The Kansas City Times from Kansas City, Missouri on April 23, 1889 · 1
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the i OTsircnw j M3 V V -' ii i N . . V ' THE KANSAS CITY TIMES, iSliAi; JK - 5 7 J Til -Jt-pv-w OBTAINS FREE ,i p.H jAtats JMrvrrjir. i realise the fact and use our col- - nnim morally. The price are cheap and the f " L ESTAi q4y jp'vni tr th(t h'o&r (W lit AT toU.kl uV Help and Situation for the masse. Send your notice by mail or moosenger or telephone 340. result gratif) lug: Try it. :s tS OL. XXXVIII. TUESDAY MORNING ArRIL U3, 1880. NO. 112. SufiWa)rviwL, (GnrrWt& T ES TERDA F Ai inimum, 63; Maximum. $$; Mean. 6ft. TO-DATt Light rain, winds shifting to colder northwesterly. AVE a seat in a billowy chair, L if you please, and let us show you the most gorgeous (or as modest as you like) designs in Carpets that you ever chanced to gaze upon. Such Mo-quettes! Why, there is art and exquisite art at that written upon the face of these Carpets. It really seems a pity to tread upon such lovely bouquets, such delicate tints, such rare and uncommon shades! The multitude of ' patterns seem to roll up by the hundreds when you look further at the Body and Tapestry Brussels, Wiltons, Aixminsters, Ingrains, and others! The Bullene, Moore, Emery & Co. quality in every one of them; so you know they are sure to be right By making your selections now you get the earliest pick of patterns. The Armenians have their hands full waiting on the heavy trade for Turkish Rugs. See them on fourth floor. For to-day. Nottingham Lace Curtains, 3 yards long, at 65c PAIR. Nottingham Lace Curtains, worth from $1 to $1.35, fur 90c PAIR. Nottingham Lace Curtains, worth $3.00, $3.50 and $3.75; your pick for $2.50 PAIR. Nottingham Lace Curtains, worth $4.50, $5, $6, $6.50 and $7.50 pair; will all go at the round price of $3.50 PAIR. Silk Curtains, in plain top, figured centers and cross stripes, worth $13.50 to $40 pair; Will be closed at from $5.00 TO $12.50 PAIR. KEITHS DEPARTMENT! -OF- ORIENTAL, RUGS i MATS The variety large and varied, The styles and qualities exceptionally fine. The prices uniformly low. We have devoted much time and thought to the selection of the above-named collections. We respectfully invite an ex amination of onr stock. FirtiliireaiJCaipt(Co.l I 810, 812 and 814 811 and 813 1 . Walnut St, Main St. ill Oklahoma Opel at Last by The The Great Work Undertaken Times Completed. THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF SETTLERS IN FULL POSSESSION. The Entry Made From AD Points at the Blasts of Bogles. A WONDERFUL SETTLEMENT MADE WITHOUT A SIGN OF ANY TROUBLE Intense Excitement All Along the Border at the Noon Honr. GUTHRIE A GOODLY CITY ALMOST IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE Graphic Descriptions of the Scenes in the New Eldorado. LONG LINES OF MEN WAITING AT THE LAND OFFICE TO FILE CLAIMS. The Mad Rash of Mounted Men for the Choice Locations. TEN HEAVILY LOADED TRAINS SENT DOWN FROM ARKANSAS CITY. Lisbon AH in Readiness to Become Metropolis. a Great Complete Details of the Settlement of a Future State in Less Than a Day Not a Single Case of Serious Trouble Deported Thrilling Stories of the Many Wild Bides for Homes Women in the Vanguard. Special to the Kama. City Time,. Guthrie, I. T., April 22. The first train from the north headed by engine 260 in charge of Captain George W. Cooper, the noted advocate of the opening of Oklahoma-Reached the Oklahoma line at 12.15 o'clock to-day. Immediately the hundreds who crowded the nine can of the train set up a mighty shout Now on to Guthrie! On all sides as far as the eye could reach were wagons dotting the plain. A moment later a bugle sounded clear and sharp and with one wild exultant cheer the multitude moved forward. The rush was too picturesque for a hasty report to depict Men on ponies put spurs to their steeds and dashed forward hat in hand to secure a home In fair Oklahoma's inviting domain. Teamsters plied the whip and the faithful team responded in unmis takable earnestness. Three minutes elapsed ere the throttle of old 266 was again pulled open, but a second later the flyer was off again amid cheers and waving of flags, hats and handkerchiefs. Safe la Guthrie at last On the train sped through the beautiful prairie. To the right and left were cavaliers urging their animals to the utmost At the last station outside of the Oklahoma territory there was a great crowd of men who had forsaken their teams and hoped to get in quicker by rail. There being no room inside they climbed to the top of the coaches, and the entire train from one end to the other was roofed with them. Two miles in the territory and men who have just crossed the line six minutes ago, had dismounted and waved a god speed to those on the train. The remaining distance to the.Clmarron river was made in eighteen minutes. Men put In an appearance as if they came from the ground. Arriving at Guthrie at 1:15, the town of Gnthrle had already temporarily organised with a population of at least 2,000 people. At the time of sending this dispatch 2.30 o'clock no disturbances had occurred and It was almost ceitaln none would occur. Driving Furiously Forward, Promptly at 12:20 o'clock to-day the correspondents, after having reached an elevated position where for miles they could survey the country, could easily dis-tingush the pralre schooners' miles distant rapidly approaching the Cimarron. Those In the distance were plying the whip unmercifully. They came in groves teams of every description, men on horseback, men and women and stock all promiscuously hurrying along together. This was the grandest scene the correspondents bad ever witnessed. The retreat of Lee from Petersburg made a fitting comparison, only there the rush was occasioned by an opposing army; here the settler has left his old home and Is participating in the grand and final struggle for a new one In a new land. Here they come crossing, exclaimed a companion. See those cow boys swimming their hones up the stream. A glance In that direction and then down and the exclamation was verified. They had entered the stream from the other side all along its banks and were making for the one favorable place "of landing. Teams in every direction on the opposite bank crowded and squeezed along; Many horsemen bad soon crossed and then the wild rush across the country began. Every living thing WA full of Ilf The WBgblrd temel to add more volume to their voices and every tweet melodious note welcomed the settler to Oklahoma's fair land. The leaves of the sturdy trees and blades of grass seemed to bow a welcome to the coming horde, and the clear blue sky with not a cloud to obstruct the enchanting view of the heavens bade the home seeker a hearty welcome. The flying cavalier In advance thrusts the cruel spur Into the flanks of his faithful mare, and with this piece of cold steel the blood of the faithful animal trickled down to stain fair Oklahoma's beautiful land. On and on the cowboy cavalier rushed with the speed of an arrow. Rising In his stirrups he took a look backward, to ascertain who was second In the chase; he surveyed to his right and left; and then with eyes again turned to the front, and with another grand effort be was lost to sight as he rushes to realize the fond anticipation of being first In the grand free to all race. Thousands In the Contest. The scenes enacted here this afternoon were recorded as some of the most important events in the HOW THE LINE history of this country, or of any other civilized place on the globe. Those who had not been eye witnesses to occurrences here could form no adequate idea of the magnitude and the numbers participating In this great movement. To make figures as to numbers Is to a great extent guesswork, but 10,000 people would be a fair estimate of the number now here and within a few miles of Guthrie. For miles and miles from this elevated position and with a good field glass Tub Times man could see wagons, men on horseback and men running with all the speed they could command for the particular claim they bad In view. Many a disappointment was in store for manytn anxious family and with a feeling of deepest regret did they find after enduring the hardships and struggling for months for a particular claim, that when they reached the spot some more fortunate man had arrived ahead of them. Foibles and miles, as far as the eye could reach, could be seen the white-topped wagons hurrying on the faithful brutes that had worked through rain and mud and over roads almost impassable. What is to be the result of this vast Influx Into this new territory can only be conjectured. The lands now thrown open are not sufficient for one-quarter of the people who are flocxlng in and it is plainly evident that more must be secured. Millions upon millions of acres of fertile lands lie adjoining and these must be wrested from the grasp of the wily Cherokee and the scheming cattle bardto and given to the people. GUTHRIE A FIJ18T CLASS CITY. By evening this city, which prior to 12 noon to-day numbered only about ten persona, now has a population of at least 15,000 persons. Not a single disturbance of any kind has occurred. Good feeling prevails and all is working well. The Times correspondent Is on the ground and Intends to eat bis first meal prepared by himself tonight. The Kansas City contingent are here In force. Tents are hastily construed and houses are going up every moment, There was a town meeting this afternoon and the welfare of the city of Guthrie was considered. No mayor or town officers have as yet been elected, i The first hotel constructed consists of a large tent, where meals are furnished for the moderate price of 60 cents. pas A VIEW OF OKLAHOMA CITY, I. T. To-night 15,000 home seekers are camped on the grrssy upland of Gnthrle, the pioneer city of Oklahoma. Their campfires gleam in the darkness and their tents loom athwart the sky like an army in bivouac. Guthrie, heretofore an insignificant station in a wild and uninhabited country remote from civilization, has more than a population of 15,000. All this was gained in an afternoon. In no country save America and no part of that country save the great west could such a thing be possible. It Is a triumph for the western people and especially for citizens of southern Kansas, such as they may never again have the opportunity of achieving. That they were folly equal to the occasion needs no more proof than the presence of I5,0u0 people in New GuthrTe to-night. The conservative and leisurely east may well look at this and wonder. The First Trains Arrive When the first train arrived at Guthrie from Arkansas City the embryo streets and lots of the new city had already been laid out by enterprising citizens who bad been early on the scene. Hardly had the cars slowed down at toe station than eager men leaped from the car windows, slipped from the roofs of coaches and poured out of the doors in streams. One fat man was in such haste that be stood on his head and tamed a somersault on toe soft earth. When be got upon his feet he rushed up toe slope to tbs laud office like a erazy Texas steer. In a minute the slope leauwg up from the station was blocked with men rushing headlong eager for coveted town lots. In two minutes not one of toe 1,000 men who bad filled toe train was left in speaking distance of toe railway. By the time this crowd had reached the top of the lope near the land office, men who had been running parallel lines for streets and driving in stakes for town lots, were welt on their way along rei strip of land east of the land office. The crowd then eaughf toe moving Une of streets and lots and rushed eastward at a tremendous rate. The men who brought along a muslin sign bearing toe words: Bank of Guthrie,' were compelled to take np a lot one mile back of toe station. Trains In Quick Succession. Tbfi fiext train arrivlig xm Arkansas City brought a thousand home seekers about 10 minutes later. The men in this train poured across jthe prairie like an army charging the wing f an enemys army. They spread out north and south with axes, spades and aukes and began with wonderful energy the location of town lots and streets. The third, fourth, fifth and sixtttjrains from A rkan-aas City swelled the number to as many thousands. By this time lot seekers bed reached the eastern horlson and in area Outline was as big as Arkansas City. hen the seventh and eighth trains came in later In the afternoon the crowd bad overflowed all bounds Op the east the streets and town lots had been extended fully two miles, on the north a mile and a half, and on the south nearly a mile. No attempt had been made to lay out a town on the west sloe of the track, although a wide slope of green prairie was presented. This west land had been all filed on for homesteads w 1th the exception of a wonderfully beautiful piece of greensward just south of the Cimarron fiver and west of the railroad .track. It wse the finest stretch of ground in the neighborhood. Men were not alone in their search for lots. A few ladles came down on toe train prepared to goto housekeeping with tents and camping outfits. One of them lost her tent somewhere on the can and spent the aft- WAS GUABDED. ernoon looking for friends with whom to spend the night. Another isdy who lost her husband in the crown when the first rush wae made hunted all over the town site In a state of speechless agitation. The Land OfMoe Besieged. Almost with the first rush of homeseekett from the cars, the homeseekers who had started across the Oklahoma north line at noon ip aagong and on horseback, began to pour into the new city. Their horses weie reeking wet from the hot nud furious drive. They took possession of such town lot in the future Oklahoma metropolis as they cotdd lay claim to. Meanwhile the land office was besieged by an eager and determined crowd of men waiting to file claims for homesteads. As the afternoon wore on tills crowd grew larger, until at rlosiug time it reached far down the Hue toward the railroad station. Business In the land office went rather slowly. The registrar and receiver did the best that they could, but the pressure upon them was tremendous. The men who were waiting to file claims were forced Into line two abreast. They carried blankets and baskets of provisions w 1th them. Friends brought them w ater to drink from the engine tank at the railway track In the rear of the land office. Dealers in real estate began business before 2 o'clock in the afternoon. One enterprising dealer had as a background for the safe transaction of business a stock of rifles welch had been placed there by tho government troops on duty at the land office. Near by was the tent of United States Marshal Needles, su rmounted by - - a merloan flag with a young tree flagstaff. The land office occnj the mot "ftpspicuous place In the entire township. It is icateu!flf the top of t slope that leads eastward from the rallroaS and f&u ue seen for several miles in all directions. It Is not yet finished but It Is doing something more than a land office business. - RACING TO KINGFISHER, The First Settlers on Clajtn and Town Lots The First Ladles, Etc. Special to the Kansas City Times .y Kingfisher, I. T., April 22. Such race a breakneck, headioug race for homes over a prairie dog town, a deep ravine and a mile and a half of fiat country. At 12 o'clock the signal was glyen and a hundred horsemen (lashed down a slope where the neutral strip and southwest Kansas, camp was situated from a dozen points toward the west. Bearded, resolute westerners some on horses, some in wagons and a few , on foot appeared dashing toward the office site. The raoe down the slope was even. Striking level ground the riders began to trail out and the best horses went to the front, In the prairie dog holes horses stumbled, throwing their riders, but none were much hurt. Mr. A. M. Colston of Caldwell was mounted on a smart pony ami stopped on a homestead just west of the town site, being the first man off his horse. The first on the townsite was I rank Fisher of Hoxie, Kan. He was closely followed by a colored man, named Kd Thompson of Victoria county, Texas, Within five minutes a Mend comity man bad a block of the town plowed around. J. r. Wilson of Wichtta has hit tent upandarerl estate sign mounted In toe same time. The first lady to Jiwup to the ground was Mrs. Amanda Roberts of West Plata, Kan., with ber daughter Grace. Khe is a widow with five children. Ihe town site half etc-rto is dotted with men now, each on a lot, and out on thepialriecan be seen homestead claimants with spade and plows. Every claimant has thrown tip a sod or two to show his settlement. The town site lies on the north slope of a piece of rising ground, from toe top of which the prairie can be seen for two miles around. Kingfisher creek is a quarter of a mile distant. There is no sign of quarrel yet, though one or two claimants have warned off outsiders When the other crowd gets In nobody knows what will happen, though It may be that they will peacefully go elsewhere Kurveyors are out running toestmetsoff and averaging the lines. Everybody kuows his street already and is prepared to explain all altoutif. W Itb.n half hour after noon, th town of Lisbon or Kingfisher was marked off into to, j. E. Waters an old Kansas soldier has pitched hi tout in toe center of the town and claims a homestead He is supposed to be acting for a town site coiapAnv and If so the people who are engineering the same will either fall or get lynched. ' Yesterday here was devoid of excitement, but not of accident The plate was so far .from the routes of travel that even the register and roceiver got lost coming over from Guthrie. Mr. Roberts, the raglter, and Mr. Admire, the receiver, with Cotonei 3'aisley, the special agent of the general land office, arrived yesterday afternoon. They found no building ready, thoogb toe men had been working all day. By the eare of Captain Hail the proper location of th office was found He foresaw the difficulty and notified the Ro k Island surveyors, who consumed nearly day getting the fiartkular acre marked off. All the sections poets bad en lost aud the surveyor bad to hunt about Ion time. The town of Lisbon at that time consisted of the office building, whnh was a small but neat frame structure, and a rough frame lsrn, added to which permanent structures are toe Rock Island hotel and sleeping .eota. The Kansas City Time office, toe Chicago Tribune office and toe camps of the soldier. Captain Woodson was down from Buffalo Hpilngs yesterday and reported his three thousand settle rs happy and quiet. The prairie dogs were somewhat disturtied and toe rattlesnakes suspicious, but toe peopte were comfortable. Captain Wooqon frir?d a circular yesterday morning informing the settlers that Monday at 12 o'cloc k he would have them formed In line and have his trumpets sound the forward at Ue minute his watch showed toe hour. Moat of them were prepared to aliandon their wagon and start on their fastest horses straight for their claims, as tt was kuown that the office officials would not be able to open the doors for business until Tuesday morning at o'clock, it being Impossible to get in shape !- forg Uutt biue, This was thought Wit for all parties The titles will thus I almost wholly dept ndi iu mniq the privilege of actual settlement aud there will lie few disputes lelweeu filers of applba-ti.nn and settle, vs huh presented the most dlffW ult problem. AfteroHtmig, a ceitaln number of claims can be acted unon each day for some tune. The town of I.lsl ou may he said to he established The decision not to receive filings gives the towu occupant a thance to settle and l.iydaim to the town for the future, so all is rosy for Lishou. By Tuesday there will be a mayor and (toiler offhlnls Llstamitas are scarce now but In a few weeks it will be the Kansas C ity of Oklahoma Five or six hundred settlers were on the west line about a mile ami a half distant all yesterday. They were from the iauliandlc rhietty. Lieutenant Ooe with about forty men of the Thirtieth infantry is heie to assist Captain Hall. Captain .lack Millwell, the United States marshal, is also on hand in fact Ute population yexteida) consisted almost w holly of offh lids, soldiers and the press. 1 be liquor sellers were on the border with barrels of the stutl, but Marshal Stillwell and Cnptaiu Hall were after them. Two rattleMiakes were killed hero yesterday and more are expected, The Uih k Island hotel gave Its opening with good spread but without printed menu. Nearly 0 meu from the t-outities of Southwest Kan-sns, lexas amt No-VUn'M-lAnd were on the line this morning withm a mile and a half of here. They were after the south half of section 15. tow nship Id, range t, This will undoubteilly h? the town site. The government a re is on the corner of the next quarter sect ton. Meetings were held last night ou the Hue and the col-OUlsts derided to act together. AH neitons here by military or railroad permits who iiutd - - - inteiidtd to take homentcad or town lots were sent a lossthe line with the terv. The settlers were very reetlcss and h.ul then fastest ho cm a out warming up for ruuv to lot and claims. Couriers in from Hull. do Springs this morning stated hat the wagons there uumbei over a thousand, making quite 5, uuy (ample ami perhaps mure, lime horses aud light buggies were ready to jump forward at lire wotd. 1 rouble Is niith ipated between those kept at Buffalo Sptmgs, over twenty-live miles awav, ami the bauds w Ithin a mile or two of theoflUe. Ihe lalterhad the advantage of coining through the I hevenna country and If they get ahead of claimants in the other parly there will be a collision In case the supply of land ami town lots tun ahoit. The sold lets ami deputy marshals are well prepared, however, to taka cate of any ordinary dim. ulty. 'I he deputy marshals emptlfd two gallons of alcohol Inst night llielr older were to break up the use of liquor as far ns possible, A town meeting was called for to-night aud efforts will be made to settle amh ably the (onilbtiug claims. All along the Chevetuie line fiom Kotm settleis were strung ami the ( hevennes felt uueasv tieorge lbnt, a prominent half-breed, said Tcstetday that the Indian thought their homes were Im' being taken, but. while they felt dissatisfied, the ma-joi Ity comprehended that a contest was hopeless. Ihe tribe Is ledm ed from tf.ucu wnritors In the olddayato 3,2uumen. women and children. and with the uumerous Hites of railroad they know they could not contend Inarms. Ihe wise ones recommend accepting the severalty act of 320 a res to the family, provided they can get the test lands along the rivers for cultivation. Mi. Bent Utluks they should all go south of the Canadian. The stationery for the land office fame In last night, ami eveiy effort will be mode to open to-morrow. Herman llnuser, a theyenne squaman, whose claim bv mistake was lot ated many years ago in the Oklahoma country, ha bad hi isim allowed and he gets a homestead, his wife ldo a res and ea h child forty acres near Fort Keno. Two other squaw-men are included In this de Itdou. Every tanly chained with selling liquor will be under bonds at once. ON TO TUG GREAT GOAL. The Trip From Arkamuui City to the Border of Oklahoma. .Special fc the Kamos City Times.) Guthuie, I. T., April 22 The train pulled out promptly on time from Arkansas City. The arrangements of Superintendent Turner were complete in the most minute detail and nothing that would lead to the comfort of the prase correspondents was left undone. In word, so far the Kant Fa as a couiany and its employes had performed a task In railroading unequaled in the AtmaJaof transportation. The crowd seemed to be wat hlng the movements of the press representatives, the fact havtug become known that they would lead, occupying the first car on the first train on the stait for Uuthrle. A great rush was made for this ear by the indiscriminate crowd and very many enterprising fellows had the luck to get in with the press men- and would have been expelled but for kindly suggestions. The train moved off amid the cheers of the throng lining the tra ka, Che thousands occupying the cars responding lustily and most cheerily. As the train pulled out from Arkansas city the ladles stood at their doors waving tlieir handkerchiefs. At the yards of the railroad the first train slacked up a little ami hcreweie several hunched waiting who doubtless bad been advised that the train would steep ami were rand) to'hoard tt. 1 hey were not allowed to and these good fellow were left ttaudlng on the side true k greatly dlsapi olnted. It was here the great American tramp put In hit f v neatly a the train started, and while in mo-nirnegTricd the rods below the car o-cupled by the press and 0Dt ,h tru safely and most sure esttmiy. '. lose hi life was great, but this fellow wa ot tmiVw rbk iiiui h. The train was going at toe rate of when two dating men weie seeu to grasp the railing to theplAtfonn and swing on the first train to the Oklahoma country. Appmec hlng the Arkansas river the train slowed up and two venturcun men (limbed on the cowcatcher ami Engineer Cooper ordered Ids fireman to put them off, whit h whs Immediately done At 9 04 'he first train crossed the Cherokee line and with a toot from old No 2tM the crowd set up a yell tiiat would have caused the ( hlldren of the for At to blush with shame. Much enthusiasm the writer never Indore witnessed. Hats waved, spades were thorst out the car window and a stuidy old MUsourlan yelled Well make that soil produce something else than grass.' W Ith thlsexpresslon the crowd seemingly went wild. The op n pralrl presented an enchanting view like a lake. The vast acre were swiftly parsed nnd the sturdy farmer who had for year struggled with rock lu the states viewed them with a coin plat cut smile. At P 4A without accident the old reliable engine reat heel Willow Springs. Here a numlcer ofpraiile st hoouers were psKsed, and the sturdy farmer, with an evident earnestness, waved his old aud well worn hat to the fortunate pilgrims on tiie living train. Sad it was to think this honest man would lu all probability not reach the line on time. The poor fellow who risked hi life to board the flying train and rode from three miles south of Arkansas City uuder the press car ou tiie frame of the trucks wns icy an unanimous vote fished out at Ponca and given a seat lu the first car that crossed the Une. His name was llarry baffler aud he hailed from Kansas Uty. An occasional prairie schooner was passed as the train move d to the front, one outfit cariy lug with them a taint on wheels, read) for swolh n streams. At Ponca several persons who left Arkansas City yesterday In wagons took the train These reported that owing to tne Impassable condition of the Sait lork thousands of settlers would ie prevented from going Into Oklahoma to-day. It was said that there would le liffu wagiuia and 4, MJO of these people kept on the north side of the Halt Fork until to-morrow, unless temporary bridges should be rnustrtn ted At 10 24 o'clock the pioneer train crossed the Malt Fork A iaige nuintcer of colonists were at the bridge and w Ith expectant facet did they view the train as It tefded on. Mill, with confidence depleted lit their . pl every expression, thc indulged in tiie fond antictpa- 4 torn of reaching the promised land on this train. The old soMlers C4doii) of Arkansas City occupied two cars There were leO men under the chaigeof Captain Thomas Hit ks and (apt tin C. W. Holden. They were going to beward and theme to range 4,town-shlp 14. The ta) were 11 in fl ret c1m spirits and ready to take toetr luggage aud tramp the six or eight mile nece&sar) to the claim to which they ha) agreed among themselves they were to have 7 heir Intention was to organize when they should reach their destlnatiou and endeavor to form a village On toe first train down were two women traveling all alone Mins N Mathason of Topeka and Mrs. Brlta HaJI of 42J Lake street, Topeka, tauud for Guthrie. In answer to toe question as to their expectations they said they were confident they would succeed in locating a homestead. At 11 05 the train promptly reached Red Rock and after a few moments delay old 200 pulled out again for the line, 25 miles distant. At this point The Iimkh (orrespondent limited from the press car to the tender. Here an unol strutted view of the beautiful country wa afforded him, George Cooper, with his good right arm (onllnuaily on tiie pulse of his trusty engine, every now and tiien would for a second only rust a glance hackwaid to see that all of his charge were rafely following. To the many extravagant reports circulated as to the Intention of oostnutliig tho track, credence was never given In these dispatches, still ihe Manta Fe company was justified in the precaution they displayed in selecting the men tout bad charge of toe pioneer settlers train. There was a large number of people awaiting the train at Wahton, very few of whom eould get aboard, owing to the crowded condition of the train. Many were left here standing on the side of the track, but one man, determined not to be left, lumied from the top of a train on an adjoining track to the top of g coach, a distance of seven feet. VP FROM PIRCKLL, The Territory Declared Open by Bugle Call The Grand Kush, ffpectat to the Kansas City Times. Purcell, L T., April 22. Never before have such scenes of wild excitement been witnessed hers as those of to-day. At toe first stroke of dawn the anxious pioneers were ssttr an final preparations for the great march began. After e hurried breakfast tents were hastily struck, bedding and cooking utensils quickly gathered np and packed for transportation; toe already tired and jaded horse were reharnessed and bitched to the lumbering wagons and a start for the river bank was made. n ithin the town those who were to enter the beautiful domain by train were rushing hither end thither making ready for the start Late comers who had ventured thus far unprepared, or whose stock of provisions bad become exhausted, were Besieging grocery stores and restaurants for supplies, Many a poor fellow who bad expended his last penny Ut getting thus far was beggtng for aid from his more fortunate fellow beings that be might be enabled to get a Little something to eat, and to continue on toward Oklahoma In the hope of bettering bis condition. At the depot a tremendous crowd pestled, squeezed and cursed each other in their mad efforts to gain access to th ears. The ticket agent, baggage master, telegraph operators and accident policy writer did a land office business for one day st least and are deserving of credit for the patience and politeness they exhibited In residing to the innumerable inquiries with which they were besieged. The conductors and train men werp Ukewisg busy aiding and directing passengers, and every precaution was taken to prevent accident. Feisons attempting to take their guns Into the passenger cars were usually restrained by the railroad offii i.ils and required toliaxe them checked aud placed D the baggage car. At 11 Jo a. in the first train pulled o tt from Purcell for the promised land, It xias made up of twelve coaches and w.w loaded to ltutmo$t capacity A run of six and a half miles brought it to the Canadian bridge where It stnped at exai tly 11 50 o'clock to await the hour of noon lefore transporting Its load of living freight aiTosa the bridge Into the Oklahoma land. As the sweep hand of the watch held by the military ofln ial in command of the hi hlge tom bed Uie hour of 12 they give the signal, and instantly there rang out upon the midday air ihe bugle's web ome blast Never before had sweeter sound of mustc piaved forth to mortal ears, and a it went echoing and raec holng over the waters of the placid Canadian greeted by shout of thanks aud of gratitude from thousand of human throat. 1 hen horses were urged forward with whin and spur and plunged Into the stream, amt in an instant the river w. alive with struggling, floundering team, the driver furiously lashing their horses to keep them on the move and out of the wav of those crowding on Ice-hind. A single moment's pause was dangerous, as the treacherous quicksand of the ( nu.idlau would olne around the wagon wheels and make ewajee impossible. As the train rolled awav fiom the river and ttsstrug-glmg mass of teams a few of the (list who had plunged in were emeiglug from the waters onto Oklahoma soli. Their enthusiasm knew no Imumls. They had safely crossed the Rubicon, and theftt of those le-litnd w a of small moment to them. T hey bad readied the coveted land and were wildly pressing forward to sec ura the pi tze they sought. Onward the train rolled and from it could occasionally le seen mounted men urging on their foaming steeds in thelrdespeinte effoit to ram h the claims long ago ph ked out It wan an exciting race, but It plainly piovcdail thelcett claim within radlnaof many miles of the tender hAd ahead) Iceen picked out and would lie secured ofure the slower going colonists could ram h them. Hut few of those who travel bv team have any hop of finding desirable unoccupied claim ln-fora late tomorrow afternoon Hut all might be successful was the sincere hope of all who saw them, a they weie utmost without exception a body or brave, deserving men, striving to tauter their wot Idlv position. Never before has sm h a crowd of educated, Intelligent, upright plonoeis Invaded any country, and It Is safe to predict that under their magic Influence Oklahoma will make the grandest ndviuic ement ever w Itnesscd In the development of a new stale. M orthy of all success ate they, and If tho dominion now thrown open to them is not enough to nifcml them all homes the balance of the uuoiiuplud land iuut be peudily opened to settlement. As the train sped onward over the fertile Oklahoma prairies the excitement of the passenger grew intense and expressions of delight were fiequcnt a some new beautiful scene broke upon evory side At every station along the line scores of those who hsd nine into lids new countiy wtlh only a h iveistuk of provisions and su axe ora spade would Jump off and sttlke out lu search of a vac ant quailer section. A BEADILY IMPBOVISED POSTOFFICE. How they might exist after they should succeed In oh-t lining a claim was a mailer of seiomlary consideration. ,, Hundreds who were upon the train were bound for fcWhW'Jm'Ui Uty. Al I -ta.1 tPV!5 CITY'S CKOWD& One Hundred trf mod With People Sent South Moi ii fn' .Went. Npccfai the Kansas City AfiKANBAe City, Kan., April 22. As earlf-e 4 o'clock this morning crowd of anxious people begai f to crowd around the Santa fre depot to procuro accommodations in the first trains going south. People were busy all night breaking camp and packing their tents and equipments and getting ready for an early start, aud this morning numberless ash pile and beds of straw showed where the tents had been located the day before. At 7 o'clock this morning the Manta Fe company switched seventy-two empty coaches on toe side track and lu less time than It takes to write it they were crowded. At 1 TO twenty one more cosdies were run up alongside of the other and they were immediately filled from fiont to r car. Moores of )ople did not board the trains at once, fearing they would not ne the first to depart, and In consequence tnary failed to secure good accommodation. Before the first train started the crowd at toe deuot was estimated st alNiut 12.OU0 people. Tblsln- chided tne eity people wno garnered to see the colonists safely off. At 8 40 engine No 2AT pulled up the side track and hit lied on to toe ; lal car that hod lieen secured by the Press snmo Intlon and placed It nt tiie head of ten ca lies that were already tilled, and at h 4H Engineer Harry Livingston and P Iranian H P Rogers B4iuiMied the signals for the departure of the first train. As soon as It leef Bine known that Gils constituted the first tiatu crowds of people rushed like mad toward it, and lu a very short ttu.e there wa cot standing room In any of the cars. As soon as the train had started many peo- fiie ciimlted In the uen windows of tiie teri and iluug Ike monkeys ou the lion guards of toe platform. One man In trvlngto board the cars wo struck In the fm e with a lub He did not get on but had the pleasure of seeing his ailaut put off. ibis was the oulv difficulty that occurred. '1 he second train departed at 0 o'clock, and consisted of ten coai hes packed as full a the cars would hold. This may also ire nahl of toe sin feeding trains, which left every fifteen minute afterward, and carried re-spe lively twelve, nine, eleven and four roaches, the lust mentioned being a train composed of baggage car with four coache attached behind ' As the trains pulled out the crowds cheered nntll they were hoaise. Many were waving flag, and one fellow stui k hi head and arm out the car window and waved a huge horseshoe. Many people on the lost trains were unaware that any had left trefore them and weie constantly telling the people to get on board aa this was the first train. The people of Gils city who were out en masse were kept busy wishing the colonists good luck and safe journey Many placed coins outlie track under toe tram and kept them as mementos of tiie or aslon. Tiie railroad company did themselves proud In the able manner in who h they disposed of the people and with Ute one exf option everything went off like rlo k- 1 II K Tl woi k The agent Informed )re were between fou sold fiom this pirn e to the various point in Okla- mks coi respondent that there were between four and five thousand th irate homa, tojsay noLhlng of the through th keta that had been sold at other point It is estimated hy some that the fifty-six coa hes that went aouth this morning carried people. The train arriving from the north were still crowded and continued to be so the rest of the day. A train load of rattle passed through this place this at morning and the train men said that countless people boarded tlieir train at Furcell and forced the train men to carry them m rose toe river. About twenty-five covered wagons passed through this city to-day and word was received from points north of here that the) were still outing. The streets this afternoon looktd almost depopulated in comparison to what they were the day before, but many people decided to wait until to-morrow to avoid toe rush aud jam that necessarily occurred today. Up to 3 o'clock this afternoon lOOcwhe had gone south to Oklahoma and they contained about 12,000 people. FROM FOND CREEK, Thousand Start for Choaen Claims Sharp nt Noon Many Already Located Special to the Kansas City Times J Caldwell, Kan., April 22. At exactly noon the gates to the promised land were thrown open to about five thousand people. On the old Caldwell and Fort Reno trail it waa one of the most exciting times ever witnessed. The people seemed very much excited and as they were strung for miles up and down toe line they rushed In as though It was the only land Into United flutes unoccupied. They moved on quickly, each one seeming confident that he would get the pecUi 160 acre that be desired. Some began eratterlng toward claim, but most of them moved rapidly toward toe land office. The high water on the Cimarron bad subsided and no further trouble was anticipated. GENERAL McCOOKS FEARS. Danger of a Collision lietween Settlers and Cheyennes nnd Arapahoe. Washington, I. C., April K Th most serious trouble which General McCook, who is now here from Fort Leavenworth, fears In connection vltb Oklahoma Is one that ha not been considered in the Newspapers, that may arise on the western border. There, be says, tot boundary line if Wholly imaginary, io far a any metes and bouuds of the United States government ar A1 concerned, no coiuer stones having been setorboun dary i n s established by toe government. Th Arapahoe and Cheyennes on the western bonier, how ever, know the bounds cf tlieir reservations and harvg their own private headstones at the river crossing They polic e their own frontier and keen intruders off toetr reservation. It will probably hnpHn that some settlers will t-y to cross that border and that they will surHse they are in the Oklahoma country, when ttisjF will be in the reservation of the Indian. The Jxrtef will warn them otr. and the settlers, claiming that theff are in Oklahoma, will resist. The Indians will main t.dn their rights and will put the settlers off, and trouble may follow Tids, he thinks, is perhaps toff most serious part of the Oklahoma question. General Merritt Not Worried. Washington, I). C, April 22. Acting Adjutant General Kelton late this afternoon recelvtd the follow lug dispatch bearing on tho situation in Oklahoma fiom MajorGeneral Crook dated Chicago, Hi., April 22 The assistant adjntant BV ral of srtmenfl of the Missouri telegraph under datd jesterdaff that he Is just in receipt of full dispatch Coin Gen end Mcriltt at Oklahoma station In which he say hff will probably need no more troops forwarded; that hff is sure toe show of force will prevent trouble, and that newspaper account are probably exaggerated and will Me reports much couttnue to be so. Me reports much oitfusluii on toff line of the railroad, hut he has established a line of couriers between Oklahoma station and hurt Reno so that hereafter communication can be had with cer tainty aud fair rapidity. Foatnraaters for Oklahoma. Special to the Kansas City Times .1 Washington, I. , April 22. Congressman Peter succeeded to-day In having the commission Issued tor D. 8. Flynn of Kiowa, Kan., as postinasteff, at Guthrie, Oklahoma. The office At Lisbon was also promised to David McCanse, another conq stliuent of Mr. Peters, but th department official finally gave the Lisbon oiuoe to an iowa applicant. An Indiana man tried haid to get the Gutltile apnolntwj ment, but, although lie had strong hacking, Mr Peter managed to hold the fort lu favor of l nn. The la ter had a building taken to tiie Oklahoma IlneaweeK agu.aud his bond has I Three Trains from Newton. jf Special fo the Kansas City Time.) j Newton, Kan., April 22. It required three heavy V passenger trains on the Panta Fe to take the people S who weut from this city to Oklahoma to-day. Almost as many left last evening, while others followed to night, A number of syndicates were formed, and by I 0' lock to-morrow theie will heat least two banks, a half doren stores and other oulerprlaus by Newton men In full operation ut Guthrie. The Crowd Growing Small. 1 There was a decided falling off in Oklahoma business at the union depot yisterlay, not more than 100 per ' sons at the outside pnssiug through the city. They were mostly capitalists who are going down to look after town site matter or to engage tu buslues afteff the tovyisare UiuJflTvr . " a Wichita's Council at War, Special to the Kansas City Times.! Wichita, Kan., April 22. In the council meeting to-night tronble arose between Mayor Clement and four councllmen on one side aud six members of tb council on the other, which nearly resulted in a riot. The mayor made his appointments, ail of which were knocked out. Words followed, and the lobby taking a hand, great excitement resulted. Captain Maher, who was a candidate for an epHlntmeiit, asserted that the mayoi tried to blued him to the extent of $4)0 to defray campaign expense This war in the council is liable to dulay ihe transaction of ouslnens for mouths. Churchill Warns Chamberlain. London, April 22. Lord Randolph Churchill hag written an angfy letter to Mr. Chamberlain In which he warns that gentleman that if the conservatives choose to make a test of their strength throughout Birmingham the contest will certainly result in the political annihilation of Mr. hamlerlnln and hie friends. If these gentlemen have Gih rim cess of unionism at heart they hdd lietter modern's their pratenslous and turn their attention to conciliation rather thou provoking toe conservatives. Farmer WiU I ae m Hubetltuta. Special to the Kansae City Times. Hiawatha, Kan., April 22. The fermers of this t county have decided upon using a substitute for bind lug twine, which is now eidirely under the control of trusts. The siilwtltuto Is a hemp twine which will cost for v heat binding almnv Ik) cents er acre. Next year a twine nianufa lory will l established at this place, to lie operated and managed by a fanners stovk com pany. SEAA NORTH CAROLINA-; He PLUG CUT SMOKING TOBACCO. Selected with great eare from the choicest tobacco region of North Carolina. SMOKES COOL, LAM 114 LONG, DOES NOT i BLOW OLT THE FIFE. j It lathe undisputed leader of Ping Cut Smoking To bacco throughout the world. 1DHF0RD COURT-H and Tins. This beautiful block la now about completed court sodded, asphalt driveway finished, large welt-iightod. rooms, perfect plumbing, splendid range in every bouse, permanent gas fixtures, water free. Rents tower than any similar block. None but first clase tenants. KOBTON RENTAL AGENCY, Beanlorff Building. ELEGANT HOMES ? ra imA io ) Ii Corner Peery and Bellefontalne, 19 tnk ride east from Main utreetf modern ini thoroughly well built; brick, elate, L wood ; water, bath, gna, hot air furnsrl .. rooms; ground 40 fret front, ete., etc. IF. xta jf want to buy a home, it la to your IntereA toAi examine theae buildings. Terms reasonable! A. W, BREWEON,004-"11 -,5 - ,r,u Bank liuiUii'g J JV pi. s ft v y & 1 i h 'i Sjy'1- v "tV L 1 r Yl. ' I f f

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