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HE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT VOL. XV. NO, 13 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, SEPTEMBER f5, 1921 . J.B.MILLER 4 AGAIN OTTHE K. & 0. Shipment of Tiesand Rails Expected in Any Day. Then Work Will Start A car of ties hnsbeen unloaded in the local yards and several addi. tional cars of ties and rails are ex pected to arrive any day, and upon their arrival work on the line west will be resumed. Chief Engineer Meaner informs the Democrat that all plans have been made for building the road to the Morton county line by January 1st, if no more legal entanglements are encountered. ' The connections have been made with the Rock Island out of Liberal in both' directions and the grade is completed to the city limits on the west Engineers are setting the grade stakes and as soon as the steel is laid to the city line,, a work train will be sent here from Pratt and the work of pushing the line westward across Seward and Stevens counties will start. Officials of the road are out this afternoon dealing with Mr. Krieble for land for a station and everything is arranged to facilitate the work of building the road. Mr. Messer says they expeet to have the road to the Cimarron river in Morton county in time to build the bridge across the river during the winter, as that is the best time to build. It begins to look like the K. & 0. would soon be a reality and it will bt a big thing for Liberal when thiB happens.. - COUNTRY CLUB MET V v i The Liberal Country club met Wednesday night and adopted by laws. : HANDS BADLY BURNED ' - 'Mrs." J. W.' Moon Buffered sever "blirns on her hands Monday, when the gas in a Ford car became igni ted. Mrs. Moon was washing with a power washer when the gasoline in the engine became exhausted.- She -went to the garage to get some gas out of the tank of their Ford car, and while thus engaged, the gasoline caught fire. Just how, no one knows. Her cries attracted the attention of Chas. Dykes and he succeeded in ex tinguishing the blaze without serious damage to the car. . THE ELLIS CASE The Hugoton Hermes last week, con tained quite an article regarding the Harry Ellis case and asks the public what should be done. It seems that the Beaver county au thorities want Ellis to be brought there for trial, while Stevens county also would like to have Ellis tried in - that county. According to the Hermes, if Ellis is tried in Kansas, he can be sentenced to the penin tentiary, as the Kansas law is dif ferent from that of Oklahoma, un der whose laws the heat he could get would be a reformatory sentence. 'If this is the case he should be tried in Kansas. Ellis is a dangerous character. With two cold-blooded . murders to his credit, the reforma tory is no place fo him. The chair . , woujd he the thing, but on account of r'tfS youth," it is hardly likely that he would receive that severe penalty even tough Kansas laws recognized the same. . The Democrat would like to see this criminal tried . where he could receive the greatest punishment, and - - we don't can) whether it is Africa or Spain. Ellis sonld be punished severely the more severely the better for society in general. Miss Bernice Crotts who has been visiting with her sister Miss Fern Crotts, left for her home in Chiclgo, Wednesday. Earl Craig returned Wednesday fromAmarilla, Texas, where he has been playing with the Clinton, Okla oma team against Amarillo. Mrs. ' I. Greonberg has" gone to Great Bend on a short business trip in connection 'with the store at that place, r - v . V dham Mnlar ha returned frnm a ' bnsiness trip to Wichita. A NEW ONE ON EDITOR OF THE NICHOLS JOURNAL Ailud to Locate Milting Couple by Clarivoyant Power For Consideration Miss Alice Nichols, editor of the Nichols Journal, has received hun dreds of letters from alt parts of the country containing offers of mar. riage, partnership's, ,and the like but the best yet came to the Democrat Sunday, It seemed that the writer thinks Miss Nichols possessed of clarivoyant powers and desires her asistance. The letter addressed to the editor of the Democrat says: "Dear Sir: In a paper that was a girl editor of a paper in liberal kan sas that could for tell anything if so I will paw her if she will give me news about a party that-left the 5 day of Aug. and not been seen ner heard from if she can tell me where ware both come home I will pay. "the party was a man and a girl." Very truly yours." BIG TENT SHOW Starting Monday, September 19th and lasting all the. week, the. famous Copeland Bros., and their splendid company of twenty people will play a weeks' engagement in Liberal un der the auspices of the American Legion. This company is new to Liberal but comes direct from -the larger cities of Texas, where they have 'played for ten Consecutive seasons with flattering success. The company is made up of such well-known artists as Audress Walsh late leading lady with the Avenue Stock, Detroit, Minnie Wardell, Per ry Crarida)l and Verne Douglass and a well balanced company of artists. The vaudeville is above the average carried with a company of this char acter, The Four Copelands comedy quartette and Zent, the jail breaker, are two features extraordinary. The ten theatre is the largest and finest traveling, the plays all new, late royalty releases, the prices with in the reach of alL The opening play on Monday night will be the famous home play, "The Tie. That Binds," featuring Alverna Copeland ink the role of the little mother. .On Monday night only, the ladies will be admitted, free if with escort holding a paid adult ticket, by pay ing five cents war tax. HOME SERVICE ACTIVITIES Marguerite Thrapp was in the city last week in the interest of Home Service work of the Red Cross. Miss Thrapp is of Topeka, and is repre senting the Southwest Division of the Red Cross at St. Louis. The fol lowing disabled soldiers went from Liberal to meet the Clean-Up Squad at Garden City to be examined and have their needs looked after: Vir gil Harrison, John Lust and Mr. Rich ardson of Beaver county, Oklaho ma. They report fine treatment and everything posible done to meet their requirements. Theo. B. Moore and J, B. Miller, secretary, were active in making these arrangements. FRED LUNT COMING BACK TO LIBERAL Fred Lunt, who has been promi nently connected with the oil game here since the start, has written a Liberal man that he will return here within a few days. ' Whether his return has any special significance cannot be learned but it is known that he has been working on a proposition of considerable mag nitude and the impression is that he may be ready to start something up on his return. AIRPLANES HERE SAT. x AND SUNDAY FOR STUNTS Otis Turner inform the Democrat that Chas. Mayse will be here Sat urday and Sunday with two airplanes and a parachute jumper, and that they will give some atunt flights and take up passengers. Mayse has been here before and is known as a careful, competent pilot. Watch for the planes Saturday and Sunday and see tbe stunts. Born To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Allen on September 12th, a boy. - Mr. and Mrs.-G. M. Gentzler re turned Thursday from an extended trip in the eastern part of the state. Harold Sutton has returned to ! Lawrence to resume his studies at the state univesity. Jimmie Woods has taken his place in the Wiley drug store. FRANK MILLER HOT Stevens County Justice Frees Man Charged W.th Complicity With Smith Murder Frank Miller, charged as an acces sory after the fact in the killing of Henry Smith, is a free man and will not have to face a jury in the dis trict court in Stevens county. A preliminary hearing was held at Hugoton the first of the week be fore Justice Bayles and the justice could not see sufficient grounds for holding Miller for the district court Several went from Liberal to at tend the hearing and they are not at all pleased at the outcome of the case. According to reports, there was ample evidence to warrant the case being taken to the district court and they, were amazed when the court rendered its verdict. Miller seeihfjd fo" be Very friendly with Harry Ellis, self-confessed mur derer of Smith, and it is thought by those close to the inside that Miller knew more about the case than has been brought out. Detective Proper, who worked on the case, advised holding Miller for trial and said that there was sufficient evidence to war rant him being held. Of course, Miller may be Ihtirely innocent of any connection with the crime, but the majority of people would have preferred to let a jury decide rather than one man. There is a general dissatisfaction here over the outcome of the ease. ATENTION EX-SERVICE MEN - All ex-service men who desire to attend the National Convention at Kansas City, must belong to the Am. erican Legion to get the benefit of the one cent per mile fare. If you wish to attend this big convention setf on of the officers of the local post, and get your membership re ceipt before buying1 your ticket. TOBY. LAYING UP STRENGTH Some day, dear readers, you will meet a temptation or, undergo a tnaf but you will come through triumph ly, for alUhrough the years you haye been gaining strength for that exper ience from the bread of moral life which is broken for you at the church services which you constantly attend. Attend church next Sunday at the Presbyterian church and lay up some moral strength. Divine worship at 11:00; theme: "Jesus and the Will of God." The Sunday school meets at 9 :45. A good attendance is urged in order to make h'nal preparations for rally day, Sep tember 28th. The Christian Endeavor meets at 7:00. Topic: "Sins of the Tongue," James 3 : 1-5. Leader, Harvey Burns. Evening worship at 8:00. Subject: "Jesus and Temptation." A welcome and a worshipful atmosphere awaits you. ( : v, Subscribe for the Democrat. HlllllllfflniflMIMWIM The Call!To In a nobler sense, the Churches of Liberal are the greatest social centers of our city. Within their influence meet more persons than are brought together by social clubs, secret societies, dance halls, labor unions, society functions or any ither agency. Anybody who will look squarely at life knows that the Church is a social agency of unmeasured influence. x Some social sets are exclusive. The Church's social life is inclusive. She placard her door with the invita tion : "ALjL WELCOME." To, go to the Church next Sunday may mean fir you to enter into a large, beautiful and happy life of friend ship and activity. And better than all it may mean the beginning of Fellowship with Him, who, yhen on earth was the friend of the friendless. In'case of illness, death or other trouble, any Pastor in the dity will be glad to help. Attend the Church of Your Choice Sunday , wmiiiiiiffliiiiiiiiroM CONDITIONS BETTER AT NORTH OIL TEST Baler Has Been Taken From Hole and Crew is Now Baling Out Sand The outlook at the Seward County Oil & Gas Company test on the Sealey farm, north of Liberal, is considerably brighter this week. The drillers have finally succeeded in get ting the baler which was buried by quicksand, and are now baling the sand from the hole. The 10-inch cas ing has been run to 1200 feet, and indications are that they are about through the sand! It Is hoped to have the 10-inch set and drilling resumed early next and this is possible should no fur ther trouble develop. A Democrat reporter interviewed Ezra Shorb this morning and found him' feeling a. great deal, more opti mistic than for several weeks past. Mr. Shorb says that if they can be gin drilling early in the week and nothing happens to stop the drill, te shallow sand, which is supposed to exist between fourteen and sixteen hundred feet, can be penetrated within the next two weeks. Officers of the company are set ting a great deal of store on finding something in this sand, and the opin ion is shared by others familiar with the oil game, and all are anxious to see the drill reach this depth. Two towers will be run as soon as drilling starts again, and every effort made to complete a well before cold weather starts in. There are many rumors concern ing the financial status of the com pany, but Mr. 'Shorb laughs at these rumors. He says the company has always been able to raise the money to keep the work going, and that while the available funds have been used pretty closely, he is not in the least concerned over the- money mat ten, and that there Is no grounds whatever for anyone to spread ad. verse rumors. Conditions in the oil business are such that there is little likeliood of immediate development by any of the big companies, and it now looks as if the Seward County Oil & Gas company test was going to be the only chance oil getting something right away. For this reason the test is being watched with a great deal of interest by both the stockholders and the public. , o NOTICE We have marked our wall paper stock down 25 to 30 per cent. Wiley Drug Co. The small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Weishaor of Hooker, Oklahoma, d her tonsils removed Tuesday, at a local hospital. E. P. Frantz of Balko Oklahoma wat in the city' .Wednesday on his way to Hillsbora Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. . H. Smith, who have been visiting at the T. M. Smith home, south of town, returned to their home in Texhoma yesterday. Fellowship DEMOCRAT ADVERTISING PAYS ' O. D. Nickel was minus a mule the first of last week. He hunted almost everywhere for the ani mal and came in Thursday and put a want ad in the Democrat. Friday a neighbor called and told him the mule was at his place. O. D. says Democrat want ads not only do the busi ness, but do it quickly. , O. W. Spradling advertised some full blood Holsteins in the Democrat last Thursday. "Let the cow ad run again," said Mr. Spradling to the Democrat solic itor, "I sold one of the bunch advertised, Friday." as soon as the paper was out. It pays to advertise in a paper with (he circulation. BUSINESS CONDITIONS VERY SATISFACTORY Merchant Report Good Trada and Building Proceeding la the City Boost Your Own Despite dreadful conditions said to prevail in the East, Southwest Kansas is not taking any backward step this year, and Liberal in par ticular, is in condition to make a healthy growth. A drive over town shows many new homes being built, new sidewalks and other Improvements being made, and the scene gives one a cheerful feel ing, indeed. , Business men report trade in creasing and traveling men say that the southwest corner of Kansas is the good territory this year. The fact that this section raised a big crop this season is helping to tide over a bad time in good shape, and Southwest Kansas is more for tunate than many" sections in this respect. From over the country comes the report of falling property values, but this is not in evidence here, and while buying is not fast, there is a steady change of property at good prices And those' best posted look for an increase rather than slump. Their reason for this is that Liberal is just entering an era of advancement, and the demand will always bo good. Close in property will never see the former price level on account' of : the ever-increasing demand for good rentals, and while rents are higher in Liberal than in surrounding - towns, the importance of the city from a commercial stand, point justifies the difference. Liberal is a town of good salaries, substantial businesses and high rents. The three go hand in hand and while rents are high those who rent are paid sufficiently -to enable them to meet the cost. Liberal is growing right along and the next few years are going to see some big changes in th town. .Oil development, while a trifle slow now, will eventually proceed full blast. The Byers road will be a big thing for Liberal, the new high school, -the city park and the new library will each be a factor in bring ing this condition. If everyone will 'take oft their overcoat and thaw out and do a re ligious job of boosting, Liberal will never know the meaning of hard times. Stagnation is the one and only cause of hard times and the town which forges ahead is not affected by any dummy nightmare like hard times of business depression. Do your share of the boosting. Build if you can scrape up enough to start; buy what you need and you'll be helping to keep Liberal on the map. Birthday Party Opal Fuller entertained a number f her little girl friends Saturday vening in honor of her fourteenth Sirthday. The girls spent the even ng in playing various games, after which ice cream and - cake were served. Many beautiful presents were, received by the little hostess. Those present were: Leulla Sturdi vent, Murriell and Lucile Zimmer man, Mildred Davis, Margaret Daugh erty, Elwina Ellis, Helen Ruth Far mer, Mary Alice Armstrong, Mil dred Chittiden, Louise Meridith, Fern McColIough and Irene Fuller. FOOD SALE The Ladies Aid of the Christian church will hold a food sale at the George Grocery Saturday, September 17th, at 2 o'clock. Subscribe for the Democrat WILL USE ROTARY IN STEVENS CO. TEST Edgerly and Associates Are Building' The K g and Will Start Work Soon Edgerly and Associates on the Ter. williger farm in Stevens counts, four mues east and three north of Hum. ton, will complete their derrick Fri-; day, and those who have seen, say that it is one of the Jbest and most substantial in this part of the coun-, fry As soon as the derrick is finished a rotary outfit will be installed and, drilling started. Just how long thi will take cannot be stated, but Mr. Edgerly is anxious to get the hol. made and will lose no time in making' the arrangements. With the rotary, unless trouble' occurs, can make the hole the re quired depth in a few months time, , and if everything goes along smotth- . ly, Stevens county win have a real test at an early date. , . The geology of that territory i ' equal to anything In the state and those interested with Mr. Edgerly are enthusiastic over the prospect of developing something good. ; Machinist C. W. Brown is driving new Ford car thesee days. The small son of F. M. Fry got hi ' arm broken Wednesday. The Winfrey sisters of Grange, ! Oklahoma, had their tonsils removed Tuesday at a local hospital H. Biggie has had a neat porch constructed in the rear of his new ,'. residence on North Kansas. T. M. Ellis purchased a new BuicV Six of the Liberal Bifick company v today. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis will go Hutchinson Friday and attend th ' state fair. . - ' LIBERAL "LIONS" ThOLD FIRST 5QCIAL MEETING The first social meeting of- the Lions Club of Liberal was held at the Cimarron hotel, Monday ' even in, ' September . 12th, at 8 p. m. when the Cubs entertained the Cub lets. It was truly Ladies evening and a very enjoyable time was had. Chairman for the evening was O. L. Light, and after a sumptious meal the following short program was en joyed. Piano, Miss Fern Crotts. The wel come to the ladies was given by Mr. H. A. Gaskill, and replied to by Mrs. Herbert Hobble. The next was a musical number by theLions Trio, consisting of Ed Donnelly, H. A. Gaskill and Ray Kennedy. This was much appreciated, as the singers are well trained, and their execution was fine, in fact, by the time they were half through everyone was in favor of it. These artists sing songs back wards as well as correctly. The roll was called in a novel way. Every member was asked to answer ' roll call by giving his wife's correct age. Some of the smaller, weaker members preferred to be checked ab sent rather than answer the call, and the remainder of the members must have married their - better halves when exceedingly young, as it was "Eighteen", he Sure did "Raub" the cradle. . . An interesting talk was made by ' H. Hobble defining the purposes 'and intentions of the Lions club. Short talks were made by Dr. F. M. Beaty, C. M. Light and Chas. Summers. After this program, two. applica tions for membership way presented and refered to Chaiman Raub of the membership committa. The ovaning , closed by all standing- and singing "America." . ; - , Those present were: .; Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Light, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Donnelly, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Chas.' D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Holland, Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Griffith, Mr and Mrs. F. M. Beatty, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Light, Mr. and Mrs. John Moss, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Yocum, Mr. nd Mrs. Bert Hobble, Mr. and Mrs. John Igou, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Summers, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fortna, Mr. and Mrs. H. A; Gaskill, J. H. Salley and ' Mrs W. E. Salley, E. E. Stouter and the Misses Crotts, Mr. and Mrs. J. P McKiernan, Miss Pearl Thompson. 1 !