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DEMOCRAT VOL. 15. NO. 15 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, SEPTEMBER 29, 1921 J. B. MILLER T ! mo stop Seward County Oil & Gas Co., Comes To Decision To Go On , At All Cost A meeting of the board of direc tors of the Seward County Oil & Gas company was held the first of the week and plana mate for contin uing: work at the company test north of Liberal. ' There was more or, less gloom in the air for a few days after the test shut down, but this has been swept aside by the action of the directors. - In drilling up the part of the baler which .could not be taken from the well, a hole was punched in the ten inch casing at the last joint. This let ia the quicksand and stopped work. The casing could not be pulled, so it was a question of put ting in the eight-inch or calling the deal off. 1 ' ,, Here is where the directors showed good judgment. Instead of changing drillers or abandoning the test, they again contracted and with E. J. Skaer and bought a string of eight- inch casing and . this is now being hauled to the test. Skaer will re sume work as soon as the proper amount of -casing has been hauled. The accident has cost Mr. Skaer a lot of money as well as the com pany, and more money was-jieeded to buy the casing and continue the work. The members of the board went down into their pockets and dug up,f 500 each, making more than $5,000 available. However, this is not going to be enough to finish the hole, and the directors are going to sell a limited amount of sock at parT While the money is not needed right now, they figure that it will be be. fore the test is completed, so it is VP to the folks to do a little digging We cannot expect the members of we boara to arm an oil well and pro-f tect our stock this is unreasonable. Everyone should kick in with from 950 to $500 and see this project through. ' Over at Dodge City, with a whole lot less chance than we have, the fel lows are putting up real money to ret a test, and The Democrat be. lievea '. that the business people, the stockholders and lease-holders of Liberal and vicinity will see the ' wisdom of doing their part in this development, - The condiion of the big companies is such that it may 'be a year or two years before they do any develop ment work, and we can either see . this proposition through, or sit and wait until the oil market makes it profitable for the big fellows to do business. See one of the officers or direc tors and slip him a check. They have shown their faith and have used good business judgment in their action, so cet hack of them alid let them know that you are for them and help to get this test completed. OPEN NEW BUSINESS ' IN TUCKER THEATER Mullinix Sc. Layton Opened "MiLady Shop" Wednesday, With Fine ' Line Exclusive Millinery, f, The new millinery Bhop in the new Tucker Theater building, which was opened to the ladies of Liberal and vicinity on Wednesday, September 28th, by Mullinix & Layton, is known as "MiLady's Shop," and opened with a new line of exclusive milli nery. Other lines will probably be added later. , Both these ladies are experienced business women, as the appearance oi me new snop attests, jney nave . some beautiful fixtures and the ar rangement is excellent ..' They have all new stock, and ex end a cordial invitation to the ladies of Liberal .and surrounding country to visit them in their new location. . They will appeal to the school girls , and working girls by offering ten per cent off on all hat purchases. ATTEND P. E. O. CONVENTION Mesdames L. E. Johnson, Jno. W. Baughmen, A. F. Gorman, L. W. Stevesson of Liberal, and Mrs. Roy . Twist of Meade, will leave Monday L.moming for Kansas City, where they will atend the P. E. O. Convention. -Mrs. R. E Love was a shopper in Liberal" Wednesday WALLACE BRUCE PLAYERS OPEN HERE THIS EVENING Popular Company to Plajr 1 a Three Night Stand at the Majestic Last Half of Week The ever-popular . Wallace Bruce Players will open a three day stand at the Majestic 'this evening. The company is carrying ten peo ple this season, and are presenting all new plays, with special scenery and electrical effects. Manager Bruce says he has the best company he has ever had, in cluding so meexceptfrnalky good vaudeville folks, and will give the people of Liberal a good entertain ment for heir money. Wallace Bruce, the head of the company, says he is always glad to come to Liberal, and especially so this year, because he has something extra good to offer. I I Unloaded an Intertypo The First of i he Week and Will Soon Be In Operation The Democrat has marked another mile-post in its upward march by in stalling the second type-setting ma. chine. The new machine is an Intertype, in most respects like the Model 14 Linotype installed several years ago, and will handle the straight matter, or news matter for the paper, leav ing the larger machine for the set ting, of jobs and advertisements. When the Model 14 was first in stalled, we were only able to run it part time. Finally business increased until it required the machine nine hours each day. Finally this was insufficient and we had to resort to n'ght runs to keep up. Even this has proven unsatisfactory and we found that to handle the business in prompt manner, another machine must be added. ' The growth of the Democrat the past Ave years has been phenominal. First, tte Model 14 was added to the equipment, then the Ludlow Typo graph for setting the big display faces. Now, the second type-seter is required, so it can be seen that the business coming to the paper has in creased many times since the present management has bedh in control. We do not want our patrons to C get the impression that because we hnve found it necessary to have more equipment, we are getting rich by any means. The printing business has been conducted ona very small margin, depending upon volume for profits, and this is the reason for the new machine. We expect to still in crease the volume, allowing us to branch out some and make a little more money. With the best subscription list of nrty paper in the Southwest, ample equipment to handle all business lhnt comes to us, with printers not surpassed in the country, there is every reason to beieve business can bo further increased. ""he Democat has placed at the dis posal of the users of printing and advertising, not only of Liberal, but the Southwest as well, the very best m advertising servce and printing service and they are showng their appreciation in a nice manner. We are pleased to announce the installation of the new machine and will appreciate the opportunity to use it for you. . i 1 e GREENBERG PUTTING ON ANOTHER BIG SALE Liberal Merchant Believes in Adver tising to Get th Business See Big Ad in This Paper In this isspe will be found another big ad for Greenbergs, which tells its own story in plainer words han we could. Green berg is a live-wire alright, and uses great quantities of printer's ink to get his messages to the peo ple. Mr. Greenberg says business has been good, but that he wants to keep it that way,' and he believes in feed ing the public with prices to make fat business. - You can't miss the ad, so there is no use asking you to look it up. The only admonition We have is to read the whole of it , , i m ' ' Mrs Ida Mctiride of Tyrone, was shopping and visitin with friends in the. city the first of the week. ,7,8 New Show Room and New Fixtures Makes Most Pleasing Lady's and Baby's Shop Workmen are putting the finish ing touches on the new millinery and ready-to-wear department of Gorman's store, and another force of men are busy building the show cases and racks, and by the last of the week the room will be ready for the new goods being bought for the opening. The opening days, Thursday, Fri day and Saturday, October 6, 7 and 8, will be great days in the history of the store, for when the new room is opened, Liberal will have a ladies furnishing store equal to the best in the whole Southwest. 1 Plenty of room, plenty of light, and a magnificent showing of goods wil make shopping pleasant, and ex perienced salesladies' will be on hand in sufficient number to insure' care ful service. Mr. Gorman has spent a lot of time and money to have these de partments as complete as possible, and he is anrious for the ladies of Liberal and vicinity to come and see how well he has succeeded. Keep the date in mind and be among those to visit the store on the opening days. LIBERAL H. S. TEAM WON THEIR FIRST GAME Trimmed. Hugoton. Bunch to the Tune of 19 to 10 Fri day Afternoon The L. H. S. foot ball team took the long end of a 19 to 10 score when they defeated the Hugoton high school team last Friday. . The fellows played exceptionally good ball for a new team, and while Hugoton -had a strong team they could not get over for the needed points to win the game. ' A fair sized crowd saw the game and there was considerable enthus ian, but hardly as much as the game justified. The story of the game as it aap pears below tells better than any, comment the story of the game, and we will only add that the Democrat was well pleased with the showing made, and is of the opinion that af ter a few games are played the fel lows wil develdpe better team work "and that Coach Wood has the ma terial for a crack team. The details of the game are as follows. ' Hugoton kicked off to Liberal, Hill receiving1 and returns to the thirty yard line. Hugoton penalized for off-side on first down. Hill goes off end for twenty yards. Liberal first and ten. Liberal fumbles and Hugo ton recovers, making first 'and ten for Hugoton. Hugoton 1 yard thru line; 2 yards thru line; 20 yards off' end. Made downs. Made 3 yards thru line. ( Davis replaces Hart for Lib eral.) Hugoton yard thru line; fail to gain. Davis goes around Hugo ton's end and makes splendid tackle, causing 5 yard loss for Hugoton. Liberal's ball ; Scott 4 yards thru line; Dickerson 30 yards around end; Diekerson loses 2 yards; Hill gains 2 yards on end; Dickerson around end for 8 yards; Scott fails to gain. Hugoton' ball; They fail to gain; then 3 yards thru line; third down fails to gain, and punts. Dickerson returns punt to 10 yard line; Hill fails to gain. Dickerson makes 3 off end; Scott 4 yards around end. (Gray goes in at center for Liberal). Fum bled ball behind Liberal's line and ball goes to Hugoton on twenty yard line. Hugoton's pass failed. ' Hugo ton penalised 10 yards for back field in motion. Make 16 yards off end; complete pass for ten yards; fail to gain ; drop kick of goal makes Hugo ton three points, first score of game. Hugoton kicks off; Hill returns to 40-yard line; Dickerson around end for 10 yards; Moore 8 yards thru tackle; Black fails to gain; Mil 'er completes 30-yard pass;Pile fails to gain ; Hill fails to gain ; two passes fail. Hugoton 2 yards thru line, quarter ends. Score: Hugoton 3; Lib trn 0. Hart replaces Davis at end. Hugo- ton 8 yards thro' line; 8 yards off end; 8 yards around end; fail b gain; (Continued on Page 4) Fl DYERS ROAD IS TO . VESTLINE OF CITY Big Crews Have Been Busy all Week Laying Steele and Ties. "Looks like business this time for sure" is the expresion of those who have visited the scene of activity in connection with the building of the Kansas & Oklahoma railroad west from Liberal. , This evening will see the finishing of the line to the west side of Lib eral, the steel and ties have all been laid and the workmen are going back straightening and surfacing the track. I has taken a lot of money to lay this section of steel, and is assurance enough for he ordinary individual that Mr. Byers is actually going to build the road. ' The attitude of he Rock Island other evidence of the faith the offl in putting in the connections is an- cials of that road have in Mr. Byers' ability to finish the line. This is the time for Liberal to get back of Byers. If we are to main tain a Chamber of Commerce, the first thing that body should do is to ascertain how they can assist Byers in building the road to the Colorado coal fields, and then get busy and do that. Liberal needs the road and right now. Dalhart is about to get a road nut through Oklahoma, and if this deal goes through it will be too late for Liberal to expand in that direc. tion. If Liberal is to' be a city we must have railroads and while the crew is on the job is the time o work. Let's have the co-operation of ev ery individual and keep Liberal on he map. WHERE WILL L. H. S. PLAY BASKET BALL? Opening of Season a Few Weeks Off and No Available Place For Practice Even The question which is now agita ting the minds of the school authori ties, the students and the fans is, where the teams are going to play basketball this season. The foot ball season opened last Friday and closes Thanksgiving Day. Previous to that time basket ball practice should have been under way several weeks, but a this time there is no place to practice, much less to hold the games. Every little town in the country has an indoor court, except Liberal. Think of it no place where our young folks can hold their games, and unless this condition is remi died, Liberal will have no basket ball games this 'season. Can Liberal afford to have the news go out that she has no team be cause ,there is no place to practice? Would that be good advertising for the town? We are told that Forgan is spend ing a couple of thousand dollars in building a basket ball court. Plains, Tyrone, Beaver, Hugoton, Sublette, all these towns, all smaller than Liberal, have places' to play basket ball. Will- Liberal make good as she al ways done before? That is the burn ing question. Liberal has agreed to provide an armory for the National Guards, but we have heard of no plans being made as yet. Let's get busy on this proposition right now, and provide the Armory and the bas ket ball court at once. The time is 'short. We must get busy at once. .... RALLY DAY Next Sunday will be Rally Day at the First Baptist Church. Every boy and girl, every father and moth er who are in any way connected with the work of the church and Sunday school, is expected to be present. Special arranged program given by the pastor. Come worship with us. A good live church a cordial greeting. , We welcome the public. i ' - DISLOCATED ARM While playing football last Satur day afternoon, little Robert Millman happened to an accident, dislocaing I his arm at the elbow. The Injury proved to be quite painful, though j Robert expects to be back in school ' in a few days. I LIONS ATTENTION Regular meeting of the Lions club of Liberal was held 'Monday noon at the Grier. John Moss acted as chair man. A report was made by the highway committee, and also by the park committee. Next Monday evening will be the Charter meeting of the Club at which time Mr. John H. Boys, district gov ernor, of Wichita, will be here and present the charter to the Liberal club. An invitation has been extend ed to the Lions clubs of Hutchinson and Pratt to attend, this meeting, and a delegation ia expected from each of these cities. After the pre sentation of the charter, officers of the club will be elected for the com- nig year. E. D. Cooper, pres. will officiate at the meeting October 3rd. All Lions be present. HARRY K. EaiS IS 'SENJENOED FOR LIFE Plead Guilty. In Stevens County Dis trict Court Was Given Maximum. Harry K. Ellis, self confessed mur derer of John Longnecker, Beaver count, Oklahoma, farmer, and Henry Smith, a life-long friend, was sen tenced to spend his life at hard labor in the state penintentiary, after he had pleaded guilty to the charge of killing Longnecker. , Ellis is perhaps the champion liar in tho history of the Kansas courts. Arrested for the murder of Long necker, he accused Smith, whom he had late killed, as being the murder er. Then he implicated Frank Mil ler in the killing. Numerous con fessions were made at different times but finally when , they had been proven' false, he broke down and told that his 14-year old brother was his only assistant in the Longnecker killing, and that he killed Smith by himself. Ellis is but seventeen years old, while his brother, Hosea, who he says helped to kill Longnecker, is but 14. Hosea will have to stand trial in Oklahoma as an accomplice. Ellis realized the futility of stand ing trial and entered a plea of guilty. There was so much evidence against him aside from his own statements that he stood no chance of acquittal. He is one of the most hardened criminals which could be imagined. Detectives accustomed to dealing with bad men, are of the opinion that Ellis is a tough customer and it is to be regretted that he could not be made to pay the penalty with his life. It is altogether probable that after a few years have passed, he will be paroled, as is the custom these days, and will be a free man. Even though he should not again break into crime, himself, there is a prob ability of his marriage and the rais ing of a family, to which his crimi nal tendencies would more than like ly be transmitted. There should be no pardons or paroles for such as he Ellis was under heavy guard pre ceding the trial to prevent his pos sible escape. He appeared in court weighing considerable more than when" arrested, showing that his in carceration has not been detrimental to his health. Those who saw him say he must be fifty pounds heavier than when first arrested. When You Get Tired.... Of spending your money for all sorts of "catch penny", "gct-ric-quick", expensive advertising schemes, which do not advertise, call Phone 116, and have the services if an experienced advertis ing man who will sell you advertising which gets the money for YOU. DEMOCRAT ADVERTISEMENTS PAY BECAUSE THEY ARE THE I - , RESULT OF YEARS OF STUDYr- Thc Democrat Cut Service Beats Anything Shown in any City in the Land It's Free to Our Advertisers .. TUCKER THEATRE .EVE. "Dardinella" a Musical Comedy Was . the Bill and Pleased Audience. , - The Tucker Theatre, Liberal's magnificent new playhouse, was for mally opened "Wednesday evening with the musical comedy "Darda nalla," whidh wat Jspflendidly pre sented. The new building is a beauty and comfortably seats within a few of one thousand persons. The arrange ment is ideal, modelled after the plan of the best heaters in the country, while the lighting and deco rations are as near perfect as one can imagine. The play Wednesday night was a strictly high class production. Some of the best voices ever heard in Lib eral, some of the cleverest acting and beauiful costumes made the play most pleasing, and those who atten- , ded, are loud in their praise of the production. There was one disappointing thing however, connected with the opening of the theater, pronounced the best comparatively small attendance for the opening night. Ordinarily, the seat sale would have been very sat- seat sale would hav ebeen very sat isfactory, but for the grand opening a crowded house was anicipated, and mis am not occur. .Manager Tucker was keenly dis appointed in the turn-out on opening night Democrat reporter inter viewed him this, morning and he ex pressed himself as both surprised and appointed with the number, and ventured the opinion that it would be impossible to get shows of this class unless larger crowds attended. There was considerable fault-flnd- - iniy avai ka.mm4Mt i.ml. . i. 1. r - v Democrat is of the opinion that this was ill-timed. It is a time-honored custom to charge a higher price for ' the opening of a theater and the rule is that the regular admission be in- pliment to the management . Howeve, Mr. Tucker did not sea fit to raisi the price very much over what has oeen charged for similar Bhows wit i half the number in the cast "Th Only Girl" which showed here som. time ago, tarried about one-third J many people as "Darda nella," yet the seats sold for f 2.20, and every seat in the house reserved at the same price. Thus it will readily be seen that the price for this show was not in the least unreasonable, and that kicking' on the admission was no justifiable. Liberal wants good shows, and we ' believe that the people of the town ' .. will be fair enough, once they get , to. thinking, ,to pay what they are worth, and that their indisposition to sufficiently patronize th's one will not be the means of depriving us of high class attractions. Everyone should desire that the new playhouse be a paying invest ment and boost for it It is not (aa InfA n nnnr annranlnf Inn nt thjt splendid structure. Dr. P. H. Hanlin made a profes sional trip to Tyrone Wednesday. L. O. Hood of Tyrone, was trans acting business in the city Wednes day afternoon. 1 -.