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You Never Know What A Fine Town You Have Until You Talk It To A Stranger
VOL. XV. NO. 39
Appointment of Former Minuter ii
, Pleating to Liberal Folki Who
Admire A. E. Henrjr
The work of the Southwest Kansas
Conference closed with the appoint
ment of the ministers to the various
charges for the coming year.
; Liberal is gratified to know that
Kev. A. E. Henry was returned to
this charge, and the congregation as
well as the friends of Rev. Henry,
who are not members of his church,
are pleased that he is to be here an
other year."'
Rev. Henry is not only a faithful
minister, but a hard worker and is
. Tecogpized as one of the valuable
men in the public life of Liberal.
He has demonstrated his ability to
make things move in the erection of
the new church, and his vision of
greater things will be an inspiration
to his congregation and the south
west. Bishop Ernest Lynn Waldorf, pre
siding at the fortieth annual Metho
dist Conference here,, announced the
appointments of ministers to Kansas
The appointments for the Liberal
district follows:
S. M. VanCleve, Superintendent.
Beaver, Okla. H. G. Butler.
Beaver Ct. to be supplied.
Bellview, Okla. E. K." Hopkins,)
Liberal, Kansas.
Bloom J. L. Hippie.
Boise City, Okla. C B. Gentry.
Bucklin, C C Pearson
Copeland F McCormick.
Cullison, to be supplied
' Elkhart R. A. Corrie.
Elkhart Ct. D. Huffman.
Ematon J. E. Guy, Liberty.
Ensign Oscar Matthew.
Ford-E. C. Allen.
Forgan, Okla. D. A. Leeper.
Fowler E. R. Foiles.
Gate, Okla. J. A. Hopkins.
Greensburg C. D. Whitman.
Guymon, Okla. L. F. Abernathy.
Guymon Ct. J. R. Lambert.
. Guymon South, Okla., to be sup
plied. -
Haviland A. E. Ayers.
Hugoton O. L. Monson.
Johnson Geo. Engle.
'Kenton, Okla. W. W. Reed.
Kenton Ct. Okla. J. A. Jackson.
Liberal, A. E. Henry.
Liberal Qt-, H. O. Pringle, Ty
rone, Okla.
Liberal South F. H. Ncff.
Marella, Okla. Ray Poberoy.
, Meade F.- H. Wheat.
Minneola W. B. Summers.
Montezuma B. G- McCormick.
MoscoW B. H. Lewis.
Mullinsville Lyle Day.
Plains S. M. Day.
Richfield R. L. Lockard.
Rolla Levi Hedden.
Santa Fe L. R. Hoff.
Santa Fe Ct S. V. Lowe.
Sublette R. E. Keyes.
Uneeda M. E. Markwell.
' Ulysses Geo. W. Ramsey.
Wellsford L. W. Kemp.
District Evangelist H. E. Stipe.
V. C. Hahn, who has conducted a
cleaning and presing shop in Liberal
for a number of years, has sold the
business to H. E. Penney and R. W.
Alexander, who are now in charge.
The firm will be known as Penney
& Company, and E. A. Shelly will
assist in the business.
Messrs. Penney and Alexander
have been engaged ;n business at
Claremore, Oklahoma, and Mr. Shel
ley comes from. Kingman. They are
' and promise patrons of the place
experienced in this line of business
'the same painstaking efforts, that Mr.
Hahn has given.
They expect to add to the equip
ment and will be in a position to
handle the business which may come
their way in a satisfactory manner.
The Democrat welcomes the gen
tlemen to the business life of the
ity. -. '
' ;
Caney Hibbs" will 'have a public
sale a the old Cash . Waters feed
-yard in South Liberal Friday after
noon at one o'clock, offering horses,
mules, cattle, hogs, chickens, etc. If
' you need some good stock or poultry
better attend this gale and buy the
stuff at your' own price. ".
Mr. Wade, proprietor of the Annex
' Cafe is quite ill at a local hospital.
Ministers Left for Their Home on a
Special Train That Morning
Delighted With Liberal
The Southwest Kansas Conference
adjourned Monday morning and the
delegates and visitors left on a spe
cial train for their homes.
On account of the blizzard which
raged for several days, the attend
ance was small, but the week was a
profitable' one for those who were
fortunate enough to get here before
train service was demoralized.
Thursday night was a trying one
for all. The ministers and the part
of the congregation were marooned
in the church all night. Cots were
secured from the National Guards
and the night was spent in the church
building. ,
The driving snow storm made it
unsafe to venture any great distance,
and several narrowly escaped death
in the storm.
Then the following days it was al
most impossible to get about, which
hampered the pleasure of the ses
sion. It is to be regretted that such
weather came during the session, but
the moisture will be $ great benefit
to the country and all took it good
naturedly. -
F. E. Cawley of the Klean Klothes
Klean shop, announces that within
the next few weeks, he will add to
his already extensive equipment, sev
eral machines which will enable him
him. to still better serve his patrons.
Mr. Cawley already has the best
equipped shop in this part of the
country, and with the new machines
now on the way, he will have about
everything needed to turn out the
work quickly and satisfactorily.
Wm. H. Dickerson, civil war vet-
eran and a highly respected citizen
oi liioerai, aiea at nis nome on iNonn
Pershing Avenue, Friday, March 10,
1922. 1 '
He was stricken with pneumonia
last Sunday morning, and sank ra-
pidly, the end coming Friday.
. William Harrison Dickerson was
born in Indiana, November 8, 1817,
and died at his home in this city, j perplexing problem. In considering , (iuesti0nable source and is more reli
March 10, 1922, being 84 years, 4 1 it you should take into consideration, al)le met))0j of establishing the ques-
months and 2 days old.
In 18G1, at the age of 22, the
Civil war broke out between the
states, at the firing on Ft. Sumpter.
and Mr. Dickerson offered his servi
ces, and was attached to Co. H. In
diana Vol. Inf., where he gave loyal
service until the battle of Antiem,
in which battle he received a severe
wound, which rendered him unfit for
further service. On account of this
he was mustered out and given an
honorable discharge in 1863
On February 22. 1864, he was uni -
ted in marriage with Nancy E. Paul
of Kentucky, and with the bride he
moved into a new settlement of
Northern Missouri, wnere ne enaur-
ed all the hardships of frontier life
in a new country, but he founded a
home and reared a large family of
ooys ana gms. in io i-.u oi
the pioneer was again heeded ajid he
took a homestead in Southwestern
Kansas, near Liberal. Six years ago
he moved to Liberal where he has
resided until death called him home.
Early in life he professed faith in
Christ and united with the Baptist
church-of Harris, Missouri. On com
ing to Liberal his membership was
placed in the Liberal Baptist church,
where he was a member at the time
of his death. He was also a member
of the Masonic badge.
' He leaves behind, his wife, five
sons and three daughters, Mrs. F. H.
Odneal of Floris, Oklahoma; Mrs. H.
B. Ousmus of Floris, Oklahoma ; Mrs.
A. R. Hart of Liberal; Tom Dicker
son of Harris, Missouri; S. B. Dick
erson of Lomona, ; Iowa; R. W., D.
C. and C. C. Dickerson, all of Lib
eral; and one brother, Frank Dick
erson of Ravenna, Missouri. Besides
these, there are 29 grandchildren and
25 great-grandchildren.
'. Funeral service were conducted
from the family residence Monday
morning, March 13th, ' by John it.
Pennington of the Baptist church,
and burial was in the Liberal ceme-jbut
tery. . .
H. G. Butler was in the city a few
days the latter part of the week
, , , . .
W. H. Vickers, a member of the city
council, hands the Democrat the follow
ing, with the request that it be printed
In fairness to Mr. Vickers and the
other members of the council the re
quest is granted.
This paper first of all desires to be
fair in the matter, and while we have
come out openly and expressed an
opinion adverse to the city council, we
are willing to grant any member the
priviledge of using the colums of the
paper, regardless of the facts that we
cannot agree with them.
Mr. Vickers says:
"Inasmuch ag the question of a gas
franchise for the City has been called
to the attention of the people at large, 'g.ag belt all goes to warn others that
it is well that the matter be considered; the granting of a gas franchise by a
seriously by all the people so that the j municipality ought to be attended
Council may be guided by their de- wth the deepest study and the most
Slre- careful and farseeing consideration by
"The last meeting of the Council at those whose purpose it is to guard the
which the request for the franchise welfare of the citizenship of the mu
was refused was the third time the j nicipality.
council had been requested to consider j if this information will be of any
the priviledge. The first time the benefit to you I am glad to be able to
price asked was $1 per thousand feet.
The second time the price was eighty
cents per thousand, feet. The third
and last time yje price was sixty-five
cents per thousand feet."
"At no instance has the parties re
questing the franchise given satisfac
tory evidence to the council that they
could and were ready to immediately
furnish the city with gas."
"My personal opinion formed by
conversation with the other council-
men is that any party or parties who
can furnish the following two requisits
will have an immediate and favorable
consideration of the council.'.'
First: The Gas
Second: Rates and conditions
franchise acceptable to council.
"ihe council has made much inves-
tigation, has on hand voluminouh cor -
respondence concerning franchises and
has had many meetings to discuss the
io mane an issue on tms matter a-
gainst councilman who is up for elec-
dtion at this time would Hardly oe rair,
uecuuse even mu an uptwuck cio
ted, he would, by his oath of office, be
competed to consider the vital facts
which result in the best interest of the
j community at large."
"The following letter from the serce
tary of tne Chamber or commerce oi
Enid, Oklahoma, gives you one cities'
that th requests lor a irancmte so;tion of rutes than any comparison.
I far have been made Dy parties wnoj
, were not producers ot gas out wno nau
tormecl a separate company to uisin -
bute the gas and who could at will sel
their rights to others".
-' Enid Oklahoma
March 13, 1922
Mr. W. H. Vickers
Liberal, Kansas
Dear Sir:
Inquiry has been, made of me con-
I . .... . ...
cerning the matter of the gas fran
'chise of the city of Enid and the situ
ration generally concerning the fur-
j nishing of gas to pnvate consumers
I within the city, under and pursuant to
" i. T ' . .V'
whether or not the price fixed in the
franchise still governs in the matter
; of the furnishing to such private con -
, -
In reply thereto I desire to say that
our franchise was granted in 1916.
The price to be charged the private
consumer was fixed in the francrise at
thirty-five cents per thousand feet,;th(, they wo;,(, 1)e the ,leavy ,os.
shoitly thereafter it was by order of
the corporation commission "raised to
luny ceniH rer uiuumuiu ievi.. oilier
that timewe have had it raised to 45
cents then to 48 cents to 68 cents to
63 and now there is an application
nanAincr liofrtrA 41io c.l.l m ! u t ! .1 n tn Q 1
low the company to charge 76 cents! consequently we have spent
per thousand feet. The city has re-jweelts K0""? into the matter from a
peatedly opposed these raises but to'rtisinterestd.yiewPolnt and, the re.
no effect. The result is that the peo-, lettm the bc.Uer we are
it. ii j with the proposition we are offered,
pie having prepared to use gas andjw"'" ""; yl 1
having built their homes and bought A rate comparison with the Ama
equipment with that end in view are rilla is interesting. The maximum
as matter of self protection obliged to hate asked here is fifteen cents high
arrange for other fuel. Many of our er than the maximum rate at Ama
citizens turned to coal when the last rilla. HoweVer the Amarilla rate
raise was made and if the new raise maintains for the first 30,000 feet
is allowed I expect to see many more while the Liberal rate comes down for
of them use other fuel. The situation J smaller quantities, and on the basis
is not at all satisfactory. , 030,000 feet the rate asked here is
I do not know how the franchise hfh than the AmariUo
could have been improved on so ag to rae" 1
nhvinte these "hhiectionable features..' During the M. E. Conference Rev. G.
it has ocurred to me that if the
franchise waa "directly with a person
Mr company who was producing the
gas the city might be in a better pos-
ition. " The holder of our franchise
when it asks for a raise shows that
it is not a producer of gas that it ob-
Itains its supply of gas from another
company ag the producer; that the
producing company is charging it (the
distributing company) an increased
j price and therefore it being but a mer
chant in gas must add a profit.
Again it occurs to me that if the
franchise was with a producer of gas
it might well provide that if he or it
ceased to be a producer of sufficient
gas to furnish the city then the fran
chise should be terminated and the
city would be given the priviledge of
taking over the mains and connections
within the city at a fair remuneration
to the holder. '
The experience of cities in Oklaho
ma in what has heretofore been the
give it to you.
Very truly yours,
lioy L. Eury
Secretary Chamber of Commerce,
Enid, Oklahoma.
We shall not take issue with any
statement of Mr. Vickers, but we do
wish to muke a few comments on 'the
letter from the secretary of the Enid
Chamber of Commerc.
The first question mentioned by the
writer of the letter was the matter of
rates. We are of the opinion that the
nte asked is not unreasonable. Our
,,. ,, kiif ; w.,1
ly on a comparison of rates in other
'towns, which is unfair, because other
' towns might be paying either too
much or too little.
The prjce ghoul(1 be based on the
' cost of the gaS( w hether produced by
the distributing company or purchased
ttom 0ther8i ag the firgt factor. the
cost of distribution; the cost of dis
f t,Tbution the second. Then a reason-
abe denreciation on the svstem. nlus
a reasonable profit.
There is authentic information on
thi gubiect. and accordinir to this in
. f romati ,, it Beenis that th e rat e asked
here ig not unreasonable, and that it
will furnish heat at a considerable less
co()t than coul to Bay nothin(f 0f tie
a,i,ied convenience.
. Th; infomation comeg flom an un
The secrelary Df the Enid Chamber
, t what percentage of the
: consumers turned to coal, and we will
venture the assertion that they were
a neeliable quantity. His statement
that he expects more to do so in the
event 0f a raj8e) ;s hardly a competent
statement in opposition.
We fail to get the viewpoint of the
i.Ih!am 11 nrn .1 rt t Vl .liuf filllltirtl
, " .
buying the gas of a producer. Suppose
the ordinance did provide that the
city take over the system, is it not
rea8onabe to that the pr0.
, wouJd diBtributing com-
i pany, and would not the city be better
investnlent jn the difi.
tributj gyl.tem?
hnu hiavv investment in
e aa ft maUer of
tection th! wilI not make the
u , . . f. , .,.,. pnri,lot urror(1
to patronize them, for should this be
era. Ofcour;e the Enid gas comes
a p.pe ,jne wJijch supi)jea olhcr
cities and is quite a different situation
from that which effects Liberal.
W agree that .the letting of a fran
chise should be attended with deepest
' A. Gebhart of Ochleta, Okahoma, in
the Tulsa country, visited the Demo-
crat office and we got some iacia irom
hira which make the prospect look
' (Continued on Page Foot)
Being the Experiences of a Liberal
Party on the Road From Hugo,
ton to Liberal Lat Week
On Wednesday, March 8th, Col.
C. H. Ellis, V. C. Wilson and wife
and H. G. Fuller, all of Liberal, jour
neyed to Hugoton to attend a district
meeting of the Rebekah Lodge I.
O. O. F.
The meeting was in charge of Zyl
pha B. Dix, of Hutchinson, vice presi
dent of the Rebekah State Assembly.
Mrs. Dix is the wife of C. H. Dix of
Hutchinson, who is a brother of Mrs.
C. H. Ellis.
A school of instruction was held
in the afternoon, a banquet was
served at six p. m. in the Christian
church, after which an evening ses
sion was held and the Rebekah de
gree was conferred in a beautiful
and striking manner by the Hugoton
Degree Staff, followed by a very
entertaining and instructive address
by Sister Dix, who explained the
beauties and benefits of Odd Fellow
ship in that easy, fluent manner
which seems to be peculiarly her
Mrs. Dix dwelt at length on the
subject of the Rebckah-Odd Fellow
home at Eureka Lake, making every
one present an enthusiastic booster
for that wonderful institution.
Mrs. Dix was followed by Col. C.
H. Ellis, Past Grand Master, and
others, and all in all, it was an even
ing delightfully spent, but, when the
hour of adjournment arrived, it was
discovered that a regulation blizzard
was in progress on the outside, and
some of the people from out of town
were unable to get home for several
The Liberal delegation, accompa
nied by Vice President Dix, started
for home at eleven o'clock, and after
combating the flying snow and drifts
for two hours found themselves 7 1-2
miles east of Hugoton, snowed in
We made our way to the home of 0.
J.' Wayland and asked for shelter,
and, like the wounded man of old,
we were taken in, warmed and fed.
We thought we could go on when
daylight came, but on the following
day the snow was piling higher and
higher, and we were completely shut
off from the outside world.
The fact that wo were unable to.
reach home was indeed disappointing
to all of us( but our disappointment
and our intense desire to get home
was in a measure brushed aside by
the wonderful hospitality of the
Wayland family. . Such a welcome,
such kindness, such sumptious meals,
such friendship can scarcely be found
anywhere and the very name of O.
J. Wayland and family will awaken
tender- memories In our hearts for
many years to come.
After putting forth every effort
to get someone to bring us to Lib
eral by auto; horse or mule, and fail
ing at every turn, we climbed into
our own auto the following'Tuesday
at ten thirty a. m. and. started on our
homeward trip, and, after shoveling
snow, wading mud and water and
pushing, we made that twenty-four
miles to Liberal on our own power,
for what the engine lacked in power
we suppliled by hand, but we are
home and we are glad of it, and we
will all go to Hugoton again some
Col. C. H. Ellis.
State Chemist Givei Favorable Re
port on the Wpter Taken rom
the Liberal Mains '
Liberal water Is as near pure as
water can be. i the opinion of State
'Chemist P. S. Fox.
Water taken from taps Iri different
parts of the city and sent to the
State Chemist for analysis were pro
nounced to be very satisfactory from
a bacteriological standpoint.
In fact the water .was said to be in
excellent condition from a sanitary
standpoint as well.
Liberal not only has good water
but an inexhaustible supplly, and this
fact is very pleasing to Liberal
Tourists are begining to come to the
city already in spite of the roads.
There were four parties of tourists
camped at the Liberal grounds Wed
nesday night. W, B. King says that
there will soon be a light there and a
book where the tourists can register.
Park to be Beautified Tail SprW
and Other Improvement Are) .
Being Planned '
The Park Board held a" meeting
this morning at which time Albert
Dickens'of the State Foresten school .
of Manhattan, was present, and pre
sented the plans for the new park.
Mr. Dickens is thoroughly famil
iar with the subject and gave just
the advice needed.
It is the plan now to arrange to
set the park to trees this spring and
a movement is under way to attain
this end.
The plan is this:, each citizen of'
Liberal is to be asked to buy and set
one or more trees in the park. That
this may be accomplished arrange
ments have been made whereby the
trees may be purchased and set for
$1 each, and the money is to be col- .
lectcd and the trees purchased by
the park board.
A meeting, was held this morning
and the board organized by electing
Joe Bryson chairman, and Ira Riney
Committees from the Lions, Ro
tary, Womans and other clubs, and
the Chamber of Commerce will can
vass the town and give each person
the opportunity to buy a tree. Should
you be missed in the canvas, see one
of the members of the board or Mr.
Riney. The members, aside from
Messrs. Riney and Bryson, are J. G.
Ault, Ed Donnelly and Lee Larrabee.
A swimming pool, a tennis court,
possibly a lake and . playground
equipment will be incorporated in
the park plans for the future.
The slogan .for the tree drive
will be "buy the park a tree" and it
Is hoped everyone will buy one or
more. Some small willows are to be
set and these will cost 26 cents each.
Apy child of school age may buy one
or. more of these.
The park proposition is beginning
to take on definite shape and it. is
hoped everyone will see the impor
tance of the movement and assist in
every way possible.
Better Regiiter if You With to Voto
in the City Election This Spring
Possibly Two Tickets
A city election will be held in
April, at which time three council-
men and a member of the Board of
Education will 'be chosen.
There is a possibility of two tickets
being in the field in which event you
might wish to vote badly.
Unless you are properly register
ed, you will not be allowed to vote
at this election. The registration
books are now open at the office of
the city clerk and you should call
there not later than April 24th,
which is the last day you may reg
ister. If you have changed location since
voting the last time, you will be re
quired to register. .
A business transaction was closed
Tuesday afternoon when J. P. Maas
and Mrs. S. E. Ferguson became the -owners
of the cleaning and pressing1
works of Eldon Dudley.
Mrs. Ferguson will have charge of
the altering department. She was
recently employed in the shop owned
by Vic Hahn. Mr. Maas is of La
Junta, Colorado, and has been in the
Troxcl Cleaning Co. there for several
years, and is thoroughly experienced
in that line.
There will be some re-arrangements
made in the office and Mrs.
Minnie Broadfoot will have her hem
stitching machine there after the
first of the week.
The "Are You a Mason" Com
pany has been showing at the Majes
tic all week. The first half they gave
"Are You a Mason", and the last
half they are playing "Sick-a-bed",
matinees and nights. -
The company carries fifteen people
and they have been putting on good
shows, though on account of the bad
weather, the crowds have been small. .
Friday matinee and night and Sak
urdya night they show "Sick-a-bed",
so if you have not seen this play, -and
want a' good hearty laugh ad
then soma more, go to see it one ef
the performances. " ' x

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