"Successor to The liberal Independent"
Vol. 5. No. 15
Liberal, Seward County, Kansas, Friday, August 11, 1911
$1.50 Per Year
The Waterworks To Be Built
By Brooks & Co. For
At a meeting of the city council
Tuesday evening, the contract for
installing., the new waterworks
system was awarded to T. C.
Brooks & Co., of Jackson, Mich
igan, who submitted the lowest of
six bids. The contract was sign
ed Tuesday evening, and a few
changes were made in the specifi
cations. The altitude valve was
cut out of the contract at $225,
and a different type of task was
substituted, at an additional cost
of $550. The contractors bond
will be filed within ten days, and
according to the contract, work
wilL start by August 28. The
plant must be completed within
90 days after the construction is
ABOUT THE BIDS
Several weeks ago the council
requested E. T. Archer, the engi
neer employed, to draw up the
plans and specificatiops, and notify
the contractors as soon as possible.
This he did, and six bids were
made on the, job. The bids were
.. Commercial Construction Co $28,675
P. M. Clark....: 29,490
Hoosier Construction Co 27,915
Squire Construction Co 27,877
- T. C. Brooks & Co. 27,360
Kass-Cralg Construction Co 29,300 1
All of the contractors who came
here gave us the idea that work
was scarce in their line now and
that they needed the job here.
- This is in a greatmeasure, probab
ly, responsible for the low bids
.. . THE EQUIPMENT GOOD
' Besides W. B. Bash, IV M.
Brooks, A. Bickel, and W. J.
Squires who were here bidding,
.there were several men looking
-after the sale of material. All of
the contractors agreed that the
plans and specifications would give
us one of the best plants in the
state. P. A. Ivy of the American
Cast Iron & Pipe Co., E. J. Mer
kel of the Merkel Supply Co), and
M. J. Trees of the Chicago
Bridge & Iron Works, were also
here and spoke very highly of the
plans and specifications of the
plant. The tank selected is known
as the railroad type, built by the
Chicago Bridge & Iron Works. It
is 26 feet in diameter, with a total
depth of 22 feet. - ThisL. will be
- erected on a tower, 85 feet high,
measuring from the top of the cap
stones to the bottom of the tank.
The capacity of the tank will be
80,000 gal' '.'us. The advantages
THOS. L. HIGGINBOTHAM,iVI.D.
Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
MILLER BUILDING LIBERAL. KANSAS
Price for one week $1500.00
House and Lot Must Go
Five room bouse, electric lights, city water, big
barn, hen house, coal shed, etc On a good street
only, two blocks from principal business corner of the
town. See ,
. DAVID CURTIS
Office Phone 314
-83 Years Sittcesshil
we've been at it
we have the biggest and best of its
kind in this Big Southwestern
We have built this business on the solid rock
of Quality Merchandise not cheap merchan
dise. Probably you have heard someone say: "I
want to buy a good suit of clothes, a good pair
of shoes, a good dress."
And the answer was this .
"You Arc More Apt
to Get it at Summers'."
Take a good look at some of our new Fall
Goods coming in.
of the railroad type over that des
cribed in the specifications are
briefly as follows. The railroad
type has a greater diameter and is
not so tall, giving a more even
pressure, which is desirable to the
consumer of water, as well as be
ing a desirable condition for the
best work by the pumps. It has
a metal frost casing instead of a
wood casing and is more durable.
The type selected has a washout
valve and settling basin at the bot
tom of the overflow pipe -which
makes it possible to clean the tank
at any time without letting' all the
water out and it may be done in a
few minutes by . one man. , This
feature is not included in the tank
. Liberal, Kansaa
since 1878 and now
Edwin Clapp Shoes
W. L. Douglas Shoes
American Lady Shoes
Liberal, Kansas ;
Ouymon, Oklahoma ,'
r Dalhart, Tsxas s
described in the specifications. An
eighteen inch balcony will be
built around the tank at the. top of
the iron supports, a trifle over 85
feet from the ground. The well is
to have a casing 8 inches in dia
meter and will be equipped with a
Luidwieler six-inch pump. It is
estimated by E. P. Archer that
this well will furnish 145 gallons
per minute. The storage capacity
is nearly double that of the pres
ent plant and should furnish an
abundant supply of water. The
council was anxious to have a tank
with a capacity of 100,000 gallons,
but was unable to do so with the
amount of money voted at the
bond election. The mains will be
4, 6, and 8 inches in diameter.
The successful bidder, Mr. II.
M. Brooks, of Baooks & Co., said
after the contract was awarded:
"I was not surprised to get the
contract; we needed the work and
I cracked the bid pretty hard. I
do not intend to even ship a ditch
ing machine here, but will use
your men in digging the pipe lines.
The only men we will ship here will
be our foremen and machinist.
Liberal men will get all the work
we can sire tnem n tney are
willing to do the fair thing.
A Chang in Mains
Mr. . T. Archer, the consulting
engineer from Kansas City, and
the council, after thoroughly going
over the ground,-decided to run
the main, which was laid out on
Washington avenue to Pennsyl
vania avenue, a block further east.
This will give some fire protection
to the ice plant and flouring mill,
and will put a row of hydrants
one block further east. The out
side limits of the new pipe lines
will then be as follows! Begin
ning at the corner of Kansas
avenue and First street, north to
1 ' I fHt NEW WAY
Second street, east to Pennsyl
vania avenue, north to Seventh
street, west to Kansas avenue,
north toeighth street, west to Sher
man avenue, south to Sixth street
west to Jordan avenue, south to
Second street, east to Sherman
avenue, south to First street, east
to Kansas avenue tothe place of
One quarter section to put in
wheat; 3 miles west, 10 north of
Liberal. Inquire, Liberal Dairy.
NO U NCEMENT.
CIVIL 8KBVICE EXAMINATION
An examination for cleric will be
held at the postofllce In this city on
Sept. 2nd, 1911.
Age limit, 18 to 45 years, on the
date of the examination.
Married women will not be admit
ted to this examination. This pro
hibition, however, does not apply to
women who are divorced or to those
who separated from their husbands
and support themselves, but they are
eligible for appointment only as clerk.
All applicants must be physically
sound, and male applicants must not
be less than 5 feet, 4 Inches In height
without boots or shoes, and weigh
not less than 125 pounds without
overcoat or hat.
For application blanks and for full
information relative to the examin
ation, quallBcatlons, duties, salaries,
vacations, promotions, etc., address
J. N. EVANS,
Postofllce, Liberal, Kansas.
The last service will be held in
the old Christian church Sunday
morning, August 20th. Thereaf
ter the Christian church services
will be held in the city hall until
the new building is ready for oc
cupancy. Beds, 15c at 302 Lincoln ave.
PRESSED AT PEARCE SUITORIU-Phonc 266
A few weeks ago, Fred Hullel
went to Oklahoma on businesr.
The next day Earl Staphenson pro
prietor of the City Meat Market,
went to the farm of Mr. Nass three
miles east of town and paying the
the pasture bill oh two steers be
longing to Hullot, drove them
away, lhatsame day Mullet re
turned unexpectedly, and Steph
enson was much embarrassed when
he knew Hullet was in town. That
night te took his meat cutter,
Smith, went to the slaughter pen
and butchered the two steers. It
was unusual to take Smith as he
was not the regular butcher, and
it was out of the ordinary to butch
er more than one beef a day. Hul
let heard of this and asked Steph
enson what he knew of the steers.
Stephonson finally said that a
fellow in Oklahoma had taken the
steers, and offered to pay for thorn,
and finally gave Ilullot a check
for the steers.
O. T. Wood heard of the case
and being interested in the cattle
business began to inquire into tho
transaction. He finally collected
the evidence and presented it to
the county attorney. Stephenson
was asked to produce the Oklaho
ma man who stole tho steers and,
being unable to do so, was arrest
ed. Ilis bond was first fixed at
$500, but was raised to $1,000
later on, and S. K. McCamant and
Leonard Matthews signed the bond
Stephenson giving them a bill of
sale for the butcher shop hero.
Stephenson did not appear here for
several days, and the bondsmen,
becoming uneasy, several horses
and some money were attached.
On the day set for the prelimin
ary trial, August 7th, he wa9 not
here and the bond was declared for
feited. On August 8th Charles
Stephenson of Kingfisher, Okla
and a brother of Earl Stephenson
arrived here to helpstraigbteu oul
the difficulty. The horses and the
meat market have been taken b.y
the bill of sale and the attachment,
which still leaves the bondsmen on
the short end of the string.
Wanteds Sewing to do for
adics, misses and children. Ten
years' experience in shop and
home sowing. Prices reasonable.
At residence one door north of Dr.
'Cnisoly's on Prospect Ave.
8 4-4t Mas. David Cuktih.
MONEY IN THE MNK
MARSHALL FIELD clerked in a store when he
was a boy. He put in the bank enough out of hia
salary to start a small businessof his own. Today
his establishment is the finest in the world. His two
grandsons will get 400 million each, when they are
given their share of his estate.
Make OUR Bank YOUR Bank.
Deposits Guaranteed by the Guaranty Fund of the
State of Kansas
CITIZENS STATE BANK -
Speaker of the Lower House
to Lecture" Here.
The Hon. Champ Clark, repre
sentative from Missouri, and
sneaker of the House of Represent
atives will lecture in Liberal on
October 11. The engagement was
made by the local lecture course
committee, but it will not be u
number of the course. There is
probably not a man in the United
States whose political popularity
has risen as rapidly as that of
Champ Clark of Missouri. He is
very gonorally being talked of for
presidential candidate in 1912.
While Speaker Clark has denied
any intention of making the rnce,
the support is coming from many
quarters. He is one of tho great
men in tho Unitod States today
a man of national and inter
national reputation. The seats
for his lecture here will be put
on salo on September 1. Stand
ing room will probably bo at a
premium, and the seating capacity
of the opera house will bo greatly
Having given reasonable notice,
all owners of dogs must pay tax
on their dogs or the dogs will be
killed. John T. Gray,
8-4 2t City Marshall.
"Stub" Boyland has returned
from a short visit at Piatt. ,
Mr. O. E. Moinzer, assistant
United States Geologist and Prof.
E. Haworth, State Geologist are
expected Thursday evening on No.
3. They will spend Friday in and
around Liberal, looking over the
ground, and various formations
here, .including the different kinds
of clay. A trip to tho well now
being drilled at Hooker will be
made, and their opinion on tho
probability of securing artesian
water here will have much to do
toward organizing a company to
drill at this place. Liberal will
not be behind the times, but the
opinion of these experts may save
a costly experiment in drilling for
artesian water hero.
James Mahoney, wife and little
daughter went to Dodge Citv
Thursday to the Soldiers' Reunion.
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