be organized and that S. W. Reed, J. W. Beeber and J. C. McGavren be appointed commissioners, D. C. Coleman clerk, and that the county seat be located at Billingsville:
Before me a Notary Public in and for Cloud county, state of Kansas, personally came Peter Cockburn, N. Hitchcock and C. Cook, who being duly sworn says that the above are the genuine names of the householders and legal electors of Norton county, state of Kansas, and that these affiants verily believe that there are six hundred inhabitants in the said county, as stated in the above memorial.
Sworn and subscribed to this 14th day of June 1872.
This petition contained the names of only eight actual settlers, and their names were put on without their knowledge.
This petition was so defective that the Governor refused to act upon it, but Billings was not the kind of man to get
discouraged; he did not permit trifles in the matter of numbers to stand in the way of hatching this out as a full fledged county; so, without leaving Topeka, he prepared another petition which he presented to the Governor on the 3 of July, of which the following is an exact copy:
Subscribed and sworn to this 3rd day of July 1873 before me.
in and for Cloud County, Kansas.
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