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Yuma Indians Are
Good Road Builders
(From Monday's Examiner)
That the Yuma Indians have caught
the road building habit from the white
settlers can be demonstrated to any
one who will take the trouble to visit
the road building operations across
the river at Fort Yuma.
Yesterday afternoon the Examiner,
in company with Miss Anna C. Egan,
superintendent of the Fort Yuma In
dian school, Agency Clerk Carter, and
Judge Willis, of the Sun, went over
At the outset it was learned there
were 72 teams working, the -property
of the Yuma Indians, and 140 Indians
driving teams, shoveling and cutting
and laying brush for a foundation for
the roadway, and the Examiner found
them all busy at work as the party
drove over the road.
It may be stated here that Miss Eg
an's Indians have some capital ideas
about road building and some that are
worthy of emulation by the white
Without the aid bf graders or scrap
ers these Indians have demonstrated
that they can build level and splendid
ly graded roads.
About a mile of fine road has now
been built from the Colorado Ferry
across the reservation and skirting
the Fort Yuma hill.
The top coating of the road is of
blue dirt, or decomposed granite sim
ilar to that used on Main street in
It is safe to say that when the In
dians have finished their roadway, it
will be much to their credit as one of
the best stretches of road in the south
west Although the Indians are giving
their time and labor for a public high
way without pay, Miss Egan has do
nated liberally of provisions and beef
and E. F. Sanguinetti, of Yuma, gave
two tons of hay and Billy Horan gave
12 bales of hay yesterday to feed the
After viewing the road work Miss
Egan took the party-out of the reser
vation and about half way to Bard or
about four miles from Yuma and the
trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The amount of farming now being
done there and the green, refreshing
appearance of the country traveled
over was a revelation to the Examiner
man. Of the ranches passed and more
than passingly worthy of mention are
those of A. M. Wilson, W. G. (Jordan's
I. N. Snyder, R. W. Graham, F. M.
Livermore and the Haughtelin place.
Great credit is due the reclamation
service for the splendid ditches well
filled with water from Laguna dam,
and the well constructed, modern, ce
ment bridges and laterals.
The total absence of wooden heao
gates was a treat for the eyes to be
hold and every bit of the work sug
There are several roads and thanks
to the efficient driving of Mr. Carter,
the party was driven over the best,
and there was very little dust, al
though as the party traveled, clouds
of dust following travelers on distant
roads indicated that such a thing as
dust was not unknown in the San Pas
cual valley. Beautiful green fields here
and there bore evidence of the indus
trious character of the ranchers and
the way, many of these have been less
than a year on their placefc, and none
of them much over a year and the
growth of trees surrounding Chese
cleared places, suggested Missouri
rather than the great southwest
The party on the return trip were
greeted by a number of Bard ranchers
on their way home from Yuma, and
among these were Mrs. Haughtelin
and son, and the Graham brothers.
As the party drew near to Yuma
the new court house and other build
ings presented quite a metropolitan
appearance and to a total stranger
would have suggested a city of ten
thousand people on the Arizona side,
and indeed everyone now believes
a city of that size will spring up in
a few years after the completion of
At 5:30 the party pulled up at the
foot of the Southern Pacific bridge
and the Examiner thanked Miss Egan
and Mr. Carter for the many courte
sies extended and hurried across the
bridge to Yuma much impressed with
the trip, and especially with the new
Tetslaff and Nickrent are Sore Over
Condition of Roads and Lack of Si
(From Monday's Examiner)
Teddy Tetslaff, driver of the Fiat
racer, in the next race from Los Ange
les to Phoenix; Fred Fuller, Apperson
agent at El Centro; Louis Nickrent,
Buick driver in the race; Fred' Nick
rent, Buick machinist; Felix Maguire,
Fiat machinist, and C. Gilmore, Jr.,
foreman of the Buick shops in Los An
geles, all drove into Phoenix Saturday
night about midnight, Messrs. Tets
laff and Nickrent having come out
from Los Angeles to mark the road
from San Diego to Yuma, and expecr-
ing to meet Bill Tremaine, of Phoe
nix in this city and go over the route
from here to Phoenix with him, mark
ing the road.
When interviewed last night by the
Examiner both Mr. Tetslaff and Mr.
Nickrent were some sore, and that is
putting it mildly at that.
In the first place it will be remem
bered that during Mr. Tetslaff's last
visit to Phoenix, some weeks ago that
Bill Tremaine went to George Purd
Bullard of nis own accord, and told
Mr. Bullard that if the Maricopa Au
tomobile club would furnish the signs,
that he (Tremaine) would sign boaxd
the road froni Phoenix to Yuma.
Mr. Bullara told him the signs would
be placed at his disposal, and Tre
maine then took the matter up with
Tetslaff telling Mr. Tetslaff that lie
would meet him in Yuma about the
15th or 16th and that together they
would go over the road and place ti.'i
So Mr. Tetslaff picked up Mr. Nick
rent who will also drive in the big
race, and together they loaded the
signs into the auto and started to Yu
ma. Saturday afternoon the Examiner
received a wire from Mr. Tetslaff say
ing that he would be here before Sun
day noon and about the same time Dr.
Ketcherside, president of the Yuma
County Automobile Club received a
message from Mr. Tremaine to iur.
Tetslaff. Last night Mr. Tetslaff ex
hibited this telegram to the Examhu-r
and it seems that Mr. Tremaine had
gone off to Tucson, forgetting or not
caring anything about the marking of
the road and in the telegram to Mr.
Teislaff he wanted to know if he
(Tetslaff) needed him and if so 1 e
(Treniaine) could leave Phoen'x
This wire made Tetslaff mad clear
through after Tremaine had made a
distinct promise to meet him here on
the 15th or 16th, and he end Nickrent
decided last nitrht to take the back
trail at an early hour this morning,
and to leave all future explorations of
the route to their competitors in the
race, as they felt that they had done
Last night to the Examiner man
they unburdened themselves about as
That George Purdy Bullard had
gone over the route from here to El
Centro on an official path-finding trip
and that having gone over the what
was supposed to be the official route,
had not left a sign or board , to mark
That no one in the Imperial vallev
seemed to be interested in the rac m
any way, and that aside from what th?.
Los Angeles firms were doing and the
drivers themselves, that nothing va
being done over there to mark the
road or fix the road.
That it was almost impossible to gee
a car over the railroad tracKs at &n
drade, and that nothing was being
done to remedy this evil.
That Tremaine and Bullard had
promised to mark the road from Y
to Caliente and on to Phoenix, but
that so far nothing had been done
That unless the roads were fixed
and properly marked that .they Intend
ed to get the drivers together and RE
FUSE to drive in the race.
The Examiner explained to them
that the Yuma county board of super
visors now had Felix Mahew out'with
a wagon and some siprs, and that the
county expected to spend som,e money
in fixing up the bad places between
Yuma and the Yuma 'county line to
The reporter also explained to them
that the board of control through Gov
ernor Sloan, had promised to do some
work on the road from here to Phoe
Tetslaff stated that he had no kicx
coming on the "i'uiiia peeople and dis
tinctly wanted them to understand it,
as they were putting up their end of
the purse and doing everything la
their 'power to further the better road
"But," he said, Bullard is the man
who is the father of the race, and Bul
lard is the man who shouid properly
blaze the tiail clear through and sign
board it in such a way that all ma
follow one course.
"Why," he continued, "we spent half
a day yesterday following blind trails
hetween El Centro and Yuma, just to
see if we could find a short cut or a
better road than the one we came ov
er, but we could not, and I want to
pay that a man will have to take the
tracks at Andrade unless something is
done to make a road around or over
the tracks tnere and across the line.
"And not only that, but the route
should be- officially blamed and ji0n
hoarded all the way through. Other
wise somebody may know of a short
cut here and there;, and thus the race
will not be fair. As for Nickrent and
imyself, we have come over the route
for the last time unless conditions are
The party left this morning for El
Centro and the return trip, and it
certainly seems to the Examiner as it
did to Messrs. Tetslaff and Nickrent,
that the whole road should be official
ly gone overhand sign boarded, and a
plain road marked that nobody could
Otherwise it looks as though several
of the best drivers will be missing
when the race starts. Anything that
is worth doing at all is w;orth doing
Wenden to Have
Wenden, situated on the A. & C.
railroad in Northern Yuma county, is
to haye a sanitarium. The proposed
site just south of the town was located
last spring by Miss Ida Denny, a train
ed nurse from St. Mary's hospital, Ro
chester, Minn., and building operations-
under direction of a Phoenix con
tractor are expected to begin the
latter part of September."
The altitude of Wenden is 2,006
feet, gives it a climate that is ideal.
Nimble Coin Glides
Away From Arizona
Washington, D. C, Sept 16 The
comptroller of the treasury has decid
ed the unexpected balance of fund-.
left over from the election of the con
stitutional conventions and elections
in Arizona and New Mexico, cannot be
used in the coming elections, and that
this money must be returned to the
U- S. treasury.
The Arizona and New Mexico state
elections must be paid for by those
Committee Will Meet
Tombstone, Sept. 16 County Chair
man A. H. Gardiner, of the Republican
county central committee, has issued
a call to the committee to meet in
Douglas at the Gedsden hotel, Friday
night September 22, at which meeting
all announced candidates and prospec
tive candidates are axpected to attend
for a conference as well as all inter
ested Republicans of the county.
San Francisco, Sept 16 The-repoit
that Harriman. officials expected to be
served with an ultimatum to day by
the Federation of shop employees, is
denied by F. G. Athearn, head of the
bureau of economics of the Southern
Pacific, who said he had been mis
quoted. No further developments ar?
expected here, as the case is in the
hands of officials of the international
Yuma Young Lady
Burned to Death
(From Monday's Examiner)
A terrible accident occurred in Yu
ma yesterday, which to-day resulted in
the death of Miss Marie Navarre, who
died about noon.
Yesterday afternoon Miss Navarre,
whoi sthe adopted daughter of "Mr.
and Mrs. Jas. Graham, was putting
some paper in a stove, when her dress
accidentally became ignited and,
as no one was near at the time the
young lady ran screaming from the
house, her clothing ablaze.
Jim Norton was the first one to her
assistance ami in endeavoring to tear
the burning clothing from the young
lady his hands were severely burned.
But he had arrived too late, and it was
not until the last of the charred cloth
ing was plucked from her body that
the fire was ou and iu the meantime
the young lady was fearfully burned.
Screaming with pain she was borne
into the house, and Dr. Ap Job.: sum
moned. He did everything that pro
fessional skill could do to save her,
but to no avail.
Her sufferings were only ended
when "death brought relief to-day.
The deceased was about 14 years of
age, and while the Graham family was
away this bummer she livsi with the
Polhamus family and spent a month
with them' ac Long Beach. She was
a sweet lovable young lady, with z
bright promise of happy young worn
anhood, and her unforunate and un
timely demise has cast a gloom ever
the whole community.
Interment will be from the Catho
lie church at 7:00 a. m., Tuesday, Sep
tember, 19th. Mass will be celebrated
over the remains and friends of the
family are invited. No formal invita
ions will be issued.
Coming to Yuma
(From Monday's Daily Examiner)
Miss Alberta Claire, is going from
Ttnffaln. Wvo. to Buffalo. N. Y. This
does not seem especially remarka'ile
She is not taking any short cuts, but
is coming by way of Los Angeles an
Yuma, which it will be considered by
ail students of geography, is off rte
beaten track between the two B'iffalos
Yet even this is notj remarkable. But
she is doing all this on horseback ac
companied only l y a d ig. She 's brav
ing the mountains and the desert the
long nights without shelter, the long
davs without frod. save such as she
oan carry with her: the tires or uu
forests, the floods of. the gulches and
arroyos, and this is remarkable.
To do this is a difficult fes:. ani
oue full of dan.ger. Already Miss Claire
has been lost on blind and half forgot
ten trails. Sire has had to sleep in the
open, her horse picketed near by and
her faithful dog on watch.
Although Miss Claire is enjoying
her trip, she is not doing this for fun
She was born in Wyoming and is de
voted to her native state. She thought
thnt. in ride around the U. S. A. as
"The Girl from Wyoming" would be
an advertisement tending to keep her
beloved commonwealth ion the map.
Capitalists of Wyoming offered her
$1,000 and a $3,100 ranch if she would
make the trip.
She is. making it and this morning
the Examiner received the following
Santa Ana, Cal., Sept. 16.
Editor Yuma Examiner, Yuma.
I am sending you a picture postcard
of myself. I expect to leave San Ber
nardino about the 21st of this month
and see how quickly I can make the
ride to Yuma. I guess you read of my
ride last week, from Bokersfield to
Los Angeles, 171 miles in 24 hours.
I intend to make a two day's stop in
Yuma as I have met so many Arizona
neonle. and nudging by them I feel
that your new aate is like my own
old Wyoming full of the true western
spirit which is seldom found nowa
days. I am coming to Arizona prepar
ed to feel at home and like you all, so
I hope you will like me.
Your state a'hd Texas will be the
last of the real west I may hope to see
for some time.
With best regards,
The Girl from Wyoming,
Yuma Project Bids
To Be Opened
Here October 12
Washington, D. C, Sept 16 Propos
als for the construction of nine miles
of canal for the Yuma Irrigation pro
ject in Arizona are being asked foi
by the secretary of the interior. Bids
will be opened in Yuma, October 12.
The canal will be on the California
side of the Colorado, river, ac
Work to Commence
On the Phoenix
Phoenix, September 17 About Oc
tober 1 will witness actual work begun
on the construction of the new federal
building in Thoenix. Within, the next
day or two Contractor Wm. H. Hay-
well will arrive in this city from San.
Diego, and it is expected that he will
at once begin arrangements fcn the
laying of the foundations and ihe ce
ment floors of the basement
It had been intended by Mr. Max
well to begin the work of construction
on September 1, but there were sever
al changes made in the foundation
plans, necessitating an entire change
of details in the floor supports
League Holds Meeting
(Tuesday's Daily Examiner)
Saturday night the Good Govern
ment League of the valley was called
to order at Crane School House by
Chairman W. W. Woodman.
It was discovered after some debate
that the Somerton people, owing to a
misunderstanding, had gone ahead and
endorsed J. Corey as a candidate for
So the meeting by unanimous ballot
.elected the following committee of
seven to confer with the Somerton
people: Bert Nunnaley, Jim Meadows
A. F. White, R. A. McPherson, E. G.
Caruthers, J. H. Worthington, J. W.
Chairman Woodman offered his res
ignation, but it was not accepted, and
instead he was- tendered a vote of
G. F. Caylor resigned as secretary
and C. H. Sturges was elected in hi-3
There will be another meeting on
next Saturday night at the Crane
Returns Much Better
(From Tuesday's Examiner)
Dr. E. B. Ketcherside and wife and
their son, Allison and granddaughter.
Miss Alta Van Deren returned. Salur
day from Chicago, where Allison has
been under the care of an eminent sur
geon. An operation was performed
on an injured arm which was very
successful and which will give him the
use of his wrist and fingers.
The Yuma Ice Company's soda wat
er is the best. Only pure distilled wat
er is used In its manufacture, there
fore it is also the most healthful.
Dring no other. tf
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they always please'
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