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VOL, XV. NO. 46 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY. KANSAS, MAY 4, 1922 By J. B. MILLER T Wv. CITY MAY INSTALL AN ELECTRIC LIGHT PLANT Council Employes Engineer to Make Preliraiaiy Estimates of i The Cost Like a bomb out of the clear sky, came the announcement Wednesday morning that at a. meeting of the City Council the previous evening, an en gineer had been employed to make preliminary plans for a ..municipally owned electric light plant To a Democrat reporter Mayor Griffith, speaking for the council, said "Owing to the ever increasing high rates and the numerous complaints from private residences and business houses over the large light bills and poor service in many parts of the4 town, and the further fact that the city has spent a. large sum for the White Way system, which has proven very unsatisfactory, the council has decided the time has come to take action to protect the citizens of the city". ' Continuing Mr. Griffith said: Past councils as well as the present council have been unable to get any relief by taking the matter up with the light company, and the fact that the fran chise held by the present company ex pires in a few years led the council to believe that it was unwise to long er delay action." According to Mayor Griffith, F. H. . Kilburn, an expert electrical engineer came to Liberal at the request of the council, and made an investigation of the needs of the plant to be installed, and conferred with the council as to the situation. After listening to his report, and a discussion lasting well Into the night, the council decided unanimously for a municipally owned light plant as the only relief. , Mr. Kilburn was instructed to pre pare preliminary plans and estimates for a plant to be equipped with Diesel type engines, and the Light committee consisting of W. H. Vickers, Burris Wright and J. T. Newby were instruc ted to select a location for the plant. Until Mr. Kilburn makes his report It is impossible to give an estimate as to the aqqroximate cost of the plant f- While the Democrat has known of the dissatisfaction with . the White Way system, and was also aware of the fact that we were not aware that jthe agtation had reached such propor tions that the step was contemplated until the announcement was made. '.' The following statement of compar ative rates was furnished by the coun cil, and was used in their discussion as to the rates which should prevail, in Liberal. . Figures showing what other towns are paying for domestic lighting. The following is comparison with other Kansas towns, based on the cost of 20 kilowatts which is about the average used in residences per month. Cost per 20 KW. $1.80 2.00 Town Coffeyville Atchinson Hutchinson -iRate .09 .10 .05 (.75 service charges , 1.75 lola -06 . 1-20 Dodge City .10 2.00 McPherson .10 2.00 Garden City . .09 . 1.80 Chanute -08 1.60 Liberal -IB 8.00 The little city of Hugoton with a population of less than one thousand erected their plant under war time cost and are furnishirig light at a cost of 20 kilowatt of $2.70. CHILDREN PARADED AND BAND PLAYED The parade to have been held as a climax to the Child Improvement Week was callexf off last Friday on ac count of the weather, was held Tues- day afternoon. ' programs, and the evening banquet To the music of the Boy . Band, led a m by Bert Holloway, something bkel H 1100 school children marched tta break Aawb ttft Dftfftefg be the streets bearing banners with the . cIa8geg and c,fck Mi eompUed inscriptions calculated to interest the feeJ ftt home M. people in childhood. i Several prettily decorated floats, were in the parade, and decorated cars hauled the cradle roll mem of the diffeent Sunday schools. I It was an inspiring sight and will and eBpecIally the Uberal dub no doubt cause many to pause and re- have representation. It is undoubted fleet that the little folks who marched ly oM rf ways to the to the parade will be the citizens of Wwn on the we jve this great country in a few years, and more adwttfliijj for the money that their present standing will be re- thaQ MUIce of adver. fleeted at that time. , jtisement can give. Ray Kennedy returned' today from' L F. Krocker of Boyd, Oklahoma, Norton1 aK&saa, where he went da 'a was' transacting business in Liberal shert business trip. - Monday of this week.' ODDFELLOWS AND REBEKAHS GOING TO KISMET FRIDAY Several car loads of Oddfellows and Rebekahs will go to Kismet Friday when the Kismet lodge is going to have some work. A school of instruc tion will be held in the afternoon and work at night We have also heard that the Kismet Rebekahs will have a "feed". Perhaps we should say dinner, but we have been to' so many of these affairs that we think they are really more than dinners andcon sequently a feed. Besides some interesting sessions, it is already conceded that everyone will have a good time. LIBERAL GIRL WINS FIRST AT CIMARRON We are pleased to' learn that Miss Mildred Cure took first place at Cim arron in the piano contest that was held during the recent track meet at that lace. Miss Cure is one of our most gifted students of instrumental music and we are expecting a brilliant career for her. She is a daughter' of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Cure of this city. John Irwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Irwin, also of this city, took third place in the declamatory contest. This young man is exhibiting a fine foren sic ability and we feel confident that he will reach the top before long. They were the representatives of the Liberal High School. LIONS CLUB The Liberal Lions held a real Pep Fest at their regular noonday lunch eon Monday at the Cimarron Hotel, the occasion being the report of the delegates to the district meeting at Hutchinson last week, G. L. Light and J. H. Salley.- The District Convention of the State of Kansas of the Lions Club conven ed at Hutchinson, April 27,' with dis trict Governor John W. Boys, of Wich ita, presiding, and the National Pres ident, Cameron, of Milwaukee, Wis sonsin, present . Twenty one clubs out of twenty four in the state were represented, Wichita being present with a representation of forty or fifty members, and to can didate Dr. W. O. Mendenhall, District Governor for the ensuing year; Eu reka being present with ten or twelve,. and a candidate, County Attorney Ful ler of Eureka, for District Governor; Salina being present with thirty or forty members and a twenty-five piece brass band, and were candidates for convention city for 1923; and Empor ia being represented by a like number except the band, contesting with Sa lina for the convention in 1923. About two hundred and fifty cubs registered, and that the first hour of , the convention was taken up by the cubs in a pep meeting, which was pepy clear thru. Mayor Gano "of Hutchin son and W. Y. Morgan welcomed the ' visiting cubs, and Hutchinson proved herself fully capable of reaching up to ; the liberal welcome and the entertain ment furnished by them evidenced no lack of expense and time on behalf of the Hutchinson club. All clubs present reported as to their activities, and it developed in the meeting that a great deal of good has already been done, notwitsstand ing the Club is only one year old in the State, and with the co-operation of the men in the organization a great deal of good in large ways as well as in local communities, may be expect ed in the near future. The election resulted in giving Em poria the 1923 convention, and Dr. W. O. Mendenhall as District Govern or for Kansas during the ensuing year.. Two banquets were served by the Hutchinson club at the Chamber of Commerce rooms, one at noon and one in the evening, both of which were accompanied with exceptionally good quainted whether they were bashful or not Nati0Dal Convention of the Club meets at Hot Sprngs, Ark., June 16, 17 . lf t H(,h lub, fa tta . DRILLING AT BUNTING WELL - TO START ON TENTH OF MAY Drillers For the Tejst Are Coming Friday Morn ing. They Expect to Start the Drill at Once Will Continue to Completion The anxiously awaited word has at last been given out The drillers for the Bunting test will arrive Friday morning and after cleaning out the hole, will start the actual work of drilling. ... Harry McQuigg today received a message from his brother Frank stat ing that two drillers would arrive in the morning ready to go to work. The! tool dressers will.be employed. local- jThe eight Inch casing arrived sever COOKED A SKUNK AT THE BUNTING OIL TEST New Experience For Harry McQuigg --Likewise a Smelly One He Says One day a Democrat reporter asked Harry McQuigg of the' McQuigg In vestment Company, if he had a story for the paper. Our. idea was to get something of what was going on at the Bunting test, now being put in readiness for drilling. Harry replied that he had no oil stories of any consequence, but that he could tell us a good one that had nothing to do with oil. He said that when cleaning out the boilers a few days ago, one of the lower hand-holds was left open. When ready to steam up, the opening was closed, and the water turned into the boiler. A scratching was heard inside the boiler as the water entered, but it thought to be nothing more than a rabbit and no attention paid 'to it, Finally the boiler began to heat up and as the steam escaped around the joints in the pipe, a peculiar odor was notice able. The hotter the boiler, the more pronounced the odor. Finally the en gine was started and Harry said that the entire crew hiked for their gas masks, and it dawned upon them that they had boiled a skunk. 'So strong was the odor, that it was almost im- possible to stay on the premises, and made work anything but pleasure. Harry says he has had many amus ing experiences, but this is an entirely new one, and he does not care for a repetition. PRESBYTERIAN SERVICES The Presbyterian Sunday School is engaged in a contest with the Sunday School of Ashland and the 2nd church of Hutchinson. The Hutchinson S. S. reports eleven new scholars for lost Sunday. We have accepted their chal lenge and will do our utmost to see that Liberal comes out ahead. All Presbyterian Sunday School pupils are urged to bring in new pupils who are not going elsewhere,. Christian Endeavors will meet at 7 P. M. In the evening colored slides will be ex hibited and good music. PROCLAMATION CLEAN UP AND PAINT UP HEAR THIS, YE PEOPLE! THINK! Come on ! Let's put things in order. Our whole city can and should be made as clean and orderly as its cleanest home. Then we will have a safer, happier, healthier city Ambition in its highest conception is to dream big dreams and make them come true. The splendid ambition to have a city clean and beautiful can become a reality by the co-operation of all the people. THEREFORE, By Virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor, and with the hearty approval of many far seeing and zealous citizens, including the Chamber of Commerce, Woman Club, W. C. T. U., Ministerial As sociation, Board of Health, Fire Department, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, we hereby proclaim the Week of May 8 to 14, 1922 as the week of a united Clean Up and Paint Up Campaign Away with the rubbish piles! Banish the plague spots! Clean up the streets and alleys! Cut the weeds! Mow the lawns!! ., We need this thorough cleaning and renovation. It is the sensible thing to do for the health, safety, thrift, pride and happiness of all our. people. It is everybody's job. Everyman, woman and child will be expected to help. Let there be no slackers. Signed: W. V. GRIFFITH, Mayor of City of Liberal. al days ago and is being hauled to the test. ' The preliminary work Is about fin ished and everything will be in read iness to' go. in a few. days: , Mr. McQuigg says he is getting anxious to see the drill pounding and has been working a double crew in making preparations. At this time the work is about completed. We should be able'to report in our next issue that the test is drilling. STEVENS COUNTY GETTING BACK OF THE K. & O. RR. Enthusiastic Meeting held at Hugoton And New Proposition Was Given O. K. The long drawn out difficulties be tween the Kansas & Oklahoma rail road and the people of Stevens coun ty seem in a good way of being satis factorily adjusted. At a meeting held at Hugoton a few days ago the railroad company by its president, O. P. Byers made a new and modified by its proposition to the people of the city and county and according to our best information one that will be acceptable. An election is being called and the people of Hugoton and Center town ship will vote on the proposition with every prospect of it carrying by a good majority. Should this be done the K. & O. ex pects to be into the town of Woods by June 15th. Things are also adjusting themsel ves nicely on the Oklahoma end of the line and no further difficulties are anticipated in this direction. An in junction on the Kansas side stopped work temporarily but Mr. Byers is of the opinon that this matter will not delay work much longer and that this f matter will soon be settled. The K. A O. will be a railroad one of these days and will be a big thing for Liberal. While the town has not given the road much encouragement this will not keep it from being a ben efit once it is completed. NEWLY ELECTED TEACHERS The following teachers have been elected and have accepted positions in the Liberal schools: Miss Elsie Ders' em, of Franklin, Idaho, will teach English In the High School. Miss Jessie Marie Willit of Hiawiatha, Kansas, will have charge of the History and Science department. Miss Kinny Stitt of Spiviy, Kansas, will head the Mathematics and Biology department. Miss Laura Barns of Greensberg will teach in the inter mediate grades. MMMtHMUtltmitllltrllHIMIUf ACT! TAYLOR DRUG STORE GIVES ONE CENT SALE Beginning Saturday May 6, and las ting one week the Taylor Drug Store, "The Rexall Store" will give another of its well-known and liberally patron ized One Cent Sales. This is an advertising feature put on by Rexall stores occasionally put on to keep the public in touch with Rexall preparations, and Is a great drawing card. Look up the ad in this issue and make a list of the things you want and be on hand early, as there is always a rush for the big bargains. HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS TO ATTEND CIMARRON MEET Merle Engel and Kenneth Ravenscroft Winners in All-School Tournament From the Liberalite: The tennis tournament held by the tennis club to decide who should rep resent the school at Cimarron was held last week. Merle Engel won from Kenneth Ravenscroft in the finals. Merle and Kenneth both play at Cim arron. Merle plays the singles and Kenneth plays with him in the doubles The tennis tournament was to have been held April 27, but has been post poned. OTIS TURNER WAS VICTIM OF GUNMEN Lost More Than $200 When Hold-Up Men Stopped His Car Near Texhoma Otis Turner, former Liberal mer chant but now traveling salesman for a wholesale house, was the victim of stick-up men a few miles out of Texhoma, Oklahoma, last night. Otis was on his way to Liberal and when turning a corner at a low speed a man stepped from the road side on' to the running-board of his car,, and poking a gun between his ribs order ed him to stop. Otis lost no time in stopping and then another man ap peared who went thru him, extracting his spare change amounting to some' thing like four dollars, as well as $94 In cash and a check for $115 which were in his wallett All he kept was his watch. He had this in his hand to see what time It was when he was ordered to "throw 'em up" and the watch went up with his hand. The back of the car was locked and when the robber demanded that he give up the key, Turner replied that he did not have the key which was the truth. However there was noth-' ing in the car but some checks belong ing to the firm which were in the grip. Owinfr to the fact that the car was closed, he did not get a very good de scription of the men, other than that they were short, dark complected and poorly dressed. The police in the towns along the Rock Island were notified but thus far there is no clue to the perpetra tors. ' . PUTTING THE FRONT IN SOUTHWESTERN BUILDING Splendid New Structure on West Sec ond Street About Ready For Occupancy The saw brick being constructed by R. A.' Evans, of the Southwestern Hardware Company, just west of the hardware store, is almost ready for occupancy. The bick work is complet ed and carpenters are now putting in the fronts. Each of the buildings has a fifty foot frontage and are of faced brick, making a very handsome structure. The east room will be used by the firm while the west room is to be occupied by the Motor Parts k Supply Company of .which E. E. and D. S. McHugh are the owners. The completion of this building gives the Southwestern 160 foot front age on West Second Street and one of the nicest buildings in the city. When it is considered that the firm lost their building and stock about a year aga, with but little insurance, they are doing mighty well to get such a splendid building finished at so early a date. It is certainly a big improvement to the street and a credit to the city. Mrs. Franklin of Hayne, was shop ping and visiting relatives here Wed nesday between trains. Wni. Hannah of Moscow, was In the city several days this' week, look ing after business matters. WILL PAVE PERSHING FROM OHIO TO SEVENTH Council Acted Favorably On Petition of Property Owners and Made Order A lot of people had decided that Liberal had done ennough paving when Grant Avenue was finished, but they had not reckoned with the property-owners on Pershing Avenue, and as a result, their predictions were vain. When a good big petition was pre sented to the city council recently ask ing that this avenue be paved, that body of necessity complied with their request, and the paving will be laid as prayed for. At the meeting Tuesday night ad ditional paving of the cross streets were ordered in as follows:. Fifth street from Kansas to Pros pect Fourth street from Kansas to Wash ington. Fourth Street from Lincoln to Grant. Third street from Lincoln to Sher man. This paving was ordered In by reso luton as It was not necessary to have petitions for the cross streets. When this paving Is completed a large share of the city will be paved and while some say It Is enough, peo ple living In the mud may decide they too, want paving, and get their peti tions before the council. Once in a while you hear someone speak of the high cost of paving but we have yet to find the Individual who would have It taken up to reduce the taxes on his property. To our notion nothing the city has done has helped so much in both looks and convenience as the paving, and we would like to see as many of the streets as possible paved. ANOTHER IMPORTANT HIGHWAY FOR LIBERAL The Memorial highway is the new est highway through Liberal, and the route is to be logged and marked from the Canadian Border to the Gulf of Mexico. Liberal was represented at a meet ing at Scott. City Wednesday by six teen delegates, Perryton, Texas bjr seventeen, Garden City had a dozen or more and the towns of Spearman, and Canadian Texas; Colby and At wood, Kansas, Big Springs Stratton, Wanet, and other cities in Nebraska sent delegates. It was first thot to have the D. C. D. take over the road, but at this meeting a different plan was made. It was deC,,,e,,.to ca" this the Memori' High way unn me plan is a unique one. The route is to be divided into "sectors" each belong to the town half way to the next town in both directions. It is to be dedicated to the soldiers of the big war and is in the nature of a me morial. At this time it is expected to mark and log the road from the Canadian border to Perryton, Texas, the route there on to the Gulf to be left to the towns beyond who may be interested. , The Liberal fellows say Scott City ftreated them royally. A splendid ban quet was served in the domestic rooms of the magnificent high school build ing by the Ladies of the Civic Club of Scott City. According to W. B. King, secretary of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, who was present, it was a splendid meeting and every delegate full of enthusiasm. This will give Liberal a good outlet thru Perryton, and put that town on a real road, that will bring that city a lot of business. FASTEST TRACK MEET ON RECORD The Tenth Annual Track Meet of Southwest Kansas was held at Cimar ron, Kansas, on the second of May. It was a humdinger from the start This meet was the fastest ever held in the southwest er for that matter in the state. Three state records were bro ken, the relay record was won by Bucklin team In 3:81, the Javelin throw by Oakes of Cimarron, 168:5, and the Quarter Mile race by Holtx of Fowler in 2:3 2-5. These are the three that were lowered. The Haviland team won first place, capturing 85 1-2 points. Fowler ran a close second with 81 points. , Ford came in for third place with 23 points and Cimar ron fourth with 15 1-2 points. There were fourteen towns altogether that entered the meet. There were immense crowds to view the contest and the enthusiasm was at a high pitch thru put This, was fhe, best. meet by far that has ever been" held m this part of theeountry.