The Manchester Journal. (Manchester, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 10, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, April 3, 1903 Page: 1 of 8
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i SucCOSfiOJ' to Tun Camfhon .Journal, I
1 Khlaljllsliod Way MO, 1S08. J
MANCHESTER, GRANT COUNTY, OKLAHOMA TER., FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1903.
Volume 10, Number 43.
Order of the Postoffice Depart*
ment for the Discontinuance
of the Postoffice at Cam*
Chester, Kansas, Took
Effect April 1st.
OFFICE CLOSED MARCH JIST.
It Came About in the Course of
Natural Events and We Do
Not Wish to Cheer Even
As announced in our last issue, the
postofflce at Camchester, Harper
county, Kansas, wjis discontinued at
I lie close of business on March 31st,
and the books, papers and supplies
turned over to Postmaster E. P.
Fuller of Manchester.
There was no demonstration what-
ever accompanying the proceedings of
the change, and when Mr. P’uller
arrived in Manchester with the equip-
ment of tlie Camchester postofflce it
attracted but little more attention
than the arrival and departure of the
ordinary U. S. mails.
While it would be useless for the
Journal to undertake to hide the
fact that it is greatly pleased with
the final outcome after so many years
of hard work for the complete vindi-
cation of our efforts in behalf of Man-
chester, yet we feel that the final
adjustment will prove highly bene-
ficial to the people of both towns.
The change should lie looked upon
as a business proposition, pure and
simple, and accepted as such. Man-
chester should not forget that had
the lot of her people been cast on the
side of the old town of Cameron,
doubtless they would have been actu-
ated by the same motives that have
influenced the people of that town all
through the long struggle for
We now want, to see the Camches-
ter people become of us, with us and
for us in an effort to make Manches-
ter the best town in this part of the
country. If they will do this it will
he better for all and they will find the
people of Manchester and the Jouu-
nal in particular, as ready and will-
ing to assist them as any of our old
1 ime residents and business associates.
Let’s bury the hatchet and all goto
—Old Maids Convention will meet
in Opera House, Manchester, April
4th. l!)03. Their ages run from 40 to
<a> years, and they call themselves the
Young Ladies Single Blessedness
—Patronize Dr. .1. E. Hardy, the
Medford dentist. His work is dura-
ble and the very best. Six years resi-
dence in Grant county. Permanently
located. Practice confined to home
If you want the
C. H. RANDLE
the new dealer in
AN ABSURD PROPOSITION.
We are fully aware that there are
plenty of men who know more about
railroads and railroad management in
a day than we would be able to learn
during the remainder of our natural
life, hut we stand ready to take issue
with the highest railroad official in
the land who will contend that it is
good business management for a rail-
road company to antagonize its
patrons, or any community of patrons,
when there is nothing whatever to be
gained by so doing. It is an absurd
proposition on its face, and no man of
average intelligence would dare deny
In this connection we want to say
to our readers and the Santa Fe rail-
road company, that this is the exact
position held by the Santa Fe in the
matter of continuing the name of
“Camchester” for the Manchester
depot and railroad station. In their
effort to obliterate and destroy the
Identity of Manchester abroad by the
misnomer they have seen fit to apply to
this town, the Santa Fe company has
in a greater or less degree incurred the
enmity of every individual in this
part of the country who iias the wel
fare of Manchester at heart. Under
circumstances of this character,
wherein does the Santa Fe hope for
its reward or profit? If the company
sows tlie wind, must they not reap the
We are willing to admit that tlie
Santa Fe railroad, so far as passenger
and freight traffic are concerned, have
practically a “cinch” upon the people
of this town, but we are not willing
to admit that they will ever profit a
dollar by the abuse of the “cinch”
which they hold.
Why is it that we today meet up
with more people who favor govern-
ment ownership of railroads than ever
before? Merely because of the abuse
of tlie privileges granted the railroads
by the laws of our states and nation.
You do not have to go to any particu-
lar political party these days to find
earnest advocates of government
ownership. They are in all parties
and are becoming more numerous all
the while. Doubtless these people
were first set to thinking over the
question of government ownership
because of some wrong heaped upon
them by a railroad corporation and
from which they found no relief. But
wherein does it profit the railroad?
We could point out well-to-do busi-
ness men today in this town who,
were another road to come in here,
would never spend another dollar
with the Santa Fe company except
when absolutely forced to do so.
Again, how many of our people are
there, were they to move to some
other point where t Here is a compet-
ing line of road, who would throw
their business to the Santa Fe? We
dare say there are but very few.
Then, again, we ask wherein does it
profit the railroad?
We know personally of men having
taken tl»e Santa Fe to Medford and
there bought a round trip ticket to
Kansas City over the Rock Island
rather than give their patronage to
the Santa Fe. all because of tlie insult
thrust at tlie people of Manchester
in naming our railroad station “Cam-
chester.” Did that profit the Santa
In conclusion we wish to say that
if there ever was a time when the
Santa Fe was justified in continuing
tlie name of “Camchester,” that time
lias passed away never to return. The
Postofflce Department at Washington
has wiped the town of “Camchester"
out of existence so far as that impor-
tant branch of the government is con-
cerned, while tlie people of the once
proud little place have left or arc
making preparations to get away.
The nanTe “Camchester” means
nothing and emanated from the
cranium of some ignoramus who, if
the naming or the Manchester rail-
road station is a fair sample of his
worth and value to the Santa Fe com-
pany, should be relegated to tlie
section force and there tired for
—Hunting and fishing on the soutl -
east of 15-2H-S, and the northeast of
22-2#-8 Is hereafter positively forbid-
den under peutalty of tlie law.
3S*t4 C. R. Leland.
“AND THE CAT CAME BACK.”
IT WAS A SANTA FE HOLD UP.
The Company Charged us S275.00,
for Something we Did
Tlie position taken by the Journal
in its scrap with the Santa' Fe for a
change in the name of our railroad
station is just and right and based on!
sound argument and good business
principles. There are a few tender-
foot fellows among us who appear too
willing to bow the head or bend the j
knee in humble submission to the
will of the corporation. They should
not forget that the town of Manches-
ter put up about $275.00 to secure the
removal of the depot from Cameron!
to Manchester, a part of the consider-'
ation being tiiat the depot should be
called Manchester by the railroad i
company, and that when the Santa
Fe bought the road they completely1
ignored us and changed the railroad j
name to “Camchester.”
Did the Santa Fe company beg us
to annul the contract and name for
tlie Manchester R. R. station which
we bought and paid for of the H. &j
S. railroad? Not much! Did they;
even show us the proper courtesy of!
suggesting a name suitable alike to;
tlie company and ourselves? No!
What did they do? They simply
ignored us, and in so doing as muchj
as said “you are beneath our notice
and have no rights which we respect."
The editor of tlie Journal lias a;
ten dollar bill of hard earned money
tied up in the Manchester depot
which the Santa Fe company chooses
to call “C-a-m-c-h-e-s-t-e-r.” That
money we dug up at a time when it
was harder for us to let go of than
twenty times its amount today.
What did we get for it? We got
It took a lot of us during those
hard times to raise 8275.00. We not
only got a donation from most of toe
town people, but many farmers sub-
scribed work in helping to raise the
amount. So the Journal is not
alone in having to put up its good
money for the railroad station whic’.i
the Santa Fe completely Ignored us
upon and today calls “C-a-m-c-h-e-s-
t-e-r." And in the face of all this the
tenderfoot would have us get down on
our knees and beg, lieg, beg the Santa
Fe for our rights and for that which
they stole from us! Not ol your
“tintype!” The Santa Fe kindled
the fire to begin with, so ntrtv let us
be men and fight them with it until
the end. __
—Tiie I. O. O. F. encampment at
Manchester Held an extraordinary
meeting Tuesday night and initiated
thirteen new members, mostly from
Byron and Wakita. From Byron
there were W. II. Wilhour, J. E. j
Forbes, Geo. Miller, B. D. Creek. O.
E. Rhodes, Tiffany Bowles, John!
Foltz, B. F. Woodell and D. Stephens.
From Wakita there were P. H.
Loomis, John Clinesmith and Wm.
Lemon, and Hen Peters from Bluff
City. Tlie boys were all taken clean
through the royal purple degree and
the work was not finished until about
5 a. m. nest day. A nice supper was
spread at the Star restaurant at
mid light and all did tlie occasion j
justice. Byron is thinking of organ-
izing an Encampment at that place.
A large Shipment
Spring Dress Goods
Just received—Bran new and pretty patterns. Special
sale on Hats. Come in and see the best Hats for the
money you ever saw. A large line of Mens Pants at
lowest prices. Our line of Shoes can’t be beat for good
quality and low prices. We give coupons with every
purchase, worth 5 per cent of amount pnrehased, re*
deemable in queensware etc, etc., and guarantee our
prices' on goods to be as low as any store in Grant
county, quality of goods considered.
Good BULK GARDEN SEEDS, Fresh and Cheap.
We KEEP NOTHING and SELL EVERYTHING. The
Best Goods and Most Goods for Less Money is our motto.
We do just what we say we DO DO.
The Bee Hive,
Slaughter m Hardware
COME AND SEE.
C. H. WALTER & CO.
Stoves, Coal, Implements.
Pumps, Gas Pipe,
SEWING AND WASHING MACHINES. BEST HEATING STOVE
MADE; SAVES ONE-THIRD IN COST OF FUEL.
X " MANCHESTER, OKLA.
S. B. FLING.
Badger L’h’r go.
R E LI A B L E.”
Hardware, Tinware, Stoves,
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