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East and S ORPHANAGE NUMBER more de" papen and SECTION THREE A Catholic Paper is a perpetual Missio-- Pope Leo XIII "The Guardian" in every home--our Motto. The Official Organ of the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, Saturday, July 31, 1920 Number 7 kGE Courtesy YOU bY In t the )y the !TLE FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS Natural Resources Maa It a l00ig Manufacturing Center A (_00it:y of Substantial and Beautiful Buildings POPULATION _ I WHOLESOME WATER SUPPLY tons daily and the Howe production ins' vast areas of pine and hard- on the West- The filtered and purified water will soon equal or exceed that amount, wood and semi-hardwoods, sheles and at the j.une- and Poteau i been recognized for living site and a large territory , It has grown from post to an import- and manufac- an urban popula- for "Greater Fort territory of 500,- sparcely settled. exceptionally ,With mild climate, unfailing supply The Weather for the past temperature of 41.34 in- ' is sewered with feet to eight in- locality is free and has few 'stem. Eleva- Magnificent $500,000 High ward schools, rochial schools, ra,Usical conser- invested in There hospitals. retail stores is an ex- located in variety of crop of the a good prices. Plants can of a great supply is afforded by a Municipal Plant. Capacity 6,000,000 gallons daily and could carry a 20 per cent .verload, 1he present demand being about one-half of the available sup-. ply. This water does not encrust or corrode boilers and is highly efficient for all industrial purposes, including factory uses NATURAL GAS The immense natural gas fields near Fort Smith--lhe Kibler, Poteau, ELECTRIC POWER THRERE ARE AVAILABLE 4,0001 KILOWATTS 'OF ELECTRIC POW-] ER IN EXCESS OF TOT.L DAILY I DEMAND The Fort Smith Li'ght and Traction Company recently completed a new central power station and trans- mission lines, covering the territory for a radius of seventy miles, supply- ins electric power to coal mines and Some Views of Fort Smith Williams and Spiro Fields--are at this time developed barely ten per cent, yet the supply is many times that required at present for domestic, commercial and the extensive ndus- rial demands At least five Gas and Oil Com- panies are |oing extensive develop- meat and immense gas producing \\;ells are being" brought in every few clays. Fully fifty wells are under con- tlact for this year including several deep tests. It is the firm eonvicbion of experts who have thoroughly in- vestigated "the fields that only the "surface ha. been scratched" and that tbe greatest productim of natural as and the best prospects for oil will g'how from the deep tests now being drilled. COAL Fort Smith is located in the midst of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Coal Fields and is the distributing center for the famous Arkansas Smokeless Coal. The normal annual produc- tion of this section is 4,000,000 tons. There is an extensive vein of excel- lent black-smith coal being mined in this county. A good quality of Coke is being pro- ciuced at" Howe and MeCurtin. The McCurtain ovens are producing 200 i]ocal plants: This power is developed from natural gas. TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES Fort Smith is the junction point for the Missouri Pacific. Frisco and Kan- sas City Southern Railways. It is the terminus for the Fort Smith & West- ern Mkl!and Valley, Arkansas Central Railways, t,he Greenwood Branch of the Missouri Pacific and the Mans- field Branch of the Frisco. Four of these lines connect with the Rock Is- land within 30 to 50 miles of Fort mith. Electric street car service connects Fort Smith with Van Burean, located just north across the Arlcansas River. and with South Fort Smith, an indus- tlial Fort Smith proper. Tho adjacent trade tcrritpry can for the most part, be readily reached t-.y Motor Truck Service. Permanent high\\;va,s are now being constructed in this Sebastian County, and in all surrounding territor.v',,making a com- plete system, with two free bridges cer the Arkansas River and three free bridges crossing the Poteau River, all at Fort Smith. RAW MATERIALS Fort Smith has an immense supply of natural gas and coal, timber includ- clays producing fine grades of build- ing and paving brick and tile. Zinc and lead fields just north, .largely undeveloped but . covering immense vcreage.of rich ores. Highest grades of glass saint are available near Fort Smith from Ar- kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Agriculture is only partially deve- loped, scarcely sixty per cent of the cultivable land is being utilized. The temperate \\;vinters, long growing sea- sons, regular rainfall, guarantee a vast variety of agricultural products from the greatly differing soils near Fort Smithrich alluvial soil of river bottoms,-sandy loam of prairie and hardier soils of upland. The cropt now profitably produced include cot-" ton, corn, ,heat, oats, lye, baEe.v, sorghum, hays, alfalfa, peanuts, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes; truck, me- Ions, berries and fruits of all kinds grown in the temperate zone. INDUSTRIES The industries at Fort Smith in- clude the Coal Mines and Zinz Pro- duction, the Powder Plant, the Power Plant supp}ying electric power to the Coal Mnes, four Glass Factories, manufacturing window glass, lamp chimneys, lantern g'lobes, tumblers, five gallon bottles, lens and goggles; the Wagon factory which also uses the output of the Steel Rolling Mill, the Solid Steel Scissors Plant, fhe Best- Clymer Company furnishing sorghum, :,took feeds and other food preducts, the Fort Smith Biscuit Company, the Canning Factory, four textile Work- 'n' Industries, Wheelbarrow and Truck Factory, the three Zinc Smel- ters, Iron Bed Factory and the Stove F, actory , and the Oxygen-Hydrogen Plant; ,'dso a score of Wood Working Industries with Furniture Factories which produce a complete line for fur- niture dealers three Brick Plants, 'File Factory, Planning Mills, two new Glass Factories are now being built. The normal annual output of Fort Smith factories amounts to approx- imately $12,000,000, and employment is afforded for 5,000 people. The wholesale and jobbing business amounts to about $30,000,000 a year exclusive of cotton and cotton-by-pro- (/ucts amounting to $12,000,000. The retail trade approximates $20,000,- 000. Deposits in the four banks of Fort Smith aggregate $14,000,00000. INDUSTRIAL SITES From 8,000 to 10,000 acres of high- ly desirable industrial sites are lo- cated at Fort Smith within easy reach of railway, street cars, .electric lights, gas mains and water supply, ranging from $75 to $200 an acre There are sevei'al smaller sites close in with railroads, water, sewerage, street cars, electric service and gas al- ,'eady in service, adjacent to residence section, held at proportionately high- er prices. WHY FORT SMITH SHOULD SOON BE ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT ICITIES. The Panama Canal has made South America Uncle Sam's trade territory, and caused American traffic to be di- verted to the Gulf ports. East and west railways that have effeeted direct or indirect connection with the north and south lines, will not lose by. this npw and rapidly growing movement of traffic, but .their gains will be small compared with the north and south roads ex- tending to Gulf ports. Twenty-two states are contributary to the Gulf ports, to which twenty- eight thousand miles of navigable rivers flow. Fort Smith is located at the head of navigation on the. longest one of these rivers (excepting the Father of Waters), where the leading north and south railways cross and connect witch the east and vest transcontinental lines, making this city the mos im- portant railway center south of Kan- sas City. NATURAL GAS In addition to strategic positio and perfect transportatmn faefltms, FORT sMITH IS WILLIN(3 TO , .... . MEET ANY RELIABLE NEW IN-.I Frt Smith is the center of a natural v , gas fmld vlth ploductmn greatez DTJSTRY . ITH GENEROUS hAIR- - " ' NESS than all other fields combincd--pre- I sent surplus one hundred million feet The government test on Fort Smith a (lay, and new wells flowing +en tc gas is 1057 BTU, which is from 10 twelve million feet a day, brought in per cent to 20 per cent higher in imat units than other gas found in the Southwest and it is available to manufacturing plants at extremely low rates according to the amount used. Over 100,000 acres are under lease in proven territory and these fields will take care of the largest eonsu- liners, for a great many years. every week. FOUR THOUSAND SQUARE MILES OF THE BEST COAL ON THE MARKET Fort Smith is the center of four t'housand square miles of semi-an- thracite coal, with workable veins from four to twelve feet thick.