You Never Know What A Fin e Town You Have Until You Talk It To A Stranger
VOL. XV. NO: 40
LIBERAL, S EWARD C&UNTY. KANSAS, MARCH 23, 1922
By J. B. MILLER
GAS FRANCHISE PROPOSI-
TION IS TOPIC OF DAY i
City . Council to Publish Proposition
and Submit It to the Voters
at General Election
The gas franchise, controversy is
the big topic of conversation in Lib
eral this week, and, for the benefit
of the public, we will give here a re
view of the late developments, which
bid fair to end in a merry war be
tween those favoring and those op
After the city council had reject
ed the franchise submitted hv Mc
Quigg and associates, a delegation of
prominent citizens organized with the
idea of reviving the issue.
The first thoueh was a citv ticket
to be composed of franchise boosters,
but this gave way to the suggestion
that it would be advisable to deal
with the present city council and en
deavor to secure an agreement
whereby the matter would be check
ed up to the voters at the coming1
municipal election. After some ne
gotiations a sufficient number of
councilmen indicated their willing
ness to submit the matter PROVID
ED a satisfactory franchise could
be worked out between the council
and the McQuigg's, and with the un
derstanding that the matter of the
rate and the time of granting left
to the voters. . This seemed accep
table all around and last Saturday
morning the council met with H. M.
and Frank McQuigg to work out a
satisfactory agreement. Saturday
evening the mee'ting re-convened and
lasted mpst of the night, with the re
sult that practically all points con
tested had been adjusted.
On Monday following, Mayor Grif
fith, together with Councilmen New
by( Malone and Wright went to To
peka to submit the proposed fran
chise to the attorneys for the Utili
ties Commission and other franchise
The council did require' that "be
fore submitting the proposition to
vtne voters, they would-- requine
large petition, and during the past
few days, backers of the franchise
have been securing the 'necessary
i. . i .11.-1 . ,.,,!,
it is nopeu mm a itaiiMULwij num
ing agrement between the McQuiggs
and the council can be reached in the
near future and if this is done the
franchise will be published and every
legal voter in the city will have an
"opportunity to express themselves at
at the polls as to whether they want
gas for Liberal or not.
One of the interesting sidelights to
the gas controversy, but which is real
ly collateral to the main issue is the
method of procedure and the argu
ments put up by the opposition. After
most all arguments against the fran
chise had been successfully answered,
a municipal ownerhip boom was insti
tuted and a petition asking the coun
cil to submit that proposition to the
voters as well as the franchise was
circulated with apparently good re
sults. But how many wilkvote for a
municipal ownership, when they under
stand that it will virtually mean a new
bond issue, or voting for bonds to fi
nance putting in the system that will
perhaps cost upwards of one hundred
hn.iEnnfl dollars when the city is al
ready top-heavy with bond issues and
new ones for the new high school,
remain to be seen.
We venture the assertion that if
the boosters for municipal ownership
were asked to sign or circulate reti
tions calling for a bond issue, which
will have to be done, before the city
could put in a gas plant, if the propo
sition did happen to carry, there would
be few who are now professing their
interest that would support it.
The city council is showing a dispo
sition to be extremely fair about the
matter,' and certainly the citizen's com
mittee has met the council half way;
Messers. McQuigg have conceded a
lot. They first asl:ed a year to begin
work, and now they have gvecd to
have the system completed within
twelve months, which seems reason
able. McQuigg first asked that the
franchise be extended at the expira
tion or that the city take over the
plant at its value at that time; it was
opposed to and McQuigg agreed to the
removal of the clause. , These were
the principal talking points of the
franchise opponets, and now about the
only thing they have left to harpoon
the franchise with is "the city owner
ship dream", which is impractible and
which a large number of citizens, we
.iL- tha overwhelming majority,
could ill afford. IF, LIBERAL IS TO
HAVE GAS SOON WE MUST
LIBERAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION
An audjence ' of more than one
hundred people gathered to hear the
initial program of the new musical
asociation which has been organized
in Liberal. All of the musical num
bers received hearty applause.
After the program, Mrs. Molthop
presented the advantages of such
a musical organization, and election
of officers took place. At the request
of Mrs. Molthop, Mrs. Colvin acted
as secretary, and the following were
President, Mrs. Molthop.
First Vice Pres., Mrs. Fortna.
Second Vice Pres, Mrs. Connely.
. Rec Secy., Mrs. Barrier.
Cor Secy., Mrs. L Wilkins
Treasurer, Mrs Lowry.
Fifty members were received that
evening and it was voted to allow
thirty days from date for other mem
bers to join the club. The initial fee
was fixed at One Dollar for all mem
bers, excepting high school and other
pupils, which fee will be fifty cents.
This organization is especially to
develop the musical appreciation of
the young people in the town who are
talented or interested in music, so the
fee has been placed at a figure that
will allow all to join.
All dues should be paid in as soon
as convenient that the lack of funds
may not hinder the rapid develop
ment of the new undertaking.
The next meeting will be held on
Wednesday evening, March 29th, at
8 o'clock, in the Methodist church,
when various study clubs will be
The program of last night was as
Pian0 duet, Mildred Cure and Laura
Flute Solo, Mill Reed.
Boys' Quartet, Lester Ellsaesser,
Marlin Kelly, Clifford Sawyer and
Violin Solo, Forest Wyman.
Piano Solo, Mildred. Cure.
Trio, (Violin, Saxaphone and Piano)
Charlotte Gasaway," Helen Boles
and Fern" Ellsaesser. ' '
Piano Solo, Esther Walker.
Vocal Solo, Mrs. Darst.
Tuesday's luncheon was particularly
enjoyable. There were four guests and
a one hundred per- cent attendance.
Rev. Eli Walker, John L. Boles, A. F.
Gorman and Jack Mulholland of Dodge
City were guests.
Charlie Brown had charge of the
program which included short talks.
Joe Fuest on service, in business and
as citizens. Tom Smith and Frank
Boles on "The Ethics of Business".
Roy Ravenscroft and Tom Pate on
"Advertising". Mr. Walker told of the
Boy Scouts and how they liked to
think that some organization was in
terested in them and willing to give
them a helping hand. There are four
troops in Liberal, 2, 3, 4, and 6. Troops
3 and 5 have- sponsors and 2 and 4 are
without. Chairman Evans referred
the question of adopting one of the
troops to the Boy's Work Cmmittee.
for investigation and report to the dir
ectors, explaining that, under the by
laws, the Club could take action only
thru the directors. .
The new hats and breast plate but
tons were distributed to the members.
Look out for the hats next Tuesday
about noon. They will be going to
ward the Cimarron Hotel and can be
ROUTES OPEN FOR BIDS
The three star routes out of Lib
eral are open for bids until April 4.
The routes are :
Liberal to Beaver and Return;
Liberal to Hugoton and Return;
Liberal to Perryton and Return.
These routes are lot to the lowest
bidders, and are let for a period of
four vears. The nroposal bids are at
the post office now. The bids close ;
at 4:00 p. m., April 4th.
INSTALLS SHOE REPAIR
SHOP AT HUGOTON
C. E. Stutzman of this city moved
this week to Hugoton where he will
establish a shoe repair shop. Mr.
Stutzman who has been in the shoe
repairing business here recently lost
his shop by fire although his machin
ery was not badly damaged. He has
a modern electric outfit and will open
soon. , ' -.,
GRANT A FRANCHISE TO SOME
BODY and McQuiggs and Associa
tes are the" only persons in this coun
try who have gas to sell.
A LITTLE MORE REAL
INTERESTING GAS DOPE
Shooting to Pieces Soma of the Ar
gument! Against the Gat
"There are authorities on the sub'
ject of gas which cannot be ques
tioned by' reasonable people, any
more than would the dictionery, and
these authorities certainly give the
beBt argument as to the comparative
cost of the different fuels. We cite
a few of these comparisons quoted
from this authority.
In tests made by the Department
of Home Economics in Ohio State
University to determine the relative
costs of various fuels for cooking,
the following startling relationships
Natural gas at $1.12 per M.
equivalent to coal at $6.50 per ton
Natural gas at $2.00 per M.
equivalent to gasoline at 27c per
Natural gas at $2.20 per M. is
equivalent to electricity at 3c per
Natural gas at $2.40 . per M. is
equivalent to coal oil at 15 cents per
House heating furnace tests: Inves
tigations conducted by the Samuel
S. Wyer for the Ohio Fuel Supply
Company in 1912, developed the fol
Natural gas at 30c per thousand
in a special gas. furnace yielded 2,
023,000 heat units for $1.00.
Natural gas at 30c in ah ordinary
furnace yielded 1,109,000 heat units
Coke at $5.50 per ton in an ordi-
nary furnace yielded 987,000 heat:
units for $1.00.
Nut coal at $3.25 per ton in an or-
dinary furnace yielded 987,000 heat.
units for $1.00.
Figuring gas at 60c and coal at
$6.50 as a comparison, the heat 1
units for one dollar's worth of fuel
is 112,000 in favor of natural gas in
an ordinary furnace, while on the
same basis of, cost the balance in
favor of natural gas in a gas furnace
is 1,036,000 heat units for one dol-j
lar's worth of fuel. "
Now, these figures are the result,
of an actual experiment and are not
hearsay. Figures are what count
in a case of this kind and a mere J
statement does not go. j
Now comes a gentleman and shows (
us a statement he paid for gas in :
Denver. Artificial gas was used at
75c per thousand. He burned a grate
most of the time and a gas range for
cooking, several hours each day, and
his bill for the month was $3.42.
How many persons in Liberal can
heat their homes and do their cook -
ing for $3.42 with coal?
There are some people who haa ;
rather compare rates, so here are ;
the rates, so here are the rates as
charged in some other cities:
Lawrence, Kansas, 80c j
Newton, 60c with a 75c service ,
Fort Worth, Texas, 62 l-2c;
Amarillo, 50c; '
Dallas, 62 l-2c;
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 75c;
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 75c;
Hutchinson, 80c, with $1.00 ser
Topeka, the same as Hutchinson;
Cherryville, 65c with 50c service
Richmond, Kansas, 80c;
Coffeyville, Kansas, 60c;
Muskogee, Oklahoma, 63c;
Nowata; Oklahoma, 50c.
AT THE METHODIST CHURCH
' Sunday school at 9:45. Epworth
League at 6:.10.- At 11:00 a. m. the
pastor will preach on this subject:
"The Fall of Man". A great many
people seem to think that man has
ever fallen upward. That he started
an animal and slowly became a man.
The .Bible seems to have a different ac
count. Study this with us Sunday. At
7:30 the subject of the sermon by the
pastor wil be "The Larger Life". Some
persons today talk about the restric
tions of Christian life. And they as
sert the church must give wider lib
erty. We wonder where the restic
tions of life really are?
There is a seat, a song book and a
welcome for you. If you do not regu
larly worship elsewhere, we invite
you to come. -
J. B. Miller of the Democrat, was
taken suddenly ill shortly after noon
today, Thursday, and was taken to
his home, where he is confined to his
. DUCKWELL'S VARIETY . .
! STORE OPENS SATURDAY
Now Store Opens Friday With a
"Get Acquainted" Feature
' - In Greenberg Building
On Friday afternoon and evening
the new Variety store of Duckwell's
will feature a "get acquainted" open
ing, the purpose to meet the people
of this trading territory and for the
people to come in and give this new
addition to Liberal the "once over".
No goods will be sold this day, but
you, one and all, are invited to visit
the store and get acquainted.
On Saturday morning at 9 o'clock
the new Btore will open to the public
for the selling of goods, and they
have many "specials" billed for the
day. This store is one of a chain
of stores being operated by Duck-
well's,- there being several in Kansas,
the oldest one being at Abilene, in
Duckwnll's have established a rep
utation over the state for maintain
ing stores of the first water They
carry at all times complete lines of
the best quality merchandise, spec
ializing in popular priced articles
from 10c ufl.
We welcome .'Duckwall's to the
business circles of Liberal. We know
from their past records in other Kan
sas towns what we can expect of
them, and we predict they will have
no cause for regret in placing the
new business house in this town.
LARGE CROWD ATTENDED
COMMUNITY MEETING SAT,
County Superintendent Miss Emma
Thompson reports the Community
meeting at the Court house Satur
day was well attended. The large
court room was crowded.
Lunch was served from one o'clock
until two. Some very good work was
Exhibition of school work.
The little folks under the drection of
Mrs. Lucile Lake did exceptionally
well in the Dramatization lesson,
Miss Reed, Musical director in the
jgn-chool had chuige. of, the Com'
District No. 4 taught by Miss Ross
won the prize which was $10, for
the largest attendance. Districts
No. 2, taught by Misses Edna Bloom
and Lois Gilbert, No. 26, taught by
Effle White, and No.31 taught by Miss
Irene Behnkeand and No. 32 taught by
Miss Opal Crecden all won prizes for
having all members of the board of
their district present. The prizes I
were large framed landscapes for the
County Supt. Thompson offered a
prize for the best penmanship on ex
hibition, and Margaret Harmlen re
' cejved the prize which was an Ever-1
I sharpe Pencil. Edda White ranked sec- j
0nd and Fem Crebert third. 1 he meet
-mg was a great success and proved
helpful for all who attended.
! SUBLETTE AGRI. CLASS
I VISIT STEPHENS DAIRY
The Agricultural class of the, Sub
lette high school, under leadership of
Prof. Lee. was in Liberal today, vis
iting the' Sunnyside Dairy.
The Sunnyside Dairy, owned by J.
D. Stephens & Sons, is one that is
worth coming fifty miles to see. Mr.
Stephens uses an electric milker, and
,g Dllidin(r up a nne herd of Hoi
steins. He has a thriving business in
this city, and says that he sells
about fifty gallons of milk per day.
ELEVATOR AT HUGOTON
INSTALLS RADIO OUTFIT
The Hugoton Equity Exchange
elevator has purchased a radio outfit
and thereby plans to get the market
reports at least three times daily.
This will be very convenient for the
concern and will keep them in touch
with the markets at times.
. . a
PRATT TO STAY WITH
SMALL WELL PROPOSITION
A Pratt citizen in Liberal a few
days ago; said that the city council
at Pratt intended drilling about a
dozen small wells to get a larger
water supply. Pratt had better in
vestigate the Liberal plants and de
cide on two large wells, and be sure
of plenty of water. Liberal had many
smalf wells and never had enough
water, "but either of the two big1
wells will easily supply the needs I
of the city at this time. Liberal has j
a water system that Is unbeatable. J
Pete McFarlane, gardner for the j
Rock Island, has; begun the making
of flower beds and the?, planning of
gardens about the railrload yards.
i PARENTS OF BOY SCOUTS
j SHOULD BE MORE INTERESTED
Have you parents taken the time
to investigate and realize the high
moral and physical principles taught
Boy Scouts? Do you know just what
the ideals of this organization are?
Do you know just what kind of a' boy
your boy must be in order to get to
the top in Boy Scouting? . What are
vou doinor in nrder to aid the progress
f o -
of this organization, and of your
Fverv Darent of a bov eheible to
bpcnme a member of the Boy Scouts
should give these questions thought
Liberal, with a population of 4000
people has an enrollment of less than
100 Boy Scouts less than one-third
of what it should have. In perhaps
a majority of cases this condition is
caused by a lack of interest on the
part of the parents. The Boy Scout
movement in Liberal, however, is
commencing to show more interest
during the past few weeks. If you.
as a parent, are not now interested,
we know you will be if you make an
investigation. Ask your own boy
first: chances are he is interested,
but if not, its your duty to interest
Recently the Lions Club adopted
one of the troops and we are look
ing for this organization to throw
enough pep and enthusiasm into the
boys to make their troop one of the
best in the state. The Rotary is now
considering tnking over one troop,
and it is hoped they reach a favor
able decision as this will mean much
to the boys. The other two troops
are getting along fine with good
stroll e leaders.
You couldn't find a, better cause
to give some of your time and at
tention to. Call up any of the fel
interested in this move
ment and they will be glad to give
yon any Information yu wish.
THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Next Sunday ,will be your last
chance to help in the big attendance
contest with Garden City. Report
for last Sunday, Liberal 344, Gar
den City 330. Liberal is 239 in the
lead, but this 'can easily be over
come if we fall down In our atten
dance next Sunday. Wo must pass
the 400 mark. Come on, let's go. .
The Christian Endeavor also closes
their contest. They about evened
the score last Sunday by having an
attendance of 207. They .want to
pass that mark next Sunday evening.
Help them do it. I
The special Sundny evening ser
mons are attracting a packed house
every Sunday evening. If you would
get a good seat for these special ser
mons and pictures, come early.
Sermon subjects: at 11:00 a. m.
"Why Join the Church?" At 8:00 p.
m., "Divine Healing."
A special invitation is extended
physicians, Christian Scientists, Faith
Healers, in fact, healers of every
Music specials: "My Mothers'
Songs" by Mrs. F. Fortna; "The Pro
digal Son" by Miss Brink; illustrated.
Baptismal service at close of even
We want to take a picture of the
Bible school next Sunday.
A very cordial invitation to all.
BASKET BALL TOURNA-
MENT AT TYRONE, OKLA.
There will be a basket ball tourna
ment at Tyrone, Oklahoma, on Fri
day and- Snturday, March 24th and
25th. Eleven high schools have en
tered and the fc.Tmes will be played
on the high school court. The games
will start at 4:00 p. m. March 24th.
There vil bo a pie social at the
Arkalon ochool house, Friday night,
March' 24th, and several of the young
people of Liberal are counting on at
tending. Miss Roma Brown is teach
ing that school,
CATHOLIC CHURCH SERVICES
Mass Sunday at 8:00 a. m., and
Friday at '7:30 p. m. ' " ' '
There will be no devotional servi
ces Sunday evening as Father Cryne
goes "to Fowler to conduct services.
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D, Davidson left Sunday for the
East on a buying trip for his Hew
store at this place. He has expressed
himself as well pleased with business
since the opening of the store, and
that he will continue to bring in new
goods for the trade.
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ED DONNELLY LOSES
' LIFE IN BLIZZARD
Former Resident of This Section
Caught in Blixsard of Two .
Weeks Ago and Perished
One of the tragedies of the (Mot
snow storm that swept over the
southwestern portion of the state,
was the untimely death, apparently
by freezing and exposure of a man
by the name of Ed Donnelly, who,
several years ago, filed on and
proved up a homestead in the breaks
of the Cimarron river, in the north
west part of the county.
Donnelly's body was found on the
M. McGehee ranch which is near the
old Donnelly homestead. A resi
dent of that section, a Mr. Davis,
and his son-in-law, while driving
down to the Cimarron river in search
of some cottonwood trees, which
they might use for fuel, jtound a de
serted wagon with some men's
clothinir and a loaf of bread in it,
and, upon looking further, discovered
the body of a man about a mile and
a quarter south, further toward the
river. In' the meantime, sortie of the
Rf.r.akan amilv fnn.trtal hn nndinl?
.1.1. VI Hl'-t 1 . I - - (' " - - - . ' '
of a team of strange horses in their
pasture, one of them with a halter
on, but no harness. A telephone call
wan nt. nnfA nil t. in from the Edwards
ranch to tfio county authorities, and
Countv Attorney Davis, Coroner
Miller, Sheriff Nelson and Under
Sheriff Freemnn hurried to the scene.
No one was able to identify the dead
man, who apparently had succumbed
to exhnustion and exposure. '
Driving up near Satanta, the of
ficers found a man by the 'name of
Smith, who had seen a man answer
ing the description of the dead man,
and who identified the wagon and
team; he reported that the man was
Ed Donnelly, who lived in that local
ity several years ago with his wife,
who had died there; this was later
verified at Sutanta, where names of
his relatives were obtained, and they
came to Liberal and claimed the
body. ; ' '
Donnelly was last seen by Smith
driving toward the river the even
ing before the snowstorm, in his
wagon; he was headed in the direc
tion of his old place, where his wife
died. The wagon was found in
deep washout, and it is presumea
that while going through the storm,
the wngon going in the ditch, he got
stuck, unhitched his team and at
tempted to make his way on without
the wngon. Some days after the
body was found, the harness from
the horses, two suit cases and a red
, i i i .. ! tn m. miA.a
sweater ne " uccu ".-.
found piled up in the hills. Mr.
McGehee reported he saw a man
wundering some distance from his
house on Friday after the storm, but
ib vim tr. ha a tmnncr or hunter.
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The body of Donnelly was found just
west of where he had been seen by
McGehee. His fingers, hands and feet
were badly frozen.
It is an odd coincident that he met
his death 'near the spot where 'he
lived years ago; had he been able
to get a few miles further, he would
have reached his former home, where -ha
undoubtedly suffered the hard
ships of other pioneers inthat section
of the country.
A sister of Donnelly, a Mrs. Trin
dle, lives near Gray, Oklahoma, and
another sister and the father live at
. . . ,. ...i il.A V-.i l waa
Enid, UKianoma, wnere uic
shipped for burial. V
During the past five years Mr. Don
nelly has resided at or near Denver,
Colorado, and it is surmized that he.
made the trip out to the old place,
porsibly to look over the old home
stojd anin, iyul possibly to do some
trapping. It is fortunate that he was
remembered by some of the older
residents near where he was found,
as there was nothing found on his
person by which he could be identi
fied. In the suit cases found nearly
two miles distance from the body,
were important and valuable papers,
indicating that he carried insurance.
FILE ON CLAIMS
v James Clark and Roy Meyer of An
thony, passed thru here Tuesday om
their way to Roswell New Mexico. It
is their intention to file on claims near
there. James Clark was formerly em
ployed in the First National Bank here
td war. and Roy Meyer
I uciviu w" O
is ,a brotherof "John Meyer of the
Peoples on . suppiy .... .. .
tS. Z. Hubard who has .been livic
northwest of the city is moving
far mnear Dalhart.
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