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:Y T HE MBERAE DEMOCRAT NO. 25 HOBBLE WILL HEAD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OLD TIME BOOSTER UN AN I. , MOUSLY CHOSEN VERN LIGHT, V. PRESIDENT. The December dinner of the Lib ' ral Chamber of Commerce was held mt the Stanford Cafe Wednesday eve ning and was one of the best at tended - and most interesting meet ings of the year. Routine business was soon disposed of and committee reports received. F. G. Boles reported for the railroad committee that the right-of-way funds had been solicited and about two-thirds subscribed and predicted that the amount would eventually be raised. Paul Light reported for the schools and said that work on the new School building . was progressing in very satisfactory manner and that the contractor was doing excellent work. . ' s J. F. Feust made a strong plea for getting back of County Engineer Jo ,D. Berwick in the matter of building the road north of town. There is considerable misunderstanding con cerning this proposition, and this be ing eliminated there is no valid rea son for opposing the employment of a county engineer at this time. Sew ard county has had a county engineer for the past fifteen years. Joe Trin- VOL. XVI. (fle handled the work for that length of time, free of charge, but his grow ing business made it impossible for him to continue when the volume of work increased. The State Highway Department makes it compulsory that a county engineer be employed, for the very good reason that road work may be systematized and handled in a businesslike manner. Mr. Fuest tressed the importance of the road ' north of town and said that not only the farmers beyond that, but the bus iness people of the city should co operate that this disgraceful piece of road be put in condition to travel. By getting three-fourths of the cost of the road from the state and feder - al government, only one-fourth must be raised in the county, and this mon eyW in a fund which can be used for no other purpose than a perma nent road. Without a county engi neer, Mr. Fuest said, it would be impossible to get this aid and urged one and all to stay with the engi neer in his efforts to do something worth while. Mr. F. C. Cramer, who has come ' to make his home with us and become a part of the business life of the town, was Introduced and made a few pertinent remarks. Mr." Cramer is a former state bank examiner, knows Kansas like a book, and the fact that he chose Liberal as a location speaks well for the city and its future. Dr. Levi precipitated a near riot by askjng for some information on the gas franchise, situation. Charley Ellsaesser was asked to enlighten the crowd, and failnig to get any . thing satisfactory The Democrat man was called upon. He gave the same information as Charley did and the crowd had to be satisfied. . How ever, we can say that the gas propo sition is not dead by any means and there is a strong probability that ' Messrs. McQuigg will be able to meet the conditions of the franchise. Paul Schenk, round house fore man for the Rock Island, reported m the strike situation and railroad conditions. He said that freight ship- , meats were 25 per cent above nor mal and passenger business almost normal ; that' the roads had plenty of men and were in good condition. . W. C. Anderson made a short talk In answer to a request that he ex plain why his district was so high in the list of sales for the year. The Wichita district, of which liberal '1b -a -part, stands tenth In the United States in the volume of sales, speak- inj; well lor the Delco Light as Well as the condition of the territory), which permits such a showing. J. N... Evans read a letter from Congressman Tincher and one from Senator Curtis regarding the new postoffice building. While they did . not promise anything definite, both advised that they were watching the proposition and would use their best efforts in its behalf. There were several other talks, after which President Cooper an nounced that the annual election of officers would take place. F. O. Rindom, in a -neat speech, placed in nomination Herbert Hobble and an enthusiastic round of ' applause followed the - nomination. Herman (continued on next page) REMODELING FORMER STAR GRO. BUILDING Three Dandy Store Room Will .be Remit of Plans Now Under Way. L. C Cramer, formerly of Salina, Kansas, but now of ' Liberal, is the new owner of the building formerly occupied by the Star grocery, and he has a force of men at work re modeling the building. Instead of one big room there will be three good sized rooms, and each will have the latest front design, with deep plate glass windows for displays. The Foster, Utz & Co., shoe store will occupy the north room as soon as it is ready for occupancy. Man ager Foster will install all new, mod ern fixtures and put in a big stock of shoes. Just what disposition will be made of the other rooms is not given out, but the good location will make them easy to tenant and this will help South Kansas avenue considerably. T. H. TAYLOR STARTS GOOD HERD HOLSTEINS T. H. Taylor, local dairyman, pur chased two of the best Holsteins of fered at the Spradling sale Monday, and says it is the start from which he expects to build up the best herd of Holsteins in Seward county. Mr. Taylor has been in the dairy business for some time, and has been studying the merits of the Holstein, and when the fine stock of 0. W. Spradling was offered for sale, he availed himself of the opportunity of acquiring some of the. best ani mals in the lot. We are pleased to see these fine cows remain in Sew ard county. E. W. Hawkins, a conductor run ning out of Dalhart, this week pur- public is invited to attend. Your chased a splendid Packard piano of presence there will be an encourage the Taylor Drug and Music company ment to the boys who are working to of this city. Christmas Shoppers Invited The Liberal Democrat, on behalf of the merchants of Liberal, extends to the people of the surrounding ter ritory a very cordial invitation to come to Liberal to do their Christmas shopping. This issue of The Democrat carries the sales messages of a large majority of the business firms of Liberal, and if you will read the advertisements carefully you willbe sure to find just what you would like to have. Liberal merchants have stocked heavily the best of Christmfas merchandise in all lines, and it is worth your while to come and see the displays. We can assure on and all that they will receive courteous, efficient serv ice, reasonable prices and splendid lines from 'which to select. Again we advise you to come to Liberal to do your C : using this Christmas number as your guide. LIBERAL, S EWARD COUNTY? KANSAS, DECEMBER MERCHANTS HAD A GOOD TRADE -LAST SATURDAY RECORD-BREAKING CROWD IN LIBERAL DOING CHRIST MAS SHOPPING EARLY. ' The merchants of Liberal are well pleased with the way the Christmas business opened up last Saturday. There was a great crowd of eager buyers in town and the forces of salespeople were kept busy almost all day. ' The business men have anticipated the wants of the people and have stocked with full lines of Christmas goods. Many of them have the larg est stocks they have ever carried. The people seem to be getting the Christ mas spirit early this year and are do ing their Christmas shopping early. The late shopper this year is going to find that they will shop to a great disadvantage, as they 'will have to make their purchases from stocks that have, been gone over many times by the wise early shopper. The merchants are carrying good, large advertisements in this paper,! telling you what they have and aid ing you by means ' of suggestions. Read what they have to say and fol low their advise by doing your Christ mas shopping early. THE BAND' CONCERT To be Given at Baptiit Church Wed nesday Evening, Ded. 20 No Admission Charge. The above date has been set for the first band concert to be given un der the direction of Dr. Rawlins who came recently from Illinois to take charge of the American Legion band, - No admission will be- charged and the Eive MDerai a good Dana. LOOKS, LIKE ACTIVITY IN THE OIL GAME HARRY McQUIGG ARRIVES FROM CALIFORNIA BUT HAS MADE NO ANNOUNCEMENT. We hear it whispered around that there is soon to.be some activity in oil circles here. The reason for this is that Harry McQuigg of the McQuigg Develop ment Company, has returned to Lib eral after an absence of several months in California. Harry is the petroleum engineer for the company and his presence here is taken by many to mean that the time is close when some new de velopment will be started. To a Democrat reporter Mr. Mc Quigg said that ho hnd no ahno'ince ment to make regarding his return; that there were some matters of bus iness connected w'th the comiany which made his return necessary at this time.' Asked regarding the possibility of the company getting the gas system in operation in time to comply with the terms of the franchise, he said there had been little change in the ' lans. of the company and that they would make every effort to meet the requirements and was of the opinion that they would be able to do so, barring unforeseen hindrances. FELL AND BROKE ANKLE Mrs. Loren Young is suffering with a broken ankle from a result of a fall she received last night at a j social at the K. P. Hall. During a contest game, Mrs. Young caught her foot in the carpet as she started to run and fell, breaking her right ankle. The ambulance was called and she was taken to her home. She is reported as getting along nicely. DeLaval Separators Thos. W. Gaw. 14, 1922 THE LIONS' CLUB Cub E. F. Pellette was chairman at the regular meeting of the Lions Club at the Grier Monday noon. Sev eral interesting reports of commit tees were received. The entertain ment committee reported that they were planning a New Year's party for the Lions' kiddies and the Lions' Club Boy Scout troupe. The com mittee is planning a real entertain ment for the young folks and we be lieve it will be as interesting for the older ones as well. Cub Hobble made a talk in sup port of the Good Fellows 'club and asked the Lions to give their support to the movement and it was unani mously agreed to do our part in mak ing the Good Fellows Club a success this year. The matter of the American Le gion band was presented to the club and it was mutually agreed by all members that the band was deserv ing of the undivided support of the L'ons' Club and other civic organi zations and that the band should be recognized as one of Liberal's valu bale assets. Cub King, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, remind ed the Club that the regular annual meeting and election of officers of that body would be held Wednesday, December 13 and that Mr. Uriest of Chicago would be the speaker at the banquet. Every Lion was urged to be present at that important meet ing. Practice will start soon on the Lions' Club minstrel which will be some time the early part of next month. Dr. Nettie Russell was here this week from Denver, Colorado, to at tend the funeral of her mother, Mrs. Russell. She will return to her home Saturday. Dr. Willis, a sister of Dr. Russell of Hutchinson, was also here for the funeral. She returned Wed nesday. By J. B. MILLED GOODFELLOWS TO DISTRIBUTE GIFTS AGAIN LIONS CLUB, ROTARY CLUB AND BUSINESS MEN ENDORSE PROPOSITION. The agitation started by Tho Dem ocrat for the maintenance of the Goodfellows Club has borne fruit, and this week the Lions and Rotary Clubs gave their endorsement 100 per cent. It was thought by some that the Associated Charities would take the -place of the Goodfellows Club, but after the matter was. discussed and the missions of the two organizations compared, it was decided that inas much as the Goodfellows club was not in any sense a charitable organi zation, there would be no conflict. The Goodfellows Club was started eleven years ago and has distributed Christmas cheer every Christmas since. While the gifts of the Club are to persons other than those of wealth, no one desires it to be un derstood as charity. Many good fam ilies not objects of charity, are not in position to spend money for Christmas gifts and this is one class the Goodfellows would visit The business men have shown great generosity in the matter of of fering everything bought by the Club at cost, and all who wish to become , members may do so by paying tho $2.60 initiation fee. H. Hobble is president and E. D. Cooper secretary, and they are the executive committee. They will need cars and drivers to help distribute the gifts, as well as some help in pur chasing and allotting. There will be a real Santa Claus and he will make the rounds in a truck on Christmas morning and gladden the hearts of the kiddies. The fellows who have been work ing in the Goodfellows Club had rather miss a good dinner or a hunt ing trip than to be deprived of the pleasure they get out of the work, and if they visit you and leave packnge or two, accept it in the spir it in which it is given. ' SPRADLING'S HOLSTEINS IN DEMAND BIG CROWD ATTENDED SALE MONDAY AND PAID FANCY PRICES FOR FINE STOCK. Pronounced by several auctioneers as one of the best registered stock sales of tho season, was the Spradling sale of Holsteins Monday afternoon. Thirteen head of the best regis tered Holsteins in the southwest wore placed on the block and quickly sold to eager buyers at fancy prices. The sale was well advertised and buyers come for forty and fifty miles, some even farther, and bidding was spirited. Spradling has leased his 'farm to devote all his time to the clothing business and when he quit, he turned lose on the farms of Seward and ad joining counties some of the best cows the country can produce. This means that several new herds of Hol steins will be started and the county will benefit as a result. J. W. FULLER DEAD The family and friends of J. W. Fuller were greatly shocked thia morning when they received word that he had died this morning at 4 o'clock. He had taken a shipment of cattle tq Kansas City, and on his way home stopped at Yates Center, Kan., for a short visit-at the borne of an uncle. Mr. Fuller has not been well for the past two years, but the end came suddenly, which was a shock to his friends and relatives. The cause .of his death is thought to be heart failure. The body -will probably Arrive here tomorrow. Wynn Cummings came down from his farm near Sublette Monday and bought a thoroughbred Holstein at the Spradling sale. We knew Wynn when he was in high school at Buck lin and were glad to see him again and know that he was succeeding m life. C. W. Bryan of Guymon was here the latter part of the week. Mr. Bry an has been visiting at the home of his brother Joe Bryan in New Mexico for several weeksi Taylor's music store reports the sale of a fine Brunswick phonograph to G. M. Raub this week.