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: ' . i BOOSTS-FOB . ; ' - pAXTEV-'V ALL; 'TIO ,i ALL Till NEWS THAT'S " ' FIT TO PRINT mm v1' BAXTER SPRINGS, CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1919 NUMBER, 1 VOLUME XXXVIII Hi HIE sechoii u;ie r eeuuciL gootmts - DC Boundary Dispute 41 1 r GOES CONTRARY MAYOR ON THE WATER WORKS PROPOSITION. WOULD IV HIE OLD WATER PLAIIT Thinks It Inadvisable at Present Time to Build an Entirely New Water Plant on Account of High Taxes. Well No. 1, recently completed lor the city by Contractor J. T. Fhipps, was formally nccepted by the city council, at the regular meeting of that body Tues. night and final pay ment ordered. The well was sunk to the depth of 1001 feet The water was analyzed at the state laboratory at Lawrence, also by the Waring & Williams laboratory in Joplin and both analysis showed it to be excellent for drinking; and household purposes. It compares closely with the water in the well now in use as to purity and Mftnessand evidently is the same. The well cost about $6,125 and the casing which the city furnished was "ft After accepting the well just finish ed the council by resolution author ised Mayor Wright and City Clerk Shields to enter into another contract with Mr. Fhipps for the drilling of a second well, according to the original plans. On account of having the drill ing outfit on the ground Mr. Fhipps agreed to drill the second well -the game depth for $200 less than the cost of the first As soon as Mr. Fhipps is given the locatjon of the second well he will toove en and begin work. It is the duty of the water works engineer, A. C. Moore, of Joplin, to come over and give the driller the location of the second well according to the blue prints, but members of the council ex pressed doubt about being' able to in duce Mr. Moore to come over. He hasnt been on the scene for a long time, now. Besides the five per cent he gets for supervising the sewer job, Mr. Moore gets an additional 3V4 per cent of the $85,000 voted for looking after the installation of the water works sys tem, or $2,975. Some members of the council feel that he is getting alto gether too much in view of the small amount of attention he is giving the work, but the city is tied up with a contract and cannot help itself. It is very plain that some are not as strong for Moore now as they were a while back A : difference of opinion arose be tween Mayor Wright and the mem bers of the council present relative to the advisability of going ahead now with the second welL Mayor Wright addressed the council on the subject la substance he stated that it was his opinion that the matter should be de ferred for a time. Mr. Wright stated that Engineer Moore had advised him that the $85,000 for which the city voted bonds last year would be suffi cient only to sink two wells, erect the power plant and reservoir and run a main down to the business section of the city. There the work would have to cease until the city should vote more bonds. The engineer estimated that to run adequate mains over the city would require another bond issue of $150,000 to $200,000. In view of the fact that taxes in the city are already to high that they are proving a bur den, he felt that to vote more bonds would not be popular. On the other hand, th city after having expended the $85,000, would sot be able to serve the public except ia the business section. Yet the withdrawal of patronage ia the business section from the pri vate plant now operating would re duce the revenue of the private plant te a point that would mean a loss to it and the owners might do the natur al thing and quit rather than to lose money. In that event a large portion f the city, the entire residence dis trict in fact would find .themselves without any water service whatever, TO VIEWS OF and it might take several months to remedy the trouble. . Mayor Wright's plan in substance was to go ahead and take legal steps to condemn the old plant and take it over for the city and for the present year use the balance of the $85,000 in improving the system so as to pro vide fire protection for the business district forthwith and increase the supply of water throughout the entire city. This he thought might be done with only one well for the present at the new site, used in conjunction with the old well, on which the city would have a 20 year lease at $1.00 a year. By doing this the Mayor argued the city might provide a water supply ad equate to the present needs without bonding the taxpayers any heavier, except for the purchase of the old plant funds for which would have to bo provided by a separate bond issue, since the law does not permit the use of any of the present water fund for that purpose. But this would mean not to; exceed $10,000 perhaps, while to complete an altogether new plant would require a bond issue of perhaps $200,000. The mayor recommended that the council do not contract for the second well now but instead proceed with the installation of the pumping plant and reservoir at the new site, and in the meantime institute proceedings and take over the old plant for the city's use. He stated that on inquiry from many taxpayers he was convinced that his plan was favored by the taxpay ers in general. But he was voted down, all four of the councilmen pres ent voted for the drilling of the sec ond well. Not all, however, were ad verse to the purchase by condemna tion of the old water plant The city council was honored Tues. night by a personal visit from Hugh Mclndoo, formerly mayor of Joplin. It appears that Mr. Mclndoo bought four lots in Baxter Springs some months back and later discovered that the city was using them as part of a street He wanted to know whether he had any right to his purchase or not The lots ore Nos. 6, 6, 7 and 8, in block 7, Horner's addition. They were for years allowed to fall back to the state for non-payment of taxes, and when the boom came on were bought up on a tax title and eventual ly sold to Mr. Mclndoo and Henry Hor ton. To connect the story, it Bhould be stated, that these lots are on the west side of Military street directly in line with what is now Fifteenth street nd for so many years that memory run neth not to the contrary, had been and now are used by the city as a part of Fifteenth street City At torney Rosenstein stated that under the usual circumstances the statute of limitation or something like that would have given the city ownership of the ground by reason of it having held undisputed possession for more than fifteen years. But it appears that the city has been disputing its own right to them by annually assess ing the lots in the name of a private citizen and only last year the lots wye assessed at a good valuation for the building of the sewer. So there is a question for legal heads to decide whether the city can keep the lots without paying for them, or whether it must pay the present owner for them, under condemnation proceed ings; Anyway it was the opinion that the street must be kept open. The matter was left for CKy, Attorney Bosenstein to look up, particularly to see whether the original plat on file shewed the ground as a street or as lots under private ownership. The Gas company's bm to the city for service at the jail for January, about $21.00, brought out some kicks from the councilmen. Like other bills all over town, January service this year, which was such a warm month, cost much more than for January last year when it was so extremely cold. More than that it was brought out that the service of late has been weak and unsatisfactory a good deal of the time. Here is where Council man Wells got in a side swat on his colleages and the newspapers for be ing not altogether in sympathy with him last summer when he was mak ing a fight to put through an ordi nance making the gas rate a sort of sliding scale affair, to be governed by the pressure maintained and the amount of air instead of gas in the pipes. The city clerk was Instructed to ask the Empire District Electric Company to put a light on Mr. Sweeney's cor ner ia the south end of town. Regu lar bills were allowed, and reports from City Marshal Horton and Police Judge English were read The city took in about $85.00 in fines in Jan uary, all assessed against drunks and disorderlies. tt Henry Spears and wife of Cardin visited with W. B. Apple and wife Monday night FOR SALE 1 Red Durham, 5 year old, cow. 2 coming yearling calves. 1 Poland China sow. 1 Span Mares, age 8, weight 1100 each, both with foal to Percheron horse. 1 set fine brass mounted harness, good as new. 1 8-in. nearly new wagon. Cheap for cash or on time. Call first house south of Lucky Jack mill, Hockerville, Okla. A. B. TRUITT. TOWN TOPICS A well known mining man who is busy these days in developing a prop erty southwest of Baxter Springs, told us Wednesday that he was confident that the price of sine ore could not stay down much longer, nor would the prices on mining materials remain as high as present "Our company is banking on an early improvement in the mining situation and that is the reason we are going right ahead to prepare to put out the ore," said he. Baxter Springs is establishing an enviable reputation as a desirable re sidence town, and we already have living with us several prominent men who have large interests in other lo calities, but perhaps this is the only city in existence bearing the distinc tion of being the homo of the mayor of another city. Sam Millner, mayor of Columbus, has lived in Baxter Springs with his family long enough to be an honest-to-goodness citizen, and it would not be surprising if he should be nominated for mayor here. To be mayor of two cities at the same time surely would be an unique situa tion. - In view of the fact that the men take so little interest in city politics it might be a good idea to turn the city offices over to the women. We will wsger dollars to doughnuts that they would make a better job of run ning the town. That reminds us that we have al ready heard Miss Vera Canaday's name mentioned for mayor. Miss Canaday k our choice if she can be persuaded to be a candidate. Would you believe it? The gas maters were read last month by one of Baxter's preachers. But he wasn't to blame for the big bills. Manager Burlingame, who was here Thurs day, lays the whole trouble onto the fact that the time, between readings, from before Christmas until the last 'of January,was much longer than a month two-fifths longer in fact He says it will be evened up with small bills next month. Let us hope. At the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Meyers, on East Twelfth street Wed. light, Edgar Winham, brother of Mrs. Meyers was treated to a surprise party in honor of his birthday. Neigh bors dropped in informally and spent the evening pleasantly and to make the affair complete a luncheon was (Served. Present were Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webber and son, Billie; Mr. and Mrs. Archie Bottom, Mr. and John7 Bottom, Z. Weldon, Miss Mabel Rummell, Miss Mary Carter and E. Vance. RETURN BODIES OF SOLDIERS Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Young, who re cently moved here from Kansas City, are mourning the death of their son. Frederick, who lost his life ia France, par. Young has been "solicited tff Join an eastern organization whose duty it will be to raise money for the re turn of the bodies of soldiers now bur ied in France. STARTS A DRY GOODS STORE J. J. Roberts, well known mining man and trader, left for Prosper ity yesterday where he will nego tiate for a stock of dry goods which he will open up at Picher, Okla., im mediately. Mr. Roberts disposed of his interests in the Sanitary grocery and seeks the dry goods field. He is an experienced business man and will add weight to the business of Picher. HIGH SCHOOL ANNUAL The local high school students are engaged in gathering material for a 1918-19 high school annual to be got ten out this year and the, work is re ported to be progressing jUcclyr vAl: though there has. been some delay on starting this work, it is .expected to he out by the time school closes this spring. The juniors of the local high school are practicing hard on their play to be given March 7, and are expecting to be ready to stage it even before the appointed date. The name of the play is "The Masonic Ring," and is report ed to be a very interesting and enter taining one. TO GET RIDPATH NEXT SEASON 'Oliver Cook of Kansas City, Mo., representing the Ridpath Chautauqua bureau,, visited the Chamber of Com merce Wednesday relative to giving Baxter -several really big entertain ment numbers during the coming win ter, and it is quite possible that Bax ter people will be able to hear Arthur Middleton and perhaps others as a result of this visit Mr. Cook said al io that the Ridpath people will give Baxter a Chautauqua next season. The inclemency of the weather dis suaded many from attending the en tertainment at the Presbyterian church Thurs. night and the audience present felt amply repaid for brafing the elements. Miss Parsons, of Denver, proved herself an accom plished reader to which her charming maner added much. She drew repeat ed encores. The voilin and piano duet by the Misses Thehna Asbury and Helen McAboy, the vocal selection by Miss Marie Covey with Miss Gru- .Miss Virgie Stephens was te Joplin this week visiting relatives. Development on Hodgkins Land North of City Ten Shafts Now Close to Town A new mine shaft is being sunk on the Len Hodgkins place, just about a mile north and three-fourths mile west of the corporate limits of Bax ter Springs. Wesley Smith and asso ciates are openjng the mine, which is proven by fourteen drill holes to be a very rich property. The face is un iversally deep as shown by the drill tests and the ore on the average is rich, running up to 25 per cent The company has a fine derrick erected and are busy with the shaft The shaft is located just north of the Eli Kane property where a shaft waa sunk last summer into exceedingly rich ore, and is now awaiting development The noticeable lowering ot the wat er in this locality since the Chanute Snelter company be ran running their big Pomona pumps at the Hartley and Ebenstein properties, is a feature that is likely to encourage still more devel opment On the Hodgkins property where in the drill holes a few months ago water came up to within forty feet of the top, it now measures 130 feet down to the water, indicating that there will be no trouble with water in the shaft The Kane shaft where water gave much trouble while tt was being sunk, is now dry. The new shaft on the Hodgkins place is the most northerly point at which a shaft has been sunk thus far, though good ore bodies have been found still farther north of Baxter Springs. There are now either completed or under way altogether ten shafts with in a mile of the Batxer townsite.These are, two on . the R. F. Hartley land, 1 on the Kane, 1 on the Brewster, 1 one the Braggery ! on the Ebenstein, l on th Hodckina land, l.on the Park Hartley"' land, 1 on Dave Treat s place. and 1 on land belonging to the Hun ter heirs. Five of these shafts are north of the city, the others west and south, showing that mining is now in progress on three sides of the city, touching, the townsite. These in themselves will be develop, ed into mines and mills that when fully under way will furnish employ ment for several hundred men. Yet they cover only a small part of the known ore deposits in the immediate vicinity of Baxter Springs. When these indisputable facts are remem bered even tho the present is not good, no one need doubt that as soon as the ore market improves, which it will, Baxter Springs cannot be prevented from reaping great prosperity from the mining industry. And right here is a thought for Baxter people to revolve in their minds. If the mine operators have sufficient confidence in the improve ment of the ore market to. encourage them to start development, work now so as to have their mines ready to put out ore when the good markets get here, should not we here in Baxter take the hunch and begin now to build houses and make other improvements so as to be ready for the influx oi miners that are sure to be required to operate these mines? RESIGNED Governor Ernest Lister of the state of Washington has resigned the gov ernorship of that state and has re quested Lieutenant Governor Louis F. Hart to take over the reins of govern ment The dispatch gives no explana tion, but from the fact that Tacoma was in the center of the shipyard strike, it Is presumed the strike trouble had something to do with the governor's hurried exit BIG ARMED FORCE The latest news from the Paris peace conference is to the effect that the United States and Great Britian have conceded a point to France and have agreed to a strong allied army and navy which will give protection to all allied countries alike. -The con tention ia that the international fprce proposed must be of sufficient propor tions to prevent Germany or any oth er country from breaking the peace terms, as promulgated by the peace conference. Looks Lice a big job. T. L. Meyers departed yesterday for the Wichita Falls on fields after spending a few days with his family. Picher Traffic to B..Tmxd South on Military '-to Nineteenth Thence ' " , West.. The proposed road Tunning from toe west end' of NineUentii 's&wrf .west to a junction with the Picher roadfioa the section, line, was formally ordered opened for traffic by the county on- missloners at the' regular ' weekly Ses sion of that body at Columbus thk" week. This road, when opined, many eon tend will greatly improve thrrouti to Picher, since it will do away -with driving under the M0. fG. 'viaduct on Twelth street and also vId"the dangerous grade crossing at thelfur dock Hardware house corner. ' Traffic Instead of running weft; -on Twekh street will be diverted south on Military avenue to' NifletttShta street, thence straight west to' con nect with the Blue Mound road. There was' considerable opposition to the road on the part of some of the property owners.' The proposed road was Mewed'-oa February 6 by a board,-named by tho county commissioners and composed of W. M. Langston, D. L Chubb and J. T. Morrison. The order, -opening the road, has been issued and the No tices will be sent out by the county immeditaely. William Davts, a young fellow with a penchant for raising a, one 'dollar bill to a ten, was arrested' yesterday in Joplin. He broke jail and Is at large. Some of these raised' 'bills were passed on the merchants oi Picher, Tulsa and other points. -ii- ANOTHER BOOZE ARGUMENT GONE New York ratified the Xtonstitutloa alv Prohibition amendment 4att.sreek anUy .doing so killed one..tho.aiw,. guments -of the wets, that has been' worked over-time. .' ... They have been insisting that .the constitutional provision whereby .each state has equal voice in determining . whether a proposed amendment to the Constitution be ratified' or not ia.man- ifestly unfair in determining the.fate of the dry amendment' ,The.ergu- ' meat had little weight because .the method of ratifying amendmnets ia prescribed by the Constitution 'itself. And so when wet orators .pathetically . pictured Nevada with her fiventndred thousand population cancelling .the vote of New York with more than, tea million population, well-iafenned folks only laughed. But it was a talk- , ing point for the weta and they, made the most of It . Now it develops that New York had no intention of letting Nevada, cancel her vote. These two states find.t&ga); selves in perfect -eicoTd.mKthe.ifib ject of National Prohibition. :.-.. ' It is an lnsplration-ta tfee-adTecetea of a dry nation td find New Yaricea taming the metropolis of the aattoa and many other .large cities, agreeing with those states whose peoples, ac cording to certain New York newspa pers, have no conception of what real life is And, therefore, are 4a favor of no-license, that the beverage--liquor traffic must cease.- - .' k Hats off to New York! SOCIAL NOTES Mrs. Fred Nichols- entertained the members of the Polnsetta kclab and several guests -Wednesday afternoon at her home on East Tenth street ia delisrhtfuk manner. -The afternoon was pleasantly . passed with' needle work and social conversation At 4:30 o'clock an appetising one -course luncheon was served. -Miss Gsace-Fir kins was announced as the--next hostess on Feb. 26th. The Aid Society of toe". Methodist church met Wedneeday..fitonc la the assembly room of the church .wita a very good attendance ThrpjWaa no business et importoce trsnsacted but a pleasant social, time was enjoy ed with needlework and social conver sation. Mesdames John '.Archer, W. H. Aul and Will Apple served light re freshments. Those present wereMes dames S. J. Cook, A. B. W.iUard, Mar garet Meeds, J. E. Simmons, E. L. Clark, J. E. Grubaugh, Frank 'Hart ley, C C. Sparlin, Englebrigbt, W. IL AuL WiU Apple, Jno. Archer, R, IL Gilman, O. L. Orton, L. L. Cardia and J. W. Cook.