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r .1 , , LARGEST PAID CIRCULATION OF ANY PAPER IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS VOL, XV. NO. 33 LIBERAL, SKWARD COUNTY, KANSAS. FEBRUARY 2, 1022 By J. B. MILLER i $50,000.06 FOR AN OIL WELL NEAR LIBERAL Mutt be Brought In Within Ninety Day and be of 200-Barrel 1 .. 1 ' ' Capacity Liberal folks still have faith in the productivity of the Liberal oil field, but they are getting anxious to have the fact demonstrated, and are going to make it interesting to the person, I firm or corporation bringing in a well of 200. barrels or more capacity with in ten miles of Liberal before April 24th this year. , ' A bonus of $50,000 will be given the party or parties bringing in such well as plans now under way mater. ialize. More than $20,000 has already j I working to raise the remainder. T, J. McDermott, one of the town's . oldest boosters) is responsible for the idea. . It occurred to him while dis- cussing the delay in the opening of ' the Liberal field, and he spoke of it to those with whom he was talking. The plan was discussed at length and developed to the place where commit tees took sifbscription papers and . solicited signers to a guarantee. Then it occurred to several that there should be an organization to handle the proposition, and possibly . others . which might come up, so a meeting was called at the office of Gardner & Son last Monday after noon. A larere crowd of boosters gatheredjand the plan was thorough- ly discussed, also very enthusiastl cally. It was suggested that an associa tion be formed and officers and di rectors elected.. A temporary organization was perfected, after which the following officers were elected; President, L. V. Gardner; Vice .President, L. D. Weidensaul ; Secretary, Ray Kennedy; Treasurer, J. N. Maxwell. ' The Board of Directors elected in cluded the officers and F. G- Boles, J.C. Mahoney, J. B. Miller and A. G. Stewart. ." " ".. '' - .. The organization was given the name "The Southwest Oil Develop- tnent Association," and the purpose to assist in advertising and develop . ing the Liberal field The original proposition was en dorsed. This specifies that the per son, firm or corporation bringing in an oil well of ,200 or more barrels capacity within ten miles of Liberal before the 24th day of April, 1922, be given $50,000. The money is to be raised by subscription, and is "' about half pledged. . ' The proposition can only effect ' the two tests already started, one by the Seward County OH & Gas Com pany, and the other by the- McQuigg investment Company. The former test is down around 2,000 feet, the latter 1.850 approximately. It is expected .that both companies will!'"1""1" " 1 . ' litrA uriros ann will hp An flftSPt tO rot Jmr nd trv for the bonus and that a race for oil would be started which may be the means of opening the field at an early date Should this plan fail to produce the desjred result, it is expected to double the bonus, grant a year in which to start and finish a test, taKe in a territory of possibly twenty-five to thirty miles, exclude any test al - ready started and throw the proposi- chairman o ir8t d. " tion open to the world . j . We are told by some of the so-, EPiscOPAL CHURCH SCHOOL licitors that a few persons hesitate ' to sign- the contract because they Episcopal church School will meet "don't think it will amount to any- Sunday at 11:00 a. m. at the home of thing". Just the same, Liberal Is MrSi G. M. Raub on 615 W. Third, not. the only town which is doing the pj,e Church school will meet at the same thing. One town In Texas and Eaut, nome during the month of Feb another in Oklahoma have posted j bontisus for oil wells, and they are . doing it in a business-like manner. I but many of them cannot expect the It is up to Liberal to take some returns others outside the organlza ' interest in the oil business or there tion will make if a well is brought in. h n nil business. 'Liberal , had " No one has a valid excuse for not a gas well when Amarillo hod noth ing. We rested on our laurels and today, Amarillo has around forty derricks up, several gas wells, and some oil wells. One oil man, when asked the reason for this, replied that they had aibunch of real oil boosters at Amarillo, and that they kept the j Amorilln fold advertised all over. . i. , The Southwest' Oil Development ! and it is hoped and expected that Association is composed of a bunch; every man in the town and country of fellows who wiM boost the oil will sign up and help keep the propo-( game here if they can get the sup- sition going. It Is a case of every, port, moral and financial, of the peo-j thing to win, nothing to lose. ' vie of this territory. They have' Lefs puf Liberal on the oil map. -nothing to gain, any more than any j before January 1, 1923 It can e other lunch of fellows or any indi- done if everyone gets back of the vidual AH nautrally enpect .an oil Nproposition and exhibits a little boom to make them some money, 'boosting spirit. ' , SWITCHBOARD EXPERT AT THE LIGHT PLANT Is Erecting New Switchboard Which WH Materially Improve . The Service While there cannot possibly be any kick on the service which the Liberal Light Ice ,& Power Company has been giving the city since the install tion of the new 365 h. p. Desel engine, the company is making another im provement which will still further im prove the service. This is the installation of a new switchboard, which will permit all the generators to be used simultaneously, synchronizng all the machines, mak- in 0,61,1 the same 88 one Powerful j generator. I The new pole lines are also being set and the quality of poles being set indicates that the company anticipates a growth in the city. They are large heavy poles of pleasing quality and are a big improvement in themselves. The installation of the switchboard is in charge of Mr. C. H. Dollison, an expert in ths line of work. BEAVER COUNTY WILL IMPROVE ROAD SYSTEM Sealed bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Beaver County Oklahoma, until 12 oclock noon, Feb. 6,1922 for the grad ing and constructing embankments thru ponds between Foris and Lorena in miles "A" and "B" section 11 be tween sections 10 and lS and 11 and 14, township 5, Tange 21 comprising approximately 13,000 cubic yards or embankment borrowed and one and one half miles of machine grading and fnishing. DUCKWALL STORE CO. ARRANGING TO OPEN Head of Firm is Here Superintending Remodeling Interior of ' ' " Building - n 1 , , . w. r. iwkwuu, eu i walls More Company, is nere super- Intending the remodeling of the build - ! ing to be occuped by his store within the next few weeks. y The store will be located in the r.vans ouiia.ng an r tormeriy occupied oy i. and extensive repairs are to be made on the building. C. H. Clever, manager of the store j at Garden City and E. B. Rogers from ' the head office at Salina, are here as-1 The American Legion held a meet sisting Mr .Duckwall in arranging Jng at the Legion Club Rooms Thurs- f or opening the store.' The opening date is not definitely , talks were given anj pans discussed settled as yet, but it will be not be , f or tne future. Talks on Legion dues many weeks distant. anj tne increase of membership were Mesers Duckwall and Clever are gjven- The ''American Legion boys both enthusiastic about Liberal and have cnarge 0f the program decora anticipate a healthy growth for the tion day and pjana were discussed for town. They expect to carry a Dig stock of novelty goods and are well , I . H Ms. n niia rtiioinaaD I nM V " " - j Liberal. - RED CROSS MET TUESDAY NIGHT; . The Executive Committe of Seward County Chapter A. R. C. met Tuesday evenine at the office of, Moore & , Franlcijn . j, p Fuest was appointed viceharman and Ge0rge S. Smith ' . , . t th executjve committee ' signing the bonus contract Unless well is brought in withm the spec. ified time no one will have to spend : a cent. If oil is found, it will be ' worth the money. There is not a chance to lose, so everyone should go the limit in boosting. ' Every person signing the contract; becomes a member of the association j and has an ejual part in the work, i K. & O. GRADING IN STEVENS COUNTY NOW Grader Crossed County Line Last . Night. Steel Laid to Pleas, ant Valley' The track laying crews on the'K. & O. crossed the line into Stevens county last night and work from now on will be in Stevens county. The track-laying crew has laid the steel almost to the new town of Pleasant Valley, beyond Archer, and a couple of days work will see the steel running into the next county. The town of Woods has been laid out two miles west of the line in Stevens county, and sixty acres of land will be devoted to the townsite SnlonHM Splendid progress has been made the last few. weeks and unless litiga tion hinders the work in Stevens county, trains will be running into Hugoton in a few months. OIL LEASE SOLD FOR BIG MONEY THIS WEEK W. E. Wiseman Buys SE 32-33-33 and Pays $3,500 For , ' ' Quarter Another oil lease sale was made in the Liberal field this week, W. E Wiseman buying a quarter section lease about two miles from the Seward County Oil & Gas Company test north of Liberal, from Dr. A. M. Morrow, the consideraton shown in the records as $3,500. This is the largest amount paid fov fgg 8mce the bringing in the big gasser more than a year ago, and is the second sale of magnitude to be officially recorded recently. L. H. S. AND TOWN TEAM LOST TO PLAINS SATURDAY Both Ends of a Double Header Went To Sister City Saturday I :' Night I U. IX. U. 1VOV W A IWIIO r, uviiuvi L. H. gaturday ni-ht th a score of 16 to md , n. , t , f, : . . throllD,hout even . Liberal did not and there wa8 rf enthugiasm Bhowni team fa showing more speed all the time and will come thru tu jn gQod ghape . . AMERICAN LEGION MEETING day night. A number of interesting? tnlg Everett Layman gave a very . interesting talk on income tax and Mr. m js ! . 1.- 11. cannon oi aanna spone on w,mc..- .. .. T nf , sauon un,u LIST OF JURORS Drawn for the February term of District Court, Seward County, to appear Tuesday, February 28, 1922, at 9 o'clock, a. m.: W. M. Abbott, Liberal, Roy Davis, Liberal, C. T. Morrison, Liberal, John Lusk jr., Liberal, F. C. Hase, Satanta, Clarence Chittenden, Liberal, E. L. Smith, Liberal, S. H. McCutchen, Satanta, John D. Beaver, Kismet, Geo. Ormiston, Kismet, W. P. Byers, Liberal, Geo. Heston, Liberal, ' . A M. Anderson, Sublette, W. H. Banning, Liberal, " F. J. Banning, Liberal, R. L. NefJT, Lyberal, : T. J. Baty, Kismet, .'W. G. Allen, Liberal, L. R. Eddi,ngto Liberal, ' Wilfred Bush, Liberal, Fred Reiss, Plains, A. E. Pile, Sublette, Roy Fraim, Liberal, W'. M. Nutter, Arkalon, , W B. Miller, Hayne, , 'Ernil Thompson, Liberal, J. E. Kavinee, Kismet, , Wilbur Risleyj Liberal, . - ; G. Marteney, Liberal, S. R. Jones, Kismet, ' - Fred Allen, Liberal, , ; R. E. Brown, Liberal, E. A. EvansLiberal, W. A. Miller, Kismet, K F. Leapple, Plains, A. A: Lean, Liberal. Abe K. Stbufer, County Clerk. BUCKLIN MAN TO HEAD THE LIBERAL SCHOOLS B. Mchuron Elected Superinten- dent of Liberal Schools for the Coming Year At a called meeting of the Board of Education held the first of the , by Drs. Morrow & Bay of the Mor week, N B. Mahuron of Bucklin, was . row Hospital, whereby the SiBters of elected as superintendent of the Lib eral schools for the coming; year. w w 1 1 mr, raanurun was nere . ween or more ago and made application for the' position, and the Board, after investigation, accepted his proposi- sitiori. While he has not as yet signed ; a conrtact, members of the Board are of the opinion that this will be done at an early date. The Democrat is of the . opinion that the Board has acted wisely in employing Mr. Mahuron. He has been at the head of the Bucklin schools for the past eight years, and has built up a splendid system. The writer has first hand knowledge of his management of school affairs, and can recommend Mr. Mahuron to the people of Liberal as a capable school man and a splendid citizen. W are glad to know that he is to come to Liberal, and feel sure that he will, with the additional, facilities soon to be placed at his disposal, put Liberal's schools in the top rank of Kansas schools. ' L. H. S. TEAM BEAT i ! MEADE ON OWN COURT Score Vuh 22 to 13. First Game Liber al has Won This Season The Liberal .high team went to Meade Friday, and after some fine floor and team work, won the game -by a. score of 22 to 13. This is the first time Liberal ever beat Meade on their own court, and the boys played some real boi-ket bull. The boys will go to Garden City next Friday while the Meade girls will come here to play our girls. .. ..... a . ":7 r ' LIONS CLUB MEETING The Lions Club of Liberal held its regular meeting at the Grier Monday at noon, with a goodly number of the members present Gene Davis demonstrated his abil ity at the piano before the Cubs took their positions for the purpose of inhaling their soup. The, members of the quartette tied to get someone to ask them to sing, but everyone had heard them once before and they were unafble to put it over. After the reading of the minutes and roll call, a letter from the Lib eral Rotary Club thanking the Lions Club for the resolutions presented at their charter meeting and assur ing the Lions Club that it was their desire to work ' and co-operate with them in every way possible for the upbuilding of the community. .Superintendent of Schools, A. B. Steele, was present and presented the school problems of Liberal and gave the Club a clear idea of the way in which they could aBsist in building up the Liberal school system by lend ing their moral support and influ ence. Mr. Steele gave an address that every patron of the Liberal schools should have heard. ' It was unanimously voted to invite the ladies to a' seven o'clock dinner at the Grier Monday, February 13th, and to dispenBe with the regular noon day luncheon on that day. Dr. F. W. Huddleston was chosen to be chairman at the next meeting, February 6th. The Tenth Biennial Convention of the Joint Protective Board of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen on the Rock Island Lines convened Jan uary 23rd, at the Edwards Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, for the trans action of business requiring attention and the election of officers for the ensuing two years. Delegates are here from the forty-six locals, repre senting approximately 5,600 mechan ics, apprentices, helpera and coach cleaners. . Mrs. James H. Woods is expected home Sunday from Tucson, Arizona, where she was called by the serious illness of her brother. . Gene Martin left the first of the J week for Garden City where he will be employed in the C. A. Ryan cloth ing. store there. Mr.' Ryan was for merly manager of the Dubois & Raven scroft clothing store here. ; CHANGE IN MANAGEMENT AT MORROW HOSPITAL Sisters of Charity Will Take 1 Over the Management on Feb- ruary 15tn - An arrangement has been made Charity will take -.over the manage. ment of the hospital on February 16. ThiB deal has been under consider ation for sometime, but the details have just been worked out .satisfac torily. This will no doUbt, mean another hospital building' for Liberal, as it Is the intention of the Sisters to con struct, a hospital similar to the St Elizabeth hospital at Hutchinson, with 60-bed capacity, which will be strictly modern and fire-proof in every way. The name "Morrow Hospital" will be a thing of the past after Febru ary 15th, as the name will be changed to Mercy Hospital, but the present location will be occupied until the new building (s erected. As soon as the Sisters take charge staff will be elected among the physicians and surgeons of this part of the Southwest, and this staff will direct the policy of the institution. The hospital was founded by Dr. A. M. Morrow several years ago, and has enjoyed a good patronage. A short time ago Dr. Ben H. Day came to Liberal and formed a partnership with Dr. Morrow, and they have been very successful. They will continue I their offices at the hospital until such time as suitable otllce rooms are available. LOGAN, NEW MEXICO TO STAGE CELEBRATION SOON To Commemorate the Opening of the Logan Bridge Over The Canadian River Secretary W. B. King of the Liber al Chamber of Commerce is in receipt of a letter from the Logan Bridge Cel ebration Committee of Logan, New Conferee send a ..delegation to Lo gan during the two.-day celebration during the two-day celebration oi the of the opening of the new bridge over the Canadian river. This bridge is one of the longest in the icountrv, and was built at a tre mendous cost. It is on the route of the Atlantic-Pacific Highway and is of interest to Liberal because of that fuct. The celebration will be held two daysj February 20 and 21, and the com mittee desires that two or more dele gates be sent from Liberal. Attorney G. L. Light has returned from a business trip to Kansas City, Topeka, Wchita and Hutchnson. ROTARY Tuesday's luncheon brought out nearly all the Rotarians, each want ed to hear the others sing. Warren Zimmerman was chairman for the day. the entertainment committee had no program, but had invited M. F. Cosgrove, who made a pleas ing and "moving' address, and gave an example of how one town helped itself to grow into an important little city, and another, having the same chance, rejected the pro-offered op portunity and is still a good little town. Paul Light reported for the Boys' Work Committee, that a sort of father and sons lecture would be given at the high school auditorium on Thursday, February 9th. , Letters were read from Herring ton, Wichita and Hutchinson Rotar ians inviting the local club to join them on the trip to Muskogee for the District meeting, March' 29th. T. W Gaw reported the election of officers and directors of the Associa ted Charities and stated that it would soon be a working "organization. Frank Boles read a beautiful poem on Rotary, and W. E. Wilson read a paper on educational lines, proceed ings, new members, etc., giving the ethical side of business and social re lations, as stressed by Rotary. It was decided to have an even ing meeting Tuesday, February 14th, to which the-wives were Invited. The meeting closed with a song. Rotary will join the Lions Club in its efforts to have a piano. ' , 1 . ( ' Miss June Cox left Sunday morning for Kansas City where she. attended, the fashion show at Cansas City and from there she went to Chcago where she will do the buying for the Cox Sis ter Millinery. . ASSOCIATED CHARITIES HAS BEEN ORGANIZED Thos. W. Gaw Heads New CharitabU Organization Formed Monday Night . Liberal now has a well organized Associated Charities, and the needy of Liberal can be cared for syste matically, and at a less expense than formerly. Preliminary plans for the organi zation have been under way for some time, but Monday night, everything being in readiness, the permanent of ficers and directors were elected and the Associated Charities is ready to begin work. Thos. W. Gaw was elected presi dent, Warren Zimmerman, vice presi dent, W. B. King, secretary, Dr. J. S. Miller, treasurer. ' The officers will serve as mem- bers, of the Board of Directors, to- gether with J. G. Ault, C. H. Leete, and T. B. Moore. The Budget committee, consisting of W. B. King, ,W. V.. Griffith and Roy Ravenscroft, did not recommend any certain amount as there was no way of estimating the needs. They made the recommendation that sus taining members be charged a fee, of ' $10 per year, and contributing mem bers $2.50 per year. It is expected to secure enough members to carry on the work and in the event that more money is needed, the members will be assessed to make up the dif ference The Association started out with $31.60 in the treasury, as the result . of the benefit nights at the Majestic Theatre, and passed a vote of thanks to the management. Also a vote of thanks was passed to the Liberal Electric Light, Ice & Power Com pany, which donated the electric current for the Majestic the nights the theater conducted the benefit A meeting of the Board of Direc tors was held Tuesday and commit tees appointed. H. Hobble was ap pointed chairman of the membership committee with E. S. Irwin and Har vey Franklin a members. Mrs. W. H. Vickers, Mrs. J. T. Newby, T. W. Hubbard, E. D. Cooper and W. B. King were appointed as the relief committrc. , The organization of the Associa ted Charities is a move in the' right direction and 1b certain to benefit not only the needy, but the city as a whole. ROSE VALLEY SCHOOL HOJUSE BURNS DOWN ' The Rose Valley school house, ten miles west of the city, burned Sat urday night. The origin of the fire is unknown. A farmer living near noticed the blaze about nine o'clock Saturday evening. Neighbors were called and although the school house could not be saved, hard work kept a prairie fire from starting. This is a great loss to the commu nity, as this , was a modern school house and practically new, having been fcuilt only about four years ago. Forty-four students Jwere enrolled and it will also mean a loss to them at this time of the schoolyear. THE BOY SCOUTS The following boys met with the Court of Honor last week for Merit Badge tests: Willfred Light, cooking; Richard Zimmerman, cooking, swimming, first aid, public health, printing; William Ferguson, carpentry; Cecil Doll, car pentry, first aid; Clifford Walker, swimming, first aid, public health; Billy Nichols, first aid, public health; Alfred Hedges, public health, first aid; Hubbard Cott, public health;' Glen Crump, first aid, public health, and first aid to animals. -' The Court of Honor will meet again February 21st. i All Scouts are urged to get bjisy on their merit badge tests. ,. A letter from Mr. Baughman in forms us that he is going ahead with the plans for. that great trip next summer. All who are going better get busy and get those six merit badge tests out of the way. : ) 1 . NOTICE BAND BOYS Members of the boys band will be at the band room on north Kansas Ave Friday night at 7:30. We are now en- , deavoring to secure the services of a professional instructor, and in . the meantime Mr. Bert Halloway has of- ; fered his services as; an instructor. Ray Kennedy. , . .