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THE BI1ERAL; DEMOCRAT
Volume xiv no. 52 NOW IN RAILROAD YARDS WILL LIKELY 1 GO UP EAST ichita Ai4 Eastern Capal Arc Interested in the Test This Is a Com-M- bined Standard and Rotary Which " H 'V ';Wffl'Be'tJse ' Another oilrig arrived In the lo cal 'railroad yard during the night and interest in the oil game is again becoming intense. -.'. t "vfhe rig will be one of the best in the: country, ' a combined standard and rotary of large size,;' and t the work of unloading will s start today; , Just, where the rig will be locat ed Is not yet known. The company has two blocks of acreage, but the one most desired " has not yet been completed. It, is going to be neces sary t get a few more leases to complete the block and insur the drilling of this block, which lies east of 'town.' If this cannot be done within the next few days, the rig will be . erected on the other locaton northwest of town. ' This -acreage was blocked by R. H.' Edgerly and Chas. Neff, who We spent the greater . part of a year in the work. The name of the company has not been give out but . It i knows that Edgerly and associa tes' are making the test, when is fl -naiiced by Wichita and eastern, cap talists. They -are all raid-continent operators who have made their money in the field' and know the game from beginning to end. A glance at the geological report shows up in good shape and it is the intention to make a speedy effort to finish the teBt It is oonfidently expected to start drilling by August MILLER MAINTAINS A SILENT ATTITUDE Wile Ellis Makes Many-Statements ' ' Miller Refuses To laiK , ..!f . ' - There are no new developments in .the -murder cases as the paper -goes ta Ttreaa. Whtla all aorta nf rnmnra float officials say they have,, noth ing" new to give out . ,, , , " ";The last confession of Harry Ellis acknowledging complicity s - the 'murder1 of John Longenecker is the latest. miM'I t-rtfUfttr-foer thlt'ld w- ' Officers visited Mfllerm the fin I ney county jail Tuesday and ques tioned! '.him for eight hours 'without -results,: He maintains Tiis Innocence and "brands the statements of Elils a a pack of lies and nothing, more. Rumor Is linking 'the names of sevra- others with the murders but officials deny these rumors so-there ideally nothing to give out more than is already known. V . .' : V "' It is known that several others "have been questioned regarding the case but so far-as we can learn only i witnesses; and no farther arrests have beelTmade ' or 'is 'it likely will 'be made. " ' "-'Interest in the case while tense is not so;.noticeabl as late last, week, "and the further statement of Miller d W imuchiMte is fUing t be ao old story and oomething -new b needed to- create flew interest, Persons living near , ioung Smith ancT those well, acquainted whA' Tilin give nVeredeflee to the .tory of "El- ' .Ms-ttia" Smiih-1iaa s; pirt jrf thelong. : enelrti--murdeT.,It ii "thought p4sfl- bie smi W etam , acqualflte :wia the ft'.ad wa-tmtUt'of 'tke-.wjs .to kjp-bim fwi?n t!'Jng, but' . Wt1 'have yet to find tho person is the T.iethood Kiwi'ln "lived S n OF LIBERAL I 1st, and with a rotary outfit the next few months should see the test com pleted, f - The starting of this test means a new impetus to the oil game here. With the big gasser brought in a year .ago by; the Traders Oil Cor poration, their second well down al most to pay territory, the Seward County Oil & Gas Company down 500 feet, and rig for the Skaer test and the Beaver Oil & Gas Company drilling steadily it begins ' to look as though there was bound to be some thing doing at an early date. ... , One encouraging sign s that own era of leases are all paying up their rentals. Thousands of dollars are be ing paid to hold acreage bought pre vious to the bringing in- of the gas ser, and that these rentals are being paid is proof that the people of this section are not losing faith in the field, while the bringing in of this rig proves that the outsiders have faith in the oil possibilities here. -' The Seward County Oil ft Gas Company will be down 600 feet this evening. The first few hundred' feet have been hard to drill 'on account of the quicksand, but 'now that this is done it is expected to go on down at a rapid rat. . . v . But few' leases are changing hands but the main reason for this is that few care to1 sell, and prices have not fallen since the excitement of the bringing in of the big gasser. does not brand the statement -as falsehood. N ' To the officers of the counties in terested, Beaver county, Oklahoma, and Stevens county,- Kansas," and W. T. Clark, sheriff of Reno county, Kansas, Ellis, who is confined in the Reno county jail at Hutchinson-, made a fourth confession Sunday ev ening. ( ' F.or the first time since his incar ceration, Ellis - broke down com pletely. He has always maintained a calm demeanor, but en this occa sion, according to the officers, 'he broke down, cried like a baby and prayed, declaring he was telling the truth. " ' ,' ' u.i'-t. '; " This statement differs from a pre- vious-statement1 but'slightly and is merely tne details or now miner ana Smith killed John Longnecker. The statement follows: . Statement of Harry K. Ellis, rela tive to the killing of John Long necker and Henry B. Smith,' '. Henry Smith and Miller had seen Longnecker M Liberal "With money j on him about a week' before ne was killed. They told me -about, having this money on him and they wanted me to get In with tnem, .navwey. Richard Farmer, Ralph Matkin, "ijMn-mnAM, Walker Maxwell, helpxthem and I told them -about the , pul Gny Crump Kennetn protracted meeting going on over gawyer Hden g,wyer( JmV Miner, there, and that I could go most any Rayinonj.;B(,jaB Wim,m Levi. -A, J. night,' nd we planned to "go ttot c . Lloyd E. Snyder," Forrest Wednesday night, butttey Sen my r.nmA ffnn and they folk, in IW-,! morning ana tney come an om w "j place, Wednesday, April 27th. I got papa's gun and them shells and went with them over.tp Longnecker's. The lrVrr Tighti Wlll-rndeav -Charlea- A. sp north of tfc. b and Jahn W L!"" h A',M ' ' f wt,ai ',WnaMi(iat iTruck drivers-. John ' W Baugh: his horses. He come out .and hlm.'ani'B. O. ftcCombs' anrf O. E.' FurJ Henry Smith squatted down in front T. . ;.t ' ; V; 1 -of -thel'ear and was' tMtlng sKout; the 'ahocte ibaoiiW and Miller wa .lh. t 1Mt. K.tiiit,mr and tfehiiid oiiBeckW.'rbont fcr--or five feet, and Smith got up and went' around to the leit Dacn-aoor 01 wm ear an4 Killer shot Longnecker. LIBERAL: SEWARD COUNTY, Then Smith run arund and cut his throat' with his own knife and then Miller picked up 1 this club and hit him in the'forehead, and Smith took' this' money out of his-shirt pocket. There was between six amj seven hundred dollars, and he put it -in hfs left coat pocket, and then-Smith and Miller started to drag him around behind the barn, and they told me to turn the car around. They some back; and. got in the back seat of. the car and J drove the car home. They wanted me to drive Longneck. era car to town that day and I told them I couldn't; that the folks was up town. On the way home they di vided the money between themselves and I was td take the car for my share. I agreed tp take the car for my flhare, and when we got back home Smith gave me the gun back and gave me a $10 bill for the use of the "gun. . They left there and I never seen Miller any more until after the Longnecker body was found. I went to literary Friday night, and me and Henry Smith went after the car. Smith took me in his own car; we went a mile west of the school house, then two north and back up to Longnecker's house, and Smith cranked up Longnecker's car and I drove it to, the first section line west of Longnecker's, then three nnTi and a half east: then I took the coils out and Smith took a pulb out and put them in his car and we- went back to the school house; we tint irone over thirty minutes. I afterwards hid three of the coils in h make i bin on my f atheif .... i, place.' HARRY K. ELLIS, BOY SCOUTS START Forty-One Members Left Tuesday On 1,000 Mile Camping Trip . The Boy Scouts started at 7:30 a. m., June 14th, on the three Reo trucks with forty-one First Class Scouts, six Scoutmasters and 4hree truck drivers. The route decided upon unless chancred on account of roads and weather conditions, is as follows: Liberal to Tyrone, Hooker, Guy- mon. Goodwell. Texhom'a, Stratford, Dalhart. Texlne, Clayton, Des Moin es,1 Raton, tJlmarron ) Canyon,; IRed River Canyon, Taos, yuesta, sun shine Valley, Jarosa, Blanca, Fort Garland, La Veta Pass, Walsenbnrg, MoT tome; ovtfij the best roBds Whith may oe by way of Pueblo ana Santa f Trail or by. way of Trinidad and the Plains Mountain Highway, The followng Scouts are on the trip: Robert Baughman, . Georgie Sess ler, Chester Jones, John Irwin, Al fred C. Hodges, Newman Warf ord, Ralph Pellette, Floyd W. Gyger, Au . fia Don, Seldon?Wallls, William Ferguson, Richard Zimmer- i man. Robert Kermit uw, ' Man on Brownln Eari Pate Tonaid Rad PotteV, Harvey McPherson, Carl Bain', Rosea Nich ols, Jr., George Gray, Clifford Walk er, Chester Emery and Gene Baker. T'-Thtf:Bcutil Tasters? -Elh Waikw; fThe Boy Scpits rf Liberal were ?c-fgltiixea )bott'm Vear ago. .Afj "htaaMtkA nrn&fexm Wan t.Varir. alow. I fiifn -lilmmer'r. -jhnW; I UmSMt Siaghman finanrfeA'and-, weVt wtthfdaiiglifef, ''JiargareC iorty-rwe soys on a camping mp into Oklahoma extending over the KANSAS, JUNE 16, 1921 n best part of a week. This effort was so successful that Mr. Baughman made this proposition to the boysi "That he would take all boys who became first class scouts by the fol lowing summer - on i an extended camping trip." The proposition has been, an in ' centive to harder work, and the de-. sire to build, up the organizaton., Too ; date June 12, 1921, . there are en-, rolled 100 Boy Scouts and Scout of-j ficers, This has proven thBt Bpy, Scout work could , be built up in every community, if public spirited men, would , thus interest themselves in, this noble enterprise. Boys re- snond to such encouragement to a wonderful degree. As anbther result of this propos- ition. forty-one boys have completed the necessary tests to win, not only a place in the camping party but now nosses the information which nniv Fir rinM Scoutfi oossess in- formation which will be a benefit to them and their country as long as they live. . True to his promise, Mr. Baugh man has made, all necessary prepar- ation for a ten day trip, , passing thru parts of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico. Colorado and, our own state Kansas covering a distance of over 1000 miles,, traveling in Reo Speed Wagons, three cars, carrying the boys a third carrying the baggage and equipment Three days, will be spent camping in the Red River Canyon of New Mexico. While in New Mexico, the party will be accompanied by C. R. Dwire. Deputy Forest Supervisor,' find an expert guide. Every arrange - ment possible "hs been made for most extraordinary trip, which will not only be interesting and enjoy - able but educatial. On our return we hope to begin planning for a per manent building equipped to handle this growing enterprise, which i calculated to make strong, vigorous, clean-minded and honorable men from the material of boyhood ' so plentiful in every community. The officers in charge are: J. W. Baughman, Transportation Officer and General Manager. Eli Walker, Scout Commissioner. E. A, Pennington, Commissary Officer, and Scout Master. - John R. Penningtin, Equipment Officer and Scout Master. j Bernard Meyers, Health Officer and Scout Master Chas Buchanan, Assistant Scout Master. ' Willard Harnden, Assistant Scout Master,. , , Robert W. Baughman, Senior Patrol Leader I MAJESTIC THEATRE CHANGES OWNERSHIP Roy Throp of Satanta Bays The Building and Equipment The Majestic theatre passed under new ownership Wednesday , when Roy Thorp of Satanta purchased 4he building an equipment of G. M. Le Monnier and A. E. Blake. Mr. Thorp has had some experi ence in the picture -. show business and has secured the service of Wm- Wright to handle the machine, which is a guarantee' that the pictures will be first class. , Just what jimprovemets wiB be made is not known as yet 'but if like ly that the new owner will make some changes 'and betterme&ts. He will devote all nt tima td the bust ness and eneavor to keep the place at the top of (the list nigh class show house. ' Mr. LeMonnier will continue to manage the theatre until June 25th when Mr. Thorn will take over the 'me nWe'?:' '-''rjVJv X The ' ; 1 bemdersr welcomes- Mr. Thorp .to'thtf city and Congratulates hiai on his, purchas: which) .should prove , a highly profitable one. 4 ; A'' " "i "i 1 : . Mtjnd Mrs. L. E. Dunn of Good well, were in Liberal "Thursday on buVtneqs.''v -;'1 'r .li-.-.V . ':' " '( .'. ' '' 1. ' 1 " 1 ' ' expect to leive soon for an extended visit ta points north. UU E Mnntftnfe Thrphpr FnirinM Thrh r""' " . er Supplies and Repairs , The Graber Supply Company has just completed a commodious build- ing in South Liberal ana now nave on hand an almost complete ' stock of thresher supplies, belting, etc as well as tractors, power drawn impie- ments and threshers, The company has the agency for the Hart-Parr tractor and Illinois separators, and have these on hand an well as almost everything the thresherman, needs n his business. The 1 firm has a large store at Hutchinson and after making a exhaustive survey of the . territory decided on Liberal as the logical point for a branch. ' That they are here to stay os attested by the na ture of the improvements they have made and the stock they have ship- ped here. The business will be under .the management of Mr. Carl Graber of Hutchinson who came to Liberal Tuesday ahd he and Mrs. Graber are nicely located on North Kansas Avenue. Avenue. He wll be assisted by Charno Jones who is well known J by Charno Jones who is well known -1et his experience' In this line of - business. - . ... '.fi; ,'B .!' W ' The new firm starts out right bjf I buying a good space in the Demo- crat to make known their lines. GRAY STAR ROUTE HAS BEEN RE-ESTABLISHED Postmaster E. S. Irwin informs the Democrat that the Liberal-Gray star route has again been extended to Perryton, Texs. When the raflroad was built into Perryton, the route running from Liberal through Gray was discon tinued beyond Gray. Liberal business men and those at Gray and Perry- ton were not pleased With the ar- ranpefnnt and petitioned the post office Department to re-establish the discontinued portion. Word came Tuesday that the pe tition had been granted and the change will take effect June 16th. - There are a lot of business be tween the towns and the discontin- ! uance of the route worked a great hardship as mail had to travel a considerable distance before reach ing its destination, and the people of the towns bn the route are pleased that the department has seen fit to again institute the service. " '. TAYLOR WENT SERENADING ' ' mm , aaBaaamm ' ' The people of Liberal last night were wondering who was responsible for the music which filled the ah. An auto went through the streets mak- ng some excellent music. ' Many thought soma sort of an orchestra was making the music, but was la ter discovered that Chas. Taylor of the Taylor Drug t Music Store was giving a phonoghaph demonstration. It was hard to believe that ail instru ment would give such volume of music in the open air, but such was the case. It was a treat all right and appreciated. ' V . ' 1 Mr. Taylor is making quit a drive in the phonograph business at this time, and ' has placed several ma chines. He says they are back , to pre-war prices, and he ha some ex Clet tnodela Hf WyC1 Wtof ' tgt: those wj -wanfci a machine at the nBW"prices..- '- ? m.i ' a ' . -.SMITH'S. CP rOUND. The 'cap was 'found ': about 10f yards south of the east' and west road in a position 150 yards straight fast, jf ,vwhejre .tSmith" . body ..w foMhdTon'to f a'small hill. It was given. to the officers by. the fintitr.'.--vho:.A6ka jthaK hf nam -be withheld. -r '.,1 It was right at the plac Ellis said it was, in his statement to the of ficers,- . '):. ., ..' J. B. MILLElV JlE LIBERAL FIELD i .. i LI; Traders Company Shut-Down " Merely Temporary Sayi Official Is h "The Traders Oil Company is ab solutely not abandoning the Liberal ' field," sid H. H. McQuigg " of $t: Traders Oil Corporation to a Demo crat reported Monday. ' i( " j In the course of an interview Mr, McQuigg gave out some fact; in connection with the local oil sit uation which will . be pleasing new to the members of the fraternity: here. According to Mr. McQuigg the Bunting well has reached a depth'' of 1,835 feet with a twelve inch: hole in the best of condition. "The hole can be carried deeper," said Mr. McQuigg "and it will be. It is the purpose of the company to make a thorough test" He gives the information that the the officials of the company are very optimistic over the..possibillties of the Liberal field and much pleased wth the discovery of gas in the Boles well. "The gas in the Boles well has been shut In and the hole is n th best of condition," said Mr, Mo Quigg. ' - -i ili ' ; i- (-. We gathered from his statement that the suspension of operations is"'' merely- temporary and due to th condition of the oil business which has been hard hit by the price slump He seems to feel that this condition will soon be relieved and when that time comes it is likely that the Tra ders folks will start development work on a larger scale than former-.; ly. " There is a strong probability of. the Boles well being drilled deeper.! ' When the well ws shut in the ru-. mor was current that oil had been , found, and this has been neither confirmed nor denied by company ' officials and (here is a strong possi bility of both welis being brought in as soon as conditons 'warrant. , ' There is also a rumor afloat to the,'; effect that the Bunting No. 1 by the Traders Company has developed a big gasser. Farmers living in the vicinity,, are authority for the story,... that durng the night recently the whole country was lighted up for mitegi and it is their opiniqn that the well was tested. When question ed regarding this Mr. McQuigg smiled and had nothing to say. Whether this meant it was a fact or that there was nothing to it( we are " nqt prepared to say. However, th story comes mighty straight and there is reason for believing th': story to have some foundation. ' - V. '-The development work done ao)'. far by this company has meant a lot to Liberal and th Southwest and ii is quite pleasing to know that they have hot abandoned the field ' a some few thought last week. That they ar quitting temporarily b-,' cause of business conditions is not', to be wondered at ad when they arc. agan ready to resume operations . they should be given the glad hand and all possible encouragement, ': ELDERLY LADY STRANDED - - ' IN LIBERAL SUNDAY. ! - .ir' Mrs. W. W. Hollingswood, aged' 64 yean, found herself, stranded here Sundaypenhile8s and ft stran-. . ger. She stated that some on had stolen Br pars brJCansaa City. sn J hex : railroad tkkat I was ' :paid . ;on?y. to Libaral-and-.her. destination was T,u,cvmearir N,M. . " ', ,,MjshaI Higgins took' her charge and made up a purse from the men of the city which netted her the far to ,Tucumcari with 9.00, to the good ffe expressei jgfcat'-appreciation t the' people" 'o '.Liberal 'tor their kindness. -W'-'' . e-Vix 8e oa for FARM AND CirV LOANS any day. Moor k FranL1'!!