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f THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT VOL. 15. NO. 16 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, OCTORER 6, 1921 J. B. MILLER f FREaYjN LIBERAL Around $300 in Bogus Paper Slipped To The Business Men OfLiberal Something like $300 in bogus checks were cashed by different business firms in the city this week, all given by F. L. Rigney, who has since disappeared. Investigation disclosed that there were two persons interested in the wholesale swindle. The checks passed by Rigney bore such names as Mil ler, Hoolin, Harris and othefc, and Were for various amounts, all drawn on one of the Forgan banks. , ' Authorities working on the case yesterday picked up' a young fellow in Beaver county, who gave his name as Joe Horsins, who, it is suspeoted, wrote the checks which were passed by Rigney The names signed were all fictitious. F. G. Boles and Roy Ravenscroft ccompanied Sheriff Nelson to Bet ver county where Horsins was taken into custody, and is confined in the county jail. Sheriff Nelson then left for Hutchinson on the trail of Higney The - firms which received the checks were: I. G. Boles, 2; H. F. Malone 1 ; 0. W. Spradling, 1 ; South Side Grocery, 2; E F. Printz & Son, 1 ; Dubois & Ravenscroft, 1 ; Pud Sut ton, 1 ; Jesse Ong, 1. There possibly are others which have not yet come to light. , 1 The authorities should ',use vigi lence. In prosecuting these offenders, and those who have been stung should see to it that officers have plenty of support This bad check game is too easy nowadays to get by with, and a few vigorous prosecu tions will do a lot to head it off. Crack down on themutnd give them some stiff jail sentences and stop the practice. JWISSOURIANS LOCATE HERE . Chas. Fightmaster and family are new residents ' of Liberal, having come from Lemons, Missouri, for the benefit of Mr. Fightmaster's health. He one time filed on a claim in the section southeast of Hugo ton, but returned to Missouri fourteen years ago. Knowing something of the cli mate here, and hearing so much of it the past few years, the family de cided to return and spend the winter, and if conditions go right, they will return to Missouri for the summer, then move out here for "keeps". BACK FROM LONG TRIP W. B. King and family have re turned from an extended trip to Illinois; and Kentucky. They made the trip in their car. The outing was evidently beneficial to Walter as he looks considerably better since" his return. INSURANCE MAN HERE Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Starns are here from Topeka, for an extended stay. Mr. Starns is inteested in a new in surance company being organized in Topeka, and is placing some stock and policies with Liberal people. HAD FAMILY REUNION At the home of R. Scott in Liberal Sunday a family reunion was JjPJoyeJ. Mr. Scott's mother from jfissouri, was here and the others were invited . in to visit with her. . Those present were: R. H. Scott and family, Walter Scott and family and , Elmo Scott of Tyrone, George Book less and family of near Tyrone, and W. L. Rucker and wife of Liberal. MRS. ROB BINS BUYS NEW SANFORD CAFE Mrs. Pearl Robbins has purchased the New Sanford Cafe from Mrs. M. E. Meyer, and is now in charge of the - business. While Mrs. Robbins plans no radical departure from the plans , of . the previous management, she - says it will bejher endeavor to run ( the best eating house in Liberal The New Sanford has been a very popu- - lar place and she will keep it up to previous standards at least. ' Brice Aezeau of Dalhart, is in the city this week. Mrs. C. G. Chappin, who under- nt an operation in a local hospital returned to her home in the city Sat urday. NEW BUNDLE TOPPER LOOKS LIKE A WINNER Perryton, Texas, Man Hat a Great Machine Will Give a Demon stration Here Saturday The Pletcher Bundle Topper is the name of a new machine invented b'y G. E. Pletcher of Perryton, Texas, kand which he 1ias been building at the Big 4 Machine Shop in South Liberal. Mr. Pletcher has been working .put the plans for the machine for the past four years. First v he made a wood model, proved that his idea was good and then came to the Big 4 and had an all-steel machine built. The finishing touches are being. put on it and Mr. Pletcher will give a demonstration Saturday afternoon on the Rock Island land just south of the Cimarron hotel. A Democrat reporter went over and. had a look at the new machine, nnd we can agree with Mr. Pletcher hat it is' all that is claimed for it. Any kind of bundle grain can be fed into the machine, the heads are cut off, the straw slacked in one place and the heads in another, or ii; i wagon. Little power is required to run it. Mr. Pletcher says in his experiments he used a Ford car for motive power. Mr. Pletcher is a son of T. S. Pletcher of Perryton, who with his brother-in-l iw, H. Holderman, is in terested in the machine. The demonstration Saturday af ternoon at three o'clock, will give all an opportunity to see the ma chine work, and there Bhould be a big demand for them. Asked as to whether he expected to build a factory to manufacture them. Mr. Pletcher replied that in all probability, the Big 4 Machine Company would make them for him as long as they could fill orders. They did a nice piece of work on the model and can turn them out pretty fast since all the details of construction are now worked out. Better go down Saturday after noon and see the bundle topper work. You might want one to take care of your feed crop this fall and you will ' have to talk fast if you -do want one GENE STOUFER GOES TO CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Eugene Stoufer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abe K. Stoufer, left last Sat urday for Chicago, where he will further his education. Gene left Liberal high school to enlist in the navy at the outbreak of the, war, and was one of the first to go from here. He spent almost two years in the service, returned to Lib eral and finished his school work. Since then he has worked on the Lib eral papers in the repertorial and circulation departments and . has made good in both. He is a bright, apt young fellow, and if he sticks to the newspaper game will make a name for himself. The Democrat, as well as a host of friends, regret to see Gene leave Liberal, but the best wishes of all for his success follow him. - 9 SEVENTEEN PAID FINES Seventeen fellows, mostly stran gers, were arrested by Sheriff Nelson Sunday, as they were enjoyinga quiet game of "African golf" over in the broom corn sheds. Some few got away in the melee which followed their discovery, , PUTTING IN NEW FRONT Riggle Bros, are putting in a new plate glass front to their grocery store on North Kansas avenue, and in other ways making improvements about their store, which will be at tractive. PARENT-TEACHERS, MEETJNG. NEXT WEDff ESTOW EVErHrKJ The Parent-Teacher Association will hold the first meettng-of the year at the high school building next Wednesday evening. The boys' glee club and the high school orchestra will furnish the music and a program has been arranged. All parentaare invited to be present. : W. Loewen of Meade, was in the city on business Thursday. Fred Burke As located in his new shoe shop on Third street, in. the building formerly occupied by Blue Bell Tire Shop. The place has been remodeled and is quite attractive, Mr Burke is carrying a line of mens shoes and has installed all new equipment in machinery WOOD SELLS INTEREST G. R. Meyer, Uncle of John Meyer, Takes Mr .Wood's Interest Business is Growing G. R. Meyer of Manchester, Okla homa, has purchased the interest of Jim Woods in the Peoples Oil & Sup ply Company and will become asso ciated with the business within a few weeks. Mr. Woods started this business in a little shack on North Kansas Ave nue several years ago, as a vulcan izing shop. Later he moved it to its present location on South Kansas. Soon after moving to the new loca tion, John Meyer bought an interest in the business, and gradually the business has grown until it is one of the best in the city. The firm employs eight men and is increasing the business gradually. Besides their tire , and accessory business and the retail oil and7 gas business, they are jobbers of lubri cating oils, and during the past year have sold seven cars. They have a re-' tail oil station at Tyrone, and a tank station at Hooker. The business includes a battery station, vulcanizing shop and auto, repair shop with competent men in charge. During the time he was engaged in the business Mr. Wood made many friends who will be glad to know that he contemplates entering some other line of business in the ciy. Mr. Meyer, the new partner, was formerly in the lumber business, but the past few 'years has devoted his time to several good alfalfa farms in Grant county, pklahoma. He is a brother of W. H. Meyer, who at one time conducted a lumber yard in Lib eral, but now lives at Lamar, Colo rado. Mrs. Meyer is a sister of C. W. Law of the First National bank of this city. The business coming t othe firm is highly satisfactory and under the competent management of John Meyer, will no doubt continue to ex pand, until it is one of the important institutions of the Southwest. The Democrat welcomes these new people to Liberal, and congratulates them -on getting so desirable a pro perty. , SAYS THIS SECTION BETTER THAN THE EAST Chas. Sealey and family are at home again, after having made an extended trip to Illinois. Kentucky and other states. Charley is glad to get back again arid it is hard for him to understand -why all the people do not leave those states and come to western Kansas. He says the aver se farmer is not near so well off in that section as is the farmer here, and he would not think of going back there to live, althoughh he had a great time visiting with relatives and friends. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Pearce, who have been visiting Mip. Pearce's parents in Dodge City for a short time, returned home Thursday. Relig ious Figures Population of Liberal and Vicinity, above 15000 "Many arc called." Matt. 20:16. "Whbsoever wilj may come." Rev. 22:17. . Attendance in Sunday School last Sunday . 1059 I Attendance imGmirch last Sunday 100G. straight and narrow is the,wav that leadcth unto ' life :.aqLfew, there be that find it." Mail, 7:14 - Not in Sunday School or Church, above 4000 "Broad is the way that leadcth to destruction and many enter therein." , Take Notice More than 5000 people who could attend the churches of Liberal. Not more than one-fifth doing so. The Churches offer you an opportunity to worship God in a public way. Visit one of them next Sunday. Feed Your Soul - COLLEGETEAM WELL Lost Game To Goodwell, But Surprised Fans With Showing Against Big r Team Libera high school foot ball team lost to the Panhandle Agricultural college team last Friday by a score of 6 to 9 on the local grounds. Goodwell's team averaged about fifteen pounds to the man heavier than.the locals, but the way the L. II. S. boys held the big fellows was a revelation and convinced all that the local team hjs year is proving more than was expected. Goodwell made the first score by a series of line plunges and a run through tackle. Qoal was kicked. Then Liberal came back, Hill in tercepting a forward pass by Good well and carrying it across for a touchdown. Goal kick failed. Goodwell then made two points on a safety. The game was a hard fought one from start to finish. Sensational plays and tackles were the rule, and everyone had words )f praise for the way the Liberal team handled the situation. One seasoned veteran of the grid-' iron remarked, when the Goodwell team came on the field, "it looks like FO'to 0 to me," but he changed his mind quickly once the ball was put in play Goodwell played a rough and tum ble game, injuring several Liberal players. Hill was out of the game for sometime, and Prunt Dickerson one of the fastest ittle players in the ""uthwest, was also taken out on ac count of injuries. His condition was "esponsible for the safety made by Goodwell. , The team goes to Dodge City to morrow for. game With that town, n1 several boosters will go along to help them win. '.iberal-fcas a real, team and with a little seasoning, will be able to hold -heir own with the best of them. DELEGATES TO STATE MEET Dr. Smith, Mrs. M, H. Scandrett and Rev. Barrier were chosen dele gates from the Red Cross to attend the state meeting of the Red Cross at Newton, which will be held on Oc tober 10th. SISTER OF J. H GENTZLER ..... DIES IN ILLINOIS J. H. Gentzler of thic city, re ceived a telegram Sunday, stating that his eldest sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Shipton had passed away at her home Mrs. Shipton was 74 years of age at in Elevah, Illinois, Saturday night, the time of her death. She was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Gent zler had not received the news, of her illness and the announcement of her death was a great shock. J. M. Geier of Denver, was a visit or in the city this week. ' 9 Born To Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burke on October 5th, a nine pound baby boy. I Facts and MRS. JAS. H. WOODS i TO BE HERE SUNDAY ?onular Young Man Admits Truth of Persistent Rumors of His Marriage in Arizona Friends of James H. Woods were somewhat surprised this week when lie announced that his wife would be here Sunday. When ho returned a few weeks ago from Tuscon, Ari zona, there was a persistent rumor that he had taken unto himself a bride, but only this week has he ad mitted the truth of the rumor. Mr. Woods is a son of C. E. Woods of the First National bank of Libera.. He has grown to manhood in the city, and has more friends than anyone. Some months ago he went to Tus Mn. Arizona, where he had a posi tion, and while there met the lady wolater became his bride. ' Her name is L. Agnes Woods, and her home is with her mother at- 916 East 6th Street, Tuscon. Her brother is cashier of the First National bank, of Tuscon. They were married on July 16th, at El Paso, Texas, and "pent their honeymoon at Cloud croft, New Mexico. Mrs. Woods will be cordially wel comed to Liberal, nd the Democrat extends best wishes for a lung and happy life for the young oouple. , . LIONS RECEIVE CHARTER LAST MONDAY NIGHT The charter meeting of the Lions Club of Liberal was held at the Cim arron (hotel Monday night, October 3rd, at seven o'clock, p. m. After the regular business of the club was disposed of, presentation of the shar er was made by Mr. John H. Boys, District Governor of Wichita, who gave a very interesting and instruc tive talk on "Lionism," and its ob. iects. what other clubs were doing, nnd what the Lions club of Liberal should do. He complimented this club highly on the active part they were taking in civic .movements, and the pep and enthusiasm displayed by this young organization. The acceptance of the charter by the club by H Hobble was an inspiration to all the members, as he outlined a vast amount of work that should be done for Liberal and vicinity, and his ideas met with -hearty approval by fellow cubs. Mr. Hobble is an active and persistent booster for our com munity and a valuable member of the Lions Club. Mr. J. N. Evans, representing the Chamber of Commerce and citizens of Liberal, welcomed the Club tb Liberal, and assured it of his co-op-prntion in the undertakings for our general betterment. Mr. Evans, like most of our staunch business men, while not a member of the Lions Club, is interested in making Liberal an attractive town to live in. Officers were elected for the com ing year, as follows: President, G. L. Light; ' 1st Vice-President, W. V. Griffith;. 2nd Vice-President, Fred Beaty; 3rd Vice-President, H. A. Gasklll; Secretary, J. H. Salley; Treasurer, John Igou ; Tailtwisterj Ray Kennedy; Lion Tamer, E. W. Davis;'- Board of Directors: J. E. Donnelly, E. D. Cooper, C. M. Light and G. M Raub Short talks were made by each of the new officers, and by the Club's only honorary member, Mr Chas. Summers, after which E. D. Cooper, temporary president, and chairman of the evening, turned the ohair over to President G. L. Light, and the meeting adjourned. The next regular meeting -of the Club will be Monday noon at the Grier. G. M. Raub will be chairman. ' TEACHERS TO ATTEND .... STATE MEETING Practically all ot: the teacher ofij the Liberal schools are planning on attending the teachers meeting at Wichita in November., The: schools will be closed on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of that month for this meeting. ATTENDED FEDERATION MEETING AT DODGE CITY Mr. and Mrs. Bert Long, Mrs. M. H. Flood and Miss Jessie Jordon re turned from Dodge City Friday af ternoon. The ladies had been to at tend the Federation meeting of Wo men's clubs of this district They re port an interesting session1 Miss Mable Burt is assistinir in the Verne Light office while Miss Elves Whitten is on a short-vaca tion. GAVEBYERS BONO Turned Over $30,000 andtfie K.&O. Will Continue Line Westward O. P. Byers has laid the track for the K. & O. railroad to the west line of the city and work was suspended, awaiting the action of the Township Board of Liberal Township, in the matter of the township bonds. At a meeting of the Board held Wednesday, it was decided to turn over the bonds and assist the road n building Mr. Byers made a very good proposition, and one which the Board took no chances in accepting. The bonds were paced in escrow in 'he First National bank and will be delivered as the work proceeds. To show their approva of the ac- tion of the Board in accepting Mr. Byers' proposition, a, meeting of the itizens of the township was called for Tuesday evening and every man nresent signed a petition expressing approval of their action. Then Homer Krieble, Ralph Heath and Harry Guttridgo took the petitions around among the farmers and se-' cured a total of 71 names. According u Mr Krieble, the people of Liberal . rownsnip are DacK ot the Board and jack of Byers, and further, that out f the fifty-five men he asked to sign the petition, but one refused Mr. Krieble, who is one of the best ' known men in the township, says there is really no opposition to the road in the townsMip, and that the neople realize what it will mean to them and will back it in every pos sible way. W. P. Byers, son of President O. P. Byers, gives the information that 't is expected to start the graders in the township 'the first of the week, and that track laying will likely be gin within the next ten days. The outlook is brighter than at any previous time for the building of the road and the Democrat is still firm in its conviction that it will eventually connect Liberal with the Colorado coal fields, and a new era dawn for the town and eounty. RUMMAGE SALE The Ladies Aid of the Pesbyterian church will hold a Rummage sale at the Star Grocery, on next Thursday, October 15th. PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENED The library will be opened Monday and Wednesday evenings from seven -to nine o'clock, and on Saturday af ternoons. ' i GILBERT CAME BACK TO MEET WITH BOARD Member of Liberal Township Board Returned Home to Attend to Rajlroad Business R. M. Gilbert, a member of the township board of Liberal township, was In Wichita with his wife, attend ing- the fiftieth anniversary of the friends church, but when an impor tant meeting of the Board was called, Mr.' Gilbert was informed and left on the first train out for home. Af ter the bond matter was settled, ha turned to Wichita. It is to Mr. Gilbert's credit that he thought enough of the interests of the town ship to give up the, pleasures of the meeting and come home, and bis oromptness and show of personal In terest in public affairs is to be com mended. : W, S. Ham of Hueoton. was in the city on bustness Wednesday.' mrs. juewis raii: returned to ner wo in Tyrone Thursday, after visiting at the home of C. M. Yocum. 1 A number-of Liberal folks will at tend the foot ball game at Dodge City Friday. ' Mrs. A. B. - Pennington, who lives east of the city, was shopping in town Thursday. J. V. Rioirs was down from Hutch inson the last of the week, transact ing busines smatters. ' ' Bill Hunter was over from Elk hart Tuesday and Wednesday, at tending to business matters. ' Robert Barbae, who has been vis iting at Wichita for sometime, re turned home Wednesday night.