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The Mountainair independent
Published evsry Thursday by
The Mountainair Printing Co Mzny
Mountainair, New f.!eico
P. A. SPECKMANN,
TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION:
$2.00 per Year, payaWe i.i acv.inr e
The Mountainair Independent enters the
newspaper field as an independent newspaper,
with no strings and no collar. We expect. t give
püblicity to legitimate news of the county and
state, and to work for the upbuilding of both, and
especially of the territory adjacent to Mountain
air. Politically we shall do all in our power to
secure competent officials to handle the people's
business, without regard to pnrty. The Imlepe;.,
dent will be the home paper br thjs part of the
county of Torrance and will contain nothing not
fit to be received in the home.
County Fairs will be held at both Estancia
and Willard next week. Farmers from this vi
cinity should take an interest in and attend wu
or both of these institutions. .Justas "all work
and no play makes Jack a dull boy," so all work
on the farm and no recreation is not foe the best
of the farmers. Take a day oil:' and meet your
fellow farmers, see what they have to show and
take along something to show what you have done.
You will lose nothing by spending a day in this
Way, and the change will make your work lighter,
as well as giving you the pleasure of meeting an
talking with those who have met the pame eliiii
culties you have had to meet. Estancia ha
promised to go to Willard on Thursday, Octobei
Sth, while Willard promises to reciprocate on Fri
day, the 6th. Mountainair should be representee'
both places on both days.
Bean Farmer la King
That the bean farmer is King in Torrance
county is not to be disputed. There is evidence
all around us that beans are the money crop ei
this county, as far as the farmer is concerned.
The acreage this year is larger than ever hereto
fore, and the yield is remarkable. An average
yield has been supposed in the past to be live t
seven hundred pounds. This year the jield in
number of instances on large acre-aus exceeds :
thousand pounds per acre. Just wh-.i.t tin" greal
est yield on a single acre is cannot be to!. i as yet
as threshing is just beginning. Several report;
are at hand as high as sixteen l
from a single acre. The good crop
most of the farmers on their Í.
season will find the farmer imiopor.
mand for the Mexican bean h;e
'orger each year, so that good pii
'reo pou no
u-4 )c,r pi;
. , !-n thai till
(i ra nee
Ever since the first exhibition of
Oountv products t the State Fair in ile
1904, Torrance county has carried oil' first, honor
whenever an exhibit has been made. Al severa
of the Fbirs no distinction w;h miuo 1 eíweor, Ir
risated and Jon-irngated prceniei.-, whie-n wen kc(
a' hardship on Teirrance cemnty; but een thir,
Torrance has come in for first, honors in it.; class,
often winning in competition with ii ri.ra'u d sec
lions. You can't keep a good county down an
more than you can a goed man.
Of this, the first issue of the Independent,
we are sending out a number of sample copies,
each one being an invitatiem to the recipient t
become a subscriber ami a regular reader fth
paper. Uutil the paper is entered in the postof
fice as second class mail matter, we must pay a
cent postage for each ami every cepy we mail out .
When we shall have attained a hi (Indent numhn
of bona fide subscribers to enable us to make ap
plication for such entry, we must continue paying
the postage at the rate of a penny eae h. Wo arc
well aware that a large per centage e f our naden
are depending for ready cash on the sale f their
beans, and until they have marke ted their beans
are not in a position to pay the cu: Ii f r the mi! -scription.
Will not all who can, eiel us as earl;
as possible the price of tficir subscription? Th ;se
who cannot pay now can aid us by filling in am
mailing us the blank below, stating when the.v
can make such payment. Will you not do this at
An idle dollar Í3 still worth a dollar,
but an idle fellow is worth just a little
leys than nc thing.
There are several k of fools, in
cluding the smart mm who thinks he is
I too smart to get caucht. Atchison
Time to Wske up Do the best you can and you will find
Are the nrnnfe nf Now Uaxím waking un? inal ine Deslls worin aoin-
it certainly appears so. Eor years the people
th-J great mass of voters and taxpayers have been
c .stent to allejw a small clique of office-holders to
ru.i the state arid county business the people's
business-while the people set back end paid the j fio fyr t 3 &a
bills. And the bills have been increasing right ! sunbealris the m(jre they are conden8ed
aleme. The recent legislature increased the bills j the burn.Southey. "
in several wave, the principal single item p rhapsj
being the county salary bill. In this the law-ma- j TlWta no grcateP joy to be
kers followed the precedeat of the Constitutional j miRled to make others happy and then
Uonvenuon wnicn lorceu upon ine laxpujers ice , t0 be reminded that you havedone it.
greatest graft in the matter of state olucers sala
ries possible. Why in the name of common sense
should our officers receive larger salaries than are
paid the same officials in other eiates, much rich-
i i ' .i i . l
er in taxaoie properly anu wuose uiucims nuvt; Gj0v,e
duties many times greater and more complex?
Why should a state or county official be paid a Own your farm if you can finance the
salary several times as great as he can earn win n dea( lut jf you are güng to rentstay
working in any other capacity í
In several of the counties of the slate prac
tically the same set of men have held office for
years, merely switching from one position to an
other. The voters and taxpayers have been eon
tent to allow theue fellows not only to run their
business for them, but to call the conventions, re
nominate themselves and step back into office
by virtue of the voters franchise or what is worse
the refusal to vote. Apparently some of the vo
ters are waking up. In Santa Fe county the office
holders re-nominated themselves, thinking they
were safely re-elected. But the people have re
Celled. Party fealty has received a severe jolt in
the county of Holy Faith the voters evidently
having lost some of the Holy Faith therein. A
fusion ticket has been named, 'made up of some
ifho are not affected with chronic office holding.
Sandoval and Mora county officials are meeting
the same obstacles. Bernalillo comity is not safe
y any manner of means. Throughout the state
there will be more deflection from party, more
as long in one place as you can.
; moves are as bad as a fire."
scratching of ballots this year than ever befere.
And it is a good sign. It means the voter is
ginning to think and act for himself.
Mountainair, N. M.
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P. O i
Submission an Issue
The Submission of the Prohibition of the
sale and barter of alcoholic liquor te a vote of
the people of the state is one of the live issues of
the political campaign this fall. All of the plat
.'onus of the political parties declare in favor oí
nv h submission. It is up to the voters to tee
hat such declarations are made good.
Tor several years legislation em the ques
ien of Prohibition has leen side-tracked by in
duences at Santa Fe during the leislative sessions.
ia mean used in 6Íde tracking are of no mo
ment to this article. . The thing to do now is tt
ee that it doesn't occur again. See to it before?
i me to cast your ballot that the candielates you
intend voting for are pledged to vote and work
. r a Submission amendment. Let the people de
:i.lo the matter. If the' majority of the pee.ple of
New Mexico want or do not want a thing, they
he.uld have the right to say so. "The greatest
,'ood to the greatest number" should be the mot
,0 in this as in other things.
Cheaper to Subscribe
The subscription price of the Independen
is .$2.00 per year or less than four cents per week.
If the home newspaper isn't worth that, it
sn't fit to enter your home. We want to send
he paper to every home tributary to Mountainair
ind many others. At this rate of subscription,
rou can't afford to borrow your neighber's paper.
You'll acti ally lose by the transaction if you do.
At a low estimate you spend twenty'mimites each
veek going for it and returning it (provided you
re'thoughtf nl enough to return it). This is 17
1-8 hours each year. Even at ordinary laborers'
v;igesof28 cents per hour it costs you $4.85 pe-r
.-ear. flow listen, we will nave it eienvereo u
v'mu by mail for $2.00 per year, which represent?
saving to you in time value of $2,85, and you
vill also have the thanks of your neighbor. Now
is the time to subscribe.
If you will be governed by reason
and be true to the best of yourself,
standing boldly to the truth, you will
be happy. Marcus Aurelius,
The only way to rid ourselves of our
troubles is to look about us for greater
ones that are borne by our neighbors.
If we sit around and brood over our
misfortunes, they do not vanish, but
only hatch out new one?.
The writers tell us what agriculture
is, but the farmers show us what it
Contentment is good, but we do not
need to be too well contented with
ourselves or with our own work.
The way to do a thing well is to just
start out and do it as well as you can.
Every succeeding time you will do it a
little better. Soon it will be done as
well as it should be done.
Man forgets much in this world, but
ask any of the old ones if he has for
gotten the lessons he learned at moth
er's and across father's knee. Hous
While it 3 true that the love we give
to others makes us happy, there is no
lenying the fac t that the love we re
ceive gives U3 n good deal of satisfaction.
Don't take any stock in persons who
Avy they never read newspaper adver
tisements or never respond to them.
Any person who can be reached by ad
vertising in any form can be influenced
through such advertising. Printers'
Most pai tly rundown soils have lost
much of che organic matter they had
oi i;:.'i;a'.ly. The growing of wheat and
;o;n u: es up the soil humus at a rapid
rate, and so the time comes when a
severe drought destroys the plánts on a
ioil that docs not hold the moistuse to
the extent that it formerly did. Then
die plants die, and the farmer blames
l he dry weather.
To Joseph H. Tallman.
In response to your wish; Joe, I'll sing you a song:
And I will tell of the joys that were ours;
When on life's early pathway we journeyed along,
Where the thorns grew, as well as the flowers.
If you turn back with me, Joe, on memory's long trail
To the daya when that journey began
We'll omit all the hardships that fell to our lot,
And live over the glad times again.
For the happiest time on the voyage of life,
Is its morning so golden and fair,
Now the evening is ours, but we will sing of those days
And forget about trouble and care.
As the mist is dispelled by the rays of the sun,
And the scenes once obscured now we see,
So memory has pierced there the mists of the years,
Revealing my boyhood to me.
The one time in life, when the heart will be glad,
Is the bright golden days of our youth;
When the conscience directs, and we walk in the paths
Which are guarded by virtue and truth.
The home of my childhood appears to my view
As the mists of the years roll away,
The house and the barn, and the tall trees hat grew
Round the old place I see them today!
And there, in the threshold, I see the loved form
Of our mother whoso dear patient face,
Has the same kindly look, that it had in those days
W ien we all hovered 'round the old place.
How grateful the shade of the old locust tree
Which we sought in the heat of the day;
To rest from our toil, and enjoy the cool breeze,
While the noon hour slid swiftly away.
It did not take much to make boys happy then,
Or at least we were not hard to please, s
When we dreamed what we'd do, when we grew
While we.rested beneath the old trees. to be men.
Remember the grove at the back of the farm
Where the black-haws abundantly grew,
And the thicket of hazels, as high as our heads,
And the brown nuts we gathered there, too,
And the old swimming hole, that we worked hard to
Toiling many long hours, in the sun, ' (make
And the big rain that came, fdling it to the brim,
The night after our labor was done.
And the old poplar tree: that grew in the lane,
That was first to leaf out in the spring
What whistles we made from its green sappy boughs
And what joy to our hearts it would bring
When the blackbirds would come from a summer clime
And perch on its branches so high,
Making targets for us, but the arrows we shot
Like a poor man's rich kin passed them by.
Let us sing of the good things that mother would make
And the many rich feasts that we had;
The good pumpkin pies, we would coax her to bake,
And the puddings that made our hearts glad.
Those good Sunday dinners, can you ever forget?
I think of them now, with a sigh!
We were happy boys then ; now we are gray headed men,
Alas! how the years have gone by.
Yes the years have gone by ! we are grandfathers now
But my thoughts wander back now and then,
To the juvenile days, when we follow the plow
When we longed to grow up, and be men; '
They tell us that wisdom comes on with the years,
That contentment belongs with old age;
But pure happiness comes before wisdom appears;
In the first part on life's busy stage.
Fredric B. Tallman.
The News has never indulged in any harsh
criticism of Mr. Bursum, however warranted it
ippeared to be or justifiable, but we canoed get
ome things straight. If Mr. Bursum is sincere
in what he says about the geod laws he will have
Miacted "when elected governor'' the average
dtizen may be pardoned for asking why he did
Kit have his last two legislatures pass them and
lave that for campaign snickersnees? Mr. Bur
sum has been absolute, boss e,i legislatures
since Governor McDonald has been governor. Mr.
Bursuin's legislative house unseated four demo
crats elected by good round majorities, in order
that he and his henchmen might pass laws over
the veto of the governor. If Governor McDonald
íad vetoed any good laws, his own party wcnld
mve joined with the republicans to over-ride his
veto, and no one knows this better than Messrs..
Bursum and McDonald. Would it not have been
just as easy to pass the wholesome laws which
Mr, Bursum now advocates, without naming, how
ever, as to wreck the law providing the mounted j
police force? Or does tho mere name of "police"
cirry a sinister meaning to our friends the enemy?
We only arise for information, fellows. RoswcH
Now for El Paso
After having won the first prize for the best
shoving of r.on-irrigated products in the state,
Torrance county should not rest on her laurels,
but should get busy and send a display to El Paso,
w hich will bring back the ribbons. We have the
products, and with a little work of gathering and
preparing them, a showing can be made which
will re'puy the expense several times over in real
advertising for the county. It is understood that
County Agont Harwell intends selecting the best
products shown at both the Willard and Estancia
Fairs next week for this purpose, and this portion
of the county should be represented in the slew
ing. Mr. Coihett has been named as a delegate
to tho Kl Paso Exposition, and will no doubt be
glad to assist in any way possible in the matter
of a county display. We advise the sending of
all exhibits possible to Willard and Estancia,
that-tfp section may show up well at both these
Fnh-s. . .,a
Learning to Farm
(Massachusetts has started a correspondence course in
It is oh! to rise ere the wintry Bkies
Grew red with approaching day,
To wake the cows as they stand and drowse
'Mid the frost-bespangled hay.
There's a subtle charm to the dear old farm
When it's covered with gleaming snow;
There's a joyful thump to the frozen pump
Yv'hi'ii tho mercury's 10 below.
No tlir;,nj forme when at half past three '
I can sit on a milking stool
In delightful bliss I have learned this
At a correspondence school.
To comb the locks of the placid o
As he solemnly chews his cud,
While the snowflakes fall on the stable wall
With a dull and sickening thud;
To scatter the chaff for the new-weaned calf,
While the rcoster crows aloof;
By the light of a match or two to patch
The leaks in the cow-shed roof;
To teach the hen not to set again,
To curry the shivering horse,
Yon can learn to do and you ought to, too
In a correspondence course.
Just sit by the light of a fire at night
In a snug and sheltered nook,
With your pen and ink and a nice hot drink
And a farm instruction took;
And comfortably learn to milk and churn
And to shake the potatoes down,
And to harrow and reap till you fall asleep
AnJ dream you have moved to tówn.
The course you will f nd will improve your mind,
It's utterly free from harm
And take it from me, it will always be
The best way to learn to farm.
James J. Montegue.
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