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VOLUME XIV. N0..1 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, JUNE "23, 1921 J. B. MILLER ADIT.-GEN. MARTIN TO BE HERE Fl Will Address Chamber of Commerce and The Legion The question as to whether or not the National Guard organiza tion h to be maintained in Liberal is to be discussed at a meeting of , tile Chamber of Commerce next Friday. The present ' enlistments expire next month and unless it is the wish of the business interests that the Guard be continued here the. organ ization will be disbanded. ' Adjt. Gen. C. J. Martin will be here Friday to meet with the Cham ber of Commerce to ascertain the sentiment of the business men in this regard. Mr. Martin is known as one of the biggest army men in the United States, and will have some thing instructive as well as interest , ing to say. It is desired that there be a full attendance, not only of the members of the Chamber of Com merce, but all business and profes sional men interested in the progress of Liberal. v The Democrat is informed that fif ty to sixty men can- hold the organi zation, and that enlistments can be made for the period of one year, which makes membership .more de sirable than formerly. Mr. Martin's talk will deal with the National Guard company as a business asset to the town and shoull be heard by every booster. He will also address the American Legion the same day. The hour for these talks has not been set as it is not known just what train he will come on, but the time will be an nuunceu u mac un may aibeiiu. The Guard Co., has given Lib eral a lot of favorable publicity dur ing the time it has been organized, ' and the proposition deserved through I cosideration because of the fact that if we lose the company at this time it will be impossible to secure anoth er. The boys have made good and rank close to the top of Kansas com panies and if the business interests can assist them in any 4vay there is little doubt but what the assistance will be forthcoming. SWALLOWED A PENNY CONDITION SERIOUS Little Elnor Snyder, daughter of I, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Snyder swollowed a penny Sunday afternoon and is in a serious condition. Physicians fear an operation will be necessary. The little girl took two pennies to Sunday school, but one ofN them was a bright new one she wanted to keep it. While playing with it she I put it in her mouth and a moment later had swollowed it. A day or so later she became ill but the attend- physican did not attribute the trou-j ble to that source, bu( when she did i not get better an x-ray was taken) which showed that the penny had lodged in a valve 'in the . intestines. I She is very ill and unless the penny can be dislodged ' it will be neces sary to operate.' Mr. Snyder is in Hot Springs, Ar kansas, and, is in very poor health, and it is not known whether he will be able to return home. CHILD DIED FROM BURNS Glen C. Pope, little son of Mr.' and Mrs. C. S. Pjpe of nesr Gray, Okla. died at a local hospital Tues ' dy, from result . of burns received three weeks go, when' he played with matches and ignited his cloth, ing. t - , T. C, HUBBARD HIT " BY AUTO SAT. NIGHT While crossing the street at the Enterprise grocery store corner last Saturday night, T. G. Hubbard was struck by an auto, and after being carried a few feet on the. radiator, fell to the pavement. He was not seriously injured, but was badly shaken up and sus tained a few bruises about the body. The accident was due to bright lights on. the car which blinded Mr. Hubbard. A. Tv, Wright of Tyrone was in to-vn the first of the week oit busU APPRECIATES FREE CAMP GROUND Many TourUta, Viiit Camp. The Days All Exprai Likinf For Accommodation 'The Free Camp Ground establish ed by the Chamber of Commerce at Liberal is being well patronized. It has an average population each evening of something like twenty people. The shelter house is com pleted and painted, tables and ben ches have been provided, and there is light and water and fuel at hand. One California man said a few days ago that Liberal has the best stopping place, for tourists he found on the southern route between here and California. The following was written the Chamber of Commerce by a man who stopped here recently: Sec. Liberal Chamber of Commerce, Dear Sir: Being interested in civ ic improvement, I want to congra tulate your' city on your "Tourist Camp." Stopped there last night and enjoyed its comforts. Nothing you could have undertaken would impress a tourist more than this camp. Wesley A. Fieth, Pres. Chamber of Commerce, Higginsville, Missouri. - THREE-DAY PICNIC TO BE HELD AT GRAND VALLEY A big three-day picnic will be held at Grand Valley. Oklahoma, about thirty miles south of Tyrone, in the Sutton Grove, a beautiful place for a large gathering, on July 28, 2? and 30. There will be boxing, wrest ling, ball games, horse racing and many other amusements; A merry-go-round and other carnival attrac tions will help amuse the crowd. Ev erybody is invited to attend. FULL BLAST NOW Scarcity of Help Re tarding Work of Cut ting of Wheat With one of the best crops In the history of the country ready for the binders the shortage of harvest hands is seriously hampering the work of harvesting the grain. Hundreds of men are needed in the territory about Liberal and but few men. are coming in. Farmers are meeting every train in the hope of picking up men, but their vigil ance is counting for little. At the Armory Capt. A. T. Hilyard of Company E ' is conduct ing a billet for the incoming . help and here men may sleep and loaf until they are needed, but they are getting but little sleep and no loaf ing, as there are farmers on hand to take out every man who appears. The first few nitrhts there were a number of men on hand but now! they go out as fast as they arrive. The wheat ripeed earlier than was '. anticipated and found the farmers unprepared for the work of cutting, Then, too, the grain ripened uni-jare formly over the country, . shutting j off the supply, of men" which usual ly comes from the south as the har vest extends, in tis direction. I From all the reports we can getj we are led to believe tha the yield this year will equal, if not surpass,! all former yields. The heads are weir filled and are longer than us ual, and at no time during the grow ing season has there been a tlmej whe the crop has been in danger. It It has been an ideal season and the crop is going to show it. ROY JOHNSON AGAIN OWNER OF PULLMAN Roy Johnson - is again exclusive owner and manager of the New Pull man cafe. H.N. Witt who bought an interest recently, having sold it back to Mr. Johnson, and will .sever his business relations with the cafe on July 1st Mr. Witt will continue ' to make Liberal his home, but will devote his entire time, to his real estate inter ests. . The Pullman Cafe is one of the popular eating houses of the city ! .md Mr. Johnson who has been in charge of the" business for several years, will . continue to make the place a pleasing one for its patrons. BOY SCOUTS RETURN FROM THEIR LONG TRIP Travelled vA Thousand Miles Into Five States The 1000-mile Scout trip' has about ended, and the Scouts, Scout masters and otherofficials of the trip will return home this evening about six o'clock. The trip will be one never to. be forgotten by the Scouts, and the men who accompanied them. While little informaion has been received from them other than telegrams re garding their condition, it is known that they had a fine time, and are all healtHy, hearty and happy. ' A telegram received by E. D. Cooper, Wednesday afternoon, from Pueblo, Colorado, says: . "One hundred Liberal, Kansas, Boy Scouts under direction of John W. Baughman, completing wonder ful one thousand mile auto trip through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mex ico nd Colorado, visited historic Taos, ; old ruins Pueblo Indians; crossed great mountains and pros perous valleys, caught trout and had wonflerful time; entertained by Clayton, Raton, Toas, Great Divide, Gave splendid dinner at Sunshine their new town. C. R. Dwire and three ' guides joined party at Eagle Nest Dam. Now on last leg of trip Officers in charge, Manager J. W Baughman, Commissioner Eli Walk er, Scout Masters E. A. Pennington, Rev. Pennington, B. Myers, Chas. Buchanan and Willard Harnden. All in party well ad happy. From this . we gather that , the Scouts were royally received on their trip and given every opportun ity to enjoy themselves by the towns on their route as well' as the fellows who had them in charge. We should like to throw a nice .bouquet at Baughman but the un dertaking is "too" reat .- This trip made at his expense will cost well into the four fignf column- and there are mighty few men who would invest that much in such an undertaking. And not only that but he drove a truck the entire distance, no small task, and had 'a part in look ing after the arrangements and the comfort of the boys. And even be fore the start he was busy most of the time for a couple of months making plans, as well as having his office force on the job part of the time. , ' EPISCOPAL SERVICES The Rev. J. W. Jones of Hutchin son will be here Sunday, July 3rd, to hold Episcopal services at the Bap tist nnex. . Holy Communion at 8 A. M.; morning prayer and sermon at 11 A. M. Everyone is invited to these ser vices. - RAIN AND MORE RAIN This section has been abundantly blessed with rain this week, several . good showers having fallen and more promised. The rain has some what retarded harvest, but is not a bad thing for the spring crops, and and bumped yields of these crops now seem certain. FOURTH OF JULY AT THE DAVIS GROVE There will be a joint old fashion ed basnet dinner piinic held by the Bell Veiw and Blue Bell Community Clubs on the Fourth of July in the Davis Grove, 11 miles east of Lib eral. The following, program has been arranged: . . A Free Parade RACES: Sack Race, Potato Race, Egg Race, Relay Race, Married La dies Race, Old Mans' Race, Foot Races and Slow Mule Race, Tug of War Old Fashioned Dinner Base Ball Game .between Blue Bell and Bellview Boys. x Base Ball Game between Blue ell and Bellview Bloomer Girls. Program will be concluded by an exhibition of bronco riding. Everybody bring well filled bas kets and come and enjoy an old time Fourth of July;- v BLUE BELL COMMUNITY CLUB ' ' BELLVIEW COMMUNITY CLUB -.;.. " By"J. W. Mahan. V": W. 'r:'-r aUS TELLS OF PLOT TO BLOW UP CAR Says Miller Would have Killed Plunk and Two Girls Lata rt A rumor is currant that la later onfasaioa Ella hat -tiroly asoaaratad Hanry Smith from any part or koowUdga 1b the mar dor of John Lengoaockar. Sheriff Nelson who made a busi ness trip y Hutchnson the first of the week went in to see Harry Ellis whom he says . is willing ' to reply to all questions and officials be lieve that he is tellling the truth. In talking tq the Sheriff, Ellis told the same story he has heretofore given, He says that Miller and Smith killed Longenecker for the money he car ried and that he (Ellis) did not know they were going to kill him until they had driven to his arm and he again asked Miller what he was going to do with the gun he hlfd borrowed. He informed him that they had come for the money and would kill Lonegnecker to get it. During the tragedy that followed, Ellis sat in the back of the car and had no part in it, until he was or dered to get away with the Longe necker car which he did as before stated. The slaying of Smith result ed because of his demand for more money, says Ellis, and he was com pelled to do the killing to save his own life. A startling story was given the Sheriff in which Ellis told him that Miller and Smith suspected the Plunk boy and the young girls with whom they went with, and he (Mil ler) said that he had something to put in the Plunk boy's car the first chance he had, that would blow .it to atoms and everyone. in it The chem ical was thought to be ether, al though it is not known. It' appears thatt Ellis- was but an accomplice having1 been accidentlly brought into the deal and made to shield others. That Ellis would have b?en killed by Miller is more than likely by the master criminal whom it is said has two other murders t his record besides these two here. . FELL AND BROKE ARM Lttle John Holton son of Mr. and J Mrs. Holton who 'live southeast of the city fell and broke his arm this morning while running about the yard.- ' RINEY ft NEWBY MARKET NEW WHEAT Riney & Newby, one of the live wire real estate firms of Liberal marketed the first three loadB of new wheat at Moscow Wednesday. The wheat was sold to E. L. Gaskell the Moscow grain man and brought $1.10 Riney & Newby contracted 10,000 bushels to Mr. Gaskill at that price. , Mr. Newby says the wheat ' is averaging arounl 14 bushels to the acre and testel 63. This tract was in the dry streak in north Stevens county, and is not yielding at heavy as the county in general, but Mr. Newby says that after paying ' the expense of planting, harvesting and threshing there will, be a profit left DID NOT ORGANIZE. A KIWANIS CLUB Mr. Warren Kimsey, Field man for the ' International Kiwanis Clubs, was in Liberal Monday and Tuesday attempting to organize a Kiwanis Club in' this city. He just recently completed a club at Dodge City. Mr. Kimsey met with a com mittee of young "business men on Monday evening and outlined the policies of such a club, and the ben efits to be derived by having such a club but the committee after due consideration decided that if possi ble Liberal would prefer to have a Rotary Club, and if it is possible to secure a Rotary Club for Libera) it would be backed up by every busl United States and foreign countries, ness man in town, as throughout the the boosting and pushing of the Ro tary Clubs for anything that helps) their town or community is one of their hobbies, and it is needed here. . J. A. Morgan of Kismet was here Thursday on business. , . ' ' !.' -, ' . i-x HOME TALENT PLAY HAD SMALL HOUSE But Play Waa Good ad Wall Ren derail by Liberal Paople While the crowd vas not what the play deserved, by any means the home talent production "It's All in The Pay Streak" given at the Majestic last night waa well hand led. The play was given on short no tice, but the careful selection of the cast overcome this difficulty and the participants got away in good shape. The bill ws a heavy one, a S-act melodrama, but all - proved- them selves equal to the , occasion. Miss Sarah Snow played the lead and was as charming as ever. Clif ford Leete who had the opposite role is well known to Liberal audi ences and handled his part natural ly. Capt. Hilyard of Co. 'E played the role of the prodigal son, and while it was a new experience for him no one would not have known that his specialty was comedy. Don Grace as the old colored mammy could hardfy have ben improved upen, while C. V. Rice as father of the heroine was far above the aver age. Miss Vera Young, as the moun tain girl, handled her part ljfce a professonul Miss Young never fails to please with her renditious. Mr. Courtey as "Pay Streak" showed much ability as an actor as well as a director. The play was given under his di recton and those who took part pro nounce him a whirlwind in that line of work. Not only is he a good de rector but a good fellow and he has made a lot of friends in Liberal dur ing his short stay here. The play will be given again this evening and we hope to see a pack ed house out to witness it. The pro ceeds are for the benefit of Com pany E. and are for a worthy cause. NORTH ILL GOING INTO THE RED BEDS anaJw 'I Are Having Good Luck Work Going Along Nicely Now After fighting the quick sand that hindered the work for the first sev eral hundred feet, the drillers in the well of the Seward County Oil & Gas Company north of Liberal, have reached the red beds and are mak ing rapid progress. That this strata was reached at such shallow depth is a mighty good indication that the well is located in a shallow Band strata, and if no oil or gas is found, it will no doubt be struck at a more shallow depth than in the Traders well, west of town. The best dope availuble is that the red beds were encountered in the Traders well at something like 700 feet, while in the Seward County Oil & Gas Company test they were Llightly below the 500 foot level. . Those who have watched the pro gress of this well are as happy as can be. The stock is practically all owned locally, and unless there are dscouragemt-nts beyond what can be forecasted, there is enough money in the treasury to finish the work, and should a well be brought in with the small amount of stock already issued, it would be worth its weight in gold, and then some. . This stock was taken off the mar ket more than a year ago, and the company financed at that time, which is a remarkable occurrence in local companies. The large block of acreage and small stock issue is all the benefit of the stockholders who are becoming more enthusiastic all the time. No stock can be bought here ex cept at a big premium, a small block having changed hands at one time for 7.50 per share, while , the par value is $1 per share. Later a small amount sold for $5, and since that time there . has been none on the market. The outlook is very bright and it is hoped the good luck will continue that a good i test be made , before cold weather sets in. .i - ' , Rev. A. E. Henry wad called to Hutchinson on business Wednesday morning; ,i: i-.il l-,vU.J S:'i.f ?A .if -tfif ENGINE FOR LIGHT PLANT HERE Came in Saturday and Foundation is Under Construction The new 865 horse-power. Diesel engine for the Liberal Light Ice ft Power Company arrived in the lo- and is ready for unloading. A representative of the Democrat went down and looked the new ma chine over, and can say that it is a wonder. It is the very latest and most approved type of Diesel engine and Is going to be a wonderful ad dition to the plant. For several days men have been pouring the foundation but It will take many days yet to finish it The magnitude of this task can only be comprehended by seeing the work In nrmrmii Tt will talro tnnnh cement as any building in Liberal as well as several car loads or sand and gravel. Just about all the old Iron In the town has been thrown into the mixture to tie it together, ad it is a-piece of work one seldom sees in this country, and the size of the foundation will give one's idea of the power of the big machine which will rest upon it. The work on the foundation nev er stops, the men working in shifts, by the aid of lights strung at inter-' vals over the scee of activities. It will be several weeks before the engine is set and running, but when it is started there will be no question of sufficient light and electric power for the city and some to spare. With the addition of 365 horse-power the plant can easily take care of any load that is required of it NUMBER OF NEGROES HIRED FOR HARVEST Sheriff Nelson obtained a number nf ri1rjf man r AwiUt In' thd'har vest fields here, and the men arrived Wednesday night from Pratt They had oil been spoken for before they cams to the city, and "the farmers were there to meet them when the train arrived. The men were recom mended as good workers 'and re spectable fellows. MISSIONARY TO SPEAK Florence R. Smith, a returnrd misrionary from Souht Atmorlua will Epcuk at the Friends church Friday night. ' All are cordially invited to come. TWO FAMILIES HERE TOTALLY DESTITUTE Two Mexican families arrived in the city Monday and made the depot their headquarters while looking, for employment. The men came with the expectation of obtaining work which had been pictured to them as plentiful. It is said that farmers re fused to accept the men as harvest hands, being afraid they would not deliver the goods. The Chamber of Commerce looked after the women and children, pro viding food. There were man little children and all were hungry. They slept about the floor of the depot while domiciled there. LIBERAL IN DOUBLE HEADER AGAIN SUNDAY Liberal let Forgan beat her by a score of 10 to 6, last Sunday when the team from the southeast city came up and took Liberal through a swift game. 1 In the Liberal and Sublette game Liberal made 8 over her opponent's 3, thus redeeming herself in a meas ure for the loss to Forgan. There was a very good, crowd at the ball park and between the games and the aeroplane flights Liberal had quite an exciting day of it. -; r ' FELL FROM WINDMILL ! BROKE ARM IN TWO PLACES Little Donald Helsel, son of L. A, Helrel,i f u ; f ronf the A." ; J.v 3ure windmill tower, Monday morning while playing with a number of chil- ' dren there... Donald had climbed a to the top of he tower, when 'he felL He sustained two broken places near his wrist by the fall and was shaken' Op badlyj-iKM'W u--t,V;T '''.