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VOL.XV. NO. 51 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY. KANSAS, JUNE 8, 1922 By J. B. MILLER LOCAL LEGION BAND IS BEING ORGANIZED . Liberal Is at Last to Have Real Band First Meeting Wu Hald Wednesday Evening The local Port of the American Legion during the past week hag showed their pep and enthusiasm by -organizing what promises to be one of the best bands ever assembled in the Southwest. The first meeting of the band was held in the Legion CTub rooms Wed nesday evening, with sixteen mem berg present, all experienced musi cians, and the quality of the selec tions rendered would have been credit to many bands of long prac tice. While all the members of the band are not American Legion men, they are all enthusiastic in making this one of the best bands in the Southwest. Those present Wednesday evening were: C. V. Rice, temporary leader, with cornet; Darl Chamberlain and Homer Reynolds, drums; Bart Holloway, Cecil Pearce, Harry Wilkinson and D. Willey, trombones; Earl Groves, bass; William Bartlet, Lester Ellsaes set, Leo Willey and Donald Orr, cor nets; A. Barbour, baritone; H. S. Mooney and L. C. Chamberlain, alto; Donald Thompson, clarinet, and as soon as the instruments are received, there will be several new faces in the band. Robert Marshall is awaiting the arrival of a saxophone, and Clif ' for Leete is expected to be present with the band at its next meeting, and also there are several others whose names we did not get. ' The American Legion is right be hind the .boys . and guarantees the necessary financial support to make this a real band, and their project should have the support of every citi zen of 'this community as nothing speaks better for a real live town than a good band. While this band Is under the direct management of the local Post of the American Le gion, it will be available on all oc casions for public entertainment. C. J. Malone, to whose efforts the organization of this band was made possible, has been selected as mana ger, and he informs us that the band will meet for practice on Wednesday evenings from 8 to 10 o'clock, and Sunday afternoons from two to four o'clock, and arrangements are being made for a big concert in the near future. Liberal needs this band. Show the boys that you are behind them and let's have one of the best bands in the whole southwest. WILL ENLARGE FACILITIES AT AUTO CAMP GROUND Tourists Will be Well Accomodated . When Additional Improvements Have Been Made The popularity of the Liberal auto camp grounds has surpassed the most fond expectations of the Chamber of Commerce, and already is wholly in adequate to care for the traffic Arrangements are under way whereby the facilities will be en larged and an additional shelter house provided. For the nast two weeks the ground has been crowded to capacity andj each day sees a larger crowd. , Wednesday night all available space! was taken. . While this is encourag ing to Liberal, it shows the absolute kaamhhiw a AtilavoramATit nnd the Democrat hopes to see the enlarge-. went and improvement under wayj this week. Those who doubt the benefit of the A-P Highway can easily satisfy them selves if they will visit the camp ground almost any evening, and the camp ground is the best inducement -to get people to stop here. r BOWMAN AND MASSONI SHIPPED FIVE CARS Found Market With a Downward Tendency on All but the Fancy Grades H. D. Massoni of Kismet, and F. J. Bowman of Liberal, returned Tues day from Kansas City, where they went with five cars of cattle. Mr. Bowman says the cattle market 1 is showing a downward' tendency with the exception of the fancy grade and receipts equal to demand. Messrs. Massoni and Bowman are shipping a lot of stock this season and are furnishing the farmers with a good outlet for their surplus cattle and hogs. . . " . ' "' ; K. O. IS GRADING IN STEVENS COUNTY Will Push Construction to Town of Wood. Bond Election Will Be Called Immediately Graders are working on the Kan sas and Oklahoma railroad in Stevens county, and we understand that it is the intention to push construction of the line to the town of Woods as fast as work can be carried on. It is expected that the call for the bond election in Stevens county will be published this week, and the best information we can get is that the proposition will carry ten to -one. There is a little opposition but it is evident that the people ' as a whole appreciate the advantages of the road and will vote the bonds by a large margin. The Rock Island ditcher has been working on the K. and 0.' tracks in and near the city and this stretch of track is being put in first class con dition. Neither O. P. or W. P. Byers are in the city, so it is difficult to get information concerning the plans of the company, but the fact that grad ing has started in Stevens county leads to the assumption that they ex pect to go right ahead with the build ing of the road. F. R. McQUIGG AT HOME IN WILKINS' RESIDENCE Accompanied by Mn. McQuigg. and Milt Clara L. McQuigg, Arrived in Liberal Wednesday Accompanied by Mrs. McQuigg and his sister, Miss Clara L. McQuigg! Frank R. McQuigg arrived in the city j Wednesday morning, and became a . resident of the city. Mr. McQuigg has rented the 0. J. Wilkins residence and will soon be comfortably settled. I ine uemocrai exienas tne wei- come of the city to Mr. McQuigg and family, and wishes lor them a pleas- i ant stay among us. W C T U TO HAVE A PICNIC SUPPER The W. C. T. U. will meet one week i later than the regular date. This meet- tag will be held on June 23 . The mem- bers will meet at the home of Mrs.! Grinstead at 4 o'clock. Cars will meet . at that place and all will be taken to the country home of Mrs. W. E. Bloom j where a picnic supper will be served, i This is sure to be a most enjoyable ' event and all members are invjted to j be present. SOME FINE ALFALFA B. F. Brown brought to this office the last of the week, several stalks of : alfalfa whch he raised this year It! beat anything we have ever seen, the i taller of the stalks measuring five feet I and four inches. The stalks are on exhibition in this office where they may be seen by anyone doubting this story. FORMER LIBERAL BOY RUNNING FOR SHERIFF Paul V. Funk Is Making Race On The ; Democratic Ticket -in Graham County A lot of Libera people will be inter- ested in the resuts of the sheriff race I in Graham County this fall, as a for mer' Liberal boy is one of the candidates. Paul V. Funk who spent many ofiin the younger years of his life in and near Lberal is the Democratic candi date on the ticket with an excellent chance of election. The Democrat is also interested in the outcome for we have known Paul so long, and know his sterling quali-j ties that we would like mighty well to see him winner by a good majority. ; For a, long time beAwas; assoicajpd with his father and brother in the grain business, and later managed the Funk Ranch,, northeast of Jown for aljN couple of years, only leaving when he went to the service at the outbreak of the war. Paul was always a clean, manly fel low, a hard worker, and full of ambi tion", and a credit to the excellent par ents who reared him. We can unhesj itatingly recommend him to the peo ple of Graham couty as worthy of all confidence and respect, and assure them that if. they elect him sheriff, they will have a man in the office who will give thlem conscientious service, and a clean administration of the af fairs of the office. Florence Quigley of Hooker, was in Liberal on business this week. SOME FINE WHEAT IN SUBLETTE COUNTRY Haskell County Metropolis Is Enjoy ing a Nice Healthy Growth A Very Busy Town The Democrat man made a trip to Sublette Monday and was surprised to note the improvement in that city in the past few years. A splendid school building Is a credit to the town and the new court house is the last word in complete ness.. Although Sublette does not now have the conveniences of a water and light system, the new court house is modern in every respect and is one of the nicest in Southwest Kansas. Editor Miller of the Monitor has erected a new office building and is getting his plant together for print ing his 'paper at home again. Since the fire which destroyed his plant and building last fall, he has had . the paper printed at the Democrat office at Liberal, and while we regret to lose the business and the weekly visits of Bro. Miller, we are pleased to se him so pleasantly located. Wheat in the neighborhood of Sub lette looks fine and the country has a very prosperous appearance. We have several old friends at Sublette and spent a pleasant hour visiting with them. We found them all prosperous and contented, and boosting for Sublette. , RECORD BREAKING ENROLL. MENT AT HAYS NORMAL The summer school enrollment at tne Hays Normal breaks all records and it waa 1013 at gix 0coc Friday evening. For the past week every train has been loaded down with stu- dent8 and baggage. Automobiles have i0wed throuerh the mud from north and gouth with gtudents. The nrosnects are that fullv 1500 who t,.ve been deiaved bv late schools and bad roads wiU be added to this enr0Hment. At . the opening assembly, two- thirds of the ampitneatre was' miea vith the eager faces of this throng. . Hays has arisen to the occasion th a fine spirit of hospitality and has supplied rooms for the student body more easily than ever before in the history of the city. Some times families have moved out of the house entirely and occupied tents in order that the students might have the accomodations. The student group this year is composed of the finest body of teachers that has ever been in Hays. They average above the past years in age and stability. Hays and the Normal School are hap- ! py for this opportunity of service to the schools of Kansas, DR. F. M. BEATY IS A CANDIDATE FOR CORONOR Popular Dentist Seeks Nomination on the Republican Ticket Is Well and Favorably Known Dr. F. M. Beaty, a well-known Lib eral dentist, is out for the republican nomination for coroner, placing his announcement in this issue of the Democrat. Dr. Beaty has every qualification for the position, and will no doubt run like a scared wolf. It that isn t fast enough he will likely use his new Ford racer. While he is on the wrong side of the fence for us to do him any good the August primary, we wish him plenty of luck, and welcome him into the political field of Seward county. Farmers, Attention! There will be a meeting of Farmers of Seward County, and of . Beaver and Texas Counties, adja cent to Liberal, at The Court House in Liberal Saturday, June 10th At 3 o'clock, p. m.1, for the purpose of determining and establishing a uniform harvest wage scale for the present harvest season. This will be strictly a farmers' meeting and all farmers who expect to employ harvest hands are urged to attend and hellp set a fair and equitable wage scale. '' , BIG HAIL STORM IN BEAVER COUNTY Heavy Rainfall Southeast of Liberal Accompanied by Hail in Sections What is said by some to be one of the heaviest rains that they have ever witnessed fell southeast of Liberal Monday evening, and extended down into Oklahoma. The heavier rain from all reports was near Floris, in Beaver County, where it Is estimated that near to four inches of rain fell during the evening. The row crops seemed to suffer greatly from the downpour and some farmers near Floris are getting ready to plow up and repland thei worn and feed crops. There are a number of farmers south of Lorena and Floris that have reported extensive losses to their wheat fields from hail. As far as we can learn, there was a narrow strip of country running east and west about one or two miles south of Floris Some of those whose wheat was dam age was done. Some of thos whose wheat was dam aged .ranging from a very slight loss to some an almost total loss were Dave B&ese, Alvis Reed, Mrs. C. R. Pierce, W. E. Dunlap, J. L. Hall, and J. C. Calhoun. On account of the high rates in northwest Oklahoma, there were very few of the farmers who carried hail insurance .however, some will recieve some insurance for their loss. CAME WAS CALLED ON ACCOUNT OF RAIN The rain of last Monday evening broke up what was proving to be one of the most interesting games of the season between the Lions Club and the American Legion teams. There had been only three and one half innings played when the storm broke into the fun. Chas. Tucker was doing the hurl ing for the Legion, and Jo Berwick was putting them over for the Lions. In the short time of play there were a few spectacular plays pulled, in cluding a home run by "Dutch" Ma lone of the Legion. It is planned to play the postponed game Friday evening and a record crowd is expected to see the fun. Folks, remember these games start about six o'clock and there is no ad mission charged,' so go out and see the games. It will be very interest ing and the recreation will do you good. W. S. WOLLEY TO BUILD MAGNIFICENT RESIDENCE; Contract Let to Hutchinson Firm for $13,000 Modern Home on North Grant Avenue A contract was let this week by W. S. Wolley for the construction of a modern home on the site of his for mer home on North Grant Avenue. The structure will be of the mod ern Colonial type and will cost ap proximately $13,000. The contract calls for compleltion early in Sep tember. J. C. Campbell, contractor, of Hutchinson, has the contract for the building,, which will be one of the most modern in this part of the state. The old house was recently re moved to another part of the city, and when the new building is com pleted, the Wolley's will have one of the nicest and best located homes in the city. CONKLIN STATES ROCK ISLAND TO BUY BYERS LINE Merger Would BeneBt Kansas Wheat Growers Would Gjve Direct Route to the Gulf "A deal whereby the Rock Island will take over and operate the Wich ita and Northwestern railrload run ning from Pratt to Kinsley and Larned, with an extension from Lar ned to Vaughn, has practically been consummated, according to reliable Information in railroad circles here tonight. "Former State Senator E. J. Conk lin 0f Hutchinson, told local railroad men the deal was practically complet ed and that local railroad organiza tions would have their territory ex tended to cover the Byers road. The visit yesterday of L. C. Fritch of Chi cago, second vice president of the Rock Island, and General Superin tendent H. L. Reed of El Reno, Ok lahoma, together with F. J, Shubert, general freight agent of Kansas City, bore out the story of Senator Conk lin. "Fritch is known as the man who spends the money. He is in charge of the construction, maintenance and capital expenditures of the road. President O. P. Byers and Superin tendent 0. B. Hodges of the Wichita Northwestern, accompanied the party as did H. P. Greenough, superintend ent of the Rock Island, and L. Os borne, division freight agent. "Byers, it is known, has for many years been trying to sell this line. He is building a new line, the Kan sas and Oklahoma, from Forgan, Ok lahoma, to Richfield, Norton county, Kansas, About a year ago he secured a loan of nearlly half a million dol lars from the government to build up the road. Coincident with the re. port came news that the Santa Fe wanted to dispose of the Wichita and Western branch of its line from Wichita to Pratt to the Rock Island. The Santa Fe is said to have tried several times recently to curtail and then stop all train service. Excessive operating coBts is given as the reas on. "The road does not connect here with the Rock Island, but a con nection could be put in. Should the deals go through the Rock Island would greatly reduce milleage. By building a lilne from Vaughn on the Russ-Pawnee county line north to about Phillipsburg, connection could be made here with the Wichita West ern, making a direct line into Wich ita, where the southern main line of h Rork Tshnd with connections for Guif porla can be made. "Thousands of cars of wheat could be diverted to Galveston and other Gulf ports from Kansas by a direct route. Railroad officials will neither confirm nor deny the stories. They say they have nothing to say but the fact that Wichita and Northwestern director gave out the story to rail road men indicates that there is j something to the plan." APPLICATION OF ROCK ISLAND R. R. DENIED Utilities Commission Find Rate of $4 and $7 asked Higher Than Other Towns The Rock Island Railroad must switch cars in Liberal for the same rate as charged In other towns of a similar s ze and with similar switch conditions. This is the findings of the Public Utilities Commission after a hearing upon the application of the Company to establish a rate of $4.00 and $7.00 for intra-plant and inter- terminal switching. The application of the Company was referred to the Liberal Chamber of Commerce and the . finding is a result of the effort of the Traffic Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce to have the rate estabished in conform ity with the rate charged at Pratt Dodge City, and Hutchinson . An Intra-plant switching rate of $2.50 Is in effect at these places, and the finding of the Commission, while hot estab lishing this rate for Liberal, indicates that it woud be unfair to establish a $4-00 rate here while it is lower in other places.' NOTICE TO THIEVES If the one of you who stole spot light from my Ford car will give me 15 minutes of your time I will give you a bill of sale. tie Dr. F. M. Beaty. Owen Davis of Arkalon, was trans acting business here Monday. .' ' NEW ATHLETIC FIELD IS ASSURED FOR LIBERAL. T. J. Smith Makes Splendid Proposi tion on Large Tract North . west of Town Are you fully informed regarding the athletic field for Liberal? A lease has been signed by Thomas J. Smith whereby he leases for two years a block and a half of ground three blocks east of the present auto camp grounds, with the further agreement that if this field is used and proves a practical location for the purpose for which it is now set aside, that he will within the two years make further arrangements whereby it may be made a permanent athletic field. Mr. Smith satisfied the committee that he has a desire to see this become a permanent athletic field, and that his only consideration in the matter is a desire to promote the public welfare of the city of Lib eral. The committee having supervision of the matter, which committee was created through the Chamber of Commerce, and consists of one mem ber of each church in town, a mem ber from the Rotary Club, one front the Lions Club, one from the Cham ber of Commerce, and will have one from the school board. At a meeting Monday evening it was voted to ac cept the offer of Mr. Smith, and it was also voted to name this ground "The Smith Athletic Field". The school board has been favorable in the matter and will help to maintain the field. Paul W. Light and S. A. Miller were constituted a committee on buildings and improvements and they should have the help of everyone hav ing the welfare of Liberal' at heart Harry G. Armstrong and Stanley Riggs were constituted a committee on grounds to work in conjunction with the improvement committee. The management of the field was deferred to a future meeting, hut it is certain that the object would be to take care of all athletic activities of the city just as far as possible, in" eluding base ball, foot ball, track meets, etc. No costly improvements are being planned for the present; just a board fence and a grandstand. It is being planned, however, to make the field neut and attractive, and we trust a the years go by that Smith's Athletic Field will prove a valuable asset to the city of Liberal, and prove a sat isfaction to the man who made it posible to start it, and to the men and women who make it possible to equip and maintain it. BUILDING MANY NEW RESIDENCES IN LIBERAL Mo Homes Under Construction Than at Any One Time in the Past Several Years Every few days a new, home is started in Liberal and sometimes two in one day. In fact, a drive over the city leads us to the conclusion that, there are more homes under con- , struction right now than for some time past. " . ' And a nice thing is that all these new homes are neat and modern' buildings. The activity is not con fined to any one part of town, but new structures are in eveidence in every section. Despite the large amount of building, good houses are still in demand and there is room for more. If you doubt that Liberal is grow ing, just take a drive through the dif ferent parts of the city and hear the noise of the hammer and the saw, and be convinced. , LIBERAL AIRPLANE FIELD ATTRACTING AVIATORS Russell Hall of Springfield, Mis souri, came in Tuesday morning in a Curtis plane. He is traveling alone, leisurely to Winslow, Arizona, where he is to deliver the ship, an eight-cylinder Canadian type, two-passenger. He says he was attracted here by the report of a fine landing field and good oil and gas which are not to be had everywhere for planes. Shaffer and Kidd, who live here and have a Curtis eight-cylinder plane, are now ready to fly. They have been waiting for some repairs. Since the army flyers were here, several aviators have written ask ing about the Liberal field, and will come this way soon. Save yourself- money on double trees and even era by buying good . wagon oak from Paul W. Light A Co.