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At Atchison, the Kansas Relief Committee reports on its efforts to aid the drought-stricken territory

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The Kansas Relief Committee reported from Atchison that it now had distributed 157,700 pounds of supplies to twenty-one counties in the territory.  Kansas was in the grip of a nine-month drought that threatened to depopulate large sections as farmers pulled up stakes.  Relief supplies and cash had flowed in from around the country; more than 200,000 pounds of wheat, corn, and beans had been received in just the preceding week.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"The Kansas Relief Committee Report," New York Herald, December 29, 1860, p. 7.