that has been standing under the bridge at Bliss’ mill dam for the past week, but Linus Webb, with pitchfork in hand watching for a fish.
Has to be Leland J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1876.
On returning from Wellington last Sunday, Mr. Webb drove into a swarm of greenhead flies, which attacked his horses, causing them to run a distance of nearly a mile. They were frenzied with pain and fear. It was impossible to hold them. The off horse, kicking violently all the time, ran the entire distance astride of the buggy pole. On nearing a bridge Mrs. Webb, realizing the danger, assisted her husband in swinging the team into a hedge fence, thereby stopping them with but little damage to horse flesh or buggy. Mr. Webb says the flies literally covered the horses. Had they not telescoped the fence when they did, they might have had a serious accident at the bridge, resulting fatally to one or both of them.
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 6, 1876.

Greene, correspondent of the Kansas City Journal, writing from Cowley County, says L. J. Webb is a candidate for Judge of the 13th Judicial District. He is an able lawyer, but is rather young to aspire to the bench, we should say. The same correspon­dent says everybody in the Walnut Valley is in favor of Ryan for Congress; but then Greene lives at Topeka and may be biased, you know. Elk Falls Ledger.
Mr. Webb will have a good many friends in a judicial convention.
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.
L. J. WEBB, Esq., of Winfield, delivered an able and eloquent discourse, to the Masonic fraternity, at the celebration last Saturday. Mr. Webb’s address came in just after dinner, when everybody was in a good humor, and it was of course, well received.
Sumner County Press.
Mrs. L. J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.
                                                   A Proud Day for Winfield.
                                                       3000 People present.
                                  A Procession reaching from Town to Country,
                                       in which “Brave Women and Fair Men”
                                                   and everybody else joins.
                                        Music, Speeches, Dinner, Toasts and a
                                           Grand Hallelujah by 3,000 Citizens.
                                    What they did, said, and how it was all done.
Tuesday, as the sun stole softly out and the grey streaks of morning lit up the eastern horizon, a hundred guns pealed forth the dawn of the Nation’s one-hundredth birthday. The firing had barely ceased when the roads and by-ways for many miles around could be seen lined with sturdy yeomen of our county, all hurry­ing to Winfield to join in the festivities of “The day we cele­brate.” Soon the streets, avenues, and vacant lots of our young city were swarming with a moving mass of happy people. And still they came till it seemed the Walnut Valley would scarcely contain the vast multitude that were entering it from every side.
                                                       HOW THEY CAME.
They came in wagons and carriages. They came on horse-back and they came on foot. They came from the prairies and valleys, and from the towns and surrounding neighborhoods. Old folks, young folks, big folks, and little folks, all came. Everybody came and
                                           THEY BROUGHT THEIR WIVES
and sweethearts, their friends and relatives, their neighbors and their neighbor’s children. They brought wagons full of baskets, and baskets full of dinner. They brought everything they wanted, and were happy.
                                  WHAT THE CITIZENS OF WINFIELD DID.

They made big preparations to celebrate the 4th of July. Held meetings, appointed good men on committees, and set them to work. They arranged a programme and furnished the funds with which to carry it out. They filled their baskets; invited strang­ers to help empty them, unfurled the starry banner, burnt powder, turned the American Eagle loose, and were happy too.
                                                   WHAT THEY ALL DID.
They formed a procession—a procession reaching from the center of town far out into the country—a procession in which everything, from a country editor to the Congress of the United States was represented. Led by the Winfield Silver Cornet Band, and following, in the order named: By the Goddess of Liberty, the American Congress, the Sisterhood of States, and a long, unbroken line of Masons, Odd Fellows, Good Templars, Grangers, and citizens in carriages, wagons, and horse-back, the procession marched out to and around the race track, back by way of Ninth Avenue to Main street, up Main to 8th, across to Manning, down Manning to the brewery road, and thence along it a half mile to the grove.
The Silver Cornet Band made a festive appearance in their sky-blue uniform, mounted on a wagon covered with the “red, white, and blue,” drawn by four horses, as they led off in the procession to the tune of “Hail Columbia” and other familiar hymns. The boys played well and added “fresh laurels” to their old wreath.
                                              THE GODDESS OF LIBERTY
was represented in the person of Mrs. L. J. Webb, dressed in a beautiful white robe, from which glittered hundreds of golden stars. She wore a crown or head-dress, upon which was emblazoned the word “Liberty.” Over her floated our country’s flag, and around her, seated on the platform, were some of Winfield’s leading men, representing the Congress of the United States. The wagon, drawn by four white horses, presented an imposing appearance.
                                           THE SISTERHOOD OF STATES,
agreeable to a suggestion of ours made a few weeks ago, was represented by about fifty ladies on horse-back. This, without doubt, was the most interesting and attractive part of the procession. The ladies, be it said to their credit, without a single exception, rode well, although several of them had not been in a saddle more than once or twice for years. They managed their steeds with an easy grace, entirely surprising to that male portion of the lookers on, who, so vainly imagine that they alone can sit and guide a horse correctly.

The States and Territories appeared in the order of their admission into the Union. The “original thirteen” led off, with New Hampshire represented by Mrs. Hickock; Massachusetts, Miss Thompson; Connecticut, Mrs. Bliss; Rhode Island, _____; New York, Mrs. Mansfield; New Jersey, Mrs. Dever; Pennsylvania, Mrs. McClelland; Delaware, Mrs. Hunt; Maryland, ______; Virginia, Mrs. Klingman; North Carolina, ______; South Carolina, Mrs. W. D. Roberts; Georgia, _____; Vermont, Miss Jennie Greenlee; Kentucky, Mrs. Maris; Tennessee, Miss Mary Greenlee; Ohio, Mrs. Bedilion; Louisiana, Mrs. A. J. Thompson; Indiana, ______; Mississippi, Miss Sophia Loubner; Illinois, Mrs. Godard; Alabama, ________; Maine, Mrs. Bates; Missouri, Miss Lizzie Thompson; Michigan, Miss Clark; Arkansas, Mrs. Ireton; Florida, Miss Ella Pierce; Texas, Miss Florence Prater; Iowa, Mrs. G. W. Martin; Wisconsin, Miss Mary Stewart; California, Miss Marks; Minnesota, Miss Mollie Bryant; Oregon, Mrs. Simpson; Kansas, Miss Allie Klingman, West Virginia, Mrs. T. B. Myers; Nevada, Miss Kate Millington; Nebras­ka, Mrs. Lemmon; Colorado, Miss Etta Johnson; New Mexico (Terri­tory), by Miss Seely; Arizona, Miss Sue Hunt; Dakota, Mrs. Stansberry; Wyoming, Miss Robertson; Montana, Miss Snow; Washing­ton, Miss Norman, Indian Territory, by an Indian Squaw; Utah, by “Brigham Young and family,” and Alaska, by Miss Hess.
Among the ladies who represented their respective States or Territories by costume suggestive of the wealth, products, or peculiar characteristics of the people, we find, taking them in the “order of their admission” (we don’t want to get into any trouble) that Miss Jennie Greenlee rode a horse completely enveloped in a green cover, to indicate her preference for Vermont.
Mrs. Maris, for Kentucky, wore a blue riding habit, hat trimmed in blue grass and bound in hemp, and carried a banner with the words, “Daniel Boone, Henry Clay, Zach Taylor, Crittenden, and Breckenridge” on one side and upon the other, the motto, “United we stand, divided we fall.”
For Tennessee, Miss Mary Greenlee bore a banner with the “Home of Jackson, Polk, and Johnson” printed in large letters upon it.
Miss Highbarger, for Indiana, had printed in bold letters upon her saddle skirt this suggestive sentence, “Divorces granted in five minutes.”
Another beautiful banner was the one carried by Mrs. Goddard, for Illinois, which bore the words, “The home of our martyred President.”
The nine months’ winter of old Maine was suggested by Mrs. Bates, riding enveloped in a heavy set of furs.
For Florida, Miss Pierce held aloft a branch with a dozen live, genuine luscious oranges.
Miss Florence Prater, mounted on a wild looking colt without a saddle, carried an ugly looking revolver in one hand and swung a lasso with the other, just as they do down in Texas.
California, the “field of gold,” was well characterized in the rich costume and bright trappings of Miss Marks. Everything about her seemed to glisten with the precious metal.
Our Kansas, by Miss Allie Klingman, could scarce have been better. Her costume, “lined and bound” with a bristling row of golden wheat heads, readily suggested the wheat growing state of the Union. Hat, habit, and horse were all arrayed in wheat. She did well by Kansas.
Miss Kate Millington rode a fine black horse richly capari­soned with both gold and silver. Her black riding suit was also trimmed in the same manner, and the name of her state printed in gold letters on her hat. It was not difficult to recognize in this brilliant costume, the leading mining State, Nevada.
Arizona, the silver district, was honored by Miss Sue Hunt’s attractive habit trimmed in that metal alone. It was very pretty.
The Colorado transformation, from a territory to a state, while the procession was in motion, deserves special mention. Miss Ettie Johnson, a little girl, represented her in her chrysa­lis state by standing in the midst of “Congress” on the platform. Her pony followed close to the wagon all saddled, ready for the word. It was given just as the procession moved up Main street, and Miss Ettie was lifted into the saddle and escorted back to the line to her place in the sisterhood of States. It was certainly a rare piece of public legislation and the originator of the programme should be presented with a chromo.

The Indian Territory, by Samuel Davis, was a complete success. The angle described between his feet was just ninety degrees with a good-sized pony between them. That is the way Mrs. “Lo” rides; hence it was that there were no bidders for this character among the ladies. Sammie made a good squaw, and was lots of fun.
Utah, the home of “Brigham,” was the last in the train. A little runt of a mule walked along between the legs of Charlie Floyd, Will Finch, and Allen Bates. The latter two, dressed in female harness, occupied the after deck of the brute, while Brigham sat in front and steered the craft. It was the most comical representation in the “sisterhood,” and was properly placed in the rear.
The MASONS, ODD FELLOWS, GRANGERS, CITIZENS, etc., without regalia or any particular position, brought up the other end of the lengthy procession.
                                                         AT THE GROVE
the order of the day was followed out strictly as per programme.
Music: By the Silver Cornet Band.
Prayer: By the Chaplain, Rev. Croco.
Song: Hail Columbia, led by the Glee Club, assisted by the entire audience.
After which came the reading of the Declaration of Indepen­dence by Prof. A. B. Lemmon, followed by vocal and instrumental music.
The oration of the day was then delivered by Rev. Rushbridge. More music by the Band. Then followed an address, “The History of Cowley County,” by Wirt W. Walton, and some more music by the band.
Dinner was then announced and everybody joined in the exer­cise without regard to race, color, or previous condition of their appetites. It is hardly necessary to say that this exer­cise was a success.
                                                         AFTER DINNER,
came songs by the Glee Club, music by the Band, and volunteer speeches.
To the toasts.
“The Patriots of 1776.” Judge Christian, of Arkansas City, entertained the audience for twenty minutes, with a review of the heroes of Valley Forge and Bunker Hill. His speech was well received.
“The Day We Celebrate,” was replied to by Mr. F. S. Jennings in a manner creditable to himself, the toast, and the occasion. It was, in our opinion, the most brilliant short speech of the day. The audience appreciated it, as was shown by their renewed acclamation.
Judge W. P. Campbell made one of his characteristic speeches in reply to the toasts: “Our Country.” A man that would say that our country was retrograding in any manner whatever, after hearing the Judge’s speech, ought to be banished forever.
To Dr. Headrick we were indebted for the eulogy on Cowley County, in response to the toast: “Cowley, the banner county of the State.” He convinced his hearers that the toast was
literally correct.
Our county’s greatest need—a railroad, was responded to by Col. Manning in a manner as only a person could, whose time, money, and influence has been used to bring about the era we all so much desire.
“Our Early Settlers,” by Judge T. B. Ross, was a review of the pioneers of Cowley, of which he stands, figuratively, the oldest tree in the forest. His speech was long and vocifer-ously applauded.

The regular proceedings of the day being over, the people resolved themselves into a committee of the whole, for pleasure, handshaking, and a general good time, and came back to town to watch the base ball game and other amusements.
In a few moments a band of outrageously dressed beings issued from the Courthouse, jumped upon wagons, horses, and oxen, and started up Ninth Avenue to the tune of “Yankee Doodle” and “Auld Lang Syne.” As they rushed up the avenue, followed by wonderful crowds of people, horses frightened, men whooped, and women cried:
                                                 THE “CALITHUMPIANS”
have come. The “band” consisted of a fife and drum, a yoke of oxen, three “niggers,” and a big horn. The driver beat the drum, the drummer the oxen, and they all yelled vociferously. A little negro boy, the whites of whose eyes could be seen a half-block, sitting on a dry goods box on the top of another wagon drawn by oxen, had on his back a placard written in large letters, “The God of Liberty.” The ragged end of this motley crew was composed of masqued horsemen, Indians, Revolutionary soldiers, wild border rangers, and hoodlums; all went whooping along together. The procession was headed by a masqued leader dressed in a bed-ticking suit, with an immense paste-board hat. He blew a long dinner horn and kept his hoodlums in good shape. They marched and counter-marched up and down the streets for an hour, much to the amusement of the thousands of spectators, and then disap­peared. The Calithumpians were a complete success.
This ended the day’s enjoyment, after which came the
                                                           FIRE WORKS.
The “fire works” were not a complete success. The committee on fire works were appointed to make a grand fizzle, not a success. They accordingly made a fizzle. It was not in accor­dance with the “programme,” nor with the wishes of the hundreds of people who lay around the courthouse and nervously watched the platform where the roaring rocket was expected to scoot till a late hour that night. We don’t see why the fire works didn’t come. We know they didn’t come, however, and the committee alone must bear the blame.
With the single exception of the “firework” business, the entire programme was a complete success, from beginning to end. From the estimates of careful observers, we find that there must have been nearly three thousand persons in attendance at Winfield’s Centennial Celebration. They with one accord, we believe, will say that it was the biggest day that our County has ever seen.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1876. Editorial Column.
L. J. WEBB, Past Master of Adelphi Lodge at Winfield, delivered the Anniversary address on St. John the Baptist, at Wellington, on the 24th of June, to a large audience. A few years ago public addresses by Masons was almost unknown, and the workings of the Order rarely alluded to outside the Lodge; but this is an age of progress, and the desire for more light is increasing wonderfully.
Giving portion pertaining to Leland J. Webb only...
Cowley County Democrat, Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, July 13, 1876.
                                                         [VOL. 2, NO. 34.]

                                                      COWLEY COUNTY.
                  Read at the Centennial Celebration, July 4th, 1876, at Winfield, Kansas.
                                                    BY WIRT W. WALTON
                                                          A. F. AND A. M.
On the 20th day of October, 1870, a dispensation was granted to J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, and eight others, for a lodge at Winfield. J. S. Hunt was appointed W. M.; A. H. Green, S. W., and Enoch Maris J. W. On the 17th day of October, 1872, the lodge obtained a charter under the name of Adelphi, No. 110, with the following charter members: J. S. Hunt, A. H. Green, Enoch Maris, C. A. Bliss, A. A. Jackson, W. M. Boyer, H. Shaughness, I. L. Comfort, E. Adams, Thomas Hart, W. S. Huff, S. H. Revis, T. A. Rice, and J. Traxler. The same officers were installed under the charter and held their offices until January 1, 1873, when Enoch Maris was elected W. M.; W. M. Boyer, S. W., and T. A. Rice, J. W. On January 1, 1874, Enoch Maris was re-elected W. M.; T. A. Rice, S. W.; and W. G. Graham, J. W. On January 1, 1875, L. J. Webb was elected W. M.; W. G. Graham, S. W.; and J. E. Saint, J. W. For the present year J. S. Hunt was elected W. M.; J. E. Saint, S. W.; and A. B. Lemmon, J. W. The lodge now has 50 members and is in a healthy condition, morally and financially.
The first newspaper published in the county was the Cowley County Censor, the first two numbers of which were printed in Augusta, the type having been set up here and sent in galleys to that town. A. J. Patrick was its editor and proprietor. Number “3" was printed at Winfield on the historical press of Kansas, the first printing press ever within its territory. August 13, 1870, was the date of the Censor’s first issue. On the 3rd day of June, 1871, L. J. Webb succeeded Patrick as its editor, and on the 5th day of August, 1871, Webb & Doud (Doud of the Censorial, at Eureka) bought Patrick out and continued the publication of the paper until the 26th of the month, when E. G. Nichols succeeded Doud and the firm became Webb & Nichols. On January 6, 1872, Webb & Nichols sold to W. H. Kerns and the Censor ceased to exist. On the 13th of January, Kerns issued the first number of the Winfield Messenger; and on the 4th day of July, 1872, Kerns was succeeded in proprietorship by Yale Bros., who published it until the 5th day of December, 1872, when they broke up. The office and material (except the old press) was moved to McPherson County.
The next paper after the Censor was the Traveler, published at Arkansas City by M. G. Mains, with H. B. Norton as special contributor and C. M. Scott as local editor. August 24, 1870, was the date of its first issue. This was the first paper printed wholly in Cowley County. On December 15, 1870, L. B. Kellogg succeeded Mains as proprietor, and on September 1, 1871, C. M. Scott bought Kellogg’s interest, since which time he has conducted the paper alone.

On the 12th day of September, 1872, Will M. Allison published the first number of the Telegram at Tisdale. Five numbers were published at Tisdale; and the sixth, published on the 28th day of November, 1872, was issued at Winfield. In the month of January, 1873, Allison associated with A. H. Hane, under the firm name of Allison & Hane; and they published the paper until the 20th day of March, 1873, when Hane was succeeded by A. B. Steinberger (now of the Howard City Courant). Allison & Steinberger dissolved on July 3, 1873, since which time Allison has published the Telegram.
R. S. Waddell & Co. started the Winfield Courier on January 11, 1873, with R. S. Waddell as editor and J. C. Lillie, local. On the 27th day of March, 1873, James Kelly purchased the office and assumed the editorial chair. He associated with him V. B. Beckett as local editor until March 4, 1875. From March 4th to July 1st, Mr. Kelly conducted the paper alone, at which time Wirt W. Walton became, and has ever since been, its local editor. On the 11th day of November, last, Col. E. C. Manning became the Courier’s editor and publisher.
On November 19, 1874, the Plow and Anvil made its appearance in Winfield, with Col. J. M. Alexander as its editor and proprietor. On the 22nd day of April, 1876, Messrs. A. Walton and C. M. McIntire purchased the office and continued its publication together, till the 17th day of May, the present year, when Walton retired, leaving it in sole charge of Mr. McIntire. On the 24th day of February, 1876, its name was changed from the Winfield Plow and Anvil to the Cowley County Democrat; the name it bears to-day.
The Censor was, and the Traveler and Courier are, Republican in politics. The Messenger and Plow and Anvil were, and the Telegram is, Independent in politics. As its name implies, the Democrat is Democratic in politics.
I would be unfaithful to my trust, should I, in noting our history up the present time, fail to mention our long-legged, hooked-nosed, India-rubber-sided visitors of 1874. True, they did not come by invitation, but let it be recorded, that they came, nevertheless; that they came in countless millions and all brought their relations and their wife’s people.
Ah, distinctly we remember,
‘Twas on a hot September
Afternoon of eighteen seventy four,
The grasshoppers fell upon us
With their war-paint and harness,
Like the crusading Knights
Of the brave days of yore.
It is useless for us to say here they ate up what the “drouth” left; that in consequence of their visit, many newcomers were thrown upon “half-rations” and the charity of eastern friends; that with difficulty, in many instances, the wolf was kept from the door. These facts are a matter of history—facts we all well know—facts upon which we do not like to dwell. But to-day, as we rejoice over the blessings of a bountiful harvest, it is but mete and proper that we kindly remember those unknown friends beyond our borders, who did not forget us in our hour of need—the grasshopper year.
It is with feelings of pride, that I look back over the few short years of Cowley’s history—a history filled, not with the deeds of warriors, reaching back to the revolution or later war of the rebellion—but a history filled with the industrial workings, the growth and progress of an agricultural people.

And as I look abroad to-day and see her ten thousand citizens, reaping the annual harvest of her million bushels of golden grain; see her churches and schoolhouses in every valley; her rich, broad prairies dotted all over with happy homes—a vision only surpassed in wealth and beauty by the diversity of scenery spread out upon every side—I cannot help but exclaim: Behold Cowley county—
Beautiful land of fragrant blooms,
Emerald carpet and rich perfumes,
Land of the brave, leal, the true,
Whose skies are softer and deeper blue,
Than the mellowed light of a moonlight pale,
‘Neath the starry gleaming of midnight’s veil.         
Land of the prairies, the wide, the free,
That sleeps to the hum of the droning bee,
Where the day-god raises his jeweled crest,
Or sinks in dreams on the twilight’s breast,
With a sweeter grace, and a kindlier power
And a dainty guilding of tree and flower.
Land where the live oak rears its head
With a kingly bearing, to list the tread—
The steady tramp of the myriad feet,
That seeks its shade, with hoofs as fleet,
As the wild gazelle where the lightning’s play.
Land where the seasons gently flee
To the measured march of eternity.
Soft as the babe, that sinks to rest
Now cradled and lulled on its mother’s breast;
Where ambered grain, steals the winter’s kiss,
And spring-time warms it to newer bliss.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.
Suit has been brought against Winfield city for false imprisonment. Webb & Torrance, attorneys for plaintiff. It will be an interesting case.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1876.
TELL WALTON was over from Sumner yesterday. He reports politics as warming up. He thinks the Sumner County delegation will be divided between Campbell and Webb for the Judgeship. Sumner claims to have the votes that will elect.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876. Editorial Page.
                           THE CENTENNIAL REFORMERS OF WINFIELD.
                                       Driven into their Holes and Smoked out.
                                       A Chapter of History Worth Preserving.
Recap: Involved Winfield Township: Republican local hierarchy versus local Democrats and Independents (self-styled Reformers).
At meeting in Courthouse 45 “Reformers” tried to control the organization of meeting called to obtain candidate for State Senator nomination from 88th representative district.

“Suddenly A. H. Green, a ‘leading Reformer,’ took the floor and called the meeting to order and nominated as chairman one of his followers. . . . James Kelly, chairman of the Republican Township Committee, called the meeting to order and L. J. Webb nominated Capt. J. S. Hunt as chairman. A rising vote was called for, resulting in 39 for, 12 against Hunt, a few not voting. J. P. Short was chosen secretary. . . . The balloting commenced and a large number of names had been registered, all of which voted for what were known as the Manning delegates, whereupon ‘the Reformers’ discovered that they were in the wrong conven­tion. . . . Subsequently, and after nearly 100 ballots had been cast, and many voters had retired from the hall, W. P. Hackney and two or three others returned to the meeting and complained that the call for the meeting was irregular and he thereupon gave notice that on next Tuesday Aug. 8th at 4 o’clock p.m., the Republicans would hold another meeting. He and Tansy denounced the resolutions [made voters pledge themselves to support Hayes & Wheeler] as a gag and the meeting untimely, etc. Aligned against them: Prof. A. B. Lemmon, E. S. Torrance, L. J. Webb, Samuel Burger, and S. W. Greer.
The Cowley County Telegram dated August 4, issued on Monday morning, August 8, had the following article.
                                      MORE CONTEMPTIBLE TRICKERY.
Within the past few days Cowley County has been the scene of more of that contemptible trickery and political intrigue and corrupt practices which has made the leaders of the Republican party, in the county, so odious in the sight of an honest people. And especially was Winfield the ground on which one of the dirtiest of these jobs was put up. Knowing that if the masses of the party were present at the primary convention, called for the purpose of electing 10 delegates to the county and district conventions, to be held on the 12th of the present month, the delegates selected by them, and who would, without question, vote for their men, no matter how odious they were, or what their records were, would stand no show for election. So they hit upon a plan whereby their friends would be sure to be present while the opposition would be busily at work on their farms and in their shops.
The day set by the county central committee was the 8th—the call so read—the Repub-lican organ so stated in an editorial, and urged that upon that day every voter should turn out. Right in the face of this they quietly send out their strikers to tell the “faithful” that they must come in four days earlier, as the convention would be held then and their presence was needed. On the morning of the earlier day determined upon, a few posters were posted up in out-of-the-way places calling a primary for that afternoon. So far their little plan worked well, but when the Republicans who were opposed to this way of transacting business saw this, they went to work and gathered together a force suffi­cient to scoop them, which they would undoubtedly have done, had not one of the ring-leaders of the corrupt gang rushed through a resolution requiring that each man who voted should subscribe a pledge to support the nominees on the National, State, and county ticket. The “gag” a hundred or more Republi­cans refused to swallow, and they had it all their own way, electing their ticket by a majority equal to the number of their friends present. The whole proceedings were corrupt, illegal, and scandalous, and engineered by a set of political tricksters of whom the people of the whole county entertain feelings of the greatest disgust. It is only a continuation of the corrupt practices they have been foisting upon the people as Republican­ism for years past—and such a job as will cause the honest voters of the county to repudiate their entire outfit at the polls next November.

The men who managed the affair are respectively candidates for State Senator, County Superintendent, Probate Judge, Repre­sentative, District Judge, and County Attorney. Let the voters spot them. . . .
On Tuesday, August 8, before 4 o’clock, Cliff Wood, A. H. Green, T. K. Johnston, John D. Pryor, N. M. Powers, Joe Mack, and 5 or 6 others who do not desire to have their names published, because they do not approve of the action taken, slipped over to the courthouse one at a time by different routes and pretended to hold a meeting. . . . A few minutes before 4 p.m., Mr. Manning went to the courthouse to have the bell rung and upon entering the courthouse found that C. M. Wood was occupying a chair at the table as chairman and John D. Pryor occupying another chair in the capacity of secretary. Mr. Manning took the floor and inquired if the meeting was organized, and to what style of proceedings it had arrived whereupon a “reformer” at once moved an adjournment, which was at once put and carried, and ten of the purifiers of Cowley County politics fled the room in such haste as to leave three or four others who had not fully comprehended the trick, sitting in wonder at the unseemly haste of those present, and expecting to have a chance to vote for delegates.
As soon as Mr. Manning entered the room a bystander rang the bell, whereupon nearly one hundred voters poured over to the courthouse. A meeting was organized by electing S. D. Klingman as chairman and B. F. Baldwin secretary. The action of the “reformers” was related to the meeting. A committee on resolu­tions was appointed, which soon reported the following, which was adopted by sections, with but one dissenting voice to the first resolution.
They passed more resolutions, which endorsed the previous action taken.
Manning and his group won again!
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                                 COUNTY CONVENTION.
The Republican county convention convened at the Courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, August 12th, at 1 o’clock p.m., and was called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Republican county central committee. R. C. Story was elected temporary chairman and James Kelly secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed, consisting of Messrs. E. S. Torrance, J. W. Tull, A. B. Odell, T. R. Bryan, and S. M. Jarvis. The committee reported the following persons as having been duly elected as delegates and alternates to the convention.
Silver Creek Township: Delegates, S. M. Jarvis and Z. W. Hoge. Alternates, H. Smith and A. P. Brooks.
Spring Creek: Delegates, F. M. Nance and R. P. Goodrich.
Pleasant Valley: Delegates, S. H. Sparks and C. J. Brane.
Nennescah: Delegates, A. B. Odell and Wm. Bartlow.
Beaver: Delegates, T. W. Morris and L. Bonnewell.
Dexter: Delegates, J. D. Maurer, T. R. Bryan, Jno. Wallace, and G. P. Wagner. Alternates, W. W. Underwood, J. H. Service, T. A. Creager, and O. P. Darst.
Maple: Delegates, H. H. Seiberd and W. B. Norman.
Otter: Delegates, J. J. Smith and B. Hockett.
Harvey: Delegate, R. C. Story.
Tisdale: Delegates, S. S. Moore and A. B. Scott.

Vernon: Delegates, J. S. Wooly, J. Millspaugh, and F. W. Schwantes.
Sheridan: Delegates, Barney Shriver and E. Shriver. Alternates, J. W. Hamilton and R. R. Longshore.
Rock: Delegates, Frank Akers, A. V. Polk, Hiram Fisk, and C. H. Eagin. Alternates, J. C. McGowan, E. G. Willitt, L. J. Foster, and R. P. Akers.
Richland: Delegates, Alex Kelly, M. C. Headrick, Danl. Maher, and J. H. Phelps. Alternates, J. O. Vanorsdal, F. W. Bowen, N. G. Larkin, and S. D. Groom.
Bolton: Delegates, W. E. Chenoweth, Frank Lorry, and Will Thompson. Alternates, H. B. Pruden and Strong Pepper.
Windsor: Delegates, C. W. Jones, D. Elliott, and J. W. Tull.
Creswell: Delegates, I. H. Bonsall, Nathan Hughes, Geo. McIntire, O. P. Houghton, H. D. Kellogg, and Wm. M. Sleeth. Alternates, A. A. Newman, R. A. Houghton, T. C. Bird, W. H. Speers, Elisha Parker, and W. S. Hunt.
Winfield: Delegates, R. L. Walker, A. B. Lemmon, Nels. Newell, T. B. Myers, C. C. Pierce, M. G. Troup, E. P. Kinne, Jno. Mentch, James Kelly, and E. S. Torrance. Alternates, W. M. Boyer, T. L. King, Jno. Weakly, S. D. Klingman, S. Johnson, H. L. Barker, G. W. Robertson, J. E. Saint, John C. Roberts, and A. Howland. E. S. TORRANCE, Chairman.
A. B. ODELL, Secretary.
On motion the report of the committee was adopted.
Subsequently the following delegates presented credentials and, on motion, were admitted to seats in the convention: E. C. Clay from Liberty, L. Lippmann and Ben. French from Silverdale, and D. W. Willy from Cedar Township.
On motion B. H. Clover was allowed a seat in place of delegate Jones, who was absent.
On motion the officers of the temporary organization were made permanent officers of the convention.
On motion the convention proceeded to nominate, by ballot, a candidate for State Senator. The result of the ballot was as follows: E. C. Manning receiving 42 votes; C. R. Mitchell 5 votes; I. Moore 1 vote. E. C. Manning having received a majority of all the votes cast was declared duly nominated.
On motion the following named persons were selected, by acclamation, as delegates to the 3rd District Congressional convention: L. J. Webb, R. L. Walker, J. B. Evans, M. G. Troup, and E. C. Manning; and the following named as alternates: L. Lippmann, J. W. Millspaugh, S. S. Moore, T. W. Moore, and A. B. Lemmon.
On motion the following named persons were elected as delegates to the 13th Judicial convention: W. B. Norman, T. R. Bryan, E. Shriver, S. M. Jarvis, Dan Maher, E. S. Torrance, and D. Elliott. Alternates: S. H. Aley, C. R. Mitchell, T. A. Wilkinson, S. S. Moore, L. Lippmann, A. V. Polk, and A. B. Lemmon.
On a rising vote the following resolution was unanimously adopted by the convention:
WHEREAS, For the first time in the history of Cowley County, the Republicans thereof are called upon to nominate a candidate for the office of State Senator to fill said office for the next four years from said county in the Senate of Kansas, and

WHEREAS, during the term of four years next ensuing, for which the said Senator from Cowley will be elected, there will occur the election of two United States Senators by the legisla­ture of the State of Kansas, and
WHEREAS, the honor of our State, and particularly of the Republican party thereof, has heretofore been sadly tarnished by the open, notorious, and unscrupulous use and receipt of money in aid of the election of United States Senators by the legislature of the State of Kansas; therefore be it
Resolved, by the Republican party of Cowley County that every consideration of public policy and political integrity imperatively demands that our representatives in each house of the State legislature, at the time of such approaching United States Senatorial elections, should be men against whom character for personal probity and political integrity not even the breath of suspicion has ever blown. And, be it further
Resolved, that as the Republican party of Cowley County numbers, within its membership, hundreds of men whose characters are as spotless, both personally and politically, as the new fallen snow, and whose abilities are fully adequate to the honorable and efficient discharge of the duties of State Senator, we will therefore, in the coming contest for that important and honorable position, support no candidate therefor whose past and present political as well as personal history will not bear the closest scrutiny and most unsparing criticism when viewed in the light of the foregoing resolution.
On motion the convention adjourned sine die. R. C. STORY, Chairman.
JAS. KELLY, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876.
Considerable sickness prevails in this vicinity among the children. Within the last few days we have heard of several, among the number are the little ones of O. N. Morris, J. W. Curns, F. M. Freeland, and L. J. Webb.
Lowell H. Webb, another brother of Leland J. Webb...
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.
LOWELL H. WEBB, a cadet midshipman of the U. S. Naval Academy, at Annapolis, Maryland, is visiting his brother, L. J. Webb, of this city. Mr. Webb was admitted into that honored school in the fall of 1874, from the 2nd Congressional District. He has a walk and mien suggestive of the strict military disci­pline governing that institution.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.
CANDIDATES. L. J. Webb will probably be the nominee, on the Republican ticket, for Representative from the northern district of Cowley County; J. M. Allen for County Attorney; R. C. Story for Superintendent of Public Instruction—that is, if “straws show the way the wind blows.” The friends of Capt. McDermott insist on him coming out in place of Allen, but the Captain is slow to aspire for any honor. On the Democratic ticket, Amos Walton is fishing for Representative again, from this district, and the friends of Judge Christian want him to come forward as County Attorney, and Judge Gans for Probate Judge.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
Linus S. Webb has a “corner” on a case in the Wichita Eagle office.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.

The City Hotel has a new register and blotter. The blotter contains the advertising cards of Messrs. Webb & Torrance, Wm. and Geo. Hudson, M. L. Read, J. D. Pryor, John Nichols, W. G. Graham, J. M. Reed, A. G. Wilson, B. F. Baldwin, Joe Likowski, Henry Jochems, J. B. Lynn, W. B. Gibbs, McGuire & Midkiff, and Hill & Christie. It the neatest register in the valley. Mr. Hudson is starting off on the right foot this time.
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 21, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                                       LELAND J. WEBB.
It is with no small degree of pleasure that we place the name of Mr. Webb on our ticket as the nominee of the Republicans of the 88th district, for the honorable position of Representa­tive. He was nominated by last Saturday’s convention by acclama­tion, without a single dissenting voice. This was a tribute to his worth and ability that his friends will ever appreciate. We have known him for six years. As a lawyer he stands at the head of the bar in Southern Kansas. For the last nine years he has practiced in all the courts of the State with unmeasured success. As editor of one of the pioneer newspapers of Cowley, he did noble service in helping to build up the county to its present proud position. No public enterprise has been inaugurated in this valley without receiving aid at his hands. He is young, enthusiastic, and energetic, and, if elected, will make a leader in the Kansas House of Representatives of 1877. The people of the 88th district know Leland J. Webb. They believe in him, they have faith in him, and they will elect him by a rousing majority in November.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.
In a very able article in last week’s Walnut Valley Times, headed “Something Must Be Done,” among other good things, Bent Murdock says:
“If our delegation in Congress could be made to see the importance of the opening up of a national highway through the Indian Territory from the mouth of the Walnut River, this would make our valley an objective point for new lines of road.”
Col. Manning and Mr. Webb have both pledged themselves to vote for no man to the U. S. Senate who will not use his best efforts to secure such a desired communication with the Gulf and South Pacific railroad.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
Nennescah went solid for Webb. That old wheeler, Wm. Bartlow, and A. H. Beck did the voting.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
B. F. Baldwin, S. S. Moore, R. C. Story, A. H. Siverd and Daniel Maher were appointed members of the Republican Central Committee, for the 88th Representative district.

The members of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. & A. M., are hereby notified that P. G. M. Harmon G. Reynolds will address the fraternity at our hall in Winfield, Thursday evening, Oct. 15, 1876, at 7 o’clock p.m. All Masons in good standing are invited to attend, and bring with them their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. After the address a Chapter of the Eastern Star will be organized by Bro. Reynolds, if desired. By order of the Lodge. J. S. HUNT, W. M.
L. J. WEBB, Sec’y.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
                                              Reply to Mr. H. L. C. Gilstrap.
Mutual Friend Scott:
Mr. Gilstrap in his answer to a communication from me to the TRAVELER, makes some assertions and some insinuations that I feel inclined to reply to. I do not care for his twaddle if he would not misrepresent me. He makes a very nice distinction about what he said at the convention and what I make him say. The differ­ence is certainly astounding to the many readers of the TRAVELER, that he said “she” [Silverdale, I cannot account for the gender,] “was not represented nor did she wish to be, and she wanted nothing to do with it,” and audaciously made him say, “she would not have anything to do with it.”
If anyone can find any materi­al difference in the two asser­tions, they are in possession of a happy faculty for judging small matters. It seems to me, even in my blind adherence, that if Silverdale did not want to have anything to do with that convention, no power could make her, and as H. L. C. Gilstrap is not Silverdale Township, and the only one that I know of who asserted she wanted no hand in the matter, I presume to say he could not speak for a number of other citizens of this township who did; consequently, I am forced to think that  Friend Gilstrap attached too much importance to the reputation and influence of one H. L. C. Gilstrap. So much for this part of the communication.
Now, Friend Gilstrap, a word to you in regard to the imputa­tion you strive to cast, about my booming around for this felon, E. C. Manning. You say “do it fairly.” I defy you or any other narrow, prejudiced, and harping person to show otherwise, and I would advise you before impugning my motives, to scrutinize yours and see if you are not looking into a mirror that casts back your own shadow.
As for the ring-master thrust, I am sorry your influence is of so little importance that you cannot supplant him, but it can be helped.
Do you remember my answer when L. J. Webb was a candidate and you strove to have me vote according to the dictates of your prejudice, by telling me at the polls that if I voted for him, you never would support me for sheriff? Do you remember that? Well, I am just as independent now as I was then, and if at the proper time I make up my mind to run for sheriff, I will have to be fully satisfied that my course and actions are condemned by better friends and truer republicans than you are, before I will be driven off the track. L. LIPPMANN.

P. S. Since writing the above, I have been informed that I was secretary of the meeting that elected me as a delegate and failed to write my credentials until I reached Winfield, and wrote them in C. A. Bliss’ store and that C. A. Bliss was a witness to the shameful sight. And now that I am pushed so close, I feel an open confession would be a relief, so I will acknowledge that at the primary held in our township on the 9th of this month for the purpose of electing delegates to the county convention and to the representative convention, the occasion upon which you promised to see that “that fellow Lippmann would not have the opportunity to misrepresent Silverdale Township again, “having assured those gentlemen who did not wish to see me a delegate, that you would be there and all would be right. The result I hope you have not forgotten, but as secretary to that meeting, I was compelled to write out credentials in favor of my master’s servant and did not do it until the day of the conven­tion, in Ed. Bedilion’s office; and still I rear my head in effrontery and do not feel ashamed of my act, but I am inclined to think that there is ample ground that somebody should feel ashamed.
In conclusion, friend Gilstrap, let me say this to you in that spirit of kindness that ever characterizes my actions, don’t cast too many insinuations, don’t slur those that cannot in their ignorance see wisely like you, and of all things don’t make so many statements that will have to be verified at a future time; and in all probability, there will be no cause for you and I to see who can say the meanest things. Boomingly, L. LIPPMANN.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
                                                        C. R. MITCHELL.
We see that the Republican convention of the 89th district, held last Saturday at Dexter, put in nomination for the office of Representative, C. R. Mitchell of Arkansas City. This is as it should be. The Republicans of that district following the example of this, have done themselves honor in their selection.
“Bob” Mitchell is one of the squarest men in this part of the State. He is a good lawyer and a worthy citizen. He is one of the oldest settlers, and is consequently familiar with the wants and necessities of the banner county. He has never been honored with an office, yet he has done good service for the party in the past and is capable of doing a great deal in the future. Arkansas City need have no further fear of any man or set of men getting away with her interests as long as she has C. R. Mitchell in the legislature. He will be elected with a rousing majority and will answer roll call next January at the capital, along with Cowley’s other servants, L. J. Webb and E. C. Manning. Hurrah for the trio!
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
Pursuant to a call of the committee of the 88th Representa­tive District, the delegates to the representative convention met in the courthouse at Winfield on Saturday, September 16th, at 10 o’clock a.m. Capt. J. S. Hunt, of Winfield Township, was elected temporary chairman, and Chas. H. Eagin, of Rock Township, temporary secretary.
On motion a committee of five on credentials was appointed: C. H. Eagin, G. L. Walker, S. S. Moore, H. H. Siverd, and F. M. Small were the members.
The committee on credentials reported the following dele­gates entitled to seats in the convention.
Winfield Township: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, Chas. Love, J. M. Bair, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, G. S. Manser, W. G. Graham.
Maple Township: W. B. Norman, Capt. H. H. Siverd.
Richland Township: Sam Phoenix, J. O. Vanorsdol, Amos Jarvis, W. F. Brown.
Sheridan Township: L. W. Graham, F. M. Small.

Vernon Township: T. B. Ware, B. N. Hopkins, Geo. L. Walker.
Nennescah Township: Wm. Bartlow, A. H. Beck.
Silver Creek Township: John M. Clover, Wm. May.
Tisdale Township: J. F. Thomas, S. S. Moore.
Harvey Township: A. D. Smith.
Rock Creek Township: Reuben Booth, C. H. Eagin, Wm. White, J. M. Barrack.
On motion the report of the committee was adopted.
A motion to allow W. P. Hackney to vote as proxy for G. W. Arnold, principal, and E. P. Hickok, alternate, and to allow T. K. Johnston to vote as proxy for J. H. Hill, principal, and W. E. Christie, alternate, was lost.
On motion the temporary organization was made the permanent organization.
Nominations being next in order, the name of Leland J. Webb was placed before the convention, and he was nominated by acclamation.
The convention then adjourned sine die. J. S. HUNT, Chairman.
CHAS. H. EAGIN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
                                      Republican Central Committee Meeting.
There will be a meeting of the Republican Central Committee of the 88th Representative District, at the COURIER office in Winfield on Saturday, September 30th, 1876, at ten o’clock a.m. for the purpose of organizing and transacting such other business as may come before the committee. The following gentlemen constitute the committee: B. F. Baldwin; Daniel Maher; R. C. Story; H. H. Siverd; S. S. Moore.
                                          L. J. WEBB, Chairman Old Committee.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
The members of Adelphi Lodge No. 110, A. F. & A. M., are hereby notified that P. G. M. Harmon G. Reynolds will address the fraternity at our hall in Winfield, Thursday Evening, Oct. 12, 1876, at 7 o’clock p.m. All Masons in good standing are invited to attend, and bring with them their wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. After the address a Chapter of the Eastern Star will be organized by Bro. Reynolds, if desired. By order of the Lodge.
                                                         J. S. HUNT, W. M.
L. J. WEBB, Secretary.
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.

C. H. EAGIN, of Rock, writes to us that at their township caucus held at Darien schoolhouse last Thursday night, W. Wisner was nominated by the Republicans for trustee, George Williams, clerk; J. M. Harcourt, treasurer; J. M. Barrack, justice of the peace; Andrew Dawson and N. Rodgers, constables; C. Coon, over­seer 1st district, Wm. Funk 2nd; and J. Parsons 3rd. After the nominations had been made, Hon. L. J. Webb was introduced, and for an hour and a quarter held the audience by his magnetic eloquence and masterly argument. His speech was complete, thorough, and convincing, and the best that has been heard in Rock during the campaign.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 26, 1876. Front Page.
                        JIM KING’S LETTER TO THE “COMMONWEALTH.”
                                            A Topekan’s Opinion of Winfield.
                                                 WINFIELD, OCT. 15, 1876.
Capt. Ryan filled his regular appointment here yesterday, speaking to a large crowd of the Cowley County yeomanry, at the courthouse, in the afternoon. Mr. Ryan never disappoints the people, either in the time of his appointments or the character of his speeches.
His visit to the localities in the district distant from the railroad, has made him many friends, even among the Democrats, and you may expect to be surprised at the extent of the majority he will receive in these counties. The people here like to be noticed, and to have some attention shown them, even though they are not possessed of a railroad. They belong to the district “just the same,” and their votes will average twelve to the dozen all the way through.
Winfield is one of the best towns we have encountered on our route. The population is estimated at one thousand, and I think the estimate is small. Yesterday (Saturday) was a very busy day and the scores of teams on Main street, the gaily blanketed Indians, and the festive auctioneer on the corner, reminded me very much of our own Kansas avenue. The beauty of Winfield as a residence point cannot be excelled anywhere in the west, uniting, as it does, a fine elevation, a pure, bracing air, magnificent views, mountain wilderness, romantic streams, beautiful drives, and in short, all the charms of land and water combined. Wirt Walton is one of the institutions of Winfield. An impression is abroad in the land that Wirt is handsome. I think he must have acquired that reputation last winter in Topeka, while I was absent from the city. This is also the home of Prof. A. B. Lemmon, the Republican nominee for State Superintendent. In making the canvass of this county, we have been under many obligations to Mr. Lemmon for valuable assistance—for Lemmon aid, so to speak. I am going to take Lemmon in mine on the 7th of November. The indications are that Col. Manning will be successful in the race for State Senator. Webb will go to the House from this county, and the entire Republican ticket be triumphantly elected.

One of the grandest demonstrations of the year occurred here last night, in honor of the visit of Capt. Ryan and Col. Plumb, of Emporia. The courthouse was packed with ladies and gentlemen, and the enthusiasm was unbounded. An hour before the meeting the Hayes and Wheeler club paraded the principal streets of the city with torches and flags, headed by the Winfield brass band. About fifty blazing torches turned night into day, and lit up the handsome Continental uniforms of the men in fine style. All the anvils in the city were converted into cannon and kept up a ceaseless fire for hours. After a song by the glee club, Col. Plumb was introduced as the people’s choice for United States Senator, the announcement being received with mild applause, ranging from piping treble to alligator bass. After quiet had been restored, and the brazen instruments became silent as a synod of stars, Col. Plumb proceeded to make an address, which for thoughtfulness, sincerity, logic, and pertinence of illustra­tion, would do Bob Ingersoll no discredit. He spoke for two hours, and would have been listened to patiently for two more.
Col. Plumb is doing good work for the party and lots of it. He came down to Wichita on Thursday night at 9 o’clock, drove ten miles in the country that night on business, returned to Wichita the same night, arose early in the morning and rode out several miles to see a friend, returning to Wichita again at noon; in the afternoon he made a trip to Wellington, thirty miles, speaking there Friday night. Saturday morning he journeyed from Welling­ton to Winfield, twenty miles, stopped here for dinner, then secured a fresh team and went to Arkansas City, fifteen miles, returning here last evening and speaking until 10 o’clock, starting immediately after the meeting for Wichita, in order to take the 4 o’clock train for Emporia, where he expected to start without delay for a point in the interior of Osage County, speaking there on Monday afternoon, returning to Emporia Sunday night, and starting immediately on horseback for Eldorado, seventy miles distant, to fill an appointment on Tuesday. This is what I call campaigning in earnest.
Capt. Ryan’s route ahead is to Cedar Vale on Monday and Sedan on Tuesday; then through Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, and Butler counties. We are much rejoiced over the result of Ohio, but we are still without tidings from Indiana.
Article written by Wirt W. Walton, acting editor of Courier, who had it in for Scott as did Manning. C. M. Scott was a “thorn” who really rankled Walton & Manning.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
What a fitting rebuke the people of the 88th Representative district gave to Scott last Tuesday in the overwhelming majority polled for Leland J. Webb. This is the same Webb whose nomina­tion for county attorney the Traveler bolted two years ago, through purely mercenary motives and no other. His reason for opposing Webb was, that “he was afraid he couldn’t trust him.” The man whom he did support didn’t give him the “County Printing” after all.
Webb family explained...
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876. Editorial Page.
That’s his majority in the loyal old 88th district, and his name is Leland J. Webb. He is our Representative, your Represen­tative, and the Representative of every township in the district. He carried every township by a good round majority, not excepting his opponent’s. We are proud of him, of course we are. He comes from a good stock. His father is a legislator, his three uncles are legislators, and he is going to be.

They are all lawyers. W. C. (his father) served three years in the Wisconsin legislature, two years in the Kansas legisla­ture, two terms on the Judicial bench, and is now Supreme Court Reporter of our State. H. G. (his uncle) served four years in the Wisconsin Senate, two terms on the bench in this State, and was a leader in our last winter’s “brainy legislature.” J. H. (another uncle) served Pennsylvania in the legislature for six years, and was speaker of the House one term. C. M. (still another uncle) was a State Senator in Wisconsin two years and is now U. S. District Attorney for that commonwealth. When Leland completes his term for which he has just been chosen, the Webb family will have served nineteen years in legislative bodies during the past twenty. Is not this something remarkable? If  L. J. does not come up to the standard set by his ancestry, we miss our guess.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
Webb’s majority, 379.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
The following are Webb’s majorities in the various townships in this district: Winfield, 114; Vernon, 66; Groom’s, 31; Rock, 28; Harvey, 25; Nennescah, 31; Silver Creek, 20; Omnia, 18; Sheridan, 16; Floral, 15; Maple, 14; Tisdale, 9. Total: 379.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
HURRAH for Vernon! Brave, glorious old Vernon rolled up seventy majority for the straight Republican ticket. She gave Webb 69 majority in his opponent’s own township. She gave Manning 69 and Hayes and Wheeler 69. The entire Republican ticket was elected—in Vernon. What a host of “vagabonds” there must be in Vernon.
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.
L. J. Webb, who had carried his district by a Republican majority of nearly four hundred, gave the jollifiers a few words that convinced them they had missed their man again.

Dick Walker, the Republican wheel-horse of this county, next stood up and put on the “cap sheaf.” He spoke of Arkansas City’s going back on him, bolting Webb’s nomination, Kinne’s nomination, and every other nomination the Republicans had ever made that wasn’t dictated by them, and that loyal old Vernon, “the only loyal State in the Union,” would remember them for all time to come.
Dick was followed by Capt. McDermott, Prof. Lemmon, and Mr. Kelly. They all made Republican speeches, which the poor Demo­crats were compelled to swallow. Prof. Lemmon said that he thought the meeting was called to attend a Republican funeral. That thirty out of thirty-one corpses were Democrats, and the anthem singers were nearly all Republicans.
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, November 15, 1876.
On the outside of this issue will be found the letters of Messrs. Topliff and J. B. Hamilton, in refutation of the charges made against Mr. Scott by the Courier. It is a complete vindica­tion, and bears so decidedly the impress of truth that the ignomy and disgrace thus sought to be brought upon Mr. Scott reverts to the parties who for the purpose of attracting the voters atten­tion to themselves would bring into disgrace an honest man.
Cowley County Telegram.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1876.
W. C. WEBB, father of the Representative of this county, is a candidate for Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, and is among the best we have heard mentioned.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1876.
HON. L. J. WEBB left Tuesday morning for a visit to his “wife’s people” in Pennsyl-vania. He will return in time for the opening ceremonies of the “Kansas Menagerie.”
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.
                                                        Dissolution Notice.
NOTICE is hereby given that the partnership relation heretofore existing between L. J. Webb and E. S. Torrance, in the practice of the law, under the name of Webb & Torrance, has this day been dissolved. E. S. TORRANCE.
Winfield, Kansas, December 20, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.
HON. C. R. MITCHELL will take his departure for the State Capitol this week, in company with Hon. A. J. Pyburn. Hon. L. J. Webb, who has been rusticating in Pennsylvania for some months, will join them in Topeka, fresh from the old hills, and full of vigor. The Cowley County team will be a hard one to get away with.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1877.
                                                 BULLDOZER HACKNEY.
The Southern “Bulldozer” of modern times is a Democrat, who, failing to carry his point by reason, adopts a mask, and armed with black-snake, hangman’s rope, or revolver, and the incendiary’s torch, marches forth to conquer, through blood and fire. He is not a respectable being but an outlaw. He repudi­ates a government of law and inaugurates a government of force. The details of the atrocities committed by fiends called “bull­dozers” during the last year alone causes the average American citizen to long for some power that shall suppress their crimes.

The man who has no word of censure for their atrocities; the man who expresses a wish to kill the officers or instruments of the law used to suppress such criminals, is a “bulldozer” at heart.
Today the American nation stands as it were, upon the eve of revolution. All good citizens express the wish, utter the hope, and are firm in the intent that the grave and critical political situation shall be settled by civil, peaceable, and lawful means and power. Force and bloodshed are deprecated by every lover of his country, and the man who now tries to fan the embers of discontent into the blaze of war is a murderer at heart.
The late Hon. W. P. Hackney essays to be a political leader. He assumes the role of oracle and teacher, politically. During the past few weeks, he has uttered such infamous political sentiments, while a journal calling itself Republican in politics was at the same time besliming him with flattery, that the COURIER took occasion to pull the mask from the pretended Repub­lican by publishing some of his public utterances. The brick was awkwardly hurled, but the duck was hit and fluttered terribly. There was no reflection upon his private character, no question concerning his bravery, no imputation upon the record of his life either public or private. Nothing but his public declarations of a political character were referred to for the purpose of showing where his heart was, no matter under which banner he might enroll his name.
Instead of fairly and squarely denying these statements credited to him, he appears in “a card” nearly two columns long in the Democratic organ of this city. The burden of that card is a justification of his political opinions and personal abuse of  E. C. Manning. He assumes the character of a very large dog by saying that a “fist is barking at his heels.” An attack at the heels having merely thrown the large dog into hydrophobic convul­sions, we shall allow the tice to take him by one ear, by his political ear, this time. The big dog’s citizen ear, which bears the marks of an adventurous life, shall not be disturbed. Nor shall the straggling official hairs thereon be ruffled. The tice will hold him by the political ear while the hydrophobic fit holds the body, lest the unwary may be bitten. Here are bits of froth that escaped from his mouth and appeared as “a card” in the Democratic Telegram.
“I have said, and still say, that the conduct of the Presi­dent, with regard to Louisiana and South Carolina, was unlawful, and that in my judgment he ought to be impeached for a violation of the constitution of the United States. The only reason that I can see for sending them (troops) to Louisiana, is that Gen. Grant knew that Board ought to be killed. * * * I think his action since the election, with regard to Louisiana, South Carolina, and Florida, simply infamous. * * * I say that if a majority of the people of the United States want Tilden, they shall have him, and the man that says nay is a traitor. * * * * It will not do at this late date to disfranchise a majority of the people of the United States in the manner attempted in Louisiana (by the Returning Board.) * * * *

“I expect to remain a Republican, and in the future I shall do politically just as I have done in the past, what I please, and if there be any Repub­licans or Democrats who do not like it they can help themselves. I do not owe the Republican party, as a party, anything. I endorse its principles, but not always its servants, and I have a right to dissent from any acts of men elected by it to office, or oppose them for election if I want to, and to do this without being misrepresented or abused by characterless scoundrels who, through the beneficent influence of too lenient bankrupt law and a want of the proper conception of the fearful crime of perjury committed in the securing of a discharge from debt, thereby are today enabled to publish newspa­pers in which they abuse those whom they personally dislike, and of whom they are politically jealous.”
The foregoing quotations from the “card” scarcely need a comment to amplify their infamy. A respectable Democrat would not utter such sentiments, but their author says he “is a Republican.” Like the pirate upon the high seas, he hoists the national flag of the merchantman he wishes to capture and sails alongside the vessel he intends to scuttle and in an unexpected moment, draws his cutlass upon the throats of the too confiding crew.
That “returning board ought to be killed.” That is what the “Republican” Hackney says. No word of rebuke from him towards the perpetrators of ten thousand assassinations in Louisiana during the last ten years. His hate is turned upon the Returning Board and towards a loyal president who will not fold his hands and mutely see the officers of the law assassinated by the murderers of loyal voters. If there had been no murders in Louisiana for opinion’s sake there would have been no returning board. That board was created by law to prevent outlaws from procuring by force what they could not procure by logic. The Returning Board was created by law to maintain the dignity of the law. The soldiers were sent under the law to sustain the majesty of the law. It is a law that the bulldozer hates—not less in Louisiana than in Illinois—not less in Illinois than in Kansas.
Again: “I say if a majority of the people of the United States want Tilden, they shall have him.” Here comes your “bulldozer” again. A majority of the people of the United States voted against James Buchanan when he was made the Democratic President, but that majority did not talk “wah” because he was inaugurated. It was the minority that rebelled at the close of his administration because they failed to name his successor.
“I will help inaugurate Tilden with bayonets, if necessary,” says Bill Hackney. Have any Republicans threatened war if Hayes was not inaugurated? Plenty of the brawling class of Democrats have threatened “wah” if Tilden was not inaugurated. We copy from the Inter-Ocean a picture of the “Average Democrat.” It says:
“By some law which it is not necessary to analyze, the Democratic party draws to itself the reckless orders of society. Rule or ruin has always been the creed of the party. The average democrat is inebriated with the idea of power. The country was made for him: The corn fields, the coal fields, and the ‘nigger’ are for his lordship. Whoever else aspires to, or acquires, an office, from the Presidency down to the whisky gauger, is an usurper, an embodiment of treason, whom it is right to scotch or kill with the readiest weapon. To bulldoze is to assert and defend certain inalienable rights, among which are power and access to the public crib. A horse-leech is nothing compared to him in the cry, ‘Give, give.’”
Could the most artistic limner have painted the Cowley County “wah hoss” in fairer colors? The New York Herald, the Nation, and scores of independent, non-partisan journals say that the man who now, while the public mind is excited, talks of bloodshed and “wah,” is a “miscreant.”

“It will not do (for a returning board) to disfranchise the people of Louisiana,” says Hackney. No, but it is all right for a rebel to “disfranchise” an American citizen that refuses to join a Democratic Tilden club by first emasculating him, then murdering him, then throwing his dead body into the river, then stabbing his wife in a dozen places, outraging her person, killing the babe in her arms, and finally burning their house to the ground, as was done with the Pinkston family. That is the kind of disfranchising that Hackney has no censure for. When it comes to throwing out the returns from East Feliciana Parish, which in 1874 cast 847 Democratic and 1,688 Republican votes; and in 1876 cast but 3 Republican and over 2,000 Democratic votes, “the returning board ought to be killed.” And “Grant ought to be impeached” for preventing it. East Feliciana was pretty well bulldozed. To disfranchise 1,685 voters with the revolver, cowhide, and torch is not worth the notice of the “constitution­al” mind of the Cowley County “wah hoss,” but “the returning board ought to be killed.”
When a man’s sympathies and excuses are all expressed for the shortcomings of the Democracy and his censure and obloquy is aimed always at Republicans, it is not difficult to tell where he belongs. If he thinks the Democrats are right, he should say so and stand or fall with them. He certainly has no business in Republican counsels.
To the closing sentences of the above quotations from his “card,” this is our reply. When he conveys the idea that Mr. Manning committed perjury in obtaining a discharge from bank-rupt­cy, he utters a falsehood that is as black as the heart that gives it birth. On the contrary, the creditors of Baker & Manning were so well satisfied with Mr. Manning’s action in the case that they voluntarily signed his discharge from bankruptcy in March 1872. Neither is Mr. Manning “politically jealous” of Mr. Hackney. A man might be jealous of one with pure reputation and in whom all fair-minded men had confidence. Is Mr. Hackney such? No one would be foolish enough to assault his record to destroy him. He is his own executioner.
“In the future I shall do politically just as I have done in the past, what I please,” says the wah hoss. This brings us to the gristle of the big dog’s ear. Now the tice closes on the real cause of the big dog’s hydrophobia. The froth in the foregoing eighteen words is a manifest from which a real diagno­sis of the case can be made up. He means by doing “just as I have done in the past,” that he will not do as he agrees to do; that politically he is utterly unreliable; that he recognizes no moral obligations; that he has no respect for the rights or feelings of others. As for doing “what I please,” that is what ails the big dog. He cannot do as he pleases as we shall proceed to show.
When the subject of filling the various national State, district, and county offices was before the people of Cowley County, our wah hoss, by his own public (not private and confi­dential) declarations would have Tilden for President in prefer­ence to Conklin. In this he could not “do what I please.” And when it comes to “inaugurating Tilden with bayonets,” he will not be permitted to “do what I please.” In the matter of State officers he was going to “bust” Geo. T. Anthony, but he failed to “do what I please.” In the matter of having a hand in naming a Congressman for this district, he was not permitted to “do what I please.” In the matter of district Judge, he was going to “bust Bill Campbell,” but was not permitted to “do what I please.” He promised the Cowley County delegation to Sluss, of Wichita, for the judgeship, but failed to “do what I please,” but did what he has “done in the past,” went back on it. He agreed to support Webb for judge, but did what he has “done in the past,” and probably did “do what I please.”
He agreed solemnly and faith­fully to support Manning for Senator and finally did as he has “done in the past,” repudiated his pledges and undoubtedly did “do what I please.”

He repeated­ly said he would not be a candi­date himself for the place, but secretly strove for it and failed to “do what I please.”
He was “going to bust Manning” in two different conven­tions, but failed to “do what I please.” After the conventions, he voluntarily announced that he should not make any speeches in the canvass and then, during the last week there­of, sneaked out over the county and wilfully, intentionally, and wickedly misrepre­sented the Republican Senatorial candidate, thereby doing as he had “done in the past,” violated his volun­tary agreement. He was not going to take any part in the can­vass, but did write several articles misrepresenting Mr. Manning that were published in the Telegram and Traveler over a ficti­tious name, thereby doing as he had “done in the past”—lied.
He was “going to bust Lemmon politically,” but that gentle­man stepped out of the bulldozer’s way, hence he failed to “do what I please.” He was “going to take Story’s scalp” in the Republican convention, but failed to “do what I please.” He was going to name two or three other county offices, but failed to “do what I please,” and hence did just as he had “done in the past.” He peddled bogus tickets all day at the polls Nov. 7, 1876, and hence did just as he had “done in the past.”
The cruel imputations that the wah hoss makes in his “card” upon Mr. Manning’s private life or public record were sufficiently answered when Mr. Manning in a public card offered to withdraw from the Senatorial candidacy if his enemies could establish the truth of any of the infamous charges they were making against him.
The wah hoss of the Walnut says: “I do not want any newspa­per war with Col. Manning. I have no paper of my own to reply to him in.” The columns of two papers in Cowley County have been open to Mr. Hackney for three months past and he has freely abused Mr. Manning therein during that time. But no reply has ever been tortured out of the subject of his calumnies. The wah hoss has two newspapers under his thumb and is annoyed because the third is not there.
During the last five years, more than two hundred columns of newspaper matter containing abuse of Mr. Manning have been published in Cowley County. Of late Mr. Hackney has seen fit to contribute his share. It would be an outrage for him to finally resent some of it. A “tice” can be worried until he will turn upon a very large dog. Thus far, we have only animadverted upon the public declarations and political inconsistencies of the wah hoss. No one ever made more generous efforts to cover with the mantle of charity the missteps of the private and official record of another than has the man whom Hackney calls a “fist” striven to do for the wah hoss.
Some people have rights as well as others. A decent respect for the feelings of our fellow beings, an honorable discharge of moral obligations, a respectful expres­sion of difference in political opinions, ordinarily, should be acknowledged and recognized, but under the present administration if you want peace, call off the “bulldozers.” “Let us have peace.”
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.

It looks as though the whole Cowley County delegation at Topeka had gone back on the COURIER. Not a word from Walton, Lemmon, Webb, Pyburn, or Mitchell in two weeks. Even the ladies have not written. We are not so much surprised at the reticence of Walton, Lemmon, and Webb; but the silence of Pyburn and Mitchell is mysterious. Here we are all anxiety about the prospects of “our Wirt”—days and nights of suspense and no light. We think however the situation is safe or there would have been some “hollering.” But to the time of going to press this is our latest news, taken from the old, reliable morning Commonwealth, of January 9th.
“We are authorized to state that Judge Webb is not a candi­date for Chief Clerk of the House. This we suppose assures the unanimous election of Wirt Walton. He will make a No. 1 Clerk in all respects and is entitled to the office.”
Judge Webb is the only opposing candidate that we have heard of and consequently Mr. Walton must have a clear field.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.
A Card. The partnership heretofore existing between the undersigned and Mr. E. S. Torrance having been dissolved, I shall continue the practice alone, on my return from Topeka, and shall return in time to attend the District Court at its next session. L. J. WEBB.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1877.
HON. C. R. MITCHELL is a member of the Committee on Appro­priations, Educational Institutes, and Revisions of Laws. Hon. L. J. WEBB is a member of the Committee on Printing and State Library.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1877.
L. J. WEBB is a member of the committee on Printing and State Library.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
                                                THE PEOPLE MUST SPEAK.
The time has come when plain talk is necessary to awaken the people of Cowley County to the dangers that beset them. All pretend to want a railroad constructed into this county. We know that some men do not want one constructed. We know that the farmers, the mechanics, the laborers want one; we know that the men who are so involved in debt that they cannot save their farms except by favorable crops and cheap access to market or by selling at such figures as the construction of a railroad only can bring are also seriously in favor of a railroad. We know, that as a rule, the money loaners do not want a road, and that some of the merchants do not want a road, and the A. T. & S. F. company does not want a road, and that the paid attorneys of the various parties, corporations, and interests above mentioned, do not want a road built into Cowley County.
Now, oh, most respected legislators for whom are you going to legislate? If you allow the present railroad bond law to stand upon the statute book, you do it in the interest of the latter class, so far as Cowley County is concerned. If you allow the majority of the voters of Cowley County to decide whether they will aid a railroad or not, even at an election called by a petition signed by two fifths of the taxpayers of the county, then will you legislate for the first enumerated class.
Most wise A. J. Pyburn! We warn you that it would be better for you to never have seen the valley of the Walnut River than to record your vote against a bill which allows a majority of the people of Cowley County to settle this railroad question for themselves. If you are even the remote cause of maintaining the present law, then shall you be made responsible for all the evils that follow.

At a meeting held in Winfield last Tuesday week, which was called for the purpose of having some railroad men talk to our citizens, a resolution was offered asking the Representatives and Senators from this county to vote in favor of a change of the bond law from two thirds to a majority vote. That resolution was tabled. The Telegram of this place, which is the tool of those who do not want a railroad, parades the action of the meeting as an indication of public sentiment on the question of the change of the bond law. But such is not public sentiment. The men who want railroads feel outraged by the action of that meeting.
The unwise and unjustifiable impulse that prompted the persons who opposed the adoption of the resolution will be better understood and properly corrected in due time. The action of that meeting itself would not have been noticed had it not been given a significance it does not deserve by the tool of the anti-railroad men. It is not time now to stop and quarrel. Unless that law is changed, we get no railroad in Cowley County for three years. There are but a few days in which that work can be done. The taxpayers of Winfield Township are called together for consultation next Saturday, Feb. 17th, at 2 p.m., for the purpose of taking such action on this question as the situation demands. Let every farmer, every taxpayer in this township who wants a railroad, be on hand. If you wish your voices heard, NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK.
Skipped the rest of Manning’s editorials. He criticized Hon. L. J. Webb for being a member of five different committees and as a result neglecting his house duties. He pushed for a narrow gauge railroad in two or three articles. He praised Senator Plumb in another article. He condemned government for pushing 500,000 acres of land belonging to the common school fund into the hands of railroads.
“By act of February 23, 1866, the Legislature passed a law by which these lands were ordered sold and the proceeds given to certain railroad companies therein named to aid the construction of the several lines of railway repre­sented by such companies. This act has been ‘a harp of a thousand strings,’ whereon demagogues have made music to the bewilderment of the people.”
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
Speaker Wood has appointed Hon. L. J. Webb as chairman of two committees, Appropriations and Revision of Laws. These are important committees, and it is a high compliment to our member.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 21, 1877.

Nothing of special importance has transpired in the Legislature of late. L. J. Webb has been recognized and exceedingly favored on several Committees. The Senate passed a concurrent resolution asking Congress to give Kansas the fort buildings and reservation at Fort Harker, the State to relinquish all claims on account of the Price and Indian raids. It was stated that the object was to make a reform school at Harker. About a dozen resolutions instructing Congress on various sub­jects, were then passed. Among these: The Senate concurrent resolution asking Congress to organize a Territorial Government in the Indian Territory was passed. On the third reading the bill to allow the school fund to be invested in school bonds was lost, but left in a shape to be brought up again. A resolution asking Congress to organize a Territorial Government in the Indian Territory was adopted.
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1877.
                                                   HEAR THEM THUNDER!
                                                 Rejoice and be exceeding glad.
                             Because the Tax Payers of Cowley Have been Delivered
                                                 From the 3 percent Despoiler.
                             Three Names that will be “God Blessed” by the Mortgage
                                         Oppressed Poor of Cowley while there is
                                                Gratitude in the Human Heart—
                                                     Manning, Webb, Walker.
                                                       LATEST DISPATCH.
                                              TOPEKA, KAN., FEB. 27, 1877.
                                                             4 o’clock p.m.
TO JAMES KELLY, Winfield, Kansas.
Bill has passed the House O. K.
Signed: MANNING.
Dear reader: The above isn’t much; but it means a great deal more than we can tell in this short article. It means that the bill to repeal the infamous “two thirds” clause of the railroad law which was passed in the interest of the railroads then operated in Kansas, has passed both branches of the legisla­ture, and that now the interest paying and mortgage bedeviled yeoman of Cowley County can get a railroad by a majority vote.
It means that brain and muscle has at last triumphed over money, wind, and brag. We cannot refrain from congratulating the good people of this county upon their happy deliverance from the thraldom of the money ring of Winfield. Now we can get a rail­road in spite of the opposition of Read and Robinson and their paid strikers, the Hackneys and Rushbridges.
The friends of a railroad have reason to thank Col. Manning, Leland J. Webb, and R. L. Walker for their untiring efforts in their behalf. Over the active opposition of Pyburn in the Senate, Mitchell in the House, the Traveler and Telegram, the brick bank, with a Method­ist preacher and a lawyer as a tail to the kite thrown in. Leland J. Webb, solitary and alone, aided by Col. Manning’s fertile brain and Dick Walker’s splendid tact, wins the fight and the people are again triumphant. Glory enough for one day.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1877.
                                                          PRETTY GOOD.
The Courier of last week gives an exceedingly complimentary notice of the editor himself, for the wonderful influence he exerted in securing the passage of the new bond law bill requiring a majority vote only, and says:
“The friends of a railroad have reason to thank Col. Man­ning, Leland J. Webb, and R. L. Walker for their untiring efforts in their behalf. Leland J. Webb, solitary and alone, aided by Col. Manning’s fertile brain and Dick Walker’s splendid tact, wins the fight and the people are again triumphant.”

The facts are that the two gentlemen spoken of, not members of the Legislature, learned at Winfield that the law was about to pass, as we learned here, and immediately hurried away to share the supposed glory of its success. The matter was all understood before the gentlemen left Winfield, and they barely arrived to see the result of it, notwithstanding credit is given to the gentleman of “fertile brain” notoriety.
Mr. Webb worked earnest­ly for the bill, and with the assis­tance of Prof. Kellogg, of Lyon, and members from the Western counties, secured its passage, while the Winfield gentlemen were eagerly hunting over the papers to learn the result.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                                     OUT OF THE WOODS.
Cowley County is out of the woods on the railroad question. The Kansas legislature has cut the withes that bound us hand and  foot. It is not possible for sidewalk politicians, money loaners, town-rivalry, and present existing railroad lines to prevent the grain growers of Cowley County from obtaining cheap transportation over a direct line of railroad. We can help ourselves, and all know how it is with people who can help themselves; then there are plenty who are willing to help them. The men and communities who sought to bind the withes tighter now hang their heads in shame and are shaking in their boots.
Never since Cowley has been settled have its people experi­enced such a sensation as last week’s COURIER created—consterna­tion among the few, joy among the many. Such hand shakings and congratulations among the farmers over the news on the bond law question never was known in this new country. Last Thursday and Friday evenings men left their homes after dark to go two and three miles to read a copy of the COURIER containing the news. By word, by letter, and correspondence to the COURIER the warmest commendations and words of encouragement have poured in upon us for the persevering effort made and success obtained right in the jaws of seeming defeat.
Several times during the last three weeks our friends at Topeka had informed us that help was needed at Topeka to pass the bill changing the law from a two thirds vote on railroad bonds. The first step necessary seemed to be to get an expression of the people here in favor of the change. An attempt was made to obtain that expression. It was defeated. Our readers know by whom and how. While that meeting was held Senator Pyburn was here in person and informed all with whom he talked that the law could not and should not be changed. As soon as he arrived in Winfield private letters left here to the majority law friends in Topeka to push the bill through the Senate during Pyburn’s absence. It was done. On Thursday evening at 7 p.m., Feb. 22, word was received from Topeka informing us of its passage and advising that it was necessary that help should be present to put the bill through the House. In two hours from the time of receiving the letter, three “solitary horsemen” in an open buggy might have been seen leaving Winfield at a brisk trot. They drove to Wichita in six hours that cold, dark night, arriving about 10 minutes before the train started for Topeka. Arriving at Topeka at noon they found the bill in the hands of the “Com­mittee on Municipal Corporations,” which was hostile to its passage.

To get a favorable report out of a committee that was opposed to the passage of the bill, to lift the bill over the Committee of the Whole, to put it on third reading without amendment over the heads of two hundred bills, each of which had friends anxious for their passage, to overthrow and outwit the opposition of the older counties, the railroad terminuses, the lines which carry our products, the three members from Butler, one from Sedgwick, one from Greenwood, Mitchell and Pyburn from Cowley (for Pyburn had returned and opposed the passage of the bill through the House), and to finally obtain 67 votes, three more than was necessary, looks, now that the battle is over, an impossible task.
It would make a long story to tell it all; and furthermore, it would let our enemies into the mysteries of legislative legerdemain which might be of advantage to them hereafter.
But we cannot leave this subject without giving the names of those who were not members of the Legislature, but to whom the people of Cowley are under special obligations for this great favor; this quick, decisive, and glorious victory, with all the odds against us.
Here they are: A. B. Lemmon, W. W. Walton, R. L. Walker, B. F. Baldwin, and a State officer in high position who would not like to have his name mentioned in this connection. Modesty prevents our naming the other individual.
The heavy battle was fought in the House. It occupied the most of the day Tuesday. Of course, our own Webb was the only champion on the floor for the bill from the great southwest. Hon. Ed. Hewins, of Cedarvale, did noble work. Guy of Chautauqua, Dobyns of Elk, Hubbard of Sumner, Baldwin of Wichita, and Baker, one of the members from Greenwood, stood square up to the work in all the parliamentary dodges that were taken by the enemies of the bill to defeat it.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1877.
The stem-winder that runs the Traveler is worried about Manning’s brains. Nobody ever worried about the brains of the stem-winder. The Traveler, the Telegram, old man Pyburn, hand­some man Mitchell, the 4 percent ring on one side; Webb, the COURIER, and the people on the other side—’twas an unequal contest. Poor Pyburn! Poor Mitchell!! Poor stem-winder!! Squeak.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877.
Hon. L. J. Webb returned from his labors (which, by the way, have been much for this place) on the 8th, and will resume the practice of law.
The “Philomathic,” a society organized among the enterpris­ing portion of the community for literary purposes, meets every Friday evening. The programme for tonight consists of music by the string band, essays, and debate. The topic for discussion tonight is, “Resolved, That man is a creature of circumstances.” In connection with the exercises, they answer all scientific and historical questions.
Our new church buildings are progressing finely, and will soon be completed. It is the wish of the community that Rev. Rushbridge should be returned to this charge, for which he has been laboring unceasingly.

Platter’s and Williams’ building will be pushed as rapidly as possible until completed. W. H. Maris is refitting his store building with a new front, when it will be occupied by T. E. Gilleland’s boot and shoe store. The same gentleman will soon begin to build a stone store building, 25 x 100 feet, on the same block, opposite the Central Hotel. As soon as completed, it will be occupied by J. B. Lynn. Mr. Wm. Newton, from Arkansas City, has opened a harness shop in Mullen’s old stand, where he keeps a full supply of goods in his line. A new store is being opened in Boyle’s old stand by a firm from Council Grove.
The above are only a few of the improvements taking place in our little city.
The repeal of the bond law is discussed often and long, and yet some are not convinced it is for the best. “And still we have no railroad.” ***
P.S. Since writing, or rather, while writing, the jubilee began, and the enthusiastic ones are making things lively by firing anvils, building bonfires, making speeches, etc.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                                         HON. L. J. WEBB.
We believe in giving credit to whom credit is due, and hence are impelled to say a good word for our representative, Hon. L. J. Webb. He made Cowley a good member. Being quite familiar with his action during the session just closed, it must be said of him that it was free from criticism, and that his constituents endorse his course. We don’t know of a measure which he advocat­ed or identified himself with, from the election of Senator Plumb down to the all important railroad bill, but wheat were success­ful. It can be safely said that no new member had greater, and few as large influence as he.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                              THE PROVINCE OF COWLEY.
The article headed “The Kingdom of Wichita,” in another column, was substantially true at the date of its publication one year ago last November. But the situation is changed now. The power of the Kingdom is waning. The legislature has taken the cattle trade from that city; it has lost its political prestige; the Minister of State and the Eaglenewsandtimes are divided in their counsels; railroads are being constructed towards the outlying provinces; the heavens no longer rain manna; the day of Barbour bonds is passed. We owe Wichita no ill will, but its prosperity was our disadvantage. The march of empire will soon leave it as a monument by the wayside.
                                              THE KINGDOM OF WICHITA.
In the march of empire Cowley has been unfortunate. It has become a feeble and dependent province in the Kingdom of Wichita. It is located in an isolate region fifty miles from the head of navigation on the river called Atchisontopekaundsantafe. Its people are vassals to the tithe gatherers who swarm the wharves of the principal mart of that busy thoroughfare.
The Kingdom of Wichita is of modern establishment. Its political conquests are marvelous, its territorial accretions incredible. Insinuating and subtle in movement, its scepter bears away in all the fair region round about.
Its king, Enter­prise, is a descendant of Count Brains and Baroness Nerve. The Count distinguished himself in the days of the American Republic, and figures largely in its history; but was finally ruined in an effort to prove the Arkansas river (one of the streams of that Republic) navigable after the Almighty had pronounced it not navigable.
The Baroness Nerve lost her fortune in a struggle in the latter days of the Republic, wherein a few theorists attempt­ed to construct a narrow gauge railroad as a competing enterprise to the  Atchisontopekaundsantafe river.

Shortly after this the Count and Baroness were engaged in Barbour bonds, and out of this alliance, Enterprise, the King of the Wichitas, was born. He rules with a firm but cunning hand. If the heaven rains manna, he presents the imposing census rolls of Harper and other uninhabit­ed provinces to the Great Giver and receives a deluge of rations thereon.
Is there an international exhibition of the products of the earth? The King sends his runners into the fertile provinces of Sumner and Cowley, and plucks from the fields of his illiterate subjects the fairest specimens of fruits and grain and forwards them as the indigenous products of the soil immediately along the banks of the Atchisontopekaundsantafe river encompass­ing the capital city of the Kingdom.
Is a subjugating expedition planned against the barbarous tribes of an unconquered region? The forces must rendezvous, outfit, and march from the capital city of the Kingdom of the Wichitas. Does a stranger from a foreign land with richest raiment and purses of gold wish to enter the prov­inces of the Wichita Kingdom, he must first dis­perse his gold and part his raiment among the courtiers of the throne immediate­ly upon landing at the wharves at the head of navigation on the Atchisontopekaundsantafe river. If he escapes the covetousness of the capital city with life enough to move his naked body, he is ordered to go in to the outlying provinces, and settles upon unoccupied lands and raise wheat for the tollgatherers of the capital city.
Do the scribes and wise men of the east come in large trains to view the promised land? They are shown through the dusty streets of the capital city and marched beneath the tail of the eagle that perches above them, and are then admonished that the provinces are occupied, it is the King’s pleasure that you should go home to your people and invite them to come and abide at the seat of the Wichita government.
The King, through his Minister of State, Meundbentundjake, has great influence. He names the judges, and counselors, and land officers, and postmasters and officials throughout the provinces.
Notwithstanding the arbitrary conduct of the Minis­ter, Meundbentundjake, the provinces waxed strong and grew great harvests. This caused them to seek other outlets for their products than down the Atchisontopekaundsantafe river, whereupon the wicked Minister of the State, Meundbentundjake, caused an edict to go forth pronouncing the Atchisontopekaundsantafe the only navigable stream in the provinces and threatening destruc­tion to all crafts that should attempt to float upon other waters.
All intercourse with the provinces was interdicted save that which passed through the capital of the Kingdom and over the favored stream.
The most noble King’s subjects in the province of Cowley are becoming uneasy. There are signs of an insurrection in this isolated land. The husbandmen therein complain of the tithe-gatherers at the capital, and the tolls upon the navigable stream leading therefrom.

The tid-bits that from time to time have dropped from the King’s throne have been partially distributed among the centuri­ons. The Budget is searched in vain for a glimmer of hope or a straw to grasp. These mutterings come also from other provinces. The Kingdom of Wichita is threatened with downfall. A change in ministry or policy would scarcely save it from decay. The loaded barges that have floated so lazily on the bosom of the Atchisontopekaundsanta fe river are going to seek other channels. The motto of the uprising is: “That God help those who help themselves.” The rallying cry is: “Give us liberty or give us a rest.”
                                                 THE PASHA OF COWLEY.
Hon. William Ross evidently has read the “Kingdom of Wichita.” He is a member of the House from Sedgwick County and sympathized with us in the struggle over the bond law, although voting against the change. He writes as follows to the Wichita Eagle.
“Among the distinguished visitors to the Capital this week was Col. Manning, Pasha of the benighted province of Cowley, accompanied by his ambassadors. He derived his name from once having been engaged in Manning a flatboat of the Atchisontopekaundsantafee river. His chief business here was the signing of the Declaration of Independence of Cowley, March 1, 1877. And that the event might be celebrated in a becoming manner, the Pasha, his High Priest Webb, Chief Secretary Walton, and Walker, High Sheriff of the Province, were escorted along Kansas Avenue in great pomp, each bearing in his hand a copy of the document that should make their people forever free. Filing into a photography they were received by the paint­ers with uncovered heads, who placed them in position. It was a night never to be forgotten. There stood the Pasha in the background, his shadow on the wall looking taller than usual. Near him stood the high priest, one eye watching the painter, the other watching a spider, who after several attempts reaching the ceiling, which was considered a favorable omen, that the day was near at hand when the Pasha and the Pashaers, the rest of the Cowleans, and their wives and little ones, should have the pleasure of spending the happy days “riding on the rail.”
“The chief secretary and the high sheriff of the Province sat cross legged on mats made from the pelts of the cashmere goat. The object accomplished, the Pasha returned by steamer to the head of navigation on the Atchisontopekaundsantafee river, to tell the glad tidings to the Cowleyites, and live in high hopes of the future.”
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877.
L. J. Webb and family returned home last Thursday evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.
Leland J. Webb, of Winfield, will be appointed Register of Wichita Land Office in place of H. L. Taylor, present incumbent. W. V. Times.
While we have no objections to Mr. Taylor, we should be gratified to see Mr. Webb so well favored.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.
                                                             BASE BALL.
                                                    Attorneys vs. Businessmen.
That game of base ball on last Tuesday afternoon between the two nines, one of which was made up of attorneys exclusively and the other of businessmen, of this city, was decidedly an interesting one. The players, and a large crowd of spectators, assembled upon the ground, south of town, at [? failed to give time ?] o’clock p.m., soon after which the game commenced, with the attorneys in the field and the businessmen at the bat.

The first man called to the bat was Mr. Thos. Copeland, who made a fair hit, making a home run. Next came Geo. Robinson and A. C. Dickinson, both “fouled out.” Fred Hunt then went to bat and by a fair hit made second base, where he was left by Sid Major being put out by a fly catch, and being the third man out, when the businessmen went into the field and the attorneys to the bat. Mr. L. J. Webb was the first attorney called to the bat and “fouled out.” Mr. Buckman then followed with a fair hit and went to second base. Jno. Pryor went out on three strikes. A. H. Green then went to first base by a good hit, and Mr. Buckman at the same time making a score; Mr. Jennings went out on three strikes, being the third man out, put the side out, leaving Mr. Green on second base. The score was even at the end of the first inning, the businessmen gained five in the second, and the attorneys gained three in the third, leaving the businessmen only two ahead. The businessmen went seven more ahead in the fourth inning and sixteen in the fifth, leaving the score stand as will be seen below. The game was well played considering the fact that most of the players had not played a game of base ball for years and several of them never in their lives. Considerable interest was manifested in the game.
At the beginning of the fifth inning, Mr. Green withdrew from the attorneys, whose place was supplied by Will Holloway, and Geo. Robinson withdrew from the businessmen, whose place was supplied by Mr. Guinn, of Sheridan Township, who made during this inning the strongest hit made during the game and made a home run. O. M. Seward, of the attorneys, did excellent playing behind the bat. The game was called at the close of the fifth inning, at 5 o’clock p.m.; duration of the game 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Score given after article shows that Businessmen had 44 runs; Attorneys had 19 runs.
Players—Businessmen: Copeland, c.; Dickinson, p.; Hunt, F. C., s.s.; Robinson, 1st b.; Major, 2nd b.; Stuart, 3rd b.; Wallis, B. M., l. f.; Hunt, J. S., c. f.; Starwalt, r. f.
Players—Attorneys: Webb, 2nd b.; Buckman, p.; Pryor, J. D., 1st b.; Green, c. f.; Jennings, 3rd b.; Seward, c.; Asp, r. f.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
Henry E. Asp and Linus S. Webb, were examined and admitted to the bar on last Tuesday morning. Both gentlemen have been studying law for some time, and we predict they will make good attorneys.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
The following are the attorneys in attendance at the Cowley County district court now in session: L. J. Webb, J. E. Allen, D. A. Millington, Jennings & Buckman, E. S. Torrance, Hackney & McDonald, James McDermott, A. H. Green, Pyburn & Seward, J. M. Alexander, Pryor & Pryor, Henry E. Asp, Linus S. Webb, of Winfield; C. R. Mitchell, E. B. Kager, James Christian, of Arkansas City; A. L. Redden, of Eldorado; M. S. Adams, of Wichita; J. D. McBrian, of Sedan, Chautauqua County; J. M. White, of Howard City, Elk County.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1877.
Webb’s card has been changed from Leland J. Webb to L. J. & L. S. Webb, as will be seen by turning to the first page.
CARD:                                             L. J. & L. S. WEBB,
                                                    ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.
L. J. & Linus Webb, attorneys...

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, July 19, 1877.
A. H. Green is sued for $5,000 damages for the false imprisonment of J. E. Searle, of this city. L. J. Webb, Attorney.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1877.
Mr. Searle, of this place, was released from custody in Wichita last Friday by writ of Habeas Corpus. L. J. Webb, Attorney.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
The Wichita Eagle says W. P. Hackney, Leland J. Webb, Hon. E. C. Manning, and W. M. Allison were all up at Wichita last week “and got it.”
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
The prominent dignitaries of the city of Winfield were all up this week. W. P. Hackney, Esq., was after an injunction against the issue of railroad bonds in Cowley County. He got it. Leland J. Webb, Esq., wanted a writ of habeas corpus for a client. He got it. Hon. E. C. Manning was up for a taste of city life. He got it. Will Allison, editor of the Telegram, was up for money. From his looks, we guess he secured an abundance.
Looks like another sister of L. J. Webb got married...
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1877.
J. H. Wood, of Wellsburg, New York, brother-in-law of L. J. Webb, called upon us this week. Like all newcomers, he is delighted with Cowley County and thinks of becoming a citizen thereof.
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 13, 1877.
                                             Notice of Application for Pardon.

Notice is hereby given that on the 27th day of September, 1877, the undersigned will apply to the Governor of the State of Kansas for the pardon of one John W. Barber, now confined in the jail of Cowley County, Kansas, having been convicted at the May term, 1877, of the district court of said county, of the offense of assault with intent to rape.
                                 LELAND J. WEBB, Attorney for John W. Barber.
Winfield, Kansas, Sept. 6, 1877.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
                                                      Republican Convention.
The following persons are elected delegates to the Republican convention at the Courthouse next Saturday.
Beaver. M. Teter, A. B. Littell.
Bolton. Hawkins, Buzzi.
Cedar. Wiley, W. A. Metcalf.
Creswell. A. A. Chamberlain, R. A. Houghton, T. E. Manter, Dr. Cormack, Mantor.
Dexter. J. F. Hardin, Wallace Craiger.
Harvey. Martin Barber, Robt. Strother.
Liberty. J. H. Mounts, Henry Collier.
Maple. H. H. Siverd, W. B. Norman.
Ninnescah. Dr. Keffer, Leonard Stout.
Omnia. W. H. Gilliard, E. Henthorn.
Otter. J. J. Smith, Hiram Utt.
Pleasant Valley. T. J. Harris, Chas. Seacat
Richland. Daniel Maher, Samuel Groom, John R. Thompson.
Rock. Chas. Eagin, W. J. Funk, Geo. H. Williams.
Silver Creek. Wm. May, Harvey Smith.
Silverdale. B. French, B. W. Herbert.
Sheridan. H. Treadway.
Spring Creek. Wiley.
Tisdale. J. S. Baker, O. P. West.
Vernon. F. W. Schwantes, P. M. Waite, C. S. Smith.
Windsor. M. Jackson, J. Reynolds, Geo. Lee.
Winfield. Jno. E. Allen, H. L. Barker, W. P. Hackney, N. M. Chaffee, L. J. Webb, and Sampson Johnson.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Friends of the parties will be pleased to learn that our friend, Linus S. Webb, and his brother, Lowell, both brothers of our L. J. Webb, are attending the far famed University at Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are intelligent and gentlemanly fellows and we predict that they will prove an honor to the institution.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
JOHN W. BARBER gives notice in another column that on the 27th inst. he will make application for a pardon. We are surprised at his doing this. He is the guest of the county and is as highly honored in Winfield as Gen. Grant is in Europe. Some months ago the mayor presented him with “the freedom of the city.”
                                               Notice of Application for Pardon.

Notice is hereby given that on the 27th day of September, 1877, the undersigned will apply to the Governor of the State of Kansas for the pardon of one John W. Barber, now confined in the jail of Cowley County, Kansas, having been convicted at the May term, 1877, of the district court of said county, of the offense of assault with intent to rape.
                                 LELAND J. WEBB, Attorney for John W. Barber.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.
On last Saturday the delegates of the several townships, chosen to nominate officers for the Republican ticket, gathered together at Winfield. As considerable interest and strife was manifested among several of the candidates, the members of the convention met early to organize. After considerable dispute, the temporary organization was completed and Mr. Callison, of Spring Creek Township, chosen Chairman, Chas. Eagin, Secretary, with R. A. Houghton and L. J. Webb, tellers.
Nominations being in order, Geo. Walker, Leon Lippmann, A. T. Shenneman, and S. W. Chase were nominated for the office of Sheriff, and an informal ballot taken resulting in 21 for Lippmann, 16 for Shenneman, 15 for Walker, and 4 for Chase.
Fifty-two ballots were then taken in succession, with nearly the same result and without any delay further than remarks now and then by the friends of the several candidates and one hour for supper, lasting from one o’clock p.m. until eleven o’clock at night. By this time everyone was tired, weary, and disgusted, and expressed themselves bitterly against the men who seemed to endeavor to prevent a nomination by shunning a compromise, or listening to the advice of friends. Finally, one of the leaders of Mr. Walker’s party was overhead to say he was going to throw his votes for Lippmann. Mr. Shenneman was made aware of the fact and ran in ahead and withdrew his name from the convention in favor of Mr. Lippmann, who was unanimously declared the nominee.
Following this Dr. Graham was elected Coroner, E. P. Kinne, Registrar of Deeds; Thomas Bryan, County Treasurer; Capt. Hunt, County Clerk; N. A. Haight, Surveyor; Geo. L. Gale, County Commissioner of the first district of Rock, Maple, Vernon, Beaver, and Winfield Townships; Major Wm. Sleeth, Commissioner of the second district, comprised of Creswell, Bolton, Pleasant Valley, Silverdale, Liberty, Spring Creek, Cedar, and Otter Townships; R. F. Burden, Commissioner of the third district of Tisdale, Windsor, Dexter, Silver Creek, and Sheridan Townships.
Mr. Leon Lippmann is a hard working, industrious mill man, and one of the best posted countrymen that can be found in the county. He is perfectly competent to fulfill the office of Sheriff and will pride himself in doing it well. He is well known throughout the county, has been here several years, and has the confidence of the different communities he comes from.
Mr. E. P. Kinne was formerly one of our fellow-townsmen. As long as he has charge of the county records, we know they will receive his whole and individual attention.
Tom Bryan is too well known to say much about him. He has handled the county funds prudently and carefully one term of two years; represented Cowley County with credit in the State Legis­lature, and is a man peculiarly adapted to the position.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
                                                      THE CONVENTION.
                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, Sept. 22, 1877.

Pursuant to the call of the Republican County Central Committee, of Cowley County, the delegates assembled in convention at the courthouse, in the city of Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1877, at 11 o’clock a.m.
The convention was called to order by T. K. Johnston, Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.
On motion Albert Chamberlain of Creswell Township, was chosen temporary chairman, and Chas. H. Eagin, of Rock Township, temporary secretary.
On motion the following committees were appointed by the chairman: Committee on permanent organization, C. A. Metcalf, A. A. Wiley, Robt. Strother, C. S. Smith, and H. L. Barker.
Committee on credentials, W. P. Hackney, H. H. Siverd, James Utt, G. W. Herbert, and Daniel Maher.
On motion convention adjourned to meet at half past 1 o’clock.
                                      A. CHAMBERLAIN, Temporary Chairman.
                                          CHAS. EAGIN, Temporary Secretary.
                                                   AFTERNOON SESSION.
Convention called to order by the chairman.
The committee on credentials submitted the following report.
Mr. Chairman: Your committee on credentials beg leave to request that the following townships and delegates therefrom are entitled to representation and seats in this convention.
Maple: H. H. Siverd and W. B. Norman.
Winfield: J. E. Allen, H. L. Barker, W. P. Hackney, N. M. Chaffey, L. J. Webb, and S. Johnson.
Ninnescah: A. S. Capper, Len Stotle.
Harvey: Robt. Strother, Martin Barber.
Spring Creek: A. A. Wiley, J. B. Callison.
Richland: Sam’l. Groom, J. R. Thompson, Daniel Maher.
Vernon: W. F. Schwantes, P. M. Waite, Chas. S. Smith.
Sheridan: C. Treadway, J. W. Dow.
Tisdale: O. P. West, J. S. Baker.
Silverdale: Benjamin French, G. W. Herbert.
Beaver: S. B. Littell, M. S. Teter.
Windsor: J. W. Jackson, Jos. Reynolds, Geo. Lee.
Bolton: L. Harkins, M. Bussi [?Buzzi], J. O. Herbert.
Omnia: J. L. Parsons, E. A. Henthorn.
Otter: J. J. Smith, Jas. Utt.
Liberty: Henry Colyer, J. H. Mounts.
Rock: Chas. H. Eagin, Frank Akers, Wm. J. Funk.
Creswell: A. Chamberlain, D. W. Cormic, Kendall Smith, Reuben Houghton.
Silver Creek: Harvey Smith, Mr. Peters.
Dexter: Jas. Harden, Fred Coger, John Wallace.
Cedar: W. A. Metcalf, Henry Thompson.
Pleasant Valley: Chas. Seacat, T. J. Harris.

Total: 56 delegates.
Respectfully submitted.
                   W. P. Hackney, Dan’l. Maher, H. H. Siverd, Jas. Utt, G. W. Herbert.
On motion the report was adopted.
The committee on permanent organization submitted the following report.
Mr. Chairman: Your committee on permanent organization and order of business beg leave to submit the following report.
For permanent chairman, J. B. Callison; for permanent secretary, Chas. H. Eagin; assistant secretary, R. A. Houghton. That the order of business be as follows.
1st. Selection of County Central Committee.
2nd. Nominations in the following order: Sheriff, Coroner, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, County Surveyor, and County Commissioners.
3rd. That in balloting for each candidate the secretary shall call the roll and each delegate as his name is called will answer with the name of the person he desires to vote for.
W. H. Metcalf, A. A. Wiley, C. S. Smith, R. S. Strother, H. L. Barker.
On the question of the adoption of the report, a motion prevailed to adopt the order of business, excepting the selection of Central Committee and the manner of voting for candidates.
It was then moved and carried that the selection of County Central Committee be the last thing in the order of business, and that tellers be appointed to receive and count the votes for candidates in the regular way.
Nominations being next in order, a motion to take an informal ballot to bring out candidates for Sheriff was carried.
On the first ballot Leon Lippmann received 21 votes; A. T. Shenneman, 16; Geo. Walker, 15; S. W. Chase, 4.
The balloting continued until the 24th ballot was reached, when the convention adjourned for supper.
At 7 p.m. convention called to order and proceeded with the ballot for sheriff. At the 45th ballot S. W. Chase withdrew from the race. When the 53rd ballot was reached, A. T. Shenneman withdrew in favor of Lippmann, followed by Geo. Walker.
A motion carried to suspend the rules and call the roll of the house on the question of making Mr. Lippmann the nominee. The roll was called and resulted in favor of Lippmann, who was declared nominated.
Nominations for Coroner being next in order, Dr. J. Headrick and Dr. W. G. Graham were nominated. The ballot for Coroner resulted as follows: Dr. Graham, 38; Headrick, 13. Graham was declared nominated.
Nominations for County Clerk being next in order L. J. Webb announced that M. G. Troup had withdrawn in favor of J. S. Hunt and moved the nomination of Hunt by acclamation. The motion prevailed and Hunt was so nominated.
Nominations for County Treasurer being next in order, T. R. Bryan having no opposition was nominated by acclamation.
Next in order was Register of Deeds. Jacob Nixon received 5 votes, E. P. Kinne, 30, Chas. Irwin, 10, M. G. Roseberry, 4, I. S. Bonsall, 5. E. P. Kinne was declared nominated.

Next in order was County Surveyor. G. S. Manser and N. A. Haight were nominated. Manser received 5 votes, Haight, 44; result declared in favor of Haight.
On motion a county central committee consisting of one member from each township was chosen by the delegates from the respective townships. The following gentlemen were selected:
Maple, W. B. Norman; Winfield, L. J. Webb; Ninnescah, H. Martin; Harvey, L. L. Newton; Spring Creek, J. B. Callison; Richland, N. J. Larkin; Vernon, P. M. Waite; Sheridan, B. Longshore; Tisdale, S. W. Chase; Silverdale, John Tipton; Beaver, C. W. Roseberry; Windsor, S. M. Fall; Bolton, Reuben Bowers; Omnia, W. H. Gilliard; Otter, C. R. Miles; Liberty, Justus Fisher; Rock, Frank Akers; Creswell, C. R. Mitchell; Silver Creek, A. P. Brooks; Dexter, H. C. McDorman; Cedar, W. A. Metcalf; Pleasant Valley, T. J. Harris.
The following named gentlemen were nominated by the delegates from their respective districts as candidates for County Commissioners:
1st District: Geo. L. Gale.
2nd District: W. M. Sleeth.
3rd District: R. F. Burden.
On motion convention adjourned.
                                                  J. B. CALLISON, Chairman.
CHAS. H. EAGIN, Secretary.
R. A. HOUGHTON, Assistant Secretary.
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.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
J. Ex. Saint and lady, James Kelly and lady, and L. J. Webb have gone to Topeka to attend the Masonic Grand Lodge, or the horse fair, or to visit their friends, we forget which. Hope A. B. will keep them out of mischief.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.

                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, Oct. 23, 1877.
EDITOR COURIER: I understand that Mr. Troup and his friends are circulating the report that he (Troup) was “sold out” in the Republican convention, and did not have a fair show. When it became apparent that George Walker could not be nominated for Sheriff, I told Walker that there was nothing to be gained by prolonging the contest, and he authorized me to act for him as I saw fit, and therefore I withdrew his name. When I did so, Mr. Troup came to me and wanted to know what it meant, and I told him what I had told Walker. He replied, “Why didn’t you wait a little longer and give me a chance to make some votes out of it?” I told him he was all right, and in no danger. He went away and shortly came back and said he was not going to have his name go before the convention. I tried to dissuade him from withdrawing. I told him he was already before the convention, and I believed he could be nominated. He said he could not, and authorized me to withdraw his name. He now charges Capt. Hunt’s nomination to be a “trade,” when there is no foundation for it. He was dissatisfied because he was not notified of Walker’s intention of withdrawing, in order that he (Troup) might “trade” on it. These are the facts, and I only state them in justice to myself, and others of Mr. Troup’s friends, who were anxious to have him nominated, but are now charged with these things, to secure Mr. Troup’s election, against the regular nominee.
                                                              L. J. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.
                                                      ROCK, Oct. 27, 1877.
HON. L. J. WEBB: Dear Sir: I notice in this week’s Telegram that it is claimed that my interests are not entirely in Cowley County, but rather in Butler. I will simply say to the voters of the first district, that I never owned a foot of land or property of any kind in Butler County. All the real estate I possess is located in this county. Yours truly, G. L. GALE.
The above from Mr. Gale, the Republican candidate for county commissioner for the first district, fully answers the insinuation that he is a Butlerite. Mr. Gale is a Cowley County man and as deeply interested in the welfare of this county as any other citizen. He is a warm, but judicious railroad man, and has heartily supported both the Parsons and the Emporia roads. He will use all judicious and honorable means in his power to secure the building of an east and west railroad through the center of the county, and another down the Walnut valley, in the shortest possible time, at the same time saving the county all unnecessary expense. The fears that some express that he will be disposed to throw obstacles in the way of any railroad company proposing to build into this county are entirely groundless. We confidently expect his election, and the aid of his strong, good sense, and his active work, in securing such improvements as our county still needs.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
L. J. Webb, M. G. Troup, Capt. Hunt, W. M. Allison, and J. P. Short, all attended the Republican meeting last Monday evening, at this place. Speeches were made by all the gentlemen except Mr. Short, and a general talk engaged in.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1877.
                                          [From the K. C. Journal of Commerce.]
                                                     SOUTHERN KANSAS.

                       Interesting Reminiscences of the County Seat of Cowley County.
                         How they Surveyed Its Streets by the North Star and Located
                                                 An “Organ” by a Resin Weed.
                             Winfield’s Proud Position as Queen of the Walnut Valley.
                                                 From our own Correspondent.
WINFIELD, KAN., Oct. 22. Seven years ago next December, a party of emigrants camped on the banks of the Walnut River, about twenty miles above its confluence with the Arkansas, in a beautiful bend of the stream where a prairie about two miles in extent lay environed by gently receding hills and a dense growth of forest bordering the river with a
                                                DIVERSIFIED LANDSCAPE,
stretching far way beyond, and pleasant breadths of sunshine. It was not only a place to camp, protected from the breath of the winter winds and convenient to wood and water, but it was worthy of a habitation for more than a day, and the emigrants took this view of it as they discussed their supper around the log fire.
By dark it was decided to locate a town, and half an hour later the party was out laying off the streets, with the north star for a compass and a lariat rope for a surveyor’s chain. There was a preacher, a teacher, and a newspaper man—the invincible Trinity of Kansas—and they talked of their purposes and hopes as they drove the stakes and gave names to the streets. Here was to be reserved a lot for a church, there another for the public school, while on the principle thoroughfare was to be the newspaper office, and to designate the spot, the editor tied the dish rag on a resin weed. Late at night they returned to camp and “turned in” to dream of the metropolis of the Walnut Valley.
                                                  SO WINFIELD STARTED.
Today it has a population of fifteen hundred, and is much the best town of its size in the State. It has two banking houses with a capital and accumulated profits of $200,000, two excellent flouring mills that run day and night the year round, a score of stores that would do credit both in stocks and business to Topeka, and two newspapers that are doing more to settle up the county and increase its material wealth than all the other influences combined.
It is a young Brooklyn for churches, and boasts the phenomenon of a minister who exacts every dollar of his salary from his parishioners, and then faithfully covers it all back into the church treasury. The Methodist church suffered the loss of its spire during the gale a week ago, a damage that will require one or two thousand dollars to repair. The ungodly of the town consider this a judgment upon the sinful pride of the society for getting their weather vane several fathoms
                                        NEARER TO THE CELESTIAL GATES
than any other. The humility of these sinners is commendable.

This is one of the few towns in Kansas that manage to keep its streets cumbered with building material the year round. Since I was here in the summer, two dozen houses have been built, and fifty are now under way. The principle ones of the former are Lynn & Gillelen’s two story cut stone, 25 x 100 feet, and a brick hotel at the south end of town. Among the latter, as conspicuous and handsome as any will be, the elegant seven thousand dollar residence of Mr. J. C. Fuller, President of the Winfield Bank. Mr. Fuller has been here since 1870, established the first bank in the county, and has large and valuable tracts of real estate adjoining the town. He has recently laid off a part of his land in an addition, and is selling some very desirable residence plats. The other bank is that of M. L. Read, of which M. L. Robinson is cashier and W. C. Robinson assistant. This bank has been established five years, and occupies the first brick building in Cowley County.
Both banks are doing a good business and have the entire confidence of the community. They are supplied with the celebrated “Yale Time” locks. The principal mill is that of C. A. Bliss & Co., who also have one of the most extensive stores in town. Mr. Bliss is a Kansan of twenty-one years’ residence and knows how it is himself. He is
                                                        MAKING MONEY.
I noticed thirty teams loaded with flour for the Cheyenne agency, Indian Territory, at one of the mills.
There are half a dozen hotels in town representing all degrees of excellence, from the Central Hotel, creme de la creme, down to a twenty-five cent hash foundry. Sid Major and Jim Vance are too well known as successful landlords to lose a wink of sleep over any threatened competition in this town.
The principal hardware dealer is S. H. Myton, who occupies a large two-story brick block, and keeps an extensive stock of shelf and general hardware.
An exclusive boot and shoe house is that of W. C. Root & Co. The leading clothiers are Boyer & Wallis, who can stop at any hotel in Saratoga. The most prominent real estate dealers are J. C. Fuller, E. C. Manning, and A. H. Green, and 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.
The Courier changed hands some time since, Hon. A. B. Lemmon, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, succeeding Mr. Manning, the present style of the firm being Millington & Lemmon.
                                                RAILROAD CONNECTION.
This county has voted the desired aid to the Kansas City, Emporia & Southern railway, now being built between Emporia and Eureka; Winfield and Arkansas City being designation points. This secures to these towns the best lines of railroad for its length in Kansas, and happily terminates one of the most unfortunate struggles that ever disturbed the welfare of two worthy towns.
It is not improbable that the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe road will be extended down the valley from Eldorado, to divide the business with the narrow gauge road, and thereby give this section competing lines within a year.
In view of these advantages, this county is receiving a large accession to its population this fall, and before another twelve months all the government land will probably be taken up. JOE FLUFFER.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                               LITTLE DUTCH, Nov. 3, 1877.

EDITOR COURIER: I desire through your column to make a statement personal to myself. Some hard things have been said of me during the campaign to which I would reply that my friends may not be led astray. It has been said in speeches that a certain person (meaning me) was electioneering on the day of the republican convention for a nomination as commissioner because he could be used as Winfield dictated.
A report has been circulated by Mr. Gale’s friends that E. C. Manning had stated that I could be thus used. What the effect of these statements was I neither know nor care, but I wish to say that I have never in any official capacity done anything favoring Winfield against the interests of other portions of the county, and those who have circulated such statements have simply given currency to falsehoods.
Mr. McDermott says the commissioners are not thoughtful men to say the least. He may admit that one of them at least is not so thoughtless, when he learns that he was not the first man to discover an error in the statement submitted by J. D. Pryor. I myself first discovered something wrong in regard to district number 26, in which district I was a taxpayer. I happen to know what I was doing when I signed that card.
Now, Mr. Editor, you would like to make the people of Cowley County believe there was something wrong about the commissioners. You say that but for the efficiency of the County Attorney, the county would have lost so much money, and in another column you attempt to show dishonesty on the part of Mr. Troup and the board of commissioners in the matter of the duplicate tax roll.
It is a little strange that, lawyer as you are, you are not aware that you are getting your efficient County Attorney in a fix, as he is the legal adviser of the board who indorsed the claim “County liable.” I believe that better men than Messrs. Sleeth and Burden for com-missioners never were or will be elected to that office in this county, and such stuff as the COURIER contained in relation to them is mere trash fabricated for electioneering purposes.
As for myself, Messrs. Webb and McDermott with the COURIER man have fixed me out. Now, MR. COURIER, I have always been a republican, am now, and expect to remain so. Mr. McDermott deserves no credit in the Kager matter because I discovered an error first, and I think I should have called Mr. Troup’s attention to it just about as repeatedly as I did Mr. McDermott’s for six months after the mistake was discovered.
You are right about my signing Mr. Troup’s card. I did it because I was his friend and believed I was stating the truth in his behalf—not because I was fighting Capt. Hunt, whom I have always considered a gentleman and my friend.
The future will probably develop the motives for using my name in this campaign, while I was not a candidate. Before this reaches you the election will be over, so it cannot be said this is for electioneering purposes. My object is to let my friends have the truth and not be led into error by false statements about the county board. Yours Respectfully,
                                                         WILLIAM WHITE.

[We publish the above because Mr. White feels hurt by some matter which has appeared in the COURIER, and desires to be heard in reply thereto. The strictures we made were in reply to a card which termed our remarks referred to therein “gross misrepresentations,” which was signed by Mr. White, knowing that it was to be published for electioneering purposes. If in proving that we did not misrepresent, we had to hit him, he has no reason to complain. We shall stand by our statement of fact. However, he did not accuse the commissioners of any official wrong, and we think with Mr. White that they are as good men for the office as we ever had or may expect to have. We do not think Mr. White’s statement of facts warrants his conclusion that Mr. McDermott is not entitled to the credit of discovering the error in the account of district No. 5, and of causing the matter to be pursued until the total sum named was discovered.]—ED.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
BIRTH. Another lawyer has come to town and yet there is “room in the upper story.” This time the newcomer entered the house of W. P. Hackney. He weighs seven pounds. We owe Webb one for selling out the editor on this occasion.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
Linus and Lovell Webb and W. C. Campbell, of this city, are at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the law department of the university. A recent letter from Mr. Campbell to a gentleman in Topeka states that they are all well and like the place and school very much.
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.
The case went to the jury as the court adjourned for supper. What the verdict will be is not known as we go to press.
First time Jay Page and Leland J. Webb are linked together...
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.
On last Tuesday morning, Messrs. L. J. Webb, Jay Page, Bert Crapster, and others whose names we have not learned, started for a grand hunt in the Indian Territory. They will return next Saturday.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.
                                                          COURT ITEMS.
Court convened on the 3rd inst., with an unusually small docket. Forty-three cases composed the term’s work. The criminal business was exceedingly light, there being but two or three cases for trail.
The Negro horse thief, Chas. Williams, charged with grand larceny, plead guilty, and was given the mildest punishment prescribed by law, one year’s hard labor in the penitentiary. The jury was only used in two cases.
Among the most important cases were the following.

Green vs. Requa, in which Green sought to recover $71 as a balance due on an account for legal services. The services were performed by L. J. Webb, and the account was assigned by Webb to Green. Mr. Webb had received $429 and claimed there was still $71 due him. The jury gave verdict in favor of Mrs. Requa, but a motion was made for a new trial, which was granted, and the verdict was set aside.
The cases of Dawson vs. Funk and Dawson vs. Brown, involving the title to about five acres of land, which Dawson claimed under a line, as he supposed, established by the government surveyor. Funk and Brown claimed the same land under a survey made by the county surveyor, Walton, and denied that the corner claimed by Dawson was the government corner. The land in dispute is worth probably $50; the costs in both cases is approximately $500. The court gave judgment in favor of Funk and Brown and established the line on the Walton survey. It is quite probable the case will go to the supreme court.
The case of Wilson vs. County Commissioners was brought for damages claimed by Wilson to be sustained from the fact that a road was laid out through his farm. The road viewers assessed Wilson’s damages at $20, but the court raised them to $640. Pretty dear road for the county.
The case of Newlin vs. R. L. Walker, sheriff, involved the question of the validity of an assignment made by A. A. Estlin to Newlin, as assignee, for the benefit of his creditors. Walker held part of the goods assigned under an attachment. The court held the assignment good and gave judgment in favor of Newlin. It will doubtless go to the supreme court.
The case of Tout vs. Headrick Adair was brought to recover back purchase money for land, sold by Headrick to Tout, on the ground the title had failed. Headrick had pre-empted the land as administrator for the benefit of the heirs and then sold it, under an order of the probate court for expenses of administration. The court held that the land belonged to the heirs and was not subject to the claims for which it was sold and gave judgment against Headrick.
The case of Gross vs. Funk was a foreclosure suit. Gross had purchased the note before due, and a plea of usury was put in. The court held that it makes no difference when a note is secured, whether it is assigned before due or not, so far as usury is concerned. Appealed to the supreme court.
Court adjourned on Saturday.
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.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
A report has reached us that L. J. Webb of this city has been appointed and confirmed as register of the land office at Wichita.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
                                                  WICHITA LAND OFFICE.

We understand that a change will soon be made in the Registership of the Wichita Land office, and that Hon. L. J. Webb, of this city, is talked of for the place. We think that as far as our neighbors at Wichita are concerned, they should be satisfied with having the location of the land office and the Receivership, and we believe they are. Mr. Webb received the endorsement of a large majority of the members of the state legislature, of most of the state officials, of the county officers of Cowley County, of many of the leading citizens of Winfield, and last but not least, of the republican state, district, and county central committees. The people of Cowley endorse him and would be glad to see him appointed. In fact, in the distribution of federal appointments in Kansas, Cowley County has been overlooked, and it would be no more than right that she should have this one. Mr. Webb possesses all the qualifications necessary for the office and we hope our congressional delegation will urge his appointment.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1878.
                                                       Wichita Land Office.
We understand that a change will soon be made in the Regis­tership of the Wichita Land Office, and that Hon. L. J. Webb, of this city, is talked of for the place. We think that so far as our neighbors at Wichita are concerned, they should be satisfied with having the location of the land office and the Receivership, and we believe they are. Mr. Webb received the endorsement of a large majority of the members of the State Legislature, of most of the State officials, of the county officers of Cowley county, of many of the leading citizens of Winfield, and last but not least, of the Republican state, district, and county central committees. The people of Cowley endorse him and would be glad to see him appointed. In fact, in the distribution of federal appointments in Kansas, Cowley County has been overlooked, and it would be no more than right that she should have this one. Mr. Webb possesses all the qualifications necessary for the office and we hope our congressional delegation will urge his appointment.
The above, taken from the Winfield Courier agrees with our sentiments exactly, and we think should be considered by our Representatives at Washington.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Hon. L. J. Webb is endorsed by every newspaper in this county as the man for Register of the Wichita land office. A very large number of Wichita businessmen ask for his appointment.
Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878.
Hon. L. J. Webb is in Chautauqua County attending court.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
Ed. Walker, in a scuffle with Webb recently, got his shoulder badly broken.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 25, 1878.
                                                      COWLEY COUNTY.
                           THE BANNER COUNTY OF SOUTHERN KANSAS.
                                 Winfield, the Best Town of Its Size in the State.
                                   [Special Correspondence Kansas City Times.]

WINFIELD, KANSAS, APRIL 10. Winfield is the county seat of Cowley County. It is situated on the Walnut River, about fifteen miles from the south line of the state. It contains a population of sixteen hundred people. It is one of the best and most prosperous towns in Kansas. The streets are crowded with teams, and the entire appearance of the place gives evidence of life, thrift, and prosperity. There are a large number of residences in process of erection, many of which are fine, commodious buildings, among which may be mentioned the house of J. C. Fuller, banker, which, when completed, will be one of the best in the county.
There are a number of good lawyers in Winfield, among whom are Hackney and McDonald, Senator A. J. Pyburn, and Webb & Black.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
Judge W. C. Webb, of Topeka, is here on a visit to his son, L. J., and daughter, Mrs. R. L. Walker.
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.
The docket was called. The following cases were dismissed: Geo. Stewart vs. R. B. Waite, Jas. Renfro vs. M. J. Renfro, J. E. Cox vs. Mary J. Cox, State ex rel. Cessna vs. A. H. Thurman, Nancy McManus vs. John S. Harmon, Parker & Canfield vs. R. B. Scott, Margaret W. Vessels vs. T. J. Vessels, Houghton & McLaughlin vs. L. Maricle, S. P. Channel vs. L. Maricle, S. L. Brettun vs. Adam H. Beck, R. Crapster vs. Clara E. Houx et al, M. Harkins vs. Elizabeth C. Hunt, J. C. McMullen vs. P. F. Endicott et al., S. L. Brettun vs. L. D. Darnall et al, T. H. Barrett vs. W. D. Mowry et al.
Judgment for plaintiff by default was ordered in the following: M. L. Read vs. R. Hudson et al, B. C. Cook vs. W. F. Worthington, S. L. Brettun vs. J. C. Groce et al, Lizzie M. Martin vs. Peter Paugh, J. C. McMullen vs. J. Morgan et al, L. G. Yoe et al vs. T. E. Gilleland, A. W. Hoyt vs. Israel Tipton et al, E. Howland vs. J. W. Pearson et al, A. F. Faris vs. Julia A. Deming et al, Hackney & McDonald vs. W. W. Andrews, Mary H. Buck vs. M. Luckey, Samuel Hoyt vs. J. B. Gassaway, Buck, McCouns et al vs. T. E. Gilleland, Geysecke, Meysenburg & Co. vs. T. E. Gilleland, Charles Barr vs. T. J. Raybell, A. P. Dickey vs. T. A. Wilkinson.
The following cases were continued: H. Schieffer vs. J. F. Berner, L. McMasters vs. Nathan Hughes, Mercy M. Funk vs. Cynthia Clark et al.
The following cases stand on demurrer: H. B. Kay et al vs. D. B. McAllister, J. H. Hill vs. Geneva Jackson et al, J. C. McMullen vs. Martha Bowers et al, Elizabeth Meyer vs. W. H. Brown et al.
Motion was made by             to admit M. G. Troup as member of the bar. Court appointed G. H. Buckman, J. D. Pryor, and L. J. Webb a committee to examine the applicant and adjourned to half past one for the examination and to 8 o’clock on Tuesday morning for the further business of the court. In the afternoon the candidate was examined and admitted.
Tuesday, May 7. State vs. Coon; dismissed and defendant discharged.
State vs. Samuel Huston; H. E. Asp appointed by the court attorney for defendant.
State vs. N. Hostetler; defendant plead not guilty.
State vs. W. H. Bilson; defendant plead not guilty on both indictments.

H. B. Ray et al vs. D. B. McAllister; demurrer withdrawn and judgment for plaintiffs rendered.
J. C. McMullen vs. Martha Bowers, administratrix, et al.; F. S. Jennings appointed guardian, ad litem, of minor heirs of Reuben Bowers.
Venire for additional jurors ordered yesterday returned served on D. A. Byers, H. C. Catlin, H. C. McDorman, Simeon Martin, W. W. Thomas, J. W. Miller, L. B. Stone, A. C. Davis, and W. S. Gilman; John Young, A. C. Winton, and Andrew Ross not found.
State vs. Nicholas Hostetler called and trial proceeded; Attorneys J. McDermott for State, E. S. Torrance and H. E. Asp for defendant. This case occupied the balance of the day and is not concluded. It is a case in which an old man is charged with incest. The details of the evidence offered are not fit for publication.
O. M. Seward is one of the Winfield attorneys in attendance on the court. Had we not omitted his name or some other in yesterday’s report, we should have made it too nearly correct for any use.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
The call of the Republican State convention to meet at Topeka on the 28th day of August recommends that the county central committee call a meeting for the purpose of electing delegates to the state convention, to be held on Wednesday, August 21. . . a district convention to choose delegates to be held Saturday, August 10th, at the call of the central committee of the county.
The Republican County Central Committee is as follows:
C. R. Mitchell, Cresswell, Chairman.
Justus Fisher, Liberty, Secretary.
W. B. Norman, Maple.
L. J. Webb, Winfield.
H. H. Martin, Ninnescah.
L. L. Newton, Harvey.
J. B. Callison, Spring Creek.
N. J. Larkin, Richland.
P. M. Waite, Vernon.
M. Longshore, Sheridan.
S. W. Chase, Tisdale.
John Tipton, Silverdale.
C. W. Roseberry, Beaver.
S. M. Fall, Windsor.
Reuben Bowers, Bolton.
W. H. Gillard, Omnia.
C. R. Miles, Otter.
Frank Akers, Rock.
A. P. Brooks, Silver Creek.
H. C. McDorman, Dexter.
W. A. Metcalf, Cedar.
T. J. Harris, Pleasant Valley.

The following constitutes the Central Committee for the 88th representative district:
B. F. Baldwin, Chairman.
S. S. Moore, Secretary.
R. C. Story.
H. H. Siverd.
Daniel Maher.
The following are the Central Committee for the 89th district:
J. A. Bryan, Chairman.
E. B. Kager.
S. M. Fall.
W. A. Metcalf.
After the 28th of August when the state and congressional tickets are in the field, we shall have a convention to nominate candidates for county officers viz: Probate Judge, County Attorney, District clerk, and Commissioner for the first district, besides appointing a County Central Committee, and then we will be fairly in the field for work.
Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.
                                                        Dissolution Notice.
Notice is hereby given that the partnership formerly existing between the undersigned, under the firm name of Webb & Black, has been dissolved, the time for which said partnership was formed having expired.
Mr. Black succeeds to the business of the firm, will carry on the same, and is authorized to collect all accounts due the firm. LELAND J. WEBB, CHAS. C. BLACK.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
The following cases were tried before Judge Campbell during the term of court, up to September 5, 1878.
State vs. L. J. Webb, charged with murder in the first degree for the shooting of Page, the saloon man. Venue was changed to Sedgwick County. Defendant bound over to appear in $12,000, and witnesses recognized to be in attendance.
Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.
                                                            District Court.
                                                  Tuesday, September 3, 1878.
State vs. L. J. Webb. Removed to Sedgwick County. Admitted to bail in $12,000.
The Wichita Eagle, Thursday, Sept. 12, 1878.
                                                         Personal Mention.
H. G. Webb, of Labette, arrived in the city Monday evening. He, too, is a legal adviser in the Webb-Page trial.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.
The argument on Webb’s trial began yesterday, at Wichita.
Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878. Front Page.
                                                   [From the Wichita Eagle.]

The attorneys retained for the defense in the Webb trial are Judge W. C. Webb, of Topeka, E. S. Torrance, Coldwell & Coldwell, and C. C. Black, of Winfield, H. G. Webb, of Oswego, James D. Snoddy, of Linn County, and Sluss & Hatton, of this city. The attorneys for the prosecution are James McDermott, the county attorney of Cowley County, assisted by W. E. Stanley, Sedgwick County’s attorney.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.
                                                          Webb Acquitted.
The Webb trial is over and Mr. Webb has returned home a free man. The evidence was all in by Saturday night last, the Court read his charge for the jury. At nine o’clock Monday evening the argument was opened for the prosecution by Mr. Stanley, of Wichita, who was followed by Judge Coldwell of this city, for the defense. The judge was followed by Col. Snoddy of La Cygne and Judge H. C. Webb, of Oswego. Jas. McDermott closed for the state, and the case was submitted to the jury on Tuesday evening at two o’clock. On Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 they returned a verdict of “not guilty,” which makes Mr. Webb a free man.
Owing to the large volume of evidence taken in the case, we are unable to give it to our readers this week, but will devote most of our space next week to giving it and the charge to the jury by the Court. We congratulate Mr. Webb and his family upon his acquittal.      Telegram.
Next item came from book at Cherokee Strip Museum, Arkansas City...
                                                               L. J. Webb.
The Courier and Arkansas City Traveler have both said some good words for the gentleman whose name heads this article, and are pressing his claims for the position of Register of the Wichita Land Office. We, too, unite with them in saying that Mr. Webb’s appointment would give entire satisfaction to our people. He is capable, energetic, and entirely worthy of the appointment. We hope that the Kansas delegation will see that he is appointed.—Telegram. [Someone added: 27 Feb 1878.]
Here is an endorsement of every journal of the county, regardless of the county, regardless of politics, and one of the best recommendations any man has had from this section. [Newspaper that printed the above is not given.]
Winfield Courier, October 3, 1878.
L. J. Webb has rented the front rooms in Bahntge’s new building for his law office, and until they are completed, he is stopping temporarily in Judge Coldwell’s office.
Winfield Courier, November 7, 1878.
DIED. On Wednesday morning, November 6th, of membranous croup, Herman, youngest child of Leland J. and Helen Webb, aged 4 years. The afflicted parents have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their beautiful child.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 14, 1878. Front page.
CHAS. C. BLACK, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Office west side Main street, upstairs, between 8th and 9th Avenue, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, November 21, 1878.

L. J. Webb has fitted up Room No. 1 of Bahntge’s new brick for a law office.
Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.
                                                            District Court.
Judge Campbell came down from Wichita on Monday and the session of court commenced.
Present: His Honor Judge W. P. Campbell; C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, district clerk; J. McDermott, county attorney; and Messrs. J. E. Allen, C. C. Black, S. D. Pryor, A. J. Pyburn, J. M. Alexander, F. S. Jennings, C. R. Mitchell, L. J. Webb, E. S. Torrance, N. C. Coldwell, W. M. Boyer, W. P. Hackney, O. M. Seward, C. H. Payson, H. E. Asp, G. H. Buckman, J. D. Pryor, D. C. Beach, W. M. Boyer, C. Coldwell, M. G. Troup, S. M. Jarvis, A. H. Green, attorneys.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
                                           [This issue listed Courier advertisers.]
WEBB, L. J., has acquired a wide reputation as a lawyer. Having a quick, active intellect, he sees instantly all the points of his case, and being thoroughly acquainted with practice in the courts, he uses his points at the right time and to the best advantage. Few lawyers, if any, are more uniformly successful.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879
We would call attention to the new law card of Graham & Webb. This will make a strong legal firm. Judge Graham has for six years occupied the bench of the Atchison judicial district and is well known as an accomplished jurist. Mr. Webb is too well known as one of the brightest attorneys of the southwest to require any notice from us.
                                                       GRAHAM & WEBB,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Winfield, Kansas. Office upstairs, Room 1, in Bahntge Brros. building, corner Main street and 10th avenue.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Mrs. L. J. Webb is visiting in Wichita. L. J. Webb is building a neat residence on Howland’s land, 12th avenue.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Messrs. Graham & Webb have dissolved partnership. Mr. Webb continues the business in room No. 3, Bahntge building.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Gilbert & Jarvis and L. J. Webb have exchanged offices. Mr. Webb now occupies room No. 3 and Gilbert & Jarvis room No. 1 in the Bahntge block.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.

The notorious sneak thief who stole a brand new pair of gloves out of L. J. Webb’s office, belonging to A. B. Taylor, will confer a favor by returning the same. He will also have the pleasure of listening to a very interesting lecture for which no charge will be made.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
                                          (Commencing Monday, Aug. 25, 1879.)
DEFENDANT                                                            LAWYER(S)
Patrick Harkins                                                             L. J. Webb
David F. Edmonds                                                        Hackney & McDonald
James C. Topliff                                                           Hackney & McDonald
Patrick Harkins                                                             Webb and Pryor & Pryor
T. H. Barrett                                                                 Black and Webb
Wm. Parr, adm’r.                                                         Hackney & McDonald
W. H. H. Maris                                                            Pyburn and Boyer, Jennings &
     vs.                                                                                  Buckman.
T. W. Gant, et. al.                                                         Pryor & Pryor, Webb.
R. C. Haywood                                                            C. R. Mitchell
Matt. Chambers, et. al.                                                 Hackney & McDonald
Nancy Rogers                                                              L. J. Webb, Pryor & Pryor
O. M. Boyle                                                                 Hackney & McDonald
M. L. Read                                                                  Hackney & McDonald
Phillip Sipe                                                                   L. J. Webb
Richard L. Walker                                                        Coldwell & Coldwell, Webb
Charles L. Harter                                                          Hackney & McDonald and         
W. H. Gould                                                                L. J. Webb
Wm. J. Hodges                                                            C. H. Payson
David Hitchcock                                                           L. J. Webb
Elizabeth Dever, et. al.                                                  Alexander, H. & McD.
S. Frazee                                                                      L. J. Webb

John Frazee
John Smiley                                                                  L. J. Webb
Harry Bahntge                                                              Jennings & Buckman
S. Weil                                                                         L. J. Webb
August Kadau                                                              J. M. Alexander
Carson, Peoria & Co.                                                   Torrance & Asp
John W. Johnston                                                         L. J. Webb
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
LELAND J. WEBB, Office upstairs, Room 3, in Bahntge Bros. building,
corner Main street and 10th avenue.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
L. J. Webb moved into his new brick home, east of town, Monday.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
O. M. Seward is visiting his father, at Keene, Ohio. During his absence, Mr. Webb is acting city attorney.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
Ye local had the pleasure of a ride behind L. J. Webb’s roadsters, last Saturday evening, taking in the depot, railroad bridge, and Bliss mill in the rounds. The south pier of the railroad bridge will be finished by Wednesday, when both gangs will be put on the north pier, and will be worked night and day until it is completed. Mr. Lewis, the contractor, informed us that he intended to have the piers ready for the bridge by the 27th.
[A connection to Shenneman.]...
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1879.
                                                        A BATCH OF LIES.
The Telegram, of yesterday morning, finally came out with its batch of full-blown lies, such as it had intimated by its insinuations being manufactured against Shenneman. After stating the lies without the least evidence in proof, the Telegram has the cheek to say: “If they are not true, let Shenneman and his friends go to Troup, Walker, Webb, or Hackney, and get their affidavits to the contrary.” That is their game. If they charge that Shenneman sometime stole a sheep or robbed a hen-roost, they expect it to be believed unless he comes forward and performs an impossibility for any man by proving he never did such a thing. Never mind. You will see affidavits enough, and your timid, namby-pamby, money-getting candidate will be somewhat shown up too, because of going into this contemptible mode of
[Article does not clarify which Webb.]...but L. J. liked to hunt in Territory.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.

Mr. Charles Steuven is lying at Arkansas City, in a very critical condition. While hunting in the Territory he was taken down by pneumonia, and was brought to the city by Mr. Webb. At last reports he was some better, and likely to recover.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Judge W. C. Webb, father of L. J. Webb, was down from Topeka last week.
Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.
L. J. Webb has been appointed A. A. D. C., on Gen. Green’s staff.
Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.
We can hear the whistle of the engine  on the east and west railroad every day.
A law suit has just closed before N. J. Larkin between J. W. Meador and John Stalter. Warner was attorney for Meador and L. J. Webb for Stalter. The defendant, not being satisfied with the decision, appealed to the District Court.
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
We have received instructions from the Land Office that a party desiring to enter land may take the evidence of his wit­nesses, and his own testimony, before a Notary Public, by stating in his publication notice the officer before whom, and the day when, he will appear with his witnesses. We are fully prepared to transact all business in this line.
                                               WEBB & WEBB, Atty’s at Law.
LOWELL H. WEBB, Notary Public.
Winfield Courier, February 26, 1880.
Leland J. Webb has succeeded in securing $705 back pension and $8 per month for life, to Mr. Jacob Haynes, of Maple town­ship. Mr. Haynes is a worthy citizen, and came near losing his life fighting for the old flag.
Winfield Courier, February 26, 1880.
“We would like to speak of each and every one of the charac­ters in the ‘Spy’ could we spare the space, as all deserve mention. Leland J. Webb as ‘Albert Morton,’ D. L. Kretsinger as ‘Charles Morton,’ Bert Covert as ‘Uncle Tom,’ George Buckman as ‘Farmer Morton,’ Master George Black as ‘Little Willie,’ and J. E. Conklin as ‘Col. Orr,’ deserve special mention. Miss Florence Beeny as ‘Mrs. Morton’ did splendidly; Miss Emma Himbaugh as ‘Nelly,’ was a general favorite; and Miss Jennie Hane, as ‘Mrs. Anna Morton’ looked the perfect picture of a brave and loyal farmer’s wife.”
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1880.
Tuesday morning county attorney Torrance and L. J. Webb returned from Rock township where they have been trying the parties engaged in the school house riot which occurred in district 72 last January. Five of the parties, Jno. Bailey, Abram Brown, Jno. Chitwood, Dero Meader, and Ithinor Saunders were convicted and fined one cent and costs, amounting in all to fifty dollars. The trouble occurred over the division of the district and the attempt of the above named parties to move the school house against the wishes of the directors.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.
In the case of Tarrant vs. Hitchcock for the possession of the property next to the Williams House, judgment was rendered in favor of the defendant. Leland J. Webb was the attorney for the defense, and conducted the case to a successful termination.
[Judge Webb offers to help Millington, Allison, and Greer over suit with Judge W. C. Campbell.]...

Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Hon. W. C. Webb does not believe in muzzling the press. The following dispatch shows where he stands. TOPEKA, KS., MAY 19.
Such services as I can render you on your appeal in the contempt cases are freely offered. Command me at your pleasure. W. C. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Messrs. Brush, Webb, and Black have returned from Topeka, where they went in relation to the contempt cases.
Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Hon. W. C. Webb, whose ability as a lawyer is second to no one in the State, has prepared a book on Kansas Pleading and Practice, which will soon be published and will be valuable to the legal fraternity.
Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Commonwealth: Hon. Charles C. Black, one of Winfield’s brightest attorneys, has been in the city for two or three days. He is associated with Messrs. Webb and Brush in the Allison-Millington contempt case before the Supreme Court. The Winfield editors seem to be sustained by the Winfield bar in their contest with Judge Campbell.
[Greer and L. J. Webb’s brother, Lovell H. Webb, had rapport.]...
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
A large number of the young Republicans of Winfield met in the COURIER office Monday, and completed the organization of a Young Men’s Republican club. Roland Conklin was elected presi­dent, D. L. Kretsinger and W. H. Wilson vice-presidents, W. A. Smith, secretary, and Taylor Fitzgerald, treasurer. Fred C. Hunt, Lovell H. Webb, and Ed. P. Greer were appointed as a committee to act with the officers of the club in the organiza­tion of township clubs. It is earnestly desired that the young Republicans throughout the county co-operate in the organization of these clubs, so that the county organization may be made perfect. The meeting adjourned until Thursday evening, when the committees on rules and resolutions will report.
Winfield Courier, July 22, 1880.
Mr. L. J. Webb has disposed of his household furniture, and broken up housekeepng for the present. Mrs. Webb is east visit­ing her relatives.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
At the Primary Republican Meeting held in Walnut township last Friday J. C. Roberts was elected chairman, and L. J. Webb, Secretary. John H. Morgan was elected a member of the County Republican Central Committee. J. C. Roberts, T. A. Blanchard, and Robert Weekly were elected a township Republican Committee.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

Supt. Lemmon has gone to the northwestern part of the state on his final trip visiting normal institutes. The remainder of his official term will be largely devoted to the preparation of his forthcoming biennial report. Most of this work will be done here. When down last week he rented the residence of L. J. Webb, Esq., east of the city and will occupy the same until his own house on Ninth Avenue is vacated, enlarged, and repaired.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.
All my land office business is in the hands of Gen. A. H. Green, Real Estate Agent, who will attend to it. I shall be at home in time to attend to business in the District Court.
                                                              L. J. WEBB.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
L. J. Webb came down from Topeka to save his vote.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
Trial docket for December term, commencing on the first Monday (6th day) of December, A. D. 1880:
Appling & Burnet vs. Leland J. Webb et al.
Winfield Courier, December 9, 1880.
Leland J. Webb came down Monday to attend court. Mrs. Webb accompanied him. When he returns he will take his household goods with him and will hereafter make his home in Topeka. He has formed a partnership with his father, Judge W. C. Webb, and will hereafter practice law at the capital.
[Leland J. Webb’s brother, remained in Winfield.]...
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
G. W. Rogers was on Tuesday brought before U. S. Commissioner Lovell H. Webb, charged with selling liquor without government license. The examination was continued to Jan. 21, 1881.
[Sister of Leland J. Webb, now Mrs. R. L. Walker, visits her father and brother.]...a wee bit confusing. Her father would be Judge Webb, she could be visiting her younger brother, Lovell H. Webb, and perhaps the Judge was here also.]
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
Mrs. R. L. Walker, of Wichita, is in the city visiting her father and brother. Mrs. Walker (formerly Miss Sadie Webb), resided in Topeka several years, and has many friends here.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
The complaint against Geo. W. Rogers before Commissioner Webb last Friday was dismissed by District Attorney Hallowell as not having sufficient evidence and importance to warrant his being held for trial.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
A petition has been forwarded to Gov. St. John signed by members of the bar annd many leading citizens asking for the appointment of Lovell H. Webb as Justice of the Peace to the vacancy caused by the resignation of Justice Buckman. We can heartily endorse Lovell. He is one of our brightest young men and has natural qualifications which fit him for the position.
Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.
Linus Webb is located at McPherson in the loan and land business and is doing well.

Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.
Lovell Webb, Esq., of Winfield, a thoroughbred young lawyer, son of Hon. W. C. Webb, of this city, arrived this morning and will remain in Topeka a few days. Topeka Capital.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Lovell H. Webb will be a candidate for city attorney at the spring election. We hope Lovell will be elected. He is a rising young attorney and is well qualified to fill the position. It looks now as if he would have no opposition.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
L. H. WEBB, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Office over Read’s bank, Winfield.
Believe this was Leland J. Webb’s brother...
Cowley County Courant, November 24, 1881.
The many friends of Linus Webb in this city will be pleased to learn that he was elected County Attorney of Rawlins County at the late election.
Kay picked up the following information concerning L. H. Webb...
May 19, 1902. George W. Miller was arrested for the Murder of George Montgomery by constable Cal Ferguson. His hearing was set for May 29 before Judge L. H. Webb.
[Note: It appears that Lovell H. Webb became known by 1902 as Judge L. H. Webb.
Another brother, Linus S. Webb, was also located in Cowley County. MAW]
Cowley County Courant, November 24, 1881.
We paid a visit to the District Court Thursday, with a view of taking in the situation so far as possible, and to see if District Court is the same in Cowley County now as it was in 1872, when our city was in embryo, and the brilliant attorneys and learned judges of today occupied about the same positions on the stage of life. On entering the room, many familiar faces, and more strange ones, turned toward us as if to say: “Wonder if he expects justice here!”
George Haywood was being tried for forgery. Judge Torrance sat in his cushioned chair, with a contented look on his beaming face, which would assure anyone that he was the boss, and pro­posed to run that shop. Sheriff Shenneman was looking extremely wise, and wore a satisfied smile on account of having two years more to rustle for criminals. Knight was taking down the ques­tions and answers, so as to be able to furnish a transcript for the Supreme Court, and get $75 or $100 from the defendant, who would receive in return about ten years in the penitentiary.
Frank Jennings, who would rather succeed in convicting a man then to go home to his family before ten o’clock at night, was asking all manner of questions of an Arkansas City banker, who was so unfortunate as to pay out $500 last May on a forged draft, and Henry Asp set to his side yelling, “We object” to every question, and would then turn and look Joe Huston uneasily in the face until the court would remark, “Objection overruled.”

In fact, everything seemed different from the good old days of yore, and we imagined there would have been more merriment in the proceedings had R. B. Saffold and L. J. Webb been there, throwing law books across the room at each other, Judge Campbell leaning back utterly indifferent, gnawing a musty hunk of dried buffalo meat, and Sheriff Parker dodging around under the tables like a cat shot in the eye with a paper wad. In the good old days of these kind of court proceedings, there were no strings around the lawyers nor rocks suspended to the court’s coat-tail, and every­one seemed to enjoy himself, no matter how many cases he had in court.
     Then Torrance, a smooth faced lad, gave but little thought of anything save the day when he would get sufficient funds to send back east for his first love.
     Fairbank’s only pride was to prepare a neat little talk for his Sunday school, held at 9 o’clock every Sabbath morning in the little white church on Ninth Avenue, which now supports a board­ing house sign.
Wirt Walton cared only to get on his soldier jacket and talk about the swimming times he would have among the country lasses when elected County surveyor.
Allison kept an eye peeled on his Tisdale girl like a youth who had trusted humanity once too often, and been everlastingly and unanimously left.
Billy Anderson would work hard all day in the lumber yard, and then at dusk, tuck the robes around his sweetness in a four dollar a day buggy, and skip out for Thomasville to a dance.
Judge Campbell would tell a lawyer to sit down, in the middle of a carefully studied and written speech, because the verdict of the court had been rendered before the argument began.
A jury would retire to the rear end of Triplett’s saloon, order a bucket of beer, and return a verdict of “not guilty” by ten o’clock next morning.
Jim Kelly, then editor of the Courier and Clerk of the court, would work in the courtroom all day and then sit up till midnight pouring over his exchanges, trying to get a few pointers from which to write a handsome notice of the birth of a cross-eyed infant.
Father Millington was holding justice court in the front end of Fuller’s little frame bank, and would tax up the cost with as much coolness as he now writes column after column of editorial matter on the grand jury system, five days after it is too late for the article to be of any good.
T. H. Johnson was about the only man in town who was really paying strict attention to business, and the way he would stick to the claim jumper until he got his last nickel as a retainer, would shock the modesty of a more cheeky demagogue than Gov. St. John.
     But he is gone as well as many other shining lights of that day, and while only about half of the free and happy boys of then have raised to wealth and prominence, with chubby babies growing up to call them blessed, Winfield has become a live little city indeed, and hundreds of energetic citizens, who can never know the trial and pleasures of the early settlers, have made their homes here, and all join hands in the good work of pushing ahead, until death shall call us to that celestial shore from which no tramp printer returns.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.

Mr. S. L. Gilbert, a loan agent in this city who has resided here for several years, the senior member of the firm of Gilbert, Jarvis and Co., has been arrested and held to bail in the sum of  $100, to appear before U. S. Commissioner Webb of this city, and answer to the charge of having opened a letter belonging to the latter named firm after its dissolution. The action was brought upon the complaint of J. H. Finch at the instigation of Mr. S. M. Jarvis, of Kansas City, and will come up for hearing on the 22nd of this month. Gilbert claims the letter in requisition was written to him as a personal and was so answered, which he hopes to establish to the satisfaction of the court and everybody else.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
Leland J. Webb has been appointed Major General Commanding of the Sons of Veterans of Kansas.


Cowley County Historical Society Museum