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A Journal Devoted to the Interests of Lincoln County.
CARRIZOZO. LINCOLN COUNTY, NEW MEXICO, NOVEMBER 20. PJ08.
The question in often asked,
"What is the population of Car
rizozo?" and few questions could
be nsked that would bring forth
n greater variety of answers.
Two years ago the total vote
cast in this precinct was 49; and
as proof that the population is
rapidly increasing, the vote cast
at the late election is a fair index.
The number registered was 385,
and the number of ballots cast
was 260. Counting three persons
in the family to each vote a
moderate estimate would make
the population 1155. Few towns
in New Mexico, or elsewhere for
that matter, can show a larger
increase in population than Car-
rizozo, which goes to prove that
the tide of immigration has set
in this direction. Other towns
in this county have increased in
population also, and we will ven
ture to say that the increase dur
ing the next two years will double.
There is a good reason for this
prediction. Lincoln county has
never been advertised, has never
been boomed, although it pos
sesses more natural resources and
affords more opportunities for the
investment of capital than many
counties that might be mentioned.
We have free schools, free water
and free land as Tine as can be
found in the territory to offer
to those who choose to take up a
homestead. Carrizozo being fa
vorably situated, and u division
point on the railroad, is the na
tural distributing point for north,
south, east and west, and is bound
to become, sooner or later, the
chief town in a large section of
country, and develop into city
proportions, From our acquaint
of different counties in the terri
tory during the past fifteen years,
we would say that Lincoln county
is the peer of any, and ahead of
must counties, and Carrizozo one
of the best towns in the lot. Why?
Because in this county there are
coal, gold, silver, copper and lead
mines; an ubundancc of timber
for fuel and fencing; large areas
uf fine grazing lauds, and much
lund that is devoted to agricul
ture, a part of which is in a high
state of cultivation and yielding
fair returns to the husbandman.
The future of this section is,
therefore, briirht. and we have
unlimited faith in its development
a tid advancement.
The grand old American feast
of Thanksgiving, to which rich
and poor alike look forward with
feelings of happiness, will have
come and gone before another
issue of the Nnw.s reaches its
readers. It is Miercforc in order
to say a few words relative to the
custom. In the old world, at
about this season, is held in rural
communities what is called a
"Harvest Home," at which eat
ing, drinking and merry-making
are indulged in. There is no par
ticular date set for the event, as
here, and it differs in different
portions of the country, but it is
generally held about the time the
harvest is over and the crops have
been garnered. As a rule, there
is but one or two held in each
district, but the young and old
for miles around arc welcome to
participate in the feast and frolic.
An entertainment follows, with
step dancing, where
" Tim dnnoluK pair, Hint lmplr Miuitbt renuwu,
lljf holding nut to tiro tacliollinr down "
The custom was introduced in
this country by the Pilgrim Fa
thers, and became a strictly
American feast, held annually
to offer thanks to the "God of
Plenty" for a bountiful harvest.
It may be that fortune might have
dealt more leniently with some of
us during the past year, but when
wc consider for a moment, it
might have dealt harder, and
there arc few of us who have, not
had some cause to be thankful
to the "Great Giver" at this
season. Here in 'New Mexico wc
have cause to be thankful for
many things, among which was
our safe transit through the finan
cial and business depression of
the past year, and the bountiful
cropb which the earth has yielded.
Capital and immigration is head
ed this way; new railroads and
irrigation schemes arc being pro
mulgnted; business is improving,
and statehood seems to be almost
within gruspiug distance. Some
of us, of course, have prospered
more titan others; and those of
us who have, should not forget
the less fortunate and needy, but
loosen our purse strings and give
to the poor so that all may have
Komcthiuir to be thaukful for ut
FRIDAY NIGHT'S FIRE.
A fire occurred in Carrizozo
Friday night, consuming two
buildings on El Paso avenue.
One of the building.s was owned
by Georgo Roslington, and had
only a, short time before been
vacated by R. II. Rhea, the tailor.
to say, it became almost as strong
as the uninjured one.
On another occasion, at Lin
coln, many years ago, he had his
feet frozen. The surgeon, who
treated him, decided that in or
der to save the foot, he would
have to separate himself from six
The adjoining building was own-1 of his toes. Patton refused to be
cd by Miss Hortcnsta Payne, of J placed under the inilucncc of an
Clarksburg, West Virginia. This
latter building was one "of the
oldest buildings in the town, and
was badly out of repair. It was
untenanted, except by hoboes,
and attempts had been made to
exclude them; but somehow they
effected an entrance, and the lire
is supposed to have started from
their occupancy a stray match
or a carelessly dropped cigarette.
Neither building was insured.
Scarlet fever broke out here
last week, in consequence of
which the schools have been
closed and a number of houses
quarantined, among which is that
of the county superintendent of
schools, a member of whose family
is infected, The fever germs are
supposed to have been carried
from Lincoln by some of those
who visited the county seat dur
ing and prior to the late election.
It is believed, however, that the
contagion will not spread further
than the houses already infected,
which arc under quarantine, and
that the disease will soon be
stamped out. The doctors say it
is of a very mild form, and they
anticipate no fatal results.
anesthetic during the procccdure
of an amputation of his toes, but
made a compromise with the op
crating surgeons that he be given
two drinks of whisky before the
performance of the operation,
and one drink after cuch toe was
amputated. It was the only thing
to be done, and the surgeons
agreed, and Harry stood the op
eration. without wincing.
Harry Patton was a man of
n very happy disposition, about
50 years of age, and was gener
ally liked by those who knew
him. His former home was in
jNjec now line of gent's neck
vyearand shoes at Zieglcr Bros.
The Carrizozo Eatlug House
will serve Thanksgiving Dinner
from 5:30 p. m. to 7:30 p. m.
Price 50 cents.
AN OLD-TIME COW-PUNCHER
Harry Patton, an old-time cow
puncher, died of pneumonia last
Monday at Roswell. He was gen
erally known throughout this and
adjoining counties for more than
twenty years, most of which time
was spent as an employe of the
Block Cattle Co., near Capitan.
About otic year ago, while
driving a loaded wagon from
Capitan to the Block ranch, he
slipped off, the wagon passing
over his arm above the elbow
splintering It in a half-dozen
places. The doctors who attend
cd him decided that amputation
was the only hope, but the patient
objected, saying that a "useless
arm was a little better than an
empty sleeve." The doctors were
persuaded, and bandaged up the
arm of Mr. Patton; and, singular
DEATH OF JUDUB A. 0. FALL'S
A telegram received nt El Paso
Tuesday announced the death, at
ban Antonio, Texas, of Philip
Fall, a brother of the Hon.
Judgo A. B. Fall of Three Rivers,
Otero county, the sad event occurring-
the previous evening.
The deceased had been livinc in
Old Mexico, but suffering from u
nervous breakdown, was taken to
El Paso, and placed in hospital,
and later taken to San Antonio.
with the hope that a lower alti
tude might prove beneficial, but
he lived only a few davs after
arriving there. He was about
38 years old and had lived in El
Paso for a long time.
The Santa Fe New Mexican
has decided to discontinue the
publication of its daily issue, on
account of lack of financial sup
port. The Weekly Review will
take its place.
DeWitt's Kidney and Bladder
Pills arc just what you need and
what you should get right away
for pain in the back, backache,
rheumatic pains, and all urinary
and bladder troubles. Thousands
of people sufler from kidney and
bladder trouble and do not know
it. They think it is a cold or a
strain. Don't take any chances.
Get DeWitt's Kidney and Bladder
pills. They are antiseptic and
promptly soothe the pain. Don't
fail to insist upon DeWitt's Kid
ney and Bladder pills. We sell
them. Sold by Paden's drug store.