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DEMOCRAT VOL. XV. NO. 41 . LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY. KANSAS, MARCH 30, 1922 By J. B. MILLER HIGHWAY MEETING TO BE HELD AT LIBERAL. SOON Chamber of Commerce Getting Ready for the Big Road Meeting Here on Tueiday, April 18th The Chamber of Commerce is busy completing plans for the big Atlantic-Pacific Highway meeting that is to be held here on April 18th. This highway runs from St Louis, Mis- sourl, to Socorro, New Mexico, and' is one of the most important high- way, w traverse tms section. ine,desiring to vote bondfl for other im. M,1SM 'Kway commission nas ae- B.gnalea it to be one or tne roaas that is to receive Primary Federal Aid. This within itself is a big thing ! as it will assist wonderfully in the' building and maintainaneo of the ' roa1, ' : The president, H. A. Russell of Dodge City, and other officials of the road will be here, as well as delegates from many of the cities along the line. . A big crowd is expected es pecially from Kansas and Oklahoma. This is the main east and west high way to penetrate this part of the state and is, as it should, receiving splendid response from the people in this country and along the entire line. With the Federal Aid it is des - tined to be one of the best built and maintained roads in the southwest. ' This highway runs from St. Louis, Missouri, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, 1 place the city has no gas to sell, or gas the terminal being Socorro, New ' well to supply the gas. McQuigg and Mexico, thus traversing some of the , associates have a well and gas already richest sections of the states through to be turned into the mains as soon which it passes. It will become one a laid which is guaranteed to be with of the most popular tourists' routes . jn twelve months. But that is not all. to the Pacific Coast. A city that has no gas would have to With a north and south highway i get gas production and that is not at added to this one, .Liberal will be all sure. Furthrmore if the city fail one of the central points that will . ed to get gas or if after getting gas gain a great deal. The D. C. D. the supply were to become exhausted, which is holding a meeting a week the bonds would have to be paid out later at Canadian, contemplates of the taxpayers' pockets, whether shooting a connecting link from the he was a consumer or not. south and, that will put us in a good position to connect with the road coming from the north out of Strat-. ton. Nebraska. I The meeting to be held here will be a joint one, both the cities in Kansas and Oklahoma that are on the line participating. It is needless to say that all these towns see the advantage of this road and the im- portance of the meeting, and there j will be enthusiastic delegations from ' each of them. The Chamber of Com merce desires that the citizens of , Liberal lend their assistance in mak ing this a big and eventful affair. FROM AN INDEPENDENCE MAN If you want a good pay roll and a; gas, March 29, 1922: city of factories, machine shops, I it is Hereby Resolved : foundries, ice plants, glass factories, That in event the Seward County brick plants, paper mills, which will oil & Gas Company shall discover consume all the surplus straw that gaa n a quantity sufficient to sup the farmers burn up you must have' py the needs of the City of Liberal, gas for cheap fuel. ' , and that the field is left open for the I have lived at Independence, Kan- j competitive disposition of gas, that sas, for eighteen months which is in the said company will contract to the oil and gas belt, and has 15,000 supply the city for the entire demands population. The gas rate is 80c for ! of tne consumers, gas at a rate not to the first 1000 feet, and to figure our gas at 65c per first 1000, we could burn a heating stove day and night, run a burner under bath water, and run one gas range cook stove for the months of December, January, and February, for $8.00 per month, so that will beat coal and cleaner too. , McQuigg Bros, say they are ready; and have enough gas in one well to supply two cities like Liberal, so give them your vote the 4th of April, ! 1922, as their gas proposition will not cost you one cent taxes. 1 J. O. Tansey. r- LEGION AUXILIARY MET LAST THURSDAY A meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary was held Thursday after . noon at the Club Rooms. Miss Olive Pulton, secretary and Mrs. L. B. Wil- ,Ttins president were elected as dele- gates to the state Convention of thej Auxiliary which is to be held at Sa- lina April 17 and 18. The next meet-! ing will be April' 6 at the Club rooms. Every member is urged to be present' and is asked to bring a box of candy or cookies, which will be sent to John Lust who is now in a hospital in New Mexico. CITY ELECTION NEXT TUESDAY There is to be no friction at the I ' city election next Tuesday, April 4. j The caucusses of both the Citizens ' 1 ....J panni,i Portion have made the' same nominations, as follows: 1st ward Councilman, B. E. Wright; 2nd ward Councilman, M. W. Dun'aP. ara wara tjounemman, narry "' Member SchoolBoard, C. E. Woods. THREE ARGUMENTS THAT ARE INDISPUTABLE Thos who have been disponed to op pose the gas franchise proposed by Mr. McQuigg and asociates may do well to consider tne following facts: 1st: With the large bonds that are now being carried by the city and the fact that we must very soon float more school bonds, the issuing of bond uld not only be bunden but would serve to cripp,e ug jn event of provements( that we wiU of necess- ity have to do Mm many year8 Second. The city already owns and controi8 the water. It is a known fact that there are persona who have been trvingr for three year8 to get dty water, but the city, has only recently been abe to get it to them owjng to the fact that there hag been . lack of j funda to extend the mains in keeping with the cities growth. Mr. McQuigg and associates propose to furnish gas I where ever -desired in the city by a plan that is imminently fair, a refund ing system to the consumer for the extra cost where the. houses are far apart. Not only that but the people ! asking for the franchise are finan ; cially able to keep pace with the grow- j inn- needs of the citv. Third: Let us suppose that this franchise is defeated and the munici pal franchise granted. In the first The voting for municipal bonds is merely voting for something we have not gotten, that if gotten, might be- come worthless, and in doing so, we turn down a proposition that guaran' tees gas production for the period of twenty years, all without any cost to the city taxpayers and absolutely no liability is assumed by the city in any particular whatever, A CITIZEN MESSAGE FROM SEWARD , COUNTY OIL & GAS CO. The following is an extract from the minutes of. a meeting of the di rectors of The Seward County Oil & Gas Company, held in Liberal, Kan- exceed, fifteen cents per thousand feet, delivered at the city limits. Further; That if the field is left open for the competitive disposition of gas, that The Seward County Oil & Gas Company will resume opera tions within thirty days and prose- cutc the worij completion with due diligence, Further; That the President of the Seward County Oil & Gas Company js hereby ordered to present a copy of tb;9 resolution to the Mayor "and Council of Liberal, and have same published m the Liberal papers. ' EZRA SHORB, J. E. GEORGE, ' W. O. WOODS, FRANK SUMMERS, J. C. MAHONEY, , R. E. COLVIN, A. M. MORROW. Directors of the Seward Connty Oil A Gas Co. Mrs. Ida Wickam, who works in the 'Liberal hospital, left this week for a months vacation ana win visit wim relatives in Virginia. The editor was taken sick Thursday afternoon and consequently a. lot of items were left out of the paper. We make a lot of notes as we go about and just after dinner on Thursday we clean up that book. We had to leave before we accomplished that last week an if von told us a o-ood news item and I didn't see it you will know the reason, j ' Ne ' Satanta on new ,ine railroad, Must act quick. Griffith & man, Liberal. Phone 121. . Baugh- WILL VOTE ON THE GAS PROPOSITION NEXT TUESDAY People of Liberal Will Say Whether or not the McQuigg Franchise be Accepted Municipal Ownership Proposition Also Up Next Tuesday wil go down in his- tory as one of the important Ho v i the life of Liberal, for on this day uie iate or the gas franchise will he considered and dealt with by the voters of the city. On this day a problem must be ?L-1 the peor,e of Libe-al. which will have a distinct bearing on whether Liberal is to become a big ger, tetter town. The franchise as worked out be tween the council and the attorneys phase of the situation as far as the at Topeka, covers every possible j'iuicluoii or tne citizens is con cerned, and at this time we have the choice of two propositions: Shall the McQuigg franchise be granted? or Shall the City own and operate the gas distribution system? We wish to venture some opinions upon the merits of these two pro positions, and in doing so shall dual entirely with the facts as they eist and in a spirit of fairness to both sides of the controversy. Before going into the mutter we wish to explain a peculiar situation which has arisen. In the beginning there -were three factions. One of these was for the McQuigg Fran chise: one against, the third for city ownership. Realizing that they were beaten before they started, the Opno- phiot to tne imncnise joined the municipal ownership crowd and dou bled teamed upon the franchise boosters, wit hthe hope that with this combination they might defeat the franchise and stave off the proposi tion indefinitely. Here are tne facts td be consid ered by the voter in settling the question. McQuigg has the gas at this time; has the finances to drill one or more wells and construct a pipe line to the city, has the finance to build a distributing system. He agrees to have the system in operation within one year and as much sooner fis pos sible, ... . . . . . . Now what is there to the munic.pal ownership proposition? .TTl Ml 1L i. .1 1 wnere win tne city get uie Kus ui. supply a muni : 1 . Seward County Oil & Gas Company well, is the renlv of most; others think there will be other wells drilled "some time". Not a rosy outlook for getting gas in Liberal, is it? The north company has a well down a little over two thousand feet at this time, and has been shut down in an effort to raise funds to con tinue drilling. And. conceding that they get the money and .drill the well into a gasser, could the city af f'ord to put in a distributing system with but one well? The city could not. Does anyone who knows the lif firnltips pxnerienced bv this com pany in financing their well, believe they would be able to drill another well at any reasonably early date? Is there really anv assurance that tho nresont well wili be financed? It should be plain to everyone that to pin their faith to the north well as a source of gas for Liberal, that should the present proposition be re jected, Liberal is just as close to having natural gas for fuel as we were twenty years ago McQuigg agrees to furnish gas at a certain set price and furnish it now, Their second well is down almost 1900 feet and it is close to their first to be reasonably sure of being a gas ser; should it not they will immedi ately start work on the third well in a different location that seems more favorable to gas. The north well is around fifteen miles from any known production and it is a mere chance as to whether or not there will be gas in the test. Summed up. what earthly chance there of Liberal ever having gas f we do not take it from McQuiggs? They have shown the ability to drill wells without asking local finance. They have capital to handle their pro jects or they would not seek to make new investments. Can as much be said for the north company? Prac tically every cent raised to drill the north well has come from Liberal people and the heaviest backers of the company have admitted only re cently that they had put in about all they could afford to spend. The writer is a stockkholder in the Seward Connty Oil & Gas Company. ''s paper boosted the company when few people in Liberal considered it more or less as a joke and we have only the most friendly feeling for the company and its officers. Our financial Interests would best be ser ved by this company having the sale of gas, had it any to sell, but we do not believe that the fact that we own stock in this company justifies us in holding back the growth of Liberal satisfy our own personal gain. We have seen too many towns go ;( the discard because matters of public welfare were settled according tothe selfish dictate. action, and as long as we are a part of the public life of Liberal we shall this tendency whenever it U apparent, and even though we are a stockholder in the north well we are asking our readers to go to the polls and vote for the franchise be cause it is a step forward in the de velopment of Liberal. As we have followed this proposi tion from the Btart we have heard many amusing objections, but the most preposterous is the one that McQuigg will not use gas from his own wells, but is getting this fran chise for the purpose of selling it interests which are going to build nipe-line from the Amarillo fiold. Just who originated, this yarn is doubtful, but anyone with an ounce reasoning power can readily see through it. Anyone who has driven from Amarillo to Liberal knows that from Amarillo to Stratford, Texas, the distance is 102 miles, and thfit r.here is not a town on the route. Then ft is around 100 miles to Strntford is in the neighborhood of $5,000 per mile, and from Amarillo to Strntford would cost $510,000, with another $500,000 on to Liberal. Just why anyone would build a line that way even if they wished to build, is not apparent, when they might follow the Santa Fe through Canadian, Shattuck and Woodward, and have some good towns on the line. However, ,this is just one of the unreasonable stories being circula ted by the opposition in the hope of fooling the voters into voting down he franchise that a few stockholders Company may reap a profit in the in the Seward County Oil and Gas event that at some time that com panv should get a gas well. Then here is another proposition to be considered: Should there bo a possibility of the north company getting a gas well and being able to finance another. Still we do not have the gas in Liberal be cause bonds must be voted and a dis tributing system built. Suppose the bonds should not carry which can al most be considerer a certainty-where would we be then j - mere- are a lot oi puouie who uu f ,ook favorably upo t& votin(f of There-' an a lot ' of people who do I UUIIi i bonds unless it absolutely necessary, . , , wirur Knmllntr fe" 6"" " r the town this is the reasonable and logical thing to do. But remem ber thisif you vote for municipal ownership next Tuesday you may have to vote again before you get gas. Your vote may not count that time and the proposition may be voted down. Readers of the Democrat, there are too many chances too many "ifs" to this matter to risk it. When all is said and done, there is just this much certain. A vote for the McQugg fran chise means gas and that right away. A vote for municipal ownership does not mean now, and possible never. We understand that the north coin- pany has agreed to sell gas to the city at 15 cents at the city limits. You know it is easy to put a low price on u thing you haven t got. How do we know that when they learn what it will cost them to get the gas to Liberal if they ever have any gas that they will find that it costs so much they cannot afford to bring it here and then where is our cheap gas? The proposition is a great deal like this. Suppose you were in the market for a bushel of potatoes and a man came up to you with a bushel basket of them. While you were dickering with him, another should step up and say to you "don't buy his potatoes; 1 have some land and next year I am going to plunt some potatoes and if I raise any I will sell them to you cheaper than he is pricing them to you." This is the proposition that is being put up to you in the gas situation, but you have no agreement, no bond, no nothing. But there is another angle to it. If McQuigg's should go ahead and make an oil test out of No. 1 and case off the gas in No. 2 and refuse to monkey with the gas, and the north company never found any gas, Liberal would be in the position of doing with out gas forever. "Oh, but some one else would come in and drill," says one of the boosters. Then why have they not started during the past two years ? They have been drilling in other fields but they have not come to the Liberal field, and we can only judge the future by the past. McQuigg's seem to be the only ones who have the nerve to spend their mon ey jn this field and had it not been for them there is hardly a chance that there would have ever been a test drilled here. Do you recall the time the north bunch had trying to get money to drill their test? Do you recall that it was only after McQuigg brought in the gas well that they were ever able to gt sufficent money to make a real showing. Don't be so sure that a lot of people are going to rush in and drill wells here because they have never shown the disposition to do so. Really the matter to be settled Tues" day is whether or not you want gas. If you want gas vote for the McQuigg franchise, and get it. If you don't want gas vote for the city ownership proposition and do without it. A STATEMENT OF FACTS AND A POSITIVE PLEDGE For the information of the people of Liberal, who put the welfare of the community ahead of any selfish individual interests, and to prevent any erroneous conclusions being formed from false propoganda rela tive to the immediate development of the Liberal oil and gas field, we wish to make the following state ments: In the beginning a franchise was submitted by us to your cijy council for its approval. Your council, not being thoroughly versed in such mat ters, requested that they be permit ted to obtain outside legal advise in the matter, all of which was entirely satisfactory and met with our appro val. , Therefore, a committee of four members of the council, Mayor Grif fith, and Councilmen Newby, Malone and Wright, went to Topeka, and, after proper investigation, they se lected as their legal advisor, one of the most widely known and compe tent attorneys in the Btate capital. The city's special counsel then drew up a franchise which will best protect the' city of Libera and its interests, and handed it to the Coun cil Committee. Mayor Griffith then phoned asking us to come to Topeka at once, with the idea in view that if we had any objection to the fran chise as drawn by the city's special counsel, such objection could be made in the presence of their attorney. We ! went to Topeka as requested, and found the franchise severe, but, nevertheless satisfactory to us. This franchise as drawn by the city's coun relor is the identical franchise which you will vote on. This franchise, definite and certain in its terms, has been weighed in the balance and is considered satisfac tory to your council. It is being pub lished and we invite every fnirminded citizen of Liberal to read it carefully ... , . and nrrivp of vnnr nurn -nnni,tinn n . - its merits, we caution you to aisre gard irresponsible statements of ir responsible personsrworking for their own interets, who do not want you to know the real benefits to be de rived from the franchise. Early on the morning of Tuesday, April 4th, you, the citizens and voters of Liberal, will have the opportunity of expresing your wishes at the polls. If you place the future of the city above the selfish interests of the petty few who would have you be lieve that Liberal should not progress and be a modern city with gas avail able for industrial and domestic con sumption, you will vote for tho fran chise. If, by the grace of your fair-mind ed spirit of justice and real duty to your community, you will vote the franchise we hereby pledge you each and every voter and citizen, that we will, within thirty days after the franchise is pased, start work here and upon completion of the necessary work incident to the distributing sys tem, we will furnish the city of Lib eral with gas from Liberal's own gas field west of the city. It is our earnest desire and firm intention to prove at once that Lib eral not only has a gas territory, but a wonderful oil producing territory as well We want oil just as earn estly as you do. If it is the wish of the people of Liberal that we install a gas system in the city we shall put in the very! best system possible, with mains suf- ficiently large to care for the growth of the city, and use every effort to give most efficient and satisfactory service. Go to the polls April 4th and vote for the franchise. Help us to help Liberal and see the city forge ahead and prosper. Signed: C. E. WOODS, M. V. McQUIGG, FRANK R. McQUIGG, HARRY M. McQUIGG. DRIVE NOW ON FOR ASSOCIATED CHARITIES The solicitors are busy this week en deavoring to get the necessary funds to support the work of the associated charities of the city. This is a most worthy cause and should elicit , the i unanimous support of the people who are able to donate. At the present account the campaign is gaing good, and it looks very favorable that the $1000.00 needed will be over sub scribed. Mr. Ed. Irwin, postmaster, is heading the enterprise and is put ting his usual pep into the work. : ROY B. SMITH TAKES OVER j DR. YOUNG'S PRACTICE ; Dr. Young Has Purchased Half Inter est In Large Practice at Chillicothe Dr. Roy B. Smith arrives tonight on No. 3 from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and will take over the practice of Dr. Vera Young April 1st Dr. Smith, comes highly recommended from the Palmer School of Chiropractic of Dav enport, la., of which he is a graduate. He is a graduate of the full 3-year course of Palmer Chiropractic school. Dr. Smith has not only his degree of D. C, but 'als0 the honorary de gree of Ph. C, Philosopher of Chiro practic. Dr. Young feels very much pleased in being able to secure a man of Dr. Smith's professional and personal qualifications and recommends him highry and gladly. He come very well experienced in handling all types of cuses in men women and children.' Dr. Smith will endeavor to give the same high standard and prompt service as Dr. Young has. If you have been pleas ed with her work you will be more so with is. Dr. Smith having come so recently from college and having latest developments of the science at his command, Is even better equip ped to give satisfaction. The Demo crat welcomes the new doctor to our city. The many friends of Dr. Young re gret very much that Bhe is leaving the city as she has been one of our most popular and useful citizens, and has made friends of all who has had the op portunity and pleasure of her acquain tance. Dr. Young is one of our home girls having graduated here in the class of '17. She was also captain of the Girl Scouts of which she was a competant leader, secretary of the Eastern Star and Superintendent of the Episcopal Church School. Dr, Young hus enjoyed an excellent prac tice here for the past three years. She :i graduate o fthe Palmer school at Davenport, and holds both the D. C. ni Ph. C. degrees. Dr. Young leaves here not for the lack of practice but for the large opportunities that have been presented to her. She has pur chased a half interest in a large prac tice in Chillicothe Mo. with Dr. A. W. Rodgers. one of the - states leading I chiropractors. Dr. Young wwlll be in charge of the office at Chillicothe with v W,V. . T .. . . branch 0flices. it has been tne amoi tion of biKger possibilities that takes Dr. Young from tour- city. Aitno un fortunate in losing her we are glad she is fortunate in getting such a splendid location. ROTARY CLUB TO CONDUCT A SURVEY Next Thursdny, April 6th, the Ro tary Club will conduct a survey of the boys und girls of the city. It has been one of the purposes of the Club since its" organization to make a complete survey of the boys, and owing to the peculilar present plans of the Club, they will include the girls this year. The purpose behind this entire move is to get a line up on the needs of the children in point of develop ment. To find out what each child js adapted for, what are its special gifts and desires and to make it pos sible as far as can be, for them to get in touch with the things and or ganizations of the city that will pro mote their welfare. This survey will be conducted by a special committee of which Mr. Paul W. Light is chair man. The committee will have blanks on which a number of questions will be asked concerning each child. The data thus gained will be of especial service to the schools, churches, or ganizations and the Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls. We desire to emphasize the fact, that the parents can be of much as sistance to the Rotary Club commit tee if they will do their best to fur nish the information asked both I cheerfully and correctly. We might also mention that this move is not merely a local club idea, but the Ro tary Clubs throughout the world has been doing this each year. Wherever the plan has been carried out there has been marked advancement in the important things of the child life of the community. - Owing to the fact that the editor is hardly able to do anything this week, most of the paper is due to the effort of Pierce Munsey. He is handling the advertising and a lot of the news stuff and we are of the opinion that a change will be all right. Munsey is a news hound right and we think he is doing a nice job. A'little son of Mr. and Mrs. James of Tyrone died Monday morning. Fun eral services were held Monday after noon and interment made in the Ty rone cemetery. For Sale Buick Six Touring Car in good condition; one-tenth cash and one-tenth monthly, 8 per eent interest. -Herbert F. Dir.