From the Kansas City (Mo.) Daily Journal of Commerce, January 9,
From the New York Daily Tribune, March 21, 1859.
OUTFIT FOR THE GOLD MINES.-- We republish from the St. Joseph (Mo.) Gazette the following list of articles necessary for an outfit to the gold mines. It has been carefully prepared by men of large experience in frontier life, and all who intend to emigrate will do well to be guided by it. Of course other little conveniences and luxuries will be added according to the taste of emigrants. A few good books should not be omitted, and an order for the Tribune should by no means be forgotten.
From The Daily Times, Leavenworth, June 10, 1859.
1 ragged coat, with collar and tail torn off; 1 pair pants, hanging together
In answer to our interrogatory whether he
designed returning to Pike's Peak shortly, our traveler responded, "not by a
From the White Cloud Kansas Chief, April 28, 1859.
From the Western Journal of Commerce, Kansas City, Mo., May
Reprinted from the Rocky Mountain News, Cherry Creek, Kansas territory,
in the Leavenworth Weekly Herald, June 4, 1859.
From the Marysville Enterprise, May 11, 1867.
From the New York Daily Tribune, July 9, 1859.
From the Leavenworth Herald, March 17, 1860.
The taste and skill of Colonel Magruder in
getting up these military displays, is certainly commendable. They are a new
feature at the fort, and we are pleased to know that they are received with
general favor. They enable the public to form a correct estimate of the men who
protect our country in the hour of trial, and the skill and daring of those who
lead where danger calls. On behalf of our .citizens, we tender thanks to Colonel
Magruder for the grand Matinee Militaire of Tuesday. May it not be the last.
The Colonel's marquee abounded with the delicacies requisite for the occasion,
and the handsome manner in which he did the honors, when not engaged in the
field, were well calculated to convey a favorable impression. We say this in his
behalf, without wishing to detract in the least from the distinguished
consideration due Captain Barry and other officers, who did the amiable quite
From The Kansas State Journal, Lawrence, July 24, 1862.
From The Smoky Hill and Republican Union, Junction City, June 18,
From the Dodge City Times, June 1, 1878.
From The Dickinson County Chronicle, Abilene, June 28, 1878.
This department was skeptical of the following
story published in The Mercury, Manhattan, May 28, 1884, until Walter E.
McKeen of Manhattan came along with an affidavit by his fellow townsman, Louis H.
Woodman, who remembers the facts, as stated, to be true.
square opening in a box, "can't you turn me over, I don't want to stand on my
head all night." The expressman rushed to the night operator and the two with a
thirty-two caliber and the handle of a letter press, returned and standing the
box on the other side, demanded an explanation of the situation "Well, look on
your book and you'll see I'm all right." The book showed an entry: "To W. C.
Buell, Manhattan, Kansas, one box merchandise, from Chicago, collect charges,
$925." This entry corresponded with address on the box, but did not explain the
presence of a man as merchandise. A demand was then made for the occupant of the
box to explain matters or they would open fire upon it. "Don't shoot, I can
explain everything satisfactorily, if you will open up." It was with considerable
timidity and fearfulness that the expressman opened the box while the telegraph
operator kept it covered with the pistol. On being released the occupant seated
himself on his late habitation, of which the following is a summary:
P> My name is Horace Buell, and I have relatives living in Manhattan. From my early youth I have displayed wonderful talent for art. Believing that there was a field open for me in the larger cities I sought a situation, and for a time was successful, but I lost my health, and being severely distressed and in need, resolved to return home. Too proud to write for means to defray my expenses, I hit upon the plan which has landed me here tonight, thirty-six hours from Chicago. The way I managed to get billed out of the city was very easy. I called at the main office and told them I had a box which I wished to ship to Manhattan, giving instructions where it could be found. I then packed myself in it and was soon speeding westward. Once I was left in a car for some time alone, and had a chance to stretch myself. Before entering the box I supplied myself with sufficient crackers and cheese to sustain me for four days, and suffered only for water. I don't feel much worse for the trip, it was an easy matter to brace myself in the box so I would not be injured.
The contents then expressed a disposition to saunter up town and inform its friends of safe arrival, but the messenger questioned the propriety of this procedure, as his instructions stated positively that he would be held responsible for loss of "livestock" or other merchandise after its delivery into his hands-unless he could give satisfactory explanation. Therefore, under pressing persuasion the contents concluded to remain until morning, when a large, square store box was hauled up street by Joe Parkerson, and the contents meandered along under the protection of the messenger. The fare from Chicago to Manhattan is $17.25. The cost of the trip would foot up to
The contents saved the enormous sum of $4.49-and if any messenger on the train had discovered him, the funeral expenses would have amounted to more than that.