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0)e Coconino Sun:
FLASTAFl- OCTOBKIl 1, 181)8.
RESOURCES OF ARIZONA.
Interesting Report Submitted by Gov.
N. 0. Murphy.
EARNEST PLEA MADE FOR STATEHOOD.
Population Rapidly Increaslni The Wealth and
Taxes of the Territory Atrlcultural
and Mlninz Development.
Tin- H'jMirt of ('overnnr X. (. Mur
phy was made jiublii' liy tin; interior
department tilt; later ji.u-t of lust week.
The governor says:
' "Xo complete census has been taken
.since 1MKI. Tins M)Mllation hit rapidly
increased within the hist eight years,
utiil it In believed the territory imw hut
u Kipulalion (if nearly 1(KI.I!(KI. The
cluss of immigration insures a high
grade of citizenship. The great and
varied re.toniri't of Arizona invite
strong, courageous characters, who
come seeking investments and perma
nent home-. Soeial and moral eondi
tiont here eomiiare favorably with any
Hirtion of the union.''
The governor states that considei
alile properly own e assessment alto
gether, whleh accounts for the anomaly
of eonditiont In regard to wealth, deht
and tuxes. Theawrage rate of taxa
tion for all purposes it M..VI on '?I(M',
JOe of whlrlt this year is for territorial
purpose solely. The agricultural de
velopment of Arizona isiupidly giving
stability to our present population,
which it in marked contrast to ten
ears airo. The diversity of soil and
elimute is so varied that u (Treat varie
ty of crops may be produced, from semi
tropical plants to plants usually grown
in colder jnirtions of the temperate
zone. There are thousands of acre of
arable lands now under cultivation, ap
proximately 'JSO.IKHI in the Salt river
valley. Canals at Yuma and elsewhere
are now in piwe-s of construction.
"The live stock industry." says the
governor, '"has rival ly improved dur
ing the past few years, largely 111 rough
agricultural development. Much of
our stock is non fattened on alfalfa,
sorghum and other farm product.
Swine are fattened on growing alfalfa
in Salt river valley and elsewhere in
large numbers, a little grain being fed
prior to marketing.'
Date grow itig is a new and thriving
industry, anil the governor thinks in a
few year Arizona will be able to sup
ply the whole United States.
The acreage of wheat sowing is year
ly being increased.
During the past year "J4.!l7 acres of
laud have been taken up.
The mining industry is nourishing,
several good strikes having been made.
There are 4f).."i!).S ludianryund no dep-
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The Arizona people, by their patri
otism and valor, by their thrift and
ability, by their loyalty to the govern
ment, by their fealty to national prin
ciples and every consideration of true
Americanism, have earned and won the
inestimable privilege of self-govern-nieiit.
They all ask that which of right
should be granted- theadmU-ion of the
territory into the union us a slate, with-
1 out longer delay."