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And Tucumcari Times.
Volume 5. No. 13
A brief Report of the Sermon
Given last Sunday Night,
Containing a. Practical Sug
gestion to the Citizens of
FR.OM SERMON BY REV. DuBOSE.
Text, Matthew, 16th chapter and
nth yerse, Ye have the poor al
ways with you."
As I was reading a book the
other day, I noticed a sarcastic re
mark, There is a great deal of
charity these days, and a verv
little common sense 'used in it,
and I thought the remark fitted the
eh'aritv work in our own little citv
verv well. We have a great dea
of charity but no well regulated
plan in administering it. Thus
tonight I want us to discuss this
question from a religious stand
point; and by seeing what is for
bidden perhaps discover some way
to solve this important question.
""The statement of our master.
'Ye have the poor alwavs with
you is a very true one, and it is
our duty to- rocognize this fact.
We find the poor divided into sev
eral classes. The first I would
call your attention to, is the class
of the poor little unfortunate home
less children. There are a vast
number of these, who through the
misfortune of being bereft of their
parents, either by death or deser
tion, are cast out as wanderers into
the world. This class is espec
ially dear to the tender heart of
our dear Savior, who, while He
was here on earth, manifested such
great love for the children. Yet
in spite of the need of the thou
sands of these homeless little suf
ferers, very few of the citizens are
supporting the great work, which
very recently the Rev. Dr. Lukins
presented to us in liis address in
the skating rink. It is a sin to
allow this state of affairs to exist.
Something must be done for them.
"The second class belong to
those who are brought into poverty
through sickness. The very moun
tains are covered by a host of suf
ferers from the great white plague,
many of whom are dying yearly,
simply for the lack of a few hun
dred dollars. There are some of
these in our own citv. Onlv the
other day did I find some people
who were in absolute need of the
simplest necessities, and through
the kindness of one of our citizens,
their needs were supplied. Manv
Continued on Second page."
TUCUHCAR1, NEW MEXICO, SATURDAY. JANUARY 4, 190.
EXODVS OF THE GAMBLERS.
Tuesday night, December 31,
large number of the gamblers
departed from Tucumcari to new
fields of venture. Among the
crowd that got on the E. P. & S.
W. passenger No. 1, were some
thing near fifty persons composed
of gamblers and their families. It
was a regular exodus, with bag
and baggage, headed for El Paso
and Old Mexico.
J he new gambling law went
into effect at Midnight Dec. 31
and business in that line is rather
dull in Tucumcari. "The saloons
which heretofore have at midnight
been tne scenes ot activitv, were
very quiet New Years eve, and at
midnight the wheel was stilled
Tucumcari Telephone Exchange.
This company has recently increased its capital stock to $25,000.00 and has set
This is to be made the hast exchange in the Territory. The company deserves gr eat
past year and for the present increase of facilities for service.
forever, and the cards and chips
were laid aside. Every place of
gambling has been absolutely
closed in Tucumcari since Jan. 1,
1908, the gamblers quietly sub
mitting to the inevitable.
Tucumcari has lost a number of
citizens, but the greater part of
them were not of the staying kind,
but people who had merely come
here temporarily, attracted by the
alluring business in their line.
Many of the persons who have
heretofore been engaged in gambl
ing will remain here and turn to
more legitimate pursuits, and with
our other good citizens, continue
to work for Tucumcari. It is not
I anticipated that the closing of the
' gambling will affect the business
activity of the town.
KILLED IN YARDS.
Valentine Romero ran over by
Southwestern Engine in Yards
and Badly Mangled. Death
Valentine Romero, residing
here, was run over by a South
western engine in the yards Sun
day night about six o'clock and
his body so badly cut and mangled
that death resulted in a few min
utes after the accident occurred.
Valentine Romero and his help
er were ordered to repair engine
171 which was standing on the
cinder pit track out in the yards
near the coal chute mst west of
the new Southwestern roundhouse.
While engaged in repairing this
engine, while standing back a few
feet Irom it waiting for it to be
moved a short distance, another
engine came down through the
yards on a parallel track about
seven feet from the track on which
was standing the engine they were
working on; the two men were be
tween the two tracks about two
feet from the track on which the
engine was approaching with their
backs to the track. The approach
ing engine backed down upon
them without warning, with no
lights on the tank, striking the
two men. Valentine Romero was
struck first, thrown under the
engine and dragged about twenty
feet and terribly crushed. Sotero
Romero, the helper, was thrown
Subscription $1.00 a year
twenty or thirty feet, falling to one
side of the track, being only
slightly injured. There were no
witnesses to the accident except
Romero, and the engineer in
charge of the engine which ran
over the man.
Romero, the helper, testified at
the inquest held before Justice of
the Peace Ed E. Saxon, that they
had been working on engine 171,
near the coal chute just west of
the cinder pit; that they were
waiting for the engine to be moved;
that they were standing a few feet
away from the engine they were
working on waiting for it to be
moved; that their torch went out
in a gust of wind; that it was so
dark they could not see the ap
proaching engine; that no warn-
aside $3, 000. 00 for immediate improvement.
credit for the improvement made during the
ing, whistle or bell was giyen; that
the engine backed down and had
no lights on the tank; that the es
caping steam and noise from the
engine they were working on was
so great that they could not hear
the approaching engine.
The engine that struck the man
was stopped within a short distance
of the place where Romero fell in
front of it, with the body still be
neath the engine. The body was
removed as soon as possible, but
the man died before medical at
tention could be called. Romero
leaves a large family.
The inquest was held before
Judge Ed F. Saxon, on December
30, the day following the killing,
and the jury after a short delibera
ndi, found that Romero came to
his death by being run over by an
engine in the yards at this place,
and charged the railroad company
with criminal negligence.