Here is a good long sermon compressed into a dozen lines or so, and no sermon was ever delivered that contained more solid truth to the line than these few sentences: "If you have a little farm or business, and are out of debt don't fret and work yourself and wife into the grave for the sake of making money. You have but one life to live and it is very brief at best. Take a little pleasure and comfort as you go along day by bay and do a little good to others a morbid, insatiate longing to possess the earth--grab everything in sight--is the foundation of more misery than any other one thing."
After five years of trouble in clearing up technicalities, Aunt Betty Mitchell, of Gridley, has been granted a widows pension. Her deceased husband, Thos. Mitchell, was a member of Co. E. 5th Kansas Cavalry, serving over three years. He was twice married, his first wife dying shortly after marriage. To establish her case Aunt Betty had to go back about forty years to prove the death of Mr. Mitchell's first wife and her own marriage to him. Judge Kingsbury was her attorney and several special agents at various times assisted in clearing up the case. She will get nearly $500 arrearages. The old lady is very feeble and this ready money will do her much good.
The following is a list of unclaimed letters at the postoffice in Burlington, Kansas, on the 12th day of January, 1898. To obtain any of these the applicant must call for "advertised Letters."
Mrs. C. R. Hagson, Mrs. John Schilling, Mr. Elwood Frye, D. C. A. Bunce,
Mrs. J. H. Burrows, Mrs. Oscar Goodwin, Miss Zellee Dodson, Mr. John Cushman, Mr. J. H. Davis, Miss Nellie Baker, P. P. Twiner, Mr. Robt. Smith.
O. P. Mauck, P. M.
Saturday morning last S.S. Wingett died very suddenly of hemorrhage of the lungs. He had been down town all day Friday and worked as usual, going home in the evening apparently as well as ever. After supper he read a couple of hours and then retired. About three o'clock on Saturday morning he had a severe coughing spell and died before any of the family could get to him. Mr. Wingett was born in Ohio in 1820 and came to Kansas about twenty years ago. He served four years in the army during the late war and was a member of the G. A. R. post of this city. He leaves a wife and nine children, as follows: Mrs. S. S. Wingett, Burlington, and George Wingett, Pueble, Colo,; L. Wingett, Kansas City, Mo.; F. C. Wingett, Sterling, Kansas; Will Wingett, Pueblo, Colo.; Charles and Edwin Wingett, of this city; Miss Mattie Wingett, California; Mrs. George Elrod, Lincoln Center, Kansas, and Mrs. A. J. Ward, of this city. Mr. Wingett has been a resident of Burlington for a good many years and was a man who was well liked by everybody. He never had an enemy that we knew of. He was honorable in all his dealings and one of the finest mechanics that ever lived in our city. His funeral took place Monday last and his remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends.
GLASS--RILEY--In Burlington, Kansas, Dec. 25, 1897, by Rev. H. P. Vallman, Robert Glass and Artie Riley.
STOCKSTILL--CLARK--In Burlington, Kansas, Jan. 12, 1897, by Rev. E. Leo Howard, Charlie Stockstill and Rosa E. Clark.
BROWN--CHRISTIAN--In Waverley, Kansas, Jan. 9, 1897, by Rev. J. S. Smith, Mathew Brown and Carolina Christian.