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THE DEMOCRAT VOL. XVI. NO. 2 LIBERAL. SEWARD COUNTY. KANSAS. JUNE 29, 1922 By J. B. MILLER OITP' FING UAJi 2 MBERAL X ON BUN BURNED WELL 1 Blaze of Unknown Origin Results In Loss of Finest Oil Rig in State of " Kansas Wednesday Morning 2100 FOOT HOLE IAY BE A LOSS .ALSO Tools Are at the Bottom and Casing May Have Corkscrewed, But This Is of Course, Uncertain as Yet ... A fire of unknown origin destroyed the rig of the Defender Petroleum Gas Company on the Bunting farm, southwest of Liberal, about 9 o'clock Wednesday morning. The drillers were working in' the rig when the blaze was discovered, but) the oily condition of the building made it impossible to check the flames. How it started they are at a toss to explain. F. R. McQuigg and H. M. McQulgg .. were in town when the fire started, and a telephone message from John r Boles and Mrs. L. L. Bunting gave them their first information. . They . started for the rig immediately, but . the top had fallen before they arrived. The blaze attracted the attention of the people of the city and dozens of ' cars sped to the scene. The expres sions of regret were genuine. Folks have been expecting great things of this test and now that it is to be de layed or spoiled is keenly regretted by all. - The McQuigg boys took their loss stoicly. They managed to smile as . their property went up in smoke and spoke of the occurence as -"one of the things we have to contend with". They expressed great pleasure that the blaze did not extend to the wheat fields and cause a loss to the farmers. "No blame can be attached to any--,'rone'! said -H. M. McQuigg to a. Demo crat reporter. "The rig is gone and we will be -delayed in the work, but personally does not enter into the we can not determine the condition of matter. The question is, does Liberal the hole until we do some work." want to sit idly by an( see a railroad Their chief worry now is whether j being constructed through the best or not the hole is in good condition. trade territory of the town and con A fire very often ruins the hole and, nect with the jjock lsiand at another until-a derrick is erected this cannot be determined. It is known that the the tools are at the bottom of the i hole and there is a possibility that a string of casing which was in the spider also dropped into the hole. When the ruins cool sufficiently to allow an investigation this . can be settled. The derrick was erected more than a year ago for the big rotary outfit, and was pronounced by oil men oneing in some quatrers, but we do not of the best in the Mid-Continent field This spring the rotary was removed and new stadard tools installed. Work was progressing nicely and there was an air of expentancy among the peo ple of the southwest. ' The loss is estimated at between $40,000,00 and $50,000.00, with no in-;that we sit idly by an,i Eee anotherj surance. The log of die well was alsOj good block of trade terirtory vanish! UUmea ' - One thing is certain; the loss of the rig will not mean a cessation of work in the west field. Even should the hole be ruined, another will be start- Art rta HAnrt a o riAPPilila nnrl if 4 Via Vir1 . . , , ' , . , . Is in good shape another derrick will; be erected speedily and drilling re sumed. - - One can hear all kinds of rumors but these are not verified by the Mc Quiggs. . One is that a pocket of gas was struck, which caught fire causing the loss of the derrick. Lots of folks believe this theory, while others are of the opinion that the well was a! Ja w , frnm tn. ers. There Is another rumor to the " - " effect that a man working in a field j a mile away, heard a terrific roar just before the derrick burst into flames. . , v Drilling was suspended on the well while some work was' done on the Boles well, and this has led to all kinds of speculation. Driller W. G. MacKay lost $75.00 In currency, a valuable watch, a gift from a sister and highly prized, also all his clothing in the fire. ' . v C. A. Lehman, sheriff b f Texas County, Oklahoma was here Wednes day, and visited with the W. S. Banks family. Mr. Lehman was returning from McAIister and Granite, Oklaho ma, where he had taken prisoners to the state penitentiary and reform chooL Total WHAT WILL LIBERAL DOT Liberal is at this time up against a proposition which may mean much to the future of the town one way or the other, and now is the time for sober thought on the part of the men' who would see Liberal become the metro polls of the southwest. We are told that surveyors are working between Forgan and Hooker on a railroad proposition that has the backing of some of the strongest men in Oklahoma, and our information is that they will build the road. The connection of these men is such taht they can easily get the per mission to costruct the road form the Oklahoma authorities, and all that remains is to get government permis sion. - That is where Liberal comes in. If these men are able to 6how that the Kansas and Oklahoma cannot build through this territory, they will have no trouble in getting this permission, for it will be easy to show that the road is needed. The only way in which this proposi tion can be headed off is for Liberal to co-operate with O. P. Byers and make it possible to buildthe Forgan extension, and this must be done auicklv so that the Oklahoma rail road builders will not slip in and get the territory. ' Whether or not Liberal likes Byers point? We have talked with sevearl busl- n8s8 men and all seemed ignorant of the porposition, but everyone with whom we talked seemed to favor get ting busy and trying to head off the proposed road. We are putting this porposition squarely up to the business men of Liberal ad we are not going to suggest anything further. We know the feel- believe it is strong enough tliut any one would desire the Hooker road. If it is the wish that a meeting be called and a committee be appointed to look into this matter we will be glad to spread the news and help in! anv wav nossible. If it is the wish, ra nn otnnH it na wpII as nnvnilA elsp What's your pleasure, fellows? BO LIN-HALL ELEVATOR SOLD A deal was made last week where- by a number of the big wheat raisers ' T ., . . . . . , of Liberal and trade territory become owners of the Bolin-Hall Grain Co. interests here. The new company will be incorporated as soon as the organ ization can be completed. They took over the business last .Friday, and John Bolin is buying grain for the new firm temporarily, "c business in Liberal almost continually nnn 1 0HO f, nnmmif hOM' OnH AO. """" 6 ,wv " Vnl.lj.-t:n a a .iiinLat lAtvmaii t anil in . , I Vv. i Z '1910 established the present grain busiess. Their elevator was destroyed by fire about six years ago, and the elevator was not rebuilt, until about three years ago. They .still have ele vators In Perryton, Booker and Spear man and will continue business there. Mr. Bolin has not decided upon any plans for the future, and his many friends here hope that he will decide to remain in Liberal.' Burton D. Mann, Dodge Brothers dealer here, is unloading a car of new Dodges today. " . - L. E. Fletcher and daughter, Vi vian, of La Junta, Colorado, returned home Wednesday,-after several days visiting the H. Riggie family. Mr. Fletcher is brother of Mrs. Riggie. NOKTH WELL GOING FINE FORMATION LOOKS GOOD Skaer la Making Hole Rapidly Experiencing No Diffi- . ' ' culty So Far' and E. J. Skaer reports work progress ing nicely at the test on the Sealy farm north of Liberal. Drilling start ed last Saturday, and thus far they have had no trouble. At the rate they are going now it is not going to be a great while until they will approach the Interesting stratas. Even now the formations are changing quite frequently which is con sidered satisfactory. Mr. Skaer is now collecting the pledges made to get. the well started and is meeting with good success. It will facilitate matters if every sub scriber will take up his stock prompt ly when called upon. There is more interest in oil circles here now than for over a year. Sever al parties of geologists and many scouts are in the field, and although no leases have changed hands recently there are a number of inquiries for leases. The burning of the west rig may delay things, but local oil men pre dict a srood play this summer. The indications are that other comoanies are becoming interested in the field and this looks good for more develop ment. R. D. LOGUE BUYS THE JONES DRAY LINE Hat Largo Warehouse and. Will Do a General Dray and Storage Butinett R. D. Logue, who came here a short time ago from Hutchinson, and; took the management of the Liberal I , . . i it. toJ warehouses, has purchased the Jones : v, T. . . , v ! Dray Line and. is. now in. charge of, ., . , . that business. Mr. Logue has two large ware-' i. i. ennnn . i..' houses with 50,000 feet of floor; , ... . . , f. ! KMUUC, HI1U Willi IIIU t;iiuiiiucill ui Jones Line, is in position to handle , a world of business. He is thoroughly experienced in this line, having been in the same na ture of business in Hutchinson before coming here. Mrs. Logue is an ex perienced business woman and will have charge of the office work. Mr. Logue was for fifteen years chief clerk of the division freitrht office of the Rock Island, and Is well j together and fill out their papers, but acquainted with this pan of the ; may take the bl.niks to their homes business. With all his experience ( and do the work thers. The qualifi he should be able to give Liberal cations are 80 per cent for fittness business men such service that it will, be a pleasure to patronize him. Mr. Jones, In retiring from active business in Liberal, will take a much needed rest, but later may enrage in some other line. He built up a nice little business and regretted to quit it but his health was such that the heavy work was too much for him. He made a lot of good friends while in business here and should he en gage In another line will have a lot of boosters. ' The Democrat welcomes Mr. Logue and family to the city and hopes that they find business good and make lots of friends. They jire pleasant people to meet and will be glad to see anyone who has anything in their line. . They will continue the business In the present location and expect to improve tne omce ana eiiuiinncin. as oson as they get settled here, BOY KNOCKED OUT OF CAR The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Gil bert Davis was quite badly injured last Friday when he was thrown from the car in which he was riding in company with his father. ' It appears that Mr. Davis was driv ing north on Kansas Avenue, and that Mrs. J. I. Darst, who had parked her car, endeavored to back out, and In doing 'so, bumped into the Davis car. The little boy was sitting in the seat where there was" no side door, and the impact threw him out on the curb ing. He struck hishead on the Barb ing and sustained a severe gash. He was at once taken to the hospital and several stitches were taken In the wound. At present he is doing nicely. It is very fortunate"that the injury was not more serious. ; ; - ' e ' i O. T. Wood made a business trip to Topeka, Monday.- E. C. MILLER SECURED AS EVANGELIST Arrangements Well Under Way For -Big Union Revival Meeting To ,. Be Held In November At the meting of the committe rep resenting the several churches of the city, last Friday, final tentative ar rangments were made for the big union revival meeting to be held in November. It is the plan of the com mittee that the meeting will continue about four weeks. ' E. C. Miller of South, Bend, Indiana, was unanimously elected by the com mittee, and he will have with him sev eral personal workers and singers. Mr. Miller comes very highly recommend ed as sincere, safe, sane and un spectacular. It is the plan to make this a tabernacle meeting, however, other arrangments may be made be fore the date set for the meeting. The committee in charge of the ar rangments is composed of the pastor and three members from each of the five churches. Rev. J. R. Pennington was selected chairmun; J. C. Brown vice chairmun; F. 0. Rindom secretary and Paul W. Light, treasurer. John Calloway left Wednesday for ! a business visit to Kansas City. He will return by Wichita, where he will meet his mother, who will return with him for a visit CLOTHING STORES WILL REMAIN OPEN LONGER During Harveit Season all the Men' FurnUhingi Store Will Cloae . at 10:30 o'CIcok Saturday Through an agreement all the '" ' 8 """ wl "a'n Pen Saturday n.ghts unt'l 10:30 o'clock. This is for the , accomodation of the people who are , , - t. working late hours in the harvest jeda ; t i This arrangement will be In effect ... , , , for the next two or three Saturday I POSTMASTER EXAMINATION : HERE ON JULY 18th The Civil Service Commission has announced an examination for the position of postmaster at Liberal to be held on July 18th. This is termed a non-assembled ex- animation. The applicants do not get and 20 per cent for education LIONS CLUB PICNIC It was a merry party, consisting of the members of the Lions Club and their families, which left the Court House Monday evening for Stouts Grove on the Cimarron, where a pic nic and outing was enjoyed. The child ren had a happy time wading in the rjver, while the older members of the party played frames and the baseball enthusiasts displayed their skill at the game. A bountiful picnic supper was served in the grove. - HOME AGAIN After) a couple of weeks in the mountains, the Democrat man and family are back in Liberal. We had .,,... tifa tv'tn nnrl frt mnra like . bn than when. we left. At Maitou'we met Mrs. Tegarden, Mrs. Scandrett and Mrs. Fuller and found them enjoying themselves im mesly. They are nicely located and in the best of health. There are lots of tourists in the mountais this summer, the larger number of cars bearing the Texas licese tags. Kansas cars are not so numerous, but It is a trifle early for Kasans to migrae .t - We wish to give a tip on the roads. When going thru Liberal, do not go to Garden City to the Santa Fe trail take the O. A. A. to Satanta, Ulysses, and Johnson City and on to the Santa Fe trail at Holly or Lamar. This road Is in much better condition than the trail. a i ' The , Vacation Bible. School en joyed a picnic Friday afternoon at Stout's Grove. About fifteen ears took the children out. About two hundred went ont and enjoyed them selves with playing games and wad Ins;, and a delicious lunch was served. W. V, McQuigg Says "Rebuild at Once" Just as the Democrat was ready to go to press, F. R. McQuigg received a telegram from his father, M. V. McQuigg, New York City, and president of the company, which said: "Start Work of Rebuilding Rig at Once." The receipt of this message removes, all doubt as to the plans of the company as, to future development and means that the, fire which destroyed their rig. Wednesday will merely delay operations. ANOTHER LIBERAL PUBLICATION Walter B. King, secretary of the Liberal Chamber o Commerce advises us that he is getting things ready for tine publication of a small Chamber of Commerce weekly bulletin. The name of the sheet will be "The Liberal Live Wireless" and will contain good snap py breezy articles pertaining to the Chamber of Commerce work and the 0f Third street and Lincolu. Mr. Mar needs of the community. There will jcie has had several years experience also be a sprinkling of good live jokes. m tne grocery and general mercantile Watch for the first issue which will business, having run the Lorena Okla, appear in a few days. CITY BASE BALL LEAGUE ORGANIZED Will Play Thirty Games During Sum- mcr. First Oire To Be Played Tomorrow The Liberal Atheltic Bureau advises us that they have been unsuccessful in raising enough money by the sale of season tickets to satisfy the town team, to go ahead with their plans for week day games and arrunged a sche dule for the summer, consisting 0f thirty games. j The teams muking up the leuguo are: Legion with "Dutch" Mulone as manager, Methodist Church, John Calloway, manager; Christiun Church, Sam Miller, manuger; Lions Club, Chas. Taylor, Manager; Fireman, G. L. Litfht, Manager; Railroad team, Sanford Cox, Manager. Most of these teams have been organized for several weeks and are in good shape for the schedule, and will some very close and intersting games before the season is over. The bureau and teams have agreed that the division of gate receipts be made as follows: winning team 50 per cent, loosing team 30 per cent and the balance of 20 per cent be laid aside to apply on improvements for the Smith Athletic field. Those who have purchased season tickets from the committee will be allowed 15 games on the ticket and the single admission will be twenty-five cents. It is planned that the first 'of the games will be played on the grounds south of the city until such time that the necessary improvements can be made at the Smith Athletjc Field, at the old fair grounds. The first game of the new schedule will be played Friday night between the Lions Club and the Fire Depart ment and the next game on the 4th of July between the Lions Club and the American Legion. Both of these games promise to be good ones and a large crowd is expected out to see them. - We are publishing the schedule of games for the summer and we sug gest that you clip this out and keep It for reference : SCHEDULE Legion Meth. Christ. Lions F. Dept. R. R. Legion 19-0 10-fl 7-4 9-25 8-14 Methodist " 8-18 8-28 7-17 7-8t , 8-25 Christian 8-4 9-22 7-28 8-11 9-4 Lions 9-18 9-8 7-21 ,' 8-21 9-1 Fire Dept. 9-29 7-7 9-Jl 6-80 7-10 Railroad 7-14 10-2 8-7 9-15 , 7-24 CASH AND CARRY CHANGES HANDS C. P. Lorenz Disposes Of Interest To M. M. Maricle and L. II. Stocksbury A deal wasconsumatcd the last of the week whereby M. M. Maricle and L. II. Stooksbury, formerly of Elkhart Kansas, take over the business of the Cush and Carry Grocery on the corner 1 homa store forseveral years and was recently interested in the mercantile store at Elkhart. He moved his fam ily hereseveral months ago. The ne proprietors Took charge of the store Tuesday morning. Mr. Lorenz the retiring prporietor of this popular store, is undecided yet as to his future plans, but we are glad to announce that he will probably re main in the city. WILL CLOSE JULY 4lh We, the undersigned grocers agree separately and in uhody, to close our stores all day, July 4th. s J. D. Mahony and Sons, Star Gro cery Co., Riggie Brothers, Vickers Grocery Dept., Calvert Brothers, Cash and Carry, Eale Grocery, Enterprise Merc. Co., Peoples Cash Grocery, A. T. Barksdale, J. E. George Grocery Company, , Henry -Pitcher, and South Side Gorcery. The Rotary Club Earl Rodgers was chairman at the Tuesday's luncheon and declared he was worse off than the Illinois repre sentative at a Fourth of July cele bration. The Illinois man said he did not know he was expected to make an impromptu speech until yes terday noon, whereupon Enrl had only two minutes notice thnt he was to be chnirman. The Fourth of July committee an nounced final arrangements for the picnic. Fifteen members decided to go, and will meet In front of the cburt house at 10 a. m. Each one was asked to enlarge the party by ' Inviting two children who would not otherwise be likely to have a picnic. Tom Pate called for volunteers for helping to put the grounds In proper condition. . He stated "that there would be no manual labor; all they had to do was to -clear away weeds and rubbish; build a dam to make a pool ; plants posts for swings,, etc. Tom must be kin to the man who said: "Come to America, all you have to do Is carry the hod to the top of . the ladder, and there is the man who does all the work". It was voted to have a picnic only, not a Rotary meeting, the regular meeting being postponed to Wednes day, July 5th.