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.« by Fire, and Mr. Farqohar is Found Dead in tlis Room. Last Friday afternoon a few min utes before four o'clock smoke was discovered pouring from the resi dence of Samuel Farquhar on south Main street, and an alarm was phoned to the light plant. Everyone rushed to the fire and when they reached the scene were horrified to learn that the body of Mr. Farquhar was in the room where the flames were like a furnace. Everybody worked with desperation and in a few minutes had the fire under con trol so that persons could enter the room and tenderly removed the charred body of Mr. Farquhar, which was found sitting in a chair at the foot of his bed, with his left arm over the rail. Heme Of Samuel rarquhar Damaged delighted his many Leon friends by dropping in for a visit a few days ago. Bill was a very popular sheriff of For nearly a year Mr. Farquhar has been in feeble health and has scarcely left his room. He was an inveterate smoker and on Friday morning while lighting his pipe he dropped a match on the floor and ignited some papers, but Mrs. Far quhar noticed it at once and put it out. Friday afternoon Mrs. Far quhar went across the street to Mr. Sigler's home and had only been there a short time when she was notified that the house was on fire. Just before she left home Mr. Far quhar requested her to pull down one of the window shades as he said the sun came in too hot for him. This she did and also opened the front door a little and placed a screen in front of it. Mr. Farquhar was then sitting in his chair by the south window. It is suposed that in lighting his pipe he either dropped a match on the papers on the floor, or he dropped to sleep and let his big pipe fall and started the fire, and physicians who examined his body say that he was dead before he was burned, and he may have been stricken with death when he dropped his pipe. Samuel Farquhar. was one of a family of ten children, being the seventh child of David and Judith Farquhar. He was born in Ulster Providence, Tyrone county, Ireland, June ,22 1837. died at his home in Leon, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1909, aged 72 years, 4 months, and 13 days. He immigrated to America in 1854 when he was a lad of 17 years and re mained in New York state for a time, and then came west, settling at Garden Grove in 1858, where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary F. Marshall, who with their two sons, Horace and George Farquhar, both of Leon, are left to mourn his death. The deceased learned the tinner's trade when he was a youth, and fol lowed it after locating at Garden Grove for several years. In 1862 he came to Leon and engaged in the tin ware and hardware business, in whieh he remained until 1887, when he retired from active business life, the business being taken over by his two sons. Since that time he has lived a retired life. He was asso ciated with the early history of Leon and Decatur county, and was one of the few men remaining who were in business in Leon during the six ties. His was a jovial disposition and his long residence in Decatur county had made him many warm friends. The funeral services were held from the residence of his son, Hor ace Farquhar, on Saturday after noon, being conducted by the Ma sonic lodge, of Leon, of which he had been a member since 1866,'the interment being in the Leon cemetery with full Masonic honors. A large Decatur City Votes on Electric Fran chise Saturday. more familiarly known as "Bill Kirk" Decatur county years ago, and knew all the people in his bailiwick. He is not as handsome as he used to be, but the frosts of time have touched him but lightly after all, and he wore the same old genial grin when he clasped the hands of friends whom he had not seen for years. And the smile broadened into the same big hearty laugh as old time jokes were sprung, and incidents of long ago were recalled. One memory, revived by "Bill Kirk", related to a matter that has long been forgotten, save by the few living people who partici pated, and they would be glad to forget it, perhaps. It seems that Bill was the organi zer, the main guy, and the financial backer of a base ball team at about the time the old Narrow Gauge ran its first trains into Decatur City. This ball team was a wonder in Bill's estimation, and he deceived himself into believing that, it was a little the hottest outfit in Iowa, so he sent challenges abroad over the state, and barred none, and proposed to hang up a fat purse as an evidence of the strength of his belief that his cubs could hand the cold pizen to any base ball organization outside the National League. An enterprizing Des Moines mana ger got wind of the challenge, and dared Bill to produce his man-eaters at Des Moines during the state fair. Bill had to go, or welch, and he was never a welcher. Well, the game was pulled off on a bright sunny afternoon at the old ball grounds in Des Moines, in the presence of a few deluded fans and "Bill Kirk," and Bill made more noise than all the rest assembled. When darkness intervened, the Des Moines sluggers had 27 runs, with another inning to play, and Leon had 2—and they were both accidents. The only really interesting feat ures about the game were "Bill Kirk's" coaching and the riot which occurred when the stung spectators tried to get their money back, which they did as soon as they had seen Leon's first inning. Bill's faith in his cubs died awfully hard, but at the last it died awful dead, and after bor rowing enough money to buy return tickets for the boys, he resigned as manager—the resignation taking ef fect there and then. His farewell speech to his once beloved cubs was short and withering. It lacked .pol ish, but had a rugged vigor that drove it deep into the hearts of a most discouraged ball team. Bill also indulged the hope that some day in his official capacity as sheriff, he might have the pleasure of "sock ing" the whole bunch into the county jail. He said that he would guaran tee that they would be fed nothing but bread and water while he had them in charge. Thus "Bill Kirk" lost his "roll", and ended his managerial career, while the ambitions of several ama teur ball players were nipped in the bud. A Big Barn Burned. concourse of sorrowing friends fol- two horses have insurance on them, lowed the remains to their resting' The barn was one of the largest place, and the sympathy of the en- and best in that part of the county, tire community bereaved ones. The big barn on the old Hingston farm south of Weldon, which J. A. Harris, of this city, recently bought, was destroyed by fire between 3 and 4 o'clock last Saturday morning. The farm is occupied by a Mr. Fronk. who has been running it for Decker & Rexoat, the former owners, but had been rented for next year to the Hacker boys by Mr. Harris and they were staying there doing their fall plowing, and lost four head of good horses and three sets of har ness, and their loss is total unless is extended to the and Mr. Harris carried an insurance of $500 on it, but this is not half the loss, as in addition to the big barn he lost a double corn crib, fences and other small buildings, his total loss being in the neighbor hood of $1,500. The origin of the A special election will be held at Decatur City on Saturday of this fire Is "unknown week to vote on the proposition to grant a franchise to the Leon Elec-, wiJl Build Cement Block Factory. trie Co., to extend their electric light and power system over to Decatur A deal was closed Tuesday by Roe City. The terms of the franchise Caster, jr., and F. L. Jenkins for the are most liberal to the citizens of purchase of the livery stable proper Decatur City, and if granted the Le- ty on east Commercial street, known on Electric Co. will at once extend as the old Priest barn. If the water their system to Decatur City and works carries at the coming election they will have just as good lights so the Will be assured of a supply and power as we have here in Leon, 1 and there is none better than the a big cement block factory on the service we are having in Leon. I ground and engage in the manufac There should not be a single vote cast against granting the franchise. It will be the best thing Decatur City ever did toward building up their town. The public streets will be lighted with electric lights and the private citizens and business houses can secure commercial lights at a very reasonable rate. Electric lights give a metropolitan air to any •town and always impress a stranger favorably with the place. Let every KSTARLISHKU 1854. LEON, IOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 1. lOOO. One of the Old Timers. W. A. Kirkpatrick, of Des Moines, of water, Caster & Jenkins will erect ture of cement blocks, culverts, tile, etc., and do all kinds of cement and brick contracting. Work will be commenced on their new enterprise as soon as the result of the coming waterworks election are known. citizen of Decatur City who has the Shenandoah, Iowa, on ine morning welfare of the community at heart of Nov. 20, at 8:30 o'clock, for the get out and work to carry the elec- appointment as cadet to West Point, tion Saturday. From a distance it .Every boy in the eighth congres looks as if there was practically no sional district not under 17 or over opposition, but we would like to see A Chance for Some Boy to Go to West Point. A competitive examination will be held at the Western Normal College, .22 the vote unanimous. be examined physically and in the common branches. There will be Dairy Meeting Poorly Attended. one principal and two alternates ap pointed. The dairy meeting which was ex tensively advertised to be held at the opera house in this city last Thurs day was not much of a success. For Friends in this city have received some reason the farmers did not word of the death of Mr. L. flad seem to be interested, aside from a rasz, at his home at Hope, Mo., last few who attended. The speakers Saturday. For many years he was were L. E. Gailey, the Burlington a prominent citizen of this county, dairy agent, T, C. Cornetluson, of and lived on a farm near Grand Madison, Wis., R. C. Iliff, of the River. He came to Decatur county state dairy department and C. R. in an early day, being a Hungarian Bush of the Iowa State College. political exile. years of age can enter, and will Death of L. Madrasz. VOTE ON WATERWORKS Special Election will be Held Tofcs day, Dec. 14, 1909, to Agaiii Vote on the Waterworks. At last we can answer the oft re peated question, "When are we go ing to vote for waterworks again?" At the regular meeting of the city council held last Thursday evening, a petition was presented to the city council with the names of more than 300 qualified voters, asking that a special election be again called to vote on the question of issuing bonds in the sum of $35,000 for a system of waterworks for this cityv and by a unanimous vote the council grant ed the petition and fixed Tuesday, Dec. 14, as the date for the election. The official notice of Mayor Gates will be found elsewhere in this issue. At the same meeting the prelim inary report and estimate for a sys tem of waterworks, made by the Iowa Engineering Co., of Clinton, Iowa, was read and accepted. The report is very full and the estimate made by them is $29,900, so that the rough estimate by local parties at the first election was a pretty close one. Of course the estimate and contract price are too different things, so it was thought best to vote on the proposition of issuing bonds in the sum of not to exceed $35,000, as the council is only re quired to sell enough bonds to pay for the work done, no matter how many are issued. The council alBO fixed the rate of interest on the bonds to not exceed 4 1-2 per cent, with one half of the bonds optional payment after ten years. The rate of interest can be fixed as low as it is possible to find a buyer for them. The report of the engineers recom mends that big surface wells be used for a water supply, and this w411 meet with the hearty approval of all citizens who want to see Leon have a system of waterworks which will supply good drinkable water. There has been a big change in public sentiment since the last spe cial election in June, when the pro position lacked about 40 votes of having the required two-thirds of the total vote, and many who voted against waterworks at that time have stated that they would vote for the proposition when it comes up again. Leon has just secured a fine new modern depot and it is designed for a system of waterworks and closets in the building and the company will want water for the depot aod^viyk should see that they get it. Lefefi is enjoying a splendid growth and a system of waterworks would add much to the prosperity of the city. Now that the election is called, lets all get together and pull good and strong for the proposition and carry it by an overwhelming major ity. We submit herewith the report in full made by the Iowa Engineering Co. To the Honorable Mayor and City Council of Leon, Iowa: Gentlemen:—In accordance with your request and our agreement we herewith submit our report on a pre liminary examination of your city in regard to establishing waterworks. Water Supply. The first and most important ques tion that arises in an examination for water is that of the supply of water and without a good and ade quate supply of water, little can be hoped of the plant as a financial suc cess. In yOur city then are three sources of supply which may be used. 1st, A ground reservoir 2nd, Ar tesian wells. 3rd, Wells in gravel veins. In order to have a successful reservoir supply several things are requisite. First, a suitable site. Sec ond, the city should own or control by lease the whole watershed. Third the condition of the watershed must be constantly watched. Fourth, the reservoir must be kept clean. No cattle or other animals should be al iowed access to the streams running into it and no privy vaults or cess pools be allowed. Grass should be cut at least twice a year and it is better not to have too many trees. Ample size (a capacity of several million gallons) should be given the pond with a small auxiliary for use during the cleaning of the ltrger one. The advantages of a reservoir are that the water is soft and the amount on hand is large disadvantages are the expense of owning or controlling the watershed and the expense of maintenance. Artesian Well—Deep wells have their source of supply in the rock and are uaaffected by local or surface con ditions are designated as artesian whether flowing or not, and when a flowing well can be obtained and the water is palatable and not too highly mineralized they are the finest, safest and surest supply known, but un fortunately very few localities are favored this way and the water in your locality is generally very hard, strongly mineral, ana its distance from the surface necessitates the use of a deep well pump, which is liable to get out of order or rods break just at the time when it is needed most. Ground Water or Gravel Vein Wells—rWhen a vein of gravel can be located near the surface which is heavily charged with water, a good potable water fairly soft can gener ally be obtained and is a satisfactory source of supply. With these remarks of a general nature, we now turn to the more particular situation in hand. In our examination of your city, we find several places where water can be had andf we went over the territory on the east side, the springs to the southwest, and the lo cation to the northwest between the railroads. Of all these locations, the one directly west on 1st street, about 300 feet west of the track, is the most feasible. It is an excellent site for a reservior there seems to be an abundance of water in the gravel veins ther as evidenced by the two farm wells in. thi$. valley it is about one hundred feet lower than the cen tral part of the city if an artesian well is driled, and a side track could be run in from either track if coal is used for fuel. This we believe is the best location in the city for the pumping plant. Kind of System. There are twe principal types of water systems for supplying water to a community the oldest in gener al use in this country is by direct pressure which consists of a steam plant operated continuously and re quiring, of course, a double shift of engine and firemen, and is a steam plant with the attending accessor ies. If the amount of water used is large and there are no other means of fighting fire and the property inter ests are sufficient to warrant the ex pense of continual attendance, we would recommend this form, but this is not your case. For such a system as yours the kind of plant almost universally adopted is what is known as the stand-pipe or elevated tank system and consists generally of a medium sized pump, actuated by either steam, gasoline or electric power which elevates the water to a reservoir of a sufficient capacity to supply water for several days use or to extinguish an ordinary fire, and nine out of ten fires are put out in one hour or the building lost, and of course it is contemplated that if a fire breaks out, the pump will be started also. Elevation of Reservoir. The elevation at which the water for fire and domestic purposes is to be stored depends considerably upon the local conditions obtaining, the natural elevations in the city and the use. .For domestic purposes a total height of 80 feet would be sufficient, but for fire service this is not suf ficient. It is necessary to have your reservoir about 45 per cent higher than the highest building to be pro tected, which in your case is the court house, and we have estimated that a 70,000 gallon tank on a 90 foot tower would be the proper thing. In case the pumping plant were lo cated up town, as for instance where the present deep well is, this would not hold good and in such case, we would recommend a 16x100 stand pipe, (on account of needing more storage with deep wells) and a back connection from stand pipe to pump for direct pressure, in case of a large fire. Elevation. From the conditions obtaining in Leon a table of pressures and fire streams is unnecessary, as owing to your peculiar location when the build ings around the square are protected, the whole city will receive more pres sure than these points. Capacity of Distributing System. In figuring on the capacity of the pipe system, we recommend an al lowance for a reasonable future growth. Cast iron pipe has a life of from 50 to 100 years and if your system is made large enough to give reasonable fire protection it will at the same time be large enough for a population of. 7,500 people. We have allowed for three fire streams at any part of the city and five in the business section, or more of a less force. On inspection of the plan of piping it will be noticed that the system is laid out in circuits and when a hydrant on a six inch line is opened the pipe being fed from both ways has almost the same force as an eight inch pipe fed from one end only. The circuits also keep the water in motion, which insures a fresh and palatable condition, whereas in adead end it becomes stale and odorous. If the growth of the city exceeds the capacity as at first built, it can of course be re lieved by running another pipe from the puumps to the first divide in the pipe lines. Pumping Machinery. For a good many years to come, pumping can be done with advantage to the city by a gasoline or electric motor. Such motors connected to a centrifugal or triplex pump can easily raise sufficient water for the city's needs and has the advantage over steam in that it requires no skilled engineer to operate. It will probably require the engine to run only a part of the day to pump all the water necessary and after filling the tank the plant can be shut down for the night, thus dispensing with the needs of a night man, as the tank when full, will be able to supply all the water used during the night. In case of a fire, you have your power ready at a second's notice,while with a steam plant, it would be necessary to get up steam before you could have the necessary pressure. Pumping Station. The pumping station would be of some permanent material as brick, stone or cement blocks, with tin or iron roof and a cement floor. Cement blocks will be cheaper than brick. If located up town, we must be apprised of the location before we can furnish the plans. Hydrants and Valves. The number of hydrants to be put in will depend on your finances. In the plans we provide a special Tee for hydrant connection at each block corner, but in case of limited finances if every other one is put in the fire service- will be fair. The hydrants are better located on the north and east side of the street and let the pipe lines favor these sides also, as there is less freezing in winter on those sides on account of buildings shad ing the south and west sides. Fire Service and Limits. Of course with the amount of money your city can raise, it is im- Cost we can state the cost close enough The Wiggam Lecture. vice to everyone in all walks of life, I KBPORTESI SBRIBS [vol. XXXV NO. 12. Land, incidental and engin- Zlvuntv eerine 2700 Total $29900 The pipe lines in this estimate are those shown on the accompanying sketch by red lines and are sufficient to protect the whole city with 1,000 feet of hose. We hope the city council will take up the details of this report and come to a decision as to what lines you wish the plans worked out on so that we can work up the plan at an early date. Respectively submitted, Iowa Engineering Co. Snyder—Gardner. Mr. Francis L. Snyder and Miss Alta M. Gardner, both of east of Leon, were quietly married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Gardner, in High Point township, last Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock, the ceremony being per formed by Rev. A. L. Sears in the presence of the relatives and a few of the most intimate friends, who extended hearty congratulations to the happy couple. They received a number of beautiful and useful pres ents. The contracting parties are both OUB .Wage ojer^tfre sea of matri- "A Pair of Country Kids.' IN THE DISTRICT COURT possible to put a pipe on every street at this time: but it is posible to put in all the large mains pipes and to give the whole city lire I act t».. rThi* protection with a double line of hose. T"e 'erm COIirt for IRIS For such service rubber lined hose is Year Convened on Monday with far superior to cotton lined and for «„J_. r..,,.., long distances or very hot fires, use JBOOe lOWner (residing. a double line connection at the one I ... 1 .. end with a Siamese nozzle. Always I Th« remember that the smaller the pipe °"rt convened Monday evening wit* and the greater the distance the Judge H. Towner presiding it greater the friction and that if too being the last term of this year. The great all presure will be lost. ,g™nd jury drawn for this term con- permit and as this is the day of the Final report approved. Adminis-. scenic artist and the stage artisan, itrator discharged and bond exoner we can expect to spend one jolly ated. night in the country and laugh and Guardianship of Matthew, John romp with the kids and their and Margaret Cherry. Final report merry company among whom are approved. Guardian discharged and„ numbered the best of the later day bond exonerated. artists, each selected for a particular Guardianship of Leonard Daven-~ part and which enables the manage ment to a perfect production. An exchange of Oct. 19th says, "Wiggams' lecture was full of de- lightful humor, keen wit, good ad- and a marvel of sense and good judg- ™port attend these entertainments. Surely they don't know what they are miss- lifted" ing." At the opera house Thurs day, November 11. The County Fair. S. J. Burnison Dead. The remains of S. J. Burnison, who died last Saturday at Denver, Colorado, where he went for his health a few weeks ago, were brought to Davis City for burial Monday. He was a brother of Mrs. J. M. Pickering of Leon. We will publish an obituary next week. Attention Knights Templar. The regular meeting of Tripolis Commandery Knights Templar will be held on Thursday evening of this week. Annual election of officers. All members are urged to be pres ent. F. A. Brown, E. C. Marriage Licenses. Francis L. Snyder, Leon....22 Alta M. Gardner, Leon....22 Rev. Chas. Arthur Coakwell left Tuesday morning for Mason City to attend the wedding of a college friend and classmate, Claude W. Prusia, who is now financial secre tary of Drake University. They both graduated in the same class from Drake University. Hii See F. L. Jenkins for brick. November term of the district Isists of W. L. Edmonson, foreman Of course it is not possible to ac- S60/,?,8, f' ^irieg'. 9' curately estimate the cost until the Jl* fp ^f.n' ?,'*[' details are agreed on and the actual plans made, but in a general way. j!?n 's ton and clerk for present uses: is acting as court bailiff and Kemp Wells or Filter Gallery— ,Aten as trial jury bai iff Pumn house S 2500 Pumps and motors (duplicate) 600 S 'few weeks ago. Miss Nora Dob- Sra?d *uryT Harmon B?n J' bailiff, while A. J. Allen The grand 3ury wl11 have quite a of ,work be/01? Elevated reservoir 4000 i5e*eral cases to be beard, the most Pipe Line and Hydrants.... 16000 •™porta°t the,-e being of ^hich„18 °f Hamilton, at Davis City a The following cases had been dis^' posed of up to Wednesday morning: Criminal. Town of Davis City vs B. F. Sutlv erlin. Dismissed at plaintiff's coBt for want of prosecution. State vs Joe Gatton. Dismissed for want of prosecution, the prose cuting witness dismisses charge ot:,^ desertion against husband. State vs Simon Fitch. Dismissed. Law and Equity. Central Chemical Co. vs Petty & Evans. Judgment ordered for $5 and costs. Bevis Bros, vs B. F. Sutherlin etal, Settled and dismissed. Costs paid. John 1. Mitchell, Charles Toney vs Wm. Mitchell. Dismissed at plaintiff's cost. S. W. Kehler vs A. P. Olsen. Dis? missed at plaintiff's cost. Sarah E. Danielson vs James Danielson. Decree granted as prayed. Edna Wells vs Elva Neal Wells. Decree of divorce with custody of children granted. too well known to need any extensive writeup. The groom is an indust-' exonerated. rioug young farmer, who has grown B. S. Schomberg vs J. H. Main et to manhood in High Point township, al. Settled and dismissed. Costs and he has won for his bride one of paid. Decatur's most estimable young ladies, who came here last spring with her parents from Louisa county, and during her residence here has made many warm friends who join in wishing them a long and prosper- Among the many high class at-' E. Tinker vs A. L. Tinker. De tractions booked at the Van Werden jcree ?f divorce with privilege of opera house for the coming season resuming her maiden name granted, none gives better promise of being Maudie Clay vs Walter Clay. Dis a distinct novelty than "A Pair of missed at plaintiffs cost. Country Kids" that will apear for Lloyd vs T. F. Williams. one night only, Tuesday, Nov. 16. This new rural comedy drama has been built on entirely new lines and as true to nature as stagecraft will Rebecca Searcy vs Wm. ScarcylfTv Decree granted as prayed. W. H. Binning vs Louisa Binning et al. Referee discharged and bond R. E. Kuebler vs J. H. Main et at. Settled and dismissed. Costs paid. Clara Phifer vs Amanda R. Strew et al. Decree of foreclosure as prayed. R. C. Baird vs M. J. Baird. Dis missed. Costs paid. Margaret Lowder vs Wyatt Low |der. Decree of divorce with custody of children granted. Judgment on two promisory notes with interest and attorney fees.. Probate. ffe Estate of Sarah Cunningham.- port. Guardian authorized to ex pend not to exceed $3 per week for board. $25 allowed for individual expenses. Estate of M*r/ N" "ia"nr and bond Estate of us better men and women. We re- discharged and bond exonerated. «... Guardianship of Richard BlacK. gret that so many of our people, m_ai rennrt with euardian's allow-1 especially the young people do not *inal P!S£ r^ort aPP™ved^ dis" char&ed e,x0^fQa^d- Pl „al Mlc*ael £oland- appr°v Fl.nal A report wim guarflians allow ance in the sum of $500 approved. in ,. ar .H hi™* ov dlScharged eX~ Estate of Narcissa G. Paxton. Re port of sales and deeds to Jas. A. Wright and Walter E. Miller ap- :proved. A big audience filled the opera Estate of D. F. Nicholson. Final house last Friday night to witness report approved. Special adminis the production of "The County Fair" trator discharged and bond exoner by home talent, and they enjoyed a ated. very pleasing program. The produc-! Estate of Josiah F. Noftsger. Fi jtion was under the direction of Miss nal report approved and executor Chloe Dysart, of Fairfield, and was discharged. given under the auspices of the C. Guardianship of Elizabeth D, E. Society of the Christian church, Cherry. Report of sales and deeds which cleared quite a neat sum as their share of the proceeds. to Jas. A. Wright and Walter E, Miller approved. Guardianship of Harrison Brown, Report of guardian with purchase of land and compensation in sum of $150 approved. Estate of Otto Van Pelt approved, Estate of Wm. H. Wales. Will ad-» mitted to probate: Estate of E. E. Wadsworth. Fi nal report approved. Administratrix discharged and bond exonerated. Methodist Notes. Preaching next Sunday, both morning and evening. This will be the opening of the revival meet ings—Preaching every night next week. The singing will be led by chorus choir, directed by a compe-. tent leader.—The entire membership of the church is urged to rally to the support of these meetings, that the greatest possible amount of good may be done. Prayer meeting Thursday evening of this week and special choir prabr tice Friday evening. Judge Towner has ordered that the board of supervisors meet in special session at Leon on Monday, Dec. 6th, to prepare the list of names from which the grand and trial jurors will be drawn for the coming year.