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Offical City and County Paper "A Tread the : . want ADS 3,' YOU TRY A DEM j WANT AD i THIS WEEK NEXT WEEK VOLUME XIV. MO. 39 Liberal, seward county, k Arts as, m a rch i i, 1921 J.B. MILLER 7 ' . ! ..5 , ,. , ., 1 t CONSIDERABLE DELAY IN IHKITINP nil TOT QnilTUUfTQT flC TOWN uu 1III1U U1L Seems Inability to Set Twelve , Inch Casing 7 Is Responsible for Delay in Making a ' Test of the Oil Showing LATE REPORTS SAY Huch Conjecture as to How Long the Test Will ; Be Postponed, but Opinion is That Diffi r 1 culty Will Soon Be Over ' The status of the Traders Bunting No- 1 southwest of Lib eral is difficult to determine, but indications are that the drill er are meeting with difficulty in setting the twelve inch casing. This casing was run into the hole for a considerable distance, and was then pulled and some work was done n the hole. Just what we cannot say definitely, but it is the supposition that an underreaming job was in progress. '.'' Whether the hole is crooked and will have -to be straight ened or whether there is an obstruction is not certain Work has has progressed steadily for several days and yet the casing is standing in the derrick. It is known that there lins been no drilling since the work of setting the casing was started, so it is certain that work is be ing done is in an effort to set the casing. . " OiJ men who have visited the test arc unanimous in their opinion that there isa good showing and there, is no little specu lation as to the probable capacity "of the well. ' Just how long it is going to take to set the casing is impos sible to determine as the trouble may be overcome any moment and the work of cleaning the hole started. . , There isv no longer any doubt as to the intention of the drillers to make a, test at the 1.650 foot level, and few doubt but . that the test will prove an oiler of paying capacity. . LOCAL FIRM TAKES , ; THE OALTON AGENCY liberal Typewriter Exchange. 1$ To Handle The Ten-Key ' ' Adder m MODEL NOW ON WAY HERE The Liberal Tpyewriter Exchange offices with the Democrat, signed a contract the first of the week to handle the Dalton adding, listing and calculating machine in this section of Kansas and Beaver, Texas and Cimarron counties in Oklahoma. The Dalton has but ten keys, per mitting touch operating, and since being equipped with new devices will do everything that any machine on . the market will do, and at the same time do it quicker. The Liberal Typewriter Exchange is taking the Dalton ' distributing contrast to work in connection with the sale of the Woodstock typewrit er, which is already gaining in popu larity in Liberal. The firm buys apd sells used ma chines as well as new ones and is now prepared to take in used adding ma chines for resale. If in the market for a typewriter or an adding ma chine, either new or used, a phone call to 116"will get action. : a- ; ELLIS KNIGHT HAD HIS THUMB REMOVED Ellis Knight, little son of Mr. and Y-yy E. Knight had his thumb on his jrVjtJit hand removed Monday. The lit - tM boy had had the thumb crushed last week between the rollers of a washing machine wringer and it did , nob heal satisfactorily, so the doctor advised having it amputated. SEWARD COUNTY HAD 150 ENLISTED MEN - , " : - ' , ; , . John L. Boles' informed the Demo- - at this week that Seward county had one hundred and fifty men who had enlisted in the world, war and that one out of every ten were either killed or died in hospitals. It hardly " seems possible that Seward county gave fifteen of her enlisted men in the great-struggle but such is true. Eight were killed overseas and sev en died in hospitols. ,' . e FELL FROM HORSE V r . r i AND BROKE LEFT, ARM v RayCawley, 8-year-old ' son ' of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Cawley, fell front a horse Sunday afternoon and broke his left arm. ' He -was riding 'with Dick Farmer after' cattle,, when the accident , occurred, - The break 'is healing nicely. . Cr.E.' Trlcell rptnrnoH MnnA.-v Jight from Harper, Kans., where he ibu oeen the past few weeks visiting with home folks and looking after WORK OF THE ilui ouunmi-ui ui mm SHOWING CONTINUES 1 NF.W FI.OWF.R SHOP OPENS THIS WEEK IN LIGHT BLDG Weiden'saul Sisters and Samuel Belts Are proprietor!. -Have a M ext ern Place ' ? - Misses Blanche and Zula Weldea saul and Samuel Beltz are the pro prietors of the new flower ehop that i opened lor business in the light com I pnny's office this week. This new firm will carry a com- nlete line of cut flowers, potted phnts, bulbs, . wickerware, place - 11 1-! i u J: 1 cams, mvurs 01 an kiiiuh, goiu iisn, birds and pottery. Not all of their stock has arrived but they have enough to make a beautiful display. A large shipment of pottery is on the " way from the kilns in Colorado. The beautv of the flowers and oth er things will be a drawing card to the paserby and it will be difficult to come down town and not .visit the flower shop. Look up the new firm's advertise ment in this paper and when down town next time, drop in and call on them. RAILROAD CASE HEARD AT TOPE K A THURSDAY Mayor Griffith ,and City Clerk L. T TTr.ll-.ul -A-tM.nf-.l Urn, attorney, John W.. Davis of Greens- burg, attended the trial of the City vs. The Kansas & Oklahoma railway, at'Topeka Thursday. Mayor Griffith informed the Dem ocrat today that the decision of the court would not be determined until about thirty days but from the testi mony he thought the citizens of Lib eral and oficials would be pleased and satisfied with the outcome. He said that Attorney Davis who pre sented the case, did ably. . 4 CAUGHT WITH STOLEN CAR HERE SUNDAY MORNING John W. Miller, aged 20 years, at tempted to sell a 1919 model Ford car to J. A. Brooks, Sunday morning for 150. and when Mr. Brooks be can to question the young mn about the machine he became suspicious as v ren'ys seemed vague and unreli able so Mr. Brooks notified the city officials. Miller was arrested on vio lation of the traffic laws as there was no license tag on the car: He was arranged before Judge Hubbard Sun day morning and made a complete confession. He said that he had taken the car from the streets of Elkhart at 12 o'clock Saturday night and drove across to Liberal. The oficials at Elhart were notified of the ' car t they did not know one had been stolen until Liberal authorities noti fied them. Sheriff A. A, Davis and Marshal W. H. Harris came over from Elkhart Monday after Miller and the car. AULT BUSINESS BLOCK IS ' LEASED FORM HARDWARE It is reported by reliable authority today that J. G. Ault has leased the lower floor of his business block on North Kansas to John Bolin who will move the hardware stock from his Forgah store, to the Ault building in the near future. Mr. Yocum who is also interested in. the store at For gan. will, move to Liberal and , have charge of the new business here. GRANDI BROS. STOCK COMPANY HERE THIS WEEK AT MAJESTIC Have Splendid Line of Dramas mA First Class Musical Attractions , Go Oat and See Them : The Grandi Bros. Stock Company arrived today and will play a three night stand ' at the Majestic theatre beginning Thursday, night and end ing Saturday. This company really needs no in troduction to the Liberal people as thes have visited here anually for ft number of seasons and always make good, ' They feature the Calkins la dies' orchestra which is made op of fine musicians. ' r The specialities betwen - acts are well worth the price : of admission alone. ,, . , : - Tickets for reserved seats are on sale at Taylor's drug store. FOREE HOBBLE TAKES POSI TION WITH OIL SUPPLY CO Foree Hobble resigned his position with the Liberal Light, Ice & Power company Saturday night and is now with the Liberal Oil & Supply Com pany. He will travel for the com pany specializing in luhercating oils, electrical goods and power and light fixtures for whjch this company is agents. Mr. Hobble is a live energetic young man and both he and the Lib eral Oil & Supply company are for tunate in getting together. HUGOTON SCOUTS WON WITH ONE POINT MARGAIN Liberal Lads, Although Smaller! Put Up Fine Showing Against the Hugoton Team Johnny Irwin's Boy Scout basket ball team came within one point 'of winning the basket ball game Thurs day night with the scout team from Hugotori. I The first half showed Hugoton in the lead, but in the last half the Lib eral scouts picked up and when the final whistle blew were going good with one point behind. The Hugoton scouts were larger and older than most of the Liberal boys, but the smaller lads were fast on their feet and gave them a real battle. . . The crowd was much smaller than it should have been but there was a lot of enthusiasm and the boys made a small sum over expenses WILL WRKTLE SAT. A Real Championship Boot To Be Staged At The Armory Saturday : Evening NEW PRICES FOR THIS MEET The evening for the wrestling matches has been changed for the present from Wednesday to Satur day night The bout this week re between Frank Burns Bnd Elmer Guthrie, and will be a championship affair of more than ordinary interest. A .letter to the Democrat from Burns gives the information that he has fourteen matches and has suc ceeded in throwing his opponents, and that he was never in better shape than now He says betwen matches he has been climbing mountains and lis is partially responsible for his perfect physical condition. . Guthrie has been working regular ly and will come to Liberal in the pink of condition for the match. Burns is known all over the coun try as a clever man, and the only rea son the match, could be arranged here was due to the fact that he was passing through Liberal, and it would not disarrange his schedule. ' Messrs. Freeman, and Parks have made a new price schedule and have a new seating capacity, which should appeal to the fans. A row of com fortable chairs have been placed on the four sides, of the mat. These are known as "ring-side" seats and can foe reserved at $1.50 each. All other seats in the house according to the former arrangement are $1.00 while a section has been set aside for ladies and children at 60 cents.' Gentlemen who accompany a lady may sit in the section but his ticket will cost him $1.00. This arrangement is made to encourage the ladies and children to attend the matches. " . The last match was not a great fi nancial success, and Messrs. Freeman and Parks lost considerable on the match which failed to materialize, and they have gone to much expense to bring this good bout to Liberal in the hope that there would be enough interest taken to allow them to get ut even. " The match will start at 9 o'clock so be on hand early and get a seat close to the scene of action, for the promoters promise there will be ac tion enough to satisfy all. ' Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Spurrier and family . were up from . Beaver Wed nesday shopping and looking after business matters. . E Had Thrilling Experience With Thugs In Wichita. Was Gagged -r -and Rubbed ROAD IN BOX CAR TO TUCUMCARI - The mystery of Stanley Brown, missing assistant cashier of Amer ican State bank at Peabody. was sol ved -last Friday morning when he ar rived in Liberal and induced Harry F. Malone of the Wiley Drug store to take enough interest to listen to his story. Brown disappeared from Peabody about a week ago and although a search has been conducted, no trace of him could be found. . A Democrat reporter interviewed Brown nd he told of the reason of his disappearance. According to his statement- he went to Wichita for the purpose of buying a present for his wife tak ing $85 in money with him. Arriv ing at the Union station he entered a taxi and drove south. ' Another man got in the cab at the same time but neither paid spy attention to the other. vAfter they had driven south a short distance Brown was struck over the head, and rendered uncon scious. He remembered nothing fur ther until he came to in a room and found that he had been blindfolded and tied to an iron bedstead. Par tially removing the 'blindfold : and rope he succeeded in writing Some notes en a piece of an old issue of the Wichita Eagle. A window 'was down from the top so he took one .of the brass knobs from thebed post wrapped the notes around them and threw them out of the window. Then he again partially lost consciousness, Later the man who had been with him in the cab returned with another. His recollection of . them is vague, but as they were going through his effects he heard one of them say, "Bert you have the wrong man." Gradually he became unconscious, and the next thing he remembers is when he regained consciousness in a box car in Tucumcari, N. M. He had no money and because of his appearance could not induce tele graph operators or others to assist him in getting a message to his bank, and he started beating his way home. He succeeded in riding freights and walking until he arrived here this morning when Mr. Malone who was familiar with the story of the disap pearance, assisted him, n erting me!Vnl aid and to communicate with his bank. ' - Brown shows a scar on his fore head, and his clothes are bloody in dicating that he has had a severe blow from some sort of a dull instru ment. He had on a good suit, of clothes, and was otherwise well dressed, except . that his apparel showed the effects of his travels. He was almost ill, weak and nerv ous and conversation with him shows that his mind is not clear as yet. He makes no effort to conceal anything but has to stop and study before he can recall events which happened previous to the robbery. His appearance indicates that he ban Huffered much hardship and pain The mystery of Brown's . disap pearance has caused much comment over the state. His accounts at the bank were in perfect condition and he had a nice balance to his credit. When asked as to the report that he registered at- a Hutchinson' hotel, he replied that if he did he had no knowledge of it) that from the time he last lost consciousnes in the room with the two men until he awoke in the box car in Tucumcari his mind is an absolute blank. The notes which he refers to, ap peared in the Wichita Eagle of Fri day. One addressed to his wife says: "Three men holding me in old house. Must have help. Can't live long in this shape." Another addressed to Cashier Brown of the Peabody- bank' says: "Have ben slugged and robbed somewhere in south Wichita. I have been hit on the head. Can't live much longer." The notes he rad enclosed in en velopes and were marked finder please mail and both were mailed. But two were found, while Brown says he might have written three. A report gained circulation that he had registered at a Hutchinson hotel as "Bert H. Stanley," and, lat er bought a ticket to El Paso over the Rock Islend," but he says if this is true he has no recollection of it, ana aoes not Delieve it is true. Brown left on No. 2 Friday after noon fpr his home. He was accom panied as far as Hutchinson by Ray Kennedy of the Grififth & Bangh man offices. At that place he was met by a number of friends and ta ken to Peabody. ' , Ae Hutchinson he refused ' to be interviewed by newspaper men say ing that he had given out at Liberal the only interview he cared to make. The story of the discovery of the missing banker is rather unusual. Entering the Wiley drug . store he asked if he might sit down. Receiving an affirmative answer he took a seat on one of the stools. After a moment he inquired of the boys back of the) counter if they had read anything! in the newspaper of a banker disap- pearing from Peabody. They told him they had and he then asked as to his 1 whereabouts. Upon being informed that the banker was supposed to be in Jaurez. Mexico. "Well he isn't." replied Brown, "he is right here," ana tnen said "no he isn t; ;what is left of him is here.'' . Hary Malone was called from the rear of the store . and . began ques tioning the- alleged banker.. Harry was acquainted in Peabody and the man knew the people Harry did and convinced him that he was indeed Brown. Harry stood good for the telegram to the Peabody bank and helped look after him while here. "COMMITTEE OF 17" CALLS A CONFERENCE All Farm Ora-aniiations AskedTo Send Representatives to Tope ka Meeting Selling . to Be Discussed The "Committee of 17" which an nounced a national grain market ing plan at Kansas City a few weeks ago, has called a meeting of all farm organizations and all persons inter ested jn grain marketing to meet in Topeka March 15. . Headquarters will be at the National hotel. Jhe plan of the committee will be ex plained and it is expected that the meeting will elect delegates to a con ference to be held in Chicago Aoril jected. 6, at which the plans of the commit Three members of the "Committee tee will be ratifned, amended or re of 17" John L. Boles, Liberal, repre senting the National Farmers Equity Union ; C. H. Hyde, Alva, Okla., rep resenting' the National farmers Union, and Ralph Snyder of Oskal oosa, Kans., representating the Am erican Farm Bureau Federation will attend the meeting.' The committe is asking all coop erative organizations to sent rep resentatives to. the meetine. The "Committee of 17" is made up of representatives of all of the big iarm organizations. Mrs. O. E. Storm 'and daughter, Miss Letha Nix, left the first of the wek for their home in Tipton, Okla., alter a snort visit here and at uuy mon with relatives and friends. E Block Between Fifth and Sixth is . Being Constructed This Week ARE ALSO WORKING ON WASHINGTON Workmen started Tuesday on the the work of paving the block between fifth and sixth on North Kansas av enue. This block was not paved when the balance of the street was finished owing to the necessity of buttinur in the- Can creek drainage, and by the time this worK was funlshed the wea ther was cold and it was unsafe to start the work. The work of paving North Wash ington is well under way and will be finished and 'the street opened to traffic within the next few days. The Stanton Construction Com- Sany, which is doing the work, has a ig force of men and are making good time with the work under way. They have done some mighty nice work in Liberal and there is little doubt but what the council did well in giving them the contracts for the Liberal paving. It is likely that when the present paving is finished no new contracts will be started until the oil Veil conies in and then Liberal will be paved to the limits in every direc tion, for nothing creates such a de mand for improvements as an oil ,b'iom. ' JACK GRAY TO FARM ' 1400 ACRE TRACT Is Buildinf Modem Five Room Bang alow Will Move To Farm Nest Month L. T. Gray and son, Jack, left for Satanta Wednesday morning to see about letting a contract for a five room bungalow to be erected on the 1400 acre farm owned by Mr. Gray and-his daughter. Jack and his wife and baby will move to the farm next month where they will make their home. , The farm is 43 miles from Liberal and 11 northwest of Satanta. Jack will use .a big tractor ' outfit and will be asisted by helpers in tearing up 1000 acres for wheat. REVIVAL MEETING AT FRIENDS CHURCH Special revival services at the Friends church conducted by Rev. M. F., Swofford, Quarterly Meeting Supt. and Rev. Olen Hunt pastor of the church. ' Nothing preached, but the Gospel. Nothing condemned but sin..' v i. You are invited to attend these services. LIBERAL TEAMS GO TO LAWRENCE MEET Boys and Girls Won Enough Games at Pratt To Attend The State Meet TEAMS LEFT THURSDAY ON NO. 2 The boy's and girl's teams of Lib eral won the right to attend the state ' meet at Lawrence at the district tournament at Pratt last week. The I boys won two games and lost the third one while the girls won their first and lost their second. To be eli gible to the meet at Lawrence the teams had to be one of the last four teams I in the district meet. The boys played their. first game with the Cullison team. Cullison had ' a very good team, having won the championship of Pratt county only a few days before the tournament. This game was too close for comfort and Liberal won with a. score of 20 to 18. At the half the score stood 11 to 10 in favor of Liberal. With only a few minutes to play the score was tied and then Liberal secured the lead and held it until the close of the game. The girls' won their first game from .the Sawyer team with a score of 40 to 21. This game was a fairly good game s the Liberal girls had heard considerable about the Sawyer bunch and for this reason they play- ed hard for the first half and then loosened up to save themselves for . the Kiowa game. There was a num hr of fouls on the Liberal team in this game and had the Sawyer team' been better at shot in free goals the score might have been closer. The boys played their second game with Lake City ten o'clock Saturday morning. The boys 'seemed to think ' that they had a hard game on and Lake City team were confident that they were going to win. The execel lent defense of Liberal left their Bcoring machine helpless and the Liberal forwards dropped the ball ,' thru the basket almost at will. The game ended with the score 40 to 12 in favor ,f Liberal. The feature of .. the game was the defense work of , Engel and Moore as Lake City was ' only able to make one point on the last half. The girls after winning from Saw- : yer drew Kiowa. This team was cracked up to take the tournament -from the start, and the Liberal girls realized they had a real game sched uled before they started to play. Al so the Kiowa team found they were not on a picnic when they met the Liberal, five. The game started with Kiowa leading by several points. The Liberal team pulled together and started playing their old game and things brightened up for Liberal. The teams played even ball the last half as both teams made the same number of points. The Liberal team, how ever, was unable to overcome the lead that Kiowa had made in the first half. The game ended with the score 34 to 45. The Liberal team seemed to be the second best team up there although Minneola won the the pen nant for second place. The Kiowa team beat. Minneola 55 to 25 in the finals and were only able to win from Liberal by eleven points. The boys third ' game was with Spring Township. It seemed that this -team materialized tout of air as no one had heard of them before the tournament. However, they were there and they had a real team. Spring Township is a large consoli- ' dated country school south of Anth ony. They eliminated Fowler with a score of 89 to 17 in their first game and Plains 52 to 22 in the second game. Liberal and Spring Township played at three o'clock Saturday. The game was between the defense of Liberal and the offense of Spring. The game was exceedingly fast at all times and the score was even for about the first quarter and then the Spring township - quintet began hitting the goals from the center of the court. The final score was 85 to 24 in favor of Spring Township. . The finals in the evening was be tween Minneola and Kiowa girls and the Kingman and Spring Town- . ship in the evening. Kiowa won their game in a walk with a score of 55 to -. 25 and the Kingman five won from Siring township with a score of 36 to ' 27. This gave, the tournament to the Kingman boys and .the Kiowa girls. -The two teams weni; to Lawrence to the state meet Thursday where they hope to win some more honors for Liberal. The fact that Liberal ' did'not win the cups should not dis courage the Liberal . people as both boys and girls were beaten by real teams. The Liberal girls should have won second but the luck in the draw ' gave the place to Minneola. . AMERICAN LEGION DANCE AT FORGAN MARCH 23 The American Legion ' boys will give a dance at Forgan at the dance hall, Wednesday,' March 23. The proceeds of the dance will be used for the Legion band. Every one is cordially invited and a good crowd from Liberal will probably attend if the weathej and roads, are good. - '