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She Sueumeari Views
Volume i. No. 3.
TUCUflCARI, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY, NOV. n, 1905.
Subscription $1.50 a year.
The Future of Quay County J
Since the organization of Quay County
numbers of settlers have made a success of
raising vegetables and forage products.
At the time of the creation of the county
this entire section of New Mexico v a s
deemed unfit for cultivation and only
adapted to stock raising, but many people
seeking free homes were attracted to the
country by its excellent climate and the
rich appearance of the soil.
Soon after the completion of the Hock'
Island Railroad through the country, farm
ers, or so called "nestors" began making
entries on public lands, of which at the
creation of the county there were more than
What was then a boundless prairie, al
most desert-like in appearance and topogra
phy, is now dotted over in every direction
with productive farms. The virgin sod
then unbroken save where the ancient den
izen of the plain dug his cavern home now
yields to the stubborn glebe o f t h e hus
bandman, and for his labors gives forth
The tourist as he passes along no longer
tires of the monotony of gazing upon arid
wastes and beds of cactus, but in their stead
he sees fields of growing grain, verdant
meadows and blooming orchards.
One need go no farther than to view the
exhibit of agricultural products collected
by our enterprising postmaster to be con
vinced that we haye passed the experiment
al stage of farming in Quay County.
What we now need is more farmers. We
have the land, climate and market. With
all that has been accomplished along the
line of agriculture, there are still some
who incline to the pessimistic view that
this country is yet unlit for anything but
stock raising. This view becomes untena
ble when analyzed under existing condi
tions. The years that have proven unprofitable
to stock men have been those when the win
ters were severe and the range short. Stock
were starved through the winter months
and what survived the winter lost all that
was gained during the previous season, at
breeding time the cows and ewes were too
weak to nourish the young, and as a result
the increase was lost.
This condition can be avoided by in
creasing the acreage in forage crops. The
season of 1904 was the worst ever known
in this section of the southwest, and yet,
the farmers raised splendid crops of Milo
Maize, Kaffir corn and sorghum.
Taking the worst as an example it is thus
conclusively shown that if more attention
is paid to farming the prosperity of all
will be greatly improved. The small farm
er can depend upon the wealthier stockmen
to buy his products, the smaller stockman
can grow sufficient forage for his own use,
and the heavier holder instead of paying
exorbitant prices for shipments of g r a i n
from the east can rely upon the farmer when
the range is inadequate to winter the herd.
Hut, what appears to be the most profi
table industry of all, is stock-fa r m i n g .
Where a quarter section may be taken up
lura is inn illy otlur vacant land near or an
Agriculturdl Standpoint J
adjoining school section may be leased and
used for ranging a small herd of cattle or a
few hundred sheep.
A person with limited means can secure
a home and live an easier life here than
anywhere else in tho United States. For
the same amount of money that he can
purchase forty acres of land in the states,
he can file on a quarter section under the
homestead laws and can use the money
that the land itself would cost him in the
states for the improvement of his home.
Two thousand dollars judicially expend
ed will build a comfortable dwelling, barn,
the necessary fencing, and leave sulftcient
funds to defray living expenses until acrop
can be matured and marketed.
To horticulture and the raising of small
fruits tho country is equally well adapted.
One desiring to engage in this industry can
sink a well forty to one hundred feet and
by installing a small pumping plant, irri
gate at least six acres of land upon which
every variety of vegetables can be grown.
For such products the home market is
always good, and the prices better than
anywhere else in the east or south.
The seasons are admirably adapted to
agricultural pursuits, the winters being
short and mild and tho summers long. As
a rule considerable snow falls during the
latter part of January and in February,
moisture from the melting snow puts the
soil in condition for spring seeding. Uy
the time crops are up the summer rains
begin and continue until harvest time.
After crops are matured there is little rain
and grain and hay are harvested in excel
lent condition for market.
So fertile is the soil that crops mature in
a very short time, and after such crops as
oats and rye have been harvested, Kaffir
corn and Milo Maize may be planted in
ample time to mature, and will produce
from two to three tons per acre, wort h
on the market ten dollars per ton.
The soil is of an alluvial nature and of
great depth. In fertility it has tho charac
istics of the soil in tropical climates.
OUR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.
Below wo submit examples that prove
the foregoing statements:
J. P. C. Langston on his farm one half mile
from Tucumcari produced crops as follows:
Nine acres of Indian corn on sod, 270
bushsls; ten acres of Kaffiir corn, 25 tons;
ten acres Milo Maize, 35 tons; thirty acres
sorghum, 105 tons', three acres Mexican
beans 3, Goo pounds worth 3 cents a pound;
one and one half acres of melons, sold one
thousand. In additionto the above a phe
nomenal yield of onions, pumpkins and
squash, and from one quarter acre of pea
nuts 300 pounds. At the lowest estimate
Mr. Langston can sell his surplus for $1,350.
A. A Iilankcnship on his claim one and
a half miles east of Tucumcari raised 200
bushels of oats, thirty tons of Kaffir corn,
thirty tons of Milo Maize, and five tons of
barley from ninety acres of sod land. Mr.
Iilankcnship has also marketed $500 worth
of hogs. From his crop and sale of hogs
alone he will realize $1,500.
W. C. Patterson living one and one half
miles northeast of Tucumcari has sold
$800 worth of similar products. Mr. Pat
terson also had two acres in garden truck
from which he realized $100.
Ernest Dodson, who has a claim eight
miles southeast of Tucumcari rented twenty-five
acres for one third of the crop from
which he received $100, an equivalent of
four dollars per acre money rent.
The foregoing represent but a few ex
amples of what has been done by the farm
ers in Quay County during the crop season
of 1905. There has been no need of irri
Ration; tho rainfall has been ample a n d
well distributed. The Commercial Club
of Tucumcari will bo glad to receive re
ports similar to the foregoing from any
person in Quay County, as it is intended by
that organization to advertise the resour
ces of the county and to interest homescek-
ors in its possibilities.
Tho rainfall bore this year was amply
abundant for all sorts of crops. In Jan.
we had . inches; in Fob. a heavy snowfall;
March 2.8 inches of precipitation; April,
2.1; May, 2.3; June, 2.5; July, Aug.,
i.i;Sopt., 2.5, making a total of 22 inches
to Oct. 1, as far as go record.
Mrs. A. R. Carter, wife of our postmas
ter, and Miss Lcora Buchanan, daughter of
V. F. Buchanan, cashier of the First
National Bank, returned Monday Itoman
extended visit to Hot Springs, Ark.
CVR.R.Y FIGHTS FOR
THE GOOD NAME OF
Lambasts the Stufliiv Out of a
Filipino Who Speaks Dis
paragingly of Them.
THREW WINE IN HIS FACE
Governor George Curry of Samar, in
the Philippine Islands, threw his wiue in
the face of a Filipino official, Cruz Herre
ra, president of the municipal board of
Manila, and then took him outside and
wiped the earth up with him. At the ban
quet tendered Secretary of War Taft and
party at Manila, this Filipino spoke dis
paragingly of American women and Curry
proceeded to work him over. After whip
ping him, he made him apologize. Ameri
can blood will tell, no matter in what quar
ter of the globe you find it, and there nev
er was one of them born under the Stars and
Stripes unless it might be the "Jlstor"
who wouldn't attempt to lick a regiment if
he heard it a abuse tho good name of our
Gov. Curry is known in every hamlet in
New Mexico. Before he went to the Span
ish war he was prominent is New Mexico
politics. His influence in the Assembly
is remembered by his host of friends in the
Territory, and every one of them will
champion his method of convincing a
Philippines Negro that the character of
American women is not to be assailed as
long as the flag floats over any country
that we call ours.
If we had our way about it here in New
Mexico, we would suggest that the govern
ment furnish Curry the munitions of war
and two or three regiments of American
soldiers, turn the Islands over to him and
loll him to lick them till they love us.
Dispacthcs from Manila sketch Curry's
banquet campaign and the fall of the Fili
pino Herrera as follows:
"An insult to American women offered
by a native Filipino official at a public
banquet was resented by an American offi
cer in true American style. The incident
took place at a banquet given to Secretary
of war Taft when he was in Manila. The
story is brought here by a passenger who
arrived from the Phillipines on the trans
"Governor George Curry, of Samar, for
mcrely a captain of the R o u g h Riders,
championed the cause of American women,
and Cruz Herrera, president of the munic
ipal board of Manila, was the one who suff
ered at the hands of the former volunteer.
"According to the story, Herrera, while
addressing a number of Americans at the
banquet, spoke in disparaging terms of the
women of America. Curry answered his
insinuations by dashing a glass of Cham
pagne into the face of the Filipino. Later
ho met him outside and administered a
sound drubbing to the offender. The Fili
pino later apologized for his words. The
story has gone the rounds at Manila and
has served to widen the breach that now
exists between the upper classes of the na
tives and the American residents."
J. A. Moore, Moore post office, was in
the city this week, transacting business,