Some boomers take trains in land rush
1 A. Torrent of People. Arkansas City. April 228 a. m. Special. The first train for Guthrie has started, with 10,000 people at the depot waiting for the next train. There are about seventy-five newspaper men crowd- ed into the oar set apart for correspon- d&t ta. The crowd is a good natured one and no trouble is anticipated. The day is fine. Eighteen hundred people arrived here yesterday by rail or in wagons. "Kicking Bird." scenes abound the depot. Arkansas City, Kan., April 22. The sky was cloudlees and it was cool this morning. The crowd at the depot was larger than was expected. From the top of the dispatcher's office a photographer took the crowd. Four trains with ten coaches each stood about ready for the start Crowds of people walked up and down on the tops of cars. The moment the doors were thrown open the cars were filled. The crowd followed the newspaper men, hoping to find by them which train start ed first. Fifty tents which were were pitched abont the depot down before 6 o'clock. It is estimated that five thousand people were at the depot awaiting transportation, and fully as many more as spectators. QUEER OUTFITS. The outfits at the depot were striking. One man with a silk hat carried a hoe over his shoulder, to which was attached a bundle of clothing and a box of "chuck." Spades and axes were- the most common equipments. Before the train started the 'town was almost deserted. There were many women among those to go to Guthrie. People walked to the end of the yards to get night coaches, know ing that all would go during the day, Danger seemed to have been lost sight of. Many crawled under the cars until the police stopped them . CAB3 GIVE OUT AT WICHITA. Wichita, Eans., April 22. Three train loads of boomers numbering about 1,500 people left here for Oklahoma this morn ing over the Santa Fe. A large number also left by way of the Bock Island. An other train has been wired for. As every m -m ' passenger car on tne oanta ae is in use an extra train will be made up of box cars. Division Superintendent Turner of the Santa Fe says that it will be night before - the last . of the Okla homa special trains will be gathered at Guthrie. The number . of people going from all the - railroad towns in southern Kansas is far greater than was anticipated. Many hundreds go down merely to see the scramble, and have no idea of remaining. It is believ ed that tne stage line at .rona crees, on the Bock Island, will be totally unable to accommodate the crowds who want trans portation across the sixty miles lying be tween the railroad terminus and Lisbon.