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'P. THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT TWELFTH YEAR. NUMBER THIRTY-ONE. LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS. THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 1918. $1.50 PER YEAR. ty X PLANNING FOR HIGHWAY FROM FUNSTON TO EL PASO Convention Being Held at Tucumcari to Formulate Plant. Liberal Represented. The Liberal Chamber of Commerce has received a telegram from the Chamber of Commerce at Tucumcari New Mexico, asking that representa tives be sent to a Good Roads Con ference to be held at that place on December 20, at which time plans will be formulated for securing the Funston National Highway, running from Camp Funston, Kansas, to El Paso, Texas. President H. W. Magruder of. the Liberal Chamber of Commerce will attend the conference. So far as plans have gone it is ex pected to have the highway follow the Rock Island railroad and if this plan is followed Liberal is going to be greatly benefited. It is more than likely that the en tire distance will be paved, especial ly if the Government gets back of the project which the conference will en deavor to have come to pass. Mr. Magruder is well informed on the good roads situation, having at tended all the principal road meetings held in this part of the country, and when he returns he will no doubt have a fund of information on the subject. While there is a chance of getting this road we should be alive to the opportunity and work it for all it is worth. CECIL C. GRIFFITH DIED AT ATCHISON Brother of W. V. Griffith a Victim of Pneumonia. Interment at Coldwater, Kama. A message was received here Tues day morning bearing the sad intelli gence of the death of Cecil C. Griffith, brother of W. V. Griffith, at Atchi son, Kansas. , Mr. Griffith was for six years a resident of Plains, Kansas, where he was manager of the Nickelson drug store, going fron there to Great Bend and latoii- to Atchison. During his residence at Plains he made frequent visits here and made many warm friends who will be grieved to learn of his death. He suffered an attack of influenza but it was thought that he had re- covered, and had returned to his work when he suffered a relapse from which he could not rally. His broth er, W. V. Griffith, was called to his bedside about ten days ago and he has been in a critical condition ever since, and he passed away Tuesday morning, December 17. Cecil C. Griffith was 26 years of age, and was born and reared at Cold- water, Kansas, where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Griffith still reside. He was a congenial, likeable gen tleman, honest and upright, a faithful friend and a kind and indulgent hus band and father. Re was a member of the Masonic fraternity. The remains were taken to the old home at Coldwater, where interment was made. ' He leaves to mourn his passing a wife and little daughter, his parents, two sisters, Miss Marie Griffith and Mrs. Clayton Malone, of Coldwater, and two brothers, W. V. Griffith of Liberal and Lewis Griffith of Cold water. CURTIS AGAIN ENGAGES IN UNDERTAKING BUSINESS Buys Interest of V. A. Clark in Lib eral Undertaking Company. David Curtis this week purchased the interest of V. A. Clark in the Lib eral Undertaking Company and will have a part in the management of the business. Guy P. Belford the other member of the firm will remain with Mr. Curtis. Mr. Clark has not made known his plans for the future, but we hope he decides to remain here. Mr. Curtis is an old-timer in the business here and Mr. Belford has leen here a couple of years, so there is no need for introductions on be "half of either. The business of the firm will be conducted on the highest posible plane, and Belford and Curtis are fully competent to do so. . Geo. W. Fiedler is fast filling his music class. The response to his ad vertisement was more generous than he expected. We are glad to report that he wag so successful. The SMS Put your flag in your window CHRISTMAS ROLL CALL NOT MEETING RESPONSE Sickness and Bad Weather Make Can- vast For Members Out of The Question The Christmas Roll Call, the Red Cross membership campaign, is not progressing satisfactory. The unusual amount of sickness, together with the bad weather, has made a house to house canvass im possible, so about all that has come in has been voluntary memberships and what were secured at the booth in the postoffice. It is simply going to be up to every person to appoint himself or herself committee of one to get members and start in his or her own family. Surely there should be no need of urging or arguing in this matter. The work which has been done by the Red Cross has been of such charac ter as to merit the hearty support of everyone, and just because someone does not come and ask you for your dollar you have no valid license for not getting in on this Roll Call. It is as much your duty to join voluntarily as it is the duty of someone else to hunt you up and ask you, so we trust that by the time the next paper comes out all will have availed themselves of this opportunity to help the Red Cross. All yearly memberships expire at Christmas time and unless you take out a new membership you are not entitled to a Red Cross button. This is probably the last call the organization will make for funds, so everyone should dig up that dollar and join. Leave your dollar with Ray Mill- 818 ' ifslf"9 1 Work of the Red Distress calls ! The misery and sick ness and destitution throughout the world make relief work necessary, on a scale never before dreamed of. When distress calls', the Greatest Mother in the World answers "Here!" join the Red Cross tJ - all you need is d heart and a dollar 1'aMM CHRISTMAS 1918 Our Wish For You Before another issue of the Democrat reaches you Christmas 1918 will have passed into history, ' and we take this opportunity of extending to our friends and patrons our best wishes that the day may bring them pleasures untold. May health and happiness be your portion; but should sorrow come to your home, may you have the courage to face it bravely, and faith that the future will bring you comfort and content ment. THE I'UBLISIIEIiS. jimiHfffliiHiiMiimHmmuMHiiiiiimiiuMiiijHMiiifiimiMMiiHMimmimiimMiiMMiiiiiHM man at the Chamber of Commerce office and get your button and window flag. The Red Cross Christmas seals are not being sold this year, but with every membership ten seals are giv en. 1 At last reports there had only been a little over $400 taken in, so there are a lot who have not yet taken membership. Don't wait call on Millman today and get in on this great Roll Call. Answer "present" with a hearty good-will and don't wait for some busy man or woman to "talk you out" of a dollar. Give it! Willingly, free ly you'll feel better for doing it. Mrs. Henry Hitch, who has been visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Evans, returned to her home near Guymon yesterday. Cross must go Now, the Red Cross calls! The annual Christmas Roll Call of members echoes throughout the land this week. When your name is "called, you are going to answer "Here!" because you know your duty, and you'll do it. Ikliiiuttlkr jl FEINBERG IS HOLDING ' A CLOTHING SALE The M. Feinberg Clothing Store is putting on a clearing sale this week that should attract a gopd business to the town. Mr. Feinbergxplains that he purchased heavily when', there was a prospect of a heavy advance, and that the backward season has left, him with the most pf it still on hand. He does not want to, carr,y it over until next season, so is making prices aid doing some extensive advertising to turn it loose., i, , .m,.,, . ,., Anyone vneoding the goods he has to sell should take a look at the ad vertisement of his sale -on 'the last page of this issue and then take ad vantage of the' bargains he offering-.- Join the Red Cross ''X, Dollar and Heart'."" ' " ' ." ' .".' on & Wear your membership button RAIN AND SNOW , , OVER THE SOUTHWEST Generous' Fall of Moisture ts Great For the Late Sown Wheat.' ' ' I l , t : . Western Kansas never had better prospects for a bumper wheat crop at this time of year. The early sown wheat has looked fine all along, but that which "was sdwh ' late ' was the subject of much discussion. Only a wet season in the fall'or early winter will make the late crop and moisture was anxiously awaited. "" ' ' , , The first came last Thursday' night a little shower which' helped a fit tie. Then Tuesday night' there was a ) fall of six or eight inches of the wettest snow imaginable. And to make the measure full snow fell most of Wednesday night) turning to rain before morning which lasted all 'day Thursday and is still falling as the paper goes to press.' , ,1116 streets and roads are a "sight to behold, and business 'has slowed down something awful, but the mer chants are smiling almost as broadly as the farmers for unless history fails to repeat, this section will be rolling in weaun nexi narvest wnen tne train loads 'of two-dollar" wheat lstait for the' markets. ''", " The force at the Higgle Bros.-Gro cery are all back on' the job;agnrin after their season with thd flu. 'One' day last week: not a- familiar face' greeted the customers of that; ptfpU' lar place, out-all are-itow'able to be- n their places. I: : ,. , 4. .... j -. . . ! Mr. Gdss "and "family "have" moved nb the 'fine new 'house' they 'pur chased this "weekT '' '" ""- """' ' .,11 -..,;-', , i , ......... . WILL START A NEW HARDWARE STORE B. D. Creek and King Collier to Put in a Stock on North Kansas Avenue. Announcement is made this week of a new hardware store to be started on North Kansas avenue. B. D. Creek, who was for several years interested in the Southwestern Hardware Company,, and ..recently disposed of his interest, has' associat ed with King Collier arid wil) open up a stock of hardware jri'ori!ection with the harness business now being conducted by Mr, Collfe.V ., ' Mr. Creek gives the information that the tirnVwill' carry a oomplete stock of hd'edwar-e Jfwitl, 6peratc a plumbing ind-hehtn-'dUpjirUnent in connection V ,r The new' husiiie'sSj will continue to occupy the building now occupied by Mr. Collier und wfth a ivjiv stock and such an advantageous location should be a success from the first. Collier and. Creek should make r. migHty good team. " Both' their front names fire work and this iijiclmation is backed by good business judgment and 'pleasing porsonahty a ' com bination that is bound to win. Just how. soon the new firm will have the hardware stock ready is not definitely known but arrangements are going on as rapidly as possible. The Democrat is glad Mr. Creek has decided to remain with us, and in this we will be joined by his many warm friends. FLU IS INCREASING; QUARANTINE RESUMED All Public Gatherings Called Off. Schools, Churches, Shows Will i Be Closed. 'The flu situation is far from satis factory, according . to , Dr. Geo. S. Smith of the County Board of Health. Mr. Smith says more cases were re ported Wednesday and today than for over a week past, and in the face of the iikreasc it Vwas deemed ad visable to again put the closing or der into effect". " " ' ''""'" The new order goes into effect Sat urday evening at 6 o'clock, and -remains in- force two weeks, by which time it is hoped the disease will have abated, sufficiently to allow, things to proceed along normal lines, i :The order relates to the schools, churches, pool halls, public and pri vate dances, lodges and all public gatherings of any nature. ...... The picture shows will run Satur day night until midnight, but children under sixteen years old wi.ll , be barred. After the .Saturday night show there will be no more un.til the order expires .. . . :, .. ,, An order not heretofore, in, effect but which has .been observed .in other towns, is the closing of , the postoffice lobby during the time the mail is., be ing distributed..- As a usual thing a large crowd congregates during this time and offers a good opportunity of spreadjng contagior). Therefore the door will be locked until all mail 'is distributed when it will be opened and only a (imited number will be allowed to enter at one tinie." If necessary a special officer will be placed, at the door ' to enforce this" regulation. Persons who go to the office for . their mail should wait ' a" sufficient time after the office closes before going. ' .The Health Board asks" the" hearty co-operation of the public in the ob servance of the closing order. ' STARK MUSIC STORE ..MOVED TO KANSAS AVE. Nbw'Loeated in Room Opposite Post- office on the West Side of (the Street)! The Stark Music House, which has been located on North Lincoln, has been moved" to the ' : Stevesson building across the street west from the postoffice; '-' .- Mr. Stark has added to his line of pianos, talking machines, 'sheet music and player 'Tolls', and. is now conveni ently located. " ' ' The roorrt has been: rfewiy papered and jiainted and makes' avery nice place for the -display of things mus ical. " ' . '" Mr. Stark "has been- wishing for a Kansas avenue location-'for ;a long time and we hope his fondest hopes are 'realized. Mrs. left-Yednday morning on No. 4 for Coldwater to attend the fuhera'l of .her brother-in- law Cecil Griffith, rut i'tf y.