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Jour THE KANOPOLIS JOURNAL VOL. VI. KANOPOLIS, KANSAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 1912. NO. Death of Postmaster Samuel At 6 o'clock Saturday evening, after a lingering illness from cancer of the stomach, Samuel Livingston, postmaster of Kanopolis died.

On Monday of last week, himself and Mrs. Livingston, accompanied by their son Oscar V. Livingston, went to Colorado in the hope that the climate of the mountains would improve his health, but it was plain that it had the opposite effect, and they made haste to get home, arriving Friday evening. It was apparent to all that Mr. Livingston was very ill, and that it was only a question of how long he could survive his sufferings.

His death was neverthless a sudden shock, as few expected the end so soon. Funeral geryices were held at the Methodist church at 1 o'clock Monday ajternoon, attended by a large number of his old neighbors and citizens of the town. Rev. Elam ofthe Ceristian church. of which Mr.

Livingston had been a member for some thirty years, had charge of the services. A quartet consisting of Mrs. A. W. Wilson, Mrs.

A. J. Klingensmith, Rev. F. C.

Humphrey, and Hayes Storey sang beautifully some familiar hymns. The casket waa covered with floral offerings, among others a pillow from the business men of Kanopolis, attesting the esteem in which he was held by his business associates. At the close of the services the remains were taken to the Buckeye cemetery where numerous bers of the Livingston family have found their last resting place and buriai was made in the family lot. Upon arriving at the church there was found a congregation equaling in size the one that attended the services in town, and consisting of friends and old neighbors who had gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Samuel Livingston was born in Blairsville, March 14, 1846, and was consequently 66 years 4 months and 19 days old at the time of his death.

When a very small boy he moved with the family of his father to Holmes county, Ohio, settling at Millersburg. In the spring of 1863 he enlisted in Company Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer infantry, and saw active service in the army of the Potomac. He was all important engagements in which this army participated from the time of his muster until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, which included Gettysburg, the Grant campaign to the front of Petersburg, the long seige of the Confederate capital that followed, and finally the pursuit and capture of General Lee's army. On October 5, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Adelia Price of Millersburg. In December 1872 he moved his family to a farm miles southeast of what was then Fort Harker, now Kanopolis, and continued to live there nearly 20 years, when he came to Kanopolis in 1891.

He at once assumed a prominenet place in the affairs of the community, and at various times served as member of the city coullcil, member of the school board, city treasurer. Some eight years ago he was appointed postmaster and continued to hold the place up to his death. He is survived by his wife and 47 descendants. Two of his children, Loren P. Livingston and Mrs.

A. Snead, both of Kanopolis, were born in Ohio. The others, Joe P. Livingston of Hill City, Mrs. Nola Woodmansee of Kanopolis; Fred Livingston of Ellsworth; Harvey Livingston of Kanopolis; Mrs.

Siggie M. Lott of Topeka; Oscar V. Livingston, Mrs. Annie Andrews, Guy Livingston, Clare Livingston of Kanopolis; Mrs. Hallie I.

Cochrane Oakley, and Glenn Livingston Kanopolis, were all born on the farm in Empire township. These sons and daughters have a total 33 children, and one, Joe Livingston, has a grandchild. All children and most of the grandchildren were present at funeral. is also survived by three brothers, Charles Livingston of Kanopolis; Henry Livingston of Marion, Ohio, and John Livingston of California; 4 Misters, Mrs. Jane FlemChio; Mrs.

Lizzie Ohio, le, Kansas. Christian as also Grand it is to the infirmities of advancing age. The soldiers of the great war are rapidly mustering for the truce that is everlasting. Livingston was a man who enjoyed and confidence of his neighborsem He was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, a faithful husband and a devoted father. Fle will long be held remembrance by the friends and acquaintances he has left behind.

Fire Protection. At the council meeting Monday evening no action was taken with reference to putting in water works, or buying a chemical engine, for the main reason that it was felt that people were not sufficiently acquainted with the situation justify action on the part of the council as representatives of the people. Before council the next regular meeting of the it is expected that visits will be made to Kanopolis a a a by persons amply able to explain our needs in this regard and give the people some good idea as to what can be had here for the expenditure of a little money. it is becoming settled more and more that the city is to have some sort of fire protection. It also needs water works, and it is able to get so that the income from the works will pay the cost.

It is therefore poor economy to do without. Whatever is done is to be done with ment, a and view not to to good rush business a large expense that ill headlong, afford to incur. It will be necessary to issue bonds if much of an effort to supply the town's needs is undertaken. Another feature of the situation is the suggestion that the limits of city be extended to take in both salt plants. The salt works will thus be offered fire protection as compensation for the additional taxes it will be necessary for them to pay.

With the addition of the salt works and adjoining property within the city limits the taxable property of the city The will enormously increased. city will be much more able to incur a bond obligation than otherwise. object Whether the salt people will to being taken into the city corporation remains to be seen, but there are a great many people here who think that inasmuch as the companies get the benefit of the town whatever that may amount to to them, it would be no more than fair for them to bear their share of expense of municipal government." Since the article appeared in the Journal of last week a great many of our citizens have expressed themselves as being in hearty accord with the idea of issuing bonds and building water works. The system described is thought well worthy of careful investigation, and the council, once it finds the will of the people, is ready to go ahead and call an election and if the bonds are voted to proceed with the building of the works. It has been suggested that if the city undertakes to build water works it ought at the same time to undertake to build an electric light plant.

It is true that the city now pays about $500 a year for public lighting, and that the lights are not sufficient for the streets of the city, but as the town is getting on very well with the present system it might be as well to try to get along with it awhile longer until the city has acquired some experience in running a water plant. If it is found to be. a sound business investment there will be time enough then to add a lighting system. The needs of the city for water will never be less than they now are and the need now is a very large one, so it is a timely topic to consider. The supply the north part of the city is very heavy and likely to be all the city requires for some years to come.

The first cost of a plant of the kind suggested by the Journal is vastly less than the oldfashioned gravity system, and if found as reliable and as economically operated it looks as though the longer Kanopolis gets along without a water system the longer she will be standing in her own light. An Undesirable Goes Hence. One of the few of that class of citizens who are rated as undesirable betook himself to parts unknown Tuesday morning. He got a hunch that a warrant was. preparing for him, and so he flew, didn't even wait for dinner.

It is just as well. In addition to a pair of disgraceful escapades in which he was engaged last Sunday the marshal also has a little matter of neglecting to pay his poll tax that will be brought up also in case he should return, making about three cases he will answer to. If he stays away, however, is not likely to be much of effort to apprehend him for punishment. The marshal was not quite ready for him when he flew, so he made haste to get away when no man was in pursuit. Tire rain of Tuesday morning was the heaviest that has visited this section of the country this year.

It arrived at 4:45 a. m. and continued untill well after 6. In the first part of the there was a heavy wind that blew things about some, the principal damage being to the picture show, which, suffered much in tent damage. Farmers who were because it was too dry in spots to plow now withdraw their objections gratefully.

The rain was also a great help to the corn. The Primary The primary in Kanopolis was characterized by quietness that almost amounted to lack of interest. Only in: a slight degree did it differ from the presidential primary, notwithstanding it was the time for nomination by all parties. One might easily guess 1 that the main factor in this is the complex primary system of voting. Not only is it complex and therefore hard to 1111- derstand by the average voter, but its provisions are changed by every legislature and made different and constantly more complex and lengthy.

The ideal primary system has not yet been devised. Likely it will be some day. but it will be a matter of growth. The whole business smacks of too much government, and therefore uncalled for and unnecessary government. It is in need of simplifying and shortening more than anything else.

The principle sought to be made effective may be there but the machinery is too complicated and the changes too sweeping and frequent for the average voter to keep track of the things he has to go through in order to vote. Machine methods that permit of some freedom and do not require the assistance of a Philadelphia lawyer to make effective seem preferable to a system that is aS thoroughly and completely bureaucratic as anything one may find in Russia. The Roosevelt men took the trouble to have a large number of slips printed containing the names of those whom Bill Allen White wanted nominated and hung them upin the voting booths at Ellsworth. The County Attorney, who is an unfeeling sort of a fellow in some things, particularly when it comes to having the statutes obeyed, confiscated what there were on hand and warned the election officers to desist from any more such business. The cause of the "people" appears to need the services of a dictator who is not over-scrupulous as to how he performs.

When reform goes to seed it is apt to show some very queer formations. Empire Notes. The Misses Mildred Faris and Estella Harrison of Hutchinson are vising Miss Bessie Hudson and other friends in this vicinity. Over an inch of rain fell on Monday night, which insures some corn, at least. Mrs.

J. E. Bircher and three children are visiting in Wilson and Sylvan Grove this week. Quite a number of people from out this way have attended the Chautanqua in Ellsworth. Every one is pleased to know that they will have the same opportunity next year.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Reed ited friends in the city of Kanopolis Sunday.

The Thompson Creek Band cleared $32 at their Ice Cream social last week, for which they are very greatful. The city of Midway now boasts of an elevator, blacksmith shop, store, and depot. There are two families living there and quite a lot of business is being transacted. The Misses Bessie Bailey and Chene Bailey accompanied by their friend Wagoner, returned home from Hays Monday. Every one is making big preparations for the picnic in Hudson's Grove on the fifteenth of this month.

Fried chicken will be gsod and ripe this year and tne entertainment committee are trying to get Joe Bristow for their speaker. The result is not known at this date. Ackerman Nominated On the face of the returns Chas. Ackerman of Kanopolis appears to have been nominated by the Republicans for treasurer of Ellsworth county. While the returns show that Mr.

Ackerman has apparently won, there will be no telling with any degree of certainty until the votes have been canvassed by the board of county commissioners, which meets Friday of this week for that purpose; Mr. Ackerman's majority over Mr. above indicated, is fifty. The returns are so uncertain that in many instrnces they have to be based upon the uncertain reports of individuals who were present at the time the count was completed. The results as counted by the commissioners may make large changes in the majority reported, but it is unlikely that it will affect the result.

The nomination will be received with a great deal of pleasure by the friends of Mr. Ackerman, and Kanopolis takes it as a sort of personal compliment. The only unpleasant feature is to see such a pleasant and worthy gentleman as Mr. Goffe defeated. As Brother Tercy was triumphantly nominated on the Democratic ticket it now looks like a certainty that another Kanopolis man will succeede a Kanopolis man to the treasursrship.

The City Council. Only a small business was transacted at the meeting of the council on Monday evening for the reason that there was not much business to transact. Bills were allowed as follows: 0. Spillman, salary as marshal and lamplighter, and expense, including the killing of the long-teated dog. $35.50 W.

G. Ferguson, gasoline 1.65 H. Livingston, gasoline .85 Sturgis supplies 8.15 W. S. Baxter, preparing ordinance 15.00 Kanopolis Journal, 21.15 The cemetery committee was instructed to make an inspection of the cemetery property with a view of making some improvements, the principal one of which is the construction of a driveway through the center.

The marshal was instrueted to put a stop to the practice of children using the sidewalks of the center of the city as a place to coast with their wagors, as tricycles, The instruction was extended so as to include owners of motor cycles who have lately annoyed business men very much with their machines. Another instruction of the same kind was made against certain high speeders with motorcycles and automobiles. It is not fast but more particularly reckless driving that is objected to. The council also passed a testimonial of respect to the late Samuel Livingston, a former city treasurer and councilman of the city, and ordered the same published in the Journal. Adjourned.

Our New Postmaster. Loren Livingston, C. Andrews, and A. M. Woodmansee, bondsmen of Samuel Livingston, postmaster, informed the department of the death of Mr.

Livingston on Tuesday and assumed charge of the office Monday morning. It will be some time in the course of things before a new postmaster is named, but there. is but one candidate so far as known, Mr. Harvey S. Livingston, assistant postmaster during his father's incumbency, and now in charge for bondsmen.

Mr. Livingston is thoroughly competent and well worthy of the place. He informs the Journal that the office under his administration in case of his appointment will be as good as it is possible to be. Modern equipment will be installed, which shall be all new and of the most approved kind. Keyless lock boxes will be substituted for the present call boxes and the quarters given to the office will be much more suitable than those the office now occupies.

As there seems to be no opposition to the appointment of Mr. Livingston it will most likely be merely a formal change from one postmaster to the other as soon as the department gets around to the case. It should be said for Mr. Livingston that he has been the chief power in the operation of the office, especially since the illness of his father began. He is a steady-going, capable business man, against whom no objection can be offered, and 'lo whose appointment there cannot be and doubtless is not the slightest objection, Mrs.

Mary Johnson and 'daughter, Esther, of Lyons spent the first of the week with the O. C. Brown family. Senatorship Result In Doubt As the Journal goes to press the latest reports indicate that it will take the official count to decide whether Senator Curtis or Governor Stubbs has won the senatorial election. Both claim it.

The retnrns on presidential electors is also mixed. The first ten on the ballot will be the winners without donbt. The result on presidential electors will in all likelihood make no difference in the way the ticket is finally made up at the election, as the Supreme court of the United States will have to decide the matter. That they will direct a full set of presidential electors to go on the ticket for Taft and Roosevelt Is practically certain. Neither side should be deprived of the right to vote as it pleases, but when tested in a court that cares more for justice and the law than it does for its own tenure in office it is not likely that the court will decide that men who aae engaged in constructing a new party will be permitted to use the name and prestige of a party already in existance, against the protest of members of that party.

John. S. Dawson won the fight waded againgt him by the Stubbs crowd by 10,000 majority. A full report of the primary will not be ready before some time next week. Train Load of Cattle Shipped Op Wednesday a trainload of fat grass cattle were shipped out of Kanopolis over the Missouri Pacific for the Kausas City market.

The train consisted of fourteen cars, and went straight through without change from Kanopolis to destination. The was made up by the following well-known shippers: August Bettenbrock, 2 cars; Bert Henry, Vin Paull, M. A. Harris, G. H.

Boston, C. A. Gregory, L. D. Bates, 2.

No finer grass cattle ever left Ellsworth county than these, and the returns of the shipment will be awaited with interest. Resolution of Respect and Condolence. This council learns with profound sorrow of the death of the postmaster of our city, Mr. Samuel Livingston, who was a member of this body in former years, and also city treasurer. In the death of Mr.

Livingston the city of Kanopolis, has lost one of its most valued citizens. and one who has served its interests in various capacities with faithfulness and honor. His whole life was an exposition of nis great, worth as a citizen. As a young man he shouldered a musket when barely o.d enough to b- eCcepted and served his country as a soldier, fighting in some most sanguinary battles that history takes account of. A.

few years after the close of the war he came to Kansas with his wife and two babies and contributed a large share in the upbuilding of the commonwealth. He raised a large family, among whom are numbered some of our best citizens. He set example of industry and right living that is a greater legacy to his heirs than gre.at wealth. He was generous, liberalminded, alive to his duties as a citizen and regardful of the feelings and rights of his neighbors. In illness he proved himself a patient and uncomplaining sufferer, and faced his end with a calmness and readiness that betokened his courage.

The council desires to express to his family its hearfelt sorrow, both on behalf of itself, and on the part of the city at large and commend them in this supreme hour to the comfort of Him, who doeth all things well. It is further ordered that this memorial be spread upon the utes of the council, a copy sent to the widow of Mr. Livingston, and that the same be published in the Kanopolis Journal. Done the Council Chamber of the City of Kanopolis, this 5th day of August, 1912. C.

A. ANDREWS. Chas. Moffit, City Clerk. Mayor.

(Seal) Reeder Jackeon suffered painful and peculiar accident 011 Friday evening last. He was attempting to ring a young hog, and while he had hold of its snout the animal jerked loose and bit the end off the thiad finger of his left hand. Bessie Hudson Leader Miss Bessie Miss Janet 1,420 Miss Mattie 1,385 Mrs. Claude Heintzelman. 1,280 Miss Helen Galloway 1,180 The home stretch in the voting contest has been reached and interesting things may be pected to happen henceforth to the end.

Miss Bessie Hudson, by a magnificent gain, has attained the lead, Miss Janet Cowie coming in second, leaving Miss Mattie Thompson, who has occupied the lead for many weeks, in third place. Miss Helen Galloway, who has made some gains lately still retains her place in the race. None of the candidates but has safficient votes to make her a winner if her friends will get interested in her behalf. Mrs. Heintzelman still maintains the steady lead she has been able to make all the way through.

Miss Bessie Hudson, who is now in first place, Is the daughter of R. B. Hudson of Thompson Crolk. She is deservedly a very popular young lady and as the returns of the contest testify, has many warm admirers, who also are firm supporters in this race. Miss Gallowap lives out in the Elkhorn neighborhood, and the other young ladies all live in Kanopolis.

The race from this time forth will be watched with interest. Local News The Rev. J. I. Earp spent Thursday with O.

C. Brown and family. Don't forget the annual picnic at Hudson's grove on Thompson. creek a week from today, which will be Thursday of next week. The Occidentals will have a picnic on Wednesday of next week, to which all members of the order in Kanopolis are invited.

W. D. Sturgis arrived home from Missouri Tuesday evening, where he was called last week on account of the illness of his mother, which ended in death. Amzi Faris and family of Clear Creek were entertained by Mr. and Mrs.

O. C. Brown at dinner Sunday. A. W.

Wilson has purchased a Ford car. Hardly a week passes without some Kanopolis citizen joining the ranks. We have been running the Journal three months, and if we cannot acqure an automobile in another three we shall either go to preachingor starta drug store. Mrs. S.

J. Cook and daughter, of Lyons, are spending the week with the sister of Mrs. Cook, Mrs. O. C.

Brown. Carl Boileau, Hubert Radcliff, Ray Adams, and John and Ben Cline from southeast of town spent Saturday in Salina on a pleasure trip. News item: According to the Topeka, Capital threshing is about over in Kansas. Query: Where does the Capital get its news? At the business meeting of the Presbyterian Christian Endeavour at the home of Mrs. Hadley Monday evening, about 25 members were in attendance.

Delicious refreshments were served by Mrs Janet Cowie and beth Hogsett, who were hostesses of the evening. S. Sellens has resigned his place as representattve of the Continental Creamery in Kanopolis, and has been succeeded by J. A. Duncan as buyer.

Mr. Duncan will caary on the business in connection with his other business. WANTED-Good, clean white rags, 5c per pound. The Journal.

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