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Real Estate and Too Late i o Classify
Real Estate arid Too Late To Classify
TEXftSPRISQB II GOHGHESS
SYSTEM 15 JME
Legislature Will Next Week
Be Called Upon to Face
Many New Measures.
MAY READMIT THE
Austin. Texas, Jan. 11. Members of
the legislature -are beginning to arrive
t -cparatory to the opening of the reg
ular session of that body next Tues-
lav. Many of them have their pockets
ull of bills and there promises tq Be
ihe usual qtantHy of proposed legisla
tion covering -almost every conceivable
anetj of subjects. If the soealled
1 imerule amendment to the constitu
, mi -which gives cities the right to
iss upon thdir own special charters,
i . found to be legally adopted. It wilf
- an a big saving Of time to the legis
lature. In pkst sessions special mu
nicipal charters have occupied consid
erable time in the two bodies.
I'ros fetnrt a Fight,
About 60 menibers'of the legislature
are now here and all interest is cen
tered in the speakership contest Troth
Chester H. Terrell, jof Bexar county,
aiparrntl- in the lead. jThe prohm
non issue has been injected ki this
ontfst by T. V. Rowell. one-of the
, .andidatcs who wants a pro caucus. so
that one pro may-be selected and be
ltted against Terrell, the anti lieu
tenant governor. Will H. Mayes, who
is bore, announces that he and govern
or Colquitt will work in harmony. He
xpects to announce the standing com
mittees of the senate on the day the
Governor O. B. Colquitt has given no
public intimation as to what he will
mbrace in his recommendations to the
legislature. It is supposed, however,
i hat he will include .the several sub
jects that are a part of the state Dem
ocratic platform and perhaps some ad
ditional matters of a more or less im
To Investigate Prisons.
It is reported that a legislative In
vestigation of the state penitentiary
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pose of this proposed inquiry Is to dis- !
coer wny me penitentiary tcm "
fared so badly in a financial way dur
ig the administration of governor Col
. uitt. It is not improbable also that
i her features of the penitentiary may
1 - embraced in the proposed investi
gation. It is claimed by those who are
i oposing the appointment of a legls
ltie committee to conduct this re
search that the. business affairs of the
penitentiary system have not been con
c u- ted ( n a proper basis, and that un
less radical changes are made along
cc-tain lines, this department of the
government will continue to be in a
state f financial embarrassment It is
said that the instigators of this pro
posed investigation have at their dis
y oal a mass thfifigures and records of
the penitentiary astern wiilch, when
analyzed, will show the defects In the
present method. .
In the opinion of men who are fair
minded there is no question that from
a humane and moral standpoint the
rnnvict charges of the state are in far
better condition than they were when
Mr Colquitt assumed the governorship
Battle of the Alamo.
Lines are being drawn for another
battle of the Alamo, which will be
fought in the legislature at the coming
session Mrs. jiara unscuu acnci,
who now makes her home in New York,
is the leader of the Daughters of the
Kr public of Texas in the efforts of that
organization to obtain full authority
from the legislature to complete the
work of rehabilitating the Alamo prop
erty at San Antonio. On the side that
is fighting the Daughters of the Re
public is governor Colquitt and others
who have rallied to his support. In
an appeal addressed to every member of
the legislature, Mrs. Sevier, after re
citing the fact that the Alamo is at
present in a disgraceful, neglected con
dition and that the privilege of re
storing the ancient structure to its
original form is desired by the Daugh
ters of the Republic of Texas, says:
'We will, without destroying or re
moving one single living evidence of
the historic struggle in 1836, make of
the crumbling, tottering ruins a shrine
rt which all lovers of liberty may wor
ship with reverence.
"VTe assert and maintain that tne
building of a museum or the recon
struction of the tumbling sheds that
occupied the Alamo mission grounds
immediately before the battle of the
Alamo would be a sacrilege. We have
ascertained by careful Inquiry that the
pc ople of Texas favor the improvement
of the property along the lines of the
Jesign submitted to you in the appeal or
the Daughters of the Republic above all
others that have been suggested, and
we know that in granting our request
tou will be acting in accordance with
the wishes of the most of your con
stituents." To Aid Insurance Companies.
Another effort is to be made to have
the legislature repeal the reserve in
vestment feature of the law enacted
a few years ago and applying to for
eign insurance companies. This law
caused the withdrawal,-from the state
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MUCH CHEAP WESTERN
TEXAS LAND FOR SALE
Ausujo, Tex Jan. 11. What wW '
probably be the last large sale SC pttb
1h lands in Texas will take place dur
ing the first six months of thte year,'
according to official announcement
made by J. T. Roblson, state land com
missioner. The list shows that a total of 1,398,
S54 acres will be placed upon the mar
ket during that period. The greater
part of this land is situated in what
33 known as the semi-arid region of
western Texas. Some of it is classi
fied as suitable for agricultural pur
poses, but the greater portion is desig
nated as grazing land.
In twelve of the cattle grazing coun
ties the law authorizes the purchase
of as many as eight sections of 640
acres each by any one person. The
minimum prices for the land range
from $1-50 Pier acre to $10 per acre.
Several hundred thousand acres are
priced as low as ?2 per acre. Part of
the land may be purchased without
the obligation of settlement. The re
mainder carries with it the require
ment that the purchaser shall locate
and live upon the land for a period
of three years. All tracts of more
than 1H acres will be sold on terms of
one-fortieth cash and the remainder
n 40 annual payments. The rate of
interest on the deferred payments Is
three percent for land purchased on
condition of settlement and five per
nt on land without settlement All
f the land will be sold on bids The
?,r:t one-fortieth instalment of the
proposed purchase p-ice must accom
i,ary the bid.
Archibald's Case Is But the
Ninth Since the' Govern
FIRST ON THE LIST
(By Frederic J. lluskln.)
Washington, D- C, Jan. 11. Arch
bald's case Is the ninth impeachment
trial in the history of the United
States. There have been three which
did not affect the judiciary, two of
them dealing with the executive
branch of the government and the
third with the legislative branch. The
first case established the precedent
that a senator or representative can
not be impeached. Whether this also
would apply to an official of congress,
like, ths secretary of the senate, say.
lias never been determined. '
William Blount, a senator from
Tennessee, was the first object of this
form of judicial indignation. The gov
ernment had been in existence only
nine years when the house of repre
sentatives passed the articles of im
peachment against him. He was
charged with conspiring to set on foot
within the United States, and to con
duct and carry on with the United
States as a base of operations, a hos
tile military - expedition against the
territory of Spain in Louisiana and
Florida, with a vew to conquering
.kam frt,- firpflt Britain, which was at
a.-T with Spain. He was further 1
charged with stirring up the Creek and
Cherokee indians to revolt against
Spain, with striving to handicap the
work" of the United States indian agent
among the Creeks and Cherokees, and
with attempting to corrupt the of
ficial interpreter representing the
United States among them. Further
more, he was charged with Impairing
the confidence of these tribes in the
United States and making them dis
contented with reference to the boun
dary lines laid down by the govern
ment at Washington.
Impeached and Acquitted.
The house Impeached Blount, but
before it could get its case into the
senate that body investigated him
upon its own motion, and voted to ex
pel him. When the impeachment trial
began the principal defense was that
Blount was not a civil officer of the
United States. In spite of the fact that
he was no longer a senator, and that
impeachment could carry no further
penalty than already had been admin
istered, the senate took up the ques
tion, and acquitted him, not upon vjhe
ground that the evidence of his im
peachable behavior was wanting, but
upon the ground that a senator or a
representative is not an officer of the
government within the meaning of the
The secood impeachment trial in the
senate- and the first successful one,
!. t Xnhn piclrerfmr ludere of
the United States district court for the
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district oi flew naimraiiuc. j-. -.-
was held in 103. Judge Pickering was
charged with disobeying the law in tne
course of proceedings to condemn a
ship with its cargo for a violation of
the customs laws. He delivered the
ship to the claimants -without bond, in
the face of an attachment by the
United States marshal. He refused to
hear testimony on behalf of the
United States, and further refused to
grant an appeal from his decision to
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tne circuit court m mu. ..". . ....
he was charged with being drunk
while on the bench. The fourth and
last article of Impeachment set fortn
that he "being a man of loose morals
and intemperate habits," appeared" on
the bench in a state of total intoxica
tion, and frequently in a most profane
and indecent manner invoked the
name of the Supreme Being to the evil
example of all good citizens.
Pickering never answered the sum
mons to appear before the bar of the
srnn Tl.rv enn Q TITlOil 1"H Jl Till TCDrC"
sented that his father was insane. The
senate heard the evidence in the case,
and the jurist was. removed from of
fice. His was the only case, but one
in the history of American Impeach
ments where judgment practically -was
confessed by the impeached official.
Chase Third on List.
The next impeachment trial was
against Samuel Chase, an associate jus
tice of the supreme court of the
United tSates, and It stands as the
only time when a justice of that court
has had the breath of suspicion so
strongly against him. Chase was
charged with prejudicing the cases of
the defendants in the trials of John
Fries for treason and Thompson Cal
lender for sedition. He was charged
with trying to invade the sacred pre
cincts of the grand jury room for the
purpose of inducing a Delaware fed
eral grand jury to return an indict
ment against a newspaper editor for
violation of the sedition laws. He was
also charged with delivering as in
temperate, inflammatory,' and seditious
harangue to a jury from the bench in
Maryland. Party feeling was running
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The land office has no definite de
scription of soil or adaptedness of any
particular tract for any special pur
pose. To avoid the possibility of being
disappointed, one should Investigate
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ine iracus -ie -,...... . -j ..c a.i
ing his applications, by first going to
the county in which he -wants to lo
cate, and when there adopt his own
method to find the land suited to his
One mav buy not to exceed eight sec
tions of 640 acres each, more or less,
in the counties of Brewster. Crockett.
Culberson. Edwards, El Paso. Jeff
Davis. Kinney. Pecos. Presidio, Sutton,
Terrell and Val Verde counties.
One may ouy not iu citccu iui
sections in the counties of Andrews,
sections - Dimmitt. Duval.
Gaines, Hidalgo, Kimble La Salle Levin-
Maverick, McMullen, Midland,
Peeves. Star, Terry, Upton, Ulvade,
Ward, Willacy. Winkler, Yoakum, Za
pata and Zavala.
Land classed as mineral is valued
for grazing or agricultural purposes
only, and may be purchased for such
purposes only, with an express reser
vation of all minerals to the school
One who buys lan'd on condition of
settlement must live on-it continuously
one year, counting from the date -f
award, before he can sell it After
one j ear from date of award, the pur
chaser mav sell any one or more whole
tract-: according to his purchase. The
venrtoe must become a settler on the
I land at the date of the transfer.
Will Fight Tariff Reduc
tion; Want Better Graz
Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 11. A bitter at
tack upon the Democratic policy of
tariff reduction as applied to dressed
meats and cattle on the hoof will be
launched at the 16th annual conven
tion of the American Livestock asso
ciation, which will meet in this city
The cattlemen claim that any at
tempt to put meat on the free list will
be opposed by the American organiza
tion. They state that such a course
would be inimical to the interests of
a great industry and would work ir
reparable havoc As set forth by those
already on the ground. "It will require
the most diligent and careful work by
the livestock and agricultural classes
to prevent the rank discrimination
contemplated by those who wish to re
duce the tariff on meats and agricul
Many Questions Up.
Among other questions which will
be considered at the annual meeting of
the association, are the following:
"Import duties on livestock, meat
products, wool and hides.
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arid unappropriated public grazing
"Classification of the public domain
and investigation of land conditions in
the west by a special committe of
congress. , .
"Railroad rates on livestock from ln
termountain country to Pacific coast
"Cases involving livestock rates
pending before the interstate com
" "Rules overnlng transportation of
less than carloads of livestock.
"Railway service on livestock.
'Advance in commission charges for
sale of livestock.
"Margin, between what the producer
receives for bis livestock and what the
consumer pays fqr his meat products.
"Sanitary -conditions of livestock and
control of contagious diseases.
"Meat inspection tax.
"Tax on olemargarlne."
Arid Grazing Land.
Federal control of the public domain,
and the restoration of arid grazing
areas -will be discussed by Prof. J. J.
Thornber, of the University of Arizona,
who will deliver the principal address
along' this line.
The convention is to be held at tne
Arizona school of music auditorium.
The first day the convention will be
called to order at 10 a. m.. and the ia--vocation
will be by Bishop, J. W. At
wood. of the Episeopal-diG0?o of Art-.
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Addresses of welcome will be deliv
ered by governor George W. P. Hunt,
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of Phoenix: Hugh Campbell, president
Arizona Wool Growers' association,
and Charles P. Mullen, president Ari
zona Cattle Growers' association.
Responses will be made by C. B.
Rhodes, Colorado; Edward C. Lassater,
Texas; Robert D. Carey, Wyoming, fol
lowed by the annual address of presi
dent H. A. Jastro.
The afternoon session at 2 o clock,
will first be devoted to the introduc
tion of resolutions.
"Livestock in San Francisco in 1915."
-will then be discussed by D. O. Lively,
commissioner of the livestock depart
ment of the Panama-Pacific exposition;
"Co-operation," by A. F. Stryker, sec;
retary Omaha Livestock exchange; and
"Some Problems in the Restoration of
Arid Grazing Ranges," by Prof. J. J.
Thornber, botanist, university experi
ment station, Tucson.
Report of committee on forest re
serves and grazing lands and a discus
sion of the Lever land leasing bill,
H. R. 19.S57, will end the session.
Second's Day's Program.
The second day's program follows:
Wednesday, January 15, 10 a. m. In
trodlctlon of resolutions.
"Administration of Grazing on our
National -Forests." A. F. Potter, as
sistant forester, Washington, D. C.
"Some "Results of Organization,"
Dwlght. B Heard. Phoenix.
"American National Livestock. Asso
ciation Past . and Present," John W.
"Tariff on Livestock and Meat Food
Products." Sameuel H. Cowan, Fort
General discussion of tariff on live
stock and its products. .
Afternoon Session, 2 OCIock.
Report of executive committee.
Consideration of resolutions.
Election of officers.
Selection of next place of meeting.
Any other-unfinished business.
Tuesday evening. January 14, at the
auditorium of the Pheonix polytechnic
'high school, there will be Illustrated
lectures as follows: v.
"Life Bls'tory and Extermination of
Texas Fever Ticks," and "Views on
Meat Inspection," Dr. R.1 A. Ramsay,
bureau of animal Industry, Washing
ton. D. C
"Glimpses of Southwestern Grazing
Ranges," Prof. J. J. Thornber, Univer
sity of Arizona, Tucson.
"Scenic Views of Roosevelt Dam and
Grand Canyon," Mrs. R. L. CowgilL
Wednesday evening. January 15, the
visiting stockmen -will be the guests
of the Arizona Cattle Growers asso
ciation at an informal banquet In the
Hotel Adams dining room.
delegates and visiting stockmen will
be taken on an automobile ride
a stop will be made at the Granite
Reef dam, -where an old fashioned cow
man's barbecue will be served.
GET HERE SUNDAY
J Produce men of California, bound for
w vueans, win stop in tui rj
from 1 oclock until 3 Sunday afternoon.
There will be a special street car at
the Union station, which will be used
to escort them fo Mexico, produce men
of El Paso, having arranged this. A.
. Reeves will represent the chamber
For those who do not desire to ge
to Mexico there will be automobiles on
hand to take them about El Paso and
show them the town.
ATTACHE OK MEXICO CITV
KMISVSSY AVI3IJS ON COAST
San Dlepro, Cal .Tan. 11. Capt
William A. Burnside. 14th infantry. U.
S. A anil military attache at the U. S.
embassy in Mexico City, and Mrs. Olva
Belle Warnacke. daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas B. Claik. of Los Angeles,
were married lure by ustice of the
peaie Selon Brian . court liailiff was
the onh witness of the emmony.
Men Who Are Willing To
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Government Employes "with
Families Will Get In
creased Pay First.
PARIS DANDIES ARE
Paris, France, Jan. 11. Various sug
gestions for facilitating and Increas
ing the number of marriages in
France havo been reported by the sub
committee on law and administration
of the general commission that was
appointed to consider the depopula
tion of France. m
In addition to several bills calling
for greater police surveillance to pre
vent violations of the health laws the
committee recommends the passage
of a measure proposed by M. Lepine.
the prefect of police, calling for the
distribution of premiums to those state
employes who have several children.
The measure also stipulates that no in
crease of remuneration shall be voted
to such employes in the future witu
out giving a special treatment to em
ployes with large families.
The American Students' club, of
Brussels, which was founded and en
dowed by Mrs. Larz Anderson, the wife
of the American minister, has now be
come one of the most useful and best
known institutions in Belgium. The
club has unanimously adopted resolu
tions of regret at the departure of Mr.
j -.. t.nrann tiio minister hav-
i ana u& auucioi - --
i'lng been appointed ambassador to
Several well known American women
have presented valuable pictures to .he
club house, while other gifts Include a
rare, antique fireplace and an antique
silver tea service.
Denies Sale of Chateau.
Great perturbation was aroused in
the breasts of lovers of Paris by the
report that the count de Franqueville
has sold the historic Chateau de la
Muette and its wonderful old park, on
the Passy border of the Bols de
Boulogne, to a speculating builder who
was going to cut down the centenarian
trees and build large blocks of apart
ment houses. A letter from the count,
however, allayed public opinion.
He had not. and did not Intend to
sell his house, but in view of the tre
mendously heavy tax on unbuilt land
In Paris, he had sold a portion of the
park, including the beautiful avenue of
lime trees at Ranelagh and the fine old
garden at the edge of the Bois de
Boulogne. The ground sold totals al
together about 35,000 square metres,
and the price paid is understood to be
?1.800,000. , . . .
The chateau was originally a bunt
ing lodge in the time of Louis XIV.
Phillippe. duke of Orleans the regent,
built a house of one story there for his
daughter, the apenesa ui .jj, wuu
rendered It famous by her entertain
ments The second story and the gar
ret were added by Louis XV It is
associated with the residence of mad
ame Dubarry and afterwards of Louis
After the revolution, during whiih
period it became national property. It
was sold to M. Brard, who completely
transformed and added to it consid
erably, so that It now possesses little
historic interest. On the death of
madamc Erard it passed to her daugh
ter, who had 'married the count de
Franqueville. . .
Five More Miles of Shelves.
The world of Parisian dandles, whose
existence is occupied with caricaturing
the English and American male fash
ions, has been greatly agitated by the
news that a few days ago a. well
known "elegant" was seen In PIcadllly,
not with a poppy or a Illy, but a
leather handbag hanging from his left
arm, and .was further seen to enter a
store and stow away his trifling pur
chases in his ticule. which contained
as permanent littmgs, a cigaette case,
matches, a purse, a knife and an Ox
Th latest whim of female ecctn
tncitv. as a counterpoise to the male
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-- One of these men maj-W presldeatof France after January IT. At e
top. on the left. Is George Clemenceaux, a former prime minister. On the
right H M. Delcasse, the popular former minister of marine.
At the bottom, on the left, is prime minister Raymond Polncare, and om
the right is ex-premier Cnillaux.
New York in a Year Puts
Up 12,000 Buildings, Cost
COURT SAYS WOMEN
CAN DRESS ON $44
New York. Jan. 11. By spending on
new buildings during the past year a
sum of money greater than in any sim
ilar preceding period. New York has
achieved a new record of having add
ed enough structures t house the
whole population of a city as large as
Savannah. Peoria or fort aynf
These buildings, indeed, according to
figures covering this field of expan
sion, which are now being completed,
would be sufficient to make half a
dczen sizeable cities. iAnn
The figures show that close to 12,000
new structures, or about 30 a day,
were added to tne city last year. Even
iere they all dwellings of the one
family kind, they, would easily accom
modate a pipulatton of 60.000 persons.
As a matter of fact, a very large num
ber of the new structures were build
ings capable of- housing from scores
to hundreds of persons. o that the
capacity of all Is probably in the ne'Sh
liorhood of 150,000,, or about equal to
the population of Atlanta.
On the accomplishment of this great
amount of construction more than
S206.000.000 was expenaea. uem, it" j
ahead of the amount similarly -applied
in 1911, and approximately one-i'itn oi
the annual expenditure of the national
government. Remarkable as this rec
ord for the fivj boroughs of the city
tur i - - ?- . - ...!. t
is regarded, that tor ine uuiuut," -
Manhattan, that is..arru" fJJJK
extending only as far north as L.5th
street, i? looked upon as even i rare
extraordinary, since in this Umlted
area J116.000.000 of the total of 1-06.-000
was expended.a record "which, it is
believed, has never been approached b
any similar area in the world.
While It is not easy J? "f '
average height of the city's 12.000 new
structures, statisticians are steady
pointing out that if 40 .feet certainly
not an extravagan estimate, be ac
cepted, the new buildings would If
placed one on top of the other, form a
structure nearly 11 miles high.
Says S44 Ample for Women's Clothes
As the result of a somewhat remarK
able court ruling which has just been
pronounced here prescribing how much
a woman is entitled to spend on her
clothes. New York husbands are con
gratulating themselves. In view of the
often-repeated charge that New York
women are desperately extravagant,
the new legal pronouncement finds
general favor among exactly onehalf
of the city's 5,000.000 inhabitants. The
ruling applies only to outer, or near
outer, garments, and provides that 513.
$43.10 or Jt4 at the outside. Is enough
to turn out any woman. The three
alternatives are due to a slight hesi
tation on the part of the court to
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ALL RECORDS EGYPT TO BE
III BUILDING MOTORIST'S
Lord Kichener Is Carrying
Out a Great Plan of Road
NOISE AND BUILDING
CAUSE REALTY SLUMP
London. Ens., Jan. 1L Lord Kitchen
er is carrying out a great plan of road
construction in Egypt, which may make
that country the Mecca of motorists
Already a road is nearing completion
between Alexandria and Cairo, and
Kitchener is now studying a plan for
covering Egypt with a complete series
of main roads.
These wiH be undertaken by the gov
ernment Itself, while the auxiliary
ones will be laid by the provincial
councils. Apart from the military and
automobiling standpoints, such a sys
tem of roads will be of immense com
mercial value, as It will open up dis
tricts that are latent through lack of
communications, and it will develop
others that are at present dependent
solely either on the river, or the rail
way for transport.
English Medicos Split.
The decision of the council of the
British Medical association not to work
through the insurance committees set
up by the National Insurance act, be
cause of their disagreement with the
terms of compensation offered by the
government, has caused a serious split
in the association.
After long negotiations and a plebis
cite of the profession in which the ma
jority of doctors voting.decided against
rccepting the government's terms, the
council submitted an alternative policy
which gave the various divisions of the
association freedom to negotiate with
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TO INCREASE BUCKET
VALLEY IRRIGA TgDAREA
.ckeye. Ariz., Jan. 1L Four thou
sand acres of land in the Buckeye val
ley will be drained and placed under
irrigation as soon as the available sup
ply of 'water is increased by the con
struction of a new supply ditch. The
ditch will extend from the present
head of the Buckeye canal, just below
the junction of the Agua Fria and Gila
rivers. 3.6 miles up the Agua Fria, and
will cost approximately $40,006.
At present 16.000 acres of Buckeye
valley land are under cultivation. Ex
cept for a period of about 60 days In
the summer, there is ample water to
Irrigate the entire 20,000 aeres. During
that 60 days, however, about 3,860
inches in addition to the supply avail
able from the present dam and canal,
There is a heavy underground flow
I through the sands of the Agua Fria
Actual Selection Will Take
Place on Friday at Ver
MAKE RACE AGAIN
Socialists Do Not Expect to
Elect, but Will Have In
fluence. Paris France, Jan. 1L Aext week
in France there will be compressed
into four days all the political excite
ment that runs rampant in the Lmud
States from June to November in.
presidential years. During that peruJ.
the French nominating bodies will as
semble, make choices for the presi
dential candidacy and finally elect the
new president. .
The program of this tabloid election
is as follows:
Tuesday, January 14 Parliament re
assembles and the chamber of deputies
elects its president.
Wednesday, January la A fuli
meeting of the republican party of
the chamber and senate will be held
and a presidential candidate will be
Thursday, January 16 The senata
will elect its president.
Friday, January 17 The 88. mem
bers of the chamber of deputies and.
of the French senate wllmeet at Ver
sailles and elect a new French presi
dent. This hurry-up method of selecting a
chief n-agistrate to preside over the
detir-ies cf France for trie next sev"a
tars is due to a provision in the
French constitution which takes the
election of a president ou: ot the
bands of the electorate at large a:.d
delegates it to the French chain ber
bf deputies and the French senate sit
ting in joint session. Because of this
I rovieion, also, France has been prac
tically rid of the ante-eltction excite
ment prevalent in the United States
during a presidential year.
Race Is Close One.
Despite this lack of direct popula.-di-sig:atioc,
however, the presidential
race this year has been both close and
exciting, with nearly a dozen candi
dates of every political complexion
swinging into the home stretch for a
vck and neck finish. The Republican
party, the- dominant body in tha
French parliament, also has suffered a.
si.Iit not unlike that which split in two
the Republican party of the United
States. The leading presidential can
didates are as follows.
Emile Combres a former prlm min
ister; George Clemenceaux, also a.
former prime minister; Antoine De
fcost, president of the senate; Paul
Deschanel, president of the chamber
if deputies; Alexander Ribot, a for
mer prime minister; Raymond Poln
care, prime minister and minister of
fcreign affairs; M. Declasse, minister
of marine, and ex-prtmiere Caillaux.
Leon Bourgeois, former prime minister
and actual minister of labor and a
strong candidate, has refused point
Hank to consider the election. Presi
dent Fallieres is also cut of the run
ting. Before fie adent of ML Ribot as a
possible candidate for presidential
honors, M. Poincare was by far the
s'trongest entrant. Both, of- these men
are staunch leaders of the Republican
party, and the announcement that bo tit
would cor tend for honors Is looked
upon as creating a situation that may
end it the election of a dark horse.
Disturbed European conditions have
also played a larce part in the coming
election. Polncare, the prime minister,
is thoroughly familiar -with the Euro
pean situation and it Is urged by
many that his elevation to the presi-
di ucy may jeopardise French affairs
abroad. This has brought the nama
of ex-premier Clemenceau strongly to
the front as a candidate.
Two Are Old Men.
M. Clemenceau is in his 72d year,
ad Ribot in his 71su Age, however,
will not militate against the chances
of election of either man. as it is cus
tomary to select men well advanced
in years for the French, presidency.
Both are married to Americans 5L
Clemenceau to tfie former Miss Marv
Plummer of Connecticut, and M. Riboe
to the former Miss Mary Buret of Chi-
Ptul Deschanel. though &5, is the
youngest of all the candidates except
Premier Poincare. who is only 52. If
M. Deschanel should be again elected
by a large majority to the presidency
of the chamber of deputies, it is said
that he will prove a formidable can
didate. The others mentioned in con
nection with the presidential honors
trail behind these 'n favorable consid
eration, though the candidacy of M.
Caillaux and M. Delcasse are regarded
as particularly strong.
A large factor in the presidential
race this year has lxen the ever-m-n
easing Socialist party. Their posi
tion with regard to tl e coming elec
tion was explained as follows by M.
Jean Jaures, their leader:
"There are 73 Socialist members of
he chamber of deputies. If we haio
not 73 more in the senate it is be
cause senators are not elected direct:
by the people. We don't expect to
elect a Socialist president Never
theless, we -will cast the first vote for
me of our own. Then wnen competi
tion is Paging iutside our partv we
will observe tranquilly and carefully
the field of battle, and without doubt
(ur compact force will command the
and at least 2.000 Inches -will flow
through the new ditch constantly En
gineer W. A. Farish says: It is not
contemplated that any flood water
shall be taken from the Agua Fria.
Farish recommends that in order to
make the supply absolutely certain.
tain. 20 wells, each 75 feet deep, be
sunk in the bottom of the ditch. Thev
will cost $9,000. Exclusive of these
.wells the ditch will cost $31,040
There is little doubt that the stock
holders of the companv will decide to
issue 4.000 shares additional, for the
4000 acres to be irrisated. It -will not
cost the old stockholders a cent to
bring that land under u!tiation. The
new stockholders, of course, will pav
their proportion of the maintenanco
charges. In this way the maintenance
charge probabH will be reduced to